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Thursday August 7

06:52
Magellan intros Echo Fit sports smart watch

Magellan has introduced Echo Fit, an iOS-compatible sports smart watch. It comes in two models — the base Echo Fit ($150) and Echo Fit with Heart Rate Monitor ($200), which includes a Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitor. The ruggedized, water-resistant watch is an upgraded…

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06:51
Apple's future iPhones could hide FaceTime...

The clean and simple design of Apple's iconic iPhone could become even simpler, thanks to a new concept that describes concealing the FaceTime camera within the earpiece speaker slot, and even adding a camera flash module that would illuminate forward facing pictures.



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06:45
NFL Now goes live on iPhone and iPad, Apple TV to...

The National Football League on Thursday officially unleashed NFL Now, its new digital content network, bringing football fans personalized video updates from around the league as well as highlights and select live broadcasts -- though games will remain television-only affairs.



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06:05
Apple Campus 2 Update: On Track for 2016 Move In,...

Demolition and construction is well underway for Apple's new "space ship" campus, and new information from the city of Cupertino says the project should be finished by the end of 2016. The city also released new photos showing the construction so fay along with how the campus fits in with the surrounding area.


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06:00
Foursquare 8.0: All things reconsidered

Who was not a happy camper when Foursquare suddenly decided to take their self-named app, rip the fun part -- check-ins -- out of the app, and put it into a new app named Swarm? Me, that's who. It really torqued me off that an app that I had enjoyed...

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05:58
Briefly: Pinterest messaging, Facebook Mentions in...

Pinterest has added the ability to message other users to its service for the first time. An extension from last year's pin-sharing feature, Pocket-Lint notes the social network's mobile apps include the option to send messages back in responses to pins, including support for messaging multiple followers in the same thread, with the site suggesting it could be useful for planning events or projects with others....



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05:35
NFL Now app launches on Apple TV, iPhone & iPad...

The NFL Now app we revealed a few days ago has launched on Apple TV, iPhone and iPad, offering fans a personalized video stream of their favorite teams.

NFL Now delivers a personalized video stream of your favorite NFL teams, players and coaches right to your iPad or iPhone. Get exclusive interviews and stories about your team, breaking news on your fantasy players, and unlimited access to your favorites in the NFL Films Archives.

This official NFL product combines all of the intense football you love with a smart, easy-to-use interface. NFL Now for the iPhone and iPad learns what you like and delivers a non-stop stream of customized NFL content gathered just for you …

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05:28
9to5Toys Deal Alert: Current iPods up to $110 off:...

A deal that probably won’t last until lunch time in the US from 9to5Toys.com:

Today Staples is offering deep discounts on current generation iPods.

  • 16GB iPod nano (7th Gen) for only $114 (Reg. $149)
  • 32GB iPod touch for only ...
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05:04
Apple and Samsung Agree To Drop Cases Outside the US

mrspoonsi writes Apple and Samsung have agreed to withdraw all legal cases against each other outside the United States. The two rivals have sued each other over a range of patent disputes in nine countries outside the US, including the UK, South Korea, Japan and Germany. A joint statement said the agreement "does not involve any licensing arrangements", and they would continue to pursue existing cases in US courts. The two firms are the biggest players in the smartphone and tablet PC market. But they have been involved in a bitter legal battle, spread across various countries, which has escalated in recent years.

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05:00
Apple expected to roll out new iPhones at September...

According to tech news site Re/code, Apple has scheduled a media event for September 9th. If Apple follows suit with events in Septembers past, the focal point will be all about Apple’s next-generation iPhones. In barely over a month, we’ll finally know the final details on the new devices, which rumors declare will feature larger displays of 4.7 and 5.5 inches and run speedy new A8 processors. Additional rumors floating around are that delays in the production of the 5.5 inch model will mean Apple is likely to announce that availability of Apple’s entry into the “phablet” market will trail the 4.7 inch model by at least a month. Along with the new iPhones will be announcements regarding iOS 8, which are expected to debut on the new devices and be available for older devices sometime after September 17th...

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04:52
United Airlines adds passport scanning for...

The immigration authorities of most countries require airlines to check the passports of their passengers before they are allowed to fly, so if you are making your first international flight with an airline, you have to queue up at check-in instead of downloading your own boarding pass at home. United Airlines is aiming to end this by adding the ability to scan and verify your passport using its mobile app, then head straight to Departures at the airport.

Once you’ve scanned your passport with your iPhone’s camera, the app sends the details to credentials management company Jumio Inc, who verify that your passport is valid which then allows you to download your boarding pass.

If your passport is already registered with United from a previous international flight, you don’t need to scan it again, it is verified automatically.

The bad news is that the system can’t yet verify visas, so if you need a visa for the country you’re visiting, you’ll still need to check...

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04:05
Apple details 'Siri for Mac' desktop...

While Apple's Siri has been an iOS staple since 2011, the tech has yet to make the jump to OS X. An exhaustive new patent filing, however, details a very similar desktop version of the virtual assistant that can perform dictation, high-level system commands and even act as a "third hand" for Mac users.



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03:52
Sam Sung Apple Specialist raises a smile as he...

The idea of a former Canadian Apple Specialist auctioning his last business card might sound rather bizarre until you see his name.

The amusing card is being auctioned on eBay, with all proceeds going to the Children’s Wish Foundation, a charity whose mission is to fulfill the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. The charity fulfills the wishes of more than a thousand children a year.

At the time of writing, the high bid was $4,850 with eight days to go. If you’re feeling well-off and generous, you can bid here. The winner will get the framed shirt, lanyard and card.

Filed under: General Tagged: Apple,...

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02:24
Report debunks claims of Chinese ban on Apple...

Countering a rumor that claimed China recently banned state agencies from purchasing Apple products, a report on Thursday says the company was simply not included on a list of energy-efficient devices that some government bodies look to for appropriating new equipment.



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00:05
Apple’s Healthkit trademark doesn’t tell us jack...

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Wednesday August 6

23:16
Atlantic Magazine notes trend to Chromebooks in...

A number of schools that had instituted large-scale programs to supply students with iPads or other tablets are now reconsidering the idea, particularly for post-elementary students, a new article from The Atlantic notes, in an investigation that could have some consequences for Apple's renewed push into education. While administrators, teachers and students alike appreciate the iPad, the shortcoming of no built-in physical keyboard is becoming an issue for Common Core and secondary-school students....



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22:15
Review: Logitech X300 mobile wireless speaker

Bluetooth speakers offer a wealth of choices for consumers, with sound and price often coming down to the main factors for a purchase. Sound needs to fit the requirements of the user, from those that seek crushing bass or a balanced spectrum. Trying to find the middle ground between what consumers can afford and what sound they want can be a difficult equalibrium to reach. But can a good balance of price and sound be found in the sub-$100 market? Yes, with the $70 Logitech X300 mobile wireless speaker. But does the sound stack up to speakers more than twice the price, or are consumers taking t...



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21:00
Reviews: Logitech X300 mobile wireless speaker

Bluetooth speakers offer a wealth of choices for consumers, with sound and price often coming down to the main factors for a purchase. Sound needs to fit the requirements of the user, from those that seek crushing bass or a balanced spectrum. Trying to find the middle ground between what consumers can afford and what sound they want can be a difficult equalibrium to reach. But can a good balance o ......



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20:49
IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic HD for iOS devices...

A new version of IK Multimedia's previous iRig Mic is now available beginning today for the iRig Mic HD, an all-in-one digital condenser mic that features its own A/D converters to eliminate any requirement for pricey audio interfaces. By providing both a 1.5 meter (59-inch) Lightning and USB cable, the mic is one of the few that works natively with both mobile and desktop/notebook systems (a 30-pin connector is sold separately for older iOS devices). The unit is capable of 24-bit, 48kHz recording....



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20:15
ACM 266: The Rumored iPhone 6 Event and Apple as...

With reports of an iPhone 6 media event on September 9 circulating, Jeff and Bryan take a look at Apple's timing and what that may mean for other fall product announcements. They also offer up their take on China's decision to ban Apple products from the government's approved purchase list, and Russia's demand for Apple's source code.


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19:30
Twitch changes video on demand policy, adds audio...

Twitch was quick to issue some changes of its own a day after the company decided to shut down Justin.tv. In what the company is calling necessary changes, Twitch will be changing the way it handles video on demand (VOD) and the audio within them. The changes are significant compared to many others the company has made as Twitch is removing permanent video saves and handing off audio copyright policing to a third party....



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19:26
Moscone Center calendar of events suggests Apple...

While Apple's recent Worldwide Developers Conference just wrapped up two months ago, the Moscone Center's upcoming events calendar suggests the company has already set a June 8 kickoff date for the 2015 meeting.



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18:50
A Fresh Look at OpenStack


The OpenStack project continues to be something of a lightning rod and also something of a dichotomy in the industry. On one hand, it has drawn the involvement of hundreds of supporting vendors and more than 17,000 individual members. It ranks highly among priorities, particularly for private clouds. Yet critics are quick to point out issues: the continued difficulty of installing and implementing OpenStack; the challenges of pushing it to production and fragmentation -- including different vendor objectives and agendas.

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17:51
City of Cupertino releases official Apple Campus 2...

Following some photos taken earlier this week by KCBS traffic reporter Ron Cervi, the City of Cupertino itself has updated its website with new photos of the progress being made on Apple's "spaceship" Campus 2 project. While not revealing anything any new compared to the Cervi photos, the picture quality is noticeably higher and shows off a wider angle, giving some context of the construction site against the rest of the city....



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17:37
Cryptolocker Decrypted By Security Researchers

Victims of CryptoLocker malware have an alternative to paying ransom or restoring from backup: Security researchers have reverse engineered the keys and are making them freely available to people affected.

The Mac Observer Spin: I doubt anything will happen to the person behind the malware, but I'm glad this is a case where there's a nicer option than having to reformat everything and start again.


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17:33
Mozilla warns of accidental disclosure of developer...

At the beginning of the month, Mozilla issued a release on its security blog that there had been an investigation into accidental disclosure of its database for the Mozilla Developer Network (MDN). The company discovered a problem after a web developer found out that the data sanitization process it runs on the MDN database had been failing. The result was that 76,000 email addresses of account holders, as well as the "passwords of about 4,000 users" were able to be accessed publicly....



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17:30
Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

lurker412 writes Yesterday, and without previous warning, all Mac users running Leopard or earlier versions of OS-X have been locked out of Skype. Those customers are given instructions to update, but following them does not solve the problem. The Skype Community Forum is currently swamped with complaints. A company representative active on the forum said "Unfortunately we don't currently have a build that OS X Leopard (10.5) users could use" but did not answer the question whether they intend to provide one or not.

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16:27
Microsoft looking to open retail outlet near...

Apple's iconic glass cube may soon get a neighbor in longtime rival Microsoft, which is supposedly in negotiations to open a retail space on New York's Fifth Ave., just a few blocks away from the city's flagship Apple Store.



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16:26
Apple Hires Former Yves Saint Laurent Europe Chief...

Apple has hired its latest former fashion exec in Catherine Monier, who was president and retail head of Yves Saint Laurent Europe until earlier this summer.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple has hired a lot of fashion industry people, which keeps fueling iWatch speculation. I wonder how much different the approach will be for these people given that their background isn't built on other tech companies.


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16:21
Wikimedia Blasts Europe's 'Right to Be...


The Wikimedia Foundation on Wednesday released its first-ever transparency report -- and along with it a protest against Europe's "right to be forgotten" law. Wikimedia is the nonprofit owner of Wikipedia and other sites. "Last week, the Wikimedia Foundation began receiving notices that certain links to Wikipedia content would no longer appear in search results served to people in Europe," wrote Wikimedia General Counsel Geoff Brigham and Legal Counsel Michelle Paulson.

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16:00
PhotoPills is just what the doctor ordered for pro...

Outdoor photographers are going to love PhotoPills. This US$9.99 app is a treasure trove of information for photographers who do most of their work outside.

The app allows you to plan your photography for any location on earth by letting you know...

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15:29
Microsoft wants to make a retail splash near Apple’s...

 


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Microsoft wants to build a new 8,700 sq. ft. retail store on New York’s Fifth Avenue, just a few blocks away from Apple’s cube, the New York Daily News reported today. The two-story building located at 677 Fifth Avenue is currently vacant, but the Redmond-based software giant wants to setup shop near one of its competitors most iconic locations.

Microsoft has been walking in the shadow of Apple’s retail success for years now. In 2009 the...

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15:26
Rhapsody acquires Schematic Labs and Exfm, builds...

Rhapsody International has recently acquired two companies that could help it build is music services in additional areas. It was announced that the company acquired Schematic Labs, the team behind SoundTracking, and Exfm for undisclosed amounts. Each company was picked up for a different reason, one team to bolster music discovery, while the other expands upon sharing....



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15:26
New report elaborates on 'iPhone 6' rumors...

A report on Wednesday corroborates earlier rumors that Apple's next-gen iPhone lineup will feature a faster processor and advanced communications package, but will not include a much-hyped sapphire screen.



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15:00
ClamCase Pro for iPad Air: The best keyboard just...

With all of the Bluetooth keyboards that have appeared over the years for the iPad, there was one that really stuck out in my mind as the best overall and that was the ClamCase Pro. When it came to letting me type quickly on an iPad, have flexibility...

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14:51
NPR One Lets Listeners Hear Radio Their Way


NPR last week launched a mobile app that gives modern listeners a new way to access personalized radio content. NPR One provides mobile device users a stream of news stories based on their preferences. They can curate a playlist of their favorite NPR podcasts -- such as Fresh Air, for instance -- as well as stories aired on their local public radio station. The app, which is available for free for iOS and Android, is designed to work better the more the user listens and provides feedback.

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14:40
China Bans iPad, MacBook Pro, Other Apple Products...

MojoKid (1002251) writes "China seems to be on a mission to isolate itself from the world, at least in terms of technology. After banning Windows 8 on government PCs and raiding several of Microsoft's offices in China as part of an anti-trust investigation, Chinese officials have now prohibited purchase of several Apple products for government use. The list of banned Apple products include the iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and half a dozen other items, all of which were left off of a final government procurement list distributed in July. This is a potentially big hit to Apple, which generated around 16 percent of its $37.4 billion in revenue last quarter from China. Apple saw its iPad sales jump 51 percent and Mac sales boosted 39 percent in China."

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14:36
Moscone Center dates pin WWDC 2015 between June 8...

Just two months after hosting WWDC 2014, Apple appears to have already set dates for next year's conference. At San Francisco's Moscone Center -- where the company's Worldwide Developer Conference is traditionally held -- the official event calendar lists a generic "corporate event" as running from June 8–12. WWDC is usually held in early June, and Apple has had the same placeholder in several years past. Other Moscone bookings for June 2015 have specific names....



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14:30
Steve Jobs is a Japanese manga star

The life of Apple guru Steve Jobs is already a book and a Hollywood movie, so why not adapt it into a Japanese comic as well? That appears to be just what has happened. It's noted that the book is "based on" the official Steve Jobs biography by...

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14:19
Acer ships B286HK 28-inch 4K monitor with six-axis...

Acer has put a Ultra HD monitor on sale in the United States, aimed at the professional market. Measuring 28 inches, the B286HK has a native 3,840x2,160 resolution in a 16:9 aspect ratio, is said to offer sharp pictures and high color accuracy courtesy of its included six-axis color adjustment system, and has a maximum contrast ratio of 100 million to one, with a response time of 2ms....



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14:11
This monkey took a selfie. Who owns the copyright?

Vox:

Slater had traveled to Indonesia to do a wildlife shoot. While he was there, he left one of his cameras unattended, and a crested black macaque monkey began playing with it. She took dozens of photos, most of which were blurry shots of the ground or the sky. But the photos included this crystal-clear selfie.

Slater says he owns the copyright to the photograph and asked Wikimedia to take it down. In its first-ever transparency report, the Wikimedia Foundation says it refused because it doesn’t believe Slater owns the copyright.

On one level, this is a funny story but, as a photographer, it’s very interesting to me. We’ve usually said that whoever actually took the photo owns the copyright. But what if the “photographer” isn’t human?

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14:09
Nbryte’s Tablift Can Stand Up Your iPad Almost...

Nbryteâs Tablift offers an alternative way to stand up your iPad in a hands free way for bed time or video time. It has flexible, stable legs and can be used with standard iPads and the iPad mini.


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14:00
Former Apple employee Sam Sung auctioning off his...

If you've ever happened upon a list of the most interesting business cards, you've undoubtedly stumbled across the business card of an Apple employee named, of all things, Sam Sung.

For a little while, Sung worked as an Apple retail store specialist...

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13:51
Apple hires Yves Saint Laurent's Catherine...

Apple has hired on another person from fashion giant Yves Saint Laurent, Catherine Monier, sources say. While with YSL, Monier was the company's European president and worldwide wholesale director. She's said to have left the company earlier this week, and should make the switch to Apple within the next few days....



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13:47
President refutes 'fast lane' aspect of...

President Obama, fielding a question at a press event, has decried part of US Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler's "net neutrality" proposal. Speaking before the US Africa Leaders Summit, the president claims that "you don't want to start getting a differentiation in how accessible the Internet is to different users" and that the proposal needs to "leave it open so the next Google and the next Facebook can succeed."...



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13:40
How to Secure Your Mac With OS X Gatekeeper

OS X Mountain Lion was the first version to introduce the Gatekeeper security mechanism. John Martellaro explains how to use it to make your Mac more secure from malware.


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13:30
Record App Store sales, European job creation, and...

The dog days of summer might make for slow news days, but there's still some happenings in the Apple world that you should know about.

Apple says July was record-setting month for app store revenue

Indie developers may be having trouble eking out a profitable living on the App Store, but the store as a whole continues to do well: Apple told CNBC on Tuesday that it achieved both record-setting App Store revenues and a record number of customer transactions in the month of July. The company declined to mention any specific numbers, but given Apple’s third-quarter $4.485 billion revenue from iTunes, software, and services, it’s not hard to picture a many-...

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13:30
Uber introduces Uber for Business: Have your company...

Uber has updated its iOS app to support its Uber for Business service. With Uber for Business, employees who are traveling for work can request a ride from Uber and have the costs of the trip quickly billed to their company. For business people who...

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13:00
Apple's stock buybacks spurred massive share...

With Apple making more money than it knows what to do with, the company in March of 2012 announced a capital return program consisting of stock buybacks and dividends. The initial program was designed to return $45 billion in value to shareholders,...

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12:57
Google buys smart messaging service Emu, iOS app to...

Google has just revealed the acquisition of mobile messaging and virtual assistant company Emu. The product searches conversations had with contacts about information it needs to record, such as appointments, contact information, and other data. The service for iOS will shut down prior to its absorption by Google, and will no longer function after August 25 for existing users, with no migration path currently announced....



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12:30
Poll: What home devices would you like to have...

At WWDC 2014, Apple announced a new developer framework called HomeKit. The idea behind HomeKit is to provide a common way for home automation devices -- the so-called "Internet of Things" -- to be controlled from iOS devices. We've seen everything...

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12:23
News: ABC News live video viewers on Apple TV trump...

ABC News claims that its viewers are watching 50 percent more live video on Apple TV than on desktop and mobile combined. The organization has released a new infographic highlighting the first 30 days of ABC News on Apple TV. It’s also noted that viewers spend 65 percent more time per visit on Apple TV compared to when viewing on desktop. ABC also announced it’s adding three new local stations to its current nine local stations on Apple…

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12:15
Samsung teases Sept. 3 reveal of 'Note 4,...

With word leaking that Apple is apparently plotting an iPhone-related media event on Sept. 9, rival Samsung appears poised to beat Apple to press with its own "Unpacked" event six days earlier, where it is expected to unveil its next-generation jumbo-sized Note smartphone.



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12:09
Too Tired to Order a Pizza? There’s an App for That

Pizza is a staple of life for many people, but that whole ordering for delivery thing? What a total pain. That is, unless you're using Push For Pizza from Simple Food Solutions. The iPhone app was developed by a team of clever teens who saw a need and filled it... with pizza. After you fill in some basic info, like your name, address and credit card number, the pizza joint you like, cheese or pepperoni, and you're ready to go. Just tap the pizza button and your pizza shows up, fully paid for, including tip. It's brilliant, it's simple, and your next pizza is just a tap away. Push For Pizza is a free download at Apple's iTunes-based App Store.


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12:07
Paul Deneve brings YSL’s Europe President and Retail...

Apple has just made another significant hire from the global fashion industry: Yves Saint Laurent’s Europe President and Retail Head Catherine Monier. Sources say that Monier left the Paris, France-based fashion icon earlier this summer and that she started at Apple within the last few weeks. The sources added that former Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve, who joined Apple last year to work on “Special Projects” under Apple CEO Tim Cook, was behind the hire and that Monier will work on Deneve’s team…

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12:07
Up to $270 Off Rosetta Stone

I am stoked about today's deal because I love the product, Rosetta Stone. I'm not a linguistic scientist, but years ago I went through the company's Level 1 program for Japanese and it was amazing. On the other hand, it's expensive. Level 1, for instance, is $179 all by itself, and if you bundle Level 1-5, it retails for $499. With our deal, you can get up to $270 off-the more you buy the more you save. So, Level 1-5 is $229. If you just get Level 1, it's $40 off. Rosetta Stone also offers online subscriptions, and you can use our coupon for up to $270 on that, too. If you've been interested in Rosetta Stone, this is the best deal I've seen. It expires in one day, so get on it.


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12:01
Amazon expands same-day delivery to NYC, DC,...

Amazon.com has expanded Same-Day Delivery with new "Get It Today" capabilities for customers in Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC metro areas, with more than a million eligible items now available for same-day delivery....



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12:00
Citing security concerns, Chinese government removes...

Citing concerns that Apple products pose a security threat, the Chinese government last month removed all Apple products from an official government procurement list.

Bloomberg reports:

Apple is the latest U.S. technology company to be excluded...

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11:58
Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.6

Small maintenance release for the bootable backup utility ($39.95 new, free update, 10.8 MB)

 

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11:53
Keeping Up with the Snoops 6: A Game of Chairs

In the latest round of Snoops updates, Josh Centers brings you an update on the CIA/Senate kerfuffle we reported back in March, what Edward Snowden is up to, how this all affects Apple, and why Tor isn’t as secure as you might have thought.

 

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11:50
Hider 2.1

Adds advanced secure erase options and improves handling of unforeseen interruptions. ($19.99 new, free update, 5.7 MB)

 

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11:48
News: Redesigned Foursquare 8.0 removes check-ins

Foursquare Labs has updated its free Foursquare iOS app to version 8.0. As expected, the redesign has eliminated location check-ins — the feature which first brought Foursquare to prominence. Users looking to check in can now only do so through Foursquare’s separate Swarm app. The new Foursquare is focused on tips and location discovery, as the app aims to find places and things based on a user’s specific tastes. Changes can be seen…

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11:40
Synology unable to aid decryption of SynoLocker...

Synology users affected by the SynoLocker attack may have lost their files to the cryptoware. Representatives from Synology have informed Electronista that at this time, they are unable to provide assistance recovering data that has been forcibly encrypted by the malware....



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11:23
ABC News live video viewers on Apple TV trump...

ABC News claims that its viewers are watching 50 percent more live video on Apple TV than on desktop and mobile combined. The organization has released a new infographic highlighting the first 30 days of ABC News on Apple TV. It’s also noted that viewers…

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11:02
Analyst claims iPhone 6 may have 2,100mAh battery

The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 may have a 2,100mAh battery, claims a Chinese analyst, Sun Chang Xu. That figure would be a 45.8 percent leap over the 1,440mAh of the iPhone 5s. A recent report indicated that the iPhone 6 will have a 1,810mAh battery....



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11:00
Razer's Taipan might be your ideal Mac gaming...

When it comes to gaming mice, it's not entirely surprising that it's close to impossible to find a mouse that even remotely fits the aesthetic of Apple. The Razer Taipan is one of the rare gaming mice that is offered in such a shade, and if I'm being...

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10:48
Redesigned Foursquare 8.0 removes check-ins

Foursquare Labs has updated its free Foursquare iOS app to version 8.0. As expected, the redesign has eliminated location check-ins — the feature which first brought Foursquare to prominence. Users looking to check in can now only do so through Foursquare’s separate Swarm

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10:30
ABC News on Apple TV proves more popular than...

Apple TV users have flocked to ABC News's recently-unveiled live video offerings, the network said on Wednesday, with Apple TV viewers consuming 50 percent more live ABC News programming than viewers on desktops and mobile devices combined.



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10:17
Researchers Finagle Sound From Silent Video


Researchers have developed an algorithm to extract audio information from video footage. They recovered intelligible speech from a video of a potato chip bag that was shot at a distance of 15 feet behind soundproof glass. The team also obtained useful audio signals from videos of aluminum foil, the surface of a glass of water, and the leaves of a potted plant. Objects vibrate when hit by sound, creating a subtle visual signal that is usually invisible to the naked eye. The researchers sought to reconstruct the sounds causing such vibrations.

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10:16
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-06

Word on the street is that Apple will host a special media event to introduce the iPhone 6 on September 9. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what Apple may announce, plus they wax poetic on some of their favorite OS X features of all time.


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10:03
China drops Apple from procurement list over “...

The latest procurement list used by the Chinese government has dropped Apple's products, including the iPad, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro, reports Bloomberg. Public money can no longer be used to buy Apple hardware due to "security concerns."

The procurement list, created by the National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Finance, limits the purchasing of all government departments, ministries, and local governments in China. A draft created in June included the Apple products, but the final version from July omits them.

Apple is in good company. Prior drafts of the list have dropped Symantec and Kaspersky antivirus software, and Microsoft's Windows 8 has been excluded because of "energy efficiency" concerns. The removal is consistent with growing antagonism between the Chinese government and non-Chinese companies....

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10:00
Yahoo Mail improves email inbox searching with new...

Yahoo today pushed out an update to its iOS Mail app, adding an improved search experience to the app's lineup of features. This latest update, available now in the App Store, brings the email client up to version 3.2.0.

The new search option allows...

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09:56
Sam Sung is auctioning off his Apple business card

Sam Sung:

I came across one of my old business cards the other day when it fell out of a book.

So, with a view to raising money for a very deserving charity, I’m auctioning the only “Apple Sam Sung” business card I have left and I’m going to donate ALL of the proceeds [minus eBay fees] to Children’s Wish, BC & Yukon – a not-for-profit that grants wishes to sick children.

You may remember the funny story a while back of the Apple employee named “Sam Sung”. He no longer works at Apple Retail but is auctioning off some of his Apple employee gear for a (local to me) good charity.

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Schools lament shortcomings of Apple's iPad as...

Even as Apple's education sales boom, some schools have begun to transition students and classrooms away from the iPad in favor of laptops -- including Google's cheap cloud-based Chromebooks -- as weaknesses have begun to emerge with the tablet form factor.



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ABC News viewers are watching 50% more live video on...

Since launching its new ABC News channel on Apple TV a month ago, ABC today reached out with some stats on how people have been using the app and also announced the addition of new local stations.

Since Apple TV is still a relatively closed platform only available to select Apple partners, we often don’t hear much on stats in terms of viewers vs other platforms. Today we learn that in the first 30 days of being available on Apple TV, ABC News is experiencing users watching 50% more live video on Apple TV than on desktop and mobile combined. It also says viewers spend 65% more time per visit on...

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Exploring the idea that Apple might abandon Intel...

Former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassee published an interesting piece earlier this week exploring the idea that Apple, some time down the road, might abandon Intel and instead rely upon ARM chips for its entire Mac lineup. As it stands now, Apple...

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Apple claims to have created 630,000 European jobs

Apple has posted a new promotional page, touting the company's alleged benefits to the European economy. It claims to have "created or supported" 629,000 jobs on the continent, with over 500,000 of those being linked to the "app economy." Of the over $20 billion it has paid out to developers, about $6.5 billion is said to have gone to European outfits. Among Apple's 280,500 registered developers, 52,000 are in Germany alone, and 30,000 are in France. The local iOS app economy is said to have about 20,000 open positions....



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About EFI firmware updates (Apple KB)

Learn how to identify if your Intel-based Macintosh computer needs an EFI firmware update and how to apply EFI firmware updates to Intel-based Macintosh computers.

Read more: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3706

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Foursquare’s location discovery-focused app overhaul...



Earlier this year Foursquare announced its plans to split check-ins and social features from location discovery and reviewing features from its mobile apps. Swarm, the new app focused on check-ins, launched earlier this year in May while Foursquare gave its users some time to become familiar with having two apps for two different purposes....

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Apple, Samsung Drop International Patent...

Apple and Samsung made a surprise on Tuesday when they released a joint statement saying they're dropping all of their patent infringement lawsuits against each other outside of the United States. Their unified decision doesn't, however, mean their ongoing fight over mobile device patents is coming to an end.


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Rumor: Apple to incorporate 2100mAh battery in...

You might see a pretty impressive boost in the battery life between the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 6.

Per AppleInsider and GforGames, analyst Sun Chang Xu has posted a note suggesting that the 4.7-inch version of Apple’s next iPhone will boast a 2,100mAh battery.

If true, that would represent a huge 45.8 percent increase over the 1,440mAh battery Apple currently features in the iPhone 5s. It’s possible that Apple could accomplish the increase by decreasing the size of other internal components, and...

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News: China excludes Apple products from government...

China’s government has excluded iPads and MacBooks from a list of products that can be purchased with public money, Bloomberg reports. Citing security concerns as the reason for the omissions, government officials have left ten Apple products off the official procurement list, including both the iPad and iPad mini — the list does not include smartphones. Apple declined comment. This is yet another challenge for Apple in developing its growing…

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Rumor: 'iPhone 6' to feature 2100mAh...

In addition to an expected bigger 4.7-inch display, Apple's next iPhone may also pack in a much larger battery, representing a 45 percent increase in capacity from the company's current flagship iPhone 5s.



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Using the iPhone Compass app to hang pictures...

Most people don't even seem to know that an iPhone with iOS 7 comes with a built-in Compass app. Although that app could use some help in terms of accuracy, it also has a feature that works pretty well -- a bubble level.

Just launch the Compass app...

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Yahoo Mail iOS app adds improved search w/ filters...

Yahoo updated its Mail app today for iPhone and iPad with a new and improved search experience that makes it easier to find emails and specific content within emails when searching for contacts.

With the updated app, users can now apply filters after searching for a contact that will filter results by emails, photos, or files. The update will make it easy to, for example, find a specific attachment within an email or conversation.

The update also includes unspecified performance improvements and bug fixes.

The updated Yahoo Mail app for iPhone and iPad, version 3.2.0, is available now...

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07:31
China excludes Apple products from government...

The Chinese government has excluded 10 Apple products from its latest procurement list dictating which products can be bought using public funds, according to officials cited by Bloomberg. Some notable omissions include the iPad, iPad mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. The products were on a June version of the list, but are said to have been left out as of July due to security worries....



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07:20
China excludes Apple products from government...

China’s government has excluded iPads and MacBooks from a list of products that can be purchased with public money, Bloomberg reports. Citing security concerns as the reason for the omissions, government officials have left ten Apple products off the official procurement list, including both the iPad and iPad mini…

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Review: iKettle, the iPhone-controlled kettle for...

Any tea drinker will know the experience. You wander into the kitchen to put the kettle on to make tea, wander back to the living-room or office and half an hour later realize you forgot all about it. So the second time you stand there waiting impatiently for it to boil. This is the problem the iKettle sets out to solve.

That, at least, is my excuse. The reality, of course, is that it’s a kettle with wifi – how could anyone reasonably expect me to resist … ? 

Appearance

In overall appearance, the iKettle doesn’t look too different from any modern kettle. It’s in the obligatory stainless steel, and has a powered base, leaving the kettle cordless. Even the temperature settings are becoming standard these days on higher-end kettles.

If you’re not a tea aficionado, boiling water (100C) is...

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The Week in iOS Accessories: Back to the future?

Back to the future?

This week's roundup of new gear for your iOS devices includes a famous prop from "Back to the Future." (Alas, you won't do any time traveling.) We've also got cables, speakers, stands, and more.

Bite My Apple

The $65 Boomerang is a mounting system stand for most iPads. Its stand can be adjusted to any of three different viewing angles, or you can mount your iPad directly to a wall. Spend an extra $15 and you can buy the mount system for the iPad Air, if that’s your tablet preference.

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YouTube Find: How Find My iPhone saved an injured...

You often hear how Find My iPhone helps locate a stolen to lost handset, but a recent story from Washington's KIRO 7 TV reveals how the service can save someone's life. In this case, the app was the key factor that helped locate of a lost and injured...

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What you should expect from Apple’s “iPhone 6”

It hardly seems like it’s been a year since the iPhone 5S was released, but word on the street is that Apple is planning to reveal its next-generation iPhone on September 9. That’s just over a month from now, and the rumor mill has been in full swing all summer, churning out speculation about what Apple will introduce. Since 2008’s iPhone 3G, iPhones released in even-numbered years get a new design while phones in odd-numbered years are just and sped up and tweaked. Since this is a redesign year, people are especially interested in seeing how Apple moves the platform forward.

This close to a new iPhone’s launch, rumors firm up a bit and begin to agree on specific aspects of the new hardware. Apple has a big supply chain and...

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DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.7.7

Adds support for Swift source code files and now requires Lion 10.7.5. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new.)

 

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iStat Menus 5 Offers More System Data, OS X Yosemite...

Bjango's new iStat Menus 5 is out with features OS X Mavericks users have been hoping for like per-app power usage, compressed memory support, per-app disk read and write stats, and more. OS X Yosemite users get to share in on the new features, too, plus version 5 supports menubar dark mode, too.


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06:23
Brother debuts two models in new line of small...

Printer manufacturer Brother today announced the MFC-J5620DW and the MFC-J5720DW, the first two model from its new line of color inkjet all-in-ones for small businesses, the Business Smart Plus Series. The new model offers printing up to 11x17, with print speeds of up to 22ppm black and 20ppm color....



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06:14
Apple, Samsung agree to end non-US patent suits

Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all patent suits against each other outside of the U.S., Bloomberg reports. A joint statement issued by the two companies confirms that ongoing claims in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, and the U.K. are all being abandoned. Although…

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06:10
Sprint to cease pursuit of T-Mobile

Sprint has decided to stop pursuing T-Mobile as a merger partner, The Wall Street Journal reports. The company also decided at a Tuesday board meeting to replace CEO Dan Hesse with Brightstar founder Marcelo Claure. It was first reported in December that Sprint was working toward a bid…

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City of Cupertino shares official updated aerial...

Following an update late last month from the City of Cupertino on progress being made at Apple’s currently under construction Campus 2 project, now the City has shared an official updated aerial photo of the site from Apple. 

Last month the city shared the first official photo with an overhead shot showing the entire campus and surrounding area. Today’s shot shows that progress is continuing on the main structure’s foundation and surrounding campus, but also gives us a wider field of view for a nice perspective of how the site fits into the surrounding city. Previously...

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Apple and Samsung agree to drop legal disputes in...

It's increasingly starting to look that Apple's obsession with taking Samsung to task for allegedly copying the iPhone may be starting to wane. Originally reported by Bloomberg, news broke on Tuesday evening that Apple and Samsung have agreed to end...

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China bans government agencies from purchasing Apple...

New procurement regulations handed down last month by the Chinese central government will prevent both national and local agencies from considering future purchases of some Apple products with public funds, a Wednesday report said.



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