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Thursday July 3

00:55
Inside App Extensions: the Cloud Kit-savvy Photos...

At WWDC, Apple unveiled a new App Extension architecture for both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Here's how the new extensions will change photo editing on both platforms, where the new Photos app will replace today's iPhoto and Aperture.



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Wednesday July 2

21:34
How GM and Philips almost killed “Toy Story” and all...

SlashFilm:

Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull recently published a book called Creativity Inc., bout how creativity and business can work hand in hand. The book is filled with stories from Catmull’s journey at Pixar, some details of which have never been told publicly before. One of the stories is about how a business deal came within seven days from changing history as we know it. Not only would Toy Story never have been made, it is very likely the computer animation revolution would have happened entirely differently or maybe not even at all.

The world would be a less joyous place if this had happened.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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21:33
T-Mobile moves to add future accessories to...

Anticipating a plethora of new add-on equipment releases over the rest of the year, carrier T-Mobile in the US has issued a memo saying it will start adding certain accessories to its Equipment Installment Plan (EIP) beginning July 20. This would allow users to upgrade the amount being financed on their two-year agreements alongside the smartphone itself in order to add the accessories. Smartwatches, fitness bands and other high-end devices could be among the devices considered for financing....



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19:15
Briefly: Tweetbot for Twitter 1.6, Dazzle hard drive...

Twitter client app Tweetbot has received an update for its OS X version, offering additional support for feed content viewing. The client allows users to view multiple timelines and windows, accommodates additional app integrations, and more. As is available for the iOS version, support for viewing and posting multiple Twitter images has been added--though the feature will not show up in search or streaming timeline until Twitter enables it in the future. Instagram videos are now marked with a play icon. Priced at $20, Tweetbot for Twitter requires OS X 10.7.4 or later to run....

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18:33
Analysts optimistic on iPhone sales in June,...

At least some Wall Street analysts believe that Apple may have found a way to do well in the traditionally-slower summer months leading up the reveal of the next iPhone, expected sometime this fall. Maynard Um of Wells Fargo believes that Apple may be in a position to set an all-time record for June quarterly sales in its next report , predicting the company has sold some 36.5 million smartphones by opening up new markets. Meanwhile, Evercore Partners analyst Rob Cihra looks to a spectacular holiday season....



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18:13
Yahoo winds down 'less popular' services...

Yahoo announced today that it's consolidating and shutting down a number of services to better fit with their mission statement. The company will shutter several services in the near future, and either integrate some of their features into other software or see their existence ended altogether. Shutting the little used services down allows Yahoo to focus on their four core areas....



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17:59
ACM 261: Facebook Has Privacy Issues and Amazon’s...

Facebook has broken user's trust thanks to an experiment it conducted where we were the subjects without our knowledge. Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin dive into the whole Facebook mess, and online social networking in general. They also have some favorite iPhone and iPad games to share, and take a look at ComiXology's new customer survey than may be getting results the company didn't expect.


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17:48
Microsoft rumored to debut platform-agnostic '...

According to a rumor, Microsoft's expected foray into the burgeoning wearables market will be an activity-minded wristband-style device that works with all major mobile platforms including Windows Phone, Google's Android and Apple's iOS.



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17:45
Microsoft reportedly working on iOS-compatible...


Photo: in.com

Microsoft is planning its own entry into the wearable market, but won’t make it exclusive to Windows devices, according to a report from Paul Thurrott. The device won’t be a watch, but a simple fitness band that can sync with multiple smartphone platforms, including Windows, iOS, and Android.

The company is said to be aiming for a Q4 release with pricing similar to that of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear. No word yet on whether the hardware will work with Apple’s own Health software or will require an app created by Microsoft.

Filed under: iOS Tagged: Android,...

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17:27
Microsoft's Threshold: Low Expectations but...


As the anticipated April 2015 launch of Threshold, the next major version of Windows OS, draws closer, Microsoft is tightening up its features. One of the OS Group's main goals in the design and development of Threshold is to make it more palatable to Windows 7 users, it seems. New features aimed at desktop users who may or may not use touch input are expected. The new OS may or may not be called "Windows 9," because Microsoft may want to shake off the taint of Windows 8, which did not quite meet its expectations for reviving PC sales.

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17:20
How To Create A Recovery USB Drive

Sometimes you need to boot from a recovery volume. However, if you don't have a recovery partition set up, you still have options. Kelly explains how to create and boot from a USB stick recovery drive.


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17:02
Apple ends AIM logins with legacy Mac IDs for OS X...

It appears that Apple's plan to discontinue iChat support for AIM logins using Mac.com and Me.com IDs on OS X 10.7.1 and earlier is affecting some users running newer versions of the Mac operating system, including OS X 10.9 Mavericks and OS X 10.10 Yosemite.



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17:00
Apple trims max iPhone trade-in value in US, Canada

Last August, Apple launched its iPhone trade-in program in Apple Stores across the United States, offering up to $250 of trade-in credit for top of the line devices. Now, with the impending release of the iPhone 6 this fall, prices have dropped....

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16:50
Amazon warns FTC it will take battle over in-app...

Amazon has decided to take a hard line against the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) pressure to change their approach to in-app purchases. In a letter to the commission, the company stated that it would defend its "customer-centric approach" through courts if the FCC pursued a complaint in federal court. The FTC is looking for Amazon to settle the in-app purchase matter in a fashion similar to Apple....



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16:06
Security update for Lion, Lion Server, Mountain Lion...

Alongside the release of OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks for newer Macs, Apple has also releases security-oriented updates for OS X 10.7.x (Lion), the server version of Lion, and for 10.8.x Mountain Lion. The vulnerabilities patched for all three versions include an update to the certificate trust policy, a flaw in the "copyfile" command, and an issue with the Dock that could allow apps to circumvent the sandboxing restrictions. Numerous other discovered potential security vulnerabilities were also addressed....



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16:01
∞ Thoughts on OS X Yosemite

I’ve taken much longer to write about OS X Yosemite than any other modern Mac operating system that I can remember. Part of the reason for the delay is that I’m quite taken with the new design and wanted to see if I like it over the long term, but I also think this is one of the most important OS X releases ever. [...]

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16:00
Smartphone owners use an average of 27 apps per month

During WWDC a few weeks ago, Apple, as it's prone to do, provided us with some updates regarding the ever increasing popularity of the App Store. As of early June, Tim Cook noted that iOS users have cumulatively downloaded 75 billion apps from an App...

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15:54
∞ In Canada

Chris Hadfield:

For fun this Canada Day, my brother and I set out to make the most Canadian music video ever. How’d we do?

I’d say you did right some good my son.

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15:42
These iPhone 6 renders show design details that...

For months, physical mockups, display components, front covers, and schematics for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 have leaked on the web. However, the physical reconstructions and diagrams simply do not do the potential design of the redesigned smartphone justice. Based on...

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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for July 2, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world.

You can listen to today's...

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15:20
Keep thieves from stealing your 2013 Mac Pro with a...

Ars Technica:

You know the 2013 Mac Pro, that computer you can spend as much as $9,599 on if you really try? Apple has just released a $49 new lock accessory for the computer that will keep people from unplugging everything, picking it up, and walking out the door with it.

This is one of those things you’d think Apple would have had available day of launch.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:00
Grab a Coke and a Shine: Misfit's Coca-Cola Red...

Some products are known by their iconic color, and for Coca-Cola, it's that bright red stripe. Misfit, the company behind the Shine fitness tracker, has teamed up with Coca-Cola to create a version of its little device that's is that exact red hue...

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14:49
Keep thieves from stealing your 2013 Mac Pro with a...

Mac Pro in chains.

Apple

You know the 2013 Mac Pro, that computer you can spend as much as $9,599 on if you really try? Apple has just released a $49 new lock accessory for the computer that will keep people from unplugging everything, picking it up, and walking out the door with it.

The adapter is compatible with all Kensington locks and "attaches to Mac Pro without tools or enclosure modification." When a lock is attached, it will also prevent the Mac Pro's case from being opened, so people won't be able to swipe your RAM or one of your GPUs or anything.

Apple originally announced the new Mac Pro design at WWDC in 2013,...

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14:30
Lock your Mac Pro to your desk with Apple's...

Macs are great computers, but they don't come cheap. The desktop Mac Pro model in particular will set you back $2,999 just for its most basic version. If you're worried about security, there's good news today. Apple has made it easier to protect your...

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14:23
Apple's Cook says iOS 8 voice messaging a key...

Citing a meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook, an analyst released a report on Wednesday predicting iOS 8's new voice messaging feature could trickle down to a long-rumored "iWatch" wearable device, noting the gesture-based messaging technique is ideal for small-screened devices.



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14:21
OS X 10.9.4 makes unannounced fixes to Mac Pro...

This Monday's OS X 10.9.4 update appears to have made undocumented fixes to rendering problems with the 2013 Mac Pro, users say. Under v10.9.3, people running video editors like Adobe Premiere Pro and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve were encountering problems such as crashes, freezes, pink and green lines in exported clips, and videos stalling during the export process. Posts on Adobe and Blackmagic's forums indicate that after updating OS X, video output is back to normal....



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14:05
Amazon would go to court to avoid FTC restrictions...

Amazon's Fire Phone, the latest hardware window into its app and media stores.

Sam Machkovech

Amazon is fighting the US Federal Trade Commission's efforts to restrict in-app purchases on its phones and tablets, The Wall Street Journal reported today. The FTC argues that unauthorized in-app purchases made by children using Amazon's devices have affected "thousands" of parents, and the commission wants Amazon to agree to fines and more explicit restrictions on when and how in-app purchases can be made.

For its part, Amazon believes that its current protections are getting the job done, and Amazon Associate General Counsel Andrew DeVore said in a letter that Amazon would "defend [its] approach in court" rather than agree to the FTC's restrictions. DeVore also said that Amazon has refunded any...

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13:55
TUAW TV Live: No fireworks, just Steve & Doc

It's a US holiday week, which means that some of us at TUAW will be taking a few days off from the daily deluge of Apple news and reviews to spend time in the warm summer weather enjoying ourselves. Before we do that, though, we're going to hang out...

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13:44
Apple CEO Tim Cook talks voice messaging in analyst...

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently advocated voice messaging in a private talk, according to a new memo by UBS analyst Steven Milunovich. "When we visited with Tim Cook, he said that walking down streets in China one sees people speaking into their phones sending voice rather than text messages," the note reads . "Porting this capability to the [i]watch makes sense as it is easier to send a voice message from a device already on the wrist than pulling out a phone. It also could aid penetration of China, which Cook said has a ways to go."...



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13:20
Lessons From the Los Angeles School District iPad...

The Los Angeles Unified School District learned some tough lessons with its iPad rollout. The L.A. Times told the story, but there is much to ponder in scenarios like this. John Martellaro offers some food for thought.


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13:07
Want In-app Purchases Back in ComiXology? There’s a...

When ComiXology pulled in-app purchases from its iPad app after being bought by Amazon, the digital comic experience was ruined for a lot of us. If that includes you, it's time to make your voice heard. Comixology is conducting a customer survey right now where you can tell the company exactly how you feel about losing in-app purchases.

The Mac Observer Spin: Amazon really doesn't like the idea of sharing 30 percent of ComiXology's sales with Apple, so it won't be easy to convince the company to change. Still, if we don't try there isn't any hope of making ComiXology into the great experience it once was.


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13:04
Increased Messages security leaves iChat, third-...

Sometimes there’s no choice but to let go of the past. Case in point, those with AOL Instant Messenger accounts based on their Mac.com and Me.com email addresses. Many of those folks were surprised on Tuesday when they found themselves unable to log in either on older versions of OS X or via third-party IM clients, such as Adium.

Thanks to enhanced security that Apple has put in place as of July 1, folks with those specific usernames can no longer connect to the AIM service with clients other than Messages running on OS X 10.7.2 or later.

The use of Mac.com screennames dates back to 2002, around the time Apple first launched iChat—for those keeping score at home, that’s three iterations of Apple’s online service ago. (It was still iTools at that point.) Upon the service’s transition to MobileMe, Apple added the ability for users to log in with their Me.com addresses as well.

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13:01
Responsive full background image using CSS

I’ve seen some others, but this one requires no JavaScript.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:01
Samsung to guard against anticipated 'iPhone 6...

With a 4.7-inch iPhone rumored to be on the horizon, Samsung is reportedly readying its first non-plastic handset for a September unveiling in what could be an attempt to stave off defections from Galaxy buyers waiting for a larger-screened option from Apple.



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13:00
Polymo makes organizing your iPhone photos easy

Polymo is a new camera app for iPhone with some nice twists. It just came out today, but I've been testing it for a while and I can say that at its US$1.99 pricetag, it's a really slick tool to have.

This isn't a fancy photo app with a bunch of...

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12:54
Why online tracking is getting creepier

It truly is frightening how far this is going.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:54
T-Mobile expected to start offering accessories on...

According to a leaked internal T-Mobile memo, accessories being sold to eligible customers will qualify for an EIP (equipment installment plan) starting on July 20th (via TmoNews). Much more expensive smartphone accessories such as smartwatches and high-end Beats headphones are surely becoming more and more attractive to customers, and the un-carrier seemingly wants to give customers an easier way to get their hands on them.

The current EIP programs, which allow you to pay for your device typically over a period of 24 months will be coming to accessories in some form and should be presented to customers as “part of the complete solution” according to the memo. And customers may very well be enticed by the deal because that would mean that they’re able to walk out of a brick-and-mortar store with a lot of new product without having to pay much up-front.

Sadly...

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12:54
Yahoo Saves Greendale in 'Community' Rescue


Fans of the sitcom Community have cause to celebrate after Yahoo renewed the show for a sixth season. Creator and showrunner Dan Harmon has signed on, along with seven core cast members. The season will have at least 13 episodes and will air weekly starting this fall. NBC ran the show, which centers on the fictional Greendale Community College, for five seasons before canceling it earlier this year. Since then, rumors abounded that other networks or online services might keep Community alive.

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12:32
macTuneUp and DiskTools Pro for $24.99

We have a great deal on macTuneUp and DiskTools Pro from Macware today. Regularly priced at $110, you can get them through our deal for $24.99. macTuneUp keeps your Mac running fast and it can fix problems with your system, too. It will clear your caches and log file, find duplicates, remove unused language files and more. With DiskTooks Pro, you can defrag your Mac's hard drive (Dave Hamilton will yell at you if you defrag an SSD), repair volumes, create bootable backups, benchmark your drives, find and repair broken aliases, and much more. This deal ends in 4 days.


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12:30
Video: Talking to the developers of the LaMetric...

One of the hottest Kickstarter campaigns right now is that for LaMetric -- it's a smart ticker from a company called Smart Atoms that displays just about anything you can imagine. With 30 days to go in the campaign, LaMetric has gathered almost 1,500...

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12:27
Pro video editors say OS X 10.9.4 update resolves...

Earlier this week, Apple released OS X 10.9.4 with various enhancements and bug fixes for wake-from-sleep and WiFi connectivity. In addition to those fixes, many professional video editors who use Mac Pros are reporting that graphics rendering and performance issues found in the preceding OS X 10.9.3 have been resolved. Graphics card incompatibility issues with 2013 Mac Pros bundled with AMD D700 and D500 graphics engines resulted in videos stalling during the exporting process,...

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12:16
[Sponsor] Bellroy: Slim Your Wallet

Slimmer iPad? Check. Thinner iPhone? On its way (probably). Your laptop? Light as air.

But what about your wallet?

Dividing all of your cards with leather adds significant bulk to a wallet. Instead, stacking your cards together saves loads of space. Bellroy craft wallets that don’t have those little voids. This uses less material and helps create a slimmer silhouette, even with the same contents. Visit Bellroy’s online shop to find out why John Gruber thinks his Bellroy is the “best wallet I’ve ever used”.

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12:06
Mophie debuts 64GB iPhone 5/5s Space Pack storage...

Back in March, we reviewed Mophie’s Space Pack storage case for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. The case is both a battery pack that boosts the battery life of the iPhone as well as an external storage drive. Mophie has shipped variants that add 16GB and 32GB of storage to your iPhone, and today the company has announced a new 64GB version. That means with this case, you can technically have an iPhone that can store approximately 128GB of data. Data on the Space Pack is managed via a free Space app on the App Store....

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12:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Power Nocs™: Browse,...

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11:34
UK Launches Investigation into Facebook’s Emotional...

Facebook's experiment into what happens when to subscriber's moods when their timelines were manipulated to gauge their emotional state has caught the eye of UK regulators. The country's Information Commissioner's Office has started an investigation into Facebook's 2012 experiment to determine whether or not any laws were broken and if fines that could reach Â500,000 should be imposed.

The Mac Observer Spin: Considering the level of anger surrounding the Facebook experiment, it's likely we'll see other governments getting involved with looking into the company's practices. For Facebook, the issue will be to find the fine line it can walk between offering users a social network service and manipulating those same subscribers for its own financial gain.

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11:30
.mac, .me AIM logins failing even in later versions...

Some people using .mac or .me addresses as AIM logins in Messages are finding them non-functional, even after meeting Apple's requirements for a June 30th support cutoff, complaints indicate. In April, Apple stated that those logins would no longer work for versions of OS X below v10.7.2. Even people who do meet that threshold, however, are saying they can't use the logins anywhere, including the AIM web interface or third-party Mac and iOS clients such as Adium....



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11:30
Daily Deals for July 2, 2014, featuring the Complete...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.

TUAW's Daily Deals

The Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course...

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11:22
Civilization Revolution 2 hits the App Store, Pac-...

With the Independence Day holiday around the corner, iOS gamers now have a few new options for off-day entertainment as 2K Games officially released Civilization Revolution 2 and Namco Bandai updated Pac-Man with new mazes and content.



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11:04
Open Directory Woes

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: Open DirectoryLocal Network User

I can't figure this out. Using Local Network Users for Xsan Clients. 2 Mac mini MDCs. Both Setup for Open Directory & DNS. 10.9.4 all around (but one soon to be replaced client running 10.8.5)

Open Directory "available at server1.xsan.domain.net" - Public network. Master OD.

Everything works for about half a day, more or less, then suddenly the local network users can't log in or authenticate themselves if they are already logged in. (i.e. installing software)

Console shoots back the following:

7/2/14 1:44:52.038 PM Console[823]: Marker - Jul 2, 2014, 1:44:52 PM...

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11:00
iMovie update fixes crashing issue

Apple has released iMovie 10.0.04 just in time for editing all the video from your summer adventures. The update doesn't bring any major new features to iMovie, but it does provide improved stability and fixes issues that have previously caused the...

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10:49
Aperture’s Golden Hour

Apple is retiring Aperture, its professional photo software, in favor of the new Photos application for OS X. Jeff Carlson examines why the transition isn’t like most software and what Photos will need to do (and may fail at) in the future.

 

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10:45
XSAN Volume folder move

Forums: Troubleshooting

I'm baffled and could use some opinions here.

I've got a root folder on an XSAN volume that has mysteriously (none of my users will lay claim to it) moved itself to within another root folder. The end result looks like this:
Original Location -- > /Volumes/Xsan_Storage/Analysts_Folders
New Location --> /Volumes/Xsan_Storage/Acquisition/Analysts_Folders

Now, Like I said earlier, nobody will lay claim to be the source of how my root folder got moved, and when I say moved I mean that most of the data within the original path vanished, entirety of the folder is gone from the original location, save for two nested folders and a paltry 400k-ish of tertiary data within those folders. The new location seems to have the entire remainder of the original folder, best I can tell.
I've got the bulk of my clients on win...

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10:15
iPhone Apps: Fancy, Jetpack Joyride, Badland
10:14
Support for .Mac and .Me AIM logins ends for OS X 10...

As Apple previously announced in April, today marks the end of support for AIM in iChat using a me.com or mac.com ID for Macs running OS X Lion 10.7.1 or earlier. While some reports are claiming the change also appears to be affecting users on newer versions of OS X, we’ve confirmed with sources with knowledge of the situation that users running 10.7.2 or higher, including Yosemite, will continue to have support for AIM.

iChat functionality including text messaging via AIM, video chat, and screen sharing will no longer be available when used with a mac.com or me.com ID on systems running 10.7.1 or earlier after June 30, 2014. Follow the instructions below to continue using AIM services with your me.com or mac.com ID.

Apple...

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10:10
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-02

iPads in Los Angeles schools didn't work out quite as well as hoped, and it looks like there's plenty of blame to pass around. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to take a look at what went wrong and why, plus they talk about the UK's investigation into Facebook's user feed experiment.


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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 3D printers from $600,...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

3D Printers: MakerBot Replicator 2 (refurb)...

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09:30
Go, You Chicken Fat, Go!: The story of the Youth...

Apple is no stranger to putting catchy tunes in its TV ads, but the song that accompanied the iPhone's "Strength" ad that debuted last month was a bit strange. For starters, it's called Chicken Fat (or at least that's one of its names), and it sounds...

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09:00
Galaxy S5 beat out by iPhone 5c in its Great Britain...

Sales of the iPhone 5c may have been a disappointment to many, but the European launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5 proved that Apple's colorful plastic handset still has an edge on the competition. According to sales data from Kantar Worldpanel, the...

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08:51
Mobile money services on the rise worldwide as Apple...

If Apple is able to drive adoption of its rumored iTunes-backed mobile payment system among wealthy consumers at the same pace as similar systems in the developing world, it could be one of the company's most important -- and profitable -- strategic moves.



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08:20
∞ iTunes Radio First Play: Judas Priest

I’ll admit that most of Apple’s pop-heavy First Plays aren’t really my thing, but this week’s certainly caught my eye. Judas Priest: Redeemer of Souls is available on iTunes Radio before it goes on sale in stores. Just open iTunes and go to iTunes Radio to listen.

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08:09
Apple unveils lock adapter for 2013 Mac Pro

You invested in a pretty expensive new Mac Pro.

Now it’s time to lock that thing to the nearest desk.

Per AppleInsider, Apple on Tuesday introduced the first official hardware security adapter specifically designed for the late-2013 Mac Pro, offering owners basic protection against theft and tampering.

According to Apple’s description of the US$50 Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter, the accessory clamps on to the machine without need for special tools and is compatible with most third-party Kensington locks or similar products. A lock is not included in the package.

The adapter latches on to the Mac Pro’s pedestal and aluminum case, granting access to...

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08:00
Mac 101: Using QuickTime to record video of your Mac...

Sometimes you need to capture video of your Mac's screen, either to show someone a troublesome error or a quick how-to for a friend or family member. You can purchase a dedicated screencasting app like Camtasia, but for most casual users, QuickTime's...

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08:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Stack 'em

Stack 'em

This week's roundup of new add-ons for your iOS devices includes a gadget that you can use to stack and recharge dozens of iPads in a single sitting, as well as new devices for recharging, carrying, and listening.

Griffin Technology

The $700 MultiDock (pictured) is built for schools and other institutions that have many iPads in use. Each MultiDock can charge and sync 10 iPads, and the MultiDock is built to stack up to three high—so you can charge 30 iPads in one go. The system is also compatible with 15-inch MacBook Pros “and almost any other mobile device used in the classroom.”

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07:50
2013 Mac Pro gets official Apple security lock...

Apple has released an official security lock adapter for the 2013 Mac Pro. The accessory connects without tools and supports a variety of Kensington locks, plus locks in a "similar style." While in use the adapter prevents easy access to a Pro's internals....



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07:30
Apple releases iMovie 10.0.4 update

With any luck, this will help.

Late Tuesday, Apple released version 10.0.4 of its iMovie editing suite. The new version, which can be downloaded via OS X’s Software Update feature, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Improves stability and resolves issues that could cause iMovie to quit unexpectedly

iMovie 10.0.4 requires an Intel-based Mac running OS X 10.9.2 or late to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

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07:25
AAPL Q3 2014 Earnings Report Set for July 22

Apple will host its third fiscal quarter earnings conference call on Tuesday, July 22. The iPhone and iPad maker will announce its quarterly earnings numbers after the market closes, and The Mac Observer will be at the ready with our usual event coverage.

The Mac Observer Spin: Considering the media hype surrounding rumors of the iWatch release it's a safe bet we'll get to hear questions from analysts about Apple's wearable tech plans. The odds are pretty good someone will ask about an Apple television. Again.


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07:17
Apple cuts maximum iPhone trade-in credit in US,...

Apple has reduced the maximum credit people can get for an iPhone trade-in from $250 in the US and $270 in Canada to just $225 in both countries, accounts note. The change can be spotted by going to an Apple Store's landing page. Apple's online estimation tool is calculating still lower values, topping out at $205 US for a 64GB iPhone 5 tied to a major carrier....



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07:02
Samsung's Galaxy S5 Mini Sashays on Stage


Roughly three months after the launch of its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone, Samsung on Tuesday debuted the device's smaller sibling: the widely anticipated Galaxy S5 mini. Featuring a 4.5-inch HD 720 x 1280 Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy S5 mini comes equipped with a Quad Core 1.4-GHz processor and 1.5 GB RAM, along with 8-MP rear-facing and 2.1-MP front-facing cameras. Although compact in size, the mini preserves many of the flagship S5's key features, including IP67 dust- and water-resistance.

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07:00
YouTube Find: Make iPhone speakers out of an old...

This clever DIY from NYU Science Of Music shows you how to turn an old Starbucks cup into a speaker for your iPhone or iPad. It's not super loud, but it's a fun way to learn more about how speakers work....

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06:49
Apple Fixes Crashing Issue with iMovie Update for...

Apple rolled out iMovie 10.0.4 for the Mac on Tuesday with stability improvements and a fix for issues that could cause the app to crash. iMovie is Apple's consumer-level video editing app and is part of the company's iLife suite.


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06:47
Meet Del Harvey, Twitter’s VP of Trust and Safety

She’s got a tough and important job:

Harvey was the 25th employee at Twitter, where her official title is vice president of trust and safety, but she’s more like Silicon Valley’s chief sanitation officer, dealing with the dirtiest stuff on Twitter: spam, harassment, child exploitation, threats of rape and murder.

Fascinating read.

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06:41
British regulator to probe creepy Facebook experiment

Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office said it would look into the Facebook experiment. That’s one problem for Facebook. Another is a potential class-action suit:

Critics of Facebook’s study have raised the specter that the company could face a class-action lawsuit over the study. According to a report in Forbes, the company added mention of research to its terms of service months after the study was conducted.

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06:36
Retailer suing Apple, Amazon, for deleted Amazon...

An independent retailer that sells Apple products on Amazon is suing both companies, CNET reports. The company, Hard 2 Find Accessories, has accused Amazon of pulling product listings due to Apple’s demands and suspending the Hard 2 Find account. According to the lawsuit, Apple requested that Amazon pull the…

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06:30
Daily App: cPro will help you score the best deals...

cPro, formerly CraigsPro+, is one of the top Craigslist apps, offering a variety of features that allow you to both find items on Craigslist and manage your own Cragislist listings.

cPro has several features that set it apart from the competition...

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06:20
The Human Story: A Documentary about Your Favorite...

What's involved in making an app, and more importantly, what are the people like who make the apps you use every day? Thanks to a Kickstarter project from Jake Schumacher and Story & Pixel, you can have the opportunity to meet the fascinating people behind the the apps that make your Mac, iPhone and iPad so important in your life through a new documentary called App: The Human Story. The movie will include interviews with Cabel Sasser, Craig Hockenberry, Jean MacDonald, Lisa Bettany, John Gruber, Marco Arment, Jason Snell, and more. The project needs to raise US$100,000 by the end of July to get off the ground. You know what to do.


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06:16
Amazon sues former employee after he leaves for...

CNET:

Amazon said Szabadi, who left the company in May after nearly six years, can’t solicit business from any of his former customers for 18 months after his departure. He joined Google as a lead for the reseller ecosystem team in May.

In response, Szabadi’s lawyer told Amazon that Szabadi has also signed an agreement with Google, vowing not to do business with any AWS clients that he remembers having “material direct contact” with, or that he knows “confidential information” about, according to the court document. The agreement is in effect for six months.

Google is not backing down and is planning a strong defense for the suit. said a person familiar with the company’s strategy.

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05:42
Evercore raises Apple price target to $115, predicts...

Expecting big things from the anticipated debuts of new iPhones and a so-called "iWatch" this fall, Evercore Partners on Wednesday increased its price target on shares of Apple to $115 -- one of the highest current forecasts on Wall Street.



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05:40
OS X: Put the Date in Your Menu Bar

In this simple but useful article, Melissa Holtâs going to cover how to add the date to your Macâs menu bar-and heck, you can even turn your clock into an analog one if you want. Or switch to a 24-hour version! Oh, the possibilities.


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05:19
Google buys Songza music curation service

Google completed its long rumored acquisition of Songza for a reported US$39 million. Songza is a music curation service that lets you select playlists based on elements like genre, mood, and decade. It runs on iOS, Android, ChromeCast, and the web.

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05:06
Driven by promotions & 16 new carriers, Apple...

Wells Fargo Securities believes Apple may have just completed yet another record breaking quarter, driven by a forecasted shipment of 36.5 million iPhones for the three-month period ending in June.



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05:03
Amazon accessory seller sues Apple, Amazon after...

An accessories retailer has filed a lawsuit against Amazon and Apple, over removed product listing requests and lost sales. Filed last week, Hard 2 Find Accessories claims Amazon took down product listings from its site and suspended its seller's account after a request by Apple, a move which is allegedly costing Hard 2 Find more than $180,000 a month in lost revenues....



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04:52
Wall Street ranks Apple world’s most respected...

Barron’s reports that institutional investors have returned Apple to its number one slot in its annual ranking of the world’s most respected companies, after it was beaten last year by Berkshire Hathaway.

Apple topped this year’s ranking by scoring 3.94, giving it a wide margin of victory. Berkshire scored 3.58, and the mean was 2.37. Apple received the highest number of Highly Respect votes …

Berkshire Hathaway moved to the number two slot, ahead of Boeing and Google in third and fourth places.

Apple has taken top billing in the annual money managers’ survey in four of the past five years. Barron’s said that “Apple’s iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers have enhanced the lives of billions” and that...

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04:03
How many apps do you use a month? Study shows the...

A Nielsen study (via TechCrunchreveals that while we all spend much longer using mobile apps than we did two years ago, and we may have many more apps installed on our phones, the average number of apps we actually interact with in any given month hasn’t changed nearly as much.

While time spent using mobile apps climbed from 18h 18m in 2011 to 30h 15m by the end of last year, the total number of apps actually used only increased from 23.3 to 26.8. So we’re spending more time using pretty much the same number of apps … ...

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Tuesday July 1

16:24
Google Picks Up Songza Streaming Music Service that...

The Tech Giant Streaming Music Wars heated on Tuesday with the announcement that Google bought Songza. Like Beats Music, the service Apple picked up when it bought Beats Electronics, Songza focuses on providing playlists curated by human beings.


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15:15
Newegg Accepts Bitcoin, snapCard Adds Litecoin,...

Newegg announced on Tuesday that the company is accepting Bitcoins payments on the company's website. So-called altcoins got a boost this week, too, as transaction service snapCard announced it will accept payment in Litecoin, Dogecoin, and Ripple (XRP), in addition to Bitcoin.


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14:12
Emoji-Only Social Network ‘Emojili’ Now Accepting...

A new emoji-only social network called Emojili has launched and is now accepting reservations for usernames. TMO's Jegg Gamet and Kelly Guimont are already there.

The Mac Observer Spin: Wait what? A silly internet trend? You don't say!


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12:40
Brydge Keyboard for iPad Reborn with New Owners

Once upon a time, there was a Kickstarter project called Brydge to build an awesome clamshell, aluminum keyboard for the iPads. It was funded well beyond expectations and got off to a good start. But the company went astray and there were many unhappy customers. John Martellaro interviews Nicholas Smith who tells the story about how Brydge was brought under new management that has tried to make everything right again.


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12:21
FTC accuses T-Mobile of knowingly billing for...

The Federal Trade Commission has accused T-Mobile of making “hundreds of millions of dollars” through unauthorized “premium” SMS subscriptions offered by third-parties. T-Mobile kept 35 to 40 percent of charges for “content such as flirting tips, horoscope information or celebrity gossip,” which cost users $9.99 per month, the FTC…

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11:40
iPhone Liberation Week, iFixit Swaps Out iPhone...

For Independence Day, iFixit is giving away free iPhone LIberation Kits, swapping Pentalobe screws with more common Phillips screws allowing better access to your device.

The Mac Observer Spin: Good move iFixit! I love them and what they do so I'm happy to support their idea.


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11:20
6 Great iPad Alternatives to ComiXology for Comic...

Shortly after Amazon bought the big name in the digital comic book world, ComiXology, it removed the ability to buy from within the company's iPad and iPhone app. For some people, that wasn't a big deal because they don't mind shopping through a website. For others, however, it killed the experience because they couldn't easily browse and impulse buy titles anymore. If that's what you're looking for, read on to see our favorite alternatives to ComiXology.


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10:59
Siri-Compatible Bluetooth Shower Speaker for $39

If you're like me, you sing in the shower and fancy yourself as sounding super awesome. It's a pain to pipe music into your bathroom-you know, because you need a backing track-but Bluetooth has changed that. We have a deal today for a Bluetooth speaker that has a suction cup on the back, is water resistant, and was designed for use in your shower. Better yet, it has a built-in microphone that allows you to use Siri to control music playback in the midst of your shower! Through our deal, you can get it for $39, a substantial discount from the $99 retail price.


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10:06
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-01

Home automation can be kind of intimidating when you add in all the gear stacked up in your home entertainment system. Kelly Guimont and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to explain what's up with all-in-one remotes from the Logitech Harmony product line, and they offer up alternatives to ComiXology for buying and reading digital comics on your iPad.


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09:19
Apple introduces nine new CarPlay partners

Apple has announced nine new CarPlay partners: Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Mazda, and Ram. The new partners are now listed on Apple’s CarPlay page under the “future models” section. Audi recently announced it would be incorporating CarPlay into 2015 car models. There are now…

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07:58
AppleCare+ purchase window now 60 days, basic plan...

Apple is extending its AppleCare+ purchase window to 60 days starting today, 9to5Mac reports. Previously only available within the first 30 days of purchase, the plan costs $99 for recent iPhone and iPad models and can be purchased in Apple stores or online. Additionally, Apple is discontinuing its AppleCare…

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06:58
Apple Regains Top Spot in Barron’s Most Respected...

Apple has regained the top position on Barron's annual list of the world's most respected companies. Apple took the spot from Berkshire Hathaway, which is the company that knocked Apple out of the number one slot last year.

The Mac Observer Spin: Considering Apple's strong position with investors and in its own competitive markets, plus Tim Cook's strong leadership, it isn't a surprise that other big companies look to Cupertino with respect.


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06:32
Apple Q3 earnings call coming July 22

Apple has announced that it will release its Q3 financial results on Tuesday, July 22. The company will conduct its conference call at 5 p.m. ET that day, notably expected to be the first with new CFO Luca Maestri leading the discussion. For the third quarter, Apple previously…

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05:58
Apple Launches Back to School Deals with $100 Gift...

Apple kicked off its annual Back to School promotion on Tuesday with Apple Store Gift Card deals when you buy a new Mac, iPhone, or iPad. Buying a new Mac will get you a US$100 gift card, and a new iPhone or iPad will get you a $50 card.


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Monday June 30

14:39
Apple Contingent Marches in Pride Parade

A group of Apple employees and family members numbering over 5,000 marched in the SF Pride parade on Sunday. This is the first time an official group from Apple has marched in the parade.

The Mac Observer Spin: What!? A San Francisco company founded by hippies is marching in a Pride Parade? Fetch me my fainting couch!


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14:16
MGG 508: Lightning Cable Longevity, Gmail...

Dave's considering leaving Gmail and he and John discuss options. They also talk about Lightning cable longevity and what to do to protect yours (hint: have extras when you travel!). Then it's on to answering your questions and sharing your tips. Topics include enabling FileVault on all your drives, changing audio devices, drive longevity stats and more. Enjoy!


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14:00
The Eternal Conflict Between Apple and Customers:...

Apple goes to some trouble to make its iPhones (and iPads) beautiful and joyful to hold, just as they are out of the box.
On the other hand, customers love to protect and personalize their iOS devices with cases that have colorful designs. This is an enduring conflict of interest between Apple and customers. Apple probably wouldn't mind if iPhone cases disappeared, but it may be a long time coming.


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