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Monday July 7

12:00
Skype 5.2 for iPhone brings voice messaging back

Skype has updated its iPhone app to version 5.2, which brings voice messaging back. Incoming messages now show up among your conversations and can be reviewed at will. Just tap to listen.

Also, version 5.2 lets you review a contact's information...

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11:51
Tim Cook ‘actively’ seeking to add new directors to...

The Wall Street Journal today published a brief profile on Apple CEO Tim Cook as the Cupertino-based company continues to be shaped in the image of Cook rather than co-founder Steve Jobs. The profile has some interested tidbits, but it is otherwise light on new information aside from information regarding Cook’s plan for the Apple Board of Directors. According to the report, Cook is “actively” looking to add fresh faces to the Board:

That includes Apple’s board. According to people familiar with the company, Mr. Cook is actively seeking new directors to add to Apple’s eight-person board, known for its loyalty to Mr. Jobs. Six of...

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11:45
Apple seeds third OS X Yosemite, iOS 8 betas to...

Apple has started seeding third previews of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 to developers. The former is listed as build 14A283o, and can be downloaded via the Mac App Store or the Mac Dev Center. iOS 8 beta 3 is identified as build 12A4318c, and available either as an over-the-air update or through the iOS Dev Center. To go with it, Apple is pushing out new betas of Find my iPhone and Find My Friends....



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11:37
Apple’s new coding language Swift receives...

As part of the updates to the Yosemite and iOS betas today, Apple’s new coding language Swift has received several major improvements and tweaks to make the language more consistent and help developers make better, safer apps. The intricacies of the changes are very gibberish to non-developers, but the fixes resolve many of the issues that developers had been requesting. In particular, the new value type model of arrays fixes several inconsistencies and prevents many potential code ‘gotchas’ that could arise in previous Swift builds.

Apple has also updated the...

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11:30
Daily Deals for July 7, 2014, featuring the NYOP...

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. All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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11:22
Mac, iOS glitch assigns wrong holidays in official...

Over the weekend, a number of iOS and OS X users have started reporting glitches with Apple's official Calendar app. Affected people will see holidays from other regions appearing on their personal calendar, such as UK holidays in Ireland, or Mexican, Canadian, and even Hong Kong holidays in Lithuania. Some countries appear to be immune to the bug, including the US, the UK, and Russia....



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11:13
Reading Rainbow Finds Pot of Gold


Reading Rainbow's Kickstarter campaign hit a significant milestone last week: It not only raised the $1 million it originally sought to create a Web version of the popular children's television show within the first 24 hours of the campaign, but also wrapped the 35-day effort with an additional $4.4 million for a grand total of $5,408,916 in donations. The project, organized by actor LeVar Burton, host of the original series, set a new fundraising record on Kickstarter, thanks to the 105,857 backers it drew.

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11:00
How much does Metal matter to iOS developers? A ton...

For anyone who hasn't dabbled in the rendering capabilities of Apple's iOS devices, the announcement of Metal -- the new API that Apple claims will offer greater power for games than ever before -- was cool, but that's about it. But for the team...

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10:56
Samsung’s Latest Anti-Apple Ad is Deceptive but...

The role of a good video/TV ad is to develop a voice and a brand, catch people's attention, amuse them and perhaps even tell a compelling story. Samsung's latest anti-Apple does that. What's lacking? Pretty much the truth.


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10:54
Foxconn Bringing in Robots for iPhone 6 Assembly

Hon Hai subsidiary Foxconn, the company that builds iPhones for Apple, is installing 10,000 robots on its assembly lines and plans to have them operational in time to build the iPhone 6. News of the robotic assembly line comes from Hon Hai CEO Terry Gou speaking at a shareholder meeting, and follows reports that the company is hiring some 100,000 workers to build the next iPhone.

The Mac Observer Spin: Looks like Foxconn is ready to roll out its own robot overlords. If they perform as expected it's a safe bet there will be fewer human factory worker hires in the future.


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10:49
Passengers Entering US Must Power On Electronic...

Passengers entering the US from "certain overseas airports" will need to be sure their electronic devices turn on, or the device will not be allowed on the plane and the passenger subject to additional screening.

The Mac Observer Spin: You have to turn your iPhone off! You have to turn your iPhone on! I'm confused.


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10:42
Next-gen iPhone rumors claim sapphire glass, modest...

Two new leaks have emerged regarding next-generation iPhones, beginning with a video (below) showing an alleged cover panel using sapphire glass. While Apple has partnered with GT Advanced on major sapphire production efforts, it has been highly disputed whether or not that sapphire will be used in displays or simply for smaller components like cameras and Touch ID sensors. Apple could alternately use sapphire in the 5.5-inch iPhone but not the 4.7-inch one, or vice versa....



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10:30
Confessions of an Uber driver

There are some interesting stories here if you have some time.

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10:25
iPhone Apps: Reeder, Screens, CycleMap
10:13
Apple provides developers with third beta releases...

Apple on Monday moved on step closer to the public release of its next-generation operating systems, giving developers access to a third beta version of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite while updating a number of smaller components.



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10:06
'Extreme' Computing and Other Linux-World...


Well another Independence Day has come and gone here in the land of stars and stripes, causing at least some in the tech blogosphere to turn their thoughts toward freedom. "Digital independence day: Your guide to DIY, open-source, anonymous free computing" was one offering. "It's Time for IT Pros to Declare Their Technology Freedom" was another. Unfortunately, for those of us here in the Linux blogosphere -- where freedom has always been part of the plan -- other headlines have had, shall we say, a moderating effect on all that enthusiasm.

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10:04
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-07

Apple has a new employee, straight from high end watch maker Tag Heuer. John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to talk about what his role at our favorite Cupertino will be, and they take a look at the new Foxconn assembly line that's about to start building iPhones for Apple.


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10:03
Apple releases OS X 10.10 Yosemite Preview 3 to...

Alongside beta 3 of iOS 8, Apple has released the third preview of OS X 10.10 Yosemite to developers. The update is available in the Mac App Store and under Software Update. We’ll be updating this post with new discoveries. You can let us know what you find at tips@9to5mac.com.

- New QuickTime icon

- Bookmark folders are now accessible via the address bar in Safari.

- Dark Mode has also...

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10:00
iPad/iPhone artists: the Ten One Design Pogo Art...

Ten One Design is the company that pioneered the capacitive touch screen stylus, and to demonstrate just how artists use their Pogo, Pogo Sketch and Pogo Connect styluses to create amazing works, they've sponsored an annual art contest since 2009....

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09:55
iOS 8 beta 3 released to developers

A little less than three weeks after releasing the second beta of its upcoming iOS 8 software, Apple has released beta 3 to registered developers. We’ll update here with any notable information on what’s included in the new beta.

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09:53
Apple releases iOS 8 beta 3 to developers

Apple has just released iOS 8 beta 3 build number 12A4318c to developers for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update is available in Software Update using the over-the-air update tool. Apple says the new beta brings various bug fixes and improvements. We’ll be updating this post as changes are found. You can send us what you find at tips@9to5Mac.com.

- Toggle for Handoff on iOS 8 beta 3

- Setup toggles for App Analytics and upgrading from Documents in the Cloud to iCloud Drive.

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09:49
TSA to require closer look at cell phones, notebooks...

The TSA’s going to want to take a closer look at your iPhone and notebooks on U.S.-bound flights.

Per NBC News, The Transportation Security Administration will not allow cellphones or other electronic devices on U.S.-bound planes at some overseas airports if the devices are not charged and functional.

The new measure is part of the organization’s effort to boost security amid concerns that Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamist Nusra Front, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, are plotting to blow up an airliner, U.S. officials said.

As part of the increased scrutiny at certain airports, security agents may ask travelers to turn on their electronic devices at...

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09:39
Apple hires Tag Heuer’s Patrick Pruniaux, could see...

This could help with either the retail or the iWatch ends…

Per The Mac Observer, Apple has brought on Patrick Pruniaux, the former vice president of Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer.

Pruniaux’s first day on the job is Monday, albeit his current duties – and possible role on Apple’s much-anticipated iWatch project – have yet to be publicly defined.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

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09:38
Video purports to show flexible sapphire display...

With Apple said to be preparing a move from Corning's Gorilla Glass to an in-house sapphire solution for the display on the so-called "iPhone 6," a new part alleged to be a preproduction sapphire front panel for the device was shown off Monday in a video from Hong Kong.



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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: $100 GC w/ iPads, Aros smart...

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:

Apple Deals:

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09:30
Foxconn to introduce high-tech robots to assist with...

Not content to simply design innovative products, Apple has long been interested in developing and employing innovative manufacturing methods as well. To that end, future iPhones may not necessarily be assembled by humans, but by robots.

News of a...

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09:28
iPhone 5S the most popular smartphone worldwide in...

ABI Research is out with its latest report of the top 20 smartphone models sold worldwide with the 16GB iPhone 5s taking the top spot for Q1 2014. Apple and Samsung dominate the majority of the top spots, which is no surprise to anyone following smartphone marketshare numbers. All of the top 5 that ABI shared in its press release are made up of Apple and Samsung devices with variants of the Galaxy S4, S3, and the 8GB iPhone 4 following behind the iPhone 5s.

The report notes that Sony and LG also have models in the top 20 with Xiaomi making its first appearance and Huawei getting bumped out of the rankings:

“The presence of the Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 16GB and iPhone 4s...

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09:16
Apple climbs to 15th on latest Fortune Global 500...

Apple has risen from 19th to 15th place in Fortune's annual Global 500 rankings, which chart corporations according to revenue. "Apple, the maker of the globally popular iPhone and iPad devices, posted sales of almost $171 billion in 2013, 9% higher than the prior year," the magazine writes. "But the company has come under pressure in the competitive smartphone business, and its profit shrank 11% to $37 billion from 2012 to 2013. Even so, Apple has a huge amount of cash on hand, and CEO Tim Cook recently deployed some of that cash pile by announcing $30 billion in stock buybacks."...



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09:04
Rumor: Apple to incorporate thinner, higher capacity...

The next-gen iPhone’s battery could last that much longer.

Per Chinese web site IT168, Apple may be incorporating a 1,000 mAh battery in its upcoming 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model and a 2,500 mAh battery in the 5.5-inch model.

The end result could be a battery with a larger capacity, an increase of 60 percent from the iPhone 5s to the new battery for the rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6.

Still, even with the larger battery, competitors Samsung and Motorola currently offer a 2,800 mAh battery inside the Samsung Galaxy S5 (which features a 5.1-inch display) while the Motorola Moto X boasts a 2,200 mAh batter (which features a 4.7-inch display).

One reason Apple might consider such a move would be as part of a strategy...

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09:00
King announces revolutionary, original mobile title...

King, the $7 billion mobile game company that has made its fortune rehashing popular casual games of the past two decades, is back with another totally original title that is sure to further stuff its pockets with delicious microtransactions. Having...

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08:33
Foxconn could begin robotic production in time for...

Foxconn is in the final stages of testing new assembly robots, and could deploy them at one or more major factories in the near future, reports say. During the initial deployment phase, Foxconn is expected to use 10,000 robots to replace human workers, with Apple product lines being the top priority. While there's no exact date for when the robots will be installed, they could be ready in time to help with iPhone 6 production....



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08:30
Privacy Group EPIC Files FTC Complaint Over Facebook...

The Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC, filed a complaint against Facebook with the Federal Trade Commission over the social network's experiment where it manipulated the posts users saw to gauge emotional reactions. The group claims Facebook acted unethically and "purposefully messed with people's minds."

The Mac Observer Spin: EPIC's FTC complaint doesn't come as a surprise. Facebook better be ready for more complaints like this, and lawsuits will probably start surfacing soon, too.


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08:30
This 1987 Australian Macintosh commercial is like a...

There's a bizarre charm to the mini dramas of Apple's commercials from the 1980s, and this Australian Macintosh clip is no exception. "The Manager" is fifty-seven seconds of corporate melodrama, like a soap opera you might experience on the AMC hit...

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08:17
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 7...

Notable software releases this week include LaunchBar 6.0.2, ScreenFlow 4.5.2, and Security Update 2014-003 (Mountain Lion and Lion).

 

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08:17
ExtraBITS for 7 July 2014

In our latest roundup of ExtraBITS, Apple expands CarPlay, brings back its Back to School promotion, and extends its AppleCare+ purchase window to 60 days. Also, we get a glimpse at 1Password in iOS 8.

 

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07:51
Video reportedly shows iPhone 6′s flexible sapphire...

With a long list of leaks in recent months showing mock ups of the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones expected for release this fall, today we get a look at what is reportedly our first at the flexibility of the iPhone 6’s new sapphire cover glass. There’s not much information surrounding this leak or confirmation that what we’re looking at is the real deal, but the sapphire material is indeed something Apple has ramped up production of in recent months at its new Arizona plant

Today’s leak comes from Sonny Dickson who has in the past posted leaked photos of unreleased iPhone mocks up with...

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07:31
Chinese media get specific on iPhone 6 battery...

Much as we may love our iPhones, battery-life has never been one of its strengths (ask Samsung). But if you were hoping that the larger size of the iPhone 6 would mean a much bigger battery, some Chinese media reports spotted by GforGames suggest that we might be disappointed.

The reports claim that the battery in the 4.7-inch model will be in the 1800-1900mAh range – only around 20 percent more than in the iPhone 5s. Factor in the increased power requirement of the larger screen and corresponding increase in resolution, and we...

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07:30
Korean government asks Apple, Google to change app...

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission has ordered Apple and Google to change their app store policies, according to the Korea Herald. Apple will have to change its default no-refund policy, and send out notifications to App Store users whenever it changes contract terms; Google will have to devise a refund scheme for Google Play that can be tailored to developers' individual policies. The two companies may also have to address other "unfair provisions," though the FTC's announcement doesn't specify what those might be....



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07:30
Incredible photo of a Snow Monkey using an iPhone

Forget Photoshop, what you're looking at is the real deal -- a Japanese Snow Monkey just chllin' in some water using an iPhone. The photo above (used with permission) was taken by the talented and award winning Dutch photographer Marsel van Oosten at...

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07:15
Rumor: Apple to boost 4.7" 'iPhone 6...

Apple may be planning to trade battery capacity for slimness in its next-generation handsets, according to a Monday report from the Far East, with the hotly-anticipated 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" said to pack an 1,800 mAh unit and its 5.5-inch sibling bringing a 2,500 mAh reserve.



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07:13
The Social Media Fraud


I spent much of last week talking about Facebook's infamous study of nearly a million customers and the company's attempts to make half of those customers happier and the other half more depressed. Setting aside how insanely stupid it was for Facebook to do this is the fact that with social media, isn't social the real problem? Could the entire segment be a fraud? Facebook may be a news source, but it isn't any more social than the socially inept hot-or-not bulletin board that began its life.

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07:08
South Korea Orders Apple, Google to Offer Easier App...

Apple and Google have been ordered to give customers easier access to refunds for app purchases, at least in South Korea. The country's Fair Trade Commission called the current refund policies unfair to consumers following complaints from the Citizen's Coalition for Economic Justice.

The Mac Observer Spin: An easier App Store refund process sounds like a great idea, but there might be fewer refunds overall if Apple would give us a proper try before you buy option like developers have been offering outside of the company's system for years.


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07:00
Rumor Roundup: 'Rather naive'

Driven by promotions & 16 new carriers, Apple seen selling 36.5M iPhones in June quarter (AppleInsider)

Some analyst throws around random numbers about how many iPhones Apple will sell. It won't matter when this guy is off by several million units;...

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06:59
Google’s co-founders on how the company differs from...

In a ‘fireside chat’ with leading venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin discuss everything from the moment they nearly sold the company to why they are cautious about moving into health technology. One interesting angle for Apple fans was how the two contrasted their approach to that of Apple.

Brin – who runs Google X – said that the experimental wing of the company was about making a number of bets and hoping that some of them paid off.

From my perspective – running Google X – that’s my job, is to invest in a number of opportunities, each one of which may be a big bet. [...]

If you look at the self-driving cars, for example, I hope that that could really transform transportation around the world [but] it’s got many technical and policy risks. But if you are willing to make a number of bets like that, you’ve got to hope that some of them will pay off.

Page contrasted this approach with Apple...

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06:35
iPad plays critical role in Multiple Sclerosis...

The Cleveland Clinic has developed a series of tests that measure a variety of factors identified with Multiple Sclerosis. The data is gathered on an iPad. Groundbreaking.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:33
Apple ordered to change App Store terms, refunds in...

Apple and Google were both ordered to change “unfair provisions” in their app stores by the Korea Fair Trade Commission, the Korea Herald reports. Among those provisions to be revised is Apple’s App Store refund policy — currently, each refund request is reviewed before approval from Apple. ‘‘We expect…

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06:30
TSA to require electronics on international flights...

If you're an American who plans to travel overseas, charge your iPhone and other electronic devices before you hit the Airport. The TSA has made some changes that could allow them to confiscate a device that can't be turned on. A recent press release...

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06:21
Skype 5.2 for iPhone brings back missing voice...



Skype rolled out a major redesign from the ground up to its iPhone app last month with feature improvements like in-app banner notifications and greatly improved message statuses across versions of the software, but regular Skype users were quick to note that the update initially lacked support for voice messages. Voice messages simply...

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06:21
New TSA rule requires you to charge your device...

A news story you’ll see bouncing around the blogs this morning says you’ll need to charge your devices before you can get through security. In other words, make sure your phone can boot or you’ll have to leave it behind.

Close, but not quite right.

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06:18
Apple Hires Patrick Pruniaux from Swiss Watch Maker...

Apple hired yet another retail expert recently, this time from the high end watch maker Tag Heuer. The iPhone and iPad maker brought on board the company's vice president for sales Patrick Pruniaux and his fist official day at his new job is Monday.

The Mac Observer Spin: It doesn't matter if Mr. Pruniaux was hired to be part of the retail team or the rumored iWatch project. Apple has been on a hiring spree bringing on board top-notch people and is driving home the idea that it is very serious about what it is working on. Other tech companies should be very worried.


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05:56
Foxconn to use robots in iPhone production

According to a report from IThome.com, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou announced at a recent shareholder meeting that new manufacturing robots are in the final testing stage. The first company to take advantage of the new robots’ capabilities will be Apple, presumably for the iPhone 6. Called “Foxbots,” these robots…

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05:15
Washington Post rolls out secure, Tor-based...

The Washington Post is taking steps to isolate their sources from their normal means of data collection, protecting both the Post and the source from any audits that might pick up their IP address or other identifying information.

Nearly all digital communications can leave a trail. The Washington Post’s SecureDrop is designed to minimize these digital trails using best practices, such as…

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
Giveaway: LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt SSD Drive

Don't you just love getting stuff for free? Especially computer stuff? Especially computer stuff that's fast and rugged? If you do, you're going to love this giveaway, as one TUAW reader is going to walk away with a LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt...

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04:46
Analysts predicting Apple will beat its Q3 guidance...

Yep, it’s that time of the quarter again, when we start hearing analyst predictions for Apple’s quarterly earnings. Asymco analyst Horace Dediu has just tweeted his, forecasting that Apple will hit $38.2B revenue, above the company’s guidance of $36-38M. Wells Fargo’s Maynard Um recently predicted the exact same number … 

Dediu is expecting both iPhone and iPad sales to be significantly up year-on-year, iPhone sales at 33.7M versus 31.2 in the same quarter last year, and iPad at 16M against 14.6M in 2013. Mac sales will, he thinks, be slightly down – while iPod sales will...

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04:34
High resolution scan of Disneyland prospectus

Boing Boing:

Thanks to an anonymous benefactor, Boing Boing is pleased to present the first-ever look at the original Disneyland prospectus. These extremely high-resolution scans were made from one of the three sets of pitch-documents Roy and Walt Disney used to raise the money to build Disneyland.

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03:53
Make sure your electronic devices are charged-up...

If you’re flying (back) to the U.S. from overseas, make sure that all your electronic devices have enough juice left to power-up when you reach airport security, otherwise you won’t be allowed to take them on board due to a new TSA requirement.

The Transportation Security Administration said yesterday that it was requiring certain overseas airports flying directly to U.S. airports to increase security checks on electronic items in response to concerns about new al-Qaida attempts to use them as disguise for bombs.

While the focus appears to be on smartphones, it’s also possible that passengers will be required to power-up tablets and laptops also. Devices that won’t power-up will not be allowed on board, and passengers carrying these devices may be subject to additional screening.

The TSA has not revealed which airports are subject to the new...

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03:50
TSA requires electronic devices to switch on before...

Passengers of some international flights terminating in the United States will face a greater scrutiny of their electronics before being allowed on the airplane. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is putting into force new security rules that requires electronic devices to be able to switch on at the time of the security screening, with devices containing flat batteries unable to be let onboard....



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02:05
Inside App Extensions: Apple opens up social Share...

At WWDC, Apple unveiled a new App Extension architecture for both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Here's how the new feature enables new and existing web services to extend iOS and OS X to support social sharing of documents, websites, photos and other media.



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01:39
Apple ordered to revise App Store refund policy, may...

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission on Sunday ordered Apple and Google to make changes to their respective iOS and Android app stores policies in an effort to make post-purchase refunding more consumer-friendly.



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Sunday July 6

19:49
Foxconn may replace 'iPhone 6' assembly...

During a recent shareholder meeting, president and CEO of Apple partner manufacturer Foxconn said his company plans to roll out robots on assembly lines responsible for products like the iPhone, possibly in time for production of the so-called "iPhone 6."



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18:25
Review: Fugoo Bluetooth speaker

It's rare to find a Bluetooth speaker that can cover a large array of needs. Generally, speakers are wrapped in a desktop convenient device for a small increase in sound or made compact enough to be carried around in lieu of headphones. But what about consumers that are looking for a rugged and waterproof speaker that can handle just about anything while pumping out 360-degree sound? Unfortunately, options were severely limited. A new speaker, the Fugoo, hit the market this year that makes good on all of those promises and then some. Check out what we think about it in our review....



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18:00
TUAW Talkcast: Exploding Edition!

Ka-booooom! Ka-blammmmm! OOOOOH! AAAAAAAAH!

Our US readers were probably treated to the first two, and said the last two during fireworks shows held coast-to-coast (and of course in Hawaii and Alaska as well!) on Independence Day. Tonight on the...

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17:22
Hands on: Broforce (OS X, Windows)

Occasionally, game developers serve up what could be best described as a "one-note joke" game. A title which sounds good on paper, and for all intents and purposes appears to be a pretty good idea, but ends up being a mediocre release with generic gameplay mechanics, a title that is quickly derided once people realize how extremely shallow it is. While Broforce could certainly fall into the realm of the one-note joke, it manages to tell that joke exceptionally well....



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17:00
Reviews: Fugoo Bluetooth speaker

It's rare to find a Bluetooth speaker that can cover a large array of needs. Generally, speakers are wrapped in a desktop-convenient device form-factor for a small increase in sound or made compact enough to be carried around in lieu of headphones. But what about consumers that are looking for a rugged and waterproof speaker that can handle just about anything while pumping out 360-degree sound? ......

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16:48
Foxconn prepares to replace workers with robots in...


Photo: Thomson Reuters

Foxconn is preparing to enhance its assembly process with a new line of robots, the CEO of the iPhone manufacturer’s parent company said during a shareholder meeting. According to the executive, Apple will be the first company to reap the benefits of the new process, likely indicating that the iPhone 6 will be the first phone to be produced by the new machines.

Each of the planned 10,000 robots will cost the company between $20,000 and $25,000, and will be capable of churning out 300,000 smartphones on average. The machines, which are said to be in the final testing stages now, won’t be available for sale to other companies, according to CEO Terry Gou, as Foxconn will likely not have...

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16:30
Korean Fair Trade Commission rules that Apple must...

Apple has been ordered by the South Korean government to revise its App Store refund policy, the Korea Herald reports. The company’s current policy requires users to submit a request for a refund and have the case reviewed by an Apple employee before a refund will be considered.

The practice was ruled “unfair” by the Fair Trade Commission after numerous requests from the Citizens’ Coalition for Economic Justice. Apple told the Fair Trade Commission that it would create a new, automated refund system for the Korean App Store, and consider rolling the change out worldwide.

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16:00
Apple and Google move computing forward in identical...

Google's Sundar Pichai demonstrates a phone call on your Android phone popping up on your Chromebook.

Google

I attended both Apple and Google's developer conference keynotes last month, and I experienced strong deja vu on more than one occasion. Both companies talked about design and consistency. Both companies talked about improving back-end services. And both companies talked about new initiatives to make stuff on your phone appear seamlessly on your tablet or laptop.

"Users almost always have a smartphone with them, including when they are using a Chromebook," said Google's Sundar Pichai. "So we want to increasingly connect those experiences together, so they have a seamless experience across their devices."

At or around the time the Android L release comes out this fall, this means your phone...

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13:13
Privacy group files complaint with FTC over Facebook...

If Facebook hasn't received enough flak for the emotional study it conducted on its user base, the company could soon face more from regulators. Last week, privacy watchdog group the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over the one week study Facebook conducted in 2012 that manipulated users' news feeds....



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12:07
Apple snatches up TAG Heuer vice president of sales...

Last week, Swiss luxury-watch marker TAG Heuer reportedly lost a key person in their sales division to Apple. In an interview with CNBC, LVMH's head of watch brands Jean-Claude Biver confirmed that the company recently lost an executive to the device manufacturer. Sources confirmed that the executive was vice president of global sales and retail Patrick Pruniaux....



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11:00
Last week's popular articles on TUAW you don...

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other useful articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed:

Rumor Roundup: 'Next week'
iPhone...

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08:00
All the best hardware and app reviews last week on...

Last week was a shorter one with our editors enjoying the Fourth of July holiday. Though we had a few days off, we still were able to take a look at new hardware and apps that made their way into TUAW's virtual office. Here's a quick roundup of these...

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06:28
∞ Leaked Star Wars location footage

[VIDEO] This is really well done.

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05:56
∞ Vinod Khosla interviews Google co-founders Larry...

[VIDEO] Vinod Khosla, one of the founders of Sun Microsystems, interviews Google founders Page and Brin for about forty minutes.

Some good stuff, some obvious stuff, but fascinating to watch them interact, hear them talk about their vision of the future.

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05:33
Consciousness on-off switch discovered deep in brain

Ever wonder what makes you fall asleep, or puts you out when you get anesthesia?

When the team zapped the area with high frequency electrical impulses, the woman lost consciousness. She stopped reading and stared blankly into space, she didn’t respond to auditory or visual commands and her breathing slowed.

Read the rest. Fantastic!

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05:26
LaunchBar 6.0.2

Adds support for Safari History indexing for OS X Yosemite, plus a smattering of improvements and fixes. ($29 new, free update, 10 MB)

 

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Saturday July 5

19:40
Briefly: Akvis' Pastel image editor, Popjam kid...

Akvis has announced the release of Pastel, a photo-to-painting image editor available for both Windows and OS X. Offering a variety of presets as well as detailed setting options, users of Pastel can create images that appear as though they are paintings from digital photographs. Its adjustable effect parameters function as an artistic filter, with advanced brush tools that assist in refining the result....



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14:00
Get the all-new Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rules...

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io9:

Wizards of the Coast has released the Basic Rules for the new edition of Dungeons & Dragons as a free PDF right here. The 100-page document details how to make a character, play the game, and covers magic, too.

Specifically, the Basic Rules “covers the core of the game. It runs from levels 1 to 20 and covers the cleric, fighter, rogue, and wizard, presenting what we view as the essential subclass for each. It also provides the dwarf, elf, halfling, and human as race options; in addition, the rules contain 120 spells, 5 backgrounds, and character sheets.”

How many of you will download these rules with no intention of playing but just for old time’s sake? I did.

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14:00
Webcam Iceland provides a nice tour of a place few...

Iceland has always been on my list of places I simply must go to. The spectacular scenery (prominent in some recent films like Oblivion and Prometheus) is something I would like to capture with my own DSLR.

The food, the culture, and the history are...

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12:25
Hands On: Yomi for iPad

Apple's iOS and other mobile platforms have been a subject of derision for not offering deep experiences for gaming, with simplified versions of complex titles being big movers. The tablet came into its own about six months after Jobs' release with titles such as Ticket to Ride and other boardgame experiences, with a bevy of other boardgame releases following. Card games, mostly of the collectible variety are popular, with the recently released Hearthstone by Blizzard taking honors. What about deep card games without a collectible mechanic? Game designer David Sirlin has released Yomi, a genre...



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12:14
Apple signs deal with Saudi bookshop in regional...

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Al Arabiya News:

In the first deal of its kind in the Middle East, Apple has inked an agreement with Saudi bookshop Jarir to supply all Apple products through the outlet, as well as providing an after-sales service.

In an interview with Al Arabiya News Channel, Jarir’s chairman, Mohammad al-Aqeel, said that this agreement will allow the prices of Apple products sold at Jarir branches to be slightly reduced.

The question many ask is, “Why doesn’t Apple open their own retail outlet?” Remember, this kind of “store within a store” idea is what Apple initially did to test the retail concept before the first US Apple Retail Stores opened. They are likely doing the same in the Middle East.

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12:02
I just installed a tool which shows how popular...

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Pando Daily:

Pretty much every page you visit contains at least one piece of tracking code — watching where you click, how long you stay, and how often you come back.

What I didn’t know is how absolutely out of control the number of trackers on popular sites has become. It’s actually horrifying.

I don’t know if it’s “horrifying” but it certainly is instructive what sites do what kind of tracking on your visits.

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12:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- Holiday Weekend...

Here are some of the best free apps and app sales that have landed in the App Store in time for the Independence Day holiday in the US. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now...

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11:31
The app gold rush is well over

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Luc Vandal:

It is now much harder to make it into the market and it requires more planning, financial investment and time. The App Store market is now mature and near 7 years old.

I have spoken with other successful developers and many told me the same: sales are generally down. They are still doing great but there are more and more competitors are also taking a slice of the same pie.

Media attention is also harder to get as they get overwhelmed with review requests and press releases.

Interesting look at the challenges faced by independent developers.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:30
$1,099 iMac review: lose 50% of your performance to...

Technically, this is the $1,299 iMac, not that you'd be able to tell the difference.

Andrew Cunningham

Apple's new $1,099 iMac will undoubtedly be a popular computer. People in the know who want the most computing bang for their buck would be smarter to step up to a higher-end model, but there are plenty of people—casual users, schools, businesses—who just want an iMac that's "fast enough," not one that's "as fast as it could possibly be."

For those people, we obtained one of the new entry-level iMacs so we could evaluate its performance. On paper, it sounds like a big step down—you're going from a quad-core desktop processor and GPU to a dual-core Ultrabook processor and GPU. This new iMac and the base MacBook Air models in fact use the exact same processor, even though historically there's been a big performance gap between MacBook Airs and iMacs.

In practice, the story is more complicated. Let's talk about...

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11:18
Review: Parrot Asteroid Smart in-dash head unit with...

Google launched the Open Automotive Alliance in January to put Android in your dashboard to control your phone, just like Apple announced CarPlay as a system to control your iOS device. Parrot's Asteroid Smart doesn't participate in either of these programs, but goes their own way instead.



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10:30
Russia passes law requiring social media data be...

The Russian parliament has passed a law mandating that social networks and other similar services warehouse data on citizens within Russia. The Kremlin calls the new legislation required for citizenry data protection, but worldwide response to the law calls it a violation of Internet principles and troublesome for residents of the country....



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07:30
25 More Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography - 100...

Sandro Cuccia wraps up his series on 100 Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography with this last set of 25 - arguably, the best of the lot!


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07:07
∞ Incredibly beautiful craftsmanship

This is an example of careful handwork. The result is subtle and beautiful.

From Google translate:

I make a brute parquet craftsman, and Honma Noboru.

Blog to introduce handicrafts of Japan world-class “HAND”. It was visited this time, Hakone. This town is surrounded by scenic nature, it is the workshop of Honma Noboru that inherits traditional craft that follows from the late Edo period to “Hakone parquet”. Process which is said to be at least 10 years and, takes to master the technology a series of many complex. Workshop drifting incense tree, the tradition has been spun today.

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Land ho!

Land ho!

One of the cases in this week’s roundup brings you a step closer to beautiful shores, while another helps you turn your iPad into a movie-making machine.

Etsy

The Mountaineer Map (iPad mini; $44) sports a detailed map of the Ligurian sea, home of some of Italy’s most colorful history and beautiful shores.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:30
iOS 7: Organize Your Music App

Letâs talk about the Music appâs toolbar. Wanna change it? Wanna remove that iTunes Radio icon and put in something that you actually use? Hey, we understand. Thatâs what weâve got for you here in this Quick Tip!


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Friday July 4

21:59
Friday Deals: Fourth of July specials, Disney app...

Welcome to this week's installment of Friday Deals -- oh, and also America's birthday! Every Friday we're going to take a look at sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best bargains on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, but any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy!...



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20:00
Apple warns developers of upcoming wipe of CloudKit...

Apple has notified developers testing the latest iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite betas that it will have to erase the content of all CloudKit databases on July 7, both public and private. While the move will not affect most users, anyone testing the iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library or Mail Drop attachment features of either iOS 8 or OS X 10.10 Yosemite will see any data store there wiped. Photos and videos stored on iOS 8-running devices will be preserved, and re-uploaded after the server-side erasure....



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18:03
ComScore: iOS continuing to grow share against...

According to the latest statistics from ComScore MobilLens and Mobile Metrix, Android remains the most widely-used mobile OS in the US -- but has stagnated in terms of growth, while Apple iOS devices slowly climb. As of the end of May, iOS accounted for 41.9 percent share of US smartphone users, a gain of 0.6 points from the month before. Android overall remained steady at 52.1 percent marketshare, but Apple continued to be the top individual manufacturer....



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16:02
Apple Hires Away TAG Heuer's VP of Global Sales

An anonymous reader writes With Apple rumored to be entering the wearables market this Fall, the company's string of notable hires continues. CNBC is reporting today that Apple recently poached Patrick Pruniaux away from TAG Heuer where he served as the company's VP of global sales for the past five years. TAG Heuer, in case you're unfamiliar, is a Swiss-based manufacturer of luxury watches. Word of the Pruniaux hire comes just shortly after it was discovered that Apple hired the lead software engineer away from Atlas Wearables, a company working on a fitness tracker capable of measuring a plethora of exercise related data.

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14:00
Mormon Church to provide 32,000 missionaries with...

There are no shortage of reports detailing the use of iPads in education, but this is something a little bit new. ABC News is reporting that the Mormon Church is planning to provide 32,000 missionaries with iPad minis to help them in their efforts to...

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13:39
Apple to wipe iCloudKit data for iOS 8 and Yosemite...

Apple on Friday sent out letters to developers testing the iOS 8 beta and OS X 10.10 Yosemite Preview, notifying them of an upcoming server-side wipe of all CloudKit databases scheduled for July 7.



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13:22
iLounge Weekly arrives Monday, new July giveaway

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers…

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12:33
Apple to wipe all CloudKit data on July 7th,...

Apple has just informed developers that it will be wiping all CloudKit-based data stores on July 7th. This includes iCloud Photo Library, Mail Drop and iCloud Drive. Apple warned developers that this might happen with the release of the first iOS beta and it is not uncommon for wipes to happen several times during iOS and OS X beta cycles.

Dear Developer,

We will be performing a server-side data wipe on all CloudKit public and private databases for iOS 8 beta and OS X Yosemite Developer Preview users on July 7, 2014. The following iCloud features will be affected: iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library, and Mail Drop.

Photos and videos stored in iCloud Photo Library will remain on their original iOS 8 devices and will upload to iCloud Photo Library again automatically. iCloud Drive can be re-enabled from Set up Assistant after upgrade. If you choose to store your documents in iCloud Drive,...

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12:10
New service bypasses Apple’s Activation Lock theft...

A new service from smartphone unlocking company ChronicUnlocks is offering iPhone users the ability to remove Apple’s Activation Lock security feature that the company first introduced in iOS 7.

Activation Lock, a security feature that Apple first announced alongside iOS 7, is supposed to be a theft deterrent by making it harder for lost and stolen devices to be reactivated on the second hand market. The feature accomplishes this by linking a device’s activation to the user’s iCloud account. Since its launch Activation Lock has been credited by police as helping...

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