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Monday August 4

04:00
Macphun Tonality Makes Black-and-White Photos Pop

Most image editing apps focus on color photos, but what if you want to stick with black-and-white? Macphun’s new Tonality (and Tonality Pro, which can work as a plug-in) offers numerous preset effects and editing options that are specific to black-and-white images. Caroline Green tosses some of her images in to see what Tonality can do.

 

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00:30
Editorial: Why Apple, Inc. isn't worried about...

In the face of dubious market research portraying Apple's iPad (and perhaps the entire tablet market) as troubled and teetering on the brink of collapse, Apple's chief executive Tim Cook expressed a sincere lack of concern while addressing analysts, alluding to long term strategies for outliving tablet rivals focused on volume shipments and short term market share gains.



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Sunday August 3

21:27
Briefly: Freeway 7 web design software, PGA Tour...

Softpress has announced the release of its new Freeway 7 Pro web design software. OS X users can utilize the design tool for building and publishing website and email newsletters without the need for coding or HTML knowledge. Newly featuring responsive web design, Freeway 7 Pro can facilitate creating sites that adapt for mobile viewing. Navigation menus can be automatically generated, and search engine functionality is optimized, with the inclusion of social integration. Keyboard shortcuts have been added as to enhance user productivity. Priced at $150 for new users and $75 for existing user...



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21:05
Photos of purported 'iPad Air 2' chassis...

A trio of photos out of China claim to show the rear shell of Apple's next-generation iPad Air, which looks to feature larger speaker holes, recessed volume control buttons and a repositioned rear-facing microphone.



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17:35
Claimed next-gen iPad Air rear shell photos show...



In June, photos of purported physical mockups for the next-generation iPad Air (the next full-sized iPad) appeared on the web showing a similar design to the current model, but with some tweaks. Closely mimicking the improved design, images posted to Weibo...

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17:22
Paprika 2.0.4

Brings a number of handy additions and fixes to the popular recipe manager. ($19.99 new, free update, 3.5 MB)

 

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16:32
Apple $450 Million e-Book Settlement Wins Court...

An anonymous reader writes A week after Judge Denise Cote put forward concerns over a proposed settlement with consumers over e-book price-fixing in the iBookstore, she has given Apple preliminary approval for its $450 million settlement. "The proposed settlement agreement is within the range of those that may be approved as fair and reasonable, such that notice to the class is appropriate," Cote said. "Preliminary approval is granted." Cote set a final fairness hearing for Nov. 21.

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15:56
Macintel: The end is nigh

Monday Note:

When Apple announced its 64-bit A7 processor, I dismissed the speculation that this could lead to a switch away from Intel chips for the Macintosh line for a homegrown “desktop-class” chip. I might have been wrong.

I don’t know enough about this end of the industry but it’s hard to argue with Gassee’s line of “Secondly, the Mac line is suspended, literally, by the late delivery of Intel’s Broadwell x86 processors.” The “end of MacIntel” is certainly a possibility to be on the look out for.

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15:55
Review: Using the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ camera drone...

As the name suggests, DJI's Phantom 2 Vision+ isn't much different than its predecessor, with the same exceptional flying capabilities as the last model. But the newfound "plus" for this drone is mostly found in its vastly improved camera and gimbal, which offers super-smooth recording capabilities from a bird's eye view.



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15:40
Hands On: Blood Bowl for iOS

IPads and tablets are shaking up mobile gaming. Nintendo and Sony both have firm footholds, but the ubiquity and power of smartphones and tablets have the possibility of bringing experiences to the eyes of more people. Board game conversions have been made for computers since the dawn of computer gaming, and one of the most recent migrants to the iOS is Blood Bowl. Blood Bowl in board form sought to mesh the fantasy universe of Warhammer with American football in a brutal twist. How well does the game and concept port to the iOS perform, and for that matter, how faithful of a translation is it...



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14:20
∞ First taste of chocolate in Ivory Coast

Metropolis:

Farmer N’Da Alphonse grows cacao and has never seen the finished product.

“To be honest I do not know what they make of my beans,” says farmer N’Da Alphonse. “I’ve heard they’re used as flavoring in cooking, but I’ve never seen it. I do not even know if it’s true.”

We take chocolate for granted and most of us probably can’t remember our first taste of it. Imagine being one of these cacao farmers and tasting it for the very first time.

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13:51
FCC looks into six more content providers, ISPs in...

Ars Technica reports that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is looking into six additional Internet service providers (ISP) and content providers over interconnecting and peering agreements. An official spoke to the publication after it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking information on the Netflix peering deals with Verizon and Comcast. The news comes after Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that the FCC would be investing such agreements in June....



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13:34
Hitchbot thumbs rides across Canada, makes human...

Engadget:

Hitchbot, the yellow glove- and Wellies-wearing robot, has started bumming rides across Canada, and by the looks of it, its hosts are having a blast ferrying it to its next drop-off point.

The machine with a perpetual LED smile began its journey in Halifax, and it’ll travel 4,000 miles until it reaches Victoria, British Columbia. People who pick up Hitchbot are pointed to a website where they can find instructions on how to handle it and where to drop it off. On the way, Hitchbot chats with its host, thanks to its speech recognition capability, or chatters away on its own in case its tablet-and-Arduino brain can’t parse what its companion’s saying. It also takes pictures every 30 minutes or so to send back to headquarters and upload to its social media accounts.

What a wonderfully odd experiment. I’m definitely following @hitchBOT on Twitter.

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13:04
Spider-Man unmasked! Elmo and Minnie, too

The New York Times:

A vaguely defined ecosystem seems to exist within the community, with subspecies divided by costume type: The Disney, Pixar and “Sesame Street” characters gravitate toward one another, and the superheroes hang out with other superheroes.

The cartoons, superheroes and other assorted characters are a bizarre, fascinating yet annoying as hell part of what Times Square has become.

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11:58
Thecus releases four-bay N4310 NAS for home offices...

Thecus debuted a new network attached storage (NAS) device late last month with the N4310. The four-bay NAS is positioned for use in small to medium sized businesses, as well as home offices. The device utilizes Hybrid Mode Storage, encryption, RAID support and a customization and apps through the ThecusOS....



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11:11
A statistical analysis of the work of Bob Ross

FiveThirtyEight:

I analyzed the data to find out exactly what Ross, who died in 1995, painted for more than a decade on TV. The top-line results are to be expected — wouldn’t you know, he did paint a bunch of mountains, trees and lakes! — but then I put some numbers to Ross’s classic figures of speech. He didn’t paint oaks or spruces, he painted “happy trees.” He favored “almighty mountains” to peaks. Once he’d painted one tree, he didn’t paint another — he painted a “friend.”

I can’t paint a straight line with a ruler but watching Ross was absolutely mesmerizing. This analysis is interesting from a numbers point of view but it doesn’t capture or explain the wonderful presentation style Ross had.

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10:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

InstaPlace [iPhone; Now...

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09:14
MGG 513: Lucky Number (Five-)Thirteen with Cool...

Dave's back from his Phishing Expedition and he and John jump right into Cool Stuff Found. More docking solutions, more mailbox solutions, Control Center for your Mac and lots more. Download, press play and enjoy!


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

Last week was a busy one with new hardware and apps making their way into TUAW's virtual office. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews you may have missed.

App Reviews

Clima is a compact and useful weather app
Your photos are super...

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06:07
∞ Spielberg’s genius – The “oner”

[VIDEO] The origins of the “oner”, one scene, one shot and how Spielberg made that technique his own. This is riveting, from first scene to last.

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05:05
Ethan Hawke on the Black Album and passing music...

The movie Boyhood was filmed using the same cast over 12 years, so you literally see the protagonist growing up before your eyes. A great concept, said to be a great movie, can’t wait to see it.

In a scene celebrating Mason Jr.’s 15th birthday, he receives a mix CD from his father, Mason Sr., played by Ethan Hawke. Called The Black Album, it’s a compilation of the best of John, Paul, George, and Ringo’s solo work, post-Beatles.

The CD comes with a set of liner notes in the form of a letter, cribbed from liner notes Ethan Hawke originally wrote for his daughter. Great concept, great letter, especially if you are a Beatles fan.

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04:50
Microsoft suing Samsung for breach of contract

From Microsoft’s blog post:

As you may have seen, on Friday Microsoft filed legal action against Samsung in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. Today’s legal action is simply to enforce our contract with Samsung.

We don’t take lightly filing a legal action, especially against a company with which we’ve enjoyed a long and productive partnership. Unfortunately, even partners sometimes disagree. After spending months trying to resolve our disagreement, Samsung has made clear in a series of letters and discussions that we have a fundamental disagreement as to the meaning of our contract.

Oh, Samsung. Keep behaving like this and no one’s going to want to play with you anymore.

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Saturday August 2

21:11
Apple Releases ‘Dreams’ Commercial Highlighting iOS...

Apple has released another commercial in its You're More Powerful Than You Think series called Dreams. The commercial features a variety of professionals using iPhones, iPads, and Macs at their job. Fire fighters, teachers, a jewelry designer, scientists, a pilot, a veterinarian, and more. The commercial features a song called "When I Grow Up" by Jennifer OâConnor.


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20:42
Al-Qaeda prefers Android over Apple's iOS

Apple's iOS has taken majority market share in education, government and the enterprise, but Google's Android has become the favored mobile platform among Al-Qaeda operatives.



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14:14
Apple doesn’t have to do jack

Elia Freedman:

Let’s say that together now: the dearth of many viable iOS indie dev businesses is not Apple’s problem.

It’s ours.

Whether we like it or not, the game has changed. Trials are out. They’ve been out for six years now and we have no idea if they are ever coming back. Upgrades are out, too. Again, we have no idea if they will ever come back. Ask yourself, do you really want to sit here and wait another 10 months to find out if we will get trials and upgrades, and then wait another three months after that to see it available? Hell, no. I need to make a living now.

It’s time for us to adapt.

We’ve seen quite a bit of writing regarding this issue over the past week. I’m just a user so I have no idea of the issues involved but it is good to hear from another side of the equation.

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14:00
Clima is a compact and useful weather app

Clima (U$0.99) packs a lot of information into a deceptively simple user interface. Enter a city or cities and you get temperature and sky conditions on a colorful background.

Swipe left and you see an extended five-day forecast with high/low...

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13:54
Mike Tyson knockout super cut

The Roosevelts:

It is being reported that Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx has agreed to portray Mike Tyson in an upcoming biopic that is written by Hollywood bad-ass Terence Winter.

There is no way a paring of Terence Winter and the fascinating story of Mike Tyson couldn’t be good so enjoy the following super cut compilation to show how vicious Mike Tyson really was in his prime.

I was a boxing fan during Tyson’s prime and for all of his failings, he was an absolute beast in the boxing ring. The sport is justifiably vilified now but this super cut might help to explain why seemingly rational, mostly non-violent people like myself loved to watch him turn people’s brains off.

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12:59
888,246 ceramic poppies surround the Tower of London...

Colossal:

To commemorate the centennial of Britain’s involvement in the First World War, ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper conceived of a staggering installation of ceramic poppies planted in the famous dry moat around the Tower of London. Titled “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red,” the final work will consist of 888,246 red ceramic flowers—each representing a British or Colonial military fatality—that flow through grounds around the tower.

Volunteers began placing the poppies several weeks ago and the process will continue through the summer until a final flower is symbolically planted on November 11th.

The poppy flower is very symbolic to me as a Canadian and the proud son of a Canadian Navy veteran. I’d love to be able to see this installation in London.

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12:15
New "Dreams" ad focuses on the many uses...

Apple has released another of its classy ads that show just how powerful we humans can be when equipped with an iOS device. In "Dreams", the company focuses on the iPhone 5s and shows everything from a Vaavud anemometer being used to measure wind...

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11:00
Mobile Home adds a Siri button to any car

I love using Siri in my car, but sometimes trying to find the Home button so that I can press it and talk to Siri is a real bother, especially if I just tossed my iPhone onto the passenger seat. So wouldn't it be nice to have a Home button that you...

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08:00
Dog Days of Summer: Send us your photos and make...

Remington, the cute puppy belonging to TUAW blogger/editor Kelly Hodgkins, is really unhappy with you, as evidences with those sad puppy eyes starting at you from the photo above.

Why? Well, nobody sent in a candidate photo for the Dog Days of...

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: A la mode

A la mode

This week’s roundup of new iPad protection brings you a little fashion sense, some amazing colors, and a gentle reminder that, alas, another school year is just around the corner.

Griffin Technology

The Survivor Slim (iPad Air; $80) is a full-body case that combines a shatter-resistant shell and a shock-absorbing, textured-silicone bumper.

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05:27
Why your ice cream sandwich doesn’t melt

[VIDEO] There’s a buzz going around the net about ice cream sandwiches not melting. It started with a woman in Cincinnati who accidentally left a Walmart ice cream sandwich out in the sun for a bit and noticed that it was not behaving the way “real” ice cream behaved.

Was this true? Watch the embedded video, but then read on for the science.

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05:12
On making a living from the App Store

David Smith:

This past week has seen an explosion of writing and discussion about the business of making software for sale on the iOS App Store. Personally I love it when these little bubbles of discussion appear. If you’ve listened to me for any period of time you’ll know that one of the things I really like is being a student of the App Store. These discussions provide the opportunity and motivation for all sorts of anecdotes which help expand my view on where things stand.

This post is a trifecta. There’s a link to the Developing Perspective podcast, where David Smith lays all this out verbally. There’s the post itself (which really clicked for me). And there’s the wealth of related links at the end of the post.

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03:47
Apple continues 'Powerful' campaign for...

Apple on Saturday unveiled "Dreams," the latest in its ongoing series of television advertisements touting the versatility of the iPhone 5s and the wide range of third-party applications and accessories compatible with the handset.



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Friday August 1

23:26
Apple releases new iPhone 5s ad “Dreams,” showcasing...

Apple has posted its latest iPhone 5s, called “Dreams,” to its YouTube channel. The new ad shows a number of iPhone owners using their devices in various professional and personal pursuits ranging from art, to medicine, to fighting fires. The ad is set to Jennifer O’Connor’s new single “When I Grow Up,” which was released on iTunes earlier this week.

The app highlights a specific set of apps, which Apple has detailed on the updated page “Powerful” on its website. The apps (and external hardware) include...

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17:43
How to Identify Power Bricks in One Clever Stroke

Everything comes with its own custom power brick these days. Here's a quick lifehack that helps Future You figure out how to match everything up with the appropriate power supply.


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17:35
How to Identify Power Bricks in One Clever Stroke

Everything comes with its own custom power brick these days. Here's a quick lifehack that helps Future You figure out how to match everything up with the appropriate power supply.


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15:48
Legal Mobile Phone Unlocking Bill to Be Signed into...

Huzzah! It will once again be legal to unlock your mobile phone, including smartphones, in the U.S. The White House announced on Friday that President Obama would sign the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, which was passed unanimously in a rare act of bipartisanship in both houses of Congress.


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15:18
Brilliant ‘Apple Clickbait Generator’ Makes Apple-...

"Why Everything Is Bad for Apple." So reads the title of the article you'll find at Apple Clickbait Generator (ACG), a brilliant idea created by Kirk Lennon and Owen Evans [via TUAW]. Every time you load up the ACG, you get a randomly generated article that explains why Apple is doomed. They're randomly generated, but many of the lines are culled from actual published clickbait. The result is so good, I expect many so-called journalists and their so-called publishers might start cribbing Apple-Is-Doomed straight from the ACG. Be it Apple's pricing, Apple's lefty obsession with Green, the lack of innovation, or the reality that the next iPhone will disappoint, the ACG has you covered. Brilliant!


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15:15
Microsoft’s Sobering Realization: It Can Never Win,...

Microsoft has struggled over the years to develop its own hardware. The Xbox has been the only notable success, and even that product has had its share of struggles. One has to wonder, how long can Microsoft endure without getting its mobile hardware part right?


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15:10
Kensington X3 Bluetooth Keyboard/Case for iPad Air...

Kensingtonâs integrated Bluetooth keyboard for iPad Air is a delight to use and offers several useful features. Notable is the ability to access the internal battery for emergency use and a magnetic gutter to hold the iPad securely in place.


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13:12
Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order...

The Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order) from Bitfountain has just 10 days left to preorder for $79. This is a learning-by-doing course designed to teach you how to code for iOS 8 using Apple's new Swift developing language. It includes more than 350 videos with 36.5 hours of content. During the course, you'll make 14 iOS 8 apps and learn how to connect with third party APIs, use Appel's graphical interface builder, work with core data, and a lot more. The course will be released once Apple releases iOS 8 to the public, and this preorder price makes it inexpensive.


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13:01
Apple appoints Beats Music chief to head up iTunes...

Apple has picked Beats Music subscription service CEO Ian Rogers to additionally head up iTunes Radio, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. Citing people familiar with the matter, the report notes that Rogers will still continue to run the Beats Music subscription service while working…

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12:20
Facebook promises monthly iOS app updates

Facebook has released version 13.0 of its iOS app to the App Store, with update notes promising that the social network will now bring regular updates to the App Store “every 4 weeks,” while explaining how to enable iOS 7 automatic updates to stay current. Facebook notes…

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10:07
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-01

Break out your tin foil hat because there's a new security threat in town and it has USB written all over it. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to offer their take on BadUSB, plus they dive into Microsoft's failed appeal to avoid turning over data on servers in Ireland to U.S. law enforcement, and what that could mean for other businesses both in and outside of the country.


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08:18
Apple to Beats: Welcome to the Family

Apple gave Beats Music an official "welcome to the family" on Friday with a special page on the company's website. The iPhone and iPad maker has been in the process of buying Beats and Apple just bought Vivendi's stake in the company, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: OK Apple, now that Beats is officially part of your team, can we get earbuds that sound better and don't fall out of our ears? Also, give us some Beats streaming music playlists in iTunes Radio.


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08:00
iLounge Game Spotlight: 80 Days

80 Days ($5) is an interactive fiction adventure from inkle based on Jules Verne’s classic novel Around the World in Eighty Days. This game brings steampunk into the story as well, as players try find the quickest way around the globe through exploration and…

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07:43
Typo iPhone keyboard returns, updated, as Typo 2

Following an injunction by Blackberry earlier this year against its original Typo Keyboard Case (iLounge Rating: B-), Typo Products has released Typo 2, an updated version of its eponymous hardware keyboard for the iPhone 5 and 5s. Famously funded by Ryan Seacrest, the first…

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07:42
BadUSB: Undetectable USB flaw Could Expose all Your...

Security research firm SR Labs has discovered a flaw in USB devices that could be exploited by attackers to inject their own code into firmware. There currently isn't any way to detect a USB-based hack, and so far no one has found any way to patch the flaw.

The Mac Observer Spin: There isn't any evidence BadUSB is in the wild, but there also isn't an easy way to tell if it's out there. Get ready for USB infection paranoia to take hold.


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06:51
Apple posts official Beats welcome announcement

Apple has officially welcomed Beats to the Apple family, commemorating the finalization of its $3 billion acquisition initiated earlier this year. Noting that “[m]usic has always held a special place in our hearts,” the announcement includes a link back to beatsbydre.com, where a similar announcement…

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06:48
Apple Buys Vivendi’s Stake in Beats for $404M

Apple hasn't completed its Beats purchase, but is already a part owner in the company. Vivendi sold its 13 percent stake in Beats to Apple for US$404 million as part of the iPhone and iPad maker's plan to complete its $3 billion purchase of the company some time this quarter.

The Mac Observer Spin: It isn't a big surprise that Vivendi sold its stake in Beats to Apple. The deal lets Apple have total control over Beats, and it lets Vivendi offload more more of its side business ventures to focus on its core goals.


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06:35
Report: Vivendi SA sold its Beats stake for $404...

A new report from Bloomberg indicates that as part of Apple’s Beats acquisition, Paris-based Vivendi SA sold its approximately 13 percent stake in Beats Electronics to Apple for $404 million. Held by the company’s Universal Music Group, the stake’s value reportedly almost doubled in value from a September 2013 estimate…

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05:45
OS X: Configuring FileVault

For today's article, Melissa Holt is going to cover one of the most powerful security tools on your Mac-FileVault. She'll discuss why you need it, how you'll turn it on, and a really easy way you could lose access to all of the files on your computer. (Don't do that last thing, OK?)


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Thursday July 31

18:43
U.S. Appeals Court Rules Microsoft Must Turn Over...

An appeals court ruled on Friday that Microsoft must turn over email sought in a U.S. warrant, even though the customer's email is being hosted on servers in Ireland, not the U.S. Microsoft argued the US warrant has no jurisdiction in Ireland, but the court disagreed.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is a big deal. It must be to put Verizon and AT&T on the same side as Microsoft and Apple.


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17:27
T-Mobile Q2 Earnings Suggest Uncarrier Model Works

T-Mobile has announced earnings for the second quarter of 2014, and those earnings are promising, with over seven billion dollars in revenue. This was also the fifth consecutive quarter T-Mobile added over one million new customers.

The Mac Observer Spin: With numbers like these, it's hard to figure out how Sprint thinks they can buy out T-Mobile.


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16:41
That Time the iPhone Owner Punched His Mugger in the...

A drawn out attempt at "Apple" picking on Wednesday in Madison, Wisconsin, was thwarted when the would-be victim punched his would-be mugger in the face. Bryan Chaffin finds something satisfying in the way things worked out.


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14:52
The Productive Design Mac Bundle: $39.99

Check out the Productive Design Mac Bundle, a collection of 6 apps and a sub-bundle of subscription services for $39.99. The apps include Ember, Pixa, Poser 10, Anime Studio Pro 10, Art Text 2, and TotalFinder. You also get the Design Hacker Bundle, a collection of service subscriptions that include access to design templates, testing, graphics, Web hosting, and design. There are details on the apps and services on the deal listing. Combined they would add up to $943 retail, making the $39.99 deal price a huge bargain.


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12:05
Basic Tips for Using the Dock and Trash in OS X

Nancy Carroll Gravley offers up some basic tips for using and understanding the Dock and the Trash in OS X that will particularly helpful to people who are new to Macs.


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11:04
Apple content delivery network for faster downloads...

Apple’s new content delivery network has gone live in the U.S. and Europe, according to Frost & Sullivan analyst Dan Rayburn. The network is able to deliver multiple terabits of data per second, which should allow Apple to offer faster iOS downloads. Rayburn claims Apple is still using other…

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10:54
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-31

Russia says it thinks Apple and SAP are using their software to spy, so it wants both companies to hand over their code. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the motives behind Russia's demands and look at what could happen if both companies refuse to comply. They also jump into the middle of Amazon's latest posturing in its ongoing book pricing fight with Hachette.


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08:18
Russia to Apple: All Your Code Are Belong to Us

Russia doesn't trust the United States government or Apple, so it is asking for source code from the Mac, iPhone and iPad maker to look for clues showing the devices are being used to spy on its citizens and government officials. The country also wants source code from SAP citing privacy concerns.

The Mac Observer Spin: Targeting Apple and SAP with the code request makes sense considering both are high profile companies that are unlikely to cooperate. That may be exactly what Russian officials are hoping for, or they may simply be posturing by naming popular and well known companies.


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07:33
Apps of the Week: NPR One, Crazy Taxi: City Rush,...

New Apps Beehive (free) — Beehive - The Social Network Filter from Kendall Innovations is that rare thing: a new social networking app that should be useful to certain people. The app takes your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds, and lets you narrow them…

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07:15
Shazam Song Recognition Comes to the Mac

The iPhone music identification app Shazam is getting a little less mobile, but in a good way. A new version for OS X was released on Thursday that offers the same discovery features as its iPhone counterpart, but designed to live in your Mac's menu bar.

The Mac Observer Spin: Not having to scramble for your iPhone in a coffee shop to Shazam a song that's playing sounds pretty cool.


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06:06
Get Ready for 1Password Everywhere in iOS 8

AgileBits, the maker of the popular password management app 1Password, is ready to move beyond auto-filling website logins only in their own iPhone and iPad app and plans to bring that functionality to any app that taps into its API in iOS 8. With 1Password support built into other apps, users will be able to enter their user names and passwords with Touch ID, and AgileBits has a video showing just how seamless the process can be.

The Mac Observer Spin: One touch login via Touch ID and 1Password is a perfect example of why Apple needed to open up iOS more. Features like this will make the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch so much easier to use.


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Wednesday July 30

20:45
ACM 265: Ford goes iPhone and Facebook’s App Breakup

Ford is giving BlackBerry a big kick in the pants by dumping the company's smartphones in favor of Apple's iPhone. Jeff and Bryan have plenty to say on what that means for both Apple and BlackBerry, plus they rant on Facebook and the decision to force private messages into a separate iPhone app, and they go with a listener request and look at the magic PC market numbers Gartner and IDC spew.


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17:25
Brett Domino Explains Pop Music’s Formula

Have you ever heard a song on the radio and thought there had to be a formula behind pop music? Well Brett Domino found one, and has broken it down on YouTube for everyone to see. Not only can you enjoy the results of his formula in the initial video, but once you have mastered his original techniques, you can level up with the advanced techniques. It took until very nearly August, but I think we have the song of the summer in Pinocchio from the advanced class.


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16:03
New iPhones: Now With Less Sapphire

Sapphire glass covers on the new iPhone models are less likely all the time. According to a report from LED Inside, supply chain analysts state orders should have been placed in large numbers by now, and thus far those orders do not exist.


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14:55
What Amazon Didn’t Say in Its Blog Post about...

Amazon has come forth and told unto us it is waging holy war against Hachette for lo! The children. For only lower book prices can save the children-and indeed publishers and authors, too-and those greedy publishers are too stupid to understand. Bryan Chaffin thinks there's more to the picture.


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13:16
Apple Releases Fixed Version of MacBook Air EFI...

Apple released MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.9.1 on Wednesday to replace the problem-ridden 2.9 version it rolled out, and then pulled, earlier in July. The update addresses an issue where the 2011 MacBook Air failed to properly wake from sleep.


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12:45
OS X Yosemite: How to Turn Translucency Off or On

OS X Yosemite lets parts of windows take on the general color of the background behind it. It's a translucent effect because details cannot be readily made out. For those who don't like it, John Martellaro shows how to turn it off.


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11:59
Report: Apple TV relaunch not coming this year

Apple engineers working on the new version of Apple TV have been on timelines that assume a 2015 launch, The Information reports. Those engineers “have been told by their bosses not to expect a launch this year.” It’s been expected for some time that Apple would release a newer…

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11:43
Report: Apple eliminating positions of some Beats...

Apple has started transitioning employees and technology from Beats, but not all Beats employees will be making the move, 9to5Mac reports. While many Beats employees in development and creative roles have been offered jobs at Apple, Beats’ support, finance, and HR departments “have already been largely dismantled,” according to…

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10:43
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-30

Apple keeps rolling out minor updates to its Mac product line, but hasn't had a major release announcement since last fall. John Martellaro and Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to look at the lack of big news from Apple, the incremental update cycle the company seems to be locked into right now, and how that could be impacting its image.


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08:26
Russian government seeks Apple source code

The Russian government is asking for access to Apple’s source code, in order to ensure the company’s products aren’t used for spying purposes, Reuters reports. Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov said in a statement, “Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013 and U.S. intelligence services’ public statements about the strengthening of…

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08:26
Apple May Have Accidentally Leaked New 27-inch iMac

Apple first accidentally mentioned a new Mac mini model in its Boot Camp support documents, and may have leaked a 27-inch iMac refresh, too. A chart showing the current 27-inch iMac, along with a model tagged as "Mid 2014," looks like a hint that an update is coming soon.

The Mac Observer Spin: Considering Apple listed two unreleased Mac models in its Boot Camp compatibility chart, either someone needs some remedial copy and paste training, or a reminder that unannounced products shouldn't appear in support documents.


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07:00
Apple Confirms Purchase of Swell Talk Radio App for...

Following reports that it was purchasing Swell, the iPhone app for building custom talk radio-like stations, Apple has confirmed it is the new owner of the app and its developer Concept.io.

The Mac Observer Spin: Fist BookLight and now Swell. It looks like Apple is getting serious about improving content discovery through the iTunes Store.


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06:27
Square announces new Reader for chip cards

Square has announced Square Reader for chip cards, a new credit card reader built to handle EMV chip cards—credit cards equipped with microchips, as already found in many countries around the world. The major U.S. credit card companies have planned to implement a fraud…

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05:45
iOS 7: Preventing Unauthorized Purchases

For today's tip, Melissa Holt's gonna go over a hidden setting that may let your kid purchase apps or media when he isn't supposed to. Turn this off, and you can rest assured that little Johnny won't be able to buy ten apps just because you allowed him to get one. Unless he knows your Apple ID password, that is, but you would never give him that, would you? Good.


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Tuesday July 29

20:02
Apple Possibly Leaked New Mac mini Models

Apple updated a support article that refers to a Mid 2014 model Mac mini, which is the first mention of any sort of attention paid to the Mac mini, last updated in October 2012.

The Mac Observer Spin: I'd like this to be true, but at this point odds are 50/50 that there is an actual new Mac mini, or that someone was pasting in updated Macs and got a little trigger happy with Cmd-V.


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18:02
Apple Possibly Leaked New Mac mini Models

Apple updated a support article that refers to a Mid 2014 model Mac mini, which is the first mention of any sort of attention paid to the Mac mini, last updated in October 2012.

The Mac Observer Spin: I'd like this to be true, but at this point odds are 50/50 that there is an actual new Mac mini, or that someone was pasting in updated Macs and got a little trigger happy with cmd-V.


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17:57
Ford Ditching BlackBerry for iPhone for Global...

Ford announced on Tuesday that it was moving some 9,300 corporate employees from BlackBerry to iPhone. The move will be a blow to BlackBerry, which is trying to rebuild itself under the leadership of CEO John Chen. At the same time, it's another boost for Apple's enterprise ambition, which recently announced a mobile alliance with IBM.


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15:04
‘Window Plug’ Portable Solar Charger Concept Design

Yanko Design is showing off a concept called "Window Plug," and it's very cool. It's a portable solar charger that you can stick on a window. It has a built-in battery that self-charges, but it also has a plug for accessing that power for your devices. So far, this is a concept only. In the comments, the creator said that he still has technical hurdles to overcome, not least of which is having the device generate enough power to meet the needs of a wide variety of devices. But I am lust with the idea of a charger that I could stick on a hotel window, a car window, or...wait for it...a airplane window. Accordingly, I'm pulling for the product to come to market.


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13:19
MotionArtist for Mac: $9

MotionArtist is a very cool piece of software that allows you to layout comics in traditional panel form with word bubbles, and also add motion, sound, and even a 3D parallax effect to scenes. The animation tools are designed to be quite easy to use, and it's focused primarily on adding motion. Through our deal, you can get it for $9, a lot less than the $60 retail price.


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11:10
OS X Yosemite: How to Trek into Dark Mode

OS X Yosemite public beta enables an intriguing feature referred to as Dark Mode. No one is quite sure why it's there, but it's very cool. John Martellaro explains how to enable it.


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10:45
Apple Retail Out Almost $310K in Scam, Suspect...

Apple lost US$309,768 in merchandise out of its retail stores in 16 states thanks to Sharron Laverne Parrish Jr. and a debit card scam. Authorities have arrested Mr. Parrish, and thanks to his clever social engineering, Apple will likely be left holding the bill.

The Mac Observer Spin: Forced code scams happen more often than you'd think, so it isn't surprising Mr. Parrish was able to make off with so much before getting caught. Apple will most likely change its policies to require employees to call banks on declined cards instead of leaving that in customer's hands


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10:12
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-29

The future for magazines looked promising thanks to the iPad, but not everyone is pleased with how that worked out. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about how the digital magazine has been something of a disappointment, and why John is planning on going back to print. They also offer up their take on companies like Facebook splitting features across multiple apps.


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08:14
Apple TV Adds Fox Now, CNBC Channels

Fox Now and CNBC joined the Apple TV channel lineup on Tuesday, giving viewers access to shows like Cosmos, 24: Live Another Day, live CNBC content, and more. Unfortunately, the content you get is limited unless you also have a cable subscription.

The Mac Observer Spin: More content is great for Apple TV owners, but continuing to leave most of it stuck behind cable pay walls isn't much of a help to viewers who don't want to shell out the money for full subscription packages.


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07:27
Apple TV adds FOX Now, CNBC channels

Apple TV has added two new channels, FOX Now and CNBC. Both channels require a cable subscription to access full content, although a number of FOX episodes and CNBC clips are available for viewing without authentication. The FOX Now channel includes a number of popular…

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06:55
Apple Drops Samsung Patent Appeal, Ends Injunction...

Apple is throwing in the towel on its efforts to get an injunction blocking the sale of several Samsung smartphones related to their first patent infringement trial. Apple told the court on Monday that it is dropping its cross appeal in the case and now will instead focus on winning an injunction in their second mobile device infringement trial.

The Mac Observer Spin: It seems that -- at least on some level -- both Apple and Samsung are getting tired of their ongoing patent infringement fight, although not tired enough to find some sort of agreement. For Samsung, giving up doesn't make sense considering its drag-it-out-in-court tactics are working just fine.


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05:46
Retina MacBook Pro gets Faster Processors, More RAM

Apple confirmed the Retina MacBook Pro update rumors on Tuesday when it rolled out new models with faster processors and more RAM. The new 13-inch and 15-inch models look just like the versions they replace, but with more power under the hood.

The Mac Observer Spin: With today's Retina MacBook Pro refresh, that leaves only the Mac mini waiting for an update.


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Monday July 28

19:20
Beats Music Adds More User Controls to iOS App,...

Beats Music, the music streaming service being acquired by Apple, released a new version of its iOS app that adds several user controls. Beats Music 2.2.0 includes a "Tune Your Taste" control that allows you change your "Just For You" recommendations. The service has also begun verifying user profile for the famous and well-to-do.


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18:48
Facebook Forces iPhone Users To Separate Messaging...

Facebook is disabling messaging entirely in the iPhone and Android apps, forcing users who wish to use the feature to download a separate app.

The Mac Observer Spin: I regularly consider deleting the Facebook app already, and now I'm supposed to have two!? I'll pass.


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16:56
Blockchain.info Brings Bitcoin Wallet App Back to...

Blockchain.info has brought its Bitcoin wallet app back to the App Store after having been kicked out by Apple in February. Blockchain 2.0.1 has the ability to send and receive Bitcoins from your iPhone, an important feature for Bitcoin users.


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15:56
‘Another One Bites The Dust’ Played Using Disk Drives

Check out the latest from Arganalth, a musician who uses the noises made by hard drives and floppy drives to make music. Watching videos like "Misirlou" is hypnotic as the drive heads slip back and forth making noise, so they're fun to see as well as hear. His latest one is "Another One Bites The Dust," by Queen. While all of the videos are impressive, this is a standout among them. Enjoy it below [Via Macgasm]:


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14:57
Lord & Taylor, Hudson’s Bay Company Deploy...

Department stores Lord & Taylor and Hudson's Bay Company began rolling out iBeacons in a number of locations as of Monday. These iBeacons are implemented by Swirl, a company which develops mobile marketing solutions.

The Mac Observer Spin: This could be neato, this could be horrible. Difficult to say.


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14:18
The Mac Mastery Training Bundle: $29

We have a great bundle of training videos for you designed to you master your Mac. It has eight individual course, including:

Mac Clarity - Master Your Mac
Productivity For Mac Users
One On One Apple Personal Training
Mastering Keynote Presentations
Become a Rocker With GarageBand
Clean & Organize Your Mac In Under 2 Hours
iPhoto For Beginners
Basics Of Using A Mac

That's hundreds of lectures and more than 30 hours of video training. Individually, these training courses are $408, but through our deal you can get them for $29.


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13:39
Hilton to Turn Your iPhone into Your Hotel Room Key

Your iPhone is already an iPod, a phone, and an Internet connection device, and soon it'll be your room key at Hilton hotels. The company is launching a new service where iPhone owners can choose their room and check in, and next year they'll be able to use their smartphone as a room key, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: Remote room selection and check-in, plus the ability to use my iPhone as a room key? This is going to be awesome at trade shows and conferences -- assuming you can get an Internet connection.


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12:55
OS X Yosemite: What Does That Little Green Button do...

Since the beginning of time, well since 2001, the little green button at the top of every OS X window has expanded the current window to take up all available space. OS X Yosemite changes the default behavior of that green button for the first time.


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12:03
Popular Bitcoin wallet app Blockchain returns to App...

Apple has reinstated popular Bitcoin wallet app Blockchain to the App Store. It’s not an entirely unexpected move, considering Apple recently started allowing Bitcoin apps back in the App Store, after making a change to its App Store Review Guidelines. Blockchain was originally pulled from the App…

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