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Tuesday August 26

05:46
External Link: The Columbia Journalism Review...

John Siracusa sat down for a Q&A with the Columbia Journalism Review to discuss his nearly fourteen years of annual Mac OS X reviews. Siracusa talks about how Apple’s interactions with the press have changed, and what drives him to be so hypercritical.

 

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05:43
Verizon winding down stock of 32GB iPhone 5c ahead...

U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless is burning through the last of its high-capacity 32-gigabyte iPhone 5c inventory, with almost all units now out of stock in its online store, in anticipation of a replacement with Apple's next-generation lineup of handsets, AppleInsider has learned.



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05:42
iTunes Festival London channel arrives on Apple TV...

Shortly after adding 19 more acts to the line-up for the iTunes Festival running in London throughout September, Apple has now pushed the iTunes Festival channel to Apple TV, ready for live HD streaming once the show begins … 

The channel is currently offering information about the line-up, the famous Roundhouse venue and a history of the festival.

The festival is now in its 8th year since its launch in 2007, and over 430 artists have performed to live...

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05:33
Apple launches iPhone 5 battery replacement program...

This could come in handy.

Per Macworld, Apple is offering a second replacement program for iPhone 5 users after offering to replace the sleep/wake button on some models in April. Apple has stated that a “very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices” may be experiencing poor battery life, requiring users to charge the device more frequently.

Affected devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and are within a specific serial number range, Apple says. You can check your serial number on Apple’s site to see if your phone qualifies for a free battery replacement.

If you have an affected device you’ll have the choice to replace...

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05:30
Talking Holidays Wheel is decent kids app, but...

Talking Holidays Wheel: Christmas Halloween Summer is an interesting combination of a children's game and an educational app with a title that can't possibly get anymore self-explanatory. The app includes three wheels for Christmas, Halloween and the...

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05:00
Blue Releases Mo-Fi Headphones with Onboard Amp,...

Blue Microphones announced on Tuesday Mo-Fi, the company's first foray into over-the-ear headphones. The device features an onboard amplifier paired with "ultra-premium 50mm hi-fi drivers." Mo-Fi also has an incredibly comfortable* four bar linkage system in place of the standard headband, along with a clever pivoting arm for adjusting the ear cups.


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02:48
Apple patent embeds physical iPhone control,...

In a new patent discovered on Tuesday, Apple details a flexible mobile device screen that deforms to reveal buttons hidden beneath its surface, accepts sound and pressure input and provides haptic feedback.



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00:33
Apple fills out iTunes Festival lineup, deadmau5 to...

Apple on Tuesday added 16 new artists to the upcoming iTunes Festival in London bill, including crooner Tony Bennett, Mary J. Blige and opening act deadmau5.



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Monday August 25

23:22
iTunes Festival 2014 schedule updated with new acts...

Apple has once again updated the lineup for its upcoming iTunes Festival in London, adding several new musical artists to the schedule, including Mary J. Blige, deadmau5, Tony Bennett, and Ed Sheeran. The addition...

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23:15
Review: Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 projector

With high-definition televisions now the standard, 4K televisions becoming the next big thing, and plasma TVs going the way of the dinosaurs, in-home entertainment is an interesting beast these days. There are an overwhelming number of choices. Projectors could be a money-saving option, but they still suffer from overwhelming model choices, from business-oriented units to full-blown home theater experiences. Epson, however, hopes to simplify that with the PowerLite Home Cinema 2030, a projector that offers full 1080p without breaking the bank like some home theater choices. But does the projec...



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23:01
∞ Mary J. Blige, Tony Bennett join iTunes Festival...

Apple on Monday announced a number of new artists that would be joining them for shows at iTunes Festival London in September, including Mary J. Blige and the legendary Tony Bennett.[...]

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22:31
Apple to turn off CloudKit for older iOS 8, OS X...

In something of an unusual move, Apple has sent emails to developers informing them that they must keep up to date with iOS 8 and Yosemite betas if they want to continue testing new features, particularly the CloudKit functionality that is part of the forthcoming iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library and MailDrop technologies. The change, which could be due to a change in iCloud sandboxing, will also impact Safari histories and call histories. Developers must be on Beta 5 of either platform in order to continue working with CloudKit....

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22:00
Reviews: Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 projector

With high-definition televisions now the standard, 4K televisions becoming the next big thing, and plasma TVs going the way of the dinosaurs, in-home entertainment is an interesting beast these days. There are an overwhelming number of choices. Projectors could be a money-saving option, but they still suffer from overwhelming model choices, from business-oriented units to full-blown home theater e ......



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21:45
Briefly: Dropbox iOS update, Thunderbolt 2 SATA...

Cloud storage platform Dropbox has updated its iOS app today. Allowing users to access any file saved to their Dropbox from an iOS device, v3.3 can now offer search within Word and PowerPoint documents. Larger animated GIFs are supported, and improved caching allows the app to use less data and disk space....



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18:49
Google bolsters iOS productivity suite with Slides,...

Google on Monday released presentation app Slides alongside updates to existing iOS apps Docs and Sheets, offering a free Web-connected alternative to similar productivity suites from Microsoft and Apple.



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18:38
RBC: manufacturing cost rise for Apple heralds...

An analyst with RBC Capital Markets has told investors that a strong increase in Apple's manufacturing costs means that the company is gearing up for more than just refreshes of existing products. Amit Daryanani has noted that Apple's component and manufacturing costs are up 18.5 percent despite generally-falling component prices, suggesting both Apple's raised expectations about the success of the iPhone 6 (which may or may not comprised two new models) and the alleged "iWatch."...



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18:36
Apple says Yosemite and iOS 8 beta 4 and older will...

Apple has sent an email developers alerting them to the fact that certain older betas of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite will no longer be able to take advantage of CloudKit functions like MailDrop, iCloud Photo Library, or iCloud Drive. This is likely due to an older sandbox server being taken offline as the operating systems come closer to reaching their public releases.

Developers who wish to keep testing against these features will need to update to at least beta 5 of each operating system. CloudKit and its various applications are part of iOS 8 and Yosemite, which will be required for all users who wish to use these functions when they are released later this fall.

Apple will unveil its next-generation iPhone 6...

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18:15
Apple to restrict CloudKit services to latest iOS 8...

In an email sent out on Monday, Apple informed developers that upcoming iCloud-based features like iCloud Drive, Mail Drop and more will require iOS 8 beta 5 or OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 5 or later to operate.



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18:00
Seven iPhone photography tricks take the basic...

Lorenz Holder is a professional photographer and part of the Cooperative of Photography, a community-focused online photography magazine. The goal of the Cooperative is to recognize and promote exceptional visions within the photography community as...

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17:54
Torvalds Says Yes to the Desktop


It was just a few short weeks ago that we here in the Linux blogosphere were rehashing the open source world's documentation dilemma -- one of those perennial topics bloggers love to resurrect whenever there appears to be a lull in the conversation. At the time, alert readers may recall, Linux Girl compared the topic to the ongoing "Year of Linux on the Desktop" debate -- another favorite that just keeps coming back for more. Well guess what? That one's now back too, courtesy of none other than Linux creator Linus Torvalds himself.

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17:53
Mac Observer Staff: What’s on Your iPhone Home...

Kelly asked around TMO Towers to discover what everyone keeps on their home screens. Like a rainbow, the home screens show the full spectrum of personality types.


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17:20
California Governor Brown signs cell phone '...

The office of California Governor Jerry Brown announced that bill SB 962 was signed today, making cell phone "kill switches" mandatory in the state. While the bill won't go into effect immediately, manufacturers must have the kill switches in place for all smartphones made after July 1, 2015. It was widely believed that Governor Brown would sign the bill after it was sent to his office after passing through the Senate on August 12....



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17:09
California Gov. Signs Smartphone Kill-Switch...

California governor Jerry Brown signed SB-962 into law on Monday. The law requires all smartphones made on or after July 1st, 2015, to come with a kill-switch that will make the device unusable in the event it is lost or stolen. Apple and Google had both already pledged to do so-and Apple has had kill switches in place for years-but the law makes it mandatory.


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17:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Full Screen Private...

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16:33
[Sponsor] MailChimp

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16:00
Survey shows parents are open to using tech to...

Privacy issues are a big topic in America right now, but for kids under 17 privacy is almost always going to be dependent upon their parents. There are no unlawful search and seizure laws governing parents, and a new survey indicates that Big Mother...

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15:53
California governor signs bill requiring all...

As we’ve previously covered, the state of California has been in the process of passing a bill that would require all smartphones sold within the state to come with a remote killswitch option to deter thieves. The bill was passed by the state legislature earlier this year, and today it was...

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15:45
California governor signs 'kill switch'...

California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a bill requiring smartphone manufacturers provide a remote "kill switch" for handsets sold within the state.



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15:30
Nourish knowledge with Gro Garden

Get those green thumbs ready with Gro Garden (US$2.99, universal), an educational app that helps budding explorers discover organic gardening in a creative and competitive way. Did you ever trick your kids into eating their veggies by sneaking the...

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15:26
California now requires a kill switch on all...

A California bill requiring all smartphones sold in the state to have antitheft technology installed was today signed into law by California governor Jerry Brown. Introduced in February, the SB-962 Smartphones bill, which mandates a “kill switch” for cellular devices, was initially approved by the California State Assembly in early August and passed a final vote in the California Senate shortly after.

I’m in favor of this.

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15:03
Kickstarter: iPhone-connected Starfish child seat...

A Kickstarter campaign launched earlier this month is aiming to help save the lives of children across the country with an iPhone-connected, weight-activated child seat sensor called Starfish. The concept is fairly simple. The Starfish sensor pairs with your iPhone via Bluetooth, then fits under the padding of a child safety seat in your car.

Once the sensor detects a child in the seat, it creates a small geofence of about 20 feet. Anytime the paired phone leaves that geofenced zone, it receives a push notification informing notifying the user of the potential danger the child is in. If the notification goes unanswered for five minutes, the app automatically reaches out to an emergency contact and informs them of the situation.

The Kickstarter campaign runs for another 11 days (and ends on September 5th), but thus far hasn’t even reached half of its $15,000 goal. The retail price...

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15:00
Best educational apps for middle schoolers

It's that time of the year again when parents, teachers and students start thinking about heading back to school. If you have an iOS device, you can supplement your child's education and stimulate them to get involved with quality educational iOS...

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14:59
Facebook attempting to reduce 'click-baiting...

In a blog post from Facebook today, the social media company said that it's trying to improve the News Feed by reducing "click-baiting headlines." The company stated that it wants to help users find posts and links that are interesting, while removing stories that are generally considered spam by people that don't want them to turn up in their feeds....



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14:48
Some iOS apps vulnerable to auto-dialing URLs,...

A number of iOS apps -- including Facebook Messenger, Gmail, and Google+ -- have a security vulnerability that could allow malicious parties to force an iPhone to auto-dial, observes Romanian developer Andrei Neculaesei. iOS supports a tel:// URI that can make a call automatically, even though developers are allowed to bypass confirmation prompts for the dialer if they want. Through a vulnerable app and the right web code, a person could potentially be tricked into dialing a toll number. A FaceTime variant could let someone capture images of a person before disconnecting....



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14:35
Sony DDoS Attack May Have Been Smokescreen


Sony's PlayStation and Sony Entertainment networks were taken down over the weekend by a distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack. The hackers, who call themselves the "Lizard Squad," also forced authorities to divert a plane Sony Entertainment president was on by tweeting that there might be a bomb on board. A hacker with the handle "FamedGod," purportedly a member of the Anonymous hacking group, later claimed responsibility for the DDoS attack and retaliated against the Lizard Squad for stealing his thunder.

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14:30
360iDev: Onboarding and the first 60 seconds

One of the most critical parts of any app is the onboarding process -- what it takes to get you interested in, educated about, and logged into an app or service. Developer Ben Johnson of Raizlabs provided a look at first impressions in apps in a...

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14:18
China Hopes to Unseat Apple, Microsoft, Google with...

China is going to stick it to those Western tech giants dominating the Chinese desktop and mobile platforms, according to a local report. The country's communist government is backing development of a homegrown, though Linux-based, operating system to compete with Apple, Microsoft, and Google.


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14:03
Amazon buys Twitch for $970M, pushes into video...

Amazon on Monday grew its digital media presence with the purchase of gaming-centric video streaming service Twitch, which agreed to a $970 million buyout that will take effect later this year.



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14:00
360iDev 2014 starts off with a bang

Denver has been a host city for the 360|iDev conference for a number of years, and this year's event for developers is currently underway in the Mile High City. TUAW is at the conference to see what the best brains in iOS development are up to....

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13:50
TiVo Brings DVR to Over-the-Air Cord Cutters

TiVo has taken a big step into the world of cord-cutting with the introduction of TiVo Roamio OTA, a DVR for over-the-air (OTA) TV signals. With this device, cord-cutters can go back to the future and digitally record SD and HD broadcasts from local TV stations and watch them like they would with any other DVR. Cool, eh? TiVo Roamio OTA can record up to four programs at once, and it has a 500GB hard drive for up to 75 hours of recorded HD content. If you have a broadband connection, the device also has apps for Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, "and more," plus it supports TiVo's own TiVo Stream for watching your recorded shows on other devices. It's a brilliant move that could allow TiVo to expand its business outside of the cable and satellite industries where it started. Better yet, the box is only US$49.99 (available exclusively at Best Buy starting in September). It also requires a $14.99 monthly subscription to function, which is where TiVo actually makes its money.

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13:30
Easy Scan really does scan so easily

Easy Scan (Smart Scanner) is a new entry into the iDevice-Camera-As-Document-Scanner category. What distinguishes it from all of the other ones I have tried (and I have tried a lot of them) is in how simple it is. It lacks many of the bells and...

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13:00
NPR One for iOS makes radio personal

Think of it sort of like Pandora for news. The free NPR One app streams news stories that should be of interest to you, using your local NPR station and any other that generates news you are likely to connect with.

You sign up using your NPR ID (if...

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12:53
ioShutter SLR: Control Your Camera With Your iPhone...

Check out the ioShutter SLR, a cable that connects your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and your Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Pentax, Samsung or Hasselblad SLR camera. The cable connects to your camera and your iOS device, where a dedicated app allows you to remotely control your camera without touching the camera. In addition to landscapes, cityscapes, and the like, where a still camera can be just what you need, ioShutter SLR also allows you to do time lapses. Depending on your camera, you can also control autofocus and do voice-activated shots (think selfies and group selfies). ioShutter SLR retails for $75, but you can get it for $29.99 through our deal.


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12:48
Ralph Lauren debuts iOS-connected fitness &...

Legendary fashion house Ralph Lauren is making a big splash in the wearable devices market this week, as a number of ball boys and one player at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships are outfitted with new, iOS-connected nylon shirts that track health and fitness data.



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12:45
Apple Fitness Sensors Everywhere: It’s More than the...

HealthKit in iOS 8 offers the promise of a centralized system so iPhone owners can collect and track their own health and fitness data in a single place, and it gives other companies a common platform to feed information into. Apple will no doubt capitalize on that with the rumored iWatch as its first move into the fitness tracking market. But it doesn't seem likely the company will be content to stick to just our wrists, which opens the door for a whole line of wearable tech -- including versatile sensors that know what data to collect based on where they are on your body.


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12:42
Dropbox for iOS updated w/ search support within...



A minor update to Dropbox for iPhone and iPad is out today bringing a few new features and enhancements.

With Dropbox version 3.3, the app now supports search within Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint documents. Dropbox says this improvement is due to “new, higher fidelity previews” available in this version. The latest update also adds larger animated GIF...

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12:34
Known iOS auto-call feature sparks concerns about...

Technical oversights on the part of some of the iOS ecosystem's most prominent developers -- including Facebook and Google --?could allow attackers to exploit a documented iOS feature that allows apps to initiate phone calls without a prompt, spurring reminders that iPhone owners should be careful what they tap on.



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12:30
EmoYo shares your emotions with friends and nothing...

EmoYo is an app clearly inspired by the simplistic nature of Yo. both in name and design. Quite interestingly though, the creator is only 16 years old. The app's sole reason for existence is to add friends and share your emotions with each other...

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12:19
Google debuts Slides app for iOS, updates Docs and...

Google is today launching a new iOS app, Slides. Much like Microsoft PowerPoint, Slides lets people create and edit presentations. Because these files are stored in the cloud, users can start work on one device and continue on another, including via the Slides web app. Collaboration features let several people work on a presentation simultaneously; any changes to a file are saved automatically, and the app can work both on and offline. Offline changes are uploaded after reconnection....



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12:14
Nextdoor Offers Digital Path to Neighborliness


A mother in Walnut Creek, California, recently placed an expensive order for baby formula and diapers that never arrived. Subsequent investigation showed that the package had been delivered but snatched from her doorstep. That's a common enough story in this era of e-commerce, but this one has a happy ending. The woman knew the package had been stolen because she saw it happen on her surveillance video. Unfortunately the license plate was missing from the vehicle in which the thief sped away. So she turned to a social network for help.

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12:08
Slides for iOS completes Google's productivity...

Google’s pushing hard into the productivity space on iOS, and continuing to build out its own microecosystem on Apple’s mobile operating system. Earlier this year, the company started to split off functionality from its Google Drive app, releasing individual apps for both word-processing and spreadsheets. Now the company’s completed the trifecta by releasing an iOS version of Slides, its presentation app.

As with Docs and Sheets, Slides aims to bring the ability to create, view, and edit documents from your Google account, both online and offline, on any of your iOS devices. You can rearrange slides, add text, tweak formatting, add shapes, and so on—just as you can via the Web-based interface. Google Slides even allows you to invite friends and colleagues to collaborate, letting you jointly build or edit a presentation. And...

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12:07
Apps: ForkLift, HoudahSpot, Webbla
12:03
First Look: Grace Digital Ecostone Bluetooth Speaker

Grace Digital’s Ecostone ($150) is a 100% waterproof portable speaker system designed to float in pools, utilizing Bluetooth for wireless audio so your iPhone or iPad can stay clear of the water. Built with two 12W speakers and a rear mounted subwoofer, Ecostone is IPX68-certified as waterproof with 801G military spec drop/shock resistance. It also includes an LED flashlight, a 1-Amp USB output for device charging, and a 1800mAh lithium rechargeable…

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12:00
Recover a Mangled URL in the Address Bar of a Browser

Occasionally, when editing a URL in the address bar of a browser, it becomes hosed up, truncated or totally lost. John Martellaro shows you how to quickly recover the original URL for a web page without going back to the original source/link.


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12:00
Daily Deals for August 25, 2014, featuring iOS 8...

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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11:12
Mac: Booq Cobra Brief

The traveling professional should have a bag that not only carries all the essentials but also looks decent while running through an airport. Booq has released Cobra Brief ($295), a bag geared towards professionals who are looking for quality and comfort on the go. Made from ballistic nylon with YKK Zippers and leather trims, Cobra Brief is designed to carry your MacBook (or other laptop with up to a 16” screen) and your iPad while traveling.…

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11:00
Apple Timer helps you count the minutes until the...

It's not easy waiting on good news. We're coming up on the next big Apple event. The company is expected to announce the iPhone 6 on September 9, 2014 and fans are already waiting with baited breath. Sure, you know what the event is, but how will you...

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10:51
PlayStation network suffered denial of service attack

Sony said on its PlayStation blog that its PlayStation network had been taken down by a denial of service-style attack, which overwhelmed the system with traffic, but did not intrude onto the network or access any of its 53 million users’ information.

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10:50
TSMC to ramp up 16nm production early next year for...

Even though the A8-based iPhone 6 has yet to ship, TSMC is already preparing to ramp up production on its 16nm lines to meet demand for the A9 processor, according to Chinese-language publication the Economic Daily News. The company is said to have been targeting 16nm volume production for the second quarter of 2015, but moved its schedule up to the first. Although A9 chips probably won't roll off assembly lines until later next year, TSMC will allegedly be ready to churn out 50,000 16nm wafers a month starting in Q1....



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10:37
Burger King offers free Android phone

The cheap worthless prizes that come with burger meals sure have changed from when I was a kid.

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10:30
Fire in the hole is a blast for some

Fire in the hole (free) is an arcade-style game similar to Space Invaders, featuring 8-bit graphics and a retro soundtrack. The controls are easy to pick up. You control when to shoot a bomb from the cannon that moves side-to-side at the bottom of...

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10:26
Google releases Slides app for iPhone & iPad,...

Google today announced that it’s releasing a version of its Google Drive Slides app for iPhone and iPad alongside updates to its previously released Docs and Sheets apps for iOS devices.

Released today, Slides offers the same functionality as Google’s web based version of the presentation software allowing users to create and edit new presentations, collaborate with others, and work with Microsoft PowerPoint files. Here’s a look at the new Slides app for iPhone and iPad available for free on the App Store now:

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10:20
Declining requests to work for free

Unfortunately, there are designers who continue to do free work on the vague promise of “exposure,” “paying work later on,” and the client’s “rich friends” who will see your designs and “pay big fees” for your work.

The truth is, when you do free work, you have set your value and that client and his/her rich friends will also ask for free design work because you “did it for so-and-so.”

Nobody should be expected to work for free.

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10:13
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-25

Judge Lucy Koh shot down Samsung's request to invalidate two of Apple's patents, but that may not be as big a win for the iPhone maker as it looks. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss Judge Koh's ruling, and they also dive into Jeff's idea that Apple may be designing fitness tracking sensors that go beyond the rumored iWatch.


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10:11
Apple manufacturing costs spike to highest-ever...

Apple's manufacturing and component purchase commitments reached a record $15.4 billion last quarter, leading one analyst to tell investors on Monday that Apple is gearing up for a blockbuster fall with the launch of an "iPhone 6" and rumored "iWatch."



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10:00
Judge refuses to invalidate Apple patents

In the continuing legal tangle between Samsung and Apple, a federal judge has denied Samsung's request to invalidate a pair of patents related to the iPhone's slide-to-unlock feature and unified search, Mac Observer reports. Both patents are part of...

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09:55
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Grado headphones giveaway,...

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:

Small States: Inside the world of Grado headphones, giveaway worth $495 dollars

LifeProof iPad mini waterproof nüüd case...

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09:47
Gruber’s math

This is why we love Gruber. Fascinating.

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09:35
Samsung allegedly coming back into Apple DRAM supply...

Samsung has been brought back into the iPhone DRAM supply chain for the iPhone 6, says Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri. The company was shut out of DRAM for the iPhone 5 and 5s, presumably because of Apple's desire to distance itself from its main competitor and legal antagonist. For the iPhone 6, Samsung is reportedly being joined by Micron and Elpida....



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09:30
Writing Wizard makes writing appear like magic

Practicing letter forms can be quite a chore, but Writing Wizard makes it a magical experience anywhere. At US$2.99 on the App Store, this universal app is a terrific value for your iPhone and/or iPad while children are kept engaged in the task of...

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09:25
Take Control of OS X Server, Chapter 12: Software...

If you’re interested in reducing unnecessary bandwidth usage from multiple users downloading the same software updates, or in controlling which Apple updates your Mac users can install, read this chapter of Charles Edge’s “Take Control of OS X Server” for details on the similar but separate Caching and Software Update services.

 

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09:24
Chapter 12 of “Take Control of OS X Server” Now...

No matter how small or large your network, you’ll want to read the latest chapter in Charles Edge’s streamed “Take Control of OS X Server,” in which he explains why everyone should run the Caching service and what the similar Software Update service offers to system administrators.

 

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09:18
Rumor: TSMC, Apple working on 16nm FinFET process...

A Monday morning report from the Republic of China indicated that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is in the process of accelerating the rollout of its new 16-nanometer FinFET fabrication process in a possible bid to wrest control of Apple's A9 manufacturing from rival chipmakers.



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09:03
Briefly: T-Mobile Simple Starter LTE changes,...

T-Mobile is giving customers using its Simple Starter price plan the choice of adding more data. From September 3rd, subscribers can opt to quadruple the LTE data allowance on the single-line plan from 500GB to 2GB, increasing the cost of the plan from $40 to $45, but retaining the same unlimited calls and texts as the original plan. Just as before Simple Starter users will find their data service suspended once they've used their allocation....



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09:00
Apple will replace your defective iPhone 5 battery

Is your iPhone 5 battery life bad? No, I don't mean "Oh jeez I have to charge it every night!" bad, I mean "Wait, it was at 100% when I unplugged it five minutes ago, and it's already down 15%" bad. If so, your phone might fall within a certain...

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08:30
See how the Napa earthquake affected Jawbone users...

If you're one of the many iPhone users with a Jawbone UP strapped to your wrist, you might be used to seeing pretty standard peaks and valleys on your sleep charts. Not so for many in Northern California who were awoken by the rumblings of one of the...

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08:28
ZeroChroma Folio-Slide for iPad Air

Folio-Slide builds upon the VarioSC case-slash-stand we previously loved for iPad minis, and iPad Airs. Using a combination of soft TPU and hard plastic, the matte black VarioSC covered almost all of those iPads, adding an incredible flip-out rear stand to their backs. While only modestly thickening the devices, and adding very little weight, ZeroChroma enabled each iPad to stand upright on your choice of reclining angles, supporting a wide variety…

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08:25
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 25...

Notable software releases this week include Parallels Desktop 10, Final Cut Pro X 10.1.3, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.3.2, and PopChar X 6.6.

 

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08:22
Video of unmanned SpaceX rocket self-destructing...

[VIDEO] This past Friday, SpaceX launched an unmanned, reusable Falcon 9R rocket (the successor to the Grasshopper) in McGregor, Texas. The rocket self-destructed shortly into its ascent. See the original Loop post for video.

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08:19
TSMC expected to begin 16nm volume production for...

Latest iPhone 6 render

We’re still just over two weeks away from the anticipated iPhone 6 event reportedly scheduled for September 9th where Apple is expected to debut the next generation of iPhone hardware including a more powerful, efficient A8 system-on-a-chip.

Worry not, though, about the next, next generation iPhone rumors, Apple watchers, as a report from Chinese publication Economic Daily News (via Digitimes) shares that TSMC, or Taiwan Semiconductor...

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08:01
Latest iPhone 6 leaks hint at M8 coprocessor, new...

In the run-up to an official announcement in September, several new leaks have emerged concerning the iPhone 6. Among these is another schematic from Chinese repair firm GeekBar, said to show the device's motion coprocessor -- codenamed "Phosphorus," but which may be called the M8. The M7 on the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and Retina iPad mini enabled more precise motion tracking....



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07:49
Gassée on the Apple, IBM alliance

Jean-Louis Gassée puts on his devil’s advocate robes and shares his thoughts on the Apple, IBM alliance announced last month. Lots to digest here.

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07:47
Swing Copters update makes Flappy Bird sequel...

If you’ve tried and thrown in the towel on Swing Copters, the follow up game from Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen, you may want to give besting your high score another try this morning.

An updated version of the game was released today, tweaking the gameplay and bringing it closer to the difficult-but-not-quite-as-impossible levels of its popular predecessor Flappy Bird.

In the latest version, you can no longer see the position of the first opening and hammers before you start, but the speed and velocity has slowed down enough to raise my high score from 1… to 2. You’ll probably score even better.

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07:44
Apple Store Dealing with Outages Monday Morning

Apple's Web-based store was replaced with the "we'll be back" graphic that often comes just before a product update is released, and shortly thereafter came back online only to show the offline warning again moments later. The on-again-off-again site status could mean something new is coming, or -- considering the odd nature of the outages -- might be a sign Apple is suffering from some sort of server-related issue, especially since at times parts of the online store will load without any ofrmatting. Considering Apple has to take its Web-based store offline every time a product change happens, we're hoping this is actually a transition to a modern content management system like WordPress (but we aren't counting on it).


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07:28
Analyst: Rumored display shortage will have “no...

In as much as the sapphire display story’s been making the rounds, as have rumors that Apple won’t have enough available to meet demand for the iPhone 6, at least one Wall Street analyst is predicting that this won’t affect sales.

Per AppleInsider, J.P. Morgan analyst Rod Hall wrote the following in a Monday morning note to investors:

“We believe that initial supply could be slowed somewhat if there is any truth to this but we doubt that iPhone unit volumes in the fall are likely to be impacted.”

Apple suppliers were “scrambling to get enough screens ready” for the launch according to...

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07:09
ExtraBITS for 25 August 2014

The second public beta of the upcoming OS X Yosemite is out, making this a perfect time to pick up Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Beta Testing Yosemite.” However, it isn’t a perfect time to be a print journalist; Clay Shirky delves into what current journalists need to learn to stay relevant. Ed Bott explains how the Mac is dominating a segment of the PC market, and Alexis Madrigal argues that email may be the Internet’s last best hope.

 

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07:06
Apple launches free iPhone 5 battery replacement...

Apple is offering a second replacement program for iPhone 5 users after offering to replace the sleep/wake button on some models in April. This time around it's the phone's battery that's giving users headaches. Apple says that a "very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices" may be experiencing poor battery life, requiring users to charge the device more frequently.

Affected devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and are within a specific serial number range, Apple says. You can check your serial number on Apple's site to see if your phone qualifies for a free battery replacement.

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07:01
JP Morgan: Any 'iPhone 6' display shortage...

Following a spate of rumors that late-term problems with the display on Apple's next-generation iPhone could force the handset's delay or seriously constrain supplies, at least one Wall Street analyst indicated that the issue -- if it even actually exists -- would not materially impact the launch of the so-called "iPhone 6."



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07:00
Rumor Roundup: 2014 delayed until 2015 (developing)

Purported 'iPad Air 2' flex cables revealed in new photos (AppleInsider)

Ohhh, things are getting "exciting" now, with fresh spy shots of ribbon cables supposedly meant for the next-gen iPad Air. Feast your eyes upon these random electronic parts...

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06:56
News: Daily Deal Extended: One last Chance to get...

We’ve extended our iLounge Deal on The Complete iOS 8 and Swift Developers Course to give you one last chance to pre-order this great package for only $79! At 92% off the regular price of $998, this deal gives you an opportunity to get ready for iOS 8, preparing you to develop for the new platform by taking you through building 14 iOS 8 apps using Apple’s new Swift programming language, for a total of 36 hours of elite training. Your pre-order…

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06:45
Comcast Really Does Hate Its Customers


We were treated to the customer support call from hell earlier this month when a couple of well-connected bloggers taped their call to Comcast attempting to disconnect from the service and posted it online. Apparently there has been a sequel. The clear lesson from both calls -- particularly the second -- is that if you talk to Comcast support you need to record the call if you don't want to get screwed. With Comcast having been designated as "the worst company in America," I'm sharing my tale, because what happened to me could happen to you.

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06:43
T-Mobile will let Simple Starter plans quadruple...

T-Mobile announced today that it’s adding a new data option to its Simple Starter plans that will let users quadruple their data for much less than the competition.

Currently the company’s Simple Starter plans start at $40 for unlimited talk, text, and 500MB of LTE data. Starting early next month, the carrier will let customers on the plan bump up to a total of 2GB of data for just an extra $5 per month. T-Mobile is promoting the option as a better alternative to overage fees charged by other carriers.

CEO John Legere compared the option to his competitors noting that if you “get Verizon’s $50 plan and use just one gig more data, and the price jumps to $65. It’s crazy.”

“People who use loads of data use T-Mobile,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “And it’s no wonder. The old guard telecoms punish...

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06:31
Spotify iOS app adds enhancements for managing...

Spotify updated its iOS app today for iPhone and iPad and with it brings a couple of handy enhancements for managing albums.

The updated app now includes the ability to “save whole albums to Your Music directly from the album page.” Users will also now be able to get quick access to an album’s release year or total play time by swiping any given album’s header.

In addition, version 1.6.0 of the app brings Finnish language support, a feature recently rolled out to the Spotify app on other platforms. 

The updated Spotify app for iPhone and iPad is available on the App Store now.

What’s New in Version 1.6.0

New: Save whole albums to Your Music directly from the album page. Check out release year and total play time by swiping the...

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06:20
News: Apple launches iPhone 5 battery replacement...

Apple has launched a new program to replace “a very small percentage” of iPhone 5 units that “may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently.” Replacements will be made free of charge. The affected devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013, and are only within a limited range of serial numbers. A serial number checker on Apple’s webpage for the program lets users see…

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06:11
Jawbone UP activity tracker finds a new application...

Activity trackers can be a good way to monitor not only exercise but also sleep patterns – and now Jawbone’s UP device seems to have found a third application, as an earthquake tracker. The above graph shows the moment at which the magnitude 6 earthquake hit Napa, California, at around 3.20am … 

We reviewed UP when it first launched way back in 2011, when we described it as “pretty featured.” It now seems it can claim one extra feature: for all but those in the deepest phase of sleep, you can see the sharp jump where UP wearers were awakened by the quake.

The earthquake, the strongest to hit Northern California in 25 years, was centred six miles southwest of Napa, in the area made famous by its wines. The California Earthquake Authority said that...

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06:05
Judge Koh Denies Samsung Request to Invalidate Apple...

Federal Judge Lucy Koh has denied a motion from Samsung to invalidate two Apple patents in the ongoing infringement legal battle between the two companies. Samsung was ruled to have infringed on the two patents and had hoped it could use new Supreme Court case law to show the concepts were simply digital representations of actions we take in the physical world.

The Mac Observer Spin: Refusing to invalidate Apple's '721 and '959 patents makes Apple's job in the courtroom easier, but Judge Koh made her decision based on procedural arguments, not on whether or not there was an issue with the patents. That means Samsung can potentially push for a ruling invalidating the patents again at some point in the future, just not in this case.


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06:02
After being cut out of iPhone 5 & 5s, Samsung...

Key component partner and fierce rival Samsung has reportedly wedged its way back into Apple's supply chain for the next iPhone, as the South Korean company will allegedly be one of three companies supplying dynamic random-access memory for the "iPhone 6."



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06:00
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

Stackables for iPad...

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05:58
Coin apologizes to backers for delays, updates card...

Digital credit card replacement start-up Coin has changed the requirements for its extended beta trial, as part of an apology for its heavily-delayed release. A message to backers advises it is extending the beta from 10,000 backers to 15,000 backers, and by making it available at no cost, it is also effectively removing the $30 "fee" for taking part in the trial....



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