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Wednesday July 23

14:56
AT&T misses revenue guidance, blames customer...

Communications giant AT&T has released its quarterly earnings report for its second quarter of the fiscal year. AT&T's consolidated revenues totaled $32.6 billion, up 1.6 percent versus the year-earlier period. Compared with results for the second quarter of 2013, operating expenses were $27.0 billion versus $26.0 billion; operating income was $5.6 billion versus $6.1 billion; and operating income margin was 17.2 percent versus 19.1 percent....



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14:40
FCC reminds broadband providers that they can't...

In a public notice to Internet service providers, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reminded business that they cannot lie to consumers about the services they offer. The notice informs business and the general public that "every provider of broadband Internet access in the United States" is subject to the Open Internet Transparency Rule....



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14:12
Apple reportedly discussing mobile wallet plans with...

The Information has a new report out discussing Apple’s progress on a mobile wallet payments service. The post echoes reporting by 9to5Mac earlier in the year.

The report says the service may launch this fall, enabling iPhone users to pay for goods with their devices in retail outlets. Apple has apparently discussed the plans with credit card institutions, according to the report, as a user’s banking information “would essentially be uploaded to the wallet”. Apparently, Visa is already onboard with the project.

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14:11
Procreate 2.1 adds ColorDrop, reference layers,...

Savage Interactive has released v2.1 of Procreate, its professional-level illustration app for the iPad. The update is a major one, adding a number of new features, most significantly ColorDrop. Users can now simply drag and drop a color to a location to fill; before dropping, continuing to hold will bring up fill threshold controls....



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14:10
Apple's e-wallet could debut as soon as this...

A report on Wednesday claims Apple is accelerating work on a mobile payments system, or digital wallet, that could be ready by this fall, allowing customers to pay for physical goods with their iPhone instead of a credit card or cash.



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13:57
Walk this way: 6 pedometer apps for iPhone

TechHive:

Apple’s M7 processor, currently in the iPhone 5S, iPad Air, and iPad mini with Retina display, collects data from the device’s sensors (accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass) and then provides that data to the apps.

But how accurate is an M7 processor at counting steps? To find out, I downloaded six popular step-counting apps on both an iPhone 5s and an iPhone 4s, and then carried both phones to track my steps over a few weeks. Then I took (a lot) of walks, including a few where I literally counted each step in order to compare results.

Here’s the breakdown of each app’s features and flaws.

I’ve used some of these and quickly found out something crucial – I don’t walk nearly enough.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:55
TUAW TV Live: The penultimate episode

It's the penultimate TUAW TV Live, one of your last chances to watch the hosts talking about everything in general and nothing in particular. Today we'll talk a bit about the OS X Yosemite general public beta (and things to watch for), the WSJ "rumor...

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13:25
Apple posts support document detailing iOS “backdoor...

The timing’s a bit strange, but Apple seems to be trying to explain what its assortment of “backdoor” services are doing on its iOS devices only days after forensic scientist Jonathan Zdziarski disclosed the services during a speech at a hacker convention.

Per AppleInsider, a recently published support document on Apple’s web site.

In what appears to be a response to...

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13:10
UAG Scout iPad Air Case Offers Full Protection

The UAG Scout Case for iPad Air provides rugged, full coverage and a built-in stand. An added plus is the oversize buttons. It meets military MIL-SPEC drop standards.


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12:30
How to Upgrade Your Mac to Python 3

OS X provides scripting languages like Perl, Python and Ruby. Apple continues to support legacy Python 2.x only, but for those who need Python 3 (now at 3.4.1), John Martellaro explains how to get it, install it, and still keep Apple's default install.


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12:09
8 UI Kits For iOS 8: $24.99

I have a deal aimed at developers today called The 8 For 8 Design Bundle. It's a collection of eight UI kits all designed iOS 8. Combined, it includes more than 700 hand-crafted UI elements, all of which were designed to meet Apple's Human Interface Guidelines for iOS apps. Because they were designed for iOS 8, they include new features such as widgets, updated keyboards, and more. There are examples of all of the kits on the deal listing, and you can get it for $24.99 (regularly $59).


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10:27
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-23

It's Apple earnings report time, so Jeff Gamet invited Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro on to share their perspective on the company's conference call with investors and analysts. They also took a look at a new class action lawsuit alleging Apple mistreated its employees in California.


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07:55
Report: Apple ‘tentatively’ plans mid-September...

Apple is “tentatively” planning an event for mid-September to announce the iPhone 6, 9to5Mac reports. Though not a surprise — numerous reports have all pegged September for the iPhone 6 reveal — the new report claims the second and third weeks of September are the most likely weeks for…

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07:52
OS X Yosemite Public Beta Coming July 24

Apple will release the promised public beta of OS X Yosemite on Thursday, July 24. The beta will be in line with the version developers are currently using, at least for now, but devs will get updates at a faster pace.

The Mac Observer Spin: Getting early access to OS X Yosemite will be great, but don't forget it's beta software. Things will be broken and features will be missing. Don't expect it to perform like a final shipping product.


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07:08
Apple faces class action suit in California for...

A lawsuit filed by Apple employees in December 2011 has been given class action status, as the company is being sued for labor violations in California, TechCrunch reports. Those alleged violations include not providing employees with timely meal and rest breaks, or timely paychecks. According to the plaintiffs, the…

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06:40
Wells Fargo: AAPL Q3 was Meh, but the Future Looks...

Apple reported US$37.4 billion in revenue for its third fiscal quarter and 35.2 million iPhones sold, coming in below Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um's expectation of $38.2 billion. That may be disappointing, but it doesn't spell certain doom for Apple because Mr. Um sees the upcoming fall product launches as a big boost for the company's performance.

The Mac Observer Spin: iPhone sales were up for the quarter, but not up enough to please analysts. But Q4 will reportedly include new iPhone models and maybe the iWatch, so maybe Tim Cook can make them happy this time.


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06:33
Apple, AT&T now sending $40 checks to some iPad...

Apple and AT&T have started sending out $40 checks to U.S. customers who bought or ordered a first-generation iPad with 3G capabilities before June 7, 2010. A ruling was made in September in a class action lawsuit stemming from AT&T’s elimination of an advertised…

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05:53
Apple denies iOS “back door” access in new report

After denying a report earlier in the week that iOS is prone to “back door” access, Apple has put forth a new document outlining three diagnostic capabilities, and how they’re used. “Each of these diagnostic capabilities requires the user to have unlocked their device and agreed to trust another…

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05:45
iPhoto: A Shortcut to Help Fix Red-Eye

Thereâs a secret to fixing red-eye on images within iPhoto-and it leaves a certain frustrating pupil-size slider in the dust. In this Quick Tip, weâll go over how to use this fast little repair tool.


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Tuesday July 22

17:30
Class-Action Suit Against Apple for Alleged Labor...

Apple is once again being sued, this time by former employees. Claims of California Labor Code violations, particularly breaks and timely final paychecks are the focus of this suit, recently granted class-action status.


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17:04
Apple Buys 29 Companies (plus Beats) in 21 months, 5...

Apple has purchased some 29 companies since the beginning of fiscal 2013 (October of 2012), and five just since the end of the of the March quarter of 2014. If you throw in Beats, which hasn't closed yet, that makes 30 companies and a clear indication that Apple is becoming more aggressive in buying outside firms.


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15:40
Apple’s Tim Cook Says iPad Sales Behind IBM...

During Apple's Fiscal Q3 2014 Earnings Report, CEO Tim Cook clarified, on several occasions, the motivation for the partnership with IBM. The goal is to create a catalyst for iPad sales in the enterprise.


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15:20
Apple: iTunes is the Fastest Growing Part of Our...

iTunes billings are up 25 percent year over year and Apple says its little music, movie, and mobile app sales through the iTunes Store made up the fastest growing part of its business over the past three fiscal quarters. That includes the 75 billion App Store downloads the company previously announced earlier this month.


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14:23
Apple to Shareholders: You get 47 Cents!

Apple shareholders will be getting a dividend this quarter, according to company CFO Luca Maestri, to the tune of US$0.47 per share. Mr. Maestri shared that little tidbit during the iPhone and iPad maker's third fiscal quarter earnings report Tuesday afternoon.


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13:38
Notes from Apple’s Q3 2014 earnings call

Apple’s conference call after announcing its Q3 2014 financial results kicked off with Apple CEO Tim Cook discussing Yosemite, iOS 8, and Swift. Cook also touched on CarPlay, HealthKit, HomeKit, in addition to the company’s new partnership with IBM. Getting to the financial results, Cook announced that Apple set…

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13:35
Apple Posts Record June Quarter and 20% EPS Growth [...

Apple announced results for its third fiscal quarter Tuesday, reporting record revenue of US$37.4 billion, with earnings of $7.7 billion (earning per share (EPS) of $1.28 per share). The company didn't announce specific unit sales for its hardware, but it did say that its EPS growth was 20 percent year-over-year, its highest rate of EPS growth in the last seven quarters.


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13:11
Apple Q3 2014: 35.2M iPhones, 13.3M iPads, 2.9M...

Apple reported its third quarter 2014 financial results today, selling 35.2 million iPhones, 13.27 million iPads, and 2.9 million iPods. The company posted quarterly revenue of $37.4 billion and quarterly net profit of $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per diluted share. In Q3 2013, Apple had revenue of $35.3 billion…

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12:55
Simpsons World, FXNOW coming to Apple TV?

Simpsons World and FXNOW will be coming to the Apple TV, according to recent reports. TV writer Jason Lynch tweeted that FXNOW, the on-demand video service for FX, FXX, and FXM, would debut on Apple’s set-top box “in the next 12 months.” The recently…

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12:27
MacSparky Field Guide: Presentations Released

Call them talks or sessions or whatever you want, but when you sit and watch someone stand at the front of a room using slides (Keynote orâotherwise) and conveying information, it's a presentation. If you have to make them, Mac Power User David Sparks has written the Presentations Field Guide, the latest in his Field Guide series, a wonderful line of books for tech-savvy folks looking to level up. As a lawyer, David makes his share of presentations, so he knows of what he speaks. Field Guide titles come with loads of supplemental material including interviews and screencasts and other video, and I can't recommend them highly enough. You can get the Presentations Field Guide either from the iBooks Store or as a PDF from David (via PayPal). Check out the trailer for it below:

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11:37
Universal Car Mount w/360 Degree Adjustable Fit for...

We have a very practical deal for you today, a universal car mount for your iPhone or Android smartphone. This unit has a swivel mount that allows you to rotate your device a full 360 degrees. It has a ball joint for angling your device just so, too. Plus, it's only $14 through our deal, less than half the retail price of $29. It's made of ABS thermoplastic.


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11:21
Petition Demands Samsung Improve Factory Conditions...

A petition at The Petition Site is being circulated that demands Samsung improve working conditions at its Chinese factories. The petition targets Boo-Keun Yoon, CEO of the Samsung Group, and accuses the company of operating or contracting with scores of factories that have unsafe working conditions. 40,000 people have signed the petition so far.


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10:33
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-22

Apple has reportedly ordered a metric butt-load of big screen iPhones -- more than it's ever sold in a single quarter. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer some perspective on Apple's big numbers, plus they also take a look at the differences between Apple and Samsung marketing tactics.


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08:16
Samsung’s Ad Message: It’s Time for New Marketing...

Samsung has a new commercial out touting its Galaxy S5 smartphone as a better choice than Apple's iPhone, but the real message behind the ad is that Samsung is afraid of a phone that's still nothing more than a rumor. When your ad says "please don't buy an iPhone," there's a problem with your marketing.


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07:18
AAPL Q3 2014 Earnings Report Set for Tuesday...

Apple's third fiscal earnings report for 2014 is scheduled to start this afternoon at 5PM eastern time after the market closes. The conference call for analysts and investors will include the company's quarterly revenue and profit numbers, as well as sales figures for the iPhone, iPad and Mac product lines. The Mac Observer will be at the ready with our usual event coverage, s be sure to check in with us for the latest on Apple's revenue and product sales numbers.


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07:00
WSJ: Apple asking suppliers to make 70-80M new...

Apple is asking its suppliers to manufacture between 70-80 million units of its upcoming two new iPhones combined by Dec. 30, The Wall Street Journal reports. As noted in the report, this represents a significant step up from last year’s initial order of 50-60 million units for the iPhone…

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06:50
Netflix Adds Post-Play Feature to Apple TV

Netflix's Post-Play feature arrived on Apple TV on Monday without any fanfare, making it even easier to stay on the couch and watch your favorite shows. Post-Play automatically starts the next episode in a series a few seconds after the one you're currently watching wraps up.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's far too easy to keep watching shows with Post-Play enabled, so you better have a comfy couch.


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06:32
Apple ‘iTime’ patent includes wristband sensors

Apple was granted a patent today for an electronic wristband that can be coupled to an electronic wristwatch. The wristband, which can interact with the watch, can include digital sensors, wireless hardware, and other electronics, and could respond to gestures such as shaking and…

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Monday July 21

21:36
‘Stickers’ Apple Commercial Highlights User Love for...

Apple launched a new commercial on Monday called "Stickers." The spot is a rare one in that it solely features Mac hardware, and it shows some of the many ways that people decorate their MacBook Air laptops. It uses the tagline: "The notebook people love." All I know is that I love this spot. For one thing, it rings true. People do love decorating their MacBook Airs (and their Pros, for that matter). For another, it's great to see the Mac being promoted on TV. iOS, iPhone, iPad, and the iPod before it have long dominated Apple's advertising. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but, you know, yay Mac!


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17:57
Apple Fixes MacBook Air (Mid 2011) Sleep Issue with...

Apple released MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.9 Monday for MacBook Air (Mid 2011). The update addresses an issue with sleep


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17:44
Apple Reportedly Orders 70-80 Million Large Screen...

Apple has ordered between 70 and 80 million next-generation iPhones for delivery by December 30th, according to unnamed sources cited by The Wall Street Journal. The orders are for a mix of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones, which has been dubbed iPhone 6 in the media. If true, it would be a record number of iPhone units for any quarter, well above the 51 million iPhone record holiday quarter in 2013.


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16:47
Apps With Extensions in iOS 8

One of the new features of iOS 8 is Extensions, a way for apps to talk to each other in a standard Apple-approved way. This article contains a (regularly updated) list of those apps.


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14:21
The Beginner Web Dev Hacker Bundle: $69

We have a broad developer course for beginners today, the Beginner Web Dev Hacker Bundle. This package of training videos and course material has 64 hours of content that covers everything from HTML, HTML5, JavaScript, C++, C#, CSS, jQuery, jQuery Mobile, XCode, and Objective C. You'll also learn how to use GameSalad, Construct 2 and Unity3D, and it's all taught by developer John Bura. That's a lot of learning, and through our deal you can get it for $69 (regularly priced at $499). There are more details on the deal listing.


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13:30
OS X: The Best Ways to Share a Web Page (via Email)...

Occasionally, it's desirable to share a web page with someone via email, and there are several ways to do it in OS X Safari. Unfortunately, the fastest and easiest way has a notable problem. John Martellaro explains how to do it the right way.


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11:00
Jot Touch with Pixelpoint: Like Adobe’s Ink Stylus,...

When Adonit teamed up with Adobe to bring the design software company's stylus to market, Ink and Slide weren't the only pieces of gear to take advantage of the technology because Adonit also released its own Jot Touch with with Pixelpoint pressure sensitive stylus for the iPad. It costs less than Adobe's Ink and Slide, but does that lower price come at a cost? Read on to find out.


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10:35
Tips app debuts in iOS 8 beta 4

Apple’s new Tips app has debuted within the fourth beta of iOS 8. The app shows people how to use the device with a list of tips, each consisting of around a paragraph of text plus an animated image. A list of six tips is…

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10:24
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-21

Google and Apple have very different philosophies on product development and that's having an impact on how both companies are perceived. Today John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about what that means for consumers, and they also offer their take on the EU pushing Apple and Google to drop "free" from the description of games with in-app purchases.


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10:09
iTunes 12 makes its first appearance with iOS-style...

Alongside the latest OS X Yosemite beta preview, Apple has issued the first beta of iTunes 12. This represents the first time the app has been seen at all, although a new red icon was visible in the dock during Apple’s Yosemite presentation at WWDC.…

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09:54
Apple releases fourth beta of iOS 8

As expected, iOS 8 beta 4 has been released to registered developers, and is available as an over-the-air update as well as a download from Apple’s developer portal. This release comes two weeks after the third beta. We’ll update this story if any major changes are found.

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09:35
Voyager Q Conveniently Docks Your Extra SATA Drives

The Voyager Q dock from NewerTech allows you to access a 2.5- or 3.5-inch SATA drive with a Mac (or PC) using a conventional connection, USB, FireWire or eSATA. It's a boon for those moving on from the old Mac Pros or PC towers but want to keep a SATA drive or two active. NewerTech's implementation is very good, but not without some minor issues.


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09:20
Forensic scientist notes iOS ‘back doors’

Jonathan Zdziarski, a forensic scientist and the author of five iOS-related books, has posted slides from a recent conference talk titled “Identifying Back Doors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices.” Zdziarski’s talk, which he gave at the recent HOPE/X conference in New York, reveals an overview “of a…

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08:30
Zachs Rates AAPL Neutral on Potential iPhone...

Zachs analysts are rating Apple's stock as Neutral ahead of Tuesday's third fiscal quarter earnings report. The firm sees the upcoming iPhone 6 and rumored iWatch as big sellers for the company, but competition in the smartphone space will have an impact on Apple's bottom line.


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07:16
Apple Faces Patent Infringement Lawsuit over iPhone...

The patent holding company Cedatech Holdings hit Apple with a lawsuit last week alleging the iPhone 5's speech recognition technology infringes on a patent it owns. The company filed its lawsuit in Federal Court in the Eastern District in Texas -- a court known for favoring patent trolls -- and the case's wording makes it clear Cedatech can't even keep up on who it is suing.

The Mac Observer Spin: If you're suing several companies for patent infringement the least you can do is get their names right in your boilerplate filings.


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06:01
Apple’s 2014 London iTunes Festival to Include...

Apple's annual iTunes Festival is set for September and once again will take place in London with performances from Maroon 5, Beck, Pharrell Williams, and more. The annual event includes 30 days of free concerts from big name artists at the Roundhouse with tickets for each event given out through a lottery system.

The Mac Observer Spin: iTunes Festival is always a great event, so if you'll be in London in September be sure to sign up for the ticket lottery.


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05:48
Eighth annual iTunes Festival announced

Apple has announced the eighth annual iTunes Festival, a concert series held in London at the Roundhouse. There will be 30 days of concerts throughout September, which will be broadcast live to an iOS app, iTunes on the desktop, and Apple TV. This year’s…

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Sunday July 20

16:19
MGG 511: Geeky Tangents Are Good!

Searching Gmail from the iOS Mail app usually fails, and the guys tackle that for you. Did you know that Keynote files often store extra stuff you don't need? Listen and learn how to get rid of that. Then it's on to a discussion about guest networks on your AirPort base station. Want to learn about modifying the Finder's "Open With" menu. Geeks to the rescue. Join John and Dave as they answer all these issues and more. It's a blast!


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Saturday July 19

12:45
Dueling Scanners: 2 Free iOS Scanner Apps You Should...

In this week's Free on iTunes Vern Seward takes a look at two free iOS document scanner apps that no iPhone should be without. JotNot Scanner and Scanner Mini.


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Friday July 18

18:48
Get Free Bitcoins with 41 Website Faucets that...

I've gathered 41 different Bitcoin "faucets"-websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads-and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. I started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more and removes some faucets that have gone dark for a total of 41 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay, plus a Dogecoin faucet and a Litecoin faucet.


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14:36
Register for the PlayStation 4 Battlefield Bundle...

We have a very cool giveaway for you, the PlayStation 4 Battlefield Bundle Giveaway. One lucky winner will win a PlayStation 4 Console, two wireless controllers, and a copy of Battlefield 4. To enter, all you have to do is subscribe to our Mac Observer Deal emails-it's pretty darned simple. There's more details on the deal listing. Good luck!


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13:45
Apple Goes Back to the Future to Fight Google

This week's edition looks at how, in one case (Google), forgetting the past can have a negative impact on our perception of a company. In another duo of stories, John Martellaro looks at how denying change (by advertisers) can be a modern weapon against consumers. It all seems to fit together in TV land.


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13:08
iLounge Game Spotlight: Bio Inc.

Bio Inc. ($2) is a new game from DryGin Studios that’s being billed as a “biomedical strategy simulator.” The game challenges players to create the ultimate illness. It is decidedly not for everyone. Some have compared Bio Inc. to Plague Inc., for obvious reasons.…

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10:42
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-18

Amazon launched its new Kindle Unlimited ebook subscription service today, and at $9.99 a month it's going to catch the eye of consumers and competitors. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to debate exactly why Kindle Unlimited is good -- or bad - for the publishing industry.


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08:42
Flappy Bird Where it Belongs: On the Apple IIc

Love it or hate it, Flappy Bird has been an amazingly successful game on the iPhone and iPad, but it's been missing from the one computer that's the perfect platform for its 8-bit flapping goodness: the Apple IIc. Dagen Brock has fixed that horrible oversite with his new Flappy Birds clone called Flapple Bird. Game play is keyboard-based, which makes sense considering touch screen computing wasn't a thing back in 1980s. You can download Flapple Bird for free, and it's available versions for 5.25-inch and 3.5-inch floppy disks.


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08:22
Reminder: Apple Q3 2014 Earnings Report Next Tuesday

Apple's third fiscal earnings report for 2014 is set for Tuesday, July 22. The conference call for analysts and investors will start around 5PM eastern time after the market closes, and The Mac Observer will be at the ready with our usual event coverage. Be sure to check in with us for the latest on Apple's revenue and product sales numbers.


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07:55
EU Pushes Apple, Google to Drop “Free” from Games...

The European Union's European Commission thinks free games with in-app purchases shouldn't be called "free," and has been pushing Apple and Google to change how they represent those apps to buyers. Google has capitulated, and now the EU is calling out Apple for failing to take action, although Apple thinks it's already doing more than other companies to keep consumers well informed.

The Mac Observer Spin: This comes down to the EU saying free isn't really free if in-app purchases are available. Apple seems to disagree, so now we get to sit back and watch to see who blinks first.


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07:15
Amazon Moves to Own More of the Ebook Market with...

Amazon officially announced its Kindle Unlimited ebook and audio book subscription service on Friday, and in the process reaffirmed its plan to own as much of the book market as it can. Kindle Unlimited is a US$9.99 a month subscription that gives users unlimited access to 600,000 ebooks and several thousand audio books on their Kindle, or in the Kindle app for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

The Mac Observer Spin: Charging $9.99 a month for as many ebooks as you can read is a business model other retailers simply won't be able to compete against. If you read even two books a month it'll be more economical to subscribe than it would be to buy the titles anywhere else.


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06:35
iPhone 6 Production to Ramp Up Next Week

Apple is ready to start building the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone 6 next week, and will ramp up production of the larger 5.5-inch model during the second week in August. Rumors surrounding the features Apple plans to pack into the next iPhone model have been circulating for months, and more recently have grown to include a late September release which fits with a manufacturing ramp up now.

The Mac Observer Spin: There isn't any firm evidence to back up the report that Apple will start building the iPhone 6 next week, but the timing does fit nicely for a late September release.


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06:24
EU criticizes Apple for in-app purchases

The European Commission said that Apple has “provided no concrete and immediate solutions” to in-app purchase problems, Reuters reports. Payment approvals within the App Store are still a sticking point for the EU. Google, on the other hand, was praised by the commission for taking measures to improve their…

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05:45
OS X: Move Jobs Between Printers

For todayâs Quick Tip, Melissa Holt is going to teach us how to move a job that weâve sent to the wrong printer to a different one. No more walking through the steps to reprint a document just because the printer you tried to use is at home, folks!


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05:36
Sue Wagner joins Apple board of directors as Bill...

Apple has announced the retirement of one of its longest-serving members on its board of directors, Bill Campbell, and the election of Susan L. Wagner of BlackRock to the board. Campbell has been with Apple since 1983, and is behind only Steve Jobs and Mike Markkula in length of…

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Thursday July 17

16:27
Apple Reportedly Reducing iPhone 6 Battery to 2mm...

Apple is reportedly reducing the thickness of the battery it will use in its next generation iPhone-dubbed the iPhone 6 in the media-to just 2mm. Citing unnamed sources in Apple's supply chain, Taiwan-based DigiTimes said Apple has reduced the thickness of the battery by some 33 percent, down from 3mm, while keeping capacity at iPhone 5s levels.


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14:40
Bill Campbell Retires from Apple’s Board, Sue Wagner...

Apple announced on Thursday that Sue Wagner is joining its board of directors, while Silicon Valley legend Bill "Coach" Campbell is retiring. Ms. Wagner is a founding partner and a director at BlackRock, a Silicon Valley asset management firm, and she was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women (#33) by Fortune in 2011.


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13:16
Five Times When Steve Jobs Dissed IBM

Bloomberg has published a great piece looking back at the late Steve Jobs dissing Big Blue. The article comes in the wake of a landmark agreement between Apple and IBM to team up for the Enterprise market on iPhones and iPads, and it makes for an interesting look back at a different era in computing. The five incidents include Apple's 1981 ad, "Welcome, IBM. Seriously;" the quickly-becoming-famous-photo of Steve Jobs giving IBM the finger; the iconic 1984 commercial, a 1985 Playboy interview when he said that IBM kills innovation; and the move to Intel, where Mr. Jobs dissed PowerPC processors. There are lots of details in the Bloomberg piece, and it's a fun read. That said, and as we discussed on Wednesday's TDO podcast, I have little doubt that Mr. Jobs would have supported the deal his successor worked out with IBM. It's impossible to know for sure, of course, but Mr. Jobs was infamous for turning on a dime and working with past enemies.

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12:49
Apple’s iTunes Pass is Not (Yet?) a Mobile Payment...

Over the past week Apple has staged a rollout of their new iTunes Pass feature, first in Japan and now in the USA, Germany and elsewhere. As it stands today, iTunes Pass is simply a way to add money to your iTunes/App Store account at an Apple Store, nothing more. At least not yet.


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12:04
Apps of the Week: Overcast, Ingress, Endless Numbers...

New Apps Google Analytics (free) — Google has released a new Google Analytics app that allows users to access their web and app data from an iOS device. For those not in the know, Google Analytics is a popular service that offers website owners…

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11:29
XiStera XS Plus 8-In-1 Multitool for iPhone Includes...

For today's deal, I have another device that qualifies for Cool Stuff Found, except that we get to offer it to you at a discount. It's called XiStera XS Plus 8-In-1 Multitool for iPhone. It has eight functions, including magnetically-attached lenses for your iPhone's camera, dual tripod mount, a multi-position stand, a capacitive stylus, ear-bud wrap, a key ring, and my favorite, a bottle opener. That's a lot of functionality, and it's normally priced at $70. Through our deal, you can get it for $44.99.


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10:14
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-17

Apple's iTunes Pass landed in the United States today, but exactly what does it do? Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to explain just what iTunes Pass is for and what it could become if Apple wants to turn our iPhones into digital wallets. They also take a look and Microsoft's big layoff plans and how that could impact the company.


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08:44
How to Add iTunes Pass to Passbook on your iPhone

Apple's new iTunes Pass lets you use your iPhone as a sort of digital wallet in Apple retail stores, but setting it up isn't quite as straight forward as it could be. Read on to learn just how to get iTunes Pass up and running.


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07:39
Apple Expands iPhone iTunes Pass Mobile Payments to...

Apple's Passbook-based iTunes Pass mobile payment system for the iPhone launched in Japan only days ago and now is available in the United States, too. The system lets users pre-load a Passbook card for making purchases in Apple's own retail stores.

The Mac Observer Spin: iTunes Pass may be limited to purchases in Apple's retail stores, but that will likely change as soon as the company is ready to announce partnerships with other retailers.


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07:01
iPhone 6: 1810 mAh battery, improved color 13MP...

Two new reports claim the iPhone 6 will be getting an upgraded battery and camera. NowhereElse located a picture of the alleged iPhone 6 4.7” model battery, which has a stated capacity of 1810 mAh. The iPhone 5s had a 1560 mAh cell, so…

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06:56
Microsoft Cutting 18,000 Jobs, Biggest Layoff in...

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella confirmed on Thursday that he's planning massive layoffs amounting to the biggest in the company's history. About 18,000 employees will get pink slips over the next year and the majority of those will come from staff that was absorbed from its purchase of Nokia's handset division.

The Mac Observer Spin: A 15 percent workforce reduction is pretty big. Mr. Nadella seems to really want to see serious change at Microsoft now that he's in charge.


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05:54
Blue’s Mikey Digital for iPhone gets Lightning...

Blue announced the immediate availability of a Lightning connector version of its popular Mikey Digital microphone for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch on Thursday. Like its 30-pin Dock Connector predecessor, the Lightning Mikey Digital lets users capture higher quality audio compared to their iPhone or iPad's built-in microphone.


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05:43
iTunes Pass service extends to U.S., other countries

After launching in Japan on Tuesday, Apple’s new iTunes Pass credit system has been rolled out in the United States, as well as Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The system allows iTunes customers to refill their iTunes Store balance by having an Apple…

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Wednesday July 16

17:30
ACM 263: Apple Gets Serious about Enterprise,...

Apple is making a new push into the enterprise market with IBM, and that could spell bad news for Android smartphone and tablet makers. Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin Share their thoughts on the MobileFirst for iOS program, take a look at the state of the smartphone industry and how coverage of Samsung is beginning to turn, and more.


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16:52
Eight, a Natural Acoustic Amplifier for Your iPhone...

This has got to be one of the most interesting and beautiful speaker docks I have seen. It's called Eight, and it's a natural acoustic amplifier for the speaker in your iPhone 5 or 5s. It's made of wood-the dark part is walnut, while the light middle section is birdseye maple-and it funnels the sound from your speaker to one side, using the properties of wood and the shape of Eight to amplify that sound. The other side serves as a receiver for your iPhone's microphone so you can use Eight for phone calls. There are no electronics other than your iPhone involved, though it has a slot for an included Lightning cable to charge your iPhone. I haven't heard Eight, but it's a beautiful design and a fascinating idea. It's also pricey at $288-but that's because it's made from solid pieces of wood, hand-crafted, and hand-oiled. The company making Eight-Stark Design-is making each Eight to order, requiring 2-4 weeks before you get it.

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16:23
Loot Crate Three Month Subscription for $48

How did I not know about Loot Crate? Because no one told me about it, I'm guessing, but now I'm telling you. This is a subscription service where you pay them some money and they send you a mystery box full of stuff every month. By stuff, I mean gaming, comic, and nerd stuff-you don't know what you're getting until you get your box and open it. That's way too much fun. July's theme is villains, BTW, so again, too much fun. The regular price for this service is $18.60 a month, but through our friends at StackSocial, we get to offer it to you for $16. It's not a huge discount, but you're already getting a discount because the value of each Loot Crate is pegged at $120.


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12:26
Apple Agrees to $400M Settlement in Ebook Price...

Apple has decided not to fight a class action lawsuit over claims it orchestrated a price fixing scheme to artificially drive up the cost of books and will instead pay a US$400 million settlement. That payout is contingent on the outcome of Apple's appeal in the DOJ's antitrust case, so don't expect to see money changing hands any time soon.

The Mac Observer Spin: Settling with the States in the class action lawsuit makes financial sense for Apple. The alternative includes ongoing legal expenses and a potentially much higher fine that it's facing through the settlement. Agreeing to the deal doesn't mean Apple is admitting any wrong doing, although that's exactly how the State Attorneys General will spin it.


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11:55
NFL Sunday Ticket to stream on iPad, iPhone with no...

A DirecTV promotional page for NFLSundayTicket.TV reveals a plan in which iOS and Mac users can receive the NFL Sunday Ticket package without a satellite subscription for the 2014 NFL season. An NFLSundayTicket.TV Digital package allows users to stream live, out-of-market NFL games to…

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10:27
Apple agrees to $450 million settlement in e-book...

In the latest chapter of the e-book price fixing saga, Apple has agreed to pay a settlement of $450 million to resolve U.S. state and consumer claims, pending appeal in New York State, [via Reuters reports. Of that amount, $400 million is intended for consumers. Though the settlement was…

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10:06
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-16

Apple and IBM are teaming up to take on the mobile enterprise market with the iPhone and iPad. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their take on what that means for Apple and their competitors. They also take a look at Citigroup's renewed coverage of AAPL and its not so positive coverage from the past.


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08:51
Overcast: Get Ready for Your New Podcast Listening...

Apple's Podcast app for the iPhone doesn't quite cut it for many people, so well known developer Marco Arment took on the task of making something he thinks nails the needs of mobile listeners. The result: Overcast.


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08:28
Citigroup Starts AAPL Coverage with $110 Target

Citigroup's Jim Suva started covering Apple's stock for investors on Wednesday with a US$110 target price. Like other analysts, he expects the introduction of the iPhone 6 will have a positive impact on revenue, and he also thinks other analysts are underestimating consumer demand once the new iPhone model is released.


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07:16
Paul McCartney re-releases five classic albums as...

Five classic Paul McCartney albums have been re-released as standalone iPad apps by Concord Music Group. All five albums include remastered audio and extra content, including interviews, photos, and video clips. The albums are: McCartney’s first solo album, McCartney, and the follow-up Ram,…

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06:51
Analyst: Apple, IBM Partnership No Big Deal for...

Apple and IBM announced a partnership on Tuesday to push iOS deeper into the enterprise market through the MobileFirst for iOS program. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster doesn't see the team up as a big deal for Apple sales, but only because the iPhone and iPad are already being tested or deployed in nearly every Fortune 500 company.

The Mac Observer Spin: Even if MobileFirst doesn't significantly drive up iPhone and iPad sales, it'll boost confidence in companies that otherwise might be concerned that Apple is making only a half hearted attempt at bringing mobile products and support to the enterprise market.


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05:45
OS X: Use Any Color on Your Screen

In todayâs Quick Tip, Melissa Holtâs going to cover a feature that not many people use, despite it having been around since approximately the dawn of time. OS Xâs Color Picker can grab any color on your screen, so you can apply the exact shade of a logo, a t-shirt you took a picture of, or pretty much anything else to your objects and text. Handy!


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Tuesday July 15

13:57
Apple, IBM Team Up to Own the Mobile Enterprise...

In a world where up is down and black is white, Apple and IBM have teamed up to take on the mobile enterprise market. The companies announced their new partnership Tuesday afternoon with plans to bring IBM's big data analytics resources to the iPhone and iPad.

The Mac Observer Spin: If you ever questioned if Apple wanted to own the mobile enterprise market, doubt no more.


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13:55
Apple, IBM partner up for giant iOS business...

Apple and IBM have announced a new global partnership to bring “IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad.” The partnership, which aims to “transform enterprise mobility,” will introduce more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions for iPhone and iPad, unique IBM cloud services for iOS, a new…

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13:42
PayPal 5.5 app update scans, stores loyalty cards

PayPal’s most recent update of its free iOS app has notably added the ability to digitize and store loyalty cards. Version 5.5 lets users carry virtual versions of an impressive variety of loyalty cards within the app. After selecting the specific retailer from a…

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13:10
Samsung Ready to Release its Next iPhone Killer

Samsung is ramping up to launch its next smartphone designed to take down Apple's iPhone in August, and the electronics maker is hoping its preemptive strike will draw in consumers before the iPhone 6 hits store shelves. The latest iPhone contender from Samsung will be called the Galaxy Alpha and will be more of a cross between its not so successful Galaxy S5 smartphone and mini tablet Galaxy Note.

The Mac Observer Spin: Samsung has proven time and again that it doesn't need to be the best to have a large slice of the smartphone market; It just needs to be good enough. That's all we're expecting from the company's next iPhone killer competitor.


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11:40
It’s a Mistake to Declare Apple Supply Chain Rumors...

The Mac web is good at picking up on supply chain rumors about problems that Apple may be having with manufacturing. That's often interesting reading, but where we can get into trouble is the conclusions that are drawn.


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10:59
Apple Says iOS Adoption is now at 90 Percent

Apple's developer support program tracks the iOS version in use on iOS capable devices. That data is posted for developers to look at. Currently, 90 percent of iOS capable devices are running iOS 7.


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