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Sunday July 6

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


Photo: Thomson Reuters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Google

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

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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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

Rumor Roundup: 'Next week'
iPhone...

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

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

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06:28
∞ Leaked Star Wars location footage

[VIDEO] This is really well done.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the rest. Fantastic!

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:26
LaunchBar 6.0.2

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

 

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Saturday July 5

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

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



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

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io9:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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12:25
Hands On: Yomi for iPad

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



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

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Al Arabiya News:

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

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

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

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

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Pando Daily:

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

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

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

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

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

Apps Now...

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11:31
The app gold rush is well over

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Luc Vandal:

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

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

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

Interesting look at the challenges faced by independent developers.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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

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

Andrew Cunningham

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

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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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


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07:07
∞ Incredibly beautiful craftsmanship

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

From Google translate:

I make a brute parquet craftsman, and Honma Noboru.

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

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

Land ho!

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

Etsy

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

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

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05:30
iOS 7: Organize Your Music App

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


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Friday July 4

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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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13:22
iLounge Weekly arrives Monday, new July giveaway

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

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

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

Dear Developer,

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

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

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

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

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

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12:00
Apogee Duet and Quartet audio interfaces for Mac and...

Apogee's Duet (US$495) and Quartet ($1395) are the respective steps up from Apogee's ONE, a single input interface with a built-in condenser mic. You can check out the review of the ONE here, but suffice to say it's a high-quality interface for those...

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11:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps and app...

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

Apps Now...

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10:30
Apple hires away TAG Heuer's VP of Global Sales

With Apple rumored to be entering the wearables market this Fall, the company's string of notable hires continues. CNBC is reporting today that Apple recently poached Patrick Pruniaux away from TAG Heuer where he served as the company's VP of global...

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09:14
Swiss watch exec leaves for Apple iWatch opportunity...

[VIDEO] CNBC:

Apple has hired the sales director of luxury Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer to help with the launch of its new iWatch, as the technology group intend on using the prestigious “Swiss made” label to market its new gadget, the head of LVMH’s watch brands Jean-Claude Biver told CNBC.

Check out the video in the original post, in which Biver talks about the importance of talent. I think Biver has the right attitude here. He regrets losing a talented person, but he recognizes the value in moving on for a better opportunity.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:31
Apple hires TAG Heuer exec, reportedly plans to...

CNBC news reports that Apple has hired the sales director of luxury Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer to work with the company on the launch of the iWatch, according to a statement from Jean-Claude Biver, head of TAG Heuer’s parent company. Biver notes that Apple reportedly plans to use…

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05:00
Happy Independence Day from iLounge!

As our U.S.-based editors are celebrating Independence Day, iLounge will be on a limited publishing schedule today. A very happy Fourth of July to our U.S. readers. We’ll return to our normal schedule next week.

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05:00
Happy U.S. Independence Day

In honor of Independence Day - a U.S. holiday - The Mac Observer is taking off Friday, July 4th. We will return on Monday, July 7th, with our regularly-scheduled Apple, Mac, iPad and iPhone news. Enjoy the holiday!


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Thursday July 3

13:15
Apple Wants to Gobble Up Your Memories in iCloud

Apple's movement away from iPhoto and Aperture suggests that the company wants to restructure your life. Keeping your own photos organized and backed up, with selected images posted to photo services, is declared obsolete. But is iCloud the right place for all your photos?


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13:02
Twitter Shanghaied Email Notifications - Here’s How...

Twitter recently rejiggered notifications, a more direct way to monitor replies or retweets or other activity in your timeline if you aren't constanty connected to Twitter. Since Twitter's default "Tailored for you" is mysterious at best and useless at worst, Kelly explains how to un-Shanghai the new preferences.


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12:56
Coffee Engineers: Apple Needs You [Update]

There's more than one way to work at Apple. A job listing at the company's website said the company is looking to hire a full time "iCup Technician." There's no coding required, but "some computer skills" are required.


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11:03
Apps: 120 Sports, Civilization Revolution 2, Health...

The new 120 Sports app from the company of the same name is a new player in the world of sports coverage. A free app that requires no cable subscription, 120 Sports offers highlights and discussion of major sports leagues. 120 Sports claims to show “8+ hours of live…

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10:48
Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order...

Today's deal is for The Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order) from Bitfountain, a $998 developer course that you can preorder through our deal for $79. This is a learning-by-doing course designed to teach you how to code for iOS 8 using Apple's new Swift developing language. It includes more than 350 videos with 36.5 hours of content. During the course, you'll make 14 iOS 8 apps and learn how to connect with third party APIs, use Appel's graphical interface builder, work with core data, and a lot more. The course will be released once Apple releases iOS 8 to the public, and this preorder price makes it inexpensive.


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10:09
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-03

What's in a name? When you're a patent troll, apparently a lot. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss a Judge's ruling that Apple can't use the term in a patent infringement trial. They also offer up their take on the rumor that Apple might call the next iPhone the iPhone Air, and they share what they want to see in Apple's Photos app.


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08:19
Rumor Claims iPhone Air Coming on September 25

Apple's iPhone 6 will be announced on September 15, go on sale September 25, and the 5.5-inch model will be called iPhone Air. So claim insider sources in China.

The Mac Observer Spin: iPhone Air on September 25? That just doesn't sound like the Apple way.


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06:56
Judge to Apple: Don’t Use the Patent Troll Word

Apple is squaring off in court with GPNE Corp, a company that makes its living by licensing and litigating patents, but it can't say they're patent trolls. Federal Court Judge Lucy Koh told Apple the name is off limits because it could confuse or prejudice the jury in the patent infringement case.

The Mac Observer Spin: Stopping Apple from using the term "patent troll" shows just how derogatory it has become in the eyes of the general public. "non-practicing entity" doesn't have the same ring, but it described exactly what GPNE Corp is doing. Apparently the old "sticks and stones" rhyme doesn't apply in court.


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05:51
Lock Down Your Mac Pro with Apple’s New Kensington-...

Seeing an empty space on the desk where your expensive new Mac Pro used to be will totally ruin your day, so Apple finally took steps to help keep that from happening by introducing a lock accessory for its pro level tower tube. The Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter was released this week and is compatible with the industry standard Kensington lock system.


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Wednesday July 2

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

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


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17:20
How To Create A Recovery USB Drive

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


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

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


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

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

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


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12:32
macTuneUp and DiskTools Pro for $24.99

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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Tuesday July 1

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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12:40
Brydge Keyboard for iPad Reborn with New Owners

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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09:19
Apple introduces nine new CarPlay partners

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

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

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

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

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

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


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06:32
Apple Q3 earnings call coming July 22

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

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

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


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Monday June 30

14:39
Apple Contingent Marches in Pride Parade

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

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


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

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


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

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


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13:50
Ink and Slide: Adobe’s Stylus Revolution

Adobe is finally making its first venture in to the hardware market, and it's doing so with the highly anticipated stylus and ruler combo it first teased a year ago. That combo, Ink and Slide, work together to turn your iPad into a full-on art tablet, but not like any stylus that's come before. At US$199, the set isn't cheap. Read on to find out if it's worth the steep price tag.


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13:47
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Trilogy Bundle for...

I have a deal for Mac gamers today, The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Trilogy Bundle. This is three games, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. That's a lot of first person shooting fun, and you get all three titles for US$39.99, and it's half the retail price. The games come via download through Steam, so you won't have to wait long after buying the bundle to start playing.


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13:26
Facebook Makes It Clear Users Are Playthings

Facebook's management has a message for users: you are our playthings and we'll manipulate you in any way that we see fit. That message was made clear when researchers released the results of a "massive experiment on Facebook" that manipulated the newsfeeds of hundreds of thousands of unwitting, involuntary participants.


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12:42
Apple launching Back to School promotion Tuesday

Apple will launch its annual Back to School promotion Tuesday, July 1. It’s unclear what sales will be featured this year, but last year’s promo featured $100 App Store gift cards with Mac purchases, and $50 gift cards with iPad or iPhone purchases made by students. It’s possible that there…

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12:08
Apple Rolls Out Apple TV 6.1.2 Update with Security...

Along with iOS 7.1.2 and OS X 10.9.4, Apple also rolled out Apple TV 6.1.2 on Monday. The update for Apple's set top streaming entertainment box includes several security-related fixes for second generation and newer models.


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11:54
Apple Squashes 35 Security Bugs in iOS 7.1.2 for...

There weren't that many line items in the iOS 7.1.2 update Apple released on Monday, but the company smushed some 35 security bugs, including 18 memory leak issues in Safari alone. A security flaw that allowed someone to use Siri to view an iPhone's Contacts without a passcode was also addressed, as were a number of issues in WebKit.


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10:39
Apple Releases OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 with Safari 7.0...

Apple updated OS X Mavericks to version 10.9.4 on Monday. The update addresses an issue with sleep and Wi-Fi, as well as more general (unspecified) sleep issues. The update also includes Safari 7.0.5, but Apple didn't include any update notes for that release.


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10:21
Apple Releases iOS 7.1.2 for iBeacon, Bar Code...

Apple released iOS 7.1.2 on Monday, a maintenance release that fixes three specified issues: an issue with Apple's iBeacon technology, an issue with data transfer with bar code scanners, and an issue with attachments in Mail.app.


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10:13
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-30

Facebook conducted an experiment where it manipulated what some subscribers saw in their timelines to see what would happen to their emotional state, but they didn't bother to tell anyone what they were up to. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what Facebook did, and to talk about Apple's involvement in this last weekend's Gay Pride parade in San Francisco.


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10:10
Apple releases iOS 7.1.2

Apple has released iOS 7.1.2. The update “improves iBeacon connectivity and stability.” Other bug fixes and security updates include a data transfer bug fix, and a fixed issue with data protection class of Mail attachments – it was a known issue that iOS 7.1.1 was not encrypting email attachments…

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08:35
Apple Continues to Push Personal Empowerment with...

Apple rolled out a new commercial over the weekend that continues with the idea that the iPhone 5S is an empowering tool in our daily lives. The new ad, called Parenthood, shows families using their iPhones to learn, stay in touch, control their homes, and more.

The Mac Observer Spin: The average user doesn't care about processors or megapixels. They want a smartphone that makes their life easier, and Apple gets that.


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07:46
Aereo Shuts Down Following Supreme Court Ruling

Internet TV streaming company Aereo is shutting down, at least temporarily, following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling saying it has been violating copyright laws. Several networks filed a lawsuit against the company claiming their content was being stolen and rebroadcast without permission and ultimately the Supreme Court agreed.

The Mac Observer Spin: With Aereo shut down it'll be interesting to see who the networks target next. Products and services that let us record programs and then stream remotely better keep looking over their shoulder.


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06:53
iPhone 6 antenna breaks to differ from mockups;...

Recent iPhone 6 mockups feature a basically accurate design, but the antenna breaks will differ from what’s been seen thus far, Nikkei reports. Numerous pictures have shown white stripes connecting the antennas in the iPhone 6 — as seen in the above graphic from…

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06:37
Apple’s iTunes U gets Student Discussions, Course...

Apple announced an update for the iTunes U app for the iPad on Monday with support for in-app student discussions, the ability for instructors to create courses, and improved class management tools. iTunes U is Apple's online education system for all grade levels and college courses, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple is still pushing to make the iPad the go-to tool for education, and it's clear the company is serious about being a big part in the learning process.


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05:50
Apple to update iTunes U with course creation on...

Apple has announced that it will be updating its iTunes U app on July 8, 2014, adding new features that allow teachers to “create, edit and manage entire courses directly on iPad for the first time,” while giving students the ability to begin discussions and pose questions from the…

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05:36
Google Ready to Kill Quickoffice for iOS, Android

Google is ready to pull Quickoffice from Apple's App Store for the iPhone and iPad as well as it's own Google Play store for Android. The Internet search giant said the app for editing Microsoft Office documents has outlived its usefulness thanks to recent Google Docs updates.

The Mac Observer Spin: Once Google started unbundling its Office-compatible productivity apps it was pretty clear Quickoffice was short for this world.


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Saturday June 28

15:30
How I Install Fonts Onto My iPad

Under iOS 7, you can install your own fonts, and use them in any app that supports the selection and changing of text font. Let Sandro Cuccia show you how he recently was able to do this on his iPad in order to accommodate a particular font for a Keynote presentation.


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Friday June 27

18:40
Backing Up and Restoring in iOS 7 - Now With Less...

Backing up iOS devices and restoring from those backups is known to be drudgery at best. Kelly explains how this necessary evil got a lot less evil with iOS 7, whether you back up to your computer or to iCloud.


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18:25
3 Free Do It Yourself Apps for iPhone and iPad

Fancy yourself handy with a screwdriver? Even experts can learn something new with these 3 free app that offer tip, how-tos and more in this week's Free on iTunes. DIY Tip Genius, WikiHow, and IFixIt.


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17:32
Get Free Bitcoins with 37 Website Faucets that...

I've gathered 37 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 37 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay, plus a Dogecoin faucet and a Litecoin faucet.


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