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Monday June 30

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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15:20
235 Degrees Super Fisheye Clip-On Lens for iPhone...

Hey iPhone photography enthusiasts, I have a cool lens for today's deal. Called the Super Fisheye Clip-On Lens, it offers you 235Â of image for a super fisheye effect. As the name suggests, it's a clip-on lens, and it's designed to work with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch (with rear camera), and even HTC and Samsung Android smartphones with rear lenses. It's made of aluminum and glass, and it has a focal length of 0.2x. The regular price is $49, but thanks to our friends at StackSocial, we're able to offer it for $29.


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13:20
Seidio Innocell Plus Combo Case for iPhone 5/5s...

Seidioâs Innocell Plus Holster for iPhone 5/5s is a battery rechargeable case with 2000 mAh capacity and a detachable holster. The holster is modifiable, and it is totally easy to insert and remove the iPhone. Plus, there are a couple of sweet features to this case.


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12:30
iLounge Weekly coming Monday, last chance for...

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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12:25
Hands-On with the T-Mobile Test Drive and iPhone

Curious about T-Mobileâs service? Have them send you an iPhone to try it out! TMOâs Melissa Holt signed up for the Test Drive, and in this article, sheâll tell us what they sent her, how she liked the experience, and what caveats to remember if you want to go for a Test Drive too.


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12:00
Microsoft’s Trade-in Program: MacBook Air for...

Microsoft has launched a trade-in program. Bring in, say, a MacBook Air or a Surface Pro 2, and get money towards a new Suface Pro 3. The program is a sign of great a desperation for a product that can't stand on its own merits and for which no one seems ready to stand in-line.


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11:41
iLounge Game Spotlight: Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake

Cartoon Network’s newest game is Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake ($5), a puzzle game with lots of RPG elements. The game has a cutesy art style, but don’t let that turn you away — this title has plenty of depth and charm. While the…

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10:55
Apple Axes Aperture

Development of Aperture and iPhoto has come to an end, according to a statement given to The Loop. Ultimately both will both be replaced by the Photos app coming in iOS 8 and Mac OS X 10.10.

The Mac Observer Spin: This might be bad news, but right now we simply don't know since we haven't seen enough of the forthcoming Photos app to know for sure.


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10:21
Audi to integrate CarPlay into 2015 cars

Audi has announced it will bring Apple’s CarPlay to its cars, to be available “in the first Audi models starting in 2015.” Interestingly, Audi was not introduced as an initial CarPlay partner in March. The announcement notes there is “intensive dialog” between Audi and Apple on CarPlay integration.…

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10:19
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-27

Apple's unannounced iWatch is doomed! Doomed! Or at least it is according to several analysts and journalists. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about the list of people saying the iWatch will fail, plus they offer up their thoughts on the news that Apple is stopping Aperture development.


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10:08
Apple ceasing development for Aperture, iPhoto in...

Apple has told The Loop that it will be ceasing development of both Aperture and iPhoto for Mac in favor of its new iCloud-based Photos app that will be coming in iOS 8 and Yosemite. “With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you…

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08:47
Analyst: Get Ready for a Fast Move to Blend iTunes,...

Apple won't take its time to add Beats to its own offerings once the it completes buying the music and headphones company later this year. According to Credit Suisse analyst Kulbinder Garcha, the iPhone and iPad maker will move quickly to add Beats Music into its own streaming music offerings as a way to grow iTunes marketshare.

The Mac Observer Spin: Teaming iTunes Radio and Beats Music could make for a powerhouse in the streaming music market. If that's what Apple has planned, Mr. Garcha's prediction is very likely spot on.


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07:40
iFixit Teardown Shows no Surprises in New 16GB iPod...

The only surprise surrounding the just updates 16GB iPod touch was the quiet announcement that it was available. iFixit has already stripped one down to a bare frame and what they found inside was exactly the same components from the 32GB model with the addition of a rear-facing camera -- a feature that was missing from the 16GB version until now.

The Mac Observer Spin: Looking for something new here? Move along, it's the same as last year. New comes later this year with the iWatch.


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06:57
Total POM: Never Misplace Your Kids or Pets Again

ECO Pact wants to make sure you don't have to go hunting for your family, pets, or belongings again, so the company has launched a Kickstarter for their Total POM personal tracker. Total POM lets you track locations through Bluetooth proximity, cellular signals and GPS, so it doesn't matter how near or far away the fob is. You can attach it to a pet's collar, wear it on your wrist, pop it in your pocket, or leave it in your computer bag and the device dutifully broadcasts its location for a year before you'll need to replace the battery, saving you from buying a new one. Total POM will come with a free year of tracking, and US$19.99 a year after that. ECO Pact's Kickstarter just started and the company is hoping to raise $75,000 to start production.


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05:57
Apple adds Best New Game Updates section to App Store

Apple has added a new section to its App Store for Best New Game Updates. The section reveals a list of newly updated titles, which often were previously featured in the Best New Games section — that section should now only feature brand new titles.…

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05:53
Apple Adds Atlas Wearables Engineer to iWatch Team

Apple has yet another new expert on its wearable tech team, this time it's Alex Hsieh from the fitness tech startup Atlas Wearables. The company has been working on a high end and versatile fitness activity tracker, and Mr. Hsieh was the lead software developer for the project.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple keeps hiring more people for its mystery project. Assuming it really is the iWatch, the rest of the smartwatch and fitness tracking market will have to step up their game in a serious way.


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05:25
iCloud: Resetting Documents & Data

Thereâs a little-known setting on iCloud.com that may help you resolve stubborn syncing issues with (for example) your Pages documents that you edit on multiple devices. So if youâre making changes to files on your Mac and donât see the results on your iPad, this tip may help you get it all fixed up.


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Thursday June 26

17:53
Nock Co Pen and Notebook Cases

In late 2012 I backed a Kickstarter project for a pen and notebook case from Nock. I heard about it from my "notebook nerd" friends, people who still rock the analog setup for various things. I got mine and I love it, I can carry my fountain pen, mechanical pencil, and either sharpie or ballpoint pen in one side, and my Moleskine notebook in the other. It's durable and has survived a number of trips and abuses. I'm glad to say that the company now has its storefront open, where you can get a nice enclosure for a notebook or index cards and a writing implement, or maybe a pouch instead. Everyone I know who has one says the same thing I do: It's super well-built and if you carry a notebook (or want to) this is a great way to do it. I'm always pleased when something I backed becomes a reality, and this is where they wanted to go. I'm glad I helped make it happen. (That's my Nock and its contents in the image.)

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16:51
IK Multimedia Launches Expandable iKlip Xpand for...

I liked the original iKlip from IK Multimedia, the first product designed to hold the original iPad on a mic stand. I've used it on stage, and it was amazingly handy. On Thursday the company announced what looks to be a big improvement, iKlip Xpand and iKlip Xpand Mini. The iKlip Xpand ($49.99) is designed for iPad mini and iPad Air. Because it uses a spring-loaded clamping mechanism, as shown in the image, it has much greater flexibility than the original versions of the device. It will even hold an Android tablet if that's your thing. The iKlip Xpand Mini ($39.99) is designed for iPhone, iPod touch, or Android smartphones. Heck, it would even hold a Windows Phone device. Both devices are available now.


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16:45
Apple Rumored To Be Developing Homekit Hardware

An online report claims Apple is working on "smart home" hardware to work with HomeKit. Apple is reportedly "beyond the exploratory phase" of hardware development in this area, and believes that smart home hardware could be a mainstream device.


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16:15
The Apple iWatch Hall of Fail - 9 Predictions of...

Lest they be lost to time, Bryan Chaffin decided to keep a list of people predicting that Apple's iWatch will fail. He kicks it off with 9 predictions spanning the last 18 months.


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14:30
Behold the LG ‘G’ Android Smartwatch in Direct...

LG launched the G smartwatch to coincide with the Google I/O developer conference on Wednesday. The device was hardly met with fanfare, but a photograph posted to Twitter on Thursday reveals that LG might not thought this thing through all the way.


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13:56
Apple stores now selling prepaid T-Mobile, AT&T...

Apple retail stores are now selling and activating T-Mobile and AT&T phones with prepaid plans. The T-Mobile devices must be activated in store with $50 or $70 worth of service, and the offer is limited to one device per customer. 9to5Mac also confirmed AT&T is now selling iPhones with…

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13:53
CrazyTalk 7 Pro Super Bundle for Mac: $99.95

We have another bundle for animators, the CrazyTalk 7 Pro Super Bundle for Mac. This is the professional flip side to the CrazyTalk Animator bundle we ran a few weeks ago, and it includes CrazyTalk 7 Pro for Mac, the Bouncy Buddies Character Pack, the Auto Animation Library, Organic Auto Motion Samples, and the three hour CrazyTalk 7 Training Video. CrazyTalk 7 is for serious animators with a focus on facial animation. The bundle has a retail price of $235, but through our deal, you can get it for $99.95.


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11:50
John Martellaro Speaks Out on Tech Night Owl

TMO's John Martellaro joined Gene Steinberg on the Tech Night Owl to talk about an infuriating New York Times article about Tim Cook and Apple. They also discussed how some observers misinterpreted what they saw during the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference 2014 keynote.


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10:47
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-26

Apple rolled out a big update for the iPod touch today, and by "big" we mean "pretty much just a price drop." Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at what they think this means for the iPod touch product line, and they dive into positive change in attitude towards Apple from the media and analysts.


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10:25
Apps: Opera Mini 8.0, The Rhythm of Fighters,...

Opera Software’s free Opera Mini Web browser has been updated to version 8.0.0. The UI for the speedy browser has been given an overhaul with new themes and a new compression mode. A QR reader has also been added. Opera boasts that Opera Mini allows web pages to load…

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08:20
Apple’s new 16GB iPod touch update: unboxing and...

iLounge has obtained a new 16GB fifth-generation iPod touch, introduced this morning. The differences between this model and the existing 32/64GB models are extremely minor, but there are a few. Inside the box, along with the iPod, are a set of EarPods and a Lightning cable.…

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08:13
5.5-inch iPhone 6 May Offer 128GB Option

Apple's rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may sport more storage to go along with its bigger display. The model will reportedly come with a 128GB storage option, up from the 64GB cap on current and previous iPhones, and will be a feature that sets it apart from the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

The Mac Observer Spin: Assuming Apple does finally offer a 128GB storage option on the iPhone, that'll rock. Limiting it to the 5.5-inch model, however, will suck. Not everyone has giant hands.


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07:05
Report: Apple working on smart home hardware

Apple is reportedly working on its own smart home hardware products that integrate with the company’s current devices, according to 9to5Mac. Development of these home devices has advanced “beyond the exploratory phase,” and sources said Apple thinks the devices could have “mainstream” usage — sources noted Apple is looking…

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07:00
Analyst: Apple to sell 80M iPhone 6 Units in 2014

Topology Research Institute thinks demand is so high for the unannounced iPhone 6 that Apple will sell 80 million units by the end of the year. Assuming the new model, or models, launch in September, that equates to about 20 million iPhone 6 units sold every month for the last four months of the year.

The Mac Observer Spin: There's clearly a lot of interest in Apple's next iPhone model. Assuming the company can produce inventory fast enough, it may be able to hit TRI's numbers.


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05:39
Apple Adds Rear Camera to 16GB iPod touch, Lowers...

Apple quietly updated the 16GBV iPod touch on Thursday, adding a 5 megapixel camera to the iOS-based media player. The company also lowered the model's price to US$199 from $229, and cut the prices for the 32GB and 64GB versions, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple introduced the 16GB iPod touch last year in May, so if a rear-facing camera and price cuts are the only updates this year, it's a pretty good indicator the company is focusing more on the iPhone and iPad. That said, the lower prices are a welcome change.


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05:32
Apple intros new 16GB iPod touch, cuts prices on 32/...

Apple has quietly switched up its iPod touch 5G lineup, replacing the rear camera-less 16GB model introduced last year with a model that now has feature parity with the higher capacity units. Further, this new 16GB iPod touch now sells for $199—$30 less…

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Wednesday June 25

18:20
ACM 260: Google I/O, Nest and Giving Up Our Privacy

Google's I/O conference keynote happened earlier today and the Internet search giant made it clear it wants a place on our wrists and in our homes. Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin talk about why it's up to Apple to think outside the box in the wearables market, what Google's plans means for our personal privacy, and how they feel about Nest sharing our information with Google.


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18:03
Google I/O 2014 Keynote Highlights: Wear, Cars, and...

Google kicked off its own developer conference Wednesday, titled Google I/O, with a keynote address. Not content with just phones and tablets, the Android OS has extended to cars and TVs and watches too. With health tracking.

The Mac Observer Spin: Different approaches to the same issue are a good thing. It's fascinating to watch Google show an alternate path. I was really interested until I saw that giant slab of glass on each presenter's wrist.


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14:05
Up Close With the olloclip 4-IN-1 Photo Lens for iPad

olloclip is well known for its lens kits for the iPhone going back to the iPhone 4s. These small, easy-to-attach lenses typically include a wide-angle, fisheye and Macro capability. Now, olloclip has launched the olloclip 4-IN-1 Photo Lens for iPad, and it carries on a great tradition.


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13:38
The SmartPlane, a Smartphone-Controlled Aircraft: $...

Longtime readers know that I love toys, especially when they're controlled from my iPhone or iPad. Check out the SmartPlane, a biwing airplane that can be controlled from most iOS devices and some Android devices. It uses Bluetooth LE (Bluetooth Smart) for controlling, and the company said pairing is easy from the custom control app. It works with iphone 4S or newer; iPod touch 5th Gen or newer; iPad 3rd Gen or newer; iPad mini. On the Android side, you need Bluetooth Smart and Android 4.3 or newer. There's a video showing the plane in use, but please don't be that guy that buzzes passersby. Through our deal, the SmartPlane is $49.99.


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13:16
Supreme Court Says Cell Phone Searches Require...

In a decision that backs up the idea that cell phones and smartphones deserve the same privacy protections from the government as other parts of our lives, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled police must obtain search warrants before looking through the contents of our iPhones. Previously, law enforcement agencies could look through text messages, email messages, photos and more on smartphones to collect evidence without using search warrants.


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10:12
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-25

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of TV networks and against Aereo's online streaming video business, and in a separate ruling said police need a search warrant to look at what's on our smartphones. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about both, and Jeff gets his rant on over protecting our personal privacy.


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08:29
Supreme Court Rules Video Streaming Company Aereo...

The U.S. Supreme Court handed Aereo a ruling on Wednesday saying the online video streaming company has been violating copyright law by transmitting broadcast TV content over the Internet. Fox, NBC, ABC, and other broadcasters accused Aereo of essentially stealing their programming and reselling it through a paid online service.

The Mac Observer Spin: Regardless of whether Aereo should've been allowed to continue or be shut down, the Supreme Court ruling takes away one of the options available to viewers looking for ways to break free from cable and satellite TV channel packages.


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07:47
Report Claims iPhone 6 Launching Sept 19

Apple is reportedly planning on launching the still unannounced iPhone 6 on September 19, according to sources speaking with the Chinese media. The company's track record makes a September release plausible, but expecting unnamed sources who are probably in the parts supply chain to know Apple's product launch plans seems unlikely.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple hasn't made any announcements about new iPhone models, so for all we know the next model includes holographic displays and pink buttons. That said, the company's track record points to a September launch, and the 19th sounds like as good a date as any.


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07:09
Boinx Software Wants to Build PartySnapper With Your...

One of the Boinx employees built a prototype of an app to display (via projector) the photos guests were taking at his wedding, and at the end all the photos were also stored on his device, so he had all those pictures immediately instead of waiting for email and Dropbox and Facebook and whatever other way people share photos. Now Boinx wants to turn this into a real app, but coding isn't cheap so there's now an Indiegogo campaign to help make that happen. I say help because each dollar raised in the campaign gets matched by two Boinx dollars. This is really a way to measure interest in the app before investing significant resources into it. As with all crowd funding campaigns, there are perks and these range from one "party ticket" for US $5 all the way up to the $5,000 level which gets you food, drinks, and a room in Munich to come party with the Boinx crew at Oktoberfest (travel costs excluded). If you feel particularly generous, there are million dollar (Apple CEO level) and...

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06:16
iWork for iCloud gets Persistent Settings

Apple added more features to the beta versions of iWork for iCloud on Tuesday, including the ability to remember your last used settings in Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. The iPhone and iPad maker has been working to improve the online versions of the apps as it gets closer to offering feature parity with its Mac and iOS versions.


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05:45
OS X: Merging and Removing Unused Calendars

In todayâs Quick Tip, weâre going to discuss how to combine the events from two different calendars, so if youâd like to condense your calendar list by removing some unnecessary categories, this is the way to go about it. Weâll also cover how youâll verify your data before you do any deleting. And how in the heck can you remove an entire calendar anyway? Melissa Holt might just have the scoop.


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Tuesday June 24

16:49
Decibel Mac Music Player for Audiophiles for $19.99

We have a deal for you today on Decibel, a Mac music player for audiophiles. It has a minimal interface, an optional 31-band equalizer, and it supports FLAC,Ogg Vorbis, Musepack, WavPack, Monkeyâs Audio, Speex, True Audio, Apple Lossless, AAC, MP3, MOD, DSF, DSDIFF, WAVE and AIFF. That's about as close to "all music formats" as I've seen, and it makes Decibel a powerful music playback app for your Mac. Thanks to our friends at StackSocial, we have it for US$19.99. The regular price is $32.99. You can read more about it on the deal page.


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16:25
Nest Will Open Up Devices to Google After All

You remember that thing where Google bought Nest, but Nest would stay separate, and it wouldn't be sharing its data with Google anyway, so shut up about privacy? Yeah, turns out there should have been an asterisk attached, and the footnote for that asterisk would have said, "Yeah, not so much." Bryan Chaffin gets his rant on.


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15:01
The MIXBAG, a Remarkably Versatile Bag for Gadget...

Check out the MIXBAG, a "transformer" bag designed for gadget owners. It's remarkably versatile-it's designed to be carried ten different ways and it can be configured in three different volumes-from a small bag to a backpack-as shown in the image. It has a ton of pockets and includes a rain cover. It has clips for your keys, a bottle holder, and can be carried like a saddlebag. If that's not enough, it's also designed to be used with a portable 1300 mAh charger. The MIXBAG is available in two colors, beige and black, and two sizes, 11.6-inch ($212) and 13.3-inch ($237).


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12:46
Report: Apple relaxes app rejections for ad viewing...

Apple is reportedly “rolling back” a new policy in which the company rejected apps for including rewards for watching video ads or sharing socially, TechCrunch reports. Rejections are now “being undone,” with some offending apps allowed back into the App Store. This follows a report from two weeks…

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12:30
Fuzion+ Aluminum Case for iPhone 5/5s: Pros Outweigh...

The Rokform Fuzion+ Aluminum Case for iPhone 5/5s has military good looks and ruggedness. It is one of the best cases reviewed to date with respect to ultimate protection and has many strengths. However, there are a few negatives that keep it from being great. John Martellaro explains.


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12:21
Apps: Air Stylus, Amazon Instant Video 2.7, Assassin...

Avatron Software’s Air Stylus ($20) enables the use of an iPad as a pressure-sensitive, wireless drawing surface for your Mac. Users can draw or paint directly onto the iPad screen using one of many popular graphics programs, and the screen becomes an extension of the computer desktop through the…

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12:20
Angela Ahrendts Writes About a New Job, Though Not...

Angela Ahrendts has written on LinkedIn about starting a new job. However, she hasn't really said much about starting her new job, Senior Vice President of Apple Retail.


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11:18
Google Just Turned Nest into Your Smart Home Hub

The Nest Learning Thermostat just became more than a slick way to manage the temperature in your home. With the new Works with Nest platform, third-party companies can tie into the thermostat to remotely control devices or to adjust your home's temperature based on what you're doing or where you are -- even if that's in your car.

The Mac Observer Spin: Works with Nest and Apple's HomeKit. Welcome to the new fight to control our home automation dreams.


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10:10
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-24

Withings is jumping into the upscale fitness tracking watch market and may have parallels to Apple's rumored iWatch. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to dive into the Withings announcement, smartwatches, fitness trackers, and whether or not there's a market for Activite and the rumored iWatch.


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08:39
Apple TV gets ABC News, PBS Kids, More

Apple pushed out more channels to Apple TV, giving users access to ABC News, PBS Kids, Willow TV, and AOL On on Tuesday. Like other channel updates, Apple quietly pushed the new content out to users without any need to run updaters or reboot.

The Mac Observer Spin: Seeing more channels appear on Apple TV is great, but forcing viewers to still pay for a cable TV package really sucks. TV viewers are slowing moving towards wanting to pay for just what they want to see instead of hundreds of channels they aren't interested in.


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08:02
New Apple TV channels: ABC News, AOL On, PBS Kids,...

Apple has added four new channels to Apple TV: ABC News, AOL On, PBS Kids, and Willow. The ABC News channel features live streams and a variety of shows. AOL On is AOL’s video library service, which also features original programming. PBS Kids features popular…

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07:08
Samsung Legal Team gets $2M Fine for Leaking Apple...

The legal firm of Quinn Emanuel was slapped with a US$2 million fine for leaking confidential licensing agreements between Apple and Nokia to Samsung. The documents were part of the ongoing mobile device patent infringement fight between Apple and Samsung, and were intended only for expert witnesses and not the Korean electronics maker's eyes.

The Mac Observer Spin: Coughing up $2 million is more like digging for pocket change from Samsung's perspective. The electronics maker has a track record for staying ahead of the legal system while it makes products other companies say infringe on their products. That's not going to change now, and Quinn Emanuel won't have to take a financial hit because Samsung will no doubt write the checks for the full amount.

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06:42
Withings unveils Activité fitness tracking watch

Withings has debuted Activité ($390), a new iOS-compatible fitness tracking watch. Activité has the look of a real watch, and connects to the Withings Health Mate fitness tracking app using Bluetooth LE. It uses the smartphone connection to display “the exact time, always,” automatically adjusting to time zone…

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06:11
Bloomberg: New iPhones could launch at same time

Apple’s upcoming 4.7” and 5.5” iPhones will enter mass production next month and might become available at the same time, Bloomberg reports. The report claims the phones may ship to retailers “around September,” which corroborates some past reports claiming a September release. Bloomberg also notes the 5.5” iPhone is…

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05:48
Withings goes Upscale with Activite Fitness Tracker...

Health and fitness monitoring company Withings introduced its Activite fitness tracker on Tuesday with a traditional analog wristwatch design. The Activite uses watch hands to show the time as well as your overall daily fitness activity level.


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Monday June 23

16:07
Head to Head Comparison of 14 Streaming Music...

Bryan Chaffin updated his feature comparison of streaming music services with another service, Rhapsody/Napster, for a total of 14 different services. In addition, the device list was updated with additional services that are compatible with Sonos. If you're curious about streaming services, this is a good place to start.


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13:43
The Foolishness of Predicting ‘Apple’s Smartwatch...

It looks like it's time to start the iWatch Death Knell Counter. I'm kidding, mostly, but a headline caught my attention today that specifically stated that the "Apple's Smartwatch Will Probably Fail." Bryan Chaffin says it's nonsense.


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13:12
Bono questions Apple’s treatment of (RED) branding

Speaking at a Cannes Lions presentation about his global AIDS nonprofit agency (RED), U2 frontman Bono took Apple to task for the way the company has branded its (RED) products, Adweek reports. Bono criticized the company with his friend and Apple design chief Jony Ive seated on stage, saying…

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11:35
Bono Describes Fight with Steve Jobs Over (RED)...

Apple's designer-in-chief Jony Ive and U2 frontman Bono took part in an interview this weekend at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The two were speaking about Project (RED), the AIDS charity headed by Bono, as part of Bono being awarded the LionHeart Award for his (RED) work. Apple has been a longtime (RED) partner, and Sir Jony has additionally spent his own time designing one-off products for (RED) fundraising auctions. Cannes Lion released a highlight reel (via MacRumors) from the day seven that includes part of the Bono and Jony Ive interview. In the highlight, Bono describes the late Steve Jobs as "a kind of co-creator" for (RED) because he was advising Bono early in the process. Note his effort at a Steve Jobs impression, which I found entertaining. He also described a fight he had with Mr. Jobs about (RED) branding, and how resistant the then-Apple CEO was about using the parenthesis in (RED) branding and the semi-compromise they came to.

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11:30
How Apple’s iOS Became the Darling OS for Mobile...

Apple has created a new webpage full of resources for IT and enterprise developers. Videos drawn from various sources including WWDC plus PDF documents provide a wealth of technical information for developers, but also provide evidence of the scope of Apple's initiatives and success with iOS in the enterprise.


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11:28
LEGO Blends Real Life with Virtual Brick Building in...

LEGO is bridging the gap between building in the real world and virtual worlds on your iPad with its new Fusion kits. Think of it as Minecraft that starts on your kitchen table, then moves into your iPad. Each kit includes 200 bricks you can use to build a virtual town, resort, raceway or fort, depending on which pack you buy. You start by crafting building facades, then snap photos with the iPad camera. Each facade you capture becomes a 3D building in your virtual world where you work to keep your virtual minifigs happy. Kits are priced at US$34.99 each and will be available starting in August. The accompanying iPad app will be a free download from Apple's iTunes-based App Store.


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11:01
How to Help the Apple Store Help You

Here's a quick way to help Apple employees help you if you have an appointment at a retail store and you're checking in via your iPhone. It's a great way to to make your appointment go as smoothly as possible.


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10:35
Microsoft Steps Up its Cloud Game with Big OneDrive...

Microsoft ramped up the competition in the online storage market on Monday with big increases to its OneDrive service. Users now get 15GB storage for free, up from 7GB, and paid storage plans saw a nice bump up for less money, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's clear everyone wants to be the gate keeper of our files online, and the competition is heating up. That's good news for consumers because the features we get should continue to improve while prices drop.


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10:08
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-23

Nest is buying Dropcam, but Nest is owned by Google. Do we need to be concerned about losing more of our privacy? Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about that and to dive into the big online streaming music options available today including iTunes Radio, Pandora, and Beats.


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08:10
Traveling Steve Jobs Patent Exhibit Moves to Denver

Denver often feels like a city left out when traveling exhibits make the rounds, but Steve Jobs -- or at least his patents -- are showing the front range town some love. An exhibit that started at the Smithsonian showing off patents bearing his name just opened at the Denver Public Library.

The Mac Observer Spin: If you're in or near Denver, be sure to make the trip to the DPL Central Library. This is a fascinating exhibit that's worth checking out.


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06:49
Foxconn Hunting for 100K People to Build iPhone 6

Foxconn is apparently on the biggest hiring spree in the company's history as it hunts for 100,000 people to build Apple's upcoming iPhone 6. Foxconn has been building iPhone models for Apple for years and is expected to produce 70 percent of the what the company has ordered.

The Mac Observer Spin: If Foxconn and Pegatron really are hiring as many new employees as it sounds like, Apple has some pretty big iPhone orders in the works. Bringing on over 100,000 new workers also helps back up the idea that the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models really are happening.


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06:02
Foxconn, Pegatron hiring for iPhone 6 production

Foxconn and Pegatron, two of Apple’s largest manufacturing partners, have begun hiring workers to produce the iPhone 6. The former is recruiting more than 100,000 people, a Chinese continental record, according to reports from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News and Reuters. The bulk of the orders will go to…

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05:47
Nest to Buy Dropcam in $555M Deal

Smart thermostat and smoke detector maker Nest is buying the home monitoring camera company Dropcam in a US$555 million deal. Nest itself was recently purchased by Google, but the purchase independently of the Internet search giant, which puts Dropcam completely under Nest's control.

The Mac Observer Spin: If Google is smart, it'll make sure in-the-home products like Nest Thermostats and Dropcam cameras operate independently of its other products. If not, get ready for a huge backlash over personal privacy concerns.


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Sunday June 22

08:51
MGG 507: Blow It Out To Cool It Off

Got dust? You've probably got heat, too. Your favorite geeks - and fellow listeners - have your advice for you. How about managing a NAS drive and keeping your data in the right place? What about the disks themselves? How about some general tips for running about in the Terminal? Traveling and want to bring good-sounding tunes with you? All this and more in today's show!


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Saturday June 21

07:30
How to Obtain and Use Enhanced-Quality System Voices...

In 1984, the first Macintosh had text-to-speech capabilities. Sandro Cuccia shows you how crude, robotic speech synthesis has evolved to the enhanced-quality, human-like System Voice in OS X and how you can take advantage of this technology on your Mac.


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Friday June 20

19:53
Amazon Is Not A Serious Apple Competitor…Yet

Yesterday Kelly agreed with analyst Brian White's confidence in Apple up until he said "Apple is unique in its ability to develop hardware, software and services that work together seamlessly.â While he's right that Apple is the only one right now, it seems that Amazon is aspiring to the same thing.


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17:55
Head to Head Comparison of 13 Streaming Music...

The launch of Rhapsody's unRadio got Bryan Chaffin thinking about the differences in streaming music services. He put together a feature shoot out looking at price, quality, catalog depth, and the different features 13 streaming services offer.


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14:30
Is Amazon Setting the World on Fire? Or to Itself?

The recent revelations about the NSA, the endless parade of online hacking and theft of credit card or personal information, and the desire by Amazon to seduce customers into ever more purchases has created a strong pendulum in the direction of the erosion of human dignity. There may be money to be made and unexpected success to be found as the pendulum swings in the other direction.


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13:40
Report: Apple using pro athletes to test iWatch...

Apple is reportedly using professional athletes to put its iWatch fitness features to the test in “intense training environments,” according to 9to5Mac. Athletes involved are said to include Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings, and an unnamed Boston Red Sox player, among…

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13:28
iLounge Weekly arrives Monday, giveaway reminder

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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13:28
iStabilizer Dolly for Smartphones and Cameras for $...

Today's deal is for the iStabilizer Dolly, an adjustable dolly on wheels that you can use to stabilize photographs and video taken with a camera or your iPhone. It's a great way to add a cinematic feel to your videos, unless of course, you like herky-jerky images that will make your friends and YouTube followers suspect you've been spending some quality time with meth. Check out the deal page for a video showing it in use. This is a very cool device, and you can get and the smartphone mount for $38.99, a little more than half price from retail at $65.


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13:25
Air Stylus turns Your iPad into a Graphics Tablet...

Avatron Software is already known for its Air Display 2 app that turns your iPad into a second display for your Mac, and now they're turning your iPad into a graphics tablet, too. Their new Air Stylus app works with more than 30 Mac art and design apps such as Photoshop and Illustrator, and supports pressure sensitive styluses, plus it lets users draw on their iPad screen much like Wacom's pro-level Cintiq tablets. It links your iPad and Mac via Bluetooth, so there aren't any wires to get in the way. Air Stylus looks like a cool alternative to using an actual graphics tablet, and is an awesome example of just how versatile the iPad really is. Air Stylus is priced at US$19.99 and is available at Apple's iTunes-based App Store.


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12:49
Apple’s iWatch to Launch with Multiple Models,...

Apple's rumored smartwatch will launch in October, and will be available in multiple sizes and models. That's according to insider sources claiming to be privy to the iPhone and iPad maker's plans.

The Mac Observer Spin: An October iWatch launch is looking more believable every day, and at this point it seems all but confirmed. What we don't know is exactly what form the device will take, how much it will cost, and what sizes it will be available in.


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10:27
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-20

More iWatch rumors are coming out and it's looking more and more like Apple will jump into the wearable tech market this October. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what the want and what they expect from Apple's wearable tech efforts, and they dive into round two on whether or not Apple did the right thing with its new entry level iMac.


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08:38
iLounge Game Spotlight: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes:...

Harry Potter. Star Wars. Lord of the Rings. LEGO has firmly established a successful pattern of obtaining the rights to popular properties, building toys out of them, and then turning them into truly fun games. Its latest title, produced by Warner Bros., is no different. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes:…

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