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Thursday June 5

11:01
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-05

Netflix subscribers won't need to install Microsoft's Silverlight on their Macs once OS X Yosemite ships, so Jeff Gamet invited Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro back to share their take on why that's a big deal. They also have plenty to say about the convergence of OS X and iOS, and why that may not mean exactly what you think.


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08:15
AAPL Stock Split: What You Need to Know

Apple's 7-to-1 stock split is only a couple days away, and the company said that the change applies to share holders on record as of June 2. With one date behind us now, and the other fast approaching, what does that mean for your Apple stock, especially since it's still trading? Read on to find out.


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07:16
Apple reveals more Family Sharing details

Apple has set up a FAQ within iTunes Connect for Family Sharing in iOS 8, and it reveals more details about the upcoming feature. The feature lets up to six family members share iTunes, Books, and App Store content through the credit card of one adult with an Apple ID,…

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07:03
Australian Company Claims Apple Stole HealthKit Name

Apple's HealthKit fitness tracking platform for iOS 8 has plenty of people excited, but it has Alison Hardacre angry and disappointed. That's because Ms. Hardacre is the co-founder of HealthKit, an Australia-based company that lets users track their health and fitness online, and then share that information with their doctors.

The Mac Observer Spin: This isn't the first time Apple has jumped on a name that's already taken. Typically, Apple follows up with negotiations and strikes a deal. It'll be a pain for the Australian HealthKit, but it's business as usual for Apple.


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06:28
Apple producing more ads in-house

Apple is now producing more of its own television advertisements, Reuters reports. The company is decreasing its reliance on longtime ad agency partner TBWA\Chiat\Day, as Apple is “seeking a fresh approach to regain advertising as one of its key competitive advantages.” Recent iPad ads, including the iPad Air “Pencil”…

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05:39
Apple Pushes Health and Fitness in New iPhone 5S Ad

Apple is serious about the move into health and fitness tracking, and its latest iPhone 5S commercial makes that very clear. The ad, called "Strength," showcases the iPhone 5S as an important part of user's fitness routines along with third party devices like step trackers and smart scales.

The Mac Observer Spin: Health and fitness is clearly far more than an afterthought for Apple. Get ready for more apps, devices, and of course ads.


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05:00
One Year of Unlimited BackBlaze Backup: $24.99 (ends...

Our deal partners at StackSocial and friends at BackBlaze have teamed up to offer this killer deal. $25 for a full year of unlimited online backup is pretty darned hard to beat (tomorrow this deal expires and that price doubles back up to $50). I've used BackBlaze over the years and they truly are a Mac-first type of shop. Their Mac interface is a first-class, native Mac application and it works every time. Configuration is as easy or complex as you want it to be, and you'll be backing online up in no time. All of this, of course, is seated on top of BackBlaze's own, secure data center, and your data is encrypted in transit, too. If you don't already have BackBlaze, go grab this deal. $25 for one year isn't a price you'll get tomorrow for anything this good.


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Wednesday June 4

14:29
ACM 257: WWDC 2014 Roundup

Apple hosted its annual keynote presentation at Worldwide Developer Conference this week, so Jeff and Bryan have plenty to talk about. They took a look at what they like from iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, how Apple is marginalizing Google branding in searches, the move towards smart home control, health and fitness tracking, and more.


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13:05
How to Interpret What You Saw in the WWDC Keynote

In the past, the WWDC keynote was not available for public viewing, so if you watched it, you may have been a bit confused about some things that were said and done. John Martellaro explains.


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11:06
China Media Wants Apple, Others Punished for Being...

China state media outlet, China Daily, is demanding the government dole out sever punishment to Apple, Google, Microsoft, and other big tech companies for acting as pawns of the U.S. government to steal secret information. The news outlet alleges the companies it is targeting worked as U.S. government agents to monitor Internet activity in China, although it isn't saying what type of data was stolen.

The Mac Observer Spin: This smells of political posturing and has the potential to be a big headache for tech companies regardless of how complicit they may or may not have been with the NSA.


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10:40
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-04

If you think Apple needs a new hardware platform to handle all of the smart home and fitness features iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite can offer, think again. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explain why the iPhone is Apple's manage-everything-device, and they explain why the public beta of OS X Yosemite won't be a smart choice for everyone.


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10:32
UAG Case for iPhone 5/5s Meets Military Drop-Test...

Urban Armor Gear has released sturdy, attractive, cases for iPhone 5/5s. The armor shell and silicone interior emphasize impact resistance and MIL-STD drop protection, but the case is also low in weight. It's available in seven colors. An added feature is the unique, oversized volume buttons.


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09:11
iOS 8 adds new MIDI and other audio enhancements

Additional information from WWDC this week reveals that Apple plans to introduce new audio enhancements in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, including new CoreAudio and CoreMIDI APIs that will include support for MIDI over Bluetooth LE and enhancements to Apple’s iOS inter-app audio feature. While…

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06:28
Netflix Finally Moves Away from Silverlight with OS...

Netflix is finally moving away from Microsoft's Silverlight for video streaming on the Mac, at least for OS X Yosemite users. The company said it is instead relying on a feature called Media Source Extensions which will give subscribers 1080p quality video without taxing your Mac's CPU or battery.

The Mac Observer Spin: Finally! We'll be able to watch Netflix streaming on our Macs without having to install yet another proprietary media streaming plug-in.


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06:13
Report: Apple plans Lightning cable MFi headphones

Apple has added a specification to its Made For iPhone/iPad/iPod program allowing manufacturers to create headphones with Lightning connectors, rather than traditional 3.5mm headphone plugs, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. While not currently supported by iOS devices, Lightning headphone support will be enabled in a…

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05:40
iOS 7: Organizing Books into Collections

Do you read a lot on your iOS devices? Then this tipâll help you stay more organized. Whether you want to put your books into Collections sorted by author, by genre, or by whether or not youâve read them, weâll give you the lowdown.


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Tuesday June 3

16:30
Apple Lays Ground Work for Disrupting Google’s...

There were a few themes that were clear in Monday's keynote from Apple's World Wide Developer Conference, but something that may have been overlooked were clues that Apple wants to cut into Google's search business.


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13:54
More About Patrick Kane, the Kid With The Bionic Arm

Apple kicked off WWDC on Monday with a thank you note to developers. Part of that video features Patrick Kane, a UK teenager with a prosthetic hand that works in conjunction with an iOS app to memorize different grips and switch between them easily. An online profile of the young man offers a glimpse into how he uses his iPhone with his prosthetic.


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13:46
Apple Posts WWDC Thank You Note to Developers Video

Apple kicked off WWDC on Monday with a keynote address, and that keynote address started with a video. It's a "thank you note to developers," according to Apple, who posted the video on YouTube. What I thought was interesting was all the people describing developers, because each of them looked like a developer to me. To be fair I live in Portland so my sense of many things is a little warped, but if the end of the video said all those people actually were developers I wouldn't have been surprised. See for yourself below:


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13:42
Apple Eases Up on iOS, OS X Beta Secrecy

Apple is taking a less restrictive stance on secrecy surrounding the upcoming releases of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite by letting developers talk more openly about the operating systems instead of clamping down with a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) that stops them from saying anything at all. The change doesn't mean developers can talk openly about everything they're experiencing in the beta operating systems, but it will let them discuss features Apple has already highlighted at its Worldwide Developer Conference without fear of repercussion.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple wasn't stopping developers from talking about keynote announcements from previous WWDC events, so it made sense to change the agreement wording to match the company's intent. Good move, Apple.


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13:30
Are You Ready for Apple’s Next Hardware Platform?...

There has been plenty of agitation for Apple to pull the next generation hardware technology out of a magician's hat. That thinking jumps the gun because Apple already has the ultimate hardware platforms in place to support its "Kit" initiatives. One of them is called the iPhone.


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13:14
Apple Signals New Stance on Bitcoins and Other...

Apple has signaled a new stance on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies with a change to its App Review Guidelines for the App Store. Though Bitcoin wasn't mentioned by name, for the first time Apple specifically stipulated that the "transmission" of "approved virtual currencies" would be allowed, a reversal from an unstated position that resulted in all Bitcoin wallets being kicked out of the App Store.


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12:59
Apple announces Controller Forwarding feature

Apple announced a new Controller Forwarding feature in a closed presentation Monday at WWDC, 9to5Mac reports. The feature would allow MFi iPhone controllers to act as controllers for iPads and Macs. Additionally, the iPhone’s touchscreen and motion control could also be used as a controller for those devices. These…

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12:59
Xcode 6 contains resizable iPad, iPhone simulators

Apple’s Xcode 6 contains a new feature that lets developers test interfaces for “resizable iPhones” and “resizable iPads.” Allowing for adjustments for both devices alludes to possible new resolutions for both iPhone and iPad devices. While 4.7” and 5.5” iPhone models are expected at this point, allowing developers to adjust…

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12:25
Apps: Google+ 4.7, Instagram 6.0, Toca Town, Vivaldi...

Google has updated its Google+ (free) iOS app to version 4.7.0. The updated app introduces Google+ Stories, which combine photos, videos, and places into trip summaries. A new photo editor featuring filters and other creative tools has also been added. Users can now check out total content views within…

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12:25
Reset The Net On June 5: Taking Back Online Privacy

June 5 is the day we Reset the Net, according to nonprofit Fight for the Future and raise privacy awareness. This means taking personal action to help secure some data, whether you're a user, developer or site owner.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is a great idea, and I hope they're sucessful. A lot of the suggestions for tools are easy to use, so even more people can take basic steps. I really like the possibility that this could help keep governments from breathing down my neck, my own included. Add in the options for developers of apps and of websites, and it could really make a difference.


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11:49
Razer introduces Junglecat iPhone game controller

Razer has introduced Junglecat ($100), a game controller for iPhone 5/5s. The Junglecat is a sliding keyboard built into an iPhone case — it slides out from under the case with a d-pad, pause button, four action buttons and two bumper buttons. A Junglecat companion app lets users remap…

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11:40
Antagonism and Arrogance - Tim Cook Personifies...

Apple was launching some amazing new features, but Tim Cook decided to mock their rivals instead of being positive. Charlotte Henry thinks this is a mistake.


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10:47
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-03

It's day two at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference and Dave Hamilton took time out of his busy on-location schedule to join Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin to share his take on Monday's announcements. They also discuss Apple's apparent move to control more of our search experience and how that may impact Google.


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09:58
Swiftkey - Officially Coming to an iPhone Near You

Swiftkey announced on Tuesday that it would bring its namesake keyboard replacement to iOS 8 when it's released later this year. A key feature in iOS 8 is the ability to support third party keyboard replacements like Swiftkey through Extensions, and not surprisingly, Swiftkey said it was rather pleased by the announcement.


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07:54
Apple Design Award Winners 2014: Sky Guide, Monument...

Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference kicked off on Monday with plenty of excitement about iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, and wrapped up later in the day with the unveiling of its Apple Design Award winners. This year's winning apps included Sky View: View Stars Night or Day, Monument Valley, and more.


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07:03
iOS 8 gets Wi-Fi Calling Support, T-Mobile Already...

When iOS 8 launches this fall, it'll include a great feature that wasn't mentioned in Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote event on Monday: Wi-Fi calling support. The feature lets Wi-Fi networks handle voice calls -- saving user's talk minutes -- and T-Mobile has already committed to let its iPhone customers join in.

The Mac Observer Spin: Wi-Fi calling support has already been available to Android and Windows smartphone users, so it's nice to see Apple finally getting on board. Now we just need Verizon and AT&T to let their customers use the feature, too.


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07:00
T-Mobile announces support for iOS 8 Wi-Fi Calling

T-Mobile announced it will support Wi-Fi Calling on the iPhone with iOS 8, which was quietly introduced by Apple on Monday. This feature will allow T-Mobile customers to place calls and send messages even in areas of poor cellular service, as long as there’s a Wi-Fi network. T-Mobile…

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06:32
Apple updates app guidelines to allow ‘approved’...

Apple has updated its App Store Review Guidelines to allow transmission of certain approved virtual currencies, Reuters reports. Section 11.17 in the guidelines states: “Apps may facilitate transmission of approved virtual currencies provided that they do so in compliance with all state and federal laws for the territories…

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05:54
How to Join Apple’s OS X Yosemite Beta Program

Apple announced OS X Yosemite during a keynote presentation on Monday at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco. The major update won't be ready until this fall, but Apple is offering a public beta some time this summer. You'll need to sign up to get your hands on the public beta, and it's easy to do.


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Monday June 2

18:57
Trent Reznor Confirms He’s Still CCO At Apple’s...

Trent Reznor settles conflicting reports about his job at Beats Music by personally confirming (via Twitter) he's still part of the company and looking forward to working with Apple.


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18:27
Apple Offers (Temporary) 50GB of Free iCloud Storage...

Apple is offering developers 50GB of free iCloud storage so that can test new features such as iCloud Drive and iCloud Photo Library. The offer is temporary and expires on November 1st, 2014, and it's open to registered developers.


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17:03
Analyst: WWDC Announcements Should’ve Included...

Apple's two hour keynote event to kick off its annual Worldwide Developer Conference Monday morning was filled with details about OS X Yosemite, iOS 8, and developer tools, but it didn't include any new hardware announcements, and Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um says that was a disappointment.

The Mac Observer Spin: No new hardware at WWDC isn't a cause for disappointment. Had Apple failed to show any level of innovation during the keynote would've been more of a concern, and there was plenty to be pleased with from HealthKit to app extensibility in iOS 8, to improved file sharing and syncing, and more. The hardware will come, and it'll get its own media event.


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16:30
The Most Important Things Apple Showed us During the...

There were a lot of exciting announcements during the WWDC 2014 Keynote. Some were breathtaking and some were just evolutionary cool. John Martellaro presents his list of the things that lit him up the most.


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15:50
So Long, iPhone 4: Apple Drops Support in iOS 8

The iPhone 4 joined the ranks of the original iPhone, iPhone 3 and iPhone 3GS on Monday as another device Apple is leaving behind. When iOS 8 ships this fall, it won't include support the older iPhone model, which means you'll need at least an iPhone 4S to try out the new features Apple announced earlier today.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple maintains backwards compatibility for older hardware longer than many other companies do, but it isn't surprising to see the iPhone 4 dropped from the supported device list for iOS 8. Running iOS 7 on the iPhone 4 was frustrating, and several features weren't supported at all. iOS 8 would've been an exercise in pain on the iPhone 4.


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15:09
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-02

Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developer Conference with a two hour keynote event showing off OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about some of their favorite announcements and take a look at some of what they think will follow now that we know HealthKit and HomeKit are official products.


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14:29
Apple’s Stock Steady Considering Lack of Product...

Shares of Apple's stock held remarkably steady on Monday considering the lack of new hardware announcements or other new products during the company's annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote. The stock lost some 0.69 percent in strong volume to close at US$628.65, down $4.35, on strong volume of 13.2 million shares trading hands.


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13:58
WWDC14: Why No New Hardware Was Announced

There was plenty of expectation that Apple would inject some hardware excitement into the WWDC keynote, but it didn't happen. Apple has introduced hardware in the past at this event, but in this year's event, Apple had bigger fish to fry.


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13:56
iOS 8: More New Features, Revealed

Every time Apple introduces a new operating system, there are always features that either only get mentioned in a giant list on a slide behind the presenter, or go completely unspoken and are only discovered once people begin playing around with it. iOS 8 is no different; in addition to…

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13:43
Apple’s WWDC Keynote Recording Available Now

Apple very swiftly made Monday's keynote even from its annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) availability. The video is available on the same webpage where it was originally streamed, and it was posted within an hour of the keynote ending.


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12:52
Apple Announces Support for Third Party Keyboards in...

Apple announced support for third party keyboards in iOS 8, correcting a long-standing shortcoming of the mobile operating system. The support is part of Extensions, a new feature in iOS 8 that allows features in an app to be extended to other applications.


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12:45
iOS8: Apple Debuts Home HomeKit at WWDC

During Apple's Worldwide Developer conference, Craig Federighi Senior Vice President of Software Engineering introduced HomeKit. It's not a new piece of hardware. Rather, it's a framework for makers of home automation devices to integrate with iOS.


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11:59
Apple Adds ‘Hey, Siri’ Voice Command to Activate...

Apple's announced several new features for Siri during the company's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote address on Monday, including the ability to activate the service by just saying, "Hey, Siri." The feature is similar to Google's "OK Google" command in Android and Glass, and works when your device is pared with your car.


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11:54
Apple Opens iOS to Developers through Extensibility

Apple made both developers and end users happy on Monday with the introduction of extensibility as a new feature in iOS 8. Extensibility will let developers build apps that interact with each other and share information, but without giving up the security sandboxing brings to the iPhone and iPad.


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11:50
Apple debuts Swift, new development language

Today at its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple took the wraps off Swift, an entirely new development language for iOS, effectively replacing the requirement for developers to use Objective-C. Swift provides developers with a simpler and higher-performance development language to build apps in, eliminating many of the common…

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11:43
Apple debuts HomeKit as home automation solution

Apple has debuted HomeKit, a common network protocol with secure pairing that will let an iPhone control locks, lights, cameras, doors, thermostats, plugs, and switches. A recent report noted Apple would be debuting a home automation platform at WWDC, and this system ties together offerings across a number of…

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11:30
iOS 8: Family Sharing brings group Calendars,...

Apple is making sharing schedules, apps, music and more, easier through a new iOS 8 feature dubbed iOS 8. The feature was introduced during the company's keynote event at its annual Worldwide Development Conference in San Francisco on Monday.


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11:14
Apple debuts HealthKit, iOS app named Health

Apple has introduced HealthKit during the company’s introduction of iOS 8. HealthKit is a one-stop feature in iOS 8 for health apps to integrate in one place; Apple also introduced a new Health app. The previously rumored feature has been referred to as Healthbook in the past.

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11:11
iOS 8: HealthKit for the iPhone Appears at WWDC

During the WWDC Keynote, Craig Federighi outlined some of the features of HealthKit, one of the new pieces of iOS 8.


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10:55
Apple Announces iOS 8 at WWDC with Improved...

Craig Federighi announced iOS 8 during the Keynote address at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference Monday. The new version includes an improved Notification Center, gestures for quickly responding to messages, an updated version of Safari for the iPad, and more.


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10:52
Apple Announced OS X Yosemite Public Beta

Apple is giving developers access to the beta version of OS X Yosemite now, and will let the public get in on the beta action some time this summer. The company tried out the public beta program with OS X 10.9.3, and now is ready to do the same with its next major Mac OS upgrade.


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10:30
Apple takes on Dropbox with iCloud Drive

Apple's Craig Federighi unveiled iCloud Drive as a new feature for OS X Yosemite during the company's Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday. The feature lets users store files on iCloud, and sync them between their Macs and Windows PCs, much like Dropbox.


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10:14
Apple Announces Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite at WWDC

During the keynote at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, Craig Federighi announced the latest version of Mac OS, verison 10.10, or Yosemite.


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07:54
Alleged OS X 10.10 Screenshots Appear ahead of WWDC...

It isn't any secret that Apple will be showing off OS X 10.10 during its Worldwide Developer Conference keynote event Monday morning, but until now there have't been any images showing what to expect from the next version of the Mac operating system. Four photos, however, appeared -- and then were pulled -- at Reddit showing a more iOS 7-like flat look is in store for the next OS X update.

The Mac Observer Spin: Regardless of whether or not these leaked OS X 10.10 photos are legit, it makes sense that the Mac OS will start to look more like iOS over time.


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06:17
Apple TV gets WWDC 2014 Keynote Live Stream Channel

Apple added its Worldwide Developer Conference keynote live stream channel to Apple TV Monday morning, giving everyone that can't be at the event another way to watch as it happens. The channel should appear automatically, and promises to start streaming at 10AM pacific time when the keynote begins.


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06:04
WWDC 2014: All The News You Want To See

The 2014 keynote event at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) begins today at 1PM Eastern / 10AM Pacific Time, and a live video stream of the event will be available at this link and via the Apple Events channel on Apple TVs. A number of announcements are expected…

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05:22
TMO Live Coverage: Apple’s 2014 WWDC Keynote

Apple's 2014 Worldwide Developer Conference keynote is set to start at 10AM pacific time on Monday, June 2, and The Mac Observer will be there to cover all of the news and announcements. CEO Tim Cook is expected to take the stage to show off iOS 8 and OS X 10.10, and other big announcements about home automation and the company's move into the health and fitness tracking market may be on the schedule, too.


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Saturday May 31

07:30
How to Do Ad Hoc Backups of Your Calendar, Reminders...

Software installed on all Macs include three important apps: Calendar, Reminders and Contacts. Perhaps, as with most users, these apps manage many aspects of your lives. While you may be backing up this data via automated processes, there are ways to perform impromptu archives. Sandro Cuccia shows you how.


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Friday May 30

19:48
Bandojo Lets You Play Music Even If You’ve Never...

Bandojo, an iOS app from a team that includes Andrew Stone of Twittelator (and Videator, and Stone Design) fame, allows both musicians and non-musicians to explore and play music, regardless of experience. The software has over a dozen built-in soundscapes on top of which you can play one of a number of different solo instruments. You choose notes by simply tapping colored dots on a board that looks a little like a Twister mat. If you know solfege ("do, re, mi" etc) you can see what those intervals are, but the beauty is you don't have to know anything other than what you like to hear. As you find colors that sound good to your ear, you can use them in different places and at different spots (octaves, for those who care) along the board. You can even play notes simultaneously to make chords. Pretty much whatever you think, you can do. A few minutes with this is all it takes to completely grok it and you'll lose yourself and just be able to play. You can link up wirelessly with...

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18:18
3 Free Cool iOS Camera Apps for the Hot Summer...

Summer's here and you need great free apps to record all the hapsVern Seward points out 3 free iOS camera apps in this week's Free on iTunes.

Samba, UltraVisual, and Vhoto. Check it out.


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18:01
Get Free Bitcoins with 29 Website Faucets that...

I've gathered 29 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 29 different faucets that really pay.


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17:29
WWDC 2014 Themed Wallpapers for Mac, iPhone, and iPad

MacStories has a very cool collection of WWDC 2014 themed wallpapers in case that's the sort of thing you enjoy. Silvia Gatta of Icons & Coffee put them together-she also did a set for WWDC 2013, and my favorite, the September 2012 Special Event wallpapers. I love my current iPhone lock screen, but the wallpaper behind my app icons might need updating. These wallpapers are available in Retina and non-Retina styles, for various dimensions of Mac displays as well as iPhones and iPads.


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17:15
Refurb Store Hides iPod Classic From Sidebar

The iPod Classic has disappeared from the sidebar in the Refurb section of the Apple online store. While the page still exists, it is no longer easily accessible from the main refurb section.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is probably going to be met by a lot of shrugs, but I have over a decade of fond iPod memories. Yeah the iMac made some noise, but the iPod turned it up to eleven.


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16:30
Let’s Leave Apple’s Tim Cook Alone for Awhile

The poor guy. Everyone writes about him day and night. This and that. He's no Steve Jobs. Maybe, but he must be his own man. Lamentations: he's just an operations guy. Praise: He sat next to Steve Jobs for over a decade and had Jobs's trust. The reigns of Apple were handed over to him, but (tearfully) he doesn't know anything. His hair is funny. He's saving Apple. He's destroying Apple. Can we have the madness stop?


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16:18
The Name Your Own Price Designer Bundle 3.0

Today's deal is a nifty bundle of designer assets that will cost whatever you want to pay. That's right, you can name your own price, and that's what 2,017 people have done. Even better, 10 percent of your purchase price will be donated to one of three charities-Child's Play Charity, World Wildlife Fund, and Creative Commons-and you get to pick. Here's how it works: there are six sets of professionally designed assets, including user interface sets, Photoshop actions, infographic sets, patterns, fonts, responsive WordPress themes, logos, and more than 1,600 icons. Pay whatever you want for two of them, R-Graphics and Victoricon Assets, and if you pay more than the average price (currently $8.28), you get four more collections for free. The retail price for all this is $1,582, and this deal ends in four days.

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14:19
MGG 504: Cool Stuff Found on Friday!

Giftttdy, Desktopper, Sips, Packet Peeper, HWMonitors, Threema. What do they have in common? Well, they're all Cool Stuff Found, of course, and your two favorite geeks talk through these and a lot more! Download, press play, and enjoy!


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13:30
Pixar Restructures RenderMan Pricing, Non-Commercial...

Pixar's software package RenderMan has new restructured pricing, announced today. A non-commercial license of the rendering package will now be free.


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13:00
John Martellaro’s Predictions for Apple’s WWDC 2014...

Apple has announced that the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) Keynote will be live streamed on June 2. Considering that Apple's hardware announcements of late have been sparse and there's a huge AAPL stock split coming right after, John Martellaro thinks something big is brewing.


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12:02
Apple unveils iOS 8

Apple CEO Tim Cook officially introduced iOS 8, the company’s newest operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, at WWDC today. “iOS 8 is a giant release,” Cook said. After the introduction, Apple’s Craig Federighi took the stage to cover iOS 8. New interactive notifications in iOS 8…

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11:30
GoSmart Crossover 400 Stylus is Beautiful and Still...

GoSmart is introducing a new member of its line of styluses, the Crossover 400. It's shorter than previous models, looks beautiful, and includes a replaceable ballpoint pen. It retains GoSmart's unique filament tip that glides over Gorilla Glass better than any other tip we've tested. Plus, it's not all that expensive.


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10:39
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-05-30

Apple has a 100 year plan in place to keep the company innovating even without Steve Jobs at the helm. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's long term plans, why it's time for an OS X facelift, and what we can expect at Monday's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote event.


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08:26
iPhone Carrier Deals Pushes up Wells Fargo AAPL...

Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um raised his 12 month target value range for Apple's stock on Friday because the number of iPhone carrier deals the company has in place is on the rise. Currently, 323 cell service carriers offer the iPhone, up from 316 only a month ago. His target range is now between US$595 and $640, up from $515 and $585.

The Mac Observer Spin: It may not seem like there are many places for Apple to continue expanding iPhone availability, but clearly there are. More carriers means more potential iPhone sales.


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08:17
iLounge App Spotlight: Disney Karaoke: Frozen

Ever since Frozen hit theaters in November 2013 - at the beginning of what turned out to be a historically long winter - the buzz over Disney’s remake of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen hasn’t stopped. Families flocked to theaters to make it the highest-grossing animated film in history,…

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08:00
WSJ: Apple paying $2.5B for Beats Electronics, $500M...

Apple’s recently announced $3 billion acquisition of Beats breaks down to about $2.5 billion for Beats Electronics hardware and a little less than $500 million for the Beats Music streaming service, the Wall Street Journal reports. The report notes the breakdown “was largely an accounting issue, because the two…

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07:06
iPhone 6 rear shell leaked?

An photo of the alleged 4.7” iPhone 6 rear shell has been posted on Australian site MacFixIt. The design seems to match rumors and what we’ve seen before, including the lack of a dual camera flash. We believe this is likely to be a legitimate part, for a number…

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06:29
Apple Denied Stay in Ebook Antitrust Damages Trial

Apple's efforts to stop 33 states from seeking damages over antitrust claims fell short on Thursday when a Federal Appeals Court ruled the case can move forward. The states are asking for what could amount to over US$800 million for Apple's involvement in what the court deemed was a conspiracy with publishers to artificially raise the price of books.

The Mac Observer Spin: Considering how often Apple's arguments in front of Judge Cote have fallen of deaf ears, it seems likely the states will be awarded a hefty sum in damages. Of course, Apple will appeal, so this case will continue to play out for a very long time. In the end, Amazon is still the big winner because the DOJ and Federal Courts have all but given the company a formal endorsement for its tactics.

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05:45
AirPort Utility: Restarting Your AirPort Base Station

If your network stops working, one of the first troubleshooting steps to try is restarting your modem and your router. However, if your equipment is all stuck down in your basement, say, or in some other inconvenient place in your house, itâs good to know how to restart your Apple base stations right from your Mac or your iOS device. In this Quick Tip, weâll tell you all about it.


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Thursday May 29

16:51
Access Secret OmniFocus 2 Options

You may have noticed Jeff Gamet and I have been inordinately excited about OmniFocus 2 finally being released. If you listened to either of us go on (and on) and decided to pick up a copy for yourself, there are a few secret configuration options available to you, courtesy of Jeroen Sangers. It's a handy way to make a few small tweaks that can be super helpful, such as compact layout or hiding empty contexts. If you aren't afraid to go stomping through configuration files (which can end badly)-like the one shown in this image-check out the options available to tweak under the hood.


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16:30
Beats Announces Redesigned Solo Headphones

One day after Apple announced its acqusition of Beats Electronics, the company announced a redesigned line of Solo over-ear headphones, called Solo that include improved acoustics as well as a new more streamlined look.


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16:16
Dish Network Becomes Largest Company to Accept...

Dish Network announced on Thursday that it will begin accepting Bitcoins for payment, the largest company to do so to date. Dish said it was working with Coinbase's Instant Exchange service for Bitcoin payments, a service that instantly converts Bitcoins to dollars, allowing Dish to avoid dealing with the sometimes volatile price of the cryptocurrency.


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15:02
Three Years of Hacker Monthly for $29 - Ends Today

We have a deal for you today on Hacker Monthly, but you'll need to act fast because it expires today (Thursday). Hacker Monthly is a magazine version of the Hacker News site, and it features content aimed at developers, startup entrepreneurs, and the technerati. With today's deal, you can get a three year subscription to the magazine for the price of one year, which is US$29. It's delivered in electronic form and is designed to be read on any tablet, including the iPad. Check it out.


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14:25
Eddy Cue Claims Apple Has Best Product Pipeline in...

Eddy Cue stated at the inaugural Code Conference that in his 25 years at Apple the current product pipeline is the best he's ever seen. Keeping in mind that his 25 years at Apple include everything that starts with an "i", this is a bold statement indeed.

The Mac Observer Spin: Oh, Eddy Eddy Eddy. You know a statement like that is just a red cape before the tech blogger bulls, right?


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14:13
Eddy Cue: Steve Jobs Built Apple to Last 100 Years

According to Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue, the late Steve Jobs built Apple to last 100 to 200 years. The comments came during this week's Code Conference in response to a question from Re/code cofounder Kara Swisher in the wake Mr. Cue's comment that Apple had the best product pipeline he's seen in 25 years.


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13:05
Apple removes link to iPod classic in refurbished...

Apple has completely removed the link to buy a refurbished iPod classic from its US and Canadian stores, as noted by MacRumors. The page for refurbished iPod classic units still exists, however, it only contains the text, “Sorry there are no products available, please check back later.” At…

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12:30
Apps: Bank of America, Dragon Quest VIII, Pocket 5.5...

Bank of America has updated its free apps for both iPhone and iPad to versions 5.0.1629 and 5.0.2, respectively. The iPhone app has been redesigned with a number of new features, including requesting replacement debit or credit cards, viewing available credit on credit cards, adding transfer recipients from…

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11:15
Why the OS X Look and Feel Needs to Change

The look and feel of OS X had its origins in the Classic Mac OS, long before we had iPhones and iPads. Today, millions of customers are looking at their iPhones and iPads and wondering why OS X looks the way it does.


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11:02
Samsonite acquires Speck Products for $85 million

Luggage company Samsonite International S.A. has announced its acquisition of leading case manufacturer Speck Products for $85 million. Speck is the maker of a number of well-reviewed iOS cases, most notably its often-imitated CandyShell. The acquisition is Samsonite’s “first foray outside of what is considered the ‘traditional’ luggage…

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10:40
New Patent Details Apple’s Home Automation Plans

Almost as if on cue following reports that Apple is working on its own home automation platform, a patent application from the company was published showing part of what could turn into an iPhone and Apple TV-controlled smart home. Along with controlling devices in your home, it could also handle your home entertainment needs, and act as a video and audio communication system, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: Wearable fitness tech, and now home automation? Monday's WWDC keynote could be a pretty exciting ride.


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10:10
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-05-29

Apple's Eddie Cue thinks the television experience sucks, but Apple TV can play a role in fixing that. Kelly Guimont and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to decipher what that means, and they take a look at Apple's just announced purchase of Beats Music and how Jimmy Iovene fits into the big picture.


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07:26
Analyst: Apple’s Beats Purchase may be Defensive

With Apple's confirmation that it is buying Beats Music, the question shifts from "if" to "why," and Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks that's still something of a mystery. Based on what we do know, Mr. Um thinks Apple's US$3 billion deal could be a defensive move, which would mark a change in company strategy.


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07:21
Beats introduces new Solo2 headphones

Following Apple’s official acquisition announcement Wednesday, Beats has introduced its new Solo2 ($200) headphones. The headphones are a redesign of the previous Solo model. Beats claims Solo2 “offers a wider range of sound and enhanced clarity.” The headphones come in pink, black, blue,…

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07:03
Notes from Apple’s Eddy Cue and Jimmy Iovine at Code...

Apple’s Eddy Cue and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine took the stage at last night’s Re/Code Code Conference after Apple officially announced the Beats acquisition, the largest in its company history. Among highlights from the Re/Code interview: when asked if Apple was buying cool, Cue said “I don’t think…

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05:56
Get Ready for Apple TV Evolution

TV sucks, we're stuck with glorified VCRs, and it's time for a change. So said Apple's senior vice president of Internet services and software Eddy Cue at Re/code's Code Conference on Wednesday, hinting that its time for Apple TV to evolve again.


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Wednesday May 28

22:15
ACM 256: Apple Gets its Beats On and Home Automation

Apple finally brought an end to the speculation Wednesday afternoon when it announced the planned purchase of Beats Music. Jeff and Bryan prognosticate on what that means for Apple and the music industry, talk about Apple's rumored plans for home automation and how Google's Nest Thermostat purchase plays in, and look at Amazon's bully tactics in the book market.


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20:19
The Essential iPhoneography Lens Kit for $69 Ending...

The Essential iPhoneography Lens Kit has been one of our most popular TMO Deals, and we wanted to let you know that it ends on Thursday. This is a kit with an 8x Telephoto Lens, Fisheye Lens, Wide and Macro Lens, 2x Telephoto Lens, 60x Magnifying Microscope, Lens Wallet, Tripod for 8x Telephoto Lens, Hard-back case for 8x Telephoto Lens and 60x Magnifying Microscope, and a Cleaning Cloth, all for $69. It's designed for iPhone 5 and 5s, and the Deal listing has a video showing you the lenses and several example photos. Check it out.


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