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Thursday August 28

14:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Sago Mini Monsters [iOS...

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13:51
HealthKit policies updated to block data use by...

Apple has updated the language in its privacy policy for HealthKit to prevent apps from selling data to "advertising platforms, data brokers or information resellers," notes the Financial Times. HealthKit will allow iOS 8 apps to exchange health and fitness data tracked via various accessories, such as the iWatch. The iOS upgrade is rumored to launch next month alongside the iWatch and the iPhone 6....



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13:46
Ralph Lauren Takes a Swing at Fitness Tech


Ralph Lauren this week merged the tech and fashion worlds with a new smart Polo shirt. Knitted into the Polo Tech shirt's core are sensors that read biological and physiological information. The company partnered with Msignal to develop a "black box" that includes an accelerometer and gyroscope, which capture movement and direction. Data is captured and sent to the cloud, where it is analyzed using a set of algorithms. Out comes information on heart rate, respiration, stress level and energy output.

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13:38
Mac: Incase Icon Sleeve with Tensaerlite

Incase is synonymous with laptop sleeves and cases. The company just announced its Icon Sleeve with Tensaerlite ($70), which provides maximum protection for your 13” or 15” MacBook Pro when you drop it. What exactly is Tensaerlite? Incase describes the material as providing “maximum impact absorption through a lightweight bumper frame.” In short, it offers solid shock protection without a lot of heft....

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13:30
Letterspace gets iOS writing and editing right

It's easy to write on an iPad or iPhone, but editing and revising, not so much. At this moment I have six separate writing apps on my iPad and the all share the same problem: if you want to edit or change a word or phrase, you are required to touch...

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13:20
Uber prevails in German court, yet service called...

The Hamburg, Germany court system has reauthorized Uber to operate, at least temporarily. Despite the resurrection, which was based on a technicality, the court did dictate that the service was "probably illegal" as drivers for the service lack a passenger transportation license, similar to the situation that Lyft faced in New York City....



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13:06
Contact Center for iPhone

Contact Center is from the same people that developed Launch Center Pro. I had a look at the video on the Web site and this looks like a solid app. Great idea bringing what they learned in Launch Center over to this new app.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:00
Checkmark 2.1 makes reminders better

Checkmark 2 ($2.99) has been updated to version 2.1, which introduces several very nice changes. The iPhone reminders app from Snoman has been on my home screen since I first reviewed it, and this update only affirms that decision.

One big change is...

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12:57
Video Review: Parrot’s Jumping Sumo and Rolling...

Parrot’s new Minidrones, the Jumping Sumo (reviewed here) and Rolling Spider (reviewed here) are the newest featured products in our latest video review. Check out these new toys in action and hear what we have to say about the experience. This is our second video review, following last week’s look at the Otterbox Agility Tablet System — feel free to share your feedback!...

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12:51
Perspective Icons 2: Custom icons for OmniFocus 2

With 100 icons available in multiple colors and resolutions, our set will let you add a touch of personality to your OmniFocus 2 custom perspectives. Whether it’s for work or play, team management or that trip to Italy you need to organize, Perspective Icons 2 has the right icon for the right context.

These look really well done and the price is definitely right.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:43
Apple's mysterious 2-story structure at site of...

Following Apple's announcement that it would move its September media event -- at which both the "iPhone 6" and "iWatch" are said to be unveiled -- from the company's typical event stage in San Francisco to much larger space in Cupertino, new photos show that they have also constructed a bespoke two-story building on the grounds likely dedicated to the event.



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12:39
JPMorgan Chase systems infiltrated, banking data may...

JP Morgan Chase & Co plus at least four other financial institutions have reportedly come under attack by hackers. According to a quartet of people familiar with the investigation, the possibility exists that gigabytes of customer data, including banking information, may have been stolen by the assailants with a "zero-day" attack, who may to be linked to Russian state-sponsored hackers....



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12:39
Cambridge Audio Bluetone 100 Bluetooth Speaker

Billed on the company's website as a "seriously grown up speaker," Cambridge Audio's Bluetone 100 ($300) gets its name from its 100-watt amplifier power and Bluetooth capabilities; it houses two 4" drivers that promise room-filling sound. Adjustable bass controls are offered on the speaker, which does need to be connected to an outlet. RCA and 3.5 mm inputs are also included. Coming only in glossy black, Bluetone 100 isn't cheap, but it looks to provide…

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12:30
Civilization: Beyond Earth for Mac is still on the...

Yesterday we ran a story announcing that the Mac version of Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth has been postponed for an indefinite, or undetermined, amount of time. We have since reached out to a source working on the Mac version of Beyond Earth...

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12:00
Daily Deals for August 28, 2014, featuring the final...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.

All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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11:55
OneDrive for iOS updated with All Photos view and...

Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage mobile app received an update today across multiple platforms. The iOS flavor of the refreshed software introduces improved file search options for iPhone and iPad, along with All Photos view for fast access to your saved pictures. This section displays your photos in chronological order and lets you keep an eye on your camera’s backup status.

Not stopping at search and photos improvements, Microsoft says it’s going to bring features like security PINs and merged access to business and personal accounts to its iOS and Windows Phone apps in the months ahead. Oddly, these features are already available in the Android version of the company’s cloud storage...

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11:45
Cambridge Audio Go v2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Cambridge Audio's Go v2 ($180) is the newest version of its Minx Go speaker, this time coming with a built-in battery pack. That USB battery pack can fully charge in two hours and last for up to 18 hours, streaming music via Bluetooth. It comes equipped with two titanium tweeters, two 2" drivers, and a rear-firing bass radiator. Each Go v2 unit can remember up to eight devices for a quick connection. The speaker can also charge a phone or tablet through…

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11:30
Crowdfunding Roundup: A bunch of dogs and one bright...

Each week, TUAW provides readers with an update on new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects in the news. While our policy is to not go into detail on items that haven't reached at least 80 percent of their funding goal, this update is...

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11:25
'Massive structure' in place at Flint...

A "massive structure" is being constructed on the campus of the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, the site of Apple's September 9th press event, accounts say. The structure is encased in a white barricade, and thought to be about three stories tall. "Scads" of security staff are reportedly protecting it, and administrators will only say that "We are not at liberty to discuss that [structure] due to client wishes."...



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11:09
ESPN updates SportsCenter for iOS with new football...

Sports fans now have new ways to keep up with scores and stats on the go following the latest update to ESPN's SportsCenter app, while users of anonymous sharing app Secret can now create impromptu polls and insert images from Flickr.



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11:00
Why a 12-inch iPad is Almost Certain

Why do people stand in line every year for a new iPhone? Why is iPhone technology changing so fast? Conversely, why are iPad sales more or less ho-hum? Why isn't iPad technology exploding? John Martellaro reflects on the situation.


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11:00
BioShock on iOS is, unfortunately, exactly what you...

Let me start by saying that I never in a million years would have thought that BioShock -- one of the most atmospheric and gorgeous shooters I've ever played on console and PC -- would ever make its way to iOS. The fact that it exists at all is an...

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10:51
Apple officially announces September 9th press event

As anticipated, Apple has formally announced a September 9th press event. Unlike past fall events, however, this one will be held at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, rather than the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. It will begin at 10AM Pacific time, or 1PM Eastern....



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10:50
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-28

If's official: Apple is hosting a special media event on September 9, presumably to introduce the new iPhone 6. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin and join Jeff Gamet to talk about what they expect from the media event, and they also discuss whether or not Parallels Desktop 10 is a worthy upgrade.


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10:34
More photos of the structure Apple is building at...


In addition to officially announcing its special event to be held on September 9th where two new iPhones and the long rumored wearable device is expected to debut, Apple has begun to build some sort of structure at the Flint Center for Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, as ...

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10:31
∞ Apple has held three previous events at Flint...

For many people the Flint Center for the Performing Arts is not a familiar venue for Apple events, but Apple has held previous events at this location. [...]

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10:26
News: Apps of the Week: Hyperlapse, BioShock,...

New Apps Google Slides (free) — Google debuted its Slides app this week. The presentation-creating app joins Google Docs and Google Sheets as yet another Google Drive-based app. Slides allows users to open, edit, and save Microsoft PowerPoint files; the autosaving app can also work without an Internet connection. Hyperlapse from Instagram (free) — Instagram’s Hyperlapse is a new app that seems like it could become a sensation. Users can…

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10:24
Sept. 9 Apple event

Apple has issued invitations to a September 9th press event. More details shortly.



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10:09
∞ Pictures: Apple constructs its own building at...

When I saw that Apple was going to hold their Sept. 9 event at the Flint Center for Performing Arts, I thought I would take a drive over and see if anything was happening. To be honest, I didn’t expect much because all of the work would be going on inside—I was wrong. [...]

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10:00
Judge rebuffs Apple's effort to secure sales...

Samsung and Apple may have settled all of their international legal disputes, but the two tech giants are still busy duking it out here in the States.

The latest news from the ongoing Apple/Samsung legal saga is that Judge Lucy Koh recently rejected...

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09:55
Apple sends out invites to September 9 event

Apple has sent out invitations to its September 9 event. The invites simply list the date on a white Apple logo background with the words: “Wish we could say more.” This time around, the event will be held at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California. As usual, the event will be held at 10 a.m. PT, 1 p.m. ET. It’s expected that we’ll see two new iPhones at the event, and according to a Wednesday report,…

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09:50
Hacker Attacks on Healthcare Providers Jump 600...


The recent data breach at Community Health Systems, in which Chinese hackers stole the personal information of 4.3 million patients, was another sign of a disturbing trend that security researchers at Websense have been observing for months: Healthcare providers are coming under cyberattack at an alarming rate. "We've seen a 600 percent increase in attacks on the healthcare sector in the last 10 months," said Carl Leonard, senior manager at Websense Security Labs. Much of the attack activity is aimed at hospitals.

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09:46
Sprint rolling out free international WiFi calling,...

Today, Sprint announced a new international WiFi calling option that lets its customers place calls to the US from over 100 countries at no additional charge. The new feature is now available to Samsung Galaxy S4 owners via an over-the-air software update, however Sprint says that support will come to other devices (we’re assuming the iPhone) throughout the year.

In addition to calls over home and public WiFi networks while abroad, this service ships with a messaging option, which makes it easier to make contact with people back home who might not be available for a voice call right away. Not a bad option for people who often find themselves abroad, but support for just one device (an older one at that) is somewhat frustrating. Hopefully Sprint will bring this option to iOS devices soon, especially since T-Mobile has...

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09:41
iPhone 6 will include NFC-based payment tech,...

The next-generation iPhone should include NFC-based mobile payment technology, sources tell Wired. The magazine doesn't go into specifics, except to claim that the mobile payment system will be "one of the hallmark features of the device when it's unveiled on September 9." A past report from The Information suggested that there might be a "secure element" in the new iPhone that would safeguard financial information....



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09:30
Save time with Contact Center

Two years ago, Contrast's David Barnard released Launch Center Pro, a handy utility that lets iPhone users launch apps as well as complex, custom workflows (my initial review here). It's super useful and was embraced by -- let's face it -- the geeks...

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09:27
Apple Issues Invites for September 9th Media Event

Apple has issued invitations to the press for a media event on September 9th. Titled simply "Wish we could say more," the invitation features little that anyone will be able parse for hints of what's coming.


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09:15
Apple sends out official invitations for Sept. 9...

It's official -- Apple will hold a special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, CA at 10 AM PT on September 9. This message comes courtesy of The Beard (AKA Jim Dalrymple), the proprietor of Loop Insight.

As usual, TUAW...

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09:11
“Wish we could say more”: Apple makes the September...

Apple

The rumors were true: Apple has just sent out invitations for an event on September 9 at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in the company's hometown of Cupertino, California. Apple's invitations often include subtle hints or wink-and-a-nod references to whatever it is the company plans to announce—analyzing (and over-analyzing) these "clues" has become something of a joke among Apple writers—but this invitation is almost entirely unadorned. "Wish we could say more," it reads, as if to tease those who would hope to unlock its secrets.

Of course we already have plenty of indications about what Apple is going to announce—we'll likely be treated to one or more brand-new...

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09:05
Apple announces Sept. 9 event for expected '...

Apple on Thursday confirmed that it will hold a media event on Sept. 9, with a teaser sent to members of the media showcasing the date and a teasing tagline that reads: "Wish we could say more."



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09:04
Apple announces special event for September 9th: ‘...

 

Apple has just sent out press invites for its latest event, via The Loop, where the company is expected to announce the iPhone 6. The event is scheduled for 10 AM Pacific Time on September 9th. Atypically, Apple is holding the event at a new venue, the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino. This is the same venue that Apple introduced the original Mac, over 30 years ago. As noted by MacRumors, Apple has constructed a ‘three-story structure’ at the site, which may be used as the hands-on area after the presentation is over. Usually, Apple’s demo areas are only the size of a large room and do not span multiple floors.

Yesterday, Recode reported that Apple will ...

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09:02
∞ Apple announces special event for Sept. 9

Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to a special event being held on Sept. 9, 2014 at 10:00 am. [...]

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09:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iTunes GC 33% off, Sony 50″...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

iTunes gift cards:

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09:00
NFL Mobile updated for 2014 Season with new Fantasy...

The NFL today updated its NFL Mobile app for the upcoming 2014-2015 football season. The app allows you to watch live games, receive up-to-the minute NFL game scores and follow the latest football action from your iPhone and iPad.

The latest update...

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08:47
Photos indicate silver, gold, space gray colors for...

New photos from French site Nowhereelse indicate that the iPhone 6 will come in silver, gold, and space gray tones. SIM trays and Touch ID sensors all show the same range of colors used for the iPhone 5s. The trays may also be somewhat curved, presumably to fit the rounded edges on the iPhone 6's chassis....



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08:47
Twitter Opens Analytics Tools to All Users

If you're curious how many people read your Twitter posts, what type of people follow you, and what they're interested in, all of that information is now at your fingertips. This week Twitter opened its analytics tools to all of its users for free, and there's plenty of data to sift through.

The Mac Observer Spin: Seeing so much information about your Twitter followers is great, but it does open the possibility that people will try to craft all their tweets just to push up numbers instead of going for friendly engagement. Please don't be that guy.


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08:38
Checkmark 2.1 for iPhone

I’ve always like this app—nice interface and easy to use.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Old games, new life

Old games, new life

This week’s roundup includes new and updated apps from three much-loved franchises: BioShock, Pac-Man, and Star Wars. We've also got finance and video apps, if you have any time left over after gaming.

BioShock

It’s billed as “one of the greatest first-person shooters of all time” and who wants to argue? BioShock is now available on the iPhone and iPad for $15—and it’s so advanced it’ll run only on the most recent iOS devices: the iPad Air, Retina iPad mini, fourth-generation iPad, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5. If you’re an iOS gamer, you’ve officially run out of reasons not to upgrade your equipment.

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08:00
Bioshock now available for the iPhone and iPad

Ready to explore Rapture and fight Big Daddy on your iOS device? Then we have some good news for you as 2K Games has finished its port of Bioshock, and the the popular first person shooter is now available for the iPhone and iPad.

Bioshock first...

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07:59
iPhone 5 & 5S trade-ins surge 2800% at Gazelle;...

Last week, Gazelle began offering customers the ability to lock in cash trade-in prices ahead of Apple's anticipated Sept. 9 "iPhone 6" unveiling, and for the next 48 hours, AppleInsider readers can get an additional $10 cash bonus on their iPhone 5s trade in thanks to an exclusive partnership.



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07:57
News: Daily Deal: Get the Sensordrone Bluetooth...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up the Sensordrone for your iOS device for only $149. Featuring eleven different sensors in a single package small enough to fit on a keychain, Sensordrone lets you monitor the world around you for things such as carbon dioxide, temperature, gas leaks, light levels, weather, and more. An open platform and API also lets you connect external sensors for any other project you’re working on and have the data beamed…

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07:45
Ricoh launches Pentax K-S1 20MP DSLR with LED...

Ricoh's Pentax K-camera collection has been joined by a new mid-class camera. The Pentax K-S1 is a DSLR with a 20-megapixel CMOS sensor combined with the Prime MII imaging engine, giving it a maximum sensitivity of ISO 51,200, a top shutter speed of 1/6000 of a second, and a continuous shooting rate of up to 5.4 frames per second....



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07:42
Report Claims this is the Year of the NFC iPhone

Reports that Apple will include Near Field Communication, or NFC, in the next iPhone have routinely preceded device updates, and so far have proven to be wrong. Now there's word that this time Apple really, really, will include NFC in the iPhone 6, which is expected to be introduced on September 9.

The Mac Observer Spin: Just because we continue to hear that this is the year Apple will add NFC to the iPhone doesn't mean it will happen. People thought Apple would give in and add Blu-ray drives to the Mac lineup for years, and that didn't happen, either.


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07:30
Shoot your way through the beautiful void in...

Spaceborn is a beautiful, yet challenging shooter set in space. You navigate a spaceship between obstacles, avoiding enemy fire while trying to get as far as possible in each run. There is a lot of trial and error in this shooter as the difficulty...

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07:18
Apple wins patent on Fifth Avenue store's...

The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted an Apple design patent on the most recent incarnation of the glass cube sitting over the Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York City. The original cube -- paid for and partly designed by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs -- used 90 panes of glass. In 2011, however, Apple spent some $6.7 million on installing a simpler, more visually appealing version of the cube with 15 panes....



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07:10
News: Report: iPhone 6 to feature NFC mobile payments

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 will come with its own mobile payment system, and the solution will use NFC, Wired reports. Use of near field communication has been rumored in the iPhone for years — speculation began around the time of the iPhone 4 in 2010, and every iPhone since has been accompanied by an NFC report that never came true. Talk about the use of NFC in the iPhone has heated up again in recent weeks, though considering the device’s…

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07:02
Rumor: Apple to enter mobile payment space with NFC-...

Near-field communications chips have been rumored to become part of the iPhone lineup for years, but this year's anticipated "iPhone 6" may see Apple finally take the plunge, according to a new report.



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07:00
Analyst & GTAT investor claims all 5.5-inch...

An investment note we’ve seen from analyst and GTAT investor Matt Margolis claims that all 5.5-inch models of the iPhone 6 will come with sapphire screens, while the 4.7-inch model will get either sapphire or Gorilla Glass depending on the specification.

According to sources close to Foxconn’s manufacturing operations the iPhone 6 will come built with sapphire cover screens in both sizes. These sources have also indicated that the 4.7” Phone 6 is being assembled in two varieties, a sapphire cover screen version and a version featuring Gorilla Glass. At this point I do not know the approximate mix between the two cover screen options on the 4.7” iPhone 6. My latest check on the 5.5” iPhone 6 indicates that all units of the device are expected to come protected by a sapphire cover screen at this point …

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Clickbaiters gonna clickbait

Next-generation M7 coprocessor, codenamed 'Phosphorus', reportedly shown in iPhone schematics (U: Likely expected barometer/air pressure sensor) (9to5 Mac)

Once again, in their rush to be FIRST!, the rumor blogs whiffed it on their interpretation of...

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06:49
A survey of Apple developers focuses on frustration

Tapdaq put together a survey of 50 indie iOS developers. A worthwhile read for anyone involved with the App Store.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:45
Apple exploring double-duty NFC, inductive charging...

On the heels of a report suggesting that Apple's long-anticipated "iWatch" could be unveiled within the next two weeks, a new patent application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows that the company has continued to contemplate wireless charging solutions for just such a device.



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06:42
Leaked iPhone 6 component pictures show purported...

A series of new photos shows a variety of components that are said to be destined for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 handset.

Per MacRumors and Nowhereelse.fr, images of the device’s SIM card trays, an embedded Apple logo and the internal speaker and vibrational motor have been leaked.

The first set of images show SIM card trays and home buttons in a range of three different colors, which may indicate that the iPhone 6 will keep the same space grey, gold, and silver options from the iPhone 5s. This is in line with a previous leaks, including one...

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06:39
WIRED now also saying iPhone 6 will have NFC and...

WIRED is the latest publication to report that the soon-to-be-announced iPhone 6 will be accompanied by a new mobile payment system using NFC technology.

The company’s next iPhone will feature its own payment platform, sources familiar with the matter told WIRED. In fact, that platform will be one of the hallmark features of the device when it’s unveiled on September 9. We’re told the solution will involve NFC.

NFC, or near field communication, has long been a rumored addition for the iPhone hardware with reports claiming each year that the next...

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06:24
Apple Denied Samsung Sales Injunction Yet Again

US Federal Judge Lucy Koh shot down a request from Apple to grant a permanent injunction blocking the sale of some Android-based Samsung mobile devices over pantent infringement claims. The motion was part of Apple's second patent infringement case with Samsung, and Judge Koh said the iPhone and iPad maker didn't show that its reputation or ability to innovate had been damaged.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's injunction request covered older Samsung products, so denying the injunction request won't have a big impact on device sales for either company. Still, winning the injunction would've been a handy tool to tuck away in Apple's legal strategy handbag.


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06:13
The inside story of how Netflix came to pay Comcast...

Netflix lawyers just delivered this document to the FCC, arguing against Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

From the document:

Comcast made clear that Netflix would have to pay Comcast an access fee if Netflix wanted to directly connect with Comcast or use third-party CDNs. In essence, Comcast sought to meter Netflix traffic requested by Comcast’s broadband subscribers.

∞ Read this on The Loop...

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06:00
No one deserves a bootleg iPhone 6

Friends don't let friends buy crappy bootlegged iPhones, and even your enemies should be spared. With the release of the iPhone 6 quickly approaching, scammers and opportunists are getting ready to screw over unsuspecting rubes. People who don't know...

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05:53
Rumor: Apple to unveil iWatch alongside iPhone 6 at...

In spite of the rumors of delays, Apple’s “iWatch” may be introduced to the public sooner than expected.

Per AppleInsider and the well-connected John Paczkowski of Re/code, who referred to the device as a “new wearable” that will be worn on the user’s wrist. He also reaffirmed claims that the device will tap into the new HealthKit and HomeKit functions of Apple’s forthcoming iOS 8 mobile operating system update.

Paczkowski had previously reported in June that the “iWatch” event would be held...

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05:30
In-depth analysis of soccer teams available with...

The FuteNotes app is intended to be used by local youth soccer coaches or parents assisting the coaches but could also be used by fans who like to track their favorite professional team. The app, priced at US$2.99 works on the iPad and requires iOS...

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05:11
Apple wins patent for Steve Jobs-designed Fifth Ave...

The iconic Fifth Avenue Apple Store glass cube, which was designed in part by legendary company co-founder Steve Jobs, is now a patented ornamental building design sanctioned by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.



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05:00
Robo Brain Teaches a Robot to Fish


A team of university researchers have been busy building Robo Brain, a large-scale computational system that collates information from the Internet, as well as data from computer simulations and real-life robot trials, and learns from it. That knowledge base will be used to drive prototypes for robotics research, household robots and self-driving cars. The researchers have begun downloading 1 billion images, 120,000 YouTube videos, and 100 million manuals and how-to documents to the database.

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04:37
Replace a Dying iPhone 5 Battery: Take Two

After Adam Engst’s struggles with replacing his iPhone 5 battery on his own, Josh Centers takes the Apple-approved path, and found that it can be every bit as frustrating.

 

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04:00
Apple successfully patents iconic glass cube design...

A few weeks after Apple was granted a European trademark on the key design elements of its retail stores, the company has been awarded a U.S. patent on the iconic glass cube design of its Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan. Steve Jobs is one of those credited as an inventor.

Patently Apple reports that Apple also applied for a trademark...

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03:41
Olympus adds selfie-friendly display to Pen E-PL7...

The latest in the Olympus Pen Micro Four Thirds camera line has been revealed as a shooter that caters itself to selfie photography. The PEN E-PL7 features a 3-inch 1.04 million-dot touch-enabled display on the back capable of flipping 180 degrees downwards, an action which triggers a "Selfie Mode" that optimizes settings for self portraits....



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01:22
More iPhone 6 component photos ‘confirm’ silver,...


In the latest round of iPhone 6 images, NowhereElse.fr has a new set of photos showing a selection of SIM trays, home buttons, speakers and vibrator motors. The SIM trays are once again show in the same three colors as the iPhone 5s, silver, gray and gold. It seems like the gray is of a slightly lighter shade than the Space Gray of the iPhone 5s, but the quality of the pictures makes it difficult to tell for sure. What is very noticeable is the curved edge to the SIM tray, which will make a seamless line with the...

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Wednesday August 27

23:06
Microsoft updates Office for Mac 2011 to version 14....

On Wednesday, Microsoft updated its standalone version of Office for Mac, Office 2011, to version 14.4.4. The update provides the latest fixes for Office, and includes general functionality improvements in Microsoft Word, particularly with keyboard language detection. For PowerPoint, it improves handling of certain complex objects, and in Outlook the update includes new descriptions for supported account types....



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21:45
Report: Eight high-profile sites hit by browser...

A "malvertising" campaign made the rounds last week hitting at least eight high-profile websites according to security firm Fox-IT. The firma noticed that the sites were redirecting their visits to other places, allowing it to discover that sites were using vulnerabilities in software like Java and Flash to inject malicious programs. The purpose of the "malvertising" was to infect machines with botnet malware involved in boosting advertisement clicks....



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21:25
Costco phone kiosks will begin selling AppleCare+...

A leaked internal memo seems to reveal that Costco's in-store wireless kiosks may begin offering AppleCare+ on iPhones and iPads beginning on Thursday, August 28. The offer applies only to devices activated at the kiosk rather than iPhones or iPads that may be offered on the main sales floor. Costco resumed selling iTunes gift cards after a nearly four-year dispute with Apple ended in early June; iPhone and iPad sales were resumed just before the end of that month....



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21:00
Smash hit 'BioShock' comes to iPhone, iPad...

After years of rumors and speculation, developer 2K Games on Wednesday released a universal iOS port of BioShock, finally bringing the critically acclaimed first-person shooter to Apple's portable devices.



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20:07
Kano's Alejandro Simon: If This, Then Do That


Imagine a world where playing Pong and Minecraft gives people the power to program their computers. That world is Kano. It took the idea behind Lego to teach computer programming by playing first-generation computer games. Kano launched on Kickstarter in November 2013. More than 13,000 people from some 50 countries raised $1.5 million in 30 days. Barely one year later, Kano is getting ready to deliver 18,000 preordered kits purchased for $129 each. The idea behind Kano Blocks came from the then 6-year-old son of cofounder Saul Klein.

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19:51
LG and Samsung announce new smartwatches ahead of...

In a possible bid to get word out before an expected Apple iWatch announcement sucks the air out of the room, LG on Wednesday took the wraps off a circular display-toting G Watch R, while Samsung touted a new cellular 3G-equipped Gear S smartwatch.



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19:48
BioShock for iOS brings the classic console shooter...

Earlier this month, 2K Games announced that it would be bringing its landmark horror-shooter BioShock to the iPhone and iPad. Tonight, the game finally arrived on the App Store in most of its original glory. The story, game mechanics, level design, and audio have all be ported to the mobile devices, though the graphics have been toned down to make it run on phones and tablets.

BioShock is set in the underwater would-be utopia of Rapture, which has been overrun by its own psychotic, drug-addled citizens on one especially-unfortunate New Years Eve. Players take on the role of Jack, who arrives in Rapture after a plane crash that leaves him stranded in the middle of the Atlantic, and must utilize a...

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19:44
Samsung and LG unveil more smartwatches ahead of...


Just a few hours after yet another report emerged claiming that Apple would be taking the wraps off of its new wearable at an event next month, both LG and Samsung have announced new wearable devices tonight.

LG has officially unveiled the G Watch R this evening, which features a 1.3-inch Plastic OLED display that is a full 360 degrees, unlike the Moto 360, which has an area of dead space at the bottom of the display....

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18:51
WSJ: Apple, Pearson to re-bid on LA school district...

The Wall Street Journal has confirmed that both Apple and educational curriculum and textbook publisher Pearson will re-bid on a new contract to supply the LA United School District (LAUSD) with computer and tablet options as part of a program that could eventually grow to $500 million. Both companies were the core of the previous contract that would have seen all students receiving iPads, but questions of cost overruns, problems and lack of transparency combined to force the district to cancel that arrangement....



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18:00
"Showtime Anytime" channel added to the...

With each passing month, Apple continues to flesh out the offerings available to Apple TV users. Earlier this week, Apple added "Showtime Anytime" -- Showtime's on-demand video service -- to its ever increasing lineup of compelling channels. Much...

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17:37
Costco to begin selling AppleCare+ for iPhone and...

Just in time for the iPhone 6, an internal memo sent to employees at Costco stores indicates that the company will begin offerring AppleCare+ on iPhones and iPads sold through its wireless kiosks tomorrow. The notice details the process for selling the extended warranties and states that the offer only applies to “connected/embedded iPads” sold at the kiosk, not those sold on the sales floor.

The wholesaler only recently started carrying Apple’s mobile products again earlier this year after a multi-year spat that...

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17:27
Apple can’t have an injunction against Samsung...

Back in May of this year, a jury awarded Apple $120 million in damages in its second major patent trial against Samsung. Apple also asked the court to ban the sale of those Samsung phones that infringed on its three patents in question. But today, Northern California District Court Judge Lucy Koh ruled that Apple had not proven to the court that it deserves an injunction against infringing Samsung products.

In a court ruling on Wednesdsay, Koh wrote:

First and most importantly, Apple has not satisfied its burden of demonstrating irreparable harm and linking that harm to Samsung’s exploitation of any of Apple’s...

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17:16
Amplified: Clappin’ Like A Seal

Shawn King fills in for Dan, Jim talks 13” iPads, The iTunes Festival and his favorite headphones!

Sponsored by MailChimp (use code and send 12,000 emails per month, to 2,000 subscribers, forever), Harvest (start tracking your time painlessly and if you use the code 5BY5 by October 15th you’ll receive 50% off your first month), and Iconic by Ridgewood Publishing (visit for 20% off select editions).

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

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

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16:30
Apple is about to introduce full screen ads to your...

Apple has formally announced two new ad formats for the iAd platform that will make ignoring advertising harder than ever. Developers can now include full-screen interstitial banner ads and pre-roll video ads within their apps. Thanks to the sizes of...

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16:16
The Ruby On Rails Rookie To Rockstar Training Bundle...

Check out the Ruby On Rails Rookie To Rockstar Bundle, a deal on six training courses with more than 45 hours of Ruby on Rails instruction. The courses include The Startup's Guide To Web Development With Ruby On Rails, Ruby On Rails For Beginners, Learn Ruby On Rails From Scratch, Advanced Ruby Programming: 10 Steps To Mastery, Create & Deploy A Web App In 3 Hours, and Become a Heroku Rails Ninja. Combined, they have some 250 lectures, which is a ton of instruction. Through our deal, you can get it for $49, a small fraction of the $631 retail price.


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16:00
Bluelounge Soba cable director organizes your wiring...

Wiring and cabling, especially when you have a lot of computer equipment, can quickly get out of control. The space between my Apple Wireless Keyboard and iMac, as an example, looks like someone dumped a bowl of black and white noodles into a pile....

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15:29
ACM 269: China’s OS Ambition, iWatch Rumors, Cool...

Bryan and Jeff dig into China's plans to unseat Western tech companies with a home grown operating system. Plus, there are new iWatch rumors with all sorts of interesting ramifications (if true). And for headphone enthusiasts, they take a closer look at Blue's Mo-Fi over-the-ear headphones.


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15:00
Simplicam is a new entry in the home monitoring derby

More and more companies want to help you monitor your home or apartment via your iPhone or iPad, and Simplicam has a new system that is attracting some attention.

Simplicam provides a camera that works with your home WiFi, free iOS apps to monitor...

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14:54
A Big Honking iPad Could Roll Right Over Apple'...


While the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is working to establish itself as the perfect tweener device between tablet and laptop, one hot rumor suggests that Apple's answer for more working space on an iPad will come in the form of a bigger screen -- 12.9 inches of touch-sensitive glory. The rumor comes from Bloomberg, which vaguely cited "people with knowledge of the matter." The only way it could get more vague than that is if the cited source were a little birdie that happened to fly by.

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14:45
Civilization: Beyond Earth for Mac has been...

When Sid Meiser's Civilization: Beyond Earth was announced in April, Apple users rejoiced in the news that the game would be hitting Macs and PCs at the same time. Now with the game's release coming up on October 24, it appears that promise is a...

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14:30
A nostalgic look at the Macintosh Portable, Apple...

The Macintosh Portable, Apple's first laptop and the first consumer laptop to travel into space, was released in 1989. Groundbreaking in its day, the laptop was still a bulky travel companion, roughly the size of the phone book at four inches at its...

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14:24
How Duke Turned an iPod Giveaway into a University-...

A decade ago, Duke University gave iPods to incoming freshmen. That idea evolved into the Duke Digital Initiative, a way to integrate emerging technology into courses. Kelly looks at how that initiative has grown and changed in the last ten years.


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14:20
Mastering the Van Halen power-shuffle

Hot For Teacher, I’m the One, The Full Bug, Ice Cream Man—all classics in the Van Halen catalog. Strap a jet engine to the tried-and-true blues shuffle and you get an uptempo sprint that defines the Van Halen sound. The fast and furious pace make these some of the most challenging rock songs to play on the guitar—unless you know the secrets!

Alex Vollmer is a great guitarist and I really like his lessons—they’re professional, explained clearly and very detailed. You can preview and purchase this lesson on his Web site.

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14:14
REmatrix multilayer convolution plug-in

REmatrix combines five individual IRs to create dense, complex and unique spaces. The reverb is then processed with an effects chain designed to add liveliness, create warmth, or even completely reshape decay and create a reverb character that cannot be obtained with any other tool.

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14:04
Judge denies Apple injunction against Samsung...

U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh on Wednesday handed down an order denying Apple's motion for a sales ban against Samsung products a jury found to have infringed on three patents in May.



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14:03
California court denies Apple injunction against...

The US District Court for the Northern District of California has denied Apple a permanent injunction against Samsung products accused of violating three of its patents. Although the court and a jury found that Samsung did indeed infringe Apple IP -- including an infamous "slide to unlock" patent -- the judge in the case, Lucy Koh, explains that Apple couldn't show that an injunction was warranted. She rejects, for instance, an Apple assertion that claimed reputational harm didn't require showing a "causal nexus" stemming from patent infringement. "Even if harm will be done to Apple's reput...



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