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Thursday July 10

13:58
Take Better Photos & Video With The KICK for $149

Today's deal could also be a Cool Stuff Found mention. It's called The KICK, and it's a smartphone-sized bank of LED lights you can use for lighting your scene for photos and videos. That's cool by itself, but The KICK can be controlled from your iPhone or Android device. You can control color, brightness, and a variety of built-in "effects" settings to help you get the perfect shot. It's rechargeable and mountable on a tripod. There's a video on the deal page showing it in use, along with more details. Through our deal, you can get it for $149.


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13:16
Apps of the Week: Capo touch, Dino Dog, Minecraft 0....

New Apps Capo touch ($10) — Capo touch is a new iOS app based on Capo, the app featured today in our Mac section. The app, from SuperMegaUltraGroovy, teaches users how to play the songs in an iTunes library through automatic chord detection. Capo touch is currently…

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11:15
Black Holes and Scientific Computing with Apple’s...

Dr. Gaurav Khanna is a computational scientist who has been using Apple's new Mac Pro to great advantage. In an interview with TMO, Dr. Khanna explains how Apple has helped him succeed with virtually supercomputer computations of black holes on his desktop.


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10:31
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-10

How is Apple's fight for market domination against Samsung working out? John Martellaro says Apple is winning, so he joined Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin today to talk about that and why Apple TV doesn't seem to be able to keep up with Roku in the United States.


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08:39
iTunes 11.3 Adds iTunes Extras for HD Movies

Apple released iTunes 11.3 for OS X and Windows on Thursday, adding support for iTunes Extras in HD movies. The company said HD movie extras are available on Apple TV with Software Update 6.2, and will be available in iOS 8 for the iPhone and iPad when it ships this fall.


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08:24
Apple to FTC: Check Out Google’s App Store Policies

Parents who found their kids were racking up purchases through Apple's iTunes-base App Store complained to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission about the issue. Apple apparently didn't want to be left out, so it's legal team made a point to let the FTC know Google's app store used similar policies, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's important for companies like Apple, Amazon, and Google to have reasonable and responsible online purchase safeguards in place. It's also unfortunate that these companies are held responsible for parents failing to monitor their kids.


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08:12
iTunes 11.3 brings HD Extras to Mac; iTunes Extras...

Apple has released iTunes 11.3, bringing iTunes Extras for HD movies to the Mac — iTunes Extras has also been added to Apple TV within software update 6.2 for the set-top box. As noted in the release, “iTunes Extras can include behind-the-scenes videos, short films,…

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07:49
4 Wi-Fi Tips from Former Apple Wi-Fi Engineer

Alf Watt, former Apple Wi-Fi engineer and creator of iStumbler, joined us on this week's Mac Geek Gab 509 to talk all things Wi-Fi. The episode contains a bunch of juicy Wi-Fi tips and I highly recommend you give it a listen, but we figured we'd take a few of our favorite tips and list them here for you.


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07:17
iPhone 6 to feature haptic feedback?

The iPhone 6 will reportedly feature haptic feedback, according to Chinese site Laoyaoba. A tactile feedback linear motor would allow the phone to send differing, subtle vibrations to users through the touchscreen. Users would also be able to feel vibrations on specific areas of the screen. It’s claimed this…

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06:33
WSJ: TSMC shipping microprocessors to Apple

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company has started shipping its microprocessors to Apple as of this year’s second quarter, The Wall Street Journal reports. There have long been reports of Apple using TSMC for its chips in order to decrease dependence on Samsung, which previously manufactured all the microprocessors for Apple’s…

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06:03
It’s Time for Some U.S. Apple TV Marketing

Roku accounts for nearly half of the streaming media set top boxes sold in the U.S. in 2013, and Apple TV sales came in just over 25 percent. That sales gap can be squarely placed on Apple's shoulders because the company isn't adequately marketing the device to U.S. customers. It's time for that to change, or Apple faces losing the market to Roku, Google and Amazon.


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Wednesday July 9

19:02
Apple Claims Its Carbon Footprint Shrank 3% from...

Apple released its 2014 Environmental Responsibility Report on Wednesday, and in that report the company claimed that its carbon footprint shrank 3 percent from 2012 to 2013. This, despite strong growth in the company's sales, headcount, Apple Store locations, and just about every other aspect of the company's operations.


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18:05
ACM 262: Apple’s Threat to High-End Watch Makers

Apple may be set to accidentally impact the high-end watch market when its rumored iWatch ships later this year. Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin go deep into that, plus they look at the damage Amazon could unleash on the book industry with its contract fight with Hachette.


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14:09
The 11” MacBook Air Giveaway

We have the opportunity for you to enter a giveaway for an 11-inch MacBook Air through our friends at StackSocial. To enter, sign up to receive exclusive offers via email from Mac Observer Deals. That's it.


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13:45
iPhone 6 part leaks point to possible color...

Recent leaks of alleged iPhone 6 parts point to various questionable color options on the upcoming devices. A parts leak on Czech site letemsvetemapplem shows three SIM card trays for the iPhone 6 in what appears to be space gray, silver, and gold, matching…

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12:50
Apple’s Secret War Against Samsung is Working

As in warfare, a major element of global economic competition is logistics. Logistics is a subtle behind the scenes operation on which victory hinges, but it seldom gets a lot of attention until it fails. Guess what Tim Cook is a master of?


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12:45
Quirky Launches Wink Home Automation, Releases...

Wink, a spinoff of Quirky, has released hardware which is now available at Home Depot and Amazon. There is a free iOS app which controls both the Wink hub, and some of the home automation devices you may already own.

The Mac Observer Spin: Glorious! If this thing can help me need less apps for my home automation hardware, this is a wonderful thing indeed.


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11:12
Cook says Apple will release diversity data

Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the Sun Valley media conference that his company will release information “at some point” regarding the diversity of Apple’s workforce, Bloomberg reports. Cook didn’t give an exact timeline for such a disclosure, saying, “We are more focused on actions.” Silicon Valley companies have…

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10:56
How To View and Move Skype’s Chat Window During Calls

The new release of Skype for Mac automatically hides the chat in every call you make. Fortunately, this is easy to remedy... as is the location of that chat. One is a button click, the other is defined by the width of your Skype window.


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10:35
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-09

Home automation is getting cheaper and more accessible thanks to Home Depot's decision to start carrying Wink. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at how Wink's home automation platform might fit with Apple's HomeKit in iOS 8, and to talk about the new Here For You initiative to make mobile directions more useful for the visually -- or navigationally -- impaired.


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08:41
They Might Be Giants Offers Free Live Album Download

They Might Be Giants fans have a little something special waiting for them online: a free download of the band's First Album Live album. The recordings were made during the band's 2013 world tour, and the album includes 19 tracks in MP3 format. If that isn't enough for you, TMBG has plans to release more free content throughout the year. Time to download and listen up!


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08:20
Reuters: Advocates for disabled want more...

Advocates for the disabled are debating how to approach Apple in a push for expanded accessibility features, Reuters reports. Though many advocates for the blind and deaf consider Apple to be a longtime ally, those advocates are ultimately seeking enforced accessibility requirements for apps sold within the App Store.…

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07:51
Emergency Adobe Flash Patch Fixes Website Login...

Adobe released an out of cycle update for its Flash multimedia platform on Mac, Windows and Linux on Tuesday to patch a security flaw that gives attackers the ability to hijack user's login credentials for popular websites like Twitter, eBay, Instagram, and more. Potentially thousands of sites are susceptible to the flaw, making the update critical for all Flash users.

The Mac Observer Spin: If you really, really need Flash on your computer, then install this security patch immediately. If not, then maybe it's time to uninstall Flash.


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06:45
Apple Hires Former Nike FuelBand Engineers for...

Apple has added to its wearables team yet again by hiring two former Nike FuelBand engineers. Jon Gale wrote FuelBand firmware code for Nike and Ryan Bailey was a hardware engineer on the FuelBand team, and their new jobs make it even more clear that Apple is working on fitness tracking devices.

The Mac Observer Spin: At this point Apple may as well go ahead and announce the iWatch. The company has hired so many people from the health and fitness market that all we need now is an official product shot.


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06:31
Apple hires two FuelBand engineers

Apple has hired two more engineers who worked on Nike’s FuelBand, 9to5Mac reports. As confirmed by their LinkedIn pages, mechanical design engineer Ryan Bailey and sensing systems engineer Jon Gale have joined Apple. The report notes Bailey’s wearable experience and Gale’s firmware experience with the FuelBand, both as relating…

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05:45
iPhoto: Splitting Events

In this Quick Tip, weâre going to cover some easy ways to move your iPhoto images into new Events, making organization much more simple. Hey, you may not know why your Mac lumped your momâs birthday pictures in with the ones from your gory knee surgery, but at least youâll now know how to fix it!


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Tuesday July 8

18:47
CapMac Launches Here For You Initiative, Putting...

CapMac, the Capital Mac Users Group in Austin Texas has launched Here For You, an initiative to include precise latitude and longitude information as part of a location. This way, particularly for someone visually impaired, directions can be more precise and get someone to the door of an establishment, not just a parking lot.


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17:56
Apple Offers Certified Refurb iPhones on eBay

A new "Factory Outlet" store has popped up on eBay, selling unlocked models of the iPhone 5 with an Apple warranty.

The Mac Observer Spin: Well if the iPhone 5 indeed has a finite number of days, it makes sense to take the extras to eBay and unload them.


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17:23
Amazon Tries to Woo Authors in Hachette Dispute

Amazon is trying to woo authors in its ongoing dispute with book publisher Hachette by offering to let them have the full purchase price of Hachette-published Kindle ebooks. Wait, that's not exactly right. Oh, here it is: Amazon is floating this idea to a few authors through a letter that has leaked, but the retailing giant hasn't actually proposed it.


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16:19
Apple Releases iTunes U 2.0 with Course Creation on...

Apple updated its iTunes U app to version 2.0 on Tuesday. The new version improves the way students can interact with teachers, and it also adds the ability for teachers to create courses directly in the app on their iPad.


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15:12
Apple Maps Expands to Find My iPhone in iCloud Beta

Brave souls using the iCloud beta site are seeing a new map in the Find my iPhone application, one from Apple instead of one from Google. The change represents yet another step in Apple's long divorce with Google Maps.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's about time Apple relied on its own maps all the way around. Hopefully since it's in the iCloud beta site it will just happen and not have to wait for a Mac OS or iOS release.


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14:40
Pure Python Hacker Bundle: Master Python &...

We have a great deal for anyone wanting to learn or improve their mastery of Python, the programming and scripting language. Through our friends at StackSocial, we have a complete bundle of Python training courses, including: Python For Beginners, Python, The Next Level (Intermediate), Learn Python, it's CAKE (Beginners), Learn Python Django From Scratch, The Ultimate Python Programming Tutorial, MatchMaker & Geolocator - Coding For Entrepreneurs, and Introduction To Bash Scripting & Python 101. That's a ton of training-some 50 hours of videos-for $49. If you bought them through retail channels, it would be $553. Have fun scripting.


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14:11
MGG 509: WiFi Answers with Wi-Fi Guru Alf Watt of...

Alf Watt, developer of iStumbler and also formerly of Apple's Wi-Fi group, joins John and Dave today to answer all of your (and their!) Wi-Fi concerns. Join these three geeks to absorb all the Wi-Fi knowledge you can. Download, press play and enjoy!


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13:56
Apple launches iTunes U 2.0, as expected

As Apple previously announced, the company has updated its iTunes U app today. iTunes U 2.0 allows teachers to create courses within the free app on iPad. The iPad’s camera can be used to take photos or videos to be uploaded for course…

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13:55
How to Manage OS X Notifications and Notification...

Notifications in OS X can be a bit complicated when first explored. Basically, there are notifications themselves as well as the OS X Notification Center where they are sumarized. This how-to shows the basics of managing both.


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12:07
Apple Plans July Opening for Basel Apple Store in...

Apple announced a July 12th, 2014 opening date for a new Apple Store in Basel, Switzerland. The country's third most populace city (195,000 people), Basel will be the site of the fourth Swiss Apple Store-and perhaps coincidentally, it's in the heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry.

The Mac Observer Spin: Bryan Chaffin thinks the choice of Basel was more than just demographics and opportunity-Apple wants to have a presence in the center of Swiss Watchland.


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10:18
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-08

Apple revealed more of its new self through a video showing how employees prepped for and participated in San Francisco's Pride parage. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about the video and take a look at another video claiming to show the sapphire glass surface from the unannounced iPhone 6.


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08:59
Apple Maps engineer leaves for Uber

Apple Maps engineer Chris Blumenberg has left the company for Uber, The Information reports. Blumenberg was a senior engineering manager at Apple, and one of the first engineers to work on the Maps iPhone software. A June report noted that a number of issues prevented Apple from debuting…

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08:27
Samsung’s Profits Decline on Weak Smartphone Sales

Samsung's second fiscal quarterly profits are down by nearly 25 percent thanks to weak smartphone sales. The sharp dip is sales came thanks to what the electronics maker called a market slowdown coupled with increased competition.

The Mac Observer Spin: Samsung was pretty optimistic about its Q2 smartphone sales, and Apple didn't have any new phone models to compete against. Assuming Apple ships the iPhone 6 before the end of Samsung's Q3, don't expect that optimism to pay off.


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07:18
Leaked iPhone 6 Sapphire Glass gets Durability Test

Apple hasn't confirmed any features for the next iPhone model, but that hasn't stopped parts from leaking onto the Internet, and the latest shows a 4.7-inch display put through some serious abuse. Assuming the video is legit, it backs up bigger display rumors and shows the glass for the next model is surprisingly durable.

The Mac Observer Spin: If this really is Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone 6 sapphire glass display, good luck scratching it, and say goodbye to screen protectors.


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06:50
iOS 8 Health app adds step and caffeine tracking

Apple has updated its Health app in iOS 8 beta 3. The app now uses the M7 chip — currently only found in the iPhone 5s — to track steps, as pointed out by 9to5Mac. A full week of data is added to the…

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05:59
Apple to Add 100 Acres to North Carolina Solar Farm

Apple's North Carolina data center is about to expand its solar farm by 100 acres. The iPhone and iPad maker is planning on applying for a grading permit before the end of the year, and once completed, the US$55 million project will generate 17.5 megawatts.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple is already generating over 40 megawatts for its Maiden data center's electrical needs. Adding in a third solar farm for an additional 17.5 megawatts means the company has some serious power consumption expansion coming.


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Monday July 7

21:01
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20:18
Apple Releases Video Showcasing Support for San...

Apple released a video on YouTube showcasing the company's support and involvement with the Pride Parade in San Francisco on June 29th. The video offers a hint of the corporate logistics involved in Apple's participation of the parade, and the company emphasized its corporate belief that "inclusion inspires innovation."


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16:26
Last Call for the Name Your Own Price Summer...

There's just one more day left on the Name Your Own Price Summer Blockbuster Mac Bundle, a 10-app bundle for your Mac. This deal lets you name your own price to receive Tangerine, DiscLabel, and Syncmate Expert 5. If you pay more than the average price-which is $11.91 at this time-you'll also get Path Finder 6, Fantastical (winner of the TMO Editors' Choice Award), Flux 4, Gemini, Logoist, Tunes Cleaner, and MacX iPhone DVD Ripper. It's a great deal, but there's more. Not only does buying this bundle help support the developers and TMO, 10 percent of the profits go to a charity. And if you pay enough to make the Leader Board (currently starting at $100), you'll be entered to win an 11-inch MacBook Air. This deal expires on Tuesday morning.


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15:30
Tim Cook May Be Planning Much-Needed Expansion for...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is looking to expand his company's board of directors, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Citing unnamed sources, the paper said that Mr. Cook is "actively seeking new directors" to add to the eight-member board, a remarkably small board for a company as large as Apple.


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13:05
WSJ: Cook looking for new Apple board directors

A new Wall Street Journal profile on Apple’s Tim Cook claims the CEO is “actively seeking” new directors for Apple’s eight-person board. The piece points out that six of the seven outside directors on the board are 63 or older. Most of the profile covers relatively well-established ground, pointing…

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12:30
Adam Savage, Marty Cooper, and an iPhone Get Animated

Adam Savage (of Mythbusters fame) can also be found over at Tested.com, a site for, as it says, "anything awesome." This includes a video featuring Marty Cooper, a guy who shoots animation out in the world on his iPhone. He draws little characters on overhead projector sheets and holds them up in front of his iPhone to make Instagram videos or sometimes just a still. After talking a little about animation, Adam signed up to be in one of these videos, and Marty set to work creating it. I won't give away the ending or the special video guest, just check out the video below and see what you think. It was fun to see it come together, and everything he needs fits in a backpack!


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10:56
Samsung’s Latest Anti-Apple Ad is Deceptive but...

The role of a good video/TV ad is to develop a voice and a brand, catch people's attention, amuse them and perhaps even tell a compelling story. Samsung's latest anti-Apple does that. What's lacking? Pretty much the truth.


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10:54
Foxconn Bringing in Robots for iPhone 6 Assembly

Hon Hai subsidiary Foxconn, the company that builds iPhones for Apple, is installing 10,000 robots on its assembly lines and plans to have them operational in time to build the iPhone 6. News of the robotic assembly line comes from Hon Hai CEO Terry Gou speaking at a shareholder meeting, and follows reports that the company is hiring some 100,000 workers to build the next iPhone.

The Mac Observer Spin: Looks like Foxconn is ready to roll out its own robot overlords. If they perform as expected it's a safe bet there will be fewer human factory worker hires in the future.


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10:49
Passengers Entering US Must Power On Electronic...

Passengers entering the US from "certain overseas airports" will need to be sure their electronic devices turn on, or the device will not be allowed on the plane and the passenger subject to additional screening.

The Mac Observer Spin: You have to turn your iPhone off! You have to turn your iPhone on! I'm confused.


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10:04
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-07

Apple has a new employee, straight from high end watch maker Tag Heuer. John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to talk about what his role at our favorite Cupertino will be, and they take a look at the new Foxconn assembly line that's about to start building iPhones for Apple.


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09:55
iOS 8 beta 3 released to developers

A little less than three weeks after releasing the second beta of its upcoming iOS 8 software, Apple has released beta 3 to registered developers. We’ll update here with any notable information on what’s included in the new beta.

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08:30
Privacy Group EPIC Files FTC Complaint Over Facebook...

The Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC, filed a complaint against Facebook with the Federal Trade Commission over the social network's experiment where it manipulated the posts users saw to gauge emotional reactions. The group claims Facebook acted unethically and "purposefully messed with people's minds."

The Mac Observer Spin: EPIC's FTC complaint doesn't come as a surprise. Facebook better be ready for more complaints like this, and lawsuits will probably start surfacing soon, too.


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07:08
South Korea Orders Apple, Google to Offer Easier App...

Apple and Google have been ordered to give customers easier access to refunds for app purchases, at least in South Korea. The country's Fair Trade Commission called the current refund policies unfair to consumers following complaints from the Citizen's Coalition for Economic Justice.

The Mac Observer Spin: An easier App Store refund process sounds like a great idea, but there might be fewer refunds overall if Apple would give us a proper try before you buy option like developers have been offering outside of the company's system for years.


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06:33
Apple ordered to change App Store terms, refunds in...

Apple and Google were both ordered to change “unfair provisions” in their app stores by the Korea Fair Trade Commission, the Korea Herald reports. Among those provisions to be revised is Apple’s App Store refund policy — currently, each refund request is reviewed before approval from Apple. ‘‘We expect…

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06:18
Apple Hires Patrick Pruniaux from Swiss Watch Maker...

Apple hired yet another retail expert recently, this time from the high end watch maker Tag Heuer. The iPhone and iPad maker brought on board the company's vice president for sales Patrick Pruniaux and his fist official day at his new job is Monday.

The Mac Observer Spin: It doesn't matter if Mr. Pruniaux was hired to be part of the retail team or the rumored iWatch project. Apple has been on a hiring spree bringing on board top-notch people and is driving home the idea that it is very serious about what it is working on. Other tech companies should be very worried.


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05:56
Foxconn to use robots in iPhone production

According to a report from IThome.com, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou announced at a recent shareholder meeting that new manufacturing robots are in the final testing stage. The first company to take advantage of the new robots’ capabilities will be Apple, presumably for the iPhone 6. Called “Foxbots,” these robots…

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Saturday July 5

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

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


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05:30
iOS 7: Organize Your Music App

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


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Friday July 4

13:22
iLounge Weekly arrives Monday, new July giveaway

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

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

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

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05:00
Happy Independence Day from iLounge!

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

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05:00
Happy U.S. Independence Day

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


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Thursday July 3

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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08:19
Rumor Claims iPhone Air Coming on September 25

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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Wednesday July 2

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

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


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17:20
How To Create A Recovery USB Drive

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


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

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


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

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

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


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12:32
macTuneUp and DiskTools Pro for $24.99

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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Tuesday July 1

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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12:40
Brydge Keyboard for iPad Reborn with New Owners

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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09:19
Apple introduces nine new CarPlay partners

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

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

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

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

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

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


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06:32
Apple Q3 earnings call coming July 22

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

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

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


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Monday June 30

14:39
Apple Contingent Marches in Pride Parade

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

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


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