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Monday August 25

11:00
Apple Timer helps you count the minutes until the...

It's not easy waiting on good news. We're coming up on the next big Apple event. The company is expected to announce the iPhone 6 on September 9, 2014 and fans are already waiting with baited breath. Sure, you know what the event is, but how will you...

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10:51
PlayStation network suffered denial of service attack

Sony said on its PlayStation blog that its PlayStation network had been taken down by a denial of service-style attack, which overwhelmed the system with traffic, but did not intrude onto the network or access any of its 53 million users’ information.

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10:50
TSMC to ramp up 16nm production early next year for...

Even though the A8-based iPhone 6 has yet to ship, TSMC is already preparing to ramp up production on its 16nm lines to meet demand for the A9 processor, according to Chinese-language publication the Economic Daily News. The company is said to have been targeting 16nm volume production for the second quarter of 2015, but moved its schedule up to the first. Although A9 chips probably won't roll off assembly lines until later next year, TSMC will allegedly be ready to churn out 50,000 16nm wafers a month starting in Q1....



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10:37
Burger King offers free Android phone

The cheap worthless prizes that come with burger meals sure have changed from when I was a kid.

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10:30
Fire in the hole is a blast for some

Fire in the hole (free) is an arcade-style game similar to Space Invaders, featuring 8-bit graphics and a retro soundtrack. The controls are easy to pick up. You control when to shoot a bomb from the cannon that moves side-to-side at the bottom of...

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10:26
Google releases Slides app for iPhone & iPad,...

Google today announced that it’s releasing a version of its Google Drive Slides app for iPhone and iPad alongside updates to its previously released Docs and Sheets apps for iOS devices.

Released today, Slides offers the same functionality as Google’s web based version of the presentation software allowing users to create and edit new presentations, collaborate with others, and work with Microsoft PowerPoint files. Here’s a look at the new Slides app for iPhone and iPad available for free on the App Store now:

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10:20
Declining requests to work for free

Unfortunately, there are designers who continue to do free work on the vague promise of “exposure,” “paying work later on,” and the client’s “rich friends” who will see your designs and “pay big fees” for your work.

The truth is, when you do free work, you have set your value and that client and his/her rich friends will also ask for free design work because you “did it for so-and-so.”

Nobody should be expected to work for free.

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10:13
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-25

Judge Lucy Koh shot down Samsung's request to invalidate two of Apple's patents, but that may not be as big a win for the iPhone maker as it looks. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss Judge Koh's ruling, and they also dive into Jeff's idea that Apple may be designing fitness tracking sensors that go beyond the rumored iWatch.


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10:11
Apple manufacturing costs spike to highest-ever...

Apple's manufacturing and component purchase commitments reached a record $15.4 billion last quarter, leading one analyst to tell investors on Monday that Apple is gearing up for a blockbuster fall with the launch of an "iPhone 6" and rumored "iWatch."



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10:00
Judge refuses to invalidate Apple patents

In the continuing legal tangle between Samsung and Apple, a federal judge has denied Samsung's request to invalidate a pair of patents related to the iPhone's slide-to-unlock feature and unified search, Mac Observer reports. Both patents are part of...

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09:55
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Grado headphones giveaway,...

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:

Small States: Inside the world of Grado headphones, giveaway worth $495 dollars

LifeProof iPad mini waterproof nüüd case...

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09:47
Gruber’s math

This is why we love Gruber. Fascinating.

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09:35
Samsung allegedly coming back into Apple DRAM supply...

Samsung has been brought back into the iPhone DRAM supply chain for the iPhone 6, says Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri. The company was shut out of DRAM for the iPhone 5 and 5s, presumably because of Apple's desire to distance itself from its main competitor and legal antagonist. For the iPhone 6, Samsung is reportedly being joined by Micron and Elpida....



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09:30
Writing Wizard makes writing appear like magic

Practicing letter forms can be quite a chore, but Writing Wizard makes it a magical experience anywhere. At US$2.99 on the App Store, this universal app is a terrific value for your iPhone and/or iPad while children are kept engaged in the task of...

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09:25
Take Control of OS X Server, Chapter 12: Software...

If you’re interested in reducing unnecessary bandwidth usage from multiple users downloading the same software updates, or in controlling which Apple updates your Mac users can install, read this chapter of Charles Edge’s “Take Control of OS X Server” for details on the similar but separate Caching and Software Update services.

 

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09:24
Chapter 12 of “Take Control of OS X Server” Now...

No matter how small or large your network, you’ll want to read the latest chapter in Charles Edge’s streamed “Take Control of OS X Server,” in which he explains why everyone should run the Caching service and what the similar Software Update service offers to system administrators.

 

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09:18
Rumor: TSMC, Apple working on 16nm FinFET process...

A Monday morning report from the Republic of China indicated that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is in the process of accelerating the rollout of its new 16-nanometer FinFET fabrication process in a possible bid to wrest control of Apple's A9 manufacturing from rival chipmakers.



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09:03
Briefly: T-Mobile Simple Starter LTE changes,...

T-Mobile is giving customers using its Simple Starter price plan the choice of adding more data. From September 3rd, subscribers can opt to quadruple the LTE data allowance on the single-line plan from 500GB to 2GB, increasing the cost of the plan from $40 to $45, but retaining the same unlimited calls and texts as the original plan. Just as before Simple Starter users will find their data service suspended once they've used their allocation....



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09:00
Apple will replace your defective iPhone 5 battery

Is your iPhone 5 battery life bad? No, I don't mean "Oh jeez I have to charge it every night!" bad, I mean "Wait, it was at 100% when I unplugged it five minutes ago, and it's already down 15%" bad. If so, your phone might fall within a certain...

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08:30
See how the Napa earthquake affected Jawbone users...

If you're one of the many iPhone users with a Jawbone UP strapped to your wrist, you might be used to seeing pretty standard peaks and valleys on your sleep charts. Not so for many in Northern California who were awoken by the rumblings of one of the...

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08:28
ZeroChroma Folio-Slide for iPad Air

Folio-Slide builds upon the VarioSC case-slash-stand we previously loved for iPad minis, and iPad Airs. Using a combination of soft TPU and hard plastic, the matte black VarioSC covered almost all of those iPads, adding an incredible flip-out rear stand to their backs. While only modestly thickening the devices, and adding very little weight, ZeroChroma enabled each iPad to stand upright on your choice of reclining angles, supporting a wide variety…

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08:25
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 25...

Notable software releases this week include Parallels Desktop 10, Final Cut Pro X 10.1.3, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.3.2, and PopChar X 6.6.

 

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08:22
Video of unmanned SpaceX rocket self-destructing...

[VIDEO] This past Friday, SpaceX launched an unmanned, reusable Falcon 9R rocket (the successor to the Grasshopper) in McGregor, Texas. The rocket self-destructed shortly into its ascent. See the original Loop post for video.

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08:19
TSMC expected to begin 16nm volume production for...

Latest iPhone 6 render

We’re still just over two weeks away from the anticipated iPhone 6 event reportedly scheduled for September 9th where Apple is expected to debut the next generation of iPhone hardware including a more powerful, efficient A8 system-on-a-chip.

Worry not, though, about the next, next generation iPhone rumors, Apple watchers, as a report from Chinese publication Economic Daily News (via Digitimes) shares that TSMC, or Taiwan Semiconductor...

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08:01
Latest iPhone 6 leaks hint at M8 coprocessor, new...

In the run-up to an official announcement in September, several new leaks have emerged concerning the iPhone 6. Among these is another schematic from Chinese repair firm GeekBar, said to show the device's motion coprocessor -- codenamed "Phosphorus," but which may be called the M8. The M7 on the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and Retina iPad mini enabled more precise motion tracking....



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07:49
Gassée on the Apple, IBM alliance

Jean-Louis Gassée puts on his devil’s advocate robes and shares his thoughts on the Apple, IBM alliance announced last month. Lots to digest here.

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07:47
Swing Copters update makes Flappy Bird sequel...

If you’ve tried and thrown in the towel on Swing Copters, the follow up game from Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen, you may want to give besting your high score another try this morning.

An updated version of the game was released today, tweaking the gameplay and bringing it closer to the difficult-but-not-quite-as-impossible levels of its popular predecessor Flappy Bird.

In the latest version, you can no longer see the position of the first opening and hammers before you start, but the speed and velocity has slowed down enough to raise my high score from 1… to 2. You’ll probably score even better.

The creator of Swing Copters and Flappy Bird...

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07:44
Apple Store Dealing with Outages Monday Morning

Apple's Web-based store was replaced with the "we'll be back" graphic that often comes just before a product update is released, and shortly thereafter came back online only to show the offline warning again moments later. The on-again-off-again site status could mean something new is coming, or -- considering the odd nature of the outages -- might be a sign Apple is suffering from some sort of server-related issue, especially since at times parts of the online store will load without any ofrmatting. Considering Apple has to take its Web-based store offline every time a product change happens, we're hoping this is actually a transition to a modern content management system like WordPress (but we aren't counting on it).


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07:28
Analyst: Rumored display shortage will have “no...

In as much as the sapphire display story’s been making the rounds, as have rumors that Apple won’t have enough available to meet demand for the iPhone 6, at least one Wall Street analyst is predicting that this won’t affect sales.

Per AppleInsider, J.P. Morgan analyst Rod Hall wrote the following in a Monday morning note to investors:

“We believe that initial supply could be slowed somewhat if there is any truth to this but we doubt that iPhone unit volumes in the fall are likely to be impacted.”

Apple suppliers were “scrambling to get enough screens ready” for the launch according to...

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07:09
ExtraBITS for 25 August 2014

The second public beta of the upcoming OS X Yosemite is out, making this a perfect time to pick up Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Beta Testing Yosemite.” However, it isn’t a perfect time to be a print journalist; Clay Shirky delves into what current journalists need to learn to stay relevant. Ed Bott explains how the Mac is dominating a segment of the PC market, and Alexis Madrigal argues that email may be the Internet’s last best hope.

 

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07:06
Apple launches free iPhone 5 battery replacement...

Apple is offering a second replacement program for iPhone 5 users after offering to replace the sleep/wake button on some models in April. This time around it's the phone's battery that's giving users headaches. Apple says that a "very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices" may be experiencing poor battery life, requiring users to charge the device more frequently.

Affected devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and are within a specific serial number range, Apple says. You can check your serial number on Apple's site to see if your phone qualifies for a free battery replacement.

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07:01
JP Morgan: Any 'iPhone 6' display shortage...

Following a spate of rumors that late-term problems with the display on Apple's next-generation iPhone could force the handset's delay or seriously constrain supplies, at least one Wall Street analyst indicated that the issue -- if it even actually exists -- would not materially impact the launch of the so-called "iPhone 6."



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07:00
Rumor Roundup: 2014 delayed until 2015 (developing)

Purported 'iPad Air 2' flex cables revealed in new photos (AppleInsider)

Ohhh, things are getting "exciting" now, with fresh spy shots of ribbon cables supposedly meant for the next-gen iPad Air. Feast your eyes upon these random electronic parts...

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06:56
News: Daily Deal Extended: One last Chance to get...

We’ve extended our iLounge Deal on The Complete iOS 8 and Swift Developers Course to give you one last chance to pre-order this great package for only $79! At 92% off the regular price of $998, this deal gives you an opportunity to get ready for iOS 8, preparing you to develop for the new platform by taking you through building 14 iOS 8 apps using Apple’s new Swift programming language, for a total of 36 hours of elite training. Your pre-order…

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06:45
Comcast Really Does Hate Its Customers


We were treated to the customer support call from hell earlier this month when a couple of well-connected bloggers taped their call to Comcast attempting to disconnect from the service and posted it online. Apparently there has been a sequel. The clear lesson from both calls -- particularly the second -- is that if you talk to Comcast support you need to record the call if you don't want to get screwed. With Comcast having been designated as "the worst company in America," I'm sharing my tale, because what happened to me could happen to you.

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06:43
T-Mobile will let Simple Starter plans quadruple...

T-Mobile announced today that it’s adding a new data option to its Simple Starter plans that will let users quadruple their data for much less than the competition.

Currently the company’s Simple Starter plans start at $40 for unlimited talk, text, and 500MB of LTE data. Starting early next month, the carrier will let customers on the plan bump up to a total of 2GB of data for just an extra $5 per month. T-Mobile is promoting the option as a better alternative to overage fees charged by other carriers.

CEO John Legere compared the option to his competitors noting that if you “get Verizon’s $50 plan and use just one gig more data, and the price jumps to $65. It’s crazy.”

“People who use loads of data use T-Mobile,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “And it’s no wonder. The old guard telecoms punish...

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06:31
Spotify iOS app adds enhancements for managing...

Spotify updated its iOS app today for iPhone and iPad and with it brings a couple of handy enhancements for managing albums.

The updated app now includes the ability to “save whole albums to Your Music directly from the album page.” Users will also now be able to get quick access to an album’s release year or total play time by swiping any given album’s header.

In addition, version 1.6.0 of the app brings Finnish language support, a feature recently rolled out to the Spotify app on other platforms. 

The updated Spotify app for iPhone and iPad is available on the App Store now.

What’s New in Version 1.6.0

New: Save whole albums to Your Music directly from the album page. Check out release year and total play time by swiping the...

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06:20
News: Apple launches iPhone 5 battery replacement...

Apple has launched a new program to replace “a very small percentage” of iPhone 5 units that “may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently.” Replacements will be made free of charge. The affected devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013, and are only within a limited range of serial numbers. A serial number checker on Apple’s webpage for the program lets users see…

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06:11
Jawbone UP activity tracker finds a new application...

Activity trackers can be a good way to monitor not only exercise but also sleep patterns – and now Jawbone’s UP device seems to have found a third application, as an earthquake tracker. The above graph shows the moment at which the magnitude 6 earthquake hit Napa, California, at around 3.20am … 

We reviewed UP when it first launched way back in 2011, when we described it as “pretty featured.” It now seems it can claim one extra feature: for all but those in the deepest phase of sleep, you can see the sharp jump where UP wearers were awakened by the quake.

The earthquake, the strongest to hit Northern California in 25 years, was centred six miles southwest of Napa, in the area made famous by its wines. The California Earthquake Authority said that...

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06:05
Judge Koh Denies Samsung Request to Invalidate Apple...

Federal Judge Lucy Koh has denied a motion from Samsung to invalidate two Apple patents in the ongoing infringement legal battle between the two companies. Samsung was ruled to have infringed on the two patents and had hoped it could use new Supreme Court case law to show the concepts were simply digital representations of actions we take in the physical world.

The Mac Observer Spin: Refusing to invalidate Apple's '721 and '959 patents makes Apple's job in the courtroom easier, but Judge Koh made her decision based on procedural arguments, not on whether or not there was an issue with the patents. That means Samsung can potentially push for a ruling invalidating the patents again at some point in the future, just not in this case.


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06:02
After being cut out of iPhone 5 & 5s, Samsung...

Key component partner and fierce rival Samsung has reportedly wedged its way back into Apple's supply chain for the next iPhone, as the South Korean company will allegedly be one of three companies supplying dynamic random-access memory for the "iPhone 6."



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06:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

Stackables for iPad...

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05:58
Coin apologizes to backers for delays, updates card...

Digital credit card replacement start-up Coin has changed the requirements for its extended beta trial, as part of an apology for its heavily-delayed release. A message to backers advises it is extending the beta from 10,000 backers to 15,000 backers, and by making it available at no cost, it is also effectively removing the $30 "fee" for taking part in the trial....



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05:56
Rumor: Apple to include “Phosphorous” coprocessor...

This could be interesting.

In the mix of the latest series of leaks about the iPhone 6, a note published over on the Geek Bar’s Weibo account and noted by G for Games points to a new coprocessor, code-named “Phosphorus”, which may be incorporated into the iPhone 6 handset and could help power data collection for Apple’s rumored iOS 8 Health app.

The Health app, which was announced during this year’s WWDC, will gather and centralize health-related information from various external sources such as third party apps and wearables. The application is also...

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05:31
Burger King in talks to buy Canadian icon Tim Hortons

I love Tim Hortons. When I think of Canada, Timmies is one of the first things that come to mind. I drink my coffee from a Tim Hortons cup every morning. Burger King? What?

Turns out, it’s a tax thing. Feh.

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05:09
Crowdsourced app gets CPR volunteers to cardiac...

When someone’s heart stops, there are just minutes to save them from brain damage or death; by the time medics arrive, it can be too late. This is the problem former San Ramon Valley Fire Department chief Richard Price set out to solve with the crowdsourced iOS app, PulsePoint.

Price came up with the idea for the app after a tragedy that happened feet from where he was sitting, reports Re/code.

He was off-duty at a local deli when he heard sirens. Emergency vehicles pulled up and he rushed outside to see what was going on. A man in a shop next door had collapsed and emergency responders were unable to revive him.

“He was on the other side of the wall, I couldn’t see him,” Price says. “He lay there unconscious with no one doing CPR. I had a (automated defibrillator) nearby in my vehicle.”

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04:40
Document claims to detail 'Phosphorus,'...

Apple's so-called "iPhone 6" may include a next-generation version of the company's motion coprocessor, code-named "Phosphorus," to help power data collection for iOS 8's new Health app, a new schematic suggests.



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04:06
Skipping the US Customs and Border Protection queues...

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is trialling an iPhone app that allows travellers returning to the USA to bypass the normal immigration queues by entering their details into the app and getting a QR code containing their electronic approval.

You still have to show the code to a CBP officer, but you can bypass the normal queues and use a special Mobile Passport Control lane that should be significantly quicker … 

The app is being tested at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, with at least one more airport due to join before the end of the year, ahead of expected wide-scale roll-out in 2015. It is currently limited to U.S. and Canadian citizens, and is likely to be extended to citizens of countries eligible for the visa waiver program at a later date.

If you have in-flight wifi, you can complete...

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03:57
Next-generation M7 coprocessor, codenamed ‘...

Following on from their previous reports, GeekBar is today highlighting a new set of schematics for a chip codenamed ‘Phosphorus’. The site claims the chip will serve similar roles to the M7 in the current iPhone 5s, but with additional functionality. It is very unlikely that Phosphorus will be used in official Apple marketing as it seems to be an internal codename for the chip.

The new unit appears to be able to communicate with an...

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02:57
Apple Replacing Defective iPhone 5 Batteries

Apple has announced a replacement program for defective iPhone 5 batteries. Josh Centers explains how to check if you’re qualified, and how to get a replacement, or a refund if you were forced to replace the battery before this.

 

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Sunday August 24

22:14
Drop — the iPad connected kitchen scale

Many thanks to our friends at The Blueprint for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week. The Blueprint is an online retail site for the next wave of connected devices and wearables. Check out the Blueprint today to discover beautifully designed products like Drop — the iPad connected kitchen scale. Drop is a smart scale that makes perfect baking easy with interactive recipes, smart substitutions, recipe rescaling, and more. Say goodbye to #BakingFail forever. With Drop, you’re on your way to creating one perfectly yummy masterpiece after another.

Pre-order Drop today for 20% off retail.

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18:23
Hands-on: Golla Road City bag

An ongoing conundrum for tech users one is trying to find the best bag to tote your gear around when on the go. Golla is a Finnish company whose products have now found their way into both Apple and Microsoft stores in various locations around the globe. In addition to smartphone cases and other accessories, the company also sells a range of bags geared towards tech users. We have our hands on the company's Golla Road City bag in gray and have been impressed with its blend of form and function....



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17:50
Latest close-up photos of space gray iPhone 6 vs....

We’ve seen hundreds of iPhone 6-related part leaks, rumors, and claims, and of course lots of comparison photos. Below, via Yaya888 and Gizmobic, we have the latest. These shots compare the iPhone 5 to the space gray 4.7-inch physical iPhone 6 model. The new phone is expected to be introduced on...

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17:36
Apple pushing Beats Music app via email to iTunes...

Apple has begun pushing the Beats Music streaming service via email to iTunes customers. The emails promote the free-to-download Beats Music app’s “Just For You” and “Tune Your Taste” features and note that Beats is now “part of the Apple family.” Apple finalized its acquisition of both Beats Music and Beats Electronics at the beginning of this month, and Apple has already begun promoting Beats Electronics via a new section on the online store and notable discounts. This email push is the second Apple promotion of the streaming app...

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16:40
Gaming services including SOE, PlayStation Network...

Some of the most popular gaming services are reportedly under attack as a series of distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) has been underway since last week. Shacknews reports that Blizzard, Grinding Gear Games, PlayStation Network, Riot and Sony Online Entertainment have all been undergoing a series of attacks leading to connection instabilities and service failures. While the attack was initially thought to be limited to a few companies, it's been discovered that several additional gaming services and websites have been targeted as far back as August 18 by a hacking group....



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14:30
Star Walk 2 mostly improves on the original

Star Walk 2 (US$2.99 with in-app purchases) is a solid update from the original award winning Star Walk astronomy program. This new version has a re-designed interface with the look and feel of each element beautifully crafted and drawing you into...

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13:30
Last week's popular and featured articles on...

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

How to make OS X Mavericks re-run...

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13:22
Reports reverse stance on iPhone 6 including...

Following the USB power adapter redesign rumors, we’ve now received word that Apple’s new reversible Lightning to USB cable may not be ready in time to ship with the iPhone 6. According to third-party Apple retailer Moca.co, Apple has yet to place orders for the reversible cable from its manufacturing partner…

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12:30
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

Last week, we reviewed a variety of hardware and accessories that'll complement your favorite iOS or OS X devices. Here's a quick roundup of recent hardware reviews that you may have missed:

Felix's customizable HoldTight case: Colorful,...

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12:16
Whole Foods is taking heat for selling rabbit

Quartz:

No one is talking about selling kittens and puppies at the meat counter, but for the group of bunny-loving pet owners protesting near the Whole Foods in Union Square, they might as well be. Fifty or so women and men of all ages carry signs, pass out flyers and pamphlets, and try to spread their message to passing Manhattanites. “Boycott Whole Foods,” they say, “because they’re killing rabbits.”

This may seem like a trivial fight involving a disproportionate amount of vitriol, but at its core it’s a debate that sheds light on the sometimes arbitrary categories we construct to make sense of the world.

I always find it fascinating what foods, meat in particular, we will and won’t eat and how dependent on our cultural constructs those decisions are. Personally, I love rabbit meat and when I was a kid in Nova Scotia, it was a staple of our diet. My Mom’s Rabbit Stew was spectacular.

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11:30
All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

Last week was a busy one for apps in the iOS App Store, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you may...

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11:11
PARC scientist retells story of Jobs at Xerox: ‘You’...

Fortune has flagged up a video from 2011 of an eyewitness retelling how Jobs behaved and interacted when seeing Xerox’s PARC revolutionary graphical user interface inventions for the first time. Although the video is old, it seems to have gone largely unnoticed until this week and features some interesting anecdotes about the events.

According to Tesler, a PARC scientist who ended up working for Apple shortly after, Xerox came to Apple about a business development deal regarding more mundane matters like Xerox distribution. In the end Apple sold Xerox bargain-priced shares in exchange for these deals, including the agreement (pushed through by Jobs) that Apple would be able to see everything “cool” going on at Xerox...

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10:10
3 Years In, a "B" For Tim Cook's...

Cult of Mac has taken a look at the three years since Tim Cook began his job as Apple's CEO, and rates him a "solid B.". Cook might be neither as charismatic or volatile as Steve Jobs was, but he's made some interesting moves and statements. One factor (an area in which Cult of Mac gives Cook an A) is employee happiness, something for which Jobs was not always known: Cook’s highest “grade” on this hypothetical report card may come from Apple employees. Though the lanky 53-year-0ld is reportedly short on small talk, his people skills have earned him a 93 percent approval rating from a sampling of almost 2,000 people who work at Apple on website Glass Door, where anonymous employees can rate their satisfaction with the overall work environment as well as give thumbs up or down for the CEO.

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09:06
MGG 516: Cracklin’ Rosie Isn’t Just a Song

Well if you're not listening to this show, it's because you're busy reading this text, isn't it? And if that's the case, it's time to stop reading and start listening! Your geeks share tips and answer questions about backing up to a NAS (including a very clever workaround to make it go much faster!), securing your NAS, and that's enough about NAS! New Mac buying advice is on the docket, as is streaming wirelessly and making it work in even the strangest environments. All this and more. Still reading? Press play already!


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07:15
Review: Apple's mid-2014 13-inch MacBook Pro...

While it's not a particularly exciting update, Apple's mid-2014 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display increases performance and offers more value, making it an enticing offer for those who may have been waiting to take the plunge on a thin-but-powerful high-resolution notebook.



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Saturday August 23

23:36
Rumor: Apple to redesign U.S. charging adapter for...

An unsourced photo that surfaced Saturday from Asia indicates that Apple may be planning to redesign the iPhone charging adapter -- at least in the U.S. -- alongside the release of its next-generation handset, which is expected to sport a larger battery that may include increased charging requirements.



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19:25
How Calgary husband-and-wife actors, and 23 family...

Calgary Herald:

For Calgary’s husband-and-wife thespians Chris Ippolito and Karen MacKenzie, the Emmy-winning Christmas commercial for Apple is a gift that keeps on giving.

First, there was the fact that Ippolito and MacKenzie booked the high-profile, Edmonton-shot gig to begin with. It also gave 23 of their family members, including two-year-old daughter Clara-Anne, a chance to create some new yuletide memories after both clans were cast alongside them. It became an international sensation on TV and online, garnering millions of viewers. Then came the news last Sunday that the emotional ad, titled Misunderstood, had won a Creative Arts Emmy Award in Los Angeles.

I knew Apple had shot the ad in Canada but hadn’t realized it was such a “family affair”.

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19:24
Review: Lockitron Internet-connected smart door lock

Dreamed up by a hardware startup called Apigy, Lockitron is an easy-to-install app-connected smart home solution that promises to turn almost any common deadbolt into a smart keyless entry system.



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15:50
Potential redesigned iPhone 6 USB power adapter...

Recently an image of what’s claimed to be Apple’s redesigned US 5W USB power adapter surfaced on Weibo (via Gizmobic). This alleged new design, isn’t actually that new to everyone though. Australia currently has a very similar USB power adapter in terms of shape and size…

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13:27
Apple expands Volume Purchasing to 16 more countries

As expected, Apple has grown its Volume Purchase Program for institutions seeking apps and iBooks to 16 new countries. Effective immediately, the program is available in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates....



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12:30
CarPlay introductions quietly slip back into 2015

CarPlay, Apple’s in-car iOS integration product, has shown up in flashy demos at various trade shows this year, but it will take a while before we see it on the roads, according to Lucas Mearian at Computerworld. Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, and Honda are all believed to be pushing back plans to include CarPlay in some of their new models until 2015.

Apple’s influence on the automotive industry may have been unintentional at first, but the arrival of the iPod created an infotainment paradigm shift. iPod owners wanted their MP3 players to connect to their cars. Less than a decade later and even the cheapest rental car now comes with a plethora of USB ports and wireless options for piping one’s tunes through the car’s speakers. CarPlay is an evolution of this approach...

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11:13
US cybersecurity chief claims lack of experience not...

In an interview with the Information Security Media Group publication, White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel admits to having no practical experience with the subject matter. Daniel claims that "being too down in the weeds at the technical level could actually be a little bit of a distraction" to his job of advising the president about ongoing and emergent information security issues....



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10:20
Secret Service expands investigation of Target, UPS...

Target isn't the only US retailer affected by the "Backoff" point of sale malware. Following forensic analysis of the intrusion software, researchers for US government law enforcement have claimed that more than 1,000 businesses have been infected by the same strain that assaulted the big-box retailer, and now UPS storefronts....



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10:10
Deals: $400-$600 off 2013 MacBook Pros, $160- $260...

With the back-to-school shopping season nearing an end, some last minute offers include a couple of "killer deals" where you can save between $400- $600 on 2013 MacBook Pros that are essentially equivalent to 2014 models, $160-$250 off Mac Pros, $50 off iPad Airs and some iPad minis, up to $399 off certified iPhone 5 refurbs, and Apple's current 13-inch MacBook Air for $750 (Students Only).



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10:00
How to make OS X Mavericks re-run the Setup Assistant

I recently loaded OS X Mavericks on an old (2007) 20" iMac, and to check that everything was fine I ran the machine through the full Setup Assistant -- setting up a user with my name in the process. Rather than reloading Mavericks on the iMac to...

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PhonTunes stores your favorite YouTube music in one...

PhonTunes Free is a clever app for iOS that organizes all the music and music videos on YouTube in one neat and tidy location for you to browse and enjoy. It has sections for popular videos, genres and even your own personal video library to store...

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08:00
Dog Days of Summer: Apps by Jasper

Unlike Rosie from a few weeks ago, who wanted nothing more than to get her human away from programming and go for a walk, Jasper the Vizsla puppy is perfectly content to sit in owner William Smith's lap and help him code. We can't wait to see the...

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07:30
Catch your limit with FishBrain Fishing Reports

When you get to your favorite fishing spot whether it is a lake or a river, or the ocean, you always wonder if the fish are biting and if so what are they hitting, and where can you find them. FishBrain Fishing Reports should offer some answers to...

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07:04
BlackBerry can pursue contempt of court charge...

This BlackBerry keyboard clone has a celebrity in legal trouble.

Typo Products

In a court order on Thursday, a Northern California District Court judge ruled that BlackBerry can pursue a contempt of court charge against Typo, a company co-founded by American Idol host Ryan Seacrest and CEO Laurence Hallier, which sells a small physical keyboard that attaches to an iPhone.

BlackBerry initially sued Typo in January, claiming that Typo's keyboards look almost exactly like its own. Indeed, Seacrest...

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07:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Om nom nom nom

Om nom nom nom

The world’s most gluttonous monster makes an appearance in this week’s roundup of new iPad cases, alongside a little piggy, some denim, and a whole lot of protection.

Asos

The Monster (all iPad models; $33) features a fashionable monster design, complete with ears and pointy teeth.

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Friday August 22

21:04
Apple expands Volume Purchase Program to 16 new...

As promised in July, Apple on Friday expanded its Volume Purchase Program for apps and iBook titles to 16 new countries, including major markets in the Middle East and South America.



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21:02
Briefly: Satechi Bluetooth smart keyboard, Spotify...

Satechi has announced the release of its new Bluetooth Wireless Smart Keyboard, suitable for Mac or PC systems. Measuring 0.7 inches thick, the keyboard's wireless functionality allows users to have an extra USB port available to them, and can use the keyboard from up to 33 feet away. Its multimedia keys provide access to controlling video and audio content, including play/pause, volume, forward/backtrack and activating functions on other mobile devices. The white version of the keyboard features specific keys mapped for use with OS X and iOS, and the black version mapped for PC and Android fe...



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21:00
Apple announces iPhone 5 battery replacement program

On Friday, Apple announced that it had discovered that "a very small percentage" of first-run iPhone 5 units -- those sold between September of 2012 and January of 2013 -- have a defect that results in unusually short battery life, and have instituted a program to replace the battery. Users will need to bring the units to an Apple Authorized Service Provider or retail Apple Store; however, customers should be aware that Apple will send the unit off to a facility to be inspected....



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20:59
Conjecture Regarding Larger iPhone Displays

Throughout the entire rumor cycle for this year’s new iPhones, we’ve been inundated with reports of two new screen sizes, 4.7 and 5.5 inches. But while the physical sizes of these displays leaked early and often, the exact pixel dimensions have not.

At this point, there’s too much smoke around the “two new iPhones, 4.7- and 5.5-inch” narrative for there not to be a fire. I think that’s what Apple is planning to announce next month — not because anyone “familiar with the plans” has told me so, but simply because so many parts have leaked corroborating these two sizes.

I’ve spent much of the last month trying to figure out the pixel counts for these displays, and it’s actually quite tricky. When Apple changed the iPhone display previously, they did so in obvious ways. With the iPhone 4’s retina display, Apple kept the physical size exactly the same (3.5 inches...

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19:09
AAPL hits all-time closing high at $101.32

Apple's stock closed on Friday at an all-time record high, on a straight split-adjusted basis, cracking $101 per share. The 74-cent rise on Friday rang down the curtain on a week that saw the stock gain just over $3 per share, culminating in the record-breaking performance weeks ahead of anticipated new product announcements, and months before the start of the holiday buying season, which is again expected to favor Apple over its primary rivals. Thus far in 2014, AAPL is up 27.29 percent....



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18:21
Two Free iOS Writing and Note Apps

Need a note or writing app? Vern Seward points out two in this week's Free on iTunes. Matcha and FetchNotes.


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18:11
Week of Who, Day Five: Curse of Fatal Death

Week of Who concludes today with The Curse of Fatal Death, a special produced as part of a telethon for the Red Nose Day charity. This is a notable piece of Doctor Who history because it makes more than a few connections between the old series and the new, notable among them being that the "episode" was written by now current executive producer of Doctor Who, Steven Moffat. It was part of the Red Nose Day telethon in 1999, and has been affectionately adopted as part of the Whoniverse. Like a ridiculous, but lovable uncle, if your uncle was Rowan Atkinson. Enjoy the new series!


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18:00
Slices of Apple episode two: Back from the brink

In this episode we discuss Apple's dalliance with clones, Steve Jobs founding NeXT and the return of Jobs to Apple. In the next episode we'll interview a call center rep, a former Apple Genius and our own Steve Sande. It's the first of our...

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17:45
Briefly: Kaebo cloth Lightning cable, bike mount...

Portable power solutions company Juno Power has announced its newest line of Lightning adaptor cables, named Kaebo. An Apple certified charge and sync cable, the Kaebo features high strength cloth that is resistant to rips or tears. Its aluminum build is designed to withstand most accidental damage. The cable is equipped with an aluminum connector and USB head for optimal performance, and is available in silver, light gold, and slate gray. Measuring at one meter long, the Kaebo is priced at $22 through Juno Power and Amazon....

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17:20
iPhone 5 battery replacement program

Apple:

Apple has determined that a very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently. The affected iPhone 5 devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and fall within a limited serial number range.

If your iPhone 5 is experiencing these symptoms and meets the eligibility requirements noted below, Apple will replace your iPhone 5 battery, free of charge.

I checked mine. It “passed”. How about your iPhone 5?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:13
Upcoming Secret update removes ability to access...


The popular anonymous social sharing network Secret may be under fire in Brazil, but in the U.S. and abroad the software lives on, and today...

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17:00
BlackBerry jumps on reports of iMessage spam to tout...

Given the recent spate of stories centering on iMessage being a haven for spammers, the official BlackBerry Blog seized the opportunity to pen a post detailing 5 reasons why BlackBerry's own BBM messaging service is impervious to the spam reportedly...

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16:33
Judge rebuffs Samsung attempt to invalidate Apple...

US Federal District Court Judge Lucy Koh has denied Samsung's post-trial request to invalidate two Apple patents, both of which were used successfully to convict Samsung of copying the iPhone maker's technology yet again in the second federal Apple-Samsung trial, held earlier this year. Samsung had filed the motion in early July, based on a recent Supreme Court decision, Alice vs. CLS Banks, which stated that software ideas that were just abstract representations of real-world concepts (such as turning a doorknob) were not patentable....



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16:02
Radio: Samsung, Xiaomi, Google & Microsoft all...

Gene Steinberg of the Tech Night Owl invited me to talk about Samsung, Xiaomi (the Chinese Samsung) Microsoft and of course Google’s Android along with segments featuring Macworld’s Kirk McElhearn and Ben Williams of AdBlock Plus. You can tune into the live broadcast stream Saturday night from 7:00 to 10:00 PM Pacific, 10:00 PM to […]

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16:00
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

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15:55
Apple announces battery replacement program for the...

Jacqui Cheng

If you purchased the iPhone 5 early in its life and your battery seems to need charging more often than usual, pay attention: Apple has just announced an iPhone 5 battery replacement program for phones that "may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently." The affected phones were all sold in the first few months of the iPhone 5's life, between September of 2012 and January of 2013.

Apple's program page, linked above, will tell you if your phone is eligible based on its serial number, which can be found in iOS' Settings app under the "About" subheading. Affected users will need to take their phone to an Apple service provider, an Apple Retail Store, or make arrangements with Apple's phone support technicians. Before taking your phone in for repair, Apple recommends that you back your data up using iCloud or iTunes, turn off the Find My iPhone service, and...

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15:28
Apple activates iPhone 5 battery replacement program...

Apple on Friday announced a free replacement program for iPhone 5 batteries after discovering certain units sold during a five-month period after the product's launch in 2012 contain faulty components.



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15:25
Small heads, safe ears: The best headphones for kids

Macworld:

…as more and more schools are using iPads and laptops as part of the curriculum, teachers want students to be able to hear lessons and work on projects without disturbing each other. Still, it’s telling that headphones are in, and binder paper is largely out.

But after volunteering in my kids’ classrooms over the past three years, I can tell you that when it comes to children, not all headphones are created equal. The best headphones for adults are rarely the best models for kids, for a number of reasons

Not having kids, this is something I’ve never given any thought to. Good to see an article about this focused on the needs of little ones.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:18
Secret app to restrict photo uploads, block posts...

Anonymous social networking app Secret on Friday announced a number of changes to be introduced in its next update, including photo upload limitations and more aggressive restrictions on using real names in posts.



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