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Thursday May 29

07:21
Beats introduces new Solo2 headphones

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

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

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

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05:56
Get Ready for Apple TV Evolution

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


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Wednesday May 28

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

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


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

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


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15:22
Iovine and Dre to Report to Apple’s Eddy Cue, Beats...

Tim Cook released a memo to employees after the Beats/Apple announcement, discussing how the Beats Music team will report to Eddy Cue and the Electronics team will report to Phil Schiller.

The Mac Observer Spin: Thankfully the deal is official so now we can REALLY start speculating!


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14:26
Cook issues statement to employees, grants multiple...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has issued a memo to the company’s employees regarding the just announced acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Electronics, 9to5Mac reports. In the memo, he speaks to the importance of music in Apple’s history, and reiterates that Beats’ Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will…

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14:21
Beats Music for iOS Drops Annual Subscription to $99...

The Beats Music app for iOS was updated to version 2.1.0 on Thursday in the wake of Apple's announcement to purchase both Beats Music and Beats Electronics. The update includes a price drop on an annual subscription to the music streaming business from $119.88 down to $99.99. The company also extended its free trial offer from 7 days to 14.


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14:03
Apple Announces Beats Acquisition for $3 Billion,...

It's official: Apple announced on Thursday that it will acquire both Beats Music and Beats Electronics for a total of $3 billion. That's less than the $3.2 billion initially floated in leaks about the deal, but consistent with other rumors. Beats cofounders Jimmy Iovine (CEO) and Dr. Dre will both be joining Apple.


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13:55
iPad Air, Retina iPad mini Come to Japan’s DoCoMo...

Apple's iPad Air and Retina Display iPad mini will come to NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest cell service provider, on June 10. Apple said users will be able to use the carrier's LTE service for faster wireless data connections, just as they can do with the iPhone.

The Mac Observer Spin: NTT DoCoMo may not be as big as KDDI or Softbank in Japan, but it still has a significant number of subscribers. That means Apple gains about 60 million new potential iPad buyers come June 10.


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13:39
Apple confirms Beats Electronics acquisition for $3...

Apple today confirmed that it has purchased Beats Electronics, maker of the Beats by Dr. Dre line of headphones and speakers, as well as the Beats Music subscription music streaming application. Combined, the purchase will cost Apple $3 billion, which according to the company’s…

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11:45
Apple Home and TV Automation Concepts: Thinking...

Tomes have been written about Tim Cook's interest in TV
and what Apple might be doing with a next generation TV system. So far, the discussion has been around a next generation Apple TV black puck or maybe even a full UHDTV. However, when cast in the light of a home automation system, many doors seem to open right and left.


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10:41
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-05-28

What happens when you put kids in front of a 30 year old computer? You get confused and frustrated kids, plus Jeff Gamet, Dave Hamilton, and Bryan Chaffin talking about what computing was like before the Macintosh existed. After they get over kids these days, they take a look at what Apple's early announcement of next weeks' WWDC live keynote stream could mean for new product announcements.


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10:06
iTunes 11.2.2 update issued

Apple has released the second update to its iTunes 11.2 software. Version number 11.2.2 “fixes a problem where certain podcast episodes may download unexpectedly.” Podcast enhancements were among the biggest components when iTunes 11.2 was released 13 days ago.

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09:32
Apple Releases iTunes 11.2.2 to Address Podcast...

Apple released an update to iTunes, bringing the software to version 11.2.2. The maintenance release fixes a podcast downloading issue.


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08:48
Analysts Raise AAPL Tagets on iPhone Hopes

Apple's stock is on the rise, and so are the target prices for the iPhone and iPad maker's shares. Both Toni Sacconaghi of Bernstein Research and Ben Reitzes of Barclays raised their target price for Apple's stock on Wednesday, citing expected high demand for the next version of the iPhone.


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08:03
Apple: iCloud Wasn’t Compromised in iPhone Ransom...

Following news that some iPhone owners in Australia were locked out of their smartphone and presented with a demand for a ransom, Apple has said its iCloud servers weren't hacked. The ransom attack, called Oleg Pliss, demanded US$100 from victims and raised questions about how the attackers gained the necessary passwords to lock users out of their iPhones and iPads.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's good to know Apple's own servers weren't compromised, and it's a great reminder as to why reusing passwords is a bad idea.


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07:05
Analyst: Get Ready for Round iWatch in 2 Sizes

Apple's rumored iWatch will sport a round face instead of rectangular, and it'll come in two sizes. That prediction comes from Rossenblatt Securities analyst Brian Blair after talking with his sources in Apple's parts supply chain.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple makes iPhones and iPads with multiple screen sizes, so why not different sized iWatch faces, too?


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06:39
NY Post: Apple to acquire Beats this week for...

Apple will announce its anticipated acquisition of Beats Electronics this week in a $3 billion deal, the New York Post reports. The initial report on the acquisition pegged the sale at $3.2 billion, but it’s speculated that a recent report which claimed that Beats Music only had 111,000…

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06:22
iPad to launch on Japan’s NTT DoCoMo network June 10

Apple and NTT DoCoMo announced today that the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display will be available on DoCoMo’s network starting on Tuesday, June 10. Customers can pre-register the devices at DoCoMo dealers and on DoCoMo’s website starting Monday, June 1. Wi-Fi + Cellular iPads will be…

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06:04
Amazon Defends Its Hachette Negotiating Tactics,...

Amazon issued a statement on Tuesday explaining the tactics the company is using to get better ebook terms from publisher Hachette Group, and defending those tactics as normal business practices. Amazon also said that customers who need Hachette titles on a timely basis should order from one of its competitors. Bryan Chaffin explains.


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05:25
OS X: UsingControlling Safari’s Location Services

In todayâs Quick Tip, weâre going to cover controlling websitesâ use of your location data within Safari, including how to reset whether youâve already allowed a site to see where you are. Location Services are incredibly useful and powerful features, but if youâre concerned about privacy, youâve got some choices for what you allow your Mac to share.


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Tuesday May 27

18:01
Google’s Purchase of Nest May Have Been a Defensive...

The initial reaction to a report that Apple will unveil a home automation platform during WWDC has been to characterize it as reaction to Google buying Nest Labls. Bryan Chaffin argues that the reality is that Google buying Nest was the defensive move.


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17:55
Apple Expands ‘Your Verse’ Campaign With Two New Ads

Apple has released two new ads in the "Your Verse" campaign, starring a classical composer/conductor, and a deaf travel writer, both using iPads to create their projects.

The Mac Observer Spin: I have a soft spot for stories like this. Using an iPad in a new different way is fun for me to watch.


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15:15
Learn to Be a Web Developer With This Training...

Looking to learn or hone your skills to be a web developer? This bundle includes courses on becoming Amazon Web Services certified, using version control with GitHub, learning programming with Python, HTML5 fundamentals, PHP & MySQL classes, and more. There's even a MongoDB course in here! All this and more for just $49.


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14:59
$AAPL Hits 19-Month High on Home Automation Report

Shares of Apple Inc. rallied to a 19-month high on Tuesday. Investors were cheered by a report that said the company would launch a home automation platform at next month's World Wide Developer Conference. $AAPL closed at US$625.63 per share, a gain of $11.50 (+1.87 percent), on heavy volume of 12.4 million shares trading hands.


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13:38
Apple Will Publicly Stream WWDC Keynote and ‘...

Apple announced on Tuesday that it will stream the keynote event from the company's annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) on June 2nd. In the announcement, Apple went so far as to say it would have "exciting announcements." The event takes place in San Francisco at Moscone West, starting at 10:00 AM PDT.


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12:19
Alleged iPhone 6 case arrives

iLounge has received a new case from Minisuit, designed to fit the still-unannounced iPhone 6. Frost is a TPU case with transparent edges and a cloudy back. While it’s significantly taller and wider than the iPhone 5/5s, it notably matches the thickness of the…

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12:17
Apps: Reeder 2 2.2, Table Tennis Touch, UltraVisual...

Silvio Rizzi’s Reeder 2 ($5), an RSS, Feedbin, and Feedly client, has undergone a number of changes in version 2.2, including the ability to handle feed links from external apps. The app now features optional background refresh capabilities, and a loading progress indicator within the in-app browser. Smart streams…

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11:50
Modern Kids React, Try to Operate an Old Apple II

There's a lot to be discovered by putting some current day 6 to 13 year olds in front of a functioning Apple II from the 1980s and watch them try to operate it. The things that we adults took for granted when using our own Apple IIs back in those days utterly mystify a modern kid who's never known anything but iPhones, iPads with multi-touch and Macs with mice. This is a stellar presentation, filled with both delicious technical amazement as well as charming reactions by some very smart kids. It is OMG sensational. If only Art Linkletter could have lived to see this.


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11:20
Beats Won’t Get $3.2 Billion From Apple

The Apple deal with Beats is probably going to happen. The whole affair is likely in lock-down mode until the WWDC Keynote. What's not going to happen, however, is that Beats gets US$3.2B in this deal.


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11:10
TMO Daily Observations: 05-27-2014

Apple may be planning on moving out of our living rooms with Apple TV and into the rest of our house through a brand new home automation platform. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their ideas on exactly what that could mean for Apple and everyone looking to add some automatic action to their lives. They also take a look at how Beats may have unintentionally driven down their own value in Apple's eyes.


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10:20
Apple to livestream 2014 WWDC keynote

Uncharacteristically early, Apple has announced on its website that it will stream the keynote event of its 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference live to iOS devices, Apple TV, and computers. The event starts at 10:00 AM PST on Monday, June 2 and is expected…

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09:43
Apple not purchasing display chipmaker Renesas SP...

Apple will not be purchasing Renesas SP Driver, reports Reuters. Renesas SP produces the iPhone’s liquid crystal display chips, and a previous report noted that Apple was in discussions to acquire the division of Renesas Electronics. However, those talks apparently failed to progress quickly enough for Renesas, which…

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09:35
Crucial 480GB SSD Just $210 with Prime Shipping from...

We've talked about how SSD pricing, as well as timing, has really put us in the Golden Age of Mac Upgrades, and this price on Crucial's 480GB M500 SSD is yet more proof of that. But you don't need proof, you need an SSD for that older Mac of yours, so go get this one. Why wait? I've got one in a 2007 iMac and it feels like a brand new Mac.


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08:42
Deutsche Telekom tells Customers iPhone 6 Coming...

Germany's Deutsche Telekom is telling customers the iPhone 6 will launch on September 19, which is either a leak that'll leave Apple unhappy with the cell service provider, or is a gamble the carrier hopes will keep customers from jumping to competitors. September 19 is a Friday and within Apple's historic time frame for new iPhone launches, but there hasn't been any official announcement about the next iPhone model yet.

The Mac Observer Spin: The likelihood that Deutsche Telekom has insider information like this is practically zero. This looks more like a case where a company is tossing out an iPhone 6 launch date to keep customers from leaving for competitors.


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07:55
German carrier claims September 19 iPhone 6 launch

German carrier Deutsche Telekom has informed its call center representatives to let customers know the iPhone 6 will launch September 19, according to apfelpage.de. iPhone launches traditionally occur on Fridays — September 19 does fall on a Friday this year, and September 20 was when Apple introduced the iPhone…

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07:19
Apple May Move into Home Automation at WWDC

When Apple introduced the Apple TV the company was hoping to take over our livingroom, and now it looks like that could expand to include our entire home. A new report claims Apple is planning on using its annual Worldwide Developer Conference keynote presentation next week to announce plans to turn our iPhones into the core of its own home automation system.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple branded home automation sounds pretty enticing because that means you'd be able to buy the hardware you want -- whether that's smart lightbulbs, appliances, or thermostats -- and control everything through a single device.


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06:30
Hacked Apple devices in Australia being held for...

A number of Australian Apple device owners have discovered that their devices have been hacked, and are being held hostage for ransom, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. iPad, iPhone, and Mac owners have reported seeing messages stating their device was hacked, and would be unlocked if they sent money…

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Wednesday June 8

17:36
Sprint iPhone in advanced testing?

Sunday March 13

14:49
HTC Incredible S Gets Pictured in the Wild

Friday March 11

22:55
iPad 2 orders already shipping for delivery next week
 
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