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Friday August 8

12:25
News: iLounge Game Spotlight: Rules!

Rules! ($2) is a new puzzle game from TheCodingMonkeys. A polished puzzler, Rules! looks to establish ground in the competitive and crowded territory of casual puzzle games on iOS. Grabbing early attention hasn’t seemed to be a problem for Rules!, as it’s catapulted to the top of the puzzle game charts and has hit the top ten for all games. It’s a quick-play puzzler which, at first glance, will remind some gamers of the equally exclamatory…

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11:25
iLounge Game Spotlight: Rules!

Rules! ($2) is a new puzzle game from TheCodingMonkeys. A polished puzzler, Rules! looks to establish ground in the competitive and crowded territory of casual puzzle games on iOS. Grabbing early attention hasn’t seemed to be a problem for Rules!, as it’s catapulted to…

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11:15
Zagg Rugged Folio Keyboard/Case for iPad mini:...

The Rugged Folio Bluetooth iPad mini keyboard and case from Zagg is made of polycarbonate, silicone and steel. It includes a backlit keyboard, complete protection when closed, and a removable portion that lets you keep the iPad mini protected when you donât need the keyboard. The battery lasts for up to two years on one charge.


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10:11
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-08

It's time for a little tech talk, so Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explain what's up with IPv6 and what the protocol means for end users. They also wrap up the week with a charity auction from former Apple employee Sam Sung.


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08:35
Running Skype on OS X 10.5.8 or Earlier? Not Anymore

Mac users running OS X 10.5.8 and earlier can't use Skype anymore now that Microsoft has dropped support for the older versions of the Mac operating system. The change happened this week, leaving Leopard users without any way to use the voice and video chat app.

The Mac Observer Spin: Companies drop support for old app versions and old operating systems all the time, and Microsoft is no different. If you're Mac is still running Leopard, and you're a Skype user, at least now you know why you can't login.


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07:48
Foursquare is Tracking Your Every Move. Here’s How...

When Foursquare decided to split its business and restaurant discovery and social checkin app for the iPhone into two apps a couple months ago, that upset a lot of users, too. When the updated Foursquare app came out this week with the ability to always track your location even if the app isn't running, that really upset a lot of users. If you don't want Foursquare or Swarm knowing where you are all the time, you can turn the feature off -- assuming you know where to look.


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07:35
News: Daily Deal: The 11” MacBook Air Giveaway

Today in iLounge Deals we’re giving away an 11” MacBook Air! Whether in a classroom, office, plane, around the house, and everywhere else, the 11” MacBook Air is the ultimate on-the-go laptop, and you can enter our giveaway now for a chance to win your very own. Simply visit the link below, enter your e-mail address and click the “Enter Now” button. One lucky winner will be chosen on September 23, 2014. Enter The 11”…

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07:24
News: China refutes Apple product ban report

Apple products including iPads and MacBooks have not actually been banned from any Chinese government procurement lists, the country’s chief procurement center has said. This new report, from Reuters, refutes a recent Bloomberg report that claimed 10 Apple products could not be purchased with public money for security reasons. Apparently, the confusion may have stemmed from a list involving energy-saving products, on which Apple could not be…

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07:08
Mac: Pelican 1070CC HardBack Case

There may be a time when you need a case for your 11” MacBook Air that will get you through any situation. Designed for all scenarios, Pelican offers the stylish 1070CC HardBack Case ($85) with a molded foam insert, and non-skid rubber feet. Waterproof, crush-proof and dust-proof, the 1070CC is the rare MacBook case that can survive pretty much anything. Perhaps more important than those features is that Pelican offers a lifetime guarantee,…

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07:04
Patent Office Shoots Down Apple Infringement Claims...

Apple just hit a stumbling block in its second U.S. patent infringement case against Samsung thanks to a Patent and Trademark Office ruling that rejects some of the iPhone and iPad maker's claims. The ruling targeted the summary judgement Federal Judge Lucy Koh issued ahead of Apple and Samsung's trial this spring, and relates to infringement claims for Apple's autocomplete patent.

The Mac Observer Spin: The USPTO is rejecting patent claims, Apple and Samsung are agreeing to scale back their legal battle, and there still hasn't been any significant change in either company's mobile device strategy. This doesn't feel like the thermonuclear war against Android Steve Jobs wanted.


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06:24
China refutes Apple product ban report

Apple products including iPads and MacBooks have not actually been banned from any Chinese government procurement lists, the country’s chief procurement center has said. This new report, from Reuters, refutes a recent Bloomberg report that claimed 10 Apple products could not be purchased with public money for security…

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05:35
Pages: Rearranging Layered Objects

For today's article, Melissa Holt will be discussing how to manipulate layered objects in Pages, so if you'd like to change whether one item is behind or in front of another, she'll tell you how. This method is an easy way to move objects to the background or create interesting, multilevel graphics. (Note: Melissa reports that no interesting graphics actually appear in this article, so don't get your hopes up.)


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Thursday August 7

19:19
Sesame Street Season 45 Previews ‘Numeric Con’

Sesame Street has posted a preview clip from Season 45 on YouTube. In the past they've done some clever nods to pop culture including a parody of The Voice, and one of my favorites, H. Ross Parrot. This season we get to see a trip to "Numeric Con," where one can meet such characters as Fiverine and The Dark Nine. Doctor Two (dressed as the Fourth Doctor) makes an appearance, along with familiar looking creatures who say "e-num-er-ate!" There's also a great cameo from someone wearing a gold Starfleet shirt who pauses dramatically at odd places in his sentences. Cap-TEN Kirk, perhaps?


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19:09
Former Apple Employee ‘Sam Sung’ Business Charity...

Remember hearing about Sam Sung, the now-former Apple employee with the most ironic name? He discovered one of his business cards and decided to auction it off, donating all the proceeds to charity. Which is cool. What's more cool is that it's up to US$80,000.


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17:10
Apple and U.S. Tech, Pawns of International Diplomacy

Apple's rocket-like ascent to become the world's most valuable company has brought with it the booby prize of being a pawn of international diplomacy. Apple and other U.S. tech giants are being targeted by China (and Russia) as tensions between all three countries rise over spying allegations.


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15:15
Apple Supports 10 New Cameras with RAW 5.0.6 Update...

Apple released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.06 on Thursday. The update adds support for RAW image files for ten new cameras from Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, and Sony.


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15:08
John Martellaro on Tech Night Owl: Apple’s Multiple...

Recently, John Martellaro joined Gene Steinberg on the Tech Night Owl LIVE! to chat about Apple's multiple wars with Samsung and Google. And even a little about the SciFi movie Forbidden Planet.


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14:47
News: Apple releases iTunes 11.3.1

Apple has released iTunes 11.3.1, a minor update that fixes a few podcast bugs — one problem caused podcast subscriptions to stop updating with new episodes, and another issue caused iTunes to become unresponsive while browsing podcast episodes. Users can get the update through Software Update in the Mac App Store or at Apple’s iTunes download page....

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14:44
Apple Releases iTunes 11.3.1 with Podcast...

Apple released iTunes 11.3.1 on Thursday. The maintenance release addresses an issue with podcast subscriptions.


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14:33
Review: Zagg Rugged Folio for iPad Air

Upon first handling of the Rugged Folio, it was clear that the entire unit is well-made. The combination of polycarbonate and silicone makes for a comfortable and fairly sturdy case, which Zagg enables you to use in a standalone fashion. Initial installation can be a little challenging: when we tried to open the empty case to insert the iPad Air, the Rugged Folio was difficult to open, requiring some finagling. The case can be separated from the hinge…

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14:09
News: Apps of the Week: Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific...

New Apps Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings ($3) — PBS Kids has just released Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings. The app, based on the show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, has a variety of activities for youngsters. Kids can draw, play mini-games, step into the feelings photo booth, or sing along to their favorite songs from the show — all concentrating on different feelings. This is a well done app with lots of content and great voicework;…

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13:47
Apple releases iTunes 11.3.1

Apple has released iTunes 11.3.1, a minor update that fixes a few podcast bugs — one problem caused podcast subscriptions to stop updating with new episodes, and another issue caused iTunes to become unresponsive while browsing podcast episodes. Users can get the update through Software…

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13:30
PhoneSuit Elite Battery Case for iPhone 5/5s: $59.99

Check out the PhoneSuit, a full case and backup battery for iPhone 5 and 5s. It's thin, with a thickness of just 15mm, but that still leaves room for a 2100mAh battery. According to the manufacturer, that gives you enough power for a 125 percent additional charge on your iPhone. The case offers edge-to-edge protection, and the charger puts out a full 1 Amp that will charge your iPhone in less than two hours. Plus, it allows pass-through charging and iTunes syncing. The PhoneSuit retails for $90, but through our deal you can get it for $59.99.


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13:09
Apps of the Week: Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings,...

New Apps Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings ($3) — PBS Kids has just released Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings. The app, based on the show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, has a variety of activities for youngsters. Kids can draw, play mini-games, step into the feelings photo booth,…

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13:00
How to Display and Locate GPS Coordinates With iPhone

In this article, John Martellaro shows how to, first, quickly display your latitude and longitude with an iPhone and then search for a latitude and longitude coordinate pair in an iOS map.


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12:07
News: Apple adds ‘Beats by Dr. Dre’ section to...

Apple has added a new Beats by Dr. Dre section to its online store. The new section, which links to Beats headphones, speakers, and accessories, can be found in the accessories section of Apple’s online store. It’s interesting that Apple has gone with the “Beats by Dr. Dre” name, as opposed to “Beats by Dre” or just “Beats.” The online store includes some lesser-known products, including the all-white…

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11:07
Apple adds ‘Beats by Dr. Dre’ section to online store

Apple has added a new Beats by Dr. Dre section to its online store. The new section, which links to Beats headphones, speakers, and accessories, can be found in the accessories section of Apple’s online store. It’s interesting that Apple has gone with the…

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10:20
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-07

Apple hired Yves Saint Laurent's Catherine Monier and she'll another YSL alum, Paul Deneve, on special projects. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to dive into Apple's executive hires, plus they take a look at the threats facing our devices that are exposed to the Internet.


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08:48
iPhone 6 Will Have Sapphire Glass Thanks to GTAT’s...

Rumors jump back and forth between Apple using synthetic sapphire glass for the next iPhone display, and sticking with Corning's Gorilla Glass because there isn't enough sapphire to meet production needs. If the iPhone 6 doesn't ship with a sapphire glass display, it won't be because of a materials shortage; it'll be because Apple chose to stick with the same glass it's been using on previous iPhone models. Apple teamed with GT Advanced Technology to produce the synthetic sapphire it needs -- and not only has the company been ramping up production in a serious way, it also has a hoard of sapphire it already made stashed away.


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07:52
News: Magellan intros Echo Fit sports smart watch

Magellan has introduced Echo Fit, an iOS-compatible sports smart watch. It comes in two models — the base Echo Fit ($150) and Echo Fit with Heart Rate Monitor ($200), which includes a Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitor. The ruggedized, water-resistant watch is an upgraded version of its Echo smart watch, adding activity and sleep tracking. Echo Fit tracks steps, distance, calories, and hours slept, wirelessly uploading data to the Magellan Active…

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07:33
NFL Now for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV Arrives in Time...

The National Football League's NFL Now app for the iPhone and iPad rolled out on Thursday with the promise of plenty of free content, and even more for viewers who pay for a US$1.99 a month subscription. NFL Now also showed up as a new Apple TV channel where you can see the same content that's available in the iPhone and iPad app.

The Mac Observer Spin: The lack of game broadcasts will no doubt be a disappointment for some football fans, but it sounds like there will still be plenty of interesting content available. Still, until pro sports franchises find a way to deliver their content outside of the traditional TV networks, sports fans won't be able to drop their cable subscriptions.


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07:28
News: Daily Deal: Get the Icon Bluetooth Speaker for...

Today in iLounge Deals you can grab a handy little portable Bluetooth speaker for a great price of only $19.99—80% off the regular price. The Icon Bluetooth Speaker is a small, mobile speaker that packs a sonic punch, and provides a 30ft wireless range and a rechargeable battery that provides 4 hours of playback on a single charge. The Icon also sports a built-in mic and speakerphone function to place and receive calls from your iPhone. Get…

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06:52
Magellan intros Echo Fit sports smart watch

Magellan has introduced Echo Fit, an iOS-compatible sports smart watch. It comes in two models — the base Echo Fit ($150) and Echo Fit with Heart Rate Monitor ($200), which includes a Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitor. The ruggedized, water-resistant watch is an upgraded…

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06:05
Apple Campus 2 Update: On Track for 2016 Move In,...

Demolition and construction is well underway for Apple's new "space ship" campus, and new information from the city of Cupertino says the project should be finished by the end of 2016. The city also released new photos showing the construction so fay along with how the campus fits in with the surrounding area.


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Wednesday August 6

20:15
ACM 266: The Rumored iPhone 6 Event and Apple as...

With reports of an iPhone 6 media event on September 9 circulating, Jeff and Bryan take a look at Apple's timing and what that may mean for other fall product announcements. They also offer up their take on China's decision to ban Apple products from the government's approved purchase list, and Russia's demand for Apple's source code.


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17:37
Cryptolocker Decrypted By Security Researchers

Victims of CryptoLocker malware have an alternative to paying ransom or restoring from backup: Security researchers have reverse engineered the keys and are making them freely available to people affected.

The Mac Observer Spin: I doubt anything will happen to the person behind the malware, but I'm glad this is a case where there's a nicer option than having to reformat everything and start again.


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16:26
Apple Hires Former Yves Saint Laurent Europe Chief...

Apple has hired its latest former fashion exec in Catherine Monier, who was president and retail head of Yves Saint Laurent Europe until earlier this summer.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple has hired a lot of fashion industry people, which keeps fueling iWatch speculation. I wonder how much different the approach will be for these people given that their background isn't built on other tech companies.


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14:09
Nbryte’s Tablift Can Stand Up Your iPad Almost...

Nbryteâs Tablift offers an alternative way to stand up your iPad in a hands free way for bed time or video time. It has flexible, stable legs and can be used with standard iPads and the iPad mini.


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13:40
How to Secure Your Mac With OS X Gatekeeper

OS X Mountain Lion was the first version to introduce the Gatekeeper security mechanism. John Martellaro explains how to use it to make your Mac more secure from malware.


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12:23
News: ABC News live video viewers on Apple TV trump...

ABC News claims that its viewers are watching 50 percent more live video on Apple TV than on desktop and mobile combined. The organization has released a new infographic highlighting the first 30 days of ABC News on Apple TV. It’s also noted that viewers spend 65 percent more time per visit on Apple TV compared to when viewing on desktop. ABC also announced it’s adding three new local stations to its current nine local stations on Apple…

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12:09
Too Tired to Order a Pizza? There’s an App for That

Pizza is a staple of life for many people, but that whole ordering for delivery thing? What a total pain. That is, unless you're using Push For Pizza from Simple Food Solutions. The iPhone app was developed by a team of clever teens who saw a need and filled it... with pizza. After you fill in some basic info, like your name, address and credit card number, the pizza joint you like, cheese or pepperoni, and you're ready to go. Just tap the pizza button and your pizza shows up, fully paid for, including tip. It's brilliant, it's simple, and your next pizza is just a tap away. Push For Pizza is a free download at Apple's iTunes-based App Store.


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12:07
Up to $270 Off Rosetta Stone

I am stoked about today's deal because I love the product, Rosetta Stone. I'm not a linguistic scientist, but years ago I went through the company's Level 1 program for Japanese and it was amazing. On the other hand, it's expensive. Level 1, for instance, is $179 all by itself, and if you bundle Level 1-5, it retails for $499. With our deal, you can get up to $270 off-the more you buy the more you save. So, Level 1-5 is $229. If you just get Level 1, it's $40 off. Rosetta Stone also offers online subscriptions, and you can use our coupon for up to $270 on that, too. If you've been interested in Rosetta Stone, this is the best deal I've seen. It expires in one day, so get on it.


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11:48
News: Redesigned Foursquare 8.0 removes check-ins

Foursquare Labs has updated its free Foursquare iOS app to version 8.0. As expected, the redesign has eliminated location check-ins — the feature which first brought Foursquare to prominence. Users looking to check in can now only do so through Foursquare’s separate Swarm app. The new Foursquare is focused on tips and location discovery, as the app aims to find places and things based on a user’s specific tastes. Changes can be seen…

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11:23
ABC News live video viewers on Apple TV trump...

ABC News claims that its viewers are watching 50 percent more live video on Apple TV than on desktop and mobile combined. The organization has released a new infographic highlighting the first 30 days of ABC News on Apple TV. It’s also noted that viewers…

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10:48
Redesigned Foursquare 8.0 removes check-ins

Foursquare Labs has updated its free Foursquare iOS app to version 8.0. As expected, the redesign has eliminated location check-ins — the feature which first brought Foursquare to prominence. Users looking to check in can now only do so through Foursquare’s separate Swarm

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10:16
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-06

Word on the street is that Apple will host a special media event to introduce the iPhone 6 on September 9. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what Apple may announce, plus they wax poetic on some of their favorite OS X features of all time.


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08:34
Apple, Samsung Drop International Patent...

Apple and Samsung made a surprise on Tuesday when they released a joint statement saying they're dropping all of their patent infringement lawsuits against each other outside of the United States. Their unified decision doesn't, however, mean their ongoing fight over mobile device patents is coming to an end.


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08:20
News: China excludes Apple products from government...

China’s government has excluded iPads and MacBooks from a list of products that can be purchased with public money, Bloomberg reports. Citing security concerns as the reason for the omissions, government officials have left ten Apple products off the official procurement list, including both the iPad and iPad mini — the list does not include smartphones. Apple declined comment. This is yet another challenge for Apple in developing its growing…

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07:20
China excludes Apple products from government...

China’s government has excluded iPads and MacBooks from a list of products that can be purchased with public money, Bloomberg reports. Citing security concerns as the reason for the omissions, government officials have left ten Apple products off the official procurement list, including both the iPad and iPad mini…

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06:24
iStat Menus 5 Offers More System Data, OS X Yosemite...

Bjango's new iStat Menus 5 is out with features OS X Mavericks users have been hoping for like per-app power usage, compressed memory support, per-app disk read and write stats, and more. OS X Yosemite users get to share in on the new features, too, plus version 5 supports menubar dark mode, too.


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06:14
Apple, Samsung agree to end non-US patent suits

Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all patent suits against each other outside of the U.S., Bloomberg reports. A joint statement issued by the two companies confirms that ongoing claims in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, and the U.K. are all being abandoned. Although…

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06:10
Sprint to cease pursuit of T-Mobile

Sprint has decided to stop pursuing T-Mobile as a merger partner, The Wall Street Journal reports. The company also decided at a Tuesday board meeting to replace CEO Dan Hesse with Brightstar founder Marcelo Claure. It was first reported in December that Sprint was working toward a bid…

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05:46
Reminders: Printing Out Your Lists

You may have noticed that the Reminders app in OS X doesn't offer a way to print out your lists, which is a strange and curious oversight. For today's Quick Tip, we're going to talk about what we think is the easiest way to overcome this weird problem.


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Tuesday August 5

17:17
Stream to Speakers with Audioengine B1 Premium...

Audioengine announced the B1 Premium Bluetooth Music Receiver on Tuesday. This device acts as a Bluetooth receiver for any audio system or powered speakers, allowing you to stream music from your iPhone, iPad, Mac or other Bluetooth device. The B1 receives your Bluetooth signal and has a stereo analog RCA outputs and a digital optical (SPDIF) output for connecting to your stereo, receiver, or powered speakers. This is an easy way to stream music to any setup that doesn't support Apple's AirPlay technology. We haven't tested this device yet, but we're big fans of Audioengine at TMO. We look forward to putting it through its paces. The B1 is priced at US$189, and it's eligible for Audioengine's 30-Day Audition.


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14:33
How-To Update Synology DSM to Version 5 for...

Some Synology users are falling victim to a security flaw that was patched in December 2013. If you have a Synology NAS and haven't updated to version 5 yet, here's how.


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12:50
Apple Reportedly Planning iPhone Media Event for...

Apple has scheduled its next media event for September 9th. With no mention of sources, Re/code's excellent, rumor-focused "Code/red" column said that it would be Apple's iPhone event.


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12:15
The Most Enduring (and Endearing) Features of OS X...

Every new release of OS X brings a full complement of new features. As John Martellaro was looking at the new features of Yosemite last week, he started thinking about what new features in each release have been significant and were brought into daily use - and which ones ended up just being gimmicks. This is part II: Lion to Yosemite.


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11:19
The Ultimate iPad Bundle - Case, Protector, Keyboard...

We have a deal for those who tend to ride their iPad 2/3/4 hard and put it away wet. It's called the Ultimate iPad Bundle from our friends at Stack Social, and it includes a case, a keyboard, a screen protector, and a stylus, all for $39 (regular price is $69). The case is made from aluminum, and it offers two viewing angle-the keyboard is built right into the case. The keyboard is powered by a built-in rechargeable battery that offers up to 55 hours of uninterrupted use. As noted above, it's compatible with iPad 2, 3, and 4.


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10:55
App Store saw record numbers in July

Thanks to our amazing developer community! Apple says July was record-setting month for app store revenue http://t.co/BI8wFTTG5V— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) August 5, 2014 Apple has told CNBC that its App Store set record revenue numbers this July. The App Store also…

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10:27
Apple’s 2014 iPhone event scheduled for September 9

Apple will hold an event to introduce its new iPhones on September 9, Re/Code reports. It’s believed that both the upcoming 4.7” and 5.5” iPhones will be unveiled at the event, though what it means for the respective release dates of the phones is still unclear; the company traditionally…

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10:20
Apple using new AAE sidecar format for iOS 8 photos?

The latest iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite betas have revealed what appears to be a new file format for transferring non-destructive photo adjustments between different apps and Apple devices. When using Yosemite’s built-in photo transfer app Image Capture, iOS 8 JPEG photos transferred to the Mac now…

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10:17
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-05

Apple may be making a more serious move into social media by hiring Nike's Musa Tariq. Kelly Guimont and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to offer their take on Apple's limited social media presence and how Mr. Tariq could change that. They also dive into Apple's big Gatekeeper change that's forcing developers to update their apps, and they look as NAS security issues, too.


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07:29
Apple’s Social Media Secret Weapon: Musa Tariq

Musa Tariq was Burberry's digital marketing directory, then Nike's social media director, and now he works for Apple. Mr. Tariq is Apple's new retail Digital Marketing Director, and his new job is a pretty clear indicator that the company is serious about building up its own in-house marketing efforts, and may finally have a real interest in social media, too.


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06:57
iTunes Extras Preview added to Apple TV

Apple has recently added iTunes Extras Preview to Apple TV.  Following the addition of new iTunes Extras to iTunes Store HD movie downloads last month, the new Preview feature allows users to see the iTunes Extras menus for a movie without having to buy…

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06:00
OS X Gatekeeper Update Holds Headaches for...

A beta release of OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 held a surprise for Mac developers thanks to changes in the Gatekeeper app security feature that could leave end users scratching their heads wondering why apps no longer launch. Apple is changing how apps will be digitally signed to verify they aren't malware, and developers will need to recompile their code to comply with the Gatekeeper update.

The Mac Observer Spin: This surprise change to Gatekeeper will no doubt be a serious pain for some developers and confusing for some end users. Making the change now, however, instead of this fall with Yosemite's release gives developers a head start on updating their apps. That said, this was a pretty big surprise to spring on developers unannounced.


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Monday August 4

16:45
Be Like Star-Lord: Make Your Own Guardians of the...

A good mix tape is a critical part of any galaxy guarding hero's arsenal, just as Star-Lord can tell you. His mix tape from the Guardians of the Galaxy movie is worth of a Nova Corps commendation, so we searched through the iTunes Store to put together his list for you -- complete with the track that was cut from the movie.


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15:10
Satechi Spectrum Mouse Features Multi-Color LEDs

The lightweight and easy-to-use Spectrum Wired Optical Mouse from Satechi has a chrome finish that looks good next to your Apple computer. It also offers seven different colors of LED illumination as backlighting. The mouse works with both left-handed and right-handed users and offers a sensitivity of 1000 dpi.


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15:05
Synology NAS Products Hit with Synolock Ransomware

Synology NAS owners running older versions of the company's DiskStation Manager software are falling victim to a security flaw that lets attackers remotely lock them out of the files on their storage system and demand a ransom before unlocking the data. The attack, called SynoLock, encrypts files on victim's NAS devices, then demands .6 BitCoin (about US$350) in exchange for the decryption code.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is a great reminder that it's more than our desktop and laptop computers that are potential targets for tech-based attacks. If the software running your network attached storage (NAS) system isn't up to date, that's just another weakness waiting to be exploited.


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13:39
U.S. DOT mulling new ban on in-flight cell calls

The U.S. Department of Transportation may seek a formal ban on in-flight cellphone calls, reports The Wall Street Journal. Following a Federal Communications Commission proposal to allow in-flight cellular calling, airlines have suggested that they can self-determine whether cellphone service should be allowed, and have accused the DOT of…

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12:43
Arise For Mac: Wake Up To The Music You Want - Free

Kallaxa has been thinking differently about alerts, and the result is Arise. This app for the Mac uses your iTunes library to for alarms, alerts, and other reminders, rather than the beats, whoops, dings, and buzzes we normally get. It also has built-in jingles, support for Internet radio stations, and it has onscreen notifications. Arise is normally $19, but thanks to our deal, you can get it for free. Cool, eh?


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12:30
The Most Enduring (and Endearing) Features of OS X...

Every new release of OS X brings a full complement of new features. As John Martellaro was looking at the new features of Yosemite last week, he started thinking about what new features in each release have been significant and were brought into daily use - and which ones ended up just being gimmicks.


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12:14
Apple Adds Spirometry Data Type to HealthKit in iOS...

Apple released iOS 8 Beta 5 on Monday. The new developer seed includes a host of fixes across the board in iOS 8, including developer APIs and user features.


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11:34
Apple Seeds Yosemite Developer Preview 5

Apple released Developer Preview 5 of OS X 10.10 Yosemite on Monday. The new release includes a number of interface tweaks, new features in apps such as Safari, where Apple is testing some rendering abilities, and other minor changes.


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11:05
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-04

The White House signed the cellphone unlocking bill into law last week so it'll be easier to unbind our iPhones and other smartphones from specific carriers. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at what that means for consumers, and they offer up some tips on organizing the cables and power cords around our desks.


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11:03
New Apple TV beta changes icons, fonts to iOS 7 style

Unexpectedly, the just-released beta software version for Apple TV marks the debut of new icons and font changes within the UI. As one might expect, the changes closely resemble the iOS 7 style. A few of the icon colors for Apple channels have changed, as…

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10:17
Apple hires former Nike, Burberry social media chief

Apple has hired Musa Tariq, former social media chief of Nike and Burberry, 9to5Mac reports. Tariq’s new title is “Digital Marketing Director, Apple.” It’s noted that Tariq worked with Apple SVP of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts while at Burberry; it’s speculated that he will again work closely…

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10:04
Apple releases iOS beta 5

Apple has released iOS 8 beta 5 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to registered developers. As expected, the release comes two weeks after the previous beta. We’ll update later on if there are any notable changes.

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08:47
Touch This: BioShock Coming to iPhone this Summer

The ever popular and always creepy first person shooter BioShock is making the jump to the small-ish screen this summer when it is finally released for the iPhone and iPad. The game was launched in 2007 and is currently available for gaming consoles, the Mac, and PCs, but so far has shied away from iOS's touch-based interface. There isn't any word yet on exactly when this summer it'll launch, or how much gamers will have to pay. Considering this is the original BioShock, and it's seven years old, we're betting it'll come in around the US$14.99 mark. Thanks to Engadget for the heads up.


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08:32
iOS global usage drops below Android for first time

iOS global usage now trails Android for the first time, according to Net Applications. Android had 44.62 percent of the market share in July, with iOS grabbing 44.19 percent. Though the percentage difference between platforms is at this point very small, iOS controlled more than 55 percent of market…

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08:11
Sprint lets iPhone in on Framily Wall Action

Sprint's Framily Wall opened up to iPhone users on Monday, bringing the private chat network Apple's smartphone for the first time. Framily Wall is a feature open to Sprint's Framily Plan subscribers for sharing messages, photos, video, and audio only between participants.

The Mac Observer Spin: If you want to share photos and videos, plus participate in chats with a small group of people, outside of services like Facebook, Framily Wall may be a good option. Assuming you, or someone you want to share with, is a Sprint subscriber, of course.


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08:08
2K bringing BioShock to iOS this summer

2K announced today that it’s bringing the hit game BioShock to iOS this summer. The critically acclaimed first-person shooter, originally released in 2007, will offer touch controls, as well as full MFi game controller support. No exact release date or pricing information is now at…

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07:08
US May Ban In-flight Calls, But not Over Safety...

The FCC doesn't see any problem with travelers making cell phone calls on airplanes, but the U.S. Department of Transportation still plans to push for a ban on in-flight calls. Instead of citing safety concerns, the DOT wants to prohibit cell phone calls because they would be too disruptive to other passengers.

The Mac Observer Spin: You can read ebooks, listen to music and watch movies, play Angry Birds, and even text and email on your flights, but make a call? Looks like the DOT doesn't want to have anything to do with that.


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06:58
NFL Now channel coming to Apple TV this month

The NFL will launch a dedicated Apple TV channel for its upcoming NFL Now service this month, 9to5Mac reports. A photo of the channel undergoing testing was reportedly taken by an NFL employee. First announced in January, NFL Now will feature original content,…

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06:38
Alleged iPad Air 2 rear shell shows slight redesign

Images of an alleged rear shell for Apple’s second-generation iPad Air were posted on Weibo this weekend. The images show redesigned speaker holes containing one row of large openings instead of two rows of small ones, as well as recessed volume controls. Also, the microphone…

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06:07
Microsoft Sues Samsung for Failure to Pay Patent...

Microsoft filed a lawsuit against Samsung last Friday over claims the electronics maker stopped paying patent licensing fees it agreed to in a three year old deal. According to the lawsuit, Samsung temporarily stopped making its routine payments last fall after Microsoft purchased Nokia and is now claiming the deal constitutes a breach of contract.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple didn't strike any patent licensing deals with Samsung, but Microsoft did. IT looks like Samsung doesn't have much respect for intellectual property even when it does agree to licensing terms.


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Sunday August 3

09:14
MGG 513: Lucky Number (Five-)Thirteen with Cool...

Dave's back from his Phishing Expedition and he and John jump right into Cool Stuff Found. More docking solutions, more mailbox solutions, Control Center for your Mac and lots more. Download, press play and enjoy!


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Saturday August 2

21:11
Apple Releases ‘Dreams’ Commercial Highlighting iOS...

Apple has released another commercial in its You're More Powerful Than You Think series called Dreams. The commercial features a variety of professionals using iPhones, iPads, and Macs at their job. Fire fighters, teachers, a jewelry designer, scientists, a pilot, a veterinarian, and more. The commercial features a song called "When I Grow Up" by Jennifer OâConnor.


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Friday August 1

17:43
How to Identify Power Bricks in One Clever Stroke

Everything comes with its own custom power brick these days. Here's a quick lifehack that helps Future You figure out how to match everything up with the appropriate power supply.


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17:35
How to Identify Power Bricks in One Clever Stroke

Everything comes with its own custom power brick these days. Here's a quick lifehack that helps Future You figure out how to match everything up with the appropriate power supply.


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15:48
Legal Mobile Phone Unlocking Bill to Be Signed into...

Huzzah! It will once again be legal to unlock your mobile phone, including smartphones, in the U.S. The White House announced on Friday that President Obama would sign the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, which was passed unanimously in a rare act of bipartisanship in both houses of Congress.


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15:18
Brilliant ‘Apple Clickbait Generator’ Makes Apple-...

"Why Everything Is Bad for Apple." So reads the title of the article you'll find at Apple Clickbait Generator (ACG), a brilliant idea created by Kirk Lennon and Owen Evans [via TUAW]. Every time you load up the ACG, you get a randomly generated article that explains why Apple is doomed. They're randomly generated, but many of the lines are culled from actual published clickbait. The result is so good, I expect many so-called journalists and their so-called publishers might start cribbing Apple-Is-Doomed straight from the ACG. Be it Apple's pricing, Apple's lefty obsession with Green, the lack of innovation, or the reality that the next iPhone will disappoint, the ACG has you covered. Brilliant!


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15:15
Microsoft’s Sobering Realization: It Can Never Win,...

Microsoft has struggled over the years to develop its own hardware. The Xbox has been the only notable success, and even that product has had its share of struggles. One has to wonder, how long can Microsoft endure without getting its mobile hardware part right?


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15:10
Kensington X3 Bluetooth Keyboard/Case for iPad Air...

Kensingtonâs integrated Bluetooth keyboard for iPad Air is a delight to use and offers several useful features. Notable is the ability to access the internal battery for emergency use and a magnetic gutter to hold the iPad securely in place.


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13:12
Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order...

The Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order) from Bitfountain has just 10 days left to preorder 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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13:01
Apple appoints Beats Music chief to head up iTunes...

Apple has picked Beats Music subscription service CEO Ian Rogers to additionally head up iTunes Radio, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. Citing people familiar with the matter, the report notes that Rogers will still continue to run the Beats Music subscription service while working…

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12:20
Facebook promises monthly iOS app updates

Facebook has released version 13.0 of its iOS app to the App Store, with update notes promising that the social network will now bring regular updates to the App Store “every 4 weeks,” while explaining how to enable iOS 7 automatic updates to stay current. Facebook notes…

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10:07
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-01

Break out your tin foil hat because there's a new security threat in town and it has USB written all over it. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to offer their take on BadUSB, plus they dive into Microsoft's failed appeal to avoid turning over data on servers in Ireland to U.S. law enforcement, and what that could mean for other businesses both in and outside of the country.


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08:18
Apple to Beats: Welcome to the Family

Apple gave Beats Music an official "welcome to the family" on Friday with a special page on the company's website. The iPhone and iPad maker has been in the process of buying Beats and Apple just bought Vivendi's stake in the company, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: OK Apple, now that Beats is officially part of your team, can we get earbuds that sound better and don't fall out of our ears? Also, give us some Beats streaming music playlists in iTunes Radio.


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08:00
iLounge Game Spotlight: 80 Days

80 Days ($5) is an interactive fiction adventure from inkle based on Jules Verne’s classic novel Around the World in Eighty Days. This game brings steampunk into the story as well, as players try find the quickest way around the globe through exploration and…

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07:43
Typo iPhone keyboard returns, updated, as Typo 2

Following an injunction by Blackberry earlier this year against its original Typo Keyboard Case (iLounge Rating: B-), Typo Products has released Typo 2, an updated version of its eponymous hardware keyboard for the iPhone 5 and 5s. Famously funded by Ryan Seacrest, the first…

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