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Thursday August 14

06:32
Apple's Phil Schiller challenges CEO Tim Cook...

Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller this week joined in on the popular "ice bucket challenge," which helps to raise money for the ALS Association, and even challenged CEO Tim Cook and a celebrity friend to get in on the act.



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06:30
News: Daily Deal: Get three months of Blinkist...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can take advantage of a special offer of three months free when subscribing to Blinkist, a mobile knowledge and learning companion for your iPhone and iPad. With a library covering a wide range of topics such as business, popular science, health, and history, Blinkist helps users easily explore new topics and learn new things, delivered to their devices in a bite-sized, ‘made-for-mobile’ format. Subscribe to…

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06:24
The Pain of an Apple Enthusiast: When Will I Be...


Apple is firing on all cylinders. The company is excelling in so many ways, it's hard to keep track of it all. It's building an amazing new "spaceship" headquarters. It's building solar farms to power its data centers. It's cleaning up its supply chain, both environmentally and through better labor practices. Apple produces the best-selling MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina display, which have helped to increase its PC market share in 32 of the last 33 quarters, despite generally lackluster U.S. and global economies.

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06:01
Apple Patches Safari WebKit Security Issues

Apple released Safari 7.0.6 for OS X Mavericks and Safari 6.1.6 for OS X Lion and Mountain Lion on Wednesday to patch several WebKit-related security and memory corruption issues that could let attackers run arbitrary code on victim's computers. The security issue could also cause app crashes.


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05:44
Selling the first telephone

The network effect is the idea that the value of a product or service is dependent on the number of others using it. If you are breaking ground on a new business area that depends on the network effect, this anecdote offers some terrific insight.

The anecdote goes this like: One telephone has no value. Two telephones have a wee bit of value. After 100 phones, you may know someone with a phone, and if so, then there is value in you signing up for telephone service. After 100,000 phones, you very likely know many people with phones. And at 1,000,000 phones, many of your friends, colleagues, and family will have phones, making the service highly valuable.

Interesting read, especially if you’ve got a bit of the entrepreneur in you.

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05:41
Apple and Samsung will sew-up the smartwatch market...

Apple and Samsung will largely own the smartwatch market between them, predicts Jackdaw Research chief analyst Jan Dawson in a report being issued later today and seen by Re/code.

Dawson said that new players should “stay out of the market,” and existing players should scale back their plans.

“We do not recommend that existing vendors should maintain current levels of investment when market growth and the overall revenue opportunity remain poor,” Dawson said. “It is unlikely that more than one or two small vendors will be able to make a sustainable business out of smartwatches in the face of competition from Samsung and [...] Apple” …

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05:30
Apple eliminates 2 more toxins from iPhone production

Over the years, either voluntarily or by pressure from environmentalists, Apple has paved the way toward eliminating hazardous materials like lead, mercury, and arsenic in the production of their products. Getting the ball rolling several years was no easy task as Apple was pressured mercilessly by Greenpeace to “clean up their act”. Now in 2014, Apple is the leader in safer production practices and renewable energy. Now Apple is adding two more chemicals to its list of banned toxins, ...

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05:28
Pandora CFO, Beats “not a competitive service”

Here’s one for Gruber’s Claim Chowder file. Pandora CFO Mike Herring, speaking with Oppenheimer Securities analyst Jason Helfstein at an investment conference:

I don’t have much comment on Beats. Frankly, it’s not a competitive service in any form today. iTunes Radio is much more of it, competitive service and really had no impact on us long-term.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:11
Toshiba enters wearables market with fitness tracker...

Toshiba is joining the ranks of companies producing wearable devices, by creating its own fitness band. The WERAM1100 uses a simplistic design of a small sensor block embedded inside an interchangeable rubber wristband, similar to the Sony SmartBand's construction, with the device able to perform typical fitness tracker monitoring functions....



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05:01
∞ Apple bans benzene and n-hexane from supply chain...

From a letter released today by Lisa Jackson, former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and now Apple’s environmental director:

Recently, we received some questions about whether the chemicals benzene and n-hexane are used in the manufacturing of our products. Apple treats any allegations of unsafe working conditions extremely seriously. We took immediate investigative action, sending specialized teams into each of our 22 final assembly facilities, and found no evidence of workers’ health being put at risk. We’ve updated our tight restrictions on benzene and n-hexane to explicitly prohibit their use in final assembly processes.

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05:00
Evidence that Apple is releasing two new iPhone 6...

Countless rumors and reports, including ones here on the PowerPage, have all but taken it for granted now that Apple will be announcing two new models of iPhone next month. Spy photos and prototype cases have been pointing to a 4.7 inch (screen) model and a 5.5 inch model, the latter being Apple’s entry into the “phablet” market. While the more reasonable seeming 4.7 inch iPhone 6 hasn’t been confirmed, an agency in Thailand says it has absolute proof that two different models exist.

As BGR reports, the website Manager Online is reporting that Takorn Tantasith, Secretary General of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), has announced...

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04:38
Unconfirmed reports that Pegatron is making half the...

Digitimes is reporting that Pegatron is making half of the 4.7-inch model of the iPhone 6, at least for orders placed in 2014. Citing upstream suppliers (those making components for delivery to the assembly plants), it’s rumored that Apple has asked Pegatron to make 25M of its initial order of 50M phones, with primary supplier Foxconn making the rest – along with all of the 5.5-inch models.

Taiwan’s Commercial Times had originally suggested that Pegatron would be receiving only 15 percent of orders, while DigiTimes said back in May that it was 30 percent – the same source that now says 50 percent. If you’re thinking all this suggests they are simply plucking numbers out of the air, you may well be right.

Either way, we’re expecting Apple to...

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04:26
Apple reimagines the mouse with force sensors,...

An Apple patent filing uncovered on Thursday describes an advanced mouse that employs sensors to measure the level and location of force exerted on its main button, as well as haptics systems for providing feedback.



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03:50
Sony’s discounted ‘Album of the day’ app goes...

Sony’s Album of the Day app for iPhone and iPod Touch, which provides a daily discount of up to 70 percent on albums by popular artists, has gone international. Originally launched in Germany in March, it is now available in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Every 24 hours, Album of the Day offers you one album from the artists you know and love at a special limited time promotional price. All deals live on your iPhone and are purchased safely through iTunes and saved to your iTunes library.

If you allow push notifications, you’ll receive a notification of each day’s deal, which is available for just 24 hours. You can download the free app from iTunes.

Via...

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02:12
Rumor: Apple supplier Pegatron nets 50% of 4.7-inch...

A rumor out of the Far East on Thursday claims Apple partner supplier Pegatron will be responsible for half of all 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" production, with the remainder going to Foxconn.



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01:11
Apple starts using China Telecom’s data centers to...

Apple has begun using Chinese data centers to store iCloud data for local Apple customers, the first time Apple has used mainland China for iCloud account and information storage. On a municipal government website, Fuzhuo City Telecom said that ‘Apple China has completed the iCloud data dump into China Telecom’s cloud services’.  (Update: The information now appears to have been pulled from the government site.)

By moving the site closer to the country itself, reliability, performance and uptime should be maximised for Chinese Apple users. The statement also notes that uptime availability should be at the 99.99% level. The site will end up taking responsibility for...

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00:00
Apple announces ban on n-hexane, benzene for its...

Thanks to the work of activists in raising awareness of the potential risks of some chemicals used in the production process of its products, Apple has announced that it is now restricting suppliers from using n-hexane and benzene in the final assembly process, even though the company's own investigation showed there was no direct danger of contamination for Apple workers. Because of the potential effects, the chemicals (used mostly for cleaning) are no longer permitted....



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Wednesday August 13

22:59
Apple makes supply chain substance regulations...

Following a decision to ban benzene and n-hexane from use in supplier factories, Apple for the first time made its Regulated Substances Specifications -- supply chain restrictions for hazardous/toxic materials -- available for public viewing for the first time.



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22:04
Phil Schiller joins the ranks of tech execs taking...

Apple’s Senior VP of Marketing posted a few photos of himself taking the Ice Bucket Challenge on Twitter today. The challenge was created by former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates in order to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (more commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease).

The challenge itself involves dumping a bucket of ice water over one’s head, then selecting a number of friends to do the same. Those who are challenged to participate but fail to do so within 24 hours are asked to donate to the ALS Association. Donations to the organization have reached over $1.35 million since the challenge started catching on in late July, a spokesperson said. During the same time last year...

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22:00
Reviews: GX Gaming DeathTaker mouse

Gaming is a serious endeavor for many people, driving them to look for the best performance in their system and interface devices. From the pinpoint accuracy needed to get the perfect shot to the ability to unleash a string of macros, there are many things to consider when looking for the perfect mouse. But with the number of big companies offering mice, is it worth it to look to some of the small ......



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21:12
Briefly: Shazam for iOS rolls out Beats Music...

The iOS version of Shazam has begun to roll out a new "Listen Now" feature from Beats Music. The music streaming service integration allows users to tag a song with Shazam and then immediately play it in Beats Music. A subscription is required to Beats Music to utilize this new feature, however a 14-day free trial of the service is available....

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19:50
Murder Suspect Asked Siri Where To Hide a Dead Body

An anonymous reader writes A Florida man currently on trial for murder reportedly attempted to use Siri to garner ideas about where to bury the body of his dead roommate. According to police allegations, a University of Florida student named Pedro Bravo murdered his roommate via strangulation in late September of 2012 over a dispute involving Bravo's ex- girlfriend. According to a detective working the case, Bravo subsequently fired up Siri on his iPhone and asked it "I need to hide my roommate."

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19:34
New job listings indicate Apple’s aim to bolster...

 

Following the recent hire of a former Burberry and Nike social marketing executive to run Apple’s new social media arm, a few job listings on Apple’s website point to an attempt to bolster the company’s retail marketing team. A few of the positions were outlined by ifo Apple Store earlier today and seem to point toward an increased focus on building and maintaining customer loyalty to the Apple brand.

We’ve heard time and again that Apple customers...

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19:13
Corel Painter 2015

Major new release adds physics-based Particle Brushes and 64-bit support. ($429 new, 194 MB)

 

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18:55
T-Mobile announces plan to throttle those abusing...

On the heels of Verizon's announcement that it will periodically throttle the LTE speeds of its most prodigious users during times of network congestion, a leak from T-Mobile has revealed a similar program -- but with a different approach. Rather than targeting a certain percentage of the heaviest users without discrimination, the carrier plans to first educate and then restrict the speeds of only those users who are in violation of the terms and conditions of the "unlimited' data plans through torrenting or tethering abuse....



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18:42
Router, switch memory limits responsible for recent...

Since yesterday the Internet has hit some bouts of turbulence as a widespread issue slowly works its way across infrastructure. The issues aren't tied to any sort of fiber issues or due to the exhaustion of iPv4 address, but rather the exhaustion of memory inside of some hardware such as routers and switches. Starting on Tuesday, border gateway protocol (BGP) tables, the tables responsible for keeping track of a map of the Internet, started to hit their limit in older hardware, making chunks of the Internet inaccessible in the process....



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18:05
Apple celebrating diversity in Cupertino with...

Yesterday, Apple released its first ever diversity report and a letter from CEO Tim Cook explaining Apple’s approach to diversity and inclusion and its importance at Apple. The report details several facts, including that 55% of Apple’s United States workforce is white and only 30% of the Apple workforce is female.

Writing about the report, Cook said, “I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page. They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard for quite some time to improve them.” In a move to further promote diversity and inclusion within Apple’s culture, Apple is holding several events this week at its Cupertino headquarters, according to sources…

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18:00
Safari 7.0.6 and 6.1.6

Patches multiple memory corruption issues in WebKit. (Free)

 

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18:00
App Invasion: Get to know the new Foursquare, your...

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18:00
App Invasion: Get to know the new Foursquare, your...

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17:57
Galaxy Alpha: Samsung Puts Pedal to Metal


Samsung has unveiled its long-awaited Galaxy Alpha smartphone featuring a metal frame and a 4.7-inch HD Super AMOLED display. "We have taken a new approach to smartphone design with the Galaxy Alpha, focusing on sophisticated design techniques and compact construction, while building upon the Galaxy experience," said Samsung spokesperson Ashley Gregory. Despite the device's new metal frame, solid finish and lightweight design, however, the Galaxy Alpha "still provides users with the same powerful hardware and features," he added.

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17:47
Dash releases its smart driving application for...


Dash, a popular smart driving tool that originally launched on Android in January, is now finally available for iPhone users. The free app pairs with a device that plug into your car and transmit data back to the app. From there you can see data about your car’s performance and alert you of any potential issues and an average cost for any repairs you might need.

Dash can also track your driving habits and suggest ways to improve your car’s...

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17:37
Apple bans use of two hazardous chemicals in iPhone...

Following pressure from activist groups, Apple on Wednesday announced the ban of two potentially hazardous chemicals -- n-hexane and benzene -- from being used in overseas factories during the final stages of iPhone production.



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17:27
Samsung trolls iPhone-toting ‘wall huggers’ at power...


Image via Cnet

Last month Samsung ramped up the anti-Apple rhetoric with a new ad campaign that depicted iPhone users as “wall huggers,” constantly tethered to a power outlet due to the inferior battery in their non-Samsung smartphones. Today Cnet reports that the company has taken its campaign one step further by trolling real-life iPhone users at power outlets throughout major airports.

The new ads take the form of...

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17:06
Apple bans potentially dangerous chemicals from...


Photo: Sunday Mirror

Five months after Chinese and American labor watchdog groups petitioned Apple to investigate the use of potentially hazardous materials in its iPhone and iPad assembly process, the company has announced that it will make changes banning the use of at least two chemicals, the Associated Press reported today. The chemicals in question are benzene and n-hexane, which are tied to lukemia and nerve damage, respectively.

After conducting a four-month study, Apple says it determined that there was no evidence to suggest that these chemicals posed a threat to workers assembling its devices in twenty-two factories, but announced...

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17:06
OCZ releases the ARC 100 series, a value line of...

Toshiba owned OCZ announced the release of a new series of 2.5-inch solid state drives (SSD) called the ARC 100. With the new ARC series drives, OCZ is offering solid state performance at entry-level pricing to spur consumer adoption. OCZ is selling the SATA III drives in three sizes, featuring Toshiba NAND, a three-year warranty and prices starting as low as $75....



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17:03
Samsung puts 'wall hugger' ads on airport...

As part of its ongoing Apple-bashing campaign, Samsung recently took their "wall hugger" message to major airports, cleverly buying ad space around power outlets where iPhone users apparently congregate.



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17:01
Safari updated for Lion and higher with security...

Seven potential security and stability flaws in the WebKit engine that drives Safari have been identified and fixed in a new update for the default Mac web browser, which was released on Wednesday. The patch updates the version numbers to 6.1.6 for older OS versions going back to Lion (OS X 10.7.5), and to 7.0.6 for Mavericks (10.9.4). Problems with a WebKit vulnerability that could cause crashes, alongside some memory corruption issues, prompted the update....



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16:30
ACM 267: Apple, HealthKit and Steve Jobs Design...

Apple wants to own the health tracking market, but give us control over the data we collect. Jeff and Bryan look at iOS 8's HealthKit and how it could change the way we handle our own medical and fitness data, Google and Samsung's push to get a piece of the health tracking market, Apple's design philosophy, and the potential for online micropayment systems.


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16:07
Apple TV, the Ideal HomeKit Hub for Home Automation

Apple makes a little black box that hangs out on your network and waits for you to need it. Kelly explains how Apple TV + HomeKit = Crazy Delicious, and is likelier than you may think.


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16:00
Yo evolves past one-word phrases, adds links,...

Early this week the ubiquitous messaging app Yo received an update that moves it beyond the single word phrase that made it popular. In the 1.1.0 version of the free application, new profile options, links, a subscription service and hashtags were all added to give Yo some more communication options and perhaps more appeal....



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16:00
Updated GEICO Mobile app brings you gas, lets you...

GEICO has released a new update for its handy iOS app which introduces a few new features and brings back an old one. Making its triumphant return is the "bring gas" feature for roadside assistance. It's embarrassing enough to run out of gas on the...

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15:30
WhoDoYou is a referral app with a lot of potential

WhoDoYou is a free app that uses public Facebook conversations to help you find local businesses. You can also see recommendations from your friends and groups on Facebook after logging in. The app aims to help eliminate the feeling of taking advice...

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15:02
Snowden Blows NSA's MonsterMind


The NSA is working on a new program codenamed "MonsterMind" that will automate the monitoring of traffic patterns on the Internet to look for attacks, whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed. When it detects an attack, MonsterMind will automatically block it from entering the U.S. cyberinfrastructure. It also will automatically fire back at the server from which the attack was launched. That could be a problem, he said, because such attacks can be spoofed -- routed through the servers of innocent third parties.

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15:00
Moshi's IonBank 5K with Lightning Connector: No...

With literally hundreds of iPhone/iPad battery packs available, it takes something special to get this reviewer excited. Moshi's IonBank 5K with Lightning Connector (US$88.95) has enough power stored up to give your iPhone 5 a few full charges, and...

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14:57
Apple hints at Maps data-collection project taking...

Apple has for a long time hired engineers around the globe to contribute to making its Maps experience better. While positions for its team outside Cupertino usually consist of Maps Quality Analysts and Ground Truth managers that submit region specific corrections for Maps, a new job listing on Apple’s website hints at a “data-collection project” planned for New York.

The location of the position is listed as a Austin, Texas, but Apple says the job requires 75% travel and is a full-time role based in New York.

We don’t learn much else about the project from the job listing, but it’s the first to hit Apple’s site mentioning the...

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14:47
Briefly: Uber's 'Cruise Control'...

Cab ordering service Uber has released an update for its app, adding new features the company calls "Cruise Control" for both the rider and driver versions. For riders, the update includes a new destination entry that allows the driver to automatically sees what users have entered at pick-up time. Drivers can now enable turn-by-turn navigation for the destination provided by the rider, eliminating the need for third-party navigation apps. The aim of the update is to improve the efficiency of cab rides for both drivers and riders alike. The features are now live for iOS and Android users....



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14:29
Meet the beer bottle dictator

The Daily Beast:

For years, one man has approved virtually every beer label design in the United States. Among brewers, he’s a tyrant. A legend.

A pedantic pain in the ass.

Brewers and legal experts speak of him in hushed tones, with equal parts irritation and reverence.

And he goes by the name “Battle.”

I’d never thought of the fact that someone would have to approve beer labels.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:16
Apple releases Safari 6.1.6 and Safari 7.0.6 with...

Apple on Wednesday rolled out updated versions of its Safari Web browser for OS X, bringing fixes for WebKit corruption issues and other security concerns.



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14:07
New iPhone 6 part leaks include front panel, buttons...

Luxury customization outfit Feld & Volk has published new photos of a collection of alleged iPhone 6 parts. The most prominent depict a front panel, offering a closer glimpse at cables, attachments, and edges. The edges are visibly rounded, presumably meant to blend seamlessly with the phone's back panel....



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14:03
Mailbox for iOS updated with Passbook support, new...

Popular iOS email client Mailbox was updated on Wednesday with a number of new features, including support for new languages, integration with Passbook and spam filtering, among other email management tweaks.



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14:00
Kids Making Healthy Choices: An app with lifelong...

Kids Making Healthy Choices is a US$2.99 app based on an award-winning set of children books designed to promote healthy eating, teach tolerance of overweight friends (so bullying can be avoided), and instill a respect for health and well-being...

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13:57
Apple releases Safari 6.1.6 and Safari 7.0.6 with...

Apple today has released new versions of Safari for OS X Lion/Mountain Lion and OS X Mavericks that address security and WebKit issues. The Safari 6.1.6 update for the older versions of OS X and Safari 7.0.6 update for the latest OS X are available in Software Update on the Mac App Store. Here are the release notes from Apple’s support page:

Safari 6.1.6 and Safari 7.0.6

  • WebKit

    Available for: OS X Lion v10.7.5, OS X Lion Server v10.7.5, OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5, OS X Mavericks v10.9.4

    Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution

    Description:...

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13:43
Sugar: the evolution of a forbidden fruit

The Globe and Mail:

Sugars are themselves toxins, some researchers suggest, that cause obesity, diabetes, hyper- tension and Alzheimer’s disease. Sugar has joined salt and fat on the list of dietary evils. Governments and health experts are urging people to cut back their daily intake.

How did we get ourselves into this unhappy state?

It’s a shame something so many of us love and crave is potentially so deadly.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:38
The best smart lights for your home

Connectedly:

One of the easiest ways for to jump into the connected home space is with some awesome connected lighting. Smart lights are simply bulbs (and usually a bridge or hub) that replaces your standard light bulbs and offer more functionality — namely being able to control them from your smartphone or tablet. These Wi-Fi bulbs are typically more expensive than standard bulbs, but last just as long (if not longer), plus they go above and beyond just keeping you out of the dark.

If I was a home owner, I’d probably investigate these (and other) kinds of lighting systems. Do any of you use/recommend any particular system you use in your own home?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:36
Mac: Macphun Software Tonality

The forthcoming departure of the powerful image editor and manager Aperture from the OS X ecosystem has hit many photographers right in the gut. If you’re searching for an alternative and enjoy black & white photography, Macphun Software offers up Tonality ($20) for your pleasure. Tonality is a 16-bit RAW image editing application that allows users to quickly and efficiently process color RAW (or other format) images to Black & White....

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13:20
Dropbox’s Mailbox for iOS updated with new languages...




The popular Dropbox-owned email client Mailbox received a notable update today bringing a...

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13:07
Third beta of OS X 10.9.5 reaches developers

Apple is now seeding a third beta of OS X 10.9.5 to developers. The software has a 13F14 build number, and focus areas identical to the previous beta. Developers are asked to test Safari, graphics, Thunderbolt support, and USB/USB smart cards....



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13:03
A Mad Magazine Experiment with iPad Gone Sour

Back in 2010, John Martellaro said good-bye to paper and started moving all his magazine subscriptions to digital versions on an iPad. Here's an update on how that project went. Hint: the technology didn't develop well, and John is going back to paper. For now.


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13:00
Warhammer 40,000: Carnage is 70% off for a limited...

If you've got a hankering for killing orcs but you're living on a budget, there's good news from Roadhouse Interactive. For a limited time, their side-scrolling action RPG Warhammer 40,000: Carnage is available for 70% off in the iOS store. The title...

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12:50
Snowden, declassified documents reveal more of NSA...

The National Security Agency (NSA) was behind the two-day Internet blackout of Syria in 2012, claims whistleblower Edward Snowden. The accusation, alongside claims that the NSA is working on an automated malware killer, from Snowden comes at the same time as a separate report appearing to show the NSA collected far more information than was legally allowed....



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12:45
Microsoft Gets the Jitters Out of Time-Lapse Video


Microsoft has some good news for action-cam fans who like to capture their outdoor adventures in video. It's found a way to bring time-lapse photography to first-person video footage. Called "Hyperlapse," the technology can shrink hours of video into minutes without the jitter, shake and artifacts previously associated with the time-lapse process. That can be very useful to first-person camcorder enthusiasts who want to give others the feel of a rock climb or bike trip, for example, without forcing them to sit through hours of uneventful video.

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12:45
HP courted Apple, now in talks with Google for...

As it looks to rebound after years of slumping performance, old-guard Silicon Valley firm Hewlett-Packard reportedly held talks with relative newcomers Apple and Google in recent months to create a new type of "Enterprise Siri" system that would allow its corporate customers to search their document and data troves using their voice.



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12:34
News: Report: Apple, HP talked enterprise before IBM...

Hewlett Packard and Apple reportedly had talks about a possible enterprise partnership before Apple announced its IBM deal, according to The Information. HP has developed an enterprise mobile search product interestingly nicknamed “Enterprise Siri.” The main gist of the report is that HP has been discussing an enterprise deal with Google’s Android unit, as the partnership would develop Google Now into a voice tool that could search…

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12:33
Close-up photos appear to show iPhone 6 display...



We’re now less than a month away from the anticipated iPhone event in September meaning it’s prime season for parts from the next generation iPhone to surface. New high resolution photos shared today by Feld & Volk (...

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12:33
Apple Ready for iPhone 6 Mass Production

Apple is reportedly ready to flip the switch and start mass production of the iPhone 6 ahead of the all but confirmed September 9 media event to introduce the newest member to the company's smartphone lineup. Assuming full scale production is ramping up now, that gives Apple about a month to build up inventory before the iPhone 6's projected release date.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple hasn't confirmed the September 9 media event, or even that new iPhone models have been designed. That said, it's pretty likely we'll get our early September announcement, and the new models will ship a week or so later.


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12:30
Oceanhorn is a console sized adventure on mobile

Oceanhorn is an exciting adventure game focused on exploration and battle interlaced with a fantasy story. You play as a boy who is searching for his father and tasked with discovering more about the monster called "Oceanhorn." The narrative draws...

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12:11
T-Mobile to throttle customers using unlimited data...

In the world of wireless, words like “unlimited data” have their restrictions if you take the time to read the fine print of a carrier’s service agreement and it appears that T-Mobile is not exempt from such practices. An alleged internal memo obtained by TmoNews details how the company will address customers suspected of using its network to access peer-to-peer file sharing services.

Here’s an excerpt from the internal communication:

T-mobile has identified customers who are heavy data users and are engaged in peer-to-peer file sharing, and tethering outside of T-Mobile’s Terms and Conditions (T&C). This results in a negative data network...

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12:00
Which iPhone 6 rumor do you believe the most? [Poll]

With less than a month left before Apple will allegedly release the next-generation iPhone, rumors are running rampant. TUAW is doing a good job of keeping rumors out of the headlines; we'll see the actual devices soon enough. Of the rumored features...

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11:54
A pair of key ‘iWatch’/’iBand’ developers confirm...

Two key members of the Apple team working on the iWatch/iBand (or your favorite “i” + wearable nickname) have confirmed their new jobs at Apple via their LinkedIn profiles. Jay Blahnik, formally a key advisor on the Nike FuelBand project and a world-renowned fitness expert, joined at Apple in July of 2013. Divya Nag, a rising star in the medical research world with experience in FDA approvals, joined Apple in April 2014.

We broke the news on the Blahnik hire in July 2013:

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11:50
Briefly: Boxcryptor Mac beta, Skylanders Trap Team...

Cloud storage encryption software, Boxcryptor, has released two new OS X beta versions. Boxcryptor protects users' files that are in the cloud, applicable to Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, and more. The newest version offers added support for OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) and iCloud Drive, as well as support for Spotlight and Trash enabled in the Advanced Preferences. Saving and loading of preferences and offline support are improved. Boxcryptor can now better handle sync conflicts, with auto-fixing for modified encrypted filenames now available. For both Boxcryptor and Boxcryptor Classic...



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11:48
Apple has 'no immediate plans' to deal...

Apple currently has no plans to replace 2011 MacBook Pros suffering from crashes and graphics corruptions involving AMD GPUs, say AppleInsider sources linked to Apple's repair network. Lacking any official guidance, lower-level Apple workers are said to be directing customers to third-party repair outfits. Those firms are reportedly seeing a surge of broken systems, which has led to Apple escalating requests for deeper investigation, and at least some repair network managers being notified....



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11:30
Daily Deals for August 13, 2014, featuring the Award...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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11:27
The most wanted man in the world

Wired:

For almost nine months, I have been trying to set up an interview with (Edward Snowden) – traveling to Berlin, Rio de Janeiro twice, and New York multiple times to talk with the handful of his confidants who can arrange a meeting. Among other things, I want to answer a burning question: What drove Snowden to leak hundreds of thousands of top-secret documents, revelations that have laid bare the vast scope of the government’s domestic surveillance programs?

Interesting story about a fascinating and polarizing person.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:20
Uber adds turn-by-turn directions for drivers, Yo...

Customers of car-calling service Uber will no longer need to give their driver directions to their destination, while users of inexplicably popular monovocable messaging app Yo can now add hashtags and attach links to Yos. Also, Apple has seeded a new test build of OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 to developers.



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11:00
The minimalist's Mac setup

Clean Mac desktop setups are a thing to behold, and this one is quite striking. With hardly a wire in sight, it's clean and tuned for productivity. Lovely.

Have a particularly sexy Mac desk you want to show off? Hit me up on Twitter with your best...

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10:57
ImaginMe: Brilliant iPad app idea

An interactive children’s story platform, that lets you create a 3D character of your child and make him/her the hero of every story.

Go watch the video—it’s brilliant!

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10:53
Apple seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 build 13F14 to...

Apple today has provided developers with a new beta of the upcoming OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 release. Today’s build number is 13F14, which is two builds newer than last week’s 13F12 build. Apple has asked developers to continue testing USB, USB Smart Cards, Safari, Graphics, and Thunderbolt integration with 10.9.5. The update is available for developers running the previous 10.9.5 seed via Software Update in the Mac App Store.

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10:41
AT&T offers $200 off 4G iPads with Next upgrades...

AT&T has begun a new promotion aimed at people on Next upgrade plans. If a subscriber buys an iPhone 5s or 5c, the carrier is offering $200 off a cellular-equipped iPad. That brings the price of a 16GB cellular Retina Mini down to $329, and an equivalent Air to $429. There are other stipulations as well however, namely that an iPad has to be activated under a two-year wireless agreement on a Mobile Share Value plan or a standalone data plan....



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10:41
8 Award-Winning Mac Apps for $39.99

We have a great deal for you today called the Award-Winning MacLovin' Bundle. It's eight award-winning Mac apps with a retail price of $861 that you can get for $39.99. Those apps are: Cinemagraph Pro, djay, NetSpot Pro, Keyboard Maestro, Hype 2, Dropzone 3, Moom, and Boom. Those are all high quality pieces of software, and they have all earned at least one award from magazine. If that's not enough, this bundle deal also includes a developer training course called The OS X App Masterclass. There's a lot of value in this bundle, and you have just under seven days to get it as of this writing.


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10:39
NomadPlus battery attachment for Apple wall plug...

The newly announced NomadPlus battery accessory serves as a plug for Apple's official 5-volt wall charger that packs in a full 1,800mAh battery, which can completely recharge an iPhone 5s on the go.



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10:27
Drobo updated to more easily separate Time Machine...

Drobo, a popular brand of connected storage arrays, has today issued a notable software update that should cheer up some Mac users. The company’s new drive software now more easily works with OS X’s Time Machine backup service. By default, Time Machine automatically allocates storage in external drives to be wholly used for Time Machine backups. If you want to use a single Drobo drive for holding both a Time Machine backup and separate stored data, you would have to simply manually drop folders into the drive’s Finder window. Today’s Drobo update adds functionality to make this process and data separation more automated:

  • No need for complicated partitioning of the main...
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10:12
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-13

We were promised so many cool technologies over the years, but not all of those materialized. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on how the vision of tech from sci-fi shows translated to the real world, and they look at the promise of artificial intelligence and how that could eventually fit into our lives.


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10:00
I'd like to apologize to Kim Kardashian

I've been hard on Kim Kardashian. Well, not necessarily hard on her as a person, but I've always written about her iOS game, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, in a negative way. I apologize for that. I still think the app itself is the kind that appeals to...

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09:23
Thai government authorizes two iPhone 6 models for...

The Secretary General of Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, Takorn Tantasith, has announced distribution approval for two iPhone 6 models, according to reports and Tantasith's own Twitter account. Apple is said to have filed an import application on August 5th, and received certification and written approval on August 8th. The two models are listed as A1586 and A1524. While government regulations state that such approvals must be declared publicly, the actual specifications of the phones are still being protected....



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09:04
9to5Toys Lunch Break: up to 65% off Mac/iPad cases...

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

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09:01
News: Daily Deal: The Award-Winning MacLovin’ Bundle

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up eight great Mac apps for only $39.99—that’s 95% off the regular price—in our MacLovin’ Bundle. The bundle includes Cinemagraph Pro, Djay, NetSpot Pro, Keyboard Maestro, Hype, Dropzone, Moom, and Boom. Plus, as an added bonus, you even get the OS X App Master Class—22 hours of instruction on how to make fantastic Mac apps. Grab The Award-Winning MacLovin’ Bundle now for only…

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09:00
Anything you say to Siri can and will be used...

"Siri, read him his rights..."

If you happen to murder someone, do not ask Siri for help on where you can hide a body. Apple's intelligent assistant used to come back with locations like quarries, swamps, and dumps. Well, according to various news...

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08:58
Thailand government official claims Apple has...

Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has approved two new Apple handsets -- said to be variants of the so-called "iPhone 6" -- for sale in the country, the regulator's secretary general revealed on Wendesday, suggesting that Thailand could join the list of launch countries for the next-generation devices.



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08:37
SwitchEasy B’Spoke for iPad Air

Although it doesn't have quite the design refinement we're used to seeing from SwitchEasy, B'Spoke for iPad Air ($50) is nonetheless interesting due to its unusually thin profile. Offered in either an all-brown or a black exterior/red interior combination, B'Spoke uses a leatherette-covered "Smart Memory Alloy" to achieve a 2.2mm thinness on all sides, including a folio-styled front lid and a trapezoidal support for conversion into a video stand.…

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08:30
The Week in Mac Apps: At the desk

At the desk

In this week’s roundup, you’ll find a few apps designed to help you ease back into your school days, whether being a student is your full-time job or just a part of it.

Bee 1.8.9

If you’re a developer who has to deal with that most heinous form of torture known as Web-based issue tracking systems, Neat.io’s $30 Bee could be the source of some much-needed respite.

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08:28
Apps: Delicious Library, Arq, HoudahSpot
08:18
As Siri gets more powers in iOS 8, we ask: Do you...

When Siri lost its beta tag almost a year ago, I suggested it might be a good time for those who’d been frustrated with its early performance to give it another chance. What I discovered through your comments was that Siri seems to be one of those things that polarizes views: people either loving it and using it every day, or dismissing it as a useless gimmick. Not too many people seem to fall between the two.

But Apple has continued to work hard on improving the service, adding new capabilities as well as refining its ability to handle existing ones. It might not yet be as sophisticated as its creators envisage for the future, but a year on seemed a good point to...

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08:00
How to see the names, passwords, and credit cards...

Safari makes it very easy for you to store usernames, passwords, and credit cards that you've entered into websites on your Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or iOS 7 device. If you use iCloud Keychain syncing, you can even share that information between your...

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07:57
News: Apple approved to sell two iPhone 6 models in...

Apple has received approval to sell two new iPhone models in Thailand, according to Manager Online. The approval was also confirmed in a tweet by Takorn Tantasith, Thailand’s Secretary General of the National Broadcasting Telecommunications Commission. It’s reported that Apple requested to sell two new models, A1586 and A1524. The request was filed on August 5 and approved on August 8. Considering the early approval, it’s possible…

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07:49
Sports arenas marketing with Apple's iBeacon...

Promoting products to iPhone users using Apple's wireless location-based iBeacon technology is a fine line, as professional sports teams try to provide helpful information to fans to sell more goods without pestering and annoying them.



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07:40
Uber adds destination entry for riders & turn-by...

Uber announced today that it’s added new features that will make the experience even more seamless for both users and its drivers.

We envision a day when there is no coordination necessary to take an Uber ride. Simply push the button, and the rest is essentially on cruise control: the car quickly shows up at exactly the right place and whisks you away to your destination via the best possible route. The latest rider and driver app releases take us one step closer to that world with two new features:

A new destination entry feature lets users quickly enter destination details into the Uber app that are then automatically available to the driver when they arrive. “You can literally skip the step where you tell the driver where you’re going.”

Uber has also added turn-by-turn navigation to its driver app: With one tap, the driver can...

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07:34
AT&T now offering $200 off a cellular iPad when...

AT&T has launched a new promo for those looking to pickup an iPhone 5s or 5c in the near future and save some cash on a new iPad. The offer is valid only with the purchase of one of Apple’s soon to be replaced iPhones through AT&T’s Next program and only for a cellular iPad model.

Another important thing to note is that the iPad needs to be activated under a two-year wireless agreement on a Mobile Share Value plan ($10/month) or a standalone plan (starting at $14.99/...

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07:30
Manchester United football team bans the iPad from...

Manchester United Football Club has banned the iPad and other tablet devices from Old Trafford Stadium. As reported by Manchester Evening News, the team sent an email to fans announcing this policy change ahead of its pre-season closer with Valencia...

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07:28
iPhone 6 in last phase before mass production,...

The iPhone 6 is currently in a final product validation phase before it begins mass production, Chinese media sources say. Apple is specifically said to be working with Foxconn's Zhengzhou facility in churning out small quantities, with the goal of making sure quality control is up to par. Some reports had indicated that the iPhone 6 was already in production, but it may be that rumors of delays were accurate....



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