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Thursday July 17

13:00
When Ron Johnson told Steve Jobs the Apple Store...

You may know Ron Johnson as the man who helped mold Target into the retailer it is today, or perhaps as the Senior Vice President of Retail Operations at Apple from 2000 through 2011. Maybe you know him from his recent work trying to turn JCPenney...

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12:57
Buzz Aldrin once punched a moon hoaxer in the face

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Factually:

Amazingly, there are still some people who don’t think we landed on the moon. These people are complete idiots, to put it kindly. Back in 2002, Buzz Aldrin punched one of those idiots after being followed and harassed at a hotel in Beverly Hills.

I post this in honour of yesterday’s 45th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11. And because Buzz Aldrin is a bad ass.

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12:49
First look: Using Passbook at an Apple Store to buy...

Apple on Thursday began offering customers in the U.S. and elsewhere the ability to replenish their iTunes Store credit through its Passbook digital wallet application for iPhone when visiting an Apple Store. AppleInsider offers a first look at how it works.



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12:49
Apple’s iTunes Pass is Not (Yet?) a Mobile Payment...

Over the past week Apple has staged a rollout of their new iTunes Pass feature, first in Japan and now in the USA, Germany and elsewhere. As it stands today, iTunes Pass is simply a way to add money to your iTunes/App Store account at an Apple Store, nothing more. At least not yet.


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12:30
iTunes Pass spreads to U.S., U.K., and more

For anyone without a credit or debit card, adding money to an iTunes or App Store account usually means picking up a gift card from a retail store. iTunes Pass, which originally launched its test run in Japan, is now available in several additional...

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12:21
Asus reportedly sold more tablets than Apple in...

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According to figures released by market research company BCN, Asus sold more tablets than Apple during the first half of 2014 in Japan. Asus’ market share rose 8 percent year-over-year during the first half of 2014, the report claims, giving it a 38.9 percent portion of the tablet market in Japan. Apple, on the other hand, holds a 36.4 percent share (via Nikkei). This is the first time Asus has ever held the top spot in Japan, according to the report. The BCN research consists of sales data of 117 “leading digital electronic products” from 22 mass retailers. Price, of course, plays a big factor in Asus’ success in Japan. The...

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12:18
Apple expands availability of two-step verification...

Just over a year after first enabling two-step verification for its pervasive Apple ID account system, Apple on Thursday revealed the feature's expansion to nearly 50 additional countries around the world in an updated technical support document.



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12:04
Apps of the Week: Overcast, Ingress, Endless Numbers...

New Apps Google Analytics (free) — Google has released a new Google Analytics app that allows users to access their web and app data from an iOS device. For those not in the know, Google Analytics is a popular service that offers website owners…

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12:04
The state of the American dog

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Esquire:

Reviled, pit bulls have become representative. There is no other dog that figures as often in the national narrative—no other dog as vilified on the evening news, no other dog as defended on television programs, no other dog as mythologized by both its enemies and its advocates, no other dog as discriminated against, no other dog as wantonly bred, no other dog as frequently abused, no other dog as promiscuously abandoned, no other dog as likely to end up in an animal shelter, no other dog as likely to be rescued, no other dog as likely to be killed.

In a way, the pit bull has become the only American dog, because it is the only American dog that has become an American metaphor—and the only American dog that people bother to name.

I love all dogs (except poodles) and hate seeing them treated poorly. And no dog has been treated as...

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12:00
Revolution 60: All-female action adventure

What happens when a mostly female development team comes together to create an action-adventure game staffed entirely by female characters? Revolution 60 by Giant Spacekat (US$6.99/try-then-IAP-buy) happens. It's a touch-based iPad story-driven take...

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11:30
Daily Deals for July 17, 2014, featuring the Doxie...

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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11:29
XiStera XS Plus 8-In-1 Multitool for iPhone Includes...

For today's deal, I have another device that qualifies for Cool Stuff Found, except that we get to offer it to you at a discount. It's called XiStera XS Plus 8-In-1 Multitool for iPhone. It has eight functions, including magnetically-attached lenses for your iPhone's camera, dual tripod mount, a multi-position stand, a capacitive stylus, ear-bud wrap, a key ring, and my favorite, a bottle opener. That's a lot of functionality, and it's normally priced at $70. Through our deal, you can get it for $44.99.


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11:15
The Loop sponsorships available

We have some sponsorships available in July and August, so if you would like to get your product or service in front of 1.5 million monthly readers and about 100,000 Twitter and RSS subscribers, Email Jim Dalrymple.

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11:08
Google updates 2D physics engine LiquidFun with...

Google today announced the release of LiquidFun 1.1, an update to the open-sourced 2D physics engine originally released last December. New in today’s release is browser support and this allows games using the engine only found on Android devices to be ported over as Chrome extensions. Also new in the update is iOS support. Google says previous versions of the engine could be modified to work on iOS, but today’s update brings native support to the platform. The release notes are below:

  • LiquidFun now runs in your browser! Using Emscripten, we’ve translated LiquidFun into JavaScript. You can see LiquidFun’s Testbed application, rewritten in JavaScript, running on our landing page.
  • We’ve added iOS support for LiquidFun’s internal Testbed and EyeCandy applications. Earlier versions of LiquidFun could be made to run on iOS, but iOS is now officially supported....
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11:00
Crowdfunding Roundup: Hydros, Ritot, and more

Each week, TUAW provides readers with an update on new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects in the news. While our policy is to not go into detail on items that haven't reached at least 80 percent of their funding goal, this update is...

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10:48
Giveaway: WaterField Solo

Until August 6, enter to win one of three WaterField Solo cases for the MacBook Air.



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10:43
R.I.P. Johnny Winter

Texas blues legend Johnny Winter, known for his lightning-fast blues guitar riffs, his striking long white hair and his collaborations with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died. He was 70.

Huge loss for music.

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10:37
Facebook debuts Mentions iOS app for celebrities,...

Facebook has launched a new iPhone app, Mentions. Unlike its others, however, Mentions can't be accessed by the general public. Instead users must have a verified account, restricting it to businesses and celebrities such as actors, politicians, and musicians....



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10:35
Continuity Keypad adds a dialer to OS X Yosemite for...

Anyone testing iPhone Handoff calling on OS X Yosemite, Apple’s latest Mac operating system, have probably noticed one major detail missing: a dialer. Student developers Eytan Schulman and Harrison Weinerman have created a very useful utility called Continuity Keypad that solves that problem.

Essentially what the app does is bridge a gap created by Handoff and FaceTime when making calls on your Mac using your iPhone. It creates a dialer similar to the one found on your iPhone allowing you to easily call numbers using your iPhone from your Mac, and it uses transparency to fit in with the new look of OS X.

The current implementation of Handoff between iPhone and Mac allows you to answer incoming calls from anyone, call out numbers saved in your contacts, or type out...

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10:33
Oh Samsung

Samsung on Wednesday announced the imminent release of its “Level” headphone and portable speaker lineup, which features four premium devices seemingly aimed directly at Apple’s Beats hardware.

I’m shocked that just weeks after Apple buys Beats, Samsung has plans for high-end headphones. Shocked!

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10:30
Apple's deal with IBM is a strategic strike in...

Earlier this week, Apple and IBM struck a landmark deal wherein the two tech giants will, amongst other things, cooperate on creating apps and pushing iOS even further into the enterprise.

As one would expect, the deal generated a tremendous amount...

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10:29
The Birth of the Ebook

Michael E. Cohen was on hand for the birth of the ebook, but he discovered that not even pioneers are immune from the curse of Macbeth.

 

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10:28
Gameover Zombies on the March Again


The Gameover botnet is back, more or less, only six weeks or so after the Justice Department announced that an FBI-led multinational effort had disrupted it. Still, the botnet's downtime was longer than expected -- the UK's National Crime Agency had warned that the people running it would regain control within two weeks. Sophos this week spotted a new version of the malware. Only a few samples have been identified, but it has been distributed through widespread spam campaigns, so there already may be a large number of victims.

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10:14
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-17

Apple's iTunes Pass landed in the United States today, but exactly what does it do? Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to explain just what iTunes Pass is for and what it could become if Apple wants to turn our iPhones into digital wallets. They also take a look and Microsoft's big layoff plans and how that could impact the company.


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10:03
Google Analytics gets dedicated iOS app, Facebook...

Webmasters now have an easier, official app for tracking their website statistics on their iPhone with Google's new Analytics app, while celebrities and other public figures can more easily engage with their fanbases on Facebook thanks to the social network's new Mentions app.



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10:00
New patent points to iPhone that knows when it'...

Forget Touch ID, Apple has dreamed up a way for your iPhone to recognize who you are simply by how you use it. In a new patent titled "Generating Notifications Based On User Behavior," Apple describes a way for a mobile operating system to identify...

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09:45
Amazon's mobile ad network comes to iOS

Amazon's Mobile Ads API supports iOS devices as of today, the company has announced. The change means that developers will be able to use banner and interstitial ads from Amazon's network on iPhones and iPads, in addition to the Android and Fire OS devices already supported. Support for the Fire phone is due on July 25th, the same day that product launches....



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09:38
Epic Games releases Unreal Engine 4.3 with Metal API...

Epic Games today announced Unreal Engine 4.3, the latest version of their gaming engine technology, which includes over 500 updates. Included in the latest version of Unreal Engine is support for Apple’s new Metal API for game developers, first introduced last month at WWDC, for code compiled with the Xcode 6 beta. Unreal Engine launched version 4.0 earlier this year introducing its current subscription model for developers as well as Mac support.

As mentioned above, Unreal Engine 4.3 includes over 500 updates including new features for Mac, iOS, Android, and more. Below you can read the change log for iOS and Mac....

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09:34
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Jabra REVO BT headphones $95,...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Jabra REVO wireless Bluetooth headphones now $95 shipped (orig. $249)

Apple Deals: 

  • iPad mini w/ Retina display 32GB WiFi  ...
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09:30
Apple conditionally agrees to $450 million...

Apple's ongoing e-book antitrust saga has been nothing short of a headache. Accused of colluding with publishers to artificially raise the price of e-books, Apple had the opportunity to settle the matter early on and avoid a trial altogether. But as...

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09:25
BrandPost: PDF: What it is, when it’s used, how to...

Since its advent in 1991, the Portable Document Format standard, or PDF, has become an indispensable part of the tech universe. Once a proprietary standard, its original developer Adobe released the PDF as an open standard in 2008, making it free for other developers to work with. Today, the PDF has become a critical tool for attorneys, HR managers, and publishers, and the standard digital format for any important document.

The ongoing goal of the PDF standard is to make it easy to share documents between different operating systems and devices while preserving the content and design of those documents. PDFs can’t be altered the way standard word processing files can without leaving a digital trail, and they can be password protected to ensure that only authorized eyes get to read them. This makes the PDF very useful for more sensitive correspondences, and the ubiquity of free PDF readers (including Adobe’s own Acrobat Reader) means that everyone has easy access to PDF files...

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09:21
Analysts predict up to 40M iPhones sold last quarter...

With Apple’s upcoming fiscal Q3 earnings call just around the corner, analysts are predicting the company sold as many as 40 million iPhones during the quarter that ended last month. That’s on the high side of estimates complied by Fortune, however. Estimates from a poll of 26 analysts includes predictions ranging from 31.8 million to almost 40 million units. The average of estimates comes in at 35.88 million.

If Apple does report iPhone sales for the quarter somewhere in the neighbourhood of the 35 million average, that would represent an almost 15% increase from last year. In its Q3 earnings...

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09:06
Maximum $450M payout in ebook settlement '...

Even if Apple were to pay out the highest possible $450 million price in its ebook antitrust litigation settlement, it wouldn't put much of a dent in the company's billions of dollars in cash.



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09:00
Get emergency iPhone-to-iPhone connections with...

In October of 2012, a huge swath of the northeastern US got smacked by Hurricane Sandy. Adding to the post-storm challenges of power, transport, fuel supply and housing shortages, the communications infrastructure suffered major outages that made...

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08:58
Two-step Apple ID verification comes to 48 more...

Apple has dramatically expanded the reach of its two-step Apple ID verification option, adding another 48 regions to the previous 11. The full list of countries with support is below. When two-step verification is on, trying to change account details or make an iTunes/App Store purchase from a new device will send a code via SMS or Find My iPhone. Only once this code is entered can an action continue....



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08:44
How to Add iTunes Pass to Passbook on your iPhone

Apple's new iTunes Pass lets you use your iPhone as a sort of digital wallet in Apple retail stores, but setting it up isn't quite as straight forward as it could be. Read on to learn just how to get iTunes Pass up and running.


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08:43
iTunes Pass: How to Buy iTunes Store Credit via...

You can now use Passbook to purchase iTunes Store credit at an Apple Store. Josh Centers explains how to set up Apple’s new iTunes Pass.

 

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08:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Wake Alarm Clock [iOS...

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08:20
Photo shows alleged 1,810mAh battery for iPhone 6

A photo obtained by French website NWE depicts what's claimed to be a 1,810mAh battery for the iPhone 6. The part is consistent with a recent rumor, and represents roughly a 16 percent improvement over the iPhone 5s. If it's authentic though, any gains will probably be offset by the extra power demands of the 6's 4.7-inch display, and possibly its A8 processor....



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08:19
Facebook rolling out Mentions iPhone app for...

Facebook is releasing a new app today called Mentions, an app exclusively for public figures with verified pages that previous reports noted the company was experimenting with.

According to Facebook, the app is made specifically for actors, athletes, musicians, and other influencers and makes for a better experiencing when sharing content and interacting with fans. The app puts a bigger focus on sharing and viewing mentions from other users opposed to viewing content posted by others. The mentions tab in the app, which provides a stream of replies to your content from other users, is something other Facebook apps don’t offer that will benefit public figures spending a lot of time interacting with their audience. Facebook...

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08:00
8-month-old iPhone 5s outselling Samsung's...

The walls may be starting to close in on Samsung bit by bit. Not too long after the company announced that profits declined by 24% during the past quarter comes a research report from Counterpoint which found that the eight-month-old iPhone 5s sold...

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07:56
Leaked photo of purported 1,800 mAh iPhone 6 battery...

Additional evidence of Apple’s next-gen battery for its upcoming iPhone 6 handset has surfaced. Per French web site Nowhereelse.fr, a picture has been leaked of Apple’s purported 4.7-inch iPhone 6 battery, which is rumored to bump the handset’s battery capacity to 1,800 mAh from the iPhone 5s’s 1,500 mAh unit.

The pictured parts bear a capacity rating of 1,810 mAh and appear to be manufactured by Desay Battery, a supplier previously rumored to have been certified by Apple for the iPhone 6.

Though detailed, the photo does not appear to disclose the battery’s physical dimensions, which are said to have caused a fair amount of frustration in the production process. The company is thought to have had trouble when attempting to slim the parts...

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07:39
Apple Expands iPhone iTunes Pass Mobile Payments to...

Apple's Passbook-based iTunes Pass mobile payment system for the iPhone launched in Japan only days ago and now is available in the United States, too. The system lets users pre-load a Passbook card for making purchases in Apple's own retail stores.

The Mac Observer Spin: iTunes Pass may be limited to purchases in Apple's retail stores, but that will likely change as soon as the company is ready to announce partnerships with other retailers.


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07:18
Apple switching from TSMC back to Samsung in 2015,...

TSMC will probably lose chip production orders from Apple and Qualcomm to Samsung in the second half of 2015, says KGI Securities analyst Michael Liu, quoted by Reuters. Liu made the comments in a memo issued after a TSMC investor conference. The Commercial Times and the Economic Daily News both suggest that Qualcomm has in fact already started working with Samsung, a claim which has hurt TSMC shares in trading....



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07:04
Amazon brings its mobile ad network to iOS apps

Amazon announced today that it’s bringing support for its Amazon Mobile Ads API to iOS, allowing app developers to place ads from the Amazon Mobile Ad Network in apps across platforms. The ads were previously only available to display on Android and Fire OS devices.

The Amazon Mobile Ads API lets you place high-quality display ads from the Amazon Mobile Ad Network in your app, helping you better monetize your apps and gain access to highly relevant ads from brand advertisers, including Amazon and its subsidiaries. Starting today, both Interstitial and Banner ads can now be displayed across iOS devices in addition to Android and Fire OS devices.  Beginning on July 25, 2014, ads can also be displayed on the Fire phone.  As a developer,...

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07:01
iPhone 6: 1810 mAh battery, improved color 13MP...

Two new reports claim the iPhone 6 will be getting an upgraded battery and camera. NowhereElse located a picture of the alleged iPhone 6 4.7” model battery, which has a stated capacity of 1810 mAh. The iPhone 5s had a 1560 mAh cell, so…

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07:00
The Big Honking Business-as-Usual IBM-Apple Deal


The news that Apple and IBM have joined forces sent a shockwave through the Apple-focused world this week, and I admit it, I was surprised. At first glance, the deal seems to be this big group hug with the two companies becoming inextricably entwined. Yeah, it's not that. In fact, this is the biggest deal that really isn't all that "BIG" that I've seen in a long time. It seems groundbreaking -- and it will pay off handsomely for both Apple and IBM -- but it's really just an extension of business as usual for both companies.

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: 'Better reliability than most...

This is the first functional iPhone 6 clone (BGR)

From the article: "What the available pictures seem to indicate is that the model is not a genuine iPhone 6 handset." Then why, exactly, should we give anything even remotely approaching a damn about...

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06:59
Apple ID two-step verification feature rolls out to...

When two-step verification rolled out in March, 2013, it was only available in the US, the UK, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand. It’s now available in 59 countries.

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06:56
Microsoft Cutting 18,000 Jobs, Biggest Layoff in...

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella confirmed on Thursday that he's planning massive layoffs amounting to the biggest in the company's history. About 18,000 employees will get pink slips over the next year and the majority of those will come from staff that was absorbed from its purchase of Nokia's handset division.

The Mac Observer Spin: A 15 percent workforce reduction is pretty big. Mr. Nadella seems to really want to see serious change at Microsoft now that he's in charge.


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06:51
DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.8.1

Express and Pro editions add support for Open Graph to match HTML pages and improve the Twitter Accounts scanner. (Free/$4.95/$49.95, free updates)

 

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06:42
Typinator 6.1

Adds new markers that can temporarily pause the text expansion tool to define exceptions or suppress the next replacement. (€24.99 new, free update, 7.2 MB)

 

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06:41
Kickstarter campaign offers ‘Magsafe for iPhone’ (...

The main product offered on this Kickstarter campaign is just another powered case (albeit a pretty-looking one) – but it was the ‘Magsafe for iPhone’ adapter three-quarters of the way down the page that caught my eye.

Plug in a slim adapter to the Lightning socket of your iPhone, plug in an adapter to your Lightning cable and you have the equivalent of a MagSafe connection on your phone.

It’s a neat idea, but sadly not one that is likely to survive scrutiny by Apple’s lawyers – at least, not using ‘MagSafe for iPhone’ as the description. Battery company Hyper, which makes external batteries for MacBooks and iPads, learned this the hard way when it offered MagSafe connectors. Apple’s lawyers sued, and forced...

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06:41
Chinese entrepreneur buys a Tesla, finds no charging...

Mashable:

While Tesla Motors has charging stations throughout the United States and Europe, there are none in China outside of Beijing and Shanghai. Zong’s charging road, which includes 20 charging stations in 16 cities across the 5,750-kilometer (about 3,570-mile) stretch between the two cities, attempts to fix that problem.

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06:37
1,800 mAh battery for Apple's 'iPhone 6...

Batteries said to be destined for Apple's next-generation. 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" appeared on the internet Thursday, seemingly lending credence to recent whispers that the company would bump the handset's battery capacity to 1,800 mAh from the iPhone 5s's 1,500 mAh unit.



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06:26
What the what? French cuff bottle openers

What to get for the beer drinker who has everything. You might want to throw in a shirt with French cuffs, while you’re at it.

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06:24
Microsoft confirms layoffs; 18,000 to lose jobs,...

Microsoft has made official previous rumors of massive job cuts. The company is planning on cutting 18,000 jobs in the next year, with the largest cuts coming from the Nokia devices and services division. Microsoft claims that the first 13,000 of the laid off employees will be notified in the next six months....



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06:22
Microsoft to eliminate up to 18,000 jobs

For perspective, Microsoft has 125,000 employees and just brought 25,000 new employees on from Nokia.

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06:15
Apple-IBM deal: trouble for Google, Microsoft

Thoughts from InformationWeek on Apple’s existing success in enterprise and the difficulties faced by Team Android and Microsoft.

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06:15
Blue introduces Mikey Digital for Lightning-based...

A little less than two years after it introduced its first digital 30-pin attachable microphone for the iPhone and other iOS devices, Blue Microphones is finally bringing out a Lightning-based version that works natively with the iPhone 5 and later models such as the iPhone 5s and Retina iPad mini. The new Mikey Digital includes two condenser microphones -- identical to the ones used in its popular Yeti and Snowball microphones -- and thanks to its reversible Lightning connector is now able to pointed either forwards or backwards....



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06:10
House of Representatives passes municipal broadband-...

A bill sponsored by US Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has been passed, which aims to strip the Federal Communications Commission's ability to interfere with laws passed to limit municipal broadband networks. Passing 228-195, generally along party lines, the bill if signed into law will reinforce strictures that make it difficult in 20 states to offer broadband services in opposition to services provided by giants like Comcast, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable....



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06:09
Google releases official Analytics app for iPhone...

Google has added yet another official application to its iOS App Store portfolio: Google Analytics. Analytics is Google’s popular service that allows website owners to manage and view data such as page views, demographics, and the technologies users utilize to access the website. The iPhone app also has the neat Real Time reports feature that allows website owners to view how many people are on the website at the current time. Google launched an optimized version of the Analytics app last year on Android and debuted a related AdWords app on iOS just last week. Like all Google apps, the...

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06:00
Sir Paul McCartney re-releases five albums as $7.99...

With streaming options like YouTube and Spotify making new music something that is more often rented than purchased, catalog sales are more important than ever. Classic titles are still strong sellers, but there are always new ways to ramp up sales....

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05:54
Blue’s Mikey Digital for iPhone gets Lightning...

Blue announced the immediate availability of a Lightning connector version of its popular Mikey Digital microphone for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch on Thursday. Like its 30-pin Dock Connector predecessor, the Lightning Mikey Digital lets users capture higher quality audio compared to their iPhone or iPad's built-in microphone.


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05:43
iTunes Pass service extends to U.S., other countries

After launching in Japan on Tuesday, Apple’s new iTunes Pass credit system has been rolled out in the United States, as well as Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The system allows iTunes customers to refill their iTunes Store balance by having an Apple…

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05:38
Microsoft to ax 18,000 jobs this year, laying off...

Microsoft, as was expected, announced on Thursday that it will be laying off employees this year, but the total number of cuts are much higher than anticipated, representing by far the largest-ever personnel reduction in the Windows maker's history.



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05:09
Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

dcblogs (1096431) writes "Apple and IBM, which just announced partnership to bring iOS and cloud services to enterprises, have helped each other before. IBM played a key role in turning the Macintosh into a successful hardware platform at a point when it — and the company itself — were struggling. Nearly 25 years ago, IBM was a part of an alliance that gave Apple access to PowerPC chips for Macintosh systems that were competitive, if not better performing in some benchmarks, than the processors Intel was producing at the time for Windows PCs. In 1991, Apple was looking for a RISC-based processor to replace the Motorola 68K it had been using in its Macintosh line. "The PCs of the era were definitely outperforming the Macintoshes that were based on the 68K," he said. "Apple was definitely behind the power, performance curve," said Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight 64. The PowerPC processor that emerged from that earlier pairing changed that. PowerPC processors were used...

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04:25
Sketchy rumor of 13MP camera in iPhone 6, as earlier...

GforGames is citing a Chinese web forum for a rumor that the iPhone 6 camera will get a bump from 8MP to 13MP as Apple switches to to an improved version of the Sony Exmor sensor. The Sony Exmor IMX220 is a larger 1/2.3-inch sensor that can support up to 20MP, but Apple is said to be planning to use it in its 13MP incarnation.

While a Chinese web forum is generally as unreliable a source as you can get, GoforGames claims that this one has a good track-record with Sony-related rumors … 

It should be noted that Apple has always opted for relatively modest megapixel counts for the very good reason that the more pixels you cram...

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03:00

Sometimes you get stuck with your hand in the cookie jar.

Per Reuters and AppleInsider, Apple has agreed to pay up to US$450 million to settle a class-action lawsuit from states and consumers accusing the iPad maker of illegally fixing e-book prices and raising costs.

The settlement was first revealed by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, who indicated that the deal will resolve claims for consumer damages and civil penalties brought forward in lawsuits by the...

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02:53
Future iPhones may use behavior recognition and...

An Apple invention published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office on Thursday describes a method by which an iPhone can set off an alert or automatically lock the device based on detected changes in user behavior.



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00:48
Apple brings iTunes Pass to the United States

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Apple:

Now you can add money directly to your iTunes or App Store account with iTunes Pass. To get iTunes Pass, go to the iTunes Store on your iOS device, scroll down, and tap the Redeem button. Then go in to any Apple Retail Store and let a Specialist know you want to add credit to your account. Open iTunes Pass in Passbook, and have the Specialist scan it and accept your payment. Your balance will be updated and can be used immediately.

This might be slightly more convenient than buying physical gift cards for yourself but is it a service you’ll actually use?

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00:16
What Apple, Inc. gets from its new iOS partnership...

Apple's newly announced mobile partnership with IBM has been greeted by a number of analysts and pundits as being both "not that big a deal," or conversely, the dramatic reversal of a long standing rivalry. Both are wrong, here's why.



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22:54
Rumor: Samsung to take over Apple A-series chip...

A report on Wednesday claims Samsung will likely take over fabrication orders for Apple's next-generation custom A-series mobile device processors from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. in 2015.



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22:24
New 'iTunes Pass' now available in US,...

One day after the service initially debuted in Japan, the new "iTunes Pass" Passbook card is now available in the US and Australia. The iTunes app on an iPhone or iPad can now issue an "iTunes Pass" card for Passbook to users who click on the "Redeem" button in the iTunes app. Once in place, users can bring the device to their nearest Apple retail store, where staff can take money and instantly add it to the Passbook card by scanning the card, which in turn credits the users' iTunes account....



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21:39
Briefly: Google Wallet, AirBnB, Jawbone UP apps

Following quickly on the heels of PayPal's recent update to add loyalty cards, Google Wallet today announced new features for its iOS app (free) that allow users to add, use and check the balance of gift cards, and request money from, or send money to, others using a debit card without any fees -- a reduction from the previous 2.9 percent (minimum 30 cents) charged for credit and debit card transactions alike. Requesting money is done by sending an invoice through email from the app. Checking gift card balances is limited to only certain partners at the moment, including AMC, Best Buy, Whole F...



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21:39
Briefly: AirBnB, Jawbone UP apps updated for iOS 7,...

Short-term housing and accommodations app Airbnb (free) has been redecorating its entire public-facing image, from redesigning its website and sporting a new logo to bringing the flatter and larger design language of iOS 7 to its latest update. The new version of the app offers larger images and fonts, but retains the main features that both hosts and would-be renters use to connect. A new "Discover" feature lets users find places to stay through less conventional means, such as by theme, as well as the traditional methods of where and when....

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21:14
Apple rolls out iTunes Pass to US and Australian...

After rolling out the service in a pilot test last week, Apple late Wednesday made iTunes Pass available at Apple Stores across the U.S. and Australia, allowing customers to recharge their iTunes account balance in-store via a Passbook card.



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20:55
Briefly: Wooden iPhone amplifier, SmartScore...

A new acoustic amplifier has been released for iPhone, composed of a natural wood construction. The Eight is hand sanded and hand oiled, making the wood structure the center of the design. Made of walnut and Birdseye maple, the iPhone dock features a built-in microphone, and its speakers are inspired by the shape of an ear, with conically-shaped chambers that produce aesthetically pleasing sound. The iPhone is accessible for use while in the dock, and its built-in slot includes a Lightning cable that can charge an iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. Priced at $300, the Eight wooden dock is available inter...



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20:49
New iTunes Pass credit refill service now available...

Yesterday Apple rolled out its new iTunes Pass service to Japan, allowing users to use a Passbook card to add credit to an iTunes account from an Apple Retail Store. Starting today, the offer is also available in the United States and Australia. Users in Canada, Germany, and the UK are also reporting seeing the feature, though it’s not officially listed on Apple’s website for those countries just yet.

To take advantage of this new program, you need to use the iTunes Store app on an iOS device to obtain an iTunes Pass. You can get one of these by tapping the “...

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19:48
T-Mobile adds accessories to 24-month payment plans

As previously reported, he US' fourth-largest carrier, T-Mobile, is extending its no-money-down 24-month Equipment Installment Program (EIP) to cover accessories the company also sells, such as speakers, chargers, headphones, and other items that range in price from $69 to $250. The idea behind the move is to get consumers who are buying a new smartphone or tablet to also purchase the accessories at the same time, since they can be added to the monthly payment that covers the hardware cost (separate from the cost of the service plan)....



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18:23
Apple environmental chief speaks at Distinguished...

At an annual gathering of Apple Distinguished Educators with a theme on emphasizing environmental responsibility, Apple Vice President of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson spoke the assembly, updating the educators about Apple's own efforts and adding that her goal is to get the company to 100 percent renewable energy across all of its operations, a long-term mission the iPhone maker has already made significant strides towards....



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18:03
PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.3.1

Small maintenance release for the all-purpose PDF editing apps with a few bug fixes. ($59.95/$99.95 new, free update, 52/52.8 MB)

 

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17:39
Android Sets iPhone Cloning Factory in Motion


Chinese company Wico has cloned the yet-to-be-released iPhone 6, if a pair of videos can be believed. "The similarities are eerily close," said Ramon Llamas, a research manager at IDC, to the extent that the casual observer "may just simply accept this as an iPhone." There are slight differences on the sides, such as the volume and power buttons and the headphone jacks, as well as the chassis overall, but "it's not until you place them side by side that you can see the differences," Llamas noted.

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17:30
ACM 263: Apple Gets Serious about Enterprise,...

Apple is making a new push into the enterprise market with IBM, and that could spell bad news for Android smartphone and tablet makers. Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin Share their thoughts on the MobileFirst for iOS program, take a look at the state of the smartphone industry and how coverage of Samsung is beginning to turn, and more.


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16:59
Paul McCartney turns his classic albums into...

In an unusual move, Concord Music Group and former Beatle Paul McCartney have re-worked five of the singer-songwriter's classic albums -- McCartney, Ram, Band on the Run, Wings over America and 1980's McCartney II -- as multi-media iPad apps. The re-worked iPad versions feature not only remastered audio of the albums in question, but also videos, interviews, artwork associated with the release (such as single covers) and photos from the period....



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16:52
Eight, a Natural Acoustic Amplifier for Your iPhone...

This has got to be one of the most interesting and beautiful speaker docks I have seen. It's called Eight, and it's a natural acoustic amplifier for the speaker in your iPhone 5 or 5s. It's made of wood-the dark part is walnut, while the light middle section is birdseye maple-and it funnels the sound from your speaker to one side, using the properties of wood and the shape of Eight to amplify that sound. The other side serves as a receiver for your iPhone's microphone so you can use Eight for phone calls. There are no electronics other than your iPhone involved, though it has a slot for an included Lightning cable to charge your iPhone. I haven't heard Eight, but it's a beautiful design and a fascinating idea. It's also pricey at $288-but that's because it's made from solid pieces of wood, hand-crafted, and hand-oiled. The company making Eight-Stark Design-is making each Eight to order, requiring 2-4 weeks before you get it.

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16:36
Google, Novartis Team on 'Invisible'...


Novartis' Alcon eye care division has entered an in-license agreement governing all ocular medical uses for Google's smart contact lenses, it announced Tuesday. Google unveiled a prototype of its glucose-monitoring lens in January. No financial details of the arrangement were released, and the deal needs to clear regulators before it can be completed. Novartis sees its deal with Google as a way to expand its healthcare horizons. There are 382 million diabetics around the world today and that number is expected to grow to 582 million by 2035.

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16:23
Loot Crate Three Month Subscription for $48

How did I not know about Loot Crate? Because no one told me about it, I'm guessing, but now I'm telling you. This is a subscription service where you pay them some money and they send you a mystery box full of stuff every month. By stuff, I mean gaming, comic, and nerd stuff-you don't know what you're getting until you get your box and open it. That's way too much fun. July's theme is villains, BTW, so again, too much fun. The regular price for this service is $18.60 a month, but through our friends at StackSocial, we get to offer it to you for $16. It's not a huge discount, but you're already getting a discount because the value of each Loot Crate is pegged at $120.


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16:10
Google Wallet adds gift card management, money...

Google Wallet issued an update today that gives users the ability to add gift cards and request money through the Wallet app. The addition grants another perk to using Wallet as it allows customers to carry even fewer cards with assorted balances or perks. Requesting money from friends and family, or paying them back free of charge, now has the same conveniences as services from banks....



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16:07
Samsung brings premium 'Level' headphone...

Samsung on Wednesday announced the imminent release of its "Level" headphone and portable speaker lineup, which features four premium devices seemingly aimed directly at Apple's Beats hardware.



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16:00
Daily Deals for July 16, 2014, featuring Lifetime...

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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15:45
Briefly: FlipBook kickstand for iPad Air, OWC's...

Mobile accessories creator Felix has announced the release of its new case for iPad Air. The FlipBook Air consists of a case with an integrated kickstand, featuring the aesthetic of a book cover. Composed of faux leather, the case includes a smart cover function that wakes the iPad upon opening, and engages the sleep function when it is closed. Its patented kickstand supports both horizontal and vertical viewing, and features proprietary air bladder technology for additional protection of one's tablet....



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15:35
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for July 16, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world.

You can listen to today's...

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15:35
Giveaway: WaterField Solo case for MacBook Air

Since the beginning Apple has created devices that merge style and function into one. For many years now WaterField Designs has been staying ahead of the curve with stylish carrying cases, laptop sleeves and bags that compliment Apple devices. They have recently updated their popular Outback Solo case for the new, faster MacBook Air. MacNN has three of these to give away to our readers....



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15:01
Jawbone UP and Airbnb iOS apps get all new features...

A pair of app updates on Wednesday brought new wellness tracking tools and a refreshed look to Jawbone's UP fitness system, while community-rooted travel marketplace Airbnb received a more comprehensive makeover complete with rebranding.



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15:00
Intrepid Bags Lillium Purse carries your iPad mini...

Female techies rejoice! Now there's a perfect bag for carrying an iPad mini or other tech goodies along with your regular stash 'o stuff, and it doesn't look like something that ... well, that a guy would carry around. It's the Lillium Purse...

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14:30
Keyboard overkill

I won't lie: I've used a full-sized Bluetooth keyboard with my iPhone before. And yes, it feels just as ridiculous as it looks.

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14:24
Chrome 36 update improves notifications, fixes...

Google has issued Chrome 36 updates for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android users. The new version is mostly a maintenance release, making stability, performance, and security fixes. It does however implement several cosmetic changes across desktop platforms, for instance improving rich notifications with a "flatter" look, and giving Incognito mode a new tab page (below) that's cleaner and easier to read. Likewise, the Chrome App Launcher for Linux has been revamped....



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13:55
TUAW TV Live: Counting down the days

As TUAW Talkcast listeners and Ask TUAW Live viewers already know, all of the TUAW podcasts -- video and audio -- will be ending by July 31, 2014. That means that including today, we have just three more chances to get together. So drop everything...

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13:31
Google Wallet iOS app adds gift cards, invoicing,...

 

Google today announced new features for its Google Wallet app for both iOS and Android that makes it easier to manage gift cards and request and send from debit cards.

Like Google Wallet already allowed for loyalty cards, the app now lets users store, redeem, and check gift card balance:

You can already store your loyalty cards and offers in Google Wallet, and now you can easily keep your gift cards in Wallet too. Add your cards to Wallet just by snapping a picture of them or typing in the card info. Then, when you want to use the gift card at the store, just show your phone to the cashier at checkout.

The ability to check...

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