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Monday September 8

09:48
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09:47
Zoom iQ6 XY Stereo Microphone for iPhone + iPad

Zoom's iQ5 brought a higher-quality stereo microphone solution to Lightning-equipped iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches -- at least, ones without cases. Now there's iQ6 ($100), which for the same price adds case compatibility and separately swiveling unidirectional condenser microphones to a package that's similar to iQ5 in size. Mostly made from silver plastic, iQ6 has two metal microphones on its front, each capable of being turned to transform a…

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09:45
What to expect at Apple’s big September 9 event

The iPhone 5S (left) compared to what is allegedly the front glass from the next iPhone.

Marques Brownlee

After a year of minimalistic updates and the resurrection of old products, Apple is finally ready to make its first big hardware announcements of 2014...

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09:37
Report claims that both 4.7 and 5.5 inch iPhone 6...

iGen.fr, who has proved reliable in the past with Apple launch dates, is now claiming that sources informed the site that the new iPhones will launch on the 19th. This is generally to be expected, following historical patterns. Apple traditionally puts new iPhones on sale the Friday the week after the announcement. This year, everyone seems convinced that the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 will be on sale then.

The release schedule of the 5.5 inch model is less clear. Some, citing supply constraints, have said that the 5.5 inch model (most recently dubbed the iPhone 6 Plus) will not launch for a couple more months. However, a consensus on this has not really been reached....

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09:19
Rumor: Apple's next-gen handsets will be named...

With Apple widely expected to introduce the "iPhone 6" in two different screen sizes on Tuesday, a new rumor claims the 4.7-inch model will be given the basic moniker, while the larger 5.5-inch variant will allegedly be known as the "iPhone 6 Plus."



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09:10
Liveblog: Apple talks iPhone, iOS, and wearables...

Apple's next event is nearly upon us.

Apple

Apple has had a very quiet 2014. Aside from its announcements at WWDC, it hasn't made any major product introductions, and even WWDC was mostly previews of things that would be released in the fall.

That's all set to change tomorrow morning, when Apple takes the stage at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in its hometown of Cupertino, CA. We've already talked at length about what to expect from the company, but the short list includes at least one new, larger iPhone, the public release date for iOS 8, and the...

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09:08
Macotakara: 4.7-inch iPhone called ‘iPhone 6′, 5.5-...

While we seem to know all about the features in the new iPhone and the new design, something still left up in the Air are the names of the new phones. While some have long-referred to the new devices as the “iPhone 6″ or the “iPhone Air,” no outright claims have been made about the names until a new report today. According to Macotakara, the 4.7-inch model will be known as “iPhone 6″ while the 5.5-inch version will be called the “iPhone 6 Plus.” Apple has not used the “Plus” suffix for a product since the “Mac Plus“, so that would be a first for an iOS device....

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09:07
Adam Levine tweets from an iPhone less than a week...

Apparently his iPhone has escaped the ‘ceremonial burning’

Indeed.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:02
Creative Cloud video apps update with Retina/HiDPI...

Adobe has announced updates to the slate of video production apps on Creative Cloud. Perhaps the most significant is support for Retina/HiDPI resolutions in OS X and Windows. Adobe has also added support for AJA RAW files though, and improved performance, particularly in Masking and Tracking, and (via GPU acceleration) when viewing 4K and UltraHD footage taken from Phantom Cine, Canon RAW, and RED R3D files....



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09:00
GameStop will soon offer Cricket Wireless 4G service

Popular game retailer and reseller GameStop will soon offer no-contract wireless service to customers in the United States, expanding the company's reach into mobile. 2,800 GameStop stores in the U.S. will begin offering both phones and 4G service...

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09:00
News: Daily Deal Extended: One last Chance to get...

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

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08:57
Apple now emailing users when iCloud accessed via Web

In the wake of last week’s theft of celebrity photos, Apple has started beefing up security for its iCloud service. The move, part of improvements also promised by Apple CEO Tim Cook last week, comes just a day before one of the company’s biggest events of the year.

On the Web, iCloud's advanced account settings allow you to log out all currently logged in sessions.

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08:25
Spigen Capsule, Neo Hybrid / EX + Ultra Hybrid for...

Another collection of new Spigen cases for the 4.7" iPhone 6 has arrived, again including variations on previously-introduced models for earlier devices. Capsule ($15) is a soft TPU plastic case that wraps around the iPhone 6, covering virtually all of its body save for the screen, bottom ports, and side ringer switch. Ultra Hybrid ($25) combines a clear hard plastic back with an opaque edge in your choice of colors, achieving the same protection…

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08:24
8 Predictions for Apple’s September 9 Media Event

Apple's big media event is set to start tomorrow, September 9, at 10 AM pacific time. What can you expect to see when CEO Tim Coom and company takes the stage? Read on to see some of The Mac Observer's predictions.


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08:22
Spigen Slim Armor / S + Tough Armor / S for iPhone 6

Continuing its bet that Apple's upcoming 4.7" iPhone will match previously-leaked dimensions, Spigen has released Slim Armor ($30), Slim Armor S ($30), Tough Armor ($35), and Tough Armor S ($35) for iPhone 6. The four cases are highly similar to one another, as each version includes hard and soft plastic layers that come together to cover most of the new iPhone's body. Slim Armor has soft corner curves versus Tough Armor's more angular edges, as the…

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08:19
Apple now emails users whenever their iCloud account...

As part of its efforts to beef up iCloud security and prevent unauthorized access, Apple now by default sends users an email when someone has logged into their iCloud account through a traditional Web browser.



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08:00
If Apple announces a wearable that's not...

It'll be genius*. In no small part because, as of right now, no one has reported seeing a single millimeter of the device. If Apple shows off what it has been cooking but delays manufacture until later this year, it will also be one of the bigger...

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07:58
Leak, schematics may offer first glimpse at iWatch...

A poster on Reddit is claiming to have obtained both CAD schematics and some specific details about the iWatch. The schematics include elements like a rectangular shell, a speaker assembly, and a round PCB. As features go, the person says the watch will have a flexible multitouch screen that will "add a new dimension to the UI," and that it will support Siri input via a built-in microphone. The device will allegedly forego physical ports in favor of wireless sync, contributing in part to its being waterproof to a depth of 20m....



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07:50
Apple now sending email notifications when users...

Apple is now sending emails to users when they log in to iCloud.com. This is part of Apple’s latest security upgrades to iCloud, which Tim Cook announced late last week. In the interview, Cook said Apple planned to launch the feature within two weeks, but obviously it has been deployed much sooner. The notification is supposed to act as a warning for users, to detect account infiltrations as early as possible. Supposedly, these emails will only be sent once, the first time an account logs in to a particular device, so it shouldn’t spam your inbox with login notifications.

The change comes...

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07:39
First look: Metawatch's iPhone-connected Meta...

With Apple expected to announce its entrance into the wearable devices market on Tuesday, established smartwatch maker Metawatch is looking to differentiate itself from the rest of the herd with the new Meta M1.



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07:32
News: iWatch schematics reveal boxy body?

A Reddit user has posted (via 9to5Mac) alleged schematics of Apple’s iWatch, showing what appears to be a rounded rectangular body and circular bottom sensor opening. The renderings are consistent with Apple designs, although the chassis is nowhere near as futuristic as has been postulated over the last year or so. While there’s no definitive proof that these images represent the iWatch, the detailed schematics are marked with the name…

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07:13
Apple's NFC payment system to use tokenization...

Apple's NFC-based mobile payments system will use tokenization, sources claim. The technology involves substituting debit and credit card numbers with complex, one-time codes. In theory this ensures that even if transaction data is intercepted, it can't be used again. Tokens also have potential beyond payments, extending to areas like transit passes or physical security....



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07:06
ExtraBITS for 8 September 2014

This week in ExtraBITS, we have details on how to watch Apple’s September 9th product announcement, along with information about your personal Apple support page and a list of mistakes that cause iOS apps to be rejected. In other news, Twitpic is shutting down after 6 years, and Verizon is settling with the FCC over privacy violations.

 

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07:02
Leaked CAD Renderings Claim to Show iWatch Design

What looks like a set of CAD renderings for Apple's rumored iWatch have surfaced, showing the body design, biometric sensor panel, and more. The device is expected to be announced at the iPhone and iPad maker's special media event on Tuesday, September 9, along with the iPhone 6.

The Mac Observer Spin: If the CAD renderings are legit, Apple is designing a smart watch that looks a lot like the square iPod nano. That doesn't seem as sleek or sexy as a round design, but maybe that's what Apple needs to fit all of the components in the case. Regardless of what form factor the iWatch takes, it's clear there's a lot of pent up interest in Apple's entrance into the wearable tech market.


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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Not a creature was stirring...

Gadget nerds, bloggers, rumormongers, analysts, tech pundits, Samsung's design and engineering teams... all eyes in the tech world will be on Apple this week.

It's the eve of Apple's long-awaited Fall 2014 event. All of my friends, even the...

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06:59
Adobe updates Creative Cloud video apps w/ HiDPI...


Adobe is announcing a number of updates across for its Creative Cloud desktop apps today with the highlight being a refreshed UI across almost all of its video products. One thing in specific for Mac users caught our eye, however, and that’s HiDPI support for Macs...

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06:55
Celebrities Are Fools to Use Apple Products


"Celebrities are stupid" seems to be the message Apple delivered last week as it attempted to recover from the release of an impressive number of nude pictures of celebrities on the Web. Fans of BlackBerry, which used to be the preferred platform for celebrities, had a field day over this. I've often pointed out both that Apple has the most loyal customer base and that without Jobs, it seems clear it has no clue how to protect it. You don't throw your most valuable customers under the bus.

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06:49
∞ iWatch speculation

Two iWatch speculation essays with some added Loop commentary.

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06:34
News: Latest iPhone 6 roundup: videos, battery,...

A number of recent iPhone 6 reports have surfaced in recent days, with little time left before Apple is set to unveil its newest smartphone tomorrow. YouTube user PhoneEvaluation posted a video review of the alleged iPhone 6: in it, a man compares the device to the iPhone 5s, and shows a number of the new phone’s well-documented design features and physical details. More short videos allegedly showing Apple’s latest phone in action have…

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06:31
External Link: Watch Apple’s September 9th...

Apple’s next big media event is set for 9 September 2014 at 10 AM PDT, and you can watch it live in Safari for Mac and iOS (or likely any other Web browser) or in the Apple TV’s Apple Events app. If you’re busy at that time, the recording usually remains available afterwards. Apple is expected to announce new iPhone models, and other possibilities include updated iPads, the much-rumored smartwatch, and a Apple TV refresh. And, although we’d be surprised to see it mentioned during this event, the Mac mini is long overdue for an update.

 

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06:22
More videos claim to show functioning 4.7"...

With just over a day to go before Apple's highly anticipated media event, a slew of new videos from China claim to again show off functioning 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" units, complete with a new credit card toting Passbook icon. And yet another video offers a peek at a 2,915 mAh battery expected to power the jumbo-sized 5.5-inch iPhone.



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06:16
Jean-Louis Gassée on Apple, NFC, and payment systems

Jean-Louis Gassée weighs in on the potential for Apple to introduce an iPhone 6 with some form of payment system tomorrow.

If Apple does introduce the ability to use a near field communication enabled iPhone 6 as part of a larger payment system, will a transaction fee be part of the model, or will the added value to the ecosystem be enough?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:11
Alleged leak of iWatch component drawings &...


A set of images have appeared online today (via Reddit) allegedly showing CAD drawings for various components of Apple’s yet to be announced wearable product. The images, which include a watermark from one of Apple’s longtime manufacturing partners Quanta, show various mic and speaker components that look to be right for a watch-like device, but the poster adds more details in a description of the photos. According to the leak, Apple’s wearable will have a mic, speaker, Siri, and a “flexible, multi-touch screen will add a new dimension to the UI.” It’s also worth noting that Quanta was one of Apple’s...

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06:00
Where To? updated with loads of new features

Where To? (currently on sale for US$1.99) has always been one of my favorite points of interest (POI) apps. The older version I fell in love with has now been put to rest and a completely rewritten version has hit the App Store with many desirable...

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05:59
Vague schematics & details hint at mic, speaker...

A set of screenshots posted to social sharing site Reddit on Monday purport to show engineering drawings of parts destined for Apple's upcoming wearable device -- including a speaker assembly, rectangular case, and round PCB --?while the poster claims the device will be waterproof and ship in eight different SKUs.



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05:58
Rumor Claims Apple Placing NFC Sensors in Disney...

Apple has reportedly been installing Near Field Communication, or NFC, sensors in its own retail stores along with Disney Store locations, adding more fuel to the rumors that the iPhone 6 will include NFC support as part of a new mobile payment system. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 at a special media event on Tuesday, September 9, at the Flint Center in Cupertino.

The Mac Observer Spin: As we get closer to tomorrow's media event, it seems even more certain that Apple is finally embracing NFC. What we don't know yet is if it'll be in the iPhone, iWatch, or both.


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05:47
One third of Americans have improved their online...

A YouGov survey of more than 1,000 American consumers commissioned by security company Tresorit found that just over a third of them have taken steps to beef-up their online security in response to the iCloud hacks.

The most common response was to change passwords for stronger ones, with 13 percent creating different passwords for each online service and 6 percent enabling two-step verification … 

The celebrity nudes obtained from iCloud appear to have been accessed as a result of conventional attacks rather than anything iCloud-specific, an ...

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05:41
Hands on: Blue Mikey Digital add-on microphone

Blue Microphones, a company that makes some of the most popular digital USB microphones among podcasters and musicians, has for some time made a Mikey clip-in microphone for 30-pin iOS devices that significantly enhanced the sound quality of recordings. The company has now brought out a new model - the Mikey Digital - designed for Lightning-based devices, and introduced a few new tricks in the process. While not the equal of Blue's more expensive desktop mics, it is a godsend for on-the-go recording....



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05:34
Spotify brings video advertising, sponsored sessions...

Spotify will soon be showing video-based advertising to listeners of its free service. The streaming music company has revealed it will start airing the videos to its free users shortly, with both desktop and mobile app users set to see the clips, though marketers will have a few options for how their advertizing efforts get utilized by the service....



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05:20
Video from IFA: Fraunhofer brings 4K TV to tablets

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05:10
Spotify app to offer 30 mins of ad-free listening if...

Spotify currently offers you a choice: pay ten bucks a month to listen without ads, or listen for free but have your music interrupted by audio ads. Those using the iOS or Android app will be offered a third option later this year: watch a 15-30 second video ad in return for 30 minutes of ad-free listening.

Known as Sponsored Sessions, the idea is that advertisers get the ability to run video ads for the first time, while the experience is made relatively painless for consumers by guaranteeing 30 minutes of uninterrupted listening afterwards.

Spotify began pitching the option to advertisers back in June, and Ad Age reports that a number of major advertisers have now signed-up.

Spotify will start testing the video ads in the fourth quarter with a limited...

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04:40
With one day to go, a flurry of additional iPhone 6...

In the final run-up to the official launch of the iPhone 6, we’ve been seeing a number of videos of what appear to be the real thing. With just one day to go, Miaopai has just posted no fewer than 17 short videos claiming to show the Chinese version of the iPhone 6 in use.

We don’t learn anything from them we didn’t already know, but they do give a sense of that the size of the 4.7-inch phone is like to use in practice.

French site NWE has also re-posted video of what it says is the battery from...

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03:49
Sprint extends LTE network by partnering with rural...

Sprint has expanded the area its LTE service operates in, by working with smaller carriers. The company has increased the number of carriers included within its Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program by 15, with the program's 27 carriers expanding Sprint's service in 27 states, over 565,000 square miles, and to more than 38 million people....



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Sunday September 7

21:48
Apple reportedly planning to implement tokenization...

We may finally have a reason for why Apple Stores and some other stores are installing new NFC payment...

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21:00
Geekbench 3.2

I'm excited to announce that Geekbench 3.2, the latest version of our popular cross-platform benchmark, is now available for download.

The most visible change in Geekbench 3.2 is the redesigned result view. The redesign both improves the legibility and increases the information density of the benchmark results, especially on mobile devices.

Geekbench 3.2 also adds support for 32-bit ARMv8 processors on Android. Geekbench has been recompiled to take advantage of the new instruction set, and the AES and SHA-1 workloads have been updated to use the new cryptography instructions. When Android devices with ARMv8 processors arrive in the fall Geekbench 3.2 will be able to measure their full performance potential.

Geekbench 3.2 is a free upgrade for all Geekbench 3 users.

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20:16
5.5-inch iPhone 6 may run landscape apps with more...

While the 4.7-inch version of the upcoming iPhone 6 will seemingly function as a large version of the current iPhone interface, it appears that the larger model with a 5.5-inch display could run software in landscape mode with an iPad-like user-interface (portrait views likely remain unchanged. Developer Steven Troughton-Smith altered the iOS simulator to run at 736 points x 414 points (1472 x 828 at 2x or 2208 x 1242 at 3x), the resolution we first reported was likely in the cards for at least one iPhone 6 model, and provided us with screenshots of the presented interface…

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17:17
VMware Fusion 7.0 and Fusion 7.0 Professional

Major new release with support for OS X Yosemite, plus improved ($69.99/149.99 new, $49.99/$79.99 upgrade, 341 MB)

 

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17:00
This weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

Apps Now Free

Recur! The Reverse...

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16:09
Briefly: Rdio revamped for iOS, Avernum 2: Crystal...

Music streaming service Rdio recently released a major update for its iOS app. A paid monthly service, a Rdio Unlimited account offers access to albums, songs, playlists and stations, with the option to download unlimited songs via mobile for offline listening. Rdio v3.0 for iOS introduces a suite of new features, such as Home, which includes a mix of personalized music-related stories. The Favorites feature allows users to select and highlight preferred content for simplified revisiting. Rdio's new Trending function displays what songs and artists are the most popular, combining Heavy Rotatio...



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16:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

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

OtterBox Resurgence: Power and protection in one iPhone...

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15:30
The World of competitive “Rock, Paper, Scissors”

Priceonomics:

Rock Paper Scissors has serious players, organizing leagues, and sponsored tournaments that draw hundreds to compete for cash prizes. In 2006, Bud Light sponsored a tournament and offered a $50,000 cash prize.

While RPS advocates are eager to validate it as a serious pursuit, they also intend to have a good time. That said, if during a tournament you try to throw some sort of fourth move like dynamite that beats rock, paper, and scissors, you’ll be asked to leave.

Leave it to Canadians to come up with competitive “Rock, Paper, Scissors” and tie it into drinking beer.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:00
Last week's popular and featured articles on...

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

iOS 8 Camera app:...

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14:00
All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

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

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12:10
Shareholder files suit against Cook, executives over...

It seems that the legal issues involving Apple colluding with publishers to fix the prices on e-books are taking another turn, as an Apple shareholder has filed a lawsuit in California against CEO Tim Cook and several Apple executives and directors. In the filing it's alleged that the parties involved "showed a reckless disregard for their duties" at Apple, therefore causing "significant damage" to the company in the process....



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10:07
Review: Apple's mid-2014 15-inch MacBook Pro...

Like the updated mid-2014 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, Apple's latest 15-inch notebook brings slightly speedier Intel processors. But with memory, graphics and design all carried over from last year, the most substantial change is a $100 price cut.



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09:49
The iPhone 6: from Louis Vuitton to Chanel

Stratechery:

Conspicuous consumption and status-seeking are major drivers of the Asian market in particular, and are why Asians make up over 50% of the luxury market by nationality. In the case of handbags, you absolutely are saying something with your selection: a Louis Vuitton bag is many people’s first luxury purchase, and shows you have some means; a Chanel bag, on the other hand, signifies you are at least upper middle class, maybe even rich.

At the top of the heap, though, is Hermès: sport a Birkin bag and there is no question as to your status.

While I don’t agree with all of his points, it’s a very instructive way to look at Apple and perhaps how and where they see their place in the market.

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09:28
More than Tech: Apple Invites Fashion Editors to...

Along with the usual Apple and general tech media and bloggers, the company's September 9 product launch event will also include a long list of fashion-related reporters. The iPhone and iPad maker invited people from the fashion world to cover the event, and helps back up the accepted notion that we'll be seeing wearable devices such as the long rumored iWatch.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple hasn't invited fashion news reporters and bloggers to an event before now. This is a pretty big sign that the company is jumping into the wearables market in a serious way. Tuesday's media event is going to be a wild ride.


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09:00
Apple and Disney Stores upgrading iBeacons and NFC...

Apple and longtime partner Disney this week are bolstering their stores with upgraded versions of iBeacon sensors and NFC readers, according to sources. Apple Stores have had iBeacons stationed throughout showroom floors for several months as a way to pinpoint exactly where a customer is within the store. This allows Apple to better serve customers by providing relevant sales information to their iPhones and iPads while in the store. The upgrades happening this week within Apple Stores place several new Gimbal Series 20 Proximity Beacons across stores to make location tracking within the store even more accurate.

In addition to providing relevant information for the Apple Store app, iBeacons can be useful for...

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08:57
How to enable Apple's secure two-step...

Last week's celebrity photo leaks were a stark reminder of what can happen to internet users that fail to follow basic security precautions, like enabling two-factor authentication when it's available. With Apple's own security practices under the microscope, AppleInsider shows you how to enable Cupertino's own implementation.



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08:47
MGG 518: Larrys Have Problems (That Geeks Can Solve)

iCloud Notifications, Burning CD tracks, securing network devices, backing up your NAS and much, much more. All of this in today's Mac Geek Gab episode featuring Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun, your two favorite geeks! Download today and enjoy.


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06:56
LA Times – Are we ready for the iWatch?

Writing for the LA Times, Chris O’Brien poses the question, are we as consumers ready for the iWatch?

Are we ready? I’m not entirely convinced that the answer is yes. I’ve tried many smartwatches and never found anything particularly compelling about them. I’ve played with a few mobile payment services and never felt like they offered a greater convenience than just whipping out a credit card. And I’ve never taken the plunge to use any of the various health monitor gadgets.

And that’s Apple’s strong suit. They are uncanny at judging our appetites as consumers, a craving that frequently can’t be explained by simple logic. Apple has a savant-like savviness at predicting just what we’ll respond to, and at what price point.

Then again, when I first saw the iPad back in January 2010, I didn’t feel particularly moved by it. It was only when I eventually bought one that I suddenly couldn’t remember how I’d managed without it. Just like I did with my first iPhone and...

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06:09
∞ The boy who beeps

[VIDEO] I love the premise behind this commercial. I wish I could do that.

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01:37
Is this the first video review of the iPhone 6?

The iPhone 6 leaks are coming fast and furious ahead of Tuesday’s event. This latest video is a supposed review of the iPhone 6 in Mandarin. We won’t know how legit it is for another 48 hours but it is certainly convincing.

One notable feature of these latest leaks is the Passbook (which they conveniently failed to open) icon which looks to have a Credit card on top. Update: The Weibo Account owner opened up Passbook and screenshotted (below)


 

A brief translation of the video from Stan1028 below (...

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Saturday September 6

19:53
Video of functioning 4.7-inch iPhone seen running...

A functioning version -- perhaps a genuine finished unit, or a cleverly-disguised Goophone -- of the allegedly forthcoming 4.7-inch iPhone 6 has been demonstrated in brief video clips. Going beyond any previous demo, the unit appears to function normally, is clearly running iOS 8 and is activated. The home screen shows the Health application (briefly demo'd in a different video) and the modified Passbook app icon, which now has a fourth red "stripe" resembling a payment card, seemingly confirming the idea that a mobile payment system will be introduced at the September 9 event....



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17:41
Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement...

The Washington Post carries a story from the Associated Press that says the big companies hit hardest by Judge Lucy Koh's ruling in the "No Poaching" case have not suprisingly appealed that ruling, which found that a proposed settlement of $324.5 million to a class-action lawsuit was too low. The suit, filed on behalf of 60,000 high-tech workers allegedlly harmed by anti-competitive hiring practices, will probably enter its next phase next January or March. (Judge Koh is probably not very popular at Apple in particular.) If you're one of those workers (or in an analogous situation), what kind of compensation or punitive action do you think is fair?

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16:43
Apple wearable to run third-party apps, big...

Apple’s upcoming wearable device, based on iOS, will run third-party applications and, furthermore, may come equipped with an App Store, according to two sources with knowledge of the new device. It is currently unclear if the App Store will be full-fledged, like on the iPhone and iPad, or if it will be a special section with in the iPhone App Store for apps that play nicely with the new wearable device.

A small handful of high-profile social network and services companies with apps on the iPhone and iPad App Store have already been seeded with a pre-release version of the Apple SDK (Software Development Kit) for wearables under strict non-disclosure agreements. One of the developers with access to the pre-release SDK is Facebook, according to a source. Facebook is also said to be finishing up work on an iOS 8-optimized version of its iPhone app with improved notifications. The...

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16:01
Briefly: Just Mobile's backup battery, iMac-...

Just Mobile has announced the launch of its new backup battery at IFA 2014, the TopGum. A portable power pack clad in unibody aluminum, TopGum features a tangle-free Lightning cable and a magnetic recharging dock, for recharging without the need to find additional cords. The TopGum's capacity allows for an iPhone to charge up to three times, or top up an iPad mini to 75 percent. Also featured is a standard USB connection, meaning USB-powered devices can be recharged, and TopGum's internal batteries can be refilled when its dock is out of reach. The TopGum backup battery is priced at $80....



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15:08
Apple invites fashion publications to Sept. 9 event...

With a large number of high profile fashion editors and bloggers invited to Apple's Sept. 9 media event, it's expected that the company wants to win the favor of the fashion industry for its anticipated entrance into the emerging wearable devices market, potentially positioning the "iWatch" as more of a chic statement than geeky gadget.



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14:34
Photos and video purportedly detail working '...

Two separate "leaks" out of China on Saturday supposedly show operational versions of Apple's next-generation iPhone, including images of what appears to be credit card or mobile payments support for Passbook.



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14:20
How To Clean Lint from iPhone and iPad Ports

If you have trouble charging your devices or your headphones don't work quite right, it might be an issue with junk accumulating in the 30-pin/Lightning port or the headphone jack. Kelly has some tips on how to de-gunk those ports.


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12:03
Unreal Engine 4 marketplace launches, provides...

Developer Epic has opened its marketplace for user-created and other curated content for the new cross-platform Unreal Engine game creation tool. Developers can now buy and sell community-created premium content for use in projects. In addition to all of the previously-released free content, the new Marketplace is launching with a variety of asset packs including environments, props, characters, sounds, materials, animated meshes, and a number of other asset types....



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11:28
∞ Charles Dance’s “pep talk” for the Rugby World Cup...

Even if you don’t know a thing about Rugby, Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones) might just get you to watch it.

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11:00
iOS 8 Camera app: Time-Lapse

Time-Lapse photography is often one of those things some of us think about, but never do. There are several apps offered in the App Store for iOS, including HyperLapse from Instagram and Time-Lapse! that I reviewed last month.

Now Apple is offering...

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10:56
Apple courts fashionistas as smartwatch expectations...

Reuters:

Apple has invited top fashion editors and bloggers in unprecedented numbers to its Tuesday launch gala, further evidence that the iPhone maker is preparing to take the wraps off a smartwatch.

“It confirms that they have a play in wearables and that they want to appeal to the fashion world, and not just technology consumers,” said Lauren Indvik, editor in chief for Fashionista and another first-time invitee.

The event next week gets more and more interesting every day.

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10:53
Apple inviting large amount of fashion reporters to...

Apple's Tuesday launch event is going to be filled not only with tech industry attendees, but fashion columnists as well. According to an assortment of reports, several fashion media publications have, for the first time, received invitations to the California event which is likely to showcase a new wearable from the Cupertino manufacturer....



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10:31
Apple expanding invite base for iPhone/iWatch event...

As noted by Reuters, Apple has greatly expanded the number of people it has invited to its event on Tuesday, when compared to past Apple announcements. This is probably one motivation for Apple’s change to use Flint Center as a venue, with over double the seating capacity of Yerba Buena, Apple’s usual venue of choice. Reuters say that Apple is making “closer ties to the fashion world” to try and appease fashion critics about its wearable devices.

Several fashion media editors told Reuters they received invitations for the first time to an annual September product-launch, which they took as confirmation of a wristwatch in the wings.

“I assume it’s because they are...

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10:30
Doge Blast is wow such fun

Doge Blast is a silly casual game filled with references to popular video games, movies, memes, and other geekery. That great meme dog Doge is the hero in Doge Blast and players launch Doge from a cannon into a crazy world brimming with ceiling cats,...

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09:00
An edge-case perspective of Apple

Throughout the last decade, reading rumors about Apple products gave me an edge-case perspective of Apple. With each new rumor, I have an internal discussion that determines the validity with a "yes" or a "no." In the past couple years, the dialogue...

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08:28
Modbook Pro X project succeeds with limited time...

The Modbook Pro X tablet modification Kickstarter has blown past its goals. Earlier this week, the project passed its $150,000 milestone, with 36 people having contributed to receive a full conversion from the company. Notably, nobody has chosen to send in a computer, with all contributors receiving the tablet choosing for Modbook to source the entire project....



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07:36
Purported working iPhone 6 appears online, shows new...

A user on Weibo has uploaded a set of photos and a video of what looks like a working iPhone 6 (update: Here’s a video review of what looks like the same phone). The device’s software does not have the same tells as the Android fakes seen many times before. It features a new looking Passbook icon, that adds a top red bar depicting a ‘credit card’ icon. Assumedly, this is linked to Apple’s widely-reported mobile payments initiative.

Further images of the device show that is running iOS 8 (build 12A365), a build of the operating system that is not available for developer testing. It is unclear whether this is the build number of the GM. More ...

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07:30
Turn the real world into a profitable empire with...

Cashsquare is a free app requiring iOS 7.0 or later that turns the world around you into a game for starting your very own real estate empire. The game uses Facebook and Foursquare to retrieve locations around you to compete with other players to...

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07:00
Review: Nova wireless flash for iPhone adds a burst...

We first told you about the Nova wireless flash for iPhone last fall when it was merely an idea on Kickstarter having just collected enough funding to ship. The campaign successfully raised over $85,000 and the wireless flash for iPhone is now available for purchase with an iOS app available on the App Store. I recently had the chance to test out the Nova wireless flash for iPhone, and below I’ll share a few insights from my experience.

WHAT IS NOVA AND HOW DOES IT WORK

The device is about the size of a credit card and thinner than an iPhone 5. It...

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07:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Melt away

Melt away

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases brings you a bit of Meso-American folklore, a delicious cover of ice cream, and all the luxury you need to look great everywhere.

Ali Express

The Aztec (iPad mini; $3) sports a colorful, Aztec-themed pattern and prevents damage from occasional drops and bumps.

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07:00
Dog Days of Summer: Iggy and his iPad

Summer is beginning to wind down, but Iggy here doesn't seem to mind -- he'll hang out anywhere as long as he can watch something on his iPad. Of course, it might be more comfortable if the Wi-Fi worked better out by the pool...

Owner Bob Rabner...

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06:35
Terminal tricks

Terminal is the Mac OS X command line tool that gives you access to unbridled destructive power (i.e., step carefully). You’ll find it in Applications / Utilities. If you are brand new to Terminal, here’s a very gentle intro.

If you use Terminal on a regular basis, take some time to dig into Craig Hockenberry’s fantastic Terminal tricks blog post. Some of these you’ll know, but some will likely be new to you. It’s deep, it’s long, and so well written. Pass this one along to your tech friends.

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06:06
Apple’s official countdown

This just makes it all so much more real.

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06:02
∞ Proof that light travels so much faster than sound

[VIDEO] Phil McNamara captures the eruption of Mount Tavurvur volcano from a boat off Papua New Guinea (eastern edge of New Britain island). When you see the explosion, keep your eyes on the clouds surrounding the island, then count the beats until the boom hits. Fantastic video.

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06:00
Hate the changes to the Facebook app? You should...

Facebook's Paper app launched to great fanfare and then quickly dropped on the charts. Many commentators decried the app dead in the water -- we may have been among those commentators. Of course, all of that was before the recent changes to...

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05:30
Now you can score big with Big Play Scoring

The NFL season started Thursday night in Seattle and if you missed out on a chance to play fantasy football, Big Play Scoring offers a second chance. The free universal app requires iOS 7.0 and provides a different type of fantasy game using NFL...

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05:26
Apple holiday shipping volumes putting squeeze on...

According to reports out of China, Apple has begun to dominate the supply chain both in shipping and manufacturing, squeezing out other companies. According to reports, major supply chain companies including both freight and FedEx and UPS have "incredibly high" volumes for the holiday quarter, just from Apple's logistics under the weight of a new product lineup....



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Friday September 5

21:45
Briefly: i-box's Slix, Crystal Acoustics'...

British tech brand i-Box has introduced its new Slix Bluetooth wireless speaker today at IFA 2014. A compact 6W speaker, the Slix features a durable chassis and rubber detailing designed for protective coverage, with a water-resistance rating of IPX5. Measuring at 155 x 58 x 28mm, its 1.5-inch full-range drivers are supplemented by a passive bass radiator....



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20:36
Report: Walgreens, CVS also sign on to Apple's...

A report from anonymous sources suggests that Apple's rumored mobile payment system may have gained further merchant support in the form of drugstore chains CVS and Walgreens. The move would make it easy for customers to use their iPhone to pay for purchases at some 15,000 combined locations in the US, reports AppleInsider via Re/Code. They will be among other known and unknown retail partners to help launch the mobile payment system, which could be announced at the September 9 Apple press event....



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20:28
Marc Newson to Join Apple’s design team

Vanity Fair:

Designer Marc Newson is joining Apple as part of senior vice president of design Jonathan Ive’s team, the company told VF Daily on Friday.

Newson, who will continue to be based in the United Kingdom, will be an employee of Apple, and will be frequently traveling to the company’s Cupertino, California, headquarters. The industrial designer has had his work archived by MoMA, and has been commissioned by Ford, Nike, and Qantas Airways, among others.

Jonathan Ive you know. One of his best friends, Marc Newson, might not be quite as familiar a name to you but he is also a world-class designer.

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19:56
Apple's massive fall lineup reportedly causing...

Apple is reportedly securing dates for its upcoming fall shipments, expected to include new iPhone and iPad models, and the number of devices coming out of China is so large that major shipping companies are delaying orders from other device makers.



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19:43
The Aussie mindset: Working to live instead of...

Inc:

During my time in Australia, the relaxed lifestyle of the Aussies, Kiwis, and Europeans we met contrasted sharply with the “live to work” mentality so ingrained in American culture. To them, it isn’t about your place in life or how you make a living; it’s simply about living well.

Contrary to what many people think, this philosophy doesn’t have to clash with being ambitious. It just means making a fun, fulfilling life your first priority.

Living in Vancouver, I’ve met and known a lot of Australians and am always amazed at their wanderlust. There’s a lot of good advice in this column, particularly for those in college. Travel while you can.

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19:40
Competitors expected to miss deadlines as Apple...

Earlier this year we reported that Apple had ordered a record number of iPhone 6 units for the upcoming launch of the next-gen device. According to TechCrunch, the number of devices being shipped from China is so high that Apple is actually causing shipping delays for other companies.

Just how bad are the delays? According to a source from one unnamed electronics manufacturer, some companies have been told they’ll miss their...

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19:30
Slices of Apple episode 5: Core Values

Slices of Apple is a documentary series exploring the success of Apple as a company. It seeks to educate business leaders, entrepreneurs and laypeople about how Apple keeps delivering consistently great products.

In this episode we're talking to...

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18:56
ComScore: Apple continues to gain share in US...

Apple continues to be the market leader in smartphones in the US, the latest three-month study from ComScore MobiLens shows. As of the end of July, the iPhone line had gained a full percentage point of share over its position in April. Arch-rival Samsung also grew its share of the US market, but by somewhat less at 0.7 percent change. Drops from other Android makers such as HTC, Motorola and LG seem to have given Apple a boost, even as the debut of new iPhones draws near....



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18:51
Opinion: Why a larger iPad makes sense

Rumors recently surfaced again that Apple could be planning to introduce a larger iPad, perhaps up to 12.9-inches in size and as early as the first quarter of 2015. This could well go a long way to making the iPad an excellent Office-style productivity tool, with particular appeal to enterprise. Even though the iPad has been a resounding success since its introduction in late 2010 with over 224 million sold, third quarter sales figures for 2014 saw a 9 percent decline, which Apple CEO Tim Cook downplayed as a 'speed bump.' We recently looked at the question of iPad productivity now that Micro...



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