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Thursday September 4

15:30
Bounce to impressive heights with Kitten Mega Jump

Kitten Mega Jump is an iOS game that places a fun, blue kitten on a trampoline and leaves you in charge of maneuvering it to collect coins and avoid obstacles. When you reach a certain score, calculated based on a combination of both, you'll level up...

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15:21
IKEA Debuts ‘Amazing’ BookBook for 2015 with Eternal...

Not usually known for its technological offerings, IKEA released a video spotlighting the "amazing" BookBook for 2015, featuring high definition photos, a touch interface you can feel, and amazing eternal battery life. It also features "instant loading" on every page! Amazing. This is one of the more clever Apple spoofs we've seen, and it wasn't done to denigrate Apple (as is the case with most such spoofs), but rather to highlight Ikea and extoll the virtues of old-fashioned print catalogs. Discovered via The Loop. Note: You may need to watch it twice to catch everything, it's very clever.


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15:00
Soen Audio's sexy Transit XS Bluetooth speaker...

Bluetooth speakers are a hot growth item in the mobile world. It seems like every week, TUAW is inundated with pitches for a few more speakers from companies ranging from high-end audio equipment manufacturers to those that we say "Who?" about. The...

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14:58
iRig Mic Field, a Digital Stereo Mic for Lightning...

IK Multimedia announced on Thursday iRig Mic Field, a digital stereo microphone for Lightning-equipped iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. This device is designed to capture high-quality audio using two high-quality cardioid electret condenser capsules, a 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter (with 44.1/48kHz sample rate), a 115 dB maximum SPL rating, and a built in low-noise, high-definition preamp. Because it uses the Lightning port, it can be used for either standalone audio or for capturing audio for a video, too. It works in conjunction with iRig Recorder, the company's audio recording app for iOS, but it's also compatible with Core Audio and Core Video-enabled apps, including Apple's GarageBand, Voice Memo, Camera, and iMovie. iRig Mic Field is US$99.99/â79.99, and it ships in October.

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14:45
Apple, financial firms negotiate lower fees for...

In preparation for its mobile payment technology, Apple has successfully negotiated deals with five major financial institutions -- American Express, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Capital One, and Bank of America -- to lower transaction fees, sources say. One linchpin was convincing them that mobile payments constitute "card present" transactions, which have a lower discount rate than their opposite, owing to lower fraud risk. That card-present rate has been dropped another 15 to 25 basis points however, meaning that Apple should get a roughly 10 percent discount on processing rates....



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14:45
FCC levies $7.4 million fine on Verizon for privacy...

Verizon has agreed to a $7.4 million dollar fine, payable to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as a result of not informing customers that they could "opt out" of Verizon marketing efforts tailored with gleaned user information. The fine, the largest of its kind, is assessed in parallel with the requirement that the company tell customers in every mailed bill that they can prevent the company from using data for advertising and marketing purposes....



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14:41
TextExpander 4 for Mac: $16.99

If you have been reading The Mac Observer or listening to our podcasts for any length of time, you probably know how much we love everything Smile Software does. That's particularly true for TextExpander, the company's killer utility for automating any kind of text string you frequently use. Your signature, a URL, your phone number, boilerplate language...anything. Thanks to our friends at Stack Social, we can offer you a deal on TextExpander 4 for US$16.99, less than half the retail price. Note that version 5 is in beta, and that this deal is only for version 4, but if you need it now, this is the discount you've been looking for.


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14:15
Apple Store app overhauled with cross-platform...

Ahead of an expected iPhone unveiling on Sept. 9, Apple on Thursday rolled out an updated version of its Apple Store app for iOS, introducing cross-device shopping support, enhanced imagery and refined navigation.



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14:13
Microsoft Shines Spotlight on a Trio of New Lumias


Microsoft on Thursday unveiled the Nokia Lumia 830, 730 and 735 smartphones, along with several accessories and feature updates, at the IFA 2014 consumer electronics show in Berlin. The 830 is the thinnest and lightest member of the Lumia family. It has a 10mp camera and is positioned as an affordable flagship. "The Lumia 830 looks to me like a high-end smartphone masquerading as a mid-range device," said Ramon Llamas, a research manager at IDC. "You have a 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU, 16 GB of storage expandable to 128 GB, and a 5-inch display."

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14:13
Mac: Mobee Technology Magic Hub

Mobee Technology is back with another cool Mac peripheral, this time taking its usual unique design to the world of USB hubs. Mobee’s Magic Hub is the world’s first four-port USB 3.0 hub designed to sit discretely at the back of an iMac or Apple Display. Not only does Magic Hub attach to the back of your Mac stand like it was designed to be there, but it’s even directly powered by your standard Apple power cord, passing power through…

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14:10
How To Manage Apple’s Photo Stream on Mac OS or...

Sometimes the need arises to manage iCloud Photo Streams from a computer. Kelly explains how to enable or disable Photo Streams and how to delete specific photos on both a Mac and a Windows machine.


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14:08
Dell teases world's first 27-inch 5K computer...

At today's Dell Business event, the Texas manufacturer showed off a pair of new displays. The first, a 55-inch widescreen display delivers full HD resolution and is intended for teleconferencing. Additionally, the company previewed its Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K monitor, the world's first display with 5120 x 2880 Ultra HD 5K resolution....



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14:07
NYT: iWatch has flexible display, iPhone 6 has one-...

The New York Times is corroborating other reports on the iWatch and iPhone 6, and adding some extra details. The iWatch is once again expected to come in two sizes, and offer a mix of health/fitness tracking and smartphone-like functions. Significantly, the paper adds that the watch's display is flexible and protected with sapphire, and that its circuitboard is about the same size as a postage stamp....



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14:00
Video: How to easily make your own ringtones in...

While the iPhone's standard ringtones certainly have their respective charms there's nothing quite like picking your own ringtones. It's your own little inside joke whenever your Grandmother calls and David Bowie's "Space Oddity" plays or you get a...

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13:59
Apple reportedly wrangles lower credit card...

Adding to rumors regarding Apple's supposed mobile payments solution, a report on Thursday claims the Cupertino tech giant has managed to negotiate lower transaction fees from five credit card issuing banks.



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13:58
Apple Store app redesigned, gains upcoming events...

Ahead of its major media event next week, Apple has issued a significant update to its Apple Store shopping iOS app. The first addition is a complete redesign for the iPhone and iPod touch application’s interface. The new design is more in-line with the recently released iPad variant. Speaking of the iPad version, the tablet-optimized layout is now a universal bundle (single download) with the iPhone/iPod touch version, and it has also gained support for making Apple Store One to One reservations. The app also has a new Stores section to search for upcoming...

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13:55
Samsung’s “half-baked” announcements set Apple up...

In a note to investors on Thursday, White, of Cantor Fitzgerald, used the words “underwhelming,” “rushed,” and “half-baked” to describe Samsung’s announcements, which also included the Gear VR partnership with Oculus, a Gear S smartwatch, and the new Note Edge handset with a side-facing display. White said he believes Samsung’s announcements were a subpar attempt at garnering buzz for its products before Apple holds its own presentation next Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Analyst Brian White isn’t the only one saying this about Samsung’s announcements. As I said yesterday, things could get rough for Samsung in the coming months.

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13:46
News: Withings unveils Home video monitor

Withings has announced Home ($220), an HD camera with environmental sensors, designed for video and audio monitoring. The camera offers HD video up to 1080p with zoom, and two digital microphones allow for two-way talk. Users can receive notifications based on events such as movement or crying. Each time an event is detected, Home takes a photo and a video, and stores it for two days. The clips can be downloaded and kept free of charge, and additional…

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13:45
Marshall unveils the Woburn, a new consumer-level...

Marshall, the company best known for guitar amps and headphones, announced that a new consumer speaker is coming this year called the Woburn. The new speaker is a joint work between Marshall Amplification and Marshall Headphones, bringing a new level of music freedom to the market. Consumers can look forward to the classic Marshall styling in the unit, as it utilizes gold piping, fret grille cloth and a vinyl covering....



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13:44
Line 6 Sonic Port VX for iOS

With Sonic Port™ VX, it’s finally possible to record complete songs anywhere inspiration strikes. The guitar/bass input features 120dB of dynamic range for incomparable tone and best-in-class dynamics. A stereo line input lets you record keys, drum machines, DJ mixers and other sources. Zero-latency monitoring means you can record without distraction. And with professional-level 1/4” stereo outputs, you can easily connect studio monitors and perfect your mixes. With Sonic Port VX, the world is your studio.

Sonic Port VX brings three built-in professional condenser microphones to the party. Matched stereo mics let you record live performances with remarkable clarity.

This is an impressive looking device. I haven’t heard it yet, but I have one of the original Sonic Ports and love it.

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13:43
WSJ Claims iWatch Will Have NFC for Mobile Payment...

Apple's iWatch will come with NFC to be used with a mobile payment system, according to unnamed source cited by The Wall Street Journal. This will be an extension of the rumored mobile payment system that Apple will also be unveiling with the iPhone 6 during the company's September 9th media event.


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13:31
∞ Aerial footage of Apple’s Sept. 9 event structure

That’s a huge building for an event that’s going to last a few hours. Typical of Apple, they go all out.

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13:24
Apple to livestream September 9th media event

Apple’s much-anticipated September 9th media event will be live streamed next Tuesday.

Per The Unoffocial Apple Weblog, Apple today announced that it will be live streaming its upcoming media event scheduled to take place next Tuesday at 10 AM Pacific Time. The page includes a running countdown timer along with the following teaser: “Live video from our special event will be right here. And so will a whole lot more.”

As opposed to most other Apple events, next week’s event is slated to take place at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino. Notably, the Flint Center is where Steve Jobs unveiled the original Mac and also where the original Bondi Blue iMac was introduced...

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13:22
Big Pharma Joins Google's Quest for Aging...


Pharmaceutical giant AbbVie on Wednesday announced it was teaming up with Google-funded Calico, the life sciences initiative aimed at helping patients deal with diseases and other negative effects associated with aging. Under the terms of the partnership, both AbbVie and Calico will invest up to $250 million in the project, with the possibility of another $500 million each. That money will go toward understanding and fighting diseases such as cancer or neurodegenerative disorders that are common in the aging population.

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13:21
Enabling two-step verification for your Apple ID

If you’re worried at all about the security of your Apple ID, you should have two-step verification enabled. Allyson Kazmucha does a great job of explaining what it is and how to enable it.

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13:18
1Password’s iOS 8 extension supported by over 100...

We can’t share the full list of developers yet (we just cracked 100!). But we can show you nearly 20 apps that are already working on integrating 1Password’s iOS 8 App Extension for fast, one-tap logging in and even updating your passwords!

The 1Password extension is going to be one of the most important extensions on iOS 8. Security and having safe passwords are always a pain in the ass, but having easy access to 1Password through this extension will make things much easier. I’m looking forward to it.

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13:13
Apple to Live Stream Sept 9 Media Event

Apple special media event on September 9 just became a little more accessible because the iPhone and iPad maker will be live streaming the invitation-only presentation. The company is expected to unveil new iPhone models along with the rumored iWatch wearable fitness tracker.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's pretty clear Apple has some big announcements in store for next Tuesday, and the company wants to make sure as many people as possible get in on its message.


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13:10
Pioneer announces new professional on-ear headphones...

Pioneer Electronics announced a new set of professional headphones in its DJ line today, with the HDJ-C70. The company took a different stance on design with the HDJ-C70s than other DJ headphones in the past, moving to create a lightweight headset to fit the sound quality demands and comfort needed for heavy use....



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13:07
Report: Apple negotiated lower card transaction fees...

Apple has successfully negotiated lower card transaction fees for its upcoming mobile payment system, according to Bank Innovation. The Cupertino company has reportedly reached deals with American Express, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Capital One, and Bank of America. Apparently, Apple has convinced the financial institutions to consider the mobile payments as “card present” transactions, and has settled on a reduced “card present”…

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13:00
Amazon Game Studios decides to play nice with iPad

When Amazon first announced it would be developing its own gaming apps under the name Amazon Game Studios, it was easy to imagine the software the group was working on would be exclusive to the company's own devices. The new release of Sev Zero: Air...

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12:58
Rumor: iPhone 6, iWatch to incorporate NFC wireless...

The rumor mill is going at full speed with only five days until Apple’s September 9th media event.

This time, the Wall Street Journal has stated that Apple’s next iPhone and its anticipated wearable “iWatch” will support near-field communications technology to enable wireless payments, while the “iWatch” is also said to sport a curved OLED display.

According to AppleInsider, The Journal cited unnamed sources familiar with the unannounced devices. Both the “...

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12:49
Apple to live-stream September 9th press event

Apple has posted a webpage announcing a live stream of its September 9th press event, and counting down to the hour. "Live video from our special event will be right here. And so will a whole lot more," the page reads. Visitors can quickly add the event to their calendar on platforms that support ICS files....



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12:44
Apple reportedly negotiated transaction fee...

Financial site Bank Innovation reports that Apple has negotiated lower transaction fees with American Express, Bank of America, Capital One, Citigroup, and JP Morgan Chase ahead of the debut of its mobile payment system expected to be announced alongside the new iPhone models next week. The report notes that the banks were likely willing to lower rates to ensure participation and due to Apple’s security measures including the iPhone’s Touch ID sensor.

The first thing Apple has done is convince these four FIs to consider transactions from Apple’s upcoming payments venture — said to launch with its forthcoming iPhone 6 introduction — as “card present” transactions, which carry a lower discount rate than “card not present” transactions, because of lower fraud risk.

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12:44
Twit Pic shutting down under threat of API...

Under threat from microblogging service Twitter, photo storage domain Twit Pic is closing its doors on September 25. Citing a legal demand to abandon a trademark application it filed for in 2009, or it would lose access to the Twitter API, the founder has declared that he cannot "fend off a large company like Twitter to maintain our mark which we believe wholeheartedly is rightfully ours."...



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12:36
Pulled report denies any U2 involvement in iPhone 6...

A spokeswoman for Irish rock band U2 has categorically denied rumors the band will be involved with next week's iPhone 6 announcement, according to a now-pulled report by The Independent. "They are not releasing their album on the iPhone, and they are not performing at the iPhone launch," the representative was quoted as saying. It's not clear why the Independent removed the report though, which may or may not mean there is some merit to the rumors....



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12:33
News: NYT: iWatch to have flexible screen, wireless...

Another new report has surfaced on the verge of Apple’s introduction of the iWatch and iPhone 6, this one from The New York Times. According to the report, Apple’s iWatch will have a flexible display panel covered by sapphire. The device will also utilize wireless charging. On the new iPhones, the Times reports that a one-handed mode will be available. That mode — which can be switched on or off — will make it easier to use the larger…

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12:30
Menote is yet another diary app

Your iPhone or iPad can make remarkably handy devices to chronicle your life with. Diary and note taking apps can make the process easier and perhaps even fun. But not all diary apps are equal. Menote is YADA-Yet Another Diary App. It's free,...

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12:26
Apple's 'iWatch' has flexible...

As hype builds for Apple's Sept. 9 announcement, yet another report chimes in with alleged details, saying the company's wearable "iWatch" will sport a flexible screen and wireless charging, while the company's larger iPhone models will apparently offer a one-handed mode for ease of use.



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12:20
News: Apps of the Week: The Met, Iconic, Infinity...

New Apps The Met (free) — The country’s largest art museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, has released its own official app — The Met. A great starting point for visiting the museum, the app lets users browse listings of current exhibitions and daily events. Museum admission, membership, and event tickets can all be purchased from the app, as well. Though it’s best for visitors, The Met will likely be of interest…

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12:15
Apple plans to live stream its upcoming September 9...

Apple this afternoon announced that it will be live streaming its upcoming media event scheduled to take place next Tuesday at 10 AM Pacific Time. The page includes a running countdown timer along with the following teaser: "Live video from our...

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12:12
NYT: iWatch to feature flexible display panel,...

The New York Times is weighing in on Apple’s imminent iPhone event, corroborating past information as well as adding some new tidbits about Apple’s newest iPhones (the ‘iPhone 6′) and its brand new wearable (dubbed ‘iWatch’).

Most interestingly, it says that the iWatch will feature a flexible display. Assumedly, this will allow the product to morph to fit comfortably on user’s arms. KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo predicted Apple’s use of a flexible panel in July. The screen is protected by sapphire glass. As 9to5Mac has...

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12:00
Daily Deals for September 4, 2014, featuring the...

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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11:40
Apple announces live stream for September 9 event

Apple has announced that it will live stream its September 9 event. The company’s website now has a “live” page featuring a countdown clock to the time of the event. Apple users are also offered a link to add the event to their calendars. It’s expected that Apple will reveal its newest iPhones and debut its iWatch next Tuesday....

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11:35
Apple to live stream Sep. 9 event on its website,...

On the off chance that you can’t tune in to the usual witty banter between yours truly and our own editorial director, Jason Snell, as we live blog September 9’s Apple event, good news: Apple will be streaming the whole shindig on its site, in living color.

The page, posted on Thursday, features a countdown clock, merrily ticking away the seconds, minutes, hours, and days until Apple releases, well, whatever the heck it’s going to release. Apple promises that live video from the event “will be right here,” adding tantalizingly, “And so will a whole lot more.” The stream kicks off at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday.

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11:34
Samsung's 'rushed,' 'half-baked...

Samsung this week made a slew of announcements, most notably its next-generation big-screen Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, but none of the products were enough to impress analyst Brian White, who doesn't think the South Korean electronics maker is well positioned to compete with Apple's anticipated fall product lineup.



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11:30
We don't know anything about the iWatch, and...

I'll go ahead and say it -- Apple media events over the past few years have lost a little bit of their magic. To be clear, this isn't the result of Apple stagnating on the innovation front, but rather due to the fact that every month we're bombarded...

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11:23
Apple will live stream Sept. 9 event

There you have it, you can watch the event for yourself. No need for any live blogs for this one.

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11:17
Apple to hold live stream of Sept. 9 event, begins...

With less than five days to go until Tim Cook takes the stage at the Flint Center in Cupertino, Apple has begun promoting the event --?at which the iPhone 6, iWatch, and perhaps second-generation iPad Air will be unveiled -- on its homepage with a countdown timer to the live stream.



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11:10
iWatch coming in two sizes with curved OLEDs, NFC...

The Apple iWatch will come in two sizes and use a curved OLED display, say sources for the Wall Street Journal. The people add that it will also include a variety of health and fitness sensors, and an NFC chip, like the iPhone 6. "NFC wireless is central to Apple's plans to incorporate so-called tap-to-pay into its mobile devices, allowing users to pay for goods and services using credit cards stored with iTunes," the Journal claims....



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11:05
Study alleges China iPhone factory riddled with...

New York Apple Store

Simon Greig

Labor rights groups said Thursday that a Chinese factory producing iPhone and iPad parts was found "to have a number of serious health and safety, environmental, and human rights violations."

The groups, US-based China Labor Watch and Green America, said the 20,000 workers at the Catcher Technology-owned plant in Suqian were exposed to aluminum-magnesium alloy sheddings without protective equipment and encountered locked safety exits, forced unpaid overtime, and other labor violations.

The...

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11:01
Apple announces live stream for Sept. 9 iPhone/...

Apple has just announced that it will be live streaming its upcoming event later this month on September 9th. Its website also includes a countdown clock pictured above and a link for Apple users to add the event to their calendar. 

Apple previously announced the event scheduled to take place next week on September 9 at 10 a.m. PDT. This year the event gets a change of location from Apple’s usual Moscone West venue with the event set to go down at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino. As we’ve reported in the weeks leading up to the event, Apple is also constructing a...

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11:00
Crowdfunding Roundup: OpenHome Labs, Starfish, and...

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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11:00
Why privacy rules for HealthKit and HomeKit are a...

This article was originally published on CITEworld.com.

Apple has issued new rules for iOS developers in relation around the new HealthKit and HomeKit platforms and third-party app extensions, including third-party keyboards, that will be standout features of iOS 8. Apple will likely highlight these at its press event next week, where the iPhone 6 is expected to be announced, because they provide a major competitive advantage: They force developers to see the user as their ultimate customer, rather than a means to collect data that can later be sold for profit.

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10:53
Amplified: I’ve Been Here All Summer!

With Dan still out, Shawn King and Jim talk about Apple’s upcoming September 9th event, the large scale celebrity iCloud hack, how to keep your passwords safe with 1Password, Marshall amps, and more!

Sponsored by Iconic by Ridgewood Publishing (visit iconicbook.com/5by5 for 20% off select editions of this beautiful coffee table book all about Apple).

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10:51
WordPress 4.0 “Benny”

Looks like there are a lot of great changes to WordPress 4.0. I’ll test it out before installing it on The Loop, but the video shows some nice new features.

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10:49
DeTune Extracts Your Media from an iPad, iPhone, or...

With his wife’s music library locked up in a rusty iPod touch, Josh Centers had to find a way to rescue it. Luckily, he found DeTune, which can copy media from an iOS device that can’t be accessed normally via iTunes.

 

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10:45
Withings’ new HomeKit-integrated video monitoring...

Withings, a company well-known for its line of iPhone-connected health and fitness tracking accessories, today announced a new video monitoring device with environmental sensors called  Home. While Home is a video monitoring solution that can be used for security, the company is also including some pretty unique features that it hopes will make your home both a healthier and safer environment.

For starters, the wide-angle HD camera (which also has night vision) is capable of detecting motion and noise, but will also specifically monitor for signs of distress: it also specifically recognizes crying and the presence of people. On top of that, the device includes environmental sensors for measuring various data points for things like temperature, humidity and air quality:

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10:45
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-04

We're finally getting leaks confirming the iWatch is real, and they seem to be coming from inside Apple. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about why we're suddenly getting an apparent iWatch confirmation, along with some talk about information control tactics, and just how much they think Apple's wearable device will cost.


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10:36
Twitter forces Twitpic to shut down

A few weeks ago Twitter contacted our legal demanding that we abandon our trademark application or risk losing access to their API. This came as a shock to us since Twitpic has been around since early 2008, and our trademark application has been in the USPTO since 2009.

Damn Twitter.

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10:34
External Link: Farewell to Twitpic

The image-hosting service Twitpic has announced that it will shut down on 25 September 2014 after over 6 years. Twitpic blames Twitter for the shutdown, saying that the social networking company had threatened to pull API access if Twitpic did not abandon its trademark application. However, as Mashable’s Christina Warren pointed out on Twitter, the service has largely been irrelevant since Twitter added its own image-hosting capability in 2012, so this may simply have been a way to save face.

 

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10:30
World Beard Day is Sept. 6

This is a great list of things to do on World Beard Day like bar-b-q, change a tire, build an all-bearded human pyramid and other fun activities us bearded men do.

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10:30
Football fans battle it out with Fans Wars-Pro...

Some teams in the NFL have developed huge rivalries. Think Bears vs Packers, Chiefs vs Raiders, and Steeler vs Ravens. Now while those teams go at it on the field, their fans can compete with rival fans using Fan Wars-Pro Football Edition. The free...

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10:21
A guide to mastering audio for different formats

Justin Perkins:

There is much more to mastering than just the sonic aspects and it varies between different release formats. It’s also gotten more complex as digital distribution evolves, CDs become the minority, and vinyl makes a comeback.

What a great resource Justin put together. A few tips you may not have known about mastering songs for all the different audio formats available.

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10:04
Groups accuse Apple supplier Catcher of labor,...

Another Apple supplier, Catcher Technology, is being accused of violating labor and safety standards, according to the New York Times. The paper says that two groups -- Green America, an environmental non-profit, and China Labor Watch -- have found that workers at a Catcher-owned factory in Suqian, China are being forced to work excessive overtime and in unsafe conditions. Although Catcher has contracts with other electronics firms, Apple is a major client, for whom it produces metal iPad and MacBook shells....



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10:00
iOS 8 Camera app: Smart Adjustments

When iOS 8 appears later this month photographers will get new and intuitive editing tools. One important update to the Camera app is what Apple calls Smart Adjustments. The adjustments can be grouped into three categories: adjusting light, adjusting...

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09:49
U2 says reports of Apple tie-up for 'iPhone 6...

Rumors that mega-popular rock band U2 have struck a new partnership with Apple to release their upcoming album on the so-called iPhone 6 and could participate in next Tuesday's media event in Cupertino are without merit, a U2 spokesperson said on Thursday.



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09:31
Wacom revamps iPad stylus line with three new models

Wacom has unveiled a series of new devices at the German IFA show this week. Starting the reveals are the third generation Bamboo Stylus solo and Bamboo Stylus duo as a combination with a traditional ball pen for use on capacitive devices and paper. Also revealed are the Intuos Creative Stylus 2 for sketching, drawing and painting on an iPad. Finally, the Bamboo fineline is a smart stylus with new "thin tip" technology for precise work with an iPad....



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09:30
Former Apple SVP of Retail Ron Johnson talks Apple...

Former Apple Senior Vice President of Retail (then ousted JCPenney CEO) Ron Johnson made a somewhat rare public-facing appearance on Andreessen Horowitz’s podcast. The discussion comes in at just under half an hour and features the former head of Apple Retail discussing his experience with leading the Apple Store as well as the challenge for up-and-coming startup brands to afford brick-and-mortar retail channels, but more interesting from an Apple perspective is Johnson’s praise for Microsoft’s retail stores and the Surface 3 tablet that the company heavily markets...

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09:30
Apple supplier accused of labor violations once again

Just days away from the unveiling of Apple's newest smartphone -- and quite possibly our first look at a wearable as well -- the company is yet again dealing with allegations that one of its suppliers isn't treating its employees well. According to a...

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09:26
News: WSJ: iWatch, iPhone 6 to both have NFC

Both Apple’s upcoming iWatch and iPhone 6 will include near field communication, The Wall Street Journal reports, adding its voice to the chorus of those expecting Apple to use NFC in upcoming devices. NFC is “central” to Apple’s plans for a mobile payment system, the report notes. The report also claims the iWatch will come in two sizes, both featuring a “curved organic” LED screen. While Apple plans on taking…

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09:22
WSJ: iWatch, iPhone 6 to link via NFC, watch coming...

A new report from The Wall Street Journal today is corroborating many previous rumors about Apple’s upcoming wearable, including that the device will include some form of NFC technology and will be shipping in multiple sizes. Furthermore, the report notes that Apple will also be bringing NFC to its next iPhone as seen in previous leaks, making it easier for the two devices to pair and signifying that the watch will be more than just a fitness gadget:

The gadget’s use of near...

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09:05
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Air starting at $400, new...

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09:04
Both Apple's 'iPhone 6' and '...

Yet another publication chimed in on Thursday to say that Apple's next iPhone and its anticipated wearable "iWatch" will support near-field communications technology to enable wireless payments, while the "iWatch" is also said to sport a curved OLED display.



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09:00
The Week in iOS Apps: A good investment?

Others of note

This week’s roundup of new and updated iOS apps includes an app that “invests your loose change” into a diversified portfolio. Plus: apps for gamers, art fans, sports lovers and more.

Acorns

This is an unusual investing app: Acorns is free for iPhone; you connect your credit or debit card account to the app and, anytime you make a purchase, it invests your “loose change” into a diversified porfolio. (Buy lunch, for example, for $12.50, and the app will round that amount up to $13—using the 50-cent difference for the investment.) You can also choose to directly invest funds in amounts of your choosing. Acorns charges $1 a month, plus annual management fees, once you’ve started investing. Will microinvesting yield big returns? Only time will tell.

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09:00
Rovio launches highly-commercialized Angry Birds...

Rovio today launched Angry Birds Stella, the latest game in the popular Angry Birds series. In Stella, players assume the role of heroine Stella and her five bird friends as they protect their home of Golden Island from Gale the Bad Princess and her...

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08:55
Apps: Together, MacGourmet Deluxe, Acorn
08:50
News: New report alleges continued violations at...

A new report released by Green America and China Labor Watch titled “Two Years of Broken Promises” accuses Apple of failing to fix violations at supplier Catcher Technology in Suqian, China. Many violations found in a 2013 investigation at the supplier — violations which were shared with Apple — were reportedly seen again in an undercover investigation conducted this August. Employees are said to work excessive overtime and long shifts…

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08:49
∞ IKEA spoofs Apple ad, and it’s brilliant

Much respect to IKEA, they did a brilliant job on this ad.

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08:43
MetroPCS loosens data caps, expands coverage to 10...

T-Mobile-owned MetroPCS has announced several important changes, the most important being the loosening of its 4G data caps. People on the carrier's $40-per-month plan are getting their cap lifted from 500MB to 1GB. The $50 plan is getting a similar boost, from 2.5GB to 3GB....



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08:30
Overhead view of Apple's event building

There's speculation about just what Apple intends to do with a decent-sized, temporary structure it has erected for its September 9 press event. Here's an overhead photo of the structure taken from a drone.

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08:26
News: Orbotix launches Ollie by Sphero

Orbotix has officially launched Ollie ($100), the new app-controlled toy by Sphero. First seen at CES 2014 as Sphero 2B — the two-wheeled robot earned an iLounge Best of Show award — Ollie can travel up to 14 mph and get up to one hour of play on a full three-hour USB charge. Ollie is controlled using an app and connects to an iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth Smart, boasting a range of 30 meters (98 feet). The toy’s polycarbonate body features…

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08:19
Want Real World Maps for LTE Coverage? There’s an...

AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint all offer coverage maps showing just how great their high speed smartphone data connections are, but those aren't always a completely realistic representation of what sort of signal strength you can really expect. If you want to see what kind of signal strength people are really getting in most any area, there's an app for that -- and a website, too.


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08:00
iOS 8 Messages app feature: Video messages

Yesterday we showed you one of the fun new features of the iOS 8 Messages app -- Audio messages. But did you know that iOS 8 also brings you video messages? It's even more fun, and potentially more useful.

To quickly send a fast video message to a...

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07:56
Apple supplier Catcher Technology accused of labor...

Workers at a Catcher-owned facility in Suqian, China are subjected to discriminatory hiring policies, forced to handle toxic materials without proper protective gear, and made to work excessive overtime to manufacture parts for Apple's next-generation iPad Air, according to a scathing undercover report released Thursday by China Labor Watch and Green America.



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07:50
Apple's Jonathan Ive acknowledges iWatch's...

In an unexpected move, lead Apple designer Jonathan Ive has admitted that the iWatch exists. Speaking with the New York Times, Ive brags about the product, claiming that the Swiss watch industry is in trouble. Apple has yet to formally reveal the iWatch, and typically refuses to confirm or deny unannounced products beyond saying that a particular category might be of interest....



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07:43
News: Harman Kardon debuts Infinity One, Esquire...

Harman Kardon introduced its fall lineup today, including its new premium portable Bluetooth speaker, Infinity One ($300). Infinity One has passive radiators which claim to make the small speaker sound like a much larger system. The water-resistant speaker also includes a 5V 2.1A output for charging. Now available for preorder, Harman Kardon expects Infinity One to ship on November 9. Additionally, Harman Kardon’s Bluetooth-equipped Esquire…

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07:34
Report details labor violations left unresolved at...


A new report published today by non-profit organization Green America and industry watchdog China Labor Watch accuses Apple of various violations of Chinese labor laws at one of its suppliers in the country (via NYTimes). The investigation focused on Apple supplier Catcher Technology in Suqian, China and claims to have found violations similar to those found during an audit of the same supplier last year:...

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07:30
Atoms HD is atomic powered learning

Atoms HD is a logic charged Sokoban type puzzle game that educates players about molecules. Players learn about molecules like glycerin and polytetrafluoroethylene in 88 levels with helpful summaries that explain where the molecules are commonly...

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07:26
News: Daily Deal: Get Access to Premium WordPress...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering a lifetime subscription to a great collection of premium WordPress themes for only $69—80% off the normal price. The TeslaThemes Developer Plan gives you access to over 25 feature-rich WordPress themes, with 1-2 new themes added each month. Each of the themes is easily customizable and includes all theme files, HTML documentation with snapshots and step-by-step instructions, an import demo XML, optional…

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07:21
We Can Fly to the Moon, but We Can't Secure the...


The entire freaking tech industry is falling down on the job, and Apple, my favorite company in the world, is stumbling around too. What's worse is that it doesn't seem to care. Apple is the most profitable consumer tech company in the world, with billions of dollars in the bank. Yet the company can't seem to be bothered to imagine that iCloud user accounts could be compromised by brute force password attacks launched with a Python script offered up on GitHub?

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07:09
Apple’s Jonathon Ive Apparently Confirms iWatch,...

Apple's Senior Vice President of Design, Jonathan Ive, seems to have tipped the company's hand and revealed that the iWatch is real, and that it won't look like every other smartwatch that's hit the market. Mr. Ive has apparently been bragging about the device and one of the designers who has been working on the project told the New York Times just what he said.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple product designers openly talking about unannounced products? Unless the New York Times misunderstood what the Apple employee said -- or the source misconstrued Mr. Ive's comments -- the fact that they confirmed the iWatch is real is even more surprising than what features it will include.


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07:04
Exclusive aerial footage of Apple's mysterious...

Not too far from Apple's Campus 2 project, a temporary structure is rising for the company's September 9 event, and new aerial shots captured by an amateur photographer using a flying camera drone offer a closer look at the mysterious white box that has generated considerable buzz.



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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Passing the click savings on to you

Analyst says not to expect reversible USB Lightning connector to ship with iPhone 6 (9to5 Mac)

"Accurate" analyst Ming-Chi Kuo gets no points for saying something we already knew. Assuming this rumored accessory was ever a real thing to begin with...

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06:53
Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are racing to patent...

SpaceX is challenging the Blue Origin reusable rocket patent. Big stakes here.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:38
News: Ive on the iWatch: Switzerland is in trouble

A new story about wearable tech in The New York Times contains a striking supposed quote from Apple design chief Jony Ive about Apple’s upcoming iWatch. According to an Apple designer, Ive was bragging about how cool the iWatch would be, and said that Switzerland is in trouble — though Ive’s preferred language was stronger than “trouble.” It’s a little morsel of hype for a device expected to make its official debut…

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06:25
Skype 5.4 adds ability to host group audio calls...




It’s not quite group video calling, but Skype is rolling out an update to its iPhone app to support hosting group audio calls in the...

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06:14
Apple's 'iWatch' to have two sizes,...

With Apple design chief Jony Ive reportedly confident of the so-called "iWatch's" chances when pitted against the famous Swiss watchmakers, a new report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that Apple will offer its upcoming wearable -- which is unlikely to hit shelves before 2015 -- in at least two sizes with 8 gigabytes of internal storage and a variety of color and material options, including gold



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06:06
'iPhone 6' will lack sapphire cover but...

Apple's "iPhone 6" will not feature a scratch-resistant sapphire screen cover, but both the 4.7- and 5.5-inch versions will come with new higher-capacity options of 128 gigabytes of storage, a barometric pressure sensor, and a programmable power button, according to one well-connected insider.



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06:03
U2 Denies Involvement in Apple’s Sept 9 Media Event

Following reports that U2 would perform at Apple's September 9 media event and launch their next album by bundling it with the unannounced iPhone 6, the band has come out denying it will be involved at all.

The Mac Observer Spin: The rumor that U2 would play at Apple's media event, along with the fact that shoppers are already lining up for unannounced products, shows just how much excitement there is surrounding the launch. You don't see lines like this, or big name band rumors, for Microsoft surface announcements, or Samsung's latest smartphone release.


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06:00
HighPoint uncovers RocketStor 6451A Thunderbolt 2...

HighPoint Technologies has launched the world's first Thunderbolt 2 powered connectivity dock -- the RocketStor 6351A. Each of the dual 5Gb/s USB 3.0 ports and 6Gb/s eSATA port is powered by dedicated controller, allowing for peak speed for connected peripherals. Audio and Gigabit Ethernet ports round out connectivity options, with a pass-through Thunderbolt 2 port to daisy chain up to five devices downstream of the dock....



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