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Tuesday August 19

08:35
AMD officially launches OCZ partnership with Radeon...

AMD today announced its previously rumored technology partnership with Toshiba-owned OCZ Storage Solutions for AMD Radeon-branded Solid State Drives (SSDs). Launching the range is the AMD Radeon R7 Series SSDs in 120GB, 240GB or 480GB capacities....

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08:32
Mailbox for Mac hits public beta, adds synced drafts...

Popular iOS email efficiency tool Mailbox is now accessible to select users on Mac for beta testing, with availability set to expand gradually over the coming weeks as the developer gears up for a public launch.

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08:30
Apple scores patents for surround-sound MacBook,...

When it rains, it pours in the world of Apple patents, and today it's pouring. As Patently Apple reports, the company official scored 48 new patents today, a couple of which apply to GarageBand and a feature that may eventually find its way into the...

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08:26
iOS 8 beta 6 exclusive to testing partners, report...

A sixth beta of iOS 8 has been issued, but only to Apple's testing partners, BGR says it has learned. The firmware is allegedly being withheld from developers because Apple is so close to the gold master stage. Testing partners must approve or reject beta 6 by September 5th, just four days before Apple is expected to announce new iPhones as well as iOS 8's launch date....

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08:24
Mailbox for Mac reaches public beta, packs draft...


The team behind the famed Mailbox mobile application demoed a very early preview of the app for Mac back in April of this year, not long after announcing that the platform had been acquired by Dropbox. But the team has seemingly been making steady progress, hoping to create the perfect desktop counterpart to its mobile email client. Today, Mailbox announced that the app has reached public beta and that it will be rolling out soon to those who have signed up for the wait list.
The beta includes a couple important new features...

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08:24
Confirmed: Security breach is not reason for...

Yesterday there were a few claims going around that Apple’s recent change to Gatekeeper app signing for developers was the result of a Dev Center security breach. TUAW reported yesterday on a few random tweets and others picked up the story. As you’d probably expect, we have some good news: It’s not true…
We’ve now confirmed with sources close to the situation that there is no truth to the rumors and that a Dev Center breach was not the reason behind the Gatekeeper app signing changes.
Apple...

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08:02
Google releases new Photo Sphere Camera app for...
08:01
Shares of Apple hit $100 as Morgan Stanley provides...

Apple is on the verge of a major new iPhone product cycle, but this one will be unlike any other launch before it, making it an ideal time for investors to buy in to the company's stock, Morgan Stanley said on Tuesday, helping shares to touch $100 in mid-day trading.

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08:00
Dr. Dre takes the Ice Bucket Challenge plunge [video]

The chain of Ice Bucket Challenge videos for Apple executives remains unbroken. First up was Apple Marketing VP Phil Schiller, who sent the challenge on to CEO Tim Cook. Cook took the plunge in front of a huge crowd at an Apple beer bash last week,...

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07:57
Apple's Share Price Hits $100 for the First...

Apple today saw its stock hit the $100 mark for the first time since its seven-for-one split that took place in early June. Following the split, Apple was trading at roughly $92 a share, but since that time the stock has trended upward until hitting the $100 mark today. The company is also very close to an all-time high stock price, accounting for the stock split. Apple's all-time intraday high was set on September 21, 2012 at $100.72 ($705.07 on a pre-split basis), and the all-time high closing price was set just a few days earlier on September 19 at $100.30 ($702.10 pre-split). Even as Apple sits at almost record high share prices, the company is not ready to set a new high for overall market capitalization, which is calculated as the share price multiplied by the number of shares available. That is due to Apple's aggressive stock buyback program that has seen the company reduce its share count by...

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07:50
Parallels Desktop 9 failing to load under latest...

Yesterday's Developer Preview 6 release of OS X Yosemite is breaking Parallels Desktop 9, users complain. After DP6 is installed, Desktop 9 is simply refusing to run. The issue appears to involve the dispatcher service failing to load, as a temporary solution involves forcing the service to start via a Terminal command....

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07:48
Here are the release notes from a new carrier iOS 8...

Apple released a new version of OS X 10.10 to testers yesterday with Yosemite Developer Preview 6 bringing various UI tweaks and a new set of system wallpapers. However, an updated build of iOS 8 was not released to developers just as 9to5Mac had previously reported to expect. A report from BGR this morning claims that an updated iOS 8 build has been distributed to carrier partners for testing and approval, though, and includes internal release notes (below) for the carrier version. Apple released the final developer beta version...

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07:47
Mercedes-Benz & Volvo delay CarPlay support into...

Apple’s s new in-car solution for iOS, first revealed over a year ago at WWDC, appears to be hitting delays as some car manufacturers push back release schedules into next year.
Back in March when Apple officially announced availability of the feature, a handful of car companies announced that CarPlay would arrive in new models later in the year. What they didn’t tell you is that in many cases the CarPlay functionality won’t actually become available until next year.
A spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz confirmed that it won’t be making its previous...

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07:30
Brother unveils six new monochrome laser printers...

Printer manufacturer Brother today introduced a new line of monochrome laser printers and all-in-ones for the Small Office and Home Office (SOHO) market. Introduced today are the HL-L2320D, HL-L2360DW, and HL-L2380DW stand-alone black and white laser printers. New multifunction devices include the MFC-L2700DW, MFC-L2720DW, and MFC-L2740DW laser printers....

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07:29
Genius announces new Bluetooth stereo headphones

Genius (http://www.geniusnet.com.tw) has announced a "premium" Bluetooth headset, the HS-920BT, available in five stylish colors and sporting 40mm drivers. It's available at the suggested retail price of US$49.99
With a built-in microphone and Bluetooth AVRCP, users can switch from listening to music to taking phone calls with a touch of a button. A built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery allows for
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07:04
iTunes Festival London adds 21 more acts to lineup

Apple has added another 21 acts to the list performing at next month's iTunes Festival in London. Some of the better-known additions include Jenny Lewis, Elbow, Paolo Nutini, David Gray, The Script, Jessie Ware, Ryan Adams, First Aid Kit, and Lenny Kravitz. Over 60 acts will be playing in total -- previously-announced performers include Beck, Pharrell Williams, Kylie Minogue, Maroon 5, and Robert Plant....

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07:02
Developer Portal Breach May have Forced Apple’s...

Changes to the Gatekeeper feature in OS X Mavericks designed to help protect users from malware and may be the result of a security breach Apple experienced through its Developer Portal. Developers first saw the change in the beta version of OS X 10.9.5, and if they haven't updated the digital signatures in their apps, end users will start seeing warnings saying those apps may not be trustworthy.The Mac Observer Spin: Protecting users and developers from security risks is a hard job, and it isn't any secret that Apple's Developer Portal fell victim to attackers. It's possible the information the attackers made off with forced the company to change how Gatekeeper works to prevent similar attacks in the future.

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07:00
Delivering improved handwriting capabilities,...

Just in time for back to school, we are releasing OneNote for Android tablets with handwriting capabilities, along with several OneNote handwriting improvements for Windows 8 and partner devices.
Even in the digital age, some folks still find handwriting more natural than typing. Beyond the benefits of comfort, The New York Times recently reported on research that suggests students are better able to generate ideas and retain information when they write versus type.
We’ve made improvements for handwriting in OneNote that reflect our vision for how people can take advantage of software and the cloud, without compromising the comfort and benefits of pen and paper.
Here’s what’s new:

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07:00
OneNote updates Windows Store app to support...

Today the team is proud to announce updates to the OneNote Windows Store app, including printing, file insertion, and highlighting. These updates significantly improve the OneNote experience for students and help ease the transition to the upcoming school year.
Print your notes
We’ve heard from many customers—students in particular—that they need to print their notes from time to time. In fact, printing is the single biggest feature request. With this update, it’s a breeze to print your notes, and OneNote supports all of the features you’d expect including beautiful full color page previews, portrait and landscape orientations, multiple copies, duplex printing, and more.
To print your pages, swipe from the right to display the Devices charm, then select Devices and then Print.
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07:00
Flappy Bird maker ready to launch new Swing Copters...

Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen confirmed that he has another game ready to launch on the iOS App Store. Similar to Flappy Bird, Swing Copters challenges the player to navigate a propeller-wearing character upwards through gates using taps to control...

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06:59
OneNote for Android: now with handwriting support,...

Today’s post was written by Ayush Rastogi, on behalf of the entire OneNote team. 
We have been hard at work on an update for OneNote for Android, which enables you to take handwritten inked notes, have a tablet optimized experience, and personalize and format your notes.  We are sure you will love it.
If you’re going back to school or know someone who is, check out this updated version of OneNote—the finest note taking application to help you organize your daily work, take class notes, finish homework, research and more.
With this update of OneNote for Android you won’t be able to put down your pen.
Handwriting support
Handwriting support has been the biggest feature request and we have listened to your feedback!  If you have an Android...

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06:50
Apple's sixth beta of iOS 8 is for carrier...

While developers were not supplied a new beta of iOS 8 this week alongside the latest pre-release version of OS X Yosemite, Apple's carrier partners were in fact provided iOS 8 beta 6 for testing prior to the release of the golden master.

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06:44
The eight reasons Morgan Stanley thinks it’s time to...


Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty advising investors that now is the time to buy AAPL shares – and not just because the iPhone 6 is on the way.
Huberty gives eight reasons (via BusinessInsider) for believing that the price of AAPL stock is likely to increase. None of them are new, but the combined effect is persuasive, she argues … 
1: Institutional investors are likely to increase their holdings
Huberty points out that institutional investment is currently sitting at 2009 levels, and is well below the company’s S&P weighting of 3.4 percent.
2. Apple’s...

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06:30
+Cue is an intuitive way for anyone to create music

+Cue is a unique way for anyone to create music. This even includes people with absolutely no experience with music or instruments. Including over a dozen different instrumental sounds, all you need to do is shake your iOS device to generate...

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06:29
iPhone 6 may support 150Mbps LTE-A, rumor claims

Continuing a series of rumors, Chinese repair firm GeekBar is claiming that the iPhone 6 will also use a Qualcomm MDM9625 modem, which supports LTE-A, but only up to 150Mbps. That would be an improvement over the 100Mbps in the iPhone 5s, but half the full potential of LTE-A, which is 300Mbps. Carriers across the world are only just beginning to deploy LTE-A-compatible networks, so Apple may not be worried about maximizing speeds....

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06:22
Facebook Adds Training Wheels for the Humor-Impaired


Facebook has begun labeling some of the satirical news articles that appear in users' news feeds with a tag designed to prevent readers from mistaking the content for genuine news. The social network's "[Satire]" tag is apparently part of an experiment that's been under way for a month or so. "Folks that mistakenly read and forward satire are embarrassed in front of their friends, and some of those embarrassed people have been folks in power that had no sense of humor," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst with the Enderle Group.

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06:15
Apple was Granted 48 Patents Today Covering...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 48 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's patent wins for percussion gestures for GarageBand and Surround Sound for the MacBook Pro. Additionally, we cover three of Apple's latest design patents ...

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06:13
iTunes Festival 2014 Adds Paolo Nutini, Lenny...

Apple's 2014 London iTunes Festival lineup just filled out a little more with Paolo Nutini, Lenny Kravitz, and Elbow all getting show dates. The annual music event includes 30 days of free concerts from big name artists at London's Roundhouse, but tickets are available only through a lottery system.

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06:12
Apple Seeds iOS 8 Beta 6 to Carrier Testing Partners...

While Apple released a sixth developer preview of OS X Yosemite yesterday, a corresponding sixth beta of iOS 8 was not provided to developers at the same time. As a result, the company's iOS beta 5 released earlier this month may turn out to be the final build seeded to developers before the golden master release. Though developers may not see another beta version, a new report from BGR claims Apple has released a sixth iOS 8 beta to its testing partners. The release would explain conflicting rumors as to whether there would be a sixth beta version if this version is made available only to carriers and other partners for testing rather than the...

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06:10
Good news for iTunes podcasters: Adam Carolla just...

Good news today for iTunes podcasters: Adam Carolla has won in his fight against patent trolls Personal Audio after more than a year of litigation. The outcome likely means that the patent troll will cut its losses with suing other podcasters, something it has been threatening to do with others in the community throughout the case with Carolla.
You might remember last year when we broke the story about patent trolls Personal Audio LLC going after iTunes’ top podcaster Adam Carolla. The company, which had previously sued and entered licensing agreements with Apple, Sirius,...

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06:00
Flickr Find: I brake for 8!

Remember when stickers were for your car or wall and not your MacBook Air? Here's a vintage sticker from Talos Tsui that advertises Mac OS 8 with the catchy slogan "I brake for 8."

Did you know that TUAW has a Flickr pool? And that we encourage...

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05:46
Apple exec Eddy Cue puts Los Altos, Calif., home on...

Eddy Cue, who oversees Apple's Internet Software and Services division, has listed his four-bedroom, 3,721-square-foot Los Altos, Calif., home for sale with an asking price of $3.895 million.

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05:45
News: Sprint announces Family Share Pack data plans

Sprint has announced its new Family Share Pack, a shared data plan that offers double the quantity of data as its competitors for similar rates. The included charts note the pricing breakdowns and carrier comparisons; Sprint notably bills the data as “high-speed,” though its cellular network has been criticized for offering sub-par performance in much of the United States. Coming off its failed merger with T-Mobile, Sprint is doing away…

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05:43
Xsan MDC crashes when mounting volume with malloc...

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: XsancrashmallocerrorXsan 1.4.2 MDC 10.5.8 freezes and crashes when trying to mount the Volume on the MDC. the only error that gets reported is a malloc error.
This is an old Xsan 1.4.2 that can only mount on the MDC so they can backup the data so we can stop using the system. now in the middle of backing up this happens.
By the way this system has been running as a general use area and not really in proper use and not critical so it has only 1 MDC. But it...

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05:38
Epson launches SOHO EX7235 and EX7230 Pro projectors

Projector manufacturer Epson today introduced two new EX Pro series projectors, delivering high brightness and advanced connectivity options, including built-in wireless projection and Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) support. The new EX7235 Pro and EX7230 Pro are designed for meeting rooms with ambient light and deliver WXGA resolution for widescreen HD presentations, 3,000 lumens of color light output and 3,000 lumens of white light output....

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05:29
∞ Every Hitchcock cameo

[VIDEO] I’ve long been a fan of Alfred Hitchcock. Rear Window, North by Northwest, The 39 Steps, all great films, in my opinion. One of my favorite elements of Hitchcock’s filming was his Easter egg gift to his fans. He appeared in some form or another in every one of his movies. Usually, he was an extra in a scene with no lines. Sometimes, he was simply in a picture hanging on a wall.

Here’s a multipage article laying out all of those cameos. But there’s no substitute for seeing this for yourself. Watch the video below for a nice sampling. No, these are not all of them and yes, there are some typos, but I loved the effort. Gosh, Psycho, Strangers on a Train, The Man Who Knew Too Much. So many more.

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05:25
A Better Finder Rename 9.39 - File, photo, and MP3...

A Better Finder Rename is the most complete renaming solution available on the market today. That's why, since 1996, tens of thousands of hobbyists, professionals and businesses depend on A Better Finder Rename to organize and maintain files. A Better Finder Rename's user interface supports complex renaming tasks without sacrificing ease and speed of use. Simply drag the files you want to rename straight from the Finder into the large preview table or the application icon.. or use our Finder context menu and hot key. The Instant Preview feature eliminates guesswork and costly errors and helps you find the right settings quickly and accurately by providing as-you-type feedback. A Better Finder Rename offers a complete set of renaming options that are organized into 15 categories covering all the text, character, position, conversion and truncation features that you would expect from a file renamer, but it does not stop there. Photographers use the advanced sequence...

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05:22
5 Great iPhone Accessories for Runners and Hikers

Your iPhone probably goes pretty much everywhere with you, and that includes fitness-related activities like walking, running and hiking. That magical slab of glass and metal is already capable of tracking and logging what you're doing, but there are some great accessories and apps that can make your workout or leisurely stroll even better. Read on to see a few of Jeff's favorites.

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05:20
Mac: Power Support Air Jacket Clear Black for...

Japanese film and minimalist case maker Power Support has been a favorite of iLounge’s editors for years, even though it has radically cut back its product lineup since the iPad was released. The company’s completely clear Air Jacket shells for MacBook Air caught our attention years ago; now it’s offering Air Jacket Clear Black for MacBook Pro ($75-$80), which lets you tint the exterior of your Retina display-equipped MacBook Pro....

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05:15
A Facebook design story

Sometimes design is more about recognizing the true nature of a need and not as much about aesthetics.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:11
Questionable leaks raise hopes that Apple will...

Reversible male "Type-A" USB plugs are not new, but they also aren't compliant with the cable's official specifications, which means that newly leaked Lightning cables showing reversible USB connectors probably were not made by Apple.

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05:09
Google’s attempt to solve their jarring...

There are a number of reasons developers develop for iOS first, or avoid Android completely. Perhaps the top two reasons are OS fragmentation and device fragmentation, both of which drive up the development costs (more use cases to build for, more use cases to test for).

This post from GigaOM makes the case that Google has solved these problems, at least in part. The key is Google’s Play Services.

Play Services, introduced in 2012, is effectively a background download of core services required to run apps on Android. Putting the OS install numbers to one side for a moment, this is the stat that matters to developers – over 93 percent of all Android users are running the latest version of Google Play Services.

More importantly, Google has been slowly moving core Android features, APIs and app elements out of the OS and into Google Play Services — meaning developers can ensure their apps run smoothly (with all the new features they plan to implement) across...

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05:07
WD introduces new design, limited anniversary...

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of its My Passport line of portable external hard drives, WD (www.wdc.com) is introducing a new design for its external hard drive lines.
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05:02
Flexera Software's InstallAnywhere 2014...

Flexera Software, a provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance and installation solutions for application producers and enterprises, announced today the launch of InstallAnywhere 2014 (http://tinyurl.com/lyfryw9). The new release is designed to simplify deployment of multi-tier applications and adds support for the latest versions of Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and virtual applications. 
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05:00
Apple expands its artists lineup for 2014 iTunes...

Apple today announced that it has added several more artists to its upcoming iTunes Festival in London. The month-long music show will feature musicians such as Lenny Kravitz, David Gray and Jessie Ware along with the previously announced artists...

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04:30
Vibrance Photo Filter Creator doesn't shine so...

Vibrance is an app for iOS (compatible with all devices running iOS 4.3 and later) that lets you create your own photo filters using a combination of colors, contrast, opacity and a few other tools. It's free, but for the app to be at all useful to...

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04:16
Apple Granted a Patent for a Curved Touch Display...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 48 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's patent for making a curved touched display. The most likely use for such a display could be in the form of Apple's future fitness-band (wrist computer or iWatch). Apple Granted Patent Covers a Method...

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03:51
IDC: Worldwide IT market showing tentative signs of...

According to new data from the IDC research group (www.idc.com), recent volatility will gradually give way to a more positive outlook for IT spending in the second half of 2014.
With the U.S. and other mature economies mostly heading in the right direction and a significant commercial PC refresh cycle already underway, improvements in business confidence are set to drive a moderate infrastructure upgrade cycle over the next 12-18 months, while investments in software and services will continue to accelerate, says the research group.
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03:51
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6' may include...

The latest component claimed to be from Apple's next-generation iPhone is a Qualcomm MDM9625 modem, which would boost cellular download speeds to 150 megabits per second, which would be 50 percent faster than the modem found in the iPhone 5s.

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03:35
PopChar X 6.6 - Floating window shows available font...

PopChar X helps you get the most out of your font collection. With its crystal-clear interface, PopChar X provides a frustration-free way to access any font's special characters. Expanded accessibility Your Mac includes over 700 fonts, each of which contains thousands of characters -- Why not make them as accessible as possible? PopChar X makes it happen. Interface advantages PopChar X displays easy-to-analyze tables of characters, giving you an ultra-convenient interface. You can't access most of these characters from your keyboard -- PopChar X puts them within your reach. Liberating compatibility No matter what app you are using, PopChar X brings snappy simplicity to all font-related tasks. Whether you're working with a word processor or a Web browser, PopChar X integrates seamlessly. Smarter searching PopChar X's seasoned search capabilities will help you find what you are looking for, whether...

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03:30
Today’s sketchy rumor: iPhone 6 to offer 150Mbps but...

Carriers have started rolling out faster LTE-Advanced networks, also known as LTE-A and LTE+. If today’s rumor is correct, the iPhone 6 will be able to take advantage of these faster networks, but will top out at 150Mbps rather than the maximum 300Mbps supported by LTE-A.
GforGames is citing a Geekbar post, suggests that the LTE modem in the iPhone 6 will be the Qualcomm MDM9625, which supports LTE-A but only up to 150Mbps.
To put the speeds into perspective, the LTE modem used in the iPhone 5s and 5c tops out at 100Mbps, so we’d see a 50 percent increase in speed rather than a 200 percent one.
It should be noted that the source of the rumor is the same one which yesterday got its NAND...

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03:15
Kool Tools: Freeway 7 Pro

Softpress' Freeway 7 Pro now features responsive design for creating websites that automatically adapt to display for any device. This allows web designers to easily create sites that will adapt as needed to display for the correct devices, from phones and tablets, to laptops and more.
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03:00
Apple Granted a Major Patent for a Multimode...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 48 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a major invention relating to a multimode fingerprint scanner. The first scanner is noted as being a "stationary" mode scanner designed for the Home Button as it is today for unlocking the display and making purchases on iTunes. A secondary scanner is shown to be set in a secondary location on an iPhone that is considered a "moving mode" scanner designed specifically for financial transactions ...

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02:12
MacUpdate Desktop 6.0.2 - Install Mac apps with just...

MacUpdate Desktop 6 brings seamless 1-click installs and version updates to your Mac. With a free MacUpdate account and MacUpdate Desktop 6, Mac users can now install almost any Mac app on macupdate.com with a single click, including thousands of titles not available in the Mac App Store. Learn more at the MacUpdate Desktop feature page 1-Click App Installs Installing apps using a Web browser is slow and complicated. You have to hunt down .zip archives, mount disk images, manually drag app icons to the /Applications folder, run custom installers, and delete the files you no longer need. With MacUpdate Desktop, all you have to do is click the "Install" link on a MacUpdate app listing and MacUpdate Desktop takes care of everything. Keep All Your Mac Apps Up-to-date MacUpdate Desktop scans your Mac for outdated apps and immediately notifies you when a new version is...

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02:07
iPhone 6 Said to Feature Faster Qualcomm MDM9625 LTE...

The iPhone 6 may incorporate Qualcomm's MDM9625 LTE modem, according to a new photo of the device's supposed logic board shared by GeekBar (Google Translate, via G for Games). Originally announced in 2012 and featuring support for speeds of up to 150 MBPS and improved LTE networking along with faster speeds, the Category 4 chip would mark an improvement over the Qualcomm MDM9615 chip...

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01:55
PDFpenPro 6.3.2 - Advanced PDF toolkit for HTML...

PDFpenPro allows users to edit PDF's easily. Add text, images and signatures. Fill out PDF forms. Merge or split PDF documents. Reorder and delete pages. Even correct text and edit graphics! Create fillable forms and tables of content with PDFpenPro! The Pro version adds three additional features that the regular version does not:

  • Coverts websites into multi-page PDF documents
  • Creates PDF forms that can be shared with both Mac and PC users
  • Organizes PDF's with an easy Table of Contents feature

Features of PDFpenPro:

  • Replace text in original PDF with editable text blocks
  • Move, resize, copy and delete images in original PDF
  • Overlay text and images onto PDF (for example, sign purchase orders by applying signature image)
  • Perform Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on scanned documents
  • Insert and remove pages; re-order pages in a PDF by drag-and-drop
  • Copy...

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01:49
PDFpen 6.3.2 - Edit and annotate PDFs with ease. (...

PDFpen allows users to easily edit PDF's. Add text, images and signatures. Fill out PDF forms. Merge or split PDF documents. Reorder and delete pages. Even correct text and edit graphics! Features:

  • Replace text in original PDF with editable text blocks
  • Move, resize, copy, and delete images in original PDF
  • Overlay text and images onto PDF (for example, sign purchase orders by applying signature image)
  • Perform Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on scanned documents
  • Insert and remove pages; re-order pages in a PDF by drag-and-drop
  • Copy and paste rich text; retain fonts and formatting when copying from PDF's
  • Select and copy text across multiple columns
  • Fill out and save PDF forms
  • Add (and print) notes and comments
  • Markup documents with highlighting, underscoring and strike-through
  • Save frequently used images, signatures, objects, and text in the Library...

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00:00
Apple adds 21 acts to iTunes Festival card including...

Apple on Tuesday announced the addition of 21 artists to its upcoming iTunes Festival in London, with Lenny Kravitz, The Script, Foxes and more set to take the stage next month.

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Monday August 18

23:59
Jan customer borrowing impresses economic experts

Forums: General Xsan TalkTags: consumer borrowingconsumer creditauto loansstudent loansnon-revolving debtemploymentConsumer borrowing was up $16.2 billion in Jan, according to economists surveyed by Bloomberg. This followed a Dec. where revolving and...

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23:28
Apple Expands Lineup for 8th Annual iTunes Festival...

Apple today announced that it has added 21 more acts to the lineup for this year's iTunes Festival in London, adding artists such as Lenny Kravitz, The Script, Foxes, and more. Those acts will join artists such as Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, David Guetta and many others for 30 nights of concerts at The Roundhouse throughout September. Free tickets for the concerts in London will be available through iTunes in a lottery system as well as through local radio stations. For those not attending in person, the iTunes Festival will be broadcast via Apple TV, iOS app, and the iTunes Desktop application. Earlier this year, Apple held the first iTunes U.S. Festival at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2014, which was held at Moody Theater. The...

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22:49
Apple adds 21 artists to iTunes Festival London...


Apple today announced several new bands and solo artists that will be appearing at the 2014 iTunes Festival in London next month along with Pharrell Williams, Maroon 5 and more for a total of 60 acts. Among the new additions to the lineup are Lenny Kravitz, Ryan Adams, and The Script.
The annual festival will be held in London’s Roundhouse over the course of September, as well as streamed online for viewers around the world. Apple is partnering with radio stations and other outlets in the UK to give away tickets to fans. The...

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22:24
Briefly: Nguyen's Swing Copter, Dr. Dre accepts...

Apple employee and Beats CEO Dr. Dre took time out from the filming of a biopic on his original band, entitled Straight Outta Compton, to answer the challenge of Apple CEO Tim Cook and get a bucket of ice water poured on his head as part of a fundraising drive by the ALS Association to fight ALS, or "Lou Gehrig's Disease." The YouTube video, posted to the Beats channel, also features director Gary Gray pouring the water....

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22:00
∞ Lenny Kravitz, The Script, 19 others join iTunes...

The start of iTunes Festival London is only two weeks away and Apple significantly added to the artist lineup today, adding 21 new acts. The new bands join the six that were introduced when the 2014 festival was first announced. [...]

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21:32
Video Shows New Lightning Cable with Reversible USB...

Last Friday, a report and photos of a new Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector surfaced, which was followed by another image from frequent iOS device part leaker Sonny Dickson. Now, Dickson has shared a new short video of the Lightning cable in action, showing its USB connector being reversed and plugged in both ways. Apple could start shipping a new Lightning cable alongside the next wave of iOS device releases this fall, which will likely start with the iPhone 6 next month. It is unknown if the updated cable will contain any new features aside from a reversible USB connector, although...

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20:27
New videos and photo of purported reversible Apple...

We raised the possibility yesterday of the iPhone 6 including a redesigned USB to Lightning cable that allows the USB end of the cord to be inserted into a USB port in either direction. In other words, like the Lightning connector, the next Apple USB cable could be reversible. Leaks of the purported cables have been flowing quickly out of Asia-based areas surrounding the Apple supply chain, and now Sonny Dickson has shared a video of the cable in action. While the video does not show the iPhone actually syncing with the new USB cord, the video does show the cable being inserted in both directions into a standard USB port. This lines up with a recent Apple...

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20:01
Dr. Dre accepts ALS ice bucket challenge, nominates...

The ice bucket challenge to raise awareness and funds for the ALS Association continued at Apple on Monday, with Dr. Dre accepting CEO Tim Cook's dare on the set of his upcoming movie "Straight Outta Compton."

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20:00
Report: Dev Portal security breach prompted...

An unidentified Twitter user is claiming that recent changes to Gatekeeper in OS X Mavericks and OS X Yosemite which has forced developers to re-sign their app credentials is actually the result of a security breach that successfully pilfered the Gatekeeper keys and possibly "many other keys for many other things," according to the user. A corraborating source was located by TUAW that has allegedly confirmed the breach and tied it to the recent alleged Activation Lock hack....

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19:38
Apple recruit Dr. Dre finally accepts Tim Cook’s ALS...

First Phil Schiller nominated Tim Cook for the charity-driven Ice Bucket Challenge challenge, then Cook passed the torch to Dr. Dre.
Today Dre finally proved that he didn’t forget about the challenge and posted a video on YouTube in which he pours an entire trash can of ice water over his head. Of course, it’s likely he also donated to the ALSA, given that he released the video later than the 24 hours participants are usually afforded. But hey,...

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19:00
Sprint releasing Family Share Pack, offers special...

On top of a new single line plan from Verizon today, Sprint has announced its new Family Share Pack offering adjustable data caps to share across 10 lines in a single plan. Sprint's new plan also comes with a bonus for its 20GB tier, as the company is offering an additional 2GB per line on the plan as a part of its "new day for data" campaign....

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18:43
Rumor: Undisclosed security breach cause of Apple...

A report on Monday suggests Apple's recently modified OS X app signing policy is the result of an undisclosed Developer Portal security breach that leaked keys for multiple services, including Gatekeeper.

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18:00
RBC: Apple could sell 75 million 'iPhone 6...

Amit Daryanani of RBC Capital Markets, who currently forecasts sales of 56 million iPhones in the December quarter, has told investors that depending on availability and features, the next generation of iPhones could sell as many as 75 million units in the final quarter of the year, which would be an all-time record for any manufacturer, even Apple itself. By comparison, last year Apple ordered 60 million units ahead of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c debut....

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17:41
Security breach may be reason for Gatekeeper app...

A discussion has been brewing on Twitter today regarding the recent app signing changes that could leave some apps blocked by Gatekeeper if developers don't re-sign the apps. Apple had let developers know that "With the release of OS X Mavericks...

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17:18
Apple re-releases Xcode 6 beta 6, solves issues...


Earlier today Apple released the sixth developer preview of OS X Yosemite, along with a new beta version of its Xcode developer tool. However, after users found that the new Xcode beta was unusable, Apple pulled it from the developer website.
So Apple just removed the Xcode b6 from the dev center. Glad to know that I was not the only one with a broken version.— Álvaro Franco (@alvarofr_) August 18, 2014
It seems the issues have now been rectified, as the beta is...

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17:00
Xcode 6 beta 6 Now Available

Xcode 6 beta 6 Now Available

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17:00
Xcode 6 beta 6 Now Available

Xcode 6 beta 6 Now Available

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16:57
Sprint's new family plan brings doubles data,...

Sprint on Monday announced a new data-centric plan called the Family Share Pack, offering twice the amount of data as competitors for the same or cheaper monthly pricing.

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15:40
Loving Linux: Ain't Nothin' Like the 1st...


You never forget your first love, as the old saying goes, and that appears to apply just as well to Linux as to relationships in real life. To wit: "What was your first Linux distro?" is the title of a recent "Voice of the Masses" poll, and throughout the blogosphere the nostalgic reminiscences have been pouring forth ever since. Some 100 bloggers used poll's comments section to proclaim their first Linuxy loves for all the world to hear. Others got teary-eyed recounting their first tender distro moments down at the Punchy Penguin Cafe.

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15:37
Maps.Me is temporarily free, so grab it while you can

TUAW:

Why would anyone need another maps app when they already have Apple and Google Maps? The main reason is that both Apple and Google map apps need an internet connection. Yes, some map data can be cached, but all of your points of interest need the internet in order to appear.

Not so with Maps.Me. Once you load the app, you can download maps for anywhere (including hundreds of points of interest for any corner of the world) while you have an internet connection. When you get to your destination, everything is on your iOS device so you won’t be burning up those precious megabytes.

I can’t find my butt with a map and a flashlight so I always appreciate any app that can help. And for us Canadians who travel and get dinged with ridiculous roaming charges, anything that helps us use our iPhones offline while traveling while is welcome.
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15:34
Sprint Announces New Data-Heavy Family Share Pack...

Sprint today announced the debut of a new Sprint Family Share Pack plan, aiming to draw customers by offering significant amounts of data. Sprint's new plan provides customers with 20GB of shared data, which is double the amount that Sprint offered with its previous Framily plans. For a limited time, customers who switch to Sprint will get the 20GB of shared data plus an additional 2GB of data per line for $100 per month until the end of 2015, with support for up to 10 lines (including a waived $15/month device fee). That equates to 40GB of shared data for 10 lines, up from the 1GB per line Sprint originally offered under its Framily plans. The Sprint Family Share Pack, offering double the high-speed shareable data for smartphones, basic phones, tablets and mobile broadband devices, will be available starting Aug. 22. For example you can get four lines and 20GB of data for...

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15:34
Community Health Systems admits breach, 4.5 million...

Today, in a filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Community Health Systems (CMS) revealed that it was the victim of a cyber attack that spanned a three month period. According to the filing information, personal information from around 4.5 million patients was stolen, including Social Security numbers....

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15:30
Fall under the spell of Spellfall

Spellfall (free with in-app purchases) is a puzzle game with RPG elements where you try to match three or more tiles to damage enemies. Players have a certain number of turns to defeat enemies. If they fail to do so, the enemies take their turn to...

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15:30
Discounts: Apple Beats sale, Target iPad minis $100...

Target stores in the US and its online store are now offering first-generation iPad minis at clearance prices, selling the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi only model for $199 -- a price that is lower or equal to most competing (but smaller) seven-inch tablets, such as the Kindle HDX or Google's Nexus 7. The price is $100 lower than the normal retail price in all configurations, and $20 below Apple's own price for its refurbished model. The sale also offers $50 off the price of the iPad Air in all configurations. The promotion is good for "this week only," and is based on limited amounts of stock, accor...

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15:01
Sprint announces revamped family data plans with...


Sprint has unveiled its newest family data plans in an attempt to win back customers that have fled to rivals AT&T and Verizon. The new plans offer twice as much data as the competition at about the same prices. It’s the latest move by the floundering carrier following the less-than-stellar reception of its recently-announced “Framily” plans.
The new plans allow up to ten lines with a shared data pool of 20 GB—paired an additional 2 GB per device as part of a limited...

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15:00
Maps.Me is temporarily free, so grab it while you can

I took a look at the Maps.me app earlier this year and found it a good deal at 5 bucks, but today the app is free. Why would anyone need another maps app when they already have Apple and Google Maps? The main reason is that both Apple and Google map...

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14:46
CrossOver 13: Run Windows Software On Your Mac for $...

We have a deal for you today on Crossover 13, software that allows you to run Windows apps on your Mac without a Windows license, without rebooting, and without a virtual machine. There are plenty of reasons to run a full virtual machine, but if you just need to run an app or two, Crossover will let you do so without the overhead. Thanks to our friends at Stack Social, you can get Crossover 13 for $29.95, half the regular price.

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14:30
China’s Xiaomi Is No Apple

China's Xiaomi. It's the Apple of China, or so some would have us believe. This company has been called China's Apple, and its CEO has been called China's Steve Jobs. It's a bunch of crap, of course, and this weekend Xiaomi demonstrated its commitment to proving it. Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on the subject.

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14:30
PĒQ marks Best Buy's entrance into smart home...

All the big players are getting into the smart home/connected device market. First, Google acquired Nest, then came word last week that SmartThings was bought by Samsung. While Apple is staying away from connected device hardware, iOS 8 will bring a...

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14:28
Week Of Who: Doctor Puppet

Doctor Who, a popular television program here at TMO Towers, is returning with a new season this coming Saturday. Needless to say, excitement is high so I'm sharing some of my favorite Doctor Who tributes/parodies with you. Today we're kicking off the Week Of Who with Doctor Puppet, created by Alisa Stern. It's a series of stop-motion videos, starring the Matt Smith version of the Doctor. They are impressively adorable and since they aren't lengthy it's easy to get caught up. Check out Doctor Puppet's adventures starting with the first episode below:

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14:00
Ten One Design Magnus Air: All iPad Air stand, no...

When an accessory PR rep says she's going to send me an iPad Air stand, I usually expect to receive a heavy package in the mail a few days later. That's why the new Ten One Design Magnus Air (US$39.95) surprised me so much when it showed up in a...

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13:59
iPhone Apps: Camera+, RunKeeper, Stitcher Radio
13:30
Sir, I believe your Mac may be broken

I'm not a certified Apple repair technician, but I'm going to go ahead and say that this is not a good sign. However, on the bright side, there is 45 GB of free disc space available, so that's a plus.

[Photo credit: Beghin]...

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13:25
MGG 515: Geeks Out of Their Brains on the 515

Ready to rock, your two geeks are on the question train this week, answering yours and posing some of their own to each other. Topics include how to lay out data on your SSD upgrade, batch changing photo info, troubleshooting a sluggish iPhone, AT&T/U-Verse Residential Gateway woes and much, much more. Download, press play and enjoy!

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13:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Tag Journal: write your...

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12:56
iCloud storage warning emails already referencing...

Those annoying iCloud storage warning email notifications have begun referencing the upcoming iOS 8 and iCloud Drive, according to multiple tips from readers. This change in the copy within the emails likely indicates that Apple is already preparing for the upcoming debuts of the new iCloud and iOS releases. Here’s one of the emails:

As can be seen, Apple explains how to handle iCloud storage via iOS 8 and mentions iCloud Drive as a feature. Both iOS 8 and iCloud Drive should hit the marketplace around mid-September. iOS 8 adds features like the iCloud Photo Library, new Health app, and HomeKit API, while iCloud Drive...

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12:49
Mac: Jeremiah Collection Mid Century Desk

Even as technology advances, our tastes long for the past. Even though their materials differ, Apple’s metal and glass devices can be paired with equally beautiful wooden furniture that reminds us of the way things were. The Jeremiah Collection Mid Century Desk ($1,750-$1,850) is a wood desk that complements the modern design of your iMac. Handcrafted in San Francisco, it’s assembled in 6-12 weeks after the order is placed in your choice…

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12:46
Life after death: Resuscitating a drowned iPhone 5

Macworld:

As I positioned the phone vertically, the boat rocked a bit from a small wave, and—you guessed it—the phone slipped out of my hands.

I watched my iPhone fall, land on the back of the boat, then sickeningly slide off the boat and splash into the water.

Not everyone is so lucky but the story of the near-death and complete resurrection of this iPhone is interesting.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:38
Drop — the iPad connected kitchen scale [Sponsor]

The Blueprint is an online retail site for the next wave of connected devices and wearables. Check out the Blueprint today to discover beautifully designed products like Drop — the iPad connected kitchen scale. Drop is a smart scale that makes perfect baking easy with interactive recipes, smart substitutions, recipe rescaling, and more. Say goodbye to #BakingFail forever. With Drop, you’re on your way to creating one perfectly yummy masterpiece after another.

Pre-order Drop today for 20% off retail.

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12:34
Take Control of OS X Server, Chapter 11: Wiki...

For organizations large and small, wikis can be tremendously useful, since they make it so anyone (with permissions) can create and edit pages on a Web site without knowing HTML or needing special tools. In this chapter of “Take Control of OS X Server,” Charles Edge explains how to enable the Wiki service, create a wiki, and create and edit wiki pages. Plus, with the click of a single checkbox, any wiki created in OS X Server can have an associated blog. What’s not to like? Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:33
Chapter 11 of “Take Control of OS X Server” Now...

If you’ve wanted to run a wiki or a blog using OS X Server, you don’t need to enable the Web service and install complex software. Instead, read this latest chapter of “Take Control of OS X Server,” where Charles Edge explains how to create and run your own wikis and associated blogs. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:30
Prepare to bee educated with Gro Flowers

Gro Flowers is a fantastic educational game meant for children between the ages of 0-5. It teaches children about the benefits of biodiversity and pollination. Gro Flowers takes a hands on approach to learning about these topics instead of...

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12:30
Apple UK giving out five free magazine issues a day...

To promote the App Store's Newsstand section, Apple UK is now giving away five free magazine issues a day through August 22nd. Shoppers are limited to issues selected by Apple, however. The first day's group includes NME, The Economist, Focus, T3, and Glamour....

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12:00
Apple's "Misunderstood" holiday ad...

A holiday-themed ad Apple released in late 2013 -- titled "Misunderstood" -- was the recent recipient of an Emmy award for "Most Outstanding Commercial."

Put together by Apple's longtime ad agency TBWA, the ad depicts teenage boy who seemingly...

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11:57
Verizon offers $60 single line plan with 2 GB data...

Verizon announced a new plan today in an attempt to be competitive with data in the mobile market. Under the new plan, Verizon customers will be getting a discounted rate for a single line account, while gaining an additional 1 GB of data for two years, along with unlimited talk and text for a single phone line....

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11:49
Camera+ adds improvements & teases iOS 8 update...

Popular iOS photography app Camera+ was updated on Monday with a handful of improvements, with bigger things promised to come with iOS 8 this fall. In addition, the creator of the "Flappy Bird" sensation has revealed his latest title, set to arrive on iPhone this week.

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11:45
4 Ways to Restart the Mac Finder

There are times when it's necessary to restart the Mac's Finder. (It is, after all, just an app.) Perhaps it's locked up. Or perhaps you've made a configuration change that requires a Finder restart. John shows four different ways to handle the Finder with a view to a kill.

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11:30
Panik is an assault alert app with social integration

Currently free, with in-app purchases, the Panik assault alarm app goes beyond the standard alerts and offers layers of security to keep you safe. Panik works on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch running iOS 7.0 or later.

It would be great if we lived...

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11:19
How To Label Locations in Find My Friends

Find My Friends is handy, but it can be even more useful if you label common locations. Kelly explains how to do this and how they can even make Siri more helpful.

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11:00
PolyGen: Create unique new iOS wallpapers with a tap

PolyGen is a free (with one in-app purchase) universal app that creates attractive wallpapers with a single tap. If you don't like the design, tap again. When you are finally happy with the generated design, you can export it to your camera roll,...

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10:59
Uber allowed to resume services in Berlin after ban...

Uber fans in Berlin can rejoice for the time being as the company has been given the go ahead to resume its UberPop and UberBlack services today for the time being. A judge from the Berlin Administrative Court suspended the ban, allowing the car service to return to business. There is no time frame on how long the suspension will last....

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10:58
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-18

Your home may not be as safe as you think if you're using home automation products. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the security-related issues surrounding smart home and home automation products, plus they talk about some of their favorite mene bar items from their Macs.

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10:58
Rockn Stompn for Musicians: Power Strip, Conditioner...

I went to the California World Guitar Show this past weekend (warning, that site blares music with no volume controls). In addition to more amazing guitars from the 1950s and 1960s than you can shake a stick at-check out this gorgeous 1963 Gibson SG or an amazing 1964 Firebird V- I saw a very clever device called Rockn Stompn. This is a power strip that conditions your power, something that's useful for live performances and studio recording alike. But that's not the clever bit. Rockn Stompn is also a power sequencer. The six plugs are arranged in three banks that will turn on in sequence. So you can have your pedal board plugged into the first bank so that it turns on first. Then a variable number of seconds later, the next bank turns on, and that's where you have you ramp plugged in. That means no popping. It's foot activated, so you can turn on everything (for multiple musicians) with just one stomp, and the delay for each bank is variable. It's very nifty. It's priced at $299,...

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10:54
The creator of Flappy Bird is launching a new game...

After months of countless Flappy Bird clones hitting the App Store, Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen is taking his best shot at hopefully cloning the success of his...

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10:41
Apple giving out five Newsstand magazines a day till...


In honor of the Bank holiday in the United Kingdom, Apple is offering five Newsstand magazine issues per day at no charge. The deal started today (August 18th) and lasts through August 22nd…


Today’s offerings are from Glamour Magazine, T3 Magazine, The Economist, NME Magazine, and Focus Magazine. You can find the free downloads via iTunes on either the Mac or iOS. Thanks, Dan and everyone else who sent this in!
Filed under: Apps, iOS Devices Tagged: Apple,...

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10:40
Apple seeds sixth betas of OS X Yosemite, Xcode 6 to...

Apple is distributing its sixth betas of OS X Yosemite and Xcode 6 to developers. No new features have been discovered so far, but if they follow the pattern of previous seeds, the updates likely concentrate on performance and stability fixes, as well as minor interface adjustments. The last betas were released on August 4th....

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10:39
OS X Yosemite 10.10 DP6 - Developer Preview of the...

Note: This is a Developer Preview. You must be a registered Apple Mac Developer to download this update. You can also sign up for the free OS X Beta Program to download and preview public beta releases. OS X Yosemite is Apple's newest operating system for Mac. An elegant design that feels entirely fresh, yet inherently familiar. The apps you use every day, enhanced with new features. And a completely new relationship between your Mac and iOS devices. OS X Yosemite will change how you see your Mac. And what you can do with it. Redesigned interface. With OS X Yosemite, we set out to elevate the experience of using a Mac. To do that, we looked at the entire system and refined it app by app. Feature by feature. Pixel by pixel. And we built great new capabilities into the interface that put need-to-know...

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10:38
Xbox One SmartGlass app adds ability to buy &...

Microsoft updated its Xbox One SmartGlass app for iPhone and iPad today with a few interesting new features including the ability to purchase and remotely begin installing games to your Xbox.
The app now lets users browse new and popular games, add-ons, and bundles as well, which will come in handy now that you can also purchase and begin automatically installing content on your Xbox right from your iPhone or iPad.
Also included in version 2.8 of the app is the ability to “rate your favorite game clips and activity feed entries” and “receive and view shared Activity Feed and Game Clips”.
The updated Xbox One SmartGlass app for iOS is available on the App Store now. A full list of what’s new in the update is below.
What’s New in Version 2.8
•Rate your favorite game clips and activity feed entries
•Purchase things...

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10:37
Hotel's Robotic Butler Is Not Quite 'Rosie...


Aloft Hotels this week announced the launch of a new, robotic "butler" at the company's Cupertino, Calif., location. Dubbed "A.L.O.," the new botlr, or robotic butler, is designed to help the hotel's human staff by delivering amenities to guest rooms. A.L.O. comes professionally "dressed" in a custom shrink-wrapped, vinyl-collared uniform, complete with name tag. "A.L.O. has the work ethic of Wall-E, the humor of Rosie from The Jetsons, and reminds me of my favorite childhood robot, R2-D2," said Brian McGuinness, brand manager for Starwood.

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10:30
Like opening an Apple product: Here’s what Uber...


Have you ever wondered what it’s like to become an Uber driver? It’s not a very magical transformation, but there’s a hiring process involved and they send out a pretty cool care package as well. Well, we were able to get a hold of an Uber driver starter kit and thought it would be neat to share the experience…

In case you’re not familiar with Uber, it’s a ride sharing or alternative taxi service available in many different locations around the world. With Uber, all you need to do is download the app and request a ride based on your location. I’ve used Uber countless times while traveling and the experience has been great.
Like I mentioned, we were able to get a hold of Uber’s driver kit and thought it would be interesting to take a look at...

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10:30
Daily Deals for August 18, 2014, featuring Limefuel...

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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10:07
Save 50% in Take Control’s 2014 Back to School Sale

Through 25 August 2014, you can save 50% on the entire Take Control catalog of ebooks. It’s a great opportunity to pick up titles that you’ve been wanting to read or that might be useful to have on your virtual shelf for reference. As always, all ebooks are DRM-free and available in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket (Kindle) formats Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:06
Photo shows Lightning cable with reversible USB...

A new photo (below) from well-known leak source Sonny Dickson shows what's said to be an Apple Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector. While current official cables are reversible on the Lightning end, the USB connector can only be facing a single direction when it's plugged into a computer. Dickson isn't the first person to show images of updated Lightning cables, but a leak from last week came from a more questionable source, especially since third parties manufacture Lightning cables with and without Apple's permission.......

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10:00
Water isn't always the kiss of death for an...

Water and technology don't mix. If you drop your iPhone in a lake, pond, toilet, or martini, there's a fantastic chance it will end up being completely destroyed. Many of the little electrical bits inside the device don't take kindly to be drenched,...

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09:55
SharePoint Online simplifies storage management

Mark Kashman (@mkashman) is a senior product manager on the SharePoint marketing team.
The journey to simplify the admin experience in Office 365 continues. Previously, we increased all OneDrive for Business users’ storage allotment to 1 TB. Along with this adjustment, we removed the OneDrive for Business quota management tab from the SharePoint Online admin center.
Today we are introducing a new storage model based on usage, making it easier to manage availability of storage across your SharePoint Online team sites. In addition, we increased the number of site collections limits to parallel and adjust the new usage model.
Let’s dive into the details.
The new usage model
The first thing administrators will notice is they reclaim a lot more...

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09:53
Here are all of OS X Yosemite’s beautiful new...

Apple released OS X 10.10 Yosemite Developer Preview 6 today as we reported ahead of its expected public debut in October, and four new beautiful wallpapers of Yosemite National Park have been included. Other changes include several redesigned icons in the System Preferences app, tweaked user interfaces throughout the operating system, and more. Read our coverage of the latest OS X Developer Preview here, and check below for each of the new Yosemite-inspired wallpapers below....

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09:52
Moshi launches urban inspired bag line

Moshi has released its urban-inspired Venturo and Urbana bags. They're meant to complement the mobile lifestyle and carry your essential accessories.
The Venturo is a single-strap laptop backpack influenced by the style and function of messenger bags. The crossbody design features one strap. Its interior boasts cushioned compartments to secure an up to 15-inch laptop and an iPad or tablet. Additional pockets can organize your cables, accessories and other necessities.
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09:35
TYLT introduces USB cable with Lightning, micro-USB...

TYLT has introduced the Syncable-Duo a universal cable solution for charging and syncing data to smartphones and tablets. It eliminates the need for multiple cables by incorporating both micro-USB and Apple Lightning connectors into one product.
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09:25
Apple Wins Emmy for “Misunderstood” iPhone Ad

Apple's holiday iPhone commercial, "Misunderstood," scored an Emmy award for best commercial. The beat out two Super Bowl ads from Budweiser, along with ads from Nike and GE.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's long standing partnership with TBWA has produced several award winning advertising campaigns. We'll see if Apple can keep that up now that it's bringing more of its advertising efforts in house.

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09:11
Apple releases OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 6,...

Apple on Monday issued its sixth beta releases of OS X Yosemite and Xcode 6 to developers for testing ahead of their scheduled launches this fall, though no new beta of iOS 8 was released.

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09:03
Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 6

Apple today released a new version of OS X Yosemite to developers, two weeks after releasing the fifth Developer Preview and more than two months after unveiling the new desktop operating system at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The update, build 14A3429f, can be downloaded from the Mac App Store and through the Mac Developer Center. Apple has also released Xcode 6 beta 6. OS X Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned dock, windows, and more. It also includes a multitude of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new "Today" view in Notification Center that offers integration with third-party apps, a retooled Spotlight search with new data sources, and several new features for apps like Mail, Safari, and Messages. Over the course of the beta testing period, each Developer Preview...

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09:00
Which email application is right for you: Outlook or...

In the modern cloud-connected world ubiquitous access to email, files and contacts is key to your productivity and effectiveness—at work and in your personal life. The Microsoft email solution comprised of Outlook and Outlook Web App (OWA) can not only increase your productivity, but also ensure you can collaborate with others, right within your email, in a highly secure environment.
However, only you can decide which email solution is right for you. To help with that decision, we have created an interactive infographic that shows a side-by-side comparison of OWA, Outlook and Gmail. This infographic will answer most of your questions at a glance, while also providing links to more detailed information.

Nothing is more fundamental...

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09:00
OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 6 Now Available

OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 6 Now Available

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09:00
OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 6 Now Available

OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 6 Now Available

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09:00
Noke Bluetooth app-enabled padlock launches on...

I was so excited about this Kickstarter campaign that launched this morning that I decided to forgo waiting until our usual Thursday crowdfunding roundup to write it up. The new project is from FÜZ Designs, the same team that brought you the...

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08:52
The design of the original Apple mouse

Jim Yurchenco was just beginning his incredible design career when he was asked to design a mouse for a revolutionary new computer Apple was working on, the Lisa.

Yurchenco started looking at other input devices to see how it could all be done more elegantly. He found his answer in an Atari arcade machine. Its trackball seemed perfect for the job.

The Atari machine differed from the Xerox mouse in a few key ways. For one, its trackball wasn’t forced up or down. Instead, it just floated. Yurchenco tried doing the same and found the mouse functioned just fine if you let gravity do the work. Moreover, it resulted in less friction and fewer parts. That was one key insight. The Atari machine also used optics to track the trackball’s movement, relying on interrupted beams of light instead of mechanical switches. By borrowing this concept, Yurchenco further streamlined the internal components. That was insight number two.

The third insight came in how you use...

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08:28
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 18...

Notable software releases this week include Fission 2.2.2, Alfred 2.4, Delicious Library 3.2.2, CloudPull 2.5.4, Corel Painter 2015, and Safari 7.0.6 and 6.1.6. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:28
ExtraBITS for 18 August 2014

This week in ExtraBITS, Apple has banned two potent toxins from iPhone assembly plants, we delve into the origins of clicking “x” to close a window, Apple releases a not-so-diverse diversity report, and the New York Times gets an inside peek at Apple University. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:24
Rumor: Apple unlikely to sell sapphire display...


If you’re hankering for an iPhone 6 with a nigh-indestructible sapphire display, this may not be your year.
Per AppleInsider, J.P. Morgan analyst Rod Hall has issued a note to investors, in which he reacted to a report from last week suggesting that sapphire display costs remain high. The source of that rumor was The Wall Street Journal, which made highly questionable claims that suggested Apple remains undecided about whether to use sapphire displays on its next iPhone, which is expected to be unveiled on Sept. 9.
Hall noted that Apple’s sapphire partner, GT Advanced Technologies, has acquired a company known as Twin Creeks, which uses a...

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08:17
App developers can now earn affiliate commissions...


Apple’s iTunes Affiliate program has notified users of the program that developers can now earn affiliate commission via the Store Kit feature in iOS 8. StoreKit Product Sheet, which has existed since 2012’s iOS 6, allows developers to put a page inside of their apps to download other items from the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore. However, the feature was not compatible with affiliates until iOS 8. Here’s Apple’s email to affiliate users:
We are excited to announce that Store Kit Product Sheet is now affiliate commissionable on iOS 8.
Store Kit Product Sheet allows app developers to promote the purchase of music, apps, books and more directly from a sheet within your app and earn the standard affiliate commission on all sales within 24 hours.
We encourage you to...

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08:15
'Misunderstood' iPhone ad takes home...

Apple's "Misunderstood" iPhone ad, aired during the holidays last year, has been awarded a 2014 Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Commercial. The spot was produced with the help of TBWA/Media Arts Lab and Park Pictures, and features a boy who appears to be ignoring friends and family in favor of his iPhone, but is really shooting and editing a special video. It beat out efforts on behalf of corporations like GE, Nike, and Budweiser....

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08:08
Review: Review: Ten One Design Magnus Air

Unlike the original Magnus, which was almost entirely made from iPad-matching metal, Magnus Air looks and feels substantially plastic—a reason that the price has dropped somewhat from the prior model. Beyond the plastic, Magnus Air also includes rubber, metal, magnets in the design. Although the list of materials could make for an awkward stand, Ten One Design has molded the components together pretty well.   Key to the design is a fairly…

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08:00
YES Prep Public Schools uses Microsoft Lync to...

Today’s post was written by Troy Neal, the director of technology at YES Prep Public Schools. YES Prep Public Schools is an open-enrollment charter school system that serves 8,000 sixth through twelfth-grade students in greater Houston, Texas. This is the story of how YES Prep uses Microsoft Lync 2013 to enable educators and close the achievement gap.
At YES Prep Public Schools, most of our students come from communities where only 50 percent of students graduate high school and less than 10 percent are expected to earn a college degree. But we know from experience that all students can achieve at the highest academic levels when they have access to a quality education.
For the past 14 years, 100 percent of YES Prep seniors have been accepted to a college or university. And within five years of leaving high school, 82 percent of our alumni have either graduated or are still enrolled in college.
Despite this academic success, we struggled with disparate...

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08:00
Boost law firm productivity with Matter Center for...

Tejas Mehta is group product manager for Matter Center for Office 365
We are pleased to unveil a preview version of Matter Center for Microsoft Office 365 at the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Matter Center for Office 365 is a powerful documentation management and collaboration solution specifically catered toward law firms and law departments.
Working seamlessly with Office 365, Matter Center offers those in the legal profession a way to intuitively find and organize files without leaving the familiar productivity tools they use the most—namely Microsoft Outlook and Word. Matter Center for Office 365 enables professionals to quickly locate and collaborate on legal matters from virtually anywhere, anytime—from any device. In essence, a one stop shop for all your document collaboration and...

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08:00
Nintendo is bringing Pokémon to the iPad, in trading...

Nintendo is taking a huge step towards iPad acceptance with the confirmation that it is working on a Pokémon card game for Apple's tablet. No release date or other information has been revealed, aside from a screenshot released on Twitter, but the...

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07:49
RBC sees Apple selling upwards of 75M 'iPhone 6...

Apple has apparently placed a massive amount of orders for its next-generation iPhone, prompting RBC Capital Markets to notify investors on Monday that they see great upside potential for the anticipated "iPhone 6" over the coming quarters.

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07:37
Rumored NFC Chip for iPhone 6 Highlighted in Claimed...

Rumors of near field communications (NFC) support for the iPhone surface nearly every year, and this year's iPhone 6 rumors are no different, with reports split on whether the device will include the short-range communications technology frequently used for mobile payments. A couple of new reports do, however, come down on the side of NFC being included in the iPhone 6. The first mention came in a separate leak showing a purported battery from Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone 6 late last week. That report from Taiwanese newspaper Apple Daily also mentioned in passing that the iPhone 6 will include a PN65V NFC chip from NXP, but offered no specific evidence in support of the claim. NXP PN65 NFC chip from Nexus 7 (Source: iFixit) But now Chinese repair firm GeekBar has shared what is said to be a...

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07:35
Review: Go Design TravelCard Charger

Aesthetically, TravelCard is a small rectangular box with a three-toned design and a slide-out Lightning plug as its most noteworthy design features. The tapered aluminum front alternates between glossy and dot-matte finishes that make the black, silver, red, or blue metal look fancier, while the all-plastic back is either white or black depending on the base color you select. Our green review unit isn’t currently offered as a color, but appears…

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07:30
Rumors give iPhone 6 just 1GB of RAM, 1,810mAh...

(Updated with clarity on RAM issue, NFC chip) Schematics leaked by Chinese repair firm GeekBar may suggest that the iPhone 6 will ship with only 1GB of RAM, the same amount used in the iPhone 5 and 5s. If accurate, that figure would leave the device behind current high-end Android and Windows Phone devices, which typically have 2GB. Although Apple is known to optimize its hardware and software, this could mean that the iPhone 6 will have to halt background tasks and refresh browser tabs as much or more than the 5s, since it will have a higher-resolution 4.7-inch display. The schematics may......

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07:00
Gazelle ramps up iPhone trade-in program ahead of...

It's that time of year already, folks. With September steadily approaching and a new iPhone announcement just around the bed, the market for old iPhone trade-ins is just about ready to kick into high gear. And leading the charge, per usual, is...

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06:53
Apple's Rumored Reversible USB Connector...

Several leaked photos in recent days have suggested Apple may be looking to move to a reversible USB connector for its next-generation Lightning cables, making it easier for users to plug the cables into their computers, chargers, and other equipment with standard USB ports. As noted by Patently Apple late last week, the idea is actually supported by an Apple patent application filed in January 2014 covering just...

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06:40
Flavours 1.1.15 - Create and apply themes to change...

Flavours is a Mac application that allow users to create, apply and share beautifully designed themes. Classy Give your Mac a gorgeous new look by applying delicious themes! Easy Unleash your creativity and make your very own flavour with ease! Fast Create a new unique flavour in minutes, personalize your Mac in seconds! Get more Download more flavours from the online store and share your own masterpieces! Editor Explore the endless style possibilities of the powerful editor with live preview built-in! Retina Stunning pixel-perfect details for Retina displays! Version 1.1.15:

  • Fix: Performance improvements and bug fixes
  • OS X 10.7.3 or later

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06:40
Analyst: No Sapphire for iPhone 6 Display

If you're hoping your next iPhone will include a sapphire glass display, you may be waiting another year. JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall says the cost of synthetic sapphire glass is still too high, and that Apple won't be able to get the price down to a reasonable level in time for this year's iPhone 6 launch.The Mac Observer Spin: GTAT is already running at least 2,600 sapphire glass furnaces for Apple, and may well have a nice stockpile, too. That's a pretty compelling setup for sapphire displays on the iPhone this year instead of next year.

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06:30
Rumor Roundup: Of stones and glass houses

Assembled iPhone 6 Logic Board Revealed in New Photo (MacRumors)

Here's another shot of an alleged iPhone 6 logic board, except this time it has EMI shielding glued all over it, so it's way less interesting-looking this time.

Apple Meets With Thai...

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06:29
New Apple datacenter on Curaçao nearly complete,...

Construction of a new Apple datacenter is underway on Curaçao, reports say. Curaçao is an island off the coast of Venezuela, but a constituent country of the Netherlands. The center is said to be nearly complete already; the original company behind the project went bankrupt however, forcing the Unique Infrastructure Group to take over....

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06:24
Apple's holiday-themed 'Misunderstood...

Another prestigious trophy can be added to Apple's long list of award winning advertisements, as the company's iPhone ad "Misunderstood" has been honored with a Creative Arts Emmy for 2014's most "Outstanding Commercial."

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06:20
Thrilling selfies taken from great heights

Some great selfies, some more dangerous than others, but thrilling nonetheless.

Maybe it’s because I just came across the 10,000th social media selfie I’ve seen this month that’s making me snap. It was another of those inane pics taken in the safe confines of a bar that looks like every other, so I burned the morning looking for more dangerously-shot selfies. In particular the famous ones I’d seen those Russian maniacs shooting high up in the Dubai sky.

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06:20
Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

stephendavion writes Looks like Chinese device maker, Xiaomi, is taking its "Apple of the East" tag too literally. First, their CEO brazenly copies Steve Jobs' signature look, sitting cross-legged on the floor. And now, Xiaomi's latest version of Android shamelessly rips off iOS 7. MIUI 6, which is Xiaomi's upcoming edition of Android for its latest phones and tablets, looks almost exactly like Apple's operating system for iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch. It features the same bright color palette and a flat design. Heck, it even does away with Google's "app drawer" and puts all apps on your home screen. It's like the CEO handed iPhones to the design team and barked: "Here, copy this!" ...

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06:16
Jean-Louis Gassée on the evolution of the iPad and...

Jean-Louis Gassée takes us on a walk through the history and creaky evolution of the tablet, then explores the future of the desktop and tablet lines.
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06:15
News: Daily Deal: Get an iStablizer Glass Mount for...
06:14
News: Report: 5.5” iPhone 6 to use 2915 mAh battery

A series of new photos of the alleged 5.5” iPhone 6 show a 2915 mAh battery, which would be a considerable upgrade over the iPhone 5s battery and the anticipated battery in the smaller, 4.7” iPhone 6—around twice the capacity of prior iPhone batteries. The new photos were posted by Apple Daily. According to leaked photos, the smaller 4.7” iPhone 6 may have a 1810 mAh battery, versus the 1560 mAh cell in the iPhone 5s. Even…

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06:01
Apple beats Bud, Nike and GE to win the 2014 Emmy...

[VIDEO] Ad Week:

The spot, created by TBWA\Media Arts Lab and directed by Lance Acord of Park Pictures, shows a teen at Christmas who seems anti-socially glued to his iPhone, though it turns out it’s for heartwarming reasons. It beat out four other nominees for the prize. Two of them were Super Bowl ads by Anomaly for Budweiser—”Hero’s Welcome” and “Puppy Love.” The other two were BBDO’s “Childlike Imagination” for GE and Wieden + Kennedy’s “Possibilities” for Nike.

The commercial took three days to shoot and was filmed in a historic house located on the edge of the River Valley in snowy Edmonton. Beautifully done.
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05:52
How the Atari arcade system inspired the original...

Wired has an interesting profile out this morning on Jim Yurchenco, a now-retired engineer whose career virtually started with the task of helping create the first mouse for Apple and Steve Jobs:
Yurchenco was just a year or two out of school when he got a call from an old Stanford pal, David Kelley. Kelley had just started a new design firm and asked if Yurchenco might want to join as an engineer. That meant a proper salary—Yurchenco had been working at a medical tech start-up, being paid mostly in stock—so he agreed. The company was called Hovey-Kelley; Ideo was still a few years off at that point. But thanks to co-founder Dean Hovey’s relationship with Jobs, Apple became one of the young company’s first clients.
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05:52
Nintendo rises after report Pokemon game to debut on...

This is a tricky piece of news.

Nintendo Co. (7974) jumped in Tokyo trading after its new Mario Kart 8 video game surpassed 1 million units in U.S. sales and affiliate The Pokemon Co. said an online trading-card game will be released as an application for Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPad.

The Pokémon game is owned by The Pokémon Company, which is affiliated with Nintendo (Nintendo has certain licensing and marketing rights) but not owned by Nintendo.

“We have been here many times before in regards to Nintendo’s tentative plans to introduce some of its characters for smart devices,” Amir Anvarzadeh, a manager of Japanese equity sales at BGC Partners Inc. in Singapore, said by e-mail. “This latest Pokemon cards plan which is already out on PCs is hardly a change in its direction.”

This is not quite correct.
...

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05:47
Why Tesla Is the Best Car Company in the World


As an analyst in a market of experts, I'm known as a generalist, but if I have an area of particular focus, it is how to make customers love you. In the car space, there are two emerging vendors on the world stage: India's Tata, which now owns brands like Jaguar and Land Rover; and Tesla, the dominant provider of electric cars. Both companies are trying to make a dent in the world, and Tata is by far the larger and more capable of the two, but it is Tesla that is having a bigger impact.

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05:47
Apple unlikely to sell sapphire iPhones this year,...

Apple's investments in sapphire may one day result in iPhone cover displays made of the material, but sapphire is unlikely to appear in this year's models due to prohibitive costs associated with producing the material in large quantities, investment firm J.P. Morgan said on Monday.

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05:42
Hoping for a curved Apple Thunderbolt Display? Check...

I’ve never been greatly convinced that curved TV screens are anything but a passing novelty. Watching TV is a social experience, so optimizing the viewing angle for just one person seems odd. But a curved monitor makes much more sense to me, enabling more comfortable viewing from a fixed position at your desk – especially as monitors get larger.
LG has just announced that it will formally launch the 34UC97,  “the world’s first curved monitor with an extra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio,” at the IFA in Berlin next month. The 34-inch ultra-wide monitor offers a 3440×1440 resolution, and – appealingly for Mac users – supports Thunderbolt 2 … 

The Quad HD resolution display gives digital photographers and filmmakers the level of detail and...

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05:39
Gazelle extends iPhone trade-in prices until...


Electronics trade-in site Gazelle has today announced that it will lock trade-in prices for iPhones between now and September 9th for 50 days. This means that iPhone owners looking to upgrade can get a quote today, but not let go of their device until the new iPhone arrives, keeping the original quoted price.  Gazelle predicts that trade-in prices for iPhone 5s to fall up to 25% in the month following the expected iPhone 6 announcement.
Gazelle is also running another promotion in tandem, temporarily raising prices offered for iPhone 5s. Gazelle will now offer up to $350 for an iPhone 5s in perfect condition. Obviously, arranging an iPhone trade-in sooner rather than later will...

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05:31
News: Apple to debut reversible USB Lightning cable?

A few allegedly leaked photos of reversible USB cables have popped up in recent days, with reports claiming that Apple’s new Lightning to USB cables could include the feature. The most recent photo comes from Sonny Dickson, who has leaked real Apple parts in the past, depicting a USB connector that would work with any standard Type A USB port, but could be inserted upside down or right-side up. It’s notable that Apple has filed a recently-revealed…

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05:26
EtreCheck 1.9.14 - For troubleshooting your Mac;...

EtreCheck is a simple little app to display the important details of your system configuration and allow you to copy that information to the Clipboard. It is meant to be used with Apple Support Communities to help people help you with your Mac. EtreCheck automatically removes any personally identifiable information from the output.Version 1.9.14:

  • Removes temporary file
  • Adds missing TB to large disk sizes
  • Improves formatting

OS X 10.6 or laterDownload Now

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05:07
5.5-inch iPhone 6 Photos Surface, Along with...

Photos showing what are claimed to be components from a 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 have surfaced, although they don't exactly qualify as definitive proof that a super-size iPhone is on the way. The name that goes along with the big-screen model photos is a bit dubious, too: iPhone 6L.The Mac Observer Spin: At this point, not seeing a 4.7-inch iPhone model this fall will be a big surprise. The rumored 5.5-inch model, however, still feels like a wild card.

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05:06
Power Manager get OS X Yosemite support

DssW (http://tinyurl.com/knfa6hf) has announced Power Manager 4.3 for Mac OS X. This release lets users connect to and remotely manage multiple Macs running Power Manager. Also improved is support for Apple's upcoming Mac OS X Yosemite.
Power Manager is an energy saving solution for Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. It enables users to create energy saving schedules and to automate time-consuming tasks. It can power on a Mac, run a series of tasks, and power off the Mac without requiring any interaction.
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05:05
The $210B cash Apple would have by now without the...

Asymco’s Horace Dediu has been doing some number-crunching on AAPL’s cash stockpile, which sat at around $120B before the company began paying dividends and initiated a share buyback scheme two years ago. He calculates that, had nothing changed, Apple would now be sitting on around $210B in cash.
To put that into perspective, there are only about a dozen companies in the world Apple wouldn’t have been able to buy outright for that amount.
Despite the $53B spent on buying its own shares and the $21.5B paid out in dividends, the continuing flow of profits into the company means that Apple today still has about the same amount of cash it did two years ago. The share purchases themselves have proven a good deal for Apple as their value has increased....

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05:05
Register for Tuesday’s webinar celebrating 25 years...

We have been celebrating a quarter-century of Office by sharing stories from our Brand Ambassadors of what they did with Office. We’ll dig into a few of these stories and show you how they created these docs and how you can too with Office Online.
Doors open at 9:00 am Pacific Time and we start promptly at 9:15 am. Immediately following will be a 20-minute Q&A. A video will be available a few days after the webinar.
You can follow the anniversary on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  If you have a story about what you’ve accomplished with Office over the years, share it with us using the hashtag #behindthedocs.
At Tuesday’s webinar, you’ll learn

  • How to annotate Word docs with...
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05:02
Fujifilm XQ1: A Professional Point-and-Shoot?

The XQ1 is a pocket-sized point-and-shoot from Fujifilm that can pinch-hit for pros when teamed up with the application Photo Ninja. Charles Maurer looks at both products and shows how they work together. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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04:58
Gazelle paying up to $350 cash for old iPhones if...

If you're looking to mitigate the cost of upgrading to Apple's 'iPhone 6' by getting the most cash possible for your current iPhone, buyback service Gazelle has just launched its most aggressive price-lock promotion yet: up to $350 for your old iPhone if you lock in a price quote today (and you don't need to send it in until Oct. 10 -- long after the iPhone 6 is expected on the market).

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04:32
Rumor: 'A8' chip in Apple's '...

A newly leaked document claiming to be a schematic for Apple's next-generation "A8" processor expected to power the "iPhone 6" claims the chip will come with 1 gigabyte of RAM, falling short of competing devices like Samsung's Galaxy S5.

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03:53
Sony launches α5100 with 24.3MP sensor, rear...

Sony has unveiled another mirrorless camera in its Alpha range, one which it calls the world's smallest interchangeable lens camera. The α5100, effectively replacing the NEX-5T and arriving seven months after the α5000 received an update, has the same 24.3-megapixel Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor paired with a BIONZ X image processor as used by the α6000, though it exchanges the electronic viewfinder for other additions....

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03:49
iFFmpeg 4.5 - Convert multimedia files between...

iFFmpeg is a graphical front-end for FFmpeg, a command-line tool used to convert multimedia files between formats. The command line instructions can be very hard to master/understand, so iFFmpeg does all the hard work for you. This allows you to use FFmpeg without detailed command-line knowledge.Version 4.5:

  • Changed Panavision 23.5:1 to Panavision 2.35:1
  • Fixed issue fine tune trimming movie.
  • Fixed some GUI glitches when running OS X 10.10
  • Changed some things to meet the Codesigning/Gatekeeper rules for 10.9.5 or higher.
  • Rotating movies now takes care of the correct resolution instead of squeezing the resolution.
  • Updated Dutch and French translations.
  • Fixed issue when quitting iFFmpeg while encoding is in progress.
  • When using 'Add' button, iFFmpeg now remembers the last folder used.
  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • Working FFmpeg OS X binary (available...

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03:34
Kickstarter campaign begins for iPhone-controlled...

Locks always struck me as the perfect application for Bluetooth LE: walk up to the lock, it detects the phone in your pocket or bag, checks the code and unlocks. If you need to let someone else in, you authorize their app on a one-off or permanent basis. Simple, secure, convenient.
There are a bunch of Bluetooth door locks on the way, and you can even lock and unlock your Mac via Bluetooth, so why not a Bluetooth padlock too? Noke is a Kickstarter campaign for a $59 lock where you simply click the hasp to unlock. Provided your phone is with you, and the app code matches the lock, it opens...

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03:27
Data center end user take-up has doubled year-on-year

New research just released by GVA Connect (gatewaydatacentre.co.uk), the data center specialist division of property adviser GVA, showed that the take-up of data center space by end users such as corporate occupiers, government agencies and IT Integrators more than doubled in the first half of 2014 compared to this time last year.
 
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03:02
Kool Tools: Philips 28-inch 4K Ultra HD Monitor

The Philips 28-Inch 4K Ultra HD Display (http://tinyurl.com/mrlra6p) delivers four times as much detail as 1080p Full HD. The monitor normally costs US$799, but was available at Amazon.com for a special price of $599 when we wrote this.
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03:00
Xiaomi, the Chinese company behind the Mi Pad,...

Not content with a blatant copy of the iPad mini and a smartphone called the Mi Phone, Xiaomi’s latest Android overlay – MIUI 6 – bears more than a passing resemblance to iOS 7. The flat icons, the icon screens scrolling above the fixed app tray at the bottom, the calendar, calculator, compass … 
Xiaomi global VP and former Google exec Hugo Barra has said previously that suggestions that the company copies Apple’s designs are “sweeping sensationalist statements” and that similarities are coincidental.

“If you have two similarly skilled designers, it...

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02:45
Alleged Schematic Shows iPhone 6 Coming with 1GB of...

Apple's forthcoming iPhone 6 may sport 1 GB of RAM, according to a leaked schematic shared by Chinese Apple repair firm GeekBar (Google Translate, via G for Games). The chart is said to come from an internal supply chain source, however it is unknown if the schematic is intended for the 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch iPhone 6. If the chart is indeed legitimate, the iPhone 6 would join the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c in sporting 1 GB of RAM. That amount of RAM would also be below competitors such as the...

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Sunday August 17

18:34
Will the iPhone 6 include a reversible USB cable?...


The iPhone 6’s packaging might not only include a redesigned smartphone, but a redesigned USB to Lightning cable. While it’s unlikely that Apple will yet-again change the Lightning port introduced with the 2012 iPhone 5 anytime in the near future, a redesigned version of the USB plug could be ready for this fall. Sketchy photos of a reversible USB cable first surfaced on the web last week, and Sonny Dickson yesterday shared another shot of the cables via Twitter.
Like the Lightning connector, the benefit of a reversible USB connector is that it can be inserted into a...

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15:07
I went undercover in America’s toughest prison

Vice:

How do we try to change whatever it was that brought someone into trouble with the law? And if that proves impossible, what is the best way that society can protect itself? I wanted to find out. I also wanted to see how much of what I knew—or thought I knew—about jail turned out to be true. So I wrote to corrections departments worldwide asking for access.

I discovered that I could go to jail in America as an “undercover voluntary detainee.”

I don’t know if the author is brave or stupid. Undoubtedly, a lot of both.
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14:14
Google acquires team behind deep learning app Jetpac...

Google recently made another acquisition recently, this time involving a team that uses deep learning in their apps. The team behind the Jetpac City Guides app announced last week that they would be joining Google in an unspecified capacity. Details of the deal weren't disclosed, but the San Francisco-based team would be moving on to Google, leaving their apps behind in the process....

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14:00
Reviews: Tesoro Tizona G2N Elite gaming keyboard

The market for gaming keyboards is getting crowded, starting off with some fairly simple keyboards and diverging into the land of modular configurations and piece meal construction. But what about gamers that just want a plain mechanical keyboard that handles the daily grind with ease, only to spring to life in gaming situations? The gamers may not need to look any further than the ......

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13:40
Apple cuts prices of all Beats by Dre products by 10...


A couple weeks following the closing of Apple’s acquisition of Beats Electronics and the Beats Music streaming service, Apple has cut the price of all Beats by Dr. Dre products by 10% in both its physical retail stores and official online store…

The 10% off discount will last through August 23rd, according to a source. Beats products, including over-ear headphones, in-ear headphones, and speakers are all covered by the deal, but those seeking those “Beats Pill Dude” speaker covers will still (fortunately) have to pay the...

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12:54
Apple wins 2014 ‘Outstanding Commercial’ Emmy Award...

Here’s some good news for Apple amid several months of controversy surrounding the Cupertino-company’s marketing efforts: Apples’ 2013 Holiday season television commercial “Misunderstood” has won a Creative Arts Emmy Award for most “outstanding commercial” in 2014. The award was announced on the Emmy’s winners list last night, and the Creative Arts Emmy Awards are presented for “guest performers on television dramas and comedy series, as well as the many talented artists and craftspeople behind the scenes to create television excellence.” The main, televised Emmy Awards ceremony takes place on August 25th…
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12:06
SyncTwoFolders 2.0.2 - Syncs two user-specified...

SyncTwoFolders simply synchronizes two folders. It supports synchronization across mounted network drives and it is a possibility to run a simulation showing in a log what will be done. Please visit author's website for other version (Carbon or Cocoa) and old versions (PPC, previous systems, etc.).Version 2.0.2:

  • Build with Xojo2014r2.1.
  • Build for Lion 10.7 or later.
  • Changed the copy mode, now can choose between "Copy with Xojo" (default), "Copy with AppleScript (Finder)" (was the default in previous version) and "Copy with Shell Command".

OS X 10.7 or laterDownload Now

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11:32
Fission 2.2.2

Maintenance update for the popular audio editor. ($32 new, free update, 14.5 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:32
Alfred 2.4

Adds support and updates themes for OS X Yosemite. (Free, £15 for Powerpack, 3.1 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:32
Delicious Library 3.2.2

Adds the capability to create your own custom fields. ($25 new, free update, 79.7 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:31
CloudPull 2.5.4

Maintenance release with a handful of improvements to the Google data backup application. ($24.99 new, free update, 9.7 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:21
Supermarket chains Supervalu, AB Acquisition LLC...

Last week, supermarket chain Supervalu announced that it discovered an intrusion into part of its computer network, specifically for the portion that processes payments with debit and credit cards. The company believes that card data may have been stolen from 209 of its standard and franchise stores. A day prior, AB Acquisition LLC announced that its systems were breached, but was said it had yet to determine any cardholder data had been stolen....

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09:14
Sydney Mac Admins August Meet Up

To All Sydney Mac Admins,Our next Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 27th of August.We have a booking at 6pm at Hart’s Pub, Corner of Essex & Gloucester St, The Rocks.Any one who has an interest in managing OS X or iOS is very welcome to come. You don’t need to be an expert. It is a great opportunity to meet your fellow Mac/iOS admins.You can now RSVP and register to be notified of future events at http://www.meetup.com/Sydney-Mac-Admins/I hope to see you there,Marcus.About Marcus RowellMarcus Rowell is a Mac Systems Administrator and IT generalist who is trying to make IT simple and reliable. He can be found on Twitter as @mrowell.Mail |...

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07:04
Israeli News Sites are Celebrating Apple's New...

When Apple updated their leadership page lately it was revealed that Israeli-Arab Johny Srouji, a former Haifa resident, hailed from Israel’s Institute of Technology called the Technion, was appointed to VP of Hardware technologies.

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07:04
Slicy 1.1.7 - Turn PSD elements into images for the...

Slicy (was Layer Cake) turns PSD elements into images for the Web and for Apps, simply name your layer groups once and let Slicy do its magic. Bye bye, "Save for Web/Devices". Hello, boost in productivity and creativity! Designers and Developers, rejoice -- exporting is no longer a workflow killer. Name layer groups like the files you want to create, and Slicy will extract them individually. Enjoy complete freedom to move, obscure and even hide these named layer groups without affecting the extracted images.

  • Perfect for Web graphics and App development -- Export to PNG, TIFF, JPG or ICNS. Don't waste your day flattening or separating elements for slightly easier slicing. Design in context, rename your groups and let Slicy do the heavy lifting.
  • Recents and Repeat -- Save time by having your images automatically exported when you save your PSD. When you want to repeat something manually, your previous exports are always just a click away. It's...

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06:15
Deep iPad discounts at Staples and Target: $199 16GB...

From 9to5Toys.com:

Confirming our report from earlier this month, Target has revived its $199 iPad mini sale (Direct Link) this morning. At the time of posting it’s available both online at Target.com and at Target retail locations. That’s even $30 less than the retail price of top...

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05:16
Review: iHome’s iBN26 is a classy Bluetooth Speaker/...


If you haven’t heard of iHome products before now, they manufacture a wide variety of home audio accessories for iOS and Android devices. If you’re into Bluetooth speakers, they’ve got you covered. You’ll find Bluetooth speakers in just about every shape and size on the company’s website.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been testing out iHome’s awkwardly named iBN26 Bluetooth speaker with built-in speakerphone. Yes, that is both the model number and product name. I know, it’s weird. Either way, if you’re in the market for a new speaker setup, you may want to give this one a closer look…
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01:07
Another Image of New Lightning Cable with Reversible...

Earlier this week, photos claiming to be of a new Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector surfaced. The images were said to be sourced from Apple supplier Foxconn, and were shown in a production stage. Now, frequent iOS device part leaker Sonny Dickson shares a new photo of the accessory, further indicating that a new Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector may be on the horizon: The current Lightning cable (left) compared to new Lightning cable (right) While the USB connector on the current Lightning cable is attached to the bottom of its metal housing, the connector of the supposedly newer cable is attached to the center. The structure of the newer cable was also spotted in previous photos, and likely indicates that this is a reversible USB...

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