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Friday June 27

16:32
Get Free Bitcoins with 37 Website Faucets that...

I've gathered 37 different Bitcoin "faucets"-websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads-and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. I started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more and removes some faucets that have gone dark for a total of 37 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay, plus a Dogecoin faucet and a Litecoin faucet.

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16:00
Stitch It!: Assemble long screen shots of iMessage...

Trying to share or save a long text message conversation can be a giant pain thanks to the limited nature of iOS screen shot capabilities. Now there's a simple solution in the form of Stitch It!, a delightfully easy to use app for your iPhone. Best...

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15:58
The latest iOS apps: June 27

Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.
AppTron has released Smart Kitchen, a free app that shows cooking in a fun and interactive way. By simply selecting your ingredients, the app filters the recipes you can make from what you have. Start cooking using the step-by-step interactive tutorial.
SkyElla Tech has announced A Temple Invasion - Shoot em Up & Run 1.0. The free app is a mixture of retro game play and the latest social gaming platform.
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15:34
In 'The Internet's Own Boy,' the Good...


The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, a documentary directed and produced by Brian Knappenberger, is opening at theaters and online this weekend -- and re-opening wounds about the subject and his suicide. It is also serving as a reminder that often the good guy doesn't win, said tech analyst Rob Enderle. "I hope that is the biggest takeaway people watching this movie have," he added. "If you are going to fight this fight, be aware it will get really ugly."

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15:21
Widespread Verizon Wireless outage affecting...

Verizon Wireless is experiencing a widespread billing service disruption that has been ongoing for nearly two days, leaving would-be customers -- and existing subscribers who want to upgrade -- in the lurch.

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15:00
Not the iMac store you were looking for

I'm not sure what this IMAC building in Denver, CO actually makes, but that doesn't really matter. I'm much happier just imagining that it's a strange Apple computer knockoff manufacturer.

[Photo credit: Paul Sableman]...

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14:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for June 27, 2014

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

You can listen to today's...

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14:20
235 Degrees Super Fisheye Clip-On Lens for iPhone...

Hey iPhone photography enthusiasts, I have a cool lens for today's deal. Called the Super Fisheye Clip-On Lens, it offers you 235Â of image for a super fisheye effect. As the name suggests, it's a clip-on lens, and it's designed to work with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch (with rear camera), and even HTC and Samsung Android smartphones with rear lenses. It's made of aluminum and glass, and it has a focal length of 0.2x. The regular price is $49, but thanks to our friends at StackSocial, we're able to offer it for $29.

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14:00
Benchmarking LaCie's speedy Rugged USB 3.0...

LaCie's been supplying Mac users with drives since 1987, but the company's still able to surprise and delight the Mac community with new and innovative products. One that I had been looking forward to testing just showed up at the office -- the new...

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13:30
Adobe releases a statement about the end of Aperture...

Earlier today Apple announced it has ceased development of the photography editing program Aperture. As photographers around the web deal with the news Adobe has released the following statement regarding the closing of its rival...

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13:06
Samsung VP Thinks Consumers No Longer Obsessed with...

Yesterday at Samsung's Business Discovery Day in London, Jae Shin, VP of Samsung's Knox mobile security business group, was asked whether Samsung was worried about losing its early lead in the fledgling wearables market when Apple releases its long-rumoured iWatch. Shin argued ...

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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

Stitch It! - Capture...

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12:59
MainStage 3: Support resources

Apple offers a range of support and help options. Use the resources below to get support and find answers to your MainStage 3 questions.

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12:40
Apple Maps gains Flyovers of Tokyo, Utah's Zion...

Apple has extended coverage of Maps' Flyover feature to two more locations. The most important of these is the Japanese capital of Tokyo, where people can now see 3D views of scenery like the Tokyo Tower or the Imperial Palace. In the United States, Maps users can toggle Flyover for the canyons of Utah's Zion National Park....

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12:30
Audi announces CarPlay for 2015

2015 looks like it may be a great year for smartphone integration in cars. On the heels of yesterday's announcements from Hyundai, Honda, and Volvo, German automaker Audi announced plans to support both Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto.

In...

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12:27
Apple upgrades Cut Pro X, Motion, Compressor

Apple has updated three of its professional apps: Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor. All three updates are free to registered users and can be downloaded at the Mac App Store.
Final Cut Pro X — Apple's software for professional videographers (U$299.99 for new users)— has been revved to version 10.1.2 with the following features:
• Optimized, proxy, and rendered media can be stored at any location outside of the library
• Easily delete optimized, proxy, and rendered media from within Final Cut Pro X
• Used media indicators for Compound clips, Multicam clips, and Synced clips
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12:20
Seidio Innocell Plus Combo Case for iPhone 5/5s...

Seidioâs Innocell Plus Holster for iPhone 5/5s is a battery rechargeable case with 2000 mAh capacity and a detachable holster. The holster is modifiable, and it is totally easy to insert and remove the iPhone. Plus, there are a couple of sweet features to this case.

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12:19
Facebook, NY DA Lock Horns Over User Data Warrants


Facebook, not known for respecting users' privacy, is battling a New York County district attorney's demand for all information pertaining to the accounts of several hundred of its subscribers. DA Cyrus Vance's office issued 381 secret warrants for the information in July of 2013 in a hunt for retired police officers and firefighters wrongfully claiming Social Security disability benefits for their involvement in 9/11.
New York State Supreme Court Judge Melissa Jackson ruled that Facebook did not have standing to dispute the warrants.

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12:06
Apple posts Final Cut 10.1.2, Compressor 4.1.2,...

Apple has issued updates for all of its professional video-related Mac apps. Leading these is Final Cut Pro 10.1.2, which has received dozens of workflow improvements and bugfixes. Optimized, proxy, and rendered media can now be stored in any location outside of the library, or deleted from within Final Cut. A standard (Rec. 709) look can be applied in real-time to HDR and wide-color video from ARRI, Blackmagic, Canon, and Sony hardware, and the software newly supports Apple's ProRes 4444 XQ format....

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12:00
Elevation Mars will let you tour the red planet on...

Elevation Mars (U.S. $2.99) is a beautiful science-based app that will let you tour high resolution imagery of the 4th planet from our Sun and explore it in ways that simply can't be done from a book.

The app starts with a topographic map of Mars,...

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11:43
Arrange apps on your iPhone
11:30
iLounge Weekly coming Monday, last chance for...

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers…

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11:30
Apple Compressor 4.1.2 - Adds power and flexibility...

Compressor adds power and flexibility to Final Cut Pro X export. Customize output settings, work faster with distributed encoding, and tap into a comprehensive set of delivery features. Powerful Encoding for Final Cut Pro

  • Use Compressor to customize encoding settings available in Final Cut Pro.
  • Choose from a wide array of codecs, sizes, frame rates, and other parameters.
  • Save your custom settings in Compressor; they automatically appear in Final Cut Pro.
  • Share settings with other editors, even if Compressor isn't installed on their workstations.

Time-Saving Encoding Workflow

  • Experiment freely with encoding options, using real-time feedback in the Preview window.
  • Find exactly the setting you need in just a few clicks in the updated settings library.
  • Set up batch processes to streamline the encoding of large numbers of files.
  • Build batch...

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11:28
Apple Motion 5.1.1 - Create and customize Final Cut...

Apple Motion is designed for video editors, Motion 5 lets you customize Final Cut Pro titles, transitions, and effects. Or create your own dazzling animations in 2D or 3D space, with real-time feedback as you work. Breakthrough Speed and Quality

  • New 64-bit architecture supports deeper, multilayered effects for use in Final Cut Pro.
  • ColorSync-managed color pipeline produces accurate, consistent color across applications.
  • Shared Render Engine provides consistent quality with Final Cut Pro and Compressor.
  • Rendering uses floating-point, linear-light color space for exceptionally realistic results.
  • Motion taps the GPU on the graphics card for high-speed rendering and exporting.

Editor-Friendly Design Tools

  • Work fast using a single-window interface with a familiar look and feel.
  • Customize Final Cut Pro titles, effects, and transitions by opening them in...

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11:28
Adobe 'committed to helping' Aperture...

Following Friday's announcement that Apple would discontinue both iPhoto and Aperture in favor of OS X Yosemite's new Photos app, software giant Adobe chimed in to tout its "rich roadmap" for Lightroom -- Aperture's main competitor -- and to reiterate the company's commitment to Apple-based photographers.

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11:27
Apple Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2 - Professional video...

Apple Final Cut Pro X is a professional video editing solution.Completely redesigned from the ground up, Final Cut Pro adds extraordinary speed, quality, and flexibility to every part of the post-production workflow. (Apple has posted a FAQ answering questions about Final Cut Pro X, missing features, and the future.) Revolutionary Video Editing

  • Assemble clips in the Magnetic Timeline without clip collisions or sync problems.
  • Use Clip Connections to attach B-roll, sound effects, and music to the timeline.
  • Reduce clutter by grouping clips into a Compound Clip. Easily expand it back to single clips.
  • Perfect your pacing right in the timeline with the Inline Precision Editor.
  • Cycle through different shots, graphics, or effects at one place in the timeline with Auditions.

Powerful Media Organization

  • Import...

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11:27
Forums: creating shortcuts, converting audio files...

This week in the MacNN forums, members assist with problems creating shortcuts, converting audio files and more. Mac Enthusiast "Bobby" turned to the forums yesterday while trying to figure out how to create a shortcut to the "device/my computer window" on their desktop. Yesterday Mac Elite "rotuts" turned to the forums looking for assistance figuring out a problem with his keyboard where it would randomly add the letter "j" in the middle of words....

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11:25
Hands-On with the T-Mobile Test Drive and iPhone

Curious about T-Mobileâs service? Have them send you an iPhone to try it out! TMOâs Melissa Holt signed up for the Test Drive, and in this article, sheâll tell us what they sent her, how she liked the experience, and what caveats to remember if you want to go for a Test Drive too.

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11:25
Apple deals: MacBook Pro from $999

Right now at Apple's online store, find bargain prices on refurbished MacBook Pro models starting as low as $999 for the 13.3-inch MBP with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. The 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage has been reduced by $470 to $1,229....

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11:23
DealNN: 27-inch iMac cut to $2,699, 21-inch iMac for...

This week Adorama has slashed the price on the 27-inch iMac by $200. It carries an MSRP of $2,699, but has been reduced to $2,499. That discount makes this $200 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This iMac features a 3.5GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 3TB Fusion Drive. Included is a wireless Magic Mouse, wireless Apple keyboard and one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....

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11:03
With Aperture development ending, Adobe says ‘rich...


Following Apple’s announcement that it has ceased software development of the Aperture professional photo editing software for Mac and the development of iPhoto on iOS and OS X, Adobe has issued a statement. The digital software company is promoting its Lightroom and Creative Cloud photo editing and management products for the web, iOS, and OS X:
Today, Apple announced they will no longer be developing Aperture in light of their new photography app for OS X. If you are an Aperture or iPhoto customer looking for change, check out our new Creative Cloud Photography plan announced last week, or our standalone Lightroom app for your desktop as alternatives.
Adobe also...

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11:03
Volume Purchase Program: How to purchase VPP Credit

Businesses and educational institutions that are enrolled in the Volume Purchase Program can use VPP Credit as a way to buy apps or books. VPP Credit is just one of many ways your company or educational institution can pay for volume purchases.

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11:00
iFixit opens up the new 16 GB iPod touch

Apple quietly released a new $199 16 GB iPod touch this week with no fanfare. Naturally, the folks over at iFixIt have already acquired one and ripped it apart. So what's new inside the iPod touch's "latest" model? There are only two new...

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11:00
Microsoft’s Trade-in Program: MacBook Air for...

Microsoft has launched a trade-in program. Bring in, say, a MacBook Air or a Surface Pro 2, and get money towards a new Suface Pro 3. The program is a sign of great a desperation for a product that can't stand on its own merits and for which no one seems ready to stand in-line.

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10:59
Final Cut Pro X: Version 10.1.2 release notes

Learn about current and previous Final Cut Pro X updates.

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10:57
MainStage 3: Best practices for updating

Follow these steps before updating MainStage 3.

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10:54
Logic Pro X: Best practices for updating

Follow these steps before updating Logic Pro X.

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10:52
Adobe 'Doubling Down' on Lightroom in Wake...

Following Apple's announcement that it plans to cease further development on its professional photo editing software, Aperture, Adobe has released a statement encouraging Aperture users to check out its Creative Cloud plan or its standalone Lightroom app, a longtime Aperture competitor. The company says it is committed to helping former Aperture and iPhoto customers transition to Lightroom. Put simply we're doubling down on our investments in Lightroom and the new Creative Cloud Photography plan and you can expect to see a rich roadmap of rapid innovation for desktop, web and device workflows in the coming weeks, months and years. We also continue to invest actively on the iOS and OSX platforms, and are committed to helping interested iPhoto and Aperture customers migrate to our rich solution across desktop, device and web workflows.Known as Aperture's biggest competitor, Lightroom is another solution for professional photo editing. Adobe has a Creative Cloud subscription plan...

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10:41
iLounge Game Spotlight: Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake

Cartoon Network’s newest game is Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake ($5), a puzzle game with lots of RPG elements. The game has a cutesy art style, but don’t let that turn you away — this title has plenty of depth and charm. While the…

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10:30
Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor get new...

Hot on the heels of Apple’s announcement that it would be discontinuing pro photography app Aperture, the company has released updates to its other major OS X professional apps.Friday’s updates—which bring optimization improvements and a few small new features to Final Cut, Motion, and Compressor—are nice boosts to each of the programs, but are also perhaps a move to reassure Apple’s pro customers that Aperture’s fate was limited to it alone.Over on the Final Cut side, version 10.1.2 brings a variety of improvements to the program, including several new bonuses for editors:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:36
Apple kills work on Aperture, shifts efforts to...

Development of Aperture has halted, and is instead shifting to the editing tools in OS X Yosemite's Photos app, Apple has announced. Photos -- which will actually miss the launch of Yosemite, and ship in early 2015 -- will include an option to import Aperture libraries. Compatibility updates should let Aperture run in Yosemite, but no further support is planned. Apple and Adobe are cooperating to help some users migrate to Lightroom....

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10:30
Daily Deals for June 27, 2014, featuring the Doxie...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.

TUAW's Daily Deals

Doxie One: Scan Documents Anywhere, Anytime (US)...

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10:21
Final Cut Pro X 10.1 and later: Back up libraries...

Learn about backing up the Final Cut Pro X 10.1.x application, your Final Cut Pro X libraries, and about archiving your projects.

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10:17
About Apple ProRes

Apple ProRes codecs provide an unparalleled combination of multistream, real-time editing performance, impressive image quality, and reduced storage rates. Apple ProRes codecs take full advantage of multicore processing and feature fast, reduced-resolution decoding modes.

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10:15
Hiding Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2 has a delay on...

When you hide Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2 while using an external HDMI display, the display might fade to white or turn gray for two seconds before Final Cut Pro X hides.

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10:15
Timed with Aperture announcement, Apple updates...

On the heels of Apple's announcement that it will no longer update its professional photography software Aperture, the company issued a round of updates for many of its remaining pro apps, which the company has said will continue to live on.

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10:08
Google's GAL Makes Glowing I/O Debut


One of the many notable things to come out of Google's I/O conference this week was the announcement that 40 new auto industry companies representing 25 brands had joined the Open Automotive Alliance, which Google formed earlier this year. Google also unveiled Google Automotive Link, or GAL, which works like Apple's Carplay, along with an Android Auto software development kit, including application programming interfaces for audio and messaging for GAL. The full SDK will be available later this year with Android L.

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10:06
Audi confirms plans to roll out CarPlay-capable...

Audi has announced plans to offer CarPlay-equipped vehicles beginning in 2015. The integration is said to be the result of "intensive dialog" with Apple, and work at Audi's Silicon Valley development lab. Which models will get CarPlay, however, has yet to be revealed, and it's not known if custom apps or features will be used to distinguish Audi's take on the platform....

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10:05
Apple releases updates for Final Cut Pro, Motion,...

Shortly after announcing that its pro photography app Aperture is being discontinued, Apple released a number of updates to its remaining professional desktop applications. Final Cut Pro, Motion, Compressor, and MainStage on OS X all received updates via the Mac App Store today. See the changes for each professional desktop application below:
Final Cut Pro 10.1.2 
• Optimized, proxy, and rendered media can be stored at any location outside of the library
• Easily delete optimized, proxy, and rendered media from within Final Cut Pro X
• Used media indicators...

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10:00
There's a Forrest Gump game on the way, and it...

That's it, everyone. The "endless runner" genre has officially become a parody of itself, and there's no reason to care about it any longer. Need some proof? Check out the upcoming officially licensed Forrest Gump game based on the 20-year-old...

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09:59
Compressor 4.1.2: Release notes

Learn about current and previous Compressor updates.

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09:55
Apple Axes Aperture

Development of Aperture and iPhoto has come to an end, according to a statement given to The Loop. Ultimately both will both be replaced by the Photos app coming in iOS 8 and Mac OS X 10.10.The Mac Observer Spin: This might be bad news, but right now we simply don't know since we haven't seen enough of the forthcoming Photos app to know for sure.

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09:51
Friday Deals -- OS X BioShock, free Android apps,...

Welcome to this week's installment of Friday Deals! Every Friday we're going to take a look at sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best deals on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, and any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy!...

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09:48
Could Apple TV be one Apple's hottest iDevices...

Earlier this week we posted a report titled "Bringing ABC's Live News to Apple TV is a Monumental Move." The timing of that news was a surprise though the idea of live-TV coming to Apple's iDevice wasn't. It was forecasted back in a 2006 patent application that was granted to them in 2012. Earlier this month at Apple's WWDC Craig Federighi pointed to several developments for gaming such as "Metal" that could now allow major gaming houses to release top games aimed for the PS4 and Xbox to come to Apple TV technically at the same time. Apple also introduced us to HomeKit ...

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09:46
Creators of Siri launch next-gen Kasisto personal...

SRI International, the team behind the technology that later became Apple’s Siri voice assistant feature in iOS, today announced a new product that it says “aims to improve the consumer experience on mobile devices through intelligent conversation.” Kasisto will be a similar intelligent voice assistant but the company will open it up to business customers to integrate into their own apps:

“Virtual personal assistant technology has revolutionized consumer interaction with mobile devices,” said Norman Winarsky, Ph.D., vice president, SRI Ventures. “Now consumers expect a more human-like experience when interacting online. Kasisto represents a new user experience—one that is context aware, personalized, and more effective.”

The company says Kasisto will allow businesses to integrate the virtual personal assistant features into mobile apps in days or weeks intend of months while ...

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09:08
Apple retires Aperture and iPhoto, to be replaced...

Apple is ceasing development of its Aperture and iPhoto apps and will replace them both with the previously-announced Photos for OS X app when it ships next year, the company announced Friday.
“With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture. When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X,” reads a statement Apple released to Macworld.
While Aperture development (beyond minor updates to ensure OS X Yosemite compatibility) will cease, the company has no intention to abandon creative professionals. Development of both Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro continues.To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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09:30
The iPhone turns 7 on Sunday, here's a look...

The iPhone was released on June 29, 2007, and changed cell phones forever. Dropping the keypad we'd all come to love for a full touch screen and putting a powerful 2.0 MP camera in every user's pocket, the iPhone kickstarted a mobile revolution.

To...

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09:28
MacFamilyTree, MobileFamily Tree get major 7.2...

Synium has released v7.2 updates for its OS X and iOS genealogy apps, MacFamilyTree and MobileFamilyTree. Both make major changes, including scrapping and rewriting the Reports section. Users can pick from a number of different preset report types, including a new Descendancy option, and display or export them in 16 languages. Custom watermarks, borders, ornaments, and font scales can be applied, and Synium has improved aspects like printing, PDF export, and narrative reports....

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09:25
Apple to cease development, support of pro photo app...

At this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple gave fans a brief look at the new Photos app coming to both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. While the reveal was long enough to showcase a particularly robust phone photo solution, it left Apple fans wondering how the company's professional grade offering on desktops and laptops, Aperture, might fit into updated services such as iCloud photo storage, if at all.
Today, after weeks of speculation—fueled particularly by beta versions of Yosemite not supporting Aperture—Apple confirmed that it will cease development of Aperture upon the launch of the next OS X this fall.
Apple offered a statement to...

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09:24
FunBITS: Leo’s Fortune Perfects Touchscreen...

With beautiful graphics and clever design, Leo’s Fortune has perfected the touchscreen platform game. 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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09:22
External Link: Say Goodbye to iPhoto and Aperture

After announcing a new Photos app for Mac, due early next year, Apple has confirmed to The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple that it is ceasing development of iPhoto and Aperture. In a statement to The Loop, Apple said, “With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture. When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS.” Development on Apple’s other professional apps, like Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro, will continue. 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...

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09:21
Audi to integrate CarPlay into 2015 cars

Audi has announced it will bring Apple’s CarPlay to its cars, to be available “in the first Audi models starting in 2015.” Interestingly, Audi was not introduced as an initial CarPlay partner in March. The announcement notes there is “intensive dialog” between Audi and Apple on CarPlay integration.…

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09:19
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-27

Apple's unannounced iWatch is doomed! Doomed! Or at least it is according to several analysts and journalists. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about the list of people saying the iWatch will fail, plus they offer up their thoughts on the news that Apple is stopping Aperture development.

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09:10
Apple ceases development of Aperture

During this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple briefly mentioned a brand new Photos app that will introduce editing tools and iCloud sharing. Today there's a bit of follow-up news, as Apple has confirmed it will cease development of...

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09:08
Apple ceasing development for Aperture, iPhoto in...

Apple has told The Loop that it will be ceasing development of both Aperture and iPhoto for Mac in favor of its new iCloud-based Photos app that will be coming in iOS 8 and Yosemite. “With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you…

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09:00
Real Boxing is one of the most unintentionally...

There are countless games on the App Store that do their best to be funny. There are games that succeed at this, some that fail, and then there are games like Real Boxing, which has accidentally become a hilarious experience without even...

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08:50
Apple will no longer develop Aperture or iPhoto, OS...

Apple on Friday revealed that development on Aperture, its professional-grade photo editing application, has ceased, leaving Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro as its only remaining flagship pro-oriented Mac apps.

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08:47
Apple Ending Development on Aperture as Upcoming...

Apple will no longer continue development on its professional photography application, Aperture, reports The Loop. Instead, the company is working on the Photos app for Mac that it introduced during the Worldwide Developer's Conference."With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture," said Apple in a statement provided to The Loop. "When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS." The Photos app, combined with iCloud Library, is also designed to replace iPhoto. Aperture saw its last major version update to 3.5 on October 22, 3013, and since then, there's been one last minor update. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories •...

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08:47
Friday Deals -- OS X BioShock, free Android apps,...

Welcome to this week's installment of Friday Deals! Every Friday we're going to take a look at sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best deals on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, and any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy!...

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08:44
Apple to replace Aperture and iPhoto with Photos for...


Apple has told 9to5Mac that that the company will be ceasing development of Aperture and iPhoto, offering Photos for OS X as a replacement, which was first shown at WWDC.
With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture. When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X.
Apple says libraries will be able to migrate across to the new application when the application ships. Apple is working with Adobe to offer a upgrade path to Lightroom. As noted by TechCrunch, Apple...

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08:40
∞ Apple stops development of Aperture

Apple introduced a new Photos app during its Worldwide Developers Conference that will become the new platform for the company. As part of the transition, Apple told me today that they will no longer be developing its professional photography application, Aperture. [...]

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08:30
Apple adds "Best new Game Updates" section...

As part of Apple's ongoing quest to make apps more discoverable, the App Store has been updated with a new section called "Best New Game Updates."

As the name implies, the section -- which currently houses just 19 titles -- lays out games which have...

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08:24
Audi says it plans to bring Apple CarPlay to its...

Audi today announced in a press release that it plans to integrate Apple’s CarPlay technology to its vehicles possibly as soon as next year. This makes Audi the first automobile company to join Apple’s initial list of committed partners since the Cupertino-company announced the feature’s roll out plans in detail earlier this year in March although Alpine and Pioneer have been added for announcing support for aftermarket solutions.
Audi has not yet been added to Apple’s CarPlay ...

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08:21
9to5Toys Last Call: 2-pack RooCASE iPad Air cases $...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call Updates:

  • RooCASE Slim-Fit Folio + Slim Shell Origami Case for iPad Air $12 shipped (orig. $80)
  • Seiki Digital 50″ 4K UHD 2160p 120Hz LED HDTV...
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08:20
Giveaway: Inateck Pack

Inateck and MacNN have teamed up to give our readers a prize pack including a MacBook Sleeve, USB charger and Bluetooth speaker. Click here to read more and to enter to win.

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08:14
Walmart now offering iPhone 5s for $49, iPhone 5c...


You may not love Walmart, but you can get a cheap iPhone 5s and 5c there if you sign a two-year contract…
Per Engadget, in an announcement on Thursday, Walmart announced it will be slashing prices on Apple’s latest iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models on Friday ahead of an impending refresh cycle expected this fall.
Apple’s 16GB iPhone 5s will be available in stores for US$99 with two-year contract, down from US$149, while the 16GB iPhone 5c will be reduced to US$29, down from US$49.
The price changes were scheduled to take effect Thursday at 9 a.m. local time and are only available through brick-and-mortar stores. Further deals for higher capacity models like the 32GB iPhone 5s and 5c are also expected, though specific details...

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08:00
Teachers running their classrooms through OneNote...

This Saturday, June 28, kicks off the four-day ISTE 2014 conference and we’re happy to share some exciting stories about how people are using OneNote in education. Today we take a look at how the teachers at Cary Academy in Cary, North Carolina, seamlessly integrate OneNote into their classrooms to elevate the education of students through presentation, organization, and real-time collaboration with both students and other educators.

Leslie Williams, a seventh grade mathematics teacher, uses OneNote extensively in her classroom. It serves as her main presentation tool. She projects her OneNote notebook directly onto her classroom’s smart board so students can follow along as she works out problems using the inking feature on her all-in-one device. During class, students have the same OneNote notebook open on their devices and work the problems alongside their teacher. After class, she shares her notebook – with the completed...

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08:00
Apple hires Alex Hsieh from Atlas Wearables

Apple has hired Alex Hsieh, formerly of Atlas Wearables. According to Hsieh's Linked profile, he began working for Apple in June, 2014 as a firmware developer. No other details about his current role or assignment are available. Here's a video of the...

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07:56
iFixit performs full teardown of 16GB 2014 iPod...


The 16GB 2014 iPod touch is out, it’s gotten some favorable feedback, is available for US$199 and apparently includes the same internal design and an identical rear facing iSight camera, a teardown of the device has revealed.
Upon getting their mitts on the new iPod touch, the cool cats at iFixit performed a full teardown of the unit, revealing a near-identical build to previous models with the exception of a 5-megapixel rear camera as well as a button for the iPod touch loop to accommodate Apple’s US$9 strap for the device.

The new iPod touch has the model number “A1421″ on the back, which is the same as the higher-capacity versions.
All three 2014 iPod touch models also include the A5...

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07:47
Analyst: Get Ready for a Fast Move to Blend iTunes,...

Apple won't take its time to add Beats to its own offerings once the it completes buying the music and headphones company later this year. According to Credit Suisse analyst Kulbinder Garcha, the iPhone and iPad maker will move quickly to add Beats Music into its own streaming music offerings as a way to grow iTunes marketshare.The Mac Observer Spin: Teaming iTunes Radio and Beats Music could make for a powerhouse in the streaming music market. If that's what Apple has planned, Mr. Garcha's prediction is very likely spot on.

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07:41
Audi announces support for Apple's CarPlay in...

German automaker Audi -- a founding member of Google's Android-based Open Automotive Alliance -- on Thursday announced that it has undertaken "intensive dialog" with Apple to integrate the iPhone maker's CarPlay system into new vehicles beginning in 2015.

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07:36
Apps: Arq, Mellel, Default Folder X
06:30
The Week in iPhone Cases: Worth a thousand words

Worth a thousand wordsIn this week’s roundup of new iPhone protection, you’ll find a case that pretends to be a camera, and one that’s quite serious about it.IncipioThe Focal (iPhone 5 and 5s; $70) turns your handset into a veritable point-and-shoot camera, complete with shutter and zoom buttons.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:30
Walmart slashes iPhone 5c down to $29 and iPhone 5s...

It's that time of the year, folks. With iPhone 6 rumors steadily mounting, deals on current iPhone models are getting all the more attractive. Our sister site Engadget is reporting that Walmart on Friday will begin selling the iPhone 5c and 5s and...

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07:09
About EFI firmware updates (Apple KB)

Learn how to identify if your Intel-based Macintosh computer needs an EFI firmware update and how to apply EFI firmware updates to Intel-based Macintosh computers.
Read more: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4125

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07:07
Mac 101: Use built-in OS X tools to spell and...

Though it is not touted as a flagship feature, OS X ships with several useful tools that spell and grammar check your documents as you write. These options are hidden in the system preferences and app menus, but they can be particularly useful once...

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06:54
Teardown of new $199 16GB iPod touch finds same...

Apple's refresh of the 16-gigabyte iPod touch this week brings the newly price $199 media player in line with its larger-capacity brethren, including the same internal design and an identical rear facing iSight camera, a teardown of the device has revealed.

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06:40
iFixit Teardown Shows no Surprises in New 16GB iPod...

The only surprise surrounding the just updates 16GB iPod touch was the quiet announcement that it was available. iFixit has already stripped one down to a bare frame and what they found inside was exactly the same components from the 32GB model with the addition of a rear-facing camera -- a feature that was missing from the 16GB version until now.The Mac Observer Spin: Looking for something new here? Move along, it's the same as last year. New comes later this year with the iWatch.

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06:23
Teardown of New 16 GB iPod Touch Reveals Same...

The teardown experts at iFixit have promptly torn down Apple's refreshed 16 GB iPod touch, a day after the device was announced and went on sale. The $199 iPod touch is Apple's new entry-level touch model, adopting the camera and color options of the existing fifth-generation models. The teardown analysis of the 2014 16 GB model found no significant changes from Apple's current 32 GB and 64 GB iPod touch models, which were released in 2012. This "refreshed" device includes the same components as the existing 32 GB iPod touch variant, but with half the storage. At least, that’s the way this camera-laden...

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06:12
These are not the wearables we’ve been waiting for

Dan Frommer:

Never mind the watches themselves, which seem awkwardly large, must be charged daily, don’t handle sunlight very well, and simply aren’t cool.

This last bit, “simply aren’t cool” says a lot.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:11
The Next iPhone Is a Naming Catastrophe Waiting to...


I can't help but wonder how the heck Apple is going to name its new iPhone lineup when it debuts this fall. Make no mistake, the naming scheme is due for a change. Last year, the shakeup was two form factors that introduced the plastic body of the iPhone 5c with the clear flagship iPhone 5s model. With the next iPhone, the top-of-line iPhone model won't be clear to consumers at all. As it turned out, last year's sales showed that the majority of Apple's consumers made a beeline for Apple's best iPhone at the time, the iPhone 5s.

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06:01
This is what it feels like when your startup fails

This is a heartbreaking story, made harder by the fact that I met one of the principals of this story, Marcin, when I was in New York visiting another startup. I liked Marcin and I liked the concept. Unfortunately, the business model was just not strong enough. Lessons here for everyone.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
Why Apple's early Macs would not be good at...

Why wouldn't an early Mac be good a music? Because at under 1023MB, it didn't have any gigs.

This intelligent humor is from Mashable, which was inspired by this Reddit thread on intelligent jokes....

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06:00
10.9: Terminal text shortcuts still work in Safari

I should have stumbled on this one years ago but I have just realised typing in Safari's address bar and unconsciously doing Ctrl+a to go to the start of my query, that it works.

We recall these life saving Unix text editing shortcuts:

  • 'Ctrl+a' : go to start of the line
  • 'Ctrl+e' : go to the eol
  • 'Ctrl+k' : delete all chars to the right of the cursor

I have tested those with success in various standard Dialog Boxes, TextEdit windows andin Safari's address bar; it seems to be a relatively system wide standard. Of course no luck with MS apps, they use their non-standard Alt+arrows (when most other Mac apps use the widely known Ctrl+arrows).

First my sincerest apologies to all those who knew and if there ever was a similar hint since 2003 in the DB. [crarko adds: At the time this hint was originally submitted the site's search function was not working.]

Ever watchful of posting eti ...

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05:57
Total POM: Never Misplace Your Kids or Pets Again

ECO Pact wants to make sure you don't have to go hunting for your family, pets, or belongings again, so the company has launched a Kickstarter for their Total POM personal tracker. Total POM lets you track locations through Bluetooth proximity, cellular signals and GPS, so it doesn't matter how near or far away the fob is. You can attach it to a pet's collar, wear it on your wrist, pop it in your pocket, or leave it in your computer bag and the device dutifully broadcasts its location for a year before you'll need to replace the battery, saving you from buying a new one. Total POM will come with a free year of tracking, and US$19.99 a year after that. ECO Pact's Kickstarter just started and the company is hoping to raise $75,000 to start production.

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05:46
∞ Fastest guitarist in the world

The video is from last year, but new to me. Sergiy Putyatov is one of the fastest guitarists in the world. His official Guinness Record is 27 notes per second. Astonishing.

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05:46
Review: Photo collages made simple with PhotoMatte...

I enjoy photography, and mostly prefer to take full control of the final output using powerful software like Lightroom. But there are times when I just want something fast, easy and automated to create something fun for a Facebook image or similar – and that’s what PhotoMatte is all about.
The idea is a simple one: choose a template to suit the occasion, ranging from beach holidays to a wedding; drag your chosen photos onto the template; choose your output format – from Mac desktop image down to iPhone wallpaper – click Export and the job’s done … 
The software got off to a good start: when you first open the app, it offers you a video tutorial showing you how to use it.

Other help is available in a menu on the left, some of which offer instructions as standard text and graphics, others of which present videos. It’s...

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05:41
Amazon said to be 'increasingly ruthless'...

Hachette is not the only imprint to find itself under Amazon's thumb as the online retailing giant has begun turning the heat up on smaller publishers in the U.K., demanding terms that one publishing executive likened to a "form of assisted suicide for the industry."

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05:09
iMobie introduces iPhone data recovery solution

iMobie has introduced PhoneRescue, an iPhone data recovery solution for Mac OS X and Windows. It can retrieve the most commonly used personal data and multimedia files directly from an iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
According to the folks at iMobie, the software lets you recover photos, messages, music, playlists and up to 22 types of data on any iDevice or even from an encrypted iTunes backup. You can retrieve lost photos, messages, call history, voicemail, Safari bookmarks, music, videos, books, and more.
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05:00
LocknCharge announces new charging, storage...

Mobile device management specialist LocknCharge (www.lockncharge.com) has announced a new and more compact Carrier 30 Cart, a solution for storing, charging and protecting mobile devices in schools. 
Expected to ship this fall, steel cart is designed to adapt to a school’s changes in mobile technology. It's compatible with the iPad, Chromebook, tablet and laptop devices of all sizes. The Carrier 30 Cart enables simultaneous charging of up to 30 devices. The large well inside the cart holds up to six baskets of five devices and is designed to enable several people to access it at once.
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05:00
Daily App: Paperama brings origami to the masses in...

Paperama takes the craft of origami and makes a game out of it. In each round, the clever puzzler provides you with a square piece of paper and challenges you to fold it to create the outlined shape. Paperama starts off easy with outlines such as a...

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04:57
Apple adds Best New Game Updates section to App Store

Apple has added a new section to its App Store for Best New Game Updates. The section reveals a list of newly updated titles, which often were previously featured in the Best New Games section — that section should now only feature brand new titles.…

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04:53
Apple Adds Atlas Wearables Engineer to iWatch Team

Apple has yet another new expert on its wearable tech team, this time it's Alex Hsieh from the fitness tech startup Atlas Wearables. The company has been working on a high end and versatile fitness activity tracker, and Mr. Hsieh was the lead software developer for the project.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple keeps hiring more people for its mystery project. Assuming it really is the iWatch, the rest of the smartwatch and fitness tracking market will have to step up their game in a serious way.

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04:25
iCloud: Resetting Documents & Data

Thereâs a little-known setting on iCloud.com that may help you resolve stubborn syncing issues with (for example) your Pages documents that you edit on multiple devices. So if youâre making changes to files on your Mac and donât see the results on your iPad, this tip may help you get it all fixed up.

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03:30
Kool Tools: D-Link Wi-Fi Motion Sensor, mydlink Home...

D-Link's US$39.99 Wi-Fi Motion Sensor (http://tinyurl.com/pnnltfa), the company’s latest addition to its line of Connected Home products, and its free mydlink Home mobile app, can make your home smarter and safer.
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03:16
Cocktail 7.5.2 (Mavericks Edition) lets you disable...

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.5.2 (Mavericks Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Mavericks.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. This version adds the ability to change tool tip display delay and ability to disable App Napp. It also contains improvements on the "Clear DNS cache procedure" and addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to restart Core Audio daemon.
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03:14
YouTube reveals new tools, donation system for video...

Google has added more tools to YouTube, to help creators with their video productions. Presented at Vidcon, YouTube Director of Product Management for Creators Matthew Glotzbach and Vice President of Engineering for Creators Oliver Heckmann showcased upcoming features to the video service, including a new mobile app, and support for 48fps and 60fps video....

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03:06
Third generation of LBS to capitalize on location...

The LBS [location based services] market continues to grow strongly and with the arrival of always-on ubiquitous location, ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) believes that the market is ready to truly support location based advertising efforts.
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02:25
Hands-on with OS X Yosemite: Spotlight takes center...

Like its littermate Dashboard, OS X’s Spotlight feature has been with us since OS X Tiger, way back in 2005. That entire time, it’s been a systemwide search feature parked at the top of the screen. But Spotlight in OS X Yosemite is different. Really different, with a new look, a new location, and a new set of data sources. This is not the Spotlight we’ve come to know.
I’ve spent the last couple of weeks using a prerelease edition of OS X Yosemite (on an Apple-supplied MacBook Pro), so here’s a hands-on first take on what Spotlight will look like when Yosemite arrives on a Mac near you this fall.Front and center

Spotlight in Yosemite has moved from the top right of the screen.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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02:11
Default Folder X 4.6.6 - Enhances Open and Save...

Default Folder X attaches a toolbar to the right side of the Open and Save dialogs in any OS X-native application. The toolbar gives you fast access to various folders and commands. You just click on the buttons to go to your favorite and recently used folders, manage the folders and files shown in the list, and make changes to your settings. It also fixes a number of problems in Open and Save dialogs, "rebounding" to the last selected file, putting the path listing back in the top menu, and correcting bugs in scrolling column views. Features:

  • Directory assistant: You can access the contents of your recent, favorite, and open folders right from Default Folder X's toolbar.
  • Real time saving: If you're constantly saving things inside the same folder, Default Folder X can remember that folder for you.
  • Finder management: Default Folder X lets you open up or save to any Finder...

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Thursday June 26

23:27
Apple adds 'Best New Updates' category for...

Readers have reported that Apple is continuing to tweak the app-discovery experience in the iOS App Store, and on Thursday added a new "Best New Updates" section for iOS games, drawing user attention to recently-refreshed titles separate of the existing "Best New Games" section, which would sometimes contain updated rather than genuinely new titles. The move should benefit games that fall into both categories by clarifying updated versus all-new titles....

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22:32
Briefly: Mailit 6 released, iStumbler 100 wireless...

Dacons Limited has announced the immediate availability of Mailit 6, an email plug-in for FileMaker. Integrating full email capability into FileMaker 10 through 13, Mailit v6.0 adds background receiving of email to the existing set of functions that already allow background sending. Messages are now retrieved in the background while FileMaker is otherwise responsive. Priced at $70 for a single user license, a full line of developer and network licenses are also available....

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22:00
Review: Tylt Energi 2K battery pack

Backup batteries are gaining ground as one of the devices that, for many users, must be carried around every day. With lives connected to smartphones and entwined with social media, many people end up facing a shortage in battery power from constant use. This means that consumers need to find a battery solution to fit their needs. But with so many options available on the market, which is the right one to choose? One possible solution is the Tylt Energi 2K. Is the 2,000 mAh battery right for all consumers? Find out in our review.......

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21:12
Apple continues to improve App Store discoverability...

Apple on Thursday unveiled a slight tweak to its iOS App Store by breaking out notable game updates into a new "Best New Updates" section, exposing users to recent refreshes of top-selling titles.

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20:00
Reviews: Tylt Energi 2K battery pack

Backup batteries are gaining ground as one of the devices that, for many users, must be carried around every day. With lives connected to smartphones and entwined with social media, many people end up facing a shortage in battery power from constant use. This means that consumers need to find a battery solution to fit their needs. But with so many options available on the market, which is the righ ......

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18:33
Report: Walmart to cut iPhone 5s, 5c on-contract...

Walmart is planning to again permanently lower prices on the current iPhone models, cutting the cost of an iPhone 5s on contract to $99, a drop from its previously-discounted price of $149. The iPhone 5c will see an even more dramatic drop, down to $29 from $49. At most other outlets, the 5s sells for $199 and the iPhone 5c for $99 with a two-year contract commitment. The permanent new pricing is said to take effect beginning tomorrow, but only for in-store sales rather than Walmart's online store....

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18:08
Opinion: Why the new $50 iPod pricing tiers probably...


Earlier today Apple made a significant change to the iPod touch lineup. Aside from a few small hardware improvements to the lowest-end model, the company has—for the first time—started to close the price gap between storage tiers.
When the iPod touch first launched, there was a $70 gap between the 8 GB and 16 GB models. Jumping from 16 GB to 32 GB would cost an extra $100. However, with the launch of the second-generation iPod touch, the gap between the lowest two tiers increased to $100, and it’s stayed there ever since.
Until today, that is. Now, for the first time since the debut of the first iPhone in...

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18:07
Briefly: Kitsound's Cadet speaker, IK...

KitSound has introduced a new portable speaker that is geared towards use during outdoor activities, the Cadet. Clad in a tough rubber coated metal housing, the Cadet can stream music from a Bluetooth-enabled device from up to 10 meters away, playing while clipped to a backpack. The round speaker is also equipped with a microSD card slot, USB port and connectivity for a 3.5mm auxiliary cable. Able to play for up to 8 hours, the Cadet is priced at $70 and can be purchased online....

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17:45
Apple brings 5 megapixel iSight camera, $199 price...

Apple announced a 16GB iPod touch with a 5 Megapixel camera for $199. Not too shabby. Though it’s clearly not a replacement for the iPhone, if you have regular WiFi access, this is a pretty nice alternative, one that doesn’t come with a monthly contract.
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17:16
Walmart to permanently cut price of Apple's...

In an announcement on Thursday, big-box retailer Walmart said it will be slashing prices on Apple's latest iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models on Friday ahead of an impending refresh cycle expected this fall.

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17:09
Walmart set to permanently discount iPhone 5s to $99...


Engadget reports that Walmart is preparing to make significant cuts to its iPhone pricing tomorrow. According to a Walmart spokesman, the iPhone 5s will be available on a two-year contract for only $99, down from the previous price of $149. The iPhone 5c, on the other hand, will be only $29 on a contract, down $20 from the previous $49.
Both of these prices apply to the 16 GB models, but there isn’t any word on the prices for the 32 GB or 64 GB devices, though they will also see cuts. The new prices will reportedly only be available in-store, not online. It doesn’t look like any other Apple products will see similar changes, though the larger iPod touch models...

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17:00
Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3 keyboard: TUAW Video...

It's great to see some multitasking accessories starting to come out for iPad Air. Today's TUAW Video Review takes a look at Kensington's new KeyFolio Thin X3 keyboard folio for the iPad Air, which not only acts as a protective folio case and stand...

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16:53
Nock Co Pen and Notebook Cases

In late 2012 I backed a Kickstarter project for a pen and notebook case from Nock. I heard about it from my "notebook nerd" friends, people who still rock the analog setup for various things. I got mine and I love it, I can carry my fountain pen, mechanical pencil, and either sharpie or ballpoint pen in one side, and my Moleskine notebook in the other. It's durable and has survived a number of trips and abuses. I'm glad to say that the company now has its storefront open, where you can get a nice enclosure for a notebook or index cards and a writing implement, or maybe a pouch instead. Everyone I know who has one says the same thing I do: It's super well-built and if you carry a notebook (or want to) this is a great way to do it. I'm always pleased when something I backed becomes a reality, and this is where they wanted to go. I'm glad I helped make it happen. (That's my Nock and its contents in the image.)...

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16:39
Briefly: Podcasts app for iOS issues, Apple hires...

Some users are reporting problems launching the latest version of the Podcasts app for iOS devices, saying it will crash a few seconds after launch under iOS version 7.1.1, the most recent update. The newest version of Podcasts was v2.1.2, released on May 29. It's not yet clear if the problem might be rectified by users powering down the iOS device completely and restarting it -- a solution that cures nearly every misbehaving app problem....

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16:00
Apps We Actually Use: Collective as a clipboard...

In my daily routine, I spend a lot of time copying URLs for websites, text for articles and links for apps. As a result, one of the most important apps in my workflowl is my clipboard manager. After months of searching for the perfect solution and...

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15:51
IK Multimedia Launches Expandable iKlip Xpand for...

I liked the original iKlip from IK Multimedia, the first product designed to hold the original iPad on a mic stand. I've used it on stage, and it was amazingly handy. On Thursday the company announced what looks to be a big improvement, iKlip Xpand and iKlip Xpand Mini. The iKlip Xpand ($49.99) is designed for iPad mini and iPad Air. Because it uses a spring-loaded clamping mechanism, as shown in the image, it has much greater flexibility than the original versions of the device. It will even hold an Android tablet if that's your thing. The iKlip Xpand Mini ($39.99) is designed for iPhone, iPod touch, or Android smartphones. Heck, it would even hold a Windows Phone device. Both devices are available now.

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15:45
Apple Rumored To Be Developing Homekit Hardware

An online report claims Apple is working on "smart home" hardware to work with HomeKit. Apple is reportedly "beyond the exploratory phase" of hardware development in this area, and believes that smart home hardware could be a mainstream device.

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15:37
Google Worms Its Way Into Nest


Google-owned Nest Labs, maker of smart thermostats and smoke detectors, this week launched a developer program along with partnerships that already have products on offer. Partners include Jawbone; LIFX, which makes smart WiFi-enabled light bulbs; Logitech; and Mercedes-Benz, which will offer models that allow owners to remotely control the Nest device. Nest also plans to integrate its products with Google Now, so users can control their thermostats using voice commands on Android devices.

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15:17
Apple Snags Lead Software Engineer from Atlas...

Today Network World added a little more spark behind Apple's alleged "iWatch" device that may be released as early as this fall or sometime in 2015. Their report revealed ...

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15:15
The Apple iWatch Hall of Fail - 9 Predictions of...

Lest they be lost to time, Bryan Chaffin decided to keep a list of people predicting that Apple's iWatch will fail. He kicks it off with 9 predictions spanning the last 18 months.

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15:00
SoundCloud for iPhone gets a beautiful complete...

If you've never explored SoundCloud today would be a great time to start. The groundbreaking music sharing service has been exploding in popularity with independent artists over the last few years thanks to its powerful discovery and sharing tools....

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14:51
Giveaway: Inateck prize bundle

Inateck -- not to be confused with the fictional corporation "Initech" featured in the hit film Office Space -- is a computer peripherals and accessories manufacturer from Germany that has unveiled a variety of new products including MacBook Sleeves, Bluetooth speakers and USB hubs. MacNN has teamed up with Inateck to give away a bundle of these items to one lucky winner and we will also be picking two additional winners who can select a prize of their choice....

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14:43
Apple recruits top software engineer from wearables...

Alex Hsieh discusses progress on the Atlas software (February 2014)
Atlas Wearables chief software engineer Alex Hsieh has been recruited by Apple to work on the iWatch project, according to a change on the developer’s LinkedIn page, as originally noted by Network World. Atlas Wearables is perhaps a bit more obscure than some other wearable tech companies, but the firm focuses on devices that can track users’ physical activity.
It seems clear that the Cupertino company has hired Hsieh to work on the firmware for its upcoming iWatch, which is widely expected to be revealed to the public later this year. Perhaps most notably, Hsieh’s work at Atlas included an API that allowed third-party...

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14:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for June 26, 2014

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

You can listen to today's...

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14:13
Apple's hire of former Atlas Wearables software...

With 'iWatch' rumors in full swing thanks to Google's recent push into the market, a report on Thursday points to the recent Apple hire of Alex Hsieh, former lead engineer at sports training-oriented fitness device startup Atlas Wearables.

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14:00
Man runs Telnet BBS on an Apple IIe using Raspberry...

When life hands you old technology you can either throw it away, store it, or try and make it work again. Thanks to the invention of powerful and easily adapted micro computers like Raspberry Pi it's now easier than make your own Frankenstein...

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13:46
New York Times interview with Google’s Larry Page...

An interview with the top players in any major company is going to be interesting, but I thought this interview lacked vision. Worth reading, but there was far more breadth than depth.

One exchange that stood out for me, was the discussion on privacy.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:30
This might be the most dangerous iPhone case you can...

Novelty iPhone cases are nothing new, but while most are simply weird, this one could get you in some serious trouble. The peculiar design is modeled after an item from the Japanese manga and anime series Attack on Titan, but to your average Joe, it...

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13:30
Behold the LG ‘G’ Android Smartwatch in Direct...

LG launched the G smartwatch to coincide with the Google I/O developer conference on Wednesday. The device was hardly met with fanfare, but a photograph posted to Twitter on Thursday reveals that LG might not thought this thing through all the way.

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13:28
Apple Inc., ARM & Qualcomm aggressively poaching...

As IBM secretly mulls plans to sell off its increasing outdated processor chip fabs in New York and Vermont, a new wave of mobile chip developers--led by Apple, ARM and Qualcomm--are hiring away many of the top chip designers of the once leading firm.

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13:26
The latest iOS apps: June 26

Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.
Shenandoah Studio has announced Desert Fox: The Battle of El Alamein. It's an US$9.99 WWII turn-based strategy game. Players take control at the turning point of the battle for North Africa; battle across a grand campaign, making key decisions and controlling the final engagement.
AppGeneration has released Ynews. With the $0.99 app you can browse more than 5000 online newspapers in 80 countries. Ynews also allows you to read the news on your native language without needing to leave the app.
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13:23
Apple stores begin selling & activating prepaid...

You’ll need to activate the phone in-store.
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13:20
∞ The Gunfighter

[VIDEO] Nick Offerman can make anything funny. This short won the audience award for best film at the LA Film Festival. Love the concept, love the execution. Really well done.

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13:16
Apple's 'Podcasts' App Crashing on...

Apple's Podcasts app appears to be malfunctioning for many users, crashing directly after being launched on both devices running iOS 7.1.1 and devices running iOS 8 beta 2. Multiple reports of the crashes have surfaced on Twitter, and MacRumors' own testing also revealed the same crashing-after-launch issue. While the app will temporarily open after being tapped, it closes automatically just seconds later. The Podcasts app was last updated to version 2.1.2 with minor bug fixes on May 29, so it is unclear what is causing the app to crash. Podcasts is one of Apple's most poorly rated apps and has been widely criticized for performance issues, with users complaining about syncing problems, podcasts being deleted, and more. Apple attempted to resolve some of these issues with Podcasts...

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13:15
Apple's Podcasts app sees widespread crashing...

A number of iOS device owners on Thursday are experiencing major issues with Apple's first-party Podcasts app, saying the title is unusable due to constant hangs and crashes.

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13:00
Talking Weather Alarm Clock: Wake up to a personal...

A few years ago I looked at the Talking Weather Alarm Clock app and liked it. It's had lots of updates and added many new features since then, so I'm taking another look to see how it has progressed.

The latest Talking Weather Alarm Clock is a...

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12:56
Apple stores now selling prepaid T-Mobile, AT&T...

Apple retail stores are now selling and activating T-Mobile and AT&T phones with prepaid plans. The T-Mobile devices must be activated in store with $50 or $70 worth of service, and the offer is limited to one device per customer. 9to5Mac also confirmed AT&T is now selling iPhones with…

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12:53
Apple’s official Podcasts iOS app broken for many...

Update: the app seems to be back to normal now.
Several users have reported that Apple’s official Podcasts app has suddenly stopped working on iOS. Users experiencing the issue report that the latest version of Apple’s Podcasts app, version 2.1.2 released on May 29th, no longer launches or functions on iOS 7.1.1, the latest stable version of the iPhone software.  While the Podcasts app will download from the App Store, opening the app quickly crashes it after a few seconds as seen in the video above.
Both versions are public releases and not beta releases of preview software and the trouble seems to have originated longer after either version of the app or operating system received an update.
We’ve reached out to...

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12:53
CrazyTalk 7 Pro Super Bundle for Mac: $99.95

We have another bundle for animators, the CrazyTalk 7 Pro Super Bundle for Mac. This is the professional flip side to the CrazyTalk Animator bundle we ran a few weeks ago, and it includes CrazyTalk 7 Pro for Mac, the Bouncy Buddies Character Pack, the Auto Animation Library, Organic Auto Motion Samples, and the three hour CrazyTalk 7 Training Video. CrazyTalk 7 is for serious animators with a focus on facial animation. The bundle has a retail price of $235, but through our deal, you can get it for $99.95.

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12:52
Apple Stores begin prepaid activations for T-Mobile...

As rumored, Apple has begun doing in-store activations of iPhones on prepaid carriers. The first carrier to confirm this is T-Mobile, which is running a related promotional sale. People who buy a new iPhone with a prepaid plan are eligible for a $50 discount, so long as a device is activated in-store, and they sign up for "$50 or $70 worth of service." Shoppers opting for a Simple Choice postpaid plan instead can get a $50 iTunes gift card. T-Mobile hasn't announced an end date for the deals....

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12:37
Apple releases updated 16GB iPod touch, includes...

The new iPod touch has arrived.
And it’s available at a pretty decent price.
Per TechHive, Apple on Thursday announced a new version of its 16GB iPod touch, available for just US$199, as well as dropping prices on the 32GB and 64GB models by US$50 and US$100, respectively.

The new iPod touch arrives in pink, yellow, blue, silver, space gray, and (Product) Red colors that the 32GB and 64GB models come in and has the same 5 megapixel iSight camera and loop connector as the previous model. Unfortunately, the wrist strap is not included as it is with the more expensive models.
Meanwhile, the 32GB and 64GB models have dropped to $US249 and US$299,...

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12:30
Volvo, Honda, Hyundai cars to be cross-compatible...

Volvo announced today that it is joining the Open Automotive Alliance and will be bringing Apple's CarPlay and Android Auto to its vehicles in the future. Starting with the new XC90, Volvo's cars will use a brand new Scalable Product Architecture...

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12:00
xScope 4 released and currently on sale for 50% off

xScope version 4 has been released by The Iconfactory. If you aren't familiar with xScope, it is a tool for designers who need to measure, inspect, or test design elements. Version 4 comes with dozens of new features which I won't bother...

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11:59
Apple Stores selling prepaid T-Mobile iPhones,...

Consumers looking to make the jump to T-Mobile with a new iPhone or iPad now have two new places to turn, as the scrappy carrier announced Thursday that Apple retail stores have begun selling iPhones with prepaid T-Mobile service, plus Costco has picked up a limited range of T-Mobile iPhones and iPads.

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11:45
Hands On: Henge Docks Vertical Docking Station for...

Accessory manufacturer Henge DocksHenge Docks has extended Vertical Docking Station line -- a custom-designed dock that allows vertical storage and use of a MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The peripheral allows for use of all of the ports on the left-hand side of the machine, including a pair of Mini DisplayPort extensions, USB 3.0, and the headphone jack. The user's own MagSafe adapter is installed into the dock, giving the laptop power while docked....

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11:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Captain America: The...

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11:13
Apple stores begin selling & activating prepaid...

Update #2: AT&T’s official statement: 
AT&T GoPhone prepaid service is now available in Apple Retail stores. Prepaid service is also available for iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 4S in AT&T and Cricket Wireless stores and online at att.com and at cricketwireless.com.
Update: A contact has confirmed that AT&T’s prepaid GoPhone plans are also supported by iPhones at Apple Retail Store locations as we previously reported to expect.
Following our report earlier this month that Apple was preparing to begin selling iPhones with prepaid plans through its retail stores, today T-Mobile confirmed iPhones with its prepaid service can now be purchased and activated in Apple stores across the country.
To go along with the launch, T-Mobile will offer discounts in the form of $50 off the device for...

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11:00
The Ministry of Silly Walks is now an iOS game, and...

Do you have a silly walk you'd like to develop with the help of the government? Of course you do! But before you go showing off your right leg's forward aerial half-turn in the hopes of receiving a grant, you should probably spend some time with the...

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10:56
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 004 Developer...

At the European SharePoint Conference in May 2014 in Barcelona, Jeremy Thake was part of a developer panel hosted by Rodrigo Pinto alongside Chris O’Brien, Radi Atanassov, Adis Jugo, Thorsten Hans, and Matthias Einig. Rodrigo came with a series of question to grill the panel with and the guys didn’t disappoint! The discussion started with how developers should embrace the change in the Office 365 App Model and learning new skills such as JavaScript. It moved on to some of the challenges panel members faced when first hitting the App Model and then on to which building blocks can be taken advantage of in your business solutions.
Apologies in advance—there were a few questions where the mic didn’t pick it up from the audience, but the answers allow you to follow.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP04_Panel.mp3...

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10:50
John Martellaro Speaks Out on Tech Night Owl

TMO's John Martellaro joined Gene Steinberg on the Tech Night Owl to talk about an infuriating New York Times article about Tim Cook and Apple. They also discussed how some observers misinterpreted what they saw during the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference 2014 keynote.

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10:30
Daily Deals for June 26, 2014, iOS 7 Dev Bundle +...

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.

TUAW's Daily Deals

Techtool Pro 7 & Checkmate: Keep Your Mac Running...

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10:20
Office 365 for IT professionals: part 1

Alistair Speirs is a senior operations program manager on the Office team.
We recently released an Office 365 Fundamentals online course through the Microsoft Virtual Academy. This course helps IT professionals understand some of the basics of Office 365. For more advanced learning, check out the Managing Office 365 Identities and Services course. These courses have the added benefit of helping you prepare for the MCSA: Office 365 certification.
In this new blog post series, we want to share some additional commentary that we couldn’t squeeze into the courses. First, let’s answer a common question we hear: “As an IT professional, how should I think about Office 365 as a...

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10:20
Deals: $300 off MacBook Pros, $90-$120 off iPad Airs...

With the September time frame expected to delivery a plethora of new and refreshed products from Apple, an increasing number of the company's current offerings are seeing sporadic but significant price cuts like todays: $300 discounts on both a 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro, $90 off 32GB WiFi + AT&T iPad Airs, two iMacs for under $1000, and Apple TV for just $79.99.

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10:15
Recruit Your Robots with “Take Control of Automating...

If you use copy and paste, you’re taking advantage of an important shortcut. But did you realize that the Mac offers dozens of additional shortcuts that make tedious tasks quick, accurate, and repeatable? Author Joe Kissell reveals OS X’s many shortcuts and examines the utilities that go further, offering concrete examples and extensive lists of possibilities. 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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10:08
World Cup fever clobbering cable authentication...

Huge audience, especially for today’s matches.
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10:05
Rear casing for 'iPhone 6' purportedly...

A video showing what appears to be an engineering sample of a rear casing for Apple's next-generation, 5.5-inch "iPhone 6" surfaced earlier this week from Japan, showing a rounded unibody design and a two-part Apple logo.

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10:02
Opera Mini for iOS gets redesign, themes, QR code...




Opera Mini, the mobile version of Opera’s desktop web browser, today gets updated to version 8 with a brand new UI and much more.  On top of a completely redesigned UI that makes the app fit in nicer with iOS 7, the update also introduces enhanced options for Opera’s power saving and compression modes that offers data savings:
Opera Mini 8 lets you...

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10:00
Crowdfunding Roundup: PartySnapper, Sticky Notes and...

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

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09:54
Apple developing first-party HomeKit hardware,...

Apple is planning to go beyond supporting third parties and offer its own HomeKit hardware, sources note. The people remark that the company has formed a team to work on the products, which it wants to heavily integrate with existing Apple devices. While development could halt at any time, Apple is said to be "beyond the exploratory phase."...

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09:47
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-26

Apple rolled out a big update for the iPod touch today, and by "big" we mean "pretty much just a price drop." Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at what they think this means for the iPod touch product line, and they dive into positive change in attitude towards Apple from the media and analysts.

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09:42
Apple Brings Vibrant Colors and iSight Camera to...

Apple has announced that the 16GB iPod touch is now available in vibrant colors and equipped with a 5-megapixel iSight camera for just $199. The entire iPod touch lineup features the 5-megapixel iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording, 4-inch Retina display, Apple’s A5 chip, and FaceTime camera. iPod touch features an ultra-thin and light anodized aluminum design and is available in pink, yellow, blue, silver, space gray, and (PRODUCT)RED. iPod touch comes in a 16GB model for $199, 32GB for $249, and 64GB for $299, and is available in the US with worldwide availability in the coming days.

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09:34
Microsoft releases Office 2011 14.4.3 update


On Wednesday, Microsoft released its Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.3 update. The update, a 119 megabyte download via MacUpdate, adds the following fixes and features:
- Fixes an issue that causes Outlook for Mac not to automatically detect and connect to the connection settings for the Exchange server. Instead Outlook for Mac prompts for manual settings when you use certain proxy auto-configurations.
- Fixes an issue that causes Outlook for Mac to delete shared folders that are added by using the Open Other User’s Folder feature when certain errors occur on the server.
- Fixes an issue that causes...

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09:25
Apps: Opera Mini 8.0, The Rhythm of Fighters,...

Opera Software’s free Opera Mini Web browser has been updated to version 8.0.0. The UI for the speedy browser has been given an overhaul with new themes and a new compression mode. A QR reader has also been added. Opera boasts that Opera Mini allows web pages to load…

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09:19
Wall Street doesn't see Google's I/O...

Google this week announced a number of new products and services for phones, tablets, cars, TVs and more, all of which will compete with Apple. But after seeing Google's latest, Apple-watchers on Wall Street aren't concerned.

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Edit a mailbox on your iPhone
08:51
Briefly: SugarSync updates for Windows, OSX; iOS...

Cloud service SugarSync has completely reinvented its desktop application, creating a simpler, more streamlined user experience. The new desktop update brings one-click access to folders, devices and shared files, and will be available at launch in Spanish, French, English, and Japanese. An iOS revision is expected shortly, with Android to follow. For a limited time, SugarSync is offering individual or business customers a discount of 75 percent off the cost of an annual plan for first-time users only. With this offer, individual plans start as low as $18.75 for 60GB per year and business plan......

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08:50
Fly brings multi-cam video editing to iPhone,...

Two interesting new apps hit the app store Thursday, with Fly showcasing a unique multi-device video capture function and Monty Python bringing The Ministry of Silly Walks to the iPhone, while The Weather Channel redesigned its iPad app with a new iOS 7-style aesthetic.

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08:45
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08:43
No Cellphone Search Without Warrant, Supreme Court...


Police need a warrant to search the cellphone contents of people they have arrested, the United States Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. Warrantless searches, in essence, would impact privacy to a far greater extent than is acceptable. The ruling also applies to individuals stopped for questioning by the authorities, said Jake LaPerruque, the Fellow on Privacy, Surveillance, and Security at the Center for Democracy and Technology. "The Supreme Court properly recognized that digital information is fundamentally different."

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08:39
Rumor: Apple to incorporate 128GB capacity into 5.5-...

If you want the 128GB iPhone 6, you’ll have to buy it in the larger 5.5-inch size.
Per Chinese Apple blog Feng.com, Apple will constrain its 128GB capacity iPhone to the 5.5-inch version of the upcoming handset, implying that the 4.7-inch version’s maximum capacity will be 64GB.
The report comes on the heels of another questionable rumor from Wednesday that predicted Apple’s next iPhone will launch on September 19th.

Other rumors have it that the iPhone 6 handsets will launch in 32GB and 64GB capacities for about US$850 and US$1,000, respectively. No mention was made of a 16GB model, suggesting the company may ditch the lowest-end model altogether.
When...

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08:37
9to5Toys Lunch Break: MacBook Pro w/ Retina display...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:



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08:34
Rap Genius now lets you annotate, copy, and paste...



The popular lyrics and annotation site Rap Genius launched its iPhone app earlier this year, and today it released a big update. The latest version of Genius by Rap Genius, version 1.5, now lets you create annotations to content directly from your phone. Previously you could only view annotations from the mobile app. The update also adds another desired feature: copy and paste support. Now you can finally highlight lyrics, copy them,...

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08:32
iOS 8 beta 3 may not arrive until July 8th

The release of iOS 8 beta 3 won't happen until July 8th, sources say. Beta 2 was seeded to developers on the 17th, about two and a half weeks after the first beta emerged from WWDC. A July 8th update would come a full three weeks after its predecessor....

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08:30
Samsung advertising faux pas hits the World Cup

Samsung has a rather long and comical history of advertising missteps, and with the World Cup upon us, they've struck again.

The photo above, originally spotted by AppleInsider, was tweeted out by Samsung and features US Soccer player Landon Donovan...

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08:15
USA vs. Germany on your iPhone and iPad

The United States is taking on Germany today in a high-tension matchup that could decide the fate the the teams in World Cup Group G. If you've missed our guides on how to keep track of all the World Cup action on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, here's...

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08:08
Rumor: Apple to release iOS 8 beta 3 to developer...


iOS 8 is coming that much closer to fruition, but may be a bit behind schedule.
Per Boy Genius Report and AppleInsider, a new rumor has the third beta of Apple’s iOS 8 operating system as scheduled for release to the developer community on Tuesday, July 8th.
The report cites “trusted sources”, while the publication itself has been accurate as to this kind of story in the past.
If true, the release date would be later than expected, as Apple traditionally issues new beta builds to developers on a two week...

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07:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Sports, real and virtual

Sports, real and virtualThis week’s roundup of new and updated apps includes ways to track the real Wimbledon championships and play the simulated Superbike World Championships. Plus, we have stuff for you non-sporting types out there, too.Amazon Instant VideoThe free Amazon Instant Video app for iOS updated this week with several new features, including the ability to watch the first episode of select TV shows for free—a little taste just to draw you into the full subscription Amazon Prime service—as well as revamped video controls and a faster startup.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:00
infoWAN finds most customers prefer Office 365 to...

Today’s guest blogger is Lars Riehn, founder and CEO of infoWAN Datenkommunikation GmbH, a Microsoft partner that offers a complete array of consulting, training, support, software development, and software distribution services to customers ranging from small start-up companies to large enterprise organizations. Founded in 1996, infoWAN has offices throughout Germany as well as solid international partnerships with software and hardware manufacturers. During the past two years, the company has helped approximately 50 customers migrate to Office 365.
I founded infoWAN nearly 20 years ago as a management-consulting firm for organizations with complex IT infrastructures, and today our clients include governments, educational institutions and businesses of all sizes. For the past 12 months, we’ve been seeing a really strong trend of customer movement to the cloud. People have moved beyond the stage of simply asking for information about cloud-based services...

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08:00
How to: create an Outlook.com alias

There are life moments that call for an email address update. Maybe you’re hunting for a new job, and need a more professional email address. Perhaps you’re getting married, and want your address to reflect your new name. Or you’re attending an industry event or signing up for a new email newsletter, and you don’t want to distribute your personal email address.
With Outlook.com, you can create new email addresses—or aliases—in addition to your existing address, and manage them all from one inbox. Outlook.com aliases also share the same contact list, calendar, and account settings as your primary email address.
You can sign in to your account with any alias—they all use the same password—and you can choose which alias you want to send an email from.
See how to create an alias in the following video:

−James Shields, Product Marketing Manager, Outlook.com 

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08:00
Consumers more interested in iPhone with better...

With the evidence mounting that Apple's next-gen iPhone (or perhaps iPhones) will sport a larger screen, a recent survey conducted by RBC Capital Markets found that most consumers would prefer an iPhone with better battery life than with a larger...

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07:50
Apple gives 16GB iPod touch a camera, lowers prices...

The fifth-gen iPod touch gets a mild refresh a few months before the release of iOS 8.

Andrew Cunningham

Apple quietly refreshed its iPod touch lineup this morning, adding a camera to the previously camera-free 16GB model and lowering prices across the lineup. The 16GB model is now $199 instead of $229; the 32GB model is $249 instead of $299; and the 64GB model is $299 instead of $399.
This iPod touch hardware was originally released back in late 2012, a little over a year and a half ago. Whether this minor refresh precludes the possibility of a more extensive refresh later in the year isn't clear. iPods have typically been refreshed in September, but Apple has diminished the attention it lavishes on the lineup as it has...

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07:44
iPod touch line-up now starts at $199

Apple has announced that its 16GB iPod touch is now available in new colors and is equipped with a 5-megapixel iSight camera for US$199.
In fact, the entire iPod touch lineup now features the 5-megapixel iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording, a 4-inch Retina display, iOS 7, Apple's A5 chip and FaceTime camera. It's available in pink, yellow, blue, silver, space gray and (PRODUCT) RED. iPod touch comes in a 16GB model for $199, 32GB for $249, and 64GB for $299.  
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07:31
5.5-inch iPhone could get 128GB option, sources claim

The upcoming 5.5-inch iPhone will have a 128GB option, but not the 4.7-inch model, according to supply chain sources for Chinese site Feng.com. Current iPhone models top out at 64GB, and it's expected that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will follow suit. Apple is believed to be limiting 128GB to the 5.5-inch iPhone -- the naming of which is still unclear -- in order to help distinguish it from its cheaper counterpart....

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07:30
Flickr Find: "Through the Phone" adds an...

Flick member SamAlive has a year long photo album, "Through The Phone," that showcases landscape photos in which the iPhone is a central part of the composition. Similar to the photos from French photographer Francois Dourlen, these...

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07:20
Apple’s new 16GB iPod touch update: unboxing and...

iLounge has obtained a new 16GB fifth-generation iPod touch, introduced this morning. The differences between this model and the existing 32/64GB models are extremely minor, but there are a few. Inside the box, along with the iPod, are a set of EarPods and a Lightning cable.…

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07:19
iPhone Apps: RunKeeper, Instacast 4, QuizUp
07:18
Mellel 3.3.5 - Powerful word processor with...

Mellel is the leading word processor for OS X and has been widely considered the industry standard since its inception. Mellel focuses on writers and scholars for technical writing and multilingual word processing. It offers special tools to help you write and organize long documents easily. If you need multilingual support or are writing bi-directional text, Mellel is just the thing for you: Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, and Syriac never looked better on a Mac. Even if you don't need all the bells and whistles, Mellel is still the right choice for you: clean, stable, and easy to use.Version 3.3.5: Improvements

  • When opening the character style editor window, the currently selected variation (if applicable) is selected, instead of the base variation
  • Replace All stays put: original selection is maintained when performing Replace All, instead of moving to the location of the last replacement

Bug Fixes...

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07:13
5.5-inch iPhone 6 May Offer 128GB Option

Apple's rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may sport more storage to go along with its bigger display. The model will reportedly come with a 128GB storage option, up from the 64GB cap on current and previous iPhones, and will be a feature that sets it apart from the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone 6.The Mac Observer Spin: Assuming Apple does finally offer a 128GB storage option on the iPhone, that'll rock. Limiting it to the 5.5-inch model, however, will suck. Not everyone has giant hands.

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07:04
Cocktail 7.5.2 - General maintenance and...

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. It is a powerful digital toolset that helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world get the most out of their computers every day. The application serves up a perfect mix of maintenance tools and tweaks, all accessible through a clean and easy to use interface. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. It also comes with an automatic Pilot-mode that allows you to simply press a button and relax, knowing that Cocktail will take care of the rest.Version 7.5.2:

  • Added ability to change tool tip display delay (Interface - General)
  • Added ability to disable App Nap (System - Misc)
  • Improvements on the clear DNS cache procedure
  • Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to restart Core Audio daemon
  • Improvements to the uninstaller

OS X...

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07:04
Apple Said to Be Developing Smart Home Products for...

Following a report from The Information yesterday claiming that Apple is building hardware to work with the new HomeKit home automation standard announced for iOS 8, a follow-up report from 9to5Mac is making similar claims. Details on the devices under consideration are scant, although the company is said to be beyond the exploratory stage of product development. Apple already sells one household product in the form of the Apple TV, which Macworld's Chris Breen argues is the logical hub for HomeKit, but Apple's smart home ambitions allegedly extend beyond the living room.The sources say that Apple is unlikely to...

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