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Tuesday July 8

18:02
Review: Creative's Sound Blaster Roar SR20...

In the 1990s, Creative was the go-to firm for beige box PC sound cards, but that market has since dried up thanks to integrated motherboard audio. More recently, the company has been busy reinventing itself as a bonafide audio hardware maker and the Sound Blaster Roar SR20 is its latest product.

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17:47
CapMac Launches Here For You Initiative, Putting...

CapMac, the Capital Mac Users Group in Austin Texas has launched Here For You, an initiative to include precise latitude and longitude information as part of a location. This way, particularly for someone visually impaired, directions can be more precise and get someone to the door of an establishment, not just a parking lot.

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17:22
Smelling death: On the job with New York’s crime...

The Atlantic:

People often forget that someone else comes in to clean up after all the forensic work is done.

Crime-scene cleaning is not a glamorous profession, but it is a lucrative one. Last year there were 333 murders in New York City alone. Considering that companies like Island Trauma clean up crime scenes, natural deaths, and hoarder homes in the entire Tri-State area, they tend to keep busy throughout the year.

You think your job sucks? Try this one.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:05
The men who dare to be demented

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Buzzfeed:

There is (a) group of people who aren’t just nostalgic for Weird Al; they live his gospel. These are people who never set aside the wackiness, the zaniness, the never-ending slide-whistle call of funny music. And I want to find out what makes them tick. That’s why I’ve decided to go to the first ever FuMPFest (Funny Music Project): to meet the acts and the fans who are still out there making and loving funny music.

I’m not sure what to expect, except that I will be laughing very hard.

White people are funny.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:56
Apple Offers Certified Refurb iPhones on eBay

A new "Factory Outlet" store has popped up on eBay, selling unlocked models of the iPhone 5 with an Apple warranty. The Mac Observer Spin: Well if the iPhone 5 indeed has a finite number of days, it makes sense to take the extras to eBay and unload them.

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16:25
Briefly: MapQuest 4.4 improves ETAs, LEGO Marvel...

AOL's MapQuest: Maps, GPS, Voice Navigation and Traffic app for iOS has received an update, improving its ETA feature, and adding new components. MapQuest for iOS allows users to access travelling resources such as live maps, GPS, voice navigation and live traffic updates. The release of v4.4 now includes additional traffic data for improving the accuracy of the estimated arrival time. Its new volume slider helps control volume relative to other applications, so that dictated directions can be adequately heard....

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16:23
Amazon Tries to Woo Authors in Hachette Dispute

Amazon is trying to woo authors in its ongoing dispute with book publisher Hachette by offering to let them have the full purchase price of Hachette-published Kindle ebooks. Wait, that's not exactly right. Oh, here it is: Amazon is floating this idea to a few authors through a letter that has leaked, but the retailing giant hasn't actually proposed it.

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15:51
Construction sample of Apple Campus 2 appear in...

A life-size "slice" of the planned exterior of Apple's under-construction Campus 2 has popped up in Gundelfingen, Germany, reports German enthusiast site iFun.de. Pictured posted on the site show two stories of the expected four- or five-story (above ground) structure, which will be built as a massive ring-like office building with a large natural area in the center. The segment was likely created to test the materials chosen for the building's exterior....

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15:19
Apple Releases iTunes U 2.0 with Course Creation on...

Apple updated its iTunes U app to version 2.0 on Tuesday. The new version improves the way students can interact with teachers, and it also adds the ability for teachers to create courses directly in the app on their iPad.

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15:07
LG G Watch Rides In on 1st Android Wear Wave


LG has launched its Android Wear-powered G Watch around the world. The smartwatch can be ordered from Google Play and purchased at retailers in the United States, Canada, France, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Australia, India, Japan and South Korea.
In 15 other countries -- including Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Singapore and New Zealand -- the device will be available only from retailers. The LG G Watch is selling for $229 in the U.S. The LG G Watch is one of the first Android Wear devices to hit the market.

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15:00
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

Discovr Movies -...

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14:51
Apple picks up two engineers from spun down Nike...

Apple's rumored wearables team, widely thought to be working on a so-called "iWatch" device, recently got an infusion of new talent as the company brought on two former engineers from Nike's stagnant FuelBand program.

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14:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for July 8, 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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14:12
Apple Maps Expands to Find My iPhone in iCloud Beta

Brave souls using the iCloud beta site are seeing a new map in the Find my iPhone application, one from Apple instead of one from Google. The change represents yet another step in Apple's long divorce with Google Maps.The Mac Observer Spin: It's about time Apple relied on its own maps all the way around. Hopefully since it's in the iCloud beta site it will just happen and not have to wait for a Mac OS or iOS release.

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14:10
Wink-enabled products arrive at Home Depot, platform...

As several big companies are gearing up for entry into the home automation market, a smaller company may end up beating them to the punch. Wink, a company that originates from the crowdsourcing inventor hub Quirky, has partnered with several big names in home automation to allow a central service for device control. The endeavor is getting a new boost, as Wink-enabled products are now in 2,000 Home Depot locations....

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14:03
Lyft starting NYC service on Friday despite city...

Ride-sharing service Lyft has revealed that it intends to start operating in the outer boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens as initial launch markets in New York City. Calling the areas "vastly underserved by public transit options," the service launches on 7PM EST on Friday, July 11, but is facing significant resistance both from established cab companies and city government....

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14:00
Drobo's venerable 4-bay array gains USB 3.0,...

Drobo's products have come a long way over the years. The company started with a 4-bay BeyondRAID array with a FireWire connection that was sold in one form or another for quite a few years, and has expanded the product line with everything from the...

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13:40
Apple Hires Two Former Nike FuelBand Engineers,...

Earlier this year, Nike significantly downsized its FuelBand team, firing several members of the 80-person team that worked to create its well-known fitness tracker as part of a shift from hardware to software. Apple snapped up two of the former FuelBand team members in June, Ryan Bailey and Jon Gale. As noted by 9to5Mac, Bailey, who served as a Senior Test and Validation Engineer at Nike is now listed as a Mechanical Design Engineer at Apple, while Gale, who was a Senior Firmware Engineer at Nike is now employed as a Sensing Systems Engineer at Apple. According to his LinkedIn profile, Bailey specialized in wearable device and consumer...

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13:40
Pure Python Hacker Bundle: Master Python &...

We have a great deal for anyone wanting to learn or improve their mastery of Python, the programming and scripting language. Through our friends at StackSocial, we have a complete bundle of Python training courses, including: Python For Beginners, Python, The Next Level (Intermediate), Learn Python, it's CAKE (Beginners), Learn Python Django From Scratch, The Ultimate Python Programming Tutorial, MatchMaker & Geolocator - Coding For Entrepreneurs, and Introduction To Bash Scripting & Python 101. That's a ton of training-some 50 hours of videos-for $49. If you bought them through retail channels, it would be $553. Have fun scripting.

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13:30
"When Apple was doomed"

This photo is funny for two reasons: first, if you listen to Wall Street analysts, Apple has been doomed for many years, and still is. And second, that obnoxious PowerCD system was indeed born at a time when Apple's then-current path was leading them...

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13:30
Apple launches promised iTunes U 2.0 with full...

As promised at the end of June, Apple has released a major update of iTunes U, v2.0. On the iPad, teachers can now create and manage courses entirely on their own, including assignments, outlines, and other course materials. Custom content can be added via an "Open in iTunes U" extension in other iOS apps such as Pages and Keynote; photos and video can be captured and uploaded directly. If a teacher is associated with a qualifying institution, they can publish courses to the official iTunes U catalog....

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13:11
MGG 509: WiFi Answers with Wi-Fi Guru Alf Watt of...

Alf Watt, developer of iStumbler and also formerly of Apple's Wi-Fi group, joins John and Dave today to answer all of your (and their!) Wi-Fi concerns. Join these three geeks to absorb all the Wi-Fi knowledge you can. Download, press play and enjoy!

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13:00
From fashion to fitness part II: Apple hires a pair...


This is an update to a February post in which we rounded up all recent Apple hires pertinent to the development of the upcoming iWatch. This post includes the addition of several new hires and experts, including a pair of key Nike FuelBand hardware engineers, and the new hires are labeled with italics.
Apple has been developing a sensor-laden, fitness- and medical-focused wearable computer as indicated by several notable recent hires and information we have received from sources. The device will have a focus on both fashion and exercise as Apple has been testing the...

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13:00
Avatron's Air Stylus shows promise for artists

Avatron's new Air Stylus (US$19.99) app transforms third generation or newer iPads into pressure-sensitive drawing surfaces compatible with desktop graphic design apps.

The app is an outgrowth of Avatron's Air Display app. Air Display extends your...

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12:56
Apple launches iTunes U 2.0, as expected

As Apple previously announced, the company has updated its iTunes U app today. iTunes U 2.0 allows teachers to create courses within the free app on iPad. The iPad’s camera can be used to take photos or videos to be uploaded for course…

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12:55
∞ Mesmerizing slow motion shuttle launch compilation...

America’s Space Shuttle:

As a part of every launch,over 125 cameras are positioned all over the launch pad structure and around the perimeter of the complex to view how the vehicle performs and to catch views of any potential debris as the vehicle clear the pad.

I thought it would be neat to combine different angles of the launches of STS-124 and STS-117 with additional music from the summer blockbuster “Armageddon” to set the scene for one of the greatest technological feats ever displayed.

This is such a good compilation, it almost makes me want to watch “Armageddon” again.

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12:55
How to Manage OS X Notifications and Notification...

Notifications in OS X can be a bit complicated when first explored. Basically, there are notifications themselves as well as the OS X Notification Center where they are sumarized. This how-to shows the basics of managing both.

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12:51
Apple's iTunes U update brings new discussion...

As expected, Apple on tuesday released a major update to its iTunes U comprehensive educational software, bringing new discussion options for students and iPad creation tools for teachers.

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12:45
Ask TUAW Live is on the air at 5 PM ET today!

"Ask TUAW Live" will air today, Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 5:00 PM EDT. You can check here for showtimes in your area. We're taking your questions now via the Ask TUAW feedback form, Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

To watch the live feed and participate...

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12:40
Finding the "Five Rs" of iPod...

Having trouble with your iPod?

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12:30
Daily Deals for July 8, 2014, featuring the 11...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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12:18
Google Search app can now fix its voice recognition...


If you’ve ever been using any form of Google voice recognition and gotten frustrated that the friendly female on the other side just can’t understand you, you may be happy to know that a quick command can now fix misheard words. Previously, you would have to start the query over completely, but the Google Search app can now fix its blunders on the fly using a natural corrective voice command.
For instance, if you’re trying to search for the nearest bars, you might say “find me the nearest bars.” Whether it’s your fault or a problem in Google’s voice processing, there’s a chance that the app might interpret your query as “find me the nearest cars.” Using the command “no I said” in a new search will let you replace just that one word. To fix the search, say “no I said bars” and chances are that Google will fix it right up.
Ultimately this is a great and useful update because it makes our...

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12:11
Siri 'Just Thrilled' About iOS 8, but Sad...

Developers running the beta version of iOS 8 can ask Siri for an opinion on the new operating system, prompting Apple's virtual assistant to provide one of several humorous responses. Asking "Siri, do you like iOS 8?" will result in tongue-in-cheek answers that hint at new features in iOS 8 like "It's just swift," alluding to the company's newly introduced programming language. Siri's answers also allude to new Apple's HomeKit home automation platform, which will allow Siri to control various connected devices such as Philips' line of Hue lights."I'm just thrilled about iOS 8 -- It's like moving into a bigger, nicer house. And I get to turn the lights on and off."The virtual assistant also pokes fun at the limited amount of...

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12:07
Apple launches iTunes U 2.0 with iPad-based course...

Apple today issued a significant update to its iTunes U application for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The application focuses on enhancements for both teachers and students, and the application was first announced by Apple last week alongside the new Back to School retail initiatives.
Here’s what is new for students:


• The new iTunes U makes it...

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12:00
Most World Cup teams used Mac-only software from...

As part of Apple's 30th anniversary celebration of the Mac, the company devoted a little bit of ink to Sportstec, a increasingly popular sports analytics company with products that have always been available exclusively on the Mac.

Sportstec, the...

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12:00
Fourth Swiss Apple Store to open in Basel on July 12

Apple is opening a new outlet in Basel, Switzerland on July 12 at 10AM local time, according to the company's website. The shop will be based in Freie Strasse, well-known as a shopping and restaurant district. Regular operating hours will be relatively limited, however: Monday to Wednesday, the store will be open from 9AM to 6:30PM. It will close at 6PM on Saturdays, and will not reopen until the following Monday. Only on Thursdays and Fridays will people be able to shop until 8PM....

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11:35
Forums: Mavericks Applescript Problem

This week, MacNN Forum members assist others with troubleshooting Applescript problems, updating Flash issues with Safari, and more. One Fresh-Faced Recruit has been having problems with an Applescript after upgrading to Mavericks from Mountain Lion, and he hopes that others might be able to assist in figuring out why. Today, "jeff k" was asking fellow forum-goers if they could figure out why Safari would keep asking him to do a Flash update after he has already updated Flash....

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11:34
Apple deals: Macs from $779

This week at Apple's online store find bargain prices on refurbished Macs staring as low as $779 for the 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. A $150 discount drops the price on the refurbished Mac mini with OS X Server, a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and dual 1TB hard drives down to $849....

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11:30
DealNN: MBPs, monitors and more

This week Adorama has the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro for the reduced price of $2,550. That's $150 off the list price of $2,700, and the lowest price we've seen on this model by nearly $100. This MacBook Pro features a 2.8GHz processor, 16GB of RAM and 1TB of flash storage. It is backed by a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....

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11:24
External Link: Steve Wozniak Reminisces about Steve...

Steve Wozniak sat down for an interview with the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Allison Bauter, where he discusses the evolution of fellow co-founder Steve Jobs’s personality over the years, including where Jobs got many of his business ideas from and his early failures while trying to lead Apple. Wozniak relayed an interesting tidbit about the original Macintosh team, “almost all of them said they would never, ever work for Steve Jobs again. It was that bad.” But one misconception Wozniak wants to debunk is that there was bad blood between himself and Jobs. “We never had a fight or an argument — we were always friends,” he said. 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...

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11:23
External Link: Apple Rolls out iTunes U 2.0

Apple has updated iTunes U to version 2.0, with a bunch of new features for students and teachers. Students in private courses can now pose questions on the course, any post, or an assignment; and students in the same class can join the discussion to ask questions or provide answers. Teachers now have the option of creating or updating courses from their iPads and can use the iWork apps to create course materials. Students and teachers both can now receive push notifications for discussions. 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...

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11:22
External Link: Ars Technica Confirms that the $1,099...

Ars Technica has benchmarked the “new” $1,099 iMac and confirmed what we initially suspected: that the drop in performance isn’t worth the money you save. In fact, for the eighteen percent you save over the $1,299 iMac, you lose fifty percent of the performance, and have a machine that’s roughly equivalent in performance to a MacBook Air. However, Ars echoes what many of you told us: it’s an ideal machine for institutions that don’t need speed, but could save a fortune buying in bulk. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products....

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11:18
Target Field introduces self-serve beer machines for...

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The Consumerist:

Customers will have to prove that they’re over 21 in order to buy a prepaid card to use in the beer-o-mat. The machines also limit the quantity of beer that customers can purchase, limiting them to 48 ounces every 15 minutes. You know, in case a group has dispatched one person to get beer for everyone.

Those 48 ounces of beer will cost $18.24 if you buy the cheapest selection, Bud or Bud Light at 38 cents per ounce.

I heard The Publisher of The Loop is starting a Kickstarter campaign to set up one of these full of Heineken in his house.
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11:15
Apple opens 'secret' eBay storefront with...

Apple appears to have opened another "factory outlet" storefront on eBay, in this case offering unlocked, refurbished GSM iPhone 5 models, notes AppleInsider. The page is similar to one launched last year that was selling products like refurbished iPads. Each phone is said to be officially inspected and include a one-year warranty, as well as a manual and charger....

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11:11
Why classic rock isn’t what it used to be

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FiveThirtyEight:

Led Zeppelin is classic rock. So are Mötley Crüe and Ozzy Osbourne. But what about U2 or Nirvana? As a child of the 1990s, I never doubted that any of these bands were classic rock, even though it may be shocking for many to hear. And then I heard Green Day’s “American Idiot” on a classic rock station a few weeks ago, and I was shocked.

It was my first time hearing a band I grew up with referred to as “classic rock.” Almost anyone who listens to music over a long enough period of time probably experiences this moment — my colleagues related some of their own, like hearing R.E.M. or Guns N’ Roses on a classic rock station — but it made me wonder, what precisely is classic rock?

I remember the first time I heard my favourite band, The Clash, on a “Classic Rock” station and being depressed to think...

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11:08
Amazon bends in Hachette dispute, floats deal with...

More than a month after interrupting sales of books from major publisher Hachette in a dispute over e-book pricing, Amazon has proposed a temporary arrangement in which it would return sales to normal and funnel 100 percent of the revenue directly to authors until the two parties reach an agreement.

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11:07
Apple Plans July Opening for Basel Apple Store in...

Apple announced a July 12th, 2014 opening date for a new Apple Store in Basel, Switzerland. The country's third most populace city (195,000 people), Basel will be the site of the fourth Swiss Apple Store-and perhaps coincidentally, it's in the heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry.The Mac Observer Spin: Bryan Chaffin thinks the choice of Basel was more than just demographics and opportunity-Apple wants to have a presence in the center of Swiss Watchland.

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11:04
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11:00
Senior Maps engineer at Apple to leave for Uber

According to a report from Jessica Lessin of The Information, longtime senior engineering manager Chris Blumenberg will be leaving Apple to take on a position with Uber, the increasingly popular ride-sharing service.

Over the past six years,...

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10:22
New interactive training for hybrid computing now...

Bill Baer is a technical product manager on the SharePoint team.
Hybrid computing is the intersection between traditional on-premises and cloud computing models. Deploying a hybrid scenario is useful when you need to realize ROI on existing on-premises investments, when you require a bridge between on-premises and cloud to support migration, or if you’re not ready to move to the cloud all at once. We are committed to continued innovation and guidance for those of you who are deploying hybrid scenarios. To demonstrate our commitment, we recently launched new interactive hybrid computing training and introduced new changes to SharePoint that make it easier to work in hybrid environments.
New documentation and training for hybrid computing
We published new interactive courseware to help you understand hybrid topologies and the considerations that come with it. The series of three modules, comprised of 14 presentations, provides an end-to-end, high-level...

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10:17
Fourth Swiss Apple Store coming to Basel on July 12th


Apple will be opening up its fourth official retail store in Switzerland this weekend. A new store in the city of Basel will see its grand opening on Saturday, July 12th, according to a notice on Apple’s Retail Store website. Job listings for the store first appeared earlier this year on Apple’s jobs website. Apple has already surrounded the store with a black banner promoting the store’s website. Apple is also planning several new stores in China, Italy, and the United States under the guide of recently appointed...

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09:56
TSA Kills Dead Devices' Ticket to Ride


In a move that's bound to raise the power management consciousness of air travelers, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration on Sunday announced a ban on electronic devices that won't power up before they're carried onto a plane. During the security examination conducted by TSA officers before passengers board a plane, travelers may be asked to power up some electronic devices, the agency said. Powerless devices will not be permitted on board the aircraft, and travelers may undergo additional screening.

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09:52
Senior Apple Maps engineer makes jump to Uber

A senior Maps engineering manager at Apple, Chris Blumenberg, has left the company to work at ridesharing service Uber, according to reports. Blumenberg was with Apple for over 14 years, and is credited with helping to develop the original iOS (then iPhone OS) Maps app, as well that platform's version of Safari. Uber, notably, has been rising in popularity, and is closely associated with Google....

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08:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Study time

Study timeThis week’s roundup comes with an app that helps you draw charts without knowing an iota about math—which may come in handy when another program we feature tells you that you’re late delivering that paper your promised your prof two weeks ago.Altunerator 1.1Developer William Gustafson’s $1 Altunenator helps you manage your music by extending iTunes’s functionality with a series of convenient realtime tools.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:18
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-08

Apple revealed more of its new self through a video showing how employees prepped for and participated in San Francisco's Pride parage. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about the video and take a look at another video claiming to show the sapphire glass surface from the unannounced iPhone 6.

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09:17
Apple Campus 2 sample architecture displayed in...

We’ve already seen a number of renders showing Apple’s ambitious Campus 2 project as well as the progress in Cupertino, California at the site of the future spaceship-like building. Now photos shared today by German site ifun.de depict an early shot of architectural samples with the design slated for Apple Campus 2.
According to the site, the structure was spotted on the premise of Josef Gartner GmbH in Gundelfingen, Germany. The sample...

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09:15
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple is back on eBay, Philips...

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: In late 2012 we uncovered an eBay store that was selling Apple certified refurbished products (iPad, MacBook, iPod, more). Though never officially confirmed by Apple itself, this storefront had all the makings of being officially tied to Apple in some...

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09:00
The Incredible Machine team is back with Contraption...

If you're a seasoned, old-school Mac gamer, there's a good chance you remember a funky puzzle game called The Incredible Machine. In the game, players had to perform simple tasks by building overly complex Rube Goldberg devices and experimenting with...

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08:53
Google Maps disappears from Find My iPhone web app

Apple is quietly swapping out Google Maps data in the Find My iPhone web app for its own Maps content, users note. While the change isn't complete -- some locations, such as Austin, are still using Google data -- at least some now cite "Data from TomTom, others" instead. iCloud.com is one of the last vestiges of Google Maps in Apple products, the other being listings for Apple Stores....

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08:26
Apps: Paperless, Evernote, Panotour Pro
08:22
FontAgent Pro for Mac OS X revved to version 6.2

Insider Software (http://www.insidersoftware.com) has launched FontAgent Pro 6.2, an update to its USS$99.95, professional font manager for Mac OS X.
FontAgent Pro provides a complete font management system that integrates diagnostics, repair, font selection, font book creation, and design tools in a powerful, yet simple application for creative professionals. New features in version 6.2 include:
° Auto-activation in Adobe Creative Cloud and Suite apps including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and   InCopy, as well as in QuarkXpress;
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08:17
Apple's second secret eBay store launches with...

For the second time in as many years, Apple appears to have teamed with eBay on a low-profile Factory Outlet store to market Apple Certified Refurbished products -- such as iPhones and iPads -- alongside full one-year Apple warranties at aggressive price points.

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08:14
Third-Party Mac Icons Reimagined in OS X Yosemite...

With the introduction of OS X Yosemite, Apple introduced a significant visual change with an iOS 7-like "flat" look and completely redesigned icons. While Apple's icons will see a refresh once Yosemite is released, users will have to wait until third-party companies have updated their icons to match Apple's new design language for OS X icons. In the meantime, users in this long running MacRumors' forums thread have been designing their own "flat" versions of both Apple and third-party applications, allowing some users to switch out their icons until the real thing is available. Additionally, some users are redesigning Apple's own icons for users who are using Mavericks rather than the Yosemite beta. iWork, Twitter, Skype and...

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08:14
Apple reportedly loses senior Maps engineering...

Chris Blumenberg, an engineer responsible for some of the foundational elements of Apple's mapping strategy dating to the first-generation iPhone, is said to have accepted an offer to leave Apple for transportation networking startup Uber.

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08:14
Apple posts video promoting SF Pride efforts

Via its YouTube channel, Apple has posted a new video (below) promoting its participation in San Francisco's 44th annual Pride parade. The clip shows brief shots of executives such as CEO Tim Cook and Environment director Lisa Jackson, but mostly concentrates on scenes of Apple workers preparing flags, t-shirts, and bicycles, and then actually participating in the parade. The description claims that "thousands of Apple employees and their families " were at the event, "from cities as far as Munich, Paris, and Hong Kong."......

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08:00
Parallels Desktop 9.0.24237 - Run Windows apps...

Parallels Desktop is simply the world's bestselling, top-rated, and most trusted solution for running Windows applications on your Mac. With Parallels Desktop for Mac, you can seamlessly run both Windows and Mac OS X applications side-by-side without rebooting. Drag-and-drop files between Windows and Mac applications, launch Windows applications from your Mac dock, and do much more with speed, control and confidence. Seamless Simplicity Use Run Windows programs like they were native to your Mac. Setting up Parallels Desktop for Mac is simple and quick. Enjoy the best of both worlds - Windows and Mac OS X - on one seamless desktop. Performance and Personalization Experience as much or as little Windows as you want. Multiple view modes make it possible for you to customize the level of integration between Mac and Windows without compromising performance.Version 9.0.24237: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated...

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08:00
Clip the web with me@onenote.com!

We just made it easier than ever to clip the web — now, when you send an email with a URL to me@onenote.com, we’ll clip a screenshot of the webpage along with the email’s contents into your OneNote notebook.

  • Browsing the web on your smartphone? Hit “Share”, pick Email, and send it to me@onenote.com.
  • Find an article in a news reader app? Share it via email and type me@onenote.com.
  • Friend emailed you a funny link? Forward it to me@onenote.com.

To get started, just send an email containing a single URL in the subject or body. And fear not, you can still save your list of “top 100 lasagna recipes” without getting 100 screenshots in your notebook — if you send us an email containing multiple URLs, we’ll only save the mail content and skip the web...

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08:00
Apple buys 100 acres for new solar farm

Apple has purchased an additional 100 acres of North Carolina which it will use to add to the solar farm it already operates in the region. The state's Claremont City Council has approved the project, which will cost Apple a reported US$55 million --...

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07:59
Apple Maps engineer leaves for Uber

Apple Maps engineer Chris Blumenberg has left the company for Uber, The Information reports. Blumenberg was a senior engineering manager at Apple, and one of the first engineers to work on the Maps iPhone software. A June report noted that a number of issues prevented Apple from debuting…

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07:43
Apple's 'Find My iPhone' Web Maps for...

Apple is beginning the transition to move its Maps application online starting with the Find My iPhone web app on its iCloud.com beta website, as noticed by iPhoneBlog.de [Google Translate]. Though the public version of iCloud.com is still pulling data from Google Maps, beta.icloud.com now uses an online version of Apple maps for its location information. Apple has been slowly switching away from Google Maps after using the competing mapping service in the early versions of the iOS. The Cupertino company dropped support for the Google-based mapping solution and introduced Apple Maps as part of...

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07:34
Apple Maps launch on the web in new Find my iPhone...

Apple's in-house mapping service has made the jump to the web some two years after its debut at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference, supplanting Google Maps in the newest preview of the web-based Find my iPhone application.

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07:33
Apple patents concept for all-glass fused housings

The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted an Apple patent on a technique for fusing together all-glass housings for portable electronics, and even larger devices such as monitors and TVs. Apple notes that glass can actually be a heavy material, especially if it's layered to defend against damage. The patented fusing concept would allow Apple to cut down on weight by shifting the burden to strategic points of structural integrity, instead of bulking up the glass in general....

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07:32
Switzerland's Fourth Apple Store Opens Saturday

Apple fans in Switzerland will soon have their fourth Apple retail store.

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07:31
Apple Maps senior engineering manager leaves role...

Chris Blumenberg, a senior engineering manager at Apple who manages the Maps Apps and Frameworks team, has left the Cupertino, California company for a new role at Uber, The Information reports. Blumenberg’s time spent at Apple dates back over 14 years according to his LinkedIn profile, and his past experience includes building the original Maps app for iPhone as well as porting the Safari web browser to iOS.
Uber, of course, is a relatively new transportation company founded in 2009 which offers pickups in various cities which can be arranged by a mobile application....

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07:30
Mod and OneNote sync notes on paper to the cloud

Jon Wheatley is co-founder of Mod
We are excited to announce the new partnership with Mod, a paper notebook that syncs to the cloud. Now you can sync your hand written notes that you take in Mod with OneNote. From a student taking notes in class to a composer writing notes to a song to architect sketching out floor plans, a paper notebook provides a natural place for capturing ideas. OneNote is the one place to bring together those ideas in one digital destination to be organized into a larger portfolio or shared with others. Take a look at the video to see how we are bridging the two worlds:

For some people who are not yet ready to move to an all digital world, nothing beats the tactile feedback of pen and paper, but when it comes to access and storage, digital has many advantages. With Mod and OneNote, you can have the best of both worlds. Take your notes on paper, and then save them forever in the cloud to be accessed across...

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07:30
Key Maps Engineer Chris Blumenberg Leaving Apple for...

Chris Blumenberg, a key Apple engineer who has long worked on Maps for iOS and OS X, is leaving the company to take a position with Uber, according to a report by The Information. Blumenberg is the latest of a number of departures from Apple's Maps team, which has been suffering from internal politics. Blumenberg is a 14-year veteran of Apple, initially working on Safari for OS X and later iOS. He famously built a version of Maps for iOS in just a few weeks in late 2006 so that Steve Jobs could demo it at the iPhone introduction in January 2007. For the last six years, Blumenberg has managed the Maps Apps & Frameworks group, overseeing a team of at least 40 employees handling Apple's Maps apps on iOS and OS X. From...

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07:27
Samsung’s Profits Decline on Weak Smartphone Sales

Samsung's second fiscal quarterly profits are down by nearly 25 percent thanks to weak smartphone sales. The sharp dip is sales came thanks to what the electronics maker called a market slowdown coupled with increased competition.The Mac Observer Spin: Samsung was pretty optimistic about its Q2 smartphone sales, and Apple didn't have any new phone models to compete against. Assuming Apple ships the iPhone 6 before the end of Samsung's Q3, don't expect that optimism to pay off.

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07:09
Bye Google Maps: Apple brings its Maps to the web...

Update: Apple appears to be testing or slowly rolling out the feature as some users report still seeing Google Maps. Apple Maps are live on the iCloud.com beta site and available for some users on the main iCloud.com site as well.
Almost two years after replacing Google Maps with its own Maps app in iOS 6, Apple has now brought its Maps solution to the web and made the switch for its Find My iPhone web app.
In addition to the iOS Maps app since iOS 6, Apple was already using its own Maps powered by data from a number of partners in its Find My iPhone app for iOS devices and elsewhere on its mobile devices. Today’s change removes Google Maps from one of the last products that was still using it, the Find My iPhone web app available at iCloud.com.
As...

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07:00
Dakota Financial: Direct funder reduces the cost of...

Dakota Financial filmed their own Office 365 story on a Nokia Lumia 1020.
Dakota Financial provides funding for equipment leasing to small businesses that cannot obtain traditional financing. It replaced an expensive scanning solution with Microsoft Office 365, SideKick 365 DCM (a SharePoint App from SkyLite Systems), and a scanner from Kodak. Today, the company is saving more than US$14,400 a year in document storage costs. Employees are working more productively by using Office 365 and the SideKick 365 DCM app to automate document uploads to online storage. By streamlining access to more than 1.5 million financial documents, in or out of the office, the new solution saves auditors significant time. It also provides banks with unprecedented transparency into the company’s assets, improving business relationships with lenders. Today, instead of spending hundreds of dollars per extra gigabyte of data, Dakota Financial can grow its business with minimal costs.

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07:00
Oklahoma farmer loses iPhone in grain pit, finds it...

When you lose your iPhone, you usually have no clue where it could be. A farmer in Oklahoma named Kevin Whitney knew exactly where his lost iPhone was, he just couldn't get to it. You see, in October of last year the unfortunate phone took a dive...

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06:50
TextExpander 4.3.2

Fixes a long delay in snippet expansion and a failure to save changes to the fill-in fields. ($34.95 new, free update, 9.8 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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06:39
Claimed iPhone 6 SIM Card Trays Point to Space Gray...

Several new photos published today by Letem svetem Applem [Google Translate] show the purported power and volume flex cables as well as three SIM card trays that hint at the color options Apple is planning for the iPhone 6. This report follows a leak from earlier this month that first showcased these two internal flex cables from the iPhone 6, although the parts shown in the two reports are not identical. Similar to the previous photos but slightly different in layout, the volume flex cable contains both the mute button and volume buttons with a possible larger separation between the two components. The power flex cable also...

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06:36
Samsung Profits Plummet 24% on Slow Smartphone Sales

On June 16 we published a report titled "Samsung's Galaxy S5 is Confirmed a Dud & May Hurt Financials" and were first to report on Samsung's CFO Admitting that their 2nd Quarter wasn't going to be good on June 25. Today Samsung officially reported that their operating profit fell sharply by 24.4% due in large part to a slowdown in smartphone sales. Translation: the Galaxy S5 was a dud and unable to beat Apple's iPhone 5S at the high-end of the market while the Chinese phone makers ate away at their low to mid-range smartphone products.

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06:30
Apple shares video detailing participation in San...

On June 29, the city of San Francisco held its 44th annual Pride parade, a cultural gathering of civilians and businesses showing their support for the LGBT community. Among those companies was Apple, who had thousands of employees -- including CEO...

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06:29
Review: Scott eVest RFID Travel Vest solves 2.5...

You don’t need me to tell you that being a tech-head can pose a few challenges when travelling. Budget airlines often have ridiculously tight carry-on restrictions, which can make it hard to get all your gadgets into a bag that meets both size and weight limits. And once you arrive at your destination, you also have the worry of ensuring that all your valuable electronics remain safe from thieves.
Scott eVests are designed to solve both problems, allowing you to carry lots of technology on your person, rather than in a bag, with each item securely zipped into an inside pocket. The company’s latest addition to the range – the RFID Travel Vest – adds one further feature: protection of RFID-readable payment cards and passports from portable skimmers … 
I say the vest solves 2.5 problems as RFID cards aren’t in use in all...

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06:26
Apple buys up 100 acres for third North Carolina...

North Carolina's Claremont City Council has approved an Apple plan to acquire 100 acres of land for a third solar farm in the state, reports say. The farm is expected to generate 17.5 megawatts, and cost Apple $55 million to build. The 100 acres will become a part of Claremont's corporate limits; the project should spawn about 75 jobs, but take about five years to complete....

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06:18
Leaked iPhone 6 Sapphire Glass gets Durability Test

Apple hasn't confirmed any features for the next iPhone model, but that hasn't stopped parts from leaking onto the Internet, and the latest shows a 4.7-inch display put through some serious abuse. Assuming the video is legit, it backs up bigger display rumors and shows the glass for the next model is surprisingly durable.The Mac Observer Spin: If this really is Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone 6 sapphire glass display, good luck scratching it, and say goodbye to screen protectors.

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06:00
Flickr Find: Have yourself a Corona and a Mac

As much as I love my MacBook and its wonderful keyboard, I would gladly trade it to get some typing time on this vintage Corona typewriter. Until, of course, I made my first typo and had to live with the error or correct it manually and sadly produce...

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05:57
Tiny Spectrometer Tells You Exactly What You're...


For all those who have wondered about the ingredients in their lunchtime burrito, Consumer Physics is gearing up to release SCiO, a tiny spectrometer that can scan food, medicines and plants to determine their molecular composition. When used to scan foods such as cheeses, fruits, vegetables, sauces, salad dressings and cooking oils, SCiO delivers data describing nutrient values -- calories, fats, carbohydrates and proteins -- as well as produce quality, ripeness level and spoilage analysis.

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05:50
iOS 8 Health app adds step and caffeine tracking

Apple has updated its Health app in iOS 8 beta 3. The app now uses the M7 chip — currently only found in the iPhone 5s — to track steps, as pointed out by 9to5Mac. A full week of data is added to the…

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05:36
Apple Granted 51 Patents Covering Thunderbolt &...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 51 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent for Thunderbolt and a series of design patents. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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05:21
Foxconn brings in 10,000 robots to assist with...

When in doubt, bring in 10,000 robots to help.
Per The Mac Observer and IT Home, Hon Hai subsidiary Foxconn, the company that builds iPhones for Apple, is installing 10,000 robots on its assembly lines and plans to have them operational in time to build the iPhone 6. News of the robotic assembly line comes from Hon Hai CEO Terry Gou speaking at a shareholder meeting, and follows reports that the company is hiring some 100,000 workers to build...

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05:06
UI? UX? Who does what? A designer’s guide to the...

Know the difference between a UI designer and a UX designer? Know what a front-end developer does? How about a product designer?

This is a fantastic write-up. Pass it along.
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05:01
MapQuest navigation app updated with improved ETAs,...

Navigation app MapQuest has been updated to version 4.4, offering more accurate ETAs thanks to better traffic data; an app-specific volume control that allows you to set the voice navigation volume independently of other apps; Ballpark Guides to MLB stadiums and airport maps; and GrubHub integration to allow you to order food from take-out restaurants before the app navigates you there to collect it.
While MapQuest, like Apple Maps and Google Maps, downloads maps as you drive, it offers two forms of automatic caching designed to ensure that data deadspots don’t leave you stranded. When you create a route on a wifi connection before you set off, it caches all the tiles needed. And if you...

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05:00
Daily App: Dubble mixes your images with random...

If you are looking to add some creative fun to your iPhone photography, then you should check out Dubble. It's a collaborative social network for photographers that allows you to create weird and wild mashups by combining your photos with those from...

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04:59
Apple to Add 100 Acres to North Carolina Solar Farm

Apple's North Carolina data center is about to expand its solar farm by 100 acres. The iPhone and iPad maker is planning on applying for a grading permit before the end of the year, and once completed, the US$55 million project will generate 17.5 megawatts.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple is already generating over 40 megawatts for its Maiden data center's electrical needs. Adding in a third solar farm for an additional 17.5 megawatts means the company has some serious power consumption expansion coming.

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04:54
Samsung predicts massive profit decline, blames...

South Korean electronics giant Samsung on Tuesday warned investors that it is set to announce a quarterly profit decline of as much as 26 percent year-over-year, citing weak smartphone demand and increased competition in China and Europe as the shortfall's primary drivers.

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04:22
Market share of iPhone may increase as U.S....

There are early signs that Apple’s market share of the U.S. smartphone market may increase as we move through the ‘Late Majority’ phase and into ‘Laggards’, suggests Asymco’s Horace Dediu.
For those who weren’t paying attention in economics classes in school, new products tend to experience an S-curve pattern to their growth. In the tech sector, Innovators are pretty much synonymous with techies.

Innovators (first 2.5%) need to be sold on the premise of novelty itself. Early adopters (next 13.5%) seek status and exclusivity. Early majority (34%) seek acceptance and Late Majority (34%) seek pragmatic productivity. Laggards (last 16%) seek safety.

If those percentages appear rather random, it’s because they are derived from the shape of the curve – the typical points at which it gets steeper or shallower.
With U.S. smartphone penetration now at 70 percent, we’re about two years into the Late...

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04:19
Pink Floyd to release first new album in 20 years...

I was a huge Pink Floyd fan (Wish You Were Here and, of course, Dark Side of the Moon are still high on my list of all-time great albums), though my interest in the band waned after the release of The Wall. It’ll be interesting to see what they come up with.
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04:13
Apple is a company made of people

Allen Pike writes on the cultural shift within Apple:

With the WWDC NDA lifted, other Apple employees, from the creator of Swift to various API maintainers, took to Twitter to gather feedback on all the goodies they’d dumped on developers. In the web community this would be expected behaviour. In the Apple community, it’s a delight.

Terrific read.
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04:00
Purported iPhone 6 front panel video emerges, shows...

You’re going to like the iPhone 6′s front glass component.
Per AppleInsider, hours after a video purportedly revealed Apple’s rumored sapphire crystal “iPhone 6″ display on Monday, a short film hit the Web, this time putting the supposed part through a battery of torture tests that included knives, keys and extreme bending.

Uploaded to YouTube by tech vlogger Marques Brownlee, the video takes a close-up look at the purported iPhone 6 display, but goes further by attempting to scratch, bend and break the part. The display performed surprisingly well and came out of testing unscathed.
Brownlee said the component is made of sapphire crystal and came straight off...

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03:50
Apple Granted a Patent for Fused Glass Device...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 51 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention relating to fused glass device housings. As noted in cover graphic, the process could possibly cover a future Apple TV and/or a future iMac which would ...

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03:49
iPhoto Library Manager 4.1.7 - Manage multiple...

iPhoto Library Manager lets you organize your photos into multiple iPhoto libraries.Separate your high school and college photos from your latest summer vacation pictures. Or keep some photo collections on your Mac and others on an external drive. Access only the photos you want, when you want them.More libraries, more options

  • Smarter searching. iPhoto Library Manager lets you search for photos across one library or many. You don't even need to launch iPhoto.
  • Drag-and-drop support. Put everything in its right place by dragging and dropping images from library to library.
  • Nix the dupes. Need to identify and remove duplicate photos across multiple Libraries? iPhoto Library Manager does it quickly and easily.

Version 4.1.7:

  • Fixed an error that could occur when copying flagged photos with iPhoto 9.2.x
  • Worked around an OS X bug that could...

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03:49
Samsung posts earnings, well below expectations

Samsung is getting it from all sides. Earnings are down for the third straight quarter. Their operating profit missed expectations by almost a billion dollars (7.2 trillion won vs expected 8.1 trillion won). Apple is rumored to be releasing competitive products (larger screen phone/iWatch) in the fall. And Chinese electronics manufacturers are eating into Samsung’s highest unit sales’ sector, the cheap smartphone.
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03:45
Kool Tools: Monster Digital Overdrive 3.0

Monster Digital (http://www.monsterdigital.com) has rolled out its first line of external Solid State Drives (SSD), which can fulfill your need for speed (if you have the money). They're about four times as fast as a traditional hard drive.
Inside the laser etched stainless steel enclosure is an advanced, high-speed, solid state drive that is available in four storage capacities of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB for the suggested retail prices of US$179.99, $299.99, $599.99, $1399.99 respectively.
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03:32
The latest iOS apps: July 8

Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.
Milk Inc. has announced Falls 1.0. It's a free action puzzle game for in which players must long-tap the white ring at the bottom of the screen until it changes to the corresponding color to fire the same colored ball upwards to destroy the descending ball. If the balls are the same color, they will destroy each other. The game is over if the falling ball reaches the ring at the bottom.
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03:27
Wireless LANs to represent 18% of enterprise...

Canalys (www.canalys.com) has announced its forecast for enterprise networking investment, which shows the ongoing shift in budgets from wired to wireless.
The total worldwide end-user value of router, switch and wireless LAN shipments is forecast to grow from US$29.9 billion in 2013 to $33.7 billion in 2018, according to the research group. Wireless LANs will remain the fastest growing segment, accounting for 18% of total value by the end of this period, up from 14%.
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03:14
Armed robbers steal US$6.3 million from Samsung

Guardian:

Thieves haved raided a Samsung electronics factory in Brazil during the night shift, subduing workers and guards before making off with about US$6.3m worth of mobile phones and computers.

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02:36
Apple patents method of building seamless all-glass...

Apple on Monday was granted a U.S. patent covering a method of fusing glass structures together to encapsulate the internal circuitry of an iOS device, and that of larger electronics like monitors and televisions.

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01:55
Apple Granted a Patent for a Secure Enclave Processor

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 51 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of Apple's granted patents relating to a Secure Enclave Processor. Such a processor was first introduced in Apple's A7 chip for securing a user's fingerprint in conjunction with Apple's new Touch ID ...

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01:18
XSAN Controller

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: XsanGood afternoon. Faced with the problem of constant forking Comptroller xsan. That is 2 minutes ready, 5 minutes Offline. The logs at the moment, the following occurs:
servermgrd [910] xsan: [910/2112D0] ERROR: get_fsmvol_at_index: Could not connect to FSM because Admin Tap Connection to FSM failed: [errno 60]: Operation timed out
servermgrd [910] xsan: [910/6033400] ERROR: get_fsmvol_at_index: Could not connect to FSM because Admin Tap Connection to FSM failed: [errno 60]: Operation timed out
Volume mount only on the controller when the controller when you try to get online to connect to the client the following error:
kernel Could not mount filesystem prod_f, cvfs error 'Timeout' (25)
kernel Could not mount filesystem...

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00:03
∞ Apple’s “Pride” video

Apple:

On June 29, thousands of Apple employees and their families marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade. They came from around the world — from cities as far as Munich, Paris, and Hong Kong — to celebrate Apple’s unwavering commitment to equality and diversity. Because we believe that inclusion inspires innovation.

I’d love one of those t-shirts.

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Monday July 7

22:33
Target now discounting iPhones, iPads, iPod touch

US retail chain Target is now offering gift cards with the purchase of any of a selected range of iOS devices, including the iPod touch, the iPad Air or Retina iPad mini, or the iPhone 5s or 5c. In addition to the gift card, Target REDcard users receive an additional five percent off the normal price. Buyers of the iPad (in any variety or capacity) will be given a $100 Target gift card, while those opting for the 32GB iPod touch will get a $30 gift card. The retailer has discounted the 16GB iPhones to $100, and buyers also get a $20 gift card.......

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20:57
Apple buys 100 acres of land for third North...

Apple on Monday reached a deal with the city council of Claremont, N.C. to annex 100 acres of land for a new 17.5 megawatt solar farm, the construction of which is expected to cost some $55 million.

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20:52
Apple acquires land to build another solar power...

 

The city of Claremont, NC has agreed to annex the land necessary for Apple to build a third solar farm near its data center in Maiden, the Hickory Daily Record reported (via MacRumors). Apple will make an initial investment of $55 million and indirectly create 75 jobs while constructing the 17.5-megawatt farm, which will be located at 3123 Kelly Blvd.
The farm won’t actually be located at the Maiden data center—or even in the city of Maiden, for that matter—though it will still be located in the same county as the other...

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20:52
Briefly: Inbox open-source email, Foursquare's...

A new cross-platform email application start-up has been released by Dropbox and MIT alumni, billed as a "next generation" platform. Inbox offers a way to build apps that access end users' inboxes, working with Gmail, Yahoo, Microsoft Exchange and more. The platform does not require the use of IMAP, and so can support a wider range of developers who can create a wider range of email tools, such as snoozing messages, or sending emails on behalf of an end user....

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20:22
Quantcast: US iOS users twice as active on the web...

Yet another real-world usage study of US smartphone users has confirmed the continuing discrepancy between shipment claims and genuine user interaction when it comes to smartphone platforms. A new study by Quantcast report that 60 percent of all web traffic from mobile devices in the US come from iOS devices, with just 30 percent from Android -- though the latter number if finally beginning to rise slowly. The Android gain is matched almost precisely by a drop among "other" devices, such as Windows Phone and BlackBerry.......

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19:59
Chameleon SSD Optimizer 0.9.5 - Solid State Drive (...

Chameleon SSD Optimizer is an optimization tool for Solid State Drives. It can enable TRIM on non Apple-branded disk, increase durability reducing I|O writing cycles, set hibernate mode and save space disabling sleep image. Chameleon is able to read sata system profiler info and you can easily check trim status, disk speed or properties. We added the reading of S.M.A.R.T. data how OS X does, so you can control the temperature, the firmware version and more. Now you can disable the local Time Machine, the Sudden Motion Sensor or noatime set for the system.Version 0.9.5:

  • Compatibility with OS X 10.9.4

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19:18
Apple Releases Video Showcasing Support for San...

Apple released a video on YouTube showcasing the company's support and involvement with the Pride Parade in San Francisco on June 29th. The video offers a hint of the corporate logistics involved in Apple's participation of the parade, and the company emphasized its corporate belief that "inclusion inspires innovation."

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19:07
Apple's video of 2014 San Francisco Pride...

Apple on Monday published a video showing its side of last week's Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade in San Francisco, where the company showed up in force to celebrate the day and hand out vouchers for free iTunes songs.

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18:51
Apple Shares 'Pride' Video Featuring...

In late June, San Francisco held its 44th annual Pride parade, which saw several companies, including Apple, marching in support of the LGBT community. Apple CEO Tim Cook attended the event and walked alongside Apple's Environment Director Lisa Jackson and thousands of other Apple employees. Employees wore special T-shirts for the event and handed out iTunes gift cards good for a free song download. Apple has now posted a new video of the event on its YouTube channel, depicting the company's preparation for the parade, which included the aforementioned T-shirts, a pre-event celebration, special bicycles, and thousands of rainbow-colored flags. The song playing in the background of the video is Coldplay's "A Sky Full of Stars." On June 29, thousands of Apple employees and their families marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade. They came from around the world -- from cities as far...

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18:43
Apple shares video of last week’s Pride Parade,...

Just over a week ago, thousands of Apple employees, including CEO Tim Cook, took to the streets of San Francisco to take part in the Pride Parade. The company has not been hesitant to share its views on LGBT rights, and the parade was yet another instance of that. This evening, Apple uploaded a video to its official YouTube channel showing off all of the effort that went into the Pride Parade last week and its “unwavering” support for equality and diversity.

The video, simply titled “Pride,” shows Apple employees and their families preparing for the Pride Parade. The montage is set to Coldplay’s new single, “A Sky Full of Stars,” and ends with a shot of the thousands upon thousands of people in the streets of San...

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18:31
Apple's 'Health' app gets M7...

With the release of iOS 8 beta 3 on Monday, Apple continued to build out its forthcoming Health app with new features, including support for the iPhone 5s' M7 coprocessor and additional data collection categories.

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18:10
EasyJet adding iBeacons to select airports to...

The latest company to announce the incorporation of Apple's iBeacon technology into its company workflow is European discount airline EasyJet, which announced on Monday that it will begin installing the devices in select airports in the UK and Europe to test effectiveness. It plans on rolling out the technology on a greater scale over the summer. Users of the just-updated EasyJet iOS app can opt to receive alerts from the "indoor GPS" hardware regarding flight changes and other information....

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17:07
T-Mobile to discount iPhone-iPad combo for Back to...

Among other offers the carrier is set to announce when it kicks off its own Back-to-School promotion on Wednesday, July 9 is a combination rebate when buyers purchase both an iPhone and iPad from the carrier. Customers who get both and are either already on a Simple Choice postpaid plan or activate/upgrade a new line will receive a $100 prepaid Mastercard gift card as a mail in rebate. The iPhone and iPad have to be purchased at the same time, according to reports....

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16:43
Purported 'iPhone 6' sapphire display...

Hours after a video purportedly revealed Apple's rumored sapphire crystal "iPhone 6" display on Monday, another short film hit the Web, this time putting the supposed part through a battery of torture tests that included knives, keys and extreme bending.

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16:36
Samsung misses analyst estimates, reports $7.1...

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After warning earlier this month that Q2 didn’t “look too good,” Samsung today released its earnings preview for the second quarter of 2014. The South Korean company reported an operating profit of $7.1 billion (7.2 trillion won), missing analyst estimates of $8 billion (8.1 trillion won). This comes out to a 24 percent drop year over year (via Bloomberg).

The mobile/telecommunications unit of Samsung...

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16:00
Fototwics is a well thought out photo sharing tool

Fototwics (free) is a photo sharing app that joins a crowded field with offerings from titans like Apple, Facebook and Instagram.

The difference is that Fototwics is not a filter or photo altering app, but just a way to share your photos privately...

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15:50
Briefly: Swift language updated, iOS 8 Health app...

Another notable change found as testers pore over the latest iOS 8 beta is that the Health app is now connected to the M7 motion co-processor found in the iPhone 5s. As a result, the app can now keep track of steps taken without the aid of any third-party apps or hardware. Upon opening the revised Health app, users will find the previous week's worth of step data (which is continuously monitored by the M7) pre-populated. Users can remove "sets" of steps if desired, and sort all Health data by day, week, month or year.......

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15:26
Last Call for the Name Your Own Price Summer...

There's just one more day left on the Name Your Own Price Summer Blockbuster Mac Bundle, a 10-app bundle for your Mac. This deal lets you name your own price to receive Tangerine, DiscLabel, and Syncmate Expert 5. If you pay more than the average price-which is $11.91 at this time-you'll also get Path Finder 6, Fantastical (winner of the TMO Editors' Choice Award), Flux 4, Gemini, Logoist, Tunes Cleaner, and MacX iPhone DVD Ripper. It's a great deal, but there's more. Not only does buying this bundle help support the developers and TMO, 10 percent of the profits go to a charity. And if you pay enough to make the Leader Board (currently starting at $100), you'll be entered to win an 11-inch MacBook Air. This deal expires on Tuesday morning.

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15:12
Apple's 'Health' App Gains Ability to...

iOS 8 beta 3, which was released to developers earlier today, allows Apple's Health app to access the iPhone's M7 motion coprocessor, letting the app natively track movement like steps taken. Available in newer devices like the iPhone 5s, the iPad Air, and the Retina iPad mini, the M7 "motion coprocessor" functions alongside the A7 chip in those devices, measuring accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass data for enhanced fitness tracking capabilities. As noted by 9to5Mac the Health app's "Steps" section now tallies the number of steps a user has taken as measured by the iPhone 5s. Users accessing the Health app today will be...

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15:09
Sapphire 4.7″ iPhone 6 display put through its paces...


Earlier today we got a quick look at a flexible iPhone 6 display, but a new video from YouTuber Marques Brownlee (embedded below) takes the supposed next-gen screen through a more complete durability test. In the video, Brownlee not only bends the flexible sapphire panel, but takes a set of keys and even a knife to it in an attempt to leave a scratch.
The beginning of video features a look at the sapphire crystal that will reportedly make up the next-generation iPhone’s display. As demonstrated in the video, the glass is extremely clear (which is why Apple currently uses it in the iPhone’s camera lens and the Touch ID sensor on the 5s)....

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14:34
Apple activates Wi-Fi calling for T-Mobile iPhones...

Among the new settings options and user interface tweaks in Monday's iOS 8 beta release, Apple has switched on Wi-Fi calling for T-Mobile handsets, granting developers with access to the software a chance to test out the feature.

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14:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for July 7, 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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14:30
Tim Cook May Be Planning Much-Needed Expansion for...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is looking to expand his company's board of directors, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Citing unnamed sources, the paper said that Mr. Cook is "actively seeking new directors" to add to the eight-member board, a remarkably small board for a company as large as Apple.

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14:26
Apple bolsters iOS 8 Health app with on-device steps...


Apple has made significant enhancements to its upcoming Health application for iOS 8 in the latest beta of the new iPhone operating system. Most notably, the Health application can now utilize the iPhone’s own M7 motion tracking hardware for data sourcing.
The Health app’s Steps counter tab can now report steps without connecting to any third party applications or hardware devices. Because this feature likely uses the M7 processor, an iPhone 5s is required to get the steps data directly from the device…
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14:22
Mobile payment system Isis to rebrand over militant...

Isis, the payment company responsible for Mobile Wallet, has decided to change its name to differentiate itself from a violent militant group. CEO Michael Abbott announced the change on the Isis site, stating that the company didn't wish to share a name, even though coincidence. While a new brand hasn't been selected, the company is working on one now....

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13:55
Poor SMB reshare write performance

Forums: ResharingTags: Xsansmbsmbdreshare10.8WindowsOur 10.8.5 Xsan 3 SAN is reshared by an Xserve via AFP and SMB. Currently AFP performance is as good as 100MB/sec for read and write but SMB performance on Windows clients is terrible, with only about 40MB/sec read and <10MB/sec write.
Is anyone else...

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13:45
Evernote 5.5.2 - Create searchable notes and access...

Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at anytime, from anywhere.

  • Create notes containing text and audio
  • Find printed and handwritten text within images
  • Clip application and web content directly into Evernote
  • Synchronize with the Evernote Service and access all notes, even ones taken using other clients

Version 5.5.2:

  • Various bug and stability fixes

Download Now

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13:30
Hello, Newton. Hello, iPhone.

It's kind of amazing how much things can change, and yet not really be all that different.

[Photo credit: Blake Patterson]...

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13:08
NSA's Eyes Trained Less on Terrorists Than on...


Nine out of 10 people whose information is being collected by the NSA are Americans who have nothing to do with people targeted by the agency. Data provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden includes some information pertaining to terrorist activities and possible threats to U.S. national security, as well as a few successes in antiterrorist work. However, many files retained by the agency contain intimate personal details of innocent peoples' lives. "They should probably delete the whole damned lot," said tech analyst Rob Enderle.

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13:00
Apple, Google ordered to revise "no refund...

South Korean parents can rest a little easier tonight knowing they will no longer be responsible for unauthorized purchases their children have made. The Korea Federal Trade Commission of South Korea has ordered Apple and Google to change their App...

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12:45
T-Mobile to offer $100 rebate when buying iPhone...

Details of T-Mobile’s upcoming back-to-school promo have just landed via TMONews and with it comes a $100 discount when purchasing both an iPhone and iPad. The deal comes in the form of a mail-in rebate that will get you a $100 Prepaid MasterCard.
Those that want to take advantage will have to be on a Simple Choice postpaid plan and activate or upgrade a new line. They will also have to purchase both the iPhone and iPad at the same time.
The deal is set to kick off in just two days on July 9 and last until September 2. T-mobile hasn’t made things official quite yet, but Tte report claims this will be one of several back-t0-school promos the carrier will offer.
Earlier today we reported that iOS 8, arriving for all users this fall,...

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12:44
Tim Cook reportedly seeking new blood for Apple...

According to a report on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook is "actively seeking" new directors for the company's board as he relaxes the tech giant's laser focus in favor of support for existing products and new initiatives.

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12:39
CEO Tim Cook 'actively' searching for new...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is "actively" hunting for new directors to add to the company's board, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. Why is unmentioned, but it may be related to the age and gender diversity of the group. Just one board member is female -- Andrea Jung -- and six out of seven are over the age of 63. Another possibility is that Cook wants directors with experience in Apple's newest fields of interest, such as fashion, fitness, and mobile payments, of which the first two will be combined in this fall's iWatch.......

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12:33
Flow motion hyperlapse of Barcelona

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Petapixel:

(This) time-lapse took 363 total hours of work between the 75 hours of logistics and travel, 31 hours of scouting locations, 78 hours of shooting and a whopping 179 hours of post-production spent dealing with 26,014 Camera Raw files that totaled up to some 817GB of data.

Gear used included four Nikon DSLRs (a D800, D7100, D7100 and D3200), six separate Nikon lenses (10.5mm f/2.8G ED AF DX Fisheye, 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX, 16-35mm f/4G AF-S VR, 28mm AF f/2.8D, 50mm f/1.4G AF-S, 70-200mm f/2.8G) and a Promote Control.

Gorgeous video made amazing knowing the tech details behind it.
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12:30
Asymco's Horace Dediu tweets his Apple Q3...

Horace Dediu is widely accepted as a expert on all things Apple. He writes for the Harvard Business Review Blog, is regularly interviewed about Apple products, and runs the industry blog and analysis firm Asymco. Today Dediu shared his predictions...

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12:06
Third iOS 8 beta changes include iCloud Drive, App...

(Updated with T-Mobile Wi-Fi Calling support, more) People with access to iOS 8 beta 3 are beginning to share some of the changes in the firmware. Perhaps the most notable is the ability to upgrade from Documents in the Cloud to iCloud Drive, which will let people upload any kind of file and organize their own folders with the amount of space they have received or paid for. Accordingly, the Settings app has a new iCloud Drive section, where people can toggle the whole service on and off, or enable access on a per-app basis. The service will evidently also be available from the web.......

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12:05
WSJ: Cook looking for new Apple board directors

A new Wall Street Journal profile on Apple’s Tim Cook claims the CEO is “actively seeking” new directors for Apple’s eight-person board. The piece points out that six of the seven outside directors on the board are 63 or older. Most of the profile covers relatively well-established ground, pointing…

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11:55
Briefly: Skype 5.2 for iPhone, Google Play Music for...

Microsoft has released v5.2.0 of the iPhone version of its Skype app. Users can now receive recorded messages from when they are offline within a conversation stream, and it can be listened to directly. User profiles can be viewed from one's contacts, displaying status, username, location and more. Additionally, participants can be added to existing conversations through the main menu on the bottom right-hand side. Skype v5.2.0 is free to download through iTunes....

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11:50
iOS 8 beta 3 activates WiFi calling feature for U.S...

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Besides adding performance and user-interface improvements, iOS 8 beta 3 has activated WiFi-calling for iPhones on T-Mobile in the United States. The feature, which was announced in June, brings the ability for T-Mobile customers to make phone calls on iPhones over a WiFi connection instead of a standard 3G or LTE connection. According to people who have used the feature on iOS 8 beta 3, the calls sound far better over WiFi than over cellular. The Setting for enabling WiFi calling is found under the Phone preferences in the Settings iPhone app. As can be seen in the image above, users...

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11:36
Apple's iOS continues to dominate mobile web...

Even as Google counts some 1 billon monthly active users for Android worldwide, more than six out of every ten page views from a mobile device in the U.S. still come from an iPhone, an iPad, or an iPod touch, according to new browsing data released on Monday.

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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

Intervals - Your smart...

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11:30
Adam Savage, Marty Cooper, and an iPhone Get Animated

Adam Savage (of Mythbusters fame) can also be found over at Tested.com, a site for, as it says, "anything awesome." This includes a video featuring Marty Cooper, a guy who shoots animation out in the world on his iPhone. He draws little characters on overhead projector sheets and holds them up in front of his iPhone to make Instagram videos or sometimes just a still. After talking a little about animation, Adam signed up to be in one of these videos, and Marty set to work creating it. I won't give away the ending or the special video guest, just check out the video below and see what you think. It was fun to see it come together, and everything he needs fits in a backpack!

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11:14
Tim Cook's Impact on Apple Detailed in New...

The Wall Street Journal has released a new profile of Apple under Tim Cook, highlighting the changes the CEO has made to the company following the long and famous reign of Steve Jobs. While most of this information was previously known, it is a solid overview of the changes Cook has introduced to Apple and it does give a few new details on Cook's plans. Described as a "kinder, gentler" workplace, Apple under Tim Cook has a new focus on deep collaboration between employees. Cook is said to be less involved in product development and more willing to delegate tasks to employees, expanding the roles of several executives and giving design chief Jonathan Ive...

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11:10
European airline easyJet rolling out iBeacon support...



Since Apple introduced iBeacon functionality alongside iOS 7, several different use cases have popped up allowing various...

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11:00
Skype 5.2 for iPhone brings voice messaging back

Skype has updated its iPhone app to version 5.2, which brings voice messaging back. Incoming messages now show up among your conversations and can be reviewed at will. Just tap to listen.

Also, version 5.2 lets you review a contact's information...

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11:00
OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 3 Now Available

OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 3 Now Available

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11:00
iOS 8 beta 3 and Xcode 6 beta 3 Now Available

iOS 8 beta 3 and Xcode 6 beta 3 Now Available

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11:00
OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 3 Now Available

OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 3 Now Available

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11:00
iOS 8 beta 3 and Xcode 6 beta 3 Now Available

iOS 8 beta 3 and Xcode 6 beta 3 Now Available

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10:51
Tim Cook ‘actively’ seeking to add new directors to...


The Wall Street Journal today published a brief profile on Apple CEO Tim Cook as the Cupertino-based company continues to be shaped in the image of Cook rather than co-founder Steve Jobs. The profile has some interested tidbits, but it is otherwise light on new information aside from information regarding Cook’s plan for the Apple Board of Directors. According to the report, Cook is “actively” looking to add fresh faces to the Board:

That includes Apple’s board. According to people familiar with the company, Mr. Cook is actively seeking new directors to add to Apple’s eight-person board, known for its loyalty to Mr. Jobs. Six of the...

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10:50
Washing Machine for Mac OS X revved to version 10.8.4

Intego, a provider of security products built exclusively for Mac users, has released Washing Machine 10.8.4 for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. The upgrade enhances the functionality of the Duplicate cycle. Mac Washing Machine version 10.8.4 gives you more options for finding, verifying and selecting duplicate files.
The app:
° Seeks out files the user no longer uses or needs and quickly cleans them from their machine, freeing up gigabytes of space and increasing Mac performance. These files include downloads, caches, logs and trash.
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10:45
Apple seeds third OS X Yosemite, iOS 8 betas to...

Apple has started seeding third previews of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 to developers. The former is listed as build 14A283o, and can be downloaded via the Mac App Store or the Mac Dev Center. iOS 8 beta 3 is identified as build 12A4318c, and available either as an over-the-air update or through the iOS Dev Center. To go with it, Apple is pushing out new betas of Find my iPhone and Find My Friends....

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10:40
ABBYYFineReader Pro for Mac supports seven more...

ABBYY has released a new version of ABBYY FineReader Pro for Mac. It's now compatible with seven more languages — Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Hebrew and Arabic — bringing the number of supported languages to 180.

The application turns scanned paper documents, PDF files and digital camera images into searchable and editable files, maintaining the original formatting and layout. ABBYY FineReader Express Edition for Mac recognizes text a variety of languages and can distinguish multilingual documents containing up to three languages.
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10:37
Apple’s new coding language Swift receives...


As part of the updates to the Yosemite and iOS betas today, Apple’s new coding language Swift has received several major improvements and tweaks to make the language more consistent and help developers make better, safer apps. The intricacies of the changes are very gibberish to non-developers, but the fixes resolve many of the issues that developers had been requesting. In particular, the new value type model of arrays fixes several inconsistencies and prevents many potential code ‘gotchas’ that could arise in previous Swift builds.
Apple has also updated the...

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10:30
Daily Deals for July 7, 2014, featuring the NYOP...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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10:22
Mac, iOS glitch assigns wrong holidays in official...

Over the weekend, a number of iOS and OS X users have started reporting glitches with Apple's official Calendar app. Affected people will see holidays from other regions appearing on their personal calendar, such as UK holidays in Ireland, or Mexican, Canadian, and even Hong Kong holidays in Lithuania. Some countries appear to be immune to the bug, including the US, the UK, and Russia....

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10:17
Paperless 2.3.2 - Digital documents manager. (Demo)

Paperless is a digital documents manager. Remember when everyone talked about how we would soon be a paperless society? Now it seems like we use paper more than ever. Let's face it - we need and we use paper. But Paperless 2 is one of those incredibly useful applications that will help you manage all your paper and digital documents and at the same time positively affect the environment. When it's tax time no more bringing a shoebox full of receipts to your accountant. According to ruling Rev. Proc. 97-22 from the IRS, a digital document is acceptable. With Paperless 2 you can create a Smart Collection and keep all your documents neat and tidy and in one place. Additionally, once you store your receipts in Paperless 2, you can select the receipts to email, print, or export to PDF, or even show as a chart. Paperless 2 has the ability to keep up and maintain the task of not only reducing your need for paper but managing the paper you use. Simply scan your receipts...

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10:13
Reading Rainbow Finds Pot of Gold


Reading Rainbow's Kickstarter campaign hit a significant milestone last week: It not only raised the $1 million it originally sought to create a Web version of the popular children's television show within the first 24 hours of the campaign, but also wrapped the 35-day effort with an additional $4.4 million for a grand total of $5,408,916 in donations. The project, organized by actor LeVar Burton, host of the original series, set a new fundraising record on Kickstarter, thanks to the 105,857 backers it drew.

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10:01
iOS 8 Beta 3 Tidbits: iCloud Drive Access, New...

Apple today released the third beta of iOS 8, which brings a number of improvements, changes, and bug fixes to the beta software that was first introduced on June 2. iOS 8 beta 3 also includes several minor interface tweaks and modifications that make the beta feel both faster and more polished. We've gathered up a comprehensive list of the enhancements that have been bundled into the release below, and to find out about all of the under-the-radar tweaks in iOS 8, make sure to check out our iOS 8 Hidden Features Roundup. Find My Friends - iOS 8 beta 3 includes a new beta version of the Find My Friends and Find My iPhone apps. According to the release notes, Find My Friends allows users to move their friends list to an iCloud account if necessary. iCloud Drive - There's a new popup window in beta 3 giving users the option to upgrade to iCloud...

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10:00
How much does Metal matter to iOS developers? A ton...

For anyone who hasn't dabbled in the rendering capabilities of Apple's iOS devices, the announcement of Metal -- the new API that Apple claims will offer greater power for games than ever before -- was cool, but that's about it. But for the team...

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09:56
Samsung’s Latest Anti-Apple Ad is Deceptive but...

The role of a good video/TV ad is to develop a voice and a brand, catch people's attention, amuse them and perhaps even tell a compelling story. Samsung's latest anti-Apple does that. What's lacking? Pretty much the truth.

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09:54
Foxconn Bringing in Robots for iPhone 6 Assembly

Hon Hai subsidiary Foxconn, the company that builds iPhones for Apple, is installing 10,000 robots on its assembly lines and plans to have them operational in time to build the iPhone 6. News of the robotic assembly line comes from Hon Hai CEO Terry Gou speaking at a shareholder meeting, and follows reports that the company is hiring some 100,000 workers to build the next iPhone.The Mac Observer Spin: Looks like Foxconn is ready to roll out its own robot overlords. If they perform as expected it's a safe bet there will be fewer human factory worker hires in the future.

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09:49
Passengers Entering US Must Power On Electronic...

Passengers entering the US from "certain overseas airports" will need to be sure their electronic devices turn on, or the device will not be allowed on the plane and the passenger subject to additional screening. The Mac Observer Spin: You have to turn your iPhone off! You have to turn your iPhone on! I'm confused.

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09:42
Next-gen iPhone rumors claim sapphire glass, modest...

Two new leaks have emerged regarding next-generation iPhones, beginning with a video (below) showing an alleged cover panel using sapphire glass. While Apple has partnered with GT Advanced on major sapphire production efforts, it has been highly disputed whether or not that sapphire will be used in displays or simply for smaller components like cameras and Touch ID sensors. Apple could alternately use sapphire in the 5.5-inch iPhone but not the 4.7-inch one, or vice versa....

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09:30
Confessions of an Uber driver

There are some interesting stories here if you have some time.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:25
iPhone Apps: Reeder, Screens, CycleMap
09:13
Apple provides developers with third beta releases...

Apple on Monday moved on step closer to the public release of its next-generation operating systems, giving developers access to a third beta version of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite while updating a number of smaller components.

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09:06
'Extreme' Computing and Other Linux-World...


Well another Independence Day has come and gone here in the land of stars and stripes, causing at least some in the tech blogosphere to turn their thoughts toward freedom. "Digital independence day: Your guide to DIY, open-source, anonymous free computing" was one offering. "It's Time for IT Pros to Declare Their Technology Freedom" was another. Unfortunately, for those of us here in the Linux blogosphere -- where freedom has always been part of the plan -- other headlines have had, shall we say, a moderating effect on all that enthusiasm.

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09:05
Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 3

Alongside iOS 8 beta 3, Apple today released a new version of OS X Yosemite, three weeks after releasing the second Developer Preview and over a month after introducing the new operating system at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The update, build 14A283o, can be downloaded from the Mac App Store or the Mac Dev Center. OS X Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned dock, windows, and more. It also includes a multitude of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new "Today" view in Notification Center that offers integration with third-party apps, a retooled Spotlight search with new data sources, and several new features for...

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09:04
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-07

Apple has a new employee, straight from high end watch maker Tag Heuer. John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to talk about what his role at our favorite Cupertino will be, and they take a look at the new Foxconn assembly line that's about to start building iPhones for Apple.

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09:03
Apple releases OS X 10.10 Yosemite Preview 3 to...


Alongside beta 3 of iOS 8, Apple has released the third preview of OS X 10.10 Yosemite to developers. The update is available in the Mac App Store and under Software Update. We’ll be updating this post with new discoveries. You can let us know what you find at tips@9to5mac.com.


- New QuickTime icon
- Bookmark folders are now accessible via the address bar in Safari.

- Dark Mode has also been...

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09:00
iPad/iPhone artists: the Ten One Design Pogo Art...

Ten One Design is the company that pioneered the capacitive touch screen stylus, and to demonstrate just how artists use their Pogo, Pogo Sketch and Pogo Connect styluses to create amazing works, they've sponsored an annual art contest since 2009....

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08:55
iOS 8 beta 3 released to developers

A little less than three weeks after releasing the second beta of its upcoming iOS 8 software, Apple has released beta 3 to registered developers. We’ll update here with any notable information on what’s included in the new beta.

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08:53
Apple releases iOS 8 beta 3 to developers


Apple has just released iOS 8 beta 3 build number 12A4318c to developers for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update is available in Software Update using the over-the-air update tool. Apple says the new beta brings various bug fixes and improvements. We’ll be updating this post as changes are found. You can send us what you find at tips@9to5Mac.com.


- Toggle for Handoff on iOS 8 beta 3

- Setup toggles for App Analytics and upgrading from Documents in the Cloud to iCloud Drive.
...

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08:52
Apple Releases iOS 8 Beta 3 to Developers

Apple today released the third beta of iOS 8 to developers, three weeks after releasing the second beta update and more than a month since unveiling the new operating system at the Worldwide Developers Conference. The update, build number 12A4318c, is available through Apple's over-the-air updating system on iOS devices and can also be downloaded via the iOS Dev Center. Apple has released a new beta version of Find My iPhone, a brand new iOS 8 version of Find My Friends, a new Apple TV beta, and updates to Swift, the programming language the company introduced at WWDC. iOS 8 introduces a range of new features, including improved integration with OS X through Continuity, a Health app, Family Sharing features, interactive notifications, a new QuickType Keyboard...

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08:49
TSA to require closer look at cell phones, notebooks...


The TSA’s going to want to take a closer look at your iPhone and notebooks on U.S.-bound flights.
Per NBC News, The Transportation Security Administration will not allow cellphones or other electronic devices on U.S.-bound planes at some overseas airports if the devices are not charged and functional.
The new measure is part of the organization’s effort to boost security amid concerns that Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamist Nusra Front, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, are plotting to blow up an airliner, U.S. officials said.
As part of the increased scrutiny at certain airports, security agents may ask travelers to turn on their electronic devices at checkpoints...

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08:44
A New Study confirms that Apple's iPhone 5S is...

A new ABI report published today illustrates that Apple and Samsung account for the majority of the top 20 smartphone models sold worldwide in Q1 2014. Apple's flagship iPhone 5S clocked in as the number one smartphone around the world. Samsung's heavily marketed flagship device Galaxy S4 ...

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08:39
Apple hires Tag Heuer’s Patrick Pruniaux, could see...

This could help with either the retail or the iWatch ends…
Per The Mac Observer, Apple has brought on Patrick Pruniaux, the former vice president of Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer.

Pruniaux’s first day on the job is Monday, albeit his current duties – and possible role on Apple’s much-anticipated iWatch project – have yet to be publicly defined.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

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08:38
Video purports to show flexible sapphire display...

With Apple said to be preparing a move from Corning's Gorilla Glass to an in-house sapphire solution for the display on the so-called "iPhone 6," a new part alleged to be a preproduction sapphire front panel for the device was shown off Monday in a video from Hong Kong.

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08:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: $100 GC w/ iPads, Aros smart...

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:

Apple Deals:

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08:30
Foxconn to introduce high-tech robots to assist with...

Not content to simply design innovative products, Apple has long been interested in developing and employing innovative manufacturing methods as well. To that end, future iPhones may not necessarily be assembled by humans, but by robots.

News of a...

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08:28
iPhone 5S the most popular smartphone worldwide in...

ABI Research is out with its latest report of the top 20 smartphone models sold worldwide with the 16GB iPhone 5s taking the top spot for Q1 2014. Apple and Samsung dominate the majority of the top spots, which is no surprise to anyone following smartphone marketshare numbers. All of the top 5 that ABI shared in its press release are made up of Apple and Samsung devices with variants of the Galaxy S4, S3, and the 8GB iPhone 4 following behind the iPhone 5s.
The report notes that Sony and LG also have models in the top 20 with Xiaomi making its first appearance and Huawei getting bumped out of the rankings:

“The presence of the Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 16GB and iPhone 4s 8GB in the top five is testament...

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08:16
Apple climbs to 15th on latest Fortune Global 500...

Apple has risen from 19th to 15th place in Fortune's annual Global 500 rankings, which chart corporations according to revenue. "Apple, the maker of the globally popular iPhone and iPad devices, posted sales of almost $171 billion in 2013, 9% higher than the prior year," the magazine writes. "But the company has come under pressure in the competitive smartphone business, and its profit shrank 11% to $37 billion from 2012 to 2013. Even so, Apple has a huge amount of cash on hand, and CEO Tim Cook recently deployed some of that cash pile by announcing $30 billion in stock buybacks."......

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Rumor: Apple to incorporate thinner, higher capacity...


The next-gen iPhone’s battery could last that much longer.
Per Chinese web site IT168, Apple may be incorporating a 1,000 mAh battery in its upcoming 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model and a 2,500 mAh battery in the 5.5-inch model.
The end result could be a battery with a larger capacity, an increase of 60 percent from the iPhone 5s to the new battery for the rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6.

Still, even with the larger battery, competitors Samsung and Motorola currently offer a 2,800 mAh battery inside the Samsung Galaxy S5 (which features a 5.1-inch display) while the Motorola Moto X boasts a 2,200 mAh batter (which features a 4.7-inch display).
One reason Apple might consider such a move would be as part of a strategy to...

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Yammer Enterprise now included in Office 365 Midsize...

Jared Spataro is the General Manager of Enterprise Social at Microsoft.
One of our key themes at the SharePoint Conference in March was Work Like a Network. Yammer is at the heart of this new way of getting things done, and ever since the acquisition we’ve been focused on weaving social capabilities deeply into Office 365.
In November we announced the addition of Yammer Enterprise to all Office 365 Enterprise plans. And today—to further support our vision—I’m pleased to announce that Yammer Enterprise has been added to all Office 365 Midsize Business and...

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King announces revolutionary, original mobile title...

King, the $7 billion mobile game company that has made its fortune rehashing popular casual games of the past two decades, is back with another totally original title that is sure to further stuff its pockets with delicious microtransactions. Having...

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