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Thursday June 26

08:51
Briefly: SugarSync updates for Windows, OSX; iOS...

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



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



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

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

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

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08:30
Samsung advertising faux pas hits the World Cup

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

−James Shields, Product Marketing Manager, Outlook.com 

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

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

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

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

Andrew Cunningham

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bug Fixes...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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07:00
iPhone 101: Status bar symbols and what they mean

Similar to the Mac's menu bar, iOS has a status bar at the top of the screen that contains symbols with useful information about your iPhone or iPad. With just a quick glance, you can view which settings are enabled on your device, the strength of...

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06:53
Analysis: Google IO Keynote

With a massive industry keynote, such as yesterday's Google I/O event, comes discussion. Google gave us a lot to toss around with L, Android One, Android Auto, and Android TV, all four both good and bad simultaneously. Join MacNN editor Charles, and Electronista writers Mike and Jordan as we evaluate the ins and outs of the 2.5-hour keynote kicking off Google's annual I/O conference....

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05:50
Apple drops iPod touch prices, powers up 16GB model

The low-priced hits just keep on coming. Apple on Thursday announced a new version of its 16GB iPod touch, available for just $199, as well as dropping prices on the 32GB and 64GB models by $50 and $100, respectively.If you’ve forgotten The Strange Case of the 16GB iPod touch, don’t feel too bad: The $229 model debuted in May 2013 with a few … peculiarities. For one thing, it featured no rear-facing camera, just the front-mounted FaceTime HD camera. It also eschewed the iPod touch loop connector that its siblings sported, and came in just a single color: silver.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:43
Rumor: Third beta of Apple's iOS 8 will be...

Developers may have to wait a few more weeks before the third beta of iOS 8 is supplied, as a new rumor claims that the software is currently scheduled for release on Tuesday, July 8.

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06:30
(RED) thanks Apple for contributions; claims Bono...

U2 frontman Bono made waves earlier this week when, during the course of a Cannes Lions presentation, he seemingly lambasted Apple for not being more vocal about its role in (Product) RED.

"Apple is so f*cking annoyingly quiet about the fact they've...

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06:28
iOS 8 Beta 3 Reportedly Not Launching Until Tuesday...

The third beta release of iOS 8 will not occur until Tuesday, July 8, according to a report from BGR. That timeframe would mark a three-week interval following the release of the second beta last week. Apple commonly begins seeding versions of its major new iOS versions on roughly two-week intervals, moving to three-week intervals later in the testing period as work progresses. For example, with iOS 7 last year, the second and third betas arrived two weeks after their predecessors with the fourth beta shifting to a three-week interval. Apple did, however, then follow that with several intervals of around a week as it pushed out an urgent bug fix. iOS 6 followed a similar pattern without the interim bug fix,...

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06:21
The Weather Channel iPad app gets new iOS 7-style...



The Weather Channel app for iPad gets a nice update today that brings an overhauled design that the company says is closely aligned to the iOS 7 aesthetic. It also introduces new background photos that display the current weather conditions of the location you’re viewing and tweaked navigation that makes moving around the app easier.
The Weather Channel will officially be replacing Yahoo as the source for Apple’s stock Weather app in the upcoming release of...

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06:12
iPod touch line updates with better 16GB model,...

Apple has done a surprise refresh of the iPod touch lineup, improving features on the 16GB model while implementing universal price cuts. The 16GB player has been given back a rear-facing iSight camera, and now has a full range of color options, as opposed to just space grey. Price cuts, meanwhile, have pushed the 16GB option from $229 to $199, and its 32GB counterpart from $299 to $249. The 64GB model has received the most drastic discount, shifting from $399 to $299....

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06:05
Report: Apple working on smart home hardware

Apple is reportedly working on its own smart home hardware products that integrate with the company’s current devices, according to 9to5Mac. Development of these home devices has advanced “beyond the exploratory phase,” and sources said Apple thinks the devices could have “mainstream” usage — sources noted Apple is looking…

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06:05
'Lifelike' New Robots Deliver News, Chat...


Two humanoid robots on Wednesday made their debut as part of a new exhibit at Japan's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, or Miraikan. The newly unveiled Kodomoroid -- a child android -- and Otonaroid, an adult female android, are designed to fill human roles as the world's first android announcer and as the Miraikan's android science communicator, respectively. Along with Telenoid -- a minimalistic humanlike robot introduced in 2010 -- the two are part of a new exhibition at the museum entitled, "Android: What is Human?"

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06:02
Claimed 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Rear Shell Shown in Video...

Japenese blog Mac Otakara today published a video showing what is claimed to be the rear shell from a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 alongside the iPhone 5s and several iPhone 6 mockups. Similar to earlier photos, the Mac Otakara shell includes a complex internal structure and cutouts for the camera, flash and Apple logo. In line with previous rumors, the shell is significantly thinner than the iPhone 5s and has all of the anticipated cutouts for the iPhone 6, including a mute switch and elongated volume buttons similar to those on the current iPod touch. The shell also houses a cutout for a SIM card tray and possibly the power button, which may be moved from to the top edge to the side to make it more accessible when using the larger...

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06:00
Analyst: Apple to sell 80M iPhone 6 Units in 2014

Topology Research Institute thinks demand is so high for the unannounced iPhone 6 that Apple will sell 80 million units by the end of the year. Assuming the new model, or models, launch in September, that equates to about 20 million iPhone 6 units sold every month for the last four months of the year.The Mac Observer Spin: There's clearly a lot of interest in Apple's next iPhone model. Assuming the company can produce inventory fast enough, it may be able to hit TRI's numbers.

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: 'Not always the most reliable of...

Apple rumored to improve durability of new Touch ID hardware in 2014 iPhones, iPads (AppleInsider)

The source for this claim is, of course, some Asian publication which, of course, offers absolutely no evidence for its claims. In other words, one of...

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05:47
Apple said to be working on ‘mainstream’ Smart Home...

With iPhones in pockets, Macs on desks, iPads in bags, and iWatches soon coming to the wrist, Apple is said to be eyeing another category for continued growth: Smart Home hardware. The Cupertino-company is said to have assembled a team to work on various hardware products for the home that deeply integrate with the existing array of Apple devices on the market…

The development of these home products could be paused at anytime, but Apple is said to be beyond the exploratory phase of development.
Sources have not yet specified what category of home devices Apple is developing, but the people did note that Apple believes the home to be an incredibly important and lucrative potential market and that the devices will see “mainstream” usage.
The sources say that Apple is unlikely to move forward with devices to...

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05:43
Why developers still develop for iOS before Android

Quartz:

Most promising app startups with venture capital investments that we analyzed are either building apps for iOS and Android simultaneously or are still iOS-only. Looking at 119 recent Y Combinator incubator participants and Google Ventures seed investments, of those offering apps, more than 90% had iOS apps, about half had both iOS and Android apps, and fewer than 10% only had Android apps. Among those with both, their iOS app typically launched several months ahead of their Android app.

Why is this true? Read on.
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05:40
Samsung May Launch Next Smartphone with Side Flex...

According to a new Korean report published today, display industry sources have revealed that Samsung and LG Electronics are planning to roll out new smartphones with 5-inch flexible displays as early as this September. The more interesting of the two designs may be the one that Samsung is currently working on.

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05:23
MacUpdate app keeps your non-Mac App Store software...


While your Mac should automatically alert you to updates downloaded from the Mac App Store, you may not be aware of updates available for software purchased elsewhere. MacUpdate Desktop 6 alerts you to updates on thousands of software titles, as well as enabling one-click installation of new apps.
The software and corresponding MacUpdate account are free – for up to five updates a month. Unlimited updates will cost you $20 a year.
The video below gives an overview of how it works, and you can download the software here.
Filed under: Apps Tagged: App Store, Apple, iTunes, Mac App Store...

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05:22
External Link: Apple Lowers iPod touch Prices

Apple has introduced a 16 GB iPod touch for $199, while lowering prices on the existing models to $249 for 32 GB of storage and $299 for 64 GB. However, nothing else has been upgraded — these are the same A5-equipped models we’ve seen since 2012. However, it does break Apple’s traditional $100 storage upgrade pattern for the iPod touch. We can only hope that carries over to the iPhone and iPad. 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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05:17
SoundCloud iPhone app gets complete redesign, iPad...




SoundCloud, the popular music and audio uploading and discovery service, today released an update to its iPhone app that introduces a completely new design. For users of the previous version, the updated design is instantly noticeable with a much cleaner and more streamlined look and feel throughout the app....

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05:00
Apple adds new $199 16 GB iPod Touch, cuts prices on...

Apple today refreshed its iPod touch lineup, discontinuing the silver 16GB iPod touch (US$229) and replacing it with a new $199 model. Hardware-wise, the new entry-level iPod touch is identical to the existing 32 GB and 64 GB models and includes both...

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04:58
Stellar Data Recovery rolls out Image Converter for...

Stellar Data Recovery (http://www.stellarinfo.com/) has introduced Stellar Image Converter for Mac, an all new tool to help users convert their images from one format to another.
Image Converter identifies 34 different image formats and helps conversion of these into 14 image file formats such as JPEG, BMP, PNG and more. You can convert among multiple image formats and save them to other image file formatsas needed.
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04:39
Apple Adds Rear Camera to 16GB iPod touch, Lowers...

Apple quietly updated the 16GBV iPod touch on Thursday, adding a 5 megapixel camera to the iOS-based media player. The company also lowered the model's price to US$199 from $229, and cut the prices for the 32GB and 64GB versions, too.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple introduced the 16GB iPod touch last year in May, so if a rear-facing camera and price cuts are the only updates this year, it's a pretty good indicator the company is focusing more on the iPhone and iPad. That said, the lower prices are a welcome change.

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04:37
Apple adds cameras and colors to now $199 16GB iPod...

Apple has updated its Online Store with a new $199 iPod touch, discontinuing the frontside-only $229 iPod touch in the process. The new 16 GB Touch, which ships today, is now almost identical to the 32 GB and 64 GB models, including a rear camera. However, it seems that the $9 loop accessory is not bundled with the $199 model. Customers wanting the loop will have to purchase it separately. Incidentally, this means that the 16 GB SKU is now available in the same color choices as the more expensive sizes, no longer limited to only Space Gray.
The prices for the 32 GB and 64 GB model have also fallen. The 32 GB model now costs $249 (down from $299) and the 64 GB model costs $299 (from $399), a significant $100 drop.
These new price points aren’t particularly shocking or unprecedented since we have seen better prices...

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04:32
Apple intros new 16GB iPod touch, cuts prices on 32/...

Apple has quietly switched up its iPod touch 5G lineup, replacing the rear camera-less 16GB model introduced last year with a model that now has feature parity with the higher capacity units. Further, this new 16GB iPod touch now sells for $199—$30 less…

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04:28
Apple Launches New 16GB iPod Touch for $199, Drops...

Following our report from earlier today, Apple has launched its new entry-level 16 GB fifth-generation iPod touch, while also cutting the price on the current 32/64 GB iPod touch, offering them for $249 and $299, respectively. The new iPod touch is available in six different colors with a rear camera and a lower price tag of $199. The 16 GB model now offers the same features as the larger capacity models, although the Loop wrist strap is sold separately on the 16 GB model and included with 32 and 64 GB models. The fifth-generation iPod touch originally debuted in October of 2012 with a $299 price tag, but Apple expanded the lineup with a lower-cost, silver-only 16GB model that shipped without a rear camera and lower price point...

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04:22
Video of claimed actual iPhone 6 back emerges...

French site NWE has posted a video it says is of the actual back of the 4.7-inch model of the iPhone 6, contrasting it with much simpler mockups.
While there’s no way to assess whether the part is genuine, it certainly looks convincing. The many mockups floating around are essentially featureless inside, but this appears to have the detail of the real thing. If it’s a hoax, it’s an extremely elaborate one … 
We’ve previously seen claimed photos of both the front and back of the iPhone 6, but...

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04:19
Google reveals changes to Google Docs, Google Drive

Google announced a number of changes to Google Drive and Google Docs as part of its Google I/O keynote yesterday. As part of a more serious effort to take on Microsoft in enterprise, Google has launched a subscription to Google Drive for Work, providing unlimited online storage to business customers for $10 per month per user, among other extra new features....

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04:07
Apple launches $199 16GB iPod touch with rear camera...

Apple's entry-level 16-gigabyte iPod touch received an update on Thursday, dropping the price to $199 while adding a rear iSight camera and expanding its color options to six. Apple also slashed prices on the 32- and 64-gigabyte variants, now priced respectively at $249 and $299.

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04:02
First look: Opera Mini 8 for iOS brings redesign,...

Opera on Thursday released the revamped Opera Mini 8 mobile Web browser with a "flattened" design, updated data savings features and user interface tweaks.

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04:00
Google I/O 2014 Focuses on Integration

With a plethora of promised products and services at its developer conference, Google is stepping up its competition with Apple. Announced at Google I/O 2014 were a fresh new design language, increased integration between devices, and a new push for the living room. 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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03:55
Subtitle Studio for Mac OS X gets Tap2Sync feature

TheKeptPromise has released Subtitle Studio 1.1 (http://tinyurl.com/q5jrxlw), an update of its US$9.99 subtitle adding app for Mac OS X. The upgrade, free to registered users, introduces an all new Tap2Sync feature.
With it you can convert a transcript into subtitles by watching your video. Just listen and tap when the next line starts.
To use the software you drop your movie onto Subtitle Studio. The app will auto-search for missing subtitles. You can sync subtitle with a single button, hit save, and you're done.
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03:50
Nikon D810 introduced as upgraded version of D800

Nikon has launched a follow-up DSLR to its D800 digital camera. Having the same resolution as its predecessor, the 36.3-megapixel sensor in the new D810 is an FX-format version which leaves off the optical low pass filter and works with the Expeed 4 image processing engine found in the D4S, allowing it to improve image detail for both still shots and for video recording....

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03:24
Recommended reading: 'The Art of LEGO Design...

LEGO is enjoying a renaissance thanks in part to "The LEGO Movie." However, LEGO artists like Nathan Sawaya and Mike Doyle have been creating museum-quality artwork with these plastic bricks for over a decade. Now they're sharing their secrets in "The Art of LEGO Design" (http://tinyurl.com/pncypgc) from No Starch Press (US$24.95).
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03:15
Cooliris launches BeamIt worldwide

Cooliris (www.cooliris.com) has launched BeamIt, a mobile app and service that blends private messaging with a photo experience.
BeamIt seamlessly integrates photos and text and introduces powerful features new to the messaging world, according to says Soujanya Bhumkar, Cooliris CEO and co-founder. With Photo Drawers, users can share hundreds of photos at once, all in full resolution, without interrupting the flow of the conversation.
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03:12
Turns out, Dr. Seuss was really Dr. Soice

I came across the linked article on commonly mispronounced words. Pretty good list. The first one really surprised me.

Children’s writer Theodor Seuss Geisel, more commonly known as Dr. Seuss, pronounced his middle name (and pen name) as soice, not soose.
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03:10
Worldwide monitor market undergoes a slight decline

Worldwide PC monitor shipments totaled nearly 33.7 million units in the first quarter of 2014 (1Q14), a year-over-year decline of -0.4%, according to the IDC (www.idc.com) research group. IDC expects worldwide shipments to continue on their current trajectory, slipping to 106 million units for the full year 2018.
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03:02
QuickLicense for the Mac updated with new features...

QuickLicense 7.0.4 on Mac and Windows from Excel Software (http://www.excelsoftware.com) has been enhanced with new features for Excel spreadsheets delivered as a protected EXE or APP file.  QuickLicense was also enhanced to support new features in WebActivation 2.0.  
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02:49
Google’s numbers show iOS generates 4x more average...

It’s long been known that iOS users are more profitable for developers than Android users, but figures released by Google at the Google I/O conference and crunched by Benedict Evans provide some hard data on just how big that gap is.

Google Android users in total are spending around half as much on apps on more than twice the user base, and hence app ARPU on Android is roughly a quarter of iOS.

The key reason, of course, is that Apple makes only high-end devices that attract people with a decent amount of disposable income, while Android spans everything from cheap-and-cheerful devices offered exclusively in developing countries all the way through to high-end phones like the Galaxy S5 and...

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02:32
Review: OWC Mercury Elite Pro Mini dual-drive...

One of the reasons I like Macs is that their useful life tends to be significantly longer than that of a typical Windows machine. This is especially true of the pre-Retina MacBook Pro models, where it’s trivial to upgrade both the RAM and the drive.
I’d previously swapped out the 750GB hard drive and optical drive that came with my late-2011 MacBook Pro 17 for two 1TB hard drives. Along with a RAM upgrade, that gave me a 16GB RAM, 2TB hard drive machine. The plan was to use the machine in that form for a year or two, then do a further upgrade to SSDs once 1TB models arrived and fell to a halfway sensible price.
When that finally happened, and I did the upgrade, that gave me two 1TB hard drives surplus to requirements. I could...

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02:20
New, cheaper, iPod touch model rumored to launch...


Multiple sources are indicating that Apple will launch a new variant of the iPod touch next week. iGen.fr is saying that the same source who leaked information about the early 2013 16 GB 5th generation iPod touch is now saying yet another model will launch in the near future. However, their report does not go into specifics about particular changes.
MacRumors believes that the new device will be a modified version of the current 16 GB iPod touch at a lower price point. According to the site, the low-end Touch will reclaim a back-facing camera and go on sale for $199. Compared to the...

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02:03
Apple Reveals More on LED Keyboards & Multitouch...

On June 26, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals the development of an LED based keyboard.

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01:15
Skype 6.18.0.493 - Voice-over-internet phone and...

Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype eliminates the central server as a middle manager. Today, millions of individuals and businesses are taking advantage of Skype's diverse communication features:

  • Free Skype-to-Skype
  • Landline and cellphone calling
  • SMS and instant messaging
  • Voicemail
  • Free video calls
  • Call forwarding to your phone when you're offline

Skype-to-Skype calls, video calls and instant messaging are free, 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world. Users can make phone calls and send SMS messages at great value Pay-As-You-Go rates, or make unlimited calls to certain countries with a subscription.Version 6.18.0.493: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

  • OS X 10.9 or later
  • Microphone
  • ...

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Wednesday June 25

23:58
Review: ioSafe 214 disaster-proof NAS packs in high-...

Many companies are in the business of keeping data safe from digital threats like hackers and viruses, but few focus on the physical dangers of storing it on-site. ioSafe built its brand on so-called "disaster-proof" servers and the latest two-bay 214 model strikes the perfect balance of protection and price.

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23:50
Apple Planning to Launch New $199 16GB iPod Touch...

Apple appears to be planning on launching a new 16GB fifth-generation iPod touch, according to a source that spoke to MacRumors. The new iPod touch would be a 16GB version of the current 32/64GB iPod touch, coming in six different colors with a rear camera and a lower price tag of $199. Separately, iGen.fr reports that they have heard that a new iPod touch will indeed be launching on Tuesday of next week. Their source did not directly corroborate the pricing and specs, but did say it was a single model only, and not a revision of the entire iPod touch line. Apple initially launched the 32/64GB fifth-generation iPod touch in October of 2012 with a $299 price tag, but later added a lower-cost silver-...

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23:44
Rumor: Apple to limit 128GB 'iPhone 6'...

According to a rumor out of China, Apple may release a 128GB version of its next-generation iPhone, but restrict the option to a higher-end 5.5-inch model in a bid to differentiate the "phablet" device from the company's stable of smartphones.

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22:59
Bono remarks taken out of context, (RED) protests

Media reports have mischaracterized U2 lead singer and (Product) RED founder Bono's recent comments that appear to call Apple to task over its "modesty run amok" approach to the iPhone makers (RED)-branded offerings, the charity has protested in a new blog post. Video of the meeting at the Cannes Lion festival between Bono and Apple SVP of Design Sir Jonathan Ive would appear to support the foundation's explanation that Bono's remarks represented "faux outrage" and were intended to poke fun at Apple's modesty about the partnership.......

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22:07
Briefly: Otterbox's new tablet system,...

Technology accessories producer Otterbox has introduced its new Agility tablet system at CE Week, each comprised of five components. Its polycarbonate, magnetic shell snaps to the tablet, which can attach to a folio, mount on a wall or connect to a dock. The folio micro-suede cover feature provides scratch resistance, and is available in Folio, Portfolio and Deluxe Folio. Other components to the tablet system include a wall mount, dock and power dock. Upon release, Agility will be available through Otterbox and Best Buy. Versions of the Agility tablet system are compatible with iPad Air, iPad......

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21:30
Briefly: Google Drive iOS update, Jump 800mAh...

Google Drive has received an update for its iOS app, offering a variety of improvements. Drive allows users ti view documents, PDFs, photos, videos and more, by accessing one's personal cloud account. Files can be searched for and shared with others. Google Drive v3.1.0 offers an incoming view of files that have been shared with the user as they arrive....

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20:21
Only the 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 May Offer 128 GB Models

Earlier today it was reported that the iPhone 6 would launch in 32 GB and 64 GB variants, indicating that Apple may not launch a 16 GB variant of the next iPhone and leaving many wondering whether Apple would introduce a third 128 GB variant. Now Chinese site Wei Feng [Google Translate] is reporting that Apple may introduce a 128 GB variant only for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. 5.5" iPhone 6 model via TechSmartt The site says that the storage size...

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20:10
Samsung warns investors that Q2 'doesn't...

On top of an early warning in April that profits would be down from the year-ago quarter in fiscal Q2, a rare public statement from Samsung's CFO has sent the Galaxy maker's stock tumbling on a warning that the balance sheet "doesn't look too good." The statement was later confirmed by Samsung, amounting to a full-throated warning on earnings that sent the company's stock tumbling nearly two percent, on top of a month-long 8.5 percent decline. Initial blame for the disappointment is centering on sales of the Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone.......

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18:21
Google's Keynote Video, Funny Statistics &...

For those who want to know what Google is up to lately, we present you with the full Google I/O keynote in the video above. The keynote covers such matters as Android Wear, Android Auto (that will compete with Apple's CarPlay), Android TV, Chromecast (and new apps for Android and iOS), Google Play, Google Fit, and more. Our report also covers more of Google's funny statistics and a few notable highlights that drew attention by the press at this year's Google I/O.

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17:44
Costco online now carrying iPhones, iPads at up to $...

Nearly four years after Costco and Apple had a falling out that resulted in the discount chain pulling all Apple products from its warehouse outlets, the discounter is now again selling iPhones and iPads, albeit in a limited fashion for the time being in its US stores. After first bringing back iTunes gift cards to the stores, the Costco Mobile online store is now carrying 16GB models of the iPhone 5s and 5c, as well as the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, with discounts as high as $121 off retail....

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17:20
ACM 260: Google I/O, Nest and Giving Up Our Privacy

Google's I/O conference keynote happened earlier today and the Internet search giant made it clear it wants a place on our wrists and in our homes. Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin talk about why it's up to Apple to think outside the box in the wearables market, what Google's plans means for our personal privacy, and how they feel about Nest sharing our information with Google.

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17:18
Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.3 - Popular productivity...

Microsoft Office 2011 helps you create professional documents and presentations. And since Office for Mac 2011 is compatible with Office for Windows, you can work on documents with virtually anyone, anywhere. Work well with others. Be on the same page with Office for Mac and Office for Windows, including new features in Office 2010. Whether you're looking to share files or work together online, now you can do it with complete confidence, knowing that Office for Mac is most compatible with Office for Windows. With Office being used on more than 1 billion Macs and PCs worldwide, you can work with practically anyone you want, how you want, wherever you want-with no worries. Save time with software you already know. Learning new software can be time-consuming. Office for Mac 2011 contains the familiar commands, formats, and interfaces you already know, so you can start working right away. It's never been easier to switch from Mac to PC...

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17:03
Google I/O 2014 Keynote Highlights: Wear, Cars, and...

Google kicked off its own developer conference Wednesday, titled Google I/O, with a keynote address. Not content with just phones and tablets, the Android OS has extended to cars and TVs and watches too. With health tracking.The Mac Observer Spin: Different approaches to the same issue are a good thing. It's fascinating to watch Google show an alternate path. I was really interested until I saw that giant slab of glass on each presenter's wrist.

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17:00
OmniOutliner 4.1

Adds several improvements and new features, including improved export to Microsoft Word in the Pro edition. ($49.99 new, free update, 46.4 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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17:00
LilGadgets Untangled Pro Wireless Bluetooth...

Headphones are a challenging purchase for parents. Most are sized for adults and don't fit children properly. Those that are styled for kids are sometimes pricey and often poorly made. This is a niche that LilGadgets hopes to address with their...

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16:30
VoxyPAD: Clever iOS tool for real-time sharing of...

VoxyPAD (free) is an innovative and easy to use app for sharing and annotating documents, photos and web pages with others while talking about those shared items in real time.

VoxyPad features instant messaging and you can send a message to another...

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16:00
EU regulators to decide on Apple's Beats...

Reuters reports that EU antitrust regulators will decide by July 30 whether or not they'll give the green light to Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats.

"The Commission can either clear the deal unconditionally or demand concessions if it sees...

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15:55
Amplified: Sitting Outside

Jim and Dan discuss Google Glass streaming live video, Google TV, Apple TV, HBO Go and cable companies, Apple’s iCloud strategy, The New York Times and Walmart, placing trust in news organizations, Dropcam, Nest and privacy limits, the MacBook Air to Surface Pro 3 upgrade path, Bono’s (Red) rant, and more.

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15:52
Google’s fragmentation problem in one picture

It makes me want to pull my hair out just looking at this mess.
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15:30
Bricks puts a new spin on the old block-busting genre

Putting a new spin on an established game mechanic isn't easy, and when you're talking about a game idea as simple as bouncing a ball off of a block, innovation is even more difficult. But against all odds, the new iOS game Bricks manages to pull it...

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15:19
Apple sends out fourth OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks beta...

A day ahead of schedule, Apple has released an updated beta of the forthcoming OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 update to developers and Beta Seed Program members of the public for testing. As usual, the new build (13E25) contains very minor tweaks and bug fixes, with no new focus areas or known problems. As before, the release notes direct attention to the areas of graphics drivers, Safari, Bluetooth, the App Store, Finder and audio drivers....

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15:06
Google I/O Offers Devs Big Bonanza


Google on Wednesday announced a plethora of opportunities for developers at its I/O conference. The upcoming version of Android, currently known as "L," will have 5,000 new apps. Android L offers a new design language consistent across Android, desktops, tablets and the Web. It will enable smooth animations for screens, apps and platforms, as well as seamless transitions among notebooks, smartphones, tablets, TV screens and automobile dashboard screens. "It's all about developing the ecosystem," said tech analyst Ronald Gruia.

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15:06
Apple products return to Costco with deep discounts...

A year and a half after Costco stopped selling Apple products through its brick-and-mortar and online stores, the discount wholesaler is now carrying current iPhone and iPad models at discounts up to $120 off retail pricing.

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15:00
On Apple and privacy protection

In a recent piece for Macworld, security analyst Rich Mogull took a close look at Apple's privacy policies and was generally pleased with what he discovered. In a broad sense, Mogull found that Apple shied away from the boilerplate legalese that so...

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14:35
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for June 25, 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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14:28
Costco makes up with Apple, starts selling iPhone...


It seems Costco has once again started selling specific Apple products several years after it dropped the company’s wares over Apple’s decision to not let the retailer carry the iPad. Not every model, carrier, capacity, or color are represented in Coscto’s stock, and all of the devices are only available online (except for the T-Mobile versions, which aren’t available online at all).
The 16 GB iPhone 5s on AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon will run...

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14:00
Angela Ahrendts discusses her transition to Apple

Angela Ahrendts is an inspiration for anyone grew up in a small town with dreams of a better life. From her humble roots in New Palestine, Indiana she worked her way through the fashion industry, eventually climbing to a position as CEO of Burberry...

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13:57
Nokia X2 Mixes and Matches Android Apps, Windows...


Microsoft on Tuesday announced the launch of the Nokia X2, the first device to come out in Nokia's Android-based X line since Microsoft acquired the company earlier this year. The Nokia X series targets emerging markets with a low-cost family of smartphones offering access to Android apps and Microsoft services. However, the new Nokia X2 offers an enhanced experience, with more Microsoft services, an updated Fastlane feature, and upgraded specifications including a 4.3-inch ClearBlack display and 5-MP rear camera with autofocus and flash.

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13:41
The latest iOS apps: June 25

Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.
DropOut Studios has announced sympol. The free game challenges players to trace symbols accurately at a quickening pace.
Cliffhanger Productions has released Aerena: Clash of Champions. It's a free, turn-based, strategy game.
iRead Solutions has introduced VisuCaller for the iPhone. The free app lets you initiate phone numbers, web and map addresses from printed text in magazines, posters, business cards, signs, flyers, newspapers.
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13:35
(RED) explains away Bono's 'criticism...

After singer Bono supposedly criticized Apple of overt modesty on Monday, the U2 frontman's (RED) AIDS relief foundation issued an explanation of the comments and thanked the Cupertino company for being its biggest supporter.

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13:30
The loneliest iMac

I don't know the back story behind how or why this iMac is just chilling out on a random sidewalk with a set of golf clubs. Either it's being sent to the landfill with some outdated metal poles, or it's waiting for a friend to pick it up and take it...

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13:20
Google's Sundar Pichai targets the enterprise...

Google's head of Android development Sundar Pichai made brief remarks at Google IO to address the enterprise, a market that so far has largely ignored Android while enthusiastically adopting Apple's iOS mobile platform. Notably, his solution involved a "contribution" of Knox security by Samsung, Android's largest licensee.

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13:17
Google Intros Android One Smartphones for Emerging...

Google's Sundar Pichai, senior vice president at Google, introduced their new Android One initiative at their annual Google I/O developer conference in California today. The new Android One hardware platform is designed primarily to assist OEM's who are selling entry level smartphones into emerging markets. Selling the next billion Android phones depends on this initiative taking flight.

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13:05
Up Close With the olloclip 4-IN-1 Photo Lens for iPad

olloclip is well known for its lens kits for the iPhone going back to the iPhone 4s. These small, easy-to-attach lenses typically include a wide-angle, fisheye and Macro capability. Now, olloclip has launched the olloclip 4-IN-1 Photo Lens for iPad, and it carries on a great tradition.

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12:59
(Product) RED Thanks Apple for Contributions...

Apple's (Product) RED contributions towards the fight against AIDS now total $75 million, according to a blog post on the (RED) website. The post, which thanks Apple for its generous contributions, notes that the company is (Product) RED's biggest partner. (RED) also addresses commentary from U2 frontman Bono, who leads the charity. At the Cannes Lions festival earlier this week, Bono and Apple design chief Jony Ive gave an interview where Bono commented on Apple's reluctance to use heavy (RED) branding, calling it "modesty run amok." According to the (RED) blog post, Bono was simply teasing Ive and Apple about its reluctance to "take credit for its charitable work," going on to say that his humor was taken out of context and confirming that both Bono and (RED) are "so grateful" to Steve Jobs, Tim Cook, Jony Ive...

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12:55
TUAW TV Live: It's your call!

Sometimes it's hard to think of a topic for TUAW TV Live. I mean, this show has been going on the air weekly since December 23, 2009, so it can be a real head-scratcher trying to come up with something to talk about. When all else fails, we'll resort...

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12:54
Google's Android Tablet Shipment vs Usage...

There's been a lot of discussion in the Apple community over the years about how Google and specifically Samsung quote "shipments" vs usage or units sold. Well, Google presented a debatable theory about that very topic at Google I/O today that you might find interesting. I found it to be very entertaining.

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12:43
The Garage Series for Office 365: Quick Tour and...

What is Office 365 and how has it evolved in the past year? This week Jeremy Chapman is joined by Office 365 General Manager, Julia White, to answer that question and give a lightning tour and review of the latest Office 365 innovations. If you haven’t been following Office 365 developments or think its primarily cloud-based email or browser-based Office, you’ll want to check out this show.

Jeremy:
This has been a huge week for Office 365 in transforming how we communicate and roll out change to Office 365 and its been a huge year for Office 365. In the past year we’ve had more than 100 new features added to Office 365, from device support with iOS and Android to advances in machine learning  technologies – where information finds you without needing to search for it.
When we were planning for this show, we were both thinking about how often we hear “Office 365 is Exchange...

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12:41
Apple issues OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks beta to...

One week after seeding the last OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks beta, Apple on Thursday issued to developers a new build of the upcoming maintenance update, with the latest version coming with minor bug fixes and minor tweaks.

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12:40
Apple pushes OS X 10.9.4 beta build 13E25 to...

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Apple has released another beta of the upcoming 10.9.4 release of its OS X operating system to developers. The new beta has a build number of 13E25. The update is available through Software Update on 10.9.4 systems and can be found on the Mac developer center as well.
The previous build, 13E19, was released on June 19th.
 Filed under: Developers Tagged: 10.9.4, 13E25, developers, mavericks, OS X,...

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12:38
The SmartPlane, a Smartphone-Controlled Aircraft: $...

Longtime readers know that I love toys, especially when they're controlled from my iPhone or iPad. Check out the SmartPlane, a biwing airplane that can be controlled from most iOS devices and some Android devices. It uses Bluetooth LE (Bluetooth Smart) for controlling, and the company said pairing is easy from the custom control app. It works with iphone 4S or newer; iPod touch 5th Gen or newer; iPad 3rd Gen or newer; iPad mini. On the Android side, you need Bluetooth Smart and Android 4.3 or newer. There's a video showing the plane in use, but please don't be that guy that buzzes passersby. Through our deal, the SmartPlane is $49.99.

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12:23
Steven Levy joins Medium

Levy has been part of many great publications, but at Medium he will be starting a tech hub “that strives to bring well-reported, lively, and meaningful reporting and writing to what is already shaping up as a terrific platform for the written word.”

Interesting.
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12:16
Supreme Court Says Cell Phone Searches Require...

In a decision that backs up the idea that cell phones and smartphones deserve the same privacy protections from the government as other parts of our lives, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled police must obtain search warrants before looking through the contents of our iPhones. Previously, law enforcement agencies could look through text messages, email messages, photos and more on smartphones to collect evidence without using search warrants.

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12:01
The only thing you need to read about today’s weird...

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The Daily Dot:

Where Google I/O keynotes of years past have included huge reveals like the Chromebook notebook line and Nexus tablet, this year’s event was different…but that didn’t stop it from being crazy in its own right.

It’s not really the “only thing you need to read” but it might just be one of the most amusing things you read about today’s Google I/O keynote.
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12:00
Dropbox for iOS update adds new setup and file...

Dropbox for iOS has been steadily improving since it was released, but the latest update makes the service easier to use on both your phone and your computer, along with introducing new file management options.

The biggest, or maybe the most...

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11:49
MacUpdate Desktop 6 promises one-click app installs

MacUpdate has released MacUpdate Desktop 6, an app intended to simplify installing and updating Mac software. The title relies on the company's own directory, but permits one-click installs, and regularly scans for updates to installed programs, which can be applied via Desktop or a new OS X menu bar item. Although the Mac App Store handles similar functions, MacUpdate notes that it also covers software not hosted there, such as Skype....

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11:38
Google acquires iOS, Android mobile app testing firm...

At Google's I/O conference, the search engine giant announced that it had acquired app-testing firm Appurify. The firm specializes in simulated cross-platform environments for app testing. Google isn't shutting down the public-facing aspects of the service, and notes that it is moving to a "freemium" pay-as-you-go model....

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11:26
Car makers will offer Android Auto alongside CarPlay...


How will Google’s new ‘Android Auto’ CarPlay competitor compare? On top of opening up the SDK, unlike Apple, to messaging and audio apps, it also has a ton of support right of the bat through the Open Automotive Alliance. Following Google’s unveiling of its new Android Auto connected car platform, a long list of both new and old members of the Open Automotive Alliance have confirmed support for the new feature. Many of which are also confirmed partners for CarPlay and at least some plan to launch both platforms...

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11:25
Google Drive 3.1 for iOS released with activity...



In addition to previewing the next version of Android dubbed “L”, Android Auto, Android TV, new Chromecast features, and more, Google released an updated version of Google Drive for iPhone and iPad. The new version brings enhances to file sharing giving users the ability...

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11:24
External Link: The Real Reason Apple Cares About...

Our own Rich Mogull, writing for Macworld, has penned an overview of Apple’s privacy protections, along with an analysis of why they’re in place. In short, Apple outdoes Google and Facebook on user privacy, because they’re in the hardware business — not the advertising business. Privacy, in turn, becomes a key advantage for Apple’s hardware business. 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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11:12
The Supreme Court just killed Aereo

Today, the Supreme Court ruled against Aereo. Looks like that’s the end of the line for this experiment.
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11:00
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

TinyPDF - Fill Forms,...

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10:51
Why Apple really cares about your privacy

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Macworld:

Corporations generally limit their altruism to charity, not to core product and business decisions. Apple likely sees a competitive advantage in privacy, especially when its biggest direct competition comes from advertising giant Google and the enterprise-friendly Microsoft. Apple believes consumers not only desire privacy, but will increasingly value privacy as a factor in their buying decisions.

It will be interesting to see if, going forward, average consumers start taking these kinds of issues into consideration when purchasing and using various products and services.
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10:44
Google takes on Apple TV with Android TV connected...

Search giant Google on Thursday previewed its latest play for consumers' living rooms with Android TV, a new platform for connected televisions and set-top boxes that brings streaming audio and video alongside custom apps and games.

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10:37
Supreme Court rules warrants required for cell phone...

In a ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) this morning, judges declared unanimously that warrants are necessary to search cell phones. Previously when police arrested individuals, officers were allowed to seize items on the person or nearby as evidence. With the ruling, law enforcement can inspect the phone, but none of the information within it without obtaining a warrant....

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10:30
Android Auto SDK ships, Open Auto-equipped vehicles...

A new "Android Auto" product unveiled by Google today at its I/O conference. The car-centric branch of Android prioritizes safety, navigation with a large, custom interface with voice control. The implementation links an in-dash screen to an Android phone carried by the user. Android Auto will be available to users with the public "L" release, with 40 partners in the Open Auto Alliance, with the first Android Auto cars being sold later this year....

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10:30
Daily Deals for June 25, 2014, featuring the 0-100...

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

TUAW's Daily Deals

Aviiq Concert Series Tangle-Free Earphones + Mic...

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10:18
Google announces Android Auto platform for cars,...

Google is pushing for its Android platform to be omnipresent, with the unveiling of a the new voice-enabled Android Auto operating system, and new wrist-worn, fitness-tracking devices running the upcoming Android Wear platform.

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10:15
Android Wear demoed, first devices using new UI...

At Google's 2014 I/O conference, the company has given more details on the company's previously announced Android Wear platform. Amongst other improvements, the operating system for wearables supports both rectangular and circular screens natively in a large array of sizes....

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10:12
Google Announces 'Android Auto' CarPlay...

At its Google I/O developer's conference in San Francisco, Google today announced Android Auto, its answer to Apple's CarPlay. Much like CarPlay, Android Auto is designed to bring the Android experience to a car's in-dash infotainment system. As described by Google, Android Auto is contextually aware and puts the apps that users need front and center on the car's dashboard. Google stressed that Android Auto is "completely voice enabled," relying on Google Now much the way CarPlay relies on Siri for voice commands. Google also noted that it's able to offer a completely personalized experience that is mobile, working with any Android Auto compatible car as it is reliant on an Android phone. Android Auto integrates deeply with Google Maps, providing drivers with access to all Google Maps features like local search, personalized suggestions, live traffic information, and turn-by-turn navigation. On stage, Android Auto was demoed planning a trip to the DeYoung Museum in San...

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10:10
Blackmagic Design conjures up Blackmagic Camera...

Blackmagic Design has rolled out Blackmagic Camera Update 1.8 software, which includes updated features for all Blackmagic Design cameras. Blackmagic Camera Update 1.8 is available now for download free of charge for all existing Blackmagic Camera customers from the Blackmagic Design support page on the website (www.blackmagicdesign.com).
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10:06
eMedia Music expanding the Guitar Lab DVD series...

eMedia Music Corp. (http://www.eMediaMusic.com), in partnership with TrueFire, will release two new titles in the Guitar Lab line of guitar instruction DVD. 1-2-3 Jazz with Frank Vignola, and 1-2-3 Fingerstyle Guitar with Muriel Anderson will be in stores June 30.
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10:02
Google Launches First Android Wear Devices,...

At today's Google I/O event in San Francisco, Google demoed its Android Wear platform and announced availability of the first Android Wear devices. First announced in March, Android Wear is designed to bring the Android platform to a range of wearable devices from several of Google's manufacturing partners. As described on stage, Google has designed Android Wear with many of the features and functions that rumors have suggested Apple's own iWatch might include. Android Wear supports screens of multiple sizes and styles, including both square and circular. With its always-on display and card-based UI, it displays information like notifications and location-based reminders. Largely controlled by voice via Google Now integration, Android Wear also supports contextual apps that display information at a glance and it also integrates with several sensors, such as those that monitor steps taken and even heart...

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10:01
Google details Android L design changes, new...

Google has previewed the upcoming major update to the Android mobile operating system, Android L, at Google I/O. The latest iteration is said to be built for multiple types of display and device, from smartphones and tablets to large-screened televisions, including an overhaul in how the user interface operates, a new flatter appearance, and other new additions....

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10:00
Belkin's MIXIT Lightning to USB cables: A...

You might think that there's not much you can do to improve on the standard old Lightning to USB cables that you get with new iPhones and iPads, but you're wrong. For one thing, the plastic-coated standard Apple cables have a tendency to fray and...

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09:53
Briefly: Dropbox for iOS adds camera-based setup,...

Dropbox has released an update for its iOS app, adding new camera connectivity. Dropbox is a cloud storage provider, allowing users to access and share their photos, documents and videos from anywhere. The release of v3.2.0 includes the setup for Dropbox on one's computer using an iOS camera, by scanning a QR code from the computer's web browser. Other additions to the DropBox for iOS include now being able to reorder one's Favorites list by touching and holding, and recent locations now remembered when importing files. Accessibility features have been improved, and the app now supports Danish......

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09:37
Google previews completely redesigned Android “L”,...




Google’s response to Apple’s WWDC kicks off today with the opening keynote address at the Google I/O conference and, like Apple, this time around Google gave a full preview of the next version of Android ahead of a fall release. Android “L” (we’re assuming a dessert name will be decided on later) introduces a...

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09:27
Google looks to squeeze Apple in emerging markets...

Apple's aging iPhone 4s remains popular among consumers in emerging markets looking to move up from entry-level devices, a positioning that Google is preparing to challenge with a new series of Android handsets that combine stock Android software with low-cost hardware.

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09:23
800+ HD illustration wallpapers offered free for iOS...

Dolice (http://dolice.net/mb/) has announced the updated 800+ HD Illustration Wallpapers Free for iOS 7. You can download over 800 illustration wallpapers for iPhone 5s/5c/5/4s/4 for free at the Apple App Store in the Entertainment category.
Wallpapers will be added and updated daily. Each wallpaper is made to be compatible with iOS 7's parallax effect. You can save your favorite wallpapers and set them as your home screen or lock screen with the touch of a button.
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09:19
Google unveils Android L with colorful new '...

At its I/O conference on Wednesday, Google took the wraps off Android L, its latest-generation mobile operating system, which has once again been redesigned with a new, colorful look dubbed "Material Design."

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09:12
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-25

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of TV networks and against Aereo's online streaming video business, and in a separate ruling said police need a search warrant to look at what's on our smartphones. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about both, and Jeff gets his rant on over protecting our personal privacy.

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09:00
TUAW Giveaway: Win one of three sets of RHA MA750i...

We've teamed up with Glasgow-based in-ear manufacturer, RHA, to giveaway three sets of its premium MA750i, iOS compatible in-ear headphones, each worth US$129.95.

I reviewed the MA750i headphones last year and was really impressed with their overall...

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08:39
9to5Toys Last Call: 4-port USB Wall Charger $10,...

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

  • Home Deals: Dyson AM01 Fan (refurb) $90 (Reg. $300 new), Saeco Auto Espresso Machine (refurb) $330 (Reg. $999 new), more
  • WD Elements 2TB portable USB 3.0 hard drive ...
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08:38
Aereo faces shutdown after Supreme Court ruling...

Aereo has lost its battle against broadcasters, after the US Supreme Court ruled against the start-up. In a 6-3 ruling, the court states the company violates copyright law by streaming recordings of TV shows to its subscribers, classifying the streams as "public performances" and so requires that Aereo pay content licenses to broadcasters for their programming....

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08:25
Apps: MacFamilyTree, OmniOutliner, Simplify
08:24
Surprise iOS 7.1 jailbreak for most iPhones and...

PanGu

Developers in China have published what appears to be a reliable and malware-free jailbreak for most iPhones and iPads running the latest version of Apple's iOS. The release underscores how hard it is to keep such jailbreak exploits out of the public domain, since the code vulnerability that makes it possible appears to come from a highly secretive training class on iOS exploit development.
Jailbreaks allow iOS users to bypass Apple's iron-clad technical restrictions and install unauthorized third-party software that is not included in the App Store. The technique appeals to many users, but it also comes with significant risks. One is that the process could temporarily or possibly damage the device. Another is that jailbreak developers may bundle keyloggers or other types of malware inside the software that performs the operation, leaving users with a device that steals passwords, tracks geographic whereabouts, or...

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08:22
Rumor: 5.5-inch iPhone 6 variant will feature...

If you’re hankering for an iPhone 6 with optical image stabilization (OIS), it may only be available on the rumored 5.5-inch version.
Per AppleInsider, a research note published by KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has indicated that while the iPhone 6 will use a middle-mount open-loop voice coil motor, not an OIS VCM. The part is said to be an updated version of what is being used in the iPhone 5s.

Unlike common VCMs, an OIS system mechanically controls a light path as it travels from lens to sensor either through manipulation of lens elements or the sensor itself. OIS modules are more expensive than middle-mount VCMs and, in some cases, can be heavier as...

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08:18
EU Regulators Expected to Decide on Apple's...

Apple's proposed acquisition of Beats Electronics is facing its first regulatory hurdle after the Cupertino company announced the deal last month. As reported by Reuters, European Union's Antitrust Commission is expected to make a decision on the purchase by July 30. The EU regulators can approve the deal unconditionally, demand concessions if they have anti-competitive concerns or order a full investigation if they need more convincing that the acquisition will be a benefit and not a detriment to competition. The pending $3 billion deal includes both Beats Electronics, which offers headphones and speakers, and Beats Music, a streaming music subscription service. Under the deal, Beats executives Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple, giving the company a significant boost to its music industry...

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08:00
Open XML SDK goes open source

Brian Jones is the principal GPM of the Office Development Platform.
Today is an exciting day for Office developers—we’re open sourcing the Open XML SDK on GitHub! We’re eager to work with the community on continual improvements to the SDK’s functionality and scalability, and to explore new platforms and technologies to support developer platforms such as Mono, an open source implementation of .NET Framework. It’s been over seven years since we released the initial preview of the Open XML SDK, and over that time it’s been one of the key tools developers have used for building solutions that consume, create, and modify Office documents.
I encourage you to head over to GitHub and take a look at the project. We’d love your participation! We posted it under the...

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08:00
Researchers crack iPad, iPhone PINs

"Shoulder surfing" refers to the practice of looking over someone's shoulder to watch them enter a PIN on a mobile device, like an iPad. It's not the most sophisticated hack ever, but it works, as long as the interloper has a line of sight. However,...

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08:00
EU to rule on antitrust compliance of Apple/Beats...

Antitrust regulators with the European Commission will rule by July 30th whether or not Apple's $3 billion takeover of Beats can go ahead as planned, according to Reuters. The Commission has several options available. It can authorize the deal as signed, or ask for concessions -- such as divestiture -- if it's determined that the buyout would give Apple too much industry control. In a worst-case scenario, the Commission could launch an investigation that might even scuttle the acquisition....

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07:57
Rumor: Sources indicate September 19th launch date...


If there’s a rumor out there, there’s generally some kernel of truth to it.
Per The Mac Observer, Apple is reportedly planning on launching the still unannounced iPhone 6 on September 19, according to sources speaking with the Chinese media. The company’s track record makes a September release plausible, but albeit the unnamed sources and vagaries make this less than certain.
What’s currently presumed is that the next iPhone will come in two sizes with a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display, a redesigned body that follows the iPad mini and iPad Air design, improved cameras, and faster processors.

The current rumor mill has it that...

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07:56
Google Glass can now live stream video

On Tuesday, Google Inc. officially began offering the Livestream video-sharing app in its MyGlass store. The software lets Glass wearers share what they are seeing and hearing with other Livestream account holders free of charge by using the command, “OK Glass, start broadcasting.”

Sweet holy shit! No, Google!
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07:50
Tune in live to Google’s I/O press event live stream

Google I/O starts today, and as per usual, the company is kicking things off with a huge 2-hour press event set to start at 9 AM PT. The event is said to be bringing a multitude of new products and service announcements, rumored to include the “L” version of Android, Android Wear smartwatches, a new line of “Android Silver” smartphones, a second-generation Chromebook Pixel, an “Android TV” set-top box, Project Tango tablets, and Google Glass announcements.

Google’s head of Android Sundar Pichai did something a bit different this year,...

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07:48
Walmart smacks down the New York Times for its...

This is just priceless. Much respect to David Tovar, Vice President, Walmart Corporate Communications, for a great response.
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07:37
Art Text 2.4.7 - Create high quality headings, logos...

Art Text is an OS X application for creating high quality textual graphics, headings, logos, icons, Web site elements, and buttons. Thanks to multi-layer support, creating complex graphics is no sweat. Use the result with Apple iWork, iWeb, Microsoft Office, BeLight applications, and various other text-editing and Web-design programs. Take a quick video tour If you're creating a website for a business or for your personal needs, Art Text has all of the tools you need. The 250 editable materials and 600 supplied vector icons and shapes will give you a quick start to getting your site up and running, or create your own Web graphics effortlessly with the help of multiple layers. Why use Art Text?

  • Headings and other text graphics created with Art Text will make business presentations catchy.
  • Attractive buttons and cool titles will make your Web...

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07:34
Occupy Google

Net Neutrality advocates are running a campaign called Occupy Google. According to its Twitter timeline on this page, a number of arrests were made last night.
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07:30
Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. Rules Warrantless...

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police cannot go snooping through people’s cell phones without a warrant, in a unanimous decision that amounts to a major statement in favor of privacy rights.

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07:30
Apple reportedly loosens new guidelines for apps...

Earlier this month, Apple reportedly began swatting down apps that reward users for various actions including watching advertisements, rating the app, and purchasing other apps, but as TechCrunch now reports, that policy is loosening up a...

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07:29
Supreme Court Rules Video Streaming Company Aereo...

The U.S. Supreme Court handed Aereo a ruling on Wednesday saying the online video streaming company has been violating copyright law by transmitting broadcast TV content over the Internet. Fox, NBC, ABC, and other broadcasters accused Aereo of essentially stealing their programming and reselling it through a paid online service.The Mac Observer Spin: Regardless of whether Aereo should've been allowed to continue or be shut down, the Supreme Court ruling takes away one of the options available to viewers looking for ways to break free from cable and satellite TV channel packages.

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07:15
Analysts forecast OIS to be limited to 5.5-inch...

It's likely that only the 5.5-inch iPhone will get optical image stabilization for its camera, several analysts are predicting. The most substantial claim comes from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. "Differing from market consensus, we don't expect the main camera of the 4.7" iPhone 6 to use OIS VCM due to production capacity restraint at iPhone 6 VCM suppliers Mitsumi (JP) and Alps (JP)," he writes. "Rather, we predict it will use a middle-mount type of open-loop VCM updated from the one used in the existing iPhone 5S. The 5.5" iPhone 6 is more likely to be equipped with OIS VCM due to......

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07:12
Samsung CFO Admits Publicly that 2nd Quarter Isn...

While we've been reporting on the myth that Samsung's S5 was a smash hit in various Patently Apple has been consistently reporting on the myth that Samsung's S5 is a smash hit in various reports since April. Our most recent report posted last week was titled "Samsung's Galaxy S5 is Confirmed a Dud & May Hurt Financials." That particular report sent one Android fan into a spitting tirade. It's on record ...

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07:01
Supreme Court side with networks, rules that Aereo...

Streaming video startup Aereo -- which sells "antenna subscriptions" that allow consumers to stream over-the-air television content to any Mac, iOS device or PC via their Internet connection -- is likely to shut down following a Supreme Court ruling that the company's business model violated federal copyright laws.

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07:00
iPhone 101: Moving your address book from Google to...

Are you a former Android user moving to the iPhone? Or an iPhone user who wants to switch from Google to iCloud for your online life? Thankfully, migrating between platforms isn't too difficult, especially when it comes to your address book.

Moving...

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06:47
Report Claims iPhone 6 Launching Sept 19

Apple is reportedly planning on launching the still unannounced iPhone 6 on September 19, according to sources speaking with the Chinese media. The company's track record makes a September release plausible, but expecting unnamed sources who are probably in the parts supply chain to know Apple's product launch plans seems unlikely.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple hasn't made any announcements about new iPhone models, so for all we know the next model includes holographic displays and pink buttons. That said, the company's track record points to a September launch, and the 19th sounds like as good a date as any.

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06:30
Daily App: Use RoadTrippers to plan your next...

Roadtrippers is the companion iOS app to roadtrippers.com, a trip planning site for those who live in the US and Israel. Unlike most travel sites, Roadtrippers highlights the out-of-the-way destinations with its detailed road guides and daily travel...

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06:17
iPhone 6 allegedly due on Sept. 19 in 32 and 64GB...

The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 should ship on Friday, September 19th, say sources for Chinese site Tencent. The site also claims that the device will launch in 32 and 64GB capacities, at local prices of 5,288 yuan ($846) and 6,288 yuan ($1,008), respectively. The implication appears to be that Apple is dropping 16GB as an option, since the prices mentioned are what 16 and 32GB versions of the iPhone 5s currently sell for....

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06:09
Boinx Software Wants to Build PartySnapper With Your...

One of the Boinx employees built a prototype of an app to display (via projector) the photos guests were taking at his wedding, and at the end all the photos were also stored on his device, so he had all those pictures immediately instead of waiting for email and Dropbox and Facebook and whatever other way people share photos. Now Boinx wants to turn this into a real app, but coding isn't cheap so there's now an Indiegogo campaign to help make that happen. I say help because each dollar raised in the campaign gets matched by two Boinx dollars. This is really a way to measure interest in the app before investing significant resources into it. As with all crowd funding campaigns, there are perks and these range from one "party ticket" for US $5 all the way up to the $5,000 level which gets you food, drinks, and a room in Munich to come party with the Boinx crew at Oktoberfest (travel costs excluded). If you feel particularly generous, there are million dollar (Apple CEO level) and...

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06:00
YouTube Find: Stop motion video staring iPhone and...

Japanese beverage maker Kirin pulls no stops in making this clever stop motion video that uses content on an iPhone as the backdrop for an animated story. Each character used in the ad was 3D-printed and is 1:48 scale, which is about the size of a...

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05:50
EU regulators plan to decide on Apple’s Beats deal...

Before the Apple and Beats marriage can really be official, the two companies must first gain regulatory approval from various governing bodies where the companies conduct business. Apple included the following expectation in its official press release announcing the deal: Subject to regulatory approvals, Apple expects the transaction to close in fiscal Q4.
For Apple, having regulatory approval and closing the transaction by the end of fiscal Q4 means it expects everything to be in order by the end of September. According to a Reuters report, regulators in the European Union will announce their decision on the deal by July 30th next month.
As the report notes, regulators could either approve the deal as is or ask for certain conditions to be met...

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05:42
MacFamilyTree 7.2 - Create and explore your family...

MacFamilyTree gives genealogy a facelift: it's modern, interactive, incredibly fast, and easy to use. We're convinced that generations of chroniclers would have loved to trade in their genealogy tools for MacFamilyTree. It helps you collect and record facts and data about your family history and turns them into informative reports and charts. MacFamilyTree comes with countless features to record and visualize your family history - use them to create reports, charts, or nifty 3D views within our Virtual Tree feature. It offers the right solution for all your genealogy needs. Synchronize your data via iCloud, create webpages, or back your research with the help of the gigantic genealogy database "FamilySearch". You’re an avid genealogist, but you’re always on the go? Not a problem! Simply purchase MobileFamilyTree to use on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and your options are virtually endless.Version 7.2: Completely rewritten Reports

  • All...

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05:30
The Week in iOS Accessories: Better batteries

Better batteriesThis week's roundup of new iOS gear includes several new ways of powering up your iOS device when a power plug isn't nearby.BravenThe $130 BRV-Bank is a 6000-mAh backup battery for your iOS devices. It has a rubberized exterior, making it perfect for an extra bit of power in the great outdoors. It can recharge two devices at once, and it comes in two colors, gray or black.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:36
WiLAN Sues Apple Over 4G Technologies While Mocking...

Canada's WiLAN has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple alleging that Apple infringes five of their patents. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple'S alleged use of WiLAN's 4G and LTE technologies found in most of Apple's products.

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05:32
Hey, remember that time Google accidentally made...

“Come with me if you want to live.”

That’s how it started. One moment I was ordering a Ketel and tonic at the bar, and the next some hulking bodybuilder with a bad accent was getting blasted out the window.

Lovely bit of writing.
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05:25
EU regulators to decide on approval for Apple, Beats...

Seems like the deal will be approved. That it is a question of tinkering if the Commission sees any competition issues.
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05:23
External Link: The Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo

In a 6-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of broadcasters in their case against Aereo, the broadcast TV streaming service that is based around renting individual antennas for $8 per month. The court found that Aereo’s service violates the Copyright Act by playing recordings of broadcast content. While Aereo may bounce back, CEO Chet Kanojia said before the ruling, “If it’s a total straight-up loss, then it’s dead. We’re done.” In a formal response to the ruling, Kanojia said, “We are disappointed in the outcome, but our work is not done. We will continue to fight for our consumers and fight to create innovative technologies that have a meaningful and positive impact on our world.” 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!...

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05:23
External Link: Supreme Court Says Cops Need Warrants...

In a rare unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police need a warrant to search the cell phones of arrestees. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the opinion, “Modern cell phones are not just another technological convenience. With all they contain and all they may reveal, they hold for many Americans ‘the privacies of life.’” 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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05:20
Google steps up and fixes Verizon data plan gaffe

ComputerWorld:

The LTE Chromebook Pixel was originally sold with a free two-year mobile broadband plan from Verizon — 100MB per month, with the option to purchase more data on a pay-as-you-go basis as needed. But as I reported yesterday, Verizon stopped honoring the plans halfway through that two-year term. Customer support agents for the carrier have been telling Pixel owners they weren’t aware of any two-year commitment, despite clear online documentation to the contrary.

Google fixed the problem with a $150 gift card.
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05:17
Cruise RP-1 Kit Transforms Regular Audis Into...


Cruise aims to spark a revolution among autopilot technology with a $10,000 accessory that consumers can use to create a self-driving car, of sorts. At the heart of the Cruise RP-1 system is a sensor pod that gets mounted on the roof of a car. It utilizes cameras, data and radar to analyze the vehicle's surroundings. With that information, it can make changes in steering to keep a driver within lane boundaries, monitor nearby vehicles or other obstacles, and move or brake to avoid a collision.

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05:16
iWork for iCloud gets Persistent Settings

Apple added more features to the beta versions of iWork for iCloud on Tuesday, including the ability to remember your last used settings in Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. The iPhone and iPad maker has been working to improve the online versions of the apps as it gets closer to offering feature parity with its Mac and iOS versions.

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05:10
Scosche launches new wall chargers

Scosche (http://www.scosche.com) has released the superCUBE, which it says is the smallest universal 12W (2.1A) USB wall charger on the market, and .the superCUBE flip.
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05:09
European Commission to rule on Apple's Beats...

Apple will know whether European antitrust authorities will clear its $3 billion deal for headphone maker Beats by the end of this month, paving the way for the acquisition to close before the end of Apple's 2014 fiscal year.

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05:05
Autodesk to acquire Shotgun Software

Autodesk (http://www.autodesk.com) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Shotgun Software, a developer of scalable, cloud-based production tracking, review and asset management software for the film, television and games industries.
Shotgun's tools for production management are used by some of the world's leading production studios and are tightly integrated with many of the most widely used tools in the industry including Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya software, according to CEO Don Parker. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
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05:00
Apogee ONE: An audio interface and microphone for...

Apogee's revamped ONE (US$349) is a 2 IN 2 OUT USB audio interface with a built-in microphone for Mac and now iOS, too. This means you can plug the interface into your Mac or straight into your iPhone or iPad (via Apple's newer Lightning connector or...

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04:59
OmniOutliner Pro 4.1 - Pro version of the popular...

OmniOutliner Pro is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's like having an extra brain - one that doesn't keep losing the car keys. You can use OmniOutliner's document structure to create hierarchies of main headings and subpoints that can be expanded and collapsed, which are immensely useful when it comes to brainstorming new ideas, drilling out specifics, and lining up steps needed to get everything done. But you aren't limited to outlines - you've got multiple columns, smart checkboxes, customizable popup lists, and an Ÿber-innovative styles system at your disposal. Use OmniOutliner to draft to-do lists, create agendas, manage tasks, track expenses, take notes, plan events, write screenplays...and just about anything else you can think of. It's a smarter way to write, a more productive way to stay organized. Whatever your...

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04:58
OmniOutliner 4.1 - Organize your ideas, projects,...

OmniOutliner is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's like having an extra brain - one that doesn't keep losing the car keys. You can use OmniOutliner's document structure to create hierarchies of main headings and subpoints that can be expanded and collapsed, which are immensely useful when it comes to brainstorming new ideas, drilling out specifics, and lining up steps needed to get everything done. But you aren't limited to outlines - you've got multiple columns, smart checkboxes, customizable popup lists, and an Über-innovative styles system at your disposal. Use OmniOutliner to draft to-do lists, create agendas, manage tasks, track expenses, take notes, plan events, write screenplays...and just about anything else you can think of. It's a smarter way to write, a more productive way to stay organized. Whatever your...

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04:55
FAA grounds Amazon’s drone delivery plans

Last December, Jeff Bezos raised the possibility of Amazon-branded drone based delivery.

I do love the impractical fantasy of that idea but, alas, the FAA has officially put the kibosh on it.
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04:54
Apple updates iWork for iCloud apps

Apple has updated its iWork apps — Pages, Numbers, and Keynote — for iCloud. Both the Mac OS X and iOS versions have been upgraded.
Pages for iCloud, the document creation app; Numbers for iCloud; and Keynote for iCloud, the presentation application, all now now remember your last used document settings. The web version of the iWork apps also now boast contextual tips on using keyboard shortcuts. All can be used with a registered iCloud.com account.

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04:45
OS X: Merging and Removing Unused Calendars

In todayâs Quick Tip, weâre going to discuss how to combine the events from two different calendars, so if youâd like to condense your calendar list by removing some unnecessary categories, this is the way to go about it. Weâll also cover how youâll verify your data before you do any deleting. And how in the heck can you remove an entire calendar anyway? Melissa Holt might just have the scoop.

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04:44
Briefly: Facebook spreads Slingshot, London...

Facebook has expanded the reach of its recently-launched reciprocal messaging app Slingshot to the rest of the world, following its United States-only launch. The app, available on iOS and Android internationally, will let recipients of images, video, and text-based messages view the contents only after replying another message back at the original sender....

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04:23
Another report predicts Apple's 'iPhone 6...

In what is likely just an educated guess, yet another rumor claims that Apple will launch its next-generation iPhone on Friday, Sept. 19, which would be about one year after the debut of the iPhone 5s.

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03:25
The Internet of Things to drive changes in the auto...

For the automotive industry the emergence of the IoT ("Internet of Things") constitutes a disruptive and transformative environment characterized by value chain and business model upheaval and a "collaborate or die" ecosystem friction reality prompting it to redefine and reinvent itself in order to capitalize on the huge opportunities in the new IoT economy, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).
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03:25
The Internet of Things to drive changes in the auto...

For the automotive industry the emergence of the IoT ("Internet of Things") constitutes a disruptive and transformative environment characterized by value chain and business model upheaval and a "collaborate or die" ecosystem friction reality prompting it to redefine and reinvent itself in order to capitalize on the huge opportunities in the new IoT economy, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).
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03:10
Kool Tools: Typinator 6 for Mac OS X

Ergonis Software's (http://www.ergonis.com) Typinator 6, the latest version of its tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos systemwide across all Mac OS X applications, sports over 50 new features and improvements.
With an inclusion mechanism, text expansions can execute external scripts and include their results in the expansion. Typinator supports scripts written in in many different languages like AppleScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, and arbitrary shell scripting languages.
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02:55
iPhone 6 Said to Launch on Friday, September 19 in...

Apple will look to launch the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 on Friday, September 19, according to a new report from Chinese web portal Tencent (Google Translate, via GforGames) citing inside sources. The news comes after German carrier Deutsche Telekom was reported to be informing customers of a similar release date for the device. The report also notes that Apple will launch 32GB and 64GB capacities of the phone for 5,288 yuan ($846) and 6,288 yuan ($1008), indicating that Apple may launch the iPhone 6 without a 16GB model. Notably, 5,288 yuan is the current price for the 16GB iPhone 5s in China, while the 32GB iPhone 5s is listed at 6,088 yuan. A September launch would be...

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Tuesday June 24

23:08
Review: Henge Docks' Vertical Docking Station...

Henge Docks on Tuesday finally announced availability of its Vertical Docking Station for Apple's 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, introducing a new metal alloy chassis, tweaked cable installation and more.

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22:59
Survey: 35 percent of Android users might switch to...

A new survey of future smartphone buyers by RBC Capital Markets suggests that a new iPhone with a larger display could help Apple chip away at some of Samsung and other rivals' sales of Android-based big-screen smartphones and "phablets." Analyst Amit Daryanani, who recently raised his 12-month target price for AAPL stock to $100, told investors that the study showed that screen size was a significant factor in consumer resistance to buying an iPhone....

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20:45
New video compares iPad 6 mockup to iPad Air,...


A new video published by TLDToday closely examines an iPad 6 dummy unit created around rumors and speculation. The video shows off some design changes and the notable addition of a Touch ID ring. At this point in time, there’s no official news on Apple’s plans to include Touch ID with the upcoming...

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20:21
Google to once again challenge Apple TV with Android...

Ahead of Google's I/O developer conference on Wednesday, a report claims the Internet search giant is cooking up a new batch of Android-based set-top streaming devices with support for video, music and video games.

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20:20
Briefly: New two-bay USB 3.0 drive dock, QNAP's...

HighPoint has announced the release of its third-generation, dual-dedicated, 5GB-per-second USB 3.0 storage dock, the RocketStor 5422A. Capable of supporting any off-the-shelf SATA SSD and hard drive, the dock is compatible with any performance level from SATA 1 to SATA III, supports 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch form factors, and hard drives up to 6TB in capacity can be accommodated. The RocketStor 5422A supports common Power Management features provided by Windows and OS X operating systems, such as Sleep Mode and Hibernation. Priced at $60, the drive dock is now available.......

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19:36
Analysts update price targets for AAPL on strength...

Analyst Charlie Wolf of investment firm Needham has taken the unusual step of breaking his twice-yearly cycle of AAPL price target updates, revising a forecast announced back before the most recent stock split that has remained "underwater" -- below the trading price -- since well before the split occurred. Wolf's previous guess of $590 (or a split-adjusted $86.32), issued back in February, has now been upgraded to a conservative $97 target. Other analysts have also raised their estimates for the company recently....

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Apple updates iWork for iCloud, improves desktop,...

On Tuesday, Apple updated its iWork suite of apps for iCloud -- Pages, Numbers and Keynote -- for better harmonization with the desktop and mobile versions of the apps. The improvements, such as persistent document settings across platforms, are intended to make the transition from working on a document using the desktop app to opening the same file on iCloud more consistent and smoother for users. Screen names for opening shared documents and other areas have also been improved....

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5.5-Inch iPhone 6 mockup compared to iPhone 5s and...


Recent rumors have suggested that Apple’s upcoming 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will now launch alongside the 4.7-inch iPhone later this year. A larger 4.7-inch display may be the sweet spot for a lot of users on both iOS and Android, but 5.5-inches is definitely up there in phablet territory.
Unsurprisingly, mockups of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 have recently surfaced, and when compared to the 4.7-inch...

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