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Monday August 4

08:00
"NFL Now" service will be available as a...

Back in January, the NFL announced a new personalized video service for fans dubbed NFL Now. The service promised to deliver to fans all the NFL content they can handle, including locker room interviews, player specific highlights, access to live...

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07:47
Touch This: BioShock Coming to iPhone this Summer

The ever popular and always creepy first person shooter BioShock is making the jump to the small-ish screen this summer when it is finally released for the iPhone and iPad. The game was launched in 2007 and is currently available for gaming consoles, the Mac, and PCs, but so far has shied away from iOS's touch-based interface. There isn't any word yet on exactly when this summer it'll launch, or how much gamers will have to pay. Considering this is the original BioShock, and it's seven years old, we're betting it'll come in around the US$14.99 mark. Thanks to Engadget for the heads up.

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07:32
iOS global usage drops below Android for first time

iOS global usage now trails Android for the first time, according to Net Applications. Android had 44.62 percent of the market share in July, with iOS grabbing 44.19 percent. Though the percentage difference between platforms is at this point very small, iOS controlled more than 55 percent of market…

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07:29
VOX audio player for Mac OS X adds Collections...

Coppertino has updated VOX, its free Mac OS X audio player, to version 2.1. It brings SoundCloud integration and a number of new features to the app, including Collections, a fresh way to organize your music within the app.
Additionally, VOX 2.1 now features a revamped interface, simplified access to all playlists, including those in iTunes. For more info go to http://www.coppertino.com .

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07:24
Second Istanbul Apple Store already under...

Even though Turkey's first-ever Apple Store opened in Istanbul's Zorlu Center just this April, a second Istanbul outlet is already in the works, according to a local report. The shop will be based in the Akasya Shopping Center. Photos show that the Apple logo and glass facade are already in place, and that construction workers are already installing tables....

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07:18
Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.6 - Easy-to-use backup/...

Carbon Copy Cloner backups are better than ordinary backups. Suppose the unthinkable happens while you're under deadline to finish a project: your Mac is unresponsive and all you hear is an ominous, repetitive clicking noise coming from its hard drive. With ordinary backups, you'd spend your day rushing out to a store to buy a new hard drive and then sit in front of your computer reinstalling the operating system and restoring data. With Carbon Copy Cloner, your data and the operating system's data are all preserved on a bootable volume, ready for production at a moment's notice. When disaster strikes, simply boot from your backup and get back to using your Mac. At your convenience, replace the failed hard drive and then let CCC restore the OS, your data and your settings directly from the backup in one easy step. Any backup application can save your stuff. A CCC bootable backup will save your productivity too!Version 3.5.6: Release notes were...

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07:11
Sprint lets iPhone in on Framily Wall Action

Sprint's Framily Wall opened up to iPhone users on Monday, bringing the private chat network Apple's smartphone for the first time. Framily Wall is a feature open to Sprint's Framily Plan subscribers for sharing messages, photos, video, and audio only between participants.The Mac Observer Spin: If you want to share photos and videos, plus participate in chats with a small group of people, outside of services like Facebook, Framily Wall may be a good option. Assuming you, or someone you want to share with, is a Sprint subscriber, of course.

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07:09
Rumor: 5.5-inch iPhone 6 could feature larger, more...


It may pay to go with the larger iPhone 6 size upon its release.
Per AppleInsider, at least one Wall Street analyst believes that the component makeup of the rumored 5.5-inch and 4.7-inch “iPhone 6″ variants will diverge when it comes to their application processors and touch modules.
Cowen & Co. analyst Timothy Arcuri cited Asian supply chain checks when making the prediction in a Monday morning note to investors.
Arcuri’s sources signaled that the 5.5-inch iPhone will feature a more powerful application processor than its smaller sibling, though no details were given as to the disparity. Apple has made similar moves in the past; the A7 processor in...

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07:08
2K bringing BioShock to iOS this summer

2K announced today that it’s bringing the hit game BioShock to iOS this summer. The critically acclaimed first-person shooter, originally released in 2007, will offer touch controls, as well as full MFi game controller support. No exact release date or pricing information is now at…

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07:04
5.5-Inch iPhone 6's A8 Processor May Be More...

Cowen & Co. analyst Timothy Arcuri claims the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will differ in more than just display size, reports AppleInsider. According to Arcuri's supply chain checks, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may include a more powerful processor and a different touch module than the 4.7-inch model. A7 transistor die photo from Chipworks Details on the degree of processor difference between the two models were not provided, but the report suggests it may be more than a simple difference in clock speed as seen in the A7 used in the current iPads and iPhone 5s. The A7 in the iPad Air is clocked at 1.4 GHz, while the same chip in the Retina iPad mini and iPhone 5s is clocked at 1.3 GHz. Arcuri suggests the processor in the faster 5.5...

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07:00
Last week's popular and featured articles on...

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other useful articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed:

"Apple Clickbait Generator" is...

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06:59
NFL Now coming to Apple TV soon, source indicates

NFL Now -- a video service launching later this month -- will also be getting an Apple TV app, as revealed by an image shared by a worker inside the league. While the app will offer live coverage of events like press conferences and Hall of Fame inductions, users won't be able to watch full games. Instead the app will mostly offer on-demand content, including original programming, NFL Films material, and highlights, including a "premium instant highlights service during the game window."...

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06:37
Console hit BioShock coming to Apple's iPhone,...

The first installment of blockbuster first-person shooter franchise BioShock will make its way to iOS this summer, publisher 2K Games announced on Monday, the latest high-profile console title to reach Apple's mobile platform.

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06:35
New Samsung Phone to use Metal Body with Chamfered...

Last week we reported on Samsung preparing their next round of smartphones for September 3 and due to poor smartphone sales in the first half of 2014, Samsung announced that it would release an all-new smartphone later in the fall that would use new materials. Today we've learned that Samsung may have a surprise launch of another smartphone with....

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06:17
Photos show alleged rear shell for second-generation...

A Taiwanese accessory maker, Yi Lin Enterprises, has posted photos online showing what's claimed to be a rear shell for the second-generation iPad Air. While mostly similar to the current Air, the shell's speaker grilles have been modified to use a single row of larger holes, and the rear microphone port has been placed next to the iSight camera. The part appears to be for a space gray model....

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06:08
US May Ban In-flight Calls, But not Over Safety...

The FCC doesn't see any problem with travelers making cell phone calls on airplanes, but the U.S. Department of Transportation still plans to push for a ban on in-flight calls. Instead of citing safety concerns, the DOT wants to prohibit cell phone calls because they would be too disruptive to other passengers.The Mac Observer Spin: You can read ebooks, listen to music and watch movies, play Angry Birds, and even text and email on your flights, but make a call? Looks like the DOT doesn't want to have anything to do with that.

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: BREAKING: Analyst says stuff about...

Is Apple's iPhone 6 going to feature a glowing Apple logo? (BGR)

Let me save you a click: no. No it will not. That's not just me making pronouncements from the mountaintop; this article's source (such as it is) says the same thing. Additionally,...

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05:58
NFL Now channel coming to Apple TV this month

The NFL will launch a dedicated Apple TV channel for its upcoming NFL Now service this month, 9to5Mac reports. A photo of the channel undergoing testing was reportedly taken by an NFL employee. First announced in January, NFL Now will feature original content,…

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05:38
Alleged iPad Air 2 rear shell shows slight redesign

Images of an alleged rear shell for Apple’s second-generation iPad Air were posted on Weibo this weekend. The images show redesigned speaker holes containing one row of large openings instead of two rows of small ones, as well as recessed volume controls. Also, the microphone…

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05:37
When It Comes to Technology, Humans Are Idiots


There are a lot of things going on at the moment. Israel is tactically defending itself against Hamas -- winning the battles but losing the war, because the Israeli government can't see the big picture. The U.S. is still blaming Snowden for leaks, even though Russia clearly is able to pull damaging information pretty much anytime it wants without Snowden's help -- and this is nothing new. Airlines fly planes over areas where folks are shooting planes down with missiles and then everyone is blamed except the idiots who drew up the flight plans.

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05:35
Apple's Metal Opens the Door for BioShock on...

... this is going to get exciting as one of the first huge console style games coming to iOS in September is BioShock.

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05:29
'NFL Now' Channel Coming to Apple TV Later...

While many NFL fans have been hoping the Sunday Ticket subscription service will make its way to the Apple TV someday, the league appears set to make its first foray onto the set-top box with an upcoming NFL Now channel, reports 9to5Mac. Announced earlier this year for a launch this month, NFL Now is a personalized digital video library of on-demand news, features, highlights and more, as well as live streaming of press conferences and other events, but not games. The new service will be launching across a number of platforms later this month as the 2014 NFL season begins, but Apple TV support had not been confirmed. Sports content has been a major theme for Apple TV content, with MLB.tv, NBA League Pass, NHL GameCenter, and MLS...

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05:28
iOS global usage falls behind Android for the first...

For the first time, overall usage of iOS as an operating system has fallen behind its main competitor from over in Mountain View. While it’s well known that the majority market share in terms of install base has long been held by Android, this is one figure in which iOS has been top dog for quite some time. But at least according to research from Net Applications, that’s no longer the case. More people now use Android, too.
These “system share” figures are grabbed by way of monitoring the huge amount of traffic going across Net Applications’ network. Specifically, in the month of July, iOS saw a drop from 45.61% of traffic to 44.19%. Android, meanwhile,...

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05:21
Join Tuesday’s webinar on Outlook.com: not your 90’s...

Email warriors and casual writers can both benefit from Outlook.com. With an array of sleek and functional tools to make your online email experience more efficient, you’ll see how webmail has evolved. Join us for our Office 15-Minute Webinar at 9:15 am Pacific Time and we’ll show you. There’s also a 20-minute Q&A afterwards. You will need to register for this webinar (it takes only a few seconds).
Register and attend
https://microsoft.eventbuilder.com/event2.asp?eventID=f07p4v5c
Doors open at 9:00 am Pacific Time and we start promptly at 9:15 am. Immediately following will be a 20-minute Q&A.
What you will learn at the webinar:

  • Get a tour of Outlook.com
  • Yeah, you can clean up...
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05:19
Epson Printer Drivers 2.18 - For OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10...

Epson Printer Drivers update installs the latest software for your EPSON printer or scanner for OS X Mavericks, OS X Mountain Lion, OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard. For more information about printing and scanning software, see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3669#epson Click here for a list of supported Epson printers and scanners.Version 2.18: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.OS X 10.6 or laterDownload Now

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05:17
Fokus for Mac OS X designed to help you focus on the...

Didstopia has announced Fokus for Mac OS X. The US$4.99 app is designed to keep you focused on your current task by dimming all other windows except the currently active one.
The folks at Didstopia says this helps to reduce eye strain and headaches. Fokus also lets you choose the best brightness for background windows. The software works with most applications and windows.
Fokus 1.0.0 is available worldwide through the Fokus website (http://didstopia.com) and through Didstopia Shop. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher.

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05:13
NFL Now app coming to Apple TV this month


The NFL will be launching a new NFL Now service later this month, and it will be coming to the Apple TV with a dedicated application, according to an image of the app in testing taken by an NFL employee. NFL Now was introduced in January, and it is a personalized NFL content application with on-demand highlights, extensive archives, and news broadcasts. Here’s the NFL’s official list of content coming to the NFL Now app:

Original Content Created for NFL Now: From the NFL Media studios in Los Angeles, NFL Now will create original content — news updates, shows, features, and more — designed specifically...

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05:09
SoftRAID 5 lets users create RAID 4, 5, 1+0 volumes

SoftRAID (http://www.softraid.com) has released SoftRAID 5. The software replaces the functionality of Apple's RAID driver. With version 5, users can create RAID 4, RAID 5 and RAID 1+0 volumes. SoftRAID supports TRIM for all RAID volumes under Mac OS X, including TRIM support for RAID 1+0, RAID 4 and RAID 5 volumes.
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05:07
Microsoft Sues Samsung for Failure to Pay Patent...

Microsoft filed a lawsuit against Samsung last Friday over claims the electronics maker stopped paying patent licensing fees it agreed to in a three year old deal. According to the lawsuit, Samsung temporarily stopped making its routine payments last fall after Microsoft purchased Nokia and is now claiming the deal constitutes a breach of contract.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple didn't strike any patent licensing deals with Samsung, but Microsoft did. IT looks like Samsung doesn't have much respect for intellectual property even when it does agree to licensing terms.

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05:00
Ripil encourages you to be kind to each other

Doing a good deed is always a good thing. If you want to share those charitable moments with others and encourage them to do the same -- well guess what? There's an app for that.

Ripil is a kindness tracker that allows you to list the good deeds...

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04:58
fScanX for Mac OS X adds support for more scanners

ESD (http://www.elevated-dev.com/) has announced fScanX 1.8.4 for Mac OS X, an update to their scanning application. It adds support for the Fujitsu fi-7160, fi-7260, fi-7180 &and fi-7280 document scanners.
fScanX provides the ability to scan single or double-sided documents in color, grayscale or monochrome at up to 135 pages per minute. In addition, the package includes an Automator action for workflow development, and a command-line utility for complete scripted control of scanning functions.
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04:53
Analyst: Apple could equip 5.5" 'iPhone 6...

As the supposed September unveiling of Apple's next-generation iPhone lineup draws nearer, at least one Wall Street analyst believes that the component makeup of the rumored 5.5-inch and 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" variants will diverge when it comes to their application processors and touch modules.

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04:35
Original BioShock game coming to iPhone and iPad soon


2K games has announced that it is bringing the original 2007 BioShock game to iPhone and iPad later this summer, via Engadget. Graphics have been toned down significantly from the original Xbox title, but the game will no doubt offer plenty of nostalgia for fans of the series.
“BioShock delivers a true triple-A first-person shooter game experience on the iOS platform, by sending players on an underwater adventure to explore the submerged Art Deco city of Rapture, fighting deranged survivors of a failed objectivist utopia and genetically modifying their own DNA to gain superhuman powers.”
Although pricing and other specifics is not yet known, Engadget...

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03:52
Apple’s new “Dreams” ad

[VIDEO] Dreams is the latest ad in the “You’re more powerful than you think” series. The song in the ad is When I Grow Up by Jennifer O’Connor.

As is now the norm, all the apps featured in the ad are highlighted on Apple’s web site.
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03:43
The Hero Returns: Steve Jobs’ real genius

Peter Sims on Steve Jobs and collaboration:

As the three-year anniversary of Steve Jobs’ passing approaches in October, complete lessons from his life and legacy are still far from written or understood. Walter Isaacson’s biography Steve Jobs, published soon after Jobs’ death in 2011, provided a formidable starting point, yet we still have a great deal to learn and understand about what made Jobs such a unique innovator and leader.

In studying Jobs closely over the past several years, I’ve become convinced that the common narratives we’ve heard neglect a central aspect of Jobs’ of genius and success. And, it’s something that we can all learn from, which is this: Steve Jobs was a superb collaborator with the people who he respected and trusted.

Fascinating article.
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03:39
Make OS X Yosemite’s dark mode turn on automatically...


Although OS X Yosemite is still a few months out from public release, the public beta and developer seeds means the OS is already seeing wide adoption — hence, apps for Yosemite are already starting to surface. In fact, the unreleased OS already makes up 18% of Mac users on 9to5Mac, already the second most popular version of OS X.

 

As standard, Yosemite offers a dark mode that changes the look of the menubar and Dock...

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03:37
Gruber’s prescient comments about a potential iPhone...

When Dell and Blackberry scoffed at the Apple/IBM alliance announced a few weeks ago, it struck a chord for John Gruber, reminding him of something from long ago. He finally figured out what it was.

Great read.
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03:31
Kool Tools: Ear Teacher for Mac OS X

Adium Software's Ear Teacher (http://www.earteacher.com) is a good tool for music education on the the Mac. It provides an integrated, audiovisual course on music theory and aural skill development.
The Ear Teacher curriculum consists of nine progressively challenging grades. The program uses an audiovisual teaching approach, with a myriad of examples and minimal text. Ear Teacher's structured course follows a custom curriculum designed by experienced music educators. It includes nine grades of material on rhythm, melody, and harmony concepts.
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03:06
Consumers will research online, but buy in-store

The back-to-school (BTS) shopping season in the U.S. is already in full swing, with over one-third (37%) of consumers having begun their shopping – up from the 29% who started at this time last year, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Roughly 90% of households indicated a selection of brick-and-mortar retail as a shopping venue for the BTS season.
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03:02
AKVIS Chameleon 8.5 gets new Share feature, more

AKVIS has updated AKVIS Chameleon, its collage creation software, to version 8.5, which provides a new Share feature, compatibility with Photoshop CC 2014, and support for 64 bit.
The software (http://tinyurl.com/kpu39qp) is available as a standalone program and as a Photoshop plugin, in versions for Windows and Mac. Version 8.5 also fixes minor bugs.
A demo of AKVIS Chameleon 8.5 is available for download. Users who own versions 5.0-8.0 of the software can upgrade to version 8.5 for free. For new users the costs is US$75. AKVIS Chameleon 8.5 runs on Mac OS X 10.4 and higher.

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03:01
Kool Tools: Flux V for Mac OS X

Flux (http://tinyurl.com/yazuwbr), the web design application for Mac OS X, has been revved to version 5 (or "V," as its developers dub it). The software can work with everything from a modern site using HTML5 and CSS3 to legacy sites built on older technologies.
Flux V comes with a totally redesigned user interface. It's more tuned for use as a full-screen application, and more compact for smaller laptop screens. It's also now fully 64-bit, fully ARC-compliant and multi-threaded. This means Flux is faster, more stable, and will make better use of the multiple cores in your modern Mac.
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03:00
Macphun Tonality Makes Black-and-White Photos Pop

Most image editing apps focus on color photos, but what if you want to stick with black-and-white? Macphun’s new Tonality (and Tonality Pro, which can work as a plug-in) offers numerous preset effects and editing options that are specific to black-and-white images. Caroline Green tosses some of her images in to see what Tonality can do. 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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02:19
DEVONthink Pro 2.7.7 - Knowledge base, information...

Save 10% with our exclusive coupon code: MACUPDATE10 DEVONthink Pro is your essential assistant for today's world, where almost everything is digital. From shopping receipts to important research papers, your life often fills your hard drive in the form of emails, PDFs, Word documents, multimedia files and more. Questions eventually pop up, like where do you store all of this stuff? How do you organize these very different file types, and even better, how do you find the exact file you're looking for the second you need it? It's almost as if you need a second brain just to keep your digital life straight. DEVONthink is the solution to the digital age conundrum. It is your second brain, the one and only database for all your digital files, be they PDFs, emails, Word docs or even multimedia files. Boasting a refined artificial intelligence, DEVONthink...

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Sunday August 3

23:30
Editorial: Why Apple, Inc. isn't worried about...

In the face of dubious market research portraying Apple's iPad (and perhaps the entire tablet market) as troubled and teetering on the brink of collapse, Apple's chief executive Tim Cook expressed a sincere lack of concern while addressing analysts, alluding to long term strategies for outliving tablet rivals focused on volume shipments and short term market share gains.

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20:27
Briefly: Freeway 7 web design software, PGA Tour...

Softpress has announced the release of its new Freeway 7 Pro web design software. OS X users can utilize the design tool for building and publishing website and email newsletters without the need for coding or HTML knowledge. Newly featuring responsive web design, Freeway 7 Pro can facilitate creating sites that adapt for mobile viewing. Navigation menus can be automatically generated, and search engine functionality is optimized, with the inclusion of social integration. Keyboard shortcuts have been added as to enhance user productivity. Priced at $150 for new users and $75 for existing user......

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20:05
Photos of purported 'iPad Air 2' chassis...

A trio of photos out of China claim to show the rear shell of Apple's next-generation iPad Air, which looks to feature larger speaker holes, recessed volume control buttons and a repositioned rear-facing microphone.

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16:35
Claimed next-gen iPad Air rear shell photos show...



In June, photos of purported physical mockups for the next-generation iPad Air (the next full-sized iPad) appeared on the web showing a similar design to the current model, but with some tweaks. Closely mimicking the improved design, images posted to Weibo...

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16:22
Paprika 2.0.4

Brings a number of handy additions and fixes to the popular recipe manager. ($19.99 new, free update, 3.5 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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16:20
New Photos Claim to Show Purported Rear Shell of...

Taiwan-based accessory maker Yi Lin Enterprises has posted new photos on Weibo showing the purported rear shell of Apple's iPad Air 2 (Google Translate, via Mac Otakara). The images show off a gold housing with a number of design changes, including a new speaker grille with larger holes and a relocated rear microphone alongside the iSight camera. Last month, an alleged "perfect replica" of the iPad Air 2 surfaced, showing off a Touch ID home button for the device and recessed volume buttons along with the same refined speaker grille. The prototype followed the leak of a...

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15:32
Apple $450 Million e-Book Settlement Wins Court...

An anonymous reader writes A week after Judge Denise Cote put forward concerns over a proposed settlement with consumers over e-book price-fixing in the iBookstore, she has given Apple preliminary approval for its $450 million settlement. "The proposed settlement agreement is within the range of those that may be approved as fair and reasonable, such that notice to the class is appropriate," Cote said. "Preliminary approval is granted." Cote set a final fairness hearing for Nov. 21. ...

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15:16
Apple to Have 4 Stores in Turkey by 2015, Second...

We first learned of Apple opening a store in Istanbul Turkey in 2013. In 2014 Apple's premier Istanbul Apple Store opened with a unique glass enclosure. The success of the store is now driving Apple to build ...

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14:56
Macintel: The end is nigh

Monday Note:

When Apple announced its 64-bit A7 processor, I dismissed the speculation that this could lead to a switch away from Intel chips for the Macintosh line for a homegrown “desktop-class” chip. I might have been wrong.

I don’t know enough about this end of the industry but it’s hard to argue with Gassee’s line of “Secondly, the Mac line is suspended, literally, by the late delivery of Intel’s Broadwell x86 processors.” The “end of MacIntel” is certainly a possibility to be on the look out for.
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14:55
Review: Using the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ camera drone...

As the name suggests, DJI's Phantom 2 Vision+ isn't much different than its predecessor, with the same exceptional flying capabilities as the last model. But the newfound "plus" for this drone is mostly found in its vastly improved camera and gimbal, which offers super-smooth recording capabilities from a bird's eye view.

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14:40
Hands On: Blood Bowl for iOS

IPads and tablets are shaking up mobile gaming. Nintendo and Sony both have firm footholds, but the ubiquity and power of smartphones and tablets have the possibility of bringing experiences to the eyes of more people. Board game conversions have been made for computers since the dawn of computer gaming, and one of the most recent migrants to the iOS is Blood Bowl. Blood Bowl in board form sought to mesh the fantasy universe of Warhammer with American football in a brutal twist. How well does the game and concept port to the iOS perform, and for that matter, how faithful of a translation is it......

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13:20
∞ First taste of chocolate in Ivory Coast

Metropolis:

Farmer N’Da Alphonse grows cacao and has never seen the finished product.

“To be honest I do not know what they make of my beans,” says farmer N’Da Alphonse. “I’ve heard they’re used as flavoring in cooking, but I’ve never seen it. I do not even know if it’s true.”

We take chocolate for granted and most of us probably can’t remember our first taste of it. Imagine being one of these cacao farmers and tasting it for the very first time.

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12:51
FCC looks into six more content providers, ISPs in...

Ars Technica reports that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is looking into six additional Internet service providers (ISP) and content providers over interconnecting and peering agreements. An official spoke to the publication after it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking information on the Netflix peering deals with Verizon and Comcast. The news comes after Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that the FCC would be investing such agreements in June....

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12:34
Hitchbot thumbs rides across Canada, makes human...

Engadget:

Hitchbot, the yellow glove- and Wellies-wearing robot, has started bumming rides across Canada, and by the looks of it, its hosts are having a blast ferrying it to its next drop-off point.

The machine with a perpetual LED smile began its journey in Halifax, and it’ll travel 4,000 miles until it reaches Victoria, British Columbia. People who pick up Hitchbot are pointed to a website where they can find instructions on how to handle it and where to drop it off. On the way, Hitchbot chats with its host, thanks to its speech recognition capability, or chatters away on its own in case its tablet-and-Arduino brain can’t parse what its companion’s saying. It also takes pictures every 30 minutes or so to send back to headquarters and upload to its social media accounts.

What a wonderfully odd experiment. I’m definitely following @hitchBOT on Twitter.
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12:04
Spider-Man unmasked! Elmo and Minnie, too

The New York Times:

A vaguely defined ecosystem seems to exist within the community, with subspecies divided by costume type: The Disney, Pixar and “Sesame Street” characters gravitate toward one another, and the superheroes hang out with other superheroes.

The cartoons, superheroes and other assorted characters are a bizarre, fascinating yet annoying as hell part of what Times Square has become.
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10:58
Thecus releases four-bay N4310 NAS for home offices...

Thecus debuted a new network attached storage (NAS) device late last month with the N4310. The four-bay NAS is positioned for use in small to medium sized businesses, as well as home offices. The device utilizes Hybrid Mode Storage, encryption, RAID support and a customization and apps through the ThecusOS....

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10:11
A statistical analysis of the work of Bob Ross

FiveThirtyEight:

I analyzed the data to find out exactly what Ross, who died in 1995, painted for more than a decade on TV. The top-line results are to be expected — wouldn’t you know, he did paint a bunch of mountains, trees and lakes! — but then I put some numbers to Ross’s classic figures of speech. He didn’t paint oaks or spruces, he painted “happy trees.” He favored “almighty mountains” to peaks. Once he’d painted one tree, he didn’t paint another — he painted a “friend.”

I can’t paint a straight line with a ruler but watching Ross was absolutely mesmerizing. This analysis is interesting from a numbers point of view but it doesn’t capture or explain the wonderful presentation style Ross had.
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09:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

InstaPlace [iPhone; Now...

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08:14
MGG 513: Lucky Number (Five-)Thirteen with Cool...

Dave's back from his Phishing Expedition and he and John jump right into Cool Stuff Found. More docking solutions, more mailbox solutions, Control Center for your Mac and lots more. Download, press play and enjoy!

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07:44
QuarkXPress 10.2.0.0 - Desktop publishing solution;...

With QuarkXPress, you can communicate in all the ways you need to -- and always look professional -- in print and digital media, all in a single tool. Features include:

  • Easy to Use -- QuarkXPress is a powerful and full-featured tool that makes it easy to develop your ideas into gorgeous layouts.
  • Powerful Design Tools -- QuarkXPress provides an arsenal of design tools that let you turn even the most elaborate visions into reality.
  • Precision Typography -- Typography is an art form, and QuarkXPress provides the tools you need to create powerful works of typographical art. If you're a perfectionist, QuarkXPress provides all of the tools you need to reach perfection. If you're not, QuarkXPress provides presets and default behaviors that make your work look professional even when you're not paying attention to the details.
  • Digital Publishing: Web, SWF (Flash®), e-books, and...

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07:00
All the best hardware and app reviews last week on...

Last week was a busy one with new hardware and apps making their way into TUAW's virtual office. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews you may have missed.

App Reviews

Clima is a compact and useful weather app
Your photos are super...

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06:49
SoftRAID 5.0.2 - High-quality RAID management. (Demo)

SoftRAID allows you to create and manage disk arrays to increase performance and reliability. SoftRAID's intuitive interface and powerful feature set makes this utility a must have for any Mac OS X Server admin, "Pro" users, Photographers, Digital Video editors and desktop users who wants more reliable backup for his computer.Version 5.0.2:

  • Support for RAID 4, 5 and 1+0 volumes. Macs can use any SoftRAID volume as a startup volume
  • Complete support for high resolution displays
  • Improved volume validation which will optionally fix parity or mirror data during the validation operation
  • Improved error reporting
  • Improved the predicted disk failure feature to provide more detailed information about how a disk is failing
  • Up to 30% improvement in read/write performance for mirror volumes
  • Numerous bug fixes in the SoftRAID application
  • A SoftRAID status indicator which is always displayed in the menu bar...

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06:11
VOX 2.1 - Feature-rich music player that supports...

VOX is a simple yet powerful, feature-rich music playing application. VOX was originally developed following the principles of clarity, simplicity and versatility. Thus, the minimalistic interface incorporates both essential and unique features, which let you:

  • Play numerous lossy and lossless audio formats;
  • Export playlists in various formats (PLS, M3U, XSPF);
  • Open different playlist types including M3U, PLS, XSPF and the popular CUE format used to store CD rips;
  • Play audio files stored on NAS devices and other network drives.
  • Control the player from the main interface, Dock context menu or main menu controls;
  • Automatically search for all the missing album artwork from MusicBrainz and LastFM databases;
  • Use keyboard media keys, headphones buttons and Apple Remote to control playback (requires VOX Preference Pane);
  • Easily add music via smart drop zones, ordinary open dialog and Finder context...

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06:04
Copy 1.46.0380 - Cloud storage and file syncing...

Note: You must first sign up to use Copy (get a 5GB sign-up bonus through our 'Download' link above). Copy lets you sync, protect, and share. Everywhere. Want to bring some files home? No problem! With Copy, they're already there. Copy's apps keep files in sync between your Macs, PCs, iOS devices, Android devices, and more. There are no file size limits with Copy, and with Copy's "Fair Storage," the size of a shared folder is split between the number of users sharing the folder, so a 25GB folder shared with 5 users only counts as 5GB towards each user's quota. Copy is developed by network security and backup giant Barracuda Networks, meaning your files are stored on servers Barracuda Networks controls and manages, for maximum security. Your data is also protected by multiple layers of encryption, including AES-256, both during transfer and while at rest on Barracuda's enterprise-class cloud storage. Advanced security features include:...

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05:07
∞ Spielberg’s genius – The “oner”

[VIDEO] The origins of the “oner”, one scene, one shot and how Spielberg made that technique his own. This is riveting, from first scene to last.

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04:05
Ethan Hawke on the Black Album and passing music...

The movie Boyhood was filmed using the same cast over 12 years, so you literally see the protagonist growing up before your eyes. A great concept, said to be a great movie, can’t wait to see it.

In a scene celebrating Mason Jr.’s 15th birthday, he receives a mix CD from his father, Mason Sr., played by Ethan Hawke. Called The Black Album, it’s a compilation of the best of John, Paul, George, and Ringo’s solo work, post-Beatles.

The CD comes with a set of liner notes in the form of a letter, cribbed from liner notes Ethan Hawke originally wrote for his daughter. Great concept, great letter, especially if you are a Beatles fan.
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03:50
Microsoft suing Samsung for breach of contract

From Microsoft’s blog post:

As you may have seen, on Friday Microsoft filed legal action against Samsung in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. Today’s legal action is simply to enforce our contract with Samsung.

We don’t take lightly filing a legal action, especially against a company with which we’ve enjoyed a long and productive partnership. Unfortunately, even partners sometimes disagree. After spending months trying to resolve our disagreement, Samsung has made clear in a series of letters and discussions that we have a fundamental disagreement as to the meaning of our contract.

Oh, Samsung. Keep behaving like this and no one’s going to want to play with you anymore.
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Saturday August 2

20:11
Apple Releases ‘Dreams’ Commercial Highlighting iOS...

Apple has released another commercial in its You're More Powerful Than You Think series called Dreams. The commercial features a variety of professionals using iPhones, iPads, and Macs at their job. Fire fighters, teachers, a jewelry designer, scientists, a pilot, a veterinarian, and more. The commercial features a song called "When I Grow Up" by Jennifer OâConnor.

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05:00
The Week in iPad Cases: A la mode

A la modeThis week’s roundup of new iPad protection brings you a little fashion sense, some amazing colors, and a gentle reminder that, alas, another school year is just around the corner.Griffin TechnologyThe Survivor Slim (iPad Air; $80) is a full-body case that combines a shatter-resistant shell and a shock-absorbing, textured-silicone bumper.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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19:42
Al-Qaeda prefers Android over Apple's iOS

Apple's iOS has taken majority market share in education, government and the enterprise, but Google's Android has become the favored mobile platform among Al-Qaeda operatives.

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13:14
Apple doesn’t have to do jack

Elia Freedman:

Let’s say that together now: the dearth of many viable iOS indie dev businesses is not Apple’s problem.

It’s ours.

Whether we like it or not, the game has changed. Trials are out. They’ve been out for six years now and we have no idea if they are ever coming back. Upgrades are out, too. Again, we have no idea if they will ever come back. Ask yourself, do you really want to sit here and wait another 10 months to find out if we will get trials and upgrades, and then wait another three months after that to see it available? Hell, no. I need to make a living now.

It’s time for us to adapt.

We’ve seen quite a bit of writing regarding this issue over the past week. I’m just a user so I have no idea of the issues involved but it is good to hear from another side of the equation.
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13:00
Clima is a compact and useful weather app

Clima (U$0.99) packs a lot of information into a deceptively simple user interface. Enter a city or cities and you get temperature and sky conditions on a colorful background.

Swipe left and you see an extended five-day forecast with high/low...

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12:54
Mike Tyson knockout super cut

The Roosevelts:

It is being reported that Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx has agreed to portray Mike Tyson in an upcoming biopic that is written by Hollywood bad-ass Terence Winter.

There is no way a paring of Terence Winter and the fascinating story of Mike Tyson couldn’t be good so enjoy the following super cut compilation to show how vicious Mike Tyson really was in his prime.

I was a boxing fan during Tyson’s prime and for all of his failings, he was an absolute beast in the boxing ring. The sport is justifiably vilified now but this super cut might help to explain why seemingly rational, mostly non-violent people like myself loved to watch him turn people’s brains off.
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11:59
888,246 ceramic poppies surround the Tower of London...

Colossal:

To commemorate the centennial of Britain’s involvement in the First World War, ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper conceived of a staggering installation of ceramic poppies planted in the famous dry moat around the Tower of London. Titled “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red,” the final work will consist of 888,246 red ceramic flowers—each representing a British or Colonial military fatality—that flow through grounds around the tower.

Volunteers began placing the poppies several weeks ago and the process will continue through the summer until a final flower is symbolically planted on November 11th.

The poppy flower is very symbolic to me as a Canadian and the proud son of a Canadian Navy veteran. I’d love to be able to see this installation in London.
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11:15
New "Dreams" ad focuses on the many uses...

Apple has released another of its classy ads that show just how powerful we humans can be when equipped with an iOS device. In "Dreams", the company focuses on the iPhone 5s and shows everything from a Vaavud anemometer being used to measure wind...

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10:00
Mobile Home adds a Siri button to any car

I love using Siri in my car, but sometimes trying to find the Home button so that I can press it and talk to Siri is a real bother, especially if I just tossed my iPhone onto the passenger seat. So wouldn't it be nice to have a Home button that you...

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09:54
NFC is Rapidly Gaining Ground as an e-Wallet...

On July 25 we posted a secondary report about a new iWallet rumor that had surfaced days earlier. In that report we covered Visa introducing "Visa Digital Solutions," a comprehensive suite of offerings that facilitate secure payments across a broad range of internet devices and wearables like smartwatches. Today we learn that the new Visa system will support NFC and that it's being adopted by the largest Telecom in Taiwan, Chunghwa Telecom as well as those in the Asia NFC alliance including Japanese carrier KDDI ...

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07:55
Apple Continues App-Focused TV Ad Campaign With...

Apple launched a new television ad in its "You're More Powerful Than You Think" campaign, this time called "Dreams". The song in the ad is "When I Grow Up" by Jennifer O'Connor. It is the fourth ad in the series, with previous spots "Powerful", "Strength", and "Parenthood" focusing on the sheer variety of apps on the iPhone, workout apps, and apps for parents. Like the other ads, "Dreams" shows the iPhone used in various situations in everyday life, extended with apps from the App Store. Apps and accessories featured in the spot include: - Vaavud Wind Meter, an anemometer that...

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07:00
Dog Days of Summer: Send us your photos and make...

Remington, the cute puppy belonging to TUAW blogger/editor Kelly Hodgkins, is really unhappy with you, as evidences with those sad puppy eyes starting at you from the photo above.

Why? Well, nobody sent in a candidate photo for the Dog Days of...

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05:15
New Apple TV Ad: Dreams

Apple's newly released ad titled "Dreams," promotes how iApps are helping professionals. In one example, a doctor is using a translation app to communicate with those of another language. In another example we see an iApp that helps a pilot ...

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04:47
MYStuff Pro 2.0.18 - Create inventories for your...

MYStuff Pro is the most flexible way to create detail-rich inventories for your home or small business. Add items to MYStuff by dragging and dropping existing information, uploading new images, or scanning barcodes. Finally, getting organized is easy. Do inventory your way

  • Shop… and Save: MYStuff's built-in browser saves a web archive of the receipt with a single click, and allows you to quickly add a new Record to your inventory right now while it's convenient. Putting a web browser inside MYStuff allows you to easily shop your favorite sites on the 'net, and easily save both information and time. (You can save how-to and informational pages, too.)
  • Fantastic Flexibility: MYStuff organizes things how you do. Don't feel like you have to change how you organize to fit your organization program. MYStuff provides easy ways to organize by category, location, tag, or label.
  • Any Which...

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04:27
Why your ice cream sandwich doesn’t melt

[VIDEO] There’s a buzz going around the net about ice cream sandwiches not melting. It started with a woman in Cincinnati who accidentally left a Walmart ice cream sandwich out in the sun for a bit and noticed that it was not behaving the way “real” ice cream behaved.

Was this true? Watch the embedded video, but then read on for the science.
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04:12
On making a living from the App Store

David Smith:

This past week has seen an explosion of writing and discussion about the business of making software for sale on the iOS App Store. Personally I love it when these little bubbles of discussion appear. If you’ve listened to me for any period of time you’ll know that one of the things I really like is being a student of the App Store. These discussions provide the opportunity and motivation for all sorts of anecdotes which help expand my view on where things stand.

This post is a trifecta. There’s a link to the Developing Perspective podcast, where David Smith lays all this out verbally. There’s the post itself (which really clicked for me). And there’s the wealth of related links at the end of the post.
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02:47
Apple continues 'Powerful' campaign for...

Apple on Saturday unveiled "Dreams," the latest in its ongoing series of television advertisements touting the versatility of the iPhone 5s and the wide range of third-party applications and accessories compatible with the handset.

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Friday August 1

22:26
Apple releases new iPhone 5s ad “Dreams,” showcasing...


Apple has posted its latest iPhone 5s, called “Dreams,” to its YouTube channel. The new ad shows a number of iPhone owners using their devices in various professional and personal pursuits ranging from art, to medicine, to fighting fires. The ad is set to Jennifer O’Connor’s new single “When I Grow Up,” which was released on iTunes earlier this week.
The app highlights a specific set of apps, which Apple has detailed on the updated page “Powerful” on its website. The apps (and external hardware) include...

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20:00
Beats, Apple post self-deprecating video celebrating...

A brief video has been posted by new Apple employee Dr. Dre on the Beats Twitter account that both celebrates and pokes fun at the union of the two companies. The video, which features animated versions of the Beats Pill speakers and the disembodied voice of Siri, will remind some of the "talking car" Chevron advertisements done by Aardman Animation, makers of Wallace & Gromit in its style of animation and light humor between "Mikey" and "Tina."...

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19:48
Briefly: iDraw 2.4.1 adds Swift code, Slingshot...

Indeeo has announced the release of iDraw v2.4.1, adding two new features. The Illustration application now includes a new Swift code export option, with app design mockups, buttons and icons capable of being turned directly into drawing code. iDraw has gained the ability to export vector objects and effects directly into Core Graphics drawing code. Buttons can be drawn with code and modified dynamically at runtime. Apple's new Swift language is now available as an export option, and users can choose between exporting graphics code in Objective-C or Swift....

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19:39
HP partners with Gilt, Michael Bastian to build iOS-...

Amidst a quickly growing smartwatch market, Hewlett-Packard is throwing its hat into the ring with a fashion-forward iOS and Android-compatible device made in partnership with Gilt and designer Michael Bastian.

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18:39
Apple retail chief Ahrendts issues memo, visits...

Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Dame Angela Ahrendts dropped by the Grand Central Station Apple Store this afternoon to talk with workers and learn more about the operation there. She is continuing a tour of flagship stores, having previously been seen at the grand opening of the Omotesando store in Japan and other locations. Ahrendts also released a memo with a Q&A section talking about her vision and her early experiences as head of retail....

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18:29
Apple and Beats introduce 'Pills'...

Apple subsidiary Beats on Friday uploaded a short 30-second spot to its Twitter account featuring two of its animated "Pill" creatures and the Siri virtual assistant, marking the first collaborative ad effort since Apple bought the audio company in May.

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17:28
Apple & Beats use Siri and Pills to promote Dr....

Continuing today’s celebration of Beats officially becoming an Apple subsidiary, Beats’ official Twitter account has posted a fun video advertisement that uses Siri and the Beats Pill to promote the deal. The video pokes fun at a private Dr. Dre party, and perhaps this is some joke tied to Dre spilling the beans about the Apple deal in the weeks before the official announcement in May. The end of the video also appears to poke fun at Siri not always working properly.
Today is the day. Invitation Only....

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17:07
Apple refutes Beats layoff rumors, says every...

Countering an earlier rumor that Apple would cull some 200 employees from Beats' roster, a report on Friday cites an Apple spokesperson and inside sources as saying the company is instead doing the opposite by extending job offers to keep everyone on board.

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16:43
How to Identify Power Bricks in One Clever Stroke

Everything comes with its own custom power brick these days. Here's a quick lifehack that helps Future You figure out how to match everything up with the appropriate power supply.

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16:35
How to Identify Power Bricks in One Clever Stroke

Everything comes with its own custom power brick these days. Here's a quick lifehack that helps Future You figure out how to match everything up with the appropriate power supply.

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16:11
Judge offers preliminary approval of Apple, states e...

Having just raised doubts about the fairness of the proposed settlement between Apple and a coalition of states' attorneys general and consumer groups over the alleged e-book "price fixing" scandal, US District Judge Denise Cote has apparently reconsidered the deal and given a tentative okay to the settlement, which would see Apple pay $450 million to resolve the civil claims, with a catch: Apple would only pay a total of $70 million if the case gets remanded on appeal, or nothing at all if Cote's guilty verdict is reversed.......

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16:01
Angela Ahrendts continues debut tour with employee Q...

New Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts is continuing her Apple debut tour this week. The former Burberry Chief Executive Officer today toured through Apple’s many stores in the New York City area and she also held a question-and-answer session with select Apple Retail Store managers earlier this week week. Ahrendts today sent a memo with a transcript of some of the Q&A points to all retail employees, and a full copy of that transcript, sent in by a source, is below:

Question 1: How can we become better ambassadors of the company as the face of Apple?
Answer: We are all ambassadors of the company and staying in tune with our message is key to our success. Be involved and be astute about what’s going on inside and outside of our stores. Look at Apple’s...

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15:42
Georgia Tech Researchers Jailbreak iOS 7.1.2

mikejuk writes The constant war to jailbreak and patch iOS has taken another step in favor of the jailbreakers. Georgia Tech researchers have found a way to jailbreak the current version of iOS. What the Georgia Tech team has discovered is a way to break in by a multi-step attack. After analysing the patches put in place to stop previous attacks, the team worked out a sequence that would jailbreak any modern iPhone. The team stresses the importance of patching all of the threats, and not just closing one vulnerability and assuming that it renders others unusable as an attack method. It is claimed that the hack works with any iOS 7.1.2 using device including the iPhone 5s.It is worth noting that the The Device Freedom Prize for an open source jailbreak of iOS7 is still unclaimed and stands at just over $30,000. The details are to be revealed at the forthcoming Black Hat USA (August 6 & 7 Las Vegas) in a session titled Exploiting Unpatched iOS Vulnerabilities for Fun and Profit...

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15:21
Tor Has Been Breached - What Now?


News that two Carnegie-Mellon CERT researchers have developed an inexpensive way to breach the Tor network has the project, privacy advocates, and probably criminals who use the network equally concerned. The Tor Project posted has advised relays to upgrade to Tor 0.2.r.23e or 0.2.5.6-alpha to close the protocol vulnerability used by the researchers, but It warned that preventing traffic confirmation in general "remains an open research problem." Hidden service operators were advised to consider changing the location of their service.

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15:08
Apple’s $450 million e-book settlement wins early...

Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. won preliminary approval of a settlement in which it could pay $450 million to resolve claims by U.S. states and consumers that it led a conspiracy to fix prices on electronic books.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan said today that there’s “probable cause to find that the proposed settlement agreement is within the range of those that may be approved as fair and reasonable.”

I wonder if Amazon is rubbing their hands in glee?
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15:00
President Obama signs cell phone unlocking bill into...

The White House today announced that President Obama was signing the "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act" into law after the bill passed successfully through both the House and Senate.

Today, President Obama will sign into...

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14:59
Microsoft Takes Legal Action against Samsung over...

Although we've yet to see the actual filing, Microsoft has officially filed legal action against Samsung today in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. Today’s legal action is simply to enforce Microsoft's contract with Samsung.

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14:48
Legal Mobile Phone Unlocking Bill to Be Signed into...

Huzzah! It will once again be legal to unlock your mobile phone, including smartphones, in the U.S. The White House announced on Friday that President Obama would sign the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, which was passed unanimously in a rare act of bipartisanship in both houses of Congress.

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14:30
Beats' head of subscription-music service is...

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has appointed Ian Rogers, the head of Beats' subscription-music service, to run iTunes Radio. Three executives from Beats -- Rogers, Dr. Dre, and Jimmy Iovine -- joined Apple as part of the company's...

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13:10
Judge approves Apple e-books price-fixing settlement

A U.S. district court judge has given preliminary approval for Apple to pay a $450 million settlement for its role in an ebooks price-fixing conspiracy.
Judge Denise Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday approved the deal that would have Apple paying $400 million to affected ebook buyers and $50 million in attorneys fees in a class-action lawsuit, but only if Apple’s appeal of a 2013 price-fixing ruling by the New York court is rejected.
If the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit reverses and remands the case back to district court, the settlement agreement approved by Cote would have Apple pay consumers $50 million and attorneys $20 million. If the appeals court reverses the 2013 decision by the New York court, Apple would pay no damages....

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14:18
Brilliant ‘Apple Clickbait Generator’ Makes Apple-...

"Why Everything Is Bad for Apple." So reads the title of the article you'll find at Apple Clickbait Generator (ACG), a brilliant idea created by Kirk Lennon and Owen Evans [via TUAW]. Every time you load up the ACG, you get a randomly generated article that explains why Apple is doomed. They're randomly generated, but many of the lines are culled from actual published clickbait. The result is so good, I expect many so-called journalists and their so-called publishers might start cribbing Apple-Is-Doomed straight from the ACG. Be it Apple's pricing, Apple's lefty obsession with Green, the lack of innovation, or the reality that the next iPhone will disappoint, the ACG has you covered. Brilliant!

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14:15
Microsoft’s Sobering Realization: It Can Never Win,...

Microsoft has struggled over the years to develop its own hardware. The Xbox has been the only notable success, and even that product has had its share of struggles. One has to wonder, how long can Microsoft endure without getting its mobile hardware part right?

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14:10
Kensington X3 Bluetooth Keyboard/Case for iPad Air...

Kensingtonâs integrated Bluetooth keyboard for iPad Air is a delight to use and offers several useful features. Notable is the ability to access the internal battery for emergency use and a magnetic gutter to hold the iPad securely in place.

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14:00
Grovemade Walnut Keyboard Tray: Beautiful and...

Portland-based Grovemade has done it again, with a beautiful and functional desk accessory for your Apple Wireless Keyboard. The Grovemade Walnut Keyboard Tray (US$59) provides a nice-looking "hutch" for your keyboard while providing storage for...

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13:57
Forums: iOS 8 questions and discussion

With the Beta release of Yosemite in the hands of a million Mac owners, and questions about that subsiding, the next big question in the MacNN forums is about the future of iOS 8. Forum-goers discuss the future of the Mac desktop in two different threads, one asking if a consumer Mac Pro might surface, and the other questioning the possibility of a Retina iMac....

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13:56
Apple deals: refurbished Macs from $719

This week at Apple's online store, save big on refurbished Mac models starting as low as $719. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been cut by $130 to $719. A $150 discount is offered on the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage....

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13:55
Android makers must pay Microsoft, or else—software...

Samsung has stopped paying patent royalties to Microsoft over the Android phones it sells, and today that led to the predictable result: a lawsuit.
"Today's legal action is simply to enforce our contract with Samsung," Microsoft wrote in a blog post explaining its actions. "We don't take lightly filing a legal action, especially against a company with which we've enjoyed a long and productive partnership."
The two companies reached a patent deal in 2011, in which Samsung presumably paid Microsoft for the patents it says apply to devices running Google's Android operating system.
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13:54
DealNN: MBPs, iMacs, cameras and more

Adorama.com currently has the previous generation Retina 13.3-inch MacBook Pro on sale for $2,250. That' s $150 less than their regular price of $2,400, and $250 off the MSRP of $2,500. This MacBook Pro features a 2.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM and 1TB of flash storage. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor....

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13:35
Microsoft sues Samsung over unpaid Android patent...

Microsoft on Friday filed a lawsuit with a New York district court claiming Samsung is in breach of an Android patent cross-licensing contract after failing to turn over an undisclosed amount in royalty payments.

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13:31
What’s new: July 2014

July has been a busy month for mobile apps and admins. OneNote continues to receive updates to its Mac OS X, iPhone, iPad, and Android versions. Office for iPad was enhanced with many top customer requested features. Admins can now have 10x the number of Public Folders and new communication tools to stay informed about their Office 365 service.  Power BI, Power Map, and Power Query all also were updated this month. Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see What’s New: June.
Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Home, and Office 365 University updates:
Clip the web with me@onenote.com – Send a link to me@onenote.com and get a screenshot of the site added to your notebook.
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13:30
Monitor overkill?

A wise man once told me that for every additional monitor on your desk, your productivity is cut in half. If that's true, then nobody is getting any work done in this office.

I'm all for having an obnoxious amount of screen real estate at your...

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13:23
WSJ: Beats Music head Ian Rogers to take charge of...

Beats Music head Ian Rogers will also take charge of iTunes Radio as a part of Apple's acquisition of Beats, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. The people add that having Rogers in charge of both units is intended to generate cohesion in Apple's streaming music options. How exactly that might manifest is unclear, but the Journal speculates that Apple may implement new subscription options....

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13:15
Polygonic game for iOS

The game begins with 16 triangles of primary colors. You combine them to make regular polygons with more sides. Squares, pentagons, hexagons, etc.

This could be another one of those additive games.
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13:09
2014 Signature model Charvel guitars

Charvel guitars are so nice to play.
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13:02
President signs DMCA exemption bill, cellphone...

President Barack Obama has signed the "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act," making cellphone unlocking by individuals or businesses legal again, at least temporarily. The bill reauthorizes an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which allowed unlocking. The matter will come up for debate before the Library of Congress in 2015, so the bill signature today isn't a permanent fix....

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13:00
∞ 64 layer Final Cut Pro project on a Mac Pro

Pretty cool project by Svein Sund.

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12:57
President Obama signs bill into law restoring legal...

The White House announced today that President Obama is signing the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act in law allowing consumers to unlock cell phones from their carriers at the end of a contract.
Today, President Obama will sign into law the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, and in doing so, will achieve a rare trifecta: a win for American consumers, a win for wireless competition, and an example of democracy at its best — bipartisan congressional action in direct response to a call to action from the American people.

The legislation allowing consumers to legally unlock a cell phone...

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12:36
Apple wins preliminary approval for $450M e-books...

In an apparent change of heart, U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote on Friday granted preliminary approval for Apple's $450 million settlement going to a class of consumers over e-book price fixing in the iBookstore.

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12:30
HP and designer Michael Bastian team up to produce...

The great smartwatch boom is starting to consume electronic makers and HP is not exempt. The company is partnering with designer Michael Bastian to produce its own next-gen timepiece. Hewlett-Packard’s timekeeper won’t be dedicated to a single mobile platform and will instead serve as a companion device for Android and iOS smartphones similar to how Pebble watches work.HP’s smartwatch will have a 44mm stainless steel casing and will feature interchangeable bands available in plastic, rubber and leather. Bastian’s design is said to draw inspiration from the luxurious interiors found in high-end automobiles, which sounds kind of cool, depending on who you ask. As for the watch’s software, HP will use a multi-platform...

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12:12
Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order...

The Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order) from Bitfountain has just 10 days left to preorder for $79. This is a learning-by-doing course designed to teach you how to code for iOS 8 using Apple's new Swift developing language. It includes more than 350 videos with 36.5 hours of content. During the course, you'll make 14 iOS 8 apps and learn how to connect with third party APIs, use Appel's graphical interface builder, work with core data, and a lot more. The course will be released once Apple releases iOS 8 to the public, and this preorder price makes it inexpensive.

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12:10
Apple granted preliminary approval for $450 million...

Bloomberg reports that Apple has received preliminary approval for the $450 million lawsuit settlement reached over its ebook pricing practices.
The settlement was first reached out of court about six weeks ago just before the case was set to go before a jury. Despite that development, Judge Cote in New York voiced concern over a clause in the settlement leading many to believe it may not receive approval, although she has since decided the settlement is appropriate. “The proposed settlement agreement is within the range of those that may be approved as fair and reasonable, such that...

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12:01
President Obama signs bill making it once again...

President Obama on Friday put his signature to to the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, a bill resolving a number of legal conflicts under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that previously presented legal challenges for consumers seeking to unlock their mobile phones.

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12:01
Apple appoints Beats Music chief to head up iTunes...

Apple has picked Beats Music subscription service CEO Ian Rogers to additionally head up iTunes Radio, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. Citing people familiar with the matter, the report notes that Rogers will still continue to run the Beats Music subscription service while working…

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12:00
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

Flick Kick Rugby [iOS...

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12:00
Aereo files for emergency aid, company is '...

Aereo is "figuratively bleeding to death" according to a court filing made last night by the Supreme Court-impacted Internet video service. The filing cites "staggering costs" that it is still paying to stay alive as a business entity while the and US Copyright Office debate if it should be treated like a cable company, like the Supreme Court alluded in its ruling against Aereo....

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11:57
No layoffs at Beats yet, source claims

Although layoffs may be coming, no one at Beats has lost their job yet as a result of Apple's takeover, a source tells Billboard. "Every single person is going through Apple orientation, they're signing up for healthcare," the person comments, noting that everyone has been offered a full-time job at Apple, although as confirmed by the company some people are only being offered work for a limited time. Specifically, the source says that these people could lose their jobs in anywhere from three months to a year. Five people have reportedly been fired in "performance-based terminations."......

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11:41
Brains behind subscription Beats Music to also...

Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers will assume control of Apple's iTunes Radio service, according to a new report, uniting both of Apple's streaming music services under a single executive as the company gears up for a renewed assault on incumbent industry leaders Spotify and Pandora.

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11:30
External Link: HarperCollins Continues to Explore...

HarperCollins, one of the so-called “Big Five” book publishers, is continuing to explore ways to sell ebook/print book bundles to readers. Its latest foray has it partnering with major print book distributor Ingram and BookShout, a company that provides ebooks directly to readers. The partnership has signed eleven independent bookstores to participate in the program, in which customers buying print books at the bookstores would also purchase low-price access codes that they would then use to download the matching ebooks directly from BookShout.  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...

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11:24
Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers to Also Head Up iTunes...

Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats was finalized today, and as the two companies merge into one, the positions some former Beats employees will take on at Apple are becoming clearer. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Ian Rogers, who serves as the CEO of Beats Music, will take Apple’s own iTunes Radio streaming music service under his wing, heading up both streaming music services. Rogers will likely report to Eddy Cue, the SVP of Internet Software and Services at Apple, who oversees all of Apple’s content stores.Rogers, a former Yahoo executive, will run both teams to create cohesion in Apple’s streaming-music options, according to the people familiar with the matter. Pandora and Spotify, the two-biggest streaming music services, each offer both a free ad-...

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11:20
Facebook promises monthly iOS app updates

Facebook has released version 13.0 of its iOS app to the App Store, with update notes promising that the social network will now bring regular updates to the App Store “every 4 weeks,” while explaining how to enable iOS 7 automatic updates to stay current. Facebook notes…

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11:20
Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers to also lead iTunes Radio...


The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Ian Rogers, the head of Beats Music, will now also lead iTunes Radio following the Apple acquisition. Apple wants to increase collaboration between both Beats Music and iTunes Radio by having both streaming services led by Rogers. Up to now, iTunes Radio has been headed by Jeff Robin’s team, best known for creating the software that became iTunes.
The Journal says that Rogers’ leadership will increase ‘cohesion’ between the services, which currently offer a lot of app in their end-user experiences. It is still unclear whether Apple has plans to consolidate the brands.
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11:18
Apple officially welcomes Beats to the family

Apple:

Today we are excited to officially welcome Beats Music and Beats Electronics to the Apple family. Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and we’re thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do. Beats cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre have created beautiful products that have helped millions of people deepen their connection to music. We’re delighted to be working with the team to elevate that experience even further.

It’s going to be interesting to see how this goes.
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11:00
Office 365 news round-up

OneNote is one of the great apps you get with your Office 365 subscription. OneNote lets you capture your ideas, write, sketch or type your thoughts, and easily organize everything in one place. You can even clip links and web pages, insert photos and videos, embed tables and attach files.
During the past two weeks, we made OneNote even better, adding four major updates to OneNote for Mac, OneNote for iPad and OneNote for iPhone, and making One Note available for Kindle Fire and the new Fire phone from Amazon. We also highlighted a very useful existing feature—the Insert Space tool—that lets you easily split the body of your notes and insert additional space so you can add new text or drawings. Just one...

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11:00
How to assemble an iPad the Conan O'Brien way

Conan O'Brien's Team Coco DIY series recruits comedic actor Matt Walsh to show you how to assemble your own iPad using only household items. One word of caution -- don't try this at home. Save it for the garage....

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10:46
Obama Signs Cell Phone Unlocking Bill Into Law,...

United States President Barack Obama will today sign a bill that makes cell phone unlocking legal again, writing the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act into law following its unanimous approval by the Senate and House of Representatives. Obama has long supported the act, which was originally introduced via a 2013 "We the People" petition that gathered more than 100,000 signatures calling for cell phone unlocking to be made legal. It first became illegal to unlock a cell phone in January of 2013, after an exception in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act expired, restricting U.S....

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10:30
Daily Deals for August 1, 2014, featuring Flip PDF...

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

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10:03
That Innocent Little Thumb Drive Could Be Big...


USB flash drives could be at risk of a pernicious attack on their firmware. Over the past two decades, USB devices, aka "thumb drives," have proliferated all over the world, because USB has proven to be a versatile standard. That versatility, though, also makes USB devices vulnerable to what could be a very nasty firmware attack, noted Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell of Secure Research Labs. Since different device classes can plug into the same connectors, one type of device can turn into a more capable or malicious type without a user noticing.

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09:59
Mystery over for Google's Glass barges as Maine...

Google's plan for a series of floating showrooms that would help consumers get to know -- and, ultimately, purchase -- its new Glass wearable platform appears to have sunk, as its East Coast constituent looks to be headed for a Maine scrapyard.

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09:55
Leak claims redesigned home buttons for 4.7-, 5.5-...

Photos obtained by a French site show what are claimed to be home buttons and connected flex cables for Apple's 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones, sometimes dubbed the iPhone 6 and iPhone Air, respectively. Both differ not only from the iPhone 5s, but each other, with the 4.7-inch phone for instance having a straight cable, and the 5.5-inch device having a slightly bent one. The buttons themselves are also visibly different. Significantly, identification numbers appear to match previous leaks and other parts from Apple....

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09:28
Friday Deals: iPad Air, Readdle apps, OWC Garage...

Once again, it's time for the MacNN and Electronista Friday Deals! Every Friday, we're going to take a look at current sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best bargains on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, our faithful readers. All prices are verified at the time of publication, but any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy! We have a tendency to add deals over the weekend as we find them, so check back often!...

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09:27
Data Rescue 3.2.4 - Recover lost data on drives. (...

Data Rescue is a robust and reliable hard-drive recovery solution for your Mac. Recover lost or deleted files, mount corrupted drives, and more -- Data Rescue offers complete relief from crippling hard-drive disasters! Feature-rich Recovery

  • Recover hundreds of file types.
  • Preview recoverable files.
  • Clone drives ahead of physical failure.
  • Reach out to free pre- and post- technical support via phone or email.

Data Rescue is used by data recovery professionals, law enforcement agencies and all branches of the U.S. Military. Get the gold standard hard drive recovery and undelete software -- when your hard drive is in trouble, come to the rescue! Version 3.2.4:

  • Fixed Deleted Files Scan for very large partitions
  • Fixed bug with recovering from multiple scans
  • Fixed crash while resuming a scan

OS X 10.4.11 or later...

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09:23
A Newly Developed Next-Gen Battery will recharge in...

An original technology for a 1mm-thick flexible rechargeable battery which can be charged in just 10 minutes has been developed and revealed in July's issue of the Nano Letters, an international academic journal. It is expected that a thin and light quick-charging high-performance battery will be commercialized much earlier than initially thought.

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09:07
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-01

Break out your tin foil hat because there's a new security threat in town and it has USB written all over it. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to offer their take on BadUSB, plus they dive into Microsoft's failed appeal to avoid turning over data on servers in Ireland to U.S. law enforcement, and what that could mean for other businesses both in and outside of the country.

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09:00
"Apple Clickbait Generator" is amazing

The iPhone 5c is a bust. Tim Cook doesn't know what he's doing. Apple can't innovate. The iPhone 6 is delayed. The sky is falling, Apple is doomed... dooooomed!

Despite Apple's long and arguably unparalleled track record of releasing innovative and...

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08:55
Create 100′s of Autopkg Recipes With This One Weird...

If you’re like me, you love autopkg. You don’t even want to perform web searches for download links anymore. I’m told there are certain things that can’t be automated. But, when I first saw that many recipes could follow roughly the same format, I thought to myself ‘we have to go deeper’(BUMMMMMMM!BUMBUM!) I created RecipeGenerationUtils, which lazily generates plists in an easily-customizable format. This allows you to follow a suggested pipeline of making download, then munki, then pkg recipes for apps that leverage the Sparkle framework of checking an RSS feed to discover updates. Each recipe step builds upon the previous, and one can obviously extend it for Absolute Manage, DeployStudio, FileWave, or Casper recipes just the same. I threw in a convenience script to find .app bundles and the associated appcast URL/bundle identifier in your ~/Downloads, /Applications and /...

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08:52
Facebook tells its iOS users to continue expecting...


If you’re an avid Facebook user on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, the social networking giant has some good news for you. In yesterday’s 13.0 update, Facebook informs users that app updates with speed and performance enhancements will be arriving every four weeks. That’s about monthly. New features and other enhancements will come along the way, Facebook says, and those changes will be noted appropriately. Facebook seems to want users to get the latest iOS app updates as soon as possible, so it is recommending that users enable iOS 7’s Automatic Downloads feature via the iOS Settings app. A couple of years ago, Facebook said it would be bringing new updates to its...

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08:40
The truffle oil shuffle

Priceonomics:

The rarity and temporality of truffles have made them — at €4,400 to €11,000 per pound for Italy’s prized white truffles — the most expensive food in the world. In 2007, a Macau casino owner set a record by paying $330,000 for a 3.3 pound truffle unearthed in Tuscany.

The combination of these two trends — the desire for a convenient, ever-ready supply of an ingredient and a hunger for the traditional, the rare, and “real food” — led to what would seem to be a remarkably successful scam on foodie culture: truffle oil.

While in Italy, I had truffle very sparingly sprinkled over pasta. Sublime.
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07:19
Tim Cook welcomes Beats to the Apple family

It was just back in late May that Apple announced it was buying Beats Electronics and Beats Music, but on Friday, Apple CEO Tim Cook officially welcomed the company to the Apple family.Cook posted a welcome message on Twitter and linked to a new splash page on Apple’s site that welcomes Beats into the fold:
Today we are excited to officially welcome Beats Music and Beats Electronics to the Apple family. Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and we’re thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do. Beats cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre have created beautiful products that have helped millions of people deepen their connection to music. We’re delighted to be working with the team to elevate that experience even further.To read this article in full or to leave...

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08:32
Microsoft Addresses Primary Complaints with Office...

The first notable update to Microsoft’s Office for iPad adds a number of high-profile and much-requested features, including PDF export, support for third-party fonts, image cropping, pivot tables, and Presenter View. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:30
SharePoint Online simplifies admin interface plus...

Mark Kashman (@mkashman) is a senior product manager on the SharePoint marketing team.
Narrow in on what is important—the task at hand. And when that changes, refocus. The journey to simplify the Office 365 admin experience continues, this time with a focus on simplifying the SharePoint Online admin center. For those admins who don’t specialize in deep SharePoint management, our goal is to allow you to manage the service more easily while maintaining access to the most common controls.
With the new capabilities in Office 365 and SharePoint Online, you can now:

  • Choose between a Simple or Advanced SharePoint Online admin user experience.
  • Control which Office 365 top navigation items your users see.
  • Block SharePoint 2013 workflows from being used from your environment.

Let’s dive into the details of these new capabilities that...

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08:30
Your photos are super boring, but Matter can change...

Matter is a strange app. In all honesty, there's absolutely no reason for it to exist, and it serves virtually no meaningful purpose. That being said, I absolutely love it and I find myself using it far more often than I ever would have...

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08:29
Pocket Watch releases ActivePrint Cloud Server

Pocket Watch has released the ActivePrint Cloud Server. The standalone box makes almost any USB printer or available network printer compatible with iPhones, iPads, and Android devices.
This is done by making each printer available through AirPrint, ActivePrint Cloud Print, and Google Cloud Print services simultaneously. You simply plug the ActivePrint Cloud Server in to an Internet connected router or a cable/DSL modem, and it's ready to go.
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08:19
Taxonomy 2 for Mac OS X adds multiple file operation...

Vostok has launched Taxonomy 2, an update of the tool for file sorting on Mac OS X. The app allows sorting of folders and storing them in order. Version 2 contains number of new features like multiple files operations, undo, file renaming and more.
File arrangement options allows the user to order files by name, type, size, creation and modification dates. The Grid preview helps to move or copy multiple files at a time. It shows file thumbnails and allows to choose thumbnail size and list. Also, now it's possible to undo actions.
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08:19
An HP Designer Smartwatch Launching this Fall May...

Sometimes a new rumor is so wild that it captures your imagination and makes you wonder if it could actually come to pass. A rumor out this morning states that a new smartwatch from Michael Bastian, an American fashion designer known for his namesake label, Michael Bastian, and his work for brands such as GANT, will actually come with iOS and Android compatibility. This could mean two versions of the watch.

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08:15
Vivendi/UMG transfers Beats stake over to Apple in $...

(Updated with Apple welcoming page) Vivendi's Universal Music Group has completed a sale of its 13 percent stake in Beats to Apple, in a deal worth $404 million, according to an official statement. The company hasn't released any other details. In all, Apple is paying about $3 billion to acquire Beats....

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08:00
A tribute to 25 years of Office users

Twenty-five years ago today, Microsoft launched Office, and ever since, Office has been helping people get things done in their work and personal lives. Of course the world is a very different place today than it was 25 years ago, and so is the way people work, but what is constant is how Office has evolved to help people work in new ways, to be more productive and focus on what truly matters. Today, Office apps and services—from the traditional ones like Word, PowerPoint and Excel, to newer experiences like Office 365, Office Online, OneNote and OneDrive—are designed for the modern ways in which people work, delivering ever more personalized experiences, and helping people be productive from wherever they are and on any device.

People use Office to get things done on screens of all sizes, and in a million places beyond their desk. They use Word to capture their ideas,...

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08:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Air from $350 w/ .edu,...

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:

Best Buy 2-day sale: iPad Air $400 or ...

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07:43
Casio G-Shock GBA-400 includes SoundHound-powered...

Casio is adding another smartwatch to its wristwear range, this time adding a new item to the G-Shock collection. The G-Shock GBA-400 provides the option to control music on an iPhone or Android smartphone over Bluetooth, with the additional ability to pipe nearby music to the smartphone for recognition by SoundHound, displaying the track information on the watch's digital display....

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07:24
Apps: OmniPlan, ExpanDrive, Together
07:18
Apple to Beats: Welcome to the Family

Apple gave Beats Music an official "welcome to the family" on Friday with a special page on the company's website. The iPhone and iPad maker has been in the process of buying Beats and Apple just bought Vivendi's stake in the company, too.The Mac Observer Spin: OK Apple, now that Beats is officially part of your team, can we get earbuds that sound better and don't fall out of our ears? Also, give us some Beats streaming music playlists in iTunes Radio.

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07:16
MacBook sticker sellers see sizable sales surge...

Apple's latest television advertisement -- which shows a number of MacBook Airs that have been customized by their owners with fanciful stickers -- has reportedly been a boon for shops that sell the vinyl decals, with some receiving four times as many orders as they did before the ad's release.

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07:09
FunBITS: Kindle Unlimited Is Pretty Limited

Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited service is offering 600,000 books to subscribers for $9.99 per month, but will it save you money? Josh Centers took a hard look at the data to find out, and discovered that the selection was pretty limited. 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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07:00
iLounge Game Spotlight: 80 Days

80 Days ($5) is an interactive fiction adventure from inkle based on Jules Verne’s classic novel Around the World in Eighty Days. This game brings steampunk into the story as well, as players try find the quickest way around the globe through exploration and…

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07:00
Apple's CDN is live, should speed iOS and OS X...

Since Apple began relying on downloaded upgrades of its operating system and software products, the need for a fast content delivery network (CDN) has been apparent whenever millions of users have tried to reach out for upgrades, and were suddenly...

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06:59
Ryan Seacrest’s BlackBerry-ish iPhone keyboard...

The new Typo 2 keyboard case. It now looks kind of like a BlackBerry instead of exactly like a BlackBerry.

Typo

Remember Typo, the company co-founded by entertainer and tech luminary Ryan Seacrest that began selling a suspiciously BlackBerry-like keyboard case for the iPhone earlier this year? Typo is back with a new iteration called the Typo 2, which takes the same idea and implements it in a way that hopefully won't make a certain Canadian smartphone manufacturer feel litigious.
The original Typo keyboard looked so much like BlackBerry's that BlackBerry sued in January, and by March it had won a preliminary injunction banning Typo from...

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06:57
NetShade 6 adds KeyShade password manager, UI...

Rayner Software has released Netshade 6, an update of its proxy/VPN client for the Mac. The main addition is actually KeyShade, a tool for storing passwords, notes, and bank and credit card info. Data is encrypted using AES-256, and synced across devices. Rayner says that a standalone version of KeyShade will be "coming soon" to Mac and iOS, but that for now it's tied to NetShade....

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06:52
Apple Store locations to begin repairing damaged...


If you drop your iPhone 5s and crack its screen, you’ll be able to take it to an Apple retail store location.
Per 9to5Mac, Apple will finally begin offering iPhone 5s screen replacements in its official U.S. and Canada retail stores via its Genius Bars in the coming days, according to several sources.

The service’s debut is currently scheduled for Monday, August 4th. This upcoming rollout will mark an official launch as a few stores in the U.S. have piloted iPhone 5s screen repairs over the past several months. Apple officially rolled out iPhone 5c screen repairs in January, and it began replacing other iPhone 5c and 5s parts late in 2013.
The screen replacements will retail...

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06:43
Typo iPhone keyboard returns, updated, as Typo 2

Following an injunction by Blackberry earlier this year against its original Typo Keyboard Case (iLounge Rating: B-), Typo Products has released Typo 2, an updated version of its eponymous hardware keyboard for the iPhone 5 and 5s. Famously funded by Ryan Seacrest, the first…

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06:42
BadUSB: Undetectable USB flaw Could Expose all Your...

Security research firm SR Labs has discovered a flaw in USB devices that could be exploited by attackers to inject their own code into firmware. There currently isn't any way to detect a USB-based hack, and so far no one has found any way to patch the flaw.The Mac Observer Spin: There isn't any evidence BadUSB is in the wild, but there also isn't an easy way to tell if it's out there. Get ready for USB infection paranoia to take hold.

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06:40
Images of possible iPhone 6 Home button surface

This could be what the upcoming iPhone 6 Home button will look like in both its 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch incarnations.
Per French web site nowhereelse.fr and AppleInsider, a pair of parts claimed to be for both Apple’s anticipated 4.7- and 5.5-inch “iPhone 6″ models were posted online Friday, showing very different designs not only from each other, but from the current iPhone 5s.

The images suggest that while the iPhone 5s home button cable looped...

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06:30
Apple gives Beats a big ol' public hug

Anyone with even a casual interest in the tech world, Apple products, or personal audio knows that Apple and Beats are BFFs now, but for everyone else, Tim Cook and company have now made it official with what the kids would call a public display of...

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06:18
Adobe Lightroom 5.6 - Import, develop, and showcase...

Adobe Lightroom software helps you bring out the best in your photographs, whether you're perfecting one image, searching for ten, processing hundreds, or organizing thousands. Create incredible images that move your audience. Experiment fearlessly with state-of-the-art nondestructive editing tools. Easily manage all your images. And showcase your work in elegant print layouts, slide shows, and Web galleries, as well as on popular photo-sharing sites. All from within one fast, intuitive application.Version 5.6:

  • Support for new cameras and lenses.
  • Corrections for issues introduced in previous versions of Lightroom 5.
  • OS X 10.7 or later

Download Now

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06:14
Apple Welcomes Beats to the Family as Beats...

Apple today updated its website with a new page celebrating its acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music.Today we are excited to officially welcome Beats Music and Beats Electronics to the Apple family. Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and we’re thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do. Beats cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre have created beautiful products that have helped millions of people deepen their connection to music. We’re delighted to be working with the team to elevate that experience even further. And we can’t wait to hear what’s next. The page also links visitors to the the front page of the revamped Beats Electronics website, which contains a message from the Beats team about joining Apple. As part of these changes, Beats Electronics also has confirmed the...

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05:30
The Week in iPhone Cases: Icons and symbols

Icons and SymbolsThis week's roundup of new iPhone cases brings you beautiful 3-D printing, a wavy case inspired by sports, and see-through protection.3DLTThe 3D Printed Diamonds (iPhone 5 and 5s; $31) features a 3-D-printed diamond pattern that covers the back of your phone.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:10
'The Apple iTime Is Destined to Fail' -...


I try hard to ignore the really dumb things people say when they talk out their backsides about tech, and I personally know how hard it is to come up with excellent tech focused opinions -- as opposed to rehashing the day's latest news with an ironic or humorous spin. And here's the "but"... I was absolutely floored by John C. Dvorak's post, "The Apple iTime Is Destined to Fail." I think it's an utter failure of imagination at best, but it also may
be a willful rejection of reality in favor of click bait.

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05:56
The Cost for Beats Just went up another $404 Million

Apple's largest and most costly acquisition to date was for Beats, clocking in at a whopping 3 Billion dollars. Today, the price for Beats just increased by another $404 million after ...

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05:51
Apple posts official Beats welcome announcement

Apple has officially welcomed Beats to the Apple family, commemorating the finalization of its $3 billion acquisition initiated earlier this year. Noting that “[m]usic has always held a special place in our hearts,” the announcement includes a link back to beatsbydre.com, where a similar announcement…

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05:50
Apple officially closes on $3B purchase of Beats...

Apple on Friday gave an official welcome to Beats Music and Beats Electronics, which are now a part of the Cupertino, Calif., outfit after the $3 billion purchase price was finalized.

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05:48
Apple Buys Vivendi’s Stake in Beats for $404M

Apple hasn't completed its Beats purchase, but is already a part owner in the company. Vivendi sold its 13 percent stake in Beats to Apple for US$404 million as part of the iPhone and iPad maker's plan to complete its $3 billion purchase of the company some time this quarter.The Mac Observer Spin: It isn't a big surprise that Vivendi sold its stake in Beats to Apple. The deal lets Apple have total control over Beats, and it lets Vivendi offload more more of its side business ventures to focus on its core goals.

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05:43
Home Button and Sensor Flex Cables From 4.7-Inch and...

Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] has published several high-resolution images purportedly showing flex cables from both the 4.7-inch and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. These latest images add to the growing number of flex cables and other internal components for the iPhone 6 that have surfaced in the past few months. These images include a possible look at the home button cables from both iPhone 6 models. The photos show two different designs for the part, each with a square section for the Touch ID sensor but distinct from the iPhone 5s part. While Apple's iPads are also rumored to be...

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05:35
Report: Vivendi SA sold its Beats stake for $404...

A new report from Bloomberg indicates that as part of Apple’s Beats acquisition, Paris-based Vivendi SA sold its approximately 13 percent stake in Beats Electronics to Apple for $404 million. Held by the company’s Universal Music Group, the stake’s value reportedly almost doubled in value from a September 2013 estimate…

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05:29
Apple formally takes ownership of 13 percent of...

Apple’s $3B acquisition of Beats was never going to be completed overnight, and it’s only today that Apple actually completed its purchase of the 13 percent of the company that was owned by Vivendi/Universal Music Group, the world’s largest record label.
In a one-sentence press release, Vivendi announced that the sale of its shares had been completed for a total of $404M. It was expected that Apple would have acquired all of the Beats shares by the end of September, but based on the formal welcome message, it appears this may complete the sale.
While Wall Street may have been...

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05:27
Apple officially welcomes Beats to the family as...

Apple has updated its homepage to include a new microsite officially welcoming the Beats Electronics and Beats Music team to the company. The new site marks the first official mention on Apple.com of the Beats acquisition since the initial press release describing the deal.
Welcome to the family. Today we are excited to officially welcome Beats Music and Beats Electronics to the Apple family. Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and we’re thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do. Beats cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre have created beautiful products that have helped millions of people deepen their connection to music. We’re delighted to be working with the team to elevate that experience even further. And we can’t wait to hear what’s next.
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05:06
Delta’s iPad app now allows passengers to stream...

Delta Air Lines has updated its Fly Delta iPad app to allow passengers to stream movies and TV shows from the onboard wifi network. Using wifi to stream movies to iPads was first trialled back in 2011 by Qantas, followed by Hawaiian Airlines almost a year ago and introduced as a standard service by United back in May.
The Delta Studio service provides all streaming content free of charge to international, First...

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05:00
Tonality for Mac is a powerful black and white image...

I used to think that my photos needed color to be compelling, but a good black-and-white image can be very powerful. Of course, producing a monochrome image from a color one is not as simple as removing the color information.

Talented photographers...

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04:54
Apple’s “Stickers” ad gives MacBook sticker sellers...

An unscientific survey, but interesting nonetheless.
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04:49
Apple Files for "CarPlay" Trademark in the...

After filing for the "CarPlay" trademark in China yesterday, Apple has now filed for this trademark in both the US and Europe under various International Classes for protection. For those unfamiliar with the "CarPlay" brand name, it's a standard developed by Apple ...

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04:45
OS X: Configuring FileVault

For today's article, Melissa Holt is going to cover one of the most powerful security tools on your Mac-FileVault. She'll discuss why you need it, how you'll turn it on, and a really easy way you could lose access to all of the files on your computer. (Don't do that last thing, OK?)

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04:41
Apple reportedly rolls out its own content delivery...

Apple’s own CDN (content delivery network) has gone live in the U.S. and Europe, reports Seeking Alpha (http://tinyurl.com/ls3z3hg). The company is now delivering some of their own content such as new releases of Mac OS X and iOS directly to consumers.
What's more, Apple has interconnect deals in place with multiple ISPs, including Comcast and others, and has paid to get direct access to their networks, says Seeking Alpha. As a result the company has more than 10x the capacity it had previously.
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04:36
Microsoft releases Office for iPad update with PDF...

There’s plenty here to like, but the ability to send a Word and Excel files as PDFs is a real boon for me, personally.
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04:31
The 12 reasons Apple employees love working for the...

Business Insider did some trawling through the employee reviews site Glassdoor to find out what Apple employees love about working for the company.
Perhaps unsurprisingly in a company co-founded by a man who saw his mission as changing the world, the feeling that you have a chance to do just that topped the list. It’s the philosophy reflected in the memo Apple gave to new employees on their first day, saying that people who join the company want their work “to add up to something … something big … something that couldn’t happen anywhere else.” 
Getting to work with “bright, talented people” and being part of a large company that “operates more like...

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04:19
Game about squares

This is a fun little game, a puzzle challenge that requires you to move squares around on your screen using a simple set of rules, getting them to rest on a preset position.
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04:16
Home button parts claimed to be for Apple's 4.7...

A pair of parts claimed to be for both Apple's anticipated 4.7- and 5.5-inch "iPhone 6" models were posted online Friday, showing very different designs not only from each other, but from the current iPhone 5s.

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