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Sunday September 7

05:12
Former GT Employee Appears to Confirm Apple's...

While it is commonly taken as a foregone conclusion that the sapphire partnership between Apple and GT Advanced Technologies is focused on iPhone display covers, it bears noting that the two companies have never publicly confirmed what the sapphire will be used for. Sapphire is already used to protect the camera and Touch ID sensor on recent iPhone models, and the material is also said to be planned for Apple's rumored iWatch, but the sheer amount of sapphire production apparently involved points to much bigger plans such as iPhone display covers. Given the lack of confirmation from the two companies, it is interesting that Paul Matthews, a former GT product manager, outright claims on his LinkedIn profile (via TechViking) that he played a key role in...

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05:09
∞ The boy who beeps

[VIDEO] I love the premise behind this commercial. I wish I could do that.

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04:41
More Photos and Videos of Claimed Working iPhone 6...

Following yesterday's leak of what appeared to be a working 4.7-inch iPhone 6, passions have run high between those who believe the device to be genuine and those who believe it to be a fake or a clone. Commenters in our forums naturally scrutinized the images and videos looking for inconsistencies and have found a few, including longer hands on the Clock app icon, an "upside down" color gradient on the Music app icon, while others argue the complete package of features shown would almost certainly not be able to faked to the degree seen. Since the original leak, several other claimed iPhone 6 devices have been appearing on Chinese sites, giving the opportunity for even more examination of the possible authenticity. One...

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00:37
Is this the first video review of the iPhone 6?

The iPhone 6 leaks are coming fast and furious ahead of Tuesday’s event. This latest video is a supposed review of the iPhone 6 in Mandarin. We won’t know how legit it is for another 48 hours but it is certainly convincing.
One notable feature of these latest leaks is the Passbook (which they conveniently failed to open) icon which looks to have a Credit card on top. Update: The Weibo Account owner opened up Passbook and screenshotted (below)


 
A brief translation of the video from Stan1028 below (...

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Saturday September 6

18:53
Video of functioning 4.7-inch iPhone seen running...

A functioning version -- perhaps a genuine finished unit, or a cleverly-disguised Goophone -- of the allegedly forthcoming 4.7-inch iPhone 6 has been demonstrated in brief video clips. Going beyond any previous demo, the unit appears to function normally, is clearly running iOS 8 and is activated. The home screen shows the Health application (briefly demo'd in a different video) and the modified Passbook app icon, which now has a fourth red "stripe" resembling a payment card, seemingly confirming the idea that a mobile payment system will be introduced at the September 9 event.......

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16:41
Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement...

The Washington Post carries a story from the Associated Press that says the big companies hit hardest by Judge Lucy Koh's ruling in the "No Poaching" case have not suprisingly appealed that ruling, which found that a proposed settlement of $324.5 million to a class-action lawsuit was too low. The suit, filed on behalf of 60,000 high-tech workers allegedlly harmed by anti-competitive hiring practices, will probably enter its next phase next January or March. (Judge Koh is probably not very popular at Apple in particular.) If you're one of those workers (or in an analogous situation), what kind of compensation or punitive action do you think is fair? ...

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16:22
iWatch to Run Third-Party Apps, Key Developer...

Apple's upcoming wearable device, popularly known as the iWatch, is expected to be unveiled at Tuesday's media event, although a launch will reportedly come perhaps as late as early 2015. Part of the reason for the early unveiling may be to give third-party developers time to build apps for the new device, and 9to5Mac reports that will indeed be the case. Moreover, key third-party developers are said to have already been seeded with software development kit (SDK) tools to facilitate their work.A small handful of high-profile social network and services companies with apps on the iPhone and iPad App Store have already been seeded with a pre-release version of the Apple SDK (Software Development Kit) for wearables under strict non-disclosure agreements. The SDK was seeded “very recently” to these developers, and Apple likely wants to demonstrate some third-party...

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15:43
Apple wearable to run third-party apps, big...


Apple’s upcoming wearable device, based on iOS, will run third-party applications and, furthermore, may come equipped with an App Store, according to two sources with knowledge of the new device. It is currently unclear if the App Store will be full-fledged, like on the iPhone and iPad, or if it will be a special section with in the iPhone App Store for apps that play nicely with the new wearable device.
A small handful of high-profile social network and services companies with apps on the iPhone and iPad App Store have already been seeded with a pre-release version of the Apple SDK (Software Development Kit) for wearables under strict non-disclosure agreements. One of the developers with access to the pre-release SDK is Facebook, according to a source. Facebook is also said to be finishing up work on an iOS 8-optimized version of its iPhone app with improved notifications. The...

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15:01
Briefly: Just Mobile's backup battery, iMac-...

Just Mobile has announced the launch of its new backup battery at IFA 2014, the TopGum. A portable power pack clad in unibody aluminum, TopGum features a tangle-free Lightning cable and a magnetic recharging dock, for recharging without the need to find additional cords. The TopGum's capacity allows for an iPhone to charge up to three times, or top up an iPad mini to 75 percent. Also featured is a standard USB connection, meaning USB-powered devices can be recharged, and TopGum's internal batteries can be refilled when its dock is out of reach. The TopGum backup battery is priced at $80.......

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14:08
Apple invites fashion publications to Sept. 9 event...

With a large number of high profile fashion editors and bloggers invited to Apple's Sept. 9 media event, it's expected that the company wants to win the favor of the fashion industry for its anticipated entrance into the emerging wearable devices market, potentially positioning the "iWatch" as more of a chic statement than geeky gadget.

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13:34
Photos and video purportedly detail working '...

Two separate "leaks" out of China on Saturday supposedly show operational versions of Apple's next-generation iPhone, including images of what appears to be credit card or mobile payments support for Passbook.

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13:20
How To Clean Lint from iPhone and iPad Ports

If you have trouble charging your devices or your headphones don't work quite right, it might be an issue with junk accumulating in the 30-pin/Lightning port or the headphone jack. Kelly has some tips on how to de-gunk those ports.

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11:28
Apple Inviting 'Top Fashion Editors and...

Apple has extended invites for its upcoming September 9 media event to "top fashion editors and bloggers", reports Reuters. The news comes as the company is expected to unveil its first wearable device at the event, which has been frequently referred to as the iWatch. Apple is forging closer ties to the fashion world as it plots its foray into the fertile field of wearable technology, trying to win over a critical crowd that may prove crucial to the success of consumer gadgets worn around the body. Previous reports have suggested that the iWatch will be a "fashionable device", coming in a number of different...

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11:03
Unreal Engine 4 marketplace launches, provides...

Developer Epic has opened its marketplace for user-created and other curated content for the new cross-platform Unreal Engine game creation tool. Developers can now buy and sell community-created premium content for use in projects. In addition to all of the previously-released free content, the new Marketplace is launching with a variety of asset packs including environments, props, characters, sounds, materials, animated meshes, and a number of other asset types....

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10:28
∞ Charles Dance’s “pep talk” for the Rugby World Cup...

Even if you don’t know a thing about Rugby, Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones) might just get you to watch it.

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10:00
iOS 8 Camera app: Time-Lapse

Time-Lapse photography is often one of those things some of us think about, but never do. There are several apps offered in the App Store for iOS, including HyperLapse from Instagram and Time-Lapse! that I reviewed last month.

Now Apple is offering...

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09:56
Apple courts fashionistas as smartwatch expectations...

Reuters:

Apple has invited top fashion editors and bloggers in unprecedented numbers to its Tuesday launch gala, further evidence that the iPhone maker is preparing to take the wraps off a smartwatch.

“It confirms that they have a play in wearables and that they want to appeal to the fashion world, and not just technology consumers,” said Lauren Indvik, editor in chief for Fashionista and another first-time invitee.

The event next week gets more and more interesting every day.
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09:53
Apple inviting large amount of fashion reporters to...

Apple's Tuesday launch event is going to be filled not only with tech industry attendees, but fashion columnists as well. According to an assortment of reports, several fashion media publications have, for the first time, received invitations to the California event which is likely to showcase a new wearable from the Cupertino manufacturer....

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09:31
Apple expanding invite base for iPhone/iWatch event...


As noted by Reuters, Apple has greatly expanded the number of people it has invited to its event on Tuesday, when compared to past Apple announcements. This is probably one motivation for Apple’s change to use Flint Center as a venue, with over double the seating capacity of Yerba Buena, Apple’s usual venue of choice. Reuters say that Apple is making “closer ties to the fashion world” to try and appease fashion critics about its wearable devices.
Several fashion media editors told Reuters they received invitations for the first time to an annual September product-launch, which they took as confirmation of a wristwatch in the wings.
“I assume it’s because they are unveiling...

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09:30
Doge Blast is wow such fun

Doge Blast is a silly casual game filled with references to popular video games, movies, memes, and other geekery. That great meme dog Doge is the hero in Doge Blast and players launch Doge from a cannon into a crazy world brimming with ceiling cats,...

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08:00
An edge-case perspective of Apple

Throughout the last decade, reading rumors about Apple products gave me an edge-case perspective of Apple. With each new rumor, I have an internal discussion that determines the validity with a "yes" or a "no." In the past couple years, the dialogue...

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07:33
ExpanDrive 4.1.6 - Access remote files over SSH/SFTP...

ExpanDrive builds cloud storage in every application, acts just like a USB drive plugged into your Mac. With ExpanDrive, you can securely access any remote file server directly from the Finder or even the terminal. ExpanDrive supports:

  • SFTP/FTP/FTPS
  • Amazon S3
  • Dropbox
  • WebDAV
  • Rackspace Cloud Files
  • Openstack Swift
  • Dreamhost DreamObjects
  • Google Drive and SkyDrive coming soon

Version 4.1.6:

  • {Fixed] Windows XP support fixed
  • [Fixed] WebDav on Windows support improved
  • [Changed] Larger write-back cache
  • OS X 10.6 or later

Download Now

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07:28
Modbook Pro X project succeeds with limited time...

The Modbook Pro X tablet modification Kickstarter has blown past its goals. Earlier this week, the project passed its $150,000 milestone, with 36 people having contributed to receive a full conversion from the company. Notably, nobody has chosen to send in a computer, with all contributors receiving the tablet choosing for Modbook to source the entire project....

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06:36
Purported working iPhone 6 appears online, shows new...


A user on Weibo has uploaded a set of photos and a video of what looks like a working iPhone 6 (update: Here’s a video review of what looks like the same phone). The device’s software does not have the same tells as the Android fakes seen many times before. It features a new looking Passbook icon, that adds a top red bar depicting a ‘credit card’ icon. Assumedly, this is linked to Apple’s widely-reported mobile payments initiative.

Further images of the device show that is running iOS 8 (build 12A365), a build of the operating system that is not available for developer testing. It is unclear whether this is the build number of the GM. More ...

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Melt away

Melt awayThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases brings you a bit of Meso-American folklore, a delicious cover of ice cream, and all the luxury you need to look great everywhere.Ali ExpressThe Aztec (iPad mini; $3) sports a colorful, Aztec-themed pattern and prevents damage from occasional drops and bumps.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:30
Turn the real world into a profitable empire with...

Cashsquare is a free app requiring iOS 7.0 or later that turns the world around you into a game for starting your very own real estate empire. The game uses Facebook and Foursquare to retrieve locations around you to compete with other players to...

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06:28
Apparent Working 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Reveals Home...

Chinese site cnBeta highlights a series of photos posted by Weibo user zzray showing what is claimed to be an official, functional, and activated iPhone 6. While the authenticity of the device can not be confirmed, it does have some interesting characteristics worth noting. iPhone 5s (left) and claimed iPhone 6 (right) (Click for full size) First, the overall design looks very polished and in line with previous iPhone 6 leaks. The tapered edges of the front glass can be clearly seen, and the round dual-LED True Tone generally missing in clones is present. The body also shows a recessed cavity for the volume buttons, as has been seen recently on a shell believed to be legitimate but also generally missing from clones....

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06:00
Review: Nova wireless flash for iPhone adds a burst...

We first told you about the Nova wireless flash for iPhone last fall when it was merely an idea on Kickstarter having just collected enough funding to ship. The campaign successfully raised over $85,000 and the wireless flash for iPhone is now available for purchase with an iOS app available on the App Store. I recently had the chance to test out the Nova wireless flash for iPhone, and below I’ll share a few insights from my experience.

WHAT IS NOVA AND HOW DOES IT WORK
The device is about the size of a credit card and thinner than an iPhone 5. It...

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06:00
Dog Days of Summer: Iggy and his iPad

Summer is beginning to wind down, but Iggy here doesn't seem to mind -- he'll hang out anywhere as long as he can watch something on his iPad. Of course, it might be more comfortable if the Wi-Fi worked better out by the pool...

Owner Bob Rabner...

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05:35
Terminal tricks

Terminal is the Mac OS X command line tool that gives you access to unbridled destructive power (i.e., step carefully). You’ll find it in Applications / Utilities. If you are brand new to Terminal, here’s a very gentle intro.

If you use Terminal on a regular basis, take some time to dig into Craig Hockenberry’s fantastic Terminal tricks blog post. Some of these you’ll know, but some will likely be new to you. It’s deep, it’s long, and so well written. Pass this one along to your tech friends.
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05:06
Apple’s official countdown

This just makes it all so much more real.
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05:02
∞ Proof that light travels so much faster than sound

[VIDEO] Phil McNamara captures the eruption of Mount Tavurvur volcano from a boat off Papua New Guinea (eastern edge of New Britain island). When you see the explosion, keep your eyes on the clouds surrounding the island, then count the beats until the boom hits. Fantastic video.

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05:00
Hate the changes to the Facebook app? You should...

Facebook's Paper app launched to great fanfare and then quickly dropped on the charts. Many commentators decried the app dead in the water -- we may have been among those commentators. Of course, all of that was before the recent changes to...

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04:30
Now you can score big with Big Play Scoring

The NFL season started Thursday night in Seattle and if you missed out on a chance to play fantasy football, Big Play Scoring offers a second chance. The free universal app requires iOS 7.0 and provides a different type of fantasy game using NFL...

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04:26
Apple holiday shipping volumes putting squeeze on...

According to reports out of China, Apple has begun to dominate the supply chain both in shipping and manufacturing, squeezing out other companies. According to reports, major supply chain companies including both freight and FedEx and UPS have "incredibly high" volumes for the holiday quarter, just from Apple's logistics under the weight of a new product lineup....

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Friday September 5

20:45
Briefly: i-box's Slix, Crystal Acoustics'...

British tech brand i-Box has introduced its new Slix Bluetooth wireless speaker today at IFA 2014. A compact 6W speaker, the Slix features a durable chassis and rubber detailing designed for protective coverage, with a water-resistance rating of IPX5. Measuring at 155 x 58 x 28mm, its 1.5-inch full-range drivers are supplemented by a passive bass radiator....

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19:36
Report: Walgreens, CVS also sign on to Apple's...

A report from anonymous sources suggests that Apple's rumored mobile payment system may have gained further merchant support in the form of drugstore chains CVS and Walgreens. The move would make it easy for customers to use their iPhone to pay for purchases at some 15,000 combined locations in the US, reports AppleInsider via Re/Code. They will be among other known and unknown retail partners to help launch the mobile payment system, which could be announced at the September 9 Apple press event....

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19:28
Marc Newson to Join Apple’s design team

Vanity Fair:

Designer Marc Newson is joining Apple as part of senior vice president of design Jonathan Ive’s team, the company told VF Daily on Friday.

Newson, who will continue to be based in the United Kingdom, will be an employee of Apple, and will be frequently traveling to the company’s Cupertino, California, headquarters. The industrial designer has had his work archived by MoMA, and has been commissioned by Ford, Nike, and Qantas Airways, among others.

Jonathan Ive you know. One of his best friends, Marc Newson, might not be quite as familiar a name to you but he is also a world-class designer.
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18:56
Apple's massive fall lineup reportedly causing...

Apple is reportedly securing dates for its upcoming fall shipments, expected to include new iPhone and iPad models, and the number of devices coming out of China is so large that major shipping companies are delaying orders from other device makers.

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18:43
The Aussie mindset: Working to live instead of...

Inc:

During my time in Australia, the relaxed lifestyle of the Aussies, Kiwis, and Europeans we met contrasted sharply with the “live to work” mentality so ingrained in American culture. To them, it isn’t about your place in life or how you make a living; it’s simply about living well.

Contrary to what many people think, this philosophy doesn’t have to clash with being ambitious. It just means making a fun, fulfilling life your first priority.

Living in Vancouver, I’ve met and known a lot of Australians and am always amazed at their wanderlust. There’s a lot of good advice in this column, particularly for those in college. Travel while you can.
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18:42
Apple Again Dominating Shipping Capacity Out of...

As Apple prepares to unveil the iPhone 6 and its much-rumored iWatch at its September 9 event, TechCrunch reports that the Cupertino company has once again booked a high amount of shipping space out of China. The company's shipping volume is reportedly so high that it's begun displacing competitors attempts at shipping during the fall. Apple shipments via major concerns like FedEx and UPS are said to be ‘unprecedented’ for the holiday quarter, pointing to a massive number of iPhones and whatever other devices Apple announces for the fall season. The company is apparently flooding its channels with devices, causing shipments for other ‘top tier’ device makers to be delayed to make way for Apple products.Competing manufacturers have apparently been told by shipping companies that they cannot fulfill their deadlines because they were being booked by a "...

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18:40
Competitors expected to miss deadlines as Apple...


Earlier this year we reported that Apple had ordered a record number of iPhone 6 units for the upcoming launch of the next-gen device. According to TechCrunch, the number of devices being shipped from China is so high that Apple is actually causing shipping delays for other companies.
Just how bad are the delays? According to a source from one unnamed electronics manufacturer, some companies have been told they’ll miss their...

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18:30
Slices of Apple episode 5: Core Values

Slices of Apple is a documentary series exploring the success of Apple as a company. It seeks to educate business leaders, entrepreneurs and laypeople about how Apple keeps delivering consistently great products.

In this episode we're talking to...

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17:56
ComScore: Apple continues to gain share in US...

Apple continues to be the market leader in smartphones in the US, the latest three-month study from ComScore MobiLens shows. As of the end of July, the iPhone line had gained a full percentage point of share over its position in April. Arch-rival Samsung also grew its share of the US market, but by somewhat less at 0.7 percent change. Drops from other Android makers such as HTC, Motorola and LG seem to have given Apple a boost, even as the debut of new iPhones draws near....

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17:51
Opinion: Why a larger iPad makes sense

Rumors recently surfaced again that Apple could be planning to introduce a larger iPad, perhaps up to 12.9-inches in size and as early as the first quarter of 2015. This could well go a long way to making the iPad an excellent Office-style productivity tool, with particular appeal to enterprise. Even though the iPad has been a resounding success since its introduction in late 2010 with over 224 million sold, third quarter sales figures for 2014 saw a 9 percent decline, which Apple CEO Tim Cook downplayed as a 'speed bump.' We recently looked at the question of iPad productivity now that Micro......

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17:35
Marc Newson joins Apple as part of Jony Ive's...

Vanity Fair is reporting that designer Marc Newson has been hired to join senior vice president of design Jony Ive's design team. Newson has had his work featured by the Museum of Modern Art, and done design for companies like Ford and Nike. Ive...

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16:14
Apple Reportedly Signs Walgreens and CVS to Mobile...

Apple has signed up pharmacy chains Walgreens and CVS for its upcoming mobile payment system, according to an unnamed source cited by Re/code. If true, Apple could roll out that system with as many as 15,000 retail locations.

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16:00
What's going on with Apple CarPlay?

CarPlay was announced by Apple in March with great fanfare and high interest from iPhone users. The technology was expected to put Apple Maps, music and other iOS apps on the built-in screens on a host of auto models, including cars from Ferrari,...

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15:40
iTunes Connect Update

We’ve updated parts of iTunes Connect, including My Apps, Resources and Help, and Users and Roles. To learn about all of the changes, read the latest version of the iTunes Connect Developer Guide.

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15:40
iTunes Connect Update

We’ve updated parts of iTunes Connect, including My Apps, Resources and Help, and Users and Roles. To learn about all of the changes, read the latest version of the iTunes Connect Developer Guide.

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15:40
OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F31) Now Available

OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F31) Now Available

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15:40
OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F31) Now Available

OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F31) Now Available

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15:30
Super Mega Runners is a run through 8-bit nostalgia

Super Mega Runners, which is free in the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users on iOS 6.0 or higher is a retro style runner game where your object is to run and jump, collecting coins and items while jumping over and on enemies to reach...

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15:17
Apple hires designer Marc Newson to join Ive at...

In a move that could be setting the stage for Ive's future successor, Apple on Friday confirmed that it had hired prominent industrial designer Marc Newson, a close friend and occasional collaborator to Sir Jonathan Ive, to join Ive's design team in an unspecified capacity, reports Vanity Fair. Newson, who recently co-designed a number of one-off Product (RED) items for auction with Ive, said he was "enormously proud" to join the team, though he will primarily remain based in the UK....

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15:13
Prosoft releases Data Rescue 4

Prosoft Engineering has launched Data Rescue 4, an update of the hard drive and deleted file recovery software for Mac. The new version includes a proprietary new BootWell technology that can boot and recover files from any Mac from 2005 or newer.
Data Rescue 4  is available for purchase online directly from Prosoft (www.prosofteng.com). It costs US$99 and requires Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later.

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14:57
Dell introduces two high-end computer monitors

Dell (www.dell.com) has introduced the 27-inch US$1,049 Dell 55 Monitor, which boasts a widescreen display that delivers Full HD resolution and a 3000:1 contrast. If that's not enough, the company also previewed the Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor, the world’s first display with Ultra HD 5K resolution (5120 x 2880).
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14:32
News: Video Review: Grace Digital Ecostone and iHome...

Our latest video review takes a look at two new waterproof Bluetooth speakers — Grace Digital’s Ecostone Bluetooth Speaker (reviewed here) and iHome’s iBN6 Waterproof Speaker (reviewed here). We’ll highlight some of the differences between these two similar speakers, which both earned the same iLounge rating. Check out our previous video reviews for Parrot’s Minidrones and Otterbox’s Agility Tablet System, as well....

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14:30
Walgreens, CVS Expected to Partner With Apple for...

Popular drugstores Walgreens and CVS are expected to partner with Apple on its upcoming mobile payments initiative, accepting purchases made with the company's new iPhone payment system, reports Re/code.CVS and Walgreens are expected to accept purchases made with the new iPhone payment system, details of which Apple plans to announce Tuesday, according to a person briefed on the plans. With more than 15,000 locations combined, acceptance by the two chains will give Apple a huge footprint if all of their stores are involved.Earlier this week, Apple was rumored to be partnering with retailer Nordstrom, leading to fears that its upcoming payments service would be limited to higher-end retailers, but it appears that Apple will also be aiming to sign deals with stores people...

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14:30
Converter app makes measurement swaps a snap

Perhaps one of the staples of most forms of math and science is learning how to convert units of measurement from one form to another: cups to ounces, inches to yards, and of course mastering the nightmarish differences between US and metric...

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14:27
CVS and Walgreens reportedly on board with Apple’s...


Apple has reportedly been working with several national retailers about supporting its mobile payment system, and now a new report suggests that two pharmacy chains, CVS and Walgreens, have agreed to join up with Apple to roll...

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14:27
Apple Hires Designer Marc Newson for Jony Ive’s...

Apple has hired Marc Newson, an independent designer who has long worked and been friends with Apple's legendary king of design, Sir Jony Ive. Mr. Newson caught the attention of Apple-centric press in 2013 when he worked with Sir Jony to design items for an auction benefitting Bono's Project (RED).

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14:26
Apple reportedly adds CVS and Walgreens to list of...

Less than one week before Apple is expected to announce a new iPhone, and possibly "iWatch," at a special event on Sept. 9, a report on Friday claims the company has inked partnerships with CVS and Walgreens for a rumored mobile payments system debut.

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14:00
OtterBox Resurgence: Power and protection in one...

In the world of protective iPhone cases, OtterBox has pretty much had the bulk of the market mindshare. When the company acquired LifeProof, that only solidified its position as a leader in cases that keep your devices safe from drops and water. But...

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13:59
Gadget Ogling: Curves and Edges, Toasty Toes, Smart...


Welcome to the latest installment of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, a weekly look at just-announced personal tech items. There's plenty on the menu this time around: Samsung's latest smartphone and tablet salvo; two pieces of smart, on-the-go tech; some curved home entertainment options; and wearable devices from an unlikely source. As ever, these are not reviews, and the assigned ratings aren't a tacit opinion on each product's quality -- instead they reflect my interest in using them.

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13:52
News: Renowned industrial designer Marc Newson...

Industrial designer Marc Newson is joining Apple’s design team, Vanity Fair reports. Newson, who collaborated with Apple SVP of Industrial Design Jony Ive for last year’s (RED) Auction, will join Ive’s team at Apple. The report notes that Newson will still be based in the U.K. as an employee, but he will make frequent visits to Apple headquarters in California. “I’m full of admiration and respect for the extraordinary design…

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13:42
Apple sources set 'low expectations' for...

Sources within Apple have "set low expectations" for the battery life of the iWatch, according to The Information. The people haven't mentioned any specific details, but it's cautioned that Apple could be "sandbagging" claims in order to make the shipping device seem more impressive. The Information backs recent reports suggesting the watch will be revealed next Tuesday but only ship in 2015....

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13:30
Fflp!: A beautiful match for artistic gamers

Fflp! is a beautiful simple mix and match game for children with a strong artistic feel to it. It appeals to children with different people combinations that can be made by swiping through the three rows which represent the head, body, and legs of...

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13:30
Industrial Designer Marc Newson to Join Apple Under...

Designer Marc Newson is joining Apple, under the leadership of design head Jony Ive, reports Vanity Fair. Newson is a well-known industrial designer who has created a range of items for luxury retailers, and his work has even been shown off at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Newson has created everything from furniture to eye glasses, and he has been described by Vanity Fair as having a "love of color and of sensual curves," with his work taking on a "futuristic, vaguely Jetson-like flair." Mark Newson with Bono and Jonathan Ive Newson is a longtime friend of Jony Ive. Last year, Ive and Newson teamed up to create a range of...

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13:26
Apple, Google Appeal Hiring Settlement, Accuse Judge...

Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe have appealed a federal court's dismissal of a settlement in a landmark anti-poaching case. In their appeal, the companies accuse Judge Lucy Koh of making a "clear legal error" in rejecting the settlement.

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13:21
Apple hires superstar designer Marc Newson, to work...

It was reported on Friday that well-known industrial designer Marc Newson will be joining Apple to work as part of close friend Jony Ive's design team in an as-yet-unannounced capacity.

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13:18
Famous designer Marc Newson (and close friend of...


Marc Newson has joined Apple’s design team under Jony Ive, according to a new report which was confirmed by Apple. The duo have previously worked together to create such products as a special edition red Mac Pro and a similar Lieca M camera, so it’s no...

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13:00
The smartwatch bar is embarrassingly low, and it...

Smartwatches suck. They're crap. Shite. Excrement. Doo-doo. Pretty much universally, the wrist-worn devices we've seen so far are too big, too clunky, and overall a massive disappointment. That could change on Tuesday, when Apple will have a captive...

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12:49
Tim Cook, other Apple execs sued over ebook pricing

In the case of Apple, the shareholders claim that Cook and others, including directors Al Gore and Bill Campbell, breached their fiduciary duty to the company and engaged in “waste of corporate assets.” They want the court to order Apple’s board to implement better governance measures, and for Cook and the other defendants to pay restitution to shareholders and to pay the shareholders’ legal bills.

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12:43
China Telecom opens iPhone 6 preorders with mocked-...

Carrier China Telecom has launched a preorder page for the iPhone 6 despite the device being unannounced, reports note. The page uses rendered mockups of the device, and makes claims about specifications. While three of these generally considered certain -- a 4.7-inch screen, an A8 processor, and a Touch ID sensor -- Telecom is also asserting that it will have a 416ppi resolution, a 2,100mAh battery, and a 3-megapixel front-facing camera....

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12:30
Apple relaunches iTunes Connect and introduces Test...

With the release of iOS 8 coming in the very near future, Apple is prepping developers with a few new tools to help keep their apps working for users and themselves. First up is the relaunch of iTunes Connect's web portal interface. Upon logging in,...

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12:24
170 Hours of Developer Training for $59

Our friends at Stack Social have put together a bundle of developer training courses called the Dynamic Dev Power Bundle. This package of Stone River eLearningâs development courses features 170 hours of training in topics like Xcode for iOS, Eclipse for Android, HTML5, Unity 3D, Bootstrapping, and Foundation Grid Framework. With it, you will learn app development, game development, web development, and responsive web design. Retail price on these training courses is $800, but through our deal it's yours for $59.

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12:16
Apple's Cook Promises Feeble iCloud Security...


Apple is taking steps to improve security in the wake of the furor generated by hackers' posting nude photos of celebs on the Internet, CEO Tim Cook said in an interview. Apple will alert users via email and push notifications when someone tries to restore iCloud data to a new device. It already does this when someone tries to change an account password or when a device first logs in to an account. Users can respond immediately by changing their passwords or alerting Apple security. Apple also will extend its use of two-factor authentication.

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11:34
How I Hacked My Own iCloud Account, for Just $200
12:15
How the iWatch Could Completely Catch the...

The iWatch could radically change our personal security in ways that haven't been discussed. John Martellaro takes to flights of technical fantasy and finally reveals what he hopes the iWatch will do that would completely catch the competition off guard.

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12:15
News: Report: iWatch battery life could disappoint

The battery life for Apple’s iWatch might be “disappointing,” The Information reports. According to the article, “People who have talked to Apple about the watch said that Apple employees have set low expectations.” It’s unclear just how long the device will last in between charges — a March 2013 report claimed the company was aiming for battery life of four to five days, but it’s tough to envision those…

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12:00
Glitch Wizard is a fun way to make glitchy images...

Glitch Wizard creates animated or still images based on a series of pre-set "glitches" you can apply to your photos. You've possibly seen "glitch art" popping up around the web lately, with flickering GIFs of colorful digital weirdness warping...

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11:58
Report claims Apple is setting low expectations for...

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A new report from The Information claims sources that have spoke with Apple employees say the company is setting low expectations for its upcoming wearable’s battery life. Little details have leaked out regarding specific specs or the design of the device, but today’s report from The Information claims battery life could be one area the iWatch disappoints:

“People who have talked to Apple about the watch said that Apple employees have set low expectations,” Lessin wrote

While there haven’t been any parts leaks to give us a clue at what design Apple plans for the iWatch, we have heard several reports...

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11:57
Apple Employees 'Set Low Expectations' For...

Ahead of the expected debut of Apple's wearable at Tuesday's media event, Jessica Lessin of The Information (via Business Insider) has shared some hints on what the device's battery life might be like. According to her report, employees familiar with the device have "set low expectations" for its battery life. Lessin did not give details on how long the iWatch's battery might last, but past rumors have suggested that battery life was one of the main areas Apple was struggling with during the device's development. 2.5-inch iWatch concept from SET Solution with curved, rectangular displayIn the build-up to the new Apple Watch, it is easy to get seduced by the rumored features. Curved screen! Wireless charging! Jony Ive thinks it's...

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11:55
First Look: Bowers & Wilkins P5 Series 2...

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Series 2 ($300) on-ear headphones are an updated version of headphones we reviewed in November 2010. The new headphones have dark metal on the ovals outside of the earcups, and an adapter that that can connect to older A/V receivers has now been omitted. Otherwise, the headphones have a similar high-quality form factor, made from aluminum and sheep's leather. However, Bowers & Wilkins claims the sound has been beefed up, with new…

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11:42
Briefly: Run Sackboy! Run! on iOS, new Expedia app

Sony Computer Entertainment has announced the release of its new platform-survival game, Run Sackboy! Run! Featuring a personified vacuum cleaner as the storyline's central antagonist, players rush to evade the Negativitron using tap and swipe gestures, navigating through three LittleBigPlanet series worlds. By collecting bubbles throughout the course, players can buy special costumes and upgrades that lead to maximized scores. Players can also collect stickers, that will later unlock exclusive costumes for LittleBigPlanet 3, for use when the game is release later this year on PS4 and PS3. Ru......

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11:40
Sixth OS X 10.9.5 beta seeds to developers

Apple has issued a new beta of OS X 10.9.5 to developers. Listed as build 13F31, no significant changes appear to have been made. Areas of testing focus remain set on Safari, Gatekeeper, graphics, Thunderbolt, and USB/USB smart cards....

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11:39
Apple dominates U.S. smartphone subscriber market...

comScore:

173 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (71.8 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in July, up 3 percent since April. Apple ranked as the top OEM with 42.4 percent of U.S. smartphone subscribers (up 1 percentage point from April). Samsung ranked second with 28.4 percent market share (up 0.7 percentage points), followed by LG with 6.4 percent, Motorola with 5.7 percent and HTC with 4.7 percent.

That’s a pretty significant lead for Apple and they are outpacing Samsung in terms of growth.
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11:30
Judge allows Apple class action lawsuit over...

Last September, Apple was hit with a class action lawsuit after one user discovered that the US$22.99 he shelled out via iTunes for a "Season Pass" of Breaking Bad season 5 only covered the season's first 8 episodes. In light of that, Apple did the...

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11:20
Web apps that designers are using

I’m sure this is far from an exhaustive list, but there are some cool and essential apps here.
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11:20
Apple employees 'have set low expectations...

One of the biggest issues associated with color touchscreen smartwatches has been battery life, and the same problems may persist with Apple's first foray into the wrist-borne wearable devices market, according to a new report.

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11:10
Privacy and Security

Jan Dawson on iCloud:

Lastly, we as the end users are always the weak point in security. That’s not to absolve tech companies of blame: in fact, it’s a key challenge they should all be working to overcome, while managing the balance between removing the barriers to good security and maintaining strong protections for users.

I think this sums up the whole iCloud situation for me.
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11:07
Friday Deals: iPhone 5s, Xbox One with free game,...

It's that time of the week again! Every Friday afternoon, we're going to take a look at sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best deals on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, and any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy. We do add deals over the weekend, so keep checking!...

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11:04
WordPress 4.0 improvements

A good article highlighting some of the improvements you can expect to see if you upgrade to the latest version of WordPress.
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11:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Drive About: Number...

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10:58
Apple to institute 2-step iCloud authentication...


Sometimes you’ve gotta go the two step security authentication route to keep everyone happy.
Especially the celebrities.
Following a rash of nude photos apparently stolen from celebrities’ iCloud accounts, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company plans to activate new security measures designed to thwart future attacks.
Per AppleInsider and the Wall Street Journal, Cook reiterated Apple’s previous stance that iCloud was not breached before announcing new...

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10:52
First Look: Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard...

Logitech's new Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 ($50) can connect to three different Bluetooth devices at once, enabling a user to quickly switch from working on a Mac to an iPad to an iPhone. K480 is made entirely from plastic and it's much thicker than we expected. But it's substantially weighed down by some heavier material inside, so there's no threat of an iPad and/or iPhone tipping it over. The dial on the left lets you switch between devices.…

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10:44
AppleCare+ headed to Australia in 'coming weeks...

AppleCare+ plans should be on sale in Australia in the next few weeks, a source says. Apple Store workers are expected to start sales training within days. Unlike regular AppleCare plans, AppleCare+ options include reduced fees for fixing accidental damage to iPhones and iPads. It's not clear what those fees might be in Australia, nor what the overall plans will cost....

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10:40
Apple Makes Gains in U.S. Smartphone Market Share as...

As the launch of the iPhone 6 approaches, Apple continues to hold its title as the number one handset manufacturer among consumers in the United States, making significant gains in share during the three month period ending in July. According to ComScore's latest numbers, the iPhone had a 42.4 percent share of the market, up from 41.4 percent in April. Samsung also saw small gains, jumping to 28.4 percent from 27.7 percent in April. Meanwhile, LG, Motorola, and HTC lost share, a trend that's been ongoing for several months. While Apple is the top handset maker, iOS has always fallen behind Android when it comes to operating system share, due to the large number of Android-based phones on the market. Apple did make headway during the July period, however, as Android lost share,...

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10:30
Daily Deals for September 5, 2014, featuring Live...

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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10:10
Apple and Google appeal, refuse to pay more than $...

A class-action lawsuit against hiring practices at Adobe, Apple, Google, and Intel was set to settle shortly before trial for $324 million. The companies are accused of violating antitrust laws by creating "no poach" deals in which they wouldn't cold call each other's employees for recruitment purposes.
Last month, US District Judge Lucy Koh threw out the settlement, agreeing with objectors from the class that $324 million wasn't enough. The companies should have paid out "at least $380 million" to match the rate paid by other companies that had already settled, including Lucasfilm, Intuit, and...

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10:07
iWatch Roundup Updated

With just four days to go until we get our first look at Apple's wearable device, rumors are ramping up. New information suggests the iWatch will have a curved, flexible OLED display covered in sapphire, NFC support, and wireless charging capabilities. Check out our roundup for all of the latest rumors. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to DevelopersApple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia SoonApple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect RevampApple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers •...

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10:00
Impressive 'Bikerlapse' video showcases...

Instagram recently released Hyperlapse, a time-lapse video recording tool that allows you to capture an event and condense it down to a short, professional-looking video that you can easily share. One of the best Hyperlapse videos is from Nathan...

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09:57
Photos may show OIS-equipped camera module for 5.5-...

Luxury modification outfit Feld & Volk has published a new series of photos claiming to show photos of the upcoming 5.5-inch iPhone's camera module. Although thinner than the module in the iPhone 5s, the new part is otherwise larger, and includes a slightly taller lens protrusion. F&V says that the module appears to include optical image stabilization (OIS), given that the camera is able to "float" within it. OIS works by cancelling out vibrations, something that requires space for the camera to move, as well as additional servos.......

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09:53
Prepare for Yosemite Now with Take Control Books

With the clock ticking on the official release of OS X Yosemite, we have an early-bird version of Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite” to help you get ready, and pre-order discounts on other forthcoming books. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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09:41
Scientists Fire Up Brain-to-Brain Instant Messaging


It's a trivial matter to send a message to someone halfway around the world these days, but just imagine trying to do it without speaking or writing. That is just what an international team of neuroscientists and robotics engineers recently achieved in an experiment that successfully transmitted a message directly -- and noninvasively -- from the brain of one person to that of another some 5,000 miles away. The team sent the words "hola" and "ciao" in a computer-mediated transmission from the brain of a person in India to that of one in France.

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09:30
iOS 8 Camera app: Photo filters and editing

Today I'm here with another look at changes to the iOS Camera and Photos apps that will be coming your way when iOS 8 is released later this month.

Photo filters have changed the least of most of the features in the iOS photography apps. When you...

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09:28
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-05

Apple's reputation for tight-lipped control over what it shares with the media seems to be changing, and company CEO Tim Cook is a big part of that. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Mr. Cook's recent interview where he talks about iCloud security and Apple's plans for improvement, plus they talk about how you can manage your Photo Stream so photos you don't want to share won't be seen.

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09:26
Apple rivals ready to pick up iWatch scraps

Executives at Europe’s big consumer electronics trade fair this week in Berlin readily admit to hoping that Apple can crack the missing code for everyone. Where the U.S. innovator leads, its rivals plan to follow by bringing their own improvements or by seeking out profitable niche markets that Apple ignores.

“This is what we wanted,” Sunny Lee, CEO of Samsung Electronics’ European business told Reuters when asked about Apple’s likely debut.

I bet that’s exactly what Samsung wanted. Not that they’ll copy everything that Apple does, no, not Samsung.
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09:16
China Telecom Launches Preorder Page With Fictional...

Following in the footsteps of China Mobile, Chinese carrier China Telecom has also begun taking preorders for the iPhone 6 ahead of the device's official launch in order to drum up interest with customers. As noted by TechCrunch, the site has a preorder page that sports rendered images of the iPhone 6, along with several suspect specifics about the device that have undoubtedly come from unconfirmed rumors. The preorder page depicts the 4.7-inch iPhone, which China Telecom suggests has a pixel density of 416, which would be in line with a 1704 x 960 resolution. While that resolution has been rumored for the iPhone 6, recent images of a supposedly functional device have leaned towards a 1334 x 750 resolution...

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09:14
Apple seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 build 13F31 to...


Apple has posted the latest build (13F31) of the upcoming OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 release to the developer center. It’s also available for those on Mavericks running earlier betas. Apple again asks developers to focus their testing on Safari, USB, USB Smart Cards, Graphics, Thunderbolt, and Gatekeeper. With OS X 10.10 Yosemite hitting the streets in late October, it’s likely that 10.9.5 will be the last iteration of Mavericks.
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09:06
Sight unseen, Apple's competitors expect '...

Apple's role as the top trendsetter in technology is so well established that even rival companies Samsung and LG are openly admitting they hope the "iWatch," whatever it actually is, will help expand the market for wearable devices beyond niche status.

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09:01
Theme Inn presents a Suite for MS Office

Graphic design company, Theme Inn (http://themeinn.com/), has announced Suite for MS Office - Templates, another special bundle of templates for Microsoft Office for Mac. The new pack contains over 300 selected high-quality templates for Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
It allows users to find designs for just about any business or personal occasion. The new product offers 262 templates for Word, 30 spreadsheets for Excel, and 10 themes for PowerPoint presentations.
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09:00
Ikea releases Apple parody 'Bookbook' ad

Ikea is the latest company to create a commercial inspired by Apple's sometimes over-the-top product advertisements. The clever parody ad introduces the company's new 2015 catalog, dubbed the "Bookbook," which features support for multiple users,...

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08:56
Acronis launches Acronis ExtremeZ-IP 9

Acronis (www.acronis.com) has announced Acronis ExtremeZ-IP 9.0, the latest version of its enterprise software that integrates Macs for use in a Windows based environment.
The upgrade continues to provide access to file servers and NAS via trouble-free Apple Filing Protocol (AFP), now with Spotlight Search full-content searching of NAS volumes. This integration reduces search times to just seconds, increasing employee productivity, according to the folks at Acronis.
Acronis ExtremeZ-IP 9 features:
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08:49
AppleCare+ finally coming soon to Australia


AppleCare+ is coming for the first time to Australia in the coming weeks, according to a source. Apple will begin training Apple Store employees in Australia on how to sell the premium protection plan in the coming days. MacRumors is also reporting that the service is inbound to Down Under. iPhone and iPad users in Australia can currently only buy the less-expensive standard AppleCare plan. Apple revamped AppleCare+ for many countries earlier this year with an extended purchase window and by making the plan the standard. Apple typically adds a few new countries to its list of AppleCare countries with new iPhone launches, and with the iPhone 6 upon us, it makes...

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08:31
Apple launches official iOS app for TestFlight beta-...

As it prepares for the launch of iOS 8 later this month, Apple has made public its official TestFlight app. The software requires iOS 8, but lets owners participate in beta tests via email invitations from developers. The app's interface is relatively simple, used mostly to fetch available updates and launch existing downloads. Notes for each app explain changes, what a developer wants to test, and when a release is set to expire....

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08:30
Add beauty and personality to your photos with...

Everyone loves Instagram, but its features are limited. InstaTxtr gives your photos a boost with its fun filters, overlays and text options.

InstaTxtr, which works on all iOS devices running 5.1.1 or later, is free in the App Store with an in-app...

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08:27
Apple rolls out TestFlight beta testing app,...

In advance of next week's iPhone 6 unveiling, Apple on Friday released a consumer-facing app for the TestFlight beta service that will come online alongside iOS 8, and is also said to have begun preparations to seed carrier partners with beta builds of iOS 8.0.1.

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08:15
Forums: Yosemite on old Mac Pros, repurposed iBooks...

Yesterday in the MacNN forums, Mac Elite "schalliol" informed fellow forum goers of a plan they had to run Yosemite on an old Mac Pro after finding information about the Chameleon bootloader, and wonders if anyone else has already done this. Waragainstsleep is considering a custom modification that consists of an iPad in a clamshell iBook stating that it "would actually be a pretty cool iPad case."...

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08:13
Apple deals: Retina MacBook Pros as low as $999

At Apple's online store find steep price cuts on refurbished Retina MacBook Pro models. Starting at $999, after a $500 discount, is the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. A whopping $640 discount drops the price on the refurbished 13.3-inch rMBP with a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage down to $1,059....

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08:11
DealNN: 21.5-inch iMac slashed to $1,030

MacMall.com has the previous-generation 21.5-inch iMac on sale for $1,110, which is already $390 off the list price of $1,500. An $80 mail-in-rebate offer is also available that drops the price further to $1,030. That discount makes this the lowest price we have seen on this mac model by more than $350. This iMac features a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive. It is backed by a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....

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08:10
9to5Toys Lunch Break: AKG 511 headphones (refurb) $...

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:

AKG Hi-Fi Stereo Over-Ear Headphones refurb $25 shipped (Reg. $60)
More headphones:

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08:06
Join the Office 365 support webcast: What’s New with...

Join us this Tuesday, September 9 at 9am PST/12pm ET for a discussion on the latest cumulative update release fixes for Project 2013 and also hear about the latest changes and updates to the Project Online environment.
Add this meeting to your calendar now, then at the scheduled time, click the Lync meeting in your calendar to join the call.
Presenters: Aik Chen, Brian Smith, and Adrian Jenkins are all Escalation Engineers in the Project Support Team and have been supporting Project Server for as long as it has existed – and are now also supporting Project Online.
Office 365 support webcasts are a critical program for relieving support issues and encouraging foundation technical readiness. Webcasts are free of charge and are a great opportunity to have conversations with Microsoft employees and get your questions answered.
If...

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08:00
A look at Apple's internal crack team of iPhone...

With each new iPhone release, Apple attempts to raise technological bar that much higher. Whether it's the Retina display introduced on the iPhone 4 or Touch ID introduced with the iPhone 5s, each successive iPhone model introduces new and complex...

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08:00
iPhone Apps: Civilization Revolution 2, Rdio, IMDb
07:54
Rear Camera of 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 With Optical...

A number of parts from Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 models have leaked in recent months, but a new photo set from Feld & Volk [Instagram page] offers some fresh details on the new devices. At the top of the list is the rear camera from the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. As shown in comparison photos, the module is thinner and otherwise larger than the one from the iPhone 5s, but with Apple shaving down the iPhone's thickness, previous leaks have indicated the company has needed to create a slight protrusion on the rear of the device to accommodate the camera. Rear cameras from 5.5-inch iPhone 6 (left) and iPhone 5s (right) Feld & Volk says the rear camera does indeed appear to include optical image stabilization (OIS), as the camera assembly has some freedom to float within its module. Rumors have differed on whether the...

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07:47
Apple CEO Says Better iCloud Security Coming Soon

Apple CEO Tim Cook says his company has new security measures ready for its iCloud online services and they'll launch in two weeks. His comments follow a publicity headache stemming from nude celebrity photos stolen from iCloud accounts.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple has been straight forward with information surrounding the stolen nude photos, and considering how bad it would be for the company's reputation to lie about its findings, it makes sense be up front and honest about the incident. It's good two-factor authentication will be added to more of Apple's services, but it sure would've been nice if that had happened earlier.

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07:37
iOS 8.0.1 already in preparation for testing...

Even though iOS 8 has yet to be released, Apple is already on the verge of seeding iOS 8.0.1 to its testing partners, sources say. The firmware is expected to be seeded shortly, and carry unspecified enhancements to iOS 8....

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07:07
Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.7 - 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 3.5.7:

  • [Fixed]...

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07:04
New 27-Inch 5K Display From Dell Rekindles Thoughts...

Dell yesterday unveiled its new $2500 27-inch 5K monitor (UP2715K) that boasts an impressive 5120 x 2880 resolution at 218 pixels per inch. This ultra-high resolution places the monitor on par with Apple's Retina MacBook Pro, which has a pixel density of 220 pixels per inch, and would be the equivalent of a Retina 27-inch iMac or Apple Thunderbolt Display. Dell does not detail the technology powering the monitor, but AnandTech believes the company is using Multi-Stream Transport (MST) to stitch together two 2560 x 2880 panels in order to provide 5120 pixels horizontally. Dell demoed the monitor to Maximum PC using a 5K H.265 video streamed from a workstation-class...

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07:00
Apple Store app updated with new design, shopping...

Apple today updated its Apple Store app to version 3.0, overhauling the look of the universal app on the iPhone and adding the ability to make One to One reservations on the iPad.

Apple has spruced up the Apple Store app, externally changing the...

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06:59
Moto Hint Bluetooth earbud revealed with small size...

Motorola revealed a new earpiece alongside its Moto G and Moto X updates, one which adds more usefulness to the standard Bluetooth headset. The Moto Hint is a compact earbud which can be used for voice searches and to interact with a paired smartphone using verbal commands, as well as for making and receiving phone calls hands-free....

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06:53
Apple asks for postjudgment royalties from Samsung

Having been denied an injunction by the US District Court for the Northern District of California, Apple is now pursuing a motion for postjudgment royalties, reports say. While the motion states that "Apple believes that it has been and continues to be irreparably harmed by Samsung's infringement and that only injunctive relief would suffice to remedy that harm - and Apple will urge that position before the Federal Circuit," the company is asking for "at least" $2.75 per unit infringing its "quick links" patent, $2.30 per unit infringing its autocomplete patent, and $1.41 per device violating......

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06:50
TestFlight appears in App Store as Apple readies...


TestFlight is now appearing in the App Store, ahead of an expected launch later this month. The service will allow developers to easily share betas of upcoming apps with public testers. It was discovered Apple had bought TestFlight earlier this year and the company subsequently announced the integration of the service into its developer portal at WWDC.
Before Apple’s acquisition, TestFlight was not in the App Store itself as it violated app review guidelines. Being part of the App Store makes it much more accessible to the general public and should incentivize more beta testers to participate in general.
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06:46
FunBITS: Hosting Backyard Movie Night

A MacBook Air, an iPod Hi-Fi, a projector, and a projection screen become the ingredients for two backyard movie nights attended by dozens of little “Frozen” fanatics. Follow along and you could host your own event! Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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06:30
The Week in iPhone Cases: Almost there!

Almost there!As we count down to next week’s presumed new-iPhone announcement, this week’s roundup of new iPhone cases has products for every taste, from the ultra-modern to the lover of classic looks.Bison MadeThe iPhone 5 Sleeve (iPhone 5 and 5s; $65) is a hand-sewn sleeve, with a baseball-stitch pattern, that's designed to fit your handset with precision.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:38
Analyst: iWatch Won’t Have iPhone’s Appeal

Apple is hosting a media event on September 9 where it is expected to show off the iPhone 6 and the iWatch. Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks Apple's first wearable device will interest consumers, but won't have the same appeal as the iPhone because it will be seen more as jewelry or a status symbol.The Mac Observer Spin: Assuming the iWatch is perceived as more of a status symbol than a nice looking health and fitness tracker, it probably won't sell as well as the iPhone. That said, unless Apple completely fails on the device's design, it still has the potential to be a big hit for the company.

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06:25
Tim Cook Promises Improved iCloud Security

After the celebrity photo thefts from iCloud, Tim Cook spoke with the Wall Street Journal, promising better iCloud security. But with a high-profile product launch around the corner, is Apple doing enough to regain the trust of users? Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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06:10
SketchUp 14.1.1283 - Create 3D design concepts with...

SketchUp is an easy-to-learn 3D modeling program that enables you to explore the world in 3D. With just a few simple tools, you can create 3D models of houses, sheds, decks, home additions, woodworking projects - even space ships. And once you've built your models, you can place them in Google Earth, post them to the 3D Warehouse, or print hard copies.Version 14.1.1283: General:

  • Fixed the File > Generate Report functionality which was failing to generate a report. Note: if you are installing SketchUp 2014 M1 over a previous version of SketchUp 2014, you will need to go to the Extension Warehouse and update the Dynamic Components extension to receive this fix. If you are installing SketchUp 2014 M1 for the first time, no further action is needed.
  • Fixed a "Callback function" error that could occur when a single non-component (or non-group) entity...

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06:08
Data Rescue 4.0 - Powerful hard drive data recovery...

Data Rescue is a robust and reliable data recovery solution for your Mac. Data Rescue has a 5-star average rating on the Mac App Store a 4.5 star rating on Amazon, in addition to over 150 industry awards for best-in-class Mac recovery since it's debut in 2002.

  • Works on all Mac hard drives even if they fail to mount or only partially operate.
  • Recovers deleted, lost and damaged files.
  • Recovers digital pictures from your camera media even after it has been erased or reformatted.
  • Recover your entire Mac hard drive or just the files you need.
  • New Proprietary BootWell™ technology, which can boot and recover files from 64-bit Intel Macs.
  • Recovers all file types from any HFS/HFS+ formatted hard drive.
  • Tuned for all modern OS X versions 10.7.5 and newer.
  • Recovers from any iMac, Macbook, Macbook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, MacPro, including Retina displays.
  • RAW data recovery is...

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06:04
Google Ratchets Up Quantum Computing Efforts


Google this week announced a hardware initiative to design and build new quantum information processors based on superconducting electronics. The effort is related to the launch last year of its Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab. Physicist John Martinis, winner of the 2014 Fritz London Memorial Prize, leads a group of UCSB scientists who will collaborate with the Google team. "This is very exciting that John Martinis' group will join the Google effort," said Raymond Laflamme, Canada Research Chair in quantum information.

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06:00
iOS 8 Messages app feature: Sending and sharing your...

iOS 8 is getting closer every day. For those of us who have been using the developer betas for the past several months, it's been fun to see the glitches being worked out, watch performance getting better, and to start making use of the new features....

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05:57
Redesigned Apple Store app version 3.0 adds new...

Apple has updated its Apple Store app to version 3.0 with a number of new features, ahead of the company’s upcoming event. The app has been redesigned for iPhone and iPod touch and now allows users to start shopping on one device and finish on another — you can start on a Mac, for instance, and complete the order on your iOS device. A new Stores section shows users the closest Apple Stores, along with workshops and events at those shops. Additionally,…

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05:46
Review roundup: Motorola's Moto 360 is the best...

Motorola has finally released its Android Wear-powered Moto 360 smartwatch --?wisely or not, just days before Apple is expected to debut its "iWatch" -- and early reviews say that the device is a fine standard bearer for Google's wearable operating system, though it could benefit from some more time in the lab.

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05:43
Apple Store App gets Synchronized Shopping, More

Apple rolled out an update to its Apple Store app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch this week that added the ability to start shopping on one device, and continue on another. The version 3.0 update also revamped the app interface for the iPhone and iPod touch so it more closely matches the iPad version.

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05:41
Apple Already Preparing to Seed Carrier Partners...

With still a few days to go until Apple's media event where it will undoubtedly announce its launch plans for iOS 8, the company is already preparing to seed its carrier partners with an iOS 8.0.1 update for testing, according to BGR. Details on the update are unknown, as is a release timeframe, although last year Apple released a launch-day iOS 7.0.1 update for the iPhone 5s and 5c to fix a few bugs on those devices. Visits to MacRumors from devices running iOS 8.0.1 on Apple's networks MacRumors has seen a significant increase in iOS 8.0.1 web log activity coming from Apple's networks over the past couple of weeks, although the first signs of the version appeared as long ago as mid-July. The last developer release of iOS 8 came one month ago in the form of iOS 8 beta 5, with the company likely holding back further seeds as it...

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05:31
∞ Setting the iWatch bar

[Review and Video] Earlier this year, Motorola ended its short stay with Google when it was sold to Lenovo.

TechCrunch has confirmed reports that Lenovo is buying Motorola Mobility from Google. This is the division within Google that the company purchased in 2011 for $12.5 billion. Motorola Mobility will go to Lenovo for $2.91 billion.

Lenovo-owned Motorola quietly released a smart-watch yesterday, the Moto 360. Everyone’s tastes differ of course, but for me, this is the watch that sets the bar for Android and for smart-watches. This is the watch that you should keep in mind when and if Apple announces an iWatch next Tuesday....

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05:30
News: Daily Deal: Get TextExpander 4 for 50% off

In today’s iLounge Deal you can grab the award-winning TextExpander 4 for only $16.99—that’s 51% off the normal price. TextExpander allows you to turn frequently used text snippets into quick keyboard shortcuts and abbreviations, allowing you to save time and type faster when dealing with your mundane and repetitive tasks such as signature blocks or commonly-used links. Not only can you create shortcuts for frequently-used text,…

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05:10
News: Tim Cook says Apple to add more security alerts

Apple will soon issue more security alerts to users in an effort to boost privacy, CEO Tim Cook told The Wall Street Journal. The company will alert users when an account password change is attempted, when iCloud data is restored to a new device, or when a device logs into an account for the first time. New notifications will start in two weeks, and users will be able to make immediate changes — the account password can be changed, or Apple’s…

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05:00
iLounge Game Spotlight: BioShock

Seven years ago, 2K Games impressed PC and console gamers with BioShock, an atypically engrossing action game that built upon Valve’s Half-Life and Ion Storm’s Deus Ex — first-person titles that transcended the shooter genre thanks to deep storylines and less gunfire-focused gameplay. BioShock’s hooks were a combination of Art Deco-inspired graphics, a large dose of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, and jitter-inducing audiovisual set…

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05:00
Apple extending two-factor authentication to iCloud...

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed the company was taking additional steps to increase the security of iCloud accounts following the theft of private celebrity photos. These new measures will add new security...

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04:59
Agenda set for the Seventh Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet

The agenda has been set for the Seventh Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet (http://supermeet.com), which will take place during IBC2014 on Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam.
The SuperMeet agenda will feature  film editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey as well as user driven presentations from Blackmagic Design, Adobe, iZotope, Atomos, and HP. This SuperMeet promises to be the single largest gathering of Final Cut, Adobe, and Avid and editors, filmmakers, gurus and users during IBC2014 week.
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04:52
Apple's 'iWallet' payments seen as...

In looking at the potential options for Apple in launching a mobile payment platform, one analyst believes the company is most likely to start small and safe with a "proxy" approach -- a strategy that wouldn't make Apple much money, but would help lock users into the company's iPhone ecosystem.

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04:45
Pages: Locking Objects in Place

For today's article, Melissa Holt is going to go over locking objects in place, one of her favorite features in Apple's Pages program. She has also mentioned that she may include a bonus tip on grouping and ungrouping multiple items, so come on in and join the fun.

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04:40
Apple, Intel, Google, Adobe appeal refusal of anti-...

Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe are all appealing Judge Lucy Koh's rejection of the $324.5 million anti-poaching settlement that was hammered out last month. The quartet claims that Koh "committed clear legal error" by using her own assessment of the value of the case, rather than that of the participants who had been battling over the matter with the court for years....

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04:38
Mailplane 3.3

Automatically signs out if account has an empty password. ($24.95 new, free update, 17.4 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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04:30
Score big this season with All Star Quarterback

Just in time for the start of the football season a new football simulation game, All Star Quarterback, is available at the iTunes store for downloading. This is a free universal app that requires iOS 7.0. All Star Quarterback is a football and...

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04:05
Dell announces 27-inch 5120×2880 display, a perfect...

Dell has just announced a brand-new 27inch external display with an insane resolution of 5120×2880. Pixel counts of this magnitude were thought to be several months out, stretching into mid 2015, so Dell’s abrupt announcement has come as a bit of surprise. In summary, the 27-inch panel has 14 million pixels across its surface, resulting in a PPI of 218. This is the same density as a 15inch Retina MacBook Pro, but obviously much much larger.

The monitor is expected to be available by the end of the year.
What’s notable about this resolution is it shows that a Retina iMac is now very feasible. 5120×2880 is exactly double 2560×1440 — the resolution of the current 27 inch iMac.

 
Using the panel in this...

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03:58
Movavi Video Converter for Mac OS X adds 4K support

Movavi has unveiled the latest version (5.0) of Movavi Video Converter for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher).
The software lets you open virtually any video or audio file and convert it to the format or device of your choice. Version 5 offers auto enhance, image conversion, as well as new editing features. Other improvements include 4K Ultra HD video support, SD to HD video conversion, and ready-made presets for the latest mobile devices.
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03:49
Backup to Go now Yosemite compatible

Ohanaware (www.ohanaware.com) has released Backup To Go 1.1, an update to their file backup tool for Mac OS X.
The utility was specifically designed to simplify the process of backing up important files and folders to disks that can easily be taken with the user. These include USB sticks, thumb drives, SD Cards and external Hard Disks. Version 1.1 includes 21 changes, to improve the stability and usability of the application, while also adding some "premium" features. It's also ready for OS X Yosemite.
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03:36
Apple & Google both appealing court ruling that...

The anti-poaching case rumbles on … After an antitrust class-action suit last year accused Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe of secretly agreeing not to poach staff from each other, the case appeared to be all over back in April when the parties reached a $324M settlement.
Settlements have to be signed-off by a court, however, to ensure that it is considered fair to all parties. Earlier this month, Judge Lucy Koh rejected the settlement, saying the amount should have been $380M.
Two days ago, the parties...

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03:30
Mass Fidelity introduces The Core wireless speaker...

Mass Fidelity has introduced The Core, a compact wireless speaker that combines "better than stereo" sound with an impressive feature set including, portability, multi-room functionality and crystal-clear audio, according to Ben Webster, CEO and founder of Mass Fidelity.

It uses Wave Field Synthesis (WFS), an audio rendering technique that produces a sonic image that sounds like two widely placed hi-fi speakers, he adds. Users can access and play music wherever they want—streaming straight from a smartphone or tablet or via digital and analog sources using a wired connection.  
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03:17
Answers for Mac OS X gets a maintenance upgrade

Tim Parnell has rolled out Answers 1.0.2 (http://nswrs.com), an update to his FAQ and Help documentation tool for Mac OS X.
The app was designed to make creating and organizing help documents simple. By allowing users to focus on the content, not the code, anyone can create help documents like software help books or website FAQs. Version 1.0.2 is a maintenance upgrade.
Answers is free to use and build with. Some options and build types are limited to pro users. Upgrading to a pro license costs US$29.

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03:07
Recommended Reading: 'The Art of LEGO...

The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 system makes it easy for anyone to build and control robots. LEGO's block-based, colorful EV3 programming language is fine for first-timers, but it has more powerful features than you might think.
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03:05
Mobile Internet will continue to drive mobile...

In the first quarter (1Q) of 2014, the worldwide mobile service revenue increased 0.58% year-on-year (YoY) to US$264 billion according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com), and the aggregate service revenue for 2014 will grow 2.9% YoY to US$1.01 trillion, mainly driven by the robust growth of the mobile Internet market.
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01:16
Misfit announces developer toolkit, list of more...

Fitness tracking firm Misfit on Thursday announced availability of an expanded developer toolkit for third-party apps and devices, opening the door to interesting partnerships like integration with Walgreens' Balance Rewards points program.

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00:12
Apple, Google appeal Judge Koh's rejection of...

In a court filing late Thursday, Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel appealed Judge Lucy Koh's rejection of a proposed $324.5 million settlement relating to a class action lawsuit leveled by Silicon Valley employees, calling the jurist's decision "rigid and formulaic."

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00:09
Motorola Launches $249 Moto 360 Smartwatch Featuring...

Motorola has officially launched its Moto 360 smartwatch, an Android Wear device featuring a circular 1.65-inch scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass display, a leather band, "all-day" battery life, and a built-in pedometer and optical heart rate monitor. Motorola has also included wireless charging capabilities with an included dock and also states that the device is "water resistant." The Moto 360 can pair with any smartphone running Android 4.3 or higher, as users can then receive notifications about weather, flight alerts, traffic, and more through Android Wear. The device also includes built-in Google Now functionality, as users can say "Ok Google" to send texts, set reminders, see directions, and more. Existing Android apps such as Facebook Messenger and Lyft also work with Moto 360. The launch of the Moto 360 comes less than a week before Apple's...

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Thursday September 4

23:00
Perfect party games for your next bash

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23:15
Apple activates revamped iTunes Connect Web portal...

Apple on Thursday launched an updated version of its iTunes Connect developer Web portal, with a design overhaul coming alongside deeper data management features for launching, selling and managing content on the iTunes Store.

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22:45
Developer tool iTunes Connect gets iCloud-like...

On the heels of a similar refresh for the Apple Store iOS app, Apple has also rejuvenated the iTunes Connect web app used by developers to gather statistics and information about sales, publishing data and other tidbits about their apps and App Store performance. The new design, originally shown off at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers' Conference but only just implemented on Thursday, offers more analytics and a new, more iOS-like design....

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20:59
Cook addresses celebrity images scandal, promises...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has formally addressed the recent celebrity selfies scandal, where some of the images obtained by hackers came from the victims' iCloud accounts (alongside other services, those responsible for the collection of the images have recently admitted). In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Cook not only acknowledged that some celebrities' accounts were specifically targeted using conventional data-stealing techniques, but promised both educational and engineering improvements....

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19:08
Apple's secretive 'early field failure...

A report on Thursday offers a rare look inside Apple's secretive EFFA quality control division that runs down and fixes launch day hardware issues before they become larger, more costly problems.

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18:40
Hacker infiltrates Healthcare.gov, no personal...

Health care exchanges continue to hit rough patches, as the United States government has revealed that the federal health care portal Healthcare.gov was breached. While there is no evidence that any personal information from the 5.4 million people applying through the site was stolen during the event, the attack marks the first time an intrusion has successfully accessed systems attached to the website....

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18:26
Tim Cook says Apple to add security alerts for...

The Wall Street Journal:

Apple said it plans additional steps to keep hackers out of user accounts, but denied that a lax attitude toward security had allowed intruders to post nude photos of celebrities on the Internet.

To make such leaks less likely, Mr. Cook said Apple will alert users via email and push notifications when someone tries to change an account password, restore iCloud data to a new device, or when a device logs into an account for the first time.

This is just one of many steps Apple will take to protect themselves and users.
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18:19
Tim Cook: Apple to Add Security Alerts for iCloud...

Apple will add security alerts for iCloud users, broaden two-factor authentication and make a more aggressive effort to alert users about protecting their accounts, Apple CEO Tim Cook told the Wall Street Journal in his first interview since the recent hacking incident involving celebrities' iCloud accounts. To make such leaks less likely, Mr. Cook said Apple will alert users via email and push notifications when someone tries to change an account password, restore iCloud data to a new device, or when a device logs into an account for the first time. Until now, users got an email when someone tried to change a password or log in for the first time from an unknown Apple device; there were no notifications for or restoring iCloud data.Cook said the new notifications will begin...

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18:10
Cook says Apple will roll out new iCloud security...

In response to a recently leaked cache of nude photos apparently stolen from celebrities' iCloud accounts, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company plans to activate new security measures designed to thwart future attacks.

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17:54
Tim Cook addresses iCloud photos hacking, says major...


Apple CEO Tim Cook has finally taken the iCloud leaked photos situation into his own hands. Cook today sat down with The Wall Street Journal for an interview regarding the breach, and the Apple executive shared details on key security improvements coming soon to iCloud. Cook first addressed what happened, confirming our own theories.
In his first interview on the subject, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said celebrities’ iCloud accounts were compromised when hackers correctly answered security questions to obtain their passwords, or when they were victimized by a phishing scam to obtain user IDs and passwords. He said none of the Apple IDs...

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17:49
Apple officially launches revamped iTunes Connect...


Ahead of next week’s iPhone 6 announcement, Apple has finally debuted the new design for its iTunes Connect web app that was initially shown off during the WWDC Platforms State of the Union. The new design features a more iOS-like look, similar to that of iCloud.com, and now gives developers even more information about their apps. Analytics feature have also been added for helping users track App Store page...

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17:24
New Xsan Installs?

Forums: General Xsan TalkHaven't seen many new ones lately. There are so many options out there now, just curious what other people are doing now.

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17:19
IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic Field microphone,...

Two new products are coming from IK Multimedia, as the company announced the iRig Mic Field and iKlip Xpand Stand. The iRig Mic Field offers high-quality stereo recording through Lightning-compatible devices for projects that need a separate audio recording like live bands or films. The new iKlip Xpand Stand offers tablet users a way to mount their tablets, giving them the flexibility to use them in a freestanding manner without bulky hardware or permanently attached fixtures....

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17:00
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

Galaxy Run [iOS...

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16:56
Apple online stores again down for some users for...

[Update: problems resolved as of approximately 7:45PM ET] For the second time in as many days, Apple's online stores are unavailable for an undetermined percentage of users. The current outage, which began around 4:30PM ET and is ongoing, is affecting the both the iOS and Mac App Stores, the iBookstore, and a variety of iTunes services such as iTunes Match, iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Radio and the iTunes Store. Other iCloud services, such as Siri, email, FaceTime and syncing services are not affected....

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16:48
iCracked beating out Gazelle iPhone trade-in prices...


Last month, we posted an in-depth comparison of several iPhone trade-in services ahead of the September 9th announcement of the new iPhones. We came away with Amazon being your best bet for its pricing, but while Apple’s prices aren’t the best, the convenience of being able to trade-in your older iPhone at purchase of a new model is compelling.
You can now add another trade-in program the list: iCracked. The company’s main differentiator is that they have representatives stationed across the United States who will actually meet you at a location of your choice to purchase your...

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16:28
Bloomberg breaks down what happens to faulty launch-...


 
When Apple (or any company) launches a product, such as the upcoming iPhone 6, there’s always the chance that a critical flaw will be discovered by first adopters. How exactly the company handles the devices that are returned and tracks down the source of these issues has always been somewhat of a secret process.
Toady, Bloomberg’s Businessweek published a profile on the “early field failure analysis,” which is responsible for taking these returned devices apart, analyzing any issues, putting together a fix, and getting it into new production devices before the problems become even more widespread.
The idea is to keep easily resolved problems from...

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16:12
Infinity jumps into the portable speaker space with...

Not to be outdone by the other brands under the Harman banner, Infinity will be releasing a new portable speaker this fall. The Infinity One Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker System, which was designed in a collaboration with the rock group Linkin Park, looks to bring a new level of premium audio to the Bluetooth speaker space....

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16:05
Will laser ‘tattoos’ replace fruit labels?

BBC:

Laser “tattoos” could remove the need for sticky labels during the sale of fruit, developers say.

The technology removes pigment from the fruit’s surface to show information such as the item’s sell-by date and price.

The process does not affect the taste or the lifespan of the fruit.

I’d never thought about how much those paper labels cost. This is a fascinating idea.
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16:00
NYT provides iWatch details, claims iPhone 6 will...

The New York Times today published a report claiming that the highly anticipated iPhone 6 will come with a "one-handed mode" to enable easier operation on account of what is rumored to be a larger display. As has been reported numerous times over the...

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15:53
Nvidia launches legal assault against Samsung GPU...

Graphic processor manufacturer Nvidia has filed suit against Qualcomm and Samsung, accusing both of patent abuse. In a conference call about the suit, Nvidia Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang said that "they're using our technology for free in their devices today and they're shipping an enormous number of devices." Nvidia is seeking a sales and importation embargo on Samsung devices using PowerVR architectures, as well as anything using a Qualcomm graphical chipset....

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15:45
JBL releasing cinema sound options, Bluetooth...

This fall three new products from JBL will be available for consumers looking to add some punch to their home theater setups without taking up much space or when listening to music on the go. The company announced that two new products in the Cinema line, the Cinema Base and Cinema SB350, and the Charge 2 Bluetooth speaker would be coming later in the year....

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15:39
Getty Images sues Microsoft over “Bing Image Widget”

The “Bing Image Widget,” released on Aug. 22, gives publishers the ability to create a panel on their websites that displays digital images supplied by Microsoft’s Bing search engine, according to the lawsuit.

Rather than draw from a pool of licensed images, the lawsuit claimed, the product grants access to the billions of images that can be found online, without regard to whether the photos are copyrighted.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:37
Apple’s digital stores face second outage this week...


Earlier this week, iOS users discovered that the App Store was experiencing some technical issues that caused every item for sale to become unavailable. Now, only two days later, the company’s status page indicates that the App Store on Mac and iOS, iBooks Store, and various iTunes services such as the music store and Radio, are all suffering from even more downtime.
According to the status page, the issues first cropped up around 4:30 PM and have persisted for about three hours so far. A notice on the page states that only “some users” are...

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15:26
Facebook-style filtered feed coming to Twitter

According to some recent comments from chief financial officer Anthony Noto, however, the company is doing a lot more than not ruling it out — it sounds like a done deal.

Sigh.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:22
Parody YouTube channel inspires tighter logic in “...

Daily Dot:

Basically, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” was too good to mock. And as it turns out, there’s a reason for that. The film’s directors are fans of Honest Trailers, and they purposefully engineered the film so it would be harder to parody.

In a recent interview with Collider, Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo were asked how they felt about achieving a positive Honest Trailers review.

I’m a huge fan of Honest Trailers and love the fact they had a positive influence on a summer blockbuster.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:20
Apple overhauls iPhone Apple Store app to match iPad...

Apple has released an update to its Apple Store retail app for iOS that takes cues from the iPad, with better image quality and improved navigations. The app now features a fresh interface design, and introduces a feature that automatically syncs activity on the app to other devices through iCloud, allowing shoppers to start a session on one device and pick it up on another, including desktop and notebook using a browser....

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15:15
Twitter disputes it forced Twitpic to close

But in a statement, a spokesman for Twitter appeared to dispute Everett’s version of events, saying the company has no problem with Twitpic’s name.

“We’re sad to see Twitpic is shutting down,” the spokesman said. “We encourage developers to build on top of the Twitter service, as Twitpic has done for years, and we made it clear that they could operate using the Twitpic name. Of course, we also have to protect our brand, and that includes trademarks tied to the brand.”

So, Twitter would let them keep the name, but not the trademark? That’s how it seems to me.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:00
WunderStation iPad app: Nirvana for weather geeks

Weather Underground runs what it calls the PWS (Personal Weather Station) network, a mesh of over 37,000 individually-owned weather stations that send live weather info to the company as often as every 2.5 seconds. If you live near a PWS, you can be...

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14:52
Rovio releases Angry Birds Stella, Rdio unveils...

Gamers and music lovers both have App Store updates to be happy about Thursday, as Rovio released the latest edition of its blockbuster Angry Birds franchise and streaming radio firm Rdio unveiled a major update with a focus on stations.

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14:30
Harman Kardon announces new headphones, speakers...

Harman Kardon made a number of announcements about the new consumer audio devices that would be hitting the market this fall. Offerings are spread across the board, with a new set of Bluetooth on-ear headphones, a professional's Bluetooth speaker and a wireless in-home audio speaker system and adapter are coming to tackle a number of customer needs....

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14:30
Bounce to impressive heights with Kitten Mega Jump

Kitten Mega Jump is an iOS game that places a fun, blue kitten on a trampoline and leaves you in charge of maneuvering it to collect coins and avoid obstacles. When you reach a certain score, calculated based on a combination of both, you'll level up...

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iPollute Review
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Kill Shot Review
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