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Friday June 13

11:24
Apple Cracks Down On Faux Five Star Reviews in App...

Apple has increased scrutiny on suspicious App Store reviews, and in some cases has already started removing them, according to a report from TechCrunch. The Mac Observer Spin: Good! Discovery still isn't the greatest, but I'm glad those who game the system aren't going to be rewarded for it.

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11:23
Report: Apple cracking down on fake app ratings

Apple has reportedly been removing fake App Store reviews that have improved the chart ranking of certain apps, according to TechCrunch. These rating removals have been going on for an indeterminate amount of time. A recent tweet noted one app saw 20,000 ratings removed “overnight,” and the report claims…

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11:20
iLounge Weekly coming Monday, giveaway update

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

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09:55
iLounge Game Spotlight: Lex

Lex ($1) is a new word game from Simple Machine. Players are tasked with building words as fast as they can. Though there’s no board, the game should feel familiar to Scrabble players. Players in Lex make words from a “rack” of nine letters.…

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09:31
Angela Ahrendts Visits Tokyo Retail Store Grand...

Apple's new Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores, Angela Ahrendts, attended the opening of the latest Apple retail location in Tokyo, the third store in the city.The Mac Observer Spin: If this is how Tim Cook corrects mistakes, by all means continue fixing them in this fashion. Angela Ahrendts is shaping up to be an excellent choice to lead retail.

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09:19
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-13

Apple improved App Store discovery with a new category browsing feature, but the company isn't going far enough to help iPhone owners find new apps. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to explain why and talk about why Apple wouldn't have bought Tony Fadell's Nest thermostat company.

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07:05
Analysts Push their AAPL Target Above $100

Analysts from RBC, Deutsche Bank, and Monness Crespi & Hardt raised their target prices for Apple's stock this week to US$100 or higher. The changes follow Apple's 7-to-1 stock split on Monday and show analysts are positive overall about the company's growth potential.The Mac Observer Spin: The 7-to-1 stock split along with the prospect of the iPhone 6 coming this fall and the rumored iWatch has investors and analysts optimistic about Apple's prospects.

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05:39
European iPhone Charger Adapters Overheating, Apple...

Apple launched a European iPhone charger adapter replacement program on Friday after finding that the device could dangerously overheat. The company isn't saying the charger adapters pose a fire threat, but did say it is a "safety risk."The Mac Observer Spin: Safety issues are a big deal, so it's good to see Apple proactively addressing the problem even though there aren't any reports of related fires or injuries.

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04:50
iOS 7: The “Summarize Photos” Feature

The Years, Collections, and Moments views in iOS 7âs Photos app can be a bit overwhelming to scroll through. Luckily, thereâs a âSummarize Photosâ setting you can use to cut down on the number of images youâll see within Years and Collections, so you can more quickly find exactly the time period you want. In this article, weâll figure out how to use it (and how to turn it off if you donât like it)!

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04:29
Apple announces exchange program for some European...

Apple has announced an exchange program for its 5W European USB power adapters that “may overheat and pose a safety risk.” The affected adapters came with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S models shipped from October 2009 to September 2012 in a number of European countries —…

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Thursday June 12

19:19
Aerial Photos Show Progress on Apple’s Spaceship HQ

Aerial photos taken by Bay Area reporter Ron Cervi show the progress being made on the construction site of Apple Campus 2. Being built in Cupertino, the so-called Spaceship HQ is starting to take physical shape, with an outside wall bringing physical reality to the circular design of the building.

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16:55
Tony Fadell: I Would Have Loved to Show Steve Jobs...

Tony Fadell sold his company-Nest Inc.-to Google for US$3.2 billion, but in an in-depth profile in Fortune magazine, the father of the iPod revealed that he wished he could have shown the Nest Thermostat to his former boss, Steve Jobs. "I would have loved to have been able to show it to him, but the timing didnât work," he told the magazine. Mr. Fadell, shown in the image, said that Steve Jobs kept in touch with him when Nest was still in stealth mode, but by the time he was ready to show the device, Mr. Jobs had grown to ill. The piece offers an excellent look at Mr. Fadell, his career, how Nest was founded, his combative tenure at Apple, and why Google bought the firm. Fortune also reminded us that Mr. Fadell is one of the few Apple executives to see success after they left Apple....

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16:04
Apple Launches ‘Browse by Category’ in App Store for...

Apple launched a new "Browse by Category" feature for the App Store on Thursday. The feature allows users a fast visual way to narrow down their app search for improved discovery.

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14:20
Monstrous Posters by Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak's birthday would have celebrated his 86th birthday this week. Sadly, he rumpused his last in 2012, and therefore won't come across this tribute to him on his birthday. Via Brain Pickings we discover the wondrous book Posters by Maurice Sendak, a large format/coffeetable book ofâwell, of his posters. Some of them are the "yay reading!" type found in libraries and classrooms, which are the ones I remember most vividly, as they hung in the libraries and classrooms where I spent lots of time as a kid. In fact I convinced my mom to hang one in her classroom for me because I loved it so much. Head over to Brain Pickings and check out some images from this book. And if you're inspired to start a wild rumpus, well, that's on you.

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13:02
CrazyTalk Animator 2 for Mac Plus Training Videos...

We have a deal today on animation tool called CrazyTalk Animator 2 Standard for Mac. This is an animation product designed, in part, for people who aren't artists. It comes with a wide array of stock characters that can then be customized in any number of ways. It also has the ability to turn 2D photos into talking characters. One of the things I like about this deal is that it also includes six hours of training videos to help you learn how to use the software. You get the software plus the training videos for $49, but the sale ends in six days.

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12:35
How to Log in From a Mac to Linux in Parallels...

The default installation of, for example, a Linux Virtual Machine in Parallels on, say, a Mac uses a shared network mode that prevents incoming log in attempts (ssh). John Martellaro briefly describes how to fix that.

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12:23
Beats To Pay Out Equity Deal To LeBron James

Barketball star LeBron James is set to receive an equity payout as part of the Beats sale to Apple. Reports said that Mr. James will receive more than US$30 million in cash and stock as a result of a 2008 deal that gave him a stake in the company.

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11:39
Apps: Broken Age, (R)evolve, Skype 5.0 + VVVVVV

Broken Age ($10) from Double Fine Productions is the first graphic adventure game in 16 years from developer Tim Schafer. Famously funded through Kickstarter, Broken Age is an iPad-only game which was first released on other platforms in January. Players control two teenagers who find themselves in similar situations,…

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10:22
Nest’s Fadell talks about relationship with Steve...

Nest founder and “father of the iPod” Tony Fadell is featured in a new Fortune profile that devotes plenty of time to his relationship with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Fadell regrets that he never got to show Nest to Jobs. “I would have loved to have been able to…

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09:39
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-12

Amazon joined the streaming music market on Thursday with Prime Music, so Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro joined Jeff Gamet to talk about what that means for consumers, Spotify, Apple and Beats. They also offered up their take on yesterday's anti-Uber protest from London's taxi drivers.

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08:44
Starbucks Announces Wireless Charging On Tables

Starbucks announced Thursday that wireless charging is being rolled out nationwide. In a partnership with Duracell, the company said it was installing Powermat charging spots at all locations, starting in San Francisco.The Mac Observer Spin: Cool! I don't usually need to charge my phone at Starbucks, but all those dangling chargers at the Starbucks next to Moscone center show it's pretty common to need a boost during the day.

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08:38
MacTech Conference Discounts Good Through Sunday...

MacTech Conference has quickly become one of my favorite new conferences. It's small, you can really get to know everyone, you eat most/all meals together, and it really is all about community and learning simultaneously. Now in its 5th year, MacTech Conference has built up a bit of a name, not only for the aforementioned aspects (especially the learning), but also for its evening activities. While MacTech isn't quite ready to tell us exactly what this year's special event is, this picture they sent along today might give us some idea, especially when couched amongst the conference's history.

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07:45
Starbucks, Duracell announce wireless Powermat in-...

Starbucks has announced it will roll out wireless charging in its stores by use of Duracell’s Powermat charging system. The rollout will begin in the San Francisco Bay Area and Boston before expanding nationally into other Starbucks stores and Teavana Fine Teas + Tea Bars. Locations can be

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07:27
Amazon Launches Streaming Music Service with Over 1M...

Amazon threw its hat into the streaming music game on Thursday with the launch of its Prime Music service. Prime Music is free for Amazon Prime subscribers, includes over 1 million songs, and several hundred curated playlists.The Mac Observer Spin: Amazon doesn't have a Spotify or iTunes Radio killer on its hands. Instead, it has yet another feature that makes its $99 a year Amazon Prime service more tantalizing.

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07:22
Dev posts video of iOS 8 side-by-side apps

Developer Steven Troughton-Smith, who noted days ago that iOS 8 contained code for two apps to run side-by-side, has posted a YouTube video of the feature in action. Apparently manipulated using a two-finger gesture, an app is resized to create room for another app on the right side of…

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05:47
Amazon intros streaming Prime Music with iOS app

Amazon has introduced Prime Music, a new unlimited, ad-free streaming music service featuring more than a million songs and “hundreds of playlists.” It comes free with an Amazon Prime subscription ($99), but is otherwise inaccessible. Users can download songs and playlists for offline playback, as well. Amazon’s Cloud Player…

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05:47
Dropbox gets into Chat with Droptalk Purchase

Online storage company Dropbox has purchased the messaging service Droptalk -- a company you likely didn't even know existed. Droptalk's Web-based messaging service was still in beta and available only as a Google Chrome add-on, but it does give Dropbox a presence in the chat market along with the company's coders.The Mac Observer Spin: Dropbox clearly wants to be the go-to service for online storage and file syncing, and buying Droptalk could make the company a strong player in document collaboration, too.

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04:45
Automator: Pulling Out Text from PDFs

One of the nifty things you can do with Automator is create small applications to handle all sorts of tasks. For todayâs Quick Tip, weâre gonna learn how to make one thatâll extract the text from PDFs for us, no copying or pasting required. Come on in and find out how!

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Wednesday June 11

18:25
ACM 258: Google in Orbit, EU Tax Headaches, and...

Google is taking to the skies, or more accurately, to orbit with its own satellite imaging company, the European Union isn't happy with Ireland's corporate tax laws, and Apple wants us to exploit our personal fitness data, not other companies. Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin talk about what all of that means for Apple, plus they have a little Bel-Air easter egg for you.

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17:10
EU Officially Launches Probe Into Irish Tax Dealings...

The European Union's (EU) European Commission (EC) officially launched a probe into tax dealings member countries Ireland, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands have with multinational corporations like Apple Inc., Starbucks Corporation, and Fiat Finance & Trade SA. According to Bloomberg, the EC is investigating whether or not tax breaks offered to corporate subsidiaries in these countries constitute illegal state aid.

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16:28
U.S. Highway Shortfall Pushing Senate Towards Tax...

The needs of the U.S. Highway Trust Fund are pushing the U.S. Senate towards the idea of a tax holiday for U.S. companies that would allow them to repatriate offshore money into the U.S. The Highway Trust fund is projected to run out of money in August, while there are hundreds of billions of dollars worth of infrastructure repairs that need to be made on the system.

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15:58
Stuffit Deluxe for Mac for $9.99 Ends Soon

I have a killer deal for anyone who needs to send or receive large files on the Internet: Stuffit Deluxe for just $9.99, that's 80 percent off the regular price of $49.99. Today's Stuffit Deluxe comes with StuffIt Archive Manager, Stuffit Scheduler, and Stuffit Expander, and it's aimed at those who want to transmit files across the Internet as swiftly as possible. It also allows users to examine the contents of StuffIt X, Zip, Tar, and RARarchives, including encoded archives and compressed Tar archives (tarballs), without having to expand them. If you're interested in this deal, jump on it because it ends in just four days.

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15:35
Expedia Tosses Hat Into Bitcoin Ring

Expedia announced on Wednesday that it will accept Bitcoins for hotel reservations starting immediately. The company joins other large companies such as Overstock.com and Dish Networks in accepting the currency, propelling the cryptocurrency further into the mainstream.

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11:58
Amazon Puts Customers in the Middle of Warner...

Amazon is involved in another supplier dispute, this one with Warner Brothers, which means DVDs like The Lego Movie and 300: Rise Of An Empire are unavailable from the online retailer.The Mac Observer Spin: How is it to Amazon's advantage to push customers away?

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11:43
Apple responds to EU tax investigation

As expected, the European Commission today officially announced an investigation into Apple’s tax practices in Ireland. The EU is checking whether the deal, along with separate deals made by Starbucks and Fiat, qualifies as illegal state aid, Bloomberg reports.  “Apple pays every euro of every tax that we…

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11:39
Parrot announces MiniDrone release dates, pricing

Parrot has announced availability and pricing for its two new MiniDrone products that originally debuted at CES 2014. Rolling Spider ($100) is an ultra-compact flying drone that can be used indoors or outside. It includes removable wheels that allow it to roll from floor to ceiling.

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11:19
Sir Mix-A-Lot With the Seattle Symphony

Seattle Symphony has a series called Sonic Evolutions, where they perform music from and inspired by local artists, so it was only a question of time before Sir Mix-A-Lot made it on the list. As a native of the Pacific Northwest, I was a Sir Mix-A-Lot fan way before Baby Got Back, because he was a "local" rapper, and let's be honest, before Macklemore, he was the only one. So without further adieu, I will link you to the video for Baby Got Back which is making the rounds, but below is the video of the other song he performed, Posse On Broadway, one of my favorites from Sir Mix-A-Lot (it's in regular rotation on my iPhone). Definitely check out both videos, they're fun to watch.

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10:35
Anti-Uber Protest Brings Central London to a...

A protest against Uber brought parts of central London to a standstill on Wednesday with taxi drivers picketing to pressure the UK government to enact regulations controlling the alternative taxi service.The Mac Observer Spin: Uber has a way of disrupting traditional taxi services, so it isn't any surprise that London's taxi drivers aren't happy with company's expansion. It's no surprise they're pushing for regulations that help them better compete with Uber.

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09:44
Report: iPad Air 2 starts production this month with...

Apple will begin producing displays for the new iPad Air this month, and other components for the device next month, Korean site ET News reports. The new device will reportedly feature an 8MP rear camera — a bump up from the current 5MP camera — and an improved processor,…

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08:59
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-11

A report claims it's possible for the NSA to eavesdrop on your conversations through your iPhone even if it's turned off. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the implications of widespread government surveillance and the technical aspects of using our iPhones as remote spy devices. They also take a look at Dr. Bott's bankruptcy filing and explain why that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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08:04
Disabling Mail services on OS X Server

You can customize which Mail services are running in the OS X Server. For example, you can disable POP if you want to use IMAP exclusively.

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07:16
Faster iMacs Reportedly Coming Next Week

Apple will be releasing new iMac models next week, according to insider sources. Instead of fancy new Retina Displays, however, the upgrade is expected to include little more than minor processor speed bumps.The Mac Observer Spin: Slightly faster iMacs with a small price drop sounds nice, but would be a lot cooler if it included the updated Haswell processors from Intel which are due later this month.

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06:24
NSA Eavesdropping: Your iPhone isn’t Safe Even when...

The NSA has a reputation for spying on whoever they please and mass data collection from people who aren't suspects in crimes, and the agency can listen in on your conversations through your iPhone's built-in microphone even if the device is turned off. That trick can't, however, happen unless the NSA has gained physical access to your iPhone and installed either a hardware or software implant designed to make it appear your smartphone is off even though it isn't.The Mac Observer Spin: It says a lot about the level of trust people have in the U.S. government when the discussion turns to ways to prevent the NSA from eavesdropping on our personal conversations.

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05:54
New iPhone 6 4.7” leaks surface

Another set of photos of Apple’s alleged 4.7” iPhone 6 have surfaced, this time on the Weibo account of dreamerjimmy. Photos of both the front and back of the device are seen, shot next to an iPhone 5s for comparison. The back of the…

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04:53
Apple Video Highlight’s OS X Yosemite’s New Look

Apple gave us a taste of what's to come when OS X Yosemite ships this fall during the keynote presentation that kicked off this year's Worldwide Developer Conference earlier this month, and now you can get a closer look at some of the new interface elements in a short video, too. The video highlights Finder windows, Messages, Calendar, redesigned app icons, and more.

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Tuesday June 10

15:10
EU Set to Probe Ireland’s Tax Arrangements with Apple

The European Union's (EU) European Commission is set to launch a probe into Ireland's tax arrangements with large multinationals such as Apple. Reuters reported the news, but buried near the end of the story is that the Commission's focus is likely to be the tax regime that allows Apple and others to protect overseas revenues from local taxation, rather than Apple itself.

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14:02
Apple Releases MacBook Air Firmware Update for Sleep...

Apple released MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.8 for mid-2013 and 2014 models Tuesday. The update addresses sleep and memory issues.

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13:46
Apple-Focused Distributor Dr. Bott Declares...

Dr. Bott, a long-time Apple-focused distributor of devices, cases, accessories, and other gear, recently declared bankruptcy. The company filed for Chapter 11 protection, and it's unclear if it intends to use that process to continue operations.

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13:05
Google Steps Closer to Robot Overlord Status with...

Internet search giant Google took another step closer to becoming our robot overlord on Tuesday with the US$500 million purchase of Skybox Imaging. Google plans to use Skybox's satellite network to improve its own Google Maps service.The Mac Observer Spin: Google tracks us through our Web searches, browsing, and email, plus it has Google Glass to see what we see, and is building its own self driving cars. Next stop: robot overlords.

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12:10
Smile Launches ‘Get A Little, Give A Lot Promotion’...

Smile has launched the "Get a little, give a lot" promotion with a 20 percent off sale on PDFpen and PDFpenPro, and everyone who buys it can donate a free copy to a nonprofit of their choosing.The Mac Observer Spin: Kelly pink puffy hearts Smile for about a squillion reasons, this is just the latest of them.

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11:53
Apple Products Slated To Return To Costco Warehouses

Four years ago, Apple's iPods and gift cards slowly disappeared from Costco, but are going to make a comeback. An internal company memo said that iPhones and iPads are returning to the warehouse chain, while separate sources said that gift cards are already reappearing.The Mac Observer Spin: This generally means a permanent deal on gift cards, which is awesome for anyone. Not to mention getting a crack at being one of the devices at those displays in Costco, which is one of the few places left that doesn't seem to sell anything from Cupertino.

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11:23
Kloqe Aluminum Case for iPhone 5/5s is Sturdy,...

The Kloqe aluminum case for iPhone 5/5s is made of aluminum and is sleek, minimalist, and beautiful. Well designed plastic caps on each end allow the radios to work effectively. It is the most beautiful iPhone case John Martellaro has ever seen, but it does have one small flaw. John sizes up this amazing but possibly flawed case.

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11:20
Doxie One Portable, Battery-Powered Scanner - Just $...

For just a few more days you can save $50 and get the Doxie One portable scanner for just $99. You don't even have to have your computer with you to scan with this thing. Scans are stored on an included 2GB SD Card, and then you can sync that to your Mac when you're ready (the scanner has a USB port in case your computer can't directly read SD cards - they thought of it all!). Full 300dpi sheets will scan in just eight seconds, and the Doxie app includes OCR and the ability to create searchable PDFs (among other formats). Upload directly to Evernote or Dropbox if that's your fancy. If you haven't gone paperless yet, this is your chance!

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10:51
EU to investigate Apple’s Irish tax practices

The European Commission will launch a formal investigation into Apple’s tax practices in Ireland, RTE reports. It’s expected that the commission will officially announce the investigation tomorrow. Apple CEO Tim Cook testified on Apple’s tax policies to a U.S. Senate subcommittee last year. Recently, a March report

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10:26
iPhoto for Mac: Troubleshooting ordering prints and...

Use these steps to troubleshoot Print Services issues.

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10:25
iTunes Radio adds ESPN Radio, local NPR stations

ESPN Radio and a number of local NPR stations are now available on iTunes Radio. The stations are notably live streaming stations, rather than customizable iTunes Radio stations. NPR launched its first iTunes Radio station, NPR News and Culture, in March. A search for…

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10:10
Xsan 2.3 or later: Deactivating a storage pool

It may be necessary to deactivate (down) an Xsan data storage pool in a volume, but retain access to data on other storage pools within the volume. You may need to do this if there is a LUN issue in an Xsan storage pool and Xsan clients are unable to mount the Xsan volume, for example.

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09:16
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-10

Apple has a different take on just how the information our personal tracking devices should be used, and that bit of information came out in a meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about just how differently Apple sees our personal information, and to share their hopes for a better future for Skype.

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07:49
Apple plans 1,000 in-house ad/marketing employees,...

Ad Age has a new comprehensive report on Apple’s shifting strategies in advertising and marketing, claiming the company is “madly building an internal agency that it’s telling recruits will eventually number 1,000.” The article starts with an anecdote about a pitch from Apple’s longtime ad agency partner TBWA/Media Arts…

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07:08
Apps: FIFA 2.0, Kindle 4.3, Sky Force 2014 + Sleep...

FIFA has updated its free FIFA Official App before the start of the World Cup this week. As one might expect, the updated app has more information about the World Cup, including the latest news, rosters, schedule, and information on the Brazilian stadiums and cities hosting the tournament. Another…

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06:20
Apparent Oleg Pliss iPhone Hackers Arrested

Two Russian men apparently linked to the iPhone lockout scam that hit Australia in May have been arrested. The two have been accused of remotely locking victim's iPhones and then demanding a ransom, and while authorities stopped short of saying they were involved on the Oleg Pliss attacks, their actions sound exactly the same.The Mac Observer Spin: Regardless of whether or not the real Oleg Pliss attackers are in custody, this is a great reminder to avoid offers that are too good to be true, and to stay away from websites that you think aren't trustworthy.

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05:04
Netflix Backs Down from ISP Speed Shaming

Netflix has backed down from its Internet bandwidth shaming campaign against Verizon, bringing an end to what the video streaming company called a trial run to let customers know why the movies they want to watch download slowly. After the warnings gained media attention, Verizon threatened legal action if Netflix didn't stop.The Mac Observer Spin: Netflix backed down, which means either Verizon won this round or Netflix played a gamble to force the ISP into more talks about bandwidth availability. Either way, it's pretty clear Verizon isn't interested in a Net Neutrality that's equally open for all data.

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Monday June 9

16:10
Apple Launches ‘Soccer Fever’ iTunes Collection of...

Apple launched a collection of apps and games in the App Store called "Soccer Fever." The move is timed for World Cup 2014, which begins this month in Brazil.

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15:46
Apple Sees Mobile Tech As Opportunity for Users to...

Apple sees mobile technology platforms, "as an opportunity for people to learn more about themselves," according to discussions held with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials. Highlights from the meeting show that Apple used the meeting to talk about medtech sensors, including a glucometer, regulations for such sensors, and the FDA's stance on apps dedicated to medical monitoring.

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15:10
Apple Configurator: Transitioning to Apple...

You can deploy Mac and iOS devices in education and business environments using Apple Configurator or the Apple Deployment Programs. This article helps you decide which to use.

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13:55
Get Scrivener, a Great Writing Tool, for Just $20

I have a great deal for you on Scrivener, a product I personally endorse in the strongest terms. Scrivener is a writing tool aimed at novelists, screenwriters, short story writers, and any other writers out there. I've been using it for almost three years to work on two novels, and I can't imagine using anything else. In addition to being wonderful for organizing your work into scenes and chapters, research documents, and more, it also has incredible output tools that can turn your manuscript into a Word doc for submission to the industry, an Epub file for iBooks, a Kindle file, a PDF, and many, many other formats. With our deal, you can get it for $20, less than half the retail price of $45, but you only have five more days to get it at that price. If you want more info on Scrivener, check out John Martellaro's review....

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13:15
MGG 505: WWDC Dissected - What it Means For Users

You've heard about the WWDC keynote, but you haven't heard a deep dive from the sessions yet. This year Apple loosened up the NDA such that attendees to the sessions can talk a little bit more detail than they could in the past. Dave was at most of those sessions, and he and John will deep dive into a few topics from there and, more importantly, how you, as a user, will be impacted by the changes now afforded to developers. After that, of course, it's time to answer your questions, and they piled up quite high over the past week. Lots to cover, and your geeks get to it all. Download today and enjoy!

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12:13
Dev: iOS 8 includes code for side-by-side apps

iOS 8’s SpringBoard includes code to run two apps side-by-side, according to a tweet from developer Steven Troughton-Smith. He notes that the code anticipates that side-by-side apps will be run at 1/4, 1/2, or 3/4 size. While a previous report noted that Apple would add split-screen multitasking to iOS…

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11:48
FOIA request reveals Apple, FDA medical sensor...

Apple and the FDA discussed Apple’s interest in including medical sensors in mobile devices, according to a report from Apple Toolbox, which filed a Freedom of Information Act request to gain insight into Apple’s December meeting with the FDA. The response notes that “[w]ith the potential for more sensors…

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11:46
Apple Addresses MacBook Air Battery Issue with...

Apple released MacBook Air SMC Update 2.0 on Monday to address a battery drain issue affecting the mid 2013 MacBook Air model. The problem occurs when the laptop lid is closed and the computer should otherwise be in a low power use mode.

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11:25
Report: Apple rejects apps rewarding video ads,...

Apple is now cracking down on apps that reward users for watching videos or sharing socially, according to TechCrunch. App developers are now reportedly receiving rejection notices as Apple cites sections 2.25 and 3.10 in its App Store Review Guidelines. Section 2.25 reads: “Apps that display Apps other…

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11:15
How Apple’s WWDC Keynote Blew Away All the Editorial...

There is nothing like a WWDC Keynote, a two hour glimpse into the psyche of Apple, to provide a solid picture of what the company is up to. Observers may or may not like the personality of Tim Cook or the current product line, but last week's keynote illustrates how the efforts of thousands of Apple engineers have come to fruition. It obliterated the Apple hysteria.

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11:07
Skype Announces Big Changes in Upcoming iPhone...

Microsoft has announced a redesign of Skype for iPhone on the Skype blog. This update is a big one, and includes not only some design changes but some speed updates as well.

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10:49
Apple’s iOS 8 Protects Mobile Privacy from Wi-Fi...

One of the improved privacy features of iOS 8 could also foil marketers tracking smartphone data. A Swiss scientist has revealed that MAC address tracking-a common method marketers (and also malware) can use to monitor mobile phones (and therefore customers) as they move through a store-is foiled by Apple's latest iOS 8 beta releases.The Mac Observer Spin: It's nice to see this baked into iOS, rather than it being a separate utility. It would be nice if this became the norm.

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10:06
Apple looking for ‘high-profile’ corporate...

Apple is hoping to find some “high-profile external candidates” in its search for a new VP of worldwide corporate communications, Re/Code reports. The company is looking to fill the position vacated by longtime PR chief Katie Cotton, whose retirement was announced last month. CEO Tim Cook is reportedly…

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09:43
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-09

Apple bought the location discovery app company Spotsetter, but not to get into the social networking business. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about what's really behind the purchase, and to explain what today's 7-to-1 stock split means for Apple investors.

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08:45
Apple Doesn’t Need to Be First to Home Automation;...

Last week at WWDC Apple quickly announced HomeKit, the company's home automation framework for developers. Many folks have been asking if Apple is too late with this; if the market is already saturated such that there's no room for Apple (or any other new "platform"). It's possible that Apple is late to the party, but I will offer this: Apple is rarely first at anything, but Apple is often the best.

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07:52
Wells Fargo Analyst Adjusts AAPL Target Following...

Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um has lowered his target price range for Apple's stock to reflect its value following Monday morning's 7-to-1 stock split. His new 12 month target price range is between US$86 and $93, and was between $388 and $645 last week before the stock split.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's stock is already trading above Mr. Um's target range. That doesn't, however, mean he's underestimating how it will perform over the next 12 months.

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07:39
iOS 8 randomizes MAC addresses when searching for Wi...

As tweeted by Swiss programmer Frederic Jacobs on Sunday, iOS 8 will randomize a device’s MAC address while scanning for available Wi-Fi networks. Companies are currently able to use device-specific MAC addresses to track the location of devices — for instance, MAC addresses allow retailers to recognize if…

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07:06
New photos of alleged iPhone 6 rear shell surface

New photos of the alleged 4.7” iPhone 6 rear shell have surfaced on Xiaolongchakan.com. The new photos match another photo of the alleged shell in late May, albeit without a sticker on the shell. It now appears as if the majority of the…

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06:24
Researchers Find Yet Another Major OPenSSL Security...

As if Heartbleed wasn't enough of a headache for OpenSSL, security researchers have found another major flaw that lets attackers bypass the protocol's encryption without being detected. The flaw exploits the OpenSSL handshake to force sending and receiving computers to use weak passwords attackers can decrypt through man in the middle attacks.The Mac Observer Spin: OpenSSL is a powerful tool for encrypting information passing between your computer and Web servers, but this threat and Heartbleed show it isn't necessarily as safe as previously thought. The OpenSSL team is stretched thin, so there just isn't enough manpower to stay on top of every security issue. Translation: Don't blindly assume the information passing between your computer and Internet servers is always encrypted.

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04:54
AAPL 7-to-1 Stock Split Trading Starts Today, Over $...

After closing on Friday at US$645.57, Apple's stock is trading in the pre-market Monday morning around $92. That drop doesn't, however, indicate a decrease in Apple's stock value but instead comes from the promised 7-to-1 stock split scheduled to take effect today.

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04:46
Dr. Dre profile highlights perfectionism, mysterious...

A Wall Street Journal profile of Beats Electronics co-founder and new Apple executive Dr. Dre says that the vaunted producer and rapper is a perfectionist, and “serves as Beats’ ‘cultural barometer’ of what is cool,” but uses a “mysterious process” and is “rarely seen at Beats headquarters.” In detailing…

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04:11
Report: Apple Maps improvements derailed by internal...

A new report from TechCrunch purports to explain the absence of major improvements this year to Maps, Apple’s iOS and OS X competitor to Google Maps, blaming bad “planning, project management, and internal politics” for delays of features that were expected to debut at the Worldwide Developers’ Conference (WWDC)…

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03:29
Episode Nine – Change the People

Pardon the break, we’re back with a long-ago recorded episode to give you all flashbacks to the MacIT conference, audibly. Hopefully the sound quality is passable, as it was recorded under less-than ideal conditions, but what an episode! We have Duncan McCracken, newly added to the advisory board of the MacIT conference, being prodded by Charles Edge (returning host and now former CTO of 318, Inc.) about Australian Rules ‘Football’ and animals down under. Originally titled ‘#@$% Off Nerds, This is Sportland’, we somehow skipped the need for an explicit tag. And as the delay in the publishing of this episode might lead one to suspect, this may very well end season one. It’s been a great run, and my thanks to all of the participants and listeners for helping me entertain y’all up until now.Special thanks indeed to Mike Boylan, Pepijn Bruienne, Charles Edge, Graham Gilbert, Luis Giraldo, Sam Keeley, Andrina Kelly, Michael Lynn, Ed Marczak, Seb Nash, Derick Okihara, Tim Perfitt...

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Saturday June 7

06:30
How to Run iPhone Apps on iPad (and Why You’d Want...

Most apps for iPhone and iPod touch can be used with iPad, but they might not take advantage of the larger screen. Sandro Cuccia shows you how to find and use apps specific to the small-screen devices, and why you might want to.

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Friday June 6

13:15
3 Free iOS Games for Sodoku, Word Jumble, and...

Flabby brains equal more senior moments. Vern Seward offers a cure in this week's Free on iTunes with 3 puzzlers for iOS. Sudoku:), Word Search, and Crossword Jewels.

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13:04
Apple Stores to Offer Pre-Paid and Month-to-Month...

Apple stores will soon be able to connect a newly purchased (full price) iPhone to a pre-paid or month-to-month plan right in the store. Right now a full-price phone can only be connected in a carrier store or to a separately purchased pre-paid SIM card.

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12:51
Last Chance to Get Borderlands 2 for Mac for $9.99

We have a deal for Mac gamers today: you can get Borderlands 2 for Mac for US$9.99, which is half off the retail price. It's a great deal, but it expires in one day. That means if you want it, you should hop on it, and pronto. There's a trailer for the game on the deal listing, and it's been described as, "pure, unadulterated, shoot-em-up fun thatâs wrapped in an absurd, colorful, and interactive package," though it may not be for the squeamish. Have fun!

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12:47
iLounge Weekly arrives Monday, giveaway reminder

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

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12:29
Lego + Sugru = Organized Keys and Cables

If you aren't familiar with Sugru, it is a miracle substance that starts sort of rubbery and after it cures it becomes silicone. It's one of the common fixes for frayed cables, so common that Sugru now comes in white for those wanting a less obvious repair for their Apple cables. Sugru highlights some of the neater hacks on its site, and the latest one making the rounds at TMO Towers is a Lego hack. Here's the scoop: Take some Sugru and attach a flat plate to the desired surface, attach a Lego minifig, and let the little Lego guy hold your Lightning cable. You can also attach a Lego brick to your keys, and attach your keys to the same plate. Lego/Sugru hacks are relatively common, check out the site for a bit of inspiration.

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12:16
Apple Buys Spotsetter, a Social Discovery Engine for...

Apple has bought Spotsetter, a company that provides a socially-sourced discovery engine for locations. Without naming sources, TechCrunch reported that Apple bought the company in order to acquire both the technology and the company's founders.

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11:38
iLounge Game Spotlight: Final Kick, Penalty Cup...

This week, we’ll be taking a look at three recent soccer games that have hit the App Store in time for the World Cup, which starts next week. First up are Final Kick (free) and the laboriously titled Penalty Cup Soccer 2014 — World Edition: Football Champion of…

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11:33
Netflix, Verizon, and Net Neutrality: the Ongoing...

Netflix and Verizon are fighting over Verizon's right to throttle traffic, Netflix's right to have its data delivered to customers, and customers' rights to get the data they're paying for. Netflix recently began telling customers that Netflix was reponsible for any streaming issues, and on Thursday, Verizon fired off a cease and desist letter demanding that Netflix stop.

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11:29
Report: Apple acquires social search engine...

Apple has acquired Spotsetter, a social search engine, TechCrunch reports. According to Spotsetter’s website, the search engine “provides personalized recommendations for places to go.” The deal was reportedly made to acquire Spotsetter’s technology and its two founders, Stephen Tse and Johnny Lee, with some of the Spotsetter team…

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11:19
In-app purchased content is not deployed to managed...

In-app purchased content is designed to be downloaded using the app that offers the content. This content isn't deployed from Apple Configurator, Mobile Device Management (MDM) or Profile Manager.

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10:51
Apple Reportedly Planning Wearable Media Event for...

Apple is planning to unveil its highly-anticipated and much rumored foray into wearable computing-a.k.a. the iWatch-in October, according to online reports. Citing unnamed sources, Re/code's John Paczkowski said that Apple "hopes to schedule a special event [in October] to show off the device."

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10:21
Apple to intro in-store prepaid and month-to-month...

Apple is readying prepaid and month-to-month plans for iPhones in its retail stores, 9to5Mac reports. A source claims the move is being made to boost iPhone sales. Customers will soon be able to purchase a full-price iPhone, and then connect it to prepaid or month-to-month calling and data plans…

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10:06
The CIA Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny Its First Tweet

There is so much to say about the CIA's new Twitter account, starting with the fact that the CIA has a new Twitter account. Twitter says that it's verified, too. It's the spy agency's first tweet, however, that has gone almost instantaneously viral. "We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet." That's brilliant, and it's hilarious to see that someone at the CIA has a sense of humor, even if there is little that is funny about what it does. The tweet is 20 minutes old as of this writing, and in that time, it has been retweeted 17,000 times and the agency itself has gained 20,000 followers.

We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet.
- CIA (@CIA) June 6, 2014

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09:29
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-06

Verizon and Netflix are fighting over Net Neutrality and claims that they're both throttling streaming video. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to sort through what's happening and why it matters consumers, plus they take a look at Apple's decision to use the HealthKit name even though there's already another company using it and offering similar services.

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06:19
PayPal looking to integrate Touch ID into mobile...

PayPal is “moving quickly” to integrate the iPhone 5s’ Touch ID into its mobile payment apps, Business Insider reports. PayPal developers recently attended a session on Touch ID at WWDC. “It seems to be a fairly easy API to use, but we’re still kicking the tires,” a source from…

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06:16
Poll: What new feature are you most looking forward...

With Apple having taken the wraps off iOS 8 at this week’s Worldwide Developers Conference, we’re curious to know what you, our readers, think is the single most significant feature that was announced this week. Does the idea of seamlessly integrating your Mac, iPhone, and iPad experience with Apple’s new…

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05:55
Report: Apple employees reveal issues with iTunes...

The development of Apple’s iTunes Radio and Ping suffered from shortsighted management, and Apple engineers often preferred to use Spotify and Pandora, according to a new report from Buzzfeed, which interviewed both former and current Apple employees. “Pandora is an awesome radio that blows iTunes Radio out of the…

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05:28
Apple Chips in $2M to Help Offset Tax Payer Super...

Apple, Google, and several other tech companies have chipped in US$2 million each to help defer taxpayer costs for Super Bowl 50, which will be hosted in San Jose. The contributions are part of a $40 million fund started by the Super Bowl Host Committee.The Mac Observer Spin: It's nice to see big companies doing something to help keep down the bill tax payers will get stuck with because the Super Bowl is coming to town. Even better would be to find a way to fund the event so tax payers don't have to pick up any of the tab.

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05:22
Report: iWatch to have October launch, curved OLED...

Apple’s rumored iWatch will launch in October with a curved OLED touchscreen, Nikkei Asian Review reports. The report, which only refers to the device as “a wearable health-monitoring device” and “watch-like wearable gear,” claims iWatch will run on iOS 8 and use biometric sensors to collect health data. Apple…

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04:25
OS X: Archiving Messages from Apple Mail

If youâre the kind of person whoâs got 47,000 messages in his inbox, then you might also be the kind of person whoâd like to learn how to archive some of those emails out of the Mail program. This simple process can clean up your inbox and any other mailboxes you have while still letting you access your old messages if you need to in the future. Come on in to find out how!

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Thursday June 5

14:22
Apple, Google, and Facebook CEOS Sign Open Letter...

The CEOs of Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Facebook (among others) added their names to an open letter to the US Senate as part of the Reset The Net campaign. The letter urges better protections for U.S. consumers than those provided under the House version of the USA Freedom Act.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple and Microsoft and Facebook and Google agree this is a bad scene. What more do you need to know?

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14:10
OS X Yosemite: System Requirements and Resources

If you're planning to try the public Beta of OS X Yosemite, you'll want to refer to the Macintosh System requirements.
Plus, we've included some helpful Yosemite links, all in one place.

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13:58
Sprint Reportedly Near to a Deal to Buyout T-Mobile

Sprint and T-Mobile are "zeroing in" on terms of a deal that would have Sprint-the 3rd largest wireless carrier in the U.S.-buy T-Mobile-the 4th largest carrier-for US$32 billion. According to The New York Times's DealBook column, the price has been more or less agreed to, but other aspects of the deal still have to be worked out, and it could be some time before it is announced.

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13:08
Apple Gets a Cameo in New Beats By Dre Video

A new video from Beats by Dre, titled "The Game Before The Game," features Apple in a couple of notable cameos among other celebrity appearances.

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12:42
Philips reveals iOS 8 Hue widget concept

Philips, maker of the Hue smart bulb, has tweeted a concept prototype showing Hue being used within an iOS 8 widget. The concept shows the widget within Notification Center — a user could simply swipe down to change the lighting in a room set up with Hue bulbs.

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12:40
OS X Yosemite Features Explained and Ranked

As with all OS X releases, Apple has added plenty of new features to Yosemite. How do these features rank in terms of usefulness and likely wide adoption? Which ones will become signature features? John Martellaro sizes them up.

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11:32
Apps: Angry Birds Space 2.0, Catan 4.0.5, Disney...

Rovio is claiming its newest update for Angry Birds Space ($1) is its biggest update ever, and has given it a fitting name: Beak Impact. The new episode in version 2.0.0 introduces 40 new levels, in addition to 10 bonus levels. Players can unlock bonus levels by, strangely enough,…

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10:44
Apple’s Jony Ive and Bono Will Talk About (RED) at...

Apple's designer-in-chief, Sir Jony Ive, will join U2 frontman Bono at the Cannes film Festival to talk about (RED), the AIDS charity cofounded by Bono. The two will be talking about (RED)' success in working with corporate partners like Apple, the charity's single biggest contributor.

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10:23
Griffin Wired Keyboard for iOS Devices Eliminates...

The Griffin wired keyboard for iOS devices is designed for those who, well, donât like Bluetooth or work in environments where Bluetooth isn't practical or allowed when needed. For example, classrooms, government offices and commercial flights. This full-size keyboard solves that problem. Plus it doesn't need batteries.

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10:01
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-05

Netflix subscribers won't need to install Microsoft's Silverlight on their Macs once OS X Yosemite ships, so Jeff Gamet invited Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro back to share their take on why that's a big deal. They also have plenty to say about the convergence of OS X and iOS, and why that may not mean exactly what you think.

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07:15
AAPL Stock Split: What You Need to Know

Apple's 7-to-1 stock split is only a couple days away, and the company said that the change applies to share holders on record as of June 2. With one date behind us now, and the other fast approaching, what does that mean for your Apple stock, especially since it's still trading? Read on to find out.

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06:16
Apple reveals more Family Sharing details

Apple has set up a FAQ within iTunes Connect for Family Sharing in iOS 8, and it reveals more details about the upcoming feature. The feature lets up to six family members share iTunes, Books, and App Store content through the credit card of one adult with an Apple ID,…

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06:03
Australian Company Claims Apple Stole HealthKit Name

Apple's HealthKit fitness tracking platform for iOS 8 has plenty of people excited, but it has Alison Hardacre angry and disappointed. That's because Ms. Hardacre is the co-founder of HealthKit, an Australia-based company that lets users track their health and fitness online, and then share that information with their doctors.The Mac Observer Spin: This isn't the first time Apple has jumped on a name that's already taken. Typically, Apple follows up with negotiations and strikes a deal. It'll be a pain for the Australian HealthKit, but it's business as usual for Apple.

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05:28
Apple producing more ads in-house

Apple is now producing more of its own television advertisements, Reuters reports. The company is decreasing its reliance on longtime ad agency partner TBWA\Chiat\Day, as Apple is “seeking a fresh approach to regain advertising as one of its key competitive advantages.” Recent iPad ads, including the iPad Air “Pencil”…

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04:39
Apple Pushes Health and Fitness in New iPhone 5S Ad

Apple is serious about the move into health and fitness tracking, and its latest iPhone 5S commercial makes that very clear. The ad, called "Strength," showcases the iPhone 5S as an important part of user's fitness routines along with third party devices like step trackers and smart scales.The Mac Observer Spin: Health and fitness is clearly far more than an afterthought for Apple. Get ready for more apps, devices, and of course ads.

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04:00
One Year of Unlimited BackBlaze Backup: $24.99 (ends...

Our deal partners at StackSocial and friends at BackBlaze have teamed up to offer this killer deal. $25 for a full year of unlimited online backup is pretty darned hard to beat (tomorrow this deal expires and that price doubles back up to $50). I've used BackBlaze over the years and they truly are a Mac-first type of shop. Their Mac interface is a first-class, native Mac application and it works every time. Configuration is as easy or complex as you want it to be, and you'll be backing online up in no time. All of this, of course, is seated on top of BackBlaze's own, secure data center, and your data is encrypted in transit, too. If you don't already have BackBlaze, go grab this deal. $25 for one year isn't a price you'll get tomorrow for anything this good.

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Wednesday June 4

13:29
ACM 257: WWDC 2014 Roundup

Apple hosted its annual keynote presentation at Worldwide Developer Conference this week, so Jeff and Bryan have plenty to talk about. They took a look at what they like from iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, how Apple is marginalizing Google branding in searches, the move towards smart home control, health and fitness tracking, and more.

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12:05
How to Interpret What You Saw in the WWDC Keynote

In the past, the WWDC keynote was not available for public viewing, so if you watched it, you may have been a bit confused about some things that were said and done. John Martellaro explains.

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10:29
What's new in iAd Workbench?

June 2014 update

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10:06
China Media Wants Apple, Others Punished for Being...

China state media outlet, China Daily, is demanding the government dole out sever punishment to Apple, Google, Microsoft, and other big tech companies for acting as pawns of the U.S. government to steal secret information. The news outlet alleges the companies it is targeting worked as U.S. government agents to monitor Internet activity in China, although it isn't saying what type of data was stolen.The Mac Observer Spin: This smells of political posturing and has the potential to be a big headache for tech companies regardless of how complicit they may or may not have been with the NSA.

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09:40
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-04

If you think Apple needs a new hardware platform to handle all of the smart home and fitness features iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite can offer, think again. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explain why the iPhone is Apple's manage-everything-device, and they explain why the public beta of OS X Yosemite won't be a smart choice for everyone.

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09:32
UAG Case for iPhone 5/5s Meets Military Drop-Test...

Urban Armor Gear has released sturdy, attractive, cases for iPhone 5/5s. The armor shell and silicone interior emphasize impact resistance and MIL-STD drop protection, but the case is also low in weight. It's available in seven colors. An added feature is the unique, oversized volume buttons.

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08:11
iOS 8 adds new MIDI and other audio enhancements

Additional information from WWDC this week reveals that Apple plans to introduce new audio enhancements in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, including new CoreAudio and CoreMIDI APIs that will include support for MIDI over Bluetooth LE and enhancements to Apple’s iOS inter-app audio feature. While…

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05:28
Netflix Finally Moves Away from Silverlight with OS...

Netflix is finally moving away from Microsoft's Silverlight for video streaming on the Mac, at least for OS X Yosemite users. The company said it is instead relying on a feature called Media Source Extensions which will give subscribers 1080p quality video without taxing your Mac's CPU or battery.The Mac Observer Spin: Finally! We'll be able to watch Netflix streaming on our Macs without having to install yet another proprietary media streaming plug-in.

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05:13
Report: Apple plans Lightning cable MFi headphones

Apple has added a specification to its Made For iPhone/iPad/iPod program allowing manufacturers to create headphones with Lightning connectors, rather than traditional 3.5mm headphone plugs, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. While not currently supported by iOS devices, Lightning headphone support will be enabled in a…

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04:40
iOS 7: Organizing Books into Collections

Do you read a lot on your iOS devices? Then this tipâll help you stay more organized. Whether you want to put your books into Collections sorted by author, by genre, or by whether or not youâve read them, weâll give you the lowdown.

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Tuesday June 3

15:30
Apple Lays Ground Work for Disrupting Google’s...

There were a few themes that were clear in Monday's keynote from Apple's World Wide Developer Conference, but something that may have been overlooked were clues that Apple wants to cut into Google's search business.

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12:54
More About Patrick Kane, the Kid With The Bionic Arm

Apple kicked off WWDC on Monday with a thank you note to developers. Part of that video features Patrick Kane, a UK teenager with a prosthetic hand that works in conjunction with an iOS app to memorize different grips and switch between them easily. An online profile of the young man offers a glimpse into how he uses his iPhone with his prosthetic.

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12:46
Apple Posts WWDC Thank You Note to Developers Video

Apple kicked off WWDC on Monday with a keynote address, and that keynote address started with a video. It's a "thank you note to developers," according to Apple, who posted the video on YouTube. What I thought was interesting was all the people describing developers, because each of them looked like a developer to me. To be fair I live in Portland so my sense of many things is a little warped, but if the end of the video said all those people actually were developers I wouldn't have been surprised. See for yourself below:

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12:42
Apple Eases Up on iOS, OS X Beta Secrecy

Apple is taking a less restrictive stance on secrecy surrounding the upcoming releases of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite by letting developers talk more openly about the operating systems instead of clamping down with a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) that stops them from saying anything at all. The change doesn't mean developers can talk openly about everything they're experiencing in the beta operating systems, but it will let them discuss features Apple has already highlighted at its Worldwide Developer Conference without fear of repercussion.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple wasn't stopping developers from talking about keynote announcements from previous WWDC events, so it made sense to change the agreement wording to match the company's intent. Good move, Apple.

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12:30
Are You Ready for Apple’s Next Hardware Platform?...

There has been plenty of agitation for Apple to pull the next generation hardware technology out of a magician's hat. That thinking jumps the gun because Apple already has the ultimate hardware platforms in place to support its "Kit" initiatives. One of them is called the iPhone.

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12:14
Apple Signals New Stance on Bitcoins and Other...

Apple has signaled a new stance on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies with a change to its App Review Guidelines for the App Store. Though Bitcoin wasn't mentioned by name, for the first time Apple specifically stipulated that the "transmission" of "approved virtual currencies" would be allowed, a reversal from an unstated position that resulted in all Bitcoin wallets being kicked out of the App Store.

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11:59
Xcode 6 contains resizable iPad, iPhone simulators

Apple’s Xcode 6 contains a new feature that lets developers test interfaces for “resizable iPhones” and “resizable iPads.” Allowing for adjustments for both devices alludes to possible new resolutions for both iPhone and iPad devices. While 4.7” and 5.5” iPhone models are expected at this point, allowing developers to adjust…

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11:59
Apple announces Controller Forwarding feature

Apple announced a new Controller Forwarding feature in a closed presentation Monday at WWDC, 9to5Mac reports. The feature would allow MFi iPhone controllers to act as controllers for iPads and Macs. Additionally, the iPhone’s touchscreen and motion control could also be used as a controller for those devices. These…

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11:25
Apps: Google+ 4.7, Instagram 6.0, Toca Town, Vivaldi...

Google has updated its Google+ (free) iOS app to version 4.7.0. The updated app introduces Google+ Stories, which combine photos, videos, and places into trip summaries. A new photo editor featuring filters and other creative tools has also been added. Users can now check out total content views within…

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11:25
Reset The Net On June 5: Taking Back Online Privacy

June 5 is the day we Reset the Net, according to nonprofit Fight for the Future and raise privacy awareness. This means taking personal action to help secure some data, whether you're a user, developer or site owner.The Mac Observer Spin: This is a great idea, and I hope they're sucessful. A lot of the suggestions for tools are easy to use, so even more people can take basic steps. I really like the possibility that this could help keep governments from breathing down my neck, my own included. Add in the options for developers of apps and of websites, and it could really make a difference.

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10:49
Razer introduces Junglecat iPhone game controller

Razer has introduced Junglecat ($100), a game controller for iPhone 5/5s. The Junglecat is a sliding keyboard built into an iPhone case — it slides out from under the case with a d-pad, pause button, four action buttons and two bumper buttons. A Junglecat companion app lets users remap…

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10:47
Patchoo! Casper patching done right.

 Patchoo is here and aims to bring some Munki-esque features and workflow to Casper. We all know that Casper has some gaps around patch deployment. Whilst Casper 9 somewhat improves capabilities there is still no cohesive way for an end user to install 3rd party and Apple Software Updates. Munki does this (and much more) effortlessly.There have been many discussions and great scripts shared on JAMFnation, but again none of them could bring the same user experience and admin capabilities that Munki could provide. Originally Patchoo started life with a even sillier name (munki for jamf a.k.a. junki) and was a project to integrate munki into Casper by pulling data from the JSS. After a lot of head scratching, I couldn’t come up with...

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10:40
Antagonism and Arrogance - Tim Cook Personifies...

Apple was launching some amazing new features, but Tim Cook decided to mock their rivals instead of being positive. Charlotte Henry thinks this is a mistake.

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09:47
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-03

It's day two at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference and Dave Hamilton took time out of his busy on-location schedule to join Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin to share his take on Monday's announcements. They also discuss Apple's apparent move to control more of our search experience and how that may impact Google.

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08:58
Swiftkey - Officially Coming to an iPhone Near You

Swiftkey announced on Tuesday that it would bring its namesake keyboard replacement to iOS 8 when it's released later this year. A key feature in iOS 8 is the ability to support third party keyboard replacements like Swiftkey through Extensions, and not surprisingly, Swiftkey said it was rather pleased by the announcement.

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06:54
Apple Design Award Winners 2014: Sky Guide, Monument...

Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference kicked off on Monday with plenty of excitement about iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, and wrapped up later in the day with the unveiling of its Apple Design Award winners. This year's winning apps included Sky View: View Stars Night or Day, Monument Valley, and more.

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06:03
iOS 8 gets Wi-Fi Calling Support, T-Mobile Already...

When iOS 8 launches this fall, it'll include a great feature that wasn't mentioned in Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote event on Monday: Wi-Fi calling support. The feature lets Wi-Fi networks handle voice calls -- saving user's talk minutes -- and T-Mobile has already committed to let its iPhone customers join in.The Mac Observer Spin: Wi-Fi calling support has already been available to Android and Windows smartphone users, so it's nice to see Apple finally getting on board. Now we just need Verizon and AT&T to let their customers use the feature, too.

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06:00
T-Mobile announces support for iOS 8 Wi-Fi Calling

T-Mobile announced it will support Wi-Fi Calling on the iPhone with iOS 8, which was quietly introduced by Apple on Monday. This feature will allow T-Mobile customers to place calls and send messages even in areas of poor cellular service, as long as there’s a Wi-Fi network. T-Mobile…

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05:32
Apple updates app guidelines to allow ‘approved’...

Apple has updated its App Store Review Guidelines to allow transmission of certain approved virtual currencies, Reuters reports. Section 11.17 in the guidelines states: “Apps may facilitate transmission of approved virtual currencies provided that they do so in compliance with all state and federal laws for the territories…

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04:54
How to Join Apple’s OS X Yosemite Beta Program

Apple announced OS X Yosemite during a keynote presentation on Monday at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco. The major update won't be ready until this fall, but Apple is offering a public beta some time this summer. You'll need to sign up to get your hands on the public beta, and it's easy to do.

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Monday June 2

17:57
Trent Reznor Confirms He’s Still CCO At Apple’s...

Trent Reznor settles conflicting reports about his job at Beats Music by personally confirming (via Twitter) he's still part of the company and looking forward to working with Apple.

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17:27
Apple Offers (Temporary) 50GB of Free iCloud Storage...

Apple is offering developers 50GB of free iCloud storage so that can test new features such as iCloud Drive and iCloud Photo Library. The offer is temporary and expires on November 1st, 2014, and it's open to registered developers.

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16:03
Analyst: WWDC Announcements Should’ve Included...

Apple's two hour keynote event to kick off its annual Worldwide Developer Conference Monday morning was filled with details about OS X Yosemite, iOS 8, and developer tools, but it didn't include any new hardware announcements, and Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um says that was a disappointment.The Mac Observer Spin: No new hardware at WWDC isn't a cause for disappointment. Had Apple failed to show any level of innovation during the keynote would've been more of a concern, and there was plenty to be pleased with from HealthKit to app extensibility in iOS 8, to improved file sharing and syncing, and more. The hardware will come, and it'll get its own media event.

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15:30
The Most Important Things Apple Showed us During the...

There were a lot of exciting announcements during the WWDC 2014 Keynote. Some were breathtaking and some were just evolutionary cool. John Martellaro presents his list of the things that lit him up the most.

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14:50
So Long, iPhone 4: Apple Drops Support in iOS 8

The iPhone 4 joined the ranks of the original iPhone, iPhone 3 and iPhone 3GS on Monday as another device Apple is leaving behind. When iOS 8 ships this fall, it won't include support the older iPhone model, which means you'll need at least an iPhone 4S to try out the new features Apple announced earlier today.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple maintains backwards compatibility for older hardware longer than many other companies do, but it isn't surprising to see the iPhone 4 dropped from the supported device list for iOS 8. Running iOS 7 on the iPhone 4 was frustrating, and several features weren't supported at all. iOS 8 would've been an exercise in pain on the iPhone 4.

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14:09
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-02

Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developer Conference with a two hour keynote event showing off OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about some of their favorite announcements and take a look at some of what they think will follow now that we know HealthKit and HomeKit are official products.

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13:29
Apple’s Stock Steady Considering Lack of Product...

Shares of Apple's stock held remarkably steady on Monday considering the lack of new hardware announcements or other new products during the company's annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote. The stock lost some 0.69 percent in strong volume to close at US$628.65, down $4.35, on strong volume of 13.2 million shares trading hands.

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12:58
WWDC14: Why No New Hardware Was Announced

There was plenty of expectation that Apple would inject some hardware excitement into the WWDC keynote, but it didn't happen. Apple has introduced hardware in the past at this event, but in this year's event, Apple had bigger fish to fry.

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12:56
iOS 8: More New Features, Revealed

Every time Apple introduces a new operating system, there are always features that either only get mentioned in a giant list on a slide behind the presenter, or go completely unspoken and are only discovered once people begin playing around with it. iOS 8 is no different; in addition to…

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12:43
Apple’s WWDC Keynote Recording Available Now

Apple very swiftly made Monday's keynote even from its annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) availability. The video is available on the same webpage where it was originally streamed, and it was posted within an hour of the keynote ending.

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11:52
Apple Announces Support for Third Party Keyboards in...

Apple announced support for third party keyboards in iOS 8, correcting a long-standing shortcoming of the mobile operating system. The support is part of Extensions, a new feature in iOS 8 that allows features in an app to be extended to other applications.

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11:45
iOS8: Apple Debuts Home HomeKit at WWDC

During Apple's Worldwide Developer conference, Craig Federighi Senior Vice President of Software Engineering introduced HomeKit. It's not a new piece of hardware. Rather, it's a framework for makers of home automation devices to integrate with iOS.

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10:59
Apple Adds ‘Hey, Siri’ Voice Command to Activate...

Apple's announced several new features for Siri during the company's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote address on Monday, including the ability to activate the service by just saying, "Hey, Siri." The feature is similar to Google's "OK Google" command in Android and Glass, and works when your device is pared with your car.

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10:54
Apple Opens iOS to Developers through Extensibility

Apple made both developers and end users happy on Monday with the introduction of extensibility as a new feature in iOS 8. Extensibility will let developers build apps that interact with each other and share information, but without giving up the security sandboxing brings to the iPhone and iPad.

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10:50
Apple debuts Swift, new development language

Today at its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple took the wraps off Swift, an entirely new development language for iOS, effectively replacing the requirement for developers to use Objective-C. Swift provides developers with a simpler and higher-performance development language to build apps in, eliminating many of the common…

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10:43
Apple debuts HomeKit as home automation solution

Apple has debuted HomeKit, a common network protocol with secure pairing that will let an iPhone control locks, lights, cameras, doors, thermostats, plugs, and switches. A recent report noted Apple would be debuting a home automation platform at WWDC, and this system ties together offerings across a number of…

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10:30
iOS 8: Family Sharing brings group Calendars,...

Apple is making sharing schedules, apps, music and more, easier through a new iOS 8 feature dubbed iOS 8. The feature was introduced during the company's keynote event at its annual Worldwide Development Conference in San Francisco on Monday.

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10:14
Apple debuts HealthKit, iOS app named Health

Apple has introduced HealthKit during the company’s introduction of iOS 8. HealthKit is a one-stop feature in iOS 8 for health apps to integrate in one place; Apple also introduced a new Health app. The previously rumored feature has been referred to as Healthbook in the past.

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10:11
iOS 8: HealthKit for the iPhone Appears at WWDC

During the WWDC Keynote, Craig Federighi outlined some of the features of HealthKit, one of the new pieces of iOS 8.

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09:55
Apple Announces iOS 8 at WWDC with Improved...

Craig Federighi announced iOS 8 during the Keynote address at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference Monday. The new version includes an improved Notification Center, gestures for quickly responding to messages, an updated version of Safari for the iPad, and more.

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09:52
Apple Announced OS X Yosemite Public Beta

Apple is giving developers access to the beta version of OS X Yosemite now, and will let the public get in on the beta action some time this summer. The company tried out the public beta program with OS X 10.9.3, and now is ready to do the same with its next major Mac OS upgrade.

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09:30
Apple takes on Dropbox with iCloud Drive

Apple's Craig Federighi unveiled iCloud Drive as a new feature for OS X Yosemite during the company's Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday. The feature lets users store files on iCloud, and sync them between their Macs and Windows PCs, much like Dropbox.

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09:14
Apple Announces Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite at WWDC

During the keynote at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, Craig Federighi announced the latest version of Mac OS, verison 10.10, or Yosemite.

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06:54
Alleged OS X 10.10 Screenshots Appear ahead of WWDC...

It isn't any secret that Apple will be showing off OS X 10.10 during its Worldwide Developer Conference keynote event Monday morning, but until now there have't been any images showing what to expect from the next version of the Mac operating system. Four photos, however, appeared -- and then were pulled -- at Reddit showing a more iOS 7-like flat look is in store for the next OS X update.The Mac Observer Spin: Regardless of whether or not these leaked OS X 10.10 photos are legit, it makes sense that the Mac OS will start to look more like iOS over time.

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06:00
Securing a Munki deployment with Puppet SSL...

Munki and Puppet have become very popular tools in the last few years, and make a great team for Mac management.  While Puppet is inherently secure due to its use of client-certificate based SSL for all communication, most Munki deployments still run over plaintext HTTP.  One of the best features of Puppet is its included Certificate Authority, and we can make great use of this to secure other services such as Munki.Running Munki over HTTP is problematic for two reasons. First, it leaves organizations open to man-in-the-middle attacks, whereby an attacker can compromise a machine with Munki installed by spoofing the DNS entry for the server hosting the repository.  By doing this, clients will check into the attacker’s server and install any software or configuration presented.  This can easily result in compromised machines, and this is especially important for machines which leave a secure campus network.The second issue with having a Munki repository served over HTTP is that the...

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05:17
Apple TV gets WWDC 2014 Keynote Live Stream Channel

Apple added its Worldwide Developer Conference keynote live stream channel to Apple TV Monday morning, giving everyone that can't be at the event another way to watch as it happens. The channel should appear automatically, and promises to start streaming at 10AM pacific time when the keynote begins.

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05:04
WWDC 2014: All The News You Want To See

The 2014 keynote event at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) begins today at 1PM Eastern / 10AM Pacific Time, and a live video stream of the event will be available at this link and via the Apple Events channel on Apple TVs. A number of announcements are expected…

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04:22
TMO Live Coverage: Apple’s 2014 WWDC Keynote

Apple's 2014 Worldwide Developer Conference keynote is set to start at 10AM pacific time on Monday, June 2, and The Mac Observer will be there to cover all of the news and announcements. CEO Tim Cook is expected to take the stage to show off iOS 8 and OS X 10.10, and other big announcements about home automation and the company's move into the health and fitness tracking market may be on the schedule, too.

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Saturday May 31

17:24
Looking Forward to MacTech Conference 2014

It’s hard to believe, but the fifth, yes the fifth, annual MacTech conference will be held this year in Los Angeles, CA at the beautiful Manhattan Beach Marriott from November 5th-7th, with a full day of pre-conference workshops occurring on November 4th. I’ve been fortunate enough to have been able to attend MacTech Conference every year since it’s inception, and trust me, it is not an event you’ll want to miss. MacTech Conference consistently has some of the best session content from some of the most talented speakers in the industry along with the best evening networking-building events you’ll ever experience, period.It may seem a bit early to begin thinking about/planning for a conference that isn’t until November, but the discounted room rate for the hotel (link below) is expected to sell out quickly. Also, MacTech is offering an amazing “super early bird” discount price of just $899 until June 15th. That’s a $600 savings over the normal cost of a ticket.Highlights to...

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06:30
How to Do Ad Hoc Backups of Your Calendar, Reminders...

Software installed on all Macs include three important apps: Calendar, Reminders and Contacts. Perhaps, as with most users, these apps manage many aspects of your lives. While you may be backing up this data via automated processes, there are ways to perform impromptu archives. Sandro Cuccia shows you how.

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Friday May 30

18:48
Bandojo Lets You Play Music Even If You’ve Never...

Bandojo, an iOS app from a team that includes Andrew Stone of Twittelator (and Videator, and Stone Design) fame, allows both musicians and non-musicians to explore and play music, regardless of experience. The software has over a dozen built-in soundscapes on top of which you can play one of a number of different solo instruments. You choose notes by simply tapping colored dots on a board that looks a little like a Twister mat. If you know solfege ("do, re, mi" etc) you can see what those intervals are, but the beauty is you don't have to know anything other than what you like to hear. As you find colors that sound good to your ear, you can use them in different places and at different spots (octaves, for those who care) along the board. You can even play notes simultaneously to make chords. Pretty much whatever you think, you can do. A few minutes with this is all it takes to completely grok it and you'll lose yourself and just be able to play. You can link up wirelessly with...

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17:18
3 Free Cool iOS Camera Apps for the Hot Summer...

Summer's here and you need great free apps to record all the hapsVern Seward points out 3 free iOS camera apps in this week's Free on iTunes.

Samba, UltraVisual, and Vhoto. Check it out.

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17:01
Get Free Bitcoins with 29 Website Faucets that...

I've gathered 29 different Bitcoin "faucets"-websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads-and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. I started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more and removes some faucets that have gone dark for a total of 29 different faucets that really pay.

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16:29
WWDC 2014 Themed Wallpapers for Mac, iPhone, and iPad

MacStories has a very cool collection of WWDC 2014 themed wallpapers in case that's the sort of thing you enjoy. Silvia Gatta of Icons & Coffee put them together-she also did a set for WWDC 2013, and my favorite, the September 2012 Special Event wallpapers. I love my current iPhone lock screen, but the wallpaper behind my app icons might need updating. These wallpapers are available in Retina and non-Retina styles, for various dimensions of Mac displays as well as iPhones and iPads.

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16:15
Refurb Store Hides iPod Classic From Sidebar

The iPod Classic has disappeared from the sidebar in the Refurb section of the Apple online store. While the page still exists, it is no longer easily accessible from the main refurb section.The Mac Observer Spin: This is probably going to be met by a lot of shrugs, but I have over a decade of fond iPod memories. Yeah the iMac made some noise, but the iPod turned it up to eleven.

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15:30
Let’s Leave Apple’s Tim Cook Alone for Awhile

The poor guy. Everyone writes about him day and night. This and that. He's no Steve Jobs. Maybe, but he must be his own man. Lamentations: he's just an operations guy. Praise: He sat next to Steve Jobs for over a decade and had Jobs's trust. The reigns of Apple were handed over to him, but (tearfully) he doesn't know anything. His hair is funny. He's saving Apple. He's destroying Apple. Can we have the madness stop?

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15:18
The Name Your Own Price Designer Bundle 3.0

Today's deal is a nifty bundle of designer assets that will cost whatever you want to pay. That's right, you can name your own price, and that's what 2,017 people have done. Even better, 10 percent of your purchase price will be donated to one of three charities-Child's Play Charity, World Wildlife Fund, and Creative Commons-and you get to pick. Here's how it works: there are six sets of professionally designed assets, including user interface sets, Photoshop actions, infographic sets, patterns, fonts, responsive WordPress themes, logos, and more than 1,600 icons. Pay whatever you want for two of them, R-Graphics and Victoricon Assets, and if you pay more than the average price (currently $8.28), you get four more collections for free. The retail price for all this is $1,582, and this deal ends in four days.

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13:19
MGG 504: Cool Stuff Found on Friday!

Giftttdy, Desktopper, Sips, Packet Peeper, HWMonitors, Threema. What do they have in common? Well, they're all Cool Stuff Found, of course, and your two favorite geeks talk through these and a lot more! Download, press play, and enjoy!

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12:30
Pixar Restructures RenderMan Pricing, Non-Commercial...

Pixar's software package RenderMan has new restructured pricing, announced today. A non-commercial license of the rendering package will now be free.

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12:00
John Martellaro’s Predictions for Apple’s WWDC 2014...

Apple has announced that the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) Keynote will be live streamed on June 2. Considering that Apple's hardware announcements of late have been sparse and there's a huge AAPL stock split coming right after, John Martellaro thinks something big is brewing.

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11:02
Apple unveils iOS 8

Apple CEO Tim Cook officially introduced iOS 8, the company’s newest operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, at WWDC today. “iOS 8 is a giant release,” Cook said. After the introduction, Apple’s Craig Federighi took the stage to cover iOS 8. New interactive notifications in iOS 8…

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10:30
GoSmart Crossover 400 Stylus is Beautiful and Still...

GoSmart is introducing a new member of its line of styluses, the Crossover 400. It's shorter than previous models, looks beautiful, and includes a replaceable ballpoint pen. It retains GoSmart's unique filament tip that glides over Gorilla Glass better than any other tip we've tested. Plus, it's not all that expensive.

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09:39
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-05-30

Apple has a 100 year plan in place to keep the company innovating even without Steve Jobs at the helm. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's long term plans, why it's time for an OS X facelift, and what we can expect at Monday's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote event.

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07:26
iPhone Carrier Deals Pushes up Wells Fargo AAPL...

Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um raised his 12 month target value range for Apple's stock on Friday because the number of iPhone carrier deals the company has in place is on the rise. Currently, 323 cell service carriers offer the iPhone, up from 316 only a month ago. His target range is now between US$595 and $640, up from $515 and $585.The Mac Observer Spin: It may not seem like there are many places for Apple to continue expanding iPhone availability, but clearly there are. More carriers means more potential iPhone sales.

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07:17
iLounge App Spotlight: Disney Karaoke: Frozen

Ever since Frozen hit theaters in November 2013 - at the beginning of what turned out to be a historically long winter - the buzz over Disney’s remake of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen hasn’t stopped. Families flocked to theaters to make it the highest-grossing animated film in history,…

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07:00
WSJ: Apple paying $2.5B for Beats Electronics, $500M...

Apple’s recently announced $3 billion acquisition of Beats breaks down to about $2.5 billion for Beats Electronics hardware and a little less than $500 million for the Beats Music streaming service, the Wall Street Journal reports. The report notes the breakdown “was largely an accounting issue, because the two…

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06:06
iPhone 6 rear shell leaked?

An photo of the alleged 4.7” iPhone 6 rear shell has been posted on Australian site MacFixIt. The design seems to match rumors and what we’ve seen before, including the lack of a dual camera flash. We believe this is likely to be a legitimate part, for a number…

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05:55
About Java for OS X 2014-001

Java for OS X 2014-001 includes installation improvements, and supersedes all previous versions of Java for OS X. This package installs the same version of Java 6 included in Java for OS X 2013-005.

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