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Wednesday September 3

12:54
Apple, Google reopen settlement talks in Silicon...

In a joint court filing on Wednesday, Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel said settlement talks have resumed in a class action lawsuit over alleged wage-fixing arrangements.

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12:52
Now Netflix Members Can Pick Which Friends Can See...


Recommending movies and TV shows you've watched on Netflix to individual Facebook friends just got easier. The company on Tuesday launched a new social recommendation feature that lets users pick and choose the contacts they'd like to interact with after viewing a video. Netflix previously allowed its members to recommend what they'd watched to their Facebook friends, but only by broadcasting their viewing choices to all of them at the same time. Now your recommendations can be tailored to individual friends.

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12:52
Security Trade-Offs

The single-worst piece I’ve seen regarding last week’s iCloud celebrity photo leak is, by far, this one from David Auerbach at Slate. To see where Auerbach is coming from, let’s skip ahead to his conclusion first:

But whether or not any of these problems were directly responsible
for the leak, Apple users, from Jennifer Lawrence to corporate
executives to laptop musicians to you, should be out for blood,
and other companies should use this as a lesson to double- and
triple-check their own security stories. Apple will probably
survive though. IPhones [sic] are so cool and pretty.

The old “Apple customers are shallow fools drawn to shiny things, and easily swayed by popular opinion” angle.

Here’s the problem with Auerbach’s piece:

Whether or not this particular...

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12:45
How to Check Your AT&T iPhone Upgrade Eligibility

With Apple's formally announced Media Event on September 9, the expectation is that Apple will be announcing an iPhone 6, perhaps in two sizes. Here's a handy guide to help you determine if your current iPhone is eligible for an upgrade with AT&T.

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12:40
Logitech K480 keyboard switches between phones,...

Logitech has announced a new keyboard peripheral, the K480. While usable as a generic, compact Bluetooth keyboard, the K480 is unique in being able to connect to three devices simultaneously, including Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and even Chrome OS devices. A dial lets users change which device is being controlled....

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12:39
Apple, Google, Intel, & Adobe resume settlement...

Reuters reports that Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe have resumed settlement talks in the ongoing lawsuit with employees over anti-poaching hiring practices. The news comes following a judge in the case rejecting an earlier $324.5 million settlement reached between employees and the companies last month.

In the court filing on Wednesday, both sides said they had resumed mediation with a retired judge but provided no additional details on the talks. They also asked Koh to set a new trial date.

The lawsuit also brought on a separate case last month...

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12:38
Netflix was forced to pay Comcast for faster speeds

Netflix speeds became so slow in December 2013 and January 2014 that customers grew irate, Netflix said in its petition. Calls made to Netflix’s customer support center about slow-loading videos more than quadrupled during those months.

It’s sad when people are forced to cancel their subscription to Netflix because the Comcast speeds were so slow. No wonder Netflix decided to pay Comcast; they really had no other choice.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:30
Atoms Puzzle is a brainteaser for your inner...

For everyone's inner scientist (or for those of us who have a soft spot for high school physics), Atoms Puzzle just might be the free-time iPhone indulgence. Optimized for iPhone 5 but available universally, and requiring iOS 4.3 or later, Atoms is a...

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12:11
Nokia bringing HERE back to iOS with offline maps

Nokia's HERE maps app should be coming back to iOS later this year, and with offline mapping functions, says the Wall Street Journal. The app is said to be in the last stages of development, and due to arrive by the end of the year. Users should be able to both search and navigate while offline....

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12:07
∞ Heineken pop-up city lounge

I need one of these.

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11:38
Japanese smartphone buyers prefer Apple's...

Consumers in Japan -- now one of Apple's most important markets -- are excited by the prospect of a larger iPhone and the increased screen size could be a key driver of sales to new customers in the Asian nation, according to new survey data released this week.

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11:37
A lot of speculation arises around U2’s involvement...

We received a tip earlier today regarding a possible U2 and Apple tie-up for the iPhone 6. It seems to be mostly speculation at this point, but some local journalists claim that U2’s latest video shoot in Dublin last week starred a possible next-gen iPhone. They also claim the device will come preloaded with a U2 album:
U2's new album will come pre loaded on the iPhone 6... Expect a promotion onslaught from next Tuesday when it'll premiere on Dublin's 2FM— Bryan MacDonald (@27KHV) September 03, 2014
Looks like @U2 new album maybe preloaded on to iPhone6. The focus of the "video" on the bridge last week...

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11:30
Chicken Scramble is like 2048 with a unique barnyard...

Chicken Scramble is a brand new app for iOS that draws inspiration from the popular 2048 puzzle game. Instead of swiping up, down, left or right to merge numbers, you start out by merging eggs until they hatch into chickens. The game is broken down...

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11:28
News: Bowers & Wilkins debuts new P5, C5 Series...

Bowers & Wilkins has debuted its new P5 Series 2 ($300) on-ear headphones and C5 Series 2 ($180) earphones. The new P5 headphones are said to combine the former P5’s portable form factor with the power and sonic approach of the company’s P7 headphones (reviewed here). Featuring new drivers, and new internal components, the P5 Series 2 still sport high-end materials such as leather ear cup covers and a metal headband frame....

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11:20
Sonnet launches Thunderbolt 2 Twin 10G network...

Sonnet Technologies today announced the Twin 10G Thunderbolt 2 to Dual-Port Copper 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) Adapter, a near-plug-and-play solution for adding 10GbE network connectivity to any computer with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports. Featuring 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 technology, the Twin 10G enables users to connect to high-speed infrastructure and storage systems using the 10GbE standard -- offering up to 10 times the performance of Gigabit Ethernet....

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11:16
Circus Ponies NoteBook 4.0.5 - Electronic notebook...

Circus Ponies NoteBook stores and organizes your notes and other information in electronic notebooks that look and work just like the paper ones you've used all your life. With outlining, diagramming, sketching, voice annotation, even PDF mark-up, NoteBook helps you take great notes whatever your note-taking style. And NoteBook makes it easy to find anything with just a few clicks in the Multidex™, an auto-generated dictionary of the content in your Notebooks. Circus Ponies NoteBook is the perfect app for managing projects of any size, assignments and classwork, client information, research, and much more. Organize all of your important information in electronic notebooks that look and work just like paper

  • Stay organized with pages, tabs, sections, just like the paper notebooks you've used all your life
  • Store information of any kind and from any source, including notes, web clippings, documents, URLs, tabular data, action items,...

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11:15
How to Delete Photos From Photo Stream

While iCloud photo sharing can be useful, not everything needs to be synced. Kelly explains how to delete photos from Photo Stream.

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11:10
IKEA parodies iPad launch video to debut its 2015...

IKEA has posted a video to announce its new 2015 catalog. As you’ll quickly notice, it’s a direct parody of the 2010 iPad launch video featuring Apple executives. IKEA video is above, and the Apple video is below for comparison. (via SetteB.it).

Oh, and the packaging (via comments):
Filed under: AAPL Company ...

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11:01
Mac: VMware Fusion 7

VMware has announced Fusion 7 ($70), its newest software allowing users to run Windows programs on a Mac. The release is no surprise — every year VMware and Parallels Software release their new virtualizers around the same time, supporting the latest OS X revisions. As expected, Fusion 7 is compatible with OS X Yosemite, featuring enhanced Retina display support, multi-GPU optimizations, and over 40% improvements in both performance and energy utilization…

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11:00
Watch 6 years of iPhone evolution in 6 minutes...

Things have changed a lot since the introduction of the iPhone, thanks to its consistent evolution and changing audience expectations. When the iPhone 3G was introduced, people marveled at its 2 megapixel camera. When the 3GS hit the stage, the...

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10:55
Logitech’s new Bluetooth Multi-Device keyboard...

Logitech today announced a new Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard (K480) that doesn’t just make switching between devices easy, it also doubles as a stand for your iPhone or iPad. While Logitech has made similar keyboards previously that let you switch between connected devices, the new keyboard adds a “Easy-Switch dial” that makes it super easy to switch between three devices on the fly:

Now you can type a report on your computer and, with the flick of the Easy-Switch™ dial, respond to a message on your smartphone and type a tweet on your tablet. The universal keyboard can connect to three different Bluetooth wireless devices at once, whether you are using a Windows®, Mac® or Chrome OS™ computer, or an Android™ or iOS tablet or smartphone.

The keyboard is available now in the US and Europe for $50 in two color schemes (white & black). You can images of the two colors below and see more...

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10:49
Google Drive for iOS updated w/ syncing speed boost...



It’s been a few months since Google released version 3.1 of its Drive app for iOS, and today an update in the form of Google Drive 3.2 is available for users. The changes are slim but something users will likely appreciate.
In the latest version, Google says Drive is now faster at syncing data, and uploading files now shows a progress indicator as well as the destination for the file.
The update follows the...

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10:45
Daily Deals for September 3, 2014, featuring Award-...

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

All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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10:40
External Link: Verizon Settles with FCC over Privacy...

Verizon will pay $7.4 million to the U.S. Treasury for not telling subscribers that they could opt out of their personal information being used for marketing campaigns. Approximately two million customers did not receive the opt-out notice between 2006 and 2012, a violation of the Communications Act. Verizon has also agreed to include opt-out notices on every customer’s bill for three years and to set up a monitoring system to ensure that notices are being sent. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:40
Campers Already Lining Up for iPhone 6 at Flagship...

Despite the fact that there are still five days to go until Apple's September 9 media event, customers hoping to purchase one of Apple's new devices have already begun lining up at the flagship 5th Avenue Apple Store in New York City. Apple is expected to announce the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 at the event, along with its much-rumored wearable device and possibly a mobile payments initiative. Only the iPhone 6 is expected to ship to consumers in September however, and not until later in the month. People camping out now may be waiting more than two weeks to get their hands on one of Apple's new devices. Campers waiting outside the 5th Avenue Apple Store, via CNBC As is typical, many of the campers lining up early are participating in publicity stunts to garner recognition for their companies, given the media attention early waiters tend to receive. Campers seem to be arriving earlier and earlier each...

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10:39
Line Forms at NYC Apple Store One Week Before Media...

Apple hasn't even had its media event, and yet people are already lining up at the company's 5th Ave. Apple Store in New York City. Dan Benton (@dcbandor) posted photos to Twitter of four people who were bundled up in portable chairs on the sidewalk a week ahead of Apple's September 9th media event.

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10:35
Epson announces three new Epson WorkForce...

Printer manufacturer Epson today announced the Epson WorkForce 2600-Series of all-in-one printers designed for the home and small office. The WorkForce WF-2660 and WF-2650 utilize Epson's new PrecisionCore printhead technology, and include enhanced connectivity options to simplify printing from tablets and smartphones....

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10:30
Nokia says they are giving iOS mapping another try

Nokia had a pretty bad experience with its Here Maps on iOS late in 2012. I reviewed the app back then and found it wanting in almost every way.

Now the company tells the Wall Street Journal it's ready to try again with a new, improved navigation...

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10:29
NASA's Opportunity to Lose Total Recall, Gain...


The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration next month will reformat the flash memory of the Mars exploration rover Opportunity. Opportunity's been undergoing computer resets with increasing frequency -- it had 12 in August alone. Recovery from each of the resets takes one to two days, which means the rover was out of action for most of the month. Reformatting clears the flash memory. It also helps identify bad cells and flag them to be avoided.

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10:29
IFA: Sony launches QX1, QX30 'lens-style'...

Sony surprisingly launched two "lens-style" cameras at IFA, rather than the single device was originally rumored. The QX30 is similar to the original QX10 and QX100 launched one year ago, but adds a 30x zoom, while the QX1 allows users to attach any E-Mount lenses they already own, giving the photographer more customization options....

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10:26
Red Giant upgrades Universe to version 12

As part of its expansion of new tools and host support, Red Giant (www.redgiant.com) has announced Universe 12. The update to the multi-host-app library of GPU-accelerated tools includes nine new effects and transitions.
Universe 1.2 also adds support for Sony Vegas as well as native editing of transitions in Premiere Pro CC and CC 2014. These updates expand the Universe toolset to 68 effects and transitions, more than half of which are free and run in Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X and Motion, and now, Sony Vegas.

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10:04
News: The Room Three coming to iOS next spring

Fireproof Games has announced that The Room Three will hit the App Store in spring 2015. An early announcement, The Room Three is sure to be a highly anticipated title as the newest game in the popular atmospheric puzzle series. The Room Two was released late last year, and The Room (reviewed here) was first released in 2012. Fireproof says the newest Room game “promises to evolve the mysterious story and take puzzle solving to higher and weirder…

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10:00
iOS 8 camera app: Smart Composition

Certainly one of the iPhone's most-used features is the camera. There are a huge number of camera apps available, and I certainly take more photos than I make phone calls.

The iPhone camera doesn't compete with a dedicated DSLR, but it is among the...

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09:58
Rumor: Apple working on thinner, more powerful “iPad...


The iPad could become even more thinner and powerful this year.
Per Boy Genius Report and Digitimes‘ discussions with supply chain sources, touch panel makers TPK and GIS have received iPad Air 2 orders from Apple for “full-lamination” units. The upcoming tablet is expected to have the same 9.7-inch size and screen resolution, but the device is supposed to be thinner than the previous iPad Air model, and pack an “enhanced processor” – likely the A8 chip that will be...

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09:50
Apple Reported to be Ramping up Production of iPad...

A supply chain rumor has Apple ramping up production of what's been most often called the iPad Air 2. The new iPad is reported to have the same size display, an enhanced processor and Touch ID.

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09:30
SportsManias is custom team feeds and news, nothing...

SportsManias Sports News app, available for free on the iPad and iPhone 5 in iTunes, is an app that will polarize sports fans. It is just as useful as it is flawed. I downloaded it, and after it installed, I was greeted by an app that was easy to...

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09:29
DJI Phantom FC40 Drone: $499

Speaking of drones, check out today's deal on the DJI Phantom FC40. This thing has an onboard camera that will send your iPhone a live feed of what it's shooting over a 2.4G Wi-Fi connection from up to 328 feet away. The drone also has an auto-hover feature, an auto-pilot, and the remote control unit works up to 1,640 feet away. It's a lot of drone, and it retails for $649. Through our deal, you can get it for $499. Use coupon code PHANTOM35 at checkout, and take another $35 off. There are five days left on this deal as of this writing.

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

Dave Hamilton, John Martellaro, and substitute host Bryan Chaffin talk about Apple's potential with credit card transactions and how that plays into security. Speaking of security, they also look at Apple's efforts to manage the fallout from the celebrity photo theft in advance of the September 9th media event.

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09:04
Apple hits new iPhone Milestone in India this Year

According to a new Indian report published today, Apple has sold more than a million iPhones in India since its current fiscal year started in October, a major milestone for a company that wasn't serious on the South Asian market until a couple of years ago.

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09:00
A new iOS 8 Messages app feature: Audio messages

One of the features you're going to love in iOS 8 will keep you from doing a lot of typing or dictation to get your messages across, and that's the new audio messages capability in the Messages app.

After launching the new Messages app and tapping...

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08:57
Supply chain 'ramping up' components for...

Supply firms are ramping up production for the second-generation iPad Air, sources say. The people indicate that touch panel makers like TPK and GIS are receiving Apple orders for full-lamination units. Sharp, Japan Display, and LG Display -- typically believed to be the tablet's main LCD suppliers -- are also reportedly receiving an uptick in orders, but for the iPhone....

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08:56
Sony announces iPhone-compatible QX30 camera lens...

The next generation of Sony's iPhone-compatible wireless camera lenses was officially unveiled on Wednesday with two new models: One with a whopping 30-times optical zoom, and another that allows users to insert any E-Mount compatible lens and connect and control it from their smartphone.

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08:52
Sony reboots its lens-style cameras with new QX1 and...

Alongside new smartphones, tablets, and wearables, Sony has also today announced a refresh for its lineup of lens-style cameras with two new models: QX1 and QX30. The devices are made to be able to work on their own or clip onto the back of a smartphone, and if you go with the latter option, they’re able to connect via NFC (when applicable) or Wi-Fi and have their display via the Sony PlayMemories Mobile app.

The QX1 features the very same APS-C CMOS image sensor found in the...

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08:46
Epson expands WorkForce printing solutions

Epson America has announced the Epson WorkForce 2600-Series all-in-one printers designed for the home and small office. The WorkForce WF-2660 and WF-2650 leverage Epson’s PreCisionCore printhead technology.
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08:44
Briefly: Sunrise Calendar update, DiRT Showdown Mac...

Free calendar app Sunrise Calendar has received an update, capable of syncing schedule information from Google Calendar, iCloud and Exchange. Featuring timezone support, background sync and Facebook date integration, Sunrise aims to function as a consolidated day planner. Sunrise Calendar v2.5 includes a new search function, allowing for past or future events search by title, location and attendees. Its new Google Calendar push function means that any changes to one's events within Google Calendar will be pushed to Sunrise in real-time, upon enabling the future. Lastly, Todoist integration is......

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08:37
Sony Unveils New Calling-Capable SmartBand Talk,...

Not content to allow Samsung to steal the spotlight, Sony today also kicked off the IFA 2014 conference with its own press event that unveiled new wearable devices, new smartphone photography accessories, and several new mobile devices. Sony's newest hardware is slated to arrive in the coming months with price points that are yet to be determined. Perhaps most relevant to Apple fans given Apple's impending wearable device announcement is Sony's pair of announcements in that area, starting with the new SmartBand Talk that embeds a low-power, 1.4-inch e-ink display into a fitness tracker. The band also includes a microphone and speaker for phone calls, as well as Bluetooth 4.0 for syncing to a smartphone. Rounding out the feature set is IP68 waterproofing, accelerometer and altimeter sensors, and integration with Sony's Lifelog...

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08:36
Sonnet announces Dual-Port 10GBase-T Thunderbolt 2...

Sonnet Technologies has announced the Twin 10G Thunderbolt 2 to Dual-Port Copper 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) Adapter (http://tinyurl.com/kk4hmda), a "near-plug-and-play" solution for adding 10GbE network connectivity to any computer with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports.
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08:35
PSW14 Deals: $600 off DSLRs, $300 off Pentax Lenses...

Photoshop World 2014 formally kicked off in Vegas on Wednesday, delivering 72-hour deals from Apple Authorized resellers participating in the conference. Among them are deep discounts on Canon & Nikon DSLR Cameras, Pentax lenses, lighting systems & photo shoot kits, Thunderbolt storage devices, camera bags, photo accessories, and up to $260 off Mac Pros, $700 off MacBook Pros, and $300 off MacBook Airs.

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08:30
PowerBook takes a dive

Ever wonder what a PowerBook would look like after falling from the top of a building? Apparently that's exactly what happened to this poor fella. The photographer who snapped this tragic picture doesn't provide much detail beyond the fact that it...

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08:05
AAPL dips below $100/share on iCloud security and...


Apple stock is off over 4% in trading today on fears that the iCloud security news will adversely affect Apple’s upcoming product announcements scheduled for September 9th. Apple is announcing new health and payments related initiatives next week, so perhaps investors fear that consumers will not trust those new services in light of the iCloud situation:
If iCloud really is the source of this pic leak, Apple may have some challenges selling storing credit cards and health data next week.— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) September 01, 2014
To go along with the iCloud/celebrity hacking troubles, Apple’s App Store and iTunes Store took some outage hits last night and the...

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08:02
VMWare releases Fusion 7 with support for OS X...

Virtualization firm VMWare on Wednesday announced the availability of VMWare Fusion 7, the latest release of its popular consumer virtualization package that brings compatibility with Apple's upcoming OS X Yosemite as well as better performance.

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08:00
Announcing Office 365 deployment benefits for new...

Office 365 provides the best cloud productivity experience by giving businesses new ways to help their people to collaborate, gain valuable business insights and ultimately get things done.  As a cloud based service customers can move to Office 365 faster than a traditional on-premises solution and we’re focused on making that transition to the cloud as fast and seamless as possible.
Continuous improvement of the Office 365 deployment experience
Last year as part of that commitment we introduced FastTrack which encompasses our onboarding methodology, tools, and process to streamline deployments.  FastTrack has helped thousands of customers, together with their partners, move to Office 365.  While feedback has been very positive, we’re continuing to identify best practices and we believe that providing support directly from the Office 365 Service team during the critical phases of on-boarding can shorten the time for deployment. The result is the...

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08:00
New OneDrive SDK: announcing the Android open file...

One of the most basic and common things to do with OneDrive is opening a file, but sadly doing this simple operation hasn’t been so simple for developers. We recognized this pain point and are excited to finally release the Android open picker to make this common task easy and seamless for developers and OneDrive users.
Before, a developer would waste precious time building UI and all the other components of a file picker just to let their users select a file from OneDrive. Our goal here was to give you this time back.
With the Android open picker, you can get started opening files in minutes instead of days. The picker lets you get links to download file content directly or view links that are great for sharing, as well as a set of thumbnails for image files.

The Android file picker flow.
To get started,...

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08:00
Propose New Time—a new feature for Outlook Web App...

Will Holmes is a senior program manager on the Exchange engineering team.
We all have lots of meetings, which means our schedules are busy and it’s often hard to find a good time when everyone can meet. Now, with the Propose New Time feature in Outlook Web App in Office 365, resolving scheduling conflicts is easier than ever. When you receive a meeting invitation, Outlook Web App (OWA) empowers you to suggest better times with just a few clicks, so there’s no need to simply decline or engage in time-consuming back-and-forth with meeting organizers to find better times. As a meeting organizer, you’ll love this feature too. You can easily review the proposals for alternate times that you receive from attendees, confident that you can find a new meeting time that will work the best time for your attendees.
For most Office 365 users, Propose New Time in Outlook Web App is available today in Outlook Web App. All Office 365 users will have it by the end of September...

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08:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Belkin WeMo home automation 20...

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

Amazon GoldBox: 20% or more off popular Belkin, WeMo, and Linksys...

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08:00
Updated App Store review guidelines cover HealthKit...

Ahead of the fall launch of iOS 8, Apple has updated its App Store review guidelines to include guidance on new features such as extensions, HealthKit, HomeKit and TestFlight. These guidelines detail how developers may use these new features provided...

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07:51
Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 reveals two...

Samsung's Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event at IFA has concluded, and has seen the launch of multiple devices from the company. The expected Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is joined by the Galaxy Edge, a previously-rumored smartphone which adds a small display over the side of the device. While Samsung has already revealed the Gear S smartwatch, it has also formally unveiled its Gear VR virtual reality headset which pairs with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4....

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07:44
Apple sets out rules for HealthKit, HomeKit, other...

Apple has updated its App Store Review Guidelines to define rules on how several new iOS 8 technologies can be used. With HealthKit, for example, developers are not only prevented from selling data to advertisers and brokers, but blocked from storing that information in iCloud. Apps using HomeKit are barred from collecting data for advertising or data mining, and must state in marketing that their primary purpose is home automation....

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07:40
ACM 270: Apple iCloud Reputation, iPhone NFC, and...

Apple has its hands full with managing the fallout from the theft of celebrity photos, and the company is being aggressive to get ahead of the story. Then there's the September 9th media event and growing reports that Apple will-at long last-embrace NFC. Lastly, drones are ever-more capable and ever-more affordable-what will that mean for companies like Apple who work so hard to protect their secrets.

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07:30
Microsoft Office for iPad adds monthly subscription...

Microsoft's productivity software finally made the long walk to iPad earlier this year, but if the relatively steep price tag of the Microsoft Office apps has prevented you from giving them a try, Microsoft thinks you might just want to pay monthly...

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07:12
The Garage Series for Office 365: Assessing the Top...

In this week’s show Jeremy Chapman is joined by cyber security expert and author, Mark Russinovich, to assess the most frequently heard cloud security threats. Mark describes each threat with its threat level and shares how Microsoft architects its cloud services to maximize data security and protect against data loss. Jeremy and Mark also give pro tips to protect against credential loss and contain the risk of user-driven shadow IT. 

Cloud security and data privacy are top themes this week and with many IT departments returning from quiet summer months, we thought we’d continue to tackle the topic of security and the most commonly heard threats. This week we’re privileged to invite cyber security expert and author of some of the best cyber security thriller novels, Mark Russinovich, back to the Garage Series.
Last week we described the processes for...

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07:12
Samsung Launched the Galaxy Note Edge in Berlin...

Just ahead of Apple's iPhone 6 debuting next week, especially the 5.5 inch model, Samsung unveiled their next generation Galaxy Note Edge smartphone that offers a unique curved display at the IFA trade show in Berlin. Samsung also added a metallic frame ...

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07:01
Samsung's wrap-around smartphone screen concept...

First teased a year and a half ago, Samsung's concept for a smartphone with a slanted screen edge that can be more easily viewed from side angles is set to become a reality later this year, in the form of the company's new Galaxy Note Edge smartphone.

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07:00
Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

Hamsterdan notes that Apple has posted an update to its investigation into the recently celebrity photo leak, which was attributed to a breach of iCloud. Apple says the leak was not due to any flaw in iCloud or Find My iPhone, but rather the result of "a targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions." Despite this, Wired reports that hackers on an anonymous web board have been openly discussing a piece of software designed for use by law enforcement. Whether it was involved in the celebrity attacks or not, it's currently being used to impersonate a user's device in order to download iCloud backups. "For Apple, the use of government forensic tools by criminal hackers raises questions about how cooperative it may be with Elcomsoft. The Russian company’s tool, as Zdziarski describes it, doesn't depend on any 'backdoor' agreement with Apple and instead required Elcomsoft to fully reverse engineer Apple’s protocol for communicating between iCloud and its iOS devices....

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07:00
Flickr Find: Red, red, and more red

It's easy to spot a desk filled with Apple gear -- just look for all the aluminum. That's why it is nice to see this desk from Ren Jinshen Ryu, who accents his menagerie of metallic products with a splash of red. You can check out a few more shots of...

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06:47
iPhone Apps: PDFpen Scan+, Bamboo Paper, Quora
06:45
VMware Fusion 7 adds Yosemite support, better Win 8....

VMware has introduced Fusion 7, a major update of its virtualization tool. The software lets users run Windows apps within OS X instead of having to boot to a separate partition. Fusion 7 brings support for OS X Yosemite, and should be better compatible with Windows 8.1. The look of the program has in fact been overhauled for Yosemite, and optimized for Retina displays....

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06:40
Samsung officially unveils Galaxy Note 4, Gears S,...

With Apple's 'iPhone 6' and 'iWatch' announcement looming, Samsung attempted to upstage its rival's showing by revealing its latest Note phablet, a new Gear smartwatch with a built-in 3G modem, and a virtual reality headset accessory -- designed in collaboration with Oculus -- at an event in Berlin on Wednesday.

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06:39
Opinion: After the celebrity hacks, the...

There are still many unknowns surrounding the leaked celebrity nudes. While Apple appears to have ruled out a theory that a Find My iPhone vulnerability allowed easy brute-force password attacks, some commentators are suggesting that the wording was sufficiently vague that this may indeed have been one route in. (Apple might be arguing that it’s not a breach if the correct password was required.)
But one thing does now appear clear: rather than a single hacker gaining wide access to iCloud, the photos were instead amassed over time by...

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06:38
Samsung unveils new Note 4, Note Edge w/ wraparound...

With Apple set to introduce its larger iPhones (and possibly its “iWatch” wearable) later this month on September 9, Samsung has just completed its IFA press conference announcing its latest flagships that will go head to head with the new iPhones this fall.
As expected, Samsung today officially unveiled its new Galaxy Note 4 with a 5.7-inch 2560×1440 Super AMOLED display, a new Galaxy Note Edge device with a wraparound display of sorts, as well as its new curved Gear S smart watch and the previously leaked VR headset powered by Oculus. The Galaxy Note Edge features the same updated internals and new metal chassis as the Galaxy Note 4, but also includes the curved, wraparound display on one edge as pictured above. In addition to announcing its partnership with Oculus for its new VR headset, Samsung also announced collaborations with Swarovski for crystal-covered cases for Note 4 and MontBlanc for new S Pen compatible styluses.
Head below for links to all the news from...

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06:30
Kelso's Quest: potential magic, serious flaws

Kelso's Quest, which is free in the app store for iPhone and iPad users on iOS 5.0 or higher, is an adorable game about a Koala (Kelso), who is on the very disney-esque mission to recover his stolen cub, Nico. Kelso is assisted along the way by weird...

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06:26
Samsung Details New Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge, Gear S...

Ahead of Apple's upcoming press event where it will introduce larger iPhone models, Samsung today kicked off IFA 2014 with a presentation that unveiled several new mobile and wearable devices including the Note 4, Note Edge, Gear S smartwatch and Gear VR headset. The Note 4 and Note Edge are two new models in Samsung's popular Note series of large smartphones. The Note 4 is the premium model offering a 5.7-inch Quad-ultra HD (2560×1440) Super AMOLED display at 518 pixels per inch and either the 2.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor with support for Category 6 LTE or the 1.9 GHz octo-core Exynos 5433 with Category 4 LTE, depending on geographic location. There's also a 16-megapixel rear camera with image stabilization, a 3.7-megapixel...

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06:19
News: Daily Deal: Last chance to get three years of...

Today is your last chance to grab a three-year subscription to VPN Unlimited Premium for only $19 in our iLounge Deals—that’s 70% off the normal price. VPN Unlimited provides users with access to a secure virtual private network (VPN) which is ideal for securing traffic when surfing from public Wi-Fi access points. Through VPN Unlimited, you can connect to any website anywhere that you have Internet access, bypassing restricted web content…

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06:06
VMware releases Fusion 7 update w/ redesign for...


VMware, the popular virtualization software that lets you run Windows on Mac OS X, is today officially announcing new versions of its VMware Fusion app that introduces all-new features and full support for the latest Macs.
First up is the consumer facing version of the software dubbed VMware Fusion 7. It now includes a redesigned experienced for OS X Yosemite that the company notes includes “translucency in windows, streamlined toolbars and simplified Dock icon,” and more (pictured above). The release also...

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06:03
WD launches My Passport Wireless portable storage...

Storage drive producer Western Digital has added another storage device to its My Passport external storage range, one with wireless connectivity. My Passport Wireless has its own built-in Wi-Fi connection, allowing for mobile devices to connect for backing up or data retrieval, all without requiring a physical connection to the device....

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06:00
Kill no-close-em Safari pages with AppleScript

I hate those pop-ups that hijack Safari even when I've enabled Settings > Security > Block Pop-up windows. Sure, I've edited my hosts file with Someonewhocare's updates to avoid them in the first place but even so, bad pages still happen.

With a...

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05:53
Apple may Introduce Improvements to Touch ID

Over the Labor Day weekend we learned that Apple had signed an iWallet Deal with American Express, MasterCard and Visa that could lead to the iPhone 6 introducing their long awaited iWallet application that could eventually work with Apple's iWatch or wristband computer. The introduction of an iWallet related application may lead to Apple updating their Touch ID technology. In fact, such a hint surfaced yesterday.

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05:52
News: China Mobile already accepting iPhone 6...

The world’s largest cellular carrier, China Mobile, has already started accepting preorders for Apple’s still-unannounced iPhone 6. According to China Daily, the program is currently only available in Beijing, and more than 33,000 preorders have already been made. Customers can choose between a 4.7” or 5.5” screen when ordering, as well as 16, 32, and 64GB capacities. No release date is listed, but a source said the iPhone…

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05:47
Exclusive look at Apple's full-size prototype...

Apple's massive campus expansion in Cupertino, Calif., has been in active prototype development over the past year, with a full-scale "slice" of the building revealed in new terrestrial and aerial shots captured by an amateur photographer.

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05:38
Admins Grapple With Shadow Tech


If you want to see an IT pro twitch, bring up Shadow IT in a conversation. "Shadow IT" is a term applied to technology deployed by an organization's users outside the purview of the IT department. It's bothersome to system shepherds because it can open up an organization to data leakages. It's also growing. "A few years ago, we were looking at hundreds of applications in a business environment," said Frank Cabri, vice president of marketing for Skyfence. "Today, we're looking at thousands."

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05:34
Apple updates App Store review guidelines, calls out...

Apple released an updated version of their App Store review guidelines in preparation for the release of iOS 8. Whoever wrote the prose for these guidelines deserves a pat on the back. They are clear and written for humans. Notable are the callouts of creepy apps and the addition of a HealthKit section.
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05:33
VMware Fusion 7.0.0 - Run Windows apps alongside Mac...

VMware Fusion allows you to create a Virtual Machine on your Mac and run Windows (including Windows 8.1) and Windows software on your Mac. Run your favorite Windows applications alongside Mac applications without rebooting. Whether you would like to run Windows XP, Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on a Mac, the VMware Fusion easy install feature will get you up and running in no time. With the ability to run Windows-only applications like Microsoft Project, Access and Internet Explorer, VMware Fusion turns your Mac into the ultimate computer for compatibility. Version 6 is optimized for the latest Macs and ready for OS X Mavericks and Windows 8.1 to deliver the ultimate Windows on Mac experience. The new VMware Fusion 6.0 Professional version adds the following:

  • Create restricted virtual machines
  • Create expiring virtual machines
  • Create linked clones
  • ...

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05:30
News: Apple updates App Store Guidelines, reveals...

Apple has updated its App Store Guidelines ahead of its upcoming release of iOS 8 and iPhone 6. The updated introduction notes that “If your App doesn’t do something useful, unique or provide some form of lasting entertainment, or if your app is plain creepy, it may not be accepted.” Guidelines have been added for Extensions, HomeKit, HealthKit, and TestFlight. The new guidelines should alleviate some users’ fears about the…

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05:30
Prison Defense: when good defense games go bad

Prison Defense is a strategic defense game reminiscent of Plants vs. Zombies except with police and prisoners. You play as the police trying to keep prisoners from escaping in 40 levels. Each level is set up in a similar way, there are a number of...

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05:10
Nokia to take on Apple, Google maps with new cross-...

Following the sale of its handset division to Microsoft, Finnish telecommunications company Nokia on Wednesday announced that it would expand its consumer offerings with the release of a free navigation app -- based on its Here mapping service -- for Apple's iOS and Google's Android platforms.

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05:05
New My Passport Wireless wirelessly connects to...

WD has unveiled the My Passport Wireless, a Wi-Fi enabled storage drive that allows consumers to save, access and share stored content wirelessly with any smartphone, tablet, computer or other device. Additionally, when users need to transfer large amounts of data, the My Passport Wireless drive provides the option of using a high speed USB 3.0 connection.
The My Passport Wireless drive broadcasts its own wireless network that allows up to eight devices to connect at the same time and access any content stored on the drive. It's available in 500GB, 1TB or 2TB models.
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05:00
Automatic smart driving assistant brings its...

The smart driving assistant Automatic is getting even more capable this morning with the roll out of a new dashboard interface made specifically for the web. You will probably recognize the interface (seen above) if you have used the Automatic app, which connects to a Bluetooth accessory in your car to give you data on driving efficiency and more.
The dashboard presents trip history mapped out alongside information including distance, miles-per-gallon, fuel cost, and duration just like the iPhone app. In addition to being able to access data captured by Automatic on the web for the first time, the new dashboard also features filtering and exporting...

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05:00
Apple announces two $10K diversity scholarships for...

Following a recent diversity report that revealed Apple employees are predominately white males, Apple revealed two Product Integrity Inclusion and Diversity Scholarships aimed at minority college students who are looking to pursue a career in...

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04:59
External Link: Your Own Personal Apple Support Site

Kirk McElhearn has written an article for Macworld about Apple’s personalized support Web pages, which keep a record of every Apple product you own, as well as warranty coverage, support cases, and repairs. It’s also handy to know how to access these pages in case your gear is stolen, as they store your devices’ serial numbers. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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04:52
The ABCs of lossless music formats

Great explanation of lossless compression from Kirk McElhearn.
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04:48
Digitimes says iPad Air 2 will be ‘thinner’ and have...

 

Says Digitimes:

Touch panel makers TPK and GIS are among some of the makers receiving orders from Apple for full-lamination units. Sources said the new model will remain unchanged in terms of size and resolution, but that it will be thinner, equipped with an enhanced processor, and contain improved fingerprint recognition features.

Two problems there (at least).
1) The current batch of physical mockups/leaks indicate that the new iPad Air will look mostly the same as the current version, and that it will be roughly the same thinness. You can tell in the image above that the new model (on the top) is only very slightly skinner.
2) How can the...

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04:46
How to make an iPhone promo video

This is a postmortem, lessons learned from a sequence of attempts to build a promo video for a specific iPhone app. Some terrific insight into the process.
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04:44
VMware releases VMware Fusion 7 and VMware Fusion 7...

VMware (www.vwmare.com) has released VMware Fusion 7, an update of its desktop virtualization software that's optimized for the latest Mac hardware and software. VMware is also releasing VMware Fusion 7 Pro with state of the art features for advanced users, developers and Macs in businesses.
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04:30
VMware releases Fusion 7, ready for OS X Yosemite

The signs of fall are beginning to appear: The evenings are a little cooler; leaves are beginning to turn; bulky people are tossing leather spheroids through the air; and VMWare and Parallels are releasing new versions of their Mac virtualization apps.
Every year around now, the two companies come out with updates to VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop, both of which do pretty much the same thing: Enable you to run Windows (or other desktop operating systems, including older versions of OS X itself) on your Mac.
We’ve already seen the advent of Parallels Desktop 10 a couple of weeks ago. And now VMware has released Fusion 7.To read this article in full or to leave a...

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04:11
Google Drive 1.17.7290.4094 - Access Google Drive...

Google Drive is a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you're working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé, or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs, and beyond. With Google Drive, you can:

  • Create and collaborate. Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Once you choose to share content with others, you can add and reply to comments on anything (PDF, image, video file, etc.) and receive notifications when other people comment on shared items.
  • Store everything safely and access it anywhere (especially while on the go). All your stuff is just... there. You can access your stuff from anywhere--on the Web, in your home, at the...

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04:00
VMware Fusion for Mac now connects to virtual...

Running Windows applications on Mac with VMware Fusion 7's Unity mode.

VMware

VMware today released the seventh version of Fusion, its virtualization software for Macs, with a new feature that lets users access virtual machines running in remote data centers.
The feature is available on VMware Fusion 7 Pro, which is intended for developers and other professionals who need to do more than simply run non-Mac operating systems on OS X.
Fusion Pro 7 is scheduled to become available for download from vmware.com today for $150. A basic version of Fusion 7 that lacks advanced features but allows users to run Windows and other operating systems on OS X costs $70. When Fusion 6 was released a year ago, the prices were $60 and $130, respectively.
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04:00
VMware Fusion/Fusion Pro 7 ready for OS X Yosemite

With the impending release of OS X Yosemite this fall, the virtual machine wars have heated up with the release of VMware Fusion 7 and Fusion Pro 7 today. On August 20th, Parallels announced the latest version of its virtual machine environment,...

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04:00
How to Use Sticky Keys in OS X

If you've never poked around within the Accessibility pane of System Preferences, you really should, as it contains all sorts of features for helping out people who have trouble interacting with the Mac. For today's Quick Tip, we're going to cover a little-known option that can assist folks with dexterity issues.

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03:56
Vortex for Mac OS X gets streamlined interface, more...

TastyApps (http://www.tastyapps.com) has launched Vortex 1.3, an update to their productivity app for Mac OS X.
With the tool, dozens of Actions for the things you do most are instantly available via drag 'n drop or shortcut keys. You can convert image or audio files, translate text or emails, add images and files to emails, compress or uncompress archives, and uninstall applications. Version 1.3 introduces a new streamlined stable interface and more customizing options.
A demo of Vortex is available for download. Registration is US$10.

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03:52
PocketCAS for Mac OS X, iOS gets time series plotting

Daniel Alm has released PocketCAS 3.5 (http://pocketcas.com), an update to his mathematics software for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
It's an advanced computer algebra system designed for scientists, engineers, teachers and students. Version 3.5 adds time series plotting, which lets the user see how the graph of a 2D or 3D function evolves over time.
PocketCAS pro 3.5 for iOS is available for US$9.99 at the Apple App Store. The Ma version is available for $19.99 at the Mac App Store.

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03:49
Internet of Things driving wireless connected...

According to an updated market forecast from ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com), the installed base of active wireless connected devices will exceed 16 billion in 2014, about 20% more than in 2013. The number of devices will more than double from the current level, with 40.9 billion forecasted for 2020.
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03:48
Metadata analysis of leaked photos suggest complete...

A forensics consult and security researcher who analyzed metadata from leaked photos of Kate Upton said that the photos appear to have been obtained using software intended for use by law enforcement officials, reports Wired. The software, Elcomsoft Phone Password Breaker (EPPB), allows users to download a complete backup of all data on an iPhone once the iCloud ID and password have been obtained.

If a hacker can obtain a user’s iCloud username and password with iBrute, he or she can log in to the victim’s iCloud.com account to steal photos. But if attackers instead impersonate the user’s device with Elcomsoft’s tool, the desktop application allows them to download the entire iPhone or iPad backup as a single folder, says Jonathan Zdziarski, a forensics consult and security researcher. That gives the intruders access to far more data, he says, including videos, application data, contacts, and text messages …...

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03:24
Recommended Reading: 'Metaprogramming Ruby 2...

Do you need to write Ruby code that is easy to maintain and change? With metaprogramming, you can produce elegant and clean programs.
Once the domain of expert Rubyists, metaprogramming is now accessible to programmers of all levels thanks to "Metaprogramming Ruby 2: Program Like the Ruby Pros" (http://tinyurl.com/m3jn38s). The 250-page book (which costs US$38 for a print edition and $25 for an ebook version) explains metaprogramming in a down-to-earth style and arms you with a practical toolbox.
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02:54
Thunderbird 31.1 - Email client from Mozilla. (Free)

As of July 2012, Thunderbird has transitioned to a new governance model, with new features being developed by the broader free software and open source community, and security fixes and improvements handled by Mozilla. Thunderbird is a free, open-source, cross-platform e-mail and news client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. The project strategy is modeled after Mozilla Firefox, a project aimed at creating a Web browser.Version 31.1: Fixes:

  • Security fixes can be found here
  • Improved performance of autocomplete for large address books
  • Fixed an issue with IMAP being slow when looking for folders on certain server types
  • Fixed various theme issues relating to titlebars and toolbars
  • ...

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02:49
Firefox 32.0 - Fast, safe Web browser. (Free)

Firefox for Mac offers a fast, safe Web browsing experience. Browse quickly, securely, and effortlessly. With its industry-leading features, Firefox is the choice of Web development professionals and casual users alike. The Web, as it's meant to be experienced

  • Faster than Safari. Firefox stays speedy when other browsers become sluggish.
  • More private than Chrome. Firefox respects your privacy by minimizing suggestive pop-ups.
  • Bursting with features. Tabbed browsing, developer tools, extensions -- Firefox has it all, giving you the power to explore, customize, and create like never before.

Version 32.0: New

  • New HTTP cache provides improved performance including crash recovery
  • Integration of generational garbage collection
  • Public key pinning support enabled
  • Display the number of found items in the find...

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00:19
Apple Suppliers Said to Be Ramping Up Component...

Apple's supply chain partners have ramped up production for components to be used the company's upcoming second-generation iPad Air, reports Digitimes. Citing sources close to production, the report claims that the device will remained unchanged in terms of size and resolution, but will feature a thinner profile, faster processor, and an improved Touch ID fingerprint sensor. iPad Air 2 mockup with Touch ID home button Apple has also called on touch panel suppliers TPK and GIS to manufacture full-lamination units for the device ahead of its launch this fall. The source also notes that Sharp, Japan Display, and LG Display have also seen their orders increase for the iPhone, likely indicating that Apple is now mass producing screens for the iPhone 6. Previous leaks have also pointed to a...

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Tuesday September 2

23:39
VMware Fusion 7 Launches with Virtualization Support...

Following the launch of Parallels Desktop 10 last month, VMware has launched its new VMWare Fusion 7 virtualization software, bringing support OS X Yosemite and improving compatibility with Windows 8.1. The release also adds a number of new features, including a new look, improved performance, enhanced connectivity, and optimization for Macs with Retina displays. - Designed for OS X Yosemite Get a more Mac-like experience when running Windows applications on a Mac. The Fusion 7 updated Yosemite look and feel makes working with your Windows applications feel cleaner and more refined. - Conquer Yosemite Discover OS X Yosemite by running it in a virtual machine with Fusion 7. Get more from your Mac by running OS X Yosemite and OS X Yosemite Server in...

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22:38
China Mobile sees more than 33K iPhone 6 pre-orders...

China Mobile, the top carrier in China with over 800 million subscribers (and more than 20 million LTE users), opened pre-orders for the iPhone 6 to Beijing customers on Tuesday. Surprisingly, the carrier has seemingly confirmed the existence of two models, at 4.7 and 5.5 inches, and reported over 33,000 preorders in the first few hours. Customers can also save a place in line for the (unrevealed) debut date through the company's website....

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21:37
Five-hour iTunes Stores downtown fixed, no...

Apple's non-Apple Store commerce sites suffered some major downtime on Tuesday, with the App Store, iBookstore, Mac App Store and iTunes Music Store being inaccessible for nearly five and a half hours for some (but not all) users, from approximately 6:30PM to midnight Eastern time. During the outage, users were in some cases able to load the product pages of the sites, but unable to do anything else, while some others reported normal operations....

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20:44
Briefly: Music Unlimited redesigned, Amazon Cloud...

Sonny's Music Unlimited - the PlayStation Music App for iOS - has received a redesign. Allowing account-holding users to stream over a network or download 30 million songs, games and movies are available on PlayStation systems, and music on iOS and computers....

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20:19
Apple's iTunes Store hit with hours-long outage...

Apple late Tuesday confirmed an unknown issue affecting its digital storefronts has barred users from purchasing, downloading or re-downloading content from the iTunes Music Store, App Store and iBookstore.

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19:43
Helpful shift scheduler for Apple Store employees...


A couple of years ago, Australia-based former Apple Retail Store employee Josh Hunt realized that he (and his colleagues) had a major problem: even with Apple’s cloud technologies, viewing his Apple Store work schedule was a pain. Apple’s internal network allows Apple Store employees to view their hours each day, but this information is not easily accessible from the Calendar application on the iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Hunt created a tool called Roster Genius that is a web extension to convert Apple’s internal calendaring system into a file that is compatible with the iOS and Mac calendar applications.
Roster Genius was a...

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19:24
Apple details HealthKit, HomeKit, TestFlight and app...

After releasing a set of developer rules for HealthKit in the last iOS 8 beta, Apple on Tuesday updated its App Store Review Guidelines to restrict apps from storing user health data in iCloud, as well as add coverage for upcoming frameworks including app extensions, HomeKit and TestFlight.

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18:59
Apple Updates App Store Guidelines, Calls Out '...

Apple today updated its App Store review guidelines ahead of the launch of iPhone 6 and iOS 8, adding sections for new features such as extensions, HealthKit, HomeKit and TestFlight. Additionally, Apple tweaked its introductory remark to specifically call out "creepy" apps as unwelcome in the App Store.We have over a million Apps in the App Store. If your App doesn't do something useful, unique or provide some form of lasting entertainment, or if your app is plain creepy, it may not be accepted.The new guidelines, primarily in sections 25 through 28, outline what use of the new features would get an app rejected from the App Store. For instance, extensions must provide some functionality and must remain functional without network access. Keyboard extensions can only collect user data for improving the functionality of the keyboard and nothing else. The sections for both HealthKit and HomeKit include guidelines...

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18:40
Apple sets developer rules for HealthKit, HomeKit,...


Today, Apple has updated its official App Store developers Review Guidelines to outline the requirements for iOS 8 applications that will make use of the new HealthKit, HomeKit, TestFlight, and Extensions services. Today’s update indicates that Apple is nearing the release of iOS 8, the next-generation mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch ahead of the September 9th Apple media event. Apple will provide developers with a golden master seed of iOS 8 on the day of the event, according to sources with knowledge of the plans. The review guidelines are a “living document” that list reasons that App Store apps could be rejected. Below are the full lists for HealthKit,...

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18:27
Tens of thousands of people have pre-ordered the (...


China Mobile has started accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 6. Yes, the one that hasn’t been announced yet. Apparently people are excited to finally get a chance to pre-order a phone they know nothing about, too, given that over 33,000 have reportedly already taken advantage of the offer.
The carrier is offering both the 4.7″ and the 5.5″ models in 16, 32, and 64 GB. Nobody who has ordered the phone actually knows when they’ll get it, given that—much like the handset itself—the release date hasn’t been announced yet.
The iPhone 6 will...

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17:58
China Mobile notches 33K 'iPhone 6'...

China Mobile, the world's largest cellular carrier by subscribers, began accepting reservations for Apple's unannounced next-generation iPhone on Tuesday and has subsequently racked up more than 33,000 orders since going live.

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17:56
iOS App Store suffers outage as entire catalog of...


The iOS App Store seems to be suffering a major outage, though Apple’s system status page doesn’t yet say that there are any issues (update: now it does). Users took to Twitter to point out that every single application listed on the store is now returning an error stating that it is “no longer available.” Typically this error is reserved for applications that have been pulled from sale.
The Mac App Store seems to be fine and still allows downloading applications. However, both the desktop and mobile versions of the iOS store are experiencing the issue.
Update: Apple has acknowledged that “[some] users may be unable to access multiple stores or make purchases.” The page lists issues for the...

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17:46
New Apple Store in Atlanta scheduled to open this...

Toledo, OH Apple Store location (via Ed Hunter)
Apple has announced that the grand opening for its new Cumberland Mall store in Atlanta, Georgia will take place this Saturday, September 6th at 10 AM. The store will be the sixth Apple retail location in the state.
It looks like construction is ready to get underway at the Franklin Park Mall location in Toledo as well, which will become the eighth store in Ohio. The iconic black barricades that usually precede the appearance of an Apple Store have been put up in front of the upcoming location (as seen in the photo above from Ed Hunter on Twitter).
...

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17:33
Fanning the Flames of the Systemd Inferno


They say art imitates life, but it's surprising how often the same can be said of the Linux blogs. Case in point: Just as the world at large is filled today with fiery strife -- Gaza, Ukraine, Syria, Ferguson -- so, too, is the Linux blogosphere. Of course, it's not political, social or racial struggles tearing the FOSS community apart. Rather, the dividing issue here is none other than Systemd. Systemd is a topic that's been discussed in heated terms many times before, of course -- including a lively debate back in May.

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17:00
Common App Rejections

Before you develop and submit your app, make sure it’s prepared for review. Read the Common App Rejections page to learn how to help your app make it smoothly through the review process and avoid common issues that may cause your app to get rejected.

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17:00
Updated Guidelines Now Available

Check out the latest App Store Review Guidelines before submitting your new or updated apps for review. We review all apps against these guidelines to ensure they are reliable, perform as expected, and are free of objectionable material.

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17:00
Updated Guidelines Now Available

Check out the latest App Store Review Guidelines before submitting your new or updated apps for review. We review all apps against these guidelines to ensure they are reliable, perform as expected, and are free of objectionable material.

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17:00
Common App Rejections

Before you develop and submit your app, make sure it’s prepared for review. Read the Common App Rejections page to learn how to help your app make it smoothly through the review process and avoid common issues that may cause your app to get rejected.

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16:55
Hackers Using Law Enforcement Tools to Access iCloud...

Earlier today, Apple issued a press release stating that an iCloud/Find My iPhone breach had not been responsible for the leak of several private celebrity photos over the weekend, instead pointing towards a "very targeted attack on user names, passwords, and security questions" hackers used to gain access to celebrity accounts. The company did not divulge specific details on how hackers accessed the iCloud accounts, leading Wired writer Andy Greenberg to investigate the methods that hackers might possibly have used to acquire the stolen media. Greenberg visited Anon-IB, a popular anonymous image board where some of the celebrity photos first originated, and discovered that hackers openly discuss exploiting software designed for law enforcement and government officials. Called ElcomSoft Phone Password Breaker (EPPB), the software...

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16:53
Report: Yosemite already accounting for 3.3 percent...

Thanks in large part to the release of two public betas in a program that was limited to one million signups, the forthcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite is now running on approximately 2.6 million Macs, thought to be around 3.3 percent of the worldwide Mac user base, according to statistics from Net Applications. The figures come statistics gathered in August, and are 33 times higher than the pre-release version of Mavericks, though of course the latter didn't have a public beta component....

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16:00
Slices of Apple episode 4: Customer Service part 2

Apple Stores in Los Angeles see an influx of demanding customers. Apple has been a part of entertainment for years, and even has a group assigned to making sure Apple products appear in TV and movies. In this episode of Slices of Apple, I talk to the...

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15:57
McDonald’s to begin rolling out NFC-enabled mobile...


An internal memo sent to McDonald’s franchises this week indicates that the fast food chain is preparing to roll out a mobile payment platform on September 15th. According to the notice, employees are required to be trained on the systems by Monday the 15th and the hardware, which has already started arriving at some locations, must be installed and tested before that date.
It doesn’t seem likely that this is Apple’s upcoming iPhone-exclusive payment system, which the the Cupertino tech firm is already partnering with retailers to roll out, but will instead be a cross-platform NFC option using standard VeriFone hardware that already exists in many...

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15:19
An algorithm to figure out your gender

BoingBoing:

Twitter opened its analytics platform to every user on August 27, allowing all of us — not just verified users and those with advertising accounts — to track how many people viewed and acted upon our tweets. But the “Followers” section, revealing demographics, provoked the most discussion. Alongside breakdowns in followers’ interests and location is a gender bar that splits followers into male and female.

How can Twitter offer this information when it doesn’t ask for you to indicate a gender when you sign up for an account?

My Twitter account is 86% male and 14% female. But how does Twitter deal with the (not insignificant) percentage of folks who don’t fall under traditional genera roles?
...

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15:15
∞ What a perfect game of Snooker looks like

This is remarkable to watch. Unlike traditional “pub pool”, Snooker play is very specific – you have to sink a red ball and then a coloured one and then a red and so on. In a perfect game, you sink a red then the black, then a red then the black until all the reds are gone. Then you sink the colored balls in order. A perfect game in Snooker is an example of amazing ball control and skill.

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15:00
Lenka for iOS creates stunning black and white images

Lenka (US$2.99) is a simple app to help you create dramatic black and white images. The app was developed by famed photographer Kevin Abosch and it's starkly simple. To begin with, you frame your photo, which is visible in black and white in real...

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14:47
Apple reportedly in talks with Nordstrom over mobile...

Adding to the din of rumors regarding an Apple-branded mobile payments solution, a report on Tuesday claims the Cupertino company is discussing a platform launch partnership with department store giant Nordstrom.

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14:46
Some AppleSeed testers gain access to new iCloud for...

Selected AppleSeed public testers are being contacted by Apple via email and being offered the opportunity to download and test a new beta seed of iCloud for Windows, which was announced earlier this summer at Apple's Worldwide Developers' Conference. Candidates need to have a PC running Windows 7 or later, and will gain access to the forthcoming advanced features of iCloud such as iCloud Drive and iCloud Photo Library....

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14:30
Inateck Portable USB 3.0 Hub with SD card reader is...

A lot of the USB 3.0 hubs we see here at the TUAW Labs have two things in common -- they're fairly good sized and they can only be used as a USB 3.0 hub. Accessory manufacturer Inateck has released the Portable USB 3.0 Hub Model HB4008 (US$39.99, but...

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14:27
What’s new: August 2014

OneNote has had a busy month with new features across Windows, Windows Phone, Android, and OneNote Online, this means you now have more options for capturing your notes, in higher fidelity, across all of your devices. SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business have been listening to your feedback by adding a simpler admin UI, a new pooled storage model, searching for sensitive content, and OneDrive for Business support on Android. Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see What’s New: July 2014.
 
Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Home, and Office 365 University updates:
Office Lens updates – Office Lens for Windows Phone now cleans up photos, similar to a scanner to produce clearer images of documents. An...

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14:18
Apple Discussing Mobile Payments Partnership With...

Nordstrom may be one of Apple's first merchant partners when Apple launches its upcoming mobile payment initiative, reports Bank Innovation. Apple is said to be in talks with Nordstrom about its payments service, suggesting Nordstrom could be one of the first retailers to support payments via iPhone.The "talks" Nordstrom and Apple have been engaged are related to payments -- but the extent of those talks is unclear. Apple was looking for a clothing brand with a large physical reach, our source said, but also with an established and high-end brand. With a strong brick-and-mortar presence, but with a focus on digital innovation as well, our source said Nordstrom was a "great" pick for Apple.Nordstrom is a logical partner for Apple, as its retail stores already use Apple's iPhones and iPads as point-of-sale systems. According to Nordstrom employees, Apple's mobile...

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14:11
Apple to give $20K in college scholarships as part...

In its push toward a more diverse corporate America, Apple on Tuesday announced two $10,000 scholarships for minority university students looking at future careers in the tech industry.

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14:07
Apple opens 'Product Integrity Inclusion and...

Apple has launched a new "Product Integrity Inclusion and Diversity" scholarship, according to the company's job listings page. The program is named after Apple's Product Integrity group, and offers successful minority applicants up to $10,000 towards a technology education. "To be eligible, applicants must be women, black/African American, Hispanic, or Native American students who are attending an accredited U.S. university and continuing their education in Fall 2015," the company writes....

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14:06
Victimized Celebs Blamed for Their Indecent Exposure


Apple on Tuesday issued a statement blaming the posting online of more than 100 celebrities' photos in various stages of dishabille on a highly targeted hack attack to gain access to their usernames, passwords and answers to security questions. None of the cases investigated resulted from any breach in the company's systems, including iCloud or Find my iPhone, Apple maintained. However, Apple this weekend reportedly fixed a flaw in its Find My iPhone feature that was believed to have allowed hackers to breach those celebrities' accounts.

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14:04
Apple reportedly discussing mobile payment...


Apple is reportedly in talks with department store Nordstrom to join as a partner for the company’s mobile payment system, as noted by Bank Innovation. As has been previously reportedly, Apple is also in talks with several other retailers about the possibility of accepting iPhone-based payments, and has deals in place with...

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14:00
And you wonder why Apple bought Beats...

Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats caught almost everyone off guard. Not only was the purchase price drastically higher than what Apple typically spends for acquisitions, but Apple's interest in Beats in and of itself was the source of much...

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13:35
Will iPads be integrated into more Vehicles in the...

A new study published by ABI Research today notes that OEMs offering tablet mounts include Mercedes with its iPad Rear Seat Integration Plus, as well as Jaguar and BMW with the introduction of an iPad holder for rear-seat passengers. This is going to be a new in-vehicle tablet trend for the coming year and beyond.

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13:33
MGG 517: Random Access Gab

Two geeks. Your question. Answers. Tips. How can you go wrong? You can't, unless you don't listen! Wanna learn the best way to swap an SSD in - and when it's not necessary? Want to learn how to backup your massive iMovie library? Having battery woes? Lightning connector not working properly? All this and more in this week's Mac Geek Gab! Download, press play and let the cogitation commence!

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13:19
Cartoon Network Turns to iOS App Maker Pixel Press...

Pixel Press Floors has partnered with Cartoon Network to create an Adventure Time themed Pixel Press Floors-style game, titled Adventure Time: Game Wizard. This will allow anyone to draw a level of the game and guide characters from Adventure Time through it.

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13:12
Last Chance for 8 Award-Winning Mac Apps for $39.99

It's the last day for the Award-Winning MacLovin' Bundle, eight award-winning Mac apps with a retail price of $861 that you can get for $39.99. Those apps are: Cinemagraph Pro, djay, NetSpot Pro, Keyboard Maestro, Hype 2, Dropzone 3, Moom, and Boom. Those are all high quality pieces of software, and they have all earned at least one award from magazine. If that's not enough, this bundle deal also includes a developer training course called The OS X App Masterclass. There's a lot of value in this bundle, but there's just six hours left as of this writing. Get on it!

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13:00
Apple’s Deal with Major Credit Cards Companies Has...

It's one thing for a company that makes great hardware to move into wearables. It's quite another to delve into mobile payments. But the two are linked in ways we don't yet appreciate.

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11:34
Samsung Taps David Hasselhoff, Knight Rider, and Kit...

Samsung released on Tuesday a rather entertaining commercial for its (lolbecauseapplehomekit) smart home effort. I'm not sure what exactly the commercial is pushing, but it features David Hasselhoff and his Knight Rider legacy, as well as William Daniels, reprising his role as the voice of Kit, Mr. Hasselhoff's "smart car." Of particular enjoyment is Mr. Hasselhoff's attempt to smooth talk a hot young member of the crew, who is plainly unimpressed and mentions her father might have talked about Knight Rider. Maybe. As I said above, it's very entertaining. One other note: that this commercial is devoid of specifics could suggest that Samsung has at last learned it lesson, and will wait to copy what Apple unveils after the unveiling rather than release a sad, pathetic excuse of a "FIRST POST!" product beforehand that it then has to apologize for later. We'll see. [Via Mashable]

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11:28
Review: Soundfreaq Double Spot SFQ-09 Wireless...

Most of Soundfreaq’s speakers require no explanation: it’s clear from their designs that they are made to be stationary, portable, ultra-portable, clock radios, or highly budget-sensitive. Double Spot doesn’t fit neatly into any of those categories. It’s based upon the company’s stripped-down $70 Sound Spot, yet it’s more than twice as large, and roughly twice as expensive.   When asked to explain Double Spot’s…

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11:19
Apple: Celebrity Photo Theft Due to Compromised...

Apple released a statement Tuesday claiming that stolen celebrity photo thefts released over the holiday weekend were the result of targeted attacks on individual accounts, rather than a breach of iCloud security or Find My iPhone. The company said in an "Apple Media Advisory" that it was continuing to investigate and was working with law enforcement to identify the thieves.The Mac Observer Spin: That statement was an uncharacteristically quick response for Apple-it's also a sign that the company wants to get out in front of this issue. This is precisely the kind of issue where Apple is best served by being open, transparent, and aggressive.

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10:50
News: Apple: Celeb photo hack ‘very targeted attack...

In response to allegations that iCloud played a role in the recent release of many private celebrity photos, Apple has confirmed that “certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet.” Despite the account intrusions, Apple claims that none of its systems, including iCloud and Find my iPhone, were breached. The…

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09:03
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-02

Your online photos may not be quite as safe as you think. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet talk about the news that nude photos from several celebrities have been stolen, how thermal imaging cameras can steal your credit card PIN code, and what you can do to protect yourself.

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08:03
iHome iBN6 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Originally shown at CES back in January, iBN6 has three major and interrelated things going for it: an edgy new body and a IPX7 waterproof certification at a very affordable price. iHome is arguably the king of $100 speakers — it has had more very good and great options at this price point than any other Apple accessory maker — and iBN6 has been designed to deliver a compelling waterproof experience despite selling for $50 less than Grace Digital’s…

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07:22
Analyst: New iPhones Coming, Maybe an iWatch, too

With Apple's September 9 media event only days away, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says two iPhone models are coming with NFC support and a digital payment system may be announced, but he puts the odds on an iWatch announcement at 50 percent. He also expects first weekend iPhone 6 sales will be strong, but won't beat last year's 9 million unit iPhone launch.The Mac Observer Spin: If first weekend iPhone 6 sales don't top iPhone 5S sales, get ready for the "Apple is doomed" reports. And if there isn't an iWatch announcement, the "If Steve Jobs were alive" articles won't be far behind.

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06:29
News: Daily Deal: The Award-Winning MacLovin’ Bundle

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up eight great Mac apps for only $39.99—that’s 95% off the regular price—in our MacLovin’ Bundle. The bundle includes Cinemagraph Pro, Djay, NetSpot Pro, Keyboard Maestro, Hype, Dropzone, Moom, and Boom. Plus, as an added bonus, you even get the OS X App Master Class—22 hours of instruction on how to make fantastic Mac apps. Grab The Award-Winning MacLovin’ Bundle now for only…

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06:29
News: Apple investigating “iCloud” celebrity photo...

Apple is “actively investigating” a recent celebrity photo hack that may have involved its iCloud service, Re/Code reports. The hack has leaked a large number of private, revealing photos of various celebrities, and iCloud has come under fire. Actress Kirsten Dunst tweeted a sarcastic “Thank you iCloud,” with some choice emoji. “We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report,” Apple…

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06:13
Report Claims iWatch Still in Testing, No Sept 9...

Apple's rumored iWatch is still in the engineering testing phase and hasn't made it to production testing yet, according to insider sources. The sources also say the iWatch won't make an appearance at Apple's September 9 media event.The Mac Observer Spin: This looks like a case where someone is trying to weave an entire tapestry from a single thread, and they're misinterpreting what little information they have. What's more likely is that Apple will introduce its wearable next week, but won't ship anything until late this year or some time in early 2015.

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05:48
News: Elgato debuts Eve home sensor product line

Elgato has debuted its new Eve line of home sensor products at the IFA Trade Show in Berlin. The line of sensors — six are shown on Elgato’s website — will gather data on air quality, temperature, humidity, air pressure, and energy and water consumption in a home. Users will be able to access all the data in Elgato’s free upcoming Eve app. The company says it will “announce and make available solutions” based on Apple’s…

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04:50
Apple Lands Digital Wallet Deal with Amex, Visa,...

Apple's plans to turn our iPhones into digital wallets took a big leap forward now that the company has reportedly struck deals with American Express, Visa, and MasterCard. Along with the major credit card companies, Apple has deals in place with major retailers and banks, according to insider sources familiar with the company's plans.The Mac Observer Spin: Assuming Apple does include NFC technology in the iPhone 6, it could be a move to support digital wallet systems outside the United States. Or, Apple could continue to ignore NFC and pursue its own digital payment system that combines WiFi, iBeacons, and apps.

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Monday September 1

13:52
Apple Fixes iCloud Security Gap, ‘Actively...

Apple closed a gap in iCloud security over the holiday weekend, a gap that facilitated brute-force password breaking. The move comes in the wake of celebrity nude photos that were allegedly stolen from PhotoStream iCloud storage and distributed online. Apple issued a statement on Monday saying it was actively investigating the reports.

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05:00
News: Happy Labor Day from iLounge

In observance of Labor Day in the U.S. (and Labour Day in Canada), iLounge will be on a limited posting schedule today. We will return to our normal schedule with regular updates on Tuesday, September 2. Have a great holiday!...

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04:00
Happy Labor Day

In observance of Labor Day, a U.S. holiday, The Mac Observer will be taking the day off for a little outdoor fun with friends and family, and we hope you are, too. We'll resume our regular publishing schedule on Tuesday, September 2. Enjoy the holiday!

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Sunday August 31

13:23
How to Use a FLIR Camera to Steal a PIN Code, and...

The FLIR One camera is a very cool personal thermal imaging camera that attaches to your iPhone. That's cool. I love this thing. It makes thermal imaging inexpensive and highly portable. It turns, out, however, that it also makes a long-known method of stealing a PIN code much more accessible, as shown in the video below. Mark Rober posted a detailed video to YouTube explaining and demonstrating the problem. Better still, he also shows you how to protect yourself against this method (touch all of the keys while you're entering your PIN). Show this to your friends and family and get them to spread the word. The screenshot I included shows the problem at a glance. Watch the video for the full story. [Via TheLoop]

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11:54
Apple’s Spaceship Campus through a Drone’s Eye

Check out this very cool video of Apple's spaceship campus construction site, shot through a GoPro Hero 3+ Black edition mounted on a drone. We've seen several great photos from KCBS reporter Ron Cervi, but YouTube member jmcminn's high definition video is a feast for the Apple-obsessed eye. The video, which was shot on August 24th, shows more progress on the building's structure, including some slab work (or whatever futury thing Apple is doing for its foundation). Also, while we're here, think about the number of drones that could be flying over corporate HQ's everywhere sooner, rather than later. For company's like Apple whose ply in trade is built partially on secrets, drones are part of a brave new world. [Via Fortune -> @applespotlight]

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Friday August 29

16:00
Get Free Bitcoins with 45 Website Faucets that...

I've gathered 45 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 41 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay, plus a Dogecoin faucet and a Litecoin faucet.

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15:56
Level Up Contacts with Contact Center

Everybody has their complaints about the iOS (and Mac OS) Contacts app. They're all different, but I don't know a single person who LIKES it, but we all grit our teeth and get by. Now Contrast, the folks behind Launch Center, are taking on the challenge of using contacts with a new app called Contact Center. It has shortcuts that can be customized per contact, making it easy to interact with your contacts in the ways that make sense for each of them. It's a free app in the US App Store now. I can't wait to spend some time with this, Launch Center is a wonderful utility so I'm betting their contact interaction will also be pretty great. See it in use below.

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14:40
8 Predictions for Apple’s September 9 Media Event

Unless you live in an isolation tank, it's no secret that Apple is hosting a big media event on September 9 in Cupertino where we will likely see an impressive list of announcements from the likes of Tim Cook, Phil Schiller, and Craig Federighi. Apple isn't saying what they have in store, so I came up with some of my ideas and I turned to the TMO staff to see what they're expecting, too.

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13:15
How To Tell iMessages From Text Messages

Kelly shares a handy tip for how to sort out text messages vs iMessages and why some of your messages don't show up on your Mac at all.

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13:02
2 Deals and 4 Freebies

It's a holiday weekend, and I thought I'd round up a bunch of deals for your convenience. So how about two deals and four freebies, courtesy of our friends at Stack Social?

Deal - The Productive Entrepreneur Freebie Bundle
Deal - Rosetta Stone Exclusive: Coupon For Up To $270 Off Select Language Sets
Free - The 4-Hour Chef Freebie (Audiobook)
Free - Learn Tech With SkillFeed - Free for 45 Days
Free - The Summer Freebie Design Bundle
Free - Improve Your Designs With 100 Free Hi-Res Images From Bigstock

Pretty cool, right?

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12:14
News: iLounge Weekly coming Monday, last chance for...

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 from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form…

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11:44
Apple’s September 9 Event Won’t be What we Expect

Apple's September 9 event won't be about techy things that bloggers want. It won't even be about what the best minds of the Mac Web think Apple needs to deliver. Rather, it'll be about delivering a remarkable, convincing vision that captures our imagination and enthusiasm for a better future.

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10:47
Mac: Autodesk Pixlr

Autodesk’s popular web- and iOS-based photo editor has now come to the desktop as Pixlr for Mac, providing most of the same fun effects and photo enhancement features that users of Pixlr Express for iOS have come to know and love. Users can apply quick fixes and effects from a pallet of hundreds of available options, including one-click fixes to balance out colours and lighting, or can dig deeper into advanced editing features such as merging…

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09:56
Emoji-Only Social Network Emojili App Released on...

Emoji-only social networking site Emojili has released their iOS app for free in iTunes. Those with reserved usernames can unlock them, but there's also a signup option for those brand new to the network.The Mac Observer Spin: This might be fun, if enough people install there's potential for some pretty great shenanigans, or at least a fun way to pass time in line for things. At the very least it is a very attractive alternative to Facebook.

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09:29
News: Apple to add 3X Retina Display support to...

Apple may be adding support for a “triple-resolution” Retina Display into iOS 8 according to a new discovery by iOS Developer James Thomson. In a series of tweets this afternoon, Thomson indicated that he had discovered a bug in iOS 8 beta 5 that loads a 3X asset instead of a 2X asset, and further explained that this only happens specifically with 3X assets and not other resolutions like 4X, suggesting this indicates a deliberate decision…

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09:20
News: iPhone 6 logic board leak shows NFC, A8 chips

Another new report has surfaced adding more weight to rumors that the upcoming iPhone 6 will include NFC support. Field & Volk has released photos to Sonny Dickson alleged to be of the iPhone 6 logic board, which appear to show NFC chips along an Apple A8 chip, which will reportedly be a 2GHz dual-core CPU. A report from Wired earlier this week indicated that Apple plans to include an NFC-based mobile payment system, which seems to have been further…

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09:08
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-29

Apple isn't saying what they're announcing on September 9, but there's plenty of speculation about new products and updates. Kelly Guimont John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what products Apple will introduce, including the iPhone 6 and iWatch, plus the debate what Apple will leave out of the event.

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08:34
News: Massive report reveals Apple’s PR strategies

A new nine-part report at 9to5Mac reveals techniques Apple has used to “quietly manipulate coverage over the years.” The comprehensive article relies on interviews with journalists, bloggers, and PR pros — including some ex-Apple workers. Part one of the article discusses all of the prep that goes into Apple events, including how Apple plans for things to go awry, recounting once when an audience member fainted and was taken out by paramedics…

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07:53
News: iWatch not shipping until 2015?

Although it’s expected that Apple will debut its wearable device on September 9, Re/Code is now reporting that the iWatch may not ship until 2015. While sources claim the device won’t be released “for a few months,” John Paczkowski writes, “we’re unlikely to see it at retail until after the holiday season — think early 2015.” As the article points out, Apple’s first iPhone wasn’t actually released…

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07:05
New Photos Show iPhone 6 in Grey, Gold, Silver

New photos of Apple's unannounced iPhone 6 have surfaced only days before the company is expected to unveil the new device at a special media event, and along with the space gray and gold models we're already familiar with, they also show a silver version. If the photos are accurate, we'll still have three color choices for the next iPhone model, just as we do for the iPhone 5s.The Mac Observer Spin: It's hard to tell from photos if the bands through the metal back on the iPhone 6 will look weird in real life. September 9 can't come soon enough.

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06:02
News: Daily Deal: Freebie Friday Roundup

It’s Freebie Friday in our iLounge Deals! Today we’re rounding up a collection of freebies that you can take advantage of simply by signing up for our iLounge Deals newsletter. First up we have an audiobook version of The New York Times bestseller, The 4-Hour Chef, which will take you along with author Tim Ferriss on a worldwide quest to meet and learn from the world’s fastest learners and greatest chefs. Billed as a “cookbook…

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05:42
Bloomberg Backs Up Wearables Announcement at Apple’s...

First Re/code said Apple will unveil its wearables product line at its September 9 media event along side the iPhone 6, and now Bloomberg has sources backing up those claims, too. Apple is hosting a special media event on the 9th at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, where it also introduced the original Macintosh computer.The Mac Observer Spin: Even without Bloomberg's sources chiming in, it seemed like a pretty sure thing that a wearables announcement would be part of Apple's September 9 media event. Now it's just a matter of waiting to see what it is that Apple has been working on.

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05:26
News: Report: Dutch chipmaker NXP to provide iPhone...

Apple is working with Dutch chipmaker NXP to enable NFC in the iPhone 6, according to the Financial Times. NXP will provide Apple with the NFC chips, enabling the company to use near field communication for its rumored upcoming mobile payment system. A Thursday report also claimed we would see NFC in the new iPhone to be used for mobile payments. As noted before, NFC has been rumored in iPhones for years — but the frequency of these reports, just…

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04:45
iTunes: Deauthorize Before You Sell Your Mac

Selling your Mac? Then you'll want to read this article. We're going to cover what to do to revoke that old machine's permission to play your iTunes media (and how you can do that remotely if you've already gotten rid of your Mac).

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Thursday August 28

16:01
Apple Granted 14 Years Protection for 5th Ave Glass...

Apple was granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on the design of the glass cube entryway to the company's 5th Ave. Apple Store. The patent was filed in 2012, it gives Apple 14 years of protection for the design.

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15:39
Apple: HealthKit Data Off Limits to Advertisers

Apple's HealthKit will be off limits for advertisers, which means app developers planning on supporting the health and fitness logging platform won't be able to make money by selling information about how far we walk or how much we weigh to other companies. The rule should help keep personal information that should stay private out of the wrong hands, and could help boost trust in HealthKit once iOS 8 ships in the coming weeks.The Mac Observer Spin: Locking down our health and fitness data so it can't be sold to advertisers is a great move on Apple's part. That'll go a long way towards helping iPhone owners feel like data that's very personal in nature won't be used to target them with inappropriate or embarrassing ads.

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14:40
How To Free Up iPhone Storage by Deleting Photos...

If you send and receive a lot of photos in Messages, you might find it taking up a lot of space on your device. Kelly explains how to save the images you want to keep and how to delete the ones you don't.

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14:05
Last Chance for TuneUp Deal at $19.95

Our deal for TuneUp was a big hit with our readers, but it's coming to a close. TuneUp is a utility that cleans up your iTunes library. It will fix your track names (nuking things like "Track 01" in the process), fills in missing cover art, finds and removes duplicate files, and can deliver background information on your artists. Through our deal, it's $19.95, but there's only one more day left.

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12:38
Mac: Incase Icon Sleeve with Tensaerlite

Incase is synonymous with laptop sleeves and cases. The company just announced its Icon Sleeve with Tensaerlite ($70), which provides maximum protection for your 13” or 15” MacBook Pro when you drop it. What exactly is Tensaerlite? Incase describes the material as providing “maximum impact absorption through a lightweight bumper frame.” In short, it offers solid shock protection without a lot of heft....

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11:57
Video Review: Parrot’s Jumping Sumo and Rolling...

Parrot’s new Minidrones, the Jumping Sumo (reviewed here) and Rolling Spider (reviewed here) are the newest featured products in our latest video review. Check out these new toys in action and hear what we have to say about the experience. This is our second video review, following last week’s look at the Otterbox Agility Tablet System — feel free to share your feedback!...

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11:39
Cambridge Audio Bluetone 100 Bluetooth Speaker

Billed on the company's website as a "seriously grown up speaker," Cambridge Audio's Bluetone 100 ($300) gets its name from its 100-watt amplifier power and Bluetooth capabilities; it houses two 4" drivers that promise room-filling sound. Adjustable bass controls are offered on the speaker, which does need to be connected to an outlet. RCA and 3.5 mm inputs are also included. Coming only in glossy black, Bluetone 100 isn't cheap, but it looks to provide…

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10:45
Cambridge Audio Go v2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Cambridge Audio's Go v2 ($180) is the newest version of its Minx Go speaker, this time coming with a built-in battery pack. That USB battery pack can fully charge in two hours and last for up to 18 hours, streaming music via Bluetooth. It comes equipped with two titanium tweeters, two 2" drivers, and a rear-firing bass radiator. Each Go v2 unit can remember up to eight devices for a quick connection. The speaker can also charge a phone or tablet through…

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10:00
Why a 12-inch iPad is Almost Certain

Why do people stand in line every year for a new iPhone? Why is iPhone technology changing so fast? Conversely, why are iPad sales more or less ho-hum? Why isn't iPad technology exploding? John Martellaro reflects on the situation.

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09:50
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-28

If's official: Apple is hosting a special media event on September 9, presumably to introduce the new iPhone 6. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin and join Jeff Gamet to talk about what they expect from the media event, and they also discuss whether or not Parallels Desktop 10 is a worthy upgrade.

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09:26
News: Apps of the Week: Hyperlapse, BioShock,...

New Apps Google Slides (free) — Google debuted its Slides app this week. The presentation-creating app joins Google Docs and Google Sheets as yet another Google Drive-based app. Slides allows users to open, edit, and save Microsoft PowerPoint files; the autosaving app can also work without an Internet connection. Hyperlapse from Instagram (free) — Instagram’s Hyperlapse is a new app that seems like it could become a sensation. Users can…

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08:55
Apple sends out invites to September 9 event

Apple has sent out invitations to its September 9 event. The invites simply list the date on a white Apple logo background with the words: “Wish we could say more.” This time around, the event will be held at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California. As usual, the event will be held at 10 a.m. PT, 1 p.m. ET. It’s expected that we’ll see two new iPhones at the event, and according to a Wednesday report,…

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08:27
Apple Issues Invites for September 9th Media Event

Apple has issued invitations to the press for a media event on September 9th. Titled simply "Wish we could say more," the invitation features little that anyone will be able parse for hints of what's coming.

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07:47
Twitter Opens Analytics Tools to All Users

If you're curious how many people read your Twitter posts, what type of people follow you, and what they're interested in, all of that information is now at your fingertips. This week Twitter opened its analytics tools to all of its users for free, and there's plenty of data to sift through.The Mac Observer Spin: Seeing so much information about your Twitter followers is great, but it does open the possibility that people will try to craft all their tweets just to push up numbers instead of going for friendly engagement. Please don't be that guy.

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06:57
News: Daily Deal: Get the Sensordrone Bluetooth...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up the Sensordrone for your iOS device for only $149. Featuring eleven different sensors in a single package small enough to fit on a keychain, Sensordrone lets you monitor the world around you for things such as carbon dioxide, temperature, gas leaks, light levels, weather, and more. An open platform and API also lets you connect external sensors for any other project you’re working on and have the data beamed…

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06:42
Report Claims this is the Year of the NFC iPhone

Reports that Apple will include Near Field Communication, or NFC, in the next iPhone have routinely preceded device updates, and so far have proven to be wrong. Now there's word that this time Apple really, really, will include NFC in the iPhone 6, which is expected to be introduced on September 9.The Mac Observer Spin: Just because we continue to hear that this is the year Apple will add NFC to the iPhone doesn't mean it will happen. People thought Apple would give in and add Blu-ray drives to the Mac lineup for years, and that didn't happen, either.

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06:10
News: Report: iPhone 6 to feature NFC mobile payments

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 will come with its own mobile payment system, and the solution will use NFC, Wired reports. Use of near field communication has been rumored in the iPhone for years — speculation began around the time of the iPhone 4 in 2010, and every iPhone since has been accompanied by an NFC report that never came true. Talk about the use of NFC in the iPhone has heated up again in recent weeks, though considering the device’s…

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05:24
Apple Denied Samsung Sales Injunction Yet Again

US Federal Judge Lucy Koh shot down a request from Apple to grant a permanent injunction blocking the sale of some Android-based Samsung mobile devices over pantent infringement claims. The motion was part of Apple's second patent infringement case with Samsung, and Judge Koh said the iPhone and iPad maker didn't show that its reputation or ability to innovate had been damaged.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's injunction request covered older Samsung products, so denying the injunction request won't have a big impact on device sales for either company. Still, winning the injunction would've been a handy tool to tuck away in Apple's legal strategy handbag.

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