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Tuesday September 9

09:47
Apple unveils ApplePay mobile payment system

Apple has formally introduced its own mobile payment system, ApplePay. CEO Tim Cook described the “outdated and vulnerable magnetic stripe interface” on credit cards before introducing the system. A short demo was shown — twice — illustrating the ease and quickness of the payment process.

Apple Pay uses NFC, Touch ID, and the new Secure Element.

Developing…...

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09:46
Apple Announces ApplePay iPhone Mobile Payment System

Apple announced ApplePay, its mobile payment system, at a live event Tuesday. The system requires the just announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, both of which include NFC support.

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09:39
Apple shows iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases

Silicone rubber and leather cases were introduced for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus today. Each will come in a variety of different colors. Prices have not yet been announced....

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09:35
News: Apple sets iOS 8 release date

During today’s event, Apple announced the official release date for iOS 8, the next generation of the company’s mobile operating system. Originally unveiled at WWDC in June, iOS 8 adds several significant enhancements such as new Health and Home Automation frameworks, an iCloud-based Photo Library, Family Sharing, and more. iOS 8 is compatible with the iPhone 4S and later, fifth-generation iPod, iPad 2 and later models, and all iPad mini…

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09:12
Apple’s Live Streaming Undergoing Massive Fail,...

Apple is experiencing a rare bit of massive FAIL with the live streaming for Tuesday's media event. From having two audio feeds during the pre-show to a live Chinese translation that makes it hard to hear Apple's executives to the stream itself dropping out to intermittent outages of Apple's site itself, this has so far been a catastrophe for a company that normally gets everything right. And Twitter is in full meltdown over it.

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09:09
Apple officially debuts iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

Calling it the “the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone,” Tim Cook today introduced the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which are the same devices previously leaked. They are glass-fronted, with anodized aluminum backs and stainless steel Apple logos. The new iPhone 6 comes in two screen sizes—4.7” and 5.5”—which Apple is calling “Retina HD displays,” “new in every way,” and SRGB…

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09:09
Apple Unveils Larger Screen iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus...

Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Tuesday during its special media event. True to the rumors, the new models are available with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays, plus Apple is keeping the 4-inch iPhone 5S in its lineup, too.

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08:50
Ruminations on Apple’s Media Event: It’s Not an ‘...

The iPod wasn't just another MP3 player, the iPhone wasn't just another smartphone and the iPad wasn't a tablet computer. So then, the 'iWatch' won't be yet another a smart watch -- even if it wraps around your wrist and tells you the time. Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous throws in his two cents about today's Apple announcement just in time for you to tell him just how wrong he was.

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06:37
Court Denies Retrial in Second Apple v Samsung...

Apple's motion for for judgement as a matter of law or a retrial in its second patent infringement case against Samsung was denied on Monday. The iPhone and iPad maker had hoped to find a way to get a ruling more in its favor in the case, but it appears the U.S. Federal Court wasn't swayed by the company's arguments.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's series of wins in its ongoing patent infringement fight with Samsung have all been slowly eroding away. Samsung's drag-it-out strategy seems to be paying off because the longer the legal fight continues the less Apple looks like a winner.

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06:29
News: Daily Deal: Get the AluPen Twist Stylus+Pen...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the AluPen Twist, a convenient and sleek stylus and ballpoint pen combination for your iPad or iPhone. The AluPen Twist offers you the convenience of a stylus for your touchscreen and in just a twist, a high-quality ballpoint pen appears for quick note taking and jotting down all those brilliant ideas. Made from high-quality ABS/aluminum construction with a tapered design, AluPen Twist isn’t simply ergonomic…

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06:12
News: Mayo Clinic to play role in today’s Apple event

Renowned Minnesota-based medical group the Mayo Clinic will reportedly be “at (Apple’s) side” during today’s event, according to the Star Tribune. Mayo will demonstrate how Apple’s iOS 8 Health app can mesh with a major health center system. According to the article, Mayo and Apple “have been working together for about two years.” An August report noted Apple has discussed its HealthKit with other providers,…

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05:29
News: Alleged iPhone 6 benchmarks: 1.4 GHz dual-core...

Following what appeared to be a leak of a fully operational 4.7” iPhone 6 in China, a Weibo user has posted alleged results from a Geekbench 3 test on the device. The tests show a 1.4 GHz dual-core A8 chip that is “almost 20 percent more powerful” than the previous A7 chip. Reportedly, the device will continue to contain 1GB of RAM, and an 8MP camera that is said to feature an improvement in low-light image quality despite remaining…

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05:21
News: Apple Events channel returns to Apple TV for...

Following Apple’s announcement last week that today’s event will be live streamed, the Apple Events channel has returned to the Apple TV, allowing viewers to view the live stream on a television via Apple’s set-top box. The event starts at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, and Apple is expected to reveal its newest iPhones, debut the iWatch, and announce an official release date for iOS 8, amongst other announcements....

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05:10
TMO Live Coverage: Apple’s Sept 9 Media Event

Apple's September 9 media event is only hours away and The Mac Observer is on location to bring you the latest news and announcements. The company is expected to show off the iPhone 6 as well as the iWatch, and may very well have more surprises in store, too.

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04:50
Apple TV gets Live Stream Channel for Sept 9 Media...

Apple's Special Events channel appeared again on Apple TV Tuesday morning leading up to the company's media presentation at the Flint Center in Cupertino. The channel will live stream today's iPhone 6 and iWatch launch, and includes recordings from past events, too.

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04:10
Apple Store Offline Ahead of iPhone 6 Media Event

Apple's online store closed its virtual doors Tuesday morning ahead of the company's highly anticipated media event. The company is expected to introduce the iPhone 6 today, along with its first product in the wearable tech market.

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Monday September 8

14:58
How To Prepare Devices For An iOS 8 Upgrade

We know iOS 8 is coming, and we're pretty sure there's a new iPhone in the near future as well. Kelly explains how to technologically prepare devices for iOS 8 (emotionally preparing is a totally different process).

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13:37
Amazon Hacks $200 from Fire Phone - Free Under...

Amazon has dropped the price of the Fire Phone-the company's foray into smartphones-to free, just six weeks after its release. It's also one day before an Apple media event where the company is expected to unveil the next iPhone. The Mac Observer Spin: The question becomes whether or not Amazon is making any money at that price, and the answer is probably no. Of course, not making a profit is Amazon's primary business model, so we'll have to see where this goes.

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13:33
Last Chance to Pre-Order Complete iOS 8 + Swift...

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

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13:21
Apple Reportedly Working on Rewards Program for...

Apple will launch a "pilot program for merchant partnerships," according "multiple sources with knowledge of the program" cited by Bank Innovation. The financial industry magazine said the program could be a rewards program for shoppers tied to the mobile payment system the company is expected to launch during a media event on Tuesday, September 9th.

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13:00
BlueLounge Soba

BlueLounge has introduced Soba ($25), a new cable management system. The total Soba package contains a 10-foot fabric tube, two end caps, three mounting caps, one Y-split cap, five rubber bands, and one zipper tool. Soba can bundle up to three cables in its tubing, and it comes in black or white. The zipper tool is used to easily open the tube and secure the cables — it's not terribly intuitive at first, but there's a guide available on BlueLounge's…

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12:20
Star Walk 2 for iOS Suffers a Myriad of User...

Star Walk 2 is the next generation of the venerable sky charting program by Vito Technology that was launched in 2008. This iOS app has been well received throughout the years, but the new release suffers from too many user interface and usability errors, and its does not fare well compared to the competition at the same price.

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11:08
Apple Dedicates Home Page to iPhone 6 Countdown

Apple has dedicated its home page-one of the most highly-trafficked properties on the Internet-to counting down the hours and minutes until its September 9th media event. The company is expected to unveil the iPhone 6, its first foray into wearables (a.k.a. "iWatch"), a mobile payment system, and a better look at new features in both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.

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09:46
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-08

Apple's big media event tomorrow may have a lot to interest the fashion industry, and it's looking more and more like NFC is finally coming to the iPhone. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's push into the fashion world, and they offer up their ideas on how they think NFC will play into the the company's plans.

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09:30
News: Report: Both iPhone 6 models to launch...

Both the 4.7” and 5.5” iPhone 6 models will launch on Friday, September 19, according to iGen.fr. While the base model’s date is expected, considering past Apple timelines, it’s been unclear as to what the larger iPhone’s release date might be amidst reports of manufacturing delays. A June report did note both iPhones might be released at the same time, but numerous claims as to production issues have called a simultaneous…

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08:49
News: New iPhone names: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus?

A new report claims that Apple will name its new iPhones the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The 4.7” model would get the regular iPhone 6 name, while iPhone 6 Plus would be the 5.5” model, according to Macotakara. It’s also noted that the lineup will feature the same colors as the 5s, with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB options — whether there’s an 128GB model is unknown. While the report’s accuracy is unclear, we first suggested…

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08:47
Zoom iQ6 XY Stereo Microphone for iPhone + iPad

Zoom's iQ5 brought a higher-quality stereo microphone solution to Lightning-equipped iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches -- at least, ones without cases. Now there's iQ6 ($100), which for the same price adds case compatibility and separately swiveling unidirectional condenser microphones to a package that's similar to iQ5 in size. Mostly made from silver plastic, iQ6 has two metal microphones on its front, each capable of being turned to transform a…

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08:00
News: Daily Deal Extended: One last Chance to get...

We’ve extended our iLounge Deal on The Complete iOS 8 and Swift Developers Course to give you one last chance to pre-order this great package for only $79! At 92% off the regular price of $998, this deal gives you an opportunity to get ready for iOS 8, preparing you to develop for the new platform by taking you through building 14 iOS 8 apps using Apple’s new Swift programming language, for a total of 36 hours of elite training. Your pre-order…

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07:25
Spigen Capsule, Neo Hybrid / EX + Ultra Hybrid for...

Another collection of new Spigen cases for the 4.7" iPhone 6 has arrived, again including variations on previously-introduced models for earlier devices. Capsule ($15) is a soft TPU plastic case that wraps around the iPhone 6, covering virtually all of its body save for the screen, bottom ports, and side ringer switch. Ultra Hybrid ($25) combines a clear hard plastic back with an opaque edge in your choice of colors, achieving the same protection…

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07:24
8 Predictions for Apple’s September 9 Media Event

Apple's big media event is set to start tomorrow, September 9, at 10 AM pacific time. What can you expect to see when CEO Tim Coom and company takes the stage? Read on to see some of The Mac Observer's predictions.

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07:22
Spigen Slim Armor / S + Tough Armor / S for iPhone 6

Continuing its bet that Apple's upcoming 4.7" iPhone will match previously-leaked dimensions, Spigen has released Slim Armor ($30), Slim Armor S ($30), Tough Armor ($35), and Tough Armor S ($35) for iPhone 6. The four cases are highly similar to one another, as each version includes hard and soft plastic layers that come together to cover most of the new iPhone's body. Slim Armor has soft corner curves versus Tough Armor's more angular edges, as the…

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06:32
News: iWatch schematics reveal boxy body?

A Reddit user has posted (via 9to5Mac) alleged schematics of Apple’s iWatch, showing what appears to be a rounded rectangular body and circular bottom sensor opening. The renderings are consistent with Apple designs, although the chassis is nowhere near as futuristic as has been postulated over the last year or so. While there’s no definitive proof that these images represent the iWatch, the detailed schematics are marked with the name…

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06:02
Leaked CAD Renderings Claim to Show iWatch Design

What looks like a set of CAD renderings for Apple's rumored iWatch have surfaced, showing the body design, biometric sensor panel, and more. The device is expected to be announced at the iPhone and iPad maker's special media event on Tuesday, September 9, along with the iPhone 6.The Mac Observer Spin: If the CAD renderings are legit, Apple is designing a smart watch that looks a lot like the square iPod nano. That doesn't seem as sleek or sexy as a round design, but maybe that's what Apple needs to fit all of the components in the case. Regardless of what form factor the iWatch takes, it's clear there's a lot of pent up interest in Apple's entrance into the wearable tech market.

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05:34
News: Latest iPhone 6 roundup: videos, battery,...

A number of recent iPhone 6 reports have surfaced in recent days, with little time left before Apple is set to unveil its newest smartphone tomorrow. YouTube user PhoneEvaluation posted a video review of the alleged iPhone 6: in it, a man compares the device to the iPhone 5s, and shows a number of the new phone’s well-documented design features and physical details. More short videos allegedly showing Apple’s latest phone in action have…

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04:58
Rumor Claims Apple Placing NFC Sensors in Disney...

Apple has reportedly been installing Near Field Communication, or NFC, sensors in its own retail stores along with Disney Store locations, adding more fuel to the rumors that the iPhone 6 will include NFC support as part of a new mobile payment system. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 at a special media event on Tuesday, September 9, at the Flint Center in Cupertino.The Mac Observer Spin: As we get closer to tomorrow's media event, it seems even more certain that Apple is finally embracing NFC. What we don't know yet is if it'll be in the iPhone, iWatch, or both.

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03:34
Off-Season Episode, Live from the Penn State Mac...

Interrupting the offseason, here’s a discussion we recorded between Tim Perfitt and Dave Test, live at the 2014 Penn State Mac Admins Conference. Tim gives a little background about how iBeacon and Passbook were utilized at the conference, and Dave talks about the integration between them and the impossible-to-pronounce sched.org.Hope this tides y’all over until we’re back for season two.About Allister BanksAllister has spoken at LOPSA-East, MacTech Conference, MacAdmins Conference at Penn State, and lives in NYC. He contributes to various open source projects and speaks enough Japanese to order food.Mail | Web |...

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Sunday September 7

08:28
More than Tech: Apple Invites Fashion Editors to...

Along with the usual Apple and general tech media and bloggers, the company's September 9 product launch event will also include a long list of fashion-related reporters. The iPhone and iPad maker invited people from the fashion world to cover the event, and helps back up the accepted notion that we'll be seeing wearable devices such as the long rumored iWatch.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple hasn't invited fashion news reporters and bloggers to an event before now. This is a pretty big sign that the company is jumping into the wearables market in a serious way. Tuesday's media event is going to be a wild ride.

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07:47
MGG 518: Larrys Have Problems (That Geeks Can Solve)

iCloud Notifications, Burning CD tracks, securing network devices, backing up your NAS and much, much more. All of this in today's Mac Geek Gab episode featuring Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun, your two favorite geeks! Download today and enjoy.

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Saturday September 6

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

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

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Friday September 5

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

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

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14:32
News: Video Review: Grace Digital Ecostone and iHome...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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12:24
170 Hours of Developer Training for $59

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

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

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

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12:15
How the iWatch Could Completely Catch the...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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07:47
Apple CEO Says Better iCloud Security Coming Soon

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

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

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

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

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

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05:43
Apple Store App gets Synchronized Shopping, More

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

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

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

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

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

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05:00
iLounge Game Spotlight: BioShock

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

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04:45
Pages: Locking Objects in Place

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

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Thursday September 4

14:21
IKEA Debuts ‘Amazing’ BookBook for 2015 with Eternal...

Not usually known for its technological offerings, IKEA released a video spotlighting the "amazing" BookBook for 2015, featuring high definition photos, a touch interface you can feel, and amazing eternal battery life. It also features "instant loading" on every page! Amazing. This is one of the more clever Apple spoofs we've seen, and it wasn't done to denigrate Apple (as is the case with most such spoofs), but rather to highlight Ikea and extoll the virtues of old-fashioned print catalogs. Discovered via The Loop. Note: You may need to watch it twice to catch everything, it's very clever.

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13:58
iRig Mic Field, a Digital Stereo Mic for Lightning...

IK Multimedia announced on Thursday iRig Mic Field, a digital stereo microphone for Lightning-equipped iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. This device is designed to capture high-quality audio using two high-quality cardioid electret condenser capsules, a 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter (with 44.1/48kHz sample rate), a 115 dB maximum SPL rating, and a built in low-noise, high-definition preamp. Because it uses the Lightning port, it can be used for either standalone audio or for capturing audio for a video, too. It works in conjunction with iRig Recorder, the company's audio recording app for iOS, but it's also compatible with Core Audio and Core Video-enabled apps, including Apple's GarageBand, Voice Memo, Camera, and iMovie. iRig Mic Field is US$99.99/â79.99, and it ships in October....

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13:41
TextExpander 4 for Mac: $16.99

If you have been reading The Mac Observer or listening to our podcasts for any length of time, you probably know how much we love everything Smile Software does. That's particularly true for TextExpander, the company's killer utility for automating any kind of text string you frequently use. Your signature, a URL, your phone number, boilerplate language...anything. Thanks to our friends at Stack Social, we can offer you a deal on TextExpander 4 for US$16.99, less than half the retail price. Note that version 5 is in beta, and that this deal is only for version 4, but if you need it now, this is the discount you've been looking for.

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13:13
Mac: Mobee Technology Magic Hub

Mobee Technology is back with another cool Mac peripheral, this time taking its usual unique design to the world of USB hubs. Mobee’s Magic Hub is the world’s first four-port USB 3.0 hub designed to sit discretely at the back of an iMac or Apple Display. Not only does Magic Hub attach to the back of your Mac stand like it was designed to be there, but it’s even directly powered by your standard Apple power cord, passing power through…

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13:10
How To Manage Apple’s Photo Stream on Mac OS or...

Sometimes the need arises to manage iCloud Photo Streams from a computer. Kelly explains how to enable or disable Photo Streams and how to delete specific photos on both a Mac and a Windows machine.

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12:46
News: Withings unveils Home video monitor

Withings has announced Home ($220), an HD camera with environmental sensors, designed for video and audio monitoring. The camera offers HD video up to 1080p with zoom, and two digital microphones allow for two-way talk. Users can receive notifications based on events such as movement or crying. Each time an event is detected, Home takes a photo and a video, and stores it for two days. The clips can be downloaded and kept free of charge, and additional…

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12:43
WSJ Claims iWatch Will Have NFC for Mobile Payment...

Apple's iWatch will come with NFC to be used with a mobile payment system, according to unnamed source cited by The Wall Street Journal. This will be an extension of the rumored mobile payment system that Apple will also be unveiling with the iPhone 6 during the company's September 9th media event.

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12:13
Apple to Live Stream Sept 9 Media Event

Apple special media event on September 9 just became a little more accessible because the iPhone and iPad maker will be live streaming the invitation-only presentation. The company is expected to unveil new iPhone models along with the rumored iWatch wearable fitness tracker.The Mac Observer Spin: It's pretty clear Apple has some big announcements in store for next Tuesday, and the company wants to make sure as many people as possible get in on its message.

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12:07
Report: Apple negotiated lower card transaction fees...

Apple has successfully negotiated lower card transaction fees for its upcoming mobile payment system, according to Bank Innovation. The Cupertino company has reportedly reached deals with American Express, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Capital One, and Bank of America. Apparently, Apple has convinced the financial institutions to consider the mobile payments as “card present” transactions, and has settled on a reduced “card present”…

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11:33
News: NYT: iWatch to have flexible screen, wireless...

Another new report has surfaced on the verge of Apple’s introduction of the iWatch and iPhone 6, this one from The New York Times. According to the report, Apple’s iWatch will have a flexible display panel covered by sapphire. The device will also utilize wireless charging. On the new iPhones, the Times reports that a one-handed mode will be available. That mode — which can be switched on or off — will make it easier to use the larger…

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11:20
News: Apps of the Week: The Met, Iconic, Infinity...

New Apps The Met (free) — The country’s largest art museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, has released its own official app — The Met. A great starting point for visiting the museum, the app lets users browse listings of current exhibitions and daily events. Museum admission, membership, and event tickets can all be purchased from the app, as well. Though it’s best for visitors, The Met will likely be of interest…

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10:40
Apple announces live stream for September 9 event

Apple has announced that it will live stream its September 9 event. The company’s website now has a “live” page featuring a countdown clock to the time of the event. Apple users are also offered a link to add the event to their calendars. It’s expected that Apple will reveal its newest iPhones and debut its iWatch next Tuesday....

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09:45
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-04

We're finally getting leaks confirming the iWatch is real, and they seem to be coming from inside Apple. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about why we're suddenly getting an apparent iWatch confirmation, along with some talk about information control tactics, and just how much they think Apple's wearable device will cost.

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08:26
News: WSJ: iWatch, iPhone 6 to both have NFC

Both Apple’s upcoming iWatch and iPhone 6 will include near field communication, The Wall Street Journal reports, adding its voice to the chorus of those expecting Apple to use NFC in upcoming devices. NFC is “central” to Apple’s plans for a mobile payment system, the report notes. The report also claims the iWatch will come in two sizes, both featuring a “curved organic” LED screen. While Apple plans on taking…

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07:50
News: New report alleges continued violations at...

A new report released by Green America and China Labor Watch titled “Two Years of Broken Promises” accuses Apple of failing to fix violations at supplier Catcher Technology in Suqian, China. Many violations found in a 2013 investigation at the supplier — violations which were shared with Apple — were reportedly seen again in an undercover investigation conducted this August. Employees are said to work excessive overtime and long shifts…

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07:26
News: Orbotix launches Ollie by Sphero

Orbotix has officially launched Ollie ($100), the new app-controlled toy by Sphero. First seen at CES 2014 as Sphero 2B — the two-wheeled robot earned an iLounge Best of Show award — Ollie can travel up to 14 mph and get up to one hour of play on a full three-hour USB charge. Ollie is controlled using an app and connects to an iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth Smart, boasting a range of 30 meters (98 feet). The toy’s polycarbonate body features…

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07:19
Want Real World Maps for LTE Coverage? There’s an...

AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint all offer coverage maps showing just how great their high speed smartphone data connections are, but those aren't always a completely realistic representation of what sort of signal strength you can really expect. If you want to see what kind of signal strength people are really getting in most any area, there's an app for that -- and a website, too.

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06:43
News: Harman Kardon debuts Infinity One, Esquire...

Harman Kardon introduced its fall lineup today, including its new premium portable Bluetooth speaker, Infinity One ($300). Infinity One has passive radiators which claim to make the small speaker sound like a much larger system. The water-resistant speaker also includes a 5V 2.1A output for charging. Now available for preorder, Harman Kardon expects Infinity One to ship on November 9. Additionally, Harman Kardon’s Bluetooth-equipped Esquire…

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06:26
News: Daily Deal: Get Access to Premium WordPress...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering a lifetime subscription to a great collection of premium WordPress themes for only $69—80% off the normal price. The TeslaThemes Developer Plan gives you access to over 25 feature-rich WordPress themes, with 1-2 new themes added each month. Each of the themes is easily customizable and includes all theme files, HTML documentation with snapshots and step-by-step instructions, an import demo XML, optional…

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06:09
Apple’s Jonathon Ive Apparently Confirms iWatch,...

Apple's Senior Vice President of Design, Jonathan Ive, seems to have tipped the company's hand and revealed that the iWatch is real, and that it won't look like every other smartwatch that's hit the market. Mr. Ive has apparently been bragging about the device and one of the designers who has been working on the project told the New York Times just what he said.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple product designers openly talking about unannounced products? Unless the New York Times misunderstood what the Apple employee said -- or the source misconstrued Mr. Ive's comments -- the fact that they confirmed the iWatch is real is even more surprising than what features it will include.

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05:38
News: Ive on the iWatch: Switzerland is in trouble

A new story about wearable tech in The New York Times contains a striking supposed quote from Apple design chief Jony Ive about Apple’s upcoming iWatch. According to an Apple designer, Ive was bragging about how cool the iWatch would be, and said that Switzerland is in trouble — though Ive’s preferred language was stronger than “trouble.” It’s a little morsel of hype for a device expected to make its official debut…

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05:03
U2 Denies Involvement in Apple’s Sept 9 Media Event

Following reports that U2 would perform at Apple's September 9 media event and launch their next album by bundling it with the unannounced iPhone 6, the band has come out denying it will be involved at all.The Mac Observer Spin: The rumor that U2 would play at Apple's media event, along with the fact that shoppers are already lining up for unannounced products, shows just how much excitement there is surrounding the launch. You don't see lines like this, or big name band rumors, for Microsoft surface announcements, or Samsung's latest smartphone release.

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Wednesday September 3

16:29
How To Disable Your iOS Photo Stream

Syncing your entire Photo Stream to iCloud may not be what you want to do, but you may not even know you're doing it. Kelly explains how to find and enable or disable the setting as needed.

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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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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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11:15
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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11:01
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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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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10:04
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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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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09:29
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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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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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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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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05:30
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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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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Tuesday September 2

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: 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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06:29
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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06:13
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

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How To Free Up iPhone Storage by Deleting Photos...

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Last Chance for TuneUp Deal at $19.95

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Mac: Incase Icon Sleeve with Tensaerlite

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

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Cambridge Audio Bluetone 100 Bluetooth Speaker

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10:45
Cambridge Audio Go v2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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Why a 12-inch iPad is Almost Certain

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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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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

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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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Wednesday August 27

15:16
The Ruby On Rails Rookie To Rockstar Training Bundle...

Check out the Ruby On Rails Rookie To Rockstar Bundle, a deal on six training courses with more than 45 hours of Ruby on Rails instruction. The courses include The Startup's Guide To Web Development With Ruby On Rails, Ruby On Rails For Beginners, Learn Ruby On Rails From Scratch, Advanced Ruby Programming: 10 Steps To Mastery, Create & Deploy A Web App In 3 Hours, and Become a Heroku Rails Ninja. Combined, they have some 250 lectures, which is a ton of instruction. Through our deal, you can get it for $49, a small fraction of the $631 retail price.

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14:29
ACM 269: China’s OS Ambition, iWatch Rumors, Cool...

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13:24
How Duke Turned an iPod Giveaway into a University-...

A decade ago, Duke University gave iPods to incoming freshmen. That idea evolved into the Duke Digital Initiative, a way to integrate emerging technology into courses. Kelly looks at how that initiative has grown and changed in the last ten years.

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10:24
Text Expander iOS 8 Keyboard Replacement Goes to...

Smile Software announced Wednesday that TextExpander touch 3 was being opened to a public beta. This will be a keyboard replacement for iOS 8 (via Apple's new keyboard extension) that allows you to use your TextExpander snippets in every iOS app-even Apple's own apps. Smile also said the keyboard will include full VoiceOver accessibility support. If you want to participate in the public beta, follow Smile's special Twitter account @SmileTEBeta.

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09:49
Apple Reportedly Plans to Launch Wearables ‘...

Some hedge analysts might be saying that Apple is having to delay its foray into wearables (i.e. the "iWatch"), but Re/code's well-informed John Paczkowski said that Apple will unveil it "alongside" new iPhones at the September 9th media event he also broke. Bryan Chaffin says if it's true, it means the iWatch is being built in Arizona.

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09:45
News: Report: Apple to unveil iWatch with new...

Apple plans on unveiling its new wearable device alongside its two new iPhones on September 9, Re/Code reports. As expected, the new device will “make good use of” Apple’s new HealthKit and HomeKit platforms, though how the latter will be implemented isn’t quite clear. The wearable device has generally been referred to as iWatch, but the true name is still unknown at this point. According to the report, Apple will likely still…

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09:40
Parallels Desktop 10: More Mobile Efficiency, More...

Parallels Desktop 10 for the Mac is now shipping. As with previous versions, Parallels has added some excellent new features that make the new version compelling and the upgrade price worthwhile. John Martellaro takes a closer look.

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09:25
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-27

There's a new report claiming Apple plans to start building 12.9-inch display iPads in early 2015. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont and join Jeff Gamet to discuss what they think of a bigger format iPad, and they also take a look at what's happening at Duke University's technology program for students and faculty ten years after they started handing out iPods.

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07:12
Dropbox Ups the Cloud Storage Game with new 1TB for...

The online storage and file sharing service Dropbox increased its paid Pro storage option from 100GB a month for US$9.99 up to 1TB. The new price point brings Dropbox in line with Google Drive's 1TB offering, and it also brings some extra features to the table that make the deal even more enticing.The Mac Observer Spin: 1TB for $9.99 a month is pretty competitive, especially since Dropbox is throwing other useful features, too. Your move, Apple.

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06:19
News: Daily Deal: Get up to $270 off on select...

Today in iLounge Deals you can grab a coupon to save up to $270 on select language sets from Rosetta Stone. With its guaranteed approach to learning a new language, Rosetta Stone focuses on the idea that learning a language should be a natural, intuitive process, and that interactive technology has the power to accelerate, personalize, and simplify language learning for anybody. With this offer, you can get $270 off select Rosetta Stone Language Sets…

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05:41
News: iPhone 6 parts leak reveals front panel...

A new group of alleged iPhone 6 parts have been posted on Chinese parts site ElekWorld, with a heretofore unseen front panel variation included among the pictures. While a picture of a completed front panel assembly for the 4.7” iPhone 6 looks similar to what’s been seen before, a separate picture of the front panel doesn’t match — it shows an extra sensor near the FaceTime camera. If this part is real, it’s possible that…

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05:30
Get Ready for the 12.9-inch iPad, Maybe

Apple is reportedly working on a 12.9-inch version of the iPad with plans to release the device in 2015. The tablet would be even bigger than the 9.7-inch iPad Air and would dwarf the 7.9-inch iPad mini.The Mac Observer Spin: It's a safe bet that Apple has been experimenting with several screen sizes for possible future iPad models. If the company does release a 12.9-inch model, it won't be because analysts demand it, but instead because the company is sure it will sell well.

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04:45
iOS 7: Closing All Open Safari Windows on Your...

iOS 7's Private Browsing is handy if you want to secretly shop for gifts orâahemâview any other sites that you might not want people to see. In this Quick Tip, though, Melissa Holt's going to talk about using this feature as a way to close all of the Safari windows you've got open.

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Tuesday August 26

17:16
Seagate Ships First 8TB Hard Drives for Enterprise

Seagate announced Tuesday that has shipped the first 8TB hard drive, a 33 percent increase in capacity from the 6TB enterprise monsters that were announced just last April. The devices come in a standard 3.5-inch form factor, and it doesn't use helium to increase capacity, a concept being pursued by Western Digital. Instead, as noted by Computerworld, Seagate is using a technology called shingled magnetic recording (SMR). The company hasn't announced pricing, and said that it was shipping the drive to "select customers," with wider availability starting next quarter. The 6TB enterprise drive shown below can be purchased for US$599. Now, if I could just get an iPhone with more than 64GB of storage.

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15:50
Hands-On with Blue’s Mo-Fi Headphones: Comfort...

Blue Microphones Mo-Fi headphones offer a high-end listening experience aimed at audiophiles and music professionals. With a flat sound, an onboard amp, and a radically reengineered approach to how they sit on your head, Mo-Fi marries comfort to high fidelity.

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VPN Unlimited 3-Year Premium Plan for $19

Need access to otherwise restricted web content? Donât trust your WiFi connection? Need to ensure online security? We have a deal for you that can help with these issues. For $19, you can get a three year plan with VPN Unlimited. With VPN Unlimited, you can access restricted content (think being in China and being able to access sites that are blocked by the Great Firewall). Plus, your data is encrypted. With this three year plan, you can access your VPN service from your Mac, PC, or Linux box, as well as your iOS or Android mobile devices. It retails for $65, making the $19 price a killer deal. There are more details on the deal listing.

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11:30
News: Bloomberg: Apple now plans 12.9” iPad for...

Apple suppliers are getting ready to manufacture a new iPad with a 12.9-inch screen by the first quarter of 2015, Bloomberg reports. Such a device has already been rumored for some time — previous reports claimed Apple was testing a larger iPad, with one late 2013 report claiming the company was testing five different 12.9-inch iPad prototypes for a release of two possible versions of such a device. Talk about the device has been quiet for some…

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Can’t Wait for OS X Yosemite? Disable Mavericks’...

OS X Yosemite is coming soon, and it moves the widgets from the Dashboard, which will be no more, to the Notification Center. But if you can't wait to get rid of it in Mavericks, John Martellaro shows how.

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10:10
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-26

The Los Angeles school district canceled its contract with Apple for iPads in the classroom. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the reasons why that happened, and they also take a look at what's on the TMO staff's iPhone Home screens.

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Mac: Satechi BT Wireless Smart Keyboard

Satechi has been working towards the ultimate keyboard experience for Mac users for nearly a decade. The newly-released BT Wireless Smart Keyboard ($55) is its latest attempt at a compelling multi-platform keyboard device. Designed to sync with 5 devices at a time, it’s an ultra-efficient keyboard for users with productivity in mind. Using the keyboard’s function key in addition to the 1-5 number keys, users can seamlessly switch between…

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09:36
News: More new Apple TV channels: SVT Play in Sweden...

More new channels have been added to Apple TV, this time in Scandinavia. SVT Play has been added as a channel in Sweden, and NRK has been added for Apple TV users in Norway. SVT Play is a free service offering on-demand and live television, including sports, news, drama, documentaries, and children’s shows. NRK is a Norwegian public broadcaster now offering 40,000 shows on demand through Apple TV. Earlier today, Apple added Showtime Anytime…

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08:32
deadmau5 to Open 2014 iTunes Festival

Apple added several more artists to its 2014 iTunes Festival lineup in London, including deadmau5 as the event's opening act. The company also added an iTunes Festival channel to Apple TV Tuesday morning ahead of next week's concert series.

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BitTorrent Sync Gets Revamped Sharing Workflow and...

BitTorrent Sync on Tuesday saw a huge update in its subtly-named 1.4 release, now allowing users a much simpler way to start sharing synced folders with others. If you haven't been using BitTorrent Sync yet, you probably will start soon, largely due to some of the new features they've added today.

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06:42
News: Showtime Anytime channel comes to Apple TV

Apple has just added the Showtime Anytime channel to Apple TV, following its reintroduction of the iTunes Festival channel. The new channel is basically Showtime’s version of HBO Go — it’s been available on the App Store for some time. Showtime Anytime has on-demand content and live streams of Showtime East and Showtime West for authenticated TV subscribers. Some free full episodes of Showtime shows are even available without cable or…

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06:30
LA Schools Ditch iPad Contract Amid Controversy

Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy has cancelled a year-old contract with Apple to put iPads in student's hands following news that he, along with former Deputy Superintendent Jamie Aquino, had inappropriately close ties to the company. Documents showed the two may have been talking with Apple executives a couple years in advance, and that the bidding process may have been skewed in Apple's favor.The Mac Observer Spin: It doesn't matter if the school district superintendent acted inappropriately or not because his integrity has been called into question, and by extension Apple's has been, too. This isn't going to make it any easier for Apple to score future contracts in Los Angeles schools.

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06:29
News: LA Unified School District suspends iPad...

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05:18
News: iTunes Festival channel returns to Apple TV

The iTunes Festival channel has reappeared on Apple TV, not long before the festival kicks off in London. Apple’s iTunes Festival starts September 1 and runs through the whole month. As has been the case previously, the channel will let users watch live HD streaming video of the performances, as well as on-demand recordings after performances have ended. New acts, including Mary J. Blige, deadmau5, and Ed Sheeran, were recently added to the…

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Bad iPhone 5 Battery Life? Apple May Owe You a Free...

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04:00
Blue Releases Mo-Fi Headphones with Onboard Amp,...

Blue Microphones announced on Tuesday Mo-Fi, the company's first foray into over-the-ear headphones. The device features an onboard amplifier paired with "ultra-premium 50mm hi-fi drivers." Mo-Fi also has an incredibly comfortable* four bar linkage system in place of the standard headband, along with a clever pivoting arm for adjusting the ear cups.

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Monday August 25

08:02
How to sync music to your iPod when your library is...

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Thursday August 21

08:00
Logic Pro X, MainStage 3: Issues installing...

Installing the Logic Pro X or MainStage 3 additional content may not complete, or the estimated time may be longer than you expect.

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Logic Pro X : Using shared network volumes

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Audio files might not be edited in the Audio File Editor. 
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Tuesday August 19

14:36
Courses to study for the ACMT 9L0-011 exam

This article lists the courses that you should review for the 9L0-011 ACMT exam. 

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14:31
Courses to study for the ACMT 9L0-065 exam

This article lists the courses that you should review for the 9L0-065 exam.

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12:42
Motion version 5.1.2: Release notes

Learn about current and previous Motion updates.

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Sunday August 17

09:14
Sydney Mac Admins August Meet Up

To All Sydney Mac Admins,Our next Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 27th of August.We have a booking at 6pm at Hart’s Pub, Corner of Essex & Gloucester St, The Rocks.Any one who has an interest in managing OS X or iOS is very welcome to come. You don’t need to be an expert. It is a great opportunity to meet your fellow Mac/iOS admins.You can now RSVP and register to be notified of future events at http://www.meetup.com/Sydney-Mac-Admins/I hope to see you there,Marcus.About Marcus RowellMarcus Rowell is a Mac Systems Administrator and IT generalist who is trying to make IT simple and reliable. He can be found on Twitter as @mrowell.Mail |...

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Thursday August 14

06:53
MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2014): Might show incorrect...

If you're using a MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2014), you might see "134681" or a similar number instead of your computer model when you choose Apple () menu > About This Mac > More Info. Additionally, you might see the model name listed in English even when you're using OS X in another language.

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Wednesday August 13

12:20
Apple security updates

This document outlines security updates for Apple products.

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12:16
About the security content of Safari 6.1.6 and...

This document describes the security content of Safari 6.1.6 and Safari 7.0.6

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Tuesday August 5

04:25
Look Less Silly on Github

And with Git in GeneralSo you’ve gotten ok with scripts, or at least have tasked yourself with sorting through and in some cases slinging around plain text files. You’ve even heard about this Github thing, maybe you’ve already made an account, maybe you’re even digging in to it more often. What could go wrong? Instead of me just being critical of strangers on Twitter, here’s a few things you may want to avoid when starting out, with some other background to get a better handle on things. Let me know what I’m overlooking or am just plain wrong about in the comments! Get the gistI’m not going to provide a full introduction to code sharing sites, but it comes up often enough that you can also paste code you’re working on at Github’s associated gist.github.com site. Even anonymously, this is a quick and easy way to let others see log files or code you’re working on, stack multiple files behind one URL, and keep it ‘private’ so only folks you give the URL to can see it. Versus...

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Friday August 1

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

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

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Wednesday July 30

09:53
About integrated video on Intel-based Macs

Learn more about the integrated GPUs available with Intel-based Apple computers and the amount of system memory they share.

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09:53
Thunderbolt ports and displays: Frequently asked...

Learn about the Thunderbolt ports on Apple computers and displays, their uses with OS X and Boot Camp, and system requirements for Thunderbolt usage.

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09:52
MacBook Pro (Retina, Late 2013): Using 192 kHz...

Learn how to use 192 kHz sample rate optical digital audio with your MacBook Pro (Retina, Late 2013).

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09:52
Mac OS X versions (builds) for computers

Learn which Mac OS X versions (builds) originally shipped with or are available for your computer via retail discs, downloads, or Software Update.

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09:52
Intel-Based Apple notebooks: Identifying the right...

Learn which power adapter, power cord, and plug are appropriate for each Intel-based Apple notebook. Remember that size, shape, and color of replacement adapters and cords may vary.

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