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Wednesday August 13

08:00
OneNote Online co-authoring experience improvements

OneNote has always been a powerful tool to work with others through shared notebooks stored on OneDrive or Office 365.  From teams at corporations tracking work items together, to families sharing household information and to-dos, OneNote is a great place to collaborate in real-time. Today we are happy to announce improvements to the OneNote Online co-authoring experience:

  • The new “People Presence” feature helps you see who else is working on the same OneNote page or is in the same notebook simultaneously, regardless of which OneNote client they are using, so that you can connect and collaborate with them if needed.
  • Improved syncing means your edits are nearly in real-time. This will help you and everyone else to stay on the same page as ideas develop and evolve.


Want more? We’re continually adding new features to OneNote Online as well as other...

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08:00
Anything you say to Siri can and will be used...

"Siri, read him his rights..."

If you happen to murder someone, do not ask Siri for help on where you can hide a body. Apple's intelligent assistant used to come back with locations like quarries, swamps, and dumps. Well, according to various news...

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07:58
Thailand government official claims Apple has...

Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has approved two new Apple handsets -- said to be variants of the so-called "iPhone 6" -- for sale in the country, the regulator's secretary general revealed on Wendesday, suggesting that Thailand could join the list of launch countries for the next-generation devices.

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07:37
SwitchEasy B’Spoke for iPad Air

Although it doesn't have quite the design refinement we're used to seeing from SwitchEasy, B'Spoke for iPad Air ($50) is nonetheless interesting due to its unusually thin profile. Offered in either an all-brown or a black exterior/red interior combination, B'Spoke uses a leatherette-covered "Smart Memory Alloy" to achieve a 2.2mm thinness on all sides, including a folio-styled front lid and a trapezoidal support for conversion into a video stand.…

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07:28
Apps: Delicious Library, Arq, HoudahSpot
07:18
As Siri gets more powers in iOS 8, we ask: Do you...

When Siri lost its beta tag almost a year ago, I suggested it might be a good time for those who’d been frustrated with its early performance to give it another chance. What I discovered through your comments was that Siri seems to be one of those things that polarizes views: people either loving it and using it every day, or dismissing it as a useless gimmick. Not too many people seem to fall between the two.
But Apple has continued to work hard on improving the service, adding new capabilities as well as refining its ability to handle existing ones. It might not yet be as sophisticated as its creators envisage for the future, but a year on seemed a good point to revisit...

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07:01
Thailand's Telecom Commissioner Confirms 2...

Thailand's National Telecommunications Commissioner Thakom Tanthanan has revealed Apple's request for permission to import two new iPhone 6 models that are at present only known as products A1586 and A1524.

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07:00
How to see the names, passwords, and credit cards...

Safari makes it very easy for you to store usernames, passwords, and credit cards that you've entered into websites on your Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or iOS 7 device. If you use iCloud Keychain syncing, you can even share that information between your...

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06:57
News: Apple approved to sell two iPhone 6 models in...

Apple has received approval to sell two new iPhone models in Thailand, according to Manager Online. The approval was also confirmed in a tweet by Takorn Tantasith, Thailand’s Secretary General of the National Broadcasting Telecommunications Commission. It’s reported that Apple requested to sell two new models, A1586 and A1524. The request was filed on August 5 and approved on August 8. Considering the early approval, it’s possible…

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06:49
Sports arenas marketing with Apple's iBeacon...

Promoting products to iPhone users using Apple's wireless location-based iBeacon technology is a fine line, as professional sports teams try to provide helpful information to fans to sell more goods without pestering and annoying them.

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06:40
Uber adds destination entry for riders & turn-by...

Uber announced today that it’s added new features that will make the experience even more seamless for both users and its drivers.

We envision a day when there is no coordination necessary to take an Uber ride. Simply push the button, and the rest is essentially on cruise control: the car quickly shows up at exactly the right place and whisks you away to your destination via the best possible route. The latest rider and driver app releases take us one step closer to that world with two new features:

A new destination entry feature lets users quickly enter destination details into the Uber app that are then automatically available to the driver when they arrive. “You can literally skip the step where you tell the driver where you’re going.”
Uber has also added turn-by-turn navigation to its driver app: With one tap, the driver can enable turn-by-turn navigation to the destination you’ve...

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06:34
AT&T now offering $200 off a cellular iPad when...


AT&T has launched a new promo for those looking to pickup an iPhone 5s or 5c in the near future and save some cash on a new iPad. The offer is valid only with the purchase of one of Apple’s soon to be replaced iPhones through AT&T’s Next program and only for a cellular iPad model.

Another important thing to note is that the iPad needs to be activated under a two-year wireless agreement on a Mobile Share Value plan ($10/month) or a standalone plan (starting at $14.99/month...

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06:30
Manchester United football team bans the iPad from...

Manchester United Football Club has banned the iPad and other tablet devices from Old Trafford Stadium. As reported by Manchester Evening News, the team sent an email to fans announcing this policy change ahead of its pre-season closer with Valencia...

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06:28
iPhone 6 in last phase before mass production,...

The iPhone 6 is currently in a final product validation phase before it begins mass production, Chinese media sources say. Apple is specifically said to be working with Foxconn's Zhengzhou facility in churning out small quantities, with the goal of making sure quality control is up to par. Some reports had indicated that the iPhone 6 was already in production, but it may be that rumors of delays were accurate....

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06:25
Samsung Debuts Galaxy Alpha with Fanatical Details...

On August 4 we reported on Samsung's upcoming smartphone would offer a metal casing with chamfered edges. Today, the new Galaxy Alpha delivered on that promise. They shied away from using the term "chamfered edges" but they emphasized "elegantly curved corners" ...

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06:19
USB governance group ratifies Type C connector, USB...

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has ratified the new USB Type-C connector. Initially revealed in December, the new connector is symmetrical, smaller in size, and has scalable power charging. Additionally, the new specification supports faster speed, and is still backwards compatible (with adapters) to previous versions of the spec....

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06:16
Rumor: Next-gen iPads to feature matte display, not...


The anti-glare/matte display you love may be en route for the next generation of iPads. Per The Mac Observer and Bloomberg, sources have claimed that a 9.7-inch iPad is in production and a 7.9-inch iPad will enter production later this year, both with an anti-glare coating that cuts down on glare.
Sources stated that Apple is going with a non-glare display for easier reading. They also said initial availability may be limited when...

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06:05
Apple Receives Approval to Sell Two iPhone 6 Models...

Takorn Tantasith, Secretary General of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) in Thailand, announced earlier this week that the agency has approved Apple's application to distribute two iPhone 6 models in the country, reports Manager Online [Google Translate]. The Secretary also tweeted word of the approval from his @TakornNBTC Twitter account. Google Translate version of Tantasith's Tweet Apple reportedly filed the import application on August 5 and received certification of equipment and a written approval notice on August 8 for two iPhones with model numbers A1586 and A1524. According to...

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06:00
YouTube Find: Home repair of an iPhone 5s display

Walking around with a cracked iPhone 5s because you don't have AppleCare+ ? There's good news as CNET TV has published an excellent video walking you through the replacement of a cracked iPhone 5s display. If you watch the video tutorial and read...

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05:49
Siri Creators Have a Much Smarter Bun in the Oven


The inventors of Apple's Siri personal assistant have launched an independent effort that could make their first offspring look kind of dumb. Billed as "the global brain," Viv aims to radically simplify the world by providing an intelligent interface to everything. "They are trying to abstract Siri's [natural-language processing] interface so you could apply it into other applications and domains," said Tempo AI founder and CEO Raj Singh. "For example, what if I wanted to integrate a Siri-like interface into the Yelp app or the Expedia app?"

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05:41
Siri Developers Hard at Work on Your Next AI Overlord

Apple's Siri voice recognition technology may be the culmination of the efforts from a long list of engineers, but it's also just the beginning. Part of the Siri development team has spun off to form their own company where they're working on a new voice recognition system that's more like Tony Stark's J.A.R.V.I.S. than asking your iPhone for a weather update.The Mac Observer Spin: Siri is amazing technology, but it's barely the first step into true voice interaction with our smartphones. A true artificial intelligence system that learns and improves as it interacts with us sounds awesome -- and just a little scary.

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05:35
News: Apple honors Robin Williams with webpage,...

Apple is honoring Robin Williams on its website and in its iTunes Store following the recent death of the actor and comedian. A new “Remembering Robin Williams” webpage has been posted on Apple’s official website — a rare occurrence. Additionally, the iTunes Store now has its own “Remembering Robin Williams” section. The section gathers many of Williams’ movies in one place, in addition to the first season of…

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05:31
∞ All the world’s a stage

[VIDEO] Iain Anderson had his daughter recite the famous All the world’s a stage monologue from Shakespeare’s As You Like It, one line at a time.

This is fascinating to watch, certainly, but it also raises an interesting point. I found the meaning in this monologue much clearer, much easier to digest, because it was broken up into fragments, each of which was filmed as an individual scene. There’s a lesson there for teachers, I think. Regardless, enjoy.

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05:30
ToDo4team launches on Mac, iOS, Windows, Android...

MacMike has launched ToDo4team (http://www.todo4team.com/), a task management solution available via a web browser and on Mac OS X, iOS, Windows, and Android devices.
ToDo4team is designed for small and medium sized companies and organizations. Its main feature is assigning and listing of tasks for individual employees. To use the app on any platform, just enter a task subject via app or send an email to a specific dedicated email address.
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05:30
Apple posts tribute to Robin Williams

On August 11, 2014 the world lost Robin Williams, a legend in comedy in and cinema. Recently, Apple released an advertisement that featured the actor's dialog from "Dead Poets Society." Tim Cook has already paid his respects via Twitter, but now his...

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05:29
Amazon takes on Square, PayPal with new iOS-...

Online retail giant Amazon on Wednesday unveiled Local Register, a new mobile credit card reader and companion app-based payment processing system that allows users to accept plastic payments on their iPhone or iPad.

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05:23
SMS Export Plus lets you back up iMessages from an...

mTouchLabs has announced SMS Export Plus 1.5, an update of their productivity app exclusively for the iPhone and iPod touch. SMS Export Plus allows you to backup iMessages and SMS from your device to a Mac in .xls format.
Using SMS Export Plus, you can archive and maintain records of all your messages at a single location in Excel file. Browse all backup messages in the .xls file very easily. You can filter messages by sender or sort messages by time and date.
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05:17
News: Amazon introduces Local Register Secure Card...

Amazon has introduced its Local Register Secure Card Reader ($10), a mobile credit card reader to rival products from Square and PayPal. The iPhone and iPad-compatible card reader offers a 2.5 percent rate for swiped transactions — lower than Square and PayPal. Additionally, customers who sign up by October 31 will only pay 1.75 percent per swipe until 2016. Though the card reader costs $10, for a limited time, Amazon will credit the first $10 in…

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05:15
This is the chip that could make your MacBook even...

Intel’s current chip architecture, branded as Haswell, uses a 22 nanometer process. They are about to roll out a significantly smaller and faster architecture, known as Broadwell, which uses a 14 nanometer process. Jump to the post for more detail and some cool pictures.
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05:13
Special Apple Webpage Pays Tribute to Robin Williams

Yesterday Apple's CEO Tim Cook Tweeted on the passing of Robin Williams stating that he was heartbroken. Today Apple adds a respectful tribute to Robins Williams.

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04:50
OS X Maps: Right-Click for Fast Directions

With the Maps program on the Mac, you can get fast directions to any location you want. But what are the easiest ways to get that info if you don't know the address of your destination? That's the subject of today's Quick Tip.

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04:46
The thing that broke the net yesterday

There was trouble on the internet yesterday.

Tuesday Morning, various networks experienced outages from 4-6am EDT (8-10am UTC). [It] appears the outage was the result of a somewhat anticipated problem with older routers and their inability to deal with the ever increasing size of the Internet’s routing table.

Older routers were designed to handle an impossibly huge, not possible to pass, 512K router table entries. So big. No chance this could ever be an issue. Except now we’re hovering right around that threshold and some older routers with that limit are being tested and found wanting.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:35
Amazon Local Register takes on Square, PayPal with...

Amazon is taking on PayPal and Square in mobile payments, by releasing its rumored card reader for smartphones. Local Register is a combination of the Square-style card reader and an accompanying mobile app to create a small and portable point-of-sale system, allowing retailers to directly accept physical credit and debit card payments....

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04:33
Strong iPhone 5S Sales Boosted Hon Hai's...

Last week Catcher Technology reported that their revenues spiked due to their production of cases for the new iPhones and then on Monday Pegatron echoed that their earnings sharply rose due to gaining iPhone contracts. Today, the positive revenue train is extended to Taiwan's Hon Hai...

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04:25
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6' at final...

With Apple expected to be planning a Sept. 9 event to showcase its next-generation iPhone, a new report claims that the so-called "iPhone 6" has entered the "product validation test" stage, which is the final step before mass production.

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04:09
Amazon introduces mobile card reader to compete with...

PC World:

Amazon.com has introduced a card reader coupled with smartphone and tablet apps that aim to provide small businesses with a way to accept payments on these devices.

At least in the short term, this is excellent news for both consumers and small businesses, as Amazon will push down the per transaction fee, down to 1.75 percent per swipe til the end of the year, then rising to 2.5 percent per swipe which is still lower than Square and PayPal Here.
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03:49
Studiometry for Mac OS X now supports customizable...

Orange Software (http://www.oranged.com) has revved Studiometry, its Mac compatible client and project management tool, to version 11.2. Customizable calendars can now be created in Studiometry. These can be used to color-code and filter items by type, employee, and associated groups. Setting up custom calendars will give you complete control over the content and display of items within Studiometry’s calendar view.
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03:44
Kool Tools: X-Mirage AirPlay server

X-Mirage (http://x-mirage.com/x-mirage/) is an useful AirPlay server for Mac and Windows systems. It allows you to wirelessly stream contents or mirror your iDevice screen to any Mac and record everything onscreen with one click.
On its on, Apple AirPlay lets you play content from iOS devices on Apple TV. It lets you wirelessly stream what's on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch to your HDTV and speakers. Or you can mirror exactly what's on your display to the big screen.
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03:31
Murder suspect really did ask Siri for advice on...

One of the best-known Siri easter eggs is its response to the question “Where’s a good place to hide a body?” Siri’s usual response was to ask “What kind of place are you looking for? Swamps. Reservoirs. Metal foundries. Dumps.”
In a story you really couldn’t make up, Kirotv reports that ‘a Florida man’ on trial for a 2012 murder seriously did ask Siri for this advice, according to evidence presented in court yesterday.

New evidence presented Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of killing his roommate showed he apparently asked Siri on his iPhone, “I need to hide my roommate.”
Pedro Bravo is accused of killing University of Florida student Christian Aguilar in 2012.

The Huffington Post reports that the...

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03:18
Recommended reading: 'Build iOS games with...

In "Build iOS Games with Sprite Kit: Unleash Your Imagination in Two Dimensions" from Pragmatic Bookshelf (US$34 for the paper version, $20 for the ebook version), you'll learn to build two games using Sprite Kit and learn real-world, workshop-tested insights about game design, including cognitive complexity, paper prototyping, and levels of fun.
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03:08
Amazon takes on Square and PayPal Here with $10...

Small businesses looking to take occasional card payments without paying monthly fees now have a third option as Amazon has launched Local Register to compete with Square and PayPal Here – as we predicted last month. The $10 card-reader is compatible with any iPhone from the iPhone 4 onward, as well as any iPad or iPad mini.
Amazon is undercutting both competitor services with a flat fee of 2.5 percent per transaction (vs 2.7 percent for PayPal Here and 2.75 percent for Square). Not enough? Amazon is sweetening the deal with a special introductory rate of 1....

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03:04
Study: consumers want innovation, customization in...

Mobile phone users are ready for new options in data pricing and on-device solutions that provide them with more ability to control and personalize their mobile service, according to Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com).
The survey reveals 60% of mobile phone owners want to be able to customize their plans, and 50% are interested in the ability to directly purchase more data in real-time from their device. Strategy Analytics surveyed over 500 mobile phone users in each of six mobile markets (China, France, Germany, Spain, the UK and the U.S.). Key findings include:
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02:31
iPhone 6 Reportedly Entering Final Quality Control...

New reports from Chinese media sources (Google Translate, via G for Games) claim that the iPhone 6 has entered a final product validation testing stage ahead of mass production before its launch this fall. Apple is reportedly working with Foxconn's Zhengzhou factory to produce a small number of units to ensure quality control standards have been implemented, as the device will then be mass produced at Apple's various supply partners. Previously, a report last month claimed that Apple had already begun mass production for the iPhone 6, however it is possible that...

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Tuesday August 12

21:44
Report: Apple to begin offering carrier financing on...

A new report claims that a "significant number" of US Apple retail stores will begin offering carrier financing incentives from at least three of the four major carriers, beginning as soon as August 20.The financing plans, as previously reported, are offered by carrier offshoots such as Verizon's Edge or AT&T's Next, allow customers to include the cost of the iPhone itself spread out across a period of time, or what used to be called an "installment plan." The programs generally allow customers to upgrade phones more quickly than the full term of a contract.......

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21:21
Facebook 13.1 released for iOS, boasts crash rate...


Facebook released version 13.1 of its iOS client today with a rather uninteresting change log noting that the app had received “bug fixes” and nothing more. However, over on Facebook’s engineering blog the company has outlined what exactly went into this fix, and it turns out the update contains a significant fix that will resolve over 50% of reported crashes.
According to the blog post, the issue arose from a file corruption error that appeared in iOS’s Core Data system:...

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21:09
Apple posts Robin Williams tribute page to company...

Following the addition of a special iTunes section featuring selected works of the late Robin Williams, Apple late Wednesday published a page to its website in memory of the late actor/comedian, who passed away on Monday at age 63.

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20:17
Apple publishes new ‘Remembering Robin Williams’...


Apple continued its remembrance of comedian Robin Williams today by publishing a new page on its website. The memorial is featured on the Apple.com homepage, and features a message from Apple:
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Robin Williams. He inspired us through his passion, his generosity, and the gift of laughter. He will be greatly missed.
Earlier today the company also put a selection of Robin’s work on sale through the iTunes Store.
Heartbroken by the news of Robin...

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20:15
Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

An anonymous reader writes: Apple has released a diversity report on the genders and races of its employees. As is common in the tech industry, the majority of Apple's workforce is male — only three out of 10 employees around the globe are female. Broken down, males compose 65 percent of non-tech workers, 80 percent of tech workers, and 72 percent of Apple's leadership. According to CEO Tim Cook, he's unhappy with Apple's diversity numbers and says Apple is working to improve them: "Apple is committed to transparency, which is why we are publishing statistics about the race and gender makeup of our company. Let me say up front: As CEO, I'm not satisfied with the numbers on this page. They're not new to us, and we've been working hard for quite some time to improve them. We are making progress, and we're committed to being as innovative in advancing diversity as we are in developing our products."...

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20:00
Award-winning MacLovin’ Bundle, $40 for djay, Boom,...

Specials.9to5Toys.com has a pretty solid bundle of disparate Mac apps available for $40 bucks today. All apps included are award winners – Either Apple Design Award, Best of Mac App Store, or Macworld Editors’ Choice Award-Winners so no duds here:

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19:34
Good Technology reports jump in government,...

A new report from Good Technology on enterprise mobile use has shown that Apple's iOS continues to be the overwhelmingly dominant choice of systems for corporate mobility, with some 88 percent of all business app activations and 90 percent of tablet activations on the platform. However, Android apps climbed to 12 percent of app activations, a gain of four percentage points from the previous quarter, while Android devices climbed to 32 percent of activations versus iOS' 67 percent....

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19:10
The Connected Car, Part 2: Wired For Wireless - It...


The connected car is a battlefield among technology purveyors fighting to get their hardware plugged into the vehicle's network bus. Open source technology is becoming a key contender. OEMs are sorting through a garage full of options from versions of embedded Linux to the Automotive Grade Linux distro and the Android car platform. The connected car concept is picking up speed as a vehicle intelligence system in its own right. It is turning the common car into a fully functional communications center on wheels.

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18:57
RipIt 1.6.8 - Gets your movies off DVD and onto your...

RipIt gets your movies off the disc and onto your Mac, where it's easier to find, organize and play them. Why Rip Your DVDs?

  • Use your laptop longer: Laptops use a lot more juice when they're spinning a DVD and a hard drive.
  • Easily organize your movies: Moving files around on your computer is a lot easier than alphabetizing shelves full of DVDs.
  • Find movies faster: Use your Mac's built in search tool, Spotlight, to find a movie in your collection... instantly.
  • Peace of mind: Movies stored safely in your computer can't get lost, scratched or broken.
  • Simplify entertainment on the go: Why carry around bulky DVD cases or disc wallets when you don't have to?

Version 1.6.8:

  • Updated for OS X 10.10

OS X 10.6 or laterDownload Now

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18:31
iRip 2.1.7 - Transfer songs, videos, contacts, and...

iRip (was iPodRip) is the definitive iPod companion application. iRip allows you to get the most out of your iPod, iPhone and iPad -- you can transfer music, videos, and books from your iOS device back to your iTunes Library, listen to music directly on your iPod (allowing you to save valuable disk space) and much more. iRip supports all iPod media types: MP3, AAC, Protected AAC or Audible.com Content. Upgrade to iRip 2.0 for only $9.95 with your license from iRip 1.Version 2.1.7:

  • Updated for OS X 10.10
  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • iTunes 8.0 or later
  • iOS device

Download Now

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17:56
Verizon announces plans to launch VoLTE service in...


Verizon Wireless has announced its plans to launch support for Voice over LTE service (or VoLTE) on its cellular network later this year, according to FierceWireless. However, the company says it has moved back its plan to release a VoLTE-only phone until 2016, and will continue releasing CDMA-capable phones until that time. Such a device was originally anticipated for the end of 2014.
The carrier originally announced earlier this year that it would support the new voice service, which provides higher-quality phone...

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17:55
Crowdfunding Critic: MIOPS smartphone high speed...

Welcome to another Tuesday edition of the Crowdfunding Critic here at Electronista and MacNN. Every Tuesday and Thursday we bring you a crowdfunding project that we like enough to share with our readers. As we note, this isn't an endorsement of the project or the campaign, but rather something the staff thought was interesting enough to mention. With any crowdfunding project, we urge our readers to research the items they are considering pledging on, as all investments come with risk. The subject for today's post is the MIOPS smartphone controllable high speed camera trigger.......

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17:52
Apple's extended 'Your Verse' videos...

Apple on Tuesday posted to its YouTube channel an extended version of its most recent "Your Verse" iPad ad featuring Chinese electropop group Yaoband, which uses the tablet to gather sounds and perform on stage.

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17:24
Apple releases new videos featuring Yaoband and...


Apple has posted a new video to its YouTube channel that contains the previously-released iPad ads featuring Yaoband and Jason Hall with new voiceovers from each discussing how they use iPads in their daily work routines. You can check out both of the videos below:

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: iPad, video, YouTube...

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17:14
Apple adds Robin Williams section to iTunes store [u]

[Updated with addition of feature spot on the main Apple website] The death of actor and comic Robin Williams has spawned a dedicated section at the iTunes Store where fans can find various movies, specials and other performances from the widely-loved actor and comedian. Among the offerings are both videos and audio-only appearances, celebrating the diversity of his career along with a brief biographical note. Apple CEO Tim Cook and Nest CEO Tony Fadell were among the luminaries that remembered Williams in tweets on Monday....

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16:50
Yahoo acquires recommendation 'Pandora for...

Yahoo continues its trend of buying up startups with the news that the search company has acquired Zofari. Zofari, which is positioned to be the Netflix or Pandora for local recommendations, announced on its website that the startup was acquired by Yahoo to work an undisclosed project. The purchase went relatively unnoticed until TechCrunch reported on it earlier today....

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16:49
Apple ignores calls to fix 2011 MacBook Pro failures...

Owners of early-2011 MacBook Pro continue to report GPU-related system failures, but Apple has yet to acknowledge the problem as widespread and, according to informed sources, is not planning a replacement program to remedy the issue.

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16:10
Apple Video on Diversity: Inclusion Inspires...

Earlier today we posted a report titled "Apple Publishes their 2014 Diversity in the Workplace Report," that covered Apple's CEO Tim Cook addressing Diversity at Apple. Apple has now followed up their report with a video ...

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16:00
Time Lapse! beats iOS 8 Camera app to the punch

I've always been fascinated by time lapse photography, where you capture a still image a few times a minute, then create a movie with a very speeded-up effect. The 1982 documentary film Koyaanisqatsi is really striking with its creative use of time...

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15:00
Goat Simulator, Valiant Hearts both headed to iOS

We've seen so many games make their way from iOS to home consoles and PC, it's about time our iPads and iPhones started to suck in titles from elsewhere, and that's just what they're doing. Both the hilariously offbeat Goat Simulator and the...

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14:39
Apple has added a Robin Williams section to the...

Cult of Mac:

The tragic news of Robin Williams’ sudden death has sent most of us on a YouTube binge, watching TV shows, movies, and stand-up comedy bits from the funniest man who ever lived, and now Apple is paying its respects to late-comedian with a new iTunes section.

CoM says, “if you scroll through you can find 40 of his other gems like “Death to Smoochie”…” I’m sorry. I loved Robin Williams but “Death to Smoochy” was an awful movie.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:37
Pure CSS parallax scrolling websites

This article demonstrates how to use CSS transforms, perspective and some scaling trickery to create a pure CSS parallax scrolling website.

Check out the demo.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:24
Apple Offers Robin Williams iTunes Tribute for Movies

Apple has posted a tribute to Robin Williams in the iTunes Store, one day after the tragic death of the comedian. The company has gathered 23 comedies and 16 dramas , from the World According to Garp, to Mrs. Doubtfire, to The Birdcage (one of my personal faves), to Popeye, most of the actors work is represented. Missing (that I noticed) is Mork and Mindy, the sitcom where he made a national name for himself. Season 1 of The Crazy Ones, his most recent show, which was canceled in May. I've seen a few comments suggesting Apple is "cashing in" by posting this tribute (thanks to @Rich_DS for the heads up), and that might be the silliest thing i've seen said about Apple in recent memory, and that's saying something. Companies offer tributes on the death of a popular music artist or actor all the time, and people like to remember those who have died. More importantly, the idea that the $200,000 to $1 million extra Apple could conceivably net from this tribute would matter to the company...

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14:22
The copy of the U.S. Constitution that’s installed...

TUAW:

There’s a copy of the U.S. Constitution on each and every Mac in the Dictionary app.

You’ll not only find such exciting information as who was on the editorial staff and advisory board for the Dictionary, but also a bunch of useful references.

In addition to the aforementioned Constitution of the United States of America, there’s also a complete Language Guide, a history of the English language, a list of the fifty states and each state capital, a list of every President of the U.S. from George Washington to George W. Bush (not sure what happened to the current incumbent…), the Declaration of Independence, a list of countries of the world, a list of chemical elements from hydrogen to meitnerium, a cross-reference of standard to metric measure conversions, and the Arabic, Hebrew, Greek and Russian alphabets.

Kind of interesting, especially for us trivia nerds, but a little odd to have this info buried in the Dictionary app.
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14:08
Red Giant Releases Primatte Keyer Version 5.1

Red Giant (www.redgiant.com) has launched Primatte Keyer 5.1, an update that adds support for Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X (FCP X) and Motion. Primatte Keyer lets users remove a blue- or green-screen background, often with the touch of a button.
Version 5.1 brings the same powerful tools to editors, directly within their NLE or motion graphics tool of choice. Features include automatic keying, digital green screen relighting, and compositing and cleanup tools.
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14:00
SwannEye HD ADS-460 Wi-Fi Security Camera: OK camera...

We've tested a number of webcams and security cameras here at TUAW, but out of those we've tested, none have been designed to work both inside and outside of your home or business. The Swann ADS-460 SwannEye HD Wi-Fi Security Camera (US$179.99) comes...

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13:58
Apple, Inc. Diversity video narrated by new VP of...

A new Diversity film Apple published as part of its report on employee demographics is narrated by Denise Young-Smith, who the company internally promoted to lead human resources in February.

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13:44
Future Xbox One update will let you stream live TV...

Microsoft announced today that a new system update for its Xbox One game console will soon let users stream live TV to their iPhone or iPad. Set to arrive in the next few months, the Xbox One’s SmartGlass companion app will be equipped with the option to watch television via a local network connection without interrupting a gameplay session.

To pull this off, you’ll need an Xbox One, compatible iOS device and Microsoft’s live TV tuner, which is coming to the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain sometime in October. [Update: turns out you don't need the tuner after all.] While this new offering will be limited to...

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13:26
iWatch to be announced in September, says Gruber

Apple will be announcing the iWatch next month, insinuates Daring Fireball's John Gruber. In complaining about the look of the Moto 360's charger, he writes that "The only way this could get funnier would be if it [the 360] doesn't even ship until after Apple announces their wrist wearable thing next month." Gruber doesn't cite any sources, but is known to be well-connected and will sometimes reveal info in a matter-of-fact way....

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13:25
Briefly: Valiant Hearts: The Great War for iOS, Peel...

Ubisoft has announced today that Valiant Hearts: The Great War, will release on September 4th for iOS devices. Set during World War I, the puzzle-adventure game features characters whose narratives are interlinked. Players aim to survive the trenches alongside their canine companion. The new mobile version introduces intuitive touch controls that accommodate the format of mobile devices. Upon release, Valiant Hearts: The Great War for iOS will be available through the App Store....

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13:07
Apple Stores to start offering iPhones via carrier...


A significant number of Apple Stores in the United States will likely begin offering iPhone sales via the latest carrier financing programs later this month, according to several sources. We previously detailed that Apple Stores will soon offer iPhones on AT&T Next, Verizon Edge, and the T-Mobile Jump plans, and now we’ve learned some new information on the matter. We’re told that Apple is tentatively planning to begin rolling out the programs on Wednesday, August 20th as a pilot.
Of course, this could slip back a few days as this new program’s existence has not even been officially confirmed by Apple.  We’ve also been sent a couple of slides from internal Apple employee training materials showcasing what exact plans will be offered. The slide above details the differences...

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13:04
Apple remembers Robin Williams with iTunes...

Apple today has added a ‘Remembering Robin Williams’ feature section in the iTunes Store following news of the actor’s passing yesterday afternoon.
The section features a collection of movies, TV shows, and other performances with the incredibly talented actor including Mrs. Doubtfire, Flubber, Hook, and Dead Poet Society, which inspired Apple’s recent ‘Your Verse’ campaign featuring ordinary people using the iPad in interesting ways. Williams’ famous line from his role in Dead Poet Society can be heard in the initial ‘Your Verse’ ad from earlier this year.
Apple CEO Tim Cook shared his thoughts in a...

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13:02
Remembering Les Paul

Today marks five years since the passing of one of the world’s most unique innovators of all time, Les Paul.

Much respect Les.
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13:02
Apple remembers Robin Williams with iTunes tribute...

Following the untimely death of actor and comedian Robin Williams on Monday, Apple has dedicated a special featured iTunes section to a collection of his best work, ranging from classic comedy routines to movies.

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13:00
Apple releases diversity data; 70% of employees are...

Following in the footsteps of other high-tech companies, Apple today released a report detailing employee diversity across the company.

Some of the more noteworthy data includes the following information compiled from Apple's 98,000-strong employee...

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12:58
Hand lettering

Wow, these are just great.
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12:51
Apple publishes diversity numbers

Certainly worth looking at the numbers and reading Tim Cook’s message.
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12:48
Forums: Bugs in Yosemite

This week in the MacNN forums, members continue to discuss bugs they have found in the developer preview and beta versions of Yosemite. Today "angelmb" started a thread looking for help trying to figure out what keeps causing "Circus Ponies NoteBook" to crash, and they included a complete crash report....

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12:46
Apple deals: iMacs from $1,050

Apple's online store currently has a wide selection of refurbished iMac models. The 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive has been reduced by $250 to $1,049. A $230 discount drops the price on the 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive from $1,499 down to $1,269....

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12:44
DealNN: iPad Air with Retina display cut to $399

At Staples.com right now get the iPad Air with Retina display in Space Gray for $499. Use coupon code '79449' to drop the price down to $399. That discount makes this the best price we have seen on this model by about $50. This iPad model features a Retina display, Apple A7 processor, built-in Wi-Fi, 5MP iSight camera, FaceTime HD camera, and comes with iOS 7 and iCloud....

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12:38
Checking for Activation Lock before buying a used...

Sébastien Page:

Even though they might not be able to activate the lost or stolen device, they might still try to put it up for sale, and if you don’t know what to look for, you might very well be buying an iPhone that has been locked and cannot be activated.

Good advice.
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12:38
TuneUp: Clean & Organize Your iTunes Music...

Today's deal for TuneUp is going to help you clean up your iTunes library. TuneUp will fix mislabeled or missing song information (like "Track 01" or "Unknown Artist"), find missing cover art, find and removes duplicate music files, and deliver music videos, artist bios, concert alerts, social network integration, and more. This Mac and Windows app is usually priced at US$50, but through our deal you can get it for $19.95.

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12:37
Mac: Waterfield VertiGo 2.0 Laptop Bag

A new school year is right around the corner, to the joy of parents worldwide. Some students will be flocking to their nearest Apple Store to pick up MacBooks or iPads and they’ll need something to keep them safe for toting around. Waterfield, known for its high-end bags and sleeves, has introduced the VertiGo 2.0 Laptop Bag ($129 - $149). It’s a stylish bag for your new Mac or iPad that’s large enough to carry additional accessories....

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12:35
Opinionated software

Nice post from Guy English. I agree with this bit: “That said, being opinionated isn’t the goal. Being useful is.”
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12:35
News: Skylanders Trap Team coming to iPad with...

Activision has announced the Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack for iPad ($75). The newest video game in the popular Skylanders series features a special tablet edition that includes a wireless portal and wireless game controller, in addition to game figurines. For those unaware of the Skylanders series, the game uses real-life figurines that can be controlled within gameplay by use of an NFC-enabled portal; the iPad edition will use a Bluetooth LE…

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11:39
Apple celebrates diversity on its website while...

In recent months, Apple has dedicated several new sections of its website to ads and causes the company is passionate about. The latest, unveiled Tuesday, centers around the company’s diversity and inclusion policy. Apple created a new video for the page, which also includes a letter from CEO Tim Cook and demographic details on the company’s 98,000 U.S. employees.
The video (whose narration sounds like it might come from West Wing vet Allison Janney) carries forward the diversity theme first introduced in Apple’s July 7 Pride short film. It highlights employees from the company’s corporate and retail arms, noting, “we put inclusion and diversity at our very center… we want people to be themselves.”To read this article in full or to...

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12:30
Apple Honors Robin Williams With iTunes Store...

Following the tragic news of the death of Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams, Apple has created a "Remembering Robin Williams" dedicated section of the iTunes Store housing many of the actor's popular movies and stand up comedy routines. Along with offering movies organized into categories like "Essentials," "Comedy," and "Drama," the Robin Williams iTunes Store section includes a photo of the actor along with a short paragraph on his decades-long career and his involvement in Comic Relief USA, a charity that's raised upwards of $50 million for homeless assistance. One of the most beloved and unforgettable performers in the history of show business, Robin Williams brought laughter and inspiration to millions. Throughout a career that spanned five decades, Williams...

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12:15
iPhone vs. Tricorder: Seeing the Future with Blurred...

It's interesting to see how the blinders of the present affect our predictions of the future. The Star Trek Tricorder vs. the modern Apple iPhone is a case in point. John Martellaro looks at the technologies that SciFi from the 20th century never saw coming.

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12:09
Mac users can now develop apps for Oculus Rift...


Mac users who want to start developing software for the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset platform can now do so. Oculus today released an update to their software SDK that opens up support for users on OS X:
Notably, the Oculus SDK is now available for Mac OSX, along with a version of the Oculus Runtime and Unity Tuscany Demo for Mac. There’s no word on when Linux support will be ready.
Mac display drivers are unavailable, so users will need to use Extended Display mode on the Mac. To make full use of the software platform, eager developers will need to gain access to the Oculus Hardware Development Kit, which is a $350 online pre-order item.
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12:06
Apple Diversity Report Offers Mixed Ethnic and...

Apple released a corporate Diversity report on Tuesday, laying out the ethnic and gender breakdown of its work force and leadership ranks. That report shows that Apple's work force is more diverse than the population as a whole, with under-representation of whites, Hispanics, and blacks, and an over-representation of Asians. At the same time, males are massively over-represented as a whole, and in its leadership ranks, white males in particular rule the roost.

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12:05
Apple Continues to Dominate Enterprise Market...

Apple's mobile operating system continues to dominate the enterprise sector, according to new numbers in Good Technology's latest Mobility Index Report [PDF], but Android has made enterprise market share gains at Apple's expense. Android's rising share of the enterprise market shows the wisdom behind Apple's recent IBM deal, which will see the two companies partnering up for custom enterprise apps. iOS activations represented 67 percent of total global device activations, but Apple's numbers were down five percent quarter over quarter. At the same time, Android saw a five percent gain, with Android devices representing 32 percent of total device activations. Windows activations were at just 1 percent, while Blackberry activations were unable to be measured by Good due to their usage of the BlackBerry Enterprise...

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12:03
The Cavalry Rides Into Auto Industry With Security...


A grassroots group calling itself "I Am The Cavalry" has published an open letter to the automotive industry offering its services in ensuring security and safety. "Modern vehicles are computers on wheels and are increasingly connected and controlled by software and embedded devices," the letter reads. The letter lists some of the associated features under development, such as vehicle-to-vehicle communication, driverless cars and automated traffic flow. New technology "introduces new classes of accidents and adversaries," the group pointed out.

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12:03
Beats Music now being pushed to new iOS device users

People setting up an iOS 7 device for the first time are now seeing Beats Music among the list of recommended Apple apps, according to anecdotes. The App Store splash page is otherwise full of titles like iBooks, Podcasts, Find My iPhone, and the iWork suite. Notably Beats Music is the only one to require payments, since it's based on monthly subscription plans....

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12:00
Relive the BBS dream (nightmare?) with Level 29

Do you hate the current Internet and wish you could go back to the days of boring text on a blank background? Of course you don't, but if you want to be reminded of just how great things are these days you can take a temporary trip down memory lane...

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11:55
Oculus VR adds Mac OS X support to new Oculus Rift...

Facebook-owned virtual reality startup Oculus VR on Tuesday announced the availability of version 0.4.1 of its software development kit, bringing developer support for the popular headgear to Apple's desktop operating system.

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11:40
News: Daily Deal: Get ChargeKey: The Key-Sized...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up ChargeKey, a pocketable, key-sized Lightning cable for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch for only $24.99. ChargeKey’s minimal design allows you to always have a charging/sync cable handy, and can charge your device from any USB port. The best type of charging cable is the one always you have on you. So stay prepared and leave that tangled mess behind.

Get ChargeKey now for only $24.99...

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11:30
Sticking to the rules in Rules!

Rules! for iOS is a very fun but challenging game about following and remembering rules in a sequence in order to clear a tiled board. A variable time limit adds excitement and ups the challenge. The game is compatible with all iOS devices running...

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11:23
Apple Publishes their 2014 Diversity in the...

In a newly released report on Apple's diversity in the workplace, Apple's CEO Tim Cook duly noted that Apple was "committed to transparency, which is why we are publishing statistics about the race and gender makeup of our company. Let me say up front: As CEO, I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page. We are making progress, and we’re committed to being as innovative in advancing diversity as we are in developing our products." Cook added that "This summer marks the anniversary of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 ....

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11:10
iOS holds 88% share of enterprise apps, iPad 90% of...

Enterprise mobile services vendor Good Technology detailed in its latest quarterly report that companies continue to overwhelmingly prefer Apple's mobile platform over Android or Windows Mobile alternatives. The firm also noted a jump in government adoption of iPads.

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10:33
Apple issues diversity report, but how do Apple...

Apple's ethnicity numbers in the US may be more diverse than other giant tech companies, but today's charts don't explain how Apple Store employees fit into sub-categories like "tech" and "leadership."

Apple

On Tuesday, Apple joined a growing list of tech companies issuing diversity reports about hiring practices, and like its peers, Apple's report broke down ethnicity and gender percentages in the categories of "tech," "non-tech," and "leadership." Taken at face value, the report paints Apple as a company with a higher percentage of underrepresented groups among its tech and leadership ranks.
However, unlike companies like Facebook, Google, and Yahoo, Apple counts a massive number...

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10:32
Rev. Jesse Jackson & Rainbow PUSH Coalition...

Following Apple's publication of workforce diversity data, as well as comments from the company admitting that improvements are needed, the iPhone maker received praise from activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson and his nonprofit Rainbow PUSH Coalition, which advocates on behalf of minorities.

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10:30
Daily Deals for August 12, 2014

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

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10:23
Apple issues diversity report, promises better...

Following up on a promise made last month, Apple has released its first-ever internal diversity report. The company notes that globally, 7 out of 10 of its workers are male. In the US its workforce is 55 percent white, 15 percent Asian, 11 percent Hispanic, and just 7 percent black. 2 percent of people asked said they had two or more ethnicities; 9 percent chose not to identify their race....

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10:08
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-12

Sometimes size does matter -- or at least it does for smartphones. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about the slowly increasing size of the iPhone display and whether or not they're pleased with the notion of a 4.7-inch screen. Jeff also explains how he used BTLExplorer on his iPhone to find a lost Fitbit.

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10:00
Ex-Siri team working on new AI to answer questions...

A group of former Siri engineers have begun work on a next-generation digital assistant that they say will outsmart any of the current offerings, but some of the goals they claim to be working on have already been reached by Apple's own voice-driven personal assistant.

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10:00
Apple unveils pair of new, more personal "Your...

Following its previous "Your Verse" video ads -- which are closer to micro-documentaries than the TV spots you're used to seeing -- two new stories have been given the Apple treatment. The first, titled "Striking a new chord," follows a musical duo...

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09:52
Russian Gang's Credentials Theft Exposes Web...


News that a Russian gang has stockpiled more than a billion purloined user name and password combinations has revved up the Internet's reputation as a post industrial Wild, Wild West. Just how much havoc will be raised by the gang remains to be seen. The data thieves so far appear content to use their ill-gotten trove for spamming, according to Hold Security, which discovered the stolen credential cache. Since little is known about the quality of the data -- especially its age -- it may be that spamming is all it's good for.

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09:48
NewerTech accessory fools 'headless' Mac...

NewerTech had released an accessory for the Mac mini, the Headless Mac Video Accelerator. Although Minis are often used as headless servers, the computer will automatically disable its GPU when a monitor isn't detected. This can potentially cripple performance in some tasks, such as accessing a Mini remotely, which is often necessary when it's in server mode....

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09:45
A Newly Leaked iPhone 6 Photo Hints at new Camera...

Although I'm not a fan of rumored iPhone 6 parts, there's probably one exception and that's a photo from Australia's Sonny Dickson who has a rather good track record for leaked photos of upcoming iDevices. This time around he's posted a few new photos that he's certain are for real. The photos show a unique ring around the camera lens. What is that for? It's very possible it pertains to an Apple invention that we covered earlier this year. In that patent filing, Apple noted that ...

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09:44
News: Apple diversity stats: 55 percent white, 70...

As promised last month by CEO Tim Cook, Apple has released its first diversity report. It’s revealed that Apple employees are 55 percent white, 15 percent Asian, 11 percent Hispanic, and 7 percent black. The remaining 12 percent were made up of people who belong to two or more racial groups, another racial group, or did not declare their race. Those statistics were revealed alongside comparisons with race and ethnicity figures in tech, non-tech…

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09:10
External Link: Apple Releases Diversity Report

Following in the footsteps of other tech companies, Apple has revealed statistics about the diversity of Apple employees. Unsurprisingly, Apple is mostly composed of white males, of which CEO Tim Cook said, “As CEO, I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page. They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard for quite some time to improve them.” However, Cook did not offer specifics on how he plans to achieve that, but he did mention three women who have recently been hired into executive roles at Apple: Angela Ahrendts, Lisa Jackson, and Denise Young-Smith. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with...

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09:08
External Link: An Inside Look at Apple University,...

Brian X. Chen of the New York Times has gotten a rare, if limited, peek into Apple University, the company’s internal training program. The program offers courses on Apple business decisions, design choices, and what makes Apple tick. One of the more interesting tidbits is that Apple uses lithographs of Picasso’s “The Bull” as an example of how to narrow a concept to its base elements. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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09:06
Briefly: Hue Pro 10,000 mAh battery, new Full HD...

JunoPower has released the Hue Pro, a new external battery capable of charging two devices simultaneously. The 10,000 mAh Hue Pro features a brushed aluminum casing, with a built-in LCD screen that displays how much power is left and when recharging it is in order. Its high-powered LED flashlight offers an additional functionality suitable for outdoor or emergency use....

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09:00
Don't worry, Apple has App Store curation under...

Jean-Louis Gassee's suggestion that Apple should abandon its App Store algorithms and rely instead on human curation entirely is well-intentioned, but flawed. It also ignores the tremendous amount of curation that already exists on the App Store...

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08:49
RIP: Robin Williams, One of Us

The great actor and comedian Robin Williams is no longer with us. Josh Centers explains his connection to Apple. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:37
Apple gives away $25 iTunes gift cards with new...

In tandem with the upcoming iTunes Festival in London, Apple has announced a promotion that will get buyers of new Apple TVs a $25 iTunes gift card. The deal runs through September 30th, the end of the festival. The card can be used to buy apps, music, movies, TV shows, and books....

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08:32
HuePro is new external battery for charging multiple...

JunoPower (www.JunoPower.com) has announced the HuePro, a 10,000 mAh external battery with a brushed aluminum casing. Comprised ofSamsung lithium ion cells the power bank is capable of juicing up two smartphones, tablets, GPS devices or cameras at once.
A built-in LCD screen provides further functionality by letting the user know how much power is left in the HuePro and when it's time for a recharge. What's more, a LED flashlight shines through an optic lens to help users find their way at night.
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08:28
JAMF Software upgrades its Casper Suite

 JAMF Software has given us a new version of its flagship solution, the Casper Suite. This latest version gives IT professionals a new, simple way to manage bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs while respecting employee privacy.
It also includes improvements that let users be more self-sufficient, according to the folks at JAMF. Designed specifically for iOS and Android devices, the Casper Suite offers security compliance without changing the native experience on the user’s device or invading their privacy.
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08:28
Apple Releases Employee Diversity Report, 7 out of...

Following in the footsteps of several other major tech companies, Apple has released a diversity report on the sex and race of its employees (via Re/code). As is common in the tech industry, the majority of Apple's workforce is male -- only three out of 10 employees around the globe are female. In the United States, Apple's workers are 55 percent white, 15 percent Asian, 11 percent Hispanic, and 7 percent Black. Nine percent of workers declined to state their ethnicity, while two percent listed more than one. According to CEO Tim Cook, he is unhappy with Apple's diversity numbers and says Apple is working to improve them."As CEO, I'm not satisfied with the numbers on this page," Apple chief executive Tim Cook said in a letter that accompanies the report. "They're not new to us and we've been working hard for quite...

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08:26
Apple reveals most employees are white men, says...

Apple on Tuesday delivered on a promise to give more details on the diversity of its workforce, revealing that its U.S.-based employees are overwhelmingly male and white --?a breakdown that Chief Executive Tim Cook said must be improved.

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08:18
Apple releases promised diversity data: 55% white in...

Following Apple CEO Tim Cook’s announcement last month that the company would soon begin providing diversity data, today the company is releasing its first report. While disclosing numbers on the gender and ethnicity of its employees, CEO Tim Cook has also published a letter alongside the report on the company’s website (full version below).
In the letter, Cook highlights some of the progress the company has made in recent years, but also notes that he’s “not satisfied with the numbers” and that Apple plans to do more to improve them. 
Apple is committed to transparency, which is why we are publishing statistics...

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08:09
Photos show supposed rear back panel for iPhone 6

Photos from well-known leaker Sonny Dickson show what is claimed to be a full back panel for the iPhone 6. The part is consistent with other recently leaks, although noticeably scuffed and dented. It appears to be a pre-production component, since it lacks printing such as the "iPhone" name and regulatory information....

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08:05
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Olloclip for iPhone 5/5s $45,...

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

Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens System & Quick-Flip Case for iPhone 5/5s $45 shipped (orig. $100)

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08:00
Office 365 APIs using AngularJS standalone websites—...

Today we shipped two new samples that focus on standalone web applications that use the AngularJS framework communicating back to Office 365 using the Office 365 API. One is a Research Project Tracker scenario that was written by Andrew Connell (@AndrewConnell) and Scot Hillier (@ScotHillier), and the other is an Expense Tracker scenario written by Dan Wahlin (@DanWahlin). These scenarios highlight the power of Office 365 in real-world examples and show the end-to-end build of the entire solution in Visual Studio. The samples include setup guides (as GitHub markdown files) in each repo that you can follow to get the scenarios running against your own developer tenants, and Channel 9 videos you can watch.
Research Project Tracker
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08:00
Visionaries need great productivity and...

Connect and collaborate with the powerful tools in Office 365 for Enterprise
The business dreams of the future are imagined every day. For kids, it happens in play. For adults, it happens in work. Neither can go it alone. What sets dreams apart from reality is the tool belts we wear—using tools lets us collaborate, stay productive, and be efficient. Even the toddlers in this video know that working together with the right tools is the best way to get down to business.

Office 365 Enterprise delivers tools optimized for business, tools that are crafted for the many players involved in the journey from dream to reality. From the CEO to field workers, everyone needs ways to connect and collaborate.
The dreamers: visionaries
The CEO has a big dream. He is passionate about towers and wants to build the tallest one possible. He needs help to collect and share his ideas, and he needs a way to unite people under his cause. The CEO could benefit from...

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08:00
One of Robin Williams' final productions: Apple...

The world was shocked last night at the news of the passing of actor/comedian Robin Williams. Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter to express his sadness:

Heartbroken by the news of Robin Williams' passing. He was an incomparable talent and a great...

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08:00
Top 5 tips for back-to-school on a budget

For students and parents alike, heading back to school is a highly anticipated and exciting time. It’s a chance for new beginnings – an opportunity for students to get a clean start, and for parents to hit the reset button (not to mention, getting the kids out of the house).
Whether a freshman in high school or a freshmen in college, there’s no better way to start the school year than having the confidence in knowing that you’re armed with all the stuff it takes to succeed. From fashion, to supplies, to technology – this confidence often comes at a high price. In fact, the National Retail Federation reports that due to an increased demand for electronics, families will spend an average of $699.28 this back to school season (that’s up five percent from last year), with millennials spending $913 million of their own money.
The days when all students need...

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07:53
Apple Once Again Offering $25 iTunes Gift Card With...

Ahead of its London iTunes Festival in September, Apple is promoting its Apple TV with a bundle deal offering a $25 iTunes gift card with each Apple TV purchase (via 9to5Mac). The gift card can be used to purchase apps, music, and movies available in the iTunes Store, and the promotion is valid through September 30. Earlier this year, Apple offered a similar $25 gift card promotion that sparked speculation about a possible imminent launch of an updated Apple TV. These rumors turned out to be false, and Apple is still selling the same third-generation model that saw its last substantial update in early 2012. Though this latest...

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07:49
Apple's gross margins likely to decline this...

It's expected that Apple will see its gross margins shrink at the end of 2014 as the company is expected to introduce a completely redesigned "iPhone 6," though one analyst sees margins trending upwards once again by the March 2015 quarter.

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07:43
Apple Pushing HealthKit as the Standard at Major...

Apple wants HealthKit to be more than another gimmick, so the company has been been meeting with major clinics and health centers to push for widespread adoption once the feature is available this fall. What Apple really wants is for HealthKit to become the standard for health and fitness data collection and sharing for every clinic and medical center.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple may want to own the health and fitness market, but Google and Samsung do, too. Expect to see a big fight between the three for control over the data our bodies create.

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07:38
Apple Wins Design Patents for iPhone, MacBook Pro...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today plus 4 new design patents that cover the iPhone, MacBook Pro and ...

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07:34
Review: Pure Jongo T2 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth wireless...

Multi-room audio compatibility is a key metric for wireless sound systems these days. The entry cost into a house-spanning system can be problematic for many systems, with many mid-range systems costing many thousands of dollars for even a small installation. Pure has a solution -- the Jongo speaker system. We've lived with a few Jongo T2 speakers for a while now. How well does the system perform, and up against higher end competitors, how does it stand up? Read our review to find out!...

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07:30
The old Google TV remote Apple uses as an example of...

In case you missed it yesterday, Brian X. Chen of The New York Times penned a short but sweet profile on Apple University, the internal education program at Apple where employees and executives can learn about important business decisions (and their...

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07:24
Taken for granted

Rob Richman reminds us that sometimes you should be thankful to be alive.
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07:11
Siri Co-Founders Building Viv, a Next-Generation...

When Apple acquired Siri in 2010, several members of the team behind the technology joined Apple to continue development of the virtual assistant. As iOS evolved and the vision for Siri changed, co-founders Dag Kitt­laus and Adam Cheyer left Apple to pursue other opportunities. This liberation led to their reunion and the formation of Viv Labs, which is now working on new virtual assistant software that may change how we interact with our devices. Writer Steven Levy takes a close look at Viv in a lengthy profile on Wired. Viv Labs is building a virtual assistant that is capable of more than just pre-programmed answers in response to a question. Viv expands further into the realm of artificial intelligence with a codebase that can interpret the question, make connections across a variety of services and apps and even...

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07:01
Apple is again giving away free $25 iTunes credit...

From 9to5Toys.com:

Apple is using the upcoming London iTunes festival as a convenient excuse to revive its Apple TV iTunes gift card bundle. Beginning today and running through September 30th, all Apple TVs will be accompanied by a $25 iTunes gift card.
The iTunes credit can be used to buy apps, music, movies and anything else Apple sells in its digital marketplaces. It cannot be used to purchase physical items or service from the Apple Stores. Perhaps a better deal for those of you who don’t buy media from iTunes, Apple continually offers a refurbished Apple TV for $75 with free shipping and a 1-year warranty.
Back in February when this promo...

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06:57
Apple discussing HealthKit details with major...

Apple has been discussing how its HealthKit platform will work with major medical institutions including Mount Sinai, Johns Hopkins, the Cleveland Clinic, and Allscripts, sources tell Reuters. Allscripts is an electronic records provider competing with Epic Systems. Reuters claims that the talks "may not amount to anything concrete," but that they reflect Apple's desire to make sure HealthKit data is visible in a central location for both healthcare providers and iOS device users....

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06:56
iPhone Apps: MindNode, Scanbot, Wunderlist
06:30
Flickr Find: Even an iPhone 4s can take stunning...

There's a reason why the iPhone is often at the top of the most used cameras on Flickr -- it's capable of taking stunning pictures under the right conditions. Check out this photo above from Joseph Donnelly, taken with a few generations-old iPhone...

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06:17
Corel Painter 14.0.0.728 - Digital art software...

Corel Painter helps you create astonishing art in a variety of media. Paint with vivid oil paints, fluid water colors, and earthy charcoals. Corel Painter flawlessly recreates the tones and textures of each medium. Your studio awaits

  • Choose your brush. Corel Painter includes hundreds of built-in brushes. You can even create your own brush by fine-tuning bristle type, behavior, and settings.
  • Pick a paper style. Corel Painter lets you tweak your paper texture, effecting the way your brush strokes interact with the grain. More textures, more possibilities.
  • Customize every detail. Tweak the wetness of your paint, or alter the drying time. Corel Painter's options are as boundless as your artistic imagination.

Version 14.0.0.728: Note: Licensed owners of Painter 7 or later can upgrade to Painter 2015 (14.0) for $229. New...

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06:14
Nvidia's Tegra K1 Stars in New Acer Chromebook


Acer America has rolled out a new Chromebook contender featuring a 13.3-inch display and an Nvidia Tegra K1 mobile processor. With a battery life of up to 13 hours, along with a light, fanless design, the Acer Chromebook 13 is available with two display options: a full HD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 2 GB of memory and a 16-GB solid state drive for $299.99; or 1366 x 768, with similar specs, for $279.99. A version for commercial and education customers features a 1366 x 768 display, 4 GB of memory and a 16-GB SSD for $329.99.

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06:05
News: Apple talking HealthKit with major healthcare...

Apple has been discussing its upcoming HealthKit service with major healthcare providers, including Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic, and Johns Hopkins, Reuters reports. The company has also talked about the service with Allscripts, an electronic health records provider. Though the report notes the talks “may not amount to anything concrete,” they illustrate how Apple is planning on making iOS-gathered health data widely available for…

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06:01
Slimmer, reversible next-gen USB Type-C now ready...


Following an announcement back in December and some renders that popped up a few months back, today the USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced the next-generation USB “Type-C” connector is now ready for production. That means that PC and smartphone manufacturers can now adopt the standard, which the Promoter Group describes as “the final piece in developing a single-cable solution” for the industry....

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06:00
Reviews: Pure Jongo T2 wireless speaker

Multi-room audio compatibility is a key metric for wireless sound systems these days. The entry cost into a house-spanning system can be problematic for many systems, with many mid-range systems costing many thousands of dollars for even a small installation. Pure has a solution -- the Jongo speaker set. We've lived with a few Jongo T2 speakers for a while now. How well does the system perform, a ......

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05:30
News: New iPhone 6 rear shell leak posted

Two new photos of the alleged iPhone 6 rear shell have been posted on Twitter by Sonny Dickson. The photos of a scuffed-up shell show the round True Tone flash, and it appears that the ring around the camera is protruding. Antenna breaks are still somewhat of a mystery — it’s possible that these are unfinished shells, with antenna breaks to be filled later with another material — but it’s also possible that Apple will be using plastic…

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05:25
One year after Apple's A7, Nvidia announces...

Chipmaker Nvidia on Tuesday detailed the new "Denver" variant of its Tegra K1 mobile processor, a high-performance in-order design that represents the first foray into 64-bit processing for Android devices --?nearly a full year after Apple shocked the mobile world with its own 64-bit A7 processor.

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05:23
Photos of purported iPhone 6 rear shell surface

The leaked iPhone 6 part photos continue to come in.
Per MacRumors, images of the iPhone 6′s rear shell have been let into the wild by part leaker Sonny Dickson. The part shown in the photos also appears identical to the rear shell shared by luxury modified iPhone vendor Feld & Volk, hinting that this may be a legitimate component.

Similar to previous leaks, this newest rear shell shows a number of physical features including a near-all metal design with upper and lower bezels, a cutout for the new round “True Tone” dual-LED flash, and a cutout for the rear camera that may hint at a protruding lens for the device.
Apple is expected to reveal the iPhone 6 at an event on September 9, with...

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05:17
Apple Oddly Seeks to Trademark their USB Power...

On August 12, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark application for their USB Power Adapter. Usually such inventions are covered by design patents, but Apple technically chose to file for a trademark. However, the design visual may be deceptive ...

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05:17
News: Report: New iPads in production, Air to...

Apple’s suppliers have started manufacturing new iPads, Bloomberg reports. Mass production of an iPad with a 9.7” screen — likely the second-generation iPad Air — has already begun, with a source claiming the display will come with a new anti-reflection coating which makes the screen easier to read. A new iPad mini is also starting production and “will probably be available by the end of the year,” though it’s unclear…

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05:13
WaterField releases the VertiGo 2.0 laptop bag

WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com/) has unveiled the VertiGo 2.0 laptop bag with wWaxed canvas, ballistic nylon and premium leather features. Three size choices are available for the iPad Air, 13-inch Apple laptops, and 15-inch Apple laptops with prices ranging from US$129 to $169.
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05:11
Next iPad to Sport Matte Display, not Glossy

Apple may finally be moving away from its love for glossy displays for and go with an anti-glare coating that cuts down on glare. Sources claim 9.7-inch iPad production is already underway for a fall launch, and the 7.9-inch iPad mini update will follow later this year.The Mac Observer Spin: Anti-glare iPad screens sound great. How about bringing that back to the MacBook Pro, too?

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05:03
Delicious Library 3.2.2 - Import, browse and share...

Delicious Library allows you to import, browse, and share all your books, movies, music, and video games with Delicious Library. Run your very own library from your home or office using our impossibly simple interface. Delicious Library's digital shelves act as a visual card-catalog. A scan of a barcode is all Delicious Library needs to add an item to your digital shelves, downloading tons of info from the Internet like the author, release date, current value, description, and even a high-resolution picture of the cover. Import your entire library using our exclusive full-speed iSight video barcode scanner, our Flic Wireless Laser Bar Code Scanner, or (the slow way) entering the titles by hand. Once you have all of your items in your Mac, you can browse though your digital shelves, check stuff out to friends using Apple's built-in Address Book and calendar, and find new items to read, watch, and play using Library's recommendations. Quickly importing your stuff...

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05:02
Apple’s new “Achieve big things” iPad email campaign

The ad features links to buy an iPad Air and a retina iPad mini, as well as sections that highlight Apple’s productivity suite (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote), Microsoft’s Office iPad apps, and the Your Verse campaign.
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05:00
The copy of the U.S. Constitution that's...

Sometimes when I see just how ignorant many American politicians are of the Constitution of the United States, I get the urge to send them a copy along with some annotations. Perhaps now that more of those in the federal government are using Macs, we...

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04:53
vjoon K4 features optimized web clients and...

vjoon (www.vjoon.com/) has released version 6.8 R1 of its vjoon K4 cross-media publishing platform. An optimized user experience and an extended set of automated processes feature in this release.
The central web clients K4 Overview and K4 Web Portal now offer streamlined user interfaces and handling, as well as several new features. Added workspace management capability now enables any user of any client to work in the same familiar environment.
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04:41
Google consortium to build trans-Pacific, undersea...

From the NEC press release:

A consortium of six global companies announced that they have signed commercial agreements to build and operate a new Trans-Pacific cable system to be called “FASTER” with NEC Corporation as the system supplier. The FASTER cable network will connect the United States to two landing locations in Japan.

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04:34
The Disney, Amazon feud

WSJ:

Price isn’t the only issue keeping “Maleficent” and “Captain America” off of Amazon.com Inc. AMZN +0.48% ‘s virtual shelves.

Walt Disney Co.’s dispute with the giant online retailer also encompasses promotion and product placement on the Amazon website, as well as questions over who makes up the difference when Amazon loses money to match the prices of competitors, said a person with knowledge of the matter.

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04:31
iOS holds two-thirds of enterprise market, but drops...

The latest enterprise market share data from Good Technology shows that iOS holds two-thirds of the market, at 67 percent, but has dropped five points to Android – which increased its share to 32 percent. Windows Phone remains flat (and irrelevant) at just 1 percent. (BlackBerry data is not included as the company uses its own servers and activations are invisible to Good Technology.) 

Android device activations jumped significantly quarter over quarter, increasing five percentage points to 32 percent of total activations, while iOS activations decreased that same amount and recorded 67 percent of total activations.

There was, however, good news for Apple. The enterprise market as a...

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04:27
∞ Apple’s two new “Your Verse” ads

Apple has added two new verses to its “Your Verse” ad campaign. The first one takes you on the road with Chinese musicians Yaoband. The second new “Your Verse” ad follows Jason Hall as he rallies thousand of his fellow Detroit bicyclists to inspire his city. Click through for the videos and links.

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03:59
Report: Iliad's T-Mobile bid risks US wireless...

Iliad’s surprise bid for T-Mobile would leave Sprint the least able to compete if wireless prices tumble, according to the "Strategy Analytics Wireless Operator Strategies (WOS)" service report (http://bit.ly/1kqfg6V).
While Strategy Analytics believes the bid will ultimately fail, it represents a wake-up call for all the carriers in the increasingly saturated market. Key findings from the report:
° Iliad’s Free has had a dramatic impact on the French market, driving a 29% decline in service revenue and 19% decline in EBITDA since its launch.
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03:59
Report: Iliad's T-Mobile bid risks US wireless...

Iliad’s surprise bid for T-Mobile would leave Sprint the least able to compete if wireless prices tumble, according to the "Strategy Analytics Wireless Operator Strategies (WOS)" service report (http://bit.ly/1kqfg6V).
While Strategy Analytics believes the bid will ultimately fail, it represents a wake-up call for all the carriers in the increasingly saturated market. Key findings from the report:
° Iliad’s Free has had a dramatic impact on the French market, driving a 29% decline in service revenue and 19% decline in EBITDA since its launch.
read more

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03:59
Report: Iliad's T-Mobile bid risks US wireless...

Iliad’s surprise bid for T-Mobile would leave Sprint the least able to compete if wireless prices tumble, according to the "Strategy Analytics Wireless Operator Strategies (WOS)" service report (http://bit.ly/1kqfg6V).
While Strategy Analytics believes the bid will ultimately fail, it represents a wake-up call for all the carriers in the increasingly saturated market. Key findings from the report:
° Iliad’s Free has had a dramatic impact on the French market, driving a 29% decline in service revenue and 19% decline in EBITDA since its launch.
read more

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03:50
Apple was Granted 55 Patents Today Covering Water...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two manufacturing processes used by Apple's Jony Ives to deliver Apple's cool designs with their famous chamfered edges. Something that Samsung appears to be thinking of copying for a future smartphone design. This report also covers ...

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03:34
Latest purported leak shows scuffed-up 'iPhone...

While it may be a little worse for wear, a part alleged to be a full back panel for Apple's anticipated "iPhone 6" appeared online Tuesday, offering a closer look at what could be the final design for the hotly anticipated product.

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03:24
Kool Tools: Drobo Mini with SSD drives

Connected Data's Drobo Mini is now available with Solid State Disk (SSD) drives that deliver as much as 80% more performance compared to a Mini configured with traditional spinning hard drives.
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03:11
WTF interview with Robin Williams

If you’ve never listened to WTF with Marc Maron, this interview with Robin Williams is an excellent place to start.
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03:04
Khronos Group announces advances in OpenGL ecosystem

The Khronos Group, an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies, has announced growing industry support for the OpenGL family of 3D standards.
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02:50
Firmware update fail

Forums: Active StorageHi guys,
I’m trying to update the 1.40 firmware on my two ActiveStorage (AC16SFC01) with the activeadmin CLI tool.
When I launch the update, this message pops: "The controller's boot ROM version must be at least “1.04” to apply this update."
Also, all "array", "lun" or "group" commands doesn’t works, it says "Operation failed (FFFFFFFF)"
My current firmware version is 1.10 and the bottom is 1.03
The ActiveRAID firmware updater doesn't manage to connect either: "Operation failed (FFFFFFFF)"
Thanks for your help

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02:49
Additional Photos of Purported Silver iPhone 6 Rear...

More photos said to be of the iPhone 6's rear shell have been shared by frequent iOS device part leaker Sonny Dickson. The part shown in the photos also appears identical to the rear shell shared by luxury modified iPhone vendor Feld & Volk, hinting that this may be a legitimate component. Similar to previous leaks, this newest rear shell shows a number of physical features including a near-all metal design with upper and lower bezels, a cutout for the new round "True Tone" dual-LED flash, and a cutout for the rear camera that may hint at a protruding lens for the device. Apple is expected to...

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02:29
T-Mobile refreshing Pay as You Go plans with simpler...

T-Mobile will be launching changes to its prepaid service on August 17th, it has revealed. The new Pay as You Go plans aim to be simpler to understand and more affordable than earlier prepaid offerings, by providing a flat rate for texts and talk of 10 cents per message or minute, with customers required to use a minimum of $3 on the service each month....

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01:48
Apple Granted a Patent for the Original iPhone Camera

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent that relates to their original iPhone camera that has become a crucial component driving the success of Apple's iDevices.

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01:35
Alleged iPhone 6 backplate appears in new, high-...


New photos of the iPhone 6 surfaced tonight from Sonny Dickson that appear to show the backplate of the upcoming iPhone 6.  Dickson says that these photos were obtained from a source with access to the part, and they do appear to be legitimate.
The first photo, seen above, shows a close-up view of the cutouts for the camera (which appears to be raised), circular True Tone flash, rear microphone, and Apple logo. While it’s entirely possible that these photos are faked, the level of visible detail would make this quite the con job if that turned...

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00:36
Apple's CEO Tim Cook Tweets on the Passing of...

Robin Williams was a comedic tour de force. He was Hollywood’s grand jester. A comedy titan who was always the center of attention, amusing even the most hardened of cynics with his manic energy. A whirlwind of hilarity. But Robin Williams will, sadly, no longer be sending us into hysterical fits of laughter. On Aug. 11 Williams died of an...

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00:02
Apple's HealthKit may be a Challenge due to a...

A new report published today confirms that Apple has been discussing how its "HealthKit" service will work with health providers at Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins. Apple hasn't divulged the specific details on HealthKit, which is expected to be incorporated into the iPhone 6 come September. But Apple intends HealthKit to become a lynchpin in a broader push into mobile healthcare. One of the biggest issues facing Apple's Health app is regulatory requirements in respect to privacy.

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Monday August 11

22:57
California passes mandatory 'kill switch'...

The California state Senate has passed a bill requiring cellphone manufacturers to implement, and providers to activate, a "kill switch" that can be triggered remotely in the case of theft that renders the phone inoperable and unable to be reactivated. Owners of the iPhone are long familiar with these abilities, as Apple has offered them as opt-in features for some time, but the requirement that it be activated when users sign up for service will be new to many....

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22:28
Apple unsurprisingly working with more healthcare...


Reuters noted today that Apple is working with healthcare professionals at hospitals across the country, including Mount Sinai and John Hopkins, in preparation for the rollout of the HealthKit system in iOS 8. The goal is to ensure that medical personnel are ready to read data from the system when it ships later this year.
This move is hardly surprising, as Apple intends HealthKit to serve as a collection place for all of a user’s health-related data, which can be valuable—even lifesaving—during a medical emergency. In fact, the Mayo Clinic demoed the first...

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22:18
Apple reportedly in talks with major healthcare...

Ahead of Apple's iOS 8 rollout this fall, a report on Tuesday revealed the company has been in talks with major healthcare providers and medical records systems firms over the HealthKit framework, which will serve as a central hub for users' personal health data.

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21:54
Apple In Talks to Rollout HealthKit to Medical...

Apple is preparing to rollout its Healthkit development tools to health professionals across the U.S., and has been discussions with health providers at Mount Sinai, Cleveland Clinic, John Hopkins, and Allscripts to use the new system, reports Reuters. Apple is said to be pushing Healthkit and its Health app as being an all-in-one solution for medical professionals to store patient data like blood pressure, pulse, and weight. Apple is also hoping that physicians will use the available data to improve diagnostics and treatment decisions. The company is also looking to partner with electronic health records provider Epic Systems to integrate its software and services. The article notes that Apple is likely to face challenges in the mobile health data field due to privacy and regulatory requirements. Apple's...

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20:45
Review: Logitech Z213 multimedia speakers

Desktop computer speakers sit in a weird area of limbo: many consumers have forgone the era of desktop listening for the privacy and versatility of headphones. Others see their usefulness in work spaces, when large surround systems or wearing a pair of headphones for hours isn't an option. What about consumers looking for a budget set of speakers that can be used in a number of spaces, without sacrificing on sound? Desktop users could have a possible solution with the Logitech Z213 multimedia speakers. Does the $30 speaker set warrant consideration, or is the money better spent towards a more......

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20:25
Bloomberg: new iPads are now in production

According to Bloomberg and unnamed sources, Apple has begun production of the next iteration of the iPad and iPad mini, which is expected to be announced sometime either near the end of the current quarter or the beginning of the next quarter in time for holiday-season sales. The article reveals that the screen sizes on the two devices are likely to stay the same, but may now include an anti-reflective coating that is said to help make the device easier to see outdoors....

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19:54
New Apple Ad Features Detroit ‘Slow Roll’

Apple has a new commercial out called Jason's Verse. It features Jason Hall, the cofounder of Slow Roll in Detroit. Slow Roll is a leisurely bicycle ride through the streets of Detroit where up to 3,000 people "witness the revitalization of Detroit from two wheels." The commercial follows Mr. Hall as goes through the day with his iPad planning a Slow Roll, which begins and ends at a local bar or restaurant. USA Today has a story about the man featured in the commercial-it's a cool story. Check out the commercial in full below.

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19:02
Briefly: OpenTable launches meal-pay service,...

Restaurant reservations app OpenTable has announced the expansion of its payment service to an additional 20 cities by 2015. Originally launched as a pilot program in San Francisco, OpenTable's new service allows diners at participating restaurants to add a credit card to the app, and then pay their bill quickly with a few taps. The expansion is beginning with New York City, with the rest of the national expansion to follow....

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19:00
Reviews: Logitech Z213 multimedia speakers

Desktop computer speakers sit in a weird area of limbo for many consumers. Many have forgone the era of desktop listening for the privacy and versatility of headphones. Others see their usefulness in work spaces when large surround systems or wearing a pair of headphones for hours isn't an option. But what about consumers looking for a budget set of speakers that can be used in a number of spaces ......

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18:10
Apple emails new ad for iPads touting iWork, Office...

Following on the heels of two new "Your Verse" iPad ads, Apple has begun emailing prospective buyers touting the iPad's "office" apps, including both its own "iWork" apps as well as Microsoft Office for iPad -- even though the campaign is seen as a pushback to Microsoft's recent ads for its failed Surface tablet in which it points out that the Surface's accompanying keypad cover and laptop-like OS as productivity selling points....

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17:29
California Senate passes cellphone 'kill switch...

The California state Senate on Monday passed a bill crafted to protect against smartphone theft by requiring manufacturers turn on a "kill switch" when a device is first activated, something Apple currently employs in iOS as an opt-in feature.

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16:19
Remembering Robin Williams: His Best Appearances on...

Mashable:

Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams died on Monday at the age of 63. As a performer, Williams had the rare ability to make audiences laugh and cry.

In remembrance of Williams and his long legacy, we’ve compiled some of his finest moments from television, stand-up and film.

I was reminded by my friend Sly that I heckled Robin Williams during the taping of his HBO Special, “Live on Broadway”. He goes off on that Canada rant because some idiot in the audience (me) yelled out, “Yay Canada!” I met Williams years later on the show floor of Macworld Expo and we chatted for almost 30 minutes. I asked him about the heckling and he (jokingly) called me “an a-hole”. “You don’t heckle on Broadway!” he said.
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16:19
ChangeTip Brings Bitcoin Micropayment Tips to...

ChangeCoin has taken us several steps closer to viable micropayments with a service called ChangeTip. With ChangeTip, people can "tip" each other in amounts ranging from fractions of a penny to $25 in Bitcoins. They can do it across Twitter, on YouTube, Google+, Github, Reddit, StockTwits, and Tumblr, with more sites and services coming.

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16:03
Apple’s App Store curation efforts – A response to...

David Barnard responds to Jean-Louis Gassée’s post about the need for human curation in the App Store.
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16:03
Intel: first Broadwell chips won't arrive until...

Intel's latest consumer-class CPUs, the energy-saving "Broadwell" chips, will only be appearing in limited quantities this year -- and even then only the lowest-end of the chip range will be available, intended for fanless devices like tablets and hybrid tablet-ultrabook devices, says Intel. The new delay, particularly of the more powerful variants, will put a dent in the plans of notebook manufacturers to release power-sipping revamped products in time for the holiday buying season....

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15:40
Apple's Next iPad will Reportedly Gain an Anti-...

A new report this afternoon is claiming that Apple suppliers have started manufacturing new full sized 9.7 iPads with an added feature.

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15:39
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issues virtual...

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a warning on virtual currencies like Bitcoin and Dogecoin on its website today. In the warning, the CFPB sounds off some well-known issues that generally circle around Internet currencies, such as the risk of hacking, fraud and lack of regulation in holding houses....

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15:33
FOSS' Documentation Dilemma


Hang around for any length of time in the seedy bars and watering holes of the Linux blogosphere, and you'll soon realize that certain topics tend to recur with surprising frequency. The most obvious example, of course, is the Year of Linux on the Desktop -- a topic scientists have determined will surely outlive us all. Then, too, there's the Sexism in FOSS topic, which one can only hope will become moot in not too very long. The latest example to rear its less-than-entirely-attractive head? That would be the FOSS Documentation Dilemma.

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15:30
Robin Williams, 63, dead of apparent suicide
14:53
Apple Suppliers Gearing Up to Produce New iPads,...

Apple's suppliers are gearing up to begin producing the next-generation iPad Air and Retina iPad mini, reports Bloomberg. Production for the 9.7-inch iPad Air 2 is underway and according to the site's sources, the tablet will debut towards the end of the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter. Production of the 7.9-inch Retina iPad mini 2 is also said to be beginning soon. August production dates for both tablets are in line with rumors that have suggested the new iPads will be unveiled at an October event that follows Apple's September 9 iPhone event. iPad Air 2 Mockup Apple's iPad Air 2 may see some manufacturing issues that restrict available supply, however, due to a new anti-reflection coating that's being added to the tablet. The...

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14:51
Apple suppliers reportedly start production of next-...

Ahead of an expected special event in September, Apple suppliers are supposedly ramping up manufacturing of both 9.7-inch and 7.9-inch iPad models, with the larger version expected to debut as soon as this quarter.

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14:47
Bloomberg says new iPads (with anti-reflective...


While most of the Apple-watching world has its sights focused on the next iPhone, Apple has put next-generation versions of the iPad into production. That’s according to Bloomberg News, which says that the new full-sized iPad Air model will be announced later this quarter or early next quarter and that the new 7.9-inch model will hit the market by the end of the year:

Mass production of a full-sized iPad with a 9.7-inch screen is already under way, with an unveiling projected for the...

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14:32
Khronos Group releases new OpenGL, seeks future...

The Khronos Group make a number of announcements regarding OpenGL today at SIGGRAPH 2014. On top of a number of industry implementations of OpenGL ES 3.1, the group announced the release of OpenGL 4.5. Khronos also unveiled a new project called the Next Generation OpenGL Initiation, in turn asking for participation in the project to help "define a future standard for high-efficiency access to graphics and compute on modern GPUs."...

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jamstik, the Guitar You Can Take Everywhere, is Now Available for Purchase Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 21st, 2014 [ permalink ] Zivix has announced that their guitar-in-your-pocket, | Read more »
Star Walk 2 - Guide to the Sky Day and N...
Star Walk 2 - Guide to the Sky Day and Night 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: The next generation of the best-selling Star Walk, winner of Apple Design Award, used by over 10 million people. | Read more »
Forks Over Knives Review
Forks Over Knives Review By Jennifer Allen on August 21st, 2014 Our Rating: :: TASTY AND HEALTHYUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Want some tasty new recipe ideas but want to keep it healthy? Forks Over Knives is the ideal app for you.   | Read more »
Invaders! From Outer Space (Games)
Invaders! From Outer Space 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Dementia: Book of the Dead (Games)
Dementia: Book of the Dead 1.00 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.00 (iTunes) Description: EXCLUSIVE CONTENT ONLY ON THE APP STORE.Medieval England. Times of knights, witches and hunters. What other secrets covered by this time of trouble are hidden from the humanity? | Read more »
Wan Nyan Slash (Games)
Wan Nyan Slash 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Wan Nyan Slash is an infinite adorable demon slaying slashing action game! Play as the wandering samurai Wan and Nyan as they journey to save ancient Japan!Tap and drag Wan and Nyan to guide their slash paths to take out as many... | Read more »
Fallin Love - The Game of Love (Games)
Fallin Love - The Game of Love 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: GRAVITATE AROUND LOVE | Read more »
Ancient Battle: Hannibal (Games)
Ancient Battle: Hannibal 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
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