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Thursday August 14

14:57
Beats Music releases 25th anniversary documentary on...


Apple-owned Beats Music has released a 22-minute documentary to mark the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, which was released in theaters on June 30th, 1989. In the documentary, Lee is joined by members of the cast and crew to revisit the Brooklyn neighborhood where the movie was filmed.
The documentary also includes footage from a star-studded block party thrown by Beats to celebrate the anniversary of the movie’s theatrical debut.
Like its new parent company Apple, Beats continues to position itself as more than a company making a...

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14:39
Sprint Sees Apple as a Crucial Part of their...

According to The Street, Sprint may soon aggressively cut its wireless prices under new Marcelo Claure, according to analysts who have met with the telecom’s incoming CEO. Claure could time Sprint’s price cuts with Apple's rollout of the iPhone 6...

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14:39
Sprint Sees Apple as a Crucial Part of Sprint's...

According to The Street, Sprint may soon aggressively cut its wireless prices under new Marcelo Claure, according to analysts who have met with the telecom’s incoming CEO. Claure could time Sprint’s price cuts with Apple's rollout of the iPhone 6...

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14:09
Apple Lays Down Law on Toxic Chemical Use


Apple on Thursday reiterated its commitment to safe working conditions in its supply chain, and announced stricter rules for the use of benzene and n-hexane, two toxic chemicals. It also published its Regulated Substances Specification, pointing out that it sets occupational exposure limits for the two toxic chemicals that follow standards bodies' recommendations. The company further announced that it provides suppliers with extensive training on best practices in environmental health and safety.

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14:00
Two ways to avoid using Facebook Messenger

Facebook's new Messenger app might not be the evil privacy destroyer some are claiming it is, but the app is still being forced on users whether they want it or not. Or is it? We've found two ways to keep using Facebook messaging on your phone...

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13:48
Last Chance for Lifetime of Adobe Training (Ends...

There's just one more day left on our deal for Lifetime Access To Over 5,000 Adobe Training Videos, which ends on Friday, August 15th. Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Premier...Adobe's powerful applications are de rigueur throughout much of the professional world. Learning how to use them, let alone learning how to make the most of them, has a steep learning curve, and Adobe likes to rewrite its own UI rules with each new version. Thanks to our friends at StackSocial, you can get lifetime access to more than 5,00 Adobe-Authorized training videos for just $79. That level of pass is usually $500, so if you're looking for the training, get on it.

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13:41
Sanctum 2 comes to the Mac

Coffee Stain Studios (www.coffeestainstudios.com) says Mac and Linux support is finally available for Sanctum 2. Everyone who already owns Sanctum 2 on the PC will also be able to play it on Mac and Linux. Furthermore, the game will be free to play this weekend and 85% off to purchase.
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13:30
Line Up Tiles is simple fun

Line Up Tiles is a fun yet simple puzzle game where you try to match lines of tiles in three different modes. Reminiscent of how a Rubik's Cube moves, each line of tiles moves in one direction either horizontally or vertically. When you match at...

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13:27
Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How...

Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes Given the hundreds of thousands of apps currently on offer, it's hard for any one app (no matter how well designed) to stand out on Apple's App Store, much less stay atop the bestseller charts for very long. In an August 10 blog posting, former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassée offered Apple CEO Tim Cook some advice: Let humans curate the App Store. 'Instead of using algorithms to sort and promote the apps that you permit on your shelves, why not assign a small group of adepts to create and shepherd an App Store Guide,' he wrote. 'A weekly newsletter will identify notable new titles, respond to counter-opinions, perhaps present a developer profile, footnote the occasional errata and mea culpa.' Whether or not such an idea would effectively surface all the good content now buried under layers of Flappy Bird rip-offs is an open question; what's certain is that, despite Apple's rosy picture, developers around the world face a lot of uncertainty and...

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13:26
Review: OtterBox Agility Tablet System for iPad Air

The OtterBox Agility Shell ($40) is the epicenter of the entire Agility system; none of the products in the Agility line will work without the Shell, as the large hole on the back of the Shell is designed for attaching the other accessories in the system. The Shell is made of hard plastic and doesn’t feature a rubber lining as seen in other OtterBox cases. Nothing is subtle with the Agility Shell — it’s huge, hard, tough, and too pointy. The…

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13:20
Higher-end iPhone 6 models may get sapphire screens...

Apple is "considering" using sapphire screens for more expensive models of the new iPhones it's planning to ship this fall, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. The prospect is said to be dependent on whether or not it can get enough sapphire. Numerous earlier reports have gone back and forth about whether Apple will use the material, which is costly in large part because it's in short supply....

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13:17
Desktop computers: Troubleshooting wireless keyboard...

Some desktop computers with wireless keyboards or mice are shipped with the devices pre-paired and the batteries pre-installed. As long as the wireless devices are powered on when the computer starts up, no additional steps should be necessary to make them work. If one or both of the wireless devices do not function as expected, use the information below to identify and resolve the issue.
Note: These instructions work with Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard.  For troubleshooting wireless keyboard and mouse issues in Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard, see Desktop computers: Troubleshooting wireless mouse and keyboard issues.
Read more: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2662

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13:00
Comparing Apple's diversity report to the rest...

In case you missed it, Apple yesterday released a report detailing employee diversity across the company. Apple's diversity report comes hot on the heels of a number of other big name tech companies that similarly released data breaking down employee...

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12:48
WebMD updates Healthy Target, RollerCoaster Tycoon 4...

A trio of interesting updates hit the App Store on Thursday, as WebMD added new coaching options to its Healthy Target feature, RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 became a free-to-play game, and Sony released a new music app that will give iOS users a discount on one album each day.

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12:22
News: Apps of the Week: Sago Mini Friends, Champ Man...

New Apps Hanx Writer (free) — Hanx Writer from Hitcents.com is a new writing app designed to mimic the experience of a typewriter on an iPad. Also, it was created by actor and noted typewriter aficionado Tom Hanks. Documents can be emailed, printed, and shared like any other, except that writing them will give you all the sounds and animations of a traditional typewriter. The app offers use of the Hanx Prime Select typewriter for free, and users…

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12:19
WSJ says Apple considering using sapphire displays...

Purported iPhone 6 sapphire cover glass
A new report filed by The Wall Street Journal today is the latest to claim that Apple’s next generation of iPhones will sport sapphire displays. In addition to commentary from analysts over how the more expensive material could impact costs for Apple, the WSJ report includes the following tidbit:
Apple is considering using sapphire screens in more-expensive models of the two new, larger iPhones it plans to debut this fall, if it can get enough of the material, people familiar with the matter say.
Two things are notable in mention above. First, the WSJ mentions “two new, larger iPhones” as reports continue to describe both a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch model to be introduced with the latter...

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12:12
Photo may show fully-assembled iPhone 6 logic board

A photo obtained by a Taiwanese news site is said to show a fully-assembly logic board for the iPhone 6. Some visible components include the SIM slot, Toshiba flash memory, and what may be a Wi-Fi module at the base. Other important components however, like the processor, are concealed by electromagnetic shielding....

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12:10
Berlin terminates Uber service, company subject to...

Berlin, Germany has banned the Uber service from city limits, citing concerns for passenger safety and the unregulated nature of the drivers for the service. The firm itself is liable for a fine of $33,000 per fare, with drivers themselves seeking riders likely to be hit with a $26,500 charge by authorities as well....

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12:05
12.2-Inch Samsung Galaxy Tablets Bring Productivity...

With the release of extra-large Samsung Galaxy tablets and matching keyboard cases, Julio Ojeda-Zapata finally warms to Android as a productivity platform. The as-yet-unreleased Android version of Microsoft Office is the remaining piece of the puzzle. 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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12:05
Android gains marketshare from iOS in Q2 as 60% of...

IDC released its second quarter report for worldwide smartphone shipments by operating system today and in it noted iOS and Android accounted for 96% of the global market. That number, however, comes only as Android grew on the strength of higher sales of low-cost devices abroad.
The dominant smartphone operating systems (OS), Android and iOS, saw their combined market share swell to 96.4% for the quarter, leaving little space for competitors. Android was the primary driver with its vendor partners shipping a total of 255.3 million Android-based smartphones in 2Q14, up 33.3% year over year. Meanwhile, iOS saw its market share decline despite posting 12.7% year-over-year shipment growth. While...

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12:01
iPhone Apps: Time Tangle, Tiny Wings, Uber
12:00
Archie Comics app offers 100 free issues of classic...

The world of comic books is often thought to just be the domain of dark gritty violence or melodramatic superhero fights, but there's another side of comics.: a fun-loving, thoughtful place we call Riverdale. It's the place where Archie lives. For...

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11:58
News: WSJ: Apple mulls sapphire for premium iPhones...

Less than a month from its expected iPhone launch event, Apple is considering using sapphire screens in the more expensive models of its upcoming iPhone and iWatch, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report notes that the first sapphire displays for those devices are “expected to roll off production lines this month.” It’s also reported that the company will use sapphire in more expensive models of the two new iPhones, “if…

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11:47
If Apple's 'iPhone 6' uses sapphire...

Less than a month before its expected debut, Apple is apparently "considering" the use of synthetic sapphire displays on its next-generation iPhone, but the costs and difficulties associated with the material would limit it solely to a new range of higher-end and more expensive models that the company might make available, a new rumor claims.

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11:17
Higher-End 4.7 and 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 to Get Sapphire...

Apple has plans to use a sapphire crystal display in the higher-end models of the two versions of the iPhone 6 that it plans to debut this fall, reports The Wall Street Journal. Because of the higher cost of sapphire, Apple may also charge more for the high-end versions of the devices.Apple is considering using sapphire screens in more-expensive models of the two new, larger iPhones it plans to debut this fall, if it can get enough of the material, people familiar with the matter say. Some analysts expect Apple to charge more for the phones than previous new models, because of increased component costs.Multiple iPhone 6 rumors have speculated that sapphire could be constrained to either the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 or the higher-end models due to cost and production issues, but The Wall Street Journal is the first mainstream publication to confirm those rumors...

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11:00
Apple #88 on Fortune's 100 fastest-growing...

As big as Apple is -- 98,000 employees worldwide, with 2013 revenues of about US$171 billion -- it's still growing like a much smaller, nimbler company. Fortune's 2014 list of the 100 fastest-growing companies is out, and Apple is in the #88...

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10:50
Report: An Amazing Customer Experience with Apple

Yesterday, John Martellaro's wife had a truly remarkable customer experience at the Apple retail store in Lone Tree, Colorado. The experience demonstrates something very interesting about Apple that makes it unique and hard to compete with.

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10:37
Intel Preparing to Launch New Xeon Processors for...

After nearly three and a half years with only a minor processor bump, Apple late last year launched its redesigned Mac Pro, moving to a compact cylindrical design relying on a slew of Thunderbolt 2 ports for expandability. While the new machine began shipping in the last few days of 2013, extreme shortages of the machine persisted for months and it wasn't until two months ago that shipping estimates reached the "within 24 hours" level and Apple's own retail stores began stocking the Mac Pro for immediate purchase. Potential Mac Pro customers may now, however, be starting to look forward to the first update for the redesigned Mac Pro, as Intel appears set to launch new processors appropriate for the Mac Pro next month. As...

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10:30
Daily Deals for August 14, 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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10:22
Lawsuit about DRM on 2006-era iPods shambles to life...

The nine-year-old lawsuit over Apple's digital rights management in the iTunes Music Store and on the iPod rages on. Lawyers for the complainants continue to claim that changes in iTunes blocking other companies' music stores from functioning on the iPod allowed Apple to raise prices. The $350 million lawsuit against the Cupertino manufacturer had a hearing earlier this week, following the retirement of the first judge in the case....

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10:20
Apple makes key Maps hire from Nokia HERE as it...

Apple has made another notable hire from the mapping world this month: the Cupertino-based company, coming off of a series of mishaps in its Maps division, has brought on former Nokia HERE and NAVTEQ executive Torsten Krenz, according to sources. Before joining Apple this month, Krenz served as Nokia HERE’s director of regional map and content. 
Krenz has had a long career in the mapping world and previously served as Vice President of Global Expansion in NAVTEQ’s Digital Mapping Operations before it was acquired by Nokia and merged with Here. Sources say Krenz was leading global field operations and responsible for ground truth mapping worldwide at Here before departing for Apple. It’s an interesting hire as Apple also hints at a new data-collection project for Maps and could be another clue the company is looking to step up it’s own data-collection to improve Maps....

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10:19
IDC's New Smartphone Report illustrates that...

According to a new IDC report, the worldwide smartphone market reached a new milestone in the second quarter of 2014, moving past the 300 million unit mark for the first time in its history. Vendors shipped a total of 301.3 million smartphones worldwide in 2Q14, up 25.3% from the 240.5 million units shipped in the second quarter of 2013. The...

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10:15
Apple interviews Tom Hanks via Twitter about his new...

Tom Hanks has played many roles throughout his acting career in movies like Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile, and even Pixar’s Toy Story trilogy, and today the actor is finally adding app developer to that list.
Hanx Writer, a flashy new app with a very classic concept revisited for the tablet age, is the result of close collaboration between Tom Hanks and the game/mobile app development studio Hitcents. The app brings the old school typewriter experience to the iPad with clicking and clacking and dings and includes various inks, ribbons, and keyboards. It’s also very functional in that you can share you documents in all their vintage glory over email, AirDrop, print, and more just like any modern iPad writer. Catch the interview after the break…...

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10:14
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10:10
Apple plummets from 38th to 88th on Fortune Fastest...

Apple has dropped from 38th to 88th place on Fortune's annual 100 Fastest-Growing Companies chart. The list includes domestic and foreign businesses that trade on US stock exchanges and have a market cap of at least $250 million. In explaining the fall, Fortune observes that while Apple's sales are high, the pace has been slowing....

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10:06
Mavericks Can't add Client - fails to write...

Forums: TroubleshootingWer'e re-deploying our xsan using Mavericks, and new Mac Pro trash cans as clients. We've successfully added two clients with no issues. However, one refuses to ad. It shows up in admin, sees both the public and private IPs, and even authenticates with no problem. However, when completing the addition, it locks up saying "Failed to write config file" on the client. I've tried everything I can think of. Help!

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10:00
Crowdfunding Roundup: Blinks and Tickles

Each week, TUAW provides readers with an update on new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects in the news. While our policy is to not go into detail on items that haven't reached at least 80 percent of their funding goal, this update is...

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09:50
External Link: Apple Bans iPhone Toxins

Apple has banned the use of two chemicals that endangered the health of Chinese iPhone assemblers: N-hexane, which was used to clean screens, but could also cause nerve damage and paralysis; and Benzene, which was used to coat electronic components, but is a known carcinogen. However, these chemicals are still in use further up in the supply chain, and Apple is being pressured to eliminate them from the entire chain. 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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09:50
External Link: The Origin of “x” to Close

Lauren Archer on Medium has tracked the origin of the use of “x” as a symbol to denote closing a window. While it’s now ubiquitous on both Mac and Windows, it wasn’t a common convention until Windows 95, but she traces its origins before then, to Atari TOS 1.0, with a possible link to Japanese culture. 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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09:48
News: Report: Apple meets with Thai officials...

Thai officials revealed on Wednesday that Apple received approval to sell two new iPhone models in the country, and a new report notes that a seemingly displeased Apple has met with those officials about the disclosure. The translated report, from Thai Rath, also makes a point to note that the new devices may or may not be called “iPhone 6,” leaving some doubt into what the names of the new devices will actually be; “iPhone Air”…

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09:30
Sony wants you to buy whole albums so badly they...

iTunes changed music in a number of ways, but one of the biggest impacts was the freedom it gave consumers to purchase only the music they absolutely needed. Buying a couple of songs here, and a couple more there, meant that "filler" songs would no...

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09:29
If the Internet Could Speak: 'I'm Melting...


Millions of users were unable to access the Web Tuesday, according to reports. The websites of eBay, Amazon, Autotrader, LinkedIn, Time Warner and Verizon were among those hit. The problem is due to a combination of factors: router configuration; the explosive growth of connected devices; and IPv4 running out of addresses. "The industry faces many limitations with communications, ranging from wireless spectrum to core network bandwidth, and there is never a single solution to overcome these limitations," said tech analyst Rob Enderle.

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09:26
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-14

Home automation has the potential to make our lives easier, and Apple is in a prime position to make that happen. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about why Apple TV may be a big part of that, plus they take a look at a new class action lawsuit from Apple shareholders over the company's involvement in a Silicon Vally employee anti-poaching agreement.

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09:19
Apple meets with Thai officials in wake of iPhone 6...

Apple has already met with officials from Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission to complain about the announcement of the iPhone 6's certification in the country, according to local newspaper Thai Rath. Although NBTC Secretary General Takorn Tantasith only disclosed the general name of the product and two model numbers -- A1586 and A1524 -- and was allegedly following government guidelines in doing so, Apple argues that he released confidential information....

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09:10
Hands On: Lego Mindstorms EV3 for iOS, Android

With kids in the house, we're about hip-deep in Lego here, including some past iterations of the Lego Robotics kits. Late last year, Lego released the newest iteration of its Mindstorms set - the Mindstorms EV3. Coming in at $349, the app-enabled kit purports to teach children (and tech writers) about practical robotics. Does the kit do what it says it will, or is it destined to be stepped on in the middle of the night by irate parents?...

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09:00
Samsung rolls out anti-iPhone "Wall Huggers...

A few weeks ago, Samsung rolled out a decently funny anti-iPhone ad titled "Wall Huggers." The commercial effectively takes shots at the iPhone for having poor battery life, forcing users to constantly search for outlets to plug in their phones. In...

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08:58
JMR announces general availability of the BlueStor...

JMR Electronics (www.jmr.com) has announced the general availability of the Dual RAID BlueStor Networked Storage server.
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08:45
Apple Invents In-Cell for OLED Displays & Touch...

Apple was granted a patent this week for their In-Cell or "Integrated Touch" display technology. Today, the US Patent and Trademark Office published Apple's patent application for their latest technology regarding "In-Cell for LED" or OLED/AMOLED displays. In a secondary patent filing Apple focuses on fingerprint imaging and quality characterization. One of the patent figures illustrates the iPad integrating Touch ID which is likely to debut this fall.

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08:31
Report claims concerned Apple met with Thailand NTBC...

We learned yesterday that Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has approved the sale of two unreleased iPhones, specifically with the model numbers A1524 & A1586, ahead of the expected announcement on September 9th. Confirmation of the approval for the new iPhone models was even publicized via Twitter by the NBTC’s Secretary General in addition to being discussed on video.
Whether or not the two new model numbers point to the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of the next generation iPhone or simply changes to existing iPhone models sold in Thailand isn’t certain until the devices hit the market, but a local report filed from Thai Rath...

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08:09
Apple makes Fortune’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies...

Apple might have dropped from #38 to #88 this year on Fortune’s list of the 100 Fastest-Growing Companies published today, but it’s also making the list for its 8th consecutive year. That means Apple has now been on the list more than any other company and also has the longest streak of consecutive appearances.
There aren’t a lot of other high profile tech companies that made the list, but a couple notables include Baidu at #46 and Tivo at #73.
Fortune’s list ranks companies (with a market cap of $250 million or more) based on revenue growth rate; EPS growth rate; and three-year annualized total return for the period ended June 30, 2014.Filed under: AAPL Company ...

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08:05
Chat with Tom Hanks on the @AppStore Twitter account...

If you're a Tom Hanks fan -- and let's be honest, who isn't a Tom Hanks fan? -- Apple is giving you the chance to chat with him today on Twitter. At 9AM PST (12PM EST), Hanks will be taking questions via the @AppStore Twitter account about his new...

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08:05
The Emerging War Over Desktop Push Notifications

Push notifications may have grown up on mobile apps. But now the Web is making a comeback because of a push notification innovation introduced by Apple through Safari Mavericks. Warring standards are already beginning to emerge, though Apple holds the early lead.

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08:01
Apple's Schiller, Cook get pulled into '...

Apple's worldwide marketing head, Phil Schiller, has joined in on the "ice bucket challenge" currently making the rounds on social media. In a Twitter post, Schiller includes photos of himself standing on a beach and tipping a bucket of water over his head. Keeping to the rules he challenges other people, including his wife Kim, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and fellow Boston College graduate Chris O'Donnell, currently best known for starring in NCIS: Los Angeles....

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08:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 011 with...

In episode 11, Jeremy Thake chats to the two Imagine Cup finalist teams for the Office 365 App Model challenge, which were Team Code Blue, from India and Team iGeek, from China. Team Code Blue built the Molecule maker app and Team iGeek built the Education Toolkit.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP11_ImagineCup.mp3
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08:00
Apple bans the use of two potentially harmful...

Apple has banned the use of two potentially harmful chemicals in the final assembly of its devices. This ban was confirmed by vice president of environmental initiatives Lisa Jackson in a statement posted on Apple's Environmental Responsibility...

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07:55
Alfred 2.4 - Quick launcher for apps and more. (Free)

Alfred is an award-winning productivity application for OS X. Alfred saves you time when you search for files online or on your Mac. Be more productive with hotkeys, keywords, and file actions at your fingertips. Loads of app-launching, file-searching goodness - free for you to download and use with no strings attached. Alfred is the ultimate productivity tool for your Mac. Get it and see for yourself. Get the Powerpack. Discover the Powerpack, a set of incredibly powerful features, built on top of the robust core of Alfred and integrated with OS X.

  • Single license: £15 for single user
  • Family license: £25 for 5 users under one roof
  • Mega Supporter: £30 Single User with Free Lifetime Upgrades

Version 2.4: Compatibility Improvements

  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite Compatibility, Alfred 2 officially supports Apple's upcoming operating system
  • Updated Alfred preferences framework to...

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06:45
Apple bans two chemicals from product assembly after...

Apple is banning the use of two toxic chemicals from final assembly processes for its products, after watchdog groups demanded the company replace the substances with safer alternatives.Earlier this year, Green America and China Labor Watch had called on Apple to eliminate the use of benzene and n-hexane from its supply chain. Both substances are known to be poisonous, but are still in use at Chinese factories, including those that build Apple products, the groups claimed.On Thursday, Apple said it investigated 22 of its final assembly facilities and found “no widespread use of benzene or n-hexane, and no evidence of worker health and safety being put at risk,” according to an online report. The investigation covered facilities that employ close to 500,000 workers....

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07:24
Final Draft 9.0.4 - Industry-leading screenwriting...

Final Draft allows you to use your creative energy to focus on the content; let Final Draft take care of the style. Final Draft is the number-one selling application specifically designed for writing movie scripts, television episodics, and stage plays. It combines powerful word processing with professional script formatting in one self-contained, easy-to-use package. There is no need to learn about script formatting rules - Final Draft automatically paginates and formats your script to industry standards as you write.Version 9.0.4: New Features:

  • Auto-update: After 9.0.4 is installed, the user will be notified of future updates as soon as they are released and the update will be installed with one mouse-click.
  • Profanity: Swear words have been incorporated into the spell-checker.
  • Auto-scroll: The program will automatically scroll up to the middle of the page as typing reaches the bottom of the page.

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07:14
Apple Meets With Thai Officials to Discuss '...

According to a report from Thailand's Thai Rath newspaper [Google Translate], Apple has already met with officials at the country's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to discuss the recent disclosure that two iPhone 6 models have been approved by the government agency for import into the Asian country. NBTC secretary Takorn Tantasith earlier this week released the approval information on two "iPhone 6" models A1586 and A1524, reportedly in accordance with guidelines that require the public announcement of approved hardware. The declaration, which he also broadcast on Twitter, contained only the product name and...

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07:04
Tom Hanks’ typewriter app for iPad

Behold, Hanx Writer, created by Tom Hanks. Hanx Writer recreates the experience of a manual typewriter, but with the ease and speed of an iPad.

I must admit, this is a pretty cool app. It’s great when someone can take a passion, like a typewriter, and create an app. The @AppStore will have a live chat with Hanks this morning at 9 am PT.
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07:00
Apple's Phil Schiller takes ALS "ice...

Have you heard of the ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, AKA "Lou Gehrig's Disease") Ice Bucket Challenge? The challenge is a fundraiser to pull in funds for the ALS Association in which celebrities and non-celebrities alike pour a bucket of ice...

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07:00
Apple's iOS, Google's Android grow to 96.4...

The two-horse race for smartphone operating system share continues to obliterate competitors, as Apple's iOS and Google's Android were the only two platforms to see growth in the second quarter of 2014, the latest data from IDC claims.

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

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

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06:49
Design concept reimagines OS X’s dated Inspector...

Come this fall (expect October) the Mac is due to get a major visual overhaul by way of OS X 10.10 Yosemite bringing a new look to system icons, folders, windows, and even the iconic Dock, but much of OS X will remain structurally the same this year perhaps saving a more comprehensive change for another iteration.
Ramotion, Inc., though, has shared a view into what a more comprehensive change to OS X could, and maybe should, bring with a redesigned, not just theme...

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06:46
University Students Get a Deal if they buy a Mac...

In a new email promotion, Apple is now offering students who buy a Mac before September 9 will get a ...

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06:43
Fission 2.2.2 - Streamlined audio editor. (Demo)

Fission can crop and trim audio, paste in or join files, or just rapidly split one long file into many. It's streamlined for fast editing. Plus, it works without the quality loss caused by other editors, so you can get perfect quality audio even when editing MP3 and AAC files. If you need to convert formats, Fission can do that too! You can rapidly export or batch convert files to the MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, FLAC, AIFF, and WAV formats. Key Features:

  • Edit MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, and AIFF files with no quality loss
  • Quickly split a long audio file into smaller files
  • Remove unwanted content, such as commercials, from your audio file
  • Re-arrange audio in a single file, copy audio from one file to another, or merge with a quick drag and drop
  • Create great-sounding MP3 or AAC ringtones for your cell phone.

Version 2.2.2:

  • A rare crash caused by closing a window has been fixed....

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06:33
Pegatron taking half of 4.7-inch iPhone 6 production...

Pegatron has won half of Apple's orders for production of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, supply chain sources tell Digitimes. The remainder are expected to go to Foxconn, Apple's primary assembly partner. Together the two manufacturers are forecast to churn out 50 million iPhone 6 units by the end of the year....

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06:27
Rumor: Apple ready to begin mass production of...

The iPhone 6 is ready to begin mass production.
Per The Mac Observer and G4 Games, Apple is reportedly ready to flip the switch and start mass production of the iPhone 6 ahead of its anticipated September 9 media event to introduce the newest member to the company’s smartphone lineup. Assuming full scale production is ramping up now, that gives Apple about a month to build up inventory before the iPhone 6′s projected release date.
Sources speaking with Chinese media claim Apple is currently in the PVT stage, which is the final point before production goes...

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06:24
New photos purport to show fully-assembled '...

A seemingly fully-assembled logic board -- with most of its attached silicon unseen under metal shielding -- said to be destined for Apple's next-generation iPhone surfaced on Thursday in a new set of photos from the Far East.

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06:24
The Biggest iPhone Security Risk Could Be Connecting...

angry tapir (1463043) writes Apple has done well to insulate its iOS mobile operating system from many security issues, but a forthcoming demonstration shows it's far from perfect. Next Wednesday at the Usenix Security Symposium in San Diego, researchers with the Georgia Institute of Technology will show how iOS's Achilles' heel is exposed when devices are connected over USB to a computer or have Wi-Fi synching enabled. The beauty of their attack is that it doesn't rely on iOS software vulnerabilities, the customary way that hackers commandeer computers. It simply takes advantage of design issues in iOS, working around Apple's layered protections to accomplish a sinister goal. ...

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06:24
Apple Hit with Shareholder Lawsuit Over Employee...

Apple's involvement in an agreement with other tech companies to not poach employees from each other has landed it in another lawsuit, this time from a shareholder claiming the deal cost the company value, and that executives misled investors. The class action lawsuit names current CEO Tim Cook, along with William Campbell, Millard Drexler, Arthur Levinson, Robert Iger, Andrea Jung, Fred Anderson, and the Estate of Steve Jobs.The Mac Observer Spin: Then-CEO Steve Jobs didn't want his engineers working for the competition, and in this case his efforts to keep his employees from working for Google, Intel, and other companies looks to have been a overzealous. This new shareholder lawsuit is a perfect example of how the decision to go down the employee anti-poaching path is going to be an ongoing headache for Apple for some time....

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06:23
News: Apple bans benzene, n-hexane in iPhone, iPad...

Apple has banned the use of two chemicals, benzene and n-hexane, in final assembly of its iPhones and iPads, the Associated Press reports. The company has drawn criticism in the past for using both potentially hazardous chemicals — workers reported n-hexane-related sicknesses in 2010, and by 2011, workers at an Apple manufacturing partner wrote a letter regarding their concerns and health issues due to n-hexane exposure. Though Apple claims an investigation…

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06:11
Apple releases Safari 7.0.6, 6.1.6, addresses WebKit...


On Wednesday, Apple released version 7.0.6 of its Safari web browser for OS X Mavericks and version 6.1.6 for its OS X Lion and Mountain Lion operating systems. The new version, features fixes for several WebKit-related security and memory corruption issues that could let attackers run arbitrary code on victim’s computers. The security issue could also cause app crashes.
According to the security release notes, seven security issues were patches, all related to WebKit memory corruption. The notes state, “These issues were addressed through improved memory handling.”

The Safari update is available as a free download...

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: ALL-CAPS ALL THE TIME

New images provide clearest look yet at iPhone 6 front panel (9to5 Mac)

These components are probably the real deal. You've got to love this quote, though: "Unfortunately it's impossible to tell from these photos if the phone is utilizing a glass or...

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05:54
Apple Reveals a New Audio System Designed for thin...

On August 14, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple titled "Long-Throw Acoustic Transducer." Apple's invention generally relates to the field of audio speakers that use a moving magnetic piston as the sound producing element. The invention will be able to produce more vibrant audio for music and alerts with vibrations for future iDevices. Apple notes that their invention may be advantageous for acoustic transducers that are used in "thin" devices ...

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05:49
Latest leaked iPhone 6 parts photo shows complete...

Photos of apparent leaked iPhone 6 parts continue, the latest from AppleClub in Taiwan claiming to show complete logic board assemblies. With most of the components hidden beneath shielding, we don’t learn anything new beyond the flash memory chip middle-left appearing to be made by Toshiba … 
The A8 chip would be beneath the shielding on the right, just above the SIM slot.
The photo adds to recent ones showing  tapered edges on the display panel and the power button moved from the top to the side of the phone; a...

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05:43
News: New iPhone 6 leaks show tapered front panel,...

More new photos of the alleged 4.7” iPhone 6 have been released by Feld & Volk. A closeup of the front panel reveals greater detail about the phone’s design, showing curved, tapered edges that should meet the rounded edges of the rear shell. Like the iPhone 5 and 5s, the power button has a metallic finish, which the volume and mute switches will apparently continue to have as well. The mute switch has changed internally, using rocker-style…

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05:32
Apple's Phil Schiller challenges CEO Tim Cook...

Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller this week joined in on the popular "ice bucket challenge," which helps to raise money for the ALS Association, and even challenged CEO Tim Cook and a celebrity friend to get in on the act.

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05:30
News: Daily Deal: Get three months of Blinkist...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can take advantage of a special offer of three months free when subscribing to Blinkist, a mobile knowledge and learning companion for your iPhone and iPad. With a library covering a wide range of topics such as business, popular science, health, and history, Blinkist helps users easily explore new topics and learn new things, delivered to their devices in a bite-sized, ‘made-for-mobile’ format. Subscribe to…

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08:03
Anonymous attacking St. Louis police, shooter's...

Updated with release of police respondent's name Hacker collective Anonymous has allegedly penetrated the St. Louis County police dispatch computer system, and has released audio excerpts from the day that an African American man was shot by police. The "OpFerguson" event underway by Anonymous has crippled Ferguson City's website, and already leaked some details about local police -- a very recent tweet by Anonymous has given the city very little time to respond, and has now released the officer's name involved in the shooting.......

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05:27
Assembled iPhone 6 Logic Board Revealed in New Photo

With under four weeks to go until the expected introduction of the iPhone 6, increasingly complex parts are continuing to leak. Just weeks ago, photos showing two bare logic boards similar to but distinct from corresponding parts from existing iPhones surfaced, lending credence to rumors of two larger iPhone 6 models. One of those logic boards has now been revealed in what appears to be a fully assembled state in a photo reposted by Apple.club.tw [Google Translate]. While several physical features such as the nano-SIM slot, a number of...

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05:24
The Pain of an Apple Enthusiast: When Will I Be...


Apple is firing on all cylinders. The company is excelling in so many ways, it's hard to keep track of it all. It's building an amazing new "spaceship" headquarters. It's building solar farms to power its data centers. It's cleaning up its supply chain, both environmentally and through better labor practices. Apple produces the best-selling MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina display, which have helped to increase its PC market share in 32 of the last 33 quarters, despite generally lackluster U.S. and global economies.

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05:01
Apple Patches Safari WebKit Security Issues

Apple released Safari 7.0.6 for OS X Mavericks and Safari 6.1.6 for OS X Lion and Mountain Lion on Wednesday to patch several WebKit-related security and memory corruption issues that could let attackers run arbitrary code on victim's computers. The security issue could also cause app crashes.

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04:44
Selling the first telephone

The network effect is the idea that the value of a product or service is dependent on the number of others using it. If you are breaking ground on a new business area that depends on the network effect, this anecdote offers some terrific insight.

The anecdote goes this like: One telephone has no value. Two telephones have a wee bit of value. After 100 phones, you may know someone with a phone, and if so, then there is value in you signing up for telephone service. After 100,000 phones, you very likely know many people with phones. And at 1,000,000 phones, many of your friends, colleagues, and family will have phones, making the service highly valuable.

Interesting read, especially if you’ve got a bit of the entrepreneur in you.
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04:41
Apple and Samsung will sew-up the smartwatch market...

Apple and Samsung will largely own the smartwatch market between them, predicts Jackdaw Research chief analyst Jan Dawson in a report being issued later today and seen by Re/code.
Dawson said that new players should “stay out of the market,” and existing players should scale back their plans.

“We do not recommend that existing vendors should maintain current levels of investment when market growth and the overall revenue opportunity remain poor,” Dawson said. “It is unlikely that more than one or two small vendors will be able to make a sustainable business out of smartwatches in the face of competition from Samsung and [...] Apple” …


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04:30
Apple eliminates 2 more toxins from iPhone production

Over the years, either voluntarily or by pressure from environmentalists, Apple has paved the way toward eliminating hazardous materials like lead, mercury, and arsenic in the production of their products. Getting the ball rolling several years was no easy task as Apple was pressured mercilessly by Greenpeace to “clean up their act”. Now in 2014, Apple is the leader in safer production practices and renewable energy. Now Apple is adding two more chemicals to its list of banned toxins, ...

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04:28
Pandora CFO, Beats “not a competitive service”

Here’s one for Gruber’s Claim Chowder file. Pandora CFO Mike Herring, speaking with Oppenheimer Securities analyst Jason Helfstein at an investment conference:

I don’t have much comment on Beats. Frankly, it’s not a competitive service in any form today. iTunes Radio is much more of it, competitive service and really had no impact on us long-term.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:18
Apple Shareholder Files Class Action against Members...

Revelations have surfaced in a court filing that the estate of Apple founder Steve Jobs is being sued by one of the company's shareholders. The class action lawsuit claims that Apple misled investors and damaged the value of the company by striking a controversial hiring agreement with other corporations. The action formerly lists the defendants in this case as being Tim Cook, William Campbell, Millard Drexler, Arthur Levinson, Robert Iger, Andrea Jung, Fred Anderson and the Estate of Steven Jobs.

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04:11
Toshiba enters wearables market with fitness tracker...

Toshiba is joining the ranks of companies producing wearable devices, by creating its own fitness band. The WERAM1100 uses a simplistic design of a small sensor block embedded inside an interchangeable rubber wristband, similar to the Sony SmartBand's construction, with the device able to perform typical fitness tracker monitoring functions....

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04:01
∞ Apple bans benzene and n-hexane from supply chain...

From a letter released today by Lisa Jackson, former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and now Apple’s environmental director:

Recently, we received some questions about whether the chemicals benzene and n-hexane are used in the manufacturing of our products. Apple treats any allegations of unsafe working conditions extremely seriously. We took immediate investigative action, sending specialized teams into each of our 22 final assembly facilities, and found no evidence of workers’ health being put at risk. We’ve updated our tight restrictions on benzene and n-hexane to explicitly prohibit their use in final assembly processes.

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04:00
Evidence that Apple is releasing two new iPhone 6...

Countless rumors and reports, including ones here on the PowerPage, have all but taken it for granted now that Apple will be announcing two new models of iPhone next month. Spy photos and prototype cases have been pointing to a 4.7 inch (screen) model and a 5.5 inch model, the latter being Apple’s entry into the “phablet” market. While the more reasonable seeming 4.7 inch iPhone 6 hasn’t been confirmed, an agency in Thailand says it has absolute proof that two different models exist.

As BGR reports, the website Manager Online is reporting that Takorn Tantasith, Secretary General of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), has announced...

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03:59
Adobe Muse CC 2014.1 - Design and publish HTML...

Muse CC is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $14.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Muse customer). Muse CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer.Adobe Muse enables designers to create websites as easily as creating a layout for print. Design and publish original HTML pages using the latest Web standards, and without writing code. Now in beta, Muse makes it a snap to produce unique, professional-looking websites. Key Features of Muse:

  • Plan your project- Easy-to-use sitemaps, master pages, and a host of flexible, site-wide tools make it fast and intuitive to get your site planned out and ready for design.
  • Design your pages - Combine imagery, graphics...

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03:38
Unconfirmed reports that Pegatron is making half the...

Digitimes is reporting that Pegatron is making half of the 4.7-inch model of the iPhone 6, at least for orders placed in 2014. Citing upstream suppliers (those making components for delivery to the assembly plants), it’s rumored that Apple has asked Pegatron to make 25M of its initial order of 50M phones, with primary supplier Foxconn making the rest – along with all of the 5.5-inch models.
Taiwan’s Commercial Times had originally suggested that Pegatron would be receiving only 15 percent of orders, while DigiTimes said back in May that it was 30 percent – the same source that now says 50 percent. If you’re thinking all this suggests they are simply plucking numbers out of the air, you may well be right.
Either way, we’re expecting Apple to...

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03:26
Apple reimagines the mouse with force sensors,...

An Apple patent filing uncovered on Thursday describes an advanced mouse that employs sensors to measure the level and location of force exerted on its main button, as well as haptics systems for providing feedback.

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03:21
Apple Reveals their New Fraud Detection Identity...

An Internet-facing identity management system is vulnerable to a variety of attacks, including account take over, fraudulent activities, creation of fraudulent accounts and denial of service attacks. As hackers and fraudsters are getting better and more sophisticated in online transaction attacks, there is a need to detect and remediate fraud in real-time to protect consumers and businesses. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new fraud detection ID management system. To a certain degree Apple is ...

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03:20
Will TV providers get beaten to the punch by Smart...

Smart applications and more interaction with the TV, both with different devices and for better navigation without a cumbersome TV remote, are priorities for consumers’ next TV purchase in the UK and US.
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03:20
Will TV providers get beaten to the punch by Smart...

Smart applications and more interaction with the TV, both with different devices and for better navigation without a cumbersome TV remote, are priorities for consumers’ next TV purchase in the UK and US.
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02:50
Sony’s discounted ‘Album of the day’ app goes...

Sony’s Album of the Day app for iPhone and iPod Touch, which provides a daily discount of up to 70 percent on albums by popular artists, has gone international. Originally launched in Germany in March, it is now available in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Every 24 hours, Album of the Day offers you one album from the artists you know and love at a special limited time promotional price. All deals live on your iPhone and are purchased safely through iTunes and saved to your iTunes library.

If you allow push notifications, you’ll receive a notification of each day’s deal, which is available for just 24 hours. You can download the free app from iTunes.
Via...

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01:48
Apple Reveals Advancing Magic Mouse with Force...

Apple introduced a vision for a future version of their Magic Mouse back in 2010 that was the most descriptive patent filing on this subject matter. It described and illustrated how the next generation Magic Mouse would be able to sense a plurality of forces and applied velocities. It went into great detail about advanced gesture profiles for new "brush, scoop, tilt, and slide" capabilities. In 2013 Apple was granted their first patent on force sensing related to the Magic Mouse. Today, Apple has applied for a second patent on this future feature with refinements. In one example ...

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01:44
FotoMagico 4.4.8 - Powerful slideshow creator with...

FotoMagico lets you create professional slideshows from your photos and music with just a few, simple mouse clicks. It sports a very clean and intuitive yet powerful user interface. High image quality, fast performance, and user flexibility were some of the design goals for this application. Create the most spectacular slideshows:

  • Scale, move, rotate, zoom or pan around your images to highlight that part that matters the most.
  • Your slides fit together perfectly with the new, gorgeous transitions.
  • Provide more meaning with subtle titles here and there.

Perform a breathtaking show:

  • Your slideshow uses the best possible resolution of your presentation device.
  • Use large displays, HDTV screens and other high resolution devices.
  • Even on a VGA projector, your photos will look better with FotoMagico.

Your audience will want to take it home:

  • Burn DVDs of your slideshow with...

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01:12
Rumor: Apple supplier Pegatron nets 50% of 4.7-inch...

A rumor out of the Far East on Thursday claims Apple partner supplier Pegatron will be responsible for half of all 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" production, with the remainder going to Foxconn.

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00:13
Pegatron Snags up to 50% of Apple's 4.7 inch...

On Monday we reported that Taiwan's Pegatron expected revenue from assembling communication devices such as Apple's next-generation smartphone to rise sharply in the third quarter. More specifically, the report noted that Pegatron stated that projected revenue from devices excluding PCs were to rise by 20 to 30% from the second quarter, thanks to iPhones that are widely expected to join the trend toward larger screens." Today the news gets even better for Pegatron as they have reportedly gained more of Apple's iPhone business than originally thought.

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00:11
Apple starts using China Telecom’s data centers to...


Apple has begun using Chinese data centers to store iCloud data for local Apple customers, the first time Apple has used mainland China for iCloud account and information storage. On a municipal government website, Fuzhuo City Telecom said that ‘Apple China has completed the iCloud data dump into China Telecom’s cloud services’.  (Update: The information now appears to have been pulled from the government site.)

By moving the site closer to the country itself, reliability, performance and uptime should be maximised for Chinese Apple users. The statement also notes that uptime availability should be at the 99.99% level. The site will end up taking responsibility for...

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Wednesday August 13

23:12
Pegatron Reportedly Lands 50% of 4.7-Inch iPhone 6...

Apple supply partner Pegatron has won a contract that will see it produce 25 million of the estimated 50 million 4.7-inch iPhone 6 units to be shipped this year, reports DigiTimes. It was reported in January that the company would be awarded 50% of the orders, however a report in May pegged that number at 15%. The report also notes that the rest of the orders for the iPhone 6 are expected to go to Foxconn, who has helped produce iPhone 5s and other Apple devices. Pegatron's relationship with Apple is said to also have grown tighter recently, as the supplier has managed assembly for the iPad mini and the iPhone...

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23:00
Mac Backup Guru 2.0 adds Snapshot mode

MacDaddy has announced Mac Backup Guru 2.0 for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher), an update of the utility designed to back up files and disks. It adds a Snapshot mode that users system hard links to save space.
With a single Start button, the user can sync the contents of any Source with its backup destination with Mac Backup Guru. Disk backups of startup drives are bootable with the app.
Mac Backup Guru costs US$29 and is available directly from the publisher's website (http://macdaddy.io).

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23:00
Apple announces ban on n-hexane, benzene for its...

Thanks to the work of activists in raising awareness of the potential risks of some chemicals used in the production process of its products, Apple has announced that it is now restricting suppliers from using n-hexane and benzene in the final assembly process, even though the company's own investigation showed there was no direct danger of contamination for Apple workers. Because of the potential effects, the chemicals (used mostly for cleaning) are no longer permitted....

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21:59
Apple makes supply chain substance regulations...

Following a decision to ban benzene and n-hexane from use in supplier factories, Apple for the first time made its Regulated Substances Specifications -- supply chain restrictions for hazardous/toxic materials -- available for public viewing for the first time.

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21:04
Phil Schiller joins the ranks of tech execs taking...


Apple’s Senior VP of Marketing posted a few photos of himself taking the Ice Bucket Challenge on Twitter today. The challenge was created by former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates in order to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (more commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease).
The challenge itself involves dumping a bucket of ice water over one’s head, then selecting a number of friends to do the same. Those who are challenged to participate but fail to do so within 24 hours are asked to donate to the ALS Association. Donations to the organization have reached over $1.35 million since the challenge started catching on in late July, a spokesperson said. During the same time last year...

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21:00
Reviews: GX Gaming DeathTaker mouse

Gaming is a serious endeavor for many people, driving them to look for the best performance in their system and interface devices. From the pinpoint accuracy needed to get the perfect shot to the ability to unleash a string of macros, there are many things to consider when looking for the perfect mouse. But with the number of big companies offering mice, is it worth it to look to some of the small ......

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20:12
Briefly: Shazam for iOS rolls out Beats Music...

The iOS version of Shazam has begun to roll out a new "Listen Now" feature from Beats Music. The music streaming service integration allows users to tag a song with Shazam and then immediately play it in Beats Music. A subscription is required to Beats Music to utilize this new feature, however a 14-day free trial of the service is available....

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19:59
Google Chrome 36.0.1985.143 - Modern and fast Web...

Google Chrome is a Web browser by Google, created to be a modern platform for Web pages and applications. It utilizes very fast loading of Web pages and has a V8 engine, which is a custom built JavaScript engine. Because Google has used parts from Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox browsers, they made the project open source.Version 36.0.1985.143:

  • This release contains a Flash Player update.
  • Security fixes:
    • High CVE-2014-3165: Use-after-free in web sockets.
    • High CVE-2014-3166: Information disclosure in SPDY.
  • CVE-2014-3167: Various fixes from internal audits, fuzzing and other initiatives.
  • Fixes for a number of crashes and other bugs.

OS X 10.6 or laterDownload Now

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19:09
Adobe Flash Player 14.0.0.176 - Plug-in plays...

Adobe Flash Player is a cross-platform, browser-based application runtime that provides uncompromised viewing of expressive applications, content, and videos across browsers and operating systems.Version 14.0.0.176:

  • Important bug and security fixes
  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • Browser compatibility:
    • Safari 5.0 or later
    • Mozilla Firefox 17.0 or later
    • Google Chrome
    • Opera 11 or later

Download Now

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18:50
Murder Suspect Asked Siri Where To Hide a Dead Body

An anonymous reader writes A Florida man currently on trial for murder reportedly attempted to use Siri to garner ideas about where to bury the body of his dead roommate. According to police allegations, a University of Florida student named Pedro Bravo murdered his roommate via strangulation in late September of 2012 over a dispute involving Bravo's ex- girlfriend. According to a detective working the case, Bravo subsequently fired up Siri on his iPhone and asked it "I need to hide my roommate." ...

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18:34
New job listings indicate Apple’s aim to bolster...

 

Following the recent hire of a former Burberry and Nike social marketing executive to run Apple’s new social media arm, a few job listings on Apple’s website point to an attempt to bolster the company’s retail marketing team. A few of the positions were outlined by ifo Apple Store earlier today and seem to point toward an increased focus on building and maintaining customer loyalty to the Apple brand.
We’ve heard time and again that Apple customers,...

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18:13
Corel Painter 2015

Major new release adds physics-based Particle Brushes and 64-bit support. ($429 new, 194 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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17:55
T-Mobile announces plan to throttle those abusing...

On the heels of Verizon's announcement that it will periodically throttle the LTE speeds of its most prodigious users during times of network congestion, a leak from T-Mobile has revealed a similar program -- but with a different approach. Rather than targeting a certain percentage of the heaviest users without discrimination, the carrier plans to first educate and then restrict the speeds of only those users who are in violation of the terms and conditions of the "unlimited' data plans through torrenting or tethering abuse.......

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17:42
Router, switch memory limits responsible for recent...

Since yesterday the Internet has hit some bouts of turbulence as a widespread issue slowly works its way across infrastructure. The issues aren't tied to any sort of fiber issues or due to the exhaustion of iPv4 address, but rather the exhaustion of memory inside of some hardware such as routers and switches. Starting on Tuesday, border gateway protocol (BGP) tables, the tables responsible for keeping track of a map of the Internet, started to hit their limit in older hardware, making chunks of the Internet inaccessible in the process.......

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17:00
App Invasion: Get to know the new Foursquare, your...

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17:09
Google Reveals a Future "Glass" Component...

Last week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Google that reveals a possible future component system for their wearable computer known as "Glass." The system shows that users may one day soon be able to attach "Glass" components to a prescription glasses frame designed by ...

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17:05
Apple celebrating diversity in Cupertino with...


Yesterday, Apple released its first ever diversity report and a letter from CEO Tim Cook explaining Apple’s approach to diversity and inclusion and its importance at Apple. The report details several facts, including that 55% of Apple’s United States workforce is white and only 30% of the Apple workforce is female.
Writing about the report, Cook said, “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.” In a move to further promote diversity and inclusion within Apple’s culture, Apple is holding several events this week at its Cupertino headquarters, according to sources…
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17:00
Safari 7.0.6 and 6.1.6

Patches multiple memory corruption issues in WebKit. (Free) 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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16:57
Galaxy Alpha: Samsung Puts Pedal to Metal


Samsung has unveiled its long-awaited Galaxy Alpha smartphone featuring a metal frame and a 4.7-inch HD Super AMOLED display. "We have taken a new approach to smartphone design with the Galaxy Alpha, focusing on sophisticated design techniques and compact construction, while building upon the Galaxy experience," said Samsung spokesperson Ashley Gregory. Despite the device's new metal frame, solid finish and lightweight design, however, the Galaxy Alpha "still provides users with the same powerful hardware and features," he added.

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16:47
Dash releases its smart driving application for...


Dash, a popular smart driving tool that originally launched on Android in January, is now finally available for iPhone users. The free app pairs with a device that plug into your car and transmit data back to the app. From there you can see data about your car’s performance and alert you of any potential issues and an average cost for any repairs you might need.
Dash can also track your driving habits and suggest ways to improve your car’s...

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16:44
Apple Bans Two Hazardous Chemicals From Final iPhone...

Apple announced today that it is banning the use of benzene and n-hexande, two potentially hazardous chemicals, during final assembly for both iPhone and iPad, according to the Associated Press. Benzene is a carcinogen that has been linked to leukemia when not handled properly and n-hexane has been linked to nerve damage. The decision announced Wednesday comes five months after the activist groups China Labor Watch and Green America launched a petition drive calling on Apple Inc. to abandon the use of benzene and n-hexane in the production of iPhones.The Cupertino company conducted a four-month investigation at 22 factories and found no evidence that either benzene or n-hexane endangered the 500,000 workers at those factories. Four of the factories had traces of the two chemicals at "acceptable safety levels"...

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16:37
Apple bans use of two hazardous chemicals in iPhone...

Following pressure from activist groups, Apple on Wednesday announced the ban of two potentially hazardous chemicals -- n-hexane and benzene -- from being used in overseas factories during the final stages of iPhone production.

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16:27
Samsung trolls iPhone-toting ‘wall huggers’ at power...

Image via Cnet
Last month Samsung ramped up the anti-Apple rhetoric with a new ad campaign that depicted iPhone users as “wall huggers,” constantly tethered to a power outlet due to the inferior battery in their non-Samsung smartphones. Today Cnet reports that the company has taken its campaign one step further by trolling real-life iPhone users at power outlets throughout major airports.
The new ads take the form of posters near power outlets that read, “...

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16:06
Apple bans potentially dangerous chemicals from...

Photo: Sunday Mirror
Five months after Chinese and American labor watchdog groups petitioned Apple to investigate the use of potentially hazardous materials in its iPhone and iPad assembly process, the company has announced that it will make changes banning the use of at least two chemicals, the Associated Press reported today. The chemicals in question are benzene and n-hexane, which are tied to lukemia and nerve damage, respectively.
After conducting a four-month study, Apple says it determined that there was no evidence to suggest that these chemicals posed a threat to workers assembling its devices in twenty-two factories, but announced that it would take steps to ensure that...

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16:06
OCZ releases the ARC 100 series, a value line of...

Toshiba owned OCZ announced the release of a new series of 2.5-inch solid state drives (SSD) called the ARC 100. With the new ARC series drives, OCZ is offering solid state performance at entry-level pricing to spur consumer adoption. OCZ is selling the SATA III drives in three sizes, featuring Toshiba NAND, a three-year warranty and prices starting as low as $75....

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16:03
Samsung puts 'wall hugger' ads on airport...

As part of its ongoing Apple-bashing campaign, Samsung recently took their "wall hugger" message to major airports, cleverly buying ad space around power outlets where iPhone users apparently congregate.

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16:01
Safari updated for Lion and higher with security...

Seven potential security and stability flaws in the WebKit engine that drives Safari have been identified and fixed in a new update for the default Mac web browser, which was released on Wednesday. The patch updates the version numbers to 6.1.6 for older OS versions going back to Lion (OS X 10.7.5), and to 7.0.6 for Mavericks (10.9.4). Problems with a WebKit vulnerability that could cause crashes, alongside some memory corruption issues, prompted the update....

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15:30
ACM 267: Apple, HealthKit and Steve Jobs Design...

Apple wants to own the health tracking market, but give us control over the data we collect. Jeff and Bryan look at iOS 8's HealthKit and how it could change the way we handle our own medical and fitness data, Google and Samsung's push to get a piece of the health tracking market, Apple's design philosophy, and the potential for online micropayment systems.

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15:09
Samsung Expands Anti-Apple 'Wall Huggers'...

Back in early July, Samsung launched a new Galaxy S5 ad calling iPhone users "Wall Huggers" and mocking the iPhone for having a short battery life while touting the battery-saving capabilities of its own newest flagship phone. Samsung has now expanded its "Wall Huggers" advertising campaign to select airports, according to CNET, displaying Galaxy S5 ads alongside power outlets. In addition to highlighting the Galaxy S5's Ultra Power Saving Mode, the ads include the words "So you have the power to be anywhere but here," possibly poking fun at Apple's own recent line of app-focused advertising, which revolves around the tagline "You're more powerful than you think." First ...

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15:07
Apple TV, the Ideal HomeKit Hub for Home Automation

Apple makes a little black box that hangs out on your network and waits for you to need it. Kelly explains how Apple TV + HomeKit = Crazy Delicious, and is likelier than you may think.

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15:00
Updated GEICO Mobile app brings you gas, lets you...

GEICO has released a new update for its handy iOS app which introduces a few new features and brings back an old one. Making its triumphant return is the "bring gas" feature for roadside assistance. It's embarrassing enough to run out of gas on the...

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15:00
Yo evolves past one-word phrases, adds links,...

Early this week the ubiquitous messaging app Yo received an update that moves it beyond the single word phrase that made it popular. In the 1.1.0 version of the free application, new profile options, links, a subscription service and hashtags were all added to give Yo some more communication options and perhaps more appeal....

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14:30
WhoDoYou is a referral app with a lot of potential

WhoDoYou is a free app that uses public Facebook conversations to help you find local businesses. You can also see recommendations from your friends and groups on Facebook after logging in. The app aims to help eliminate the feeling of taking advice...

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14:02
Snowden Blows NSA's MonsterMind


The NSA is working on a new program codenamed "MonsterMind" that will automate the monitoring of traffic patterns on the Internet to look for attacks, whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed. When it detects an attack, MonsterMind will automatically block it from entering the U.S. cyberinfrastructure. It also will automatically fire back at the server from which the attack was launched. That could be a problem, he said, because such attacks can be spoofed -- routed through the servers of innocent third parties.

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14:00
Moshi's IonBank 5K with Lightning Connector: No...

With literally hundreds of iPhone/iPad battery packs available, it takes something special to get this reviewer excited. Moshi's IonBank 5K with Lightning Connector (US$88.95) has enough power stored up to give your iPhone 5 a few full charges, and...

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13:57
Apple hints at Maps data-collection project taking...

Apple has for a long time hired engineers around the globe to contribute to making its Maps experience better. While positions for its team outside Cupertino usually consist of Maps Quality Analysts and Ground Truth managers that submit region specific corrections for Maps, a new job listing on Apple’s website hints at a “data-collection project” planned for New York.
The location of the position is listed as a Austin, Texas, but Apple says the job requires 75% travel and is a full-time role based in New York.
We don’t learn much else about the project from the job listing, but it’s the first to hit Apple’s site mentioning the data-collection project and specifically hiring for a...

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13:47
Briefly: Uber's 'Cruise Control'...

Cab ordering service Uber has released an update for its app, adding new features the company calls "Cruise Control" for both the rider and driver versions. For riders, the update includes a new destination entry that allows the driver to automatically sees what users have entered at pick-up time. Drivers can now enable turn-by-turn navigation for the destination provided by the rider, eliminating the need for third-party navigation apps. The aim of the update is to improve the efficiency of cab rides for both drivers and riders alike. The features are now live for iOS and Android users.......

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13:29
Meet the beer bottle dictator

The Daily Beast:

For years, one man has approved virtually every beer label design in the United States. Among brewers, he’s a tyrant. A legend.

A pedantic pain in the ass.

Brewers and legal experts speak of him in hushed tones, with equal parts irritation and reverence.

And he goes by the name “Battle.”

I’d never thought of the fact that someone would have to approve beer labels.
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13:16
Apple releases Safari 6.1.6 and Safari 7.0.6 with...

Apple on Wednesday rolled out updated versions of its Safari Web browser for OS X, bringing fixes for WebKit corruption issues and other security concerns.

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13:07
New iPhone 6 part leaks include front panel, buttons...

Luxury customization outfit Feld & Volk has published new photos of a collection of alleged iPhone 6 parts. The most prominent depict a front panel, offering a closer glimpse at cables, attachments, and edges. The edges are visibly rounded, presumably meant to blend seamlessly with the phone's back panel....

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13:03
Mailbox for iOS updated with Passbook support, new...

Popular iOS email client Mailbox was updated on Wednesday with a number of new features, including support for new languages, integration with Passbook and spam filtering, among other email management tweaks.

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13:00
Kids Making Healthy Choices: An app with lifelong...

Kids Making Healthy Choices is a US$2.99 app based on an award-winning set of children books designed to promote healthy eating, teach tolerance of overweight friends (so bullying can be avoided), and instill a respect for health and well-being...

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12:57
Apple releases Safari 6.1.6 and Safari 7.0.6 with...


Apple today has released new versions of Safari for OS X Lion/Mountain Lion and OS X Mavericks that address security and WebKit issues. The Safari 6.1.6 update for the older versions of OS X and Safari 7.0.6 update for the latest OS X are available in Software Update on the Mac App Store. Here are the release notes from Apple’s support page:

Safari 6.1.6 and Safari 7.0.6

  • WebKit
    Available for: OS X Lion v10.7.5, OS X Lion Server v10.7.5, OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5, OS X Mavericks v10.9.4
    Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution
    Description:...
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12:43
Sugar: the evolution of a forbidden fruit

The Globe and Mail:

Sugars are themselves toxins, some researchers suggest, that cause obesity, diabetes, hyper- tension and Alzheimer’s disease. Sugar has joined salt and fat on the list of dietary evils. Governments and health experts are urging people to cut back their daily intake.

How did we get ourselves into this unhappy state?

It’s a shame something so many of us love and crave is potentially so deadly.
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12:38
The best smart lights for your home

Connectedly:

One of the easiest ways for to jump into the connected home space is with some awesome connected lighting. Smart lights are simply bulbs (and usually a bridge or hub) that replaces your standard light bulbs and offer more functionality — namely being able to control them from your smartphone or tablet. These Wi-Fi bulbs are typically more expensive than standard bulbs, but last just as long (if not longer), plus they go above and beyond just keeping you out of the dark.

If I was a home owner, I’d probably investigate these (and other) kinds of lighting systems. Do any of you use/recommend any particular system you use in your own home?
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12:36
Mac: Macphun Software Tonality

The forthcoming departure of the powerful image editor and manager Aperture from the OS X ecosystem has hit many photographers right in the gut. If you’re searching for an alternative and enjoy black & white photography, Macphun Software offers up Tonality ($20) for your pleasure. Tonality is a 16-bit RAW image editing application that allows users to quickly and efficiently process color RAW (or other format) images to Black & White....

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12:20
Apple security updates

This document outlines security updates for Apple products.

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12:20
Dropbox’s Mailbox for iOS updated with new languages...




The popular Dropbox-owned email client Mailbox received a notable update today bringing a...

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

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

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12:07
Third beta of OS X 10.9.5 reaches developers

Apple is now seeding a third beta of OS X 10.9.5 to developers. The software has a 13F14 build number, and focus areas identical to the previous beta. Developers are asked to test Safari, graphics, Thunderbolt support, and USB/USB smart cards....

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12:03
A Mad Magazine Experiment with iPad Gone Sour

Back in 2010, John Martellaro said good-bye to paper and started moving all his magazine subscriptions to digital versions on an iPad. Here's an update on how that project went. Hint: the technology didn't develop well, and John is going back to paper. For now.

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12:00
Warhammer 40,000: Carnage is 70% off for a limited...

If you've got a hankering for killing orcs but you're living on a budget, there's good news from Roadhouse Interactive. For a limited time, their side-scrolling action RPG Warhammer 40,000: Carnage is available for 70% off in the iOS store. The title...

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11:50
Snowden, declassified documents reveal more of NSA...

The National Security Agency (NSA) was behind the two-day Internet blackout of Syria in 2012, claims whistleblower Edward Snowden. The accusation, alongside claims that the NSA is working on an automated malware killer, from Snowden comes at the same time as a separate report appearing to show the NSA collected far more information than was legally allowed....

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11:45
Microsoft Gets the Jitters Out of Time-Lapse Video


Microsoft has some good news for action-cam fans who like to capture their outdoor adventures in video. It's found a way to bring time-lapse photography to first-person video footage. Called "Hyperlapse," the technology can shrink hours of video into minutes without the jitter, shake and artifacts previously associated with the time-lapse process. That can be very useful to first-person camcorder enthusiasts who want to give others the feel of a rock climb or bike trip, for example, without forcing them to sit through hours of uneventful video.

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11:45
HP courted Apple, now in talks with Google for...

As it looks to rebound after years of slumping performance, old-guard Silicon Valley firm Hewlett-Packard reportedly held talks with relative newcomers Apple and Google in recent months to create a new type of "Enterprise Siri" system that would allow its corporate customers to search their document and data troves using their voice.

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11:34
News: Report: Apple, HP talked enterprise before IBM...

Hewlett Packard and Apple reportedly had talks about a possible enterprise partnership before Apple announced its IBM deal, according to The Information. HP has developed an enterprise mobile search product interestingly nicknamed “Enterprise Siri.” The main gist of the report is that HP has been discussing an enterprise deal with Google’s Android unit, as the partnership would develop Google Now into a voice tool that could search…

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11:33
Close-up photos appear to show iPhone 6 display...



We’re now less than a month away from the anticipated iPhone event in September meaning it’s prime season for parts from the next generation iPhone to surface. New high resolution photos shared today by Feld & Volk (...

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11:33
Apple Ready for iPhone 6 Mass Production

Apple is reportedly ready to flip the switch and start mass production of the iPhone 6 ahead of the all but confirmed September 9 media event to introduce the newest member to the company's smartphone lineup. Assuming full scale production is ramping up now, that gives Apple about a month to build up inventory before the iPhone 6's projected release date.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple hasn't confirmed the September 9 media event, or even that new iPhone models have been designed. That said, it's pretty likely we'll get our early September announcement, and the new models will ship a week or so later.

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11:30
Oceanhorn is a console sized adventure on mobile

Oceanhorn is an exciting adventure game focused on exploration and battle interlaced with a fantasy story. You play as a boy who is searching for his father and tasked with discovering more about the monster called "Oceanhorn." The narrative draws...

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11:13
JMR adds to ProBracket line-up for the Mac Pro

JMR Electronics has announced three new additions to their ProBracket family of mounting hardware for the Apple Mac Pro. The American made mounting brackets allow the pro desktop to be installed under a desk, aside a desk pedestal, to a wall, in a mobile enclosure or into a rack cabinet.
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11:11
T-Mobile to throttle customers using unlimited data...

In the world of wireless, words like “unlimited data” have their restrictions if you take the time to read the fine print of a carrier’s service agreement and it appears that T-Mobile is not exempt from such practices. An alleged internal memo obtained by TmoNews details how the company will address customers suspected of using its network to access peer-to-peer file sharing services.

Here’s an excerpt from the internal communication:
T-mobile has identified customers who are heavy data users and are engaged in peer-to-peer file sharing, and tethering outside of T-Mobile’s Terms and Conditions (T&C). This results in a negative data network...

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11:02
Drobo update combines user data, Time Machine backups

Connected Data, the creator of the Drobo line of smart storage solutions, has announced a new feature for its Drobo Mini and Drobo 5D products that enables Apple Time Machine users to utilize their Drobos for both user and backup data.

When Mac users add a disk to Time Machine there's no option to choose how much capacity to use for backup. Without the ability to set a limit for Time Machine, users must sacrifice their entire disk for backup leaving no room for user data.
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11:00
Which iPhone 6 rumor do you believe the most? [Poll]

With less than a month left before Apple will allegedly release the next-generation iPhone, rumors are running rampant. TUAW is doing a good job of keeping rumors out of the headlines; we'll see the actual devices soon enough. Of the rumored features...

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10:57
iPhone 6 Front Panel, Power Button, and Mute Switch...

Following previous photo sets showing an unfinished 4.7-inch iPhone 6 rear shell and assorted other parts in recent weeks, luxury modified iPhone vendor Feld & Volk [Instagram page] has shared another set of high-quality photos showing parts from the device. While many of the parts have already been seen, this new set provides our best look yet at some of those, as well as a few new ones. One photo shows the inside of the front panel and display assembly, with some of the components near the top pulled apart to give a good look at how the digitizer/LCD flex cables and earpiece come together with room for the front camera and proximity/ambient light sensors all packed into one small area of the device. Several other...

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10:54
A pair of key ‘iWatch’/’iBand’ developers confirm...


Two key members of the Apple team working on the iWatch/iBand (or your favorite “i” + wearable nickname) have confirmed their new jobs at Apple via their LinkedIn profiles. Jay Blahnik, formally a key advisor on the Nike FuelBand project and a world-renowned fitness expert, joined at Apple in July of 2013. Divya Nag, a rising star in the medical research world with experience in FDA approvals, joined Apple in April 2014.
We broke the news on the Blahnik hire in July 2013:
...

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10:50
Briefly: Boxcryptor Mac beta, Skylanders Trap Team...

Cloud storage encryption software, Boxcryptor, has released two new OS X beta versions. Boxcryptor protects users' files that are in the cloud, applicable to Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, and more. The newest version offers added support for OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) and iCloud Drive, as well as support for Spotlight and Trash enabled in the Advanced Preferences. Saving and loading of preferences and offline support are improved. Boxcryptor can now better handle sync conflicts, with auto-fixing for modified encrypted filenames now available. For both Boxcryptor and Boxcryptor Classic......

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10:48
Apple has 'no immediate plans' to deal...

Apple currently has no plans to replace 2011 MacBook Pros suffering from crashes and graphics corruptions involving AMD GPUs, say AppleInsider sources linked to Apple's repair network. Lacking any official guidance, lower-level Apple workers are said to be directing customers to third-party repair outfits. Those firms are reportedly seeing a surge of broken systems, which has led to Apple escalating requests for deeper investigation, and at least some repair network managers being notified....

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10:30
Daily Deals for August 13, 2014, featuring the Award...

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

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10:27
The most wanted man in the world

Wired:

For almost nine months, I have been trying to set up an interview with (Edward Snowden) – traveling to Berlin, Rio de Janeiro twice, and New York multiple times to talk with the handful of his confidants who can arrange a meeting. Among other things, I want to answer a burning question: What drove Snowden to leak hundreds of thousands of top-secret documents, revelations that have laid bare the vast scope of the government’s domestic surveillance programs?

Interesting story about a fascinating and polarizing person.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:20
Uber adds turn-by-turn directions for drivers, Yo...

Customers of car-calling service Uber will no longer need to give their driver directions to their destination, while users of inexplicably popular monovocable messaging app Yo can now add hashtags and attach links to Yos. Also, Apple has seeded a new test build of OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 to developers.

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10:14
Apple and HP Discussed 'Enterprise Siri'...

Before announcing an enterprise partnership with IBM, Apple reportedly had discussions with Hewlett-Packard over a mobile search product nicknamed "Enterprise Siri." Detailed in a report from The Information (via BusinessInsider), "Enterprise Siri" is an HP product designed to allow employees to ask their devices for company-specific information like financial data or product inventory numbers. According to The Information's report, though Apple held discussions with HP, the latter company has also been in talks with Google's Android unit for the past year over a potential partnership for the "Enterprise Siri" technology, which could lead to something like an enterprise...

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10:00
The minimalist's Mac setup

Clean Mac desktop setups are a thing to behold, and this one is quite striking. With hardly a wire in sight, it's clean and tuned for productivity. Lovely.

Have a particularly sexy Mac desk you want to show off? Hit me up on Twitter with your best...

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10:00
OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F14) Now Available

OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F14) Now Available

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10:00
OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F14) Now Available

OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F14) Now Available

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09:57
ImaginMe: Brilliant iPad app idea

An interactive children’s story platform, that lets you create a 3D character of your child and make him/her the hero of every story.

Go watch the video—it’s brilliant!
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09:53
Apple seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 build 13F14 to...


Apple today has provided developers with a new beta of the upcoming OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 release. Today’s build number is 13F14, which is two builds newer than last week’s 13F12 build. Apple has asked developers to continue testing USB, USB Smart Cards, Safari, Graphics, and Thunderbolt integration with 10.9.5. The update is available for developers running the previous 10.9.5 seed via Software Update in the Mac App Store.

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, Apple...

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09:41
8 Award-Winning Mac Apps for $39.99

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

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09:41
AT&T offers $200 off 4G iPads with Next upgrades...

AT&T has begun a new promotion aimed at people on Next upgrade plans. If a subscriber buys an iPhone 5s or 5c, the carrier is offering $200 off a cellular-equipped iPad. That brings the price of a 16GB cellular Retina Mini down to $329, and an equivalent Air to $429. There are other stipulations as well however, namely that an iPad has to be activated under a two-year wireless agreement on a Mobile Share Value plan or a standalone data plan....

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09:39
NomadPlus battery attachment for Apple wall plug...

The newly announced NomadPlus battery accessory serves as a plug for Apple's official 5-volt wall charger that packs in a full 1,800mAh battery, which can completely recharge an iPhone 5s on the go.

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09:27
Drobo updated to more easily separate Time Machine...


Drobo, a popular brand of connected storage arrays, has today issued a notable software update that should cheer up some Mac users. The company’s new drive software now more easily works with OS X’s Time Machine backup service. By default, Time Machine automatically allocates storage in external drives to be wholly used for Time Machine backups. If you want to use a single Drobo drive for holding both a Time Machine backup and separate stored data, you would have to simply manually drop folders into the drive’s Finder window. Today’s Drobo update adds functionality to make this process and data separation more automated:

  • No need for complicated partitioning of the main...
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09:12
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-13

We were promised so many cool technologies over the years, but not all of those materialized. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on how the vision of tech from sci-fi shows translated to the real world, and they look at the promise of artificial intelligence and how that could eventually fit into our lives.

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09:06
Arcam announces the UN-Wireless rDock-uni

Arcam has announced the US$299 rDock-uni — The UN-Wireless Digital Lightning Dock DAC for iOS devices (http://tinyurl.com/mnsvlmn). The device allows the highest quality and easiest connection to any AV or Hi-Fi and allows music lovers to listen at a quality level that no other dock can achieve, according to the folks at Arcam.
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09:02
Angry Fans Continue their Battle over Faulty 2011...

Over the last two years Patently Apple has covered two (one, two) class action lawsuits against Apple regarding Faulty MacBook Pro Logic Boards. The feedback that we've received over the years from disgruntled Apple fans about this problem has been disturbing. How could there be so many faulty MacBook's out there without Apple addressing this issue satisfactorily? Today, a new report ...

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09:00
Dogeared discovers a gold mine of capabilities with...

Dogeared makes modern, versatile jewelry with an uplifting message. The company recently switched from Google Apps to Microsoft Office 365 cloud-based services. The transition has given Dogeared a holistic set of tools that will support the company as it grows and that employees are using to increase their responsiveness to colleagues and customers. Today we spoke with Chad Berryhill, IT Director at Dogeared, about the switch.
Q: Please tell us about Dogeared.
Dogeared focuses on creating original jewelry that is simple, modern, and versatile. Each handcrafted piece comes with a card and message designed in the spirit of love, kindness, and consciousness. The company is a certified B-Corporation, which means that we’re part of a community of companies that are developing better business practices, creating new ways to measure success, working with dignity and purpose, and using business as a force for good.
Q: Why did you want to...

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09:00
I'd like to apologize to Kim Kardashian

I've been hard on Kim Kardashian. Well, not necessarily hard on her as a person, but I've always written about her iOS game, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, in a negative way. I apologize for that. I still think the app itself is the kind that appeals to...

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08:56
StretchWrite turns any pen or pencil into a stylus

The new StretchWrite from Felix is a grip that adds a soft-feel to your favorite pen or pencil while transforming it into a stylus that can be used with devices such as the iPhone and iPad.
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08:23
Thai government authorizes two iPhone 6 models for...

The Secretary General of Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, Takorn Tantasith, has announced distribution approval for two iPhone 6 models, according to reports and Tantasith's own Twitter account. Apple is said to have filed an import application on August 5th, and received certification and written approval on August 8th. The two models are listed as A1586 and A1524. While government regulations state that such approvals must be declared publicly, the actual specifications of the phones are still being protected.......

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08:15
JSON Light support in REST SharePoint API released

The REST SharePoint API has been an extremely popular way for Office 365 developers to work with SharePoint sites, lists/libraries, and list items/documents. One of the big bits of feedback we got from developers using the REST SharePoint API was about the payload of the data that was returned. Our response was to add support for JSON Light. JSON Light is an open standard that allows developers to provide in the header of the request how much metadata is returned. To check out more about JSON Light, head over to the Microsoft OData JSON spec document. You can also check out all the endpoints for the SharePoint REST API over on MSDN.
Before this, when calling the SharePoint REST API, Office 365 developers had to include in the header request : “accept: application/json;...

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08:15
UserVoice driving improvements to SharePoint API

The SharePoint API allows Office 365 developers to call SharePoint to work with the Office 365 building blocks, including Sites, Lists/Libraries, and List Items/Documents. These APIs come in two main types: native SDKs in .NET, JavaScript, and Silverlight; and a REST API.
Our team is constantly listening to you on UserVoice for your feedback on Office 365 development, which is influencing engineering to release new features to the API layer of the Office 365 platform.
Here’s just one example of this. Based on a request in UserVoice, plus direct requests from customers through Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS), the Office App Model Samples team built out a...

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08:07
'iPhone 6' Case Giveaway and Other Prizes...

The iPhone 6 is expected to be announced on September 9th, 2014 with an Apple Media event. The actual launch will likely take place a couple of weeks later. Some of the first rumors of any new Apple iPhone seems to come from the case manufacturers. There's a huge financial incentive for case manufacturers to be early to market with case designs for a new iPhone. The first leaked schematics for the iPhone 6 were published in March, 2014 and the first cases based on the designs started appearing shortly thereafter. These case-design leaks aren't always correct, but this time there have been part leaks as well. Our iPhone 6 roundup goes...

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08:04
9to5Toys Lunch Break: up to 65% off Mac/iPad cases...

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:



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07:30
The Week in Mac Apps: At the desk

At the deskIn this week’s roundup, you’ll find a few apps designed to help you ease back into your school days, whether being a student is your full-time job or just a part of it.Bee 1.8.9If you’re a developer who has to deal with that most heinous form of torture known as Web-based issue tracking systems, Neat.io’s $30 Bee could be the source of some much-needed respite.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:01
News: Daily Deal: The Award-Winning MacLovin’ Bundle

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

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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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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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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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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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