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Thursday August 21

07:27
Android Wear watches at IFA: Handicapping Asus, LG...

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06:30
What the deceptive Samsung "wall-hugger"...

I have to admit that of all of Samsung's TV ads, I kinda like the "wall-hugger" ad seen below. It's funny, and quite realistic if you've ever walked through an airport and seen people desperately seeking a charge before they get on their flights....

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06:29
3 Free iPhone Apps for Ordering from the Starbucks...

Ordering an espresso, vanilla Frappuccino, or even an iced soy chai is easy enough at Starbucks, but how about a Snickerdoodle or Cap'n Crunch Frappuccino, or Apple Juice Blossom? Those are all part of the Starbucks "secret menu," and we found three cool free iPhone apps that'll help you order those and plenty more, too.

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06:25
Apple TV 'unavailable for pickup' at many...

The Apple TV is showing as "unavailable for pickup" at many Apple Stores across the US, including the most high-profile ones in California, Texas, and New York. The absent stocks are reportedly being blamed on the ongoing $25 iTunes card bundle. Sales may also be influenced by a recent Lollapalooza livestream, and Apple's planned coverage of iTunes Festival London....

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06:06
Web Snapper 3.3.5 - Capture entire Web pages as...

Web Snapper lets you capture Web pages exactly as they appear in your browser. You can send them to a file as images or vector-based, multi-page PDFs. It captures the whole Web page - eliminating the need to cut, paste and crop multiple screen-shots when trying to create an image or PDF. Web Snapper integrates with Safari via a toolbar button. When clicked, it takes a picture of the current site - but it will also work with any browser as a stand-alone application that accepts drag-and-drop URLs. Regardless of how you invoke it, Web Snapper converts the URL it was given into a continuous vector PDF with everything on the page looking exactly as you originally saw it in the browser.Version 3.3.5:

  • [FIX] Fixed perennial bug in the Preferences pane.
  • [NEW] Fix for some dynamic web pages.
  • [NEW] New licensing mechanism, easier to use and more reliable. Current users are unaffected by this update.

OS X 10.5 or later...

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06:04
News: Video Review: Otterbox Agility Tablet System

Otterbox’s new Agility Tablet System for iPad Air (reviewed here) is the featured product in our brand new video review. You can see the ups and downs of this multi-accessory case, mounting, and charging solution, complete with iLounge’s honest evaluation of its pros and cons. We’re currently testing video reviews to give iLounge readers a different way to get a closer look at new products. As this is an early effort, let us know…

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: The snake is eating its own tail

Alleged Schematic Shows iPhone 6 Coming with 1GB of RAM [Updated] (MacRumors)

When one of these rumor blogs appends (updated) to the end, you know it's got to be amusing. And it is: according to the article, this schematic "more likely refers to...

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05:51
LucasArts’ ‘Star Wars: Commander’ is a free-to-play...

A new Star Wars game from the now Disney-owned LucasArts is landing on iPhones and iPads, and it’s a free-to-play combat strategy game (which won’t be free for too long if you don’t have the patience to wait real time for your structures to be built). The game is called Star Wars: Commander, and while it’s only today reaching the US, it has been available in at least one other country for a little while and has received some great reviews. 
Getting started, you’ll have to pick between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire, which in turn will determine what kinds of characters you get to train as well as the kinds of vehicles and structures you get to build. You’ll be building a base, sending your troops out to battle, and completing a wide...

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05:36
Apple's interest in reversible USB plugs...

While a reversible "Type-A" USB connector may not meet the specifications of a certified USB cable, Apple has nevertheless shown interest in building one, a newly published patent application reveals.

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05:25
Leaked Schematics Suggest 128 GB Storage Option for...

Leaked schematics from phone repair company GeekBar (via G 4 Games) suggest Apple may be preparing to release a 128 GB iPhone 6 model. An accompanying part supply list contains entries for NAND flash modules from Toshiba and Hynix in capacities of 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB. The 32 GB storage option is notably absent from the list, although the reason for its exclusion is unknown. Previous rumors have suggested Apple has been working on a 128 GB iPhone model, with one rumor claiming the higher capacity module would debut in the 5.5-inch model only. The same leak also predicted Apple would drop the 16 GB option, introducing a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model with two storage options (32 and 64 GB) and a 5.5-inch model with three storage capacities (32,...

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05:13
Disney expands 'Star Wars' iOS franchise...

After soft-launching in the Australian iOS App Store nearly two months ago, Disney Interactive's "Star Wars: Commander" saw wide release on Thursday, bringing real-time strategy "Rebellion vs. Empire" gameplay to Apple's mobile devices.

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05:12
Apple's Second Reversible USB Connector...

In late July we posted a report titled "Apple Invents a Reversible USB Connector." Shortly thereafter a rumor of Apple preparing to launch this connector in connection with the upcoming iPhone 6 surfaced and a second rumor came to light this past Monday. I don't know about the iPhone 6, but having a reversible USB connector coming to market for Macs is ...

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05:02
Samsung Doesn’t Have to Pay Apple Attorney Fees...

Apple's bid to make Samsung pay US$16 million for attorney fees it racked up in the 2012 trial accusing the electronics maker of copying the iPhone's design was shot down by Federal Judge Lucy Koh this week. The Judge said one of the reasons Samsung doesn't need to cover Apple's attorney costs was because the iPhone's design wasn't famous before the copycat devices were made.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's 2012 patent infringement win against Samsung is looking more like a hollow victory every day.

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05:00
Q Design introduces QBracelet, a fashion accessory...


New startup Q Designs seeks to help solve a problem that many people have: we sometimes need to power our mobile electronic devices, but we don’t want to carry external battery packs or bulky charging cases. Q Designs’ solution, the QBracelet, looks like an ordinary bracelet, but it is actually a high-tech charger that can juice up your electronic device discreetly.
The QBracelet will work...

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05:00
Intuit releases Quicken 2015 for Mac, with stock...

Loyal users of Quicken for Mac, Intuit's flagship personal finance manager, have not had the easiest road over the past few years. The product froze in amber with the Quicken 2007 release, which remained on its legacy PowerPC code base well past the...

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04:57
Parallels Desktop 10

Major new release adds support for OS X Yosemite while also optimizing performance. ($79.99 new, $49.99 upgrade) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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04:47
China moves to end Apple, Samsung phone subsidies

China Daily:

China should end smartphone subsidies to overseas vendors and give more support to local brands, industry insiders said on Tuesday, as telecom carriers pledged to cut operating expenses and Apple Inc gets ready to debut its next-generation iPhone.

Xiang Ligang, a telecom researcher in Beijing, said cutting carriers’ subsidies to foreign-made handsets will not only reduce carriers’ operating expense but also leave local players with more market demand.

The perception is that buyers of high end phones are price insensitive and will buy the phones even without the subsidies.
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04:25
Apple Advances Automatic Vehicle Location Services...

Apple's intent to create a parking app for future iDevices began to surface with a pair of inventions (one, two) that we reported on back in 2013. Since that time there have been two follow-up patents in 2014 including this one and an important second one that we'll point to later in this report. Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's third patent application of the year that relates to finding your car or any vehicle in an outside parking lot, a marina, inside a Parkade and beyond. Last Saturday we posted a report titled "Apple and Google Headed for an Indoor Location Services War" illustrating that indoor location services are going to go far beyond just parking applications. Yet for now, we have to wonder if Apple's new parking location app will make it into iOS 8 for the iPhone 6. The good news is that we'll get the answer to that question in just a few weeks' time.

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04:18
Forget your Tesla S key fob? Use your iPhone instead

The new Tesla S electronics update will communicate with your iPhone (there’s no Android support), sending you notifications and allowing you to use your iPhone to start your car. The question has been asked before about the security of remote start systems like this. No car is theft proof. And the convenience seems high enough to be worth the potential risk.
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04:13
Calls to Apple confirm: Apple TV promotion and...

The Apple TV is showing up as ‘Unavailable for pickup’ at Apple Stores across the U.S., with multiple NY Apple Stores we called saying that in-store stocks had been exhausted by demand created by the promotion offering $25 iTunes credit with every purchase, along with that generated by the upcoming London iTunes festival as well as the recent Lollapalooza livestream. Apple has been promoting the music festival as a good reason to buy the box now … 
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04:06
Another purported 'iPhone 6' document...

Apple's next iPhone could be the company's highest-capacity handset yet, with new documents suggesting the company could offer a whopping 128 gigabytes of capacity in its so-called "iPhone 6."

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04:00
Close Your Eyes and Rest Easy - Blink Is Watching...


One of the most troubling issues with home security and remote-monitoring products is the complexity and cost to set them up. Blink, a new Kickstarter project, is different. It promises to be astoundingly easy, and it's inexpensive, too. Backers can get a simple remote motion detection and video camera unit for just $69 -- or two for $119. Better yet, no yearly or monthly subscription service is required to use Blink. And the batteries last a year. Amazingly sensible. So far, nearly 4,700 project backers agree, having pledged $684,888.

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03:59
ABI Research: high profile data breaches drive $1.7...

Cyber-attacks directed against enterprises have grown both in numbers and sophistication over the past decade to a point where breach and data theft have become inevitable, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). In 2013, more than 800 million records were exposed as a result of data breach incidents.
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03:39
Recommended Reading: 'Build Your Own Website...

Many of us have considered building a website, whether to promote a business, stay in touch with family, or just share our thoughts with the world. Now the author-artist team of Nate Cooper and Kim Gee hope to make building a website a bit easier with their comic-filled "Build Your Own Website (http://tinyurl.com/mjm2nuk).
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03:31
128GB iPhone 6? Leaked schematics suggest it may...


 
GeekBar’s Weibo account just posted (via G4Games) schematics which appear to show an iPhone 6 model with 128GB of NAND Flash storage. The images, above and another below, show that Apple may finally blow out the storage on the iPhone and bring it in line with the iPad Air. It also presents the question of whether or not Apple will create another price tier...

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03:19
CourseNotes for Mac OS X adds iCloud Syncing support...

Dear Panda has released version 5.0.2 of their CourseNotes (http://www.coursenotesapp.com) note-taking app for the Mac. The new version introduces support for audio recording, support for iCloud syncing with CourseNotes on Mac and other iOS devices, and a ton of other new features and improvements.
Students can add underlined, bold and italicized text throughout their notes as well as change font sizes to emphasize sections of the text. Along with CourseNotes' bullet summary mode, students now have a set of tools with which to structure their notes.
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03:16
New Photos Claim to Show Various Internal Parts from...

New photos shared by French Apple news website iPhonote (Google Translate) claim to show a number of components for the upcoming iPad Air 2, including the device's GPS antenna, microphone, and Wi-Fi module. While previous leaks have shown off the device's front panel and rear shell, these images could be the first look at the various internal components in the iPad Air 2. Purported iPad Air 2 GPS antenna, microphone, and WiFi module The website also posted a...

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03:13
Apple invention helps iPhone users find their parked...

A pair of Apple patent applications discovered on Thursday describe a system that automatically determines when and where a user parks their car, and later directs them back to the vehicle without requiring a data connection or GPS signal.

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03:07
Tidy Up for Mac OS X revved to version 3.0

Hyperbolic Software (www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has announced Tidy Up 3.0, the latest version of the US$30 duplicate finder and disk tidying utility for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. The upgrade features a new interface and more. It's also ready for Mavericks.
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03:00
iMessage “being taken over by spammers,” accounts...

Security company Cloudmark claims that almost a third of mobile spam messages are now being sent via iMessage thanks to the ease with which they can be sent from a Mac, reports Wired.

Thanks to one particularly aggressive campaign from a junk mailer, [iMessage spam] accounts for more than 30 percent of all mobile spam messages [...]
“It’s almost like a spammer’s dream,” says Cloudmark’s Tom Landesman. “With four lines of code, using Applescripts, you can tell your Mac to send message to whoever they want.”


Part of the issue is that spammers don’t need your cell number to send you an iMessage: your email address is all they need if you’ve linked that address to...

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02:08
Apple invents a 3D Feature for Future iPhone Camera

In 2012 we posted a patent report titled "Apple Invents a Killer 3D Imaging Camera for iOS Devices" which was way ahead of Google's Project Tango. Interestingly Project Tango is shone to be using Apple's new technology acquired from PrimeSense. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals techniques for manipulating mobile device imagery in a 3D space on future iDevices and Macs.

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01:45
Purported 'iPad Air 2' flex cables...

In what could be the first images of internal components destined for Apple's iPad Air refresh, fresh photos out of the Far East reportedly show a batch of flex cables including easily recognizable antennas for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.

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00:52
New Research Claims iMessage Accounts for 30% of...

iMessage is responsible for more than 30% of all spam messages on mobile devices, according to research done by security expert Tom Landesman and anti-spam company Cloudmark (via Wired). The researcher notes that there are multiple reasons as to why the platform has become a prime choice for spammers, stating that iMessage's reach across the iPhone, iPad, and Mac along with its accessibility have made it easy to target users: That fusion of the desktop and mobile world makes it particularly easy for scammers to write a Mac OS script that can send messages to all types of devices just as fast as Apple will allow. “It’s almost like a spammer’s dream,” says Landesman. “With four lines of code, using Apple scripts, you can tell your Mac machine to send message to whoever they want.” With iMessage, spammers can send unwanted messages to a user's associated emails and phone numbers if...

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Wednesday August 20

22:00
Take a screenshot, build a shopping list with SnapUp

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22:06
Walmart discounts 16GB iPhone 5c to 97 cents, 16GB...

Walmart on Wednesday announced an aggressive 90-day iPhone sale that shaves $20 off Apple's 16GB iPhone 5s and about $28 off the 16GB iPhone 5c, bringing the latter model's up-front cost down to less than a dollar.

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21:52
Briefly: Walmart iPhone sale, new Tesla car-starting...

Giant retailer Walmart has lowered the cost of the 16GB iPhone 5c to a mere 97 cents as part of what appears to be an early move to clear stock ahead of the arrival of the iPhone 6, or to bring in back-to-school shoppers. The chain has also lowered the price on the 16GB iPhone 5s to $79, cut from $99 previously. Both offers require signing a new two-year contract with either AT&T, Verizon or Sprint (T-Mobile is not included in this promotion)....

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20:40
Judge Koh blocks Apple attempt to recover attorney...

On Wednesday, US Federal District Court Judge Lucy Koh ruled on two motions in the ongoing leftover matters related to the first Apple vs. Samsung patent trial from 2012. The first ruling denied Apple the opportunity to recover attorney's fees from Samsung related to its guilty verdict on trade dress claims, and the second returned a $2.6 million Apple bond the company had put up to enforce a sales injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which was found to have copied Apple's iPad technology. No action was ever taken on the ban due to the appeals process, and both companies have since agreed t......

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20:15
Walmart temporarily cuts 16 GB iPhone 5c price to $....


Walmart has cut the prices of both of the current iPhone models substantially in what looks like some early prep for the iPhone 6, which is expected next month. As noted by Engadget, you’ll be able to get the 16 GB model of the iPhone 5c for only $.97. No, that’s not a typo. The phone is now selling for ninety-seven cents.
The 16 GB iPhone 5s also got yet another price cut, this time down from $99 to $79. Both of these prices are only temporary and will climb back to their usual points in 90 days—unless of course a newer model comes along and knocks the...

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19:34
Swing Copters from Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen...

In case you hadn’t heard, the creator of the infamous Flappy Bird is back and making another attempt at stealing your attention when you just need a quick iPhone gaming fix. The game is called Swing Copters and, quite frankly, it looks like a vertical remake of its predecessor—which spawned dozens of clones without the help of this spin-off. While we won’t know for a while whether or not this game will live up to the success of Flappy Bird, it’s now rolling out on the App Store in many locales.
In the past, Dong Nguyen partly...

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19:28
Tesla to allow iPhone to start Model S without key/...


Tesla Motors, known for changing the automobile industry with its innovative electric cars, will update its Model S firmware in the coming months to allow owners to start and drive the Model S with only an iPhone. While it isn’t yet exactly certain how this will work, there is speculation that it will involve Touch ID and may coincide with the launch of iOS 8 next month. The above screenshot of Version 6 is said to be in late beta...

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19:00
Alleged iPhone 5.5-inch chassis backplate leaked in...

New photos allegedly from "deep within Apple's supply chain" have revealed what could be the backplate for the little-leaked 5.5-inch version of the "iPhone 6." The photos show the chassis of the larger "phablet" device next to the same part from the 4.7-inch version, suggesting that the models will be similar apart from sizing. It should be noted that these images could well be from Chinese knock-off devices based on rumored specs, such as the Android-based Goophone....

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18:12
SparkyLinux GameOver Is a Winning Work-Play Combo


The SparkyLinux GameOver 3.4 Edition may be one of the best Linux distros catering to game players you will find. It is a full-service specialty Linux OS with a focus on gaming. Linux distro developers usually do one of two things about games. One, they provide none or only a few low-impact card and puzzle titles. Two, they build in links to the PlayOnLinux and Steam websites. Historically, few Linux distros have catered to serious game playing. The few that did are mostly now discontinued or inactive.

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18:11
Judge rules that Apple can’t recover $16M legal fees...


Judge Lucy Koh ruled earlier today that Apple would not be able to recover the roughly $16 million in legal fees incurred while suing Samsung for patent infringement, according to a new report. Apple would have had to prove to the court that the case was exception in order to recover the legal costs, which Koh said it had failed to do.
Judge Koh rejects Apple bid for about $16 mln in legal fees from Samsung. A drop in the bucket for those attys.— Dan Levine (@FedcourtJunkie) August 21, 2014
While the...

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18:03
Final Cut Pro X 10.1.3

Improves the reliability of burning a Blu-ray Disc or creating a Blu-ray disk image ($299.99 new, free update, 2.28 GB) 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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17:40
Week Of Who, Day 3: Craigy Who and Mr Timey Pants

Today's entry in the Week Of Who is near and dear to TMO Towers, for the Doctor Who fans around the Towers also enjoy The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Craig was a musician back in the day, and at one point he was in a band called The Dreamboys, with his friend Peter Capaldi who starts his reign as The Doctor August 23rd. Why does this matter? Because someone else who knew about this created a comic called Craigy Who and Mister Timey Pants which is lovely and silly and Capaldi Approved. And let's be honest, if it's Capaldi Approved, it's best you don't argue*.

This is pretty deeply in the NSFW category. You have been warned.

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17:34
Judge denies Apple bid to recover attorneys'...

U.S. district Judge Lucy Koh handed down two orders on Wednesday dealing with the first Apple v. Samsung California court trial, one denying Apple's motion to recover $16 million in attorney fees from Samsung and another releasing a $2.6 million bond posted to block sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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17:00
Apple updates Safari 7.1/6.2 beta, OS X Mavericks...

On Wednesday, Apple released two betas for its Safari web browser, as well as a new beta for OS X Server. The Safari betas, 7.1 for Mavericks and 6.2 for Lion and later, add new features to WebKit, the rendering engine at the heart of the browser. In addition, Apple has asked testers to focus on general website compatibility in light of changes in some defaults, and tie-ins to forthcoming features in OS X and iOS. The new OS X Server beta requires the latest Mavericks (10.9.4)....

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16:50
Twitter makes random tweets, favorites on timelines...

Twitter users may have seen a number of items showing up in their feeds from users they don't follow for the last few weeks. In what was thought to be one of the company's experiments, tweets from users that aren't followed and random favorites from others were showing up in timelines. It appears that the feature is no longer in testing, as Twitter has added the new feature to its help page about timelines....

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16:47
Will Apple Address the Growing Trend Towards Hybrid...

In June we reported that Apple's iPhone 5S was the number one smartphone in the world as reported by research firm Counterpoint. That particular report further noted that 3 out of the top smartphones were in the phablet category which marked a 40% increase in just the past year. That's great news as Apple is about to ride that surging wave come September and take those stats to new historical highs. Yet just as Apple is tackling that market segment that they originally missed, IDC is now reporting that the phablet market will begin to drop as 7" tablets with built-in telephony will rule the day in the Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) region.

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16:17
Apple releases Safari 7.1 and 6.2, OS X Server 3.2...

Apple on Wednesday seeded the latest Safari 7.1 and 6.2 beta 3 builds and OS X Server 3.2 to developers, asking testers to focus on AutoFill, Smart Search and extensions, among other new features.

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16:16
Picasa 3.9.138 - Organize, edit, and share your...

Picasa and Picasa Web Albums allows you to organize, edit, and upload your photos to the Web from your computer in quick, simple steps. Arrange your photos into folders and albums and erase their blemishes using powerful editing tools in Picasa. Then use Picasa Web Albums to share those perfected photos online with family, friends, and the world.Version 3.9.138: Note: The Download link still accesses version 3.9.137.163. Version 3.9.138 is currently only available via in-app update.

  • AutoBackup for MacOS would sometimes get into a 100% CPU usage state.
  • Proper display of Drive storage used when user has unlimited quota.
  • Save button in Picasa's OneUp mode not properly enabled for large (>500 photos) folders/albums.
  • Picasa was not properly refining images with pending edits in TwoUp (A|B) mode.
  • [Internal] Enhance AutoBackup upload to anticipate changes to API.
  • [Internal] Fixed a problem obtaining...

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16:00
Circle the Dot: A simple puzzle game that will make...

I hate Circle the Dot, but just spent three hours playing it. This simple puzzle game gives you a grid full of orange dots and one lonesome blue dot. Your goal is to circle the blue dot with orange dots in as few moves as possible. Only the blue dot...

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15:31
First photos of purported 5.5-inch 'iPhone 6...

A batch of photos out of Asia on Wednesday supposedly reveal a rear shell bound for Apple's "iPhone 6" and show a direct comparison between another alleged handset part.

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15:30
Premier Live: Football European Style

American interest in soccer, or football as it is known in the rest of the world, reached an all time high during the recent World Cup in Brazil. More and more Americans are following the top European leagues. Rifra has five apps that will allow you...

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15:15
Photo of Possible 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Rear Shell...

While we've seen dozens of part leaks for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, parts for the rumored 5.5-inch version of the device have thus far been scarce, possibly due to the fact that the larger iPhone 6 is said to have entered production later than the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. Photos depicting what might be the rear shell of the larger device have finally surfaced, however, and have been shared by Evasi0nJailbreak.com. According to the site, the photos have been sourced from "deep within Apple's supply chain in China," and may be only a prototype of the final rear shell. Outside of 5.5-inch iPhone 6 rear shell compared to inside of 4.7-inch rear shell That said, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 rear shell images, which are compared in the photos to the rear shell of a 4.7-inch iPhone, do resemble...

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15:12
OS X Server 3.2 developer preview, Safari 7.1 and 6....


Apple has released new beta builds of two coming versions of its Safari browser, versions 7.1 and 6.2. The two updates will be available for Mavericks and Mountain Lion users later this year, presumably. The update will introduce updates to the WebKit engine, including support for IndexedDB, Javascript Promies, and new CSS capabilities.
The last seed for these updates was published nearly a month ago, while the first build of each was...

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15:12
Meet the hero designer who publicly shamed Showtime...

AdWeek:

When Showtime invited Dan Cassaro to join a design “contest” he felt amounted to milking professionals for free work, he let the network—and the world—know how he felt about it.

After sending an email response slathered in sarcasm (“I know that boxing matches in Las Vegas are extremely low-budget affairs”), Cassaro then posted the exchange to Twitter.

Good for him! Far too many places want people to work for “exposure”. As soon as I can use exposure to pay my rent and buy food, I’ll work for it.
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15:00
World's largest Apple retail store may soon be...

Edgar Daily reports that an upcoming Apple retail store planned for the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai may prove to be Apple's largest yet.

After regional media picked up on UAE-based job advertisements by the Californian company, we have insider...

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14:49
ACM 268: Apple Copycats, Ad Agencies, and Steve...

Copying isn't the same as innovating, but it seems plenty of people are confusing the two with Xiaomi. Jeff and Bryan explain why the electronics maker isn't China's Apple, plus they look at the future of Apple's marketing strategy, and note Steve Ballmer's retirement from Microsoft's board of directors so he can focus on the Los Angeles Clippers.

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14:46
New photos claim to show 5.5-inch ‘iPhone 6L’ shell...


New photos leaked online today claim to show the body of the upcoming 5.5-inch iPhone, recently dubbed the “iPhone 6L” in another leak. The parts in the images are said to have come directly from Apple’s supply chain, though that claim is obviously quite difficult to verify. The design of the body...

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14:38
Jeff Gamet, John Martellaro Talk Sci-Fi Tech on...

The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet and John Martellaro paid a visit to Chuck Joiner's MacVoices this week to talk about how sci-fi tech has shaped out world, and what they expect from technological advances still to come. They also debate whether or not we expect too much from our technology, how technology may change our society, and how they want to interact with their computers in the future.

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14:30
Downloads for iOS is a decent file manager with...

Downloads - File Downloader & Manager is, as the name suggests, a universal app for iPhone and iPad that can download various types of files like documents, images, ZIP and RAR files. The app can then display certain (but not all) files you've...

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14:18
Briefly: FEMA's Spanish-language app, PopChar X...

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has launched a free Spanish-language app that provides disaster-related information for families and communities. Key features of the app include preparation-related safety tips for events such as flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes and other disasters, and an emergency meeting location tool that allows users to plan primary, secondary and out of state meeting locations. Users can locate a disaster recovery center after a Major Disaster Declaration with Individual Assistance has been issued. The feature provides information about how to offer volunteer servi...

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14:17
Best Buy slashes $75 off all iPad Air with Wi-Fi,...

Ahead of an expected refresh of Apple's iPad lineup, Best Buy on Wednesday announced a special one-day-only sale that takes $75 off all iPad Air with Wi-Fi models and the 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular, bringing the cost of entry down to $425.

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14:15
Heartbleed suspected to be point of entry for CMS...

Security firm TrustedSec says that it learned how hackers were able to obtain records from Community Health Systems (CHS). According to a statement released by the firm yesterday, the initial attack occurred through an OpenSSL vulnerability. An anonymous source tied to the investigation told the company that Heartbleed, a vulnerability that has made headlines in recent history, is to blame for the breach....

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14:12
Barnes & Noble Thrusts Nook Into Samsung's...


Barnes & Noble and Samsung on Wednesday jointly announced the Samsung the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. It is essentially the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tablet, rebranded and preloaded with B&N's content. The move immediately sparked a not-quite-favorable comparison to Amazon.
"It's an impressive effort, but even if they take a beachhead, they can't hold it," said tech analyst Rob Enderle. "Amazon can easily afford to counter them if they need to, and it is more likely to run them out of business more quickly."

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14:00
Safari 7.1 beta 3 and Safari 6.2 beta 3 Now Available

Safari 7.1 beta 3 and Safari 6.2 beta 3 Now Available

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14:00
Safari 7.1 beta 3 and Safari 6.2 beta 3 Now Available

Safari 7.1 beta 3 and Safari 6.2 beta 3 Now Available

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14:00
Beautifully crafted Desktop Chair v2 has your iPad...

There are a lot of ways to prop your iPad up without holding it in your hands. For example, just the other day we looked at the Ten One Design Magnus Air. Our iPad stand du jour is the Desktop Chair v2 (US$59.99), a design that was funded through...

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13:39
Latest OS X Yosemite beta enables screensharing via...

The sixth OS X Yosemite beta enables promised screensharing via Messages, a report notes. The feature requires simply that a person have an iMessage or Apple ID account. Some options include turning audio conversation on and off, pausing sharing, and blocking requests from a particular user....

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13:30
Over the iMac rainbow

I'm not sure if there are computers in these boxes, but if so, that's a dangerous game. Still, it's probably worth it for the sense of accomplishment you'd feel after pulling something like this off, right?

[Photo credit: Imgur]...

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13:26
Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack for Dual Charging: $...

We have a last minute deal for you on the Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack, a portable charger for iPhone and other portable devices. It features a 15,000mAh Lithium-ion battery, which is a lot of juice, and it has two USB ports so you can charge two devices at the same time. If that's not enough, it has a digital readout that tells you exactly how much power you have left. Through our deal, you can get the Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack for $34.99, but there are only 6 more hours in this deal. If you want it, get on it.

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13:15
Symantec condenses security line-up into one suite,...

Symantec announced earlier this week that it would be issuing a sweeping change to its line of antivirus software to offer consumers a single solution. Starting September 23, the company will begin offering Norton Security for around $80 per year. The change effectively ends releases of Norton Antivirus, the company's main product line that has seen annual releases since the early 90s....

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13:00
Apple releases a new video celebrating diversity of...

Apple recently released statistics touting the diversity found among its employees which, when compared to other tech companies, shows the company is working hard to mix up the makeup of its workforce. The same day Apple released that info, the...

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12:55
Best Buy runs one-day $75 sale on all iPad Air models

Best Buy is conducting a one-day sale on all its iPad Air models, cutting their costs by $75 each. That makes a 16GB Wi-Fi Air $425, and a 16GB 4G Air $555. The most expensive iPads -- 128GB 4G models -- have been lowered to $855. A further $50 discount is available to educational buyers....

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12:43
Mac: Parallels Software Parallels Desktop 10

Every year, Parallels releases a new version of its eponymous PC emulator for Macs, and with OS X Yosemite just around the corner, so is Parallels Desktop 10 ($80). Boasting Yosemite support and “cool new features of Yosemite in your Windows apps,” including Mac-style social media sharing within Windows, version 10 also promises the typical speed and performance increases—this time, 48% faster opening of Windows documents, 50% improvements…

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12:30
Manning or Brady? Peterson or McCoy? You decide with...

Millions of Americans anxiously await September 4th. That's when the National Football League kicks off its 2014 schedule and begins a four-month journey of joy and anguish for Fantasy Football players. So now is the time to prepare and get ready for...

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12:30
Second-gen iPad Air could upgrade to 2GB of RAM

The second-generation iPad Air should switch from 1 to 2GB of RAM, according to a Taiwanese site, TechNews. The third-gen iPad mini, however, will allegedly retain 1GB. That would be a reversal of last year, when the Mini was made equivalent to full-sized iPads in everything but size....

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12:17
HTC (M8)s With Microsoft


HTC, which in recent years spurned Windows Phone for Android, on Tuesday returned to the Microsoft fold with the launch of a Windows Phone version of its flagship HTC One (M8) smartphone. The HTC One (M8) for Windows debuted as a Verizon Wireless network exclusive. The two-year contract price at Verizon Wireless is $200. AT&T also will carry the phone, but it hasn't said when that will be. The HTC One (M8) for Windows is identical to the recently unveiled Android version, except for the OS.

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12:00
Blogo 2 brings a native WordPress app to OS X

For those who use the popular WordPress content management system for blogging, there are a lot of iOS tools. In the OS X world, however, you're generally content to use a Markdown tool that also happens to upload content to WordPress blogs. Blogo...

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11:56
Rumor: Apple to bump 'iPad Air 2' RAM to...

Buyers of Apple's next-generation 9.7-inch iPad will have more RAM to play with, according to a Wednesday report from the Republic of China, as the company is said to be preparing to offer the forthcoming revision of its popular tablet with two gigabytes of onboard RAM.

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10:55
Hands-on: Google Photo Sphere Camera for iOS

Google’s Street View software and now-infamous bubble trucks are nifty, but old hat when it comes to virtual mapping. The newest craze: mapping nifty spots on the globe yourself. The company created its 360-degree Photo Spheres panorama option back in October 2012 for stock Android phones; since then, it’s earned a place within the Google Play store and as of Tuesday, a spot on iOS. Naturally, we had to take Google’s new Photo Sphere Camera app for a spin; here are some early thoughts.

Like many of Google’s other iOS app offerings, Photo Sphere Camera is sleek and speedy, mirroring the Android-influenced design found in the company’s other programs. Upon opening the app, you’ll have to grant Google access to your location (surprise, surprise); once you do, you’ll see...

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11:41
Apple TV gets delayed NFL Now app

Nearly two weeks after its announcement on August 7th, the NFL Now Apple TV app has finally gone live. Functionally the app is similar to its iOS counterpart, providing a certain amount of free content, while hiding other material -- such as game highlights and NFL Films specials -- behind a paywall. The NFL is promising to add 105 hours of original content per week....

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11:30
​Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Photo Artist - Photo...

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11:14
AT&T bringing gigabit Internet to Silicon Valley...

AT&T has become the first major telecommunications provider to declare it will offer a gigabit Internet service in Silicon Valley in the future. The high-speed service will roll out in Cupertino, Apple's base of operations, though the company has not yet revealed when it will roll out the network in the area, when it will be available to customers, nor how much it will ultimately cost....

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11:02
Report claims next-gen iPad Air will double RAM...

A new report from Asian site TechNews.tw claims information from the Apply supply chain points to the next generation iPad Air doubling up on RAM from 1GB to 2GB. The additional memory would benefit system performance, especially during multitasking, when more memory-intesive tasks like browsing multiple websites in Safari and using other apps requires more RAM to function smoothly.
While most of the parts and component leaks out of the supply chain have centered around the next generation iPhone, which is expected to debut at an Apple event next month, the new report that the next generation iPad Air will double its memory follows a...

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11:00
Moovit for iPhone wants to fill the gap in transit...

Moovit (free) is a transit app for trip planning, live arrival info, schedules, maps, service alerts and more. It supports more than 50 cities in the US and many major cities around the world. The app covers busses, trains and Metro Subways.

The app...

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10:53
Cambridge Audio launches Go, Bluetone 100 Bluetooth...

Audio purveyor Cambridge Audio has revealed its new Bluetooth speaker line. Replacing the original Minx Go Bluetooth streamer, launched today are the Go and the Go Radio with similar stylings to the predecessor. Also released is the 100-watt Bluetone 100 streaming device....

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10:45
Uber adds API access, affiliate program for apps on...

Car-calling service Uber on Wednesday unveiled new API and affiliate programs that allow developers to integrate Uber services -- including destination finding, pickup times, fare estimates, and trip history -- into their own apps and earn Uber credits.

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10:34
Parrot Minidrone Rolling Spider

The biggest knocks against Parrot's pioneering quadricopter AR.Drone were its steep $300 price tag and sub-20-minute battery life — neither offensive by RC helicopter standards, but not great for iOS-controlled toys. Four years after AR.Drone hit the market, Parrot has released the Minidrone Rolling Spider ($100), a version that radically reduces the price and size while adding and subtracting features. As the "rolling" name suggests, this considerably…

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10:30
First Look: Parrot Minidrone Jumping Sumo

Following up on its flying AR.Drone quadricopters, Parrot has released its first land-based toy, Minidrone Jumping Sumo ($160) — a rival to Brookstone's $150 Rover and Rover 2.0 tanks. With a considerably more playful industrial design and your choice of three colors, Jumping Sumo has a range of around 150 feet using Wi-Fi, with a top speed of 4.5MPH, a 640x480/15FPS front-facing wideangle camera, and 20 minutes of battery life — all pretty similar…

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10:30
Daily Deals for August 20, 2014, last chance on VPN...

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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10:28
iMessage accounts for 30 percent of all mobile spam...

Over 30 percent of all mobile spam messages are now being sent through Apple's iMessage system, says Tom Landesman, a security researcher at Cloudmark. Many of the messages are pushing fake luxury products such as sunglasses and handbags. Landesman explains that spammers are taking advantage of several aspects of Apple's ecosystem....

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10:08
Parallels Desktop 10 brings Yosemite support, better...

We’re all Mac users here, but every once in a while—much as we might hate to admit it—we need to run the odd Windows app. Not only will the latest version of Parallels Desktop, announced on Wednesday, continue to handle that kind of task, but it also brings a host of new features, including increased performance, better integration between guest and host OSes, and support for the forthcoming release of OS X Yosemite.
Parallels has spent a lot of time fine-tuning performance in this newest version, yielding improvements like 30-percent more battery life for MacBook users, 60-percent faster loading of snapshots, 50-percent faster performance from Office 2014 apps, and 48-percent speedier opening of Windows files. The virtualization software will also make better use of both your disk space and memory, using only what it needs of the former (and, thanks to real-time optimization, cleaning up as...

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10:22
Guest Pass for iOS 7 Allows Access to Your Wi-Fi...

The Guest Pass app page sums it up: "Do you share passwords with people to join your Wi-Fi network on a regular basis? Guest Pass makes this easy. Just fill out the simple questions in Guest Pass and e-mail the resulting Guest Pass without ever leaving the app. Users receive an attachment that they tap [iOS] or click [OS X], and the next time they are near your network, their iPhone, iPad, or Mac will automatically connect. You can also set expiration dates so the settings will be deleted [from] the device on the expiration date." The way it works is that a special, encrypted configuration file is sent to the recipient who must be using iOS 5 or later or iOS 10.7 or later. The recipient will never see your network password. You can set an expiration date, but if you want to provide semi-permanent access, you set set an expiration in the far distant future. Using Guest Pass provides finer control over who and how long access is allowed than the "Enable Guest Network" found in the...

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10:12
Second-Generation iPad Air May Get Memory Boost to 2...

Apple's second-generation iPad Air may get a memory upgrade, bumping it up to 2 GB of RAM instead of the 1 GB in the current-generation device, reports Taiwan's TechNews [Google Translate] (via iPhone in Canada). According to the site, the increased RAM will be limited to the iPad Air, as the second-generation Retina iPad mini is expected to continue to offer 1 GB of RAM. Apple began offering 1 GB of RAM with the third generation iPad, keeping the same amount of memory in the fourth-generation device and the fifth-generation iPad Air. With such a long span of time between memory upgrades, customers have been...

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10:00
Vine for iOS updated with new camera, packs a...

Vine for iOS is getting a big update today, packing a new camera that adds a feature that those who use Instagram to share video have had for quite some time: the ability to create posts using clips from your camera roll. The new camera does more than add this method of creating posts, though, and includes many new tools for editing these videos to make your posts exactly what you want them to be.
The video import feature goes beyond what Instagram lets you do, with support for creating your post from more than one clip in your camera roll, and the ability to mix and match saved videos and shots taken in real time. Additionally, Vine says that slo-motion videos are also supported. When it comes to new post-capture editing tools,...

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10:00
Apple has no shame in pushing back product deadlines

Former Apple User Experience designer and evangelist Mark Kawano recently penned an interesting piece for Inc. detailing some of the lessons he learned during his 6+ year stint at Apple.

Given Apple's reputation for avoiding vaporware like the...

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09:36
News: NFL Now channel comes to Apple TV

As anticipated, NFL Now has been added to Apple TV today as a dedicated channel. Like the iOS app, the Apple TV channel offers customized highlights and other video clips with the creation of an NFL.com account. Without that account, users can still access a variety of videos, including news updates, and clips from NFL shows such as Hard Knocks. For $2 a month, users can upgrade to NFL Now Plus, which offers immediate in-game highlights from every…

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09:33
Review: Zivix PUC Wireless MIDI Link

About the size of a hockey puck—which no doubt inspired its name—PUC is designed to unobtrusively sit near a MIDI instrument such as a keyboard, to which it connects using a standard 5-pin MIDI DIN connector. Power is supplied by two AA batteries for maximum portability, or you can supply your own micro-USB power source to avoid having to deal with batteries. The hardware itself is extremely straightforward—a single button on the…

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09:30
Cambridge Audio releases three new wireless speakers

Cambridge Audio creates speaker products that are usually quite well-received by the press and by users. Last year, the company released the Minx Go and Minx Air 100 speakers, both of which were given a glowing review here on TUAW. Cambridge Audio...

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09:27
NFL Now channel arrives on Apple TV with highlights...

Nearly two weeks after first appearing in app form on the iPhone and iPad, the National Football League's new NFL Now digital content network has made its way to Apple's set-top streamer with news, highlights, and archival footage.

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09:25
Parallels Announces Desktop 10 for the Mac with...

Parallels has continued to make significant improvements to its virtual machine software for the Mac, Parallels Desktop, that allows a Mac to run just about any other OS, especially Windows and Linux concurrently. This year is no different, and the list of enhancements in this Yosemite compatible, version 10 is impressive.

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09:12
NFL Now channel added to Apple TV w/ instant in-game...
09:12
iPad claims 134 out of 135 spots on EPEAT tablet...

The Apple iPad is overwhelmingly dominant in a new EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) category covering tablets and slates. Out of 135 devices currently registered, 134 are simply different configurations of the iPad Air, iPad mini, and fourth-generation iPad. The one non-Apple entry is the Dell Venue 11 Pro....

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09:07
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-20

Analysts and pundits are weaving some pretty big tapestries for Apple's product plans based on only a few threads of information they're getting from the supply chain. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at reports claiming Apple's rumored iWatch is coming next year because of production delays, plus they offer their take on RunKeeper's plans to offer fitness incentives through what amounts to in-app ads.

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09:06
'NFL Now' Launches on Apple TV With...

The National Football League earlier this month officially launched its NFL Now service, its next-generation video streaming service that provides access to the largest digital library of NFL videos available online. The video content can be viewed on the iPhone, iPad, Mac (via a web browser) and other connected devices such as Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and as of today, the Apple TV channel that was leaked earlier in the month. The NFL Now service delivers historic videos, breaking news, game highlights and original programming from the NFL Now studios. Personalization is a key feature -- allowing users to follow their...

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08:39
3D renderings compare Samsung’s iPhone-like Galaxy...

Earlier this month Samsung announced yet another Android handset dubbed the Galaxy Alpha that many observers noted borrows design cues from the iPhone 5 first introduced by Apple nearly 2 years ago. The Galaxy Alpha does feature a metal frame with chamfered edges, but does it really favor the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s or is it more Samsung than anything else?
Designer Martin Hajek has created a new collection of 3D renderings to help visualize that comparison and answer that question showing Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha handset side-by-side with Apple’s iPhone 5s.

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08:36
News: Daily Deal: Get three years of VPN Unlimited...

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

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08:30
Heading to college? Buy a Mac and receive a $100...

Apple today began sending out emails alerting folks to a new back-to-school promotion. With the new promotion, individuals who purchase a Mac for college by September 9 will receive a $100 Apple Store Gift Card. College-bound kids who purchase an...

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08:26
Sandisk launches value-oriented Ultra II SSD with...

Sandisk today announced the new SanDisk Ultra II SSD with enhanced SSD Dashboard. The new SATA-3 2.5-inch drive ships in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities, and is the first SSD outside of those manufactured by Samsung to use TLC flash media....

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08:01
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Air from $365 w/ .edu,...

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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08:01
Seaworld’s most rewarding and traumatic job

Outside:

What follows are a series of surprising and shocking conversations in which the three talk about the rewarding and challenging sides of their jobs, from teaching a newborn orca how to eat to disposing of dead animals and witnessing dolphin mothers kill their calves.

Despite the often difficult nature of the work, Horton, Payne, and Dodge were dedicated to caring for the animals. “Animal care is the one thing that SeaWorld can be proud of,” Horton says. “We were the unsung heroes.”

Here are Horton, Payne, and Dodge in their own words.

There are good and bad aspects to the capture and study of these animals in these kinds of parks. I fall on the side of not doing it but I understand some of the reasons for having these animals in captivity. Regardless of your opinion, this is an interesting story from the point of view of those with the animals every day.
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08:00
Legal firm embraces cloud computing, wins case for...

 
Lawyers at RTR, a criminal defense firm in Miami, Florida, had been using faxes, couriers, and an unreliable server—which impeded productivity. Then one of its lawyers introduced Microsoft Office 365, mobile devices, and smartphones. Now documents are stored online, lawyers access case files in court and at home, on any device, and they use simultaneous coauthoring to create briefs. Productivity is up by an estimated 25 percent.
For more, read the RTR case study.
 
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08:00
Register now for October 8 Access Day in Denver, CO

Are you a developer or user of Microsoft Access, or know someone who is?  Interested in the new web capabilities in Access 2013 or how to improve your Access client applications?
After successful one-day conferences in Bellevue and Irvine,
J Street Technology is taking Access Day to Denver!  Join us Wednesday, October 8 in Denver, CO for the next Access Day, featuring internationally-respected presenters, including Access MVPs, book authors, and even a member of the Access development team at Microsoft.
Access Day will include sessions by Kevin BellAlison BalterAndy Tabisz, George Young, and Armen Stein that cover a mix of Access client techniques and new Access 2013 Web App development.
Here’s what people...

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08:00
Integreon connects every part of its global business...

Bob Gogel is CEO of Integreon.
To provide our clients with highly scalable legal, research, and document support services from our 17 office locations around the world, we depend on fast, flexible communication technology.

 
For a number of years, we relied on separate software systems for voice, instant messaging, content sharing, and video conferencing that simply didn’t provide the ease of use that our people needed. Our employees found that constantly switching between productivity tools, email, and a separate web conferencing application was a hassle. They also felt tethered to their computers, because they lacked the freedom to collaborate from anywhere through their smartphones or other mobile devices.
Beyond these usability concerns, cost was also a major issue. We couldn’t justify the expense of a standalone web conferencing service...

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08:00
Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac upgrade arrives,...

Like the turning of the seasons, we can always expect an upgrade of Parallels Desktop about this time of year. 2014 is no exception, and Parallels announced today that Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac and Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition are...

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07:58
Apple's "OS X Mavericks" is now a...

With Apple's next generation OS X Yosemite due to arrive this fall, the US Patent & Trademark Office has published Apple's "OS X Mavericks" as a Registered Trademark (RTM) today under registration number 4,590,319. As the saying goes, "it's better late than never." In other trademark news, Apple has ...

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07:54
Uber launches API enabling third-party app...

Uber has released an anticipated API that will let third-party developers integrate its ridesharing services. The company says it is already working with 11 high-profile partners, including Starbucks, United, OpenTable, TimeOut, Tempo, Hinge, Tripadvisor, Tripcase, Hyatt, Mememo, and Expensify. Apps based on the API will be able to show available rides and/or price and time estimates, and make use of a person's trip history....

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07:52
Leaked image hints at slightly protruding camera...

Additional material has leaked about the iPhone 6, in this case a rendered image of a protruding main camera, which matches a feature seen on dummy units of the upcoming handset.
Per GforGames and Taiwanese web site Apple Club, a leaked screenshot depicts some of the iPhone 6′s characteristics for the smaller, 4.7-inch model. Specifically, this leaked schematic suggests that the upcoming Apple flagship phone will have a 0.67 – 0.77 mm protruding camera.
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07:38
Uber introduces API for integrating the...

The popular transportation service Uber has quickly been growing this year with new features like adding your destination right on the smartphone app when requesting a ride and poaching long time Apple engineering manager Chris Blumenberg who managed the Maps team. The service is even integrated into the Google Maps app on iPhone and Android, and ...

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07:37
Skype makes chat notifications less annoying when...

Skype announced today that it’s finally fixing the way notifications work for users with multiple devices by only delivering chat notifications to the device you’re actively using. If you’re signed into Skype on multiple devices like your Mac, iPhone and iPad, Skype will now recognize which device you’re actively using to chat and only send notifications to that device. It will also notice when you stop actively using a device and continue sending notifications to all devices. The changes are only for chat, however, as call notifications will continue to come through on all devices you’re signed into:

The moment you stop actively using Skype on any device, all devices will receive notifications again to make sure you never miss anything important. When you pick up any one of your devices to respond, we will stop send notifications to all other devices. Call...

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07:28
Barnes & Noble partners with Samsung for latest...

Though Barnes & Noble no longer makes its own tablets, it's still in the hardware business with a brand-new $179 Nook intended to take on the iPad, this time with a model built by Apple's chief rival, Samsung.

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07:24
Search in Private with DuckDuckGo

Apple is offering DuckDuckGo as a Safari search engine in the upcoming iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Learn more about this upstart search engine, why privacy lovers swear by it, and how it can save you time. 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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07:21
iPhone Apps: GeoTagr, Pingdom, Facebook Messenger
07:02
Apple Dominates New EPEAT Tablet Registry After...

After almost removing itself from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) registry two years ago, Apple is now leading the charge into the program's new Tablets/Slates category. As of today, Apple's four iPad models account for 134 of the 135 tablets on the list, although the number of entries appear to be growing nearly by the minute. While Apple is represented by the various configurations of the iPad Air, the iPad mini, the iPad with Retina display and the iPad mini with Retina display, the sole non-iPad model currently on the list is the Dell Venue 11 Pro. In a blog post announcing the new category earlier this week, Green Electronics Council CEO Robert Frisbee hailed the early inclusion of more than 100 tablets without mentioning that essentially all of them...

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07:00
Garage Series Under the Hood: Continually...

In this special edition of Garage Series Live Under the Hood, Jeremy Chapman goes deep on the operational side of information protection with lead engineer Matt Swann – from Office 365′s blue team – responsible for detecting and analyzing anomalies in the service. They discuss how the service is architected for security across physical, network, access and data vectors then Matt demonstrates how the cloud is used to protect the cloud with real intrusion and anomaly detection examples.

Last week we concluded our Garage Series Road Trip with our final stop in Dubai, where we saw how businesses in the booming Gulf region are using Office 365 and we took a tour of Project, offline support in OWA and OneDrive for Business and saw a video call using Lync from a watch. This week revisit the conversation of trusting the Office 365 service with one of our foremost...

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07:00
Samsung's new design patent looks awfully...

Samsung and Apple have a long and rocky relationship when it comes to design patents, which you'll no doubt be aware of if you're even casually interested in the world of smartphones. This week, Samsung scored an interesting design patent. For the...

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06:58
RunKeeper Wants to Give You Presents for Working Out

Exercise may be its own reward, but RunKeeper thinks a little something extra couldn't hurt so it teamed up with Kiip to give its app users rewards for meeting new workout goals. The rewards will be offers for free or discounted health and fitness-related products, which sounds a lot like in-app ads, but the company is working to present them in a way that doesn't offend users and actually gives them something of value.The Mac Observer Spin: RunKeeper has always taken pride in the fact that it doesn't offer in-app advertising. This new deal with Kiip walks right on that line, so it'll be interesting to see if users feel like they're really being rewarded for working out, or being pushed ads.

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06:58
UAE Apple Store to be 'biggest in the world,...

The upcoming UAE Apple Store will be the "biggest Apple has ever built," according to Edgar, citing an anonymous source. The person also says that Apple has picked Dubai's Mall of the Emirates as the site for the shop, and that it was originally planned to replace a current cinema complex. Based on the timing of Apple's job listings, it's thought that the store could open in the first quarter of next year....

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06:52
Tidy Up 3.0.15.0 - Find duplicate files and tidy up...

Tidy Up is a complete duplicate finder and disk-tidiness utility. With Tidy Up you can search for duplicate files and packages by the owner application, content, type, creator, extension, time modified, time created, name, label, visibility, and date/age. You can also search by the tag, duration, and bit installments of MP3 and AAC sound files and EXIF metadata; search the contents of the iPhoto, Aperture, iTunes, iPod databases, and Mail mailboxes; and synchronize deletions with iPhoto, Mail, and iTunes. Tidy Up allows you to search for duplicate folders by name, date modified, date created, label visibility, empty folders, their contents, and more. Tidy Up is also fast: it doesn't index the scanned volumes, so you don't waste precious time and space. With its multitasking capability, you can do multiple searches at one time and take full advantage your Mac's processing power. Tidy Up comes with a two search modes. Basic Mode includes more than 90 pre-defined...

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06:51
Review: IK Multimedia iRig Voice

By contrast with its predecessor, iRig Voice is targeted more toward the casual vocalist, with a design that leans toward “fun” rather than professional. That said, it retains all of the same capabilities and specs as the original iRig Mic, with a lower $40 price tag and a choice of five colors—yellow, red, white, blue, and green—instead of basic black. iRig Voice connects to the headphone jack of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch,…

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06:51
First Apple Store in the Middle East to open in...

Apple looks set to launch its first official retail presence in the Middle East with a new store in Dubai's Mall of the Emirates, according to a new report, with the location said to be the largest the Cupertino company has ever built.

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06:44
Parallels Brings OS X Yosemite Coolness to Windows

The next generation Parallels has just been launched. The Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac and Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Enterprise Edition upgrades are available today and the packaged software version will debut worldwide on August 29. Parallel notes in their promotional video that ...

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06:13
Parallels Desktop 10.0 - Run Windows apps without...

Parallels Desktop is simply the world's bestselling, top-rated, and most trusted solution for running Windows applications on your Mac. With Parallels Desktop for Mac, you can seamlessly run both Windows and Mac OS X applications side-by-side without rebooting. Drag-and-drop files between Windows and Mac applications, launch Windows applications from your Mac dock, and do much more with speed, control and confidence. Seamless Simplicity Use Run Windows programs like they were native to your Mac. Setting up Parallels Desktop for Mac is simple and quick. Enjoy the best of both worlds - Windows and Mac OS X - on one seamless desktop. Performance and Personalization Experience as much or as little Windows as you want. Multiple view modes make it possible for you to customize the level of integration between Mac and Windows without compromising performance.Version 10.0.0: Note: Parallels Desktop 10 is a...

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06:09
Final Cut updates to 10.1.3, gets matching Motion,...

Apple has issued minor updates to Final Cut Pro and two of its companion apps, Compressor and Motion. Final Cut has been updated to v10.1.3, primarily solving problems burning Blu-ray discs or creating a Blu-ray disk image. It also ensures that color corrections are kept when pasted between clips during Share, and that effects applied to clips in the Browser in previous versions are retained when clips are added to the timeline. Other fixes target XML round-trip imports, automatic library backups, and skimming growing files in the Browser.......

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06:08
New malware stealing advertising revenue from...

A new piece of malware started infecting jailbroken iOS devices earlier this year. The "AdThief" or "Spad" package hijacks advertising clicks and revenue, and redirects them to the author of the package, rather than the developer who inserted the advertising in the first place. The malware is simple and low profile -- it replaces the developer's ID with the attacker's ID....

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06:00
YouTube Find: DIY Sewer pipe tripod mount for the...

The iPad can be a wonderful tool for making stop motion videos, but finding a way to hold the tablet while you rearrange your scenes can be a challenge. One DIY filmmaker has developed a creative way to hold an iPad using a tripod and some sewer...

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06:00
Setting Up an iOS 7 On-Demand VPN

I'm writing a detailed set of instructions for getting VPN 'on-demand' working with iOS 7.

See Setting Up an iOS 7 On-Demand VPN for the details (it's way too much stuff to post via MacOSXHints, as much as I've been a fan of this site for many years).

The complete set of instructions include:

A few comments about this work:

  • One of the primary objectives was to document a setup where the VPN-connected iOS devi...
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05:55
Apple Final Cut Pro X 10.1.3 - Professional video...

Apple Final Cut Pro X is a professional video editing solution.Completely redesigned from the ground up, Final Cut Pro adds extraordinary speed, quality, and flexibility to every part of the post-production workflow. (Apple has posted a FAQ answering questions about Final Cut Pro X, missing features, and the future.) Revolutionary Video Editing

  • Assemble clips in the Magnetic Timeline without clip collisions or sync problems.
  • Use Clip Connections to attach B-roll, sound effects, and music to the timeline.
  • Reduce clutter by grouping clips into a Compound Clip. Easily expand it back to single clips.
  • Perfect your pacing right in the timeline with the Inline Precision Editor.
  • Cycle through different shots, graphics, or effects at one place in the timeline with Auditions.

Powerful Media Organization

  • Import...

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05:53
Apple Compressor 4.1.3 - Adds power and flexibility...

Compressor adds power and flexibility to Final Cut Pro X export. Customize output settings, work faster with distributed encoding, and tap into a comprehensive set of delivery features. Powerful Encoding for Final Cut Pro

  • Use Compressor to customize encoding settings available in Final Cut Pro.
  • Choose from a wide array of codecs, sizes, frame rates, and other parameters.
  • Save your custom settings in Compressor; they automatically appear in Final Cut Pro.
  • Share settings with other editors, even if Compressor isn't installed on their workstations.

Time-Saving Encoding Workflow

  • Experiment freely with encoding options, using real-time feedback in the Preview window.
  • Find exactly the setting you need in just a few clicks in the updated settings library.
  • Set up batch processes to streamline the encoding of large numbers of files.
  • Build batch...

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05:51
Leaked Moto 360 Specs Impress, Price Point Iffy


Specs of the forthcoming Moto 360 smartwatch from Motorola appeared briefly on a Best Buy Web page this week, sparking increased chatter about the device. Concerns about price -- the watch was listed at $250 -- tempered the usual gasps of delight from geeks. Amazon lists a Samsung Galaxy Gear for $150, a Gear Live for $180, a Gear 2 Neo for $200, a Pebble Steel for $230, and an LG G Black Titan for $233. Given that Android device users are notoriously less willing to spend money than their iOS counterparts, who will purchase the Moto 360?

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05:49
As overall retail revenue declines, Apple Stores...

Though revenues from Apple Stores have actually been shrinking in recent quarters, the company's brick-and-mortar operations have continued to play a pivotal role in courting Windows switchers and driving sales of Mac hardware to new heights.

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05:44
Analyst: No Apple iWatch this Year

Apple's rumored and highly anticipated iWatch won't make it to store shelves this year thanks to production issues. That's the word from KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo who said the device is proving to be very difficult to build thanks to a new manufacturing process Apple had to develop and the use of several specialized components.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple is pretty good at keeping secrets, so it's possible the iWatch will launch this fall. That said, unexpected manufacturing issues could lead to a 2015 release, which would be unfortunate for Apple because it would miss out on the holiday buying season.

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05:42
News: New iPhone 6 schematic leak shows protruding...

A new schematic alleged to represent the 4.7” iPhone 6 again shows a protruding camera lens on the device, as has been suggested by a number of earlier leaks. The schematic, posted by Taiwan’s Apple Club, shows the camera protruding 0.67mm to 0.77mm past the shell. However, the schematic’s reference to “proto” likely means these are changing measurements from iPhone prototypes, and subject to further change—the…

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05:37
Travelpro introduces National Geographic Explorer ...

Travelpro (www.travelpro.com), the inventor of Rollaboard luggage, has partnered with National Geographic, one of the world's largest scientific and educational nonprofit organizations, to introduce the new National Geographic Explorer Cape Town and Leather Brief Collections.
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05:30
NodeBeat's stunning visual music creation will...

NodeBeat describes itself as "the intuitive and fun visual music app for all ages." The app, available on iPhone for US$0.99 and separately on iPad as NodeBeat HD for $2.99, uses visual "nodes" to build rhythms. Generator nodes send a pulse to its...

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05:22
Parallels Desktop 10 launches with Yosemite support...

Parallels today launched...

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05:05
Parallels announces Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac...

Parallels has launched Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac (www.parallels.com/upgradepd10) and Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Enterprise Edition, upgrades of the software for running Windows applications on Macs.
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04:55
Purported 'iPhone 6' render shows sub-1mm...

A three-dimensional render of a device said to be Apple's next-generation iPhone -- codenamed "N56" --?appeared from a source in the Republic of China on Wednesday, bearing a camera lens that extends outward from the device's rear cover in a manner similar to the fifth-generation iPod touch.

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04:45
3 Handy Tips to Make Preview More Productive

Melissa Holt thinks Preview is pretty much the bee's knees when it comes to viewing and annotating PDFs. So in this Quick Tip, she's going to talk about three of her favorite tricks for using it. She probably won't explain her love of antiquated phrases like "the bee's knees," though, so don't hold your breath for that.

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04:30
Brazilian judge orders deletion of Secret app from...

A Brazilian judge has ordered Apple, Google, and Microsoft to remove Secret, an app used for anonymously sharing information with others, from citizen's phones. The unusual ruling requires both Apple and Google to delist Secret from the App Store and Google Play, with Microsoft ordered to do the same for the Windows Phone-equivalent Cryptic, as well as deleting it remotely from mobile devices in the country....

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04:30
Timeful Helps You Make Time for the Things You Want...

Timeful for iOS is an innovative app for managing your time, tasks lists, and habits in one place. Where most apps tackle one of the three or provide a task list feature within a calendar app, Timeful actively works to integrate the three in a way...

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04:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Rockin' docks

Rockin' docksThis week's roundup of new gear for your iOS devices includes several docks for charging and syncing -- and maybe even for putting it at the center of your home-entertainment system.AlgoriddimThe $100 DJ Connect lets you pre-cue music on any iOS device or any Mac running OS X 10.6 or higher. It comes with a Lightning-connector cable, a 30-pin dock-connector cable, and a USB cable for cueing with the Djay app on your Mac.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:15
Cupertino wins race to be first west coast location...

AT&T has announced that Apple’s home city of Cupertino will be the first west coast location to get its gigabit fiber Internet service, GigaPower, reports Re/code.

Cupertino is among several Bay Area cities that AT&T had previously said it was considering — a list that included San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Campbell and Mountain View. Specific timing, availability and pricing for the Cupertino service will be announced later, AT&T said.

GigaPower is a 100 percent fiber optic network offering speeds of up to one gigabit. To put that speed into perspective, you could download an HD TV show in three seconds and download 25 music tracks in one second.
AT&T’s rivals in the gigabit Internet race include Google Fiber, based in nearby Mountain View. You can...

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03:55
U.S. video entertainment spending to hit $123...

The overall US video entertainment market (subscription Pay-TV, box office, packaged home video, Pay-TV VoD and paid-for online video) continues to grow in low single digits, reaching $120 billion in 2013 — a 2% increase on 2012 — and is on track to peak at $123 billion in 2015, according to the latest industry report from Futuresource Consulting (www.futuresource-consulting.com).
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03:48
That Apple Store in the United Arab Emirates could...

Middle East luxury lifestyle magazine Edgar claims “insider knowledge” that the planned Apple Store in the United Arab Emirates will be the largest in the world, and will be located in a huge shopping mall in Dubai.

US-based tech giant Apple will open its biggest store in the world at Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates, EDGAR can exclusively reveal [...] Our undisclosed source said that the store – which will be the biggest Apple has ever built – was originally planned to replace the current cinema complex …


It will be Apple’s first official retail store in the Gulf, in a country...

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03:47
Preschool University updates Partners in Rhyme for...

Preschool University (http://preschoolu.com) has launched Partners in Rhyme 1.4 for Mac OS X. It's an update of the app designed to help build strong phonemic awareness skills and develop foundational reading skills. Four learning games offer different fun ways to practice and learn rhyming for young children.
Partners in Rhyme requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's free and available at the Mac App Store in the Education category.

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03:15
Claimed schematic again raises suggestion iPhone 6...

A claimed schematic of the 4.7-inch model of the iPhone 6 appears to support suggestions that the camera lens will protrude, though only by 0.77mm. Posted by Apple Club in Taiwan, it appears to show a 7mm thick casing with the thickest part of the camera extending 0.77mm beyond this.
Suggestions that the quest for thinness might result in an iPod Touch-style protruding camera lens on the iPhone 6 date back to March, and have been supported by claimed backplate photos as recently as this month. There have, though, been conflicting reports, with one suggestion that Apple would be able to...

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03:11
Kool Tools: Xventure Golf accessories

Bracketron’s new Xventure Golf (http://tinyurl.com/md49d58) gear aims to complement your favorite golf tech and swing analyzers to enhance your game. These new products, including the Click-iT remote, 360Vu for smartphones and Swing N Click Kit, let you mount your mobile device and view your golf footage immediately, so you can stay on top of your progress in real-time.
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03:09
PopChar X for Mac OS now supports version 7.0 of the...

Ergonis Software has announced PopChar X 6.6, an update to their tool for exploring fonts as well as finding and inserting special characters. The upgrade supports the version 7.0 of the Unicode standard.
With the tool, you pop up the PopChar window, click the desired character, and the character appears in your current document right away. Version 6.5 introduces a new custom insertion technique, which leads to faster character insertion for many applications, and more.
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02:19
Chromium 36.0.1985.143 - Fast and stable open-source...

Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web. FreeSMUG-Free OpenSource Mac User Group build is based on the stable Chromium code plus "Check for Updates..." command.Version 36.0.1985.143:

  • Build from 36.0.1985.143 source code
  • This update includes 12 security fixes
  • Pepper Flash player has been updated to 14.0.0.177

OS X 10.6 or laterDownload Now

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02:08
Alleged Schematic Shows Protruding Camera Ring on 4....

Throughout the past few months, a number of design drawings, physical mockups, and component leaks have hinted at a protruding camera ring camera on the iPhone 6. Initial rumors indicated that the physical feature would be exclusive to the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6, however recent photos of the 4.7-inch version's rear shell may indicate that it will also include a protruding camera ring. Now, an alleged schematic shared by Apple.club.tw (...

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01:50
Macgo Blu-ray Player 2.10.6.1691 - Blu-ray player. (...

Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player can bring you the most unforgettable Blu-ray experience on your Mac. Overview Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player can satisfy just about every need you could possibly have in a Blu-ray Player. It features a friendly user interface, ultrafast loading and super high quality. Besides that, it perfectly supports Blu-ray, DVD and any other media format that you want to play. It outputs video at up to 1080p high-definition quality without loss of data and frame, and allows full preservation of all audio tracks (like DTS 5.1, Dolby TrueHD Audio, etc.). Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player is really easy to operate. You can control almost everything on the main interface with your mouse. More settings can be done by right-click on the interface while playing. Or you can change preferences in the menu on the top of the interface. Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player is the first Blu-ray player on Mac, and its uniqueness doesn't just end with that. It can support any media format...

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Tuesday August 19

23:01
Parallels upgrade brings more Windows-on-Mac...

Windows 8.1 running on Parallels Desktop for Mac.

Parallels

Upgrades to software that let Mac users run Windows on OS X have become a yearly occurrence, as Parallels and VMware keep pace with new versions of the Apple and Microsoft desktop operating systems.
This year is no exception, with Parallels Desktop 10 becoming available today. Users of the previous two versions can upgrade to version 10 immediately for $49.99. Everyone else can purchase the new software for $79.99 beginning August 26. A student edition will run for $39.99.

VMware hasn’t yet announced when the new version of Fusion will come out, but you can probably expect it soon, or at least by the time Apple releases...

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23:01
Review: Life n Soul 8 Driver Bluetooth headphones

When it comes to music on the go, consumers generally have some options to consider when looking for the best experience. While Bluetooth speakers are good in a large number of situations, in some place they just aren't practical. This leaves consumers to look away from speakers and toward their counterparts for sonic deliver, Bluetooth headphones. But not all headphones are created equal, especially when the boutique market for headphones is examined. One company, Life n Soul, hopes to grab attention with its 8 Driver Bluetooth headphones. Do the headphones warrant some attention, or are they......

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22:50
Apple Reportedly Building 'World's Largest...

Last week, Apple posted retail job listings for a future retail store to be located in the United Arab Emirates, hinting that the company will soon open its first store in the Middle East. Now, Middle East website EDGARDaily.com reports that the store will be located at Dubai's Mall of the Emirates, and will be Apple's biggest retail location to date. Dubai's Mall of the Emirates Our undisclosed source said that the store – which will be the biggest Apple has ever built – was originally planned to replace the current cinema complex. The timing of the recent job adverts suggest the store could have a planned opening for the first quarter of 2015. Dubai's Mall of the Emirates originally opened in September 2005 and boasts...

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22:00
Reviews: Life n Soul 8 Driver Bluetooth headphones

When it comes to music on the go, consumers generally have some options to consider when looking for the best experience. While Bluetooth speakers are good in a large number of situations, in some place they just aren't practical. This leaves consumers to look away from speakers and toward their counterparts for sonic deliver, Bluetooth headphones. But not all headphones are created equal, especi ......

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21:48
Steve Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to concentrate...

Nearly six months after Steve Ballmer handed over the reins at Microsoft, the former CEO on Tuesday announced he is also resigning from the company's board, citing outside responsibilities like a new role as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

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21:05
Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac launches with OS X 10....

Parallels on Wednesday announced the release of Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac with built-in support for Apple's upcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite, faster Windows app performance, better battery life and immediate availability for existing users.

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20:56
Parallels Desktop 10 with OS X Yosemite and iCloud...

Parallels today announced the launch of Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac, the latest version of the company's software for running alternate operating systems like Windows in virtual environments on the Mac. The new version is available today as an upgrade for existing customers, and it will launch on August 26 for new customers. Parallels Desktop 10 offers a bevy of new features and enhancements, including OS X Yosemite support, iCloud Drive and iPhoto Library support and battery life and performance speed optimizations. The main new features of Desktop 10 include: - Mac OS X Yosemite integration, iPhone calling integration, iCloud Drive and iPhoto Library support - Now with one click users can select from a number of choices to optimize their virtual machine based on what their primary...

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20:33
Briefly: Winter Solider shows up early, Yosemite...

On Tuesday, Apple further improved its Maps application by adding Flyover and other map data for Wellington, New Zealand and -- ahead of its debut as the namesake for the next OS X upgrade -- Yosemite National Park in California. The company also added new photos of Yosemite's Half Dome mountain as wallpapers in the current developer beta, DP6, which was released on Monday. The addition of Wellington marks the third New Zealand city added to Flyover, joining the capitol Auckland and the city of Christchurch....

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20:00
Parallels Desktop 10 announced with support for...


Parallels Desktop has been with the Mac almost as long as it has run on Intel hardware.
Today, the company announced the 10th major release of its industry-leading virtualization software for Macintosh and mobile. It has more of what makes Parallels so special: Performance, integration and features.
Parallels has an important place in Apple history because it allowed many people who needed a few Windows applications over the last decade to buy and enjoy the Mac OS. In effect, it helped deal with Microsoft’s monopoly on software in the desktop era.
For many people that continues today. Microsoft still makes its Office suite a little bit handicapped on the Mac. Gamers know that to get a wider variety of games you need to run Windows. Developers need different environments, browsers and...

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19:42
Apple Motion 5.1.2 - Create and customize Final Cut...

Apple Motion is designed for video editors, Motion 5 lets you customize Final Cut Pro titles, transitions, and effects. Or create your own dazzling animations in 2D or 3D space, with real-time feedback as you work. Breakthrough Speed and Quality

  • New 64-bit architecture supports deeper, multilayered effects for use in Final Cut Pro.
  • ColorSync-managed color pipeline produces accurate, consistent color across applications.
  • Shared Render Engine provides consistent quality with Final Cut Pro and Compressor.
  • Rendering uses floating-point, linear-light color space for exceptionally realistic results.
  • Motion taps the GPU on the graphics card for high-speed rendering and exporting.

Editor-Friendly Design Tools

  • Work fast using a single-window interface with a familiar look and feel.
  • Customize Final Cut Pro titles, effects, and transitions by opening them in...

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19:02
Apple faces preliminary injunction to remove '...

A Brazilian judge on Tuesday ordered Apple and Google to not only remove anonymous social networking app Secret from their app stores, but also remotely wipe the software from devices in the country.

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18:51
AAPL closes at 52-week high, approaches all-time...

Apple's stock closed on Tuesday with a new 52-week high, and at one point in the day threatened to top its all-time highest stock price (based on straight split-adjustment). It officially closed at $100.53, not far from its all-time split-adjusted high of $100.72, though it hit $100.68 in intra-day trading. The company's valuation also rose to a market cap of $602 billion....

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18:07
Apple’s Stock Sets Record Closing High, Market Cap...

Shares of Apple Inc. set an all-time closing high on Tuesday, ending the day at $100.53 per share, a gain of $1.37 (+1.38 percent), on heavy volume of 69.4 million shares trading hands. The previous closing record was $100.30 per share, set on September 19th, 2012.

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17:40
Brazilian judge orders Apple, Google remove Secret...


Update: At the moment, this ruling is still unofficial. A Brazilian prosecutor is pushing for the removal of these apps, but the judge has not officially ordered any action just yet. A source tells us that Secret has sent counsel to Brazil to investigate the situation, though we’ve been told this ruling would really be against Apple, Google, and Microsoft rather than the Secret app itself. Original story below:
A judge in Brazil has had it with the anonymous bullying carried out on social networking apps like...

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17:39
Briefly: Genius HS-920BT headphones, Tylt Syncable-...

Genius announced a new set of stereo headphones today, giving consumers another option in the world of Bluetooth listening devices. The HS-920BT on-ear headphones feature 40mm drivers with a sensitivity of 116dB, an impedance of 32ohms and a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz. Controls are placed on right ear cup, giving users control over volume, tracks and receiving phone calls. Power is provided by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery....

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17:07
PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.3.2

Adds support for the upcoming OS X Yosemite. ($59.95/$99.95 new, free updates, 52.0/52.8 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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17:06
PopChar X 6.6

Adds support for Unicode 7.0. (€29.99 new, free update, 3.8 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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16:50
RootMetrics: Verizon top carrier in performance,...

A new study of wireless carriers for the first half emerged today, putting Verizon at the top of the pile in five categories, marking it as the best overall carrier in the United States. Market research firm RootMetrics announced its findings, showing that Verizon was the best carrier in reliability, speed, data performance and call performance....

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16:23
Week of Who, Day Two: Doctor Stew

For Week of Who, day two, I offer you an amusing web series called Doctor Stew. It's mostly Doctor Who themed, but it's got a fair amount of Family Guy animation style and humor. It's not Stewie as the Doctor or anything, it just rhymed and made for a catchier title. Keep in mind if Family Guy is not your scene, Doctor Stew won't be either. Otherwise, check out the first episode below.

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14:44
BrandPost: For the ultimate home cinema, start with...

You’ve already navigated a seemingly endless sea of hardware options, form factors, and connectivity quagmires to create your beautifully constructed home theater. It’s a completely centralized, smoothly operating, mind-blowing entertainment powerhouse. Now, to complete the experience, you need to make your media work just as smoothly as your hardware.
Great home theater isn’t just about the biggest, smartest TV or the most sophisticated sound system. It’s also about the freedom to store all of your favorite content in one safe place and watch it any time, on any device, from anywhere you happen to be. It’s about getting rid of redundant devices and being certain that your movies and videos look their best when you watch them. From the living room to the park or the beach, anywhere you can connect to the Internet, your movies will be with you.To read this article in full or...

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16:00
Google's Photo Sphere app now on iOS and not...

Photo Sphere is no longer an Android exclusive. Google released the app for iOS users today, calling it Photo Sphere Camera. It's free, and a nice way to create immersive 360 degree photos.

The app is pretty simple to use. Press the start button and...

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15:58
The Connected Car, Part 3: No Shortcuts to Security


The connected car is becoming a reality, but the gadget-filled roadways it travels will be paved with several options for in-car technologies. These choices pose challenges for carmakers. Whichever technology wins the race, one of the biggest concerns for OEMs is their electronic security. The Linux Foundation wants an open source platform in the pole position. The nonprofit consortium already has a fully functional Linux distribution. Automotive Grade Linux is a customizable, open source automotive software stack with Linux at its core.

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15:30
Rightscorp wants to halt Internet browsing for...

It appears that the piracy enforcement group Rightscorp has been looking into a new strategy when it comes to repeat infringers of its client's intellectual property. In an earnings conference call last week, the company revealed a new strategy that it was considering for the future that includes working with Internet service providers (ISP) to block Internet browsing until a payment is made to the group....

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15:30
Sentinel 4: Dark Star is a tower defense star

Strategy and upgrades are at the forefront in Sentinel 4: Dark Star, a tower defense game that challenges players to think on their feet in campaigns. There are 26 maps in the game, each with their own interesting challenges. Some of these challenges...

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15:29
Apple updates pro-level video suite with fixes for...

Apple on Tuesday rolled out a point update for its Final Cut Pro for Mac professional level video editing software including a bug fix for Blu-ray handling, which was also applied to new versions of Compressor and Motion.

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15:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

FrameMagic Premium [iOS...

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

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

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

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

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14:30
Qwingle is a calendar app built for families and...

Qwingle, which requires iOS 7 and is available on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, is a family focused calendar app that might be just the thing you need to manage back to school schedules.

First off, this app is designed to be basic, fun and...

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14:24
Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits iTunes a...

Marvel’s blockbuster Captain America: The Winter Soldier won’t be available on Blu-ray for another three weeks, but fans of the franchise can grab the movie for $19.99 right now on the iTunes Store as part of an early release deal.
The movie, which takes its influence as much from political thrillers as more traditional popcorn-friendly superhero fare, is the followup to last year’s Captain America: The First Avenger and the subsequent team-up film The Avengers.
It’s not the first time a studio has timed the iTunes release of a movie ahead its physical media counterpart. Last year Star Trek Into Darkness got the same treatment three weeks before it hit store shelves. Typically movies will debut in both...

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14:12
Photos of supposed fully assembled 'iPhone 6...

Amid the deluge of parts leaks and rumors surrounding the upcoming "iPhone 6," a set of photos on Tuesday mates purportedly leaked rear case and display components in what could be the first look at Apple's next handset.

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14:00
Felix StretchWrite transforms any pen or pencil into...

Despite Steve Jobs' dislike of styluses as pointing and writing devices for smartphones and tablets, a lot of people find the pointy sticks to be a necessity for accuracy. But there are still some issues with styluses -- they're usually more...

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13:49
Mailbox makes leap from mobile to Mac as public beta

Dropbox has released the first Mac version of Mailbox, its gesture-enabled email client, previously limited to iOS and Android. The Mac software is currently only in public beta, and people must sign up to a waiting list in order to gain access. It does however keep all of the iOS app's features, while adding two more....

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07:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Done and done

Done, and doneThis week’s Mac app roundup brings you sports tricks, photos you didn’t know you could make, and the ability to get things done.CoachBase 2.0As the new school year approaches, the $10 CoachBase - Animated coach clipboard playbook offers an interesting take on sports training at all levels.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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13:37
Apple activates screen sharing over iMessage...


In June, we noted that Apple is adding a handy new feature to the upcoming OS X Yosemite: the ability for iMessage/Apple ID users to screen share via the Messages app. Screen sharing was a hallmark of early versions of Apple’s Mac “iChat” application, but it has always required an Aol Instant Messenger (AIM), Gmail, Jabber, or Yahoo account. With Yosemite, users can have the same screen sharing experience with just an iMessage/FaceTime/or Apple ID account. Apple activated the feature in this week’s beta release, and it brings some new tricks not found in earlier...

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Tom Hanks' Hanx Writer typewriter app is a...

Celebrities throwing their names behind products are nothing new. Ronald Reagan hawked cigarettes, Kim Kardashian has her own mobile game, even the Simpsons made the jump. Still there's something odd about Tom Hanks being the driving force of...

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