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Monday July 14

05:51
Analyst: No 5.5-inch iPhone Until 2015

If you're planning on picking up a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 this fall, you may be in for a wait. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the rumored big screen iPhone is coming, but most likely won't show up on store shelves this year because Apple can't get parts in the quantities it needs.The Mac Observer Spin: Ming-Chi Kuo's prediction fits with idea that Apple will roll out a single new iPhone model this fall, and it'll sport a 4.7-inch display.

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05:43
XBMC 13.2-beta1 - Powerful media center tool for Mac...

XBMC is an award winning media center for OS X. The ultimate High Definition hub for all your media, XBMC is easy to use, looks slick, and has a large helpful community. Note: To install XBMC on OS X 10.9 Mavericks, you need to right-click the application after it’s been installed and select "Open" from the list (this need only be done once). Alternatively, you can go to System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> General. From there, unlock the lock at the bottom of the window and "Allow apps downloaded from: Anywhere." This second method is the preferred method, as you will no longer be bothered for future XBMC updates.Version 13.2-beta1:

    • Fix onplaybackstarted event for external players
    • Don’t show OSD menu DVD menu with mouse/touch
    • GetText and delete sound option for add-on developers
    • Fix wrong sample-rate selection on OSX
    • Fix optical usb devices with > 2 channels on OSX
    • Fix...

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05:39
Augmented Reality Future: How to Train Your Dragons...


Microsoft just announced the release of the Dragons Adventure World Explorer. It is actually very cool and well-timed, because it should keep little tykes engaged and quiet during a long car trip. It also should get developers excited about creating more games that could turn the family vacation experience into a bloodbath of adventure for boys and a 4H-like experience for girls, but with dragons! What the game does is allow you to choose the dragon and then fly over and around your car to complete quests.

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05:33
Apple iBeacon hardware revealed in FCC filings

Apple has filed documents with the FCC that appear to reveal first-party iBeacon hardware. First discovered by Securifi, the hardware is registered as “Apple iBeacon.” The device has a highest working frequency of 2.4 GHz, which means that it’s a Bluetooth-specific product. It’s possible…

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05:30
Morgan Stanley ups Apple price target to $110, sees...

Strong customer loyalty for Apple's iPhone is predicted by Morgan Stanley to drive a so-called "halo effect" for sales of the company's rumored "iWatch," prompting the investment firm on Monday to increase its price target for AAPL stock to $110.

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05:10
∞ Google launches iOS version of Ingress, a...

[VIDEO] Ingress was created by a startup within Google called Niantic Labs. From the Wikipedia page:

The gameplay consists of establishing “portals” at places of public art, landmarks, cenotaphs, etc., and linking them to create virtual triangular fields over geographic areas. Progress in the game is measured by the number of Mind Units, i.e. people, nominally controlled by each faction (as illustrated on the Intel Map).

Here’s a link to the iOS version of the game. It’s free. Note that you’ll need to login with a gmail or other Google account.

Note also that you’ll need to share your location with the game and that your location will be shared with other players. There is a bit of risk there, both in...

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05:03
Court Rules Apple isn’t Infringing on Emblaze...

The jury in a Federal Court case has ruled Apple didn't infringe on a live streaming media patent owned by Emblaze. The company accused Apple of forcing developers to use QuickTime's streaming media tools, and that it held the patent on that technology.The Mac Observer Spin: Emblaze tried to make its own smartphone and failed. It tried to sue Apple for patent infringement and failed. That's one company with some seriously bad luck.

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05:00
MyLock creates attractive lock screens for your iOS...

There are many apps that let you create a custom lock screen, and occasionally I like to see what's new in the category.

One notable app is MyLock (free with an-app purchases). It provides photos and graphics for your use, or you can use anything on...

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04:41
LG's Flexible OLED Screen Is Totally Tubular


The competition to offer transparent and flexible OLED screens heated up last week, with LG's unveiling of two 18-inch OLED displays. One is flexible and the other transparent. "Up to now, nobody has come up with an 18-inch flexible OLED display, although both LG and Samsung offer smartphones with flexible displays of less than six inches," said IHS research director Sweta Dash. The flexible screen has a curvature radius of 30R, and it can be rolled up into a cylinder with a radius of 3cm without affecting its function, LG said.

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04:30
ExtraBITS for 14 July 2014

Apple has launched a blog for its new Swift programming language, signaling a more open Apple. Bad news for Mac fans: Intel’s new desktop processors have been delayed until 2015, and it turns out that the new entry-level iMac isn’t worth the money. Worse news for Apple TV fans, as Apple’s set-top box lags behind the Roku and Chromecast in U.S. sales. Steve Wozniak looks back on Steve Jobs, and Apple has released an all-new version of iTunes U. 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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04:30
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 14...

Notable software releases this week include Parallels Desktop 9.0.24237, Skype 6.19, and TextExpander 4.3.2. 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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04:10
Samsung acknowledges child labor allegations,...

Last week, Samsung was accused of using child labor, in direct contrast with statements made in their 2014 Sustainability Report.

Today, Samsung acknowledged that child labor was, indeed, used by at least one of its contractors.
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04:00
Apple's surprising sales in emerging markets...

Sales growth for Apple's Mac platform has outpaced the PC market for the 31st time in the past 32 quarters, keeping the trend alive. But surprisingly, Apple's premium-priced computers were actually driven by growth in emerging markets last quarter, new data shows.

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03:56
ZipZapMac updates Periscope Pro for Mac OS X

ZipZapMac (http://zipzapmac.com/) has updated Periscope Pro, an application that turns a Mac into a multi-featured video surveillance system, to version 2. The upgrade includes an all-new interface, an audio-activated recording trigger, support for IP Cameras with the auto-configuration system, and an in-app clip viewer.
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03:53
Ecosystem and brand loyalty will see iWatch sales...

Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty is predicting that the iWatch could achieve sales of 30-60 million units in its first year as sales growth mimics that of the iPhone or iPad, reports Fortune.
While some analysts point to modest sales of existing smartwatches as evidence that the iWatch is likely to be a relatively minor new category for Apple, Huberty believes that they are using the wrong measure.

It’s that loyalty and the so-called “halo effect,” Huberty writes, not the current watch market, that will drive sales of the unannounced product that she (like everybody else) is calling the iWatch …

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03:41
Kool Tools: ABBYYFineReader Pro for Mac

ABBYY FineReader Pro for Mac is now compatible with seven more languages — Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Hebrew and Arabic — bringing the number of supported languages to 180.
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03:27
Sample Logic updates Arpology to version 1.2

Sample Logic (http://tinyurl.com/kyeqsyo) has updated Arpology to version 1.2. It's a virtual instrument and MIDI effect dedicated entirely to arpeggiated/sequenced instruments.
The update enhances the Step Animator by bringing new features for on-the-fly step pattern manipulation. This new update is a free download for current users. If you're new to Arpology, the update comes pre-installed when you purchase Arpology.
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03:15
Public cloud services spending driven by enterprise...

For 2013, worldwide public cloud services revenue reached a total of US$45.7 billion and IDC expects this market to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23% through 2018, according to the IDC research group (www.idc.com).
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03:03
Briefly: Wunderlist 3 preview, Getty Images'...

Task management app Wunderlist has announced the upcoming release of its third version release, due in the coming weeks. Featuring a new design, Wunderlist 3 includes 60 new improvements, which centre around improving the app's versatility in curating and sharing lists. Those interested in being one of the first users of Wunderlist 3 can sign up, and news updates can be found on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Google+....

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02:31
Hands on: Pocket Informant 4.0 for iOS

Some users need a lot more than just what Apple's built-in Calendar, Notes and Reminders can offer in terms of organizing their life, and for them the term PIM (Personal Information Manager) becomes a familiar one. We've had a chance to work with the recent 4.0 major update of long-time PIM Pocket Informant, and have really appreciated the changes and the versatility of the app. Users looking for a one-stop app that syncs with popular calendar and related services, this just might be your Nirvana....

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02:00
Rumor: 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may see production delays,...


You might have to wait a bit longer for the larger version of the iPhone 6.
Per AppleInsider, Apple may be having production issues with its new in-cell touchscreen panel, as well as color unevenness on the new “iPhone 6″ metal casing, thus causing the 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 to be pushed back to 2015.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a respectable track record in revealing Apple’s future product plans, issued a note on Sunday. In it, he revealed that while Apple’s 4.7-inch “iPhone 6″ is still expected to debut this fall, the larger 5.5-inch model could be introduced at a later date.
According to Kuo, Apple is already...

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Sunday July 13

19:33
Google launches augmented reality game Ingress on iOS



After becoming available to all Android users back in December, Google this evening finally launched its popular Ingress game on iOS. The game originally launched in a closed beta all the way back in 2012, but has slowly been expanding to gradually larger audiences ever since.


For those unfamiliar, Ingress is an...

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17:49
Parallels Desktop 9.0.24237

Fixes a couple of issues related to the upcoming OS X Yosemite. ($79.99 new, free update, 361 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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17:48
Skype 6.19

Adds Voice Over support for selecting recent searches of the Add Contacts field. (Free, 41.9 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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17:00
Hands on: Space Run (OS X, Windows)

It's hard to imagine what commerce and shipping might look like once humans expand into the far reaches of the universe. One take is that humans in the future could evolve an existing model, like truck driving, to deliver goods to the corners of space. Space Run by Passtech Games and Focus Interactive gives gamers a look into how such a business might unfold, through the use of strategy and resource management to fend off the dangers lurking in the darkness. But is Space Run enough to entice players into high-speed shipping lanes full of pirates and asteroids, or are they better off sitting th......

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16:34
Apple Facing Production Issues with iPhone 6 as 5.5-...

The launch of Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may be delayed into 2015 as Apple's production issues with the smaller 4.7-inch version will likely carry over into the larger model, according to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Production bottlenecks on 4.7-inch iPhone 6 center on the yield rate of in-cell touch panel and metal casing. As in-cell touch panel becomes larger in size, the edge of the panel may become insensitive to touch. Meanwhile, under new manufacturing process for the iPhone 6 metal casing, color unevenness is an issue. Kuo adds that these problems become more complicated with the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6. As these new concerns are coupled with earlier concerns about the production of sapphire displays for the larger device, the analyst believes that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may not launch by the end of 2014, or may launch after October in very limited quantities. In the...

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16:15
TUAW Talkcast, 10 pm ET tonight: World Cup Hangover...

Tonight on the TUAW Talkcast: it's our World Cup hangover edition. Oh, our aching heads.

We'll raise a stein of Pilsner to the victorious German national team, talk about how Amazon and Samsung are starting to see some of the agita that plagued...

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15:21
KGI: 5.5-inch iPhone 6 likely to be delayed until...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has provided accurate Apple product information in the past (timing aside), has released a new research note predicting that supply constraints on key components may result in a serious delay in the release of the larger iPhone 6 model with a 5.5-inch display. According to the note, issues with the in-cell touch panel and coloring of the device could push the launch of the device back to a post-October date, possibly as late as next year:

We think the 5.5-inch model will also have issues with the yield rate of in-cell touch panel and color unevenness of metal casing. Indeed, these problems will likely be even more complicated with a larger size. In addition, from a technical perspective, we don’t expect sapphire cover, used for the first time on the 5.5-inch model, will easily pass...

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14:58
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple's 5.5-inch '...

Apple's rumored 5.5-inch "phablet" iPhone model is said to be facing issues with its new in-cell touchscreen panel, as well as color unevenness on the new "iPhone 6" metal casing, which could see the device's launch pushed back to next year, leaving the smaller 4.7-inch model to debut alone this year, according to one industry insider.

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13:10
Briefly: Harmony Ultimate's Nest compatibility...

Logitech has announced that its smart remote control, the Harmony Ultimate, is now compatible with the Nest Learning Thermostat. The Harmony Ultimate allows users to control home theatre devices behind closed cabinets and walls, as well as access IR devices as well as Bluetooth game consoles. Its new Nest compatibility means that when the remote is paired with the thermostat, the Harmony Ultimate can facilitate setting temperatures. Additionally, the remote sensor can detect the user's near-by presence, and so can switch off nest's Auto-Away mode. The Harmony Ultimate is priced at $350....

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12:45
FCC's Tom Wheeler says 647,000 comments filed...

Those looking to speak up about the potential changes to net neutrality still have some time to speak up before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) closes the commenting period on July 15. Those adding their voices on the direction of the Internet won't be alone, as FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recently said on Twitter that 647,000 comments were received so far....

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12:33
Cheap at sea, pricey on the plate: The voodoo of...

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The Globe and Mail:

What used to be poor man’s fare, the fallback meal of people too impoverished to afford anything else, is now a billion dollar business and a universal mark of luxury – with the result that a lobster that sells for $3.50 on the wharf can cost $60 and more on a restaurant plate in New York or Toronto or Shanghai, regardless of how many lobsters are pulled from the sea. How this happens is the life story of Larry the Lobster.

As a native Nova Scotianer, lobster, both as a delicious beachside meal and an economy sustaining industry, is near and dear to me. The story of how lobster gets from the ocean floor to the dinner plate is one not many people know and the economics of it is fascinating.
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12:25
Life in Brazil during the World Cup, in pictures

Vox:

In Brazil, “Tudo bom” roughly translates to “all good.” It’s used both as a question and an answer. Tudo bom? Sim, tudo bom. Just like the World Cup. The World Cup in Brazil has been both a blessing and a curse. The joy of sport but at what cost?

As the World Cup wraps up in Brazil today, there will be much soul searching in the country — not just with regards to the awful loss to Germany but whether or not the whole enterprise was worth it. Knowing many Brazilians, I think most of them will say yes it was.

Regardless, I think the relative success of the the 2014 World Cup bodes well for Brazil’s hosting of the Summer Olympics.
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12:00
Last week's popular and featured articles on...

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other useful articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed:

Tips to help you optimize your...

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11:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

Atom Run [iOS...

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10:58
QuickerTek now shipping mCard for Wi-Fi speed...

After the release of the qCard 2, QuickerTek saw a need in other older Apple devices to be updated to the most recent Wi-Fi speeds. Issuing a card to update wireless in some "slightly older" MacBook Pros and Intel-based iMacs, the mCard aims to give a little more life to machines in future operating systems before consumers are forced to replace them....

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10:57
Apple Officially Refutes China's CCTV Claims...

On Friday we reported that China's influential state broadcaster called a location-tracking function offered by Apple's iPhone a "national security concern." Although CCTV's report sounded more like a propaganda message from the government of China, Apple decided to respond to the broadcast to mark ...

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10:03
FCC Documents Surface Revealing Apple's iBeacon...

A series of FCC documents have recently come to light illustrating Apple's iBeacon device and its testing ranges between 2402 MHz and 2480 MHz. The FCC documentation clearly notes that the focus is on Apple's iBeacon device and not any other kind of home device.

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10:00
All the best hardware and app reviews last week on...

Last week was a busy one with new hardware and apps making their way into TUAW's virtual office. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews you may have missed.

App Reviews

Propellerhead's Take is a supercharged memo recorder for iPhone
The...

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08:02
MGG 510: Talking To Your Technology While You Travel

It's summertime (in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway) and that means lots of travel. It also means some really interesting travel-related technology problems to solve. Listen to John and Dave as they did into solving issues with streaming movies from your house to your favorite travel destination... or to a mobile destination if that's your preferred way to roll. Dave digs in a bit to the specific USB speeds of Thunderbolt docks, and the boys discuss their favorite battery charging strategies. Plus some bonuses and tangents, because they know you love those!

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07:02
USPTO Refuses to Register Apple's "Touch...

Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published an official letter that was sent to Apple regarding their trademark application for "Touch ID" having been refused by their trademark examiner. Noteworthy is the fact that the letter ...

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06:44
Apple’s official response to China’s location...

This past Friday, we posted a story titled China labels iPhone a security threat. Apple responded to the Chinese broadcaster’s accusations in a well crafted post on their site.

Here’s the full English-language post from Apple’s web site:

Your Location Privacy

Apple is deeply committed to protecting the privacy…

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06:27
The two faces of the moon

Why does the dark side of the moon look so very different from the side that faces the Earth? There’s a new theory that has gained acceptance, and it’s not at all obvious. A terrific read for a Sunday.
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06:06
Automated news stories – Robots replacing journalists

This is a true story.

The AP announced last month that it would use Automated Insights’ software, called Wordsmith, to produce up to 4,440 robot-written corporate-earnings reports per quarter, more than ten times the number its human reporters currently produce.

This is just an example of what’s coming. As intelligence modeling becomes steadily more sophisticated…
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01:06
Fourth Switzerland Apple Store opens to large crowds

Despite the country's relatively small population, support for Apple in Switzerland seems to be very healthy: the company just opened its fourth outlet, this time in the town of Basel, earlier this weekend. The new store adheres to the standard new layout, but because of the shopping district it is located in, the store sports somewhat unusual operating hours. The next Apple Store unveiling will again be outside the US -- this time in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is thought to be opening on August 2....

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Saturday July 12

23:59
FCC Filings Reveal Apple's First-Party iBeacon...

FCC filings discovered by electronics company Securifi (via TUAW) have revealed Apple's plans for first-party iBeacon hardware to go along with the microlocation technology found in iOS. The transmitter is registered as the "Apple iBeacon" and carries a model number of A1573, which is in line with the company's other products. According to the documents filed by Apple, the iBeacon was tested in collaboration with China-based Audix Technology from April 30 to May 13, 2014. The beacon tested has a diameter of 5.46'' and has a highest working frequency of 2.4GHz, which is in line with modern Bluetooth standards. Originally introduced at WWDC 2013, iBeacon technology enables iOS devices to communicate with transmitters through Bluetooth in order to deliver relevant information to apps and services when a...

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22:49
Apple-designed iBeacon hardware hits FCC: for Apple...


On July 4th of this year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made filings public from Apple regarding an Apple-branded piece of iBeacon equipment. The hardware is shown above to be a rounded hub-like device with a USB port and a dedicate on and off switch at the bottom…


The documents for the standard FCC testing of wireless devices indicates that the product is designed to work within Apple’s iBeacon ecosystem, and the documents brand the device as an “...

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20:04
Apple's first iBeacon hardware revealed in FCC...

An FCC filing discovered on Saturday reveals in-depth details on Apple's first dedicated iBeacon-compatible beacon hardware, suggesting the company may soon introduce the micro-location technology to consumer spaces like so-called "smart homes."

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19:18
PSU MacAdmins 2014 Slides

Thanks to all the great presenters at PSU MacAdmins this year and @frogor (Michael Lynn) on twitter, here is a partial list of presenter slides that were posted to Twitter under the #psumac hashtag: Modular Image CreationBeyond the Thunderdome: Managing OS X without OS XAutomate yourself out of a job and Multi tenanted Munki with Puppet and SalThe Proper Care & Feeding of Your IT ProfessionalGetting Your Issue on Apple’s RadarManage Third Party Applications with ProfilesThe...

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18:33
The Mac Snap Bundle: 4 Powerful Photo Apps – only $...

Many thanks to Mighty Deals for sponsoring this week’s RSS feed on The Loop. Sometimes you just need a quick and simple photo editor to clean up your photos. Whether you need some mild editing, digital borders, objects removed, colors enhanced or areas brought into focus, this Mighty Deal has it all covered. This Snap Pack Bundle includes 4 incredible Mac photo apps, for one low price: Snapheal, FX Photo Studio, Focus 2 and ColorStrokes. They’re all incredibly easy to use and feature some truly robust editing tools.
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15:00
Apple found not guilty in lawsuit over video...

The patent infringement lawsuit began in 2010, when a Israel-based company called Emblaze went after Apple. The patent in question related to real-time broadcasting and Emblaze claimed that Apple was using the technology without a license.

Friday,...

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14:59
Briefly: Akvis SmartMask 5.0, ClickInstall 4.0

Akvis has announced the release of its newest version of SmartMask, an image selection tool for photo editing. The software handles a selection of objects, and processes both soft and sharp edges. Available as a standalone program as well as a plug-in for photo editors. SmartMask v5.0 includes a new Share option for publishing images on desired social networks, with background color options availble prior to uploading. The maximum size of the Eraser and History Brush tools has been increased, and the Magic Brush has been improved....

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14:30
Apple seeking FCC certification for iBeacon hardware

Apple's iBeacon -- whether it's a future product that will work with HomeKit or just a device for use at the company's own retail outlets -- has an official product number: A1573. The sharp-eyed folks at Securifi, who have just started shipping their...

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14:16
Apple shoots down Chinese state media accusations...

Apple's website in China has published a detailed response to accusations by the country's state owned media, refuting claims that iOS tracks users' locations in a firm but politely worded statement.

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13:56
SanLink2 Mavericks Beta Driver

Forums: Active StorageTags: Sanlink2PromiseActive StorageDoes anyone have a driver for Promise SanLink2 different from the 1.0.39 on the web site. Currently, I have new SanLink2 and new MacPro's, but can't see my ActiveRAID LUN's and it looks like someone on here said that the first driver had a bug, but that there was a new driver. I have contacted support, but doubt I hear back on weekend and really need to get this working.
If someone has a driver that works with SanLink2 and Active Storage RAID, please contact me.

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12:58
China's state-run TV calls the iPhone a...

iOS 7’s Frequent Locations feature will keep track of places you visit frequently and when you visit them, and provide you with useful information based on that data. For example, if your iPhone sees you commuting from your home to your workplace on a daily basis, it might tell you how long today’s commute will take based on traffic conditions, for example.
According to a report from China’s state-run CCTV, however, it may also allow for sensitive information to leak out. The CCTV report, as The Wall Street Journal notes, alleges that the Frequent Locations feature could allow “those with access to that data [to] gain knowledge of China’s economic situation or ‘even state secrets.’”To read this article in full or to leave a comment...

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13:10
Popcorn Time derivative project GitHub repositories...

The US Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has issued Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown requests for code repositories for BitTorrent-based video streaming projects based on the Popcorn Time core. The MPAA requested that the code for "popcorn-official" and "time4popcorn" projects be removed from GitHub, but the original Popcorn Time repository remains intact and undeleted....

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13:00
TUAW Giveaway: Logitech Harmony Smart Control

Sometimes it's hard to remember exactly what hardware I've reviewed. The other day, I was plugging in a piece of equipment for a review and noticed a small, shiny black box that was plugged in. Upon looking at it closer, I was able to tell that it...

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12:21
Gameover Zeus botnet reanimated, exposing the harm...

Apple's iOS and OS X platforms aren't directly affected by the rampant malware infestations that plague Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows, but that doesn't mean they can't be victimized by it, as the collateral damage and smokescreen of a reanimated botnet targeting unpatched, vulnerable systems demonstrates.

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12:00
Apple responds to China media report of iOS '...

Apple has responded to Chinese government media allegations of the iPhone and iPad being a national security threat. A Chinese-language statement titled "Your Location Privacy" has been posted by the Cupertino manufacturer, with the company guaranteeing that it won't track users, or share information location with outsiders. Additionally, it claims that the frequent locations feature touted for iOS8 will just "quickly and reliably determine their current locations for specific activities such as shopping, travel, finding the nearest restaurant or calculating the amount of time it takes them to......

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11:54
National Federation of the Blind says ‘Apple has...


Last week, inaccurate reporting emerged in regards to Apple’s work on making its products accessible to all consumers. As many Apple customers are aware, and as CEO Tim Cook takes extremely seriously, Apple works hard to ensure that Macs, iPhones, iPods, and iPads can be used to their full extent by people who are deaf or blind, for example. In response to the reporting (Philip Elmer-DeWitt has a good summary of the original reporting and takedowns at...

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11:44
Fake motions filed in Apple, Facebook employee...

Silicon Valley's "no poach" lawsuit involving Apple, Adobe, Google, and Intel may be slowly grinding to a conclusion, but not without some peculiar behavior. An investigation has been launched by the US District Court for the Northern District of California and the California State Bar after a court filing was made under an attorney's name without her knowledge, and with a fake lawfirm's name. The incident, and a similar filing made shortly after motion dismissal, is being investigated as a possible identity theft....

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11:30
Basel Apple Store opens to crowds as Apple promotes...


In line with last week’s announcement, Apple’s fourth store in Switzerland opened this weekend in Basel. The store, like most Apple Stores, opened to significant crowds and Apple handed out commemorative shirts to celebrate. The interior of the store appears like most Apple Stores, and the location already has been equipped with the new interior visual design:
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11:30
Dog Days of Summer: Zandra, hard at iWork

It's summertime, which means that weekend TUAW readers get a respite from Caturday and get to see what the canine Apple community is up to. Our first woofer is Zandra, a hard-working guide dog who hangs out with Alex Jurgensen up in Vancouver, BC....

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11:09
Apple China denies location tracking claims: we’re ‘...


This past week, Chinese State TV called the iPhone a “national security concern” because of its location tracking capabilities. The iPhone’s operating system utilizes location for several applications, including Maps and Weather. iOS 7 also introduced a new feature that utilizes a customer’s location in order to provide improved traffic and route information. Now, Apple has quickly responded via a concrete and comprehensive message on its website for China. The message is advertised on the homepage, and is a direct response to the allegations from China State TV.
Apple denies the claims by stating that “privacy is built into [its] products and...

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10:02
Lyft, NY attorney general jousting over reasons for...

Ride sharing service Lyft has halted its New York City launch for the time being. While the delay was originally portrayed as amicable, with the delay blessed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission as well as the courts, a battle has erupted in the press, with both sides pointing fingers at each other for the delay, with accusations of misdeeds and lies erupting....

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09:53
National Federation of the Blind says "Apple...

On Friday, the president of the National Federation of the Blind clarified the group's recent resolution calling on Apple to collaborate with the group's efforts to expand accessibility among third party apps, noting a "good relationship" despite a "provocative and poorly reported article" on the subject released by Reuters.

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08:21
Apple found not Guilty of Infringing Emblaze's...

On July 01 the trial between Israel's Emblaze and Apple began. Emblaze sued Apple for Patent Infringement almost four years ago to date back in 2010. The lawsuit involved a single patent relating to real-time broadcasting over a network that the company claimed Apple was using without a license. The jury on Friday delivered their swift verdict of not guilty.

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07:30
Propellerhead's Take is a supercharged memo...

Take Creative Vocal Recorder is a free iPhone voice recorder, designed by the fantastic Propellerhead, creators of great music-making apps like Reason and Figure.

Thousands of musicians around the world use the iPhone's Voice Memos app to instantly...

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07:18
The software design trends that we love to hate

"Flat" has become very popular.
This particular design trend found its footing in Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 design. It was all big, buttons and bright colors with no extraneous texture or ornamentation—ideas that later spread to Windows 8, iOS 7, OS X Yosemite, the Android L release, and many apps running on those platforms. Software is no longer focused on making onscreen content look like real-world objects. Our screens aren't made of felt or paper, so why should they look that way?
That said, there are plenty of things about older designs that new designs haven't figured out. We put our collective heads together and came up with the following list of modern UI design trends that get our blood boiling. We're sure there are more things that could make this list, but we're trying to keep our blood pressure down. If you've got some hate to spread around, kindly deposit it in the comments section.
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06:33
∞ Arpeggios From Hell

[VIDEO] Tina S is a remarkable guitar player. We’ve posted some of her work before, most notably her cover of Van Halen’s Eruption.

Here’s her take on Yngwie Malmsteen’s Molto Arpeggiosa, colloquially known as Arpeggios From Hell.

Tina S is a phenomenally gifted guitarist and she is still just a teenager. Enjoy!

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06:28
Chinese clone-makers already have functional ‘iPhone...



NowhereElse.fr has posted some pretty amusing pictures today of working iPhone 6 clones from China. These devices use the rumored specification and schematics of the actual iPhone 6 that we have seen so ...

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06:28
Bookends 12.2.1 - Reference management and...

Bookends is a full-featured bibliography/reference and information-management system for students and professionals. Access the power of Bookends directly from Mellel, Nisus Writer Pro, or MS Word (including Word 2011): Bookends allows you to scan your existing word-processor files and automatically generate finished manuscripts with properly formatted bibliographies. You can also scan Apple Pages '08, '09, and 5, and OpenOffice 3 files, or RTF files saved from any word processor. Bookends allows you to share your references over the Internet with anyone, on any platform. And with Bookends, you can directly search and import references from numerous sources:

  • EndNote
  • PubMed
  • Web of Science
  • JSTOR
  • Google Scholar
  • ...

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05:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Colors aplenty

Colors aplentyThis week’s roundup of iPad protection includes colorful designs, materials that range from the sophisticated to the ultramodern, and the usual variety of cases for your every need.Emall BoxThe Black 360 (iPad Air; $14) features a 360-degree swivel stand that props up your tablet for reading and typing in both horizontal and vertical orientations.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:51
∞ Samsung release two new remarkably dreadful...

[VIDEO] Where’s the clever in these two new Samsung ads? Did Samsung just switch ad agencies? I think both of these ads are amateurish and dreadful.

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05:23
Former Apple retail chief recalls early days

[VIDEO] Back in January 2000, Ron Johnson joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail Operations with a mission to create and roll out Apple’s retail operations.

Back in May, Johnson appeared, one-on-one, on Stanford Business School’s View From the Top interview series. The video of that interview is embedded below.
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05:19
China Grants Apple Design Patents for Touch ID...

Late yesterday the Patent Office in China granted Apple a series of five design patents covering two distinct products. The first design patent category covers ...

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Friday July 11

23:44
Briefly: MobileOffice S601 Scanner, PureGear's...

Plustek Technology has announced the launch of its new Plustek MobileOffice S601, a portable A6-sized identification card and license scanner. The device is a comparable size to a smartphone, and is capable of scanning a card in under five seconds. Intended for scanning licenses, identification cards, business cards, receipts, checks and deposit slips, the scanner includes two one-touch, programmable buttons that can create searchable PDFs or images by pressing a button....

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22:15
Apple Maps team reportedly contacting business...


Apple is reportedly calling some business owners to verify information that has been marked as incorrect through its Maps app’s “Report a Problem” feature. According to a Reddit post this evening, at least one business has received a call from the Maps team to check up on an incorrect address.
As it turns out, the location was outdated and had been taken from Yelp’s listing some time ago, but Apple never updated its own database to reflect recent changes to the business on Yelp. According to the post, the updated data is expected to go live within a week. The full post reads:
A 408 number called me from Apple Maps and let me know...

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21:52
Apple's Maps team calling businesses to resolve...

As Apple continues to refine its in-house mapping and navigation services, business owners are reportedly receiving phone calls from Maps team representatives looking to resolve user-submitted data discrepancies.

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21:33
Apple wins against Emblaze in live video streaming...

Apple has scored another legal victory, this time against Israeli firm Emblaze and its charge that Apple induced app developers to infringe Emblaze's US patent on live video streaming. A federal jury found in Friday that Apple was not guilty of requiring any of the seven example apps used in the trial to use Apple's own HLS (HTTP live streaming) protocol, and thus did not foster infringement of the patent. Emblaze, a struggling audio company that had tried to sell the technology many times, is also suing Microsoft in a similar case.......

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20:32
Apple doled out more than $3B to over 7,000 US...

After announcing cooperation with the White House's "SupplierPay" initiative, Apple on Friday released domestic supply chain expenditure figures for the first time, saying it spent more than $3 billion with over 7,000 U.S. suppliers last year.

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19:33
Proposed Senate bill would remove regulatory stamps...

A new proposal introduced in the US Senate called the "E-Label Act" would allow electronics manufacturers the option of using "digital" stamps of regulatory approval on devices rather than the physical emblems now required to show that the device has passed required safety and federal inspections. The bill is a bipartisan effort, with a goal of lowering costs for manufacturers as well as allowing further design freedom. It would not remove all such markings, due to the international nature of some of them....

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19:26
Jury: Apple and third-party developers did not...


Apple did not infringe a live-streaming technology patent held by Emblaze Ltd., a jury decided earlier today. The conclusion to the lawsuit comes less than two weeks after it started, and affects both Apple and third-party developers that use its live-streaming technology in mobile apps.
According to Emblaze, Apple’s HTTP live-streaming service was “nothing more than Emblaze’s patented solution under...

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18:57
Jury finds Apple did not induce infringement of...

A federal jury on Friday found Apple did not push app developers to use its proprietary HLS technology for live streaming video to iOS devices, which would have allegedly induced infringement of an Israeli company's patents.

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18:35
NeoOffice 2014 - Mac-tailored, OpenOffice-based...

To download NeoOffice from the Apple Mac App Store, a $29.99 purchase is required. NeoOffice is a fully-featured set of office applications (including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, and database programs) for Mac OS X. Based on the OpenOffice.org office suite, NeoOffice has integrated dozens of native Mac features and can import, edit, and exchange files with other popular office programs such as Microsoft Office. Released as open-source software under the GNU General Public License (GPL), NeoOffice is fully functional and stable enough for everyday use. The software is actively developed, so improvements and small updates are made available on a regular basis. Please consider donating to the NeoOffice project, see the link below on this page.Version 2014:

  • NeoOffice is now a 64 bit application. Most NeoOffice 2013.5 users should not notice any changes...

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18:31
Video shows rumored 'iPhone 6' sapphire...

After multiple torture tests, a purported sapphire front cover rumored to be bound for Apple's 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" has finally been broken, but getting there took a car weighing 1.6 tons.

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18:31
Briefly: Photoshop Express, Google Maps for iOS both...

Adobe has followed up on its recent spate of new iPad apps with an update to the older Photoshop Express, now at version 3.4. The new version offers four specific new features: two new tools, the ability to import photos in RAW format, and a new ability to increase or decrease filter strength as desired. The two new tools are a "defog" tool to remove haziness, and a "blemish removal" tool. Photoshop Express is available free from the App Store. The app is also compatible with the iPhone....

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16:36
3 Free iOS Art Apps for a Soulful Feast

Feed your soul with these three free iOS apps Vern Seward features in this week's Free on iTunes. Poems by Heart, MoMA, Jimi Hendrix: The Complete Experience.

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16:16
Apple paid out over $3 billion to small businesses...


Apple’s operations chief said today that the company paid out over $3 billion to small businesses that supplied Apple with parts for its products in 2013. That money was split up between around 7,000 different suppliers as part of the SupplierPay program started by the White House.
SupplierPay is an extension of a federal program called QuickPay that required the government to issue payments to small business partners within 15 days of billing in an attempt to promote economic growth. With SupplierPay, the program is extended (optionally) to private businesses like Apple.
...

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16:16
Apple Launches Swift Developer Blog, Its First-Ever...

Apple is changing, and those changes are for the better. On Friday, the company launched Swift Blog, its first ever official Apple blog on the company's website. The blog is part of Apple's Developer connection, and it's stated purpose is to be a direct conduit to developers.

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16:00
Samsung compares Galaxy Tab S to iPad in continued...

Following up on last week's anti-Apple spot in which iPhone users were called "wall huggers," Samsung on Friday aired two ads aimed at iPad owners, touting Galaxy Tab S features like split-screen multitasking and Super AMOLED displays.

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16:00
The popular iTranslate iOS app comes to the Mac

iTranslate is a favorite tool of mine on iOS. Today iTranslate has made it to the Mac and has appeared in the Mac App Store at an introductory price U$4.99, half of what it normally costs.

iTranslate supports more than 80 languages and is accessible...

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15:12
Apple's secret plans for PrimeSense 3D tech...

Apple has remained silent on its plans for PrimeSense, the 3D scanning firm it acquired last November. But a new iPad app based on some of the same underlying technology--which allows users to quickly capture three dimensional models for use in CAD and 3D printing via a third party peripheral--indicates that Apple may be planning to integrate the tech into future iPads as a differentiating feature.

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15:03
Apple Signs on to White House Program for Paying...

The White House announced on Friday that Apple, Cocacola, IBM, CVS, FedEx, Honda, and Walgreens, and 19 other large companies have signed on to participate in SupplierPay. The voluntary program is designed to get large companies to pay the small companies in their supply chain more swiftly in order to boost cash flow and increase investment in small businesses.

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14:39
Samsung Bashes iPad's Screen, Lack of...

Last week, Samsung released an anti-iPhone ad calling iPhone users "wall huggers" in a promotion for its Galaxy S5 smartphone. Today the South Korean company is promoting its new Galaxy Tab S with two new anti-Apple advertisements, bashing the iPad's lack of multitasking and its screen. In the first ad, Samsung features a crying baby and a dad fighting over an iPad that's unable to display two apps at once. The baby wants to watch a movie while the dad is trying to catch a sports game. A Galaxy Tab S, which can display multiple apps at once, is swapped for the iPad, and suddenly both dad and baby are happy. "What's going on? Ahhh, it looks like dad's tablet can only do one thing at a time. What if it were a Samsung Galaxy Tab S? With the Galaxy Tab S, the whole family has something to smile about."The second advertisement pits the display of the iPad against the display of the Galaxy Tab S. In...

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14:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for July 11, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world.

You can listen to today's...

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14:06
E-Label Act wants to remove unsightly regulatory...

Those pesky regulatory symbols on the back of your smartphone or tablet may soon be going digital if a new bill being presented to the US Senate gets approved. The E-Label Act is a bipartisan bill that would give electronics manufacturers the option to use digital stamps instead of branding devices with government-mandated tattoos.
The Senate Commerce Committee says that removing physical symbols from devices would reduce costs for manufacturers, which could ultimately lower prices for consumers. If approved, this act would not affect all emblems covering devices, as icons like the “CE” stamp are for gadgets sold in Europe. However, FCC branding for products sold in the US could be replaced by a digital logo viewable from a device’s screen.
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14:06
Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To...

MojoKid writes: "When NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden came forth last year with U.S. government spying secrets, it didn't take long to realize that some of the information revealed could bring on serious repercussions — not just for the U.S. government, but also for U.S.-based companies. The latest to feel the hit? None other than Apple, and in a region the company has been working hard to increase market share: China. China, via state media, has today declared that Apple's iPhone is a threat to national security — all because of its thorough tracking capabilities. It has the ability to keep track of user locations, and to the country, this could potentially reveal "state secrets" somehow. It's being noted that the iPhone will continue to track the user to some extent even if the overall feature is disabled. China's iPhone ousting comes hot on the heels of Russia's industry and trade deeming AMD and Intel processors to be untrustworthy. The nation will instead be building its own...

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14:00
Limefuel Rugged L150XR battery pack: Designed for...

Of the many external battery packs that we see here at the TUAW Labs, just about all of them are designed not for use out in the real world, but in offices and homes. Take any one of the packs that we've reviewed over the years and expose it to the...

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13:55
How to Filter Email Messages Using Sub-Addresses

Yesterday we talked about spam, today we'll talk about some easy ways to filter some of the other mail you regularly receive, and how to automate some basic filtering.

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13:53
Sharp reportedly seeks deal with Apple to retake...

After Apple heavily invested in transitioning Sharp's Kameyama LCD plant from TVs to smartphone displays, the Japanese company is reportedly looking to retake control in a bid to diversify its customer base into China.

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13:30
Browsing Flickr on a 1989 Mac

According to the owner of the Macintosh SE/30 used to capture this image, it took approximately five minutes to load a single Flickr web page. That's actually not that bad, considering the late-80s power of the computer.

[Photo credit: Jeff Jackson]...

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13:25
Sharp offers Apple $293 million to claim equipment...

Sharp is offering Apple 30 billion yen, or about $293 million, to buy the equipment in the former's Kameyama Plant No. 1, says Nikkei. In 2012, Apple contributed about half of the 100 billion yen ($986.7 million) that was necessary to switch the factory from producing TV panels to iPhone displays. As a part of the deal, Apple claimed ownership of the plant's hardware....

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13:02
PhotoDesk 2.3.8 - Instagram client for photo sharing...

PhotoDesk (formerly InstaDesk) is an Instagram client for the Mac. PhotoDesk lets you not only browse your or your friends Instagram pictures, but easily explore the social graph and find new people to follow. Note: Uploading images is forbidden by Instagram which allows only uploads from mobile devices. Instead, with PhotoDesk you can browse beautiful pictures, newest uploads of your friends, or interesting people to follow. Furthermore, you can comment on pictures, like them, download them, or watch them in slideshows. Features:

  • Find new people to follow
  • View your Friend Feed, Popular Tags, Popular Pictures
  • Comment on pictures or like pictures
  • Save beautiful pictures in albums
  • See when you get new comments or likes
  • Follow / unfollow people
  • View pictures in slideshows
  • Download images
  • Sadly, NO uploading due to Instagram policies

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13:00
Movie fans will love Anything After for iOS

Have you ever left a movie during the closing credits, only to learn that you missed something great? If so, give Anything After - the Movie Credits Stinger a try. The app is US$1.99 (half off for a brief time) and does just what it...

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12:45
Poke a Used and Reset Android Phone: it’ll Spill its...

With our rapidly advancing smartphone technology, there is much turn-over, and millions of smartphones are sold to refurbishment companies or to strangers. The original owners often assume that when the phone is reset that their personal data is gone forever. But is it? Maybe not if it's an Android phone.

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12:44
Apple launches official Swift blog for developers

Via its developer portal, Apple has launched an official blog for Swift, the programming language it unveiled at WWDC 2014. The blog promises a "behind-the-scenes look into the design of the Swift language by the engineers who created it," and "the latest news and hints to turn you into a productive Swift programmer." The first post discusses several compatibility issues....

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12:34
Apple launches the Swift blog, Xcode 6 beta

Apple launched a new blog on its developer site on Friday dedicated to the Swift programming language introduced during WWDC. The company also made Xcode 6 beta available to all registered developers.
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12:30
Garth Brooks music goes digital, but not on iTunes

For a long time, Brooks has declined to put his music online, as he insisted albums be released in their entirety. It’s not clear if that’s how he’ll release his music moving forward, but all digital sales will be handled through his official website, not iTunes. There will be a window when his entire collection will be released at a “stupid” price.

Come on Garth, put it on iTunes and be done with this stupid shit.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:10
Review: Samsung SmartCam HD Pro

Keeping an eye on the home while out and about these days is common practice. Internet cameras became popular in recent history due to the ease of scanning for intruders or checking on the welfare of a child. Selecting the right model can be challenging based on the number of cameras on the market. Brands like Dropcam and Foscam are generally trusted, but larger companies like Samsung offer alternative solutions. Attempting to bring a Dropcam competitor to consumers, Samsung released the SmartCam HD Pro. But does it offer the features a user needs without hiccups? Find out in our review.......

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12:00
iLounge Game Spotlight: Beyond Gravity

Qwiboo’s Beyond Gravity ($2) comes to iOS after debuting earlier on a number of other platforms. A simple platformer, Beyond Gravity is “procedurally generated,” so that each run through the game is a completely different experience. The title is currently on sale for $1,…

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12:00
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

Ricochet Infinity...

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11:50
Beats files suit against Chinese counterfeiters with...

Speaker and headphone maker Beats -- currently undergoing an acquisition by Apple -- has filed a lawsuit against a collection of Chinese counterfeiters, asking for billions of dollars in damages. "This action has been filed by Beats to combat online counterfeiters who trade upon Beats' reputation and goodwill by selling and/or offering for sale unlicensed and counterfeit products featuring Beats' trademarks," the complaint reads. "The Defendants create [fake Internet storefronts] by the hundreds or even thousands and design them to appear to be selling genuine Beats products, while actually......

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11:36
Apple launches developer blog for new Swift...

Apple's march toward transparency continued on Friday with the launch of the Swift Blog, a new developer-focused blog covering the Swift programming language introduced by the company at WWDC.

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11:30
Apple launches blog for new Swift programming...

With the release of iOS 8 getting closer by the day, Apple has started a new blog to answer questions about Swift, the new programming language for iOS and OS X. Swift aims to make writing code more interactive and fun, while keeping apps running...

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11:26
Friday Deals: PlayStation 4 bundle, mSATA SSD, iPad...

Another week, another episode of "Friday Deals!" Every Friday, we're going to take a look at sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best bargains on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, but any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy!...

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10:07
Read all about Swift on Apple's new engineering...

Apple developers around the world received a nice summer treat from the Cupertino company on Friday in the form of a new Swift engineering blog, among other new resources and videos for programmers. In addition, Apple is dropping the paid requirement for downloading the Xcode 6 beta: You need only be a registered App Developer, rather than having to sign up for the $100/year Mac or iOS Developer programs.
According to the Swift blog’s first entry, it won’t just be a venue for the occasional PR update and language changes, either; Swift’s actual engineering team will be chiming in on the discussion, offering hints, tips, and tricks, along with news and updates. It’s yet another major communications shift from Apple this year—cracking the...

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11:03
Apple launches new Swift blog, offers Xcode 6 beta...

Apple

Apple's new Swift programming language has attracted a lot of interest from developers since it was announced last month at WWDC, and now the company is looking to get it in the hands of more developers. Apple launched a new blog specifically for Swift today, and as part of the launch, the company is offering free downloads of the latest Xcode 6 beta to anyone who wants to register for it. The Swift blog will also include "behind-the-scenes" information about Swift from Apple engineers.
This is a departure for Apple in a couple of ways—first, Xcode betas have heretofore been available to paying OS X or iOS developers only. The membership is just $99 a year, but it's still a paywall that has separated developers from the general public up until...

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11:03
iLounge Weekly coming Monday, July giveaway reminder

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers…

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11:02
Lifetime Access To Over 5,000 Adobe Authorized...

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

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11:00
Tinker is a simple, interesting task manager for...

Apple's App Store has no shortage of task managers. Poke around and you'll find options as involved or simplistic as you like. Last May, Tinker joined the fray (US$0.99), and I spent the last few days trying it out. It's a simple, nice-looking app...

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10:30
Daily Deals for July 11, 2014, featuring 1 TB of...

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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10:20
External Link: Swift: The Blog

In yet another sign of a more open Apple, the company today debuted a new blog dedicated to its new Swift programming language. Promising to provide a “behind-the-scenes look into the design of the Swift language” from Swift engineers, the blog currently has only one entry, but it’s a good one: an announcement that the Xcode 6 beta is now available for free download (formerly, downloads of Xcode required a paid Apple developer account). As the blog has no reader comment capability, we don’t foresee the blog becoming a forum in which developers can offer their own suggestions for improvements and enhancements to the language, so it will be interesting to see just what Apple does with the blog in the coming weeks and months. 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 ...

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10:17
LeBron’s essay

LeBron James wrote an essay detailing his rationale for coming back to Cleveland, an essay that stands with some of the best sports essays I have ever read. It’s not too long, an easy read, well worth your time.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:00
Reviews: Samsung SmartCam HD Pro

Keeping an eye on the home while out and about these days is common practice, assisted by modern technology. Internet cameras became popular in recent history due to the ease of scanning for intruders or checking on the welfare of a child. Selecting the right model can be challenging based on the number of cameras on the market. Brands like Dropcam and Foscam are generally trusted, but larger comp ......

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10:00
IK iRig MIDI 2 brings updated features, Lightning...

IK Multimedia's iRig MIDI 2 (US$99.99) is a universal MIDI interface for Mac and iOS. IK's original iRig MIDI was compatible with Apple's 30-pin dock connector, but not Apple's newer Lightning connector interface. The updated iRig MIDI now supports...

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09:57
Google Maps iOS app gets on-map displays of search,...

Google has released an update of its Google Maps client for iOS, adding several significant features. When searching for places, for instance, results will now appear directly on a map. Users can switch between this view and a more standard list....

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09:00
App documentary exclusive: Gruber on Jobs

"App: The Human Story" is a documentary about the people who make and use software. It's funding on Kickstarter through the month of July, and as of this writing is slightly more than halfway to its goal.
The filmmakers behind "App: The Human Story" were in San Francisco during WWDC, Apple's annual developer conference, and interviewed many industry figures while they were here. (Disclosure: They interviewed me, and I'm briefly in the film's trailer.) Among the faces you'll see in the trailer (embedded below) are John Gruber of Daring Fireball, Jessie Char of Pacific Helm, Adam Lisagor of Sandwich Video, and Craig Hockenberry of The Iconfactory.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:50
Apple launches blog to highlight new Swift...


Apple has launched a blog on its official developer website to promote the new Swift programming language. Swift, which was announced at WWDC 2014, is a successor to the Objective-C programming language for iOS and OS X, and it provides new, cleaner, and more robust tools for developing applications. The blog will be dedicated to Apple engineers working on Swift sharing tidbits behind the language’s development as well as hints. Here’s the first Swift blog post:

Welcome to Swift Blog
This new blog will bring you a behind-the-scenes look into the design of the Swift language by the engineers who created it, in addition to the latest news and hints to turn you into a productive Swift programmer.
Get started with Swift by downloading ...

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09:37
Smartphone Manufacturers 'Lukewarm' on...

Rumors have suggested that Apple is using the sapphire garnered from its partnership with GT Advanced to produce sapphire crystal displays for the iPhone 6, and if true, such a move would normally inspire competitors to produce their own devices with sapphire displays. It does not appear, however, that other major smartphone manufacturers are ready to adopt sapphire as a display solution, due to the expense of the material and its quality compared to the more popular Gorilla Glass. Engadget, in an in-depth piece on sapphire displays, contacted multiple representatives from major smartphone companies, who...

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09:30
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-11

Get ready for the new Microsoft. Well, maybe. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's plan to reinvent the company, what that could mean for the tech market, and whether or not he can pull it off. They also take a look at the state of Macs in science and just how amazingly powerful the new Mac Pro really is.

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09:21
China labels iPhone a security threat

WSJ:

China’s influential state broadcaster on Friday called a location-tracking function offered by Apple Inc.’s iPhone a “national security concern,” in the latest sign of a backlash in the country against U.S. technology firms.

In its national noon broadcast, state-run China Central Television criticized the “frequent locations” function in Apple’s iOS 7 mobile operating system, which records time and location for the owner’s movements. The report quoted researchers who said that those with access to that data could gain knowledge of China’s economic situation or “even state secrets.”

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09:20
Beats sues Chinese counterfeiters for billions as...

Headphone maker Beats has filed suit against a number of Chinese counterfeiters, alleging trademark infringement and seeking damages that could run into the billions of dollars just weeks before the company officially becomes an Apple subsidiary.

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09:00
Safari 7.1 beta for OS X Mavericks and Safari 6.2...

Safari 7.1 beta for OS X Mavericks and Safari 6.2 beta for OS X Mountain Lion Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 6 Beta with Swift Available to All Registered...

All Registered Apple Developers can now download Xcode 6 beta to create great apps using Swift and Objective-C. And with the new Swift blog, you can get the latest news and helpful tips on the Swift programming language from the engineers who created it.If you're not already a Registered Apple Developer, you'll be prompted to sign up for free when downloading Xcode.

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09:00
Safari 7.1 beta for OS X Mavericks and Safari 6.2...

Safari 7.1 beta for OS X Mavericks and Safari 6.2 beta for OS X Mountain Lion Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 6 Beta with Swift Available to All Registered...

All Registered Apple Developers can now download Xcode 6 beta to create great apps using Swift and Objective-C. And with the new Swift blog, you can get the latest news and helpful tips on the Swift programming language from the engineers who created it.If you're not already a Registered Apple Developer, you'll be prompted to sign up for free when downloading Xcode.

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09:00
Station Master for iOS is the definitive guide to...

Station Master (US$3.99) for iPhone and iPad has all the information you'd ever need to know about every station on London's Underground, Overground and Docklands Light Railway network. If you live in London, are planning a trip to London, or you...

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08:42
Google Maps for iOS adds mapped search results and...


Google today updated its Maps application for iPhone and iPad to version 3.2 introducing new features and improvements.
The latest version of Google Maps now supports viewing search results with descriptions directly on the map view. Gmail users will notice appointments and reservations with addresses will now appear the map view as well. The update supports changing between the map view of results and the list view of results and features an explore view for discovering new locations to try out.
Google Maps 3.2 for iPhone and iPad is out today on the App Store.Filed under:...

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08:34
ClickInstall 4.0 builds Mac software installers

Excel Software (http://tinyurl.com/oaznl3f) has updated ClickInstall, software that lets you create a professional Mac OS X software installer, to version 4.0. You can create installers for any number of products or licenses with a one-time purchase for US$395.
ClickInstall 4.0 adds user choice and option selections during the install process. Users can install the files and features they want or patch an existing installation with new or modified files. To reduce file size and download time, the install process can download optional features on demand.
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08:31
Apple A8 processor may surpass 2GHz but remain dual-...

For its A8 processor, Apple is planning to boost clock speeds to 2GHz or higher, but stick to just two cores, says Chinese site cnBeta. The A7 used in the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and Retina iPad mini is a dual-core 1.3GHz chip. On top of the speed boost, the A8 is expected to upgrade from 28nm manufacturing to 20nm....

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08:30
9to5Toys Last Call: JBL Lightning Speaker Dock $20,...

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

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08:30
China ID's iPhone as a security threat

Apple holds just a small fraction of China's smartphone market -- and since the company only officially entered the fray earlier this year, that's not entirely surprising -- but having the country's state-run TV station label the iPhone as a security...

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08:16
Splasm Software introduces Return Labels for Mac OS X

Splasm Software (http://www.splasm.com/returnlabels/) has released Return Labels, software for creating return address labels on your Mac. Features include rich text editing tools, built-in images, and the ability to import a contact from your Mac’s Contacts or Address Book.
You can use any font of any style with Return Labels. The size, style, line spacing, and color are up to you.
You can choose from a collection of images and pick accent and background colors for many of them. You can drag and drop any photo or image to add a personal touch to your labels.
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08:00
Apple joins President Obama's 'SupplierPay...

US President Barack Obama has extended the so-called QuickPay initiative to the private sector with "SupplierPay," and Apple (among others) has come on board.

SupplierPay requires companies to pay their suppliers within 15 days of receiving an...

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07:54
Rumors: Apple asked experts about sapphire screens...

A pair of suspect rumors regarding Apple's next-generation devices made their way to the internet Friday, as one British academic claimed he had been contacted by the iPhone maker about sapphire displays while Chinese media rebuffed reports that Apple's "A8" SoC will move beyond two processing cores.

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07:39
Forum Roundup: bugs Apple should fix for Yosemite

This week has been rather quiet in the MacNN forums, however members continue to discuss and debate a wide range of topics. Earlier this week Mac Elite "And.reg" started a thread discussing bugs and weird issues that need to be fixed in Yosemite before it becomes a public release this fall. Yesterday "chasg" was trying to determine why their iMac wasn't booting from an external disk and turned to the forums looking for advice....

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07:38
Apple, IBM, others agree to join White House's...

A variety of US businesses including Apple, IBM, and Coca-Cola have agreed to sign on to an Obama administration initiative dubbed SupplierPay. The program is a private-sector mirror of QuickPay, a federal effort to ensure that smaller contractors are paid within 15 days of issuing an invoice. Under SupplierPay, private firms are expected to pay smaller parts suppliers quickly....

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07:38
Apple deals: Mac mini and iMac

At Apple's online store today save on refurbished Mac mini and iMac models starting as low as $849. The refurbished Mac mini with OS X Server, a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and dual 1TB hard drives has been cut by $150 to $849. Priced at $1,059 is the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.6GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB Fusion Drive....

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07:36
DealNN: printers, iMacs and storage

Right now at Dell.com get the Dell Multifunction Color Laser Printer on sale for the reduced price of $175. That's a 50 percent discount from the list price of $350, and the lowest price we have seen on this printer by about $85. This printer has built in scanning and copying functions as well as the ability to print directly from Android mobile devices or share the printer over a small network with built-in Ethernet. It is compatible with Windows and Mac and is backed by a one year limited hardware warranty and one year Advanced Exchange Service.......

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07:29
Apple blocks older Flash plug-in version if Safari,...


You may not like doing it, but you’re going to have to snag the newest version of Adobe’s Flash Player plug-in.
Per AppleInsider, Apple late Thursday issued a security message saying it has blocked old versions of Adobe’s Flash Player plug-in for Safari, citing a recent flaw that could potentially allow hackers to harvest browser data like cookies.
Users with out of date plug-ins will be met with a message saying, “Blocked plug-in,” “Flash Security Alert” or “Flash out-of-date” when attempting to access Flash content in Safari. Clicking on the alert takes users to Adobe’s Flash installer page, where the latest version of the plug-in can be downloaded and...

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07:29
∞ Street musician performs “Sultans of Swing”

Much respect.

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07:16
Talent-starved Silicon Valley now recruiting high...

Businessweek:

While teens aren’t overrunning Silicon Valley yet, talent-starved tech companies are reaching out to kids to fill spots in their internship programs. Facebook says it has just begun to recruit teens before their freshman year of college. LinkedIn (LNKD) opened its summer program to high schoolers two years ago; Airbnb has had interns as young as 16. “Talent is our No. 1 operating priority and our most important asset,” LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner said on his company’s most recent earnings call, welcoming this summer’s crop of interns.

This same competitiveness has come to tech. Tech companies and government agencies are visiting (and sponsoring) science fairs, looking to identify and bring on board blossoming talent before their competitors.
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07:16
Report: iPhone 6 A8 chip to reach 2GHz range

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 will be equipped with an A8 dual-core microprocessor that will reach or exceed 2GHz per core, Chinese site cnBeta claims. This would be a significant jump from the current 1.3GHz A7 chip found in the iPhone 5s. It’s believed the chip will remain 64-bit, and…

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07:04
Garmin Express 3.2.13.0 - Manage your Garmin devices...

Garmin Express is your essential tool for managing your Garmin devices. Update maps, golf courses and device software. You can even register your device.

  • Update maps
  • Update software
  • Register your device
  • Back up, restore, and transfer favorites
  • Install free voices and vehicles
  • Download product manuals

Version 3.2.13.0:

  • Fix an issue where users were not able to use send to functions from Classic Connect
  • Garmin Express will automatically detect golf devices when they are connected
  • Fix an issue with syncing steps from a FR15
  • Fix an issue where Express would crash the OS when installing course updates on golf devices
  • Fix several issues where translations were not displaying correctly
  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • High-speed Internet access (Not for use with dial-up, mobile, or satellite connections)

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07:00
Tips to help you optimize your Wi-Fi network

Dave Hamilton of Mac Observer talked this week with Alf Watt, former Apple engineer and creator of iStumbler WiFI utility, on the latest Mac Geek Gab podcast. The conversation focused on ways you can improve your WiFi connection in your home or...

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06:57
Adobe updates Photoshop Express for iOS with blemish...



Adobe has actively been rolling out new and powerful tools for the iPhone and iPad in recent months including Lightroom Mobile for iPad followed later by Lightroom Mobile for iPhone and Photoshop Mix as well as...

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06:43
iPhoto ’09: Unexpectedly quits when you export

iPhoto ’09 might unexpectedly quit when you export photos in OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 or later. This can happen if you're exporting photos that you imported from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 7.

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06:36
Apple joins SupplierPay program to pay small...

The Obama Administration said that Apple, along with about two dozen other companies, has agreed to join the administration’s voluntary SupplierPay program, according to The Wall Street Journal. President Barack Obama is preparing to announce the program, in which “companies commit to paying small suppliers faster or help them…

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06:34
Canaccord Raises AAPL Target to $112 on Strong...

Apple is poised to sell the iPhone 6 in big numbers, and will charge more for the expected bigger display, according to Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley. He thinks high demand plus a bigger price tag will turn into even more sales worldwide, so he's raising his target price for the company's stock from US$102 up to $112.The Mac Observer Spin: Analysts have high expectations for the iPhone 6. If Apple doesn't live up to those expectations get ready for the usual "Apple is doomed" reports.

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06:19
Critical Infrastructure Companies Lack Cyberdefenses


Companies providing the world's critical infrastructure are woefully unprepared for cyberattacks despite the increasing threat level, evidenced by the release of the Stuxnet worm and the Shamoon virus in recent years, a survey conducted jointly by the Ponemon Institute and Unisys has found. Nearly 70 percent of the 599 surveyed oil, gas, utility, energy and manufacturing companies in the past 12 months have reported at least one security breach that cost them confidential information or disrupted operations.

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06:14
Apple agrees to pay smaller suppliers faster as part...


According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, President Barack Obama is set to announce a new program called “SupplierPay” to help boost small businesses, and Apple is one of the 26 companies listed as having already signed on.
The program intends to send money down the supply chain and help strengthen contractors and smaller businesses by giving them access to lower-cost capital and thereby opening up opportunities for hiring more workers. This, the White House hopes, will increase investments at the small business level as well.
For Apple, this means paying the suppliers of the components it uses in its...

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06:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: A matter of pattern

A matter of patternIn this week’s roundup of new iPhone protection, you’ll find a case that’s all wood, one that comes in pieces, and one that probably has more hundred-dollar bills than your wallet.CarvedThe Hexagon Inlay (iPhone 5c; $39) sports a hexagonal motif created by combining many different types of real wood.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:00
These panorama fails are the stuff of nightmares

Apple's panorama feature is wonderful when it works, but when it fails, you can end up with some nightmarish photos like the ones below. You can see even more failed photos on the Panorama fail tumblr blog.

A Tsunami of the worst kind.

Can't...

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05:48
Chinese state TV annoyed by NSA, takes it out on...

The WSJ reports that the state-run China Central TV has described the iPhone as a “national security concern” due to its location-tracking capabilities.

In its national noon broadcast, state-run China Central Television criticized the “frequent locations” function in Apple’s iOS 7 mobile operating system, which tracks and records the time and location of the owner’s movements. The report quoted researchers who said that those with access to that data could gain knowledge of the broader situation in China or “even state secrets” …


While CCTV may be ostensibly...

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05:40
China calls iPhone tracking a ‘national security...

State-run China Central Television has called the iPhone’s location-tracking a “national security concern,” The Wall Street Journal reports. The broadcaster criticized the “frequent locations” function in iOS 7; researchers quoted in the report claimed those with access to the data could learn state secrets. It’s noted that CCTV’s broadcasts…

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05:37
China's CCTV Raises NSA Fear Tactics against...

Believe it or not, China's influential state broadcaster on Friday called a location-tracking function offered by Apple's iPhone a "national security concern," in the latest sign of a backlash in the country against U.S. technology firms. Apparently turning off the iPhone's location services is just too difficult for those that want to use propaganda against Apple. You have to wonder if the government didn't give CCTV a little nudge to air such nonsense.

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05:35
Apple Blocks Older Flash Versions on Mac Over...

Apple updated the built-in security safeguards in OS X to block versions of Flash prior to 14.0.0.145 from running following the discovery of a flaw in the multimedia platform that could let attackers steal login credentials for thousands of websites. Adobe released an update for Flash on Mac, Windows, and Linux earlier this week to address the issue, too.

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05:33
Apple joins President Obama's 'SupplierPay...

The Obama administration announced on Friday that Apple is one of a number of U.S. corporations -- including Coca-Cola and IBM -- that have agreed to pay smaller component suppliers more quickly in an effort to increase cash flow throughout the supply chain.

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05:17
New IoT Group to Get Devices Talking Among Themselves


Half a dozen companies this week launched the Open Interconnect Consortium to define the connectivity requirements and improve the interoperability of some 200 billion devices expected to make up the Internet of Things by 2020. The consortium will focus on defining a common communications framework based on industry standard technologies to wirelessly connect and intelligently manage the flow of information among personal computing and emerging IoT devices, regardless of form factor, operating system or service provider.

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05:05
Apple's Next-Generation A8 Chip Said to Top 2...

Besides a larger display, Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 also may feature a faster A8 processor that pushes the system-on-a-chip beyond the 2.0 GHz threshold, claims GforGames citing Chinese media source cnBeta [Google Translate]. A7 transistor die photo from Chipworks According to the latest information, Apple will reportedly increase the CPU frequency of its next-generation SoC to 2.0 GHz or higher per core, up from the 1.3 GHz (iPhone 5s and Retina iPad mini) or 1.4 GHz (iPad Air) of the A7 processor. The chip will keep the 64-bit, dual-core...

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05:00
Notezilla for iPad syncs sheet music to high-quality...

Notezilla for iPad is a library of beautifully laid out, classical sheet music which syncs to accompanying, high-quality audio recordings. From Beethoven's Fur Elise to Handel's Messiah, Notezilla comes preloaded with the well-known classical...

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04:45
Safari: Use a Shortcut to Clear Your History

In this Quick Tip, weâre going to create a keyboard shortcut to clear Safariâs browsing history on your Mac, quick as a wink. We understand that sometimes you look at sites that you donât want other people to know about, and hey, we wonât judge you. Well, we wonât judge you much, anyhow.

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04:30
Apple's iPhone 6 ramp up Rocks Taiwan's...

Today, there's more news out of Taiwan describing the impact that the production of the iPhone 6 is having on component suppliers.

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04:27
Apple blocking older versions of Flash Player plug-...

Apple is blocking (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5655) all un-updated version of the Flash Player plug-in for Safari due to security reasons. If the version of Adobe Flash plug-in you are using is out of date, you may see the message, "Blocked plug-in", "Flash Security Alert” or "Flash out-of-date" when attempting to view Flash content in Safari.
In order to use Adobe Flash you need to update to a later version:
1. Click the Download Flash button.
2. Safari opens Adobe Flash Player installer page on the Adobe website.
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04:00
FunBITS: Dragon Quest VIII for iPhone and iPad Is as...

A role-playing classic from the PlayStation 2 era comes to the iPhone and iPad, but is it worth the steep price? Josh Centers takes a trip down memory lane to find out. 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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03:59
Apple blocks all outdated versions of Adobe Flash in...

9to5Mac:

Due to a security flaw discovered in its Flash Player software, Adobe released an update to the web plugin earlier this week. Today Apple confirmed that it had updated its plugin blacklist for OS X to stop the system from using a version of Flash Player older than 14.0.0.145 (or 13.0.0.231 on older systems).

Here’s a link to the relevant Apple support page.
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03:56
China's state-owned media calls iOS location...

A Friday afternoon report from China Central Television, the Asian nation's dominant state-run broadcaster, said the location tracking features found in Apple's iOS are a "national security concern" and worried that they could be used to expose Chinese state secrets.

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03:45
Yosemite hands-on: Mail, Messages, and Calendar

A major update to OS X generally means that many of the apps included with the operating system also get major updates—or at least the biggest updates they’re likely to get until the next major operating-system release. In OS X Yosemite, due this fall, several major Apple apps have received upgrades both big and small. I’ve been using a pre-release version of Yosemite (on an Apple-supplied MacBook Pro) for the past month and have had a chance to spend a little time with Mail, Messages, and Calendar. Here’s a look at what’s new.Mail gets markup and more

My love-hate relationship with Apple’s Mail app is currently in a good place. I’m using it every day and it’s been working fine for me. Still, I was reluctant to test an early version of Mail on Yosemite with my real mailboxes. As a result, I can’t testify yet about any potential compatibility issues between Mail and either my personal Gmail inbox or my work’s Office 365 mail. (I can, however, testify that my rarely-used me....

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03:43
Worldwide IT spending on pace to grow 2.1% this year

Worldwide IT spending is on pace to total $3.7 trillion in 2014, a 2.1% increase from last year; however, this grow rate is down from earlier projections of 3.2% growth, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. (http://www.gartner.com). The slower outlook for 2014 is attributed to a reduction in growth expectations for devices, data center systems and to some extent IT services, according to the research group.
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03:41
Kool Tools: The DJYRO for the iPhone

The DJYRO (http://www.thedjyro.com). Combined with an app available through the Apple App Store the DJYRO is a performance DJ turntable and spinning smartphone holder. It's available in US$44.99 $74.99 models.
By placing their phone into the smartphone holder of the disk-shaped DJYRO, anyone of any age or skill can spin their music into a DJ jam party, according to the folks at DJYRO. Using the built-in motion sensors of smartphones, the DJYRO lets you transform music being played from your smartphone into the sounds heard at DJ-hosted clubs and parties.
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03:33
Safari vs Chrome

What happens when a long time PC and Chrome power user moves to Mac OS X? How will Safari stack up?
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03:33
Expert Believes Alleged iPhone 6 Sapphire Front...

Earlier this week, numerous videos of the alleged front panel of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 surfaced, which showed the screen being put through stress tests involving significant bending and scratching. While those videos referred to the front panel as being made of sapphire crystal, there was no way to confirm that the display were made of the durable material. Now, Professional Neil Alford, who is a member of the Department of Materials at the Imperial College in London, tells The Guardian that the alleged "sapphire panel" could "well be legitimate." Alford believes that the stress tests performed on the screen indicate that the panel is made of sapphire, adding that...

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03:02
The latest iOS apps: July 11

Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.
Ryan Reynolds has announced Space Stack. It's a free, arcade-style game title that tests a player's timing and precision. It features 16 rounds of gameplay and presents you with a neon colored pyramid split into individual "stacks," with a single stack moving across the screen at all times. The game has only one direction: tap the screen to stop the stack.
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02:51
Many (most?) iTunes song previews have reverted back...

MacRumors notes that many iTunes song previews have reverted back to 30 seconds. Previews were increased to 90 seconds in the U.S. back in 2010 with the increased time rolled out internationally the following year.
It’s not immediately clear what is behind the change, nor what is determining which tracks are affected, but as we’re finding different people are seeing different length previews for the same tracks – even when both are in the same country – some kind of glitch may be the most likely explanation.
Apple apparently presented labels with a fait-accompli when it first extended previews to 90 seconds, writing to representatives to...

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02:03
Verizon claims Netflix connections cause stream...

The battle between Verizon and Netflix over connectivity continues, with Verizon completely refusing to accept any of the blame for slow streams. The latest feud installment involves a Verizon blog post claiming its network operations team found no congestion on the Verizon network in a recent review, laying the blame squarely at Netflix's connection decisions instead of with itself....

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02:00
Apple falls to third place behind Google, Roku in U....


As much as you may love and adore your Apple TV, it’s fallen to third place in sales next to its competitors.
Per Gigaom, Google sold 3.8 of its Chromecast streaming devices in 2013, making the device about as popular as Roku’s streaming devices.
Roku and Chromecast were the two most successful streaming devices sold in the U.S. in 2013, according to new data from Parks Associates, which puts Apple TV on third place.
Google sold an estimated 3.8 million Chromecast streaming sticks after introducing the product in mid-2013,...

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01:53
Hands-on: LG G Watch and Google Android Wear

There is a term in product development called "Minimum Viable Product," used to refer to products that are designed only to be sufficient for getting feedback or market testing a concept. Enter the LG G Watch. It is like a blank canvas that represents the minimum requirements to showcase Google's nascent Android Wear mobile platform. However, at $199, it represents a relatively affordable entry point into the world of wearable devices for early adopters who want to see whether Android Wear could be the next big thing.......

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00:49
Alleged photo of 4.7-inch iPhone LCD bracket appears

Following a flurry of claims -- most of them from dubious Far East sources -- about enormous advance orders for the iPhone 6 or "localized haptic feedback" or robots building the iPhone and endless parts leaks (or could some of them be 3D printer fabrications?), a new photo has emerged purporting to show the LCD and home button bracket for the forthcoming 4.7-inch iPhone 6. The photo comes from a Taiwanese enthusiast site....

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Thursday July 10

23:00
Safari betas updated for Mavericks, Mountain Lion OS...

Apple on Thursday seeded new betas of Safari for OS X Mavericks (10.9.x) and OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.x), number as versions 7.1 and 6.2 respectively, that feature a new build of WebKit with a number of improved and new features. The betas, once released to the public, will help bring the Safari used with those versions closer to the expected updated Safari that will ship with OS X 10.10 Yosemite in the fall. Among the improvements are Web-GL powered 3D rendering, support for IndexedDB for web applications and more....

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21:03
Apple now blocking older Flash Player plug-ins,...

Following an emergency patch issued by Adobe yesterday for a vulnerability in Flash Player and Adobe AIR that the company deemed "critical" for users to upgrade to, Apple is now blocking all un-upgraded versions of the plug-in in Safari, though the warning dialog will take users to the Flash Installer page where they can obtain the patched version. Users of OS X 10.6 and higher must be running version 14.0.0.145 in order for the Flash plug-in to work normally. Windows and Linux users are also affected by the flaw....

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20:48
Apple introduces new WebKit features in latest...

Apple on Thursday seeded to developers new builds of Safari for OS X 10.9 Mavericks and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion featuring new WebKit modifications including WebGL tweaks, which should see wider adoption in OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8.

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20:41
Briefly: LinkedIn Connected, YouTube Creator Studio...

LinkedIn, the social platform for professional networking, has released a redesigned version of its LinkedIn Contacts app for iOS. LinkedIn Connected offers users relevant updates about people in their networks, and notifications about job changes, birthdays, and more. The revamp includes the same features as the previous release, with a focus on relationships. LinkedIn Connected is free to download....

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20:27
Apple blocks older Flash plug-in versions in Safari...

Apple late Thursday issued a security message saying it has blocked old versions of Adobe's Flash Player plug-in for Safari, citing a recent flaw that could potentially allow hackers to harvest browser data like cookies.

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20:23
Apple seeds Safari 7.1 & 6.2 with WebKit...


 
Apple has released a new beta version of Safari to beta testers in the AppleSeed program and Mac developers. The new version for Mavericks is 7.1, while Moutain Lion users will see version 6.2. The update includes several upgrades to the WebKit engine that powers the browser.
According to the release notes, the changes include support for WebGL, IndexedDB, and JavaScript tweaks, among other things. There is also apparently a change to the way the app handles extensions, as the beta disables all installed add-ons by default and the notes request that developers check for any compatiblity issues.
Version 7.1 will likely be the last major update to Safari for Mavericks before the launch of OS X Yosemite, which will include the all-new Safari 8. The full seed...

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19:50
Apple blocks all outdated versions of Adobe Flash in...


Due to a security flaw discovered in its Flash Player software, Adobe released an update to the web plugin earlier this week. Today Apple confirmed that it had updated its plugin blacklist for OS X to stop the system from using a version of Flash Player older than 14.0.0.145 (or 13.0.0.231 on older systems).
According to Apple’s product security team:
Due to security issues in older versions, Apple has updated the web plug-in blocking mechanism to disable all versions prior to Flash Player 14.0.0.145 and 13.0.0.231.
...

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19:07
Misfit wearables rolls out new sleep tracking device...

Misfit wearables, makers of the Shine activity monitor, announced on Thursday a partnership with Beddit, an ultra-sensitive sleep tracking system that slips under a user's sheets to measure everything from respiration to movement.

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17:54
iWatch Mass Production Might Start in November

Thus far, rumors have pointed to Fall 2014 as the potential launch date of Apple's rumored iWatch, with some analysts predicting September as the likely launch window for the device and others reporting mass production would begin in July. KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo had predicted that the iWatch would enter mass production in late September, but is now revising his production to late November instead, due to the difficulties of the project. Traditional watch-style iWatch concept by Gábor BaloghWe believe developing the hardware and OS of iWatch will be a much more difficult task than for Apple’s existing products.Kuo...

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17:33
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple’s sapphire-covered ‘...


Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has provided relatively accurate information on future Apple product plans in the past (but frequent misses on timing), has issued a new report today indicating that the Apple smart watch will enter mass-production in November. Kuo’s previous estimate on production for the “iWatch” indicated that the device would enter mass-production rounds in September. “We have pushed back our estimated time of iWatch mass production from late-September to mid-/ late- November. We also lower our forecast of iWatch 2014 shipments by 40% to 3mn units,” Kuo wrote in today’s report. The analyst claims the push back is due to more complex hardware and software engineering in this first generation Apple product category.
Kuo also provides...

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It Came From Canada: Epic Skater
For all the hate that it gets for being a pastime for slackers, skateboarding really does require a lot of skill. All those flips and spins take real athleticism, and there’s all the jargon to memorize. Fortunately for us less extreme individuals, Epic Skater makes things a lot simpler by handling all that pesky “moving” business. We check out... | Read more »
Cultures Review
Cultures Review By Jennifer Allen on July 24th, 2014 Our Rating: :: SLOW-PACED EMPIRE BUILDINGiPad Only App - Designed for the iPad Cute it might seem, but Cultures is a bit too slow paced when it comes to those pesky timers to truly endear itself.   | Read more »
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More Paintings Have Been Added to Paint it Back! Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 24th, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
The Order of Souls Review
The Order of Souls Review By Campbell Bird on July 24th, 2014 Our Rating: :: STORY GRINDUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad The Order of Souls is a free-to-play, turn-based RPG with a genre-mixing art style, interesting narrative structure, and lackluster combat.   | Read more »
Revolution 60 Review
Revolution 60 Review By Jordan Minor on July 24th, 2014 Our Rating: :: LASS EFFECTUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Revolution 60 is a bold, cinematic action game with ambition to spare.   | Read more »
Matter (Photography)
Matter 1.0.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Photography Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes) Description: Add stunning 3D effects to your photos with real-time shadows and reflections. Export your creations as photos or video loops.By the team that has brought you four separate apps featured by Apple, Matter is the newest... | Read more »
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