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Tuesday July 22

05:50
Netflix Adds Post-Play Feature to Apple TV

Netflix's Post-Play feature arrived on Apple TV on Monday without any fanfare, making it even easier to stay on the couch and watch your favorite shows. Post-Play automatically starts the next episode in a series a few seconds after the one you're currently watching wraps up.The Mac Observer Spin: It's far too easy to keep watching shows with Post-Play enabled, so you better have a comfy couch.

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05:36
Xiaomi VP and former Google exec (unconvincingly)...

You’d think it would be pretty hard to deny that Chinese Android phone and tablet manufacturer Xiaomi copies Apple – yet that’s exactly what former Google exec and now Xiaomi’s global vice president Hugo Barra tried to do in an interview with The Verge.

Allegations of it copying Apple are “sweeping sensationalist statements because they have nothing better to talk about,” he says.

Well, let’s see …
Let’s start with the company’s phones. Admittedly they don’t look much like iPhones, but they are called … the Mi Phone. Still, I’m sure that’s coincidence.
Then there’s the company’s tablet. No prizes for guessing the name of that. And here’s what the Mi Pad looks like – remind you of anything?

Barra says that’s coincidence, too.

“If you have two...

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05:35
UE Boom adds model with skate artist Don Pendleton...

Logitech's boutique audio line Ultimate Ears is expanding its limited-edition lineup of UE Boom with the announcement of its collaboration with artist Don Pendleton on UE Boom -- Jettison Edition. This limited-edition run of UE Boom is designed with Pendleton's distinct organic cubist graphic style and is the latest in a series of one-of-a-kind acoustic skins for UE Boom....

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05:32
Apple ‘iTime’ patent includes wristband sensors

Apple was granted a patent today for an electronic wristband that can be coupled to an electronic wristwatch. The wristband, which can interact with the watch, can include digital sensors, wireless hardware, and other electronics, and could respond to gestures such as shaking and…

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05:27
Verizon posts $7.7 billion income, first wired...

Verizon Communications has released its second quarter 2014 financial results. The company reports its sixth consecutive quarter of double-digit percentage growth in operating income and earnings per share, with $31.5 billion in revenue, a 5.7 percent increase from a year ago, with income of $7.7 billion, a 17.2 percent increase from the year-ago quarter....

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05:18
FileZilla 3.9.0.1 - Fast and reliable FTP client (...

FileZilla (ported from Windows) is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.Version 3.9.0.1:

  • MSW: Fix installation issue with locked DLLs affecting users of 32-bit Windows

OS X 10.5 or laterDownload Now

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05:18
A stroll through the history of Apple wearables

Interesting piece by Dan Frommer. I know every one of these pieces, but never thought of them as wearables until I read this.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:17
Apple Outlines Smart Wristband with Phone...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today granted Apple a patent that describes a wrist-worn device containing sensors and wireless radios that allow it to communicate with other devices such as the iPhone, iPad or Mac (Via AppleInsider). It is a comprehensive patent that describes some of the core features of Apple's rumored iWatch device. Front view of a device similar to a sixth-generation iPod nano docked into wristband The invention details a modular device, identified in the...

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05:00
Apple denies it included 'backdoor'...

Apple denied the accusation that it included backdoor services in iOS that could be exploited by law enforcement and other government agencies in order to obtain personal data from iOS devices. The denial statement was provided to Financial Times...

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04:57
UBS increases Apple price target to $115, sees gross...

UBS this week was the latest investment firm to increase its price target for shares of Apple, with a new projection of $115 ahead of this afternoon's June quarter earnings report.

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04:56
Responsive logos

Great conceptual approach to logo mechanics. Go to this site, then shrink the width of the browser page, watch what the logo does in response.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:54
Apple Reportedly Placed orders for new Power...

A new report today from Asia today tells us that Apple has opted for TFT LCD as the display for its 9.7” iPad Air 3 (provisional name) to be released in the second half of next year. The decision was made for design innovation to reduce the overall thickness of iPad to decrease power consumption by more than half while keeping the LCD. In addition to oxide, Apple is scheduled to make ...

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04:21
Apple reaffirms there’s no government agency backdoor

Last week, security consultant and former iOS jailbreaker Jonathan Zdziarski made headlines with his talk, “Identifying Back Doors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices”. Here’s a link to a PDF of the slides. The talk gave a sense that Apple left a backdoor for easy access to pairing records (the records that pair an iOS device to a trusted computer). Apple responded.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:09
Here’s what analysts expect Apple to announce today...

With Fortune having now filled in the blanks in its analyst roundup, above are the final numbers Wall Street expects Apple to announce at around 1.30pm PT/4.30pm ET this afternoon.
With all 34 analysts having revealed their predictions, the consensus view is for year-on-year revenue to have grown by 8.5 percent, with earnings up 18.1 percent … 
Unsurprisingly, the bulk of that growth is expected to be from iPhone sales, which are...

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04:09
Seoul seeks ban of Uber, develops own taxi-booking...

South Korean capital Seoul could potentially ban Uber in the city, in favor of its own still-in-development app. The city government advised that it would try to ban the car-hailing app, as current South Korean law makes it illegal to provide any sort of fee-based transportation service via privately-owned vehicles not registered to do so with local authorities....

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04:01
ITbits: Putting IBM MobileFirst in (Apple’s...

Much has been made of the announcement that Apple and IBM will work together to bring iOS devices and applications into the enterprise via IBM’s MobileFirst program. Systems administrator Andrew Laurence examines Apple’s enterprise history and strategy, and explains how the deal with IBM fits in. 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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04:00
GoTenna Makes Wireless 'Magic'


Startup GoTenna has launched its eponymously named device, which lets users communicate without the need for a cell tower. "This is an interesting concept," said tech analyst Jim McGregor. "It's like a walkie-talkie on steroids." The device uses BlueTooth LE to pair with a user's smartphone. It can exchange text messages only with another GoTenna. The GoTenna's use is further limited because it encrypts messages with the RSA 1024 public/private key encryption, which means only a GoTenna that has the decryption key can read the message.

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04:00
Apple's latest commercial promotes MacBook Air...

Apple released a new commercial, titled "Stickers," that showcases the MacBook Air. Tagged with the slogan "the notebook people love," the advertisement profiles the different ways people make the MacBook Air their own by personalizing it with a...

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03:57
In-Cell Displays may be Causing Delays in Apple...

... according to new supply chain rumors, Apple is having some initial delays relating to the 5.5 inch model due to their choice of In-Cell displays.

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03:55
Kool Tools: Konnet Care Vision Protection Shield

Interworks Unlimited's (www.interworks-usa.com) Konnet Care Vision Protective Shields are designed to protects your eyes from 99.99% of ultraviolet (UV) light with patent pending UV Blue Light Deflection Technology.
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03:53
Tests find Apple's Siri improving, but Google...

The comprehension abilities of Apple's voice-driven personal assistant Siri continue to get better, but new testing shows that using Google Now for searching on Android has surpassed it in terms of accuracy when answering queries.

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03:33
Chinese sellers taking iPhone 6 pre-orders two...

It might be two months before the rumored launch date of the iPhone 6, with a working phone yet to be sighted and no clue as to the retail price, but that isn’t stopping sellers taking pre-orders, reports the WSJ.

More than thirty sellers on Alibaba’s Taobao marketplace said they can help purchase the upcoming new iPhone 6s from the U.S. and Hong Kong. But there’s one catch: consumers have to pay a deposit ranging from 500 yuan ($80)  to 7,999 yuan ($1288).

One seller even went as far as putting together a laughable mockup of an Apple webpage for the iPhone 6 (the full page can be seen below).

Another seller claimed the price of the unsubsidized 4.7-inch model would start at 5,288 yuan ($851) , with the  5.5-inch version starting at 5,988 yuan ($964), but there is absolutely no...

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03:33
Meet the online tracking device that is virtually...

The good thing about web-site cookies is that they are blockable. Cookies are the devil-you-know and web browsers are set up to deal with/delete them.

Now there’s a new insidious devil in town called canvas fingerprinting which can’t be blocked by your browser’s privacy settings or plugins.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:31
Apple may introduce a new iPad called the iPad Mini...

A new supply chain report from China may have spilled the beans on Apple introducing a new iPad mini Air design later this year.

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03:13
Study: channels are irrelevant to consumers

SDL has released the final report of the “Five Truths for Future Marketers” series titled “Channels are Irrelevant,” that features results from SDL’s global survey of more than 1,800 millennials (ages 18-36). The data reveals that today’s consumers no longer care about where they are or what device they are on when interacting with a brand, as 58% of millennials polled said they expect to engage with a company whenever they choose and via whichever channel they elect.
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03:09
Use Facebook? Read this.

The linked article picks up some of the more important (and to some, chilling) things embedded in that license agreement you agreed to when you signed up for Facebook, all with highlighted quotes from Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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02:40
What to look for in Apple's earnings...

It’s that time again—time to once more pore over page after page of financial details, to stare at endless columns of numbers, hoping that some obscure truth, unseen by most, will pop out at us. Yes, it’s time for Apple financials.
On Tuesday, Apple will release the numbers for its third quarter. Here’s a bit of what you can expect from the company’s announcements, as well as the subsequent skeet shoot Q&A from analysts. As ever, Macworld will be on hand with live coverage of the conference call, starting at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET.The numbers

As usual, Apple provided guidance three months ago on how much money it would rake in during the third quarter. Back in April, outgoing CFO Peter Oppenheimer said the company expected revenues between $36 billion and $38 billion, with a gross margin between 37 percent and 38 percent. How, you might wonder, does that compare to the previous quarter and the year ago quarter?...

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03:03
Changing the lives of people with Alzheimer’s, one...

Alive Inside, a documentary film being shown in selected theaters across the U.S., tells the story of a social worker using iPods and personalized playlists to bring new life to nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s.
Dan Cohen puts together playlists of music from when the patients were young, transfers them to an iPod and then plays them to patients who had been unresponsive to conversation, generating dramatic transformations, reports Re/code.

Audiences first encounter Henry hunched over in his wheelchair, head down, hands clasped firmly together, unresponsive to the world around him.
As soon as a pair of headphones are placed on his head, the 94-year-old dementia patient opens his eyes, sits up straight and begins swaying and humming along...

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03:01
Troi Activator Plug-In for Filemaker Pro 13 revved...

Troi Automatisering (http://tinyurl.com/mq4s7k9) has updated its Troi Activator plug-in for FileMaker Pro to version 3.5.3. It's a maintenance upgrade that fixes some problems with registering.
Troi Activator Plug-in 3.5.3 works with FileMaker Pro 10, 11, 12 and 13. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 10, 11, 12 and 13. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher.
Licenses cost US$89 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on the Troi web site.
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02:49
Apple Granted 40 Patents Today Covering a Flexible...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 40 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a key patent for future flexible displays. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today. Apple Granted a Patent for...

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01:58
Apple Wins a Patent for a Wristwatch Branded iTime

Out of nowhere comes the granted patent surprise of the year. Apple has been granted a patent for iTime, the name they provided for a wristwatch. It's very different from Apple's first wrist-computer or iWatch in every way. It's simpler and more watch-like. Apple notes that it will work with gestures and specialized push notifications and alerts. Whether this is a head-fake or the real thing is unknown at this time.

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Monday July 21

23:48
Apple granted comprehensive 'iTime'...

In one of the clearest signs that Apple is -- and has been -- working on a smartwatch device, the Cupertino company was on Tuesday granted a patent for a wrist-worn wearable with augmented strap capabilities, support for arm and wrist gestures, advanced proximity-sensing circuitry and much more.

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21:50
New commercial debuts for MacBook Air, entitled...

An new ad by Apple that debuted on Monday takes something of a different approach than the company's recent iPhone and iPad commercials -- both in that it features a Mac (in this case the MacBook Air) and that shows off clearly-used equipment featuring user's methods of customizing their Air models mostly through the use of stickers, giving the ad its name. Using a stop-motion approach, dozens of customized MBAs are shown at one point even "playing" a game of Space Invaders on the lid....

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21:26
Several backdoors included on every iOS device,...

[Updated with rebuttal from Apple] Apple's iOS platform contains several backdoors that may allow for Apple and/or governments to collect private data, according to a forensic scientist, Jonathan Zdziarski. Presenting at the recent Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE/X) conference, Zdziarski said that that there are several conspicuous design gaps -- and some deliberately-included forensic services -- that make it possible to extract data using forensic tools. The services have names such as "lockdownd," "pcapd," and "mobile.file_relay."......

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20:49
Intel boosts speed in latest Core i5, i7 high-end...

Intel has goosed the speed in its latest Haswell Core i5 and Core i7 processors, first unveiled yesterday. The new chips are destined for notebooks such as the MacBook Pro, which is expected to get a speed bump sometime this summer. The new clock speeds range from 2.2GHz to 3.0GHz across three new Core i5 models and four new Core i7 offerings. In addition, four budget "Bay Trail" Celeron and Pentium processors were released as well, rated between 1.58GHz and 2.16Hz....

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20:36
‘Stickers’ Apple Commercial Highlights User Love for...

Apple launched a new commercial on Monday called "Stickers." The spot is a rare one in that it solely features Mac hardware, and it shows some of the many ways that people decorate their MacBook Air laptops. It uses the tagline: "The notebook people love." All I know is that I love this spot. For one thing, it rings true. People do love decorating their MacBook Airs (and their Pros, for that matter). For another, it's great to see the Mac being promoted on TV. iOS, iPhone, iPad, and the iPod before it have long dominated Apple's advertising. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but, you know, yay Mac!

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19:58
∞ Apple’s new MacBook Air ad: Stickers

This isn’t the type of ad I’m used to seeing from Apple.

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18:40
WSJ claims Apple preparing 70-80M 'iPhone 6...

A new report citing unnamed sources "familiar with the matter" claims that Apple has put in orders for its largest-ever initial iPhone run, asking suppliers Foxconn and Pegatron to produce between 70 million and 80 million units for the devices' debut in the fall through the end of the year. Claiming that the order includes both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models (though the latter has yet to reveal solid evidence of actually existing), the new upcoming production run compares to the 50-60 million units ordered for the iPhone 5s and 5c last year.......

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18:24
New Apple ad shows off sticker-clad MacBook Airs,...

Apple on Monday published a short 30-second commercial featuring a number of MacBook Airs dressed up in stickers and decals, with each customized thin-and-light reflecting the personality of its owner.

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17:46
Apple denies installing iOS 'backdoor'...

In response to allegations that Apple installs "backdoor" services in iOS that could be used to harvest and deliver personal information to government agencies, the company on Monday issued a statement denying any such activity and explains the steps taken to ensure customer data privacy.

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17:11
Briefly: 'Post-Play' for Apple TV Netflix...

Television and movie streaming service, Netlfix, is updating its app for Apple TV. Its popular web and iPad feature "Post-Play" allows users a brief countdown once a show's credits begin rolling, followed by automatic playing of the next episode in a series--unless otherwise interrupted. AppleInsider has speculated that though the Post-Play feature was found on multiple Apple TV units during testing, it is likely that the update has yet to be fully released to all customers....

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16:57
Apple Fixes MacBook Air (Mid 2011) Sleep Issue with...

Apple released MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.9 Monday for MacBook Air (Mid 2011). The update addresses an issue with sleep

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16:44
Apple Reportedly Orders 70-80 Million Large Screen...

Apple has ordered between 70 and 80 million next-generation iPhones for delivery by December 30th, according to unnamed sources cited by The Wall Street Journal. The orders are for a mix of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones, which has been dubbed iPhone 6 in the media. If true, it would be a record number of iPhone units for any quarter, well above the 51 million iPhone record holiday quarter in 2013.

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16:42
Apple issues EFI update for mid-2011 MacBook Air...

On Monday, Apple posted an EFI update specifically aimed at the mid-2011 model MacBook Airs that are running OS X 10.9.2 (Mavericks) or later. The update addresses two wake-from-sleep issues: one in which the computer would take longer than expected to wake from sleep, and the other (more rare) issue of cooling fans ramping up to full speed on waking from sleep. Owners must meet both conditions (mid-2011 MBA, and running Mavericks 10.9.2 or later) for the update to apply....

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16:27
Apple Preparing Between 70 and 80 Million 4.7 and 5....

Apple is asking its suppliers to manufacture a massive number of 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhones in anticipation of high consumer demand, reports The Wall Street Journal. The company is seeking between 70 and 80 million units combined of the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 by December, its largest order to date and a major jump from last year, where it ordered between 50 and 60 million iPhone 5s and 5c models.Its forecast for what is commonly called the iPhone 6 is significantly larger than the initial order last year of between 50 million and 60 million versions of the iPhone 5S and 5C--which had a display measuring 4-inches diagonally, these people said. Both of the coming models are expected to feature metal cases similar to the iPhone 5S and likely come in multiple colors, these people said.With high iPhone 6 numbers, Apple is likely hoping to avoid the supply/demand crisis it...

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16:09
WSJ: Apple prepares record number of 80 million 4.7-...

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has told its suppliers to prepare to build a record number of next-gen iPhones. According to the Journal, Apple is looking to produce 70-80 million units by December 30th. As reported earlier this month, both the 4.7-inch and the larger 5.5-inch models of the upcoming iPhone are expected to enter mass production in the coming weeks.
This is a big jump from the previous iPhone models. Last year the company only ordered 50-60 million of the iPhone 5s and 5c. Manufacturing...

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16:06
Apple responds to iOS backdoor access claims, denies...


Over the weekend, iOS security hacker Jonathan Zdziarski released a presentation claiming to show how Apple had purposefully made backdoor access points for a variety of system and user data on iOS devices, that would usually be locked and encrypted via the passcode. The legitimacy of the claims is still questionable.

Apple has now commented on the matter, unsurprisingly denying any misconduct. Apple reiterates its previous statement: ‘Apple has never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services’.
The comment says that the information exposed in the presentation is used for diagnostics purposes by “IT...

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16:01
WSJ: Apple preparing 70M to 80M combined iPhone 6...

Apple has reportedly asked partner suppliers in Asia to ramp up mass production of expected 4.7- and 5.5-inch "iPhone 6" models, with combined orders for both versions amounting to between 70 million and 80 million units.

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16:00
Marked 2.3 arrives in the Mac App Store

Marked 2 has finally hit the Mac App Store. Previously only available via developer Brett Terpstra's website, the update has now officially replaced the original Marked in the Store. Version 2.3 introduces a number of new features to the preview app...

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15:47
Apps With Extensions in iOS 8

One of the new features of iOS 8 is Extensions, a way for apps to talk to each other in a standard Apple-approved way. This article contains a (regularly updated) list of those apps.

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15:35
Judge Rules Police Can Stuff Entire Email Accounts...


Concerns about overly broad searches of digital data by law enforcement once again have emerged after a federal judge ruled that officials armed with a warrant can seize and hold a suspect's entire email account. Such an action would not violate the suspect's rights under the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, said U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein in support of a warrant he issued earlier this month. One worry is that police could retain email accounts and search them repeatedly, said ACLU staff attorney Nate Wessler.

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15:34
Intel rolls out faster Haswell CPUs possibly bound...

Intel on Sunday released a batch of new Core i5 and Core i7 Haswell processors for high-end laptops like Apple's MacBook Pro, each boasting the usual speed bumps when compared to prior versions.

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15:32
Apple Launches New 'The Notebook People Love...

Apple has launched a new television ad for the MacBook Air, showing off an array of customizable decals placed over the Apple symbol on the back of the notebook. Decals shown include various sunglasses, hats, and headphones, along with nods to Breaking Bad, Peanuts, Ice Age, Snow White, Pac Man, Chi the Cat, The Simpsons, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Tasmanian Devil, Hello Kitty, Catwoman, and Mickey Mouse. There are also cameras, record players, trees, faces, cityscapes, planets, scuba divers, 8-bit games, a variety of abstract designs and patterns, and more, plus a Beats logo. The new ad, first noticed by 9to5Mac has not yet been uploaded by Apple, so there is no official video as of yet. The new spot ends with a side view of the MacBook Air and the tagline "The notebook people love." Apple's MacBook Air, last refreshed in April of 2014, is known for its...

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15:30
Samsung releases yet another anti-iPhone ad dubbed...

Well, you gotta hand it to Samsung -- they sure are persistent. Earlier today the number one purveyor of Android handsets released yet another anti-iPhone ad dubbed "Screen Envy." As the title implies, the commercial puts down the iPhone for having a...

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15:05
Apple airing cool new MacBook Air TV ad: ‘the...


Apple has begun airing a new television advertisement for the MacBook Air that promotes the computer as “the notebook people love.” The ad demonstrates various personal connections to the MacBook Air via various stickers for the computer’s lid. Some stickers range from one of Homer Simpson holding the Apple logo, one with Snow White, and various cool black and white graphics. Apple last updated the MacBook Air earlier this year with improved processors and lower pricing, and significant updates to the line are expected this fall. Apple has also...

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15:00
Spotify CEO thinks Apple's Beats deal is more...

Apple's US$3 billion acquisition of Beats this past May sparked a myriad of different conversations about what the company was trying to accomplish with the deal. While many, including myself, believe that Apple is primarily interested in Beats'...

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14:53
Apple to again wipe CloudKit database for iOS 8,...

Apple has informed developers testing both of the forthcoming Apple platform releases, iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite, that it will again delete content stored on the CloudKit database serving both platforms tomorrow, July 22. Although details were not listed this time, the effect is expected to be the same as the previous "wipe" of the database, which took place on July 7. Anyone testing the iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library or Mail Drop attachment features will see their cloud-stored data destroyed....

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14:51
Intel launches updated Haswell chips, likely to...


Intel has debuted the next generation of its Core i5 and i7 processors, according to a report from CPU World. Each of these updated chips sports a 200 MHz speed boost over its previous incarnation, which can currently be found in the MacBook Pro lineup. It’s likely that these processors will be found in a spec-bumped version of the MacBook Pro later this year.
The current series of MacBook Pro processors are available at clock speeds of 2.0 GHz (in the lowest-end 13-inch model) up to 2.6 GHz (in the top-of-the-line, built-to-order 15-inch model). The next-gen models released this week range from 2.2 to 3.0 GHz, which will provide a decent...

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14:45
∞ This “Normal” ad is anything but

The idea of 3D-printed custom earbuds called Normals is an interesting one but this advertisement for them creeps me out.

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14:31
Intel Launches New Core i5, i7 Haswell Processors...

Intel yesterday launched new Haswell processors designed for high-end notebooks, which could be slated for use in an upcoming refresh of the 13 and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro models. As detailed by CPU World, Intel has released three new Core i5 chips and three new Core i7 chips that are all successors to the chips currently used in the 13 and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros. The new processors provide a modest 200 MHz speed boost over existing Haswell chips. The Core i7-4770HQ chip at 2.2 GHz is a direct replacement for the Core i7-4750 used in the lower-end 2.0 GHz 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, while the Core i7-4870HQ chip at 2.5 GHz is a direct replacement for the high-end 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro's existing Core i7-4850 chip at 2.3 GHz. The Core i7-4980HQ chip at 2.8 GHz replaces the high-end build-to-order Core-i7 4960 processor at 2.6 GHz. As...

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14:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for July 21, 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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14:26
Apple’s Q3 2014 earnings call, July 22nd at 5pm ET

Apple:

Apple will be announcing its Q3 2014 financial results on Tuesday, July 22 at 5pm Eastern time (2pm Pacific) followed by questions from analysts.

You can listen to the streaming audio via iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch® running iOS 4.2 or above, or any Mac® running OS X 10.6.8 or above or any PC running QuickTime 7 or later.

As usual, many sites will be liveblogging the call. The fun comes in seeing which of the analysts on the call (the press and general public can listen in but not ask questions) will ask the dumbest question of the day.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:00
PureGear unleashes a torrent of accessories; we...

Every once in a while TUAW will receive a boxful of accessories from a manufacturer. That presents a dilemma for a writer -- do you break the box out into a bunch of single posts, or write one über-post that covers all of the items? The latter path...

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13:52
Labeling LUN: SANTransactionErrorDomain

Forums: TroubleshootingHello there Xsanity members!
Im fairly new to setting up Xsan systems and here in our company we are currently setting up one.
I will try to be short and concise:
We are unable to label one of the LUN's. The smallest one 3TB LUN which is designated for Metadata cannot be labeled and thus unusable in Xsan.
After trying to relabel that 3TB lun through XSAN admin i get UI message "Failed to label LUNs on computer MDC1's Mac mini."
Also system log is automatically printing out "Error labeling luns: The operation couldn’t be completed. (SANTransactionErrorDomain error 1.) (1)".
I have found one similar Xsanity thread where lucky fellow managed to solve issue by rebooting both MDC's which didnt helped us.
Other three LUN's are visible and usable.
Hopefully someone can shed some light on this issue.
Regards...

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13:41
Apple issues MacBook Air EFI update to address wake...

Apple on Monday posted an EFI update for its thin-and-light MacBook Air, addressing two wake from sleep issues including a rare problem that causes the computer's fans to spin at full speed unnecessarily.

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13:30
Apple releases iOS 8 beta 4 with new "Tips...

Apple earlier today released the fourth iOS 8 beta which can be downloaded over the air or via Apple's developer website. While specific iOS beta releases aren't always all that noteworthy, the latest iOS 8 beta includes a Tips app that provides...

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13:25
Robert Plant to perform at iTunes Festival London

I don’t know how I managed to miss this earlier, but Robert Plant has signed on to perform at iTunes Festival London—Plant is one of my all-time favorite singers. His solo career has been great, but his vocals as the lead singer of Led Zeppelin are just incredible. I’m hoping for some classic Zep songs during that show.
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13:24
Apple to again wipe CloudKit database for iOS 8 and...

As Apple heads into the next stage of software testing for its upcoming mobile and desktop operating systems, the company announced a second wipe of the CloudKit database serving iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite betas will take place on July 22.

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13:23
Report: Yahoo buying ad platform and mobile analytic...

Yahoo could be looking for aggressive growth in its mobile platforms as reports from Recode and TechCrunch indicate that the search company is acquiring mobile analytic and advertising startup Flurry. While official news of the deal has yet to be announced, sources tell Recode that the news is expected to come in later today....

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13:21
The Beginner Web Dev Hacker Bundle: $69

We have a broad developer course for beginners today, the Beginner Web Dev Hacker Bundle. This package of training videos and course material has 64 hours of content that covers everything from HTML, HTML5, JavaScript, C++, C#, CSS, jQuery, jQuery Mobile, XCode, and Objective C. You'll also learn how to use GameSalad, Construct 2 and Unity3D, and it's all taught by developer John Bura. That's a lot of learning, and through our deal you can get it for $69 (regularly priced at $499). There are more details on the deal listing.

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13:18
iOS 8 beta 4 brings streaming voice recognition to...


Toady’s new beta update to iOS 8 features a change to the way the built-in dictation system works. In previous versions of iOS, dictating text into an app would send your voice to Apple’s server once you finished speaking to be analyzed and return the converted text. Siri used to function the same way, but with iOS 8 Apple made changes that allowed voice input to be streamed to the server for conversion while the user was still speaking.
As of iOS 8 beta 4, the system keyboard’s dictation feature now works the...

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13:00
Liveblog: Apple’s Q3 2014 earnings call happens July...

Apple's newly split stock price has been on the rise lately. Let's see if this quarter's earnings make it move one way or the other.

Andrew Cunningham

Apple will be announcing its Q3 2014 financial results on Tuesday, July 22 at 5pm Eastern time (2pm Pacific), and the standard earnings call with press and analysts will follow shortly afterward. As we usually do, we'll be following along with the call to liveblog and provide charts and other contextual information—Apple rarely makes major announcements on these calls, but it does give more information on how particular Apple products are doing both in the US and other markets.
Apple's third fiscal quarter runs from the beginning of April to the end of June, and while WWDC was full of new software announcements, those updates (and the new hardware that will accompany them) won't actually be available until the fall, late in Q4 2014 or early in Q1 2015. Beyond a...

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12:59
Jonathan Zdziarski’s talk at hacker conferences...


There’s apparently a back door access point on every iOS device on the market.
Per The Apple Core, forensic scientist and author Jonathan Zdziarski has posted the slides (in PDF format) from his talk at the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE/X) conference in New York called Identifying Backdoors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices.
Zdziarski, better known as the hacker “NerveGas” in the iPhone development community, worked as...

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12:55
Samsung says iPhone 5s users have 'screen envy...

In a commercial released on Monday, Samsung goes after Apple's rumored larger-screened iPhone offerings expected to launch this fall, saying the Galaxy smartphone line has had the feature for two years.

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12:43
Samsung Launches New 'Screen Envy' Anti-...

Over the past several weeks, Samsung has released three different ads pitting its Galaxy S5 and its Galaxy Tab S against Apple's iPhone and iPad. Now the company is back today with a new anti-iPhone ad that highlights the Galaxy S5 as having the "screen your friends wish they had." The spot depicts an iPhone user sitting next to a Samsung user, with the two discussing the rumored larger screen of the upcoming iPhone 6. "iPhone might be getting a bigger screen," the iPhone owner tells his S5-toting friend. "That hasn't happened yet?" the friend replies as the two go on to compare their phones. You know that thing you've been waiting on for like two years and how it's supposed to be awesome and how it's going to blow your mind? Well, it's been here this...

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12:42
Netflix on Apple TV now lets you more quickly access...


The Netflix player on Apple TV has been updated with a new feature that allows watchers to more quickly jump between episodes in a single series of a show. When one episode is complete, the Apple TV will offer up the next episode. You must physically select the next episode as it will not automatically play, according to our testing. Previously, to access the next episode, users would have to revert back to the main episode list panel within the Netflix app.
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12:32
OS X Yosemite Preview 4 brings redesigned Calculator...

Alongside a host of bug fixes, the latest developer preview of Apple's next-generation desktop operating system brought a few small but noticeable visual tweaks to some of OS X's oldest components.

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12:30
OS X: The Best Ways to Share a Web Page (via Email)...

Occasionally, it's desirable to share a web page with someone via email, and there are several ways to do it in OS X Safari. Unfortunately, the fastest and easiest way has a notable problem. John Martellaro explains how to do it the right way.

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12:18
New Samsung ad says ‘we’ve had it for two years’ to...


Samsung is continuing its approach of pushing anti-iPhone ads on its YouTube channel. Today’s ad showcases two friends, an iPhone user and a Galaxy S5 user, speaking to each other about the upcoming iPhone 6′s larger screen. “Dude, iPhone might be getting a bigger screen” excitedly states the iPhone user  “That hasn’t happened yet?” slyly responds the Galaxy S5 user. Check out the full advertisement for yourself below:

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12:10
Video: Here’s what’s new in iTunes 12, iOS 8 beta 4...

Earlier today, Apple released iOS 8 beta 4 with a redesigned Control Center feature, OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 4 with various interface tweaks, and a new iTunes 12 Mac app with a refreshed look and feel. Above is our video that takes a closer look at these various changes and enhancements.
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12:09
Facebook introducing ‘Save’ read later feature for...

Facebook announced today that it’s rolling out a new feature for its mobile apps that will let users save content for easy access at a later date. A list of saved content from Facebook— including links to things like places, movies, TV, and music— will appear in the Facebook mobile apps in the “More” section and on the left side bar on the web.
Facebook notes that it will sometimes show users reminders of saved content in the News Feed and also let users share saved lists with others (although saved items are set to private by default):

Your saved items list is organized by category and you can swipe right on each item to share it with your friends or move it into your archive list…We’ll sometimes show you reminders of your saved items in News...

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12:07
Apple to again wipe all CloudKit data tomorrow, July...


Apple’s release notes for OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 4 reveal that the company will be wiping CloudKit data tomorrow.
This data has to do with the new iCloud storage APIs in iOS 8 and Yosemite as well as with the upcoming iCloud Drive online storage feature. It’s best to safely store anything of importance before tomorrow’s wipe:
CloudKit Note: All public CloudKit databases are scheduled to be emptied on Tuesday, July 22nd.
Apple previously wiped CloudKit data ahead of iOS 8 beta 3 and OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 3. ...

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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

Flick Kick Football...

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11:59
Facebook adds Save, creates list for future media...

Facebook users no longer need to worry about trying to find a post on that interesting band or restaurant they didn't have time to read. The social media company announced today that it launched Save, a feature that allows users to collect items for later consumption into one place. The feature is rolling out to mobile app and web-based users of the social media service....

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11:30
Montgomery County, PA: How government can become...

Today’s post was written by Anthony Olivieri, Chief Technology Officer at Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
One of the best things about working in technology is that there’s always something new, some way to “build a better mousetrap.” But mousetraps are only worthwhile if they truly address the business needs that you’ve identified within your organization.
Montgomery County is considered a leader when it comes to effective use of technology in the public sector. We feel it’s our obligation to harness technology to empower employees to work smarter and be more productive, while reducing costs. When we increase productivity, we can serve the public more quickly and comprehensively—which is ultimately our mission.
When I consider my vision for the County, I think first of mobile productivity. One of my top priorities is to enable County employees...

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11:30
What the analysts expect from Apple's upcoming...

After the bell tomorrow, all eyes will be on Apple and its fiscal third quarter earnings report. The last time Apple reported earnings, it impressed Wall Street with iPhone sales figures and revenue that came in much higher than folks were...

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11:25
Apple seeds fourth preview betas of iOS 8, OS X...

(Updated with other beta releases, more Yosemite changes) Apple is now seeding its fourth betas of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite to developers. Perhaps the most significant change is in the latter, which includes the first beta of iTunes 12. The updated media player uses a flatter, streamlined design more in keeping with Yosemite, and is the first version to support Family Sharing, something also present in iOS 8. While Yosemite is still only accessible to developers, sources claim that the first public beta could go live later this month, after Apple has put more polish on it.......

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11:20
OS X Yosemite 10.10 DP4 - Developer Preview of the...

Note: This is a Developer Preview. You must be a registered Apple Mac Developer to download this update. OS X Yosemite is Apple's newest operating system for Mac. An elegant design that feels entirely fresh, yet inherently familiar. The apps you use every day, enhanced with new features. And a completely new relationship between your Mac and iOS devices. OS X Yosemite will change how you see your Mac. And what you can do with it. Redesigned interface. With OS X Yosemite, we set out to elevate the experience of using a Mac. To do that, we looked at the entire system and refined it app by app. Feature by feature. Pixel by pixel. And we built great new capabilities into the interface that put need-to-know information at your fingertips. The result is that your Mac has a fresh new look, with all the power and simplicity you know and love. Powerful built-in...

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11:15
How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000...

First time accepted submitter Gamoid writes This past school year, the Coachella Valley Unified School District gave out iPads to every single student. The good news is that kids love them, and only 6 of them got stolen or went missing. The bad news is, these iPads are sucking so much bandwidth that it's keeping neighboring school districts from getting online. Here's why the CVUSD is considering becoming its own ISP. ...

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11:11
Apple releases iTunes 12 beta with 'elegant new...

Alongside new beta versions of iOS 8, OS X Yosemite, and numerous development tools, Apple on Monday released a preview of iTunes 12 sporting what the company calls an "elegant new design" and support for the Family Sharing feature introduced at WWDC.

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11:06
Steve Jobs’ favorite analytics company getting...

If you’re a long-time Apple watcher, you may be familiar with Flurry Analytics as Steve Jobs’ favorite analytics firm. The video above sums up his opinion well on the topic. Today, Re/code breaks the news that Yahoo’s prolific Mergers and Acquisition department will be acquiring Flurry for “hundreds of millions of dollars” later today. TechCrunch pegs the price at roughly $300 million. As for Apple, the Cupertino-based company will be launching its own iOS analytics software this fall alongside iOS 8.
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11:00
Journalist picks up Galaxy S5, discovers it is,...

In a shocking turn of events that is sure to send ripples through the technology world for years to come, Business Insider's Jim Edwards has confirmed that, as has long been rumored, there are smartphones out there with displays larger than that of...

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10:45
Snowden: Dropbox is 'hostile to privacy,'...

In an interview with The Guardian last week, Edward Snowden made it clear that he opposed cloud companies that had access to user data. He specifically pointed out Dropbox as being "hostile to privacy" for a number of reasons, including a board appointment of an ex-government official with ties to suspected privacy violations....

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10:34
Contest winners turned pirates leak early copy of...


Earlier this week, Gameloft hosted a contest on their Facebook page rewarding winners with a free, early copy of Modern Combat 5: Blackout. The upcoming next installment of the popular first-person shooter is slated for release July 24th for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 8 devices. Unfortunately for Gameloft, however, you can already download it-for free. According to the company, one of the contest winners pirated the game made it available for download as a torrent. Unsurprisingly, Gameloft is livid. Gameloft Community Manager Florian Weber said in a statement on Facebook:
“As you can imagine, I am really pissed off…...

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10:30
Daily Deals for July 21, 2014. featuring the DJI...

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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10:29
iTunes Festival app updated for London 2014, brings...

 


This morning, Apple announced a new iTunes Festival for the United Kingdom, featuring over sixty bands, for September. The iTunes Festival app has now been updated to relay this information and exhibits the design style and iconography for the 2014 show. Because this is a UK show, the app is only available in the UK iTunes Store.
Currently, the app doesn’t feature much content — simply linking out to the iTunes Store app to enter the raffle for tickets. When the 2014 iTunes Festival starts, the app will stream the gigs alongside other related content. The festival will also be shown on Apple TV.
The app was last updated earlier this year for the...

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10:28
Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

Trailrunner7 writes There are a number of undocumented and hidden features and services in Apple iOS that can be used to bypass the backup encryption on iOS devices and remove large amounts of users' personal data. Several of these features began as benign services but have evolved in recent years to become powerful tools for acquiring user data. Jonathan Zdziarski, a forensic scientist and researcher who has worked extensively with law enforcement and intelligence agencies, has spent quite a bit of time looking at the capabilities and services available in iOS for data acquisition and found that some of the services have no real reason to be on these devices and that several have the ability to bypass the iOS backup encryption. One of the services in iOS, called mobile file_relay, can be accessed remotely or through a USB connection can be used to bypass the backup encryption. If the device has not been rebooted since the last time the user entered the PIN, all of the data...

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10:23
Apple adds new 'Tips' tutorials app in iOS...

Consumers new to iOS -- as well as novice users or those who do not closely follow Apple updates -- have a new learning resource in Apple's new "Tips" app, added to iOS 8 in the mobile operating system's fourth beta.

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10:20
Apple Announces Eighth Annual iTunes Festival in...

Apple today announced that Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Sam Smith, Blondie, Kylie, David Guetta, 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris, Chrissie Hynde, and many more of the world’s biggest artists will headline this year’s iTunes Festival. Returning to the UK for an eighth year, the festival will feature over 60 acts throughout September at the legendary Roundhouse. Performances can be watched live or on-demand on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, in iTunes on a computer, or in HD with Apple TV. “The iTunes Festival in London is back with another stunning line-up of world class performers and tremendous new acts,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “These live shows capture the heart and soul of iTunes and we love bringing them to our customers in the Roundhouse, as well as to the millions of people watching all over the world for free.”

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10:18
“Alive Inside” Film Explores Power of Music to...

Re/code writes about “Alive Inside,” a documentary that chronicles the experiences of Alzheimer’s patients who have been revitalized through music. The film follows social worker Dan Cohen, whose nonprofit works to bring iPods loaded with personalized playlists to elderly Alzheimer’s and dementia patients across the U.S. Re/code describes a scene from the movie where a 94-year-old dementia patient comes alive with joy as soon as he hears a song from his youth. “I had goosebumps over my whole body when he was waking up. I had tears in my eyes,” said filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett. “They say every artist only tells one story over and over again. If I had to tell my story, it’s the finding of life where you think there is none.”

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10:09
Western Digital extends WD Red NAS drive range,...

Western Digital has updated its Network Attached Storage-focused WD Red range of hard drives with new capacities and models. The main WD Red line now includes drives with 5-terabyte and 6-terabyte capacities, while the new WD Red Pro drive line is aimed at medium to large businesses, including a few additions to help in an enterprise environment....

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10:05
Apple TV Finally Gets Netflix Post-Play

Nearly two years after the feature was unveiled, Netflix on the Apple TV gains Post-Play, which automatically plays the next TV episode after the one you’re watching ends. “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers explains how it works. 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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10:00
UE Boom for iOS, Mac is a superb and portable...

The UE Boom (US$199) by Ultimate Ears is a portable, Bluetooth-enabled wireless speaker compatible with Mac and iOS devices. If you've ever grown tired of the limited quality of your MacBook, iPhone or iPad's speaker (and let's face it, who hasn't?),...

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10:00
Jot Touch with Pixelpoint: Like Adobe’s Ink Stylus,...

When Adonit teamed up with Adobe to bring the design software company's stylus to market, Ink and Slide weren't the only pieces of gear to take advantage of the technology because Adonit also released its own Jot Touch with with Pixelpoint pressure sensitive stylus for the iPad. It costs less than Adobe's Ink and Slide, but does that lower price come at a cost? Read on to find out.

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09:52
New iPhone 6 leak shows updated rear shell with...

New photos show what is believed to be a rear shell for the iPhone 6 from a later stage of manufacturing. The shell notably has an iPad-style inlaid Apple logo, and a smoother overall appearance, unlike some earlier leaked shells. The reason for the switch to an inlaid logo is unclear, but it's speculated that Apple may want it to light up, possibly to serve as a notification light, something present on many non-Apple smartphones....

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09:45
iOS 8 Beta 4 Tidbits: Tips App, Control Center...

Apple today released the fourth beta of iOS 8, which brings a number of improvements, changes, and bug fixes to the beta software that was first introduced on June 2. iOS 8 beta 4 includes several minor interface tweaks and modifications that make the beta feel both faster and more polished. We've gathered up a comprehensive list of the enhancements that have been bundled into the release below, and to find out about all of the under-the-radar tweaks in iOS 8 so far, make sure to check out our iOS 8 Hidden Features Roundup. Tips: The Tips app that was first hinted at during WWDC has surfaced in iOS 8 beta 4, giving users tips on how to use iOS 8 on a weekly basis. For example, there are directions on using quick notification responses, sending voice messages,...

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09:35
Tips app debuts in iOS 8 beta 4

Apple’s new Tips app has debuted within the fourth beta of iOS 8. The app shows people how to use the device with a list of tips, each consisting of around a paragraph of text plus an animated image. A list of six tips is…

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09:24
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-21

Google and Apple have very different philosophies on product development and that's having an impact on how both companies are perceived. Today John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about what that means for consumers, and they also offer their take on the EU pushing Apple and Google to drop "free" from the description of games with in-app purchases.

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09:23
Screenshots of redesigned iTunes 12 for OS X...


Earlier today, Apple released iTunes 12 to developers with a new design to fit in with OS X Yosemite. We’ve taken a look at the new player and below is a gallery of what end-users can expect to see come fall:



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09:18
WD expands NAS storage offerings

WD has expanded its WD Red line of SATA hard drives for home and small office NAS (network attached storage) systems with the release of a 5TB and first-to-market 6TB capacity for NAS-specific storage and the introduction of WD Red Pro hard drives that address the medium to large business NAS market.
WD Red 3.5-inch hard drives are now shipping in 1TB to 6TB capacities. The new WD Red Pro 3.5-inch hard drives are available in 2TB to 4TB capacities.
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09:09
iTunes 12 makes its first appearance with iOS-style...

Alongside the latest OS X Yosemite beta preview, Apple has issued the first beta of iTunes 12. This represents the first time the app has been seen at all, although a new red icon was visible in the dock during Apple’s Yosemite presentation at WWDC.…

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09:08
City of Cupertino provides update on Apple’s Campus...

Following a number of amateur aerial shots of Apple’s Campus 2 construction popping up on Instagram and elsewhere online, today the City of Cupertino shared our best yet look at progress on the site with an aerial shot of the entire campus. The shot doesn’t just show the main circular “spaceship” structure, but also work starting on the the entire surrounding campus. 
The City of Cupertino shares regular updates on traffic conditions related to the project on its website, but today it added the shot above showing construction progress on Campus 2. Apple’s timeline for the project (below) hasn’t changed with the City of Cupertino’s site still showing street...

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09:02
Apple seeds revamped iTunes 12 and OS X Yosemite...


As expected, Apple has released OS X 10.10 Yosemite Developer Preview 4. It is available via the Mac App Store Software Update tab for developers running earlier versions of Yosemite. Apple has also released a revamped iTunes 12 to developers. Previous updates previously brought various design tweaks and feature enhancements, and Preview 4 is likely to do the same thing. Yosemite launches this fall with updated Mail, Messages, and Calendar apps, in addition to a system-wide redesign and improved integration with iOS Devices. We’ll be updating this post as new changes are discovered, and you can let us know what you find at tips@9to5mac.com.
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09:02
Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 4,...

Alongside iOS 8 beta 4, Apple today released a new version of OS X Yosemite to developers, two weeks after releasing the third Developer Preview and over a month and a half after introducing the new operating system at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The update can be downloaded from the Mac App Store or through the Mac Developer Center. Apple has also released iTunes 12.0, Yosemite Recovery Update 1.0, OS X Server 4.0 Developer Preview, and Apple Configurator 1.7 beta. iTunes 12 includes an "elegant new design" and introduces support for Family Sharing, a feature first announced during WWDC. The update also includes improved playlists and a redesigned Info Window. OS X Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to...

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09:02
Apple pushes fourth betas of iOS 8, OS X Yosemite to...

Apple on Monday provided registered developers with a new round of betas for its forthcoming desktop and mobile operating systems, releasing both OS X Yosemite Preview 4 and iOS 8 Beta 4 as over-the-wire updates.

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09:00
OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 4 Now Available

OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 4 Now Available

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09:00
iOS 8 beta 4 and Xcode 6 beta 4 Now Available

iOS 8 beta 4 and Xcode 6 beta 4 Now Available

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09:00
OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 4 Now Available

OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 4 Now Available

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09:00
iOS 8 beta 4 and Xcode 6 beta 4 Now Available

iOS 8 beta 4 and Xcode 6 beta 4 Now Available

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09:00
Forensic scientist discovers backdoors running on...

Your iPhone may well be at risk of spilling a good deal of your personal data, but not in the way you imagine. According to security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski, today's iPhone is actually quite good at fending off a typical hacker, but it also...

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08:58
Nokia X, We Hardly Knew Ye


"I told you so" is a refrain that's oft-heard here in the Linux blogosphere, and more often than not it refers to some fleeting Microsoft tie with FOSS that subsequently goes wrong. The latest example? It's a doozy. Redmond not only is laying off many, many thousands -- most of them in its ill-fated Nokia unit -- but also abandoning its short-lived support of Android through the Nokia X line. "We will be particularly focused on making the market for Windows Phone," wrote Microsoft devices chief Stephen Elop in an email last week to employees.

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08:54
Apple releases fourth beta of iOS 8

As expected, iOS 8 beta 4 has been released to registered developers, and is available as an over-the-air update as well as a download from Apple’s developer portal. This release comes two weeks after the third beta. We’ll update this story if any major changes are found.

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08:54
Apple Releases iOS 8 Beta 4 to Developers

Apple today released the fourth beta of iOS 8 to developers, two weeks after releasing the third beta update and more than a month and a half since unveiling the new operating system at the Worldwide Developers Conference. The update, build number 12A4331d, is available through Apple's over-the-air updating system on iOS devices and can also be downloaded via the iOS Developer Center. Apple has also released Xcode 6 beta 4 and a new Apple TV beta. iOS 8 introduces a range of new features, including improved integration with OS X through Continuity, a Health app, Family Sharing features, interactive notifications, a new QuickType Keyboard and improvements to several apps like Safari, Mail, and Messages. iOS 8 beta 4 includes several new features, like a redesigned Control Center...

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08:53
Undocumented iOS functions allow monitoring of...

Zdziarski

Apple has endowed iPhones with undocumented functions that allow unauthorized people in privileged positions to wirelessly connect and harvest pictures, text messages, and other sensitive data without entering a password or PIN, a forensic scientist warned over the weekend.
Jonathan Zdziarski, an iOS jailbreaker and forensic expert, told attendees of the Hope X conference that he can't be sure Apple engineers enabled the mechanisms with the intention of accommodating surveillance by the National Security Agency and law enforcement groups. Still, he said some of the services serve little or no purpose other than to make huge amounts of data available to anyone who has access to a computer, alarm clock, or other device that has ever been paired with a targeted device.
Zdziarski said the service that raises the most concern is known as com.apple.mobile.file_relay. It dishes out a staggering amount of data—including...

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08:50
Apple's iOS 'dishing out a lot of data...

Noted forensic scientist and iOS hacker Jonathan Zdziarski has uncovered a number of undocumented "backdoor" services in Apple's mobile operating system that he argues could be exploited by law enforcement agencies, the NSA, or other malicious actors to bypass encryption and siphon sensitive personal data from iOS devices.

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08:35
Voyager Q Conveniently Docks Your Extra SATA Drives

The Voyager Q dock from NewerTech allows you to access a 2.5- or 3.5-inch SATA drive with a Mac (or PC) using a conventional connection, USB, FireWire or eSATA. It's a boon for those moving on from the old Mac Pros or PC towers but want to keep a SATA drive or two active. NewerTech's implementation is very good, but not without some minor issues.

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08:33
Several backdoors included on every iOS device,...

iOS contains several backdoors that may allow for Apple and/or governments to collect private data, according to a forensic scientist, Jonathan Zdziarski. Presenting at the recent Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE/X) conference, Zdziarski said that that there are several conspicuous design gaps -- and some deliberately-included forensic services -- that make it possible to extract data using forensic tools. The services have names such as "lockdownd," "pcapd," and "mobile.file_relay."...

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08:30
Apple announces eighth annual iTunes Festival in...

Apple has announced that Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Sam Smith, Blondie, Kylie, David Guetta, 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris, Chrissie Hynde and many more of the world’s biggest artists will be headlining this year’s iTunes Festival.
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08:20
Forensic scientist notes iOS ‘back doors’

Jonathan Zdziarski, a forensic scientist and the author of five iOS-related books, has posted slides from a recent conference talk titled “Identifying Back Doors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices.” Zdziarski’s talk, which he gave at the recent HOPE/X conference in New York, reveals an overview “of a…

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08:06
Apple readying OS X Yosemite Public Beta for this...


Apple is planning to release a publicly available beta of the upcoming OS X Yosemite later this month, according to sources briefed on the plans. This release will mark the first time Apple has released a public beta of a new OS X version in over a decade.
Apple released a Developer Preview of Yosemite following the software’s announcement at the June Worldwide Developers Conference, and the company has continued to release updates every two to three weeks since that time. Apple previously said that it will release a public beta of Yosemite this summer…
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08:00
Gary: Death by sticky note

Our friends at Microsoft IT put together two hilarious videos about how OneNote can help organize your life. Don’t be like Gary – get OneNote and stay on top of your life without the sticky notes.
Work Smart: Notes Notes Everywhere

Work Smart: OneNote: The Meeting

Starring Justin Sund as “Gary”
Produced by RUN Studios
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08:00
Why the Mac was left out of Apple and IBM's...

Fredrick Paul of Network World last week wrote that the conspicuous absence of the Mac from Apple and IBM's landmark partnership agreement represents a huge squandered opportunity for Apple.

At the same time, leaving the Mac out of the IBM/Apple...

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07:59
Is the iPhone's Success due to Apple's...

Katy Huberty, a Morgan Stanley analyst who estimates that Apple sold 39 million iPhone units in the period, which is above the consensus stated that "Strong iPhone demand at the end of the product cycle speaks to high loyalty rate of the Apple ecosystem."

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07:55
Rory wins British Open, his dad wins amazing $171,...

About ten years ago, when Rory McIlroy was just 15 years old, his father places a 500-to-1 bet with British betting firm Ladbrokes that his son would win the British Open within 10 years (before Rory turned 26). Now that’s faith in your son’s talent!
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07:39
iPhone Apps: GoodReader 4, Cut the Rope, Actions for...
07:30
Zachs Rates AAPL Neutral on Potential iPhone...

Zachs analysts are rating Apple's stock as Neutral ahead of Tuesday's third fiscal quarter earnings report. The firm sees the upcoming iPhone 6 and rumored iWatch as big sellers for the company, but competition in the smartphone space will have an impact on Apple's bottom line.

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07:17
ExtraBITS for 21 July 2014

Managing Editor Josh Centers sat down with Gene Steinberg to discuss Gmail and Apple TV on The Tech Night Owl podcast, Apple has been denied a trademark on its Touch ID fingerprint scanner, and Greenpeace has declared Apple the greenest company in the tech world. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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07:15
Analyst consensus calls for Apple to beat official...

In tomorrow's results call, Apple may beat official revenue guidance for its fiscal third quarter, according to a consensus forecast compiled by Fortune. The magazine polled over two dozen analysts, and came up with a consensus of $38.4 billion, topping the $36-38 billion Apple predicted when revealing its Q2 results. The poll group was split between 15 professionals and 12 amateurs, of which the latter are said to be the most optimistic....

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07:05
Rumor: Rear shell for 4.7" 'iPhone 6...

Yet another rear shell for Apple's next-generation iPhone has purportedly been outed by sources in the company's Far East supply chain, with the latest set of photos showing a more refined unit complete with an iPad-like inlaid Apple logo.

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07:00
Microsoft’s unified technology event for enterprises

Over the past few months, it has been awesome to connect with our technical communities, customers, and partners at the SharePoint Conference, Lync Conference, Exchange Conference, Project Conference, and most recently, at TechEd North America. While the world is increasingly digital, there is still no replacement for time together, in person, to talk tech and business, and simply get to know each other better. Hands down, my favorite weeks of the past year have been those spent at these conferences, meeting with many, many of you!
As we took stock of the past conferences and looked forward to the next year of conferences, we decided we can do better – better for our technical communities, better for our business customers, better for our partners, and better for Microsoft. Part of this is a recognition that as our industry continues to evolve, so must our approach to creating valuable experiences for all of you. Part of this recognition is feedback from attendees across the...

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07:00
Quick and easy fix for Lightning port charging...

Are you experiencing problems charging your iPhone or iPad using your Lightning cable? Before you toss away your cable or bring your phone into Apple for repair, you should take a moment and try this quick and easy fix that works for many...

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06:30
Light-up logo rumors for iPhone 6 likely have a more...

While we can’t say for sure that rumors of a MacBook-style glowing logo in the iPhone 6 are false, the evidence for this idea is rather … ah … thin.
We first saw photos of what appears to be an ultra-thin rear casing more than a month ago, with some sites then claiming this would facilitate a light-up logo. A new claimed leaked photo is doing the rounds today apparently showing a cut-out logo aperture with a plastic backing thin enough to allow light to shine though.

Those images fuelled speculation that the logo would light up when new mails, SMS messages or updates arrived, allowing owners to put their handset on its front and still be made aware of people contacting them. Today our snaps, which we worked with leaks-world lynchpin Sonny...

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06:23
Forensic Expert Questions Covert 'Backdoor...

As part of a recent Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE/X) conference presentation, forensic scientist and iPhone jailbreak expert Jonathan Zdziarski detailed several backdoor security mechanisms that are secretly included in iOS by Apple. These mechanisms make covert data collection easier for Apple and governmental authorities, reports Zdziarski via ZDNet. Zdziarski confirms that iOS is reasonably secure from attack by a malicious hacker, but notes that the mobile OS includes several forensic services and noticeable design omissions that make the OS vulnerable to snooping by forensic tools. These services, such as "lockdownd," "pcapd" and "mobile.file_relay," can bypass encrypted backups to obtain data and can be utilized via USB, Wi-Fi and possibly cellular. They also are not documented by Apple...

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06:18
Marked 2.3

Sandboxes the Markdown previewer and brings it to the Mac App Store. ($9.99 new, free update, 16.7 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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06:16
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 21...

Notable software releases this week include DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.8.1, Typinator 6.1, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.3.1, and Voila 3.8. 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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06:16
Apple Faces Patent Infringement Lawsuit over iPhone...

The patent holding company Cedatech Holdings hit Apple with a lawsuit last week alleging the iPhone 5's speech recognition technology infringes on a patent it owns. The company filed its lawsuit in Federal Court in the Eastern District in Texas -- a court known for favoring patent trolls -- and the case's wording makes it clear Cedatech can't even keep up on who it is suing.The Mac Observer Spin: If you're suing several companies for patent infringement the least you can do is get their names right in your boilerplate filings.

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06:13
External Link: Josh Centers Discusses Gmail and...

TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers joined host Gene Steinberg on The Tech Night Owl podcast to explain why he uses Gmail, and what Apple will need to do to keep the Apple TV competitive. 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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06:13
Apple confirms Chongqing store opening for July 26th

A new Apple Store will open in Chongqing, China on July 26th at 10AM local time, according to the company's website. The outlet is situated in the Paradise Walk Mall; it should be a prominent landmark in the area, rising at least three stories tall with a massive glass facade. At present that facade is covered with a "coming soon" logo featuring colored dots sprayed out from the building's Apple logo....

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: Disappear in a puff of logic

New Photos of Purported iPhone 6 Battery Show 1,810 mAh Capacity (MacRumors)

This photo wouldn't be terribly difficult to fake. That having been said, there's something just so vanilla about this rumor that it feels like it's probably true...

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05:59
Rumor: 12-inch Retina display MacBook Air could be...


You may have to wait a little longer for the 12-inch Retina display MacBook Air.
Per AppleInsider and Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, current rumors have it that Apple’s 12-inch Retina display MacBook Air could be delayed until 2015 given processor supply constraints, while the release of the next-generation 11-inch and 13-inch models will be on time as partner suppliers in East Asia are receiving parts for mass production.
The current stories claim a rumored 12-inch MacBook Air may...

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05:48
4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Rear Shell with Embedded Apple...

Earlier this month, we shared some high-quality photos and a video of what has been claimed to be the rear shell of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in rough form. uSwitch has now obtained a pair of photos showing the part in its completed state, revealing a polished finish and the removal of several interior physical features that had been part of the manufacturing process. While the part shows a much cleaner look now that it has been polished and cleaned up, the antenna breaks at the top and bottom, previously reported to be made of a non-conductive polymer, remain quite prominent. uSwitch primarily focuses on the shell's Apple logo, which as seen in previous leaks will change to an embedded version similar to that found on iPads rather than the printed version used in...

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05:47
Layoffs: There's a Right Way


Microsoft last week announced a large staff reduction tied to the acquisition of Nokia. There is actually a science to how to make layoffs, but much of that appears to have been lost over the last couple of decades. I have some theories as to why -- I blame the Democrats and financial analysts -- but how you carry out job cuts actually is very important, and it reflects how well the CEO understands people, which I think is a critical skill. In the context of Microsoft's layoffs, I'll offer a layoff primer this week.

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05:46
FinderPop 2.5.6 - Classic Mac utility, now a...

FinderPop is a Universal preference pane that extends OS X's contextual menus using a FinderPop Items folder much as the Apple Menu Items folder used to do for the Apple menu. It has other features too:

  • Control-free popup in the Finder - handy for those with one-button mice.
  • A launcher that takes up zero screen real estate, merely a click on any blank area of menubar away,
  • A handy filesystem browser, allowing quick and easy access to files and disks in the Finder,
  • A Processes menu (Command-click a blank menubar area.)
  • Fast access to 'Where's that dratted file I had on the Desktop?' (Shift-Click a blank menubar area.)
  • A comprehensive collection of vaguely beer-related aphorisms in the Aboutbox.

Please use the FinderPop Help button in the preference pane; there are many features in FP that are not immediately obvious. I'm working on it :-) The FAQ in the Help is also worth a read. Most UI...

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05:28
Apple will beat its own top-end guidance when it...

Fortune ran its usual poll of more than two dozen analysts, with the consensus view echoing earlier predictions that Apple will beat its revenue guidance of $36-38B by reporting $38.4B for its fiscal Q3 (calendar Q2). Gross margin is also expected to exceed Apple’s guidance of 37-38 percent, at 38.1 percent. This follows forecasts that iPhone sales would climb 15 percent year-on-year, while iPad sales will be flat.
Business Insider reports that Wall Street is once...

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05:24
Amazon’s puzzling Kindle Unlimited program

Amazon has unveiled a new subscription service called Kindle Unlimited, designed to give Kindle readers unlimited access to a limited library of eBooks, all for $9.99 a month.

I think this is a bit of a stumble for Amazon, a money grab. I’m an insatiable reader and I would go for this if all of Amazon’s book library was included. But as is, no thanks.
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05:21
Register now and join Tuesday’s webinar: iPad,...

You have an iPad. Now bring it into the workplace and work on Office docs. Better yet: share them with your coworkers using OneDrive for Business. PCs, Macs, iPads – they can all play along together. We’ll show you how when you join us on Tuesday, July 22, for our webinar.
 
Register and attend
https://microsoft.eventbuilder.com/event2.asp?eventID=r6p4e153
 
Doors open at 9:00 am Pacific Time and we start promptly at 9:15 am. Immediately following will be a 20-minute Q&A. A video will be available a few days after the webinar.
At Tuesday’s webinar, you’ll learn

  • How to use Office for iPad
  • Sharing things the iPad way
  • ...
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05:01
Apple’s 2014 London iTunes Festival to Include...

Apple's annual iTunes Festival is set for September and once again will take place in London with performances from Maroon 5, Beck, Pharrell Williams, and more. The annual event includes 30 days of free concerts from big name artists at the Roundhouse with tickets for each event given out through a lottery system.The Mac Observer Spin: iTunes Festival is always a great event, so if you'll be in London in September be sure to sign up for the ticket lottery.

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04:48
Eighth annual iTunes Festival announced

Apple has announced the eighth annual iTunes Festival, a concert series held in London at the Roundhouse. There will be 30 days of concerts throughout September, which will be broadcast live to an iOS app, iTunes on the desktop, and Apple TV. This year’s…

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04:47
Apple Announces their iTunes Festival London Lineup...

Apple has announced this year's iTunes Festival London line-up of artists for this September. This is Apple's eighth such festival and Apple's Senior VP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue stated that "These live shows capture the heart and soul of iTunes and we love bringing them to our customers in the Roundhouse, as well as to the millions...

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04:44
Apple opening 11th Chinese Apple Store next weekend

Apple’s presence in China continues to grow.
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04:30
Apple's eighth annual UK iTunes Festival to...

Music fans—especially those based in the United Kingdom—will be glad to hear that, for the eighth year running, Apple plans to hold its massive iTunes Festival in London. The event will feature more than 60 acts performing throughout the month of September at the city’s Roundhouse.Among this year’s featured artists are Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Blondie, and many more. Tickets are, as ever, free, but are available only via contests, either those run by the company’s partners like Global Radio and the London Evening Standard, or by entering ballots on iTunes.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:40
Apple announces details for 2014 London iTunes...

Apple today announced the details for its eighth annual London iTunes Festival, which will be held this September at the Roundhouse. Over 60 performers will be present at the 30-day event and include Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Sam Smith,...

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04:34
Earnings Preview: Wall Street expects solid quarter...

While many Apple observers expect the company to reveal solid year-over-year growth for its relatively quiet June quarter, much of the focus will be on new CFO Luca Maestri's guidance for the fall with updated iPhones and iPads on the horizon, the expected closing of the Beats acquisition, and the possibility of a so-called "iWatch."

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04:25
∞ 45 years ago, Armstrong set foot on the moon

A little bit of history, plus the source code from the Apollo 11 guidance computer.

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04:00
Microsoft is trimming the fat with 18,000 layoffs

It’s not an easy thing being a Microsoft employee right now, as the software giant is doing quite a bit of refocusing which means some of those workers will inevitably be left in the dust. Just ask the 13,000 employees who were let go last Thursday after CEO Satya Nadella outlined the coming changes in an email to employees sent the morning that the axe fell. About 12,500 of those layoffs were actually Nokia employees who only recently became Microsoft employees as the result of a $7.2 billion acquisition of the company in April. However, the layoff spree isn’t finished as there are still 5500 more layoffs to come in the next six months according to a...

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03:57
Briefly: Google Now reminders in search, Netflix...

Google is now allowing for the creation of reminders in Google Search. Similar to the vocal method using Google Voice Search and Google Now on smartphones, Google Operating System reports users can set a reminder by typing "Add reminder" or "Create Reminder" in the search box. A reminder card with extra settings will then appear, with a "Remind me on Google Now" link finalizing the notification....

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03:35
PackPoint handy packing checklist app now available...

There’s nothing worse than arriving at your hotel for a trip, unpacking and then realizing you’ve forgotten something vital – like your MacBook  power supply, to pick an entirely random example **cough**. Packing checklists offer a good solution, but what you need for a business trip in the winter will be very different to what you need for a holiday in the summer.
PackPoint is an app that asks you a series of questions about your trip, then generates suggested packing lists based on everything from the forecast weather to the things you expect to be doing there. Previously only available on Android, it’s now available for iOS. Going out for a fancy dinner at some point? PackPoint will ensure you remember suitable attire. Business trip? Your VPN fob and gets added in along with the ubiquitous laptop and power.
You can edit the suggested lists by removing suggested items and adding in your own ones. The result is highly-customized packing checklists that should ensure...

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03:28
Kool Tools: Mail Designer 2

Mail Designer 2 from equinux (http://www.equinux.com) is a solid update of the Mac OS X app for designing emails and newsletters. The new version adds: support for animated images, support for videos embedded directly within emails, an integrated button designer, and collaborative features for teams.
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03:26
SpiderOak 5.1.7 - Secure cloud backup, storage, and...

SpiderOak is a multi-platform secure online backup, storage, access, and sharing solution engineered for the consumer and small businesses. You must first sign up to use SpiderOak. Running natively on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux, SpiderOak allows users to create a central storage repository where they can access data from all their SpiderOak devices within the application, or via Web login at SpiderOak.com. Using an automated approach, SpiderOak immediately backs up and stores any additions, edits, or changes to the back up set. Historical versions of any document can be identified and downloaded by timestamp. Any folders within a user's SpiderOak account can be selected for sharing in a password protected setting called a 'ShareRoom', and any changes or additions to the shared folders are automatically seen by visitors to the ShareRoom. Capabilities at a glance:

  • ...

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03:11
Shipments of 300Mbps smartphone modems to exceed 700...

Shipments of second-generation LTE basebands, commonly called Cat4, enabling mobile users to enjoy up to 150 Mbps bandwidth, barely exceeded 42 million in 2013, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).
However, key chipset suppliers are stretching their muscles for next-generation basebands that will enable speeds of up to 300 Mbps, namely Cat6 chips. New findings from the research group indicate that cumulative shipments of Cat6 chips targeting smartphones are expected to exceed 700 million by the end of 2019.
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01:56
Apple announces 2014 iTunes Festival lineup, ticket...

Apple has revealed some of the lineup of its iTunes Festival 2014, which will again take over London's Roundhouse for 30 days and nights this September, and feature more than 60 bands. The month-long event, which is streamed live over a dedicated Apple TV channel, the iTunes Festival app on iOS devices and iTunes, offers free tickets won by lottery for fans in London by entering ballots on iTunes, while fans everywhere can win them through competitions run by local media partners....

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00:51
Apple's 2014 iTunes Festival in London to...

Apple on Monday revealed the initial lineup for its eighth annual iTunes Festival in London, which is scheduled to kick off in September with big-name performers Maroon 5, Pharrell and Calvin Harris joining legends Blondie, Robert Plant and more at the historic Roundhouse theater.

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Sunday July 20

23:05
Apple Announces 8th Annual iTunes Festival in London...

Apple today announced that it will hold its eight monthlong iTunes Festival in London this year, featuring 30 nights of concerts at The Roundhouse throughout September. Artists set to perform at this year's iTunes Festival include Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, and more. "The iTunes Festival in London is back with another stunning line-up of world class performers and tremendous new acts,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “These live shows capture the heart and soul of iTunes and we love bringing them to our customers in the Roundhouse, as well as to the millions of people watching all over the world for free." As with past years, free tickets for the concerts will be avaliable through iTunes in a lottery system. The iTunes Festival will also be broadcast via Apple TV, iOS app, and...

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22:47
Apple announces iTunes Festival London 2014...


Apple has announced its eighth annual iTunes Festival event at the Roadhouse in London through a press release on its website. The 30-day event will run through the month of September and feature over 60 bands, including Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, and many more.
As usual, the entire event will be available for live streaming and on-demand viewing online, through the iTunes Festival iOS app, or an on a dedicated Apple TV channel. Fans in the UK and abroad will also have a chance to win free tickets through competitions held by local media outlets and through the iTunes Store.
The full press release is below:
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22:31
∞ Apple announces iTunes Festival London

Apple will be bringing iTunes Festival to London, England for the eighth straight year, the company said on Sunday night. iTunes Festival London brings some of the world’s biggest bands together for 30 nights of concerts and they are all free. [...]

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20:41
Apple opening new store in Chongqing next weekend,...


Next weekend, Apple will be bringing up its official Apple Store count in China to eleven. The Cupertino-based company will be opening up a new store at the Paradise Walk mall in the Jiangbei District of Chongqing on Saturday, July 26th. The official announcement was made on Apple’s retail website:


The store will open up at 10 AM local time. Apple began teasing the new store with a colorful banner last week. Like other Apple Store locations, the front exterior of the store appears to...

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18:46
Editorial: Google, Microsoft claiming Apple's...

Google and Microsoft have virtually achieved their goal of becoming Apple, albeit twenty years behind today's Apple. Which is sort of a beleaguered achievement.

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17:45
Review: Razer Kraken Pro headset

Gaming headphones are a challenge to get right, for a long list of reasons that are unique to the consumer buying them. Some shoppers want a universal set of headphones, some weigh the difference in the configuration, while others just want something with a good built-in microphone for voice chat. What about gamers looking for their next set of headphones for longer gaming sessions? Razer, a brand many gamers are familiar with, may have a solution with the Kraken Pro headset. But is it good enough for gaming as well as everyday needs? Find out in our review.......

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17:00
Explaining Continuity: The tech tying iOS 8 and OS X...

Continuity changes how your iPhones, iPads, and Macs interact with one another. Let's look at the technology underneath all these features.

Apple

Apple wants you to buy Apple devices. It insists, mostly successfully, that computers, tablets, and phones are fully separate product categories with separate use cases and that “you should be able to use the right device for the moment.” The company brags on its earnings calls that first-time iPhone buyers are more likely to pick up additional Apple devices in the future. It’s selling a vision in which everything works best if you own an iPhone and an iPad and a Mac rather than mixing and matching.
If you subscribe to Apple’s philosophy, iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite will reward your faith. While iOS and OS X have shared certain services and features since 2011 or so, this year’s releases will take that interoperability to the next level under the “Continuity...

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16:30
Talkcast tonight, 7pm PT/10pm ET: Penultimate...

New dial-in experience! Set up Fuze Meeting before the show if you want to join in live.

It's that time once again, where we wrap up a bit of news and commentary on this week's TUAW Talkcast! We'll be chatting about some good security settings, and...

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16:00
Reviews: Razer Kraken Pro headset

Gaming headphones are a challenge to get right, for a long list of reasons that are unique to the consumer buying them. Some shoppers want a universal set of headphones, some weigh the difference in the configuration, while others just want something with a good built-in microphone for voice chat. What about gamers looking for their next set of headphones for longer gaming sessions? ......

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15:19
MGG 511: Geeky Tangents Are Good!

Searching Gmail from the iOS Mail app usually fails, and the guys tackle that for you. Did you know that Keynote files often store extra stuff you don't need? Listen and learn how to get rid of that. Then it's on to a discussion about guest networks on your AirPort base station. Want to learn about modifying the Finder's "Open With" menu. Geeks to the rescue. Join John and Dave as they answer all these issues and more. It's a blast!

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14:23
Apollo 11 turns 45: a lunar landing anniversary...

Ars Technica:

On July 20 1969, at about four minutes before 10:00 pm Central Daylight Time, former naval aviator and test pilot Neil Armstrong became the first human being to stand on the surface of the Moon.

About 20 minutes later, he was followed by Buzz Aldrin, an Air Force colonel with a PhD in astronautics from MIT (Aldrin had, quite literally, written the book on orbital rendezvous techniques). Armstrong and Aldrin’s landing was the culmination of almost a decade of scientific and engineering work by hundreds of thousands of people across the United States. Even though the lunar program’s goals were ultimately political, the Apollo project ranks as one of the greatest engineering achievements in human history.

The story of the program is an incredible one and I’d encourage you to watch the amazing “From the Earth to the Moon” series if you haven’t seen it.
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13:35
Facebook launches 'buy' button test on...

Less than a month since Twitter began testing a "buy now" button on the social media service, Facebook has jumped into the arena to offer its own "buy" button. The new feature is being tested with a small number of businesses as a way to drive commerce directly to those involved, without requiring people to leave Facebook to complete a transaction....

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11:30
The rise and fall of the Fireman’s Pole

Priceonomics:

Once heralded as the time-saving successor to stairs, the fire pole is, after 150 years, sliding toward extinction. In its heyday, the pole revolutionized the way firefighters responded to alarms, accessed their trucks, and, ultimately, saved lives. But fire poles came — and still come — with a caveat: they have the potential to be lethal for those who descend them.

As a kid, I always thought it would be cool to have a house with a Fireman’s Pole in it to get downstairs. After reading this article, not so much. I had no idea they were so dangerous.
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11:12
Twitter changing the way direct messages are managed...

Last week, Twitter announced that it is going to issue an update on how direct messages are handled on the micro-blogging service. The update makes deleting direct messages consistent across all platforms, allowing users a single action for removal, rather than deleting across every interface version. Another update is coming that changes how direct messages are handled across the numerous platforms, to give users access to their complete messaging history....

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11:00
Most popular and featured articles on TUAW you don...

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:

Pulling the trigger on Kindle...

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09:01
Review: 1TB Aero Wireless Mobile Drive

Regardless of how large a tablet you buy, you want more space. There's always one more movie, or another album you'd cram on, if only there was a little more room! A line of products has surfaced, which purport to expand the capacity of a tablet by offloading media and other documents to a wireless hard drive. Patriot has a device in the class, the Aero Wireless Mobile Drive. The concept is a really good idea, but how is the execution? Read our review and find out....

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08:00
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

VLC Streamer [iOS...

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07:42
A Flashy Visual Rumors Infographic for the iPhone 6...

While Patently Apple covers supply chain rumors, we try to avoid the daily barrage of rumors concerning the iPhone 6, especially those with fuzzy photos and alleged iPhone parts that could never be confirmed. Though a recent graphic caught our eye from the site nowhereelse.fr that we thought you might enjoy viewing. It's based on rumors rounded up from various Apple sources and placed onto one gigantic infographic with added scores of probability.

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07:00
Reviews: Patriot Aero Wireless Mobile Drive

Regardless of how large a tablet you buy, you want more space. There's always one more movie, or another album you'd cram on, if only there was a little more room! A line of products has surfaced, which purport to expand the capacity of a tablet by offloading media and other documents to a wireless hard drive. Patriot has a device in the class, the ......

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07:00
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

Bill Killem mashes endless running and platforming into chaotic...

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06:23
Apple's iPhone 5 Targeted in new Lawsuit over...

Late on Friday a Texas based company by the name of Cedatech Holdings, LLC filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple using a 2010 granted patent titled "Integration of Audio or Video Program with Application." The lawsuit focuses on Apple's use of speech recognition software in such products as the iPhone and iPad.

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06:13
∞ Kacy Catanzaro, inspirational feat of strength and...

[VIDEO] At first blush, American Ninja Warrior might seem like just another silly bit of reality TV. But try to imagine doing what the contestants on this show do. As you watch the video below, ignore the hype and just focus on each individual task that Kacy Catanzaro takes on. Inspirational. Bravo, Kacy.

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05:28
CSNY 1974, a brilliant bit of work

If you’ve never listened to them before, take a few minutes to check out this live album from 40 years ago. Here’s a link to the album on iTunes. Scroll to the bottom and hit Preview All.
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Saturday July 19

22:27
Former White House Press Secretary Carney still...

A rumor claiming former White House Secretary Jay Carney is in the running to head up public relations at Apple -- thought to have been put to bed last week -- was resurrected on Saturday, with a new report saying he is still considering the position.

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15:20
Even after denial, Bloomberg says Jay Carney in the...


Last week, Re/code reported that former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has been “bandied about” in connection to filling Katie Cotton’s role as Apple’s Corporate Communications and PR chief:

Kalanick is still looking, having talked to other political players such as former Obama White House press secretary Jay Carney (whose name is also being bandied about for the other big job opening in tech PR, at Apple).
Following that report,...

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15:00
Veu - City Explorer for iOS creates an on-the-fly...

Veu (free) is a clever iOS app that unfortunately has some quirks and rough edges. The app -- which is designed to be an on-the-fly travel guide -- has coverage for the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy and details for several major cities. It claims...

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13:55
Why do we have blood types?

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Why do 40 per cent of Caucasians have type A blood, while only 27 per cent of Asians do? Where do different blood types come from, and what do they do?

In 1900 the Austrian physician Karl Landsteiner first discovered blood types, winning the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his research in 1930. Since then scientists have developed ever more powerful tools for probing the biology of blood types. And yet I found that in many ways blood types remain strangely mysterious. Scientists have yet to come up with a good explanation for their very existence.

Interesting article about a subject crucial to all of us and yet something few of us know anything about. I’m embarrassed to say I have no clue what my blood type is.
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Google and Samsung escalate hostilities over watches...

Google is growing increasingly worried that Samsung, its largest licensee, is working to undermine its own strategy for Android, while Samsung and the rest of the industry is concerned that Google has become a "bully," according to a new report by The Information.

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