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Thursday July 10

02:01
Apple Invents a New Ion Implant Methodology to Embed...

On July 10, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an invention related to a next generation of sapphire cover glass. The glass could be used as both a front and/or back cover for future iDevices such as an iPhone and/or iPad. A sapphire back side cover glass could be used ...

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01:56
Trio of Apple sapphire-related inventions point to...

Ahead of Apple's expected iPhone announcement this fall, the company has filed for three sapphire-related patents pointing to a handset with front cover and illuminated buttons crafted from the exotic material.

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00:48
Inside Accessibility: Apple advances iOS 8 & OS...

Apple is enhancing its accessibility features in both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, widening its lead over Google's Android in accommodating the needs of users with disabilities.

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Wednesday July 9

23:53
Roku, Chromecast outselling Apple TV in US, says...

Ahead of what is expected to be a significant revamp or re-invention of the Apple TV, rivals such as Roku and Google's Chromecast dongle are allegedly outselling Apple's entry in the streaming-settop-box wars, claims a new study. Though still more popular worldwide, the report from Parks Associates believes that Apple sold just over two million Apple TV units in the US last year, which if true would place it third behind Roku and the Chromecast, both of which sold about 3.8 million units in the US in the same period.......

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23:22
Apple Sold 2 Million Apple TVs Last Year in US,...

Google's Chromecast and the Roku were the two highest-selling streaming media devices in the U.S. last year as the Apple TV fell to third place, according to new data from Parks Associates (via GigaOM). Both Google and Roku sold an estimated 3.8 million streaming media devices last year, with Apple selling just over 2 million Apple TVs. To date, Apple has sold over 20 million Apple TVs worldwide since launching the streaming device in 2007, while Roku has sold 8 million devices since its first media box in 2008. A Parks Associates report last year noted that 14% of U.S. broadband households were using streaming media devices. The study also stated that...

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21:35
Apple takes bolder stand on renewable energy, aims...

On Wednesday, Apple released its fiscal 2014 Environmental Responsibility Report and announced through it that the company will focus on achieving "net zero energy use," a goal it has already accomplished with all 21 of its Australian retail stores and 140 of its US outlets, alongside its latest data centers and its forthcoming Apple Campus 2 headquarters. The solar array that supplies most of the power used at the Maiden, North Carolina data center is the largest privately-owned array in the country....

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21:00
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

Symmetrain [iOS...

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20:51
Apple TV loses ground to Roku and Chromecast, drops...


A new report compiled by Parker Associates and discovered by Gigaom revealed that the Apple TV has lost some U.S. market share to competitors like the Roku and Chromecast last year, causing it to become only the third most popular device in the category.
According to the report, Google’s Chromecast and the Roku streaming device each sold around 3.8 million units in 2013—though the figure is more impressive in the case of the Chromecast, which was only introduced in the second half of the year. Apple, on the other hand,...

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20:43
Apple hires two more Nike FuelBand engineers, looks...


It all comes down to the recent hires.
Per The Mac Observer, Apple has apparently snagged two former Nike FuelBand engineers for what could be its wearable technologies/iWatch project. The new hires are Jon Gale, who wrote FuelBand firmware code for Nike and Ryan Bailey, who worked as a hardware engineer on the FuelBand team. While not officially confirmed by Apple, it’s been surmised that the two will be working on an Apple fitness tracking device effort
Mr. Gale’s title at Apple is Sensing Systems Engineer, according to his LinkedIn profile, and Mr. Bailey is a Mechanical Design Engineer. Both...

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20:24
Roku outpaces Apple TV in US sales growth and usage...

A report published on Wednesday claims set-top media streamers like the Apple TV will be in one out of every four homes by 2015, but market growth of Apple's device is being outpaced by sector giant Roku, at least in the U.S.

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19:59
iTubeDownloader 5.1.2 - Easily download any YouTube...

iTubeDownloader is a powerful-yet-simple YouTube downloader for the masses. Because it contains a proprietary browser, you can browse YouTube like you normally would. When you see something you want to download, just click the "Download" button - it just works. Features:

  • Download virtually any YouTube Video including: Vevo videos, movie trailers, TV shows, and much more!
  • Simple and clutter free UI
  • International - Available in the following languages: English, Spanish, German, Japanese, Italian, and Chinese (Simplified). If your language is missing, contact us and we will include it as soon as possible.
  • Quick support - I respond to emails usually within 24 hours, you can also use the "Feedback" in the menu to provide: bug reports, suggestions and questions.
  • Downloads in MP4 format so you can sync your videos with your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
  • Frequent updates

iTubeDownloader...

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19:59
ExpanDrive 4.1.2 - Access remote files over SSH/SFTP...

ExpanDrive builds cloud storage in every application, acts just like a USB drive plugged into your Mac. With ExpanDrive, you can securely access any remote file server directly from the Finder or even the terminal. ExpanDrive supports:

  • SFTP/FTP/FTPS
  • Amazon S3
  • Dropbox
  • WebDAV
  • Rackspace Cloud Files
  • Openstack Swift
  • Dreamhost DreamObjects
  • Google Drive and SkyDrive coming soon

Version 4.1.2: Note: ExpanDrive 4 is a paid upgrade and costs $24.95. If you purchased after April 1 2014 you will be upgraded for free. New

  • Background write size increased to files of 600M
  • S3 mime-types are set based on extension

Fixed

  • Fixed alignment of non-Retina icons
  • Improved connection error messages
  • OS X 10.6 or later

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19:50
Briefly: D-Link's 802.11ac wireless access...

D-Link has announced the release of the DAP-2660, a new high-power 802.11ac wireless access point. Enclosed in a low-profile white housing, the DAP-2660 can be installed on the ceiling or wall-mounted in locations that require access to a wireless signal. Its maximum wireless signal rates are up to 300Mbps using a 2.4GHz band, and 867Mbps using the 5GHz band. The access point supports advanced radio management features such as band steering, airtime fairness and load balancing....

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18:30
Report: Yosemite adopted by developers at 4X rate of...

Just a month after the first Developer Preview was released at the Worldwide Developer's Conference, Apple's OS X 10.10 Yosemite is already starting to show up in significant numbers in general Mac web traffic statistics. While 0.2 percent may not seem like a lot, it is four times higher than the percentage seen by the last major OS X upgrade, Mavericks, at the same point in its pre-release state. New features and better integration between iOS and OS X appears to be driving adoption....

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18:02
Apple Claims Its Carbon Footprint Shrank 3% from...

Apple released its 2014 Environmental Responsibility Report on Wednesday, and in that report the company claimed that its carbon footprint shrank 3 percent from 2012 to 2013. This, despite strong growth in the company's sales, headcount, Apple Store locations, and just about every other aspect of the company's operations.

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17:20
Apple says working toward 'net zero energy...

Apple on Wednesday published an Environmental Responsibility Report covering fiscal 2014, outlining steps the company has taken to reduce impact on climate change, use green materials in its products and conserve resources.

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17:05
ACM 262: Apple’s Threat to High-End Watch Makers

Apple may be set to accidentally impact the high-end watch market when its rumored iWatch ships later this year. Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin go deep into that, plus they look at the damage Amazon could unleash on the book industry with its contract fight with Hachette.

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17:03
Apple Environmental Report: Carbon Footprint Down 3...

Apple today released its 2014 Environmental Responsibility Report [PDF], posting the new information on its updated Environmental Initiatives website. The report, which covers fiscal 2013, highlights the progress Apple has made towards its environmental goals, which include reducing climate change by using renewable energy sources, using greener materials, and conserving "precious resources." Apple notes that its carbon footprint from energy use has dropped by 31 percent from fiscal 2011 to fiscal 2013, even though energy consumption has increased by 44 percent. The company also recalculated its 2012 emissions and found that its overall carbon footprint shrank by three percent from 2012 to 2013, its first decline. Second, while focusing on our climate data, we decided to recalculate our 2012 emissions...

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17:00
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

Blockado Mountain...

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16:47
Gartner, IDC: Mac sales slip in Q2, Apple still in...

Although Apple still retains about 10 percent of the US PC market and remains the fourth-place manufacturer, new preliminary numbers from market analyst firms IDC and Gartner note that Apple was the only top-five PC manufacturer to post negative growth from the year-ago quarter, dropping between 1.3 and 1.7 percent (the two firms disagree on the specifics). IDC says Apple now holds an even 10 percent, while Gartner says Apple has a 10.6 percent share....

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16:30
iCringe

This might be the most cringe-worthy "adoption" of one of Apple's advertising aesthetics that I've ever seen, and a pretty poor effort all around.

[Photo credit: Gary Stevens]...

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16:26
Tor Embroiled in $1M Revenge-Porn Lawsuit


Texas attorney Jason L. Van Dyke recently filed a lawsuit against nude-photo-sharing site Pink Meth and included the Tor Project among its defendants. Pink Meth is an "involuntary pornography" site, the suit charges, enabling users to post nude photos for the purposes of getting revenge on those pictured. It's accessible only to users who have downloaded Tor's anonymity-minded software. The plaintiff named in the case is allegedly a victim of Pink Meth's service who was caused mental anguish and loss of earning capacity as a result.

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16:17
Apple issues 2014 Environmental Responsibility...


Apple updated its Environmental Initiatives website and has issued its 2014 Environmental Responsibility Report today. Today’s update fulfills a promise from Earth Day in which Apple said that it would more frequently update consumers on its environmental progress. Apple has always been focused on the environment, but it has pushed its attention to new levels with the hire of former EPA head...

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16:15
A New Samsung Design Patent Supports their Vision of...

In January we reported that Kwon Oh-hyeon, vice-chairman and CEO, Samsung Electronics, stated during an analyst meeting that they "would lead innovation by introducing the 'foldable' display in 2015." On Tuesday, after Samsung reported bad quarterly financials due to slumping smartphone sales for the second quarter this year, the US Patent Office revealed a new design patent win relating to a future smartphone with multiple displays ...

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16:13
Briefly: Grid 2 Reloaded Edition for OS X, Checkout...

Feral Interactive has announced that its multi-discipline racing game Grid 2 Reloaded Edition will be released for Mac gamers this summer. Featuring "World Series Racing", players aim to become the star driver of the league by facing off against international drivers from local clubs. Races are set in a variety of locations, such as mountain roads and city streets of Paris, Miami or Hong Kong. Each vehicle option varies in respects to its gearing, torque and weight distribution....

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15:46
Developer adoption of OS X Yosemite beta nearly 4x...

Fresh data gathered by ad network Chitika shows Macs running Apple's OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta accounted for 0.2 percent of all OS X-based ad impressions in North America one month after release, nearly four times that of its predecessor OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

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15:30
Daily Deals for July 9, 2014, featuring MEGA...

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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15:30
Hyundai offers extended demo of CarPlay tech in 2015...

A new, 11-minute video of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata offers viewers an in-depth look at CarPlay, Apple's car technology for iOS device integration. In addition to showing off the system itself, the video also makes clearer how CarPlay (and other technologies like Android Auto) can co-exist with built-in infotainment systems that are part of the vehicle itself. The video also distinguishes Apple's "Siri Eyes Free" feature from the rest of the CarPlay technology....

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15:00
TUAW TV Live: Wearables and World Cups

This week show will be taken over by Doc as Steve is away. Being the Futbol geek that Doc is the show will also be delayed by an hour due to World Cup match. Join in today as we talk about the latest in Apple tech news and do a quick roundup on the...

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14:00
IDAPT accessories: Style and substance from Barcelona

IDAPT is a design company in Barcelona, Spain that reflects a lot of the character of the city that's seen in the image above. While some products such as the US$9.99 Sutra channel the quirky and playful side of the architecture of Barcelona, others...

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13:48
Lenovo Passes Apple in U.S. PC Shipments As...

Apple saw its U.S. PC marketshare decline to 10.6 percent in the second quarter of 2014, down from 11.5 percent in the year-ago quarter, according to new data released from Gartner. With 1.6 million shipments, it trailed behind HP, Dell, and Lenovo, ranking fourth for the first time in several years. Lenovo saw the most significant growth at 20.3 percent, while HP and Dell also saw high growth rates of 15.5 percent and 12.3 percent, respectively. Toshiba, with just over a million shipments, also saw growth of 18.5 percent. Gartner's Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2Q14 (In Thousands)"The consumer PC market also started picking up in the U.S. The availability of affordable, thin and light notebooks have drawn consumers' attention," Ms. Kitagawa said. "Touch enable devices are also widely available with decreasing price premiums compared to a year ago. The price premium is low enough for...

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13:35
Apple points finger at Google after FTC in-app...

In-app purchases can be turned off altogether in the iOS device settings.
In January, Apple agreed to a $32.5 million deal with the Federal Trade Commission over Apple’s handling of in-app purchases. A recent FOIA request from Politico revealed that barely a week after that decision, Apple General Counsel Bruce Sewell tried to throw Google under the bus, writing to FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and Democratic Commissioner Julie Brill and pointing out Google’s similar behavior.
In-app purchases have been a hot issue for consumer protection advocates of late. In Apple’s case specifically, when parents authorized the purchase of an app, Apple allowed a 15-minute window before asking the customer for his or her password again. This allowed...

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13:09
The 11” MacBook Air Giveaway

We have the opportunity for you to enter a giveaway for an 11-inch MacBook Air through our friends at StackSocial. To enter, sign up to receive exclusive offers via email from Mac Observer Deals. That's it.

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12:52
Mac sales continue to slide in Q2 as overall PC...

Apple's share of the U.S. computer market slipped again during the second quarter of 2014 despite a global trend towards growth in the PC marketplace after tablets like the iPad cannibalized sales.

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12:48
NFB asks for Apple to set disability standards for...

The National Federation of the Blind will soon start a campaign to get Apple to factor in accessibility when it approves App Store titles, according to Reuters. The organization approved a resolution for the campaign at a convention held last week in Orlando, Florida. While there are no plans to repeat a 2008 lawsuit which targeted iTunes' accessibility, some NFB members -- including California board member Michael Hingson -- have suggested that one might be necessary to get Apple to change its practices....

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12:45
iPhone 6 part leaks point to possible color...

Recent leaks of alleged iPhone 6 parts point to various questionable color options on the upcoming devices. A parts leak on Czech site letemsvetemapplem shows three SIM card trays for the iPhone 6 in what appears to be space gray, silver, and gold, matching…

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12:44
Sponsored content is the holy grail of digital...

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Fortune:

In recent years, a debate has raged on among publishing and advertising industry insiders over “sponsored content”—more recently called “native advertising” and once known as “advertorial”—the sort of advertising that looks very much like editorial content but is, in fact, directly paid for by an advertiser.

Industry peers watched and discussed: Is it deceptive? Is it ethical? Does it even work?

It can be deceptive – Macworld had a nasty habit of putting the “sponsored content” info at the bottom of the post instead of front and centre – as to “does it work”? Certainly not on me. If I see an article marked as “sponsored”, I don’t even bother reading it regardless of my interest in the subject matter.
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12:40
Your Abandoned Smartphone May Betray You


Doing a factory reset to wipe the data off smartphones does not work, and the data can be recovered, warned Avast. The company recovered tons of data, including more than 40,000 stored photographs, from 20 used Android phones purchased from eBay. Device owners need to overwrite their files to make them irretrievable, Avast said, touting one of the applications it offers.
"RAM-based memory still uses the same file system as hard drives, and ... PC files do not really get deleted either," said Stu Sjouwerman, CEO at KnowBe4.

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12:13
In depth demo of Apple’s CarPlay feature in 2015...

We’ve already seen several polished demos of Apple’s CarPlay feature so far, but Hyundai’s demo to MotoMan in the video below gives us the clearest look of how the CarPlay functions in the 2015 Sonata...

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12:00
Don't think you want Seinfeld emojis? You...

Strap on your urban sombrero and say "Hellooooooooooo" to your new favorite app. Everyone's favorite show about nothing is still very much something in the cultural zeitgeist, and now Jerry and his band of neurotic misfits might be headed to an emoji...

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11:50
Apple’s Secret War Against Samsung is Working

As in warfare, a major element of global economic competition is logistics. Logistics is a subtle behind the scenes operation on which victory hinges, but it seldom gets a lot of attention until it fails. Guess what Tim Cook is a master of?

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11:49
Calling all Office devs: What’s new, different and...

Curious about the new app model for Office? This week, Jeremy Chapman is joined by Jeremy Thake to talk about the new app model. They explore the developer options for Office with the building blocks, the object model and application compatibility. Beyond what’s the same, they also explain what is different and demonstrate how new apps are built in Visual Studio.

Prior to joining the Office team at Microsoft, I worked on the Windows team for deployment, imaging and application compatibility. It turns out that application compatibility is one of the biggest stumbling blocks not only for Windows, but also Office and pretty much anything on the desktop and even SharePoint or in some cases Exchange. This week, I’m joined by Jeremy Thake to present the new app model along with core concepts of application compatibility with the old models for all these platforms to explain what is the same, but then we explain what is different with the new app model and what gets better...

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11:45
Quirky Launches Wink Home Automation, Releases...

Wink, a spinoff of Quirky, has released hardware which is now available at Home Depot and Amazon. There is a free iOS app which controls both the Wink hub, and some of the home automation devices you may already own.The Mac Observer Spin: Glorious! If this thing can help me need less apps for my home automation hardware, this is a wonderful thing indeed.

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11:42
Cook promises Apple workforce diversity report...

Apple will eventually release data about the racial and gender diversity of its workforce, according to Tim Cook. The CEO made the comment at this week's Sun Valley conference in Idaho. "We'll release the information at some point," he remarked. "We are more focused on actions."...

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11:20
Adidas announces $199 ‘Fit Smart’ fitness tracker...

Just as Nike’s dismantled FuelBand team continues heading to Apple ahead of an expected “iWatch” launch this fall, Adidas thought it would be the perfect time to introduce its own FuelBand-like fitness tracking wearable. Today the company introduced FitSmart, a wrist worn fitness tracker that pairs with the company’s miCoach fitness apps for iOS and Android. 
The device packs in a heart rate...

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11:12
Apple's Cook, Cue make appearances at 2014 Sun...

As anticipated, Apple CEO Tim Cook and senior VP of Internet software and services Eddy Cue are currently in Idaho for this week's Sun Valley media conference. Cook was spotted by the Wall Street Journal's Doug MacMillan. Cue, meanwhile, was briefly stopped by The Information's Jessica Lessin, who asked if he was talking to companies about TV programming deals. "Nah, just going back to my hotel room," the executive is quoted as saying....

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11:08
At Sun Valley retreat, Tim Cook tells reporter to...

Apple's chief executive Tim Cook quipped to a journalist that she should "get a new phone" as she posed questions during the exclusive gathering of tech and media executives at Sun Valley, Idaho.

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10:13
Tim Cook promises Apple will release data on...

During a question-and-answer session at Allen & Co.'s annual Sun Valley conference in Idaho, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the iPhone maker will eventually quantify the diversity of its workforce in a public disclosure, but that it is now "more focused on actions."

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10:12
Cook says Apple will release diversity data

Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the Sun Valley media conference that his company will release information “at some point” regarding the diversity of Apple’s workforce, Bloomberg reports. Cook didn’t give an exact timeline for such a disclosure, saying, “We are more focused on actions.” Silicon Valley companies have…

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10:12
∞ Shoddy reporting from Reuters

Reuters posted an article this morning about how blind and deaf people want more from Apple in making apps accessible. I’m all for this, and from what I’ve seen from Apple over the years, they are in favor of improving accessibility features in OS X and iOS too. [...]

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10:09
Apple TV may Challenge SMART Boards in Education...

The School District of Beloit will begin phasing out SMART Boards in favor of Apple TVs to make the latest technologies available in the classroom. In a unanimous vote ...

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10:00
The Week in Mac Accessories: Lockdown

LockdownOur latest roundup of gear for your Mac includes a way to ensure that your Mac Pro doesn't walk away, plus bags, storage solutions, batteries, and more.AdessoThe $20 iMouse G3 Illuminated Gaming Mouse lights up in three colors. It includes a “ruggedized gaming cable and rubberized top layer to improve gripping traction,” says the company, for precision while game playing. It lets you “work on most glass, wood, marble and leather surfaces without needing a mouse pad.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:00
Games are dominating the App Store economy even more...

Games are the biggest money-making apps -- that's just a given at this point -- but the utter dominance with which the game category crushes the competition might surprise you. Research firm Midia recently crunched the app economy numbers using the...

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09:57
Tim Cook says Apple will begin releasing diversity...

Apple’s executive team
At this week’s Sun Valley conference in Idaho, Apple CEO Tim Cook told Bloomberg reporters that Apple will release diversity data on its workforce. Cook did not specify when this data release would come, but this is the first confirmation from Apple that the company is planning to release such data. A CNN report from March detailed Apple as one of the several technology giants that have objected to releasing the information.
“We’ll release the information at some point,” Cook said at the annual Allen & Co. media and technology conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, without giving...

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09:57
Vimeo redesigns Apple TV app to streamline viewing,...

Vimeo has launched an update of its app for the Apple TV, according to an official blog post. The new app has a more streamlined interface, reducing the number of button presses needed to get to sections like the Watch Later queue, uploaded videos, or collections. The home page now features a number of curated channels, such as monthly staff favorites and popular videos. One of these is a Vimeo On Demand section, which lets people watch trailers for paid titles and later buy them....

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09:56
How To View and Move Skype’s Chat Window During Calls

The new release of Skype for Mac automatically hides the chat in every call you make. Fortunately, this is easy to remedy... as is the location of that chat. One is a button click, the other is defined by the width of your Skype window.

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09:55
Apple Tattled on Google to Draw FTC Attention to...

Earlier this year, Apple entered into an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission, promising to provide $32 million in refunds to parents whose children purchased unauthorized in-app items. As it turns out, while Apple was being targeted by the FTC for letting children make in-app purchases without parental consent, the company was attempting to get Google in trouble for doing the same thing. According to a report from Politico, head Apple lawyer Bruce Sewell sent the FTC a report highlighting the same in-app purchase issues in Google's own Play store."I thought this article might be of some interest, particularly if you have not already seen it," Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell wrote to FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and Democratic Commissioner Julie Brill, pointing to...

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09:48
Vimeo launches revamped Apple TV channel with better...

Video sharing service Vimeo on Wednesday rolled out an all-new version of its Apple TV channel, bringing a streamlined user interface, new curated playlists, and trailers from Vimeo On Demand to Apple's set-top streamer.

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09:37
Report: Malware Poisons One-Third of World's...


Nearly one-third of the world's computers could be infected with malware, suggests a report released last week by the Anti-Phishing Working Group. Malicious apps invaded 32.77 percent of the world's computers, a more than 4 percent jump from the previous quarter's 28.39 percent, the report estimates. The increase in infected computers has come hand-in-hand with a jump in the appearance of malware samples, said Luis Corrons, technical director of PandaLabs, the research arm of Panda Security, one of the sponsors of the APWG report.

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09:35
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-09

Home automation is getting cheaper and more accessible thanks to Home Depot's decision to start carrying Wink. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at how Wink's home automation platform might fit with Apple's HomeKit in iOS 8, and to talk about the new Here For You initiative to make mobile directions more useful for the visually -- or navigationally -- impaired.

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09:23
Acclivity announces the latest release of Checkout...

Acclivity has released Checkout Point of Sale v4, an update of the Mac point of sale software used by business around the world. The upgrade sports over 45 new or enhanced features, a faster image processing engine, and Shopify syncing for e-commerce users.
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09:17
The National Association of the Blind's...

Advocates for the blind are debating whether to use a carrot or a stick to persuade one of their oldest allies, Apple Inc., to close an emerging digital divide in mobile technology. As digital life increasingly moves to the world of smartphones and tablets, some disabled people with visual, hearing and other impairments are feeling more left out than ever.

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09:16
D-Link shipping low cost, 802.11ac wireless access...

D-Link (http://www.dlink.com) has announced the DAP-2660, an US$229.99, 802.11ac wireless access point. Packaged in a low profile white housing, the DAP-2660 is designed for ceiling or wall mount applications in schools, office buildings, hospitals, government facilities, hotels, and more.
 
The DAP-2660 delivers wireless performance using the latest 802.11ac standard, with maximum wireless signal rates of up to 300 Mbps using the 2.4GHz band, and 867 Mbps using the 5 GHz band.
 
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09:15
Tim Cook and Eddy Cue once again appear at Sun...


As expected due to their appearances on the guest list, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Senior VP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue are in attendance at this week’s Sun Valley media conference in Idaho. The WSJ’s Doug MacMillan shared the above photo of Cook walking around the Sun Valley resort. The Information’s Jessica Lessin spotted Cue, and the executive provided a witty response to Lessin’s question about TV deals:
Just asked $aapl's @cue if he was talking to media cos. abt TV programming deals at #sunvalley. A: Nah,...

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09:15
Supposed iPhone 6 back casing shown off in new video...


In what will only continue the endless stream of iPhone 6 leaks, MacRumors brings attention to a couple of new photos and videos of the supposed iPhone 6 back. Interestingly, a new dark black piece has been seen for the first time, featuring a shade much darker than the current Space Gray iPhone 5s. Until today, only gray pieces have been spotted, which does make the legitimacy of the part somewhat questionable.
The post also highlights some new images and videos from Fed & Volk, who ostensibly possess mid-production units of the iPhone 6 rear. This case is the standard light gray variant, however, and matches the component leaks we have...

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09:04
Stand Up! The Work Break Timer that Wants to Save...

Sitting is killing us, but a free iPhone app could save us. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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09:00
Blend CRM and on-the-go email with Cirrus Insight...

Accessing information about customers while on the go used to be tough, but it's gotten a lot easier. For companies that use the Salesforce Sales Cloud as their CRM (customer relationship management) system, the mobile story has been greatly enhanced...

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09:00
Apple tried nudging FTC into investigating Google...

Apple's general counsel, Bruce Sewell, tried to get the US Federal Trade Commission to investigate in-app purchase policies at Google Play, an email obtained via the Freedom of Information Act shows. Days after Apple agreed to pay a $32.5 million settlement over its own approach to in-app purchases, Sewell forwarded a Consumer Reports story to FTC commissioners Edith Ramirez and Julie Brill. The article accused Google of being equally lax, and letting children spend their parents' money "like a drunken sailor."...

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08:52
4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Rear Shell Shown in High-Quality...

Over the past six weeks, we've seen a few photos and even a video of what has been claimed to be the actual rear shell of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, showing a nearly all-metal design with separate bands presumably to accommodate the antennas at the top and bottom. Inside of rear shell (Click for larger) MacRumors has now received a number of new photos and a video showing a similar version of the part. The first part comes via Feld & Volk [Facebook page], a Moscow-based company selling modified luxury versions of the iPhone. Feld & Volk says it has been working with the same...

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08:49
DiskAid 6.7.3 - Copy, backup, and sync your iOS...

DiskAid is the ultimate transfer tool for accessing the iPod, iPhone or iPad directly from the desktop. Access data such as: music, video, photos, contacts, notes, call history, text messages (SMS), voicemail, and voice memos. With DiskAid you can also transfer files and folders betwen your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and your computer and view them on the go using FileApp free files browser. Connects directly to any installed iPhone App and enables the use of the iPhone as an USB drive.

  • Transfer files to and from any iPhone or iPad app (Free)
  • Backup, restore and manage apps - save storage space without loosing your apps data (Free)
  • Backup, restore and clone whole devices - selectively restore the data you need to save storage space (Free)
  • Use your iPhone or iPad as an external USB storage device (Free)
  • Transfer music and video stored in the iPod Library and copy it back to iTunes or any folder on any Mac or PC (New!)...

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08:35
Samsung Drastically Cuts Galaxy S5 Orders for Q3...

In yesterday's report titled "Samsung Profits Plummet 24% on Slow Smartphone Sales" we noted that Samsung stated that a market slowdown and heightened competition had resulted in a build-up of unsold smartphones in China and Europe" Due to the result of Samsung's Galaxy S5 inventory, we learn today ...

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08:34
9to5Toys Lunch Break: LifeProof nüüd for iPad mini $...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:
Daily Deals: LifeProof nüüd Cases for iPad mini: $30, 7800mAh Portable Charger: ...

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08:18
Adobe issues security updates for Flash Player

A vulnerability in Adobe's Flash player that could allow malicious users to steal browser data — including cookies — on Macs, PCs, and Linux machines has been exploited, prompting Adobe to issue a patch and urge users to upgrade their system as soon as possible, reports AppleInsider.com.
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08:05
Disney content returns to Japanese iTunes Store

Disney content is once again available on the Japanese version of the iTunes Store, according to an official statement. That content suddenly disappeared recently, and without explanation. In talking with Variety, though, Disney confirms that "the interruption was due to difficulties negotiating the renewal of the old contract between Apple and Disney Japan. The new contract was signed on Wednesday and both rentals (VoD) and electronic sell-through returned to normal."...

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08:04
The Mac Snap Bundle: 4 Powerful Photo Apps – only $...

Sometimes you just need a quick and simple photo editor to clean up your photos. Whether you need some mild editing, digital borders, objects removed, colors enhanced or areas brought into focus, this Mighty Deal has it all covered. This Snap Pack Bundle includes 4 incredible Mac photo apps, for one low price: Snapheal, FX Photo Studio, Focus 2 and ColorStrokes. They’re all incredibly easy to use and feature some truly robust editing tools.
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08:01
OS X Yosemite Beta Usage Beats Mavericks' Pace...

Apple announced OS X Yosemite last month during its worldwide developers conference and released the first beta version of the operating system to developers at the same time. According to web analytics firm Chitika, developer interest in Yosemite is high with an early adoption rate that is significantly greater than its predecessor OS X Mavericks and still growing. Overall, the data point to a promising future for OS X Yosemite. In the short term, we expect the operating system’s usage share to grow in the wake of the release of the third Developer Preview edition on July 7, 2014. Additionally, with the increased level of developer activity thus far, along with the success of the similarly no cost OS X Mavericks, it’s very probable that OS X Yosemite adoption will outpace that of any other previous Mac desktop OS when it is released publicly later...

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08:00
OS X Yosemite beta adoption rate almost 4X that of...

The excitement in the air at Moscone Center West for the Apple World Wide Developer conference keynote was palpable, especially when Apple's Craig Federighi began demoing OS X 10.10 Yosemite. The new OS offers much tighter integration than ever...

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07:42
Apple loses voice recognition patent suit in China,...

A Beijing court has affirmed the validity of a voice recognition patent -- held by China's Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Co. -- that Apple is accused of infringing with Siri, clearing the way for the resolution of a long-pending intellectual property case that could see the personal digital assistant muted in China.

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07:41
They Might Be Giants Offers Free Live Album Download

They Might Be Giants fans have a little something special waiting for them online: a free download of the band's First Album Live album. The recordings were made during the band's 2013 world tour, and the album includes 19 tracks in MP3 format. If that isn't enough for you, TMBG has plans to release more free content throughout the year. Time to download and listen up!

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07:39
UK follows US in banning uncharged electronics from...

Following on from a recent decision by the US Transportation Security Administration effectively banning uncharged electronics on flights to the United States, the United Kingdom is preparing to do something similar. The Department for Transport is now requiring air passengers arriving or departing the UK to have their devices charged before going through security checkpoints....

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07:32
Foxconn insists robot workers will assist, not...

The Foxbots will work alongside and assist their human counterparts and won’t actually replace them…
Per Taiwan’s United Daily News, the 10,000 robotic workers deployed by Foxconn will play a limited role alongside the humans. According to industry insiders, the robots will assist in iPhone 6 production by locking down screws, polishing parts and performing menial duties once installed on the assembly line.

The article states that human workers will still be required for final assembly and quality control, albeit the robot-to-human ration remains unclear. The robots are expected to roll out...

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07:22
Vimeo announces redesigned Apple TV app w/ improved...

Vimeo announced today that it’s launching an update to its Apple TV app that introduces a redesigned user interface that the company says cuts down on “the number of clicks it takes to watch a video and improves video discovery overall.” That mostly includes a redesigned menu that will give you quick access to the most popular videos as well as your Watch Later queue and your own content. 
“As the Vimeo On Demand collection continues to build (currently 10K titles and growing daily), it’s more important than ever to provide our viewers with a seamless living room experience,” said Nick Alt, VP of Mobile and TV, Vimeo. “Our ‘Watch Later’ feature makes videos found on Vimeo immediately accessible across all connected devices, and with this latest AppleTV update we’re making content even more discoverable.”
Features you’ll find in the new app include a redesigned Featured Home page that shows off highlights...

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07:22
New Foxconn robots to serve in supporting role,...

Foxconn's upcoming robot deployment on Apple-based production lines will only be in a supportive role, leaving human jobs mostly intact, claims Taiwan's United Daily News. Sources say that the robots will help in tasks like locking down screws and polishing parts, leaving the most essential tasks -- namely assembly and quality control -- to people. The sources add that the robots will first be used at Foxconn's Zhengzhou factory, where flagship iPhones are built....

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07:20
Reuters: Advocates for disabled want more...

Advocates for the disabled are debating how to approach Apple in a push for expanded accessibility features, Reuters reports. Though many advocates for the blind and deaf consider Apple to be a longtime ally, those advocates are ultimately seeking enforced accessibility requirements for apps sold within the App Store.…

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07:02
Adobe warns against Flash Player security exploit,...


Even if you’re not crazy about Adobe Flash Player these days, there’s a better reason than usual to upgrade to the new version.
Per AppleInsider and Adobe, a well-known vulnerability in Adobe’s Flash player that could allow malicious users to steal browser data — including cookies — on Macs, PCs, and Linux machines has been exploited for the first time. As such, Adobe has issued a patch and urged users to upgrade their system as soon as possible.
The company says that Flash Player...

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07:00
Evolving Office 365 plans for small and midsized...

Two weeks ago, we announced the release of the Office 365 for business public roadmap in response to your feedback for more visibility into future Office 365 updates. Today we are continuing that effort by sharing how our Office 365 plans will be evolving over the next few months.
Making Office 365 even better for small and midsized businesses
On October 1, 2014, we will release three new Office 365 plans tailored to meet the needs of small and midsized businesses (SMBs), ranging from 1 to approximately 250 employees. The new plans are:

  • Office 365 Business – The full Office applications – Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Publisher, with 1TB of OneDrive for Business cloud storage to access, edit and share your documents across your Windows PC, Mac, iPad, Windows tablet and smartphone.
  • Office 365 Business Essentials...
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07:00
DeSantis Landscapes: Firm stays nimble, saves 30 to...

DeSantis Landscapes filmed their own Office 365 story on a Nokia Lumia 1020.
DeSantis Landscapes has come a long way from the company that Tony DeSantis founded in 1974 with a wheelbarrow and a lawnmower. Forty years later, the Oregon business has 92 employees, two offices, and customers spanning the state. On the advice of its longtime IT consultant, Compex Two, DeSantis replaced an aging server with Microsoft Office 365 and 20 new computers running the Windows 8.1 operating system. Using Lync Online, employees can meet virtually from wherever they are, using whatever device they have. They can have quick videoconferences, share screens, or pull documents from SharePoint Online to move business along in minutes—versus driving back to the office to meet or to hunt for, change, and email documents. Whether employees are in the office or the field, they’re more efficient, saving up to 30 to 50 hours a week. They’re also better able to transmit the company culture as...

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07:00
Mac 101: Use zoom to magnify an item on your Mac

OS X ships with a variety of accessibility options designed to help those with sight and hearing loss use a Mac more effectively. In many cases, these features often extend beyond their intended assistive function and are useful to anyone using OS...

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06:59
iPhone Apps: PDF Expert, Halftone 2, Todoist
06:52
Apple’s former retail chief Ron Johnson talks...

Apple’s former retail chief Ron Johnson— the man in charge of retail when Apple first launched its brick and mortar stores back in 2001— recently sat down for a talk at Stanford where he gave some insight into the work that went into Apple’s original retail efforts. After a brief intro on his work before Apple, RoJo eventually gets into Apple retail stores, working with Steve Jobs, and the decision to redesign the Apple retail store experience at the last minute.

The thing I remember from Steve is you have to be willing to start again. We were launching the stores and one day he came up with the idea of the digital hub… The next week we were going to our weekly store meeting, we were designing the store…. I said Steve Ive been thinking and I think the store is organized all wrong… we’ve organized it like a retail store around products… the store should be organized on music and movies and things you do…

He also gives some insight into the decisions Apple made with its...

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06:51
Emergency Adobe Flash Patch Fixes Website Login...

Adobe released an out of cycle update for its Flash multimedia platform on Mac, Windows and Linux on Tuesday to patch a security flaw that gives attackers the ability to hijack user's login credentials for popular websites like Twitter, eBay, Instagram, and more. Potentially thousands of sites are susceptible to the flaw, making the update critical for all Flash users.The Mac Observer Spin: If you really, really need Flash on your computer, then install this security patch immediately. If not, then maybe it's time to uninstall Flash.

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06:50
Apple’s top lawyer reported Google to FTC over in-...

Apple seemingly wasn’t too happy that it was singled out for an FTC investigation into making it too easy for children to make in-app purchases: following its own settlement back in January, the company’s general counsel Bruce Sewell promptly reported Google for the same thing, reports Politico.

“I thought this article might be of some interest, particularly if you have not already seen it,” Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell wrote to FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and Democratic Commissioner Julie Brill, pointing to a report that criticized Google’s app store over the same issue of unauthorized purchases …

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06:49
Apple nudged FTC to look into Google Play Store...

Days after the company agreed to a $32.5 million settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over in-app purchase policies, Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell sent an email to commissioners directing their attention to an article saying the Google Play Store lets children spend their parents' money "like a drunken sailor."

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06:40
OS X Yosemite's Developer Preview Adoption Rate...

Apple unveiled the initial build of its latest desktop operating system at the company's worldwide developer conference (WWDC) in early June 2014. With a bevy of new features, including a tighter integration with other Apple devices and services, on top of some user interface changes, many considered Yosemite to represent a dramatic change for Apple in the desktop arena. Subsequent...

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06:15
Beijing court upholds Zhizhen patent in dispute over...

Beijing's No. 1 Intermediate People's Court has upheld a 2006 Zhizhen patent challenged by Apple, says China's official Xinhua news agency. Zhizhen filed suit against Apple in 2012, accusing it of violating a patent used for its "Little I Robot" voice-controlled assistant with Siri, the voice command system used in iOS. Apple though sued Zihizhen and China's Patent Review Committee late last year, with the hope that the court would render Zhizhen's patent invalid....

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06:01
Disney sales on iTunes in Japan resume as companies...

Disney briefly stopped sales of its on-demand content through iTunes in Japan after it failed to reach a deal with Apple. The company confirmed the news but followed up today with a statement on its website claiming that all services have been restored.
There’s not much explantation about the reason behind the removal of Disney content in Japan in the company’s statement, but it did confirm to Variety that “the interruption was due to difficulties negotiating the renewal of the old contract between Apple and Disney Japan. The new contract was signed on Wednesday and both rentals (VoD) and electronic sell-through returned to normal.”
Apple has close long had close ties with the company since Steve Jobs held a position as a director following the sale of Pixar to Disney....

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06:00
YouTube Find: Group help session for selfie-addicted...

Comedians Tripp and Tyler take on the selfie phenomena in this poignant and amusing video profiling a group of Instagram-addicted people seeking relief from their compulsion to post pictures of themselves online....

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05:56
Adobe Flash Player 14.0.0.145 - Plug-in plays...

Adobe Flash Player is a cross-platform, browser-based application runtime that provides uncompromised viewing of expressive applications, content, and videos across browsers and operating systems.Version 14.0.0.145:

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

Download Now

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05:50
Intel's Broadwell Chips for Most Macs Not...

Intel's line of 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are expected to be included in future versions of the MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac, have been further delayed, reports Chinese site VR Zone [Google Translate] (via CPU World). According to the site, while Intel will begin production on its extremely low power Core M processors in July and August for a 2014 launch, production on the U and H Broadwell...

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05:46
Court rejects Apple’s attempt to dismiss claim that...

Reuters reports that a Chinese court has rejected Apple’s attempt to dismiss a claim by local company Zhizhen Internet Technology that Siri infringed its speech-recognition patent.
Zhizhen Internet Technology first alleged in 2012 that Apple’s Siri technology copied parts of its Xiao i Robot software, with pre-trial proceedings taking place last year. Apple said that it had not been aware of the patent when work began on Siri, and asked China’s State Intellectual Property Office to declare the patent invalid.
The Chinese patent office declined Apple’s request, leading Apple to file suit against...

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05:45
Apple Hires Former Nike FuelBand Engineers for...

Apple has added to its wearables team yet again by hiring two former Nike FuelBand engineers. Jon Gale wrote FuelBand firmware code for Nike and Ryan Bailey was a hardware engineer on the FuelBand team, and their new jobs make it even more clear that Apple is working on fitness tracking devices.The Mac Observer Spin: At this point Apple may as well go ahead and announce the iWatch. The company has hired so many people from the health and fitness market that all we need now is an official product shot.

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05:36
External Link: Intel’s New Mac Processors Delayed...

Bad news for those hoping for new Macs this year: Intel has announced that its next-generation Broadwell processors, originally promised for the 2014 holiday season, have been delayed until early to mid 2015. Intel is starting production of its low-power Core M Broadwell chips this summer, but the main line of processors won’t see the light of day for several months. Apple may still unveil new Macs this year, including a long-awaited Mac mini refresh, but they will feature last-generation Haswell chips (unless Apple decides to switch the Mac over to the ARM-based processors used in their mobile devices). 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,...

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05:35
External Link: Apple TV Falling Behind Chromecast...

According to a new report by Parks Associates, Google sold 3.8 million Chromecast devices in the United States in 2013, Roku sold about the same number of its streaming boxes, and Apple sold only about 2 million Apple TVs. However, globally, over 20 million Apple TVs have been sold in total, while Roku has only sold 8 million. 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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05:31
Apple hires two FuelBand engineers

Apple has hired two more engineers who worked on Nike’s FuelBand, 9to5Mac reports. As confirmed by their LinkedIn pages, mechanical design engineer Ryan Bailey and sensing systems engineer Jon Gale have joined Apple. The report notes Bailey’s wearable experience and Gale’s firmware experience with the FuelBand, both as relating…

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05:24
XSAN Connection Issue - HELP!

Forums: TroubleshootingSo I recently came onboard at an organization where I am the lead of their mac environment.
One of the tasks they have me working on is fixing their XSan's. Its been about almost a year since their last mac tech, and even when they first set up the XSan about two years back, it never fully worked (connection issues and such).
To give you a bit of background on my experience, my last job was being the lead of the mac environment at another organization but I never got to work with XSan's previously, so this is still fairly new to me.
So coming onboard, currently the XSan will not connect to any of the client systems on the network. Previously about 3 out of the 6 clients were able to connect the week prior, but are not unable to connect.
I checked system logs on both the xsans server and the systems but could not find anything...

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05:07
Manything video security app gets IFTTT support, can...

While you’ve probably heard of Dropcam (which we like), you may not have heard of Manything – the cloud video service that allows you to use iOS devices as the smart cameras. You might want to check it out now, though, as the app has just added IFTTT support – giving access to a whole new world of automation.
Previously, Manything could use motion-detection to alert you to something moving inside or outside your home and send you an alert plus live video stream, enabling you to check it out remotely. Adding IF This Then That support makes it much more powerful – examples below … ...

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05:04
Why iWork Had to Change (and What That Has to Do...

When Apple replaces one of its apps, it gets accused of “dumbing it down” or “iOS-ifying” it. But that isn’t what happened when Apple rebooted iWork, and it isn’t happening with the pending replacement of Aperture with Photos. 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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05:00
Daily App: TTQ for iPhone is an addictive, quick-fix...

TTQ for iPhone (US$0.99) is a simple, but challenging game of logic made by app developers, Cursed Thumbs. The idea is to eliminate tiles from your iPhone's screen, which comprise numbers, letters, months, and clocks, in ascending order. And all of...

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04:56
Flash flaw could allow attackers to steal browser...

A well-known vulnerability in Adobe's Flash player that could allow malicious users to steal browser data -- including cookies -- on Macs, PCs, and Linux machines has been exploited for the first time, prompting Adobe to issue a patch and urge users to upgrade their system as soon as possible.

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04:45
Thecus announces OS updates for full NAS lineup

Thecus Technology Corp. has announced firmware enhancements on all consumer and enterprise NAS models. The company says updates to ThecusOS 5 and 6 mean enhanced capability and security across the entire Thecus NAS lineup.
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04:45
iPhoto: Splitting Events

In this Quick Tip, weâre going to cover some easy ways to move your iPhoto images into new Events, making organization much more simple. Hey, you may not know why your Mac lumped your momâs birthday pictures in with the ones from your gory knee surgery, but at least youâll now know how to fix it!

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04:30
South Korea may inspire global App Store policy...

According to CNET, South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has ordered Google and Apple to remove specific clauses pertaining to refunds contained within applications’ terms and services on both Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store (for iPhone and iPad). The Commission declared that the clauses were, “explicitly unfair and responsible for damages to the consumer”.
In a press release, South Korea’s FTC said;
‘‘We expect the measure, aimed at protecting consumers, will have a ripple effect on similar cases throughout the world.”

For the Google Play Store, this means that Android apps have had their non-refundable clauses removed, and developers will be required to create refund policies. Apps that offered free trial periods will no...

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04:23
Siri loves iOS 8, but sad about lack of stage time...

I love it when Siri exposes her wry sense of humor.
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04:09
Tinderbox 6.0.2 - Store and organize your notes,...

Tinderbox is a personal content management assistant. It stores your notes, ideas, and plans. It can help you organize and understand them. And Tinderbox helps you share ideas through Web journals and Web logs. Tinderbox's agents automatically scan your notes, looking for patterns and building relationships. Agents help discover relationships and help make sure important things don't get lost. Agents are easy to make and easy to modify. They're flexible and powerful. Tinderbox can even gather and update changing information and breaking news from the internet. When it's time to share your notes, Tinderbox can assemble multiple notes into one page. Updates are a breeze -- even if you update several times a day. Private notes, timestamps, permanent links, archives: everything you want, just the way you want it.Version 6.0.2: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

  • OS X 10.8 or later

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04:00
Apple turns off legacy AIM access and inadvertently...

Well, I say “inadvertently”, but no word on whether it was in fact so, or if it was intentional…or maybe Apple just doesn’t care enough to make sure it was functional for Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite users (granted, Yosemite is still in beta). As it was foretold many months ago by messages from Apple itself, as of July 1, 2014, Apple was discontinuing support of iChat for AIM users with legacy IDs created with mac.com, me.com, or icloud.com addresses for versions of OS X (and iChat) earlier than 10.7.5. The support article regarding the change can be found on Apple’s web site.

AppleInsider reported that it had confirmed...

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04:00
BlackBerry Squares Up for a Fight


BlackBerry's Passport smartphone, which reportedly is due to be launched in September, is creating a buzz because of its shape. The Passport is square, unlike the rectangular form of conventional smartphones. Its 4.5-inch screen offer the same viewing space as a rectangular 5-inch screen, but the greater width allows a better experience, according to the company.
BlackBerry is positioning the device's shape as a break from convention. The Passport "is different," said tech analyst Carl Howe.

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03:57
Worldwide IT spending to grow 2.1% in 2014

Worldwide IT spending is on pace to total $3.7 trillion in 2014, a 2.1 percent increase from last year, however, this grow rate is down from earlier projections of 3.2 percent growth, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). The slower outlook for 2014 is attributed to a reduction in growth expectations for devices, data center systems and to some extent IT services, according to the research group.
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03:56
Chinese company threatens Apple’s ability to sell...

BBC:

Apple has failed in its attempt to get a Chinese company’s voice-recognition patent ruled invalid.

The verdict threatens Apple’s ability to offer its voice-controlled virtual assistant, Siri, in the country.

Shanghai-based Zhizhen Network Technology has sought to block Apple from selling products with the app installed, saying it infringed its rights.

Apple will appeal the verdict and had this to say:

“Apple believes deeply in protecting innovation, and we take intellectual property rights very seriously,” said a spokesman.

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03:54
Kool Tools: Stellar Mail Converter for Mac OS X

Stellar Data Recovery's Mail Converter is an all-in-one email migration utility for Mac OS X that lets you migrate your emails from one platform to another.
Sometimes there's a need to change your email clients — for better features, ease of use, functionality, and more. Mail Converter simplifies the tedious task of converting emails from one mail client to another.
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03:51
National Federation of the Blind pushes Apple to add...

Members of the National Federation of the Blind have approved a resolution that will have the advocacy group, which successfully sued Apple over iTunes in 2008, begin a new campaign designed to convince the iPhone maker to consider accessibility when approving apps for sale in the App Store.

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03:47
‘Apple of China’ brand Xiaomi pips iPhone in latest...

Android may have the raw numbers, but iPhone users have always been the ones to make the most use of their phones – from web browsing through enterprise to paid apps. Mobile analytics company Flurry reports that one Android brand has finally caught up – but only in China.

Over the past 6 years, the average Apple iPhone consumer has spent more time in apps than consumers of every Android device we track- by a wide margin. This year, it looks like the story is about to change....

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03:45
Android Wear fail, no way to install paid apps

Android Police:

App Encryption was added to the Play Store to encode paid apps with a device-specific key, making them more difficult to crack or transplant by would-be pirates. Despite some early issues that lead Google to temporarily take App Encryption offline, it has gone mostly unnoticed since it was re-enabled. That is, until now. It seems the Android Wear install process runs into a road block with paid apps because it doesn’t know how to extract the file of the encrypted apk. Since the installer fails to recognize the payload, it assumes there is nothing to install and silently aborts. This behavior appears to match another known issue that occurs if the Wear app is compressed more than once before it is published.

Seems to me, this is a real weak point in the Android Wear testing methodology.
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03:21
The latest iOS apps: July 9

Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.
Bassem Youssef has announced Light 'em Up. The free puzzle game challenges players to create a path to power the light bulbs before the timer runs out. Players have a set amount of steps to connect the tubes, activate the light and win the level.
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03:20
Apple patents method of building seamless all-glass...

Apple Insider:

Apple on Monday was granted a U.S. patent covering a method of fusing glass structures together to encapsulate the internal circuitry of an iOS device, and that of larger electronics like monitors and televisions.

Not clear if this will ever make it into a real product, but certainly interesting.
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03:00
The Original iPhone Film Festival returns

The iPhone has become the camcorder-replacement for plenty of family videographers. But it can do a lot more than record soccer games and birthday parties. There are plenty of serious filmmakers out there using the little smartphone to create more cinematically ambitious works, too.To get an idea of the iPhone's creative possibilities, consider the Original iPhone Film Festival. It invites people to submit videos in four categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Music Video or (new this year) Student Directors. The only requirements are that those videos must be shot on an Apple iOS device: iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. You can edit the footage using whatever app on whatever platform you wish. All films must be less than five minutes long. They can be submitted via the contest’s Enter page by 11:59 EST on November 30, 2014....

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01:07
Foxconn's 'Foxbot' robots will assist...

Following up on news that Foxconn would soon deploy robots on assembly lines dedicated to Apple products, a report out of Asia claims the so-called "Foxbots" will have a limited role in device assembly as humans are still needed for most operations.

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Tuesday July 8

22:35
Foxconn's 'Foxbot' Robots to Play...

Over the weekend, it was reported that Foxconn would be soon deploying its own "Foxbot" robots to its factories to help assemble devices, with CEO Terry Gou noting that Apple would be the first use the service. Now, Taiwan's United Daily News (Google Translate, via GforGames) is sharing more details on the assembly robots, stating that they will play a supporting role in Foxconn's factories alongside employees. According to the paper, the assembly robots will be used for less intensive tasks such as tightening screws and positioning exterior components for polishing. Foxconn factory employees will still be responsible for more important tasks such as quality control and general...

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22:00
Adobe issues 'critical' patch for Flash...

Adobe has issued an emergency patch of its Flash Player technology to correct a security flaw that could allow hackers false access to thousands of popular websites -- notably Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and eBay among many others. The patch, which will update Flash to version 14.0.0.145, is considered "critical" for users of OS X, Windows and Linux operating systems. Even if users have Flash Player disabled in their browser, they may still need to update if they are using any products that require Adobe AIR....

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21:33
Briefly: Google Search app's fix function,...

Google Search's voice recognition has a new feature that aims to relieve the problem of misheard words. Prior to the update, users would need to restart their verbal search query if it was originally misheard by the app - now, the command "no I said" is in effect, meaning that the new search replaces just the one word that was incorrect. The update is available for both iOS and Android versions of Google Search....

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20:40
Report: 60 million Bluetooth beacons in US by 2019

A new report from ABI Research claims that the technology behind Apple's iBeacons is set to expand on a massive scale over the next five years, thanks to new applications that will make use of the "indoor GPS" abilities and personal notification services of Bluetooth LE-powered beacons. While Apple is the best-known "brand" of Bluetooth-enabled sensors with its iBeacon hardware and technology catching on, the study says Apple is unlikely to get into making the actual hardware that will generate $500 million a year by 2019.......

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18:15
Apple hires two engineers from former Nike Fuelband...

Two former Nike Fuelband engineers have jumped ship to join Apple, presumably to lend further support to the company's expected "iWatch" health and fitness device, according to discoveries made on the pair's LinkedIn profiles. Both hardware engineer Ryan Bailey and sensor software expert Jon Gale started with Apple last month, just two months after Nike gutted its own Fuelband team and essentially exited the wearables market....

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18:14
WhatRoute 1.12.1 - Geographically trace online data...

WhatRoute is designed to find the names of all the routers an IP packet passes through on its way from your Mac to a destination host. It also measures the round-trip time from your Mac to the router, thus enabling you to determine slow links--or hops--in the Internet. WhatRoute can also find dead links, such as routers that don't respond.

  • A geo-location server is queried and the locations of the hosts discovered in a trace or seen active on the LAN, can be plotted on a low resolution map or viewed in high resolution on Google Earth
  • WhatRoute also provides network and port scanning, ping, whois, DNS, and LAN monitoring functions.
  • Find the ASN with which a network is registered and the networks with which it peers.
  • View network flows

Version 1.12.1: New features:

  • Flow Monitoring of remote hosts - requires small helper on the remote host. Please contact me if you wish to try this.
  • ...

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18:02
Review: Creative's Sound Blaster Roar SR20...

In the 1990s, Creative was the go-to firm for beige box PC sound cards, but that market has since dried up thanks to integrated motherboard audio. More recently, the company has been busy reinventing itself as a bonafide audio hardware maker and the Sound Blaster Roar SR20 is its latest product.

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17:47
CapMac Launches Here For You Initiative, Putting...

CapMac, the Capital Mac Users Group in Austin Texas has launched Here For You, an initiative to include precise latitude and longitude information as part of a location. This way, particularly for someone visually impaired, directions can be more precise and get someone to the door of an establishment, not just a parking lot.

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17:22
Smelling death: On the job with New York’s crime...

The Atlantic:

People often forget that someone else comes in to clean up after all the forensic work is done.

Crime-scene cleaning is not a glamorous profession, but it is a lucrative one. Last year there were 333 murders in New York City alone. Considering that companies like Island Trauma clean up crime scenes, natural deaths, and hoarder homes in the entire Tri-State area, they tend to keep busy throughout the year.

You think your job sucks? Try this one.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:05
The men who dare to be demented

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Buzzfeed:

There is (a) group of people who aren’t just nostalgic for Weird Al; they live his gospel. These are people who never set aside the wackiness, the zaniness, the never-ending slide-whistle call of funny music. And I want to find out what makes them tick. That’s why I’ve decided to go to the first ever FuMPFest (Funny Music Project): to meet the acts and the fans who are still out there making and loving funny music.

I’m not sure what to expect, except that I will be laughing very hard.

White people are funny.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:56
Apple Offers Certified Refurb iPhones on eBay

A new "Factory Outlet" store has popped up on eBay, selling unlocked models of the iPhone 5 with an Apple warranty. The Mac Observer Spin: Well if the iPhone 5 indeed has a finite number of days, it makes sense to take the extras to eBay and unload them.

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16:25
Briefly: MapQuest 4.4 improves ETAs, LEGO Marvel...

AOL's MapQuest: Maps, GPS, Voice Navigation and Traffic app for iOS has received an update, improving its ETA feature, and adding new components. MapQuest for iOS allows users to access travelling resources such as live maps, GPS, voice navigation and live traffic updates. The release of v4.4 now includes additional traffic data for improving the accuracy of the estimated arrival time. Its new volume slider helps control volume relative to other applications, so that dictated directions can be adequately heard....

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16:23
Amazon Tries to Woo Authors in Hachette Dispute

Amazon is trying to woo authors in its ongoing dispute with book publisher Hachette by offering to let them have the full purchase price of Hachette-published Kindle ebooks. Wait, that's not exactly right. Oh, here it is: Amazon is floating this idea to a few authors through a letter that has leaked, but the retailing giant hasn't actually proposed it.

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15:51
Construction sample of Apple Campus 2 appear in...

A life-size "slice" of the planned exterior of Apple's under-construction Campus 2 has popped up in Gundelfingen, Germany, reports German enthusiast site iFun.de. Pictured posted on the site show two stories of the expected four- or five-story (above ground) structure, which will be built as a massive ring-like office building with a large natural area in the center. The segment was likely created to test the materials chosen for the building's exterior....

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15:19
Apple Releases iTunes U 2.0 with Course Creation on...

Apple updated its iTunes U app to version 2.0 on Tuesday. The new version improves the way students can interact with teachers, and it also adds the ability for teachers to create courses directly in the app on their iPad.

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15:07
LG G Watch Rides In on 1st Android Wear Wave


LG has launched its Android Wear-powered G Watch around the world. The smartwatch can be ordered from Google Play and purchased at retailers in the United States, Canada, France, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Australia, India, Japan and South Korea.
In 15 other countries -- including Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Singapore and New Zealand -- the device will be available only from retailers. The LG G Watch is selling for $229 in the U.S. The LG G Watch is one of the first Android Wear devices to hit the market.

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

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

Apps Now Free

Discovr Movies -...

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14:51
Apple picks up two engineers from spun down Nike...

Apple's rumored wearables team, widely thought to be working on a so-called "iWatch" device, recently got an infusion of new talent as the company brought on two former engineers from Nike's stagnant FuelBand program.

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14:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for July 8, 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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14:12
Apple Maps Expands to Find My iPhone in iCloud Beta

Brave souls using the iCloud beta site are seeing a new map in the Find my iPhone application, one from Apple instead of one from Google. The change represents yet another step in Apple's long divorce with Google Maps.The Mac Observer Spin: It's about time Apple relied on its own maps all the way around. Hopefully since it's in the iCloud beta site it will just happen and not have to wait for a Mac OS or iOS release.

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14:10
Wink-enabled products arrive at Home Depot, platform...

As several big companies are gearing up for entry into the home automation market, a smaller company may end up beating them to the punch. Wink, a company that originates from the crowdsourcing inventor hub Quirky, has partnered with several big names in home automation to allow a central service for device control. The endeavor is getting a new boost, as Wink-enabled products are now in 2,000 Home Depot locations....

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14:03
Lyft starting NYC service on Friday despite city...

Ride-sharing service Lyft has revealed that it intends to start operating in the outer boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens as initial launch markets in New York City. Calling the areas "vastly underserved by public transit options," the service launches on 7PM EST on Friday, July 11, but is facing significant resistance both from established cab companies and city government....

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14:00
Drobo's venerable 4-bay array gains USB 3.0,...

Drobo's products have come a long way over the years. The company started with a 4-bay BeyondRAID array with a FireWire connection that was sold in one form or another for quite a few years, and has expanded the product line with everything from the...

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13:40
Apple Hires Two Former Nike FuelBand Engineers,...

Earlier this year, Nike significantly downsized its FuelBand team, firing several members of the 80-person team that worked to create its well-known fitness tracker as part of a shift from hardware to software. Apple snapped up two of the former FuelBand team members in June, Ryan Bailey and Jon Gale. As noted by 9to5Mac, Bailey, who served as a Senior Test and Validation Engineer at Nike is now listed as a Mechanical Design Engineer at Apple, while Gale, who was a Senior Firmware Engineer at Nike is now employed as a Sensing Systems Engineer at Apple. According to his LinkedIn profile, Bailey specialized in wearable device and consumer...

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13:40
Pure Python Hacker Bundle: Master Python &...

We have a great deal for anyone wanting to learn or improve their mastery of Python, the programming and scripting language. Through our friends at StackSocial, we have a complete bundle of Python training courses, including: Python For Beginners, Python, The Next Level (Intermediate), Learn Python, it's CAKE (Beginners), Learn Python Django From Scratch, The Ultimate Python Programming Tutorial, MatchMaker & Geolocator - Coding For Entrepreneurs, and Introduction To Bash Scripting & Python 101. That's a ton of training-some 50 hours of videos-for $49. If you bought them through retail channels, it would be $553. Have fun scripting.

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13:30
"When Apple was doomed"

This photo is funny for two reasons: first, if you listen to Wall Street analysts, Apple has been doomed for many years, and still is. And second, that obnoxious PowerCD system was indeed born at a time when Apple's then-current path was leading them...

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13:30
Apple launches promised iTunes U 2.0 with full...

As promised at the end of June, Apple has released a major update of iTunes U, v2.0. On the iPad, teachers can now create and manage courses entirely on their own, including assignments, outlines, and other course materials. Custom content can be added via an "Open in iTunes U" extension in other iOS apps such as Pages and Keynote; photos and video can be captured and uploaded directly. If a teacher is associated with a qualifying institution, they can publish courses to the official iTunes U catalog....

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13:11
MGG 509: WiFi Answers with Wi-Fi Guru Alf Watt of...

Alf Watt, developer of iStumbler and also formerly of Apple's Wi-Fi group, joins John and Dave today to answer all of your (and their!) Wi-Fi concerns. Join these three geeks to absorb all the Wi-Fi knowledge you can. Download, press play and enjoy!

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13:00
From fashion to fitness part II: Apple hires a pair...


This is an update to a February post in which we rounded up all recent Apple hires pertinent to the development of the upcoming iWatch. This post includes the addition of several new hires and experts, including a pair of key Nike FuelBand hardware engineers, and the new hires are labeled with italics.
Apple has been developing a sensor-laden, fitness- and medical-focused wearable computer as indicated by several notable recent hires and information we have received from sources. The device will have a focus on both fashion and exercise as Apple has been testing the...

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13:00
Avatron's Air Stylus shows promise for artists

Avatron's new Air Stylus (US$19.99) app transforms third generation or newer iPads into pressure-sensitive drawing surfaces compatible with desktop graphic design apps.

The app is an outgrowth of Avatron's Air Display app. Air Display extends your...

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12:56
Apple launches iTunes U 2.0, as expected

As Apple previously announced, the company has updated its iTunes U app today. iTunes U 2.0 allows teachers to create courses within the free app on iPad. The iPad’s camera can be used to take photos or videos to be uploaded for course…

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12:55
∞ Mesmerizing slow motion shuttle launch compilation...

America’s Space Shuttle:

As a part of every launch,over 125 cameras are positioned all over the launch pad structure and around the perimeter of the complex to view how the vehicle performs and to catch views of any potential debris as the vehicle clear the pad.

I thought it would be neat to combine different angles of the launches of STS-124 and STS-117 with additional music from the summer blockbuster “Armageddon” to set the scene for one of the greatest technological feats ever displayed.

This is such a good compilation, it almost makes me want to watch “Armageddon” again.

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12:55
How to Manage OS X Notifications and Notification...

Notifications in OS X can be a bit complicated when first explored. Basically, there are notifications themselves as well as the OS X Notification Center where they are sumarized. This how-to shows the basics of managing both.

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12:51
Apple's iTunes U update brings new discussion...

As expected, Apple on tuesday released a major update to its iTunes U comprehensive educational software, bringing new discussion options for students and iPad creation tools for teachers.

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12:45
Ask TUAW Live is on the air at 5 PM ET today!

"Ask TUAW Live" will air today, Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 5:00 PM EDT. You can check here for showtimes in your area. We're taking your questions now via the Ask TUAW feedback form, Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

To watch the live feed and participate...

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12:40
Finding the "Five Rs" of iPod...

Having trouble with your iPod?

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12:30
Daily Deals for July 8, 2014, featuring the 11...

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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12:18
Google Search app can now fix its voice recognition...


If you’ve ever been using any form of Google voice recognition and gotten frustrated that the friendly female on the other side just can’t understand you, you may be happy to know that a quick command can now fix misheard words. Previously, you would have to start the query over completely, but the Google Search app can now fix its blunders on the fly using a natural corrective voice command.
For instance, if you’re trying to search for the nearest bars, you might say “find me the nearest bars.” Whether it’s your fault or a problem in Google’s voice processing, there’s a chance that the app might interpret your query as “find me the nearest cars.” Using the command “no I said” in a new search will let you replace just that one word. To fix the search, say “no I said bars” and chances are that Google will fix it right up.
Ultimately this is a great and useful update because it makes our...

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12:11
Siri 'Just Thrilled' About iOS 8, but Sad...

Developers running the beta version of iOS 8 can ask Siri for an opinion on the new operating system, prompting Apple's virtual assistant to provide one of several humorous responses. Asking "Siri, do you like iOS 8?" will result in tongue-in-cheek answers that hint at new features in iOS 8 like "It's just swift," alluding to the company's newly introduced programming language. Siri's answers also allude to new Apple's HomeKit home automation platform, which will allow Siri to control various connected devices such as Philips' line of Hue lights."I'm just thrilled about iOS 8 -- It's like moving into a bigger, nicer house. And I get to turn the lights on and off."The virtual assistant also pokes fun at the limited amount of...

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12:07
Apple launches iTunes U 2.0 with iPad-based course...

Apple today issued a significant update to its iTunes U application for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The application focuses on enhancements for both teachers and students, and the application was first announced by Apple last week alongside the new Back to School retail initiatives.
Here’s what is new for students:


• The new iTunes U makes it...

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12:00
Most World Cup teams used Mac-only software from...

As part of Apple's 30th anniversary celebration of the Mac, the company devoted a little bit of ink to Sportstec, a increasingly popular sports analytics company with products that have always been available exclusively on the Mac.

Sportstec, the...

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12:00
Fourth Swiss Apple Store to open in Basel on July 12

Apple is opening a new outlet in Basel, Switzerland on July 12 at 10AM local time, according to the company's website. The shop will be based in Freie Strasse, well-known as a shopping and restaurant district. Regular operating hours will be relatively limited, however: Monday to Wednesday, the store will be open from 9AM to 6:30PM. It will close at 6PM on Saturdays, and will not reopen until the following Monday. Only on Thursdays and Fridays will people be able to shop until 8PM....

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11:35
Forums: Mavericks Applescript Problem

This week, MacNN Forum members assist others with troubleshooting Applescript problems, updating Flash issues with Safari, and more. One Fresh-Faced Recruit has been having problems with an Applescript after upgrading to Mavericks from Mountain Lion, and he hopes that others might be able to assist in figuring out why. Today, "jeff k" was asking fellow forum-goers if they could figure out why Safari would keep asking him to do a Flash update after he has already updated Flash....

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11:34
Apple deals: Macs from $779

This week at Apple's online store find bargain prices on refurbished Macs staring as low as $779 for the 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. A $150 discount drops the price on the refurbished Mac mini with OS X Server, a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and dual 1TB hard drives down to $849....

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11:30
DealNN: MBPs, monitors and more

This week Adorama has the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro for the reduced price of $2,550. That's $150 off the list price of $2,700, and the lowest price we've seen on this model by nearly $100. This MacBook Pro features a 2.8GHz processor, 16GB of RAM and 1TB of flash storage. It is backed by a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....

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11:24
External Link: Steve Wozniak Reminisces about Steve...

Steve Wozniak sat down for an interview with the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Allison Bauter, where he discusses the evolution of fellow co-founder Steve Jobs’s personality over the years, including where Jobs got many of his business ideas from and his early failures while trying to lead Apple. Wozniak relayed an interesting tidbit about the original Macintosh team, “almost all of them said they would never, ever work for Steve Jobs again. It was that bad.” But one misconception Wozniak wants to debunk is that there was bad blood between himself and Jobs. “We never had a fight or an argument — we were always friends,” he said. 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...

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11:23
External Link: Apple Rolls out iTunes U 2.0

Apple has updated iTunes U to version 2.0, with a bunch of new features for students and teachers. Students in private courses can now pose questions on the course, any post, or an assignment; and students in the same class can join the discussion to ask questions or provide answers. Teachers now have the option of creating or updating courses from their iPads and can use the iWork apps to create course materials. Students and teachers both can now receive push notifications for discussions. 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...

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11:22
External Link: Ars Technica Confirms that the $1,099...

Ars Technica has benchmarked the “new” $1,099 iMac and confirmed what we initially suspected: that the drop in performance isn’t worth the money you save. In fact, for the eighteen percent you save over the $1,299 iMac, you lose fifty percent of the performance, and have a machine that’s roughly equivalent in performance to a MacBook Air. However, Ars echoes what many of you told us: it’s an ideal machine for institutions that don’t need speed, but could save a fortune buying in bulk. 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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11:18
Target Field introduces self-serve beer machines for...

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The Consumerist:

Customers will have to prove that they’re over 21 in order to buy a prepaid card to use in the beer-o-mat. The machines also limit the quantity of beer that customers can purchase, limiting them to 48 ounces every 15 minutes. You know, in case a group has dispatched one person to get beer for everyone.

Those 48 ounces of beer will cost $18.24 if you buy the cheapest selection, Bud or Bud Light at 38 cents per ounce.

I heard The Publisher of The Loop is starting a Kickstarter campaign to set up one of these full of Heineken in his house.
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11:15
Apple opens 'secret' eBay storefront with...

Apple appears to have opened another "factory outlet" storefront on eBay, in this case offering unlocked, refurbished GSM iPhone 5 models, notes AppleInsider. The page is similar to one launched last year that was selling products like refurbished iPads. Each phone is said to be officially inspected and include a one-year warranty, as well as a manual and charger....

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11:11
Why classic rock isn’t what it used to be

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FiveThirtyEight:

Led Zeppelin is classic rock. So are Mötley Crüe and Ozzy Osbourne. But what about U2 or Nirvana? As a child of the 1990s, I never doubted that any of these bands were classic rock, even though it may be shocking for many to hear. And then I heard Green Day’s “American Idiot” on a classic rock station a few weeks ago, and I was shocked.

It was my first time hearing a band I grew up with referred to as “classic rock.” Almost anyone who listens to music over a long enough period of time probably experiences this moment — my colleagues related some of their own, like hearing R.E.M. or Guns N’ Roses on a classic rock station — but it made me wonder, what precisely is classic rock?

I remember the first time I heard my favourite band, The Clash, on a “Classic Rock” station and being depressed to think...

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11:08
Amazon bends in Hachette dispute, floats deal with...

More than a month after interrupting sales of books from major publisher Hachette in a dispute over e-book pricing, Amazon has proposed a temporary arrangement in which it would return sales to normal and funnel 100 percent of the revenue directly to authors until the two parties reach an agreement.

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11:07
Apple Plans July Opening for Basel Apple Store in...

Apple announced a July 12th, 2014 opening date for a new Apple Store in Basel, Switzerland. The country's third most populace city (195,000 people), Basel will be the site of the fourth Swiss Apple Store-and perhaps coincidentally, it's in the heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry.The Mac Observer Spin: Bryan Chaffin thinks the choice of Basel was more than just demographics and opportunity-Apple wants to have a presence in the center of Swiss Watchland.

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11:04
[Sponsor] Manything Smart Video Monitoring

Manything is a free, IFTTT compatible, video monitoring app for the connected home that re-purposes your iPad, iPod touch, or old iPhone as a cloud-enabled video monitoring camera.

  • More features than a $200 camera
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11:00
Senior Maps engineer at Apple to leave for Uber

According to a report from Jessica Lessin of The Information, longtime senior engineering manager Chris Blumenberg will be leaving Apple to take on a position with Uber, the increasingly popular ride-sharing service.

Over the past six years,...

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10:22
New interactive training for hybrid computing now...

Bill Baer is a technical product manager on the SharePoint team.
Hybrid computing is the intersection between traditional on-premises and cloud computing models. Deploying a hybrid scenario is useful when you need to realize ROI on existing on-premises investments, when you require a bridge between on-premises and cloud to support migration, or if you’re not ready to move to the cloud all at once. We are committed to continued innovation and guidance for those of you who are deploying hybrid scenarios. To demonstrate our commitment, we recently launched new interactive hybrid computing training and introduced new changes to SharePoint that make it easier to work in hybrid environments.
New documentation and training for hybrid computing
We published new interactive courseware to help you understand hybrid topologies and the considerations that come with it. The series of three modules, comprised of 14 presentations, provides an end-to-end, high-level...

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10:17
Fourth Swiss Apple Store coming to Basel on July 12th


Apple will be opening up its fourth official retail store in Switzerland this weekend. A new store in the city of Basel will see its grand opening on Saturday, July 12th, according to a notice on Apple’s Retail Store website. Job listings for the store first appeared earlier this year on Apple’s jobs website. Apple has already surrounded the store with a black banner promoting the store’s website. Apple is also planning several new stores in China, Italy, and the United States under the guide of recently appointed...

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09:56
TSA Kills Dead Devices' Ticket to Ride


In a move that's bound to raise the power management consciousness of air travelers, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration on Sunday announced a ban on electronic devices that won't power up before they're carried onto a plane. During the security examination conducted by TSA officers before passengers board a plane, travelers may be asked to power up some electronic devices, the agency said. Powerless devices will not be permitted on board the aircraft, and travelers may undergo additional screening.

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09:52
Senior Apple Maps engineer makes jump to Uber

A senior Maps engineering manager at Apple, Chris Blumenberg, has left the company to work at ridesharing service Uber, according to reports. Blumenberg was with Apple for over 14 years, and is credited with helping to develop the original iOS (then iPhone OS) Maps app, as well that platform's version of Safari. Uber, notably, has been rising in popularity, and is closely associated with Google....

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08:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Study time

Study timeThis week’s roundup comes with an app that helps you draw charts without knowing an iota about math—which may come in handy when another program we feature tells you that you’re late delivering that paper your promised your prof two weeks ago.Altunerator 1.1Developer William Gustafson’s $1 Altunenator helps you manage your music by extending iTunes’s functionality with a series of convenient realtime tools.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:18
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-08

Apple revealed more of its new self through a video showing how employees prepped for and participated in San Francisco's Pride parage. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about the video and take a look at another video claiming to show the sapphire glass surface from the unannounced iPhone 6.

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09:17
Apple Campus 2 sample architecture displayed in...

We’ve already seen a number of renders showing Apple’s ambitious Campus 2 project as well as the progress in Cupertino, California at the site of the future spaceship-like building. Now photos shared today by German site ifun.de depict an early shot of architectural samples with the design slated for Apple Campus 2.
According to the site, the structure was spotted on the premise of Josef Gartner GmbH in Gundelfingen, Germany. The sample...

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09:15
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple is back on eBay, Philips...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals: In late 2012 we uncovered an eBay store that was selling Apple certified refurbished products (iPad, MacBook, iPod, more). Though never officially confirmed by Apple itself, this storefront had all the makings of being officially tied to Apple in some...

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09:00
The Incredible Machine team is back with Contraption...

If you're a seasoned, old-school Mac gamer, there's a good chance you remember a funky puzzle game called The Incredible Machine. In the game, players had to perform simple tasks by building overly complex Rube Goldberg devices and experimenting with...

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08:53
Google Maps disappears from Find My iPhone web app

Apple is quietly swapping out Google Maps data in the Find My iPhone web app for its own Maps content, users note. While the change isn't complete -- some locations, such as Austin, are still using Google data -- at least some now cite "Data from TomTom, others" instead. iCloud.com is one of the last vestiges of Google Maps in Apple products, the other being listings for Apple Stores....

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08:26
Apps: Paperless, Evernote, Panotour Pro
08:22
FontAgent Pro for Mac OS X revved to version 6.2

Insider Software (http://www.insidersoftware.com) has launched FontAgent Pro 6.2, an update to its USS$99.95, professional font manager for Mac OS X.
FontAgent Pro provides a complete font management system that integrates diagnostics, repair, font selection, font book creation, and design tools in a powerful, yet simple application for creative professionals. New features in version 6.2 include:
° Auto-activation in Adobe Creative Cloud and Suite apps including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and   InCopy, as well as in QuarkXpress;
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For the second time in as many years, Apple appears to have teamed with eBay on a low-profile Factory Outlet store to market Apple Certified Refurbished products -- such as iPhones and iPads -- alongside full one-year Apple warranties at aggressive price points.

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Third-Party Mac Icons Reimagined in OS X Yosemite...

With the introduction of OS X Yosemite, Apple introduced a significant visual change with an iOS 7-like "flat" look and completely redesigned icons. While Apple's icons will see a refresh once Yosemite is released, users will have to wait until third-party companies have updated their icons to match Apple's new design language for OS X icons. In the meantime, users in this long running MacRumors' forums thread have been designing their own "flat" versions of both Apple and third-party applications, allowing some users to switch out their icons until the real thing is available. Additionally, some users are redesigning Apple's own icons for users who are using Mavericks rather than the Yosemite beta. iWork, Twitter, Skype and...

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Apple posts video promoting SF Pride efforts

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Parallels Desktop 9.0.24237 - Run Windows apps...

Parallels Desktop is simply the world's bestselling, top-rated, and most trusted solution for running Windows applications on your Mac. With Parallels Desktop for Mac, you can seamlessly run both Windows and Mac OS X applications side-by-side without rebooting. Drag-and-drop files between Windows and Mac applications, launch Windows applications from your Mac dock, and do much more with speed, control and confidence. Seamless Simplicity Use Run Windows programs like they were native to your Mac. Setting up Parallels Desktop for Mac is simple and quick. Enjoy the best of both worlds - Windows and Mac OS X - on one seamless desktop. Performance and Personalization Experience as much or as little Windows as you want. Multiple view modes make it possible for you to customize the level of integration between Mac and Windows without compromising performance.Version 9.0.24237: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated...

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Clip the web with me@onenote.com!

We just made it easier than ever to clip the web — now, when you send an email with a URL to me@onenote.com, we’ll clip a screenshot of the webpage along with the email’s contents into your OneNote notebook.

  • Browsing the web on your smartphone? Hit “Share”, pick Email, and send it to me@onenote.com.
  • Find an article in a news reader app? Share it via email and type me@onenote.com.
  • Friend emailed you a funny link? Forward it to me@onenote.com.

To get started, just send an email containing a single URL in the subject or body. And fear not, you can still save your list of “top 100 lasagna recipes” without getting 100 screenshots in your notebook — if you send us an email containing multiple URLs, we’ll only save the mail content and skip the web...

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