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Tuesday August 12

14:08
Red Giant Releases Primatte Keyer Version 5.1

Red Giant (www.redgiant.com) has launched Primatte Keyer 5.1, an update that adds support for Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X (FCP X) and Motion. Primatte Keyer lets users remove a blue- or green-screen background, often with the touch of a button.
Version 5.1 brings the same powerful tools to editors, directly within their NLE or motion graphics tool of choice. Features include automatic keying, digital green screen relighting, and compositing and cleanup tools.
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14:00
SwannEye HD ADS-460 Wi-Fi Security Camera: OK camera...

We've tested a number of webcams and security cameras here at TUAW, but out of those we've tested, none have been designed to work both inside and outside of your home or business. The Swann ADS-460 SwannEye HD Wi-Fi Security Camera (US$179.99) comes...

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13:58
Apple, Inc. Diversity video narrated by new VP of...

A new Diversity film Apple published as part of its report on employee demographics is narrated by Denise Young-Smith, who the company internally promoted to lead human resources in February.

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13:44
Future Xbox One update will let you stream live TV...

Microsoft announced today that a new system update for its Xbox One game console will soon let users stream live TV to their iPhone or iPad. Set to arrive in the next few months, the Xbox One’s SmartGlass companion app will be equipped with the option to watch television via a local network connection without interrupting a gameplay session.

To pull this off, you’ll need an Xbox One, compatible iOS device and Microsoft’s live TV tuner, which is coming to the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain sometime in October. [Update: turns out you don't need the tuner after all.] While this new offering will be limited to...

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13:26
iWatch to be announced in September, says Gruber

Apple will be announcing the iWatch next month, insinuates Daring Fireball's John Gruber. In complaining about the look of the Moto 360's charger, he writes that "The only way this could get funnier would be if it [the 360] doesn't even ship until after Apple announces their wrist wearable thing next month." Gruber doesn't cite any sources, but is known to be well-connected and will sometimes reveal info in a matter-of-fact way....

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13:25
Briefly: Valiant Hearts: The Great War for iOS, Peel...

Ubisoft has announced today that Valiant Hearts: The Great War, will release on September 4th for iOS devices. Set during World War I, the puzzle-adventure game features characters whose narratives are interlinked. Players aim to survive the trenches alongside their canine companion. The new mobile version introduces intuitive touch controls that accommodate the format of mobile devices. Upon release, Valiant Hearts: The Great War for iOS will be available through the App Store....

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13:07
Apple Stores to start offering iPhones via carrier...


A significant number of Apple Stores in the United States will likely begin offering iPhone sales via the latest carrier financing programs later this month, according to several sources. We previously detailed that Apple Stores will soon offer iPhones on AT&T Next, Verizon Edge, and the T-Mobile Jump plans, and now we’ve learned some new information on the matter. We’re told that Apple is tentatively planning to begin rolling out the programs on Wednesday, August 20th as a pilot.
Of course, this could slip back a few days as this new program’s existence has not even been officially confirmed by Apple.  We’ve also been sent a couple of slides from internal Apple employee training materials showcasing what exact plans will be offered. The slide above details the differences...

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13:04
Apple remembers Robin Williams with iTunes...

Apple today has added a ‘Remembering Robin Williams’ feature section in the iTunes Store following news of the actor’s passing yesterday afternoon.
The section features a collection of movies, TV shows, and other performances with the incredibly talented actor including Mrs. Doubtfire, Flubber, Hook, and Dead Poet Society, which inspired Apple’s recent ‘Your Verse’ campaign featuring ordinary people using the iPad in interesting ways. Williams’ famous line from his role in Dead Poet Society can be heard in the initial ‘Your Verse’ ad from earlier this year.
Apple CEO Tim Cook shared his thoughts in a...

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13:02
Remembering Les Paul

Today marks five years since the passing of one of the world’s most unique innovators of all time, Les Paul.

Much respect Les.
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13:02
Apple remembers Robin Williams with iTunes tribute...

Following the untimely death of actor and comedian Robin Williams on Monday, Apple has dedicated a special featured iTunes section to a collection of his best work, ranging from classic comedy routines to movies.

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13:00
Apple releases diversity data; 70% of employees are...

Following in the footsteps of other high-tech companies, Apple today released a report detailing employee diversity across the company.

Some of the more noteworthy data includes the following information compiled from Apple's 98,000-strong employee...

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12:58
Hand lettering

Wow, these are just great.
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12:51
Apple publishes diversity numbers

Certainly worth looking at the numbers and reading Tim Cook’s message.
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12:48
Forums: Bugs in Yosemite

This week in the MacNN forums, members continue to discuss bugs they have found in the developer preview and beta versions of Yosemite. Today "angelmb" started a thread looking for help trying to figure out what keeps causing "Circus Ponies NoteBook" to crash, and they included a complete crash report....

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12:46
Apple deals: iMacs from $1,050

Apple's online store currently has a wide selection of refurbished iMac models. The 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive has been reduced by $250 to $1,049. A $230 discount drops the price on the 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive from $1,499 down to $1,269....

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12:44
DealNN: iPad Air with Retina display cut to $399

At Staples.com right now get the iPad Air with Retina display in Space Gray for $499. Use coupon code '79449' to drop the price down to $399. That discount makes this the best price we have seen on this model by about $50. This iPad model features a Retina display, Apple A7 processor, built-in Wi-Fi, 5MP iSight camera, FaceTime HD camera, and comes with iOS 7 and iCloud....

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12:38
Checking for Activation Lock before buying a used...

Sébastien Page:

Even though they might not be able to activate the lost or stolen device, they might still try to put it up for sale, and if you don’t know what to look for, you might very well be buying an iPhone that has been locked and cannot be activated.

Good advice.
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12:38
TuneUp: Clean & Organize Your iTunes Music...

Today's deal for TuneUp is going to help you clean up your iTunes library. TuneUp will fix mislabeled or missing song information (like "Track 01" or "Unknown Artist"), find missing cover art, find and removes duplicate music files, and deliver music videos, artist bios, concert alerts, social network integration, and more. This Mac and Windows app is usually priced at US$50, but through our deal you can get it for $19.95.

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12:37
Mac: Waterfield VertiGo 2.0 Laptop Bag

A new school year is right around the corner, to the joy of parents worldwide. Some students will be flocking to their nearest Apple Store to pick up MacBooks or iPads and they’ll need something to keep them safe for toting around. Waterfield, known for its high-end bags and sleeves, has introduced the VertiGo 2.0 Laptop Bag ($129 - $149). It’s a stylish bag for your new Mac or iPad that’s large enough to carry additional accessories....

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12:35
Opinionated software

Nice post from Guy English. I agree with this bit: “That said, being opinionated isn’t the goal. Being useful is.”
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12:35
News: Skylanders Trap Team coming to iPad with...

Activision has announced the Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack for iPad ($75). The newest video game in the popular Skylanders series features a special tablet edition that includes a wireless portal and wireless game controller, in addition to game figurines. For those unaware of the Skylanders series, the game uses real-life figurines that can be controlled within gameplay by use of an NFC-enabled portal; the iPad edition will use a Bluetooth LE…

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11:39
Apple celebrates diversity on its website while...

In recent months, Apple has dedicated several new sections of its website to ads and causes the company is passionate about. The latest, unveiled Tuesday, centers around the company’s diversity and inclusion policy. Apple created a new video for the page, which also includes a letter from CEO Tim Cook and demographic details on the company’s 98,000 U.S. employees.
The video (whose narration sounds like it might come from West Wing vet Allison Janney) carries forward the diversity theme first introduced in Apple’s July 7 Pride short film. It highlights employees from the company’s corporate and retail arms, noting, “we put inclusion and diversity at our very center… we want people to be themselves.”To read this article in full or to...

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12:30
Apple Honors Robin Williams With iTunes Store...

Following the tragic news of the death of Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams, Apple has created a "Remembering Robin Williams" dedicated section of the iTunes Store housing many of the actor's popular movies and stand up comedy routines. Along with offering movies organized into categories like "Essentials," "Comedy," and "Drama," the Robin Williams iTunes Store section includes a photo of the actor along with a short paragraph on his decades-long career and his involvement in Comic Relief USA, a charity that's raised upwards of $50 million for homeless assistance. One of the most beloved and unforgettable performers in the history of show business, Robin Williams brought laughter and inspiration to millions. Throughout a career that spanned five decades, Williams...

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12:15
iPhone vs. Tricorder: Seeing the Future with Blurred...

It's interesting to see how the blinders of the present affect our predictions of the future. The Star Trek Tricorder vs. the modern Apple iPhone is a case in point. John Martellaro looks at the technologies that SciFi from the 20th century never saw coming.

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12:09
Mac users can now develop apps for Oculus Rift...


Mac users who want to start developing software for the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset platform can now do so. Oculus today released an update to their software SDK that opens up support for users on OS X:
Notably, the Oculus SDK is now available for Mac OSX, along with a version of the Oculus Runtime and Unity Tuscany Demo for Mac. There’s no word on when Linux support will be ready.
Mac display drivers are unavailable, so users will need to use Extended Display mode on the Mac. To make full use of the software platform, eager developers will need to gain access to the Oculus Hardware Development Kit, which is a $350 online pre-order item.
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12:06
Apple Diversity Report Offers Mixed Ethnic and...

Apple released a corporate Diversity report on Tuesday, laying out the ethnic and gender breakdown of its work force and leadership ranks. That report shows that Apple's work force is more diverse than the population as a whole, with under-representation of whites, Hispanics, and blacks, and an over-representation of Asians. At the same time, males are massively over-represented as a whole, and in its leadership ranks, white males in particular rule the roost.

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12:05
Apple Continues to Dominate Enterprise Market...

Apple's mobile operating system continues to dominate the enterprise sector, according to new numbers in Good Technology's latest Mobility Index Report [PDF], but Android has made enterprise market share gains at Apple's expense. Android's rising share of the enterprise market shows the wisdom behind Apple's recent IBM deal, which will see the two companies partnering up for custom enterprise apps. iOS activations represented 67 percent of total global device activations, but Apple's numbers were down five percent quarter over quarter. At the same time, Android saw a five percent gain, with Android devices representing 32 percent of total device activations. Windows activations were at just 1 percent, while Blackberry activations were unable to be measured by Good due to their usage of the BlackBerry Enterprise...

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12:03
The Cavalry Rides Into Auto Industry With Security...


A grassroots group calling itself "I Am The Cavalry" has published an open letter to the automotive industry offering its services in ensuring security and safety. "Modern vehicles are computers on wheels and are increasingly connected and controlled by software and embedded devices," the letter reads. The letter lists some of the associated features under development, such as vehicle-to-vehicle communication, driverless cars and automated traffic flow. New technology "introduces new classes of accidents and adversaries," the group pointed out.

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12:03
Beats Music now being pushed to new iOS device users

People setting up an iOS 7 device for the first time are now seeing Beats Music among the list of recommended Apple apps, according to anecdotes. The App Store splash page is otherwise full of titles like iBooks, Podcasts, Find My iPhone, and the iWork suite. Notably Beats Music is the only one to require payments, since it's based on monthly subscription plans....

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12:00
Relive the BBS dream (nightmare?) with Level 29

Do you hate the current Internet and wish you could go back to the days of boring text on a blank background? Of course you don't, but if you want to be reminded of just how great things are these days you can take a temporary trip down memory lane...

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11:55
Oculus VR adds Mac OS X support to new Oculus Rift...

Facebook-owned virtual reality startup Oculus VR on Tuesday announced the availability of version 0.4.1 of its software development kit, bringing developer support for the popular headgear to Apple's desktop operating system.

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11:40
News: Daily Deal: Get ChargeKey: The Key-Sized...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up ChargeKey, a pocketable, key-sized Lightning cable for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch for only $24.99. ChargeKey’s minimal design allows you to always have a charging/sync cable handy, and can charge your device from any USB port. The best type of charging cable is the one always you have on you. So stay prepared and leave that tangled mess behind.

Get ChargeKey now for only $24.99...

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11:30
Sticking to the rules in Rules!

Rules! for iOS is a very fun but challenging game about following and remembering rules in a sequence in order to clear a tiled board. A variable time limit adds excitement and ups the challenge. The game is compatible with all iOS devices running...

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11:23
Apple Publishes their 2014 Diversity in the...

In a newly released report on Apple's diversity in the workplace, Apple's CEO Tim Cook duly noted that Apple was "committed to transparency, which is why we are publishing statistics about the race and gender makeup of our company. Let me say up front: As CEO, I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page. We are making progress, and we’re committed to being as innovative in advancing diversity as we are in developing our products." Cook added that "This summer marks the anniversary of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 ....

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11:10
iOS holds 88% share of enterprise apps, iPad 90% of...

Enterprise mobile services vendor Good Technology detailed in its latest quarterly report that companies continue to overwhelmingly prefer Apple's mobile platform over Android or Windows Mobile alternatives. The firm also noted a jump in government adoption of iPads.

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10:33
Apple issues diversity report, but how do Apple...

Apple's ethnicity numbers in the US may be more diverse than other giant tech companies, but today's charts don't explain how Apple Store employees fit into sub-categories like "tech" and "leadership."

Apple

On Tuesday, Apple joined a growing list of tech companies issuing diversity reports about hiring practices, and like its peers, Apple's report broke down ethnicity and gender percentages in the categories of "tech," "non-tech," and "leadership." Taken at face value, the report paints Apple as a company with a higher percentage of underrepresented groups among its tech and leadership ranks.
However, unlike companies like Facebook, Google, and Yahoo, Apple counts a massive number...

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10:32
Rev. Jesse Jackson & Rainbow PUSH Coalition...

Following Apple's publication of workforce diversity data, as well as comments from the company admitting that improvements are needed, the iPhone maker received praise from activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson and his nonprofit Rainbow PUSH Coalition, which advocates on behalf of minorities.

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10:30
Daily Deals for August 12, 2014

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

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10:23
Apple issues diversity report, promises better...

Following up on a promise made last month, Apple has released its first-ever internal diversity report. The company notes that globally, 7 out of 10 of its workers are male. In the US its workforce is 55 percent white, 15 percent Asian, 11 percent Hispanic, and just 7 percent black. 2 percent of people asked said they had two or more ethnicities; 9 percent chose not to identify their race....

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10:08
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-12

Sometimes size does matter -- or at least it does for smartphones. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about the slowly increasing size of the iPhone display and whether or not they're pleased with the notion of a 4.7-inch screen. Jeff also explains how he used BTLExplorer on his iPhone to find a lost Fitbit.

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10:00
Ex-Siri team working on new AI to answer questions...

A group of former Siri engineers have begun work on a next-generation digital assistant that they say will outsmart any of the current offerings, but some of the goals they claim to be working on have already been reached by Apple's own voice-driven personal assistant.

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10:00
Apple unveils pair of new, more personal "Your...

Following its previous "Your Verse" video ads -- which are closer to micro-documentaries than the TV spots you're used to seeing -- two new stories have been given the Apple treatment. The first, titled "Striking a new chord," follows a musical duo...

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09:52
Russian Gang's Credentials Theft Exposes Web...


News that a Russian gang has stockpiled more than a billion purloined user name and password combinations has revved up the Internet's reputation as a post industrial Wild, Wild West. Just how much havoc will be raised by the gang remains to be seen. The data thieves so far appear content to use their ill-gotten trove for spamming, according to Hold Security, which discovered the stolen credential cache. Since little is known about the quality of the data -- especially its age -- it may be that spamming is all it's good for.

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09:48
NewerTech accessory fools 'headless' Mac...

NewerTech had released an accessory for the Mac mini, the Headless Mac Video Accelerator. Although Minis are often used as headless servers, the computer will automatically disable its GPU when a monitor isn't detected. This can potentially cripple performance in some tasks, such as accessing a Mini remotely, which is often necessary when it's in server mode....

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09:45
A Newly Leaked iPhone 6 Photo Hints at new Camera...

Although I'm not a fan of rumored iPhone 6 parts, there's probably one exception and that's a photo from Australia's Sonny Dickson who has a rather good track record for leaked photos of upcoming iDevices. This time around he's posted a few new photos that he's certain are for real. The photos show a unique ring around the camera lens. What is that for? It's very possible it pertains to an Apple invention that we covered earlier this year. In that patent filing, Apple noted that ...

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09:44
News: Apple diversity stats: 55 percent white, 70...

As promised last month by CEO Tim Cook, Apple has released its first diversity report. It’s revealed that Apple employees are 55 percent white, 15 percent Asian, 11 percent Hispanic, and 7 percent black. The remaining 12 percent were made up of people who belong to two or more racial groups, another racial group, or did not declare their race. Those statistics were revealed alongside comparisons with race and ethnicity figures in tech, non-tech…

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09:10
External Link: Apple Releases Diversity Report

Following in the footsteps of other tech companies, Apple has revealed statistics about the diversity of Apple employees. Unsurprisingly, Apple is mostly composed of white males, of which CEO Tim Cook said, “As CEO, I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page. They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard for quite some time to improve them.” However, Cook did not offer specifics on how he plans to achieve that, but he did mention three women who have recently been hired into executive roles at Apple: Angela Ahrendts, Lisa Jackson, and Denise Young-Smith. 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...

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09:08
External Link: An Inside Look at Apple University,...

Brian X. Chen of the New York Times has gotten a rare, if limited, peek into Apple University, the company’s internal training program. The program offers courses on Apple business decisions, design choices, and what makes Apple tick. One of the more interesting tidbits is that Apple uses lithographs of Picasso’s “The Bull” as an example of how to narrow a concept to its base elements. 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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09:06
Briefly: Hue Pro 10,000 mAh battery, new Full HD...

JunoPower has released the Hue Pro, a new external battery capable of charging two devices simultaneously. The 10,000 mAh Hue Pro features a brushed aluminum casing, with a built-in LCD screen that displays how much power is left and when recharging it is in order. Its high-powered LED flashlight offers an additional functionality suitable for outdoor or emergency use....

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09:00
Don't worry, Apple has App Store curation under...

Jean-Louis Gassee's suggestion that Apple should abandon its App Store algorithms and rely instead on human curation entirely is well-intentioned, but flawed. It also ignores the tremendous amount of curation that already exists on the App Store...

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08:49
RIP: Robin Williams, One of Us

The great actor and comedian Robin Williams is no longer with us. Josh Centers explains his connection to Apple. 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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08:37
Apple gives away $25 iTunes gift cards with new...

In tandem with the upcoming iTunes Festival in London, Apple has announced a promotion that will get buyers of new Apple TVs a $25 iTunes gift card. The deal runs through September 30th, the end of the festival. The card can be used to buy apps, music, movies, TV shows, and books....

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08:32
HuePro is new external battery for charging multiple...

JunoPower (www.JunoPower.com) has announced the HuePro, a 10,000 mAh external battery with a brushed aluminum casing. Comprised ofSamsung lithium ion cells the power bank is capable of juicing up two smartphones, tablets, GPS devices or cameras at once.
A built-in LCD screen provides further functionality by letting the user know how much power is left in the HuePro and when it's time for a recharge. What's more, a LED flashlight shines through an optic lens to help users find their way at night.
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08:28
JAMF Software upgrades its Casper Suite

 JAMF Software has given us a new version of its flagship solution, the Casper Suite. This latest version gives IT professionals a new, simple way to manage bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs while respecting employee privacy.
It also includes improvements that let users be more self-sufficient, according to the folks at JAMF. Designed specifically for iOS and Android devices, the Casper Suite offers security compliance without changing the native experience on the user’s device or invading their privacy.
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08:28
Apple Releases Employee Diversity Report, 7 out of...

Following in the footsteps of several other major tech companies, Apple has released a diversity report on the sex and race of its employees (via Re/code). As is common in the tech industry, the majority of Apple's workforce is male -- only three out of 10 employees around the globe are female. In the United States, Apple's workers are 55 percent white, 15 percent Asian, 11 percent Hispanic, and 7 percent Black. Nine percent of workers declined to state their ethnicity, while two percent listed more than one. According to CEO Tim Cook, he is unhappy with Apple's diversity numbers and says Apple is working to improve them."As CEO, I'm not satisfied with the numbers on this page," Apple chief executive Tim Cook said in a letter that accompanies the report. "They're not new to us and we've been working hard for quite...

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08:26
Apple reveals most employees are white men, says...

Apple on Tuesday delivered on a promise to give more details on the diversity of its workforce, revealing that its U.S.-based employees are overwhelmingly male and white --?a breakdown that Chief Executive Tim Cook said must be improved.

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08:18
Apple releases promised diversity data: 55% white in...

Following Apple CEO Tim Cook’s announcement last month that the company would soon begin providing diversity data, today the company is releasing its first report. While disclosing numbers on the gender and ethnicity of its employees, CEO Tim Cook has also published a letter alongside the report on the company’s website (full version below).
In the letter, Cook highlights some of the progress the company has made in recent years, but also notes that he’s “not satisfied with the numbers” and that Apple plans to do more to improve them. 
Apple is committed to transparency, which is why we are publishing statistics...

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08:09
Photos show supposed rear back panel for iPhone 6

Photos from well-known leaker Sonny Dickson show what is claimed to be a full back panel for the iPhone 6. The part is consistent with other recently leaks, although noticeably scuffed and dented. It appears to be a pre-production component, since it lacks printing such as the "iPhone" name and regulatory information....

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08:05
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Olloclip for iPhone 5/5s $45,...

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:

Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens System & Quick-Flip Case for iPhone 5/5s $45 shipped (orig. $100)

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08:00
Office 365 APIs using AngularJS standalone websites—...

Today we shipped two new samples that focus on standalone web applications that use the AngularJS framework communicating back to Office 365 using the Office 365 API. One is a Research Project Tracker scenario that was written by Andrew Connell (@AndrewConnell) and Scot Hillier (@ScotHillier), and the other is an Expense Tracker scenario written by Dan Wahlin (@DanWahlin). These scenarios highlight the power of Office 365 in real-world examples and show the end-to-end build of the entire solution in Visual Studio. The samples include setup guides (as GitHub markdown files) in each repo that you can follow to get the scenarios running against your own developer tenants, and Channel 9 videos you can watch.
Research Project Tracker
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08:00
Visionaries need great productivity and...

Connect and collaborate with the powerful tools in Office 365 for Enterprise
The business dreams of the future are imagined every day. For kids, it happens in play. For adults, it happens in work. Neither can go it alone. What sets dreams apart from reality is the tool belts we wear—using tools lets us collaborate, stay productive, and be efficient. Even the toddlers in this video know that working together with the right tools is the best way to get down to business.

Office 365 Enterprise delivers tools optimized for business, tools that are crafted for the many players involved in the journey from dream to reality. From the CEO to field workers, everyone needs ways to connect and collaborate.
The dreamers: visionaries
The CEO has a big dream. He is passionate about towers and wants to build the tallest one possible. He needs help to collect and share his ideas, and he needs a way to unite people under his cause. The CEO could benefit from...

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08:00
One of Robin Williams' final productions: Apple...

The world was shocked last night at the news of the passing of actor/comedian Robin Williams. Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter to express his sadness:

Heartbroken by the news of Robin Williams' passing. He was an incomparable talent and a great...

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08:00
Top 5 tips for back-to-school on a budget

For students and parents alike, heading back to school is a highly anticipated and exciting time. It’s a chance for new beginnings – an opportunity for students to get a clean start, and for parents to hit the reset button (not to mention, getting the kids out of the house).
Whether a freshman in high school or a freshmen in college, there’s no better way to start the school year than having the confidence in knowing that you’re armed with all the stuff it takes to succeed. From fashion, to supplies, to technology – this confidence often comes at a high price. In fact, the National Retail Federation reports that due to an increased demand for electronics, families will spend an average of $699.28 this back to school season (that’s up five percent from last year), with millennials spending $913 million of their own money.
The days when all students need...

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07:53
Apple Once Again Offering $25 iTunes Gift Card With...

Ahead of its London iTunes Festival in September, Apple is promoting its Apple TV with a bundle deal offering a $25 iTunes gift card with each Apple TV purchase (via 9to5Mac). The gift card can be used to purchase apps, music, and movies available in the iTunes Store, and the promotion is valid through September 30. Earlier this year, Apple offered a similar $25 gift card promotion that sparked speculation about a possible imminent launch of an updated Apple TV. These rumors turned out to be false, and Apple is still selling the same third-generation model that saw its last substantial update in early 2012. Though this latest...

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07:49
Apple's gross margins likely to decline this...

It's expected that Apple will see its gross margins shrink at the end of 2014 as the company is expected to introduce a completely redesigned "iPhone 6," though one analyst sees margins trending upwards once again by the March 2015 quarter.

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07:43
Apple Pushing HealthKit as the Standard at Major...

Apple wants HealthKit to be more than another gimmick, so the company has been been meeting with major clinics and health centers to push for widespread adoption once the feature is available this fall. What Apple really wants is for HealthKit to become the standard for health and fitness data collection and sharing for every clinic and medical center.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple may want to own the health and fitness market, but Google and Samsung do, too. Expect to see a big fight between the three for control over the data our bodies create.

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07:38
Apple Wins Design Patents for iPhone, MacBook Pro...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today plus 4 new design patents that cover the iPhone, MacBook Pro and ...

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07:34
Review: Pure Jongo T2 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth wireless...

Multi-room audio compatibility is a key metric for wireless sound systems these days. The entry cost into a house-spanning system can be problematic for many systems, with many mid-range systems costing many thousands of dollars for even a small installation. Pure has a solution -- the Jongo speaker system. We've lived with a few Jongo T2 speakers for a while now. How well does the system perform, and up against higher end competitors, how does it stand up? Read our review to find out!...

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07:30
The old Google TV remote Apple uses as an example of...

In case you missed it yesterday, Brian X. Chen of The New York Times penned a short but sweet profile on Apple University, the internal education program at Apple where employees and executives can learn about important business decisions (and their...

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07:24
Taken for granted

Rob Richman reminds us that sometimes you should be thankful to be alive.
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07:11
Siri Co-Founders Building Viv, a Next-Generation...

When Apple acquired Siri in 2010, several members of the team behind the technology joined Apple to continue development of the virtual assistant. As iOS evolved and the vision for Siri changed, co-founders Dag Kitt­laus and Adam Cheyer left Apple to pursue other opportunities. This liberation led to their reunion and the formation of Viv Labs, which is now working on new virtual assistant software that may change how we interact with our devices. Writer Steven Levy takes a close look at Viv in a lengthy profile on Wired. Viv Labs is building a virtual assistant that is capable of more than just pre-programmed answers in response to a question. Viv expands further into the realm of artificial intelligence with a codebase that can interpret the question, make connections across a variety of services and apps and even...

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07:01
Apple is again giving away free $25 iTunes credit...

From 9to5Toys.com:

Apple is using the upcoming London iTunes festival as a convenient excuse to revive its Apple TV iTunes gift card bundle. Beginning today and running through September 30th, all Apple TVs will be accompanied by a $25 iTunes gift card.
The iTunes credit can be used to buy apps, music, movies and anything else Apple sells in its digital marketplaces. It cannot be used to purchase physical items or service from the Apple Stores. Perhaps a better deal for those of you who don’t buy media from iTunes, Apple continually offers a refurbished Apple TV for $75 with free shipping and a 1-year warranty.
Back in February when this promo...

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06:57
Apple discussing HealthKit details with major...

Apple has been discussing how its HealthKit platform will work with major medical institutions including Mount Sinai, Johns Hopkins, the Cleveland Clinic, and Allscripts, sources tell Reuters. Allscripts is an electronic records provider competing with Epic Systems. Reuters claims that the talks "may not amount to anything concrete," but that they reflect Apple's desire to make sure HealthKit data is visible in a central location for both healthcare providers and iOS device users....

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06:56
iPhone Apps: MindNode, Scanbot, Wunderlist
06:30
Flickr Find: Even an iPhone 4s can take stunning...

There's a reason why the iPhone is often at the top of the most used cameras on Flickr -- it's capable of taking stunning pictures under the right conditions. Check out this photo above from Joseph Donnelly, taken with a few generations-old iPhone...

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06:17
Corel Painter 14.0.0.728 - Digital art software...

Corel Painter helps you create astonishing art in a variety of media. Paint with vivid oil paints, fluid water colors, and earthy charcoals. Corel Painter flawlessly recreates the tones and textures of each medium. Your studio awaits

  • Choose your brush. Corel Painter includes hundreds of built-in brushes. You can even create your own brush by fine-tuning bristle type, behavior, and settings.
  • Pick a paper style. Corel Painter lets you tweak your paper texture, effecting the way your brush strokes interact with the grain. More textures, more possibilities.
  • Customize every detail. Tweak the wetness of your paint, or alter the drying time. Corel Painter's options are as boundless as your artistic imagination.

Version 14.0.0.728: Note: Licensed owners of Painter 7 or later can upgrade to Painter 2015 (14.0) for $229. New...

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06:14
Nvidia's Tegra K1 Stars in New Acer Chromebook


Acer America has rolled out a new Chromebook contender featuring a 13.3-inch display and an Nvidia Tegra K1 mobile processor. With a battery life of up to 13 hours, along with a light, fanless design, the Acer Chromebook 13 is available with two display options: a full HD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 2 GB of memory and a 16-GB solid state drive for $299.99; or 1366 x 768, with similar specs, for $279.99. A version for commercial and education customers features a 1366 x 768 display, 4 GB of memory and a 16-GB SSD for $329.99.

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06:05
News: Apple talking HealthKit with major healthcare...

Apple has been discussing its upcoming HealthKit service with major healthcare providers, including Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic, and Johns Hopkins, Reuters reports. The company has also talked about the service with Allscripts, an electronic health records provider. Though the report notes the talks “may not amount to anything concrete,” they illustrate how Apple is planning on making iOS-gathered health data widely available for…

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06:01
Slimmer, reversible next-gen USB Type-C now ready...


Following an announcement back in December and some renders that popped up a few months back, today the USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced the next-generation USB “Type-C” connector is now ready for production. That means that PC and smartphone manufacturers can now adopt the standard, which the Promoter Group describes as “the final piece in developing a single-cable solution” for the industry....

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06:00
Reviews: Pure Jongo T2 wireless speaker

Multi-room audio compatibility is a key metric for wireless sound systems these days. The entry cost into a house-spanning system can be problematic for many systems, with many mid-range systems costing many thousands of dollars for even a small installation. Pure has a solution -- the Jongo speaker set. We've lived with a few Jongo T2 speakers for a while now. How well does the system perform, a ......

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05:30
News: New iPhone 6 rear shell leak posted

Two new photos of the alleged iPhone 6 rear shell have been posted on Twitter by Sonny Dickson. The photos of a scuffed-up shell show the round True Tone flash, and it appears that the ring around the camera is protruding. Antenna breaks are still somewhat of a mystery — it’s possible that these are unfinished shells, with antenna breaks to be filled later with another material — but it’s also possible that Apple will be using plastic…

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05:25
One year after Apple's A7, Nvidia announces...

Chipmaker Nvidia on Tuesday detailed the new "Denver" variant of its Tegra K1 mobile processor, a high-performance in-order design that represents the first foray into 64-bit processing for Android devices --?nearly a full year after Apple shocked the mobile world with its own 64-bit A7 processor.

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05:23
Photos of purported iPhone 6 rear shell surface

The leaked iPhone 6 part photos continue to come in.
Per MacRumors, images of the iPhone 6′s rear shell have been let into the wild by part leaker Sonny Dickson. The part shown in the photos also appears identical to the rear shell shared by luxury modified iPhone vendor Feld & Volk, hinting that this may be a legitimate component.

Similar to previous leaks, this newest rear shell shows a number of physical features including a near-all metal design with upper and lower bezels, a cutout for the new round “True Tone” dual-LED flash, and a cutout for the rear camera that may hint at a protruding lens for the device.
Apple is expected to reveal the iPhone 6 at an event on September 9, with...

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05:17
Apple Oddly Seeks to Trademark their USB Power...

On August 12, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark application for their USB Power Adapter. Usually such inventions are covered by design patents, but Apple technically chose to file for a trademark. However, the design visual may be deceptive ...

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05:17
News: Report: New iPads in production, Air to...

Apple’s suppliers have started manufacturing new iPads, Bloomberg reports. Mass production of an iPad with a 9.7” screen — likely the second-generation iPad Air — has already begun, with a source claiming the display will come with a new anti-reflection coating which makes the screen easier to read. A new iPad mini is also starting production and “will probably be available by the end of the year,” though it’s unclear…

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05:13
WaterField releases the VertiGo 2.0 laptop bag

WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com/) has unveiled the VertiGo 2.0 laptop bag with wWaxed canvas, ballistic nylon and premium leather features. Three size choices are available for the iPad Air, 13-inch Apple laptops, and 15-inch Apple laptops with prices ranging from US$129 to $169.
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05:11
Next iPad to Sport Matte Display, not Glossy

Apple may finally be moving away from its love for glossy displays for and go with an anti-glare coating that cuts down on glare. Sources claim 9.7-inch iPad production is already underway for a fall launch, and the 7.9-inch iPad mini update will follow later this year.The Mac Observer Spin: Anti-glare iPad screens sound great. How about bringing that back to the MacBook Pro, too?

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05:03
Delicious Library 3.2.2 - Import, browse and share...

Delicious Library allows you to import, browse, and share all your books, movies, music, and video games with Delicious Library. Run your very own library from your home or office using our impossibly simple interface. Delicious Library's digital shelves act as a visual card-catalog. A scan of a barcode is all Delicious Library needs to add an item to your digital shelves, downloading tons of info from the Internet like the author, release date, current value, description, and even a high-resolution picture of the cover. Import your entire library using our exclusive full-speed iSight video barcode scanner, our Flic Wireless Laser Bar Code Scanner, or (the slow way) entering the titles by hand. Once you have all of your items in your Mac, you can browse though your digital shelves, check stuff out to friends using Apple's built-in Address Book and calendar, and find new items to read, watch, and play using Library's recommendations. Quickly importing your stuff...

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05:02
Apple’s new “Achieve big things” iPad email campaign

The ad features links to buy an iPad Air and a retina iPad mini, as well as sections that highlight Apple’s productivity suite (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote), Microsoft’s Office iPad apps, and the Your Verse campaign.
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05:00
The copy of the U.S. Constitution that's...

Sometimes when I see just how ignorant many American politicians are of the Constitution of the United States, I get the urge to send them a copy along with some annotations. Perhaps now that more of those in the federal government are using Macs, we...

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04:53
vjoon K4 features optimized web clients and...

vjoon (www.vjoon.com/) has released version 6.8 R1 of its vjoon K4 cross-media publishing platform. An optimized user experience and an extended set of automated processes feature in this release.
The central web clients K4 Overview and K4 Web Portal now offer streamlined user interfaces and handling, as well as several new features. Added workspace management capability now enables any user of any client to work in the same familiar environment.
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04:41
Google consortium to build trans-Pacific, undersea...

From the NEC press release:

A consortium of six global companies announced that they have signed commercial agreements to build and operate a new Trans-Pacific cable system to be called “FASTER” with NEC Corporation as the system supplier. The FASTER cable network will connect the United States to two landing locations in Japan.

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04:34
The Disney, Amazon feud

WSJ:

Price isn’t the only issue keeping “Maleficent” and “Captain America” off of Amazon.com Inc. AMZN +0.48% ‘s virtual shelves.

Walt Disney Co.’s dispute with the giant online retailer also encompasses promotion and product placement on the Amazon website, as well as questions over who makes up the difference when Amazon loses money to match the prices of competitors, said a person with knowledge of the matter.

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04:31
iOS holds two-thirds of enterprise market, but drops...

The latest enterprise market share data from Good Technology shows that iOS holds two-thirds of the market, at 67 percent, but has dropped five points to Android – which increased its share to 32 percent. Windows Phone remains flat (and irrelevant) at just 1 percent. (BlackBerry data is not included as the company uses its own servers and activations are invisible to Good Technology.) 

Android device activations jumped significantly quarter over quarter, increasing five percentage points to 32 percent of total activations, while iOS activations decreased that same amount and recorded 67 percent of total activations.

There was, however, good news for Apple. The enterprise market as a...

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04:27
∞ Apple’s two new “Your Verse” ads

Apple has added two new verses to its “Your Verse” ad campaign. The first one takes you on the road with Chinese musicians Yaoband. The second new “Your Verse” ad follows Jason Hall as he rallies thousand of his fellow Detroit bicyclists to inspire his city. Click through for the videos and links.

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03:59
Report: Iliad's T-Mobile bid risks US wireless...

Iliad’s surprise bid for T-Mobile would leave Sprint the least able to compete if wireless prices tumble, according to the "Strategy Analytics Wireless Operator Strategies (WOS)" service report (http://bit.ly/1kqfg6V).
While Strategy Analytics believes the bid will ultimately fail, it represents a wake-up call for all the carriers in the increasingly saturated market. Key findings from the report:
° Iliad’s Free has had a dramatic impact on the French market, driving a 29% decline in service revenue and 19% decline in EBITDA since its launch.
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03:59
Report: Iliad's T-Mobile bid risks US wireless...

Iliad’s surprise bid for T-Mobile would leave Sprint the least able to compete if wireless prices tumble, according to the "Strategy Analytics Wireless Operator Strategies (WOS)" service report (http://bit.ly/1kqfg6V).
While Strategy Analytics believes the bid will ultimately fail, it represents a wake-up call for all the carriers in the increasingly saturated market. Key findings from the report:
° Iliad’s Free has had a dramatic impact on the French market, driving a 29% decline in service revenue and 19% decline in EBITDA since its launch.
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03:59
Report: Iliad's T-Mobile bid risks US wireless...

Iliad’s surprise bid for T-Mobile would leave Sprint the least able to compete if wireless prices tumble, according to the "Strategy Analytics Wireless Operator Strategies (WOS)" service report (http://bit.ly/1kqfg6V).
While Strategy Analytics believes the bid will ultimately fail, it represents a wake-up call for all the carriers in the increasingly saturated market. Key findings from the report:
° Iliad’s Free has had a dramatic impact on the French market, driving a 29% decline in service revenue and 19% decline in EBITDA since its launch.
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03:50
Apple was Granted 55 Patents Today Covering Water...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two manufacturing processes used by Apple's Jony Ives to deliver Apple's cool designs with their famous chamfered edges. Something that Samsung appears to be thinking of copying for a future smartphone design. This report also covers ...

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03:34
Latest purported leak shows scuffed-up 'iPhone...

While it may be a little worse for wear, a part alleged to be a full back panel for Apple's anticipated "iPhone 6" appeared online Tuesday, offering a closer look at what could be the final design for the hotly anticipated product.

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03:24
Kool Tools: Drobo Mini with SSD drives

Connected Data's Drobo Mini is now available with Solid State Disk (SSD) drives that deliver as much as 80% more performance compared to a Mini configured with traditional spinning hard drives.
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03:11
WTF interview with Robin Williams

If you’ve never listened to WTF with Marc Maron, this interview with Robin Williams is an excellent place to start.
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03:04
Khronos Group announces advances in OpenGL ecosystem

The Khronos Group, an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies, has announced growing industry support for the OpenGL family of 3D standards.
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02:50
Firmware update fail

Forums: Active StorageHi guys,
I’m trying to update the 1.40 firmware on my two ActiveStorage (AC16SFC01) with the activeadmin CLI tool.
When I launch the update, this message pops: "The controller's boot ROM version must be at least “1.04” to apply this update."
Also, all "array", "lun" or "group" commands doesn’t works, it says "Operation failed (FFFFFFFF)"
My current firmware version is 1.10 and the bottom is 1.03
The ActiveRAID firmware updater doesn't manage to connect either: "Operation failed (FFFFFFFF)"
Thanks for your help

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02:49
Additional Photos of Purported Silver iPhone 6 Rear...

More photos said to be of the iPhone 6's rear shell have been shared by frequent iOS device part leaker Sonny Dickson. The part shown in the photos also appears identical to the rear shell shared by luxury modified iPhone vendor Feld & Volk, hinting that this may be a legitimate component. Similar to previous leaks, this newest rear shell shows a number of physical features including a near-all metal design with upper and lower bezels, a cutout for the new round "True Tone" dual-LED flash, and a cutout for the rear camera that may hint at a protruding lens for the device. Apple is expected to...

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02:29
T-Mobile refreshing Pay as You Go plans with simpler...

T-Mobile will be launching changes to its prepaid service on August 17th, it has revealed. The new Pay as You Go plans aim to be simpler to understand and more affordable than earlier prepaid offerings, by providing a flat rate for texts and talk of 10 cents per message or minute, with customers required to use a minimum of $3 on the service each month....

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01:48
Apple Granted a Patent for the Original iPhone Camera

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent that relates to their original iPhone camera that has become a crucial component driving the success of Apple's iDevices.

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01:35
Alleged iPhone 6 backplate appears in new, high-...


New photos of the iPhone 6 surfaced tonight from Sonny Dickson that appear to show the backplate of the upcoming iPhone 6.  Dickson says that these photos were obtained from a source with access to the part, and they do appear to be legitimate.
The first photo, seen above, shows a close-up view of the cutouts for the camera (which appears to be raised), circular True Tone flash, rear microphone, and Apple logo. While it’s entirely possible that these photos are faked, the level of visible detail would make this quite the con job if that turned...

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00:36
Apple's CEO Tim Cook Tweets on the Passing of...

Robin Williams was a comedic tour de force. He was Hollywood’s grand jester. A comedy titan who was always the center of attention, amusing even the most hardened of cynics with his manic energy. A whirlwind of hilarity. But Robin Williams will, sadly, no longer be sending us into hysterical fits of laughter. On Aug. 11 Williams died of an...

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00:02
Apple's HealthKit may be a Challenge due to a...

A new report published today confirms that Apple has been discussing how its "HealthKit" service will work with health providers at Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins. Apple hasn't divulged the specific details on HealthKit, which is expected to be incorporated into the iPhone 6 come September. But Apple intends HealthKit to become a lynchpin in a broader push into mobile healthcare. One of the biggest issues facing Apple's Health app is regulatory requirements in respect to privacy.

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Monday August 11

22:57
California passes mandatory 'kill switch'...

The California state Senate has passed a bill requiring cellphone manufacturers to implement, and providers to activate, a "kill switch" that can be triggered remotely in the case of theft that renders the phone inoperable and unable to be reactivated. Owners of the iPhone are long familiar with these abilities, as Apple has offered them as opt-in features for some time, but the requirement that it be activated when users sign up for service will be new to many....

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22:28
Apple unsurprisingly working with more healthcare...


Reuters noted today that Apple is working with healthcare professionals at hospitals across the country, including Mount Sinai and John Hopkins, in preparation for the rollout of the HealthKit system in iOS 8. The goal is to ensure that medical personnel are ready to read data from the system when it ships later this year.
This move is hardly surprising, as Apple intends HealthKit to serve as a collection place for all of a user’s health-related data, which can be valuable—even lifesaving—during a medical emergency. In fact, the Mayo Clinic demoed the first...

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22:18
Apple reportedly in talks with major healthcare...

Ahead of Apple's iOS 8 rollout this fall, a report on Tuesday revealed the company has been in talks with major healthcare providers and medical records systems firms over the HealthKit framework, which will serve as a central hub for users' personal health data.

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21:54
Apple In Talks to Rollout HealthKit to Medical...

Apple is preparing to rollout its Healthkit development tools to health professionals across the U.S., and has been discussions with health providers at Mount Sinai, Cleveland Clinic, John Hopkins, and Allscripts to use the new system, reports Reuters. Apple is said to be pushing Healthkit and its Health app as being an all-in-one solution for medical professionals to store patient data like blood pressure, pulse, and weight. Apple is also hoping that physicians will use the available data to improve diagnostics and treatment decisions. The company is also looking to partner with electronic health records provider Epic Systems to integrate its software and services. The article notes that Apple is likely to face challenges in the mobile health data field due to privacy and regulatory requirements. Apple's...

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20:45
Review: Logitech Z213 multimedia speakers

Desktop computer speakers sit in a weird area of limbo: many consumers have forgone the era of desktop listening for the privacy and versatility of headphones. Others see their usefulness in work spaces, when large surround systems or wearing a pair of headphones for hours isn't an option. What about consumers looking for a budget set of speakers that can be used in a number of spaces, without sacrificing on sound? Desktop users could have a possible solution with the Logitech Z213 multimedia speakers. Does the $30 speaker set warrant consideration, or is the money better spent towards a more......

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20:25
Bloomberg: new iPads are now in production

According to Bloomberg and unnamed sources, Apple has begun production of the next iteration of the iPad and iPad mini, which is expected to be announced sometime either near the end of the current quarter or the beginning of the next quarter in time for holiday-season sales. The article reveals that the screen sizes on the two devices are likely to stay the same, but may now include an anti-reflective coating that is said to help make the device easier to see outdoors....

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19:54
New Apple Ad Features Detroit ‘Slow Roll’

Apple has a new commercial out called Jason's Verse. It features Jason Hall, the cofounder of Slow Roll in Detroit. Slow Roll is a leisurely bicycle ride through the streets of Detroit where up to 3,000 people "witness the revitalization of Detroit from two wheels." The commercial follows Mr. Hall as goes through the day with his iPad planning a Slow Roll, which begins and ends at a local bar or restaurant. USA Today has a story about the man featured in the commercial-it's a cool story. Check out the commercial in full below.

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19:02
Briefly: OpenTable launches meal-pay service,...

Restaurant reservations app OpenTable has announced the expansion of its payment service to an additional 20 cities by 2015. Originally launched as a pilot program in San Francisco, OpenTable's new service allows diners at participating restaurants to add a credit card to the app, and then pay their bill quickly with a few taps. The expansion is beginning with New York City, with the rest of the national expansion to follow....

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19:00
Reviews: Logitech Z213 multimedia speakers

Desktop computer speakers sit in a weird area of limbo for many consumers. Many have forgone the era of desktop listening for the privacy and versatility of headphones. Others see their usefulness in work spaces when large surround systems or wearing a pair of headphones for hours isn't an option. But what about consumers looking for a budget set of speakers that can be used in a number of spaces ......

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18:10
Apple emails new ad for iPads touting iWork, Office...

Following on the heels of two new "Your Verse" iPad ads, Apple has begun emailing prospective buyers touting the iPad's "office" apps, including both its own "iWork" apps as well as Microsoft Office for iPad -- even though the campaign is seen as a pushback to Microsoft's recent ads for its failed Surface tablet in which it points out that the Surface's accompanying keypad cover and laptop-like OS as productivity selling points....

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17:29
California Senate passes cellphone 'kill switch...

The California state Senate on Monday passed a bill crafted to protect against smartphone theft by requiring manufacturers turn on a "kill switch" when a device is first activated, something Apple currently employs in iOS as an opt-in feature.

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16:19
Remembering Robin Williams: His Best Appearances on...

Mashable:

Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams died on Monday at the age of 63. As a performer, Williams had the rare ability to make audiences laugh and cry.

In remembrance of Williams and his long legacy, we’ve compiled some of his finest moments from television, stand-up and film.

I was reminded by my friend Sly that I heckled Robin Williams during the taping of his HBO Special, “Live on Broadway”. He goes off on that Canada rant because some idiot in the audience (me) yelled out, “Yay Canada!” I met Williams years later on the show floor of Macworld Expo and we chatted for almost 30 minutes. I asked him about the heckling and he (jokingly) called me “an a-hole”. “You don’t heckle on Broadway!” he said.
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16:19
ChangeTip Brings Bitcoin Micropayment Tips to...

ChangeCoin has taken us several steps closer to viable micropayments with a service called ChangeTip. With ChangeTip, people can "tip" each other in amounts ranging from fractions of a penny to $25 in Bitcoins. They can do it across Twitter, on YouTube, Google+, Github, Reddit, StockTwits, and Tumblr, with more sites and services coming.

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16:03
Apple’s App Store curation efforts – A response to...

David Barnard responds to Jean-Louis Gassée’s post about the need for human curation in the App Store.
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16:03
Intel: first Broadwell chips won't arrive until...

Intel's latest consumer-class CPUs, the energy-saving "Broadwell" chips, will only be appearing in limited quantities this year -- and even then only the lowest-end of the chip range will be available, intended for fanless devices like tablets and hybrid tablet-ultrabook devices, says Intel. The new delay, particularly of the more powerful variants, will put a dent in the plans of notebook manufacturers to release power-sipping revamped products in time for the holiday buying season....

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15:40
Apple's Next iPad will Reportedly Gain an Anti-...

A new report this afternoon is claiming that Apple suppliers have started manufacturing new full sized 9.7 iPads with an added feature.

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15:39
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issues virtual...

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a warning on virtual currencies like Bitcoin and Dogecoin on its website today. In the warning, the CFPB sounds off some well-known issues that generally circle around Internet currencies, such as the risk of hacking, fraud and lack of regulation in holding houses....

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15:33
FOSS' Documentation Dilemma


Hang around for any length of time in the seedy bars and watering holes of the Linux blogosphere, and you'll soon realize that certain topics tend to recur with surprising frequency. The most obvious example, of course, is the Year of Linux on the Desktop -- a topic scientists have determined will surely outlive us all. Then, too, there's the Sexism in FOSS topic, which one can only hope will become moot in not too very long. The latest example to rear its less-than-entirely-attractive head? That would be the FOSS Documentation Dilemma.

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15:30
Robin Williams, 63, dead of apparent suicide
14:53
Apple Suppliers Gearing Up to Produce New iPads,...

Apple's suppliers are gearing up to begin producing the next-generation iPad Air and Retina iPad mini, reports Bloomberg. Production for the 9.7-inch iPad Air 2 is underway and according to the site's sources, the tablet will debut towards the end of the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter. Production of the 7.9-inch Retina iPad mini 2 is also said to be beginning soon. August production dates for both tablets are in line with rumors that have suggested the new iPads will be unveiled at an October event that follows Apple's September 9 iPhone event. iPad Air 2 Mockup Apple's iPad Air 2 may see some manufacturing issues that restrict available supply, however, due to a new anti-reflection coating that's being added to the tablet. The...

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14:51
Apple suppliers reportedly start production of next-...

Ahead of an expected special event in September, Apple suppliers are supposedly ramping up manufacturing of both 9.7-inch and 7.9-inch iPad models, with the larger version expected to debut as soon as this quarter.

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14:47
Bloomberg says new iPads (with anti-reflective...


While most of the Apple-watching world has its sights focused on the next iPhone, Apple has put next-generation versions of the iPad into production. That’s according to Bloomberg News, which says that the new full-sized iPad Air model will be announced later this quarter or early next quarter and that the new 7.9-inch model will hit the market by the end of the year:

Mass production of a full-sized iPad with a 9.7-inch screen is already under way, with an unveiling projected for the...

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14:32
Khronos Group releases new OpenGL, seeks future...

The Khronos Group make a number of announcements regarding OpenGL today at SIGGRAPH 2014. On top of a number of industry implementations of OpenGL ES 3.1, the group announced the release of OpenGL 4.5. Khronos also unveiled a new project called the Next Generation OpenGL Initiation, in turn asking for participation in the project to help "define a future standard for high-efficiency access to graphics and compute on modern GPUs."...

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14:30
SpinIn is a rock solid sliding puzzle game

SpinIn is a challenging sliding puzzle game on iOS. The goal is to move stone tile pieces to create a pathway for a gem piece to fall through an opening. It features puzzles that usually contain three or less pieces. The difficulty level of each...

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14:23
Apple Launches Email Ad Campaign Focusing on...

Apple today began a new email ad campaign drawing customer attention to the iPad's productivity capabilities by highlighting several different Business-oriented apps for the tablet, including Pages, Numbers, Keynote and Microsoft Office for iPad. iPad is the perfect way to be more productive than ever. Its powerful apps are designed to take full advantage of the things only iPad can do. So you'll have everything you need to do what matters most.The email advertises how customers can create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with Apple's own iWork software, available for free with every new iPad, and it also points towards Microsoft Office, which was released for the iPad in March. Competitors like Microsoft and Samsung have launched...

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14:23
Google TV 78-Button Remote and Apple’s Design Process

Ever wondered why the remote for the Apple TV has just three buttons? According to an inside look at Apple University, Apple's team started with the idea of what a remote control does. Then they pared it down until it was stripped to its purest form, an aluminum stick with three buttons. Compare that to one of Sony's remotes designed for Google TV. 78 buttons. It's a mess.

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14:03
DNS is solid. What about HostNames?

Forums: NetworkingTags: DNSReverse DNSFQDNscutilI'm fishing for advice from someone who's played with ActiveDirectory and Xsan before. For both our public and private (metadata) networks, all A and PTR records are rock solid for all Xsan controllers and clients. We're looking to implement ActiveDirectory on our workstations (finally), but our campus has very stringent workstation naming conventions that don't match how the workstations are already named. They recommend using the following...

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14:00
Communications market update: customer response and...

Giovanni Mezgec is General Manager, Product Marketing for Lync
Every day I come across stories of how organizations use Lync to connect people. I recently discovered how one hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, is using Lync to enhance the patient experience by connecting them to their families when they’re apart. This is a great example of the experiences and moments that Microsoft technology enables, and it also illustrates how we are delivering on our vision of Universal Communications in a way that everyone can understand.

This story is just one of many real-world examples of how Lync is making a difference. Our customers are using Lync daily to transform and enhance their work, and the industry is recognizing this. To give you an idea of how Lync is being recognized, I want to share with you some recent findings from industry experts who follow the enterprise communications industry and Lync specifically.
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14:00
Truffol DuraSound Bluetooth Speaker packs power and...

Sometimes I'm pleasantly surprised by products that show up for review. That was the case with the Truffol DuraSound Bluetooth Speaker (US$44.99) that arrived recently. I have to admit that I wasn't expecting much; this is a bargain-priced speaker...

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13:39
Lost Your Fitbit? Use Your iPhone to Track it Down

You can use Find My iPhone to track down your misplaced iPhone, but what about Bluetooth devices that don't offer a similar feature, like your Fitbit? You can track that down, too, with the help of your iPhone and a little luck. Read on to learn how.

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13:34
New iPad ad campaign focuses on productivity,...

Apple on Monday pushed out a new email ad blitz focusing on the iPad's prowess in productivity, highlighting both first-party apps like Pages, Numbers and Keynote alongside Microsoft's Office for iPad.

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13:31
Apple posts its new ‘Your Verse’ iPad Air TV ads [...

Following launching new webpages profiling China’s Yaoband and Detroit’s Slow Roll city bike movement as part of its ‘Your Verse’ Campaign, Apple has now uploaded TV ad versions of the two ads online.
The ads above and below are made up of some of the clips that were posted to Apple’s website earlier today but we now get a look at exactly what Apple will be airing on TV for the latest in its campaign highlighting professionals using iPad Air.
The two new ads profile musicians in Chinese group Yaoband using iPad for recording and performing live and another follows co-founder of the Slow Roll city bike ride Jason Hall.
Apple is also putting the new ads front and center on the homepage of its website as of earlier this morning.

Filed under: AAPL Company...

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13:30
An act of pure treason

This Mac is forever tainted, and should be quarantined until it can be properly disposed of. Preferably with napalm and a lot of swearing.

[Photo credit: Djenan]...

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13:22
MGG 514: IPv6 Fun & Defining Cruft!

Your two geeks spent time digging into IPv6 this week -- in two different ways -- so they could tell you everything they've learned. IPv6 is something that we'll all have to deal with eventually, and your two geeks are starting down that path themselves, both now running it on their home networks. Then it's on to answering your questions. John and Dave talk through what it takes to clean install a Mac... and what "cruft" really means. Wanna learn about sharing videos via Photo Stream? Here you go. All this and more, today!

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13:03
Installing A Java JDK On Beta Versions Of OS X

Open the installation DMG and expand the package so we can edit objects inside the package, done with pkgutil:
pkgutil —expand “/Volumes/JDK 7 Update 67/JDK 7 Update 67.pkg” “/tmp/JDKTEMP.flat”
Next, we’re going to edit that Distribution file, which is what’s checking the OS version, using vi:
vi /tmp/JDKTEMP.flat/Dstribution
Then we’re going to look for the OS version (currently 10.7) in the pm_install section:
Edit OS version to 10.10
Then let’s save the file and then flatten the package, again using pkgutil:
pkgutil —flatten “/tmp/JDKNEW.flat” “/tmp/JDK7.pkg”
Finally fire up the package:
open /tmp/JDK7.pkg
And of course, finish running the installer. Good luck!

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13:00
Use your iPhone camera to grab Perseids meteor photos

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12:59
Microsoft launches Bing-powered celebrity stalking...


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12:57
Surveillance leak shows spyware loves Android, but...

Secret documents that anonymously leaked from global surveillance firm Gamma Group detail broad powers to spy on Android users via its FinSpy tool sold to law enforcement, but note that the tools lack the ability to infect iPhones unless they have been jailbroken.

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12:55
The Name Your Own Price Front-End Master Training...

I love the name-your-own-price bundles we get to offer through our friends at Stack Social. Today, we have the Front-End Master Bundle, a collection of 7 courses and 93 hours of training for front-end developers. Web development, Web design, JavaScript, JQuery, CSS & HTML for beginners, HTML5 and CSS3, and PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript. That's a ton of training, and individually all those course would retail for $1,042. This is a NYOP deal, however, so you get to decide how much to pay. Pay below the average, and you get two of the courses. Beat the average, which is only $5.81 right now, and you get all of the courses. But there's more, because 10 percent of what you pay goes to one of three charities: Child's Play Charity, World Wildlife Fund, or Creative Commons.

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12:41
Stepping Up the Search for ET


Atmospheric pollution may not be among mankind's proudest achievements, but it's an incontrovertible sign that we are here. Could something similar help us find civilizations on other planets? That's the premise behind one of several recently announced new approaches to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Pollutants like Earth's in the atmospheres of other worlds could serve as biosignatures indicating the presence of advanced civilizations there, said a team of researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

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12:33
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12:12
Take Control of OS X Server, Chapter 10: Web Services

Every organization must have a Web site these days, and if you’re already running OS X Server on a Mac with an appropriate static IP address and domain name, it’s relatively easy to enable Server’s Apache-based Websites service. Nonetheless, there’s a lot to know as you get into the configuration, and Charles Edge dives into the details ‘in this chapter of “Take Control of OS X Server.” Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:11
Chapter 10 of “Take Control of OS X Server” Now...

Thanks to Apache under the hood, you can use OS X Server to run a Web server, but there’s a lot to wrap your head around. In the latest chapter of “Take Control of OS X Server,” Charles Edge delves into what you need to know to host your own Web server. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:02
Apple Supplier Pegatron Forecasts Revenues to Rise...

We were first to report last week that iPhone casing supplier Catcher Technology posted better than expected sales for July due to Apple's new iPhones that are now in production. Today we have another such report. According to ...

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12:00
Making a case for App Store curation

With over 1.2 million applications to choose from, it's hard to dispute that the App Store suffers from a discoverability problem. The degree to which the problem needs urgent addressing from Apple, however, remains an ongoing debate amongst...

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11:46
Court blocks Apple attempt to invalidate some...

US District Judge Leonard Davis has issued pre-trial rulings blocking Apple attempts to preemptively invalidate some VirnetX patent claims, and in other cases use invalidity as a defense, reports say. For the former, Apple's argument had been that many of VirnetX's claims are too vague to justify patenting, including the use of terms like "secure name service," "secure name," or "unsecured name."...

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11:30
MOBA Fates Forever fights for space on your iPad

Fates Forever is a fantastic iPad-only MOBA with gorgeous graphics and intriguing gameplay. It is free to play and available on iPads using iOS 7.0 and up. It is a game of balance: you must defend your base while attacking the opponent's base.

The...

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11:22
Review: Juno Labs Juno Power Junojumpr

The Junojumpr is a 6000mAh battery pack that features a proprietary output port for the jumper cables, a Micro-USB recharging input, and a 14-Volt input for the included cigarette lighter power adapter. By supplying your own USB cable, you can charge any USB-compatible iPod, iPhone, or iPad with the Junojumpr, which is slightly larger than an iPhone 5/5c/5s. The Junojumpr also features a small LED flashlight which could come in handy if your car breaks…

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11:00
Intel Reveals More Information on Core M for Hybrid...

Today, Intel disclosed details of its newest microarchitecture that is optimized with Intel's industry-leading 14nm manufacturing process. Together these technologies will provide high-performance and low-power capabilities to serve a broad array of computing needs and products from the infrastructure of cloud computing and the Internet of Things to personal and mobile computing. The main focus of Core M was first revealed back in June at Computex where Intel showed their obsession with beating the MacBook Air in thinness. Last month....

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11:00
Monument Valley recovered development investment in...

Monument Valley is one of the best games I've ever played on an iOS device -- if you don't believe me, read the review -- but the fact that it didn't conform to the free-to-play trend meant that it wasn't a guaranteed success. It's absurd, but the...

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11:00
Looking Back at Our Ridiculous 3.5-inch iPhone...

The original Apple iPhone started out with a 3.5 inch display. That worked great for a telephone in 2007 that could also run a few Apple apps, but in 2014 we do so much with our iPhones that a larger display is a must. John informally compares three smartphones: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 5s, and an Amazon Fire Phone.

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10:35
Untangling the Amazon/Hachette Dispute

In the ongoing battle between multibillion-dollar global corporations, retailer Amazon and publisher Hachette, Amazon loses the thread of its argument. Glenn Fleishman teases out what’s really going on, and — no surprise — DRM is once again at the heart of the matter. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:30
Daily Deals for August 11, 2014

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

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10:27
Intel's 'Core M' chip announcement...

Intel on Monday announced that its first low-power Broadwell chips will hit the market in limited quantities before the end of the year, and that those processors will be intended for premium tablet- and hybrid-style devices, strongly implying that next-generation chips bound for Apple's popular MacBook Pro lineup won't be available until 2015 at the earliest.

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10:15
ExtraBITS for 11 August 2014

This week in ExtraBITS, a programmer has figured out how to use Apple’s upcoming Swift programming language for scripting, Walt Mossberg reveals Steve Jobs’s dream of open Wi-Fi networks, the inexpensive (and non-profit) iOSDevCamp 2014 is coming soon, you can read back issues of The Magazine for free for a while, Flappy Bird is making a comeback, and HarperCollins is investigating more ways to bundle print and electronic books. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:07
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 11...

Notable software releases this week include GraphicConverter 9.3, Mactracker 7.3.3, Airfoil 4.8.8, iTunes 11.3.1, Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.6, Hider 2.1, and DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.7.7. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:05
New 'Your Verse' ads highlight iPad's...

Apple has added two new microsites for its "Your Verse" iPad marketing campaign. The first highlights Chinese electropop band Yaoband, which uses iPads for sampling, recording, and performance. Apple mentions the use of apps like iMaschine and Logic Remote....

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10:02
Intel Shares New Details on Low-Power Core M...

Intel today released new details on its next-generation 14-nanometer Broadwell processors, which are designed to combine high-performance and low power to allow for more efficient devices. Haswell ushered in an era of impressively long battery life, which is expected to improve even further with Broadwell. In a list of features on the new chips, Intel says Broadwell will usher in "new form factors" with systems that are thinner and run both silently and cool, with two times reduction in thermal design point. Intel's 14-nanometer Broadwell package- The combination of the new microarchitecture and manufacturing process will usher in a wave of innovation in new form factors, experiences and systems that are thinner and run silent and cool. - Intel architects and chip designers have achieved...

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10:00
This is the best and worst iPhone 6 concept ever

Everyone thinks they know what the next iPhone is going to look like. From supposedly leaked components, alleged case designs, and all manner of speculation from "insiders," there are a seemingly endless number of theories. And then there are the...

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09:57
Facebook Paper gets a speed boost and design...


Facebook Paper got a small, but important update today. The social network boosted the app’s speed and says that the design is sharpened:
• Speed and stability updates: To help you get the most out of your Paper, we’ve been working hard to make all your sections, stories, photos and videos load faster and more reliably.
• Design improvements: We’ve sharpened details to make your Paper even more appealing.
A more significant update with improved photo management and trending news sections arrived last month.
...

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09:44
UK carrier reports increased Apple Maps usage as...


Apple’s Maps app, introduced as part of iOS 6 in 2012, has had its fair share of technical issues and was the source of a PR crisis and the ejection of multiple long-time Apple executives. But two years later, if data from UK carrier EE is any indication, Apple Maps usage appears to be on an upward trend. Here’s...

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09:41
News: iPhone 6 part leak shows circular True Tone...

A number of alleged iPhone 6 parts have been posted to nowhereelse.fr, with perhaps the most interesting part being a circular Apple True Tone flash. The roundness isn’t a true surprise, as multiple leaks and mockups have shown the iPhone 6 using a circular flash, replacing the current pill-shaped True Tone flash in the iPhone 5s. However, two different colors can be seen within the leaked flash module, so it does appear that this will be a…

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09:37
Apple's new 'Your Verse' iPad ads...

Apple on Monday unveiled two new additions to its well-received "Your Verse" advertising campaign for the iPad, this time focusing attention on Chinese electropop group Yaoband and Detroit community activist Jason Hall.

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09:30
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-11

Judge Lucy Koh shot down the US$324.5 settlement in the anti-poaching class action lawsuit involving Apple, Google, Adobe, and Intel. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about what Judge Koh's decision means for the companies as they face a potential trial, and they shoot down the news that Facebook's Messenger app is spying on you.

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09:24
News: Daily Deal: Last Chance to get The Complete...

This is your last day to pre-order The Complete iOS 8 and Swift Developers Course for only $79 in our iLounge Deals. At 92% off the regular price of $998, this deal gives you an opportunity to get ready for iOS 8, preparing you to develop for the new platform by taking you through building 14 iOS 8 apps using Apple’s new Swift programming language, for a total of 36 hours of elite training. Your pre-order now will gain you access to the course…

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09:15
As expected, iPhone 5s screen replacements now...

Last week, we reported that Apple will begin iPhone 5s screen replacements inside Europe Apple Stores today, August 11th:
But the catch is that the service is only available in the United States and Canada. That will change, though, next week. Sources say that the program will expand across Apple’s official retail locations in Europe as soon as Monday, August 11th.
Today, reports from Europe-based Apple news websites indicates that the program has, indeed, kicked off in Europe. A report from Germany-based Apfelpage says that initial repairs have been seamless, and they cost 150 euros.
The program kicked off in the U.S. last week...

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08:03
Inside Apple’s internal training program, Apple...
09:00
New York Times profiles Apple University, Apple...

The New York Times today has a moderately informative profile on Apple University, the internal program set up by Steve Jobs with the express aim of teaching executives and employees the dynamics that make Apple, well, Apple.

The program highlights...

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08:59
Alleged iPhone 6 part images reveal circular True...


Apple’s iPhone 6 announcement is close, and that means the leaks are coming in at an even quicker pace. New photos reveal possible iPhone 6 components and may answer a burning question about the device’s camera setup. If previous rumors and leaked schematics are true, it looks like Apple’s next generation iPhone will still ship with a True Tone flash…

After the first renders and...

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08:59
Smooth Skin plugin released for Final Cut Pro,...

Noise Industries has released Dashwood Smooth Skin, a plugin for Final Cut Pro, Motion, Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro. The app can smooth out undesired details in HD or 4K closeups, including freckles, wrinkles, or acne and also tone down shininess, lift dark shadows or warm up the skin.
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08:50
Chaos Group’s V-Ray comes to the Foundry’s MODO,...

Chaos Group and The Foundry say V-Ray will be available for a number of The Foundry's creative software solutions. The two companies have been working together on the development of V-Ray for three of The Foundry's products: V-Ray for MODO, V-Ray for NUKE and V-Ray for KATANA. T
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08:49
Intel details MacBook-destined Broadwell 14nm chips...


Apple has been developing some revamped Mac laptops for several months and years, such as an ultra-slim 12-inch Retina MacBook, and the key to shipping these products is the availability of Intel’s upcoming Broadwell chip. Why? Because the new 14nm Broadwell Core M chip is fanless, small, and according to Intel, the most energy-efficient Intel processor yet. These facts about the processor lineup directly with the rumors of a fanless and light MacBook. Today, Intel...

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08:48
Apple Debuts Two New 'Your Verse' iPad...

Apple's "Your Verse" website highlighting the various ways that people use their iPads has been updated with two new stories, featuring electropop group Yaoband and Jason Hall, founder of a biking program in Detroit. Luke Wang and Peter Feng, the two Chinese musicians who make up Yaoband, use their iPads to capture audio samples, turning them into beats. In a video on Apple's site, the duo are depicted using the iPad to capture sounds like water flowing over rocks in a river, water dripping from a faucet, a spoon on a bowl, a ringing bell, and more. Various audio apps then allow them to mix sounds, styles, and techniques, creating a unique sound. To capture and make music, Feng and Wang use apps like iMaschine, ...

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08:44
Apple Introduces Two More iPad Promotional Verses...

Apple is highlighting two more iPad promotional Verses today on their homepage. One covers Yoaband that is striking a new chord in China and the other ...

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08:21
New, lighter BrydgeAir keyboard aims to bring laptop...

Popular iPad keyboard maker Brydge is now accepting preorders for a new model designed specifically for Apple's iPad Air, bringing not only physical backlit keys, but also upgraded stereo speakers and a lighter aluminum design.

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08:09
Apple shares new ‘Your Verse’ iPad campaigns w/...

The apple.com homepage today received a bit of an update with the site highlighting two new additions to the company’s ongoing ‘Your Verse’ campaign. Apple’s two new Your Verse spots include one profile of musicians in Chinese group Yaoband and another of co-founder of the Slow Roll city bike ride Jason Hall.

Like past campaigns, Apple’s microsites for the two new profiles include several videos showing how the both of the subjects are using iPad in their daily work.

Apple also highlight a number of iPad apps used by Yaoband and Hall including apps like iMashcine, MIDI Designer Pro, and Logic Remote for the musicians and apps like Prezi, The Weather...

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08:01
Intel's Broadwell: What Happens When the...


Intel on Monday introduced its Broadwell processor platform to the world, and it is an impressive piece of technology. Stepping outside of its normal two-step process of first releasing the processor and then updating the platform, Intel is doing both this cycle, and the end result is a massive step forward in terms of size and power efficiency. Intel is stepping solidly into turf once owned by the ARM technology most commonly found in tablets and smartphones. Intel's prototype tablet actually is thinner and lighter than an iPad Air.

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08:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Air $100 off, Retina iPad...

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:
iPad deals:

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08:00
Enthusiasts take control of abandoned NASA satellite...

A crew of space enthusiasts, including a former NASA employee, used their knowledge of satellite technology along with some spare parts to control an abandoned NASA satellite, reports Betabeat. It's the perfect maker project with Kickstarter money...

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07:55
Round 'True Tone' Flash for iPhone 6...

Over the last several months, a number of drawings, mockups, and even rear shell parts for the iPhone 6 have consistently shown a round hole for the LED flash next to the rear camera. That feature has been one of the primary sources of skepticism about the legitimacy of these leaks, as many observers have argued it suggests Apple would have to be abandoning the pill-shaped "True Tone" dual-LED flash introduced in the iPhone 5s. Earlier today, we highlighted a new photo set from Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] showing a number of components said to be...

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07:49
Photos show off display, logo, other parts for 4.7-...

A series of photos have emerged showing what are claimed to be parts for the iPhone 6. Perhaps the most significant show assembled displays, including cover glass, mounting points, and flex cables. The parts indicate slimmed-down side bezels, something presumably needed to fit a 4.7-inch screen while still making the phone comfortable to hold....

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07:45
Logitech Control Center 3.9.1-20 - Keyboard, mouse,...

Logitech Control Center (LCC) is designed to support OS X and allows you to take full advantage of your Logitech keyboard, mouse, or trackball. With the LCC you can:

  • Browse the Internet using dedicated keys that provide one-touch access to your favorite sites.
  • Launch your email application by pressing a button.
  • Play music and control the system speaker using built-in buttons.
  • Open frequently used items, such as documents, folders, and applications with a single keystroke.
  • Scroll in windows of applications built for OS X. You can scroll up and down with a single keystroke or wheel movement.
  • Switch between open applications.
  • Show contextual menus with a single mouse click.
  • Simulate keystrokes to provide shortcuts to commands you use regularly.
...

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07:35
The Cancer Journal Project

This is how you can help. 100% of your donations go directly to the Make-A-Wish foundation. The Cancer Journal Project is completely self funded. We don’t keep a dime of your donation.

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07:32
Additional iPhone 6 component pictures linked, some...

The leaked iPhone 6 part photos are coming in. And they look interesting.
Per AppleInsider and French web site Nowhereelse.fr, an assortment of part images, some emblazoned with the Apple logo, have surfaced, including more evidence of an embedded rear logo, along with an assortment of internal cables, and what could be a closer look at the ring that will cover the device’s rear camera lens.

Also included is what appears to be an external camera ring, though the likelihood of the next iPhone...

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07:25
No, Facebook’s Messenger App Isn’t Stealing All Your...

Facebook has been pushing users into its Messenger app instead of sending private messages from within the Facebook app, and the permissions Messenger wants sound pretty ominous. The terms of use make it look as if Facebook can use the Messenger app to copy your address book, send email and text messages to your contacts without your knowledge, and even use your smartphone's camera and mic to spy on you.

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07:21
Apps: Airfoil, AudioMate, Dropshare
07:02
NYT profile delves into details of Apple University

Citing three people who have attended the school, the New York Times has published a profile of Apple University, the institution used to indoctrinate workers into Apple's corporate culture. The dean of the school is Joel Podolny, who took over full-time in February. The school is reportedly "meticulously planned, with polished presentations and a gleaming veneer that masks a great deal of effort;" one worker comments that "even the toilet paper in the bathrooms is really nice." Classrooms are described as well-lit and trapezoid-shaped, with stadium seating so that everyone has a clear fiel......

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07:00
Microsoft Aims the Surface Pro 3 at the MacBook Air...

Back in May we posted a report titled "Microsoft's New Surface Pro 3 Thinks it's a Notebook." Specifically, it believes it's a MacBook Air replacement. Today a new Microsoft ad has surfaced that is once again making their case for the Surface 3 being a hybrid device that's both a tablet and a notebook. Microsoft's ad shows the diversity of their Surface 3 tablet being a notebook ...

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07:00
New Microsoft Surface Pro 3 ads target the MacBook...

Microsoft today launched three new ads for its Surface Pro 3 tablet that compares the device to Apple's MacBook Air. The MacBook Air is featured prominently in all three ads, appearing side-by-side to a Surface Pro 3 equipped with a keyboard and...

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06:34
Mac: Mac Attender Network Radar

Diagnosing problems with your Mac’s wireless network can be seriously challenging — average users can’t hope to master the science of examining individual devices for issues, or getting a big picture sense of how everything’s working together. Mac Attender’s Network Radar ($20) isn’t the least expensive way to help you tackle network issues, but it’s the best-designed option we’ve seen. After you choose…

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Don’t Forget the Milk – Let Heap, the Gr...
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MZR Review
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