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Tuesday July 15

13:02
Google search results now warn iOS, Android users...

Google has implemented a change to the way mobile search results are displayed, warning users if a website uses Adobe Flash. On devices running iOS or Android, results may now show a tag saying "Uses Flash. May not work on your device." Below this are links letting users "try anyway" or learn more about the problem....

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13:00
Tim Cook to employees on IBM partnership: ‘I’m...

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Earlier today, Apple and IBM announced an expansive, long-term partnership to integrate Apple’s iOS devices into the Enterprise with big data software powered by IBM. The partnership will allow for IBM to sell iPads and iPhones to its Enterprise customers, and the duo are also working on jointly developed software for the enterprise. The companies are also developing an enhanced AppleCare protection service for enterprise iOS device users. Following both the official announcement and a video interview discussing the plans, Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent a memo to employees detailing the partnership:
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12:57
Apple, IBM Team Up to Own the Mobile Enterprise...

In a world where up is down and black is white, Apple and IBM have teamed up to take on the mobile enterprise market. The companies announced their new partnership Tuesday afternoon with plans to bring IBM's big data analytics resources to the iPhone and iPad.The Mac Observer Spin: If you ever questioned if Apple wanted to own the mobile enterprise market, doubt no more.

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12:56
∞ Apple and IBM partner for Enterprise mobility

From Apple’s press release:

Apple and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps—bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone® and iPad®.

The landmark partnership aims to redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges and spark true mobile-led business change—grounded in four core capabilities:

  • a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad;
  • unique IBM cloud services optimized for iOS, including device management, security, analytics and mobile integration;
  • new...
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12:55
Apple, IBM partner up for giant iOS business...

Apple and IBM have announced a new global partnership to bring “IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad.” The partnership, which aims to “transform enterprise mobility,” will introduce more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions for iPhone and iPad, unique IBM cloud services for iOS, a new…

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12:54
Apple and IBM join forces in landmark push for iOS...

Tech giants Apple and IBM on Tuesday announced a new partnership that looks to revolutionize mobile device use in enterprise with customized apps and services for iPhone and iPad.

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12:49
Apple and IBM Team Up For Major Enterprise Mobility...

Apple and IBM today announced plans for an exclusive partnership that will see them teaming up to "transform enterprise mobility" through a series of new business apps and services for iOS devices that will undoubtedly skyrocket Apple's enterprise sales. IBM will begin selling iOS devices to its corporate customers and will also create industry-specific native apps built from the ground up for the iPhone and the iPad. Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Ginni RomettyThe landmark partnership aims to redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges and spark true mobile-led business change--grounded in four core capabilities: - a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad; - unique IBM cloud services optimized...

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12:42
PayPal 5.5 app update scans, stores loyalty cards

PayPal’s most recent update of its free iOS app has notably added the ability to digitize and store loyalty cards. Version 5.5 lets users carry virtual versions of an impressive variety of loyalty cards within the app. After selecting the specific retailer from a…

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12:40
Apple announces huge IBM partnership to bring...

Apple and IBM announced a new partnership today that will see the companies collaborate to bring over 100 enterprise apps & cloud services to the iPhone and iPad and launch a new AppleCare service specifically for enterprise customers. The products will be branded “IBM MobileFirst for iOS Solutions” and IBM will also soon sell iPhones and iPads to enterprise customers along with the new services:
“iPhone and iPad are the best mobile devices in the world and have transformed the way people work with over 98 percent of the Fortune 500 and over 92 percent of the Global 500 using iOS devices in their business...

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12:32
Google's Project Zero Cybersecurity Watch: No...


Google on Tuesday announced Project Zero, an effort to speed up the security bug-fixing process. A team of cybersecurity experts will go after vulnerabilities in any and all software, notify the vendors, and then file bug reports in a public database. The Project Zero team has promised to send bug reports to vendors in as close to real-time as possible, and to work with them to get fixes to users in a reasonable time. The announcement will shake up software vendors, who are not noted for patching vulnerabilities rapidly.

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12:30
Ask TUAW Live is on the air at 5 PM ET today!

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

To watch the live feed and participate...

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12:27
Markzware releases Q2ID with InDesign CC 2014 support

Markzware (www.markzware.com) has released Q2ID. The Q2ID Bundle Subscription (1 Year) includes both Mac and Win versions of Q2ID for InDesign CC 2014, CC, CS6, CS5.5 and CS5 (for a total of 10 InDesign plugins).
Q2ID translates many details of the content in a QuarkXPress (QXP) document and recreates it within an Adobe InDesign file (INDD document). Items converted from QuarkXPress include: color models, fonts and styles, text attributes, tables, layers, blends, runarounds, linked text boxes, anchored boxes, and Pantone and other color models.
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12:27
Volkswagen in talks with Apple to bring CarPlay to...


Volkswagen’s VW line, one of the few notable holdouts from announcing future integration of CarPlay into its vehicles, is in talks with Apple to embed the iOS-based feature, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions.
An announcement from the two companies is expected in the coming months, but specifics on which models will receive CarPlay are currently unavailable, except sources say that Volkswagen is targeting CarPlay for 2016 models, not 2015 versions…

Volkswagen and Apple were early partners in the Cupertino-company’s quest for integrating iPods into cars, so the lack of CarPlay presence thus far in Volkswagen’s cars is interesting....

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12:23
RE:Vision Effects, WeVideo brings Twixtor slow...

RE:Vision Effects (http://www.revisionfx.com) says Twixtor, the tool for making slow motion video effects, can now be enjoyed by subscribers of  WeVideo Personal and WeVideo for Business. WeVideo (www.wevideo.com) offers an online cloud-based video creation solution designed to make it easy to create and share professional-quality videos.   
 
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12:10
Samsung Ready to Release its Next iPhone Killer

Samsung is ramping up to launch its next smartphone designed to take down Apple's iPhone in August, and the electronics maker is hoping its preemptive strike will draw in consumers before the iPhone 6 hits store shelves. The latest iPhone contender from Samsung will be called the Galaxy Alpha and will be more of a cross between its not so successful Galaxy S5 smartphone and mini tablet Galaxy Note.The Mac Observer Spin: Samsung has proven time and again that it doesn't need to be the best to have a large slice of the smartphone market; It just needs to be good enough. That's all we're expecting from the company's next iPhone killer competitor.

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12:00
Why soccer will never come home to the USA

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Salon:

Among the countless points discussed about this year’s World Cup…perhaps the most important looming question is whether this particular quadrennial tournament finally converted America into a nation of soccer fans.

Every four years, the World Cup masterfully demonstrates the fundamental differences between how America and the world respectively treat their athletes.

I don’t like to say “never” but there’s a fundamental difference between the way the American fan sees sports in general and “football” in particular and the way the rest of the world does. We go through this discussion every four years and nothing really changes.
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12:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Week Calendar [iPhone;...

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12:00
Forums: SuperDuper vs. Time Machine

Today in the MacNN forums Dedicated MacNNer "akent35" started a thread defending SuperDuper as a backup solution because every time this has come up in the past it starts a "war" and this time they believe they have reasonable evidence to prove this is a superior way to do backups. Yesterday Moderator "andi*pandi" was trying to figure out why Siri seems to have forgotten how to access contact information....

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11:59
Apple Deals: MacBook Air from $679

Apple's online store this week has a variety of refurbished MacBook Air models at discounted prices. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.7GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been reduced by $420 down to $679. The 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has seen a $420 discount to $779....

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11:58
Brightly brings personal UV tracking to iOS, PayPal...

The App Store added two vacation-season updates on Tuesday, with Brightly aiming to help iPhone owners avoid getting sunburn while soaking up the summer sun, while PayPal continued to expand its payments empire by adding support for virtual loyalty cards.

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11:57
DealNN: 4K monitors, cameras, PCs and more

This week at NCIX.com get the Samsung 28-inch 4K LED monitor on sale for the reduced price of $530 with free shipping. That's $170 off their regular price of $700, and about $90 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This monitor features 28-inches of 4K resolution with a contrast ratio of 1000:1, 1ms response time and a brightness of 370cd/m. It is compatible with both Windows and Mac with HDMI or Display Port connectivity options....

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11:55
iPhone 6 Cases and Images Circulating on Amazon...

Prior to the launch of a new iOS device, accessory manufacturers often create cases months in advance in an attempt to gain publicity and score pre-orders from users eager to protect their new devices. These cases are often created based on leaked schematics and the manufacturers themselves rarely have any information on the devices they're creating cases for beyond what's seen on rumor sites. While third-party cases for the iPhone 6 have been available for purchase for months, several different cases from popular accessory manufacturer Spigen have been generating a growing amount of interest on Amazon.com. Spigen has listed multiple cases, both for the 4.7-inch iPhone and the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6, which it has taken to calling the "iPhone Air." MacRumors has been contacted several times in regard to these cases, which many readers believe offer legitimate...

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11:53
Kara Swisher is Silicon Valley’s most feared and...

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New York Magazine:

Swisher’s power derives from her reporting — driven, in turn, by her deep sourcing — and from the sense, unnerving to executives, that she has a red phone with a direct connection to the perma-class of venture capitalists on Sand Hill Road who fund their companies and fill their boards and decide their fates.

People like talking to Swisher.

Interesting profile. I’ve talked to Swisher on several occasions and she is, in the simplest terms, “intense”. In a good way.
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11:47
Knock-Offs of the iPhone 6 are now hitting the...

A new report from China Today claims that Chinese imitators have beaten Apple to the punch by launching clones of the highly anticipated iPhone 6 ahead of its official release date. While the world awaits Apple's ...

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11:46
Verizon’s LTE support for ALLSET prepaid plans...

Verizon today announced that it is finally adding 4G LTE support to its ALLSET prepaid plans starting on July 17th. This announcement comes just a few weeks after the addition was originally rumored. Starting on July 17th, customers can bring their own devices to ALLSET and use them with LTE data, in addition to using the devices officially offered through ALLSET by Verizon.

As far as prices go, for $45 a month, the plan gets you unlimited talk and text with 500MB of data. Should you need more data, you can pay for BRIDGE DATA, which runs $5 for another 500MB, $10 for 1GB, or $20 for 3GB. It’s important to note, however, that BRIDGE DATA expires after a predetermined number of days ($5 data after 30 days, $10 and...

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11:41
Pathogens on a plane: How to stay healthy in flight

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NPR:

If you’re going to pick up a pathogen on an intercontinental flight, it will probably be one hanging out on your seat or another surface, says Dr. Mark Gendreau, who specializes in aviation medicine at Lahey Medical Center in Peabody, Mass.

“When you look at most infectious diseases, the overwhelming majority are transmitted when you touch a contaminated surface,” he says. “You grab the door knob of the airplane bathroom, and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth.”

“But we’re not all doomed to get sick after a plane flight,” Gendreau says. “You can change behaviors when you’re traveling and substantially reduce the risk of catching anything.”

Ugh. One more thing to make air travel suck.
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11:16
Stacks 2.6.0 - New way to create pages in...

Stacks is a new way to create pages in RapidWeaver: A plugin designed to combine drag-and-drop simplicity with the power of fluid layout. Features:

  • Fluid Layout: Stacks lets you build pages that flow text to the dimensions of a theme even if the theme has a variable width. You can build flowing columns, flexible rows, and tiles of images.
  • Nesting Objects: Build columns within columns within rows within columns. Or group a stack of objects inside a box. Almost anything is possible with Stacks.
  • Download More Stacks:There are hundreds of professionally designed free and low cost stacks ready for download. Easily add amazing content to your site.
  • Live Image Editing: Resize, rotate, and style your images with an easy to use HUD and see the changes happen right in the layout.
  • Pros Welcome: Because Stacks builds layout with...

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11:00
Timberman is all kinds of free, woodsy fun

Flappy Bird may have long since flown the App Store coop, but its legacy lives on in games like Timberman. Like many of the games spawned by the infamous Flappy Bird, Timberman is a one-handed game that can be played with a single finger, it's...

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10:40
It’s a Mistake to Declare Apple Supply Chain Rumors...

The Mac web is good at picking up on supply chain rumors about problems that Apple may be having with manufacturing. That's often interesting reading, but where we can get into trouble is the conclusions that are drawn.

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10:30
Daily Deals for July 15, 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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10:28
MacAdmins 2015

I was super-bummed that I missed the MacAdmins conference at Penn State University. But, all is not lost as MacAdmins will be held July 8-10 in 2015 at the Penn Stater Conference Center and I’ll be able to see all those awesome people there next year!
In the meantime, something fun and new is the 2014 MacAdmins Playlist to maybe get exposed to some new stuff: http://spoti.fi/VTdxLX.
As an aside, here’s a fun pic of @derflounder and I (and others) doing a round table from a few years ago on the Penn State site:

 

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10:22
Bits&Coffee brews BatchPhoto 4.0 for the Mac

Bits&Coffee has released BatchPhoto 4.0, an update of its all-in-one photo manipulation program for Mac and PC that lets photographers, web designers, business people, and families enhance photos. To use you select a group of photographs, and, with a single operation edit, resize, convert, watermark, and rename every image in the group.

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10:15
AppGeneration releases myTuner Classical for Mac OS X

AppGeneration Software has launched myTuner Classical (http://www.mytuner.mobi), which lets users listen to the best themes from Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Rossini, Bach, Strauss, Mozart and many others, anywhere and anytime they want from a Mac running OS X 10.9 or later.
The app also features more than 200 classical radio stations from all around the globe, allowing users to record their favorite songs from the radio stations. Additionally, users can also check the top selling classical songs in any country.
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10:14
Google Chrome for iOS update adds Cast support to...


Google has released an updated version of the Google Chrome application for iOS today, bringing at least one interesting new feature to the app: mobile websites that have Cast support will now work with all of your Cast-capable devices. It’s unclear how the feature works at the moment, but according to the release notes, developers are going to need to add support to their webpages before they can take advantage of the feature.
Also, as will likely be praised by iOS users everywhere, the version 36.0.1985.49 update goes the way of Google Hangouts and finally gets rid of the infamous “lip” located at the bottom of the app icon:


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10:09
Alleged iPhone 6 battery problems solved via new...

Apple has solved battery problems for the iPhone 6 by turning to a new supplier, Taiwan's Simplo Technologies, says the Economic Daily News. The company was reportedly having trouble finding batteries that were both thin and flexible enough from previous suppliers Samsung and LG Chemical. It's not clear whether EDN is referring to the 4.7-inch iPhone -- most commonly labeled the iPhone 6 -- or the 5.5-inch model as well, which was already said to have had battery problems fixed....

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10:00
PerfectTablePlan for Mac OS X adds multiple seating...

Oryx Digital has released PerfectTablePlan, its tablet seating app for Mac OS X, to version 5.2. The update adds the ability to plan and report on multiple seating events.
PerfectTablePlan integrates with barcode scanners and can push seat assignments to any device with a web browser. This means that PerfectTablePlan can track the arrival of guests and assign (or reassign) seats in real time. Updates to the seat assignments can then be displayed electronically on large screens and sent to staff iPads and other web enabled devices.
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10:00
The dumbest iPhone rumor story we've seen yet

Here at TUAW, we're not shy about taking some of the more vapid rumors that circulate through the blogosphere to task. But recently, I stumbled across an article (on Macworld UK no less) which really takes the cake. The article in question is less a...

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09:59
Apple Says iOS Adoption is now at 90 Percent

Apple's developer support program tracks the iOS version in use on iOS capable devices. That data is posted for developers to look at. Currently, 90 percent of iOS capable devices are running iOS 7.

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09:37
Sonnet debuts new Mac Pro rackmount solution,...

Sonnet is debuting a pair of new Thunderbolt devices at this year's IBC2014 industry conference. New this year are the RackMac Pro dual-Mac Pro rackmount solution for Apple's cylindrical computing powerhouse. Additionally, the company is also releasing the Thunderbolt Pro P2 Card Reader commonly used in high-end digital video cameras....

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09:36
Plant and Page: The making of Led Zeppelin III

I love reading stories like this.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:32
Word Crimes: Battle Hymn of the Literate

Parody and satire musical artist Weird Al Yankovic has been rolling out videos for his just released album, and his latest, titled "Word Crimes," is nothing short of a call to arms for the grammatically inclined. It's so good (or at least fun) that it ought to be required viewing for all english classes. Start watching because there will be a quiz.

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09:30
ROY G BIV turns colors into music

ROY G BIV (a mnemonic for the colors of the spectrum -- red, orange, yellow, blue, green, indigo and violet) is a US$0.99 app that lets you point your iDevice anywhere, and the app averages the colors and synthesizes some notes based on the...

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09:28
Apple opening new store in Beavercreek, Ohio’s The...


Apple has announced on its retail website that it will be opening up a new Apple Store in The Green Town Center in Beavercreek, Ohio this weekend. The store opens up on Saturday, July 19th at 10 AM. Store hours are 10 AM to 9 PM Monday through Saturday and 12 Noon to 6 PM on Sundays. We reported earlier this year that Angela Ahrendts is overseeing a push of several new mall-based stores in the United States as more, larger locations are prepared for China and Italy.
Filed under: AAPL Company...

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09:10
Google now warns iPhone users when search results...

Search giant Google added another board to Flash's coffin on Tuesday with the announcement that it would warn users searching from mobile devices -- like Apple's iPhone or Android handsets -- when the contents of a search result were "mostly Flash."

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09:09
iWatch coming in two sizes, three models, rumor...

There are three different versions of the iWatch planned for launch this fall, claims Taiwanese publication the Economic Daily News. The main distinction is said to be between models with 1.6- and 1.8-inch displays. The latter though is expected to come in two forms, one with sapphire coating and the other without....

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09:02
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-15

Apple is turning the iPhone in Japan into your digital wallet, and that may expand to other markets. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the future of mobile device digital payments, and they offer up their take on Nest and Samsung's new Thread smart home network protocol.

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09:00
External Link: Apple Testing iTunes Pass in Japan

Apple has debuted a new service, called iTunes Pass, in Japan. The service allows Apple Store customers to use Passbook to store and exchange iTunes Store credit. The service is presumably coming to western countries soon, and could be a precursor to Apple’s rumored payment system. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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09:00
U.S. Patent office refuses to grant Apple's...

The term "Touch ID" is now synonymous with Apple's flagship iPhone, but don't tell that to the United States Patent & Trademark Office. In a letter published on Sunday, the agency ruled that granting Apple the trademark would lead to a "likelihood of...

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08:59
Apple's iPhone 5S Crushes Samsung's S5...

The Korean Press this morning is perplexed, stunned and confused at how Apple's iPhone 5S was able to remain the number one smartphone in the world. We reported earlier this month that in Q1 Apple was the number one smartphone in the world. Now the latest stats from Technology Research firm Counterpoint confirm smartphone statistics for May which finally reveals that the iPhone 5S retained its number one status and this time against the Galaxy S5 head on.

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08:49
Announcing the Onetastic sort feature

Omer Atay is a developer on the OneNote team, and he created Onetastic in his free time.
 An update to sort your content is now available for Onetastic, an add-in to enhance OneNote functionality with a set of built-in features and an extensible macro processor that allows you to download and modify macros and add new ones yourself.
If you aren’t familiar with Onetastic, check out this video introduction below and our earlier blog post about it.

Now you can sort everything in OneNote by any property you want. This is added as a new Sort command in macros.
 
 

New Sort Macros...

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08:32
Henge Docks releases iPhone case compatible inserts

Henge Docks (www.hengedocks.com) is introducing its new iPhone Case Compatible Inserts for the Gravitas iPhone dock. This new case insert for iPhone 5/5s and 5c allows synching and charging of iPhones without removing the case off the device. 
More than 70% of top iPhone cases on the market will fit into the new insert, says Henge Docks CEO Matthew Vroom. The Gravitas lets you connect speakers, charge and sync devices using the included USB cable, and chat with friends and colleagues at a seven-degree angle for FaceTime.
 
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08:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Samsung 28″ 4K UHD monitor $...

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:

Samsung 28-inch 4K UHD LED 60Hz Monitor $540 shipped (Reg. $700)
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08:30
About those iWatch sales projections

While Apple by most accounts is working on a wearable device of some sort (unofficially and already dubbed the iWatch), the number of conflicting reports about what the device will be able to do and how it will look is astounding.

One day, the...

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08:27
Kanex has introduced a Thunderbolt-to-eSATA adapter

Kanex (www.kanexlive.com) has introduced what it says is the world's first Thunderbolt to eSATA adapter. It lets you connect your Thunderbolt-equipped Mac to an eSATA hard drive.
You can also add an extra USB 3.0 port to your Mac or PC. The US$79.95 Kanex adapter supports both eSATA and USB 3.0 interfaces simultaneously. It's small and compact enough to take it with you when you're on the go.

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08:27
Synology launches four-bay DS214play home media...

Synology America has unveiled the DS415play, the four-bay follow-up to 2014's popular two-bay DS214play. As the second Synology NAS to support hardware video transcoding, the DS415play delivers full 1080p HD video to nearly any media-streaming device, with multiple streamers able to connect simultaneously....

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08:21
Boss introduces Waza Craft compact pedals

BOSS (www.BossUS.com) has announced the Waza Craft series, a new line of special edition compact pedals.
The debut of the Waza Craft series includes the SD-1W Super Overdrive, BD-2W Blues Driver, and DM-2W Delay. All three pedals provide the classic sound signatures of the past and present BOSS pedals they’re based on, plus switchable modes for customized tones sought after by discerning guitarists, according to the folks at BOSS.
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08:18
USPTO denies Apple rights to Touch ID trademark

The US Patent and Trademark Office has blocked an Apple attempt to trademark the Touch ID technology currently used on the iPhone 5s. The ruling was made in May, but only disclosed this week. In its decision, the USPTO cites "likelihood of confusion" with a previously-registered trademark for "Kronos Touch ID." Both are biometric recognition systems, although Kronos' product is a punchclock technology used in environments like retail stores....

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08:00
The Week in Mac Apps: The collector

The collectorThanks to the apps in this week’s roundup, you can keep your notes organized, solve complex equations (who doesn’t start their day with a bit of linear algebra?), and finally let loose with a light death-metal jam.Clear Day 2.0.3Vimov’s $1 Clear Day (Mac App Store Link) gives your forecast a shine, with beautiful animated videos for every possible weather combination.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:00
Scribd for iPhone updated with redesigned book view...


The Scribd iPhone app has been updated with several design tweaks and functionality improvements today that make browsing and reading even easier. The new version includes a redesigned book view with descriptions and the ability to read user reviews. Browsing between books is now seamless, and an updated library manager allows you to download books to your phone or add them to collections.
You can grab the Scribd update for free on the iOS...

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08:00
10x increase in Public Folder limits

Brian Shiers is a technical product manager on the Exchange Team.
We have made investments to scale up the limits for Public Folders in Office 365. Today we are raising the folder count limit to 100,000 folders. This is a 10x increase over the prior limit as defined in the Exchange service description limits. This enables migration of larger existing public folder hierarchies and increased use of the feature in Office 365. Customers can immediately take advantage of this new scale for public folders.

As you scale the number of public folders in the service you might need to keep track of the number of folders. Exchange Online remote PowerShell provides an easy way to see the current public folder count in Office 365. Using the Get-PublicFolder and...

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08:00
External Link: Apple Denied Touch ID Trademark

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has denied Apple’s application to trademark Touch ID — the fingerprint-sensing technology built into the iPhone 5s. The reason why is that Touch ID is too similar to an existing trademark, KRONOS TOUCH ID, which the USPTO claims could cause customer confusion. Apple has six months to change the trademark or make a deal with Kronos, a workforce management solution company. 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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08:00
Beyond Swift: visit Apple's official blogs of...

The introduction of Apple's programming language Swift at WWDC represents a departure from tradition in several ways. If an entirely new coding dialect wasn't enough, last week the company also launched a blog specifically focused on Swift. The new...

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07:50
Nest, Samsung Spin Up Thread Smart Home...

Learning thermostat maker Nest, along with Samsung, ARM and a handful of other companies have teamed up to create a new wireless networking standard for smart home devices they're calling Thread. Instead of relying on traditional WiFi or Bluetooth, Thread uses ZigBee's 802.15.4-based wireless hardware, giving smart homes a network outside of the systems we're already using.The Mac Observer Spin: WiFi and Bluetooth are already capable of handling the communication needs for most smart home devices, but the idea of a special network just for those does sound interesting. Unless Nest and Samsung can rope in and control ZigBee's fragmentation, however, Thread probably won't gain much traction.

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07:42
Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney not in...

Following rumors that Apple might be looking to hire former Obama administration White House Press Secretary Jay Carney for its vacant head of public relations position, the well-connected Jim Dalrymple has squashed those claims definitively.

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07:31
∞ About the rumor Jay Carney could be Apple’s next...

From Business Insider:

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Could Be Apple’s Next PR Boss

Nope.

Tim Cook has never even met Jay Carney.

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07:30
BlueLounge Kickflip: An incredibly useful MacBookPro...

I write a ton of hardware reviews for TUAW, and I really get tired of seeing overpriced stands for MacBooks. The idea of these things is to just put your device into a comfortable position for typing while you're using the laptop on a flat surface or...

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07:28
Rumor: Taiwan-based Simplo Technologies resolves...


A new manufacturer might have resolved the battery problem for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 handset.
Per Taiwan’s Economic Daily News and GforGames, Taiwan-based Simplo Technologies is said to have been able to craft batteries thin and flexible enough for the so-called “iPhone 6,” a feat apparently not able to be matched by current suppliers Samsung and LG Chemical.
Reports that Apple’s new 5.5-inch “phablet” may be delayed first surfaced in April. The device’s design is said to call for a battery less than 2 millimeters tall, a significant reduction from the...

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07:27
Maya 2015 - Professional 3D modeling and animation...

Maya is an award-winning software and powerful, integrated 3D modeling, animation, visual effects, and rendering solution. Because Maya is based on an open architecture, all your work can be scripted or programmed using a well-documented and comprehensive API (application programming interface), or one of two embedded scripting languages, the Maya Embedded Language (MEL) or Python. This level of openness, combined with an industry-leading suite of 3D visual effects, computer graphics, and character animation tools, enables you to realize your creative vision for your film, television, game development, and design projects.Version 2015 (Service Pack 2):

  • Includes several important fixes
  • OS X 10.8.5 or later
  • Certified OpenGL graphics card
  • Three-button mouse

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07:26
Apple starts encrypting email going between iCloud,...

Apple has started encrypting email traffic between iCloud and third-party services, according to data from a Google transparency website. This includes messages from older me.com and mac.com accounts. The move follows Apple promises in June that encryption would expand beyond iCloud-to-iCloud exchanges, something essential given the greater popularity of services like Google's Gmail....

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07:18
Dropbox 2.10.2 - Cloud synchronization tool with...

Dropbox is an application that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs online and between your computers. It allows you to both backup files and keep them up-to-date between systems. Note: You must first sign up to use Dropbox. The Dropbox application is available for OS X, Windows, and Linux. A video on the site explains more.Version 2.10.2:

  • Fix an issue that was unlinking some users
  • Other small fixes
  • Streaming sync.
  • Scrollable tray pop-up.
  • Improved initial sync performance.
  • New languages: Danish, Dutch, Swedish, and Thai.
  • Beta language: Ukrainian.
  • Over quota "Your Dropbox is full" screen.
  • Post new install "Upgrade to Pro" screen.
  • Option to disable "Move to Dropbox" context menu.

OS X 10.4 or later...

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07:17
Microsoft may announce biggest round of layoffs in...

Redmond, Wash., software giant Microsoft, which has struggled to find an answer to the success of Apple's iPad and iPhone, is said to be planning major staff reductions that could be the single biggest round of layoffs in the company's history.

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07:06
Get Ready for Big Layoffs at Microsoft

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told employees last week he wants to reinvent the company, and now it looks like part of that vision includes massive layoffs. The Windows maker may be planning on firing more that 5,800 employees, making this the the largest worker cutback so far in the company's history.The Mac Observer Spin: Considering how marketing-heavy Microsoft was under former CEO Steve Ballmer, it won't be any surprise to see a large percentage of Mr. Nadella's layoffs coming from there.

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07:03
Snapchat introduces Geofilters, bringing special...

The well-renowned social snap-sharing application Snapchat today introduced a new feature it is calling Geofilters, bringing you special custom-designed graphics that can easily be applied to photos taken in specific geographic locations. In the above video, a couple of girls take a snap at what appears to be a bicycle shop, and a quick swipe to the right places a small yellow bicycle tire on the top-left of their photo.
As mentioned on the official Snapchat blog, privacy disclaimer and all:
We’ve had a lot of fun drawing up new filters for special locations in Los Angeles and New York. Swipe right on the preview screen to check them out – they’ll change depending on which neighborhoods you’re in! Although you’ll need to enable location services for this feature, we don’t store your location.
Right now, Snapchat has only incorporated these filters at specific locations in Los Angeles...

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07:00
10 ways to control your iPhone with your Apple...

Longtime Apple enthusiasts sometimes forget that the company is still gaining new fans every day. Apple sold 43,719,000 iPhones in the second quarter of 2014 alone. That's a lot of people who may not know all of the capabilities of their devices, let...

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06:59
External Link: Apple Declared the Greenest Company...

Apple is the greenest major tech company, according to a new report by Greenpeace. In the organization’s Clean Energy Index, which ranks companies based on clean energy usage, as well as use of other energy sources such as natural gas, coal, and nuclear, Apple scored 100 percent. By comparison, Google only scored 48 percent, Facebook received 49 percent, and Amazon Web Services was awarded a paltry 15 percent. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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06:35
iPhone Apps: Speedtest.net, VLC Remote, Cut the Rope...
06:23
Former White Houses Press Secretary in the Running...

It's being reported that former White House press secretary Jay Carney is reportedly in the running to be Apple's next PR chief. Apple's been looking for a new PR head ever since Katie Cotton, the 'Queen' of PR Tech retired back in May and Carney just might fill the bill just right. In another rumor that surfaced yesterday we learned...

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06:21
Rumor: Apple solves alleged 'iPhone 6'...

Alleged problems plaguing the construction of ultra-thin batteries for Apple's next-generation iPhones have apparently been solved after the company brought a new manufacturing partner in Taiwan on board, according to a Tuesday report from Asia.

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06:17
Apple Japan unveils Passbook-based iTunes Pass...

In Japan, Apple has unexpectedly announced iTunes Pass, a new service based on iOS' Passbook app. People wanting to refill their iTunes Store account can take an iPhone (or iPod touch) into a Japanese Apple Store and buy credit from a clerk, who then scans in the amount via Passbook. The money should be available immediately....

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06:07
28-Port Powered MondoHub - $55 - Deal Ends Tomorrow

This was popular last month when it came around, and for one more day you can get the 28-Port USB MondoHub for just $55! MondoHub has Twenty-Four USB 2.0 ports and Four USB 3.0 ports for a total of 28 USB ports, all hanging off your USB3 Bus. This will work with your USB2 bus, too, if that's what you have. You can switch power for each port on and off independently, and there are ports on the top and two sides of the device making for plenty of cable-plugging room while remaining as compact as possible. Be done with upgrading to a new hub each time you get a new device (or plug in all those Bitcoin miners and go to town!). For a penny less than US$55 this is what you want!

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06:06
What's Eating Internet Security?


It's a given that hackers can and do penetrate websites with laughable ease, ranging from those of retailers to those of the United States government. It certainly doesn't help the security-minded to know that the U.S. National Security Agency and other countries' spy agencies, including the UK's GCHQ and the West German intelligence agency, are tapping into online communications at will. In fact, the Germans have set aside $136 million for that purpose. Symantec's recent admission that antivirus software is dead didn't help matters.

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06:06
iPhone 5s remains world’s best-selling phone, iPhone...

Sales channel data from 35 countries compiled by Counterpoint shows that the iPhone 5s remained the world’s best-selling phone as of May, some eight months after its launch. This backs up a report from ABI Research that the phone had retained the number one slot through Q1.

Apple’s iPhone 5s continues to be the bestselling phone in the world, a spot that many expected to be taken by Samsung’s Galaxy S 5. The highly anticipated Galaxy S5 comes in at second place but still a quite distant number two in terms of (sell through) unit sales.

The news wasn’t quite so good for the iPhone 5c, which came in at number 5, behind both the Samsung S5 and last year’s S4 – as well as the company’s Note 3 phablet.
The iPhone 4S keeps on trucking: two-and-a-half years after its release, Counterpoint shows it at...

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06:03
Apple Said to Be Planning Three iWatch Models from 1...

According to a new report [Google Translate] from Taiwan's Economic Daily News (via G for Games), Apple is planning to launch three versions of the iWatch in the third quarter of this year. The lineup is said to include a model with a 1.6-inch display and two models with 1.8-inch displays, with the high-end version of the larger size coming with a sapphire display cover for durability. The display range of 1.6-1.8 inches has been the focus of most rumors dating back many months, but last month Reuters claimed the device's display will be as large as 2.5 inches. The launch timeframe for the iWatch has also...

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06:00
Flickr Find: POW! ZAP! CRUNCH! Batman on an Apple II

With Batman turning 75-years-old, it's only fitting that he make his appearance on the Apple II thanks to Matthew Pearce who resurrected the original Caped Crusader game for the Mac. You can check out the still shot above and watch the game in action...

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05:57
Apple Considers Former White House Press Secretary...

Former Obama administration Press Secretary Jay Carney is reportedly in the running to become Apple's next PR boss, replacing Katie Cotton. Apple announced her planned departure in May, but as of yet hasn't said when she's leaving or who will take her place.The Mac Observer Spin: Jay Carney has media experience with Time Magazine and has spent time in the trenches handling public relations for the President. Those are pretty big bullet points for an Apple PR boss resume.

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05:54
No-IP addressing Senate regarding Microsoft domain...

Following the fallout of the Microsoft seizure of No-Ip domains, the dynamic domain name service company is speaking to the Senate about the incident. In a hearing scheduled before the Microsoft action against No-IP about proper enforcement of cybercrime laws, No-Ip will address the Senate Judiciary Committee today about how the incident was handled, and the need for sensible enforcement so that the Internet property rights of innocent third parties don't become collateral damage in such efforts....

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05:41
Apple’s iOS 7 adoption hits 90%, up from 87% in April

Fragmentation is the enemy of any operating system. 90% is a huge adoption rate. Android has some catching up to do here.
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05:40
USPTO denies Apple's 'Touch ID'...

Apple will not be granted a trademark for the Touch ID authentication system introduced alongside the iPhone 5s, according to a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decision revealed Monday, because it could be confused with an earlier Touch ID trademark assigned to timekeeping company Kronos.

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05:28
Chinese report claims iWatch to come in three models...


A report from the Economic Daily, which has had better reliability than most Chinese news sites (although should still be treated with relative skepticism), suggests that the iWatch will launch in three distinct models (via GforGames). Rumors of multiple iWatch SKU’s have been circulating for months now, including last month in the Wall Street Journal. Specifically, the report says that there will be one iWatch model with a 1.6 inch display and two different models featuring 1.8 inch panels. According to the report, one of the 1.8 inch models will feature a sapphire display.
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05:28
Rumor: Apple's 'iWatch' will come in...

Apple is said to be planning to release a wrist-worn device this fall with touchscreen sizes of 1.6 and 1.8 inches, with the larger having an option for sapphire, according to the latest "iWatch" rumor out of the Far East.

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05:23
Report: Former White House press secretary Jay...

In an article about Uber, Re/Code reports that name of former Obama White House press secretary Jay Carney is “being bandied about” for the open PR chief position at Apple. Carney, who is also reportedly being considered for a job at Uber, would replace longtime Apple vice president of…

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05:00
Apple tops the smartphone industry in brand retention

New research data compiled by Morgan Stanley Research (and relayed by Business Insider) reveals that when it comes to brand retention in the smartphone industry, Apple remains the top dog. On average, Morgan Stanley found that 90% of iPhone owners...

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04:58
Eddy Cue offering up lunch and a MacBook Air for...

Apple Senior VP Eddie Cue is offering lunch and a MacBook Air to benefit the NBA Coaches Foundation. With one day left, the current high bid is $40,000.
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04:56
Apple begins encrypting iCloud email sent between...

Last month Apple confirmed that it would soon beef up encryption for iCloud email following a report detailing security flaws in major email services. While Apple previously encrypted emails sent between its own iCloud customers, now the company has enabled encryption for emails in transit between iCloud and third-party services for me.com and mac.com email addresses. 
The change is documented on Google’s transparency website that shows the percentage of emails encrypted in transit for both inbound and outbound email exchanges (pictured below):

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04:56
Mobile Edge introduces new Tech Brief laptop cases

Mobile Edge (mobileedge.com) has unveiled two new slim-line combination laptop and tablet cases. The new Tech Briefs are crafted using durable vegan leather and a tartan cotton-twill lining.
The Tech Brief is designed for daily commutes or quick trips. They feature a separate padded compartment for both a laptop and a tablet. The padded fur-lined pocket will protect an iPad or other tablet from bumps and scratches.
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04:52
Apple Launches iPhone Mobile Device Payment System...

Apple is making the move into iPhone mobile payments, at least in a small way. The company has launched a mobile payment system in Japan based on iOS 7's Passbook app that lets users pay for apps through its iTunes-based App Store and products in its Apple Stores.The Mac Observer Spin: If Apple wants to test drive iPhone-based mobile payments, Japan is a great place to start. The company has only a handful of stores in the country, so it'll be easier to monitor before turning everyone's iPhone into a digital wallet.

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04:51
Apple launches iTunes Pass credit system in Japan

Apple has launched a new Passbook feature in Japan called iTunes Pass, allowing iTunes Store customers to add purchasing credit at Apple’s retail Stores. Once the pass has been added to the user’s iPhone or iPod touch, a Specialist at the Store can scan…

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04:46
Apple Granted 46 Patents Today Covering a Major 3D...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two key patents. The first covers an advanced haptics system for iDevices. The second is for a new 3D camera system that could apply to future iDevices and/or a standalone camera. In April we posted a report titled "Future High-End Android Smartphones with 3D Cameras will be using Apple's PrimeSense Technology." It now appears that Apple has their own surprise in the works.

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04:45
Microsoft said to be planning massive layoffs,...

The reductions — which may be unveiled as soon as this week — will probably be in areas such as Nokia and divisions of Microsoft that overlap with that business, as well as marketing and engineering, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. The restructuring may end up being the biggest in Microsoft history, topping the 5,800 jobs cut in 2009, two of the people said.

Sad for the people who lose their jobs, but good news for Microsoft if it helps get their ship back on course.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:28
Apple’s new iTunes Pass and another magical way to...

9to5mac:

Apple today has launched an interesting new service for iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore users in Japan with iPhones and iPod touches. The new service, called iTunes Pass (no, not that iTunes Pass), allows users to go to an Apple Store in Japan, purchase credit in-store for the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore, and have that money immediately applied to the Apple ID account instead of needing to receive a gift card and enter a redemption code.

Here’s another magical way to add money to your iTunes account:
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:00
Apple is looking to employees to test its new Photos...

We’ve mentioned in a previous post that Apple plans to replace the once venerated pro-level photo management app, Aperture, and presumably iPhoto as well, with an all new application called simply Photos. Now Apple is looking for someone to put it through its paces, and looking no further than its own collective of employees.

They are looking for current retail employees that have a passion for photography and are willing to relocate to Apple’s campus in Cupertino. The message that went out to employees;
“We are seeking a technical and passionate photography enthusiast to join our Quality Assurance team working on Photos for OS X. You will be part of a fast moving team of specialists tasked with delivering the next generation of photography tools for Apple.“
This type of offer has been made by Apple before and falls under its “career experience” program. As...

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03:58
WiFi double digit growth to continue with next wave...

Qualcomm-Atheros' recently announced portfolio of 802.11n/ac MU-MIMO "Wave 2" chips represents the next evolution of Wi-Fi to higher data rates and capacity, helping stimulate demand for Wi-Fi routers and Wi-Fi-enabled mobile devices, according to Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com)
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03:58
Google now flags Flash content in search results on...

If you’ve ever been frustrated by visiting a website on your iPhone or iPad and finding it won’t work because it uses Flash, you’ll welcome the latest Google initiative: it is now flagging Flash content in its search results, warning that the site may not work on your device.

Starting today, we will indicate to searchers when our algorithms detect pages that may not work on their devices. For example, Adobe Flash is not supported on iOS devices or on Android versions 4.1 and higher, and a page whose contents are mostly Flash may be noted

As Google notes, Android has now also abandoned Flash support due to the same reliability, security and performance concerns that Steve Jobs expressed in his...

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02:45
With iPhoto's demise, writing may be on the...

Apple’s iLife consumer-level suite of apps has changed dramatically over the years. It has contained as few as three apps and as many as six. It’s cost as much as $79 and as little as zero. It’s been packaged both as an integrated software collection and as a loose confederacy of disparate apps. And now, in its latest evolutionary shift, it’s been placed on the endangered software list, with a reasonable probability that it will, in the not too distant future, go extinct altogether.iPhoto finish

Last October, Apple introduced “the next generation of iLife apps for OS X and iOS,” comprising iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand. Now, less than a year later, Apple has revealed that it will early next year be replacing iPhoto (...

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03:24
Apple refused Touch ID trademark by USPTO – has six...

Patently Apple reports that the US Patent & Trademark Office has refused Apple’s application for a trademark in Touch ID. The decision – made in May but only now made public – is because another company already holds a trademark for Kronos Touch ID, and there is a “likelihood of confusion” given the very similar names.

USPTO states that “Trademark Act Section 2(d) bars registration of an applied-for mark that so resembles a registered mark that it is likely that a potential consumer would be confused or mistaken or deceived as to the source of the goods and/or services of the applicant and registrant.
In this case, the following factors are the most relevant: similarity of the marks, similarity of the goods and/or services, and similarity of trade channels of the goods and/or services....

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02:00
Apple expands iPad, iPhone trade-in program to...


Apple’s iPhone and iPad trade-in program is coming to the land down under.
Per MacRumors, Apple today expanded its iPhone and iPad trade-in program to Australia, giving customers who trade in an older device credit towards the purchase of a new device. Users who trade in an iPhone can earn up to A$250, while users who trade in an iPad can get up to A$215.
Apple’s current...

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01:29
Apple Granted a Second 3D Imaging & Display...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's wild 3D imaging and display apparatus. Just last month Apple was granted a patent for different aspects of the same invention. The differences between the patents could easily be found in the finer details of Apple's patent claims. Whether the recent activity regarding this invention means Apple is any closer to delivering such a device is unknown at this time.

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00:31
Apple rolls out 'iTunes Pass' for Passbook...

Apple on Tuesday unveiled iTunes Pass, a new Passbook-based service that allows customers to refill their iTunes account by purchasing credit in brick-and-mortar Apple Stores.

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00:08
Apple Launches 'iTunes Pass' at Japanese...

Apple today debuted its new iTunes Pass service in its Japanese retail stores, allowing customers to purchase iTunes Store credit directly without the need for physical gift cards, reports 9to5Mac. To use the service, customers add a new iTunes Pass inside of the existing Passbook application found in iOS, and then locate a Specialist inside an Apple Retail Store. Once the iTunes Pass is presented to the Specialist, the customer can say how much money they want added, which is then instantly transferred to an iTunes account. It is not known when the new service will be rolled out to Apple Retail Stores worldwide, however it is likely that the company is testing the program in Japan ahead of a larger rollout. In 2012, Apple...

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Monday July 14

23:38
Morgan Stanley, Barclays raise AAPL target to all-...

On the same day as Apple's stock hit a 52-week high, closing at $96.43 per share on Monday, two major brokerage houses have upped their predictions for year-end AAPL prices to $110, which would put the stock past its best-ever performance, even adjusted for the number of additional shares created. Morgan Stanley credited strong customer loyalty which will in turn drives initial sales of the long-rumored "iWatch," while Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes expresses new confidence in Apple management....

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22:41
Apple Searching for Retail Employees to Test...

Apple is actively looking for retail employees that are "passionate photography enthusiasts" to test the upcoming Photos app for OS X, reports 9to5Mac. We are seeking a technical and passionate photography enthusiast to join our Quality Assurance team working on Photos for OS X. You will be part of a fast moving team of specialists tasked with delivering the next generation of photography tools for Apple. Photos for OS X was briefly introduced at WWDC 2014, as Apple will launch the software early next year. It was also reported last month that the new Photos app will be replacing Apple's existing iPhoto and Aperture programs. Apple...

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22:31
Apple debuts iTunes Pass in Japan, allows Passbook-...


Apple today has launched an interesting new service for iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore users in Japan with iPhones and iPod touches. The new service, called iTunes Pass (no, not that iTunes Pass), allows users to go to an Apple Store in Japan, purchase credit in-store for the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore, and have that money immediately applied to the Apple ID account instead of needing to receive a gift card and enter a redemption code…

To substitute for a physical gift card, iTunes Pass installs a new pass inside of the iOS Passbook application. The Apple Store employee can scan the pass in order to immediately apply the credit to...

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22:03
Apple expands iDevice trade-in program to Australia

Australians can now trade-in their older iOS devices for up to A$250 ($235 US) towards the purchase of a new device, Apple announced on Monday. The higher reward is available to for iPhones, while buyers can get up to $202 (A$215) in credit for iPad trade-ins at Apple Stores across the country. The new program arrives just shy of a year after the US debut, which offers up to $225. Since then, the initiative has expanded to Canada, France, Germany, Italy and the UK....

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20:55
PayPal takes a page from Passbook, adds virtual...


PayPal has updated its iOS app with support for loyalty cards from a long list of selected retailers. The app allows you to select one of the supported companies from the list and scan the barcode on your loyalty or discount card, then saves the data in a digital wallet. The update puts PayPal in competition with Apple’s stock Passbook application, which also allows for storage of loyalty cards and other similar information.
The update also includes bug fixes and removes the ability to scan a check using the device’s camera to deposity money in your PayPal account. You can grab the version 5.5...

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20:26
Apple's iOS 7 officially hits 90 percent...

Ahead of the forthcoming iOS 8 update, expected in the fall, Apple has told developers that iOS 7 is now running on 90 percent of iOS devices using the App Store, indicating a growth rate of about one percent per month. The penetration level of iOS 7 is consequently, like most other iOS versions before it, the most quickly-adopted operating system update ever, on any major platform. The result was garnered from visits to the App Store over a seven-day period that ended on July 13....

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20:15
Apple seeking ‘photography enthusiast’ retail...


Apple is seeking employees from its own retail stores who have shown in enthusiasm for photography to test the upcoming OS X Photos application and iCloud Photos feature. Apple, last week, reached out to retail employees offering such a “career experience,” and here is the message to retail staff as provided by multiple retail employees:

We are seeking a technical and passionate photography enthusiast to join our Quality Assurance team working on Photos for OS X. You will be part of a fast moving team of specialists tasked with delivering the next generation of photography tools for Apple.
Apple typically offers career experience programs for retail employees that have worked at Apple for at least one year. These opportunities...

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19:57
Review: Kickflip is a cool, simple, and affordable...


For the past couple of weeks, I have been testing a new MacBook stand called the Kickflip. I’ve used some of the more high-end stands for my laptop in the past as it improves the ergonomics involved with keyboard typing and because it improves the cooling of the computer. This new Kickflip is not stationary like some other stands on the market, but it is an accessory that sticks to the bottom of your laptop. The stand can be closed for when you want to keep the laptop in a bag or carry it around, and you flip out the kickstand when you want to raise up your laptop. The experience is nice, the stand is sturdy, and I very much have enjoyed using the Kickflip…
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19:50
Review: Cambridge Audio Minx Go Bluetooth speaker

In the pursuit of outstanding sound quality, Bluetooth speakers make a lot of sacrifices to offer a device that is affordable and pleasant enough to listen to compel consumers to purchase it. It's a series of compromises between the number of speakers in the platform, the battery life and the portability of the unit. Cambridge Audio, the London-based audio company, offers a compact version of its sound quality inside the Minx Go. On the surface, the Minx Go appears to check all of the boxes that a Bluetooth speaker needs to in order to be successful. But does that make it a must-have for consu......

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19:46
Apple updates iOS developer statistics, claims 90%...


An update to one of Apple’s iOS developer pages today indicates that the latest version of the company’s mobile operating system has reached 90% adoption among users. That’s up about 15% since December of last year, when three quarters of users had upgraded.
The chart doesn’t break down which version of iOS 7 specifically users are running, but it’s safe to assume that the number of devices running iOS 7.1 has increased significantly since it...

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18:00
Reviews: Cambridge Audio Minx Go Bluetooth speaker

In the pursuit of outstanding sound quality, Bluetooth speakers make a lot of sacrifices to offer a device that is affordable and pleasant enough to listen to compel consumers to purchase it. It's a series of compromises between the number of speakers in the platform, the battery life and the portability of the unit. ......

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18:40
Adoption of Apple's iOS 7 hits 90% ahead of...

After being available for ten months, Apple's iOS 7 is still growing and is now running on 90 percent of iPhones, iPads and iPods visiting the App Store, up from 87 percent in April.

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18:39
Is Firefox in a Fix?


It's been difficult to hear ourselves think here in the Linux blogosphere lately, what with all the distractions that have been thrown our way. We've had the NSA casting aspersions on Linux users; we've had the IRS looking askance at FOSS. We've even had the well-respected Tor Project sucked into a lawsuit over revenge porn, of all things. Ready for the latest? None other than this: "Is Firefox dying a slow death?" That, indeed, was the headline over at ITworld, and variations on the theme could be heard elsewhere in the blogosphere as well.

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18:20
Study: iPhone, iPad continue to dominate online...

Mobile devices are increasingly supplanting traditional desktop or notebook PCs as devices for online shopping, a new study finds, and iOS devices continue to be dominant in yet another real-world usage study despite claims of higher Android-based marketshare, at least in the US. Mobile sales analysis firm Custora looked at $10 billion in mobile transaction revenue covering 100 retailers and 70 million consumers in its latest study, and found that 54 percent of mobile phone sales and 80 percent of tablet sales came from iOS devices.......

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17:20
Apple takes iPhone and iPad trade-in program to...

Apple on Monday announced an expansion of its iPhone and iPad trade-in program to cover customers in Australia, who can now bring older iPhones and iPads to receive up to A$250 to put toward a new device purchase.

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16:21
Briefly: Shazam updated with Rdio, Google brings...

Song-indentifying app Shazam (free) has introduced a new update that incorporates streaming music service Rdio into the app, allowing subscribers to Rdio to hear the full version of songs identified using Shazam. Previously, Shazam would have to switch over to a third-party app if users wanted to hear a full copy of a song they identified in the app, but now those with Rdio installed won't have to fire up the previously-installed Rdio app to hear the full track. Shazam also offers iTunes buying of tracks, and in iOS 8 will integrate with Siri so that users can simply ask what song is playing a......

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16:14
Apple launches in-store iPhone trade-in program in...


Late last month 9to5Mac reported that Apple would soon be launching its iPhone trade-in program in Australia. Today the Apple Store app started notifying Australian users that the offer is now available in that country. Customers who trade-in a previous-model iPhone at an official Apple Retail Store can receive up to A$250 in credit toward a new device.
Apple...

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16:08
Apple's new PR chief may be former White House...

A report on Monday revealed former White House press secretary Jay Carney is not only in the running to take on a job for a communications and public relations expert at Uber, but also for a similar role at Apple.

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15:58
Apple Considering Former White House Press Secretary...

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is one of the candidates being considered to replace Katie Cotton as Apple's new PR head, reports Re/code. In a piece on Uber, Re/Code's Kara Swisher suggests that Carney's name is "being bandied about" for the position. Carney served as White House Press Secretary from 2011 until June of 2014, when he officially resigned. Prior to that, Carney served as director of communications for Vice President Joe Biden and before that, he was the Washington bureau chief for Time magazine. Katie Cotton, who was Apple's VP of worldwide corporate communications before retiring back in May, served for more than 20 years under both Steve Jobs and Tim Cook. Cotton was known for being fiercely...

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15:39
Shazam gets in-app music streaming with Rdio...

Music and television show discovery app Shazam on Monday rolled out an update that integrates Internet radio service Rdio, offering in-app track streaming to users of both products.

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15:33
Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney...


A new report from Re/code today suggests that Apple is currently considering hiring Jay Carney as its new head of PR. Carney worked as White House Press Secretary from February 2011 until June of this year. Prior to joining the White House staff, he worked as Miami Bureau Chief for Time Magazine and Director of Communications for Vice President Joe Biden.
Carney would replace Katie Cotton, who stepped down from the position earlier this year. It has...

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15:30
Documents filed with the FCC reveal Apple-made...

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released documents on July 4 outlining a new device from Apple which point to a company made iBeacon. The device was first spotted by router maker Securifi, which lists the new device seeking approval wireless certification from the FCC for the "Apple iBeacon." Previously, iBeacon hardware was only made by third-party manufacturers....

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15:00
Beats sues Chinese counterfeiters alleging losses of...

Beats Electronics -- soon to be under the Apple umbrella if all goes according to plan -- is suing Chinese counterfeiters for illegally manufacturing and selling fake Beats headphones and accessories.

According to the lawsuit, the defendants at...

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

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

You can listen to today's...

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14:22
Mobile Devices with Nickel including Apple's...

A new report published today, that is in-part presented in the accompanying video, claims that Apple's iPad may be the culprit to certain types of rashes. It turns out that the iPad may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. The simple use of an "iPad Smart Case" solved the issue for one child with this allergy.

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14:19
The machine that could fix airport security

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Wired:

Instead of having a human poke around in your bag, the machine scans it for a variety of threats in just a few seconds.

You hold your ticket up to the machine, and it assigns you a pod. Close the door and walk around to the other side. In the time it takes you to get over there, the machine scans the bag for a range of threats.

There are some obvious issues with the embedded company video but those are easily remedied. It would be great to see these kinds of systems in place rather than the awful TSA procedures many of us have to go through now.
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14:15
The Mammoth Xcode & Swift Developer Bundle for...

We have another developer deal for you today, the Mammoth Xcode & Swift Developer Bundle. Designed for beginners, this bundle of training courses has 65 hours of Xcode training and 25 hours of training for Apple's new Swift developer language. The training is focused around building App Store-ready apps, and you'll produce 20 such apps for iOS 7 and another 20 apps for iOS 8. It covers design, coding, and even uploading to the App Store.

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14:11
iPhone 5S Ranks as World’s Best Selling Smartphone

Apple's iPhone 5S is the best selling smartphone around the world, beating out Samsung's Galaxy S5 and S4. That proclamation comes courtesy of the market research company Counterpoint Technology after compiling sales data from 35 countries.The Mac Observer Spin: Size may matter to some consumers, but not enough to make Samsung's tabletphones outsell the iPhone 5S.

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14:08
National Federation for the Blind calls Reuters...

Remember last week when I chastised Reuters for being morons in writing the article about accessibility? My problem was that Reuters hacked up one of Tim Cook’s quotes to make it fit the story they had already written. Well, it turns out the National Federation for the Blind hated the story too.
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14:06
Leaked documents reveal British GCHQ can manipulate...

Information posted by The Intercept revealed this week that the British Intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has the tools to modify communications on top of monitoring them and collecting data. A database in the form of a Wiki entry of internal tools was posted to the site, listing the function and development status of each. Data from social media sites like Facebook, video sites like YouTube and various forms of web traffic and phone calls can all be modified or spoofed....

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14:04
Airbus wants to patent the most uncomfortable plane...

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Washington Post:

Airbus has filed a seat patent that appears to pack people in without all the clunky cushions and awkward folding tables…Its cushions are shaped liked bicycle saddles, and when the seats aren’t being used, they fold vertically to save space.

“Reduced comfort remains tolerable for the passengers in as much as the flight lasts only one or a few hours,” Airbus sagely calculates.

How cheap would the flight have to be for you to pay to sit in those torture devices for two hours?
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14:01
Universal Audio releases Thermionic Culture Vulture...

Some great new plug-ins from my favorite audio company, Universal Audio.
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14:00
JUNOJUMPR: Jumpstart your iPhone and your car

No, I am not making up that headline. JUNOJUMPR (US$99.99) is an external battery pack that not only gives your iPhone or iPad a boost when needed, but it can also be used with an included set of jumper cables to jumpstart a car. Talk about a...

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13:51
Email to Tim Cook prompted change of Apple's...

In a recent thread on Reddit, one Apple customer describes an experience in which he effected change in Apple's daily operations, specifically as it pertains to "on hold" music, after contacting CEO Tim Cook via email.

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13:45
∞ iPhone 5s the best selling smartphone in the world

Apple’s iPhone 5s remains the world’s top selling smartphone as of May 2014, according to new data released on Monday by Counterpoint Technology Market Research. [...]

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13:34
∞ RE2PECT

No matter who you cheer for, The Captain deserves a hat tip in this, his last season as a New York Yankee.

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13:30
Accepting the inevitable

Sometimes you just have to admit that you're not longer the best tool for your job. You can download the full, wallpaper-worthy version of this photo here.

[Photo credit: Dnilo]...

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13:29
The Bidding is Open: Have Lunch With Apple’s Eddy Cue

Apple's Senior Vide President of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, is following the lead of his boss, Tim Cook, and offering himself for a lunch date to the winning bidder. Plus, he'll throw in a MacBook Air.

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13:24
Bonnaroo festival used iBeacons to collect valuable...


While iPhone users have enjoyed new location-based experiences thanks to early implementations of Apple’s iBeacon technology, companies deploying the bluetooth beacons are also collecting some valuable data on users. We reported previously how some are experiencing huge jumps in app usage and ad engagement since deploying beacons in grocery and retail stores, and today we get some insight into how event planners are using beacons to collect valuable data on attendees. Aloompa, the company behind the iBeacons deployed at the recent Bonnaroo music festival, shared some numbers it gathered on concertgoers that it wouldn’t have had without its iBeacon deloyement. While users of the Bonnaroo app...

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13:13
[Sponsor] Faded — Simply Beautiful Mobile Photography

Faded is the premier all-in-one photo app for the iPhone. Created with gorgeous film-inspired effects and some of the most powerful editing tools currently available, Faded is loved by amateurs and professionals alike.

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13:13
Apple may ditch longtime ad agency TBWA, look to...

A report on Monday says ad industry executives are speculating that Apple's longtime relationship with agency TBWA\Media Arts Lab is near its breaking point, with some insiders predicting the tech giant will look to Beats' Jimmy Iovine to revitalize its marketing magic.

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13:11
A Weak UK Rumor Connects Apple to Fuel Cell Adoption

Earlier this month Samsung went on the offensive in a desperate attempt to breathe some new life into their terrible selling Galaxy S5. The ad which was called Wall Huggers, pointed to the iPhone having lousy battery life. The tech news site BGR posted a report stating that Samsung’s new iPhone-bashing ad was truer than Apple would like to admit. Some agree, some disagreed, but the issue of today's mobile devices having miserable battery life in general came to the fore once again. So is it any wonder that those in the fuel cell business want to stir a little interest their way by dumping Apple's name into a fresh new rumor ...

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13:06
Apple may be preparing to sever from ad agency TBWA

Apple may be on the verge of completely separating from its long-time ad partner, TBWA's Media Arts Lab, says the New York Post. Citing industry rumors, the paper suggests that Apple's entire external advertising account is "up for grabs," and that Beats CEO Jimmy Iovine -- soon to become an executive at Apple, following Beats' acquisition -- will also be used to help revive Apple marketing efforts. "Apple bought Beats for a lot of reasons," comments one anonymous ad agency executive. "They think they're marketing geniuses. It is safe to assume Beats would be part of an assessment of all [A......

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13:03
Super Smash Bros. Packs in 3 More Fighters


Blockbuster fighting game series Super Smash Bros. is expanding its ranks with the addition of three new characters to its upcoming installment. The fourth title in the series will continue the tradition of pitting characters from a string of Nintendo franchises against each other in battle arenas. The latest to join the cast for the Wii U and 3DS game are Lucina and Robin from Fire Emblem: Awakening and Captain Falcon of F-Zero fame. Robin is the main playable character created at the start of Fire Emblem.

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13:00
How a Reddit user got Apple to improve its "on-...

Like Steve Jobs, Tim Cook is known to read and sometimes respond to customer emails from time to time. In the most recent offbeat example, a Reddit user detailed how he once emailed Cook regarding the less than stellar music that would play when he...

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12:59
Apple Denied Trademark Protection for ‘Touch ID’

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has denied Apple's application for the trademark of 'Touch ID,' its fingerprint recognition system. The refusal was based on the similarity to a previously registered trademark by Kronos Technology.

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12:41
How to use Siri for iPhone and iPad: The ultimate...

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iMore:

Everything you need to know about setting up and using Siri on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad!

I’ll be sending this guide out to everyone I know who asks me how they can use Siri.
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12:38
Shazam’s iOS app becomes a bit more useful with new...


Shazam, the popular music identifier service that will be integrated into Siri this fall with iOS 8, has received an update today for iOS that brings a major new feature. Shazam has essentially turned its app into a streaming music service of sort by integrating deeply with Rdio. Now, if you tag a song using Shazam, you can listen to the complete song via Rdio right within the Shazam app. In our brief testing today, the functionality seems to work well. You do need the Rdio app installed and an Rdio...

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12:31
NY Post: Apple to rely on Iovine for marketing help

Apple may part with longtime ad agency partner TBWA/Media Arts Lab after 30 years, as the company may look to Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine “to help it regain its marketing mojo,” the New York Post reports. According to the report, unnamed ad executives believe Apple might “put its entire…

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12:22
Apple launches developer blog for Swift programming...


A little transparency goes a long way.
Following the announcement of its new Swift programming language for iOS and OS X, Apple has launched its Swift developer blog, which is designed to bring Swift-based news, updates and information to the public.

The company has also included download links to the Xcode 6 beta, which incorporates the first elements of Swift into its native development environment.
If you’ve had a chance to start developing with Swift and have any feedback to offer about the experience, please let...

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12:20
Apple employees are ‘swiped right’ on the least in...


Apple employees are certainly Geniuses, but their colleagues across the technology company sphere don’t find them the most attractive, according to a survey compiled by app Hinge and shared by the Wall Street Journal. Hinge, which works similar to app Tinder but with a professional twist, allows users to swipe left or right on another person. You swipe right if you want to connect, and you swipe left if you don’t want to connect.

 
The survey indicates that people swiped right on Amazon employees 14.2% more than the average rate, Microsoft employees 8.2%...

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12:05
Model number for Apple's mystery iBeacon device...

A new Apple device revealed earlier this week in certification documents filed with the FCC appears to be the first in a new line of iBeacon-specific hardware, but the mysterious product's model number suggests that it may instead be an extension of one of Apple's existing products.

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12:03
Ad agency execs believe Beats can spruce up Apple’s...


Apple agreed to acquire Beats for several reasons: for the streaming music service, for the headphones, for the speakers, and to bring Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine into the Cupertino fold. But the New York Post believes that Apple is seeking help from the Beats team for another important area of the Apple business: advertising. It’s no secret in the technology and advertising world that Apple could not be anymore displeased with the services as of late from longtime ad partner TBWA, and unnamed ad agency executives are said to believe that the Beats team could improve Apple’s ads:
...

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12:00
Corning thinks sapphire displays are trash

With the rumor mills whipping up a storm around some alleged sapphire displays for the next iPhone(s), you can imagine that Corning -- the company that that makes the Gorilla Glass displays Apple has been using for a while now -- is a bit nervous. As...

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11:49
Does anyone outside Silicon Valley even want a...

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New York Magazine:

I’m part of the latest tech trend, a bona fide phenomenon in Silicon Valley that is inspiring the kind of pants-wetting excitement usually reserved for new iPhones and Grand Theft Auto games. I’m talking about smartwatches—the tech world’s quixotic attempt to mount minicomputers on your wrist.

I’ve been wearing two smartwatches for several days apiece, and so far, it’s been an enlightening experience. Though not necessarily a hopeful one.

Obviously it depends on what the particular smartwatch does but in my talks with “average” people, the headline answer so far has been “No.” That being said, it brings to mind the classic (and probably apocryphal) Henry Ford line of, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”
...

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11:48
Mobile shopping to reach near $50B in 2014 as Apple...

Apple continues to dominate as the platform of choice among mobile buyers, with iOS representing 54 percent of all phone orders and 80 percent of tablet transactions as the market approaches $50 billion this year.

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11:45
Barclays Upgrades Apple Outlook, Sets AAPL Target at...

Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes has upgraded Apple stock from Equal Weight status to Overweight and set a price target for AAPL at US$110. That's based on a belief that CEO Tim Cook has solidified his strategy, regained the confidence of stockholders and reversed warning signs seen earlier in the year.

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11:29
Eddy Cue offers private lunch, MacBook Air in...

Apple's senior VP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, is participating in a new auction via Charitybuzz. The winning bid will get a 13-inch MacBook Air, and the main prize, a private lunch with Cue (plus one guest) at Apple's Cupertino headquarters. Proceeds will go to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation; the winner is responsible for his/her own travel expenses....

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11:26
Sprint Launches the Swiss Army Knife of Mobile...


Sprint last week unveiled a mobile hotspot designed to satisfy all the wireless needs of a consumer in one 4.7 x 4.7-inch device. Sprint LivePro, which went on sale Friday, is a multifunctional device that acts as both a mobile hotspot and a mini projector. Users connect via Sprint's 4G LTE Spark network -- the company's enhanced LTE service that launched last October -- or through its WiFi network. Once connected, the LivePro can power up to eight WiFi-enabled devices at once.

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11:16
Join us for Tuesday’s webinar: Understanding the...

The Excel Data Model is revolutionizing how you can work with data in Excel. In this webinar, we’ll show you why. Join us on Tuesday when guest host Owen Duncan will teach us how Excel Data Models provide lightning fast data analysis and visualizations.
What you will learn at Tuesday’s webinar

  • What an Excel Data Model is
  • How to get data into a Data Model
  • How to create relationships between tables in the model
  • How to extend the model by using Power Pivot

Register and attend
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11:12
Apple May Part Ways With Ad Agency TBWA, Plans to...

Apple may be planning to part ways with longtime ad agency TBWA/Media Arts Lab, according to a new report from The New York Post. Citing industry buzz, the report suggests that Apple is ready to put its entire advertising account "up for grabs." The Cupertino company is also said to be planning to leverage Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine to bolster its marketing efforts. Beats is well-known for its aggressive marketing tactics and clever advertising campaigns that have skyrocketed its headphones to popularity. Most recently, Beats launched a "The Game Before The Game" advertisement for the World Cup, featuring key players wearing Beats headphones. Beats' most recent advertisementWhat's more, the industry is...

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11:00
ZooKazam is a beautiful augmented reality app

ZooKazam (free for a limited time) is a terrific augmented reality app. You print out a target from the Zookazam website, put it on a flat surface, and point your iPhone at it. You'll see a 3D animal moving in real time. Circle the animal, and you'll...

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10:03
Apple fires back at China state media allegations of...

Apple’s certainly no stranger to accusations of location tracking, but the latest allegations come from what may be a surprising source: China’s state-sponsored media. As reported by the Wall Street Journal over the weekend, China Central Television called the iPhone a “national security concern,” suggesting that it could even compromise “state secrets” if the device is being used by Chinese state officials. On Monday, Apple responded to the charges. 
At issue is a feature of iOS called “frequent locations”—you can find it squirreled away under Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Frequent Locations. This feature keeps track of places you go to often, which helps with providing location-specific information. Though it’s enabled if you opt...

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10:30
Daily Deals for July 14, 2014, featuring the...

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

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10:29
Eddy Cue latest Apple executive to offer up lunch...

Apple fans have another chance at a sit-down with a member of the company's senior leadership, as internet software and services chief Eddy Cue has put one hour of his time up for auction -- and sweetened the pot with a 13-inch MacBook Air -- in the Fortune 500 equivalent of a charity dunk tank.

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10:25
MainStage 3: Reducing latency in MainStage 3

Use the information in this article to minimize audio latency in MainStage.

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10:15
Marshall amps iPhone case

Kind of cool—it looks to be made from the same tolex that Marshall makes it amps with.
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10:12
Data easily recovered from wiped Android phones

So Android isn’t safe when you’re using it and it’s not safe when you get rid of it either.
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10:10
China Declares iPhone National Security Threat:...

Last Friday, a China broadcast source declared that the Apple iPhone is a national security threat because of its built-in location tracking capability. Apple has formally responded to the accusation.

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10:08
Teen Heavy Metal band signs $1.8 million deal with...

I’m sure everyone has seen the YouTube videos of these kids by now, but a new twist in the saga saw them sign a record deal with Sony.
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10:04
Eddy Cue Auctions Lunch and a MacBook Air to Benefit...

Following in Tim Cook's footsteps, Apple's SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue is auctioning his time to benefit the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation. Cue is widely known as a huge basketball fan, and has been seen at many basketball games, including those of his favorite team from Duke University, his alma mater. In an auction on CharityBuzz, Cue is offering a one hour lunch meeting at Apple's Cupertino headquarters and a 13-inch 1.4Ghz MacBook Air with 256 GB of storage, a $1,199 value. The meeting is valid for two people, with lunch included, at a mutually agreed upon date. Have lunch with Apple, Inc., Senior Vice-President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue at the Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, California, and bring home a 13-inch MacBook Air! Eddy...

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10:00
Playing to win: GameStop ups customer service with...

Today’s post was written by Jason Cochran, Vice President of Store Operations at GameStop
At GameStop, we’re all about giving players the video games and devices that they need to have fun. Walk into any GameStop store and you’ll see equally enthusiastic customers and employees comparing scores, evaluating devices, and discussing new virtual worlds. Despite that focus on fun, it’s important to remember that we run a serious business. We’re a rapidly growing Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company with more than 6,000 stores, and we need all our stores to reflect our brand and uphold our high level of service.
As VP of Store Operations, I face the challenge of maintaining consistency across all our locations, from the products on the shelves to the look of the stores. That includes customer service—I need to make sure that all our store...

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09:52
Apple: iPad is a Vagina-free Zone

Buy an iPad from Apple's online store and you can get it engraved with "penis," but "vagina" is right out. Sex-positive blogger Justyn Hintze found that out when she tried to have a poem engraved on her new iPad that included the V word only to be told that's unacceptable.

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09:40
iPad may pose risks for people with nickel allergies

People with nickel allergies may have to be careful with the iPad, a newly-published paper in the journal Pediatrics suggests. The paper documents an 11-year-old boy who was treated at a San Diego hospital for a rash. Most treatments didn't work, but testing found nickel in his skin, and it was ultimately discovered that the nickel was coming from an iPad the boy had been using increasingly often during the past six months....

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09:39
Eddy Cue offering up lunch and a MacBook Air for...

Image via AP
Apple CEO Tim Cook has now participated in two charity auctions through the site Charitybuzz, first raising $610,000 for coffee with the CEO then $330,000 for lunch and an invitation to an Apple event, and now Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue is offering his time as well in an effort to raise money for a good cause. The winning bidder for the Apple executive’s auction will specifically win the opportunity to have lunch with Eddy Cue at Apple’s campus in Cupertino, California, as well as a 13-inch MacBook Air…...

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09:22
Xiaomi Showdown: Chinese upstart set to target high-...

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi -- known for its disruptive high-spec, low-cost Android handsets -- appears ready to make a move upmarket with the launch of an all-metal device after inviting members of the media to an event with invitations stamped from steel.

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09:10
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-14

Apple hasn't announced new iPhone models yet, and already there's talk of a potential product launch delay. Today Adam Christianson and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at what a staggered iPhone launch could mean for Apple and customers. They also offer up their take on Apple's policy blocking certain female sexual terms from iPad engraving and whether or not that's a sexist move on the company's part.

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09:00
3DBin: Use your iPhone to make 3D animations of...

Have you ever been so enthralled with an object -- a sleek new car, a beautiful piece of sculpture, a flower -- that you've walked around it taking photos so you can capture it from every angle? If so, you're a perfect candidate for 3DBin -- 360°...

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08:35
Smarthome expands connected home product line with...

Smarthome has expanded its offering of connected home products with the introduction of the US$279.99 Honeywell Lyric (http://www.lyric.honeywell.com) thermostat.
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08:33
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Target stores 20% off...

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:

Save 15% on electronics at Target stores: Sonos, GoPro, Beats, Nest, FitBit, iPads, more
USB 3.0 External Storage:

  • 4TB Samsung D3 Station desktop drive ...
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08:21
Apps: Dropzone, Snagit, TextExpander
08:12
Apple at work on fuel cells for mobile devices,...

Apple is working with a company called Intelligent Energy in the hopes of integrating fuel cells into its mobile devices, claims UK publication the Daily Mail. The paper cites "senior sources in the US," and says that the technology could come to MacBooks and/or iPads "within a few years." Intelligent Energy is noted to have bought a collection of related patents in cooperation with a major "international electronics company," which one source says is Apple....

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08:08
Apple Said to Be Working with Intelligent Energy on...

Fuel cell firm Intelligent Energy may be partnering with Apple to introduce fuel cell technology into future MacBooks and other mobile devices claims a report in The Daily Mail. While the tabloid does not have a strong rumor track record, fuel cells have long been discussed as a possible energy source for portable electronics and there are a few interesting pieces of information linked to the report. Intelligent Energy recently revealed it purchased patents for mobile fuel cell technology from Eveready in association with a major international electronics company. Though the partner company is not revealed in any public filings, the Daily Mail's sources claim the mystery company is Apple. Intelligent Energy...

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08:00
Estimote introduces iBeacon power management tools...

Estimote, the company behind the iBeacons I tested in my Launch Center Pro 2.3 coverage and used by easyJet in select European airports, is introducing a round of improvements to its beacon product line and corresponding software today. The primary focus of the improvements deals with power management and how Estimote’s iBeacons consume battery. In short, Estimote’s iBeacons are getting smarter about how they connect and stay powered by adding two beacon power modes including Basic and Smart…

Basic power mode will add 30 percent more battery life to your...

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08:00
Apple officially rebuts Chinese accusation that the...

Last week we reported that a Chinese state-run TV station was quick to call the iPhone a security threat on account of the device's "frequent locations" feature first introduced in iOS 7.

In typical hyperbolic fashion, the Chinese media outlet...

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07:44
FCC filings reveal Apple-designed iBeacon hardware

A single, nondescript diagram is the only glimpse of the "Apple iBeacon" hardware the FCC documents give us.

Apple

Apple may be looking to boost usage of the iBeacon feature it introduced in iOS 7. Late last week, router manufacturer Securifi spotted FCC documents certifying a new "Apple iBeacon" device, suggesting that Apple wants to offer beacon hardware alongside a list of smaller third-party manufacturers.
As 9to5Mac reported over the weekend, the FCC documents tell us very little about this device or its intended audience...

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07:43
Killer Deal: Save up to $250 on Apple's latest...

As part of its ongoing effort to deliver the lowest prices anywhere on Apple's Macs and iOS devices, AppleInsider's is teaming up with Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama to give away 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plans with the purchase of each Mac during the month of July. When combined with instant discounts of up to $250 on the Macs themselves, plus added tax-savings benefits in 48 of 50 states, the average savings from this promotion range from $300 and $800 off MSRP.

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07:35
Report links original iPad to nickel allergies

A new report in Pediatrics investigates an increase in nickel allergies that may be linked to the iPad, the Washington Post reports. The article cites the specific case of an 11-year-old boy with a rash. His skin tested positive for nickel, which doctors traced back to a

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07:33
Voila 3.8 - Capture, annotate, organize, and share...

Voila is a screen-capture, recording, and annotation tool that is a full-featured replacement for Mac’s screen-capture and screen-recording capabilities. It has a large and robust set of editing, organizing, annotation, and effects tools that allows the user to create and add details to screenshots, tutorials, videos, and presentations. Voila lets you capture any shape, menu, webpage, or DOM element, capture multiple regions, and capture from iSight. Add annotations like arrows, text, lines, shapes, brushstrokes, paint, callouts, stamps, and images as annotations. Add cool effects such as filters, edges, and skew, and share via Mail, Flickr, FTP, SFTP, or iPhoto. With Voila you can record full screen video or a selected region, along with the audio from the computer or from a mic. You can export videos in different file formats, or upload to YouTube, FTP, or SFTP. Voila lets you organize images in smart collections and custom collections, along with tags, title,...

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07:30
New Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider program helps...

Last year at the Worldwide Partners Conference (WPC), we announced our Office 365 Open program to include a broader range of offerings. The response we received greatly exceeded our expectations, with the number of partners selling Office on Open growing 16 times year over year.
At the same time, we also heard feedback that partners want to engage at every part of the customer lifecycle – from sales to renewal, from billing and provisioning, to support of their customers.
To address this feedback, we are announcing the expansion of capabilities for cloud partners under the new Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider program, unveiled today at WPC. Partners in this program will be able to directly provision customer subscriptions and provide one monthly bill for both Partner and Microsoft services. They will also directly manage their...

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07:30
National Federation of the Blind: "Apple has...

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) recently passed a resolution calling upon Apple to work even more diligently to foster an app development environment where accessibility features are not discarded or diminished when an app is updated.

In...

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Note Review
Note Review By Jennifer Allen on July 29th, 2014 Our Rating: :: TOO SIMPLEiPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad Note is a note taking app that’s a little too short on features to be worth its asking price.   | Read more »
Chainsaw Warrior Goes on Sale & Ther...
Chainsaw Warrior Goes on Sale & There’s a Chance to Win a Copy of the Original Board Game Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 29th, 2014 [ permalink | Read more »
It Came From Canada: Tiny Tower Vegas
If you go to a casino, you might make a lot of money. If you run a casino, you’re guaranteed to make a lot of money. The choice seems pretty obvious. So while waiting for your shady real estate deals to move forward, get prepared with Tiny Tower Vegas, the latest follow-up to the smash hit sim Tiny Tower. We become mini casino moguls in this... | Read more »
Z Hunter Review
Z Hunter Review By Lee Hamlet on July 29th, 2014 Our Rating: :: RIGHT ON TARGETUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad While it might not necessarily break new ground, Z Hunter has enough tricks up its sleeve to ensure that zombie head-shots have never looked so cool.   | Read more »
Huge Update Comes To Duet, Adding 48 New...
Huge Update Comes To Duet, Adding 48 New Stages Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 29th, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Sharknado: The Video Game Available Now....
Sharknado: The Video Game Available Now. Seriously. Posted by Rob Rich on July 29th, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Frog Orbs 2 Review
Frog Orbs 2 Review By Nadia Oxford on July 29th, 2014 Our Rating: :: THIS MAGIC IS A TAD MONOTONOUS Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Frog Orbs 2 is repetitive, but younger players should enjoy it nonetheless.   | Read more »
Puzzix Review
Puzzix Review By Jennifer Allen on July 29th, 2014 Our Rating: :: NICE IDEAUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad A little like Tetris, Puzzix is all about piecing together blocks and watching them vanish. It could do with more structure, though.   | Read more »
Cannonball eMail is Now Live – Works Wit...
Cannonball eMail is Now Live – Works With Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, Hotmail, and AOL Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 29th, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »
To The End Review
To The End Review By Lee Hamlet on July 29th, 2014 Our Rating: :: A VICIOUS CYCLEUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad To The End will test players’ patience, timing, and dedication as they try to navigate all 13 levels in only 3 attempts.   | Read more »
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