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Monday September 8

20:52
Apple and IBM Focusing on Feedback-Driven Apps and...

This past July, Apple and IBM announced an exclusive enterprise mobility partnership that would see both companies collaborating on a series of new business apps and services. As a part of the agreement, IBM would begin selling iOS devices to its corporate customers, create iOS apps, and provide cloud services, while Apple would offer a new AppleCare service tailored to specific enterprise needs. Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Virginia Rometty (Apple/Paul Sakuma) Now, in an interview with Tech Pro Research, IBM executive Glenn Finch has given new details on the company's partnership with Apple, including how its enterprise apps will fit into the iOS ecosystem. According to Finch, IBM will create a hundred apps across a number of industries including software...

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19:58
Prelude to Tomorrow’s Big-Ass iPhone Apple Event

The iPhones

Here’s what I expect. Two new iPhones, one 4.7 inches, the other 5.5. Same internal specs on both — same A8 SoC, same cameras, same guts. The only difference will be the screen (and the software implications that result from it). I think my predictions on display resolutions from a few weeks ago are still looking good:

  • 4.7-inch display: 1334 × 750, 326 PPI @2x
  • 5.5-inch display: 2208 × 1242, 461 PPI @3x

(More on that @2x/@3x difference in a moment.)

I think the 5.5-inch model will have a starting price $100 higher, and that the new iPhone lineup will look like this (based on U.S. subsidized prices, with two-year carrier contracts):

  • New 5.5-inch iPhone: $299/399/499
  • New 4.7-inch iPhone: $199/299/399
  • iPhone 5S: $99
  • iPhone 5C: “free”

I suspect now the whole point of the iPhone 5C was to get...

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19:27
NYT claims U2 denial a ruse, band will appear at...

Despite denials by the band themselves, The New York Times on Monday reported that the rock group will play "a significant part" in the Tuesday media event for Apple, possibly performing songs from the group's latest album and announcing some form of tie-up on one of the new devices. A previous report that the next U2 album would come pre-loaded on the next iPhone continues to be unlikely, as Apple has a long history of avoiding promotionally-motivated "bloatware."...

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18:23
ABC News Launches Video Teaser about their Exclusive...

You know tomorrow is going to a historic day for Apple when they've lined-up ABC News to reveal more of the details behind Apple's historic announcement. It has to be an announcement far beyond just the iPhone 6. It's a teaser that really makes you wonder ....

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18:12
ABC teases exclusive post-event interview, calls...

Apple plans on making a "groundbreaking" announcement tomorrow, alongside its introduction of new iPhones and a possible "iWatch," according to ABC News. The network plans to run a post-announcement special segment at 6:30PM in most time zones hosted by its lead anchor David Muir -- who has apparently been given special insider access to the event and what Apple has planned. The teaser trailer infers that Muir will be interviewing Apple executives, possibly including CEO Tim Cook....

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18:06
Chitika Charts-Out iOS 7 Web Traffic Stats Prior to...

On September 9, 2014, Apple is expected to announce one or more new iPhone models, along with some news regarding the availability of the newest editions of iOS and OS X. Going into the event, usage-based stats show that Apple has done a noteworthy job managing its own mobile ecosystem from an adoption standpoint. This report covers iOS web traffic statistics while we cheer on Apple's Next-Gen IP leaping to Life.

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18:00
Apple begins sending alert emails to users when...

Days after Tim Cook told the Wall Street Journal that Apple needs to be more vigilant about iCloud security, word comes that Apple has started sending users alert emails whenever iCloud detects a browser-based login. Notably, the enhanced security...

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17:21
Bringing stroke Back

Stroke got moved, so dug this up and am reprinting with the latest and greatest location.
Network Utility has a port scanner – it’s built in and really easy to use. Sure, stroke isn’t nmap, but it’s not trying to be… Since Network Utility is distributed with every copy of Mac OS X it stands to reason that every copy of Mac OS X has the ability to scan a port without using a GUI tool.  Enter one of the best named tools in Mac OS X, stroke.  Stroke is the command line back-end to the Port Scan tab of Network Utility.  To use stroke, you will need to cd into the Network Utility application bundle and then cd into Contents and then Resources.
Once you are at “/System/Library/CoreServices/Applications/Network Utility.app/Contents/Resources”, you will need to provide stroke with an IP address (or name), followed by the first port to scan and then the last (or the same number twice if your range is only one IP address.  For example, if you want to port scan port 80 on your own...

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17:00
Lemur Monitors BlueDriver: Get to know your vehicle...

A while back I wrote about Automatic's device and app for tracking your driving. Now comes a similar device for troubleshooting your favorite vehicles through an iOS app -- the US$99.99 Lemur Monitors BlueDriver. As with the Automatic device,...

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16:36
The hidden structure of the Apple keynote

Quartz:

One of Apple’s most successful products—which rarely gets recognized as such—is made not of aluminum and glass, but of words and pictures. The Apple keynote is the tool the company uses a few times a year to unveil its other products to millions of people.

To understand their hidden structure, Quartz reviewed more than a dozen Apple keynotes, logging and analyzing key elements. Here’s what we found.

Those of us who have attended these events in person have often remarked on the similarities in structure and tone from one to the next.
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16:35
First CarPlay-equipped vehicles now on the road from...

Although Apple still lists a number of car companies as delivering vehicles incorporating its CarPlay technology before the end of the year (and indeed one model is definitely in production), luxury carmaker Ferrari has beaten the others to the punch with the deliveries of the first cars to feature the iOS integration into built-in infortainment systems. The Ferrari FF and California T are the first models with CarPlay as standard, and are hitting the road as of today....

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16:18
Home Depot confirms data breach for United States,...

The initial investigation by Home Depot into the intrusion of its payment data systems has revealed that its systems were indeed breached. The home improvement retailer began looking into the breach of its systems after it noticed irregular activity and subsequent sale of its customer data last week. The Home Depot was apparently hit by the same malware responsible for the breach of Target's systems....

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16:16
Despite denial from band, U2 still set to perform at...


Recent rumors that indicated U2 would be involved in the launch of tomorrow’s iPhone 6 and iWatch have been shot down by the band, but the New York Times said today the musicians will in fact have a role in the event. According to three sources who spoke to the Times, U2 is scheduled to perform during the event and announce an “integration” of its upcoming album with one of Apple’s new devices.
Apple and U2...

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16:14
NYT resurrects U2 rumor, says band to play '...

After rock group U2 seemingly debunked rumors that it was somehow attached to Apple's media event slated for tomorrow, The New York Times on Monday claims the rock group will indeed contribute by performing cuts from its next album and announce a device partnership.

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16:02
U2 Said to Play 'Significant Part' in...

Last week, rumors suggested that Apple was planning to involve U2 in its upcoming iPhone 6 launch, with the band possibly performing at the event or including its new album on the iPhone 6. Those rumors were later dismissed by a U2 spokesperson, but it appears U2 may indeed be a part of tomorrow's event. According to a new report from The New York Times, U2 will play a "significant part" in Apple's event at the Flint Center. Not only will U2 play at the event, its upcoming album will be integrated into Apple's products. Bono with Steve Jobs at 2004 U2 iPod event courtesy of The New York TimesExtending a decade-long connection with Apple, U2 will play a significant part in Apple's event, which will be held at a performing arts center in Cupertino, Calif., the company's home base, according to...

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16:00
Video: Every Steve Jobs "boom" in under...

Steve Jobs will forever be remembered for his contributions to technology and business, but there's another, slightly more whimsical, distinction the Apple founder was known for. We're speaking of course of his "boom." During live demonstrations,...

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15:30
Star Clash: Battle by connecting the dots

Star Clash is an exciting puzzle combat game with a gorgeous anime art style. You connect stars to form shapes you can use to attack opponents with or heal yourself. There are a number of special stars which help players, but the challenge is to not...

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15:01
ABC News teases David Muir special with exclusive...

ABC News has posted a new video (seen above) teasing an exclusive look at Apple’s “historic” iPhone 6 announcement tomorrow. The special will air on ABC at 6:30 PM and will be hosted by David Muir, who the network says is the only network television anchor with an invitation to the press event.
We’re not quite sure how “exclusive” the details in the special will be, however, given that by 6:30 PM even the smallest details of the event and perhaps even any unannounced new items to appear on Apple’s website will have been thouroughly documented already. However, it’s quite possible that Muir will sit down with an executive such as CEO Tim Cook to discuss the event and the impact it will have on Apple’s future. Muir has...

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15:00
Fuzel Collage creator goes universal and adds many...

I was enthusiastic about Fuzel Collage last year when I looked at it. It's been updated to version 3 now, and it has finally become a universal app so iPad users can get in on the creative collage-making fun.

The new version is a complete redesign,...

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14:58
How To Prepare Devices For An iOS 8 Upgrade

We know iOS 8 is coming, and we're pretty sure there's a new iPhone in the near future as well. Kelly explains how to technologically prepare devices for iOS 8 (emotionally preparing is a totally different process).

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14:53
ABC News teases report of 'historic' Apple...

On the eve of Apple's big media event, ABC News on Monday posted a teaser spot for an exclusive report covering what the broadcaster calls a "historic announcement."

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14:49
Couples Can't Keep Their Hands Off Each Other...


Worried about the NSA spying on your smartphone? How about online hackers? Truth be told, the greatest threat to your confidential information is a lot closer to you -- namely, your partner. That's what a recent survey of more than 13,000 people in the United States revealed. Avast last week reported its findings. Among them: The majority of women snoop on their men's phones just because they're curious, but a third of married women peek at their hubby's mobile to see if he's faithful. Paranoia? Maybe not.

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14:38
Briefly: WhatsApp update, Google Play Movies and TV...

Smartphone messenger app WhatsApp has released a major update of its version for iOS. Using a 3G or WiFi connection, WhatsApp allows users to send messages to other WhatsApp users in lieu of SMS. Featuring a new archival function, users can elect to save chats and groups as archives. WhatsApp v2.11.9 includes several additions specific to photo and video content; users can add captions, trim videos prior to sharing, capturing content can be done faster with a new access button, and slow-motion videos can be shared if using an iPhone 5s. User location is supported, with satellite and hybrid map...

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14:30
Special TUAW deal: Get a little bit more for your...

Hey TUAW readers, if you're getting rid of your iPhone at the last minute before tomorrow's announcements, here's a special deal you unlock with the code of "TUAW" (no quotes, just use our name!) at iCracked and get $20 added to any trade-in valued...

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14:26
Star Walk 2 review: iPad app makes the night sky...

Macworld:

When Star Walk launched it was one of those “only on the iPad” kind of apps. Since then many have used it as their digital window to space.

Vito Technologies, which built the original, is back with Star Walk 2. While it may not seem like there is much to improve on, the developers have taken the time to find enough enhancements and new features to justify an entirely new app.

Not only has Star Walk been my go to astronomy app, it was the app I always used to “show off” how cool the iPad was. I’ll be buying this version, too.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:15
Apple homepage redirecting users to Apple.com/live

As if anyone needed further proof that tomorrow's Apple announcements are going to be huge, Apple's landing page now redirects users to the company's Apple.com/live page which features a countdown timer to tomorrow's event -- which will conveniently...

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14:00
Disk App: Free up storage on your Mac in seconds

I'm a big skeptic when it comes to disk cleaning apps that claim to free up storage on your Mac. My experience in the past has been that the apps are slow, tend to delete files that are required to make your Mac operate properly, they're expensive...

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13:15
Apple CarPlay ships first in Ferrari sports cars

Apple CarPlay is finally here—in a car that most of us will never drive. 
Ferrari's long-anticipated roll-out of its iPhone-car interface slowly began on Monday, with the delivery of a CarPlay-equipped sports car (the model was unspecified) to an unnamed "client" in Italy. He might have looked something like the gentleman in this clip from a video released by Ferrari today.  Image: Ferrari

The typical older male Ferrari driver will use Apple CarPlay to make calls, messaging, and navigation safer while driving. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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13:49
Apple may be partnering with merchants on rewards...

Apple is starting a pilot program that will form partnerships with merchants, possibly involving a rewards program for its mobile payment system, sources say. One of the people indicates that the InterContinental Hotels Group is one party involved in talks. The sources also remark, however, that Apple has only just begun hiring towards the project, and that while it could be announced tomorrow, it might be postponed until more partners have been signed and media coverage moves beyond iCloud's celebrity photo leaks....

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13:48
Comcast serving injected JavaScript ads through...

It appears that Comcast decided to serve advertisements to people that connect their devices to the more than 3.5 million public Wi-Fi hotspots spread throughout the United States. Ars Technica discovered that the Internet service provider (ISP) has been injecting JavaScript advertisements into websites using the Xfinity Wi-Fi services by altering the data stream when webpages are called....

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13:37
Apple reportedly building out Boston Siri team,...

A report on Monday claims Apple is bolstering its Siri research team in Cambridge, Mass., bringing in new blood and expanding into a larger office as the company weens off Nuance-based technology.

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13:37
Amazon Hacks $200 from Fire Phone - Free Under...

Amazon has dropped the price of the Fire Phone-the company's foray into smartphones-to free, just six weeks after its release. It's also one day before an Apple media event where the company is expected to unveil the next iPhone. The Mac Observer Spin: The question becomes whether or not Amazon is making any money at that price, and the answer is probably no. Of course, not making a profit is Amazon's primary business model, so we'll have to see where this goes.

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13:33
Last Chance to Pre-Order Complete iOS 8 + Swift...

Today's the last day for the Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order) from Bitfountain at $79. This is a learning-by-doing course designed to teach you how to code for iOS 8 using Apple's new Swift developing language. It includes more than 350 videos with 36.5 hours of content. During the course, you'll make 14 iOS 8 apps and learn how to connect with third party APIs, use Appel's graphical interface builder, work with core data, and a lot more. The course will be released once Apple releases iOS 8 to the public, and this preorder price makes it inexpensive.

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13:30
Rocking All Over The World crowdsources rock history

Rocking All Over the World is a free app for iPhone and iPad that asks you to help crowdsource rock history. Everybody has their own experiences, memories, and pictures from events they've attended. This app asks everyone to share those things to...

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13:21
Apple Reportedly Working on Rewards Program for...

Apple will launch a "pilot program for merchant partnerships," according "multiple sources with knowledge of the program" cited by Bank Innovation. The financial industry magazine said the program could be a rewards program for shoppers tied to the mobile payment system the company is expected to launch during a media event on Tuesday, September 9th.

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13:08
Report claims Apple expanding Boston office working...

According to a report from BetaBoston, Apple’s team in Boston working on its Siri speech recognition technology looks to be expanding as the company reportedly leases a new 13,000 square foot office. The report, which cites real estate sources, says the new office at One Broadway is in the Cambridge Innovation Center where Apple currently has a small team occupying two smaller offices:

The three realtors with whom I spoke all said they didn’t believe a build-out of the space had yet begun. Figuring about 200 square feet per employee, 13,000 square...

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13:00
The Joy of Tech sums up Apple Event Essentials in...

Tomorrow is the big day. We finally get to see the iPhone 6 and will hopefully also get a peek at the future of Apple's wearable tech. Apple fans will be live blogging, chugging coffee, and refreshing like mad throughout the day feasting on...

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13:00
BlueLounge Soba

BlueLounge has introduced Soba ($25), a new cable management system. The total Soba package contains a 10-foot fabric tube, two end caps, three mounting caps, one Y-split cap, five rubber bands, and one zipper tool. Soba can bundle up to three cables in its tubing, and it comes in black or white. The zipper tool is used to easily open the tube and secure the cables — it's not terribly intuitive at first, but there's a guide available on BlueLounge's…

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12:56
WhatsApp Messenger for iPhone updated w/ photo...

The latest update to the popular, Facebook-owned WhatsApp Messenger app for iPhone hit the App Store with a long list of new features for users including the ability to share slow-mo videos from the iPhone 5s and trim clips down right in the app without having to edit the video in the Photos app.
Chatting with photos also received improvements with the ability to add captions and snap and share photos even faster added. Improvements and changes to location sharing, app wallpapers, and new notification tones are included. The latest version also allows users to move chat logs and contact groups away to an archive. Complete list of changes below…...

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12:50
Rumor: Apple to release both 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch...


While no one knows exactly what Apple will announce at its media event tomorrow, the Europeans seem to have a few decent guesses. Per MacRumors, French web site iGen.fr claims Apple may begin selling both of its iPhone 6 models at the same time. According to the report, which is based on the same source who accurately predicted previous Apple product launches, the two models would go on sale starting Friday, September 19th. That has been the...

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12:41
Apple rumored to launch loyalty rewards program...

Apple is reportedly looking to roll out a so-called "iWallet" loyalty program in cooperation with merchants and retailers that could be announced at Tuesday's special media event.

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12:30
War Memory: A Battle To Remember is somewhat...

War Memory: A Battle To Remember ranks among the most literal titles for any game in history. This game, which is free to users of iOS 6.0 (or later) on the iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone, takes the classic exercise of flipping over panels that display...

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12:20
Star Walk 2 for iOS Suffers a Myriad of User...

Star Walk 2 is the next generation of the venerable sky charting program by Vito Technology that was launched in 2008. This iOS app has been well received throughout the years, but the new release suffers from too many user interface and usability errors, and its does not fare well compared to the competition at the same price.

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12:17
Apple Expanding Boston-Based Research Team Working...

Last year, we highlighted a profile of Apple's Boston-area speech technology team speculated to be working on enhancements to Siri. The group's efforts appear to have been ramping up since that time, with a June report claiming Apple is seeking to eventually move away from the Nuance-powered system currently used for Siri. Apple's team in Cambridge appears to still be growing, with BetaBoston reporting Apple has leased 13,000 square feet of new space to house the team.Several commercial realtors tell me that the Cupertino company has leased more than half a floor at One Broadway, an MIT-owned building that also houses Facebook’s small local team,...

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12:09
5.5-inch iPhone to launch on Sept. 19 in limited...

The 5.5-inch iPhone -- possibly called the iPhone 6 Plus -- should ship alongside the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 on September 19, says French site iGen. It's indicated however that quantities of the 5.5-inch model will be limited. Past reports have suggested that the phone has experienced production problems, and indeed the device has been seen in far fewer leaks than its 4.7-inch sibling....

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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

Countdown Me [iPhone;...

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11:55
Google Play Movies & TV app for iOS gets offline...

Google just announced a nice update for users of its Google Play Movies & TV app for iOS: the ability to download both movies and television shows for offline playback without an internet connection. Google first released the app in January giving iPhone and iPad users access to its movies and TV shows streamed over WiFi. 
Google just announced the feature on Google+ and the updated app should be rolling out to the App Store any minute. Version 1.2.0 also brings bug fixes and improvements to accessibility and stability.
The Google Play Movies & TV app is available for free for...

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11:53
Leaked videos purport to show functioning iPhone 6...

With only a day left before Apple’s much-anticipated media event, an assortment of leaked new videos show off the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 handset along with a new Passbook icon and a video of the 5.5-inch model’s jumbo 2,915 mAH battery.
The videos, released via French web site Nowhereelse.fr and Chinese web site Miaopai, bring new elements to life about the battery, HomeKit and Health functionalities, near-field communication payment system, the overall look of the device, assorted camera parts and the larger battery, which would provide almost double the capacity of the current 1,560 mAH battery found in the iPhone 5s.
Apple is expected to show off the “iPhone 6,” as well as the anticipated wearable “iWatch...

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11:44
Apple's Mobile Payments Initiative May Include...

Apple may be developing a rewards program as part of its mobile payments initiative, reports Bank Innovation. Apple is reportedly working on a pilot program that will see it developing partnerships with multiple retailers, which goes hand in hand with several previous loyalty program rumors. A proprietary rewards program could give Apple a way to distinguish itself from other mobile payment services. According to sources with knowledge of Apple's plans, the company has been in talks with InterContinental Hotels Group (seemingly incorrectly referred to as "IGH International" in the report), a global hotel chain, about a possible partnership for a loyalty program and has been hiring to fill positions related to the pilot program, which may be built into iTunes. Bank Innovation specifically points towards an...

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11:37
Amazon slashes subsidized price on Fire Phone to 99...

With hours to go before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, Amazon slashed the price on its first foray into the smartphone market, the Fire Phone, to just 99 cents with a new two-year service contract.

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11:32
Take Control of OS X Server, Chapter 14: Server...

A properly set up server should be able to run unattended, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore it all the time. A good sysadmin knows to check in on the server on a regular basis, and in this final chapter of “Take Control of OS X Server,” Charles Edge suggests weekly, monthly, and annual maintenance tasks that will keep your server running smoothly. He also discusses some common issues that tend to crop up, and points to additional resources when you need somewhere to turn for help. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products...

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11:32
Chapter 14 of “Take Control of OS X Server” Now...

In the final streamed chapter of “Take Control of OS X Server,” Charles Edge shares server maintenance tips and points readers to additional resources for OS X Server sysadmins. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:30
Squiggle Racer's new world tour mode keeps you...

Squiggle Racer is back with a brand new world tour mode that adds hours of additional gameplay. The app is a deceptively difficult racing game that's wrapped up in an always nostalgic 8-bit design. The simple controls and easy instructions yet...

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11:26
PSA: Apple makes its Store events featuring famous...

Apple isn’t just blowing hot air when they talk about their stores being a vessel to enrich their customers’ lives. Stores play host to summer camp, One to One lessons, Genius Bar troubleshooting appointments, and even special events that explore various art forms.
These events take place at some of Apple’s most prestigious store locations and feature famous actors, musicians, and artists. Past guests include the fashion tycoon Tom Ford, actor Ty Burrell (Modern Family), and platinum selling rap star Kendrick Lamar.
Since these events are only held at a few locations...

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11:13
Twitter dives into official commerce test with...

Twitter appears to be diving deeper in to the pool of commerce as the social media company announced today that it was beginning a new test of a "buy" button. A previous version of the button appeared in small-batch testing that appeared in June and in a mock-up dating back to January, but it's only now being officially announced by Twitter....

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11:08
Apple Dedicates Home Page to iPhone 6 Countdown

Apple has dedicated its home page-one of the most highly-trafficked properties on the Internet-to counting down the hours and minutes until its September 9th media event. The company is expected to unveil the iPhone 6, its first foray into wearables (a.k.a. "iWatch"), a mobile payment system, and a better look at new features in both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.

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11:07
China Mobile claims it knows iPhone 6 specs, but so...


Via GforGames, China Mobile is listing specs for the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 on its website. Whilst some of this information is obvious at this point, like screen size, other information is very specific. The site ostensibly claims the iPhone will use a quad-core A8 processor, will have some level of waterproofing and have a screen resolution of 1334×750. It also claims the device will be 7mm thin.

What’s questionable here is whether China Mobile is reporting ‘fact’ or simply guessing. Carriers have a track record of making up specs pages for future Apple...

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11:00
What's in the mysterious white building? [Poll]

C'mon, you're all curious about what's in that mysterious temporary building that Apple built next to the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, the site of tomorrow's Apple event. In today's poll, we want to know what you...

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10:58
TiVo Mega Unabashedly Flaunts Its Enormity


TiVo pulled out all the stops at this year's CEDIA show, which typically features the biggest and flashiest new offerings in the world of home theater. Fifteen years after pioneering the DVR space, the company on Monday announced the TiVo Mega, which boasts 24 terabytes of recording space -- enough to store more than 26,000 hours of standard definition or 4,000 hours of high-definition video. It is aimed at the power user who may never want to delete anything and is willing to fork over $5,000 for the privilege.

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10:52
Apple Homepage Now Redirecting to Event Countdown...

With less than 24 hours to go until tomorrow's major media event, Apple has begun redirecting its entire homepage in the U.S., Apple.com, to Apple.com/live, which displays a countdown to the event. Apple's move to redirect all homepage traffic to its event countdown is undoubtedly an effort to ramp up anticipation for its upcoming announcements. Apple's promotion of the event along with its location at the Flint Center, where the original Mac was unveiled, suggests that Apple has something huge in the works for tomorrow's announcements. While Apple's media events are always major affairs, Apple has made an extra effort this year to build up hype for the big unveiling. Apple has plans to live stream the event on its website and the company will likely stream the event to the Apple TV with a dedicated channel, as it has done for past events. MacRumors will be providing live coverage of the event, both on MacRumors.com and on the...

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10:52
iTokens: Why it makes sense for Apple's rumored...

Apple is finally expected to announce its entry in the mobile payments arena alongside the "iPhone 6" at a media event on Tuesday in Cupertino, and rumors suggest that the new system will be based around tokenization for enhanced security. AppleInsider took a look at what that means for users.

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10:47
PDFpen Scan+ from Smile: Scan and OCR directly from...

PDFpen Scan+ offers scanning and OCR from your iPhone and iPad. Scan directly from your iPhone or iPad camera. Batch scanning is quick with post-process image editing. Scan cropping is fast and precise. With the new PDFpen Scan+ 1.4, you can automatically upload scans to Dropbox or PDFpen’s iCloud storage. After OCR, preview the results, then copy the text for use elsewhere. Share your scanned PDF, with embedded OCR text, by email or to your favorite cloud service. PDFpen Scan+ works on both your iPhone and your iPad, and it’s available on the App Store.
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10:30
Daily Deals for September 8, 2014, Last Chance To...

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
5.5-inch iPhone might be called 'iPhone 6 Plus...

The 5.5-inch iPhone will be called the iPhone 6 Plus, says Japanese site Macotakara. The site also suggests that the new iPhone lineup will come with the same color and storage options as the iPhone 5s, and casts doubt on whether there will be a 128GB model as has been rumored elsewhere. Largely discarded rumors once hinted that Apple might drop 16GB has an option, like some other smartphone makers are doing....

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10:14
Jack the Ripper finally revealed

Using cutting-edge techniques, Dr Louhelainen was able to extract 126-year-old DNA from the material and compare it to DNA from descendants of Eddowes and the suspect, with both proving a perfect match.

It’s hard to argue with DNA, but I’m sure there will be lots of explanations coming.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:11
Apple hyping up tomorrow’s event by forwarding...


We’re less than 24 hours away from Apple’s big iPhone 6, iWatch/iBand, and mobile payments event. Apple is continuing to raise hype for the event by forwarding its www.apple.com homepage to the actual live stream page for the event. We’ll know for sure tomorrow, but it seems like Apple believes it has several surprises in store for tomorrow. We’ll have a full news hub with the latest coverage before, during, and after the event tomorrow.
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10:03
Microsoft Preparing to Add Share Extension Support...

When iOS 8 is released to the public this fall, users will be able to take advantage of several new operating system features, including app extensions. App extensions are designed to allow third-party apps to share services with other apps, letting apps work together and interface in ways that they never have before. We've shared a brief look at app extensions in the iOS 8 version of 1Password, but as the launch date of the new operating system approaches, developers are hard at work integrating Apple's APIs into their apps and have been sharing more information on some of the ways app extensions will work. Microsoft will be updating OneNote for iPhone and iPad to take advantage of Apple's iOS 8 share extension, adding useful new capabilities to the note taking app through built-in share sheets. As...

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10:00
The iWatch is dead, long live the iWatch

Up until Apple officially unveils a wearable, this little beauty is a close as any of us have ever gotten to an Apple smartwatch. The 6th generation iPod nano is still a pretty impressive little device, and with the ability to view photos, track...

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09:59
TiVo to release 24TB Mega

TiVo, arguably the Cadillac of DVRs with support for streaming media services, is getting ready to roll out a big rig. The TiVo Mega, slated to ship early next year, will pack 24TB of hard disk space—eight times the storage on the TiVo Roamio Pro, the current top-of-the-line model. Put another way, that’s enough to stash more than three year’s worth of standard-definition television on one DVR.

The price is around $5,000.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:50
College Degree vs. Coding Experience: Which Matters...


Well it was another rough week here in the Linux blogosphere, thanks to the ongoing conflagration over Systemd. Linux Girl hasn't dared shed her flame-retardant cape yet -- just in case -- but was relieved when the conversation took a turn late in the week down at the blogosphere's seedy Broken Windows Lounge. More than a few bloggers were seeking some respite from the flames. "Does learning to code outweigh a degree in computer science?" was the question that got the proverbial ball rolling.

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09:46
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-08

Apple's big media event tomorrow may have a lot to interest the fashion industry, and it's looking more and more like NFC is finally coming to the iPhone. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's push into the fashion world, and they offer up their ideas on how they think NFC will play into the the company's plans.

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09:37
Universal Audio 1176 hardware vs. 1176 plug-in

For our latest shoot-out we thought we would have some fun and put the Universal Audio 1176LN limiter versus the UAD 1176LN plug-in to see which one you prefer, or maybe if you can’t tell the difference.

I find this stuff fascinating, especially with a company like Universal Audio. They have made some of the best hardware for years, but they also take great pains in making the software indistinguishable from the hardware.
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09:31
Twitter tests a “buy” button

Today we are beginning to test a new way for you to discover and buy products on Twitter. For a small percentage of U.S. users (that will grow over time), some Tweets from our test partners will feature a “Buy” button, letting you buy directly from the Tweet.

I don’t have a problem with this. We want to cut down the amount of clicks we have to go through to purchase things, so if I can buy directly within the app, why not.
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09:30
News: Report: Both iPhone 6 models to launch...

Both the 4.7” and 5.5” iPhone 6 models will launch on Friday, September 19, according to iGen.fr. While the base model’s date is expected, considering past Apple timelines, it’s been unclear as to what the larger iPhone’s release date might be amidst reports of manufacturing delays. A June report did note both iPhones might be released at the same time, but numerous claims as to production issues have called a simultaneous…

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09:29
iCloud users get notification emails about sign-ins...

iCloud users are now getting email notifications whenever an Apple ID signs into iCloud.com for the first time from a new device. Each message includes a date and time stamp, and is meant to warn someone in case the login is actually by a hacker. The update is part of a series of planned security upgrades announced by Apple CEO Tim Cook....

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09:27
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 8...

Notable software releases this week include VMware Fusion 7.0 and Mailplane 3.3. 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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09:21
Amazon Fire phone now $0.99

Amazon launched the phone July 25, and it was widely seen as a bit of a flop with slow usage growth, according to market research (Amazon hasn’t released any sales numbers).

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07:57
Apple now emailing users when iCloud accessed via Web

In the wake of last week’s theft of celebrity photos, Apple has started beefing up security for its iCloud service. The move, part of improvements also promised by Apple CEO Tim Cook last week, comes just a day before one of the company’s biggest events of the year.
On the Web, iCloud's advanced account settings allow you to log out all currently logged in sessions.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:01
First vehicles with Apple’s CarPlay hit the road as...

Vehicles with Apple’s new CarPlay functionality are starting to hit the roads with Ferrari announcing today that it’s delivered its first batch of Ferrari FF models equipped with the new feature.
In Europe, they are bound for Germany, Great Britain, France and Switzerland while others have been dispatched to the United States and Japan… Apple CarPlay is the smarter, safer and fun way to use iPhone in your car. An incredibly intuitive system, CarPlay allows you to make calls, use maps, listen to music and access messages with a single word or touch of the central display.
Ferrari adds that the CarPlay feature will also be available on its new Ferrari California T.
While Apple originally announced a...

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09:00
TUAW Liveblog of the Apple Event 9/9 starts at 12:45...

Tomorrow's going to be, in the words of Star Trek's Mr. Spock, "fascinating". Nobody really has any idea what Tim Cook and friends are going to announce, although we're pretty sure that something that looks, feels and works like an iPhone should be...

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08:52
5.5" 'iPhone 6' said to launch in...

Apple fans clamoring for the anticipated 5.5-inch version of Apple's "iPhone 6" may not have to wait long, as a new report claims that the "phablet" model will launch alongside the 4.7-inch version on Sept. 19, though quantities could be limited at launch

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08:49
News: New iPhone names: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus?

A new report claims that Apple will name its new iPhones the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The 4.7” model would get the regular iPhone 6 name, while iPhone 6 Plus would be the 5.5” model, according to Macotakara. It’s also noted that the lineup will feature the same colors as the 5s, with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB options — whether there’s an 128GB model is unknown. While the report’s accuracy is unclear, we first suggested…

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08:48
Apps: Parallels Desktop, Sibelius, Mailplane
08:47
Zoom iQ6 XY Stereo Microphone for iPhone + iPad

Zoom's iQ5 brought a higher-quality stereo microphone solution to Lightning-equipped iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches -- at least, ones without cases. Now there's iQ6 ($100), which for the same price adds case compatibility and separately swiveling unidirectional condenser microphones to a package that's similar to iQ5 in size. Mostly made from silver plastic, iQ6 has two metal microphones on its front, each capable of being turned to transform a…

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08:45
What to expect at Apple’s big September 9 event

The iPhone 5S (left) compared to what is allegedly the front glass from the next iPhone.

Marques Brownlee

After a year of minimalistic updates and the resurrection of old products, Apple is finally ready to make its first big hardware announcements of 2014...

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08:37
Report claims that both 4.7 and 5.5 inch iPhone 6...


iGen.fr, who has proved reliable in the past with Apple launch dates, is now claiming that sources informed the site that the new iPhones will launch on the 19th. This is generally to be expected, following historical patterns. Apple traditionally puts new iPhones on sale the Friday the week after the announcement. This year, everyone seems convinced that the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 will be on sale then.
The release schedule of the 5.5 inch model is less clear. Some, citing supply constraints, have said that the 5.5 inch model (most recently dubbed the iPhone 6 Plus) will not launch for a couple more months. However, a consensus on this has not really been reached. iGen....

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08:37
Apple's Larger Phones May Be Called iPhone 6,...

Though Apple is planning to unveil two iPhones tomorrow, in 4.7 and 5.5-inch varieties, there's been surprisingly little information on what the two devices might be called. According to a new report from Mac Otakara [Google Translate], Apple will refer to the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone as the "iPhone 6," while the larger 5.5-inch version will be called the "iPhone 6 Plus." It is unknown what source Mac Otakara derived its information from, but the site has provided accurate predictions in the past. MacRumors has also heard the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus monikers from a second source, but it...

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08:27
Both 4.7-Inch and 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Models...

A new report [Google Translate] from French site iGen.fr claims Apple may begin selling both of its iPhone 6 models at the same time. According to the report, which is based on the same source who accurately predicted previous Apple product launches, the two models would go on sale starting Friday, September 19. That has been the most widely expected date for the first wave of launches given Apple's previous announcement and launch patterns. Perhaps in line with a lack of significant leaks of parts for the larger model, a separate source indicates that the 4.7-inch model is likely to be...

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08:19
Rumor: Apple's next-gen handsets will be named...

With Apple widely expected to introduce the "iPhone 6" in two different screen sizes on Tuesday, a new rumor claims the 4.7-inch model will be given the basic moniker, while the larger 5.5-inch variant will allegedly be known as the "iPhone 6 Plus."

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08:10
Liveblog: Apple talks iPhone, iOS, and wearables...

Apple's next event is nearly upon us.

Apple

Apple has had a very quiet 2014. Aside from its announcements at WWDC, it hasn't made any major product introductions, and even WWDC was mostly previews of things that would be released in the fall.
That's all set to change tomorrow morning, when Apple takes the stage at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in its hometown of Cupertino, CA. We've already talked at length about what to expect from the company, but the short list includes at least one new, larger iPhone, the public release date for iOS 8, and the announcement...

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08:08
Macotakara: 4.7-inch iPhone called ‘iPhone 6′, 5.5-...


While we seem to know all about the features in the new iPhone and the new design, something still left up in the Air are the names of the new phones. While some have long-referred to the new devices as the “iPhone 6″ or the “iPhone Air,” no outright claims have been made about the names until a new report today. According to Macotakara, the 4.7-inch model will be known as “iPhone 6″ while the 5.5-inch version will be called the “iPhone 6 Plus.” Apple has not used the “Plus” suffix for a product since the “Mac Plus“, so that would be a first for an iOS device. ...

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08:07
Adam Levine tweets from an iPhone less than a week...

Apparently his iPhone has escaped the ‘ceremonial burning’

Indeed.
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08:02
Creative Cloud video apps update with Retina/HiDPI...

Adobe has announced updates to the slate of video production apps on Creative Cloud. Perhaps the most significant is support for Retina/HiDPI resolutions in OS X and Windows. Adobe has also added support for AJA RAW files though, and improved performance, particularly in Masking and Tracking, and (via GPU acceleration) when viewing 4K and UltraHD footage taken from Phantom Cine, Canon RAW, and RED R3D files....

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08:00
A milestone for Office Delve

Today’s post was written by Julia White, general manager of Office 365 Technical Product Management.
We launched Microsoft Office 365 with the vision of helping people get more done, collaborate more effectively, and have greater flexibility in how they work. As we work, share and connect with others—discovering the right information at the right time becomes even more valuable. To this end, I’m excited to announce a significant step forward in making Office 365 even more personalized and tailored to each person. Starting today, Office Delve (previously codenamed “Oslo”) will begin rolling out to Office 365 business customers.
Office Delve is a new way to discover relevant information and connections from across your work life. Delve displays information that is most relevant for each person based on the work they are doing and the people with whom they are engaging.  With...

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08:00
News: Daily Deal Extended: One last Chance to get...

We’ve extended our iLounge Deal on The Complete iOS 8 and Swift Developers Course to give you one last chance to pre-order this great package for only $79! At 92% off the regular price of $998, this deal gives you an opportunity to get ready for iOS 8, preparing you to develop for the new platform by taking you through building 14 iOS 8 apps using Apple’s new Swift programming language, for a total of 36 hours of elite training. Your pre-order…

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08:00
GameStop will soon offer Cricket Wireless 4G service

Popular game retailer and reseller GameStop will soon offer no-contract wireless service to customers in the United States, expanding the company's reach into mobile. 2,800 GameStop stores in the U.S. will begin offering both phones and 4G service...

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07:25
Spigen Capsule, Neo Hybrid / EX + Ultra Hybrid for...

Another collection of new Spigen cases for the 4.7" iPhone 6 has arrived, again including variations on previously-introduced models for earlier devices. Capsule ($15) is a soft TPU plastic case that wraps around the iPhone 6, covering virtually all of its body save for the screen, bottom ports, and side ringer switch. Ultra Hybrid ($25) combines a clear hard plastic back with an opaque edge in your choice of colors, achieving the same protection…

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07:24
8 Predictions for Apple’s September 9 Media Event

Apple's big media event is set to start tomorrow, September 9, at 10 AM pacific time. What can you expect to see when CEO Tim Coom and company takes the stage? Read on to see some of The Mac Observer's predictions.

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07:22
Spigen Slim Armor / S + Tough Armor / S for iPhone 6

Continuing its bet that Apple's upcoming 4.7" iPhone will match previously-leaked dimensions, Spigen has released Slim Armor ($30), Slim Armor S ($30), Tough Armor ($35), and Tough Armor S ($35) for iPhone 6. The four cases are highly similar to one another, as each version includes hard and soft plastic layers that come together to cover most of the new iPhone's body. Slim Armor has soft corner curves versus Tough Armor's more angular edges, as the…

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07:19
Apple now emails users whenever their iCloud account...

As part of its efforts to beef up iCloud security and prevent unauthorized access, Apple now by default sends users an email when someone has logged into their iCloud account through a traditional Web browser.

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07:00
If Apple announces a wearable that's not...

It'll be genius*. In no small part because, as of right now, no one has reported seeing a single millimeter of the device. If Apple shows off what it has been cooking but delays manufacture until later this year, it will also be one of the bigger...

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06:58
Leak, schematics may offer first glimpse at iWatch...

A poster on Reddit is claiming to have obtained both CAD schematics and some specific details about the iWatch. The schematics include elements like a rectangular shell, a speaker assembly, and a round PCB. As features go, the person says the watch will have a flexible multitouch screen that will "add a new dimension to the UI," and that it will support Siri input via a built-in microphone. The device will allegedly forego physical ports in favor of wireless sync, contributing in part to its being waterproof to a depth of 20m.......

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06:50
Apple now sending email notifications when users...


Apple is now sending emails to users when they log in to iCloud.com. This is part of Apple’s latest security upgrades to iCloud, which Tim Cook announced late last week. In the interview, Cook said Apple planned to launch the feature within two weeks, but obviously it has been deployed much sooner. The notification is supposed to act as a warning for users, to detect account infiltrations as early as possible. Supposedly, these emails will only be sent once, the first time an account logs in to a particular device, so it shouldn’t spam your inbox with login notifications.

The change comes in...

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06:39
First look: Metawatch's iPhone-connected Meta...

With Apple expected to announce its entrance into the wearable devices market on Tuesday, established smartwatch maker Metawatch is looking to differentiate itself from the rest of the herd with the new Meta M1.

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06:32
News: iWatch schematics reveal boxy body?

A Reddit user has posted (via 9to5Mac) alleged schematics of Apple’s iWatch, showing what appears to be a rounded rectangular body and circular bottom sensor opening. The renderings are consistent with Apple designs, although the chassis is nowhere near as futuristic as has been postulated over the last year or so. While there’s no definitive proof that these images represent the iWatch, the detailed schematics are marked with the name…

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06:13
Apple's NFC payment system to use tokenization...

Apple's NFC-based mobile payments system will use tokenization, sources claim. The technology involves substituting debit and credit card numbers with complex, one-time codes. In theory this ensures that even if transaction data is intercepted, it can't be used again. Tokens also have potential beyond payments, extending to areas like transit passes or physical security....

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06:06
ExtraBITS for 8 September 2014

This week in ExtraBITS, we have details on how to watch Apple’s September 9th product announcement, along with information about your personal Apple support page and a list of mistakes that cause iOS apps to be rejected. In other news, Twitpic is shutting down after 6 years, and Verizon is settling with the FCC over privacy violations. 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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06:04
China Mobile Ready to sell iPhones Right out of the...

Apple will be releasing the iPhone 6 in two models covering both 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch displays tomorrow. According to a new report out of China, it will be the first time that Mobile China will be able to compete with China Unicom and China Telecom out of the gate with new Apple products. Analysts believe that the iPhone 6 will bring more ...

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06:02
Leaked CAD Renderings Claim to Show iWatch Design

What looks like a set of CAD renderings for Apple's rumored iWatch have surfaced, showing the body design, biometric sensor panel, and more. The device is expected to be announced at the iPhone and iPad maker's special media event on Tuesday, September 9, along with the iPhone 6.The Mac Observer Spin: If the CAD renderings are legit, Apple is designing a smart watch that looks a lot like the square iPod nano. That doesn't seem as sleek or sexy as a round design, but maybe that's what Apple needs to fit all of the components in the case. Regardless of what form factor the iWatch takes, it's clear there's a lot of pent up interest in Apple's entrance into the wearable tech market.

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: Not a creature was stirring...

Gadget nerds, bloggers, rumormongers, analysts, tech pundits, Samsung's design and engineering teams... all eyes in the tech world will be on Apple this week.

It's the eve of Apple's long-awaited Fall 2014 event. All of my friends, even the...

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05:59
Adobe updates Creative Cloud video apps w/ HiDPI...


Adobe is announcing a number of updates across for its Creative Cloud desktop apps today with the highlight being a refreshed UI across almost all of its video products. One thing in specific for Mac users caught our eye, however, and that’s HiDPI support for Macs with Retina...

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05:55
Celebrities Are Fools to Use Apple Products


"Celebrities are stupid" seems to be the message Apple delivered last week as it attempted to recover from the release of an impressive number of nude pictures of celebrities on the Web. Fans of BlackBerry, which used to be the preferred platform for celebrities, had a field day over this. I've often pointed out both that Apple has the most loyal customer base and that without Jobs, it seems clear it has no clue how to protect it. You don't throw your most valuable customers under the bus.

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05:49
∞ iWatch speculation

Two iWatch speculation essays with some added Loop commentary.

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05:39
Purported Schematics and Details on iWatch Show...

With just one day to go until Apple's media event where it is expected to show off not only the iPhone 6 but also its much-rumored "iWatch" wearable device, last-minute leaks and rumors are continuing to roll in. The latest involves schematics and details on the iWatch, and while it is difficult to assess the validity of the claims and images (which have been reposted to Imgur) given that they come from an anonymous Reddit post, the slide images are detailed enough that they are worth highlighting as a possibility. The poster claims the iWatch will include a microphone, speaker, and support for Siri, and be waterproof to 20 meters with battery life of over a day. The device will reportedly come in eight different varieties as four "colors" in two sizes each. Purported schematics are labeled as coming from Quanta, which has been reported to be Apple's...

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05:34
News: Latest iPhone 6 roundup: videos, battery,...

A number of recent iPhone 6 reports have surfaced in recent days, with little time left before Apple is set to unveil its newest smartphone tomorrow. YouTube user PhoneEvaluation posted a video review of the alleged iPhone 6: in it, a man compares the device to the iPhone 5s, and shows a number of the new phone’s well-documented design features and physical details. More short videos allegedly showing Apple’s latest phone in action have…

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05:31
External Link: Watch Apple’s September 9th...

Apple’s next big media event is set for 9 September 2014 at 10 AM PDT, and you can watch it live in Safari for Mac and iOS (or likely any other Web browser) or in the Apple TV’s Apple Events app. If you’re busy at that time, the recording usually remains available afterwards. Apple is expected to announce new iPhone models, and other possibilities include updated iPads, the much-rumored smartwatch, and a Apple TV refresh. And, although we’d be surprised to see it mentioned during this event, the Mac mini is long overdue for an update. 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...

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05:23
Join us for Tuesday’s webinar: 5 things to raise...

In college, there’s a pervasive message that “you’re not in high school anymore, so you better up your game.” But some college students are still doing workarounds and other annoying tasks that they don’t need to do. Join us for our Office 15-Minute Webinar at 9:15 A.M. Pacific Time. There’s also a 20-minute Q&A afterwards. You will need to register for this webinar (it takes only a few seconds).
Register and attend
https://microsoft.eventbuilder.com/event2.asp?eventID=b6e3f597
Doors open at 9:00 A.M Pacific Time and we start promptly at 9:15 A.M. Immediately following will be a 20-minute Q&A.
What you will learn at...

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05:22
TeamViewer 9.0.32215 - Establish remote connections...

TeamViewer gives you remote control of any computer or Mac over the Internet within seconds, or can be used for online meetings. Find out why more than 200 million users trust TeamViewer! Free for non-commercial users. Licensing terms for business users can be found here.Version 9.0.32215:

  • Mouse cursor is shown properly again
  • OS X 10.6 or later

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05:22
More videos claim to show functioning 4.7"...

With just over a day to go before Apple's highly anticipated media event, a slew of new videos from China claim to again show off functioning 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" units, complete with a new credit card toting Passbook icon. And yet another video offers a peek at a 2,915 mAh battery expected to power the jumbo-sized 5.5-inch iPhone.

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05:16
Jean-Louis Gassée on Apple, NFC, and payment systems

Jean-Louis Gassée weighs in on the potential for Apple to introduce an iPhone 6 with some form of payment system tomorrow.

If Apple does introduce the ability to use a near field communication enabled iPhone 6 as part of a larger payment system, will a transaction fee be part of the model, or will the added value to the ecosystem be enough?
∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:11
Alleged leak of iWatch component drawings &...


A set of images have appeared online today (via Reddit) allegedly showing CAD drawings for various components of Apple’s yet to be announced wearable product. The images, which include a watermark from one of Apple’s longtime manufacturing partners Quanta, show various mic and speaker components that look to be right for a watch-like device, but the poster adds more details in a description of the photos. According to the leak, Apple’s wearable will have a mic, speaker, Siri, and a “flexible, multi-touch screen will add a new dimension to the UI.” It’s also worth noting that Quanta was one of Apple’s partners...

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05:09
Popular contacts list organizer now available for OS...

Demodit GmbH (http://www.demodit.ch) has released GroupsPro 1.0, a contacts and groups organizer for OS X. It allows users to manage their contacts, contact groups, and create mailing lists for mass e-mails.
When GroupsPro is initially launched, it auto-populates the user's existing contacts into the interface. Users can add or modify existing contacts. There are two options to assign contacts into specific groups. With Single Assigning, users assign a single contact to groups. With Fast Assigning, users assign contacts directly in the contacts list to a group.
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05:00
Where To? updated with loads of new features

Where To? (currently on sale for US$1.99) has always been one of my favorite points of interest (POI) apps. The older version I fell in love with has now been put to rest and a completely rewritten version has hit the App Store with many desirable...

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04:59
Vague schematics & details hint at mic, speaker...

A set of screenshots posted to social sharing site Reddit on Monday purport to show engineering drawings of parts destined for Apple's upcoming wearable device -- including a speaker assembly, rectangular case, and round PCB --?while the poster claims the device will be waterproof and ship in eight different SKUs.

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04:58
Rumor Claims Apple Placing NFC Sensors in Disney...

Apple has reportedly been installing Near Field Communication, or NFC, sensors in its own retail stores along with Disney Store locations, adding more fuel to the rumors that the iPhone 6 will include NFC support as part of a new mobile payment system. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 at a special media event on Tuesday, September 9, at the Flint Center in Cupertino.The Mac Observer Spin: As we get closer to tomorrow's media event, it seems even more certain that Apple is finally embracing NFC. What we don't know yet is if it'll be in the iPhone, iWatch, or both.

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04:52
Adobe announces video technology innovations at IBC...

Adobe (www.abode.com) has announced plans to update Adobe Creative Cloud video desktop apps and Adobe Anywhere for video.
The company says key updates include new media and project management tools in Adobe Premiere Pro CC; a refreshed user-interface across all Adobe video desktop apps; and more streamlined production workflows empowering video professionals to edit more efficiently. New updates will also be added to Adobe Anywhere, which enables large virtual teams of talent to collaborate and efficiently shoot, log, edit, share and finish video productions together. 
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04:50
VidConvert now ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Reggie Ashworth has released VidConvert 1.5.3, an Mavericks update to his video converter for Mac OS X. It's optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite.
The app is a video converter that will convert just about any type of video into one of many popular formats. You can use it to create videos for your iPhone or iPad, for your Mac or TV, or in formats such as DivX and MPEG.
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04:47
One third of Americans have improved their online...

A YouGov survey of more than 1,000 American consumers commissioned by security company Tresorit found that just over a third of them have taken steps to beef-up their online security in response to the iCloud hacks.
The most common response was to change passwords for stronger ones, with 13 percent creating different passwords for each online service and 6 percent enabling two-step verification … 
The celebrity nudes obtained from iCloud appear to have been accessed as a result of conventional attacks rather than anything iCloud-specific, an Apple...

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04:41
Hands on: Blue Mikey Digital add-on microphone

Blue Microphones, a company that makes some of the most popular digital USB microphones among podcasters and musicians, has for some time made a Mikey clip-in microphone for 30-pin iOS devices that significantly enhanced the sound quality of recordings. The company has now brought out a new model - the Mikey Digital - designed for Lightning-based devices, and introduced a few new tricks in the process. While not the equal of Blue's more expensive desktop mics, it is a godsend for on-the-go recording....

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04:20
Video from IFA: Fraunhofer brings 4K TV to tablets

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04:34
Spotify brings video advertising, sponsored sessions...

Spotify will soon be showing video-based advertising to listeners of its free service. The streaming music company has revealed it will start airing the videos to its free users shortly, with both desktop and mobile app users set to see the clips, though marketers will have a few options for how their advertizing efforts get utilized by the service....

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04:24
Sibelius 7.5.1 - Music notation solution. (Demo)

Sibelius is the world's best-selling music notation software for Mac. It is as intuitive to use as a pen, yet so powerful that it does most things in less than the blink of an eye. The demo includes example scores and a demo user guide summarizing the main features of the program.Version 7.5.1: Highlights

  • Sibelius 7.5 Reference and What's New Guide have been fully translated into all 9 languages
  • Audio and video export now occurs faster than real-time
  • It's now possible to have both Sibelius 7 and Sibelius 7.5 activated on the same computer (within the terms of the license)
  • Better support for high resolution displays on Windows; specifically, the QuickStart now displays properly
  • An old problem going back several versions of Sibelius has been fixed where Sibelius would crash after the computer was woken from sleep
  • A problem where the breath mark "comma" produces staccato playback has been fixed...

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04:10
Spotify app to offer 30 mins of ad-free listening if...

Spotify currently offers you a choice: pay ten bucks a month to listen without ads, or listen for free but have your music interrupted by audio ads. Those using the iOS or Android app will be offered a third option later this year: watch a 15-30 second video ad in return for 30 minutes of ad-free listening.
Known as Sponsored Sessions, the idea is that advertisers get the ability to run video ads for the first time, while the experience is made relatively painless for consumers by guaranteeing 30 minutes of uninterrupted listening afterwards.
Spotify began pitching the option to advertisers back in June, and Ad Age reports that a number of major advertisers have now signed-up.

Spotify will start testing the video ads in the fourth quarter with a limited number of brands...

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03:58
Nearly 50% of California broadband households use...

New digital health research from Parks Associates shows nearly 50% of California broadband households have used at least one online service offered by their doctors, compared to 42% nationally.
The research group's results are based on a 2Q 2014 nationwide survey of more than 5,000 U.S. broadband households, in advance of the firm’s inaugural Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers (www.connectedhealthsummit.com), taking place Sept. 4-5 at the Omni Hotel in San Diego.
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03:55
Apple's iPad Owns 75% of UK Web Traffic in...

In July the UK based TechRadar gave Samsung's new Galaxy Tab S a great review, 4.5 stars out of 5. Yet despite the great review, the new Samsung tablet couldn't generate more tablet usage in the UK. In fact, ...

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03:40
With one day to go, a flurry of additional iPhone 6...


In the final run-up to the official launch of the iPhone 6, we’ve been seeing a number of videos of what appear to be the real thing. With just one day to go, Miaopai has just posted no fewer than 17 short videos claiming to show the Chinese version of the iPhone 6 in use.
We don’t learn anything from them we didn’t already know, but they do give a sense of that the size of the 4.7-inch phone is like to use in practice.

French site NWE has also re-posted video of what it says is the battery from...

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03:34
Off-Season Episode, Live from the Penn State Mac...

Interrupting the offseason, here’s a discussion we recorded between Tim Perfitt and Dave Test, live at the 2014 Penn State Mac Admins Conference. Tim gives a little background about how iBeacon and Passbook were utilized at the conference, and Dave talks about the integration between them and the impossible-to-pronounce sched.org.Hope this tides y’all over until we’re back for season two.About Allister BanksAllister has spoken at LOPSA-East, MacTech Conference, MacAdmins Conference at Penn State, and lives in NYC. He contributes to various open source projects and speaks enough Japanese to order food.Mail | Web |...

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03:14
Kool Tools: Archiware's FocalPoint Server

Archiware (http://tinyurl.com/m22b5wx), which manufactures the multi-platform data management solution P5, now offers a way to integrate with FocalPoint Server.
Archiware P5 allows users to synchronize, backup and archive data on Mac, Windows, Linux and Solaris operating systems with four modules: P5 Synchronize to clone or move data between different storages, P5 Backup to provide disaster recovery of data from servers to disk or tape-based backup, P5 Backup2Go to back up desktop and laptop data to disk, and P5 Archive to move data offline to disk or tape.
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03:04
iClipboard for Mac OS X gets new 'flat'...

° Chronos has announced iClipboard 5, an upgrade to its clipboard manager for Mac OS X. iClipboard 5 contains many highly-requested new features. According to Jerry Halls, vice president of sales at Chronos, major new features include:
° Adesigned "flat" style interface;
° Retina display compatibilty;
° The ability to choose text formats directly from the Paste Blaster;
° The ability to click to paste clippings in the Paste Blaster;
° Special formats for pasting text: Uppercase, Lowercase, Capitalized Words, Whitespace Removed, New Lines Removed, Tabs Converted to Spaces;
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02:49
Sprint extends LTE network by partnering with rural...

Sprint has expanded the area its LTE service operates in, by working with smaller carriers. The company has increased the number of carriers included within its Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program by 15, with the program's 27 carriers expanding Sprint's service in 27 states, over 565,000 square miles, and to more than 38 million people....

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Sunday September 7

23:56
New Video Again Shows 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Battery With...

Following a photo of the component last week, a video shared by Nowhereelse.fr (Google Translate) once again shows what is said to be a 2,915 mAh battery from the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. The battery shown is also shown carrying an Apple part number of 616-0675, and running at 4.35 volts, which is also in line with previous leaks. A capacity of 2,915 mAh would be much greater than that of the 1,560 mAh battery found on the iPhone 5s and the rumored 1,810...

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21:37
iOS Simulator Shows Possibility of iPad-Like...

Recently, a number of recent reports and rumors have suggested a variety of different resolutions for Apple's larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6. Prominent Apple blogger John Gruber speculated that the company will ship a 2208 x 1242 display at a "3x" Retina resolution for the device, while the current iOS 8 beta also indicates a preference for displaying 3x images when available. Now, developer Steven Troughton-Smith (via 9to5Mac) has modified Apple's iOS Simulator to show what apps may look like on a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 that contains a 2208 x 1242 display, suggesting that they could use...

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20:50
Apple Said to Be Using Tokenization Technology to...

Apple may be integrating tokenization technology in its forthcoming mobile payments solution, reports Bank Innovation. Citing sources close to the matter, the report notes that the company will look to utilize token technology to address security and fraud concerns as integrates the service with the iPhone 6 and iWatch. Financial institutions — card issuers and networks — prefer token technology because it replaces primary account numbers, those 16-digit card numbers on the front of credit and debit cards. Instead, the tokenization technology uses complex codes that are easily transmittable over the air and between devices, but that are used only once, so even if they are intercepted, are of no use to fraudsters. An Apple patent discussing token technology has also been discovered, as the application was granted last month and filed for in 2009. In its example, Apple...

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20:48
Apple reportedly planning to implement tokenization...


We may finally have a reason for why Apple Stores and some other stores are installing new NFC payment...

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20:00
Geekbench 3.2

I'm excited to announce that Geekbench 3.2, the latest version of our popular cross-platform benchmark, is now available for download.

The most visible change in Geekbench 3.2 is the redesigned result view. The redesign both improves the legibility and increases the information density of the benchmark results, especially on mobile devices.

Geekbench 3.2 also adds support for 32-bit ARMv8 processors on Android. Geekbench has been recompiled to take advantage of the new instruction set, and the AES and SHA-1 workloads have been updated to use the new cryptography instructions. When Android devices with ARMv8 processors arrive in the fall Geekbench 3.2 will be able to measure their full performance potential.

Geekbench 3.2 is a free upgrade for all Geekbench 3 users.

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19:16
5.5-inch iPhone 6 may run landscape apps with more...


While the 4.7-inch version of the upcoming iPhone 6 will seemingly function as a large version of the current iPhone interface, it appears that the larger model with a 5.5-inch display could run software in landscape mode with an iPad-like user-interface (portrait views likely remain unchanged. Developer Steven Troughton-Smith altered the iOS simulator to run at 736 points x 414 points (1472 x 828 at 2x or 2208 x 1242 at 3x), the resolution we first reported was likely in the cards for at least one iPhone 6 model, and provided us with screenshots of the presented interface…
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18:33
iStat Menus 5.01 - Monitor your system right from...

iStat Menus lets you monitor your system right from the menubar. Included are 8 menu extras that let you monitor every aspect of your system. Some features:

  • CPU -- Monitor cpu usage. 7 display modes, multiple core support.
  • Memory -- Monitor memory usage. 4 display modes, page ins/outs and swap usage display.
  • Disks -- Monitor disk usage and activity. 6 display modes, ability to hide disks you dont want to see.
  • Network -- Monitor current and total bandwidth, peak bandwidth, IP addresses, and the ability to hide network connections you don't want to see.
  • Temps -- Monitor the temperature of your Mac. 2 display modes, ability to hide sensors you don't want to see.
  • Fans -- Monitor the fan speeds in your Mac. 2 display modes, ability to hide sensors you don't want to see.
  • Bluetooth...

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16:17
VMware Fusion 7.0 and Fusion 7.0 Professional

Major new release with support for OS X Yosemite, plus improved ($69.99/149.99 new, $49.99/$79.99 upgrade, 341 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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16:00
This weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

Apps Now Free

Recur! The Reverse...

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15:09
Briefly: Rdio revamped for iOS, Avernum 2: Crystal...

Music streaming service Rdio recently released a major update for its iOS app. A paid monthly service, a Rdio Unlimited account offers access to albums, songs, playlists and stations, with the option to download unlimited songs via mobile for offline listening. Rdio v3.0 for iOS introduces a suite of new features, such as Home, which includes a mix of personalized music-related stories. The Favorites feature allows users to select and highlight preferred content for simplified revisiting. Rdio's new Trending function displays what songs and artists are the most popular, combining Heavy Rotatio......

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15:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

Last week, we reviewed a variety of hardware and accessories that'll complement your favorite iOS or OS X devices. Here's a quick roundup of recent hardware reviews that you may have missed:

OtterBox Resurgence: Power and protection in one iPhone...

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14:30
Macs Fan Control 1.1.12.2 - Monitor and control your...

Macs Fan Control allows you to monitor and control almost any aspect of your computer's fans, with support for controlling fan speed, temperature sensors pane, menu-bar icon, and autostart with system option.

  • Software solution to noise problems such as those caused by iMac HDD replacement, or overheating problems like those found on a MacBook Pro
  • Set any constant value to any fan (e.g., minimum)
  • Control fan speed in relation to a temperature sensor (e.g., 3rd party HDD)
  • Real-time monitoring of Mac's fans speed and temperature sensors including 3rd party HDD/SSD (using S.M.A.R.T.)
  • Display menu bar icon
  • Compatible with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or later

Version 1.1.12.2:

  • Small improvements in user interface
  • OS X 10.6 or later

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14:30
The World of competitive “Rock, Paper, Scissors”

Priceonomics:

Rock Paper Scissors has serious players, organizing leagues, and sponsored tournaments that draw hundreds to compete for cash prizes. In 2006, Bud Light sponsored a tournament and offered a $50,000 cash prize.

While RPS advocates are eager to validate it as a serious pursuit, they also intend to have a good time. That said, if during a tournament you try to throw some sort of fourth move like dynamite that beats rock, paper, and scissors, you’ll be asked to leave.

Leave it to Canadians to come up with competitive “Rock, Paper, Scissors” and tie it into drinking beer.
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14:00
Last week's popular and featured articles on...

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

iOS 8 Camera app:...

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13:00
All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

Last week was a busy one for apps in the iOS App Store, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you may...

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12:23
Apple Rolling Out New iBeacon Transmitters, NFC...

Apple is rolling out near field communication (NFC) readers and updated versions of its iBeacon transmitters to its own stores and Disney Stores ahead of the launch of its mobile payments service and the iPhone 6, reports 9to5Mac. The company will begin integrating new proximity beacons made by Gimbal that will provide more accurate iBeacon location tracking in its own stores, and roll out new payment systems to support the NFC capabilities on the iPhone 6 and its highly-anticipated wearable device. The report also notes that Apple may be planning to roll out its own first-party iBeacon sensors in its...

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11:10
Shareholder files suit against Cook, executives over...

It seems that the legal issues involving Apple colluding with publishers to fix the prices on e-books are taking another turn, as an Apple shareholder has filed a lawsuit in California against CEO Tim Cook and several Apple executives and directors. In the filing it's alleged that the parties involved "showed a reckless disregard for their duties" at Apple, therefore causing "significant damage" to the company in the process....

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09:07
Review: Apple's mid-2014 15-inch MacBook Pro...

Like the updated mid-2014 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, Apple's latest 15-inch notebook brings slightly speedier Intel processors. But with memory, graphics and design all carried over from last year, the most substantial change is a $100 price cut.

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08:49
The iPhone 6: from Louis Vuitton to Chanel

Stratechery:

Conspicuous consumption and status-seeking are major drivers of the Asian market in particular, and are why Asians make up over 50% of the luxury market by nationality. In the case of handbags, you absolutely are saying something with your selection: a Louis Vuitton bag is many people’s first luxury purchase, and shows you have some means; a Chanel bag, on the other hand, signifies you are at least upper middle class, maybe even rich.

At the top of the heap, though, is Hermès: sport a Birkin bag and there is no question as to your status.

While I don’t agree with all of his points, it’s a very instructive way to look at Apple and perhaps how and where they see their place in the market.
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08:28
More than Tech: Apple Invites Fashion Editors to...

Along with the usual Apple and general tech media and bloggers, the company's September 9 product launch event will also include a long list of fashion-related reporters. The iPhone and iPad maker invited people from the fashion world to cover the event, and helps back up the accepted notion that we'll be seeing wearable devices such as the long rumored iWatch.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple hasn't invited fashion news reporters and bloggers to an event before now. This is a pretty big sign that the company is jumping into the wearables market in a serious way. Tuesday's media event is going to be a wild ride.

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08:00
Apple and Disney Stores upgrading iBeacons and NFC...


Apple and longtime partner Disney this week are bolstering their stores with upgraded versions of iBeacon sensors and NFC readers, according to sources. Apple Stores have had iBeacons stationed throughout showroom floors for several months as a way to pinpoint exactly where a customer is within the store. This allows Apple to better serve customers by providing relevant sales information to their iPhones and iPads while in the store. The upgrades happening this week within Apple Stores place several new Gimbal Series 20 Proximity Beacons across stores to make location tracking within the store even more accurate.
In addition to providing relevant information for the Apple Store app, iBeacons can be useful for...

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07:57
How to enable Apple's secure two-step...

Last week's celebrity photo leaks were a stark reminder of what can happen to internet users that fail to follow basic security precautions, like enabling two-factor authentication when it's available. With Apple's own security practices under the microscope, AppleInsider shows you how to enable Cupertino's own implementation.

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07:47
MGG 518: Larrys Have Problems (That Geeks Can Solve)

iCloud Notifications, Burning CD tracks, securing network devices, backing up your NAS and much, much more. All of this in today's Mac Geek Gab episode featuring Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun, your two favorite geeks! Download today and enjoy.

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05:56
LA Times – Are we ready for the iWatch?

Writing for the LA Times, Chris O’Brien poses the question, are we as consumers ready for the iWatch?

Are we ready? I’m not entirely convinced that the answer is yes. I’ve tried many smartwatches and never found anything particularly compelling about them. I’ve played with a few mobile payment services and never felt like they offered a greater convenience than just whipping out a credit card. And I’ve never taken the plunge to use any of the various health monitor gadgets.

And that’s Apple’s strong suit. They are uncanny at judging our appetites as consumers, a craving that frequently can’t be explained by simple logic. Apple has a savant-like savviness at predicting just what we’ll respond to, and at what price point.

Then again, when I first saw the iPad back in January 2010, I didn’t feel particularly moved by it. It was only when I eventually bought one that I suddenly couldn’t remember how I’d managed without it. Just like I did with my first iPhone...

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05:12
Former GT Employee Appears to Confirm Apple's...

While it is commonly taken as a foregone conclusion that the sapphire partnership between Apple and GT Advanced Technologies is focused on iPhone display covers, it bears noting that the two companies have never publicly confirmed what the sapphire will be used for. Sapphire is already used to protect the camera and Touch ID sensor on recent iPhone models, and the material is also said to be planned for Apple's rumored iWatch, but the sheer amount of sapphire production apparently involved points to much bigger plans such as iPhone display covers. Given the lack of confirmation from the two companies, it is interesting that Paul Matthews, a former GT product manager, outright claims on his LinkedIn profile (via TechViking) that he played a key role in...

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05:09
∞ The boy who beeps

[VIDEO] I love the premise behind this commercial. I wish I could do that.

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04:41
More Photos and Videos of Claimed Working iPhone 6...

Following yesterday's leak of what appeared to be a working 4.7-inch iPhone 6, passions have run high between those who believe the device to be genuine and those who believe it to be a fake or a clone. Commenters in our forums naturally scrutinized the images and videos looking for inconsistencies and have found a few, including longer hands on the Clock app icon, an "upside down" color gradient on the Music app icon, while others argue the complete package of features shown would almost certainly not be able to faked to the degree seen. Since the original leak, several other claimed iPhone 6 devices have been appearing on Chinese sites, giving the opportunity for even more examination of the possible authenticity. One...

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00:37
Is this the first video review of the iPhone 6?

The iPhone 6 leaks are coming fast and furious ahead of Tuesday’s event. This latest video is a supposed review of the iPhone 6 in Mandarin. We won’t know how legit it is for another 48 hours but it is certainly convincing.
One notable feature of these latest leaks is the Passbook (which they conveniently failed to open) icon which looks to have a Credit card on top. Update: The Weibo Account owner opened up Passbook and screenshotted (below)


 
A brief translation of the video from Stan1028 below (...

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Saturday September 6

18:53
Video of functioning 4.7-inch iPhone seen running...

A functioning version -- perhaps a genuine finished unit, or a cleverly-disguised Goophone -- of the allegedly forthcoming 4.7-inch iPhone 6 has been demonstrated in brief video clips. Going beyond any previous demo, the unit appears to function normally, is clearly running iOS 8 and is activated. The home screen shows the Health application (briefly demo'd in a different video) and the modified Passbook app icon, which now has a fourth red "stripe" resembling a payment card, seemingly confirming the idea that a mobile payment system will be introduced at the September 9 event.......

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16:41
Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement...

The Washington Post carries a story from the Associated Press that says the big companies hit hardest by Judge Lucy Koh's ruling in the "No Poaching" case have not suprisingly appealed that ruling, which found that a proposed settlement of $324.5 million to a class-action lawsuit was too low. The suit, filed on behalf of 60,000 high-tech workers allegedlly harmed by anti-competitive hiring practices, will probably enter its next phase next January or March. (Judge Koh is probably not very popular at Apple in particular.) If you're one of those workers (or in an analogous situation), what kind of compensation or punitive action do you think is fair? ...

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16:22
iWatch to Run Third-Party Apps, Key Developer...

Apple's upcoming wearable device, popularly known as the iWatch, is expected to be unveiled at Tuesday's media event, although a launch will reportedly come perhaps as late as early 2015. Part of the reason for the early unveiling may be to give third-party developers time to build apps for the new device, and 9to5Mac reports that will indeed be the case. Moreover, key third-party developers are said to have already been seeded with software development kit (SDK) tools to facilitate their work.A small handful of high-profile social network and services companies with apps on the iPhone and iPad App Store have already been seeded with a pre-release version of the Apple SDK (Software Development Kit) for wearables under strict non-disclosure agreements. The SDK was seeded “very recently” to these developers, and Apple likely wants to demonstrate some third-party...

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15:43
Apple wearable to run third-party apps, big...


Apple’s upcoming wearable device, based on iOS, will run third-party applications and, furthermore, may come equipped with an App Store, according to two sources with knowledge of the new device. It is currently unclear if the App Store will be full-fledged, like on the iPhone and iPad, or if it will be a special section with in the iPhone App Store for apps that play nicely with the new wearable device.
A small handful of high-profile social network and services companies with apps on the iPhone and iPad App Store have already been seeded with a pre-release version of the Apple SDK (Software Development Kit) for wearables under strict non-disclosure agreements. One of the developers with access to the pre-release SDK is Facebook, according to a source. Facebook is also said to be finishing up work on an iOS 8-optimized version of its iPhone app with improved notifications. The...

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15:01
Briefly: Just Mobile's backup battery, iMac-...

Just Mobile has announced the launch of its new backup battery at IFA 2014, the TopGum. A portable power pack clad in unibody aluminum, TopGum features a tangle-free Lightning cable and a magnetic recharging dock, for recharging without the need to find additional cords. The TopGum's capacity allows for an iPhone to charge up to three times, or top up an iPad mini to 75 percent. Also featured is a standard USB connection, meaning USB-powered devices can be recharged, and TopGum's internal batteries can be refilled when its dock is out of reach. The TopGum backup battery is priced at $80.......

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14:08
Apple invites fashion publications to Sept. 9 event...

With a large number of high profile fashion editors and bloggers invited to Apple's Sept. 9 media event, it's expected that the company wants to win the favor of the fashion industry for its anticipated entrance into the emerging wearable devices market, potentially positioning the "iWatch" as more of a chic statement than geeky gadget.

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13:34
Photos and video purportedly detail working '...

Two separate "leaks" out of China on Saturday supposedly show operational versions of Apple's next-generation iPhone, including images of what appears to be credit card or mobile payments support for Passbook.

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13:20
How To Clean Lint from iPhone and iPad Ports

If you have trouble charging your devices or your headphones don't work quite right, it might be an issue with junk accumulating in the 30-pin/Lightning port or the headphone jack. Kelly has some tips on how to de-gunk those ports.

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11:28
Apple Inviting 'Top Fashion Editors and...

Apple has extended invites for its upcoming September 9 media event to "top fashion editors and bloggers", reports Reuters. The news comes as the company is expected to unveil its first wearable device at the event, which has been frequently referred to as the iWatch. Apple is forging closer ties to the fashion world as it plots its foray into the fertile field of wearable technology, trying to win over a critical crowd that may prove crucial to the success of consumer gadgets worn around the body. Previous reports have suggested that the iWatch will be a "fashionable device", coming in a number of different...

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11:03
Unreal Engine 4 marketplace launches, provides...

Developer Epic has opened its marketplace for user-created and other curated content for the new cross-platform Unreal Engine game creation tool. Developers can now buy and sell community-created premium content for use in projects. In addition to all of the previously-released free content, the new Marketplace is launching with a variety of asset packs including environments, props, characters, sounds, materials, animated meshes, and a number of other asset types....

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10:28
∞ Charles Dance’s “pep talk” for the Rugby World Cup...

Even if you don’t know a thing about Rugby, Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones) might just get you to watch it.

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10:00
iOS 8 Camera app: Time-Lapse

Time-Lapse photography is often one of those things some of us think about, but never do. There are several apps offered in the App Store for iOS, including HyperLapse from Instagram and Time-Lapse! that I reviewed last month.

Now Apple is offering...

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09:56
Apple courts fashionistas as smartwatch expectations...

Reuters:

Apple has invited top fashion editors and bloggers in unprecedented numbers to its Tuesday launch gala, further evidence that the iPhone maker is preparing to take the wraps off a smartwatch.

“It confirms that they have a play in wearables and that they want to appeal to the fashion world, and not just technology consumers,” said Lauren Indvik, editor in chief for Fashionista and another first-time invitee.

The event next week gets more and more interesting every day.
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09:53
Apple inviting large amount of fashion reporters to...

Apple's Tuesday launch event is going to be filled not only with tech industry attendees, but fashion columnists as well. According to an assortment of reports, several fashion media publications have, for the first time, received invitations to the California event which is likely to showcase a new wearable from the Cupertino manufacturer....

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09:31
Apple expanding invite base for iPhone/iWatch event...


As noted by Reuters, Apple has greatly expanded the number of people it has invited to its event on Tuesday, when compared to past Apple announcements. This is probably one motivation for Apple’s change to use Flint Center as a venue, with over double the seating capacity of Yerba Buena, Apple’s usual venue of choice. Reuters say that Apple is making “closer ties to the fashion world” to try and appease fashion critics about its wearable devices.
Several fashion media editors told Reuters they received invitations for the first time to an annual September product-launch, which they took as confirmation of a wristwatch in the wings.
“I assume it’s because they are unveiling...

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09:30
Doge Blast is wow such fun

Doge Blast is a silly casual game filled with references to popular video games, movies, memes, and other geekery. That great meme dog Doge is the hero in Doge Blast and players launch Doge from a cannon into a crazy world brimming with ceiling cats,...

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08:00
An edge-case perspective of Apple

Throughout the last decade, reading rumors about Apple products gave me an edge-case perspective of Apple. With each new rumor, I have an internal discussion that determines the validity with a "yes" or a "no." In the past couple years, the dialogue...

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07:33
ExpanDrive 4.1.6 - Access remote files over SSH/SFTP...

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

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

Version 4.1.6:

  • {Fixed] Windows XP support fixed
  • [Fixed] WebDav on Windows support improved
  • [Changed] Larger write-back cache
  • OS X 10.6 or later

Download Now

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07:28
Modbook Pro X project succeeds with limited time...

The Modbook Pro X tablet modification Kickstarter has blown past its goals. Earlier this week, the project passed its $150,000 milestone, with 36 people having contributed to receive a full conversion from the company. Notably, nobody has chosen to send in a computer, with all contributors receiving the tablet choosing for Modbook to source the entire project....

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06:36
Purported working iPhone 6 appears online, shows new...


A user on Weibo has uploaded a set of photos and a video of what looks like a working iPhone 6 (update: Here’s a video review of what looks like the same phone). The device’s software does not have the same tells as the Android fakes seen many times before. It features a new looking Passbook icon, that adds a top red bar depicting a ‘credit card’ icon. Assumedly, this is linked to Apple’s widely-reported mobile payments initiative.

Further images of the device show that is running iOS 8 (build 12A365), a build of the operating system that is not available for developer testing. It is unclear whether this is the build number of the GM. More ...

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Melt away

Melt awayThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases brings you a bit of Meso-American folklore, a delicious cover of ice cream, and all the luxury you need to look great everywhere.Ali ExpressThe Aztec (iPad mini; $3) sports a colorful, Aztec-themed pattern and prevents damage from occasional drops and bumps.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:30
Turn the real world into a profitable empire with...

Cashsquare is a free app requiring iOS 7.0 or later that turns the world around you into a game for starting your very own real estate empire. The game uses Facebook and Foursquare to retrieve locations around you to compete with other players to...

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06:28
Apparent Working 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Reveals Home...

Chinese site cnBeta highlights a series of photos posted by Weibo user zzray showing what is claimed to be an official, functional, and activated iPhone 6. While the authenticity of the device can not be confirmed, it does have some interesting characteristics worth noting. iPhone 5s (left) and claimed iPhone 6 (right) (Click for full size) First, the overall design looks very polished and in line with previous iPhone 6 leaks. The tapered edges of the front glass can be clearly seen, and the round dual-LED True Tone generally missing in clones is present. The body also shows a recessed cavity for the volume buttons, as has been seen recently on a shell believed to be legitimate but also generally missing from clones....

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06:00
Review: Nova wireless flash for iPhone adds a burst...

We first told you about the Nova wireless flash for iPhone last fall when it was merely an idea on Kickstarter having just collected enough funding to ship. The campaign successfully raised over $85,000 and the wireless flash for iPhone is now available for purchase with an iOS app available on the App Store. I recently had the chance to test out the Nova wireless flash for iPhone, and below I’ll share a few insights from my experience.

WHAT IS NOVA AND HOW DOES IT WORK
The device is about the size of a credit card and thinner than an iPhone 5. It...

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06:00
Dog Days of Summer: Iggy and his iPad

Summer is beginning to wind down, but Iggy here doesn't seem to mind -- he'll hang out anywhere as long as he can watch something on his iPad. Of course, it might be more comfortable if the Wi-Fi worked better out by the pool...

Owner Bob Rabner...

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05:35
Terminal tricks

Terminal is the Mac OS X command line tool that gives you access to unbridled destructive power (i.e., step carefully). You’ll find it in Applications / Utilities. If you are brand new to Terminal, here’s a very gentle intro.

If you use Terminal on a regular basis, take some time to dig into Craig Hockenberry’s fantastic Terminal tricks blog post. Some of these you’ll know, but some will likely be new to you. It’s deep, it’s long, and so well written. Pass this one along to your tech friends.
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05:06
Apple’s official countdown

This just makes it all so much more real.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:02
∞ Proof that light travels so much faster than sound

[VIDEO] Phil McNamara captures the eruption of Mount Tavurvur volcano from a boat off Papua New Guinea (eastern edge of New Britain island). When you see the explosion, keep your eyes on the clouds surrounding the island, then count the beats until the boom hits. Fantastic video.

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05:00
Hate the changes to the Facebook app? You should...

Facebook's Paper app launched to great fanfare and then quickly dropped on the charts. Many commentators decried the app dead in the water -- we may have been among those commentators. Of course, all of that was before the recent changes to...

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04:30
Now you can score big with Big Play Scoring

The NFL season started Thursday night in Seattle and if you missed out on a chance to play fantasy football, Big Play Scoring offers a second chance. The free universal app requires iOS 7.0 and provides a different type of fantasy game using NFL...

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04:26
Apple holiday shipping volumes putting squeeze on...

According to reports out of China, Apple has begun to dominate the supply chain both in shipping and manufacturing, squeezing out other companies. According to reports, major supply chain companies including both freight and FedEx and UPS have "incredibly high" volumes for the holiday quarter, just from Apple's logistics under the weight of a new product lineup....

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