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Monday July 7

07:17
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 7...

Notable software releases this week include LaunchBar 6.0.2, ScreenFlow 4.5.2, and Security Update 2014-003 (Mountain Lion and Lion). Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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07:17
ExtraBITS for 7 July 2014

In our latest roundup of ExtraBITS, Apple expands CarPlay, brings back its Back to School promotion, and extends its AppleCare+ purchase window to 60 days. Also, we get a glimpse at 1Password in iOS 8. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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06:51
iPhone 6 Front Panel Survives Limited Bending Test

Frequent iOS device part leaker Sonny Dickson has shared a new video of what appears to be the previously seen iPhone 6 front panel being subjected to a limited bending stress test. The panel survives the testing, but is not subjected to extreme bending in the brief video. The title of Dickson's video mentions sapphire, but there does not appear to be any confirmation that the part is indeed made of the material. The iPhone 6 has been rumored to be adopting a sapphire crystal display cover for increased durability and scratch resistance, but none of the front panel part leaked seen so far have been confirmed to be made of sapphire. Apple currently uses Corning's Gorilla Glass as the iPhone display cover, and Corning has argued that Gorilla Glass offers...

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06:51
Video reportedly shows iPhone 6′s flexible sapphire...

With a long list of leaks in recent months showing mock ups of the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones expected for release this fall, today we get a look at what is reportedly our first at the flexibility of the iPhone 6’s new sapphire cover glass. There’s not much information surrounding this leak or confirmation that what we’re looking at is the real deal, but the sapphire material is indeed something Apple has ramped up production of in recent months at its new Arizona plant
Today’s leak comes from Sonny Dickson who has in the past posted leaked photos of unreleased iPhone mocks up with accurate designs. A longer version of the ...

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06:31
Chinese media get specific on iPhone 6 battery...

Much as we may love our iPhones, battery-life has never been one of its strengths (ask Samsung). But if you were hoping that the larger size of the iPhone 6 would mean a much bigger battery, some Chinese media reports spotted by GforGames suggest that we might be disappointed.
The reports claim that the battery in the 4.7-inch model will be in the 1800-1900mAh range – only around 20 percent more than in the iPhone 5s. Factor in the increased power requirement of the larger screen and corresponding increase in resolution, and we...

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06:30
Incredible photo of a Snow Monkey using an iPhone

Forget Photoshop, what you're looking at is the real deal -- a Japanese Snow Monkey just chllin' in some water using an iPhone. The photo above (used with permission) was taken by the talented and award winning Dutch photographer Marsel van Oosten at...

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06:30
Korean government asks Apple, Google to change app...

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission has ordered Apple and Google to change their app store policies, according to the Korea Herald. Apple will have to change its default no-refund policy, and send out notifications to App Store users whenever it changes contract terms; Google will have to devise a refund scheme for Google Play that can be tailored to developers' individual policies. The two companies may also have to address other "unfair provisions," though the FTC's announcement doesn't specify what those might be.......

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06:15
Rumor: Apple to boost 4.7" 'iPhone 6...

Apple may be planning to trade battery capacity for slimness in its next-generation handsets, according to a Monday report from the Far East, with the hotly-anticipated 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" said to pack an 1,800 mAh unit and its 5.5-inch sibling bringing a 2,500 mAh reserve.

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06:13
The Social Media Fraud


I spent much of last week talking about Facebook's infamous study of nearly a million customers and the company's attempts to make half of those customers happier and the other half more depressed. Setting aside how insanely stupid it was for Facebook to do this is the fact that with social media, isn't social the real problem? Could the entire segment be a fraud? Facebook may be a news source, but it isn't any more social than the socially inept hot-or-not bulletin board that began its life.

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06:08
South Korea Orders Apple, Google to Offer Easier App...

Apple and Google have been ordered to give customers easier access to refunds for app purchases, at least in South Korea. The country's Fair Trade Commission called the current refund policies unfair to consumers following complaints from the Citizen's Coalition for Economic Justice.The Mac Observer Spin: An easier App Store refund process sounds like a great idea, but there might be fewer refunds overall if Apple would give us a proper try before you buy option like developers have been offering outside of the company's system for years.

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: 'Rather naive'

Driven by promotions & 16 new carriers, Apple seen selling 36.5M iPhones in June quarter (AppleInsider)

Some analyst throws around random numbers about how many iPhones Apple will sell. It won't matter when this guy is off by several million units;...

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05:59
Google’s co-founders on how the company differs from...

In a ‘fireside chat’ with leading venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin discuss everything from the moment they nearly sold the company to why they are cautious about moving into health technology. One interesting angle for Apple fans was how the two contrasted their approach to that of Apple.
Brin – who runs Google X – said that the experimental wing of the company was about making a number of bets and hoping that some of them paid off.

From my perspective – running Google X – that’s my job, is to invest in a number of opportunities, each one of which may be a big bet. [...]
If you look at the self-driving cars, for example, I hope that that could really transform transportation around the world [but] it’s got many technical and policy risks. But if you are willing to make a number of bets like that, you’ve got to hope that some of them will pay off.

Page contrasted this approach with Apple, which focuses on a very...

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05:35
iPad plays critical role in Multiple Sclerosis...

The Cleveland Clinic has developed a series of tests that measure a variety of factors identified with Multiple Sclerosis. The data is gathered on an iPad. Groundbreaking.
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05:33
Apple ordered to change App Store terms, refunds in...

Apple and Google were both ordered to change “unfair provisions” in their app stores by the Korea Fair Trade Commission, the Korea Herald reports. Among those provisions to be revised is Apple’s App Store refund policy — currently, each refund request is reviewed before approval from Apple. ‘‘We expect…

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05:30
TSA to require electronics on international flights...

If you're an American who plans to travel overseas, charge your iPhone and other electronic devices before you hit the Airport. The TSA has made some changes that could allow them to confiscate a device that can't be turned on. A recent press release...

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05:21
Skype 5.2 for iPhone brings back missing voice...



Skype rolled out a major redesign from the ground up to its iPhone app last month with feature improvements like in-app banner notifications and greatly improved message statuses across versions of the software, but regular Skype users were quick to note that the update initially lacked support for voice messages. Voice messages simply...

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05:21
New TSA rule requires you to charge your device...

A news story you’ll see bouncing around the blogs this morning says you’ll need to charge your devices before you can get through security. In other words, make sure your phone can boot or you’ll have to leave it behind.

Close, but not quite right.
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05:20
iPhone 6 May See Only Modest Battery Capacity Boost...

A recent survey suggests consumers are looking forward to improved battery life as well as a bigger screen in the iPhone 6. But according to Chinese media reports (via GforGames), Apple's next-generation iPhone may disappoint with a lower-than-expected battery capacity that will provide only a slight boost from the battery used in the iPhone 5s. Chinese media sources claim the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 will ship with a battery between 1,800 and 1,900 mAh, while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will include a 2,500 mAh battery. Though larger than the 1,560 mAh battery in the iPhone 5s, these modest capacity increases place Apple behind...

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05:18
Apple Hires Patrick Pruniaux from Swiss Watch Maker...

Apple hired yet another retail expert recently, this time from the high end watch maker Tag Heuer. The iPhone and iPad maker brought on board the company's vice president for sales Patrick Pruniaux and his fist official day at his new job is Monday.The Mac Observer Spin: It doesn't matter if Mr. Pruniaux was hired to be part of the retail team or the rumored iWatch project. Apple has been on a hiring spree bringing on board top-notch people and is driving home the idea that it is very serious about what it is working on. Other tech companies should be very worried.

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05:11
Join us for Tuesday’s webinar: Tips for searching...

What’s the best way to search Outlook? Do you just type a word and press Enter? That works pretty well, but we’ll show you some Outlook search tips and tricks that work even better. Join us Tuesday, when we’ll cover how to quickly narrow your search with search tools, how to narrow using search syntax, how to search for attachments, and more.
We start our Office 15-Minute Webinar at 9:15 am Pacific Time, with a Q&A to follow. Click the link below or go to http://aka.ms/offweb for more information on how to join the series.
Join the webinar
https://join.microsoft.com/meet/dougt/F274WBQZ
If you are on Windows 7 or Windows 8, you will join via the free Lync Web App. For other computers, you may...

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05:10
Hon Hai's Plan to Hire 100,000 Workers for...

Apple, which outsources assembly of iPhones and iPads to Foxconn, accounts for about 48 percent of Hon Hai’s revenue, according to Bloomberg Industries. Foxconn’s Chairman Terry Gou recently urged shareholders to have patience as Hon Hai's sales slow. Foxconn, the key iPhone manufacturer for Apple, and China’s largest private employer, also plans to boost investment in robotics and add more high-skilled positions as Gou strives to meet his goal for profit growth of 10 percent. This tidbit of information about robot investment somehow has led to the latest rumor about the iPhone 6 being made with robots. A contradictory report out of China today puts that rumor into question.

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04:56
Foxconn to use robots in iPhone production

According to a report from IThome.com, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou announced at a recent shareholder meeting that new manufacturing robots are in the final testing stage. The first company to take advantage of the new robots’ capabilities will be Apple, presumably for the iPhone 6. Called “Foxbots,” these robots…

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04:28
Capture One Pro 7.2.3.29 - RAW workflow software. (...

Capture One Pro is professional RAW converter and image editing software. It contains all the essential tools and high-end features in one package to enable you to capture, organize, edit, share, and print images in a fast, flexible, and efficient workflow. Capture One Pro's powerful and intuitive toolset is used by professional photographers to achieve world-class image quality, excellent colors and details. Capture One Pro features the leading tethered capture solution, multiple output files from each conversion, an advanced color editor, local adjustments, lens and unique perspective corrections, standard setting black-and-white conversion, openCL support, noise reduction, and hand-made color and camera profiles for more than 200 cameras. With the highest conversion quality available today, and a workflow that has been praised worldwide, Capture One Pro has clearly set the standard for RAW conversion software. Capture One Pro enables you to create amazing...

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04:15
Washington Post rolls out secure, Tor-based...

The Washington Post is taking steps to isolate their sources from their normal means of data collection, protecting both the Post and the source from any audits that might pick up their IP address or other identifying information.

Nearly all digital communications can leave a trail. The Washington Post’s SecureDrop is designed to minimize these digital trails using best practices, such as…

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04:00
Giveaway: LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt SSD Drive

Don't you just love getting stuff for free? Especially computer stuff? Especially computer stuff that's fast and rugged? If you do, you're going to love this giveaway, as one TUAW reader is going to walk away with a LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt...

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03:46
Analysts predicting Apple will beat its Q3 guidance...

Yep, it’s that time of the quarter again, when we start hearing analyst predictions for Apple’s quarterly earnings. Asymco analyst Horace Dediu has just tweeted his, forecasting that Apple will hit $38.2B revenue, above the company’s guidance of $36-38M. Wells Fargo’s Maynard Um recently predicted the exact same number … 
Dediu is expecting both iPhone and iPad sales to be significantly up year-on-year, iPhone sales at 33.7M versus 31.2 in the same quarter last year, and iPad at 16M against 14.6M in 2013. Mac sales will, he thinks, be slightly down – while iPod sales will, unsurprisingly, fall dramatically from 4....

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03:34
High resolution scan of Disneyland prospectus

Boing Boing:

Thanks to an anonymous benefactor, Boing Boing is pleased to present the first-ever look at the original Disneyland prospectus. These extremely high-resolution scans were made from one of the three sets of pitch-documents Roy and Walt Disney used to raise the money to build Disneyland.

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03:15
The latest iOS apps: July 7

Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.
Peter Fischer has announced ClipUp. Originally developed for "on the go" investigative journalists the US$1.99 app is for anyone in need of organizational help, memory assistance and creative inspiration.
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03:02
Consumers want more flexibility when shopping online

Online shoppers want retailers to make it easier to purchase their goods and services, according to comScore (www.comscore.com), a company that "measures the digital world." Consumers also want websites and stores to work better together. For now, they also prefer to evaluate and purchase products from their desktops rather than their mobile devices, and when it comes to shipping and returns “free” is a driving factor to complete the sale.
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02:53
Make sure your electronic devices are charged-up...

If you’re flying (back) to the U.S. from overseas, make sure that all your electronic devices have enough juice left to power-up when you reach airport security, otherwise you won’t be allowed to take them on board due to a new TSA requirement.
The Transportation Security Administration said yesterday that it was requiring certain overseas airports flying directly to U.S. airports to increase security checks on electronic items in response to concerns about new al-Qaida attempts to use them as disguise for bombs.
While the focus appears to be on smartphones, it’s also possible that passengers will be required to power-up tablets and laptops also. Devices that won’t power-up will not be allowed on board, and passengers carrying these devices may be subject to additional screening.
The TSA has not revealed which airports are subject to the new requirements...

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02:50
TSA requires electronic devices to switch on before...

Passengers of some international flights terminating in the United States will face a greater scrutiny of their electronics before being allowed on the airplane. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is putting into force new security rules that requires electronic devices to be able to switch on at the time of the security screening, with devices containing flat batteries unable to be let onboard....

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01:05
Inside App Extensions: Apple opens up social Share...

At WWDC, Apple unveiled a new App Extension architecture for both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Here's how the new feature enables new and existing web services to extend iOS and OS X to support social sharing of documents, websites, photos and other media.

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00:39
Apple ordered to revise App Store refund policy, may...

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission on Sunday ordered Apple and Google to make changes to their respective iOS and Android app stores policies in an effort to make post-purchase refunding more consumer-friendly.

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Sunday July 6

18:49
Foxconn may replace 'iPhone 6' assembly...

During a recent shareholder meeting, president and CEO of Apple partner manufacturer Foxconn said his company plans to roll out robots on assembly lines responsible for products like the iPhone, possibly in time for production of the so-called "iPhone 6."

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17:25
Review: Fugoo Bluetooth speaker

It's rare to find a Bluetooth speaker that can cover a large array of needs. Generally, speakers are wrapped in a desktop convenient device for a small increase in sound or made compact enough to be carried around in lieu of headphones. But what about consumers that are looking for a rugged and waterproof speaker that can handle just about anything while pumping out 360-degree sound? Unfortunately, options were severely limited. A new speaker, the Fugoo, hit the market this year that makes good on all of those promises and then some. Check out what we think about it in our review.......

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17:00
TUAW Talkcast: Exploding Edition!

Ka-booooom! Ka-blammmmm! OOOOOH! AAAAAAAAH!

Our US readers were probably treated to the first two, and said the last two during fireworks shows held coast-to-coast (and of course in Hawaii and Alaska as well!) on Independence Day. Tonight on the...

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16:22
Hands on: Broforce (OS X, Windows)

Occasionally, game developers serve up what could be best described as a "one-note joke" game. A title which sounds good on paper, and for all intents and purposes appears to be a pretty good idea, but ends up being a mediocre release with generic gameplay mechanics, a title that is quickly derided once people realize how extremely shallow it is. While Broforce could certainly fall into the realm of the one-note joke, it manages to tell that joke exceptionally well....

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16:00
Reviews: Fugoo Bluetooth speaker

It's rare to find a Bluetooth speaker that can cover a large array of needs. Generally, speakers are wrapped in a desktop-convenient device form-factor for a small increase in sound or made compact enough to be carried around in lieu of headphones. But what about consumers that are looking for a rugged and waterproof speaker that can handle just about anything while pumping out 360-degree sound? ......

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15:48
Foxconn prepares to replace workers with robots in...

Photo: Thomson Reuters
Foxconn is preparing to enhance its assembly process with a new line of robots, the CEO of the iPhone manufacturer’s parent company said during a shareholder meeting. According to the executive, Apple will be the first company to reap the benefits of the new process, likely indicating that the iPhone 6 will be the first phone to be produced by the new machines.
Each of the planned 10,000 robots will cost the company between $20,000 and $25,000, and will be capable of churning out 300,000 smartphones on average. The machines, which are said to be in the final testing stages now, won’t be available for sale to other companies, according to CEO Terry Gou, as Foxconn will likely not have enough to meet its own needs.
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15:30
Korean Fair Trade Commission rules that Apple must...


Apple has been ordered by the South Korean government to revise its App Store refund policy, the Korea Herald reports. The company’s current policy requires users to submit a request for a refund and have the case reviewed by an Apple employee before a refund will be considered.
The practice was ruled “unfair” by the Fair Trade Commission after numerous requests from the Citizens’ Coalition for Economic Justice. Apple told the Fair Trade Commission that it would create a new, automated refund system for the Korean App Store, and consider rolling the change out worldwide.
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15:00
Apple and Google move computing forward in identical...

Google's Sundar Pichai demonstrates a phone call on your Android phone popping up on your Chromebook.

Google

I attended both Apple and Google's developer conference keynotes last month, and I experienced strong deja vu on more than one occasion. Both companies talked about design and consistency. Both companies talked about improving back-end services. And both companies talked about new initiatives to make stuff on your phone appear seamlessly on your tablet or laptop.
"Users almost always have a smartphone with them, including when they are using a Chromebook," said Google's Sundar Pichai. "So we want to increasingly connect those experiences together, so they have a seamless experience across their devices."
At or around the time the Android L release comes out this fall, this means your phone and your Chromebook are going to be...

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14:25
Foxconn Set to Deploy Robots to Help Assemble the...

At a recent shareholder meeting, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou announced that the company will soon deploy robots to help assemble devices, noting that Apple will be the first company to use the service, reports IT Home (Google Translate, via GSMDome). Named "Foxbots", each robot will be able to assemble an average of 30,000 devices and costs anywhere from $20,000 to $25,000 to make. Gou stated that the assembly devices are undergoing their final testing phase, as Foxconn plans to deploy 10,000 robots to its factories. Foxconn has been Apple's longtime primary partner in assembling its iPhones, iPads, and iPods. In 2011, it was...

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14:06
South Korea's Antitrust Watchdog Orders Apple...

According to a new Korean report this afternoon, the South Korea’s antitrust watchdog said that it had ordered Apple and Google to revise unfair provisions, including the no-refund policy, in operating their mobile application stores. It is the first time that an antitrust body here has taken corrective action against international app store operators.

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13:47
Microsoft's Version of Think Different: A Mood...

Mark Twain once said that truth is stranger than fiction. Well, last week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Microsoft that confirms that very saying. Today Fitbit is duking it out with Samsung's Gear and there's great anticipation regarding Apple's possible entry into the wearables market this fall with a health-related device with advanced biosensors. While Microsoft is considering a smartwatch as well, it now appears that they may want to take a completely different course that's quite eccentric. They've invented a mood changing/health device in the form of a robotic butterfly.

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12:13
Privacy group files complaint with FTC over Facebook...

If Facebook hasn't received enough flak for the emotional study it conducted on its user base, the company could soon face more from regulators. Last week, privacy watchdog group the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over the one week study Facebook conducted in 2012 that manipulated users' news feeds....

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11:07
Apple snatches up TAG Heuer vice president of sales...

Last week, Swiss luxury-watch marker TAG Heuer reportedly lost a key person in their sales division to Apple. In an interview with CNBC, LVMH's head of watch brands Jean-Claude Biver confirmed that the company recently lost an executive to the device manufacturer. Sources confirmed that the executive was vice president of global sales and retail Patrick Pruniaux....

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10:00
Last week's popular articles on TUAW you don...

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

Rumor Roundup: 'Next week'
iPhone...

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07:48
Apple Could Get Dragged into Russia's new...

In April we reported on two stats from Apple's financial conference call regarding Russia. Firstly, is that Russia was in the top five countries for App Store downloads in calendar Q1; secondly, that Apple's business grew 97% in Russia in Q1. Apple opened their online Apple Store in Russia last summer but that could be jeopardized over the next 18 months. Today we've learned that the Russian Parliament has passed a bill ....

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07:00
All the best hardware and app reviews last week on...

Last week was a shorter one with our editors enjoying the Fourth of July holiday. Though we had a few days off, we still were able to take a look at new hardware and apps that made their way into TUAW's virtual office. Here's a quick roundup of these...

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05:28
∞ Leaked Star Wars location footage

[VIDEO] This is really well done.

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04:56
∞ Vinod Khosla interviews Google co-founders Larry...

[VIDEO] Vinod Khosla, one of the founders of Sun Microsystems, interviews Google founders Page and Brin for about forty minutes.

Some good stuff, some obvious stuff, but fascinating to watch them interact, hear them talk about their vision of the future.

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04:33
Consciousness on-off switch discovered deep in brain

Ever wonder what makes you fall asleep, or puts you out when you get anesthesia?

When the team zapped the area with high frequency electrical impulses, the woman lost consciousness. She stopped reading and stared blankly into space, she didn’t respond to auditory or visual commands and her breathing slowed.

Read the rest. Fantastic!
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04:26
LaunchBar 6.0.2

Adds support for Safari History indexing for OS X Yosemite, plus a smattering of improvements and fixes. ($29 new, free update, 10 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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Saturday July 5

19:59
LaunchBar 6.0.2 - Powerful file/URL/email launcher...

LaunchBar is an award-winning productivity utility that offers an amazingly intuitive and efficient way to search and access any kind of information stored on your computer or on the Web. It provides instant access to your applications, documents, contacts, and bookmarks, to your music library, to search engines and more, just by entering short abbreviations of the searched item's name. You just hit Command-Space to bring LaunchBar's input window to front, enter an arbitrary abbreviation, and as soon as you start typing LaunchBar displays the best matching choices, ready to be opened immediately. Start applications, open documents, invoke system services, compose emails, or navigate the Web--LaunchBar will be your essential servant.Version 6.0.2: New Features

  • The "Enter Color" action now supports rebeccapurple (in honor of Rebecca Meyer).
  • Added support for Safari History indexing on OS X Yosemite.
  • Added "Encode to...

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18:40
Briefly: Akvis' Pastel image editor, Popjam kid...

Akvis has announced the release of Pastel, a photo-to-painting image editor available for both Windows and OS X. Offering a variety of presets as well as detailed setting options, users of Pastel can create images that appear as though they are paintings from digital photographs. Its adjustable effect parameters function as an artistic filter, with advanced brush tools that assist in refining the result....

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13:00
Get the all-new Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rules...

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io9:

Wizards of the Coast has released the Basic Rules for the new edition of Dungeons & Dragons as a free PDF right here. The 100-page document details how to make a character, play the game, and covers magic, too.

Specifically, the Basic Rules “covers the core of the game. It runs from levels 1 to 20 and covers the cleric, fighter, rogue, and wizard, presenting what we view as the essential subclass for each. It also provides the dwarf, elf, halfling, and human as race options; in addition, the rules contain 120 spells, 5 backgrounds, and character sheets.”

How many of you will download these rules with no intention of playing but just for old time’s sake? I did.
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13:00
Webcam Iceland provides a nice tour of a place few...

Iceland has always been on my list of places I simply must go to. The spectacular scenery (prominent in some recent films like Oblivion and Prometheus) is something I would like to capture with my own DSLR.

The food, the culture, and the history are...

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11:25
Hands On: Yomi for iPad

Apple's iOS and other mobile platforms have been a subject of derision for not offering deep experiences for gaming, with simplified versions of complex titles being big movers. The tablet came into its own about six months after Jobs' release with titles such as Ticket to Ride and other boardgame experiences, with a bevy of other boardgame releases following. Card games, mostly of the collectible variety are popular, with the recently released Hearthstone by Blizzard taking honors. What about deep card games without a collectible mechanic? Game designer David Sirlin has released Yomi, a genre......

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11:14
Apple signs deal with Saudi bookshop in regional...

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Al Arabiya News:

In the first deal of its kind in the Middle East, Apple has inked an agreement with Saudi bookshop Jarir to supply all Apple products through the outlet, as well as providing an after-sales service.

In an interview with Al Arabiya News Channel, Jarir’s chairman, Mohammad al-Aqeel, said that this agreement will allow the prices of Apple products sold at Jarir branches to be slightly reduced.

The question many ask is, “Why doesn’t Apple open their own retail outlet?” Remember, this kind of “store within a store” idea is what Apple initially did to test the retail concept before the first US Apple Retail Stores opened. They are likely doing the same in the Middle East.
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11:02
I just installed a tool which shows how popular...

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Pando Daily:

Pretty much every page you visit contains at least one piece of tracking code — watching where you click, how long you stay, and how often you come back.

What I didn’t know is how absolutely out of control the number of trackers on popular sites has become. It’s actually horrifying.

I don’t know if it’s “horrifying” but it certainly is instructive what sites do what kind of tracking on your visits.
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11:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- Holiday Weekend...

Here are some of the best free apps and app sales that have landed in the App Store in time for the Independence Day holiday in the US. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now...

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10:31
The app gold rush is well over

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Luc Vandal:

It is now much harder to make it into the market and it requires more planning, financial investment and time. The App Store market is now mature and near 7 years old.

I have spoken with other successful developers and many told me the same: sales are generally down. They are still doing great but there are more and more competitors are also taking a slice of the same pie.

Media attention is also harder to get as they get overwhelmed with review requests and press releases.

Interesting look at the challenges faced by independent developers.
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10:30
$1,099 iMac review: lose 50% of your performance to...

Technically, this is the $1,299 iMac, not that you'd be able to tell the difference.

Andrew Cunningham

Apple's new $1,099 iMac will undoubtedly be a popular computer. People in the know who want the most computing bang for their buck would be smarter to step up to a higher-end model, but there are plenty of people—casual users, schools, businesses—who just want an iMac that's "fast enough," not one that's "as fast as it could possibly be."
For those people, we obtained one of the new entry-level iMacs so we could evaluate its performance. On paper, it sounds like a big step down—you're going from a quad-core desktop processor and GPU to a dual-core Ultrabook processor and GPU. This new iMac and the base MacBook Air models in fact use the exact same processor, even though historically there's been a big performance gap between MacBook Airs and iMacs.
In practice, the story is more complicated. Let's talk about what the new low-end iMac changes,...

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10:18
Review: Parrot Asteroid Smart in-dash head unit with...

Google launched the Open Automotive Alliance in January to put Android in your dashboard to control your phone, just like Apple announced CarPlay as a system to control your iOS device. Parrot's Asteroid Smart doesn't participate in either of these programs, but goes their own way instead.

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09:30
Russia passes law requiring social media data be...

The Russian parliament has passed a law mandating that social networks and other similar services warehouse data on citizens within Russia. The Kremlin calls the new legislation required for citizenry data protection, but worldwide response to the law calls it a violation of Internet principles and troublesome for residents of the country....

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06:30
25 More Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography - 100...

Sandro Cuccia wraps up his series on 100 Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography with this last set of 25 - arguably, the best of the lot!

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06:07
∞ Incredibly beautiful craftsmanship

This is an example of careful handwork. The result is subtle and beautiful.

From Google translate:

I make a brute parquet craftsman, and Honma Noboru.

Blog to introduce handicrafts of Japan world-class “HAND”. It was visited this time, Hakone. This town is surrounded by scenic nature, it is the workshop of Honma Noboru that inherits traditional craft that follows from the late Edo period to “Hakone parquet”. Process which is said to be at least 10 years and, takes to master the technology a series of many complex. Workshop drifting incense tree, the tradition has been spun today.

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05:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Land ho!

Land ho!One of the cases in this week’s roundup brings you a step closer to beautiful shores, while another helps you turn your iPad into a movie-making machine.EtsyThe Mountaineer Map (iPad mini; $44) sports a detailed map of the Ligurian sea, home of some of Italy’s most colorful history and beautiful shores.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:30
iOS 7: Organize Your Music App

Letâs talk about the Music appâs toolbar. Wanna change it? Wanna remove that iTunes Radio icon and put in something that you actually use? Hey, we understand. Thatâs what weâve got for you here in this Quick Tip!

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Friday July 4

20:59
Friday Deals: Fourth of July specials, Disney app...

Welcome to this week's installment of Friday Deals -- oh, and also America's birthday! Every Friday we're going to take a look at sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best bargains on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, but any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy!...

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19:00
Apple warns developers of upcoming wipe of CloudKit...

Apple has notified developers testing the latest iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite betas that it will have to erase the content of all CloudKit databases on July 7, both public and private. While the move will not affect most users, anyone testing the iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library or Mail Drop attachment features of either iOS 8 or OS X 10.10 Yosemite will see any data store there wiped. Photos and videos stored on iOS 8-running devices will be preserved, and re-uploaded after the server-side erasure....

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17:03
ComScore: iOS continuing to grow share against...

According to the latest statistics from ComScore MobilLens and Mobile Metrix, Android remains the most widely-used mobile OS in the US -- but has stagnated in terms of growth, while Apple iOS devices slowly climb. As of the end of May, iOS accounted for 41.9 percent share of US smartphone users, a gain of 0.6 points from the month before. Android overall remained steady at 52.1 percent marketshare, but Apple continued to be the top individual manufacturer....

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15:02
Apple Hires Away TAG Heuer's VP of Global Sales

An anonymous reader writes With Apple rumored to be entering the wearables market this Fall, the company's string of notable hires continues. CNBC is reporting today that Apple recently poached Patrick Pruniaux away from TAG Heuer where he served as the company's VP of global sales for the past five years. TAG Heuer, in case you're unfamiliar, is a Swiss-based manufacturer of luxury watches. Word of the Pruniaux hire comes just shortly after it was discovered that Apple hired the lead software engineer away from Atlas Wearables, a company working on a fitness tracker capable of measuring a plethora of exercise related data. ...

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13:00
Mormon Church to provide 32,000 missionaries with...

There are no shortage of reports detailing the use of iPads in education, but this is something a little bit new. ABC News is reporting that the Mormon Church is planning to provide 32,000 missionaries with iPad minis to help them in their efforts to...

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12:39
Apple to wipe iCloudKit data for iOS 8 and Yosemite...

Apple on Friday sent out letters to developers testing the iOS 8 beta and OS X 10.10 Yosemite Preview, notifying them of an upcoming server-side wipe of all CloudKit databases scheduled for July 7.

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12:22
iLounge Weekly arrives Monday, new July giveaway

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers…

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12:05
Apple Planning to Wipe CloudKit Data for iOS 8 and...

Apple has notified developers of plans for a server-side data wipe on CloudKit public and private databases for both the beta versions iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. The wipe, which will take place on Monday, July 7, will erase data for iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library, and Mail Drop. The wipe comes just a day ahead of the rumored launch date of iOS 8 beta 3 and also the likely launch date of the third Yosemite Developer Preview. Apple commonly seeds early versions of its iOS beta operating systems on roughly two-week intervals, moving on to three-week intervals later in the testing period. OS X beta updates have followed a similar update pattern in the past as well. Apple's second iOS 8 and Yosemite betas came...

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11:33
Apple to wipe all CloudKit data on July 7th,...


Apple has just informed developers that it will be wiping all CloudKit-based data stores on July 7th. This includes iCloud Photo Library, Mail Drop and iCloud Drive. Apple warned developers that this might happen with the release of the first iOS beta and it is not uncommon for wipes to happen several times during iOS and OS X beta cycles.
Dear Developer,
We will be performing a server-side data wipe on all CloudKit public and private databases for iOS 8 beta and OS X Yosemite Developer Preview users on July 7, 2014. The following iCloud features will be affected: iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library, and Mail Drop.
Photos and videos stored in iCloud Photo Library will remain on their original iOS 8 devices and will upload to iCloud Photo Library again automatically. iCloud Drive can be re-enabled from Set up Assistant after upgrade. If you choose to store your documents in iCloud Drive, your...

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11:10
New service bypasses Apple’s Activation Lock theft...

A new service from smartphone unlocking company ChronicUnlocks is offering iPhone users the ability to remove Apple’s Activation Lock security feature that the company first introduced in iOS 7.
Activation Lock, a security feature that Apple first announced alongside iOS 7, is supposed to be a theft deterrent by making it harder for lost and stolen devices to be reactivated on the second hand market. The feature accomplishes this by linking a device’s activation to the user’s iCloud account. Since its launch Activation Lock has been credited by police as helping reduce iPhone theft in some cities, but...

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11:00
Apogee Duet and Quartet audio interfaces for Mac and...

Apogee's Duet (US$495) and Quartet ($1395) are the respective steps up from Apogee's ONE, a single input interface with a built-in condenser mic. You can check out the review of the ONE here, but suffice to say it's a high-quality interface for those...

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10:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps and app...

Here are some of the best free apps and app sales that have landed in the App Store in time for the Independence Day holiday in the US. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now...

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09:30
Apple hires away TAG Heuer's VP of Global Sales

With Apple rumored to be entering the wearables market this Fall, the company's string of notable hires continues. CNBC is reporting today that Apple recently poached Patrick Pruniaux away from TAG Heuer where he served as the company's VP of global...

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08:27
Finland's PM Blames Apple's Success for...

Last month 46 year old Alexander Stubb became the Prime Minister of Finland. He was formerly the Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade from 2011 to 2014. As Prime Minister and someone who thoroughly understands economics and foreign trade, it was disturbing to read that he actually blamed Steve Jobs for killing Finland's economy. Finland is now undergoing its worst financial crisis in more than 20 years.

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08:14
Swiss watch exec leaves for Apple iWatch opportunity...

[VIDEO] CNBC:

Apple has hired the sales director of luxury Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer to help with the launch of its new iWatch, as the technology group intend on using the prestigious “Swiss made” label to market its new gadget, the head of LVMH’s watch brands Jean-Claude Biver told CNBC.

Check out the video in the original post, in which Biver talks about the importance of talent. I think Biver has the right attitude here. He regrets losing a talented person, but he recognizes the value in moving on for a better opportunity.
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08:00
Celebrate the 4th with slow motion fireworks...

On July 4th the United States celebrates Independence Day, and there isn't much news to report. Hot dogs are cooking, families are gathering, and people are watching Netflix. It's a party! So, in keeping with the spirit of the holiday, we present you...

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07:54
Forums: Blu-ray player vs. iPad with Apple TV

This week in the MacNN forums, members debate which is better, a Blu-ray player or an iPad with Apple TV after Junior Member "phkc070408" stated that they are considering buying an Apple TV and simply downloading and streaming content from iTunes rather than getting a Blu-ray player. Forum-goers discuss ways to assist Forum Regular "Harvey" with his iMac after he reported that his screen went black....

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07:53
Apple Deals: MacBook Airs from $719

Right now, Apple's online store has a variety of refurbished MacBook Air models on sale starting at $719 for the 11.6-inch MBA with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. A $420 discount drops the price on the 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage down to $779....

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07:51
DealNN: Chromebox, HDTVs, iMacs and more

Currently, Amazon is offering the Asus Chromebox desktop PC bundled with a wireless keyboard and mouse for $379 with free US shipping. That is $20 less than the list price of $399, and $30 less than buying this Chromebox configuration alone anywhere else. The unit features a 1.7GHz Intel i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, 16GB of solid state storage and runs Chrome OS....

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07:37
Apple hires Patrick Pruniaux, VP of Tag Heuer Sales...


Earlier today, the CEO of Tag Heuer revealed to CNBC that Apple has hired one of the watch-makers sales directors. However, the company did not announce the name of this “director” or the person’s exact position. A source directly familiar with the Apple hire confirmed that the Cupertino-based company hired Patrick Pruniaux late last month. Pruniaux is not just any “Sales Director:” he was the Vice President of Sales and Retail, a major loss for Tag Heuer and a significant hire for Apple in the run up the launch of the Apple smart watch in October. Pruniaux is pictured in the photo above (second person from the right), and his LinkedIn profile reveals his impressive work in jewelry and watch marketing:...

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07:16
Independence Day sales hit the App Store with Motion...

iOS gamers can turn their Apple TV into a Wii for free during this long weekend with Motion Tennis for Apple TV, or fight tyrants and titans for half off in the Infinity Blade franchise, while parents can keep their children occupied on the cheap with Disney's 85 percent off sale.

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06:34
Review: Transcend’s JetDrives add whopping 240-960GB...


See that little $190 daughter card up there^? It houses...

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06:33
Holy Toledo, 32,000 Mormon Missionaries to get iPad...

Well I don't know about Toledo, but Salt Lake City's Mormon Church in Utah is moving forward with its plan to arm missionaries with iPad minis and broaden their proselytizing to social media. A test program that began last fall with 6,500 missionaries serving in the United States and Japan went well, prompting the initiative's expansion, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a news release this week.

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06:24
Apple signs its first retail deal in Saudi Arabia


Less than two months after the Saudi Arabia government cleared Apple to begin marketing products and officially operate in the region, Apple has struck a sales deal with major Saudi Arabia-based retailer Jarir Bookstore. The deal includes both official sales inside of the Jarir retail stores as well as technical support for the products. Previously, Jarir had to use third-party means to secure its supply of Apple products, but now with Apple officially providing product supply, costs will go down for both the Bookstore and its customers...

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06:10
TurboTax 2013.r28.001 - Manage your 2013 U.S. taxes...

TurboTax guides you through your tax return step by step, does all the calculations, and checks your return for errors and overlooked deductions. It lets you file your return electronically to get your refund faster or prints IRS-approved forms on plain paper. Plus, TurboTax has more money-saving advice. It provides easy access to official IRS publications, Money Magazine's Income Tax Handbook, comprehensive Tax Planners, expert video clips, and more.Version 2013.r28.001: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

  • OS X 10.6.8 or later

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06:01
Happy 4th of July from O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!


The staff at O’Grady’s PowerPage wishes you a safe and happy Fourth of July, complete with friends, family, fireworks, tasty food, barbecue, sports and the chance to put down your Macs and devices for a bit and enjoy an amazing holiday.
Swing back on Monday and we’ll have the latest news as to what’s happening in the Mac and iOS mobile world.
Until then, have an amazing Fourth of July!!!

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05:52
Apple reaches accord with Saudi Arabian retailer to...

Consumers in Saudi Arabia will soon have a more direct link to Apple, as the iPhone maker has agreed to a deal with major book and electronics retailer Jarir Bookstore that will see the chain carry Apple's full product lineup and service customers.

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05:43
TAG Heuer Sales Director Joins Apple in Run-Up to...

Apple appears to have made another important iWatch-related hire as the device's rumored debut approaches, with CNBC reporting that the company has poached the sales director of luxury watch brand TAG Heuer. The hiring was revealed by Jean-Claude Biver, head of Jewelry and Watches at TAG Heuer's parent company LVMH. Biver had claimed earlier this year that Apple had been trying to hire some of his employees but at that point none of them had agreed to join Apple.Biver said the watchmaker's sales director left as recently as last week, "to take a contract with Apple" in order to launch the iWatch. LVMH owns Swiss watchmakers TAG Heuer, Hublot and Zenith. [...] Biver said he was happy for the employee as the new role represents a great opportunity for him. "If it had been a direct competitor, I would have felt...

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05:40
Apple Hires TAG Heuer's Sales Director to...

It was reported on CNBC this morning that Apple has hired the sales director of luxury Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer to help with the launch of its new iWatch. Apple intends on using the prestigious "Swiss made" label to market its new gadget, according to the head of LVMH's watch brands Jean-Claude Biver.

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05:31
Apple hires TAG Heuer exec, reportedly plans to...

CNBC news reports that Apple has hired the sales director of luxury Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer to work with the company on the launch of the iWatch, according to a statement from Jean-Claude Biver, head of TAG Heuer’s parent company. Biver notes that Apple reportedly plans to use…

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05:31
BMW 3D prints new thumbs for factory workers

The Guardian:

German car manufacturer BMW has turned to 3D printing to physically augment its car-plant workers, giving them stronger, augmented thumbs.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:26
Finland Prime Minister: Steve Jobs took our jobs

This article was translated from Swedish using Google Translate.

After the financial crisis of 2008, the country has not recovered.

“We had two pillars that supported us. Nalle Wahlroos described it pretty well when he said that iPhone struck down Nokia and iPad hit the forest industry. “

So Steve Jobs struck Finland?

“Yes, Steve Jobs took our jobs,” said Alexander Stubb.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Qwerty

QwertyIn this week’s roundup of new iPhone cases, you’ll find a number of products that offer built-in stands, a protective accessory that brings hardware keys to your phone, and a even weapon from your favorite anime show.BoxwaveThe Keyboard Buddy (iPhone 5 and 5s; $72) comes with a fully integrated Bluetooth keyboard that works alongside your handset’s touch screen.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:07
Google reinstates ‘forgotten’ links after pressure

BBC:

After widespread criticism, Google has begun reinstating some links it had earlier removed under the controversial “right to be forgotten” ruling.

Articles posted online by the Guardian newspaper were removed earlier this week, but have now returned fully to the search engine.

Google has defended its actions, saying that it was a “difficult” process.

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04:39
Google Drive 1.16.6866.4367 - Access Google Drive...

Google Drive is a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you're working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé, or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs, and beyond. With Google Drive, you can:

  • Create and collaborate. Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Once you choose to share content with others, you can add and reply to comments on anything (PDF, image, video file, etc.) and receive notifications when other people comment on shared items.
  • Store everything safely and access it anywhere (especially while on the go). All your stuff is just... there. You can access your stuff from anywhere--on the Web, in your home, at the...

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04:31
Apple hires sales director of Swiss watch maker TAG...

The sales director of luxury watch maker TAG Heuer, which also owns the brands Hublot and Zenith, has reportedly left the company to assist Apple in the anticipated launch of its rumored "iWatch" this fall.

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04:28
Music streaming up 42%, track sales down 13%

TechCrunch:

Nielsen’s U.S. music report on the first half of 2014 shows digital music consumption rapidly shifting from downloads to streaming. On-demand streaming was up 42% over the first half of 2013, racking up 70 billion play in the first half of 2014. Meanwhile, digital track sales fell 13% to 593.6 million and album sales fell 11.6% to 53.8 million. The report on US trends (not international) makes Apple’s acquisition of Beats looks smart, as its iTunes download sales model is quickly dying out. As a whole, dismal digital and physical sales dragged total music sales plus streaming industry down 3.3%.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:28
iWatch “an opportunity for high-end watch brands”...

CNBC reports that Apple has hired the sales director of luxury Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer for an iWatch marketing role. The hire was reportedly confirmed by the head of the parent company’s watch brands, Jean-Claude Biver.

Biver said the watchmaker’s sales director left as recently as last week, “to take a contract with Apple” in order to launch the iWatch. LVMH owns Swiss watchmakers TAG Heuer, Hublot and Zenith …


Analysts say that Apple has tried to hire a number of execs from luxury Swiss watchmakers, without much previous success.
Senior luxury goods analyst at Bernstein, Mario Ortelli says that while the iWatch poses a...

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04:18
Following Apple's Beats Music buy, new data...

The latest data from Nielsen shows that sales of digital albums are down 11.6 percent, while purchases of individual tracks are down 13 percent, as on-demand streaming audio has surged 50.1 percent, helping to provide some insight into why Apple purchased Beats Music.

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04:00
Happy Independence Day from iLounge!

As our U.S.-based editors are celebrating Independence Day, iLounge will be on a limited publishing schedule today. A very happy Fourth of July to our U.S. readers. We’ll return to our normal schedule next week.

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04:00
FunBITS: Blek Is a Curvy Challenge for iPhone and...

Blek is a minimalistic puzzle game based on calligraphy that will often leave you flummoxed. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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04:00
Happy U.S. Independence Day

In honor of Independence Day - a U.S. holiday - The Mac Observer is taking off Friday, July 4th. We will return on Monday, July 7th, with our regularly-scheduled Apple, Mac, iPad and iPhone news. Enjoy the holiday!

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03:19
Apple Looks to Expand Sales in Saudi Arabia with new...

In the first deal of its kind in the Middle East, Apple has inked an agreement with Saudi ...

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03:18
Decline of music downloads continues as on-demand...

Apple’s presumed plans for an on-demand music service as part of its Beats acquisition is looking increasingly well-timed as Nielsen data shows that U.S. on-demand music consumption climbed 50.1 percent year-on-year, while music downloads fell by 12 percent in the same timeframe.

“With On-Demand streams surpassing 70 billion songs in the first six months of 2014, streaming continues to be an increasingly significant portion of the music industry,” says David Bakula, SVP Nielsen Entertainment …


Sales of individual tracks fell by 13 percent, with album downloads down 11.6 percent (giving a 12 percent overall average fall when an album is treated as ten tracks).

Morgan Stanley...

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03:08
Have a great Independence Day

To celebrate the Fourth of July holiday here in the U.S., MacTech and MacNews will be closed today. But we'll be back on our regular schedule as of Friday, July 5.

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02:48
Verizon rumored to add LTE to prepaid Allset plans...

Verizon is getting close to providing its prepaid customers with LTE service, with an upgrade scheduled for later this month, according to a report. The company's Allset prepaid plans, launched in March, will allegedly start to use the company's 4G LTE network from July 17th, providing customers using the 3G-only service a considerable speed boost....

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Thursday July 3

23:17
Inside App Extensions: Apple, Inc's new Widgets...

At WWDC, Apple unveiled a new App Extension architecture for both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Here's how the new extensions enable a new type of widgets in Notification Center for both platforms, along with enabling third party Custom Keyboards for iOS.

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20:53
Mormon church to put iPad minis in the hands of 32,...


The Mormon church has announced plans to issue 32,000 iPad minis to its missionaries by early 2015, ABC News reports. The church hopes that these devices will enable a new generation of social media outreach. That figure represents about 36% of active Mormon missionaries throughout the world (currently around 86,000).
Those 32,000 iPads won’t only be deployed in the United States. The current plan involves rolling the device out in Canada, parts of Europe, and Japan in the same time frame. Missionaries in developed countries will be responsible for the $399 cost of the device, and will get to keep the iPad even after their ministry is finished. Those who can’t afford the price tag...

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20:02
Pond's 'Stream' case brings MFi-...

Announced by small tech firm Devant earlier this week, the Pond Wireless ecosystem of products looks to bring Qi wireless charging to Apple's iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s with a "Made for iPhone" charging case, tray and fob adapter.

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19:48
Patently Apple Wishes You a Happy Independence Day
19:39
UK agency calls Dungeon Keeper 'free-to-play...

It appears that regulators are catching onto the idea that Electronic Art's (EA) Dungeon Keeper mobile game isn't really what could be considered a "free-to-play" game. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), an independent regulator of ads in the UK, ruled this week that ads promoting the game as free-to-play must not appear in the future....

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18:21
MarsEdit 3.6.5 - Quick and convenient blog editor. (...

MarsEdit is a blog editor for OS X that makes editing your blog like writing email, with spell-checking, drafts, multiple windows, and even AppleScript support. It works with with most blog services including WordPress, Blogger, Drupal, Movable Type, TypePad, and many others.Version 3.6.5:

  • Restore functionality for Flickr after recent API changes
  • Fix a crash that could occur on some systems while trying to locate the Growl framework
  • Fix a bug where blank document windows were sometimes opened upon launching

OS X 10.6 or laterDownload Now

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17:49
Briefly: Pioneer DJ's Rekordbox update, Week...

Pioneer has announced the release of an updated version of Rekordbox for OS X, its digital music management software. Rekordbox is designed for DJing, and allows users to export tracks and playlists to USB devices and the Rekordbox app. During a DJing session, performance history is automatically saved, and after a set the user can review and prepare for a future performance by adding comments and ratings to an old set....

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17:00
Original Mac team member boots up Mac 512K stored...

Chris Espinosa was a member of the original Mac team and is still an Apple employee -- with badge number 8! Yesterday he won the Internet with a series of photos on Imgur showing a Mac 512K that had been in storage for 30 years booting up as if it...

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16:58
No-IP domains returned without comment by Microsoft

Following Microsoft's seizure of dynamic DNS service No-IP domains on a claim that some were spreading malware, many customers' paid and free connections were no longer functioning. Many of these services have been restored tonight, as Microsoft has begun the process of returning domains to No-IP. As of this evening, all of the seized domains have been returned to the service, with .org redirect restoration waiting on the .org registrar to act. Not all DNS services have been updated, but Electronista can confirm that Verizon FiOS, Google, and OpenDNS are all resolving properly.......

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16:00
Mythbuster Adam Savage on how to make stopmotion...

Adam Savage is no stranger to mixing science with whimsy. With his hit show Mythbusters, he and partner Jamie Hyneman have tackled everything from shark attacks to death rays. Of course, that show can't film all the time. To fill the other hours in...

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15:39
Android Wear gives us a glimpse at what home...


Home automation, a category more broadly referred to as the “internet of things,” is almost surely going to be a large and growing market in the coming years. And while Apple’s recently announced entry is the forthcoming HomeKit platform, Google has yet to announce anything exactly equivalent. At I/O 2014, however, Google did announce its plan for Nest, and shed much more light on its Android Wear smartwatch operating system.
...

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15:00
Samsung calls iPhone users "wall huggers"...

Samsung today released a new attack ad focusing on shortcomings in the iPhone's battery life. The commercial takes on a humorous, if not whimsical, tone as it shows us a few scenes -- which all take place in an airport -- of people dealing with the...

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14:49
Apple Continues to Trounce Samsung in Smartphone...

A new set of stats from a comScore report published today finds the latest trends in the U.S. smartphone industry for May 2014. According to comScore, Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 41.9 percent OEM market share. While Google's Android took ...

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14:37
Rumor: Microsoft's Smart Band Will Play Well...


Microsoft is said to be preparing the launch of a wearable fitness device that will be compatible with the iOS and Android platforms, as well as Windows Phone. While the device likely will display the time, along with notifications from the user's smartphone, the form factor is expected to be a wristband rather than a smartwatch. The band reportedly will function mainly as a fitness tracker, recording the number of steps the wearer has taken, calories burned, heart rate and so on.

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14:00
Spotify updates with new iPhone controls in time for...

Spotify has been unleashing a slew of new updates this week. A few days ago they introduced a new redesign and the ability to search for downloaded music when users are offline. Now they've improved the way the iPhone and your computer interact with...

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13:44
Xsan: Unable to enable case insensitivity on a...

Xsan 2.3 introduces the ability to create case insensitive volumes. You can also change case sensitivity after you create a volume.
Read more: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4793

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13:41
Xsan 2.3 or later: Deactivating a storage pool (...

It may be necessary to deactivate (down) an Xsan data storage pool in a volume, but retain access to data on other storage pools within the volume. You may need to do this if there is a LUN issue in an Xsan storage pool and Xsan clients are unable to mount the Xsan volume, for example.
Read more: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4656

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13:39
Apple's iOS gains ground on Android in US as...

For the three months ending in May, Apple's iPhone grew its dominating lead as the top U.S. smartphone, while iOS gained ground on Google's Android, says research firm comScore.

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13:34
Gmail

 July 3, 2014 2:34:00 PM PDTThe problem with Gmail should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better.Affected users received an error 500 message when attempting to access the Gmail web service. July 3, 2014 2:27:00 PM PDTGmail service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change. July 3, 2014 1:53:00 PM PDTWe're investigating reports of an issue with Gmail. We will provide more information shortly.

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13:15
Latest iPhone 6 renders compare potential gold,...


Yesterday we posted some gorgeous iPhone 6 renders, and today some fresh renders, first highlighted by The Tech Block, that compare the next-generation iPhone’s potential gold, space gray, and silver/white designs have appeared online. You should check out the full gallery below, it’s probably the closest look you’ll get at Apple’s iPhone 6 marketing slides until the first half of September.

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13:00
Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake, and I'm ok with...

It's rare that a game can be charming enough to turn an otherwise very standard gameplay idea into something worth $4.99, but that's just what Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake manages to do. The game is all about puzzles, but without introducing any...

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12:58
Briefly: Spotify iOS app update, Mophie's 64GB...

Music streaming service Spotify has updated its iOS app, adding new features for iPhone users. Spotify allows users to search for any track, artist or album, make and share playlists, and build a preferred music collection. The release of v1.4 features a Play Queue for iPhone, and a new confirmation for avoid duplicates in a playlist. Within the Your Music section, users can now sort and filter music in their Spotify collection. Free to download, Spotify's iOS app can be found through the iTunes App Store....

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12:55
Judge bars Apple from using terms like 'patent...

Apple must avoid using terms like "patent troll," "privateer," or "bandit" in its defense against a patent lawsuit from GPNE Corp., according to a pre-trial ruling by US District Judge Lucy Koh. The company will also be blocked from using terms like "shakedown" or "playing the lawsuit lottery." Koh argues that such expressions could potentially confuse or bias the jury, which is set to decide whether Apple violated data transmission patents reaching back to 1996....

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12:41
Apple Expected to Announce iPhone 6 in Early...

Rumors and past release date info have thus far pointed towards a September launch date for the iPhone 6, which has now been confirmed by a reliable source that spoke to MacRumors. Mass shipments of the iPhone 6 from China to the United States are expected to occur during the last two weeks of August and it is likely that Apple will announce the iPhone 6 during the first or second weeks of September. The first deliveries of the device will come later in the month on a corresponding Friday, roughly a week and a half after the event. iPhone 6 render by Tomas Moyano and Nicolas Aichino An early September event is in line with previous rumors and with the event dates of the last two iPhone generations. The iPhone 5...

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12:17
New Samsung Galaxy S5 ad attacks iPhone's need...

Samsung has released a new TV ad (below) for the Galaxy S5, comparing it against the iPhone in terms of battery life. iPhone owners are depicted as "wall huggers," forced to constantly hunt for outlets at spaces like airports due to only being able to go a few hours on a charge. On the other side of the coin the ad touts the S5's removable battery, and its "ultra power saving mode," which disables non-essential functions and can allow the phone to run for a full day with just 10 percent power left....

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12:15
Apple Wants to Gobble Up Your Memories in iCloud

Apple's movement away from iPhoto and Aperture suggests that the company wants to restructure your life. Keeping your own photos organized and backed up, with selected images posted to photo services, is declared obsolete. But is iCloud the right place for all your photos?

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12:02
Twitter Shanghaied Email Notifications - Here’s How...

Twitter recently rejiggered notifications, a more direct way to monitor replies or retweets or other activity in your timeline if you aren't constanty connected to Twitter. Since Twitter's default "Tailored for you" is mysterious at best and useless at worst, Kelly explains how to un-Shanghai the new preferences.

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12:00
iPhone accounts for nearly 50% of UK smartphone web...

A new research report put together by Chitika finds that nearly half of all smartphone web traffic in the UK emanates from iPhones. Specifically, the report notes that as of June 2014, 48.9% of UK web traffic can be traced back to the iPhone,...

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11:56
Coffee Engineers: Apple Needs You [Update]

There's more than one way to work at Apple. A job listing at the company's website said the company is looking to hire a full time "iCup Technician." There's no coding required, but "some computer skills" are required.

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11:43
Civil Liberties Board Takes Heat for NSA Spying...


The U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has come under fire for its latest report on NSA surveillance. The report essentially says collection of information under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act "has been valuable and effective in protecting the nation's security and producing useful foreign intelligence." However, because certain aspects of its implementation pertaining to surveillance of U.S. citizens have raised privacy concerns, the board has listed 10 policy recommendations to strengthen safeguards.

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11:41
Apple begins selling unlocked iPads in Japan

Apple confirmed today that it has released an unlocked variant of its cellular iPad in Japan allowing users to buy the device and use it with their carrier of choice.
The new iPads will be available through Apple retail stores in the country as well as through Apple’s online store. In addition to picking between local carriers, it will also allow users to use their iPads with SIM cards for other carriers when traveling abroad. The carrier unlocked iPads are available for both cellular iPad Air and iPad mini models.
Previously Apple sold cellular iPads through retail stores in the country with SIM cards locked to one of various supported carriers such as SoftBank and NTT Docomo.Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple,...

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11:30
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

Favorited [OS X; Now...

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11:24
Desperate Samsung Kicks the iPhone's Battery...

In late June we reported that Samsung's CFO Admitted Publicly that their 2nd Quarter wasn't going good. That's something we figured out a long time ago considering that the Samsung S5 is a dud and that Korean Security Firms had gone negative on Samsung. The iPhone's web traffic in the US and in Britain clearly show that Apple's iPhone users are the world's most productive people despite the fact that the iPhone doesn't have the best battery life. Yet if Samsung's new ad ...

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11:05
Sunrise Calendar comes to Mac, gets unique offline...

Developer Sunrise Atelier has released the first Mac version of its signature title, Sunrise Calendar. The software is functionally similar to its iOS and Android counterparts -- mixing and matching content from sources like Google, iCloud, and Facebook -- but has some platform-specific features. These include an offline mode, and native OS X notifications....

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11:00
Office 365 news round-up

“Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.”  That was the news flash reported by Popular Mechanics in 1949. Twenty-eight years later, on the brink of the PC revolution, Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC), a company that manufactured big mainframe computers for business, had another prediction: “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”
Trying to predict the future is always tricky. Things change. And when it comes to technology, they often change rapidly. (When Popular Mechanics made its now laughable forecast about the future of computing, neither the transistor nor the microchip had been invented and the march toward...

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11:00
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is massive in all the...

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is not the kind of game you're likely to play in short bursts -- which is probably why the Monster Hunter franchise didn't make the trip to iOS devices sooner -- but that doesn't mean it's not a fantastic gaming...

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10:55
The Northern Spy: gone phishing

By Rick Sutcliffe
This month's column will be short but not entirely sweet. Following much ado about something in the two columns filed here from WWDC, the Spy has less to say this month, but that is not to suggest it has been a slow time.
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10:30
Daily Deals for July 3, 2014, featuring The Walking...

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

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10:29
Apple Still Eyeing a Foldable iPod Touch/iPhone Case...

On July 3, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their continuing work on an iPod touch/iPhone case. Apple received a granted patent for this particular design back in March. It was originally filed with USPTO in January 2010. The thrust of the patent is about Apple's original iPad cover/case that was replaced with their Smart Cover and Smart Case. Now Apple is back at this invention and the question is why? Secondly, we discovered a patent application today covering testing processes of "small articles."

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10:08
Samsung's latest Apple-targeting ad slams...

Samsung on Thursday took its latest shot at Apple, in a new minute-long advertisement that refers to iPhone users as "wall huggers," suggesting they're constantly tethered to an outlet to keep their handset charged.

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10:03
Apps: 120 Sports, Civilization Revolution 2, Health...

The new 120 Sports app from the company of the same name is a new player in the world of sports coverage. A free app that requires no cable subscription, 120 Sports offers highlights and discussion of major sports leagues. 120 Sports claims to show “8+ hours of live…

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09:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Revolution, too!

Revolution, too!The game Civilization Revolution is back on iOS with a sequel. Other apps let you compare wines, get shopping deals, and better organize your photos.Civilization Revolution 2The $15 Civilization Revolution 2 for iOS has more of what made its predecessor so popular as a strategy game: more military might to send against your enemies, more kinds of buildings to build and technology to apply to your growing empire, and more “scenario challenges” to let you re-enact key moments from history.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:00
Crowdfunding Roundup: Four for the Fourth

Every week, TUAW provides readers with an update on new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects in the news. While our policy is to not go into detail on items that haven't reached at least 80 percent of their funding goal, this update is...

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09:52
∞ New Samsung ad brought to you by BlackBerry

Now Samsung are calling iPhone owners “Wall Huggers,” a phrase first used by BlackBerry CEO John Chen, as Jordan Khan points out. Really, stealing from BlackBerry?

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09:48
Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order...

Today's deal is for The Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order) from Bitfountain, a $998 developer course that you can preorder through our deal for $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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09:36
VMware Fusion 6.0.4 - Run Windows apps alongside Mac...

VMware Fusion allows you to create a Virtual Machine on your Mac and run Windows (including Windows 8.1) and Windows software on your Mac. Run your favorite Windows applications alongside Mac applications without rebooting. Whether you would like to run Windows XP, Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on a Mac, the VMware Fusion easy install feature will get you up and running in no time. With the ability to run Windows-only applications like Microsoft Project, Access and Internet Explorer, VMware Fusion turns your Mac into the ultimate computer for compatibility. Version 6 is optimized for the latest Macs and ready for OS X Mavericks and Windows 8.1 to deliver the ultimate Windows on Mac experience. The new VMware Fusion 6.0 Professional version adds the following:

  • Create restricted virtual machines
  • Create expiring virtual machines
  • Create linked clones
  • ...

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09:35
Samsung Bashes iPhone Battery Life, Calls Users...

Samsung today released a new ad for its Galaxy S5 smartphone, which mocks the iPhone for having both an unchangeable battery and a short battery life. The ad depicts forlorn iPhone users sitting along walls in an airport as they charge their iOS devices, while Galaxy S5 users eschew battery charging with Samsung's power saving mode and the Galaxy S5's replaceable battery. "There they are. Clustered around power outlets, near the recycling bins, stained carpeting, and bathrooms. Tethered to the wall. Denied the freedom to enjoy even the most basic things, like grabbing a drink, or sharing a laugh with your co-workers. Or sitting with someone you know. You're stuck here until your battery says so."An iPhone user charging his battery looks up enviously at a Samsung user, asking "Are you changing your battery? Is that the new Samsung?" While another Samsung user turns on power saving mode to save battery. "Don't be a wall...

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09:30
Facebook Messenger comes to iPad

Facebook has updated the iOS version of Messenger, adding a native iPad interface for the first time. Functionally the interface is similar to its iPhone equivalent, mostly displaying more contacts simultaneously, and providing extra screen space for images and text. Significantly though, iPad users don't have to switch between the contact view and message threads....

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09:15
Sunrise Calendar announces new Mac client with...


Just a few weeks after rolling out a major update its iOS apps, Sunrise Calendar today announced the first version of Sunrise for Mac. Sunrise for Mac includes a variety of features and capabilities, many of which are similar to what you’d find in the company’s iOS apps. On OS X, the app takes almost all of its design cues from the iOS client with color-coded events, although the team notes that the Mac client was built “specifically for the...

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09:09
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-03

What's in a name? When you're a patent troll, apparently a lot. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss a Judge's ruling that Apple can't use the term in a patent infringement trial. They also offer up their take on the rumor that Apple might call the next iPhone the iPhone Air, and they share what they want to see in Apple's Photos app.

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09:02
Apple Makes Gains in U.S. Smartphone Market Share

Apple continues to be the number one handset manufacturer among consumers in the United States and has also made small gains in operating system share, according to ComScore's newest monthly survey of U.S. mobile phone users covering the February-May 2014 period. Apple's smartphone market share increased from 41.3 percent in February to 41.9 percent in May, allowing Apple to retain its position as the top handset manufacturer. Samsung also made small gains over the period, rising to 27.8 percent share. LG, Motorola, and HTC's share fell slightly. While Apple is the top handset maker, iOS has always fallen behind Android when it comes to operating system share, given the large number of Android-based phones on the market. Apple did make small gains during the period, however,...

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08:20
Hands-on with OS X Yosemite: Safari slims down

If there’s a single app that defines the OS X experience, it’s probably Safari. Not everyone uses it (many of my friends and family members prefer Chrome), but as the default browser it’s the window on the Web for most Mac users. I’ve been using an early developer preview of Yosemite for the past few weeks, and it’s clear that Safari is the stock Apple app that will change the most when users install OS X Yosemite upon its arrival this fall.Where’s the rest of me?

By default, Safari is sparsely decorated in Yosemite. There’s no longer a title bar with the name of webpages, and the “stoplight” window buttons have merged down into the toolbar as they have in some other apps. All other toolbars are off by default, and the address/search bar no longer even displays a full URL, just the name of the host that’s serving the page you’re viewing. (If you want to see the name of the...

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09:00
How Does the MacBook Air Compare to the Latest...

Amid a recent middling upgrade to the MacBook Air line, some have wondered whether Apple’s ultrathin notebooks are starting to lag behind the competition. Despite the lack of Retina displays and other minor minuses, the MacBook Air line holds up fairly well against modern PC Ultrabooks. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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09:00
Reading Rainbow reboot coming to Apple TV

Following a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, LeVar Burton's Reading Rainbow will soon hit an Apple TV near you. The original series aired on PBS from 1983 to 2006, promoting reading and exploration to countless kids and young people. LeVar and...

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08:52
mophie announces 64GB Space Pack for the iPhone 5/5S

mophie has announced a 64GB version of its Space Pack for iPhone 5/5s. It's available for pre-sale on mophie.com for US$249.95 and is due to ship by end of July.
The folks at mophie claim the Space pack is the world’s first smartphone case with built-in storage for iPhone 5s/5, with 2GB and 16GB models having launched earlier this year. The 64GB model not only doubles the battery of iPhone 5/5s, but increases storage capacity, allowing users to keep more documents, videos (up to 28 hours), music (up to 18,000 songs) and photos (up to 32,000) than ever before.
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08:43
Samsung borrows a line from BlackBerry, calls iPhone...

As Samsung has done with past TV commercials for its flagship Galaxy S5, its latest ad for the device again takes the iPhone head-on. The new ad, titled “Wall Hugger”, focuses on mocking the iPhone’s battery life while showing off the S5’s Ultra Power Saving Mode and removable battery features. And in usual Samsung-fashion, it also borrows a line from comments Blackberry executive John Chen made back in March… 
It’s certainly not the first time Samsung has gone after Apple directly in its commercials. In a recent TV spot from April for the Galaxy S5, Samsung took...

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08:35
Facebook Messenger goes universal with new iPad-...

Social networking behemoth Facebook on Thursday released a new version of its Facebook Messenger application for iOS that brings with it a new user interface optimized specifically for the larger screens found on Apple's iPads.

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08:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Day One goes free, Infinity...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:

Game/App Deals:

  • Day One iOS journaling app goes free ($5 value)
  • Rayman Fiesta Run available for ...
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08:21
Rumor: iPhone 6 to be announced on September 15th,...


The iPhone 6 launch date may have leaked.
Per MacRumors and GForGames, “inside sources” have cited that the iPhone 6 will be announced on Monday, September 15th and launch on Thursday, September 25th. The sources also claim that the larger 5.5-inch iPhone will be called the “iPhone Air”, with the 16GB version selling in China for 5,998 yuan (US$965). Meanwhile, the 4.7-inch version will reportedly start at 5,288 (US$850) for 32GB, which is the current price of the 16GB iPhone 5s in China.

The report contrasts with a story from...

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08:15
On Tuesday, Apple launched iPads in Japan without...

It's being reported today in Japan that Apple Inc.’s Japanese unit has released an iPad without subscriber identity module locks, to allow users to choose their own service providers.

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08:03
Apps: ScreenFlow, Senuti, Timings
08:00
Judge: Apple may not use term "patent troll...

Apple and Hawaii-based GPNE Corp are preparing for a legal battle that's being heard by judge Lucy Koh, who has instituted a "no name-calling" rule. Specifically, Judge Koh has told Apple's attorneys that they may not refer to GPNE Corp as "patent...

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07:52
OS X Server: How to reset Profile Manager to its...

If you have migrated from another version of OS X Server but want to start over, you can reset Profile Manager.

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07:51
Leaked 4.7-inch iPhone 6 component could show focus...

The iPhone 6′s front display could be designed around one-handed use.
Per AppleInsider and Chinese web site iFanr, a series of leaked images and a video, the component could be designed around one-handed use, a concept that Apple seemed to have been toying with in 2012, although the company later opted for a larger display on the iPhone 5 and 5s handsets.
The site noted that the edges of the glass have an “arc” to them, sporting curved edges as opposed to the rounded off corners on the iPhone 5 class. The alleged “iPhone 6″ front glass is also noticeably thinner than its predecessor.
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07:48
Apple grows slightly to 42% of US smartphone market...


Comscore today released its usual quarterly report on U.S. smartphone market share for May with Apple holding its spot as top smartphone manufacturer ahead of Samsung. While the numbers...

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07:23
Facebook Messenger finally arrives on iPad, complete...



Facebook today updated its Messenger for iOS app finally adding a full iPad version. The iPad version works like the version found on the iPhone and iPod touch but takes advantage of the much larger display by showing more content like message threads while in other messages. The iPad version also features the same calling features found on the iPhone and iPod touch versions. Facebook’s various supported sticker packs are also...

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07:19
Rumor Claims iPhone Air Coming on September 25

Apple's iPhone 6 will be announced on September 15, go on sale September 25, and the 5.5-inch model will be called iPhone Air. So claim insider sources in China.The Mac Observer Spin: iPhone Air on September 25? That just doesn't sound like the Apple way.

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07:08
Apple Explores Auto-Adjusting Security and Other...

Apple has applied for a patent that describes a method of adjusting security and other settings for mobile devices based on the location of the device (via AppleInsider). The location data gathered by the system also includes contextual information that helps to identify the phone's position as a familiar or unfamiliar place. The system described in the patent titled "Location-sensitive security levels and setting profiles based on detected location" uses at least two pieces of data such as a saved Wi-Fi network or an identifiable cellular tower to determine the...

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07:03
Apple continues exploring Liquidmetal manufacturing...

Though Liquidmetal has yet to make a headline appearance in an Apple product, the company continues to explore new manufacturing methods for the amorphous alloy, most recently filing a divisional patent application for a new counter-gravity casting process.

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07:00
Reviews: Epson LW-600P

Label makers are traditionally simple machines that perform a single task which people feel they can either live with or without. In many ways the LW-600P fits perfectly into this niche, however, the integration of Bluetooth connectivity and a powerful label creating design app allows the printer to ......

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07:00
How to build a homemade version of the Adobe Ink...

Earlier this year, Adobe introduced Ink & Slide, an iPad stylus and ruler combination that works with its new drawing and drafting app, Adobe Line. The accessory pair will set you back US$200, but you can build your own for a fraction of the...

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05:30
Apple's new Mac Pro Security Adapter keeps your...

You spent a lot of money on that fancy new Mac Pro—now’s the time to make sure that investment stays safe and secure. Earlier this week, Apple quietly started selling the Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter for just such a purpose.Keep in mind, the $49 attachment isn’t itself a lock; it merely adds a standard Kensington lock port to the Mac Pro. According to Apple, you won’t need to modify the enclosure or even use tools to apply the adapter, which not only lets you physically secure the desktop computer to something (your desk, for example), but also prevents anyone from opening the computer and, say, removing your SSD or memory.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:41
Patent: Future iPhones may not Require External...

On July 3, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that describes an invention related to audio and more specifically to a magnetically biased electromagnet for audio applications. While Apple's invention will be appealing to true audiophiles who will appreciate Apple's determination to bring high-fidelity sound to ever smaller mobile devices, it's the side effects of this invention that may be the real news here. Imagine Jony Ive creating a future iPhone that didn't have to include external audio grilles. Imagine an iPhone that eliminated ...

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06:40
GM and Philips nearly bought Pixar, but deal's...

Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull reveals in a new book that the now-legendary animation company was nearly sold to General Motors and Philips for its technology, but the deal fell through just before it could be signed.

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06:24
Apple Introduces $49 Mac Pro Security Lock

If you feel nervous leaving your Mac Pro alone on a desk, Apple is offering a solution, though it will cost you. 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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06:22
Video compares iPhone 6 cover panel versus iPhone 5s

A new video from Chinese site iFanr (below) shows an alleged 4.7-inch cover panel for the iPhone 6 in comparison with an iPhone 5s. While the part appears no different than the ones in a recent leak, the video does give a sense of how much larger an iPhone 6 might feel in the hand. It suggests that Apple is conceding on a former design principle, which was that a person should be able to reach all four corners of a phone's screen with their thumb....

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06:14
Despite Apple's Aperture Fumble, the Photos for...


There's a lot riding on Apple's new Photos for Mac OS X app. At WWDC, Apple briefly showed off an early version of its upcoming Photos app, which will integrate with iCloud and the iOS 8-based Photos app with the iCloud Photo Library service. Naturally, this plan raised some questions about Apple's iPhoto and Aperture products. Late last week, Apple revealed that it has stopped developing new features for Aperture and iPhoto. Instead, the company is focusing on Photos for OS X. Professionals are not happy.

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06:07
Ableton Live 9.1.3 - Record music using digital...

Ableton Live lets you create and record music on your Mac. Use digital instruments, pre-recorded sounds, and sampled loops to arrange, produce, and perform your music like never before. Ableton Live is an all-in-one production suite. Find your sound

  • Start in Arrangement View. Create and edit multitrack recordings in a straightforward linear view.
  • Go further in Session View. Switch to this one-of-a-kind interface to improvise and experiment with countless sounds and loops.
  • Access an endless palette of sounds. With 5 built-in synths, 3 samplers, 390 drum kits, and 4000 loops, the possibilities are endless.

Version 9.1.3: Improvements and feature changes:

  • Added control surface support for AKAI MPK225, MPK249, MPK261.

Bugfixes:

  • Fixed an issue which caused CPU spikes when moving a MIDI...

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: Tie a ribbon cable 'round the...

iPhone 6 mockups are a 'rough approximation' according to report, claims antenna design will differ signifcantly (9to5 Mac)

An Asian publication cites "supply chain sources" who claim that the iPhone 6 mockups seen thus far aren't accurate...

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05:58
Senuti 1.3 - Copy music from iPods to Macs. (Demo)

Senuti is a simple utility that makes transferring songs from an iPod to your computer quick and easy. It reads information from the iTunesDB file located on your iPod in order to quickly retrieve information on all of the songs on your iPod. Senuti is currently under active development and many features will be added in the future.Version 1.3:

  • Bug fixes and other improvements
  • Improved comparability with OS X 10.9.4
  • Improved connection stability with iOS devices
  • Dropped support for PPC on OS X 10.5
  • OS X 10.6 or later

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05:56
Judge to Apple: Don’t Use the Patent Troll Word

Apple is squaring off in court with GPNE Corp, a company that makes its living by licensing and litigating patents, but it can't say they're patent trolls. Federal Court Judge Lucy Koh told Apple the name is off limits because it could confuse or prejudice the jury in the patent infringement case.The Mac Observer Spin: Stopping Apple from using the term "patent troll" shows just how derogatory it has become in the eyes of the general public. "non-practicing entity" doesn't have the same ring, but it described exactly what GPNE Corp is doing. Apparently the old "sticks and stones" rhyme doesn't apply in court.

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05:51
No Tasks In The Sprint Got Moved To The Backlog!
05:50
How to avoid taking your digital life to the grave

How do you keep track of all the digital detritus in your life? I’ve got an encrypted file containing all my critical info, including account numbers, passwords, and lists of various things, like the location of my car title. My kids all know the location of this file and the password to decrypt the file.

Reading this article, I’m wondering if that’s enough.
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05:48
Apple patent details automatically adjusting...

A new patent application published today by the United States Patent & Trademark Office details a system Apple could use to automatically configure security and other settings of a device based on its location or the habits of its user. The majority of the patent discusses intelligently adjusting settings by detecting a device’s location while using retinal scans, DNA, fingerprints, or other biosensors to present an appropriate level of security to the user:

Mobile devices often have security requirements, such as passwords or passcodes. Security requirements help ensure...

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05:39
ClamXav 2.6.4 - Free virus checker, based on ClamAV...

ClamXav is a free virus checker for OS X. It uses the tried, tested, and very popular ClamAV open source antivirus engine as a back end. I hope you like and use ClamXav a lot and that it helps keep you and your friends/colleagues virus-free. Although I'm providing ClamXav for free, I am increasingly spending more and more time developing it and would really appreciate if you would consider making a donation please. All donations (no matter how small) are gratefully received and would be a huge incentive to help me work on future versions of ClamXav, but more importantly I rely on donations to pay for my bandwidth costs. Please consider it, see the ClamXav homepage, click the 'More Information' link above on this page.Version 2.6.4:

  • ClamAV engine updated 0.98.4
  • ClamXav now supports going full screen on OS X 10.7 or later
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