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Thursday July 10

15:46
CEO Satya Nadella Willing to Shed the Past and...

Newly-installed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has offered the first hint that he is ready and willing to ditch the Windows legacy and move Microsoft into a sustainable and relevant future. In a letter to employees, Mr. Nadella dropped the "devices and services" mantra of his predecessor, Steve Ballmer, and called Microsoft a "productivity" company for a "mobile-first and cloud-first world."

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15:28
Apple Cuts Some iTunes Song Previews From 90 Seconds...

Back in 2010, Apple extended iTunes song previews from 30 seconds in length to 90 seconds on songs longer than 2 minutes and 30 seconds, to give users a longer listening period before making a purchase. It appears that some songs have now reverted to 30 second play lengths rather than 90 seconds, with many popular songs offering previews that are only 30 seconds in length on both the mobile and desktop versions of iTunes. For example, previews of all songs on Sia's new album are only 30 seconds despite all of the songs being longer than the 2 minutes and 30 seconds, a length that used to result in a 90 second preview. Many other popular albums are also demonstrating the same short 30 second previews. Coldplay's entire discography, for example, has only 30 second previews instead of the 90 seconds of preview time that was previously available. According to one...

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15:10
Adobe Flash Player updates available for OS X on...

Adobe Flash Player updates are available that address a recently-identified Adobe Flash Player web plug-in vulnerability.

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15:00
Sonico releases Mac version of iTranslate,...

The popular translation app iTranslate, previously for iOS devices only, arrived on the Mac on Thursday with the release of iTranslate for the Mac on the Mac App Store. The program, which is accessed from the menubar when running, offers instant translation with support for over 80 languages. Users simply input or paste text and the program provides a translation into the desired language. It also feature voice output so that users can hear the correct pronunciation of a word or phrase....

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15:00
Video: Philips hue and two fun apps stir up FIFA...

Do you have any of the Philips hue smart lightbulbs installed in your home? If you do, grab your iPhone, pull up the App Store, and grab two apps that promise to get you in the mood for the remaining FIFA World Cup games. Those games are scheduled...

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14:39
Briefly: IK Multimedia's iRig MIDI 2, Google...

IK Multimedia has announced that it is now shipping the iRig MIDI 2, a portable MIDI interface with Lightning and USB connectivity for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well as Mac and PC. The device is equipped with three standard-sized female MIDI DIN sockets - IN, OUT and THRU - which allow for full MIDI functionality and connectivity with any MIDI-enabled device, such as a keyboard, hardware synthesizer and more. Its two blue LED lights provide monitoring of the MIDI data passing through the In and Out sockets....

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14:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for July 10, 2014

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

You can listen to today's...

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14:13
IBM to invest $3 billion into research for new...

IBM announced today that it is re-committing itself to the computer landscape, as the company intends to spend $3 billion on research into future chip technologies. Over the next five years, IBM will invest in two "broad research and early stage development programs" in search of an innovation in the field. The shift in strategy comes at a time when the company was rumored to sell off its chip manufacturing business....

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14:03
Rumor: Photo shows 'iPhone 6' front panel...

In a return of the blurry cam, a photo published to the Web on Thursday purports to show the front cover glass of Apple's next-generation "iPhone 6" with installed mounting hardware for the LCD and Touch ID home button.

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14:03
Making of Reel for Game of Thrones Offers Amazing...

The special effects wizards who put the realism into HBO's Game of Thrones (loosely inspired by George R. R. Martin's The Song of Ice and Fire) have put out an amazing video. The Making-of Reel for Season 4 of the popular series shows just how good these folks are at adding special effects that don't seem in any way to be special effects. It's a remarkable video that shows just how far this industry has come-I'm looking at you, obviously CGI Legolas on the back of an obviously CGI troll. In any event, it's so frakking cool, so check it out. [Via IGN via Melissa Davis (@TheMacMommy).]

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14:00
Kanex intros Thunderbolt to eSATA and USB 3.0 adapter

After a slow start, things are really heating up in the Thunderbolt accessory market. We've reviewed Thunderbolt hard disk drives and SSDs ,Thunderbolt RAID arrays, and even Thunderbolt docks. Now Kanex has introduced a new Thunderbolt to eSATA + USB...

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13:51
Apple Volume Purchase Program coming to 16 more...

Apple's Volume Purchase Program is coming to 16 more locations in the near future, according to pages on the company's Business and Education sites. Most of the new regions are in Europe, including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. Also joining in are Hong Kong, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates....

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13:32
4.7-inch iPhone 6 LCD bracket shown in new photo?


A new photo posted to Apple.Club.tw shows off what is claimed to be the LCD and home button bracket for the upcoming 4.7-inch iPhone 6. We’ve already gotten a look at several parts of the unannounced smartphone in recent leaks, from the sapphire crystal glass to the...

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13:30
Apple adds iTunes Extras to Apple TV

Apple has released the latest version of iTunes, enabling iTunes Extras for HD content purchased in the online store. You can view these features via iTunes or Apple TV once you've updated that device to version 6.2. This content will also be...

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13:28
Apple to expand Volume Purchase Program to 16 new...

In an update to its website on Thursday, Apple announced it will soon bring bulk app and iBook purchases to 16 new countries through its Volume Purchase Program, which will include support for both businesses and educational institutions.

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13:16
MLB launches second iBeacon expansion, updates iOS...

Major League Baseball is entering into a second phase of iBeacon deployments at stadiums. Beginning this is project for the 2014 All-Star Game, which is being hosted at Target Field in Minneapolis. People with a supporting iPhone and the latest version of At the Ballpark will get extra content, including interactive material, when visiting nine different exhibits in the stadium. iBeacons are already in use at 28 other ballparks, but mostly for check-ins and discounts....

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13:13
Claimed iPhone 6 Front Frame with LCD Shielding and...

Purported parts for the iPhone 6 are continuing to surface, with Apple.club.tw sharing a new blurry photo [Google Translate] of what appears to be the front LCD frame of the device, complete with metal shielding that would separate the LCD itself from the remainder of the internals, as well as a metal bracket covering the home button. While it is not confirmed that this part is indeed from the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, it is consistent with similar parts seen on previous iPhones. Apple.club.tw claims that it is the proper size for the larger iPhone 6, and that certainly appears reasonable based on how it looks in the hand. The...

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13:10
How to Report Spam To Common Email Providers

Everyone gets spam. Those more persistent accounts should be reported to the email services being abused, and Kelly has compiled a list to help you get those accounts suspended and keep from sending even more spam.

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13:04
Microwave Will Count the Calories in Food You Nuke


While the ever-expanding class of wearable fitness devices out there can tell users how many calories they've burned while undertaking any particular activity, realistic estimates of calories taken in have been few and far between. Enter a new microwave oven that will tell users just how much energy is included in the meal they're about to consume. "We are developing advanced sensor technology to make estimation of dietary calories in food as simple as the touch of a button," said Matt Webster, a cell biologist at GE.

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13:00
Apple releases iTunes 11.3 update


It’s not a huge update, but it might add to your movie watching experience.
On Thursday, Apple released version 11.3 of its iTunes multimedia/jukebox application. The new version, a 239.6 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
- iTunes 11.3 includes all-new iTunes Extras for HD movies. iTunes Extras can include behind-the-scenes videos, short films, high-resolution image galleries, director’s commentary, scenes, and more. These immersive iTunes Extras can also be enjoyed on Apple TV with Software Update 6.2 now, and will be available on iOS 8 this fall. New iTunes Extras will be automatically added to your previously purchased HD movies as they become available at no additional charge.
iTunes 11.3 requires an Intel-based Mac...

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13:00
Motion Tennis is a unique blending of your iPhone...

Motion Tennis (free for a limited time) is a clever interactive tennis app that has some attributes of the Nintendo Wii for playing motion-based games. You'll need to have a 2nd or 3rd generation Apple TV and the Motion Tennis app running on your...

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12:58
Take Better Photos & Video With The KICK for $149

Today's deal could also be a Cool Stuff Found mention. It's called The KICK, and it's a smartphone-sized bank of LED lights you can use for lighting your scene for photos and videos. That's cool by itself, but The KICK can be controlled from your iPhone or Android device. You can control color, brightness, and a variety of built-in "effects" settings to help you get the perfect shot. It's rechargeable and mountable on a tripod. There's a video on the deal page showing it in use, along with more details. Through our deal, you can get it for $149.

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12:33
Audit contradicts Samsung's claim that it does...

Last week, Samsung issued a Sustainability Report just like Apple has been doing for years. But Samsung's report was just worthless advertising according to China Labor Watch, which says the company both uses child labor and underpays the children who build its Android phones.

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12:32
MonkeyParking halts San Francisco parking auctions...

MonkeyParking has temporarily halted its service in San Francisco, just one day before a deadline set by the City Attorney. The parking app, which allows drivers to sell their spot to others, was sent a cease-and-desist by the city late last month, with City Attorney Dennis Herrera threatening a lawsuit if it did not cease operations before July 11th....

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12:26
Apple’s Volume Purchase Program for apps coming soon...

Apple is about to roll out its Volume Purchase Program, which allows business and education customers to purchase and distribute iOS apps in bulk for deployed devices, into 16 new countries. Apple’s website for both the Volume Purchase Program for Business and for Education have been updated to announce the expansion and now list the following countries as coming soon to the program:
Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan,Turkey, and United Arab Emirates.
Countries that already have access to the Volume Purchase Program include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, United...

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12:23
Apple invents New Wireless Authentication Methods...

In addition to our main patent reports that were posted earlier today, there were a few others of interest that caught our eye. Two relate to new wireless authentication methods that will allow users to join public networks quicker or on the fly with the other designed to allow an iPhone to quickly mate with other devices like accessories or a car dock. The third patent concerns Apple's standing patent application regarding an iPhone with a wrap-around display.

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12:16
Apps of the Week: Capo touch, Dino Dog, Minecraft 0....

New Apps Capo touch ($10) — Capo touch is a new iOS app based on Capo, the app featured today in our Mac section. The app, from SuperMegaUltraGroovy, teaches users how to play the songs in an iTunes library through automatic chord detection. Capo touch is currently…

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12:00
Samsung's smartphone woes mean little to Apple...

Earlier this week, Samsung announced that it would miss Q2 expectations and take a 24% tumble in profit from the same period a year ago. That's bad news for one particular electronics giant, but some shortsighted tech soothsayers decided to shift the...

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11:41
Misfit, Beddit collaborate on sleep-tracking tech

Misfit, the creator of the Shine wearable activity tracker, has announced a partnership with Beddit enabling sleep tracking in the official Misfit apps for iOS and Android. Rather than relying on the Shine, there is now a Misfit/Beddit-branded sleep monitor. The device is placed on a mattress, and tracks breathing, heart rate, restlessness, snoring, and ambient sound. The apps analyze this data over a seven-day period, and can also use it to trigger an alarm during a light sleep phase, ensuring a more refreshed feeling.......

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11:33
Mac Thunderbolt Docks: Belkin Versus the Clones

Running out of ports on your Mac? Thunderbolt docks address this by replicating one Thunderbolt port into two, and adding an assortment of other ports. Belkin offers one good model, while many rivals are working from a common Intel reference design. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:30
Misfit intros the Smart Bed System: the Internet of...

Are you ready to make your bed a smart bed? That's the question that will be answered by Misfit's latest "wearable", the Misfit Beddit Smart Bed System. Misfit is integrating its app -- which usually works just with the Shine fitness and sleep...

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11:26
Mail Designer 2 for Mac OS X now supports animated...

equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has introduced version 2 of Mail Designer, its Mac OS X app for designing emails and newsletters. The new version adds: support for animated images, support for videos embedded directly within emails, an integrated button designer, and collaborative features for teams.
Mail Designer 2 is available at a special introductory price of US$9.99 for a limited time. The price is normally $29.99. The app is available at the Mac App Store. Existing Mail Designer 1 users can take advantage of this special offer to upgrade to the new version.

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11:25
Apple's App Store Turns Six, Developers...

Today marks the sixth anniversary of the App Store, which first debuted on July 10, 2008 in an iTunes update. App Store access came to original iPhone and the new iPhone 3G the next day with the July 11 introduction of iOS 2.0. Since its introduction, the App Store has grown by leaps and bounds. As of June 2014, the App Store had seen 75 billion total app downloads, a massive number compared to the 1 billion apps downloaded milestone Apple hit in 2009. Apple is seeing 300 million visitors to the App Store per week. To date, Apple has paid out more than $15 billion to app developers, and in 2013, App Store sales topped $10 billion. According to app tracking site AppShopper, 1.7 million total apps...

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11:24
Minecraft gets huge update on iOS, Plague Inc. adds...

Two popular iOS titles released notable updates Thursday as the weekend approaches, with Minecraft adding a number of new features -- including infinite worlds -- while Plague, Inc. takes advantage of a new 20th Century Fox partnership to let players control colonies of apes.

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11:22
Nike’s latest iOS app is a hub for all things Nike...

Nike is today launching a brand new app called Nike Football (or Nike Soccer in the US), that will act as a hub for all things Nike Football from exclusive content and Q&A sessions with athletes to the latest product launches for the company’s line of football products. Nike is also including some social features that let users organize their own pick-up games, trash talk among friends and teammates, and more:

The Nike Football app features custom football emojis within its chat feature to extend the dressing room camaraderie, and uses geo-tracking technology to allow members to set up matches around the world… The app allows players to create their own micro-communities with the “Crew” feature,...

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11:15
SoundSight announces video/audio recording headphones

SoundSight Headphones (SoundSightHeadphones.com) has announced what is says is the world’s first video recording headphones. Developed for iOS and devices, it allows you to record, video, edit, mix your music and video, and share the results.
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11:10
Apple iTunes 11.3 - Manage your music, media, iOS...

Apple iTunes lets you organize and play digital music and video on your computer. It can automatically download new music, app, and book purchases across all your devices and computers. And it's a store that has everything you need to be entertained. Anywhere. Anytime.Version 11.3:

  • iTunes 11.3 includes all-new iTunes Extras for HD movies. iTunes Extras can include behind-the-scenes videos, short films, high-resolution image galleries, director's commentary, scenes, and more. These immersive iTunes Extras can also be enjoyed on Apple TV with Software Update 6.2 now, and will be available on iOS 8 this fall. New iTunes Extras will be automatically added to your previously purchased HD movies as they become available at no additional charge.
OS X 10.6.8 or laterDownload Now

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11:08
Imagineer Systems releases mocha Plus, mocha Pro 4.0

Imagineer Systems (http://www.imagineersystems.com/) has released mocha Plus (pictured), a planar tracking and roto utility designed for Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, and Premiere Pro users. The company has also released mocha Pro 4.0, a new version of its visual effects solution.
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11:00
Audio Chef brings a fresh idea to meal prep

Audio Chef (free with in-app purchases) is a clever app that walks you through preparing interesting meals with spoken instructions. The free version gives you four interesting recipes to try, and you can get another 30 for US$0.99.

The directions...

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10:46
Iridient Developer 2.4.3 - Powerful image editing...

Iridient Developer (was RAW Developer) is a powerful image conversion application designed specifically for OS X. Iridient Developer gives advanced photographers total control over every aspect of their digital camera's output, yet still provides easy drag and drop conversion convenience and access to basic adjustments for the casual user. Iridient developer supports RAW files from over 550 digital camera models.Version 2.4.3:

  • New Features:
    • Support added for RAW images from the Nikon D810 and 1 S2.
    • Support added for RAW images from the Sony ILCE-7S (A7S).
    • Support added for RAW images from the Pentax 645Z.
    • Support added for RAW images from the Panasonic DMC-FZ1000.
    • Support added for RAW images from the Kinefinity KineMINI, KineRAW Mini and KineRAW S35.
    • Support added for Nikon sRAW format images.
    • Added...

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10:37
FTC files in-app purchase lawsuit against Amazon,...

According to a US Federal Trade Commission report filed today, Amazon has billed parents and other account holders for millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app charges incurred by children. The FTC's lawsuit seeks a court order requiring refunds for consumers for the unauthorized charges and permanently banning the company from billing parents and other account holders for in-app charges that have been made without their consent....

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10:30
Daily Deals for July 10, 2014

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

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10:20
MLB Rolling Out Second iBeacon Phase At All-Star...

Earlier this year, Major League Baseball began installing thousands of iBeacons in ballparks around the country, putting dozens of the beacons in stadiums in Boston, Milwaukee, San Diego, and San Francisco, and more. Considered to be one of the largest iBeacon rollouts in the world, the initial plan saw the beacons used in conjunction with the At the Ballpark app. Thus far, the iBeacons have been used in some cases to check fans in to stadiums and to send notifications and offers, but beacon usage is still in the early stages. Major League Baseball is now entering its second phase of development with iBeacons, according to ...

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10:15
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 006 with...

At TechEd North America 2014 in June 2014 located in Austin, Texas, Jeremy Thake managed to get some time to sit down with Thorsten Hans to talk about the Office 365 APIs and JavaScript development with ShareCoffee. ShareCoffee is an open source JavaScript framework written using CoffeeScript that accelerates the development process when using SharePoint CSOM APIs. Thorsten has been blogging about these topics for a while now and has been prolific in sharing frameworks and open source libraries via github.com like ShareCoffee.
 

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP06_ThorstenHans.mp3
 
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10:15
iTunes Extras Finally Come to Apple TV

Owners of the second- and third-generation Apple TV can finally access iTunes Extras in their living rooms. “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers explains how it works. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:15
Black Holes and Scientific Computing with Apple’s...

Dr. Gaurav Khanna is a computational scientist who has been using Apple's new Mac Pro to great advantage. In an interview with TMO, Dr. Khanna explains how Apple has helped him succeed with virtually supercomputer computations of black holes on his desktop.

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10:00
Crowdfunding Roundup: MiKey, SandPiper, Vaavud, and...

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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09:58
Sonico Mobile releases iTranslate for Mac with 80+...

Sonico Mobile, makers of popular apps such as iTranslate and iTranslate Voice for iOS today released iTranslate for Mac, bringing the features of the corresponding iOS app to the Mac.

iTranslate for Mac sits right in your menu bar, so translations are always just a click away, no matter what app you’re working in. Simply input text, and the app will quickly process it and provide you the translated output. It’s just as easy to use as the iOS version.
The app has over 80 languages built in...

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09:57
CrossOver 13.2 - Run Windows apps on your Intel Mac...

CrossOver can get your Windows productivity applications and PC games up and running on your Mac quickly and easily. CrossOver runs the Windows software that you need on Mac at home, in the office, or at school without purchasing a Windows license, without rebooting your computer, and without having to use a virtual machine. And CrossOver can run a wide range of Windows software. Check the What Runs database on the developer's Web site. Please note that CodeWeavers will be releasing CrossOver 13 on 11.12.13. If you BUY TODAY you will automatically be upgraded when CrossOver 13 releases. Easy Installs! Many Windows titles can be installed using our CrossTie technology. If you have CrossOver installed, and have the installer for your Windows software, simply click the button in our Compatibility Database, and CrossOver will automatically install your application for you! ...

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09:55
75 billion downloads later, Apple celebrates the App...

Six years after Steve Jobs relented and agreed to allow third-party developers native access to the iPhone, the App Store has grown into a cultural phenomenon that connects people, drives innovation, and supports more than a million families around the world.

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09:50
The App Store’s 6th anniversary by the numbers

Steve Jobs introducing the App Store in 2008
As Apple celebrates the 6th anniversary of the App Store today, let’s take a look at the most recent numbers Apple has announced regarding App Store statistics. During the WWDC keynote on June 2nd, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared that the App Store then featured more than 1.2 million apps and counting.
Out of that catalog, App Store customers have downloaded apps more than 75 billion times since the digital store debuted on July 10, 2008. Apple also noted that its platform is home to more than 9 million developers with registered accounts through the Developer Program, a number which was up 47% from the previous year…
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09:49
Amazon, not Google, next to face FTC's wrath...

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Thursday announced that it has filed suit against retail colossus Amazon, alleging that the company allowed children to rack up millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app purchases through the Amazon Appstore -- charges similar to those brought against Apple last year.

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09:41
Tweetbot 1.6 - Popular Twitter client. (Commercial)

Tweetbot is a full-featured OS X Twitter client with a lot of personality. Whether it's the meticulously-crafted interface, sounds and animation, or features like multiple timelines and column views, there's a lot to love about Tweetbot. Features:

  • Multiple Timelines. Quickly switch between your lists as your main timeline.
  • Multiple Windows and Columns. Display timelines from different accounts side by side.
  • Notification Center support.
  • Beautiful Retina graphics.
  • Mute filters lets you block messages from users without unfollowing them. You can also mute hashtags and specific keywords.
  • Sync timeline position, direct message read statuses, and mute filters between your Mac, iPhone, and iPad via iCloud.
  • Support for multiple services like Pocket, Instapaper, Readability, CloudApp, and Droplr.
  • Save drafts, add locations and POI's, attach photos/videos, manage your lists, and much...

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09:32
MLB.com gets All Star update allowing subscribers to...


MLB.com at Bat’s iOS application today received a significant update in line with the league’s All Star Game. Today’s update brings live video coverage to the app along with notable breaking news alerts:

  • All-Star Week 2014 events support with live coverage
  • Watch the All-Star Futures Game and Home Run Derby live from Target Field
  • MLB.TV Premium subscribers can watch the live stream of the 85th All-Star Game
  • Breaking news live alert integration into news reader
  • Overall usage improvements

MLB is also starting phase 2 of its iBeacon roll-out with new features through the At the Ballpark app at the upcoming All Star Game:
Fans attending All-Star events at Target Field with At the Ballpark on their iPhone (iOS 7...

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09:31
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-10

How is Apple's fight for market domination against Samsung working out? John Martellaro says Apple is winning, so he joined Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin today to talk about that and why Apple TV doesn't seem to be able to keep up with Roku in the United States.

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08:15
Hands-on with Capo and Capo touch: Get ready to rock

Love playing songs on your stringed instrument of choice but hate the process of learning them? Then you should get Capo.
That’s been my standard pitch to music-loving friends for a few years, ever since I fell in love with SuperMegaUltraGroovy’s Capo, a Mac and iOS tool for quickly learning just about any song from your library.
It’s not just that Capo is a formidable tool for musicians and music lovers; it’s also built with both care and simplicity in mind. The interface is sleek and clean, and you don’t have to know much about music theory or spectrograms to use the program’s tools. At the same time, there are plenty of advanced features hiding away for the folks who really care about such things.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:03
iTunes 11.3 brings iTunes Extras for HD movies

Apple has released iTunes 11.3 for Mac and Windows users. The main addition is support for iTunes Extras associated with HD movies, granting access to things like galleries, commentaries, behind-the-scenes clips, and short films. Not every movie has Extras, since these require special formatting on the part of content creators, but even previously-purchased titles can get Extras for free if they're added later....

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09:00
Report: NSA Stalked Prominent Muslim Americans


It's been known for years that the U.S. National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have targeted Muslim Americans. What hasn't been widely known is that their targets included lawyers and some who have served the United States at the highest levels. Five highly prominent Muslim Americans were listed on an NSA spreadsheet called "FISA recap," which indicates they were targeted under the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Service Act, according to a report published this week.

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08:52
Apple Gets Its First Batch of iPhone Chips From TSMC

redletterdave (2493036) notes that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) has shipped its first batch of microprocessors to Apple as the iPhone maker looks to diversify its overseas suppliers. Apple will continue to rely on Samsung for its microprocessors, but as the rivalry between Apple and Samsung heats up in the mobile and soon wearable arenas, the deal with TSMC allows Apple to be less reliant on Samsung and therefore have more leverage with respect to price negotiations for future chips, as TSMC has supplanted Samsung Electronics as Apple's chief chipmaker for iPhones and iPads. Since 2011, Apple has been striking deals with other display and chip makers around Asia to reduce its dependence on Samsung. As a result of this slowdown in sales, Samsung on Monday announced operating income for its fiscal second quarter had sunk to a two-year low, blaming 'weak' sales of low- and medium-end smartphones, strong competition and subpar demand. It may not be a household name...

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08:36
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Angry Birds SW II for iOS free...

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:

Apps/Games:

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08:32
iTunes 11.3

Apple has released iTunes 11.3. More details to follow shortly.

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08:22
iPhone 6 rumors claim 68M in initial units,...

Apple has placed orders for a massive 68 million in initial iPhone 6 units, roughly twice what it ordered for the iPhone 5, according to Taiwan's Business Weekly. Mass production is slated to begin later this month. It's uncertain though if the paper is referring solely to the 4.7-inch iPhone -- the device most commonly tagged with the iPhone 6 name -- or the 5.5-inch iPhone as well, in which case the 68 million figure would make more sense. In either scenario Apple is likely keen to avoid the supply shortages that plagued the iPhone 5 and 5s.......

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08:18
LinkedIn reimagines its Contacts app debuting...




LinkedIn has steadily been iterating on its Contacts app for iPhone since it debuted just over a year ago, and today the business-focused social network is rebranding that app as LinkedIn Connected. The focus on rethinking its approach to contacts comes after LinkedIn...

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08:00
Tell us what you think about OneNote!

Omeed Chandra is a Program Manager on the OneNote team. In this post, he announces a new website where users can share feedback and suggestions for improving OneNote.
On the OneNote team, we love hearing from our customers, and we use your feedback to help us decide what features to build next. The Microsoft Answers forums have long been a great resource for troubleshooting problems, but many of you have wondered how to send us suggestions and requests. Today, we’re excited to announce a new and easier way to send us suggestions on how we can improve OneNote—the OneNote Feedback & Suggestions website.
Our new site consists of two forums, one for OneNote users and one for software developers. In either forum, you can...

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08:00
Apple provides green details on new "Spaceship...

Apple talks a big game when it comes to the environment, so the company's annual report on its green efforts are always an interesting read. This year, Apple's Environmental Responsibility Report (PDF) brings news on renewable energy for its retail...

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07:59
iTunes update brings HD Extras to the Mac, also...

Apple on Thursday released iTunes version 11.3 and with it announced the availability of high-definition iTunes Extras for the Mac and Apple TV, with the bonus features coming to iOS 8 after the operating system's rollout this fall.

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07:56
Apple posts iTunes 11.3 for Mac OS X, Windows

Apple has released iTunes 11.3 for Mac OS X and Window. The update adds support for iTunes Extras in HD movies. With iTunes Extras, viewers can see cast interviews, exclusive clips, behind-the-scenes footage, and photo galleries along with a movie.
HD movie extras are available on the Apple TV set-top box for those who've updated it with Software Update 6.2. HD movie extras support will come to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch when iOS 8 is released this fall.
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07:17
Apple updates environmental progress for 2014

Apple’s latest Environmental Responsibility Report shows that it’s not easy being green, but it’s worthwhile anyway. The company has updated its progress report for 2014, adding more details to the information it released around Earth Day in April.
Among the updates comes the news that 145 of the company’s U.S. retail stores are now powered exclusively by renewable energy, as well as all 21 of the company’s stores in Australia. While that’s still less than half of the company’s more than 400 retail locations, Apple’s goal is to eventually convert all of them to green energy, even though it acknowledges the difficulty in doing so—for one thing, the company doesn’t generally own the buildings where its stores are located. ...

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07:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Blockbuster games

Blockbuster gamesTwo of the biggest games around—Badlands and Candy Crush Saga—both get updates this week. Plus, a very, very, silly game makes its debut.BadlandThis $4 game for iOS was an immediate hit on its introduction to the App Store in 2013, with challenging gameplay and beautiful design that appealed to young and old players alike. This week’s update adds 40 new two-player levels, 120 new missions overall, and six new achievements to unlock.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:44
iTunes Extras for HD movies arrive on Mac, Apple TV...

Extra, extra, read watch all about it! Apple on Thursday released iTunes 11.3, with one very significant update: iTunes Extras for HD movies. And with the latest software update for the Apple TV, released late last month, you can, at long last, enjoy those extra features on the big screen as well. Even better, as iTunes Extras become available for HD movies you’ve already bought, you’ll get access to them as they roll out—and, if studios decide to add more features later, those will automatically be available to those who already own the film.
However, if it’s your iOS device on which you’re hankering to watch, you’ll have to wait a little bit longer: The company also said that support for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch will come as part of iOS 8 this fall.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:39
iTunes 11.3 Adds iTunes Extras for HD Movies

Apple released iTunes 11.3 for OS X and Windows on Thursday, adding support for iTunes Extras in HD movies. The company said HD movie extras are available on Apple TV with Software Update 6.2, and will be available in iOS 8 for the iPhone and iPad when it ships this fall.

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07:33
∞ Apple adds iTunes Extras to Apple TV, iOS 8

Apple released iTunes 11.3 on Thursday, bringing iTunes Extras to Apple TV and iOS 8 when its released this fall. [...]

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07:31
Google launches YouTube Creator Studio app for iOS


Following the release of YouTube Creator Studio for Android, Google has now made the app available for iOS devices. What’s the Creator Studio, you ask? Well, Google has finally created an all-in-one app hub for YouTube creators to access channel/video-specific information. Basically, it’s only helpful if you actually make (or plan to make) YouTube videos.

Essentially this app will provide quick access to video/...

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07:30
Read to your children from afar using the Storybook...

Storybook Reading uses your iPhone or iPad's camera to digitally copy a book and add your own personal narration so your children can listen to you read even when you are not around. It's an easy way to take a moment of reading and preserve it for...

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07:24
iTunes 11.3 Expands iTunes Extras as Apple TV...

Apple today released iTunes 11.3, including several improvements to iTunes Extras, including new features for HD movies. This new content will be added automatically to previously purchased iTunes movies for free. Alongside the launch of iTunes 11.3, Apple has also announced that the Apple TV is finally supporting iTunes Extras with the 6.2 software update released late last month. The first-generation Apple TV supported iTunes Extras, but the feature was lost when Apple revamped the Apple TV back in 2010. Finally, Apple has also announced that iTunes Extras will be coming to iOS with the public release of iOS 8, which is slated for this fall. iTunes 11.3 includes all-new iTunes Extras for HD movies. iTunes Extras can include behind-the-scenes videos, short films, high-resolution image galleries, director's commentary, scenes, and more. These immersive iTunes Extras can also be enjoyed on Apple TV with...

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07:24
Apple to FTC: Check Out Google’s App Store Policies

Parents who found their kids were racking up purchases through Apple's iTunes-base App Store complained to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission about the issue. Apple apparently didn't want to be left out, so it's legal team made a point to let the FTC know Google's app store used similar policies, too.The Mac Observer Spin: It's important for companies like Apple, Amazon, and Google to have reasonable and responsible online purchase safeguards in place. It's also unfortunate that these companies are held responsible for parents failing to monitor their kids.

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07:24
TSMC begins shipping A-series processors for Apple

TSMC has begun shipping Apple A-series processors out for assembly, according to the Wall Street Journal. Production is said to have begun on 20nm fabrication lines in the first quarter, but shipments have only started happening more recently. Despite TSMC's involvement, the firm is expected to split orders with Samsung, which has traditionally produced every A-series chip....

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07:23
After Settling with the FTC over In-App Transactions...

Less than a week after Apple settled charges brought by the Federal Trade Commission that it failed to provide adequate disclosures for in-app transactions in iOS, the company's top legal executive urged the FTC to investigate Google for similar issues in Android.

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07:20
Wi-Fi tips from a former Apple engineer

Great article on The Mac Observer—If you’re going to get tips, get them from the engineer that worked on it.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:15
Capo 3.1 - Slow down and learn to play your favorite...

Capo lets you slow down your favorite songs so you can hear the notes and learn how they are played. With Capo, you can quickly tab out your songs atop a highly-detailed OpenCL-powered spectrogram display.

  • Detect, and enter chords
  • Pitch adjustment
  • Mark song sections
  • Loop at slower speeds
  • Export Capo-adjusted music
  • Basic effects available

Version 3.1: New:

  • Chord Intelligence: Capo now uses a completely different chord detection algorithm that is based on machine learning and speech recognition technology. It is markedly better than the previous version.
  • Chord Select All: In the chord view, selecting a chord and hitting command-A will select all chords
  • New Icon!
  • You can now export audio to WAV format in addition to MPEG-4 and AIF

Fixed:

  • In trial mode, Capo wouldn't show the alert to inform the user...

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07:12
iTunes 11.3 brings HD Extras to Mac; iTunes Extras...

Apple has released iTunes 11.3, bringing iTunes Extras for HD movies to the Mac — iTunes Extras has also been added to Apple TV within software update 6.2 for the set-top box. As noted in the release, “iTunes Extras can include behind-the-scenes videos, short films,…

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07:12
WSJ: TSMC is shipping its first Apple processors,...

Samsung has been responsible for Apple's chip production up until now, but that may finally be changing.

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Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC) is already the largest independent chip foundry, and it's about to get a little bigger, as the Wall Street Journal reports that TSMC has begun manufacturing and shipping new chips for Apple. Samsung has manufactured all iPhone and iPad processors for Apple to date, and news of the switch to TSMC follows years of rumors that Apple was looking to switch.
The report indicates that TSMC is...

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07:08
∞ Six years ago today the App Store launched and our...

I was at the keynote when Steve Jobs launched the iPhone in 2007. It was an amazing introduction—historic for Apple and the consumer electronics industry. One thing that everyone was asking for after the launch was apps. On July 10, 2008, Apple launched the App Store, forever changing the way we use smartphones, tablets and many other devices. Think about how you used devices before apps, and how you use them today—there is no comparison. The iPhone and apps have changed the world.

Thanks Apple.

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07:05
Apple brings iTunes Extras to Apple TV, HD Extras to...

Apple today released iTunes version 11.3 and with it is making its iTunes Extras feature available for HD movies on Macs.  Apple also announced today that the feature is now available for Apple TV with update 6.2 and will arrive on iOS 8 this fall.
While we’ll have to wait for iTunes Extras to arrive on iOS with the release of iOS 8 this fall, the Apple TV OS 6.2 update rolled out late last month to users alongside iOS 7.1.2.
iTunes Extras offers an interactive experience for some video content on iTunes that often includes behind-the-scenes videos, image galleries, commentary from the creators, cast interviews, exclusive clips, short films, and more. Content creators decide whether or not to offer the iTunes Extras feature and create the experience using ...

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07:03
Apps: ExpanDrive, MacFamilyTree, Tinderbox
07:00
Using the iPhone or iPod touch to introduce...

If you're like me, you may have an older iPhone or iPod touch kicking around your desk drawer. Instead of letting that hardware sit unused, put the device into the hands of your children and use it to teach them the basics of photography. iOS devices...

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06:49
4 Wi-Fi Tips from Former Apple Wi-Fi Engineer

Alf Watt, former Apple Wi-Fi engineer and creator of iStumbler, joined us on this week's Mac Geek Gab 509 to talk all things Wi-Fi. The episode contains a bunch of juicy Wi-Fi tips and I highly recommend you give it a listen, but we figured we'd take a few of our favorite tips and list them here for you.

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06:48
Rumor: TSMC begins producing A-series processors for...

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company has finally begun producing Apple’s A-series processors.
Per the Wall Street Journal and AppleInsider, TSMC started production on its 20-nanometer fabrication lines in the first quarter of 2014, with shipments commencing in the second quarter. While Samsung will reportedly remain one of Apple’s top suppliers for now, the company will split orders with TSMC for the near future.
“Apple’s order is a big deal to the company. TSMC has assigned a large team to support Apple as you know this client is very picky...

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06:30
Apple's CarPlay could be in more than 24...

Thanks in part to the massive popularity of Apple's iPhone, over 24 million cars featuring the company's CarPlay infotainment offering could be on the road just five years after the first vehicles sporting the new system roll off of automotive assembly lines.

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06:22
Apple wins European trademark rights on Apple Store...

The European Court of Justice has issued a decision granting Apple an EU trademark on the layout of its retail stores. The ruling (PDF) states that "the representation of the layout of a retail store, by a design alone, without indicating the size or the proportions, may be registered as a trade mark for services," giving the trademark scope enough to cover all of Apple's locations....

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06:17
iPhone 6 to feature haptic feedback?

The iPhone 6 will reportedly feature haptic feedback, according to Chinese site Laoyaoba. A tactile feedback linear motor would allow the phone to send differing, subtle vibrations to users through the touchscreen. Users would also be able to feel vibrations on specific areas of the screen. It’s claimed this…

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06:04
TSMC Ships 20nm iPhone Processors to Apple &...

In May 2013 Patently Apple reported on TSMC being chosen by Apple for their 2014 iPhone processors. That news came from DigiTimes that many think never gets anything right. The news progressed in September 2013 when we were informed that TSMC was on track with Apple's 20nm A8 Processor and then ...

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06:00
Capo touch brings music learning to iOS, Mac version...



Earlier this year we showed you Capo, the software that turns your iTunes library into songs you can learn to play on guitar, when version 3.0 of the music learning software for Mac was released. Today SuperMegaUltraGroovy is releasing the first mobile version of that powerful software for iPhone, iPad, and iPod...

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: The knife-proof iPhone 6

Analysts predicting Apple will beat its Q3 guidance of $36-38B (9to5 Mac)

Analysts say lots of things. But this particular analyst, Horace Dediu, is so far above the cut of those normally called "analysts" that it feels more accurate to call him...

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06:00
Name Faces in iPhoto efficiently

I've become somewhat obsessed with the faces feature in iPhoto. Currently, I have about 7000 unidentified faces in my library. I knock out a few hundred here and there. It's oddly satisfying, but I go to a lot of large events - events where a lot of people look familiar because they are regulars, but I don't know them. This makes finding faces rather cumbersome, especially since the method of ignoring faces requires the mouse. Everything else can be done with the keyboard. Plus, doesn't track repeatedly ignored faces, so the same faces keep showing up. Well, I've discovered a way to work around these cumbersome limitations.

Doing everything with the keyboard makes things go a lot faster. If you're using the Find Faces feature and skip faces you don't know (because you don't want to pause to use the mouse), the next time you click on Find Faces, you'll be presented with those same unknown faces over and over again. They build up and always get presented in the same order, s...

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05:57
NYC fires back at Lyft launch; promises vehicle...

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) has escalated the conflict between it and ride sharing service Lyft. A warning by the TLC issued yesterday reminds residents that while the service is indeed opening on Friday, and will be offering free rides for two weeks to new subscribers, that the service is unlicensed to operate, and un-investigated drivers may pose a danger to riders....

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05:39
Tim Cook's New Apple World Order


Apple is shaking out to become a very different sort of Apple, one suddenly more inclusive than ever before. The question is if all this inclusion will really lead to innovation. For Tim Cook, this idea seems to have a whole new meaning for Apple -- the notion may be trickling into the very way that Apple is now approaching its entire business. Case in point is CarPay, HomeKit, HealthKit, Apple's apps that now can talk to other apps, in addition to bringing Beats into the family and hiring a whole new batch of leaders.

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05:33
WSJ: TSMC shipping microprocessors to Apple

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company has started shipping its microprocessors to Apple as of this year’s second quarter, The Wall Street Journal reports. There have long been reports of Apple using TSMC for its chips in order to decrease dependence on Samsung, which previously manufactured all the microprocessors for Apple’s…

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05:24
Silent Circle expands encrypted calling to 79...

Security-focused communications firm Silent Circle today announced the expansion of Out-Circle Calling (OCC). The expansion allows for encrypted hybrid calling that enables Silent Circle members to make and receive encrypted, private voice calls through the company's Silent Phone service to non-Silent Circle subscribers in 79 total countries....

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05:13
InDesign CC 2014 PDF Converter, InDesign Converter...

Recosoft Corp. (http://www.recosoft.com) has released InDesign CC 2014 versions of PDF2ID, the PDF to InDesign converter, and ID2Office, an InDesign to Word, PowerPoint and Keynote converter.
PDF2ID and ID2Office are both InDesign plug-ins offering workflow automation. InDesign CC 2014, the latest release of the Creative Cloud edition of InDesign.
PDF2ID v4.0.1 is available immediately in the following configurations from the Recosoft web store (per license):
PDF2ID Standard v4.0.1: US $199.00
PDF2ID Professional v4.0.1: $299.00
PDF2ID Standard v4.0.1 Upgrade: $99.00
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05:11
TSMC Now Shipping A-Series Processors to Apple for...

Chip manufacturing company TSMC started shipping processors to Apple in Q2 2014, reports the Wall Street Journal. After exclusively sourcing its processors from Samsung, Apple last year struck a deal with TSMC that would see the manufacturer begin supplying A-series chips for Apple's iOS devices. Apple's deal with TSMC is a win-win situation for both companies with Apple reducing its reliance on Samsung for iOS device components and TSMC receiving a boost financially from Apple's hardware orders. The development means Apple doesn't have to rely solely on Samsung for microprocessors, a critical component that controls applications running in smartphones and tablets. By securing an additional supplier, Apple will have more leverage when it comes to price negotiations with its chip suppliers in the...

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05:10
Apple now has US and EU Trademarks for Distinct...

...In general the designing of Apple Stores was a noted passion of the late CEO Steve Jobs as was noted in the biography written by Walter Issacson. Today Apple has secured an EU Trademark for Store layouts.

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05:07
Conner Productions releases Billow for FCP X

Conner Productions (http://www.connerpro.com) has released Billow, a free Apple Free Final Cut Pro X template that features a billowing smoke effect and organic lights, coming together to make an introduction title.
Using FCP X's customization options, you can customize the color of the smoke, the orientation of the effect, text size, and more. It's also possible to use a custom Drop Zone, allowing users to use images and logos instead of text.
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05:03
It’s Time for Some U.S. Apple TV Marketing

Roku accounts for nearly half of the streaming media set top boxes sold in the U.S. in 2013, and Apple TV sales came in just over 25 percent. That sales gap can be squarely placed on Apple's shoulders because the company isn't adequately marketing the device to U.S. customers. It's time for that to change, or Apple faces losing the market to Roku, Google and Amazon.

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05:00
Fleksy keyboard for iOS 8 set for fall release with...


The popular Fleksy keyboard for Android will be making its way to iOS 8 this fall, according to the company behind the software. While the keyboard isn’t quite ready for a public beta, the developers say it will be ready by the release of the next-generation mobile OS.
Keeping in line with today’s update for the Android version, the iPhone version is on schedule to ship with support with over 40 languages.
The Fleksy keyboard has been available on iOS in the form of a standalone app for...

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04:58
MCE ships Mac compatible Complement

MCE Technologies (http://www.mcetech.com) has begun shipping the Mac compatible MCE Complement, an all-in-one, portable USB 3.0 device comprised of a 2 TB Hard Drive, a Blu-ray, DVD, CD Reader/Recorder, a USB 3.0 Hub, and SD Card Reader.
The MCE Complement's 2 TB hard drive is designed for use as a standard storage device and is compatible with Time Machine. The unit includes Mac Blu-ray Player software for the playback of commercial Blu-ray titles directly on the Mac.
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04:58
Aereo asks court to allow it use of statutory...

Aereo may have found a way to it to continue offering a service to subscribers with the key lying in the recent Supreme Court decision against the start-up. In a joint letter filed with the US District Court, the company claims that, since the Supreme Court ruled it operated as if it is a cable company, it should be eligible to the same statutory licenses cable companies use....

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04:51
Backblaze 2.5.1.750 - Online backup service; $5/...

Backblaze is an online backup service designed from the ground-up for the Mac.With unlimited storage available for $5 per month, as well as a free 15-day trial, peace of mind is within reach with Backblaze.

  • Easy and automatic. A simple setup process and automatic continuous backups means having safe data is not only for the extremely savvy.
  • Safe and secure. Encrypted data on your computer is transmitted with a secure, encrypted connection and stored encrypted on the Backblaze servers. Never worry about your data's security.
  • Transparent and accessible. Browse and download your files online or have them overnighted to you on a DVD or USB drive for a flexible file or system restoring process.

Version 2.5.1.750: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.OS X 10.5.8 or laterDownload Now

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04:49
∞ Apple releases their 2014 Environmental...

Last June, Tim Cook hired Lisa Jackson, former administrator of the Environment Protection Agency, as Apple’s Vice President of Environmental Initiatives. This report is the first under her leadership.

Here’s a link to the report. And here’s a link to an FAQ that highlights some of the major environmental questions addressed by the report. Finally, here’s a link to the updated environment section of Apple’s website.

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04:33
Apple Offers iPad Owners up to $240 in a Trade-Up...

... Today, Apple is going all out with a very aggressive new ad campaign offering current iPad owners the ability to trade in their old iPad for a new one and get up to $240 back in credit ...

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04:07
Samsung faces fresh allegations over child labor

Wall Street Journal:

According to investigations by the New York-based watchdog [China Labor Watch], the Shinyang factory hires children and underage students during busy periods and when in “urgent need of labor.” Shinyang makes cellphone covers and parts for Samsung.

The alleged underage workers are usually employed for three to six months, work for 11 hours a day and are only paid for 10 of those hours, the watchdog said in a statement.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:05
Apple Reveals a New Combined Speaker & Audio Port

On July 10, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their intent to reduce the number of openings at the bottom of a future iPhone. The focus of this invention is to reinvent the audio jack port so that when a user isn't using the audio jack port, audio can be sent through that same port instead of a dedicated speaker.

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03:54
Apple Placing Unprecedented Amount of iPhone 6...

Taiwan's Business Weekly (Google Translate, via GforGames) reports that Apple has placed an extraordinary amount of orders for the iPhone 6 ahead of its launch this fall, which is said to be twice as large when compared to orders for the iPhone 5 in 2012. The paper also states that Apple's first iPhone 6 order will consist of 68 million units, with the device finally entering mass production later this month. This is consistent with earlier rumors about the mass...

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03:52
Apple begins receiving shipments of A-series...

Following years of rumors, chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. has begun production of Apple's A-series processors and the chips are now making their way to assembly plants, according to a Thursday morning report from Hong Kong.

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03:45
TSMC shipping Apple’s SoC’s for the first time with...

Up to this year, all of Apple’s SoC’s have been manufactured by Samsung.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has finally escaped Samsung’s grasp of iOS device CPU production. Although Samsung lost exclusivity last year, there was still doubts that TSMC would be able to follow through with their contract. According to this report, the manufacturer has succeeded and started shipping next-generation microprocessors for Apple’s devices (likely adorned with the ‘A8′ nomenclature) in the second quarter.
This marks a significant point in the production of the iPhone, finally allowing Apple to distance itself from Samsung in such a key area of its devices. The A8 chips use 20-nanometer production processes, according to the report. This compares favorably to the 28-nanometer process used for the...

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03:42
The latest iOS apps: July 10

Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.
Vision Genesis has published Daughters Of Zion Magazine for iPad, a digital Christian magazine that is published monthly on the Apple Newsstand. The magazine — which costs US$3.99 per issue — covers everything from parenting, dietary, health issues, relationship advice, motivational articles, encouraging words, and life transforming messages.
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03:41
Court approves European trademark on Apple Store...

You’d probably recognize that you’d walked into an Apple Store even if both logo and products were covered: the signature wooden tables, glass frontage and glass staircase would give it away. Apple successfully trademarked its store designs in the U.S. last year, and a European Unioun court has today approved a similar trademark application in Europe … 
Ifo Apple Store reports that the Court of Justice of the European Union over-ruled a refusal by the German patent court to approve the trademark.

In its ruling, the Court of Justice said the trademark hinged on three issues: the trademark must constitute a sign, be capable of graphic representation, and be capable of...

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03:30
Apple Store design and layout can be trademarked in...

The European Union's top court ruled Thursday that Apple's distinctive retail store layout is worthy of trademark protection under European law, allowing the company to enjoy the same legal cover on the old continent that it secured in the U.S. last year.

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03:29
Briefly: Spotify heads to Canada, Google Maps adds...

Music streaming service Spotify is spreading into Canada in the near future, long after launching in a number of other major markets. While the exact date of the service's launch in the country is unknown, Engadget reports the company is accepting sign-ups for a queue to receive pre-launch invitations, suggesting that it is likely to go live for all potential users sooner rather than later....

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03:26
The latest iOS apps: July 10

Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.
Vision Genesis has published Daughters Of Zion Magazine for iPad, a digital Christian magazine that is published monthly on the Apple Newsstand. The magazine — which costs US$3.99 per issue — covers everything from parenting, dietary, health issues, relationship advice, motivational articles, encouraging words, and life transforming messages.
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03:17
Kool Tools: Addonics Internal GigaNAS Adapter

Addonics Technologies' Internal GigaNAS Adapter is a solution for custom building your own high capacity network attached storage system, including private cloud storage. It's compatible with Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux 2.6.x and higher.
The new adapter is designed to mount into a PCI slot of a desktop computer, server or a storage chassis with a centronic 50 connector cutout. With two SATA ports and one USB port, the new adapter  allows you to share up to 16 hard drives over a LAN with as much as 16TB per drive volume and up to 85MB/sec. transfer rate over a 1G network.
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03:09
Kool Tools: Horcrux Email Backup for the Mac

Questions about data sovereignty, data security and cloud computing may seem most appropriate for corporations and governments, but the issues are important for every person who has an email account. Technichor's Horcrux Email Backup (http://thehorcrux.com/) is a new Mac app that lets email users automatically keep their data rather than surrendering it to third party services.
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03:05
The Chinese iPhone 6 rumors keep coming – this time...

GforGames is citing Chinese site Laoyaoba in claiming that the iPhone 6 will use haptic feedback – using a more sophisticated vibration motor to provide simulated tactile feedback on the display.
The report is extremely light on detail, stating only that the motors are made by AAC (an existing Apple supplier) and Jinlong Electrical, and that they cost around two to three times the 60 cent cost of the vibration motor used in the iPhone 5s and 5c.
A typical use of haptic feedback is to attempt to make pressing an on-screen button feel something like pressing a physical one, but a...

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02:53
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6' to sport...

According to the latest rumblings out of East Asia, Apple's next iPhone will come with an advanced vibration unit that can provide varying levels of haptic feedback in specific areas of the handset's screen.

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02:18
Report Claims iPhone 6 Will Feature New Dynamic...

Apple's iPhone 6 will feature a new haptic feedback technology when it ships later this year, claims Chinese mobile phone information site Laoyaoba (Google Translate, via GforGames). iPhone 6 render by Tomas Moyano and Nicolas Aichino Citing inside sources, the report claims that Apple will ship the iPhone 6 with a tactile feedback linear motor, which can allow the user to feel subtle vibrations depending on different app scenarios and even on specific areas of the touch screen. The report also notes that this new haptic...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday July 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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21:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Symmetrain [iOS...

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

iTubeDownloader...

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

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

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

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

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

Fixed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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17:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Blockado Mountain...

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

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

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16:30
iCringe

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

[Photo credit: Gary Stevens]...

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


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

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16:17
Apple issues 2014 Environmental Responsibility...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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15:00
TUAW TV Live: Wearables and World Cups

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

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14:00
IDAPT accessories: Style and substance from Barcelona

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

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

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

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

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

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13:09
The 11” MacBook Air Giveaway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fortune:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10:12
Cook says Apple will release diversity data

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

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10:12
∞ Shoddy reporting from Reuters

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

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

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

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10:00
The Week in Mac Accessories: Lockdown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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08:18
Adobe issues security updates for Flash Player

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

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

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

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