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23:56
Happy Canada Day to all of our Canadian Fans

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21:51
Apple Building its Own Speech Recognition Team to Power Si...

Earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal claimed that Nuance, which is responsible for the technology behind Apple's virtual assistant Siri, was in talks with Samsung Electronics about a possible acquisition. Now, a new report from Wired states that Apple is forming its own in-house speech recognition team to power the next-generation of Siri. “Apple is not hiring only in the managerial level, but hiring also people on the team-leading level and the researcher level,” says Abdel-rahman Mohamed, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Toronto, who was courted by Apple. “They’re building a very strong team for speech recognition research.” Throughout the past few years, Apple has hired a number of high-level speech researchers in Nuance, including former vice president of research...

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17:02
App Extensions, Third-Party Touch ID Access Demoed With iO...

AgileBits recently launched an iOS 8 version of 1Password for beta testers, which includes support for Touch ID and app extensions, two new developer features introduced with iOS 8. With the update, 1Password beta testers are now able to use Touch ID to unlock the app's main password, which then allows the app to supply passwords directly to Safari using extensions. The entire process has been demoed in a two Vine videos from Gabriel Nevado (via MacGeneration), who accesses his 1Password content ...

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16:34
Apple's In-House Advertisements Scoring Lower Than It...

Apple's in-house advertisements are scoring lower than those created by TBWA\Media Arts Labs, a unit of Apple's longtime ad partner TBWA\Chiat\Day, according to Ace Metrix ad-watching data compiled by Bloomberg. Image via BloombergSo far, ads made by the in-house team have received a cooler reception from viewers on average than those made by the agency. Ace Metrix gathers data from hundreds of TV watchers to discern how persuasive and entertaining an ad is."Chicken Fat" is the Apple in-house team's biggest ad success so far, scoring a 611 from Ace Metrix. However, the ad scored lower than two Media Arts ads, "From the Heart" and "Gigantic", since late last year. "Gigantic" is Apple's...

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15:05
Apple to Announce Q3 2014 Earnings on July 22

Apple updated its investor relations page today to note that it will announce its earnings for the third fiscal quarter (second calendar quarter) of 2014 on Tuesday, July 22. The earnings release typically occurs just after 4:30 PM Eastern Time following the close of regular stock trading, and the conference call is scheduled to follow at 5:00 PM Eastern / 2:00 PM Pacific. MacRumors will provide running coverage of the earnings release and conference call. The release will provide a look at sales of the iPad Air and the Retina iPad mini during their third quarter of availability, as well as iPhone 5s and 5c sales through the first half of 2014. Apple reported iPhone sales of 37.4 million during the second quarter of 2014, along with 19.5 million iPads and just under four million Macs. Apple is said to have many projects on the horizon, including the iWatch, the iPhone 6, a revamped Apple TV and a 12-inch Retina MacBook Air,...

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13:28
Apple Expanding Two-Step Verification to iCloud.com

Apple appears to be testing its two-factor authentication system on some iCloud.com accounts, asking for a verification code before allowing users with two-factor verification enabled to access various iCloud.com apps. First noticed by AppleInsider, the two-factor verification system for iCloud.com requires users to enter a verification code sent via SMS or to a trusted iOS device before the iCloud.com versions of Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote can be used. Previously, accessing these apps only required an Apple ID password, but now "Find My iPhone" is the only app that remains accessible without a two-factor verification code. Originally implemented...

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12:00
Apple to Launch Annual 'Back to School' Promotio...

Apple is gearing up to begin its annual "Back to School" promotion in the United States and other countries on Tuesday, July 1, offering iTunes Store/App Store gift cards to students that purchase a Mac, iPad, or iPhone. According to a source who spoke to MacRumors, Apple's 2014 Back to School promotion will be similar to the 2013 promotion, providing students with a $100 App Store gift card for the purchase of a new Mac or a $50 App Store gift card with the purchase of an iPad or iPhone. 2013 Back to School Retail Display In the past, all iPhones, iPads, and Macs have been eligible for the promotion, with the exception of the Mac mini. The 2013 promotion was available in the following countries, with varying gift card amounts, and the 2014 promotion is likely to be similar: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany,...

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11:24
Possible 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Front Panel Compared to iPhone...

As we creep closer to the fall release date of the iPhone 6, component leaks are becoming more frequent. While we originally saw the alleged front panel of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 back in April, 9to5Mac has shared additional photos of the component. Depicted in both black and white, the front panel in the photos features a slight gloss and somewhat tapered edges, lending credence to both rumors and mockups that have suggested the iPhone 6 will have rounded iPod touch-style corners. The two front panels in the photos appear to have relocated the front-facing camera hole to the left side of the earpiece, while sensors are located at the top of the device. This is similar to the design of the iPhone 4, which also had a left-sided front-facing camera. Currently, the iPhone 5s's camera...

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09:20
Apple Releases OS X 10.9.4 With Wi-Fi Fixes, Wake From Sle...

Apple today released OS X 10.9.4 after just a month of testing and a month and a half after the release of OS X 10.9.3. The last 10.9.4 developer beta, build 13E25, was released last week. The update, which is recommended for all Mavericks users, improves reliability of wake from sleep and fixes an issue that prevented some Macs from automatically connecting to known Wi-Fi networks. Today's update also includes Safari 7.0.5. OS X 10.9.4 can be downloaded through the software update function in the MAc App Store. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Pangu' Jailbreak for iOS 7.1.x Updated with Support for OS X and English •...

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09:01
Apple Releases iOS 7.1.2 With Mail Fixes, iBeacon Improvem...

Apple today released iOS 7.1.2 to the public, more than two months after releasing iOS 7.1.1. iOS 7.1.2 is a minor update that focuses primarily on bug fixes and security improvements, repairing an email attachment encryption issue and fixing a bug with data transfer for third-party accessories. The update also includes improvements to iBeacon. - Improves iBeacon connectivity and stability - Fixes a bug with data transfer for some 3rd party accessories, including bar code scanners - Corrects an issue with data protection class of Mail attachments For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222Apple first began working on iOS 7.1.2 shortly after the release of iOS 7.1.1, sending the update to...

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08:43
New Backlight Enables iPhone 6's Thin Design, May Cau...

Leaked images, mockups and schematics suggest the iPhone 6 will be Apple's thinnest iPhone model to date, with a side profile approaching that of the 6.1 mm iPod touch. A new report from Chinese media sources (Via GforGames) suggests Apple may face yield issues with the next generation iPhone due to its decision to minimize the size of the handset. According to supply chain sources who spoke anonymously to China Times, Apple may use only one brightness enhancement film (BEF) in its LCD display as a space-saving measure. Current generation iPhone displays are supplied by Minebea and use two layers in order to improve readability in these backlit displays. This change to a single layer technology may cause yield issues as the one layer has to be of a higher quality in order to take the place of two. To meet demand...

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05:07
Apple Updating iTunes U With New Course Creation and Discu...

Apple today announced it is updating its iTunes U app with new iPad-related features that'll make it easier for teachers and students to use the tablet device for their online courses. These new features will be available starting July 8th. “Education is at the core of Apple’s DNA and iTunes U is an incredibly valuable resource for teachers and students,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “iTunes U features an amazing selection of academic materials for everyone around the world. Now, with the ability to better manage and discuss educational content, learning becomes even more personalized on iPad.” The new app updates will allow teachers to create full courses completely on their iPad by importing content from iWork, iBooks Author or educational apps in the iOS App Store. Teachers also can use the camera on the device to incorporate photos...

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05:00
Facebook Stepped Over the Line in Social Media Experiment

Back in 2012 we reported on a surprising anti-Big Brother Surveillance patent that Apple was granted by the US Patent Office. At the time we noted that Apple's patent read like a science fiction novel borrowing from George Orwell's 1949 book titled "Nineteen Eighty-Four." It also had shades of the 1982 movie the "Blade Runner," where the Master Cloner invented a method of implanting false memories into clones so as to provide them with a confident self-image. Now leaping to last night's report from the Wall Street Journal we learn that a social-network furor has erupted over news that Facebook in 2012, conducted a massive psychological experiment on nearly 700,000 unwitting users. Society has all but accepted that ...

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04:29
iPhone 6 Mockups of Low Quality, Antenna Breaks Not in Fin...

We've seen a steady stream of mockup devices that claim to represent the form factor of the rumored 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6. According to sources for Nikkei (via GforGames), these mockups provide a fairly accurate look at Apple's upcoming iPhone hardware. Though they may reflect the overall design of the next generation iPhone, the mockups, thus far, have been produced quickly with low quality materials. This haphazard construction misses a few key design elements, the most notable of which such as a curved glass display that Nikeei sources say will seamlessly transition into the aluminum shell that encloses the device. This isn't the first report that claims the iPhone will feature a curved glass display. A...

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Sunday June 29

17:00
Apple Debuts New iPhone 5s TV Ad 'Parenthood'

Apple today debuted a new iPhone 5s TV ad called "Parenthood", focusing on various iOS apps and products for parents. The song features "Life of Dreams" by singer-songwriter Julie Doiron and showcases apps such as My Teeth, Draw Animal, Pet Manager Pro, and Kinsa. Devices shown off in the ad include the Withings Withbaby baby monitor, Kinsa's smart thermometer, and the Parrot Flower Power. The ad ends with the "You're more powerful than you think" tagline, which was initially...

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06:40
Microsoft Sues Ocean Enterprises for Alleged Software Pira...

Microsoft has launched a Copyright lawsuit against Ocean Enterprises and Alex Sumetsky in Minnesota. In the bigger picture it's about software piracy. Our report provides you with a detailed overview of Microsoft's case along with the latest statistics from The Software Alliance (BSA) that was published this week. The BSA's membership includes Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and others.

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Friday June 27

13:06
Samsung VP Thinks Consumers No Longer Obsessed with Apple

Yesterday at Samsung's Business Discovery Day in London, Jae Shin, VP of Samsung's Knox mobile security business group, was asked whether Samsung was worried about losing its early lead in the fledgling wearables market when Apple releases its long-rumoured iWatch. Shin argued ...

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10:52
Adobe 'Doubling Down' on Lightroom in Wake of Ap...

Following Apple's announcement that it plans to cease further development on its professional photo editing software, Aperture, Adobe has released a statement encouraging Aperture users to check out its Creative Cloud plan or its standalone Lightroom app, a longtime Aperture competitor. The company says it is committed to helping former Aperture and iPhoto customers transition to Lightroom. Put simply we're doubling down on our investments in Lightroom and the new Creative Cloud Photography plan and you can expect to see a rich roadmap of rapid innovation for desktop, web and device workflows in the coming weeks, months and years. We also continue to invest actively on the iOS and OSX platforms, and are committed to helping interested iPhoto and Aperture customers migrate to our rich solution across desktop, device and web workflows.Known as Aperture's biggest competitor, Lightroom is another solution for professional photo editing. Adobe has a Creative Cloud subscription plan...

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09:48
Could Apple TV be one Apple's hottest iDevices of the...

Earlier this week we posted a report titled "Bringing ABC's Live News to Apple TV is a Monumental Move." The timing of that news was a surprise though the idea of live-TV coming to Apple's iDevice wasn't. It was forecasted back in a 2006 patent application that was granted to them in 2012. Earlier this month at Apple's WWDC Craig Federighi pointed to several developments for gaming such as "Metal" that could now allow major gaming houses to release top games aimed for the PS4 and Xbox to come to Apple TV technically at the same time. Apple also introduced us to HomeKit ...

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08:47
Apple Ending Development on Aperture as Upcoming Photos Ap...

Apple will no longer continue development on its professional photography application, Aperture, reports The Loop. Instead, the company is working on the Photos app for Mac that it introduced during the Worldwide Developer's Conference."With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture," said Apple in a statement provided to The Loop. "When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS." The Photos app, combined with iCloud Library, is also designed to replace iPhoto. Aperture saw its last major version update to 3.5 on October 22, 3013, and since then, there's been one last minor update. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories •...

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06:23
Teardown of New 16 GB iPod Touch Reveals Same Internals an...

The teardown experts at iFixit have promptly torn down Apple's refreshed 16 GB iPod touch, a day after the device was announced and went on sale. The $199 iPod touch is Apple's new entry-level touch model, adopting the camera and color options of the existing fifth-generation models. The teardown analysis of the 2014 16 GB model found no significant changes from Apple's current 32 GB and 64 GB iPod touch models, which were released in 2012. This "refreshed" device includes the same components as the existing 32 GB iPod touch variant, but with half the storage. At least, that’s the way this camera-laden...

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Thursday June 26

15:17
Apple Snags Lead Software Engineer from Atlas Wearables

Today Network World added a little more spark behind Apple's alleged "iWatch" device that may be released as early as this fall or sometime in 2015. Their report revealed ...

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13:16
Apple's 'Podcasts' App Crashing on Launch

Apple's Podcasts app appears to be malfunctioning for many users, crashing directly after being launched on both devices running iOS 7.1.1 and devices running iOS 8 beta 2. Multiple reports of the crashes have surfaced on Twitter, and MacRumors' own testing also revealed the same crashing-after-launch issue. While the app will temporarily open after being tapped, it closes automatically just seconds later. The Podcasts app was last updated to version 2.1.2 with minor bug fixes on May 29, so it is unclear what is causing the app to crash. Podcasts is one of Apple's most poorly rated apps and has been widely criticized for performance issues, with users complaining about syncing problems, podcasts being deleted, and more. Apple attempted to resolve some of these issues with Podcasts...

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07:04
Apple Said to Be Developing Smart Home Products for HomeKi...

Following a report from The Information yesterday claiming that Apple is building hardware to work with the new HomeKit home automation standard announced for iOS 8, a follow-up report from 9to5Mac is making similar claims. Details on the devices under consideration are scant, although the company is said to be beyond the exploratory stage of product development. Apple already sells one household product in the form of the Apple TV, which Macworld's Chris Breen argues is the logical hub for HomeKit, but Apple's smart home ambitions allegedly extend beyond the living room.The sources say that Apple is unlikely to...

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06:28
iOS 8 Beta 3 Reportedly Not Launching Until Tuesday, July...

The third beta release of iOS 8 will not occur until Tuesday, July 8, according to a report from BGR. That timeframe would mark a three-week interval following the release of the second beta last week. Apple commonly begins seeding versions of its major new iOS versions on roughly two-week intervals, moving to three-week intervals later in the testing period as work progresses. For example, with iOS 7 last year, the second and third betas arrived two weeks after their predecessors with the fourth beta shifting to a three-week interval. Apple did, however, then follow that with several intervals of around a week as it pushed out an urgent bug fix. iOS 6 followed a similar pattern without the interim bug fix,...

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