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Thursday August 21

13:00
Apple patent application reveals design for...

Over the past few days, there have been a number of reports and leaked photos suggesting that Apple is working on a Lightning cable featuring a reversible USB connector. While Apple rumors are a dime a dozen, a recently published patent filing from...

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12:38
Apple spoke with UnitedHealth, Humana regarding...

As part of a campaign designed to drive adoption of its forthcoming HealthKit biomedical tracking platform, Apple has reportedly held broad-stroke discussions with major U.S. insurers UnitedHealth and Humana about potential partnerships.

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12:37
Numerous Apple online services hit with outages

Many Apple online services were caught in a severe outage on Thursday, according to the company's official system status page. This included every iCloud service, such as Photos, device backups, Keychain, Mail, Documents in the Cloud, and web apps. Also impacted were Back to My Mac, Find My Friends, Find My iPhone, and iMovie Theater....

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12:30
UPS Stores hit by 'malware intrusion,'...

The UPS Store, Inc. reported that a number of its stores have been the target of a "broad-based malware intrusion," adding that customer data could have been accessed. The United Parcel Service (UPS) subsidiary became aware of the breach on July 31, the same day that the Department of Homeland Security sent out notices regarding a malware called "Backoff" according to the New York Times....

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12:30
Quickly send someone your travel time with On My Way...

On My Way Buddy is a very simple app with a single purpose: to let someone you're meeting up with know that you are on your way. When you get stuck in traffic or you're just running a little bit late, it could be tedious and downright dangerous to...

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12:23
News: Apps of the Week: Star Walk 2, Swing Copters,...

New Apps Lytro Mobile App (free) — Lytro has relaunched its Lytro Mobile App. The new app is universal, and allows users to interact with Lytro’s “living pictures” through various gestures. Both the old app and the new app are free, so if you’re a Lytro user, there’s no reason not to download this new edition. For the best viewing experience, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and iPad mini with Retina display are recommended. Star…

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12:17
Apple searches for engineers to work on VoLTE tech...

Apple has posted two job listings asking for people with experience in voice-over-LTE technology, better known as VoLTE. The first asks for a "cellular systems protocol engineer," while the second asks for a "wireless communication software engineer" familiar with "SIP, RTP, and VoIP related protocols." Although it's dependent on carrier support, VoLTE can allow for much better call quality than regular or even 3G voice channels....

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12:10
How Apple took over the only segment of the PC...

ZDNet:

If 6.4 million MacBook Airs sounds unimpressive for a full year’s sales, put it in perspective: Gartner estimates that only 22 million premium ultramobiles were sold in all of 2013. That gives Apple nearly 30 percent of this fast-growing market, which Gartner forecasts to grow by roughly 50 percent this year and more than 70 percent in 2015.

It’s also a profitable segment, with average selling prices of $1000 or more.

I plan on buying a MacBook Air once it gets the Retina display.
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12:01
The NFL Arrives on Apple TV

The NFL is now available on the Apple TV, and it’s mostly free. Unfortunately, it may not be what you’ve been hoping for. 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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12:00
Sprint offering new unlimited plan for $60 a month

One of the major issues with moving all your media to the Cloud is how expensive data plans can be for mobile devices. You don't want to pay hefty overages just to stream your favorite Sam Smith song all the time when you can store it on the device....

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11:52
Five Deals on Mac Apps: TuneUp, TwistedWave, Stuffit...

For today's deal, I thought I'd do a round up of some of our deals on Mac software: TuneUp, TwistedWave, Stuffit Deluxe, Elite Keylogger, and Crossover. TuneUp cleans up your iTunes library, TwistedWave is an audio editor, Stuffit Deluxe is the standard file compression tool for the Mac, Elite Keylogger lets you see what other people are doing on your Mac, and Crossover lets you run Windows apps without Boot Camp or a virtual machine. We have a deal on each of them, so enjoy!

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11:34
Apple releases second public OS X Yosemite beta, new...

Participants in the OS X Beta Program can now download a second public beta of OS X Yosemite via the Mac App Store. Changes are unlisted, but since it's following just a few days after the release of Developer Preview 6, it presumably incorporates that code's fixes and feature additions. Apple is believed to be building towards a final launch of Yosemite in October, which could mean one or two more public betas in the interim....

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11:30
Team Stream is one stop shopping for all your sports...

Team Stream lets you follow all your favorite teams: MLB, NFL, NCAA, NHL, NBA and more; plus your favorite players, including all those on your fantasy teams. If you use an app for scores, another one to track your favorite baseball team, a third for...

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11:00
Hot Pads helps you search for rental properties

If you are thinking about moving but don't know where to start, Hot Pads might be just for you. The free app uses your current location to find what rental properties are near you, or you can search any area of the country.

Hot Pads was recently...

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10:49
Apple confirms: Many iCloud services are down for...

Update: Apple says services have been restored shortly after 3 pm.
Readers have been reporting and now Apple has confirmed that many iCloud services are down. The problems began just after 1 PM ET today and appear to run the gamut of Apple’s Cloud services.
Thanks: Jake, Dom, Mike and everyone else who sent this in! Filed under: AAPL Company ...

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10:45
Daily Deals for August 21, 2014, featuring discounts...

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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10:26
Apple releases OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2 to testers

Beta users will also get a new build of iTunes 12.

Andrew Cunningham

Apple has just released the first update to the OS X Yosemite Public Beta, about a month after the first beta shipped. If you skipped the first beta but would like to give this one a try, Apple's sign-up page still appears to be accepting new testers (the company said that it would close the program down after the first million sign-ups, a number that apparently hasn't been hit yet).
The build number of the new beta indicates that it's roughly the same as Yosemite Developer Beta 6, which was released earlier this week to registered iOS and OS X developers. The first public beta was more or less identical to Developer Beta 4.
In the space of those two developer betas, Apple has been working to...

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10:23
Apple posts job listing for VoLTE-experienced...

A new set of job listings noticed by LightReading continue to show Apple’s focus on implementing VoLTE, or voice-over-LTE, support for including high quality call quality on new iPhones.
Specifically, the job listings seek both a Cellular Systems Protocol Engineer with hands-on experience in wireless technologies including VoLTE and an iOS Wireless Communication Software Engineer with “SIP, RTP, and VoIP related protocols”, showing the company is continuing to beef up its expertise around the technology.
9to5Mac first reported that Apple is targeting voice-over-LTE support for iOS 8 and future iPhone models earlier this year in April: ...

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10:23
First Look: Juno Labs Juno Power HUE Pro

We recently took a look at Juno Labs' Juno Power Junojumpr, a battery pack that will charge your mobile device and assist in jumpstarting your car. Juno Labs now has a 10,000 mAh battery pack with two USB ports called the HUE Pro ($60). The HUE Pro features an LCD screen that provides users with an estimated remaining charge indicator. As is the trend, an LED flashlight is also included in the battery pack....

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10:21
Is Open Source an Open Invitation to Hack Webmail...


In a move influenced by Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA's email snooping, Yahoo and Google last week announced that they were cooperating on end-to-end encrypting their webmail products. "We will release source code this fall so that the open source community can help us refine the experience and hunt for bugs," said Yahoo CISO John Stamos. While the open source approach has proven its value over and over again, the idea of opening up the code for security features to anyone with eyeballs still creates anxiety in some circles.

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10:20
An iPhone Veteran Evaluates an Amazon Fire Phone

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the Fire Phone on June 18 with several novel features and a 4.7-inch display. John Martellaro takes a close look at the Fire Phone with a technical review that steers away from politics and towards what the iPhone or any potential owner would want to know about this smartphone.

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10:15
Report claims iMessage spam on the rise, but little...

Despite accounts of purportedly wide-ranging unsolicited marketing campaigns plaguing iMessage users in recent months, spam on Apple's over-the-top messaging service appears to be the exception, rather than the rule.

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10:14
Apple talked HealthKit with insurance companies...


Bloomberg‘s Adam Satariano has an interesting profile out this morning regarding the usage of wearable fitness devices in work environments. The report says that some companies are offering devices, such as the FitBit, in order to track the fitness of its employees. With that information, companies are able to slice costs off of insurance plans if employees hit certain fitness data thresholds.
Slagle’s experience is an example of how companies, facing rising health expenses, are increasingly buying or subsidizing fitness-tracking devices to encourage employees and their dependents to be more fit. The tactic may reduce corporate health-care costs by encouraging healthier lifestyles, even as companies must overcome a creepy factor and concerns from privacy advocates that...

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10:06
Lawfirm mulls possible suit over problems with 2011...

A DC-based lawfirm, Whitfield Bryson & Mason, is considering a possible class-action lawsuit over graphics problems with the 2011 MacBook Pro. In a post to a Facebook group organized around the issue, the firm says it has "commenced an investigation leading us to your community." It adds that while other posts are providing information, it wants people to fill out a survey to "determine if any legal claims may exist." The company's track record includes suits against companies like Google and Lenovo....

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10:00
Crowdfunding Roundup: Sensors, battery packs,...

Each 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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09:43
Mac: Rain Design iLevel 2

Rain Design has released an updated version of its iLevel laptop stand, the iLevel 2 ($70). The iLevel 2 brings your MacBook to eye level for improved ergonomics and posture. This anodized aluminum stand is designed to complement the look of your MacBook....

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09:37
News: Apple releases new iTunes 12 beta

Apple has released a new beta for iTunes 12. We took an in-depth look at the first iTunes 12 beta in late July, and we’ll update this story with changes found in the new edition. The latest beta includes a few more cosmetic changes, such as redesigned media section icons and a new “Recently Added” section in areas such as Movies and TV Shows.

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09:35
External Link: Journalists: Print Newspapers Are...

At Medium, journalism professor and inveterate Internet observer Clay Shirky declares the end of the print newspaper and makes a blunt recommendation, “If you are a journalist at a print publication, your job is in danger. Period. Time to do something about it.” In particular, he encourages current journalists to learn to understand and present data, become comfortable with social media as a newsroom tool, and get experience working in teams to launch new products. 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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09:32
T-Mobile taunts Sprint, offers year of free LTE data...

T-Mobile is ramping up its fight against Sprint, by attempting to coax subscribers to switch carrier. From August 29th, whenever a T-Mobile customer convinces another person to sign up to the carrier, both accounts will receive unlimited LTE data free for an entire year, or in the case of existing T-Mobile Simple Choice customers already having unlimited LTE, a $10 monthly credit for one year instead....

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09:31
Apple TV sells out after iTunes Festival London...

The Apple TV is showing up as ‘Unavailable for pickup’ at Apple Stores across the U.S., with multiple NY Apple Stores we called saying that in-store stocks had been exhausted by demand created by the promotion offering $25 iTunes credit with every purchase, along with that generated by the upcoming London iTunes festival as well as the recent Lollapalooza livestream.

iTunes Festival is incredible in so many ways for Apple and its customers. It looks like they may have underestimated demand this year though.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:24
Apple releases OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2, new...

Apple on Thursday provided members of its public beta program the second test build of OS X Yosemite, while a new build of iTunes 12 for Yosemite is also available.

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09:23
Eric Clapton’s favorite guitar solo

What a great story. Not a bad player to choose for your favorite either.
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09:14
Apple releases OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2 &...


Apple today released the second version of the OS X Yosemite Public Beta. The update is available via Software Update on the Mac App Store for those running the initial beta release; the first beta was released at the end of July. It appears Public Beta 2 is nearly the same build as the Developer Preview 6 (build r, up from f) released to Yosemite developers earlier this week. Apple has also released an updated version of the redesigned iTunes 12:

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09:02
Amplified: I’m Going to Have to Go Smash a Guitar Now

Jim and Dan talk about Balmer’s final departure from Microsoft, Apple commercials, Pokemon coming to the iPad (and the iPad gaming ecosystem), Dan tries to stump Jim’s music knowlege, and more.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:00
Tesla may soon let you start your car with your...

If you're obsessed with feeling like a secret agent, you might already be interested in one of Tesla's sexy electric cars, but if these images of the company's upcoming 6.0 software update are to be believed, you're going to really want one. That's...

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08:49
Apps: Web Snapper, Videobox, Tidy Up
08:45
Sprint announces new $60 unlimited service plan

Breaking up is hard to do. Even if you were never officially together in the first place. Earlier today, T-Mobile announced a new promotion specifically targeting Sprint customers and in turn the Kansas-based carrier has announced a new plan for individual accounts and guess who it’s being directed towards? Starting tomorrow, August 22nd, new and existing Sprint customers can sign up for unlimited talk, text and data for just $60 per month.

If you’re keeping score, that’s $20 less per month than T-Mobile’s unlimited service plan. In addition to its feud with T-Mobile, Sprint’s latest press release points out that Verizon and AT&T don’t offer unlimited data plans at all. To qualify for...

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08:35
Walmart is selling the iPhone 5c for $0.79

If you're in the market for a new iPhone and you don't care about getting the latest model, Walmart has a great deal for you. Engadget is reporting that for the next 90 days Walmart will be selling the iPhone 5c at a staggeringly low $0.79, with a...

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08:27
News: Daily Deal: Mac App Madness, 60% off TuneUp,...

Today in iLounge Deals we have some great prices on three different Mac apps; you can grab TuneUp, CrossOver 13, and TwistedWave each at 60% of their regular prices. Get your iTunes library sorted out with TuneUp for only $19.95, easily run Window apps on your Mac with CrossOver 13 for only $29.95, and record and produce studio quality mixes with TwistedWave for only $20.

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08:25
EBay considers spinning off Paypal

It’s really interesting that eBay and PayPal fit so well together, yet investors feel PayPal would do better without the eBay baggage.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:25
Schematics suggest iPhone 6 may come in 16, 64, and...

Another new schematics leak from Chinese repair firm GeekBar suggests that the iPhone 6 may come in 16, 64, and 128GB capacities. Modules from suppliers Toshiba and Hynix are listed, notably excluding 32GB. If the schematics are indeed representative of planned iPhone models, it may hint that Apple is doing a significant shakeup of its usual 16/32/64GB tiers....

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08:21
External Link: How Apple is Winning the PC Market

Ed Bott of ZDNet argues that Apple is winning the PC market, or at least the only segment of it that still makes money. Though less than 6 percent of last year’s PC sales belonged to Apple, Bott estimates that Apple’s MacBook Air owns 30 percent of the “premium ultramobile” market, which comprises high-end, lightweight machines, like ultrabooks and PC tablets, such as the Microsoft Surface. That market is highly profitable, and is expected to grow by 50 percent this year alone. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:08
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Monoprice Lightning keychain $...

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:

Put a 6-inch MFi Lightning cable on your keychain for $13.49 (Reg. $14.99)

Storage Deals:

  • Samsung 840 EVO Series 1TB 2.5″ SATA III SSD ...
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08:00
Your iPhone could help you find where you parked...

Two freshly published Apple patents might make your next visit to the mall a bit less stressful. "Automatic Identification of Vehicle Location" and "Vehicle Location In Weak Signal Scenarios" -- which were both filed in early 2013 and became public...

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07:49
T-Mobile offering Sprint, AT&T and Verizon...

After an unsuccessful union with Sprint, T-Mobile is going after its former suitor’s customers, as well as its other competitors’ subcribers in the wireless world. Today, the magenta-colored carrier announced an aggressive promotional campaign that offers a free year of LTE data to castaways from AT&T, Verizon and of course Sprint.

Starting on August 29th, whenever an existing T-Mobile Simple Choice customer successfully refers someone from America’s other big three wireless carriers, the Un-carrier will reward them and their new recruit with free unlimited LTE data for one year. If you’re already a T-Mobile Simple Choice customer who with unlimited data, the carrier will give you a $10 bill credit...

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07:47
Apple files to kick off expanded, potentially ‘...


Apple and State of Arizona filings have come to light today that indicate Apple is rapidly expanding its Mesa, Arizona operations and GT-Advanced sapphire crystal production. PTT Research Senior Analyst and GTAT investor Matt Margolis shared the new documents from his latest research with 9to5Mac. The first interesting piece of the filings is a letter from Apple’s Director of Global Trade Compliance James J. Patton from early July to the U.S Department of Commerce:


The letter indicates this plan for expansion by Apple as well as an “aggressive go-live timeline of August 2014...

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07:30
Pentumble really sticks with you

Pentumble is an exciting platformer where you face many dangerous obstacles in your race against time to get the most stars in each level. Players must avoid hitting spiky wheels of death, fire, and other such ominous elements in a quest to reach the...

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07:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Thanks, Hanks

Thanks, HanksThis week, America’s Greatest Living Actor introduces a new app that will make your iPad seem a little more old-fashioned. Plus we have apps for style, food, entertainment, and more.FoliaThis free iPad app is made for writing and creating, and to connect your words to ideas that support them: The “authoring tool” lets you link to other webpages, yes, but also to other documents—in any number of file formats—and even annotate the documents to which you’re linking. The result? Documents that convey “richer connections” than the same old hyperlinks you’re used to. (The developers explain their product here.)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:27
Android Wear watches at IFA: Handicapping Asus, LG...

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07:19
Google Play Music for iPhone updated with ability to...



It’s been just over a month since the last big update to Google Play Music for iPhone, and today the Google Play Music team is rolling out another update with new features and...

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07:04
Quicken 2015 for Mac brings new features, strips...

Intuit has officially released Quicken 2015 for Mac, a long-awaited update of its personal finance software. Some improvements include a new UI design, matched to OS X Yosemite, and support for syncing data with a companion iOS app, which can also be used to snap photos of receipts to record purchases. New investment tools update quotes continuously, and track factors like cost basis and capital gains....

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07:00
Best educational apps for pre-schoolers

It's that time of the year again when parents, teachers and students start thinking about school. If you have an iOS device, you can supplement your child's education with a variety of quality educational iOS apps. Here are some of the best titles...

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06:50
News: Alleged rear shell for 5.5” iPhone 6 leaked

While we’ve seen plenty of alleged leaked parts for the 4.7” iPhone 6, there’s been relatively few leaks for the 5.5” iPhone 6. A new leak posted at evasi0njailbreak.com claims to show the rear shell of the 5.5” iPhone 6 compared to the 4.7” model. The images are said to have come from “deep within Apple’s supply chain in China,” and they could be prototype parts. Unsurprisingly, the 5.5”…

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06:44
Rumor: LG Display to act as primary supplier of...


The majority of the display panels for the iPhone 6 will be made by LG Display.
Per G for Games and MacRumors, LG Display will be the largest supplier of display panels for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 handset.The Korean company allegedly beat out rivals Samsung, Sharp, and Japan Display to earn the top supplier spot. A March report had claimed Apple was working with LG, Japan Display, and Sharp on the panels, but a May follow-up indicated Sharp had been dropped over quality issues as Apple turned to Taiwanese company Innolux to fill out its display supplier...

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06:30
What the deceptive Samsung "wall-hugger"...

I have to admit that of all of Samsung's TV ads, I kinda like the "wall-hugger" ad seen below. It's funny, and quite realistic if you've ever walked through an airport and seen people desperately seeking a charge before they get on their flights....

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06:29
3 Free iPhone Apps for Ordering from the Starbucks...

Ordering an espresso, vanilla Frappuccino, or even an iced soy chai is easy enough at Starbucks, but how about a Snickerdoodle or Cap'n Crunch Frappuccino, or Apple Juice Blossom? Those are all part of the Starbucks "secret menu," and we found three cool free iPhone apps that'll help you order those and plenty more, too.

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06:25
Apple TV 'unavailable for pickup' at many...

The Apple TV is showing as "unavailable for pickup" at many Apple Stores across the US, including the most high-profile ones in California, Texas, and New York. The absent stocks are reportedly being blamed on the ongoing $25 iTunes card bundle. Sales may also be influenced by a recent Lollapalooza livestream, and Apple's planned coverage of iTunes Festival London....

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06:04
News: Video Review: Otterbox Agility Tablet System

Otterbox’s new Agility Tablet System for iPad Air (reviewed here) is the featured product in our brand new video review. You can see the ups and downs of this multi-accessory case, mounting, and charging solution, complete with iLounge’s honest evaluation of its pros and cons. We’re currently testing video reviews to give iLounge readers a different way to get a closer look at new products. As this is an early effort, let us know…

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: The snake is eating its own tail

Alleged Schematic Shows iPhone 6 Coming with 1GB of RAM [Updated] (MacRumors)

When one of these rumor blogs appends (updated) to the end, you know it's got to be amusing. And it is: according to the article, this schematic "more likely refers to...

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05:51
LucasArts’ ‘Star Wars: Commander’ is a free-to-play...

A new Star Wars game from the now Disney-owned LucasArts is landing on iPhones and iPads, and it’s a free-to-play combat strategy game (which won’t be free for too long if you don’t have the patience to wait real time for your structures to be built). The game is called Star Wars: Commander, and while it’s only today reaching the US, it has been available in at least one other country for a little while and has received some great reviews. 
Getting started, you’ll have to pick between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire, which in turn will determine what kinds of characters you get to train as well as the kinds of vehicles and structures you get to build. You’ll be building a base, sending your troops out to battle, and completing a wide...

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05:49
Intuit's Quicken 2015 for Mac revamps interface...

Venerable financial software Quicken is ready to help you with all of your newest accounting needs. Intuit on Thursday announced the release of Quicken 2015 for Mac, the latest update to the long-running app for tracking your personal finances.
Highlights of the new version are a simplified interface designed ground-up for the Mac and new features related to keeping track of investment portfolios. The latter allows for users to create Schedule D tax reports for capital gains, making things easy when April 15 rolls around.
Lest you think that finances haven’t yet entered the 21st century, Intuit is also offering a free mobile app for iOS and Android that works with Quicken for Mac, allowing you to photograph and keep track of your receipts while you’re on the go. You can also use the mobile app to keep tabs on your finances, check...

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05:36
Apple's interest in reversible USB plugs...

While a reversible "Type-A" USB connector may not meet the specifications of a certified USB cable, Apple has nevertheless shown interest in building one, a newly published patent application reveals.

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05:13
Disney expands 'Star Wars' iOS franchise...

After soft-launching in the Australian iOS App Store nearly two months ago, Disney Interactive's "Star Wars: Commander" saw wide release on Thursday, bringing real-time strategy "Rebellion vs. Empire" gameplay to Apple's mobile devices.

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05:02
Samsung Doesn’t Have to Pay Apple Attorney Fees...

Apple's bid to make Samsung pay US$16 million for attorney fees it racked up in the 2012 trial accusing the electronics maker of copying the iPhone's design was shot down by Federal Judge Lucy Koh this week. The Judge said one of the reasons Samsung doesn't need to cover Apple's attorney costs was because the iPhone's design wasn't famous before the copycat devices were made.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's 2012 patent infringement win against Samsung is looking more like a hollow victory every day.

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05:00
Q Design introduces QBracelet, a fashion accessory...


New startup Q Designs seeks to help solve a problem that many people have: we sometimes need to power our mobile electronic devices, but we don’t want to carry external battery packs or bulky charging cases. Q Designs’ solution, the QBracelet, looks like an ordinary bracelet, but it is actually a high-tech charger that can juice up your electronic device discreetly.
The QBracelet will work...

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05:00
Intuit releases Quicken 2015 for Mac, with stock...

Loyal users of Quicken for Mac, Intuit's flagship personal finance manager, have not had the easiest road over the past few years. The product froze in amber with the Quicken 2007 release, which remained on its legacy PowerPC code base well past the...

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04:57
Parallels Desktop 10

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

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04:47
China moves to end Apple, Samsung phone subsidies

China Daily:

China should end smartphone subsidies to overseas vendors and give more support to local brands, industry insiders said on Tuesday, as telecom carriers pledged to cut operating expenses and Apple Inc gets ready to debut its next-generation iPhone.

Xiang Ligang, a telecom researcher in Beijing, said cutting carriers’ subsidies to foreign-made handsets will not only reduce carriers’ operating expense but also leave local players with more market demand.

The perception is that buyers of high end phones are price insensitive and will buy the phones even without the subsidies.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:18
Forget your Tesla S key fob? Use your iPhone instead

The new Tesla S electronics update will communicate with your iPhone (there’s no Android support), sending you notifications and allowing you to use your iPhone to start your car. The question has been asked before about the security of remote start systems like this. No car is theft proof. And the convenience seems high enough to be worth the potential risk.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:13
Calls to Apple confirm: Apple TV promotion and...

The Apple TV is showing up as ‘Unavailable for pickup’ at Apple Stores across the U.S., with multiple NY Apple Stores we called saying that in-store stocks had been exhausted by demand created by the promotion offering $25 iTunes credit with every purchase, along with that generated by the upcoming London iTunes festival as well as the recent Lollapalooza livestream. Apple has been promoting the music festival as a good reason to buy the box now … 
...

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04:06
Another purported 'iPhone 6' document...

Apple's next iPhone could be the company's highest-capacity handset yet, with new documents suggesting the company could offer a whopping 128 gigabytes of capacity in its so-called "iPhone 6."

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04:00
Close Your Eyes and Rest Easy - Blink Is Watching...


One of the most troubling issues with home security and remote-monitoring products is the complexity and cost to set them up. Blink, a new Kickstarter project, is different. It promises to be astoundingly easy, and it's inexpensive, too. Backers can get a simple remote motion detection and video camera unit for just $69 -- or two for $119. Better yet, no yearly or monthly subscription service is required to use Blink. And the batteries last a year. Amazingly sensible. So far, nearly 4,700 project backers agree, having pledged $684,888.

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03:31
128GB iPhone 6? Leaked schematics suggest it may...


 
GeekBar’s Weibo account just posted (via G4Games) schematics which appear to show an iPhone 6 model with 128GB of NAND Flash storage. The images, above and another below, show that Apple may finally blow out the storage on the iPhone and bring it in line with the iPad Air. It also presents the question of whether or not Apple will create another price tier...

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03:13
Apple invention helps iPhone users find their parked...

A pair of Apple patent applications discovered on Thursday describe a system that automatically determines when and where a user parks their car, and later directs them back to the vehicle without requiring a data connection or GPS signal.

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03:00
iMessage “being taken over by spammers,” accounts...

Security company Cloudmark claims that almost a third of mobile spam messages are now being sent via iMessage thanks to the ease with which they can be sent from a Mac, reports Wired.

Thanks to one particularly aggressive campaign from a junk mailer, [iMessage spam] accounts for more than 30 percent of all mobile spam messages [...]
“It’s almost like a spammer’s dream,” says Cloudmark’s Tom Landesman. “With four lines of code, using Applescripts, you can tell your Mac to send message to whoever they want.”


Part of the issue is that spammers don’t need your cell number to send you an iMessage: your email address is all they need if you’ve linked that address to...

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01:45
Purported 'iPad Air 2' flex cables...

In what could be the first images of internal components destined for Apple's iPad Air refresh, fresh photos out of the Far East reportedly show a batch of flex cables including easily recognizable antennas for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.

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Wednesday August 20

22:06
Walmart discounts 16GB iPhone 5c to 97 cents, 16GB...

Walmart on Wednesday announced an aggressive 90-day iPhone sale that shaves $20 off Apple's 16GB iPhone 5s and about $28 off the 16GB iPhone 5c, bringing the latter model's up-front cost down to less than a dollar.

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22:00
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21:52
Briefly: Walmart iPhone sale, new Tesla car-starting...

Giant retailer Walmart has lowered the cost of the 16GB iPhone 5c to a mere 97 cents as part of what appears to be an early move to clear stock ahead of the arrival of the iPhone 6, or to bring in back-to-school shoppers. The chain has also lowered the price on the 16GB iPhone 5s to $79, cut from $99 previously. Both offers require signing a new two-year contract with either AT&T, Verizon or Sprint (T-Mobile is not included in this promotion)....

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20:40
Judge Koh blocks Apple attempt to recover attorney...

On Wednesday, US Federal District Court Judge Lucy Koh ruled on two motions in the ongoing leftover matters related to the first Apple vs. Samsung patent trial from 2012. The first ruling denied Apple the opportunity to recover attorney's fees from Samsung related to its guilty verdict on trade dress claims, and the second returned a $2.6 million Apple bond the company had put up to enforce a sales injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which was found to have copied Apple's iPad technology. No action was ever taken on the ban due to the appeals process, and both companies have since agreed t......

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20:15
Walmart temporarily cuts 16 GB iPhone 5c price to $....


Walmart has cut the prices of both of the current iPhone models substantially in what looks like some early prep for the iPhone 6, which is expected next month. As noted by Engadget, you’ll be able to get the 16 GB model of the iPhone 5c for only $.97. No, that’s not a typo. The phone is now selling for ninety-seven cents.
The 16 GB iPhone 5s also got yet another price cut, this time down from $99 to $79. Both of these prices are only temporary and will climb back to their usual points in 90 days—unless of course a newer model comes along and knocks the...

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19:34
Swing Copters from Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen...

In case you hadn’t heard, the creator of the infamous Flappy Bird is back and making another attempt at stealing your attention when you just need a quick iPhone gaming fix. The game is called Swing Copters and, quite frankly, it looks like a vertical remake of its predecessor—which spawned dozens of clones without the help of this spin-off. While we won’t know for a while whether or not this game will live up to the success of Flappy Bird, it’s now rolling out on the App Store in many locales.
In the past, Dong Nguyen partly...

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19:28
Tesla to allow iPhone to start Model S without key/...


Tesla Motors, known for changing the automobile industry with its innovative electric cars, will update its Model S firmware in the coming months to allow owners to start and drive the Model S with only an iPhone. While it isn’t yet exactly certain how this will work, there is speculation that it will involve Touch ID and may coincide with the launch of iOS 8 next month. The above screenshot of Version 6 is said to be in late beta...

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19:00
Alleged iPhone 5.5-inch chassis backplate leaked in...

New photos allegedly from "deep within Apple's supply chain" have revealed what could be the backplate for the little-leaked 5.5-inch version of the "iPhone 6." The photos show the chassis of the larger "phablet" device next to the same part from the 4.7-inch version, suggesting that the models will be similar apart from sizing. It should be noted that these images could well be from Chinese knock-off devices based on rumored specs, such as the Android-based Goophone....

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18:12
SparkyLinux GameOver Is a Winning Work-Play Combo


The SparkyLinux GameOver 3.4 Edition may be one of the best Linux distros catering to game players you will find. It is a full-service specialty Linux OS with a focus on gaming. Linux distro developers usually do one of two things about games. One, they provide none or only a few low-impact card and puzzle titles. Two, they build in links to the PlayOnLinux and Steam websites. Historically, few Linux distros have catered to serious game playing. The few that did are mostly now discontinued or inactive.

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18:11
Judge rules that Apple can’t recover $16M legal fees...


Judge Lucy Koh ruled earlier today that Apple would not be able to recover the roughly $16 million in legal fees incurred while suing Samsung for patent infringement, according to a new report. Apple would have had to prove to the court that the case was exception in order to recover the legal costs, which Koh said it had failed to do.
Judge Koh rejects Apple bid for about $16 mln in legal fees from Samsung. A drop in the bucket for those attys.— Dan Levine (@FedcourtJunkie) August 21, 2014
While the...

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18:03
Final Cut Pro X 10.1.3

Improves the reliability of burning a Blu-ray Disc or creating a Blu-ray disk image ($299.99 new, free update, 2.28 GB) 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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17:40
Week Of Who, Day 3: Craigy Who and Mr Timey Pants

Today's entry in the Week Of Who is near and dear to TMO Towers, for the Doctor Who fans around the Towers also enjoy The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Craig was a musician back in the day, and at one point he was in a band called The Dreamboys, with his friend Peter Capaldi who starts his reign as The Doctor August 23rd. Why does this matter? Because someone else who knew about this created a comic called Craigy Who and Mister Timey Pants which is lovely and silly and Capaldi Approved. And let's be honest, if it's Capaldi Approved, it's best you don't argue*.

This is pretty deeply in the NSFW category. You have been warned.

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17:34
Judge denies Apple bid to recover attorneys'...

U.S. district Judge Lucy Koh handed down two orders on Wednesday dealing with the first Apple v. Samsung California court trial, one denying Apple's motion to recover $16 million in attorney fees from Samsung and another releasing a $2.6 million bond posted to block sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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17:00
Apple updates Safari 7.1/6.2 beta, OS X Mavericks...

On Wednesday, Apple released two betas for its Safari web browser, as well as a new beta for OS X Server. The Safari betas, 7.1 for Mavericks and 6.2 for Lion and later, add new features to WebKit, the rendering engine at the heart of the browser. In addition, Apple has asked testers to focus on general website compatibility in light of changes in some defaults, and tie-ins to forthcoming features in OS X and iOS. The new OS X Server beta requires the latest Mavericks (10.9.4)....

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16:50
Twitter makes random tweets, favorites on timelines...

Twitter users may have seen a number of items showing up in their feeds from users they don't follow for the last few weeks. In what was thought to be one of the company's experiments, tweets from users that aren't followed and random favorites from others were showing up in timelines. It appears that the feature is no longer in testing, as Twitter has added the new feature to its help page about timelines....

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16:17
Apple releases Safari 7.1 and 6.2, OS X Server 3.2...

Apple on Wednesday seeded the latest Safari 7.1 and 6.2 beta 3 builds and OS X Server 3.2 to developers, asking testers to focus on AutoFill, Smart Search and extensions, among other new features.

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16:00
Circle the Dot: A simple puzzle game that will make...

I hate Circle the Dot, but just spent three hours playing it. This simple puzzle game gives you a grid full of orange dots and one lonesome blue dot. Your goal is to circle the blue dot with orange dots in as few moves as possible. Only the blue dot...

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15:31
First photos of purported 5.5-inch 'iPhone 6...

A batch of photos out of Asia on Wednesday supposedly reveal a rear shell bound for Apple's "iPhone 6" and show a direct comparison between another alleged handset part.

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15:30
Premier Live: Football European Style

American interest in soccer, or football as it is known in the rest of the world, reached an all time high during the recent World Cup in Brazil. More and more Americans are following the top European leagues. Rifra has five apps that will allow you...

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15:12
OS X Server 3.2 developer preview, Safari 7.1 and 6....


Apple has released new beta builds of two coming versions of its Safari browser, versions 7.1 and 6.2. The two updates will be available for Mavericks and Mountain Lion users later this year, presumably. The update will introduce updates to the WebKit engine, including support for IndexedDB, Javascript Promies, and new CSS capabilities.
The last seed for these updates was published nearly a month ago, while the first build of each was...

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15:12
Meet the hero designer who publicly shamed Showtime...

AdWeek:

When Showtime invited Dan Cassaro to join a design “contest” he felt amounted to milking professionals for free work, he let the network—and the world—know how he felt about it.

After sending an email response slathered in sarcasm (“I know that boxing matches in Las Vegas are extremely low-budget affairs”), Cassaro then posted the exchange to Twitter.

Good for him! Far too many places want people to work for “exposure”. As soon as I can use exposure to pay my rent and buy food, I’ll work for it.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:00
World's largest Apple retail store may soon be...

Edgar Daily reports that an upcoming Apple retail store planned for the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai may prove to be Apple's largest yet.

After regional media picked up on UAE-based job advertisements by the Californian company, we have insider...

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14:49
ACM 268: Apple Copycats, Ad Agencies, and Steve...

Copying isn't the same as innovating, but it seems plenty of people are confusing the two with Xiaomi. Jeff and Bryan explain why the electronics maker isn't China's Apple, plus they look at the future of Apple's marketing strategy, and note Steve Ballmer's retirement from Microsoft's board of directors so he can focus on the Los Angeles Clippers.

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14:46
New photos claim to show 5.5-inch ‘iPhone 6L’ shell...


New photos leaked online today claim to show the body of the upcoming 5.5-inch iPhone, recently dubbed the “iPhone 6L” in another leak. The parts in the images are said to have come directly from Apple’s supply chain, though that claim is obviously quite difficult to verify. The design of the body...

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