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Tuesday July 15

05:23
Report: Former White House press secretary Jay...

In an article about Uber, Re/Code reports that name of former Obama White House press secretary Jay Carney is “being bandied about” for the open PR chief position at Apple. Carney, who is also reportedly being considered for a job at Uber, would replace longtime Apple vice president of…

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05:00
Apple tops the smartphone industry in brand retention

New research data compiled by Morgan Stanley Research (and relayed by Business Insider) reveals that when it comes to brand retention in the smartphone industry, Apple remains the top dog. On average, Morgan Stanley found that 90% of iPhone owners...

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04:58
Eddy Cue offering up lunch and a MacBook Air for...

Apple Senior VP Eddie Cue is offering lunch and a MacBook Air to benefit the NBA Coaches Foundation. With one day left, the current high bid is $40,000.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:56
Apple begins encrypting iCloud email sent between...

Last month Apple confirmed that it would soon beef up encryption for iCloud email following a report detailing security flaws in major email services. While Apple previously encrypted emails sent between its own iCloud customers, now the company has enabled encryption for emails in transit between iCloud and third-party services for me.com and mac.com email addresses. 
The change is documented on Google’s transparency website that shows the percentage of emails encrypted in transit for both inbound and outbound email exchanges (pictured below):

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04:52
Apple Launches iPhone Mobile Device Payment System...

Apple is making the move into iPhone mobile payments, at least in a small way. The company has launched a mobile payment system in Japan based on iOS 7's Passbook app that lets users pay for apps through its iTunes-based App Store and products in its Apple Stores.The Mac Observer Spin: If Apple wants to test drive iPhone-based mobile payments, Japan is a great place to start. The company has only a handful of stores in the country, so it'll be easier to monitor before turning everyone's iPhone into a digital wallet.

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04:51
Apple launches iTunes Pass credit system in Japan

Apple has launched a new Passbook feature in Japan called iTunes Pass, allowing iTunes Store customers to add purchasing credit at Apple’s retail Stores. Once the pass has been added to the user’s iPhone or iPod touch, a Specialist at the Store can scan…

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04:45
Microsoft said to be planning massive layoffs,...

The reductions — which may be unveiled as soon as this week — will probably be in areas such as Nokia and divisions of Microsoft that overlap with that business, as well as marketing and engineering, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. The restructuring may end up being the biggest in Microsoft history, topping the 5,800 jobs cut in 2009, two of the people said.

Sad for the people who lose their jobs, but good news for Microsoft if it helps get their ship back on course.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:28
Apple’s new iTunes Pass and another magical way to...

9to5mac:

Apple today has launched an interesting new service for iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore users in Japan with iPhones and iPod touches. The new service, called iTunes Pass (no, not that iTunes Pass), allows users to go to an Apple Store in Japan, purchase credit in-store for the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore, and have that money immediately applied to the Apple ID account instead of needing to receive a gift card and enter a redemption code.

Here’s another magical way to add money to your iTunes account:
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:00
Apple is looking to employees to test its new Photos...

We’ve mentioned in a previous post that Apple plans to replace the once venerated pro-level photo management app, Aperture, and presumably iPhoto as well, with an all new application called simply Photos. Now Apple is looking for someone to put it through its paces, and looking no further than its own collective of employees.

They are looking for current retail employees that have a passion for photography and are willing to relocate to Apple’s campus in Cupertino. The message that went out to employees;
“We are seeking a technical and passionate photography enthusiast to join our Quality Assurance team working on Photos for OS X. You will be part of a fast moving team of specialists tasked with delivering the next generation of photography tools for Apple.“
This type of offer has been made by Apple before and falls under its “career experience” program. As...

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03:58
Google now flags Flash content in search results on...

If you’ve ever been frustrated by visiting a website on your iPhone or iPad and finding it won’t work because it uses Flash, you’ll welcome the latest Google initiative: it is now flagging Flash content in its search results, warning that the site may not work on your device.

Starting today, we will indicate to searchers when our algorithms detect pages that may not work on their devices. For example, Adobe Flash is not supported on iOS devices or on Android versions 4.1 and higher, and a page whose contents are mostly Flash may be noted

As Google notes, Android has now also abandoned Flash support due to the same reliability, security and performance concerns that Steve Jobs expressed in his...

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03:24
Apple refused Touch ID trademark by USPTO – has six...

Patently Apple reports that the US Patent & Trademark Office has refused Apple’s application for a trademark in Touch ID. The decision – made in May but only now made public – is because another company already holds a trademark for Kronos Touch ID, and there is a “likelihood of confusion” given the very similar names.

USPTO states that “Trademark Act Section 2(d) bars registration of an applied-for mark that so resembles a registered mark that it is likely that a potential consumer would be confused or mistaken or deceived as to the source of the goods and/or services of the applicant and registrant.
In this case, the following factors are the most relevant: similarity of the marks, similarity of the goods and/or services, and similarity of trade channels of the goods and/or services....

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02:45
With iPhoto's demise, writing may be on the...

Apple’s iLife consumer-level suite of apps has changed dramatically over the years. It has contained as few as three apps and as many as six. It’s cost as much as $79 and as little as zero. It’s been packaged both as an integrated software collection and as a loose confederacy of disparate apps. And now, in its latest evolutionary shift, it’s been placed on the endangered software list, with a reasonable probability that it will, in the not too distant future, go extinct altogether.iPhoto finish

Last October, Apple introduced “the next generation of iLife apps for OS X and iOS,” comprising iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand. Now, less than a year later, Apple has revealed that it will early next year be replacing iPhoto (...

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02:00
Apple expands iPad, iPhone trade-in program to...


Apple’s iPhone and iPad trade-in program is coming to the land down under.
Per MacRumors, Apple today expanded its iPhone and iPad trade-in program to Australia, giving customers who trade in an older device credit towards the purchase of a new device. Users who trade in an iPhone can earn up to A$250, while users who trade in an iPad can get up to A$215.
Apple’s current...

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00:31
Apple rolls out 'iTunes Pass' for Passbook...

Apple on Tuesday unveiled iTunes Pass, a new Passbook-based service that allows customers to refill their iTunes account by purchasing credit in brick-and-mortar Apple Stores.

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Monday July 14

23:38
Morgan Stanley, Barclays raise AAPL target to all-...

On the same day as Apple's stock hit a 52-week high, closing at $96.43 per share on Monday, two major brokerage houses have upped their predictions for year-end AAPL prices to $110, which would put the stock past its best-ever performance, even adjusted for the number of additional shares created. Morgan Stanley credited strong customer loyalty which will in turn drives initial sales of the long-rumored "iWatch," while Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes expresses new confidence in Apple management....

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22:31
Apple debuts iTunes Pass in Japan, allows Passbook-...


Apple today has launched an interesting new service for iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore users in Japan with iPhones and iPod touches. The new service, called iTunes Pass (no, not that iTunes Pass), allows users to go to an Apple Store in Japan, purchase credit in-store for the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore, and have that money immediately applied to the Apple ID account instead of needing to receive a gift card and enter a redemption code…

To substitute for a physical gift card, iTunes Pass installs a new pass inside of the iOS Passbook application. The Apple Store employee can scan the pass in order to immediately apply the credit to...

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22:03
Apple expands iDevice trade-in program to Australia

Australians can now trade-in their older iOS devices for up to A$250 ($235 US) towards the purchase of a new device, Apple announced on Monday. The higher reward is available to for iPhones, while buyers can get up to $202 (A$215) in credit for iPad trade-ins at Apple Stores across the country. The new program arrives just shy of a year after the US debut, which offers up to $225. Since then, the initiative has expanded to Canada, France, Germany, Italy and the UK....

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20:55
PayPal takes a page from Passbook, adds virtual...


PayPal has updated its iOS app with support for loyalty cards from a long list of selected retailers. The app allows you to select one of the supported companies from the list and scan the barcode on your loyalty or discount card, then saves the data in a digital wallet. The update puts PayPal in competition with Apple’s stock Passbook application, which also allows for storage of loyalty cards and other similar information.
The update also includes bug fixes and removes the ability to scan a check using the device’s camera to deposity money in your PayPal account. You can grab the version 5.5...

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20:26
Apple's iOS 7 officially hits 90 percent...

Ahead of the forthcoming iOS 8 update, expected in the fall, Apple has told developers that iOS 7 is now running on 90 percent of iOS devices using the App Store, indicating a growth rate of about one percent per month. The penetration level of iOS 7 is consequently, like most other iOS versions before it, the most quickly-adopted operating system update ever, on any major platform. The result was garnered from visits to the App Store over a seven-day period that ended on July 13....

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20:15
Apple seeking ‘photography enthusiast’ retail...


Apple is seeking employees from its own retail stores who have shown in enthusiasm for photography to test the upcoming OS X Photos application and iCloud Photos feature. Apple, last week, reached out to retail employees offering such a “career experience,” and here is the message to retail staff as provided by multiple retail employees:

We are seeking a technical and passionate photography enthusiast to join our Quality Assurance team working on Photos for OS X. You will be part of a fast moving team of specialists tasked with delivering the next generation of photography tools for Apple.
Apple typically offers career experience programs for retail employees that have worked at Apple for at least one year. These opportunities...

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19:57
Review: Kickflip is a cool, simple, and affordable...


For the past couple of weeks, I have been testing a new MacBook stand called the Kickflip. I’ve used some of the more high-end stands for my laptop in the past as it improves the ergonomics involved with keyboard typing and because it improves the cooling of the computer. This new Kickflip is not stationary like some other stands on the market, but it is an accessory that sticks to the bottom of your laptop. The stand can be closed for when you want to keep the laptop in a bag or carry it around, and you flip out the kickstand when you want to raise up your laptop. The experience is nice, the stand is sturdy, and I very much have enjoyed using the Kickflip…
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19:50
Review: Cambridge Audio Minx Go Bluetooth speaker

In the pursuit of outstanding sound quality, Bluetooth speakers make a lot of sacrifices to offer a device that is affordable and pleasant enough to listen to compel consumers to purchase it. It's a series of compromises between the number of speakers in the platform, the battery life and the portability of the unit. Cambridge Audio, the London-based audio company, offers a compact version of its sound quality inside the Minx Go. On the surface, the Minx Go appears to check all of the boxes that a Bluetooth speaker needs to in order to be successful. But does that make it a must-have for consu......

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19:46
Apple updates iOS developer statistics, claims 90%...


An update to one of Apple’s iOS developer pages today indicates that the latest version of the company’s mobile operating system has reached 90% adoption among users. That’s up about 15% since December of last year, when three quarters of users had upgraded.
The chart doesn’t break down which version of iOS 7 specifically users are running, but it’s safe to assume that the number of devices running iOS 7.1 has increased significantly since it...

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18:40
Adoption of Apple's iOS 7 hits 90% ahead of...

After being available for ten months, Apple's iOS 7 is still growing and is now running on 90 percent of iPhones, iPads and iPods visiting the App Store, up from 87 percent in April.

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18:39
Is Firefox in a Fix?


It's been difficult to hear ourselves think here in the Linux blogosphere lately, what with all the distractions that have been thrown our way. We've had the NSA casting aspersions on Linux users; we've had the IRS looking askance at FOSS. We've even had the well-respected Tor Project sucked into a lawsuit over revenge porn, of all things. Ready for the latest? None other than this: "Is Firefox dying a slow death?" That, indeed, was the headline over at ITworld, and variations on the theme could be heard elsewhere in the blogosphere as well.

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18:20
Study: iPhone, iPad continue to dominate online...

Mobile devices are increasingly supplanting traditional desktop or notebook PCs as devices for online shopping, a new study finds, and iOS devices continue to be dominant in yet another real-world usage study despite claims of higher Android-based marketshare, at least in the US. Mobile sales analysis firm Custora looked at $10 billion in mobile transaction revenue covering 100 retailers and 70 million consumers in its latest study, and found that 54 percent of mobile phone sales and 80 percent of tablet sales came from iOS devices.......

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18:00
Reviews: Cambridge Audio Minx Go Bluetooth speaker

In the pursuit of outstanding sound quality, Bluetooth speakers make a lot of sacrifices to offer a device that is affordable and pleasant enough to listen to compel consumers to purchase it. It's a series of compromises between the number of speakers in the platform, the battery life and the portability of the unit. ......

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17:20
Apple takes iPhone and iPad trade-in program to...

Apple on Monday announced an expansion of its iPhone and iPad trade-in program to cover customers in Australia, who can now bring older iPhones and iPads to receive up to A$250 to put toward a new device purchase.

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16:21
Briefly: Shazam updated with Rdio, Google brings...

Song-indentifying app Shazam (free) has introduced a new update that incorporates streaming music service Rdio into the app, allowing subscribers to Rdio to hear the full version of songs identified using Shazam. Previously, Shazam would have to switch over to a third-party app if users wanted to hear a full copy of a song they identified in the app, but now those with Rdio installed won't have to fire up the previously-installed Rdio app to hear the full track. Shazam also offers iTunes buying of tracks, and in iOS 8 will integrate with Siri so that users can simply ask what song is playing a......

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16:14
Apple launches in-store iPhone trade-in program in...


Late last month 9to5Mac reported that Apple would soon be launching its iPhone trade-in program in Australia. Today the Apple Store app started notifying Australian users that the offer is now available in that country. Customers who trade-in a previous-model iPhone at an official Apple Retail Store can receive up to A$250 in credit toward a new device.
Apple...

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16:08
Apple's new PR chief may be former White House...

A report on Monday revealed former White House press secretary Jay Carney is not only in the running to take on a job for a communications and public relations expert at Uber, but also for a similar role at Apple.

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15:39
Shazam gets in-app music streaming with Rdio...

Music and television show discovery app Shazam on Monday rolled out an update that integrates Internet radio service Rdio, offering in-app track streaming to users of both products.

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15:33
Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney...


A new report from Re/code today suggests that Apple is currently considering hiring Jay Carney as its new head of PR. Carney worked as White House Press Secretary from February 2011 until June of this year. Prior to joining the White House staff, he worked as Miami Bureau Chief for Time Magazine and Director of Communications for Vice President Joe Biden.
Carney would replace Katie Cotton, who stepped down from the position earlier this year. It has...

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15:30
Documents filed with the FCC reveal Apple-made...

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released documents on July 4 outlining a new device from Apple which point to a company made iBeacon. The device was first spotted by router maker Securifi, which lists the new device seeking approval wireless certification from the FCC for the "Apple iBeacon." Previously, iBeacon hardware was only made by third-party manufacturers....

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15:00
Beats sues Chinese counterfeiters alleging losses of...

Beats Electronics -- soon to be under the Apple umbrella if all goes according to plan -- is suing Chinese counterfeiters for illegally manufacturing and selling fake Beats headphones and accessories.

According to the lawsuit, the defendants at...

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14:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for July 14, 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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14:19
The machine that could fix airport security

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Wired:

Instead of having a human poke around in your bag, the machine scans it for a variety of threats in just a few seconds.

You hold your ticket up to the machine, and it assigns you a pod. Close the door and walk around to the other side. In the time it takes you to get over there, the machine scans the bag for a range of threats.

There are some obvious issues with the embedded company video but those are easily remedied. It would be great to see these kinds of systems in place rather than the awful TSA procedures many of us have to go through now.
∞ Read this on The Loop...

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14:15
The Mammoth Xcode & Swift Developer Bundle for...

We have another developer deal for you today, the Mammoth Xcode & Swift Developer Bundle. Designed for beginners, this bundle of training courses has 65 hours of Xcode training and 25 hours of training for Apple's new Swift developer language. The training is focused around building App Store-ready apps, and you'll produce 20 such apps for iOS 7 and another 20 apps for iOS 8. It covers design, coding, and even uploading to the App Store.

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14:11
iPhone 5S Ranks as World’s Best Selling Smartphone

Apple's iPhone 5S is the best selling smartphone around the world, beating out Samsung's Galaxy S5 and S4. That proclamation comes courtesy of the market research company Counterpoint Technology after compiling sales data from 35 countries.The Mac Observer Spin: Size may matter to some consumers, but not enough to make Samsung's tabletphones outsell the iPhone 5S.

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14:08
National Federation for the Blind calls Reuters...

Remember last week when I chastised Reuters for being morons in writing the article about accessibility? My problem was that Reuters hacked up one of Tim Cook’s quotes to make it fit the story they had already written. Well, it turns out the National Federation for the Blind hated the story too.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:06
Leaked documents reveal British GCHQ can manipulate...

Information posted by The Intercept revealed this week that the British Intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has the tools to modify communications on top of monitoring them and collecting data. A database in the form of a Wiki entry of internal tools was posted to the site, listing the function and development status of each. Data from social media sites like Facebook, video sites like YouTube and various forms of web traffic and phone calls can all be modified or spoofed....

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14:04
Airbus wants to patent the most uncomfortable plane...

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Washington Post:

Airbus has filed a seat patent that appears to pack people in without all the clunky cushions and awkward folding tables…Its cushions are shaped liked bicycle saddles, and when the seats aren’t being used, they fold vertically to save space.

“Reduced comfort remains tolerable for the passengers in as much as the flight lasts only one or a few hours,” Airbus sagely calculates.

How cheap would the flight have to be for you to pay to sit in those torture devices for two hours?
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14:01
Universal Audio releases Thermionic Culture Vulture...

Some great new plug-ins from my favorite audio company, Universal Audio.
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14:00
JUNOJUMPR: Jumpstart your iPhone and your car

No, I am not making up that headline. JUNOJUMPR (US$99.99) is an external battery pack that not only gives your iPhone or iPad a boost when needed, but it can also be used with an included set of jumper cables to jumpstart a car. Talk about a...

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13:51
Email to Tim Cook prompted change of Apple's...

In a recent thread on Reddit, one Apple customer describes an experience in which he effected change in Apple's daily operations, specifically as it pertains to "on hold" music, after contacting CEO Tim Cook via email.

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13:45
∞ iPhone 5s the best selling smartphone in the world

Apple’s iPhone 5s remains the world’s top selling smartphone as of May 2014, according to new data released on Monday by Counterpoint Technology Market Research. [...]

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13:34
∞ RE2PECT

No matter who you cheer for, The Captain deserves a hat tip in this, his last season as a New York Yankee.

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13:30
Accepting the inevitable

Sometimes you just have to admit that you're not longer the best tool for your job. You can download the full, wallpaper-worthy version of this photo here.

[Photo credit: Dnilo]...

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13:29
The Bidding is Open: Have Lunch With Apple’s Eddy Cue

Apple's Senior Vide President of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, is following the lead of his boss, Tim Cook, and offering himself for a lunch date to the winning bidder. Plus, he'll throw in a MacBook Air.

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13:24
Bonnaroo festival used iBeacons to collect valuable...


While iPhone users have enjoyed new location-based experiences thanks to early implementations of Apple’s iBeacon technology, companies deploying the bluetooth beacons are also collecting some valuable data on users. We reported previously how some are experiencing huge jumps in app usage and ad engagement since deploying beacons in grocery and retail stores, and today we get some insight into how event planners are using beacons to collect valuable data on attendees. Aloompa, the company behind the iBeacons deployed at the recent Bonnaroo music festival, shared some numbers it gathered on concertgoers that it wouldn’t have had without its iBeacon deloyement. While users of the Bonnaroo app...

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13:13
[Sponsor] Faded — Simply Beautiful Mobile Photography

Faded is the premier all-in-one photo app for the iPhone. Created with gorgeous film-inspired effects and some of the most powerful editing tools currently available, Faded is loved by amateurs and professionals alike.

Accolades:

• Apple’s “Best New Apps”
• The Guardian’s Top 10 photo apps
• “The best photo app” (John Mayer on Instagram)

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• Create custom actions and apply to multiple photos for consistency in editing.
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[Download Faded today][d], see it in action, and show us your creations on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. #madewithfaded

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13:13
Apple may ditch longtime ad agency TBWA, look to...

A report on Monday says ad industry executives are speculating that Apple's longtime relationship with agency TBWA\Media Arts Lab is near its breaking point, with some insiders predicting the tech giant will look to Beats' Jimmy Iovine to revitalize its marketing magic.

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13:06
Apple may be preparing to sever from ad agency TBWA

Apple may be on the verge of completely separating from its long-time ad partner, TBWA's Media Arts Lab, says the New York Post. Citing industry rumors, the paper suggests that Apple's entire external advertising account is "up for grabs," and that Beats CEO Jimmy Iovine -- soon to become an executive at Apple, following Beats' acquisition -- will also be used to help revive Apple marketing efforts. "Apple bought Beats for a lot of reasons," comments one anonymous ad agency executive. "They think they're marketing geniuses. It is safe to assume Beats would be part of an assessment of all [A......

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13:03
Super Smash Bros. Packs in 3 More Fighters


Blockbuster fighting game series Super Smash Bros. is expanding its ranks with the addition of three new characters to its upcoming installment. The fourth title in the series will continue the tradition of pitting characters from a string of Nintendo franchises against each other in battle arenas. The latest to join the cast for the Wii U and 3DS game are Lucina and Robin from Fire Emblem: Awakening and Captain Falcon of F-Zero fame. Robin is the main playable character created at the start of Fire Emblem.

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13:00
How a Reddit user got Apple to improve its "on-...

Like Steve Jobs, Tim Cook is known to read and sometimes respond to customer emails from time to time. In the most recent offbeat example, a Reddit user detailed how he once emailed Cook regarding the less than stellar music that would play when he...

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12:59
Apple Denied Trademark Protection for ‘Touch ID’

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has denied Apple's application for the trademark of 'Touch ID,' its fingerprint recognition system. The refusal was based on the similarity to a previously registered trademark by Kronos Technology.

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12:41
How to use Siri for iPhone and iPad: The ultimate...

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iMore:

Everything you need to know about setting up and using Siri on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad!

I’ll be sending this guide out to everyone I know who asks me how they can use Siri.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:38
Shazam’s iOS app becomes a bit more useful with new...


Shazam, the popular music identifier service that will be integrated into Siri this fall with iOS 8, has received an update today for iOS that brings a major new feature. Shazam has essentially turned its app into a streaming music service of sort by integrating deeply with Rdio. Now, if you tag a song using Shazam, you can listen to the complete song via Rdio right within the Shazam app. In our brief testing today, the functionality seems to work well. You do need the Rdio app installed and an Rdio...

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12:31
NY Post: Apple to rely on Iovine for marketing help

Apple may part with longtime ad agency partner TBWA/Media Arts Lab after 30 years, as the company may look to Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine “to help it regain its marketing mojo,” the New York Post reports. According to the report, unnamed ad executives believe Apple might “put its entire…

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12:22
Apple launches developer blog for Swift programming...


A little transparency goes a long way.
Following the announcement of its new Swift programming language for iOS and OS X, Apple has launched its Swift developer blog, which is designed to bring Swift-based news, updates and information to the public.

The company has also included download links to the Xcode 6 beta, which incorporates the first elements of Swift into its native development environment.
If you’ve had a chance to start developing with Swift and have any feedback to offer about the experience, please let...

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12:20
Apple employees are ‘swiped right’ on the least in...


Apple employees are certainly Geniuses, but their colleagues across the technology company sphere don’t find them the most attractive, according to a survey compiled by app Hinge and shared by the Wall Street Journal. Hinge, which works similar to app Tinder but with a professional twist, allows users to swipe left or right on another person. You swipe right if you want to connect, and you swipe left if you don’t want to connect.

 
The survey indicates that people swiped right on Amazon employees 14.2% more than the average rate, Microsoft employees 8.2%...

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12:05
Model number for Apple's mystery iBeacon device...

A new Apple device revealed earlier this week in certification documents filed with the FCC appears to be the first in a new line of iBeacon-specific hardware, but the mysterious product's model number suggests that it may instead be an extension of one of Apple's existing products.

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12:03
Ad agency execs believe Beats can spruce up Apple’s...


Apple agreed to acquire Beats for several reasons: for the streaming music service, for the headphones, for the speakers, and to bring Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine into the Cupertino fold. But the New York Post believes that Apple is seeking help from the Beats team for another important area of the Apple business: advertising. It’s no secret in the technology and advertising world that Apple could not be anymore displeased with the services as of late from longtime ad partner TBWA, and unnamed ad agency executives are said to believe that the Beats team could improve Apple’s ads:
...

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12:00
Corning thinks sapphire displays are trash

With the rumor mills whipping up a storm around some alleged sapphire displays for the next iPhone(s), you can imagine that Corning -- the company that that makes the Gorilla Glass displays Apple has been using for a while now -- is a bit nervous. As...

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11:49
Does anyone outside Silicon Valley even want a...

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New York Magazine:

I’m part of the latest tech trend, a bona fide phenomenon in Silicon Valley that is inspiring the kind of pants-wetting excitement usually reserved for new iPhones and Grand Theft Auto games. I’m talking about smartwatches—the tech world’s quixotic attempt to mount minicomputers on your wrist.

I’ve been wearing two smartwatches for several days apiece, and so far, it’s been an enlightening experience. Though not necessarily a hopeful one.

Obviously it depends on what the particular smartwatch does but in my talks with “average” people, the headline answer so far has been “No.” That being said, it brings to mind the classic (and probably apocryphal) Henry Ford line of, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”
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11:48
Mobile shopping to reach near $50B in 2014 as Apple...

Apple continues to dominate as the platform of choice among mobile buyers, with iOS representing 54 percent of all phone orders and 80 percent of tablet transactions as the market approaches $50 billion this year.

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11:45
Barclays Upgrades Apple Outlook, Sets AAPL Target at...

Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes has upgraded Apple stock from Equal Weight status to Overweight and set a price target for AAPL at US$110. That's based on a belief that CEO Tim Cook has solidified his strategy, regained the confidence of stockholders and reversed warning signs seen earlier in the year.

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11:29
Eddy Cue offers private lunch, MacBook Air in...

Apple's senior VP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, is participating in a new auction via Charitybuzz. The winning bid will get a 13-inch MacBook Air, and the main prize, a private lunch with Cue (plus one guest) at Apple's Cupertino headquarters. Proceeds will go to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation; the winner is responsible for his/her own travel expenses....

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11:26
Sprint Launches the Swiss Army Knife of Mobile...


Sprint last week unveiled a mobile hotspot designed to satisfy all the wireless needs of a consumer in one 4.7 x 4.7-inch device. Sprint LivePro, which went on sale Friday, is a multifunctional device that acts as both a mobile hotspot and a mini projector. Users connect via Sprint's 4G LTE Spark network -- the company's enhanced LTE service that launched last October -- or through its WiFi network. Once connected, the LivePro can power up to eight WiFi-enabled devices at once.

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11:00
ZooKazam is a beautiful augmented reality app

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Daily Deals for July 14, 2014, featuring the...

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

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10:29
Eddy Cue latest Apple executive to offer up lunch...

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10:15
Marshall amps iPhone case

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10:12
Data easily recovered from wiped Android phones

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10:10
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Last Friday, a China broadcast source declared that the Apple iPhone is a national security threat because of its built-in location tracking capability. Apple has formally responded to the accusation.

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10:08
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10:03
Apple fires back at China state media allegations of...

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At issue is a feature of iOS called “frequent locations”—you can find it squirreled away under Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Frequent Locations. This feature keeps track of places you go to often, which helps with providing location-specific information. Though it’s enabled if you opt...

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09:52
Apple: iPad is a Vagina-free Zone

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09:40
iPad may pose risks for people with nickel allergies

People with nickel allergies may have to be careful with the iPad, a newly-published paper in the journal Pediatrics suggests. The paper documents an 11-year-old boy who was treated at a San Diego hospital for a rash. Most treatments didn't work, but testing found nickel in his skin, and it was ultimately discovered that the nickel was coming from an iPad the boy had been using increasingly often during the past six months....

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09:39
Eddy Cue offering up lunch and a MacBook Air for...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has now participated in two charity auctions through the site Charitybuzz, first raising $610,000 for coffee with the CEO then $330,000 for lunch and an invitation to an Apple event, and now Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue is offering his time as well in an effort to raise money for a good cause. The winning bidder for the Apple executive’s auction will specifically win the opportunity to have lunch with Eddy Cue at Apple’s campus in Cupertino, California, as well as a 13-inch MacBook Air…...

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Xiaomi Showdown: Chinese upstart set to target high-...

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09:10
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-14

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09:00
3DBin: Use your iPhone to make 3D animations of...

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08:33
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Target stores 20% off...

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:

Save 15% on electronics at Target stores: Sonos, GoPro, Beats, Nest, FitBit, iPads, more
USB 3.0 External Storage:

  • 4TB Samsung D3 Station desktop drive ...
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08:12
Apple at work on fuel cells for mobile devices,...

Apple is working with a company called Intelligent Energy in the hopes of integrating fuel cells into its mobile devices, claims UK publication the Daily Mail. The paper cites "senior sources in the US," and says that the technology could come to MacBooks and/or iPads "within a few years." Intelligent Energy is noted to have bought a collection of related patents in cooperation with a major "international electronics company," which one source says is Apple....

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08:00
Estimote introduces iBeacon power management tools...

Estimote, the company behind the iBeacons I tested in my Launch Center Pro 2.3 coverage and used by easyJet in select European airports, is introducing a round of improvements to its beacon product line and corresponding software today. The primary focus of the improvements deals with power management and how Estimote’s iBeacons consume battery. In short, Estimote’s iBeacons are getting smarter about how they connect and stay powered by adding two beacon power modes including Basic and Smart…

Basic power mode will add 30 percent more battery life to your...

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08:00
Apple officially rebuts Chinese accusation that the...

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In typical hyperbolic fashion, the Chinese media outlet...

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07:44
FCC filings reveal Apple-designed iBeacon hardware

A single, nondescript diagram is the only glimpse of the "Apple iBeacon" hardware the FCC documents give us.

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Apple may be looking to boost usage of the iBeacon feature it introduced in iOS 7. Late last week, router manufacturer Securifi spotted FCC documents certifying a new "Apple iBeacon" device, suggesting that Apple wants to offer beacon hardware alongside a list of smaller third-party manufacturers.
As 9to5Mac reported over the weekend, the FCC documents tell us very little about this device or its intended audience...

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07:43
Killer Deal: Save up to $250 on Apple's latest...

As part of its ongoing effort to deliver the lowest prices anywhere on Apple's Macs and iOS devices, AppleInsider's is teaming up with Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama to give away 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plans with the purchase of each Mac during the month of July. When combined with instant discounts of up to $250 on the Macs themselves, plus added tax-savings benefits in 48 of 50 states, the average savings from this promotion range from $300 and $800 off MSRP.

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07:35
Report links original iPad to nickel allergies

A new report in Pediatrics investigates an increase in nickel allergies that may be linked to the iPad, the Washington Post reports. The article cites the specific case of an 11-year-old boy with a rash. His skin tested positive for nickel, which doctors traced back to a

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07:30
National Federation of the Blind: "Apple has...

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) recently passed a resolution calling upon Apple to work even more diligently to foster an app development environment where accessibility features are not discarded or diminished when an app is updated.

In...

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07:12
iCloud Mail down for small percentage of users

iCloud Mail is currently down for a handful of users, according to Apple's system status tracker. Issues appear to have started after 4PM Eastern on Sunday, and are still ongoing, but are only affecting 0.1 percent of the userbase. So far, there is no ETA from Apple for when the glitch might be fixed....

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07:04
Renewed confidence in Apple management puts Barclays...

Though Barclays has been bearish on Apple stock since February, the investment firm changed its tune on Monday with a newly reestablished "overweight" rating alongside a new price target of $110 per share.

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07:00
Google's augmented reality game Ingress invades...

Android smartphone devotees have been playing a pretty cool augmented reality game since it launched in late 2013. It's called Ingress, and it's a funky real-world adaptation of the "hack the planet" game mechanic that seems to come back into style...

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06:55
iPad may be one source of growing issue of nickel...

 
iPad Air with Apple’s Smart Case
A report in the medical journal Pediatrics claims that the allergic reaction of an 11-year-old boy may have been due to the nickel in his iPad, with the Washington Post saying that the case appears to be just one example of many.

The boy, treated at a San Diego hospital, had a history of skin issues, but a different rash developed all over his body and wouldn’t respond to typical treatment. His skin tested positive for nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals, and doctors traced it back to an iPad he had used with increasing frequency the past six months. The iPad tested positive for nickel as well, according to the report.

Reportedly the boy’s condition improved when he switched to using a Smart...

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06:47
PSA: No Device Is Worth Your Life, not Even an iPad

A woman attempting to retrieve her lost iPod from the NYC Subway tracks was hit and killed over the weekend.The Mac Observer Spin: Please don't endanger your life for a device. It's spendy to replace lost tech, but it's impossible to replace you.

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06:39
Apple responds to Chinese iPhone tracking concerns

Apple has issued a response on its Chinese website to concerns about iPhone location tracking raised by Chinese state-run media. The new post from Apple, titled “Your Location Privacy,” explains how the company uses location data, and how it offers customers choices over data collection. Curiously but perhaps…

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06:36
5.5-inch iPhone production hits trouble with touch,...

Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone is running into production obstacles involving its new in-cell touchscreen panel, along with uneven color distribution on its metal casing, claims KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He suggests that while the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 should still debut this fall, the 5.5-inch phone could be pushed later, possibly into 2015. Even the 4.7-inch model is said to be suffering from the same problems, but to a lesser degree....

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06:36
Apple Refutes Report On iPhone Threat To China'...

An anonymous reader writes "Apple has never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services. We have also never allowed access to our servers," the company said Sunday in a bilingual statement on its China website. Users have to make the choice to enable the iPhones to calculate their locations, while "Apple does not track users' locations — Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so," the company said. The statement was in response to allegations by China's top state broadcaster that iOS7 software and its "Frequent Location" service posed a security risk. The data can be accessed easily, although labelled as "encrypted," and may lead to the disclosure of "state secrets," CCTV said. ...

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