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Monday August 18

09:25
Apple Wins Emmy for “Misunderstood” iPhone Ad

Apple's holiday iPhone commercial, "Misunderstood," scored an Emmy award for best commercial. The beat out two Super Bowl ads from Budweiser, along with ads from Nike and GE.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's long standing partnership with TBWA has produced several award winning advertising campaigns. We'll see if Apple can keep that up now that it's bringing more of its advertising efforts in house.

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09:11
Apple releases OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 6,...

Apple on Monday issued its sixth beta releases of OS X Yosemite and Xcode 6 to developers for testing ahead of their scheduled launches this fall, though no new beta of iOS 8 was released.

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09:00
Noke Bluetooth app-enabled padlock launches on...

I was so excited about this Kickstarter campaign that launched this morning that I decided to forgo waiting until our usual Thursday crowdfunding roundup to write it up. The new project is from FÜZ Designs, the same team that brought you the...

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08:52
The design of the original Apple mouse

Jim Yurchenco was just beginning his incredible design career when he was asked to design a mouse for a revolutionary new computer Apple was working on, the Lisa.

Yurchenco started looking at other input devices to see how it could all be done more elegantly. He found his answer in an Atari arcade machine. Its trackball seemed perfect for the job.

The Atari machine differed from the Xerox mouse in a few key ways. For one, its trackball wasn’t forced up or down. Instead, it just floated. Yurchenco tried doing the same and found the mouse functioned just fine if you let gravity do the work. Moreover, it resulted in less friction and fewer parts. That was one key insight. The Atari machine also used optics to track the trackball’s movement, relying on interrupted beams of light instead of mechanical switches. By borrowing this concept, Yurchenco further streamlined the internal components. That was insight number two.

The third insight came in how you use...

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08:28
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 18...

Notable software releases this week include Fission 2.2.2, Alfred 2.4, Delicious Library 3.2.2, CloudPull 2.5.4, Corel Painter 2015, and Safari 7.0.6 and 6.1.6. 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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08:28
ExtraBITS for 18 August 2014

This week in ExtraBITS, Apple has banned two potent toxins from iPhone assembly plants, we delve into the origins of clicking “x” to close a window, Apple releases a not-so-diverse diversity report, and the New York Times gets an inside peek at Apple University. 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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08:24
Rumor: Apple unlikely to sell sapphire display...


If you’re hankering for an iPhone 6 with a nigh-indestructible sapphire display, this may not be your year.
Per AppleInsider, J.P. Morgan analyst Rod Hall has issued a note to investors, in which he reacted to a report from last week suggesting that sapphire display costs remain high. The source of that rumor was The Wall Street Journal, which made highly questionable claims that suggested Apple remains undecided about whether to use sapphire displays on its next iPhone, which is expected to be unveiled on Sept. 9.
Hall noted that Apple’s sapphire partner, GT Advanced Technologies, has acquired a company known as Twin Creeks, which uses a...

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08:17
App developers can now earn affiliate commissions...


Apple’s iTunes Affiliate program has notified users of the program that developers can now earn affiliate commission via the Store Kit feature in iOS 8. StoreKit Product Sheet, which has existed since 2012’s iOS 6, allows developers to put a page inside of their apps to download other items from the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore. However, the feature was not compatible with affiliates until iOS 8. Here’s Apple’s email to affiliate users:
We are excited to announce that Store Kit Product Sheet is now affiliate commissionable on iOS 8.
Store Kit Product Sheet allows app developers to promote the purchase of music, apps, books and more directly from a sheet within your app and earn the standard affiliate commission on all sales within 24 hours.
We encourage you to...

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08:15
'Misunderstood' iPhone ad takes home...

Apple's "Misunderstood" iPhone ad, aired during the holidays last year, has been awarded a 2014 Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Commercial. The spot was produced with the help of TBWA/Media Arts Lab and Park Pictures, and features a boy who appears to be ignoring friends and family in favor of his iPhone, but is really shooting and editing a special video. It beat out efforts on behalf of corporations like GE, Nike, and Budweiser....

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08:08
Review: Review: Ten One Design Magnus Air

Unlike the original Magnus, which was almost entirely made from iPad-matching metal, Magnus Air looks and feels substantially plastic—a reason that the price has dropped somewhat from the prior model. Beyond the plastic, Magnus Air also includes rubber, metal, magnets in the design. Although the list of materials could make for an awkward stand, Ten One Design has molded the components together pretty well.   Key to the design is a fairly…

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08:00
Nintendo is bringing Pokémon to the iPad, in trading...

Nintendo is taking a huge step towards iPad acceptance with the confirmation that it is working on a Pokémon card game for Apple's tablet. No release date or other information has been revealed, aside from a screenshot released on Twitter, but the...

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07:49
RBC sees Apple selling upwards of 75M 'iPhone 6...

Apple has apparently placed a massive amount of orders for its next-generation iPhone, prompting RBC Capital Markets to notify investors on Monday that they see great upside potential for the anticipated "iPhone 6" over the coming quarters.

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07:35
Review: Go Design TravelCard Charger

Aesthetically, TravelCard is a small rectangular box with a three-toned design and a slide-out Lightning plug as its most noteworthy design features. The tapered aluminum front alternates between glossy and dot-matte finishes that make the black, silver, red, or blue metal look fancier, while the all-plastic back is either white or black depending on the base color you select. Our green review unit isn’t currently offered as a color, but appears…

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07:30
Rumors give iPhone 6 just 1GB of RAM, 1,810mAh...

(Updated with clarity on RAM issue, NFC chip) Schematics leaked by Chinese repair firm GeekBar may suggest that the iPhone 6 will ship with only 1GB of RAM, the same amount used in the iPhone 5 and 5s. If accurate, that figure would leave the device behind current high-end Android and Windows Phone devices, which typically have 2GB. Although Apple is known to optimize its hardware and software, this could mean that the iPhone 6 will have to halt background tasks and refresh browser tabs as much or more than the 5s, since it will have a higher-resolution 4.7-inch display. The schematics may......

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07:00
Gazelle ramps up iPhone trade-in program ahead of...

It's that time of year already, folks. With September steadily approaching and a new iPhone announcement just around the bed, the market for old iPhone trade-ins is just about ready to kick into high gear. And leading the charge, per usual, is...

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06:40
Analyst: No Sapphire for iPhone 6 Display

If you're hoping your next iPhone will include a sapphire glass display, you may be waiting another year. JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall says the cost of synthetic sapphire glass is still too high, and that Apple won't be able to get the price down to a reasonable level in time for this year's iPhone 6 launch.The Mac Observer Spin: GTAT is already running at least 2,600 sapphire glass furnaces for Apple, and may well have a nice stockpile, too. That's a pretty compelling setup for sapphire displays on the iPhone this year instead of next year.

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06:30
Rumor Roundup: Of stones and glass houses

Assembled iPhone 6 Logic Board Revealed in New Photo (MacRumors)

Here's another shot of an alleged iPhone 6 logic board, except this time it has EMI shielding glued all over it, so it's way less interesting-looking this time.

Apple Meets With Thai...

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06:29
New Apple datacenter on Curaçao nearly complete,...

Construction of a new Apple datacenter is underway on Curaçao, reports say. Curaçao is an island off the coast of Venezuela, but a constituent country of the Netherlands. The center is said to be nearly complete already; the original company behind the project went bankrupt however, forcing the Unique Infrastructure Group to take over....

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06:24
Apple's holiday-themed 'Misunderstood...

Another prestigious trophy can be added to Apple's long list of award winning advertisements, as the company's iPhone ad "Misunderstood" has been honored with a Creative Arts Emmy for 2014's most "Outstanding Commercial."

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06:20
Thrilling selfies taken from great heights

Some great selfies, some more dangerous than others, but thrilling nonetheless.

Maybe it’s because I just came across the 10,000th social media selfie I’ve seen this month that’s making me snap. It was another of those inane pics taken in the safe confines of a bar that looks like every other, so I burned the morning looking for more dangerously-shot selfies. In particular the famous ones I’d seen those Russian maniacs shooting high up in the Dubai sky.

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06:20
Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

stephendavion writes Looks like Chinese device maker, Xiaomi, is taking its "Apple of the East" tag too literally. First, their CEO brazenly copies Steve Jobs' signature look, sitting cross-legged on the floor. And now, Xiaomi's latest version of Android shamelessly rips off iOS 7. MIUI 6, which is Xiaomi's upcoming edition of Android for its latest phones and tablets, looks almost exactly like Apple's operating system for iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch. It features the same bright color palette and a flat design. Heck, it even does away with Google's "app drawer" and puts all apps on your home screen. It's like the CEO handed iPhones to the design team and barked: "Here, copy this!" ...

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06:16
Jean-Louis Gassée on the evolution of the iPad and...

Jean-Louis Gassée takes us on a walk through the history and creaky evolution of the tablet, then explores the future of the desktop and tablet lines.
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06:15
News: Daily Deal: Get an iStablizer Glass Mount for...
06:14
News: Report: 5.5” iPhone 6 to use 2915 mAh battery

A series of new photos of the alleged 5.5” iPhone 6 show a 2915 mAh battery, which would be a considerable upgrade over the iPhone 5s battery and the anticipated battery in the smaller, 4.7” iPhone 6—around twice the capacity of prior iPhone batteries. The new photos were posted by Apple Daily. According to leaked photos, the smaller 4.7” iPhone 6 may have a 1810 mAh battery, versus the 1560 mAh cell in the iPhone 5s. Even…

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06:01
Apple beats Bud, Nike and GE to win the 2014 Emmy...

[VIDEO] Ad Week:

The spot, created by TBWA\Media Arts Lab and directed by Lance Acord of Park Pictures, shows a teen at Christmas who seems anti-socially glued to his iPhone, though it turns out it’s for heartwarming reasons. It beat out four other nominees for the prize. Two of them were Super Bowl ads by Anomaly for Budweiser—”Hero’s Welcome” and “Puppy Love.” The other two were BBDO’s “Childlike Imagination” for GE and Wieden + Kennedy’s “Possibilities” for Nike.

The commercial took three days to shoot and was filmed in a historic house located on the edge of the River Valley in snowy Edmonton. Beautifully done.
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05:52
How the Atari arcade system inspired the original...

Wired has an interesting profile out this morning on Jim Yurchenco, a now-retired engineer whose career virtually started with the task of helping create the first mouse for Apple and Steve Jobs:
Yurchenco was just a year or two out of school when he got a call from an old Stanford pal, David Kelley. Kelley had just started a new design firm and asked if Yurchenco might want to join as an engineer. That meant a proper salary—Yurchenco had been working at a medical tech start-up, being paid mostly in stock—so he agreed. The company was called Hovey-Kelley; Ideo was still a few years off at that point. But thanks to co-founder Dean Hovey’s relationship with Jobs, Apple became one of the young company’s first clients.
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05:52
Nintendo rises after report Pokemon game to debut on...

This is a tricky piece of news.

Nintendo Co. (7974) jumped in Tokyo trading after its new Mario Kart 8 video game surpassed 1 million units in U.S. sales and affiliate The Pokemon Co. said an online trading-card game will be released as an application for Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPad.

The Pokémon game is owned by The Pokémon Company, which is affiliated with Nintendo (Nintendo has certain licensing and marketing rights) but not owned by Nintendo.

“We have been here many times before in regards to Nintendo’s tentative plans to introduce some of its characters for smart devices,” Amir Anvarzadeh, a manager of Japanese equity sales at BGC Partners Inc. in Singapore, said by e-mail. “This latest Pokemon cards plan which is already out on PCs is hardly a change in its direction.”

This is not quite correct.
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05:47
Why Tesla Is the Best Car Company in the World


As an analyst in a market of experts, I'm known as a generalist, but if I have an area of particular focus, it is how to make customers love you. In the car space, there are two emerging vendors on the world stage: India's Tata, which now owns brands like Jaguar and Land Rover; and Tesla, the dominant provider of electric cars. Both companies are trying to make a dent in the world, and Tata is by far the larger and more capable of the two, but it is Tesla that is having a bigger impact.

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05:47
Apple unlikely to sell sapphire iPhones this year,...

Apple's investments in sapphire may one day result in iPhone cover displays made of the material, but sapphire is unlikely to appear in this year's models due to prohibitive costs associated with producing the material in large quantities, investment firm J.P. Morgan said on Monday.

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05:42
Hoping for a curved Apple Thunderbolt Display? Check...

I’ve never been greatly convinced that curved TV screens are anything but a passing novelty. Watching TV is a social experience, so optimizing the viewing angle for just one person seems odd. But a curved monitor makes much more sense to me, enabling more comfortable viewing from a fixed position at your desk – especially as monitors get larger.
LG has just announced that it will formally launch the 34UC97,  “the world’s first curved monitor with an extra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio,” at the IFA in Berlin next month. The 34-inch ultra-wide monitor offers a 3440×1440 resolution, and – appealingly for Mac users – supports Thunderbolt 2 … 

The Quad HD resolution display gives digital photographers and filmmakers the level of detail and...

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05:39
Gazelle extends iPhone trade-in prices until...


Electronics trade-in site Gazelle has today announced that it will lock trade-in prices for iPhones between now and September 9th for 50 days. This means that iPhone owners looking to upgrade can get a quote today, but not let go of their device until the new iPhone arrives, keeping the original quoted price.  Gazelle predicts that trade-in prices for iPhone 5s to fall up to 25% in the month following the expected iPhone 6 announcement.
Gazelle is also running another promotion in tandem, temporarily raising prices offered for iPhone 5s. Gazelle will now offer up to $350 for an iPhone 5s in perfect condition. Obviously, arranging an iPhone trade-in sooner rather than later will...

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05:31
News: Apple to debut reversible USB Lightning cable?

A few allegedly leaked photos of reversible USB cables have popped up in recent days, with reports claiming that Apple’s new Lightning to USB cables could include the feature. The most recent photo comes from Sonny Dickson, who has leaked real Apple parts in the past, depicting a USB connector that would work with any standard Type A USB port, but could be inserted upside down or right-side up. It’s notable that Apple has filed a recently-revealed…

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05:07
5.5-inch iPhone 6 Photos Surface, Along with...

Photos showing what are claimed to be components from a 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 have surfaced, although they don't exactly qualify as definitive proof that a super-size iPhone is on the way. The name that goes along with the big-screen model photos is a bit dubious, too: iPhone 6L.The Mac Observer Spin: At this point, not seeing a 4.7-inch iPhone model this fall will be a big surprise. The rumored 5.5-inch model, however, still feels like a wild card.

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05:05
The $210B cash Apple would have by now without the...

Asymco’s Horace Dediu has been doing some number-crunching on AAPL’s cash stockpile, which sat at around $120B before the company began paying dividends and initiated a share buyback scheme two years ago. He calculates that, had nothing changed, Apple would now be sitting on around $210B in cash.
To put that into perspective, there are only about a dozen companies in the world Apple wouldn’t have been able to buy outright for that amount.
Despite the $53B spent on buying its own shares and the $21.5B paid out in dividends, the continuing flow of profits into the company means that Apple today still has about the same amount of cash it did two years ago. The share purchases themselves have proven a good deal for Apple as their value has increased....

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05:02
Fujifilm XQ1: A Professional Point-and-Shoot?

The XQ1 is a pocket-sized point-and-shoot from Fujifilm that can pinch-hit for pros when teamed up with the application Photo Ninja. Charles Maurer looks at both products and shows how they work together. 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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04:58
Gazelle paying up to $350 cash for old iPhones if...

If you're looking to mitigate the cost of upgrading to Apple's 'iPhone 6' by getting the most cash possible for your current iPhone, buyback service Gazelle has just launched its most aggressive price-lock promotion yet: up to $350 for your old iPhone if you lock in a price quote today (and you don't need to send it in until Oct. 10 -- long after the iPhone 6 is expected on the market).

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04:32
Rumor: 'A8' chip in Apple's '...

A newly leaked document claiming to be a schematic for Apple's next-generation "A8" processor expected to power the "iPhone 6" claims the chip will come with 1 gigabyte of RAM, falling short of competing devices like Samsung's Galaxy S5.

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03:53
Sony launches α5100 with 24.3MP sensor, rear...

Sony has unveiled another mirrorless camera in its Alpha range, one which it calls the world's smallest interchangeable lens camera. The α5100, effectively replacing the NEX-5T and arriving seven months after the α5000 received an update, has the same 24.3-megapixel Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor paired with a BIONZ X image processor as used by the α6000, though it exchanges the electronic viewfinder for other additions....

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03:34
Kickstarter campaign begins for iPhone-controlled...

Locks always struck me as the perfect application for Bluetooth LE: walk up to the lock, it detects the phone in your pocket or bag, checks the code and unlocks. If you need to let someone else in, you authorize their app on a one-off or permanent basis. Simple, secure, convenient.
There are a bunch of Bluetooth door locks on the way, and you can even lock and unlock your Mac via Bluetooth, so why not a Bluetooth padlock too? Noke is a Kickstarter campaign for a $59 lock where you simply click the hasp to unlock. Provided your phone is with you, and the app code matches the lock, it opens...

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03:00
Xiaomi, the Chinese company behind the Mi Pad,...

Not content with a blatant copy of the iPad mini and a smartphone called the Mi Phone, Xiaomi’s latest Android overlay – MIUI 6 – bears more than a passing resemblance to iOS 7. The flat icons, the icon screens scrolling above the fixed app tray at the bottom, the calendar, calculator, compass … 
Xiaomi global VP and former Google exec Hugo Barra has said previously that suggestions that the company copies Apple’s designs are “sweeping sensationalist statements” and that similarities are coincidental.

“If you have two similarly skilled designers, it...

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Sunday August 17

18:34
Will the iPhone 6 include a reversible USB cable?...


The iPhone 6’s packaging might not only include a redesigned smartphone, but a redesigned USB to Lightning cable. While it’s unlikely that Apple will yet-again change the Lightning port introduced with the 2012 iPhone 5 anytime in the near future, a redesigned version of the USB plug could be ready for this fall. Sketchy photos of a reversible USB cable first surfaced on the web last week, and Sonny Dickson yesterday shared another shot of the cables via Twitter.
Like the Lightning connector, the benefit of a reversible USB connector is that it can be inserted into a...

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15:07
I went undercover in America’s toughest prison

Vice:

How do we try to change whatever it was that brought someone into trouble with the law? And if that proves impossible, what is the best way that society can protect itself? I wanted to find out. I also wanted to see how much of what I knew—or thought I knew—about jail turned out to be true. So I wrote to corrections departments worldwide asking for access.

I discovered that I could go to jail in America as an “undercover voluntary detainee.”

I don’t know if the author is brave or stupid. Undoubtedly, a lot of both.
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14:14
Google acquires team behind deep learning app Jetpac...

Google recently made another acquisition recently, this time involving a team that uses deep learning in their apps. The team behind the Jetpac City Guides app announced last week that they would be joining Google in an unspecified capacity. Details of the deal weren't disclosed, but the San Francisco-based team would be moving on to Google, leaving their apps behind in the process....

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14:00
Reviews: Tesoro Tizona G2N Elite gaming keyboard

The market for gaming keyboards is getting crowded, starting off with some fairly simple keyboards and diverging into the land of modular configurations and piece meal construction. But what about gamers that just want a plain mechanical keyboard that handles the daily grind with ease, only to spring to life in gaming situations? The gamers may not need to look any further than the ......

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13:40
Apple cuts prices of all Beats by Dre products by 10...


A couple weeks following the closing of Apple’s acquisition of Beats Electronics and the Beats Music streaming service, Apple has cut the price of all Beats by Dr. Dre products by 10% in both its physical retail stores and official online store…

The 10% off discount will last through August 23rd, according to a source. Beats products, including over-ear headphones, in-ear headphones, and speakers are all covered by the deal, but those seeking those “Beats Pill Dude” speaker covers will still (fortunately) have to pay the...

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12:54
Apple wins 2014 ‘Outstanding Commercial’ Emmy Award...

Here’s some good news for Apple amid several months of controversy surrounding the Cupertino-company’s marketing efforts: Apples’ 2013 Holiday season television commercial “Misunderstood” has won a Creative Arts Emmy Award for most “outstanding commercial” in 2014. The award was announced on the Emmy’s winners list last night, and the Creative Arts Emmy Awards are presented for “guest performers on television dramas and comedy series, as well as the many talented artists and craftspeople behind the scenes to create television excellence.” The main, televised Emmy Awards ceremony takes place on August 25th…
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11:32
Fission 2.2.2

Maintenance update for the popular audio editor. ($32 new, free update, 14.5 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:32
Alfred 2.4

Adds support and updates themes for OS X Yosemite. (Free, £15 for Powerpack, 3.1 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:32
Delicious Library 3.2.2

Adds the capability to create your own custom fields. ($25 new, free update, 79.7 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:31
CloudPull 2.5.4

Maintenance release with a handful of improvements to the Google data backup application. ($24.99 new, free update, 9.7 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:21
Supermarket chains Supervalu, AB Acquisition LLC...

Last week, supermarket chain Supervalu announced that it discovered an intrusion into part of its computer network, specifically for the portion that processes payments with debit and credit cards. The company believes that card data may have been stolen from 209 of its standard and franchise stores. A day prior, AB Acquisition LLC announced that its systems were breached, but was said it had yet to determine any cardholder data had been stolen....

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06:15
Deep iPad discounts at Staples and Target: $199 16GB...

From 9to5Toys.com:

Confirming our report from earlier this month, Target has revived its $199 iPad mini sale (Direct Link) this morning. At the time of posting it’s available both online at Target.com and at Target retail locations. That’s even $30 less than the retail price of top...

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05:16
Review: iHome’s iBN26 is a classy Bluetooth Speaker/...


If you haven’t heard of iHome products before now, they manufacture a wide variety of home audio accessories for iOS and Android devices. If you’re into Bluetooth speakers, they’ve got you covered. You’ll find Bluetooth speakers in just about every shape and size on the company’s website.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been testing out iHome’s awkwardly named iBN26 Bluetooth speaker with built-in speakerphone. Yes, that is both the model number and product name. I know, it’s weird. Either way, if you’re in the market for a new speaker setup, you may want to give this one a closer look…
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Saturday August 16

22:04
The best podcast apps for the iPhone

Anxious Machine:

I decided to do just that, purchasing and trying out Instacast, Downcast, Pocketcasts, Podwrangler, Castro, Mocast, and Overcast. I made comparison video to share what I observed.

I have no background in design, but perhaps because I have a degree in comparative literature, I find it endlessly fascinating to compare the interface of apps and savor the details of what each one offers. None of these apps is perfect, but it’s inspiring to see how a group of talented humans use their skills in different ways, through the endlessly plastic medium of software, to approach the same problems.

Good round up and comparison of what’s available.
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11:14
Now even more shots of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6’s...


Yesterday, we reported on purported photos of the larger, 5.5-inch iPhone 6’s 2915mAh battery pack among other parts, and today, new clear shots of the 4.7-inch models have leaked. Photos of the smaller next-generation iPhone’s 1810mAh battery first hit the web in July, and these new photos add weight to the previous photos being legitimate. For...

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10:46
Another purported 'iPhone 6' leak suggests...

In even more evidence that Apple's next iPhone will sport a larger 1,810mAh battery, a new parts leak shows a series of purported "iPhone 6" batteries in shipping trays, complete with legal text and Apple logo.

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10:05
Google sued over data compression technology in...

London firm Vedanti Systems Limited (VSL) is suing Google over the compression algorithms used in YouTube. According to the complaint filed on August 10, Google uses the technology across a wide swath of Google offerings, with YouTube being the primary violator....

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10:00
Monitor OS X network, CPU and disk activity in the...

For those Mac users who love to push their hardware to its limits, the OS X Activity Monitor (found in Applications > Utilities) can be a handy tool. I often use it to find out if one process or another has suddenly decided to take over my iMac, to...

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09:17
Apple reportedly expanding global data center...

Apple's latest data center project may be on the small southern Caribbean island of Curacao, as local media suggests the iCloud operator may be taking over a facility where construction is nearly complete.

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09:00
FCC lengthens second 'net neutrality'...

Under an onslaught of remarks, both slamming and supporting the Federal Communication Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler's Net Neutrality proposal, the agency has extended the second public comment phase five days until September 15. The alteration was made "to ensure that members of the public have as much time as was initially anticipated to reply to initial comments in these proceedings," according to the agency....

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07:30
Puzzlfy is great fun for all

Puzzlfy is an iPad only jigsaw puzzle game where you can make your own puzzles either from photos or video. There are a few options to make puzzles out of video and photos provided by the game but the real fun is taking your own photos and making...

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07:00
Dog Days of Summer: Not a compatible iPhone accessory

The photo by Ellie's human Colton White says it all: Ellie's teeth are apparently not a compatible iPhone accessory...

If you have a Dog Days nominee to share, let us know via our feedback page (and please remember that the photo has to have some...

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06:22
Stop being a tourist

The Verge:

I consider “tourist” to be the filthiest of words. It’s the curse I grumble when caught behind pedestrians walking without purpose on big-city sidewalks. But I differentiate between explorer and tourist: the former being someone that travels to an unfamiliar place to learn about it, the latter a barbaric asshat driven by the desire to document his very existence.

Funny article that makes some great points about how far too many people “record without being present”.
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06:20
Pokemon collectible card game coming to iPad later...

Nintendo property The Pokemon Trading Card Game is coming to the iPad. Following a tease of the game during the Pokemon World Championships currently underway in Washington DC, official representatives have confirmed the title, and that it is coming out on the iPad "later this year."...

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06:09
∞ Hyperlapse

[VIDEO] You’ve no doubt seen time lapse videos, where the action in a video is speeded up by trimming a video to show only one frame in ten, say. Time lapse videos are jumpy.

Microsoft’s research labs have introduced a new form of time lapse video, called Hyperlapse. Words don’t do it justice.

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06:00
To Your Health: Intel Inside Your Headphones


Intel on Friday announced it is working with rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's SMS Audio to develop earbuds that will monitor users' heart rates. The SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones will have an earhook and will be powered by the user's smartphone. They will be sweat- and water-resistant. The earbuds will be available from SMS Audio in Q4. "This is a pretty unique product when compared to other earphones today, in terms of biometrics -- but also [because] no battery is required," said Intel spokesperson Bill Calder.

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05:55
∞ Humans need not apply

[VIDEO] The video below is long, but thoughtful and riveting. It make the case that just as horses have been replaced by technology, humans are next. If that sounds like silly logic, invest one minute, just to see what you think.

From the narrative:

Self driving cars aren’t the future. They’re here and they work. Self-driving cars have driven hundreds of thousands of miles up and down the California coast and through cities, all without human intervention. The question is not if they’ll replace cars, but how quickly. They don’t need to be perfect, they just need to be better than us. Human drivers, by the way, kill 40,000 people a year with cars, just in the United States. Given that self-driving cars don’t blink, don’t text while driving, don’t get sleepy or stupid, it’s easy to see them being better than humans because they already are.

Self driving cars replacing human drivers is already a done deal. That die is cast. This is just one small example of what...

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05:30
Hellow! is like Snapchat for your more precious...

Hellow! is a free photo-sharing app for iOS that in practice is somewhat similar to Snapchat, but still clearly serves a different purpose. Photos don't disappear until you manually delete them, and the ability to schedule when and where to send them...

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05:00
The Week in iPad Cases: What the fox says

What the fox saysAnimals play an important role in this week’s roundup of new iPad cases, decorating your tablet with sweet cuteness—and a bit of hipster cunning.AndresThe Rugged Waterproof (iPad Air; $300) fully protects your tablet from the harshest elements with its military-grade, impact-resistant design.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:05
Apple bolstering ‘Report A Problem’ Maps options in...


Apple has shown a renewed focus on Maps with iOS 8. Although headline features like transit did not show at WWDC, recent iOS 8 betas are bringing improvements to the ‘Report A Problem’ features. The frequency at which these updates are passed through has also improved dramatically in the past couple of months.
Apple has added a new explicit ‘follow-up by email’ option at the end of the Report A Problem form. This means Apple is now actively looking to get additional information about map...

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01:13
Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In...

An anonymous reader writes Reuters reported on Friday that Apple "has begun keeping the personal data of some Chinese users on servers in mainland China." Apple has claimed that the move is meant "to improve the speed and reliability of its iCloud service", but given China's track record with censorship and privacy, the explanation rings hollow for some skeptics. Nevertheless, Apple assures its Chinese users that their personal data on China Telecom is encrypted and that the encryption keys will be stored offshore. Only time will tell if Apple will be able to resist Chinese government requests to access its China-based servers. ...

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Friday August 15

20:00
Picture of claimed 5.5-inch 'iPhone 6'...

Taiwanese Apple blog Apple Daily has published pictures of three components it claims are parts from the oft-discussed but little-seen 5.5-inch version of the "iPhone 6." The photos show what are said to be the display, logic board and battery of the device, but at least two of the three parts are identical to the claimed 4.7-inch iPhone, casting doubt on the entire report. The battery, however, may be a genuinely new part, and is said to be nearly double in capacity compared to the current iPhone 5s battery....

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19:11
Scott Sanchez on OpenStack: Shifting a Mindset


OpenStack, which turned 4 years old this summer, began as a twinkle in Scott Sanchez's eyes. He was determined to turn the fledgling Infrastructure as a Service platform he helped create into a thriving resource for public and private clouds. OpenStack is an open source project. Its technology consists of a series of interrelated projects that provide users with the ability to create and manage both public and private cloud operations. Partnering with NASA, Rackspace Hosting launched the project in 2010.

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18:51
Briefly: TweetDeck 3.8.4, BSpoke Kickstand case for...

TweetDeck by Twitter has received an update for OS X. The app is designed for publishers, marketers and power users of Twitter, and features a customizable layout for the social networking platform. Tweetdeck v3.8.4 offers the ability to find locally trending topics for Regions and Cities, adding a column based on the trend....

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18:23
Opinion: The best $300 I've spent on a gadget...

Like many people, I love music and have an extensive iTunes collection. I also record my own music and even released a single with Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens on lead guitar. All of which means that, like many people, I take the quality of my listening experience seriously and am always looking for a great listening experience at home, in the car, and when on the go. I have managed to get a great sound at home, and in my car, but struggled to get an ideal listening experience on the go. Like some I've bought far too many headphones as part of this quest, when what I really should have d......

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18:22
Sketchy report claims photos show 5.5-inch '...

A highly questionable report out of the Far East on Friday includes photos of what are claimed to be parts from Apple's rumored 5.5-inch "iPhone 6," including a display and logic board curiously similar to "leaked" components associated with a rumored 4.7-inch model.

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17:55
Pokemon is coming to the iPad, just not in the way...


The world has long clamored for Pokemon on iOS, and now it looks like those users may finally get their wish. But don’t get your hopes up to play the upcoming Omega Ruby on your iPhone, or even the classics like Pokemon Red. The game headed for the iPad isn’t part of the popular adventure game series at all. It’s actually a digital version of the Pokemon trading card game.
YouTuber Josh Wittenkeller spied an early build of the app earlier today, snapped a photo and posted it to Twitter.
It looks like Pokémon TCGO is in works for the iPad! Should be a huge way to expand the game. #PlayPokemon...

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17:32
Purported photos of 5.5-inch ‘iPhone 6L’ show...


Asia-based rumor site Apple Daily has acquired photos of what it claims are the next-generation iPhone, including the 5.5-inch model we’ve seen much less of in recent weeks. The two photos above show the larger device (with the purple interior) paired with a 4.7-inch version. The wider 5.5-inch model is to the right and the 4.7 display panel is on the left. While some may note that the part on the right does not appear much larger than the part on the left, it is possible that the image’s perspective does not highlight the size differentiation well....

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17:00
Mac Observer Staff: What’s In Your Mac Menu Bar?

Ever wonder what workflows look like around TMO Towers? Kelly asked around for what everyone keeps in their menu bar, and here are the results.

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15:54
I Love Paris! 3 Free iOS Paris Apps You’ll Love Too

Love Paris? Vern Seward points out three iOS apps that will make you fall in love all over again in this weeks Free on iTunes. Ulmon Paris Travel Guide, Triposo Paris Travel Guide, Walking Tours.

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14:41
Apple Adds 5 Vice President to Leadership Page

Apple significantly expanded the ranks of executives featured on its leadership page Friday. That page previously featured Apple CEO Tim Cook and the company's nine senior vice presidents, but now features an additional five vice presidents, all of whom report to CEO Tim Cook.

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14:01
Apple CEO Tim Cook and Michael Franti Take the Ice...

I don't know what's better about this video, Apple CEO Tim Cook having a bucket of ice poured over his head or the live soundtrack of Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby." It's all part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a fundraising effort to fight ALS (a.k.a. Lou Gehrig's Disease). Famous folks have been challenging each other to either submit to a bucket of ice water or donate money to the ALS Association. At a recent Beer bash on the Apple campus, Michael Franti was performing when he mentioned that Phil Schiller had challenged Tim Cook. Mr. Cook asked the crowd of Apple employees which he should do, get dunked or pay up. He then said he was doing both, because he's awesome like that, and got dunked by Mr. Franti (who sang Ice Ice Baby"). Mr. Cook also publicly challenged Dr. Dre, Disney CEO Bob Iger, and Michael Franti, the latter of which was dunked by Mr. Cook on the spot. Apple posted the video to its YouTube channel, and it's a great watch. Mr. Cook's expression in the frame i...

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14:00
Anchor Pointer is a great app for finding your car...

One of the downsides of using geolocation pins with standard GPS apps is that they're designed with driving and roads in mind. For those of us who walk more than we drive, these routes aren't always ideal. After all, your feet aren't confined to...

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13:19
Apple promotes Beats Music as best 'new'...

Beats Music is now being promoted as one of the "Best New Apps" in the App Store, even though the title has actually been available since January and was last updated July 28th. It is also included in the Apps Made by Apple section linked at the bottom of the App Store. Earlier this week, Apple began highlighting Beats Music in the list of apps recommended to new iOS users....

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13:00
Where do you want to wear your "wearable tech...

Samsung and several other companies have smart watches, and an even larger group of manufacturers make wrist-mounted activity trackers. But is the wrist really the right location for wearable technology? We want to know, so we're asking the experts...

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12:54
Forums: Housekeeping, rain damage and a new hope for...

Yesterday in the MacNN forums, Forum Regular "Topaz" sparked a conversation about the best way to clear redundant files and free up hard drive space without accidentally removing essential files. Earlier this week, Administrator "ghporter" was looking for software that could detect duplicate files as he has found an excessive amount of duplicate images on his computer that he would like to remove....

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12:52
Apple deals: Mac minis from $509

At Apple's online store this week, find bargain prices on refurbished Mac mini models. The refurbished Mac mini with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has been cut by $90 to $509. A $120 discount is offered on the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, now $679....

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12:48
News: iLounge Game Spotlight: Pako — Car Chase...

Quick, easy-to-play games have always been popular on iOS, but the success of Flappy Bird and others seems to have further emphasized the “quick.” Pako - Car Chase Simulator ($2) by Tree Men Games certainly has more detail and thought than most of those titles, but we’re still talking about a game in which each round lasts not minutes, but seconds. It’s on sale for $1 for a limited time. Pako is a basic-looking game that will…

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12:30
Daily Deals for August 15, featuring Canon DSLR and...

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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12:29
Beats Music app added to 'Made by Apple'...

More than two months after its acquisition of Beats was announced, Apple on Friday officially added the Beats Music streaming audio app to the App Store's featured "Made by Apple" list.

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12:19
The Fantastic Photography Training Bundle for $49

I know we have a ton of photographers in the TMO community, and today's deal is aimed at them. It's called the Fantastic Photography Bundle with seven in-depth photography training courses and 48 hours of instruction. The courses are, EasyDSLR Digital Photography Course: Advanced, Learn To Creating Stunning HDR Photos, iPhone Photography Secrets, The Art of Black and White Photography, Portrait Photography With Simple Gear, The Art of Travel Photography, and Photo Restoration with Photoshop Tutorial. Those area all killer training course, and they retail for $401. Through our deal, you can get the whole bundle for $49.

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12:00
Apple updates executive profiles page with more...

Apple today added a number of new executive profiles to the Press Info part of its website, featuring a number of execs who haven't been in the limelight before.

Among the additions to the profiles are the smiling group of happy Apple execs seen...

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11:59
FLA documents labor violations at Apple supplier...

The Fair Labor Association has published the results of 2013 audits of Shanghai and Changshu facilities run by Apple supplier Quanta, documenting numerous labor rights violations. These included illegal recruitment and underage labor practices, as well as health and safety problems. The audits were previously mentioned in Apple's 2014 Supplier Responsibility report, but the company has responded today with a new statement insisting that it was worked to improve conditions since, and that it will cut ties with firms that fail to meet FLA standards. "Our suppliers must live up to the toughest......

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11:30
CloudFella manages cloud accounts but is hampered by...

CloudFella for iOS manages your files in four of the major cloud services: Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, and Evernote. CloudFella gives you access to all of your files across these services, provides searching, statistics, local storage,...

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11:30
Friday Deals: 4TB Hard Drive, Amazon gift cards,...

Once again, its time for Friday Deals! Every Friday, we're going to take a look at current sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best bargains on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, but any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy! We have a tendency to add deals over the weekend as we find them, so check back often!...

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11:29
Apple highlights corporate diversity with new...

Apple on Friday added a new tier to its official leadership page, listing five corporate vice presidents and spotlighting some of its diversity beyond the more well-known CEO and senior vice presidents.

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11:10
No Sooner do we Secure Our iPhones Than the Home...

The pace of personal security continues to accelerate. First, we spent years learning how to secure our routers and Macs. Then we focused on our iPhone security. Now, a new wave of devices is poised to enter our homes, and they're not made by Apple. Danger is lurking once again.

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11:04
Apple adds Beats Music to “Apps Made by Apple” list...

Earlier this week we reported that Apple had added Beats Music to its Apple Apps prompt for customers opening the App Store for the first time following its $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music.
Since that discovery Apple has gone one step further in the App Store adding it to the top of its “Apps Made by...

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11:00
Shareholder sues Apple directors and estate of Steve...

Patently Apple directs us to a rather ridiculous class action lawsuit filed by an Apple shareholder against Apple directors and the estate of Steve Jobs. The lawsuit stems from the no-poaching agreements Apple tacitly entered into with a number of...

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10:33
News: FLA cites Quanta for further Apple labor...

The Fair Labor Association has released new reports containing audits of two Apple supplier factories, both Quanta facilities, in Shanghai and Changshu, China. Both audits were done in August 2013. Issues cited include workers being charged hiring fees, given excessive consecutive work hours, not receiving pay for sick leave, and factories keeping incomplete information for chemical substances. Apple released a statement to TechCrunch, in which the…

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