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Monday August 18

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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10:30
New music royalty rates may cost Apple

A pair of organizations representing music artists is pushing for the U.S. government to give the music industry more freedom in deciding what to charge for music, AppleInsider reports. In turn, streaming services like Apple's iTunes Radio and the...

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10:19
Apple updates executive bios page with new VPs

Apple has updated its Executive Profiles webpage to include five vice presidents added within the last year. These include Paul Deneve (pictured), in charge of "Special Projects;" Lisa Jackson, VP of Environmental Initiatives; Joel Podolny, now the full-time dean of Apple University; Johny Srouji, VP of Hardware Technologies; and lastly Denise Young Smith, the company's new human resources head. Each entry includes a short official biography and a larger portrait....

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10:18
50 Cent's headphones will measure your heart...

Video

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10:09
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-15

Push notifications are making the move from our smartphones to our desktops, or at least to our Web browsers. Roost co-founder Burton Miller joins Jeff Gamet to explain how push notifications are already available on your Mac, the standard that will bring them to browsers on other platforms, why Web and app notifications matter, and more.

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10:04
Apple Flexes Muscles in Health Field


Apple has begun ramping up for an incursion into the healthcare market, two months after announcing its HealthKit app at WWDC. The app will collate all a user's fitness and health data. Apple reportedly has discussed HealthKit with healthcare providers Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins, along with electronic health records provider Allscripts. Allscripts is a competitor to Epic, which recently inked a partnership deal with Apple, also announced at WWDC.

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10:03
Fair Labor Association supplier audit reveals...

As part of its partnership with Apple, the Fair Labor Association has conducted an independent audit of supplier Quanta, and discovered that the company's factories were responsible for some labor violations, including excessive overtime and hiring fees.

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10:00
Apple now using China Telecom servers to store...

Apple has reportedly begun storing data from iPhone users in China in data centers operated by "state-controlled China Telecom." Originally reported by the Wall Street Journal, the move comes amidst allegations from elements within the Chinese media...

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10:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Paging Mr. Six

Paging Mr. SixApple may not have released its next iPhone yet, but that’s not stopping case manufacturers from announcing cases to fit the rumored new models. We've got a few of those accessories in this week’s roundup, alongside our usual array of products that work with current models.AdoptedThe Caplet (iPhone 5 and 5s; $7) is a minimalist case whose unique two-tone treatment decorates your handset with a splash of color.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:30
Fair Labor Association publishes data from audits of...

The Fair Labor Association, the group that has been performing independent assessments of Apple’s supplier facilities since 2012, today published findings from audits of Apple suppliers it carried out last year after. The reports include assessments of two Apple facilities in Shanghai and Changshu, China (here and here) that belong to Apple’s partner Quanta and also highlight a number of infractions that range from illegal recruitment policies to health and safety concerns and violations of laws related to underage employees working overtime.
The audits were previously included in...

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09:30
Work Time is free today, gives your iPhone something...

Work Time (free today only, normally US$1.99) is a clever little desktop clock app keeps your iPhone busy while you're working, displaying upcoming calendar events, the current temperature and a weather forecast.

Tapping on an event lets you edit it...

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09:25
News: Apple adds more vice presidents to executive...

Apple has added five new vice presidents to its executive profile webpage. The newly listed VPs include Paul Deneve, Vice President of Special Projects, Lisa Jackson, VP of Environmental Initiatives, Joel Podolny, VP and Dean of Apple University, Johny Srouji, VP of Hardware Technologies, and Denise Young Smith, VP of Worldwide Human Resources. According to the bios, all of the newly listed positions report to CEO Tim Cook. Full bios are available…

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09:21
3 days in Nova Scotia

Ashley Durance:

“The thing about the East Coast is it’s so beautifully Canadian.”

The Publisher and I were lucky enough to have been born in Nova Scotia, Canada. He is lucky enough to still live there. Even though I’ve been gone for 25 plus years, I still think of Nova Scotia my home. This photo series captures some of the beauty of it.
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09:13
News: Daily Deal: Get the Limefuel Lite Dual-USB...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack for only $34.99. Equipped with 15000mAh of juice and two USB ports, Limefuel Lite gives you all the power you need to keep your iPhone, iPad, or iPod charged up throughout the day. A built-in digital display tells you how much juice you have left, and Limefuel Lite is designed for portability, weighing only 12 ounces and small enough to fit into a purse, backpack, or even…

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09:00
Former Navteq executive Torsten Krenz joins Apple...

9to5Mac reports that Apple this month hired Torsten Krenz to join the company's mapping team. Though not a household name, Krenz brings a considerable and impressive amount of mapping expertise to the table. Previously, Krenz served as an executive...

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08:57
Tips from 25 guitarists on playing better

There are some great tips in here.
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08:50
Hiring begins for first-ever UAE Apple Store

Apple has posted job listings for its first store in the United Arab Emirates, reports note. The company is hiring for every level of retail position, and also makes references to the Apple Store Leader Program, a 24-month initiative aimed at people that have just graduated from college or university. At the moment there are no Apple Stores anywhere in the Middle East....

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08:38
TweetDeck for Mac gets Regional/City Trends column,...

TweetDeck for Mac was updated via the Mac App Store to version 3.8.4 and with it comes a new feature that will show regional and city trends. “You can now find locally trending topics for Regions and Cities, and add a column based on the trend.”
The update also includes a number of other improvements and fixes. You can now remove scheduled tweets from the Scheduled column by removing the time from a tweet and the other update also includes improvements for multiphoto tweets in large columns. In addition, the updated app fixes a few annoyances like the empty columns bug after a computer wakes from sleep as well as retweets with emoji not display properly.
The updated TweetDeck for Mac is available on the Mac App Store now.
What’s New in Version 3.8.4
- Fixes issue with empty columns after computer wakes from sleep.
– Regional + City level Trends. You...

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08:30
Tim Cook takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,...

Yesterday we talked about Apple marketing VP Phil Schiller challenging CEO Tim Cook to take the ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge. Well, at an Apple beer bash yesterday, Cook took his icy shower.

Cook then challenged Disney CEO and Apple board...

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08:25
Apple adds key Vice Presidents, more diversity to...


Apple today has expanded its Executive Leadership Team to include notable Apple Vice Presidents. The team shown on Apple’s official PR Bios website now includes Vice President of Special Projects Paul Deneve, Vice President of of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson, Vice President and Dean of Apple University Joel Podolny, Vice President of Hardware Technologies Johny Srouji, and Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources Denise Young Smith.
Interestingly, each of these positions is fairly new to Apple: Deneve joined from Yves Saint Laurent last year, Lisa Jackson moved over...

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08:15
Review: OtterBox Resurgence iPhone 5/5s power case...

Earlier this summer, OtterBox announced their first entry into the smartphone battery charging case arena with the Resurgence series for iPhone 5 and 5s. The OtterBox Resurgence is a high-speed charging iPhone case with a 2,000 mAh battery and “military spec. drop protection”, according to OtterBox. Naturally, being an OtterBox case, the Resurgence focuses heavily on protection and durability, but it also boasts a few interesting battery features as well including high-speed and auto-stop charging. Below I’ll unpack how the OtterBox Resurgence case for iPhone measures up as a battery charging case...

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08:03
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Air $100 off, WD 4TB...

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:

Apple deals:

  • iPad Air 16GB: $400 shipped ($100 off), tax only in NYC (or $10 international shipping)
  • Apple 13.3-inch MacBook Air 1.3GHz Haswell/4GB RAM/256GB SSD: ...
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08:00
Facebook fixes longstanding iOS bug, lowers crash...

Earlier this week, Facebook announced that it had cracked a long standing bug that affected app stability on iOS. As a result, Facebook engineers are touting that the crash rate for the iOS Facebook app has been reduced by a whopping...

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07:57
Chinese iCloud data now being housed on China...

Apple is now hosting Chinese iCloud content on a mainland datacenter operated by China Telecom, the company has confirmed to Reuters. Questions were raised when the city of Fuzhou posted a notice on its website confirming the transfer of content to the datacenter, but then retracted the statement. The message indicated that Apple actually began the project 15 months ago, but only finished it on August 8th....

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07:42
Revised music royalty rules could hurt Apple's...

The U.S. Justice Department is in the process of deciding whether to revise the laws regarding music royalty rates --?changes that could have an effect on Apple's streaming music offerings Beats Music and iTunes Radio.

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07:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Always lower prices

Always lower pricesThis week’s roundup of new and updated apps includes an offering from Walmart that ensures you’re always paying the lowest advertised price for a product.82nd and FifthThe iPad was made for culture. 82nd and Fifth takes 100 curators from across The Metropolitan Museum of Art to talk about 100 works of art that changed the way they see the world. The result: “One work, one curator, two minutes a time.” Beauty has never been so accessible.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:30
Some fun with iOS keyboard shortcuts

It's easy to have some fun with novice iPhone users who are not aware of the keyboard shortcut feature of iOS. This nifty feature allows you assign a text phrase such as "On my way home" to a set of characters like "omw." Every time you type "omw",...

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07:29
Mac: Timbuk2 Spire 15-Inch Laptop Backpack

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Having made some of the most durable ballistic nylon bags we’ve ever tested—generally device-agnostic ones—Timbuk2 has set its sights firmly on MacBook Pro users with Spire ($99), a coated polyester backpack that looks a lot like recent designs we’ve loved from Chrome, STM Bags, and Mission Workshop. Built with a roll-top opening system and offered in either jet black or blue/gunmetal versions, Spire has a padded rear pocket…

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07:12
Leaked pictures purportedly show finished iPhone 6...

A new set of leaked photos apparently shows the final, finished and working iPhone 6 handset. With less than a month until its anticipated, TMZ was able to grab shots of the upcoming device.
5S.
Per The Mac Observer, the photos landed in the hands of the tabloid site TMZ which said the iPhone in the shots was smuggled out of the Foxconn factory in China where it was assembled. The iPhone 6 in question was apparently snatched by an employee who used to work in Foxconn’s hardware department and was involved in designing the device’s outer case....

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07:09
Samsung gets Serious about Home Automation with...

SmartThings announced on Thursday that it has been purchased by electronics maker Samsung. The acquisition means Samsung is serious about wanting to own the smart home market and give Apple's HomeKit in iOS 8 a serious run for its money.

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07:04
Apple shareholder suit accuses Cook, Jobs, others of...

A new lawsuit, filed on behalf of plaintiff R. Andre Klein, is seeking damage compensation for Apple shareholders as a result of alleged misconduct by the company's directors and executives. Lawyers for Klein accuse former CEO Steve Jobs, current CEO Tim Cook and others of "breach of fiduciary duty, gross mismanagement, corporate waste, and breach of the duty of honest services." Specifically, by engaging in anti-poaching practices, Apple leaders are said to have caused the company to break antitrust laws, issue misleading proxy statements, and suppress workers' wages.......

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07:00
How to create OS X Calendar events with multiple URLs

While many of my cohorts here at TUAW use Google Calendars or other solutions to keep track of what happening, I'm a fan of the Calendar app in OS X. Back when I was running the TUAW TV Live video podcast every week, I used to create a Calendar event...

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06:30
TMZ thinks this Android phone is the iPhone 6

TMZ is super, super proud of its "exclusive" scoop on the iPhone 6 today, as is clear by its obnoxious headline and loaded article that tells the story of a former Foxconn employee heroically smuggling the highly anticipated device out from...

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06:29
Rumor suggests Apple is working on its own...

A strange new type of USB cable that aims to solve an age-old problem.

Dianxinshouji.com.cn

If reader reaction is any indication, most of you are looking forward to the new reversible USB Type-C connector spec that was finalized earlier this week. Some pictures snapped today by dianxinshouji.com.cn (and spotted by MacRumors) claim that Apple is already working on its own solution for its next-gen Lightning cables, a type of reversible connector that will fit into a USB Type-A port in either orientation.
Such a cable would have to use very thin parts to fit into existing USB ports, and making these parts thinner is only going to increase...

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06:00
Libratone Zipp Wireless Speaker: Portable, high-end...

The Zipp (US$399.95) is the first in Scandinavian-based Libratone's range of high-end, wireless speakers, followed by the Loop, Live and Lounge. Steve Sande took a closer look at the Loop earlier this year, and while he was impressed with the quality...

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05:52
News: Apple shareholder files class action over anti...

An Apple shareholder has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple’s board and the estate of Steve Jobs, Patently Apple reports. The lawsuit is based on another suit involving Apple’s anti-poaching agreement with Google, Adobe, Intel — that case recently saw the defendants’ settlement proposal rejected. This new suit claims that Apple’s decision to enter the anti-poaching agreement damaged the company’s value. The…

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05:46
Leaked Photos Show Finished and Working iPhone 6

With Apple's rumored iPhone 6 media event less than a month away, leaked photos showing what appears to be the next version of the company's smartphone are finally surfacing. The pics include shots of the device's screen and seem to confirm the new model will be bigger than the 4-inch iPhone 5S.The Mac Observer Spin: It's just about the right time for photos of completed iPhone 6 models to appear. Assuming they're legit, the new iPhone will be much taller and wider than the iPhone 5S.

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05:33
Twitter to Review Toothless Policies on...


A deluge of hateful tweets after the suicide of actor Robin Williams earlier this week forced his daughter Zelda to publicly quit Twitter and Instagram. "We will not tolerate abuse of this nature on Twitter," Del Harvey, the company's vice president of trust and safety, said in a prepared statement. Twitter has suspended "a number of accounts related to this issue for violating our rules." However, Twitter's response to reports of abuse can charitably be described as weak.

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