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22:18
Apple reportedly in talks with major healthcare...

Ahead of Apple's iOS 8 rollout this fall, a report on Tuesday revealed the company has been in talks with major healthcare providers and medical records systems firms over the HealthKit framework, which will serve as a central hub for users' personal health data.

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20:45
Review: Logitech Z213 multimedia speakers

Desktop computer speakers sit in a weird area of limbo: many consumers have forgone the era of desktop listening for the privacy and versatility of headphones. Others see their usefulness in work spaces, when large surround systems or wearing a pair of headphones for hours isn't an option. What about consumers looking for a budget set of speakers that can be used in a number of spaces, without sacrificing on sound? Desktop users could have a possible solution with the Logitech Z213 multimedia speakers. Does the $30 speaker set warrant consideration, or is the money better spent towards a more......

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20:25
Bloomberg: new iPads are now in production

According to Bloomberg and unnamed sources, Apple has begun production of the next iteration of the iPad and iPad mini, which is expected to be announced sometime either near the end of the current quarter or the beginning of the next quarter in time for holiday-season sales. The article reveals that the screen sizes on the two devices are likely to stay the same, but may now include an anti-reflective coating that is said to help make the device easier to see outdoors....

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19:54
New Apple Ad Features Detroit ‘Slow Roll’

Apple has a new commercial out called Jason's Verse. It features Jason Hall, the cofounder of Slow Roll in Detroit. Slow Roll is a leisurely bicycle ride through the streets of Detroit where up to 3,000 people "witness the revitalization of Detroit from two wheels." The commercial follows Mr. Hall as goes through the day with his iPad planning a Slow Roll, which begins and ends at a local bar or restaurant. USA Today has a story about the man featured in the commercial-it's a cool story. Check out the commercial in full below.

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19:02
Briefly: OpenTable launches meal-pay service,...

Restaurant reservations app OpenTable has announced the expansion of its payment service to an additional 20 cities by 2015. Originally launched as a pilot program in San Francisco, OpenTable's new service allows diners at participating restaurants to add a credit card to the app, and then pay their bill quickly with a few taps. The expansion is beginning with New York City, with the rest of the national expansion to follow....

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19:00
Reviews: Logitech Z213 multimedia speakers

Desktop computer speakers sit in a weird area of limbo for many consumers. Many have forgone the era of desktop listening for the privacy and versatility of headphones. Others see their usefulness in work spaces when large surround systems or wearing a pair of headphones for hours isn't an option. But what about consumers looking for a budget set of speakers that can be used in a number of spaces ......

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18:10
Apple emails new ad for iPads touting iWork, Office...

Following on the heels of two new "Your Verse" iPad ads, Apple has begun emailing prospective buyers touting the iPad's "office" apps, including both its own "iWork" apps as well as Microsoft Office for iPad -- even though the campaign is seen as a pushback to Microsoft's recent ads for its failed Surface tablet in which it points out that the Surface's accompanying keypad cover and laptop-like OS as productivity selling points....

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17:29
California Senate passes cellphone 'kill switch...

The California state Senate on Monday passed a bill crafted to protect against smartphone theft by requiring manufacturers turn on a "kill switch" when a device is first activated, something Apple currently employs in iOS as an opt-in feature.

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16:19
Remembering Robin Williams: His Best Appearances on...

Mashable:

Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams died on Monday at the age of 63. As a performer, Williams had the rare ability to make audiences laugh and cry.

In remembrance of Williams and his long legacy, we’ve compiled some of his finest moments from television, stand-up and film.

I was reminded by my friend Sly that I heckled Robin Williams during the taping of his HBO Special, “Live on Broadway”. He goes off on that Canada rant because some idiot in the audience (me) yelled out, “Yay Canada!” I met Williams years later on the show floor of Macworld Expo and we chatted for almost 30 minutes. I asked him about the heckling and he (jokingly) called me “an a-hole”. “You don’t heckle on Broadway!” he said.
...

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16:19
ChangeTip Brings Bitcoin Micropayment Tips to...

ChangeCoin has taken us several steps closer to viable micropayments with a service called ChangeTip. With ChangeTip, people can "tip" each other in amounts ranging from fractions of a penny to $25 in Bitcoins. They can do it across Twitter, on YouTube, Google+, Github, Reddit, StockTwits, and Tumblr, with more sites and services coming.

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16:03
Apple’s App Store curation efforts – A response to...

David Barnard responds to Jean-Louis Gassée’s post about the need for human curation in the App Store.
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16:03
Intel: first Broadwell chips won't arrive until...

Intel's latest consumer-class CPUs, the energy-saving "Broadwell" chips, will only be appearing in limited quantities this year -- and even then only the lowest-end of the chip range will be available, intended for fanless devices like tablets and hybrid tablet-ultrabook devices, says Intel. The new delay, particularly of the more powerful variants, will put a dent in the plans of notebook manufacturers to release power-sipping revamped products in time for the holiday buying season....

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15:39
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issues virtual...

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a warning on virtual currencies like Bitcoin and Dogecoin on its website today. In the warning, the CFPB sounds off some well-known issues that generally circle around Internet currencies, such as the risk of hacking, fraud and lack of regulation in holding houses....

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15:33
FOSS' Documentation Dilemma


Hang around for any length of time in the seedy bars and watering holes of the Linux blogosphere, and you'll soon realize that certain topics tend to recur with surprising frequency. The most obvious example, of course, is the Year of Linux on the Desktop -- a topic scientists have determined will surely outlive us all. Then, too, there's the Sexism in FOSS topic, which one can only hope will become moot in not too very long. The latest example to rear its less-than-entirely-attractive head? That would be the FOSS Documentation Dilemma.

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15:30
Robin Williams, 63, dead of apparent suicide
14:51
Apple suppliers reportedly start production of next-...

Ahead of an expected special event in September, Apple suppliers are supposedly ramping up manufacturing of both 9.7-inch and 7.9-inch iPad models, with the larger version expected to debut as soon as this quarter.

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14:47
Bloomberg says new iPads (with anti-reflective...


While most of the Apple-watching world has its sights focused on the next iPhone, Apple has put next-generation versions of the iPad into production. That’s according to Bloomberg News, which says that the new full-sized iPad Air model will be announced later this quarter or early next quarter and that the new 7.9-inch model will hit the market by the end of the year:

Mass production of a full-sized iPad with a 9.7-inch screen is already under way, with an unveiling projected for the...

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14:32
Khronos Group releases new OpenGL, seeks future...

The Khronos Group make a number of announcements regarding OpenGL today at SIGGRAPH 2014. On top of a number of industry implementations of OpenGL ES 3.1, the group announced the release of OpenGL 4.5. Khronos also unveiled a new project called the Next Generation OpenGL Initiation, in turn asking for participation in the project to help "define a future standard for high-efficiency access to graphics and compute on modern GPUs."...

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14:30
SpinIn is a rock solid sliding puzzle game

SpinIn is a challenging sliding puzzle game on iOS. The goal is to move stone tile pieces to create a pathway for a gem piece to fall through an opening. It features puzzles that usually contain three or less pieces. The difficulty level of each...

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14:23
Google TV 78-Button Remote and Apple’s Design Process

Ever wondered why the remote for the Apple TV has just three buttons? According to an inside look at Apple University, Apple's team started with the idea of what a remote control does. Then they pared it down until it was stripped to its purest form, an aluminum stick with three buttons. Compare that to one of Sony's remotes designed for Google TV. 78 buttons. It's a mess.

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14:03
DNS is solid. What about HostNames?

Forums: NetworkingTags: DNSReverse DNSFQDNscutilI'm fishing for advice from someone who's played with ActiveDirectory and Xsan before. For both our public and private (metadata) networks, all A and PTR records are rock solid for all Xsan controllers and clients. We're looking to implement ActiveDirectory on our workstations (finally), but our campus has very stringent workstation naming conventions that don't match how the workstations are already named. They recommend using the following...

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14:00
Truffol DuraSound Bluetooth Speaker packs power and...

Sometimes I'm pleasantly surprised by products that show up for review. That was the case with the Truffol DuraSound Bluetooth Speaker (US$44.99) that arrived recently. I have to admit that I wasn't expecting much; this is a bargain-priced speaker...

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13:39
Lost Your Fitbit? Use Your iPhone to Track it Down

You can use Find My iPhone to track down your misplaced iPhone, but what about Bluetooth devices that don't offer a similar feature, like your Fitbit? You can track that down, too, with the help of your iPhone and a little luck. Read on to learn how.

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13:34
New iPad ad campaign focuses on productivity,...

Apple on Monday pushed out a new email ad blitz focusing on the iPad's prowess in productivity, highlighting both first-party apps like Pages, Numbers and Keynote alongside Microsoft's Office for iPad.

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13:31
Apple posts its new ‘Your Verse’ iPad Air TV ads [...

Following launching new webpages profiling China’s Yaoband and Detroit’s Slow Roll city bike movement as part of its ‘Your Verse’ Campaign, Apple has now uploaded TV ad versions of the two ads online.
The ads above and below are made up of some of the clips that were posted to Apple’s website earlier today but we now get a look at exactly what Apple will be airing on TV for the latest in its campaign highlighting professionals using iPad Air.
The two new ads profile musicians in Chinese group Yaoband using iPad for recording and performing live and another follows co-founder of the Slow Roll city bike ride Jason Hall.
Apple is also putting the new ads front and center on the homepage of its website as of earlier this morning.

Filed under: AAPL Company...

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13:30
An act of pure treason

This Mac is forever tainted, and should be quarantined until it can be properly disposed of. Preferably with napalm and a lot of swearing.

[Photo credit: Djenan]...

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13:22
MGG 514: IPv6 Fun & Defining Cruft!

Your two geeks spent time digging into IPv6 this week -- in two different ways -- so they could tell you everything they've learned. IPv6 is something that we'll all have to deal with eventually, and your two geeks are starting down that path themselves, both now running it on their home networks. Then it's on to answering your questions. John and Dave talk through what it takes to clean install a Mac... and what "cruft" really means. Wanna learn about sharing videos via Photo Stream? Here you go. All this and more, today!

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13:00
Use your iPhone camera to grab Perseids meteor photos

We are in the middle of the Perseids meteor shower over the next couple of days. This particular shower is made up of cosmic debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle. The peak nights should be tonight and tomorrow (August 11-12, 2014) , although there are...

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12:59
Microsoft launches Bing-powered celebrity stalking...


Microsoft today is rounding out its portfolio of apps for iOS with a new program called Snipp3t. The awkwardly named free app is essentially Microsoft’s solution for stalking celebrities like Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, and Miley Cyrus. As Microsoft explains:
SNIPP3T (pronounced “snippet”) is an app that lets you stay up-to-date on the celebrities you care about most. Building on Bing’s massive knowledge repository containing information on billions of people, places and things, we were inspired to...

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12:57
Surveillance leak shows spyware loves Android, but...

Secret documents that anonymously leaked from global surveillance firm Gamma Group detail broad powers to spy on Android users via its FinSpy tool sold to law enforcement, but note that the tools lack the ability to infect iPhones unless they have been jailbroken.

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12:55
The Name Your Own Price Front-End Master Training...

I love the name-your-own-price bundles we get to offer through our friends at Stack Social. Today, we have the Front-End Master Bundle, a collection of 7 courses and 93 hours of training for front-end developers. Web development, Web design, JavaScript, JQuery, CSS & HTML for beginners, HTML5 and CSS3, and PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript. That's a ton of training, and individually all those course would retail for $1,042. This is a NYOP deal, however, so you get to decide how much to pay. Pay below the average, and you get two of the courses. Beat the average, which is only $5.81 right now, and you get all of the courses. But there's more, because 10 percent of what you pay goes to one of three charities: Child's Play Charity, World Wildlife Fund, or Creative Commons.

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12:41
Stepping Up the Search for ET


Atmospheric pollution may not be among mankind's proudest achievements, but it's an incontrovertible sign that we are here. Could something similar help us find civilizations on other planets? That's the premise behind one of several recently announced new approaches to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Pollutants like Earth's in the atmospheres of other worlds could serve as biosignatures indicating the presence of advanced civilizations there, said a team of researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

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12:33
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12:12
Take Control of OS X Server, Chapter 10: Web Services

Every organization must have a Web site these days, and if you’re already running OS X Server on a Mac with an appropriate static IP address and domain name, it’s relatively easy to enable Server’s Apache-based Websites service. Nonetheless, there’s a lot to know as you get into the configuration, and Charles Edge dives into the details ‘in this chapter of “Take Control of OS X Server.” Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:11
Chapter 10 of “Take Control of OS X Server” Now...

Thanks to Apache under the hood, you can use OS X Server to run a Web server, but there’s a lot to wrap your head around. In the latest chapter of “Take Control of OS X Server,” Charles Edge delves into what you need to know to host your own Web server. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:00
Making a case for App Store curation

With over 1.2 million applications to choose from, it's hard to dispute that the App Store suffers from a discoverability problem. The degree to which the problem needs urgent addressing from Apple, however, remains an ongoing debate amongst...

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11:46
Court blocks Apple attempt to invalidate some...

US District Judge Leonard Davis has issued pre-trial rulings blocking Apple attempts to preemptively invalidate some VirnetX patent claims, and in other cases use invalidity as a defense, reports say. For the former, Apple's argument had been that many of VirnetX's claims are too vague to justify patenting, including the use of terms like "secure name service," "secure name," or "unsecured name."...

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11:30
MOBA Fates Forever fights for space on your iPad

Fates Forever is a fantastic iPad-only MOBA with gorgeous graphics and intriguing gameplay. It is free to play and available on iPads using iOS 7.0 and up. It is a game of balance: you must defend your base while attacking the opponent's base.

The...

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11:22
Review: Juno Labs Juno Power Junojumpr

The Junojumpr is a 6000mAh battery pack that features a proprietary output port for the jumper cables, a Micro-USB recharging input, and a 14-Volt input for the included cigarette lighter power adapter. By supplying your own USB cable, you can charge any USB-compatible iPod, iPhone, or iPad with the Junojumpr, which is slightly larger than an iPhone 5/5c/5s. The Junojumpr also features a small LED flashlight which could come in handy if your car breaks…

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11:00
Looking Back at Our Ridiculous 3.5-inch iPhone...

The original Apple iPhone started out with a 3.5 inch display. That worked great for a telephone in 2007 that could also run a few Apple apps, but in 2014 we do so much with our iPhones that a larger display is a must. John informally compares three smartphones: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 5s, and an Amazon Fire Phone.

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11:00
Monument Valley recovered development investment in...

Monument Valley is one of the best games I've ever played on an iOS device -- if you don't believe me, read the review -- but the fact that it didn't conform to the free-to-play trend meant that it wasn't a guaranteed success. It's absurd, but the...

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10:35
Untangling the Amazon/Hachette Dispute

In the ongoing battle between multibillion-dollar global corporations, retailer Amazon and publisher Hachette, Amazon loses the thread of its argument. Glenn Fleishman teases out what’s really going on, and — no surprise — DRM is once again at the heart of the matter. 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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10:30
Daily Deals for August 11, 2014

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

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10:27
Intel's 'Core M' chip announcement...

Intel on Monday announced that its first low-power Broadwell chips will hit the market in limited quantities before the end of the year, and that those processors will be intended for premium tablet- and hybrid-style devices, strongly implying that next-generation chips bound for Apple's popular MacBook Pro lineup won't be available until 2015 at the earliest.

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10:15
ExtraBITS for 11 August 2014

This week in ExtraBITS, a programmer has figured out how to use Apple’s upcoming Swift programming language for scripting, Walt Mossberg reveals Steve Jobs’s dream of open Wi-Fi networks, the inexpensive (and non-profit) iOSDevCamp 2014 is coming soon, you can read back issues of The Magazine for free for a while, Flappy Bird is making a comeback, and HarperCollins is investigating more ways to bundle print and electronic books. 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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10:07
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 11...

Notable software releases this week include GraphicConverter 9.3, Mactracker 7.3.3, Airfoil 4.8.8, iTunes 11.3.1, Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.6, Hider 2.1, and DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.7.7. 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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10:05
New 'Your Verse' ads highlight iPad's...

Apple has added two new microsites for its "Your Verse" iPad marketing campaign. The first highlights Chinese electropop band Yaoband, which uses iPads for sampling, recording, and performance. Apple mentions the use of apps like iMaschine and Logic Remote....

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10:00
This is the best and worst iPhone 6 concept ever

Everyone thinks they know what the next iPhone is going to look like. From supposedly leaked components, alleged case designs, and all manner of speculation from "insiders," there are a seemingly endless number of theories. And then there are the...

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09:57
Facebook Paper gets a speed boost and design...


Facebook Paper got a small, but important update today. The social network boosted the app’s speed and says that the design is sharpened:
• Speed and stability updates: To help you get the most out of your Paper, we’ve been working hard to make all your sections, stories, photos and videos load faster and more reliably.
• Design improvements: We’ve sharpened details to make your Paper even more appealing.
A more significant update with improved photo management and trending news sections arrived last month.
...

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09:44
UK carrier reports increased Apple Maps usage as...


Apple’s Maps app, introduced as part of iOS 6 in 2012, has had its fair share of technical issues and was the source of a PR crisis and the ejection of multiple long-time Apple executives. But two years later, if data from UK carrier EE is any indication, Apple Maps usage appears to be on an upward trend. Here’s...

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09:41
News: iPhone 6 part leak shows circular True Tone...

A number of alleged iPhone 6 parts have been posted to nowhereelse.fr, with perhaps the most interesting part being a circular Apple True Tone flash. The roundness isn’t a true surprise, as multiple leaks and mockups have shown the iPhone 6 using a circular flash, replacing the current pill-shaped True Tone flash in the iPhone 5s. However, two different colors can be seen within the leaked flash module, so it does appear that this will be a…

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09:37
Apple's new 'Your Verse' iPad ads...

Apple on Monday unveiled two new additions to its well-received "Your Verse" advertising campaign for the iPad, this time focusing attention on Chinese electropop group Yaoband and Detroit community activist Jason Hall.

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09:30
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-11

Judge Lucy Koh shot down the US$324.5 settlement in the anti-poaching class action lawsuit involving Apple, Google, Adobe, and Intel. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about what Judge Koh's decision means for the companies as they face a potential trial, and they shoot down the news that Facebook's Messenger app is spying on you.

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09:24
News: Daily Deal: Last Chance to get The Complete...

This is your last day to pre-order The Complete iOS 8 and Swift Developers Course for only $79 in our iLounge Deals. At 92% off the regular price of $998, this deal gives you an opportunity to get ready for iOS 8, preparing you to develop for the new platform by taking you through building 14 iOS 8 apps using Apple’s new Swift programming language, for a total of 36 hours of elite training. Your pre-order now will gain you access to the course…

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09:15
As expected, iPhone 5s screen replacements now...

Last week, we reported that Apple will begin iPhone 5s screen replacements inside Europe Apple Stores today, August 11th:
But the catch is that the service is only available in the United States and Canada. That will change, though, next week. Sources say that the program will expand across Apple’s official retail locations in Europe as soon as Monday, August 11th.
Today, reports from Europe-based Apple news websites indicates that the program has, indeed, kicked off in Europe. A report from Germany-based Apfelpage says that initial repairs have been seamless, and they cost 150 euros.
The program kicked off in the U.S. last week...

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09:00
New York Times profiles Apple University, Apple...

The New York Times today has a moderately informative profile on Apple University, the internal program set up by Steve Jobs with the express aim of teaching executives and employees the dynamics that make Apple, well, Apple.

The program highlights...

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08:59
Alleged iPhone 6 part images reveal circular True...


Apple’s iPhone 6 announcement is close, and that means the leaks are coming in at an even quicker pace. New photos reveal possible iPhone 6 components and may answer a burning question about the device’s camera setup. If previous rumors and leaked schematics are true, it looks like Apple’s next generation iPhone will still ship with a True Tone flash…

After the first renders and...

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08:49
Intel details MacBook-destined Broadwell 14nm chips...


Apple has been developing some revamped Mac laptops for several months and years, such as an ultra-slim 12-inch Retina MacBook, and the key to shipping these products is the availability of Intel’s upcoming Broadwell chip. Why? Because the new 14nm Broadwell Core M chip is fanless, small, and according to Intel, the most energy-efficient Intel processor yet. These facts about the processor lineup directly with the rumors of a fanless and light MacBook. Today, Intel...

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08:21
New, lighter BrydgeAir keyboard aims to bring laptop...

Popular iPad keyboard maker Brydge is now accepting preorders for a new model designed specifically for Apple's iPad Air, bringing not only physical backlit keys, but also upgraded stereo speakers and a lighter aluminum design.

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08:09
Apple shares new ‘Your Verse’ iPad campaigns w/...

The apple.com homepage today received a bit of an update with the site highlighting two new additions to the company’s ongoing ‘Your Verse’ campaign. Apple’s two new Your Verse spots include one profile of musicians in Chinese group Yaoband and another of co-founder of the Slow Roll city bike ride Jason Hall.

Like past campaigns, Apple’s microsites for the two new profiles include several videos showing how the both of the subjects are using iPad in their daily work.

Apple also highlight a number of iPad apps used by Yaoband and Hall including apps like iMashcine, MIDI Designer Pro, and Logic Remote for the musicians and apps like Prezi, The Weather...

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08:03
Inside Apple’s internal training program, Apple...
08:01
Intel's Broadwell: What Happens When the...


Intel on Monday introduced its Broadwell processor platform to the world, and it is an impressive piece of technology. Stepping outside of its normal two-step process of first releasing the processor and then updating the platform, Intel is doing both this cycle, and the end result is a massive step forward in terms of size and power efficiency. Intel is stepping solidly into turf once owned by the ARM technology most commonly found in tablets and smartphones. Intel's prototype tablet actually is thinner and lighter than an iPad Air.

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08:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Air $100 off, Retina iPad...

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:
iPad deals:

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08:00
Enthusiasts take control of abandoned NASA satellite...

A crew of space enthusiasts, including a former NASA employee, used their knowledge of satellite technology along with some spare parts to control an abandoned NASA satellite, reports Betabeat. It's the perfect maker project with Kickstarter money...

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07:49
Photos show off display, logo, other parts for 4.7-...

A series of photos have emerged showing what are claimed to be parts for the iPhone 6. Perhaps the most significant show assembled displays, including cover glass, mounting points, and flex cables. The parts indicate slimmed-down side bezels, something presumably needed to fit a 4.7-inch screen while still making the phone comfortable to hold....

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07:35
The Cancer Journal Project

This is how you can help. 100% of your donations go directly to the Make-A-Wish foundation. The Cancer Journal Project is completely self funded. We don’t keep a dime of your donation.

Help if you can.
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07:32
Additional iPhone 6 component pictures linked, some...

The leaked iPhone 6 part photos are coming in. And they look interesting.
Per AppleInsider and French web site Nowhereelse.fr, an assortment of part images, some emblazoned with the Apple logo, have surfaced, including more evidence of an embedded rear logo, along with an assortment of internal cables, and what could be a closer look at the ring that will cover the device’s rear camera lens.

Also included is what appears to be an external camera ring, though the likelihood of the next iPhone...

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07:25
No, Facebook’s Messenger App Isn’t Stealing All Your...

Facebook has been pushing users into its Messenger app instead of sending private messages from within the Facebook app, and the permissions Messenger wants sound pretty ominous. The terms of use make it look as if Facebook can use the Messenger app to copy your address book, send email and text messages to your contacts without your knowledge, and even use your smartphone's camera and mic to spy on you.

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07:21
Apps: Airfoil, AudioMate, Dropshare
07:02
NYT profile delves into details of Apple University

Citing three people who have attended the school, the New York Times has published a profile of Apple University, the institution used to indoctrinate workers into Apple's corporate culture. The dean of the school is Joel Podolny, who took over full-time in February. The school is reportedly "meticulously planned, with polished presentations and a gleaming veneer that masks a great deal of effort;" one worker comments that "even the toilet paper in the bathrooms is really nice." Classrooms are described as well-lit and trapezoid-shaped, with stadium seating so that everyone has a clear fiel......

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07:00
New Microsoft Surface Pro 3 ads target the MacBook...

Microsoft today launched three new ads for its Surface Pro 3 tablet that compares the device to Apple's MacBook Air. The MacBook Air is featured prominently in all three ads, appearing side-by-side to a Surface Pro 3 equipped with a keyboard and...

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06:34
Mac: Mac Attender Network Radar

Diagnosing problems with your Mac’s wireless network can be seriously challenging — average users can’t hope to master the science of examining individual devices for issues, or getting a big picture sense of how everything’s working together. Mac Attender’s Network Radar ($20) isn’t the least expensive way to help you tackle network issues, but it’s the best-designed option we’ve seen. After you choose…

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06:11
First Look: Kero Products Nomad Cable Lightning

Measuring 3" from edge to edge without its USB cap attached, and 3.4" with the USB cap on, Kero Products' Nomad Cable ($25) is the latest Lightning to USB cable for people who need a syncing/charging option shorter than Apple's official cable and yet are willing to pay more for it. Currently available in white or blue with a gray option also shown, Nomad Cable feels like rubbery plastic apart from the USB plus and always-exposed Lightning plug; you're…

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06:02
Level 29 Brings Old-school BBS to the Modern World...

Before the days of Web browsers and broadband Internet, online communities were hosted by single computers you connected to by dialing in over a traditional phone line via a modem. If you miss the old days -- or never had the chance to experience a BBS -- now you can, thanks to Level 29. The system runs on an Apple IIGS with a blazing fast (for 1983) 300 bps modem, but since not everyone happens to have a modem or physical phone line handy, you can also telnet in or connect via raw sockets. If you're still at a loss, go to the Level 29 website where you can view the BBS in your Web browser. It's retro-awesome, and it shows old computers can still do some really cool stuff.

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: Drain-circling credibility

Analyst: Apple could equip 5.5" 'iPhone 6' with more powerful processor than 4.7" model (AppleInsider)

Some analyst makes entirely evidence-free claims about a next-generation Apple product. The rumor blogs react not with the sort of skepticism that...

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05:50
News: NY Times profiles Apple University

Apple’s internal training program, the secretive Apple University, is the subject of a new profile in The New York Times. Three Apple employees who took classes in Apple University spoke to the Times about the program, which is run year-round and features a faculty that includes professors from many prominent universities. In 2008, Steve Jobs selected former Yale School of Management dean Joel Podolny to run the program, and he still remains…

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05:27
Mini-review: StayblCam, the poor man’s Steadicam for...

Getting smooth handheld video as you pan around isn’t easy, and professional Steadicam solutions run to four figures and up – perhaps just a little OTT for an iPhone (though Apple doubtless used them).
But the iPhone has a very capable camera, and the StayblCam is a $75 device designed to give you some of the benefits of a Steadicam at a rather more iPhone-friendly price. Available for pre-order now for delivery in September/October, I tried out a prototype to see how well it performs … 
Look & feel

The StaybylCam is a little less than a foot long and a touch under two inches in diameter, and weighs in at close to...

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05:23
Taking the Temperature of Java App Security


Current approaches to Java application protection place security at the application or the network layer, both of which are problematic. The first approach has proven to be too complex, too time consuming and too risky -- in other words, "too hot."
Meanwhile, network level security that consists of perimeter devices lacks the intelligence to know what's going on inside the application in order to be effective. This approach is "too cold." A third alternative is to place security inside the Java virtual machine.

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05:18
Bad News for Apple, Google: Judge Rejects $324.5M...

U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh shot down the proposed settlement agreement Apple, Google, Adobe, and Intel had hoped would bring an end to the class action lawsuit accusing them of agreeing to avoid poaching employees from each other. Silicon Valley workers claimed the agreement artificially limited their ability to get better jobs, and Judge Koh said the US$324.5 million settlement was far too low. She took the unprecedented move of pushing the trial forward, which could turn into an awkward and ugly mess for the companies.

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05:03
Electroluminescent motorcycle helmets

Riding at night? This kickstarter gives you everything you need to make your helmet light up so you can be seen.
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05:00
Anti-Blur Camera for iPhone helps prevent shaky-cam

You've taken a great photo, or so you think, but darn, the camera moved ever so slightly and you lost the shot.

Anti-Blur Camera (US$1.99) gives you a better chance at getting the photo you want, by taking a series of 4 photos and automatically...

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04:36
Plethora of alleged 'iPhone 6' parts show...

The latest series of leaked parts show a number of components claimed to be for a future "iPhone 6," including more evidence of an embedded rear logo, along with an assortment of internal cables, and what could be a closer look at the ring that will cover the device's rear camera lens.

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04:06
Elementary OS "Freya" Beta Released

jjoelc (1589361) writes One year after their last release "Luna", Elementary OS (a Linux distribution with a very heavy emphasis on design and usability which draws a lot of comparisons to Mac OS X) Has released the public beta of their latest version "Freya." Using core components from Ubuntu 14.04, "Freya" sports many improvements including the usual newer kernel, better hardware support and newer libraries.Other updates include a GSignon-based online accounts system, improved searches, Grub-free uEFI booting, GTK+ 3.12, an updated theme, and much more. This being a beta, the usual warnings apply, but I would also point out that the Elementary OS Team also has over $5,000 worth of bugs still available on Bountysource which can be a great way to contribute to the project and make a little dough while you are at it. ...

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03:54
Jean-Louis Gassée posts open to letter to Tim Cook...

In this week’s Monday Note, Jean-Louis Gassée once again pressed his case for Apple to craft a humanly curated App Store experience, rather than one based purely on algorithms.
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03:35
A MacBook and a few parts from eBay allow hobbyists...

A MacBook, a flatscreen monitor rescued from a dumpster, a few parts bought on eBay and an abandoned McDonalds as a base may seem a reasonable basis for a hobbyist electronics project of some kind – but taking control of an abandoned NASA spacecraft might feel a little ambitious. Not so, says a team of nine geeks who have successfully taken control of ISEE-3, a spacecraft launched by NASA 36 years ago to measure the solar wind and radiation. The story of what has to be a strong candidate for coolest thing ever is told in full in BetaBeat.

The satellite’s battery has been dead for over 20 years, but it had solar panels to power 98 percent of the satellite’s full capabilities. In its heyday, it ran missions around the Moon and Earth, and flew through the tail of a comet. But technology gets old, and everyone happily let the successful satellite go,...

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03:17
Microsoft no longer dissing the iPad in Surface ads...

Oh dear. Just when we thought Microsoft might have gotten over its misleading Surface tablet ads attacking the iPad (and iPad mini), it has run three new ones, each attacking the MacBook Air (the other two are shown below the fold).
Microsoft’s decision to go on the offensive is perhaps understandable: while Apple can run a MacBook Air ad simply observing that it’s “...

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02:31
Microsoft says Surface Pro 3 more powerful, flexible...

Continuing its campaign against Apple hardware, Microsoft on Monday unleashed three new ad shorts for its new Surface Pro 3 tablet with disparaging comparisons to the MacBook Air.

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01:24
Apple's highly secretive Apple University...

The brainchild of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, Apple University is widely discussed, but little is known about the internal program meant to foster company culture. A New York Times feature offers a rare peek inside the school's walls.

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00:12
Microsoft reignites Mac vs. PC conflict for new...

The Verge:

Microsoft is bringing the Mac vs. PC battle back with full force today.

While the company targeted the MacBook Air at the launch of the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft’s latest ads place both devices head-to-head. It’s a style that’s similar to how Microsoft has targeted the iPad and even Siri recently, and one that mimics Apple’s classic ads from the ‘00s. There’s three 30-second spots in total, and each focuses on the touchscreen and pen benefits of the Surface Pro 3 over Apple’s MacBook Air.

As always – don’t read the comments section.
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Sunday August 10

23:57
Water and air are all you need to make one of world’...

The Conversation:

Researchers have developed a method to produce ammonia simply from air and water. Not only is it more energy efficient than the century-old Haber-Bosch process currently in use all over the world, but it is also greener.

Ammonia – made up of three parts hydrogen and one part nitrogen (or NH3) – has had a momentous impact on society. Without the mass production of this chemical, it is estimated that as many as a third of us won’t be alive. This is because its main use is to make fertilisers, which have helped improve crop yields and sustain a large population.

I had no idea that ammonia production “consumes nearly 2% of the world’s energy supply” but as the article points out, even this process is no where near as efficient as Mother Nature.
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22:08
Simplifying the bull: how Picasso helps to teach...

New York Times:

Steven P. Jobs established Apple University as a way to inculcate employees into Apple’s business culture and educate them about its history, particularly as the company grew and the tech business changed. Courses are not required, only recommended, but getting new employees to enroll is rarely a problem.

Although many companies have such internal programs, sometimes referred to as indoctrination, Apple’s version is a topic of speculation and fascination in the tech world.

As usual, take whatever Brian Chen says with a truckload of salt (he gets several details wrong, as usual) but it’s still an interesting look at a little know aspect of Apple.
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21:34
Bring back the dark: How our overuse of artificial...

Slate:

You don’t know night. Not real night, the way it was experienced pre-electricity; what we lost when we developed the ability to light up the night sky.

That sounds obvious to someone living near Times Square or in Vegas, but those are only extremes in a phenomenon that touches nearly all of us: Two-thirds of the world’s population, and 99 percent of people living in the continental U.S. and Western Europe, no longer experience what we might call true night — one free from the glow of artificial lights.

I’ve been a City Kid my entire life. I still remember the night I was walking outside on my dad’s farm and couldn’t figure out why, with no light around, it was so bright outside – I could see my shadow. I looked up and literally gasped at the sight of the Milky Way – which I had never seen before.
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19:47
Briefly: Philips' UltraClear display, PTel...

Philips has announced the availability of its new 28-inch 4K Ultra HD display, offering 1080p Full HD video quality. The model (288P6LJEB) is ideal for use while gaming due to its high resolution of 3840 x 1260 pixels, with a color depth of 1.07 billion colors. Its Multi-View functionality enables users to work with multiple devices like a PC and laptop simultaneously. The UltraClear display is equipped with HMDI, DisplayPort, Dual-Link DVI and VGA SmartConnect ports, as well as USB 3.0 connectivity. Priced at $600, the display is now available for purchase online.......

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18:42
New York Times profiles Apple University, Infinite...

The existence of Apple University, a college of sort for teaching the Apple way at Apple’s Infinite Loop headquarters in Cupertino, California, is not a secret. But the details of how Apple University works and what the school teaches have been mostly hidden from the spotlight. Today, The New York Times has published a fairly extensive profile of Apple University, which is well-worth a read.

Unlike many corporations, Apple runs its training in-house, year round. The full-time faculty — including instructors, writers and editors — create and teach the courses. Some faculty members come from universities like Yale; Harvard; the University of California, Berkeley; Stanford; and M.I.T., and some continue to hold positions at their schools while working for Apple.

Apple University is run by former Yale business school dean Joel Podolny, and Podolny took a full-time...

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17:45
Review: iLuv SyrenPro outdoor Bluetooth speaker

While most Bluetooth speakers are meant to be portable or desktop solutions, some are made to be used outdoors. Many of these speakers either take up a large footprint or are ruggedized depending on the use, but other times they are simple meant for listening to a song on the porch. Of those set and forget types of speakers, what kind of features should be included to appeal to consumers? Is it huge presence and stereo sound? Or are features like weatherproofing and long battery life in high demand? The SyrenPro from iLuv attempts to include all of those features for the maximum outdoor experi......

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16:59
GraphicConverter 9.3

Adds several new features to the venerable graphic conversion and editing utility. ($39.95 new, free update, 239 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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16:51
Reviews: iLuv SyrenPro outdoor Bluetooth speaker

While most Bluetooth speakers are meant to be portable or desktop solutions, some are made to be used outdoors. Many of these speakers either take up a large footprint or are ruggedized depending on the use, but other times they are simple meant for listening to a song on the porch. Of those set and forget types of speakers, what kind of features should be included to appeal to consumers? Is it hu ......

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16:50
Purported assembled 4.7-inch 'iPhone 6'...

A set of photos out of the Far East on Sunday reportedly give an up-close view of an assembled 4.7-inch display bound for Apple's "iPhone 6," complete with cover glass, mounting structures and flex cables.

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16:36
Mactracker 7.3.3

Adds recent Apple hardware and operating system releases to the popular encyclopedia of Apple products. (Free, 34.6 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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16:08
Airfoil 4.8.8

Restores compatibility on 10.9.5 Mavericks and higher, which was hindered by Gatekeeper issues. ($25 new, free update, 14.9 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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