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Monday July 14

05:00
MyLock creates attractive lock screens for your iOS...

There are many apps that let you create a custom lock screen, and occasionally I like to see what's new in the category.

One notable app is MyLock (free with an-app purchases). It provides photos and graphics for your use, or you can use anything on...

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04:41
LG's Flexible OLED Screen Is Totally Tubular


The competition to offer transparent and flexible OLED screens heated up last week, with LG's unveiling of two 18-inch OLED displays. One is flexible and the other transparent. "Up to now, nobody has come up with an 18-inch flexible OLED display, although both LG and Samsung offer smartphones with flexible displays of less than six inches," said IHS research director Sweta Dash. The flexible screen has a curvature radius of 30R, and it can be rolled up into a cylinder with a radius of 3cm without affecting its function, LG said.

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04:30
ExtraBITS for 14 July 2014

Apple has launched a blog for its new Swift programming language, signaling a more open Apple. Bad news for Mac fans: Intel’s new desktop processors have been delayed until 2015, and it turns out that the new entry-level iMac isn’t worth the money. Worse news for Apple TV fans, as Apple’s set-top box lags behind the Roku and Chromecast in U.S. sales. Steve Wozniak looks back on Steve Jobs, and Apple has released an all-new version of iTunes U. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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04:30
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 14...

Notable software releases this week include Parallels Desktop 9.0.24237, Skype 6.19, and TextExpander 4.3.2. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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04:10
Samsung acknowledges child labor allegations,...

Last week, Samsung was accused of using child labor, in direct contrast with statements made in their 2014 Sustainability Report.

Today, Samsung acknowledged that child labor was, indeed, used by at least one of its contractors.
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04:00
Apple's surprising sales in emerging markets...

Sales growth for Apple's Mac platform has outpaced the PC market for the 31st time in the past 32 quarters, keeping the trend alive. But surprisingly, Apple's premium-priced computers were actually driven by growth in emerging markets last quarter, new data shows.

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03:53
Ecosystem and brand loyalty will see iWatch sales...

Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty is predicting that the iWatch could achieve sales of 30-60 million units in its first year as sales growth mimics that of the iPhone or iPad, reports Fortune.
While some analysts point to modest sales of existing smartwatches as evidence that the iWatch is likely to be a relatively minor new category for Apple, Huberty believes that they are using the wrong measure.

It’s that loyalty and the so-called “halo effect,” Huberty writes, not the current watch market, that will drive sales of the unannounced product that she (like everybody else) is calling the iWatch …

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03:03
Briefly: Wunderlist 3 preview, Getty Images'...

Task management app Wunderlist has announced the upcoming release of its third version release, due in the coming weeks. Featuring a new design, Wunderlist 3 includes 60 new improvements, which centre around improving the app's versatility in curating and sharing lists. Those interested in being one of the first users of Wunderlist 3 can sign up, and news updates can be found on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Google+....

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02:31
Hands on: Pocket Informant 4.0 for iOS

Some users need a lot more than just what Apple's built-in Calendar, Notes and Reminders can offer in terms of organizing their life, and for them the term PIM (Personal Information Manager) becomes a familiar one. We've had a chance to work with the recent 4.0 major update of long-time PIM Pocket Informant, and have really appreciated the changes and the versatility of the app. Users looking for a one-stop app that syncs with popular calendar and related services, this just might be your Nirvana....

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02:00
Rumor: 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may see production delays,...


You might have to wait a bit longer for the larger version of the iPhone 6.
Per AppleInsider, Apple may be having production issues with its new in-cell touchscreen panel, as well as color unevenness on the new “iPhone 6″ metal casing, thus causing the 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 to be pushed back to 2015.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a respectable track record in revealing Apple’s future product plans, issued a note on Sunday. In it, he revealed that while Apple’s 4.7-inch “iPhone 6″ is still expected to debut this fall, the larger 5.5-inch model could be introduced at a later date.
According to Kuo, Apple is already...

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Sunday July 13

19:33
Google launches augmented reality game Ingress on iOS



After becoming available to all Android users back in December, Google this evening finally launched its popular Ingress game on iOS. The game originally launched in a closed beta all the way back in 2012, but has slowly been expanding to gradually larger audiences ever since.


For those unfamiliar, Ingress is an...

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17:49
Parallels Desktop 9.0.24237

Fixes a couple of issues related to the upcoming OS X Yosemite. ($79.99 new, free update, 361 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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17:48
Skype 6.19

Adds Voice Over support for selecting recent searches of the Add Contacts field. (Free, 41.9 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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17:00
Hands on: Space Run (OS X, Windows)

It's hard to imagine what commerce and shipping might look like once humans expand into the far reaches of the universe. One take is that humans in the future could evolve an existing model, like truck driving, to deliver goods to the corners of space. Space Run by Passtech Games and Focus Interactive gives gamers a look into how such a business might unfold, through the use of strategy and resource management to fend off the dangers lurking in the darkness. But is Space Run enough to entice players into high-speed shipping lanes full of pirates and asteroids, or are they better off sitting th......

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16:15
TUAW Talkcast, 10 pm ET tonight: World Cup Hangover...

Tonight on the TUAW Talkcast: it's our World Cup hangover edition. Oh, our aching heads.

We'll raise a stein of Pilsner to the victorious German national team, talk about how Amazon and Samsung are starting to see some of the agita that plagued...

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15:21
KGI: 5.5-inch iPhone 6 likely to be delayed until...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has provided accurate Apple product information in the past (timing aside), has released a new research note predicting that supply constraints on key components may result in a serious delay in the release of the larger iPhone 6 model with a 5.5-inch display. According to the note, issues with the in-cell touch panel and coloring of the device could push the launch of the device back to a post-October date, possibly as late as next year:

We think the 5.5-inch model will also have issues with the yield rate of in-cell touch panel and color unevenness of metal casing. Indeed, these problems will likely be even more complicated with a larger size. In addition, from a technical perspective, we don’t expect sapphire cover, used for the first time on the 5.5-inch model, will easily pass...

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14:58
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple's 5.5-inch '...

Apple's rumored 5.5-inch "phablet" iPhone model is said to be facing issues with its new in-cell touchscreen panel, as well as color unevenness on the new "iPhone 6" metal casing, which could see the device's launch pushed back to next year, leaving the smaller 4.7-inch model to debut alone this year, according to one industry insider.

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13:10
Briefly: Harmony Ultimate's Nest compatibility...

Logitech has announced that its smart remote control, the Harmony Ultimate, is now compatible with the Nest Learning Thermostat. The Harmony Ultimate allows users to control home theatre devices behind closed cabinets and walls, as well as access IR devices as well as Bluetooth game consoles. Its new Nest compatibility means that when the remote is paired with the thermostat, the Harmony Ultimate can facilitate setting temperatures. Additionally, the remote sensor can detect the user's near-by presence, and so can switch off nest's Auto-Away mode. The Harmony Ultimate is priced at $350....

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12:45
FCC's Tom Wheeler says 647,000 comments filed...

Those looking to speak up about the potential changes to net neutrality still have some time to speak up before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) closes the commenting period on July 15. Those adding their voices on the direction of the Internet won't be alone, as FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recently said on Twitter that 647,000 comments were received so far....

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12:33
Cheap at sea, pricey on the plate: The voodoo of...

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The Globe and Mail:

What used to be poor man’s fare, the fallback meal of people too impoverished to afford anything else, is now a billion dollar business and a universal mark of luxury – with the result that a lobster that sells for $3.50 on the wharf can cost $60 and more on a restaurant plate in New York or Toronto or Shanghai, regardless of how many lobsters are pulled from the sea. How this happens is the life story of Larry the Lobster.

As a native Nova Scotianer, lobster, both as a delicious beachside meal and an economy sustaining industry, is near and dear to me. The story of how lobster gets from the ocean floor to the dinner plate is one not many people know and the economics of it is fascinating.
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12:25
Life in Brazil during the World Cup, in pictures

Vox:

In Brazil, “Tudo bom” roughly translates to “all good.” It’s used both as a question and an answer. Tudo bom? Sim, tudo bom. Just like the World Cup. The World Cup in Brazil has been both a blessing and a curse. The joy of sport but at what cost?

As the World Cup wraps up in Brazil today, there will be much soul searching in the country — not just with regards to the awful loss to Germany but whether or not the whole enterprise was worth it. Knowing many Brazilians, I think most of them will say yes it was.

Regardless, I think the relative success of the the 2014 World Cup bodes well for Brazil’s hosting of the Summer Olympics.
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12:00
Last week's popular and featured articles on...

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other useful articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed:

Tips to help you optimize your...

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11:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Atom Run [iOS...

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10:58
QuickerTek now shipping mCard for Wi-Fi speed...

After the release of the qCard 2, QuickerTek saw a need in other older Apple devices to be updated to the most recent Wi-Fi speeds. Issuing a card to update wireless in some "slightly older" MacBook Pros and Intel-based iMacs, the mCard aims to give a little more life to machines in future operating systems before consumers are forced to replace them....

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10:00
All the best hardware and app reviews last week on...

Last week was a busy one with new hardware and apps making their way into TUAW's virtual office. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews you may have missed.

App Reviews

Propellerhead's Take is a supercharged memo recorder for iPhone
The...

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08:02
MGG 510: Talking To Your Technology While You Travel

It's summertime (in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway) and that means lots of travel. It also means some really interesting travel-related technology problems to solve. Listen to John and Dave as they did into solving issues with streaming movies from your house to your favorite travel destination... or to a mobile destination if that's your preferred way to roll. Dave digs in a bit to the specific USB speeds of Thunderbolt docks, and the boys discuss their favorite battery charging strategies. Plus some bonuses and tangents, because they know you love those!

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06:44
Apple’s official response to China’s location...

This past Friday, we posted a story titled China labels iPhone a security threat. Apple responded to the Chinese broadcaster’s accusations in a well crafted post on their site.

Here’s the full English-language post from Apple’s web site:

Your Location Privacy

Apple is deeply committed to protecting the privacy…

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06:27
The two faces of the moon

Why does the dark side of the moon look so very different from the side that faces the Earth? There’s a new theory that has gained acceptance, and it’s not at all obvious. A terrific read for a Sunday.
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06:06
Automated news stories – Robots replacing journalists

This is a true story.

The AP announced last month that it would use Automated Insights’ software, called Wordsmith, to produce up to 4,440 robot-written corporate-earnings reports per quarter, more than ten times the number its human reporters currently produce.

This is just an example of what’s coming. As intelligence modeling becomes steadily more sophisticated…
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01:06
Fourth Switzerland Apple Store opens to large crowds

Despite the country's relatively small population, support for Apple in Switzerland seems to be very healthy: the company just opened its fourth outlet, this time in the town of Basel, earlier this weekend. The new store adheres to the standard new layout, but because of the shopping district it is located in, the store sports somewhat unusual operating hours. The next Apple Store unveiling will again be outside the US -- this time in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is thought to be opening on August 2....

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Saturday July 12

22:49
Apple-designed iBeacon hardware hits FCC: for Apple...


On July 4th of this year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made filings public from Apple regarding an Apple-branded piece of iBeacon equipment. The hardware is shown above to be a rounded hub-like device with a USB port and a dedicate on and off switch at the bottom…


The documents for the standard FCC testing of wireless devices indicates that the product is designed to work within Apple’s iBeacon ecosystem, and the documents brand the device as an “...

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20:04
Apple's first iBeacon hardware revealed in FCC...

An FCC filing discovered on Saturday reveals in-depth details on Apple's first dedicated iBeacon-compatible beacon hardware, suggesting the company may soon introduce the micro-location technology to consumer spaces like so-called "smart homes."

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18:33
The Mac Snap Bundle: 4 Powerful Photo Apps – only $...

Many thanks to Mighty Deals for sponsoring this week’s RSS feed on The Loop. Sometimes you just need a quick and simple photo editor to clean up your photos. Whether you need some mild editing, digital borders, objects removed, colors enhanced or areas brought into focus, this Mighty Deal has it all covered. This Snap Pack Bundle includes 4 incredible Mac photo apps, for one low price: Snapheal, FX Photo Studio, Focus 2 and ColorStrokes. They’re all incredibly easy to use and feature some truly robust editing tools.
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15:00
Apple found not guilty in lawsuit over video...

The patent infringement lawsuit began in 2010, when a Israel-based company called Emblaze went after Apple. The patent in question related to real-time broadcasting and Emblaze claimed that Apple was using the technology without a license.

Friday,...

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14:59
Briefly: Akvis SmartMask 5.0, ClickInstall 4.0

Akvis has announced the release of its newest version of SmartMask, an image selection tool for photo editing. The software handles a selection of objects, and processes both soft and sharp edges. Available as a standalone program as well as a plug-in for photo editors. SmartMask v5.0 includes a new Share option for publishing images on desired social networks, with background color options availble prior to uploading. The maximum size of the Eraser and History Brush tools has been increased, and the Magic Brush has been improved....

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14:30
Apple seeking FCC certification for iBeacon hardware

Apple's iBeacon -- whether it's a future product that will work with HomeKit or just a device for use at the company's own retail outlets -- has an official product number: A1573. The sharp-eyed folks at Securifi, who have just started shipping their...

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14:16
Apple shoots down Chinese state media accusations...

Apple's website in China has published a detailed response to accusations by the country's state owned media, refuting claims that iOS tracks users' locations in a firm but politely worded statement.

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13:56
SanLink2 Mavericks Beta Driver

Forums: Active StorageTags: Sanlink2PromiseActive StorageDoes anyone have a driver for Promise SanLink2 different from the 1.0.39 on the web site. Currently, I have new SanLink2 and new MacPro's, but can't see my ActiveRAID LUN's and it looks like someone on here said that the first driver had a bug, but that there was a new driver. I have contacted support, but doubt I hear back on weekend and really need to get this working.
If someone has a driver that works with SanLink2 and Active Storage RAID, please contact me.

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13:10
Popcorn Time derivative project GitHub repositories...

The US Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has issued Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown requests for code repositories for BitTorrent-based video streaming projects based on the Popcorn Time core. The MPAA requested that the code for "popcorn-official" and "time4popcorn" projects be removed from GitHub, but the original Popcorn Time repository remains intact and undeleted....

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13:00
TUAW Giveaway: Logitech Harmony Smart Control

Sometimes it's hard to remember exactly what hardware I've reviewed. The other day, I was plugging in a piece of equipment for a review and noticed a small, shiny black box that was plugged in. Upon looking at it closer, I was able to tell that it...

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12:58
China's state-run TV calls the iPhone a...

iOS 7’s Frequent Locations feature will keep track of places you visit frequently and when you visit them, and provide you with useful information based on that data. For example, if your iPhone sees you commuting from your home to your workplace on a daily basis, it might tell you how long today’s commute will take based on traffic conditions, for example.
According to a report from China’s state-run CCTV, however, it may also allow for sensitive information to leak out. The CCTV report, as The Wall Street Journal notes, alleges that the Frequent Locations feature could allow “those with access to that data [to] gain knowledge of China’s economic situation or ‘even state secrets.’”To read this article in full or to leave a comment...

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12:21
Gameover Zeus botnet reanimated, exposing the harm...

Apple's iOS and OS X platforms aren't directly affected by the rampant malware infestations that plague Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows, but that doesn't mean they can't be victimized by it, as the collateral damage and smokescreen of a reanimated botnet targeting unpatched, vulnerable systems demonstrates.

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12:00
Apple responds to China media report of iOS '...

Apple has responded to Chinese government media allegations of the iPhone and iPad being a national security threat. A Chinese-language statement titled "Your Location Privacy" has been posted by the Cupertino manufacturer, with the company guaranteeing that it won't track users, or share information location with outsiders. Additionally, it claims that the frequent locations feature touted for iOS8 will just "quickly and reliably determine their current locations for specific activities such as shopping, travel, finding the nearest restaurant or calculating the amount of time it takes them to......

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11:54
National Federation of the Blind says ‘Apple has...


Last week, inaccurate reporting emerged in regards to Apple’s work on making its products accessible to all consumers. As many Apple customers are aware, and as CEO Tim Cook takes extremely seriously, Apple works hard to ensure that Macs, iPhones, iPods, and iPads can be used to their full extent by people who are deaf or blind, for example. In response to the reporting (Philip Elmer-DeWitt has a good summary of the original reporting and takedowns at...

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11:44
Fake motions filed in Apple, Facebook employee...

Silicon Valley's "no poach" lawsuit involving Apple, Adobe, Google, and Intel may be slowly grinding to a conclusion, but not without some peculiar behavior. An investigation has been launched by the US District Court for the Northern District of California and the California State Bar after a court filing was made under an attorney's name without her knowledge, and with a fake lawfirm's name. The incident, and a similar filing made shortly after motion dismissal, is being investigated as a possible identity theft....

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11:30
Basel Apple Store opens to crowds as Apple promotes...


In line with last week’s announcement, Apple’s fourth store in Switzerland opened this weekend in Basel. The store, like most Apple Stores, opened to significant crowds and Apple handed out commemorative shirts to celebrate. The interior of the store appears like most Apple Stores, and the location already has been equipped with the new interior visual design:
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11:30
Dog Days of Summer: Zandra, hard at iWork

It's summertime, which means that weekend TUAW readers get a respite from Caturday and get to see what the canine Apple community is up to. Our first woofer is Zandra, a hard-working guide dog who hangs out with Alex Jurgensen up in Vancouver, BC....

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11:09
Apple China denies location tracking claims: we’re ‘...


This past week, Chinese State TV called the iPhone a “national security concern” because of its location tracking capabilities. The iPhone’s operating system utilizes location for several applications, including Maps and Weather. iOS 7 also introduced a new feature that utilizes a customer’s location in order to provide improved traffic and route information. Now, Apple has quickly responded via a concrete and comprehensive message on its website for China. The message is advertised on the homepage, and is a direct response to the allegations from China State TV.
Apple denies the claims by stating that “privacy is built into [its] products and...

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10:02
Lyft, NY attorney general jousting over reasons for...

Ride sharing service Lyft has halted its New York City launch for the time being. While the delay was originally portrayed as amicable, with the delay blessed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission as well as the courts, a battle has erupted in the press, with both sides pointing fingers at each other for the delay, with accusations of misdeeds and lies erupting....

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09:53
National Federation of the Blind says "Apple...

On Friday, the president of the National Federation of the Blind clarified the group's recent resolution calling on Apple to collaborate with the group's efforts to expand accessibility among third party apps, noting a "good relationship" despite a "provocative and poorly reported article" on the subject released by Reuters.

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07:30
Propellerhead's Take is a supercharged memo...

Take Creative Vocal Recorder is a free iPhone voice recorder, designed by the fantastic Propellerhead, creators of great music-making apps like Reason and Figure.

Thousands of musicians around the world use the iPhone's Voice Memos app to instantly...

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07:18
The software design trends that we love to hate

"Flat" has become very popular.
This particular design trend found its footing in Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 design. It was all big, buttons and bright colors with no extraneous texture or ornamentation—ideas that later spread to Windows 8, iOS 7, OS X Yosemite, the Android L release, and many apps running on those platforms. Software is no longer focused on making onscreen content look like real-world objects. Our screens aren't made of felt or paper, so why should they look that way?
That said, there are plenty of things about older designs that new designs haven't figured out. We put our collective heads together and came up with the following list of modern UI design trends that get our blood boiling. We're sure there are more things that could make this list, but we're trying to keep our blood pressure down. If you've got some hate to spread around, kindly deposit it in the comments section.
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06:33
∞ Arpeggios From Hell

[VIDEO] Tina S is a remarkable guitar player. We’ve posted some of her work before, most notably her cover of Van Halen’s Eruption.

Here’s her take on Yngwie Malmsteen’s Molto Arpeggiosa, colloquially known as Arpeggios From Hell.

Tina S is a phenomenally gifted guitarist and she is still just a teenager. Enjoy!

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06:28
Chinese clone-makers already have functional ‘iPhone...



NowhereElse.fr has posted some pretty amusing pictures today of working iPhone 6 clones from China. These devices use the rumored specification and schematics of the actual iPhone 6 that we have seen so ...

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05:51
∞ Samsung release two new remarkably dreadful...

[VIDEO] Where’s the clever in these two new Samsung ads? Did Samsung just switch ad agencies? I think both of these ads are amateurish and dreadful.

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05:23
Former Apple retail chief recalls early days

[VIDEO] Back in January 2000, Ron Johnson joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail Operations with a mission to create and roll out Apple’s retail operations.

Back in May, Johnson appeared, one-on-one, on Stanford Business School’s View From the Top interview series. The video of that interview is embedded below.
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05:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Colors aplenty

Colors aplentyThis week’s roundup of iPad protection includes colorful designs, materials that range from the sophisticated to the ultramodern, and the usual variety of cases for your every need.Emall BoxThe Black 360 (iPad Air; $14) features a 360-degree swivel stand that props up your tablet for reading and typing in both horizontal and vertical orientations.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Friday July 11

23:44
Briefly: MobileOffice S601 Scanner, PureGear's...

Plustek Technology has announced the launch of its new Plustek MobileOffice S601, a portable A6-sized identification card and license scanner. The device is a comparable size to a smartphone, and is capable of scanning a card in under five seconds. Intended for scanning licenses, identification cards, business cards, receipts, checks and deposit slips, the scanner includes two one-touch, programmable buttons that can create searchable PDFs or images by pressing a button....

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22:15
Apple Maps team reportedly contacting business...


Apple is reportedly calling some business owners to verify information that has been marked as incorrect through its Maps app’s “Report a Problem” feature. According to a Reddit post this evening, at least one business has received a call from the Maps team to check up on an incorrect address.
As it turns out, the location was outdated and had been taken from Yelp’s listing some time ago, but Apple never updated its own database to reflect recent changes to the business on Yelp. According to the post, the updated data is expected to go live within a week. The full post reads:
A 408 number called me from Apple Maps and let me know...

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21:52
Apple's Maps team calling businesses to resolve...

As Apple continues to refine its in-house mapping and navigation services, business owners are reportedly receiving phone calls from Maps team representatives looking to resolve user-submitted data discrepancies.

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21:33
Apple wins against Emblaze in live video streaming...

Apple has scored another legal victory, this time against Israeli firm Emblaze and its charge that Apple induced app developers to infringe Emblaze's US patent on live video streaming. A federal jury found in Friday that Apple was not guilty of requiring any of the seven example apps used in the trial to use Apple's own HLS (HTTP live streaming) protocol, and thus did not foster infringement of the patent. Emblaze, a struggling audio company that had tried to sell the technology many times, is also suing Microsoft in a similar case.......

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20:32
Apple doled out more than $3B to over 7,000 US...

After announcing cooperation with the White House's "SupplierPay" initiative, Apple on Friday released domestic supply chain expenditure figures for the first time, saying it spent more than $3 billion with over 7,000 U.S. suppliers last year.

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19:33
Proposed Senate bill would remove regulatory stamps...

A new proposal introduced in the US Senate called the "E-Label Act" would allow electronics manufacturers the option of using "digital" stamps of regulatory approval on devices rather than the physical emblems now required to show that the device has passed required safety and federal inspections. The bill is a bipartisan effort, with a goal of lowering costs for manufacturers as well as allowing further design freedom. It would not remove all such markings, due to the international nature of some of them....

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19:26
Jury: Apple and third-party developers did not...


Apple did not infringe a live-streaming technology patent held by Emblaze Ltd., a jury decided earlier today. The conclusion to the lawsuit comes less than two weeks after it started, and affects both Apple and third-party developers that use its live-streaming technology in mobile apps.
According to Emblaze, Apple’s HTTP live-streaming service was “nothing more than Emblaze’s patented solution under...

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18:57
Jury finds Apple did not induce infringement of...

A federal jury on Friday found Apple did not push app developers to use its proprietary HLS technology for live streaming video to iOS devices, which would have allegedly induced infringement of an Israeli company's patents.

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18:31
Video shows rumored 'iPhone 6' sapphire...

After multiple torture tests, a purported sapphire front cover rumored to be bound for Apple's 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" has finally been broken, but getting there took a car weighing 1.6 tons.

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18:31
Briefly: Photoshop Express, Google Maps for iOS both...

Adobe has followed up on its recent spate of new iPad apps with an update to the older Photoshop Express, now at version 3.4. The new version offers four specific new features: two new tools, the ability to import photos in RAW format, and a new ability to increase or decrease filter strength as desired. The two new tools are a "defog" tool to remove haziness, and a "blemish removal" tool. Photoshop Express is available free from the App Store. The app is also compatible with the iPhone....

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16:36
3 Free iOS Art Apps for a Soulful Feast

Feed your soul with these three free iOS apps Vern Seward features in this week's Free on iTunes. Poems by Heart, MoMA, Jimi Hendrix: The Complete Experience.

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16:16
Apple paid out over $3 billion to small businesses...


Apple’s operations chief said today that the company paid out over $3 billion to small businesses that supplied Apple with parts for its products in 2013. That money was split up between around 7,000 different suppliers as part of the SupplierPay program started by the White House.
SupplierPay is an extension of a federal program called QuickPay that required the government to issue payments to small business partners within 15 days of billing in an attempt to promote economic growth. With SupplierPay, the program is extended (optionally) to private businesses like Apple.
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16:16
Apple Launches Swift Developer Blog, Its First-Ever...

Apple is changing, and those changes are for the better. On Friday, the company launched Swift Blog, its first ever official Apple blog on the company's website. The blog is part of Apple's Developer connection, and it's stated purpose is to be a direct conduit to developers.

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16:00
The popular iTranslate iOS app comes to the Mac

iTranslate is a favorite tool of mine on iOS. Today iTranslate has made it to the Mac and has appeared in the Mac App Store at an introductory price U$4.99, half of what it normally costs.

iTranslate supports more than 80 languages and is accessible...

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16:00
Samsung compares Galaxy Tab S to iPad in continued...

Following up on last week's anti-Apple spot in which iPhone users were called "wall huggers," Samsung on Friday aired two ads aimed at iPad owners, touting Galaxy Tab S features like split-screen multitasking and Super AMOLED displays.

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15:12
Apple's secret plans for PrimeSense 3D tech...

Apple has remained silent on its plans for PrimeSense, the 3D scanning firm it acquired last November. But a new iPad app based on some of the same underlying technology--which allows users to quickly capture three dimensional models for use in CAD and 3D printing via a third party peripheral--indicates that Apple may be planning to integrate the tech into future iPads as a differentiating feature.

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15:03
Apple Signs on to White House Program for Paying...

The White House announced on Friday that Apple, Cocacola, IBM, CVS, FedEx, Honda, and Walgreens, and 19 other large companies have signed on to participate in SupplierPay. The voluntary program is designed to get large companies to pay the small companies in their supply chain more swiftly in order to boost cash flow and increase investment in small businesses.

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14:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for July 11, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world.

You can listen to today's...

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14:06
E-Label Act wants to remove unsightly regulatory...

Those pesky regulatory symbols on the back of your smartphone or tablet may soon be going digital if a new bill being presented to the US Senate gets approved. The E-Label Act is a bipartisan bill that would give electronics manufacturers the option to use digital stamps instead of branding devices with government-mandated tattoos.
The Senate Commerce Committee says that removing physical symbols from devices would reduce costs for manufacturers, which could ultimately lower prices for consumers. If approved, this act would not affect all emblems covering devices, as icons like the “CE” stamp are for gadgets sold in Europe. However, FCC branding for products sold in the US could be replaced by a digital logo viewable from a device’s screen.
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14:06
Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To...

MojoKid writes: "When NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden came forth last year with U.S. government spying secrets, it didn't take long to realize that some of the information revealed could bring on serious repercussions — not just for the U.S. government, but also for U.S.-based companies. The latest to feel the hit? None other than Apple, and in a region the company has been working hard to increase market share: China. China, via state media, has today declared that Apple's iPhone is a threat to national security — all because of its thorough tracking capabilities. It has the ability to keep track of user locations, and to the country, this could potentially reveal "state secrets" somehow. It's being noted that the iPhone will continue to track the user to some extent even if the overall feature is disabled. China's iPhone ousting comes hot on the heels of Russia's industry and trade deeming AMD and Intel processors to be untrustworthy. The nation will instead be building its own...

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14:00
Limefuel Rugged L150XR battery pack: Designed for...

Of the many external battery packs that we see here at the TUAW Labs, just about all of them are designed not for use out in the real world, but in offices and homes. Take any one of the packs that we've reviewed over the years and expose it to the...

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13:55
How to Filter Email Messages Using Sub-Addresses

Yesterday we talked about spam, today we'll talk about some easy ways to filter some of the other mail you regularly receive, and how to automate some basic filtering.

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13:53
Sharp reportedly seeks deal with Apple to retake...

After Apple heavily invested in transitioning Sharp's Kameyama LCD plant from TVs to smartphone displays, the Japanese company is reportedly looking to retake control in a bid to diversify its customer base into China.

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13:30
Browsing Flickr on a 1989 Mac

According to the owner of the Macintosh SE/30 used to capture this image, it took approximately five minutes to load a single Flickr web page. That's actually not that bad, considering the late-80s power of the computer.

[Photo credit: Jeff Jackson]...

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13:25
Sharp offers Apple $293 million to claim equipment...

Sharp is offering Apple 30 billion yen, or about $293 million, to buy the equipment in the former's Kameyama Plant No. 1, says Nikkei. In 2012, Apple contributed about half of the 100 billion yen ($986.7 million) that was necessary to switch the factory from producing TV panels to iPhone displays. As a part of the deal, Apple claimed ownership of the plant's hardware....

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13:00
Movie fans will love Anything After for iOS

Have you ever left a movie during the closing credits, only to learn that you missed something great? If so, give Anything After - the Movie Credits Stinger a try. The app is US$1.99 (half off for a brief time) and does just what it...

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12:45
Poke a Used and Reset Android Phone: it’ll Spill its...

With our rapidly advancing smartphone technology, there is much turn-over, and millions of smartphones are sold to refurbishment companies or to strangers. The original owners often assume that when the phone is reset that their personal data is gone forever. But is it? Maybe not if it's an Android phone.

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12:44
Apple launches official Swift blog for developers

Via its developer portal, Apple has launched an official blog for Swift, the programming language it unveiled at WWDC 2014. The blog promises a "behind-the-scenes look into the design of the Swift language by the engineers who created it," and "the latest news and hints to turn you into a productive Swift programmer." The first post discusses several compatibility issues....

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12:34
Apple launches the Swift blog, Xcode 6 beta

Apple launched a new blog on its developer site on Friday dedicated to the Swift programming language introduced during WWDC. The company also made Xcode 6 beta available to all registered developers.
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12:30
Garth Brooks music goes digital, but not on iTunes

For a long time, Brooks has declined to put his music online, as he insisted albums be released in their entirety. It’s not clear if that’s how he’ll release his music moving forward, but all digital sales will be handled through his official website, not iTunes. There will be a window when his entire collection will be released at a “stupid” price.

Come on Garth, put it on iTunes and be done with this stupid shit.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:10
Review: Samsung SmartCam HD Pro

Keeping an eye on the home while out and about these days is common practice. Internet cameras became popular in recent history due to the ease of scanning for intruders or checking on the welfare of a child. Selecting the right model can be challenging based on the number of cameras on the market. Brands like Dropcam and Foscam are generally trusted, but larger companies like Samsung offer alternative solutions. Attempting to bring a Dropcam competitor to consumers, Samsung released the SmartCam HD Pro. But does it offer the features a user needs without hiccups? Find out in our review.......

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12:00
iLounge Game Spotlight: Beyond Gravity

Qwiboo’s Beyond Gravity ($2) comes to iOS after debuting earlier on a number of other platforms. A simple platformer, Beyond Gravity is “procedurally generated,” so that each run through the game is a completely different experience. The title is currently on sale for $1,…

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12:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Ricochet Infinity...

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11:50
Beats files suit against Chinese counterfeiters with...

Speaker and headphone maker Beats -- currently undergoing an acquisition by Apple -- has filed a lawsuit against a collection of Chinese counterfeiters, asking for billions of dollars in damages. "This action has been filed by Beats to combat online counterfeiters who trade upon Beats' reputation and goodwill by selling and/or offering for sale unlicensed and counterfeit products featuring Beats' trademarks," the complaint reads. "The Defendants create [fake Internet storefronts] by the hundreds or even thousands and design them to appear to be selling genuine Beats products, while actually......

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11:36
Apple launches developer blog for new Swift...

Apple's march toward transparency continued on Friday with the launch of the Swift Blog, a new developer-focused blog covering the Swift programming language introduced by the company at WWDC.

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11:30
Apple launches blog for new Swift programming...

With the release of iOS 8 getting closer by the day, Apple has started a new blog to answer questions about Swift, the new programming language for iOS and OS X. Swift aims to make writing code more interactive and fun, while keeping apps running...

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11:26
Friday Deals: PlayStation 4 bundle, mSATA SSD, iPad...

Another week, another episode of "Friday Deals!" Every Friday, we're going to take a look at 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!...

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11:03
Apple launches new Swift blog, offers Xcode 6 beta...

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Apple's new Swift programming language has attracted a lot of interest from developers since it was announced last month at WWDC, and now the company is looking to get it in the hands of more developers. Apple launched a new blog specifically for Swift today, and as part of the launch, the company is offering free downloads of the latest Xcode 6 beta to anyone who wants to register for it. The Swift blog will also include "behind-the-scenes" information about Swift from Apple engineers.
This is a departure for Apple in a couple of ways—first, Xcode betas have heretofore been available to paying OS X or iOS developers only. The membership is just $99 a year, but it's still a paywall that has separated developers from the general public up until...

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11:03
iLounge Weekly coming Monday, July giveaway reminder

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers…

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11:02
Lifetime Access To Over 5,000 Adobe Authorized...

Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Premier...Adobe's powerful applications are de rigueur throughout much of the professional world. Learning how to use them, let alone learning how to make the most of them, has a steep learning curve, and Adobe likes to rewrite its own UI rules with each new version. Thanks to our friends at StackSocial, you can get lifetime access to more than 5,00 Adobe-Authorized training videos for just $79. That level of pass is usually $500, so if you're looking for the training, get on it.

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11:00
Tinker is a simple, interesting task manager for...

Apple's App Store has no shortage of task managers. Poke around and you'll find options as involved or simplistic as you like. Last May, Tinker joined the fray (US$0.99), and I spent the last few days trying it out. It's a simple, nice-looking app...

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10:30
Daily Deals for July 11, 2014, featuring 1 TB of...

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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10:20
External Link: Swift: The Blog

In yet another sign of a more open Apple, the company today debuted a new blog dedicated to its new Swift programming language. Promising to provide a “behind-the-scenes look into the design of the Swift language” from Swift engineers, the blog currently has only one entry, but it’s a good one: an announcement that the Xcode 6 beta is now available for free download (formerly, downloads of Xcode required a paid Apple developer account). As the blog has no reader comment capability, we don’t foresee the blog becoming a forum in which developers can offer their own suggestions for improvements and enhancements to the language, so it will be interesting to see just what Apple does with the blog in the coming weeks and months. 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 ...

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