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Monday August 25

11:53
ioShutter SLR: Control Your Camera With Your iPhone...

Check out the ioShutter SLR, a cable that connects your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and your Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Pentax, Samsung or Hasselblad SLR camera. The cable connects to your camera and your iOS device, where a dedicated app allows you to remotely control your camera without touching the camera. In addition to landscapes, cityscapes, and the like, where a still camera can be just what you need, ioShutter SLR also allows you to do time lapses. Depending on your camera, you can also control autofocus and do voice-activated shots (think selfies and group selfies). ioShutter SLR retails for $75, but you can get it for $29.99 through our deal.

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11:48
Ralph Lauren debuts iOS-connected fitness &...

Legendary fashion house Ralph Lauren is making a big splash in the wearable devices market this week, as a number of ball boys and one player at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships are outfitted with new, iOS-connected nylon shirts that track health and fitness data.

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11:45
Apple Fitness Sensors Everywhere: It’s More than the...

HealthKit in iOS 8 offers the promise of a centralized system so iPhone owners can collect and track their own health and fitness data in a single place, and it gives other companies a common platform to feed information into. Apple will no doubt capitalize on that with the rumored iWatch as its first move into the fitness tracking market. But it doesn't seem likely the company will be content to stick to just our wrists, which opens the door for a whole line of wearable tech -- including versatile sensors that know what data to collect based on where they are on your body.

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11:42
Dropbox for iOS updated w/ search support within...



A minor update to Dropbox for iPhone and iPad is out today bringing a few new features and enhancements.
With Dropbox version 3.3, the app now supports search within Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint documents. Dropbox says this improvement is due to “new, higher fidelity previews” available in this version. The latest update also adds larger animated GIF...

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11:34
Known iOS auto-call feature sparks concerns about...

Technical oversights on the part of some of the iOS ecosystem's most prominent developers -- including Facebook and Google --?could allow attackers to exploit a documented iOS feature that allows apps to initiate phone calls without a prompt, spurring reminders that iPhone owners should be careful what they tap on.

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11:30
EmoYo shares your emotions with friends and nothing...

EmoYo is an app clearly inspired by the simplistic nature of Yo. both in name and design. Quite interestingly though, the creator is only 16 years old. The app's sole reason for existence is to add friends and share your emotions with each other...

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11:19
Google debuts Slides app for iOS, updates Docs and...

Google is today launching a new iOS app, Slides. Much like Microsoft PowerPoint, Slides lets people create and edit presentations. Because these files are stored in the cloud, users can start work on one device and continue on another, including via the Slides web app. Collaboration features let several people work on a presentation simultaneously; any changes to a file are saved automatically, and the app can work both on and offline. Offline changes are uploaded after reconnection....

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11:14
Nextdoor Offers Digital Path to Neighborliness


A mother in Walnut Creek, California, recently placed an expensive order for baby formula and diapers that never arrived. Subsequent investigation showed that the package had been delivered but snatched from her doorstep. That's a common enough story in this era of e-commerce, but this one has a happy ending. The woman knew the package had been stolen because she saw it happen on her surveillance video. Unfortunately the license plate was missing from the vehicle in which the thief sped away. So she turned to a social network for help.

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11:08
Slides for iOS completes Google's productivity...

Google’s pushing hard into the productivity space on iOS, and continuing to build out its own microecosystem on Apple’s mobile operating system. Earlier this year, the company started to split off functionality from its Google Drive app, releasing individual apps for both word-processing and spreadsheets. Now the company’s completed the trifecta by releasing an iOS version of Slides, its presentation app.
As with Docs and Sheets, Slides aims to bring the ability to create, view, and edit documents from your Google account, both online and offline, on any of your iOS devices. You can rearrange slides, add text, tweak formatting, add shapes, and so on—just as you can via the Web-based interface. Google Slides even allows you to invite friends and colleagues to collaborate, letting you jointly build or edit a presentation. And...

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11:07
Apps: ForkLift, HoudahSpot, Webbla
11:03
First Look: Grace Digital Ecostone Bluetooth Speaker

Grace Digital’s Ecostone ($150) is a 100% waterproof portable speaker system designed to float in pools, utilizing Bluetooth for wireless audio so your iPhone or iPad can stay clear of the water. Built with two 12W speakers and a rear mounted subwoofer, Ecostone is IPX68-certified as waterproof with 801G military spec drop/shock resistance. It also includes an LED flashlight, a 1-Amp USB output for device charging, and a 1800mAh lithium rechargeable…

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11:00
Recover a Mangled URL in the Address Bar of a Browser

Occasionally, when editing a URL in the address bar of a browser, it becomes hosed up, truncated or totally lost. John Martellaro shows you how to quickly recover the original URL for a web page without going back to the original source/link.

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11:00
Daily Deals for August 25, 2014, featuring iOS 8...

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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10:12
Mac: Booq Cobra Brief

The traveling professional should have a bag that not only carries all the essentials but also looks decent while running through an airport. Booq has released Cobra Brief ($295), a bag geared towards professionals who are looking for quality and comfort on the go. Made from ballistic nylon with YKK Zippers and leather trims, Cobra Brief is designed to carry your MacBook (or other laptop with up to a 16” screen) and your iPad while traveling.…

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10:00
Apple Timer helps you count the minutes until the...

It's not easy waiting on good news. We're coming up on the next big Apple event. The company is expected to announce the iPhone 6 on September 9, 2014 and fans are already waiting with baited breath. Sure, you know what the event is, but how will you...

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09:51
PlayStation network suffered denial of service attack

Sony said on its PlayStation blog that its PlayStation network had been taken down by a denial of service-style attack, which overwhelmed the system with traffic, but did not intrude onto the network or access any of its 53 million users’ information.

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09:50
TSMC to ramp up 16nm production early next year for...

Even though the A8-based iPhone 6 has yet to ship, TSMC is already preparing to ramp up production on its 16nm lines to meet demand for the A9 processor, according to Chinese-language publication the Economic Daily News. The company is said to have been targeting 16nm volume production for the second quarter of 2015, but moved its schedule up to the first. Although A9 chips probably won't roll off assembly lines until later next year, TSMC will allegedly be ready to churn out 50,000 16nm wafers a month starting in Q1.......

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09:37
Burger King offers free Android phone

The cheap worthless prizes that come with burger meals sure have changed from when I was a kid.
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09:30
Fire in the hole is a blast for some

Fire in the hole (free) is an arcade-style game similar to Space Invaders, featuring 8-bit graphics and a retro soundtrack. The controls are easy to pick up. You control when to shoot a bomb from the cannon that moves side-to-side at the bottom of...

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09:26
Google releases Slides app for iPhone & iPad,...

Google today announced that it’s releasing a version of its Google Drive Slides app for iPhone and iPad alongside updates to its previously released Docs and Sheets apps for iOS devices.
Released today, Slides offers the same functionality as Google’s web based version of the presentation software allowing users to create and edit new presentations, collaborate with others, and work with Microsoft PowerPoint files. Here’s a look at the new Slides app for iPhone and iPad available for free on the App Store now:


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09:20
Declining requests to work for free

Unfortunately, there are designers who continue to do free work on the vague promise of “exposure,” “paying work later on,” and the client’s “rich friends” who will see your designs and “pay big fees” for your work.

The truth is, when you do free work, you have set your value and that client and his/her rich friends will also ask for free design work because you “did it for so-and-so.”

Nobody should be expected to work for free.
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09:13
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-25

Judge Lucy Koh shot down Samsung's request to invalidate two of Apple's patents, but that may not be as big a win for the iPhone maker as it looks. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss Judge Koh's ruling, and they also dive into Jeff's idea that Apple may be designing fitness tracking sensors that go beyond the rumored iWatch.

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09:11
Apple manufacturing costs spike to highest-ever...

Apple's manufacturing and component purchase commitments reached a record $15.4 billion last quarter, leading one analyst to tell investors on Monday that Apple is gearing up for a blockbuster fall with the launch of an "iPhone 6" and rumored "iWatch."

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09:00
Judge refuses to invalidate Apple patents

In the continuing legal tangle between Samsung and Apple, a federal judge has denied Samsung's request to invalidate a pair of patents related to the iPhone's slide-to-unlock feature and unified search, Mac Observer reports. Both patents are part of...

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08:55
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Grado headphones giveaway,...

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:

Small States: Inside the world of Grado headphones, giveaway worth $495 dollars

LifeProof iPad mini waterproof nüüd case ...

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08:47
Gruber’s math

This is why we love Gruber. Fascinating.
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08:35
Samsung allegedly coming back into Apple DRAM supply...

Samsung has been brought back into the iPhone DRAM supply chain for the iPhone 6, says Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri. The company was shut out of DRAM for the iPhone 5 and 5s, presumably because of Apple's desire to distance itself from its main competitor and legal antagonist. For the iPhone 6, Samsung is reportedly being joined by Micron and Elpida....

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08:30
Writing Wizard makes writing appear like magic

Practicing letter forms can be quite a chore, but Writing Wizard makes it a magical experience anywhere. At US$2.99 on the App Store, this universal app is a terrific value for your iPhone and/or iPad while children are kept engaged in the task of...

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08:25
Take Control of OS X Server, Chapter 12: Software...

If you’re interested in reducing unnecessary bandwidth usage from multiple users downloading the same software updates, or in controlling which Apple updates your Mac users can install, read this chapter of Charles Edge’s “Take Control of OS X Server” for details on the similar but separate Caching and Software Update services. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:24
Chapter 12 of “Take Control of OS X Server” Now...

No matter how small or large your network, you’ll want to read the latest chapter in Charles Edge’s streamed “Take Control of OS X Server,” in which he explains why everyone should run the Caching service and what the similar Software Update service offers to system administrators. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:18
Rumor: TSMC, Apple working on 16nm FinFET process...

A Monday morning report from the Republic of China indicated that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is in the process of accelerating the rollout of its new 16-nanometer FinFET fabrication process in a possible bid to wrest control of Apple's A9 manufacturing from rival chipmakers.

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08:03
Briefly: T-Mobile Simple Starter LTE changes,...

T-Mobile is giving customers using its Simple Starter price plan the choice of adding more data. From September 3rd, subscribers can opt to quadruple the LTE data allowance on the single-line plan from 500GB to 2GB, increasing the cost of the plan from $40 to $45, but retaining the same unlimited calls and texts as the original plan. Just as before Simple Starter users will find their data service suspended once they've used their allocation....

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08:00
Apple will replace your defective iPhone 5 battery

Is your iPhone 5 battery life bad? No, I don't mean "Oh jeez I have to charge it every night!" bad, I mean "Wait, it was at 100% when I unplugged it five minutes ago, and it's already down 15%" bad. If so, your phone might fall within a certain...

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07:30
See how the Napa earthquake affected Jawbone users...

If you're one of the many iPhone users with a Jawbone UP strapped to your wrist, you might be used to seeing pretty standard peaks and valleys on your sleep charts. Not so for many in Northern California who were awoken by the rumblings of one of the...

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07:28
ZeroChroma Folio-Slide for iPad Air

Folio-Slide builds upon the VarioSC case-slash-stand we previously loved for iPad minis, and iPad Airs. Using a combination of soft TPU and hard plastic, the matte black VarioSC covered almost all of those iPads, adding an incredible flip-out rear stand to their backs. While only modestly thickening the devices, and adding very little weight, ZeroChroma enabled each iPad to stand upright on your choice of reclining angles, supporting a wide variety…

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07:25
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 25...

Notable software releases this week include Parallels Desktop 10, Final Cut Pro X 10.1.3, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.3.2, and PopChar X 6.6. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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07:22
Video of unmanned SpaceX rocket self-destructing...

[VIDEO] This past Friday, SpaceX launched an unmanned, reusable Falcon 9R rocket (the successor to the Grasshopper) in McGregor, Texas. The rocket self-destructed shortly into its ascent. See the original Loop post for video.
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07:19
TSMC expected to begin 16nm volume production for...

Latest iPhone 6 render
We’re still just over two weeks away from the anticipated iPhone 6 event reportedly scheduled for September 9th where Apple is expected to debut the next generation of iPhone hardware including a more powerful, efficient A8 system-on-a-chip.
Worry not, though, about the next, next generation iPhone rumors, Apple watchers, as a report from Chinese publication Economic Daily News (via Digitimes) shares that TSMC, or Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, plans to “...

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07:01
Latest iPhone 6 leaks hint at M8 coprocessor, new...

In the run-up to an official announcement in September, several new leaks have emerged concerning the iPhone 6. Among these is another schematic from Chinese repair firm GeekBar, said to show the device's motion coprocessor -- codenamed "Phosphorus," but which may be called the M8. The M7 on the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and Retina iPad mini enabled more precise motion tracking....

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06:49
Gassée on the Apple, IBM alliance

Jean-Louis Gassée puts on his devil’s advocate robes and shares his thoughts on the Apple, IBM alliance announced last month. Lots to digest here.
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06:47
Swing Copters update makes Flappy Bird sequel...

If you’ve tried and thrown in the towel on Swing Copters, the follow up game from Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen, you may want to give besting your high score another try this morning.
An updated version of the game was released today, tweaking the gameplay and bringing it closer to the difficult-but-not-quite-as-impossible levels of its popular predecessor Flappy Bird.
In the latest version, you can no longer see the position of the first opening and hammers before you start, but the speed and velocity has slowed down enough to raise my high score from 1… to 2. You’ll probably score even better.
The creator of Swing Copters and Flappy Bird...

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06:44
Apple Store Dealing with Outages Monday Morning

Apple's Web-based store was replaced with the "we'll be back" graphic that often comes just before a product update is released, and shortly thereafter came back online only to show the offline warning again moments later. The on-again-off-again site status could mean something new is coming, or -- considering the odd nature of the outages -- might be a sign Apple is suffering from some sort of server-related issue, especially since at times parts of the online store will load without any ofrmatting. Considering Apple has to take its Web-based store offline every time a product change happens, we're hoping this is actually a transition to a modern content management system like WordPress (but we aren't counting on it).

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06:28
Analyst: Rumored display shortage will have “no...


In as much as the sapphire display story’s been making the rounds, as have rumors that Apple won’t have enough available to meet demand for the iPhone 6, at least one Wall Street analyst is predicting that this won’t affect sales.
Per AppleInsider, J.P. Morgan analyst Rod Hall wrote the following in a Monday morning note to investors:
“We believe that initial supply could be slowed somewhat if there is any truth to this but we doubt that iPhone unit volumes in the fall are likely to be impacted.”
Apple suppliers were “scrambling to get enough screens ready” for the launch according to...

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06:09
ExtraBITS for 25 August 2014

The second public beta of the upcoming OS X Yosemite is out, making this a perfect time to pick up Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Beta Testing Yosemite.” However, it isn’t a perfect time to be a print journalist; Clay Shirky delves into what current journalists need to learn to stay relevant. Ed Bott explains how the Mac is dominating a segment of the PC market, and Alexis Madrigal argues that email may be the Internet’s last best hope. 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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06:06
Apple launches free iPhone 5 battery replacement...

Apple is offering a second replacement program for iPhone 5 users after offering to replace the sleep/wake button on some models in April. This time around it's the phone's battery that's giving users headaches. Apple says that a "very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices" may be experiencing poor battery life, requiring users to charge the device more frequently.
Affected devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and are within a specific serial number range, Apple says. You can check your serial number on Apple's site to see if your phone qualifies for a free battery replacement.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:01
JP Morgan: Any 'iPhone 6' display shortage...

Following a spate of rumors that late-term problems with the display on Apple's next-generation iPhone could force the handset's delay or seriously constrain supplies, at least one Wall Street analyst indicated that the issue -- if it even actually exists -- would not materially impact the launch of the so-called "iPhone 6."

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: 2014 delayed until 2015 (developing)

Purported 'iPad Air 2' flex cables revealed in new photos (AppleInsider)

Ohhh, things are getting "exciting" now, with fresh spy shots of ribbon cables supposedly meant for the next-gen iPad Air. Feast your eyes upon these random electronic parts...

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05:56
News: Daily Deal Extended: One last Chance to get...

We’ve extended our iLounge Deal on The Complete iOS 8 and Swift Developers Course to give you one last chance to pre-order this great package for only $79! 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…

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05:45
Comcast Really Does Hate Its Customers


We were treated to the customer support call from hell earlier this month when a couple of well-connected bloggers taped their call to Comcast attempting to disconnect from the service and posted it online. Apparently there has been a sequel. The clear lesson from both calls -- particularly the second -- is that if you talk to Comcast support you need to record the call if you don't want to get screwed. With Comcast having been designated as "the worst company in America," I'm sharing my tale, because what happened to me could happen to you.

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05:43
T-Mobile will let Simple Starter plans quadruple...

T-Mobile announced today that it’s adding a new data option to its Simple Starter plans that will let users quadruple their data for much less than the competition.
Currently the company’s Simple Starter plans start at $40 for unlimited talk, text, and 500MB of LTE data. Starting early next month, the carrier will let customers on the plan bump up to a total of 2GB of data for just an extra $5 per month. T-Mobile is promoting the option as a better alternative to overage fees charged by other carriers.
CEO John Legere compared the option to his competitors noting that if you “get Verizon’s $50 plan and use just one gig more data, and the price jumps to $65. It’s crazy.”

“People who use loads of data use T-Mobile,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “And it’s no wonder. The old guard telecoms punish people for using more data on their networks with...

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05:31
Spotify iOS app adds enhancements for managing...

Spotify updated its iOS app today for iPhone and iPad and with it brings a couple of handy enhancements for managing albums.
The updated app now includes the ability to “save whole albums to Your Music directly from the album page.” Users will also now be able to get quick access to an album’s release year or total play time by swiping any given album’s header.
In addition, version 1.6.0 of the app brings Finnish language support, a feature recently rolled out to the Spotify app on other platforms. 
The updated Spotify app for iPhone and iPad is available on the App Store now.
What’s New in Version 1.6.0
New: Save whole albums to Your Music directly from the album page. Check out release year and total play time by swiping the album header.
New: Spotify now speaks Finnish.
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05:20
News: Apple launches iPhone 5 battery replacement...

Apple has launched a new program to replace “a very small percentage” of iPhone 5 units that “may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently.” Replacements will be made free of charge. The affected devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013, and are only within a limited range of serial numbers. A serial number checker on Apple’s webpage for the program lets users see…

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05:11
Jawbone UP activity tracker finds a new application...

Activity trackers can be a good way to monitor not only exercise but also sleep patterns – and now Jawbone’s UP device seems to have found a third application, as an earthquake tracker. The above graph shows the moment at which the magnitude 6 earthquake hit Napa, California, at around 3.20am … 
We reviewed UP when it first launched way back in 2011, when we described it as “pretty featured.” It now seems it can claim one extra feature: for all but those in the deepest phase of sleep, you can see the sharp jump where UP wearers were awakened by the quake.
The earthquake, the strongest to hit Northern California in 25 years, was centred six miles southwest of Napa, in the area made famous by its wines. The California Earthquake Authority said that the...

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05:05
Judge Koh Denies Samsung Request to Invalidate Apple...

Federal Judge Lucy Koh has denied a motion from Samsung to invalidate two Apple patents in the ongoing infringement legal battle between the two companies. Samsung was ruled to have infringed on the two patents and had hoped it could use new Supreme Court case law to show the concepts were simply digital representations of actions we take in the physical world.The Mac Observer Spin: Refusing to invalidate Apple's '721 and '959 patents makes Apple's job in the courtroom easier, but Judge Koh made her decision based on procedural arguments, not on whether or not there was an issue with the patents. That means Samsung can potentially push for a ruling invalidating the patents again at some point in the future, just not in this case.

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05:02
After being cut out of iPhone 5 & 5s, Samsung...

Key component partner and fierce rival Samsung has reportedly wedged its way back into Apple's supply chain for the next iPhone, as the South Korean company will allegedly be one of three companies supplying dynamic random-access memory for the "iPhone 6."

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05:00
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

Stackables for iPad...

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04:58
Coin apologizes to backers for delays, updates card...

Digital credit card replacement start-up Coin has changed the requirements for its extended beta trial, as part of an apology for its heavily-delayed release. A message to backers advises it is extending the beta from 10,000 backers to 15,000 backers, and by making it available at no cost, it is also effectively removing the $30 "fee" for taking part in the trial....

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04:56
Rumor: Apple to include “Phosphorous” coprocessor...


This could be interesting.
In the mix of the latest series of leaks about the iPhone 6, a note published over on the Geek Bar’s Weibo account and noted by G for Games points to a new coprocessor, code-named “Phosphorus”, which may be incorporated into the iPhone 6 handset and could help power data collection for Apple’s rumored iOS 8 Health app.
The Health app, which was announced during this year’s WWDC, will gather and centralize health-related information from various external sources such as third party apps and wearables. The application is also...

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04:31
Burger King in talks to buy Canadian icon Tim Hortons

I love Tim Hortons. When I think of Canada, Timmies is one of the first things that come to mind. I drink my coffee from a Tim Hortons cup every morning. Burger King? What?

Turns out, it’s a tax thing. Feh.
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04:09
Crowdsourced app gets CPR volunteers to cardiac...

When someone’s heart stops, there are just minutes to save them from brain damage or death; by the time medics arrive, it can be too late. This is the problem former San Ramon Valley Fire Department chief Richard Price set out to solve with the crowdsourced iOS app, PulsePoint.
Price came up with the idea for the app after a tragedy that happened feet from where he was sitting, reports Re/code.

He was off-duty at a local deli when he heard sirens. Emergency vehicles pulled up and he rushed outside to see what was going on. A man in a shop next door had collapsed and emergency responders were unable to revive him.
“He was on the other side of the wall, I couldn’t see him,” Price says. “He lay there unconscious with no one doing CPR. I had a (automated defibrillator) nearby in my vehicle.”

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03:40
Document claims to detail 'Phosphorus,'...

Apple's so-called "iPhone 6" may include a next-generation version of the company's motion coprocessor, code-named "Phosphorus," to help power data collection for iOS 8's new Health app, a new schematic suggests.

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03:06
Skipping the US Customs and Border Protection queues...

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is trialling an iPhone app that allows travellers returning to the USA to bypass the normal immigration queues by entering their details into the app and getting a QR code containing their electronic approval.
You still have to show the code to a CBP officer, but you can bypass the normal queues and use a special Mobile Passport Control lane that should be significantly quicker … 
The app is being tested at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, with at least one more airport due to join before the end of the year, ahead of expected wide-scale roll-out in 2015. It is currently limited to U.S. and Canadian citizens, and is likely to be extended to citizens of countries eligible for the visa waiver program at a later date.
If you have in-flight wifi, you can complete the...

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02:57
Next-generation M7 coprocessor, codenamed ‘...


Following on from their previous reports, GeekBar is today highlighting a new set of schematics for a chip codenamed ‘Phosphorus’. The site claims the chip will serve similar roles to the M7 in the current iPhone 5s, but with additional functionality. It is very unlikely that Phosphorus will be used in official Apple marketing as it seems to be an internal codename for the chip.

The new unit appears to be able to communicate with an...

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01:57
Apple Replacing Defective iPhone 5 Batteries

Apple has announced a replacement program for defective iPhone 5 batteries. Josh Centers explains how to check if you’re qualified, and how to get a replacement, or a refund if you were forced to replace the battery before this. 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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Sunday August 24

21:14
Drop — the iPad connected kitchen scale

Many thanks to our friends at The Blueprint for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week. The Blueprint is an online retail site for the next wave of connected devices and wearables. Check out the Blueprint today to discover beautifully designed products like Drop — the iPad connected kitchen scale. Drop is a smart scale that makes perfect baking easy with interactive recipes, smart substitutions, recipe rescaling, and more. Say goodbye to #BakingFail forever. With Drop, you’re on your way to creating one perfectly yummy masterpiece after another.

Pre-order Drop today for 20% off retail.

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17:23
Hands-on: Golla Road City bag

An ongoing conundrum for tech users one is trying to find the best bag to tote your gear around when on the go. Golla is a Finnish company whose products have now found their way into both Apple and Microsoft stores in various locations around the globe. In addition to smartphone cases and other accessories, the company also sells a range of bags geared towards tech users. We have our hands on the company's Golla Road City bag in gray and have been impressed with its blend of form and function....

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16:50
Latest close-up photos of space gray iPhone 6 vs....


We’ve seen hundreds of iPhone 6-related part leaks, rumors, and claims, and of course lots of comparison photos. Below, via Yaya888 and Gizmobic, we have the latest. These shots compare the iPhone 5 to the space gray 4.7-inch physical iPhone 6 model. The new phone is expected to be introduced on...

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16:36
Apple pushing Beats Music app via email to iTunes...


Apple has begun pushing the Beats Music streaming service via email to iTunes customers. The emails promote the free-to-download Beats Music app’s “Just For You” and “Tune Your Taste” features and note that Beats is now “part of the Apple family.” Apple finalized its acquisition of both Beats Music and Beats Electronics at the beginning of this month, and Apple has already begun promoting Beats Electronics via a new section on the online store and notable discounts. This email push is the second Apple promotion of the streaming app...

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15:40
Gaming services including SOE, PlayStation Network...

Some of the most popular gaming services are reportedly under attack as a series of distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) has been underway since last week. Shacknews reports that Blizzard, Grinding Gear Games, PlayStation Network, Riot and Sony Online Entertainment have all been undergoing a series of attacks leading to connection instabilities and service failures. While the attack was initially thought to be limited to a few companies, it's been discovered that several additional gaming services and websites have been targeted as far back as August 18 by a hacking group.......

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13:30
Star Walk 2 mostly improves on the original

Star Walk 2 (US$2.99 with in-app purchases) is a solid update from the original award winning Star Walk astronomy program. This new version has a re-designed interface with the look and feel of each element beautifully crafted and drawing you into...

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12:30
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:

How to make OS X Mavericks re-run...

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12:22
Reports reverse stance on iPhone 6 including...


Following the USB power adapter redesign rumors, we’ve now received word that Apple’s new reversible Lightning to USB cable may not be ready in time to ship with the iPhone 6. According to third-party Apple retailer Moca.co, Apple has yet to place orders for the reversible cable from its manufacturing partner…
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08:06
MGG 516: Cracklin’ Rosie Isn’t Just a Song

Well if you're not listening to this show, it's because you're busy reading this text, isn't it? And if that's the case, it's time to stop reading and start listening! Your geeks share tips and answer questions about backing up to a NAS (including a very clever workaround to make it go much faster!), securing your NAS, and that's enough about NAS! New Mac buying advice is on the docket, as is streaming wirelessly and making it work in even the strangest environments. All this and more. Still reading? Press play already!

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Friday August 22

17:21
Two Free iOS Writing and Note Apps

Need a note or writing app? Vern Seward points out two in this week's Free on iTunes. Matcha and FetchNotes.

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17:11
Week of Who, Day Five: Curse of Fatal Death

Week of Who concludes today with The Curse of Fatal Death, a special produced as part of a telethon for the Red Nose Day charity. This is a notable piece of Doctor Who history because it makes more than a few connections between the old series and the new, notable among them being that the "episode" was written by now current executive producer of Doctor Who, Steven Moffat. It was part of the Red Nose Day telethon in 1999, and has been affectionately adopted as part of the Whoniverse. Like a ridiculous, but lovable uncle, if your uncle was Rowan Atkinson. Enjoy the new series!

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13:10
Why Everything Gets Better With Apple, Worse for...

The evolution of technology often results in frustrating corporate pratfalls. Companies, desperate for growth, perhaps survival, make decisions that annoy, even alarm us. Why doesn't that happen to Apple? John explains.

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12:40
Bill Gates’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Video

Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates is just one of a ton of folks who have accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge-we posted Apple CEO Tim Cook's public challenge last week-but his video has a higher production value than most. In fact, it's awesome. And funny, though we did note a distinct lack of ice in the ice bucket he poors over his head. But never mind, he challenged Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, TV personality Ryan Seacrest, and Chris Anderson from TED, and he had fun doing it. Mr. Gates didn't announce how much money he was donating, but then he never toots his own philanthropic horn, despite being the most prolific philanthropist since the word was invented. So, watch the video and consider donating some money yourself.

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12:07
Coin Credit Card Launches Beta, Pushes Final Release...

Coin, the company that makes the self-titled Coin credit card replacement, announced a beta program for 10,000 users willing to try Coin Beta. The program is designed to put the device through real-world testing while the final release of Coin Gold is pushed back to "spring 2015." Coin was originally supposed to launch in the summer of 2014.

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11:08
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-22

Apple's HealthKit was originally presented as a way for iPhone owners to collect their own health and fitness data and share it with healthcare providers, but now that may include insurance companies, too. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about what implications may be in store for consumers if they're sharing their fitness tracking data with insurance providers, and they dive into a report claiming iPhone 6 production has been delayed because of a display redesign.

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10:34
First Look: Awesome Cables 6ft Braided Awesome Cable

One of the more frustrating things about the standard Lightning cable from Apple is that it's often too short. Awesome Cables has created a 6ft Braided Awesome Cable ($25) that provides users with plenty of length, and it's backed by Apple MFi certification. The cable is made from durable and water-resistant nylon, and is designed for a more rugged charging experience. The nylon fabric also prevents the “turtle-necking” often found in standard…

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10:17
Mac: Dropbox Mailbox for Mac

When it was released for the iPhone and the iPad last year, Mailbox took the iOS world by storm with its unique and streamlined approach to e-mail management on the go. Users with overflowing inboxes striving for “Inbox Zero” nirvana came to appreciate the ability to quickly and easily file messages away or defer them for later with straightforward swipe and tap gestures. The missing piece for many power users, however, was access to the…

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09:37
Win a Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR in the Rebel...

What's better than a deal? A giveaway, of course, and that's what we have for you today. The Rebel Photographer Giveaway includes both a Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR Camera and The Fantastic Photography E-Learning Bundle so you can take better pictures with it. The winner will receive the camera, a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II SLR Zoom Lens, a 16GB memory card, a card reader, a spare rechargeable battery, a tripod with a case, and a camera bag. That is a seriously cool package, so get to entering!

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09:33
News: iLounge Game Spotlight: Pac-Man Friends

The legendary Pac-Man returns for his newest adventure, Bandai Namco’s Pac-Man Friends ($5) for iOS. Pac-Man Friends is a new, original game that uses tilt controls to get Pac-Man and his buddies past the ghosts to the goal. Though the game does share some common elements with other Pac-Man classic games, Pac-Man Friends is ultimately a departure from the traditional style. The gameplay in Pac-Man Friends is reminiscent of a wooden labyrinth…

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06:44
Apple Releases OS Yosemite Public Beta 2, iTunes 12...

Mac owners participating in the public beta of OS X Yosemite were treated to a nice surprise Friday morning when Apple released an update for them, along with a beta version of iTunes 12. This is the first update to the public beta, and it brings this version of OS X Yosemite closer in line with the private version developers are using.

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06:29
News: Apple removes Secret app from Brazilian App...

Apple has removed the app Secret from the Brazilian App Store, according to 9to5Mac. A Brazilian judge recently ordered the removal, after ruling that the app violates an article in the Brazilian constitution which prohibits anonymous freedom of expression. The judge also ordered that Apple must remotely disable the app from users’ phones, but it’s unclear whether the company will proceed with that step. Secret allows users to write and…

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06:27
Report Claims Apple Scrambling After Last Minute...

A new report claims Apple is in a serious bind as it rushes to get enough screens in place for next month's expected iPhone 6 launch. The alleged issue stemmed from the need to redesign the display's backlight because it wasn't bright enough, which halted production for part of June and July.The Mac Observer Spin: Discovering the iPhone display backlight isn't bright enough well into production doesn't sound like a mistake Apple would make. This is a company known for paying attention to the smallest of details -- down to the finish on internal screws. What's more likely is that parts suppliers are simply speculating based on component shipments and orders.

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06:18
News: Daily Deal: The Canon DSLR Giveaway

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re giving you a chance to win an ultimate photography bundle consisting of a Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR camera along with a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II SLR Zoom Lens, 16 GB SDHC Secure Digital Memory Card, extra LP-E10 rechargeable Lithium-ion battery pack, full-size 59” tripod and more. The Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR Camera delivers beautiful photos and video with speed, simplicity and fun. In addition,…

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06:00
News: Alleged Foxconn leak reveals iPhone 6...

An alleged leak from a Foxconn factory has seemingly revealed the dimensions of both new iPhone 6 models. The information, posted by iGen.fr, suggests that the 5.5” iPhone 6 will be approximately 158 mm (6.2”) long, 78 mm (3.1”) wide, and 7.1 mm (.28”) thick — 7.77 mm (.31”) thick at the protruding camera lens. It appears the device may weigh about 6.5 ounces. Meanwhile, the 4.7” model checks in at 138 mm (5.4”)…

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05:32
Apple Adds Humana, UnitedHealth to HealthKit...

Apple continues to expand its circle of potential HealthKit partners with dialogs now happening with both Humana and UnitedHealth. Both companies are big-name health insurance providers, and the talks could mean Apple is hoping HealthKit will be part of the incentive programs carriers offer for subscribers who actively work to stay healthy.The Mac Observer Spin: If Apple can get big-name health care providers and insurers on board with iOS 8's HealthKit, it could easily become the standard for health and fitness data collection and sharing -- and that translates to more iPhone and iPad sales.

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05:14
News: Reuters: Backlight redesign disrupted iPhone 6...

Apple suppliers are “scrambling” to complete screens for the iPhone 6 after a component redesign caused a production setback, Reuters reports. A backlight had to be redesigned after Apple’s initial attempt at including a single layer of backlight film — as opposed to the typical two layers of film — was deemed to not be bright enough. According to the report, the backlight had to be redesigned with the extra layer. Suppliers…

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04:45
OS X Finder: Customize Your Desktop

Did you know that you've got all kinds of options for how your Mac's Desktop looks and behaves? It's true. You can make the icons that appear there much larger or smaller, increase or decrease the space between them, and even force the items on your Desktop to sort themselves into rows. All of this magic is the subject of today's Quick Tip.

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Thursday August 21

16:02
Week of Who, Day Four: Inspector Spacetime

Day Four of my Week Of Who commences with a small Doctor tribute that has snowballed. On the TV show Community, a couple of characters are obsessed with the show Inspector Spacetime, a British show about a guy who travels through time and space in a phone booth. NBC decided not to make the show, so the actor cast as Inspector Spacetime started a web series. NBC would not let him continue, so he started a different show called Untitled Web Series About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time. It's fun to watch and clever references make it even more enjoyable. Start with the first episode below:

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14:52
Apple Releases Keynote 6.2.2 with ‘Stability...

Apple released Keynote 6.2.2 on Thursday. The patch notes are particularly sparse, noting only that, "This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes."

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14:45
Apple Releases iMovie 10.0.5 for iCloud and iMovie...

Apple released iMovie 10.0.5 on Thursday. The patch notes say the update addresses unspecified iCloud and iMovie theater issues.

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14:27
Antminer S3 453 GH/s Bitcoin Mining Rigs Improve...

As Bitcoin mining gets ever-more competitive, energy efficiency has become just as important as price. Accordingly, I took note of the Antminer S3 miners being offered at ZoomHash. They're 453 GH/s miners that use just 355 watts of power at the wall. In comparison, the S1 units I reviewed in March do 180 GH/s at 360 watts. At $349 for the S3 (on sale for pre-order), that makes them one of the most energy-efficient miners on the market, especially at that price. The 800 GH/s to 1 TH/s devices on the market typically need 800-1000 watts of power. That said, this is a pre-order price. They ship on September 20th from Hong Kong, and they'll take 3-4 business days to arrive in the U.S. (check for details on your location)-waiting a month will have an affect on your ROI, and mining is always a gamble. To help even that gamble, ZoomHash set up a 5 percent coupon for our readers (coupon code MacObserver). Just enter that coupon during the checkout process. I'll be posting a review once I...

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14:13
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-21

Samsung doesn't have to pay Apple's patent infringement trial legal costs because the iPhone wasn't famous when the company copied it. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to try to sort out Judge Lucy Koh's logic, plus they take a look at Amazon's new Android-based Fire smartphone.

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13:20
Apple’s Stock Holds Above $100 with New Record Close

Shares of Apple Inc. have maintained their position in record territory above US$100.30 per share, a record that had stood for almost two years. $AAPL ended Thursday at $100.58 per share. For those keeping score at home, that's a new record closing high.

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12:23
News: Apps of the Week: Star Walk 2, Swing Copters,...

New Apps Lytro Mobile App (free) — Lytro has relaunched its Lytro Mobile App. The new app is universal, and allows users to interact with Lytro’s “living pictures” through various gestures. Both the old app and the new app are free, so if you’re a Lytro user, there’s no reason not to download this new edition. For the best viewing experience, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and iPad mini with Retina display are recommended. Star…

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11:52
Five Deals on Mac Apps: TuneUp, TwistedWave, Stuffit...

For today's deal, I thought I'd do a round up of some of our deals on Mac software: TuneUp, TwistedWave, Stuffit Deluxe, Elite Keylogger, and Crossover. TuneUp cleans up your iTunes library, TwistedWave is an audio editor, Stuffit Deluxe is the standard file compression tool for the Mac, Elite Keylogger lets you see what other people are doing on your Mac, and Crossover lets you run Windows apps without Boot Camp or a virtual machine. We have a deal on each of them, so enjoy!

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