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Thursday August 21

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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10:23
First Look: Juno Labs Juno Power HUE Pro

We recently took a look at Juno Labs' Juno Power Junojumpr, a battery pack that will charge your mobile device and assist in jumpstarting your car. Juno Labs now has a 10,000 mAh battery pack with two USB ports called the HUE Pro ($60). The HUE Pro features an LCD screen that provides users with an estimated remaining charge indicator. As is the trend, an LED flashlight is also included in the battery pack....

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10:20
An iPhone Veteran Evaluates an Amazon Fire Phone

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the Fire Phone on June 18 with several novel features and a 4.7-inch display. John Martellaro takes a close look at the Fire Phone with a technical review that steers away from politics and towards what the iPhone or any potential owner would want to know about this smartphone.

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09:43
Mac: Rain Design iLevel 2

Rain Design has released an updated version of its iLevel laptop stand, the iLevel 2 ($70). The iLevel 2 brings your MacBook to eye level for improved ergonomics and posture. This anodized aluminum stand is designed to complement the look of your MacBook....

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09:37
News: Apple releases new iTunes 12 beta

Apple has released a new beta for iTunes 12. We took an in-depth look at the first iTunes 12 beta in late July, and we’ll update this story with changes found in the new edition. The latest beta includes a few more cosmetic changes, such as redesigned media section icons and a new “Recently Added” section in areas such as Movies and TV Shows.

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08:27
News: Daily Deal: Mac App Madness, 60% off TuneUp,...

Today in iLounge Deals we have some great prices on three different Mac apps; you can grab TuneUp, CrossOver 13, and TwistedWave each at 60% of their regular prices. Get your iTunes library sorted out with TuneUp for only $19.95, easily run Window apps on your Mac with CrossOver 13 for only $29.95, and record and produce studio quality mixes with TwistedWave for only $20.

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06:50
News: Alleged rear shell for 5.5” iPhone 6 leaked

While we’ve seen plenty of alleged leaked parts for the 4.7” iPhone 6, there’s been relatively few leaks for the 5.5” iPhone 6. A new leak posted at evasi0njailbreak.com claims to show the rear shell of the 5.5” iPhone 6 compared to the 4.7” model. The images are said to have come from “deep within Apple’s supply chain in China,” and they could be prototype parts. Unsurprisingly, the 5.5”…

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06:29
3 Free iPhone Apps for Ordering from the Starbucks...

Ordering an espresso, vanilla Frappuccino, or even an iced soy chai is easy enough at Starbucks, but how about a Snickerdoodle or Cap'n Crunch Frappuccino, or Apple Juice Blossom? Those are all part of the Starbucks "secret menu," and we found three cool free iPhone apps that'll help you order those and plenty more, too.

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06:04
News: Video Review: Otterbox Agility Tablet System

Otterbox’s new Agility Tablet System for iPad Air (reviewed here) is the featured product in our brand new video review. You can see the ups and downs of this multi-accessory case, mounting, and charging solution, complete with iLounge’s honest evaluation of its pros and cons. We’re currently testing video reviews to give iLounge readers a different way to get a closer look at new products. As this is an early effort, let us know…

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05:02
Samsung Doesn’t Have to Pay Apple Attorney Fees...

Apple's bid to make Samsung pay US$16 million for attorney fees it racked up in the 2012 trial accusing the electronics maker of copying the iPhone's design was shot down by Federal Judge Lucy Koh this week. The Judge said one of the reasons Samsung doesn't need to cover Apple's attorney costs was because the iPhone's design wasn't famous before the copycat devices were made.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's 2012 patent infringement win against Samsung is looking more like a hollow victory every day.

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Wednesday August 20

17:40
Week Of Who, Day 3: Craigy Who and Mr Timey Pants

Today's entry in the Week Of Who is near and dear to TMO Towers, for the Doctor Who fans around the Towers also enjoy The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Craig was a musician back in the day, and at one point he was in a band called The Dreamboys, with his friend Peter Capaldi who starts his reign as The Doctor August 23rd. Why does this matter? Because someone else who knew about this created a comic called Craigy Who and Mister Timey Pants which is lovely and silly and Capaldi Approved. And let's be honest, if it's Capaldi Approved, it's best you don't argue*.

This is pretty deeply in the NSFW category. You have been warned.

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14:49
ACM 268: Apple Copycats, Ad Agencies, and Steve...

Copying isn't the same as innovating, but it seems plenty of people are confusing the two with Xiaomi. Jeff and Bryan explain why the electronics maker isn't China's Apple, plus they look at the future of Apple's marketing strategy, and note Steve Ballmer's retirement from Microsoft's board of directors so he can focus on the Los Angeles Clippers.

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14:38
Jeff Gamet, John Martellaro Talk Sci-Fi Tech on...

The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet and John Martellaro paid a visit to Chuck Joiner's MacVoices this week to talk about how sci-fi tech has shaped out world, and what they expect from technological advances still to come. They also debate whether or not we expect too much from our technology, how technology may change our society, and how they want to interact with their computers in the future.

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13:26
Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack for Dual Charging: $...

We have a last minute deal for you on the Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack, a portable charger for iPhone and other portable devices. It features a 15,000mAh Lithium-ion battery, which is a lot of juice, and it has two USB ports so you can charge two devices at the same time. If that's not enough, it has a digital readout that tells you exactly how much power you have left. Through our deal, you can get the Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack for $34.99, but there are only 6 more hours in this deal. If you want it, get on it.

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12:43
Mac: Parallels Software Parallels Desktop 10

Every year, Parallels releases a new version of its eponymous PC emulator for Macs, and with OS X Yosemite just around the corner, so is Parallels Desktop 10 ($80). Boasting Yosemite support and “cool new features of Yosemite in your Windows apps,” including Mac-style social media sharing within Windows, version 10 also promises the typical speed and performance increases—this time, 48% faster opening of Windows documents, 50% improvements…

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10:34
Parrot Minidrone Rolling Spider

The biggest knocks against Parrot's pioneering quadricopter AR.Drone were its steep $300 price tag and sub-20-minute battery life — neither offensive by RC helicopter standards, but not great for iOS-controlled toys. Four years after AR.Drone hit the market, Parrot has released the Minidrone Rolling Spider ($100), a version that radically reduces the price and size while adding and subtracting features. As the "rolling" name suggests, this considerably…

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10:30
First Look: Parrot Minidrone Jumping Sumo

Following up on its flying AR.Drone quadricopters, Parrot has released its first land-based toy, Minidrone Jumping Sumo ($160) — a rival to Brookstone's $150 Rover and Rover 2.0 tanks. With a considerably more playful industrial design and your choice of three colors, Jumping Sumo has a range of around 150 feet using Wi-Fi, with a top speed of 4.5MPH, a 640x480/15FPS front-facing wideangle camera, and 20 minutes of battery life — all pretty similar…

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10:22
Guest Pass for iOS 7 Allows Access to Your Wi-Fi...

The Guest Pass app page sums it up: "Do you share passwords with people to join your Wi-Fi network on a regular basis? Guest Pass makes this easy. Just fill out the simple questions in Guest Pass and e-mail the resulting Guest Pass without ever leaving the app. Users receive an attachment that they tap [iOS] or click [OS X], and the next time they are near your network, their iPhone, iPad, or Mac will automatically connect. You can also set expiration dates so the settings will be deleted [from] the device on the expiration date." The way it works is that a special, encrypted configuration file is sent to the recipient who must be using iOS 5 or later or iOS 10.7 or later. The recipient will never see your network password. You can set an expiration date, but if you want to provide semi-permanent access, you set set an expiration in the far distant future. Using Guest Pass provides finer control over who and how long access is allowed than the "Enable Guest Network" found in the...

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09:36
News: NFL Now channel comes to Apple TV

As anticipated, NFL Now has been added to Apple TV today as a dedicated channel. Like the iOS app, the Apple TV channel offers customized highlights and other video clips with the creation of an NFL.com account. Without that account, users can still access a variety of videos, including news updates, and clips from NFL shows such as Hard Knocks. For $2 a month, users can upgrade to NFL Now Plus, which offers immediate in-game highlights from every…

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09:33
Review: Zivix PUC Wireless MIDI Link

About the size of a hockey puck—which no doubt inspired its name—PUC is designed to unobtrusively sit near a MIDI instrument such as a keyboard, to which it connects using a standard 5-pin MIDI DIN connector. Power is supplied by two AA batteries for maximum portability, or you can supply your own micro-USB power source to avoid having to deal with batteries. The hardware itself is extremely straightforward—a single button on the…

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09:25
Parallels Announces Desktop 10 for the Mac with...

Parallels has continued to make significant improvements to its virtual machine software for the Mac, Parallels Desktop, that allows a Mac to run just about any other OS, especially Windows and Linux concurrently. This year is no different, and the list of enhancements in this Yosemite compatible, version 10 is impressive.

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09:07
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-20

Analysts and pundits are weaving some pretty big tapestries for Apple's product plans based on only a few threads of information they're getting from the supply chain. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at reports claiming Apple's rumored iWatch is coming next year because of production delays, plus they offer their take on RunKeeper's plans to offer fitness incentives through what amounts to in-app ads.

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08:36
News: Daily Deal: Get three years of VPN Unlimited...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering up a three-year subscription to a VPN Unlimited Premium Plan for only $19—70% off the normal price. VPN Unlimited provides users with access to a secure virtual private network (VPN) which is ideal for securing traffic when surfing from public Wi-Fi access points. Through VPN Unlimited, you can connect to any website anywhere that you have Internet access, bypassing restricted web content and protecting…

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06:58
RunKeeper Wants to Give You Presents for Working Out

Exercise may be its own reward, but RunKeeper thinks a little something extra couldn't hurt so it teamed up with Kiip to give its app users rewards for meeting new workout goals. The rewards will be offers for free or discounted health and fitness-related products, which sounds a lot like in-app ads, but the company is working to present them in a way that doesn't offend users and actually gives them something of value.The Mac Observer Spin: RunKeeper has always taken pride in the fact that it doesn't offer in-app advertising. This new deal with Kiip walks right on that line, so it'll be interesting to see if users feel like they're really being rewarded for working out, or being pushed ads.

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06:51
Review: IK Multimedia iRig Voice

By contrast with its predecessor, iRig Voice is targeted more toward the casual vocalist, with a design that leans toward “fun” rather than professional. That said, it retains all of the same capabilities and specs as the original iRig Mic, with a lower $40 price tag and a choice of five colors—yellow, red, white, blue, and green—instead of basic black. iRig Voice connects to the headphone jack of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch,…

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05:44
Analyst: No Apple iWatch this Year

Apple's rumored and highly anticipated iWatch won't make it to store shelves this year thanks to production issues. That's the word from KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo who said the device is proving to be very difficult to build thanks to a new manufacturing process Apple had to develop and the use of several specialized components.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple is pretty good at keeping secrets, so it's possible the iWatch will launch this fall. That said, unexpected manufacturing issues could lead to a 2015 release, which would be unfortunate for Apple because it would miss out on the holiday buying season.

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05:42
News: New iPhone 6 schematic leak shows protruding...

A new schematic alleged to represent the 4.7” iPhone 6 again shows a protruding camera lens on the device, as has been suggested by a number of earlier leaks. The schematic, posted by Taiwan’s Apple Club, shows the camera protruding 0.67mm to 0.77mm past the shell. However, the schematic’s reference to “proto” likely means these are changing measurements from iPhone prototypes, and subject to further change—the…

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04:45
3 Handy Tips to Make Preview More Productive

Melissa Holt thinks Preview is pretty much the bee's knees when it comes to viewing and annotating PDFs. So in this Quick Tip, she's going to talk about three of her favorite tricks for using it. She probably won't explain her love of antiquated phrases like "the bee's knees," though, so don't hold your breath for that.

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Tuesday August 19

18:07
Apple’s Stock Sets Record Closing High, Market Cap...

Shares of Apple Inc. set an all-time closing high on Tuesday, ending the day at $100.53 per share, a gain of $1.37 (+1.38 percent), on heavy volume of 69.4 million shares trading hands. The previous closing record was $100.30 per share, set on September 19th, 2012.

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16:23
Week of Who, Day Two: Doctor Stew

For Week of Who, day two, I offer you an amusing web series called Doctor Stew. It's mostly Doctor Who themed, but it's got a fair amount of Family Guy animation style and humor. It's not Stewie as the Doctor or anything, it just rhymed and made for a catchier title. Keep in mind if Family Guy is not your scene, Doctor Stew won't be either. Otherwise, check out the first episode below.

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12:43
First Look: Stem Innovation Izon View

Izon View ($150) is the newest home recording camera from Stem Innovation, following the iZon we reviewed and liked three years ago. Like its predecessor, the new camera can stream live video and record video clips to a free app by connecting to a wireless network, lending itself to numerous uses — a nanny cam, pet monitor, and security for a home or small business are all possibilities. Setting it apart from past Stem cameras, Izon View's newest…

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12:22
Last Chance for Duracell Bundle: 100 AA and 50 AAA...

The Duracell Bundle-100 AA and 50 AAA Duracell Batteries for $56-is coming to an end. This has been a very popular deal on our Deals page, even without promoting it, but if you want to take advantage of it, do so quickly. It ends on August 21st, just two days from now. The batteries have an expiration date of 2019, and the deal is only available in the continental U.S. There's a limit of five per customer, which means you can one for you and get Christmas/holiday gifts for some of your family, too.

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11:55
Steve Ballmer Quits Microsoft’s Board, Will Focus on...

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced Tuesday that he was quitting the company's board of directors, effective immediately. In a letter to new CEO Satya Nadella published by Microsoft, Mr. Ballmer said he was leaving the board because he saw, "a combination of the Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking a lot of time."

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11:52
News: Mercedes, Volvo delay CarPlay support until...

Mercedes-Benz and Volvo won’t be offering Apple’s CarPlay until 2015, 9to5Mac reports. Both carmakers were previously said to include the functionality in car models by the end of this year. While Volvo’s upcoming new XC90 will be able to use the feature, the functionality won’t be included until 2015. Hyundai has yet to incorporate CarPlay into its 2015 Sonata, but a spokesperson said the functionality will indeed be included…

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10:52
News: iOS 8 beta suggests 1472x828 resolution, more...

An iOS 8 preference list file has been found with an iPhone resolution of 736x414, reports 9to5Mac, which would translate to a Retina “2X” screen resolution of 1472 x 828. At a 4.7” screen size, this would be around 359 pixels per inch (PPI), versus a 307 PPI resolution for 5.5” — the latter just enough pixel density to qualify as a Retina display. If displayed on a 4” screen, this would equal 422 PPI. Previously, 9to5Mac…

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10:35
OS X: Delete the Annoying ‘Move to Dropbox’ from...

Dropbox is a great app. However, if you've installed or updated Dropbox lately, you'll notice something that may annoy you: Dropbox has placed its contextual menu item "Move to Dropbox" right next to "Move to Trash." It annoyed John, so he figured out how to get rid of it and tells us how he did it.

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09:43
News: Daily Deal: Training to become an Expert Web...

In today’s iLounge Deals, we’re offering lifetime access to a comprehensive OSTraining course covering a wide variety of open source development courses for only $79—96% off the normal price. Bundling 1800 in-depth videos along with a monthly series of 400 page web design ebooks, this course will give you the tools to be coding like a champ in no time. Topics include WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, SEO, HTML, CSS, PHP, and more, with…

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09:40
News: Report: Apple releases iOS 8 beta 6 to testing...

Apple has released the sixth beta of iOS 8 to its testing partners, including cellular wireless providers, according to BGR. This beta has not gone out to the standard broad array of developers, reportedly since the sixth beta has arrived too close to iOS 8’s anticipated Gold Master release in September. The report also claims this carrier build has already been rejected as a potentially final version due to an issue with using YouTube in Safari.…

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09:35
Shares of $AAPL Top $100, Flirt with Record Closing...

Shares of Apple Inc. topped US$100 in intra-day trading on Tuesday, trading as high as $100.525 per share in heavy volume. $AAPL's all-time closing high is $100.30 on a split-adjusted basis, set on September 19th, 2012. The stock briefly traded over $100 per share two days later, but this is the first time it has crossed that mark since.

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09:21
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-19

Our iPhones can be more than text message tools and cameras; they can play an important role in enhancing our lives, too. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share some of their favorite apps and accessories for improving the quality of their lives, and even offer up a little relationship advice, too.

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07:02
Developer Portal Breach May have Forced Apple’s...

Changes to the Gatekeeper feature in OS X Mavericks designed to help protect users from malware and may be the result of a security breach Apple experienced through its Developer Portal. Developers first saw the change in the beta version of OS X 10.9.5, and if they haven't updated the digital signatures in their apps, end users will start seeing warnings saying those apps may not be trustworthy.The Mac Observer Spin: Protecting users and developers from security risks is a hard job, and it isn't any secret that Apple's Developer Portal fell victim to attackers. It's possible the information the attackers made off with forced the company to change how Gatekeeper works to prevent similar attacks in the future.

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06:13
iTunes Festival 2014 Adds Paolo Nutini, Lenny...

Apple's 2014 London iTunes Festival lineup just filled out a little more with Paolo Nutini, Lenny Kravitz, and Elbow all getting show dates. The annual music event includes 30 days of free concerts from big name artists at London's Roundhouse, but tickets are available only through a lottery system.

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05:45
News: Sprint announces Family Share Pack data plans

Sprint has announced its new Family Share Pack, a shared data plan that offers double the quantity of data as its competitors for similar rates. The included charts note the pricing breakdowns and carrier comparisons; Sprint notably bills the data as “high-speed,” though its cellular network has been criticized for offering sub-par performance in much of the United States. Coming off its failed merger with T-Mobile, Sprint is doing away…

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05:22
5 Great iPhone Accessories for Runners and Hikers

Your iPhone probably goes pretty much everywhere with you, and that includes fitness-related activities like walking, running and hiking. That magical slab of glass and metal is already capable of tracking and logging what you're doing, but there are some great accessories and apps that can make your workout or leisurely stroll even better. Read on to see a few of Jeff's favorites.

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05:20
Mac: Power Support Air Jacket Clear Black for...

Japanese film and minimalist case maker Power Support has been a favorite of iLounge’s editors for years, even though it has radically cut back its product lineup since the iPad was released. The company’s completely clear Air Jacket shells for MacBook Air caught our attention years ago; now it’s offering Air Jacket Clear Black for MacBook Pro ($75-$80), which lets you tint the exterior of your Retina display-equipped MacBook Pro....

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Monday August 18

14:46
CrossOver 13: Run Windows Software On Your Mac for $...

We have a deal for you today on Crossover 13, software that allows you to run Windows apps on your Mac without a Windows license, without rebooting, and without a virtual machine. There are plenty of reasons to run a full virtual machine, but if you just need to run an app or two, Crossover will let you do so without the overhead. Thanks to our friends at Stack Social, you can get Crossover 13 for $29.95, half the regular price.

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14:30
China’s Xiaomi Is No Apple

China's Xiaomi. It's the Apple of China, or so some would have us believe. This company has been called China's Apple, and its CEO has been called China's Steve Jobs. It's a bunch of crap, of course, and this weekend Xiaomi demonstrated its commitment to proving it. Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on the subject.

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14:28
Week Of Who: Doctor Puppet

Doctor Who, a popular television program here at TMO Towers, is returning with a new season this coming Saturday. Needless to say, excitement is high so I'm sharing some of my favorite Doctor Who tributes/parodies with you. Today we're kicking off the Week Of Who with Doctor Puppet, created by Alisa Stern. It's a series of stop-motion videos, starring the Matt Smith version of the Doctor. They are impressively adorable and since they aren't lengthy it's easy to get caught up. Check out Doctor Puppet's adventures starting with the first episode below:

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13:25
MGG 515: Geeks Out of Their Brains on the 515

Ready to rock, your two geeks are on the question train this week, answering yours and posing some of their own to each other. Topics include how to lay out data on your SSD upgrade, batch changing photo info, troubleshooting a sluggish iPhone, AT&T/U-Verse Residential Gateway woes and much, much more. Download, press play and enjoy!

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12:49
Mac: Jeremiah Collection Mid Century Desk

Even as technology advances, our tastes long for the past. Even though their materials differ, Apple’s metal and glass devices can be paired with equally beautiful wooden furniture that reminds us of the way things were. The Jeremiah Collection Mid Century Desk ($1,750-$1,850) is a wood desk that complements the modern design of your iMac. Handcrafted in San Francisco, it’s assembled in 6-12 weeks after the order is placed in your choice…

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11:45
4 Ways to Restart the Mac Finder

There are times when it's necessary to restart the Mac's Finder. (It is, after all, just an app.) Perhaps it's locked up. Or perhaps you've made a configuration change that requires a Finder restart. John shows four different ways to handle the Finder with a view to a kill.

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11:19
How To Label Locations in Find My Friends

Find My Friends is handy, but it can be even more useful if you label common locations. Kelly explains how to do this and how they can even make Siri more helpful.

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10:58
Rockn Stompn for Musicians: Power Strip, Conditioner...

I went to the California World Guitar Show this past weekend (warning, that site blares music with no volume controls). In addition to more amazing guitars from the 1950s and 1960s than you can shake a stick at-check out this gorgeous 1963 Gibson SG or an amazing 1964 Firebird V- I saw a very clever device called Rockn Stompn. This is a power strip that conditions your power, something that's useful for live performances and studio recording alike. But that's not the clever bit. Rockn Stompn is also a power sequencer. The six plugs are arranged in three banks that will turn on in sequence. So you can have your pedal board plugged into the first bank so that it turns on first. Then a variable number of seconds later, the next bank turns on, and that's where you have you ramp plugged in. That means no popping. It's foot activated, so you can turn on everything (for multiple musicians) with just one stomp, and the delay for each bank is variable. It's very nifty. It's priced at $299,...

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10:58
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-18

Your home may not be as safe as you think if you're using home automation products. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the security-related issues surrounding smart home and home automation products, plus they talk about some of their favorite mene bar items from their Macs.

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

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

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

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

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07:35
Review: Go Design TravelCard Charger

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

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06:40
Analyst: No Sapphire for iPhone 6 Display

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

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06:15
News: Daily Deal: Get an iStablizer Glass Mount for...
06:14
News: Report: 5.5” iPhone 6 to use 2915 mAh battery

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday August 15

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

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

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

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

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14:41
Apple Adds 5 Vice President to Leadership Page

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

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

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

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

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

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12:19
The Fantastic Photography Training Bundle for $49

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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09:13
News: Daily Deal: Get the Limefuel Lite Dual-USB...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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05:46
Leaked Photos Show Finished and Working iPhone 6

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

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04:50
OS X: Moving Bookmarks between Web Browsers

Have you ever wondered how you could get your Safari bookmarks into Firefox and Chrome (or vice versa)? Well, that's the subject of today's Quick Tip, so wonder no more! Or wonder no more after you come in and read the article, anyway.

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Thursday August 14

17:21
How To Supercharge Search Results on Google, Bing,...

If you know you don't need to search the entire interwebbernets, search engines have built-in options that can help you adjust your search accordingly. Kelly shows you a few examples.

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16:48
Dr. Bott Going Out of Business, Liquidating Inventory

It's a sad day for the Mac world, as Dr. Bott LLC announced on Thursday that the company is shutting its doors and liquidating its inventory. Dr. Bott is a reseller that specialized in distributing Mac and iPhone accessories companies in addition to selling some of its own products.

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16:10
Apple Officially Bans Two Toxic Chemicals from...

Apple announced on Thursday that it is officially banning two toxic chemicals from use by its manufacturing partners around the world. Apple said that an investigation of 22 of its final assembly facilities that collectively employ nearly half a million people found no widespread use of benzene or n-hexane, but that it was "expressly prohibiting" its use anyway.The Mac Observer Spin: Banning these two chemicals is an important step towards protecting workers. The idea of someone getting nerve damage so that my iPad or iPhone can look great when I first open the box is a non-starter.

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13:48
Last Chance for Lifetime of Adobe Training (Ends...

There's just one more day left on our deal for Lifetime Access To Over 5,000 Adobe Training Videos, which ends on Friday, August 15th. 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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13:26
Review: OtterBox Agility Tablet System for iPad Air

The OtterBox Agility Shell ($40) is the epicenter of the entire Agility system; none of the products in the Agility line will work without the Shell, as the large hole on the back of the Shell is designed for attaching the other accessories in the system. The Shell is made of hard plastic and doesn’t feature a rubber lining as seen in other OtterBox cases. Nothing is subtle with the Agility Shell — it’s huge, hard, tough, and too pointy. The…

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12:22
News: Apps of the Week: Sago Mini Friends, Champ Man...

New Apps Hanx Writer (free) — Hanx Writer from Hitcents.com is a new writing app designed to mimic the experience of a typewriter on an iPad. Also, it was created by actor and noted typewriter aficionado Tom Hanks. Documents can be emailed, printed, and shared like any other, except that writing them will give you all the sounds and animations of a traditional typewriter. The app offers use of the Hanx Prime Select typewriter for free, and users…

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11:58
News: WSJ: Apple mulls sapphire for premium iPhones...

Less than a month from its expected iPhone launch event, Apple is considering using sapphire screens in the more expensive models of its upcoming iPhone and iWatch, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report notes that the first sapphire displays for those devices are “expected to roll off production lines this month.” It’s also reported that the company will use sapphire in more expensive models of the two new iPhones, “if…

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10:50
Report: An Amazing Customer Experience with Apple

Yesterday, John Martellaro's wife had a truly remarkable customer experience at the Apple retail store in Lone Tree, Colorado. The experience demonstrates something very interesting about Apple that makes it unique and hard to compete with.

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09:48
News: Report: Apple meets with Thai officials...

Thai officials revealed on Wednesday that Apple received approval to sell two new iPhone models in the country, and a new report notes that a seemingly displeased Apple has met with those officials about the disclosure. The translated report, from Thai Rath, also makes a point to note that the new devices may or may not be called “iPhone 6,” leaving some doubt into what the names of the new devices will actually be; “iPhone Air”…

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09:26
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-14

Home automation has the potential to make our lives easier, and Apple is in a prime position to make that happen. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about why Apple TV may be a big part of that, plus they take a look at a new class action lawsuit from Apple shareholders over the company's involvement in a Silicon Vally employee anti-poaching agreement.

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08:05
The Emerging War Over Desktop Push Notifications

Push notifications may have grown up on mobile apps. But now the Web is making a comeback because of a push notification innovation introduced by Apple through Safari Mavericks. Warring standards are already beginning to emerge, though Apple holds the early lead.

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06:24
Apple Hit with Shareholder Lawsuit Over Employee...

Apple's involvement in an agreement with other tech companies to not poach employees from each other has landed it in another lawsuit, this time from a shareholder claiming the deal cost the company value, and that executives misled investors. The class action lawsuit names current CEO Tim Cook, along with William Campbell, Millard Drexler, Arthur Levinson, Robert Iger, Andrea Jung, Fred Anderson, and the Estate of Steve Jobs.The Mac Observer Spin: Then-CEO Steve Jobs didn't want his engineers working for the competition, and in this case his efforts to keep his employees from working for Google, Intel, and other companies looks to have been a overzealous. This new shareholder lawsuit is a perfect example of how the decision to go down the employee anti-poaching path is going to be an ongoing headache for Apple for some time....

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06:23
News: Apple bans benzene, n-hexane in iPhone, iPad...

Apple has banned the use of two chemicals, benzene and n-hexane, in final assembly of its iPhones and iPads, the Associated Press reports. The company has drawn criticism in the past for using both potentially hazardous chemicals — workers reported n-hexane-related sicknesses in 2010, and by 2011, workers at an Apple manufacturing partner wrote a letter regarding their concerns and health issues due to n-hexane exposure. Though Apple claims an investigation…

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05:43
News: New iPhone 6 leaks show tapered front panel,...

More new photos of the alleged 4.7” iPhone 6 have been released by Feld & Volk. A closeup of the front panel reveals greater detail about the phone’s design, showing curved, tapered edges that should meet the rounded edges of the rear shell. Like the iPhone 5 and 5s, the power button has a metallic finish, which the volume and mute switches will apparently continue to have as well. The mute switch has changed internally, using rocker-style…

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05:30
News: Daily Deal: Get three months of Blinkist...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can take advantage of a special offer of three months free when subscribing to Blinkist, a mobile knowledge and learning companion for your iPhone and iPad. With a library covering a wide range of topics such as business, popular science, health, and history, Blinkist helps users easily explore new topics and learn new things, delivered to their devices in a bite-sized, ‘made-for-mobile’ format. Subscribe to…

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05:01
Apple Patches Safari WebKit Security Issues

Apple released Safari 7.0.6 for OS X Mavericks and Safari 6.1.6 for OS X Lion and Mountain Lion on Wednesday to patch several WebKit-related security and memory corruption issues that could let attackers run arbitrary code on victim's computers. The security issue could also cause app crashes.

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Wednesday August 13

15:30
ACM 267: Apple, HealthKit and Steve Jobs Design...

Apple wants to own the health tracking market, but give us control over the data we collect. Jeff and Bryan look at iOS 8's HealthKit and how it could change the way we handle our own medical and fitness data, Google and Samsung's push to get a piece of the health tracking market, Apple's design philosophy, and the potential for online micropayment systems.

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15:07
Apple TV, the Ideal HomeKit Hub for Home Automation

Apple makes a little black box that hangs out on your network and waits for you to need it. Kelly explains how Apple TV + HomeKit = Crazy Delicious, and is likelier than you may think.

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