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Wednesday August 27

18:44
Samsung and LG unveil more smartwatches ahead of...


Just a few hours after yet another report emerged claiming that Apple would be taking the wraps off of its new wearable at an event next month, both LG and Samsung have announced new wearable devices tonight.
LG has officially unveiled the G Watch R this evening, which features a 1.3-inch Plastic OLED display that is a full 360 degrees, unlike the Moto 360, which has an area of dead space at the bottom of the display....

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17:51
WSJ: Apple, Pearson to re-bid on LA school district...

The Wall Street Journal has confirmed that both Apple and educational curriculum and textbook publisher Pearson will re-bid on a new contract to supply the LA United School District (LAUSD) with computer and tablet options as part of a program that could eventually grow to $500 million. Both companies were the core of the previous contract that would have seen all students receiving iPads, but questions of cost overruns, problems and lack of transparency combined to force the district to cancel that arrangement....

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17:00
"Showtime Anytime" channel added to the...

With each passing month, Apple continues to flesh out the offerings available to Apple TV users. Earlier this week, Apple added "Showtime Anytime" -- Showtime's on-demand video service -- to its ever increasing lineup of compelling channels. Much...

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16:37
Costco to begin selling AppleCare+ for iPhone and...


Just in time for the iPhone 6, an internal memo sent to employees at Costco stores indicates that the company will begin offerring AppleCare+ on iPhones and iPads sold through its wireless kiosks tomorrow. The notice details the process for selling the extended warranties and states that the offer only applies to “connected/embedded iPads” sold at the kiosk, not those sold on the sales floor.
The wholesaler only recently started carrying Apple’s mobile products again earlier this year after a multi-year spat that...

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16:27
Apple can’t have an injunction against Samsung...

Back in May of this year, a jury awarded Apple $120 million in damages in its second major patent trial against Samsung. Apple also asked the court to ban the sale of those Samsung phones that infringed on its three patents in question. But today, Northern California District Court Judge Lucy Koh ruled that Apple had not proven to the court that it deserves an injunction against infringing Samsung products.
In a court ruling on Wednesdsay, Koh wrote:
First and most importantly, Apple has not satisfied its burden of demonstrating irreparable harm and linking that harm to Samsung’s exploitation of any of Apple’s...

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16:16
Amplified: Clappin’ Like A Seal

Shawn King fills in for Dan, Jim talks 13” iPads, The iTunes Festival and his favorite headphones!

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16:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Travel Photography...

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15:30
Apple is about to introduce full screen ads to your...

Apple has formally announced two new ad formats for the iAd platform that will make ignoring advertising harder than ever. Developers can now include full-screen interstitial banner ads and pre-roll video ads within their apps. Thanks to the sizes of...

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15:16
The Ruby On Rails Rookie To Rockstar Training Bundle...

Check out the Ruby On Rails Rookie To Rockstar Bundle, a deal on six training courses with more than 45 hours of Ruby on Rails instruction. The courses include The Startup's Guide To Web Development With Ruby On Rails, Ruby On Rails For Beginners, Learn Ruby On Rails From Scratch, Advanced Ruby Programming: 10 Steps To Mastery, Create & Deploy A Web App In 3 Hours, and Become a Heroku Rails Ninja. Combined, they have some 250 lectures, which is a ton of instruction. Through our deal, you can get it for $49, a small fraction of the $631 retail price.

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15:00
Bluelounge Soba cable director organizes your wiring...

Wiring and cabling, especially when you have a lot of computer equipment, can quickly get out of control. The space between my Apple Wireless Keyboard and iMac, as an example, looks like someone dumped a bowl of black and white noodles into a pile....

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14:29
ACM 269: China’s OS Ambition, iWatch Rumors, Cool...

Bryan and Jeff dig into China's plans to unseat Western tech companies with a home grown operating system. Plus, there are new iWatch rumors with all sorts of interesting ramifications (if true). And for headphone enthusiasts, they take a closer look at Blue's Mo-Fi over-the-ear headphones.

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14:00
Simplicam is a new entry in the home monitoring derby

More and more companies want to help you monitor your home or apartment via your iPhone or iPad, and Simplicam has a new system that is attracting some attention.

Simplicam provides a camera that works with your home WiFi, free iOS apps to monitor...

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13:54
A Big Honking iPad Could Roll Right Over Apple'...


While the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is working to establish itself as the perfect tweener device between tablet and laptop, one hot rumor suggests that Apple's answer for more working space on an iPad will come in the form of a bigger screen -- 12.9 inches of touch-sensitive glory. The rumor comes from Bloomberg, which vaguely cited "people with knowledge of the matter." The only way it could get more vague than that is if the cited source were a little birdie that happened to fly by.

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13:45
Civilization: Beyond Earth for Mac has been...

When Sid Meiser's Civilization: Beyond Earth was announced in April, Apple users rejoiced in the news that the game would be hitting Macs and PCs at the same time. Now with the game's release coming up on October 24, it appears that promise is a...

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13:30
A nostalgic look at the Macintosh Portable, Apple...

The Macintosh Portable, Apple's first laptop and the first consumer laptop to travel into space, was released in 1989. Groundbreaking in its day, the laptop was still a bulky travel companion, roughly the size of the phone book at four inches at its...

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13:24
How Duke Turned an iPod Giveaway into a University-...

A decade ago, Duke University gave iPods to incoming freshmen. That idea evolved into the Duke Digital Initiative, a way to integrate emerging technology into courses. Kelly looks at how that initiative has grown and changed in the last ten years.

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13:20
Mastering the Van Halen power-shuffle

Hot For Teacher, I’m the One, The Full Bug, Ice Cream Man—all classics in the Van Halen catalog. Strap a jet engine to the tried-and-true blues shuffle and you get an uptempo sprint that defines the Van Halen sound. The fast and furious pace make these some of the most challenging rock songs to play on the guitar—unless you know the secrets!

Alex Vollmer is a great guitarist and I really like his lessons—they’re professional, explained clearly and very detailed. You can preview and purchase this lesson on his Web site.
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13:14
REmatrix multilayer convolution plug-in

REmatrix combines five individual IRs to create dense, complex and unique spaces. The reverb is then processed with an effects chain designed to add liveliness, create warmth, or even completely reshape decay and create a reverb character that cannot be obtained with any other tool.

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13:04
Judge denies Apple injunction against Samsung...

U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh on Wednesday handed down an order denying Apple's motion for a sales ban against Samsung products a jury found to have infringed on three patents in May.

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13:03
California court denies Apple injunction against...

The US District Court for the Northern District of California has denied Apple a permanent injunction against Samsung products accused of violating three of its patents. Although the court and a jury found that Samsung did indeed infringe Apple IP -- including an infamous "slide to unlock" patent -- the judge in the case, Lucy Koh, explains that Apple couldn't show that an injunction was warranted. She rejects, for instance, an Apple assertion that claimed reputational harm didn't require showing a "causal nexus" stemming from patent infringement. "Even if harm will be done to Apple's reput......

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13:00
TextExpander touch 3 beta testers wanted

TextExpander is a great app and the folks at Smile are among my favorite developers. If you want to help beta test the new version, you can contact them directly.
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13:00
iOS users are the biggest porn hounds

Which smartphone users partake in mobile pornography the most? According to Pornhub's data, the majority of the site's smartphone traffic comes from Android users, who make up just over 48%. iOS, trails behind with a little over 40%, while the...

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12:30
TimeTrack Free tracks time and handles invoices

TimeTrack Free is a full-featured time tracker and invoicing system for iOS. It packs a lot of power into a clean, clear user interface. As a freelancer myself, I am always on the hunt for a way to track my time spent for my clients. So, it was with...

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12:20
Fifth OS X 10.9.5 beta goes out to developers

A little over a week after the last one, Apple has issued a new beta of OS X 10.9.5 to developers. The code is identified as build 13F24. Areas of testing focus remain unchanged, and include Safari, graphics, Thunderbolt support, and USB/USB smart cards....

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12:00
Apple once again denied sales ban on Samsung devices...

Bloomberg reports that Apple has once again been denied a sales ban request on Samsung products that were already found to infringe its patents back in May.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) failed again to win a sales ban on Samsung Electronics Co. (005930)products found to infringe its smartphone patents, even after requesting what it described as a more limited prohibition.

According to the report, Apple had narrowed its request to focus on only certain smartphone models, but Koh still denied the sales ban despite Apple offering Samsung a period of time to implement workarounds for the infringing features: Apple tried to make its request more viable by targeting specific infringing features in nine Samsung devices, and by offering what it called a “sunset period” to give its Suwon, South Korea-based rival a chance to design around the features before any ban...

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12:00
The Apple robot

If your old Mac is too busted, too slow, or too ancient to be repurposed or sold, what can you do with it? Turn it into a goofy robot, apparently. The Harman Kardon Soundsticks subwoofer as a head is a beautiful touch, I must say.

[Photo credit:...

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11:50
T-Mobile adds six music streaming services to Music...

T-Mobile is expanding its Music Freedom program, almost doubling the number of music streaming services which can be used by subscribers without touching their LTE allowance. The seven existing music services, including iTunes Radio, Pandora, and Spotify, have been joined by another six, just two months after the carrier launched the initiative....

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11:45
Report claims Apple unveiling new wearable device...

Mark your calendars, folks. September 9, 2014 is primed to be an exceedingly busy day.

A few weeks ago, John Paczkowski of Re/Code reported that Apple plans to hold an iPhone-oriented special media event on September 9. As we previously pointed out,...

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11:43
Apple’s wearable device will be revealed September 9...

A sixth-generation iPod Nano embedded in a watch band.

Aaron Muszalski

Re/code is reporting that Apple will introduce a wearable device on September 9 alongside two next-generation iPhones. Such a device from Apple has been highly anticipated since the wearable market received newcomers from Samsung, LG, and Motorola.
Apple's entry into this market was originally expected sometime in October based on an earlier report from Re/code. The site has a good track record of correctly predicting the timing of Apple product releases since before it...

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11:30
Wood Blocks for Kids is a construction game that...

Wood Blocks for Kids is a game where players construct buildings by arranging vividly colorful blocks. Players start out by choosing a block set, the first set is free and the other three are available through an in app purchase. After selecting a...

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11:24
One of the first Apple HomeKit-compatible devices...

Re/code:

August Smart Lock, an electronic lock that provides keyless entry into the home, started shipping in limited quantities this week to consumers who placed orders on the company’s website.

The device…lets people unlock their doors using a smartphone app (instead of a key).

The electronic lock replaces the interior portion of an existing deadbolt lock and opens whenever you, a house guest or the cleaner approaches with the right virtual key stored in the smartphone app.

The second to last sentence in the piece might be even more important/interesting and I think it is the future of any Apple wearable.
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11:16
Storytelling, comedy, comics, and film: A career...

Comics Alliance:

Ever since Bloom County became a sensation in the early ’80s, Berkeley Breathed has had an incredibly varied career. He followed Bloom County‘s initial success with two more popular comic strips, Outland and Opus; he won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning; he wrote and illustrated best-selling children’s books; he adapted his own stories into a pair of animated TV specials, and he provided art for various environmental and animal-welfare charities.

…and last month, he made a rare convention appearance, playing to a packed room at San Diego Comic-Con. ComicsAlliance spoke with Breathed about his career in cartooning, his work in other media, and his upcoming projects.

Along with Gary Larson of The Far Side, I devoured everything Breathed did and loved all of it. I miss Opus.
...

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11:01
iWatch announcement due in September, not October,...

Apple is planning to announce the iWatch at its September 9th iPhone event, rather than in October as was originally anticipated, says Re/code's John Paczkowski. It's not clear whether Apple accelerated its schedule or if October was just a loose target. In any case, the watch is expected to exploit not just HealthKit -- Apple's health and fitness tracking platform -- but HomeKit, designed to hegemonize home automation technology....

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11:00
Hyperlapse by Instagram creates time lapse magic

Yesterday, the folks at Instagram unleashed yet another amazing tool for capturing your world in photos and video. Instagram revolutionized taking simple square photos, applying filters to them, and then sharing them with friends and followers. The...

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10:41
Samsung hypes Note 4 by copying Apple's iPhone...

With sales of its flagship Galaxy S5 flagging, Samsung has turned toward hyping its upcoming Note 4 stylus-based phablet using teaser ads targeting the same "for the colorful" characters Apple presented last year using iPhone 5c.

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10:40
Instagram details the technology behind its new...



As you can see above, Instagram’s new Hyperlapse app that debuted yesterday is one of the most simple apps on the surface. It does two things: shoots video in either portrait or landscape and changes speed from 1x to 12x for a time-lapse effect. There’s not very much other user interface aside from the record button and speed slider (and the share screen after you save a video), but under the hood there’s a lot of really smart stuff going on with Hyperlapse.
For those interested in...

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10:37
Spotify adds new hardware partners for Apple AirPlay...

Swedish streaming music provider Spotify on Wednesday announced the addition of multimedia hardware companies Bose, Panasonic, and Gramofon to its list of partners for Spotify Connect, a wireless media streaming platform similar to Apple's AirPlay.

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10:33
Apple on Campus program no longer available in...

The Apple on Campus program -- which lets students buy discounted Macs and accessories through their school -- has been halted in Belgium and Switzerland, according to Apple officials. "Yes, Apple on Campus was stopped. However, the Apple Education Store discounts are obviously still valid," says a spokesperson for Apple Switzerland. Those prices are not as cheap as those that were available through Apple on Campus, however. One exception to the discontinuations is a program in Switzerland known as Neptune....

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10:30
Tim Cook calls slumping iPad sales a "speed...

Though Apple's earnings results last quarter were exceptional, tech observers couldn't help but notice that iPad sales only came in at 13.3 million units, a 9.2% decrease from the same quarter a year ago. What's more, iPad sales during the March...

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10:24
Text Expander iOS 8 Keyboard Replacement Goes to...

Smile Software announced Wednesday that TextExpander touch 3 was being opened to a public beta. This will be a keyboard replacement for iOS 8 (via Apple's new keyboard extension) that allows you to use your TextExpander snippets in every iOS app-even Apple's own apps. Smile also said the keyboard will include full VoiceOver accessibility support. If you want to participate in the public beta, follow Smile's special Twitter account @SmileTEBeta.

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10:15
Daily Deals for August 27, 2014, featuring ChargeKey...

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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10:00
Dropbox Pro changes increase storage to 1TB at the...

Perhaps the most useful utility on all of my Apple devices is Dropbox, which makes sharing data between all of those various and sundry devices a literal no-brainer. Until today, Dropbox users with a Dropbox Pro account paid US$99.99 a year for a...

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09:56
Instagram Hyperlapse Sparks Time-Lapse Video Craze


Instagram has released Hyperlapse, a free iOS app that takes the jitters out of time-lapse video. Just two weeks ago, Microsoft demonstrated a similar technology that bears the same name. The Instagram app "is the most impressive effect to hit smartphone video in recent memory," said tech analyst Ross Rubin. Consumer video cameras have technology built into them to offset camera shake, but those algorithms, until now, couldn't cope with the combination of movement and acceleration of playback speed involved in time-lapse video.

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09:56
Briefly: PayPal's 25 percent off UK iTunes...

PayPal is currently offering digital iTunes cards at 25 percent off for UK customers. Users can purchase iTunes codes to redeem for music, films, TV programs, games, apps and more from the iTunes Store, iBooks Store and the App Store. Content purchased can be accessed on iOS devices and Mac or PC computers. The discount offer is available until tonight at 11:59 BST....

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09:55
Apple seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 build 13F24 to...

Apple has released yet another beta build of the upcoming OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 update. The current build number on today’s release is 13F24, while the previously build released to developers for testing came in at 13F18. Apple continues to ask developers to test USB, USB Smart Cards, Safari, Graphics, and Thunderbolt integration with 10.9.5. The update is available for developers running the previous 10.9.5 seed via Software Update in the Mac App Store.Filed under: Developers Tagged: Apple, Mac App Store, mavericks, Mavericks 10.9.5, OS X,...

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09:49
Apple Reportedly Plans to Launch Wearables ‘...

Some hedge analysts might be saying that Apple is having to delay its foray into wearables (i.e. the "iWatch"), but Re/code's well-informed John Paczkowski said that Apple will unveil it "alongside" new iPhones at the September 9th media event he also broke. Bryan Chaffin says if it's true, it means the iWatch is being built in Arizona.

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09:45
News: Report: Apple to unveil iWatch with new...

Apple plans on unveiling its new wearable device alongside its two new iPhones on September 9, Re/Code reports. As expected, the new device will “make good use of” Apple’s new HealthKit and HomeKit platforms, though how the latter will be implemented isn’t quite clear. The wearable device has generally been referred to as iWatch, but the true name is still unknown at this point. According to the report, Apple will likely still…

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09:40
Parallels Desktop 10: More Mobile Efficiency, More...

Parallels Desktop 10 for the Mac is now shipping. As with previous versions, Parallels has added some excellent new features that make the new version compelling and the upgrade price worthwhile. John Martellaro takes a closer look.

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09:30
Minnesota plans to roll out 40,000 iPads for students

Apple's deal with the L.A. Unified School District may have fallen through due to a variety of factors, but Minnesota's St. Paul School District remains committed to deploying 40,000 iPads to students as soon as possible. The district will supply...

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09:27
Apple will reportedly unveil its wearable product...

via @EA_Roa
Last month Re/code’s John Paczkowski reported that Apple plans to introduce its new iPhone models at an event scheduled for next month, and today Re/code’s Paczkowski reports that Apple will also reveal its wearable product (i.e. iWatch/iBand) alongside the new iPhones:
Apple now plans to unveil a new wearable alongside the two next-generation iPhones we told you the company will debut on September 9th. [...] The new device will,...

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09:25
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-27

There's a new report claiming Apple plans to start building 12.9-inch display iPads in early 2015. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont and join Jeff Gamet to discuss what they think of a bigger format iPad, and they also take a look at what's happening at Duke University's technology program for students and faculty ten years after they started handing out iPods.

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09:24
Apple expected to unveil 'iWatch'...

Apple's hotly anticipated "iWatch" may be introduced to the public sooner than expected, with a new report claiming the device will be formally unveiled at an anticipated Sept. 9 event, where the next-generation iPhone is also expected to debut.

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09:07
Online Apple store now offering iPhone upgrades via...

Apple's US online store is now offering iPhone shoppers the chance to purchase a device via an AT&T Next upgrade plan, instead of just choosing a two-year contract or going unlocked. Previously, people on a Next plan had to upgrade through AT&T itself. Apple's site provides a chart illustrating the differences between the 12- and 18-month Next plans and going with a regular contract....

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09:00
The marriage of Eyefi Cloud and IFTTT is a very...

Eyefi SD/WiFi cards are a great solution for anyone who wants to shoot photos and immediately have those images sent from a DSLR or point-and-shoot camera to a Mac, iOS device, or even a cloud storage alternative like Dropbox, Flickr and especially...

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08:49
Apple adds AT&T Next as online payment option...

Apple on Thursday quietly added a new payment option to its online storefront, giving AT&T subscribers who are in the market for a new iPhone the ability to make their purchase using installments through the carrier's AT&T Next program.

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08:30
Whatt aims to make status updates more colorful,...

Whatt is an iPhone app that wants to turn social networking into more of a private affair for a closer circle of friends than social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter currently allow. It uses brief status updates as the basis for...

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08:20
Dropbox Drops Pro Price, Adds Pro Features

To compete with pricing from Google Drive and OneDrive, Dropbox is now offering a single 1 TB tier of Dropbox Pro for $9.99 per month. More interesting for those who don’t need any more space are Dropbox Pro’s new features, including view-only permissions for shared folders, password protection and expiration dates for shared links, and remote wipe of Dropbox folders on lost devices. 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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08:11
Dropbox streamlines Pro account to single $9.99 1TB...

Cloud storage service Dropbox has drastically updated its paid offerings, changing not only the pricing, but also adding new features to the subscription. The new Pro account provides a large 1 terabyte allocation of cloud storage to customers, far more than the old Pro account allowed, with the Pro subscription priced at $9.99 per month....

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08:02
9to5Toys Last Call: Retina iPad mini $320, Acer 27″...

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:
Last Call updates:

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08:00
Juniper says tablet gaming revenue to triple by 2019...

Want to see an industry triple its sales in just five years? Keep an eye on tablet gaming, because that's what Juniper Research is predicting will happen by 2019. The typically well-regarded research firm claims that this year's revenue figure for...

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07:34
Apple will re-bid on nixed $1 billion LA Unified...

Though Apple's contract with the Los Angeles Unified School District to put iPads in the hands of every student was canceled this week, the company still has a shot to win out in the end, bidding once again on the troubled $1 billion project.

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07:25
Apps: LaunchBar, Cocktail, Cyberduck
07:12
Thinner MacBook Air's release window is...

Despite earlier reports, the release window for a thinner MacBook Air -- possibly with a 12-inch screen -- is now ambiguous, according to Digitimes. Taiwanese supply chain sources say that the machine will ship "possibly at the end of 2014 or in 2015," although component production has allegedly started "in small volumes." That could mean that even if the product doesn't arrive this year, it will ship in the first quarter of 2015....

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07:12
Dropbox Ups the Cloud Storage Game with new 1TB for...

The online storage and file sharing service Dropbox increased its paid Pro storage option from 100GB a month for US$9.99 up to 1TB. The new price point brings Dropbox in line with Google Drive's 1TB offering, and it also brings some extra features to the table that make the deal even more enticing.The Mac Observer Spin: 1TB for $9.99 a month is pretty competitive, especially since Dropbox is throwing other useful features, too. Your move, Apple.

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07:00
Catalyst Case for iPhone 5 / 5s provides rugged,...

Last year I reviewed the now defunct Griffin Survivor + Catalyst iPhone case. This year, Catalyst Lifestyle is now a stand-alone company with an updated range of cases. I had the opportunity to try out the Catalyst Waterproof Stealth Black case for...

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06:30
This ABC game is as easy as 123

The ABC Song is a game made up of mini games to teach children their ABCs. Each mini game offers players different ways to learn the alphabet and make connections between letters and objects that represent that letter. The ABC Song is compatible with...

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06:30
The Week in IOS Accessories: Rock and Roll, Hoochie...

Rock and Roll, Hoochie KooThis week's roundup of new gear for your iOS devices includes new ways to play both guitar and drums, as well as the usual array of cables, chargers, and more.BiteMyAppleYou know the tilt-shift effect on Instagram? The $70 Lensbaby lens for iPhone creates kind of an extreme version of that effect, letting you create dreamy pictures with a single point of focus, and surreal twisted lightscapes surrounding that point.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:23
Apple on Campus program reportedly no longer...

Mac4Ever is reporting that Apple has confirmed that the Apple on Campus program, allowing students to buy significantly discounted Macs and accessories via their college, is no longer available in either Belgium or Switzerland. The confirmation was provided in a one-line response by Apple Switzerland.

Yes, Apple on Campus was stopped. However, the Apple Education Store discounts are obviously still valid …


The discounts available through the Apple Education Store are lower than those available when buying through the Apple on Campus program.
It had earlier been thought that the decision might just relate to...

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06:19
News: Daily Deal: Get up to $270 off on select...

Today in iLounge Deals you can grab a coupon to save up to $270 on select language sets from Rosetta Stone. With its guaranteed approach to learning a new language, Rosetta Stone focuses on the idea that learning a language should be a natural, intuitive process, and that interactive technology has the power to accelerate, personalize, and simplify language learning for anybody. With this offer, you can get $270 off select Rosetta Stone Language Sets…

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06:07
Apple offering iPhones on AT&T Next installment...

Following our report in late July that Apple was about to start selling iPhones through carrier upgrade/installment plans like AT&T’s Next, the company is now offering exactly that through its online store.
As of earlier this month, Apple’s website now displays the AT&T Next $0 down installment plan for existing AT&T customers upgrading to a new iPhone 5s, 5c, or 4S. That option is alongside its previous options of purchasing a device under a typical 2-year contract with one of the carriers or unlocked and contract-free.
While Apple is currently only offering the AT&T Next instalment plans through its online store, the company...

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06:00
YouTube Find: Is this the new iPhone 6?

Doldo411 of Second City Network introduces us to the iPhone 6 in what he claims is the biggest leak in Apple history. Will you be line-waiting for this one next month?...

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05:55
Scientists Zap Diamond With Laser to Record Quantum...


Researchers recently developed a technique to record the quantum mechanical behavior of one electron in a nanoscale defect in diamond. The team used ultra-fast pulses of laser light both to control the defect's entire quantum state and to observe how the state of one electron in the defect changes over time. "This experiment uses a 'trapped' electron contained within the negatively charged NV center," said team leader David Awschalom, which "results in a well isolated trapped electron whose spin state can be used as our qubit."

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05:52
LaCie unveils 48TB Thunderbolt 2 drive, Dropbox...

Apple users gained two additional high-capacity storage options on Wednesday, as external drive maker LaCie showed off its new rack-mount Thunderbolt 2 drive in a 48 terabyte configuration and cloud storage firm Dropbox announced that its $9.99-per-month Pro plan will now include 1 terabyte of space.

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05:47
Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.4

Small maintenance release alleviates frustrations for Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. (Free update, 113 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:41
News: iPhone 6 parts leak reveals front panel...

A new group of alleged iPhone 6 parts have been posted on Chinese parts site ElekWorld, with a heretofore unseen front panel variation included among the pictures. While a picture of a completed front panel assembly for the 4.7” iPhone 6 looks similar to what’s been seen before, a separate picture of the front panel doesn’t match — it shows an extra sensor near the FaceTime camera. If this part is real, it’s possible that…

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05:40
On organizing your apps in iTunes

Kirk McElhearn wrote a nice little rant on the limited organization options iTunes give you when it comes to apps. I weighed in with my thoughts as well.
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05:37
Dropbox dramatically cuts pricing to compete, 1TB...

Dropbox has today slashed its pricing and doubled the maximum storage space from 500GB to 1TB. Up until yesterday, you’d have been paying $500/year for 500GB; today you can pay just $120/year (or $99/year when paying annually) for a terabyte.
The new deal finally brings Dropbox into line with Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. Apple users may want to hold off for now, however, with Apple’s new iCloud pricing – which includes...

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05:36
EOL Notice: AppleCare Xsan Support

Forums: General Xsan TalkNews from Apple:
Apple is no longer selling AppleCare Xsan Support.
Existing Xsan AppleCare Support contracts are valid and will be supported by Apple until the contract expires.
I am not sure if it will still be supported with the Enterprise support..
Anybody else aware ?

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05:30
Get Ready for the 12.9-inch iPad, Maybe

Apple is reportedly working on a 12.9-inch version of the iPad with plans to release the device in 2015. The tablet would be even bigger than the 9.7-inch iPad Air and would dwarf the 7.9-inch iPad mini.The Mac Observer Spin: It's a safe bet that Apple has been experimenting with several screen sizes for possible future iPad models. If the company does release a 12.9-inch model, it won't be because analysts demand it, but instead because the company is sure it will sell well.

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05:12
Anytime Ale releases 99-pack for $99

Hey, where did Jim go?
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05:09
∞ iPhone camera tricks

[VIDEO] The Washington Post ran this video showing a series of seven iPhone shooting tricks. Some of them were just OK, but I found a few of them to be brilliant.

Did you know you can use your headphone switch to take a picture? Combine that one with a water glass and you have a clever, albeit slightly risky way to take some underwater shots. I wonder if you could achieve the same thing with a very tall baggie.

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05:00
Amazon's iPhone trade-in program is tough to...

If history is any indication, the Apple masses sometime in late September will begin lining up at Apple retail stores around the globe in order to get their hands on the iPhone 6. And like clockwork, once a new iPhone is unveiled, consumers begin...

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04:48
T-Mobile joins Walmart with its own iPhone discounts

Last week, Walmart knocked down the price of the iPhone 5c (to 97 cents – Yes, 97 cents) and the iPhone 5s ($79 with a new contract). Now T-Mobile has joined the fray.
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04:45
iOS 7: Closing All Open Safari Windows on Your...

iOS 7's Private Browsing is handy if you want to secretly shop for gifts orâahemâview any other sites that you might not want people to see. In this Quick Tip, though, Melissa Holt's going to talk about using this feature as a way to close all of the Safari windows you've got open.

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04:37
Rumor: Apple to release thinner MacBook Air in late...


The MacBook Air could get even thinner by the end of 2014 or early 2015.
Per MacRumors and DigiTimes, supply chain sources in Taiwan have noted that component production has already begun in small volumes. Apple will also reportedly cease production of the 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro by the end of 2014.
A report last month claimed that Intel’s continued delays of its Broadwell chip may cause Apple to push back the release of its 12-inch MacBook until late this 2014 or early 2015. The 12-inch MacBook is said to include a Retina display and may either...

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04:34
Apple’s iPad business at-a-glance as CEO Tim Cook...

Tim Cook hinted at significant developments to the iPad line in describing the recent 16 percent drop in year-on-year sales yesterday as “a speedbump” in an interview with Re/code.

“We couldn’t be happier with how we’ve done with the first four years of the iPad. I’d call what’s going on recently a speed bump, and I’ve seen that in every category” …

He made that same comment before during the last earnings call and obviously that’s not the whole story…

Re/code pointed to the above ...

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04:30
Likes downloads Instagram pictures you have liked

Likes fixes a glaring problem with Instagram and it's free. The app is designed for iPhone 5 and up and for iOS 7 and up. In Instagram, you cannot save pictures you've liked. I save pictures because they inspire me, amuse me, because I want to later...

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04:21
Leaked component image bolsters rumors of redesigned...

A leaked image could possibly confirm rumors of a redesigned “True Tone’ flash unit for the iPhone 6 handset’s camera.
Per AppleInsider, Chinese smartphone repair company ElekWorld posted pictures of newly stocked parts, including purported “iPhone 6″ power flex cables with round multi-colored flash assemblies.
The cables, which are now available in both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variations, feature what appears to be a dual-LED flash assembly with “cool” and “warm” tints, a hallmark of Apple’s branded True Tone technology.
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03:56
Apple's 12-inch Retina MacBook Air given vague...

The latest rumor on Apple's anticipated redesign of the MacBook Air casts a particularly wide net, suggesting that a thinner model could launch either this fall, or it could miss the holiday shopping season and debut at some point in 2015.

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02:04
Thinner MacBook to launch later this year or early...


Digitimes is claiming Apple will launch a new model of MacBook soon, potentially by the end of 2014. According to the report, component production has already begun in small quantities. The current MacBook Air tapers from 0.3 cm to 1.7cm, so it is unclear in what form the new product will be thinner. Although the report is not specific, the report could be referencing the long-rumored 12 inch Retina MacBook Air.
Digitimes’ report lacks any specifics aside from the release window. KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo first mentioned the idea of a brand new Retina Air in 2013, predicting a launch in Q3 2014. The Air is expected to feature a radical new design, high-resolution display and a ...

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Tuesday August 26

22:07
Minnesota set to deploy 40,000 iPads to students

Even as questions arise about the LA Unified School District's handling of its botched and now-abandoned iPad program, Apple continues to win school districts over to the tablet. The St. Paul School District in Minnesota is launching a program that will offer tens of thousands of iPads to students in a total of 61 schools over time, with an initial rollout to 37 schools in the city. The district is leasing the equipment from Apple, which includes up to 1,000 unspecified MacBook models....

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20:00
Cook upbeat on future of iPad in new interview

In a brief but new interview with Walter Mossberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook dismisses concerns that the tablet market has peaked. Addressing the two quarters of slight declines in iPad sales, Cook said that he'd "call what's going on recently a speed bump, and I've seen that in every category." Mossberg writes that even in the most recent quarter, the iPad alone brought in $6 billion -- more revenue than the combined earnings of Facebook, Twitter Yahoo, LinkedIn, Tesla and Groupon....

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20:00
Briefly: iAd changes, TrueTone camera flash redesign...

Apple continues to tweak its iAd mobile advertising platform, now offering new formats, including full-screen interstitial ads (as often seen on iTunes Radio in iTunes) as well as Facebook-style "pre-roll" videos where video clips begin playing silently until clicked on by users, which opens the full video with sound. A new implementation guide has also been issued with the updated offerings. Additionally, the company says that the iAd network is now available in Russia and Switzerland beginning today. Ad creators can choose to update their ads to target either or both countries using iAd work...

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19:16
Starbucks offers one free month of Luminosity’s...


Starbucks has been continuously updating how its customers can redeem its iconic Pick of the Week promotion. Last year, the chain started offering digital Pick of the Week through the Starbucks app. Starbucks then updated its app to support redeeming Pick of the Week cards with the device’s camera. Now for the first time, the Starbucks App is offering an in-app purchase as its Pick of the Week: a month of Lumosity...

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19:09
Open Source Software: Sailing Into Friendlier Seas


Open source software is now a force drawing enterprises and developers like a magnet. The factors pulling adopters into the open source fold are changing, though. Also changing are the attitudes of software developers and corporate leaders about the viability and adaptability of open source. Open source software is increasingly important within the corporation, as a recent survey conducted by Black Duck Software and North Bridge Venture Partners found. Developers and corporate leaders now view open source software as a strategic advantage.

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18:31
New photos of purported True Tone flash and other...


New photos of what appear to be the True Tone flash components for both versions of the iPhone 6 have appeared on ElekWorld, providing even more evidence that Apple is planning to announce and release both models at around the same time. Interestingly, the website also carries a whole host of purported iPhone 6 parts, including front display panels, volume rockers, and home button assemblies.
Apple, of course, is expected to announce a redesigned 4.7″...

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17:54
BBEdit 10.5.12 and TextWrangler 4.5.10

Updated code signing to ensure compatibility with OS X Yosemite. ($49.99/free new, free updates, 12.5/9.4 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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17:47
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

BLiP [iOS Universal;...

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17:30
Briefly: T-Mobile iPhone sale, Otterbox exploring...

Starting on Wednesday, T-Mobile will offer a discount of up to $50 off the full price of all iPhones, according to a leaked internal memo. The offer will not affect subsidized iPhones, but applies to "device only" (no contract) sales. The discount will vary depending on the model and capacity, notes TmoNews, and is likely a reaction to recent price-cutting of contract phones by retailers like Walmart, which has dropped the price of the iPhone 5c to 97 cents and the iPhone 5s to $79 with a two-year contract....

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17:28
T-Mobile to reportedly slash up to $50 off iPhone...

As iPhone resellers dump existing stock in preparation of an impending next-generation refresh, U.S. mobile carrier T-Mobile will supposedly cut up to $50 off device-only pricing in an across-the-line sale, according to leaked internal documents.

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