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Friday July 18

13:56
Two Memos

Brian S. Hall poked me on Twitter yesterday:

“This style of communication is like reading a foreign language to
me. I don’t understand what most of it means.” @gruber re Apple
IBM memo.

I.e. that my criticism of the opaque business-jargon-laden style of Satya Nadella’s company-wide memo regarding Microsoft’s layoffs could apply just as aptly to Apple’s press release announcing their IBM partnership, which I didn’t criticize.

Hall has a point. That Apple press release is rather jargon-laden and opaque.
I don’t...

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13:36
Register for the PlayStation 4 Battlefield Bundle...

We have a very cool giveaway for you, the PlayStation 4 Battlefield Bundle Giveaway. One lucky winner will win a PlayStation 4 Console, two wireless controllers, and a copy of Battlefield 4. To enter, all you have to do is subscribe to our Mac Observer Deal emails-it's pretty darned simple. There's more details on the deal listing. Good luck!

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13:30
Build a DIY secret iPhone case inside an old book

Here's a fun weekend project we found on YouTube: building your own DIY secret iPhone case inside of an old book. YouTube user Ela Gale has put together a nice tutorial featuring easy to follow steps. You may ask yourself "why would I want such a...

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13:13
Slash’s new album: World On Fire

I just pre-ordered mine.
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13:00
ExpanDrive 4, more services and faster sync

I've written about ExpanDrive in the past, but I haven't mentioned it since version 2.0. Version 4 is out now, and it's a major update to this app that allows you to mount remote servers and cloud services as local drives.

ExpanDrive has always done...

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12:45
Apple Goes Back to the Future to Fight Google

This week's edition looks at how, in one case (Google), forgetting the past can have a negative impact on our perception of a company. In another duo of stories, John Martellaro looks at how denying change (by advertisers) can be a modern weapon against consumers. It all seems to fit together in TV land.

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12:40
CSS Colorguard

Every CSS project starts out with good intentions, but inevitably, one too many people eye-dropper colors into nooks and crannies that you never knew existed. CSS Colorguard helps you maintain the color set that you want, and warns you when colors you’ve added are too similar to ones that already exist. Naturally, it’s all configurable to your tastes.

This sounds really cool.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:33
Presentation Field Guide

Most presentations are terrible. That, however, does not need to be the case for your presentations. Author David Sparks, a trial attorney and seasoned technology speaker, explains how to create your own exceptional presentation. This Presentation Field Guide explains how to plan a presentation that will connect with your audience, the technical wizardry to create a stunning presentation, and walks you through presentation day to make sure it goes off without a hitch.

I really like David and have respect for his work. This is worth checking out.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:30
Pulling the trigger on Kindle Unlimited

After Kindle Unlimited launched today, we entered a lively debate in the TUAW backchannels about this new service. Nearly everyone agreed that Amazon had once again set a high bar for Apple to respond to, but not everyone was immediately ready to...

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12:23
Check out this massive presentation about the...

Apple’s next earnings release is scheduled to take place on July 22nd, and to help get you ready for next week’s festivities, Jan Dawson, the founder and chief analyst of Jackdaw Research, has put together a massive profile discussing the state of the company.
A marriage of detailed charts and raw data, this exceptional presentation examines reporting information directly from Apple, along with some projections provided by Jackdaw Research.
A hefty read to say the least, the profile consists of six pieces:
-Long-term financials
-Near-term financials
-Regional splits
-Retail data
-Shipment data
- iTunes data...

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12:08
Microsoft insensitivity

Lee Hutchinson has a look at Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s email to employees.
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12:08
iLounge Game Spotlight: Bio Inc.

Bio Inc. ($2) is a new game from DryGin Studios that’s being billed as a “biomedical strategy simulator.” The game challenges players to create the ultimate illness. It is decidedly not for everyone. Some have compared Bio Inc. to Plague Inc., for obvious reasons.…

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12:00
Coming on Tuesday: Apple Q3 Earnings Call

Time flies! Next Tuesday is July 22, and that's the day that we'll hear from Apple executives about how the company did in its third fiscal quarter ending June 30, 2014. As usual, TUAW will liveblog the earnings call beginning at 5 PM ET, and you can...

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11:51
Forums: SuperDuper vs. TimeMachine debate continues

The end of the week has been rather quiet in the MacNN forums, however forum members continue to debate the best way to backup data, some saying SuperDuper is a better solution, others stating the best is Time Machine. Earlier this week Fresh-Faced Recruit "Rolando_jose" asked fellow forum goers if it was possible to control Keynote using the Keynote remote from another iPad, for example, controlling the iPad Air with the iPad mini....

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11:50
Apple deals: iMacs from $1,099

This week at Apple's online store, find deep discounts on refurbished iMac models. The 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive has been reduced by $200 down to $1,099. A $570 discount drops the price on the 27-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive down to $1,129....

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11:48
DealNN: MacBook Pros, printers and more

This week, Adorama.com has the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display for $1,699. That's $100 off the list price of $1,799, and the lowest price we have seen on this Mac model by about $50. This MBP features Retina display, 2.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....

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11:41
Network bond on metadata
11:34
Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App...

An anonymous reader writes After a series of investigations, lawsuits, and fines over how in-app purchases are advertised and communicated to users, Google has agreed to stop labeling games that use in-app purchases as "Free." This change is the result of a request by the European Commission to stop misleading customers about the costs involved with using certain apps. "Games should not contain direct exhortation to children to buy items in a game or to persuade an adult to buy items for them; Consumers should be adequately informed about the payment arrangements for purchases and should not be debited through default settings without consumers' explicit consent." The EC notes that Apple has not yet done anything to address these concerns. ...

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11:30
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

Slomo+ Your Slow Motion...

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11:00
Bill Killem mashes endless running and platforming...

Bill Killem is having a bad day. His movie is just about to premiere, letting the world know he's the best action star in the world, when disaster strikes. Aliens attack, destroying his event and inspiring Bill to do what Bill does best; killing...

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10:54
Buying guide: Find the best iPad keyboard

Macworld:

For serious typing sessions — or if you just can’t get the hang of the iPad’s onscreen keyboard — an external keyboard offers the tactile advantages of real keys without sacrificing the iPad’s portability and touchscreen features.

The iPad supports almost any Bluetooth keyboard, but there are many, many keyboards on the market that are specifically made for use with the iPad.

Macworld has updated their exhaustive iPad keyboard guide. Do you use one? Which is your favourite?
∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:30
iPhone app Numerous previews iOS 8 Notification...



We’ve already seen a few developers preview how new technologies introduced in iOS 8 make new features possible. Last month we saw 1Password’s iPhone app take advantage of the new access developers have to Touch ID and systemwide Extensions with their iOS 8 beta, and a number of health and fitness...

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10:30
Daily Deals for July 18, 2014

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

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10:18
Apple responds to EC complaints by touting iTunes...

In response to complaints published by European Commission regulators regarding In App Purchases, Apple has issued a statement outlining that it already does more than anyone else in the industry, and will be further enhancing its efforts to secure app purchases by children in iOS 8 this fall.

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10:05
My life in Canadian Netflix hell

Gizmodo:

Netflix, as experienced by our neighbors to the north, is an anemic imitation that besmirches the brand. It shouldn’t even be called Netflix. Netflix Lite, maybe. Netflix Canada Trashcan, probably, although that might negatively impact subscription sales. It’s the same price as the U.S. version, too, which makes it even more insulting.

This is one of the reasons why I tried and quickly canceled Netflix here in Canada. The selection is bad enough in the US. It’s much worse in Canada.
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10:00
iPhone case defies gravity, sort of

We've seen extra-grippy iPhone cases before, but Italy's Extraverso has taken that idea a step further -- or perhaps too far, depending on how you look at it. The "case," which isn't as much a case as it is a skin for the rear of the device, is...

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09:48
Deals: 7-10% off CTO Retina MacBook Pros, $859 13...

With the back-to-school season nearing full-swing, AI's Price Guides and Deal Tracker continue to rack up exclusive, industry-low prices on many of Apple's most popular Macs, iPads and iPhones. This include 7-10% instant saving on dozens of custom configured MacBook Pros with Retina display, sub-$860 13-inch MacBook Airs, $200-$350 off Apple Certified Refurbished iPhone 5 handsets, and $100 off 32GB AT&T iPad Airs.

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09:42
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-18

Amazon launched its new Kindle Unlimited ebook subscription service today, and at $9.99 a month it's going to catch the eye of consumers and competitors. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to debate exactly why Kindle Unlimited is good -- or bad - for the publishing industry.

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09:00
Timera lets you create time machine-inspired photos...

Timera is a clever photography app that is part photo-mashup app and part time machine that allows you to create impressive "then & now" photos of well-known locations.

The app uses your location information to pull up historic photos that are...

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08:39
9to5Toys Last Call: Pioneer 2-way speakers $50,...

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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08:32
Lenovo says it can’t make a profit on Windows...

Lenovo’s $2.91 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility from Google is still pending regulatory approval, however it looks like the company is already mapping out a new strategy. Despite being one of the world’s largest PC makers, Lenovo is halting the development of Windows tablets under 10 inches in size and migrating its remaining inventory to markets like Brazil, China and Japan where there’s more of a need for low-cost slates.
Apple, in turn, has had a huge success with the 7.9-inch iPad Mini which quickly became one of its best sellers after its introduction almost 2 years ago.
A company spokesperson recently shared details with ...

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08:30
Amazon unveils iOS-compatible Kindle Unlimited...

With subscription plans for music having taken hold in recent years, Amazon figured it might as well get in on the action and roll out a similar service for e-books. Earlier today, the online retailing giant announced Kindle Unlimited, a new service...

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08:05
Troubled Hannover Apple Store may open in late...

Apple's planned store in Hannover, Germany may finally open its doors in late September, say sources claimed to be connected to the company's local retail team. The shop has been under development for some time; black construction facades first went up in April 2013. The delay is said to be linked to fixing up problems in the building, including mold, bad ventilation, and general defects....

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08:03
Lenovo axes small Windows tablets in the US after...

Major Microsoft hardware partner Lenovo will pull its 8-inch Windows tablets from the U.S. market, the Chinese company said Wednesday, citing lack of demand for smaller touchscreen devices running Microsoft's controversial Windows 8 operating system.

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08:00
Tim Cook does 80% of his work on on an iPad

Certainly one who practices what he preaches, Tim Cook told the Wall Street Journal this week that he does 80% of his work on an iPad.

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook says he does 80% of the work of running the world's most valuable company on an...

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07:42
Flappy Bird Where it Belongs: On the Apple IIc

Love it or hate it, Flappy Bird has been an amazingly successful game on the iPhone and iPad, but it's been missing from the one computer that's the perfect platform for its 8-bit flapping goodness: the Apple IIc. Dagen Brock has fixed that horrible oversite with his new Flappy Birds clone called Flapple Bird. Game play is keyboard-based, which makes sense considering touch screen computing wasn't a thing back in 1980s. You can download Flapple Bird for free, and it's available versions for 5.25-inch and 3.5-inch floppy disks.

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07:35
Apps: Typinator, DiskAid, MacFamilyTree
07:30
Apple isn't being parental enough, according to...

Preventing unauthorized purchases on the App Store isn't difficult. Apple's system already requires separate authorization for App Store transactions and in-app purchases, provides a warning of the 15-minute purchase window when a paid app is bought,...

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07:22
Reminder: Apple Q3 2014 Earnings Report Next Tuesday

Apple's third fiscal earnings report for 2014 is set for Tuesday, July 22. The conference call for analysts and investors will start around 5PM eastern time after the market closes, and The Mac Observer will be at the ready with our usual event coverage. Be sure to check in with us for the latest on Apple's revenue and product sales numbers.

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07:00
Five settings every privacy-conscious iPhone owner...

The iPhone is a useful tool to manage your work and play, but it isn't perfect when it comes to privacy. There are a handful of settings that privacy-conscious owners should change if they want to keep their data as safe as possible from prying...

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06:55
EU Pushes Apple, Google to Drop “Free” from Games...

The European Union's European Commission thinks free games with in-app purchases shouldn't be called "free," and has been pushing Apple and Google to change how they represent those apps to buyers. Google has capitulated, and now the EU is calling out Apple for failing to take action, although Apple thinks it's already doing more than other companies to keep consumers well informed.The Mac Observer Spin: This comes down to the EU saying free isn't really free if in-app purchases are available. Apple seems to disagree, so now we get to sit back and watch to see who blinks first.

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06:45
Friday Deals: Dell 4k monitor, Pixelmator sale,...

Yes, its that time again! Time for another episode of "Friday Deals!" Every Friday, we're going to take a look at sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best bargains on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, but any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy!...

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06:29
Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited e-book subscription...

Following a leak from earlier this week, Amazon has launched its subscription e-book service. Named Kindle Unlimited, the service operates as a form of "Netflix for e-books," providing all-you-can-eat access to over 600,000 Kindle books and thousands of Audible audiobooks via Kindle devices or the Kindle apps on smartphones and tablets for $9.99 per month....

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06:15
Amazon Moves to Own More of the Ebook Market with...

Amazon officially announced its Kindle Unlimited ebook and audio book subscription service on Friday, and in the process reaffirmed its plan to own as much of the book market as it can. Kindle Unlimited is a US$9.99 a month subscription that gives users unlimited access to 600,000 ebooks and several thousand audio books on their Kindle, or in the Kindle app for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.The Mac Observer Spin: Charging $9.99 a month for as many ebooks as you can read is a business model other retailers simply won't be able to compete against. If you read even two books a month it'll be more economical to subscribe than it would be to buy the titles anywhere else.

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06:00
European Commission slams Apple for in-app purchase...

The European Commission took Apple to task Friday for failing to firmly commit to stopping inadvertent in-app purchases, particularly those made by children.
While Google has committed to making changes, Apple has not, the Commission said.
“Regrettably, no concrete and immediate solutions have been made by Apple to date to address the concerns,” the Commission said. While Apple has offered proposals to address the problem, it hasn’t made a firm commitment or given timing for implementing them, the Commission said.
Following a large number of complaints about in-app purchases in online games, the Commission joined forces with national authorities to get Google and Apple to change their policies. One of the main worries is the offering of “free” app games by developers who seek to make money through in-app purchases, for instance by selling virtual armor and weaponry....

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06:00
The one iMac feature cat lovers really want

A kitten-creating iMac. Want now, please....

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05:58
Social Robot Jibo Melts Crowdfunders' Hearts


A crowdfunding campaign for Jibo, a little robot designed to become one of the family, kicked off Wednesday on Indiegogo, and with 29 days remaining, it already has raised more than $577,000 -- nearly six times its $100,000 target. The voice-controlled robot with a friendly face is a do-it-all personal assistant. Communicating with users in a human voice, it can learn individual preferences, relay messages and reminders, and function as a video conferencing device. That's just for starters.

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05:35
iPhone 6 Production to Ramp Up Next Week

Apple is ready to start building the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone 6 next week, and will ramp up production of the larger 5.5-inch model during the second week in August. Rumors surrounding the features Apple plans to pack into the next iPhone model have been circulating for months, and more recently have grown to include a late September release which fits with a manufacturing ramp up now.The Mac Observer Spin: There isn't any firm evidence to back up the report that Apple will start building the iPhone 6 next week, but the timing does fit nicely for a late September release.

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05:25
European Commission chides Apple for not improving...

The legislative arm of the European Union has set its sights on Apple, accusing the iPhone maker of not doing enough to protect and inform consumers regarding in-app purchases, particularly in "free-to-play" mobile games.

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05:24
EU criticizes Apple for in-app purchases

The European Commission said that Apple has “provided no concrete and immediate solutions” to in-app purchase problems, Reuters reports. Payment approvals within the App Store are still a sticking point for the EU. Google, on the other hand, was praised by the commission for taking measures to improve their…

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05:10
On average, analysts expect iPad sales to be flat,...

Someone once said that if you put three analysts in a room and ask them a question, you’ll get four different opinions. This certainly appears to be the case today, with Fortune finding no more consensus on iPad sales than it did on iPhone numbers.
Asked to predict how many iPad sales Apple will announce in next week’s Q3 earnings announcement, the overall average suggested year-on-year sales would be flat at 14.35M. However, no consensus view emerged … ...

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05:00
FiftyThree's Pencil stylus now on sale in UK,...

FiftyThree, makers of the amazing Paper app for iPad as well as the accompanying, Bleutooth-enabled Pencil stylus, is now shipping Pencil in the UK, Germany and France. Pencil costs £50 for the Graphite version and £65 for the Walnut variety and...

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05:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Louder and louder

Louder and louderThis week’s roundup of iPhone cases brings music to your bike rides, mediaeval protection to your iPhone, and a fashion statement that keeps on rockin’.AlloThe Allo (iPhone 5 and 5s; price unavailable) can be mounted on any bicycle to add protection to your handset and equip it with an external speaker.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:45
OS X: Move Jobs Between Printers

For todayâs Quick Tip, Melissa Holt is going to teach us how to move a job that weâve sent to the wrong printer to a different one. No more walking through the steps to reprint a document just because the printer you tried to use is at home, folks!

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04:44
Amazon launches iOS-compatible Kindle Unlimited, a $...

While the digital music market has been trending toward monthly subscription services for unlimited access, Amazon is now trying the same approach with its dominance in the ebook market, allowing subscribers to read as much as they want for $10 per month.

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04:36
Sue Wagner joins Apple board of directors as Bill...

Apple has announced the retirement of one of its longest-serving members on its board of directors, Bill Campbell, and the election of Susan L. Wagner of BlackRock to the board. Campbell has been with Apple since 1983, and is behind only Steve Jobs and Mike Markkula in length of…

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04:04
Apple press release announcing Sue Wagner’s addition...

This is Apple’s official press release. Bill Campbell is a strong part of Apple’s history. It’s sad to see him step down.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:00
FunBITS: The Rhythm of Fighters Beats the Beats

The Rhythm of Fighters is a musical take on the fighting game genre, but is it greater than the sum of its parts? 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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03:43
EU accuses Apple of dragging its feet on protections...


The European Commission has complained that Apple is taking too long to implement protections for freemium games in the App Store, reports BBC News. The Commission has decreed that both Apple and Google, the two biggest app store vendors, must make the “true cost of apps” clear before purchase. However, officials are upset that Apple has not yet committed to any such measures.
“Regrettably, no concrete and immediate solutions have been made by Apple to date to address the concerns linked in particular to payment authorisation,” the Commission said in a statement.
“Apple has proposed to address those concerns. However, no firm commitment and no timing have been provided for the implementation of such possible future changes.
...

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03:37
Can’t wait until September? The Goophone i6 is out...

The iPhone 6 may not actually exist yet, but that hasn’t stopped Chinese clone manufacturers releasing functional knock-offs based on the leaks and mockups. Now Goophone – the company which previously made an extremely close copy of the iPhone 5s – has joined the party with the WICO i6.
As ever with Goophone, the quality of both the casing and the iOS-themed Android skin is certainly good enough to fool the casual observer – almost worth getting one to prank people …
Production of the 4.7-inch model is expected to start next week, and the 5.5-inch version the second week...

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03:21
Uber ice cream, a stealthy crossing of business...

Uber is now delivering ice cream. Imagine this value to Amazon or Google. Read the original Loop post for more…
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02:58
Problems with Hannover Apple Store reportedly...

Humidity and mold problems that delayed the opening of the new Apple Store in Hannover, Germany, have reportedly been resolved, and the store is now expected to open in September, reports ifun, citing several sources involved in the project.
The store had originally seemed close to completion in March, but humidity in the building reportedly led to mold in the fabric of the building, requiring remedial work.
The site ifun reported that employees who had already been hired based on the previous anticipated opening have been informed of the latest developments, and is speculating that Apple may time the opening to coincide with the launch of the iPhone 6, rumored to be on 19th September.
Following with the appointment of retail head...

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02:40
∞ First person footage of one car, mid-race, flying...

[VIDEO] This is short, but very cool. Footage is from an Ohio race, July 4th, 2014. Be sure to watch out for the part immediately after the crash when the red car driver calmly readjusts their side view mirror and drives on. Brilliant!

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02:00
Rumor: Apple to begin mass production of 4.6-inch...


Apple’s iPhone 6 could start seeing mass production this month and next month, depending on the model in question.
Per Taiwan’s Economic Daily News and AppleInsider, Apple supplier Foxconn will begin production of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in the third week of July while a rumored 5.5-inch model is to hit the assembly line in the second week of August.
The publication noted a separate Chinese news service report that said the head of China’s Henan Provincial Commerce Department made comments that Hon Hai, better known...

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Thursday July 17

23:25
Briefly: PureGear's flexible folio, Brother...

PureGear has announced its new offer of a versatile folio case for tablets and e-readers. The new Universal Tablet Folio can protect, prop, and provide multiple viewing angles for any seven- to eight-inch, or nine- to 10-inch tablet. Its flexible bands can hold virtually any tablet in place, and it utilizes built-in props for hands-free viewing and typing. The Folio has a magnetic closure for folding back while the tablet is in use. Pricing starts at $40, with the Universal Tablet Folio available for purchase online.......

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22:26
Adobe Camera Raw and DNG Converter release...

Adobe on Thursday announced availability of release candidates for the upcoming Camera Raw 8.6 and DNG Converter 8.6, with the software bringing improvements to image processing and conversion for Photoshop CC users.

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21:39
Departing Campbell reveals Cook gift, talks Jobs,...

In something of an "exit interview" with Fortune magazine, outgoing Director Bill Campbell -- who started with Apple in 1983 and has served on the Board of Directors since 1997 -- talked about the late Steve Jobs, current CEO Tim Cook, his sideline seat watching Apple go from nearly broke to the most valuable publicly-traded company in the world and other topics. He also revealed that Cook plans to make a contribution to Campbell's hometown of Homestead, Pennslyvania....

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19:58
Rumor: iPhone 6 production to start this week,...

Taiwain's Economic Daily News, which has been on a spree of sometimes-dubious claims about the forthcoming new iPhone and possible additional models, is now reporting that Apple's alleged 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" model will begin production next week, with the supposed 5.5-inch model starting production in the second week of August for a later launch date. Foxconn has inadvertently supported the report by confirming plans to hire 100,000 new workers....

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18:33
Rumor: Apple's 4.7-inch 'iPhone 6' to...

A report coming out of Asia on Friday claims Apple partner supplier Foxconn is prepping for mass production of a rumored 4.7-inch next-generation iPhone this month, while a larger 5.5-inch model is slated for manufacturing in mid-August.

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18:04
4.7-inch iPhone production to start third week of...

 

Apple is set to begin mass production of the next-generation iPhone next week, the Economic Daily reported today. According to the report, the smaller 4.7-inch model will enter production in the third week of July, while the larger 5.5-inch variant will enter production in the second week of August. The bigger of the two models is said to be facing...

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17:52
Briefly: Google Analytics app, Hearthstone's...

Google has released its Analytics app, optimized for iPhone 5 users. The app allows users to access web and app data from Google Analytics, the company aims to offer a variety of marketing research tools to generate more viewers and more revenue. The mobile app eliminates the need to view account information through a browser page, and users can monitor real-time reports. Available for iOS 6 or later, the Google Analytics app is free to download....

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17:17
New photos show progress, tunnels at Apple Campus 2...

New aerial photos of the site of Apple's Campus 2 construction project taken by KCBS traffic reporter Ron Cervi have revealed further progress on the construction, including completed perimeter walls for the below-ground portion of the main structure. As revealed in previous pictures, the spaceship-style primary building will be ringed with an underground "trough" thought to be a tramway for busses to help transport workers to and from the massive facility....

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16:05
Bill Campbell retires: BlackRock cofounder named to...

On Thursday, Apple announced the retirement of its longest-serving board member, Intuit Chairman Bill Campbell, and his replacement: global investment firm BlackRock co-founder Susan Wagner. Campbell originally joined Apple as VP of Marketing in 1983 under then-CEO John Sculley, eventually becoming the head of the Claris software division. He was appointed to the Board of Directors by Steve Jobs upon the latter's return in 1997, and has served on the board since then....

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16:00
Bill Campbell steps down from Apple board, replaced...

Apple announced today that longtime board member Bill Campbell is stepping down after 17 years of service. In his place steps in Susan Wagner, the co-founder of the global investment management company BlackRock.

"Sue is a pioneer in the financial...

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15:27
Apple Reportedly Reducing iPhone 6 Battery to 2mm...

Apple is reportedly reducing the thickness of the battery it will use in its next generation iPhone-dubbed the iPhone 6 in the media-to just 2mm. Citing unnamed sources in Apple's supply chain, Taiwan-based DigiTimes said Apple has reduced the thickness of the battery by some 33 percent, down from 3mm, while keeping capacity at iPhone 5s levels.

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15:00
Cleveland Clinic Foundation develops iPad-based MS...

The portability and power available on the iPad makes Apple's little machine that could a source of incredible opportunity in the medical diagnostic field. Recently the Cleveland Clinic Foundation developed a new app for the device called the...

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14:32
Outgoing Apple board member Bill Campbell offers...

Following a Thursday announcement that Bill Campbell would retire as a member of Apple's board of directors, Fortune published an interview in which the Intuit chairman describes his time in Cupertino, relationship with cofounder Steve Jobs and "coach" to silicon valley elite.

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14:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for July 17, 2014

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

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14:24
Silicon Valley ‘Coach’ Bill Campbell steps down from...

CNET:

After 17 years on Apple’s board, Bill Campbell is saying goodbye.

Apple on Thursday said the executive, who also serves as chairman of business software developer Intuit, is retiring from his role on the board. Campbell was one of the board members appointed by Steve Jobs in 1997 after he returned to run the company.

Susan Wagner, founding partner and director of asset-management company BlackRock, will join Apple’s board in Campbell’s place.

Great to see Apple taking this opportunity to put another woman on the board of directors.
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14:24
Sue Wagner Joins Apple’s Board of Directors

Susan L. Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock, has been elected to Apple’s board of directors. Bill Campbell, the board’s longest-serving member, is retiring after 17 years. Wagner co-founded BlackRock in 1988 and helped it become one of the world’s most successful asset-management companies. “Sue is a pioneer in the financial industry and we are excited to welcome her to Apple’s board of directors,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We believe her strong experience, especially in M&A and building a global business across both developed and emerging markets, will be extremely valuable as Apple continues to grow around the world.” Wagner has been recognized as one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and honored by the National Council for Research on Women. “I have always admired Apple for its innovative products and dynamic leadership team, and I’m honored to be joining their board,” Wagner said.

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14:22
Bill Campbell interview sheds light on his time at...


In an interview with Fortune, outgoing Apple board member Bill Campbell discussed the years he spent at Apple, from his recruitment by John Sculley as head of marketing in 1983, to the post-Jobs era spearheaded by former COO Tim Cook. Campbell tells of a young Steve Jobs as he slowly rose to the role of CEO:
“I watched him emerge as a CEO in real time,” Campbell says. “I had a continuum with him. I watched him when he was general manager of the Mac division and when he went off and started NeXT. I...

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14:00
IntelliPaper SwivelCards: Business cards with brains

TUAW usually doesn't talk about crowdfunding campaigns until they're live, but in the case of IntelliPaper SwivelCards, I thought I'd make an exception. The company is hoping to launch a Kickstarter campaign later this month and sent me a pack of...

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13:40
Bill Campbell Retires from Apple’s Board, Sue Wagner...

Apple announced on Thursday that Sue Wagner is joining its board of directors, while Silicon Valley legend Bill "Coach" Campbell is retiring. Ms. Wagner is a founding partner and a director at BlackRock, a Silicon Valley asset management firm, and she was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women (#33) by Fortune in 2011.

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13:35
Down the EU's Right-to-Be-Forgotten Rabbit Hole


Telecom regulators from each EU member state, together with the Article 29 Working Party -- a group comprised of a data protection authority representative from each state, the European Data Protection Supervisor, and the European Commission -- have invited search engines to a meeting next week, according to a Thursday report. Microsoft, which just started fielding link removal requests to Bing, plans to attend. It is not clear if Google or Yahoo will be there, although both companies have said they will cooperate with privacy officials.

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13:26
Photos of Apple Campus 2 construction site show...

As construction of Apple's Campus 2 headquarters in Cupertino continues, new aerial photos published Thursday show completed perimeter wall structures and below-grade levels ringing the footprint of the main structure.

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13:09
Apple adds financial exec Sue Wagner to its board of...

It’s been a while since Apple made any changes to its board of directors, but the company on Thursday welcomed its newest member, Susan L. Wagner. Wagner, a founding partner and director of asset-management company BlackRock, previously served as that company’s vice chairman until mid-2012. She replaces Intuit Chairman Bill Campbell, who has served on the company’s board of directors since Steve Jobs’s return in 1997.
“Sue is a pioneer in the financial industry and we are excited to welcome her to Apple’s board of directors,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in the company’s statement. “We believe her strong experience, especially in [mergers and acquisitions] and building a global business across both developed and emerging markets, will be extremely valuable as Apple continues to grow...

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13:00
Popular iCam app gets a big brother with a lot more...

I've really enjoyed using the iCam app (US$4.99) over the years. It lets me remotely view the webcams in my house, helping me keep track of my parrot and make sure no one is breaking in.

The old iCam is still for sale, but it now has a sibling in...

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12:39
Susan Wagner to replace Bill Campbell on Apple board...

Apple on Thursday announced Bill Campbell, the longest-serving member of the company's board, will retire after 17 years of service, to be replaced by BlackRock cofounder Susan L. Wagner.

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12:38
Apple appoints Sue Wagner to board of directors as...

Apple just announced that longtime board member and former VP of Marketing Bill Campbell is leaving the company as founding partner and director of BlackRoc Susan L. Wagner joins the company’s board of directors. Apple CEO Tim Cook noted in the company’s press release today that he thinks Apple will benefit from Wagner’s experience with “M&A and building a global business across both developed and emerging markets.”

“Sue is a pioneer in the financial industry and we are excited to welcome her to Apple’s board of directors,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We believe her strong experience, especially in M&A and building a global business across both developed and emerging markets, will be extremely valuable as Apple continues to grow around the world.”

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12:33
Buffer releases official app for Mac, lets you add...


Buffer has released its first official app for the Mac today, bringing an easy way to add content to your Buffer queue right from the menu bar. Buffer already lets you share social media updates from multiple accounts at once via its web, iOS, and Android clients, but now you can do much the same via Mac OS X.

The app is quite simple in functionality, and doesn’t actually give you most of the features found on the full web interface. Sadly, it seems to be useless if you want to schedule your posts for specific times.  But when you just need to add a new item to your Buffer, this quick menu bar icon lets you choose which accounts it should go to and send it away to your queue. Notably, you can in fact drag links and/or images to the icon if you...

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12:33
LiquidFun 1.1 brings Google's 2D physics to iOS...

Google has released v1.1 of LiquidFun, its open-source 2D physics engine. The software now officially supports iOS, as well as desktop versions of Chrome, the latter via extensions. It was previously possible to make LiquidFun run on iOS, but Google didn't enable that compatibility by default....

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12:27
New aerial shot of Apple Campus 2 starts to show the...


A new photo posted to Instagram this morning shows an updated aerial view of the construction on Apple Campus 2. This campus is Apple’s major expansion of its headquarters in Cupertino, California, and many people have said it looks like a spaceship due to its round and futuristic design. Today’s photo begins to truly show the circular design and also demonstrates how quickly forward construction is moving. Compare the shot above to a photo from April:

Apple plans to open the new campus in 2016, and it will include new research and development facilities as...

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12:16
Five Times When Steve Jobs Dissed IBM

Bloomberg has published a great piece looking back at the late Steve Jobs dissing Big Blue. The article comes in the wake of a landmark agreement between Apple and IBM to team up for the Enterprise market on iPhones and iPads, and it makes for an interesting look back at a different era in computing. The five incidents include Apple's 1981 ad, "Welcome, IBM. Seriously;" the quickly-becoming-famous-photo of Steve Jobs giving IBM the finger; the iconic 1984 commercial, a 1985 Playboy interview when he said that IBM kills innovation; and the move to Intel, where Mr. Jobs dissed PowerPC processors. There are lots of details in the Bloomberg piece, and it's a fun read. That said, and as we discussed on Wednesday's TDO podcast, I have little doubt that Mr. Jobs would have supported the deal his successor worked out with IBM. It's impossible to know for sure, of course, but Mr. Jobs was infamous for turning on a dime and working with past enemies....

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12:00
Unreal Engine 4.3 adds support for Apple's...

Epic Games has released v4.3 of the Unreal Engine, code that undergirds many desktop, console, and mobile games. Although most of the changes are of interest only to developers, the update also includes the first support for Metal, Apple's new 3D graphics API. Developers must be using the Xcode 6 beta to compile it, and it's not enabled by default. It can however be toggled on via a game's Project Settings....

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12:00
When Ron Johnson told Steve Jobs the Apple Store...

You may know Ron Johnson as the man who helped mold Target into the retailer it is today, or perhaps as the Senior Vice President of Retail Operations at Apple from 2000 through 2011. Maybe you know him from his recent work trying to turn JCPenney...

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11:57
Buzz Aldrin once punched a moon hoaxer in the face

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Factually:

Amazingly, there are still some people who don’t think we landed on the moon. These people are complete idiots, to put it kindly. Back in 2002, Buzz Aldrin punched one of those idiots after being followed and harassed at a hotel in Beverly Hills.

I post this in honour of yesterday’s 45th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11. And because Buzz Aldrin is a bad ass.
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11:49
First look: Using Passbook at an Apple Store to buy...

Apple on Thursday began offering customers in the U.S. and elsewhere the ability to replenish their iTunes Store credit through its Passbook digital wallet application for iPhone when visiting an Apple Store. AppleInsider offers a first look at how it works.

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11:49
Apple’s iTunes Pass is Not (Yet?) a Mobile Payment...

Over the past week Apple has staged a rollout of their new iTunes Pass feature, first in Japan and now in the USA, Germany and elsewhere. As it stands today, iTunes Pass is simply a way to add money to your iTunes/App Store account at an Apple Store, nothing more. At least not yet.

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11:30
iTunes Pass spreads to U.S., U.K., and more

For anyone without a credit or debit card, adding money to an iTunes or App Store account usually means picking up a gift card from a retail store. iTunes Pass, which originally launched its test run in Japan, is now available in several additional...

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11:21
Asus reportedly sold more tablets than Apple in...

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According to figures released by market research company BCN, Asus sold more tablets than Apple during the first half of 2014 in Japan. Asus’ market share rose 8 percent year-over-year during the first half of 2014, the report claims, giving it a 38.9 percent portion of the tablet market in Japan. Apple, on the other hand, holds a 36.4 percent share (via Nikkei). This is the first time Asus has ever held the top spot in Japan, according to the report. The BCN research consists of sales data of 117 “leading digital electronic products” from 22 mass retailers. Price, of course, plays a big factor in Asus’ success in Japan. The Asus-made Nexus 7 costs...

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