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Tuesday August 26

14:04
iPad sales slump a 'speed bump,' according...

Flagging iPad sales during the last two quarters are nothing to worry about, says Apple CEO Tim Cook in a new interview. "We couldn't be happier with how we've done with the first four years of the iPad," he tells Re/Code's Walt Mossberg. "I'd call what's going on recently a speed bump, and I've seen that in every category."...

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14:02
Apple rolls out new iAd formats, launches network in...


Apple announced two changes to its iAd platform today, expanding the reach and available formats of the ad network in an attempt to reel in more advertisers. The first of these changes is support for brand new iAd styles, including those pre-roll videos we’ve all come to know and love on YouTube. Full-screeninterstitial have also been added to the selection, with both new formats detailed in an updated implementation guide.
The company also announced that it starting today the iAd network is available in two new countries: Russia and Switzerland...

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14:00
T-Mobile wants to give your iPad a ton of data for $...

The battle for the loyalty of tablet users sees another shot fired today, as T-Mobile has announced a deal that duplicates the data allowance of any phone plan if you add a tablet. For the US$10 monthly tablet fee, whatever data plan you currently...

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13:43
Seagate reveals first 8TB hard drive for enterprise

Storage solutions provider Seagate today announced it is shipping the world's first 8TB hard disk drive. The five-platter enterprise-oriented drive is in limited availability right now to "select customers," with wide scale availability next quarter, and a retail release shortly thereafter....

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13:38
Apple rolls out full-screen interstitial and pre-...

In a notice to developers on Tuesday, Apple announced availability of new iAd options including pre-roll video and full-screen interstitial banner ads for iOS apps, as well as support for Russia and Switzerland.

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13:32
Google Gives Glass a Good Polish


An update to the software that runs Glass gives users of Google's wearable computing device more control over their interactions with contacts. The latest version of the software -- also known as version XE20.1 -- adds the flexibility to choose how to reach out to a contact after selecting the person from the contacts list. "Now, when you tap on one of your contacts, you can swipe between Hangouts, email or SMS -- whichever strikes your fancy at that moment," explained Joel Kalmanowicz, a Glass product manager.

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13:31
iPhone-connected August smart lock finally overcomes...

The August smart lock system, which was originally announced in May 2013 and expected to ship in Q1 2014, has finally overcome shipping challenges and delays, the company announced today. The Yves Behar-designed device has already started shipping to a few buyers, and pre-order pricing has ended, bringing the price up to $249.99.
The August is one of many similar replacements for traditional keyed deadbolts that uses Bluetooth and a smartphone app to manage who can and can’t unlock your doors. Owners can add and remove authorized users through the iOS application, and the door will automatically unlock whenever the Bluetooth-enabled smartphone of one of these users comes within range.
Users who pre-ordered the August lock can expect to finally see...

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13:30
The best VPN solution for iOS and OS X

The Sweet Setup:

For Mac and iOS users, what are the options? We want to use free WiFi when it is available, but how do we stay secure? There are so many VPN services to help ensure your browsing is secure, but I’m going to focus on 3 for the purposes of this article.

I’ve used Cloak in the past but, for the most part, avoid doing any “serious work” on public WiFi.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:30
Rumors that just won’t die, gigantic iPad edition

Maybe two screen sizes aren't enough anymore?

Andrew Cunningham

Some rumors spring eternal, and today it's the one about the larger iPad. Sometimes dubbed the "iPad Pro" by Apple rumor sites, Bloomberg claims that a new 12.9-inch iPad could join the current 9.7- and 7.9-inch models at some point early next year.
This rumor has been floating around for a while now, though information has generally been gleaned from disreputable sources like DigiTimes. The most credible report dates back to July of 2013, when the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was "testing" larger displays for the iPad and the iPhone. We've since seen plenty of proof...

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13:30
HP announces four new e-All-in-One printers for...

Four new e-All-in-One printers were announced by HP today, adding a few new options for consumers and businesses looking to add a printer that can be used with a number of devices. HP stated that it is adding three low cost options to the Envy line for in home use and an Officejet model for home offices to suit different customer needs. Desktop and mobile devices, including iOS, Android, ChromeOS, Windows 8 and the Kindle Fire HDX, can all be utilized with the new e-All-in-One units....

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13:30
Monitor Your Twitter Mojo With Merlo

Can you tweet more effectively? Merlo, a new iOS app, might help you to do just that (but only if you can make out the tiny graphic displays-more on that below). Merlo requires iOS 7.1 or later, is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and is...

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13:25
12.9-inch iPad going into production by Q1 2015,...

Apple suppliers are preparing to build a long-rumored 12.9-inch iPad, with production scheduled to start by the first quarter of 2015, sources tell Bloomberg. The people don't have any further details on the tablet except that Apple has been working with suppliers for a year or more to develop larger touchscreen devices. As for the iPad Air and iPad mini, a new Air is said to be in production now, while a new Mini is on the cusp. Both should ship later this year....

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13:08
Rumored circular True Tone flash for 4.7" and 5...

Seemingly confirming ongoing rumors that Apple's next iPhone will feature a redesigned 'True Tone' flash unit, an electronics wholesaler on Tuesday published high-resolution pictures of circular dual-LED flash assemblies supposedly bound for both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch "iPhone 6" models.

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13:00
Dropbox for iOS now lets you search within Word and...

Finding exactly what you're looking for in Dropbox has gotten even easier thanks to the latest update to its iOS app. Thanks to newly improved "high fidelity" previews, users can now search within Word and PowerPoint documents for the content they're...

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12:58
USA Today for iPhone outs itself as a future CarPlay...

USA Today has revealed that it will soon be added to Apple’s list of supported third party apps with support for CarPlay. The mention slipped into the release notes of the USA Today’s latest iPhone app update mentioning that the app would no longer feature audio versions of articles as it prepares to add integration with CarPlay.
Audio versions of top articles have been temporarily removed while we prepare for a seamless integration with CarPlay.
Support for CarPlay is currently limited to apps officially whitelisted by Apple. Since the official announcement of Apple’s feature integrating iPhone apps with car infotainment systems earlier this year, MBL At Bat has been the only third party app to join the initial list of supported apps....

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12:51
VPN Unlimited 3-Year Premium Plan for $19

Need access to otherwise restricted web content? Donât trust your WiFi connection? Need to ensure online security? We have a deal for you that can help with these issues. For $19, you can get a three year plan with VPN Unlimited. With VPN Unlimited, you can access restricted content (think being in China and being able to access sites that are blocked by the Great Firewall). Plus, your data is encrypted. With this three year plan, you can access your VPN service from your Mac, PC, or Linux box, as well as your iOS or Android mobile devices. It retails for $65, making the $19 price a killer deal. There are more details on the deal listing.

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12:36
Ralph Lauren introduces iPhone-connected ‘Polo Tech...

Ralph Lauren has announced it’s about to introduce a new iPhone-connected, sensor-filled Polo shirt capable of tracking and sending biometric data directly to your smartphone.

The Ralph Lauren Polo Tech shirt features sensors knitted into the core of the product to read biological and physiological information. With Ralph Lauren’s leadership in the design community, the compression shirt also has a sleek look in black with a signature yellow Polo Player logo. The second-skin fit enhances comfort and agility.

The company described a bit about how the technology it’s using from Canadian company OMsignal works:

With OMsignal, the data collected by the shirt is stored by a “black box,” which includes an accelerometer and gyroscope, which capture movement and direction. That ”black box” transmits the data into the cloud, where it is...

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12:35
Daily Deals for August 26, 2014, featuring the White...

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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12:30
Apple's Beats Music launches iTunes Festival...

Apple-owned Beats Music has launched a US contest to promote itself and next month's iTunes Festival in London. The #GoWithMe promotion offers 25 winners a chance to take a friend to see one of five concerts. Options include Kiesza, Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams/Jungle, Maroon 5/Matthew Koma, or Ed Sheeran/Foy Vance....

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12:09
This is Uber’s playbook for sabotaging Lyft

The Verge:

Uber is arming teams of independent contractors with burner phones and credit cards as part of its sophisticated effort to undermine Lyft and other competitors.

Interviews with current and former contractors, along with internal documents obtained by The Verge, outline the company’s evolving methods. Using contractors it calls “brand ambassadors,” Uber requests rides from Lyft and other competitors, recruits their drivers, and takes multiple precautions to avoid detection. The effort, which Uber appears to be rolling out nationally, has already resulted in thousands of canceled Lyft rides and made it more difficult for its rival to gain a foothold in new markets.

Uber calls the program “SLOG,” and it’s a previously unreported aspect of the company’s ruthless efforts to undermine its competitors.

If true, and there’s no reason to believe it’s not given previous Uber tactics, this is, at the very least embarrassing to Uber. It’s definitely...

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12:00
FireScribe for iPhone lets you share colorful...

FireScribe (US$0.99) is a cute app for sending something beyond a typical text message. The app creates fireworks against any background you choose, then spells out your custom message in pyrotechnics, letter by letter.

You start be selecting a...

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11:45
Seagate announces massive 8TB hard drive for bulk...

In the market for a whole lot of digital storage? Seagate has an announcement you’ll want to hear.
The Cupertino-based company announced today that it is now shipping the ‘world’s first’ 8TB hard drives surpassing the previous storage capacity limits in a single 3.5-inch hard disk drive. As the company mentions in their announcement, packing that much storage in a single drive allows data centers to be more efficient with data center rack space. Previously Seagate and the industry’s highest enterprise storage capacity 3.5 HDD’s reached 6TB in a single drive.
“Seagate’s new 8TB HDD provides IT managers with a new option for improving storage density in the data center, thus helping them to tackle one of the largest and fastest growing data categories within enterprise storage economically,” Scott Horn, Seagate’s VP of marketing said in...

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11:44
Q&A with John Siracusa

Columbia Journalism Review’s Chris Ip interviews John Siracusa, one of the industries most respected writers. John’s OS reviews are simply epic in length and detail, but it’s also nice to see what motivates Siracusa in his reviews.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:40
Instagram's new Hyperlapse app simplifies...

Facebook's Instagram launched a new application on Tuesday dubbed Hyperlapse, which allows users to quickly shoot polished time-lapse videos. In addition, Square updated its Cash app for iOS to version 2.0, bringing a host of new features including transferring cash to any number over text message and address book importing.

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11:38
Hyperlapse is like a $15,000 video setup in your hand

Wired:

Using clever algorithm processing, Hyperlapse makes it easy to use your phone to create tracking shots and fast, time-lapse videos that look as if they’re shot by Scorsese or Michael Mann. What was once only possible with a Steadicam or a $15,000 tracking rig is now possible on your iPhone, for free. And that’s all thanks to some clever engineering and an elegantly pared-down interaction design.

I don’t know if Hyperlapse will encourage me to shoot more video but anything that can help the queasy-inducing shake of most handheld iPhone video is a good thing.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:33
Quick Start guide may show design, announcement date...

French site Nowhereelse has published a photo of what it claims is the Quick Start guide for the iPhone 6. If authentic, the guide shows the layout of the device, including a sleep/wake button relocated from the top to the side, presumably because of the phone's larger size. The date on the phone is also set to "Tuesday, September 9," when Apple is generally expected to announce new iPhones. Past Quick Start guides have also used announcement dates....

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11:30
Marcus Level is an endless runner with character

Marcus Level is a playful endless runner with platformer elements. There are 20 levels spanning four worlds in Marcus Level and players must complete certain tasks to earn badges to unlock the boss and bonus levels in each world. Players progress...

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11:30
News: Bloomberg: Apple now plans 12.9” iPad for...

Apple suppliers are getting ready to manufacture a new iPad with a 12.9-inch screen by the first quarter of 2015, Bloomberg reports. Such a device has already been rumored for some time — previous reports claimed Apple was testing a larger iPad, with one late 2013 report claiming the company was testing five different 12.9-inch iPad prototypes for a release of two possible versions of such a device. Talk about the device has been quiet for some…

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11:24
Forums: stubborn files, encryption keys and more

Yesterday Mac Elite "jeff k" took to the MacNN forums looking for assistance with trying to figure out why a stubborn file won't clear out of the trash can. Mac Elite "rotuts" sparked a conversation about apps that can be used to catalog hard drive file usage by date....

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11:23
Apple deals: iMacs as low as $1,099

Right now at Apple's online store, find big savings on refurbished iMac models. A $200 price cut can be had on the 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, now $1,099. For $1,399 is a 21.5-inch iMac originally released in October of 2012, with a 3.1GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive....

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11:20
DealNN: Mac minis, hard drives and headphones

This week at Adorama.com get the Mac mini desktop computer for the reduced price of $879 with free shipping. That's $20 less than the retail price and lowest price we have seen on this Mac model by the same price margin. This Mac mini features a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i7 processor, 1TB hard drive and 4GB of RAM. It is backed by a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....

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11:15
Los Angeles school district halts $1B plan to give...

Jacqui Cheng

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second-largest school district in the United States, has halted its proposed $1 billion plan to provide iPads for every student.
The abrupt change was announced late Monday evening after the Los Angeles Times reported that there were notable improprieties in the bidding process. This issue came amidst more fundamental questions about the efficacy and usefulness of the plan itself.
As the Times reported:
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11:08
Trend Micro report claims Google Play store loaded...

Typically, a fake version of an app is created by copying the .apk file and inserting code, with the possible goal of creating malware. While there are certainly knock-offs that have made their way onto Apple’s app store, there’s a review process to prevent this sort of malware factory.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:08
Rumor: Apple's jumbo-sized 12.9-inch iPad in...

Apple will expand the iPad lineup in early 2015 with a new, larger 12.9-inch model flanking the existing 9.7-inch iPad Air and 7.9-inch iPad mini, a new report claims.

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11:06
Apple TV now channeling Showtime, iTunes Festival

Naturally, just as we rounded up the complete list of Apple TV channels, Cupertino added a few more options to its set-top box on Tuesday. Alongside a new app for the premium Showtime network, the company also launched a channel for content from its own annual iTunes Festival.The Showtime app, much like that of rival HBO, offers a catalog of movies and the company’s own original programming. In an unusual move, however, the app also boasts the ability to watch live TV, letting subscribers flip over to whatever’s currently airing on either Showtime East or Showtime West. You can also get a look at what’s coming up on the channel later in the day or week. Of course, in order to actually watch any of the content, you’ll have to authenticate with your TV provider—sorry, cord cutters....

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11:05
External Link: Marco Arment’s Mega Review of...

Overcast developer Marco Arment is on a quest to find the perfect pair of headphones, and he has acquired and reviewed 19 pairs of portable, closed headphones to find the best in that category. Surprisingly, the often-derided Beats Studio, which Arment credits for popularizing high-end headphones, wasn’t the worst of the lot. The winner in both sound quality and comfort might surprise you, as it was one of the least expensive models he tested. 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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11:02
Minnesota school district set to roll Apple's...

Minnesota's St. Paul School District is preparing to deploy tens of thousands of iPads to students in 37 schools around the city, marking another victory for Apple in education even as a similar program in Los Angeles comes under fire.

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11:00
If you thought Samsung copying was bad...

In April of 2011 Apple kicked off a wave of international litigation when it filed its first lawsuit against Samsung for "slavishly copying" the user interface of the iPhone. These days, Apple and Samsung are seemingly on a path to finally put their...

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10:57
Bloomberg: Apple planning to release 12.9-inch iPad...

Following several reports and rumors earlier this year, Bloomberg is reporting today that Apple is preparing to release a larger 12.9-inch iPad in early 2015:
Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s suppliers are preparing to manufacture the company’s largest-ever iPad, with production scheduled to commence by the first quarter of next year, according to people with knowledge of the matter… The new iPad will have a screen measuring 12.9 inches diagonally, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public
We’ve seen several reports as far back as last year claiming that Apple has been preparing a larger iPad somewhere in the neighbourhood of 12-inches....

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10:40
The top iOS 8 features for business users

When it shows up in the coming weeks, Apple’s iOS 8 is set to bring several new features, including its HealthKit and HomeKit platforms, to the iPhone and iPad. Many of the advances are consumer-oriented and focused on creating a seamless experience across iOS devices and Macs running the forthcoming OS X Yosemite.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:29
In Defense of Tablets

Re/code:

The tablet is doomed. It was a fad. Who needs one, anyway?

At least that’s the conventional wisdom forming around the iPad and other tablets in the wake of some recent negative sales news. Apple’s iPad sales have been down in the last couple of quarters. Samsung says demand for its tablets has grown “sluggish.” Microsoft’s Surface tablet line has failed to take off.

Many commentators…argue that the tablet boom is over, and that their makers are out of ideas. Others say the tablet was supposed to replace the PC, but has failed to do so.

Maybe so. The recent sales troubles for big-name tablets are undeniable. But I think the conclusions that are being drawn from them are wrong.

I think the tablet is a terrific device.

I agree with Mossberg. I use my iPad dozens of times a day, even with a Macbook Pro within reach. And, when it comes to traveling, whether on public transit or a plane, I’m more likely to pull out the iPad than the MBP...

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10:20
It’s “Pumpkin Spice Latte” time again!

Seattle Met:

Since the pumpkin spice latte’s inception 11 years ago, customers have ordered more than 200 million, each topped with whipped cream and a parting shake of spices. It arrives while the summer sun still beats down hot over most of the country, but a combination of masterful marketing and a fan base with the kind of obsession usually reserved for pop stars has transformed this drink into a national harbinger of fall.

Like the Mcdonald’s McRib, this is another one of those things that mystify me about the foods we eat and crave. Granted, I’ve never had a Pumpkin Spice Latte. I prefer my coffee to simply be coffee flavoured. But the excitement of so many for this drink’s arrival is fascinating. Is it marketing generated though?
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10:16
Verizon draining remaining 32GB iPhone 5c stocks,...

Verizon is deliberately letting its remaining 32GB iPhone 5c inventory run dry, a source tells AppleInsider. The carrier has allegedly "retired" the model as it prepares for Apple to launch new iPhones next month. The Verizon online store is in fact already out of the 32GB 5c in all colors except for blue. Every 16GB model is still in stock, as are all editions of the iPhone 5s....

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10:15
Yahoo Screen app for iOS adds personalized video...

Yahoo announced a new partnership with the NFL today that brings content from the recently launched NFL Now network to Yahoo apps on the web, iPhone and iPad.
Earlier this month Apple added the NFL Now channel to the Apple TV and before that dedicated apps for iPhone and iPad launched on the App Store. Yahoo is hoping its experience through the Yahoo Screen mobile app (and later the Yahoo Sports app) will offer a better way to view the content:

With NFL Now, each morning you’ll receive a free, personalized video feed based on...

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10:15
Can’t Wait for OS X Yosemite? Disable Mavericks’...

OS X Yosemite is coming soon, and it moves the widgets from the Dashboard, which will be no more, to the Notification Center. But if you can't wait to get rid of it in Mavericks, John Martellaro shows how.

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10:15
Researchers: iPhones, iPads connected to Windows PCs...

Attackers could compromise iPads and iPhones on a large scale through the infected computers that make up botnets, researchers say.
Nearly a quarter of zombie computers that make up certain known botnets eventually connect with Apple iOS devices, making these phones and tablets vulnerable to infection from malicious applications, a team from Georgia Institute of Technology said last week at the 23rd USENIX Security Symposium.
Attackers would install malicious applications on the iOS devices when they connect to infected PCs via USB cable or Wi-Fi, says the team led by Tielei Wang. The apps would steal passwords and other personal information.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:10
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-26

The Los Angeles school district canceled its contract with Apple for iPads in the classroom. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the reasons why that happened, and they also take a look at what's on the TMO staff's iPhone Home screens.

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10:00
How not to use rice to save your iPhone

Here's the thing: Rice can indeed dry out your iDevice if it ends up taking an unexpected tumble into a pool, pond, or -- tech gods forbid -- toilet. That being said, this is not the way to do it. Leave your device off for as long as possible, and...

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09:57
Gadget Ogling: A New Nook, a Good (M8), a Lock With...


The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook conflates lots of different things: It's an Android tablet designed for reading, made by Samsung for Barnes & Noble. That might seem confusing, and I'd agree. It's essentially a branded version of the Galaxy Tab 4 with an e-commerce focus. Specifically, there's a Barnes & Noble Newsstand app, with games, movies and books on offer. However, if I wanted a tablet to make buying digital goods easier, I'd more likely opt for Amazon's Kindle Fire or an iPad.

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09:47
Mac: Satechi BT Wireless Smart Keyboard

Satechi has been working towards the ultimate keyboard experience for Mac users for nearly a decade. The newly-released BT Wireless Smart Keyboard ($55) is its latest attempt at a compelling multi-platform keyboard device. Designed to sync with 5 devices at a time, it’s an ultra-efficient keyboard for users with productivity in mind. Using the keyboard’s function key in addition to the 1-5 number keys, users can seamlessly switch between…

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09:36
News: More new Apple TV channels: SVT Play in Sweden...

More new channels have been added to Apple TV, this time in Scandinavia. SVT Play has been added as a channel in Sweden, and NRK has been added for Apple TV users in Norway. SVT Play is a free service offering on-demand and live television, including sports, news, drama, documentaries, and children’s shows. NRK is a Norwegian public broadcaster now offering 40,000 shows on demand through Apple TV. Earlier today, Apple added Showtime Anytime…

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09:34
Xsan mounting issues

Forums: TroubleshootingHi folks
I have an issue with a setup I'm trying to upgrade for a client.
Current setup consists of 3 Intel Xserves on Xsan version 2.2.2 running 10.6.8 on a Qlogic switch.
We need to upgrade the Xserves to 10.9 so I have added 2 new Mac minis (10.9.3) with SANLink 2 thunderbolt to fibre channel adapters to act as MDCs and as temp servers while I upgrade the Xserves and get everything up to the same level.
Eventually they will all have access to the single SAN volume and I will redistribute which are MDCs. 2 of the current Xserves act as MDCs. One is strictly a client (and will remain so)
Here's the issue:
I have everything setup correctly (public and private IPs, all machines can see each other and ping etc...)
I can add the 2 new Minis via XSAN admin on themselves to the SAN but they will not mount the single...

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09:30
Google releases Chrome 37 for Windows, Mac, Linux

Google has released Chrome 37 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The biggest change affects only Windows users, in the form of DirectWrite support for better font rendering. Previously Chrome for Windows depended on the Graphics Device Interface, and Google explains that the change "required extensive re-architecting and streamlining of Chrome's font rendering engine."...

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09:10
Apps: Showtimes, Instagram, TSN GO
09:00
iPod touch stolen, used by war vet for prosthetic...

The opinion people have about thieves in general is pretty low, but a thief who broke into the truck of 27-year-old Afghanistan war vet Staff Sgt. Ben Eberle deserves loathing of a special kind. The thief took an iPod touch especially configured with...

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08:49
T-Mobile expands Simple Choice to ten lines, adds...

T-Mobile has announced its second set of price plan changes in as many days. The carrier is extending the line capacity of its Simple Choice plans from five lines to a maximum of ten per account, while a new scheme will provide tablets added to a Simple Choice plan the same amount of LTE data as allocated to smartphones on the same account....

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08:40
WatchABC & NPR One iOS apps add Chromecast...


A couple notable mobile apps for both Android and iOS are receiving updates today that bring Chromecast support including NPR One and the WatchABC apps. 
NPR One, the recently released app from NPR that offers a curated stream of stories and personalized content, now allows you to beam beautiful story images on your TV...

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08:34
Beloit College Mindset List for this year’s college...

Beloit College:

Students heading into their first year of college this year were generally born in 1996.

Among those who have never been alive in their lifetime are Tupac Shakur, JonBenet Ramsey, Carl Sagan, and Tiny Tim.

Do not read this story unless you want to feel old.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:32
deadmau5 to Open 2014 iTunes Festival

Apple added several more artists to its 2014 iTunes Festival lineup in London, including deadmau5 as the event's opening act. The company also added an iTunes Festival channel to Apple TV Tuesday morning ahead of next week's concert series.

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08:31
Netflix formally objects to Comcast and Time Warner...

Video streamer Netflix has formally objected to the Comcast and Time Warner Cable Merger, with a complaint filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) earlier this week. The streamer believes that the merger hampers consumer access to data, and "would set up an ecosystem that calls into question what we have to date taken for granted: that a consumer who pays for connectivity to the Internet will be able to get the content she requests."...

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08:30
Showtime Anytime arrives on Apple TV

In addition to an updated iTunes Festival app, the Apple TV has also been refreshed with Showtime Anytime, an app for the Showtime TV network. While some episodes are available on-demand for free, full use of the app -- including live streaming -- requires authenticating a subscription with compatible providers. That list includes AT&T U-Verse, Bright House, Comcast Xfinity, Cox, DirecTV, Optimum, Time Warner, Verizon FiOS, and a number of regional firms....

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08:25
Headphones mega-review

Marco Arment:

My criteria for this review is what someone seeking good headphones today probably wants:

Semi-portable, over-ear headphones — not pocketable, but should fit comfortably in a small bag; suitable for listening at your desk and bringing on an airplane, or maybe wearing outside

Closed-back design with at least moderate isolation

A straight, short cable with a 3-button clicker

The hard price cap is $400, but ideally, these should be under $300.

I’ve been thinking about new studio headphones so Marco’s review was of interest for the variety he tested if nothing else.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:19
Introducing the Sound Blaster Roar by Creative Labs...

The Sound Blaster Roar is the epitome of audio quality, features and great looks combined into one device.

Musicality, accurate timbre, tonality, with deep, tight bass within a portable Bluetooth wireless speaker shouldn’t be a pipe dream. Creative Labs boasts of defying these laws of acoustic engineering with their Sound Blaster Roar.

Through their innovative acoustic chamber design with an impressive 5-driver speaker setup consisting of 2 amplifiers and 1 built-in subwoofer, the Roar proves that it is possible to have powerful, balanced, and well-defined sound with heart-thumping bass from a device no larger than a booklet. All this, without sacrificing battery performance.

Not just a wireless speaker, the Roar also comes integrated with a whole host of useful features:

  • NFC-compatible
  • Supports aptX and AAC high definition codec
  • ...
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08:01
Where’s the best place to trade in an iPhone? $400+...

We’re 2 short weeks away from Apple’s iPhone 6 announcement and that of course means it is almost time to trade in your current but now outdated tiny iPhone 3/4/5/s/c. Giving your non-sapphire 4-incher to a friend or relative? That’s nice of you but for those in the US who prefer cold hard cash, there are lots of great options out there.
In years past, we’ve put together roundups (2013, 2012) that include 12 different options but things...

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08:00
Los Angeles doesn't want $500 million worth of...

A US$1 billion plan to give every student in the Los Angeles Unified School District an iPad, while beefing up the district's internet capabilities and other infrastructure, is now dead, according to the L.A. Times. The deal would have started with a...

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08:00
BitTorrent Sync Gets Revamped Sharing Workflow and...

BitTorrent Sync on Tuesday saw a huge update in its subtly-named 1.4 release, now allowing users a much simpler way to start sharing synced folders with others. If you haven't been using BitTorrent Sync yet, you probably will start soon, largely due to some of the new features they've added today.

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07:47
LA Unified School District halts further use of iPads

The superintendent of Los Angeles' Unified School District, John Deasy, has formally suspended future implementation of an iPad contract with Apple. "Moving forward, we will no longer utilize our current contract with Apple Inc.," he writes in a memo issued to the Board of Education. "Not only will this decision enable us to take advantage of an ever-changing marketplace and technology advances, it will also give us time to take into account concerns raised surrounding the [project]."...

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07:44
∞ The value of Twitch

About a month ago, word spread that Google-owned YouTube had completed negotiations to buy game-streaming service Twitch with an all-cash offer of $1 billion.

Yesterday, YouTube had the rug pulled from under them when Twitch announced that they had accepted another all-cash bid for $970 million from Amazon. Here’s the thank you post from Twitch CEO Emmett Shear.

So why would someone care about this? The key is the allure of Let’s Play, the...

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07:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Digital factotum

Digital factotumIn this week’s roundup, you’ll find apps that turn your Mac into a surveillance camera, batch image editor, backup system, video player, and worldwide postal code directory.AtHome Video Streamer 2.0.4Circlely Networks’s AtHome Video Streamer (Mac App Store Link) turns your Mac into a surveillance camera.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:30
Follow Team USA in the World Cup with USA Basketball

The World Cup of basketball begins later this week in Spain. NBA Properties latest app USA Basketball allows you to closely follow the action of the United States team as it progresses through the three- week long tournament featuring the top...

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07:03
LaunchBar 6.1

Adds new Staging superpower, which enables you to create multiple selections and initiate them at once. ($29 new, free update, 10.0 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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07:02
Verizon rolling out VoLTE service nationally in...

Verizon Wireless is gearing up to roll out its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service over its cellular network. Its planned service will be going live over the next few weeks, with the higher-quality HD Voice calling accompanied by a simplified video calling service built directly into the phone dialer, allowing users to seamlessly switch between voice-only and video calls....

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07:00
iPhone 6 cases are already showing up on Amazon

Apple has reportedly scheduled a special event for September 9, which many suspect it will feature the public debut of the next iPhone. While rumors have swirled for months about the release of Apple's next generation phone, very little has been...

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06:53
LA Unified School District’s “iPad for every student...

A plan by the LA Unified School District to provide an iPad for each of its 640,000 students by the end of this year has now been suspended, and appears likely to be abandoned altogether.
Apple proudly announced the plan in June of last year, but it wasn’t too long before the arrangement came into question. Rollout was temporarily halted last September, when it was found that students were able to bypass restrictions designed to ensure they were only used for school work when taken home. A month later, it was suggested  that the school district might have...

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06:52
Apple adds Showtime Anytime, iTunes Festival...

Apple on Tuesday added two new channel options to its set-top streamer, bringing on-demand Showtime Anytime from the cable network as well as a dedicated channel for the upcoming iTunes Festival in London.

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06:42
News: Showtime Anytime channel comes to Apple TV

Apple has just added the Showtime Anytime channel to Apple TV, following its reintroduction of the iTunes Festival channel. The new channel is basically Showtime’s version of HBO Go — it’s been available on the App Store for some time. Showtime Anytime has on-demand content and live streams of Showtime East and Showtime West for authenticated TV subscribers. Some free full episodes of Showtime shows are even available without cable or…

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06:33
Review: Parallels Desktop 10 brings even tighter OS...

Last week, Parallels launched the upgrade to v10 of their software and today, you can now get the full version online.
Parallels Desktop has long been one of the go-to applications for using your Mac to virtualize a wide variety of operating systems, and many considered its previous version 9 as more than sufficient for getting this job done. While the software shining point has always been its ability to run Windows truly parallel to the standard Mac OS X desktop, this version of Parallels...

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06:33
L.A. Unified school district halts contract for iPads

The LA Times:

L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy suspended future use of a contract with Apple on Monday that was to provide iPads to all students in the nation’s second-largest school system amid mounting scrutiny of the $1-billion-plus effort.

The suspension comes days after disclosures that the superintendent and his top deputy had especially close ties to executives of Apple, maker of the iPad, and Pearson, the company that is providing the curriculum on the devices. And an internal report that examined the technology effort showed major problems with the process and the implementation.

Jump to the original Loop post for more detail and a link to the internal LA school district document that lays all this out.
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06:30
LA Schools Ditch iPad Contract Amid Controversy

Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy has cancelled a year-old contract with Apple to put iPads in student's hands following news that he, along with former Deputy Superintendent Jamie Aquino, had inappropriately close ties to the company. Documents showed the two may have been talking with Apple executives a couple years in advance, and that the bidding process may have been skewed in Apple's favor.The Mac Observer Spin: It doesn't matter if the school district superintendent acted inappropriately or not because his integrity has been called into question, and by extension Apple's has been, too. This isn't going to make it any easier for Apple to score future contracts in Los Angeles schools.

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06:29
News: LA Unified School District suspends iPad...

L.A. Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy has suspended the school system’s highly-publicized contract with Apple to provide iPads to students, the Los Angeles Times reports. The contract would have provided all students in the country’s second-largest school system with iPads, but recent accusations claim that Deasy and deputy superintendent Jaime Aquino had “especially close ties” to Apple executives. “Moving…

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06:24
Purported 'iPhone 6' speaker assembly...

A photo that is said to depict the loudspeaker assembly from Apple's next-generation iPhone surfaced on Tuesday from a wholesale electronics parts supplier in the Far East, alongside pictures of several other supposed "iPhone 6" components.

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06:19
Review: Simplicam, the Dropcam HD competitor that...

Home security cameras that send you alerts when they detect movement have been around for a while now. We reviewed Dropcam, one of the better-known names in the business, last October.
The problem, though, is that most movement isn’t likely to be of interest – especially if you have pets or are suseptivle to changes in nature from sunlight/wind. What we really want to know is when a person arrives, and that’s what Simplicam aims to deliver through face-detection software. You can thus choose to be notified about any one or more of three types of event: movement, sound and face-detection … 
It’s pretty clear that Simplicam is directly targeting the Dropcam HD, matching the 720p resolution, 107-degree...

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06:08
Apple adds 19 more acts to iTunes Festival London [u]

(Updated with iOS app, Apple TV channel news) Another 19 musical acts have been added to the list performing at next month's iTunes Festival in London. Some prominent names include Mary J. Blige, deadmau5, Tony Bennett, Ed Sheeran, Placebo, and Little Dragon. In all Apple has announced 40 artists, but over 20 more have yet to be made public....

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06:00
Flickr Find: What a way to start a Monday

Props to Flickr user Sam, aka "Purplelime," for filling her Monday with Mac, music and tea. I only wish my Mondays were marked by such serenity.

Did you know that TUAW has a Flickr pool? And that we encourage readers to submit their own Apple...

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05:49
LA Unified School District suspends iPad deal, faces...

Though it was much-touted when Apple signed the contract last year, the company's massive deal to sell iPads to the Los Angeles Unified School District has now officially been suspended, amid accusations that top employees at the district had improperly close ties with the Cupertino, Calif., company.

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05:46
News: Daily Deal: Last chance to get the Limefuel...

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

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05:39
NSA Shares Its Data Wealth


The U.S. National Security Agency secretly shares the communications data it has amassed over the years with nearly 24 government agencies using a search engine resembling Google Search, according to documents released by Edward Snowden. That's more than 850 billion records of phone calls, emails, cellphone locations and Internet chats. The ICREACH search engine's user interface is strikingly similar to that of Google. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration are key participants in ICREACH.

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05:18
News: iTunes Festival channel returns to Apple TV

The iTunes Festival channel has reappeared on Apple TV, not long before the festival kicks off in London. Apple’s iTunes Festival starts September 1 and runs through the whole month. As has been the case previously, the channel will let users watch live HD streaming video of the performances, as well as on-demand recordings after performances have ended. New acts, including Mary J. Blige, deadmau5, and Ed Sheeran, were recently added to the…

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05:08
Bad iPhone 5 Battery Life? Apple May Owe You a Free...

If your iPhone 5's battery life is much shorter than it should be, you aren't alone. In fact, enough people are suffering from the problem that Apple is replacing iPhone batteries for free. Here's how to see if you qualify.

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05:05
Blue Microphones unveils Mo-Fi headphone line

Blue Microphones, a digital audio brand best known for its USB audio mics popular with both podcasters and musicians, has expanded into headphones with the release of its first Mo-Fi headphone set. As recently noted by one of our reviewers, most headphones sound much better when paired with a combination DAC and amplifier like the Sony's PHA-2 portable headphone amps -- but Blue has taken it a step further by building the amp directly into its headphones....

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05:02
Additional leaked details indicate iPhone 6 “...


A few new details have surfaced about the apparent “Phosphorous” sensor mentioned yesterday.
Per MacRumors, Weibo user GeekBar continued his leaks of claimed wiring schematics of iPhone 6 components with a new “Phosphorus” component that was interpreted as the next-generation version of Apple’s M7 co-processor. The M7 collects and tracks motion data from various sensors in the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and Retina iPad mini, and with the iPhone 6 rumored to be including a number of new health- and fitness-related sensors, a more powerful version of the M7 seems...

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05:00
Apple adds Mary J. Blige, Tony Bennett and others to...

As noted by The Loop, Apple has added several new high-profile performers to its iTunes Festival 2014 lineup. Notable performers include hip-hop and soul star Mary J. Blige and crooner Tony Bennett. The full list of performances that span the month...

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04:46
External Link: The Columbia Journalism Review...

John Siracusa sat down for a Q&A with the Columbia Journalism Review to discuss his nearly fourteen years of annual Mac OS X reviews. Siracusa talks about how Apple’s interactions with the press have changed, and what drives him to be so hypercritical. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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04:43
Verizon winding down stock of 32GB iPhone 5c ahead...

U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless is burning through the last of its high-capacity 32-gigabyte iPhone 5c inventory, with almost all units now out of stock in its online store, in anticipation of a replacement with Apple's next-generation lineup of handsets, AppleInsider has learned.

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04:42
iTunes Festival London channel arrives on Apple TV...

Shortly after adding 19 more acts to the line-up for the iTunes Festival running in London throughout September, Apple has now pushed the iTunes Festival channel to Apple TV, ready for live HD streaming once the show begins … 
The channel is currently offering information about the line-up, the famous Roundhouse venue and a history of the festival.
The festival is now in its 8th year since its launch in 2007, and over 430 artists have performed to live audiences...

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04:33
Apple launches iPhone 5 battery replacement program...


This could come in handy.
Per Macworld, Apple is offering a second replacement program for iPhone 5 users after offering to replace the sleep/wake button on some models in April. Apple has stated that a “very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices” may be experiencing poor battery life, requiring users to charge the device more frequently.
Affected devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and are within a specific serial number range, Apple says. You can check your serial number on Apple’s site to see if your phone qualifies for a free battery replacement.
If you have an affected device you’ll have the choice to replace your...

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04:30
Talking Holidays Wheel is decent kids app, but...

Talking Holidays Wheel: Christmas Halloween Summer is an interesting combination of a children's game and an educational app with a title that can't possibly get anymore self-explanatory. The app includes three wheels for Christmas, Halloween and the...

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04:00
Blue Releases Mo-Fi Headphones with Onboard Amp,...

Blue Microphones announced on Tuesday Mo-Fi, the company's first foray into over-the-ear headphones. The device features an onboard amplifier paired with "ultra-premium 50mm hi-fi drivers." Mo-Fi also has an incredibly comfortable* four bar linkage system in place of the standard headband, along with a clever pivoting arm for adjusting the ear cups.

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01:48
Apple patent embeds physical iPhone control,...

In a new patent discovered on Tuesday, Apple details a flexible mobile device screen that deforms to reveal buttons hidden beneath its surface, accepts sound and pressure input and provides haptic feedback.

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