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Tuesday July 15

10:30
Daily Deals for July 15, 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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10:14
Google Chrome for iOS update adds Cast support to...


Google has released an updated version of the Google Chrome application for iOS today, bringing at least one interesting new feature to the app: mobile websites that have Cast support will now work with all of your Cast-capable devices. It’s unclear how the feature works at the moment, but according to the release notes, developers are going to need to add support to their webpages before they can take advantage of the feature.
Also, as will likely be praised by iOS users everywhere, the version 36.0.1985.49 update goes the way of Google Hangouts and finally gets rid of the infamous “lip” located at the bottom of the app icon:


To round the update off, you’ll find...

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10:09
Alleged iPhone 6 battery problems solved via new...

Apple has solved battery problems for the iPhone 6 by turning to a new supplier, Taiwan's Simplo Technologies, says the Economic Daily News. The company was reportedly having trouble finding batteries that were both thin and flexible enough from previous suppliers Samsung and LG Chemical. It's not clear whether EDN is referring to the 4.7-inch iPhone -- most commonly labeled the iPhone 6 -- or the 5.5-inch model as well, which was already said to have had battery problems fixed....

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10:00
The dumbest iPhone rumor story we've seen yet

Here at TUAW, we're not shy about taking some of the more vapid rumors that circulate through the blogosphere to task. But recently, I stumbled across an article (on Macworld UK no less) which really takes the cake. The article in question is less a...

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09:59
Apple Says iOS Adoption is now at 90 Percent

Apple's developer support program tracks the iOS version in use on iOS capable devices. That data is posted for developers to look at. Currently, 90 percent of iOS capable devices are running iOS 7.

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09:37
Sonnet debuts new Mac Pro rackmount solution,...

Sonnet is debuting a pair of new Thunderbolt devices at this year's IBC2014 industry conference. New this year are the RackMac Pro dual-Mac Pro rackmount solution for Apple's cylindrical computing powerhouse. Additionally, the company is also releasing the Thunderbolt Pro P2 Card Reader commonly used in high-end digital video cameras....

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09:36
Plant and Page: The making of Led Zeppelin III

I love reading stories like this.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:32
Word Crimes: Battle Hymn of the Literate

Parody and satire musical artist Weird Al Yankovic has been rolling out videos for his just released album, and his latest, titled "Word Crimes," is nothing short of a call to arms for the grammatically inclined. It's so good (or at least fun) that it ought to be required viewing for all english classes. Start watching because there will be a quiz.

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09:30
ROY G BIV turns colors into music

ROY G BIV (a mnemonic for the colors of the spectrum -- red, orange, yellow, blue, green, indigo and violet) is a US$0.99 app that lets you point your iDevice anywhere, and the app averages the colors and synthesizes some notes based on the...

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09:28
Apple opening new store in Beavercreek, Ohio’s The...


Apple has announced on its retail website that it will be opening up a new Apple Store in The Green Town Center in Beavercreek, Ohio this weekend. The store opens up on Saturday, July 19th at 10 AM. Store hours are 10 AM to 9 PM Monday through Saturday and 12 Noon to 6 PM on Sundays. We reported earlier this year that Angela Ahrendts is overseeing a push of several new mall-based stores in the United States as more, larger locations are prepared for China and Italy.
Filed under: AAPL Company...

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09:10
Google now warns iPhone users when search results...

Search giant Google added another board to Flash's coffin on Tuesday with the announcement that it would warn users searching from mobile devices -- like Apple's iPhone or Android handsets -- when the contents of a search result were "mostly Flash."

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09:09
iWatch coming in two sizes, three models, rumor...

There are three different versions of the iWatch planned for launch this fall, claims Taiwanese publication the Economic Daily News. The main distinction is said to be between models with 1.6- and 1.8-inch displays. The latter though is expected to come in two forms, one with sapphire coating and the other without....

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09:02
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-15

Apple is turning the iPhone in Japan into your digital wallet, and that may expand to other markets. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the future of mobile device digital payments, and they offer up their take on Nest and Samsung's new Thread smart home network protocol.

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09:00
U.S. Patent office refuses to grant Apple's...

The term "Touch ID" is now synonymous with Apple's flagship iPhone, but don't tell that to the United States Patent & Trademark Office. In a letter published on Sunday, the agency ruled that granting Apple the trademark would lead to a "likelihood of...

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09:00
External Link: Apple Testing iTunes Pass in Japan

Apple has debuted a new service, called iTunes Pass, in Japan. The service allows Apple Store customers to use Passbook to store and exchange iTunes Store credit. The service is presumably coming to western countries soon, and could be a precursor to Apple’s rumored payment system. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Samsung 28″ 4K UHD monitor $...

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:

Samsung 28-inch 4K UHD LED 60Hz Monitor $540 shipped (Reg. $700)
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08:30
About those iWatch sales projections

While Apple by most accounts is working on a wearable device of some sort (unofficially and already dubbed the iWatch), the number of conflicting reports about what the device will be able to do and how it will look is astounding.

One day, the...

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08:27
Synology launches four-bay DS214play home media...

Synology America has unveiled the DS415play, the four-bay follow-up to 2014's popular two-bay DS214play. As the second Synology NAS to support hardware video transcoding, the DS415play delivers full 1080p HD video to nearly any media-streaming device, with multiple streamers able to connect simultaneously....

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08:18
USPTO denies Apple rights to Touch ID trademark

The US Patent and Trademark Office has blocked an Apple attempt to trademark the Touch ID technology currently used on the iPhone 5s. The ruling was made in May, but only disclosed this week. In its decision, the USPTO cites "likelihood of confusion" with a previously-registered trademark for "Kronos Touch ID." Both are biometric recognition systems, although Kronos' product is a punchclock technology used in environments like retail stores....

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08:00
Scribd for iPhone updated with redesigned book view...


The Scribd iPhone app has been updated with several design tweaks and functionality improvements today that make browsing and reading even easier. The new version includes a redesigned book view with descriptions and the ability to read user reviews. Browsing between books is now seamless, and an updated library manager allows you to download books to your phone or add them to collections.
You can grab the Scribd update for free on the iOS...

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08:00
The Week in Mac Apps: The collector

The collectorThanks to the apps in this week’s roundup, you can keep your notes organized, solve complex equations (who doesn’t start their day with a bit of linear algebra?), and finally let loose with a light death-metal jam.Clear Day 2.0.3Vimov’s $1 Clear Day (Mac App Store Link) gives your forecast a shine, with beautiful animated videos for every possible weather combination.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:00
Beyond Swift: visit Apple's official blogs of...

The introduction of Apple's programming language Swift at WWDC represents a departure from tradition in several ways. If an entirely new coding dialect wasn't enough, last week the company also launched a blog specifically focused on Swift. The new...

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08:00
External Link: Apple Denied Touch ID Trademark

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has denied Apple’s application to trademark Touch ID — the fingerprint-sensing technology built into the iPhone 5s. The reason why is that Touch ID is too similar to an existing trademark, KRONOS TOUCH ID, which the USPTO claims could cause customer confusion. Apple has six months to change the trademark or make a deal with Kronos, a workforce management solution company. 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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07:50
Nest, Samsung Spin Up Thread Smart Home...

Learning thermostat maker Nest, along with Samsung, ARM and a handful of other companies have teamed up to create a new wireless networking standard for smart home devices they're calling Thread. Instead of relying on traditional WiFi or Bluetooth, Thread uses ZigBee's 802.15.4-based wireless hardware, giving smart homes a network outside of the systems we're already using.The Mac Observer Spin: WiFi and Bluetooth are already capable of handling the communication needs for most smart home devices, but the idea of a special network just for those does sound interesting. Unless Nest and Samsung can rope in and control ZigBee's fragmentation, however, Thread probably won't gain much traction.

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07:42
Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney not in...

Following rumors that Apple might be looking to hire former Obama administration White House Press Secretary Jay Carney for its vacant head of public relations position, the well-connected Jim Dalrymple has squashed those claims definitively.

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07:31
∞ About the rumor Jay Carney could be Apple’s next...

From Business Insider:

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Could Be Apple’s Next PR Boss

Nope.

Tim Cook has never even met Jay Carney.

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07:30
BlueLounge Kickflip: An incredibly useful MacBookPro...

I write a ton of hardware reviews for TUAW, and I really get tired of seeing overpriced stands for MacBooks. The idea of these things is to just put your device into a comfortable position for typing while you're using the laptop on a flat surface or...

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07:28
Rumor: Taiwan-based Simplo Technologies resolves...


A new manufacturer might have resolved the battery problem for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 handset.
Per Taiwan’s Economic Daily News and GforGames, Taiwan-based Simplo Technologies is said to have been able to craft batteries thin and flexible enough for the so-called “iPhone 6,” a feat apparently not able to be matched by current suppliers Samsung and LG Chemical.
Reports that Apple’s new 5.5-inch “phablet” may be delayed first surfaced in April. The device’s design is said to call for a battery less than 2 millimeters tall, a significant reduction from the...

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07:26
Apple starts encrypting email going between iCloud,...

Apple has started encrypting email traffic between iCloud and third-party services, according to data from a Google transparency website. This includes messages from older me.com and mac.com accounts. The move follows Apple promises in June that encryption would expand beyond iCloud-to-iCloud exchanges, something essential given the greater popularity of services like Google's Gmail....

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07:17
Microsoft may announce biggest round of layoffs in...

Redmond, Wash., software giant Microsoft, which has struggled to find an answer to the success of Apple's iPad and iPhone, is said to be planning major staff reductions that could be the single biggest round of layoffs in the company's history.

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07:06
Get Ready for Big Layoffs at Microsoft

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told employees last week he wants to reinvent the company, and now it looks like part of that vision includes massive layoffs. The Windows maker may be planning on firing more that 5,800 employees, making this the the largest worker cutback so far in the company's history.The Mac Observer Spin: Considering how marketing-heavy Microsoft was under former CEO Steve Ballmer, it won't be any surprise to see a large percentage of Mr. Nadella's layoffs coming from there.

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07:03
Snapchat introduces Geofilters, bringing special...

The well-renowned social snap-sharing application Snapchat today introduced a new feature it is calling Geofilters, bringing you special custom-designed graphics that can easily be applied to photos taken in specific geographic locations. In the above video, a couple of girls take a snap at what appears to be a bicycle shop, and a quick swipe to the right places a small yellow bicycle tire on the top-left of their photo.
As mentioned on the official Snapchat blog, privacy disclaimer and all:
We’ve had a lot of fun drawing up new filters for special locations in Los Angeles and New York. Swipe right on the preview screen to check them out – they’ll change depending on which neighborhoods you’re in! Although you’ll need to enable location services for this feature, we don’t store your location.
Right now, Snapchat has only incorporated these filters at specific locations in Los Angeles...

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07:00
10 ways to control your iPhone with your Apple...

Longtime Apple enthusiasts sometimes forget that the company is still gaining new fans every day. Apple sold 43,719,000 iPhones in the second quarter of 2014 alone. That's a lot of people who may not know all of the capabilities of their devices, let...

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06:59
External Link: Apple Declared the Greenest Company...

Apple is the greenest major tech company, according to a new report by Greenpeace. In the organization’s Clean Energy Index, which ranks companies based on clean energy usage, as well as use of other energy sources such as natural gas, coal, and nuclear, Apple scored 100 percent. By comparison, Google only scored 48 percent, Facebook received 49 percent, and Amazon Web Services was awarded a paltry 15 percent. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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06:35
iPhone Apps: Speedtest.net, VLC Remote, Cut the Rope...
06:21
Rumor: Apple solves alleged 'iPhone 6'...

Alleged problems plaguing the construction of ultra-thin batteries for Apple's next-generation iPhones have apparently been solved after the company brought a new manufacturing partner in Taiwan on board, according to a Tuesday report from Asia.

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06:17
Apple Japan unveils Passbook-based iTunes Pass...

In Japan, Apple has unexpectedly announced iTunes Pass, a new service based on iOS' Passbook app. People wanting to refill their iTunes Store account can take an iPhone (or iPod touch) into a Japanese Apple Store and buy credit from a clerk, who then scans in the amount via Passbook. The money should be available immediately....

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06:07
28-Port Powered MondoHub - $55 - Deal Ends Tomorrow

This was popular last month when it came around, and for one more day you can get the 28-Port USB MondoHub for just $55! MondoHub has Twenty-Four USB 2.0 ports and Four USB 3.0 ports for a total of 28 USB ports, all hanging off your USB3 Bus. This will work with your USB2 bus, too, if that's what you have. You can switch power for each port on and off independently, and there are ports on the top and two sides of the device making for plenty of cable-plugging room while remaining as compact as possible. Be done with upgrading to a new hub each time you get a new device (or plug in all those Bitcoin miners and go to town!). For a penny less than US$55 this is what you want!

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06:06
What's Eating Internet Security?


It's a given that hackers can and do penetrate websites with laughable ease, ranging from those of retailers to those of the United States government. It certainly doesn't help the security-minded to know that the U.S. National Security Agency and other countries' spy agencies, including the UK's GCHQ and the West German intelligence agency, are tapping into online communications at will. In fact, the Germans have set aside $136 million for that purpose. Symantec's recent admission that antivirus software is dead didn't help matters.

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06:06
iPhone 5s remains world’s best-selling phone, iPhone...

Sales channel data from 35 countries compiled by Counterpoint shows that the iPhone 5s remained the world’s best-selling phone as of May, some eight months after its launch. This backs up a report from ABI Research that the phone had retained the number one slot through Q1.

Apple’s iPhone 5s continues to be the bestselling phone in the world, a spot that many expected to be taken by Samsung’s Galaxy S 5. The highly anticipated Galaxy S5 comes in at second place but still a quite distant number two in terms of (sell through) unit sales.

The news wasn’t quite so good for the iPhone 5c, which came in at number 5, behind both the Samsung S5 and last year’s S4 – as well as the company’s Note 3 phablet.
The iPhone 4S keeps on trucking: two-and-a-half years after its release, Counterpoint shows it at...

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06:00
Flickr Find: POW! ZAP! CRUNCH! Batman on an Apple II

With Batman turning 75-years-old, it's only fitting that he make his appearance on the Apple II thanks to Matthew Pearce who resurrected the original Caped Crusader game for the Mac. You can check out the still shot above and watch the game in action...

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05:57
Apple Considers Former White House Press Secretary...

Former Obama administration Press Secretary Jay Carney is reportedly in the running to become Apple's next PR boss, replacing Katie Cotton. Apple announced her planned departure in May, but as of yet hasn't said when she's leaving or who will take her place.The Mac Observer Spin: Jay Carney has media experience with Time Magazine and has spent time in the trenches handling public relations for the President. Those are pretty big bullet points for an Apple PR boss resume.

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05:54
No-IP addressing Senate regarding Microsoft domain...

Following the fallout of the Microsoft seizure of No-Ip domains, the dynamic domain name service company is speaking to the Senate about the incident. In a hearing scheduled before the Microsoft action against No-IP about proper enforcement of cybercrime laws, No-Ip will address the Senate Judiciary Committee today about how the incident was handled, and the need for sensible enforcement so that the Internet property rights of innocent third parties don't become collateral damage in such efforts....

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05:41
Apple’s iOS 7 adoption hits 90%, up from 87% in April

Fragmentation is the enemy of any operating system. 90% is a huge adoption rate. Android has some catching up to do here.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:40
USPTO denies Apple's 'Touch ID'...

Apple will not be granted a trademark for the Touch ID authentication system introduced alongside the iPhone 5s, according to a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decision revealed Monday, because it could be confused with an earlier Touch ID trademark assigned to timekeeping company Kronos.

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05:28
Chinese report claims iWatch to come in three models...


A report from the Economic Daily, which has had better reliability than most Chinese news sites (although should still be treated with relative skepticism), suggests that the iWatch will launch in three distinct models (via GforGames). Rumors of multiple iWatch SKU’s have been circulating for months now, including last month in the Wall Street Journal. Specifically, the report says that there will be one iWatch model with a 1.6 inch display and two different models featuring 1.8 inch panels. According to the report, one of the 1.8 inch models will feature a sapphire display.
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05:28
Rumor: Apple's 'iWatch' will come in...

Apple is said to be planning to release a wrist-worn device this fall with touchscreen sizes of 1.6 and 1.8 inches, with the larger having an option for sapphire, according to the latest "iWatch" rumor out of the Far East.

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05:23
Report: Former White House press secretary Jay...

In an article about Uber, Re/Code reports that name of former Obama White House press secretary Jay Carney is “being bandied about” for the open PR chief position at Apple. Carney, who is also reportedly being considered for a job at Uber, would replace longtime Apple vice president of…

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05:00
Apple tops the smartphone industry in brand retention

New research data compiled by Morgan Stanley Research (and relayed by Business Insider) reveals that when it comes to brand retention in the smartphone industry, Apple remains the top dog. On average, Morgan Stanley found that 90% of iPhone owners...

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04:58
Eddy Cue offering up lunch and a MacBook Air for...

Apple Senior VP Eddie Cue is offering lunch and a MacBook Air to benefit the NBA Coaches Foundation. With one day left, the current high bid is $40,000.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:56
Apple begins encrypting iCloud email sent between...

Last month Apple confirmed that it would soon beef up encryption for iCloud email following a report detailing security flaws in major email services. While Apple previously encrypted emails sent between its own iCloud customers, now the company has enabled encryption for emails in transit between iCloud and third-party services for me.com and mac.com email addresses. 
The change is documented on Google’s transparency website that shows the percentage of emails encrypted in transit for both inbound and outbound email exchanges (pictured below):

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04:52
Apple Launches iPhone Mobile Device Payment System...

Apple is making the move into iPhone mobile payments, at least in a small way. The company has launched a mobile payment system in Japan based on iOS 7's Passbook app that lets users pay for apps through its iTunes-based App Store and products in its Apple Stores.The Mac Observer Spin: If Apple wants to test drive iPhone-based mobile payments, Japan is a great place to start. The company has only a handful of stores in the country, so it'll be easier to monitor before turning everyone's iPhone into a digital wallet.

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04:51
Apple launches iTunes Pass credit system in Japan

Apple has launched a new Passbook feature in Japan called iTunes Pass, allowing iTunes Store customers to add purchasing credit at Apple’s retail Stores. Once the pass has been added to the user’s iPhone or iPod touch, a Specialist at the Store can scan…

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04:45
Microsoft said to be planning massive layoffs,...

The reductions — which may be unveiled as soon as this week — will probably be in areas such as Nokia and divisions of Microsoft that overlap with that business, as well as marketing and engineering, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. The restructuring may end up being the biggest in Microsoft history, topping the 5,800 jobs cut in 2009, two of the people said.

Sad for the people who lose their jobs, but good news for Microsoft if it helps get their ship back on course.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:28
Apple’s new iTunes Pass and another magical way to...

9to5mac:

Apple today has launched an interesting new service for iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore users in Japan with iPhones and iPod touches. The new service, called iTunes Pass (no, not that iTunes Pass), allows users to go to an Apple Store in Japan, purchase credit in-store for the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore, and have that money immediately applied to the Apple ID account instead of needing to receive a gift card and enter a redemption code.

Here’s another magical way to add money to your iTunes account:
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:00
Apple is looking to employees to test its new Photos...

We’ve mentioned in a previous post that Apple plans to replace the once venerated pro-level photo management app, Aperture, and presumably iPhoto as well, with an all new application called simply Photos. Now Apple is looking for someone to put it through its paces, and looking no further than its own collective of employees.

They are looking for current retail employees that have a passion for photography and are willing to relocate to Apple’s campus in Cupertino. The message that went out to employees;
“We are seeking a technical and passionate photography enthusiast to join our Quality Assurance team working on Photos for OS X. You will be part of a fast moving team of specialists tasked with delivering the next generation of photography tools for Apple.“
This type of offer has been made by Apple before and falls under its “career experience” program. As...

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03:58
Google now flags Flash content in search results on...

If you’ve ever been frustrated by visiting a website on your iPhone or iPad and finding it won’t work because it uses Flash, you’ll welcome the latest Google initiative: it is now flagging Flash content in its search results, warning that the site may not work on your device.

Starting today, we will indicate to searchers when our algorithms detect pages that may not work on their devices. For example, Adobe Flash is not supported on iOS devices or on Android versions 4.1 and higher, and a page whose contents are mostly Flash may be noted

As Google notes, Android has now also abandoned Flash support due to the same reliability, security and performance concerns that Steve Jobs expressed in his...

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03:24
Apple refused Touch ID trademark by USPTO – has six...

Patently Apple reports that the US Patent & Trademark Office has refused Apple’s application for a trademark in Touch ID. The decision – made in May but only now made public – is because another company already holds a trademark for Kronos Touch ID, and there is a “likelihood of confusion” given the very similar names.

USPTO states that “Trademark Act Section 2(d) bars registration of an applied-for mark that so resembles a registered mark that it is likely that a potential consumer would be confused or mistaken or deceived as to the source of the goods and/or services of the applicant and registrant.
In this case, the following factors are the most relevant: similarity of the marks, similarity of the goods and/or services, and similarity of trade channels of the goods and/or services....

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02:45
With iPhoto's demise, writing may be on the...

Apple’s iLife consumer-level suite of apps has changed dramatically over the years. It has contained as few as three apps and as many as six. It’s cost as much as $79 and as little as zero. It’s been packaged both as an integrated software collection and as a loose confederacy of disparate apps. And now, in its latest evolutionary shift, it’s been placed on the endangered software list, with a reasonable probability that it will, in the not too distant future, go extinct altogether.iPhoto finish

Last October, Apple introduced “the next generation of iLife apps for OS X and iOS,” comprising iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand. Now, less than a year later, Apple has revealed that it will early next year be replacing iPhoto (...

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02:00
Apple expands iPad, iPhone trade-in program to...


Apple’s iPhone and iPad trade-in program is coming to the land down under.
Per MacRumors, Apple today expanded its iPhone and iPad trade-in program to Australia, giving customers who trade in an older device credit towards the purchase of a new device. Users who trade in an iPhone can earn up to A$250, while users who trade in an iPad can get up to A$215.
Apple’s current...

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00:31
Apple rolls out 'iTunes Pass' for Passbook...

Apple on Tuesday unveiled iTunes Pass, a new Passbook-based service that allows customers to refill their iTunes account by purchasing credit in brick-and-mortar Apple Stores.

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Monday July 14

23:38
Morgan Stanley, Barclays raise AAPL target to all-...

On the same day as Apple's stock hit a 52-week high, closing at $96.43 per share on Monday, two major brokerage houses have upped their predictions for year-end AAPL prices to $110, which would put the stock past its best-ever performance, even adjusted for the number of additional shares created. Morgan Stanley credited strong customer loyalty which will in turn drives initial sales of the long-rumored "iWatch," while Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes expresses new confidence in Apple management....

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22:31
Apple debuts iTunes Pass in Japan, allows Passbook-...


Apple today has launched an interesting new service for iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore users in Japan with iPhones and iPod touches. The new service, called iTunes Pass (no, not that iTunes Pass), allows users to go to an Apple Store in Japan, purchase credit in-store for the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore, and have that money immediately applied to the Apple ID account instead of needing to receive a gift card and enter a redemption code…

To substitute for a physical gift card, iTunes Pass installs a new pass inside of the iOS Passbook application. The Apple Store employee can scan the pass in order to immediately apply the credit to...

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22:03
Apple expands iDevice trade-in program to Australia

Australians can now trade-in their older iOS devices for up to A$250 ($235 US) towards the purchase of a new device, Apple announced on Monday. The higher reward is available to for iPhones, while buyers can get up to $202 (A$215) in credit for iPad trade-ins at Apple Stores across the country. The new program arrives just shy of a year after the US debut, which offers up to $225. Since then, the initiative has expanded to Canada, France, Germany, Italy and the UK....

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20:55
PayPal takes a page from Passbook, adds virtual...


PayPal has updated its iOS app with support for loyalty cards from a long list of selected retailers. The app allows you to select one of the supported companies from the list and scan the barcode on your loyalty or discount card, then saves the data in a digital wallet. The update puts PayPal in competition with Apple’s stock Passbook application, which also allows for storage of loyalty cards and other similar information.
The update also includes bug fixes and removes the ability to scan a check using the device’s camera to deposity money in your PayPal account. You can grab the version 5.5...

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20:26
Apple's iOS 7 officially hits 90 percent...

Ahead of the forthcoming iOS 8 update, expected in the fall, Apple has told developers that iOS 7 is now running on 90 percent of iOS devices using the App Store, indicating a growth rate of about one percent per month. The penetration level of iOS 7 is consequently, like most other iOS versions before it, the most quickly-adopted operating system update ever, on any major platform. The result was garnered from visits to the App Store over a seven-day period that ended on July 13....

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20:15
Apple seeking ‘photography enthusiast’ retail...


Apple is seeking employees from its own retail stores who have shown in enthusiasm for photography to test the upcoming OS X Photos application and iCloud Photos feature. Apple, last week, reached out to retail employees offering such a “career experience,” and here is the message to retail staff as provided by multiple retail employees:

We are seeking a technical and passionate photography enthusiast to join our Quality Assurance team working on Photos for OS X. You will be part of a fast moving team of specialists tasked with delivering the next generation of photography tools for Apple.
Apple typically offers career experience programs for retail employees that have worked at Apple for at least one year. These opportunities...

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19:57
Review: Kickflip is a cool, simple, and affordable...


For the past couple of weeks, I have been testing a new MacBook stand called the Kickflip. I’ve used some of the more high-end stands for my laptop in the past as it improves the ergonomics involved with keyboard typing and because it improves the cooling of the computer. This new Kickflip is not stationary like some other stands on the market, but it is an accessory that sticks to the bottom of your laptop. The stand can be closed for when you want to keep the laptop in a bag or carry it around, and you flip out the kickstand when you want to raise up your laptop. The experience is nice, the stand is sturdy, and I very much have enjoyed using the Kickflip…
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19:50
Review: Cambridge Audio Minx Go Bluetooth speaker

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An update to one of Apple’s iOS developer pages today indicates that the latest version of the company’s mobile operating system has reached 90% adoption among users. That’s up about 15% since December of last year, when three quarters of users had upgraded.
The chart doesn’t break down which version of iOS 7 specifically users are running, but it’s safe to assume that the number of devices running iOS 7.1 has increased significantly since it...

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Adoption of Apple's iOS 7 hits 90% ahead of...

After being available for ten months, Apple's iOS 7 is still growing and is now running on 90 percent of iPhones, iPads and iPods visiting the App Store, up from 87 percent in April.

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Is Firefox in a Fix?


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18:20
Study: iPhone, iPad continue to dominate online...

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Reviews: Cambridge Audio Minx Go Bluetooth speaker

In the pursuit of outstanding sound quality, Bluetooth speakers make a lot of sacrifices to offer a device that is affordable and pleasant enough to listen to compel consumers to purchase it. It's a series of compromises between the number of speakers in the platform, the battery life and the portability of the unit. ......

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17:20
Apple takes iPhone and iPad trade-in program to...

Apple on Monday announced an expansion of its iPhone and iPad trade-in program to cover customers in Australia, who can now bring older iPhones and iPads to receive up to A$250 to put toward a new device purchase.

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16:21
Briefly: Shazam updated with Rdio, Google brings...

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16:14
Apple launches in-store iPhone trade-in program in...


Late last month 9to5Mac reported that Apple would soon be launching its iPhone trade-in program in Australia. Today the Apple Store app started notifying Australian users that the offer is now available in that country. Customers who trade-in a previous-model iPhone at an official Apple Retail Store can receive up to A$250 in credit toward a new device.
Apple...

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16:08
Apple's new PR chief may be former White House...

A report on Monday revealed former White House press secretary Jay Carney is not only in the running to take on a job for a communications and public relations expert at Uber, but also for a similar role at Apple.

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15:39
Shazam gets in-app music streaming with Rdio...

Music and television show discovery app Shazam on Monday rolled out an update that integrates Internet radio service Rdio, offering in-app track streaming to users of both products.

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15:33
Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney...


A new report from Re/code today suggests that Apple is currently considering hiring Jay Carney as its new head of PR. Carney worked as White House Press Secretary from February 2011 until June of this year. Prior to joining the White House staff, he worked as Miami Bureau Chief for Time Magazine and Director of Communications for Vice President Joe Biden.
Carney would replace Katie Cotton, who stepped down from the position earlier this year. It has...

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15:30
Documents filed with the FCC reveal Apple-made...

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released documents on July 4 outlining a new device from Apple which point to a company made iBeacon. The device was first spotted by router maker Securifi, which lists the new device seeking approval wireless certification from the FCC for the "Apple iBeacon." Previously, iBeacon hardware was only made by third-party manufacturers....

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Beats sues Chinese counterfeiters alleging losses of...

Beats Electronics -- soon to be under the Apple umbrella if all goes according to plan -- is suing Chinese counterfeiters for illegally manufacturing and selling fake Beats headphones and accessories.

According to the lawsuit, the defendants at...

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The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for July 14, 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.

You can listen to today's...

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14:19
The machine that could fix airport security

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Wired:

Instead of having a human poke around in your bag, the machine scans it for a variety of threats in just a few seconds.

You hold your ticket up to the machine, and it assigns you a pod. Close the door and walk around to the other side. In the time it takes you to get over there, the machine scans the bag for a range of threats.

There are some obvious issues with the embedded company video but those are easily remedied. It would be great to see these kinds of systems in place rather than the awful TSA procedures many of us have to go through now.
∞ Read this on The Loop...

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14:15
The Mammoth Xcode & Swift Developer Bundle for...

We have another developer deal for you today, the Mammoth Xcode & Swift Developer Bundle. Designed for beginners, this bundle of training courses has 65 hours of Xcode training and 25 hours of training for Apple's new Swift developer language. The training is focused around building App Store-ready apps, and you'll produce 20 such apps for iOS 7 and another 20 apps for iOS 8. It covers design, coding, and even uploading to the App Store.

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14:11
iPhone 5S Ranks as World’s Best Selling Smartphone

Apple's iPhone 5S is the best selling smartphone around the world, beating out Samsung's Galaxy S5 and S4. That proclamation comes courtesy of the market research company Counterpoint Technology after compiling sales data from 35 countries.The Mac Observer Spin: Size may matter to some consumers, but not enough to make Samsung's tabletphones outsell the iPhone 5S.

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14:08
National Federation for the Blind calls Reuters...

Remember last week when I chastised Reuters for being morons in writing the article about accessibility? My problem was that Reuters hacked up one of Tim Cook’s quotes to make it fit the story they had already written. Well, it turns out the National Federation for the Blind hated the story too.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:06
Leaked documents reveal British GCHQ can manipulate...

Information posted by The Intercept revealed this week that the British Intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has the tools to modify communications on top of monitoring them and collecting data. A database in the form of a Wiki entry of internal tools was posted to the site, listing the function and development status of each. Data from social media sites like Facebook, video sites like YouTube and various forms of web traffic and phone calls can all be modified or spoofed....

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14:04
Airbus wants to patent the most uncomfortable plane...

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Washington Post:

Airbus has filed a seat patent that appears to pack people in without all the clunky cushions and awkward folding tables…Its cushions are shaped liked bicycle saddles, and when the seats aren’t being used, they fold vertically to save space.

“Reduced comfort remains tolerable for the passengers in as much as the flight lasts only one or a few hours,” Airbus sagely calculates.

How cheap would the flight have to be for you to pay to sit in those torture devices for two hours?
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14:01
Universal Audio releases Thermionic Culture Vulture...

Some great new plug-ins from my favorite audio company, Universal Audio.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:00
JUNOJUMPR: Jumpstart your iPhone and your car

No, I am not making up that headline. JUNOJUMPR (US$99.99) is an external battery pack that not only gives your iPhone or iPad a boost when needed, but it can also be used with an included set of jumper cables to jumpstart a car. Talk about a...

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Email to Tim Cook prompted change of Apple's...

In a recent thread on Reddit, one Apple customer describes an experience in which he effected change in Apple's daily operations, specifically as it pertains to "on hold" music, after contacting CEO Tim Cook via email.

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13:45
∞ iPhone 5s the best selling smartphone in the world

Apple’s iPhone 5s remains the world’s top selling smartphone as of May 2014, according to new data released on Monday by Counterpoint Technology Market Research. [...]

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13:34
∞ RE2PECT

No matter who you cheer for, The Captain deserves a hat tip in this, his last season as a New York Yankee.

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13:30
Accepting the inevitable

Sometimes you just have to admit that you're not longer the best tool for your job. You can download the full, wallpaper-worthy version of this photo here.

[Photo credit: Dnilo]...

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13:29
The Bidding is Open: Have Lunch With Apple’s Eddy Cue

Apple's Senior Vide President of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, is following the lead of his boss, Tim Cook, and offering himself for a lunch date to the winning bidder. Plus, he'll throw in a MacBook Air.

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13:24
Bonnaroo festival used iBeacons to collect valuable...


While iPhone users have enjoyed new location-based experiences thanks to early implementations of Apple’s iBeacon technology, companies deploying the bluetooth beacons are also collecting some valuable data on users. We reported previously how some are experiencing huge jumps in app usage and ad engagement since deploying beacons in grocery and retail stores, and today we get some insight into how event planners are using beacons to collect valuable data on attendees. Aloompa, the company behind the iBeacons deployed at the recent Bonnaroo music festival, shared some numbers it gathered on concertgoers that it wouldn’t have had without its iBeacon deloyement. While users of the Bonnaroo app...

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13:13
[Sponsor] Faded — Simply Beautiful Mobile Photography

Faded is the premier all-in-one photo app for the iPhone. Created with gorgeous film-inspired effects and some of the most powerful editing tools currently available, Faded is loved by amateurs and professionals alike.

Accolades:

• Apple’s “Best New Apps”
• The Guardian’s Top 10 photo apps
• “The best photo app” (John Mayer on Instagram)

Noteworthy Features:

• Create custom actions and apply to multiple photos for consistency in editing.
• Access your full history and revert to any point.
• Authentic Film Emulation
• Advanced Editing Tools
• Live Manual Exposure

[Download Faded today][d], see it in action, and show us your creations on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. #madewithfaded

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13:13
Apple may ditch longtime ad agency TBWA, look to...

A report on Monday says ad industry executives are speculating that Apple's longtime relationship with agency TBWA\Media Arts Lab is near its breaking point, with some insiders predicting the tech giant will look to Beats' Jimmy Iovine to revitalize its marketing magic.

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13:06
Apple may be preparing to sever from ad agency TBWA

Apple may be on the verge of completely separating from its long-time ad partner, TBWA's Media Arts Lab, says the New York Post. Citing industry rumors, the paper suggests that Apple's entire external advertising account is "up for grabs," and that Beats CEO Jimmy Iovine -- soon to become an executive at Apple, following Beats' acquisition -- will also be used to help revive Apple marketing efforts. "Apple bought Beats for a lot of reasons," comments one anonymous ad agency executive. "They think they're marketing geniuses. It is safe to assume Beats would be part of an assessment of all [A......

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