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Thursday August 21

08:25
Schematics suggest iPhone 6 may come in 16, 64, and...

Another new schematics leak from Chinese repair firm GeekBar suggests that the iPhone 6 may come in 16, 64, and 128GB capacities. Modules from suppliers Toshiba and Hynix are listed, notably excluding 32GB. If the schematics are indeed representative of planned iPhone models, it may hint that Apple is doing a significant shakeup of its usual 16/32/64GB tiers....

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08:21
External Link: How Apple is Winning the PC Market

Ed Bott of ZDNet argues that Apple is winning the PC market, or at least the only segment of it that still makes money. Though less than 6 percent of last year’s PC sales belonged to Apple, Bott estimates that Apple’s MacBook Air owns 30 percent of the “premium ultramobile” market, which comprises high-end, lightweight machines, like ultrabooks and PC tablets, such as the Microsoft Surface. That market is highly profitable, and is expected to grow by 50 percent this year alone. 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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08:08
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Monoprice Lightning keychain $...

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:

Put a 6-inch MFi Lightning cable on your keychain for $13.49 (Reg. $14.99)

Storage Deals:

  • Samsung 840 EVO Series 1TB 2.5″ SATA III SSD ...
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08:00
Your iPhone could help you find where you parked...

Two freshly published Apple patents might make your next visit to the mall a bit less stressful. "Automatic Identification of Vehicle Location" and "Vehicle Location In Weak Signal Scenarios" -- which were both filed in early 2013 and became public...

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07:49
T-Mobile offering Sprint, AT&T and Verizon...

After an unsuccessful union with Sprint, T-Mobile is going after its former suitor’s customers, as well as its other competitors’ subcribers in the wireless world. Today, the magenta-colored carrier announced an aggressive promotional campaign that offers a free year of LTE data to castaways from AT&T, Verizon and of course Sprint.

Starting on August 29th, whenever an existing T-Mobile Simple Choice customer successfully refers someone from America’s other big three wireless carriers, the Un-carrier will reward them and their new recruit with free unlimited LTE data for one year. If you’re already a T-Mobile Simple Choice customer who with unlimited data, the carrier will give you a $10 bill credit...

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07:47
Apple files to kick off expanded, potentially ‘...


Apple and State of Arizona filings have come to light today that indicate Apple is rapidly expanding its Mesa, Arizona operations and GT-Advanced sapphire crystal production. PTT Research Senior Analyst and GTAT investor Matt Margolis shared the new documents from his latest research with 9to5Mac. The first interesting piece of the filings is a letter from Apple’s Director of Global Trade Compliance James J. Patton from early July to the U.S Department of Commerce:


The letter indicates this plan for expansion by Apple as well as an “aggressive go-live timeline of August 2014...

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07:30
Pentumble really sticks with you

Pentumble is an exciting platformer where you face many dangerous obstacles in your race against time to get the most stars in each level. Players must avoid hitting spiky wheels of death, fire, and other such ominous elements in a quest to reach the...

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07:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Thanks, Hanks

Thanks, HanksThis week, America’s Greatest Living Actor introduces a new app that will make your iPad seem a little more old-fashioned. Plus we have apps for style, food, entertainment, and more.FoliaThis free iPad app is made for writing and creating, and to connect your words to ideas that support them: The “authoring tool” lets you link to other webpages, yes, but also to other documents—in any number of file formats—and even annotate the documents to which you’re linking. The result? Documents that convey “richer connections” than the same old hyperlinks you’re used to. (The developers explain their product here.)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:27
Android Wear watches at IFA: Handicapping Asus, LG...

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07:19
Google Play Music for iPhone updated with ability to...



It’s been just over a month since the last big update to Google Play Music for iPhone, and today the Google Play Music team is rolling out another update with new features and...

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07:04
Quicken 2015 for Mac brings new features, strips...

Intuit has officially released Quicken 2015 for Mac, a long-awaited update of its personal finance software. Some improvements include a new UI design, matched to OS X Yosemite, and support for syncing data with a companion iOS app, which can also be used to snap photos of receipts to record purchases. New investment tools update quotes continuously, and track factors like cost basis and capital gains....

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07:00
Best educational apps for pre-schoolers

It's that time of the year again when parents, teachers and students start thinking about school. If you have an iOS device, you can supplement your child's education with a variety of quality educational iOS apps. Here are some of the best titles...

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

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

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06:44
Rumor: LG Display to act as primary supplier of...


The majority of the display panels for the iPhone 6 will be made by LG Display.
Per G for Games and MacRumors, LG Display will be the largest supplier of display panels for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 handset.The Korean company allegedly beat out rivals Samsung, Sharp, and Japan Display to earn the top supplier spot. A March report had claimed Apple was working with LG, Japan Display, and Sharp on the panels, but a May follow-up indicated Sharp had been dropped over quality issues as Apple turned to Taiwanese company Innolux to fill out its display supplier...

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06:30
What the deceptive Samsung "wall-hugger"...

I have to admit that of all of Samsung's TV ads, I kinda like the "wall-hugger" ad seen below. It's funny, and quite realistic if you've ever walked through an airport and seen people desperately seeking a charge before they get on their flights....

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

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

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06:25
Apple TV 'unavailable for pickup' at many...

The Apple TV is showing as "unavailable for pickup" at many Apple Stores across the US, including the most high-profile ones in California, Texas, and New York. The absent stocks are reportedly being blamed on the ongoing $25 iTunes card bundle. Sales may also be influenced by a recent Lollapalooza livestream, and Apple's planned coverage of iTunes Festival London....

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

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

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: The snake is eating its own tail

Alleged Schematic Shows iPhone 6 Coming with 1GB of RAM [Updated] (MacRumors)

When one of these rumor blogs appends (updated) to the end, you know it's got to be amusing. And it is: according to the article, this schematic "more likely refers to...

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05:51
LucasArts’ ‘Star Wars: Commander’ is a free-to-play...

A new Star Wars game from the now Disney-owned LucasArts is landing on iPhones and iPads, and it’s a free-to-play combat strategy game (which won’t be free for too long if you don’t have the patience to wait real time for your structures to be built). The game is called Star Wars: Commander, and while it’s only today reaching the US, it has been available in at least one other country for a little while and has received some great reviews. 
Getting started, you’ll have to pick between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire, which in turn will determine what kinds of characters you get to train as well as the kinds of vehicles and structures you get to build. You’ll be building a base, sending your troops out to battle, and completing a wide...

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05:49
Intuit's Quicken 2015 for Mac revamps interface...

Venerable financial software Quicken is ready to help you with all of your newest accounting needs. Intuit on Thursday announced the release of Quicken 2015 for Mac, the latest update to the long-running app for tracking your personal finances.
Highlights of the new version are a simplified interface designed ground-up for the Mac and new features related to keeping track of investment portfolios. The latter allows for users to create Schedule D tax reports for capital gains, making things easy when April 15 rolls around.
Lest you think that finances haven’t yet entered the 21st century, Intuit is also offering a free mobile app for iOS and Android that works with Quicken for Mac, allowing you to photograph and keep track of your receipts while you’re on the go. You can also use the mobile app to keep tabs on your finances, check...

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05:36
Apple's interest in reversible USB plugs...

While a reversible "Type-A" USB connector may not meet the specifications of a certified USB cable, Apple has nevertheless shown interest in building one, a newly published patent application reveals.

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05:13
Disney expands 'Star Wars' iOS franchise...

After soft-launching in the Australian iOS App Store nearly two months ago, Disney Interactive's "Star Wars: Commander" saw wide release on Thursday, bringing real-time strategy "Rebellion vs. Empire" gameplay to Apple's mobile devices.

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

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

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05:00
Q Design introduces QBracelet, a fashion accessory...


New startup Q Designs seeks to help solve a problem that many people have: we sometimes need to power our mobile electronic devices, but we don’t want to carry external battery packs or bulky charging cases. Q Designs’ solution, the QBracelet, looks like an ordinary bracelet, but it is actually a high-tech charger that can juice up your electronic device discreetly.
The QBracelet will work...

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05:00
Intuit releases Quicken 2015 for Mac, with stock...

Loyal users of Quicken for Mac, Intuit's flagship personal finance manager, have not had the easiest road over the past few years. The product froze in amber with the Quicken 2007 release, which remained on its legacy PowerPC code base well past the...

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04:57
Parallels Desktop 10

Major new release adds support for OS X Yosemite while also optimizing performance. ($79.99 new, $49.99 upgrade) 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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04:47
China moves to end Apple, Samsung phone subsidies

China Daily:

China should end smartphone subsidies to overseas vendors and give more support to local brands, industry insiders said on Tuesday, as telecom carriers pledged to cut operating expenses and Apple Inc gets ready to debut its next-generation iPhone.

Xiang Ligang, a telecom researcher in Beijing, said cutting carriers’ subsidies to foreign-made handsets will not only reduce carriers’ operating expense but also leave local players with more market demand.

The perception is that buyers of high end phones are price insensitive and will buy the phones even without the subsidies.
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04:18
Forget your Tesla S key fob? Use your iPhone instead

The new Tesla S electronics update will communicate with your iPhone (there’s no Android support), sending you notifications and allowing you to use your iPhone to start your car. The question has been asked before about the security of remote start systems like this. No car is theft proof. And the convenience seems high enough to be worth the potential risk.
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04:13
Calls to Apple confirm: Apple TV promotion and...

The Apple TV is showing up as ‘Unavailable for pickup’ at Apple Stores across the U.S., with multiple NY Apple Stores we called saying that in-store stocks had been exhausted by demand created by the promotion offering $25 iTunes credit with every purchase, along with that generated by the upcoming London iTunes festival as well as the recent Lollapalooza livestream. Apple has been promoting the music festival as a good reason to buy the box now … 
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04:06
Another purported 'iPhone 6' document...

Apple's next iPhone could be the company's highest-capacity handset yet, with new documents suggesting the company could offer a whopping 128 gigabytes of capacity in its so-called "iPhone 6."

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04:00
Close Your Eyes and Rest Easy - Blink Is Watching...


One of the most troubling issues with home security and remote-monitoring products is the complexity and cost to set them up. Blink, a new Kickstarter project, is different. It promises to be astoundingly easy, and it's inexpensive, too. Backers can get a simple remote motion detection and video camera unit for just $69 -- or two for $119. Better yet, no yearly or monthly subscription service is required to use Blink. And the batteries last a year. Amazingly sensible. So far, nearly 4,700 project backers agree, having pledged $684,888.

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03:31
128GB iPhone 6? Leaked schematics suggest it may...


 
GeekBar’s Weibo account just posted (via G4Games) schematics which appear to show an iPhone 6 model with 128GB of NAND Flash storage. The images, above and another below, show that Apple may finally blow out the storage on the iPhone and bring it in line with the iPad Air. It also presents the question of whether or not Apple will create another price tier...

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03:13
Apple invention helps iPhone users find their parked...

A pair of Apple patent applications discovered on Thursday describe a system that automatically determines when and where a user parks their car, and later directs them back to the vehicle without requiring a data connection or GPS signal.

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03:00
iMessage “being taken over by spammers,” accounts...

Security company Cloudmark claims that almost a third of mobile spam messages are now being sent via iMessage thanks to the ease with which they can be sent from a Mac, reports Wired.

Thanks to one particularly aggressive campaign from a junk mailer, [iMessage spam] accounts for more than 30 percent of all mobile spam messages [...]
“It’s almost like a spammer’s dream,” says Cloudmark’s Tom Landesman. “With four lines of code, using Applescripts, you can tell your Mac to send message to whoever they want.”


Part of the issue is that spammers don’t need your cell number to send you an iMessage: your email address is all they need if you’ve linked that address to...

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01:45
Purported 'iPad Air 2' flex cables...

In what could be the first images of internal components destined for Apple's iPad Air refresh, fresh photos out of the Far East reportedly show a batch of flex cables including easily recognizable antennas for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.

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Wednesday August 20

22:06
Walmart discounts 16GB iPhone 5c to 97 cents, 16GB...

Walmart on Wednesday announced an aggressive 90-day iPhone sale that shaves $20 off Apple's 16GB iPhone 5s and about $28 off the 16GB iPhone 5c, bringing the latter model's up-front cost down to less than a dollar.

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22:00
Take a screenshot, build a shopping list with SnapUp

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21:52
Briefly: Walmart iPhone sale, new Tesla car-starting...

Giant retailer Walmart has lowered the cost of the 16GB iPhone 5c to a mere 97 cents as part of what appears to be an early move to clear stock ahead of the arrival of the iPhone 6, or to bring in back-to-school shoppers. The chain has also lowered the price on the 16GB iPhone 5s to $79, cut from $99 previously. Both offers require signing a new two-year contract with either AT&T, Verizon or Sprint (T-Mobile is not included in this promotion)....

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20:40
Judge Koh blocks Apple attempt to recover attorney...

On Wednesday, US Federal District Court Judge Lucy Koh ruled on two motions in the ongoing leftover matters related to the first Apple vs. Samsung patent trial from 2012. The first ruling denied Apple the opportunity to recover attorney's fees from Samsung related to its guilty verdict on trade dress claims, and the second returned a $2.6 million Apple bond the company had put up to enforce a sales injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which was found to have copied Apple's iPad technology. No action was ever taken on the ban due to the appeals process, and both companies have since agreed t......

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20:15
Walmart temporarily cuts 16 GB iPhone 5c price to $....


Walmart has cut the prices of both of the current iPhone models substantially in what looks like some early prep for the iPhone 6, which is expected next month. As noted by Engadget, you’ll be able to get the 16 GB model of the iPhone 5c for only $.97. No, that’s not a typo. The phone is now selling for ninety-seven cents.
The 16 GB iPhone 5s also got yet another price cut, this time down from $99 to $79. Both of these prices are only temporary and will climb back to their usual points in 90 days—unless of course a newer model comes along and knocks the...

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19:34
Swing Copters from Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen...

In case you hadn’t heard, the creator of the infamous Flappy Bird is back and making another attempt at stealing your attention when you just need a quick iPhone gaming fix. The game is called Swing Copters and, quite frankly, it looks like a vertical remake of its predecessor—which spawned dozens of clones without the help of this spin-off. While we won’t know for a while whether or not this game will live up to the success of Flappy Bird, it’s now rolling out on the App Store in many locales.
In the past, Dong Nguyen partly...

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19:28
Tesla to allow iPhone to start Model S without key/...


Tesla Motors, known for changing the automobile industry with its innovative electric cars, will update its Model S firmware in the coming months to allow owners to start and drive the Model S with only an iPhone. While it isn’t yet exactly certain how this will work, there is speculation that it will involve Touch ID and may coincide with the launch of iOS 8 next month. The above screenshot of Version 6 is said to be in late beta...

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19:00
Alleged iPhone 5.5-inch chassis backplate leaked in...

New photos allegedly from "deep within Apple's supply chain" have revealed what could be the backplate for the little-leaked 5.5-inch version of the "iPhone 6." The photos show the chassis of the larger "phablet" device next to the same part from the 4.7-inch version, suggesting that the models will be similar apart from sizing. It should be noted that these images could well be from Chinese knock-off devices based on rumored specs, such as the Android-based Goophone....

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18:12
SparkyLinux GameOver Is a Winning Work-Play Combo


The SparkyLinux GameOver 3.4 Edition may be one of the best Linux distros catering to game players you will find. It is a full-service specialty Linux OS with a focus on gaming. Linux distro developers usually do one of two things about games. One, they provide none or only a few low-impact card and puzzle titles. Two, they build in links to the PlayOnLinux and Steam websites. Historically, few Linux distros have catered to serious game playing. The few that did are mostly now discontinued or inactive.

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18:11
Judge rules that Apple can’t recover $16M legal fees...


Judge Lucy Koh ruled earlier today that Apple would not be able to recover the roughly $16 million in legal fees incurred while suing Samsung for patent infringement, according to a new report. Apple would have had to prove to the court that the case was exception in order to recover the legal costs, which Koh said it had failed to do.
Judge Koh rejects Apple bid for about $16 mln in legal fees from Samsung. A drop in the bucket for those attys.— Dan Levine (@FedcourtJunkie) August 21, 2014
While the...

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18:03
Final Cut Pro X 10.1.3

Improves the reliability of burning a Blu-ray Disc or creating a Blu-ray disk image ($299.99 new, free update, 2.28 GB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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

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

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

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17:34
Judge denies Apple bid to recover attorneys'...

U.S. district Judge Lucy Koh handed down two orders on Wednesday dealing with the first Apple v. Samsung California court trial, one denying Apple's motion to recover $16 million in attorney fees from Samsung and another releasing a $2.6 million bond posted to block sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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17:00
Apple updates Safari 7.1/6.2 beta, OS X Mavericks...

On Wednesday, Apple released two betas for its Safari web browser, as well as a new beta for OS X Server. The Safari betas, 7.1 for Mavericks and 6.2 for Lion and later, add new features to WebKit, the rendering engine at the heart of the browser. In addition, Apple has asked testers to focus on general website compatibility in light of changes in some defaults, and tie-ins to forthcoming features in OS X and iOS. The new OS X Server beta requires the latest Mavericks (10.9.4)....

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16:50
Twitter makes random tweets, favorites on timelines...

Twitter users may have seen a number of items showing up in their feeds from users they don't follow for the last few weeks. In what was thought to be one of the company's experiments, tweets from users that aren't followed and random favorites from others were showing up in timelines. It appears that the feature is no longer in testing, as Twitter has added the new feature to its help page about timelines....

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16:17
Apple releases Safari 7.1 and 6.2, OS X Server 3.2...

Apple on Wednesday seeded the latest Safari 7.1 and 6.2 beta 3 builds and OS X Server 3.2 to developers, asking testers to focus on AutoFill, Smart Search and extensions, among other new features.

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16:00
Circle the Dot: A simple puzzle game that will make...

I hate Circle the Dot, but just spent three hours playing it. This simple puzzle game gives you a grid full of orange dots and one lonesome blue dot. Your goal is to circle the blue dot with orange dots in as few moves as possible. Only the blue dot...

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15:31
First photos of purported 5.5-inch 'iPhone 6...

A batch of photos out of Asia on Wednesday supposedly reveal a rear shell bound for Apple's "iPhone 6" and show a direct comparison between another alleged handset part.

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15:30
Premier Live: Football European Style

American interest in soccer, or football as it is known in the rest of the world, reached an all time high during the recent World Cup in Brazil. More and more Americans are following the top European leagues. Rifra has five apps that will allow you...

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15:12
OS X Server 3.2 developer preview, Safari 7.1 and 6....


Apple has released new beta builds of two coming versions of its Safari browser, versions 7.1 and 6.2. The two updates will be available for Mavericks and Mountain Lion users later this year, presumably. The update will introduce updates to the WebKit engine, including support for IndexedDB, Javascript Promies, and new CSS capabilities.
The last seed for these updates was published nearly a month ago, while the first build of each was...

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15:12
Meet the hero designer who publicly shamed Showtime...

AdWeek:

When Showtime invited Dan Cassaro to join a design “contest” he felt amounted to milking professionals for free work, he let the network—and the world—know how he felt about it.

After sending an email response slathered in sarcasm (“I know that boxing matches in Las Vegas are extremely low-budget affairs”), Cassaro then posted the exchange to Twitter.

Good for him! Far too many places want people to work for “exposure”. As soon as I can use exposure to pay my rent and buy food, I’ll work for it.
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15:00
World's largest Apple retail store may soon be...

Edgar Daily reports that an upcoming Apple retail store planned for the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai may prove to be Apple's largest yet.

After regional media picked up on UAE-based job advertisements by the Californian company, we have insider...

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

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

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14:46
New photos claim to show 5.5-inch ‘iPhone 6L’ shell...


New photos leaked online today claim to show the body of the upcoming 5.5-inch iPhone, recently dubbed the “iPhone 6L” in another leak. The parts in the images are said to have come directly from Apple’s supply chain, though that claim is obviously quite difficult to verify. The design of the body...

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

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

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14:30
Downloads for iOS is a decent file manager with...

Downloads - File Downloader & Manager is, as the name suggests, a universal app for iPhone and iPad that can download various types of files like documents, images, ZIP and RAR files. The app can then display certain (but not all) files you've...

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14:18
Briefly: FEMA's Spanish-language app, PopChar X...

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has launched a free Spanish-language app that provides disaster-related information for families and communities. Key features of the app include preparation-related safety tips for events such as flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes and other disasters, and an emergency meeting location tool that allows users to plan primary, secondary and out of state meeting locations. Users can locate a disaster recovery center after a Major Disaster Declaration with Individual Assistance has been issued. The feature provides information about how to offer volunteer servi...

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14:17
Best Buy slashes $75 off all iPad Air with Wi-Fi,...

Ahead of an expected refresh of Apple's iPad lineup, Best Buy on Wednesday announced a special one-day-only sale that takes $75 off all iPad Air with Wi-Fi models and the 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular, bringing the cost of entry down to $425.

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14:15
Heartbleed suspected to be point of entry for CMS...

Security firm TrustedSec says that it learned how hackers were able to obtain records from Community Health Systems (CHS). According to a statement released by the firm yesterday, the initial attack occurred through an OpenSSL vulnerability. An anonymous source tied to the investigation told the company that Heartbleed, a vulnerability that has made headlines in recent history, is to blame for the breach....

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14:12
Barnes & Noble Thrusts Nook Into Samsung's...


Barnes & Noble and Samsung on Wednesday jointly announced the Samsung the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. It is essentially the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tablet, rebranded and preloaded with B&N's content. The move immediately sparked a not-quite-favorable comparison to Amazon.
"It's an impressive effort, but even if they take a beachhead, they can't hold it," said tech analyst Rob Enderle. "Amazon can easily afford to counter them if they need to, and it is more likely to run them out of business more quickly."

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14:00
Beautifully crafted Desktop Chair v2 has your iPad...

There are a lot of ways to prop your iPad up without holding it in your hands. For example, just the other day we looked at the Ten One Design Magnus Air. Our iPad stand du jour is the Desktop Chair v2 (US$59.99), a design that was funded through...

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13:39
Latest OS X Yosemite beta enables screensharing via...

The sixth OS X Yosemite beta enables promised screensharing via Messages, a report notes. The feature requires simply that a person have an iMessage or Apple ID account. Some options include turning audio conversation on and off, pausing sharing, and blocking requests from a particular user....

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13:30
Over the iMac rainbow

I'm not sure if there are computers in these boxes, but if so, that's a dangerous game. Still, it's probably worth it for the sense of accomplishment you'd feel after pulling something like this off, right?

[Photo credit: Imgur]...

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

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

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Symantec condenses security line-up into one suite,...

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Apple releases a new video celebrating diversity of...

Apple recently released statistics touting the diversity found among its employees which, when compared to other tech companies, shows the company is working hard to mix up the makeup of its workforce. The same day Apple released that info, the...

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Manning or Brady? Peterson or McCoy? You decide with...

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HTC (M8)s With Microsoft


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Blogo 2 brings a native WordPress app to OS X

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Rumor: Apple to bump 'iPad Air 2' RAM to...

Buyers of Apple's next-generation 9.7-inch iPad will have more RAM to play with, according to a Wednesday report from the Republic of China, as the company is said to be preparing to offer the forthcoming revision of its popular tablet with two gigabytes of onboard RAM.

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Apple TV gets delayed NFL Now app

Nearly two weeks after its announcement on August 7th, the NFL Now Apple TV app has finally gone live. Functionally the app is similar to its iOS counterpart, providing a certain amount of free content, while hiding other material -- such as game highlights and NFL Films specials -- behind a paywall. The NFL is promising to add 105 hours of original content per week....

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

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11:14
AT&T bringing gigabit Internet to Silicon Valley...

AT&T has become the first major telecommunications provider to declare it will offer a gigabit Internet service in Silicon Valley in the future. The high-speed service will roll out in Cupertino, Apple's base of operations, though the company has not yet revealed when it will roll out the network in the area, when it will be available to customers, nor how much it will ultimately cost....

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11:02
Report claims next-gen iPad Air will double RAM...

A new report from Asian site TechNews.tw claims information from the Apply supply chain points to the next generation iPad Air doubling up on RAM from 1GB to 2GB. The additional memory would benefit system performance, especially during multitasking, when more memory-intesive tasks like browsing multiple websites in Safari and using other apps requires more RAM to function smoothly.
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Moovit for iPhone wants to fill the gap in transit...

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Hands-on: Google Photo Sphere Camera for iOS

Google’s Street View software and now-infamous bubble trucks are nifty, but old hat when it comes to virtual mapping. The newest craze: mapping nifty spots on the globe yourself. The company created its 360-degree Photo Spheres panorama option back in October 2012 for stock Android phones; since then, it’s earned a place within the Google Play store and as of Tuesday, a spot on iOS. Naturally, we had to take Google’s new Photo Sphere Camera app for a spin; here are some early thoughts.

Like many of Google’s other iOS app offerings, Photo Sphere Camera is sleek and speedy, mirroring the Android-influenced design found in the company’s other programs. Upon opening the app, you’ll have to grant Google access to your location (surprise, surprise); once you do, you’ll see...

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10:53
Cambridge Audio launches Go, Bluetone 100 Bluetooth...

Audio purveyor Cambridge Audio has revealed its new Bluetooth speaker line. Replacing the original Minx Go Bluetooth streamer, launched today are the Go and the Go Radio with similar stylings to the predecessor. Also released is the 100-watt Bluetone 100 streaming device....

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10:45
Uber adds API access, affiliate program for apps on...

Car-calling service Uber on Wednesday unveiled new API and affiliate programs that allow developers to integrate Uber services -- including destination finding, pickup times, fare estimates, and trip history -- into their own apps and earn Uber credits.

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Parrot Minidrone Rolling Spider

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

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10:30
Daily Deals for August 20, 2014, last chance on VPN...

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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First Look: Parrot Minidrone Jumping Sumo

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

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iMessage accounts for 30 percent of all mobile spam...

Over 30 percent of all mobile spam messages are now being sent through Apple's iMessage system, says Tom Landesman, a security researcher at Cloudmark. Many of the messages are pushing fake luxury products such as sunglasses and handbags. Landesman explains that spammers are taking advantage of several aspects of Apple's ecosystem....

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

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

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Parallels Desktop 10 brings Yosemite support, better...

We’re all Mac users here, but every once in a while—much as we might hate to admit it—we need to run the odd Windows app. Not only will the latest version of Parallels Desktop, announced on Wednesday, continue to handle that kind of task, but it also brings a host of new features, including increased performance, better integration between guest and host OSes, and support for the forthcoming release of OS X Yosemite.
Parallels has spent a lot of time fine-tuning performance in this newest version, yielding improvements like 30-percent more battery life for MacBook users, 60-percent faster loading of snapshots, 50-percent faster performance from Office 2014 apps, and 48-percent speedier opening of Windows files. The virtualization software will also make better use of both your disk space and memory, using only what it needs of the former (and, thanks to real-time optimization, cleaning up as...

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10:00
Vine for iOS updated with new camera, packs a...

Vine for iOS is getting a big update today, packing a new camera that adds a feature that those who use Instagram to share video have had for quite some time: the ability to create posts using clips from your camera roll. The new camera does more than add this method of creating posts, though, and includes many new tools for editing these videos to make your posts exactly what you want them to be.
The video import feature goes beyond what Instagram lets you do, with support for creating your post from more than one clip in your camera roll, and the ability to mix and match saved videos and shots taken in real time. Additionally, Vine says that slo-motion videos are also supported. When it comes to new post-capture editing tools,...

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Apple has no shame in pushing back product deadlines

Former Apple User Experience designer and evangelist Mark Kawano recently penned an interesting piece for Inc. detailing some of the lessons he learned during his 6+ year stint at Apple.

Given Apple's reputation for avoiding vaporware like the...

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

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

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09:33
Review: Zivix PUC Wireless MIDI Link

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

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09:30
Cambridge Audio releases three new wireless speakers

Cambridge Audio creates speaker products that are usually quite well-received by the press and by users. Last year, the company released the Minx Go and Minx Air 100 speakers, both of which were given a glowing review here on TUAW. Cambridge Audio...

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09:27
NFL Now channel arrives on Apple TV with highlights...

Nearly two weeks after first appearing in app form on the iPhone and iPad, the National Football League's new NFL Now digital content network has made its way to Apple's set-top streamer with news, highlights, and archival footage.

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

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

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