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Apple expands Volume Purchase Program to 16 new countries in education, business push

AppleInsider - Fri, 2014-08-22 22:04
As promised in July, Apple on Friday expanded its Volume Purchase Program for apps and iBook titles to 16 new countries, including major markets in the Middle East and South America.

Two Free iOS Writing and Note Apps

MacObserver - Fri, 2014-08-22 19:21

Need a note or writing app? Vern Seward points out two in this week's Free on iTunes. Matcha and FetchNotes.

Week of Who, Day Five: Curse of Fatal Death

MacObserver - Fri, 2014-08-22 19:11

Week of Who concludes today with The Curse of Fatal Death, a special produced as part of a telethon for the Red Nose Day charity. This is a notable piece of Doctor Who history because it makes more than a few connections between the old series and the new, notable among them being that the "episode" was written by now current executive producer of Doctor Who, Steven Moffat. It was part of the Red Nose Day telethon in 1999, and has been affectionately adopted as part of the Whoniverse. Like a ridiculous, but lovable uncle, if your uncle was Rowan Atkinson. Enjoy the new series!

Slices of Apple episode two: Back from the brink

TUAW - Fri, 2014-08-22 19:00
In this episode we discuss Apple's dalliance with clones, Steve Jobs founding NeXT and the return of Jobs to Apple. In the next episode we'll interview a call center rep, a former Apple Genius and our own Steve Sande. It's the first of our...

BlackBerry jumps on reports of iMessage spam to tout the benefits of BBM

TUAW - Fri, 2014-08-22 18:00
Given the recent spate of stories centering on iMessage being a haven for spammers, the official BlackBerry Blog seized the opportunity to pen a post detailing 5 reasons why BlackBerry's own BBM messaging service is impervious to the spam reportedly...

Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

TUAW - Fri, 2014-08-22 17:00
Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free Duckie Deck Trash Toys...

Apple activates iPhone 5 battery replacement program, to swap out affected parts for free

AppleInsider - Fri, 2014-08-22 16:28
Apple on Friday announced a free replacement program for iPhone 5 batteries after discovering certain units sold during a five-month period after the product's launch in 2012 contain faulty components.

Secret app to restrict photo uploads, block posts with real names in update

AppleInsider - Fri, 2014-08-22 16:18
Anonymous social networking app Secret on Friday announced a number of changes to be introduced in its next update, including photo upload limitations and more aggressive restrictions on using real names in posts.

Felix's customizable HoldTight case: Colorful, flexible fun

TUAW - Fri, 2014-08-22 16:00
Felix has some great products available for iPad and iPhone, from the FlipBook for iPad and iPad mini to the crazy fun TwoHands stand. Their latest iPhone product, the HoldTight case for iPhone 5/5s (US$29.99) is a take on the iPhone case/wallet meme...

Gro Recycling: Feed your brain with this trash game

TUAW - Fri, 2014-08-22 15:30
Gro Recycling is a fun educational game that teaches children about recycling and the process involved in taking a recyclable material and turning it into a new product. Players must "feed" the right recyclable material to the correct bin and then...

Why Everything Gets Better With Apple, Worse for Others

MacObserver - Fri, 2014-08-22 15:10

The evolution of technology often results in frustrating corporate pratfalls. Companies, desperate for growth, perhaps survival, make decisions that annoy, even alarm us. Why doesn't that happen to Apple? John explains.

Samsung's ALS challenge video completely misses the point

TUAW - Fri, 2014-08-22 15:00
By now you've heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, even if you don't know exactly what it is. Seemingly millions of people have dumped buckets of ice water on their heads to raise awareness and money for ALS funding. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis,...

Bill Gates’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Video

MacObserver - Fri, 2014-08-22 14:40

Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates is just one of a ton of folks who have accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge-we posted Apple CEO Tim Cook's public challenge last week-but his video has a higher production value than most. In fact, it's awesome. And funny, though we did note a distinct lack of ice in the ice bucket he poors over his head. But never mind, he challenged Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, TV personality Ryan Seacrest, and Chris Anderson from TED, and he had fun doing it. Mr. Gates didn't announce how much money he was donating, but then he never toots his own philanthropic horn, despite being the most prolific philanthropist since the word was invented. So, watch the video and consider donating some money yourself.

Coin Credit Card Launches Beta, Pushes Final Release to Spring 2015

MacObserver - Fri, 2014-08-22 14:07

Coin, the company that makes the self-titled Coin credit card replacement, announced a beta program for 10,000 users willing to try Coin Beta. The program is designed to put the device through real-world testing while the final release of Coin Gold is pushed back to "spring 2015." Coin was originally supposed to launch in the summer of 2014.

Apple tattoo makes it permanent

TUAW - Fri, 2014-08-22 14:00
According to our poll, over half of you think that Flickr user Terry Johnston is crazy for expressing his devotion to Apple in such a way. I, for one, don't find it nearly as strange, though it would seem to be more appropriate if we could pick out...

Daily Deals for August 22, 2014, featuring the Award-Winning MacLovin Bundle

TUAW - Fri, 2014-08-22 13:30
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....

Coin 'connected credit card' for Apple's iOS devices delays launch to 2015

AppleInsider - Fri, 2014-08-22 13:21
The makers of Coin -- a Bluetooth-enabled "connected card" designed to allow users to store magnetic stripe information for multiple credit and debit cards on a single device -- on Friday announced that they would delay a full launch until next year, but would begin sending out 10,000 "beta" units to pre-order customers sooner.

FunBITS: Learn Knot Tying the iPhone Way

TidBITS - Fri, 2014-08-22 13:08
Barely able to tie your shoes, much less rig a sailboat? Josh Centers has discovered a an iOS app that can open up a world of adventure.


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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-22

MacObserver - Fri, 2014-08-22 13:08

Apple's HealthKit was originally presented as a way for iPhone owners to collect their own health and fitness data and share it with healthcare providers, but now that may include insurance companies, too. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about what implications may be in store for consumers if they're sharing their fitness tracking data with insurance providers, and they dive into a report claiming iPhone 6 production has been delayed because of a display redesign.

Camu is a unique way to take and edit your photos and videos

TUAW - Fri, 2014-08-22 13:00
After reviewing hundreds of camera apps it's hard to not get jaded. They are often endless variations on a theme, all doing the work of shooting and editing OK, but not bringing much new to the game. Camu (free) hits the ground with a fresh approach...
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