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Crowdfunding Roundup: Family robots and camera tomatoes

TUAW - 1 hour 34 min ago
Each week, TUAW provides readers with an update on new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects in the news. While our policy is to not go into detail on items that haven't reached at least 80 percent of their funding goal, this update is...

Office for iPad update adds support for third-party fonts, ability to send as PDF

AppleInsider - 1 hour 37 min ago
Microsoft's Office for iPad suite, which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint, was given a significant update on Thursday, giving users the ability to utilize third-party fonts in Word, and the option to export files as PDFs in all three programs, among other new additions.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-31

MacObserver - 1 hour 40 min ago

Russia says it thinks Apple and SAP are using their software to spy, so it wants both companies to hand over their code. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the motives behind Russia's demands and look at what could happen if both companies refuse to comply. They also jump into the middle of Amazon's latest posturing in its ongoing book pricing fight with Hachette.

Apple’s multi-terabit, $100M CDN is live--with paid connection to Comcast

MacWorld - 1 hour 42 min ago
The powerful content delivery network could help speed downloads of iOS and OS X updates--sure to be a boon when Apple releases the much-anticipated iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite later this fall. (arstechnica.com)

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Indiegogo and Wikipedia release new iOS apps, Waze adds updated voice guidance

AppleInsider - 1 hour 52 min ago
Crowdfunding site Indiegogo on Thursday unveiled an iOS app that allows users to back projects on the go, while internet encyclopedia Wikipedia launched a ground-up rewrite of its own native app and crowdsourced traffic information app Waze issued an update featuring improvements to its voice guidance system.

Wunderlist 3 makes many nice improvements

TUAW - 2 hours 34 min ago
Wunderlist is the cloud-based, task- and project-management solution from Germany's 6Wunderkinder. I say "solution" because it's available for iOS, OS X, Kindle Fire, Chromebook and the web. I've been playing with it for a few weeks and I'm quite...

Shazam lands on the Mac with new menu bar utility

TUAW - 3 hours 34 min ago
Shazam is now available on the Mac, landing in the Mac App Store as menu bar app. Announced today, the new utility identifies music and TV playing in your surrounding environment, notifying you when it has made a match. When a title is identified,...

The Week in iOS Apps: Jazz greats

MacWorld - 4 hours 4 min ago
Jazz greats

This week’s roundup of new apps includes a celebration of Blue Note, one of the greatest labels in jazz—and music—history. But if that's too heady for you, we've also got Sharknado.

Blue Note 75

The diamond anniversary of a legendary jazz label is celebrated in the Blue Note 75 iPad app. Immerse yourself in the history of the music: If you have a Spotify, Rdio, or Deezer subscription, the app ties into those accounts to give you album-length dips into the history being described. (Other users can listen to 30-second sound clips and buy albums and singles directly from iTunes.) In addition to timelines, artist catalogues, and more, the app also includes an interactive magazine featuring news and other information about jazz today.

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Why IDC sales estimates are complete BS

TUAW - 4 hours 11 min ago
Just last month we detailed why relying on marketshare predictions from research companies like IDC and Gartner often lead to disastrously off-base conclusions. Even more jarring is that these research firms can't even manage to put together...

Russia to Apple: All Your Code Are Belong to Us

MacObserver - 4 hours 16 min ago

Russia doesn't trust the United States government or Apple, so it is asking for source code from the Mac, iPhone and iPad maker to look for clues showing the devices are being used to spy on its citizens and government officials. The country also wants source code from SAP citing privacy concerns.

The Mac Observer Spin: Targeting Apple and SAP with the code request makes sense considering both are high profile companies that are unlikely to cooperate. That may be exactly what Russian officials are hoping for, or they may simply be posturing by naming popular and well known companies.

Samsung earnings disappoint as company blames competition in smartphone space

AppleInsider - 4 hours 20 min ago
While Apple continues to see strong growth with its hot-selling lineup of smartphones, rival Samsung reported lower-than-expected earnings on Thursday, posting its smallest profit in two years.

Runtastic Orbit: The new activity tracker on the block

TUAW - 4 hours 34 min ago
It seems like everyone is getting into the wearables market these days. There's Fitbit, Misfit, Nike Fuel Band, Withings Pulse, and about twenty others I can think of. So when a new tracker shows up on the market, it has to have some redeeming value...

Ember for Mac gains 'hugely-requested' screen recording feature

TUAW - 5 hours 4 min ago
Popular web clipper and digital scrapbooking app Ember was updated today with a killer new feature -- the ability to make a video recording of your screen. No longer limited by only static images, Ember now allows you to capture your screen as you...

Obsolete arguments

MacWorld - 5 hours 4 min ago

Hey, remember when the New York Times accused Apple of deliberately obsoleting iPhones? Let’s do that again.

“Hold the Phone: A Big-Data Conundrum” (tip o’ the antlers to Ellyn MacNamara).

Writing for the Times, Harvard economics professor Sendhil Mullainathan notes that Laura Trucco, a Ph.D. student in economics at Harvard, checked Google results for “iPhone slow” searches and found they correlated with launches of new phones. This is apparently a thing you can do to get credit toward a Harvard Ph.D.

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Shazam Song Recognition Comes to the Mac

MacObserver - 5 hours 19 min ago

The iPhone music identification app Shazam is getting a little less mobile, but in a good way. A new version for OS X was released on Thursday that offers the same discovery features as its iPhone counterpart, but designed to live in your Mac's menu bar.

The Mac Observer Spin: Not having to scramble for your iPhone in a coffee shop to Shazam a song that's playing sounds pretty cool.

Rumor Roundup: Gin it up for pageviews

TUAW - 5 hours 34 min ago
Apple unlikely to release the 5.5-inch iPhone and iWatch in December as rumored (9to5 Mac) A post on a Chinese social network claims the products earlier rumored to launch next year will instead be launched in December. As 9to5 Mac correctly points...

Resurgent T-Mobile passes 50M subscribers, but CEO refuses to talk about Apple's 'iPhone 6'

AppleInsider - 5 hours 40 min ago
U.S. carrier T-Mobile on Thursday posted strong results for its fiscal second quarter, adding 1.5 million subscribers, more customers than any other wireless provider, while recording a $391 million profit on revenues of $7.2 billion.

Get Ready for 1Password Everywhere in iOS 8

MacObserver - 6 hours 28 min ago

AgileBits, the maker of the popular password management app 1Password, is ready to move beyond auto-filling website logins only in their own iPhone and iPad app and plans to bring that functionality to any app that taps into its API in iOS 8. With 1Password support built into other apps, users will be able to enter their user names and passwords with Touch ID, and AgileBits has a video showing just how seamless the process can be.

The Mac Observer Spin: One touch login via Touch ID and 1Password is a perfect example of why Apple needed to open up iOS more. Features like this will make the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch so much easier to use.

Percentage Calculator does the math so you don't have to

TUAW - 6 hours 34 min ago
Percentage Calculator is one of those utility apps that you don't realize you need until you need it. The app is not your typical calculator with a numeric keypad and operators. Instead, it's a forumla tool that lets you calculate interest,...

Master your windows with Moom and Zooom

MacWorld - 6 hours 34 min ago

If you’re still fiddling with title bars and thin window edges to move and resize windows, Moom and Zooom can make window management easier and more convenient. In this week’s video, I show you how each of these utilities can improve your windowing workflows.


OS X has changed dramatically over the years, but working with windows in OS X hasn’t. You still move windows around by their title bar, and you resize windows by dragging a tiny area along the edge.

If these actions still feel like a hassle to you, you’ll want to check out a couple fantastic utilities, Moom and Zooom/2, that make working with windows easier and more convenient.

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