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Briefly: Castle of Illusion for Mac, iOS 8 keyboard beta

7 minutes ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Feral Interactive today announced the upcoming release of its fairytale platforming game Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, a reworking of the SEGA Genesis and Mega Drive original. Players navigate the 3D game as Mickey, with the goal of rescuing Minnie Mouse from the evil witch Mizrabel. Players will run, jump, swing and swim through whimsical levels such as a haunted forest, and solve puzzles along the way.

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Kobe Bryant confirms meeting with Apple designer Jonathan Ive

18 minutes ago | Posted in: gadgets, Apple

In a new TV interview, LA Lakers player Kobe Bryant confirms that he did recently meet with Apple design head Jonathan Ive. Talking with Bloomberg, though, Bryant makes no mention of the iWatch or other future Apple products. Instead he says that he has been talking to leaders across industries to learn more about the product creation process, since he is moving into business as he comes to the end of his basketball career.

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Apps: FinderPop, Yummy FTP, iTube

2 hours ago | Posted in apps

    2.1MB

    FinderPop 2.5.6 (free)

    FinderPop is a preference pane that allows users to extend OS X’s contextual menus with additional controls. In v2.5.6 “Move To…” and “Copy To…” scripts have been added to the FinderPop Extras folder. These only become available when a user has a Finder selection, and give users the option to chose a destination folder for the selection. A minor bug in the finderpop-daemon has been fixed with this release.

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    Yummy FTP 1.9.3 ($15)

    Yummy FTP is a multi-connection file transfer engine that allows users to manage an online file storage server. Compatibility with OS X Yosemite is included with the latest release, along with a number of interface improvements. In addition, various minor bugs have also been resolved.

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    iTube 2.0 ($3)

    iTube allows users to watch their favorite YouTube videos right on their desktop. Videos are played back in the software Smart Player, which provides controls for changing the size of the video. Version 2.0 contains a number of small updates and fixes.

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    Dropshare 3.2.2 ($4)

    Dropshare is a menu bar app that files can be dragged to for instant uploads to a personal server. The latest release offers an improved method for automatically uploading screenshots, as well as support for using custom domains for Amazon S3 uploads. Additionally, a rare error where URLs to S3 would not be correctly shortened has been fixed.

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    Espionage 3.6 ($30)

    Espionage is a data security tool that allows users to encrypt and password protect individual folders. New features in v3.6 include support for creating fake folder sets and fake disk images, an option for setting the default image disk location, and the ability to open a folder when unlocking it by holding Shift. The latest release also now includes support for multiple monitor setups, as well as a better architecture for handling disk images on external drives.

 
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Apple patents smartwatch concept with gesture, proximity features

2 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, Apple

The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a comprehensive patent titled Wrist-worn electronic device and methods therefor, which describes a number of the ideas the company has since integrated into its upcoming iWatch. The concept watch -- in diagrams referred to as the "iTime" -- would, for instance, be able to connect to devices like iPhones, iPads, and desktops. An unusual suggestion though is that it might be dependent on a special wristband, equipped with technologies such as accelerometers, GPS, haptic feedback, biometric sensors, and/or wireless receivers.

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UE Boom adds model with skate artist Don Pendleton graphics

3 hours ago | Posted in: audio

Logitech's boutique audio line Ultimate Ears is expanding its limited-edition lineup of UE Boom with the announcement of its collaboration with artist Don Pendleton on UE Boom -- Jettison Edition. This limited-edition run of UE Boom is designed with Pendleton's distinct organic cubist graphic style and is the latest in a series of one-of-a-kind acoustic skins for UE Boom.

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Verizon posts $7.7 billion income, first wired profit in seven years

4 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry

Verizon Communications has released its second quarter 2014 financial results. The company reports its sixth consecutive quarter of double-digit percentage growth in operating income and earnings per share, with $31.5 billion in revenue, a 5.7 percent increase from a year ago, with income of $7.7 billion, a 17.2 percent increase from the year-ago quarter.

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Seoul seeks ban of Uber, develops own taxi-booking mobile app

5 hours ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps

South Korean capital Seoul could potentially ban Uber in the city, in favor of its own still-in-development app. The city government advised that it would try to ban the car-hailing app, as current South Korean law makes it illegal to provide any sort of fee-based transportation service via privately-owned vehicles not registered to do so with local authorities.

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New commercial debuts for MacBook Air, entitled 'Stickers'

11 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

An new ad by Apple that debuted on Monday takes something of a different approach than the company's recent iPhone and iPad commercials -- both in that it features a Mac (in this case the MacBook Air) and that shows off clearly-used equipment featuring user's methods of customizing their Air models mostly through the use of stickers, giving the ad its name. Using a stop-motion approach, dozens of customized MBAs are shown at one point even "playing" a game of Space Invaders on the lid.

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Several backdoors included on every iOS device, researcher says [U]

12 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, security, Apple, iPad

[Updated with rebuttal from Apple] Apple's iOS platform contains several backdoors that may allow for Apple and/or governments to collect private data, according to a forensic scientist, Jonathan Zdziarski. Presenting at the recent Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE/X) conference, Zdziarski said that that there are several conspicuous design gaps -- and some deliberately-included forensic services -- that make it possible to extract data using forensic tools. The services have names such as "lockdownd," "pcapd," and "mobile.file_relay."

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Intel boosts speed in latest Core i5, i7 high-end processors

12 hours ago | Posted in: computers

Intel has goosed the speed in its latest Haswell Core i5 and Core i7 processors, first unveiled yesterday. The new chips are destined for notebooks such as the MacBook Pro, which is expected to get a speed bump sometime this summer. The new clock speeds range from 2.2GHz to 3.0GHz across three new Core i5 models and four new Core i7 offerings. In addition, four budget "Bay Trail" Celeron and Pentium processors were released as well, rated between 1.58GHz and 2.16Hz.

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WSJ claims Apple preparing 70-80M 'iPhone 6' units for fall launch

14 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, Apple

A new report citing unnamed sources "familiar with the matter" claims that Apple has put in orders for its largest-ever initial iPhone run, asking suppliers Foxconn and Pegatron to produce between 70 million and 80 million units for the devices' debut in the fall through the end of the year. Claiming that the order includes both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models (though the latter has yet to reveal solid evidence of actually existing), the new upcoming production run compares to the 50-60 million units ordered for the iPhone 5s and 5c last year.

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Briefly: 'Post-Play' for Apple TV Netflix, Curio 9.1

16 hours ago | Posted in: software, Apple

Television and movie streaming service Netflix is updating its integrated app for Apple TV. Its popular web and iPad feature "Post-Play" has been brought to the Apple TV, allowing users a brief countdown once a show's credits begin rolling, followed by automatic playing of the next episode in a series - unless otherwise interrupted. AppleInsider has speculated that though the Post-Play feature was found on multiple Apple TV units during testing, it is likely that the update has yet to be fully released to all customers.

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Apple issues EFI update for mid-2011 MacBook Air running Mavericks

16 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, software, Apple

On Monday, Apple posted an EFI update specifically aimed at the mid-2011 model MacBook Airs that are running OS X 10.9.2 (Mavericks) or later. The update addresses two wake-from-sleep issues: one in which the computer would take longer than expected to wake from sleep, and the other (more rare) issue of cooling fans ramping up to full speed on waking from sleep. Owners must meet both conditions (mid-2011 MBA, and running Mavericks 10.9.2 or later) for the update to apply.

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Apple to again wipe CloudKit database for iOS 8, Yosemite betas

18 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, software, developer, Apple

Apple has informed developers testing both of the forthcoming Apple platform releases, iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite, that it will again delete content stored on the CloudKit database serving both platforms tomorrow, July 22. Although details were not listed this time, the effect is expected to be the same as the previous "wipe" of the database, which took place on July 7. Anyone testing the iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library or Mail Drop attachment features will see their cloud-stored data destroyed.

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Report: Yahoo buying ad platform and mobile analytic company Flurry

20 hours ago | Posted in: industry, software

Yahoo could be looking for aggressive growth in its mobile platforms, as reports from Recode and TechCrunch indicate that the search company is acquiring mobile analytic and advertising startup Flurry. While official news of the deal has yet to be announced, sources say that the news is expected to come in later today.

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Facebook adds Save, creates list for future media consumption

21 hours ago | Posted in: software, iPad apps

Facebook users no longer need to worry about trying to find a post on that interesting band or restaurant they didn't have time to read. The social media company announced today that it launched Save, a feature that allows users to collect items for later consumption into one place. The feature is rolling out to mobile app and web-based users of the social media service.

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Apple seeds fourth preview betas of iOS 8, OS X Yosemite [u]

22 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, troubleshooting, software, developer, Apple, iPad

(Updated with other beta releases, more Yosemite changes) Apple is now seeding its fourth betas of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite to developers. Perhaps the most significant change is in the latter, which includes the first beta of iTunes 12. The updated media player uses a flatter, streamlined design more in keeping with Yosemite, and is the first version to support Family Sharing, something also present in iOS 8. While Yosemite is still only accessible to developers, sources claim that the first public beta could go live later this month, after Apple has put more polish on it.

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Snowden: Dropbox is 'hostile to privacy,' cloud needs zero knowledge

22 hours ago | Posted in: industry, security

In an interview with UK newspaper The Guardian last week, fugitive American whistleblower Edward Snowden made it clear that he opposed cloud companies that had access to user data. He specifically pointed out Dropbox as being "hostile to privacy" for a number of reasons, including a board appointment of an ex-government official with ties to suspected privacy violations.

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Western Digital extends WD Red NAS drive range, launches WD Red Pro

23 hours ago | Posted in: upgrades/storage

Western Digital has updated its Network Attached Storage-focused WD Red range of hard drives with new capacities and models. The main WD Red line now includes drives with 5-terabyte and 6-terabyte capacities, while the new WD Red Pro drive line is aimed at medium to large businesses, including a few additions to help in an enterprise environment.

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New iPhone 6 leak shows updated rear shell with inlaid Apple logo

23 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone

New photos show what is believed to be a rear shell for the iPhone 6 from a later stage of manufacturing. The shell notably has an iPad-style inlaid Apple logo, and a smoother overall appearance, unlike some earlier leaked shells. The reason for the switch to an inlaid logo is unclear, but it's speculated that Apple may want it to light up, possibly to serve as a notification light, something present on many non-Apple smartphones.

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iOS apps: GoodReader 4, Cut the Rope, Actions for iPad

Mon July 21, 2014 | Posted in iOS apps

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    GoodReader 4 4.2 ($7)

    GoodReader is a PDF reader that features both annotation and cloud sync capabilities. In v4.2 Auto Sync can now be executed in the background, meaning users can continue reading documents while the sync engine is running. Additionally, the Auto Sync can also now be scheduled for automatic periodical execution.

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    Cut the Rope 2.4 ($3)

    Cut the Rope is the iPhone version of Chillingo's popular puzzle game where players attempt to feed Om Nom candy. The game includes 350 levels that are broken down into 14 boxes, each with its own theme and gameplay elements. A new set of levels, dubbed Pillow Box, has been added in v2.4. In this set of levels Om Nom has fallen asleep and users must use lamps to illuminate stars and wake him up.

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    Actions for iPad 1.2 (free)

    Actions allows an iPad to be used as a remote controller for any computer app. Users can set up custom shortcuts for any function offered by a desktop app, and organize these shortcuts into Sets and Subsets. A new Keyboard power-up has been added as an in-app purchase for this release. This power-up givers users the ability to recall the keyboard at anytime with a quick swipe. Network reliability has also been improved, and various minor bugs have been fixed.

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    Hipstamatic 277 ($2)

    Hipstamatic is a mobile photography application that looks to replicate the look and feel of plastic toy cameras. The update fixes a bug that prevented users from uploading images to Flickr. Several other minor bugs have also been addressed with this release.

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    Twitter 6.9.1 (free)

    Twitter is the official iOS client for the popular social networking site. Through the software users can view their timeline, replies, and direct messages, as well as post new messages. This minor update includes several small changes to the UI and to Direct Messages.

 

Analyst consensus calls for Apple to beat official Q3 forecast

Mon July 21, 2014 | Posted in: Investor, Apple

In tomorrow's results call, Apple may beat official revenue guidance for its fiscal third quarter, according to a consensus forecast compiled by Fortune. The magazine polled over two dozen analysts, and came up with a consensus of $38.4 billion, topping the $36-38 billion Apple predicted when revealing its Q2 results. The poll group was split between 15 professionals and 12 amateurs, of which the latter are said to be the most optimistic.

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Apple confirms Chongqing store opening for July 26

Mon July 21, 2014 | Posted in: Apple

A new Apple Store will open in Chongqing, China on July 26 at 10AM local time, according to the company's website. The outlet is situated in the Paradise Walk Mall; it should be a prominent landmark in the area, rising at least three stories tall with a massive glass facade similar to its twin in Shanghai. At present, that facade is covered with a "coming soon" logo featuring colored dots sprayed out from the building's Apple logo.

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Briefly: Google Now reminders in search, Netflix privacy mode testing

Mon July 21, 2014 | Posted in: software, Graphics/Web Design

Google is now allowing for the creation of reminders in Google Search. Similar to the vocal method using Google Voice Search and Google Now on smartphones, Google Operating System reports users can set a reminder by typing "Add reminder" or "Create Reminder" in the search box. A reminder card with extra settings will then appear, with a "Remind me on Google Now" link finalizing the notification.

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Apple announces 2014 iTunes Festival lineup, ticket lottery

Mon July 21, 2014 | Posted in: audio, Apple

Apple has revealed some of the lineup of its iTunes Festival 2014, which will again take over London's Roundhouse for 30 days and nights this September, and feature more than 60 bands. The month-long event, which is streamed live over a dedicated Apple TV channel, the iTunes Festival app on iOS devices and iTunes, offers free tickets won by lottery for fans in London by entering ballots on iTunes, while fans everywhere can win them through competitions run by local media partners.

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Review: Razer Kraken Pro headset

Sun July 20, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, audio

Gaming headphones are a challenge to get right, for a long list of reasons that are unique to the consumer buying them. Some shoppers want a universal set of headphones, some weigh the difference in the configuration, while others just want something with a good built-in microphone for voice chat. What about gamers looking for their next set of headphones for longer gaming sessions? Razer, a brand many gamers are familiar with, may have a solution with the Kraken Pro headset. But is it good enough for gaming as well as everyday needs? Find out in our review.

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Facebook launches 'buy' button test on news feed ads, business pages

Sun July 20, 2014 | Posted in: industry, enterprise

Less than a month since Twitter began testing a "buy now" button on the social media service, Facebook has jumped into the arena to offer its own "buy" button. The new feature is being tested with a small number of businesses as a way to drive commerce directly to those involved, without requiring people to leave Facebook to complete a transaction.

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Twitter changing the way direct messages are managed, accessed

Sun July 20, 2014 | Posted in: software

Last week, Twitter announced that it is going to issue an update on how direct messages are handled on the micro-blogging service. The update makes deleting direct messages consistent across all platforms, allowing users a single action for removal, rather than deleting across every interface version. Another update is coming that changes how direct messages are handled across the numerous platforms, to give users access to their complete messaging history.

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