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Microsoft Launches New Cortana vs. Siri Ad Showing Off Context-Aware Reminders
Microsoft today launched a new commercial comparing its new Cortana virtual assistant to Apples virtual assistant Siri, demonstrating how the former is able to perform contextually-aware tasks using a number of services. Titled Happy Anniversary, the commercial shows Cortana and
Apple Close to Acquiring Radio Streaming Service Swell for $30 Million
Apple is close to acquiring talk radio curation service Swell for about $30 million, reports Re/code. Swells iOS app launched last year and allows users to listen to streaming audio
Chart Suggests Speed-Bumped 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pros with 16GB of RAM Standard Coming Soon
Apple may be planning to launch a slightly refreshed line of 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros complete with faster Haswell processors and 16GB of RAM standard, according to a photo said to have come from the companys Chongqing, China store (via
Bare iPhone 6 Logic Board Surfaces, Claimed to Support NFC and 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Claimed internal components for the iPhone 6 are beginning to surface with increasing frequency as it is now likely less than two months until launch. In line with those developments, a new set of photos shared by Nowhereelse.fr reveal what
Apple Reportedly Acquired 'Pandora for Books' Startup BookLamp In April
Apple has acquired BookLamp, a Pandora for books startup that aimed to provide personalized book recommendations to readers via specialized algorithms, reports TechCrunch. BookLamp first shut down in April. BookLamp was known for its Book Genome project, a book discovery
U.S. House Approves Bill Making Smartphone Unlocking Legal, Obama Pledges to Sign it Into Law
Were one step closer to being able to legally unlock smartphones again, as the United States House of Representatives today passed legislation that legalizes cell phone unlocking, unanimously voting in favor of the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act.
Bose Sues Beats for Patent Infringement Over Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Bose today filed a lawsuit against Beats Electronics, accusing Beats of infringing on a number of patents related to noise cancellation and other audio technologies (via TechCrunch). The lawsuit accuses Beats Studio and Studio Wireless branded headphones, which advertise Adaptive
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Rumor: In-store signage outs speed-bumped MacBook Pros, 16GB of RAM to come standard
A photo out of China on Sunday supposedly shows iPad-based Apple Store signage detailing the companys anticipated MacBook Pro refresh, which is expected to come with an updated processor lineup and 16GB of RAM across the board.
Apple, Inc's double digit U.S. Mac growth contradicts IDC & Gartner reports of a Mac sales slump
Apple reported "strong double digit growth" in its Mac sales in the U.S., directly contradicting the earlier estimates published by IDC and Gartner that stated Apples U.S. Mac sales fell year-over-year in the June quarter and calling into question the
Alleged 'iPhone 6' logic board claimed to include 802.11ac Wi-Fi, NFC chip
A series of new photos out of China claims to show the logic board for Apples anticipated "iPhone 6," with information accompanying the pictures alleging that the board includes support for ultra-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi, as well as near-field communications for
Swatch denies rumor it's working with Apple on 'iWatch'
Swiss watchmaker Swatch has moved to quickly extinguish rumors that claimed it is working with Apple on the companys hotly anticipated "iWatch."
Apple acquires startup BookLamp for between $10M to $15M in bid to bolster iBooks discovery
Apple on Friday confirmed reports that it recently acquired book analytics firm BookLamp -- dubbed the "Pandora for Books" -- in April to bolster its fight in the e-book sales market, bringing better discovery and analytics to its digital storefront.
Public beta launch nearly doubles OS X 10.10 Yosemite adoption despite download issues
The share of Mac-based Web traffic generated by Apples OS X 10.10 Yosemite doubled since the company released a beta version to the public on Thursday, though some users are seeing problems downloading the next-generation operating system.
Cellular device unlocking bill passed by US House, President Obama says will sign into law
After passing through U.S. Senate last week, the House of Representatives on Friday cleared a bill regarding cellphone and tablet owners rights to unlock their hardware for use on a different carriers network.
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Buying guide: Find the best iPad keyboard
Editor’s note: We regularly update this buying guide to reflect the latest accessories on the market and to remove products that are no longer available. We’ve noted recent additions and removals in each section.For serious typing sessions—or if you just
Numi 2.0.1 review: Not your typical Mac calculator
If there’s one constant across every Mac we’ve ever used, it’s the calculator. From System 1 to Yosemite, there’s always been a basic number cruncher baked right into the operating system, but for the most part, the calculators on our
Monotony review: Super simple RSS reader for your Mac
With Google Reader gone, the RSS readers that have popped up in its stead—like Feedly and Digg Reader—have largely strived to be fully featured replacements. Monotony (Mac App Store link) seems to revel in
BitPerfect review: Improve your iTunes music sound quality
In spite of the criticism levied against it, I tend to give iTunes the benefit of the doubt. It’s there, it does a serviceable job of managing and playing my music, it functions as a
Dreamweaver CC 2014 review: Web design and development tool gets even more visual
With the latest version of Dreamweaver, Adobe adds even more visual aids—so many that it might be possible to produce Web content without even looking at the application’s code view. But it’s not FrontPage 98 or PageMill 2.0, by a
Snapheal review: Make those background objects in your photos go away
Editor’s note: The following review is part of Macworld’s GemFest 2014. Every day (except weekends) from July until September, the Macworld staff will use the Mac Gems blog to briefly cover a standout
Marked 2 review: Preview and improve your online writing on the fly
Editor’s note: The following review is part of Macworld’s GemFest 2014. Every weekday from July until September, the Macworld staff will use the Mac Gems blog to briefly cover a standout free,
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‘Hello there’: Eight lessons from Microsoft’s awful job loss memo
Barely 10 days old, Stephen Elop’s Hello there memo has already become...
IDC and Gartner numbers do not jibe with Apple’s double digit U.S. Mac growth
Apple reported strong double digit growth in its Mac sales in the U.S...
After 25-years as a Windows-only developer, Serif unveils its first ever Mac product – free b(...)
Serif has announced it will imminently release its first ever product for Mac...
Apple-IBM partnership: Microsoft today, Google tomorrow
The partnership could have even more strategic value to Apple beyond the enterprise...
Apple acquires BookLamp book recommendation startup
Apple has made another acquisition, one that it is using to boost its e-books effort...
Apple shares hit new 52-week high
Shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL) rose $0.64...
Bill legalizing iPhone unlocking approved by U.S. House of Representatives
After the decision last year to make unlocking iPhones and cellular-capable iPads illegal...
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Sign in China store may have revealed next Retina MacBook Pro specs
A sign spotted by a Mac user at the new Paradise Walk Apple Store in Chongqing , China may have leaked the changes coming to the next lineup of 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro,
Review: JBL Synchros E40BT headphones
For all the different configurations of headphones on the market, its always a tough choice for buyers to get something that is just right. For consumers searching for a strong sound that dont
Reviews: JBL Synchros E40BT headphones
For all the different configurations of headphones on the market, its always a tough choice for buyers to get something that is just right. For consumers searching for a strong sound that dont
Briefly: Ozone 20414 Personal Learning Edition, VocaLive 2
E-on Software has announced the release of its Ozone 2014 Personal Learning Edition, a sun and atmospheric lighting simulator. The software produces ultra-realistic environments with volumetric clouds, accurate light dispersion, and natural phenomena
Samsung patent application for tablet sleeve uses prior Apple art
A new patent application from Samsung has surfaced in which the company is seeking to claim a patent on a new type of sleeve for tablets. While that may not be cause for
The Pirate Bay debuts 'The Mobile Bay' website, talks new sites
The Pirate Bay, a popular website linked to illegal torrent downloads, launched a new website last week that aims to make the experience of using the site easier for mobile users. The new
Briefly: Incase's Icon Sleeve, Chronos' Labelist 8
Mac accessories producer Incase has announced the introduction of its newest sleeve case for MacBook Pro and iPad. The Icon Sleeve features a construction comparable to that of performance footwear, offering lightweight framing
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The Week in iPad Cases: A distinguished teacup
A distinguished teacupThere’s a cup with a monocle in this week’s roundup of new iPad cases, alongside a few cats and some amazing plastic bubbles. And did we mention the monocle-wearing cup?Apple
Bose sues Beats over headphone patents
Headphone maker Bose has launched a patent-infringement lawsuit against rival Beats Electronics, which Apple recently agreed to acquire in a $3 billion dollar deal. In its complaint, Bose alleges that the “active noise cancellation” system in Beats Studio and Studio
The Week in iPhone Cases: Fixing a flat
Fixing a flatThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features lots of gemstone—both real and printed—and a pouch that lies flat whenever you need to fix a flat.Adopted
Apple faces privacy suit following Chinese TV report
An iPhone user has filed a lawsuit for invasion of privacy against Apple, about a week after a Chinese state broadcaster raised security concerns about the device’s location-tracking functions.The U.S. class action lawsuit, filed by a woman named Chen Ma,
Do the math: Figuring out what Apple's really worth
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13 things OS X Yosemite beta testers need to know
This article was originally published on Computerworld.com.For the first time since the OS X beta test of 2000, Apple is allowing Mac users to test and provide feedback on a prerelease version of OS X. The first 1 million people
Profits up, sales soft as Apple reports third-quarter earnings
Even as critics complain the company has lost a step, Apple’s profits keep climbing. The company released its fiscal third-quarter earnings report on Tuesday, reporting revenue of $37.4 billion and a net profit of $7.7 billion—a record June quarter for
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Talkcast tonight, 7pm PT/10pm ET: Finale Edition
New dial-in experience! Set up Fuze Meeting before the show if you want to join in live.Its that time for the last time, where we wrap up a bit of news and commentary on this weeks TUAW
Most popular and featured articles on TUAW you don't want to miss
Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other useful articles. Heres a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed:What would make
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates
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
All the best hardware and app reviews last week on TUAW
Last week was a busy one with new hardware and apps making their way into TUAWs virtual office. Heres a quick roundup of our recent reviews you may have missed.App ReviewsHemingway text editor comes to the Mac
Family Guy the Quest for Stuff has a new cameo filled Comic Con-themed update
The yearly Comic-Con International is happening this week and, to celebrate this gathering, a brand new con-themed update has been released for iOS game Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff. Your feud with the evil chicken will
OS X Yosemite Design: The good and the bad
Designer and Pixelapse co-founder Lo Min Ming took a magnifying glass to the design of OS X Yosemite and teased out those UI elements that have changed significantly, both for better and for worse, in Apples next-generation
Dog Days of Summer: Remington, the iPhone retriever
Sometimes we dont need to look very far to find candidates for Caturday and the Dog Days of Summer. For TUAW editor Kelly Hodgkins, she just had to chase after new family puppy Remington (AKA Remy). According
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The darkest hour is just before the dawn in latest True Blood episode, “Karma.”
It’s time for the various residents of Bon Temps to face the music. Karma’s a bitch, and in the latest episode of the final season of this hit vampire romance TV show from HBO, we’re gonna watch most of the…Read
Uniti wants to be the ultimate stand for all your Apple devices
Particularly with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite set to make all your Apple devices work together better than ever, it’s important to have a neat way of keeping your iPhone, iPad and Mac in close proximity. Looking to solve…Read
15-inch Retina MacBook Pro looks set to get a speed hike
We may be on the verge of receiving a refreshed 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro line, according to a leaked pricing chart apparently from Apple’s Chongqing, China store. The chart shows three different configurations of the MacBook. The first of these…Read
Best deals of the week: Xcode, asset designer bundle, Duracell, Loot Crate, and more!
Another week is in the books at Cult of Mac Deals. Today, we highlight five of the best deals we have to offer right now. These deals include courses in app development, training in Adobe software, and a subscription to receive…Read
Fly like a dragon (and smash into walls) in fun but flawed Dragon Raiders
I’m soaring through the air, dodging fallen trees and rocky overhangs, and evading plumes of sooty black smoke while trying to collect as many runes as I possibly can — and I’m loving it. Who would have thought being a dragon…Read
Stop being a slave to your computer with The Mac Mastery Bundle
A Mac computer is a solid choice when picking a user friendly machine. Still, users both new and old sometimes have difficulty becoming familiar with everything the Mac and it’s most popular software titles can do. Now you can easily…Read
Apple’s BookLamp acquisition aims to beat Amazon at its own game
Is Apple vs. Amazon the next “thermonuclear” tech war? Perhaps not quite yet, but with Amazon moving into smartphones, and Apple choosing to stock the books Amazon refuses to, competition is certainly heating up. That may go some way toward…Read
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Apple Reports Third Quarter Results
Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 third quarter ended June 28, 2014. The company posted quarterly revenue of $37.4 billion and quarterly net profit of $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue
Apple Announces Eighth Annual iTunes Festival in London
Apple today announced that Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Sam Smith, Blondie, Kylie, David Guetta, 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris, Chrissie Hynde, and many more of the world’s biggest artists will headline this year’s iTunes Festival. Returning to the
“Alive Inside” Film Explores Power of Music to Restore Memory
Re/code writes about “Alive Inside,” a documentary that chronicles the experiences of Alzheimer’s patients who have been revitalized through music. The film follows social worker Dan Cohen, whose nonprofit works to bring iPods loaded with personalized playlists to elderly Alzheimer’s
Sue Wagner Joins Apple’s Board of Directors
Susan L. Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock, has been elected to Apple’s board of directors. Bill Campbell, the board’s longest-serving member, is retiring after 17 years. Wagner co-founded BlackRock in 1988 and helped it become one of the
Apple and IBM Forge Global Partnership to Transform Enterprise Mobility
Apple and IBM have announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps, bringing IBM’s big-data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad. IBM MobileFirst for
Scripps TV Stations Deliver News in a Flash with Final Cut Pro X
Detroit’s largest broadcaster, WXYZ TV, is now using Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, and Mac Pro to edit its news programs. And by doing so, it has significantly accelerating the time it takes to move a news story from
Apple Announces Updates to iTunes U
Apple has announced updates to iTunes U, bringing educators and students great new tools to build and experience educational content on iPad. Beginning July 8, teachers using the free iTunes U app can create, edit, and manage entire courses directly
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