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MacSurfer's Archive: Thursday, July 4, 2013


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  • "Apple plotting iPhone sales overhaul, report says"  CNET News 8:04 AM
  • "Apple strategy to bring more iPhone sales to Apple Stores" TUAW 10:27 AM
  • "Why Apple's New Designed in California Ads are Strategic for the USA" Tech.pinions 12:58 PM
  • "Apple faces competitive hurdle in Brazil market: The tech giant has a small slice of Brazil's smartphone market, largely because of high import tariffs." Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:33 PM
  • "University professor calls for the iPhone and iPad to be banned as he sues Apple over a patent"  Daily Mail (UK) 8:01 AM
  • "Patent Trolls Are Now Crushing Parts Of The Developer Economy: News that Boston University is suing Apple over parts for the iPhone and iPad (the component in question is called 'highly insulating monocrystalline gallium nitride thin films'), is one more dull thud of the patent lawyers' dossier on the smartphone scene. The University already took action against Samsung back in March. But the bigger picture is that companies like Apple and Samsung are encouraging troll-like behavior. It is reverberating seriously on start-ups in the developer economy."  Forbes 7:31 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone 5 is the most hated handset - while the majority of people love the Samsung Galaxy S4, study finds"  Daily Mail (UK) 11:01 AM
  • "Smartwatch plot thickens as Apple trademarks iWatch" V3 7:42 AM
  • "Rival iWatch patents in China could derail Apple's global smartwatch trademarking blitz" The Next Web 7:44 AM
  • "Who owns the iWatch trademark in the UK? Apple is filing for iWatch trademark in Japan, Mexico and elsewhere - but what about here in the UK?" Macworld UK 7:53 AM
  • "Apple faces legal battle over iWatch trademark in US: Rival Californian firm files for iWatch trademark, seeks to crowdsource funding" Macworld UK 7:53 AM
  • "Apple releases OS X 10.8.5 to developers" AppleTell 7:37 AM
  • "Apple Extends iWork for iCloud Beta To More Users; Firefox Still Not Supported" AppleBitch 7:26 AM
  • "Apple's iWork for iCloud beta is super-speedy, a first look" Computerworld 11:13 AM
  • "First look: Keynote for iCloud/Keynote for iCloud defines Apple's vision for web 3.0." Electronista 7:58 AM
  • "Dropbox Keychains: Apple describes iCloud Keychain, one of the new features in OS X Mavericks, as a secure and easy way to manage your passwords across multiple devices. ... What Apple fails to mention is that you can already perform most of these features using Dropbox and any Mac running Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger or later"  Egg Freckles 9:53 AM
  • "Pages '09: 'The file format is invalid'" Betalogue 3:55 PM
  • "Sheets & Mavericks" Rixstep 2:33 PM
  • "Get started with AirPlay" Macworld 7:54 AM
  • "20 computer terms every Mac user should know" Macworld 7:54 AM
  • "Why Type When There are Shortcuts: yType from Plum Amazing Revisited" eXtensions 7:26 AM
  • "Assign an Apple ID to a Mac User Account in OS X for Added Peace of Mind" OS X Daily 3:03 PM
  • "Use Sidestep to Keep Your Browsing Private" Mactuts+ 7:37 AM
  • "Downgrading Your Airport Firmware Is Dead Easy — And May Help Fix Connectivity Troubles" Cult of Mac 7:49 AM
Press Releases
  • "Restaurant Empire 2 Open For Business At Mac Game Store" Inside Mac Games 9:19 AM
  • "Skype 6.6 for Windows and Mac offers video messaging tweaks, squashes bugs" BetaNews 7:55 AM
  • "A History Of Mac Wallpaper Designs" Cult of Mac 7:48 AM
  • "Feed Wrangler Now Imports Google Reader Folders As Smart Streams" Cult of Mac 7:48 AM
  • "Letters from Nowhere 2 is available on the Mac App Store" prMac 8:44 PM
  • "Plush - The Puzzle Game Sure To Be A Sleeper Hit On OS X" prMac 7:39 AM
  • "Remo ZIP 1.0 Free for OS X: 10 Levels of Fast, Lossless File Compression" prMac 7:38 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Irish MPs vote to let Apple off the tax inquiry hook" TUAW 2:13 PM
  • "iPad tops customer satisfaction in South Korea" iDownload Blog 7:58 AM
  • "Survey: Most Americans don't want wearable tech like iWatch, Google Glass" TechHive 8:48 AM
  • "Apple adopts new app pricing tiers, Chinese users to pay more" China Daily 7:52 AM
  • "Apple announces Nevada solar array in its 2012 Environmental Footprint Report" iDownload Blog 8:48 AM
  • "Flogging an iTunes app? Just 4k downloads will get you in Top 10" The Register 8:05 AM
  • "The Capacity Of A 160GB iPod Visualized As A Stack Of Vinyl. Hint: It's Huge" Cult of Mac 7:50 AM
  • "12 Badass American Inventions That Changed History" [11. The Macintosh 128K] Mashable 7:41 AM
  • "Apple marks 5 years of the App Store with new poster" TUAW 8:08 AM
  • "Picture this: Poster for Ashton Kutcher Jobs biopic debuts" Macworld 8:08 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Samsung's New Problem: High Expectations" [Paid Membership Required] 6:11 PM
  • "Gartner cuts global IT spending growth forecast in half as PC sales slump" BGR 6:11 PM
  • "San Francisco protests the NSA spying program in July 4th march" CNET News 3:58 PM
  • "Internet sites join July 4 protest against surveillance" Reuters 3:57 PM
  • "Carbonite: Preventing Data Disasters And Creating Profits For Investors" Seeking Alpha 9:18 AM
  • "Here's why most users won't be affected by the latest Android flaw" GigaOM 7:55 AM
  • "A 4-Year-Old Android Bug Could Bring Malware to 99% of Devices" Gizmodo 7:53 AM
  • "Samsung buys Boxee to extend smart TV reach" V3 7:43 AM
  • "iFixit Walks Us Through An iPhone 5 Battery Replacement [Video] Cult of Mac 7:59 AM
  • "MuscleNerd: Bootrom Exploit For Apple's Newer iDevices Still Undiscovered" AppAdvice 7:46 AM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "Hong Kong IP Office Grants Apple 15 iPhone Design Patents" Patently Apple 7:26 AM
  • "Apple looking into self-adjusting earbud headphones with noise cancellation tech" AppleInsider 7:25 AM
  • "Apple Takes a Third Crack at a New Speaker System for iDevices" Patently Apple 7:28 AM
  • "Apple Exploring Earbud Tech That Can Compensate For Specific Fit In Each User's Ear" TechCrunch 7:30 AM
  • "Apple Invents a Way to Restrict Interactions with a Touchscreen" Patently Apple 7:35 AM
  • "Apple's Waze-like navigation system creates routes based on user ratings, real-time accident reporting" AppleInsider 7:31 AM
  • "Apple Prepares Battery Designs for Flexible Display Devices While their Maps App may Gain a Few Minor Features" Patently Apple 9:18 AM
  • "Apple Seeks Patent For Waze-Style Crowdsourced Navigation That Could Boost iOS Maps" TechCrunch 7:31 AM
  • "Apple files patent for crowdsourced real-time mapping, event, and traffic data" VentureBeat 11:33 AM
  • "Apple files patent for 'Waze-plus'" The Register 8:42 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Sentinel 3: Homeworld For iPhone And iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $2.99)" Apple Sliced 7:29 AM
  • "Pig Shot For iPhone And iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $0.99)" Apple Sliced 7:29 AM
  • "Pudgy Penguin For iPhone And iPad Is Free Today (Was $0.99)" Apple Sliced 7:29 AM
  • "PadGadget Daily App Deal – 43 iPad Apps on Sale" PadGadget 2:14 PM
  • "Warner Bros cuts price of its iOS and Android games to 99 cents" Digital Trends 7:43 AM

  • "The 2013 MacBook Air: Core i5-4250U vs. Core i7-4650U" AnandTech 7:57 AM
  • "MacBook Air (2013) review: 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air tested" Macworld UK 9:52 AM
  • "iCarte 5 for iPhone 5 pictures and hands-on: turn your iPhone into a contactless payment device" Pocket-lint 8:34 PM
  • "Review: Three great Solar charging options from GoalZero, Eton and Sunvolt" 9 to 5 Mac 11:03 AM
  • "Turtle Shell, a go-anywhere Bluetooth boombox" iDownload Blog 7:57 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iOS 7 camera preview" iSource 9:52 AM
  • "Feeling Nostalgic? Shoebox Lets You Scan Old Photos With Your Phone, Update Your Family Tree" TechCrunch 3:55 PM
  • "Random Heroes 2 review: grab this platformer while it's free" iDownload Blog 7:57 AM
  • "'Dots: A Game About Connecting' Review - Links Puzzles and Presentation" Touch Arcade 8:43 PM
  • "'Dead On Sight' Review - Zombies Were Born to be Sniped" Touch Arcade 9:18 AM
  • "'Treasure Tower Sprint' Review - Going for Gold" Touch Arcade 3:03 PM
  • "Aviation Empire Review: Ever wanted to control an airline? This might be just what you wanted." 148Apps 10:26 AM
  • "Bounty Hunter: Black Dawn Review/Do you like Borderlands? Do you prefer to shoot first and ask questions later? If answered yes to either question, we have just the game for you..." 148Apps 8:08 AM
  • "Cross Horizon Review: A little too much importance placed on premium currency drags down an otherwise perfectly enjoyable action RPG." 148Apps 2:35 PM
  • "How to add a screen fade animation when sleeping or waking your device" iDownload Blog 12:04 PM
  • "How to Quickly Fix Stuck Orientation on the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch" OS X Daily 3:03 PM
  • "Quickly update info for different tracks in iTunes Tips" iLounge 11:42 AM
  • "How Amusing: Now Boston University's Suing Apple, Google, Amazon and Samsung" Forbes 2:13 PM
  • "iMessage read receipts: A little bit of heaven... or a lot of hell?" iMore 2:12 PM
  • "Could This Be The iWatch Battery?" AppAdvice 10:27 AM
  • "The Macalope: Summer drama" Macworld 9:53 AM
  • "Apple Hits A Snag In U.S. & U.K. As It Looks To Trademark 'iWatch' Worldwide" Cult of Mac 9:35 AM
  • "Cassandra: Battery Replacement for a Mac -Availability Difficulties and Regional Pricing Differences" eXtensions 9:22 AM
  • "How free-to-play manipulates you into having-to-pay... and pay... and pay..." iMore 8:25 AM
  • "Is Apple Working On Its Own Waze-Like Navigation Service?" AppAdvice 7:59 AM
  • "Apple CEO: 80% of iPhones not sold in Apple Stores, company plans drastic overhaul of sales techniques" It's All Tech 7:57 AM
  • "iPhone 5S features, specs, release date & price rumours" Expert Reviews 7:38 AM
  • "New Apple Retail Strategy, Army of Products" Tapscape 7:25 AM
  • "Are smartphones making us insomniacs?" Daily Life 9:35 PM
  • "'Just get a Nest!' My journey into the world of connected thermoStats" GigaOM 12:04 PM
  • "Lenovo ThinkPad Helix review" Engadget 9:19 AM
  • "Death by email: how we broke our inboxes [part one] Memeburn 7:43 AM
  • "Time Capsule 2013" MacMost [cartoon] 7:56 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Kim Dotcom's Mega launches Android app, vows iOS and Windows apps soon" Engadget 8:54 PM
  • "New Bluetooth speakers offer indoor or outdoor portable sound" Electronista 3:02 PM
  • "Dog Bone Wetsuit, Topless Waterproof iPhone Case" Run Around Tech 2:13 PM
  • "Saddle up with The Lone Ranger from Disney for iOS, available now" iMore 7:59 AM
  • "Simple.TV Launches Official iPad Client" RazorianFly 7:58 AM
  • "Vine Gets A Better Camera, Channels & Reposting Capabilities On iOS" AddictiveTips 7:59 AM
  • "Vine for iPhone gets new major features, Android users will have to wait" BetaNews 7:55 AM
  • "Swift Revenge Could Soon Be One Of The Best Vertical Scrollers In The App Store" AppAdvice 7:45 AM
  • "Give It Up For Givit Video Editor, Now Updated With Native iPad Support" AppAdvice 7:45 AM
  • "Learn More And See More With The Newly Updated Khan Academy App For iOS" AppAdvice 7:45 AM
  • "Limbo May Be the Creepiest iOS Game Ever" Mashable 7:40 AM
  • "New Unique App Release - Fireworks Showeator" prMac 9:52 AM
  • "Challenge your friends' brand IQ with Logo Quiz VS on iPhone and iPad" prMac 8:08 AM
  • "Very Popular Trivia game Sketchomania Pro Hits Apple App Store" prMac 8:07 AM
  • "Witches vs. Monkeys iOS Free: Slingshot Witches to Kill Winged Monkeys" prMac 7:38 AM
  • "Spy Calc for iPad for Hiding Pictures, Videos Has Just Been Released" prMac 7:38 AM
  • "PocketShop launches Kado to go for the iPhone" prMac 7:38 AM
  • "New Word Puzzle App is Destined to Smash World Record" prMac 7:38 AM
  • "Drift Club Racer - A Classic Gaming Cult Sensation" prMac 7:38 AM
  • "Information of iPhone/iPad app iContract - Release Info" prMac 7:38 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Dell eyes wearable computing move as PC business keeps slumping: Computer maker says it is 'exploring ideas', as it admits corporate customers are slow to adopt Windows 8 tablets" The Guardian 6:54 AM
  • "Dell Looks To Smartwatches And Wearable Tech, But That's Just Another Boat To Miss" TechCrunch 2:12 PM
  • "Dell Considers Move Into Wearable Computing" Mashable 3:02 PM
  • "Dell Has So Far Only Sold 'Hundreds Of Thousands' Of Its Windows 8 Tablets" Microsoft News 1:18 PM
  • "Investors press Dell on 'Plan B' as buyout bid totters" Reuters 12:00 PM
  • "We are going through a major transitioning, says Dell's Bobbi Dangerfield" Business Today 6:55 AM
  • "Activist News – Carl Icahn finds $5.1bn financing for Dell bid" Opalesque 6:55 AM
  • "Patent Case Denied Transfer- Northern District of Georgia Agrees with Southern District of Florida that the Value of Document Location in Considering Transfer Motions Is Accorded Little Weight in Electronic Era" The National Law Review 6:54 AM
  • "Microsoft and Intel working to improve laptop trackpads for Windows 8.1" Neowin 6:59 AM
  • "Microsoft, Intel Working to Fix Trackpad Issues in Windows 8.1" Softpedia 7:00 AM
  • "Motorola's royalty demand from Microsoft was like demanding $54 million for a standard Ford Taurus" Foss Patents 2:35 PM
  • "Microsoft Share Price: Former Windows Boss Strikes Retirement Deal" Invezz 7:02 AM
  • "Intel's rumoured eight-core CPU has a hidden secret: ANALYSIS Just like today's Core i7's, Intel's upcoming eight-core chip will have hidden cores" TechRadar UK 12:01 PM
  • "Intel Corp. Receives 'Buy' Rating from TheStreet (INTC)" Daily Political 1:16 PM
  • "Intel Pushes For Increased Data Centre Reach: Intel's Diane Bryant says the giant chip's presence in the data centre segment is set to grow" TechWeekEurope 7:00 AM
  • "Intel-Based ZTE Geek Receives Approvals in China" Softpedia 7:00 AM
  • "Fourth-gen Intel Core processor: launched" Jakarta Post 7:02 AM
  • "HP would put up a fight against US Patriot Act" Computing 12:00 PM
  • "AMD joins The Document Foundation to push GPU acceleration in Libre Office" The Inquirer 6:57 AM
  • "LibreOffice gets AMD GPU acceleration" Fudzilla 6:57 AM
  • "Cisco Systems Receives 'Market Perform' Rating from FBR Capital Markets" Zolmax News 6:58 AM
  • "New Cisco global distribution exec named" CRN 6:58 AM
  • "Big Blue storage supremo Andy Monshaw quits IBM" The Register 1:16 PM
  • "IBM bets the server farm on flash" BetaNews 7:12 AM
  • "Oracle's Sun rises over ZFS and Pillar: Axiomatic, my dear Ellison? Possibly not" The Register 7:05 AM
  • "Oracle slashes BI Foundation Suite prices: Flagship BI software's price tag lowered as market competition stiffens" IDG News Service 7:03 AM
  • "Asia Chip Makers Stand to Benefit From Move to Cut-Price Gadgets" Reuters 8:38 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "European Central Bank Commits to Low Rate" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:12 PM
  • "Europe's central banks step up dovish talk" CNNMoney 1:09 PM
  • "Asia Markets: Hong Kong, Australia stocks stage rebound/Stocks in Hong Kong and Australia bounced back on Thursday after better-than-expected U.S. economic data spurred gains on Wall Street, while a strengthened yen dragged on Japanese shares." MarketWatch 6:39 AM
  • "Europe Markets: Europe stocks surge as ECB, BOE seen as dovish/Portugal, Egypt tensions also abate/The view that Europe's central banks are going to keep monetary policy easy for the foreseeable future triggered a rally for European stocks on Thursday, with investors brushing aside geopolitical worries that triggered losses the prior day." MarketWatch 1:11 PM
  • "European Stocks Rally as ECB Says Rates to Remain Low" Bloomberg 1:10 PM

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