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Monday Highlights: Apple receives approval of Beats acquisition from the European Union, reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; Beats is also being sued by Bose for alleged violation of noise-cancellation patents; Liz Gannes at Re/code reports Apple to buy Swell, a radio and podcasting app, for $30 million; Macworld guide on preparing your Mac for a disaster situation; Jonny Evans pens a survival guide for Yosemite beta users; LAPTOP mag tutorial on enabling your Mac's Parental Controls; Digital Trends on the blurred lines between iOS and OS X; over in the UK, James Cook University hospital has been testing, successfully, iPods/iPads for recording patient info, finding it has led "to lower mortality rates"; iBeacon being used at restaurant in Germany; Microsoft's Cortana puts the smackdown on Siri, and as BetaNews points out, the expensive iPhone 5S lost to the inexpensive Nokia Lumia 635; more iPhone 6 news from Asia suggests the 5.5" model will arrive with iWatch in December, plenty in our Hardware/Software section; these reports beg the question to whether Apple is delaying the large iPhone 6 on purpose; and BGR suspects Apple may be intentionally slowing older iPhones to force us to new models.

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Mergers: Commission approves Apple's acquisition of US headphone maker and music streaming business Beats" [Article at bottom 1/3 of page]  European Commission 7:13 AM
  • "Apple's Beats Acquisition Gets Approval From The European Commission" TechCrunch 7:14 AM
  • "Apple's Beats Deal Gets Nod From EU: European Union Antitrust Regulators Have Approved the $3 billion Acquisition" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:54 AM
  • "Apple's $3B Beats acquisition gets EU approval: Regulators say that the acquisition raises no competition concerns because the companies' combined market share is low." CNET 9:09 AM
  • "European Commission approves Apple's acquisition of Beats" 9to5Mac 8:35 AM
  • "Beats sued by Bose over noise-cancelling patents" BBC 8:20 AM
  • "Bose is suing Apple's Beats over noise-cancellation patents" The Inquirer 8:21 AM
  • "Apple to Buy Radio App Swell for $30 Million"  Re/code 7:51 AM
  • "Apple to acquire Swell talk radio and podcast app for $30 million" 9to5Mac 7:52 AM
  • "Apple Will Buy Swell, A Personalized Radio And Podcast App, To Give iTunes A Shot In The Arm" Business Insider 8:38 AM
  • "Apple said to be buying Google-backed Swell for $30M" CNET 7:53 AM
  • "Swell. Apple's buying a radio app... for whopping $30m" The Register 8:21 AM
OS X
News
  • "Public Beta of OS X Yosemite Nearly Doubles Adoption of The Platform" MacTrast 10:12 AM
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
  • "How to prepare for a Mac disaster" Macworld 7:42 AM
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  • "Photoshop CC 2014 review: Image editor gets new time-saving features" Macworld 8:01 AM
  • "Get Started With Ink's Handwriting Recognition Tool" Tuts+ 8:20 AM
  • "How to Reduce the Size of Your PDF Without Compromising Image Quality" Tuts+ 8:20 AM
  • "LogViewer for Time Machine review: Find Time Machine info in OS X system logs" Macworld 7:42 AM
  • "How to automatically add movies to your Mac media server" Macworld 8:25 AM
  • "Five hotkey shortcuts you might not know about" MacIssues 10:28 AM
  • "Modernizing the 2006 and 2007 Mac Pro to Go Beyond OS X Lion" Low End Mac 8:19 AM
  • "Free: Unlock Hidden Features In OS X" NoodleMac 7:07 AM
  • "How To: Pause And Rewind Live Streaming Audio On Your Mac" BohemianBoomer 7:45 AM
  • "Free: How To Be A Mac Power User" TeraTalks 7:46 AM
  • "Sync All Browser Bookmarks For Safari, Chrome, And Firefox" Mac 360 7:43 AM
  • "How To Add The Grungy, Distorted, Distressed Effects To Your Photos" Mac 360 7:07 AM
Op/Ed
  • "Apple Keeps Blurring Lines With OS X And iOS, But When Do Things Get Too Hazy?" Digital Trends 10:12 AM
  • "Apple Pro Apps Revenue: 2005-2014" Alex4D 9:45 AM
  • "Think including a TED talk Video can enhance your Powerpoint or Keynote presentation? Think again and think like a magician" Les Posen's Presentation Magic 9:17 AM
  • "Why you should care about CloudKit" Macworld 7:42 AM
Press Releases
  • "Databuzz releases fmSMS v3.5 with FileMaker WebDirect Support" prMac 10:28 AM
  • "Kasedo Games Announces Brand New Title Crowntakers for PC" ["brand new Strategy RPG for PC, Mac, SteamOS and iOS/Android tablets."] Kasedo Games 10:01 AM
  • "VLC for Mac 2.1.5 Boosts MKV, Audio, Retina Support" FairerPlatform 7:06 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple has paid out over $20 billion to developers thus far" TUAW 8:53 AM
  • "James Cook University Hospital workers using iPods and iPads to record patient information" Evening Gazette (UK) 7:57 AM
  • "iOS device hospital trial leads to lower mortality rates" Cult of Mac 7:58 AM
  • "Report: Carrier phone financing will come to Apple Stores this year" Gigaom 9:36 AM
  • "Will Apple's iBeacon Whet German Diners' App-etite?" WSJ Blogs 9:35 AM
  • "BlackBerry: Apple and IBM partnership is like 'two elephants dancing'" BetaNews 7:59 AM
  • "Apple welcomes back top Bitcoin wallet app" CNNMoney 10:13 AM
  • "Cortana embarrasses Siri in new Windows Phone ad" ["The clever bit in this ad, however, is that Siri loses on an expensive Apple iPhone 5s while Cortana wins on an inexpensive Windows Phone 8.1 device -- it is a Nokia Lumia 635, which goes for as little as $99 off-contract in US -- and not a comparable premium smartphone like a Nokia Lumia 930."]  BetaNews 7:59 AM
  • "Microsoft Is Back To Bashing Apple In Latest Advertisment" TechCrunch 8:24 AM
  • "iSpy: How a photojournalist became Steve Jobs' official photographer" Cult of Mac 7:58 AM
  • "A 24-Year-Old Allegedly Used A Simple-But-Brilliant Scam To Cheat Apple Out Of $300,000" Business Insider 11:36 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "T-Mobile just put Sprint's 'Framily' plans to shame" BGR 11:36 AM
  • "Meet the Woman Trying to Protect You From Silicon Valley" Time 11:36 AM
  • "Lithium Anode Breakthrough Could Double Or Triple Gadget Battery Life" Digital Trends 10:28 AM
  • "Judges ruling on secret telecoms cases found to own Verizon stock" Engadget 9:30 AM
  • "Greenpeace slams Amazon for dirty cloud power" The Inquirer 8:32 AM
  • "Sexism in Tech Runs Deep and Global" TechInAsia 8:22 AM
Publications/Podcasts
Hardware/Software
  • "5.5-inch iPhone 6 To Be Released In December Along With The iWatch?" G for Games 7:12 AM
  • "Apple unlikely to release the 5.5-inch iPhone and iWatch in December as rumored" 9to5Mac 7:48 AM
  • "iPhone 6 'will not be made from sapphire glass': Apple's next iPhone will not be made from sapphire glass due to disappointingly low yields, analysts have said" Telegraph 9:37 AM
  • "Modest Retina MacBook Pro refresh expected tomorrow, still with GeForce GT 750M but base RAM up to 16GB" 9to5Mac 7:48 AM
  • "New MacBook Pros with 16GB RAM standard & faster CPUs rumored to launch Tuesday" AppleInsider 7:53 AM
  • "Report: All 15" MacBook Pros to Receive 16GB RAM Standard Starting Tomorrow" DailyTech 8:31 AM
  • "Bare Logic Boards for 4.7-Inch and 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Compared in New Photos" MacRumors 8:20 AM
  • "Next-gen iPhones could have NFC, 802.11ac Wi-Fi" Electronista 12:12 PM
  • "iPad mini 3 release date rumours: 'iPad mini Air' will be 30 percent thinner than current model" Macworld UK 9:08 AM
  • "Sign in Chinese store may show next-gen Retina MacBook Pro specs" Electronista 8:19 AM
  • "Apple Store China Outs 2014 MacBook Pros" Tapscape 10:39 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Zombie Gunship For iPhone And iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $0.99)" Apple Sliced 8:34 AM
  • "Mr. Runner 2: The Masks For iPhone And iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $0.99)" Apple Sliced 8:34 AM
  • "Mad Skills BMX For iPhone And iPad Is Free Today (Was $0.99)" Apple Sliced 8:34 AM
  • "Mac Pro Prices & Deals" MacPrices 7:46 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:46 AM

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Reviews
  • "SlimClip -- a minimal iPhone case with clip-on functionality [Review] BetaNews 10:12 AM
  • "Review: Toffee Cases Flip Wallet Case for the Samsung Galaxy S5" Run Around Tech 8:39 AM
  • "Get ready for football with the InkFusion Lite iPhone case, reviewed" TechnologyTell 9:35 AM
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  • "This is what new 'EU Internet' switch in iOS 8 Beta 4 does for you" iDownload Blog 11:06 AM
  • "Staff Picks: Revolution 60 is the most ambitious iOS game you'll play this year" Macworld 7:41 AM
  • "Hellraid: The Escape review – a room escape game with a fantasy fiction edge" iDownload Blog 8:17 AM
  • "Appidemic: Solve the explained in Secret Files Tunguska for iOS" TechnologyTell 8:17 AM
  • "'Modern Combat 5: Blackout' Multiplayer Review - A New Standard in iOS FPS MP" Touch Arcade 10:31 AM
  • "The Great Prank War Review: Though short, The Great Prank War offers an interesting and fun mix of action and tower defense. Get your fish out." 148Apps 12:12 PM
  • "PlanetHD: PlanetHD will keep players busy for a while, though its unpredictable physics are a handful to deal with." 148Apps 8:28 AM
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  • "How to use Speak Selection for better accessibility on your iPhone and iPad" iMore 8:53 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Why Apple thinks installment plans could boost iPhone 6 sales" Market Realist 12:11 PM
  • "Don't Expect IBM To Be Apple's iPad Savior" Forbes 12:11 PM
  • "Judge Denise Cote isn't happy with Apple's $450 million e-book settlement agreement" TUAW 11:37 AM
  • "Is Apple delaying iPhone 6 phablet on purpose?"  TG Daily 11:09 AM
  • "Questions About a 5.5-inch iPhone"  Time 11:08 AM
  • "Is Apple intentionally slowing older iPhones to make you buy new ones?" ["Even so, Harvard economics Ph.D. student Laura Trucco used data from Google Trends to see when users looked most for 'iPhone slow' the most, finding that periodically, each year near a new iPhone launch the number of queries significantly increased only to dive back to regular levels in the following months."]  BGR 11:06 AM
  • "Swell Purchase A Sign Apple May Be Awakening From Podcast Slumber" Forbes 11:06 AM
  • "Apple Ready to Buy Swell Talk Show App in $30M Deal" The Mac Observer 10:48 AM
  • "Apple blatantly ignored retail rules when opening stores" Business Insider 9:36 AM
  • "iOS 7 Helped Me Get My Stolen iPad Back" PadGadget 9:36 AM
  • "Apple: Why the big-brother attitude with peripherals? Summary: Cupertino is marching into the peripherals space with its purchase of Beats. However, what kind of a peripherals vendor sells products that may or may not work with your Mac?"  ZDNet 8:41 AM
  • "Here's The Really Weird Thing About The Facebook Page For Apple's iPhone" Business Insider 8:38 AM
  • "Here's What Apple's Murder of Microsoft Might Look Like" TheStreet 8:38 AM
  • "Forget the iWatch, Swatch planning its own smart watch for 2015" Cult of Mac 8:31 AM
  • "Apple Continues To Lose Tablet Share But Does It Matter?" Forbes 8:21 AM
  • "Apple's $30 million Swell acquisition could be big for iTunes Radio" BGR 7:59 AM
  • "Only 1% of app developers sell in Apple, Google, Amazon online stores" AppleDailyReport 7:48 AM
  • "Apple And 'The Mother Of All Upgrades" Mac 360 7:44 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Samsung Galaxy Tab S Review, Top Shelf Android" HotHardware 12:54 PM
  • "TWC hilariously claims Google and Netflix are the real threats to net neutrality" BGR 10:32 AM
  • "This Is What Tech's Ugly Gender Problem Really Looks Like" Wired 8:40 AM
  • "Why one developer switched from Java to Google Go: Pivotal's Mark Stine, who was raised on Java, has become an advocate for the Google-built Go language" InfoWorld 8:18 AM
  • "Amazon's Emperor Has New Clothes" Mac 360 7:45 AM
Humor/Cartoons
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "NPR One is the one-stop shop for public radio on your iPhone" iMore 12:11 PM
  • "Sunstone Capital Backs Beacon Platform Kontakt.io To The Tune Of $2 Million" TechCrunch 11:34 AM
  • "MacDirectory Magazine Releases New iPad Edition: Justin Timberlake Interview, iPhone 6, Apple's CarPlay, iOS 8 & Other Exclusive Stories" MacDirectory 10:49 AM
  • "7 iPad Apps to Help Students With Dyslexia" Mashable 10:28 AM
  • "AMS Submits OneBigDrive iPhone and iPad Apps to App Store" Business Wire 9:18 AM
  • "Apple's iBeacons Come to Lord & Taylor and Hudson's Bay Stores" Mashable 10:27 AM
  • "Hudson's Bay Company deploys iBeacon experience in The Bay and Lord & Taylor stores" 9to5Mac 8:24 AM
  • "Hilton Revolutionizes Hotel Experience with Digital Check-In, Room Selection and Customization, and Check-Out across 650,000-Plus Rooms at More Than 4,000 Properties Worldwide" Business Wire 9:18 AM
  • "Hilton hotels to let you use your iPhone as your hotel key from next year" 9to5Mac 8:24 AM
  • "Stream Movie Torrents Directly to Apple TV Via TorrenTV" Apple Gazette 8:01 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar of the Week of July 28: The State of Tech, Apple Mail and a 3D Software Overview" The MUG Center 7:46 AM
  • "Add Up: New Number Strategy Puzzle for iOS" prMac 7:12 AM
  • "YooSEND - Transfer, Share Files of Any Type or Size for iOS and Android" prMac 7:12 AM
  • "Bitsoup 1.0 - Real-Time Bitcoin Price Ticker and News Tracking App" prMac 7:12 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Why Microsoft Stock Is Declining Today" TheStreet 11:38 AM
  • "Microsoft Is Back To Bashing Apple In Latest Advertisment" TechCrunch 8:45 AM
  • "Layoffs cool Microsoft employees' opinion of CEO Satya Nadella" Computerworld 8:12 AM
  • "Microsoft China Offices Raided By Government" Dark Net 12:29 PM
  • "Microsoft targeted in China antitrust probe" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11:38 AM
  • "China investigates Microsoft for antitrust violations: report" Global Post 9:27 AM
  • "Microsoft China placed under official investigation as offices in four cities raided: Government investigators have been sent to the company's offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu" South China Morning Post 9:08 AM
  • "Chinese Officials Visit Microsoft Offices in China: Visits Included Officials From State Administration of Industry & Commerce; Purpose Unclear" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:23 AM
  • "Microsoft says government officials make sudden visits to China offices" Reuters 7:24 AM
  • "Red Ocean: Can Amazon, Microsoft And Google Profit From $100 Billion Cloud Market?" Forbes 9:05 AM
  • "IBM and Microsoft grew better than Amazon in cloud infrastructure services" Infotech Lead 9:27 AM
  • "IBM's Watson to help military members transition to civilian life" Computerworld Blogs 8:13 AM
  • "Mobility, BYOD and Dell, oh my!" ZDNet 10:09 AM
  • "Intel rumoured to restore soldered heatspreaders in Haswell-E" bit-tech 12:33 PM
  • "Breaking Down Intel's Three Broadwell Processor Lines for Mobile" Maximum PC 12:32 PM
  • "Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron Refile for China Deal" Bloomberg 11:43 AM
  • "How to Stop Hating Your Oracle Sales Rep" Forbes 9:18 AM
  • "How Will Cisco Systems Stock React To This Analyst Action?" TheStreet 8:27 AM
  • "AWS worry misplaced: Welcome to the maturing cloud" ZDNet 7:56 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple, Inc. Can't Give Away Its Cash Fast Enough" The Motley Fool 12:54 PM
  • "Why Apple's gross margins were helped by the commodity market" Market Realist 11:08 AM
  • "Why Apple Stock Remains A 'Buy' At TheStreet" TheStreet 9:06 AM
  • "Apple Update: Short Interest Hits 2014 Low" Seeking Alpha 8:22 AM
Industry News
  • "Tech Stocks: Zillow falls on $3.5 billion Trulia acquisition/All-stock deal to create online real-estate juggernaut" MarketWatch 12:51 PM
  • "Stocks: 4 things to know before the open" CNNMoney 7:14 AM
  • "Stock Market Today: U.S. Stocks Trade Sideways; Trulia Surges; Key Data Loom" TheStreet 9:33 AM
  • "US stocks slip at midday on news of slowing home sales; Family Dollar jumps on merger news" FOXBusiness 12:26 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Slip Further After Housing Data: Stocks extended early losses following a disappointing reading on the U.S. housing market, while investors looked ahead to a busy week of data and corporate earnings" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 11:06 AM
  • "Asia Markets: Hong Kong stocks notch three-year high/Hong Kong stocks rose for a fifth straight session on Monday, closing at highs not seen in more than three years." MarketWatch 7:13 AM
  • "Europe Markets: Ryanair shines in downbeat European market/Ryanair Holdings PLC was among top advancers in an otherwise weak European stock market on Monday, after Europe's largest discount airline reported a 152% surge in first-quarter profit." MarketWatch 11:52 AM
  • "Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks: Nasdaq's 10 most active stocks at 1 p.m." Associated Press 12:51 PM
  • "Midday Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares mixed at 1 p.m." Associated Press 12:50 PM

 
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