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Daily Update for July 8, 2013

It’s the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You’ll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what’s happening in the Apple world.

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Apple is 19th on Global 500 list

Apple is 19th on Global 500 listFortune today released its annual list of the world’s largest companies, and Apple this year checks in at number 19 on the list.

The companies rounding out the top five spots include Royal Dutch Shell, Wal-Mart, Exxon Mobil, Sinopec Group and China National Petroleum.

Those companies generate considerably more revenue than Apple, but when it comes to sheer profits, Apple is second only to Exxon.

Give Apple’s reminders a boost with AppleScript

Reminders is one of those apps that most Mac users probably don’t touch, and the vast majority of those who do are likely not getting the most out of it. But with a little added functionality thanks to some basic AppleScript tweaking, Reminders can transform into a more useful tool, allowing you to save browser tab information to your reminder list with just a tap and even instantly bring up a quick reminder entry field for notes whenever you need it.

The process is rather simple and involves creating a pair of very basic scripts via OS X’s AppleScript utility. You can then map these scripts to your keyboard using any number of launchers — such as Alfred or Keyboard Maestro. MacStories has the full rundown on the scripts, which you can simply copy and paste into AppleScript in order to give them a test drive.

Apple sued for renting HD videos to older iPhones

When it comes to digital up-selling in the iTunes store Apple’s default of suggesting HD video when buying video content has landed the company in hot water. When you go to purchase a video in iTunes, the first option presented is the more expensive HD content, US$1 extra, even if you’re using an iOS device that doesn’t support HD.

A Florida lawyer has filed a class action lawsuit against the company after he rented the more expensive HD copy of Adam Sandler’s Big Daddy from the iTunes store in 2010, only to find the standard-definition version delivered to his non-HD device.

Daily iPhone App: Perfection

Creating an original, fun, and easily accessible puzzle game for iOS can’t possibly be an easy task these days – You’d think that by now just about every new idea would already have been done a dozen times. Then a game like Perfection comes along and proves that theory wrong.

Perfection tasks you with whittling down a two-dimensional shape by slicing off its edges. A hovering outline remains ever-present in the middle of the screen, showing you the shape you need to craft in order to complete the puzzle. Hacking off chunks of the shape is as easy as sliding your finger across the screen of your device, and as you drag your digit from one side of the screen to the other you can reposition the slice before actually cutting. Once you have created a reasonable replica of the outline in question the level is over, and you move on to the next shape.

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