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  • Hands On: Alfred 2 (OS X)

    MacNN
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:02 am
    It's only right and proper to review Alfred 2 in a piece called Hands On because that's its entire point: with this installed you can do just about anything on your Mac without ever once taking your fingers off the keyboard. As much as the mouse and the trackpad changed the world, every time you use them you are losing time. Yes, it's probably about a picosecond but that's enough: your concentration moves to where-is-the-mouse and then where-is-the-cursor before it can get back to the work at hand. With Alfred 2, your fingers will remember keyboard shortcuts like muscle memory and you will…
  • How Steve Jobs responded when someone called the iTunes logo an abomination

    TUAW
    John-Michael Bond
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    In a recent report from the camera app Ice Cream, the company shared a story about a member of its team emailing Steve Jobs with a graphic design opinion in 2010. More specifically, the developer's opinion was that Apple's new logo for iTunes was an ...
  • Apple Reported to Begin Shipping Apple Watch in March, 12-Inch MacBook Air in Early 2015

    MacBlogz
    Richard Padilla
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Apple will begin shipping the Apple Watch in March and will also look to launch its new 12-inch MacBook Air during this quarter, according to a new report by KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo. The analyst also predicted that iPhone shipments would beat expectations for Q1 2015 with over 61 million units shipped, while iPad shipments are expected to total to 10 million units. Kuo notes that Apple may reveal more details about the Apple Watch before its official launch, revealing specifics on battery life and the start of pre-orders. Most components of the Apple Watch will see high shipments…
  • Caturday: Brown Cat knows how to use a MacBook better than you do

    MacBlogz
    Steven Sande
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Over the years that Caturday has been a regular staple on the site, we've seen cats standing in front, laying on top, or simply snuggling the warmth of a variety of Apple devices. But until Brown Cat, we haven't had a cat who actually seems to know w...
  • Is Apple Hiding Secret Spyware on the iPhone?

    Apple Gazette
    Kraig Becker
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    As if we didn’t have enough to worry about with various governmental agencies constantly listening in on our phone calls and reading our private emails. A new report from Russian news site Sputnik indicates that National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden refuses to use an iPhone because he believes that iOS contains secret spyware that can activate itself at anytime without any interaction from the owner. That spyware, presumably placed within iOS by Apple, would then be able to collect confidential information on someone who uses the device, and share it with outside…
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    MacNN

  • Hands On: Alfred 2 (OS X)

    25 Jan 2015 | 6:02 am
    It's only right and proper to review Alfred 2 in a piece called Hands On because that's its entire point: with this installed you can do just about anything on your Mac without ever once taking your fingers off the keyboard. As much as the mouse and the trackpad changed the world, every time you use them you are losing time. Yes, it's probably about a picosecond but that's enough: your concentration moves to where-is-the-mouse and then where-is-the-cursor before it can get back to the work at hand. With Alfred 2, your fingers will remember keyboard shortcuts like muscle memory and you will…
  • Hands On: iWatermark+ (OS X, iOS, Android, Windows)

    24 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    This is impressive. Watermarking your photographs so that at least you have your name on them if they get used online is not precisely the most thrilling job in the world but iWatermark+ comes pretty close to making it enjoyable. There are limits: you'd rather be creating the images than sitting someone popping copyright notices on them but that's the thing about iWatermark+: it does what it does so quickly and so well that you can get back to your proper job sooner....
  • Google Fiber's expansion pegged to be Research Triangle, NC

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:21 am
    According to "industry sources," Google's next fiber construction is slated for both the Research Triangle in Raleigh-Durham and the Charlotte area in North Carolina. Google has sent out invititations to press in the area for Wednesday and Thursday for an unspecified event, which has been pegged as the official announcement of the project. The high-speed fiber-optic network is in Kansas City now, and is expanding into Provo, Utah, and somewhat problematically, into Austin, Texas....
  • Hands On: Jumping Finn Turbo (iOS)

    24 Jan 2015 | 9:40 am
    Adventure Time has been receiving critical acclaim and praise from the masses for years, and for good reason. The cartoon is smart, silly, and surprisingly deep. Fans of Adventure Time can rejoice, as Heavy Boat has brought gaming based off the Cartoon Network show to mobile platforms with Jumping Finn Turbo....
  • High-Rely NetSwap Mini+E NAS brings core i3, block-level encryption

    24 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    US-based backup and disaster recovery hardware company Highly Reliable Systems has announced the immediate availability for their two-bay NetSwap Mini+E backup NAS server appliance, which includes replication, two removable drive trays, and hardware-based encryption. The High-Rely NetSwap Mini+E backup NAS series comes equipped with a powerful 3.4GHz Intel Core i3-4130 processor, capable of block-level AES-256 data encryption....
 
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    Office Blogs

  • Join the #CleanInbox challenge for Clean Out Your Inbox Week

    Outlook Team
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The average consumer will receive 26 emails a day in 2015—that’s over 9,000 emails over the course of a year. Many of these messages are ‘graymail’—newsletters or notifications that you may have registered for but may no longer be interested in. Don’t spend another year overwhelmed by the clutter, join the #CleanInbox challenge, timed with Clean Out Your Inbox Week, which begins on January 25th. To participate, check us out on Facebook and Twitter, where we’ll be posting daily tips and tricks throughout the week to get your inbox organized and ready for the rest of 2015.
  • Office 365 news round-up

    Office 365 Team
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Humans have always longed to know the future, to see what lies ahead and just out of sight. In ancient days, we consulted oracles or shamans. Today, we may seek the advice of futurists, who analyze current patterns and trends to predict future events. At Microsoft, however, we agree with legendary management consultant Peter Drucker, who said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” That’s exactly what we’re doing with Office 365 and our other cloud services—creating the future—and we recently offered our customers two new opportunities to lend a hand. First, we…
  • Online meetings get better with Lync and new Polycom Unified Conference Stations, CX5100 and CX5500

    Lync Team
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Sometimes when you’ve been around great technology for a long time, you take for granted that others also know about it and use it. Such is often the case with Lync and the original Lync RoundTable device (Polycom CX5000), which we built in partnership with Polycom. At Microsoft, we use these devices every day as we collaborate in teams that span multiple locations around the world. If you haven’t used a RoundTable device, you’ll be impressed by the ease of use, 360-degree view of the meeting room, sound quality and automatic detection of the person speaking. It’s a simple,…
  • Still using Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server? Make your move soon!

    Office 365 Team
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Back in September 2012, in order to better align security and protection solutions with the workloads and applications they protect, we announced changes to the roadmaps of some of the security solutions offered under the Forefront brand. Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE) is a Microsoft security solution that also works with prior versions of Forefront server and Antigen products.  Microsoft stopped offering the FPE product in 2012, but committed to supporting FPE subscriptions through December 31, 2015 to give you sufficient time to move. Subscriptions expiring before…
  • OneNote to rule them all

    OneNote Team
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Today’s post was written by Kurt Soser, math and physical education teacher at the HAK Steyr business college in Austria. As a passionate, tech-savvy and always-looking-for-best-solution math teacher, I am always searching the Internet for programs and apps to help me get the most out of my teaching profession. There are bad ones that I use one time for a five-minute test-flight, there are great ones that I use regularly, because they help me. And there is OneNote, the one tool that I literally can’t teach without! In 2009, after getting a tablet PC, with a stylus, I discovered this…
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    TidBITS

  • Windows Goes Universal… and Holographic

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:11 pm
    In a high-stakes product keynote, Microsoft showed refinements to the upcoming Windows 10 (now on smartphones as well as tablets and PCs) and announced new products, including holographic headgear. Yes, really. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other…
  • FunBITS: Relax On Your Own Private Beach with Sunny

    23 Jan 2015 | 11:43 am
    Open Sunny on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, and you’re instantly be transported to your own private beach, thanks to stereoscopic 3D audio and beautiful parallax illustrations. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.
  • ClamXav 2.7.2

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:46 am
    Virus scanner adds a number of improvements to Sentry file monitor. (Free, 21 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.
  • Logic Pro X 10.1

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:22 am
    Massive update adds new drumming options and redesigns the Compressor plug-in. ($199.99 new, free update, 1.05 GB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.
  • External Link: Infographic Shows the Evolution of iOS

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    British online retailer 7dayshop has produced a long infographic showing the visual evolution of iOS from iPhone OS 1 (it took a few years to be called iOS) to iOS 8. Most notable are images of each version’s default home screen and the design changes across time for each of Apple’s main iOS apps. Hat tip to Khoi Vinh for the link! Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email…
 
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    MacRumors

  • Apple Reported to Begin Shipping Apple Watch in March, 12-Inch MacBook Air in Early 2015

    Richard Padilla
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Apple will begin shipping the Apple Watch in March and will also look to launch its new 12-inch MacBook Air during this quarter, according to a new report by KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo. The analyst also predicted that iPhone shipments would beat expectations for Q1 2015 with over 61 million units shipped, while iPad shipments are expected to total to 10 million units. Kuo notes that Apple may reveal more details about the Apple Watch before its official launch, revealing specifics on battery life and the start of pre-orders. Most components of the Apple Watch will see high shipments…
  • Apple 'Excited' About HomeKit Partners Despite Slow Rollout

    Juli Clover
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    It's been more than six months since Apple first introduced HomeKit at its June 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference, but HomeKit-compatible products have yet to hit store shelves and may not do so until this spring, almost a year after Apple first detailed its home automation system. HomeKit's launch has gone slower than expected, and according to sources that spoke to Re/code, the two major reasons were a "slower-than-expected" launch of the HomeKit MFi program, which began in November, and the late launch of chip specifications, which weren't sent out to chip makers until October. Apple's…
  • Apple's OS X 10.10.2 to Fix Security Vulnerabilities Exposed by Google's Project Zero

    Mitchel Broussard
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    Google's security team, Project Zero, this week disclosed to the public several security vulnerabilities in OS X, some three months after the issue were shared with Apple (via Ars Technica). While Apple has not commented officially on the issues, it appears one has already been patched and iMore reports the remaining two are fixed in OS X 10.10.2, which is currently in developer testing. Project Zero works to discover security vulnerabilities of various operating systems and software, giving their owners 90 days notice to patch the issues before publishing their findings to the public. In…
  • Apple Took Half of U.S. Phone Activations in Q4 2014 as Demand Stays Strong

    Kelly Hodgkins
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:07 am
    Both analysts and metrics are suggesting Apple will report record-breaking iPhone sales for the just-ended December 2014 calendar quarter, and new data released today by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners reveals the Cupertino company may have set a high bar against its competitors, grabbing half of all phone activations in the United States. While CIRP's survey included only 500 users and thus may include a significant margin of uncertainty, the data shows Apple's U.S. activation market share increasing from 28 percent in the July-September 2014 quarter to 50 percent in the…
  • Apple May Allow Product Security Inspections by Chinese Government Officials

    Kelly Hodgkins
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:48 am
    Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly consented to security inspections of the company's products by Chinese government officials, reports The Beijing News [Via ITworld]. The inspections will look for backdoors that provide third-party access to sensitive and private data stored on Apple devices. These spot inspections were part of an agreement forged between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Lu Wei, director of China's State Internet Information Office. The pair met last year to talk about the security of Apple's products, including the upcoming Apple Watch. Wei expressed concerned that Apple's devices may…
 
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    Macworld

  • California DMV changes course, reverses registration policy change for rideshare drivers

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Earlier this month, some UberX drivers in Calfornia found themselves between a rock and a hard place: The state started requiring ridesharing service drivers to register their cars as commercial vehicles, but Uber in turn suspended some drivers who did just that.However, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, California's Department of Motor Vehicles has since reneged on its earlier policy decision, and has dropped the commercial registration requirement. According to the report, DMV officials "will meet with regulators and the industry to work through the issue," presumably to develop a…
  • The Week in iPad Cases: Hard Candy's shock-absorbing case, the latest collection from Rebecca Minkoff, and more

    24 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Slide-off covers, leather sleeves, and fashionable bagsThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes crafty designs with quickly-removable covers, elegant leather sleeves for simple but effective protection, and gorgeous bags.Hard CandyThe Shockdrop (iPad Air 2; $60) is a rugged case with a focus on shock absorption and damage prevention.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Goal posts of the imagination: Innovation means shipping

    24 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Let’s go back in time seven years. That was when the Macalope first wrote this: It’s amazing how future Microsoft products beat current Apple products time and time again, isn’t it? You’d think Apple would have just given up by now. That was in response to contentions that Windows Mobile 7 (which later shipped as Windows Phone) would crush the iPhone. Not that that context has anything to do with what we’re about to talk about. Cough. Now, back to the present where Microsoft shows us the future. Again. It looks kinda cool. It’s not, technically speaking, holograms as it was…
  • The Week in iOS Apps: Help the blind with Be My Eyes, laugh at Funny or Die's weather app, and more

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Help the blind with Be My Eyes, laugh at Funny or Die's weather app, and moreThis week's roundup includes a brand-new way for sighted folks to help the blind. Plus games, music, a bunch of app updates from Google, and more.Be My EyesThis free app is for two kinds of people: Blind folks, and sighted folks who want to help them. If a blind person needs help identifying something—say, the “sell by” date on a carton of milk—they can start up a live audio-visual connection and aim the iPhone’s camera at the object they need help with. Sighted folks—volunteers who download the…
  • How to access all the power of Apple's Fonts window, and when to step up to PopChar instead

    23 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    Whether you’re a touch-typist or a hunt-and-pecker, you simply can’t access the full power of your fonts with just your keyboard. Even the first Macintosh was designed to encourage font finesse, and today’s Macs go even further by providing deep access to the thousands of characters and advanced features in modern fonts—if you know where to look. Thankfully, you don’t need an expensive design application from Adobe or Quark to find and use this font magic. Apple’s apps, like TextEdit, Pages, and Keynote, include a floating Fonts window that’s packed with features we’ll explore…
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    MacTech News

  • Video ASCII Art released by Nuclear Nova Software on Mac App Store

    dsellers
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Nuclear Nova Software (http://nuclearnova.com) has announced Video ASCII Art 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's a video generator that converts digital movies into text art videos. In addition to processing a variety of video files, Video ASCII Art also processes still photos. It support outputting art to both black/white text and full color, with the ability to export plain mp4, text, html, tif, and rtf files. A user-editable character set adjusts the available characters to be used, while the maximum character width option controls the finished product size. read more
  • Apple rides iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to strong quarter

    dsellers
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (www.cirpllc.com) has released analysis of the results of its research on mobile phone manufacturers for the calendar quarter that ended Dec. 31. CIRP finds that among the major phone brands, Apple had the largest share of the U.S. market, with half of all phone sales. read more
  • Mail Designer apps for Mac OS X revved to version 2.5

    dsellers
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has introduced version 2.5 of Mail Designer and Mail Designer Pro, its Mac OS X apps for designing emails and newsletters. A problem with the Design Delivery service has been fixed. An issue while saving documents has been fixed. With version 2.5, uploads to Campaign Monitor are more reliable.Mail Designer 2 (US$29.99) and Mail Designer Pro 2 ($49.99) are available both in the equinux Online Store and the Mac App Store.
  • IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic Studio

    dsellers
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:54 am
    IK Multimedia has released the iRig Mic Studio, its ultra-portable large-diaphragm digital condenser microphone for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC and Android devices. It packs a one-inch condenser capsule into a compact enclosure that can be used to make professional recordings anywhere. With iRig Mic Studio, musicians, vocalists, home producers, podcasters, broadcasters, voice-over artists and more have a studio-quality large-diaphragm microphone that fits in the palm of their hand. read more
  • Mail Designer apps for Mac OS X revved to version 2.5

    dsellers
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has introduced version 2.5 of Mail Designer and Mail Designer Pro, its Mac OS X apps for designing emails and newsletters. A problem with the Design Delivery service has been fixed. An issue while saving documents has been fixed. With version 2.5, uploads to Campaign Monitor are more reliable.Mail Designer 2 (US$29.99) and Mail Designer Pro 2 ($49.99) are available both in the equinux Online Store and the Mac App Store.
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    Touch Arcade

  • PAX South: 'Guild of Dungeoneering' Has You Build the Dungeon, Then Fight Through It

    Carter Dotson
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Guild of Dungeoneering is an interesting card-based dungeon-crawler, being developed by Gambrinous and published by Versus Evil, that was on display at PAX South. You have a hand of 5 cards of 3 types: enemy, item, or dungeon floor. You're building out a dungeon as it goes, with floor tiles needing to intersect with each other. This is kind of like the board game Betrayal at House on the Hill in a sense. You don't control the protagonist, they move automatically, but with some influence as to where they go, by laying down cards to potentially get them to go where you want them to. Combat is…
  • PAX South: 'Nova Blitz' Promises to be Like Hyper-Caffeinated 'Hearthstone'

    Carter Dotson
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    If you're a fan of Hearthstone [Free (HD)], you will want to keep an eye on Nova Blitz from Dragon Foundry. I got to play a demo of the game on iPad at PAX South, and it revealed itself to be a very fast-paced take on the card battler. The game's turns essentially tkae place simultaneously, as you have a few seconds to draw out cards from your deck, and then play your cards, and a match can be over in a few minutes thanks to the rapid pace of the game. There's very little waiting around to do anything, you're constantly engaged. The game is planned to be multi-platform from the get-go, with…
  • PAX South: The Latest 'Vainglory' Character, Ardan, Revealed

    Carter Dotson
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:19 am
    Vainglory [Free / Free (HD)] is getting its latest hero soon in Ardan. The biggest change in how he plays compared to others is that he has a vengeance meter which fills as he takes damage, which can be used to power his abilities. This really makes him quite different compared to every other character as he doesn't have an energy meter, and if you keep his vengeance full, he can use his abilities regulated only by cooldown time. This also affects his builds, as energy-based items just aren't available for him, because he doesn't need them. He also has a passive heal ability that increases in…
  • The TouchArcade Show Rewind - 11 - iOS Developers Discuss the iPad Announcement

    Eli Hodapp
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:30 pm
    I've spent the last few days in London attending the Mobile Games Forum. It's been a great event, but it raises the ever-present question when I travel of how is it that in 2015 we haven't solved the problem of terrible hotel WiFi? I don't care if it's done through QoS, routing rules that prevent media streaming, or what... But it doesn't matter what continent I'm on, WiFi always sucks. So, no new podcast this week, but I figured this provided a fun opportunity to delve back into the podcast archives to pull out a particularly interesting show. To set the scene, back in the day we used to…
  • TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Dragon Quest V'

    Jared Nelson
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:01 pm
    The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it…
 
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    Ars Technica » Infinite Loop

  • Apple readies fix for Thunderstrike bootkit exploit in next OS X release

    Dan Goodin
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    A fix for the Thunderstrike proof-of-concept bootkit attack has made its way into a beta version of Apple's OS X, according to a just-published report. The new fix may indicate that a patch isn't far from general release. The exploit was dubbed Thunderstrike because it spreads through maliciously modified peripheral devices connected to a Mac's Thunderbolt interface. When plugged into a Mac that's booting up, the device injects what's known as an option ROM into the extensible firmware interface (EFI), the firmware responsible for starting a Mac's system management mode and enabling other…
  • BlackBerry’s “net neutrality” plan: Force Apple to make a BlackBerry app

    Jon Brodkin
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:36 am
    BlackBerry CEO John Chen laid out a net neutrality plan of his own yesterday in a letter to US lawmakers and in a post on the Canadian company's blog. One part of his proposal in particular has garnered attention: Chen thinks net neutrality rules in the US should force Apple and Netflix to make apps for BlackBerry hardware. Net neutrality proposals generally focus on Internet service providers, banning discrimination against Internet content and applications. Chen wants makers of software to have to follow neutrality rules as well. While BlackBerry makes its own messaging service available…
  • Microsoft’s new interface: FREAKING HOLOGRAMS

    Sean Gallagher
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    During Microsoft's Windows 10 event today, the company introduced two new devices and a whole new application development model for the Windows platform: holographic computing. Windows Holographic is a three-dimensional, environmentally aware application environment that will be supported in various ways on all Windows 10 devices. Holographic content will be put most spectacularly on display by HoloLens, a wearable computer that uses tricks of light to project three-dimensional virtual objects on top of the environment around the user, allowing them to interact with the "holograms" using…
  • Chrome for iOS adds Material Design, plays better with OS X Yosemite [Updated]

    Andrew Cunningham
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Google has just updated Chrome for iOS to version 40, and the new browser adds new things from both Google and Apple's ecosystems. On the Google side, Chrome 40 is the latest of the company's iOS apps to pick up the new Material Design aesthetic introduced in Android 5.0. Other iOS apps like the Google search app and the Google Maps app had already picked up Material Design in iOS, so the UI may already be familiar to you. On Apple's side of the fence, Chrome 40 adds support for the Handoff feature introduced in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite—Chrome for iOS users should now be able to bounce…
  • Report: HomeKit uses AppleTV as a smart home hub, sometimes [Updated]

    Andrew Cunningham
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    Apple announced its HomeKit smart home framework back at WWDC in June of 2014, but since then Apple has been relatively quiet about it. The company finalized the licensing requirements for its partners back in October, and the first certified wireless chips reportedly began going out in November, but there has been little official news. Some companies with HomeKit-enabled products were at CES last week, though, and they were able to reveal a few functional details. One of the things that HomeKit will enable is centralized control for multiple smart home devices, something you'll be able…
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    Digg

  • Today Is The Anniversary Of Apple 's Legendary 1984 Ad

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Some of us are still bowing down before our PC overlords, yet others have embraced the freedom that is Apple . Full disclosure: this was written on a Mac and it felt great.
  • Apple Watch Battery Life Targets Revealed

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Sources tell us that battery life has remained a source of concern for Apple over the past year, and was a contributing factor for Apple pushing back the retail launch from an originally planned late 2014 to early 2015.
  • An Apple Juice Bottle That Sounds Astonishingly Like An Apple When You Bite Into It

    21 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    We'd suggest only doing this trick with the plastic bottles. Do not bite glass.
  • Apple Already Made A Watch, 20 Years Ago

    20 Jan 2015 | 10:50 am
    Way back in the year 1995 Apple created this promotional item to get users to upgrade their OS. How does it stack up against the new Apple watch? That'd be like comparing apple s and other, older, less technologically-advanced apple s.
  • Looks Like Apple Is Releasing A Stylus

    18 Jan 2015 | 10:42 pm
    Apple is likely to launch a hardware stylus to enhance the user experience for its long-rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro," according one well-placed industry analyst with a strong track record in predicting the company's future product plans.
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    MacStories

  • From System 1.0 to OS X Yosemite

    Federico Viticci
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:52 am
    From Steven Troughton-Smith's fascinating (and successful) attempt to write a Mac capable of running from System 1.0 all the way up to Yosemite: The more I dug into it, the more I came to the conclusion that Carbon was probably one of the most important things Apple did in building OS X. Even today it provides source compatibility for a huge chunk of the classic Mac OS software base. It kept the big companies from ditching Apple outright when they were needed the most, and gave them a huge runway - 16 years to port perhaps millions of lines of code to OS X while still being able to iterate…
  • App Developers: Try TestFlight

    Federico Viticci
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:59 am
    From the Supertop blog (makers of Castro and Unread): Shortly after iOS 8 was released, Apple opened this new beta testing service to iOS developers. When compared to the previous testing process, it is a major improvement and I am grateful to the team behind it. It is a sign that Apple cares about third party developers and about helping us improve the quality of the software we provide. In the past few months, I've been testing about 50 apps with TestFlight, and, as a user, I think the system is way better than the old days of beta testing with Hockey and the original TestFlight. I don't…
  • Connected: Total Dude, with His Surface Hub

    Federico Viticci
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:02 am
    This week Federico and Myke talk about Windows 10, Windows Holographic and unsubscribing from web services. The boys also consider the effect that old browsers are having on the show. I wouldn't have thought I'd have fun discussing a Microsoft event, but I'm actually intrigued by their announcements this week (especially for gaming). You can listen to thr episode here. Sponsored by: lynda.com: An easy and affordable way to help individuals and organizations learn. Free 10-day trial. Automatic: Your smart driving assistant. Get $20 off by visiting our link. PDFpen 2 for iPad and iPhone, from…
  • Virtual: Vip 24:7

    Federico Viticci
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:59 am
    This week Federico and Myke talk about their 3DS purchases, the death of Club Nintendo, Mario becoming self aware and Nintendo's rejection of Minecraft. Make sure to check out the show notes for some great articles to read. You can listen to the episode here. Sponsored by: Harry's: An exceptional shave at a fraction of the price. Use code VIRTUAL for $5 off your first purchase ∞ Read this on MacStories
  • The World of Indie App Developers

    Graham Spencer
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Here at MacStories we write about apps. A lot. Many of those we write about, perhaps even most, are created by individuals and small teams. And typically, those hard-working individuals remain unknown to the public who just know an app as something they use. Today we want to bring a bunch those indie developers to the forefront. I wasn’t sure exactly where it would lead, but last month I asked on Twitter for independent developers to @ reply me and say hi. Amplified by retweets by Federico and many others, I got dozens and dozens of replies, ultimately totalling just under 200…
 
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  • Adobe acknowledges critical remote vulnerability in Flash, exploits already in the wild

    MacDailyNews
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:39 am
    “Adobe on Saturday released an updated version of its Flash player software that patches an undisclosed vulnerability which could allow remote attackers to take control of Macs or PCs, urging users to update as the problem is being actively exploited by malicious actors,” AppleInsider reports. “Flash versions up to and including 16.0.0.287 on OS X and Windows and 11.2.202.438 on Linux are susceptible to the attack, the cause of which has yet to be detailed,” AppleInsider reports. “Mac users with Adobe’s automatic update feature enabled should begin…
  • iCloud is a major weakness: Will Apple ever fix it?

    MacDailyNews
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
    “Those who are interested in the state of Apple as a company will know that online services are not its forte,” Max Slater-Robins writes for TechRadar. “The primary problem with iCloud is that it doesn’t ‘just work’ and this creates problems for Apple’s overall image,” Slater-Robins writes. “Each failure on Apple’s part detracts from its credibility and image, eroding the loyalty of its customer base and damaging Cupertino’s reputation in terms of reliability.” Slater-Robins writes, “Apple still has a chance to fix…
  • Large crowd gathers for Apple Store grand opening in Hangzhou, China

    MacDailyNews
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:33 pm
    “Apple opened the doors to its new West Lake Apple Store in China on Saturday, letting throngs of eager customers into one of the company’s largest retail outlets in Asia,” AppleInsider reports. “As promised earlier this week, Apple officially started sales at the West Lake Apple Store in Hangzhou, the first of five Chinese outlets to slated to open ahead of the Chinese New Year on Feb. 19,” AppleInsider reports. “The grand opening was celebrated by Apple CEO Tim Cook, who posted a rare tweet to mark the occasion.” Starting Something New in Hangzhou,…
  • Apple, Tim Cook and the wealth distribution curve

    MacDailyNews
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:41 am
    “A friend sent me the attached video (below) a few weeks ago. I’d seen it before. Maybe you have too,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt writes for Fortune. “It’s been viewed 16 million times since it was posted in 2012, and voted up nearly 100,000.” “I was reminded of it this week reading through the juicy nuggets reporters were pulling out of Apple’s latest Definitive Proxy Statement,” P.E.D. writes. “Angela Ahrendts’ $73.4 million. Tim Cook’s $9.22 million.” P.E.D. opines, “If you don’t think vast and growing wealth disparities are…
  • iPad app brings Braille keyboard to blind users’ fingertips

    MacDailyNews
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:02 am
    “The proliferation of touchscreen technology may have revolutionized mobile computer input for most everyone, but there’s one sector of the population that isn’t exactly feeling the pinch, the tap, or the swipe: the blind,” Christina Bonnington reports for Wired. “It’s nearly impossible to interact with elements on a totally smooth screen if you can’t see.” “iBrailler Notes, which began as a summer project at Stanford University in 2011 and is now available as a stand-alone app for iOS, aims to offer blind and vision-impaired iPad users an easy way to…
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  • Should Apple be Legally Obligated to Develop Apps for Rival Operating Systems?

    Kraig Becker
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    We all know that net neutrality has been a hot topic of late with content providers, broadband service companies, and the Federal Communications Commission butting heads with one another over the future of the Internet. But earlier this week BlackBerry CEO John Chen posted a letter that he sent to members of the U.S. Congress that looks to expand the definition of net neutrality in a very perplexing way. Chen says that the definition should include “app neutrality” too, and that he believes that legal action should be taken to force app developers to release their software on…
  • Free iOS Apps Today [Plus One New Must-Have]

    Noemi Tasarra-Twigg
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Let’s start the weekend early (again) with some free iOS apps today. We’ve got four free apps, which are normally paid. But more than that, we found a gem of a game that will make children of the 90s totally go nuts. Enjoy! Free iOS Apps Today Ghost Blitz Normally priced at $2.99, Ghost Blitz just went free. Available for both the iPhone and the iPad, the game is great for shared devices – shared with your kids, that is. Ghost Blitz is a simple game, which basically relies on quick reflexes. To win the game, one must get the most points by grabbing (tapping) the correct item…
  • NimbleBit Shows Mockups for an Apple Watch Game

    Noemi Tasarra-Twigg
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    As the Apple Watch release draws ever nearer, the hype continues with tidbits coming out left and right. Developers have the “fortune” of having access to the WatchKit API, of course, but there really isn’t much we know about what apps will be available, much less what these apps can do. That doesn’t mean people can’t create mockups of possible apps for the Apple Watch, does it? NimbleBit, the studio that brought us awesome games like Tiny Tower and Pocket Frogs, is currently at the head of the pack with its mockup of an Apple Watch game. Called…
  • Best Apps for the Modern Entrepreneur

    Apple Gazette
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Small businesses are incredibly difficult to manage, and only the people who have undertaken this task know how time-consuming and tiring it actually is. Thankfully, we live in a modern world and nowadays we can rely on hundreds of tools and services that can help us organize our business better, and achieve better results. Every aspect of your business must be in top notch condition in order to provide the desired results, and we won’t be exaggerating if we say that communication is the key to success. Ensuring high quality communication among your business associates and employees is…
  • Is Apple Hiding Secret Spyware on the iPhone?

    Kraig Becker
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    As if we didn’t have enough to worry about with various governmental agencies constantly listening in on our phone calls and reading our private emails. A new report from Russian news site Sputnik indicates that National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden refuses to use an iPhone because he believes that iOS contains secret spyware that can activate itself at anytime without any interaction from the owner. That spyware, presumably placed within iOS by Apple, would then be able to collect confidential information on someone who uses the device, and share it with outside…
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  • Software industry now officially bigger than Hollywood with Apple paying $10 billion to developers in 2014

    Chris Barylick
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:38 pm
    It’s official: Software is now more profitable than Hollywood, baby. Per the results over at Asymco and the box office receipts over at Box Office Mojo, Apple’s App Store receipts outgrossed movie receipts in 2014. Apple paid US$10 billion to developers in calendar 2014. Additional statistics for the App store are as follows: - US$500 million spent on iOS apps in first week of January 2015. - Billings for apps increased 50 percent in 2014. - Cumulative developer revenues were US$25 billion (making 2014 revenues 40 percent of all app sales since store opened in 2008). - 627,000…
  • To conquer the iPhone, you must first beat its camera

    Chris Barylick
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:19 pm
    This is worth reading. An interesting piece over on The Verge discusses one of the iPhone’s chief strengths: being able to take a good picture with almost no fiddling with the controls and being able to take a clear, sharp picture on the very first attempt. This contrasts with the author’s description of his “routine of setting proper focus and steadying myself” and his realization of gadget envy in this regard. The author then goes on to state that “I saw more iPhones in the hands of CES attendees than I did Android phones across the countless exhibitor booths.
  • Latest OS X 10.10.2 build features Google Project Zero discoveries/fixes

    Chris Barylick
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    If Yosemite is driving you a bit crazy, the good news is that the upcoming version won’t feature any bugs that have been pinned down by Google. Per iMore and Ars Technica, Google’s Project Zero research program has disclosed and released proof-of-concept code for a series of 0day — previously unknown — vulnerabilities found in Apple’s OS X operating system for the Mac. It should be noted, however, that the first vulnerability was marked as fixed and closed by Google two weeks ago, and the others are fixed in OS X Yosemite 10.10.2, now in beta. Here’s a report on…
  • Purported photos of 12-inch Retina Display MacBook Air lid surface

    Chris Barylick
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
    This could be the lid to a 12-inch Retina Display MacBook Air. Per 9to5Mac, iFanr has published a full gallery of what is claimed to be the lid and display for the upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air have been published by Japanese web site iFanr. The legitimacy of the photos has not been determined, but you can see several additional photos below, including shots comparing it to current Apple devices such as the iPad and existing MacBooks. The display is said to boast a Retina resolution, though the exact pixel count is still a mystery. Unfortunately, there’s no sign of the bottom case for this…
  • Apple Watch battery life, CPU specs leaked

    Chris Barylick
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Some Apple Watch battery specs may have just surfaced. Per 9to5Mac, sources with knowledge of the Apple Watch’s development have stated the specific performance targets Apple wants to achieve for the Apple Watch battery, but the actual numbers may fall short of those targets. According to sources, Apple opted to use a relatively powerful processor and high-quality screen for the Apple Watch, both of which contribute to significant power drain. Running a stripped-down version of iOS codenamed SkiHill, the Apple S1 chip inside the Apple Watch is surprisingly close in performance to the…
 
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    AppleTell

  • KeyMouse offers a truly unique keyboard/mouse combo

    Charles Moore
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    Nearly 20 years ago I checked out an ergonomic computer keyboard called the Kinesis Advantage, which incorporated several unorthodox features, most notably a split keypad with keys arrayed in two concave keypads. I found it quite comfortable to type on, albeit slow for spatial muscle memory non-touch typists like me. I could see the eponymous advantage for folks with repetitive stress injury who could afford the steep purchase price, but I wasn’t quite in that bad of shape, and soon went back to ‘boards with conventional key mapping. The Kinesis Advantage is still available new…
  • CES Bytes: Kwikset Kevo and touchscreen locks

    Aaron Kraus
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    Kwikset is updating your standard deadbolt for the 21st century, and the company was on hand in Vegas at CES to show off updates to their product lineup, including a lock that turns your iPhone into a digital key and home security management device. Kevo Plus Kwikset’s Kevo was designed to let your iPhone act as your house key, so instead of needing to carry keys you just keep your phone (or other Bluetooth enabled device) with you. As long as your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch is in your pocket, Kevo unlocks with a simple tap instead of fumbling for your housekey. At CES,…
  • Create custom dungeons in Guild of Dungeoneering

    Erica Marceau
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:48 am
    Send adventurers on a quest to collect riches and defeat the evil Overlord using dungeons you create in Guild of Dungeoneering for Mac, PC, Linux, and tablets. Using cards… Continue reading Create custom dungeons in Guild of Dungeoneering Related posts: Spiderweb Software is running their November Sadness Sale Halloween games for OS X, iOS, and web browsers G5 offers Halloween app sale for iOS, Mac and Android games The post Create custom dungeons in Guild of Dungeoneering appeared first on AppleTell.
  • Okay, Sims fans, SimCity Complete Edition is (now) a Mac port done right

    Kirk Hiner
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Last week, we announced that The Sims 4 is coming to Mac in February, but we announced it with great trepidation. The port is coming from EA, and that does not bode well for those seeking…well, fun. EA’s Mac “ports” are terrible. When Aspyr steps in, however, the clouds part and the choirs sing, and that’s the case with the newly announced SimCity Complete Edition. This latest installment in the SimCity… Continue reading Okay, Sims fans, SimCity Complete Edition is (now) a Mac port done right Related posts: The Sims 2 is new again on the Mac App Store Review: The Sims 2: Super…
  • Review: FLOTE Desktop Stand for iPad, Kindle, tablets

    David Temple
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    As you were searching the web for a stand to hold your iPad or iPad mini, you probably read Aaron Krause’s fine article reviewing the FLOTE floor stand model. Now it’s my turn to cover the desktop version, so here it is. There are two versions of the FLOTE desktop stand; one has a portable pedestal base, the other has a clamp you can use to secure the unit to a desk or table. I have the pedestal version. The FLOTE is basically a heavy base (to provide stability), a post connected to a boom arm, and a clamp to hold onto your tablet. The whole assembly weighs 16.5 pounds, so once it is…
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  • Best 2015 New Audio Gear – RIVA Turbo X Speaker and thinksound rain2 In-Ear Headphones

    John Nemerovski
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Best 2015 New Audio Gear – RIVA Turbo X Speaker and thinksound rain2 In-Ear Headphones – Nemo Memo RIVA Turbo X Premium Portable Bluetooth Speaker Riva Audio $349 U.S. rain2 In-Ear High Definition Headphones thinksound $100 The best new audio gear is produced by small, independent companies that develop innovative approaches to the sonic experience. […]
  • MyMac Podcast 540: Scummy Scammers

    The MyMac Podcast
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:19 am
    Gas is away this week so Jodi Spangler from Lakeshore Mac steps in to talk about the types of scams some people try to pull on her clients. Gas did phone in a Gaz’s tip so officially the is STILL a GMen show! Download the show here RSS Feed for your podcast app Subscribe in […]
  • Seagate 1TB Wireless Plus – Review

    Guy Serle
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Seagate Wireless Plus Company: Seagate Price: 500GB ($150), 1TB ($160), 2TB ($200)   People love their iPads, iPhones, iPod touches, and will most likely love whatever new iThings Apple comes out with in the future. They’re fast, efficient, portable, capable of nearly anything you might want a desktop or laptop computer for, but there’s a […]
  • Alpha Glass Privacy Screen Protector – Review

    Russ Walkowich
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Alpha Glass Privacy Screen Protector for iPhone 6 Company: Otterbox Price: $34.95 USD Apple’s iPhone 6 is a beautiful engineered and designed communication and entertainment device. Users want to protect it so they take the time to purchase cases to protect their investment. The one thing that worries a lot of iPhone users is the […]
  • Survival Straps – Energizer or Exposé?

    Sam Negri
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Survival Straps – Energizer or Exposé? Having trouble sleeping? Feeling stiff from too many hours sitting in front of a computer? How’s your energy level these days? What if I told you everything will be better if you tie a piece of parachute cord around your wrist and wear it as a bracelet for a […]
 
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    MacInTouch

  • Adobe Flash Flaws Update

    25 Jan 2015 | 8:06 am
    Adobe issues hot patches for critical Flash security flaws being actively exploited but only via an automatic update mechanism for now.
  • Report: MacBook Pro

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    video problems, SD card slot trouble
  • Report: Office 2011

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    Office 2016; Office alternatives (LibreOffice, OpenOffice and NeoOffice); font issues; Pages changes
  • Report: iPhone/Touch Platform

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    iOS 8 bugs (e.g. WiFi problems); app update vs. iOS compatibility issues; photo management with external USB drive
  • Cookie

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:12 am
    The popular web browser privacy aid gets "quite an important security update."
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    The Real Mac Genius

  • What is Photostream

    Joe
    11 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Photo stream is a great way to privately share your photos with friends from computer to computer and iPhone to iPhone. The way photo stream works is by wirelessly sending photos to designated devices using iCloud. Before we get started on using photo stream make sure you have all of the requirements: IOS 6.0 or later on all iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches, iPhoto 9.4, and an iCloud account. Now getting started is very simple, go into Settings (System Preferences) > iCloud > select photo steam On. For personal photo syncing, remember to use the same iCloud account for all devices…
  • Woodchuck Cases | Made in the USA

    Marshall
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Meet Woodchuck, where local craftsmanship, quality, and nature are blended together to produce high quality wood products to fit into your lifestyle in the form of cases and skins made out of Cedar, Bamboo, Mahogany, Walnut, and Birch just to name a few. Today we will be taking a look at the Woodchuck iPhone 5s Bamboo Wood Skin as well the Woodchuck MacBook Air Mahogany Wood Skin. In terms of style, you can’t beat Woodchuck. The look and feel of the wood surpasses most other wooden cases that I have come across in the past in both the Mahogany and Bamboo wood types. The edges were perfectly…
  • Keyboard Shortcuts 101

    William Chung
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Mac has many keyboard shortcuts that help users save their time to complete various tasks. For example, command+c (Copy) and command+v (Paste), one of the most commonly used pair of shortcuts. However there are many other Shortcuts most users are not aware of. Here’s a few: Command + Control + Option + 8 (For Pranksters)  If you’re already aware of this shortcut, you’ve probably used this to prank your Mac user friends. Through this shortcut, you can invert the colors on your Mac screen. This shortcut was created to help those with visual impairments but it also provides a…
  • How To: Input AutoFill Information for Safari

    Joe
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:33 pm
    AutoFill enhances a users efficiency and overall saves a lot of time. Whether you are ordering something from amazon, or signing up for a new account, AutoFill will make your life much easier. AutoFill can automatically fill in your name, shipping address, login information, or even credit card information. How To: Input AutoFill Information for Safari First make sure that the application Safari is open Click on “Safari” in the Menu Bar, and select “Preferences” Then select the AutoFill pane From here you will be able to edit your personal information Click the edit…
  • Customizing Your Mac’s Trackpad

    Joe
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Tapping the track pad in order to click has become a very popular way for selecting application or texts when using a Macintosh. Its popularity comes from the convinces factor of not having to press down completely on the trackpad every time. However, tap to click tends to be annoying for new users, who may find themselves selecting texts or applications when not desired. Other than tap to click, the trackpad has many other potential capabilities like secondary click, zooming, rotating, and a multitude of gestures. To find these trackpad customizations locate your System Preferences…
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  • Video ASCII Art released by Nuclear Nova Software on Mac App Store

    dsellers
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Nuclear Nova Software (http://nuclearnova.com) has announced Video ASCII Art 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's a video generator that converts digital movies into text art videos. In addition to processing a variety of video files, Video ASCII Art also processes still photos. It support outputting art to both black/white text and full color, with the ability to export plain mp4, text, html, tif, and rtf files. A user-editable character set adjusts the available characters to be used, while the maximum character width option controls the finished product size. read more
  • Apple rides iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to strong quarter

    dsellers
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (www.cirpllc.com) has released analysis of the results of its research on mobile phone manufacturers for the calendar quarter that ended Dec. 31. CIRP finds that among the major phone brands, Apple had the largest share of the U.S. market, with half of all phone sales. read more
  • Kool Tools: TimeCache

    dsellers
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:43 am
    The Rolling Stones told us that time was on our side (or at least Mick Jagger's side). That's not always true, but with TimeCache (http://www.pandaware.com/timecache/index.html) for Mac OS X from PandaWare we can at least keep track of it. read more
  • Mail Designer apps for Mac OS X revved to version 2.5

    dsellers
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has introduced version 2.5 of Mail Designer and Mail Designer Pro, its Mac OS X apps for designing emails and newsletters. A problem with the Design Delivery service has been fixed. An issue while saving documents has been fixed. With version 2.5, uploads to Campaign Monitor are more reliable.Mail Designer 2 (US$29.99) and Mail Designer Pro 2 ($49.99) are available both in the equinux Online Store and the Mac App Store.
  • IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic Studio

    dsellers
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:54 am
    IK Multimedia has released the iRig Mic Studio, its ultra-portable large-diaphragm digital condenser microphone for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC and Android devices. It packs a one-inch condenser capsule into a compact enclosure that can be used to make professional recordings anywhere. With iRig Mic Studio, musicians, vocalists, home producers, podcasters, broadcasters, voice-over artists and more have a studio-quality large-diaphragm microphone that fits in the palm of their hand. read more
 
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  • Procreate Pocket

    John Gruber
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:14 pm
    My thanks to Procreate for sponsoring this week’s DF RSS feed to promote Procreate Pocket, their beautiful, amazing new illustration app for iPhone. It’s from the same team behind the Apple Design Award-winning Procreate for iPad. I’ve been railing against arguments that iPhones are only for content consumption, not creation for years. Procreate Pocket takes creativity on the iPhone to a new level. It is simply remarkable. The UI is brilliantly simple, but offers a rich set of features. AirDrop and iCloud Drive support make it a pleasure to continue your artwork on your…
  • Fast Company: ‘The Real Story Behind Jeff Bezos’s Fire Phone Debacle and What It Means for Amazon’s Future’

    John Gruber
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:14 pm
    It’s a couple of weeks old, but I just now got around to finishing Austin Carr’s detailed and incredibly well-sourced story on the making of Amazon’s Fire Phone. Scathing take on Bezos’s involvement: And team members simply could not imagine truly useful applications for Dynamic Perspective. As far as anyone could tell, Bezos was in search of the Fire Phone’s version of Siri, a signature feature that could make the device a blockbuster. But what was the point, they wondered, beyond some fun gaming interactions and flashy 3-D lock screens. “In meetings, all Jeff…
  • Can You Hear Above 16-bit/44.1kHz?

    John Gruber
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Dave Hamilton, writing at The Mac Observer: This difference between 16-bit/44.1kHz audio and anything greater than that has been tested (a lot… in double-blind tests) and we have yet to find any human that can reliably notice that difference. Bit depths greater than 16 bits and sample rates above 44.1kHz simply don’t matter as long as the data is converted properly (and our ability to do that conversion has improved substantially since those very first CDs were released at the dawn of the digital music era). Sounds like snake oil.  ★ 
  • On Apple’s Integration of TestFlight

    John Gruber
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Supertop (developers of Castro and Unread): In March last year, after a particularly frustrating few hours dealing with iOS beta device slots, I filed this bug report with Apple. I didn’t realize it at the time, but a solution to this problem was already in motion. In February, Apple had acquired a company called TestFlight. Over the next few months it integrated many of the original TestFlight features into iTunes Connect. Shortly after iOS 8 was released, Apple opened this new beta testing service to iOS developers. When compared to the previous testing process, it is a major improvement…
  • Former Microsoft Executive on HoloLens

    John Gruber
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:11 pm
    James Brightman interviewed former Microsoft executive Peter Molyneux — who worked on the Kinect — on HoloLens: Molyneux commented, “The bizarre thing is a huge amount of effort and time and money goes into researching the tech, like the Kinect tech and scanning the bodies, and there’s always this one line that hardware manufacturers — whether it be Microsoft or anyone else — say and that’s ‘we can’t wait to see what happens when it gets into the hands of developers.’ Now if Apple had said that when they introduced the iPhone, I…
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    iMore - The #1 iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch blog

  • Rocket Cars: 8 tips, hints, and cheats to race faster!

    Allyson Kazmucha
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    Rocket Cars is a new racing game that lets you play through over 50 tracks in 5 different game modes. Strap rockets to your car or blast dynamite at your opponents in order to conquer each challenge. Along the way you'll have to decide what equipment and cars to upgrade. To do so you'll have to use your in-game coins, or shell out some real money to compensate. If the last part just isn't how you race, follow along for some Rocket Cars tips, hints, and cheats that won't leave you grabbing for your wallet! Free + IAP - Download now 1. Don't pay for boosts, get them free! Like so many other…
  • Last chance to back Lucidream eXo-Skelton case for iPhone!

    Rene Ritchie
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:04 am
    There is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I'm linking to the Lucidream eXo-Skelton case for iPhone on Kickstarter because it looks like Krull's throwing blade. Nope. None. But it so totally does! There's a lot more to it than that, though... eXo is a strong eXo-Skeleton and an impact absorption system, providing luxurious security which protects the vulnerable areas of your iPhone 6, while leaving it virtually bare. eXo's arms provide biomimicking ergonomic textures that makes your iPhone much easier to grip and handle. A mechanical quick release system provides elegant utility by…
  • These iPhone 6 skin cases have been marked down to $5.95 today in every color!

    Brent Zaniewski
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:36 am
    The Amzer Silicone Skin Case is made out of 100% premium silicone and is a great, lightweight option for protecting your iPhone 6. The durable silicone absorbs any shock you may receive from any accidental drops, keeping it just like new. The easy-grip exterior gives you a sure and lasting grip, too!
  • Comics and columns and podcasts, oh hi!

    Rene Ritchie
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:55 am
    The only constant at iMore is change. Go ahead, make your name jokes. I'll wait. All done? Okay. So the new year means new features here. Some of them you've seen already and some more are coming in February and beyond. So what's here and what's near? The Pixel Project is the working name for a new weekly comic series by the ridiculously talented 8-bit pixel artist, Rich Stevens. It runs every Tuesday and pokes loving fun at Apple and those of us in the Apple community. Rich has also been generous enough to let us re-run some of his older Apple-centric work on Saturdays for some extra fun.
  • Apple's TestFlight winning over devs and testers

    Rene Ritchie
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Last year Apple bought TestFlight, the popular beta distribution app, and relaunched it WWDC 2014 in a more focused, integrated form, but one that also required App Store approval for major feature changes. Since then developers and testers alike have been trying it out. The verdict so far? Supertop really likes it: None of these issues come close to negating the benefits of TestFlight for us as we work on updates Castro and Unread. We'll be excited to beta test Castro 2 this way as well. App developers should take the time to try it. The availability of a much larger test audience, far…
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    Mac Sage

  • The iPhone 6 After Four Months

    patrick
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    See more at Mac Sage I’ve now had my iPhone 6 four months and I’m ready to give a balanced review. First, it should be noted that 4 months ago I upgraded from an iPhone 4s. My philosophy with Apple products in general has evolved from a “got to have the latest” mentality into a “I will upgrade when the improvements are significant” mentality. In the past 5-8 years, Apple has provoked me to upgrade it’s products on roughly a ever-other-generation schedule. And the trend seems to be towards an ever-widening gap between upgrades. The Hardware The jump…
  • Apple Watch

    patrick
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:19 pm
    See more at Mac Sage I’m excited about Apple’s new iPhone 6. I will probably upgrade my iPhone 4s in a few weeks when they become available. I’m not sure about the iPhone 6 Plus. I don’t think I want to be carrying around a small iPad mini in pocket. I am especially excited about the new 8MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture and the ability to capture 1080p HD and 60-fps and 240-fps for slow motion video. (I wish the 240-fps worked at 1080p, but sadly it’s only at 720p.) I am also eager to see how well the video stabilization works. The disappointment for me today…
  • How To Fix Startup Problems on Your Mac

    patrick
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    See more at Mac Sage I’m getting more and more calls and emails from friends and family regarding startup problems with their Macs. This seems to be especially true for the iMacs. So I’ve put together a list of the best ways to fix these problems. If your Mac hangs on a white screen or just won’t start up normally, there are a number of things you can do to try to fix the problem. It should be noted that if you have a hardware problem (e.g., bad hard drive, bad memory, bad power supply, etc.) these fixes won’t help. If you have a hardware problem, the best course of…
  • Animation on the iPad with iStopMotion

    patrick
    20 Jun 2014 | 2:08 pm
    See more at Mac Sage I remember fondly my first animation class when I was eight years old. There was the excitement of creating a story with inanimate objects and bringing them to life with a Super-8mm camera. I also remember how agonizing it was to wait for the film to be developed so I could view the fruits of my labor. If only I had an iPad and iStopMotion back then… iStopMotion ($9.99) is a well-design app for the iPad 2 and third-generation iPad. The interface is simple and intuitive, allowing young and old animators alike to get to the task at hand. You can use either the front…
  • Mac Sage Redesign

    patrick
    5 May 2014 | 10:55 am
    See more at Mac Sage It’s finally happening! I can no longer neglect the very real need for this website to be redesigned. I have always been a big fan of very simple and clean design that puts an emphasis on the content. I still have this belief. However, I am also a big fan of beauty. I think this website could be more beautiful. So, over the next week or so, you’ll be seeing the transformation of MacSage.com in terms of the design and usability. You may also notice that the content subject areas will be broadened over the next year. I will still bring you great posts on Apple…
 
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    Slashdot: Apple

  • Apple Agrees To Chinese Security Audits of Its Products

    samzenpus
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    itwbennett writes According to a story in the Beijing News, Apple CEO Tim Cook has agreed to let China's State Internet Information Office to run security audits on products the company sells in China in an effort to counter concerns that other governments are using its devices for surveillance. "Apple CEO Tim Cook agreed to the security inspections during a December meeting in the U.S. with information office director Lu Wei, according to a story in the Beijing News. China has become one of Apple’s biggest markets, but the country needs assurances that Apple devices like the iPhone and…
  • Researchers Use Siri To Steal Data From iPhones

    samzenpus
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:03 pm
    wiredmikey writes "Using Apple's voice-activated Siri function, security researchers have managed to steal sensitive information from iOS smartphones in a stealthy manner. Luca Caviglione of the National Research Council of Italy and Wojciech Mazurczy of the Warsaw University of Technology warn that malicious actors could use Siri for stealthy data exfiltration by using a method that's based on steganography, the practice of hiding information. Dubbed "iStegSiri" by the researchers, the attack can be effective because it doesn't require the installation of additional software components and…
  • Why Run Linux On Macs?

    timothy
    18 Jan 2015 | 5:27 am
    jones_supa writes Apple has always had attractive and stylish hardware, but there are always some customers opting to run Linux instead of OS X on their Macs. But why? One might think that a polished commercial desktop offering designed for that specific lineup of computers might have less rough edges than a free open source one. Actually there's plenty of motivations to choose otherwise. A redditor asked about this trend and got some very interesting answers. What are your reasons?Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • 'Be My Eyes' App Crowdsources Help For the Blind

    Soulskill
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:03 pm
    An anonymous reader writes: A new not-for-profit app, Be My Eyes, aims to help the visually-impaired by connecting them with volunteer users who can support them in their daily lives via live video calls. Once downloaded, Be My Eyes asks the user to identify as blind or sighted, to see if you require help or are offering it. When a blind person requests assistance the app scans the system for an available volunteer. The blind user connects with the volunteer over a video call and points to the item they would like described. Be My Eyes was created by Hans Jørgen Wiberg, a…
  • Apple Awarded Gesture-Control Patent

    Soulskill
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:50 pm
    mpicpp points out a report that Apple has been awarded a broad patent for gesture control of a computer interface (8,933,876). The company inherited the patent after their acquisition of motion-sensor company PrimeSense in 2013. (PrimeSense's technology is used in Microsoft's Kinect gesture control system.) Here's the patent's abstract: A method, including receiving, by a computer executing a non-tactile three dimensional (3D) user interface, a set of multiple 3D coordinates representing a gesture by a hand positioned within a field of view of a sensing device coupled to the computer, the…
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  • Video ASCII Art released by Nuclear Nova Software on Mac App Store

    dsellers
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Nuclear Nova Software (http://nuclearnova.com) has announced Video ASCII Art 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's a video generator that converts digital movies into text art videos. In addition to processing a variety of video files, Video ASCII Art also processes still photos. It support outputting art to both black/white text and full color, with the ability to export plain mp4, text, html, tif, and rtf files. A user-editable character set adjusts the available characters to be used, while the maximum character width option controls the finished product size. read more
  • Apple rides iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to strong quarter

    dsellers
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (www.cirpllc.com) has released analysis of the results of its research on mobile phone manufacturers for the calendar quarter that ended Dec. 31. CIRP finds that among the major phone brands, Apple had the largest share of the U.S. market, with half of all phone sales. read more
  • Kool Tools: TimeCache

    dsellers
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:43 am
    The Rolling Stones told us that time was on our side (or at least Mick Jagger's side). That's not always true, but with TimeCache (http://www.pandaware.com/timecache/index.html) for Mac OS X from PandaWare we can at least keep track of it. read more
  • Mail Designer apps for Mac OS X revved to version 2.5

    dsellers
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has introduced version 2.5 of Mail Designer and Mail Designer Pro, its Mac OS X apps for designing emails and newsletters. A problem with the Design Delivery service has been fixed. An issue while saving documents has been fixed. With version 2.5, uploads to Campaign Monitor are more reliable.Mail Designer 2 (US$29.99) and Mail Designer Pro 2 ($49.99) are available both in the equinux Online Store and the Mac App Store.
  • IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic Studio

    dsellers
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:54 am
    IK Multimedia has released the iRig Mic Studio, its ultra-portable large-diaphragm digital condenser microphone for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC and Android devices. It packs a one-inch condenser capsule into a compact enclosure that can be used to make professional recordings anywhere. With iRig Mic Studio, musicians, vocalists, home producers, podcasters, broadcasters, voice-over artists and more have a studio-quality large-diaphragm microphone that fits in the palm of their hand. read more
 
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  • Apple's iTunes Radio, Beats, and Others Hit With Unpaid Royalty Suits Over Pre-1972 Music

    Mitchel Broussard
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:24 am
    Following a lengthy lawsuit that pitted Sirius XM Radio against members of classic rock band The Turtles in a fight over royalties for music recordings made before 1972, new class action lawsuits have been filed against Apple, Sony, Google, and Rdio over their streaming music services (via The Recorder). As noted by Law360, Beats Music has also been hit with a suit. According to the suits, filed yesterday by Zenbu Magazines Inc., streaming services like iTunes Radio, Beats, and Google Play Music have been making money off of pre-1972 music recordings without paying any royalties to the owners…
  • Popular Task Management App 'Any.do' Comes to Mac

    Husain Sumra
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Any.DO today announced the launch of a Mac version of Any.Do, the company's popular task management app for iOS, allowing users to manage their tasks and to-dos on multiple platforms throughout the day. While the app quietly went live last week, today marks the official launch with a major Editor's Choice feature by Apple in the Mac App Store. With Any.do for Mac, life is as productive as you want it to be. No need to pick up your phone or start your web browser. With one click from your desktop you get clear visibility into your daily tasks and all the same powerful planning features…
  • Longtime Apple Board Member Mickey Drexler to Retire in March

    Juli Clover
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Mickey Drexler, who has served on Apple's Board of Directors since 1999, will retire at the end of his current term, according to a new shareholders filing. Drexler's term ends at the annual shareholder's meeting, on March 10, 2015. A replacement for Drexler has not yet been chosen.On January 16, 2015, Millard "Mickey" Drexler, 70, who has served on the Board since 1999, notified the Board of his intention to retire at the end of his current term, which will expire at the Annual Meeting. The Board has not yet nominated an individual to fill the vacancy that will be created by Mr. Drexler's…
  • Apple Seeds OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Build 14C106a to Developers

    Juli Clover
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    Apple today seeded a sixth beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 to developers, just a week after seeding the fifth beta of OS X 10.10.2, and two months after seeding the first beta. The new beta, build 14C106a, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Mac Dev Center. As with previous betas, Apple asks developers to focus testing on Wi-Fi, Mail, Bluetooth, and VoiceOver. Many Yosemite users have had some ongoing problems with Wi-Fi since the new OS was first launched in October, and a November 10.10.1 update did not resolve all of the lingering issues.
  • Capture Any Audio on a Mac With Audio Hijack 3

    Juli Clover
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
    Rogue Amoeba today announced the launch of Audio Hijack 3 for Mac, which allows users to record audio from any source, including Skype, Safari, or hardware inputs like microphones. As described by the company, "if it can be heard on Mac OS X, Audio Hijack can record it." Audio Hijack 3 follows in the footsteps of Rogue Amoeba's Audio Hijack, which was first released in 2002, and Audio Hijack Pro, a second version that added additional features and support for various audio plugins. Version 3 of the software introduces a new look and dozens of new functions to make this the most full-featured…
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  • MacPhun = The Easy Way to Improve Photos

    Bob LeVitus
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    I have good news for those who want to improve your photos but donât want to spend a lot of time or money... That good news comes from a cool little company out of San Diego, CA called MacPhun, which makes nearly a dozen different inexpensive apps specifically designed to help you fix imperfections and improve mediocre photos quickly and easily, for not a lot of dough.
  • 3 Rules for Better Candid iPhone Portraits

    Vern Seward
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    In Part 2 of the iPhoneography Portrait series Vern Seward gives more tips on how to improve your portraits.
  • 7 Basic Tips for a Speedier Mac

    Nancy Gravley
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    A sluggish Mac is annoying. What good does it do to have the latest and greatest if it is going to run slow. There are some things that even beginners can do to help address this problem and Nancy Carroll Gravley has some great tips to make it possible.
  • Go Behind the Scenes with Chinese Apple Store Artist (Video)

    Bryan Chaffin
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Apple posted a new video to its YouTube channel offering a behind-the-scenes look at artist Wang Dongling. He created the art used for the opening of Apple's newest Apple Store in China, known as West Lake. "To celebrate the opening of our first store in Hangzhou, we partnered with artist Wang Dongling," Apple said in the video's description. "Get a behind-the-scenes look at his process and the artwork he created for Apple Store, West Lake." The video includes comments from Mr. Wang, as well as shots of him creating the art. Check it out.
  • Leatherman Wins At Watchbands with Leatherman Tread

    Kelly Guimont
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:14 pm
    There has been a lot of talk lately about watches and watchbands now that we know Apple is headed into that market. Even before Apple launches it's offering, Leatherman has already conquered the watchband with the Leatherman Tread. And if you still aren't convinced you need to wear a watch, that's ok. First and foremost this is a bracelet, and if you want to include a watch, you can. Each link is an individual tool such as a hex drive, screwdriver, box wrench, and of course, the bottle opener (built into the clasp). It starts shipping this summer, with the timepiece coming in the…
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  • App Store Rings in 2015 with New Records

    8 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    The first week of January set a new record for billings from the App Store. Apple customers worldwide spent nearly half a billion dollars on apps and in-app purchases, and New Year’s Day 2015 marked the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history. These milestones follow a breakthrough 2014, in which billings rose 50 percent and apps generated over $10 billion in revenue for developers. “This year is off to a tremendous start after a record-breaking year for the App Store and our developer community,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and…
  • Developers Start Designing Apps for Apple Watch

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Apple has announced the availability of WatchKit, software that gives developers a set of tools to easily create experiences designed specifically for Apple Watch. Developers can now begin developing WatchKit apps before the watch becomes available. “Apple Watch is our most personal device ever, and WatchKit provides the incredible iOS developer community with the tools they need to create exciting new experiences right on your wrist,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With the iOS 8.2 beta SDK, developers can now start using WatchKit to…
  • Apple Reports Fourth-Quarter Results

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter ended September 27, 2014. The company posted quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.5 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $37.5 billion and net profit of $7.5 billion, or $1.18 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 37 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 60 percent of the quarter’s revenue. Apple’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $.47 per share of the…
  • Apple Introduces iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Apple has introduced iPad Air 2, the thinnest and most powerful iPad ever. The new iPad features an improved Retina display for enhanced contrast and richer, more vibrant colors, and better cameras for taking stunning photos and videos. Available in gold, silver, and space gray, iPad Air 2 and the new iPad mini 3 offer Touch ID and — in the U.S. — Apple Pay. “iPad is a magical piece of glass that runs more than 675,000 apps specifically designed for it, and is thin and light enough that you can comfortably hold it all day; the new iPad Air 2 is packed with amazing new innovations,…
  • Apple Pay Set to Transform Mobile Payments Starting October 20

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Apple has announced that customers can start making payments with the touch of a finger on October 20, when Apple Pay becomes available in the U.S. Apple Pay offers an easy, secure, and private way to pay using Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in stores and within apps. Users of the just-announced iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be able to use Touch ID on their devices for Apple Pay within apps. The new service will be enabled by a free software update to iOS 8. “Our team has worked incredibly hard to make Apple Pay private and secure, with the simplicity of a single touch of your…
 
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  • Weekend Roundup for 25 January 2015

    Ricky Buchanan
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:15 am
    Here are some of the best articles, links, and new products that I have spotted online in the past week or so which have some relevance to Apple products and disabled or chronically ill users … OS X MacID: Unlock your Mac with Touch ID – great if typing is hard for you! OrbiTouch Keyless Keyboard – Great for people with fine motor problems. iOS iOS Access for All edition for iOS 8 has now been released Doxie Go Wi-Fi: Computer-free scanning goes wireless You can now take every Interactive Khan Academy course via the iPad too – Great for all learners, especially those who…
  • Supercharge your Trackpad

    Ricky Buchanan
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:58 am
    Trackpads are an awesome alternative to a mouse for Mac users. Trackpads require less energy and less force to move around, and they don’t need a flat smooth surface to operate on. You can also configure them to do much more than you expected. Here’s how… If you have an Apple laptop there’s one built in of course, and desktop users can purchase Apple’s Magic Trackpad which is wireless and works like a charm with MultiTouch and VoiceOver. Get Your Ergonomics Right Even for those with a laptop, right in the middle between your hands is not the most ergonomic…
  • Weekend Roundup for 18 January 2015

    Ricky Buchanan
    18 Jan 2015 | 3:54 am
    Here are some of the best articles, links, and new products that I have spotted online in the past week or so which have some relevance to Apple products and disabled or chronically ill users … OS X Links Hands-free computer access with the TrackerPro’ mouse alternative AppleVis Golden Apples of 2014 – Best accessible apps for blind and low vision iOS and Mac users. Quick Tip: Quick Access To The Extras Menu On Your Mac Using The VoiceOver Trackpad Commander A hypersensitive joystick made from Mojo 2 device and strain gauges. MoJo Sensor Development – ultra-light-touch…
  • Apple Watch Accessibility Details Revealed

    Ricky Buchanan
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:56 pm
    A new article from 9to5Mac has begun to reveal some specific details about key accessibility features that will be available in the forthcoming Apple Watch. The 9to5Mac article discusses details from a leaked iPhone app “Companion”, which contains many Apple Watch settings. There’s always a chance that leaked apps like this aren’t real (though that’s unlikely), or that Apple will make significant changes before release date, but these are the best form of information we have right now. From the screenshots we can tell: Apple Watch will include VoiceOver and…
  • Custom Closed Captions With Your Apple TV

    Ricky Buchanan
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:01 pm
    You probably know that Apple TV supports close captions, but did you also know that you can customise the close captions on your Apple TV to suit your needs exactly? Closed captions are a specialised type of subtitle designed for people who can’t hear or understand the TV properly, or need to listen with the sound turned down. As well as including everything people say in the captions, they include descriptions of important sounds and other audio information that’s needed to understand the show. Turning Close Captions On On your Apple TV, go to Settings > General > Accessibility.
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  • Report: Apple Watch battery life may be around 19 hours

    Mike Flaminio
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:23 pm
    Mark Gurman for 9 to 5 Mac <blockquote class=quote> We're told that Apple has been shooting for roughly 19 hours of mixed usage each day, but that the company may not hit that number in the first generation version.</blockquote> Battery life could be as low as 2.5 hours of heavy usage, while up to 2-3 days in standby. Battery life, like the original iPhone and iPad, is a make or break feature of the device. Certainly average use will have to last a typical day, I think. If you do heavy use, I think most people will accept a mid-day charge if you're getting a lot of miles on it,…
  • Twitter launches recap feature

    Mike Flaminio
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:42 pm
    <blockquote class=quote>A lot can happen while you're on the go. To fill in some of those gaps, we will surface a few of the best Tweets you probably wouldn't have seen otherwise, determined by engagement and other factors. If you check in on Twitter now and then for a quick snapshot of what's happening, you'll see this recap more often; if you spend a lot of time on Twitter already, you'll see it less.</blockquote> Twitter is famously a firehose that's best used as a live feed of what's going on right now. What happened hours ago, like live events, aren't really relevant when you…
  • Rogue Amoeba Audio Hijack get major overhaul

    Mike Flaminio
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Rogue Amoeba makes some cool stuff and Audio Hijack is my favorite. The long-time versatile Audio Hijack 3 is a major revamp of the OS X application with a new visual interface. The new interface uses pipes to route audio from source, any processing, and output. Audio Hijack 3 is available now for OS X 10.9 or later for $49. The upgrade is free for those who purchases Audio Hijack 2 a year ago and upgrade pricing is available all owners.
  • Khan Academy brings lessons to iPad

    Mike Flaminio
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:06 pm
    Khan Academy has a massive library of academic lessons dating back to 2008. With an update to their app, the company now has 150,000 exercises that are available for the iPad. Nathan Ingraham for The Verge: <blockquote class=quote>Rather than just port all of the exercises to the app, Khan Academy took the time to add some iPad-specific features to make the experience fit the platform better. When looking at a demo for some geometry questions, Wahl showed me how you could touch and manipulate geometric figures to help answer the questions. Another math-specific feature coming to the…
  • Evernote Scannable App

    Mike Flaminio
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:06 pm
    Evernote recently released their own scanning app and it's pretty nifty. We went paperless a year or two back. I've been using Scanner Pro app, which works pretty well and can be configured to import into Evernote. The new Scannable app a little slicker solution. Scannable automatically scan pages using the camera and automatically crops with with a manual controls. It then can be brought into Evernote and designate a notebook. You can also scan in business cards, and similar to Evernote's Hello app will recognize info and import into address fields, plus works with LinkedIn. The app also…
 
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  • Friday Morning News

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Logo, Apple Store Sydney by Dale Gillard, on Flickr One big mystery about the Apple Watch is the expected battery life. Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac is reporting that sources are now indicating the target battery
  • Thursday Morning News

    21 Jan 2015 | 12:45 pm
    The Glass Stairs by Shaun Garrity, on Flickr The revamp of the Beats Music service seems to have gotten a step closer with a report from the Guardian that Apple has acquired the company behind
  • Wednesday Morning News

    20 Jan 2015 | 11:50 am
    Photo: Apple.com Apple is it seems looking to build excitement ahead of the upcoming store opening in Hangzhou, China this Saturday. Ahead of the opening the entire front of the store has been covered by a massive mural of a 2,000 year old poem that celebrates the importance of the city. The mural is hand painted by Wang Dongling. You can watch a video of its creation over at Apple’s China Retail site. Cult of Mac report that Apple is again
  • Tuesday Morning News

    19 Jan 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Latest Official Apple Campus photo Image Cupertino.org Apple likes to make a big deal about how much it has paid out to App developers under the iOS App store. It is however hard to find out what that means for most developers, with many believing a large portion of the payments is going to a select small group of developers. Some light is being shed on the situation by a group of developers who have decided to share their earnings and
  • Monday Morning News

    18 Jan 2015 | 11:51 am
    A possible design for a haptic stylus from an Apple patent application in 2010 via Macrumors The latest rumour regarding the so called iPad Pro is that it will come with a Stylus. 9to5Mac report that the prediction is made by KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Whilst normally Kuo relies on reports from supply chain contacts, this report doesn’t appear to have been based on those. Instead it seems based on stylus patent filings over
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  • Yellephant announces promotion on Top Three Kids Apps until Jan 31st

    admin
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:40 am
    Seoul, Korea – Yellephant Co., Ltd. today announced that their app portfolio has reached a cumulative 100,000 downloads this week. In celebration of this timely event, the company is now offering a promotion on their top three children’s apps, including Jobi’s Fire Station, Juddings Today, and Coosi Box. These three apps, normally priced at $1.99 each, will be free for a limited time only. “Yellephant’s app total downloads have reached 100,000 altogether,” stated Sean Baek, CEO and Executive Producer of Seoul based firm Yellephant Co., Ltd.
  • Neoappz Releases Places Around 5.0 with Voice Search

    admin
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:20 am
    Colombo, Sri Lanka – Neoappz, a mobile application development company, today is proud to announce the release of Places Around 5.0, an important update to their popular travel app for iPhone and iPod touch. Places Around is a user-friendly application which allows anyone to easily find places in their surroundings. It works world wide and provides accurate and concise information. It is ideal for travel. Places Around features a Category Search which provides one tap access to over 40 common categories such as Restaurants, ATMs, Gas Stations, Parking, Shopping Malls etc. The custom…
  • Mushroom Wars: Space! – Sequel of the Legendary PSN Game Now on iOS

    admin
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    London, United Kingdom – Zillion Whales, a leading mobile games publisher and producer, today is thrilled to announce the global launch of Mushroom Wars: Space! on iOS, the sequel to the famous real-time strategy game. Mushroom Wars quickly rose to the top of the game charts and has received critical acclaim, being repeatedly featured by the App Store and Google Play editors. Can you hear jet engines roaring? The epic online strategy game Mushroom Wars is heading off to space. The brave mushroom folks are back and this time they are up to conquer the entire galaxy. Mobile gamers stand…
  • Mushroom Wars: Space! – Sequel of the Legendary PSN Game Now on iOS

    admin
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    London, United Kingdom – Zillion Whales, a leading mobile games publisher and producer, today is thrilled to announce the global launch of Mushroom Wars: Space! on iOS, the sequel to the famous real-time strategy game. Mushroom Wars quickly rose to the top of the game charts and has received critical acclaim, being repeatedly featured by the App Store and Google Play editors. Can you hear jet engines roaring? The epic online strategy game Mushroom Wars is heading off to space. The brave mushroom folks are back and this time they are up to conquer the entire galaxy. Mobile gamers stand…
  • Video ASCII Art released by Nuclear Nova Software on Mac App Store

    admin
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:50 am
    Meadville, Pennsylvania – Nuclear Nova Software today announces Video ASCII Art for Macintosh, a powerful video generator that converts digital movies into amazing looking text art videos. In addition to processing a wide variety of video files, Video ASCII Art also processes still photos. Multithreading uses all of your computer’s processors for blazing fast conversions on all types of video. Output art to both black/white text and full color, with the ability to export plain mp4, text, html, tif, and rtf files. A user-editable character set adjusts the available characters to be…
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  • Yellephant announces promotion on Top Three Kids Apps until Jan 31st

    24 Jan 2015 | 3:40 am
    Yellephant Co., Ltd. today announced that their app portfolio has reached a cumulative 100,000 downloads this week. In celebration of this timely event, the company is now offering a promotion on their top three children's apps, including Jobi's Fire Station, Juddings Today, and Coosi Box. All apps feature cute artwork with adorable animation and perfect for small children. During this limited time, promotional event, these three apps will be freely available until January 31st, 2015.
  • Neoappz Releases Places Around 5.0 with Voice Search

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:20 am
    Neoappz today announces Places Around 5.0, an important update to their popular travel app for iPhone and iPod touch. Places Around allows anyone to easily find places in their surroundings. It works world wide and provides accurate and concise information. The app features a Category Search which provides one tap access to over 40 common categories such as restaurants, ATMs, gas stations, parking, shopping malls and more. Version 5.0 introduces Voice Search which enhances the user experience.
  • Monkimun releases Monki Shake It - a fun language-learning app for kids

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Monkimun, the Google's 2014 award-winning startup that builds language learning games for children, has continued its Monki line launching Monki Shake It for kids 2-6 years old. The app has four different lessons disguised as mini-games and one test to evaluate the skills acquired. As they are learning, kids receive awards they can keep in a fun tree-house. The app will be available for Android and Kindle soon. Monki Shake It is available in English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.
  • Detroit Tech Firm's App Taps into Inner Picasso

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:11 pm
    What You See, LLC has introduced Alda 1.0, their new social drawing game for iOS devices. Alda is a one-of-a-kind drawing competition among friends with the simple objective to bring the creativity out of all of us. Using one single shape as a base to create with, users play alone or compete with multiple users to expand upon the original shape in a timed challenge. As challengers complete their drawings, users can vote independently and anonymously on the best drawing.
  • Tweed - Fashion App to mix and match clothes

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Australia based independent developers, Chun and Meng Lim have released Tweed, a fashion app to mix and match different types of clothes. With an intuitive user interface, users can change clothing with a simple swipe of the finger or change the color by selecting it from a palette. Users also have the option of saving clothes and outfits to come back to later. The app features hundreds of outfits to choose from as well as links to tens of thousands of outfits in online shops.
 
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  • MacUser 1985-2015

    Adam Banks
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
  • Statement from Dennis Publishing about MacUser

    Kenny Hemphill
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    Dennis Publishing is sad to announce the closure of MacUser magazine after nearly 30 years. Since its launch in 1985 MacUser has provided its readers with authoritative buying advice, world exclusive reviews, breaking news and practical features. Inspired by the late Felix Dennis’ purchase of an Apple Lisa in 1983, the magazine started life as a bi-monthly magazine but soon upped its frequency to fortnightly as readers and advertisers poured in. The magazine was launched in the USA in late 1985 where similar success followed. Ian Westwood, Group MD of Dennis Publishing, said: “MacUser has…
  • Apple adding one million iBooks users a week

    Kenny Hemphill
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:19 am
    Apple’s iBooks business is growing at the rate of a million new users a week according to the company’s iBooks director, Keith Moerer. Speaking at the Digital Book World Conference today, Moerer explained that the decision to make iBooks a default app in iOS 8, along with new features like Family Sharing and the larger screen on the iPhone 6 an d6 Plus had helped increase iBook’s popularity. ‘We are seeing more of our book sales starting to come from the phone,’ Moerer told the conference. Until iOS 8, iBooks had to be downloaded from the App Store, adding it as…
  • Samsung makes $7.5bn bid for BlackBerry

    Kenny Hemphill
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Samsung wants BlackBerry’s patent portfolio and is prepared to pay $7.5bn for it, according to Reuters. The South Korean electronics manufacturer made a bid for the ailing smartphone firm ‘recently,’ and ‘proposed an initial price range of $13.35 to $15.49 per share, representing a premium of 38 percent to 60 percent over BlackBerry’s current trading price,’ said Reuters. Shares in BlackBerry jumped 30% on the news that representatives from the two companies had met to discuss the bid. It’s not clear whether the BlackBerry board was receptive to the…
  • Cameron under fire over plans to ban encrypted communication

    Kenny Hemphill
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    Prime Minister David Cameron has been castigated over comments made during a speech yesterday in which he appeared to suggest that, if elected, a Conservative government would ban encrypted communication. Security expert Graham Cluley told The Guardian that ‘Cameron is living in cloud cuckoo land if he thinks that this is a sensible idea, and no it wouldn’t be possible to implement properly.’ Writing on BoingBoing, Cory Doctorow was scathing. Explaining that what Cameron was in effect proposing was a back-door to encrypted communication services, to allow the security services…
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    Macenstein

  • DragonVale: How to breed a Frostbite Dragon

    Dr. Macenstein
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
    FROSTBITE DRAGON: INCUBATION TIME: 4 Hours BUY-IT Price: 750 Gems HOW TO BREED: (Any combination of Dark and Cold) Dark and Cold / Ruin and Crypt (This guide is part of a larger DragonVale breeding guide. For the full list of breedable dragons, click here. If you would like to help support my rushing breedings […]
  • DragonVale: How to breed an Aurora Dragon

    Dr. Macenstein
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:48 am
    AURORA DRAGON: INCUBATION TIME: 54 Hours BUY-IT Price: 3250 Gems HOW TO BREED: (Any combination of ALL 4 elements) Flower and Mountain / Swamp and Blazing / Fog and Lava (This guide is part of a larger DragonVale breeding guide. For the full list of breedable dragons, click here. If you would like to help […]
  • DragonVale: How to breed a Snowflake Dragon

    Dr. Macenstein
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:12 am
    SNOWFLAKE DRAGON: INCUBATION TIME: 3 Hours BUY-IT Price: ?? Gems HOW TO BREED: Can only be unlocked as a reward via the Season of Goodie Winter event (This guide is part of a larger DragonVale breeding guide. For the full list of breedable dragons, click here. If you would like to help support my rushing […]
  • Review: Kenu Airframe Plus

    Dr. Macenstein
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    I drive a Camry. I’m not proud of it. I’m not embarrassed. It’s fine. That’s what owning a Camry is. However, there IS one thing that Camry owners have had to deal with, and that is horrible AC power outlet placement and no large suction-cup-able flat surfaces for mounting our iDevices. All solutions that I […]
  • Review: Seidio iPhone cases are pretty sweet, but pricey

    Dr. Macenstein
    30 Nov 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Given how many iPhone case manufacturers there are out there, I guess it’s not too surprising that I hadn’t heard of Seidio until a few of their iPhone 6 and 6 plus cases showed up here at the lab for review, but I must say I am impressed, particularly with their Surface cases. But let’s […]
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    MacUpdate: Recent Mac OS X

  • TikiToki Desktop 1.0 - Timeline maker software. (Demo)

    24 Jan 2015 | 7:02 pm
    TikiToki Desktop is timeline-maker software that allows you to create an unlimited number of beautiful, interactive timelines. The timelines can include images, videos, and audio from your local hard drive. TikiToki Desktop offers loads of customisation and display options (including a 3D view) to help you give your timeline a unique look.Version 1.7 (1.0): Note: Finder and MacUpdate Desktop report the version of downloadable demo as 1.0; the developer refers to it as version 1.004. The version available for purchase in the Mac App Store is 1.7. Scrollable and scaleable background images 3d…
  • Amphetamine 1.3 - Override energy saver settings and keep your Mac awake. (Free)

    24 Jan 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Amphetamine is a little app that lives in your menu bar. It gives you a graphical user interface for the caffeinate command line utility built into every Mac. With Amphetamine, you can easily and quickly override your energy saver settings and keep your Mac awake, without even lifting your fingers from the keyboard. Features: Keep your Mac awake, preventing sleep and screen savers from activating Define and use a global hotkey to activate/deactivate Amphetamine Define a custom time to keep your Mac awake for, or choose from several presets Activate/deactivate Amphetamine using your keyboard…
  • Smarky 1.22.31 - Alphabetize Safari bookmarks with iCloud compatibility. (Demo)

    24 Jan 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Smarky is the bookmarks manager for Safari bookmarks which is compatible with Apple's iCloud. After installing Smarky and enabling iCloud syncing, you can have automatically alphabetized and organized Safari bookmarks on all of your Apple devices.Version 1.22.31: This update is not a big deal for current Smarky users. If you are not currently experiencing the following issue, you might want to skip this update. Error 19001 (some other process invoked our Worker incorrectly) is no longer displayed to the user and no longer causes syncing to be paused. It is only logged silently. Also, added…
  • Video ASCII Art 1.0 - Convert digital movies into text art videos. (Commercial)

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Video ASCII Art is a powerful video generator that converts digital movies into amazing looking text art videos. In addition to processing a wide variety of video files, Video ASCII Art also processes still photos. Multithreading uses all of your computer's processors for blazing fast conversions on all types of video. Features: Output art to both black/white text and full color export plain mp4, text, html, tif, and rtf files. A user editable character set adjusts the available characters to be used, while the maximum character width option controls the finished product size. Real time still…
  • Track Concatenator 1.0 - Joins together (merges) iTunes tracks, w/ chapters. (Free)

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Track Concatenator joins together iTunes tracks into single, chapterized MP4 files. Allows output as Music or Audiobook. Requires FFMPEG/MP4v2. Can only merge AAC/MP4 audio files, but does so losslessly without reencoding.Version 1.0: Initial release OS X 10.9 or later Download Now
 
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    World of Apple

  • My Apps of 2014

    Alex Brooks
    2 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    Inspired by M.G. Siegler, here’s an end of 2014 summary of the apps I’ve been using during the year. At the end of 2015 I’ll do another, and so on. Unlike a lot of individuals who follow Apple and therefore are very interested in new apps, I rarely change my home screen on my iPhone. The apps have largely been static for 12-18 months, but every so often a better version of an app comes along so I’ll do a replacement or the app will update and I’ll move it off the homescreen because I don’t enjoy it anymore or it no longer serves the original purpose…
  • Apple Announces Q414 Revenue of $42.1bn, FY14 Revenue Tops $182bn

    Alex Brooks
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Apple’s fiscal year revenue between 2000 and 2014 Apple today announced financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter of 2014 which ran from July 1, 2014 until September 27. The quarter also marks the end of Apple’s financial year. For the quarter Apple posted revenue of $42.1 billion and net quarterly profit of $8.5 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share (adjusted for stock split). These results compare to revenue of $37.5 billion and net profit of $7.5 billion, or $1.18 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. For the fiscal year Apple made a total of $182.79bn in revenue,…
  • A Look Ahead at Apple’s Q4 2014 Results, Is the iPad a Fad?

    Alex Brooks
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:28 pm
    On Monday Apple will report its Q4 2014 fiscal results, the quarter that ended on September 30 marks an important one as it takes in the majority of Apple’s back to school season. Notably the quarter only includes about a week and half of iPhone 6 sales, it’s unknown how much detail Apple will go into about the success of the launch so far—at last week’s media event the company failed to give any numbers. Let’s explore some elements of Apple’s results release; namely the ever slumping iPad sales number, the end of year total, and the analyst estimates. iFad?
  • Ahead of Apple’s iPad Event

    Alex Brooks
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:01 pm
    iPad Air 2 with Touch ID | Image from video of dummy model Unlike Apple’s September it sure feels like the October 16 event that Apple has planned has snuck up on us all. This has nothing to do with the fact that Tuesday this week has sailed past and the event is in fact being held on a Thursday, a very rare occasion indeed (Wednesday’s are common for iPad events, Monday the default for WWDC but Thursday I’ve never known). In fact it’s fair to say that neither the rumour mill or the general public is hyped up about tomorrow’s Apple event, so will they in fact…
  • Think 2021

    Alex Brooks
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Apple Watch announced on September 9, 2014. Showing all three editions: Watch, Watch Sport, and Watch Edition It was a day steeped in history, on the very stage where Steve Jobs originally announced the Macintosh in 1984, and the iMac in 1998, Tim Cook mentioned Steve on stage for the first time since his death two years ago. There were also glimpses and references to an Apple of the past; an image of the original mouse, a picture of the first iPhone, and of course a performance from U2. Of that history, 2007 springs to mind. When doing the rumour roundups ahead of Tuesday’s event I was…
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    macZOT!

  • Voilabits Mini Bundle

    MacZOT
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Voilabits Mini Bundle PhotoWatermark for Mac + PhotoResizer for Mac = $7.99 Normally: $34.98 ZOT Price: $7.99 Click to macZOT! Download Trial   You take tons of photos with your families, friends or colleagues to preserve happy memories or special occasions in your life. And you may want to add a date-stamp or special symbols on the photo to make a simple card, or resize the photo for better sharing online. Now, with Voilabits PhotoWatermerk and PhotoResizer, it's as simple as a piece of a cake. So, why don't have a try right now? Here are the free trial versions of these…
  • FoldersSynchronizer 4.2 Super Offer

    MacZOT
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    FoldersSynchronizer 4.2 Super Offer The best way to Sync & BackUp on Mac Normally: $40.00 ZOT Price: $20.00 Click to macZOT! Download Trial   FoldersSynchronizer is an nifty and popular utility for OS X which synchronizes and backs-up files, folders and disks. The user can choose one or more pairs of files, folders or disks and then they will be synchronized or backed-up exactly.   FS lets you organize your sync and backup in several sessions you can save to a file for a later reuse. On each session you can apply special options like Timers, Multiple Folders, Filters,…
  • Stellar Phoenix Video Repair

    MacZOT
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:06 pm
    Stellar Phoenix Video Repair Facilitates Easy and Quick Repair of Video Files   jAlbum is available in the ZotShop! Normally: $69.00 ZOT Price: $35.00 Click to macZOT! Download Trial   Full Video Repair 'Video Repair' enables you to rebuild and fix corrupt video files including MOV file format supported by QuickTime Repair Multimedia Files Stellar Phoenix Video Repair allows you to add video files of different formats with a single click. Allows Preview Latest Video Repair allows you to preview the files after the repair is done. Save at desired location With Stellar…
  • Keynote And PowerPoint Templates from Slidevana

    MacZOT
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Keynote And PowerPoint Templates from Slidevana Quickly create presentations that impress and inspire your audience.  Normally: $199.00 ZOT Price: $89.00 Click to macZOT!   "There's a template for nearly everything I need to say." Brad Rosen, Founder of Drync   - This product is huge. We can't show it all here…   Take a Tour »   You get the Light and Dark Versions for PowerPoint and Keynote. Mac or Windows.                    Click any of the four images below to get more info……
  • Cisdem PDFtoPagesConverter

    MacZOT
    11 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Cisdem PDFtoPagesConverter Convert PDF files to fully editable iWork Pages on Mac Normally: $29.99 ZOT Price: $5.99 Click to macZOT! Download Trial   PDF files fill our lives, but there really isn't a good way to edit PDFs the way we do with iWork Pages on Mac. PDF to Pages for Mac converts PDFs to editable iWork Pages quickly and preserves the original text, images, layouts, hyperlinks, tables, and graphics with high accuracy. After conversion, you can easily edit or reuse the PDF content on Pages or turn on iCloud so the documents you create are kept up to date across all your…
 
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    MacBlogz

  • Apple Reported to Begin Shipping Apple Watch in March, 12-Inch MacBook Air in Early 2015

    Richard Padilla
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Apple will begin shipping the Apple Watch in March and will also look to launch its new 12-inch MacBook Air during this quarter, according to a new report by KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo. The analyst also predicted that iPhone shipments would beat expectations for Q1 2015 with over 61 million units shipped, while iPad shipments are expected to total to 10 million units. Kuo notes that Apple may reveal more details about the Apple Watch before its official launch, revealing specifics on battery life and the start of pre-orders. Most components of the Apple Watch will see high shipments…
  • Deals: Save Big on the Best Deals of the Week, featuring 90% Off The Master Java Course Bundle

    Mac&#124;Life Staff
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    [This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]There's never a shortage of awesome offers available in our Deals tab. But, they're only around for so long. We'd have to have you miss out on great savings for items that we know you're after, so we've rounded up some of the deals that are about to end. Take advantage of big discounts and get these great products before they shoot back up to retail price.You might not always know it's there, but Java is what's keeping your favorite apps running. No, we don't mean coffee—we're talking programming. If you want to learn your…
  • Caturday: Brown Cat knows how to use a MacBook better than you do

    Steven Sande
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Over the years that Caturday has been a regular staple on the site, we've seen cats standing in front, laying on top, or simply snuggling the warmth of a variety of Apple devices. But until Brown Cat, we haven't had a cat who actually seems to know w...
  • Daily Deals for January 23, 2015, Get Over 5,000 Adobe Software & Web Design Training Videos For Over 80% Off

    Kelly Hodgkins
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....
  • The Week's 10 Hottest Apple News Stories, January 23

    Mac&#124;Life Staff
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
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    MacCast - For Mac Geeks, by Mac Geeks

  • Maccast 2015.01.18 - iOS Board Games

    Adam Christianson (Mac Geek), Dave Caolo, and Dan Patriss
    18 Jan 2015 | 5:21 pm
    A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Episode 513. A special episode of the Maccast featuring iOS board games. I've invited Dave Caolo from the Board Games Weekly podcast and Dan Patriss from the Geek All-Stars podcast to talk about our favorite tabletop titles that are also available in iOS versions. Want more Maccast? Become a Maccast Member. Special thanks to our sponsor: Smile - smilesoftware.com Shownotes in: HTML or OPML Subscribe to the Podcast Feed or Get the MP3 or Enhanced AAC
  • Maccast 2015.01.11

    Adam Christianson (Mac Geek)
    11 Jan 2015 | 1:19 pm
    A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Episode 512. Remember iBeacons? Possible Apple Watch release date. Possible first look at iPad Pro. In 2015 Apple goes to 12. Unlocked iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Spotlight may tell emailers too much. Apple Customer Sat. iCloud Photo App returned. Excited about HomeKit. OS X Yosemite maximize button change. Finding missing disk space. iTunes Power Search. Want more Maccast? Become a Maccast Member. Special thanks to our sponsor: lynda.com - Learn at your own pace from expert-taught video tutorials. Visit lynda.com/maccast to start…
  • Maccast 2015.01.02

    Adam Christianson (Mac Geek)
    2 Jan 2015 | 2:33 pm
    A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Episode 511. Beats wants exclusives in 2015. More on Apple Pay expansion. Apple wins holiday activations. Thunderbolt hardware hack. Battle for A9 production. Photos beta removed from iCloud.com. iOS Alarm app. Resorting to hardware hack to fix a Mac. Sending delayed email. Go home iOS 8 you’re drunk. Things of the moment: Audio Engine B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver and Crossy Road by Hipster Whale Want more Maccast? Become a Maccast Member. Special thanks to our sponsor: lynda.com - Learn at your own pace from expert-taught…
  • Maccast 2014.12.26

    Adam Christianson (Mac Geek)
    26 Dec 2014 | 7:46 pm
    A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Episode 510. BBC shines harsh light on Apple supplier. iPhone sales boom over holidays. Apple TV Watch ABC. Apple Pay continues winning consumers. Apple patches NTP security issue. Dealing with adware. Setting a silent alarm in iOS. Duplicate iTunes "gifts". Want more Maccast? Become a Maccast Member. Special thanks to our sponsors: Drobo - Save $90 off the purchase of a Drobo gen3, 5D, or 5N at drobostore.com using code 'HOLIDAYADAM' Smile - smilesoftware.com Shownotes in: HTML or OPML Subscribe to the Podcast Feed or Get the…
  • Maccast 2014.12.18

    Adam Christianson (Mac Geek)
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:08 pm
    A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Episode 509. Next gen A9 chip production. Apple about faces on App rejections. New 'Made for i’ guidelines. 2015 the year of HomeKit? Apple wins iPod anti-trust case. Apple Pay gears for Expansion. TouchID and 5th Amendment. Mac network service order. Does turning off iCloud have to be frightening? Changing Mail swipe gestures. Fixing a Safari pop-up DOS. Want more Maccast? Become a Maccast Member. Special thanks to our sponsors: lynda.com - Learn at your own pace from expert-taught video tutorials. Visit lynda.com/maccast…
 
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    Mac Tutorial Previews

  • 0487 - ClamXav AntiVirus [HD - Preview]

    ScreenCastsOnline
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Something often asked is "Should I run an AntiVirus app on my Mac?" There is still no definitive answer, but this week's show covers a free, easy to install and minimal impact anti virus application - ClamXav.
  • 0486 - ScreenFlow v5 - Part 5 [HD - Preview]

    ScreenCastsOnline
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Following on from the previous ScreenFlow episode, this week it's the final Screenflow v5 tutorial - phew! Finishing off with a look at adding and manipulating text and graphics in your project, as well as some more advanced features such as adding closed captions or subtitles. I also take a look at the various exporting and publishing your project once completed.
  • 0485 - ScreenFlow v5 - Part 4 [HD - Preview]

    ScreenCastsOnline
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Following on from the previous ScreenFlow episode, this week I take a further look at manipulating and adjusting video and audio clips using the properties panels, as well as adding annotations and using the new Touch callout features. ScreenFlow v5 allows you to capture, edit, export and distribute video, all from a single application. Although primarily optimised for screencasts, ScreenFlow can handle most types of video projects.
  • 0484 - Path Finder 7 [HD - Preview]

    ScreenCastsOnline
    1 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Path Finder is a file manager and potential Finder replacement. Acknowledged as a heavy weight in the field of Mac utilities, its reputation is further enhanced with the introduction of Path Finder v7, and the inclusion of many new features.
  • 0999 - Members - Accessing 2015 Videos [HD - Preview]

    ScreenCastsOnline
    30 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    It’s 2015 and time for existing members to subscribe to the 2015 feeds. This is the final video to appear in the 2014 feeds, so continue to receive the weekly shows automatically, you need to follow the instructions in this video. It’s really easy to subscribe but if you have any problems, please drop a line to support@screencastsonline.com
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    Softpedia News > Apple

  • Major Twitter Client Tweetbot Gets Pulled from the App Store

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:06 am
    This weekend, Apple pulled one of the most popular Twitter clients from the App Store as the software seemingly conflicted with Twitter’s rules regarding user tokens. Tweetbot currently is unavailable for download to Mac users, but the problem should be rectified soon. Tapbots, the developer of Tweetbot, reveals on Twitter that the company is aware of some ongoing issues and is working to address them: “We are aware of Tweetbot for Mac authentication issues. We have contacted Twitter and are ... (read more)
  • Battle of the 12 Inches – New MacBook Air and iPad Pro Shown Off in Mockups

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    As we draw closer to the imminent release of a new MacBook Air and larger iPad, Dutch designer Martin Hajek decided to bless us with another sublime set of renderings showing off the two devices side by side. Even Hajek is surprised at the size of the upcoming iPad. Using CAD software to create a mockup of the iPad Pro tablet which reportedly boasts a display that measures 12 inches on the diagonal, Hajek piqued “That iPad sure is huuugeeee.” The luscious renderings show the two devices in a... (read more)
  • Apple Software Updates of the Week – January 24, 2015

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Artists and developers, listen up! Apple’s new releases for the week ending January 25 are targeting you with three new updates for music production, and one beta for Yosemite development. Leaving iOS untouched this week, Apple has released a single new OS X beta for testing and development purposes. A major focus was the company’s music creation software, with new features and improvements being delivered to the likes of Logic Pro X, Logic Remote, and MainStage. OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 build ... (read more)
  • iPhone 6 Poised to Take Over the World

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:25 am
    Following reports that the iPhone grew its share massively in the United States, Japan, and South Korea, retailers in Taiwan now report that Apple ranked as the top smartphone vendor in the country last month. Citing data compiled by local retail channels, Taiwanese media reveals that Apple was the top smartphone vendor in December, both in terms of sales value and volume. The main reason for this uptick was strong demand for the iPhone 6, according to DigiTimes. 64GB iPhone 6 proves popular... (read more)
  • iPhone Beats Every Other Smartphone in the US with 50% Share in Q4 2014

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:09 am
    Consumer Intelligence Research Partners has released the results of a new study according which the iPhone came on top by quite a margin in the USA in November. The sales were mainly buoyed by strong demand for the iPhone 6, according to the research. According to the chart displayed above, CIRP found that among the major phone brands, Apple had by far the largest share of the US market. The Cupertino giant was responsible for half of all phone sales (50%). Apple and Samsung continue to duke... (read more)
 
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    9to5Mac

  • Twitter’s war on developers continues: Tweetbot for Mac falls victim to token limit, gets pulled from App Store

    Mike Beasley
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    In November, 9to5Mac brought you an exclusive interview on Twitter’s limitations on third-party developers with the Iconfactory’s Gedeon Maheux. In the original article, Maheux said that development on Twitterrific 5 for Mac had stalled due to Twitter’s strict limits on how many users can login to a particular application. While Twitterrific 5 is the first application to have been stuck in development because of these limits, another popular client has claimed the title of the first Twitter app for Mac to run into the token ceiling: Tweetbot. For a full explanation on…
  • Yosemite & iOS 8 How-to: Set up and use AirDrop

    Sarah Guarino
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    With Yosemite and iOS 8 you can use AirDrop to share files between your Mac and iOS devices. This is one of the features of Continuity, which further integrates and connects your Mac and iOS devices. Continuity also includes Handoff, Instant Hotspot, iPhone Cellular Calls and SMS Relay. Initially AirDrop allowed you to share files between two Macs or between two iOS devices. Now, AirDrop allows you to share files and information between Mac and iOS devices. It is a device-to-device transfer that works even when the devices don’t have internet access, although Wi-Fi and Bluetooth have…
  • Westlake Apple Store officially opens its doors in Hangzhou, China (Photos)

    Zac Hall
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Apple CEO Tim Cook shared the grand opening photo via Twitter Apple’s latest massive retail store—the Westlake Apple Store in Hangzhou, China—had its opening to the public today as officially scheduled. Naturally, much attention has been paid to what is now the largest Apple Store in Asia with Apple teasing the store’s grand opening earlier this month with a magnificent mural by artist Wang Dongling. You can see more shots from the scene around the new Westlake Apple Store below: The new Westlake Apple Store in Hangzhou, China is one of five new retail stores opening in…
  • Missouri state rep. proposes law requiring customers to show ID with Apple Pay

    Mike Beasley
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:44 pm
    [Heavy sigh]Determined to stymie the inevitable flood of fraudulent transactions using Apple Pay and other mobile wallets (/s), one Missouri lawmaker has proposed a new law that would require shoppers to pull out a photo ID and prove they truly are who they say they are before they will be allowed to continue with the process of scanning their unique fingerprint on a high-tech piece of equipment designed specifically for the purpose of verifying their identity without the need for a physical identification card. From a local report: Democratic Rep. Joshua Peters of St. Louis says the bill he…
  • The iOS game currently dominating the charts in the US is now available to players in the UK

    Mike Beasley
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Trivia Crack, the most popular game in the iOS App Store, has previously only been available to players in the United States and parts of South America. Today, the app’s creators announced that the game will now be available to customers in the UK as well. The new version of the game will include UK-specific questions submitted by players and approved by an editorial team working for the developer. Trivia Crack is available now in both a free ad-supported version and an ad-free version for £2.29. Both versions have in-app purchases that can enhance gameplay.Filed under: Apps Tagged:…
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    MakeUseOf » Mac OS X

  • Get Some Work Done: The Best Writing Environments for Mac OS X

    Bakari Chavanu
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    When tackling writing projects, you need the best writing environment possible to get the job done. Fortunately for Mac users, there’s no shortage of writing tools available for long and short form writing projects. A good writing environment provides cross-platform access, collaboration features, and multi-format support. In addition, you may want to use a program that can assist you with all stages of the writing process, from brainstorming, drafting, to final edit. Scrivener ($45) For long form writing projects, such as manuals, research papers, and books, I prefer to work…
  • Install Mac Software From Terminal With Homebrew

    Justin Pot
    23 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Install (almost) any free Mac app by typing four words and hitting “Enter”. With Homebrew for Mac you can install thousands of programs with just a few keystrokes, and update them all with just a few more. If you’ve spent any time looking into cool things to do with the Mac Terminal, you know that your Mac is missing a bunch of the commands many Linux distros come with out-of-the-box: WGet, for example. If you’ve tried to download and install these commands, you know that it can get… complicated. Your options are to find a binary that may or may not be…
  • Mac OS X Yosemite, From The Perspective Of A Linux User

    Danny Stieben
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s been a while since Mac OS X 10.10 “Yosemite” has been released into the wild, so we have a pretty good idea of how it performs. Mac OS X is also sometimes used as the poster child for a clean and elegant interface (most of the time, anyways). As a Linux writer, it’s my duty to make comparisons not only amongst Linux distros, but also against the competition. With Yosemite out and a new wave of distro releases out, it’s time to make the comparison between Yosemite and and these new releases. Which performs better? Which looks better? What can...Read the full…
  • Desk Lets Bloggers Focus On What Matters: Writing

    Justin Pot
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Once research is done, there are six main things every blogger needs to do: Write Format content Write Add images and embeds Write! Publish to a CMS Writing is key to the process, in case you didn’t notice, so any tool designed to make blogging easier needs to really focus on the writing experience. You only need glance at Desk for Mac ($30) to see developer John Saddington, himself a longtime blogger, understands this. By default everything is out of the way – it’s just you and your words. Even the top of the window fades away once you start typing, and the toolbar at…
  • Customize Almost Anything On Your Mac With EasySIMBL

    Justin Pot
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    EasySIMBL just might be the best free Mac app you’ve never heard of. It lets you run user-submitted extensions to your favourite applications, not to mention OS X itself. From hiding the menubar when certain applications are open to embedding Instagram images within the official Twitter app, you can do things with EasySIMBL you probably didn’t know were possible. If you love tweaking your Mac, you need to know about this. Plugins for EasySIMBL typically come in the form of .bundle files, which you can drag to the program’s window in order to install. They inject code directly…
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    ifoAppleStore

  • Apple Offered Ahrendts Strong Incentives To Join

    Gary Allen
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:08 pm
    A new financial filing shows that Apple made extraordinary financial offers to Sr. VP Angela Ahrendts last year, hoping she would quit her job at Burberry, move back to the United States and take control of the company’s most visible operations, the on-line and retail stores. At the time, Apple says that Ahrendts was among the highest-paid executives in the UK, and so they assembled a combination of Apple stock grants, an annual salary and bonus, relocation expenses and even an unusual severance package to lure her to the company. Ahrendts joined Apple May 1, 2014 to provide the…
  • Ahrendts Confirms China Openings, Staffing

    Gary Allen
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:12 pm
    Apple will be opening four China retail stores in rapid succession over the next five weeks, according to the company’s Sr. vice-president for retail, including the West Lake (Hangzhou) store that is now covered with an expansive poem created by a noted calligraphy artist. Angela Ahrendts told China news agency Xinhua that the stores will open by Chinese New Year on February 19th, and will bring the total number of stores in the country to 20. A fifth store already opened January 10th at MixC Zhengzhou, while the West Lake store will open January 24th. Ahrendts said four of the…
  • New Window Display Creates An iPad Mystery

    Gary Allen
    10 Jan 2015 | 4:31 pm
    A new display window appeared first at the Regent Street (London) Apple store shows a simple line-up of iPads set on a thin white counter. What makes the display so mesmerizing for passersby is how the Smart Covers open and close, all without any visible connection to a mechanical device. The video was taken at the Valley Fair Think “magnets.”
  • Second Glass Cylinder Entrance Unveiled in China

    Gary Allen
    6 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    In a unique duplication of a high-profile store design, Apple is reusing the glass cylinder entrance architecture of the Pudong (Shanghai) store for the Guotai Plaza store now under construction in Chongqing (China). Last month workers dismantled the huge steel structure that has been covering the entrance for nearly the past year, revealing a 30-foot tall glass structure that will lead to the underground store. The entrance is set in a plaza and surrounded by tall buildings, a setting similar to the Pudong store, but on a smaller scale. The architecture was first revealed by IFO in July…
  • Retail Store Walls Become An Art Gallery

    Gary Allen
    1 Jan 2015 | 5:33 pm
    The visuals teams at Apple’s retail stores are installing new wall graphics that extend a Web campaign that spotlights artistic applications for iPad, iPhone and Mac. While store graphics have frequently mirrored the design and colors of Apple’s Web pages, this seems to be the first time a specific promotional campaign has spanned both the Web and retail stores. In this case, the “Start something new” Web page appeared on-line in Japan last week, and has since been extended to apple.com in other countries. “Every piece in this gallery was created on an Apple…
 
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  • Yellephant announces promotion on Top Three Kids Apps until Jan 31st

    Richard
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:40 am
    Seoul, Korea – Yellephant Co., Ltd. today announced that their app portfolio has reached a cumulative 100,000 downloads this week. In celebration of this timely event, the company is now offering a promotion on their top three children’s apps, including Jobi’s Fire Station, Juddings Today, and Coosi Box. These three apps, normally priced at $1.99 each, will be free for a limited time only. “Yellephant’s app total downloads have reached 100,000 altogether,” stated Sean Baek, CEO and Executive Producer of Seoul based firm Yellephant Co., Ltd.
  • Neoappz Releases Places Around 5.0 with Voice Search

    Richard
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:20 am
    Colombo, Sri Lanka – Neoappz, a mobile application development company, today is proud to announce the release of Places Around 5.0, an important update to their popular travel app for iPhone and iPod touch. Places Around is a user-friendly application which allows anyone to easily find places in their surroundings. It works world wide and provides accurate and concise information. It is ideal for travel. Places Around features a Category Search which provides one tap access to over 40 common categories such as Restaurants, ATMs, Gas Stations, Parking, Shopping Malls etc. The custom…
  • Mushroom Wars: Space! – Sequel of the Legendary PSN Game Now on iOS

    Richard
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    London, United Kingdom – Zillion Whales, a leading mobile games publisher and producer, today is thrilled to announce the global launch of Mushroom Wars: Space! on iOS, the sequel to the famous real-time strategy game. Mushroom Wars quickly rose to the top of the game charts and has received critical acclaim, being repeatedly featured by the App Store and Google Play editors. Can you hear jet engines roaring? The epic online strategy game Mushroom Wars is heading off to space. The brave mushroom folks are back and this time they are up to conquer the entire galaxy. Mobile gamers stand…
  • Video ASCII Art released by Nuclear Nova Software on Mac App Store

    Richard
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:50 am
    Meadville, Pennsylvania – Nuclear Nova Software today announces Video ASCII Art for Macintosh, a powerful video generator that converts digital movies into amazing looking text art videos. In addition to processing a wide variety of video files, Video ASCII Art also processes still photos. Multithreading uses all of your computer’s processors for blazing fast conversions on all types of video. Output art to both black/white text and full color, with the ability to export plain mp4, text, html, tif, and rtf files. A user-editable character set adjusts the available characters to be…
  • Pixeljam’s Potatoman Seeks The Troof launches on iOS Devices

    Richard
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:20 am
    Asheville, North Carolina – Pixeljam Games, creator of the classic multiplayer racing game Dino Run and platformer / shmup hybrid Glorkian Warrior, today is proud to announce the release of Potatoman Seeks The Troof 1.0.1, their challenging, humorous and zen platformer for iOS devices. Potatoman will put your reflexes and worldview to the test as you guide him through dry deserts, mysterious forests, busy cities, the tallest mountains and eventually his innermost consciousness in search of the ultimate answer. Go forward, seek, and discover The Troof… Accolades: * IGN’s…
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  • Mac Setup: Personal Workstation of a Pro Audio Designer

    OSXDaily
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    It’s time for another featured Mac setup! We’re going to share the great personal studio workstation of Nick J., a professional Audio Designer. Let’s dive right in and learn more about the hardware and software used with this setup: What hardware components make up your Mac setup? Core Apple Gear 2.26Ghz 13″ MacBook Pro 8GB ... Read More
  • Workaround for Local Network Discovery Failures & Problems Connecting to Servers in OS X

    Paul Horowitz
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:24 am
    Local networking usually works flawlessly on Macs, which is why some of the most aggravating issues that a select group of users may experience with OS X Yosemite pertain to network connections. Some of these may relate to broader connection and wi-fi functionality problems, and others which can effect general LAN networking functions and the ... Read More
  • Found Someones iPhone? Help Return a Lost iPhone to the Owner with Siri

    Paul Horowitz
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Losing an iPhone is a terrible feeling, so if you ever happen to be in the position of finding a random iPhone somewhere, maybe in a coffee shop or on the street, you should always do the right thing and try to return it to the proper owner. Of course that’s sometimes easier said than ... Read More
  • Move or Remove Icons from Safari Bookmarks Menu in OS X Yosemite

    Paul Horowitz
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:48 am
    When you click into the URL bar of Safari in OS X Yosemite, a panel menu of website bookmark icons appears directly under the address bar. This can offer a quick way to access web bookmarks in Safari from a Mac, but it’s fairly likely you’ll discover a few bookmarks in the icon view that ... Read More
  • A Gesture Trick for Marking eMail as Unread Instantly in iPhone Mail App

    Paul Horowitz
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:24 am
    Have you ever needed to mark an email as unread after opening it on your iOS device? Of course you have, whether to serve as a reminder to yourself later, or to undo an accidental mark as read. Typically on the iPhone and iPad iOS Mail apps, most people use the Flag menu method to ... Read More
 
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  • Apple Volatility is on the Plate for 2015

    ernie@apple-investor.com (Ernie Varitimos)
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:50 am
    Happy New Year, and What a great year 2014 was for the Apple Auto Trader! This past year was the first full year with a substantial subscriber base, and it was a marvelous success. The Apple Auto Traders beat the buy and hold strategy by a whopping 75 percent, even with Apple’s record gains of nearly 40 percent this past year! Now the question is, what will 2015 have in store for Apple? Will we experience another 40 percent gain? Will volatility return now that the Fed has ceased quantitative easing? Will investment fund managers start reinvesting in equities again? Will the relentless…
  • Carl Icahn on Bloomberg TV Says of Apple

    ernie@apple-investor.com (Ernie Varitimos)
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    Carl Icahn in his activist mode, reiterates view that high-yield market is a bubble. Says the Fed has given the economy, or the patient, “too much medicine.” Says market should not be shorted. He goes on to say that Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim is a “great CEO.” Says Apple pay has a great future. And that investment in Apple ‘no brainer’ SOURCE
  • Apple Analysts Don’t Have A Clue – They Just Follow

    ernie@apple-investor.com (Ernie Varitimos)
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Apple Analysts Top 10 Ranking – Philip Elmer-DeWitt If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, the paid financial analysts from the big banks and advisory firms aren’t worth the toilet paper I use to wipe my ass…no, one better, the used toilet paper. It’s as simple as that. Their job is clear…to misdirect, cause controversy, move the markets; all for the purpose of getting attention and spurring transactions for their employers. If you pay a fee to a big investment firm’s advisory service, and you pay attention to these leeches, then…
  • Apple Pay Getting Around

    ernie@apple-investor.com (Ernie Varitimos)
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    Last week I told you that my bank, Bank of America, was preparing us for Apple Pay with internal advertisements. This week, another bank, First Tennessee is announcing their intent to offer Apple Pay, and just this morning, TheFlyOnTheWall service reported that Whole Food Markets is going to offer Apple Pay at the checkout, also Home Depot! It’s only a matter of time before Apple Pay sweeps across the nation. I expect adoption to accelerate in the new year as mew money misappropriated by businesses. Early adopters will have a competitive advantage, and that will quickly drive further…
  • Another GT Advanced Exec Saw Apple Writing On the Wall and Cashes In

    ernie@apple-investor.com (Ernie Varitimos)
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    Who can blame a company executive, a principle share holder for dumping his stock when he knows it’s only a matter of time that his company is going bust, when your major client decides not to do business with you? It’s a rhetorical question for sure, the money is almost in the bank, all you have to do is deposit it, right? Well, that’s exactly what happened with both the CEO and COO of GT Advanced once they learned that their sapphire production did not meet Apple’s technical and financial goals. They ran to the teller window and cashed in their chips. Should they…
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  • MacGroup-Detroit Meeting Dates – Revised

    Chita Hunter
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:18 am
      “MacGroup-Detroit meeting dates are now back to the third Sunday of the month where they have been for years.” Make sure to refresh your Calendar or subscribe to it from the MacGroup Detroit web site. Dates February 15, 2015 March 15, 2015 April 26, 2015 May 17, 2015 Starts early at 2PM ends and out at 4PM afterglow at 4PM June 28, 2015 July 19, 2015 August 16, 2015 September 13, 2015 Could not be changed, Temple conflict. October 18, 2015 November 15, 2015 December 20, 2015   See You There!
  • Happy New Year!

    Chita Hunter
    31 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    From MacGroup-Detroit!    
  • One Time Machine Backup Is Not Enough

    Terry White
    28 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    That’s my brand new Late 2014 MacBook Pro above and on December 22nd at around 8:30PM I got a spinning beach ball cursor. It happens sometimes. However, it seemed that more than just the current app was having issues so I did a force reboot and that pretty blue display you see above is all I saw from that moment forward. Normally in a case of system corruption you can hold down a variety of keys to bypass the internal drive and boot up either from the built-in recovery partition or an external/network drive. However, none of the usual keys worked. Holding down Option, D, R, etc. did…
  • Merry Christmas!

    Chita Hunter
    24 Dec 2014 | 10:42 pm
    From MacGroup-Detroit to You!
  • The Season for Giving

    Phyllis Evans
    23 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    At the latest meeting of MacGroup Detroit, I was reminded that some of our members donated a bunch of used computers to a number of private schools in the area more than a decade ago. I was amazed to find that many of those “antiques” are still in use by pre-schoolers in a couple of local private schools, and they are learning from them. It says something for our Apple technology. That said, many of us will be getting new computers or iPads or iPods for the Holidays. What will you do with the old ones? Think about passing that “old” iMac on to a youngster who could…
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  • Yellephant announces promotion on Top Three Kids Apps until Jan 31st

    Richard
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:40 am
    Seoul, Korea – Yellephant Co., Ltd. today announced that their app portfolio has reached a cumulative 100,000 downloads this week. In celebration of this timely event, the company is now offering a promotion on their top three children’s apps, including Jobi’s Fire Station, Juddings Today, and Coosi Box. These three apps, normally priced at $1.99 each, will be free for a limited time only. “Yellephant’s app total downloads have reached 100,000 altogether,” stated Sean Baek, CEO and Executive Producer of Seoul based firm Yellephant Co., Ltd.
  • Neoappz Releases Places Around 5.0 with Voice Search

    Richard
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:20 am
    Colombo, Sri Lanka – Neoappz, a mobile application development company, today is proud to announce the release of Places Around 5.0, an important update to their popular travel app for iPhone and iPod touch. Places Around is a user-friendly application which allows anyone to easily find places in their surroundings. It works world wide and provides accurate and concise information. It is ideal for travel. Places Around features a Category Search which provides one tap access to over 40 common categories such as Restaurants, ATMs, Gas Stations, Parking, Shopping Malls etc. The custom…
  • Mushroom Wars: Space! – Sequel of the Legendary PSN Game Now on iOS

    Richard
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    London, United Kingdom – Zillion Whales, a leading mobile games publisher and producer, today is thrilled to announce the global launch of Mushroom Wars: Space! on iOS, the sequel to the famous real-time strategy game. Mushroom Wars quickly rose to the top of the game charts and has received critical acclaim, being repeatedly featured by the App Store and Google Play editors. Can you hear jet engines roaring? The epic online strategy game Mushroom Wars is heading off to space. The brave mushroom folks are back and this time they are up to conquer the entire galaxy. Mobile gamers stand…
  • Video ASCII Art released by Nuclear Nova Software on Mac App Store

    Richard
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:50 am
    Meadville, Pennsylvania – Nuclear Nova Software today announces Video ASCII Art for Macintosh, a powerful video generator that converts digital movies into amazing looking text art videos. In addition to processing a wide variety of video files, Video ASCII Art also processes still photos. Multithreading uses all of your computer’s processors for blazing fast conversions on all types of video. Output art to both black/white text and full color, with the ability to export plain mp4, text, html, tif, and rtf files. A user-editable character set adjusts the available characters to be…
  • Pixeljam’s Potatoman Seeks The Troof launches on iOS Devices

    Richard
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:20 am
    Asheville, North Carolina – Pixeljam Games, creator of the classic multiplayer racing game Dino Run and platformer / shmup hybrid Glorkian Warrior, today is proud to announce the release of Potatoman Seeks The Troof 1.0.1, their challenging, humorous and zen platformer for iOS devices. Potatoman will put your reflexes and worldview to the test as you guide him through dry deserts, mysterious forests, busy cities, the tallest mountains and eventually his innermost consciousness in search of the ultimate answer. Go forward, seek, and discover The Troof… Accolades: * IGN’s…
 
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    Barkings!

  • There's an App for That!

    Rachel Narkewicz
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    As the poet said: “There’s an app for that!” Sure there are LOTS of apps out there but which one should you choose? Since Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend is a big weekend for getting out on the slopes, I’ve decided to focus on some of the most popular ski and snow apps out there. I can’t take all the credit as we have quite a few outdoor pups here at Small Dog headquarters. Keep an eye out if you’re at Sugarbush this weekend as that is where we like to go play. If you’re planning on staying right here in Vermont Ski Vermont has highlighted some…
  • AppleCare + is an Essential Value

    Don Mayer
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    You may have received an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch for the holidays. These devices all come with a 1-year warranty and 90 days of free phone support from Apple. AppleCare+ is more than an extended warranty and it would be a good New Year’s gift to yourself. AppleCare+ extends the 1-year Apple warranty to 2 years but the protection does not stop there. You also receive 2 years of free technical support which includes answers to your questions on Apple software including iOS, iCloud, wireless network setup and Apple-branded Apps. AppleCare+ adds one more important feature for your mobile…
  • Small Dog Gift Guide - Part 2 - 2014

    Rachel Narkewicz
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    We’ve asked a few of our employees what their favorite gifts are this season – either to get or to give, of course – and we have highlighted a few of the best! Don, President and Top Dog: The Nest smart thermostat is a great holiday gift! I use them in my home and am saving money daily as the Nest learns my habits, turns the heat (or AC) down when I am away and back up when I get home. It learns that I like it cool when I sleep and warm in the morning. It reduces your carbon footprint by only providing heat or cooling when you need it. While it is super easy to install and…
  • Small Dog Gift Guide - Part 1

    Rachel Narkewicz
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:23 pm
    We’ve asked a few of our employees what their favorite gifts are this season – either to get or to give, of course – and we have highlighted a few of the best! Joe, Key West Retail Store Manager My favorite product is the Chill Pill Chillbox. It has great sound from its aluminum case and is so portable and lightweight. The battery seems to never die and the price is hard to beat. Every member of my family has one and I feel this gift would be great for anyone. And right now as part of our Mac The Halls holiday sale you get a free Chillbox with the purchase of any MacBook…
  • MAC TREAT #248: Guided Access

    Michael Duplessis
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:14 pm
    I have a two year old at home and, as those of you out there who are also parents know, sometimes a little screen time can turn a bad mood around or at least buy me a few minutes to make some coffee to fortify me for the rest of the day. I don’t want my son to use my computer but thanks to my sturdy Hammerhead Jacket Case and AppleCare+ protection plan I am willing to let him use my iPhone. However, there are only certain apps that I want him to use and he has already figured out how to use the Home button and then open different apps. What to do? Fortunately, I have discovered a great…
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  • Video ASCII Art released by Nuclear Nova Software on Mac App Store

    dsellers
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Nuclear Nova Software (http://nuclearnova.com) has announced Video ASCII Art 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's a video generator that converts digital movies into text art videos. In addition to processing a variety of video files, Video ASCII Art also processes still photos. It support outputting art to both black/white text and full color, with the ability to export plain mp4, text, html, tif, and rtf files. A user-editable character set adjusts the available characters to be used, while the maximum character width option controls the finished product size. read more
  • Apple rides iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to strong quarter

    dsellers
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (www.cirpllc.com) has released analysis of the results of its research on mobile phone manufacturers for the calendar quarter that ended Dec. 31. CIRP finds that among the major phone brands, Apple had the largest share of the U.S. market, with half of all phone sales. read more
  • Kool Tools: TimeCache

    dsellers
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:43 am
    The Rolling Stones told us that time was on our side (or at least Mick Jagger's side). That's not always true, but with TimeCache (http://www.pandaware.com/timecache/index.html) for Mac OS X from PandaWare we can at least keep track of it. read more
  • Mail Designer apps for Mac OS X revved to version 2.5

    dsellers
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has introduced version 2.5 of Mail Designer and Mail Designer Pro, its Mac OS X apps for designing emails and newsletters. A problem with the Design Delivery service has been fixed. An issue while saving documents has been fixed. With version 2.5, uploads to Campaign Monitor are more reliable.Mail Designer 2 (US$29.99) and Mail Designer Pro 2 ($49.99) are available both in the equinux Online Store and the Mac App Store.
  • IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic Studio

    dsellers
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:54 am
    IK Multimedia has released the iRig Mic Studio, its ultra-portable large-diaphragm digital condenser microphone for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC and Android devices. It packs a one-inch condenser capsule into a compact enclosure that can be used to make professional recordings anywhere. With iRig Mic Studio, musicians, vocalists, home producers, podcasters, broadcasters, voice-over artists and more have a studio-quality large-diaphragm microphone that fits in the palm of their hand. read more
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  • Deals: Last chance to get the SKEYE Nano Drone, NetSpot Pro, and Other Hot Deals Ending Soon

    MacLife Staff
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    [This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]You're always on the lookout for a great deal. Any opportunity to snatch up an awesome item for an affordable price gets you excited. Well, then you'll love our Deals tab. There are always great offers available, and new ones being added regularly. But they're only around for a limited time--like these great deals that are about to end.Remote control toys have really taken a step forward in the awesome category over the last few years, and the SKEYE Nano Drone is all the proof you'll need. With a battery that is rechargeable…
  • Deals: Save Big on the Best Deals of the Week, featuring 90% Off The Master Java Course Bundle

    MacLife Staff
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    [This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]There's never a shortage of awesome offers available in our Deals tab. But, they're only around for so long. We'd have to have you miss out on great savings for items that we know you're after, so we've rounded up some of the deals that are about to end. Take advantage of big discounts and get these great products before they shoot back up to retail price.You might not always know it's there, but Java is what's keeping your favorite apps running. No, we don't mean coffee—we're talking programming. If you want to learn your…
  • The Week's 10 Hottest Apple News Stories, January 23

    MacLife Staff
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
  • Apple Daily: 'Leaked' 12-Inch MacBook Air, China and Apple, iPhone Activations

    Leif Johnson
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:59 pm
    It wouldn't be Friday without a juicy Apple leak or rumor, and, as if on cue, photos of the display and lid of the rumored 12-inch MacBook Air supposedly leaked today. In other news, Tim Cook reportedly agreed to let Chinese officials check Apple products for security flaws, and iPhones accounted for precisely half of all phone activations in the U.S. during the last quarter.'Leaked' Photos Reportedly Show Parts from 12-Inch MacBook AirJust in time for weekend speculation fun, a set of photos have popped up on iFanr purporting to show the lid and display for the rumored 12-inch MacBook Air.
  • Ask: Limit App Update Notifications to One User

    MacLife Staff
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:34 am
    Got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We've got the answer. This time in Ask, we'll show you how to restrict app-update notification pop-ups to only a single user's account on your Mac.QuestionI have a user account on my iMac for myself, another for my wife, and a third for our children. Only my account has administrator privileges. Is there a way to ensure my account is the only one that receives pop-up notifications for app updates?AnswerThere's no built-in way to limit notifications to one account, but there's a workaround you can perform using AppleScript. Open up the AppleScript…
 
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  • Mac Tips: Restore RSS Screensaver, Get Time Machine RSS Screensaver

    the rocr
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Good, bad, cheezy, retro, cool? At the Fairer Platform, we love screensavers. Here’s a three-fer madness Mac screensaver offer you can’t refuse — Apple’s original RSS Screensaver plus Christian Heudens’ Time Machine RSS Screensaver. First up, download Apple’s original RSS Visualizer.qtz.zip ... The post Mac Tips: Restore RSS Screensaver, Get Time Machine RSS Screensaver appeared first on FairerPlatform.
  • Watch Transparent Free, Get Amazon Prime for $72 Today Only

    the rocr
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:26 am
    While I’m not a big fan of TV dramas, Amazon Prime is a favorite. That said, watch Transparent — Amazon’s hot, breakthrough TV drama — and get Amazon Prime for $72 — today only. Here’s the Amazon Prime pitch: Today from ... The post Watch Transparent Free, Get Amazon Prime for $72 Today Only appeared first on FairerPlatform.
  • Home Network Slow? Five Easy WiFi Router Tips and Tricks

    the rocr
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Previously, the Fairer Platform talked you through improving your home network performance by tweaking settings and software. Today, we have a few quick and and easy hands on WiFi router tips to improve home network performance. This home network advice works ... The post Home Network Slow? Five Easy WiFi Router Tips and Tricks appeared first on FairerPlatform.
  • SimCity Complete Arrives on Mac App Store

    the rocr
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:12 pm
    Great news Mac gamers! SimCity Complete Edition ($39.99) has arrived on the Mac App Store. Well, actually, make that mixed bag of news Mac gamers, because the Mac App Store version allows family sharing (up to five installs) but doesn’t ... The post SimCity Complete Arrives on Mac App Store appeared first on FairerPlatform.
  • ClamXav Mac App Store: Apple Approvals Take Time

    the rocr
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:28 pm
    Yesterday, we noticed that the Mac App Store version of ClamXav hadn’t been updated since July of last year. Obviously, that didn’t seem right, so we posted a question on the ClamXav support forums, asking for clarification. And, happily, we got ... The post ClamXav Mac App Store: Apple Approvals Take Time appeared first on FairerPlatform.
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  • Apple applies for orientation-based audio patent, possibly related to rumoured iPad Pro

    Roland Banks
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a patent application from Apple that describes a method of automatically routing audio to different speakers on an electronic device, based upon its orientation. This may be used in the long-rumoured iPad Pro which is said to include additional speakers on the sides of the device. The patent, […] The post Apple applies for orientation-based audio patent, possibly related to rumoured iPad Pro appeared first on Apple Toolbox.
  • Apple awarded patent for strengthened glass displays

    Roland Banks
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:09 am
    Apple has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today for methods of improving the strength of glass covers on electronics devices such as the iPhone. Strengthened glass screen The patent describes systems and methods for improving strength of a thin glass cover for an electronic device. In one example, […] The post Apple awarded patent for strengthened glass displays appeared first on Apple Toolbox.
  • Apple invents a new Home Button which also functions as a Joystick

    Roland Banks
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:47 am
    Apple filed a patent today with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) which describes a unique Home Button invention that can be used either as a regular button or as a gaming joystick. The patent demonstrates that Apple is considering ways to improve on the design of the Home Button to be a more […] The post Apple invents a new Home Button which also functions as a Joystick appeared first on Apple Toolbox.
  • iPhone 6 gets hot, fix

    Serhat Kurt
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:56 am
    Several users have reported an issue in which users feel that their iPhone 6 (and iPhone 6 Plus) sometimes get hot. Do you think that your idevice is overheating? This article explains why your iPhone is getting hot and how you can troubleshoot the problem. The first thing we should mention is that it is […] The post iPhone 6 gets hot, fix appeared first on Apple Toolbox.
  • Apple granted patent for display based speakers

    Roland Banks
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:56 am
    Apple has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today for flexible display-based speaker structures that can be used to produce audio from the screens of its iDevices. The patent relates in general to electronic devices, and outlines methods for display-based speaker structures for such devices. How do the display based speakers work? According […] The post Apple granted patent for display based speakers appeared first on Apple Toolbox.
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  • Programme Language Introduced by Apple

    23 Jan 2015 | 11:02 pm
    The programme language introduced by Apple for developers, for iOS and OS X Swift has gained a lot of popularity over the past six months as per the developer focused analyst firm RedMonk. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Apple Laptops Vulnerable To Virus That 'Can’t Be Removed

    20 Jan 2015 | 2:05 am
    Thunderstrike – Malicious Code in Boot ROM  Security researcher has discovered a way to install malicious code on a small chip built in Apple laptop which would resist any attempt in removal of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Apple HomeKit Powers On With iDevices Switch Smart Plug

    18 Jan 2015 | 10:35 pm
    iDevices Switch – World’s First HomeKit Enabled Plug Users of iPhone and iPad who have been waiting anxiously for news in the HomeKit connected product space, after Apple’s announcement at WWDC 2014... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Thunderbolt Equipped Monitor – Replacing LED Cinema Display

    13 Jan 2015 | 9:24 pm
    As announced in July 2011, the current 27 inch Thunderbolt of Apple’s display has been debuted as the first Thunderbolt equipped monitor, replacing the outgoing LED Cinema Display. When the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hackers Recreate Fingerprints Using Public Photos

    10 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    Fingerprints – Means of Ascertaining Identity  Fingerprints have been used as a means of ascertaining a person’s identity for quite some time since 1900 and for the past 10 years or so; it has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    AppLecture: Apple News and Rumors

  • Trust Movavi Screen Capture To Record Voice On Your Mac Device

    Milana Rose
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:27 am
    Do you need to record online streaming audio on your Mac device? It could be that you have to record system alerts or apps or save streaming audio from internet or need to capture voice from the microphone. Well, whatever […]
  • 6 Best Investment Apps to Manage and Grow Your Financial Portfolio

    Milana Rose
    9 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    Making good investment can be a great challenge for investors and this is not some kind of a secret which is never revealed before, thus, everyone knows about it. Since it is greatly challenging, one has to be very wise […]
  • Android vs iOS: Highlighting Some Major User Differences

    Chris Warren
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:32 am
    With Android and iPhone being two of the majorly used mobile operating platforms, it is interesting to note that the coming years will witness app developers investing their time and efforts on building apps that can run on Apple’s iOS […]
  • How to Integrate Outdoor Advertising With Social Media Advertising

    Milana Rose
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    Social media advertising is hot. There’s no doubt about it. With the ability to hyper-target demographics, advertisers are buying up social media ads to the tune of tens of billions of dollars a year. Just look at the revenue growth […]
  • 6 Ways to Make Money on Your iPhone

    Michael Wilson
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:24 am
    Smartphones have changed our lives in little over half a decade and everyday a new smartphone arrives on the market. In fact, in the UK we’re soon expecting smartphones to account for 75% of the phones in use. Now, even […]
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  • 50 Cool iPhone 5 Cases That Fits Your Need

    Anup Kayastha
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:50 am
    The Coolest iPhone 5 Cases There are varieties of iPhone 5 cases in the market that you can choose from. You may have spent hours finding the best case for your iPhone. You browse through Amazon and eBay, but you couldn’t find the one iPhone case you’re searching for. I know how tedious it is. We have collected the 10 cool iPhone cases. If you have the iPhone 4, iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s then don’t worry because most of the iPhone case in the list below has availability for iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s as well. Cool iPhone 5 Cases Browse through the iPhone 5 cases by its…
  • 10 Best iPad Air Cases That Matches Your Type

    Anup Kayastha
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:03 am
    Apple’s official iPad Air cases Just the day after all-new iPad Air release, case makers are already making iPad Air cases available to purchase in 2014. The new iPad Air is features improved processing power, improved hardware and is as light as one pound. There’s already dozens of cases for iPad Air in the market, it’s quite hard to find the case that has all the features you want. So, we decided to list the best iPad Air cases that are loved by the users most. Have an iPhone 5? Here’s 50 cool iPhone 5 cases. In addition to Apple Smart Cover for iPad Air (costs $79),…
  • 10 Best iPhone 6 Cases and Covers

    Dipesh Timilsina
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    BendGate? Nope! iPhone 6 has only just launched and the case makers are already flooding the market with all kinds of iPhone 6 cases. All kind of cases are available for purchase but not every case will fit your needs. Some cases are designed to make your iPhone 6 look cool while others are designed to protect your iPhone during accidents. With so many options to choose from, at times, it becomes difficult to choose the best case. To make your work easy, we have created an ultimate list of best iPhone 6 cases among which you will surely like at least one. We’ve made best cases list for…
  • iPhone 6 Plus VS Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Battle of the Titans

    Dipesh Timilsina
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:21 pm
    iPhone 6 Plus is eyeing for Phablet niche which Samsung created some years ago. But capitalizing in a niche Samsung masters isn’t going to be easy. Not easy, especially when Samsung has just outed their flagship phone of the year, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Which one is superior of the two? Let’s find out! iPhone 6 Plus is Apple’s first phablet while the Note 4 is Samsung’s forth phablet.  Samsung has 4 years of experience when it comes to phablet innovation. Let us start our comparison with technical specs comparison. iPhone 6 Plus 5.5″ IPS LCD Display Full HD…
  • A New iCloud Tool Can Tell If You Are Using A Stolen iPhone

    Dipesh Timilsina
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:08 pm
    People buy and sell stolen iPhone all the time. Buyers who are unaware that the stolen iPhone they have bought from eBay suffer sooner or later thanks to “Where’s My iPhone” Activation Lock. The true owner of stolen iPhone can at any time remotely erase, lock and disable iPhone using iCloud service. Buying used iPhone has always been a risky task. Not so from now. Apple has just introduced a new iCloud tool which will let you check it the iPhone you are buying is stolen or not. The tool is simple to use. All you have to do is enter iPhone’s (or any Apple device with…
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  • Review: Lucidchart – Goodbye Visio?

    MacHow2
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    We’ve already taken an in-depth look at The Best Alternatives to Visio on Mac but here we review one of them more closely – Lucidchart. Since Visio isn’t available on Mac, Lucidchart has positioned itself as one of the top contenders to fill that void. Unlike Visio, Lucidchart functions entirely in the cloud meaning there’s nothing to download but this doesn’t make it any less powerful than desktop software (although for Google Chrome users, Lucidchart also has a plugin which allows you to work offline too). Lucidchart allows you to do almost everything you can do…
  • Top Free OCR For Mac Software

    MacHow2
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    You generally get what you pay for and there is very little free OCR for Mac software that works well but there are a few apps worth trying. If you plan to scan regularly and need good accuracy, then we highly recommend our article on The Best OCR For Mac Software. The two main drawbacks of free OCR software is that the scanning accuracy is usually lower and it doesn’t preserve the formatting of the original document very well. However, if you’re in a hurry, don’t want to splash any cash or have the time to manually correct both the formatting and text of the result,…
  • OmniPlan For Mac Review

    MacHow2
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    OmniPlan for Mac is a powerful Project Management tool for professionals and and we’ve taken a closer look at what it can do in our OmniPlan for Mac review. If you’ve recently switched to Mac and are looking for a serious alternative to MS Project, OmniPlan is an excellent option. Omni Group have a good track record with OmniGraffle – their popular alternative to Visio on Mac – and OmniPlan is cut from the same cloth. OmniPlan is an advanced project management tool which helps you visualize projects and collaborate on them with colleagues in real time. It includes all the features…
  • The Best Freecell For Mac Games

    MacHow2
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:11 pm
    One of the most popular games on PC remains Freecell which is included in all versions of Windows but Freecell for Mac isn’t included in OS X. Mac users have to either play it online or download a version of it. The question is, which one to go for? There are several versions of Freecell for Mac available and we’ve taken a look at the best ones for OS X. Some of these are Freecell only while some of them are part of a collection of card games including games such as Klondike, Vegas Solitaire and Forty Thieves so you’re sure to find at least one that you like, and maybe a few other car…
  • Top 5 NotePad For Mac Alternatives

    MacHow2
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:07 am
    NotePad for Mac does not exist but if you’ve just switched to Mac from PC and need a NotePad equivalent, there are several alternatives for OS X. The most obvious choice is TextEdit which is the default text editing app for Mac. It’s free with any version of OS X but is very basic and there are other free and paid options out there with a few more advanced features. We’ve tried to focus on basic NotePad text editors here and avoided dedicated HTML editors for programmers. Here then are the top 5 alternatives NotePad for Mac alternatives. Top 5 Alternatives To NotePad on Mac Note that…
 
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