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  • Review: OmniFocus 2 for iPad makes life easier with extensions and background syncing

    Macworld
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Spoiler Alert: OmniFocus 2 for iPad isn’t for everyone. If all you need to keep track of is a grocery list and a few one-off tasks each day, OmniFocus isn’t really the task manager you are looking for. On the other hand, if you juggle multiple areas of responsibility, and frequently need to break down large projects into more manageable steps, OmniFocus will keep your life organized, and turn you into a productive, task-obliterating machine.OmniFocus 2 for iPad represents the last piece of the OmniFocus pie being updated to version 2, bringing the app in line with OmniFocus 2 for Mac and…
  • Samsung History of Portable Music Devices Conveniently Leaves Out iPod, Walkman

    Mac|Life - All Articles
    Leif Johnson
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:28 pm
    The iPod is now unfortunately on the wane (and mainly because its features are incorporated in iPhones these days), but it played a hugely important role in getting music distribution to where it is today. Commentators have noted that it helped bring about the end of the "album era" and push the industry to the focus on digital singles that we all know so well. But according to a editorial on the history of portable audio devices on Samsung's site (via 9to5Mac), all that never happened.Granted, it is a Samsung site, and since the company has no qualms keeping athletes from using their iPhones…
  • Apple, Samsung still tops in smartphone market, but Xaiomi rising fast

    MacNN
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    A new report from IDC again places Apple and Samsung at the top of the heap for smartphone manufacturers as it has for years now -- but there is nonetheless notable change in the air. Samsung saw a significant drop in shipments for its smartphones, dropping 8.5 percent from the year-ago quarter. Apple, in second place, saw a 16.1 percent increase in shipments. Though Samsung was dominant with 78.1 million units shipped, a new challenger from China is beating the Korean company on its home turf of low-end smartphones....
  • ​The Horrible No Good Apple Pay War No One Signed Up For

    Digg
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Earlier this week, we walked you through the stridently awful Apple Pay alternative being cooked up by Walmart, CVS, Best Buy, and more.
  • Apple Pay Must Overcome Corporate Politics and Greed in Order to Succeed

    Apple Gazette
    Kraig Becker
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In the early days of Apple Pay’s existence, it has already becoming abundantly clear that it will need to overcome corporate politics and greed, rather than wide-scale adoption by the public, if it hopes to succeed. The new NFC-enabled, contactless payment service from Apple, has only been available for a little more than a week, and already it has received both strong support, and faced serious opposition to its use. As perhaps the most secure method of making purchases available today, credit card companies and banks have been quick to embrace the service. Meanwhile, corporate…
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    MacNN

  • Hands On: Pandemic 2.5 (iOS)

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    How many games actually allow a player to play as something truly terrible? Sure, there are a lot of games that let players choose the "wrong" choice, but where are the games that let you wreak total havoc? Pandemic 2.5, the successor to the popular flash game Pandemic 2, will. This devious little gem allows players to create a custom disease from the ground up, which serves to help them eradicate the human race. The game manages to be part resource management, part chance, and part outwit-the-AI, and can be profoundly frustrating....
  • Apple, Samsung still tops in smartphone market, but Xaiomi rising fast

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    A new report from IDC again places Apple and Samsung at the top of the heap for smartphone manufacturers as it has for years now -- but there is nonetheless notable change in the air. Samsung saw a significant drop in shipments for its smartphones, dropping 8.5 percent from the year-ago quarter. Apple, in second place, saw a 16.1 percent increase in shipments. Though Samsung was dominant with 78.1 million units shipped, a new challenger from China is beating the Korean company on its home turf of low-end smartphones....
  • Microsoft Band fitness tracker leaks through companion apps

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Microsoft's rumored wearable device has appeared earlier than expected, leaked within a companion app on the Mac App Store. The Microsoft Band is, as rumored, a device with a thin display similar to the Samsung Gear Fit, with the accompanying app screenshots showing it will apparently be capable of a similar level of monitoring of the user's actions as other fitness trackers....
  • Hands On: PicTrove 2 Pro (iOS)

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:44 pm
    PicTrove 2 Pro is an app that has taken the time-intensive act of image-searching on the web and streamlined it. Users are able to search multiple websites, including Google, Bing, Flickr, Pinterest, and more all at once, and compare them side-by-side. Tapping and swiping through allows a user to browse images one at a time from a specific search site. There is also the ability to refine searches per site, allowing a user to specify whether they would like photographs or clipart, or decide on the size or quality of the image. Even animated GIFs are fully supported within PicTrove 2 Pro....
  • GT Advanced CEO tells court Apple contracts were 'unsustainable'

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Daniel Squiller, the COO of GT Advanced Technologies who was among those slowly selling off his holdings in company over the course of 2014, has told the bankruptcy court that the company lost $461 million before it finally filed for bankruptcy, which he characterized as a last-resort measure to get out of "unsustainable" contracts with Apple. Squiller painted a picture that claimed that GT Advanced assumed all the risk in their joint venture, while Apple took none....
 
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    Office Blogs

  • New Lync for Mac adds Media Resiliency, Conversation History and OS X Yosemite support

    Lync Team
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Barak Manor is a product manager for the Lync team I’m pleased to say that we’ve just released our latest update to Lync for Mac, and it is available for download on Microsoft Support. This release adds new two features; Media Resiliency and Conversation History, and support for Apple OS X Yosemite. Media Resiliency No network is perfect, of course, and we all want the best possible experience when hiccups happen. This update adds Media Resiliency for peer-to-peer calls and Lync Meetings, which does two important things. First, if a network disconnect occurs, Lync for Mac will now…
  • Protecting you against the SSL 3.0 vulnerability

    Office 365 Team
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    As we announced yesterday, driving innovations in security capabilities of Office 365 is a top priority. We understand that the security of your data is important and we’ll continue to be transparent about our approach. To that end, we wanted to share details around Security Advisory 3009008. This advisory provides guidance related to a vulnerability in Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) 3.0 which could allow information disclosure. This is an industry-wide vulnerability that affects the protocol itself and is not specific to Microsoft’s implementation. To help protect our customers further, we…
  • Visio webcast November 4—Automating business process using Visio and SharePoint

    Visio Team
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    One of the powerful features in SharePoint is the ability to implement workflows. Workflows can streamline the cost and time required to coordinate common business processes. In this webcast we will learn how Visio 2013 and SharePoint 2013 make it easier to model and implement workflows. The webcast will focus on how to leverage the SharePoint 2013. Workflow template included in Visio 2013 to design workflows and SharePoint Designer 2013 enhancements to facilitate implementing and publishing these workflows. Presented by Reddy Kadasani, Tallan Register now for this session, a few sessions, or…
  • Office 365 Search is now smarter about spreadsheets

    Excel Team
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Steve Kraynak is program manager for Excel Spreadsheet Management. Businesses use spreadsheets for many critical functions, such as financial reporting and investment modeling, and they need to minimize the risks that using these spreadsheets introduce. The need for strong spreadsheet management is emphasized in these stories compiled by the European Spreadsheet Risk Interest Group (EuSpRIG). Office responded to this need by introducing new features in Office 2013 to help manage the use of spreadsheets for important business functions, and now it has enabled a similar capability in Office…
  • Client library for Office 365 admin reporting web service now available

    Office 365 Team
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Julien Pierre is a program manager and Toney Sui is a software engineer with the Office big data team in Beijing, China. If your company has deployed Office 365 and it has a central monitoring solution that enables you to continually look at the health of your IT services in one unified place—such as a help desk, reporting dashboard or other solution—there’s good news. Developers and independent software vendors (ISV) with a central monitoring solution like this can now use that solution to monitor Office 365 along with your other IT services, using the OData API. This new client…
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    TidBITS

  • Apple Demands Removal of PCalc’s Today View Widget

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    Apple has arbitrarily demanded the removal of one of iOS 8’s coolest Today View widgets. If Apple wants developer trust, it needs to lay out the rules clearly. 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: How to Revert to iTunes 11

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    If you hate iTunes 12 and long for the relatively halcyon days of iTunes 11, then Macworld’s Chris Breen has your back. Borrowing a tip from Jacqui Cheng, formerly of Ars Technica, Breen has outlined seven steps for going back to the previous version of iTunes. 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…
  • External Link: Backblaze on OS X 10.10 Yosemite Versus Windows 8 Adoption

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Cloud backup service Backblaze is back with more analysis, this time favoring operating system upgrades over hard drive statistics. Backblaze’s Adam Nelson found that it took four days for 21 percent of Backblaze users to adopt Yosemite, while it took a whole two years for the same amount of users to upgrade to Windows 8. Nelson posits a few theories for the disparity, including locked-down corporate computers, a lukewarm reception for Windows 8, and the fact that Yosemite is free. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the…
  • External Link: The Highlights of Tim Cook’s WSJD Live Interview

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    Apple CEO Tim Cook made an appearance at the WSJD Live conference, and Apple Spotlight has listed some of the most interesting tidbits from that interview. Cook said that Apple Pay activated over one million credit cards in the first 72 hours, that Apple stopped making the iPod Classic because it could no longer obtain the parts for it, and he again hinted at future TV plans by comparing the current TV experience to living in the 1970s. Not mentioned in the summary was Cook’s hint at an Apple Pay partnership with the e-commerce giant Alibaba. Read the full article at TidBITS, the…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 27 October 2014

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Notable software releases this week include Fetch 5.7.4, Sandvox 2.9.1, Security Update 2014-005 (Mountain Lion and Mavericks), SpamSieve 2.9.17, Hazel 3.3, and TextExpander 4.3.4. 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.
 
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    TUAW

  • Gro Book knows no bounds

    Melissa Davis
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Educate children about the three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle with Gro Book, a US$3.99 universal book app about making responsible choices. Imaginative stories are told, in 24 different ways, by Sophie the Sweater, in this wonderfully illustrated...
  • Tim Cook comes out: "I'm proud to be gay"

    Michael Rose
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    In a Bloomberg BusinessWeek essay published this morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook affirmed that he is gay, something that had long been spoken of quietly within the tech community (and sometimes accidentally in the mainstream media). In his own...
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free DropTask - Visual To-Do...
  • Daily Deals for October 29, 2014, featuring Freebie Wednesday

    Kelly Hodgkins
    29 Oct 2014 | 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....
  • Check out HelloTel when you check in to your hotel

    Chelsea Taylor
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    HelloTel is a brand new social networking app. This app allows users to "check-in" to a hotel much like a user would check-in on location based apps like Foursquare. The user is then also able to see nearby users who have checked into their hotel as...
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    MacRumors

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook Publicly Comes Out as Gay in Letter Declaring Support for Equality

    Richard Padilla
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    In a letter written for Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out as gay while declaring his support for equality. Cook, who has typically kept a low profile on his personal life, says that his decision to publicly acknowledge his sexuality was done to "bring comfort to anyone who feels alone" and to "inspire people to insist on their equality." I’ll admit that this wasn’t an easy choice. Privacy remains important to me, and I’d like to hold on to a small amount of it. I’ve made Apple my life’s work, and I will continue to spend virtually all of my waking time…
  • Microsoft Unveils $199 'Microsoft Band' Fitness Wearable

    Husain Sumra
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Shortly after apps on the Mac App Store and iOS App Store revealed Microsoft's fitness wearable, the company has revealed its $199 Microsoft Band fitness wearable to Re/code. The device will go on sale tomorrow at Microsoft's online and retail stores. The Microsoft Band is designed to last 48 hours on a single charge and can be worn all day and all night, as it tracks both physical activity and sleep. It includes 10 sensors that track standard health statistics like heart rate as well as unique points of data that other fitness bands do not track, like a UV sensor to measure sun exposure…
  • 'Microsoft Health' App for Upcoming Wearable Leaks as Google Launches HealthKit Rival

    Husain Sumra
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:04 pm
    As Apple completes the launch of HealthKit and the Health app for iOS, its competitors Microsoft and Google have been preparing their own entrances into the health sector. Today, Microsoft apps for an upcoming fitness wearable have leaked in app stores as Google launched a new HealthKit-like initiative. In July it was reported that Microsoft was working on a fitness band that would work with iOS. Now, the official app for the device, which appears to be called the Microsoft "Band", has appeared on the Mac App Store. The "Microsoft Band Sync" app, which was first discovered by WindowsCentral,…
  • MCX Says Merchants Doing What's Best for Customers, Being Attacked for 'Challenging the Status Quo'

    Eric Slivka
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Following the publication of a blog post earlier today outlining some details of its upcoming CurrentC mobile payments solution and disclosure of a hack resulting in unauthorized access to users' email addresses, Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) held a conference call with members of the press to further address questions and concerns. During the call, MCX CEO Dekkers Davidson and COO Scott Rankin clarified that MCX merchants who choose to accept Apple Pay are not subject to fines. As stated in the blog post earlier today, merchants are also free to leave the consortium entirely at any time…
  • GT Advanced COO Blames Apple's Strict Sapphire Contract Terms for Bankruptcy Filing

    Juli Clover
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    GT Advanced's Chief Operating Officer Daniel Squiller yesterday filed some revised documents with the court, giving a bit more insight into what went wrong between Apple and GT Advanced that led to the latter company's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. Shared by Fortune, Squiller's affidavit [PDF] delves further into the contractual obligations outlined in GT's agreement with Apple, which led to huge losses of money as the contract was highly favorable to Apple. It was known that the terms of the contract prevented GT Advanced from selling its sapphire to customers other than Apple, but as it…
 
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    Macworld

  • Use these apps to keep your little monsters safe on Halloween

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you’re a parent, Halloween can be an unsettling mix of emotions. Sure, your kids are having a great time roaming the neighborhood and stuffing themselves with candy, but being a parent you’re of course worried about their safety, especially if this is the first Halloween that you’re letting your kids trick-or-treat unsupervised. Use your iPhone to put your mind at ease on All Hallow’s Eve with this collection of apps that can track a group of family members—even if they’re using Android devices—and apps that help light the way.Find My Friends Find My Friends is the best…
  • Review: OmniFocus 2 for iPad makes life easier with extensions and background syncing

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Spoiler Alert: OmniFocus 2 for iPad isn’t for everyone. If all you need to keep track of is a grocery list and a few one-off tasks each day, OmniFocus isn’t really the task manager you are looking for. On the other hand, if you juggle multiple areas of responsibility, and frequently need to break down large projects into more manageable steps, OmniFocus will keep your life organized, and turn you into a productive, task-obliterating machine.OmniFocus 2 for iPad represents the last piece of the OmniFocus pie being updated to version 2, bringing the app in line with OmniFocus 2 for Mac and…
  • How Newsstand failed The Magazine, and what Apple should do

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:26 am
    Apple’s Newsstand was introduced with iOS 5 as a place for apps designed to deliver content in the form of a periodical—whether continuously as new articles or in the form or regularly produced issues—to gain superpowers. A Newsstand app could change its cover each issue, update images on demand in the App Store, automatically download content in the background, and have a free trial period. Then, after some fanfare, and major publications adopting the Newsstand format, emphasized on the iPad but available on the iPhone and iPod touch as well, Apple more or less left it to rot. In iOS…
  • Take the pain out of two-factor authentication with an app

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
    I’ve been stressing two-factor authentication (2FA), or two-step verification, in my early columns here at Private I, because I believe most people avoid using this extra protection for their accounts due to the fuss and management, and may think it will lock them out of access or require an extra step when it’s unnecessary. But 2FA isn’t an obstacle course with bottomless pits. It’s more like a flu vaccination. If you’re not feeling ill and aren’t worried about getting sick, you might skip the innoculation. That does you a fat lot of good when you’re laid up for two weeks with…
  • CurrentC won’t let email hack delay launch as it explores NFC

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    People interested in checking out CurrentC, the mobile payment app from a retailers group that includes Walmart, Best Buy, and other major brands, signed up for the app’s email list to get advance news about the launch. But that email list was hacked on Tuesday, leaking the addresses of a slew of early CurrentC testers. The news couldn’t come at a worse time for the app, which has incurred the wrath of Apple Pay fans before its public debut. Merchant Customer Exchange, the retail group behind CurrentC, sent emails to the affected users and disclosed the hack in a Wednesday blog post. On a…
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    MacTech News

  • DEVONsphere Express, PhotoStickies, XMenu revved for Mac OS X Yosemite

    dsellers
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    DEVONtechnologies (www.devontechnologies.com) has updated its smart desktop assistant, DEVONsphere Express, with performance improvements and fixes for OS X Yosemite. PhotoStickies 5.6.7 and XMenu 1.9.8 bring Yosemite adjustment and bug fixes, too. hows photos and web cams on the desktop. XMenu lets the user access documents, apps, and text snippets from the menu bar. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
  • Privacy Scan 1.7 optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite

    dsellers
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    SecureMac has released PrivacyScan 1.7 (http://tinyurl.com/p2azzyg), an update of the Mac privacy software. The upgrade is optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite and also adds additional Firefox web browser support and fixes. PrivacyScan will notify Google Chrome, Chromium and Firefox users when their browser is configured to sync with Google’s servers, which can restore erased data. PrivacyScan will also add the capability to clean open windows in many popular apps. read more
  • Perfect Photo Suite for Mac OS X, Windows updated to version 1.7

    dsellers
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    onOne Software (www.ononesoftware.com/) has announced Perfect Photo Suite 9.5, an updated version of its photo editing and effects app for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. The new version features: ° An overhauled Browse module that adds fast previews of RAW files; new rating, ranking and keyword tools; and sophisticated filtering capabilities; ° A new Smart Photo feature, which lets you re-edit your photos with previous settings intact after saving and closing them; ° Improved masking and selection tools that have been improved and integrated throughout the Suites modules; read more
  • CaptureSync is new, multi-camera capture software for Mac OS X

    dsellers
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    Bensoftware has released CaptureSync 1.0, a new multi-camera software product for the Mac. It takes video and audio streams and records them to a single file, synchronizing all the streams together. CaptureSync is designed for recording interviews, scientific experiments, psychological research, musical performances and sporting events. A 30-day demo of CaptureSync is available for download at the Bensoftware website (http://www.bensoftware.com/). Registration is US$320 for a single-user license or $2,400 for a site license. CaptureSync is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
  • TwelveSouth has launched the BookArc stand for the Mac Pro

    dsellers
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    Twelve South has released the BookArc Pro, a chrome-plated desktop stand designed exclusively for Apple's Mac Pro. The arc-shaped stand holds a Mac Pro horizontally, cutting the vertical height requirement in half. A lower height increases the number of places you can park the most powerful Mac available, including inside professional gear racks and studio shelves. BookArc Pro is available at twelvesouth.com for US$59.99.
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    Touch Arcade

  • Out Now: 'Run Sackboy! Run!', 'Woah Dave!', 'Twisty Hollow', 'Bumper Tank Battle', 'Vektor', 'Smash Champs' and More

    Jared Nelson
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:11 pm
    It's Wednesday, which means new iOS games are just now hitting the US App Store. Earlier today it looked like it might be kind of a weak week, but things have picked up nicely throughout the day. As always all the videos, screen shots, forum links and app blurbs you could ever need are neatly listed below, so check out everything and let us know what games you've got your eye on in the comment section below. Bumper Tank Battle iTunes Description How many tanks can you destroy before you get bumped off?! Bumper tanks are fast, hard to control and have a range of zero feet. What's not to love!
  • 'Rime Berta' Review - All Candy Shell, No Chocolate Filling

    Shaun Musgrave
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    If you loved Final Fantasy Tactics [$13.99 / $15.99 (HD)] but thought it would be better if all of the characters were anime girls, then Japanese indie SRPG Rime Berta [$4.99] may have caught your eye. It's a clear tip of the hat to games like the aforementioned, and in a lot of ways does a very competent job of aping its overall presentation and many of its systems. It's a bit lean on content, which is perhaps understandable given the size of the developer, but its biggest failings are in the fundamentals. It's a serious problem when there are quite a few excellent strategy RPGs on the App…
  • 'Gunslugs 2' Possibly Delayed Until January, New Gameplay Trailer Released

    Jared Nelson
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Last month, we brought you the first official teaser trailer for Gunslugs 2, the sequel to Orange Pixel's 2013 action platformer Gunslugs [$1.99]. At that time, the game was about 80% complete and Orange Pixel was shooting for an October release. Well October ends this Friday, and despite the game being about 90% complete it looks like Gunslugs 2 will be pushed back to January of next year. According to a post on IndieDB by Orange Pixel, the delay is "a mostly business related move that I can't talk about much, but trust me, it's hard having to push the game even further.. but it will be…
  • 'One More Line' from 'OTTTD' Developer SMG Studio Coming in November

    Jared Nelson
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    You may recall that back in May of this year SMG Studios released OTTTD [$4.99], a tower defense title that literally stood for "over the top tower defense." True to its name, OTTTD featured big weapons, tons of enemies, and more blood and guts than you could shake a stick at. We loved it in our review, and although I'm not a huge tower defense fan, OTTTD is one of the ones that really clicked with me. For their next release SMG is toning things down a bit with a game called One More Line. It's a twitchy arcade game that's something of a hybrid between the steering mechanic of Slingshot…
  • Spooky Games on Sale: 'Organ Trail', 'Limbo', 'Walking Dead' and More

    Eli Hodapp
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Judging by a few game sales that just scrolled across the TouchArcade news ticker, I wouldn't be at all surprised when iTunes featuring refreshes tomorrow if there's some kind of new feature area for spooky games on the cheap. You can pick up all these games for ten bucks, and, honestly, that's a pretty good way to drop some cash particularly if you're in the real-game loving anti-timer game crew as none of these games have any of that junk. Dark Meadow, $5.99 → $0.99 Hellraid: The Escape, $2.99 → $0.99 Home - A Unique Horror Adventure, $2.99 → $0.99 LIMBO, $4.99 → $1.99 Organ Trail:…
 
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    Ars Technica » Infinite Loop

  • Class-action suit alleges 2011 Apple MacBook Pros were defective

    Megan Geuss
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Some 2011 MacBook Pros with AMD GPUs are experiencing graphical corruption issues. Apple Support Communities poster abelliveau Last week three men filed a class action lawsuit in Northern California District Court alleging that Apple's 2011 MacBook Pro laptops were defective and that Apple did not take proper steps to compensate customers whose hardware broke. The lawsuit specifically addresses 15” and 17” MacBook Pros from 2011, which the plaintiffs claim suffered from “random bouts of graphical distortion, system instability, and system failures.” The plaintiffs also assert that the…
  • A week with Apple Pay

    Megan Geuss
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Megan Geuss Back in 2011 when I worked for PC World, Google gave me a Sprint Nexus S 4G review unit with the brand-new Google Wallet app on it. I set up a pre-paid card and took the phone around to a handful of retailers around downtown San Francisco, testing to see how paying with a phone worked in the real world. Apple's incorporation of contactless EMV standards and tokenization, as well as its apparent business deals with participating banks (all of which are discussed in this companion post), make me a little more confident about security and future support on Apple's platform than I am…
  • Hackers swipe e-mail addresses from Apple Pay-competitor CurrentC

    Megan Geuss
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), a retailer-backed consortium, received a lot of attention this weekend when CVS and Rite Aid suddenly stopped accepting payments from systems like Google Wallet and Apple Pay. The two pharmacists reportedly made the move in solidarity with MCX, which is developing its own mobile payments system called CurrentC. CurrentC is set to launch in early 2015, although the app is already available. On Wednesday, however, people who signed up to be on the forefront of the CurrentC launch were sent an e-mail saying that their e-mail addresses had been stolen. “Thank…
  • How Apple Pay and Google Wallet actually work

    Megan Geuss
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    streamishmc It's hard to have a meaningful discussion about Apple Pay (iOS' most recent foray into mobile payments) and Google Wallet (Android's three-year-old platform that's had tepid success) without talking about how the systems actually work. And to talk about how those systems work, we have to know how credit card charges work. It seems like a simple thing, especially in the US—swipe your card, wait a second or two for authorization, walk out of the store with your goods. But the reality is that a complicated system of different companies handles all that transaction information…
  • The iPad Air 2: A host of hidden upgrades in one skinny package

    Sam Machkovech
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Two iPad Air 2 models posed perpendicularly, if you're asking. Sam Machkovech Apple has trained us pretty well about what to expect from alternating years of iDevice launches. The year of the Big Upgrade is routinely followed by the year of an extra letter tacked to the end of the name. Traditionally, Apple devotes its so-called "off" years to smoothing out prior iPhone or iPad issues while introducing respectable speed and spec boosts, even the occasional cool new feature. While we know better than to expect tablet revelations on an annual basis, now is a bad time for Apple to hit the…
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    Digg

  • ​The Horrible No Good Apple Pay War No One Signed Up For

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Earlier this week, we walked you through the stridently awful Apple Pay alternative being cooked up by Walmart, CVS, Best Buy, and more.
  • Apple Eyes New Uses For NFC Beyond iPhone Payments

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Consumers are just starting to use Apple Pay to make purchases at cash registers and online stores. But Apple representatives have also talked to potential partners about using the technology behind Apple Pay for other sorts of transactions, including building security access and accepting tickets at public transit turnstiles.
  • Two Drug Chains Disable Apple Pay, As A Rival Makes Plans

    26 Oct 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Analysts said disabling acceptance of Apple Pay was a way to favor a rival system that is not yet available but is being developed by a consortium of merchants known as Merchant Customer Exchange, or MCX.
  • Apple Once Loved Unknown Bands, What Changed?

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    But that September, Apple released its most impactful ad since it unveiled the Macintosh .
  • Not Just Any Apple

    26 Oct 2014 | 4:18 am
    Now, if I’m in a grocery store and the choices are Red Delicious, Granny Smith, and Honeycrisp, I’d usually opt for the Honeycrisp. But not in New York, in the fall! Not when there are literally hundreds of heirloom varieties out there, crazy apple s with flavors of pear and pine apple and spice and with a huge range of colors and textures. Branch out! Try the ones you’ve never heard of!
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    MacStories

  • Tim Cook: I’m Proud to be Gay

    Graham Spencer
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    Tim Cook, in an op-ed for Bloomberg Businessweek: Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry. It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple. A powerful and courageous…
  • Apple Asks PCalc Developer to Remove iOS 8 Widget

    Federico Viticci
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    As tweeted by PCalc developer James Thomson today, he will be forced to remove the app's iOS 8 widget. Following an approval that saw PCalc 3.3 launch alongside iOS 8 and a feature in Apple's “Great Apps for iOS 8” App Store section, the company has informed Thomson that “Notification Center widgets on iOS cannot perform any calculations”. Curious app rejections aren't new to the App Store, but being forced to remove a feature that was approved, featured by the App Store team, and appreciated by thousands of users is a different story. As Thomson tweeted, he invested…
  • The iPad Air 2′s Extra GB of RAM

    Federico Viticci
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    Display aside, another hardware change that I noticed in my iPad Air 2 is the extra RAM Apple put in this year. Pocket Gamer's Mark Brown ran some tests: To see how things have changed, we rebooted an iPad Air and an iPad Air 2, and then loaded monster memory hog XCOM: Enemy Unknown. We then started opening and using apps to see how much we could get done before iOS forcibly removed XCOM from memory. Apple's handy OS X tool Instruments lets you keep an eye on what your iPad is doing, so we could see the exact moment that XCOM was killed off like a Sectoid on the receiving end of a shotgun.
  • The iPad Air 2 Display

    Federico Viticci
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    Since getting my iPad Air 2 last week (I upgraded from an iPad mini), I noticed two things about the display: if I get closer to it, I can (almost) discern pixels again; and, it's considerably better than the iPad mini when used under indoor lighting. Dr. Raymond M. Soneira of DisplayMate notes in their in-depth analysis of the display: A major innovation for the iPad Air 2 (that is not fully appreciated) is an anti-reflection coating on the cover glass that reduces ambient light reflections by about 3:1 over most other Tablets and Smartphones (including the previous iPads), and about 2:1…
  • Logitech Unveils New Keys-To-Go iPad Keyboard

    Federico Viticci
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Earlier today, Logitech unveiled updates to its line of iPad keyboards and cases (Ultrathin and Type+) and announced a brand new Bluetooth keyboard called Keys-To-Go. The Logitech Keys-To-Go is a standalone ultra-portable Bluetooth keyboard that is thin, light and durable, making it the perfect partner for on-the-go typing. At just 6.1 mm thick and 180 grams, it’s simple to tuck into your purse, briefcase or coat pocket without taking up precious space or weighing you down, and is compatible with the entire iPad lineup. What’s more, the rechargeable battery can last up to three…
 
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  • Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me’

    MacDailyNews
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    “For years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me,” Tim Cook writes for Businessweek. “Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences. Not everyone is so lucky.” “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now,” Cook writes. “So let me be clear:…
  • Analyst: CurrentC retailers likely to blink and support Apple Pay

    MacDailyNews
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    “Retail giants are likely to blink and support Apple’s new mobile wallet, speculates RBC Capital in a research report,” Reinhardt Krause reports for Investor’s Business Daily. “While Apple’s strength is its 800 million or so global iTunes users with accounts linked to credit and debit cards, a retail consortium called MCX (Merchant Customer Exchange) has powerful backers, including Wal-Mart Stores, Best Buy and more than 60 other retailers. Under MCX’s rules, its members can’t accept competing mobile payment systems, as IBD reported in March. In…
  • Apple and GT Advanced: What went wrong

    MacDailyNews
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    “A story that Apple tried for three weeks to suppress is now part of the public record,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune. “When Apple’s chief supplier of sapphire filed for bankruptcy three weeks ago, included in the court documents was a sealed affidavit offered by Daniel Squiller, the COO of GT Advanced Technologies. It was sealed, according to GT’s lawyers, because it contained details covered by an Apple non-disclosure agreement that was going to cost GT $50 million for each violation.” “On Tuesday, after three weeks of legal wrangling, Squiller…
  • Why CurrentC will beat out Apple Pay in the end

    MacDailyNews
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    “By all accounts, Apple has created the smoothest, most technically advanced payment solution yet,” Matthew Mombrea writes for ITWorld. “Working closely with VISA, Apple has solved many complex security issues making in person payments safer than ever while simultaneously making mobile payments easier than ever. No small feat. “ “Lurking in the shadows however is a competing solution called CurrentC which has recently gained a lot of press as backers of the project moved to block NFC payments (Apple Pay, Google Wallet, etc.) at their retail terminals,”…
  • Survey: People trust U.S. NSA more than Google

    MacDailyNews
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    “Whom would you trust more with your private data: the NSA, a company like Google, or your mom?” Chris Matyszczyk reports for CNET. “I ask because I’m looking at the results of a survey, conducted between October 9 and 12, that asked just that.” “The results went like this. On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being ‘I am shivering uncontrollably with fear’) the idea of Google or a similar concern having access to all your private data got a concerned score of 7.39,” Matyszczyk reports. “The idea of the NSA having its eyes and hands all over…
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  • Don’t Expect WhatsApp Voice Calls Till Early 2015

    Noemi Tasarra-Twigg
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Aside from “normal” texting and iMessage, my go-to messaging app is WhatsApp. Since it has basically all the features that other messaging apps have, my main reason is that it was the first one I tried, and that most of my contacts use it. The only gripe I have about WhatsApp is that you can’t make voice calls, unlike with Viber. As can be expected, WhatsApp has been rumored to be working on the voice calling feature. Earlier this year, the rumor mill said that we’d have WhatsApp voice calls by the second half of 2014. We’re nearing the end of the year, and it…
  • Apple Pay Must Overcome Corporate Politics and Greed in Order to Succeed

    Kraig Becker
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In the early days of Apple Pay’s existence, it has already becoming abundantly clear that it will need to overcome corporate politics and greed, rather than wide-scale adoption by the public, if it hopes to succeed. The new NFC-enabled, contactless payment service from Apple, has only been available for a little more than a week, and already it has received both strong support, and faced serious opposition to its use. As perhaps the most secure method of making purchases available today, credit card companies and banks have been quick to embrace the service. Meanwhile, corporate…
  • Want to Cure Your Phone Addiction? Meet Mr Offlime!

    Noemi Tasarra-Twigg
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Mobile phone addicts, if you want to deal with your problem, and you have gone past the first stage of acceptance, then there’s an app for you. That’s no typo up there, because there really is an app for that: the Mr Offlime cure iPhone addiction app. Ironic as it may seem, Mr Offlime has to be installed on your phone to work. It’s a gamified app tracks how much time you spend doing things on your phone such as playing Bejeweled Blitz, Game of War, Clash of Clans, Diner Dash, or whatever floats your boat. Developed by a Japanese team comprised of a programmer, designer, and…
  • 3 iPhone 6 Accessories for the Fitness Buff

    Noemi Tasarra-Twigg
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    So you have the new iPhone, and you’re worried about bending, dropping, or scratching it. You run regularly, or go to the gym daily. Of course you’re going to be concerned about sweat and dirt ruining your phone! The good news is that iPhone accessory makers are always quick on the ball. Even before a new iPhone is released, we already get leaks based on the iPhone cases. If you’re looking for iPhone 6 accessories that will meet the needs of a fitness buff, here are 3 of the best out there. iPhone 6 Accessories for the Fitness Buff OtterBox iPhone 6 Case – Defender…
  • How to Activate SMS Relay and Instant Hotspot in iOS 8.1 and OS X Yosemite

    Kraig Becker
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
      One of the best new features that Apple included in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite is the ability for your iPhone and iPad to interact directly with one another, and your Mac. The new feature, dubbed Continuity, gives us the ability to begin work on our mobile devices, and then seamlessly continue that process on our computers, or vice versa. When Apple released iOS 8.1 last week, they actually added two new Continuity features – SMS Relay and Instant Hotspot. The first of those tools gives us the ability to receive, and send, standard SMS text messages from our Macs, while the other makes…
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  • Hours after citing capable security, CurrentC announces unauthorized access of users’ email accounts

    Chris Barylick
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Hubris, anyone? Just hours after publishing a blog post answering some questions about its upcoming CurrentC mobile payments system and touting the security of its cloud-based storage of sensitive information, the company behind the effort, Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) has alerted users of unauthorized access to their email addresses. Per MacRumors, the company released the following statement: Thank you for your interest in CurrentC. You are receiving this message because you are either a participant in our pilot program or requested information about CurrentC. Within the last 36 hours,…
  • IHS iSuppli completes iPad Air 2 teardown, estimates slightly higher manufacturing and component costs

    Chris Barylick
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    As is customary, the new iPad Air has been torn down to get an approximate fix on his much its component pieces retailed for. The answer for the iPad Air 2 is about US$275. Per MacRumors and Re/code, research firm IHS iSuppli has torn down the new iPad Air 2 in an attempt to estimate Apple’s component costs for the device. According to IHS iSuppli’s estimates, the 16 GB iPad Air 2 costs Apple roughly US$275 to build, just one dollar more than last year’s iPad Air. The report unsurprisingly points out that Apple benefits from stronger profit margins as users move to higher…
  • Microsoft releases updated Office 365 APIs, iOS SDKs to development community

    Chris Barylick
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    Not that the competition between Apple and Microsoft will ever truly go away, but this could herald in slightly better relations between the two companies, especially given how long it took Microsoft Office to come to iOS. Per The Unofficial Apple Weblog, Microsoft has released a new series of tools for developers looking to improve integration between their apps and the company’s Office 365 service. For iOS users and developers, the main point of interest will be the new 365 APIs for mail, files, calendar, and contacts. There is currently more than 400 petabytes of data stored via…
  • MCX responds to Apple Pay blocking controversy with questionable responses to issues at hand

    Chris Barylick
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    The most recent shot in the NFC payment wars has been fired. And it kind of made MCX look like a bunch of jerks. Per 9to5Mac, MCX, the retailer consortium behind the CurrentC mobile payment system, has responded to the controversy over its members being required to block Apple Pay or face fines with some unconvincing ‘assurances.’ The first sign of trouble between MCX and Apple Pay was when CVS disabled NFC functionality from its payment terminals. When Rite Aid joined in, consumers responded by threatening to boycott MCX members. In a blog post which MCX says is designed to “set the…
  • Users levy class action law suit against Apple for mid-2011 MacBook Pro GPU failures

    Chris Barylick
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    If the GPU on your mid-2011 MacBook Pro failed and you wound up picking up the cost of replacing it, there may be some legal recourse that could help you out. Per AppleInsider, a long-running issue with owners of Apple’s 2011 series of MacBook Pros has resulted in a class-action lawsuit, seeking compensation for apparent graphics card failures experienced by customers. The firm of Whitfield, Bryson & Mason LLP announced on Tuesday that it has filed a class-action complaint in a California federal court against Apple. The lawsuit covers residents of both California and Florida who…
 
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  • Triple Charging FM Clock Radio – Review

    Curt Blanchard
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Triple Charging FM Clock Radio Manufacturer: iHome Model: iDL 100 MSRP: $149.95 iHome iDL 100 Remember when we all had clock radios beside our beds? The iPhone has all but replaced the need for these nearly quaint devices. iHome has just introduced a product that updates the old standby: a bedside radio that charges your […]
  • Domke Chronicle Camera Bag – Review

    Sam Negri
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Domke Chronicle Camera Bag Tiffen Price: $317-$350 The Domke Chronicle is a rectangular camera bag made of heavy duty canvas. It comes with three detachable inserts than can be configured in a number of ways to accommodate a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera (DSLR) and a couple of lenses. It also has four expandable pockets, […]
  • MyMac Podcast 528: Apple’s Cash Machine

    The MyMac Podcast
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Guy’s still in Florida? No probe for Gaz as he gets Karl Madden from the Mac & Forth Podcast to join him. They talk about Apple’s fiscal year and their seemingly unstoppable cash generating machine Download the show here RSS Feed for your podcast app Subscribe in iTunes Links: Gaz’s Tip: ctrl + eject brings […]
  • iHome iBN6 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker + Speakerphone – Review

    John Nemerovski
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    iBN6 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker + Speakerphone iHome Audio Price: $99 This versatile and compact one-piece speaker from iHome Audio has the potential to be a holiday and summertime success, in spite of a few unfortunate design elements. Sound performance is acceptably loud and midrange-focused for personal or small group indoor and outdoor listening. Bluetooth […]
  • ArtRage 4 for OS X – Review

    Suzé Gilbert
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    ArtRage for OSX Company: Ambient Design, Ltd Price: $49.90   When I purchased my first iPad several years ago, the first art painting app I installed was ArtRage. At the time it offered, and yet continues to have, the most realistic oil painting brushes of any painting app for the iPad or iPhone. As I […]
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    Cult of Mac

  • Q3 earnings show that Apple is just clobbering Samsung

    John Brownlee
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    Samsung may ship more devices, but there’s no doubt that Apple is winning the war. That’s the takeaway from Samsung’s latest earnings report, which stated that the Korean smartphone maker’s Q3 operating profits were just $3.8 billion, a 60 percent…Read more ›
  • Tim Cook: Yep, I’m gay.

    John Brownlee
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    In a beautifully written personal essay over at Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook has just come out as gay, finally confirming rumors that have circulated since he took over at Steve Jobs’s replacement in 2011. In the history-making essay (remember:…Read more ›
  • Microsoft’s new wearable is just the start of its health-tracking aims

    Cult of Android
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    Reports about a Microsoft wearable device have been circulating for a while, and now the good folks from Redmond, WA have finally made it official: a Microsoft fitness band is here, and it works on both Android and iOS. Like…Read more ›
  • Apple plans to drill for iPhone sales in Iran

    Luke Dormehl
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    With China, India and Korea all representing growing markets, Apple’s expanding into more countries than ever here in 2014. One place you’d be forgiven for not expecting Tim Cook and co. to show up in, however, is Iran. It seems…Read more ›
  • Apple shares hit new all-time high for third day in a row

    Luke Dormehl
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Buoyed by expectation-defying earnings, Apple Pay, and an apparently insatiable demand for the iPhone 6, AAPL stock closed Wednesday at a new all-time split-adjusted high of $107.3. Apple was trading at $92 at the time of the 7-to-1 split, which means…Read more ›
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  • Report: Help Please

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    flashing question mark startup failures
  • Report: Yosemite Experiences

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    notes about printer compatibility; problems with screen sharing, Notifications; Bias Peak; web page sharing and more
  • Report: iPhone/iOS 8

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Apple Pay and related issues, plus a tip about calls going direct to voice mail instead of ringing, and notes on the new "document picker" (and Transmit, Dropbox, etc.)
  • Report: Apple

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Apple's elimination of OS X 10.9, such that potential purchasers can no longer buy it, as well as the new iMac Retina and Mini requiring OS X 10.10, Migration Assistant problems, and the termination of the iPod Classic
  • Report: Yosemite Questions

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    firmware/ROM changes; Adobe compatibility; printer drivers and networking equipment
 
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    The Real Mac Genius

  • 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…
  • Keyboard Shortcuts 101

    William Chung
    12 Oct 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…
  • YouTube Going Beyond 1080p

    Joe
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    For any avid YouTube watchers, 1080p was what made the difference between a good video and a great one. But now YouTube has integrated video quality beyond measure. After 1080p comes 1440p and finally 2160p, also know as 4k, Ultra HD, and UHD. The upgrade to 4k seems great, but is it really? Although, the jump from 1080p to 2160p is noticeable, most people will not be able to experience the true clarity of 4k videos unless you have a retina display monitors or a 4k Display Monitors. Mixed in with the slower downloading speeds and older graphics cards not being able to support it. This brings…
  • For Those of You Who Have Trouble Sleeping

    Joe
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Having trouble sleeping at night? One problem might be that you are using your computer before you goto bed. Instead of going into the complex science of eye stimulation (which I do not quite understand myself), I will give you the brief over view. On f.lux’s website they explain it to us that the blue lights that your computer emit can keep you up late at night, so the purpose of f.lux was to eliminate these blue lights. They have done this by making your computers screen adapt to the time of the day. For example, on there website they state: “When the sun sets, it makes your…
  • Woodchuck Cases | Made in the USA

    Marshall
    30 Sep 2014 | 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…
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  • Tim Cook: ‘I’m Proud to Be Gay’

    John Gruber
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
    Tim Cook, writing in Businessweek: The world has changed so much since I was a kid. America is moving toward marriage equality, and the public figures who have bravely come out have helped change perceptions and made our culture more tolerant. Still, there are laws on the books in a majority of states that allow employers to fire people based solely on their sexual orientation. There are many places where landlords can evict tenants for being gay, or where we can be barred from visiting sick partners and sharing in their legacies. Countless people, particularly kids, face fear and abuse every…
  • ‘Still’

    John Gruber
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Sephko on Google conquering the world.  ★ 
  • Assessing the Damage Caused by Credit Card Rewards

    John Gruber
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Ron Lieber, writing for the NYT back in 2010: Life might be simpler and more efficient if retailers could levy a surcharge that covers their costs to accept cards and let consumers figure out whether to pay it. But the card companies don’t allow that, and Congress hasn’t yet forced their hand, though this is now how things work in Australia (where some retailers charge excessive fees, alas). So what’s an American consumer to do in the meantime? For help answering that, I turned to Dave Hanson. Mr. Hanson, a Spokane, Wash., resident, is one of the savviest card users I know. He also…
  • Yahoo Finance: ‘Apple Pay Sides With Credit Card Industry Over Consumer Interests’

    John Gruber
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Aaron Pressman, writing for Yahoo Finance: Apple has regularly delighted its customers with cool products on its way to becoming the most valuable company in the United States. But it hasn’t always stood up for its customers’ best economic interests. Take the case of Apple Pay. Apple partnered with the three major credit card networks, Visa, Mastercard and American Express and the big bank card issuers such as JP Morgan Chase. That is likely a smart move from a business perspective, because so many Apple customers are frequent credit card users and prior mobile payment services have had…
  • Towards an Ideal OpenType User Interface

    John Gruber
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    Kris Sowersby: I like InDesign. I think it’s a good application. However, as a maker and seller of fonts, it pains me that a poor interface hinders and obfuscates the OpenType features I build into my fonts. I am certain all other type foundries feel the same. I would love InDesign — and all OpenType-savvy apps — to honour and respect the work we put into our fonts. This also means respecting the user, whether she be a student or professional. Gerry Leonidas says “prototyping the proposed interface will need to be done in an app-agnostic way, and from a document designer…
 
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  • How to make a bootable Yosemite installer drive

    Peter Cohen
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    Installing OS X Yosemite is as easy as downloading the installer from the Mac App Store and getting started. But there are times when you might want to create a bootable drive to run the Yosemite installer from, instead. Follow these instructions for details. Installing Yosemite from a bootable drive comes in handy if you want to do a clean install - wiping your hard drive and installing a fresh copy of the operating system, for example, or if you're installing the software on multiple Macs and don't want to have to download it each time. To do this, you'll need the Yosemite installer and…
  • Tim Cook opens up about being gay, the importance of equality

    Rich Edmonds
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    Apple CEO Tim Cook has penned an op-ed where, for the first time, he opens up about his personal life, his pride in being gay, and how it has helped him develop empathy, and better understand the struggle of minorities and the importance of human rights. All things, he realized, that were worth sacrificing some of his closely-guarded privacy if it could help others. From Bloomberg: I don't consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I've benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she…
  • Microsoft's first fitness tracker works with your iPhone too

    Harish Jonnalagadda
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    Microsoft's first fitness tracker, the Microsoft Band, went on sale today across retail and online stores for $199. Featuring a total of ten sensors, the tracker also works with the iPhone via a free, downloadable app called Microsoft Health, which is now available on iTunes. The Microsoft Band features a battery life of 48 hours, and is currently available only in the US. The fitness tracker allows you to monitor things like heart rate, steps, and general movement. Also included is the ability to measure UV exposure, and the band even tracks your stress levels through a galvanic skin…
  • EE switches on 150 Mbps 4G+ network in London

    Harish Jonnalagadda
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    EE customers in London will be able to enjoy blazing fast speeds on their smartphones and tablets as the carrier announced the completion of its 4G+ (LTE-A) network in the city. Live at 150 sites across London, EE's LTE-A network allows you to download at 150 Mbps on a compatible device. The carrier has stated that users in an area with 4G+ connectivity will see speeds up to 90Mbps, going up to as much as 150Mbps for 4GEE Extra or Corporate 4GEE plan customers. To access the faster speeds, you also need a device with an LTE Category 4 modem and above, which is seen in devices like the Galaxy…
  • Flipboard undergoes major redesign, launches curated daily news section

    Harish Jonnalagadda
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:55 am
    News magazine app Flipboard picked up a major update today, which brings forth a new design as well as the addition of over 30,000 topics. Also new is a curated daily news magazine called The Daily Edition, which features a list of general news stories from a variety of categories. Here's the changelog for version 3.0: Start your day with The Daily Edition, featuring articles selected by our team, ready at 7 a.m. every day. Follow people to stay up-to-date on everything they're collecting into their magazines. Enjoy an overall design refresh, including full-bleed magazine covers, new…
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    Slashdot: Apple

  • Tech Giants Donate $750 Million In Goods and Services To Underprivileged Schools

    Soulskill
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    mrspoonsi sends news that a group of major tech companies has combined to donate $750 million worth of gadgets and services to students in 114 schools across the U.S. Apple is sending out $100 million worth of iPads, MacBooks, and other products. O'Reilly Media is making $100 million worth of educational content available for free. Microsoft and Autodesk are discounting software, while Sprint and AT&T are offering free wireless service. This is part of the ConnectED Initiative, a project announced by the Obama Administration last year to bring modern technology to K-12 classrooms. The FCC…
  • Here's Why Apple Rejected Your iOS App

    samzenpus
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Nerval's Lobster writes Everybody knows that Apple runs a tight ship when it comes to approving iOS apps for its App Store, rejecting software because it features porn, allows gambling, installs types of executable code, etc. But Apple also denies apps for some pretty esoteric reasons, many of which are only just coming to light. Want to have an App that uses GPS to automatically control a real-world aircraft or automobile? Sorry, that's not allowed, presumably because Apple doesn't want iOS to serve as a drone controller. (Imagine the liability issues.) Also, apps that report your location…
  • Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

    samzenpus
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    An anonymous reader writes CVS and Rite Aid have reportedly shut off the NFC-based contactless payment option at point of sale terminals in thousands of stores. The move will make it impossible to pay for products using Apple Pay or Google Wallet. Rite Aid posted at their stores: "Please note that we do not accept Apple Pay at this time. However we are currently working with a group of large retailers to develop a mobile wallet that allows for mobile payments attached to credit cards and bank accounts directly from a smart phone. We expect to have this feature available in the first half of…
  • Apple A8X IPad Air 2 Processor Packs Triple-Core CPU, Hefty Graphics Punch

    samzenpus
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    MojoKid writes When Apple debuted its A8 SoC, it proved to be a modest tweak of the original A7. Despite packing double the transistors and an improved GPU, the heart of the A8 SoC is the same dual-core Apple "Cyclone" processor tweaked to run at higher clock speeds and with stronger total GPU performance. Given this, many expected that the Apple A8X would be cut from similar cloth — a higher clock speed, perhaps, and a larger GPU, but not much more than that. It appears those projections were wrong. The Apple A8X chip is a triple-core variant of the A8, with a higher clock speed…
  • AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads

    timothy
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:47 pm
    As reported by MacRumors, the unlocked, carrier-switchable SIM cards built into the newest iPads aren't necessarily so -- at least if you buy them from an AT&T store. Though the card comes from Apple with the ability to support (and be switched among with software, if a change is necessary) all major carriers, "AT&T is not supporting this interchangeability and is locking the SIM included with cellular models of the iPad Air 2 and Retina iPad mini 3 after it is used with an AT&T plan. ... AT&T appears to be the only participating carrier that is locking the Apple SIM to its…
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  • Scannerz ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

    dsellers
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    Software and Computer System Company (SCSC) has released a new version (1.9) of Scannerz (http://www.scsc-online.com) for Mac OS X. It's a hard drive, SSD, and system analysis tool. The new version of Scannerz now includes the new Performance Probe 2 as well as Phoenix and FSE. This new release is Yosemite compatible and remains compatible with previous Mac OS X down through Mac OS X10.5. read more
  • DEVONsphere Express, PhotoStickies, XMenu revved for Mac OS X Yosemite

    dsellers
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    DEVONtechnologies (www.devontechnologies.com) has updated its smart desktop assistant, DEVONsphere Express, with performance improvements and fixes for OS X Yosemite. PhotoStickies 5.6.7 and XMenu 1.9.8 bring Yosemite adjustment and bug fixes, too. hows photos and web cams on the desktop. XMenu lets the user access documents, apps, and text snippets from the menu bar. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
  • Privacy Scan 1.7 optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite

    dsellers
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    SecureMac has released PrivacyScan 1.7 (http://tinyurl.com/p2azzyg), an update of the Mac privacy software. The upgrade is optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite and also adds additional Firefox web browser support and fixes. PrivacyScan will notify Google Chrome, Chromium and Firefox users when their browser is configured to sync with Google’s servers, which can restore erased data. PrivacyScan will also add the capability to clean open windows in many popular apps. read more
  • Perfect Photo Suite for Mac OS X, Windows updated to version 1.7

    dsellers
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    onOne Software (www.ononesoftware.com/) has announced Perfect Photo Suite 9.5, an updated version of its photo editing and effects app for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. The new version features: ° An overhauled Browse module that adds fast previews of RAW files; new rating, ranking and keyword tools; and sophisticated filtering capabilities; ° A new Smart Photo feature, which lets you re-edit your photos with previous settings intact after saving and closing them; ° Improved masking and selection tools that have been improved and integrated throughout the Suites modules; read more
  • CaptureSync is new, multi-camera capture software for Mac OS X

    dsellers
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    Bensoftware has released CaptureSync 1.0, a new multi-camera software product for the Mac. It takes video and audio streams and records them to a single file, synchronizing all the streams together. CaptureSync is designed for recording interviews, scientific experiments, psychological research, musical performances and sporting events. A 30-day demo of CaptureSync is available for download at the Bensoftware website (http://www.bensoftware.com/). Registration is US$320 for a single-user license or $2,400 for a site license. CaptureSync is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
 
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  • Star Apps: Daniel Ash

    Josh Rotter
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Today Love and Rockets' former front man is more comfortable behind the decks.
  • 5 frightening indie games

    Tuong Nguyen
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Spend Halloween in a funhouse of horror with our favorite spine-chilling indie games.
  • Star Apps: Yelle

    Josh Rotter
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:54 pm
    The French electropop artist chats about her new album, "Complètement Fou," and the apps she's completely crazy about.
  • Star Apps: The Madden Brothers

    Josh Rotter
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Good Charlotte founders and brothers Benji and Joel Madden return to their pop-rock roots on "Greetings From California."
  • Get Avast Internet Security 2015 for 25 percent off

    Tuong Nguyen
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    Get superior antivirus protection from one of the most trusted names in the industry for just $37.49.
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  • Twelve South Launches Horizontal BookArc Stand for Mac Pro

    Mitchel Broussard
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    Twelve South today announced a new horizontal stand designed specifically for the new model of Mac Pro. Unlike most of Twelve South's product line, the BookArc for Mac Pro is made of a shinier chrome plate that offsets the deep black colors of the Mac Pro itself. The specially designed stand allows Mac Pros to be placed horizontally, saving vertical space in cabinets and on shelves. Earlier in the year Apple confirmed horizontal placement of the Mac Pro unit was safe and operable, under certain guidelines. The beautiful, arc-shaped stand holds a Mac Pro horizontally, cutting the vertical…
  • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Original iPad Air, iPad Mini 2, MacBook Air, and Apple Accessories

    Juli Clover
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Now that Apple's iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are available, retailers have been offering discounts on the original iPad Air and the iPad mini 2. There are quite a few deals on previous-generation higher capacity cellular and Wi-Fi iPads, and this week also sees some discounts on remaining 2013 Retina MacBook Pro inventory and deals on some Apple accessories. MacBook Air Best Buy is offering the current 13.3-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB MacBook Air for $849 ($150 off), which is the lowest price that we've seen on that particular machine. iPad Air (last year's model) The iPad Air has seen…
  • Discarded Power Mac G5s 'Upcycled' Into Modern Office Furniture

    Kelly Hodgkins
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Apple's Power Mac G5 has a distinctive aluminum design that was disruptive when it launched in 2003. Inspired by this milestone in design, designer Klaus Geiger has "upcycled" this aging Apple hardware into furniture because the machines are "simply too good to be disposed of." (via DesignBoom) As part of a project aptly titled "Benchmarc", Geiger has carefully created a sitting bench using a carved wooden plank that forms a bridge between two Power Mac G5 units. The machining on the wood is aligns the curve perfectly with the shape of the Power Mac chassis. Beyond benches, Geiger also has…
  • Apple to Open 25 New Stores in China Over Next Two Years, Says CEO Tim Cook

    Richard Padilla
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:58 am
    Apple will open 25 new Apple Stores in China over the next two years, according to CEO Tim Cook who spoke to Chinese news outlet Sina (via Reuters). The news comes as Cook was reported yesterday to be meeting with China's Vice Minister Ma Kai to discuss the security of user data. The CEO also tweeted a picture of himself in Zhengzhou, where he visited a Foxconn assembly factory. The Apple Store at the Hong Kong Plaza in Shanghai Apple opened its first location in China in 2008 with a store in Beijing, and has since built a number of other stores in other major areas like Shanghai, Shenzhen,…
  • Working Apple 1 Computer Sells for Record $905,000 at Auction

    Juli Clover
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    A rare working Apple 1 computer has sold for a record $905,000 at a Bonhams auction in New York, reports Reuters. Estimates suggested the motherboard might fetch between $300,000 and $500,000, but it ended up selling for far more. The motherboard is believed to be one of approximately 50 Apple 1 computers that were originally constructed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs' garage for sale in The Byte Shop. The motherboard is numbered "01-0070." Few Apple 1 computers survive today, and the one sold at the New York auction has fetched the highest price seen yet. The…
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  • MCX Holds Press Conference, Does Itself No Favors

    Kelly Guimont
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:37 pm
    MCX, the group behind CurrentC, held a press conference today to clear up misconceptions about the group and its agreements. It also had to discuss a data breach, and didn't do a very good job at addressing any of those things. Kelly explains what happened, and what she'd do instead.The Mac Observer Spin: #lolcurrentc
  • ACM 278: Apple is the New Microsoft and Thinking Differently about iPhone

    Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Apple is the dominant force in several markets, so does that make the company the new Microsoft? Jeff and Bryan dive into how Apple of today compares to Microsoft from the 1990s, and whether or not competing platforms have a chance against Apple Pay and HealthKit. They also look at a cool iPhone interface concept based on the Apple Watch.
  • Apple: Widgets Can’t Calculate, Orders Featured Calculator Widget Removed

    Kelly Guimont
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Apple featured PCalc as an iOS 8 app with a neat calculator widget. Apple then told developer James Thomson he had to pull the app. Because it has a calculator widget.The Mac Observer Spin: This is a disappointment on a number of fronts. But we're used to it because Apple's kind of on a bad PR hot streak at the moment, and it reminds us of the bad old days of specious App Store rejections.
  • The 3 Unexpected Consequences of Apple Pay Will be Huge

    John Martellaro
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Apple Pay isn't just a new mobile payment method. It's also a stake in the heart of merchants who want to use your purchase activity for their own ends. It gives companies who want to honor the customer a high-profile bandwagon to jump on. Finally, it punctuates Apple's leadership. John Martellaro looks at the unexpected consequences of Apple Pay.
  • Freebie Wednesday - Four Free Deals from TMO

    Bryan Chaffin
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    We usually promote one deal a day, but through our friends at Stack Social, we actually have a ton of deals going at any one time. Right now, for instance, we have not one, but four different free offers. Check 'em out. Monster Mac Freebie Bundle: Eight Mac Utility Apps, Plus BackBlaze after 60,000 Downloads Mac Freebie Developer Toolkit Bundle: Four apps aimed at developers Blue Ray Player: Play Bluray discs on your Mac (requires a physical Bluray drive) Build Your Own iPhone Game: Eight week developer course that will teach you how to make an iOS game.
 
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  • Apple Reports Fourth-Quarter Results

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:22 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 | 2:04 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 | 1:59 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…
  • OS X Yosemite Now Available as a Free Upgrade

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Apple has announced that OS X Yosemite, the latest major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, is now available as a free upgrade for Mac users from the Mac App Store. Yosemite delivers a fresh, modern look and introduces Continuity features that make it easy to hand off activities between Mac and iOS devices and even make and receive iPhone calls from your Mac. Yosemite also includes a new Today view, a redesigned Spotlight, and updated versions of Safari, Mail, Messages, and iTunes. “OS X Yosemite is the most advanced version of OS X we’ve ever built, with a…
  • Apple Introduces 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Apple has unveiled the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, featuring the world’s highest-resolution display — with 14.7 million pixels. At this resolution, text appears sharper than ever, videos are more lifelike, and you can see new levels of detail in photos. “Thirty years after the first Mac changed the world, the new iMac with Retina 5K display running OS X Yosemite is the most insanely great Mac we have ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With a breathtaking 14.7-million-pixel display, faster CPU and graphics, Fusion…
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  • iOS 8 Keyboard Review: Fleksy

    Ricky Buchanan
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:24 am
    Third-party custom keyboards were one of the accessibility enhancements that was most anticipated in iOS 8. One of the most popular third-party keyboards is a tap-typing keyboard called Fleksy which boasts a super-accurate autocorrect and many other features. Description from Fleksy’s own website: Tap-typing reinvented. Fleksy is the Fastest Keyboard in the World. It makes typing fast, accurate, and so easy you can even type without looking. Fleksy is available for both iPhone and iPad. It costs $0.99, with an additional in-app purchase $0.99 for premium themes. A note about the…
  • Weekend Roundup for 26 October 2014

    Ricky Buchanan
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    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 Still a bunch of articles about Yosemite – the new version of Mac OS X – which was released last week. Don’t forget to take a look at our Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Accessibility Roundup. Top 10 Hidden Features of OS X Yosemite Customizing Yosemite for a Low Vision User (Yosemite Accessibility Overview) ‘OK, Mac': Using Automator’s Dictation Commands, new in Yosemite…
  • Fiona is Learning to Communicate

    Ricky Buchanan
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    When your family starts using AAC for a young child it can seem like an endless and frightening process. There’s a wonderful post this week from Star In Her Eye about how Fiona, age three, is starting to use her iPad purposefully for communication. This is from Fiona’s mother: Petra is playing with a ball on the floor. Fiona’s on the couch with me. I hit “ball” on the talker. I ask Fiona, “Do you want to play with Petra?” I hit “play” and “with” and “Petra.” She shakes her head, starts jabbing her thumb at the screen. It takes her sometimes ten hits to get…
  • iOS 8 Keyboards for Accessibility

    Ricky Buchanan
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:43 am
    Third-party custom keyboards were one of the accessibility enhancements that was most anticipated in iOS 8. Unfortunately the current implementation has significant bugs and built-in limitations that make it less useful than hoped in many cases. This article provides a general overview about what third-party keyboards can and can’t do and what bugs are currently present. Future articles in this series will examine specific custom keyboards for their accessibility features. Custom keyboards were one of the things that I was personally wishing hardest for in terms of iOS 8 accessibility,…
  • Weekend Roundup for 19 October 2014

    Ricky Buchanan
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:23 pm
    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 Mac speech recognition users – make sure you’ve upgraded Dragon Dictate to 4.0.5 for Safari 7.1 Compatibility. Pretty much all of the OS X links for this week have been rolled up into the Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Accessibility Roundup. iOS Links Meet the new Connect Case for iPad – great for switch users! Connect iPad Case includes switch adapters and a speaker. nobiggi: A…
 
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  • Thursday Morning News

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    It doesn’t really impact us yet but Apple Pay is dominating the Apple news at the moment. From people filming themselves buying a banana to retailers deciding to not support it. During his time at Wall Street D yesterday, Tim Cook said over a million cards had ben activated. Meanwhile Wall Mart was forced to say why it doesn’t support Apple Pay. In addition retailers who use the rival MXC system have moved to drop Apple Pay. Sadly for them MXC hasn’t stood all that firmly behind them. It has denied that its terms prevent them using a competing
  • Wednesday Morning News

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Photo WSJ.D Live In the clash of events we had two senior Apple executives speaking on stage overnight at the WSJ.D live and the Code/Mobile conference. WSJ.D Live had the really big name with Apple CEO Tim Cook appearing at their event. Cook covered quite a bit of ground during his time on stage. He touched on interest in a potential partnership with Chinese technology firm Alibaba and will be meeting with their head Jack Ma later this week to discuss it.
  • Tuesday Morning News

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:17 pm
  • Monday Morning News

    26 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    We have been living with OS X Yosemite for just over a week now. As you settle in with the new OS, you might be wondering how it is performing. Slightly better than Mavericks according analytics firm Chitika. 9to5Mac report that according to Chitika Yosemite is installed on 12.8% of Macs against 12.4% for Mavericks at the same time. Macworld meanwhile is reporting that
  • Friday Morning News

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    The news broke yesterday that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is moving to Australia. The University of Technology Sydney has announced that Woz has been appointed as an adjunct professor and will start in December. The appointment will see Woz spend time in the University’s Magic Lab, which focuses on innovation and enterprise research. Since we are speaking about the great man, iMore tells us that a Woz built Apple I has sold at Auction for US$905,000. The
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  • AssistiveWare launches Keeble – Accessible iOS 8 Keyboard for iPad

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    Amsterdam, Netherlands – Today AssistiveWare announced the release of Keeble, a brand new iOS 8 keyboard that can be used in any iPad app as an alternative to the standard iOS keyboard. Through its accessibility features Keeble allows individuals with fine motor-challenges or vision impairments to type in any iPad app. Keeble offers self-learning word prediction and automatic capitalization to reduce typing effort, Hold Duration to prevent accidental selections and Select on Release to compensate for motor-challenges. In addition, Keeble’s layout can be customized for beginning as…
  • Kibbi Launches On Indiegogo To Offer Complete Home Security Solution

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    London, United Kingdom – Home security is not always at the forefront of most people’s minds, but it is something everyone should invest in for the protection of their property. This is why London based startup Ashiemymy have launched Kibbi on Indiegogo, a smarter, cheaper solution to your home’s security needs. Kibbi is a smart security solution for everyone. The Kibbi features an auto-arming HD wide-angle security camera with motion detection, night vision, custom alerts, sound monitoring via microphone, 1GB free cloud storage and secure authentication. Kibbi expands its…
  • Win One Of 30 Get Backup Pro Apps

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Odessa, Ukraine – Belight Software, a popular Mac OS app developer, today announces a special contest dedicated to Get Backup Pro, one of its most successful apps. Get Backup Pro is one of the best apps on the Mac App Store that allows users to keep their data safe. The app allows users to easily clone disks, synchronize folders, quickly backup files using templates and even more. This special promotion will last for one week, starting on October 30th. Participants need to tweet and share the page dedicated to the contest. Why do you need Get Backup Pro for Mac? This high quality…
  • Autumn updates for DEVONsphere Express, PhotoStickies, and XMenu

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – DEVONtechnologies, LLC today updates its smart desktop assistant DEVONsphere Express with performance improvements and fixes for OS X Yosemite. PhotoStickies 5.6.7 and XMenu 1.9.8 bring Yosemite adjustment and bug fixes, too. The updates are free and recommended for all users. DEVONsphere Express provides users with relevant data while they’re working on their Mac. Version 1.8 adds support for Finder and Open Meta tags, Scapple files, and diagnostic reports. It also uses Open Graph properties of HTML pages and web pages to provide more accurate…
  • LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign Now Supports Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Toronto (ON) Canada – Zevrix Solutions today announces the release of LinkOptimizer 4.9.28, a compatibility update to its popular workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. Awarded 4 out of 5 stars by Computer Arts magazine, LinkOptimizer automates complex image manipulation tasks allowing to significantly reduce the size of InDesign links, save processing time and reduce production costs. The new version makes LinkOptimizer compatible with the recently released Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and is offered as a free update to licensed users. A number of user interface elements were…
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  • PFiddlesoft releases UI Browser 2.5.0

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    PFiddlesoft announced the release of version 2.5.0 of its popular product, UI Browser, the "ultimate assistant" for GUI Scripting with AppleScript, and a developer utility for exploring Apple's Accessibility API. The app helps you to explore, manipulate, and monitor the user interface of most Mac OS X applications running on your computer. UI Browser also generates AppleScript statements to control any application using GUI Scripting, a feature no other utility provides.
  • AssistiveWare launches Keeble - Accessible iOS 8 Keyboard for iPad

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    AssistiveWare today introduces Keeble 1.0, a brand new iOS 8 keyboard that can be used in any iPad app as an alternative to the standard iOS keyboard. Through its accessibility features Keeble allows individuals with fine motor-challenges or vision impairments to type in any iPad app. Keeble's layout can be customized for beginning as well as advanced typers and Keeble provides colored, gray and customizable themes to accommodate users with vision impairments.
  • Kibbi Launches On Indiegogo To Offer Complete Home Security Solution

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    London based startup, Ashiemymy have launched Kibbi on Indiegogo, a smarter, cheaper solution to your home's security needs. The Kibbi features an auto-arming HD wide-angle security camera with motion detection, custom alerts and so much more. Any detections made by Kibbi or the smart sensors are sent directly to your smartphone, alerting you and providing you with a live video footage feed direct from your Kibbi device. QL London are currently crowdfunding the development of the Kibbi device.
  • Win One Of 30 Get Backup Pro Apps

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    Popular Mac OS app developer, Belight Software today announces a special contest dedicated to Get Backup Pro, one of its most successful apps. Get Backup Pro allows Mac users clone disks, synchronize folders, quickly backup files using templates and even more. This special promotion will last for one week, starting on October 30th. Participants need to tweet and share the page dedicated to the contest. All winners will be informed about their possible win by email.
  • Autumn updates for DEVONsphere Express, PhotoStickies, and XMenu

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    DEVONtechnologies, LLC updates its smart desktop assistant DEVONsphere Express with performance improvements and fixes for OS X Yosemite. PhotoStickies 5.6.7 and XMenu 1.9.8 bring Yosemite adjustment and bug fixes, too. DEVONsphere Express provides users with relevant data while they're working on their Mac. PhotoStickies shows photos and web cams on the desktop. XMenu lets the user access documents, apps, and text snippets from the menu bar. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
 
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  • Crossing Over: Retro City Rampage

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    October 28, 2014 6:00 AMInside Mac Games has posted the latest article in Justin Ancheta's continuing series of guides. The articles offer detailed instructions for running Windows versions of game titles which either never made it to Macs, or have Mac versions incompatible with recent OS releases. This time Justin turned his attention to Brian Provinciano's Retro City Rampage.Here's an excerpt:Yet, despite it all, it's a very functional and servicable game. Despite all of the visual puns, non-sequiturs and 8-bit graphics, you can do what you'd expect to do in a modern free-roaming open-world…
  • Fight Evil And Decorate Your Yard In Spooky Bonus

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    October 28, 2014 6:00 AMSpooky Bonus from Grey Alien Games is available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. Uncover the dark forces emanating from the heart of Old Down while grabbing spooky accessories for your front yard Halloween makeover in this spellbindingly ghoulish puzzle game.Uncover dark forces emanating from the heart of Old Town, and grab spooky accessories for your front yard makeover, too! You’ll be spellbound by this adorably ghoulish horror-themed puzzle game.Match shapes to stamp out evil and advance through Old Town, gathering gold and powerups as you go. Shop…
  • Enforcer: Police Crime Action Rolls Out

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    October 28, 2014 6:00 AMMerge Games' Enforcer: Police Crime Action is available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The game gives players the chance to serve and protect as a police officer in a small American town dealing with a rising crime rate. While on duty you’ll need to remain ever vigilant and question any suspicious behaviour to protect your small American town from a rising criminal threat. Off duty you’ll need to visit friends, family and live life to its fullest. Your actions while at work and home affect your stress levels. If you spend too much time fighting…
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  • Google Fit stumbles as third-party services wait to get up and running

    Kenny Hemphill
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Google launched its long-anticipated fitness tracking app for Android today. Called Google Fit, the app uses sensors in smartphones to track health and fitness data and log it. It’s also supposed to work with third party apps, hardware, and services according to the company. ‘You can also connect your favourite fitness devices and apps like Strava, Withings, Runtastic, Runkeeper and Noom Coach to Google Fit and we’ll surface all of the relevant data in one spot, giving you a clear and complete view of your fitness,’ said Google Fit director Sabrina Ellis in a blog post. It…
  • Tim Cook on Watch: ‘We think you’re going to end up charging it daily’

    Kenny Hemphill
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Tim Cook has confirmed that Apple’s Watch, due to ship next year, will need to be charged daily, according to The Verge. The battery life of the Watch has been a subject of much discussion, in part due to the wide variation in the lives of batteries in existing smartwatches. Cook was appearing on stage at the Wall Street Journal’s WSJD Live event in California yesterday. The Apple CEO explained that the company was still trying to understand usage patterns for the Watch because ‘there’s no history,’ but added: ‘I think given my own experience, and others…
  • Leaked screen grabs show next Outlook for Mac

    Kenny Hemphill
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Screen grabs leaked on a website in China, appear to show an as yet unreleased version of Outlook for OS X, with A Yosemite-style user interface, complete with translucency. ‘The email client (and its dock icon) are now fully optimized for Retina displays, according to the report, and Outlook also supports Apple’s native pop-up alerts and Notification Center,’ explained the Verge. It also appears from the screen shots that Office 365, Microsoft’s subscription service for Office, and cloud synchronisation will play a bigger role in the next version. Microsoft…
  • Christian Bale confirmed as Steve Jobs in Sony movie

    Kenny Hemphill
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Aaron Sorkin, who’s writing the screenplay for Sony’s upcoming movie about Steve Jobs, has confirmed that Christian Bale will play the lead role. ‘We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,’ Sorkin told Bloomberg’s Emily Chang. ‘He didn’t have to audition. Well, there was a meeting.’ Sorkin, who also wrote the screenplay for David Fincher’s movie about the early days of Facebook, The Social Network, is adapting parts of Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs for the big screen. The movie’s…
  • Tim Cook meets Chinese vice premier following iCloud attacks

    Kenny Hemphill
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Apple CEO Tim Cook flew to Beijing and met with Chinese vice premier Ma Kai today to discuss user privacy following reports that the Chinese government had been behind a phishing attack on iCloud users in China. According to Xinhuanet, the two men ‘exchanged views on protection of users’ information during their meeting in Zhongnanhai, the central authority’s seat.’ ‘They also exchanged views on strengthening cooperation in information and communication fields,’ it added. Apple confirmed yesterday that there had been an attempt to steal user data by using a…
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  • DragonVale: How to breed a Nightmare Dragon

    Dr. Macenstein
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    NIGHTMARE DRAGON: INCUBATION TIME: 36 hours 29 minutes BUY-IT Price: 2,600 Gems HOW TO BREED: Howl and Abyss (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 & incubations to discover the latest dragon combos […]
  • Review: Protect your BIG Investment with these 5 Griffin iPhone 6 Plus cases

    Dr. Macenstein
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    My transition from an iPhone 5S to an iPhone 6 Plus has gone relatively smoothly – I would say it took about 5 days to become so accustomed to its larger size that my old 5S now seems toylike in my hand. However, while I may be used to its size, that doesn’t mean it’s dainty, […]
  • Apple’s iPad/iMac event – The Good, The Bad, and the Meh

    Dr. Macenstein
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    Hmmm. Apple’s iPhone 6/Apple Watch event was pretty amazing, so today’s iPad/iMac event has some pretty big shoes to fill in terms of surprises and perceived “WOW!” factor. Did it deliver? Well, let’s find out by examining what I found Good, Bad, and Meh about the iPad/iMac event. The Good The new iMac: It has […]
  • DragonVale: How to breed a Nosferatu Dragon

    Dr. Macenstein
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    NOSFERATU DRAGON: INCUBATION TIME: 13 Hours BUY-IT Price: Can currently only be unlocked via completing the Candy Bash Challenge HOW TO BREED: Nosferatu and Nosferatu / Otherwise Can currently only be unlocked via completing the Candy Bash Challenge (This guide is part of a larger DragonVale breeding guide. For the full list of breedable dragons, […]
  • DragonVale: How to breed a Ragnarok Dragon

    Dr. Macenstein
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    RAGNAROK DRAGON: INCUBATION TIME: 39 Hours, 27 minutes Hours BUY-IT Price: 1,300 GEMS HOW TO BREED: Lava and Ruin / Blue Fire and Root / Watch and Mountain (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 […]
 
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    MacUpdate: Recent Mac OS X

  • OneNote 15.3.2 - Free digital notebook from Microsoft. (Free)

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    OneNote is your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, or that list of errands that's too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. And you can share your notes and collaborate with others, across multiple devices! Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote: Capture rich notes for classwork, meetings, or research Keep track of your shopping list and mark items off wherever you are Create an itinerary and keep track of your travel plans for your next big vacation…
  • Tell Note 1.5 - Make and save audio recordings on-the-go. (Commercial)

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:33 am
    Tell Note is a simple and easy-to-use tool for audio recording conference, lectures, notes, etc., as well as convenient storage and listening. Perfect for business or studies! You can use Tell Note anywhere: meeting, interviews, conferences, lectures, study sessions. Features: Play the recording. Pause and resume record. Export to M4A. Open in iTunes. Output format is compatible with iPod, iPad and iPhone. Unlimited recording duration. Version 1.5: Now requires OS X 10.8 or later Fixed problem with pause when recording Ready for OS X 10.10 Yosemite OS X 10.8 or later Download Now
  • XMenu 1.9.8 - Menubar item lists/launches apps, and more. (Free)

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    XMenu adds one or more global menus to the right side of the menu bar. They give you access to your preferred applications, folders, documents, files, and snippets. Launch any application, or insert text snippets or URLs into your email messages or Pages documents with a single menu choice. No need for configuration Six predefined folders: Applications, Developer Applications, Home, Documents, User-Defined, and Snippets Keeps all your snippets and text modules handy Operates as a menu extra, requires no hacks or extensions Ideal replacement for Dock folders in OS X 10.5 Version 1.9.8: Adds…
  • PhotoStickies 5.6.7 - Image, slideshow, wallpaper viewer, and recorder. (Free)

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    PhotoStickies puts all your favorite pictures on your desktop as stickies, floating or even borderless. Sticky pictures may reside on your computer, or on the Internet. It displays live Web cams on your desktop, updates them automatically, and even records them like a VCR. What you can do with PhotoStickies: Watch your favorite Webcams right on your desktop, keep an eye on the traffic or a weather cam. Place your children, on your desktop, your house, your boat, or your nuclear satellite. Use live Web cams as your living desktop picture, such as the Eiffel Tower or New York City, 5th Avenue.
  • DEVONsphere Express 1.8 - Finds connections between seemingly unrelated files. (Demo)

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    DEVONsphere Express makes your Mac smarter. Be more productive by letting DEVONsphere Express keep track of related emails, articles on the same subject, or similar Web pages. Discover the hidden connection between seemingly unrelated files. Find other items related to what you're working on Search like with Spotlight on steroids Context-aware, always focuses on what you do Runs as a menu extra, always available Version 1.8: New Now requires OS X 10.7.5 or later Finder and OpenMeta tags are now indexed and searchable. .diag, .hang, and and .scap (Scapple) files are indexed and searchable.
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    World of Apple

  • 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…
  • Watch Out!

    Alex Brooks
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    Apple CEO, Tim Cook shows his Nike Fuelband at D11 As the age old saying goes, there is no smoke without fire—and my eyes sting because it’s really, really smoky round these parts. The last couple of months have reminded me of the lead up to January 2007, and maybe even more early 2010. The Apple rumour game, and arguably the world of technology were very different back then though. As I sat on the concrete floor outside a conference centre in San Francisco on a frigid January morning in 2007 I remember discussing what Steve Jobs would get up on stage and announce later that day, Digg…
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    macZOT!

  • Sugar Skulls Giga Set: 180 Jaw-Dropping Vectors for Just $29

    MacZOT
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    Sugar Skulls Giga Set: 180 Jaw-Dropping Vectors for Just $29 Normally: $130.00 ZOT Price: $29.00 Click to macZOT! Download Trial   Sugar Skulls Vector Pack 36: 12 items worth $10   Sugar Skulls Vector Pack 37: 14 items worth $10   Sugar Skulls Vector Pack 38: 14 items worth $10   Sugar Skulls Vector Pack 39: 12 items worth $10   Sugar Skulls Vector Pack 40: 18 items worth $10   Sugar Skulls Vector Pack 41: 14 items worth $10   Sugar Skulls Vector Pack 42: 18 items worth $10   Sugar Skulls Vector Pack 43: 18 items worth $10   Sugar Skulls Vector…
  • Cisdem PDFConverterOCR

    MacZOT
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Cisdem PDFConverterOCR Convert normal/scanned PDF and images to 15 popular document formats like Word, Excel, PPT, Keynote, Pages, etc. Normally: $59.99 ZOT Price: $14.99 Click to macZOT! Download Trial   Need to rework a PDF document, but all you have is a scanned PDF file or Image? No problem. Use the best PDF OCR Converter for Mac to view and convert any scanned PDF into editable and well-formatted Word, Text, PowerPoint, Excel, Rtfd, ePub, HTML, Keynote, Pages, etc. and create editable text files from image-only PDFs. With Up to 49 languages supported for text recognition, it is the…
  • Tenorshare Music Cleanup for Mac

    MacZOT
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Tenorshare Music Cleanup for Mac Clean up and organize your iTunes music library easily! Normally: $39.95 ZOT Price: $9.99 Click to macZOT! Download Trial   Tenorshare Music cleanup for Mac is an excellent iTunes library cleaner which helps to clean up and organize your iTunes library. It does the job by deleting iTunes duplicates, fixing missing and mislabeled music info, like artist, album art, song name, genre, year, etc. It also cleans local music library by removing duplicates.   What Tenorshare iTunes Music Cleanup for Mac can do for you? Remove Duplicate Tracks on iTunes This…
  • Get 100 Halloween Vector Illustrations with an Extended License for Only $5.99

    MacZOT
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Get 100 Halloween Vector Illustrations with an Extended License for Only $5.99 Normally: $400.00 ZOT Price: $5.99 Click to macZOT!   We featured this deals a couple of days ago, but decided to bring it back for another week because a lot of people wanted to get it but didn’t manage to do it.  I’m talking about a set of 100 top-quality Halloween illustrations at an exceptional price – only $5.9! Yes, you heard me right: $5.9 for 100 vector illustrations that usually would cost you $400! They’ll be extremely useful when you lack time and need to finish a…
  • 104 Awesome Halloween Vector Elements – For Just $10

    MacZOT
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    104 Awesome Halloween Vector Elements – For Just $10 Normally: $50.00 ZOT Price: $10.00 Click to macZOT!   DesignTNT is back with an awesome deal for the most awaited event of October: the spooky Halloween! I’m talking about a collection of 104 top-quality Halloween Vector Elements of great use, especially now, when this holiday is getting so close. With this set alone you will be able to create hundreds of unique, premium designs that will help you stand up in the crowd. You can use them for greeting cards, illustrations, flyers, product packaging, banners and…
 
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    MacBlogz

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook Publicly Comes Out as Gay in Letter Declaring Support for Equality

    Richard Padilla
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    In a letter written for Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out as gay while declaring his support for equality. Cook, who has typically kept a low profile on his personal life, says that his decision to publicly acknowledge his sexuality was done to "bring comfort to anyone who feels alone" and to "inspire people to insist on their equality." I’ll admit that this wasn’t an easy choice. Privacy remains important to me, and I’d like to hold on to a small amount of it. I’ve made Apple my life’s work, and I will continue to spend virtually all of my waking time…
  • Tim Cook comes out: "I'm proud to be gay"

    Michael Rose
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    In a Bloomberg BusinessWeek essay published this morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook affirmed that he is gay, something that had long been spoken of quietly within the tech community (and sometimes accidentally in the mainstream media). In his own...
  • Microsoft Unveils $199 'Microsoft Band' Fitness Wearable

    Husain Sumra
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Shortly after apps on the Mac App Store and iOS App Store revealed Microsoft's fitness wearable, the company has revealed its $199 Microsoft Band fitness wearable to Re/code. The device will go on sale tomorrow at Microsoft's online and retail stores. The Microsoft Band is designed to last 48 hours on a single charge and can be worn all day and all night, as it tracks both physical activity and sleep. It includes 10 sensors that track standard health statistics like heart rate as well as unique points of data that other fitness bands do not track, like a UV sensor to measure sun exposure…
  • 'Microsoft Health' App for Upcoming Wearable Leaks as Google Launches HealthKit Rival

    Husain Sumra
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:04 pm
    As Apple completes the launch of HealthKit and the Health app for iOS, its competitors Microsoft and Google have been preparing their own entrances into the health sector. Today, Microsoft apps for an upcoming fitness wearable have leaked in app stores as Google launched a new HealthKit-like initiative. In July it was reported that Microsoft was working on a fitness band that would work with iOS. Now, the official app for the device, which appears to be called the Microsoft "Band", has appeared on the Mac App Store. The "Microsoft Band Sync" app, which was first discovered by WindowsCentral,…
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free DropTask - Visual To-Do...
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    MacCast - For Mac Geeks, by Mac Geeks

  • Maccast 2014.10.17 - Apple's 10.16.2014 Event

    Adam Christianson (Mac Geek)
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:24 pm
    A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Episode 503. Apple's next event 10.16.2014. Updates on Apple Pay and the Apple Watch. Brand new iPads in the form of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. An awesome new Retina 5K iMac and the updated Mac mini. Plus, Kelly Guimont from The Mac Observer stops in to share her thoughts and the latest new tech from Apple. 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 your free trial. Shownotes in: HTML…
  • Maccast 2014.10.06

    Adam Christianson (Mac Geek)
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Episode 502. Mac.BackDoor.iWorm. Next Apple Event this month. Details on the iPhone 6. Apple’s plans for Beats. Case for a $15K Apple Watch. Explaining the "Shellshock" vulnerability. Managing iOS 8 bugs. Removing photos from 'Recently Added'. Use Speak Screen in iOS 8. Limiting Apple Mail storage. Want more Maccast? Become a Maccast Member. Special thanks to our sponsors: Gazelle - The fast and easy place to get cash for your used iPhone, iPad, and other Apple gadgets Shownotes in: HTML or OPML Subscribe to the Podcast Feed…
  • Maccast 2014.09.24 - Three Amigos

    Adam Christianson (Mac Geek), David Sparks, and Ken Ray
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:57 pm
    A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 501. This week a special Three Amigos episode. I'm joined by David Sparks (MacSparky) and Ken Ray (Mac OS Ken) as we discuss the latest happenings in the world of Apple. In this episode we cover the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus, Bendgate, Apple Pay, and the upcoming Apple Watch. Want more Maccast? Become a Maccast Member. Special thanks to our sponsors: Smile - smilesoftware.com MacPaw - CleanMyMac 2 Shownotes in: HTML or OPML Subscribe to the Podcast Feed or Get the MP3 or Enhanced AAC
  • Maccast 2014.09.18 - Show 500!

    Adam Christianson (Mac Geek)
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:37 pm
    A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Episode 500. Pre-ordering the iPhone. Same old experience. iPhone 6 in more countries soon. iOS 8 is out. Cools stuff and warnings. New iCloud pricing. In wake of 'nudegate' Apple beefs up iCloud security. Learning more about Apple Watch. U2 deal and fallout. What’s next for Apple? Your thoughts on Apple the Apple. Not all iPhone 6's seem to have 20 LTE bands. What happened to the Camera Roll? How will Apple Pay work? Battery, fan, or display issues? Reset your SMC. Want more Maccast? Become a Maccast Member. Special thanks…
  • Maccast 2014.09.10 - Apple's 09.09.2014 Event

    Adam Christianson (Mac Geek)
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:47 pm
    A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Episode 499. Apple just had their amazing 9.9.2014 event where we were able to hear about the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus, Apple's new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, and the incredible new Apple Watch. This episode has your complete rundown of all the new stuff along with some things not revealed at the event and my own reactions as well as some of yours. Want more Maccast? Become a Maccast Member. Special thanks to our sponsors: Gazelle - The fast and easy place to get cash for your used iPhone, iPad, and other Apple…
 
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    MacMost

  • Using Spotlight Search

    Gary Rosenzweig
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Want to know more about Spotlight Search? Apple has a useful overview and some more information about narrowing your file search.
  • Using Mail Markup

    Gary Rosenzweig
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
  • RSS Subscriptions In Safari

    Gary Rosenzweig
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
  • Using iCloud Drive

    Gary Rosenzweig
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
  • The Video Guide To Yosemite

    Gary Rosenzweig
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    We thought that instead of writing a beginners book on Yosemite, why not do what we do best and create videos! So we’ve created The Video Guide To Yosemite. We put together 20 videos with about 2 hours of instruction, and made it super-easy to get by putting it in the Mac App Store. This... Read more »
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    Mac Tutorials - HD

  • 0474 - OS X 10.10 Yosemite Part 2 - UI Changes & iCloud Drive [HD - Trailer]

    ScreenCastsOnline
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Enough with the installation! Time to start exploring the new features of OS X Yosemite. In this week's episode I take a look at some of the significant changes to the user interface in Yosemite as well as the brand new iCloud Drive.
  • 0473 - OS X 10.10 Yosemite Part 1 - Installation [HD - Free Tutorial]

    ScreenCastsOnline
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    OS X Yosemite 10.10 is here! There's lots to cover in Apple's latest operating system but let's start at the beginning. In this episode we start off with the basics, preparing for OS X Yosemite and installation. The installation section covers both a standard upgrade as well as a fresh install.
  • 0472 - FileVault - Security Through Encryption [HD - Trailer]

    ScreenCastsOnline
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    If you have sensitive data stored on your Macbook, you may want to consider installing FileVault. FileVault is a encryption tool built into OSX. Rather than encrypting individual files or folders, FileVault encrypts the entire bootable volume, with the option to encrypt other volumes as well. Using a strong encryption password, you can prevent access to your data if your Macbook is lost or stolen.
  • 0471 - MoneyWell - Personal Finance Budgeting [HD - Trailer]

    ScreenCastsOnline
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    MoneyWell is one of the most respected personal finance applications for the Mac. Using a unique approach of using "buckets" for your various budgets, it allows to to easily keep track of income and expenditure, ensuring you remain on budget.
  • 0470 - BetterTouchTool & Leap Motion Controller [HD - Trailer]

    ScreenCastsOnline
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Gestures on the Magic TrackPad are all well and good, but they are a bit limited. In this episode, I take a look at creating custom gestures using BetterTouchTool (BTT). You're only limited by your imagination as BTT includes support for a wide range of actions as well as custom keyboard shortcuts. As well as the Magic TrackPad, you can also use it on your Magic Mouse, MacBook TrackPad or even the Leap Motion Controller. I also include a short video snippet of the leap Motion Controller in action, being controlled by BetterTouchTool gestures.
 
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    Softpedia News > Apple

  • Microsoft Pledges iPhone 6 Support in OneNote, Beefs Up Security

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:07 am
    Microsoft is having a busy week on the iOS and Mac fronts. It’s working around the clock to satisfy its biggest rivals’ users, and one of those new updates is OneNote 2.5.2, which adds support for iPhone 6 and Touch ID authentication. Scroll below for the full scoop. Microsoft markets OneNote as the best way to harness thoughts and ideas on the go. We’ve had a few swings at it and can confirm that it’s a very powerful productivity tool. “With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, th... (read more)
  • WhatsApp Is Barely Usable on iPhone 6 Plus – Gallery

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:46 am
    Facebook bought WhatsApp in February of this year with the promise to leave it intact. While we appreciate that it hasn’t been bloated with likes, friend requests, and timelines, we wouldn’t mind seeing the engineering team come up with an interface that actually supports existing handsets. The headline pretty much says it all, but for those of you who are not wielding a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, here’s why it needs to be stressed. No more one-handed use Using an iPhone 6 Plus with one hand i... (read more)
  • Microsoft Releases Skype 7.1 with Support for OS X Yosemite – Video

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:45 am
    Three weeks after releasing the redesigned 7.0 version, Microsoft is now offering an updated build of the Mac Skype client with full support for Apple’s new desktop OS, Yosemite. In addition to support for OS X 10.10, Skype 7.1 further enhances group profile, making it easier to copy a link or to leave a group conversation. But let’s see what Skype 7 has in store for everyone, including for people who haven’t yet made the upgrade. Skype’s latest enhancements Users who haven’t yet installed ... (read more)
  • Apple Watch Is Getting Some Mighty Fancy Accessories

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    It’s crazy to think that the Apple Watch, being an accessory in and of itself, will have its own accessories. But it will. And most of them will be in the charging department, by the looks of things. We still have a few more months to weather out, with our wrists craving that wonderful new piece of Apple technology announced on September 9. But you can soothe your pain by glancing at the newly-emergent accessories for the Apple Watch. Composure Dock by Rest One such example is the all-new C... (read more)
  • How to Know Which iPhone Is for You

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    If you’re on the list of countries waiting to receive the iPhone 6 this week and you’re waiting on the edge of your seat, may we recommend a little reading beforehand? You wouldn’t want to end up with a phone that you can’t use the way you want to or, worst of all, won’t enjoy using. Unlike a few years ago when Apple used to sell a single-size model with the only variations available in the storage department, this time around the company sells not one, not two, not three, but a total of four... (read more)
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    9to5Mac

  • ‘Third-generation’ Flipboard iOS app gets redesign, 30,000 topics and officially curated content

    Ben Lovejoy
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    The popular Flipboard app has received a significant upgrade in version 3.0, in what the company is describing as “the most personal and most magazine-like experience we’ve ever built.” In addition to a slicker interface, users are now presented with top-level topics that drill down into increasingly specific ones (for example, from Technology to iPhone). In all, there are more than 30,000 topics …  The app is also for the first time adding content curated by Flipboard to that created by users, through a magazine known as The Daily Edition. Although it’s packed…
  • Apple Pay fans express displeasure at MCX in app ratings; consortium suggests possible future switch to NFC

    Ben Lovejoy
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    While the MCX consortium’s CurrentC mobile payment service isn’t due to launch until next year, it has been carrying out limited trials, facilitated by placing the app in the iTunes store. iPhone owners have been expressing their displeasure at the blocking of Apple Pay by MCX members by rating and reviewing the app. At the time of writing, the app had accumulated 2,856 1-star reviews against a total of just 30 reviews giving it 2 stars or more …  The movement to boycott merchants who are members of the MCX consortium also seems to be growing in popularity, gaining…
  • Tim Cook officially comes out as gay in public essay about equality

    Benjamin Mayo
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:18 am
    In an essay published on Bloomberg’s website, Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out as gay. Although his sexuality wasn’t really a secret, this is the first time he has officially confirmed his sexual orientation. Cook says he has relaxed this aspect of privacy to help others as part of Apple’s efforts against discrimination. The essay can be read in full at Bloomberg. At the same time, I believe deeply in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, who said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” I often challenge…
  • Android Wear Devices won’t be iOS or Mac compatible this year

    Seth Weintraub
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:58 pm
    Google invited us to check out their new line of Nexus products running Lollipop earlier today.   The Motorola Nexus 6 is about the size of the iPhone 6 Plus with a slightly bigger screen and thicker/heavier profile. On the other hand, the HTC Nexus 9 is smaller than the iPad Air with a 9-inch display and stereo speakers. Both run Android 5.0 Lollipop which has a new Material Design. The new products will go up against Apple’s iOS devices for global electronics consumers’ holiday shopping money. However, one set of devices won’t be competing for Apple users’ shopping…
  • Microsoft outs upcoming fitness ‘Band’ with premature Mac and iPhone app releases (updated)

    Mike Beasley
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Update: Microsoft has now announced the Microsoft Band, a $199 fitness band that does everything described below. It goes on sale Thursday. Microsoft hasn’t officially announced its wearable device, but it seems the company has accidentally published its desktop syncing client to the Mac App Store early. Whoops. The device is called the Microsoft Band (possibly Lumia Band, according to some currently non-functional support URLs) and sports a 310 x 102 resolution display. The Microsoft privacy policy for the app lists some of the Band’s features: “Microsoft Band sensors…
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    MakeUseOf » Mac OS X

  • 10 Useful OS X Yosemite Features You Might Have Missed

    Mark O'Neill
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Ever since OS X Yosemite came out, everyone has been looking to see if they can find all of the hidden features not so widely reported by Timmy up on his stage.  So I decided to go a-hunting and see what I could find. After much hunting, here are the that I personally found useful, in no particular order. I have highlighted the word “useful” because I have missed ones out that I think are not useful. Because “useful” is what we’re all about here at MakeUseOf. Spotlight Replaces Alfred (Almost) One of my favourite Mac apps is Alfred, and I didn’t…
  • Blogo 2 Is The Mac Blogging App You’ve Been Looking For

    Matthew Hughes
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    One thing I’ve noticed Windows switchers complain about about is a lack of a solid OS X blogging client. Sure, there’s Mars Edit, but it’s ugly, expensive, and lacks the finesse and polish of Windows Live Writer. But that’s all about to change – Blogo 2 is out, and it’s very, very good. Produced by a Rio-based team, Blogo 2 runs on OS X 10.8 or later, and costs $29.99 from the Mac app store. I first got my hands on Blogo 2 two months ago, when it was first released. It was glitchy and unfinished, and I left it alone for...Read the full article: Blogo 2 Is The…
  • Record Your iPhone or iPad Screen Over Lightning With Your Mac

    Matt Smith
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Recording an iPhone or iPad’s screen has long been an incredibly difficult task. YouTube’s gigabytes of blurry, glare-filled and out-of-focus video attest to this fact – slamming a camera in front of an iPad and recording was never ideal, but it’s always been the easiest option. Now Apple has made recording easier with a “hidden” feature to OS X Yosemite that lets users stream their iPhone or iPad display to a Mac. The company hasn’t spent much time talking about this addition, but don’t worry; it’s rather easy to use. You can start…
  • What Is iCloud Drive & How Does It Work?

    Bakari Chavanu
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    If you have updated your iPhone or iPad to iOS 8, and your Mac to OS X Yosemite, then you’re ready for Apple’s iCloud Drive. But what is it, and why should use it? iCloud Drive is one of several ways to store, sync, and update data between your Apple (and even Windows) devices. Apple has now updated its cloud storage system to make it more visible and accessible to users and third-party developers. It’s time to see how iCloud Drive works. How to Set Up iCloud Drive If you’re a new user of Apple devices, and you have an Apple ID account, you...Read the full article:…
  • These Notification Centre Widgets Make Dashboard Irrelevant

    Justin Pot
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Replace all of your Mac’s Dashboard widgets using the new Today view in Yosemite. Here’s where to find Notification Centre widgets for sports scores, currency value, package tracking, and literally anything you can get by typing a Terminal command. The Dashboard is dying. Most users ignore it, and not many developers are building things for it. Apple knows this, and added an option to Yosemite to turn the Dashboard off altogether. Of course, there might be some Dashboard widgets you actually still use – I know there were for me. Which is where the new Today view in Notification…
 
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  • Retail Financials Up, But To Be Reported No More

    Gary Allen
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Amid the announcement of very positive quarterly financials results for both Apple and its retail stores today, company executives revealed a major change in how retail profit and loss will be reported starting in fiscal 2015—the company will no longer break out the results separately. Instead, retail store financials will be reported within the company’s existing geographic segments, ending the 13-year practice of allowing investors and analysts to judge the figures and make quarterly comparisons. Executives didn’t immediately explain why they decided to cloak its retail…
  • Planning Begins For Apple Store In Nordic Region

    Gary Allen
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Two years after pushing the boundaries of the Apple store region northward to include Sweden, the company is making plans to expand the chain into the adjacent country of Finland, the most sparsely-populated country in the European Union. In fact, with just 5.5 million residents, Finland would be the smallest country on earth with an Apple store among the 15 countries now being served. According to sources, Apple is taking steps to prepare its point-of-sale (POS), personnel scheduling, Concierge and EasyPay computer systems to operate in the country, including software translations into…
  • Apple Watch Makes Debut at Fashion Store

    Gary Allen
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:21 am
    In a unusual but understandable twist, the Apple Watch made its retail store debut not in one of Apple’s own stores, but under glass inside a Collette fashion store in Paris on Tuesday. The public event included invited guests from the world of fashion, Apple Sr. VP Design Jony Ive and newly-hired designer Marc Newson. It’s the first time the company has used another retailer to pre-promote a product and, significantly, was Apple’s first entrée into the world of fashion retailing. The Apple Watch won’t be available until early 2015, and there’s wide…
  • Book Reveals Genesis of Fifth Avenue Store

    Gary Allen
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:23 am
    The Fifth Avenue Apple store in New York City is arguably the most iconic retail space in the world, and a new book describes how it was the collaborative creation of two great—and sometimes contentious—personalities: George Macklowe representing real estate and Steve Jobs representing technology. The store’s success was nearly immediate, since it attracted 50,000 visitors a week after it opened in 2006, and generated $1 million in daily. Macklowe sparked the idea for an Apple store on the plaza of the General Motors Building on Fifth Avenue, and “pestered” former VP…
  • Store Approved, Now Debate Over The Trees

    Gary Allen
    27 Sep 2014 | 2:23 am
    After working 10 months to obtain construction permits for a landmark retail store in downtown San Francisco, Apple is now trying to convince the city that seven tulip trees need to be removed from the side of the building before construction can begin. But even with a company promise to eventually replace the trees after the store is finished, officials of the city’s Department of Public Works were skeptical of the proposal during a hearing earlier this week. Apple intends to demolish a large existing building on a corner parcel overlooking Union Square, and construct a huge,…
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  • AssistiveWare launches Keeble – Accessible iOS 8 Keyboard for iPad

    Richard
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    Amsterdam, Netherlands – Today AssistiveWare announced the release of Keeble, a brand new iOS 8 keyboard that can be used in any iPad app as an alternative to the standard iOS keyboard. Through its accessibility features Keeble allows individuals with fine motor-challenges or vision impairments to type in any iPad app. Keeble offers self-learning word prediction and automatic capitalization to reduce typing effort, Hold Duration to prevent accidental selections and Select on Release to compensate for motor-challenges. In addition, Keeble’s layout can be customized for beginning as…
  • Kibbi Launches On Indiegogo To Offer Complete Home Security Solution

    Richard
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    London, United Kingdom – Home security is not always at the forefront of most people’s minds, but it is something everyone should invest in for the protection of their property. This is why London based startup Ashiemymy have launched Kibbi on Indiegogo, a smarter, cheaper solution to your home’s security needs. Kibbi is a smart security solution for everyone. The Kibbi features an auto-arming HD wide-angle security camera with motion detection, night vision, custom alerts, sound monitoring via microphone, 1GB free cloud storage and secure authentication. Kibbi expands its…
  • Win One Of 30 Get Backup Pro Apps

    Richard
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Odessa, Ukraine – Belight Software, a popular Mac OS app developer, today announces a special contest dedicated to Get Backup Pro, one of its most successful apps. Get Backup Pro is one of the best apps on the Mac App Store that allows users to keep their data safe. The app allows users to easily clone disks, synchronize folders, quickly backup files using templates and even more. This special promotion will last for one week, starting on October 30th. Participants need to tweet and share the page dedicated to the contest. Why do you need Get Backup Pro for Mac? This high quality…
  • Autumn updates for DEVONsphere Express, PhotoStickies, and XMenu

    Richard
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – DEVONtechnologies, LLC today updates its smart desktop assistant DEVONsphere Express with performance improvements and fixes for OS X Yosemite. PhotoStickies 5.6.7 and XMenu 1.9.8 bring Yosemite adjustment and bug fixes, too. The updates are free and recommended for all users. DEVONsphere Express provides users with relevant data while they’re working on their Mac. Version 1.8 adds support for Finder and Open Meta tags, Scapple files, and diagnostic reports. It also uses Open Graph properties of HTML pages and web pages to provide more accurate…
  • LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign Now Supports Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

    Richard
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Toronto (ON) Canada – Zevrix Solutions today announces the release of LinkOptimizer 4.9.28, a compatibility update to its popular workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. Awarded 4 out of 5 stars by Computer Arts magazine, LinkOptimizer automates complex image manipulation tasks allowing to significantly reduce the size of InDesign links, save processing time and reduce production costs. The new version makes LinkOptimizer compatible with the recently released Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and is offered as a free update to licensed users. A number of user interface elements were…
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  • Top Tips for Choosing an iPad Stand for Your POS System

    admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:07 am
    You have decided to switch over to an iPad based POS system, which is a very wise decision. “Tablet-based POS systems are faster, simpler to use and affordable,” states Point of Sale. However, they are not without their problems. The tablet can withstand ordinary wear and tear, but dropping it can result in serious long-term damage. This is particularly true in the case of cashiers who are swiping thousands of items for several hundred customers each day. A sudden jolt or a jostled elbow could result in the cashier dropping the tablet or dinging it with some kind of can or…
  • 10 Beautiful Vintage iPad Wallpapers

    admin
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:06 am
    Written by: Joan G. Lares What Vintage really is Vintage is a term that’s typically used to describe things that are between 20 and 100 years old, and is a word that is often applied to clothes, furniture, and more. Originally used to describe the year of an aged wine, vintage is now often referred to as “retro,” and rarely used to discuss wines, except amongst sommeliers. While vintage used to be used primarily for clothes and wine alone, vintage has taken on an entirely new culture over the past ten years. Now, “vintage” applies to everything from art to shoes, and is considered…
  • Why Use a Secure Video Conferencing Program

    admin
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:34 am
    When it comes to the question of security for video conferencing, one often comes across two extreme and opposing attitudes among managers. A lot of them truly undervalue the importance of secure video conferencing and believe that their business is too mundane and far beyond the scope of anyone outside their organization’s interest. This type of manager would not hesitate to use Skype or regular chat to hold meetings and share confidential company information. On the other hand, one just as often meets managers who are paranoid about conducting meetings of any importance online, who are…
  • 5 Essential Games for Your Mac

    admin
    7 Jan 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Written by Ronald Lye In recent years, thanks to the growing popularity of the Mac, the launch of the Mac App Store, and Steam’s availability on Mac, users have been inundated with brand new gaming options. Previously, most of the popular games were only released on Windows, and Mac users had to install virtual Windows environments that were inconvenient and frustrating. Developers have finally started to see Mac as a viable gaming platform, and have been releasing a stream of top rated games for Mac users. Here are some of those that we enjoy. Credits: OS X Daily FIFA 13 As far as sports…
  • Apple’s User Experience Strategy

    admin
    7 Jan 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Written by Ronald Lye Among technology-based companies, Apple is the undisputed leader when it comes to creating products and services with strong visual and emotional appeals. These qualities ensure that users enjoy memorable product experiences, which is the first and most important step in cultivating brand loyalty. They key to understanding customer experience is not simply having an aesthetically-pleasing user interface, but having a product which fulfils tangible consumer needs. Let’s have a look at some of Apple’s services, and how they manage to create magical user experiences.
 
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  • A tale of three companies

    Dave Mark
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    The quarterly mobile sales numbers from IDC are out and here’s what they say about the top three mobile phone companies. ∞ Read this on The Loop
  • Tim Cook speaks up

    Dave Mark
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    Tim Cook posted an essay in Bloomberg Businessweek this morning saying, in a nutshell, that he’s proud to be gay and felt it was important to make this public statement. ∞ Read this on The Loop
  • That neck beard freaks me out

    Jim Dalrymple
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Much respect to all the participants of the 2014 World Beard and Mustache Championships. But holy shit, that neck beard is scary as shit. ∞ Read this on The Loop
  • Everything you think you know about the news is probably wrong

    Jim Dalrymple
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    It’s fascinating to see that people in different parts of the world get things so wrong about their own country. ∞ Read this on The Loop
  • CurrentC email breach

    Dave Mark
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    A security breach at the worst possible time. ∞ Read this on The Loop
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  • Millions of DropBox Account Credentials Leaked Online, DropBox Denies of Being Hacked

    SK Mezanul Haque
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    Dropbox is one of the most popular online cloud storage provider. Last time the cloud service was a victim of hacking, it started offering two-factor authorization, also known as 2-step verification for better security. Late Monday, an anonymous person posted a series of posts on Pastebin, claiming to have in possession nearly seven million Dropbox accounts including passwords. To be exact, the poster claimed to have 6,937,081 of compromised Dropbox account credentials. As a proof, that hacker(s) posted Pastebin files with a few hundred username and password pairs as…
  • Latest Chrome Browser Update: Download Google Chrome 38

    SK Mezanul Haque
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Google Chrome Team has promoted Chrome 38 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux. The latest Google Chrome update is a major update bumping up the version number to 38.0.2125.101. It comes with a number of fixes and improvements to the web browser. The fixes and improvements includes a number of new apps, extension APIs and a lot of under the hood changes for stability and performance. If you are a Google Chrome user, the web browser should download the update and install it automatically. Tip! Bookmark this page for latest Google Chrome web browser updates. You can view the…
  • Keyboard Shortcuts in the Windows 10 Technical Preview

    SK Mezanul Haque
    4 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Microsoft released Windows Technical Preview of Windows 10 operating system recently. After the announcement, much has been written and much will be written about it. Skipping Windows 9, as was the expected name for the successor of Windows 8 (or Windows 8.1), Windows 10 comes with a new Start Menu, custom user interface for different devices and more. Technical Preview of Windows 10 is available to everyone who wants to test the upcoming version of Windows operating and optionally help Microsoft by providing useful feedback. Many people may say that Microsoft is following the footsteps of…
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Technical Preview Released, Download Now

    SK Mezanul Haque
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:26 am
    Microsoft has released Windows 10 Technical Preview for testing. You can download Windows 10 Technical Preview now from the official website. Microsoft also launched its free Windows Insider Program. You need to sign up for free Windows Insider Program to give your feedback about the new Windows 10 Technical Preview. Since the operating system is a “Technical Preview” edition and not Windows 10 final edition, it is recommended to install it on a virtual machine. You can easily use any virtual machine software like Virtual Box or VMWare. Virtual Box is a freeware application but…
  • Everything You Need To Know About iOS 8: How to Install iOS 8 on iPhone, iPad, iPod?

    SK Mezanul Haque
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Apple on September 17, 2014 released iOS 8. The latest iOS is available worldwide for all iOS devices includes iPhone, iPad and iPod devices. Details of iOS 8 supported device is at the end of this post. Apple is marketing iOS 8 as the biggest iOS update released, since the launch of the App Stores. With literally hundreds of new features, that includes new Messages, Photos features, new QuickType keyboard that supports more languages, a new Health app, Family Sharing, iCloud Drive and more, iOS 8 is really the biggest update ever released. Apple has also fixed a lot of bugs and fixed…
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  • How to Hide Photos on iPhone & iPad with the iOS Hidden Album

    Paul Horowitz
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Everyone likely has a few photos sitting on their iPhone they’d rather nobody else see, whether it’s embarrassing selfies, poorly filtered or edited pics, a picture of a receipt or personal paperwork, or anything else in the realm of private photos. Those pictures can make showing someone another picture on your iPhone (or iPad) an ... Read More
  • Get a 3D Dock Again in OS X Yosemite (or a Transparent Dock too)

    Paul Horowitz
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    The Dock is just one of a variety of aspects of the Mac OS X interface that was overhauled and flattened in Yosemite. Gone are the days of the 3D Dock, the new Yosemite Dock defaults to looking like a flatter version, much like the iOS Dock. If you long for the Dock with some ... Read More
  • 2 Possible Fixes for Mail SMTP Sending Errors in OS X Yosemite

    Paul Horowitz
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Some Mac users who updated OS X to Yosemite have found Mail app to experience errors or problems when trying to send email. Typically this is in the form of an SMTP server connection error, a mailbox that’s seemingly stuck offline, a repeated request for a password from Mail app (a fairly common issue which ... Read More
  • Set Up Apple Pay on iPhone

    Paul Horowitz
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Apple Pay is a contactless payment platform that is newly available to iPhone 6 users. It works well and is incredibly simple; once you’ve added a card to Apple Pay, you just need to wave your iPhone over an Apple Pay compatible NFC payment terminal to pay for whatever you’re buying. The iPhones built-in TouchID ... Read More
  • Maximize & Zoom Windows in OS X Yosemite the Old Fashioned Way

    Paul Horowitz
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Among some of the seemingly smaller changes made in OS X Yosemite is an adjustment to how a windows green Maximize button behaves. In old versions of OS X , clicking on the green maximize button would expand and enlarge the window to a larger size, but in OS X Yosemite, clicking on the green ... Read More
 
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  • The Curious Case Of Microsoft’s Ever Changing Brand Names

    Imran Hussain
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    Whether you are a Microsoft fan or not, you can not deny that they are one of the top companies in the tech industry that has changed the landscape of computing through decades of innovation. Although difficult to believe, yours truly, is one of the long term Microsoft fans who have kept an eye on(...)
  • Likes App Lets You Download Your Favorite Instagram Photos and Videos on iPhone

    Imran Hussain
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    Likes app for iPhone allows users to download their favorite Instagram photos and videos directly to their iPhones, via a pretty graphical user interface.  Instagram is one of the hottest photo and video sharing social network nowadays but it does not allow users to download any content, even if it is their own. Likes makes(...)
  • Google Introduces Free Voice Calls From Hangouts on Android, iOS and the Web

    Imran Hussain
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    Google has finally begin migrating Google Voice to Hangouts by introducing free (and paid) voice calls on Android, iOS and the web. Google already had the calling feature available on their old Google talk interface but this feature took ages to appear in the new Hangouts apps and interface. The new calling feature in Hangouts(...)
  • iOS 8 Final Version Released To Developers. Install Now On Your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

    Imran Hussain
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:32 am
    Apple has released iOS 8 final version to developers, for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. iOS 8 improves on iOS 7 by polishing the user interface and bringing much needed performance and feature improvements. Some of the major features in iOS 8 include feature additions to Messages, a new Health and Fitness App, improved QuickType(...)
  • WhatsApp For iPhone Gets A Major Update with Improved Media Sharing and More

    Imran Hussain
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:09 am
    WhatsApp has gotten one of its biggest updates recently with improvements to media sharing, editing and much more. Even though it’s a minor version upgrade, there are a number of features included.  Facebook had bought WhatsApp back in February 19, 2014 but has not yet integrated it in anyway with its popular social network or(...)
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  • 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…
  • Credit Suisse Upgrades Apple Price Target – Sees Limited Growth

    ernie@apple-investor.com (Ernie Varitimos)
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    Apple price target raised to $110 from $96 at Credit Suisse and materially raised estimates to reflect new iPhone forecasts. The firm maintains its Neutral rating based on limited upside. October 2014 AAPL Upgrades via analystratings.net
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  • Assign Ringtones for Contacts in Yosemite

    Terry White
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I’m a fan of assigning ringtones to my contacts. However, this task is one that until now always had to be done on the iPhone itself. To make matters worse Apple buried the Ringtone assignment under the Edit button instead it being a pop-up menu like it used to be (in iOS 5 or 6). Also since Apple still won’t let us assign ringtones to groups of contacts, it’s still very much a “manual” one-by-one process. With Mac OS X Yosemite it gets a little easier. Because of the new continuity/hand-off features between iOS 8 and Yosemite, your Mac will now ring when your…
  • iOS 8: Enable Guided Access to Limit Use and Keep Prying Eyes Out

    Chita Hunter
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
      Having children or even adults use your iDevice doesn’t have to be a scary notion. You can limit how long someone can use the iDevice and what app they have access to.      
  • Spotted! ApplePay!

    Chita Hunter
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    For whatever reason, this technology excites me! (I know, it’s not Thursday yet, but I’m sneaking in here.) I like the idea of ApplePay. Of not having to carry around those secure un-secure credit cards. At the same time, the futuristic ramifications are quite intriguing if not a bit scary, too. But, that’s with everything, I’m rolling with it. Yesterday, I spotted ApplePay at my local Whole Foods Market. Have you seen ApplePay in use outside of the Apple Store? If so, where?    
  • Upgrading? Backup First!

    Phyllis Evans
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    I’ve seen lots of discussions on the net this past week about upgrading to the latest Apple operating systems and most of them stress backing up first, but most of them don’t differentiate between types of backup. Is Time Machine enough? Should you have a bootable clone backup? Can you backup two machines to the same drive? Do I really need to do a backup? Call me paranoid, but I keep multiple backups of my main computer. Why? I’ve had backup drives fail, usually when I’m least prepared to deal with a failure. I’m not as fussy about my laptop, but it’s not…
  • My 10 Favorite Features in Mac OS X Yosemite

    Terry White
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It’s hard to believe that we’re on the 11th major version of Mac OS X, but we’re here. Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite has been released and like its predecessor, it’s a FREE download if you have a compatible Mac. Also just like the last few versions of Mac OS X, Yosemite is more evolutionary than revolutionary. Although I update to stay up to date, I also look at each version to see “what will this new Mac OS X do for me?” There are usually hundreds of new features/tweaks. However, there are usually only a handful that impact my day to day use. Yosemite is no…
 
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  • AssistiveWare launches Keeble – Accessible iOS 8 Keyboard for iPad

    Richard
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    Amsterdam, Netherlands – Today AssistiveWare announced the release of Keeble, a brand new iOS 8 keyboard that can be used in any iPad app as an alternative to the standard iOS keyboard. Through its accessibility features Keeble allows individuals with fine motor-challenges or vision impairments to type in any iPad app. Keeble offers self-learning word prediction and automatic capitalization to reduce typing effort, Hold Duration to prevent accidental selections and Select on Release to compensate for motor-challenges. In addition, Keeble’s layout can be customized for beginning as…
  • Kibbi Launches On Indiegogo To Offer Complete Home Security Solution

    Richard
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    London, United Kingdom – Home security is not always at the forefront of most people’s minds, but it is something everyone should invest in for the protection of their property. This is why London based startup Ashiemymy have launched Kibbi on Indiegogo, a smarter, cheaper solution to your home’s security needs. Kibbi is a smart security solution for everyone. The Kibbi features an auto-arming HD wide-angle security camera with motion detection, night vision, custom alerts, sound monitoring via microphone, 1GB free cloud storage and secure authentication. Kibbi expands its…
  • Win One Of 30 Get Backup Pro Apps

    Richard
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Odessa, Ukraine – Belight Software, a popular Mac OS app developer, today announces a special contest dedicated to Get Backup Pro, one of its most successful apps. Get Backup Pro is one of the best apps on the Mac App Store that allows users to keep their data safe. The app allows users to easily clone disks, synchronize folders, quickly backup files using templates and even more. This special promotion will last for one week, starting on October 30th. Participants need to tweet and share the page dedicated to the contest. Why do you need Get Backup Pro for Mac? This high quality…
  • Autumn updates for DEVONsphere Express, PhotoStickies, and XMenu

    Richard
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – DEVONtechnologies, LLC today updates its smart desktop assistant DEVONsphere Express with performance improvements and fixes for OS X Yosemite. PhotoStickies 5.6.7 and XMenu 1.9.8 bring Yosemite adjustment and bug fixes, too. The updates are free and recommended for all users. DEVONsphere Express provides users with relevant data while they’re working on their Mac. Version 1.8 adds support for Finder and Open Meta tags, Scapple files, and diagnostic reports. It also uses Open Graph properties of HTML pages and web pages to provide more accurate…
  • LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign Now Supports Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

    Richard
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Toronto (ON) Canada – Zevrix Solutions today announces the release of LinkOptimizer 4.9.28, a compatibility update to its popular workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. Awarded 4 out of 5 stars by Computer Arts magazine, LinkOptimizer automates complex image manipulation tasks allowing to significantly reduce the size of InDesign links, save processing time and reduce production costs. The new version makes LinkOptimizer compatible with the recently released Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and is offered as a free update to licensed users. A number of user interface elements were…
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  • Merchants Following Walmart in Snubbing Apple Pay Risk Walking into an Early Grave

    JT
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    Whenever Apple makes creates a bridge that joins average people and advanced technology, there’s usually a coalition of asshats more than willing to dig in their heels against it, a move almost always motivated by a healthy dose of self-interest. On the surface, that’s what the members of the Merchants Customer Exchange (MCX) are looking to do to Apple Pay. The motive, which has some legitimacy for the member businesses (more on this misconception below), is that Apple Pay is stingy with customer information while the MCX allows merchants to “Protect and leverage…
  • The Apple Watch: Cupertino’s Tour de Force of Technological Interaction

    JT
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:42 am
    I admit that I’ve been cooly analytical about most of Apple’s recent product announcement. Part of that may stem from the fact that it’s usually pretty clear what Apple will be announcing based on their refresh cycle; part of it may be that every detail of Apple’s upcoming products are called out by intrepid bloggers months ahead of time. The end result is that there are usually few surprises remaining by the time Tim or Phil take the stage for the official announcement. Yesterday, Cook’s “One more thing” brought back a feeling I haven’t felt watching an Apple event in a…
  • Samsung Revives the Spirit of 2012 with the Galaxy Alpha

    JT
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Because I’m a tech fan with a vested interest in keeping competition alive and well, about a year ago I offered Samsung some advice: start copying Apple again. Obviously Samsung are big fans of my work. At the time – and until recently – Samsung has been taking a beating by the reviewerati for a lack of…whatever the reviewerati thought Samsung had been contributing to the consumer electronics market before 2013. Disappointments included stifled yawns at the release its flagship Galaxy S shartphones and the Galaxy Gear series of wearable devices that no one knew they wanted,…
  • “Peak iPad” Is Inevitable, So Dry Your Eyes

    JT
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Apple announced its 3rd quarter earnings last night and despite posting the most aggressive earnings growth since 2012, your troll headlines center around the decline in iPad sales for the second consecutive quarter. I’m not going to say Apple wouldn’t want the 15 million unit sales every quarter, but the plateauing of the iPad is inevitable. The reasons are pretty straightforward. Smartphone : Necessity :: Tablet : Luxury For everything that’s great about iPads, they are still “tweener” devices, which is why a certain contingent of clueless tech pundits couldn’t…
  • Reaping What They Sowed: Samsung Continues Its Delicious Financial Free Fall

    JT
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:38 pm
    I’m sure my readership is all broken up about Samsung’s latest earnings guidance, which is warning that the company’s operating profit has dropped 24% YoY to a 2 year low. Just in case you thought the anticipated $7.1 billion in operating profit was one of those “YoY anomalies”, that figure is also down 16% from the previous quarter. It appears that pundit-dubbed “innovation” combined with a budget-busting campaign of negative advertising and flagship BOGOs haven’t been enough to keep the bends from continuing to bubble up through the…
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  • Diagnosing & Treating Bash "Shellshock"

    Morgan Aldridge
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    OS X is a descendant of a long lineage of UNIX operating systems, from which it inherits its incredible stability and enhanced security. However, the past two weeks have uncovered numerous bugs in a core piece of software relied on by many UNIX operating systems, OS X included: bash (Bourne-again shell). It turns out that these bugs have been very long standing and can be exploited in numerous ways to provide unchecked access to a computer (in some cases remotely) with an afflicted version of bash installed. Due to the surprise and scope of this vulnerability, many have dubbed it…
  • SOAPBOX: The Failure of War

    Don Mayer
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    Start Soapbox Each night after dinner, my wife and I watch the national news. It has been so depressing lately that, even though I want to be informed, I can hardly stand watching. The constant news of war and people killing each other in the name of religion, territory or riches is simply senseless. You know that I have often predicted in my annual prognostications that this would be the year of confirmed alien contact. But let me tell you, if I was an intelligent alien, I would stay way, way away from this planet. War is barbaric, uncivilized and the case can be made that wars do not solve…
  • Internet Privacy, or Lack Thereof

    Kyle Simpkins
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    Something that has been in the news lately (or at least the online news articles) is the topic of privacy on the internet with regard to how government agencies and other commercial entities are trying to keep tabs on people’s browsing habits. Complete anonymity online is nearly impossible, as you are tagged by the address assigned to you by your internet service provider (ISP). Your browser is also being tracked by where you go, what sites you visit, and this information is being logged and sent to companies that track consumer habits to better advertise to those particular consumers.
  • Automatic Car Accessory

    Stephanie Farrell
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    I drive a lot — two hours a day covering a total of 100 miles. This week, I was shown this cool little device by a coworker and was immediately intrigued. Automatic is a tiny device you plug into your car’s data port and links to your iPhone or Android (download at Google Play) through an app. It provides all sorts of fun information about your driving and your car. At first I thought my 2007 VW Rabbit wouldn’t be smart enough to contain the proper hardware to make this work, but Automatic actually works with most cars that have sold in the US since 1996. The Automatic Link…
  • Dog Days of Summer Specials

    Small Dog Sales
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    We have so many deals this month, we don’t have room for them! Click here to view our double-sided flyer with all of the specials you’ll need to see before heading back to school. Special In-Store Financing Go to any retail location to apply — the application process takes less than five minutes! 6 month offer (no required amount) 12 month offer (purchases of $499 or more) 18 month offer (purchases of $999 or more) Conditions apply; note that required Minimum Monthly Payments may or may not pay off purchase before the end of promotional period. See store for details and to…
 
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  • Scannerz ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

    dsellers
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    Software and Computer System Company (SCSC) has released a new version (1.9) of Scannerz (http://www.scsc-online.com) for Mac OS X. It's a hard drive, SSD, and system analysis tool. The new version of Scannerz now includes the new Performance Probe 2 as well as Phoenix and FSE. This new release is Yosemite compatible and remains compatible with previous Mac OS X down through Mac OS X10.5. read more
  • DEVONsphere Express, PhotoStickies, XMenu revved for Mac OS X Yosemite

    dsellers
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    DEVONtechnologies (www.devontechnologies.com) has updated its smart desktop assistant, DEVONsphere Express, with performance improvements and fixes for OS X Yosemite. PhotoStickies 5.6.7 and XMenu 1.9.8 bring Yosemite adjustment and bug fixes, too. hows photos and web cams on the desktop. XMenu lets the user access documents, apps, and text snippets from the menu bar. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
  • Privacy Scan 1.7 optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite

    dsellers
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    SecureMac has released PrivacyScan 1.7 (http://tinyurl.com/p2azzyg), an update of the Mac privacy software. The upgrade is optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite and also adds additional Firefox web browser support and fixes. PrivacyScan will notify Google Chrome, Chromium and Firefox users when their browser is configured to sync with Google’s servers, which can restore erased data. PrivacyScan will also add the capability to clean open windows in many popular apps. read more
  • Perfect Photo Suite for Mac OS X, Windows updated to version 1.7

    dsellers
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    onOne Software (www.ononesoftware.com/) has announced Perfect Photo Suite 9.5, an updated version of its photo editing and effects app for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. The new version features: ° An overhauled Browse module that adds fast previews of RAW files; new rating, ranking and keyword tools; and sophisticated filtering capabilities; ° A new Smart Photo feature, which lets you re-edit your photos with previous settings intact after saving and closing them; ° Improved masking and selection tools that have been improved and integrated throughout the Suites modules; read more
  • CaptureSync is new, multi-camera capture software for Mac OS X

    dsellers
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    Bensoftware has released CaptureSync 1.0, a new multi-camera software product for the Mac. It takes video and audio streams and records them to a single file, synchronizing all the streams together. CaptureSync is designed for recording interviews, scientific experiments, psychological research, musical performances and sporting events. A 30-day demo of CaptureSync is available for download at the Bensoftware website (http://www.bensoftware.com/). Registration is US$320 for a single-user license or $2,400 for a site license. CaptureSync is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
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  • Samsung History of Portable Music Devices Conveniently Leaves Out iPod, Walkman

    Leif Johnson
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:28 pm
    The iPod is now unfortunately on the wane (and mainly because its features are incorporated in iPhones these days), but it played a hugely important role in getting music distribution to where it is today. Commentators have noted that it helped bring about the end of the "album era" and push the industry to the focus on digital singles that we all know so well. But according to a editorial on the history of portable audio devices on Samsung's site (via 9to5Mac), all that never happened.Granted, it is a Samsung site, and since the company has no qualms keeping athletes from using their iPhones…
  • Apple Pay Rival CurrentC Reports Hacking Hours After Touting Security

    Leif Johnson
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    The outlook isn't looking so hot for CurrentC, the rival mobile payment system that major retailers like Walmart, Rite-Aid, and CVS have rallied around instead of Apple Pay. Earlier today (and only a few hours after playing up CurrentC's security features in a blog post), CurrentC owner Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) informed its early users via e-mail that some of their e-mail addresses had been obtained by "unauthorized third parties."Fortunately, as MacRumors reports, the notice claims that "no other information" was obtained from the users affected. But of course the incident raises the…
  • 75 iOS 8 Tips and Tricks

    Michael Simon
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:36 pm
  • Review: Adobe Photoshop Mix

    J.R. Bookwalter
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Adobe Photoshop Touch is a wonderfully creative tool for the iPad, but let’s face it: Even the iPad Air’s powerful processor can’t fully replicate some of the more powerful features found in the Mac or PC version of Photoshop — until the release of Photoshop Mix.Launched as part of the 2014 Creative Cloud lineup, Photoshop Mix brings three of the most processor-intensive features from desktop to iPad: Upright (for straightening objects), Shake Reduction (for removing blur) and Content-Aware Fill. The app also makes it ridiculously simple to cut out portions of an image with a smart…
  • Deals: Enjoy An Awesome Collection of Goodies, including the Monster Mac Freebie Bundle, All Free for You

    MacLife Staff
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    [This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]There's only one thing better than getting some new apps to play with: Getting them for free. We have a collection of freebies that you can take advantage of right now to improve your Mac experience for absolutely no cost. All you have to do is claim the offers from our Deals tab. Getting new stuff has never been so simple--and so cheap.The Monster Mac Freebie Bundle is a beast like no other. Get 7 awesome Mac utility apps including MacBooster 2, iTunes Data Recovery, PDFToolkit for Mac, Sharepod, SaneDesk, Subliminal, and…
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  • Handoff Ready Apps for iOS 8, OS X Yosemite

    the rocr
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Apple’s Continuity + Handoff functionality unites apps and functionality across OS X Yosemite to iOS 8 and back again. The simple idea with Handoff being, “start it here, finish it there,” seamlessly. Are you familiar with iCloud Tabs, introduce in 2013’s ... The post Handoff Ready Apps for iOS 8, OS X Yosemite appeared first on FairerPlatform.
  • Broadband Only Homes Surge 60% Since 2011

    the rocr
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    Back in 2008, at the beginning of the great recession and the Fairer Platform family dropped cable TV, people didn’t know what “cord cutter” meant. These days, however, cord cutting is all the rage and broadband only homes, like ours, ... The post Broadband Only Homes Surge 60% Since 2011 appeared first on FairerPlatform.
  • Whoa! Refurbished iPod touch, from $89

    the rocr
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    What kind of refurbished iPod do you need? An $89 iPod touch that does the internet and takes decent pictures or a $99 iPod nano that does FM Radio? Choice, it’s a good thing and, as always, shipping is free. Apple ... The post Whoa! Refurbished iPod touch, from $89 appeared first on FairerPlatform.
  • Greg Joswiak Steps Up, Talks Quality vs Market Share

    the rocr
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Out and about. Apple Vice President iPhone Product Marketing Greg Joswiak did a sit down with Walt Mosberg and Ina Fried. Yes, he was well rehearsed and didn’t make any notable faux pas, but it’s nonetheless good to hear a ... The post Greg Joswiak Steps Up, Talks Quality vs Market Share appeared first on FairerPlatform.
  • OS X Yosemite CUDA Troubles? Try This Update

    the rocr
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    While Yosemite issues have been generally few — hello, wifi! — one consistent theme has been CUDA issues with OS X 10.10. That said, in you missed it, nVidia issued a CUDA Mac Update for a limited number of Macs ... The post OS X Yosemite CUDA Troubles? Try This Update appeared first on FairerPlatform.
 
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  • How to create an Instant Hotspot in iOS 8

    Roland Banks
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:59 am
    What is an Instant Hotspot Sometimes, especially when travelling and you don’t have access to reliable Wi-Fi, the only way to get online with your Mac is to connect to the Internet through your iPhone’s cellular data connection. The iPhone already has a built in Personal Hotspot feature, which basically turns your iPhone into a Wi-Fi hotspot that can […] The post How to create an Instant Hotspot in iOS 8 appeared first on Apple Toolbox.
  • iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi problems, fix

    Serhat Kurt
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Several iPad Air owners have reported a variety of wireless network (Wi-Fi) connectivity issues, ranging from slow Wi-Fi to dropping connections. If you are having Wi-Fi connectivity problems while using your iPad Air, here is how you can troubleshoot: Related: iOS 8: Wi-Fi not working, fix 1.Restart your iPad. To do so, simply press and hold the […] The post iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi problems, fix appeared first on Apple Toolbox.
  • Apple SIM – Japanese mobile networks skeptical

    Roland Banks
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:58 am
    Japanese mobile operator KDDI unsure when Apple SIM will be supported If you saw the Apple keynote a few weeks ago where new iPads and Macs were unveiled, you probably didn’t notice the Apple SIM which was quietly slipped in under the radar. Completely avoided at the event, the Apple SIM is a carrier neutral SIM which […] The post Apple SIM – Japanese mobile networks skeptical appeared first on Apple Toolbox.
  • Second Turkish Apple store opens (444th Apple Store)

    Serhat Kurt
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Apple opened its second retail store in Istanbul Turkey today, located in the Akasya Shopping Mall. This is Apple’s 444th store in 16 countries. This store employs around 80 people. This store also offers customer service in 10 different languages, including Turkish, Spanish, German, and Bulgarian. Related: Apple set to open second retail store in Turkey The post Second Turkish Apple store opens (444th Apple Store) appeared first on Apple Toolbox.
  • Apple influences Chinese brand Meizu

    Roland Banks
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    China is a huge opportunity for Apple China is home to a burgeoning smartphone market, partly due to the rise of the affluent middle classes. It’s also a vitally important market to Apple, as witnessed by the recent introduction of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on the 17th of October. In fact, initial sales have […] The post Apple influences Chinese brand Meizu appeared first on Apple Toolbox.
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  • Apple's Family Sharing Feature

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Apple’s latest update to iOS has now made it possible to share music, apps as well as books with family at no cost wherein a family need not buy additional copies of the Beatles’ catalogue. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Apple’s iPhone – Advanced Car Remote Control

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Recently published patent application called `Accessory control with geo-fencing’ by the US Patent and Trademark office, imagines virtual field or boundary surrounding a car which is called a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Apple to Drop SSL 3.0 Support

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:26 am
    Apple has recently announced its developers that it will be dropping support for SSL 3.0 on October 29th on its push notification service to mitigate a discovered vulnerability in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Apple’s Touch ID – Fingerprint Passcode

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Fingerprint readers had been used on several enterprise level laptops from Toshiba, Lenovo and many others in the business world but were ignored by the consumers. The Touch ID was branded as a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop

    18 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    Recent reports reveal that Google has unveiled its latest version of Android known as Android Lollipop at its I/O Developer Conference in June this year. There seems to be a lot more with regards to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • MeowMix – First Game Made by Cats

    Michael Wilson
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    New game for iPad and iPhones – MeowMix has original gameplay, you never seen before – a mixture of classical lovely games: Tetris and Match 3. Player controls falling shapes and chooses which to delete. And this shapes consist from […]
  • Make the Most of Your A-Level Chemistry Course With These Apps

    Hans Melter
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    Chemistry is a fantastic subject that offers a whole host of fantastic opportunities after school. Luckily for students there are a whole host of iPad apps that can be a great accomplice to learning and we’re going to take a […]
  • Where to Find Online Tech Deals

    Michael Wilson
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
    There are many sites that provide discounts, but only few sites really take the trouble to double check prices. With big discount sellers like Amazon it is pretty easy to find a good deal every day. Many companies will try […]
  • Great Educational Apps for School Students in 2014

    Michael Wilson
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Nowadays students who don’t have tablets or smartphones seem to be the exception, rather than the rule. It seems everyone has a device of one kind or another and this is partially owing to the constantly lowered price of these […]
  • Apple iPhone’s Most Noted Mishaps

    Samara Hayden
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Apple, the most expensive tech company in the world, has changed the way we compute, communicate, work and act. However, like any good tech company it’s had its fair share of mishaps along the way – plenty in fact. So, […]
 
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  • iPhone 6 Plus VS Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Battle of the Titans

    Dipesh Timilsina
    6 Oct 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…
  • iPhone 6 Beats HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5 in Multi-Tasking With Only 1GB RAM

    Dipesh Timilsina
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    Specs of a phone means nothing and the video made by PhoneBuff proves it. Apple iPhone 6 comes with “mere” 1.4GHz Dual-Core Processor and 1 GB of RAM.  Its main competitors Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) both pack powerful Snapdragon 801 quad core CPU clocked at 2.5GHz and 2.3GHz respectively. Both have ample 2GB of RAM too.  As you might have guessed by now, iPhone 6 beats both Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) by quite a margin in video made by PhoneBuff. We agree that iPhone 6 having launched six month later than its competitor has its processing advantage. But the…
  • Apple iPad Air 2 Will Come With Gold Colour Option

    Dipesh Timilsina
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    Apple has been selling “Gold” coloured iPhone since last year. iPad till date is available in only two colour: Black and White. Thankfully, the new iPad (possibly iPad Air 2) will be available in Gold Colour too. This news comes from reliable source: Bloomberg and “various” other sources. According to Bloomberg, the new Apple iPad Air gold colour edition will go on sale along side grey and silver model. If this rumour turns out to be true, the new iPad will have same colour options as that of iPhone. iPad Air 2 is expected to launch along with iPad Air with…
  • Apple iOS 8.0.2 Live, Fixes All Issues

    Dipesh Timilsina
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    Apple has started seeding iOS 8.0.2 to all supported iPhones. The new update fixes all the issues users reported in iOS 8.0.1. iOS 8.0.2 is second update Apple rolled out in less than a day due to major bug that hit its preceding firmware update. As you would have expected, all the issues have been resolved now. In addition to fixing network issues and Touch ID issues, the updates brings many new features to iPhone. The main feature that has made its way into the firmware update is Healthkit app. Other changes include bug fixes with third-party keyboard, bug which prevented app from accessing…
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  • How to instantly remove adware on Mac the easy way

    Mac “MacHow2” How
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Adware on Mac can be a real pain. If you’re being plagued by popup ads or unusual browser behavior you probably need an adware removal tool. There is very little specific software to detect adware on Macs because it’s still relatively rare but there are a few tools that deal with the specific task of cleaning adware. Symptoms of spyware or adware on your Mac include annoying popup ads, changed default home pages and even browser crashes. Note that the following software is for Max adware removal only – it’s not antivirus software. It’s also highly recommended to backup your…
  • Skype for Mac 7.0 makes big improvement to instant messaging

    Mac “MacHow2” How
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:48 am
    Ahead of the expected release of OS X 10.10 Yosemite on 16th October, Skype for Mac has been significantly improved with a new instant messaging interface bringing it closer to Skype for iPhone. Microsoft has updated the app with a much improved chat bubble interface with thumbnail pictures of your contacts that looks very similar to the mobile version. It’s also now easy to see when files have been inserted into conversations and shared between participants such as Word document, PowerPoint presentations, MP3s etc. Microsoft has also made it easier in the Mac version to switch between…
  • Best restaurant POS for Mac software reviewed

    Mac “MacHow2” How
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:52 am
    If you’re running a bar or restaurant and are looking for restaurant POS for Mac software, then we’ve taken a look at the best restaurant POS for Mac software on the market. Restaurant Point of Sales software for Mac isn’t that common but there are a growing number of solutions that deal specifically with the needs of restaurants on a Mac. Using Apple devices such as Macs and iPads gives your restaurant a modern, professional touch and moving to a computerized POS system also pays for itself in the long-run through savings in efficiency and organization. Before deciding on which…
  • Kindle for Mac troubleshooting guide

    Mac “MacHow2” How
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    You can read Kindle books on your Mac thanks to Amazon’s Kindle for Mac App but there are some common problems with it that you might encounter. We’ve taken a look at the most common problems Kindle users have on Mac and answered your questions. How to see Kindle for Mac page numbers It depends on whether the book you are reading has page numbers as a feature. Not all Kindle books do. You can check if the book has the page number feature by checking the product detail page on the Amazon website where under Length, it will indicate whether the book has real pages with a note such as:…
  • How to run SolidWorks on Mac

    Mac “MacHow2” How
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    SolidWorks is a powerful Windows only CAD application and is not available for Mac but there is a way to install SolidWorks on Mac. First, you’ll need to install Windows on your Mac either by using Parallels or Boot Camp. You’ll find full instructions for installing Windows on Mac using Parallels here and installing Windows using Bootcamp here. In the case of SolidWorks, we highly recommend using Boot Camp which is not only free but allows you to devote all of your Mac’s resources to the high technical demands of a CAD application such as SolidWorks. Note: If you just need to view…
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