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  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    MacBlogz
    Kelly Hodgkins
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:00 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 Swipe N Clean [iPhone; ...
  • Smartphones: Apple knows what it’s doing, Google doesn’t

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    MacDailyNews
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:25 pm
    “Google’s smartphone product strategy and sales are going from bad to worse, from one month to the next. As of this writing – December 20 – there is not a single Google smartphone available for purchase on Google’s own site for smartphone sales,” Anton Wahlman writes for Seeking Alpha. “You read that right. Not a single one. They are all listed as “out of stock” and have been so, in some cases, for over a month.” “It became a critical problem already two months ago, but one would have thought that the problem would have been…
  • ExactScan Pro ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

    MacTech News
    dsellers
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:22 am
    ExactCODE (http://exactscan.com) has released ExactScan Pro 2.57 for Mac OS X. The version adds support for new scanners, including the Avision AD125 and AD240. ExactScan Pro also offers: improved support for ImageCapture scanners; improved compatibility with Mac OS X Yosemite; improved scan speed for some scanners;  improved OCR recognition; and other improvements. read more
  • The state of smartphones in 2014: Ars Technica’s Ultimate Guide

    Ars Technica » Infinite Loop
    Andrew Cunningham
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    We're always posting reviews that compare individual gadgets to other, similar gadgets, but sometimes it's nice to have something a little more comprehensive. For the last two years running, we've been rounding up all of the smartphones that are worth your time and weighing them against one another. With 2014 winding down, it's time to do it again. In past years, we've run down a list of flagships and declared "winners" in several categories—we'll be taking a slightly different approach this time, since there are just so many phones to talk about and their specs are more homogenized than…
  • Voilabits launches PhotoWatermark 3.0 for Mac OS X Yosemite

    MacTech News
    dsellers
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:33 am
    Voilabits has released PhotoWatermark 3.0 (http://tinyurl.com/kwqfwsd), an update of the Mac OS X app that allows users to batch add a variety of personalized watermark to photos to avoid unauthorized copy, and promote brand identity. The app has been optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite. PhotoWatermark offers a one-click feature to apply a watermark to several photos at once and to and customize your watermark (text, image, brand logo, etc.). It also lets you save your work to popular image formats and share it via Twitter and read more
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    MacNN

  • Staples confirms attack on retail system, over 1M credit cards stolen

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    An intrusion into Staples' point-of-sales systems earlier this year put 1.16 million credit and debit cards at risk, the retailer admitted on Friday. Approximately 115 of the company's 1,400 retail stores across the United States were affected by malware on its systems, though the store apparently managed to eradicate the malware and improve system security in mid-September....
  • iPhone Apps: Air Display 2, Papers 3, Jelly

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:21 am
  • Disney World to begin accepting Apple Pay on Christmas Eve

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:09 am
    Walt Disney World in Florida will start accepting Apple Pay at bars, kiosks, stores, and other locations beginning on December 24th, Disney has announced. The move comes as a part of the company's MyMagic+ program, which is supporting more wireless payment options -- such as Google Wallet and special credit cards -- as NFC and RFID infrastructure expands. While wide variety of outlets will support Apple Pay, places that use portable payment terminals (such as table service restaurants) will have to wait....
  • Crowdfunding Critic: Codename Morningstar iOS roleplaying assistant

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    Earlier this month, we had talked about the falling out between Wizards of the Coast and Trapdoor Technologies over DungeonScape (or Codename: Morningstar, depending on the day), which was supposed to be the answer to every dungeon master's prayers. DungeonScape was gearing up to be an application, available for both tablets and computers, and its aim was to help eliminate the lengthy setup times and give users the ability to look up rules and equipment at a glance. Under a month after gaming company Wizards of the Coast killed the partnership, Trapdoor Technologies launched a Kickstarter in…
  • Public gets new beta of OS X 10.10.2

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:59 am
    Over the weekend, Apple published a new public beta version of OS X 10.10.2. The code is identified as build 14C81h, and follows the third developer beta of the update, which was build 14C81f. For that Apple asked developers to concentrate testing on areas such as Mail, VoiceOver, and Wi-Fi connections....
 
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    Office Blogs

  • 12 days of Mixes–day 11

    Office 365 Team
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    As we near the completion of the 12 days of Mixes series, we’re treated to an inside look and reading of “The Rosie Project,” the story of a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. Today’s mix: Graeme Simsion, “The Rosie Project.” Watch now, share and follow us @OfficeMixTeam to see what tomorrow’s mix will be! Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing! The post 12 days of Mixes–day 11 appeared first on Office Blogs.
  • 12 days of Mixes–day 10  

    Office 365 Team
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Traveling along in our 12 days of Mixes series, we’re presented with a step-by-step guide to help us assess our unique strengths, develop a compelling personal brand, and ensure that others recognize the powerful contribution we can make. Today’s mix: Dorie Clark, “Reinventing You.” Watch now, share, and follow us @OfficeMixTeam to see what tomorrow’s mix will be! Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing! The post 12 days of Mixes–day 10   appeared first on Office Blogs.
  • 12 days of Mixes–day 9

    Office 365 Team
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Next up in our 12 days of Mixes series, we recognize techniques that top TED speakers use are the same ones that will make any presentation more dynamic. Today’s mix: Carmine Gallo, “Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds.” Watch now, share, and follow us @OfficeMixTeam to see what tomorrow’s mix will be! Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing! The post 12 days of Mixes–day 9 appeared first on Office Blogs.
  • Office 365 news round-up

    Jake Zborowski
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    2014 has been a big year for innovation on Office 365, with Office Mix, Delve and Sway showing just a few of the ways we’ve added more value to the Office family. We’ve added functionality across other platforms, getting great reviews for the Office for iPad and Office for iPhone apps and moving toward general availability of Office for Android tablets in early 2015. With the work we’ve done, we could easily coast until January, but why stop now? The Sway team recently provided insight behind its development and then expanded the preview to wide availability. Excel and Lync have seen…
  • Sharing the world’s wishes through OneNote

    OneNote Team
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Every year children from the age of two to ninety-two put pen, pencil or crayon to paper and write their holiday wish list. Earlier this month, we let you in on a little secret—that our nation’s letters to Santa go to a small post office in the tiny town of Santa Claus, Indiana. More than 13,000 of these wish lists find their way to Santa Claus (the town) every year where a group of Santa’s Elves—local volunteers who don elfin hats and jolly knitwear—diligently open read and reply to each one. But this year, the Elves did things a bit differently and built a giant, digital wish list…
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    TidBITS

  • LaunchBar 6.1.6

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Brief maintenance update for the keyboard-based launcher. ($29 new, free update, 9.8 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.
  • BBEdit 11.0.2

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Fixes a Yosemite bug that grows Open and Save As panels to the point they are inaccessible. ($49.99 new, free update, 11.2 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.
  • Workflow Is the Next Step for iOS Automation

    21 Dec 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Workflow is a new iOS automation app that uses iOS 8’s Extensibility to bring Automator-like capabilities to your mobile devices. 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: Design Firm Ramotion Reimagines the Get Info Window

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:19 am
    Despite notable visual changes throughout the past few versions of OS X, the Get Info window hasn’t evolved significantly in years. Design firm Ramotion has mocked up an alternative approach for the Get Info window that emphasizes the information that the user probably wants to see. It’s both more attractive and more functional, and Apple would do well to take note. And as Khoi Vinh of Subtraction.com has noted, the Fonts and Colors palettes are even more in need of redesign. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet.
  • Apple Mail: The Yosemite Progress Report

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
    Apple Mail was a disaster in early versions of Mavericks. Now that Yosemite is out, is everything hunky-dory again? Joe Kissell discusses what’s new in Mail — both good and bad. 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

  • Rumor Roundup: Comfortably close to zero

    Chris Rawson
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    'Twas the night before Christmas... well, not exactly. At any rate, there are barely any creatures stirring in the rumor landscape, with only two rumors of note having come out in the past few days. Apple could sell record 67M iPhones in December qu...
  • The Week in Review: news and features you don't want to miss

    Kelly Hodgkins
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other informative news articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed: News Apple bought back $...
  • A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

    Kelly Hodgkins
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Last week, we reviewed a variety of hardware and accessories that'll complement your favorite iOS or OS X devices. Here's a quick roundup of recent hardware reviews that you may have missed: AudioFlood's waterproof iPod is a swimmer's music dream ...
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:00 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 Swipe N Clean [iPhone; ...
  • All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

    Kelly Hodgkins
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Last week was a busy one for apps in the iOS App Store, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you may...
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    MacRumors

  • Apple's Ultra-Slim 12-Inch MacBook Air Rumored to Enter Mass Production in Early 2015

    Richard Padilla
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:37 am
    Apple's 12-inch MacBook Air and the Apple Watch are expected to enter mass production in 2015 as the company's supply partners have accelerated component production for both products, reports Digitimes. Supply chain sources note that the 12-inch MacBook Air will feature Intel's Broadwell processors and a new ultra-thin design. The new notebook is also expected to be available in limited supply when it launches due to yield issues with components, and will be primarily manufactured by Quanta Computer. This information about the 12-inch MacBook Air provided by Digitimes lines up with previous…
  • Apple Pay Responsible for 1% of Digital Payment Dollars in November, Most Popular at Whole Foods

    Juli Clover
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Apple Pay is seeing impressive early adoption numbers according to a new ITG Investment Research Report on Mobile Payments (via MarketWatch), which suggests Apple's new payment service was responsible for a total of 1 percent of digital payment dollars during the month of November. Apple still trails industry leaders like Square and PayPal, which captured 18 and 78 percent of digital payment dollars in November, respectively, but ITG analysts suggest Apple Pay is showing strong momentum given that it's available only to customers with the newest hardware and supported by a limited number of…
  • Kate Winslet May Take on Lead Female Role in Jobs Biopic

    Juli Clover
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Actress Kate Winslet is currently in negotiations to play the lead female role in the upcoming Jobs biopic, reports Variety. Winslet, aged 39, is best known for dramatic movies like Titanic, Divergent, All the King's Men, and Finding Neverland. It remains unclear what role Winslet will play, but female parts in the movie are rumored to include Steve Jobs' daughter Lisa Brennan and Katie Cotton, Apple's well-known former PR lead. Natalie Portman was formerly in talks to play a major female role in the film, but she pulled out of negotiations in early December. Actress Jessica Chastain, of The…
  • Hands-On With Alpine's iLX-007 In-Dash CarPlay Entertainment System

    Eric Slivka
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
    While car manufacturers have been slower than anticipated to roll out support for Apple's in-vehicle CarPlay system, Pioneer and Alpine have delivered aftermarket options in the form of in-dash systems with CarPlay compatibility and large touch screens. MacRumors has had a chance to spend some time with Alpine's iLX-007, which carries a suggested retail price of $800 but commonly sells for $600 and offers a 7-inch capacitive touch screen that dominates the unit's front. The only other physical features come as a thin row of buttons along the bottom edge, including a pair for…
  • Tim Cook 'Deeply Offended' by BBC Documentary on Apple Factory Conditions

    Kelly Hodgkins
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    Apple CEO Tim Cook said he is deeply offended by allegations that Apple permits the mistreatment of workers in its supplier factories and mines, reports The Telegraph. The accusations were levied by the BBC news program Panorama, which sent undercover reporters to work in Chinese factories and Indonesian mines. The BBC aired the documentary titled "Apple's Broken Promises" last night on its BBC One channel. Apple senior vice president of operations Jeff Williams relayed Tim Cook's message in an email sent to its UK staff. Cook and Williams both stated they were "deeply offended by the…
 
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    Macworld

  • Jawbone and Big Ass Fans harness the Internet of Things to give a better night's sleep

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    The appeal of the Internet of Things is more than just being able to control gadgets and home appliances from the cloud. The bigger benefit comes when the devices interact and share information with each other. Today’s joint announcement from Jawbone and Big Ass Fans is a case in point. Jawbone manufactures wearable fitness trackers, and Big Ass Fans builds high-end ceiling fans. Jawbone’s UP-series fitness trackers have a built-in accelerometer that helps the wearer measure their quality of sleep. You can measure the amount of time you slept as well as how often you tossed and turned.To…
  • How to remove MacKeeper Part II (the pop-up edition)

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    I recently provided instructions for removing the MacKeeper app from your Mac, along with its component parts. But for some, that’s only a piece of the puzzle. This question is typical of the follow-up email: But how do I stop MacKeeper notifications from popping up in the Safari and Chrome browsers and asking me to install it? The first thing I’d suggest you do is remove any MacKeeper-related cookies in your browser. In Safari this means opening Safari’s preferences, clicking the Privacy tab, and in the Cookies and Other Website Data area clicking the Details button. Search for…
  • How to avoid taking lousy iPhone holiday photos

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:44 am
    There’s an old wheeze that’s routinely bandied about in regard to digital photography: “The best camera is the one you have with you.” Ask a qualified photographer about the value of this advice, however, and you might get a less-than-enthusiastic reply along the lines of “Why represent a great moment (and potentially great memory) with a terrible image?” Fair enough. A bad image can taint a precious memory, but the truth is that sometimes wonderful things happen before your eyes—a child experiences the joys of the holidays, a disconnected relative rejoins the fold, dad nearly…
  • How to use benchmarks to cut through marketing hype

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:03 am
    It’s not your imagination: your Mac’s overall performance can slow down over time. Most often this happens because we gradually add more apps and background processes, have more and more documents and browser tabs open, and don’t restart very often. All these things take a cumulative toll on your Mac’s performance. Cutting back on the number of things you have open is therefore one of the easiest strategies for putting some zip back into your Mac. Adding RAM (if your Mac supports it), switching from a hard drive to an SSD, and keeping your software up to date are also effective quick…
  • White elephant: There's a reason they give this advice away

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Just like that tacky sweater your mom got you in 1997 that everyone keeps re-gifting, Forbes is the gift that keeps on giving. And speaking of giving, Eric Jackson doesn’t think Apple should be giving money back to shareholders. “Apple Returns Cash To Shareholders Because It’s Out Of Ideas On How To Invest It” (indirect link and tip o’ the antlers to weid1) Jackson, you may recall (if you keep up to date on each outlandish piece of advice for how Apple should light its money on fire), has long suggested that Apple should have bought Twitter. Because social mumble mumble. So, when he…
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    MacTech News

  • Voilabits launches PhotoWatermark 3.0 for Mac OS X Yosemite

    dsellers
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:33 am
    Voilabits has released PhotoWatermark 3.0 (http://tinyurl.com/kwqfwsd), an update of the Mac OS X app that allows users to batch add a variety of personalized watermark to photos to avoid unauthorized copy, and promote brand identity. The app has been optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite. PhotoWatermark offers a one-click feature to apply a watermark to several photos at once and to and customize your watermark (text, image, brand logo, etc.). It also lets you save your work to popular image formats and share it via Twitter and read more
  • ExactScan Pro ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

    dsellers
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:22 am
    ExactCODE (http://exactscan.com) has released ExactScan Pro 2.57 for Mac OS X. The version adds support for new scanners, including the Avision AD125 and AD240. ExactScan Pro also offers: improved support for ImageCapture scanners; improved compatibility with Mac OS X Yosemite; improved scan speed for some scanners;  improved OCR recognition; and other improvements. read more
  • Scannerz is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

    dsellers
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
    Software and Computer System Company (SCSC) has released a new version (1.9) of Scannerz for Mac OS X. The upgrade is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite. Scannerz 1.9 also includes the new Performance Probe 2, as well as Phoenix and FSE. This new release can be used on any systems running Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. read more
  • Video Fractal released by Nuclear Nova Software

    dsellers
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Nuclear Nova Software (http://nuclearnova.com) has released Video Fractal for the Mac. This is the company's third graphics and media app on OS X, and is on sale during the first week. Video Fractal is a tool for generating and exploring videos of fractals such as the Mandelbrot and Julia sets. The 2D view allows for surveying and key framing, and the custom script editor can be used to fine tune each video. read more
  • The latest iOS apps for Dec. 19

    dsellers
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Lucky Clan has announced Video Zoom. The US$1.99 app lets anyone apply zoom to videos from their existing iOS Photo Library. You can use Video Zoom to add zoom effects to existing videos, or just crop the video. JH Solutions has released Save the Princess - 1D Edition. The free game — inspired by One Direction — takes fans of the band on a journey across a mythical land to save the princess who is being held captive. read more
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    Touch Arcade

  • The TouchArcade Show - 186 - Happy Whatever Doesn't Make You Mad!

    Eli Hodapp
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:45 pm
    There were a ridiculous amount of games to be released this week, since it's the week before the iTunes freeze and all... So, we spend the vast majority of the podcast yammering on about the latest and greatest. There's even authentic slinky sounds, which means I should probably add to my real-life soundboard until we're somewhere near a early 1900's radio show. Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to podcast@toucharcade.com. We read 'em all, even if they don't make it into the podcast. As always, you can listen to us with the…
  • TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Taekwondo Game Global Tournament'

    Jared Nelson
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:12 pm
    The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it…
  • Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 12/19/14 - 'Papers, Please' and 'Tales from the Borderlands'

    Eli Hodapp
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Two games scored highly this week in our onslaught of reviews, and I'll go out on a limb and say that everyone should play these games on whatever platform they can. Papers, Please on iOS is iPad only, but it's also available on Mac/PC/Linux and should run on just about any computer out there. Tales from the Borderlands is just great, and like all Telltale games, the performance may be better on other platforms but there's just something about playing it with touch controls that makes it great. Papers, Please, $7.99 [Review] - Papers, Please [$7.99 (HD)] is a weird game, as it's incredibly…
  • The Original 'Reckless Racing' Gets a Much Needed Modern Update

    Jared Nelson
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Man, I don't know what it is, but 'tis the season for updating super-old iOS games. Just this month alone we've seen Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light updated, GTA: Chinatown Wars updated, and just today 1-bit Ninja was updated. Those are three iOS games that I had long figured would be forgotten in the sands of time, and it makes me extremely happy that those new updates have made them relevant again. Well, get ready to add another to the list, as this week the original Reckless Racing [$0.99 / $0.99 (HD)] has received an update for modern devices. This year saw the release of the…
  • Get The 'Skylanders Trap Team' Starter Pack for $19.99 Via Amazon

    Eli Hodapp
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:54 pm
    If you've had your eyes on picking up the full enchilada that is the Skylanders Trap Team [Free (HD)] starter pack following Eric's review of the whole thing but the $74.99 price tag was giving you pause... Check this out: Right now on Amazon the whole tablet starter pack is $29.99. Add in the promo code TRAPTEAM10 when you check out and it knocks another $10 off bringing the price down to $19.99. Shipping is free if you've got Amazon Prime or spend over $35 total on your order. Not a bad deal for the summoning portal, controller (which sadly is exclusive to working with Skylanders) and all…
 
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    Ars Technica » Infinite Loop

  • The state of smartphones in 2014: Ars Technica’s Ultimate Guide

    Andrew Cunningham
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    We're always posting reviews that compare individual gadgets to other, similar gadgets, but sometimes it's nice to have something a little more comprehensive. For the last two years running, we've been rounding up all of the smartphones that are worth your time and weighing them against one another. With 2014 winding down, it's time to do it again. In past years, we've run down a list of flagships and declared "winners" in several categories—we'll be taking a slightly different approach this time, since there are just so many phones to talk about and their specs are more homogenized than…
  • Cards supported by Apple Pay now reflect 90% of card transaction volume in US

    Megan Geuss
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:22 pm
    On Tuesday Apple announced that ten new banks have agreed to work with Apple Pay to offer credit card support. With those additions, plus the recent additions of SunTrust, Barclaycard, and USAA banks, Apple Pay now accepts credit cards that represent about 90 percent of US credit card transaction volume, according to The New York Times. That number bodes well for Apple and its nascent mobile payment platform that launched in October of this year. The service lets users buy goods at NFC-enabled terminals in brick-and-mortar stores, as well as pay with a single tap in the iTunes store and in…
  • Apple ceases online sales in Russia due to extreme ruble fluctuations

    Megan Geuss
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Bloomberg reported on Tuesday that Apple has ceased all online sales in Russia as the country has been unable to keep its currency from fluctuating dramatically. In the last month, Apple had already increased the price of its iPhone 6 in that country by 25 percent due to currency uncertainties. “Our online store in Russia is currently unavailable while we review pricing,” Alan Hely, a spokesman for the Cupertino, California-based company, told Bloomberg. “We apologize to customers for any inconvenience.” It is uncertain when Apple will reinstate its operations in Russia. Bloomberg…
  • Jury finds for Apple in iTunes case, throws out billion-dollar lawsuit

    Joe Mullin
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:08 am
    A jury of eight men and women have thrown out a long-running class action lawsuit against Apple, which sought more than a billion dollars in damages. In a verdict handed down a few minutes ago in Oakland federal court, the jury found that Apple's iTunes 7.0 constituted a genuine product improvement. That means it's the end of the case for the plaintiffs, who represented a class of around eight million consumers, as well as iPod resellers like Best Buy and Walmart. The jury was ordered to consider the case in a bifurcated manner, considering separate questions in turn. First, they…
  • Jury begins deliberations in billion-dollar Apple iTunes trial

    Joe Mullin
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    OAKLAND, Calif.—The long-running iTunes antitrust lawsuit against Apple has gone to a jury, which took the case after about three hours of closing arguments today. The jury will make an unusual split decision, deliberating first over the narrow issue of whether iTunes 7.0 was a true product improvement or an anti-competitive scheme to kick out Apple competitor RealNetworks. If the jury sees the "software and firmware updates" in iTunes 7.0 as a real improvement, the case will be over—a win for Apple. If it doesn't see it that way, the jurors will still have to decide if Apple broke…
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    MacStories

  • Workflow: Convert Spreadsheets to MultiMarkdown Tables

    Federico Viticci
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Going from a spreadsheet to a MultiMarkdown table with a workflow on iOS. This is a proof of concept that I put together out of curiosity today, and it'll likely break for some documents or Microsoft Excel, but it's been working well for me, and I thought I'd share it. I created a workflow that converts colums/rows copied from spreadsheets in Numbers and Google Sheets to a MultiMarkdown table. I never understood how to write MultiMarkdown tables manually, and I prefer the experience of apps like Numbers and Sheets, which allow me to easily navigate between cells, modify text that's already…
  • Workflow Tip: Append Text to the iOS Clipboard

    Federico Viticci
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:02 am
    If you do any sort of note-taking or writing on iOS, you probably find yourself wishing you'd be able to copy separate bits of text in the clipboard simultaneously. While that's still not possible because the iOS clipboard only supports one entry at a time, the process can be sped up with Workflow. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how I was looking for an extension to append links to an existing note through the system share sheet. I eventually downloaded NoteBox, which has an iOS 8 extension that can quickly capture any string of text and that has a merge feature to collect separate notes into…
  • Succeeding in a Mature App Store

    Federico Viticci
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Charles Perry has a great response to David Smith's concerns about the App Store being “full” (which I also pondered here): We need to compete in niches, where there isn’t enough opportunity to justify the attention of large corporate developers. Don’t try to create a new bookkeeping app – Intuit will eat you alive. Instead build a bookkeeping app that’s tailored specifically for veterinarians or, even more narrowly, for large animal veterinarians. Don’t build a general purpose word processor – Microsoft has that space all locked up. Instead,…
  • Virtual: Podcaster Guild

    Federico Viticci
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:38 pm
    This week Federico and Myke start off talking about coffee habits, before discussing the newly announced Final Fantasy mobile game, customisable 3DS Home screens, Nintendo's YouTube press tour and how games like Minecraft and No Man's Sky could be shaping the future of gaming. This happened after we recorded Virtual today (look for some thoughts soon). You can get the episode here. Sponsored by: lynda.com Sketchparty TV ∞ Read this on MacStories
  • Connected: Conceptually Sad

    Federico Viticci
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:23 am
    This week, the boys talk about photo management, iOS workflows and smart watches. Shocking, right? Specifically, a discussion about Workflow with some cool links in the show notes. You can get the episode here. Sponsored by: lynda.com Dev Mountain PDFPen Scan+, from Smile ∞ Read this on MacStories
 
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  • iPhone 7 improvements over iPhone 6

    MacDailyNews
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:26 am
    “Although we have yet to see the dawn of 2015, there is no doubt what the big smartphone release of the year will be,” Christopher Morris writes for ValueWalk. “Apple Inc. greatly strengthened its predominant position in the marketplace in 2014, and a new iPhone is certain during the next calendar year. Although some publications have suggested that it could be named the iPhone 6s, the branding of an entirely new iPhone generation seems more likely, and therefore the branding of iPhone 7 would seem more natural.” Morris writes, “The question of how Apple will…
  • Apple iPad plays ‘(Don’t Fear) the Reaper’

    MacDailyNews
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:58 am
    “Of course, the iPad doesn’t play itself, but is rather the canvass for this ‘ridiculous undertaking,’ which is how creator Steve-san Onotera describes the project,” FairrPlatform reports. “Yep, Steve-san performs all of the instruments in Blue Oyster Cult’s seminal ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,’ including voices, on an iPad and has edited the whole glorious mess into a single video.” This video was a major climb over that proverbial mountain. I definitely find a lot of joy being able to finally share this ridiculous undertaking. Just let…
  • Apple’s Angela Ahrendts posts holiday note: ‘Let peace begin with me’

    MacDailyNews
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:27 am
    Angela Ahrendts has posted the following note on her LinkedIn blog: I’ve always tried to focus my comments on simple leadership lessons I’ve learned that might somehow, somewhere, someday help others. I’ll admit, I’ve been struggling recently to find one that’s relevant around the holidays. On Wednesday, I was listening to the radio on my drive home and I heard an old song that took me back to my childhood. I hadn’t heard it for a while, and wow — in that moment, it really moved me. I remembered playing it on the piano growing up. Amid all the turmoil in the world today,…
  • Apple hikes iPhone prices in Russia 35% after ruble plunges

    MacDailyNews
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:55 am
    “Apple Inc. raised iPhone prices in Russia by 35 percent, its second increase in less than a month to account for the ruble’s plunge against the U.S. dollar,” Ilya Khrennikov reports for Bloomberg. “An iPhone 6 with 16 gigabytes of memory now costs 53,990 rubles ($956), Apple said today on its Russia website. The previous official price was 39,990 rubles, though Apple had halted online sales in Russia on Dec. 16, citing ‘extreme’ ruble fluctuation.” “The ruble has lost about 30 percent versus the dollar this quarter amid falling oil prices and…
  • Smartphones: Apple knows what it’s doing, Google doesn’t

    MacDailyNews
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:25 pm
    “Google’s smartphone product strategy and sales are going from bad to worse, from one month to the next. As of this writing – December 20 – there is not a single Google smartphone available for purchase on Google’s own site for smartphone sales,” Anton Wahlman writes for Seeking Alpha. “You read that right. Not a single one. They are all listed as “out of stock” and have been so, in some cases, for over a month.” “It became a critical problem already two months ago, but one would have thought that the problem would have been…
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  • How to Customize Notification Center in OS X Yosemite

    Kraig Becker
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    For many Mac users, the Notification Center in OS X Yosemite has become one of the most useful tools that the new operating system has to offer. Not only does it put a wealth of information at our fingertips, it also provides alerts on breaking news, updates from social media, and much more. The inclusion of widgets has also proven to be quite useful as well, allowing users to extend the Notification Center’s functionality well beyond even what Apple had originally intended. But what many users don’t realize is that they can improve the Notification Center further by customize it…
  • The Diamond iWatch: The Ultimate Luxury in Wearables

    Noemi Tasarra-Twigg
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    “Ultimate luxury” is how jewelers Mervis Diamond Importers describe their own elitist take on the Apple iWatch, but I think it’s just plain ridiculous. “Ultimate luxury” doesn’t even begin to cover it. The Diamond iWatch is included in this year’s Holiday Gift Guide, another marketing stunt in my opinion, as it won’t be available till June 1, 2015. Sure, you can pre-order it now if you really want it, since it’s an “extremely limited first production” edition. If you have $30,150, that is. The price of the Diamond iWatch can be…
  • 5 Holiday Apps to Put You in the Christmas Mood

    Kraig Becker
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    The holidays can be a real challenge for a lot of people. It is always one of the busiest times of the year, and the stress that comes with trying to find the perfect gift, even as the number of shopping days starts to run low, can make it tough for anyone to get into a festive mood. If you’ve been finding it hard to get into the holiday spirit this year, and could possibly use a little extra motivation, then perhaps your iPhone or iPad can help. Here are 5 holiday apps guaranteed to get you feeling jolly just in time for Christmas.  Christmas Radio (Free) Few things can put you into…
  • The App Store 2014 in Review [Infographic]

    abovepop
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    The iOS App Store has had a very busy year, with new apps being released almost incessantly – both free and paid. Many app developers change their pricing throughout the year – an average of 4.7 times, in fact. Additionally, 25 percent of paid apps have gone free in 2014. Then there are the seasonal sales, which have become even more popular. All these have led to more downloads, and with that comes a host of numbers that will make the stat nerd in your happy. Apple Sliced, a service that offers tracking of the lowest priced apps and other Apple products, has put together some…
  • PRODUCT RED Campaign Raised $20 Million to Help AIDS Research

    Noemi Tasarra-Twigg
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Founded in 2006 in collaboration with Bono and Bobby Shriver, Apple’s PRODUCT RED campaign has been consistently promoted every year. The goal is to deliver an AIDS-free generation. This year, the PRODUCT RED campaign raised a whopping $20 million that will go to AIDS research, with the hopes of making the ultimate goal a reality sooner than later. Source According to re/code, head honcho Tim Cook sent an email to Apple employees celebrating the success of the campaign. I’m thrilled to announce that our total donation for this quarter will be more than $20 million — our biggest ever…
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  • Apple CEO Tim Cook “deeply offended” by allegations raised by BBC undercover report of Chinese factories

    Chris Barylick
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is going to take some dealing with. Following the BBC’s story in which the news association sent undercover reporters to capture hidden camera footage of poor working conditions and mistreated employees in Apple’s Chinese factories where its iPhone and iPads are assembled, Apple CEO Tim Cook state that he was “deeply offended” by the allegations at hand. According to telegraph.co.uk, in an email to around 5,000 staff across the UK, Apple senior vice president of operations Jeff Williams said both himself and the chief executive were “deeply offended by the…
  • Citigroup raises Instagram valuation from $16 billion to $35 billion

    Chris Barylick
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    You may not think Instagram is the best use of your time, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have an extremely strong market value. Per TechCrunch, Citigroup raised the valuation of Instagram this morning from US$19 billion to US$35 billion. The photo-sharing network recently announced it had surpassed 300 million active users, and has taken steps toward cleaning up spam accounts, as well as adding new filters and features in an update this week. Instagram was acquired by Facebook back in April of 2012 for US$1 billion. The acquisition came at a time when Instagram only had around…
  • GIFT GUIDE 2014 – The TrackR bravo

    Jason O'Grady
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:25 am
    Have you ever said “I wish there was a way to call my keys.” I used to say it all the time while scrambling through my couch cushions looking for my car keys (usually making me late to get somewhere.) Enter the Bluetooth tracking tag. Introduced in 2009, these small Bluetooth ‘fobs’ can be attached to anything from keyrings, to bags, to kids. Once paired with your smartphone you can find them using the Bluetooth feature on your smartphone via an app. They’re undeniably handy. My favorite tag – in an overcrowded market – is The TrackR bravo ($29, pre-order).
  • Apple drops ship time for iPhone 6, 6 Plus handsets to one day, Retina 5K iMac back in stock

    Chris Barylick
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 am
    Apple is catching up with demand and you might be able to snag an iPhone 6, 6 Plus or Retina 5K iMac for Christmas. Per AppleInsider, Apple appears to be catching up with demand for its latest devices as the Online Apple Store on Thursday shows one-day ship times for most iPhone 6 Plus storage configurations, 1 to 3 days for iPhone 6 and immediate availability for the Retina 5K iMac. Apple’s online storefront has been updated to reflect iPhone 6 Plus shipping estimates of one day for 16GB and 64GB models in all three colors and major U.S. wireless carriers AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and…
  • Apple replies to changing prices in Russian marketplaces with increased app prices

    Chris Barylick
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    When in doubt in a fluctuating market, it never hurts to shore up the prices. Per 9to5Mac, Apple on Friday informed developers that it is has changed the pricing of apps and In-App Purchases in the Russian App Store, following changes to exchange rates. The recent ruble-dollar rates have fluctuated so wildly in recent weeks that Apple has been forced to take the Russian Apple Online Store down completely, as it reviews pricing for its products. Obviously, it is easier to adjust prices in the App Store so a complete takedown was unnecessary. A 99 cent app now costs 62 Rubles. This means that…
 
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  • Appidemic: Musi – Unlimited Free Music for iOS

    David Temple
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:48 am
    So, you want to listen to some of your favorite tunes but you don’t have them loaded on your mobile device yet. What to do? Try Musi—it will find songs on the web and stream them right to you. What is it? Musi – Unlimited Free Music searches the web for the music (YouTube and… Continue reading Appidemic: Musi – Unlimited Free Music for iOS Related posts: Bill Clinton is an iPhone user Captain America: the first app Infinity Blade 2 will launch exclusively on iOS December 1st The post Appidemic: Musi – Unlimited Free Music for iOS appeared first on…
  • Brothers In Arms 3: Sons of War now available for iOS and Android

    Erica Marceau
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Experience a dramatic, life-changing journey through World War II in Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War for iOS and Android. Become Sergeant Wright and lead your band of brothers with blood-pumping shooter action, spectacular killcams, and lots of amazing experimental weapons. Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of… Continue reading Brothers In Arms 3: Sons of War now available for iOS and Android Related posts: iPhone Appidemic: The Adventures of Tintin – The Game The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is your great responsibility on iOS, Android Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 mobile game is as…
  • Review: Griffith Park Plus backpack

    Kirk Hiner
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Backpacks have been serving multiple purposes for a while now; schoolbooks, outdoor equipment, laptops, etc. Now, we’ve thrown iPads and other tablets into the mix. How to address the need for protecting electronic products while still leaving room for the day’s (or weekend’s) necessities can be a struggle, and Case Logic is addressing this by just allowing to shove pretty much everything into the Griffith Park Plus backpack. The Griffith Park has compartments for both a laptop (up to a 15″ MacBook) and an iPad or 10″ tablet. Both are in the roomy compartment in the…
  • Stocking stuffers for the tech savvy: BodyGuardz ScreenGuardz

    Kirk Hiner
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:38 pm
    It probably shouldn’t, but it still surprises me when I see people using an iPhone (or any touchscreen device) with a cracked screen. Accidents happen, yes, but mobile devices (the good ones, anyway) are expensive. Why would you not protect them? Most people have cases for their iPhones, but many do not consider the screen. This is not wise, because the screen is often the first to go. Don’t believe me? Just find any group of teenaged girls texting one another and count the number of damaged screens. It’s scary. And that’s not some kind of social commentary; for all I know, their…
  • Technology Tell’s Best iOS Game of 2014: Terra Battle

    Kirk Hiner
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:22 am
    A lot of iOS games got a lot of love from Apple this year, and deservedly so. With gorgeous games such as Vainglory and Leo’s Fortune showing off the iPhone and iPad’s graphics capabilities and making solid use of touchscreen controls, there was plenty from which to choose. It was a tough selection, but what helped the Technology Tell Apple Channel break any ties was how often we actually played the game. And in that regard… Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is Our Best iOS Game of 2014 Just last night, I received 500 coins for logging in 73 days in a row. There’s never…
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  • Kindle (2014) – Review

    MyMac
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Kindle (2014) Company: Amazon Price: $79 The digital age of book reading has been great for me, a voracious reader since the age of seven. To be able to find, download, and begin to read a book within a matter of minutes is nothing short of amazing. When it happened, I could not make the […]
  • Otterbox Symmetry Series Case for IPhone 6 – Review

    Donny Yankellow
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Symmetry Series Case for iPhone 6 Company: Otterbox $39.95-$44.95 (depending on color/pattern option) When it comes to iOS gear the one name that everyone seems to know is Otterbox. With the Symmetry Series Case for iPhone 6 Otterbox has brought protection and style to the new iPhone 6, without full on protection you get in […]
  • TechFan #190 – iPhone Hack Live!

    Tim Robertson
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:58 am
    Owen joins Tim this week after his vacation. Owen is having some major Apple software problems, Tim reviews the $79 Kindle and the new Kindle Fire HD 7, and we take control of listeners iPhones! The first over-the-air iPhone Hack happens on this episode! Download and listen here RSS Feed for your podcast app Subscribe […]
  • VisionTek 4 Port PCIe USB 3.0 Expansion Card – Review

    Sam Negri
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:31 am
    VisionTek 4 Port PCIe USB 3.0 Expansion Card Company: VisionTek Price: $33   How often do you back up your computer? For me, it used to be a nightly chore but I recently changed my backups to a weekly schedule. Sometimes this means that more data is being transferred to my external drive than would be […]
  • MyMac Podcast 535: The 250th GMen Show

    The MyMac Podcast
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:16 am
    Can you believe that nearly 5 years ago, Gaz and Guy started their version of the MyMac Podcast! Can you believe that Tim hasn’t wrestled away the show back from? We sure can’t. However it wouldn’t be a MyMac anniversary show without at least SOMETHING going wrong and sure enough, Guy’s SoundBoard program is somehow […]
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    Cult of Mac

  • Pegatron insists it does all it can to keep workers happy

    Luke Dormehl
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Whatever your thoughts on last week’s BBC documentary about the poor worker conditions in factories producing the iPhone, there’s no doubt that it’s brought the topic back into widespread circulation. Unlike the majority of previous reports, this time the target wasn’t…Read more ›
  • 12-inch Retina MacBook Air is coming in early 2015

    Luke Dormehl
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:45 am
    Apple’s new 12-inch Retina MacBook Air is expected to enter mass production in the first quarter of 2015, manufactured by Quanta Computer, according to a new report released today. The new notebook is expected to boast Intel’s Broadwell processors, and…Read more ›
  • Watch every superhero ever fight each other in epic Marvel vs. DC trailer!

    John Brownlee
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:40 am
    Every comics-loving kid has spent more than a few houra wondering who would win in a fight: Superman or Thor? Captain America or Batman? Spider-Man or the Flash? Wonder Woman or Captain Marvel? In comics, we’ve seen those questions answered…Read more ›
  • Festive ads shot on iPhone 6 Plus let you enjoy New York in slo-mo

    Luke Dormehl
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    With an estimated 71.5 million iPhones predicted to sell over the holidays, and more buzz surrounding Apple than ever, it’s no surprise that advertisers are keen to muscle in on the action. In the case of digital marketing company Truth…Read more ›
  • The best Android apps of 2014

    Cult of Android
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s been a great year to be an Android user. Not only have we seen the release of Google’s massive Material Design makeover and all kinds of wonderful new features inside Android 5.0 Lollipop, but we’ve also had oodles of…Read more ›
 
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  • Meh

    John Gruber
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The format for DF RSS feed sponsorships has remained unchanged since they debuted back in 2007. There are three fields: a title (usually the name of the product or service being promoted), a URL for the main link, and a description of 100 words or fewer. The sponsors write these entries, not me. (They are subject to my approval, though.) Then at the end of the week, I write the thank-you posts (such as the one you’re reading now) using a mix of my own words and thoughts, and the main talking points the sponsor is trying to hit. The gang at Meh, who once again sponsored this week’s…
  • The Triumphant Rise of the Shitpic

    John Gruber
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:37 am
    Astute observation by Brian Feldman: The Shitpic aesthetic has arisen from two separate though equally influential factors, both of which necessitate screencapping instead of direct downloading. The first is that Instagram, which has no built-in reposting function, doesn’t let users save images directly. This means that the quickest way to save an image on a phone is to screencap it, technically creating a new image.  ★ 
  • The Police Are the People

    John Gruber
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:21 am
    I think Dave Winer is onto something big here: This is a huge disconnect, and we let it happen. The problem isn’t with the NYPD, the problem is with the blanket total support we give our military when it fights in Afghanistan and Iraq. The price of placing zero value on the lives of the people of these countries is that our lives in turn become worthless. What goes around comes around. You reap what you sow. There are dozens of adages and fables that explain this phenomenon. The lives of the people of the foreign countries are worth exactly as much as ours. We overlooked the behavior of…
  • Bryan Irace: ‘We Need a “Safari View Controller” ’

    John Gruber
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    Great suggestion from Bryan Irace: It’d be wonderful if Apple provided a “Safari view controller” that developers could present directly from within their applications. This controller would run out of process and work almost exactly like MFMailComposeViewController and MFMessageComposeViewController already do for composing emails and text messages respectively. The app would provide the controller with a URL (and optionally, a tint color), but otherwise what the user does in it would remain secure and isolated from any third-party code, yet fully integrated with Safari.app and Safari…
  • Jason Snell on Mailbox

    John Gruber
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:12 am
    Jason Snell, writing for The Sweet Setup: Because Apple makes it, Mail is for everybody. But it’s not for everybody. Apple designed it to serve the masses, and if you want more–or less–from your email client, Apple Mail may not suit you. Maybe its old-school approach to mail, lifted from classic mail clients like Eudora and NeXTMail, just doesn’t fit the modern emailer. Maybe you want deep links to productivity apps on your Mac that Mail just won’t provide. Or maybe you’re just tired of being in a dysfunctional relationship with Mail. All told, we looked at nine different…
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  • These low profile iPhone 6 Plus hard cases are 30% off today

    Brent Zaniewski
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    This iPhone 6 Plus hard case takes your preference for sleek design into serious consideration. There's no dual-layers, screen covers or clips to worry about here. It's one piece that simply snaps over the back, leaving complete accessibility all around. Get yours in black, clear or white today for just $13.95
  • Best iOS 8 sharing and action extension apps for iPhone

    Allyson Kazmucha
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:26 am
    Sharing and action extensions, both part of Apple's Extensibility feature in iOS 8, make it easier than ever to get things done on iPhone and iPad. No longer do you have to switch to an app just to upload a photo to Pinterest or save an article to Instapaper, or hunt down 1Password or Bing just to copy a password or translate a web site. Now all that functionality comes to you, where ever you are, at the tap of the Share button. And these are the best iPhone apps implementing them. Pinterest Finding and sharing pins prior to iOS 8 wasn't all that much fun. You needed to copy the link to your…
  • Get some great Mac games for the holidays (and save money, too)!

    Peter Cohen
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
    Many of us have some time around the holidays to just relax and have fun. What better way to do it than to kick back and play some awesome games on your Mac? Wether you're buying for yourself or outfitting a new computer for a friend or family member, here's a roundup of the best new releases for the Mac. I've linked specifically to games on Steam, which I prefer to use compared to the Mac App Store. They're the same games you'll find on the MAS, but using Steam often gives you the benefit of being able to play cross-platform (if you also have a PC), store saved game data in the cloud and…
  • Walt Disney World starts accepting Apple Pay

    Harish Jonnalagadda
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:58 am
    Disney announced that it would bring contactless payments to its resorts before Christmas, and is now rolling out the feature on December 24. Visitors heading to Walt Disney World will now be able to pay using Apple Pay from their iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Last year, Disney rolled out MyMagic+, through which customers could charge purchases made within the resort to their hotel room. The technology leveraged RFID and made use of wearable bands called MagicBand, which allowed customers to interact with contactless payments gateways within the resort. Disney has stated that support for other…
  • Looney Tunes Dash! strategy guide: Top tips, hints, and cheats you need to know!

    Allyson Kazmucha
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    Looney Tunes Dash! is an endless runner game with a twist. Packed with lots of levels, you can work your way through as your favorite Looney Tunes characters such as Bugs Bunny, Road Runner, Tweety, and more. To do you, you'll need to escape from infamous enemies and complete challenging goals. If you don't, you won't advance, and eventually, you'll run out of lives. That's where iMore comes in! We've got the tips, hints, and cheats you need to get further and even top up your lives for free! 1. How to get unlimited free lives in Looney Tunes Dash Just like Candy Crush, Looney Tunes Dash! is…
 
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  • Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

    samzenpus
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:56 pm
    mrspoonsi writes with the findings of an investigation into working conditions at a factory that makes Apple products. Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation. Filming on an iPhone 6 production line showed Apple's promises to protect workers were routinely broken. It found standards on workers' hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers were being breached at the Pegatron factories. Apple said it strongly disagreed with the programme's conclusions. Exhausted workers were…
  • Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

    Soulskill
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    An anonymous reader sends word that Apple's iTunes DRM case has already been decided. The 8-person jury took only a few hours to decide that the features introduced in iTunes 7.0 were good for consumers and did not violate antitrust laws. Following the decision, the plaintiff's head attorney Patrick Coughlin said an appeal is already planned. He also expressed frustrations over getting two of the security features — one that checks the iTunes database, and another that checks each song on the iPod itself — lumped together with the other user-facing features in the iTunes 7.0…
  • Apple and Samsung Already Working On A9 Processor

    samzenpus
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    itwbennett writes According to a report in Korean IT Times, Samsung Electronics has begun production of the A9 processor, the next generation ARM-based CPU for iPhone and iPad. Korea IT Times says Samsung has production lines capable of FinFET process production (a cutting-edge design for semiconductors that many other manufacturers, including AMD, IBM and TSMC, are adopting) in Austin, Texas and Giheung, Korea, but production is only taking place in Austin. Samsung invested $3.9 billion in that plant specifically to make chips for Apple. So now Apple can say its CPU is "Made in America."Read…
  • Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

    timothy
    13 Dec 2014 | 10:46 am
    loftarasa (1066016) writes Yesterday, former engineer Rob Schultz unwillingly testified in court against Apple that he worked on project 'Candy' which 'intended to block 100% of non-iTunes clients' from 2006 to 2007. In his opinion, the work of his team contributed to create 'market dominance' for the iPod. Apple argues, and Schultz agrees, that its intentions were to improve iTunes, not curb competition.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Apple Antitrust Case Finds New Consumer Plaintiff

    timothy
    13 Dec 2014 | 4:09 am
    An anonymous reader writes Class action against Apple is set to continue after 65-year-old amateur figure skater Barbara Bennett decided she would volunteer to represent consumers in the faltering antitrust case. U.S. district judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers is reportedly satisfied that Bennett qualifies as a class member, telling attorneys that they 'were on the right track.' Bennett offered to volunteer in the case after reading an online news story which suggested that the suit was floundering due to a lack of a named plaintiff after the last plaintiff was disqualified earlier this week.Read…
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  • Voilabits launches PhotoWatermark 3.0 for Mac OS X Yosemite

    dsellers
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:33 am
    Voilabits has released PhotoWatermark 3.0 (http://tinyurl.com/kwqfwsd), an update of the Mac OS X app that allows users to batch add a variety of personalized watermark to photos to avoid unauthorized copy, and promote brand identity. The app has been optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite. PhotoWatermark offers a one-click feature to apply a watermark to several photos at once and to and customize your watermark (text, image, brand logo, etc.). It also lets you save your work to popular image formats and share it via Twitter and read more
  • ExactScan Pro ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

    dsellers
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:22 am
    ExactCODE (http://exactscan.com) has released ExactScan Pro 2.57 for Mac OS X. The version adds support for new scanners, including the Avision AD125 and AD240. ExactScan Pro also offers: improved support for ImageCapture scanners; improved compatibility with Mac OS X Yosemite; improved scan speed for some scanners;  improved OCR recognition; and other improvements. read more
  • Scannerz is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

    dsellers
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
    Software and Computer System Company (SCSC) has released a new version (1.9) of Scannerz for Mac OS X. The upgrade is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite. Scannerz 1.9 also includes the new Performance Probe 2, as well as Phoenix and FSE. This new release can be used on any systems running Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. read more
  • Video Fractal released by Nuclear Nova Software

    dsellers
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Nuclear Nova Software (http://nuclearnova.com) has released Video Fractal for the Mac. This is the company's third graphics and media app on OS X, and is on sale during the first week. Video Fractal is a tool for generating and exploring videos of fractals such as the Mandelbrot and Julia sets. The 2D view allows for surveying and key framing, and the custom script editor can be used to fine tune each video. read more
  • The latest iOS apps for Dec. 19

    dsellers
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Lucky Clan has announced Video Zoom. The US$1.99 app lets anyone apply zoom to videos from their existing iOS Photo Library. You can use Video Zoom to add zoom effects to existing videos, or just crop the video. JH Solutions has released Save the Princess - 1D Edition. The free game — inspired by One Direction — takes fans of the band on a journey across a mythical land to save the princess who is being held captive. read more
 
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  • 'DockPhone' Adds Phone Dialing to Yosemite, Bypassing FaceTime

    Mitchel Broussard
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:38 am
    DockPhone, a newly released Mac app, fixes a problem many OS X Yosemite users have faced in the months since the release of the new operating system: the inconvenience of opening FaceTime or Contacts to make a phone call on a Mac. With DockPhone app, users can now search for contacts or directly enter a number within the app, bypassing the need of opening FaceTime altogether. Though it was one of the major new Continuity features included in OS X Yosemite when it launched earlier this year, many users lamented needing to open FaceTime or Contacts to place phone calls from their desktops or…
  • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, MacBook Air, iMac, Apple Accessories, and More

    Juli Clover
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:05 pm
    The Christmas holiday is less than a week away, and while deals have tapered off a bit this week, there are still a few discounts to be had on the iMac, MacBook Air, Mac Pro, Retina MacBook Pro, and older iPads. There's also one last deal on the iPad Air 2 that drops the price quite a bit. We've also got discounts on some great potential gifts, including personalized iPhone cases from Casetify, wireless headphones from Jaybird, the popular Pencil stylus from FiftyThree, and more in this week's Buyer's Guide deals post. iPad Air 2 If you're in need of an iPad Air 2 and didn't take advantage of…
  • CalDigit's Thunderbolt Station 2 Launches in January With $170 Pre-Order Pricing

    Mitchel Broussard
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    CalDigit today announced that the follow-up to its popular original Thunderbolt Station, the Thunderbolt Station 2, is now available for pre-order with an expected ship date of January 26, 2015. The new dock will retail for $199.99, but CalDigit is offering a limited pre-order price of $169.99 that runs all the way up to the day before release, January 25. The new station keeps the same functionality of connecting multiple devices with one Thunderbolt cable, but updates it with new Thunderbolt 2 and dual eSATA 6G ports. The Thunderbolt Station 2 also allows users a vertical…
  • 'Watch ABC' Apple TV App Updated with Full Episodes for All Users

    Husain Sumra
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:24 pm
    ABC has updated its Watch ABC Apple TV app to allow all Apple TV users to watch full episodes of ABC shows a week after they air without having to verify their TV provider. Previously, users had to sign in via their TV provider to watch any full episodes. All Apple TV viewers can now access full episodes a week after they air. Like WATCH ABC for mobile devices and desktop, viewers can now watch such shows as Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, Modern Family, black-ish, Once Upon A Time and Castle, among others, a week after they air.  Sign in is required for ABC's live network feed…
  • Djay for Mac Goes Pro With Spotify Integration, Revamped Interface, and More Powerful Features

    Eric Slivka
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Algoriddim has long been known for its popular DJ app djay, which began life on the Mac before moving to the iPad, iPhone and most recently Android, with the various versions winning a number of awards and contributing to making djay the world's best-selling DJ app with over 15 million downloads. With djay having proven popular among both amateur and professional DJs, users have been asking for more from the software, and Algoriddim is delivering that today with the release of djay Pro for Mac. Going well beyond the previous version of djay for Mac, djay Pro takes advantage of Apple's latest…
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  • MGG 532: Blowin’ Up The Spammers!

    John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Yep, another one of Dave's iMacs is having boot problems. It's mayhem! That's OK, he and John talk through possible resolution and also when not to assume you know the answer (hint: always!). Then it's on to maintaining your iTunes accounts, finding (and removing) any adware, and an unpublished solution to Yosemite's incrementing hostname issue. All this and more. Download today and enjoy!
  • Get Free Bitcoins with 52 Website Faucets that Really Pay [Update]

    Bryan Chaffin
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:45 pm
    I've gathered 52 different Bitcoin "faucets"-websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads-and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. I started off with eight sites, but this update bumps that list to 51 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay.
  • Google, Samsung can’t Top Apple’s Unreleased Apple Watch

    Jeff Gamet
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:31 pm
    What's the most sought after wearable tech device? That would be the Apple Watch-a device that isn't even scheduled to ship until some time next spring. Apple's unavailable smartwatch beat out Google, Samsung, and Fitbit as the wearable device people most want to buy, according to a study by Ipsos MediaCT.The Mac Observer Spin: Polls like this are great news for Apple and horrible for their competitors because it shows consumers are more interested in buying a wearable device that has even shipped than products that are already on the market.
  • Report: Apple Pay is Disrupting and Transforming Mobile Payments

    John Martellaro
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
    "Apple Pay has the ability to significantly transform the mobile payment space." That's the conclusion of an ITG Investment Report published on December 19. A major finding is that Apple Pay has been responsible for one percent of all digital payment dollars. This is a "strong showing" given that Apple customers must have the latest iPhones and the limited list of merchants. John Martellaro summarizes the report.
  • Apple Raises Prices in Russian App Store Amidst Ruble Meltdown

    Bryan Chaffin
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Apple has raised the price of apps in the Russian App Store in the midst of a meltdown in the value of the Russian ruble. The move follows Apple's decision earlier in the week to stop selling iPhones in Russia because of the volatility.
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  • Weekend Roundup for 21 December 2014

    Ricky Buchanan
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:54 am
    Here are some of the best articles, links, and new products that I have spotted online in the past week or so which have some relevance to Apple products and disabled or chronically ill users … OS X Links Cast Your Votes Now For The AppleVis Golden Apples Of 2014: iOS Links MyPainDiaryApp: There’s a new way to track your pain and it costs about the same as a pad of paper and a pen… MyPainDiaryApp for tracking pain and other symptoms of chronic illness. Learn to use iOS with FeelaGrams tactile images with braille captions, plus accompanying videos Passtime Audiobook Player app…
  • Speech-to-Text: Dictation Software for OS X

    Ricky Buchanan
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:24 am
    Speech-to-text software, sometimes known as dictation software, is something that lets you talk to the computer in some form and have the computer react appropriately to what you are saying. This is totally different to text-to-speech software, which is software can read out text already in the computer. In this article you’ll learn about different types of speech-to-text software for Mac OS X, and what your options are if you want to use it to control your computer, dictate text, or both. In this article: Dictation software – what is it Dictation software built into OS X…
  • Weekend Roundup for 14 December 2014

    Ricky Buchanan
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:38 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 … It was a bit of an “interesting” week here at my place – I lost my messenger bag with a bunch of hard-to-replace stuff in it, and had to call the plumber out 4 times (and counting) to fix my toilet… so please forgive the slight scarcity of links this week! OS X Links Audio tutorial: Easy iTunes 12 on Mac OS X Yosemite: Part 1. Share a printer with an AirPrint enabler like…
  • How To Use A Corded 2.5mm Headset With Your iPhone

    Ricky Buchanan
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:50 am
    Did you know that you can use a corded headset with a 2.5mm plug with your iPhone? It’s probably easier than you think! Headsets designed for land-line phones or older style mobile phones are frequently built with 2.5mm plugs. iPhones, however, only have the 3.5mm sockets meant for stereo headsets. This can be a special problem for disabled users who may only find one headset that exists that really works for them – if that headset has a 2.5mm plug you can be in trouble. There are “standard” 2.5mm to 3.5mm adapters available but many won’t work properly with…
  • How To Put Skype To Work Picking Up Your Calls

    Ricky Buchanan
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:11 pm
    You hear the Skype ringtone, there’s a call! You reach out to grab your mouse, or keyboard … but it takes a moment to do it. Oh no – by the time you’ve got to the answer button, your caller has hung up! Sound familiar? Did you know that you can set up Skype for Mac OS X to answer for you automatically? To do this, open the preferences (from the Skype menu) and select the “Calls” button from the top row. Check the box for “Auto-answer Calls”, shown here with the green arrow: Skype’s call preferences include an option for auto-answering. If…
 
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  • Taking stock of Apple's own OS X apps

    Mike Flaminio
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Stephen Hackett on 512 Pixels: <blockquote class=quote>Maybe its a lack of shiny retail boxes and clear branding, or the fact that OS X is now on an annual release schedule, but it sure feels like Apple's first-party apps are being ignored. While the majority of them saw significant work in 2014, many of the updates are just work carrying over from releases at the end of 2013.</blockquote> Stephen walks through all of Apple's OS X apps and recaps recent developments, pricing, and ratings. Neat idea.
  • Continuity Activation Tool now for USB dongles

    Mike Flaminio
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:36 pm
    There's a project on GitHub for making it easier to activate OS X Yosemite's Continuity feature on older Macs. The OS X feature requires Bluetooth 4.0, which means you'll need a Mac made in the past couple years. If you have an older Mac, there have been upgrade paths available using Broadcom USB 4.0 chips. These chips are the same used in Macs, so compatibility is likely assured, provided you can swap out your existing chip in a compatible form. Now, the tool has been updated and seems to work with USB dongles. This would seem to push back possible compatibility to some 2008 computers. The…
  • The backstory on iOS 8's wallpaper

    Mike Flaminio
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Each year Apple selects an official wallpaper for both OS X and iOS. The wallpaper is used in product marketing and becomes connected to the release, and in the case of iOS, often with a new iPhone model. The image rights were acquired by Apple through 500px.com. They have a neat story about Espen Haagensen, the photographer who captured the image. He didn't know Apple purchased his image until iOS 8 was announced. <blockquote class=quote> I was at Sunnmore, making the last preparations for my wedding when a colleague of mine called me. He was all worked up, and asked whether it was my…
  • Twelve South announces BookBook for iPhone 6/6+

    Mike Flaminio
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:55 pm
    <blockquote class=quote>BookBook for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is an all-new wallet case, hands-free stand and removable shell - wrapped up in one gorgeous, vintage leather book.</blockquote> BookBook has always been a cool product for MacBooks. I'm generally not a fan of wallet-style cases for my phone, however. This new design is interesting through with the removable shell. It offers some versatility for when you just want a case. The BookBook for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is available now for $59.99. It's available in either Black or Brown leather.
  • Apple's new touching The Song ad

    Mike Flaminio
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Apple's holiday ad The Song is touching story using Apple's ecosystem to create a special gift. <blockquote class=quote>With a Mac, iPhone or iPad you have the power to create thoughtful, emotional gifts and memories that transcend time. It could be a movie, a homemade card or a song that brings two generations closer together.</blockquote>
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  • Friday Morning News

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:36 pm
    In his end of year company wide e-mail, Apple CEO Tim Cook has praised the “most innovative line up ever” and expresses his pride in the hard work of the employees. 9to5Mac have grabbed a copy of the e-mail and tell us that Cook highlights the 30th anniversary of the Mac, all the latest iPhones, iPods and Mac Hardware. He also touches on the latest OS’s on both mobile and desktop and the Apple Watch. That certainly is a lot when you sit back
  • Thursday Morning News

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Apple Store, Louvre by Dale Gillard, on Flickr Many have predicted a real Apple TV but perhaps none more so than analyst Gene Munster from Piper Jaffray. Munster has long predicted the TV and he has once again taken to the air on Business Insider to update
  • Wednesday Morning News

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    The picture above is the latest shot of the Apple Campus 2 construction. The news kicks off today with a win for Apple in the iTunes Antitrust case, with a jury ruling in their favour unanimously. In a brief statement Apple said “We thank the jury for their service and we applaud their verdict.” 9to5Mac are also reporting that Apple has received some supportive comments from some of the Judges hearing it’s
  • Monday Morning News

    14 Dec 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Zorlu Center in Isstanbul – Photo Apple Most of us are just settling in with our latest iPhone/iPad and the new A8 chipset. Because things never stop in the world of Apple, 9to5Mac are reporting that Samsung may have already commenced production of the next A9 chip. This is based on reports from the Electronics Times in Korea. The Chip it seems is being produced Austin, Texas. When you think
  • Friday Morning News

    11 Dec 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Today is Safari update day, with Apple releasing updates to its browser for Yosemite, Mavericks and Mountain Lion. Grab the update from the update section on the App store. It isn’t perhaps the most exciting of Apple’s new products for most of us but the company has high hopes for it’s Car Play system. Whilst some systems have now been rolled in new cars, Apple according to 9to5Mac have issued guidelines to clarify just where and how Car Play can be
 
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  • New MarginNote App Updates Improve Organization and Studying

    admin
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    BeiJing, China – MarginNote Pro, the popular application for a smarter way to capture, organize and review notes, has recently been updated to improve integration with Evernote. Students, educators and all other users can now merge Evernote notes into cards in MindMap, Sync with Dropbox or Evernote notebook and continuously edit or brainstorm with friends through shared notebooks. The application allows users to see their notes and main document text at the same time on an easy to navigate side margin. It eliminates the need to click through and hide various windows, allowing users to…
  • Learn Spanish in Luna’s dress up world

    admin
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    Madrid, Spain – Astrid Jansen Web Design introduces the iPad app, Learn Spanish in Luna’s dress up world. In this dress-up game children learn a lot of the Spanish vocabulary while playing. The girl Luna doesn’t understand very well Spanish. She needs to move around in her world but the things she needs to do are partially indicated in Spanish. The instructions are only partially in Spanish so the child will learn the Spanish words from the context of the story and won’t have the feeling it is studying. If the child doesn’t know what a word means, they can go to…
  • Learn Spanish in Luna’s dress up world

    admin
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    Madrid, Spain – Astrid Jansen Web Design introduces the iPad app, Learn Spanish in Luna’s dress up world. In this dress-up game children learn a lot of the Spanish vocabulary while playing. The girl Luna doesn’t understand very well Spanish. She needs to move around in her world but the things she needs to do are partially indicated in Spanish. The instructions are only partially in Spanish so the child will learn the Spanish words from the context of the story and won’t have the feeling it is studying. If the child doesn’t know what a word means, they can go to…
  • Quick Backup and Restore contacts from iPhone – Save to Dropbox

    admin
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Hyderabad, India – mTouchLabs today is pleased to announce the release of Quick Backup Contacts 1.0, their new utility app exclusively for iPhone and iPod touch. Quick Backup Contacts is the easiest way to backup and restore your contacts all from your iPhone without needing a computer or synchronization. You can backup all your contacts with a single touch and send them to yourself as a .vcf or .xls attachment via email. And also you can upload to Dropbox directly from within the app. It creates a file either in .vcf or .xls industry standard file format for contacts. These contacts…
  • Le Media, Vietnam chooses Magzter to enhance its digital presence

    admin
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:25 am
    New York, New York – The world’s largest and fastest growing global digital cross-platform newsstand and magazine store, Magzter boasts of digital magazines Dep, Dan Ong, Autocar Vietnam, Stuff Vietnam and Doanh Nhan from Le Media, Vietnam. Le Media is one of the largest media and publishing groups in Vietnam and is a pioneer in developing magazines. Magzter’s expansion across the Asian continent and in Vietnam recently, can be credited to a keen and devoted team that works consistently to identify publishers like the new-age Le Media who want to escalate the reach of their…
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  • New MarginNote App Updates Improve Organization and Studying

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    Sun Min today announces that MarginNote Pro, the popular application for a smarter way to capture, organize and review notes, has recently been updated to improve integration with Evernote. The application allows users to see their notes and main document text at the same time on an easy to navigate side margin. Users can now merge Evernote notes into cards in MindMap, Sync with Dropbox or Evernote notebook and continuously edit or brainstorm with friends through shared notebooks.
  • Learn Spanish in Luna's dress up world

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    Madrid based Astrid Jansen Web Design announces their new app, Learn Spanish in Luna's dress up world for the iPad. In this dress-up game children learn a lot of the Spanish vocabulary while playing. The instructions are only partially in Spanish so the child will learn the Spanish words from the context of the story. If the child doesn't know what a word means, they can go to the library to look it up in the dictionary. The game can also be played entirely in English.
  • Quick Backup and Restore contacts from iPhone - Save to Dropbox

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    mTouchLabs today introduces Quick Backup Contacts 1.0, their new utility app exclusively for iPhone and iPod touch. Quick Backup Contacts is the easiest way to backup and restore your contacts all from your iPhone without needing a computer or synchronization. You can backup all your contacts with a single touch and send them to yourself as a .vcf or .xls attachment via email. And also you can upload to Dropbox directly from within the app.
  • Le Media, Vietnam chooses Magzter to enhance its digital presence

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:25 am
    Magzter, the world's largest and fastest growing global digital cross-platform newsstand and magazine store, boasts of digital magazines Dep, Dan Ong, Autocar Vietnam, Stuff Vietnam and Doanh Nhan from Le Media, Vietnam. Le Media is one of the largest media and publishing groups in Vietnam and is a pioneer in developing magazines. Le Media's magazines in Vietnamese, will now reach Magzter's 23 million global users and a host of other digital content consumers.
  • Silen Games announces Slice Ballz for iOS and Android

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    Silen Games today announces Slice Ballz, their extremely fun and crazy slicing game for the iPhone and Android Phones. Choose your blade and get ready for an unstoppable, breathtaking, epic frenzy! Slice funny ballz with your finger in this juicy slicing game. Try to use different blades with special effects and powerful magic. Three game modes with a lot of powerups, quests, unlockable items and a rich and varied gameplay full of surprises. Enjoy!
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  • Apple bosses ‘deeply offended’ by BBC Panorama report

    Kenny Hemphill
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:36 am
    Williams: ‘deeply offended’Apple CEO Tim Cook and senior vice president of Operations, Jeff Williams were ‘deeply offended’ by a Panorama report on Apple’s supply chain, broadcast on Thursday evening, according to an email to Apple staff written by Williams. In the email, published by The Telegraph, Williams said: ‘Panorama’s report implied that Apple isn’t improving working conditions. Let me tell you, nothing could be further from the truth.’ The Panorama report included secretly-filmed footage from a Megatron factory in China where…
  • Apple inadvertently confirms European Apple Pay in job ad

    Kenny Hemphill
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:50 pm
    A job advert posted, apparently by mistake, on its website appears to confirm that Apple’s mobile payment system, Apple Pay is coming to Europe. According to The Guardian: ‘The advert, which has now been taken down, said that the company was seeking a London-based intern to “drive out the roll-out” of Apple Pay across Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa.’ The advert described Apple Pay as ‘a new and exciting area in Apple that is set to expand across Europe, Middle East, India and Africa.’ Currently Apple Pay, which uses an NFC chip in the iPhone 6 and…
  • Another app reintstates iOS 8 feature as Apple dithers

    Kenny Hemphill
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Agile Tortoise’s Drafts app for iOS, which allows users to quickly capture and share notes, is the latest app to have its Notification Centre re-instated today. First noted by MacStories, the widget in the Today tab, which was in version 4.0 but removed at Apple’s behest, has now been re-instated. The initial removal was greeted with bemusement by Agile Tortoise, particularly as many of its competitors had similar widgets which were allowed to remain. Apple’s guidelines on what developers can and can’t do to take advantage of new features in iOS 8 are less than clear…
  • Apple cleared of antitrust violation over iPod DRM update

    Kenny Hemphill
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:13 pm
    A jury in California has ruled that Apple didn’t violate antitrust laws when it blocked songs downloaded from rival music services from playing on the iPod between 2006 and 2009. The unanimous verdict brings to an end ten years of litigation and a trial which featured a video deposition from Steve Jobs, recorded in 2011, and was nearly brought to a premature end when the original plaintiffs were ejected from the class action suit because they didn’t own a qualifying iPod. Apple said in a statement: ‘We created iPod and iTunes to give our customers the world’s best way to…
  • Apple set to pass Nokia in phone sales despite supply problems

    Kenny Hemphill
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    Apple is about to overtake Nokia’s share of the overall mobile phone market, according to figures released by Gartner (via AppleInsider). The sales figures for the third quarter of 2014 show Apple at 38m units, up from 30m the year before, while Nokia’s sales dropped from 63m to 43m units. If that trend continues in Q4, Apple could pass Nokia by the end of the year. Samsung’s sales dwarf both of its competitors, standing at 94m units for Q3 2014. Samsung, like Nokia, however, has been affected by the downturn in sales of so-called feature phones, the principal cause of…
 
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  • DragonVale: How to breed a Snowflake Dragon

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

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

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

    Dr. Macenstein
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:53 pm
    LODESTONE DRAGON: INCUBATION TIME: 25 Hours 30 Minutes BUY-IT Price: 1,000 Gems HOW TO BREED: Lightning and Metal / Magnetic and Copper (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 […]
  • DragonVale: How to breed a Gourd Dragon

    Dr. Macenstein
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:17 pm
    GOURD DRAGON: INCUBATION TIME: 30 Hours 52 Minutes BUY-IT Price: 1,250 Gems HOW TO BREED: Pepper and Root (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 […]
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  • Totals 3.0.10 - Create stylish invoices and more. (Demo)

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    Totals is a full-featured invoice application for SOHO or business users. Designed from scratch for the power and beauty of the Mac OS, it makes life easy for its users. Totals is a combination of powerful features and a simple user interface. Every single step, every single process is well thought-out. One window for each database--create invoices, estimates, catalogs, and items; add clients and suppliers; even design layouts--all in one window. Version 3.0.10: Enhancement Added Spanish translation. Bug Fixes Fixed an issue that addresses sync problems. This update is recommended to all…
  • BabelColor CT&A 4.5 - Color translation and analysis tools. (Shareware)

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    BabelColor CT&A is a collection of tools specifically designed for Color Translation, measurement, and analysis. Tools are grouped by theme in individually managed windows. RGB vs RGB: A bidirectional RGB color-space translator and comparator tool. This tool accepts manually entered L*a*b* and RGB inputs; it does not require a color measurement instrument although an instrument can be used to input data (instruments purchased separately). All other tools need spectral data in order to provide results (they are collectively called spectral tools.) With the exception of the CRI tools, a…
  • Sketch 3.2.2 - Vector drawing application. (Demo)

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:21 am
    Sketch is an innovative and fresh look at vector drawing for the Mac. Its intentionally minimalist design is based upon a drawing space of unlimited size and layers, free of palettes, panels, menus, windows, and controls. Though simple to use, it offers powerful vector drawing and text tools like perfect Boolean operations, Symbols, and powerful Rulers, Guides, and Grids.Version 3.2.2: Reduces memory usage when working with complex documents OS X 10.9 or later Download Now
  • Sequencher 5.3 - Sequence analysis of DNA. (Demo)

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    Sequencher is the industry standard software for DNA sequence analysis. It works with all automated sequencers and is widely known for its lightning-fast contig assembly, short learning curve, user-friendly editing tools, and superb technical support. First released almost 15 years ago, Sequencher is currently used for sequence analysis tasks in every major genomic and pharmaceutical company as well as numerous academic and government labs in over 40 countries around the world. Life Science researchers use Sequencher for many diverse DNA sequence analysis applications including de novo gene…
  • LastPass 3.1.75 - Online password manager and form filler. (Free)

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    LastPass is an online password manager and Form Filler that makes your Web browsing easier and more secure. It's the last password you will ever need. It makes Web browsing: EASIER : Never forget a password again and log into your sites with a single mouse click SAFER: Protect yourself against phishing scams, online fraud, and malware FREE: No catches or gimmicks. It's free to use on all your computers! EVERYWHERE: Automatically synchronizes your data: access it from anywhere at anytime SECURE: All of your data is encrytped locally on your PC - only you can unlock it MULTIPLATFORM: Using a…
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  • Labels & Addresses

    MacZOT
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Labels & Addresses Have a large greeting card mailing list? Let Labels & Addresses help! Normally: $49.99 ZOT Price: $14.99 Click to macZOT! Download Trial Buy at App Store   What can Labels & Addresses do?   Speed up mass mailings. Design greeting cards for all occasions. Produce price tags with barcodes. Create packaging labels. Print various labels for home and office use. Import from Address Book, Numbers (iWork '09), Entourage, Excel, and More Labels & Addresses is seamlessly integrated with and can import contact information from Address Book, Numbers…
  • Enolsoft PDF Bundle

    MacZOT
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Enolsoft PDF Bundle Removing PDF passwords, signing PDFs and managing PDFs is easy! Normally: $72.95 ZOT Price: $14.95 Click to macZOT! Download Trial   As the Christmas promotion season comes, Enolsoft breaks its price to provide this CRAZY PDF BUNDLE for thanking all Mac users. This bundle deal includes three PDF management apps; they are PDF Password Remover, Signature for PDF and PDF Magic. With these apps, you can edit and sign PDF documents with ease and batch break the password restriction at once. Now, we offer the lowest price with an 80% discount (SAVE $58.  …
  • PhotoScissors

    MacZOT
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:36 pm
    PhotoScissors Snip-Snap! Instant Cutouts with PhotoScissors! Normally: $19.99 ZOT Price: $14.99 Click to macZOT! Download Trial   PhotoScissors background removal software PhotoScissors interactive cutout tool for foreground segmentation enables new smart ways of removing backgrounds from still images. Go to our Tutorials page and see for yourself how easy it is for anyone to do with just a few simple steps. Download our Try-Before-You-Buy demo and use it on your own photos!   Easily Remove Backgrounds from Photos PhotoScissors saves the day when you quickly need to cut out a person…
  • 200+ Super Premium Text Styles for Illustrator + Bonus – Only $34

    MacZOT
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    200+ Super Premium Text Styles for Illustrator + Bonus – Only $34 Normally: $34.00 ZOT Price: $260.00 Click to macZOT!   Today we wanted to bring you a unique deal; actually a unique product that you’ll simply love. Like the title itself says, it’s a Super Premium Text Styles Bundle for Illustrator. Why Super Premium? Well, because these styles were specifically designed for type text. And because there are more than 200 of them which will help you improve your workflow. Aaand also because in this bundle you will find lots of styles that can’t be…
  • Rapidweaver 6 Basic Stacks Bundle from Barz-Stacks

    MacZOT
    6 Dec 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Rapidweaver 6 Basic Stacks Bundle from Barz-Stacks All you need for your everyday web design!   Inpaint 6 in the ZotShop for the weekend! Normally: $65.00 ZOT Price: $14.99 Click to macZOT! Download Trial   We bring you some of the most needed Stacks to start great websites directly from scratch. Stacks 2 (sold seperately by yourhead.com) will enhance your Rapidweaver experience with the ability to drag and drop all kinds of 3rd party Stacks onto your page and create just what you need, a great website!   Transbox Stack TransBox Stack provides you an elegant way to create…
 
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  • Apple's Ultra-Slim 12-Inch MacBook Air Rumored to Enter Mass Production in Early 2015

    Richard Padilla
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:37 am
    Apple's 12-inch MacBook Air and the Apple Watch are expected to enter mass production in 2015 as the company's supply partners have accelerated component production for both products, reports Digitimes. Supply chain sources note that the 12-inch MacBook Air will feature Intel's Broadwell processors and a new ultra-thin design. The new notebook is also expected to be available in limited supply when it launches due to yield issues with components, and will be primarily manufactured by Quanta Computer. This information about the 12-inch MacBook Air provided by Digitimes lines up with previous…
  • The Week in Review: news and features you don't want to miss

    Kelly Hodgkins
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other informative news articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed: News Apple bought back $...
  • A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

    Kelly Hodgkins
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Last week, we reviewed a variety of hardware and accessories that'll complement your favorite iOS or OS X devices. Here's a quick roundup of recent hardware reviews that you may have missed: AudioFlood's waterproof iPod is a swimmer's music dream ...
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:00 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 Swipe N Clean [iPhone; ...
  • All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

    Kelly Hodgkins
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Last week was a busy one for apps in the iOS App Store, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you may...
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    MacCast - For Mac Geeks, by Mac Geeks

  • Maccast 2014.12.18

    Adam Christianson (Mac Geek)
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:08 pm
    A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Episode 509. Next gen A9 chip production. Apple about faces on App rejections. New 'Made for i’ guidelines. 2015 the year of HomeKit? Apple wins iPod anti-trust case. Apple Pay gears for Expansion. TouchID and 5th Amendment. Mac network service order. Does turning off iCloud have to be frightening? Changing Mail swipe gestures. Fixing a Safari pop-up DOS. Want more Maccast? Become a Maccast Member. Special thanks to our sponsors: lynda.com - Learn at your own pace from expert-taught video tutorials. Visit lynda.com/maccast…
  • Maccast 2014.12.11

    Adam Christianson (Mac Geek)
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
    A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Episode 508. The ghost of Fairplay’s past. Is Apple’s security too strong? Development with our Apple Overlords. Apple TV adds even more "channels". Latest in Apple numbers. iOS 8.1.2 released. Apple Watch production starts soon? Delete 'All' Music in iOS. Victor’s Apple Watch thoughts. Know your iCloud 2-factor recovery key. OS X Dictation Commands. 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…
  • Maccast 2014.11.30

    Adam Christianson (Mac Geek)
    30 Nov 2014 | 2:50 pm
    A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Episode 507. Apple tightens up manufacturing partners. GT Advanced fallout continues. Devs get 10.10.2 Yosemite Beta. A8 may have more power than advertised. Analyst expects big 4Q Apple numbers. Apple updates Apple Watch site. Rumored schematics for 12-inch iPad. Shutdown, Sleep, Restart shortcuts. Screenshot to clipboard. Another iOS developer's story. Fix OS X Yosemite gigantasave sheet. Text Edit, iCloud, and iOS (Brett Terpstra's iOS Text Editors List). Clean iTunes Music Match Storage. Want more Maccast? Become a Maccast…
  • Maccast 2014.11.20

    Adam Christianson (Mac Geek)
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:19 pm
    A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Episode 506. Mythical iPad Pro has production delays. iOS 8 adoption nears 60 percent. Digging deeper into the A8X. Reports of delays in Retina iMac Shipments. iOS 8.1.1 and OS X 10.10.1. HomeKit devices coming. Apple Watch details come with WatchKit. Odds and ends. Peer to Peer AirPlay. Clearing up Handoff vs. Continuity. Is AppleCare worth it for iOS devices? OS X Yosemite, SSD, and TRIM. Using Grab for Screenshots. Shutdown your Mac with Spotlight. New music "We the Mighty" by The Young Dubliners (on iTunes) Want more…
  • Maccast 2014.11.09

    Adam Christianson (Mac Geek)
    9 Nov 2014 | 12:41 pm
    A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Episode 505. Apple’s Beats work goes on. Rumors of iPad Pro continue. Getting closer to an Apple Watch. OS X sends unsaved docs to iCloud. iOS 8.1.1 beta out to devs. Apple numbers up for Phones and macs. Camera Roll crashing bug. iPhone 6 glass. iOS photo filter effects don’t transfer. Interview: Developing iPhone apps with Ditty Labs makers of Top Word. OS X Yosemite Quick Tip. 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,…
 
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    Mac Tutorials - HD

  • 0482 - Art Text 2 [HD - Trailer]

    ScreenCastsOnline
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Feeling graphically challenged? Art Text 2 comes to the rescue allowing you to create artwork from text automagically. As well as stylised and textured text objects, Art Text 2 allows you to create shapes, buttons and many different sorts of objects that can be transformed with just a few simple clicks.
  • 0481 - ScreenFlow v5 - Part 2 [HD - Trailer]

    ScreenCastsOnline
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Following on from the previous episode, this week I take a look at some of the editing features in ScreenFlow v5. ScreenFlow v5 allows you to capture, edit, export and distribute video, all from a single application. Although primarily optimised for screencasts, ScreenFlow can handle most types of video projects.
  • 0480 - ScreenFlow v5 - Part 1 [HD - Trailer]

    ScreenCastsOnline
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    ScreenFlow has been my tool of choice for creating screencasts since it was first released. Although optimised for screencast creation, it's actually a very competent and fully featured video editor, suitable for many different types of video production. This week takes you through some of the first principles of the latest version of ScreenFlow - the recently released ScreenFlow 5.
  • 0479 - RapidWeaver 6 - Part 2 [HD - Trailer]

    ScreenCastsOnline
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Rapidweaver is acknowledged as a fantastic replacement for the long abandoned iWeb. Now with the release of RapidWeaver 6, it's now even easier to create and publish your own stunning websites. In this week's show, Todd Olthoff takes you through some of the more advanced aspects of RapidWeaver 6. Be sure to checkout RapidWeaver 6 Part 1 (SCOM0477)
  • 0478 - Pixelmator 3.3 [HD - Trailer]

    ScreenCastsOnline
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Time for another ScreenCastsOnline favourite! Pixelmator has long been a viable alternative to Photoshop for the rest of us. With the latest release - 3.3 - Pixelmator has been updated for OS X Yosemite. Now with a beautiful new redesign, support for iCloud Drive and Continuity, as well as integration with the brand new Pixelmator for iPad, Pixelmator has never been as powerful.
 
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    Softpedia News > Apple

  • Pegatron Says It Didn’t Know iPhone Assemblers Were Mistreated

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    It’s Pegatron’s turn to answer to those allegations made by the BBC in their Panorama documentary. In a statement filed with the Taiwan Stock Exchange, the electronics manufacturer said that it didn’t have any knowledge of workers being mistreated. The actual statement provided by Pegatron remains under wraps for the time being, but the company has reportedly told the Taiwan Stock Exchange that  “employee safety is its top priority and it has been working to ensure all of its working places a... (read more)
  • 2015 MacBook Air Specs Leak Ahead of Production

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    Apple is on track to introducing an all-new MacBook Air next year featuring a thinner chassis and upgraded internals, including a rumored 12-inch Retina display. A report from Taiwan indicates that the factories tasked with assembling these systems are experiencing some hurdles. Nonetheless, mass production is expected to kick into gear in the first quarter of 2015. New design, faster processor Despite not mentioning the Retina-grade display, the supply chain sources cited by DigiTimes not ... (read more)
  • Apple Admits It Messed Up Yet Again, Backpedals on Extension Rejection

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:50 am
    Last week, word broke out that Apple was again reinforcing some unwritten rules about app extensions and what they could and couldn’t do. This week, the iPhone maker backtracked on its decision, marking the third time it has cited unnecessary guidelines that only manage to cripple apps. Jormy Games is the last developer to feel Apple’s wrath when it comes to bundled widgets, extensions, and keyboards. Jormy sells the amazing Nintype app, which is basically an advanced keyboard wrapped as a no... (read more)
  • A Controller That Charges Your iPhone Is Up on Indiegogo for $49, No Joke

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:44 am
    An Indiegogo campaign started on December 15 with a modest goal of just $1,000 (€815.66) has surpassed its creator’s expectations eight times over and is on its way to fruition. The bad news is there’s still a lot of waiting to be done. For only $49 (€40) pledged in the campaign – which has about two more months to go – you’ll be able to secure what appears to be a sleek 6000 mAh charger that doubles as a fully functional Bluetooth gamepad for your iPhone or iPad. Charges up to two devices a... (read more)
  • The Cheapest iPhone 6 Now Costs Almost $1,000 in Russia

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:53 am
    The already expensive iPhone 6 has seen a price increase of about 70 percent due to the ruble’s fluctuations and Apple’s decision to suspend sales in order to adjust pricing. Today, Apple fans in Russia need to shell out a whopping 53,990 rubles ($954 / €778) for the low-end version of the handset, the 4.7-inch 16GB model. The device normally retails for $649 in the United States and €699 across Europe (with some exceptions). At the other end of the spectrum, the high-end iPhone 6 Plus with 1... (read more)
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    9to5Mac

  • Apple expands its social presence with new iTunes Tumblr blog

    Benjamin Mayo
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    In an interesting move, Apple has today launched a Tumblr blog for iTunes. The ‘blog’ runs a highly customized theme that more closely reflects Apple’s own website than a typical Tumblr page. The page features music, movies, TV and books content, with individual posts consisting of images, videos and animated GIFs of artists. Tumblr users can reblog these images on their own feeds, for social sharing. On a related note, iTunes also opened an official Instagram account earlier this month. Right now, the blog is prominently featuring Apple’s Best of 2014…
  • Russian Apple Online Store returns … with iPhone 6 prices now 35% higher compared to a week ago

    Benjamin Mayo
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:59 am
    After a week of being inactive, the Russian Apple Online Store is now back online with customers freely able to purchase products from the site once again. Apple abruptly stopped trading in the region last week due to significant currency exchange rate fluctuations that meant the company had to readjust prices. Apple has indeed raised prices significantly. The iPhone 6 now costs 53,990 Rubles for a 16 GB base model. This is a 35% increase in the Russian sales price; the model cost 34 990 Rubles last week. 53,990 Rubles is approximately worth $980 dollars. The 16 GB iPhone 6 lists for…
  • Interesting combination iPhone 6 stand/power case ‘iStand 6′ crowdsourcing campaign starts today

    Ben Lovejoy
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    An Indiegogo crowdsourcing campaign for iStand 6, an MFi-certified combined power case and stand for the iPhone 6, starts today – with early bird pricing starting at just $40. The iStand 6 is the first all-in-one case for the iPhone 6 with MFi certificate. In addition to providing top of the line protection, the iStand 6 has battery backup, a built-in kickstand, and storage for additional SIM Cards. The 3500mAh battery is almost double that of the iPhone 6’s own battery, providing approximately three times the life all-in …  The stand provides a convenient all-in-one solution…
  • Accidental iPhone developer gets handed lemons by life, makes lemonade

    Ben Lovejoy
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:46 am
    If there were prizes for turning a horrible experience into a positive one, Mark Major, a Reddit user who goes by the handle Kindlingapp, would have to win one. After breaking his back in a freak accident at a construction site, he decided to turn the experience into an iPhone game Plummet under the name Broken Back Games. Seven years ago while in Beijng I had a freak accident.With no warning, I tumbled down a construction shaft and fractured my spine. My sole memory of the accident was the free falling plummet I had before hitting my head on the side. I woke  to find myself at the bottom…
  • Review: Just Mobile’s TopGum adds glam + a magnetic charging base to a 6,000mAh battery

    Jeremy Horwitz
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:26 am
    The secret to understanding USB battery pricing is that you tend to get what you pay for: cheap batteries lose their charges faster and can bulge and leak over time. Other companies specialize in selling atypically nice batteries that last longer and work better. Just Mobile is a leader in quality batteries: for the past six years, its Gum series (shown below) has spanned every Apple device type, size, and speed, but it has never built a Lightning cable into a battery before. That changes with the January release of TopGum ($80), which advances the company’s prior state-of-the-art…
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    MakeUseOf » Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X Yosemite, From The Perspective Of A Linux User

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

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

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

    Justin Pot
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    It’s that time of the year: all the gifts you bought for family and friends are being delivered, and you need to make sure they all make it to you before the holidays. During this season package tracking is awesome. If you need to sign for something, you could even call it essential: you don’t want to miss a delivery and have to wait another day. So tracking is great, but there are downsides. via XKCD Stop hitting refresh constantly: track all your packages with Deliveries for Mac, a $5 app that shows all your packages in one place regardless of who’s shipping…
  • How To Try Windows 10 On Your Mac Free & Easy

    Harry Guinness
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Windows 10 Technical Preview is getting more and more stable with every new release. There’s never been a better time to try it. Here at MakeUseOf we’ve shown you a couple of ways to try the Windows 10 Technical Preview if you run Windows or Linux. Now it’s time to look at how you can try it out on a Mac. The Technical Preview shouldn’t be your main operating system so we’re not going to overwrite OS X. Instead we’re going to use Oracle’s VirtualBox to create a virtual Windows PC. Why Try Windows 10 I know what you’re...Read the full…
 
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    ifoAppleStore

  • Most Unique Feature Of Any Apple Store

    Gary Allen
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:57 am
    Despite the frequent re-use of architectural elements at Apple’s retail stores, there are some stores with unique features, and in one case a very surprising feature. Along the exterior stone wall of the New Haven (Conn.) store are mounted 12 steel shields representing the residential colleges of Yale University, which owns the Apple store property. No other store in the chain has such a feature or, in fact, any object attached to the store, either representing Apple or another company or institution. Yale University has an unusual structure: 12 small colleges with their own names…
  • Apple Stores Become The Place For Protests

    Gary Allen
    6 Dec 2014 | 12:27 am
    Scores of people protesting the death of a New York City man at the hands of police marched into the Fifth Avenue Apple retail store Friday night, walked around the store for several minutes, and then held a “die-in” to commemorate the man’s life. The visit, along with several others over the last four years, seems to signal a change in how protesters bring attention to their causes, using high-visibility Apple stores as their targets instead of taking direct political action. Over the past five years Apple’s stores have been visited by protesters representing labor…
  • Apple Seeking Better Customer, Employee Insights

    Gary Allen
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Job announcements for two new positions within Apple’s corporate retail team indicates the company is sharpening its focus on relationships with customers and employees, to include updating the existing Net Promoter and other survey programs. The position descriptions don’t provide any clues why Apple has become more interested in customer and employee feedback. However, employee discontent with wages and working conditions is well known, and customer complaints about Genius Bar wait times and obstacles to making purchases are documented daily on social media Web sites. The two…
  • Downtown LA May Host Flagship Store

    Gary Allen
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Even with 22 stores in the greater Los Angeles area, Apple’s retail team has been on the search for the perfect flagship store location for years, and now they may have found it. Incredibly, a tipster says the company has signed a lease for “several hundred thousand square-feet” of space inside the historic Broadway Trade Center in the city’s downtown, which lately has been blooming with redevelopments. The Downtown Examiner Web site says the leased space will constitute an Apple “campus” with offices, residential space and retail areas for both Apple…
  • Inside Store Employee Culture: The Clap-Out

    Gary Allen
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:54 pm
    It may be difficult to understand—or even believe—that there is close-knit employee culture beyond the shiny products on wood tables inside the Apple stores. But in fact, there is. The hiring, training and management of employees stresses a team structure, and tends to create a close group of workplace colleagues, if not outside-work friends. So when an employee decides to leave the job, it’s a significant event, if only because he/she is moving on to a higher-paying job. This video appeared on YouTube showing the last exit for an unnamed employee at the Rio Shopping (Spain) Apple…
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    The MacTrack - iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch and Mac News

  • New MarginNote App Updates Improve Organization and Studying

    Richard
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    BeiJing, China – MarginNote Pro, the popular application for a smarter way to capture, organize and review notes, has recently been updated to improve integration with Evernote. Students, educators and all other users can now merge Evernote notes into cards in MindMap, Sync with Dropbox or Evernote notebook and continuously edit or brainstorm with friends through shared notebooks. The application allows users to see their notes and main document text at the same time on an easy to navigate side margin. It eliminates the need to click through and hide various windows, allowing users to…
  • Learn Spanish in Luna’s dress up world

    Richard
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    Madrid, Spain – Astrid Jansen Web Design introduces the iPad app, Learn Spanish in Luna’s dress up world. In this dress-up game children learn a lot of the Spanish vocabulary while playing. The girl Luna doesn’t understand very well Spanish. She needs to move around in her world but the things she needs to do are partially indicated in Spanish. The instructions are only partially in Spanish so the child will learn the Spanish words from the context of the story and won’t have the feeling it is studying. If the child doesn’t know what a word means, they can go to…
  • Le Media, Vietnam chooses Magzter to enhance its digital presence

    Richard
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:25 am
    New York, New York – The world’s largest and fastest growing global digital cross-platform newsstand and magazine store, Magzter boasts of digital magazines Dep, Dan Ong, Autocar Vietnam, Stuff Vietnam and Doanh Nhan from Le Media, Vietnam. Le Media is one of the largest media and publishing groups in Vietnam and is a pioneer in developing magazines. Magzter’s expansion across the Asian continent and in Vietnam recently, can be credited to a keen and devoted team that works consistently to identify publishers like the new-age Le Media who want to escalate the reach of their…
  • Silen Games announces Slice Ballz for iOS and Android

    Richard
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    Tomsk, Russian Federation – Silen Games, the indie game development team, today are thrilled to announce the launch of “Slice Ballz”, their Free new smartphone game for the iPhone and Android Phones. Slice Ballz is the most juicy and crazy slicing game. Choose your blade and get ready for an unstoppable, breathtaking, epic frenzy! Slice funny ballz with your finger in this juicy slicing game. Try to use different blades with special effects and powerful magic. Three game modes with a lot of powerups, quests, unlockable items and a rich and varied gameplay full of surprises.
  • Artist Radar launches next generation media shopping and news platform

    Richard
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Berlin, Germany – Created by Harvard Business School graduate and Business Consultant Joerg Fehlinger and former Groupon Sales Director Rolf Frank, Artist Radar’s web and iOS app allows its users to effectively create a personalized entertainment and news hub for music, books and movies. With the Internet’s massive amount of data and information overflow, finding the right information at the right time has never been more difficult. For the entertainment industry alone the number of albums, ebooks and movies continue to generate daily content that we cannot track…
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    The Loop

  • What 800 nerds on a cruise ship taught me about life, the universe, and snorkeling

    Shawn King
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Wired:Jonathan Coulton loves cruise ships. He loves the weird artificial mall running down the middle, and he loves staring off the back of the ship into infinity. That’s not to say that David Foster Wallace’s famously dark assessment of shipboard vacationing (“There is something about a mass-market Luxury Cruise that’s unbearably sad”) is unfamiliar. The lanyard that holds a laser-cut wooden JoCo Cruise name tag around my neck came printed with the phrase “A supposedly fun thing I’ll never do again.” Inside jokes are the coin of the realm around here.I’ve been on one…
  • “Let Peace Begin With Me”

    Shawn King
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Angela Ahrendts:I’ve always tried to focus my comments on simple leadership lessons I’ve learned that might somehow, somewhere, someday help others. I’ll admit, I’ve been struggling recently to find one that’s relevant around the holidays. On Wednesday, I was listening to the radio on my drive home and I heard an old song that took me back to my childhood. I hadn’t heard it for a while, and wow — in that moment, it really moved me.I know this is probably just fluff, but I’d love to see more of these kinds of posts from more of Apple’s leadership.∞ Read this…
  • Introducing Doxie Go Wi-Fi, the smartest way to go paperless

    Jim Dalrymple
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:16 pm
    MY thanks to Doxie for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week. Doxie Go Wi-Fi is the tiny, rechargeable document and receipt scanner that scans anywhere — no computer required — then syncs wirelessly to your Mac, iPhone, and iPad.Doxie scans your paper: simply and automatically. Battery power, built-in Wi-Fi, and new SmartMemory let you scan anywhere, then tuck Doxie away when you’re not using it.Doxie’s elegant Mac and iOS apps handle any workflow — save scans to your desktop, share with your favorite apps, or send to cloud services like Evernote and Dropbox. Doxie’s new…
  • Hall & Oates

    Dave Mark
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:53 am
    Hall & Oates is one of those bands that are consistently underrated, even ridiculed. Jennifer Boeder makes her case for why Hall & Oates deserve their place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and our respect.∞ Read this on The Loop
  • Ad campaign filmed entirely on the iPhone 6 Plus

    Dave Mark
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    The iPhone 6 Plus slow motion feature was used to create the look for the ad campaign from luxury skincare brand Erno Laszlo.∞ Read this on The Loop
 
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    OS X Daily

  • How to Use Audio Messages in iOS to Send Voice Texts from iPhone

    Paul Horowitz
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Audio Messages (also called Voice Texts) are a great new feature in iOS that allows you to send a quick little audio note from your iPhone to another iPhone, iPad, or Mac user who has the Messages app configured to use iMessages. This can not only be an added fun way to communicate, but it ... Read More
  • 16 Gorgeous Christmas & Holiday Themed Bokeh Wallpapers

    Paul Horowitz
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    Ae you ready to get your desktops and devices into the Holiday spirit? Decorate your Mac and iOS device backgrounds with this absolutely beautiful collection of high-resolution holiday themed bokeh wallpapers, featuring gorgeous abstractions of Christmas lights and decorations as shot by Radoslav Holan. There are sixteen images to choose from, and every one of ... Read More
  • Mac Setup: Mac Pro Video Editing & Music Production Workstation

    OSXDaily
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    The weekend is here which means it’s time for another featured Mac setup! This time we’re sharing the awesome workstation of Philip S., a media producer from the UK who has some great advice on building a dream setup. Let’s jump to it and learn a bit more… What do you use your Mac workstation ... Read More
  • How to Turn Off Keyboard Click Sounds on iPhone & iPad

    Paul Horowitz
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    A little clicking sound is made every time you type on the iPhone keyboard. Some users really like that sound effect and find that it helps them to type on the virtual keyboard easier, but other users find it to be annoying and obtrusive. If you don’t want to hear the clicky sound effects when ... Read More
  • Make Chrome Use the Default Print Window in OS X

    Paul Horowitz
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
    If you’re a majority Chrome browser user in OS X you’ve probably noticed that when printing from the web browser, a custom print preview window opens up that looks quite different from the default print window on a Mac. Some users may like the alternate Chrome print preview option with it’s larger viewport and different ... Read More
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    MacGroup-Detroit

  • Adding a Solid Color or Image Background in Photoshop

    Chita Hunter
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Happy Holiday’s If you’re like me, you’re busy taking a lot of holiday images. If you need to isolate an area of your Photoshop image to add a solid color or an image as a background, you will find this tutorial helpful.    
  • Last Minute Holiday Gifts

    Phyllis Evans
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    Ready for the Holidays? Shopping all done? No? Then it’s time for some last minute suggestions. Rule number 1 is that something will inevitably require batteries that have not been included. Grab an assortment to have on hand — just in case. When in doubt — Gift Cards! That Mac/iPhone user on your list can always use an iTunes gift card. They work equally well in both the iTunes Store and the App Store and you can find them just about anywhere. (Probably right next to the batteries.) Avid reader on your list? You can download and print out a gift card from Amazon that is good on…
  • Removing Camera Flash Hot Spots From All Those Faces

    Chita Hunter
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:14 pm
    I’m sure that you will be taking lots of camera shots over the holidays. There will be lots of camera flashes going off, creating lots of hot spots on the foreheads and faces of suspecting and unsuspecting holiday guests and partygoers. Here’s a quick tip on how to remove those hot spots. Enjoy!  
  • Importing Your Customized InDesign Shortcuts File

    Chita Hunter
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Creating Keyboard Shortcuts Can Be an Indispensable Time-saver Some of the things we do when working within apps is quite repetitive. Nothing can be more mundane (and energy sucking) than doing the same things over and over again. Yet, it is a reality of life. So, for those times when I can’t get around it, if I can, I create keyboard shortcuts. Whether I’m in the Mac OS, InDesign, or application X, if I can find a faster way to get repetitive tasks completed faster, I find it. With that said, I spend a lot of time in InDesign. And with the advent of Creative Cloud, because I…
  • Touch ID and American Express

    James R. Cutler
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:09 pm
    I really like Touch ID. I use the American Express app on my iPhone. Right after receiving my new iPhone 6 in September I loaded Passbook with both credit and debit cards. Apple Pay worked at CVS, the Apple Store, and McDonalds. The simplicity of Apple Pay is delightful. No fumbling for a wallet or card. A finger on the Home Button and, BONK, it is done. An unexpected bonus is the real time reporting of AmEx card usage, even where Apple Pay is not used. It’s pretty slick. Today the American Express app for iOS is enabled for Touch ID. AmEx got it almost right. Setting up multiple…
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    The MacTrack - iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch and Mac News

  • New MarginNote App Updates Improve Organization and Studying

    Richard
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    BeiJing, China – MarginNote Pro, the popular application for a smarter way to capture, organize and review notes, has recently been updated to improve integration with Evernote. Students, educators and all other users can now merge Evernote notes into cards in MindMap, Sync with Dropbox or Evernote notebook and continuously edit or brainstorm with friends through shared notebooks. The application allows users to see their notes and main document text at the same time on an easy to navigate side margin. It eliminates the need to click through and hide various windows, allowing users to…
  • Learn Spanish in Luna’s dress up world

    Richard
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    Madrid, Spain – Astrid Jansen Web Design introduces the iPad app, Learn Spanish in Luna’s dress up world. In this dress-up game children learn a lot of the Spanish vocabulary while playing. The girl Luna doesn’t understand very well Spanish. She needs to move around in her world but the things she needs to do are partially indicated in Spanish. The instructions are only partially in Spanish so the child will learn the Spanish words from the context of the story and won’t have the feeling it is studying. If the child doesn’t know what a word means, they can go to…
  • Le Media, Vietnam chooses Magzter to enhance its digital presence

    Richard
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:25 am
    New York, New York – The world’s largest and fastest growing global digital cross-platform newsstand and magazine store, Magzter boasts of digital magazines Dep, Dan Ong, Autocar Vietnam, Stuff Vietnam and Doanh Nhan from Le Media, Vietnam. Le Media is one of the largest media and publishing groups in Vietnam and is a pioneer in developing magazines. Magzter’s expansion across the Asian continent and in Vietnam recently, can be credited to a keen and devoted team that works consistently to identify publishers like the new-age Le Media who want to escalate the reach of their…
  • Silen Games announces Slice Ballz for iOS and Android

    Richard
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    Tomsk, Russian Federation – Silen Games, the indie game development team, today are thrilled to announce the launch of “Slice Ballz”, their Free new smartphone game for the iPhone and Android Phones. Slice Ballz is the most juicy and crazy slicing game. Choose your blade and get ready for an unstoppable, breathtaking, epic frenzy! Slice funny ballz with your finger in this juicy slicing game. Try to use different blades with special effects and powerful magic. Three game modes with a lot of powerups, quests, unlockable items and a rich and varied gameplay full of surprises.
  • Artist Radar launches next generation media shopping and news platform

    Richard
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Berlin, Germany – Created by Harvard Business School graduate and Business Consultant Joerg Fehlinger and former Groupon Sales Director Rolf Frank, Artist Radar’s web and iOS app allows its users to effectively create a personalized entertainment and news hub for music, books and movies. With the Internet’s massive amount of data and information overflow, finding the right information at the right time has never been more difficult. For the entertainment industry alone the number of albums, ebooks and movies continue to generate daily content that we cannot track…
 
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  • Small Dog Gift Guide - Part 2

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

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

    Michael Duplessis
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:14 pm
    I have a two year old at home and, as those of you out there who are also parents know, sometimes a little screen time can turn a bad mood around or at least buy me a few minutes to make some coffee to fortify me for the rest of the day. I don’t want my son to use my computer but thanks to my sturdy Hammerhead Jacket Case and AppleCare+ protection plan I am willing to let him use my iPhone. However, there are only certain apps that I want him to use and he has already figured out how to use the Home button and then open different apps. What to do? Fortunately, I have discovered a great…
  • 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…
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  • Voilabits launches PhotoWatermark 3.0 for Mac OS X Yosemite

    dsellers
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:33 am
    Voilabits has released PhotoWatermark 3.0 (http://tinyurl.com/kwqfwsd), an update of the Mac OS X app that allows users to batch add a variety of personalized watermark to photos to avoid unauthorized copy, and promote brand identity. The app has been optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite. PhotoWatermark offers a one-click feature to apply a watermark to several photos at once and to and customize your watermark (text, image, brand logo, etc.). It also lets you save your work to popular image formats and share it via Twitter and read more
  • ExactScan Pro ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

    dsellers
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:22 am
    ExactCODE (http://exactscan.com) has released ExactScan Pro 2.57 for Mac OS X. The version adds support for new scanners, including the Avision AD125 and AD240. ExactScan Pro also offers: improved support for ImageCapture scanners; improved compatibility with Mac OS X Yosemite; improved scan speed for some scanners;  improved OCR recognition; and other improvements. read more
  • Scannerz is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

    dsellers
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
    Software and Computer System Company (SCSC) has released a new version (1.9) of Scannerz for Mac OS X. The upgrade is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite. Scannerz 1.9 also includes the new Performance Probe 2, as well as Phoenix and FSE. This new release can be used on any systems running Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. read more
  • Video Fractal released by Nuclear Nova Software

    dsellers
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Nuclear Nova Software (http://nuclearnova.com) has released Video Fractal for the Mac. This is the company's third graphics and media app on OS X, and is on sale during the first week. Video Fractal is a tool for generating and exploring videos of fractals such as the Mandelbrot and Julia sets. The 2D view allows for surveying and key framing, and the custom script editor can be used to fine tune each video. read more
  • The latest iOS apps for Dec. 19

    dsellers
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Lucky Clan has announced Video Zoom. The US$1.99 app lets anyone apply zoom to videos from their existing iOS Photo Library. You can use Video Zoom to add zoom effects to existing videos, or just crop the video. JH Solutions has released Save the Princess - 1D Edition. The free game — inspired by One Direction — takes fans of the band on a journey across a mythical land to save the princess who is being held captive. read more
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  • Morning Report: 12-inch MacBook Air Rumor, Disney World Adds Apple Pay

    J.R. Bookwalter
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:07 am
    Rub the sleep out of your eyes — the Christmas break is fast approaching, but the tech news never stops! Our Monday Morning Report has the details on a new 12-inch MacBook Air said to finally be entering production as early as next month, Apple Pay arriving at Walt Disney World this week, and the latest Hollywood starlet vying for a role in the Steve Jobs biopic. You can't read about it if you don't click forward!12-inch MacBook Air Reportedly Entering Production in Q1 2015If you've always felt like an 11-inch MacBook Air display was a little too small and 13-inch was simply too big, Apple…
  • Deals: The Best Deals of the Week Features HyperDrive, Blinkist, Roxio Toast 12 Titanium, and Much More

    MacLife Staff
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    [This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]There's never a shortage of awesome offers available in our Deals tab. But, they're only around for so long. We'd have to have you miss out on great savings for items that we know you're after, so we've rounded up some of the deals that are about to end. Take advantage of big discounts and get these great products before they shoot back up to retail price.The next time you need to clear up some space on your MacBook, don't choose between keeping files or not adding new ones. Expand your storage with a simple add-on that turns…
  • Deals: Great Offers on NetSpot Pro, Striiv Fusion Fitness Band, Adobe KnowHow Bundle, and More are Ending

    MacLife Staff
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    [This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]You're always on the lookout for a great deal. Any opportunity to snatch up an awesome item for an affordable price gets you excited. Well, then you'll love our Deals tab. There are always great offers available, and new ones being added regularly. But they're only around for a limited time--like these great deals that are about to end.There's over 27 hours of content in the Adobe KnowHow course bundle. Start with the Night Photography Unlocked course so you can learn how to get great looking shots even in the dead of night.
  • The Week's Hottest Apple News Stories, December 19

    J Keirn-Swanson
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:47 pm
    This is it: the last hottest news stories of the year! Unless something major drops next week, this is it for 2014. So let's see how things go out this December. Looks like the iPhone 6 is continuing as a juggernaut in the marketplace, and — good news — the order turnaround time is down to one day. Meanwhile, looks like Samsung continues to stumble, Apple Pay is going abroad, the Apple Watch is inspiring others, and Apple is having successes all around. Those stories and more below the fold at this year's end. Happy Holidays to all our Mac|Life readers!
  • Apple Pay Reached 1% of All Digital Payment Dollars in November

    Leif Johnson
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Apple Pay has only been around since October, but according to a new report from ITG, the service has already grabbed 1 percent of the total digital payment dollars spent in the U.S. in November. If the trend continues, the report suggests, Apple has already won itself a more loyal mobile payment audience than some rival services like PayPal. That's an impressive gain for so short a period, especially since ITG notes that Google Wallet has only managed to reach 4 percent since its release in 2011.For specifics, 60 percent of Apple Pay users used the service multiple times throughout November…
 
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  • iPad Plays ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper’

    the rocr
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Of course, the iPad doesn’t play itself, but is rather the canvass for this “ridiculous undertaking,” which is how creator Steve-san Onotera describes the project. Yep Steve-san performs all of the instruments in Blue Oyster Cult’s seminal Don’t Fear the ... The post iPad Plays ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper’ appeared first on FairerPlatform.
  • OS X 10.10.2 14C81h Seeded to Some Developers

    the rocr
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:39 pm
    On the Saturday before Christmas no less. A single source is reporting that OS X 10.10.2 14C81h has been seeded developers. However, the Apple Developer site have any information about this most incremental of beta releases. What’s up? OS X 10.10.2 ... The post OS X 10.10.2 14C81h Seeded to Some Developers appeared first on FairerPlatform.
  • 21 Super Mac Tips: Make The Most of Your New Mac

    the rocr
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:46 pm
    New Mac? Old Mac you’d like to teach some new tricks? Kick off the New Year right with the Fairer Platform’s score plus one list of OS X Yosemite Mac Tips to bring out the power user in you! From ... The post 21 Super Mac Tips: Make The Most of Your New Mac appeared first on FairerPlatform.
  • Christmas Apple Deals: Dancing Groot, Duet Display, MFi Lightning Cable, Mac Games, More

    the rocr
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Your time to shop for Chrimstas Apple Deals is just about up, but the there are still super excellent savings available on Mac games, Mac apps, refurbished Macs, MFi Lightning cables and a lot more. Step inside for this edition ... The post Christmas Apple Deals: Dancing Groot, Duet Display, MFi Lightning Cable, Mac Games, More appeared first on FairerPlatform.
  • Refurbished MacBook Air from $599, Wow!

    the rocr
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:57 am
    It’s been at least three months since we last saw a $599 refurbished MacBook Air. If you missed it last time, do not hesitate because refurbished MacBooks this affordable don’t stick around for long! As always, Apple Certified Factory Refurbished MacBooks ... The post Refurbished MacBook Air from $599, Wow! appeared first on FairerPlatform.
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    Apple Toolbox

  • How to use Notification Centre widgets in iOS

    Roland Banks
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:56 pm
    In an identical concept to OS X Yosemite’s Notification Centre widgets, iOS 8 now has the ability to add widgets to customise your Today screen. These little apps are a great way to add more functionality to your iPhone, and can be found in the App Store either part of regular apps or just as independent […] The post How to use Notification Centre widgets in iOS appeared first on Apple Toolbox.
  • Apple adds another iPhone 6 manufacturer

    Roland Banks
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Apple is rumoured to add a third manufacturer to produce its popular iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, according to Taiwanese website EMSOne and economic newspaper “Economic Daily”. The website claims that Taiwanese electronics company Wistron Corporation will begin manufacturing the iPhone models in Q1 2015, helping to alleviate the still short supply and strengthen […] The post Apple adds another iPhone 6 manufacturer appeared first on Apple Toolbox.
  • Apple to double iPhone and iPad RAM in 2015

    Roland Banks
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:54 am
    Apple may intend to double the RAM found in the iPhone and iPad in next year’s 2015 updates, according to a news report from Taiwanese website EMSOne which itself quoted financial news site Advanced Financial Network (Google Translate). iPhone RAM to increase to 2 GB and iPad RAM to 4 GB Both of Apple’s hit devices have […] The post Apple to double iPhone and iPad RAM in 2015 appeared first on Apple Toolbox.
  • Apple patent application seeks to protect phones from moisture

    Roland Banks
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:59 am
    Apple has filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a unique method of channeling moisture with electronic devices through hydrophobic and hydrophilic structures, to limit the damage that can be done to sensitive electronics. The patent application, entitled “Electronic Devices with Moisture Guiding Structures” describes the problems associated with moist environments and […] The post Apple patent application seeks to protect phones from moisture appeared first on Apple Toolbox.
  • Apple awarded patent related to synthetic fingerprint generation

    Roland Banks
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:39 am
    The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) awarded Apple a patent today for fingerprint sensing and recognition ‘enrolment’, which has already come to market as Touch ID on its mobile devices. The patent entitled “Enrollment using synthetic fingerprint image and fingerprint sensing systems” was discovered today by Apple Toolbox, and forms a continuation of earlier patents […] The post Apple awarded patent related to synthetic fingerprint generation appeared first on Apple Toolbox.
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    All About Apple

  • Magic Mouse With Multi-Touch (Mini-Review)

    bjokib
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Apple always want to redefine things and the way we use computers so they have the Magic Mouse with Multi-Touch capabilities. Instead of using mechanical buttons or a physical scroll wheel, the entire surface is touch sensitive just like your iPhone. Apple was one of the first computer companies in the world having a mouse. It was Xerox that originally created the technology, but it was Steve Jobs and Apple that was able to re design the mouse, reduce the price and use it for the Mac. The rest is history. The multi-touch surface on the Magic Mouse makes it possible to do different things…
  • Yosemite fixes SMB problems?

    bjokib
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    I have had some issues with Windows file sharing between a desktop Windows 8.1 based PC and a Mavericks equipped Mac. I even wrote an article about it on another site: Fixing Windows & OS X Filesharing Slowness (SMB2). Since then I have reinstalled the desktop PC with a fresh install of Windows 8.1. Without the fixes mentioned in the article I linked above. I also tried transferring files using a beta version of Yosemite and it seems to work much better now. I still use the same network and infrastructure. So if you have SMB issues with your Mac and Windows computer. Maybe try upgrading…
  • Complained about Apple Hold Music, Tim Cook fixed it.

    bjokib
    12 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Here is a story originating from reddit. Apparently a guy was calling Apple to setup an repair. While being on hold the music quality was horrible and in low quality. So he sent of an e-mail to Tim Cook as any of us would do right? Complaining about the music sound quality while being on hold. To his surprise a woman from Cupertino called him up and said that Tim Cook had called himself and agreed on the bad sound quality promising a fix.  When Steve Jobs was alive he some times answered e-mails from customers. Apparently Tim is also doing that to some extent. I think it is good that the…
  • Looking for All About Apple?

    bjokib
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    Hi there, All about Apple was moved a few years ago to another domain. It is hosted here now: http://bjokib.com I have some plans for this site but time is not something that is easy to come by. Sorry for the inconvenience. The post Looking for All About Apple? appeared first on All About Apple.
 
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    MacMyth

  • Apple’s New Position for ApplePay Site Reliability Engineer

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:35 am
    The latest Apple mobile payment service was launched in October with a few official partners and has signed on around 500 new banks since the announcement of Apple Pay. It was reported that Apple... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • TAG Heuer – Plans to Bring Branded Smartwatch in Market

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    TAG Heuer, the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer has recently announced their plans to bring a branded smartwatch in the market with unnamed tech companies, which is a move to spur on in part with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Manage Your iCloud Storage and Backups

    14 Dec 2014 | 7:40 pm
    iCloud Backup – Feature Designed in iOS Apple is aware that device backups tend to be useful when the process is regular and automatic; hence the feature is designed in iOS and managed by iCloud. ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Redesigned YouTube App for Apple TV

    13 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    Google recently unveiled a redesigned YouTube app for AppleTV along with a variety of new features while Apple too added four more channels including one from the popular mixed martial art league UFC... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Apples’ – Free One Hour Coding Workshops

    11 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Apple will be hosting for the second consecutive year, a free one hour coding workshops at its retail stores around the world, as part of the Hour of Code movement enabling accessible programming to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    AppLecture: Apple News and Rumors

  • Android vs iOS: Highlighting Some Major User Differences

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

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

    Michael Wilson
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:24 am
    Smartphones have changed our lives in little over half a decade and everyday a new smartphone arrives on the market. In fact, in the UK we’re soon expecting smartphones to account for 75% of the phones in use. Now, even […]
  • Smart Marketers Magazine – Reveal The Real Secret To Business Secret

    Michael Wilson
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    Smart Marketers Magazine is a monthly publication written by digital marketers for digital marketers. With their new app, they aim to bring you all the industry news to fit to print in one easy location. Enjoy reading the best articles […]
  • 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 […]
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    AllTimeMac

  • iPhone 6 Plus VS Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Battle of the Titans

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

    Dipesh Timilsina
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:08 pm
    People buy and sell stolen iPhone all the time. Buyers who are unaware that the stolen iPhone they have bought from eBay suffer sooner or later thanks to “Where’s My iPhone” Activation Lock. The true owner of stolen iPhone can at any time remotely erase, lock and disable iPhone using iCloud service. Buying used iPhone has always been a risky task. Not so from now. Apple has just introduced a new iCloud tool which will let you check it the iPhone you are buying is stolen or not. The tool is simple to use. All you have to do is enter iPhone’s (or any Apple device with…
  • 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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    MacHow2

  • OmniPlan For Mac Review

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

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

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

    MacHow2
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:42 am
    PowerPoint remains the presentation tool of choice for most Mac users so we’ve taken a look at the best PowerPoint templates for Mac. Microsoft Office doesn’t include many decent default templates so here are some ways to spice-up your presentations with a variety of different paid and free PowerPoint templates for Mac downloads. Note that these PowerPoint templates for Mac work on Windows as well so they’re also suitable for PC users. Most of these PowerPoint templates you simply drag into your Microsoft Office Templates folder and they’re then ready to use whether…
  • The Best CAD Software For Mac

    MacHow2
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am
    Macs are excellent computers for CAD so we’ve taken an in-depth look at the very best CAD software for Mac. Although there is still considerably less CAD software on Mac than PC, the tide is slowly changing. Macs have traditionally been more popular for Desktop Publishing Software than CAD but there’s plenty available now and the main problem you’ll have is choosing the best CAD software for your Mac to fit your needs. Sure, Mac CAD programs still lack some of the functionality of Windows software but the differences are now minor. There are many options out there but…
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    Appleitis

  • App Review: Papers, Please

    Roger McAllister
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    Papers, Please is a certified hit on the PC platform, and this gripping game is now available for you to enjoy on mobile devices, albeit as an iPad exclusive. One that has been flawlessly ported to the tablet. If you’re unfamiliar with the hit title, then read on. The idea is all about working on […] The post App Review: Papers, Please appeared first on Appleitis.
  • iPhone 6 Topped Google Searches In 2014

    Eric B. Nelson
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:17 am
    Google has just released its annual trending online searches for the year, and the iPhone 6 easily took the first position in the Consumer Electronics category. The Apple smartphone was followed by the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Nexus 6, the Moto G, the Samsung Note 4, the fan favorite LG G3 and the Xbox One […] The post iPhone 6 Topped Google Searches In 2014 appeared first on Appleitis.
  • Jony Ivy Has Not Worked On Apple Watch, Says Designer

    Tommy Battles
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:13 am
    A bit of an interesting twist. It appears that the new hire Marc Newson is responsible for how the Apple Watch looks and feels, not Jonathan Ivy, as many had believed. Jony Ivy as he is known is the one credit for almost all of Apple’s industrial designs. But according to this interview, the revered […] The post Jony Ivy Has Not Worked On Apple Watch, Says Designer appeared first on Appleitis.
  • Apple Closes Business In Russia As Ruble Falls By 19%

    Stephanie Williams
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:07 am
    Things just aren’t going well in Russia. Apple has temporarily closed business operations in the country, with company official confirming the move and apologizing to users. And the reason? The extreme fluctuations of ruble — the Russian currency just plummeted 19% today, and the value surpassed a ratio of 80:1 compared to the US dollar […] The post Apple Closes Business In Russia As Ruble Falls By 19% appeared first on Appleitis.
  • Mac OSX Wallpaper: The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies

    Rob E.B.
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:17 pm
      The Hobbit Battle Of the Five Armies is scheduled to hit theaters in the USA on December 17th. In anticipation of this awesome finale, here is some HD wallpaper for your OSX system.   Download and display proudly. The post Mac OSX Wallpaper: The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies appeared first on Appleitis.
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