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  • My 10 Favorite Features in Mac OS X Yosemite

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    Terry White
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It’s hard to believe that we’re on the 11th major version of Mac OS X, but we’re here. Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite has been released and like its predecessor, it’s a FREE download if you have a compatible Mac. Also just like the last few versions of Mac OS X, Yosemite is more evolutionary than revolutionary. Although I update to stay up to date, I also look at each version to see “what will this new Mac OS X do for me?” There are usually hundreds of new features/tweaks. However, there are usually only a handful that impact my day to day use. Yosemite is no…
  • Slices of Apple episode 10: Polishing the Apple

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    Victor Agreda Jr
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Slices of Apple is a documentary series exploring the success of Apple as a company. It seeks to educate business leaders, entrepreneurs and laypeople about how Apple keeps delivering consistently great products. In this episode of Slices of Apple...
  • The Week in iPhone Cases: Extreme protection, yet still functional

    Macworld
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Extreme protection, yet still functionalNo matter how careful you try to be, accidents can strike when you least expect it. This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features a number of protective picks that can help you keep your phone safe in any environment.AmzerThe Crusta (iPhone 5, 5S, 6, and 6 Plus; $45) features a unique four-layer structure designed to withstand even the harshest conditions.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • First Third-Party SSD With Native OS X TRIM Support Launched by Angelbird

    MacRumors
    Eric Slivka
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    With the growing popularity and declining cost of solid-state drives (SSDs) for Macs and other personal computers, users have becoming increasingly interested in putting third-party SSDs into their machines. But one issue Mac users have been running into involves support for TRIM, a system-level command that allows the operating system and the drive to communicate about which areas of the drive are considered unused and thus ready to be erased and rewritten to. Without TRIM, writes to the drive can see significant slowdowns as the system must read and erase each block on the fly before…
  • AAPL closes week on all-time high ahead of dividends payout

    MacNN
    1 Nov 2014 | 12:19 am
    Shareholders of record in AAPL as of November 6 will receive a dividend of 47 cents per share once again in the second dispersal of revenue since the stock was split 7-to-1 last June. The company will pay out some $2.75 billion in dividends on 5.866 billion outstanding shares -- about 800 million fewer shares than seen before the aggressive share buyback program started last year. The stock closed the week at an all-time record high of $108 per share for the second week running....
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  • AAPL closes week on all-time high ahead of dividends payout

    1 Nov 2014 | 12:19 am
    Shareholders of record in AAPL as of November 6 will receive a dividend of 47 cents per share once again in the second dispersal of revenue since the stock was split 7-to-1 last June. The company will pay out some $2.75 billion in dividends on 5.866 billion outstanding shares -- about 800 million fewer shares than seen before the aggressive share buyback program started last year. The stock closed the week at an all-time record high of $108 per share for the second week running....
  • Apple facing India lawsuit over similar 'iFon' trademark

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:23 pm
    In a case somewhat similar to the Mexican lawsuit that successfully argued that an earlier "iFone" trademark superseded Apple's mark, a company called iVoice Enterprises is India is challenging Apple's iPhone trademark. The company was at work on a low-cost mobile phone for India that was dubbed the "India phone" or "iFon," but never came to market as partners backed out and the deal collapsed shortly after Apple announced the iPhone in January 2007....
  • Hands On: Facetune (iOS and Android)

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:19 pm
    There are few things that tend to make someone feel as chagrined as a bad picture. In a time when social media seems to dictate that we have pictures of ourselves plastered all over the Internet, Facetune by Lightricks promises to help eliminate the embarrassment of blemishes in pictures by using a battery of advanced photo-editing tools....
  • HP, Michael Bastian unveil MB Chronowing designer smartwatch

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:08 pm
    HP has revealed its attempt to take on the smartphone market, with a device it collaborated on with designer Michael Bastian. The MB Chronowing attempts to bridge the style of luxury watches with the basic functionality of a smartwatch, with the main monochrome display split into a small round clock face area with digital hands, while the rest is used to provide extra information....
  • Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win a set of A-Audio: Elite HD Earphones

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Ah, is that? Yes, yes, we think it is! The sweet sound of success, the sweet sound of freedom and victory over evil. The end of this journey has come. The Trick or Treat giveaway is over, but first we have one last treat to hand out. We have a set of A-Audio: Elite HD earphones to give to one lucky reader. We bet that sounds pretty sweet too....
 
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  • New Outlook for Mac available to Office 365 customers

    Office 365 Team
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today we are announcing the new Outlook for the Mac, which delivers improved performance and reliability and a fresh look and feel that is unmistakably Microsoft Office. This release offers a more familiar and consistent experience between Outlook on the PC, Outlook on the web and Outlook Web App (OWA) for iPad, iPhone and Android devices. The new Outlook for Mac includes: Better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements. A new modern user interface with improved scrolling and agility when switching between Ribbon tabs. Online archive support…
  • Apps for Outlook.com—extending the developer opportunity

    Outlook Team
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Today’s post was written by Pretish Abraham, principal program manager lead for the Outlook team. Yesterday, at Inbox Love, we announced an exciting new opportunity for developers: Apps for Outlook.com. Next spring, Outlook.com will support third-party apps that will allow users to be more productive than ever, and will allow developers to share their app with our 400 million active customers. The best part, you can start building your apps now—for Outlook Web App—and they’ll work with Outlook.com come spring 2015. So what exactly do we mean by Apps for Outlook.com? Last March, we…
  • Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 021 about our announcements at TechEd Europe

    Office 365 Team
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    In this episode, Jeremy Thake talks with Brian Jones about all the announcements we made this week at TechEd Europe. http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP21_BrianJones.mp3 Download the podcast.  Show Notes New Office 365 extensibility for Windows, iOS, Android and web developers API Sandbox Example Mail API documentation with “TRY” button Office Dev – Getting Started Office Dev – Training Got questions or comments about the show? Join the O365 Dev Podcast on the Office 365 Technical Network. The podcast RSS has been submitted to all the stores and…
  • New Lync for Mac adds Media Resiliency, Conversation History and OS X Yosemite support

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

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

  • The Retina iMac: It’s All about the Screen

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Apple’s new iMac with Retina 5K display is gorgeous and priced reasonably, but not necessary for ordinary Mac mortals. After spending a few weeks with a loaner, Julio Ojeda-Zapata explains why he won’t be buying one, while simultaneously recommending that anyone else who is interested go look at it in person. 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…
  • FunBITS: Fruit Ninja Meets… Ghostbusters?

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    An iOS classic gets a breath of new life with an infusion of another classic franchise: Ghostbusters. Sure, it’s a gimmick, but the game is still fun, and it’s an excuse to watch the movies again as well. 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…
  • How to Capture iOS Device Video in Yosemite

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    QuickTime Player 10.4 in Yosemite enables you to make movies of onscreen actions on iOS devices. Michael Cohen explains how it works. 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: Apple CEO Tim Cook: “I’m proud to be gay.”

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    In a first-person piece posted on Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook writes, “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay.” He goes on to explain why he decided to make this fact public. “I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their…
  • Apple Demands Removal of PCalc’s Today View Widget

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    Apple has arbitrarily demanded the removal of one of iOS 8’s coolest Today view widgets. If Apple wants developer trust, it needs to lay out the rules clearly. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.
 
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    TUAW

  • Slices of Apple episode 10: Polishing the Apple

    Victor Agreda Jr
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Slices of Apple is a documentary series exploring the success of Apple as a company. It seeks to educate business leaders, entrepreneurs and laypeople about how Apple keeps delivering consistently great products. In this episode of Slices of Apple...
  • iAnnotate PDF is a solid entry in the PDF markup app category

    Mel Martin
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    iAnnotate (US$9.99) is a full-featured iPad app for marking up PDF files with highlighting, diagrams, notes, and even audio comments. Standout features include the ability to markup DOC and PPT files as well as PDF documents. The app allows you to...
  • Starbucks announces delivery service to boost mobile app usage

    Kelly Hodgkins
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    During Starbucks' recent Q3 2014 earnings conference call, CEO Howard Schultz announced the company's plan to offer a delivery service starting next year, reports USA Today. Schultz failed to provide details about the service, but the initiative...
  • Dark Dock, light menus -- it's possible with this Yosemite hack

    Steven Sande
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A few weeks ago our very own Mel Martin pointed out that you can enable the new "dark mode" in OS X Yosemite simply by going to System Preferences > General and checking the "Use Dark Menu and Dock" box. But what if you're Mr. Fussypants, love the...
  • Scare yourself silly with these horror games discounted for Halloween

    Kelly Hodgkins
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    It's Halloween here in the United States, which means it time to get dressed up in your best costume and head out for some fright-filled fun. Save some money while you get spooky and scary with these popular horror apps, which have been discounted...
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    MacRumors

  • First Third-Party SSD With Native OS X TRIM Support Launched by Angelbird

    Eric Slivka
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    With the growing popularity and declining cost of solid-state drives (SSDs) for Macs and other personal computers, users have becoming increasingly interested in putting third-party SSDs into their machines. But one issue Mac users have been running into involves support for TRIM, a system-level command that allows the operating system and the drive to communicate about which areas of the drive are considered unused and thus ready to be erased and rewritten to. Without TRIM, writes to the drive can see significant slowdowns as the system must read and erase each block on the fly before…
  • Court Rules Police Can Force Users to Unlock iPhones With Fingerprints, But Not Passcodes

    Juli Clover
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    A Circuit Court judge in Virginia has ruled that fingerprints are not protected by the Fifth Amendment, a decision that has clear privacy implications for fingerprint-protected devices like newer iPhones and iPads. According to Judge Steven C. Fucci, while a criminal defendant can't be compelled to hand over a passcode to police officers for the purpose of unlocking a cellular device, law enforcement officials can compel a defendant to give up a fingerprint. The Fifth Amendment states that "no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself," which protects…
  • Trent Reznor Working on 'Challenging' Music Delivery Project at Apple

    Juli Clover
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, who serves as Chief Creative Officer of Beats Music, became an Apple employee alongside Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre when Apple acquired Beats back in May. In a new interview with Billboard, Reznor revealed that he joined the company because Apple was "interested in tapping his creative energy" and that he's currently working on designing a product related to music delivery for Apple. According to Reznor, no one has hit "the right formula" when it comes to streaming music. Beats Music co-founder Jimmy Iovine with Trent Reznor, image courtesy of USA Today"I…
  • Microsoft Launches New Outlook for Mac, Next Office for Mac Suite Coming in Second Half of 2015

    Eric Slivka
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Microsoft today announced the immediate launch of a new Outlook for Mac for Office 365 users, bringing a new look and a number of improvements as leaked earlier this week.The new Outlook for Mac includes: - Better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements. - A new modern user interface with improved scrolling and agility when switching between Ribbon tabs. - Online archive support for searching Exchange (online or on-premises) archived mail. - Master Category List support and enhancements delivering access to category lists (name and color) and…
  • Apple's Jony Ive Talks Apple Watch at SFMOMA Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony

    Kelly Hodgkins
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Apple design chief Jony Ive on Thursday was honored by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in an event that celebrated Ive's 2014 Bay Area Treasure Award. The award, bestowed by the Modern Art Council (MAC), recognizes creative individuals who have influenced visual culture. "Ive is our generation’s most innovative and influential figure in the field of industrial design—no other design mind has done more to transform the way we visualize and share information," said SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra. "SFMOMA was the first museum on the West Coast to establish a department of architecture…
 
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    Macworld

  • An app a day helps a teacher stay sane: How your iPad can keep kids on track

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Step up your tech game this school yearThe school year is well under way, and teachers can use all the help they can get when it comes to keeping kids focused. The right iPad apps let teachers create dazzling lessons, quickly update parents, and stay organized without going crazy. If you're a teacher, you know the struggle is real. These apps barely scratch the surface of the creative and organizational tools the iPad has to offer, but we found the best ones to help you manage the time for what you actually want to do: teach.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click…
  • The Week in iPhone Cases: Extreme protection, yet still functional

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Extreme protection, yet still functionalNo matter how careful you try to be, accidents can strike when you least expect it. This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features a number of protective picks that can help you keep your phone safe in any environment.AmzerThe Crusta (iPhone 5, 5S, 6, and 6 Plus; $45) features a unique four-layer structure designed to withstand even the harshest conditions.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Microsoft says new Office for Mac due in 2015, unveils new Outlook app

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    It’s been four long years since Microsoft released the last version of Office for the Mac, in 2010. And it will be one more before the next version arrives, Microsoft said Friday. But to tide you over until then, there’s a new version of Outlook. Although Microsoft released the latest version of its email client on Friday, the roadmap to the next version of Office is the real news. In the first half of 2015, Microsoft will release a public beta version of Office for Mac, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. In the second half of 2015, the company said, Microsoft will ship…
  • Swedish hacker finds 'serious' vulnerability in OS X Yosemite

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    A white-hat hacker from Sweden says he’s found a serious security hole in Apple’s Yosemite OS X that could allow an attacker to take control of your computer. Emil Kvarnhammar, a hacker at Swedish security firm Truesec, calls the vulnerability “rootpipe” and has explained how he found it and how you can protect against it. It’s a so-called privilege escalation vulnerability, which means that even without a password an attacker could gain the highest level of access on a machine, known as root access. From there, the attacker has full control of the system. It affects the newest OS X…
  • Court rules cops can demand fingerprints, not passcodes, to unlock smartphones

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    If police suspect that you’ve committed a crime, the odds are pretty good that they’ll want to search your smartphone for evidence. Whether they can actually search your phone depends on the security method you’ve picked—if any—to protect the device. Use Touch ID? Turn over those fingerprints. Have a passcode? You’re home-free.A Virginia Circuit Court decided this week that cops can’t make you cough up your smartphone passcode because it violates the 5th Amendment, which bars the state from forcing you to incriminate yourself. Fingerprints are a different story, The…
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    MacTech News

  • New Outlook for Mac available to Office 365 customers

    dsellers
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    Microsoft has announced the new Outlook for the Mac, which the company says delivers improved performance and reliability and a fresh look and feel "that is unmistakably Microsoft Office." According to Microsoft, the new Outlook for Mac includes: ° Better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements. ° A new modern user interface with improved scrolling and agility when switching between Ribbon tabs. ° Online archive support for searching Exchange (online or on-premises) archived mail. read more
  • Business Card Shop 6 for Mac OS X adds over 15 new features

    dsellers
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Chronos has announced Business Card Shop 6, an upgrade to its business card software for OS X. The new version requires Mac OS X Yosemite and includes 3D headlines and QR Codes to increase the impact and effectiveness of cards. In all, over 15 new features have been added. Business Card Shop supports 700+ card stocks including those from Avery, PaperDirect, NEATO, and more. It comes with over 195 pre-designed templates for over 195 different professions. It also comes with a collection of artwork (over 1.4 GB in size) from artists all over the world.   read more
  • LinkOptimizer optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite

    dsellers
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.28, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. LinkOptimizer lets you reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data, performing essential image adjustments and converting file formats. The new version delivers Mac OS X Yosemite compatibility. read more
  • Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) revved to version 8.0.1

    dsellers
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.0.1 (http://cocktail.maintain.se), a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with Yosemite. It addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to clear DNS cache, fixes compatibility issues with EtreCheck and contains other bug fixes and improvements. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer. read more
  • Seth Rogen to play Steve 'Woz' Wozniak

    dsellers
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak alongside Christian Bale, who has been cast in the role of Steve Jobs in Sony’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, reports "Variety" (http://bit.ly/1vltQvl). The film is based on Walter Isaacson’s book and adapted by Aaron Sorkin, writer of "West Wing," "The Social Network," and more.  Steve Jobs will be the second film based on the life of the late Apple co-founder and CEO. Open Road’s 2011 film, "Jobs," starring Ashton Kutcher in the title role, was critically drubbed and made only US$35 million worldwide.
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    Touch Arcade

  • The TouchArcade Show - 179 - Only $9.99 a Month

    Eli Hodapp
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    We've got a special guest this week who I'm totally not going to spoil, you're just going to have to listen to the podcast. We kick stuff off with some wrestling chat, so if that kind of thing grinds your gears just skip forward to about fifteen minutes in. After that, we talk about a ton of iOS games and go over the news of the week, it's a long one too. 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 links…
  • TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Drift'n'Drive'

    Jared Nelson
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:32 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: 10/31/14 - 'Ghost Blade', 'Sleep Attack TD', 'Super Glyph Quest' and 'Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge

    Eli Hodapp
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Another solid week under our belts, friends. We've got a really great action game that uses swipe controls in a way that actually doesn't suck, a tower defense game that somehow manages to feel fresh, an awesome to a sequel to an already good puzzle game, and a spin-off of one of our favorite games ever? Sign me up. Here's the list of our best reviewed games this week: Ghost Blade, $4.99 [Review] - Ghost Blade is without question the finest example of stylish action available on iOS to date, and an essential pick-up for any fan of action games. It has a few rough edges, with the tutorials…
  • Halloween Update Roundup: 'Trials Frontier', 'Lion Pig', 'Jack B. Nimble' and More

    Jared Nelson
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Today is Halloween, and as is usual with holidays or seasonal events, there's no shortage of iOS games that have updated with special content to commemorate the occasion. There are far too many Halloween updates to list them all individually, and even Apple themselves have reserved a special Halloween section in the App Store to highlight many of them. Be sure to check that out, but for this particular feature I've focused on three Halloween updates to games that are personal favorites of mine, and might otherwise have flown under the radar. Check 'em out, and if there are any other Halloween…
  • Whitaker Trebella Announces His Third Game, 'Piloteer'

    Carter Dotson
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Whitaker Trebella has just announced his third self-developed title, Piloteer, is in development. People praying for his next game to not have a 'p' title after Pivvot [$2.99] and Polymer [$2.99] will find themselves plenty peeved by the persistent p-usage. Details are rather light, as he's just announced the game's title and a bit of art, but we do know the game is coming to mobile. And his Twitter feed is full of 3D work in Blender, so it's quite possible that we can expect that. Trebella has made a nice name for himself as a developer with the well-regarded Pivvot and Polymer, his first…
 
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    Ars Technica » Infinite Loop

  • Virginia judge: Police can demand a suspect unlock a phone with a fingerprint

    Megan Geuss
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    A Virginia Circuit Court judge ruled on Thursday that a person does not need to provide a passcode to unlock their phone for the police. The court also ruled that demanding a suspect to provide a fingerprint to unlock a phone would be constitutional. The ruling calls into question the privacy of some iPhone 5S, 6, and 6 Plus users who have models equipped with TouchID, the fingerprint sensor that allows the user—and ideally only the user—to unlock the phone. It is possible for users to turn TouchID unlocking off and simply use a passcode, and Apple has provided certain extra protections…
  • New Outlook for Mac shines, but licensing confusion gets in the way

    Lee Hutchinson
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Mac users tired of their neglected four-year-old version of Outlook can heave a sigh of relief this morning, as Microsoft has released a new version of Outlook. Dubbed simply "Outlook for Mac," the upgraded release includes several standout features from the PC version of Outlook that Mac users have been forced to go without—and, unfortunately, it also brings with it a few features that Mac users probably wish would stay on the PC. It's my inbox! As with many other companies, complaining about T&E and reimbursements is a popular topic at Ars. There’s a caveat, though: the new version…
  • Why is the new iMac 5K instead of 4K? It’s all about the video, baby

    Lee Hutchinson
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    My gamut measurement of the Retina iMac's screen. Unfortunately, the 1931 CIE diagram produced by our measuring software is "non-uniform and obsolete." I originally wanted to devote at least one story to a qualitative analysis of the Retina iMac’s screen, including a list of physical measurements (gamut, gamma, intensity, and anything else I could measure). However, although I measured like a crazy fiend, my hopes of a constructive analysis were dashed when my expert—Dr. Ray Soneira of DisplayMate—told me that the data gathered was mostly unusable. Primarily, it's due to my choice of…
  • Scare your neighbors with a spooky Halloween network name

    Lee Aylward
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Spoooooooky! Earlier today, Ars IT editor Sean Gallagher was doing some scary things with wireless when he discovered someone probing for a Wi-Fi network with a name that appeared to be something un-parseable. I theorized that it was actually something in Unicode that Wireshark wasn't parsing properly. "So someone has a Unicode SSID?" Gallagher asked, incredulous. That's the strangest SSID I've ever seen. Sean Gallagher I was inspired. I wanted a Unicode SSID—one that could match the season and give my network name a seasonal gothic flare. So I set out to see if I could do it with my own…
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook writes: “I’m proud to be gay”

    Casey Johnston
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Apple CEO Tim Cook speaking during a September 2012 media event. Nathan Mattise / Ars Technica After years of speculation and debate about the seemingly open secret of Apple CEO Tim Cook's sexuality, Cook himself finally addressed the matter in an editorial in Bloomberg Businessweek Thursday. "I’ve come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important. That’s what has led me to today," Cook wrote. "While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be…
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  • A Week With Apple Pay

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:09 am
    Further Reading Not because Apple is a huge and influential company, but because the timing is right.
  • Why So Many American Retailers Are Fighting To Freeze Out Apple Pay

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    MCX — the coalition of retailers at the heart of recent decisions to block Apple Pay — says it could eventually embrace that technology that drives Apple ’s brand new payments service. But it seems that coalition will continue to freeze out Apple Pay.
  • ​The Horrible No Good Apple Pay War No One Signed Up For

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

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Consumers are just starting to use Apple Pay to make purchases at cash registers and online stores. But Apple representatives have also talked to potential partners about using the technology behind Apple Pay for other sorts of transactions, including building security access and accepting tickets at public transit turnstiles.
  • Apple Once Loved Unknown Bands, What Changed?

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    But that September, Apple released its most impactful ad since it unveiled the Macintosh .
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    MacStories

  • Nintendo, One Year Later

    Federico Viticci
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    Lukas Mathis, checking back after a year on the idea that Nintendo should drop consoles and make games for iOS: Now, one year later, Nintendo just announced that it made a quarterly profit of 24.2 billion yen (about 224 million US$). Ars Technica notes that this is mainly due to strong sales of its first-party titles, mostly on the 3DS. However, even the Wii U is starting to show sustainable game sales numbers. So far, Mario Kart 8 sold roughly 3 million copies on the Wii U, and it continues to sell well. At 60 US$ a piece, it’s not clear to me that Nintendo could make the same amount…
  • Apple No Longer Rejecting iOS 8 Calculator Widgets

    Federico Viticci
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    According to TechCrunch, Apple has changed its mind on calculator widgets for iOS 8 following yesterday's PCalc news: But now we’re hearing that Apple is changing its course. The PCalc app and widget will remain in the App Store, and all calculator-type widgets will be allowed as well, an Apple spokesperson has confirmed to us. From our understanding, the calculator use case was not one that Apple had anticipated, which is why an App Store reviewer originally explained to Thomson that he would need to adjust the app, or risk being pulled from the App Store. James Thomson still hasn't…
  • Spotify Brings New Design, Your Music to iPad App

    Federico Viticci
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Spotify updated their iPad app this morning, bringing a long-awaited design refresh in line with iOS 7 and the company's iPhone app, which received a drastic redesign back in April. On top of visual changes, Spotify also brought the service's music collection feature, called Your Music, to the iPad. The new Spotify for iPad keeps the app's split-pane navigation (introduced in 2012 and highly reminiscent of Twitter's original iPad app), allowing you to see multiple columns with lists of albums, artists, or songs at the same time. The app's graphical assets have been updated to drop 3D effects,…
  • Tim Cook: I’m Proud to be Gay

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

    Federico Viticci
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    As tweeted by PCalc developer James Thomson today, he will be forced to remove the app's iOS 8 widget. Following an approval that saw PCalc 3.3 launch alongside iOS 8 and a feature in Apple's “Great Apps for iOS 8” App Store section, the company has informed Thomson that “Notification Center widgets on iOS cannot perform any calculations”. Curious app rejections aren't new to the App Store, but being forced to remove a feature that was approved, featured by the App Store team, and appreciated by thousands of users is a different story. As Thomson tweeted, he invested…
 
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  • Najarian: Apple stock headed to $120 per share

    MacDailyNews
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:40 pm
    “After hitting a new all-time high on Friday, Apple stock has what it needs to continue its climb higher, OptionMonster’s Pete Najarian said,” Bruno J. Navarro reports for CNBC. “‘I think it’s going to $110,’ he said. ‘I’ve said it for a long time, and now I’m starting to shift and think it’s going even higher because the stock has already moved off of this record launch that they had of this iPhone, when you look at the 6 and 6 Plus, internationally now 60 percent of their revenue drawn from that aspect of it as well,'”…
  • CurrentC, MCX retailers’ answer to Apple Pay, faces doom

    MacDailyNews
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    “It’s as if the Three Stooges had been given the assignment of introducing a new and safer way for consumers to pay at some of the biggest retail stores. CurrentC is the new smartphone payment system from a consortium of retailers, including Best Buy, WalMart, Target and Sears, all hurting from poor sales,” Jefferson Graham writes for USA Today. “The system is currently being test-marketed at some “confidential” locations. And this week, the company behind it had to admit some really damaging news: the system has already been hacked. Before it’s even…
  • Apple shares hit new all-time intraday and closing highs

    MacDailyNews
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL) rose $1.02, or 0.95%, to close at $108.00, a new all-time closing high. Apple’s previous all-time closing high stood at $107.34, set on October 29, 2014.   Apple today also set a new all-time intraday high of $108.04. Apple’s previous all-time intraday high was $107.37, set during trading on October 29, 2014.   Apple’s 52-week low stands at $70.51.   Apple, the world’s most valuable company, currently has a market value of $633.40 billion.   The top five U.S. publicly-traded companies, based on market value: 1. Apple (AAPL)…
  • Trent Reznor on Apple secret project

    MacDailyNews
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    “Next May, Trent Reznor turns 50. ‘It’s with some sense of dread,’ he says dryly,” Joe Levy reports for Billboard. “During his time on the road, Apple finalized its Beats acquisition for an estimated $3 billion. Reznor was chief creative officer of the Beats Music streaming service, and when he returned home to Los Angeles, Apple was interested in tapping his creative energy” “‘That’s flattering, as a life-long Apple consumer and fan and advocate,’ says Reznor, who studied computer engineering during his three semesters in…
  • Virginia police can now force you to unlock your smartphone with your fingerprint

    MacDailyNews
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    “A Virginia circuit court judge ruled this week that smartphone users can be compelled to give up their fingerprint, but not their passcodes, allowing police to search their devices,” Zack Whittaker reports for ZDNet. “A fingerprint — used by a number of devices, like the latest iPhones, iPads, and Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets — does not fall within these protections, which Judge Steven C. Frucci likened it to handing over a DNA sample,” Whittaker reports. “There is a caveat, however. If a device is locked by both a fingerprint and a passcode, the…
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  • Apple Employees Tell Us What it’s Like to Work with Tim Cook

    Kraig Becker
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    It isn’t often that we get a look at the inner workings of Apple – a company that is incredibly secretive about its operations. But the question “What is it like to work with Tim Cook?” was posted to Q&A website Quora awhile back, and surprisingly enough, several Apple employees posted candid and insightful responses. Speaking under the guise of anonymity, their answers peel off just a sliver of the veil of secrecy that surrounds the Cupertino tech giant, and give us a glimpse of what it is like to work directly with the boss himself.  The first person to answer the…
  • ‘Run Sackboy! Run!’ Reunites Us With LittleBigPlanet’s Hero

    Noemi Tasarra-Twigg
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Remember that little knitted creature in the popular game LittleBigPlanet? The game’s name is so apt because as little as the creatures may seem, the game became quite big it had 3 versions for the PlayStation plus other versions. If you’ve been playing more on your iPhone or iPad, and you were a big fan of LittleBigPlanet, we have some good news for you! PlayStation Mobile Inc. just released an iOS game featuring LittleBigPlanet’s knitted hero: Run Sackboy! Run! It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what the game is all about: running through a world full…
  • Don’t Expect WhatsApp Voice Calls Till Early 2015

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

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

    Noemi Tasarra-Twigg
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Mobile phone addicts, if you want to deal with your problem, and you have gone past the first stage of acceptance, then there’s an app for you. That’s no typo up there, because there really is an app for that: the Mr Offlime cure iPhone addiction app. Ironic as it may seem, Mr Offlime has to be installed on your phone to work. It’s a gamified app tracks how much time you spend doing things on your phone such as playing Bejeweled Blitz, Game of War, Clash of Clans, Diner Dash, or whatever floats your boat. Developed by a Japanese team comprised of a programmer, designer, and…
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  • Circuit court ruling states that police can require fingerprint, not pass code, for cell phone entry

    Chris Barylick
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    This could open up a whole new can of worms. According to HamptonRoads.com, a Virginia Beach, Virginia, Circuit Court judge has ruled that a criminal defendant can be compelled to give up his fingerprint, but not his pass code, to allow police to open and search his cell phone. The question of whether a phone’s pass code is constitutionally protected surfaced in the case of David Baust, an Emergency Medical Services captain charged in February with trying to strangle his girlfriend. Prosecutors had said video equipment in Baust’s bedroom may have recorded the couple’s fight…
  • Walgreens weighs in on Apple Pay, CurrentC conflict, offers snarky response to competitors CVS and Rite Aid

    Chris Barylick
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    It’s not a huge step in the squabble between Apple and retail chains like CVS and Rite Aid who are opting out of Apple Pay to keep using CurrentC, but it is another chain taking advantage of the conflict. Per The Unofficial Apple Weblog, CVS competitor Walgreens has chosen its weapon for the battle, and that weapon is snark. The company is currently promoting the following Tweet on Twitter. Hey, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users! The choice is yours: Use #ApplePay today at any of our stores! Hopefully this becomes a Twitter war, with CVS throwing shade at Walgreens for still selling cigarettes.
  • Rumor: Seth Rogen to play Steve Wozniak in upcoming Steve Jobs bioic

    Chris Barylick
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    You may love or hate Seth Rogen, but it looks like he’ll be playing the Woz. According to MacRumors and Variety, Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak alongside Christian Bale, who has been cast in the role of Steve Jobs in Sony’s upcoming Jobs biopic. Rogen will have the opportunity to get advice directly from Wozniak, who is working as a consultant on the film. Rogen is a popular actor who has starred in movies like Neighbors, Pineapple Express, Knocked Up and This Is the End. While Rogen often stars in comedic films, he has demonstrated his ability to do more serious work in…
  • AT&T admits to testing “unique tracker” on smartphones, offers opt-out option

    Chris Barylick
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    This isn’t the best news. According to Forbes, wireless carriers Verizon and AT&T have ceded that they’re tagging their customers with unique codes that are visible to third parties, making smartphone users far easier to track on the Web than they’ve ever been before, targeted advertising being that much easier to create as a result of this. After the findings by researchers, AT&T admitted it’s “testing” a new way of tracking its customers for ad display purposes. “There’s nothing ready to announce,” said AT&T spokesperson Mark Siegel. “We’re still…
  • Apple Pay fans tears down CurrentC’s App Store rating, MCX suggests possible switch to NFC technology

    Chris Barylick
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    The most recent volley in the NFC payment war between Apple Pay and the MCX consortium’s CurrentC mobile payment service has been fired. And it has a lot to do with app reviews. Per 9to5Mac, a number of users have expressed their displeasure with the CurrentC app, at the time of writing, the app having accumulated 2,856 1-star reviews against a total of just 30 reviews giving it 2 stars or more … The movement to boycott merchants who are members of the MCX consortium also seems to be growing in popularity, gaining a Boycott MCX website with a full list of members. When you click on…
 
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  • TechFan #184 – Who’s Watching Me

    Tim Robertson
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Tim, David, and Owen discuss the brouhaha over Apple Pay. David finally gets his iPhone 6, Owen tells us about Verizon’s tracking of users, and Tim buys a couple cheap TVs and an iPad Air 2 Download and listen here RSS Feed for your podcast app Subscribe in iTunes Links: Somebody’s Already Using Verizon’s ID […]
  • “If only…” thoughts on iOS

    Curt Blanchard
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Opinion by Curt Blanchard If only…#1. Here’s a iPhone contradiction. One of the common complaints about the iPhone is that its battery doesn’t allow heavy users to get through a long day without recharging. Yet with each iteration, Apple makes the phone thinner. I think there is room in Apple’s line-up to make, let’s call […]
  • Triple Charging FM Clock Radio – Review

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

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

    The MyMac Podcast
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Guy’s still in Florida? No probe for Gaz as he gets Karl Madden from the Mac & Forth Podcast to join him. They talk about Apple’s fiscal year and their seemingly unstoppable cash generating machine Download the show here RSS Feed for your podcast app Subscribe in iTunes Links: Gaz’s Tip: ctrl + eject brings […]
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  • Why Steve Jobs told Google’s Larry Page he was doing too much

    Cult of Android
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Google’s co-founder Larry Page partook in a wide-ranging interview with the Financial Times, published Friday. Among other topics, he talks about Google’s oppository approach to business compared to Apple — epitomized by a story about Steve Jobs. “He would always…Read more ›
  • iPhone may have to find a new name in India

    Luke Dormehl
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    India is a huge growing market for the iPhone, but a trademark dispute brought by a local Indian company called iVoice Enterprises could throw a wrench in those plans — by attempting to bar Apple from using the handset name it…Read more ›
  • Photographic proof Bale & Rogen will crush Jobs & Woz roles

    Buster Hein
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Seth Rogen has been tapped to play Steve Jobs’ loveable sidekick Woz in the upcoming biopic starring Christian Bale as Apple’s iconic CEO. We don’t know if Rogen’s guttural chuckling will mesh well with Bale’s ferocity, but when it comes…Read more ›
  • Avoid the snooze button with Withings’ Aura smart sleep system

    Staff Writer
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This post is brought to you by Withings, creator of the Withings Aura smart sleep system. Every morning when you wake up, do you hit the snooze button? You’re not the only one. According to a Withings sleep survey, over half Americans…Read more ›
  • This is why you should stop sharing nudes right now

    Rob LeFebvre
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Look, we all love sharing and getting nude photos of people we consensually want to see naked, right? The problem, as this College Humor video notes, is that “some of you assholes keep sharing our nudes.” While the big news…Read more ›
 
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    The Real Mac Genius

  • Customizing Your Mac’s Trackpad

    Joe
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Tapping the track pad in order to click has become a very popular way for selecting application or texts when using a Macintosh. Its popularity comes from the convinces factor of not having to press down completely on the trackpad every time. However, tap to click tends to be annoying for new users, who may find themselves selecting texts or applications when not desired. Other than tap to click, the trackpad has many other potential capabilities like secondary click, zooming, rotating, and a multitude of gestures. To find these trackpad customizations locate your System Preferences…
  • Keyboard Shortcuts 101

    William Chung
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Mac has many keyboard shortcuts that help users save their time to complete various tasks. For example, command+c (Copy) and command+v (Paste), one of the most commonly used pair of shortcuts. However there are many other Shortcuts most users are not aware of. Here’s a few: Command + Control + Option + 8 (For Pranksters)  If you’re already aware of this shortcut, you’ve probably used this to prank your Mac user friends. Through this shortcut, you can invert the colors on your Mac screen. This shortcut was created to help those with visual impairments but it also provides a…
  • YouTube Going Beyond 1080p

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

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

    Marshall
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Meet Woodchuck, where local craftsmanship, quality, and nature are blended together to produce high quality wood products to fit into your lifestyle in the form of cases and skins made out of Cedar, Bamboo, Mahogany, Walnut, and Birch just to name a few. Today we will be taking a look at the Woodchuck iPhone 5s Bamboo Wood Skin as well the Woodchuck MacBook Air Mahogany Wood Skin. In terms of style, you can’t beat Woodchuck. The look and feel of the wood surpasses most other wooden cases that I have come across in the past in both the Mahogany and Bamboo wood types. The edges were perfectly…
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    Daring Fireball

  • On Not Moving On

    John Gruber
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Casey Newton, The Verge: There was a time when I struggled to come to terms with myself; when I felt alone; when I scanned the horizon looking for someone to point the way forward for me. There was a time when the only other gay men I knew were the ones I saw in TV and movies, and they seemed nothing like me. It feels embarrassing to say now that what I wanted back then was a role model — someone confident in himself, powerful, a real leader — to give me permission to be myself. But I very much did. If you don’t think Tim Cook’s coming out yesterday matters, that it’s…
  • Adam Engst on BBEdit 11

    John Gruber
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Adam Engst: Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit 11, a notable upgrade to the venerable text editor that, I’m extremely pleased to say, requires an upgrade fee. Why would I be happy about the opportunity for current users to spend money? Because it reinforces the fact that we are Bare Bones’ customers. We’re the ones that Rich Siegel and company are trying to please. It’s remarkable that an app I first started using in 1992 on System 7 is still going strong today.  ★ 
  • ‘The Life Aquatic’ Trailer in the Style of Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’

    John Gruber
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Nice work by Iván Róbert, mashing up two of my favorite films.  ★ 
  • ‘The Best Bullpen in Baseball Was Him’

    John Gruber
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Loved this take on the Giants’ World Series victory from Adam Kilgore: The Kansas City Royals clung this October to the well-founded belief they owned the most dominant bullpen in the major leagues. On Wednesday night, Madison Bumgarner emerged from the gates of the left field corner at Kauffman Stadium and informed them of their mistake. The best bullpen in baseball, Bumgarner let them know, with no shortage of menace, dangled from his colossal left shoulder. The best bullpen in baseball was him. Bumgarner’s entire postseason performance, culminated with his amazing appearance to…
  • Former Android Leader Andy Rubin Leaving Google

    John Gruber
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Alistair Barr, reporting for the WSJ: Andy Rubin, co-founder and former leader of Google Inc.’s Android mobile business and the current head of its nascent robotics effort, is leaving the Internet giant, the company said Thursday. Mr. Rubin is starting an incubator for startups interested in building technology hardware products. Took a lot longer than I expected, given the acrimonious nature of his being removed as Android’s chief. Maybe he was waiting for stock to vest or something?  ★ 
 
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  • Best iPhone and iPad apps of October

    Simon Sage
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Hopefully you guys are gearing up for a fun-filled Halloween, but we wouldn't let October slip by without rounding up the very best games and best apps for iPhone and iPad that have been released in the last 30 days. We've got a ton of running and racing games this month, plus one of the best RPGs we've seen in the App Store in awhile. There are also lots of high quality creative apps to check out, whether your into music, art, or videography. We're always eager to hear what you guys have installed, so be sure to hit up the comments with your favorite new apps. With that, let's dig into our…
  • Minuum receives largest update yet, brings support for 12 more languages

    Dan Thorp-Lancaster
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Third party keyboard 'Minuum' has received it's largest update yet today. The update contains support for 12 new languages, fifteen new themes, along with some new advanced customization settings. You can find the full change log below: NEW LANGUAGES: German, Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, Russian, Portuguese (BR), Portuguese (EU), Polish, Swedish, Turkish, Czech NEW THEMES: Choose from 15 limited edition FLAG THEMES and other colorful themes! MORE CUSTOMIZATION (Advanced Settings) Turn sounds on/off Turn autocorrect on/off Turn auto-capitalization on/off Turn double-space for punctuation…
  • How to deal with zip files on your iPhone or iPad

    Serenity Caldwell
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Zip files—that is, single-file bundles that contain multiple items—are incredibly useful tools. On my Mac, I use zip files for all sorts of tasks: shrinking document sizes, transferring data from one place to another, and collecting various files together into a single bundle. On the iPhone and iPad, zip files are a bit less convenient, due to iOS's lack of central file system. You can't currently open downloaded files in iCloud Drive, so you're left to rely mostly on third-party apps for viewing, unzipping, and compressing your own zip files. Here are a few of my favorite ways to handle…
  • How to remove a credit card from Apple Pay

    Allyson Kazmucha
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    With Apple Pay you can conveniently and securely make payments online, and for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users, at many merchants that accept NFC payments. Simply add your cards and your on your way. But what if you cancel a card or it's no longer valid? Luckily, removing them from Apple Pay is easy enough! How to delete a card from Apple Pay on iPhone and iPad Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad that contains the Apple Pay card you need to delete. Tap on Passbook & Apple Pay. Tap on the credit card you'd like to delete. Tap on Remove Card — you'll need to scroll all the way…
  • Verizon responds to AT&T by offering more data on $80 & $100 plans, $150 port-in credit

    Dan Thorp-Lancaster
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Craving more data for your money? Verizon has just announced that it is upping data allotment on its midrange More Everything plans for a limited time. $80 will now score you 10GB of data per month, while $100 will net you 15GB. Perhaps even better, the deal isn't limited to new customers; existing More Everything customers can get in on the action too. In addition to the data increase, Verizon is also running a limited promo intended to snag new customers by offering $150 to those who port their numbers over to the carrier in red: In addition, customers who switch to the nation's largest and…
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  • Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

    Soulskill
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    schwit1 writes with news of a Circuit Court decision from Virginia where a judge has ruled that a criminal defendant cannot use Fifth Amendment protections to safeguard a phone that is locked using his or her fingerprint. According to Judge Steven C. Fucci, while a criminal defendant can't be compelled to hand over a passcode to police officers for the purpose of unlocking a cellular device, law enforcement officials can compel a defendant to give up a fingerprint. The Fifth Amendment states that "no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself," which…
  • How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

    timothy
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Nerval's Lobster writes Apple design chief Jony Ive has spent the past several weeks talking up how the Apple Watch is an evolution on many of the principles that guided the evolution of timepieces over the past several hundred years. But the need to recharge the device on a nightly basis, now confirmed by Apple CEO Tim Cook, is a throwback to ye olden days, when a lady or gentleman needed to keep winding her or his pocket-watch in order to keep it running. Watch batteries were supposed to bring "winding" to a decisive end, except for that subset of people who insist on carrying around a…
  • Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

    timothy
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    An anonymous reader writes Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out as gay. While he never hid his sexuality from friends, family, and close co-workers, Cook decided it was time to make it publicly known in the hopes that the information will help others who don't feel comfortable to do so. He said, "I don't consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I've benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their…
  • Tech Giants Donate $750 Million In Goods and Services To Underprivileged Schools

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

    samzenpus
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Nerval's Lobster writes Everybody knows that Apple runs a tight ship when it comes to approving iOS apps for its App Store, rejecting software because it features porn, allows gambling, installs types of executable code, etc. But Apple also denies apps for some pretty esoteric reasons, many of which are only just coming to light. Want to have an App that uses GPS to automatically control a real-world aircraft or automobile? Sorry, that's not allowed, presumably because Apple doesn't want iOS to serve as a drone controller. (Imagine the liability issues.) Also, apps that report your location…
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  • New Outlook for Mac available to Office 365 customers

    dsellers
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    Microsoft has announced the new Outlook for the Mac, which the company says delivers improved performance and reliability and a fresh look and feel "that is unmistakably Microsoft Office." According to Microsoft, the new Outlook for Mac includes: ° Better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements. ° A new modern user interface with improved scrolling and agility when switching between Ribbon tabs. ° Online archive support for searching Exchange (online or on-premises) archived mail. read more
  • Business Card Shop 6 for Mac OS X adds over 15 new features

    dsellers
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Chronos has announced Business Card Shop 6, an upgrade to its business card software for OS X. The new version requires Mac OS X Yosemite and includes 3D headlines and QR Codes to increase the impact and effectiveness of cards. In all, over 15 new features have been added. Business Card Shop supports 700+ card stocks including those from Avery, PaperDirect, NEATO, and more. It comes with over 195 pre-designed templates for over 195 different professions. It also comes with a collection of artwork (over 1.4 GB in size) from artists all over the world.   read more
  • LinkOptimizer optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite

    dsellers
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.28, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. LinkOptimizer lets you reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data, performing essential image adjustments and converting file formats. The new version delivers Mac OS X Yosemite compatibility. read more
  • Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) revved to version 8.0.1

    dsellers
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.0.1 (http://cocktail.maintain.se), a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with Yosemite. It addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to clear DNS cache, fixes compatibility issues with EtreCheck and contains other bug fixes and improvements. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer. read more
  • Kool Tools: BBEdit 11.0

    dsellers
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    Bare Bones Software's BBEdit 11.0, an upgrade to its professional strength HTML and text editor, builds on a modernized foundation with newly overhauled systems for Find Differences, Clippings, and syntax coloring. Plus, it adds dozens of enhancements and new features. read more
 
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  • Star Apps: Daniel Ash

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

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

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

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

    Tuong Nguyen
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    Get superior antivirus protection from one of the most trusted names in the industry for just $37.49.
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  • Halloween Deals: Discounts on Scary Movies, Apps, Apple Accessories, and More

    Juli Clover
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    In celebration of the Halloween holiday, Apple, app developers, and retailers are all offering significant discounts on a range of movies, apps, and Apple accessories. We've rounded up some of the best of the holiday deals, which can be found below. Movies Apple has discounted a slew of scary movies to celebrate Halloween, offering both horror titles and more family-oriented Halloween-themed films at low prices. The complete Saw collection composed of seven movies is available for just $29.99, for example. [Direct Link] A Horror Movies section [Direct Link] in the iTunes Store has more…
  • Mac Mini 2014: Which Model to Buy

    Roman Loyola
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    Whenever Apple talks about the Mac mini—like at the October event in Cupertino—the company always mentions how the Mac mini is a favorite with first-time Mac users. While that may be true, the Mac mini isn't just a computer for newbies. Its combination of affordability, compactness, and performance makes the Mac mini an ideal computer for new and experienced users alike. Apple offers three models of the Mac mini. When shopping the Apple Store, it helps to understand the differences of all three models in the Mac mini line and how they compare to Apple's other Mac offerings, and to know…
  • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Lille, France Soon

    Richard Padilla
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:51 am
    Apple today unveiled its traditional black barriers around its forthcoming store in Lille, France, indicating that is construction is winding down as a grand opening is imminent, reports MacGeneration (Google Translate). The store will contain two levels and span 1400 square meters (roughly 15000 square feet). MacGeneration notes that the store will likely be opened by the end of November, which would mark Apple's eighteenth store in France following the iconic Apple Store Opéra and other locations in cities like Lyon. Apple noted in its earnings conference call last week that it expects to…
  • Refurbished 2014 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Now Available in Apple's Online Store

    Juli Clover
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Apple today added several new models of the current 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro to its online store for refurbished products, marking their first availability at a lower cost since their July 2014 launch date. There are six different models available, which are currently mistakenly listed under the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro section, an error that should be corrected soon. While one machine displays a shipping estimate of 24 hours, the rest offer shipping estimates of three to five days. Discounts of more than $400 are available on some models, with prices that are approximately 15 percent…
  • Twelve South Launches Horizontal BookArc Stand for Mac Pro

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

    Kelly Guimont
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Pee-Wee Herman is back in a big way. Not only is it Halloween today, which is a great time to rock a Pee-Wee Herman outfit, but he has released the glorious Pee-Wee's Playhouse series on Blu-Ray. As part of the publicity for the release, Paul Reubens appeared on Jimmy Fallon earlier this week. Jimmy has been known to imitate Pee-Wee and dub that voice into movie trailers. Well since they had the genuine article, they roped him in to dub Pee-Wee into the new Avengers Age of Ultron trailer. Check it out below. And tomorrow, when Halloween season is over, it will be time to start screening…
  • Trent Reznor on Working for Apple: ‘It’s Everything I Asked For’

    Bryan Chaffin
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, and the former Chief Creative Officer for Beats Music, said that it was "flattering" to be asked to work directly for Apple, Beats' new owner. In an interview with Billboard magazine, Mr. Reznor said that working for Apple was, "unfamiliar and it's kind of everything I asked for." He added, "and the bad thing is it's everything I asked for."
  • Last Chance for The Complete iOS 8 Course With Swift for $89

    Bryan Chaffin
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Our deal for the Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course for $89 is ending in three days. This is a $998 package of developer training courses that includes some 350 videos and 36 hours of content. In addition to teaching you what's new in iOS 8 and Xcode 6, you'll also learn Swift, Apple's new programming language. No programming experience is necessary. As a bonus, this deal also includes the Complete iOS 7 Course.
  • MacTech Conference 2014: Talk to Kelly and Dave!

    Kelly Guimont
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    MacTech Conference 2014 is happening soon, and TMO will both be there to cover it. If youâre attending MacTech, read on for information on how to set up an interview with TMO's Kelly Guimont or Dave Hamilton.
  • Apple Wins the Old-fashioned Way: Outsmart the Competition

    John Martellaro
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Cool new products catch our attention, and sometimes it seems that the flashiest products are the byproducts of the most successful companies. In reality, there's much more to be said for good business sense and raw intelligence. Those virtues go a long way towards explaining Apple's success.
 
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  • Apple Reports Fourth-Quarter Results

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

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

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Apple has announced that customers can start making payments with the touch of a finger on October 20, when Apple Pay becomes available in the U.S. Apple Pay offers an easy, secure, and private way to pay using Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in stores and within apps. Users of the just-announced iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be able to use Touch ID on their devices for Apple Pay within apps. The new service will be enabled by a free software update to iOS 8. “Our team has worked incredibly hard to make Apple Pay private and secure, with the simplicity of a single touch of your…
  • OS X Yosemite Now Available as a Free Upgrade

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

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

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

    Ricky Buchanan
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Here are some of the best articles, links, and new products that I have spotted online in the past week or so which have some relevance to Apple products and disabled or chronically ill users … OS X Links Still a bunch of articles about Yosemite – the new version of Mac OS X – which was released last week. Don’t forget to take a look at our Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Accessibility Roundup. Top 10 Hidden Features of OS X Yosemite Customizing Yosemite for a Low Vision User (Yosemite Accessibility Overview) ‘OK, Mac': Using Automator’s Dictation Commands, new in Yosemite…
  • Fiona is Learning to Communicate

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

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

    Ricky Buchanan
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Here are some of the best articles, links, and new products that I have spotted online in the past week or so which have some relevance to Apple products and disabled or chronically ill users … OS X Links Mac speech recognition users – make sure you’ve upgraded Dragon Dictate to 4.0.5 for Safari 7.1 Compatibility. Pretty much all of the OS X links for this week have been rolled up into the Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Accessibility Roundup. iOS Links Meet the new Connect Case for iPad – great for switch users! Connect iPad Case includes switch adapters and a speaker. nobiggi: A…
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  • Microsoft announces Office 2015, releases Updated Outlook

    Mike Flaminio
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Microsoft Friday announced a version of Outlook for 365 customers along with plans for next year. Outlook for Mac brings greater compatibility with Exchange services and similar experience across all platforms including the OWA app for iOS. As far as Office, the company said it expected to ship Office 2015 for Mac in the second half of next year: <blockquote class=quote>In the first half of 2015 we will release a public beta for the next version of Office for Mac, and in the second half of 2015 we will make the final release available. Office 365 commercial and consumer subscribers will…
  • Trent Reznor working on project for Apple

    Mike Flaminio
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    In an interview with Billboard: <blockquote class=quote>It's related to that. Beats was bought by Apple, and they expressed direct interest in me designing some products with them. I can't go into details, but I feel like I'm in a unique position where I could be of benefit to them. That does mean some compromises in terms of how much brain power goes toward music and creating. This is very creative work that's not directly making music, but it's around music.</blockquote> Reznor was chief creative officer of Beats Music.
  • Seth Rogan expected to play Woz in upcoming Steve Jobs movie

    Mike Flaminio
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    Dave McNary for Variety: <blockquote class=quote>Seth Rogen has been set to star as Steve Wozniak opposite Christian Bale in Sony's Steve Jobs biopic, sources confirm.</blockquote> As noted Christian Bale is confirmed for the title role based off of Walter Isaacson's biography. Danny Boyle will direct. The movie is expected to tell the story of Steve Jobs through behind the scenes drama of three major product launches.
  • Tim Cook on being gay

    Mike Flaminio
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Tim Cook essay in Business Week <blockquote class=quote>Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It's made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It's been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry. It's also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you're the CEO of Apple.</blockquote>
  • Twelve South bring BookArc stand to Mac Pro

    Mike Flaminio
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Twelve South announced Wednesday a new version of its BookArc stand for the Mac Pro. The stand holds the Mac Pro vertically. <blockquote class=quote>BookArc takes the height requirement of Mac Pro from 14 inches standing upright, including space for ventilation, down to 7.5 inches resting on its side atop the chrome stand. This reduced height means Mac Pro fits in a lot more locations, including inside pro gear racks, cabinets or on studio shelves. Set inside a racked studio cabinet, Mac Pro on a BookArc takes up 5 rack spaces -- instead of the 8 spaces in the upright…
 
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  • Friday Morning News

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Tim Cook has spoken out often about equality and gay rights, indeed earlier this week we linked to the video of his acceptance speech on that topic at the Alabama Academy of Honor. He has now written a piece for Bloomberg Business Week, in which he announced “I’m proud to be gay” and what lead to him deciding to make that fact public. As he noted he has not hidden this in the past but neither had he publicly acknowledged it. It is a well written
  • Thursday Morning News

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

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

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:17 pm
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    26 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    We have been living with OS X Yosemite for just over a week now. As you settle in with the new OS, you might be wondering how it is performing. Slightly better than Mavericks according analytics firm Chitika. 9to5Mac report that according to Chitika Yosemite is installed on 12.8% of Macs against 12.4% for Mavericks at the same time. Macworld meanwhile is reporting that
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  • What if you always get best deal on every product you buy?

    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Mountain View, California – We say that Google revolutionized the search, that was true for few years. Whenever I think of search, I think about a box where I need to type a query, why? What was created for desktop in 1990’s is still used 2 decades later by many generations of smartphones, including latest Apple iPhone 6 or Galaxy S5. I think there is a need of change going forward and search really needs to be automated ? Let me explain what I meant by automated search. When one visits a site, there is a purpose. If someone visit costco, walmart, target or any other e-Commerce…
  • Educational game Boto the Pink Dolphin emphasizes child creativity

    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Seoul, South Korea – Education is pleased to introduce Boto the Pink Dolphin, an educational game for children, based on the mysterious but true story of the smart pink dolphin who swim in the Amazon River. The game, created by partners in child development at Seoul National University, develops Korean and English language skills – all while children happily play games, and parents receive expert insights and child creativity assessments. As children play Boto, attracting characters and following stories based on the expert researchers’ curriculum, they work on six different…
  • Educational game Boto the Pink Dolphin emphasizes child creativity

    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Seoul, South Korea – Creative Bomb is pleased to introduce Boto the Pink Dolphin, an educational game for children, based on the mysterious but true story of the smart pink dolphin who swim in the Amazon River. The game, created by partners in child development at Seoul National University, develops Korean and English language skills – all while children happily play games, and parents receive expert insights and child creativity assessments. As children play Boto, attracting characters and following stories based on the expert researchers’ curriculum, they work on six…
  • Kdan’s PDF Reader 6 Premium Packs More Punch

    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    State College, Pennsylvania – Software developer Kdan Mobile is set to release PDF Reader 6 Premium, the latest generation of the company’s flagship PDF Reader app. Compatible with the latest Apple’s mobile operation system, iOS 8, PDF Reader 6 Premium features a stunning new user interface, and key upgrades and additions such as such as iCloud Drive, Touch ID, auto rectangle detection, and photo sharing extension. Also, in a move much anticipated by users, this latest version of PDF Reader is specially designed as a universal app, so that with one purchase PDF Reader 6…
  • Kdan’s PDF Reader 6 Premium Packs More Punch

    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    State College, Pennsylvania – Software developer Kdan Mobile is set to release PDF Reader 6 Premium, the latest generation of the company’s flagship PDF Reader app. Compatible with the latest Apple’s mobile operation system, iOS 8, PDF Reader 6 Premium features a stunning new user interface, and key upgrades and additions such as such as iCloud Drive, Touch ID, auto rectangle detection, and photo sharing extension. Also, in a move much anticipated by users, this latest version of PDF Reader is specially designed as a universal app, so that with one purchase PDF Reader 6…
 
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  • The Virtual Business Card That Exchanges Info Electronically - gCard 1.0

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Elixir Software Group has introduced gCard 1.0, their new business tool for iOS devices. gCard is a virtual business card that allows users to electronically share contact information by transferring it using a vCard, which is compatible with most devices and computers. Available in a wide range of colorful backgrounds, gCard can share information by text, E-mail, Bluetooth transfer, or QR code reader. gCard also features a built-in QR generator that can automatically generate a QR code.
  • Overview Calendar Optimized for iPhone 6 - Popular Calendar App

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Gladsome Studios has announced iPhone 6 optimization for Overview Calendar, their popular calendar app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. With the idea to display the best available overview of your life on a mobile device, Overview Calendar offers an innovative and efficient way of managing your time on the go. Development has focused on mainly three areas, namely offering the best available overview, a rich feature set and beauty; a calendar doesn't have to be boring and square.
  • Zevrix Graphic Inspector Now Supports Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Zevrix Solutions has announced Graphic Inspector 1.7.31, a compatibility update to its quality control solution for images and vector graphic files, which checks multiple files for potential problems according to specific workflow requirements. The software provides graphic professionals of any trade with the most exhaustive info on batches of images and vector graphic files, saving the time and hassle of checking them manually. The new version introduces full support for Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
  • Personal Wish Tunes Combines Great Music With Sending A Digital Wish

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Personal Wish Tunes B.V. has introduced Personal Wish Tunes 1.0.7 for iOS, a creative, versatile and highly-polished app featuring thousands of musical compositions, stunning artwork and the ability to personalise a greeting with the recipients name spoken or sung in a professional recording. Featuring a clean and crisp design with an easy-to-use interface, users can also personalise a greeting with the recipients name, which can be included audibly within the composition.
  • Melesta Games launches its Halloween Giveaway and Sale

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Melesta Games has announced the Giveaway and Sale of four of its time management and arcade games. The full versions of arcade games Popping Rush and Sweet Maze are completely free, while two popular time management games, Jo's Dreams: Coffee Shop and Kingdom's Heyday, are now up to 80% off. Players can dive into 200+ challenging levels as they try to escape the labyrinth or pop slippery creatures. Build a coffee empire or rule over the kingdom The games are available now on the Apple App Store.
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  • Democracy 3: Clones & Drones Adds Futuristic Obstacles

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    October 31, 2014 6:00 AMPositech Games' Democracy 3: Clones & Drones DLC is available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The third DLC expansion for the political strategy game adds new policies, situations, dilemmas and events to the game to simulate the challenges of the immediate future.What challenges are to come for the politicians of the future? Mass unemployment due to the automation of factories? or will this lead to a leisure society and equality? Will ubiquitous drones lead to better law enforcement and less traffic congestion or to widespread crime and infringement of…
  • Mac Game Store Halloween Sale

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    October 31, 2014 6:00 AMHalloween is here and what better way to celebrate than with hauntingly amazing games and scary good prices! Mac Game Store has announced its annual Halloween sale is now on with over 100 of the spookiest and scariest Macintosh games on sale. That's right, over 100 Mac digital download games. Visit Mac Game Store now through Friday, October 31 to take advantage of instant deals on over 100 of the scariest Mac games. (Sale ends Saturday, November 1, 2014).Sale items include popular games such as Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition, Borderlands 2, BioShock 2,…
  • Football Manager 2015 Now Available

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    October 31, 2014 6:00 AMSega and Sports Interactive's Football Manager 2015 is now available for purchase at Mac Game Store. The latest addition to the soccer management simulation series includes a new user interface, an improved matchday experience, more realistic player personalities, and a new manager points system.Football Manager 2015, the latest in the award-winning and record-breaking series.Football Manager is the most realistic, in-depth and immersive simulation of football management available, putting you in the hot-seat of almost any club in more than 50 countries across the…
  • Celebrate The Weekend With 75% Off Paradox Games

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    October 31, 2014 6:00 AMMac Game Store is showcasing the many game offerings of Paradox Interactive with the Paradox Weekend Sale. For a limited time shoppers can collect tltles like Cities in Motion 2, Crusader Kings II, Europa Universalis IV, and The Showdown Effect.A huge list of Paradox titles are on sale now, with savings of up to 75%. Click over to the link below to learn more, and be sure to check out Mac Game Store's other specials as well.Paradox Weekend SaleMGS Specials
  • Combat Mission: Battle For Normandy Vehicle Pack Rolls Out

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    October 31, 2014 6:00 AMBattlefront.com has announced the release of the Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy Vehicle Pack for Mac and Windows PCs. The pack includes over a dozen "oddball" vehicles like The Sherman Crab anti-mine tank and the Chruchill VII Crocodile flamethrower tank.The Sherman Crab anti-mine tank is just one of a number of unusual and exciting vehicles included in the Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy Vehicle Pack (for PC and Mac OSX)! How about the Churchill VII Crocodile or the French Char B-2(f) flamethrower tanks? Or the Churchill AVRE with a massive 290mm "Petard"…
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  • Tim Cook: I’m proud to be gay

    Kenny Hemphill
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    Apple CEO Tim Cook, writing on Business Week, has spoken about his sexuality and about the conflict between maintaining the privacy he holds dear and doing what he believes to be the right thing. Citing Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy as influences, Cook said: ‘I’ve come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important. That’s what has led me to today.’ Cook explained that his sexuality had neither been a secret nor an issue at Apple and added ‘While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly…
  • Google Fit stumbles as third-party services wait to get up and running

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

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

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

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

    Dr. Macenstein
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    NIGHTMARE DRAGON: INCUBATION TIME: 36 hours 29 minutes BUY-IT Price: 2,600 Gems HOW TO BREED: Howl and Abyss (This guide is part of a larger DragonVale breeding guide. For the full list of breedable dragons, click here. If you would like to help support my rushing breedings & incubations to discover the latest dragon combos […]
  • Review: Protect your BIG Investment with these 5 Griffin iPhone 6 Plus cases

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

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

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

    Dr. Macenstein
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    RAGNAROK DRAGON: INCUBATION TIME: 39 Hours, 27 minutes Hours BUY-IT Price: 1,300 GEMS HOW TO BREED: Lava and Ruin / Blue Fire and Root / Watch and Mountain (This guide is part of a larger DragonVale breeding guide. For the full list of breedable dragons, click here. If you would like to help support my […]
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    MacUpdate: Recent Mac OS X

  • EtreCheck 2.0.9 - For troubleshooting your Mac; displays important system details. (Free)

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    EtreCheck is a simple little app to display the important details of your system configuration and allow you to copy that information to the Clipboard. It is meant to be used with Apple Support Communities to help people help you with your Mac. EtreCheck automatically removes any personally identifiable information from the output.Version 2.0.9: Improves animation and Core Storage support OS X 10.6 or later Download Now
  • Evernote 5.7.0 - Create searchable notes and access them anywhere. (Free)

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at anytime, from anywhere. Create notes containing text and audio Find printed and handwritten text within images Clip application and web content directly into Evernote Synchronize with the Evernote Service and access all notes, even ones taken using other clients Version 5.6.2: Speed: Sync is more than 3x faster. Users with lots of shared notebooks and Evernote Business users will see the biggest improvements.
  • 1Password 5.0.2 - Powerful password manager; integrates with Web browsers and more. (Demo)

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    1Password is a password manager that uniquely brings you both security and convenience. It is the only program that provides anti-phishing protection and goes beyond password management by adding Web form filling and automatic strong password generation. Your confidential information, including passwords, identities, and credit cards, is kept secure using strong encryption. 1Password fully supports major Web browsers, including Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. All browser extensions share the same encrypted data which means you never need to manually copy your passwords between browsers or…
  • Vitamin-R 2.20b1 - Personal productivity tool (beta). (Shareware)

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Vitamin-R creates the optimal conditions for your brain to work at its best by structuring your work into short bursts of distraction-free, highly focused activity alternating with opportunities for renewal, reflection and intuition. The built-in task logging and statistics features create a positive momentum towards productivity by providing visible feedback on your progress and achievements. Time Slice Your Work. Vitamin-R breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific, easily reachable and actionable…
  • Art Text 2.4.9 - Create high quality headings, logos, icons, banners, and buttons. (Shareware)

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Art Text is an OS X application for creating high quality textual graphics, headings, logos, icons, Web site elements, and buttons. Thanks to multi-layer support, creating complex graphics is no sweat. Use the result with Apple iWork, iWeb, Microsoft Office, BeLight applications, and various other text-editing and Web-design programs. Take a quick video tour If you're creating a website for a business or for your personal needs, Art Text has all of the tools you need. The 250 editable materials and 600 supplied vector icons and shapes will give you a quick start to getting your site up and…
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    World of Apple

  • Apple Announces Q414 Revenue of $42.1bn, FY14 Revenue Tops $182bn

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

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

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

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

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

  • DJ Mixer Pro 2

    MacZOT
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    DJ Mixer Pro 2 A powerful audio-video DJ software Normally: $99.95 ZOT Price: $39.95 Click to macZOT! Download Trial   DJ Mixer Pro 2 is professional DJ Software for Mac and Windows that allows you to seamlessly mix music, and music videos, It gives you full control over your media, allowing for more creative freedom while mixing than ever before.  With our beat-grid based automatic beat mixing it’s easy to blend tracks, allowing you to focus on the other aspects of your mix.   Use a traditional 2-Deck interface with or without video mixing controls. BPM beat-sync,…
  • Sugar Skulls Giga Set: 180 Jaw-Dropping Vectors for Just $29

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

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

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

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

  • Slices of Apple episode 10: Polishing the Apple

    Victor Agreda Jr
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Slices of Apple is a documentary series exploring the success of Apple as a company. It seeks to educate business leaders, entrepreneurs and laypeople about how Apple keeps delivering consistently great products. In this episode of Slices of Apple...
  • The Week's Hottest Apple News Stories, October 31

    J Keirn-Swanson
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    iOS 8 in its latest iteration continues to make news and shake things up. Why was there the glitch that released the broken update? What are some more hidden tricks, tips, and tweaks in the latest operating system. But probably the biggest newsmaker this week was Apple Pay and how some retailers are reacting (hint: not good).
  • iAnnotate PDF is a solid entry in the PDF markup app category

    Mel Martin
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    iAnnotate (US$9.99) is a full-featured iPad app for marking up PDF files with highlighting, diagrams, notes, and even audio comments. Standout features include the ability to markup DOC and PPT files as well as PDF documents. The app allows you to...
  • Jony Ive: Apple Watch More Difficult to Design Than iPhone

    Leif Johnson
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Apple design chief Jony Ive might be best known for designing the iPhone, but according to the man himself, it was the Apple Watch which posed the greatest design challenge of his creative career so far. Speaking to a crowd at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art last night as he accepted the accepted the 2014 Bay Area Treasure Award for lifetime achievement, Ive called the Apple Watch a "difficult and humbling program."As The Wall Street Journal notes in its coverage of the events, Ive says that difficulty springs from the "cultural, historical implications and expectations" associated…
  • Starbucks announces delivery service to boost mobile app usage

    Kelly Hodgkins
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    During Starbucks' recent Q3 2014 earnings conference call, CEO Howard Schultz announced the company's plan to offer a delivery service starting next year, reports USA Today. Schultz failed to provide details about the service, but the initiative...
 
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    MacCast - For Mac Geeks, by Mac Geeks

  • Maccast 2014.10.30

    Adam Christianson (Mac Geek)
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:34 pm
    A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 504. Apple rocks the quarterly results. New iMac and Mac mini torn down and benchmarked. iOS 8.1 better, but still some rough edges. The battle over Apple Pay begins. iPad Air 2 specs revealed. That GT Advanced thing. Hacking Continuity on older Macs. Fix for iTunes 12 manual music sync. OS X Mavericks gone from App Store. iOS Keyboards not allowed for Safari passwords. Startup Items not working in OS X Yosemite. OS X Yosemite’s batch re-name feature. Managing OS X Mail Attachments. Want more Maccast? Become a Maccast…
  • Maccast 2014.10.17 - Apple's 10.16.2014 Event

    Adam Christianson (Mac Geek)
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:24 pm
    A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Episode 503. Apple's next event 10.16.2014. Updates on Apple Pay and the Apple Watch. Brand new iPads in the form of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. An awesome new Retina 5K iMac and the updated Mac mini. Plus, Kelly Guimont from The Mac Observer stops in to share her thoughts and the latest new tech from Apple. Want more Maccast? Become a Maccast Member. Special thanks to our sponsor: lynda.com - Learn at your own pace from expert-taught video tutorials. Visit lynda.com/maccast to start your free trial. Shownotes in: HTML…
  • Maccast 2014.10.06

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

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

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

  • Using Spotlight Search

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

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

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

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

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

  • 0475 - OS X 10.10 Yosemite Part 3 - Updates to Apps [HD - Trailer]

    ScreenCastsOnline
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Onwards and upwards as we cover even more new features in OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Many of the standard applications have had a tweak, not just cosmetically, but functionally with the addition of some cool new features.
  • 0474 - OS X 10.10 Yosemite Part 2 - UI Changes & iCloud Drive [HD - Trailer]

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

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

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

    ScreenCastsOnline
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    MoneyWell is one of the most respected personal finance applications for the Mac. Using a unique approach of using "buckets" for your various budgets, it allows to to easily keep track of income and expenditure, ensuring you remain on budget.
 
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    MyAppleSpace: All Site Activity

  • Update by Brian

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Brian bookmarked Will Samsung Suddenly Become Gay Too ?
  • Update by Brian

    27 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    Brian added a video Eddy Cue and Jimmy Iovine interview from Code Conference (Video)
  • Update by Brian

    27 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    Brian added a video Navdy - iPhone GPS instructions via laser projector
  • Update by Brian

    26 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    Brian commented on a bookmark Apple responds to Spotlight Suggestions 'backlash,' says personal data collection limited
  • Update by Joseph Barney

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Joseph Barney joined the space Apple Cafe 8
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    Softpedia News > Apple

  • Microsoft Releases New Outlook for Mac – Gallery

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    Microsoft has announced the release of the new Outlook for Mac which retains the MS Office feeling while sprinkling some of the visual pleasantries of OS X here and there. The Redmond giant says the new Outlook delivers better performance and reliability, as well as a more consistent experience between platforms, including PCs, mobiles, and the web. The new Outlook - What’s inside Anew threading model coupled with database improvements have resulted in better performance and reliability , w... (read more)
  • Apple Rings Up Rejected Dev, Tells Him He’s In the Clear

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    Remember the story about James Thomson and his PCalc widget that got rejected? As it turns out, a single App Store reviewer was behind the decision, which just got retracted. This seems only fair because the widget wasn’t breaking any rules and its developer had spent weeks coding it. Despite receiving word that his widget would require substantial alterations or face removal from the App Store, Apple was still featuring PCalc in the “Great apps for iOS 8” section, under Notification Center w... (read more)
  • Apple Employees Can’t Even Be Bothered to Talk About Cook’s Sexuality, They Simply Don’t See It as a Topic

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    A good chunk of the news stories circling the world today are focused on Tim Cook’s October 30 op-ed where he openly revealed he was gay, coupled with an analysis of what it means to be part of this minority today. The stories are getting quite some traction, and justifiably so. In a world where only Hollywood celebs can afford to make such bold statements without fear of losing their jobs, the essay on Businessweek inspired many to embrace LGBT people as normal human beings, rather than anom... (read more)
  • Tim Cook Could Have Single Handedly Saved “Countless Lives” with His Op-Ed

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Chad Griffin has released a statement to applaud Apple’s CEO for coming out in an essay published by Bloomberg Businessweek, opining that Cook’s announcement “will save countless lives.” The HRC is the largest LGBT civil rights advocacy group in the United States, with more than 1.5 million members and supporters. Only hours after Apple’s CEO came out as gay in his op-ed for Businessweek, the human rights organization published the following statement, si... (read more)
  • Politician Wants to Ban Tim Cook from Russia for Being Gay

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:17 am
    In what some would consider blind fear, Russian anti-LGBT lawmaker Vitaly Milonov has openly expressed his opinion that Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, should be banned for life from the country for being gay. Cook yesterday drew massive attention from the media, the tech industry, and everyone in between after coming out as gay in a striking essay published by Bloomberg Businessweek. In his plea for equality, Cook said, “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it... (read more)
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    9to5Mac

  • Stitcher Radio podcast app updated with CarPlay support and bug fixes

    Mike Beasley
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Stitcher Radio, one of Apple’s first CarPlay partners, has released an update that enables the dashboard interface in its popular podcast app. The update also includes bug fixes and stability improvements. The release comes just days after Stitcher was acquired by a music streaming company called Deezer. Stitcher joins Rdio, Spotify, and iHeartRadio in supporting the in-car UI that was first demonstrated alongside iOS 7 last year. Several other apps, including Apple’s own Podcasts and Beats Music software, are still slated to gain support in future updates. What’s New in…
  • Apple involved in another infringement suit over iPhone name, this time in India

    Mike Beasley
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Back in June Apple faced off against a Mexican telecom over the trademarked word “iFone.” In that case, the iFone telecommunications company argued that Apple had infringed its trademark with the iPhone. A court ruled that because telecom services and telephone hardware aren’t the same product, there should be no confusion among consumers about which is which. Unfortunately for mobile carriers in the country, because they do offer telecommunications services, they were barred from using the name “iPhone” in marketing materials. Now an Indian mobile phone…
  • 9to5Toys Last Call: JLab headphones up to 83% off, iPhone 6/Plus cases from $7, MacBook Air 11″ (refurb) $500, more

    Dan DeSilva
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications. Today’s can’t miss deals: Amazon Gold Box: up to 83% off JLab In-Ear wired/wireless headphones, starting at $10 Prime shipped iPhone 6/6 Plus cases in multiple colors/styles from $7 shipped (Reg. $17) 2010 Apple Macbook Air 11.6-inch 1.4GHz/2GB/64GB (refurbished) $500 shipped Trilogy Dock positions your iPhone 6 vertically or horizontally and boosts its sound Apple iPad Air 2 16GB WiFi (Gold, Silver, Space Gray) $460 shipped…
  • Google’s upcoming Copresence feature lets iOS & Android users share via AirDrop-like functionality

    Jordan Kahn
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    In June a report detailed a feature in development by Google that would reportedly allow Android devices to alert “people, places, and things” to the presence of nearby users. At the time, reports referred to the feature as “Nearby” and described it as a location-based feature for Android devices in close proximity to one another. Today, AndroidPolice is back with more info pointing to evidence that the feature will be cross-platform and allow Android and iOS devices to share content and communicate when nearby. To authenticate with one another, the two devices would apparently be…
  • Larry Page talks about his age-old fight with Steve Jobs over ‘doing too much stuff’

    Mike Beasley
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    In an interview with the Financial Times, Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page talked about an ongoing debate that he had with Apple’s Steve Jobs: whether their companies were doing too much or too little to affect the lives of their customers. Page, as is evident in Google’s seemingly unending push into new markets and technologies outside of search and even the web, came down on the side of doing as many things as possible to make an impact in peoples’ lives, while Jobs was insistent that a focused approach on a single set of problems was better for the company and its…
 
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    MakeUseOf » Mac OS X

  • 10 Useful OS X Yosemite Features You Might Have Missed

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

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

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

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

    Justin Pot
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Replace all of your Mac’s Dashboard widgets using the new Today view in Yosemite. Here’s where to find Notification Centre widgets for sports scores, currency value, package tracking, and literally anything you can get by typing a Terminal command. The Dashboard is dying. Most users ignore it, and not many developers are building things for it. Apple knows this, and added an option to Yosemite to turn the Dashboard off altogether. Of course, there might be some Dashboard widgets you actually still use – I know there were for me. Which is where the new Today view in Notification…
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  • France Stores Run Afoul of Video Privacy Rules

    Gary Allen
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:15 pm
    A French government privacy agency has warned Apple to adjust the video surveillance systems at four of its retail stores, saying they are too intrusive by constantly watching employees beyond the public retail space. The Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL) said if the company doesn’t comply, it could be subject to fines. The involved stores are Opéra, Rosney 2, Bordeaux and Parly 2 stores. Every Apple store around the world has a video surveillance system to protect the company’s assets and employees. The systems routinely cover the…
  • Retail Financials Up, But To Be Reported No More

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

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

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

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

    Richard
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Mountain View, California – We say that Google revolutionized the search, that was true for few years. Whenever I think of search, I think about a box where I need to type a query, why? What was created for desktop in 1990’s is still used 2 decades later by many generations of smartphones, including latest Apple iPhone 6 or Galaxy S5. I think there is a need of change going forward and search really needs to be automated ? Let me explain what I meant by automated search. When one visits a site, there is a purpose. If someone visit costco, walmart, target or any other e-Commerce…
  • Educational game Boto the Pink Dolphin emphasizes child creativity

    Richard
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Seoul, South Korea – Education is pleased to introduce Boto the Pink Dolphin, an educational game for children, based on the mysterious but true story of the smart pink dolphin who swim in the Amazon River. The game, created by partners in child development at Seoul National University, develops Korean and English language skills – all while children happily play games, and parents receive expert insights and child creativity assessments. As children play Boto, attracting characters and following stories based on the expert researchers’ curriculum, they work on six different…
  • Kdan’s PDF Reader 6 Premium Packs More Punch

    Richard
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    State College, Pennsylvania – Software developer Kdan Mobile is set to release PDF Reader 6 Premium, the latest generation of the company’s flagship PDF Reader app. Compatible with the latest Apple’s mobile operation system, iOS 8, PDF Reader 6 Premium features a stunning new user interface, and key upgrades and additions such as such as iCloud Drive, Touch ID, auto rectangle detection, and photo sharing extension. Also, in a move much anticipated by users, this latest version of PDF Reader is specially designed as a universal app, so that with one purchase PDF Reader 6…
  • Fly to stars and examine the Solar System with Explorium-Space for Kids

    Richard
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    Minsk, Belarus – Puppet Life is pleased to introduce the second app of Explorium-Space for Kids for iOS and Android devices. The app is a family-friendly educational app that engages children in space exploration providing curious encyclopedic facts and brainy mini-games. Explorium-Space for Kids gives children a unique opportunity to examine our Solar System and discover its wonders. Together with Alex and Alice little space heroes travel through the Universe, learn planets, stars and constellations, play challenging mini-games and collect space objects to decorate their own planet.
  • The Cutest Nursery Rhymes Entertain Kids on iPhone and iPad

    Richard
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Mumbai, India – Touchzing Media, an app developer company, today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of Cute Nursery Rhymes & Songs For Kids 1.0, a sing-along app for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Android devices. With lots of interactive elements and sounds, toddlers will love these nursery rhymes and songs. The app is free to download and try out. The scenes are artistically drawn and painted and are fun for babies to use. There are five favorite kids songs in the app: Humpty Dumpty, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Jack and Jill, Itsy Bitsy Spider and It’s…
 
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  • Top Tips for Choosing an iPad Stand for Your POS System

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

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

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

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

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

    Shawn King
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Wired: The Baltimore Wastewater Treatment Plant put out a call for “extreme spider” help in 2009, when a giant spiderweb covered almost 4 acres of their facility. Scientists eventually estimated over 107 million spiders were living in the structure, with densities of 35,176 spiders per m³ in spots. In honour of Halloween, I’m going to leave this right here for you. Thanks to Brian Webster for the link. ∞ Read this on The Loop
  • Apple’s Jony Ive says smartwatch was design challenge

    Shawn King
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    Wall Street Journal: Ive told an audience at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Thursday night that designing the smartwatch posed more challenges than the iPhone because of societal expectations around a wristwatch. The wrist, he said, is an ideal place for “lightweight interactions” and “casual glancing,” but not for heavy reading. “Even though Apple Watch does so many things, there are cultural, historical implications and expectations,” Ive said. “That’s why it’s been such a difficult and humbling program.” It’s obvious Apple has thought long and hard about…
  • ∞ CurrentC and antitrust implications

    Dave Mark
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    There’s been a lot of discussion about the legal implications of the recent move by CVS and Rite Aid to drop support for Apple Pay. A little more light is shining on this issue.
  • Mark Zuckerberg to host live Facebook Q&A

    Dave Mark
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    Want to ask Mark Zuckerberg a question? Here’s your chance. ∞ Read this on The Loop
  • Apple has a huge TV opportunity thanks to proposed FCC rule change

    Dave Mark
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Earlier this week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed a far reaching rule change (detailed in this blog post) that would level the playing field and give non-traditional video suppliers access to programming that is currently only available to cable and satellite providers. This would open up a huge opportunity for Apple. ∞ Read this on The Loop
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  • Millions of DropBox Account Credentials Leaked Online, DropBox Denies of Being Hacked

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

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

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

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

    SK Mezanul Haque
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Apple on September 17, 2014 released iOS 8. The latest iOS is available worldwide for all iOS devices includes iPhone, iPad and iPod devices. Details of iOS 8 supported device is at the end of this post. Apple is marketing iOS 8 as the biggest iOS update released, since the launch of the App Stores. With literally hundreds of new features, that includes new Messages, Photos features, new QuickType keyboard that supports more languages, a new Health app, Family Sharing, iCloud Drive and more, iOS 8 is really the biggest update ever released. Apple has also fixed a lot of bugs and fixed…
 
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  • You Can Jailbreak iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus on iOS 8.1 with Pangu… For Windows

    Paul Horowitz
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    The Pangu group has released a utility that will jailbreak iOS 8.1 on any iPhone or iPad device which can run the latest iOS release, including the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The jailbreak is untethered and includes Cydia, but there’s a catch… at the moment the Pangu 1.1 tool runs only on ... Read More
  • How to Switch Cellular Data Speed on iPhone from LTE, 3G, or 2G

    Paul Horowitz
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    iPhone users now have the ability to choose their desired maximum cellular data speed from available options. This data speed toggle was added to the iPhone with iOS 8.1 and is not yet available on all carriers, but for those that do support the data choice feature it’s quite easy to use. As mentioned before, ... Read More
  • How to Use Handoff Between a Mac with OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1

    Paul Horowitz
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Handoff is a really great feature of iOS 8.1 and OS X Yosemite that allows a Mac user to pass off or resume an app session to their iPhone or iPad, or vice versa. For example, you can start typing an email on your iPhone, then pass it off to your Mac and finish writing ... Read More
  • How to Hide Photos on iPhone & iPad with the iOS Hidden Album

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

    Paul Horowitz
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    The Dock is just one of a variety of aspects of the Mac OS X interface that was overhauled and flattened in Yosemite. Gone are the days of the 3D Dock, the new Yosemite Dock defaults to looking like a flatter version, much like the iOS Dock. If you long for the Dock with some ... Read More
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  • The Curious Case Of Microsoft’s Ever Changing Brand Names

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Richard
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Mountain View, California – We say that Google revolutionized the search, that was true for few years. Whenever I think of search, I think about a box where I need to type a query, why? What was created for desktop in 1990’s is still used 2 decades later by many generations of smartphones, including latest Apple iPhone 6 or Galaxy S5. I think there is a need of change going forward and search really needs to be automated ? Let me explain what I meant by automated search. When one visits a site, there is a purpose. If someone visit costco, walmart, target or any other e-Commerce…
  • Educational game Boto the Pink Dolphin emphasizes child creativity

    Richard
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Seoul, South Korea – Education is pleased to introduce Boto the Pink Dolphin, an educational game for children, based on the mysterious but true story of the smart pink dolphin who swim in the Amazon River. The game, created by partners in child development at Seoul National University, develops Korean and English language skills – all while children happily play games, and parents receive expert insights and child creativity assessments. As children play Boto, attracting characters and following stories based on the expert researchers’ curriculum, they work on six different…
  • Kdan’s PDF Reader 6 Premium Packs More Punch

    Richard
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    State College, Pennsylvania – Software developer Kdan Mobile is set to release PDF Reader 6 Premium, the latest generation of the company’s flagship PDF Reader app. Compatible with the latest Apple’s mobile operation system, iOS 8, PDF Reader 6 Premium features a stunning new user interface, and key upgrades and additions such as such as iCloud Drive, Touch ID, auto rectangle detection, and photo sharing extension. Also, in a move much anticipated by users, this latest version of PDF Reader is specially designed as a universal app, so that with one purchase PDF Reader 6…
  • Fly to stars and examine the Solar System with Explorium-Space for Kids

    Richard
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    Minsk, Belarus – Puppet Life is pleased to introduce the second app of Explorium-Space for Kids for iOS and Android devices. The app is a family-friendly educational app that engages children in space exploration providing curious encyclopedic facts and brainy mini-games. Explorium-Space for Kids gives children a unique opportunity to examine our Solar System and discover its wonders. Together with Alex and Alice little space heroes travel through the Universe, learn planets, stars and constellations, play challenging mini-games and collect space objects to decorate their own planet.
  • The Cutest Nursery Rhymes Entertain Kids on iPhone and iPad

    Richard
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Mumbai, India – Touchzing Media, an app developer company, today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of Cute Nursery Rhymes & Songs For Kids 1.0, a sing-along app for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Android devices. With lots of interactive elements and sounds, toddlers will love these nursery rhymes and songs. The app is free to download and try out. The scenes are artistically drawn and painted and are fun for babies to use. There are five favorite kids songs in the app: Humpty Dumpty, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Jack and Jill, Itsy Bitsy Spider and It’s…
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  • Merchants Following Walmart in Snubbing Apple Pay Risk Walking into an Early Grave

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Small Dog Sales
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    We have so many deals this month, we don’t have room for them! Click here to view our double-sided flyer with all of the specials you’ll need to see before heading back to school. Special In-Store Financing Go to any retail location to apply — the application process takes less than five minutes! 6 month offer (no required amount) 12 month offer (purchases of $499 or more) 18 month offer (purchases of $999 or more) Conditions apply; note that required Minimum Monthly Payments may or may not pay off purchase before the end of promotional period. See store for details and to…
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  • New Outlook for Mac available to Office 365 customers

    dsellers
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    Microsoft has announced the new Outlook for the Mac, which the company says delivers improved performance and reliability and a fresh look and feel "that is unmistakably Microsoft Office." According to Microsoft, the new Outlook for Mac includes: ° Better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements. ° A new modern user interface with improved scrolling and agility when switching between Ribbon tabs. ° Online archive support for searching Exchange (online or on-premises) archived mail. read more
  • Business Card Shop 6 for Mac OS X adds over 15 new features

    dsellers
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Chronos has announced Business Card Shop 6, an upgrade to its business card software for OS X. The new version requires Mac OS X Yosemite and includes 3D headlines and QR Codes to increase the impact and effectiveness of cards. In all, over 15 new features have been added. Business Card Shop supports 700+ card stocks including those from Avery, PaperDirect, NEATO, and more. It comes with over 195 pre-designed templates for over 195 different professions. It also comes with a collection of artwork (over 1.4 GB in size) from artists all over the world.   read more
  • LinkOptimizer optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite

    dsellers
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.28, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. LinkOptimizer lets you reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data, performing essential image adjustments and converting file formats. The new version delivers Mac OS X Yosemite compatibility. read more
  • Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) revved to version 8.0.1

    dsellers
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.0.1 (http://cocktail.maintain.se), a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with Yosemite. It addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to clear DNS cache, fixes compatibility issues with EtreCheck and contains other bug fixes and improvements. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer. read more
  • Kool Tools: BBEdit 11.0

    dsellers
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    Bare Bones Software's BBEdit 11.0, an upgrade to its professional strength HTML and text editor, builds on a modernized foundation with newly overhauled systems for Find Differences, Clippings, and syntax coloring. Plus, it adds dozens of enhancements and new features. read more
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  • The Week's Hottest Apple News Stories, October 31

    J Keirn-Swanson
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    iOS 8 in its latest iteration continues to make news and shake things up. Why was there the glitch that released the broken update? What are some more hidden tricks, tips, and tweaks in the latest operating system. But probably the biggest newsmaker this week was Apple Pay and how some retailers are reacting (hint: not good).
  • Jony Ive: Apple Watch More Difficult to Design Than iPhone

    Leif Johnson
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Apple design chief Jony Ive might be best known for designing the iPhone, but according to the man himself, it was the Apple Watch which posed the greatest design challenge of his creative career so far. Speaking to a crowd at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art last night as he accepted the accepted the 2014 Bay Area Treasure Award for lifetime achievement, Ive called the Apple Watch a "difficult and humbling program."As The Wall Street Journal notes in its coverage of the events, Ive says that difficulty springs from the "cultural, historical implications and expectations" associated…
  • Police Can Unlock iPhones with Fingerprints, Ruling Says, But Not Passcodes

    Leif Johnson
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    It looks as though FBI Director James Comey, long a critic of the iPhone's security measures, may at last have something to cheer about. As reported by The Virginian-Pilot (via MacRumors), today a circuit court judge in Virginia ruled that the fingerprints used to access an iPhone through Touch ID aren't protected by the Fifth Amendment, thus allowing law enforcement officials to access the devices of suspects.The ruling allows a workaround for police officers and other law enforcement officials, who've previously been thwarted in their attempts to access iPhones for evidence by rulings…
  • Price Drop: The Weekend's Best App Deals, October 31

    J Keirn-Swanson
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
    It's a special horrirific edition of Price Drop featuring games with a monstrous cut in their costs. And to add to the frights, all the games are spookytacular examples of the genre. So if you're not too chicken to save some serious cash, we've got a creepy thirteen games to get out from under your blankets and over to the App Store.
  • Ask: How to Archive Mail

    Cory Bohon
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    If you've got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question, we've got the answer. In this week's Ask, we'll show you how to archive old email so you can keep your inblox clean and organized.QuestionIn Apple Mail, I've created iCloud mailboxes to organize emails by topic. Once a topic is completed, and no longer actively needed, is there a way to archive all of these communications and emails for future reference and then have the freedom to delete the originals forever?AnswerOnce you have all of your important messages corralled into a mailbox (smart or otherwise), then it’s very easy in the OS X…
 
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  • Tim Cook comes out: “I’m proud to be gay”

    EdibleApple
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Apple CEO Tim Cook today penned a heartwarming letter for BloombergBusinessweek where he publicly acknowledged, for the first time, that he is gay. The letter reads in part: For years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me. Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences. Not everyone is so lucky. While I have never denied my sexuality, I…
  • Apple’s Watch ads are steamier than usual

    EdibleApple
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    If you pop on over to Apple’s Watch pages on the company website and start browsing around, you’ll notice the interstitial ads are a bit more sultry, dare we say steamier, than usual. I can just see the tagline now — “Don’t kiss me yet. First, send me your heartbeat.” With no release date nailed down for Apple’s newest product category, we’re going to have to wait a while, presumably, before we see any commercials for the Apple Watch start hitting the airwaves. But if the above is any indication, Apple’s adverts are poised to go down an…
  • Even Brad Pitt wants to know what’s in Apple’s mysterious 3-story white structure

    EdibleApple
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:02 pm
    It’s the calm before the storm, folks. Tomorrow promises to be one of the most important dates in Apple history. Well, either that or Apple has done an incredibly stupid job of hyping up an event with no pay off. But seriously, the avalanche of evidence suggesting that Apple has some stellar announcements tomorrow is ginormous. Now one of the many reasons folks are so curious about what Apple has in store for us is that they’ve put up a three story structure adjacent to the Flint Convention Center — a curious move considering the Flint Convention Center can hold a sizeable…
  • Joy of Tech depicts the typical Apple fan during the iWatch unveiling

    EdibleApple
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Apple’s media event tomorrow will have the entire tech world at attention, watching and listening to Tim Cook and co.’s every word. In addition to the introduction of two new iPhones, tomorrow will likely see the unveiling of Apple’s first new product category since the iPad was unveiled four years ago. Suffice it to say, anyone with even a passing interest in tech will have their eyes glued to their computer screens tomorrow. Illustrating the immense interest in tomorrow’s event, the talented and ever-hilarious folks over at Geek Culture today released the following…
  • Nike refutes reports of Nike FuelBand discontinuation

    EdibleApple
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    CNET reported yesterday that Nike laid off its entire Nike FuelBand team and that the company was planning to get out of the hardware business entirely in order to focus on software. The company informed members of the 70-person hardware team — part of its larger, technology-focused Digital Sport division comprised of about 200 people — of the job cuts Thursday. … Of those 70 employees, about 70 percent to 80 percent — or as many as 55 people — were let go. News of the layoffs naturally sparked debate as to the underlying cause. While the ostensible conclusion…
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  • Evernote for Mac 5.7: New Spotlight Search, 3X Faster Sync

    the rocr
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Just a dot update? Hardly. Evernote for Mac 5.7 boasts 3X faster syncing and, this one’s a big help, notes are now Spotlight searchable (image below), which can greatly speedup discovery and retrieval given the central position Spotlight plays in ... The post Evernote for Mac 5.7: New Spotlight Search, 3X Faster Sync appeared first on FairerPlatform.
  • Transistor, Original Soundtrack Now Available

    the rocr
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    How do you top multimillion seller Bastion? Back to the well is an excellent strategy though hardly the final word on Transistor from famed game developer Amir Rao (Supergiant Games) with original soundtrack from Darren Knob. From the creators of Bastion, ... The post Transistor, Original Soundtrack Now Available appeared first on FairerPlatform.
  • Time Warner Cable Revenue Rises as 183K Cut Cord

    the rocr
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Make more money while losing bleeding customers due to industry worst customer satisfaction? That is a pretty neat trick and exactly what Time Warner Cable said it accomplished in the third quarter of 2014. Naturally, the secret to their ... The post Time Warner Cable Revenue Rises as 183K Cut Cord appeared first on FairerPlatform.
  • Handoff Ready Apps for iOS 8, OS X Yosemite

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

    the rocr
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    Back in 2008, at the beginning of the great recession and the Fairer Platform family dropped cable TV, people didn’t know what “cord cutter” meant. These days, however, cord cutting is all the rage and broadband only homes, like ours, ... The post Broadband Only Homes Surge 60% Since 2011 appeared first on FairerPlatform.
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  • How to create an Instant Hotspot in iOS 8

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

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

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

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

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

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Apple SIM – subscriber identity module had promised the possibility of switching carriers with a few taps on the tablet rather than to physically switch out SIM cards but in several instances, the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Apple's Family Sharing Feature

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Dipesh Timilsina
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:08 pm
    People buy and sell stolen iPhone all the time. Buyers who are unaware that the stolen iPhone they have bought from eBay suffer sooner or later thanks to “Where’s My iPhone” Activation Lock. The true owner of stolen iPhone can at any time remotely erase, lock and disable iPhone using iCloud service. Buying used iPhone has always been a risky task. Not so from now. Apple has just introduced a new iCloud tool which will let you check it the iPhone you are buying is stolen or not. The tool is simple to use. All you have to do is enter iPhone’s (or any Apple device with…
  • iPhone 6 Beats HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5 in Multi-Tasking With Only 1GB RAM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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