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  • Why Apple’s Productivity Apps Should Replace Microsoft Office for Mac Users

    Apple Gazette
    Kraig Becker
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo courtesy of Apple For years, Microsoft Office has been the gold standard for productivity software for business. If you took an inventory of the applications on most computers used in the corporate environment, chances are you’d find some version of Word, Powerpoint, and Excel installed on the majority of hard drives. MS Office has gotten so ubiquitous in fact, that it is installed on more than 85% of business workstations worldwide, making it as dominant in the productivity software space as Window is amongst operating systems. Fortunately, Apple has created a…
  • Yosemite adoption outpacing last year's Mavericks, now at 12.8 percent

    MacNN
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Users are getting used to the idea of upgrading to the latest OS X versions very quickly after release, a new study from ad agency and trend analyst Chitika shows. The latest major OS X upgrade, 10.10 Yosemite, has already achieved a 12.8 percent share of all Internet-connected Macs -- slightly ahead of where last year's release, Mavericks, was at the same point, six days after release. However, both Mavericks and Yosemite have enjoyed adoption rates more than twice as high as the last paid upgrade, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion in 2012....
  • Report: Yosemite Experiences

    MacInTouch
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    compatibility notes; user interface tips and comments; Mac App Store/Software Update issues; workarounds for the Sharing and Markup problems; disk formatting changes and related issues; auto-save issues and workarounds; Apple Mail experiences; network troubleshooting tips; the duplicate name problem; the ZFS file system; and more
  • Ralph Nader to Apple CEO Tim Cook: Pay other companies’ workers double and cut their hours in half

    MacDailyNews
    MacDailyNews
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Ralph Nader, a five-time failed U.S. presidential candidate, has written an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Here it is, verbatim: Dear Mr. Cook, “Designed by Apple in California” has a nicer ring to it than “Assembled by workers paid about a dollar per hour, working 11­-hour shifts, and sleeping eight to a room in the Jabil Circuit corporate dormitories in Wuxi, China.” But, no matter how you spin it on the iPhone packaging, you continue to turn away from the horrid working conditions and miserly pay at your Chinese factories. Just last month, while you displayed ­­…
  • Apple Analysts Don’t Have A Clue – They Just Follow

    AppleInvestor
    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…
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    MacNN

  • Yosemite adoption outpacing last year's Mavericks, now at 12.8 percent

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Users are getting used to the idea of upgrading to the latest OS X versions very quickly after release, a new study from ad agency and trend analyst Chitika shows. The latest major OS X upgrade, 10.10 Yosemite, has already achieved a 12.8 percent share of all Internet-connected Macs -- slightly ahead of where last year's release, Mavericks, was at the same point, six days after release. However, both Mavericks and Yosemite have enjoyed adoption rates more than twice as high as the last paid upgrade, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion in 2012....
  • Memo shows Rite-Aid's disabling of Apple Pay, NFC systems deliberate

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Following reader complaints of Rite-Aid stores no longer accepting Apple Pay or Google Wallet payments (following a brief period where both worked properly) and a "cone of silence" from PR representatives, leaked documents have revealed that the reversal by Rite-Aid on accepting NFC-based payments was deliberate, and that it may never accept Apple Pay, since it is planning to go with a rival mobile payments platform -- sometime next year....
  • Sprint adds 12-month option to 'iPhone for Life' leasing plan

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Sprint is making changes to its iPhone for Life rental plan, just over a month after launch. The carrier is adjusting the plan to allow customers the ability to lease an iPhone and upgrade it after 12 months, though the existing 24-month period between upgrades will continue to be offered to users at a lower cost compared to the new plan option....
  • Apple submits revised plans for Phase 2 of new Cupertino campus

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Apple has a submitted revised plans for the second phase of its Campus 2 project in Cupertino, California. Next to the main "spaceship" complex, the company is looking to build three research and development-related buildings on opposite sides of North Tantau Avenue. It already has approval for the construction, but the updated plans reveal specific details....
  • Friday Deals: iOS Grand Theft Auto, 240GB SSD, 1TB external, more

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Its time for Friday Deals! Every Friday, we round up the best deals for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, all prices are verified at the time of publication, but may not be valid if you're reading this after the weekend, so check before buying. Check back frequently over the weekend, we like to add stuff!...
 
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    Office Blogs

  • Office 365 news round-Up

    Jake Zborowski
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” That was the view of Leonardo da Vinci, one of the most innovative thinkers who ever lived. Although Leonardo valued simplicity and made it a cornerstone of his work, he tackled many complex challenges throughout his life. A true Renaissance man, Leonardo used his genius to invent hydraulic pumps, musical instruments and submarines; create works of art that show a mastery of human anatomy and a deep understanding of human nature; and design flying machines nearly 500 years before the Wright brothers launched their first glider at Kitty Hawk.
  • Support corner webcast—troubleshoot Mail Flow for hybrid cloud environment

    Office 365 Team
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    In this video, learn about the components of hybrid Mail Flow, the connector differences between Exchange 2010 and 2013 hybrid Mail Flow, header differences between centralized and decentralized transport, and typical issues that adversely affect hybrid Mail Flow. Presenter: Vincent Yim is a senior premier field engineer who specializes in Exchange deployments, Exchange Online migrations and Office365 identity. His primary activities includes consulting, training delivery and content writing. Office 365 support corner webcasts are a critical program to troubleshoot support issues and…
  • Calling the ballgames from OneNote with professional announcers Joe Block & Scott Franzke

    OneNote Team
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The World Series is in full swing and it yields a month filled with memorable home runs, strikeouts and game-winning hits. The soundtrack of these moments stays with you forever because of the announcers who call the games. But this is not a job for the shy or unorganized person. Calling plays in a three-plus hour baseball game with hundreds of players throughout a 162-game season requires both knowledge and know-how. Joe Block, professional baseball announcer in Milwaukee, uses OneNote on all his devices to keep track of player stats, game stories and even to keep score, bringing the game…
  • Join us Tuesday for the last live Office 15-Minute Webinar: 4 Office game changers

    Doug Thomas
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    For our last webinar, we take a personal view of Office. I’ve been inside the Office Content team for seven years and learned a ton about the programs. For me, here are four skills you can pick up relatively quickly that have a great impact on how you create content and get things done faster with Office. Join us for our last live Office 15-Minute Webinar at 9:15 A.M. Pacific Time. There’s also a 20-minute Q&A afterwards. You will need to register for this webinar (it takes only a few seconds). Register and attend https://microsoft.eventbuilder.com/event2.asp?eventID=6h97p97y…
  • Microsoft sponsors the Financial Modeling World Championships for Excel power users

    Excel Team
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    ModelOff, the Financial Modeling World Championships, is a fun and educational international competition for students and professionals who use Microsoft Excel. This year, Microsoft continues the tradition of sponsoring this exciting event. The contest starts Saturday October 25th, with online rounds making the competition accessible to anyone around the world. The event then culminates with a face-off between the 16 top finalists as they compete for the title of World Champion at new Microsoft Times Square offices. In addition to being known as an Excel rock star, there is over $100,000 of…
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    TidBITS

  • Physical Keyboards for the iPhone 6 Plus

    25 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The jumbo iPhone 6 Plus has potential as a mini-tablet for productivity, and it could replace the iPad for some users. Julio Ojeda-Zapata suggests mobile keyboards for iPhone 6 Plus productivity. 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…
  • External Link: Secrets of the iPad Air 2

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    The tinkerers at iFixit have torn apart the new iPad Air 2 and discovered that it contains NFC hardware, which in theory would allow for physical Apple Pay transactions. Whether that ever happens or not, rest assured that your iPad Air’s Smart Cover is compatible with the new model. However, it appears that the battery is slightly smaller than the previous generation, and early reports indicate that battery life has suffered for it. If you had hopes of repairing your own iPad Air 2, forget it: just about everything inside the iPad Air 2 is glued in place. Read the full article at…
  • External Link: Woz Heads Down Under

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is heading to Australia. He’s accepted a position as adjunct professor at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Wozniak has long professed his love for Australia, and will be working in the UTS Magic Lab, which researches robotics and artificial intelligence. 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…
  • External Link: Josh Centers Joined the MacJury to Discuss Recent Apple Releases

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Managing Editor Josh Centers joined host Chuck Joiner, TUAW’s Michael T. Rose, and Smile’s Nat Osten to discuss Apple’s recent releases such as Apple Pay, the iPad Air 2, and the iMac with Retina 5K display. Josh explained why he thinks the new iPads are lame, pondered the plateaus of computing, and confirmed that he is not a communist. 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…
  • FunBITS: Pedometer++ Tracks Your Steps on the Cheap

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    Want to track your activity level, but don’t want to shell out for an expensive fitness tracker? You may already have one in your pocket, embedded in your iPhone, and all you need to access it is a free app. 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…
 
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    TUAW

  • Meet friends and make new ones with Fanatic

    John Emmert
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    One of the great enjoyment of watching sporting events is to be able to share the moment with friends and other fans of your favorite teams. Now with Fanatic, a free universal app, you can do just that even more easily than before. Fanatic is a...
  • ColorFit uses photographs to suggest colors

    Andy J. Williams Affleck
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    ColorFit is a simple app that does one thing: uses a photo you take to suggest color palettes. Using the photograph, ColorFit will suggest a set of colors ("Use this colors" [sic]) using a variety of different color schemes including triad,...
  • Sling to the rescue in The Adventures of SlingCat

    Jessica Buchanan
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    A mad pirate atop a terrifying vulture has swooped in to and steal a map in The Adventures of SlingCat. An adventurous, yet adorable, blue cat named SlingCat is on a mission to rescue his rambunctious sister and the other half of the aforementioned...
  • Slices of Apple episode 9: Quality is job one

    Victor Agreda Jr
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 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,...
  • Apple and AT&T confirm: AT&T locks down Apple SIM cards to their network after sign-up

    Yoni Heisler
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    One of the surprising new features Apple added to the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3 is a pre-installed Apple SIM which allows users to conveniently switch over to different cell providers as they please. On its website, Apple describes the benefits...
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    MacRumors

  • First Week OS X Yosemite Adoption Rates Slightly Outpacing Mavericks

    Juli Clover
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Six days after being made available to the public, OS X Yosemite was installed on approximately 12.8 percent of Macs in North America, according to adoption numbers released by Chitika. That's just a slight bit higher than the 12.4 percent of Macs Mavericks was installed on six days after its release in 2013. Ahead of its launch, Yosemite adoption by beta testers and developers was more than 33 times higher than the adoption of Mavericks, and as measured by Chitika, its one percent share of North American Mac OS X-based Web traffic on the first day after release was double the day one…
  • Apple Submits Revised Plans for Second Phase of New Campus Construction

    Juli Clover
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Apple has submitted Apple Campus Phase 2 architectural and site refinement plans to the City of Cupertino, signaling its readiness to begin the second phase of construction on its spaceship campus as soon as first phase construction has been completed. In a massive 72 page PDF, Apple outlines revised plans for a set of research and development buildings located to the east and west of North Tantau Avenue, adjacent to the main circular campus building. While Apple has already received approval for the second phase of construction, the updated documents address specific changes the company is…
  • AT&T Locking Apple Interchangeable SIMs in iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 [Updated]

    Kelly Hodgkins
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    Apple's new Apple SIM card in the iPad Air 2 and the Retina iPad mini 3 is designed to be universal, usable across a variety of wireless carriers in the US and UK, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and UK's EE. According to user reports in the MacRumors forums and on Twitter, however, AT&T is not supporting this interchangeability and is locking the SIM included with cellular models of the iPad Air 2 and Retina iPad mini 3 after it is used with an AT&T plan. Image via John Legere A newly posted Apple support document details what happens to the SIM when it is activated on US carriers.Using…
  • iPad Mini 3 Teardown Reveals NFC Controller for Apple Pay, Hot Glued Home Button

    Juli Clover
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    After tearing down the iPad Air 2 earlier this week, iFixit has now moved on to the iPad mini 3, which also received a minor update during Apple's October 16 iPad event. Unlike the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3 saw few internal improvements, gaining a new gold color option and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. As expected, iFixit's teardown reveals many of the same parts that were used in first Retina iPad mini, now called the iPad mini 2. It continues to use the same 7.9-inch display, A7 processor with M7 coprocessor, 5-megapixel camera, and 802.11n Wi-Fi. There is one new addition, which is…
  • iTunes Digital Music Sales Fall 13 Percent as Apple Prepares Beats Music Refresh

    Kelly Hodgkins
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    Apple's digital music sales continue to spiral downward, falling more than 13 percent worldwide thus far in 2014, reports The Wall Street Journal. Last year, digital music sales dropped for the first time since iTunes opened in 2003, falling 5.7 percent year-over-year. This continued decline is likely one of the reasons behind Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music earlier this year. Apple may be hoping to offset this drop in digital music revenue with increased subscription revenue from Beats Music. The plummeting download numbers help illustrate why Apple…
 
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    Macworld

  • The Week in iPad Cases: Keyboards, exotic designs, and protection for every season

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Keyboards, exotic designs, and protection for every seasonThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases brings an array of options for your tablet, from multi-function wonders to simple yet efficient designs.AppleWith the launch of its latest round of tablets, Apple has tweaked the Smart Case (iPad Air 2; $79) to match.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Spot the hubris: A case of the pundit pot calling the Apple kettle black

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    You know how terrible it is when kittens turn into cats, right? Everyone was all “Awww, kitten!” and now they’re like “Big deal, it’s a cat.” That’s the point we’ve reached with tablets. “Apple Is Confusing Tablet Leadership With Awesomeness" (indirect link and a tip o’ the antlers to Shawn King) Writing for TechNewsWorld, Chris Maxcer is confusing market maturation with failure. The new super thin iPad Air 2 is starting to get tepid reviews, most of which begrudgingly call it the “best tablet” in the market, while admitting it’s boring.To read this article in full…
  • Apple mum as Mac owners tussle with Yosemite over Wi-Fi problems

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    The cries for help from frazzled Mac owners whose Wi-Fi connections went haywire after upgrading to OS X Yosemite are being met by Apple with stone-faced silence. Affected users have been filing a steady stream of complaints about the problem in discussion forums, blogs, and social media sites since Apple released the latest version of the operating system a week ago. Attempts by users to isolate the cause of the issue have been fruitless so far. The problem affects a variety of Macs with dissimilar configurations and linked to many different routers. What’s clear is that the problem hit…
  • Apple Pay tops Tim Cook's to-do list in China

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Apple CEO Tim Cook says bringing the recently launched Apple Pay system to China is his top priority for doing business the country. Apple Pay launched on Monday in the U.S. and allows iPhone 6 users to make “tap-and-go” payments at compatible terminals in retailers. It hasn’t expanded outside the U.S. yet, but international expansion is on the cards. The NFC (near-field communication) technology it uses is already standard in some countries. Cook made his remarks about China in an interview with the country’s Xinhua News Agency on Friday at the conclusion of a four-day trip to the…
  • Apple’s slipping iTunes sales prove streaming is the future

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    iTunes numbers looked solid, if not outright impressive, when Apple reported fourth-quarter earnings this week. Sales were up from $4.3 billion to $4.6 billion year-over-year. But Apple doesn’t break out music purchases from those numbers, so it’s difficult to tell what accounts for all that money. But now we know: It’s not music. Apple might have the answer to its iTunes music problem: Beats.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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    MacTech News

  • Parallels releases Mac Management for Microsoft SCCM

    dsellers
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Parallels has launched an update to Parallels Mac Management (parallels.com/mac-management), the product that extends Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) functionality to Macs. Parallels Mac Management enables IT departments to discover, enroll and manage Mac machines just as they do existing PCs – all through a single pane of glass.   read more
  • Storage Made Easy updates Mac File Sharing Apps for Yosemite

    dsellers
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    Storage Made Easy, a company that provides a private Enterprise File Share and Sync Solution compatible with most private and public storage clouds, have updated their Mac Cloud Apps to be compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite. The SME Mac App suite features a cloud drive, folder sync and menu bar. The Storage Made Easy Cloud Solution integrates the cloud directly in the Yosemite desktop and also supports Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion operating systems. read more
  • MovieBriefs 1.3.1 for Mac OS X beefs up slide show playback, more

    dsellers
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has announced MovieBriefs 1.3.1. It's an update of the Mac OS X video utility for creating image contact sheets from your movies by extracting up to 400 images and displaying them in an onscreen grid.   MovieBriefs, not only prints and exports overview images, but users may also create dynamic slide shows and share images via e-mail or with popular internet services like Facebook and Twitter. Version 1.3.1 includes enhancements to slide show playback, improved timing accuracy, a new movie info panel, and adjustable image output sizing. read…
  • AKVIS introduces Horror Pack for ArtSuite

    dsellers
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced a new collection of frames for its ArtSuite software for Mac OS X and Windows: the Horror Pack with 50 hand painted frame designs. ArtSuite lets you frame your pictures. Just place a photo into a frame and run processing; the edges will be smoothed and hidden to fit the frame, and you will get a stylish and impressive framed image. read more
  • Ephnic Movie Maker is ready for Yosemite

    dsellers
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    Ephnic Software has launched a new version (2.2.1) of its flagship application, Ephnic Movie Maker, for Mac OS X. The app helps users make home movies out of their favorite photos, video clips and music with transitions and theme effects. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite. It also sports a streamlined interface. Ephnic Movie Maker is now available on Ephnic's website (http://tinyurl.com/lxhc29d) for US$29.99. A demo is available for download.
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    Touch Arcade

  • The TouchArcade Show - 178 - Hell... (Dramatic Pause) ...in a Podcast

    Eli Hodapp
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:43 pm
    This week was really heavy on the game chat, which I always think is a good thing. Jared and I were both obsessed with different games, with me being totally about Retry and he was all about the various sports games of the week. Mike Meade was awoken from his slumber moments before recording, so I think he slept through most of it. You could argue this is both good and bad. 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…
  • TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Puzzle to the Center of the Earth'

    Jared Nelson
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:24 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 Game of the Week: 10/24/14 - 'Pixel Boat Rush'

    Eli Hodapp
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    This is a weird week for reviews this week. While we posted a lot of them, our highest scored game was only a 4.5... Which is still pretty great where I'm sitting. Be sure to hit up the links at the end of the post to find the other games we reviewed this week, or just mash the Top Reviews link at the top of every page to drill down further. Pixel Boat Rush, $1.99 [Review] - It took me a little bit of time to get the hang of Pixel Boat Rush's unusual play mechanics, but once I did, I had a really great time playing through it. It has a unique feel to its gameplay, and it's stuffed to the…
  • Five Alarm Freebie Alert: Rubicon's Entire 'Great War Game' Series is Free This Weekend

    Carter Dotson
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    If you're looking for a turn-based strategy game or three to check out this weekend, I have good news: Rubicon Development's Great War Game series is free all weekend. This includes Great Little War Game HD [Free] which is universal and free, its massive follow-up Great Big War Game [Free], and Great Little War Game 2 [Free] which features portrait play, perfect if you need something for on the go. Rubicon has put pretty much their entire library on sale in part because they want to draw attention to their games because it's getting harder to be visible on the market. These are some killer…
  • Kitty Korner Alert: 'Box Cat' Updated with Widescreen and iOS 8 Support, On Sale for 99¢

    Jared Nelson
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Long-time TA'ers may remember a segment we used to do on our podcast called Jared's Kitty Korner, where each week we highlighted the cream of the crop in the world of cat games. We've since retired the segment, but every once in a while some hot cat game news pops up and it's time to briefly revisit the Korner. Today, that hot cat game news is that Rusty Moyher's Box Cat [$0.99] has received a much-needed update adding widescreen and iOS 8 support, as well as Retina graphics on the iPad. So what is Box Cat exactly, besides a game about a box-shaped cat? It's a pretty simple idea. Your Box Cat…
 
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    Ars Technica » Infinite Loop

  • AT&T locks multi-carrier iPad SIM, T-Mobile and Sprint leave it open

    Jon Brodkin
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Apple The multi-carrier Apple SIM in the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 lets US customers purchase data from either AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile. But it turns out that if you want the option of switching carriers, you'll either have to avoid AT&T or acquire another SIM card. When you set up cellular data on a new iPad with the multi-carrier SIM, you'll get this screen, which lets you choose a carrier: Jon Brodkin Click on AT&T and you'll see this warning, stating that once the SIM is activated on AT&T's network, it will be locked to AT&T and that you'll need a new Apple SIM to…
  • Bluetooth-tracking beacon programs uncovered in LA, Chicago

    Casey Johnston
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    The Logan Square stop on the Chicago Transit Authority blue line. Kumar McMillan A report from BuzzFeed News Wednesday suggests that the tracking beacons that cropped up in New York phone booths last year have spread to new cities, including Los Angeles and Chicago. The beacons have been sprinkled around transit centers, including Chicago Transit Authority rail stops and LA bus stops. The beacons, created by Gimbal, connect with devices like smartphones via Bluetooth and can harvest information like the device's Bluetooth address, as well as the date, time, and location of connection. The…
  • iOS 8.1 mini-review: Testing Apple Pay, SMS forwarding, and more

    Andrew Cunningham
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    iOS 5, 6, and 7 got many minor updates throughout their life cycles, but each received only one "major" update in their year or so as Apple's newest mobile operating system. iOS 5.1, 6.1, and 7.1 were all released several months after the initial release, and each update marked the point where the version became "mature." Apple is mixing things up with iOS 8. Version 8.1 is here just a month after the initial release, and plentiful evidence shows that both versions 8.2 and 8.3 are already in testing at Cupertino. It's a rapid-fire schedule more in line with iOS 4, a release in which bug…
  • Sapphire manufacturer and Apple agree to part ways “amicably”

    Megan Geuss
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Sapphire surfaces like those used on TouchID were not used for the screen on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Kārlis Dambrāns Today, synthetic sapphire manufacturer GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) and Apple announced their agreement [PDF] to dissolve their partnership amicably after GTAT filed a surprising bankruptcy claim earlier this month. The proceedings threatened to expose information about Apple's dealings with GTAT, something Apple desperately wanted to hide, as evidenced by court filings from Apple asking that its objection to GTAT's Chapter 11 proceedings be submitted in secret. Now it…
  • Early iPad Air 2 benchmark suggests tri-core CPU, 2GB of RAM

    Andrew Cunningham
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The iPad Air 2 in profile. Its new A8X chip is stacking up pretty well. Andrew Cunningham Apple's iPad Air 2 contains a new chip called the A8X, an SoC that's faster than the A7 in the original iPad Air or the iPad Mini 2 and 3 and the A8 in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple would only say that the chip's CPU is about 40 percent faster than the A7 and that it has a GPU that's 2.5 times faster. We haven't gotten our hands on an iPad Air 2 review unit yet, so we haven't been able to test out these claims. A test from Primate Labs' Geekbench Results Browser sheds an interesting light on the…
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    MacStories

  • Connected: An Italian Stephen

    Federico Viticci
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:25 pm
    This week, the boys discuss the ever-expanding iPad line and Stephen yells about Yosemite. This week's episode of Connected was recorded before I got my iPad Air 2, and it includes some thoughts on moving from the iPad mini to the larger iPad as well as software we're not seeing from Apple. You can get the episode here. Sponsored by: lynda.com: An easy and affordable way to help individuals and organizations learn. Free 7-day trial. Hover: Simplified Domain Management. Use code 'OLDSTEPHEN' for 10% off your first purchase. ∞ Read this on MacStories
  • distribute()

    Federico Viticci
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Created by Vlambeer (the indie studio behind Apple Design Award winner Ridiculous Fishing, Luftrausers, and other games), distribute() is a new tool to help game developers keep track of a press list. From the website: distribute() is modelled to save you valuable development hours you'd otherwise have to spend on distributing builds and maintaining press lists. Simply send out a distribute() link for your game to your press contacts, and distribute() will organise all required information into a neatly organised list the system manages and maintains for you. Furthermore, distribute() will…
  • Twitterrific 5.8 with Share Sheets

    Federico Viticci
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Twitterrific, the popular Twitter client by The Iconfactory, was updated this week with support for native iOS 8 share sheets, a new way to search for users when composing a tweet, and other improvements. I've always been impressed by The Iconfactory's commitment to Twitterrific, so this week I took version 5.8 for a spin. I like how share sheets have been implemented in the app. Like Tweetbot, you can tap & hold on links in the timeline and you'll get action and share extensions in exchange for the ability to preview the full URL; you can also share directly from web views. What I like,…
  • Apple Launches TestFlight Beta Testing for Everyone

    Federico Viticci
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    After unveiling TestFlight beta testing at WWDC and rolling it out for internal testers a few weeks ago, Apple has today opened up TestFlight beta testing for everyone. From the Developer News website: You can now invite up to 1,000 testers to beta test your iOS apps by simply sending them an email invitation through iTunes Connect. Once they accept your invitation, testers can install your beta app on their iOS devices, get updated builds, and provide feedback, all within the TestFlight app. I tried the TestFlight app (released last month), and while it doesn't have all the features (from a…
  • Nuzzel for iPad

    Federico Viticci
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    I fell in love with Nuzzel earlier this year: I wanted an app to quickly understand what people I followed were talking about on Twitter, and I came across this simple utility to see popular links in my timeline. As I wrote in my original review: Nuzzel aggregates links shared by people you follow on Twitter over a specific period of time. Tweets containing the same link shared by multiple people are coalesced into a single article recommendation in the app, which displays the title, a brief excerpt, the source, and a count with the number of “friends” who shared the story…
 
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  • Ralph Nader to Apple CEO Tim Cook: Pay other companies’ workers double and cut their hours in half

    MacDailyNews
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Ralph Nader, a five-time failed U.S. presidential candidate, has written an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Here it is, verbatim: Dear Mr. Cook, “Designed by Apple in California” has a nicer ring to it than “Assembled by workers paid about a dollar per hour, working 11­-hour shifts, and sleeping eight to a room in the Jabil Circuit corporate dormitories in Wuxi, China.” But, no matter how you spin it on the iPhone packaging, you continue to turn away from the horrid working conditions and miserly pay at your Chinese factories. Just last month, while you displayed ­­…
  • Apple designed Marc Newson designs double-barrelled shotgun for Beretta

    MacDailyNews
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    “Italian gun brand Beretta is set to launch a hunting shotgun by Apple designer Marc Newson next month,” Dezeen reports. “Marc Newson has designed a version of the double-barrelled 486 Parallelo shotgun for Italian firearms manufacturer Beretta, a company established in 1526,” Dezeen reports. “Newson’s design will be released on 13 November, when the gun is officially unveiled at an event in London.” “It will be a version of the existing 486 Parallelo – a 12-gauge side-by-side game gun that features a round body receiver and lavish…
  • More signs that the TV business is set for a profound upheaval

    MacDailyNews
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    “One of the most popular television shows in America this autumn is called ‘How to Get Away with Murder,’ about a law professor and her students, who become involved in a mysterious killing. Most cable subscribers will find the title an appropriate description of their viewing experience,” The Economist writes. “Couch potatoes are forced to spend around $90 a month for their subscription. They receive over 160 channels, most of which they skip straight past. By one estimate the cost of a cable subscription has more than doubled since 2000. All that for the…
  • AT&T locking carrier-interchangeable Apple SIMs in iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3

    MacDailyNews
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    “Apple’s new Apple SIM card in the iPad Air 2 and the Retina iPad mini 3 is designed to be universal, usable across a variety of wireless carriers in the US and UK, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and UK’s EE,” Kelly Hodgkins reports for MacRumors. “However, AT&T is not supporting this interchangeability and is locking the SIM included with cellular models of the iPad Air 2 and Retina iPad mini 3 after it is used with an AT&T plan,” Hodgkins reports. “A newly posted Apple support document details what happens to the SIM when it is…
  • Buy Apple and sell Google if you can own only one

    MacDailyNews
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    “It’s been a tale of two tech stocks this earnings season, with Apple Inc. proving why it’s still dominant, and Google Inc. showing signs of distress,” Jeff Reeves writes for MarketWatch. “Here’s why, if I had to pick, I’d buy Apple and sell Google today.” “Apple posted earnings Monday, propelled by its flagship iPhone. Apple looked solid across the board, with numbers ahead of expectations on both earnings and revenue,” Reeves writes. “Also encouraging was forward guidance for its fiscal first quarter. Apple revenue is now forecast to come in…
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  • Why Apple’s Productivity Apps Should Replace Microsoft Office for Mac Users

    Kraig Becker
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo courtesy of Apple For years, Microsoft Office has been the gold standard for productivity software for business. If you took an inventory of the applications on most computers used in the corporate environment, chances are you’d find some version of Word, Powerpoint, and Excel installed on the majority of hard drives. MS Office has gotten so ubiquitous in fact, that it is installed on more than 85% of business workstations worldwide, making it as dominant in the productivity software space as Window is amongst operating systems. Fortunately, Apple has created a…
  • Have a Theater-Like Experience on Your iPad Air with Amp Case

    Noemi Tasarra-Twigg
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    For people who like watching videos and movies, or listening to music on their iPad Air, there is this new project on Kickstarter that might just amp up your experience. Truth be told, the sound from the iPad Air isn’t impressive, but that is not the main reason people but the tablet, is it? And those who do use the tablet for sound-related activities, there is always the option to use high-quality earphones or headphones. Still, if you want to upgrade your iPad Air sound without having to use earphones, check out Amp for iPad Air 2™ and iPad Air™, a Kickstarter project by Gregg…
  • 4 Halloween Apps to Enjoy Any Time of the Year

    Noemi Tasarra-Twigg
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Looking for scary games? Here are several that you might find fun to play. Halloween Apps Ghostbusters Of course this Halloween app is the first on the list. What’s Halloween without ghosts, and what’s the first thing that comes to mind when it’s ghost time? You get to play as part of the Ghostbusters team…I ain’t afraid of no ghost! (Oh, and it’s free.) Five Nights at Freddy’s This sounds a tad scarier than Ghostbusters, doesn’t it? Well, according to Sammy Snyder of iPhoneFAQ, this Halloween game actually made him jump while playing it.
  • Why You Should Skip the iPad Mini 3

    Kraig Becker
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo courtesy of Apple Last week, Apple held a special event on its Cupertino campus to unveil several new products, including two new additions to the iPad family. At that event, both the iPad Air 2, and the iPad Mini 3 were shown off to the media for the first time, with one of those devices receiving an impressive update, while the other barely saw any significant changes at all. In fact, while it is easy to recommend the iPad Air 2 now looks like it just might be the best tablet available today, it is actually difficult to find a single good reason to recommend the Mini 3 to anyone. …
  • Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens for the iPhone 6/6 Plus Available for Pre-order

    Noemi Tasarra-Twigg
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    Photography enthusiasts will be familiar with the Olloclip brand, which won the CEA Innovation Entrepreneur Award this year. With its range of products, Olloclip gave the iPhone and iPad (and Samsung, for that matter) the ability to take something different from run-of-the-mill photos. The company did so by bringing different lenses to the iPhone, lenses that are usually only available for digital cameras. With Olloclip’s success with the iPhone 4 lens, it is not surprising that they are launching a new product for the latest iPhones – the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The Olloclip…
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  • Visa, Mastercard publish list of financial institutions that will support Apple Pay in the coming weeks and months

    Chris Barylick
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    In as much as I grouse about Visa and MasterCard (also known as the “Dark Sith Overlords of Ever-Climbing, Interest Monster Debt”), this might come in handy. Per 9to5Mac, Visa and MasterCard have published a list of banks and financial institutions that will support Apple Pay in the United States “in the coming weeks,” while MasterCard has its own list of supported banks arriving in the coming months. The mobile payments service officially launched on Monday, October 20th and currently supports cards issued by Bank of America, Capital One, Citi Bank, Chase and Wells Fargo…
  • What a difference 30 years makes for image resolution…

    Chris Barylick
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    It’s more a picture than anything. Over on Things of Interest, someone overlaid the original Apple Macintosh, which was released in 1984 and shipped with a black-and-white 512 x 342 display. Fast forward 30 years to the release of the iMac with Retina 5K display, which ships with a 5,120 x 2,880 display with support for millions of colours. That’s an increase from 175,000 pixels to more than 14.7 million – an 8,400% increase. 80 of the original Macintosh displays fit within a single Retina 5K display. The stats are astounding, but to really put things in perspective, take a look at…
  • Christian Bale lands role of Steve Jobs in upcoming Sorkin biopic, didn’t need to audition

    Chris Barylick
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    Batman will be playing the part of Steve Jobs. And he didn’t even have to audition. Per Bloomberg, actor Christian Bale didn’t have to audition for the role of Steve Jobs in the coming biopic of the Apple Inc. co-founder, according to screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. “We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,” Sorkin told Bloomberg Television’s Emily Chang on a coming edition of “Studio 1.0.” “He didn’t have to audition. Well, there was a meeting.” Sorkin, whose screenplay for “The Social Network” won an Academy Award, is…
  • Bank of America confirms double charges under Apple Pay, says fix is underway

    Chris Barylick
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    You can call it an Apple Pay startup glitch or an evil conspiracy, both statements would have merit. Per Re/code and 9to5Mac, some Bank of America account holders are now reporting that the new service is charging them twice for some transactions. It’s also been confirmed that Bank of America is in fact experiencing a technical error that is causing the double charges and is currently attempting to roll out a solution that will resolve the problem. The glitch was apparently the result of a miscommunication between the bank’s systems and an unnamed payment network and wasn’t…
  • BBEdit 11.0 released, adds new features, easy import for TextWrangler users

    Chris Barylick
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    You love BBEdit. And it just hit version 11. Bare Bones Software today announced the release and immediate availability of BBEdit 11.0, a major upgrade to its professional strength HTML and text editor. BBEdit 11 builds on an extensively modernized foundation with newly overhauled systems for Find Differences, Clippings, and syntax coloring; and it adds dozens of enhancements and new features. The new Find Differences workflow provides a more efficient single-window presentation of results for both file and folder comparisons. A new sidebar for folder comparisons identifies mismatched files…
 
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    MyMac.com

  • Should you buy digital content from your cable provider?

    Donny Yankellow
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    Recently, I was at my aunt and uncle’s house for a family gathering. They had purchased Disney’s Frozen through FIOS OnDemand for the kids to watch. The kids loved it, but it made me consider the question of whether or not you should purchase video content through your cable provider. Why? Isn’t it the same […]
  • MyMac Podcast 527: Apple Event (Mini Minimised)

    Tim Robertson
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    Guy is enjoying himself somewhere in the State of Florida this week and just gives Gaz time to recompose himself, and a recent guest has kindly accepted the invitation back on. YAY TheMacMommy. Sad Face Gaz as he thinks this might be the last Mac Mini he buys, well we all know like that’s going […]
  • Self Standing Black iPad 4 Case – Review

    Steve Hammond
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Self Standing Black iPad 4 Case Price: $16.56 Company: EZ Buys Direct I was looking at a protecting case for my iPad with Retina Display (4th gen), I’ve been testing the Self Standing Black iPad 4 Case from EZ Buys Direct. The case is designed like Apple’s Smart Case series. The case is easy to […]
  • Painter 2015 – Review

    Donny Yankellow
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Painter 2015 Company: Corel Price: $429.99 Upgrade $229 I have had the pleasure of reviewing the past few releases of Corel Painter for MyMac.com and the one thing I always applauded Corel for was the fact that they didn’t release a new version every year, but they waited about two years. This allowed the software to […]
  • TechFan #182 – Been Too Long

    Tim Robertson
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Tim and David discuss the news from the Apple event this week, including the release of Yosemite, a new iMac and Mac mini, iPads, and much more. Plus, Tim has a new blog! Download and listen here RSS Feed for your podcast app Subscribe in iTunes Link: Not New Video Games (Tim’s new blog)
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    Cult of Mac

  • Go berzerk with Brad Pitt and this week’s other top picks

    Buster Hein
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
      So you don’t have to slog through a lake of reviews and tips to find something you’re just going to put down after 10 minutes, Cult of Mac has waded through the web to compile our weekly list the…Read more ›
  • Why Apple Pay is the future

    Leander Kahney
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Critics are fond of saying Apple doesn’t innovate any more. But Apple’s new electronic payment system, Apple Pay, is innovation of the highest order. After a relatively smooth rollout this week, I honestly believe Apple Pay is the future of…Read more ›
  • Nest buys home-automation rival Revolv to shut it down

    Cult of Android
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Nest has acquired Revolv, the Colarado-based startup which allowed users to control their smart home devices from a single interface using their smartphone. No price has yet been announced for the purchase, which follows Nest’s $555 million Dropcam purchase back in…Read more ›
  • Apple design guru’s latest masterpiece is a custom double-barreled shotgun

    Buster Hein
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Italian firearm maker Beretta has enlisted Apple’s new design guru, Marc Newson, to create a hunting double-barreled shotgun. Newson has created a custom version of the classic double-barrelled 486 Parallelo shotgun for Beretta, which will be officially unveiled at an…Read more ›
  • AT&T locks Apple SIM in new iPads, thereby defeating its purpose

    Alex Heath
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    The Apple SIM in the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 is based on an awesome idea—who doesn’t want to switch carriers with a tap of the screen? But the actual utility of the Apple SIM is pretty muddled, as evidenced…Read more ›
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  • Report: Yosemite Experiences

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    compatibility notes; user interface tips and comments; Mac App Store/Software Update issues; workarounds for the Sharing and Markup problems; disk formatting changes and related issues; auto-save issues and workarounds; Apple Mail experiences; network troubleshooting tips; the duplicate name problem; the ZFS file system; and more
  • Report: Yosemite Questions

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
    disk formatting issues, plus requirements for Handoff and Continuity; IPSecuritas; a sleep/wake issue; and saving the Yosemite installer from deletion
  • Report: Mavericks

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    hybrid drive performance; windowing glitches; Word problem
  • Report: iPhones/iOS

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    power adapters; Siri and Prius; ATT delivery delay; transferring photos from iPhone to Windows
  • Report: Applications

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    Quicken POODLE problems update; InCopy document search?
 
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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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  • Parallels releases Mac Management for Microsoft SCCM

    dsellers
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Parallels has launched an update to Parallels Mac Management (parallels.com/mac-management), the product that extends Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) functionality to Macs. Parallels Mac Management enables IT departments to discover, enroll and manage Mac machines just as they do existing PCs – all through a single pane of glass.   read more
  • Storage Made Easy updates Mac File Sharing Apps for Yosemite

    dsellers
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    Storage Made Easy, a company that provides a private Enterprise File Share and Sync Solution compatible with most private and public storage clouds, have updated their Mac Cloud Apps to be compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite. The SME Mac App suite features a cloud drive, folder sync and menu bar. The Storage Made Easy Cloud Solution integrates the cloud directly in the Yosemite desktop and also supports Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion operating systems. read more
  • MovieBriefs 1.3.1 for Mac OS X beefs up slide show playback, more

    dsellers
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has announced MovieBriefs 1.3.1. It's an update of the Mac OS X video utility for creating image contact sheets from your movies by extracting up to 400 images and displaying them in an onscreen grid.   MovieBriefs, not only prints and exports overview images, but users may also create dynamic slide shows and share images via e-mail or with popular internet services like Facebook and Twitter. Version 1.3.1 includes enhancements to slide show playback, improved timing accuracy, a new movie info panel, and adjustable image output sizing. read…
  • Kool Tools: Offload camera footage back-up utility

    dsellers
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    Red Giant's Offload (http://tinyurl.com/kewtxm5) is a useful, standalone application for backing up camera footage in the field. Available alone or as part of the Red Giant Shooter Suite, Offload lets you back up files from a camera card to laptop and external drives. Too often, shooters discover that their footage has been lost through a corrupted offload process or through damaged hardware. Red Giant Offload eliminates the stress that every filmmaker goes through between shooting and delivery. read more
  • AKVIS introduces Horror Pack for ArtSuite

    dsellers
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced a new collection of frames for its ArtSuite software for Mac OS X and Windows: the Horror Pack with 50 hand painted frame designs. ArtSuite lets you frame your pictures. Just place a photo into a frame and run processing; the edges will be smoothed and hidden to fit the frame, and you will get a stylish and impressive framed image. read more
 
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  • Layer Tennis: DKNG vs. DDL

    John Gruber
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    I’m in the commentator booth for today’s Layer Tennis match, a tag-team match between Dan Kuhlken and Nathan Goldman of DKNG Studios in Los Angeles, and Billy Baumann and Graham Erwin from Delicious Design League in Chicago. Check out the poster design work these guys do — amazing work from both sides. Get your beverages ready and prepare to get nothing done for the rest of the day. Match starts in about an hour, 2 pm Chicago time. Update: Just finished. Great match — terrific artwork and a lot of laughs.  ★ 
  • AT&T Locks Apple SIM to Their Network

    John Gruber
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Apple support document: Using Apple SIM, you can choose from different cellular carriers and their various programs. The data plans vary by carrier. For instance, in the United States, you can choose a domestic plan from either Sprint or T-Mobile and also pick an alternate plan from the other carrier as needed. When you choose AT&T on iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, AT&T dedicates Apple SIM to their network only. If your Apple SIM becomes dedicated to a specific network and you want to choose from other carrier programs, you can purchase a new Apple SIM from an Apple Retail store. Sprint…
  • Markua

    John Gruber
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    Leanpub: Markua is a superset of almost all of Markdown that has a strictly defined mapping to book and documentation concepts and that generates PDF, EPUB, MOBI and HTML. I love these “start with Markdown and build something new on top of it” projects.  ★ 
  • ‘Backtrace’, Debut Album From James Dempsey and The Breakpoints, Debuts at Number Five on Billboard Comedy Chart

    John Gruber
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    Dave Mark, writing for The Loop: James Dempsey is just a regular guy, a Mac and iOS developer who worked at Apple for about 15 years, toiling away on OS X releases Leopard through Lion, the Cocoa frameworks team, and Aperture. Dempsey is also a songwriter, writing songs with a focus on development, with titles such as Model View Controller and Gonna Needa Pasteboard. Back in 2001, James got the chance to perform a song at WWDC that was received well enough that a yearly tradition was born. His band, James Dempsey and the Breakpoints has been spooning out these developer novelty songs ever…
  • Khoi Vinh on Yosemite’s Look and Feel

    John Gruber
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Khoi Vinh: This is true with Yosemite, too. Spend just a bit of time with it, and you can almost picture the iterations to come, when future releases will have fully worked out the visual language and the gestalt of the interface will have cohered to a more advanced state. OS X Balboa and OS X Palisades are going to look great. In the meantime, though, I find Yosemite lacking in polish, full of awkward decisions and unresolved tensions. This is probably my favorite Yosemite review that I’ve seen, or at least the one that comes closest to my own thoughts on Yosemite’s visual…
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  • NSFW: Shut up about the new Mac mini, already

    Peter Cohen
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    NSFW is a weekly op-ed column in which I talk about whatever's on my mind. Sometimes it'll have something to do with the technology we cover here on iMore; sometimes it'll be whatever pops into my head. Your questions, comments and observations are welcome. I've seen endless bitching in blogs and social media about the new Mac mini Apple unveiled last week. So much so that I've seen some people recommending that you forget about the new Mac mini all together and get the older model if you can find it. That's incredibly stupid, because it ignores the actual needs of a lot of people who buy…
  • These simple skin cases for iPhone 5/5S are now $4.95 today—get yours while they last!

    Brent Zaniewski
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The gloss finish of this TPU cover abridges your iPhone 5S or iPhone 5's subtle contours, giving you the sleek look of a hard case and the shock absorption of a soft case. Available in black, blue, pink, clear and green, you can save an incredible 67% today!
  • Rite Aid drops support for Apple Pay, reportedly working on competing platform

    Harish Jonnalagadda
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    Rite Aid pharmacy has mentioned that it is dropping support for Apple Pay across all 4,600 stores in the US. The drug store chain seemingly accepted the NFC-based payment solution when it debuted earlier this month, but subsequently pulled support earlier this week. While the exact reason for the withdrawal of support for Apple Pay isn't known, leaked internal memos obtained by SlashGear indicate that Rite Aid is working on a payment solution that is similar to Apple Pay: Please note that we do not accept Apple Pay at this time. However we are currently working with a group of large retailers…
  • We chat with Remedy about their new iPhone and iPad game Agents of Storm

    John Callaham
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    Earlier this week, developer Remedy released Agents of Storm for the iPhone and iPad. The strategy game, set in a super-spy world, is the first exclusive mobile game from the developer, which is best known for their classic PC and console games like the original Max Payne, Alan Wake, and the upcoming Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break. We got a chance to ask Remedy some questions about the game and received our answers via email from Remedy's Project Lead Markus Mäki and the franchise's art director Saku Lehtinen. First, how did the idea for Agents of Storm come about? Markus Mäki: After the…
  • Lenovo's website lists iPhone-compatible Smartband SW-B100

    Harish Jonnalagadda
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    Lenovo's foray into the world of wearable devices is set to commence with the Smartband SW-B100, which is now listed on the manufacturer's official website. The fitness tracker was seen making its way to the FCC earlier the month, which revealed a rectangular display. The product page for the Smartband SW-B100 shows that Lenovo is targeting a younger audience with its first fitness tracker, which will come with the following features: Exercise Tracking: Steps/Distance/Calories/Heart rate, and daily/weekly/monthly data graph in APP Sleeping Tracking, and daily/weekly/monthly data graph in APP…
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    Slashdot: Apple

  • AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads

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

    samzenpus
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    smaxp writes In 2007, Sony's supply chain lessons, the network effect from the shift to Intel architecture, and a better OS X for developers combined to renew the Mac's growth. The network effects of the Microsoft Wintel ecosystem that Rappaport explained 20 years ago in the Harvard Business Review are no longer a big advantage. By turning itself into a premium PC company with a proprietary OS, Apple has taken the best of PC ecosystem, but avoided taking on the disadvantages.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Apple 1 Sells At Auction For $905,000

    timothy
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Dave Knott writes One of the few remaining examples of Apple Inc's first pre-assembled computer, the Apple 1, sold for $905,000 at an auction in New York on Wednesday. The final price outstrips expectations, as auction house Bonhams had said it expected to sell the machine, which was working as of September, for between $300,000 and $500,000. The buyer was The Henry Ford organization, which plans to display the computer in its museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Only 63 surviving authentic Apple 1's were listed in an Apple 1 Registry as of January out of the 200 that were built. The auctioned…
  • China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts

    Soulskill
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:08 pm
    New submitter DemonOnIce writes: According to The Verge and an original report from the site that monitor's China's Great Firewall activity, China is conducting a large-scale attack on iCloud and Microsoft accounts using its government firewall software. Chinese users may be facing an unpleasant surprise as they are directed to a dummy site designed to look like an Apple login page (or a Microsoft one, as appropriate).Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Barometers In iPhones Mean More Crowdsourcing In Weather Forecasts

    timothy
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    cryptoz (878581) writes Apple is now adding barometers to its mobile devices: both new iPhones have valuable atmospheric pressure sensors being used for HealthKit (step counting). Since many Android devices have been carrying barometers for years, scientists like Cliff Mass have been using the sensor data to improve weather forecasts. Open source data collection projects like PressureNet on Android automatically collect and send the atmospheric sensor data to researchers.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
 
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  • Parallels releases Mac Management for Microsoft SCCM

    dsellers
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Parallels has launched an update to Parallels Mac Management (parallels.com/mac-management), the product that extends Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) functionality to Macs. Parallels Mac Management enables IT departments to discover, enroll and manage Mac machines just as they do existing PCs – all through a single pane of glass.   read more
  • Storage Made Easy updates Mac File Sharing Apps for Yosemite

    dsellers
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    Storage Made Easy, a company that provides a private Enterprise File Share and Sync Solution compatible with most private and public storage clouds, have updated their Mac Cloud Apps to be compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite. The SME Mac App suite features a cloud drive, folder sync and menu bar. The Storage Made Easy Cloud Solution integrates the cloud directly in the Yosemite desktop and also supports Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion operating systems. read more
  • MovieBriefs 1.3.1 for Mac OS X beefs up slide show playback, more

    dsellers
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has announced MovieBriefs 1.3.1. It's an update of the Mac OS X video utility for creating image contact sheets from your movies by extracting up to 400 images and displaying them in an onscreen grid.   MovieBriefs, not only prints and exports overview images, but users may also create dynamic slide shows and share images via e-mail or with popular internet services like Facebook and Twitter. Version 1.3.1 includes enhancements to slide show playback, improved timing accuracy, a new movie info panel, and adjustable image output sizing. read…
  • Kool Tools: Offload camera footage back-up utility

    dsellers
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    Red Giant's Offload (http://tinyurl.com/kewtxm5) is a useful, standalone application for backing up camera footage in the field. Available alone or as part of the Red Giant Shooter Suite, Offload lets you back up files from a camera card to laptop and external drives. Too often, shooters discover that their footage has been lost through a corrupted offload process or through damaged hardware. Red Giant Offload eliminates the stress that every filmmaker goes through between shooting and delivery. read more
  • AKVIS introduces Horror Pack for ArtSuite

    dsellers
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced a new collection of frames for its ArtSuite software for Mac OS X and Windows: the Horror Pack with 50 hand painted frame designs. ArtSuite lets you frame your pictures. Just place a photo into a frame and run processing; the edges will be smoothed and hidden to fit the frame, and you will get a stylish and impressive framed image. read more
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  • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Original iPad Air, iPad Mini 2, MacBook Air, and Apple Accessories

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

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

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

    Juli Clover
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    A rare working Apple 1 computer has sold for a record $905,000 at a Bonhams auction in New York, reports Reuters. Estimates suggested the motherboard might fetch between $300,000 and $500,000, but it ended up selling for far more. The motherboard is believed to be one of approximately 50 Apple 1 computers that were originally constructed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs' garage for sale in The Byte Shop. The motherboard is numbered "01-0070." Few Apple 1 computers survive today, and the one sold at the New York auction has fetched the highest price seen yet. The…
  • Apple Opening Second Retail Store in Turkey This Saturday, October 25

    Richard Padilla
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    Apple today confirmed on its website that it will be opening its second retail store in Turkey this Saturday, October 25. The store will be located in Istanbul's Akasya Shopping Mall, and follows the opening of the Zorlu Center Apple Store earlier this year which saw an appearance by Apple's manager of retail stores Steve Cano. Photos of the new location shared by Apple Toolbox earlier this month revealed that the store will be on one of the mall's middle floors. Apple's Zorlu Center store was noted for carrying a unique design when it opened this past April, as the company touted its cubic…
 
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  • New Uses For Old Power Macs

    Kelly Guimont
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Over at designboom we get a look at another use for the slightly-less-than-current hardware: Furniture! Klaus Geiger couldn't find it in his heart to forsake these aluminum beauties, and found a way to keep them around. After scooping out the insides (and in some cases creating drawers), he added some wood or some glass and ended up with some really nice looking pieces. I love the wood and metal combinations, and having one of the wheeled carts would be super useful at my house. It's also really nice to see the office furniture made of old towers. I have to give props to Klaus for…
  • Apple Pay is Soaring While Competitors Crash and Burn

    John Martellaro
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Large companies have large ambitions. When powerful tech companies come crashing into people's lives with products that give them pause, they naturally turn to a safe oasis. It's that human element, an Apple strength, that makes the company's products alluring. This week, Microsoft and Amazon were reminded of that while they watched Apple Pay become a warmly embraced product.
  • The Camera Lens Mug: $19.99

    Bryan Chaffin
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    If you have a photographer in your life, just look at the image, click the link, and buy it. You already get it. For everyone else, the Camera Lens Mug is a coffee mug that looks like a camera lens. Think: bring your own refreshments to a place where you can't bring your own liquids, but you can bring your camera. It has a rubber grip, a stainless steel lining, and it looks like a camera lens. Come on, that's rad. It's $19.99, making it a fine gift, too.
  • TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-24

    Jeff Gamet
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    It's time for fitness tracker makers to get worried because Apple and Nike are teaming up. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about personal tech and how Apple is changing the market, plus they offer up their take on Fitbit's lack of HealthKit support.
  • Apple, Nike Teaming Up on Wearable Tech Project

    Jeff Gamet
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    Nike may have killed its FuelBand fitness tracker, but that doesn't mean the company is out of the wearable tech game. Company CEO Mark Parker says Nike is working with Apple on new wearable technology that will be less obtrusive but will still work with devices that are already available.The Mac Observer Spin: Knowing Apple and Nike are working together on new wearable tech should be a big red flag for other fitness and health tracker makers. It's time for everyone to step up their game or risk getting left behind.
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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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  • 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…
  • Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Accessibility Roundup

    Ricky Buchanan
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
    OS X 10.10 – Yosemite – was released today. As well as a lovely new design it’s major new drawcard is Continuity, the ability to switch between doing things on iOS devices and OS X devices seamlessly. Continuity in itself has a bunch of accessibility implications, and there are other specific accessibility advances in Yosemite as well as a bunch of general features which have accessibility implications. Continuity / Handoff Continuity is the ability to start a task on one device and easily switch to another device to finish it. The idea is that your iOS devices and OS X…
  • Stylus Options for iPad and iPhone Users: Do It Yourself

    Ricky Buchanan
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Directly touching the screen is a very easy access method for most people, and has many accessibility benefits, but for others it’s brought new accessibility challenges. This article is about custom and do-it-yourself options for styluses and pointers, including head pointers and mouth sticks. Articles in this series: Easy-grip Styluses Finger Pointers, Head Pointers, and Mouth Sticks Do-it-yourself and custom styluses and pointers The Need For Conductivity Making your own stylus isn’t too hard, but there’s one principle you need to understand first: iPhones and iPads and…
 
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  • Friday Morning News

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

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    We covered the Apple quarterly results yesterday, but there was a set of numbers that caught a lot of people’s eyes. Among them was TUAW who report that the total Mac sales of 5.5 million units for the quarter meant the Mac has now out sold the iPod for the first time since 2003. Whilst a bit sad for the iPod it is great news that Mac sales are growing at such a great rate. There has been quite a bit
  • Wednesday Morning News

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    After we posted the news yesterday, Apple posted it’s quarterly results. The Cupertino company posted a record Q4 profit, beat it’s own revenue forecasts and posted some impressive iPhone and Mac sales. Revenue for the quarter came in at US$42.1 Billion leading to a net profit of US$8.5 Billion. iPhone sales were 39.272 million units for the quarter (up 16.2%), Mac sales were 5.52 million (up 20.7%) and iTunes sales came in at US$4.208 Billion (yes Billions and up 8.2%). The only real down spot was iPad sales at a 12.316 million units, which was 12.5% down.
  • Tuesday Morning News

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Apple has released iOS 8.1 and you can grab it now from all the usual places. Whilst iOS 8.1 contains a host of bug fixes it is also a major update and brings iCloud iPhoto Library and is required to make continuity work between your Mac and you your iOS device. A feature many will welcome back with iOS 8.1 is the Camera Roll. With iOS 8.1 in the wild that also means Apple Pay is launched in the US, and whilst not all that exciting for us it is a big moment for Apple. So much so that Eddie Cue has told the WSJ that Apple “has a lot of work to do”.
  • Monday Morning News

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    At last the Mac Mini saw some love last week. MacRumors reports that it appears the new Mini has soldered RAM and is not user replaceable. That will be bad news for many potential users and we have already seen come reaction in various forum threads. However the good news is that the new iMac 27-inch Retina is user upgradable according
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  • Sleep if you can, the Alarmy App won’t let you snooze

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Seoul, South Korea – Billed as “the world’s most annoying alarm app,” Alarmy, from Delight Room Company, is a perfect solution for those who find themselves hitting the snooze button one too many times. The app, which is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as well as Android, Alarmy is not an ordinary alarm app, and with it, there is no danger of oversleeping and being late for work or for an important appointment. Once the alarm sounds, there is only one way to turn it off. Rather than a simple off switch that can be pressed and then ignored as users fall gently…
  • Zevrix Graphic Inspector Now Supports Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Toronto (ON) Canada – Zevrix Solutions today announces the release of Graphic Inspector 1.7.31, a compatibility update to its quality control solution for images and vector graphic files. Graphic Inspector can check entire folders of files for potential problems according to specific workflow requirements. The software provides graphic professionals with the most exhaustive info on multiple images, saving the time and hassle of checking each of them manually. The new version introduces support for the recently released Mac OS X Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and is offered as a free update to…
  • Macgamestore.com Announces Halloween Sale

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Austin, Texas – Halloween is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with hauntingly amazing games and scary good prices! Macgamestore.com today 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 MacGameStore 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,…
  • Melesta Games launches its Halloween Giveaway and Sale

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    Seattle, Washington – Just in time for Halloween, Melesta Games is happy to announce an amazing sale and giveaway featuring several of its most popular time management and arcade games: Kingdom’s Heyday, Jo’s Dream: Coffee Shop, Popping Rush and Sweet Maze. All games are currently available for download on the Apple App Store. For the very first time, the premium versions of two amazing arcade games – Popping Rush and Sweet Maze – are completely Free! Players can dive into 200+ challenging levels as they try to escape the labyrinth or pop hordes of slippery…
  • Storage Made Easy updates Mac File Sharing Apps for Yosemite

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    London, United Kingdom – Yosemite offers the user an elegant design that feels fresh, yet inherently familiar. The Storage Made Easy Cloud Solution, enhanced with new features, integrates the cloud directly in the Yosemite desktop. As well as Yosemite, the Storage Made Easy Mac App also supports Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion Operating Systems. The SME Mac App suite features a suite of Apps for Mac users that include: * A true Cloud Drive that provides a remote view to a companies cloud or private files in which files can be navigate and download on demand * Folder Sync in which any…
 
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  • WaterField Unveils Sporty Outback iPad Slip Case for Apple's New iPads

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:13 pm
    The rugged, relaxed look of WaterField Designs' new iPad Outback Slip Case, crafted from waxed canvas & leather, befits both leisure and the casual dress style of the modern workplace. The custom-fitted Outback iPad Slip Case includes a softly padded interior and a stiff plastic insert to provide extra protection for the iPad's anti-reflective, high resolution screen. Pre-order now. Shipping in one week: October 24, 2014. Available exclusively from WaterField Designs' American Made online store.
  • Mango - Calories Counter & Diet Tracker Monitors Calories and Activity

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Mango - Calories Counter & Diet Tracker from 42 Srl lets users calculate their optimal daily caloric intake needs, capture daily food intake and physical activity, track progress on a day-to-day basis, and make adjustments to their eating and/or exercise routine to achieve their desired weight loss and/or fitness level goals. The app also includes practical and inspiring tips to help users stay focused, on track, and heading towards their desired weight loss and/or fitness level goals.
  • Karelia Software Announces Yosemite Compatibility for All Mac Apps

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Karelia Software has released a new Stars app, plus updates for Sandvox and The Hit List for Mac, with compatibility confirmed for Tangerine! The new Stars 5.0 is built from the ground up as a new version of the former 'I Love Stars' app, and requires OS X Yosemite. Reimagined and renamed Stars, the new version introduces built-in 1/2-star ratings and sports a new, more modern UI to function and look great in OS X Yosemite. Karelia Software also updated Sandvox and The Hit List for Mac today.
  • AutoBracket comes to iPhone/iPad photography

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Pictional LLC has announced the release of AutoBracket, a new app that brings the "autobracketing" feature previously only seen in high-end DSLR cameras to iPhones and iPads. Users can shoot 3 photos in rapid succession, each at a different exposure compensation. This allows the photographer to shoot freely and choose the best exposure later, or to merge the 3 photos into one HDR photo. The app enables precise exposure control via a bracket slider and color-coded histogram preview.
  • Giada: A Digital Weekly celebrates record downloads in year one

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:13 pm
    New York Times #1 bestselling cookbook author and Food Network star, Giada De Laurentiis has marked the first year of Giada: A Digital Weekly with app awards, industry recognition, highly rated consumer rankings and a record-breaking number of downloads. The e-magazine offers its readers an engaging, on-the-go resource for timely, original content that's ready when you are, wherever you are, with up-to-the-minute ideas for holidays, weeknight mealtime and seasonal entertaining.
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  • Jagged Alliance: Flashback Officially Live

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    October 23, 2014 6:00 AMbitComposer and Full Control's Jagged Aliance: Flashback is now "officially live" and is available for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. Flashback is a reboot of the classic Jagged Alliance turn-based tactical action series. Like its predecessors, the game will put players in control of a squad of mercenaries and give them the chance to manage their activities both on and off the field of battle.We are proud to announce that we have finally left the confines of development. Most of you have been actively supporting our project - some even from day one. We really…
  • Warlock 2, Wrath Of The Nagas, And Spell Pack Released

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    October 23, 2014 6:00 AMParadox Interactive and InoCo have announced the release of Warlock 2: The Exiled for Mac, as well as the just launched Wrath of the Nagas expansion and Spectacular Spell Pack DLC. The fantasy turn-based strategy game challenges players to build a mighty army and wield spells and blades to defeat The United One and his four Vicars. Wrath of the Nagas pits players against the monstrous forces of the fearsome Nagas. The Spectacular Spell Pack combines five smaller spell packs, each with its own theme.Warlock 2: The ExiledThe worlds have been shattered, and you have been…
  • Total War: SHOGUN 2 - Fall Of The Samurai Coming This Fall

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    October 23, 2014 6:00 AMFeral Interactive has announced that the historical strategy game Total War: SHOGUN 2 – Fall of the Samurai will be released for Mac this Fall. Developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA for Windows, Total War: SHOGUN 2 – Fall of the Samurai is the standalone expansion pack for Total War: SHOGUN 2, brought to the Mac by Feral earlier this year.“In Fall of the Samurai, players will need ingenuity, skill and daring to ensure their battlefield tactics keep up with fast-advancing military technology," said David Stephen, Managing Director of Feral…
  • Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Hits Macs This Fall

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    October 23, 2014 6:00 AMAspyr Media, in partnership with 2K and Firaxis Games, has announced that Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth will be launching on Steam for both Mac and Linux and on Apple’s Mac App Store this holiday season. The Mac and Linux versions will retain the same features and gameplay as the Windows PC version, while also offering cross-platform multiplayer via Steam. The new science fiction-themed entry in the award-winning Civilization franchise will send players on an expedition from Earth to explore and colonize an alien planet in the hope of creating a new…
  • Door Kickers Leaves Early Access Behind

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    October 23, 2014 6:00 AMKillHouse Games' Door Kickers has left Early Access and is available to purchase at Mac Game Store. Featuring a top down perspective Door Kickers puts the players in charge of planning routes, choosing equipment, coordinating movements, and executing the plan to save the hostages.Door Kickers moves on from Early Access. For those that actually play each version, what’s new? The Campaign is IN. You have 3 campaigns now, with more to come! We’ve also changed the way Single Missions count now - troopers deaths are no longer saved in those. Think of Single Missions as…
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  • Christian Bale confirmed as Steve Jobs in Sony movie

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

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

    Kenny Hemphill
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Apple has published advice on its website on how users should protect themselves from phishing attacks after confirming that hackers had attempted to intercept traffic destined for iCloud.com. The phishing attack was first reported Great Fire, which monitors sites blocked by the Chinese government, and also by 9to5Mac. According to Great Fire, the Chinese government used its ‘great firewall,’ which filters internet traffic in China, to redirect requests for iCloud.com to another site, designed to look like Apple’s property. It then attempted to harvest user names and…
  • Bumper Mac sales help propel Apple to another record quarter

    Kenny Hemphill
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Apple reported another record-breaking financial quarter this evening and the Mac was the star of the show. Unit sales of 5.5m, a year-on-year increase of 21%, means that Mac sales continue to grow faster than the wider PC market. During a conference call with analysts following the announcement, CEO Tim Cook said that ‘winning’ the back to school quarter would mean the Mac recorded its highest market share since 1995. iPhone sales were up 16% year-on-year, better than Wall Street had predicted, but sales of the iPad disappointed again and were down 13% year-on-year. Cook…
  • iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 launched with iOS 8.1 due in Monday

    Kenny Hemphill
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Apple’s worst kept secret in several years was confirmed today when it announced it would start taking orders for two new additions to the iPad range tomorrow. The iPad Air 2 is thinner and lighter than its predecessor and, said Apple, has a display which has ‘enhanced contrast and richer, more vibrant colors.’ The Air 2 also has better cameras and the TouchID sensor on the Home button. It’s available in three colours, Space Gray, Silver, and Gold. And there are three storage capacities available; 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB. ‘iPad is a magical piece of glass that runs…
 
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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

  • VueScan 9.4.49 - Scanner software with advanced features. (Demo)

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has advanced features for restoring faded colors, batch scanning and other features used by professional photographers. Why should you use VueScan? Easy to use - just run VueScan, press Preview, adjust the cropping, then press Scan. Accurate colors - uses ICC profiles and IT8 calibration. Powerful - dozens of advanced options. Faster workflow - can edit one image while the next image is being scanned (most…
  • TotalFinder 1.6.12 - Adds tabs, hotkeys, and other tweaks to the Finder. (Demo)

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    TotalFinder is a universally acclaimed navigational companion for your Mac. Enhance your Mac's Finder with features so smart and convenient, you won't believe you ever lived without them. Tab-based interface Say goodbye to scattered, disorganized Finder windows. TotalFinder merges everything into a workflow-friendly, tab-based layout. System-wide access With TotalFinder, convenience is key: With the stroke of a hot-key, it's available instantly, system-wide. Helpful tweaks TotalFinder's Folders on Top feature takes file organization to a new level. Just click the option in the Preferences…
  • ExpanDrive 4.1.8 - Access cloud storage just like a USB Drive. (Demo)

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    ExpanDrive builds cloud storage in every application, acts just like a USB drive plugged into your Mac. With ExpanDrive, you can securely access any remote file server directly from the Finder or even the terminal. ExpanDrive supports: SFTP/FTP/FTPS Amazon S3 Dropbox WebDAV Rackspace Cloud Files Openstack Swift Dreamhost DreamObjects Google Drive OneDrive Box.com Copy.com HP Helion hubiC Version 4.1.8: New: Support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite Dark Mode Support for displaying account quota as free space on Dropbox/Google Drive/Box/Swift OS X 10.6 re-introduced due to popular demand Reconnect at…
  • calibre 2.7 - Complete e-library management system. (Free)

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Calibre is a complete e-book library manager. Organize your collection, convert your books to multiple formats, and sync with all of your devices. Let Calibre be your multi-tasking digital librarian. Manage, convert, sync, and more Library management. Calibre keeps things orderly by creating single entries for books that contains multiple formats. Add tags and comments for better searchability. Format conversion. Calibre's robust conversion options support a wide variety of file formats. File syncing. Calibre's device drivers seamlessly support all the top e-readers and devices. Version 2.7:…
  • BusyCal 2.6.3 - Powerful calendar app with multiple syncing options. (Shareware)

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    BusyCal is an award-winning desktop calendar that combines personal productivity features for individuals with powerful calendar sharing capabilities for families and workgroups. BusyCal's unique features include a non-modal Info Panel for easier data entry; To Dos that display in the calendar and auto-forward until completed; repeating To Dos; customizable calendar views including a List view and scrolling Month and Week views; adjustable font styles and sizes, live weather feeds, moon phases, graphics, sticky notes and more. BusyCal allows families and workgroups to share calendars with…
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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!

  • Cisdem PDFConverterOCR

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

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

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

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

    MacZOT
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Declutter Keep your desktop organized and clean! Normally: $14.99 ZOT Price: $7.49 Click to macZOT!   Declutter is an solution to Desktop Clutter, that every Mac user faces.Declutter helps you to create Smart folders with rules based on file names and extensions. It automatically keeps your desktop organized and clean. Beautiful Desktop We all love when we buy our new Mac. It is the face of the device. Declutter helps you to keep it that way and even makes it more beautiful. Smart Folders Declutters helps you to create beautiful and intelligent folders in your desktop. Each folder is…
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    MacBlogz

  • The Week's Hottest Apple News Stories, October 24

    J Keirn-Swanson
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Well, iOS 8.1 seemed to have gotten off with a less glitchy start than a few other software launches lately, and Apple Pay seems to be making the news. Will you be using your iPhone 6 at the checkout counter? Not if you go to one drug store. Meanwhile, it's beginning to look a lot like October out there, and at least ten apps want to get you ready for the season.  
  • iTunes Sales Drop By 13%, Beats Music Rebranding Rumors Persist

    Leif Johnson
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:24 pm
    It's well known that Apple was a little late to the streaming music party, and thus its fantastically expensive acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Electronics makes sense for a company looking to get ahead in the business. It'll need it, too. The Wall Street Journal reported today that traditional digital music sales on iTunes have dropped by 13 percent so far this year.Thus continues the trend from last year, when Apple's digital sales started declining for the first time as the market moved away from purchased songs and albums and more toward on-demand subscription services like Spotify,…
  • First Week OS X Yosemite Adoption Rates Slightly Outpacing Mavericks

    Juli Clover
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Six days after being made available to the public, OS X Yosemite was installed on approximately 12.8 percent of Macs in North America, according to adoption numbers released by Chitika. That's just a slight bit higher than the 12.4 percent of Macs Mavericks was installed on six days after its release in 2013. Ahead of its launch, Yosemite adoption by beta testers and developers was more than 33 times higher than the adoption of Mavericks, and as measured by Chitika, its one percent share of North American Mac OS X-based Web traffic on the first day after release was double the day one…
  • AT&T Confirms It's Locking Apple's New iPad SIM Card After Activation

    Leif Johnson
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:46 pm
    For consumers, at least, the news that the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 would support a SIM card that could freely be switched out among AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and EE in the United Kingdom seemed like a dream come true. Unfortunately, AT&T refuses to play along. Word surfaced at numerous sources today that anyone who connects their new iPad to an AT&T data plan will find their Apple SIM cards locked to the carrier.As Apple says on its site, “When you choose AT&T on iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, AT&T dedicates Apple SIM to their network only." That means that if you ever…
  • Sling to the rescue in The Adventures of SlingCat

    Jessica Buchanan
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    A mad pirate atop a terrifying vulture has swooped in to and steal a map in The Adventures of SlingCat. An adventurous, yet adorable, blue cat named SlingCat is on a mission to rescue his rambunctious sister and the other half of the aforementioned...
 
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    MacCast - For Mac Geeks, by Mac Geeks

  • Maccast 2014.10.17 - Apple's 10.16.2014 Event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Apple Keyboards Are Single-Use Devices That Cost $50 / €50 Apiece

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    Apple used to sell the most awesome keyboards, but starting with the first aluminum Macs, the company began bundling some thinner, classier models that look and work infinitely better. The only problem is that they don't work for a very long time. The ultra-slim keyboards sold by Apple today are the same models introduced some 7 years ago with the first aluminum iMacs. By all accounts, these peripherals are vastly superior to the bulkier plastic-built units that shipped with the white, also ... (read more)
  • You Don’t Need OS X 10.10 to Enable “Continuity” on Your Mac

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
    Despite supporting Bluetooth 4.0, some old Macs that aren’t eligible to run Yosemite can still use Continuity features without requiring OS X 10.10. A dedicated tool has been made available to enable things like Handoff, Instant Hotspot, and SMS forwarding on Macs that weren’t originally intended to use these features. Some users are obviously not happy with Apple’s decision to keep some Macs out of the loop, but it should be noted that the reasons could be both political and technical. The ... (read more)
  • Parts of OS X Yosemite Display Blurry, Reason Unknown

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
    Numerous Mac users who recently made the jump to OS X 10.10 are reporting blurry menu bars and fonts on their systems. The culprit is unknown at this time, but the issue is probably easily remedied through a simple software update. Apple is currently silent on this particular topic. The same can be said about another issue involving Yosemite computers and bad Wi-Fi connectivity. As far as the former is concerned, there are far fewer complaints because it doesn’t affect usage quite as much. Ho... (read more)
  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite Upgrade Affects Wi-Fi Connections

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:51 am
    Yosemite may look great but you can’t say the same about its functionality. Especially the connectivity bit. Numerous customers are filling forums with complaints about crippled Wi-Fi connections after making the jump to OS X 10.10. Many of these users can be found on Apple’s own forum. Everyone seems to be having the same problems. Their Mac will either drop the connection intermittently or fail to connect altogether. Frustrated users One customer, who claims to be using a MacBook Pro (Ret... (read more)
  • iPad Air 2 Is the Fastest Tablet on the Market – Benchmarks

    Softpedia News (Cosmin Vasile)
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Some customers will always put specs over functionality, and in some cases even above their needs. Techies will always prefer the most powerful devices that are available on the market and will always wait for benchmarks before making their purchase. The same goes for the tablet market where competition is fierce between Android and iOS-powered slates. The fact that Apple and Google announced their new flagship tablets less than one week from each other says a lot about the importance both co... (read more)
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    9to5Mac

  • 9to5Toys Last Call: 13-inch MacBook Air from $800 w/ .edu email, Camera+ for iOS free inside Apple Store app, more

    Dan DeSilva
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:23 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: Apple 13.3-inch MacBook Air 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB: $850 or $800 w/ .edu email (Reg. $999) Camera+ for iOS now available for free inside the Apple Store app ($2.99 value) VisionTek packs a high-performance Solid-State Drive into a USB 3.0 flash drive Dyson’s first blade-less humidifier keeps your family healthy and comfortable PSA: original iPad Air Smart Covers will fit iPad Air 2, save up to 50% now…
  • Chitika: OS X Yosemite adoption rate slightly higher than Mavericks in first week

    Mike Beasley
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    New numbers released by analytics firm Chitika have revealed that public adoption of OS X Yosemite has been very similar to that of its predecessor, Mavericks. According to the stats, Mavericks achieved an install base of 12.4% in North America in its first week. Yosemite is performing slightly better, coming in at 12.8% in the same period of time. The last of the “big cat” releases, OS X Mountain Lion, was only at 5.6% during its first week in public release. That could be due to the fact that it was considered an incremental upgrade over Lion and cost $19.99, whereas the two…
  • DWISS introduces first Apple Watch accessories in new crowdfunding campaign

    Mike Beasley
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    We may not even have a solid release date for the Apple Watch yet, but that’s not stopping the designers at DWiSS from launching a crowdfunding campaign for a new line of wearable accessories. The line includes several colorful watch covers and bands that can be used to customize your device beyond Apple’s selection of bands and faces. The covers will wrap around the watch itself, while the bands will fit into place just like any of Apple’s own bands. There will also be a lineup of custom software watch faces available. The DWISS team is seeking $30,000 in funding by…
  • AT&T confirms it locks iPad’s new Apple SIM card after activation

    Jordan Kahn
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    AT&T has confirmed in a statement that the new universal Apple SIM card in iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 becomes locked to the carrier after being activated on its network. It appears AT&T might be the only carrier locking the SIM card after activation, as Apple confirms in a support document that “AT&T dedicates Apple SIM to their network only” with no mention of other carriers. The support document also confirms that “Sprint Stores will only carry iPads with legacy Sprint SIM cards (not Apple SIM cards).” When Apple launched its iPad Air 2 earlier this…
  • Creators of ‘Room’ say Facebook copied their chatroom app, threaten legal action

    Jordan Kahn
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Facebook’s new ‘Rooms’ app                              Room Inc’s ‘Room’ app Following the launch of Facebook’s new “Rooms” app for iPhone, the company behind a similar piece of software called “Room” is claiming the social media outlet copied its intellectual property. The Room application, which like Facebook’s app allows users to create and invite others to chatrooms while remaining anonymous, was first released on the App Store back in September. The company’s Damien Rottemberg, Co-Founder and CTO of Room, sent over…
 
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    MakeUseOf » Mac OS X

  • 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…
  • What Does Continuity Mean for Yosemite & iOS 8?

    Matt Smith
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    OS X 10.10, better know as Yosemite, is a major Mac update that offers numerous features never seen before in an operating system. One of the most important is Continuity. While the name is slick and simple it actually represents a variety of interconnected features across the entire operating system that make using an iPhone or iPad alongside OS X easier than ever before. What does Continuity do, and does it work? Here’s what you need to know. Calls & Text Messages The most prominent feature of Continuity is its ability to turn your Mac running OS X Yosemite into an...Read the…
  • How To Install OS X Yosemite & Save The Installer

    Tim Brookes
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Hot on the heels of iOS 8 and a couple of new iPhones comes Apple’s latest release of OS X 10.10, codename “Yosemite”. As if that wasn’t enough, the company has also rewritten Christmas lists around the world by refreshing its iPad and iMac range too. OS X 10.10 Yosemite is free, comes with a brand new look, and is packed with features and security improvements over its predecessor, Mavericks. Here’s how to install it right now, as well as a look at the latest changes in Cupertino’s hardware line-up. OS X Yosemite Released We’ve taken a…
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  • Retail Financials Up, But To Be Reported No More

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

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

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

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

    Gary Allen
    27 Sep 2014 | 2:23 am
    After working 10 months to obtain construction permits for a landmark retail store in downtown San Francisco, Apple is now trying to convince the city that seven tulip trees need to be removed from the side of the building before construction can begin. But even with a company promise to eventually replace the trees after the store is finished, officials of the city’s Department of Public Works were skeptical of the proposal during a hearing earlier this week. Apple intends to demolish a large existing building on a corner parcel overlooking Union Square, and construct a huge,…
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  • Sleep if you can, the Alarmy App won’t let you snooze

    Richard
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Seoul, South Korea – Billed as “the world’s most annoying alarm app,” Alarmy, from Delight Room Company, is a perfect solution for those who find themselves hitting the snooze button one too many times. The app, which is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as well as Android, Alarmy is not an ordinary alarm app, and with it, there is no danger of oversleeping and being late for work or for an important appointment. Once the alarm sounds, there is only one way to turn it off. Rather than a simple off switch that can be pressed and then ignored as users fall gently…
  • Zevrix Graphic Inspector Now Supports Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

    Richard
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Toronto (ON) Canada – Zevrix Solutions today announces the release of Graphic Inspector 1.7.31, a compatibility update to its quality control solution for images and vector graphic files. Graphic Inspector can check entire folders of files for potential problems according to specific workflow requirements. The software provides graphic professionals with the most exhaustive info on multiple images, saving the time and hassle of checking each of them manually. The new version introduces support for the recently released Mac OS X Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and is offered as a free update to…
  • Macgamestore.com Announces Halloween Sale

    Richard
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Austin, Texas – Halloween is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with hauntingly amazing games and scary good prices! Macgamestore.com today 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 MacGameStore 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,…
  • Melesta Games launches its Halloween Giveaway and Sale

    Richard
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    Seattle, Washington – Just in time for Halloween, Melesta Games is happy to announce an amazing sale and giveaway featuring several of its most popular time management and arcade games: Kingdom’s Heyday, Jo’s Dream: Coffee Shop, Popping Rush and Sweet Maze. All games are currently available for download on the Apple App Store. For the very first time, the premium versions of two amazing arcade games – Popping Rush and Sweet Maze – are completely Free! Players can dive into 200+ challenging levels as they try to escape the labyrinth or pop hordes of slippery…
  • Storage Made Easy updates Mac File Sharing Apps for Yosemite

    Richard
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    London, United Kingdom – Yosemite offers the user an elegant design that feels fresh, yet inherently familiar. The Storage Made Easy Cloud Solution, enhanced with new features, integrates the cloud directly in the Yosemite desktop. As well as Yosemite, the Storage Made Easy Mac App also supports Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion Operating Systems. The SME Mac App suite features a suite of Apps for Mac users that include: * A true Cloud Drive that provides a remote view to a companies cloud or private files in which files can be navigate and download on demand * Folder Sync in which any…
 
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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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  • These are the real stories behind some of the most beautiful colors in art

    Shawn King
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Huffington Post: Manganese black. Yellow ocher. Vermilion. Ultramarine. These pigments sound delicious. Their names are so sharp and elegant, it’s as if the terms emote more meaning than just color. We can smell logwood, taste cochineal, touch mummy brown. There is just something (quite scientifically) alluring about a perfectly saturated glob of paint or an electric mound of powdered hues, especially when its name is so tantalizing. The uniqueness of the names undoubtedly prompts those amongst us, who obsess over the various pink, purples and blues, to wonder where the terms come from.
  • Welcome Wi-Fi changes under Yosemite’s hood

    Dave Mark
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    Glenn Fleishman talks through the changes Yosemite brings to Wi-Fi. ∞ Read this on The Loop
  • Fully scalable iOS device vector drawings for Sketch, all free

    Dave Mark
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    If you have a need for vector artwork of all shipping iOS devices, this free collection from Robbie Pearce might be your answer. The files are done in Sketch and come in every color you can buy. ∞ Read this on The Loop
  • Re/code team takes Apple Pay on a test drive

    Dave Mark
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    [VIDEO] Re/code put together a review team of four people, two on the east coast, two on the west coast, to put Apple Pay through its paces. Our overall conclusion: Apple Pay worked smoothly and quickly in all but a very few instances. But the number of physical and online stores that accept it at launch is still very small. Plus, some common things slow it down, like the need for signatures and debit-card PINs in some stores, its lack of support for loyalty cards, and cashier confusion. So it’s far from a complete replacement for your wallet and credit card, at least not yet. This…
  • ∞ The most epic safety video ever made

    Shawn King
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    Air New Zealand: As the official airline of Middle-earth, Air New Zealand has gone all out to celebrate the third and final film in The Hobbit Trilogy – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies It very well may be the most expensive aircraft safety video ever made. And interesting to see some of the difference between the demonstrations we see on North American Airlines. But I’m sorry – I don’t believe for a second that Elijah Wood flies
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    My Technology Guide: Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS, Android and more

  • 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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  • 5 Easy Tips to Speed Up OS X Yosemite on Your Mac

    Paul Horowitz
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    OS X Yosemite runs great on most new Macs, but some older models may experience some sluggishness or stuttering from time to time. The reason for that feeling of reduced performance can be due to a variety of issues, and most of them are really easy to resolve with surprisingly little effort. If you feel ... Read More
  • Enable Dark Mode with a Keyboard Shortcut in OS X Yosemite

    Paul Horowitz
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    Dark Mode impacts the appearance of the Dock and Menu Bar in OS X Yosemite, turning both from their grey on white defaults to a higher contrast white text against black background dark alternative. The effect is sort of iOS-like, but it also makes a great addition to the Increase Contrast feature on a Mac ... Read More
  • Enable Continuity & Handoff on Unsupported Macs with Continuity Activation Tool

    Paul Horowitz
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Continuity and Handoff are two great features of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 that allow an iPhone or iPad to ‘handoff’ an application, like a half-written email, over to the Mac to be completed in the Mac Mail app. It’s one of the major reasons for iOS and Mac users to upgrade to OS ... Read More
  • How to Show a Sidebar in iTunes 12

    Paul Horowitz
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    The iTunes sidebar has been a part of the media players functionality since the earliest days of the app, allowing users to quickly navigate around iTunes and their media, and also easily transfer things like music and movies to their iPhones, iPads, and iPods. The latest version of iTunes 12 has a different take on ... Read More
  • Increase Interface Contrast in OS X Yosemite to Improve Usability

    Paul Horowitz
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    The revised interface in OS X Yosemite makes heavy use of transparencies, flatness, white space, smaller and narrow fonts, and a dramatic lack of contrast with neutral shades of grey used for most text and many onscreen elements. Combined with the new system font choice of Helvetica Neue (the same font from iOS), the overall ... Read More
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  • The Curious Case Of Microsoft’s Ever Changing Brand Names

    Imran Hussain
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    No matter 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(...)
  • 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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  • 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…
  • Have An Old Smartphone Collecting Dust?

    Phyllis Evans
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    So, now that you’ve updated to that new iPhone 6, or even upgraded from a 4S to a 5C or 5S, what are you going to do with the old phone? If you bought it through Sprint, Verizon or AT&T, they’ll buy back your old phone for about $100. You could probably sell it on eBay and you might get more, but might also get less. And it all takes time. Several weeks. And a few headaches with packing and shipping. My daughter just upgraded from her old 4S to a 5C through her AT&T account. AT&T would buy back her 4S for a $100 gift card, and it would be somewhere around 3 weeks to process…
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  • Sleep if you can, the Alarmy App won’t let you snooze

    Richard
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Seoul, South Korea – Billed as “the world’s most annoying alarm app,” Alarmy, from Delight Room Company, is a perfect solution for those who find themselves hitting the snooze button one too many times. The app, which is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as well as Android, Alarmy is not an ordinary alarm app, and with it, there is no danger of oversleeping and being late for work or for an important appointment. Once the alarm sounds, there is only one way to turn it off. Rather than a simple off switch that can be pressed and then ignored as users fall gently…
  • Zevrix Graphic Inspector Now Supports Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

    Richard
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Toronto (ON) Canada – Zevrix Solutions today announces the release of Graphic Inspector 1.7.31, a compatibility update to its quality control solution for images and vector graphic files. Graphic Inspector can check entire folders of files for potential problems according to specific workflow requirements. The software provides graphic professionals with the most exhaustive info on multiple images, saving the time and hassle of checking each of them manually. The new version introduces support for the recently released Mac OS X Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and is offered as a free update to…
  • Macgamestore.com Announces Halloween Sale

    Richard
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Austin, Texas – Halloween is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with hauntingly amazing games and scary good prices! Macgamestore.com today 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 MacGameStore 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,…
  • Melesta Games launches its Halloween Giveaway and Sale

    Richard
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    Seattle, Washington – Just in time for Halloween, Melesta Games is happy to announce an amazing sale and giveaway featuring several of its most popular time management and arcade games: Kingdom’s Heyday, Jo’s Dream: Coffee Shop, Popping Rush and Sweet Maze. All games are currently available for download on the Apple App Store. For the very first time, the premium versions of two amazing arcade games – Popping Rush and Sweet Maze – are completely Free! Players can dive into 200+ challenging levels as they try to escape the labyrinth or pop hordes of slippery…
  • Storage Made Easy updates Mac File Sharing Apps for Yosemite

    Richard
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    London, United Kingdom – Yosemite offers the user an elegant design that feels fresh, yet inherently familiar. The Storage Made Easy Cloud Solution, enhanced with new features, integrates the cloud directly in the Yosemite desktop. As well as Yosemite, the Storage Made Easy Mac App also supports Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion Operating Systems. The SME Mac App suite features a suite of Apps for Mac users that include: * A true Cloud Drive that provides a remote view to a companies cloud or private files in which files can be navigate and download on demand * Folder Sync in which any…
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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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  • Parallels releases Mac Management for Microsoft SCCM

    dsellers
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Parallels has launched an update to Parallels Mac Management (parallels.com/mac-management), the product that extends Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) functionality to Macs. Parallels Mac Management enables IT departments to discover, enroll and manage Mac machines just as they do existing PCs – all through a single pane of glass.   read more
  • Storage Made Easy updates Mac File Sharing Apps for Yosemite

    dsellers
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    Storage Made Easy, a company that provides a private Enterprise File Share and Sync Solution compatible with most private and public storage clouds, have updated their Mac Cloud Apps to be compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite. The SME Mac App suite features a cloud drive, folder sync and menu bar. The Storage Made Easy Cloud Solution integrates the cloud directly in the Yosemite desktop and also supports Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion operating systems. read more
  • MovieBriefs 1.3.1 for Mac OS X beefs up slide show playback, more

    dsellers
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has announced MovieBriefs 1.3.1. It's an update of the Mac OS X video utility for creating image contact sheets from your movies by extracting up to 400 images and displaying them in an onscreen grid.   MovieBriefs, not only prints and exports overview images, but users may also create dynamic slide shows and share images via e-mail or with popular internet services like Facebook and Twitter. Version 1.3.1 includes enhancements to slide show playback, improved timing accuracy, a new movie info panel, and adjustable image output sizing. read…
  • Kool Tools: Offload camera footage back-up utility

    dsellers
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    Red Giant's Offload (http://tinyurl.com/kewtxm5) is a useful, standalone application for backing up camera footage in the field. Available alone or as part of the Red Giant Shooter Suite, Offload lets you back up files from a camera card to laptop and external drives. Too often, shooters discover that their footage has been lost through a corrupted offload process or through damaged hardware. Red Giant Offload eliminates the stress that every filmmaker goes through between shooting and delivery. read more
  • AKVIS introduces Horror Pack for ArtSuite

    dsellers
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced a new collection of frames for its ArtSuite software for Mac OS X and Windows: the Horror Pack with 50 hand painted frame designs. ArtSuite lets you frame your pictures. Just place a photo into a frame and run processing; the edges will be smoothed and hidden to fit the frame, and you will get a stylish and impressive framed image. read more
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  • The Week's Hottest Apple News Stories, October 24

    J Keirn-Swanson
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Well, iOS 8.1 seemed to have gotten off with a less glitchy start than a few other software launches lately, and Apple Pay seems to be making the news. Will you be using your iPhone 6 at the checkout counter? Not if you go to one drug store. Meanwhile, it's beginning to look a lot like October out there, and at least ten apps want to get you ready for the season.  
  • iTunes Sales Drop By 13%, Beats Music Rebranding Rumors Persist

    Leif Johnson
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:24 pm
    It's well known that Apple was a little late to the streaming music party, and thus its fantastically expensive acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Electronics makes sense for a company looking to get ahead in the business. It'll need it, too. The Wall Street Journal reported today that traditional digital music sales on iTunes have dropped by 13 percent so far this year.Thus continues the trend from last year, when Apple's digital sales started declining for the first time as the market moved away from purchased songs and albums and more toward on-demand subscription services like Spotify,…
  • AT&T Confirms It's Locking Apple's New iPad SIM Card After Activation

    Leif Johnson
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:46 pm
    For consumers, at least, the news that the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 would support a SIM card that could freely be switched out among AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and EE in the United Kingdom seemed like a dream come true. Unfortunately, AT&T refuses to play along. Word surfaced at numerous sources today that anyone who connects their new iPad to an AT&T data plan will find their Apple SIM cards locked to the carrier.As Apple says on its site, “When you choose AT&T on iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, AT&T dedicates Apple SIM to their network only." That means that if you ever…
  • Ask: Fixing Bad Screen Resolution

    Cory Bohon
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    If you've got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question, we've got the answer. In this week's Ask, we'll let you know how to restore your Mac monitor when the resolution gets thrown out of whack.QuestionSuddenly (possibly due to a small child) everything on my Mac is too big for the screen. I have to drag the mouse to the right-hand side of the screen to see the clock, etc. I’ve tried zooming out, and that doesn’t help. All of the text seems distorted. Can you help?AnswerThe wrong resolution could be set on your Mac for a few different reasons. The main reason is that the actual resolution of…
  • Deals: Get ilumi, the Smart Bulb that Lasts 20 Years

    MacLife Staff
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Having the right lighting in a room can change the entire feel of the environment. Imagine setting up the lights in your room like those that you see in a theater, or getting the perfect feel for your house party with light that matches the music. No matter the situation, you can get the look you want in the room with the ilumi LED Smartbulb. It's on sale right now in our Deals tab.The ilumi LED Smartbulb is the smartest light bulb you'll ever encounter. With a lifespan of up to 20 years, it's a great investment that will pay off for a long time. It's five times as energy efficient as a…
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  • OS X Yosemite Tips: Show Full Web Address in Safari 8

    the rocr
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Although Apple isn’t like other technology companies, it does from time-to-time concoct features, throw them against the wall and then watch to see which ones stick. Here is a quick Yosemite Tip on how to address one likely less to ... The post OS X Yosemite Tips: Show Full Web Address in Safari 8 appeared first on FairerPlatform.
  • Free WiFi: Restaurants, Retailers, Auto Chains That Put Out

    the rocr
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    The world runs on free WiFi. Fortunes have been launched, notably FourSquare and Yelp, by threadbare innovators taking advantage of free WiFi. So, whether you lack an innovative idea or an open access point, there is probably a free WiFi ... The post Free WiFi: Restaurants, Retailers, Auto Chains That Put Out appeared first on FairerPlatform.
  • Pixelmator for iPad Reviews: A Solid Buy

    the rocr
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:14 pm
    One of the pleasant surprises of last week’s Mac Retina + iPad Air Apple Event was the Pixelmator Team demo’ing Pixelmator for iPad ($4.99). With a solid image editing toolset and Continuity support with their popular Pixelmator for Mac — ... The post Pixelmator for iPad Reviews: A Solid Buy appeared first on FairerPlatform.
  • Refurbished iPad Prices Trimmed, Now from $209

    the rocr
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    It happens very much like clockwork. Whenever Apple ships new iPads, previous generation model refurbished iPad prices get trimmed. And, forgive my bad self, but I love trim. While it can be a challenge keeping up with Apple’s sometimes weekly ... The post Refurbished iPad Prices Trimmed, Now from $209 appeared first on FairerPlatform.
  • Apple I Sells for $905K, Sets New Record

    the rocr
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:07 pm
    People were pretty surprised when another Apple I motherboard in working condition sold for $671,400 in May 2013. This particular Apple I, which was hand assembled by Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs’ garage in 1976, was expected to fetch $400,000. But, ... The post Apple I Sells for $905K, Sets New Record appeared first on FairerPlatform.
 
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  • Want even more security? Try self-destructing drives

    Justin Esgar
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Yeah I’m not kidding. You read that title correctly. SecureDrives of the United Kingdom now sells an SSD drive that has the ability to be destroyed in case the laptop is stolen or tampered with. With built-in GSM (free for the first year, 29 british pounds each year thereafter), you can remotely destroy your hard drive. There are some failsafes, but if your corporate documents are of upmost important, simply call in your special text code and much like Mission Impossible, the information on the drive will be destroyed in 5…..4……3…..2….1…boom. Standard…
  • How to use your email – Infographic

    Justin Esgar
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:45 am
    We wanted to share with you some rules on how to use your email. Check out the infographic below with our top 10 tips for how to use your email. It’s perfectly designed to be printed to so you can keep a copy taped to your desk! Click to Enlarge These rules apply for both for Mac Mail and Outlook . Click here to download the graphic as a PDF for printing. We hope you enjoy the infographic, and if you have any questions regarding your email, please don’t hesitate to call us! The post How to use your email – Infographic appeared first on Virtua Computers.
  • Want a fast fileshare? Think about IP over Thunderbolt Bridge

    Justin Esgar
    30 May 2014 | 8:09 am
    Intel’s Thunderbolt is one of the latest technologies that allows you to connect very fast external drives to your computer. Apple has been including Thunderbolt since 2011 on their computers. When Thunderbolt 1 came out it was running at 10Gbit/s bi-directional. This means you get 10GBits downstream and 10GBits upstream at the same time. The new Thunderbolt 2 now runs at 20Gbit/s. The major issue most users have seen until now is that their computer probably only comes with one thunderbolt port. If you have a 21″ iMac, Macbook Air, Mac Mini or mid-2012 MacBook Pro you only have…
  • Syncing contacts on your Mac

    Justin Esgar
    2 May 2014 | 7:47 am
    Over the last few days I’ve seen a bunch of clients who were having issues with syncing contacts with a Kerio mail server. Each client has a different issue (corrupted contacts, not syncing issues, etc etc) – but in all cases there was one thing that needed to be understood by clients: How does Kerio work? There are three different types of mail solutions. POP (post office protocol), IMAP (internet messaging access protocol), and MAPI (messaging application programming interface). POP is the old way to do things. A mail server would hold your email, and you’d tell your mail…
  • Virtua Computers is now bi-coastal!

    Justin Esgar
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    We are super pleased to announce the launch of our San Francisco office. Virtua Computers now with offices in NYC and California becomes your “any-time I need help I can call” Apple consultants. Our SF offices are run by Nick McSpadden. Nicks prior experiences of working at a private school make him the perfect consultant for your business. Why? He’s probably seen every issue there could possibly be! Nick’s expertise in deployment, and IT management means he can help streamline your business. No more late nights wondering why your email isn’t working – Nick…
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  • 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.
  • No personal hotspot option, fix

    Serhat Kurt
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:47 am
    The Personal Hotspot feature lets you use your iPhone’s or iPad’s cellular data connection to connect your computers or other devices to the Internet. Some users reported that after updating to iOS 8 (and 8.1), their Personal Hotspot settings disappeared. In this article, I will explain all possible reasons why you may not see the option for […] The post No personal hotspot option, fix appeared first on Apple Toolbox.
  • Mail – How to Create Annotations in OS X Yosemite

    Roland Banks
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Now that the latest version of OS X (called Yosemite) has been officially released, many of you will be eager to discover and use all the new features. Almost every application on the Mac has been updated with a “flatter” look and hundreds of new features such as Continuity, iCloud Drive and the new Today sidebar. Mail has often been criticised as lacking features […] The post Mail – How to Create Annotations in OS X Yosemite appeared first on Apple Toolbox.
  • iOS 8.1 available, how to update

    Serhat Kurt
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    Apple released iOS 8.1 today. This update activates Apple Pay (iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus), supports all of the new continuity features (like SMS relay and instant hotspot), brings back the camera roll and fixes several bugs. If you want to update your device, here is how: Steps: Before installing, you may want to back […] The post iOS 8.1 available, how to update appeared first on Apple Toolbox.
  • iOS 8, Hey Siri not working on iPhone or iPad, fix

    Serhat Kurt
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    The new iOS 8 “Hey Siri” feature allows users to ask Siri a question starting with “Hey Siri” without pressing the home button. Several users are reporting that they have been unable to use this feature. Are you saying “Hey Siri” but not getting any response from Siri? If you updated to iOS 8 and started experiencing […] The post iOS 8, Hey Siri not working on iPhone or iPad, fix appeared first on Apple Toolbox.
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  • Apple to Drop SSL 3.0 Support

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

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

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

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    Developer notes connected with the updated beta software for Apple TV relates to the device used to `test HomeKit with the help of iOS apps’, with implication that the Apple TV will now become the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Free up Memory Space on iPhone

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Sometimes one may run out of space on iPhone and face difficulties in taking new photos or to install apps, download music and would want to install iOS 8 but may not have the 6GB memory storage for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • 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, […]
  • iPhone to Big Button Phone – Why Sometimes Less Features Is More

    Milana Rose
    6 Sep 2014 | 12:21 am
    Can Everybody Benefit From Owning A Smartphone? The Apple iPhone is probably the most well known cellular phone on the planet. It can be seen used by people of all ages and cultural backgrounds, and is touted to be one […]
  • The Top Mistakes Web Design Companies Keep on Making

    Milana Rose
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    The large number of websites that are available online can mislead many into thinking designing a website an easy job. However, for a website to be effective and reach its intended target, it must be designed well to allow them […]
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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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