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  • Muujo Leather Wallet Case toned down to simple monochrome

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    Charles Moore
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Netherlands-based Muujo have released their Leather Wallet Case line-up for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in gray—a toned down look, paving the way for the Desaturated Collection. Designed for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the monochrome leather carriers come in casually elegant gray. Muujo have resisted adding another color, and instead toned it down to create a striking desaturated wallet case… Continue reading Muujo Leather Wallet Case toned down to simple monochrome Related posts: iPhone 6 case spotlight: Rokform iPhone 6 case spotlight: Mujjo leather wallet case iPhone 6 case review: STM Harbour…
  • Would I still switch from PC to Mac?

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    gazmaz
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:02 pm
    The question of whether to switch from a PC to a Mac arises from time to time. I made the move to a Mac in 2007, but the decision would not be as easy today. My only experience with Microsoft software these days is at work, and that doesn’t make it straightforward to compare the […]
  • Hands On: Video Converter Pro - All (OS X)

    MacNN
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Before we get into this, Video Converter Pro is currently free for a limited time, so go get it on the Mac App Store now. If you read this one minute too late and the price has gone back up, get it anyway because it is more than worth the usual asking price of $15. Or rather, it is if you need to convert videos, because that's what this just does, without fuss....
  • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, MacBook Air, iMac, Apple Accessories, and More

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

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    John Gruber
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Marco Arment: Ged Maheux searched the App Store for “Twitter” and found Twitter clients ranked horribly below a bunch of spam and garbage apps, most having little to nothing to do with Twitter. You can see similar ranking problems with almost any common search term. I searched earlier today for an iPad Instagram client — the iPad App Store search list for “Instagram” is just as spammy and unhelpful as this. I was only able to find what I was actually looking for by searching Google and asking people on Twitter. It has always been the case that a Google web search for…
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    MacNN

  • Hands On: Letters and Dots (iOS)

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:26 am
    There's no shortage of word games on the app store, and for the most part, a lot of them have very similar mechanics. You have your Scrabble, your Boggles, and your Hangmen. But what about games that combine genres of games to create something new and fun? That's why Letters and Dots, by J.D. Shultz, was created - to add a little flair to a fairly narrow genre....
  • Apple Pay already accounting for one percent of all digital payments

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:45 pm
    A study by research firm ITG suggest that Apple Pay -- introduced only last month -- is already accounting for one percent of all digital payments. The firm also noted that those using Apple Pay increased spending using mobile payments, and tended to use the technology frequently -- resulting in a jump in sales at top merchants that accepted Apple Pay, such as Walgreens, Whole Foods and McDonald's. Each of the three retailers grabbed double-digit shares of the Apple Pay pie....
  • Hands On: Video Converter Pro - All (OS X)

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Before we get into this, Video Converter Pro is currently free for a limited time, so go get it on the Mac App Store now. If you read this one minute too late and the price has gone back up, get it anyway because it is more than worth the usual asking price of $15. Or rather, it is if you need to convert videos, because that's what this just does, without fuss....
  • Hands On: Airmail 2 (OS X)

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Staying on top of emails, especially when there are multiple accounts involved, is unpleasant. Of the many mail clients out there (such as Mail, included with OS X), each tries to offer users its own spin on staying ahead of the curve. Airmail 2.0, released earlier this year, provides a client designed for Yosemite, supporting iCloud, MS Exchange, Gmail, Google Apps, IMAP, POP 3, and more. We got a hold of Airmail 2.0 (which we will simply refer to as "Airmail" going forward) to take a look for ourselves, and see if this email client stands out from the crowd....
  • Kate Winslet could take 'lead' role in Jobs biopic

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Actress Kate Winslet is currently in negotiations for "the female lead" in Universal's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, Variety reports. Winslet is best known for movies like Titanic, The Reader, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It's not clear what the role will be, but top female characters in the film are rumored to include Jobs' daughter Lisa, and Katie Cotton, Apple's former PR head....
 
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    Office Blogs

  • 12 days of Mixes–day 9

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

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

    OneNote Team
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Every year children from the age of two to ninety-two put pen, pencil or crayon to paper and write their holiday wish list. Earlier this month, we let you in on a little secret—that our nation’s letters to Santa go to a small post office in the tiny town of Santa Claus, Indiana. More than 13,000 of these wish lists find their way to Santa Claus (the town) every year where a group of Santa’s Elves—local volunteers who don elfin hats and jolly knitwear—diligently open read and reply to each one. But this year, the Elves did things a bit differently and built a giant, digital wish list…
  • 12 days of Mixes – day 8

    Office 365 Team
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Continuing onward with our 12 days of Mixes series, we analyze what it means to “lead from the back” in data science. Today’s mix: John Foreman, “Leading from the Back: Making Data Science Work at a UX-driven Business.” Watch now, share, and follow us @OfficeMixTeam to see what tomorrow’s mix will be! Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing! The post 12 days of Mixes – day 8 appeared first on Office Blogs.
  • Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 026 on ECM PnP Samples with Frank Marasco

    Office Dev
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    In this episode Jeremy Thake talks to Frank Marasco on the samples he’s been working on in the Office 365 Developer PnP initiative. http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP26_Frank.mp3 Download the podcast. Weekly updates OAuth, o365 APIs and Azure Service Management APIs – Using Them All Together by Steve Peschka SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online Solution Packs on Microsoft Download Center MSCloudShow – Office 365 Developer Training discussion with Andrew Connell Processing JSON Responses Server Side Instead of XML  by Andrew Connell How to avoid…
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    TidBITS

  • External Link: Design Firm Ramotion Reimagines the Get Info Window

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

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
    Apple Mail was a disaster in early versions of Mavericks. Now that Yosemite is out, is everything hunky-dory again? Joe Kissell discusses what’s new in Mail — both good and bad. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.
  • External Link: Apple Halts Online Sales in Russia

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Russia’s economy is in a tailspin due to falling oil prices, and the resulting fluctuations in the ruble have forced Apple to halt online sales there. Apple had already increased the Russian price of the iPhone 6 by 25 percent due to the ruble’s plummet. Apple’s online store is its primary means of selling to Russian customers, since it does not have physical locations there. 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…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 15 December 2014

    15 Dec 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Notable software releases this week include Default Folder X 4.6.12; Hazel 3.3.3; Labels & Addresses 1.6.9; Safari 8.0.2, 7.1.2, and 6.2.2; OmniFocus 2.0.4; and DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.8.3. 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…
  • ExtraBITS for 15 December 2014

    15 Dec 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Two quick ExtraBITS this week: Michael Cohen discusses his new book, “Take Control of Pages,” with MacVoices host Chuck Joiner, and the new online publication Design Explosions compares Google’s and Apple’s approaches to mapping in iOS. 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…
 
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    TUAW

  • Quiptalk reveals what friends are saying before they say it

    George Tinari
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Quiptalk is a social networking app for communicating with friends in topical chat rooms. Its spotlight feature is live typing which shows other users your message as you type it, eliminating the need to wait for someone to tap "Send" before you get ...
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free Swipe N Clean [iPhone; ...
  • Apple bought back $56 billion of its own stock in 2014

    John-Michael Bond
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Apple is no stranger to stock buybacks so its no surprise that the trend continued in the 2014 fiscal year. And how much stock did Apple buy back this year? According to a new report for FactSet, Apple spent over $56 billion buying back stock this ye...
  • Daily Deals for December 19, 2014, featuring Dragon Dictate for Mac 4 and 6-Ft MFi-Certified Charging Cable

    Kelly Hodgkins
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:15 pm
    It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....
  • Get live updates with Ski Buddy and Ski Buddy Plus.

    John Emmert
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    I have seen a number of apps for skiers and other downhill enthusiasts like mountain bikers and longboarders. These apps normally record your speed, the distance you travel, changes in elevation, and the time it takes you to complete your run. Ski Bu...
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    MacRumors

  • Apple Pay Responsible for 1% of Digital Payment Dollars in November, Most Popular at Whole Foods

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

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

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

    Kelly Hodgkins
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    Apple CEO Tim Cook said he is deeply offended by allegations that Apple permits the mistreatment of workers in its supplier factories and mines, reports The Telegraph. The accusations were levied by the BBC news program Panorama, which sent undercover reporters to work in Chinese factories and Indonesian mines. The BBC aired the documentary titled "Apple's Broken Promises" last night on its BBC One channel. Apple senior vice president of operations Jeff Williams relayed Tim Cook's message in an email sent to its UK staff. Cook and Williams both stated they were "deeply offended by the…
  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Shipping Estimates Improve to 1 Business Day for 16 and 64GB Models

    Juli Clover
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:39 pm
    As the Christmas holiday approaches, Apple Store shipping estimates for both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus from all carriers in all colors and in 16 and 64GB capacities have now improved to just 1 business day in the United States, bringing the company close to reaching a supply/demand balance on those devices. The larger-capacity 128GB devices remain somewhat more constrained than the lower-capacity models, and ship in 3 to 5 business days. Shipping estimates are similarly improved in many other countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Thailand,…
 
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    Macworld

  • White elephant: There's a reason they give this advice away

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

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:02 am
    Your website could be doing a lot more harm to the planet than you think. It might seem like a flash on a screen couldn’t cause much damage, but every small feature of your site has a discernible impact on the environment, with more complex features requiring greater resources to maintain. Over time and in great quantities, it adds up. Many factors - from the color palette you choose to where you host your site - can influence your site’s carbon footprint.Designing more environmentally friendly site for your business lets your customers know you have an ethical stance that reaches beyond…
  • BBC documentary highlights conditions at a Chinese iPhone factory, but is it all Apple's fault?

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:31 am
    I’ve worked at a lot of different jobs in my life, but there are a few I’d never like to try: picking crops on a farm, working in a chicken processing plant, and working in any kind of factory. The relentless assembly lines and the noise of the machines would be hard to deal with. Even those factories without deafening machines still seem like harsh places to work, if only because of the cadence they impose on employees. Whatever device you’re reading this article on was built in a factory, most likely in China. In this country, not known for its pleasant working conditions, all the…
  • Instagram's spam purge reveals high-profile accounts with fake followers

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
    Instagram made good on its promise to delete spam accounts that have plagued the service and other social networks like Twitter. Sounds like a positive move, right? Well, the sudden evaporation of millions of fake users is enraging Instagram fans who care about things like high follower counts. Millions of accounts vanished in the Great InstaPurge of 2014, also dubbed the “Instagram Rapture,” and the Instagrammers whose follower counts declined the most were the ones with the highest number of followers. Celebs like Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, and Beyoncé saw millions of followers…
  • Ask the iTunes Guy: Missing ringtones and explicit radio

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Another iOS update, another round of bugs. This time, a recent update to iOS 8 deleted ringtones and alert tones. I explain how to get them back. I also look at using multiple Apple IDs in the iTunes Store and App Store, discuss not being able to block iTunes Radio, and look at a question about moving an iTunes library to a new Mac while retaining metadata.Lost ringtones Q: All my ringtones are missing from my iPhone and I can’t find any way to re-download them. What can I do? None of my devices were affected by this issue, and the iTunes Store tells me so.To read this article in full or to…
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    MacTech News

  • Video Fractal released by Nuclear Nova Software

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

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

    dsellers
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    Apple introduced Quartz Composer in 2005, creating an impressive platform for interactive media content creators. Now Kosada has introduced Vuo 1.0, an alternative to Quartz Composer. Media producers and digital artists have enjoyed the simplicity of using Quartz Composer's visual system of patches and cables to create interactive media and use it in their workflow. Designers could mix audio, video, and 2D and 3D effects in creative and innovative ways. read more
  • Rob Papen launches RAW soft synth

    dsellers
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    Rob Papen Soundware has rolled out RAW, a new Mac (32- and 64-bit, AAX, AU, and VST for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher) and PC (32- and 64-bit, AAX and VST for Windows Vista, 7, and 8) compatible soft synth specializing in "distorted" sounds for electronic dance music production (and beyond) read more
  • iMobie rolls out PodTrans and PhoneTrans

    dsellers
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:54 am
    iMobie has released PodTrans and PhoneTrans, tools for managing iPod music and iPhone content without iTunes. With the apps, users can copy all their valued content to any computer. For example, you can transfer iOS content to your Mac for a back-up. The new versions are combined with Mac OS X Yosemite and Windows 8 interface design. PhoneTrans and PodTrans are free for Mac OS X and Windows and are available at the iMobie website (www.imobie.com).
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    Touch Arcade

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Cards supported by Apple Pay now reflect 90% of card transaction volume in US

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

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

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

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

    Kyle Orland
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    Further Update (2:54 p.m. Eastern, Dec. 12): Looks like the unedited version of Papers, Please will be appearing on iPad after all. "Just talked to Apple. The initial rejection for porn was a misunderstanding on their part," Pope tweeted. "They suggested I resubmit with the nudity option. I'll make an update to restore the nudity over the weekend (default to off) and it should be available next week." Update (Dec. 12, 2014): Paper's Please developer Lucas Pope expanded on the tweets mentioned below in an e-mail interview with Ars Technica, saying that releasing the iPad version of…
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    MacStories

  • Workflow Tip: Append Text to the iOS Clipboard

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

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

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

    Federico Viticci
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:23 am
    This week, the boys talk about photo management, iOS workflows and smart watches. Shocking, right? Specifically, a discussion about Workflow with some cool links in the show notes. You can get the episode here. Sponsored by: lynda.com Dev Mountain PDFPen Scan+, from Smile ∞ Read this on MacStories
  • Apple’s Holiday (RED) Campaign Raises $20 Million

    Federico Viticci
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Dawn Chmielewski, writing at Re/Code, reports that Apple's Apps for RED campaign raised over $20 million to fight AIDS: The technology giant partnered with software developers who sold apps or exclusive items and donated the proceeds to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS. The company also donated a portion of sales at its retail and online stores during two of the biggest shopping days of the year — Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Apple's campaign was a first for app downloads going to charity, and I'm glad that the company and developers involved managed to raise this amount for a good…
 
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  • Hey Apple Health, did you forget about women?

    MacDailyNews
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:31 am
    “Apple’s new Health app appears to track everything measurable about the body — sleep patterns, blood alcohol content, heart rate, inhaler usage, times fallen, you name it,” Michelle Quinn reports for The Mercury News. “Via the censors on my iPhone, Health charts the stairs I climb and steps I take without me asking. There is even a category called the ‘peripheral perfusion index,’ which I’ve learned is the strength of one’s pulse,” Quinn reports. “But the app doesn’t yet offer a way for women to track their menstrual…
  • Top 3 Apple Pay locations so far: Whole Foods, Walgreens and McDonald’s

    MacDailyNews
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    “Apple Inc. users have a love affair with organic food, but they don’t mind stretching for a Big Mac sometimes, either,” Jennifer Booton reports for MarketWatch. “The top three retail locations for Apple Pay users during the first six weeks after the mobile payment service’s debut were Whole Foods Market Inc., Walgreen Co., and McDonald’s Corp new data show,” Booton reports. “Apple Inc.’s share of the mobile payments space shot to 1.7% from its launch on Oct. 20 through the end of November… Whole Foods Market Inc. has arisen as a retail star among…
  • Google hopes to get automakers to build Android directly into vehicles

    MacDailyNews
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm
    “Google Inc. is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones,” Alexei Oreskovic and Ben Klayman report for Reuters. “The move is a major step up from Google’s current Android Auto software, which comes with the latest version of its smartphone operating system and requires a phone to be plugged into a compatible car with a built-in screen to access streaming music, maps and other apps.” “Google,…
  • Dangerous ‘Misfortune Cookie’ flaw discovered in millions of home routers; Apple Airport routers unaffected

    MacDailyNews
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:57 pm
    “Researchers at Check Point have discovered a serious security vulnerability affecting at least 12 million leading-brand home and SME routers that appears to have gone unnoticed for over a decade,” John E. Dunn reports for Techworld. “Dubbed the ’Misfortune Cookie’ flaw, the firm plans to give a detailed account of the issue at a forthcoming security conference but in the meantime it’s important to stress that no real-world attacks using it have yet been detected,” Dunn reports. “That said, an attacker exploiting the flaw would be able to monitor all data…
  • Blodget: If you own an iPhone, you’re partially responsible for those kids working in tin mines

    MacDailyNews
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    “The BBC traced Apple’s supply chain back to its roots and found that, among other things, tin used in iPhones comes from dangerous mud mines in Indonesia that employ and kill children and that Chinese people who assemble iPhones work such long hours that they occasionally fall asleep on the job,” Henry Blodget writes for Business Insider (via Yahoo Finance). “These discoveries are startling and depressing,” Blodget writes. “At the very least, they should remind us that the true cost of iPhones is much higher than what we, Apple’s rich customers,…
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  • 5 Holiday Apps to Put You in the Christmas Mood

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

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

    Noemi Tasarra-Twigg
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Founded in 2006 in collaboration with Bono and Bobby Shriver, Apple’s PRODUCT RED campaign has been consistently promoted every year. The goal is to deliver an AIDS-free generation. This year, the PRODUCT RED campaign raised a whopping $20 million that will go to AIDS research, with the hopes of making the ultimate goal a reality sooner than later. Source According to re/code, head honcho Tim Cook sent an email to Apple employees celebrating the success of the campaign. I’m thrilled to announce that our total donation for this quarter will be more than $20 million — our biggest ever…
  • How to Set Up Family Sharing in iOS 8

    Kraig Becker
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    One of the best new features that Apple introduced with iOS 8 is Family Sharing, a service that allows up to six people to share apps, music, movies, and other content across all of their devices. This isn’t Apple’s first foray into allowing users to share content of course, but Family Sharing has streamlined the process greatly, and provids better flexibility for families with multiple Apple products. The service also includes integrated parental controls that make it easier than ever to keep track of purchases, and approve appropriate content, as well as other perks like a…
  • Get Hugely Discounted Apps Via App Santa Now!

    Noemi Tasarra-Twigg
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Merry Christmas to you, app lovers who are always on the lookout for when app prices drop. As it usually is during the holidays, discounts and promos are all over the place, and if you have been patient enough in the past year, you’ll probably save a sizeable chunk of money by buying apps this season. One place to go: App Santa. App Santa is a one-stop-shop for apps from indie developers who are offering their wares at discounted prices. And discounted they are – some discounts go up to 80%! There is a total of 30 apps on sale, but here are three which I find most interesting.
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  • GIFT GUIDE 2014 – The TrackR bravo

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

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

    Chris Barylick
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    When in doubt in a fluctuating market, it never hurts to shore up the prices. Per 9to5Mac, Apple on Friday informed developers that it is has changed the pricing of apps and In-App Purchases in the Russian App Store, following changes to exchange rates. The recent ruble-dollar rates have fluctuated so wildly in recent weeks that Apple has been forced to take the Russian Apple Online Store down completely, as it reviews pricing for its products. Obviously, it is easier to adjust prices in the App Store so a complete takedown was unnecessary. A 99 cent app now costs 62 Rubles. This means that…
  • Design for People Kickstarter book campaign shows promise, within $6,000 of meeting goal

    Chris Barylick
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:22 am
    If you could kick in a few Kickstarter shekels, it could lead to a really interesting book. We’ve just been informed that Mac user Scott Stowell is looking to complete a book about design and computers called “Design for People”, which discusses design from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. The Kickstarter video looks interesting and, at present, the campaign is less than US$6,000 away from meeting its US$50,000 goal. Take a gander and if you want to check out the larger project, head over to designforpeople.com and see what you think.
  • Amazon announces Prime Now service for parts of Manhattan, offers 1-hour delivery service via bike messenger

    Chris Barylick
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:19 pm
    If you’re in the heart of New York City and can’t get your Amazon order fast enough, this is for you. Amazon has just announced a 1-hour delivery service in the form of Prime Now, exclusive to Prime members. The service currently limited to select areas of Manhattan and users can choose 1-hr delivery forUS $7.99 or select a 2-hr window for free. The Amazon Prime Now app is available for iOS and offers bike messenger position tracking. The app requires iOS 7.0 or later to install and run.
 
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  • Muujo Leather Wallet Case toned down to simple monochrome

    Charles Moore
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Netherlands-based Muujo have released their Leather Wallet Case line-up for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in gray—a toned down look, paving the way for the Desaturated Collection. Designed for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the monochrome leather carriers come in casually elegant gray. Muujo have resisted adding another color, and instead toned it down to create a striking desaturated wallet case… Continue reading Muujo Leather Wallet Case toned down to simple monochrome Related posts: iPhone 6 case spotlight: Rokform iPhone 6 case spotlight: Mujjo leather wallet case iPhone 6 case review: STM Harbour…
  • Mac app and accessories holiday sale roundup

    Kirk Hiner
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    Know what’s great about Mac games and apps? They’re digital! You can buy them as gifts the day you have to give them, and it totally doesn’t look like you forgot until the last minute. And to help guide you on your way, here’s our holiday sale roundup to help you save enough money for a little something for yourself. Games: Right now, all Daedalic titles in the Mac app Store are available with discounts up to 80%. Deponia – The Complete Journey is now available for only $16.99. Edna & Harvey: Harvey’s New Eyes can now be purchased for…
  • The Best Free Apps for December 19, 2014

    Jake Gaecke
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:19 am
    It’s that time of year when developers become generous and start giving away perfectly good apps and games for free, and these comprise our best free apps of the week. First up is a brand new version of SimCity called BuildIt. As always, you get to build the city and take care of its citizens, but the whole experience has been optimized for mobile. If you’re ambitions are a little grander than just a city, you might light Galcon 2. In this game, you’ll fight to control the galaxy. And when all else fails, you can’t go wrong with a classic; Fruit Ninja is once again free, and…
  • iPhone 6 shipping estimates improve for some models

    Hammad
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
    Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have seen their fair share of delays since their release, especially the bigger model which was seeing shipping delays of up to three to four weeks. With the holiday season approaching fast, it seems Apple is… Continue reading iPhone 6 shipping estimates improve for some models Related posts: Apple Watch underwhelms, media event disappoints Samsung, LG mock apple over the iPhone 6 bendgate issue Apple shows off testing lab amidst iPhone 6 bending issues The post iPhone 6 shipping estimates improve for some models appeared first on AppleTell.
  • Algoriddim launches djay Pro for Mac

    Seth Fitzgerald
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:07 am
    Algoriddim has released a new application for Mac that is even better than the company’s popular djay application. The software, djay Pro, includes features that are targeted at professional DJs, and it has also been built to take full advantage of the Mac… Continue reading Algoriddim launches djay Pro for Mac Related posts: Free MacGameStore App now available for OS X gamers What’s the best anti-virus software for OS X? Memory Clean frees up memory without logout or restart The post Algoriddim launches djay Pro for Mac appeared first on AppleTell.
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  • TechFan #190 – iPhone Hack Live!

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

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

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

    gazmaz
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:02 pm
    The question of whether to switch from a PC to a Mac arises from time to time. I made the move to a Mac in 2007, but the decision would not be as easy today. My only experience with Microsoft software these days is at work, and that doesn’t make it straightforward to compare the […]
  • VisionTek Charge & Sync USB 3.0 Seven Port Hub – Review

    Rich Lefko
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    VisionTek Charge & Sync USB 3.0 Seven Port Hub Price: $54.99 VisionTek If you own a MacBook Air or a MacBook Pro then you know there are times when you simply don’t have enough ports. If you travel, with other iThings that problem is worse because you have to carry even more stuff like cables […]
 
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  • JavaScript Blocker

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
    This free Safari extension helps block all kinds of web advertising, tracking and crap.
  • Tribler

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    "Vision and Mission: Push the boundaries of self-organising systems, robust reputation systems and craft collaborative systems with millions of active participants under continuous attack from spammers and other adversarial entities."
  • Xcode and Git Security Flaw

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
    Apple patches a Git vulnerability with a beta update to its development system for OS X 10.9 and up.
  • Report: Yosemite

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    Apple Mail account configuration tips; print dialog tips; user interface issues ("The Humane Interface", "Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines" and "Designing for Yosemite", Jef Raskin, Canon Cat, Lisa, Xerox Star and Mac experience...); issues with system recovery, Disk Utility, Time Machine, TRIM support and more
  • Report: Security

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    personal experience with a tricky scam and remote computer access; details about FileVault 2, SMART data access, login passwords, Disk Utility problems with CoreStorage, etc., as well as notes on omnipresent surveillance and intimate personal profiling
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  • Peter Singer on Sony’s Reaction to North Korea Hack

    John Gruber
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Peter W. Singer, in an interview with Motherboard’s Jason Koebler: ​Now we get to the part that moves from jokes and silliness to serious, which is: This is not just now a case study in how not to react to cyber threats and a case study in how to not defend your networks, it’s now also a case study in how not to respond to terrorism threats. We have just communicated to any would-be attacker that we will do whatever they want. It is mind boggling to me, particularly when you compare it to real things that have actually happened. Someone killed 12 people and shot another 70…
  • L.A. Weekly: ‘Sony Pulling “The Interview” Is the End of Free Speech in Hollywood’

    John Gruber
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Amy Nicholson, writing for LA Weekly: Sony’s official announcement that the studio will no longer release Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s North Korean comedy The Interview closed with the line, “We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression.” So what’s it like when they don’t?  ★ 
  • ★ Yahoo’s Decline

    John Gruber
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:19 pm
    From a New York Times Magazine excerpt of Nicholas Carlson’s upcoming book, Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo: In many ways, Yahoo’s decline from a $128 billion company to one worth virtually nothing is entirely natural. Yahoo grew into a colossus by solving a problem that no longer exists. And while Yahoo’s products have undeniably improved, and its culture has become more innovative, it’s unlikely that Mayer can reverse an inevitability unless she creates the next iPod. All breakthrough companies, after all, will eventually plateau and then decline. U.S. Steel was the…
  • U.S. Links North Korea to Sony Hacking

    John Gruber
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:11 pm
    David E. Sanger and Nicole Perlroth, reporting for the NYT: American intelligence officials have concluded that the North Korean government was “centrally involved” in the recent attacks on Sony Pictures’s computers, a determination reached just as Sony on Wednesday canceled its release of the comedy, which is based on a plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader. Senior administration officials, who would not speak on the record about the intelligence findings, said the White House was still debating whether to publicly accuse North Korea of what amounts to a…
  • App Store Search Results: As Bad as Ever

    John Gruber
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Marco Arment: Ged Maheux searched the App Store for “Twitter” and found Twitter clients ranked horribly below a bunch of spam and garbage apps, most having little to nothing to do with Twitter. You can see similar ranking problems with almost any common search term. I searched earlier today for an iPad Instagram client — the iPad App Store search list for “Instagram” is just as spammy and unhelpful as this. I was only able to find what I was actually looking for by searching Google and asking people on Twitter. It has always been the case that a Google web search for…
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  • Get these iPhone 6 bumper cases today while they're on sale for just $5.95!

    Brent Zaniewski
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Made from a glossy and matte double molded polycarbonate, this durable frame conforms perfectly around the iPhone 6 to provide casual protection against minor drops. The bumper even slightly elevates the phone from flat surfaces, keeping it safe from unwanted scratches and scuffs.
  • Art Set Pro review: It's fun, but is it fantastic?

    Tammy Coron
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:20 pm
    When I reviewed ArtRage some of you asked me to take a look Art Set Pro as well. Since I'm not one to back down from a challenge, I coughed up the $6.99 and downloaded myself a copy. So, was it worth it? Well… At first glance, Art Set Pro looks fantastic. In fact, I couldn't wait to launch it and play with it. It has all of the tools one would expect from any portable art program and the interface looks nice. But, at least for me, it falls short compared to other apps I've used in the past. There are a wide range of tools available from pencils and pens to brushes and pastel. In addition,…
  • Social TV app tvtag goes antisocial and will shut down

    Chuong H Nguyen
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Social TV app tvtag for iOS will be shutting down by the end of the year. The service debuted under the name GetGlue about four years ago and recently evolved its branding to tvtag. Effective January 1, tvtag.com will no longer be accessible and the tvtag mobile apps will cease to function. We recognize that some of you may want to save and archive your user data. If you're interested in requesting a copy of your data, please email your username in the subject line to datarequest@tvtag.com.
  • Apple Pay has three times as many active new users as PayPal

    Chuong H Nguyen
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:19 pm
    A new research examining mobile payment trends since the October 20th launch of Apple Pay shows that Apple is gaining traction in the space. In the month of November, Apple Pay captured 1 percent of the digital payment dollars and among new users, Apple Pay was used regularly three times as much as rival service PayPal. The data released from ITG Investment Research based on the company's mobile payments report shows: 60% of new Apple Pay customers used Apple Pay on multiple days through November, suggesting strong customer engagement. In comparison, New PayPal customers used the service on…
  • What you need to know about Apple's holiday shipping deadlines

    Serenity Caldwell
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:15 pm
    If you're considering picking up a shiny new iPhone, Mac, iPod, Apple TV, or iPad for your loved ones this holiday, Apple's made it easier than ever. Between the Apple Online Store and the company's retail stores, it's simple to pick up the device of your choice in time to hide it under your Christmas tree, menorah, or favorite holiday trinket. Ordering from the Apple Online Store The Apple Online Store's shipping deadlines are especially forgiving this year: If your item is in stock, the company will pay for free two-day shipping. Note: Two-day shipping doesn't apply to customized…
 
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  • Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    dsellers
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    Apple introduced Quartz Composer in 2005, creating an impressive platform for interactive media content creators. Now Kosada has introduced Vuo 1.0, an alternative to Quartz Composer. Media producers and digital artists have enjoyed the simplicity of using Quartz Composer's visual system of patches and cables to create interactive media and use it in their workflow. Designers could mix audio, video, and 2D and 3D effects in creative and innovative ways. read more
  • Rob Papen launches RAW soft synth

    dsellers
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    Rob Papen Soundware has rolled out RAW, a new Mac (32- and 64-bit, AAX, AU, and VST for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher) and PC (32- and 64-bit, AAX and VST for Windows Vista, 7, and 8) compatible soft synth specializing in "distorted" sounds for electronic dance music production (and beyond) read more
  • iMobie rolls out PodTrans and PhoneTrans

    dsellers
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:54 am
    iMobie has released PodTrans and PhoneTrans, tools for managing iPod music and iPhone content without iTunes. With the apps, users can copy all their valued content to any computer. For example, you can transfer iOS content to your Mac for a back-up. The new versions are combined with Mac OS X Yosemite and Windows 8 interface design. PhoneTrans and PodTrans are free for Mac OS X and Windows and are available at the iMobie website (www.imobie.com).
 
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  • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, MacBook Air, iMac, Apple Accessories, and More

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

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

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

    Eric Slivka
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Algoriddim has long been known for its popular DJ app djay, which began life on the Mac before moving to the iPad, iPhone and most recently Android, with the various versions winning a number of awards and contributing to making djay the world's best-selling DJ app with over 15 million downloads. With djay having proven popular among both amateur and professional DJs, users have been asking for more from the software, and Algoriddim is delivering that today with the release of djay Pro for Mac. Going well beyond the previous version of djay for Mac, djay Pro takes advantage of Apple's latest…
  • Apple Seeds Safari 8.0.3, 7.1.3, and 6.2.3 to Developers

    Eric Slivka
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Apple today seeded a new Safari 8.0.3 beta for developers running OS X Yosemite, along with a Safari 7.1.3 beta for Mavericks and a Safari 6.2.3 beta for Mountain Lion. Registered Mac developers can download the new Safari builds through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store or through the Mac Dev Center. In the release notes for the new betas, Apple asks developers to focus on features like Extensions, Password AutoFill, HTML5 video playback, notifications, and more.Focus Areas Please focus testing on the following areas: - General website compatibility - Extension compatibility…
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  • Google, Samsung can’t Top Apple’s Unreleased Apple Watch

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

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

    Bryan Chaffin
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Apple has raised the price of apps in the Russian App Store in the midst of a meltdown in the value of the Russian ruble. The move follows Apple's decision earlier in the week to stop selling iPhones in Russia because of the volatility.
  • The Unexpected Ways Apple Watch Will Crush the Competition

    John Martellaro
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Calling the Apple Watch just a cooler, better smartwatch isn't the right way to look at this revolutionary device. Apple would hardly settle for that. Instead, the Apple Watch will so change people's lives that no other device on the wrist will do, and that will bring incredible success. John Martellaro makes his case.
  • 6-Ft MFi-Certified iOS Lightning and micro USB Convertible Charging Cable: $21

    Bryan Chaffin
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    If you live in a multi-platform house, we have a deal for you on a 6-foot charging cable that's convertible between microUSB (for Android devices) and Lightning (for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch). Better yet, the converter is actually attached to the cable, eliminating the chance to lose it! That's clever, and I like clever. It retails for $40, but you can get it through our deal for $21.
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  • Speech-to-Text: Dictation Software for OS X

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

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

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

    Ricky Buchanan
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:11 pm
    You hear the Skype ringtone, there’s a call! You reach out to grab your mouse, or keyboard … but it takes a moment to do it. Oh no – by the time you’ve got to the answer button, your caller has hung up! Sound familiar? Did you know that you can set up Skype for Mac OS X to answer for you automatically? To do this, open the preferences (from the Skype menu) and select the “Calls” button from the top row. Check the box for “Auto-answer Calls”, shown here with the green arrow: Skype’s call preferences include an option for auto-answering. If…
  • Weekend Roundup for 7 December 2014

    Ricky Buchanan
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:54 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 … [Note to self: Writing the article is good, remembering to also press ‘publish’ is better! Sorry … – Ricky] OS X Links Adding Mathematical Equations To Your Documents How to use hidden features in OS X Yosemite with TinkerTool Control your computer with the Jouse3 mouth-controlled joystick How to change default apps on the Mac iOS Links Audio demonstration: FingerKey: Lets You…
 
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  • Taking stock of Apple's own OS X apps

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    11 Dec 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Today is Safari update day, with Apple releasing updates to its browser for Yosemite, Mavericks and Mountain Lion. Grab the update from the update section on the App store. It isn’t perhaps the most exciting of Apple’s new products for most of us but the company has high hopes for it’s Car Play system. Whilst some systems have now been rolled in new cars, Apple according to 9to5Mac have issued guidelines to clarify just where and how Car Play can be
 
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  • widget weather 1.2 released for iOS8 – Weather Forecast Widget

    admin
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:10 am
    Oslo, Norway – Independent developer, Trond Rossvoll today is proud to announce the release of widget weather 1.2, an update to his popular weather widget for iOS 8. Offering multiple icon themes to provide a personal touch, widget weather provides weather forecasts in a space effective manner by showing the current weather state and a relevant weather icon along with forecasted temperature, wind and precipitation for 3-hour periods ahead in time combined with upcoming daily forecasts if it pleases the user. Version 1.2 adds a lot of new features, including a set of animated widget…
  • Macgamesotre.com Launches Holiday Sale – Over 1000 Games On Sale

    admin
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    Austin, Texas – With the holiday season upon us, Macgamestore.com today announced it is having a festive and gigantic Holiday Sale on over 1000 Macintosh games. Visit Macgamestore.com now through January 2nd to take advantage of instant deals on over 1000 of the hottest Mac games. (Sale ends January 3, 2014). Sale items include popular games such as: * Civilization: Beyond Earth * Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel * Grand Theft Auto * Total War: Rome II * Hitman: Absolution * Trainz 2 * Game of Thrones, * SimCity * The Walking Dead * And much more Savings range anywhere from 25% to 90% on…
  • Video Fractal released by Nuclear Nova Software on Mac App Store

    admin
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    Meadville, Pennsylvania – Nuclear Nova Software today, is pleased to introduce Video Fractal, a powerful tool for creating breathtaking videos of the Mandelbrot and Julia sets. The 2D view allows for easy surveying and key framing, and the custom script editor can be used to fine tune each video. Export MPEG-4 videos up to 4096 x 2048 resolution with up to 240 fps and 24 hour lengths using the state of the art ffmpeg library. 2D still exports are also available while the 3D view captures spectacular images that can be exported at up to 16 megapixel resolution. Multi-processor support…
  • taprrific Announces the Launch of UponPixels

    admin
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Arlington, Virginia – taprrific is celebrating the launch of UponPixels, an innovative iOS app for iPhone/iPod touch. UponPixels allows users to add beautiful typography and design elements to their photos, then share them with family, friends, or the general public. The app is integrated with all the major social networks making it super easy to share. “We wanted to provide users with all the essential tools for making exceptionally creative photos using a single app,” says Usman Saeed, taprrific’s founder. “Unlike other apps, users will have the ability to go…
  • Cartel Wars – One year since its rebirth under the name Cartel Reloaded

    admin
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Timisoara, Romania – Roasted Brains Studio today is thrilled to announce Cartel Reloaded has its first year. The sequel of the best MMORPG for iOS, Cartel Wars, lets players compete over two cities, Medellin and SinCity, building their own Crew and being part of a Cartel. Cartel Reloaded challenge includes a very unique PvP style, and of course the Cartel Wars element where players can participate in Cartel and Crew fights to control two different areas of the cities: Hoods and Blocks, which result in bonuses in cash and hustlers while those areas are controlled. The goal is to grow…
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  • widget weather 1.2 released for iOS8 - Weather Forecast Widget

    20 Dec 2014 | 3:10 am
    Independent developer, Trond Rossvoll today is proud to announce the release of widget weather 1.2, an update to his popular weather widget for iOS 8. widget weather provides weather forecasts in a space effective manner by showing the current weather state and a relevant weather icon along with forecasted temperature, wind and precipitation for 3-hour periods ahead in time, and so much more. Version 1.2 adds a lot of new features, including a set of animated widget symbols.
  • STEM Islands. City of Light. Optics - educational application for kids

    20 Dec 2014 | 3:09 am
    Virtual Space OOO introduces their new educational app, STEM Islands. City of Light. Optics for Mac. Instead of studying the phenomena of nature in a classroom, a Physics Teacher and two students set out on an amazing journey to various STEM Islands. On island City of LIght, kids will learn about light and its relection, its components, and about colors. A Natural Science Teacher will help kids answer many questions while traveling around the magic City of Light.
  • Digiarty Triggers 2014 Christmas Sales for Mac with 35% off DVD Ripper

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Featuring the biggest savings of the year, Digiarty Software has launched its Christmas Sale, offering 35% off on WinX DVD Ripper for Mac, and 60% off on WinX Christmas Gift Pack for Mac. WinX DVD Ripper for Mac is designed to help Mac users make backup copies of DVD movies. With its most recent update, WinX DVD Ripper for Mac v4.5.8 works great on OS X 10.10 Yosemite and introduces as many as 20 new profiles. The promotions will continue well into Jan. 5, 2015.
  • PepperGum Labs Shows First WatchKit Games for the Apple Watch

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:12 pm
    PepperGum Labs now has the first WatchKit games playable for Apple Watch, including a beautifully animated martial arts fighter, Pong and others in ongoing development. PepperGum Labs (PGL) made these games for Apple Watch as part of a class to be offered online to teach Apple Watch Development. PepperGum Labs is also prototyping integration between the Apple Watch and other technologies like the Oculus Rift and Augmented Reality for even more innovative games.
  • Mad Motor Biker: Have a Happy Bike Crash on iOS and Android

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Indie game developer vidiludi has released its fourth mobile game Mad Motor Biker, while their first three games are aiming for the second million downloads. Experience realisitc motorbike physics with a wink on endless randomly generated streets through the city. Escape the cops and compete versus players from all over the world. The game offers various possibilities to improve your motor cycle: enhance motor, tires or brakes. Mad Motor Biker is available for the iOS and Android platforms.
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  • Apple inadvertently confirms European Apple Pay in job ad

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

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

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

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

    Kenny Hemphill
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Apple CEO Tim Cook has been named by the Financial Times as its Person of the Year for 2014. In a profile piece to mark the occasion, the FT pointed out that 2014 began with Apple’s share price falling because of disappointing iPhone sales, mainly due to shortages of the iPhone 5s, but that since February the company’s value had risen by 50%. ‘This year has seen Apple’s chief step out of the shadows of his predecessor and imprint the company with his own set of values and priorities: bringing in fresh blood, changing how it manages its cash pile, opening Apple up to…
 
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  • DragonVale: How to breed a Snowflake Dragon

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

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

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

    Dr. Macenstein
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:53 pm
    LODESTONE DRAGON: INCUBATION TIME: 25 Hours 30 Minutes BUY-IT Price: 1,000 Gems HOW TO BREED: Lightning and Metal / Magnetic and Copper (This guide is part of a larger DragonVale breeding guide. For the full list of breedable dragons, click here. If you would like to help support my rushing breedings & incubations to discover […]
  • DragonVale: How to breed a Gourd Dragon

    Dr. Macenstein
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:17 pm
    GOURD DRAGON: INCUBATION TIME: 30 Hours 52 Minutes BUY-IT Price: 1,250 Gems HOW TO BREED: Pepper and Root (This guide is part of a larger DragonVale breeding guide. For the full list of breedable dragons, click here. If you would like to help support my rushing breedings & incubations to discover the latest dragon combos […]
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  • UltraMixer 5.0.3 - DJ software for mixing and performing (release candidate). (Demo)

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    UltraMixer for Mac is DJ software done right. Spin the ultimate DJ set with loads of party-starting features like automatic beat matching, digital scratching,live looping and many new visual effects like live visualisations, live text and live camera. Perfect for professionals Choose your tracks and get mixing. UltraMixer's interface uses graphical colored wave forms for easy mixing. Keep the party going. UltraMixer's Auto-DJ does the crossfading for you, creating a seamless transition between songs. Sound like a pro. UltraMixer's built-in gain and tempo control guarantee pristine sound…
  • CleanApp 5.0.0 Beta 5 - Application deinstaller and archiver (beta). (Shareware)

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:25 am
    CleanApp is an application deinstaller and archiver.... Your hard drive gets fuller day by day, but do you know why? CleanApp 5 provides you with insights how to reclaim disk space. There are definitely tons of unused files on your hard drive - CleanApp will help you to find and delete them. CleanApp 5 has been re-developed from scratch and offers a comprehensive and convenient user interface. Delete applications completely. Any app you install and run in OS X creates a large number of associated files in your system - hidden in places you wouldn't expect them to be. Therefore, free hard…
  • SiteSucker 2.6.3 - Automatically downloads complete Web sites. (Commercial)

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:12 am
    SiteSucker is an application that automatically downloads Web sites from the Internet. It does this by copying the site's HTML documents, images, backgrounds, movies, and other files to your local hard drive. Just enter a URL and click a button and SiteSucker can download the entire site. SiteSucker can be used to make local copies of your Web sites for easy maintenance. SiteSucker can download files unmodified, or it can "localize" the files it downloads, allowing you to browse a site off-line. SiteSucker is donationware (uncrippled shareware). Pay any amount of money SiteSucker is worth to…
  • JamStation 1.2 - Online music player app. (Free)

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:08 am
    JamStation is a radio app for Jamendo, the online music platform. With JamStation, play the expansive Jamendo library and interact with tracks to find more information about artists and albums.Version 1.2: Bug fixes iCloud support OS X 10.7 or later Download Now
  • shootShifter 4.6 - Redate/rename complete folders of images based on EXIF data. (Commercial)

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:02 am
    shootShifter helps to redate and rename photos based on the EXIF or filesystem dates. With the preview timeline it's quite easy, for example, to synchronize several folders of images that were taken with different camera dates.Version 4.6: New Added date changing live-preview: While dragging around images on the timeline (or using the thumb date-picker), the larger previews are updated constantly. Image position and (orange) dates already preview the resulting state, before finishing the action for good. Added support for .AAE sidecar files: These are now renamed or possibly trashed together…
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  • Labels & Addresses

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

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

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

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

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    6 Dec 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Rapidweaver 6 Basic Stacks Bundle from Barz-Stacks All you need for your everyday web design!   Inpaint 6 in the ZotShop for the weekend! Normally: $65.00 ZOT Price: $14.99 Click to macZOT! Download Trial   We bring you some of the most needed Stacks to start great websites directly from scratch. Stacks 2 (sold seperately by yourhead.com) will enhance your Rapidweaver experience with the ability to drag and drop all kinds of 3rd party Stacks onto your page and create just what you need, a great website!   Transbox Stack TransBox Stack provides you an elegant way to create…
 
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  • Quiptalk reveals what friends are saying before they say it

    George Tinari
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Quiptalk is a social networking app for communicating with friends in topical chat rooms. Its spotlight feature is live typing which shows other users your message as you type it, eliminating the need to wait for someone to tap "Send" before you get ...
  • The Week's Hottest Apple News Stories, December 19

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

    Leif Johnson
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Apple Pay has only been around since October, but according to a new report from ITG, the service has already grabbed 1 percent of the total digital payment dollars spent in the U.S. in November. If the trend continues, the report suggests, Apple has already won itself a more loyal mobile payment audience than some rival services like PayPal. That's an impressive gain for so short a period, especially since ITG notes that Google Wallet has only managed to reach 4 percent since its release in 2011.For specifics, 60 percent of Apple Pay users used the service multiple times throughout November…
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    Kelly Hodgkins
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free Swipe N Clean [iPhone; ...
  • After Hacking, Sony Relying on Mac, iOS Devices

    Leif Johnson
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:35 pm
    The devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures continues to cause problems for the company, and it recently made headlines for leading to the company's decision to pull the film The Interview. The attack affected all computers at the company — all, that is, except those made by Apple.According to report from TechCrunch, the attacks have left most of the studio "stuck in 1992." Many meetings, for instance, now take place face-to-face rather than via e-mail and text messages.Source: TechCrunch"We had barely working email and no voicemail so people talked to each other. Some people had to send…
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    MacCast - For Mac Geeks, by Mac Geeks

  • Maccast 2014.12.18

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

    Adam Christianson (Mac Geek)
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
    A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Episode 508. The ghost of Fairplay’s past. Is Apple’s security too strong? Development with our Apple Overlords. Apple TV adds even more "channels". Latest in Apple numbers. iOS 8.1.2 released. Apple Watch production starts soon? Delete 'All' Music in iOS. Victor’s Apple Watch thoughts. Know your iCloud 2-factor recovery key. OS X Dictation Commands. Want more Maccast? Become a Maccast Member. Special thanks to our sponsors: Gazelle - The fast and easy place to get cash for your used iPhone, iPad, and other Apple gadgets…
  • Maccast 2014.11.30

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

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

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

  • 0482 - Art Text 2 [HD - Trailer]

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

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

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

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

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

  • On Sale: FX Photo Studio Gets iBlazr Flash Support, Holiday Stickers

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:17 am
    MacPhun LLC has announced a brand new version of FX Photo Studio, the company’s popular photo editing app for iPhone users, which packs high-quality filters and photo effects for all kinds of photos, including Vintage, Dramatic, Analog, Monochrome, Grunge, Sketch, Color Splash, and even 3-D. “This holiday update brings you major performance improvements, new features and bug fixes,” writes MacPhun. “First of all, the issue with masking and color splash tool that some users experienced on iPho... (read more)
  • Apple Software Updates of the Week – December 20, 2014

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:53 am
    Last week, Apple greeted both developers and end users with a series of must-have updates fixing important bugs while also adding new functionality to their devices. This week has seen far less releases, but there still are a few things worth looking into if you’re a photographer or a developer selling apps in the iOS and Mac app stores. Just three important updates were released this week, followed by a brief announcement that credits people who have reported potential security issues in App... (read more)
  • iOS Users Get New TV Content Thanks to Fox and DirecTV

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:47 am
    Thanks to a partnership with Fox Networks, DirecTV customers wielding Apple devices now have access to FOX NOW, FXNOW, and Nat Geo TV apps, as part of Fox’s TV Everywhere services. DirecTV Everywhere allows customers to watch content from anywhere, including outside of their home on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. DirecTV Everywhere offers streaming as well as live TV, on-demand shows, and movies. All you can watch Feeds for FX, FXX, FS1, FS2, National Geographic Channel, and Nat Geo WILD ... (read more)
  • Kate Winslet Poised to Star in Jobs Biopic

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:40 am
    Titanic star Kate Winslet is said to be in negotiations with the people at Universal Studios to star in the widely publicized Jobs biopic penned by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle. Winslet is reportedly being eyed for the role turned down by Natalie Portman. It isn’t clear what the role is exactly, but it is thought she will play Steve Jobs’ daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs, an American journalist and magazine writer. Her mother is Chrisann Brennan, who wrote about her relationship with t... (read more)
  • Apps Not Working on Your iPhone? Try These Easy Steps

    Softpedia News (Filip Truta)
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:55 am
    You’d think that after buying a brand new, factory-sealed iPhone you’ll be able to use all the stock apps without a hiccup. Well, according to Apple, you shouldn’t expect that 100% of the time. The Cupertino company published a support document this week titled “If you can't open iMovie, GarageBand, or iWork apps in iOS 8,” which is basically a troubleshooting article for instances where these first-party apps won’t launch. Normally, this wouldn’t be particularly worrisome, but Apple seems to... (read more)
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    9to5Mac

  • 9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air 2 15% off, Samsung 40″ LED HDTV $298, Sony on-ear headphones from $8, more

    Dan DeSilva
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the brand new 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications. Today’s can’t miss deals: Get 15% off iPad Air 2 at Target stores Samsung 40-inch 1080p 60Hz Slim LED HDTV: $298 shipped (Reg. $400) Amazon Gold Box: Save up to 60% on Select Sony Headphones – prices as low as $8 (orig. $20) Last Day: Four magazine subs for $16 incl. Wired, GQ, Rolling Stone, Men’s Fitness, ESPN, many more Giveaway: Grado Prestige Series SR80e Open-Ear…
  • Apple Pay claimed 1% of November’s digital payment dollars, new report says

    Mike Beasley
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:27 pm
    A new report from ITG has revealed that Apple Pay was responsible for 1% of the total digital payment dollars spent in November. The study also found that 60% of new Apple Pay customers used the service multiple times throughout the month, while competing services like PayPal see only 20% of customers do the same. Additionally, the research found that shoppers who took advantage of Apple Pay used the service for around 5.3% of their future credit card transactions, accounting for about 2.3% of the total dollars spent on their credit cards. On average, Apple Pay users used the NFC-powered…
  • DirecTV subscribers now have access to Fox Now, FXNow, & Nat Geo via Apple TV & iOS apps

    Jordan Kahn
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:25 am
    DirecTV announced a partnership with Fox Networks today that will see its subscribers gain access to content in Fox Now, FXNow, and Nat Geo TV apps on both Apple TV and iOS in addition to other platforms. Fox Now and FXNow both have iOS apps and Apple TV apps, while Nat Geo TV is available only on iPhone and iPad. Apple added Fox Now to the Apple TV during the summer, while FXNow became available on the platform in September for select cable subscribers. The apps offer on-demand video streaming content from the Fox, FX, FXX, and FXM networks. Both apps require users to authenticate their…
  • Savage Interactive debuts Procreate Pocket, bringing iPad illustration tools to larger-screened iPhones

    Jeremy Horwitz
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:50 am
    Demonstrating the types of apps that will increasingly migrate from Apple’s tablets to its larger iPhone 6 models, Savage Interactive has released Procreate Pocket ($3), a shrunken-down version of its signature iPad app Procreate. Widely admired for its professional-grade drawing tools, Procreate previously enabled tablet users to compose multi-layer illustrations using numerous brushes and a mistake-friendly, multi-layer Undo tool. Now focused on on-the-go sketching, Procreate Pocket pares down the brush selection to 12, with the ability to add additional brushes online, and wireless…
  • Review: Imation’s Link Power Drive adds 16/32/64GB of storage to a compact 3,000mAh Lightning battery pack

    Jeremy Horwitz
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:08 am
    There wasn’t really a market for hybrid batteries and external flash drives until this year, when Mophie’s Space Pack seemingly came out of nowhere, impressively nestling 16 or 32GB of additional flash storage inside a 1700mAh iPhone 5/5s battery case. But having demonstrated the value of combining these features together, Mophie’s $150 to $180 asking prices were high enough to keep some people away, and the requirement of an iPhone 5 or 5s was similarly somewhat limiting. Imation is trying something different with its Link Power Drive, a small plastic box with a silver top…
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    MakeUseOf » Mac OS X

  • Desk Lets Bloggers Focus On What Matters: Writing

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

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

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

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

    Tim Brookes
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    Sending email at the right time can mean the difference between receiving a prompt response and waiting all day. As someone who lives in Australia with colleagues who mostly reside in the US or Europe, I know what this feels like. Apple’s Mail app doesn’t come with a scheduler by default, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare messages in advance and send them at a later point in time. Why Delay? Aside from the aforementioned nature of working in a world that never sleeps (even when it’s dark), scheduling email has a few other benefits too. The first is…
 
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  • Most Unique Feature Of Any Apple Store

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

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

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

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

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

  • widget weather 1.2 released for iOS8 – Weather Forecast Widget

    Richard
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:10 am
    Oslo, Norway – Independent developer, Trond Rossvoll today is proud to announce the release of widget weather 1.2, an update to his popular weather widget for iOS 8. Offering multiple icon themes to provide a personal touch, widget weather provides weather forecasts in a space effective manner by showing the current weather state and a relevant weather icon along with forecasted temperature, wind and precipitation for 3-hour periods ahead in time combined with upcoming daily forecasts if it pleases the user. Version 1.2 adds a lot of new features, including a set of animated widget…
  • Video Fractal released by Nuclear Nova Software on Mac App Store

    Richard
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    Meadville, Pennsylvania – Nuclear Nova Software today, is pleased to introduce Video Fractal, a powerful tool for creating breathtaking videos of the Mandelbrot and Julia sets. The 2D view allows for easy surveying and key framing, and the custom script editor can be used to fine tune each video. Export MPEG-4 videos up to 4096 x 2048 resolution with up to 240 fps and 24 hour lengths using the state of the art ffmpeg library. 2D still exports are also available while the 3D view captures spectacular images that can be exported at up to 16 megapixel resolution. Multi-processor support…
  • Macgamesotre.com Launches Holiday Sale – Over 1000 Games On Sale

    Richard
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    Austin, Texas – With the holiday season upon us, Macgamestore.com today announced it is having a festive and gigantic Holiday Sale on over 1000 Macintosh games. Visit Macgamestore.com now through January 2nd to take advantage of instant deals on over 1000 of the hottest Mac games. (Sale ends January 3, 2014). Sale items include popular games such as: * Civilization: Beyond Earth * Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel * Grand Theft Auto * Total War: Rome II * Hitman: Absolution * Trainz 2 * Game of Thrones, * SimCity * The Walking Dead * And much more Savings range anywhere from 25% to 90% on…
  • taprrific Announces the Launch of UponPixels

    Richard
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Arlington, Virginia – taprrific is celebrating the launch of UponPixels, an innovative iOS app for iPhone/iPod touch. UponPixels allows users to add beautiful typography and design elements to their photos, then share them with family, friends, or the general public. The app is integrated with all the major social networks making it super easy to share. “We wanted to provide users with all the essential tools for making exceptionally creative photos using a single app,” says Usman Saeed, taprrific’s founder. “Unlike other apps, users will have the ability to go…
  • Cartel Wars – One year since its rebirth under the name Cartel Reloaded

    Richard
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Timisoara, Romania – Roasted Brains Studio today is thrilled to announce Cartel Reloaded has its first year. The sequel of the best MMORPG for iOS, Cartel Wars, lets players compete over two cities, Medellin and SinCity, building their own Crew and being part of a Cartel. Cartel Reloaded challenge includes a very unique PvP style, and of course the Cartel Wars element where players can participate in Cartel and Crew fights to control two different areas of the cities: Hoods and Blocks, which result in bonuses in cash and hustlers while those areas are controlled. The goal is to grow…
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    The Loop

  • Why your Mac’s firewall is off by default

    Dave Mark
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:13 am
    The Mac firewall is designed to block incoming connections. This article digs into the process of working with a firewall and explains why the Mac firewall is not necessary for most users.∞ Read this on The Loop
  • ITG report finds strong Apple Pay momentum

    Dave Mark
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:58 am
    Apple Pay momentum is growing, and is a real threat to PayPal.∞ Read this on The Loop
  • ∞ FBI update on Sony investigation, and an offer to Sony from 2600

    Dave Mark
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:35 am
    Links to the official FBI report on the Sony hacking, as well as an interesting offer to Sony from the hacker quarterly 2600.
  • 2014 National Geographic photo contest winner

    Shawn King
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:43 am
    National Geographic:More than 9,200 entries were submitted from over 150 countries, with professional photographers and amateur photo enthusiasts across the globe participating.The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2015.Check out the winner and let us know what you think. It’s not the usual photo that comes to mind when you think of National Geographic.∞ Read this on The Loop
  • ∞ Samsung’s clever, original use of impressionist paintings. Oh, wait.

    Dave Mark
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:08 am
    Samsung’s new ad campaign sure looks familiar.
 
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    OS X Daily

  • How to Turn Off Keyboard Click Sounds on iPhone & iPad

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

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

    Paul Horowitz
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Spelling autocorrect features tend to be divisive, with Mac users usually either loving it or hating it. Most Mac users know they can easily turn off autocorrect through an OS X system preference change, but the System Preferences are only accessible from the graphical interface of a Mac. If you’re wanting to automate the enabling ... Read More
  • iOS 8.2 Beta 3 Released for Developers

    Paul Horowitz
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:05 am
    Apple has released a third beta of iOS 8.2, versioned as build 12D5452a, for all compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The beta software is available now for those registered with the iOS Developer program. Participating iOS developers can download iOS 8.2 beta 3 from the official Dev Center website, or update through the ... Read More
  • A Quick & Easy Email Navigation Trick All iPhone Users Should Know

    Paul Horowitz
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:20 pm
    While it’s increasingly common to get overwhelmed in the ocean of emails, the Mail app in iOS includes a really great feature to help you quickly navigate between and scan through tons of emails very quickly. The navigation feature is prominent in the Mail app, and though many users will know about this already, it ... Read More
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    MacGroup-Detroit

  • Adding a Solid Color or Image Background in Photoshop

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

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

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

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

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

  • widget weather 1.2 released for iOS8 – Weather Forecast Widget

    Richard
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:10 am
    Oslo, Norway – Independent developer, Trond Rossvoll today is proud to announce the release of widget weather 1.2, an update to his popular weather widget for iOS 8. Offering multiple icon themes to provide a personal touch, widget weather provides weather forecasts in a space effective manner by showing the current weather state and a relevant weather icon along with forecasted temperature, wind and precipitation for 3-hour periods ahead in time combined with upcoming daily forecasts if it pleases the user. Version 1.2 adds a lot of new features, including a set of animated widget…
  • Video Fractal released by Nuclear Nova Software on Mac App Store

    Richard
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    Meadville, Pennsylvania – Nuclear Nova Software today, is pleased to introduce Video Fractal, a powerful tool for creating breathtaking videos of the Mandelbrot and Julia sets. The 2D view allows for easy surveying and key framing, and the custom script editor can be used to fine tune each video. Export MPEG-4 videos up to 4096 x 2048 resolution with up to 240 fps and 24 hour lengths using the state of the art ffmpeg library. 2D still exports are also available while the 3D view captures spectacular images that can be exported at up to 16 megapixel resolution. Multi-processor support…
  • Macgamesotre.com Launches Holiday Sale – Over 1000 Games On Sale

    Richard
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    Austin, Texas – With the holiday season upon us, Macgamestore.com today announced it is having a festive and gigantic Holiday Sale on over 1000 Macintosh games. Visit Macgamestore.com now through January 2nd to take advantage of instant deals on over 1000 of the hottest Mac games. (Sale ends January 3, 2014). Sale items include popular games such as: * Civilization: Beyond Earth * Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel * Grand Theft Auto * Total War: Rome II * Hitman: Absolution * Trainz 2 * Game of Thrones, * SimCity * The Walking Dead * And much more Savings range anywhere from 25% to 90% on…
  • taprrific Announces the Launch of UponPixels

    Richard
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Arlington, Virginia – taprrific is celebrating the launch of UponPixels, an innovative iOS app for iPhone/iPod touch. UponPixels allows users to add beautiful typography and design elements to their photos, then share them with family, friends, or the general public. The app is integrated with all the major social networks making it super easy to share. “We wanted to provide users with all the essential tools for making exceptionally creative photos using a single app,” says Usman Saeed, taprrific’s founder. “Unlike other apps, users will have the ability to go…
  • Cartel Wars – One year since its rebirth under the name Cartel Reloaded

    Richard
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Timisoara, Romania – Roasted Brains Studio today is thrilled to announce Cartel Reloaded has its first year. The sequel of the best MMORPG for iOS, Cartel Wars, lets players compete over two cities, Medellin and SinCity, building their own Crew and being part of a Cartel. Cartel Reloaded challenge includes a very unique PvP style, and of course the Cartel Wars element where players can participate in Cartel and Crew fights to control two different areas of the cities: Hoods and Blocks, which result in bonuses in cash and hustlers while those areas are controlled. The goal is to grow…
 
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  • Small Dog Gift Guide - Part 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

    dsellers
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    Apple introduced Quartz Composer in 2005, creating an impressive platform for interactive media content creators. Now Kosada has introduced Vuo 1.0, an alternative to Quartz Composer. Media producers and digital artists have enjoyed the simplicity of using Quartz Composer's visual system of patches and cables to create interactive media and use it in their workflow. Designers could mix audio, video, and 2D and 3D effects in creative and innovative ways. read more
  • Rob Papen launches RAW soft synth

    dsellers
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    Rob Papen Soundware has rolled out RAW, a new Mac (32- and 64-bit, AAX, AU, and VST for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher) and PC (32- and 64-bit, AAX and VST for Windows Vista, 7, and 8) compatible soft synth specializing in "distorted" sounds for electronic dance music production (and beyond) read more
  • iMobie rolls out PodTrans and PhoneTrans

    dsellers
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:54 am
    iMobie has released PodTrans and PhoneTrans, tools for managing iPod music and iPhone content without iTunes. With the apps, users can copy all their valued content to any computer. For example, you can transfer iOS content to your Mac for a back-up. The new versions are combined with Mac OS X Yosemite and Windows 8 interface design. PhoneTrans and PodTrans are free for Mac OS X and Windows and are available at the iMobie website (www.imobie.com).
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  • The Week's Hottest Apple News Stories, December 19

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

    Leif Johnson
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Apple Pay has only been around since October, but according to a new report from ITG, the service has already grabbed 1 percent of the total digital payment dollars spent in the U.S. in November. If the trend continues, the report suggests, Apple has already won itself a more loyal mobile payment audience than some rival services like PayPal. That's an impressive gain for so short a period, especially since ITG notes that Google Wallet has only managed to reach 4 percent since its release in 2011.For specifics, 60 percent of Apple Pay users used the service multiple times throughout November…
  • After Hacking, Sony Relying on Mac, iOS Devices

    Leif Johnson
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:35 pm
    The devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures continues to cause problems for the company, and it recently made headlines for leading to the company's decision to pull the film The Interview. The attack affected all computers at the company — all, that is, except those made by Apple.According to report from TechCrunch, the attacks have left most of the studio "stuck in 1992." Many meetings, for instance, now take place face-to-face rather than via e-mail and text messages.Source: TechCrunch"We had barely working email and no voicemail so people talked to each other. Some people had to send…
  • Price Drop: The Weekend's Best App Deals, December 19

    J Keirn-Swanson
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:51 pm
    With the App Store getting ready for the annual holiday break at the end of the year, developers are going crazy with the discounts. We've got some seriously big name titles and some big name houses slashing prices deep and often across the board, so let's stop wasting time and get right to it, because some of these will be gone before you know it.
  • Ask: Create a New OS X Profile Picture

    Cory Bohon
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:05 am
    Got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We've got the answer. In this week's Ask, we let you know how to create a custom picture for your OS X profile, as well as how to update your pic in Messages.QuestionWhen I first set up OS X, I selected one of the profile pictures provided by the setup wizard, but now I would like to switch to a custom photo. If I change this photo, will it also change my photo inside of the Messages application?AnswerWhether you have a photo that is already on your computer, wish to select one of those included with OS X, or want to take a new picture, you can do so…
 
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  • Christmas Apple Deals: Dancing Groot, Duet Display, MFi Lightning Cable, Mac Games, More

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

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

    the rocr
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:47 am
    Where future forward fiber broadband and a bucolic college town meet. In Charlottesville, VA, home of the University of Virgina, MVNO Ting Mobile is purchasing the local ISP and plans to continue building out their nascent gigabit fiber network. And, ... The post Ting Mobile Entering Gigabit Fiber Biz appeared first on FairerPlatform.
  • Star Trek Axanar: Who Needs TV Let Alone JJ?

    the rocr
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:56 am
    Pop quiz! The worst Star Trek film not directed by JJ Abrams? Yeah, sorry, trick question… But forget all of that because a fan funded Star Trek film that’s all about Captain (LORD!) Garth and pre-TOS back story is heading ... The post Star Trek Axanar: Who Needs TV Let Alone JJ? appeared first on FairerPlatform.
  • Plex Lands on PS 4, Netflix Jumps on Hopper

    the rocr
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:37 pm
    One of the keys to success is ubiquity. Both Plex and Netflix have announced their latest moves to keep their software and services in front of your eyeballs, regardless. That said, have Plex and Netflix reached the point of diminishing ... The post Plex Lands on PS 4, Netflix Jumps on Hopper appeared first on FairerPlatform.
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  • Apple to double iPhone and iPad RAM in 2015

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

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

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

    Roland Banks
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    With OS X Yosemite, released just a few months ago, Apple has unified some of the features with their iOS counterparts. In particular, the ability to add widgets to your Mac’s Notification Centre is a very welcome addition, which makes the feature that much more useful. There is a fair selection of widgets already available in […] The post How to use Notification Centre widgets in OS X Yosemite appeared first on Apple Toolbox.
  • Apple job posting hints at Internet search plans

    Serhat Kurt
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    We know that Apple is running a web crawler. Although Apple has been working on search-related businesses (e.g. Siri) for some time, it is highly likely that Apple’s web crawling is related to Spotlight and Safari enhancements in both OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. Apple’s recent job posting on Apple’s web site suggests that the company […] The post Apple job posting hints at Internet search plans appeared first on Apple Toolbox.
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  • Apple’s New Position for ApplePay Site Reliability Engineer

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

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

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

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

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

    Ryan Schumacher
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    Deleting and Uninstall Application Deleting or uninstalling an app comes in a variety of flavors. There’s the app you installed from the internet, apps installed via Apple Store and apps installed via installers. Deleting and App (downloaded from the internet) This is probably the most common situation and a very simple solution, but you might [...]
  • How To: Erase Hard Drive on Mac

    wes
    7 Dec 2011 | 7:14 pm
    If you want to erase or format a hard drive using a Mac, here are the quick instructions. The screenshot example is using an external hard drive I use for my Time Machine backups. First thing is to find the Disk Utility. I typically just type in a quick search in Spotlight at the top [...]
  • How To: Email Web Pages and Links from Safari

    drew
    29 Nov 2011 | 7:39 am
    We all do it. We browse the web and come across something that we think that certain person in our lives would really enjoy seeing or reading. There are a handful of easy ways for sharing those pages that we just have to share. While in Safari do the following and everyone will enjoy what [...]
  • How To: Lock the Screen Orientation on Your Apple Device (iOS 4.2 or later)

    drew
    28 Nov 2011 | 9:38 am
    Have you ever been using your iPhone, iPad or iPod and the screen changes the orientation of everything when you didn’t want it to? If so, here is a quick how to on locking the screen of your device. Start by double-clicking the Home button on your device. This will reveal the Task Switcher at [...]
  • How To: Set Parental Controls in iTunes

    drew
    28 Nov 2011 | 8:48 am
    Being the father of 4 little ones and the oldest ones beginning to get on the computer, I can’t help but think about what I can do to limit their activity. One of their favorite things to do is play music through iTunes and dance around the house until they can’t stand anymore. They have [...]
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    AppLecture: Apple News and Rumors

  • Android vs iOS: Highlighting Some Major User Differences

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

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

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

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

    Michael Wilson
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    New game for iPad and iPhones – MeowMix has original gameplay, you never seen before – a mixture of classical lovely games: Tetris and Match 3. Player controls falling shapes and chooses which to delete. And this shapes consist from […]
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  • iPhone 6 Plus VS Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Battle of the Titans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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