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  • Apple releases public beta of 10.10.3, including new Photos app

    MacNN
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:54 pm
    A little over a week after the second developer beta of OS X 10.10.3, which includes the first public peek at the forthcoming Photos app, Apple has made a new version public for pre-registered beta testers. Build 14D87p is the first public beta of 10.10.3, and includes the Photos app for public testing for the first time (developers had been able to to use the application in the previous two betas). The public version appears to be identical to the second developer beta, numbered 14D87h....
  • Epic removes $19 monthly fee for access to Unreal Engine 4

    MacNN
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:06 pm
    Epic Games is making it easier for would-be developers to gain access to its powerful Unreal Engine 4 software, by getting rid of the monthly subscription. Previously costing $19 per month per user, Epic has removed the charge entirely, allowing anyone with an interest to register, download, and use the game engine in the production of their own games and apps....
  • Samsung’s smartphone dilemma

    MacDailyNews
    MacDailyNews
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:44 pm
    “Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge yesterday at Mobile World Congress,” Neil Cybart writes for Above Avalon. “Following a 45-minute keynote that lacked much purpose besides highlighting how mistakes made with the Galaxy S5 have now been corrected, I’m left wondering who is Samsung’s primary customer: mobile carriers or phone manufacturers? Is Samsung losing all sense of reality by ignoring consumers and instead shipping smartphones in order to drum up marketing for its stronger smartphone components business? I’m no longer confident I know why…
  • Nissan CEO on Apple Car possibility: ‘It’s obviously good news’

    MacDailyNews
    MacDailyNews
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    “Carlos Ghosn, the CEO of the Nissan-Renault Alliance, welcomes the idea that Apple wants to get into the electric car business,” Roger Cheng reports for CNET. “‘If Apple does it, obviously it’s good news for us,’ he said in a Monday keynote presentation at the Mobile World Congress trade show,” Cheng reports. “Ghosn’s answer sounds rather counter-intuitive, but he is less concerned about competition and more about raising consumer awareness of electric cars — something Apple could do very quickly.” “‘The fact that…
  • T-Mobile wants to crash the Wi-Fi party to solve coverage problems

    Macworld
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    T-Mobile is moving forward with plans to offer LTE over unlicensed Wi-Fi bands, potentially improving coverage in areas where its regular network struggles. According to GigaOm, T-Mobile and Alcatel-Lucent will start deploying LTE over 5 GHz Wi-Fi bands in 2016. A trial run of so-called LTE-Unlicensed technology is set for later this year, followed by a rollout of more advanced LTE-License Assisted Access next year. The idea, PCMag notes, is to set up “small cells” near universities, offices, and other areas where LTE coverage is in high demand. T-Mobile will then use unlicensed Wi-Fi…
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    MacNN

  • Epic removes $19 monthly fee for access to Unreal Engine 4

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:06 pm
    Epic Games is making it easier for would-be developers to gain access to its powerful Unreal Engine 4 software, by getting rid of the monthly subscription. Previously costing $19 per month per user, Epic has removed the charge entirely, allowing anyone with an interest to register, download, and use the game engine in the production of their own games and apps....
  • Back to the Mac: taking 'ctrl' of 'cmd' and other habit-shifting

    2 Mar 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Recently, staff writer and long-time Windows user Malcolm Owen returned to the Mac following a five-year absence. Back to the Mac is a series of posts where he charts his progress in introducing Apple to his computing environment again. In this installment, Malcolm recounts his first full working week with on the Mac mini. Switching between two different ways of using an item or working can be tough to do. Long-established patterns are difficult to break, and altering the way you navigate a computer in the short term could, for people resistant to change, be akin to giving up an addiction. I…
  • Analysis: The state of Apple Pay, Samsung Pay in 2015

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:21 pm
    At yesterday's keynote to the Mobile World Congress, alongside the Galaxy S6 family of phones, Samsung revealed Samsung Pay, a competitor to the Apple Pay service. Not much was said about the new offering, derived almost entirely from the recent purchase of LoopPay -- but more information has come to light, including why Samsung noted in press materials that the phone could be remotely wiped to secure Samsung Pay information if lost....
  • Apple releases public beta of 10.10.3, including new Photos app

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:54 pm
    A little over a week after the second developer beta of OS X 10.10.3, which includes the first public peek at the forthcoming Photos app, Apple has made a new version public for pre-registered beta testers. Build 14D87p is the first public beta of 10.10.3, and includes the Photos app for public testing for the first time (developers had been able to to use the application in the previous two betas). The public version appears to be identical to the second developer beta, numbered 14D87h....
  • Daily Deals: Viewsonic monitor, 16MP Fujifilm camera, 6TB hard drive

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour online retailers to find discounts and offers on gadgets, hardware, games, and other items for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Since it is the start of a new week, we have wiped the slate clean, with the new collection of deals including a Fujifilm 16MP compact camera, a 6TB Seagate desktop hard drive for $200, and a 24-inch Viewsonic monitor....
 
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    Office Blogs

  • World’s largest SharePint? It will happen ‘all week’ at Microsoft Ignite!

    SharePoint Team
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    As promised in our blog post on the evolution of SharePoint a few weeks ago, this morning we released the complete list of SharePoint-related sessions that will be offered at Microsoft Ignite in Chicago, IL, May 4-8 2015.  Ignite is the premier Microsoft event for IT pros, and the only one that brings the vast community of people who work with SharePoint every day together with the people at Microsoft who build SharePoint. Be there as we lift the curtain on SharePoint 2016, announce new Office 365 innovations, and share our overall technology vision and strategy. It will be a week of…
  • Success with Enterprise Mobility webcast: Protect your company’s data–wherever it goes

    Office 365 Team
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Over the last three webcasts, Brad Anderson, corporate vice president for Enterprise Mobility, has discussed how companies can successfully (and cost effectively) manage all devices in their infrastructure. It’s a topic he’s written about at length and on Tuesday March 3, at 10:30 a.m. PST, he’ll conclude this webcast series with a look at two things only Microsoft can offer—self-protecting files and hybrid identity management. This webcast takes an in-depth look at the Layered Security model for protecting corporate resources at four distinct levels: Device, App, File and Identity.
  • Visio webcast series–Visio 2013 advanced concepts

    Visio Team
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Join us this Tuesday, March 3rd at 9 a.m. PST/12 p.m. EST for a webcast designed to help turn you into a Visio power user. We will explore advanced diagramming concepts such as layers, hyperlinks and custom templates. Then we will demonstrate one of the key capabilities of Visio—linking data to diagrams—and how to get insights from data linked diagrams and shapes. You will also learn how to interface Visio 2013 with the entire stack of Microsoft technologies and applications including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, SharePoint and Project These tools and techniques will dramatically…
  • Next on Modern Workplace—cybersecurity

    Office 365 Team
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    The number of detected cyberattacks in 2014 almost doubled from the year before, leaving many organizations with significant financial losses and elevating cybersecurity from a server room issue to a boardroom issue. With ever-evolving cyber threats, businesses need to know how to develop strategies to address their vulnerabilities and keep their data accessible, yet safe, in today’s digital world. Register now to watch Modern Workplace live on March 3rd and hear directly from cybersecurity experts about what you can do to protect your organization from a hacker’s touch. Plus, find out…
  • Office Mix, e-Learning and SCORM

    PowerPoint Team
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Office Mix was originally created to help educators implement new teaching methods, using the simplicity of PowerPoint. Today, we’re proud to announce that Office Mix brings the same benefits to the professional e-Learning community, with support for SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model), the industry standard for packaging of digital learning content. Superpowers for PowerPoint Office Mix enables you to create interactive online videos using PowerPoint. With Office Mix, you can use PowerPoint to record audio or video using a webcam and microphone, and add digital ink to your…
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    TidBITS

  • “Take Control of PDFpen 7” Documents PDFpen for Mac and iOS

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Our latest book, Michael Cohen’s “Take Control of PDFpen 7,” explains everything you can do with PDFpen 7 and its big brother, PDFpenPro 7, plus the mobile version, PDFpen for iPad & iPhone. 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…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 2 March 2015

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    Notable software releases this week include Fetch 5.7.5, Downcast 1.1.7, BusyCal 2.6.5, Logic Pro X 10.1.1, and VLC Media Player 2.2.0. 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.
  • ExtraBITS for 2 March 2015

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    In this week’s collection of ExtraBITS, Managing Editor Josh Centers made a couple of podcast appearances and Google teamed up with carriers for mobile payments. 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.
  • Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 6: Improve Your Network Security

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    No Mac is an island, and it’s important to protect the network traffic flowing to and from your Mac. Luckily, a few simple precautions will prevent automated bots from sniffing your traffic for email addresses to spam, passwords to exploit, and credit card numbers to resell, among much else. 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…
  • Chapter 6 of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” Available

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:24 am
    In this week’s chapticle of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users,” Joe Kissell looks at the network connections between your Mac and the outside world and how you can prevent eavesdropping on your network traffic. 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…
 
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    TUAW

  • So long, and thanks for all the fish

    Steven Sande
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:55 pm
    As you may have heard, TUAW is being archived by its parent company AOL. The 10+ years of content that our talented team of writers and editors have crafted are due be folded into our sister site Engadget, where you'll be able to check out the archiv...
  • There's magic everywhere

    Victor Agreda Jr
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The past couple of articles I've written about Apple may paint the company in a negative light. One might misinterpret those posts as saying "Apple is doomed." I think given profitability, cash on hand and product pipeline, that is a ridiculous state...
  • Realmac's Typed.com Indiegogo campaign: Building a sustainable blogging service

    Steven Sande
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Back in the early days of December 2014, TUAW ran a review of Typed (US$19.99), a very minimalist blogging app for OS X from Realmac Software that works with a number of blogging platforms including WordPress and Blogger. Now the company has launched...
  • The end of an era

    Michael Jones
    3 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    The news that TUAW is being shut down came as quite a shock to me, having missed some of the rumors floating around the Internet about AOL's possible plans. Those of you who pay attention to author's bylines on posts will probably notice that I ha...
  • Mac 101: Option-select those columns

    Michael Rose
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    It's fitting that this is my last Mac 101 tip for TUAW, because it's one of the first "whoa, how did you do that?" tricks I learned as a desktop publishing newbie way, way back in the day. Like, Word and PageMaker on System 5, 1988-vintage back in th...
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    MacRumors

  • Apple Launches Worldwide 'Shot on iPhone 6' Ad Campaign Spanning Magazines, Billboards and More

    Joe Rossignol
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:04 pm
    Apple has launched a worldwide "Shot on iPhone 6" advertising campaign involving 77 photographers, 70 cities and 24 countries, with iPhone 6 photography to be featured in magazines, newspapers, billboards, transit posters and more. The large-scale marketing initiative has started rolling out in several countries across the world this week, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Thailand, Malaysia, Tokyo and United Arab Emirates. "Shot on iPhone 6" photo on billboard in Los Angeles (via Twitter) A number of "Shot on iPhone 6" advertisements have begun surfacing on Twitter and…
  • Upcoming Steve Jobs Book Promises 'Sensational' New Stories, Launches March 24

    Juli Clover
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:46 pm
    There's a new Steve Jobs book set to be published later this month, penned by Brent Schlender, a reporter who interviewed Jobs several times throughout his life and became close to him, and Rick Tetzeli, Executive Editor at Fast Company. Called Becoming Steve Jobs, the book aims to go beyond existing myths and stereotypes about Jobs, giving a look at a man who was only human, who "wrestled with his failings and learned to maximize his strength over time." The book explores the story of how Steve Jobs made the transformation from an arrogant young man exiled from Apple to the visionary leader…
  • OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Public Beta With Photos App Now Available

    Juli Clover
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    Apple today made a pre-release version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 available to those who are signed up for the company's OS X public beta program, giving them early access to the new update and the new Photos for OS X app. The public beta carries a build number of 14D87p, a slightly later build number than the 14D87h from the second developer beta of the software, released last week. All registered public beta test members should be able to download OS X Yosemite through the Mac App Store. OS X 10.10.3 includes access to the new Photos app, which is designed to serve as a replacement for…
  • Apple Expands Company Trademarks to Cover Vehicles, but Similar Filings Date Back to 2003

    Mitchel Broussard
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    Following several weeks of rumors about Apple's car-related projects, a recent move by the company to expand trademark coverage of the "Apple" name and iconic Apple logo in Switzerland to include vehicles is gaining attention, as noticed by ApfelBlog.ch [Google Translate] (via Cult of Mac). While the expansion, which also occurred in Mexico on the same date last month, is unsurprisingly sparking discussion about Apple's efforts in the automotive industry, it is not exactly a new development. Various other Apple trademark applications over the years have included protection under International…
  • Tim Cook: Apple Watch Launch in April Won't Be Exclusive to United States

    Joe Rossignol
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:24 am
    Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly said at the company's flagship Apple Store in Berlin that the Apple Watch launch in April will not be limited to the United States, according to retail employees in attendance that spoke with 9to5Mac. Cook specifically confirmed that the Apple Watch will launch in Germany during the month of April, indicating that a wider international launch in other countries could be on the horizon. MacRumors previously reported that Apple is targeting an early April release date for the Apple Watch based on a source that has proved reliable. The report corroborates that the…
 
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    Macworld

  • Tim Cook teases Apple Watch launch apps, and its debut in Germany

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    The world waits with baited breath for more details about the Apple Watch, which should be revealed at a special event in San Francisco next Monday. But Tim Cook is just as anxious as we are to get this party started, and he teased some details in a trip to Germany.As reported by 9to5Mac, Cook visited the flagship Apple Store in Berlin, and confirmed to the employees there that the Apple Watch would go on sale in Germany during the month of April. Cook had already confirmed an April launch in the United States during a recent earnings call, so this might mean the watch will launch globally…
  • IBM rolls out 3 new iOS apps for enterprises

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:04 pm
    IBM has unveiled a fresh crop of apps resulting from the partnership it forged with Apple last year. Announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the three new mobile apps for iOS target the banking, retail, and airline industries and join the 10 industry-specific IBM MobileFirst apps that arrived in December. Advisor Alerts, for example, is designed for enterprises in banking and financial services and aims to help financial professionals prioritize client-related tasks while away from the office. Powered by customized analytics, the app includes a personalized dashboard that displays…
  • Get your hands on Photos for OS X with Yosemite 10.10.3 public beta release

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    If you’re dying to get your hands on an early version of Photos for Mac, Apple just released the first public beta of Yosemite 10.10.3. The brand new iCloud-based Photos app is 10.10.3’s biggest new feature, replacing both Aperture and iPhoto. The upgrade also includes the widely discussed diverse emojis and easier login for Google users with two-factor authentication turned on. To install the public beta, you need to be a registered beta user. Then click on over to the Mac App Store’s Updates icon, where the 10.10.3 beta will be ready to download.To read this article in full or to…
  • Ikea's newest furniture can charge your phone wirelessly

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:41 am
    Ikea is literally supercharging its furniture. The Swedish purveyor of do-it-yourself home decor says it’s debuting a new line of desks, lamps, and tables that will be able to wirelessly charge your phone or tablet.  The furniture will use the Qi wireless charging standard, which is one of the main competitors in the wireless charging landscape. The Power Matters Alliance (PMA) is another key player, which has its technology in stores like Starbucks and McDonald’s. There’s also the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), which is expected to merge with the PWA later this year, hopefully…
  • T-Mobile wants to crash the Wi-Fi party to solve coverage problems

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    T-Mobile is moving forward with plans to offer LTE over unlicensed Wi-Fi bands, potentially improving coverage in areas where its regular network struggles. According to GigaOm, T-Mobile and Alcatel-Lucent will start deploying LTE over 5 GHz Wi-Fi bands in 2016. A trial run of so-called LTE-Unlicensed technology is set for later this year, followed by a rollout of more advanced LTE-License Assisted Access next year. The idea, PCMag notes, is to set up “small cells” near universities, offices, and other areas where LTE coverage is in high demand. T-Mobile will then use unlicensed Wi-Fi…
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  • Autodesk adds more tools to Game Development Suite

    dsellers
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Autodesk is previewing its new Stingray Game Engine this week at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. The company is also launching Autodesk Maya LT 2016, the latest release of its 3D animation and modeling software for professional indie game developers. read more
  • Flying Pig releases Edouard Universe version 2.0 for OS X

    dsellers
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:59 am
    Flying Pig (http://flyingpigcorp.com) has released an update of the whole Edouard Universe. Edouard 2.0, Edouard Warehouse 2.0 and Edouard POS 2.0 are now available and 100% cloud based solutions. The 2.0 version brings major changes to the Edouard universe. Following a registration from the OS X app, users can quickly access their dedicated cloud. These instances are reportedly accessed securely and remotely from anywhere in the world from all of your Edouard client applications. read more
  • Latest version of MASA LIFE to be showcased at Game Developers Conference

    dsellers
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
    MASA Group (www.masagroup.com), providers of Artificial Intelligence, will use the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) to demonstrate version 1.10 of its AI technology, LIFE.   LIFE enables the authoring and execution of a range of autonomous behaviors for NPCs (Non-Player Characters) in any games or simulations, leveraging decision, spatial reasoning and navigation modules, extensively validated in military 3D simulations.  LIFE is designed for both designers and developers. It's available as a pre-integrated plug-in for Unity 5 and VBS3, the simulation version of ArmA III.   read…
  • Audio Switcher for Mac OS X revved to version 2.5.3

    dsellers
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    Spike Software (http://www.spikesoft.net) has announced Audio Switcher 2.5.3, an update to its menubar applet utility for Mac OS X. Audio Switcher allows you to switch your audio input and output between different audio devices. It supports a range of devices, as well as the built-in audio hardware of your Mac desktop or laptop. Version 2.5.3 adds a preference where the audio device's manufacturer's name can appear in the menu. read more
  • Remarkable is a new CMS built for the post-PC era

    dsellers
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:43 am
    Entropy, a mobile innovations company based in the United Kingdom, used the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to announce the launch of the new free-to-use mobile app CMS, Remarkable. As “the first CMS built specifically for the post-PC era,” Remarkable enables anyone with a native mobile app to take full creative control of their product, according to Entropy CEO Eddie Vassallo. He introduced the full beta launch of the Remarkable mobile management solution at the Mobile World Congress. Anyone can sign up and manage their first app for free. read more
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    Touch Arcade

  • GDC 2015: 'Last Horizon' from 'Glorkian Warrior' Developer PixelJam

    Jared Nelson
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:50 pm
    We had a chance to sit down with PixelJam Games at GDC today and check out one of their upcoming games called Last Horizon. Technically, this isn't a PixelJam-developed game, though they are publishing it. However, many of the same folks from PixelJam are working on Last Horizon, some even shuffling around their typical jobs between coding, creating art and music. It's looking fantastic so far, and it's definitely a crap-load of fun. Crap-load is a technical term, you see. Check out our hands-on video. PixelJam is hoping to finish up the coding portions of Last Horizon by the end of March,…
  • GDC 2015: Hands-on With ‘Outdodge’ - Quick and Simple Projectile Avoidance

    Eric Ford
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:57 pm
    After enjoying some success with Fly Catbug Fly! [$0.99] (our TA Game of the Week back in April 2014), the folks at Ludoko Studios decided to try their hand at an original title. The fruits of their labor is Outdodge, a simple reflex-oriented dodging title with some neat tricks up its sleeve. Outdodge has you controlling a stationary figure in the middle of the screen with balls traveling all over the place. The goal is simple: dodge those balls for as long as you can to get the highest score. Players can either jump or reflect the balls out of the way, each earning one point. Where it gets…
  • GDC 2015: Danny Perski's 'Exponential Retaliation' is a Clever Number-Based Puzzler

    Carter Dotson
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Indie developer Danny Perski is working on a follow-up to his previous puzzle game Exponential Invasion [$2.99] with a new game called Exponential Retaliation, which he demoed for us at GDC 2015. The game involves trying to clear a screen of numbers, where a bigger number can combine with a smaller number. Some numbers are locked in place, and you must use other numbers to get rid of them. Check out the game in action: Elements like the split divider come into play, which split numbers in two. The game is still in the works, with over a hundred levels planned eventually, but I got to see 20…
  • 'GDC 2015: SMG Studios Shows Off 'One More Bounce'

    Eric Ford
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Earlier this week at GDC we met up with the folks at SMG Studio (makers of the popular One More Line [Free] and excellent TD title OTTTD [$4.99]) to discuss their latest creation. One More Bounce is the spiritual successor to One More Line with physics-based puzzle platforming gameplay. The set-up is simple: draw a line to keep a ball bouncing across an array of hazards and barriers. The longer the line you draw, the harder the bounce (as a longer line increases the elasticity of said line). Lines can also be drawn in any direction or angle that can be contemplated, making for some pretty…
  • GDC 2015: 'Eisenhorn: Xenos' Will Have Gorgeous Visuals and Brutal 'Warhammer' Combat

    Carter Dotson
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Pixel Hero Games, the developers of Sprial: Episode One [$3.99], have been at work on Eisenhorn: Xenos, the latest game based on a Warhammer license. This one is based on the novel of the same name, and will be a 3D action-adventure game where you play as an Inquisitor, fighting off enemies using your sword, guns, and psychic powers. Your hero is voiced by Mark Strong, stern-voiced British actor of note, and will deal out executions and psychic move-planning with bravado. Combat is entirely real-time, somewhat similar to God of War and the like, using virtual controls for combat. You have an…
 
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  • OS X 10.10.3 beta goes public, bringing the new Photos app with it

    Andrew Cunningham
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:50 pm
    If you're not an Apple developer and you'd like to try the new Photos app for OS X before it launches, now's your chance. Apple has added the 10.10.3 update to its public beta program for OS X, and the update brings Photos (and a bunch of new emoji) along with it. Photos is a Mac analog for the iOS app of the same name, and it's meant to replace iPhoto as the basic built-in photo app to serve most users' needs. It will also be replacing Aperture, which Apple will stop offering when the final version of Photos is released. Power users will find that it lacks many advanced features, so current…
  • Apple invites us to “spring forward” at its March 9 event

    Andrew Cunningham
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:16 am
    Apple will be hosting an event on March 9 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts theater in San Francisco. The invitation invites attendees to "spring forward," and given the reference to the beginning of Daylight Saving Time on March 8 and the proximity to April, it's a fair bet that the event will involve the Apple Watch. Expect to hear final details about the Apple Watch, including more about its software, its battery life, and pricing for more models and bands. Apple often announces more than one product at these events, so some new Broadwell Macs could also be fair game. The event…
  • Company with no product wins $533M verdict vs. Apple, says it’s no “patent troll”

    Joe Mullin
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Smartflash LLC is a company that operates out of a tiny office suite in Tyler, Texas. It has no employees or products and no assets except for a handful of patents—but it may be getting a whole lot of cash. A jury verdict (PDF) that came out late yesterday orders Apple to pay the company $533 million for infringing three of its patents. The company is no "patent troll," its lawyer insisted in e-mail and telephone discussions with Ars. He says that term doesn't apply because the company is part-owned by founder Patrick Racz, who's the named inventor on the three patents found to be…
  • Pointer Events finalized, but Apple’s lack of support still a deal breaker

    Peter Bright
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:55 pm
    The Pointer Events specification, an API for Web developers to handle touch, mouse, and pen inputs in Web applications, has been published as a Recommendation by the World Wide Web Consortium. This is the Web standards group's final, mutually agreed on version of the spec. Pointer Events was first proposed by Microsoft as an alternative to another specification, Touch Events. Touch Events was born from Apple's initial work to touch-enable Safari on the iPhone. W3C moved to standardize it without Apple's involvement, and at one point during Touch Events' development, it looked as if the spec…
  • OS X 10.10.3 and iOS 8.3 betas point toward better emoji diversity [Updated]

    Andrew Cunningham
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Update (2/23/2015): New beta releases of OS X 10.10.3 and iOS 8.3 have filled in previously empty placeholder icons with new emoji, as seen above. Faces and body parts that were previously light-skinned are now a Simpsons-esque shade of yellow by default, but if you keep your finger on the screen the emoji picker will offer up five different skin tones for you to choose from. Original story: Photos for OS X is the biggest change introduced in the first beta build of OS X 10.10.3, but the folks at MacRumors have discovered another: preliminary support for better diversity in emoji. The…
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  • You Guys Realize The Apple Watch Is Going To Flop, Right?

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    Few analysts or writers will outright say it, but I will: the Apple Watch is going to flop. And I bet a lot of other people are thinking the same thing for many good reasons.
  • ​Why You Won't Be Able To Buy An Apple Car

    25 Feb 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Apple probably isn't getting into the car business. At least not in the way we know it today. It's getting into the mobility business, where you dial up a ride on your smartphone, Uber-style, get to where you're going and move on with your life.
  • Google And Apple Fight For The Car Dashboard

    24 Feb 2015 | 4:38 pm
    In the coming months, dealerships around the country will begin selling vehicles capable of running Android- and Apple -compatible dashboard systems.
  • Tesla, Google, Apple : Is Silicon Valley The Future Of The US Car?

    23 Feb 2015 | 4:22 am
    Apple remains silent on the project, but the reports were partially backed up by a lawsuit filed against the tech giant.
  • How Apple Reinvented Premium

    18 Feb 2015 | 9:18 pm
    By definition, Apple products are premium because they cost more. But what needs to be recognized is that Apple has reinvented what premium means, and this reinvention is as profound as the innovation of the products they sell.
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    MacStories

  • Automatic: Your Smart Driving Assistant on Your Smartphone [Sponsor]

    Federico Viticci
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    There’s a mountain of data inside your car waiting to be unleashed, and all you have to do is plug in a quick little connector and download a mobile application. Automatic is a smart driving assistant that plugs into your car's data port and lets you connect your smartphone (either iPhone or Android) with your car. By  talking to your car’s onboard computer and using your smartphone’s GPS and data plan to upgrade your car's capabilities, Automatic will allow you to easily diagnose your engine light, never forget where you parked your car, and save hundreds of…
  • Apple Highlights ‘Shot with iPhone 6′ Gallery on Apple.com Homepage

    Federico Viticci
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm
    People take incredible photos and videos on iPhone 6 every day. And here are some of our favorites. Explore the gallery, learn a few tips, and see what’s possible with the world’s most popular camera. Apple has launched a 'Shot with iPhone 6' mini-site today. The iPhone 6 truly has an incredible camera, which is extremely portable and has a large selection of apps (which Apple also highlights). Great shots. ∞ Read this on MacStories
  • Vesper for iPad

    Federico Viticci
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:14 am
    When I reviewed the original Vesper in June 2013, I noted how the lack of sync and an iPad app were problematic for my workflow. Vesper was an elegant and fast note-taking app that combined images and text; finding this combination in a lightweight utility can still be surprisingly difficult today. I started following the development of Vesper 2.0 with sync, and today the app has been updated with full support for iPad and iPhone landscape mode. I’ve been testing this new version of Vesper, and I’ve found myself using it a lot more thanks to its native iPad version (big surprise,…
  • Connected: The Color of Myke’s Eyes

    Federico Viticci
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:55 pm
    This week, the boys discuss the iOS setup process and the possibly-confusing nature of the Apple Watch’s multiple variations before Stephen and Federico share their thoughts on the iPhone 6 Plus. This week's Connected has some of my early thoughts about the iPhone 6 Plus I'm trying (plus the usual follow-up and news commentary goodness). You can listen to the episode here. Sponsored by: Warby Parker: Glasses should not cost as much as an iPhone. Sanebox: Clean up your inbox and spend less time on email. Harry's: An exceptional shave at a fraction of the price. Use code CONNECTED for $5…
  • Virtual: Alto’s Adventure, with Ryan Cash

    Federico Viticci
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:37 pm
    This week Federico and Myke get excited for some upcoming game releases, and speak with Ryan Cash, from Snowman, about their game 'Alto's Adventure'. On this week's episode of Virtual, we interview Ryan Cash of Snowman about the excellent Alto's Adventure (my review) – the making of the game from concept to early demos, pricing, player feedback, and more. You can listen to the episode here. Sponsored by: Squarespace: Build it Beautiful. Use code INSERTCOIN for 10% off ∞ Read this on MacStories
 
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  • Samsung’s smartphone dilemma

    MacDailyNews
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:44 pm
    “Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge yesterday at Mobile World Congress,” Neil Cybart writes for Above Avalon. “Following a 45-minute keynote that lacked much purpose besides highlighting how mistakes made with the Galaxy S5 have now been corrected, I’m left wondering who is Samsung’s primary customer: mobile carriers or phone manufacturers? Is Samsung losing all sense of reality by ignoring consumers and instead shipping smartphones in order to drum up marketing for its stronger smartphone components business? I’m no longer confident I know why…
  • Nissan CEO on Apple Car possibility: ‘It’s obviously good news’

    MacDailyNews
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    “Carlos Ghosn, the CEO of the Nissan-Renault Alliance, welcomes the idea that Apple wants to get into the electric car business,” Roger Cheng reports for CNET. “‘If Apple does it, obviously it’s good news for us,’ he said in a Monday keynote presentation at the Mobile World Congress trade show,” Cheng reports. “Ghosn’s answer sounds rather counter-intuitive, but he is less concerned about competition and more about raising consumer awareness of electric cars — something Apple could do very quickly.” “‘The fact that…
  • ‘Apple Car’ could drive company to $1 trillion valuation

    MacDailyNews
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    “Apple Inc.’s experimentation with car technology could help push the company’s valuation past $1 trillion within the next 12 months from nearly $750 billion today, according to the new bull-case price target set Monday by Morgan Stanley,” Jennifer Booton reports for MarketWatch. “The brokerage raised its 12-month stock price target on Apple to $160, from $133 previously, and established a $190 bull-case scenario, up from $160,” Booton reports. “Morgan Stanley’s previous bull case didn’t take into account the car opportunity.” Booton reports,…
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘Whole ton’ of Apple Watch announcements coming soon

    MacDailyNews
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:55 pm
    “In addition to discussing the international Apple Watch launch and accessibility efforts at a briefing in Germany, Apple CEO Tim Cook teased ‘a whole ton of announcements coming shortly about all of the apps coming’ for the Apple Watch, according to employees in attendance,” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mac. “Cook first highlighted the use of the Apple Watch in hotels by saying that ‘some of the best hotels in the world’ will allow Apple Watch users to use the wearable to unlock room doors,” Gurman reports. “Additionally, Cook said that…
  • Cyanogen and Qualcomm offer alternative to Google’s Android

    MacDailyNews
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:28 pm
    At Mobile World Congress, Cyanogen and Qualcomm announced details of a collaboration that will provide support for the best features and UI enhancements of the Cyanogen Operating System on certain Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. This will be available for the upcoming release of Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD) planned for April. Cyanogen is known for its commercially distributed Cyanogen OS and the CyanogenMod community distribution. Through the enhanced solution, Cyanogen brings a number of feature-rich enhancements, including a new launcher and personal information management apps across…
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  • Apple Watch Has “Power Reserve” Mode to Save Battery Life

    Kraig Becker
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of the biggest concerns that most consumers still have with the Apple Watch is its battery life. We already know that Apple hopes to deliver a device that can last all day on a single charge, but what exactly that means in terms of real-world use remains to be seen. But new reports indicate that Apple’s smartwatch has a special mode designed specifically to conserve power and get the maximum life out of the battery, albeit at the expense of the Watch’s more interesting and useful features.  According to the New York Times, the Apple Watch has a special “Power…
  • 8 Tips to Help Your Mac Run More Efficiently

    Kraig Becker
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Today’s Macintosh computers are unquestionably the very best that Apple has ever made, combining elegant design with impressive technology under the hood. When paired with the latest version of OS X, a Mac is not only easy to use, but extremely powerful and productive too. But from time to time, even the best computers can become slow and unresponsive. Here are 8 tips for helping your Mac run more efficiently.  Restarting It may seem like a no-brainer, but restarting your computer on a regular basis can do wonders for how well it performs. Sure, the modern Mac hardware and operating…
  • This 3-in-1 Laptop Stand Will Change the Way You Work

    Noemi Tasarra-Twigg
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    As handy as laptops are, being on one constantly does bring about health problems over time. I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but I’ve recently had problems with my left pinkie of all things! I never really thought that the reason could be that I always worked from the sofa, so the position of the laptop was not really ideal. A month or so ago, when I could barely bear the pain, I decided to use a table. Lo and behold, the pain is practically gone! What has this got to do with a 3-in-1 laptop stand? Everything, actually, but here are a couple of essential considerations.
  • What Happens When You Torch an iPhone 6

    Noemi Tasarra-Twigg
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Some people really have way too much time on their hands, not to mention money. I guess unless they’re doing these ridiculous things for a living and/or have sponsors who pay for their shenanigans. Remember the dude who boiled an iPhone in Coke?  He’s back. This time with an acetylene torch. You know, that thing they use to cut metal and tough materials… If you’ve seen that post, then you know where this is going. If not, read about the iPhone boiled in Coke. TechRax, the guy behind these iPhone stunts took it upon himself to torch an iPhone 6. What for? Well, do…
  • The Best Apple Watch Apps to Look Out For

    Noemi Tasarra-Twigg
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:43 pm
    The much awaited Apple Watch is set to ship on April according to Tim Cook himself, and naturally, analysts have thrown in their thoughts about how many units will be made available (among tons of other predictions). One equities research expert has focused on apps, which is what most users are looking at, and he has predicted that there will be 100,000 apps from the get go. That’s an eye-popping number, but it seems that this particular expert is not pulling numbers out of thin air, having been present in a number of Apple WatchKit hacking events. Whether his right or not, though,…
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  • Apple releases OS X 10.10.3 public beta, first glimpse of upcoming Photos application

    Chris Barylick
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Tweet You’re that much closer to OS X 10.10.3 and whatever Apple’s doing with its photo applications. On Monday, Apple released the first public beta of its OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite update. The beta includes an iCloud-based Photos application, new emojis for the system and simpler login to Google accounts for profiles with two-factor authentication enabled. This beta is labeled as build 14D87, which is the same as the second 10.10.3 beta for developers that was released a week ago. The Public Beta is available in the Mac App Store Software Update tab for registered beta users. Apple…
  • Rumor: Apple Watch to include “Power Reserve” mode to help extend battery life

    Chris Barylick
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Tweet It’s speculation until the media event in a week, but this could prove useful. Apple might offer a low power mode on Apple Watch to help boost it through longer days, according to a new report that also takes a stab at dispelling rumors that the company may have elected to all some long-rumored sensors last minute. With the exception of Pebble products, most current and upcoming smartwatches – including the Apple Watch – will last no more than a day on a single charge. To help mitigate this issue, Apple has reportedly developed a still unannounced software feature of…
  • Apple Watch could remotely start your car one day, says Tim Cook

    Chris Barylick
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:52 am
    Tweet Your Apple Watch could one day start your car. Which is pretty nifty. Apple CEO Tim Cook told The Telegraph that when it ships, Apple Watch will let you filter messages, give you credits for meeting exercise goals, and accompany you in the shower. Cook also said the battery life will last all day and will take less time to charge than the iPhone using the new MagSafe-style wireless inductive charger. It’s unclear exactly how long the battery will last—recent reports indicate Apple is aiming for 19 hours of combined active and passive usage—or how long it will take to charge,…
  • Rumor: iOS 8.2 could arrive next week with iOS 8.3 close behind

    Chris Barylick
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Tweet iOS could be out the door as early as next week with iOS 8.3 not far behind it. The rumor mill has it that iOS 8.2 could become available as soon as Monday. However, the report did qualify that “last minute problems” could delay the release until the following week. A total of five betas of iOS 8.2 have been provided to developers, though the most recent one was a month ago. Unsurprisingly, not far behind iOS 8.2 will be iOS 8.3, as Apple has already provided developers with two betas of that release even before 8.2 becomes public. Sources reportedly said that Apple plans to…
  • iWork for iCloud out of beta, now available to all users

    Chris Barylick
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
    Tweet What a difference a name change makes. Well, that and taking something out of its beta cycle. Apple removed the “beta” tag to its online suite of iWork apps on Thursday. The move means that anyone with an iCloud account can use Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on their browser. The service entered beta in 2014, and required iCloud users to sign up for it. On Thursday, however, all visitors to iCloud.com were greeted with the message that, “Now anyone can use Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iCloud.” iCloud is a free service from Apple, and that includes the iWork for…
 
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    AppleTell

  • Knights of Pen and Paper II announced

    Bill Stiteler
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:54 pm
    Grab your two liter and Cheez snacks, it’s time to head back to the den with Knights of Pen and Paper II, the sequel to the hilarious retro-RPG app. As in the previous edition, you assemble a group of gamers who are lead… Continue reading Knights of Pen and Paper II announced Related posts: Appidemic: Comedy Central’s Indecision Game for iOS Appidemic: Follow the Rabbit for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch Bubble Witch Saga moves from Facebook to iOS The post Knights of Pen and Paper II announced appeared first on AppleTell.
  • iPhone 6s could have Force Touch

    Seth Fitzgerald
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Image via Apple.com. Force Touch, a feature that is known to be in the Apple Watch, may be coming to the iPhone 6s later this year. The feature lets a device distinguish between a soft tap and a hard tap. Different responses from the device can be configured based upon the… Continue reading iPhone 6s could have Force Touch Related posts: Apple applies for “iWatch” trademark in Japan Apple Watch rumored to be in limited quantities at launch Technology Tell’s Apple product predictions for 2015 The post iPhone 6s could have Force Touch appeared first on AppleTell.
  • Mortal Kombat X coming to mobile in April

    Jarrett Green
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment—of Dying Light, Shadow of Mordor, and Arkham City fame—has announced its upcoming bloody brawler, Mortal Kombat X, will come to mobile devices. It will launch in April on iOS and Android, but no exact date was specified. Also developed by NetherRealm, the mobile version… Continue reading Mortal Kombat X coming to mobile in April Related posts: LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 now available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch A few weekend Mac, iPhone and iPad game sales for you Injustice: Gods Among Us Mobile adds mulitplayer The post Mortal…
  • iPhone 6 case review: Truffol Intelli Luxe wallet case

    Arnold Zafra
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    The Truffol Intelli Luxe is a sleek, classic and elegant wallet case made of polycarbonate material and premium Italian cowhide. This iPhone 6 case provides security and protection while at the same adding elegance to the look and feel of your iPhone. The Intelli Luxe has an InvisiLock magnetic clasp on its front cover to ensure that the case is closed at all times, saving you some needed battery power. It also has an inner pocket with an electromagnetic… Continue reading iPhone 6 case review: Truffol Intelli Luxe wallet case Related posts: iPhone 6 case review: Speck CandyShell…
  • Frozenbyte unveils Trine 3, and it is beautiful

    Kirk Hiner
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:02 am
    Trine and its sequel, Trine 2, are amongst the most gorgeous games ever made for Mac, PC and consoles. It doesn’t hurt that they’re tremendous fun to play, as well. Now, Helsinki-based Frozenbyte has revealed Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power, and it’s as stunning as you’d expect,… Continue reading Frozenbyte unveils Trine 3, and it is beautiful Related posts: Appletell reviews Trine for Mac OS X Pay what you want for four Frozenbyte games Trine 2 AAAA expansion on the way from Frozenbyte The post Frozenbyte unveils Trine 3, and it is beautiful appeared first on AppleTell.
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  • Take Control of iCloud – Book Review

    Elisa Pacelli
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Take Control of iCloud Version 3.0 Author: Joe Kissell Publisher : TidBITS Publishing, Inc. Price: $15.00 175 pages, ebook format ISBN: 9781615424467 If you’re in a hurry, here’s the one sentence review of Take Control of iCloud: if you have any confusion or questions about iCloud, buy this book. For those of you with a […]
  • TechFan #199 – The Dan Lizette Show

    Tim Robertson
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:33 am
    Dan Lizette from The Podcast Digest show joins Tim and David to discuss a variety of topics, including the FCC’s new rules on Net Neutrality, what tech companies are doing with all those profits, and ends the show with a discussion, finally, of the Apple Car rumors. Download and listen here RSS Feed for your […]
  • MyMac Podcast 545: It’s all about me (Well Guy at least)

    Tim Robertson
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:19 am
    We’re doing the NosillaCast Podcast for Allison on the 15th of March! How will it go? Anyone’s guess, but the smart money is on funny train-wreck. Apple’s instructions for the iBook Store still confuses Guy, but what doesn’t? Gas is super excited about the new Photos app still. Somehow or another a discussion off air […]
  • TechFan #198 – Arcade Audiophile

    Tim Robertson
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:03 am
    Tim, David, and Owen discuss the new ploy by Sony to milk audiophiles out of more money. Square Enix is in hot water with some of their customers. Owen has a major Mac problem the guys try to fix to start the show. And the featured tech for the week is a 25 year old […]
  • Tales from Video Hell

    Rich Lefko
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:19 am
    The equation: Add a long marriage, plus three kids, then divide by a video camera and you come up with a whole mess of video on tape. Then the question becomes what do you do with all of that tape?
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    Cult of Mac

  • Become predator and prey in multiplayer creep-fest, The Flock

    Rob LeFebvre
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    SAN FRANCISCO — When I went to meet Peter Dijkstra, the business guy at Dutch-based game developer Vogelsap, I had to wait in line to see the small, indie team’s new horror game, The Flock. I wasn’t too upset, though,…Read more ›
  • ‘Becoming Steve Jobs’ bio promises to set the record straight with Apple’s blessing

    Alex Heath
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    A new book about Steve Jobs is coming later this month, and it’s the first look at the late Apple co-founder that the company has aided in making since Walter Isaacson’s biography. Becoming Steve Jobs is written by Brent Schlender…Read more ›
  • Get over here! Mortal Kombat X is coming to iOS

    Luke Dormehl
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    There were other games I enjoyed growing up, but the Mortal Kombat franchise was the first series of games I ever loved: from the cool character designs of Scorpion, Kano, Goro and the rest, to the ultra-violent Fatalities, which made…Read more ›
  • Terrifying video shows why skydiving is worst time for a seizure

    David Pierini
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:35 am
    Australia has a flying superhero and his name is Sheldon. A camera mounted on the helmet of his helmet captures Sheldon McFarlane’s successful pursuit of an unconscious skydiving student during a terrifying freefall last November in Australia. In a YouTube…Read more ›
  • Apple seeds first public beta of Photos app with OS X 10.10.3

    Buster Hein
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    If you’re anxious to try, Photos, the successor to both iPhoto and Aperture, is now available as a public beta for the first time ever. Apple released a beta version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 that includes the first early…Read more ›
 
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  • Report: Security

    2 Mar 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Applebot web crawler; "Microsoft" phone/remote login scams
  • Report: Internet Services

    2 Mar 2015 | 3:50 pm
    FCC changing net neutrality rules in secret on the fly; ATT privacy charge
  • SanDisk iXpand

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    Copy files (photos, movies, etc.) among iOS devices and Macs with this Lightning- and USB-equipped flash drive, plus companion iOS and Mac apps that support encryption.
  • SanDisk Dual USB Drive Type C

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    Due mid-year, this upcoming 32GB flash drive will offer the new USB Type C connector, along with a USB 3 connector.
  • Report: Storage

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    SSD vs. hard drive performance tests; FileVault performance impacts; a QNAP NAS firmware bug that silently corrupted data; a Samsung 850 Pro firmware failure; radio interference with USB 3, Bluetooth and internal SSDs; SMART data reporting with USB drives (and UAS protocol); Apple's non-standard sockets for laptop SSDs; a high-end ZFS flash array; Spotlight issues; Trim support; Fusion volumes; JetDrive SD cards for MacBook storage and more
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  • Autodesk adds more tools to Game Development Suite

    dsellers
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Autodesk is previewing its new Stingray Game Engine this week at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. The company is also launching Autodesk Maya LT 2016, the latest release of its 3D animation and modeling software for professional indie game developers. read more
  • Flying Pig releases Edouard Universe version 2.0 for OS X

    dsellers
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:59 am
    Flying Pig (http://flyingpigcorp.com) has released an update of the whole Edouard Universe. Edouard 2.0, Edouard Warehouse 2.0 and Edouard POS 2.0 are now available and 100% cloud based solutions. The 2.0 version brings major changes to the Edouard universe. Following a registration from the OS X app, users can quickly access their dedicated cloud. These instances are reportedly accessed securely and remotely from anywhere in the world from all of your Edouard client applications. read more
  • Latest version of MASA LIFE to be showcased at Game Developers Conference

    dsellers
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
    MASA Group (www.masagroup.com), providers of Artificial Intelligence, will use the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) to demonstrate version 1.10 of its AI technology, LIFE.   LIFE enables the authoring and execution of a range of autonomous behaviors for NPCs (Non-Player Characters) in any games or simulations, leveraging decision, spatial reasoning and navigation modules, extensively validated in military 3D simulations.  LIFE is designed for both designers and developers. It's available as a pre-integrated plug-in for Unity 5 and VBS3, the simulation version of ArmA III.   read…
  • Audio Switcher for Mac OS X revved to version 2.5.3

    dsellers
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    Spike Software (http://www.spikesoft.net) has announced Audio Switcher 2.5.3, an update to its menubar applet utility for Mac OS X. Audio Switcher allows you to switch your audio input and output between different audio devices. It supports a range of devices, as well as the built-in audio hardware of your Mac desktop or laptop. Version 2.5.3 adds a preference where the audio device's manufacturer's name can appear in the menu. read more
  • Remarkable is a new CMS built for the post-PC era

    dsellers
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:43 am
    Entropy, a mobile innovations company based in the United Kingdom, used the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to announce the launch of the new free-to-use mobile app CMS, Remarkable. As “the first CMS built specifically for the post-PC era,” Remarkable enables anyone with a native mobile app to take full creative control of their product, according to Entropy CEO Eddie Vassallo. He introduced the full beta launch of the Remarkable mobile management solution at the Mobile World Congress. Anyone can sign up and manage their first app for free. read more
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    Daring Fireball

  • PCWorld: ‘Microsoft, Intel Join Forces on Low-Cost Windows 10 Phones’

    John Gruber
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Imagine going back in time 10 years and trying to convince someone that this headline from 2015 would produce nothing but yawns and eye-rolling.  ★ 
  • Apple Found Its Newest Billboards on the Internet

    John Gruber
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Brendan Klinkenberg, writing for Buzzfeed: Last December, when the Bay Area had one of its rare rainy days, Cielo de la Paz took her kids out to play. She’s an avid photographer, “willing to wake up at five in the morning and hike 10 miles to get that shot of the sunrise,” and when she saw the reflection of her red umbrella on the wet concrete, she knew she had a good one. “It took a few shots,” she said, “this was the last one I took, I was finally happy with how the wind arranged the leaves for me.” She edited the shot with Filterstorm Neue, uploaded the picture to Flickr (she…
  • [Sponsor] HelloTalk

    Daring Fireball Department of Commerce
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Finally, learning and practicing a new language is easier and more intuitive than ever before. Introducing HelloTalk, the iOS and Android language app where your teachers are native language speakers from around the world. You just pick the language you want to learn — there are over 100 from which to select — and almost instantaneously you’ll be in touch with native speakers of that language… and you’ll start learning and practicing immediately. With HelloTalk, you’ll discover learning a new language is fun… and fast. Download your copy of HelloTalk today.
  • On Raising the Price for Vesper

    John Gruber
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Jason Snell asked me a few questions about our decision to raise the price of Vesper: Instead, we want to embrace the users who are looking for the best app, and who are willing to pay a fair price for it if they think Vesper might be it. Going low didn’t work; we lose nothing by trying to go high. I would like to see other developers follow. What I see is that among long-time Mac indie developers, almost all of them are still making the majority — often the vast majority, sometimes the entirety — of their revenue from Mac apps. That’s good business — the Mac market is…
  • Jony Ive’s Newton

    John Gruber
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Another funny bit regarding Mark Wilson’s calling the Apple Watch “Jonathan Ive’s Newton” — the actual Newton 110 was Jony Ive’s Newton.  ★ 
 
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    iMore - The #1 iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch blog

  • Apple's 'Shot on iPhone 6' campaign takes to billboards around the world

    Dan Thorp-Lancaster
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:51 pm
    As part of its World Gallery campaign that launched yesterday, Apple has started erecting billboards and posters featuring photos shot on the iPhone 6 around the world. Now a number of Twitter users have taken to the micro-blogging with pictures that show off some of the billboards and advertisements, which boldly feature the text "Shot on iPhone 6." Promotional materials and billboards have popped up in countries and cities all over the world including France, Malaysia, Canada, and the United States. Here are some samples of what Twitter users have been seeing from Dubai to Los Angeles:…
  • How to instantly turn your Shazam tags into an Rdio or Spotify playlist

    Allyson Kazmucha
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:15 pm
    If you subscribe to either Rdio or Spotify, you can instantly turn all the music you tag through Shazam into a playlist. Tying your Rdio or Spotify account to Shazam not only creates that playlist for you, it lets you to listen to entire songs right inside the Shazam app as well! You have to have a paid subscription to either Spotify or Rdio in order for this to work. You won't be able to play full songs or listen on-demand if you don't. If you aren't sure about a subscription to either service, both offer free trials you can take advantage of first. How to turn Shazam tags into Rdio and…
  • iPhone vs. Android and hardware encryption

    Rene Ritchie
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:49 pm
    iPhones have supported hardware encryption for over 5 years. Android phones... well, it's complicated. When Google announced Android Lollipop, one of the most important features for customers in the post-Edward Snowden era was hardware encryption enabled by default. Put simply, on first-boot your personal data would be kept far safer on your personal device. Unfortunately, it looks like default hardware encryption in Lollipop is a nice-to-have, not a must-have, and many Android phone vendors have simply decided to keep it off. From Ars Technica: A little over three months after Lollipop's…
  • Tinder Plus goes official; lets you take back that swipe for a price

    Dan Thorp-Lancaster
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Popular dating app Tinder has officially launched its premium service called Tinder Plus today after a potential March launch was first hinted at early last month. The premium subscription adds an option to undo previous swipes, as well as a new way for users to meet matches in other parts of the world. Up until this point, if a user rejected someone with a left-swipe, that potential match would be gone forever. With the launch of Tinder plus, users can take advantage of a new option called "rewind" for a set monthly fee. The rewind feature basically functions as an "undo" button for mistaken…
  • New book explores personal evolution of Steve Jobs, features interviews with Jony Ive, Tim Cook

    Joseph Keller
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Becoming Steve Jobs is a new book coming later this month that explores how Steve Jobs became one of the leading figures in technology and business of our time. Written by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, Becoming Steve Jobs draws on Schlender's reporting on Jobs during his time at the Wall Street Journal and Fortune, as well as new reporting and interviews. From the book's website: A brilliantly reported, compellingly written book that overturns the conventional view of Steve Jobs—the Jobs that is frozen forever as half genius, half jerk—Becoming Steve Jobs answers the central question…
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    Slashdot: Apple

  • That U2 Apple Stunt Wasn't the Disaster You Might Think It Was

    samzenpus
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    journovampire writes with this interesting bit about the fallout of U2's partnership with Apple. "Remember U2's album giveway with Apple at the end of last summer? And how the world seemed to become very annoyed that its contents had been "pushed" to their devices without permission? Well, the naysayers might have been loud – but that hasn't stopped the stunt having a lasting effect on the band's popularity. That’s according to new research from retail insight experts Kantar in the US, which shows that nearly a quarter (24%) of all US music users on iOS devices in January listened…
  • Foxconn Factories' Future: Fewer Humans, More Robots

    Soulskill
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:33 pm
    jfruh writes: Foxconn, which supplies much of Apple's manufacturing muscle and has been criticized for various labor sins, is now moving to hire employees who won't complain because they're robots. The company expects 70 percent of its assembly line work to be robot-driven within three years.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US Tech Economy

    samzenpus
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:16 pm
    An anonymous reader writes China is backing away from U.S. tech brands for state purchases after NSA revelations, according to Reuters. This confirms what many U.S. technology companies have been saying for the past year: the activities by the NSA are harming their businesses in crucial growth markets, including China. From the article: "A new report confirmed key brands, including Cisco, Apple, Intel, and McAfee -- among others -- have been dropped from the Chinese government's list of authorized brands, a Reuters report said Wednesday. The number of approved foreign technology brands fell…
  • Jury Tells Apple To Pay $532.9 Million In Patent Suit

    Soulskill
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:21 am
    An anonymous reader writes: Smartflash LLC has won a patent lawsuit against Apple over DRM and technology relating to the storage of downloaded songs, games, and videos on iTunes. Apple must now pay $532.9 million in damages. An Apple spokesperson did not hesitate to imply Smartflash is a patent troll: "Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented. We refused to pay off this company for the ideas our employees spent years innovating and unfortunately we have been left…
  • Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat Apple Pay

    samzenpus
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:20 pm
    HughPickens.com writes AP reports that in an effort to undercut Apple's hit service Apple Pay, Google is teaming up with three wireless carriers by building its payment service into Android smartphones sold by AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA. Besides trying to make it more convenient to use Wallet, Google also is hoping to improve the nearly 4-year-old service. Toward that end, Google is buying some mobile payment technology and patents from Softcard, a 5-year-old venture owned by the wireless carriers. Financial terms weren't disclosed but Apple Pay's popularity probably…
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  • Autodesk adds more tools to Game Development Suite

    dsellers
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Autodesk is previewing its new Stingray Game Engine this week at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. The company is also launching Autodesk Maya LT 2016, the latest release of its 3D animation and modeling software for professional indie game developers. read more
  • Flying Pig releases Edouard Universe version 2.0 for OS X

    dsellers
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:59 am
    Flying Pig (http://flyingpigcorp.com) has released an update of the whole Edouard Universe. Edouard 2.0, Edouard Warehouse 2.0 and Edouard POS 2.0 are now available and 100% cloud based solutions. The 2.0 version brings major changes to the Edouard universe. Following a registration from the OS X app, users can quickly access their dedicated cloud. These instances are reportedly accessed securely and remotely from anywhere in the world from all of your Edouard client applications. read more
  • Latest version of MASA LIFE to be showcased at Game Developers Conference

    dsellers
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
    MASA Group (www.masagroup.com), providers of Artificial Intelligence, will use the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) to demonstrate version 1.10 of its AI technology, LIFE.   LIFE enables the authoring and execution of a range of autonomous behaviors for NPCs (Non-Player Characters) in any games or simulations, leveraging decision, spatial reasoning and navigation modules, extensively validated in military 3D simulations.  LIFE is designed for both designers and developers. It's available as a pre-integrated plug-in for Unity 5 and VBS3, the simulation version of ArmA III.   read…
  • Audio Switcher for Mac OS X revved to version 2.5.3

    dsellers
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    Spike Software (http://www.spikesoft.net) has announced Audio Switcher 2.5.3, an update to its menubar applet utility for Mac OS X. Audio Switcher allows you to switch your audio input and output between different audio devices. It supports a range of devices, as well as the built-in audio hardware of your Mac desktop or laptop. Version 2.5.3 adds a preference where the audio device's manufacturer's name can appear in the menu. read more
  • Remarkable is a new CMS built for the post-PC era

    dsellers
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:43 am
    Entropy, a mobile innovations company based in the United Kingdom, used the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to announce the launch of the new free-to-use mobile app CMS, Remarkable. As “the first CMS built specifically for the post-PC era,” Remarkable enables anyone with a native mobile app to take full creative control of their product, according to Entropy CEO Eddie Vassallo. He introduced the full beta launch of the Remarkable mobile management solution at the Mobile World Congress. Anyone can sign up and manage their first app for free. read more
 
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  • iCloud Photo Library: What You Need to Know

    Eric Slivka
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:10 pm
    With today's launch of the public beta of OS X 10.10.3 and the new Photos app for Mac, a number of users are now getting their first tastes of Apple's replacement for iPhoto and Aperture. The release will also complete the rollout of Apple's cross-platform iCloud Photo Library service, offering users an easy way to keep all of their photos stored in the cloud and synced across their devices. Various pieces of the service have been in beta since iOS 8.0 was made available to developers last June. What Is iCloud Photo Library? While Apple has offered some iCloud photo services such as Photo…
  • Case Logic Video Review: Hands-On With the Ibira MacBook Backpack

    Juli Clover
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
    Case Logic is known its line of backpacks, cases, and other storage accessories, all of which are priced affordably, making it quite popular with people looking for inexpensive but quality solutions for carrying around their devices. We met up with Case Logic at CES this year, where the company had a large booth showcasing all of its products, including the Ibira backpack, one of its newest offerings. We went hands-on with the Ibira backpack in our latest video review, so check it out to see what we thought. The Ibira is a lightweight, slim backpack but we were impressed with what it was able…
  • Apple's iTunes Team Seeking Expertise in 'Music Journalism' Ahead of Rumored Revamp

    Mitchel Broussard
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:26 am
    Earlier in the month, Apple's London-based iTunes team posted a job listing describing an "Editorial Producer" who would have past experience reporting on pop culture, with specific background in music journalism (via Music Ally). While far from definitive, the job post could be hinting at some editorial-related expansions coming to the revamped Beats/iTunes merger set to launch later in the year. Set to be split between editorial and producing duties, the full-time job would require the applicant to write, edit, and oversee a group of various freelance writers covering content from music to…
  • Mac Pro Buyer's Guide: Which Model to Choose

    Roman Loyola
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Apple's Mac Pro is quite an impressive machine. It doesn't look like any other computer; it's a work of art with its sleek, cylindrical body. It's fast, fast, fast. And it's expensive. The Mac Pro isn't for everybody, and not just because it's Apple's highest-priced computer. It is made to excel with a certain type of app: professional software that uses multiple processing cores, like software commonly used by videographers, photographers, animators, designers, scientists, and musicians. If that describes what you do on a daily basis, then you'll benefit from a Mac Pro -- you'll make your…
  • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iMac, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, Apple Accessories, and More

    Juli Clover
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Following Valentine's Day, deals are a bit sparse, but there are still some discounts to be had on the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3. Best Buy is also continuing to offer discounts on its stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad Air and iPad mini 2 models, and several sites have cut the prices on the Retina MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air. We've also got some discounts on Apple accessories, including an exclusive discount on iPad, iPhone, and MacBook skins from SkinIt for MacRumors readers. iPad Air 2 B&H Photo is offering up to $60 off its entire stock of iPad Air 2 models,…
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  • Apple’s World Gallery Highlights iPhone 6 Photographs

    Bryan Chaffin
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:49 pm
    Apple doesn't attend things like CES or this week's Mobile World Congress, at least not in an official capacity, but the company has a knack for sucking the wind of their PR sails. On Monday, Apple launched the iPhone 6 World Gallery, a collection of beautiful photographs all taken with the iPhone 6. The beautiful shot below was taken by Renee M. using Camera, Instagram, and Flickr apps. There are dozens more in the World Gallery, and they're worth your time.
  • Samsung Innovation: Samsung Pay and an iPhone 6 Lookalike

    Bryan Chaffin
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Samsung has fired up its trusty ol' innovation machine and come up with...wait for it...Samsung Pay and an iPhone 6 lookalike. Bryan Chaffin takes through the lawls.
  • Dragon Dictate for Mac 4: $99.99

    Bryan Chaffin
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:33 pm
    We have a great deal on Dragon Dictate 4 for the Mac from Nuance. these are the people Apple relies on for speech recognition in Siri-they're the best in the world at this stuff. Dragon Dictate 4 for the Mac retails for $200, but with our deal you can get it for half that, $99.99.
  • TMO Quick Tip: Use Tab to Quick Search Apple.com

    Bryan Chaffin
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Apple has encoded its home page to allow users to search the site with just a tab when using Safari or Omniweb. When you first load up apple.com and press tab, the search box opens, and your cursor jumps straight to it.
  • OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Beta goes Public with Photos App

    Jeff Gamet
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Developers have been able to try out the beta version of OS X 10.10.3, and as of Monday the public can, too. Mac users who signed up to participate in the public beta program can download the latest prerelease build of the upcoming Mac OS update, and it includes a beta version of the iPhoto replacement app Photos, too.The Mac Observer Spin: Don't forget beta means "not ready to ship," so there may be bugs and other surprises that cause app crashes and data loss. If you're planning on playing with the beta consider installing in on a Mac that isn't critical for your daily work.
 
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  • A New Take on Feature Film Post-Production

    25 Feb 2015 | 11:34 am
    After researching several workflows, directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra decided to edit “Focus” — a major new Warner Bros. film starring Will Smith — entirely in Final Cut Pro X. The results were even better than they’d expected. Final Cut Pro X helped them deliver the movie on time and under budget, and it played and looked just as they’d envisioned it. “I’ve cut on all the other systems, and I can easily say I’m three times faster on Final Cut Pro X,” says Ficarra.
  • Apple Reports Record First Quarter Results

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 first quarter ended December 27, 2014. The company posted record quarterly revenue of $74.6 billion and record quarterly net profit of $18 billion, or $3.06 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $57.6 billion and net profit of $13.1 billion, or $2.07 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.9 percent compared to 37.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 65 percent of the quarter’s revenue. The results were fueled by all-time record revenue from iPhone and Mac sales…
  • App Store Rings in 2015 with New Records

    8 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    The first week of January set a new record for billings from the App Store. Apple customers worldwide spent nearly half a billion dollars on apps and in-app purchases, and New Year’s Day 2015 marked the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history. These milestones follow a breakthrough 2014, in which billings rose 50 percent and apps generated over $10 billion in revenue for developers. “This year is off to a tremendous start after a record-breaking year for the App Store and our developer community,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and…
  • Developers Start Designing Apps for Apple Watch

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Apple has announced the availability of WatchKit, software that gives developers a set of tools to easily create experiences designed specifically for Apple Watch. Developers can now begin developing WatchKit apps before the watch becomes available. “Apple Watch is our most personal device ever, and WatchKit provides the incredible iOS developer community with the tools they need to create exciting new experiences right on your wrist,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With the iOS 8.2 beta SDK, developers can now start using WatchKit to…
  • Apple Reports Fourth-Quarter Results

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter ended September 27, 2014. The company posted quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.5 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $37.5 billion and net profit of $7.5 billion, or $1.18 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 37 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 60 percent of the quarter’s revenue. Apple’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $.47 per share of the…
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  • Weekend Roundup for 1 March 2015

    Ricky Buchanan
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:46 am
    Here’s the best Apple assistive technology and accessibility links for the week of March 1, 2015. Everything from around the web that’s relevant to disabled, aged, and chronically ill Apple users. Looking for somebody to help me with the graphics for ATMac, especially the title graphics. Know anybody who’s looking for a little bit of paid work? Get them to contact me. OS X 5 Safari extensions for a better browsing experience How to Create a Paperless Office With Evernote iOS Now in accessible keyboard Keeble: 3 new languages and enhanced accessibility options. Keeble…
  • Weekend Roundup for 22 February 2015

    Ricky Buchanan
    22 Feb 2015 | 1:10 am
    Here’s the best Apple assistive technology and accessibility links for the week of 22 February 2015. Everything from around the web that’s relevant to disabled, aged, and chronically ill Apple users. OS X Setting up VoiceOver to automatically speak incoming Messages on Mac OS X Some movies from the iTunes Store come with multiple languages and subtitles. Everything you need to know about ripping DVDs with subtitles Using Text Replacement so you can type less Cool AT Tools: Programs Simplify Text, Reads It Aloud To Keep Learners Current with Curriculum Content – Great for…
  • Do Button Simplifies Your Home Automation Interface

    Ricky Buchanan
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:48 am
    The guys who brought us that endlessly handy web service IFTTT have created a new trio of apps: Do Button, Do Note and Do Camera. They’re all quite handy but Do Button has immediate use for home automation users who need a simplified interface. Do Button empowers you to create your own personalized button with just a tap. Save time and control the world around you with Recipes that connect your button to Philips Hue, Google Drive, Nest Thermostat, and hundreds of Channels you use every day. I have a fairly simple home automation set up – I have a set of Phillips Hue globes split…
  • 4 Great iOS Math Apps

    Ricky Buchanan
    17 Feb 2015 | 3:50 am
    Most people find math to be hard, but what if you couldn’t write anything down as you were working out equations? Or what if you reversed digits and minus signs while you were doing it? Some disabilities make learning math harder than ever. Here are four iPad apps which even the playing field for disabled math students… Panther Math Paper (for iPad) Panther Math Paper Panther Math Paper lets users lay out and solve math equations themselves. For users with severe motor challenges it has many options to help prevent mis-hits and does a fairly good job of putting the cursor where…
  • Weekend Roundup for 15 February 2015

    Ricky Buchanan
    15 Feb 2015 | 4:12 am
    Here’s the best Apple assistive technology and accessibility links for the week of 15 February 2015. Everything from around the web that’s relevant to disabled, aged, and chronically ill Apple users. OS X 1Keyboard – Type on your iPhone and iPad from your Mac’s keyboard – It hurts me to type on the iPhone more than a tiny bit, so this might be handy! Wrise – AssistiveWare’s new super-accessible wordprocessing app for Mac introductory price is ending soon. Wrise is an accessible word processor designed to support reading comprehension and text…
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  • New Steve Jobs book announced

    Mike Flaminio
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:34 pm
    John Gruber on Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli: <blockquote class=quote>The book is smart, accurate, informative, insightful, and at times, utterly heartbreaking. Schlender and Tetzeli paint a vivid picture of Jobs the man, and also clearly understand the industry in which he worked. They also got an astonishing amount of cooperation from the people who knew Jobs best: colleagues past and present from Apple and Pixar -- particularly Tim Cook -- and his widow, Laurene Powell Jobs.</blockquote> Gruber has an advanced copy of the book and seemed to have given…
  • Apple promotes iPhone 6 photo gallery

    Mike Flaminio
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:30 pm
    I've gotten every iPhone model except the iPhone 3G (no 3G service in my area to justify the expense at the time) and each upgrade I was usually most interested in the camera improvements. I take a lot of photos with my iPhone. Not only do I trust it for an important job, but it also makes it possible to capture a lot of stuff. As the saying goes, the best camera is the one you've got with you. The iPhone 6/6 Plus camera takes some pretty great photos. And even though the megapixels haven't changed in recent years, each iPhone keep getting better at taking photos. In this gallery from Apple…
  • Tim Cook talks up customer privacy

    Mike Flaminio
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Tim Cook in an interview with The Telegraph: <blockquote class=quote>"None of us should accept that the government or a company or anybody should have access to all of our private information. This is a basic human right. We all have a right to privacy. We shouldn't give it up. We shouldn't give in to scare-mongering or to people who fundamentally don't understand the details."</blockquote> He also went on to say that one day consumers will understand how their privacy and &quot;be very offended.&quot; Privacy is a good way for Apple to differentiate itself from other…
  • iPhone design and battery life

    Mike Flaminio
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    9 to 5 Mac the past week posted a poll asking readers about the trade off of thinness and battery life. I think the poll wording could have been better, but it's an interesting question. The questions I think leave people to make assumptions on how much thicker a phone could be for an expected battery life increase. 0.5 mm for 50-percent better battery? Sign me up! 5 mm for 10-percent? No way. We just don't know what people are thinking to really tell a story on the results. Also, the second most popular option is whether Apple should instead improve battery life through engineering and not a…
  • Apple event scheduled for March 9th

    Mike Flaminio
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Apple announced a "Spring Forward" event for Monday March 9th. Spring Forward is obviously a reference to both time and daylight savings switch over. As usual the topic wasn't announced, but the title and timing obviously suggest Apple will launch the Apple Watch. We all can tune in and watch the live stream at 10 AM PDT.
 
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  • Tuesday Morning News

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    We had mentioned previously that Apple was going to be opening the beta of OS X 10.10.3 to the public. They have now done that to members of the AppleSeed program, who can grab it from the App Store. Of course one thing many will be interested in seeing in the beta is the new Photos app. Some more information is coming out from Tim Cooks recent recent overseas trip. This time 9to5Mac report on comments Cook made during his German store visits. Among other things he talked up was the fact that the
  • Monday Morning News

    1 Mar 2015 | 5:39 pm
    As you might expect there is a lot of Apple Watch stories starting to pop up. Kicking us off this morning is a New York Times piece regarding steps to preserve power. According to the times the Watch will feature a called Power Reserve, which will make the device display the time only. The story also details how staff have been able to wear the device in public during testing, they were disguised as Samsung Smart Watches.
  • Friday Morning News

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:44 pm
    It is time to set your alarms and get excited MacTalkers. Apple has announced an event for 9 March titled “Spring forward”. At this stage the Apple Watch is likely to be the focus. It is possible that we may also get a look at the rumoured 12-inch Retina MacBook Air at the event. As has been the case with the last few events, Apple will be live streaming it all right from their website. Of course whilst we might see a whole lot more of the watch at the March event, we won’t actually be able to buy it that day. On that front Macrumors is claiming that it will
  • Thursday Morning News

    25 Feb 2015 | 12:56 pm
    As part of the pre-launch hype for the Apple Watch the device is featured in multi page spread in Vogue Magazine. Now I am sure you all have a copy of that right next to you, in fact many of you were reading it no doubt before you started on this fine piece of writing. An interesting feature of the ads is that the pictures of the Watch are actual size, so if do can get your hands on a copy it may be the first time to see what it looks like on your wrist!
  • Wednesday Morning News

    24 Feb 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac has been hitting his sources up again and this time has an exclusive on upcoming changes to the Genius bar and the way it works for appointments. The high level overview is that walk up customers will now have their issue logged and assigned a priority. They will then provide a phone number and be contacted on. The customer will receive three texts,
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  • Play like a girl or don’t play at all – Candi’s Swamp Hop

    admin
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    New York, New York – De-Evolution Studios today is proud to announce Candi’s Swamp Hop for iOS and Android devices. Just in time for the 2015 Penny Arcade. This addictive and deceptively difficult game puts kids and adults alike into the pretty pink boots of our heroine Candi. Players move Candi from island to island trying not to drop her into the murky swamp below. Watch out! If you do drop her in she will have something snarky to say about it! With a very simple control, this one thumb game floats Candi into the air until the player releases her in hopes their aim is on target.
  • AlphaDigits Top Rated Apps February 2015

    admin
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Long Island, New York – Mobile app review publisher, AlphaDigits has named the top rated apps for February 2015. AlphaDigits names five top class mobile apps every month based on the reviews published in the website during the particular month. This website has now released the names of top rated mobile apps for the month of February. Chuck B Blast (9 /10): With sharp graphics that generate a hint of Japanese anime and action that mimics the same, Chuck B Blast is a game that pits cyborg against an evil oncoming planet, set for a course of destruction. The cyborg, who you control, is…
  • Play like a girl or don’t play at all – Candi’s Swamp Hop

    admin
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    New York, New York – De-Evolution Studios today is proud to announce Candi’s Swamp Hop for iOS and Android devices. Just in time for the 2015 Penny Arcade. This addictive and deceptively difficult game puts kids and adults alike into the pretty pink boots of our heroine Candi. Players move Candi from island to island trying not to drop her into the murky swamp below. Watch out! If you do drop her in she will have something snarky to say about it! With a very simple control, this one thumb game floats Candi into the air until the player releases her in hopes their aim is on target.
  • AlphaDigits Top Rated Apps February 2015

    admin
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Long Island, New York – Mobile app review publisher, AlphaDigits has named the top rated apps for February 2015. AlphaDigits names five top class mobile apps every month based on the reviews published in the website during the particular month. This website has now released the names of top rated mobile apps for the month of February. Chuck B Blast (9 /10): With sharp graphics that generate a hint of Japanese anime and action that mimics the same, Chuck B Blast is a game that pits cyborg against an evil oncoming planet, set for a course of destruction. The cyborg, who you control, is…
  • City Defense is Fun with Haypi Kingdom: The Return of the King 1.0.7

    admin
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Shanghai, China – Haypi Co., Ltd. today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Haypi Kingdom: The Return of the King 1.0.7, an update to their popular war strategy MMO developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Haypi Kingdom: The Return of the King is a fun mobile game that puts players to into the roles of feudal lords in the dark and chaotic medieval times. They get to develop cities, expand territories, recruit heroes and much more. The multi-player feature allows players from all over the world to team up with allies, as they besiege forts and conquer…
 
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  • Pomodoro Time 1.0 for Mac OS X - Time and Task Management Tool

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:52 am
    XwaveSoft has introduced Pomodoro Time 1.0, the Mac version of their popular time management app for iPhone & iPad. Designed specifically to boost productivity by using the Pomodoro Technique. The app provides a mix of timeboxing, timed rest stops, task management, a goal completion list, and customized productivity analysis. View and compare weekly or monthly progress of total time spent on tasks to accurately adjust actions to be more efficient. The app syncs between Mac, iPhone and iPad.
  • Adaptive Storage-Top Desk for Mac Eliminates Clutter and Tools

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    Klevr Furniture has announced their new Storage-Top Desk for Mac, a functional design built specifically for iMacs and MacBooks. Each desk is made to order and conveniently stows away cables, power adaptors, and additional clutter. Table-top notches are strategically placed for MacBook and iMac connectors, and movable panels allow easy access to storage. The sleek design offers plenty of work space for the avid Mac user and provides storage underneath for printers and accessories.
  • MapItOut 13.0: Linked Navigation,Travel Planner And Record Workout Stats

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    Independent developer Santo Porpiglia has announced MapItOut 13.0, an update to his powerful travel app for iOS devices. MapItOut allows users to quickly create and save maps for their destination or trip. Map markers can be added to note landmarks or points of interest. Directions can be accessed within the app. Also, log exercise routes with stats on speed, time, distance, and elevation. The new interface allows access to all functions on the main page for effortless traveling and planning.
  • Explain Anything from Anywhere with Splicesr for iPhone and iPad

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    DocuBuzz has announced Splice.sr 1.5 for iOS, a smart Show & Tell app that helps users compose and share their thoughts quickly and precisely from anywhere. A winner of the 2014 Tabby Awards/Business competition, Splice.sr lets anyone create great audio-visual presentations by splicing together any content while recording a voice-over narrative. These presentations can then be replayed in any web browser on any device. Version 1.5 is upgraded to a universal app for both the iPhone and iPad.
  • Output Factory for Adobe InDesign Improves Alternate Layouts Handling

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    Toronto based Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.18, a maintenance update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign. Output Factory automates printing, exporting and post-processing from InDesign and offers batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting, output history and more. The new version addresses an issue in which a bug in InDesign installation could result in incorrect output results.
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  • A New Inside Mac Games

    14 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    February 14, 2015 3:24 PMInside Mac Games as it was is no longer, but out of the ashes will rise a new site focused on the community forums, populated with news and articles from volunteers. In the days and months ahead changes will be coming to IMG as the work of transitioning continues.If you'd like to help build the new Inside Mac Games please visit the forums at the link below.Also, thank you to all those who've visited the site and participated in the forum discussions over the years. I've been working at IMG for over a decade now, first as a news gatherer and later as editor. In that…
 
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  • What level of support should a successful game developer be expected to offer?

    Dr. Macenstein
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:53 am
    I’ll admit upfront that I am writing this article out of personal frustration towards BackFlip studios, formerly one of my favorite iOS game developers, but my long-standing support issues with them raise a question that ALL successful developers should be asking themselves – namely, “How much support am I morally, ethically, and perhaps even LEGALLY supposed […]
  • DragonVale: How to breed a Thorn Dragon

    Dr. Macenstein
    8 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    THORN DRAGON: INCUBATION TIME: 7 Hours BUY-IT Price: ??? Gems HOW TO BREED: The Thorn Dragon can only be unlocked by redeeming roses in the Gathering of Roses 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 […]
  • Review: Audioengine’s B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver

    Dr. Macenstein
    8 Feb 2015 | 8:50 am
    I’m about to try to make a case for why you should want the $189 Audioengine’s B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver . It won’t be easy, as for that price you could get TWO Airport expresses that could also wirelessly stream music, or for $10 more you could have an Airport Extreme, which boasts a bunch […]
  • DragonVale: How to breed a Seed Dragon

    Dr. Macenstein
    6 Feb 2015 | 12:09 pm
    SEED DRAGON: INCUBATION TIME: 18 Hours BUY-IT Price: 1,350 Gems HOW TO BREED: (Any combination of Water, Cold and Light) Phantom and Water / Ice and Light / Lotus and Cold (This guide is part of a larger DragonVale breeding guide. For the full list of breedable dragons, click here. If you would like to […]
  • Review: Divoom Airbeat-10 Wireless Bluetooth Water Resistant Speaker

    Dr. Macenstein
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    I’ve reviewed so many compact bluetooth speakers over the years that I feel I have written “Sounds great for it’s size” over a hundred times. And it’s true. Even $30 speakers sound pretty damn good these days, and if you take into account that they are the size of a deck of playing cards AND […]
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  • Artboard 1.9.7 - Simple and direct vector drawing software. (Demo)

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Artboard is a simple and direct vector drawing application that includes everything you need to create your own graphics and illustrations. Artboard delivers with hundreds of awesome styles and fully editable clip art, including speech bubbles, shiny buttons, maps and flags, people factory, and home planning. Artboard stands apart with powerful stacked styles that go way beyond simple fill and stroke, providing a wide range of spectacular effects. Design logos, posters, floor plans, technical drawings, fun fashions, Web graphics, and more. Simple. Powerful. Fun. Features: Over 20 simple and…
  • SerialMailer 7.8 - Create personalized email newsletters. (Shareware)

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:19 pm
    SerialMailer lets you add personalized details to your mass email messages. Give each message a custom name, order number, or even attachment. Engage your customers and colleagues, or show your friends and family that you care -- when it comes to bulk email messages, a touch of personality goes a long way! Take the headache out of mass emailing with SerialMailer.Version 7.8: Support for special characters in email addresses Improved embedding of images in html messages OS X 10.7.3 or later Download Now
  • Amphetamine 1.5 - Override energy saver settings and keep your Mac awake. (Free)

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Amphetamine is a little app that lives in your menu bar. It gives you a graphical user interface for the caffeinate command line utility built into every Mac. With Amphetamine, you can easily and quickly override your energy saver settings and keep your Mac awake, without even lifting your fingers from the keyboard. Features: Keep your Mac awake, preventing sleep and screen savers from activating Define and use a global hotkey to activate/deactivate Amphetamine Define a custom time to keep your Mac awake for, or choose from several presets Activate/deactivate Amphetamine using your keyboard…
  • PDP-8-E Simulator 2.0.1 - Apple Mac DEC PDP-8/E emulator. (Free)

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:55 pm
    PDP-8/E Simulator is an emulator for the DEC PDP-8/E minicomputer running on the Apple Mac. The simulated machine is a PDP-8/E with 4K words of memory and optionally a KM8-E Memory Extension (with up to 32K words of memory) and a KE8-E Extended Arithmetic Element. I/O devices are implemented as plugin modules, and plugins for an ASR 33 Console Teletype, an ASR 33 Auxiliary Teletype, a PC8-E High Speed Paper Tape Reader and Punch, a RK8-E Disk Cartridge System, a LP8-E Line Printer and various types of Real Time Clocks are included in the distribution of the simulator. There is also a KC8-EA…
  • WiFiSpoof 2.0 - Change your WiFi MAC address. (Demo)

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    WiFiSpoof quickly and easily allows you to change your WiFi MAC address via hot-key or the system menu bar.Version 2.0: New UI Sparkle updating Added ability to run as stand-alone app OS X 10.9 or later Download Now
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    macZOT!

  • The User Interface Giga Set: Hundreds of Premium Items + Bonus for Just $24

    MacZOT
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:42 pm
    The User Interface Giga Set: Hundreds of Premium Items + Bonus for Just $24 Normally: $190.00 ZOT Price: $24.00 Click to macZOT!   If you’re into web design you probably know that User Interface and User Experience are serious stuff, especially now when the trends are changing every couple of months. Sure, the basic things are the same, but the consumers are changing, and it’s tougher and tougher to keep them on a website for more than a couple of seconds.   Knowing how difficult it is, we wanted to help you save precious hours by coming up with this huge User Interface…
  • RWmultitool for RapidWeaver 6

    MacZOT
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:29 pm
    RWmultitool for RapidWeaver 6 The Rapidweaver® tool for creative minds! Normally: $20.05 ZOT Price: $9.99 Click to macZOT! Download Trial   Image Editor forRapidweaver® themes       RWmultitool is ready for RapidWeaver® 6 This tool has been designed to edit the images of RapidWeaver® graphic themes. With this tool you can modify theme graphics or add new images easily and without any specific knowledge of graphic design, Just drag your picture in RWmultitool and you're done! Now, editing your theme graphics is a simple and funny game. This is…
  • LoveZilla: Super Premium Love Mega Set with an Extended License & Bonus – Only $29

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    6 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    LoveZilla: Super Premium Love Mega Set with an Extended License & Bonus – Only $29 Normally: $300.00 ZOT Price: $29.00 Click to macZOT! Download Trial   Take a look at what you get. Click on the images for a full preview:         Bonus: 345 Graphic Styles   Download a free sample with 32 typography elements, badges and vectors! All you need to do is press the download button for an instant download.   So what are you waiting for? Get this awesome deal now! System Requirements: - All these files are suitable for both Windows and Mac OS…
  • Graphics

    MacZOT
    3 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Graphics Enrich your works with beautiful illustrations. Use everywhere! Last chance for promotional prices on DeltaWalker in the ZOTshop! Normally: $19.99 ZOT Price: $9.99 Click to macZOT!     Graphics the ultimate set of illustrations suitable for any iWork document that requires color, texture, and authenticity. You will definitely find the right illustration among the 1,010 high-quality images. Consists of categories: -262 Flat Icons -131 Illustrations -200 Clipart -300 People Clipart -217 Traffic Signs    
  • Cisdem AppCrypt for Mac

    MacZOT
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Cisdem AppCrypt for Mac Password Protect Mac OS X Apps from Unauthorized Access. Normally: $24.99 ZOT Price: $5.99 Click to macZOT! Download Trial   Are you sharing your Mac with your family, friends or colleagues? Whether it is Uncle Ted wanting to watch your movie collection or colleague Sam wanting to edit a report on your Mac, or you are using Adium and don't want your children seeing every text message you send and receive. Stop worrying about sharing your Mac with family members, by using Cisdem AppCrypt to password protect individual applications and keep others from playing…
 
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    MacBlogz

  • Apple Launches Worldwide 'Shot on iPhone 6' Ad Campaign Spanning Magazines, Billboards and More

    Joe Rossignol
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:04 pm
    Apple has launched a worldwide "Shot on iPhone 6" advertising campaign involving 77 photographers, 70 cities and 24 countries, with iPhone 6 photography to be featured in magazines, newspapers, billboards, transit posters and more. The large-scale marketing initiative has started rolling out in several countries across the world this week, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Thailand, Malaysia, Tokyo and United Arab Emirates. "Shot on iPhone 6" photo on billboard in Los Angeles (via Twitter) A number of "Shot on iPhone 6" advertisements have begun surfacing on Twitter and…
  • New App Recap 3/2/15: YouTube Kids, Air Display 3, and More!

    J.R. Bookwalter
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:42 pm
  • Upcoming Steve Jobs Book Promises 'Sensational' New Stories, Launches March 24

    Juli Clover
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:46 pm
    There's a new Steve Jobs book set to be published later this month, penned by Brent Schlender, a reporter who interviewed Jobs several times throughout his life and became close to him, and Rick Tetzeli, Executive Editor at Fast Company. Called Becoming Steve Jobs, the book aims to go beyond existing myths and stereotypes about Jobs, giving a look at a man who was only human, who "wrestled with his failings and learned to maximize his strength over time." The book explores the story of how Steve Jobs made the transformation from an arrogant young man exiled from Apple to the visionary leader…
  • Easy Mac Hacks: Speed Up Yosemite

    Cory Bohon
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:29 am
    Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool using with Mac OS X. Sometimes it's a tutorial on a lesser-known feature, other times it's a trick that uses built-in functionality such as Terminal — either way, these simple tips can make life better and easier, and they don’t require any special knowledge. All you need to do is follow the instructions!As you may have noticed, in Yosemite, the WindowServer process (which handles window events such as clicking, dragging, and opening new windows) can sometimes eat up quite a bit of processing power due to a bug in the OS.
  • OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Public Beta With Photos App Now Available

    Juli Clover
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    Apple today made a pre-release version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 available to those who are signed up for the company's OS X public beta program, giving them early access to the new update and the new Photos for OS X app. The public beta carries a build number of 14D87p, a slightly later build number than the 14D87h from the second developer beta of the software, released last week. All registered public beta test members should be able to download OS X Yosemite through the Mac App Store. OS X 10.10.3 includes access to the new Photos app, which is designed to serve as a replacement for…
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    MacCast - For Mac Geeks, by Mac Geeks

  • Maccast 2015.03.02

    Adam Christianson (Mac Geek)
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:40 pm
    A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Episode 517. Apple Watch event coming. Apple likely developing a car. Touch ID coming to Mac? Apple will offer iOS Public Betas. Apple Pay in Europe mid-April? Apple acknowledges Macbook Pro Display issues. Consolidate iTunes Library on external. Cleaning up "On My iPhone" Contacts. Tracking sold iPhones in the Post. Thing of the Moment: Audio Technica AT2005USB. iPhone World Gallery Want more Maccast? Become a Maccast Member. Special thanks to our sponsors: lynda.com - Learn at your own pace from expert-taught video…
  • Maccast 2015.02.18 - The Amigos Show

    Adam Christianson (Mac Geek), David Sparks, and Victor Cajiao
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:35 pm
    A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Episode 516. This week a special Three Amigos episode. I'm joined by David Sparks (MacSparky) and Victor Cajiao (Artechulate) as we discuss the latest happenings in the world of Apple. In this episode we cover our excitement over the upcoming Apple Watch release, discuss what Apple may (or may not) be doing with cars, and chat about Tim Cook's greening of Apple. That and a whole bunch more. Want more Maccast? Become a Maccast Member. Special thanks to our sponsors: Smile - smilesoftware.com lynda.com - Learn at your own pace…
  • Maccast 2015.02.11

    Adam Christianson (Mac Geek)
    11 Feb 2015 | 11:12 pm
    A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Episode 515. Apple’s New Green Initiatives. Apple preps retail for Apple Watch. iOS 8 and OS X updates continue to roll. The Apple Van Mystery. More on Apple’s return to Samsung. Apple’s plans for Beats Music. Hints at Apple Event Updates Soon. Lost iPhone mode and activation locks. Blank Apple support screens. Unrecoverable iTunes purchases. Downloading SD movies on iPad. Exporting Slow Motion iOS video. A sane Mac antivirus discussion. Want more Maccast? Become a Maccast Member. Special thanks to our sponsor:…
  • Maccast 2015.02.01

    Adam Christianson (Mac Geek)
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:07 pm
    A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Episode 514. Apple’s Quarterly Windfall. Latest Apple Watch rumors. Apple TV HomeKit Hub. Will Samsung drive A9 production? Apple 10.10.2 and iOS 8.1.3 updates. Does Apple Pay have a security problem? iOS’s "Other" problem. Does Siri know too much? Siri, won’t "listen" to me. Update needed on login screen. Thing of the moment: Satechi 10 Port USB Hub 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 to…
  • Maccast 2015.01.18 - iOS Board Games

    Adam Christianson (Mac Geek), Dave Caolo, and Dan Patriss
    18 Jan 2015 | 5:21 pm
    A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Episode 513. A special episode of the Maccast featuring iOS board games. I've invited Dave Caolo from the Board Games Weekly podcast and Dan Patriss from the Geek All-Stars podcast to talk about our favorite tabletop titles that are also available in iOS versions. Want more Maccast? Become a Maccast Member. Special thanks to our sponsor: Smile - smilesoftware.com Shownotes in: HTML or OPML Subscribe to the Podcast Feed or Get the MP3 or Enhanced AAC
 
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    thriftmac

  • Handy Calculator

    Mark
    15 Feb 2015 | 6:51 pm
    Calculator with easy-to-see numbers fades from view when not in use. You can input complete formulas, including parentheses, before hitting the equal sign. Handles copy and paste.
  • Pastebox [1]

    Mark
    8 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    Get access to the last 20 items you copied in a list from the menu bar. Supports various clipboard types, including plain text, rich text and images. Displays the colour of hex strings. Shows images that have been copied.
  • Unison

    Mark
    8 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Panic’s app for Usenet newsgroups is no longer being developed, but one last free release promises to keep customers happy for awhile.
  • Pixlr

    Mark
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Crop, resize and rotate images, adjust colour and contrast, apply red-eye reduction, or just use the “auto-fix” button. Pixlr includes dozens of filters, overlays, borders, effects and stickers.
  • MacDown

    Mark
    13 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Open source markdown editor for OS X, released under the MIT license, heavily influenced by Chen Luo’s Mou. Features highly customisable markdown rendering, syntax highlighting in fenced code blocks, sophisticated auto-completion.
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    Mac Tutorial Previews

  • 0492 - Garageband on the Mac - Part 2 [HD - Preview]

    ScreenCastsOnline
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Continuing on from last week, I take a look at some of the new features of GarageBand for the Mac. This episode explores the brand new Drummer feature, as well as recording live instruments such as Guitar and Bass. I also take a look at how you can fix sloppy or problematic recordings using Flex Time and Groove Matching.
  • 0491 - Garageband on the Mac - Part 1 [HD - Preview]

    ScreenCastsOnline
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A long overdue show, this week I return to Garageband on the Mac. It's been quite a while (can you believe 2008!) since I looked at Garageband on the Mac and since then the app has had a complete re-write. It may have lost Podcast support, but with a new user interface and some stunning new features, it's still an extremely powerful and impressive application.
  • 0490 - Archiving Email [HD - Preview]

    ScreenCastsOnline
    12 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    If you're like me and find it difficult to delete emails, you'll end up with hundreds of not thousands of emails slowing down your mail application. In this episode, Todd Olthoff demonstrates four different solutions to archiving your emails.
  • 0489 - Chrome Remote Desktop & 4K Downloader [HD - Preview]

    ScreenCastsOnline
    5 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Two applications to cover this week. Chrome Remote Desktop - A free cross platform way to access Macs via your Chrome browser - either locally or remotely. 4K Downloader - A simple way to download 4K (or any other resolution) from YouTube or Vimeo.
  • 0488 - App Updates - PDFpen, Reeder & Evernote [HD - Preview]

    ScreenCastsOnline
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Three of our favourite apps have had recent updates - PDFpen, Reeder & Evernote This week's show brings you up to speed on updates to these three excellent applications.
 
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    Softpedia News > Apple

  • Instagram for iPhone Updated Today with Performance Improvements

    Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:22 pm
    The Instagram app for iOS has been updated a few minutes ago, March 2, 2015, on the iTunes App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. The new version, 6.7.0, brings performance improvements and fixes bugs that were discovered in the previous version of the software, so you should notice a slight performance boost after the update. Instagram 6.7.0 ... (read more)
  • Mac OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite Public Beta Now Available for Testing with Photos App

    Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    Apple has just released a few minutes ago the first Public Beta of the forthcoming Mac OS X 10.10.3 update, a maintenance release for Yosemite that includes the highly anticipated iCloud-based Photos application, as well as performance and security improvements. This first Public Beta release is labeled as build 14D87p. The new Photos app has been created from the ground up by Apple to automatically organize your entire photo collection, as well as to help you enhance them... (read more)
  • Last Chance to Get 20 Amazing Indie Games in the iTunes App Store at a Low Price

    Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Apple has a very nice sale these days on the iTunes App Store, which includes 20 amazing games from independent developers. The games come with a price tag of at least 50% off the list price, but only for a limited time, so make sure you buy those who have been on your wishlist for some time now. The list of games included in the Amazing Indie Games sale is quite impressive, and prices start from as little as $0.99 if you’re in the US or €0.99 if you are in the European Un... (read more)
  • National Geographic Releases Awesome Photography and News App for iPhone

    Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:18 pm
    National Geographic has released a new application for iPhone, iPad, as well as iPod Touch devices, called Nat Geo View. The app is free and looks very promising, as it will give users instant access to content from the National Geographic website, including galleries of stunning photos, video of the day, magazine articles, and much more. ... (read more)
  • Apple Showcases Incredible Photos and Videos Taken with iPhone 6 on Its Website

    Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    The Apple website has been refreshed earlier today highlighting a new section called “Shot on iPhone 6,” where the company showcases some of its favorite photos and videos taken with its iPhone 6 smartphone device in different locations in the world. You can view the Apple iPhone 6 World Gallery here! We really don’t want to make a big deal out of this, but as some of us... (read more)
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    9to5Mac

  • Apple hanging billboards on skyscrapers and buildings around the world to showcase iPhone 6 photography

    Benjamin Mayo
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:41 pm
    As part of its Shot on iPhone 6 campaign promoting iPhone photography, Apple is now hanging billboard advertisements around the world. The ads feature the photographs in full bleed with a simple ‘Shot on iPhone 6′ tagline. The posters are going up around the world, including some dramatic large billboards on the side of skyscrapers. Pictured above is one such poster (photo taken by Jimmy Grewal on Twitter) being setup on a skyscraper in Dubai. In total, the campaign will showcase 77 different individual’s images spanning 24 countries. Users on Twitter have been…
  • Opinion: Apple TV should get these 10 updates at next week’s event, but probably won’t

    Jeremy Horwitz
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Nearly eight years have passed since Apple released the first-generation Apple TV, a product originally hyped as “something really special” but quickly demoted to a “hobby” after initial sales fizzled. The second-generation version arrived with much less fanfare in late 2010, and the modestly tweaked third-generation model got a mere five-minute launch at a March event three years ago. Since then, there’s been plenty of evidence that Apple was working on updated hardware, a major partnership with cable companies, and major new content deals, but apart from the…
  • ‘Becoming Steve Jobs’ book with Tim Cook & Jony Ive interviews coming March 24th

    Zac Hall
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    There’s a healthy amount of story telling about the life of Steve Jobs due out this year. In October, we’ll get to see Aaron Sorkin’s take on the late Apple co-founder’s experience at Apple play out on the big screen when “Jobs” hits theaters. Sooner than that, though, a new book from Brent Schlender & Rick Tetzeli entitled Becoming Steve Jobs (announced via Daring Fireball) will attempt to be different from all the other Jobs books. Becoming Steve Jobstakes on and breaks down the existing myth and stereotypes about Steve Jobs. The conventional,…
  • Apple Stores will now allow customers to test in-ear headphones before buying

    Mark Gurman
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Apple has always allowed customers to test over-ear headphones (Getty) Apple will begin allowing prospective customers to test out in-ear headphones prior to purchase within Apple Stores, according to several employees. Due to sanitation concerns, Apple has been reluctant to allowing customers to try out in-ear headphones, but a new solution called Demo Kits will solve this problem. Beginning this week, when a customer is interested in purchasing in-ear headphones, an Apple Store employee will have the ability to create a custom Demo Kit that holds up to six different models of in-ear…
  • Nissan, Volkswagen & Daimler execs respond to Apple Car reports

    Jordan Kahn
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
    It was only a matter of time before executives from various automakers responded to news that Apple is looking into developing its own electric vehicle. The first responses come from CEOs of Volkswagen, Daimler and Nissan during interviews at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and the Geneva car show this week. CNET reports that CEO of the Nissan-Renault Alliance Carlos Ghosn responded positively to questions regarding reports of Apple’s electric vehicle project: ”If Apple does it, obviously it’s good news for us,” said Ghosn. ”The fact that a company outside of the auto…
 
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    MakeUseOf » Mac OS X

  • Excel Quick Tips: How To Flip Cells & Switch Rows or Columns

    Dann Albright
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Excel is a powerful program that can help you analyze and visualize your data. For best results, your data needs to be in the proper format. If you need to flip the cells in a row or column, it can take a long time to do it manually—instead of re-entering all of your data, use these strategies to flip rows, turn columns into rows, and flip rows. Flipping Cells in Excel Columns Reversing the order of cells in an Excel column is quite easy, and can be done in just a few steps: Add a column next to the column you’d like...Read the full article: Excel Quick Tips: How To Flip Cells…
  • Everything You Need to Know about Your Mac’s Dock

    Tim Brookes
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The dock is to OS X what the Start menu is to Windows (though that comparison worked a lot better four years ago). It’s the primary way many users interact with Mac OS X, but a lot of people still don’t know some of the most basic and useful things the dock is capable of. That’s why we have decided to compile everything you need to know about your Mac OS X dock into one compendium of multi-tasking mastery. You’ll probably know how to do many of these things, but you might also be surprised at what you’ve been missing for all these years. A Dock of Two…
  • Automate Mac Settings Depending On Your Location With ControlPlane

    Justin Pot
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    You use your Mac differently at home than you do at work. What if it knew the difference between these contexts, and set itself up accordingly? That’s idea behind Control Plane, a free Mac app you can use to teach your Mac all sorts of tricks. You could, for example, set your Mac up to automatically: Mute the system’s volume when you’re at the library, so you don’t accidentally bother anyone. Set a different default printer at work than at home. Wake up your Mac without a password at home, but require one when you’re somewhere else (the way Android...Read the…
  • Turn Your NAS Or Windows Share Into A Time Machine Backup

    Justin Pot
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    Use your NAS, or any network share, for backing up your Mac with Time Machine. Apple’s backup software officially only works with supported devices, but with a little work you can trick it into backing up to any network drive! In 2011, James showed you how to back up your Mac to a homemade time capsule. Any alternative to Apple’s $300 wireless backup unit is welcome, but this method doesn’t work any more. Happily, there is a way around this for Macs running OS X Yosemite. To summarize, we’re going to do four things: Create a sparse image – a virtual...Read the full…
  • Customise Your Mac OS X Dock With These Hidden Terminal Commands

    Tim Brookes
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    So you already know everything there is to know about your Mac’s dock, but what if you want to change it? Luckily there are a number of tweaks you can apply to change the way the dock behaves. From simple tweaks like adding hidden stacks for recent items, to only displaying the currently open applications – there’s a lot you can do to make Mac OS X your own. All of these tweaks are built into OS X by default but hidden from view, so you’ll need to use the Terminal in order to make use of them. Using Terminal to Customise Your Dock...Read the full article: Customise…
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  • Neighbors Organize Protest Over Future Apple Store

    Gary Allen
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Despite the Apple stores’ award-winning architecture, their revenue generation and employment opportunities, a group of Manhattan (NYC) residents is circulating a petition to block the opening of the future Upper East Side Apple store, calling it “the wrong store in the wrong place.” The residents say the store will create a “serious disruption” for their quiet residential community, with long lines of customers on narrow sidewalks, overnight camp-outs for new products, delivery truck congestion and street vendor food carts crowding the area. They are pursuing a…
  • Last Mini-Store Moves to Full-Size Space

    Gary Allen
    14 Feb 2015 | 7:05 pm
    In typical Apple fashion, customer service trumped the scheduled 10 p.m. closing time of the Oakridge (N. Calif.) retail store last night, the last of nine mini-stores that debuted in 2004 and introduced the now-familiar stainless steel interior design. All of the other stores have moved to larger spaces, and now so has Oakridge. Store employees allowed a family to finish their purchase before lowering the security grating at 10:19 p.m. There were hugs among about 55 current and and past store employees in front of the store as it closed. They were joined by other Apple staffers and…
  • Historic Genius Bar Logos Are Being Removed

    Gary Allen
    11 Feb 2015 | 4:34 am
    An original and significant element of Apple’s retail stores is disappearing. Over the past month workers have been removing the “atom” symbol that has pinpointed the Genius Bars since the first store opened in 2001, and they are replacing it with wall graphics to match those recently installed in back-lit wall displays. The Corte Madera (N. Calif.) store was the latest to make the change. The symbol was based on the chemistry depiction of an atom, meant to signify “genius.” It has gone through several revisions over the years to match the various interior…
  • Apple Expanding Green Energy To More Stores

    Gary Allen
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:56 pm
    Apple announced today that it’s signed an $848 million contract to purchase solar electricity that will convert all 52 of its California stores, its headquarters and a data center to green power by the end of 2016. Speaking at a San Francisco financial conference, CEO Tim Cook said, “Our view is that the time for talk is past and the time for action is now.” He said the company has signed a 25-year lease with First Solar Inc. for 130 megawatts of electricity. The deal will help Apple save money, Cook said, but only as a secondary goal. “We’re doing…
  • Store Employees Indicted, Gift Card Fraud Ring

    Gary Allen
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:59 pm
    The Manhattan (NYC) district attorney announced indictments today against four former Apple retail store employees and a dental office receptionist, accusing them of defrauding Barclays Bank of of $700,000 through fraudulently-obtained Apple gift cards. The alleged scheme included employees from stores in New York state and New Jersey, and originated with stolen personal information from over 250 dental patients. The personal information was used to obtain instant on-line credit from Barclays which, in turn, was used to purchase Apple gift cards, ultimately used to buy Apple products at…
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    The MacTrack - iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch and Mac News

  • Play like a girl or don’t play at all – Candi’s Swamp Hop

    Richard
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    New York, New York – De-Evolution Studios today is proud to announce Candi’s Swamp Hop for iOS and Android devices. Just in time for the 2015 Penny Arcade. This addictive and deceptively difficult game puts kids and adults alike into the pretty pink boots of our heroine Candi. Players move Candi from island to island trying not to drop her into the murky swamp below. Watch out! If you do drop her in she will have something snarky to say about it! With a very simple control, this one thumb game floats Candi into the air until the player releases her in hopes their aim is on target.
  • AlphaDigits Top Rated Apps February 2015

    Richard
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Long Island, New York – Mobile app review publisher, AlphaDigits has named the top rated apps for February 2015. AlphaDigits names five top class mobile apps every month based on the reviews published in the website during the particular month. This website has now released the names of top rated mobile apps for the month of February. Chuck B Blast (9 /10): With sharp graphics that generate a hint of Japanese anime and action that mimics the same, Chuck B Blast is a game that pits cyborg against an evil oncoming planet, set for a course of destruction. The cyborg, who you control, is…
  • City Defense is Fun with Haypi Kingdom: The Return of the King 1.0.7

    Richard
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Shanghai, China – Haypi Co., Ltd. today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Haypi Kingdom: The Return of the King 1.0.7, an update to their popular war strategy MMO developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Haypi Kingdom: The Return of the King is a fun mobile game that puts players to into the roles of feudal lords in the dark and chaotic medieval times. They get to develop cities, expand territories, recruit heroes and much more. The multi-player feature allows players from all over the world to team up with allies, as they besiege forts and conquer…
  • Thin Space – a story-based interactive game

    Richard
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    Montreal, Canada – Studios Atoz Inc. is pleased to announce its new app, Thin Space. Ada has baffling dreams of high strangeness which leave her on the brink of insanity. Determined to understand this attack on her psyche, Ada embarks on an adventure that leads her to Peru and an ancient astronomical site called Chankillo. Beneath the stars, Ada will confront an ancient evil as she travels between realities, life and death, in what is known as the Thin Space. Thin Space is a totally new type of iPhone game that requires you to read between the lines of what is written and what is…
  • Print Messages or Export SMS as PDF from iPhone using SMS Export Plus

    Richard
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Hyderabad, India – mTouchLabs today is proud to announce the release of SMS Export Plus 1.7, their productivity app exclusively for iPhone and iPod touch. The texts on your iPhone are now one of your most important forms of communication with your friends, family, loved ones. Maybe a friend sent you a funny joke that you want to save or maybe you need to make a backup of a text for legal purposes or may be running low on storage space?. Whatever the reason, SMS Export Plus lets you access and save your iPhone’s messages on your Mac or PC in most widely used excel format or PDF.
 
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  • loser.com

    Jim Dalrymple
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:16 pm
    It is absolutely priceless where loser.com goes.∞ Read this on The Loop
  • The Workflow Video Field Guide

    Jim Dalrymple
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:39 pm
    The Workflow Video Field Guide starts with a few, easy workflows and builds upon them over the course of an hour to turn you into a Workflow pro. By the time you get to the end, you’ll be able to roll your own workflows and change the way you work on your iPhone and iPad.I always like David Sparks’ work.∞ Read this on The Loop
  • Shot on iPhone 6

    Jim Dalrymple
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:34 pm
    People take incredible photos and videos on iPhone 6 every day. And here are some of our favorites. Explore the gallery, learn a few tips, and see what’s possible with the world’s most popular camera.A new page from Apple highlighting some great shots taken with the iPhone 6. These are quite impressive.∞ Read this on The Loop
  • Vesper: Native Support for iPad and Landscape

    Jim Dalrymple
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:21 pm
    A note from John Gruber on Vesper device support and pricing.∞ Read this on The Loop
  • Kidpost

    Jim Dalrymple
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    This is a new project from the very talented Khoi Vinh. I think this is such a great idea and will make things much easier for a lot of people. You can get a deal after the 30-day trial by using code LOOP.∞ Read this on The Loop
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  • Chocolatey Package Manager: The Alternative Windows Store

    SK Mezanul Haque
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:13 pm
    For a long time Windows operating system lacked any proper application manager also known as a package manager. A central hub so you can manage all installed applications, get new ones and keep them updated. Mainly, Linux distributions had some form of a package manager. Apple came up with Mac App Store from where users can buy Mac apps, install them and keep them up to date. Having a package manager always made the job easy. It automatically installs all dependencies in case the operating system missed them. With the introduction of Windows 8, Microsoft came up with Windows Store but it…
  • Google Inbox: The Revolutionary Intelligent Way to Email

    SK Mezanul Haque
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    Google Inbox is the new intelligent way to email. If you have never heard about Google Inbox, well, Inbox is a new service that transforms the way you used to use email, traditionally. Inbox runs on Gmail and it transforms everything from your Gmail account for you in Inbox. At this moment, to access Inbox, you need to ask Google for an invite. More information about how to request for Google Inbox is at the end of this post. Once accepted, you will be able to use it on all supported devices and platforms. Google Inbox App 101: Functions, Features, Enhancements, More… Once you receive…
  • Latest Google Chrome Version Download For Windows, Mac OS X, Linux

    SK Mezanul Haque
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Google Chrome Team has promoted Chrome 40 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux. The latest Google Chrome update is a minor update towards the major update 40.0.2214.91, bumping up the version number to 40.0.2214.111. You can see the official log about this minor update here. The major version released before this minor update came with a number of fixes and improvements. The notable ones are: Updated info dialog for Chrome app on Windows and Linux. A new clock behind/ahead error message. If you already use Google Chrome you don’t need to worry about downloading the latest…
  • Sticky Password Premium Review

    SK Mezanul Haque
    25 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Sticky Password is one of the most popular platform independent password manager available. It supports all major platforms including Windows, Mac OS X, iOS (iPhone, iPad), Android. The password manager also supports BlackBerry OS10, Amazon Kindle Fire, Nokia X too. In the first week December, Lamantine Software released a major update of the password manager. Sticky Password 8 features many new and improved functions. Sticky Password is not a new name for My Technology Guide’s regular readers. We have been testing out all the major versions of the password manager since Sticky Password…
  • iOS 8.1.1 Update Details With IPSW Download Links

    SK Mezanul Haque
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:43 am
    Apple released iOS 8.1.1 for all supported iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. iOS 8.1.1 (build 12B435, build 12B436) includes many bug fixes and general performance enhancements to improve the overall stability of iOS 8. As said earlier, iOS 8.1.1 update is mostly about bug fixes and stability enhancements. It includes performance enhancements for old iOS devices (iPad 2 and iPhone 4s). If your iOS device is running iOS, you can download iOS 8.1.1 either via OTA (Over The Air) or using iTunes. If you are an advance user, you can use the IPSW file (links at the end of this post) to update…
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  • OS X 10.10.3 Public Beta with Photos App Now Available

    Paul Horowitz
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    Apple has released the first public beta version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 with the new Photos app. The beta software is build 14D87p, nearly the same as the most 2nd developer beta, and can be installed by users who are opting to participate in the OS X Yosemite Public Beta testing program. It is strongly ... Read More
  • Audio & Sound Not Working in OS X Yosemite? It’s an Easy Fix

    Paul Horowitz
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:24 pm
    A few Mac users that update to OS X Yosemite discover their sound and audio output has ceased to work, leading to a completely mute Mac that does not respond to the volume keys. Fortunately, the mysterious missing sound output issue is incredibly simple to fix, and there is nothing actually wrong with the Mac. ... Read More
  • Instantly Add Item to the Mac Dock with a Keyboard Shortcut

    Paul Horowitz
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Just about all Mac users know that you can add items to the Dock of OS X by dragging and dropping things into it, but another option, which may even be faster for some users, is to use a keyboard shortcut. With a quick keystroke, you can instantly add any item from the file system ... Read More
  • Simple Tips to Improve Battery Life for Macs with OS X Yosemite

    Paul Horowitz
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:54 am
    Some Mac users have noted that MacBook Air and MacBook Pro battery life has taken a downturn with their Macs running OS X Yosemite. While this doesn’t impact all users, and much of the perception of diminished battery is likely due to usage and various features, there are some easy settings changes that users can ... Read More
  • Enjoy a “Spring Forward” Wallpaper Inspired by Upcoming Apple Event

    Paul Horowitz
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
    The invitation for the upcoming Apple Spring Forward event features an aesthetically pleasing image as the background, which happens to make a great wallpaper for your Mac and iOS devices too. If you’re feeling creative, you can get the original image sized at 2560×812 below and make something of it yourself, otherwise the large 3384×3384 ... Read More
 
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  • Satechi 7-Port USB Hub

    Chita Hunter
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:41 pm
    Just as you can’t have enough power when it comes to your computing device, you also can’t have enough ports that connect to that computing device. I needed wanted a new USB port. The Belkin unit that I had, and most of the ones I came across had ports on all sides of the unit, basically looking like an octopus by the time I was done plugging into the ports. While this served the purpose, and was acceptable years back when I first purchased the hub, now functionality was trumping form. I’d restructured my work area, and was now looking for a hub with ports only on one side. So, I was…
  • MacGroup-Detroit Meeting Dates – Revised

    Chita Hunter
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:18 am
      “MacGroup-Detroit meeting dates are now back to the third Sunday of the month where they have been for years.” Make sure to refresh your Calendar or subscribe to it from the MacGroup Detroit web site. Dates February 15, 2015 March 15, 2015 April 26, 2015 May 17, 2015 Starts early at 2PM ends and out at 4PM afterglow at 4PM June 28, 2015 July 19, 2015 August 16, 2015 September 13, 2015 Could not be changed, Temple conflict. October 18, 2015 November 15, 2015 December 20, 2015   See You There!
  • Happy New Year!

    Chita Hunter
    31 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    From MacGroup-Detroit!    
  • One Time Machine Backup Is Not Enough

    Terry White
    28 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    That’s my brand new Late 2014 MacBook Pro above and on December 22nd at around 8:30PM I got a spinning beach ball cursor. It happens sometimes. However, it seemed that more than just the current app was having issues so I did a force reboot and that pretty blue display you see above is all I saw from that moment forward. Normally in a case of system corruption you can hold down a variety of keys to bypass the internal drive and boot up either from the built-in recovery partition or an external/network drive. However, none of the usual keys worked. Holding down Option, D, R, etc. did…
  • Merry Christmas!

    Chita Hunter
    24 Dec 2014 | 10:42 pm
    From MacGroup-Detroit to You!
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  • Play like a girl or don’t play at all – Candi’s Swamp Hop

    Richard
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    New York, New York – De-Evolution Studios today is proud to announce Candi’s Swamp Hop for iOS and Android devices. Just in time for the 2015 Penny Arcade. This addictive and deceptively difficult game puts kids and adults alike into the pretty pink boots of our heroine Candi. Players move Candi from island to island trying not to drop her into the murky swamp below. Watch out! If you do drop her in she will have something snarky to say about it! With a very simple control, this one thumb game floats Candi into the air until the player releases her in hopes their aim is on target.
  • AlphaDigits Top Rated Apps February 2015

    Richard
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Long Island, New York – Mobile app review publisher, AlphaDigits has named the top rated apps for February 2015. AlphaDigits names five top class mobile apps every month based on the reviews published in the website during the particular month. This website has now released the names of top rated mobile apps for the month of February. Chuck B Blast (9 /10): With sharp graphics that generate a hint of Japanese anime and action that mimics the same, Chuck B Blast is a game that pits cyborg against an evil oncoming planet, set for a course of destruction. The cyborg, who you control, is…
  • City Defense is Fun with Haypi Kingdom: The Return of the King 1.0.7

    Richard
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Shanghai, China – Haypi Co., Ltd. today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Haypi Kingdom: The Return of the King 1.0.7, an update to their popular war strategy MMO developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Haypi Kingdom: The Return of the King is a fun mobile game that puts players to into the roles of feudal lords in the dark and chaotic medieval times. They get to develop cities, expand territories, recruit heroes and much more. The multi-player feature allows players from all over the world to team up with allies, as they besiege forts and conquer…
  • Thin Space – a story-based interactive game

    Richard
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    Montreal, Canada – Studios Atoz Inc. is pleased to announce its new app, Thin Space. Ada has baffling dreams of high strangeness which leave her on the brink of insanity. Determined to understand this attack on her psyche, Ada embarks on an adventure that leads her to Peru and an ancient astronomical site called Chankillo. Beneath the stars, Ada will confront an ancient evil as she travels between realities, life and death, in what is known as the Thin Space. Thin Space is a totally new type of iPhone game that requires you to read between the lines of what is written and what is…
  • Print Messages or Export SMS as PDF from iPhone using SMS Export Plus

    Richard
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Hyderabad, India – mTouchLabs today is proud to announce the release of SMS Export Plus 1.7, their productivity app exclusively for iPhone and iPod touch. The texts on your iPhone are now one of your most important forms of communication with your friends, family, loved ones. Maybe a friend sent you a funny joke that you want to save or maybe you need to make a backup of a text for legal purposes or may be running low on storage space?. Whatever the reason, SMS Export Plus lets you access and save your iPhone’s messages on your Mac or PC in most widely used excel format or PDF.
 
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  • Keeping Tabs on Friends & Family

    Rachel Narkewicz
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:11 am
    Sometimes it’s important for loved ones and friends to know your location. Whether it is for safety reasons or just because you just like knowing where they might be while running errands, iOS 8 and your iPhone make it super-simple. There are two ways to let your friends know where you are at any given time with iOS 8 and an app you use every day: Messages. Simply launch the Messages app on your iPhone and tap into a conversation or create a new one. Once there, tap on the Details button in the upper right. Once you’re on the Details screen, you can send or share your location…
  • Keychain Access, an Essential Tool

    Don Mayer
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:59 pm
    I have been doing more onsite installations and lessons down here in Key West. So many times as I start to help a customer we run into the password roadblock. I was at a customer’s home yesterday and needed to set up her email and iCloud account. I asked for the administrator password for her Mac and she went to a little pile of sticky notes and tried to find the right one and the scene was repeated for each password we needed. I then proceeded to show her Keychain Access and I could see the light bulb hovering above her head as she understood the value of this app from Apple. Mac OS X…
  • App Review: Tetris Blitz

    Michael Duplessis
    12 Feb 2015 | 12:47 pm
    2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the most important technological development of all time: Tetris. There are probably many of you out there that will insist that the Macintosh computer was the most important tech release of 1984, and I will grant that it is a close second, but I am still standing behind the classic tile-matching puzzle video game. For those of you who don't know, Tetris is a very simple game in which any of seven different blocks, which are every possible combination of four smaller square blocks that have adjoining sides, fall from above and your job is to move them…
  • Apps For Valentine's Day

    Rachel Narkewicz
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:19 am
    Every year after one of the most masculine days of the year (Super Bowl Sunday), we have Valentine’s Day to maintain balance in the world. That’s right it’s that time of year again. If you’re an extremely prepared individual, you most likely have every aspect planned out for a extraordinarily romantic Valentine’s Day. However, if you are like many of us, you just realized you still have nothing planned: no card, flowers, dinner reservations… Keep reading, because we are here to help! You’re just a few taps and swipes away from making it look like you…
  • Black History Month - The Underground Railroad

    Don Mayer
    9 Feb 2015 | 1:25 pm
    The Underground Railroad was a huge network of people who helped fugitive slaves escape to the North and to Canada. It was not run by any single organization or person. Rather, it consisted of many individuals — many whites but predominently black — who knew only of the local efforts to aid fugitives and not of the overall operation. Yet, it effectively moved hundreds of slaves northward each year — according to one estimate, the South lost 100,000 slaves between 1810 and 1850. An organized system to assist runaway slaves seems to have begun towards the end of the 18th…
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  • Autodesk adds more tools to Game Development Suite

    dsellers
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Autodesk is previewing its new Stingray Game Engine this week at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. The company is also launching Autodesk Maya LT 2016, the latest release of its 3D animation and modeling software for professional indie game developers. read more
  • Flying Pig releases Edouard Universe version 2.0 for OS X

    dsellers
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:59 am
    Flying Pig (http://flyingpigcorp.com) has released an update of the whole Edouard Universe. Edouard 2.0, Edouard Warehouse 2.0 and Edouard POS 2.0 are now available and 100% cloud based solutions. The 2.0 version brings major changes to the Edouard universe. Following a registration from the OS X app, users can quickly access their dedicated cloud. These instances are reportedly accessed securely and remotely from anywhere in the world from all of your Edouard client applications. read more
  • Latest version of MASA LIFE to be showcased at Game Developers Conference

    dsellers
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
    MASA Group (www.masagroup.com), providers of Artificial Intelligence, will use the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) to demonstrate version 1.10 of its AI technology, LIFE.   LIFE enables the authoring and execution of a range of autonomous behaviors for NPCs (Non-Player Characters) in any games or simulations, leveraging decision, spatial reasoning and navigation modules, extensively validated in military 3D simulations.  LIFE is designed for both designers and developers. It's available as a pre-integrated plug-in for Unity 5 and VBS3, the simulation version of ArmA III.   read…
  • Audio Switcher for Mac OS X revved to version 2.5.3

    dsellers
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    Spike Software (http://www.spikesoft.net) has announced Audio Switcher 2.5.3, an update to its menubar applet utility for Mac OS X. Audio Switcher allows you to switch your audio input and output between different audio devices. It supports a range of devices, as well as the built-in audio hardware of your Mac desktop or laptop. Version 2.5.3 adds a preference where the audio device's manufacturer's name can appear in the menu. read more
  • Remarkable is a new CMS built for the post-PC era

    dsellers
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:43 am
    Entropy, a mobile innovations company based in the United Kingdom, used the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to announce the launch of the new free-to-use mobile app CMS, Remarkable. As “the first CMS built specifically for the post-PC era,” Remarkable enables anyone with a native mobile app to take full creative control of their product, according to Entropy CEO Eddie Vassallo. He introduced the full beta launch of the Remarkable mobile management solution at the Mobile World Congress. Anyone can sign up and manage their first app for free. read more
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  • Apple Daily: New Apple Watch Details; New Steve Jobs Bio; Mac Photos Beta

    Leif Johnson
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Tim Cook relayed a lot of details about the upcoming Apple Watch to employees at the main Berlin Apple Store, and most of them leaked out into the public. Let's hope Cook still has some some surprises in store for next Monday! In other news, there's a new Steve Jobs biography on the way, and if you've been itching to try out the new Photos for Mac app, you can hop in today if you have beta access.Cook Spills 'Tons' of Details About Apple Watch During German VisitApple's next big media event, thought to focus heavily on the Apple Watch, is still a week away, but Apple CEO Tim Cook apparently…
  • New App Recap 3/2/15: YouTube Kids, VLC for iOS, and More!

    J.R. Bookwalter
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:42 pm
  • Easy Mac Hacks: Speed Up Yosemite

    Cory Bohon
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:29 am
    Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool using with Mac OS X. Sometimes it's a tutorial on a lesser-known feature, other times it's a trick that uses built-in functionality such as Terminal — either way, these simple tips can make life better and easier, and they don’t require any special knowledge. All you need to do is follow the instructions!As you may have noticed, in Yosemite, the WindowServer process (which handles window events such as clicking, dragging, and opening new windows) can sometimes eat up quite a bit of processing power due to a bug in the OS.
  • Deals: Save 72% On The Power Vault, a 18,000mAh Portable Battery Pack

    MacLife Staff
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    [This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]There's nothing worse than a phone or tablet that is on it's last bit of battery. You want to use it, but you know you can't do any of the things that you really want to do for fear of draining it entirely too fast. What's worse is it always seems to happen when you're away from a charger. Never suffer through those tough times again with the Power Vault Battery Pack. It's on sale in our latest Deal.How handy would it be to always have a backup power source right when you need it? That's what you'll have with the…
  • Deals: Save 96% Off The Build A Startup Course Bundle and More in the Best Deals of the Week

    MacLife Staff
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    [This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]There's never a shortage of awesome offers available in our Deals tab. But, they're only around for so long. We'd have to have you miss out on great savings for items that we know you're after, so we've rounded up some of the deals that are about to end. Take advantage of big discounts and get these great products before they shoot back up to retail price.Are you ready to get your idea off the ground? The time has never been better for building your own business, especially in the tech industry. You can get the guidance you…
 
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  • OS X 10.10.3 14D87h Still All About Photos

    the rocr
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:56 pm
    With the upcoming release of OS X 10.10.3, the world — or at least the parts that matter — will get their hands on Apple’s iPhoto + Aperture replacement Photos, as well as a bunch o’ new and improved emojis, ... The post OS X 10.10.3 14D87h Still All About Photos appeared first on FairerPlatform.
  • Life Is What Happens When Planning a Funeral

    the rocr
    14 Feb 2015 | 3:33 pm
    As only a few of you know, my wife Regina has been wrestling with stage 4 lung cancer with brain mets for over two years. While we always knew the outcome, with the help of some rather magic/toxic drugs, she ... The post Life Is What Happens When Planning a Funeral appeared first on FairerPlatform.
  • Toast 12.1 Titanium Update Brings Speed, Stability, Bug Fixes

    the rocr
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Wanna share a movie with grandma? Chances are you’ll need to burn a DVD. Have MRI, X-ray, CT or PET Scan images and need copies? Yep, you’re gonna need to burn some disks. Thankfully, Toast 12 Titanium is available and ... The post Toast 12.1 Titanium Update Brings Speed, Stability, Bug Fixes appeared first on FairerPlatform.
  • Target Ticket: Another Streamer Biting the Dust

    the rocr
    11 Feb 2015 | 1:26 pm
    The video streaming service sweepstakes has yet to name a winner, but the list of losers continues to grow. Like Redbox Instant before it, Target Ticket is shutting down for good on March 7. Industry sources say Target launched Target Ticket ... The post Target Ticket: Another Streamer Biting the Dust appeared first on FairerPlatform.
  • The Dovekeepers: February Audiobook of the Month

    the rocr
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:21 pm
    From the “made with real truth” section of the iTunes Audiobook Store comes The Dovekeepers: A Novel, the February audiobook of the month. It’s a retelling of the Mosada epic (70 CE) through the lives of two women and five ... The post The Dovekeepers: February Audiobook of the Month appeared first on FairerPlatform.
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  • Apple patent improves access to emergency contacts and medical records

    Roland Banks
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:45 am
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a patent application today from Apple that describes enhanced techniques to show emergency contact information and medical records on a locked device. The patent, entitled “EMERGENCY INFORMATION ACCESS ON PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES” describes improved techniques for facilitating emergency access to one or more contacts stored on a portable electronic device, where […] The post Apple patent improves access to emergency contacts and medical records appeared first on Apple Toolbox.
  • Apple applies for orientation-based audio patent, possibly related to rumoured iPad Pro

    Roland Banks
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a patent application from Apple that describes a method of automatically routing audio to different speakers on an electronic device, based upon its orientation. This may be used in the long-rumoured iPad Pro which is said to include additional speakers on the sides of the device. The patent, […] The post Apple applies for orientation-based audio patent, possibly related to rumoured iPad Pro appeared first on Apple Toolbox.
  • Apple awarded patent for strengthened glass displays

    Roland Banks
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:09 am
    Apple has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today for methods of improving the strength of glass covers on electronics devices such as the iPhone. Strengthened glass screen The patent describes systems and methods for improving strength of a thin glass cover for an electronic device. In one example, […] The post Apple awarded patent for strengthened glass displays appeared first on Apple Toolbox.
  • Apple invents a new Home Button which also functions as a Joystick

    Roland Banks
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:47 am
    Apple filed a patent today with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) which describes a unique Home Button invention that can be used either as a regular button or as a gaming joystick. The patent demonstrates that Apple is considering ways to improve on the design of the Home Button to be a more […] The post Apple invents a new Home Button which also functions as a Joystick appeared first on Apple Toolbox.
  • iPhone 6 gets hot, fix

    Serhat Kurt
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:56 am
    Several users have reported an issue in which users feel that their iPhone 6 (and iPhone 6 Plus) sometimes get hot. Do you think that your idevice is overheating? This article explains why your iPhone is getting hot and how you can troubleshoot the problem. The first thing we should mention is that it is […] The post iPhone 6 gets hot, fix appeared first on Apple Toolbox.
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  • Three Tips to Get You Started With Workflow 1.1

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Workflow Update with New Features & Actions The most popular iOS automation app has a large update with new added features and actions and Workflow is an app which is used first on startingan... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Apple Patent Outlines Mobile App Data Sharing and Collaboration Over Facetime

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Apple’s U.S. Patent for `Interactive Application Sharing’ Though screen sharing for collaboration is a popular function on desktops, it is yet to make its way to mobile devices and as assigned by... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Apple Adds Two-Step Authentication to iMessage and FaceTime

    24 Feb 2015 | 10:46 pm
    Security of FaceTime & iMessage App Apple,it is said has made improvement in the security of FaceTime and iMessage, its voice/video together with multimedia chat communication tools and has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Apple Gears Up to Challenge Tesla in Electric Cars

    15 Feb 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Creation of Apple Branded Electric Vehicle The Cupertino California Company has revolutionized phones and music and is now focusing at bigger target – the automobiles, as reported by Daisuke... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Apple's Strikes Biggest Solar Power Deal

    12 Feb 2015 | 8:26 pm
    Apple In Partnership with Arizona Based – First Solar Inc.  Apple – the Computer giant has recently signed a 25 year power purchase agreement for 130 MW in partnership with Arizona based, First... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Things to Do with Your Old Phones

    Milana Rose
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:44 am
    Do you know that we’re creating over 19.000 tons of electronic waste every year? Over 50% of that electronic waste are actually smartphones; old smartphones that are thrown away by their owners. Throwing away old phones is never a good […]
  • 7 iPhone Trends in 2015 to Watch Out For

    Milana Rose
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    The iPhone is one of the most popular smartphones on the planet, and as Apple has released more and more iterations of its flagship device, the specifications have grown, the features have grown more diverse, and Apple aficionados and technology […]
  • Trust Movavi Screen Capture To Record Voice On Your Mac Device

    Milana Rose
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:27 am
    Do you need to record online streaming audio on your Mac device? It could be that you have to record system alerts or apps or save streaming audio from internet or need to capture voice from the microphone. Well, whatever […]
  • 6 Best Investment Apps to Manage and Grow Your Financial Portfolio

    Milana Rose
    9 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    Making good investment can be a great challenge for investors and this is not some kind of a secret which is never revealed before, thus, everyone knows about it. Since it is greatly challenging, one has to be very wise […]
  • 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 […]
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  • How to Sell Your Old iPhone for Cash

    Anup Kayastha
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:46 am
    Sell your old iPhone So, you’ve finally decided to get your hands on the new iPhone 6, or even you’re planning to grab the new Samsung Galaxy S6 as soon as it comes out? You may probably planning to dump that old phone you have. What if you could sell that old phone and grab some money, and use it to grab the new one? It sounds way better than to keep that old phone at the corner of the cupboard unused and untouched. Apart from your plan of buying a brand new phone or not, you can still sell that ancient phone that has been in your cupboard for years. Just sell the old dead phone,…
  • 50 Cool iPhone 5 Cases That Fits Your Need

    Anup Kayastha
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:50 am
    The Coolest iPhone 5 Cases There are varieties of iPhone 5 cases in the market that you can choose from. You may have spent hours finding the best case for your iPhone. You browse through Amazon and eBay, but you couldn’t find the one iPhone case you’re searching for. I know how tedious it is. We have collected the 10 cool iPhone cases. If you have the iPhone 4, iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s then don’t worry because most of the iPhone case in the list below has availability for iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s as well. Cool iPhone 5 Cases Browse through the iPhone 5 cases by its…
  • 10 Best iPad Air Cases That Matches Your Type

    Anup Kayastha
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:03 am
    Just the day after all-new iPad Air release, case makers are already making iPad Air cases available to purchase in 2014. The new iPad Air is features improved processing power, improved hardware and is as light as one pound. There’s already dozens of cases for iPad Air in the market, it’s quite hard to find the case that has all the features you want. So, we decided to list the best iPad Air cases that are loved by the users most. Have an iPhone 5? Here’s 50 cool iPhone 5 cases. In addition to Apple Smart Cover for iPad Air (costs $79), here we have listed up the best iPad…
  • 10 Best iPhone 6 Cases and Covers

    Dipesh Timilsina
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    BendGate? Nope! iPhone 6 has only just launched and the case makers are already flooding the market with all kinds of iPhone 6 cases. All kind of cases are available for purchase but not every case will fit your needs. Some cases are designed to make your iPhone 6 look cool while others are designed to protect your iPhone during accidents. With so many options to choose from, at times, it becomes difficult to choose the best case. To make your work easy, we have created an ultimate list of best iPhone 6 cases among which you will surely like at least one. We’ve made best cases list for…
  • 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…
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  • How To Download A Windows 7 ISO For Mac

    MacHow2
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:17 am
    If you’re trying to install Windows on your Mac using Boot Camp without a CD/DVD drive, you’ll need to download a Windows 7 ISO image. Microsoft has finally standardized the process for this. Previously, you had to download Windows ISOs unofficially via Digital River but you can now download them directly via Microsoft’s new Microsoft Software Recovery site. Note that you will need to have already purchased a copy of Windows 7 before you can use the service because Microsoft Software Recovery requests your Windows Product Key before you can download the ISO. Here’s how…
  • Review: Lucidchart – Goodbye Visio?

    MacHow2
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    We’ve already taken an in-depth look at The Best Alternatives to Visio on Mac but here we review one of them more closely – Lucidchart. Since Visio isn’t available on Mac, Lucidchart has positioned itself as one of the top contenders to fill that void. Unlike Visio, Lucidchart functions entirely in the cloud meaning there’s nothing to download but this doesn’t make it any less powerful than desktop software (although for Google Chrome users, Lucidchart also has a plugin which allows you to work offline too). Lucidchart allows you to do almost everything you can do…
  • Top Free OCR For Mac Software

    MacHow2
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    You generally get what you pay for and there is very little free OCR for Mac software that works well but there are a few apps worth trying. If you plan to scan regularly and need good accuracy, then we highly recommend our article on The Best OCR For Mac Software. The two main drawbacks of free OCR software is that the scanning accuracy is usually lower and it doesn’t preserve the formatting of the original document very well. However, if you’re in a hurry, don’t want to splash any cash or have the time to manually correct both the formatting and text of the result,…
  • 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 taken 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…
  • 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…
 
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  • Daily Deals for March 2, 2015, featuring WALTR and GravityView WordPress Plugin

    Kelly Hodgkins
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    It's time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly. AWT's Daily Deals WALTR [OS X; On sale for $20.07, down from $29.95] AppleWorld.Today is pleased to offer an exclusive deal on WALTR by Softorino. Instead of uploading the limited file formats that iPad/iPhone & iTunes is used to, Softorino engineered a technology that lets you upload and watch MKV, AVI,…
  • Join the London Mac User Group for their Apple keynote party on March 9th

    Steven Sande
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Are you going to be in or near London, England next Monday, March 9th? If the answer to that question is a big fat YES, then you must attend the London Mac User Group party to watch the Apple "Spring Forward" event.The event starts at 5 PM at TigerTiger at Piccadilly CIrus, with room for about 160 Apple fans. There will be an RSVP fee of £5 when you sign up for the event on Meetup; that fee will be refunded to current LMUG members at the event.In addition to watching the event with a group of really fun people, you get to drink if you want to! There's a bar with special happy hour prices…
  • AWT News Update: March 2, 2015

    Steven Sande
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On the AWT News Update podcast today: A small company in India has filed a lawsuit against Apple, opposing the use of the trademark iPhone in the countryApple released the first public beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, which includes the new Photos appThree more enterprise apps arrive from the Apple/IBM partnershipThe New York Times reports that the Apple Watch will have a "power reserve mode" when the battery is getting low that essentially turns the device into ... a watch.Listen to the AWT News Update every weekday for a quick overview of stories we may not have published on the…
  • One month in and thank you to patrons

    Dave Caolo
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    It's been a full month of Apple World Today's existence. Hooray! Steve, Kelly and I are fully into the swing of things, and that wouldn't be possible without our readers, our sponsors and especially our Patreon supporters. We're so very appreciative of our patrons. You are the folks who've decided to give us some of the money you work hard to earn so that we can do what we love to do. You people are fantastic, seriously. As promised, we're publishing a big, public thank-you to everyone who pledged at the one-dollar level. Our gratitude to:BradAdam JohnsonJohn RibaudoRui…
  • Apple Watch to be released internationally in April

    Steven Sande
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Image from Apple.com/Watch Hopeful would-be owners of the Apple Watch living outside of the US won't have to wait too long to get their hands on the latest Apple device. 9to5Mac spoke to some retail employees at the flagship Apple Store in Berlin last week and apparently confirmed that the Watch will launch in Germany in April. That seems to point to a wide international release during the first month of shipments.Our take on the news: This follows Apple's recent distribution scheme for new products, which typically starts in the US, followed quickly by Canada, the UK, France, Germany,…
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  • Vesper updated for iPad, with a higher price ↦

    Jason Snell
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    Last week the folks at Q Branch (John Gruber, Dave Wiskus, Brent Simmons) released Vesper 2.0051 with support for iPads and landscape orientation. I use Vesper as my jot-anything-down notepad, and am happy to have it sync with my iPad now. The work that we did to support the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus left Vesper fairly close to being able to natively support the iPad — and to support landscape orientation on all devices. At the same time, Q Branch has raised the app’s price to a $7.99 introductory level, which will rise to $9.99 in a couple of weeks. I asked John Gruber about this…
  • RSS Sponsor: Desk

    Jason Snell
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    This week, Six Colors is being sponsored by Desk. Desk is an award-winning & beloved writing and blogging app for OS X. It features a few distinct viewing and writing modes, a WYSIWYG editor (and Markdown for those that like that!), and can directly publish to your blog (supports WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Movable Type, Typepad, and more). Built by indie developer John Saddington, who’s been blogging for more than 14 years, it’s crafted with exceptional love and attention. There’s a neat writing community that’s being developed too on the Community Forums. Get a…
  • Samsung Galaxy S 6 ↦

    Jason Snell
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:37 am
    At Mobile World Congress yesterday, Samsung introduced the Galaxy S 6. And yes, it looks like an iPhone 6, as Flo Ion reported from Barcelona for Greenbot: This is the last thing I want to admit as an Android user, but apparently it’s how you sell smartphones today: Make the product appear just as posh and stylish as Apple’s iPhone, and consumers will flock to it in droves. It worked for Xiaomi in China, and now Samsung’s going to take a stab at it, too. Gone is the cheap-feeling plastic back, replaced with a Gorilla Glass back that looks nothing like the one on the iPhone…
  • The Incomparable 236: 'Lived Long and Prospered' ↦

    Jason Snell
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:43 pm
    This week on my pop-culture podcast The Incomparable we celebrate Leonard Nimoy, who died Friday. We ponder what made us love Mr. Spock, discuss some of Spock’s finest moments, and even bring up some lesser known corners of the Nimoy canon. (Admit it, have you heard of “Baffled!”?) My guests this week—who were kind enough to hop on Skype on a moment’s notice to eulogize one of our favorite actors and characters—are my friends Andy Ihnatko, Scott McNulty, and David J. Loehr. [Read on Six Colors.]
  • Sponsor: Automatic ↦

    Jason Snell
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Thanks to Automatic for sponsoring Six Colors this week. Automatic is a small “connected car adapter” that you plug into your car’s diagnostic port. Then it can transmit data back to your phone—and from there, the Internet. The free Automatic mobile app logs your trips, and even your parking location (so you never use your car). Most importantly, it explains what’s wrong if the “check engine” light comes on, and can even detect when you’ve been in a crash and call for help. It does a bunch more, too, include integrating with other smart devices.
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