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Jawbone has unveiled two fitness trackers, in time for the holiday shopping period. The Up Move is billed as a low-cost and simple-to-use fitness tracker, while the Up3 extends from the earlier Up bands, with the tracker able to monitor the body more closely than in previous versions thanks to the inclusion of multiple new sensors....| Read more »
Las Vegas is the town that tips built, so it’s fitting that Stephen Campbell and Tim Baldwin chose the gambling mecca’s backbone, the Strip, to launch a new mobile payments app called Tip.ly. Vegas is a city driven by cash—you can’t tip out your valet, bellhop, or housekeeping service with a credit card. But Campbell and Baldwin are betting they can bring tipping into the 21st century with an app that combines Venmo-like peer-to-peer money transfers with a dash of facial recognition.
Tip.ly's facial recognition technology confirms the identity of the tip recipient.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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The conflict between MCX’s CurrentC and Apple Pay may be short lived, as an exclusivity agreement that has caused some merchants involved in the MCX consortium — notably drug store chain CVS — to abruptly pull support for NFC-based payment systems, including Apple Pay and Google Wallet, is set to expire in “months,” according to a new report.
Per Re/code, the consortium, which is made up of a number of major retailers including CVS, Best Buy, and Wal-Mart, instituted the exclusivity contract to provide “breathing room” for the development of the CurrentC ecosystem, said MCX CEO Dekkers Davidson. That contract is set to expire in “months, not years,” Dekkers added.
Confirmation of the exclusivity agreement comes one week after the arrangement was first uncovered, following...
Installing OS X has never been easier than in Yosemite. In this article, we’ll look at upgrading a Mac from OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) to OS X 10.10 (Yosemite). The first thing you should do is clone your system. The second thing you should do is make sure you have a good backup. The third thing you should do is make sure you can swap back to the clone should you need to do so and that your data will remain functional on the backup. Once you’re sure that you have a fallback plan, let’s get started by downloading OS X Yosemite from the App Store. Once downloaded, you’ll see Install OS X Yosemite sitting in LaunchPad, as well as in the /Applications folder.
Open the app and click Continue (provided of course that you are ready to restart the computer and install OS X Yosemite).
Following the introduction of Voice-over-LTE technology with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which increases call quality by routing calls through an LTE network opposed to last generation 3G networks, US carriers have experienced a big increase in VoLTE calls. That’s according to a new report from Newfield Wireless that highlights a decrease for calls over 3G by about one-fifth compared to previous generation iPhones and other LTE-capable devices:
The majority of voice calls made on other 4G-enabled devices are currently routed through legacy 2G and 3G networks, due to the...
Want to know the most efficient way to get your users and co-workers into the cloud? This week Jeremy Chapman is joined by Paul Andrew to explain identity options and demonstrate a few tools to make it easier to synchronize your directory services with Office 365 and Azure Active Directory.
A few weeks back we used PowerShell and a CSV file to try and get 150 users into Office 365 in the 8.5 minutes it took the space shuttle to reach orbit. From an identity perspective, that was just showing one of several ways to get users into Azure Active Directory and Office 365. This week identity expert, Paul Andrew, joins me to discuss the options for managing user accounts and passwords. There are three primary options and a few new tools to get users into Office 365 and other Microsoft cloud services:
Increased consumer interest in NFC mobile payments related to Apple's recent launch of its Apple Pay mobile payment service appears to be having benefits for other services as well, reports Ars Technica. A major beneficiary of this new consumer awareness of mobile transactions is Google Wallet, which reportedly has seen a marked increase in usage over the past few months. NFC-based mobile payments have had a boost in recent months, possibly thanks to the launch of Apple Pay, which was announced in September. Now, a person with knowledge of the matter tells Ars that Google Wallet, which launched back in 2011 and saw tepid success in the ensuing three years, has had considerable growth in the last couple of months. According to our source, weekly transactions have increased by 50 percent, and in the recent couple of...| Read more »
Apple is far from releasing its price points for its upcoming watch, but the rumors as to the cost are starting to pour in.
Per 9to5Mac, French website iGen.fr, reported on Tuesday that the steel Apple Watch will start at US$500 alongside a gold model that will retail for between US$4,000 and US$5,000. Apple previously claimed at its September event that the Apple Watch would start at US$349, but did not disclose further pricing information.
The report claims that the stainless steel Apple Watch in polished steel or black will cost US$500, while the gold Apple Watch Edition will be the more expensive version at between US$4,000 and US$5,000....
Michael Fassbender is now in early negotiations for the lead role in Sony's Steve Jobs biopic, sources tell Variety. Christian Bale recently made a surprise departure from the project, even as names like Seth Rogen have become attached to supporting roles. In explaining the move, Bale said he came to the conclusion that he wasn't right for playing Jobs....| Read more »
Forbes confirms what we already know: Earlier we reported that Apple torpedoed Samsung in China for top smartphone brand. Apple being the leading brand is obviously contagious, as Forbes just announced that Apple is the World's top brand. It never gets boring to read that your favorite brand is number one, again.| Read more »
If you want an unfiltered glimpse into the early days of Silicon Valley, look no further than the recently released Doug Menuez book Fearless Genius. A photojournalist in the thick of the early tech revolution, Menuez spent much of his time from 1985...| Read more »
GarageSale is a slick, full-featured client application for the eBay online auction system. Create and manage your auctions with ease. With GarageSale, you can create, edit, track, and manage multiple auctions in a single, intuitive application. GarageSale even integrates with several international eBay sites, as well as with PayPal and Twitter, to provide a complete, robust eBay client. Develop professional, attractive listings. GarageSale features iPhoto integration, what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) text editing, free image hosting, and over 130 free auction designs. And with these features, among many more, it's never been easier to create professional, eye-catching eBay...| Read more »
Microsoft must have thought it had pulled off a nice piece of product placement when it gave CNN election commentators a bunch of Surface Pro tablets to help with their coverage. CNN dutifully covered its desks with the devices, resulting in a series of proud tweets from Microsoft fans.
There was just one small problem, noted by GeekWire: a closer look revealed that hidden behind the Surface tablets were the iPads that commentators were actually using. In one case, the commentator was actually using her Surface tablet as a stand for her iPad.
Microsoft, which was last year forced to...
Who Knew? A little factoid and hidden Apple fact came to light recently about why Apple's iPhone and iPad always present the time stamp of 9:41 on their respective marketing images. I never paid attention to that until today and after checking it out on their website this morning, it was there, on time, at 9:41. The Atlantic tells us why and yet missed a detail worth noting about the extension of that marketing scheme.| Read more »
A 2012 Apple patent application showing a 3D GUI
According to a report from Chinese newspaper Economic Daily citing supply chain sources (via UDN), Apple is working on a 3D display of sorts that doesn’t require the use of special glasses. The translated report also claims Apple is working on 3D “software ecosystems.”
The report adds that Apple will be looking to move from its current in-cell display technology, which reportedly won’t be compatible with the new 3D technology, to new panels likely supplied by partner TPK.
It wouldn’t be the first time a smartphone manufacturer attempted to bring a 3D-style interface to a smartphone. Android manufacturers have attempted to implement similar features. The most recent example being...
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Stainless steel Apple Watches will start at $500, while gold models could start at $4,000 to $5,000, sources tell French site iGen. Apple has been largely quiet about the Apple Watch since it was revealed September 9th, particularly in regards to pricing. It has stated only that the Watch will start at $349, presumably referring to the aluminum model. If accurate, the newly suggested prices would be well beyond the range of most smartwatches, which often cost $250 or less....| Read more »
When Apple unveiled its Apple Watch, the company said the starting price would come in at US$349, but insider sources are claiming the stainless steel version will start at $500. Those sources also say the high-end gold Apple Watch Edition will start between $4,000 and $5,000, which is lower than many have been expecting.The Mac Observer Spin: $500 for the stainless steel Apple Watch seems in line with the $349 entry level price point for the Apple Watch Sport.| Read more »
The highly successful launch of Apple Pay on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has helped to grow the long-established Google Wallet service, as both rely on the same near-field communication technology for tap-to-pay functions.| Read more »
A new report from French site iGen.fr (translated link) claims to reveal some additional details about pricing on the various Apple Watch models planned for release. While Apple has only announced that the Apple Watch would start at $349, that’s the price for the entry-level anodized aluminum Sport model, and the report from iGen.fr, citing a reliable source, notes that the Stainless Steel version will likely sell for $500, and the Edition model…
When you consider just how much of our personal information if used, scanned, and sold by the companies who provide our email and social media, it's understandable people are worried about online security. The issue has brought about a wave of apps...| Read more »
Magic Window - Yosemite National Park is a new app that brings timelapse views of Yosemite to your Mac desktop as motion wallpaper. It features 18 views from the park.
The views were all captured by the Jetson Creative team (http://jetsoncreative.com) over two weeks of hiking through the park specifically for this app. Views range from Half Dome to El Capitan.
Apple iPhone 6 Plus Torpedoes Samsung in China: The Korean press took note yesterday that the China Brand Research Center released their China Brand Power Index for this year. On the list, Apple beat Samsung Electronics to take the foremost place in the mobile category. Samsung had ranked first on it in both 2012 and 2013.| Read more »
Today's Quick Tip is about using Siri to disable and re-enable your location sharing through Find My Friends. It seems like a small thing, right? Well, you might change your tune if your best friend ever sees you out shopping for Christmas presents at That Store He Likes. We'll teach you how to keep your gift-giving secret!| Read more »
Recently we have seen a growing number of sports related apps that provide an opportunity to connect with other fans of your favorite teams or to engage in a distribution of photos, gifs, and comments about games and teams more than they provide...| Read more »
While Apple Pay has grabbed all the attention in the mobile payment field, with the Google Wallet service launched back in 2011 having failed to make the same kind of splash, it appears that Google may be benefiting from the publicity generated by Apple. Sources cited by arsTechnica report that Google Wallet service has seen the number of users almost double, with a 50% increase in weekly transactions during the past couple of months …
Google Wallet works in a similar fashion to Apple Pay at the till, providing a virtual payment card on a smartphone, though without fingerprint...
A blog is a great way to communicate information. But pedagogy, yo… Blogs are not great ways to teach in a guided manner. But they can be. So with a little Table of Contents, or a Guide of sorts, you can easily communicate in a fashion similar to a book. And this makes the third annual OS X Server Guide that I’m publishing in this manner; the guides for Mavericks and Mountain Lion are still available. I doubt I’ll ever actually bother to take them down.
I’ve been working on getting the annual guide up for a few weeks and while there are still some posts remaining, but it’s basically done (some articles just haven’t gone up yet, but they’re basically written). So, if you’re fighting the good fight (and I do think it’s a good fight) and rolling Yosemite Server, click over on http://krypted.com/guides/yosemite-server for the latest guide, covering OS X Server...
Generally, we don't tend to think of bands as being capable of creating much more than music, but Avenged Sevenfold aims to change that with their action-adventure RPG title, inspired by the band's own lore. Hail to the King: Deathbat by Avenged Sevenfold is an overhead dungeon crawler, not dissimilar to that of Diablo. The player takes the role of Andronikos, the King of the Underworld, tasked with reclaiming Haides from the game's main villian, Dark Andronikos. In order to do this, the player moves through various dungeons, collecting items, defeating monsters, and besting bosses.......| Read more »
If all you want to do is play music from your phone in the car, cheap and easy solutions abound, from a regular audio cable, to picking up a head unit with Bluetooth. Fancy in-dash “infotainment” systems promise more, combining music, navigation, and hands-free communication. But the few I’ve sampled have had clunky interfaces that made me go right back to performing those tasks with my phone—yes, I’m that jerk futzing with her phone at stoplights until you honk at me to go.
Apple’s CarPlay software is intended to bridge the chasm between your iPhone and your car stereo, letting you access Maps, Messages, Music, and more, including compatible third-party apps like Spotify, Beats Music, Rdio, and iHeartRadio. CarPlay has a lot going for it—all the data it needs is on your iPhone already, and the Siri integration can be a godsend, letting...
The power of ThunderboltThis week’s roundup of Mac accessories includes several devices built to take advantage of the speed of Thunderbolt 2.BelkinThe $300 Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD lets you connect up to eight devices—including dual displays—to your Mac, to take advantage of Thunderbolt 2 data transfer speeds of up to 20GB per second. You can add four additional devices through Daisy-chaining; it features a brushed aluminum finish to look great next to your Apple computer.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here| Read more »
Public IT cloud services spending will reach US$56.6 billion in 2014 and grow to more than $127 billion in 2018, according to a new forecast from International Data Corporation (www.idc.com), which is about six times the rate of growth for the overall IT market. In 2018, public IT cloud services will account for more than half of worldwide software, server, and storage spending growth.
The latest evidence of the continued trend away from music downloads toward streaming services was provided by Kobalt, a company that collects music royalties on behalf of thousands of artists, reports TechCrunch. Income from Spotify overtook that from iTunes for the first time in Q1 of this year, putting Spotify 13% ahead of iTunes.
While Kobalt operates only in Europe, there is no reason to believe that the trend would be different in the U.S. …
Apple does not split out music from apps and other media in its annual report, but did ...
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is the language used to beautify Web pages by giving developers control over fonts, colors, the spacing and positioning of text and graphical elements, and more. In the hands of a pro, CSS can make web pages look beautiful, but mastery of the art of CSS is no simple matter.
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NFC-based mobile payments have had a boost in recent months, possibly thanks to the launch of Apple Pay, which was announced in September. Now, a person with knowledge of the matter tells Ars that Google Wallet, which launched back in 2011 and saw tepid success in the ensuing three years, has had considerable growth in the last couple of months. According to our source, weekly transactions have increased by 50 percent, and in the recent couple of months, new users have nearly doubled compared to the previous month.
Although it's still unclear whether Apple Pay will gain the critical mass of users necessary to become a true checkout stand alternative, Tim Cook recently said that one million...
Popular texting and calling app Textplus, which is a more affordable alternative to a standard carrier plan, branched off to a new app called Nextplus today. The new app still has the same texting and calling core, but is it now optimized for WiFi networks. The developers tell us that many people want to use unlocked older iPhones (without carrier plans) to text and make phone calls, so Nextplus is a solid alternative to signing up for a normal plan from a carrier.
An analysis done by Michael Walkley of Canaccord Genuity has revealed that for the calendar third-quarter of the year, Apple took home 86 percent of all profits in the smartphone industry. He further found that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were, by far, the top-selling smartphones at all four major US carriers, and that buyers are tending to purchase the higher-capacity models, which should boost the average selling price (ASP) and Apple's profitability....| Read more »
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Jawbone announced two new additions to its family of wearable products tonight. The first new device is the Jawbone Up3, which sports a seven-day battery and a capacitive touch sensor on top, as well as a new set of sensors for tracking health data. The new sensors allow the Up3 to detect data such as skin temperature, respiration, or hydration, although it currently has no way to track a user’s heart rate. That feature is said to be coming in a future update.
The Up3 will cost $180 when it launches, though Jawbone has given no indication of when exactly that will be.
In what could be a bellwether for the global recording industry, royalty payments from streaming service Spotify have reportedly overtaken earnings from Apple's iTunes music store in Europe, a drastic shift from only last year.| Read more »
With Dragon Dictate speech recognition software, you can use your voice to create and edit text or interact with your favorite Mac applications. Far more than just speech-to-text, Dragon Dictate lets you create and edit documents, manage email, surf the Web, update social networks, and more - quickly, easily and accurately, all by voice. Open and close or navigate between applications, or even create your own custom voice commands to execute multiple steps with a simple word or phrase. Use your iPhone or iPod as a wireless microphone, or capture your notes on-the-go using a digital voice recorder and Dragon Dictate 3 will transcribe them for you. Ignite Productivity with Fast, Accurate Dictation Say words and watch them appear on your computer screen -- three times faster than typing -- with up to 99% recognition accuracy right out of the box. Correcting or revising your dictated text is simple with a new, more powerful correction interface that...| Read more »
The judge in the bankruptcy case involving GT Advanced Technologies and its chief client Apple ordered more documents unsealed and made public in the proceeding on Tuesday. Both Apple and GT Advanced came to an agreement regarding the papers that waived the confidentiality conditions of the two companies' original contracts, allowing GT Advanced to drop its objections to making the documents public. A statement made by GT Advanced officials detailing the firm's agreement with Apple is among the papers that will be made public.......| Read more »
French Apple website iGen.fr is reporting [Google Translate] that pricing for the stainless steel Apple Watch may start at $500, while the gold Apple Watches' pricing could start between $4,000 and $5,000. iGen.fr has been reliable in the past, most recently reporting the dimensions of both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. While Apple had announced that the Apple Watch would start at $350, which was widely assumed to be the price of the aluminum model, and estimates pegged the price of the gold Apple Watch at prices as low as...| Read more »
A rumor on Tuesday claims Apple's upcoming Apple Watch will be priced at $500 for the mid-tier steel model and up to $5,000 for top-end gold "Edition" versions, a number much higher than previous estimates.| Read more »
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Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide -- which owns and manages a number of high-end hotel brands including the St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W, Westin, Le Méridien, Sheraton, Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft and Element -- on Tuesday announced the rollout of SPG Keyless, a tech offering that allows guests to use their smartphone as a room key.
Hilton introduced similar technology earlier this year. Starwood's tech offering is available immediately, via the SPG app, at 10 Aloft, Element and W Hotels around the world.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed six Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) exemption requests with the US Copyright on November 3 as a part of the three-year process to address revisions to the act. All six requests were filed to attempt to give users basic access to software and devices, with one request looking to give consumers a way to play games abandoned by developers and publishers....| Read more »
Welcome to iLounge's Best of the Year Awards for 2014! Every year, our editors go back and consider every accessory, app, and game we've covered during the past year — from last November 1 to this October 31 — to provide an extra large spotlight for the cream of the crop. Previously, we announced these awards in our annual Buyers Guides, but we're now listing them right here on the site, so no download's necessary. In these pages, you'll find…
French website iGen.fr, which has provided reliable information in the past, reported on Tuesday that the steel Apple Watch will start at $500 alongside a gold model that will retail for between $4,000 and $5,000. Apple previously claimed at its September event that the Apple Watch would start at $349, but did not disclose further pricing information.
The report claims that the stainless steel Apple Watch in polished steel or black will cost $500, while the gold Apple Watch Edition will be the more expensive version at between $4,000 and $5,000. That price...
During the Mobile First World global media conference held in Taipei today Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, said that Asia will be the mobile leader replacing traditional powerhouses like the U.S. in the coming years.| Read more »
Setting up OS X Server has never been easier. Neither has upgrading OS X Server. In this article, we’ll look at upgrading a Mac from OS X 10.8 or 10.9 running Server 2 or Server 3 to OS X 10.10 (Mavericks) running Server 4.
The first thing you should do is clone your system. The second thing you should do is make sure you have a good backup. The third thing you should do is make sure you can swap back to the clone should you need to do so and that your data will remain functional on the backup. The fourth thing you should do is repeat all that and triple check that your data is there!
Once you’re sure that you have a fallback plan, let’s get started by downloading OS X Yosemite from the App Store. I would also purchase the Server app first while Yosemite is downloading. Once downloaded, you’ll see Install OS X Yosemite sitting in LaunchPad. Once...
It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.
All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....| Read more »
In a ruling on Tuesday, a federal court judge handling bankruptcy proceedings for sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies ordered to unseal sensitive documents detailing the company's doomed partnership with Apple.| Read more »
Hex launched a line of leather cases and wallets for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Tuesday, and I'm a sucker for a quality leather iPhone case. They look good-though we haven't yet reviewed them-and I particularly like the Focus case shown in the image. In addition to the Focus in several colors, there is the Icon Wallet (also in multiple colors). It holds your iPhone in a case that folds over like a wallet, with slots for money and credit cards and the like. The leather cases are $49.95, while the leather wallets are $59.95.| Read more »
A legal firm out of San Francisco is soliciting consumer stories and testimony as part of its investigation into the sudden decision by drugstore chains Rite Aid and CVS to deliberately disable Apple Pay (and other NFC-based payment systems) less than a week after the technologies' rollout -- even though the chains have previously accepted those and other e-wallets. The firm says it is considering a potential class-action to restore Apple Pay and other competitors to the stores....| Read more »
Epson announced two new printers recently, each focusing on a different type of task. The WorkForce WF-100 is Epson's entry for traveling professionals, offering one of the "smallest and lightest" mobile color inkjet printers currently on the market. The SureColor P600 gives photographers a desktop solution for printing photos up to 13 inches wide, while also allowing paper roll printing over 10 feet in length....| Read more »
Google has released an updated version of its News & Weather app on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch with a news widget for Today view in Notification Center. Google News & Weather for iOS was released last month, providing users with a combination of local news, weather and a personalized view of headline stories.
The widget in Notification Center provides a quick look at the latest stories sourced from over 65,000 publications, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail and MetroNews. Tapping on an individual news story opens up the Google News & Weather app where you can read the article in full length.
To enable Notification Center widgets on iOS 8, simply scroll down on the Today view and tap the...
Although it’s not officially dead, founder Rob Griffiths is saying goodbye to Mac OS X Hints, which hasn’t been updated in over 45 days. He began the site over 14 years ago, then sold it to Macworld in 2006, where he stayed to maintain the site until 2010. However, Griffiths doesn’t blame mismanagement for the site’s decline, but rather the maturation of OS X. 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.| Read more »
Microsoft demonstrated that under CEO Satya Nadella, the company can think differently than it has in the past. Not only has Big Redmond released Office for iOS, on Tuesday the company announced with Dropbox that it was adding support for Dropbox to those iOS apps, but that it was doing so because that's what customers wanted.| Read more »
I'll be blunt: Apple's new iPhone commercials featuring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake absolutely suck. If they're not some of the worst commercials Apple has ever put out, they're certainly in the running.
For years, Apple commercials have been...| Read more »
GT Advanced announced this afternoon that it has reached an amended settlement agreement with Apple related to the sapphire crystal glass manufacturer’s recent bankruptcy filing, in which both parties have agreed to waive the condition that GT Advanced’s declaration on October 8th remain under seal and expunged. Meanwhile, GT Advanced has filed a Form 8-K with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that provides further details about the recent fallout between Apple and GT Advanced.
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HP on Tuesday announced the HP Omen notebook PC, a laptop designed with hardcore gamers in mind. Available for order in the U.S. starting at $1,500, the Omen combines performance, portability and style, the company said. The Omen features an industrial design that was engineered to manage heat. It has dual fans that pull cool air through the bottom of the system, and rubber feet that elevate it to help channel in cool air. These design features are necessary, as the Omen packs some serious hardware inside its CNC-milled aluminum case.
In a draft proposal published on Monday, the Unicode Consortium revealed a range of emoji skin tone modifiers it plans to roll out as an update to the current standard, finally bringing a dose of ethnic diversity to the ubiquitous pictographs.| Read more »
Remember the classic video games we played in arcades? Games like Defender, Frogger, Tron, Q*bert, and Robotron? They're all available online and you can play them in your Web browser thanks to the Interent Archive. Games from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s are available through the archive, and it's like a little bit of magic to play them all again without dropping quarter after quarter into the machine. I didn't have much luck with Safari, but Google Chrome worked just fine. I'm off to play one of my favorites, Xevious, and if you don't remember these awesome games, then get off my lawn.| Read more »
CurrentC -- the Apple Pay competitor which made headlines recently due to CVS and Rite Aid's exclusivity agreements -- will soon have to compete directly with Apple's mobile payment option, according to a recent Re/code interview with Dekkers...| Read more »
We have a deal on a couple of Mac utilities for you today, MacX Video Converter Pro and MacX DVD Ripper Pro. The first will convert multiple video formats into versions you can watch natively on all your Apple devices. It also downloads and converts YouTube videos, which is handy. MacX DVD Ripper Pro does its name suggests, it will rip your DVDs into formats you can play on your Apple and Android devices. Together, they retail for $110, but through our deal, you can get them for $17.99.| Read more »
Save 10% with the exclusive MacUpdate coupon code: AFMacUpdate10 Buy now! ScreenFlow is powerful, easy-to-use screencasting software for the Mac. With ScreenFlow you can record the contents of your entire monitor while also capturing your video camera, microphone and your computer audio. The easy-to-use editing interface lets you creatively edit your video, and add additional images, text, music and transitions for a truly professional-looking video. The finished result is a QuickTime or Windows Media movie, ready for publishing to your Web site or blog or directly to YouTube or Vimeo. Use ScreenFlow to create high-quality software demos, tutorials, app previews, training, presentations and more.Version 5.0:
Beamer streams to your Apple TV.... Plays any movie file - Just like the popular desktop movie players, Beamer accepts all common formats, codecs and resolutions. AVI, MKV, MOV, MP4, WMV, FLV. To Beamer, it's all the same. High quality image and sound - Unlike Screen Mirroring, Beamer is specifically optimized for video playback at the highest quality and supports 5.1 surround sound. No glitches, clicks, pops or other shenanigans. The video looks just as good as it would on your desktop. Easy Subtitles - Beamer automatically detects embedded subtitles and associated subtitle files. If possible, subtitles will be selected automatically based on your Apple TV's Subtitle Language preference. Remote Control - You can pause, fast-forward and rewind the movie using the Apple TV remote. No need to get up from the couch! Start now, finish later - Beamer remembers what you have watched and...| Read more »
For some people, the best protection options for an iPad are probably the simplest. An AppleCare+ plan, for instance, may be $99 up front -- and cost an extra $49 per accident -- but will let you forego a case entirely, or at least pick a case for style over substance. And on the most basic level, you can just be cautious and keep your iPad out of anything like a dangerous situation....| Read more »
Saloote is a free app for iPhone that enables musicians to get creative with each other through the power of the Internet. Film yourself jamming out to your favorite tune, then create mashups with strangers around the world to collaborate and form an...| Read more »
Prior to OS X Yosemite, performing a search from a Finder window gave you to option to quickly add additional search criteria to narrow down the list of files you'd see, but now that's gone - or at least hidden away. Bringing back the missing search criteria only takes a couple mouse clicks, so read on to learn how.| Read more »
Adobe Voice hit the market in May and has been used by companies, small teams and individuals wanting to create audio and video presentations that look good with minimal effort.
The app is free but requires an Adobe ID. Today the iPad app added the...| Read more »
Cooler Master announced today that it is bringing two of its PC cases that focus on minimal design and noise reduction to North America. The Silencio 352 and 652S are on their way to vendors now says the company, meaning the ATX and Mini-ATX tower cases will be made available to consumers soon. Both of the cases make use of sound-dampening panels in various places in the case, including the side panels and front door....| Read more »
Following yesterday's news that Christian Bale had opted to pull out of Sony's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic penned by Aaron Sorkin, Variety has shared news that Michael Fassbender is now in talks to take on the role of Steve Jobs. According to the site, Fassbender is in "early talks" with director Danny Boyle and Sony executives about possibly starring in the film. Fassbender, while less well known than Christian Bale and previous Jobs candidate Leonardo DiCaprio, has been in several high profile movies including Inglourious Basterds, Prometheus, 12 Years a Slave, and The Counselor. He's perhaps most widely known for his role as Magneto in...| Read more »
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With Dark Knight star Christian Bale no longer in the running for the Steve Jobs role in the upcoming Sony-made biopic, producers are now in talks with Michael Fassbender for the top job. Fassbender, who looks sort of like Jobs depending on his shave, is known for his roles in X-Men and Inglorious Bastards. While Sony is still trying to lock down the main part, it appears that Seth Rogen is still set to take on the role of Steve Wozniak, while Danny Boyle is still in for director and Aaron Sorkin is in as screenwriter. It’s interesting that actors as well-versed...
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Christopher Hart, acting chairman of the NTSB, which is investigating last week's crash of Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, on Monday delivered his final press briefing on the initial stage of the investigation. In an earlier report, Hart had said copilot Michael Alsbury, who died in the crash, prematurely moved a lever that unlocked the "feathering" mechanism, which would release two fins to slow down the spacecraft. Hart clarified on Monday that it was not known whether Alsbury or copilot Peter Siebold had moved the feathering lever.
It's not well known, but, for example, a MacBook Pro/Air can connect to and drive a 27-inch iMac display either as an additional display or mirror mode using what's called Target Display Mode (TDM). However, specific hardware and cables are required. John Martellaro explains the possibilities.| Read more »
Today forum goers attempt to assist "l008com" with restoring data from a SSD/TRIM enabled Mac and wonders if Data Rescue will find nothing in the free space. Yesterday Mac Elite "Matt OS X" turned to the forums looking for a way to completely disable notifications using a command line in Mavericks, and has yet to get a response....| Read more »
Refurbished 27-inch iMac's are available from Apple's online store with savings of up to $450. The refurbished 27-inch iMac with a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive is now $1,399 after a $400 price cut. Priced at $1,489, after a $310 drop, is the 27-inch iMac with a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive....| Read more »
This week at Adorama.com get the Retina 27-inch iMac on sale for $2,450. That's a savings of $50 off the list price of $2,500, and about $45 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This iMac features a Retina 5K display, 3.5GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage with an AMD Radeon M290X graphics card. Included is a one year limited warranty on parts and labor from Apple....| Read more »
If you use Microsoft Office, but have been frustrated by its lack of support for Dropbox, your frustration is almost at an end. Soon, you will be able to open Dropbox files from Office, and edit Office files from the Dropbox app. Dropbox also plans to integrate its Web site with Office Online next year. 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.| Read more »
Nuance announced an update for its Swype keyboard for iOS 8 today that introduces support for a long list of new languages in addition to new layouts and features for both iPhone and iPad.
New languages include: Czech, Danish, Dutch, UK English, Finnish, Greek, Hinglish, Hungarian, Irish, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, and Turkish. The app now supports over 20 languages including the previously supported languages– English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.
The keyboard also now includes...
As it turns out, Apple and Google can actually work together in the interest of enhancing the customer experience. Who knew?
As relayed by the Wall Street Journal today, Apple and Google recently inked a deal whereby users who purchase a Disney...| Read more »
Law firm Schubert Jonckheer & Kolbe, specializing in class action lawsuits, has announced that it has launched an antitrust investigation into CVS and Rite Aid over their decision to stop accepting Apple Pay in their retail stores. The firm says that it is looking into a potential class action lawsuit that would aim to restore Apple Pay at CVS and Rite Aid stores, and it is currently asking to speak with consumers who may have been affected by the stores' decision to stop offering the payment method.In light of this situation, Schubert Jonckheer & Kolbe is investigating whether CVS and Rite Aid violated the antitrust laws by banding together with other MCX members in a decision to boycott other payments systems, including Apple Pay. Consumers with phones that support Apple Pay may be able to participate in...| Read more »
An exclusivity agreement that has caused some merchants involved in the MCX consortium --?notably drug store chain CVS --?to abruptly pull support for NFC-based payment systems, including Apple Pay and Google Wallet, is set to expire in "months," according to a new report.| Read more »
Serious money, hard math, and fun timesThis week’s roundup of Mac apps has everything you need for a productive and fun day: budgeting, tracking your things, doing a little math, and then letting off some steam while steering a spaceship.Avoid: Sensory Overload 1.2.248h Studio’s free Avoid: Sensory Overload will keep you entertained during your downtime with a simple but highly entertaining game in which your own objective is to avoid falling into the void of space.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here| Read more »
A white-hat hacker from Sweden says he's found a "serious" security hole in Mac OS X Yosemite that could allow an attacker to take control of your Mac, reports Macworld UK (http://tinyurl.com/m5etd52).
Emil Kvarnhammar, a hacker at Swedish security firm Truesec, calls the vulnerability "rootpipe." He says it's a "privilege escalation vulnerability," which means that even without a password an attacker could gain the highest level of access on a machine, known as root access. From there, the attacker has full control of the system.
Over the weekend my son came to me with a curious issue. After updating his 5th generation iPod touch to iOS 8.1, the screen was suddenly much dimmer than usual, and no amount of resetting, re-installing or futzing with settings seemed to fix it....| Read more »
Reports claiming Apple could face a possible iPhone 6 Plus recall regarding a problem with NAND flash causing crashes for a small number of users are not true, according to a source close to the situation.
Users in Apple’s support forums have recently highlighted a rare issue that causes iPhones to crash, specifically for users with a large amount of apps installed. A majority of users noticed the problem on a 128GB iPhone Plus (the device those with large app libraries would naturally gravitate towards), although the problem isn’t specific to the iPhone 6 Plus or iOS 8. In fact, a similar problem has affected a very small amount of users since as far back...
Speaking at the ?redev Developer Conference in Malm?, Sweeden, Emil Kvarnhammar of security firm TrueSec demonstrated a privilege escalation vulnerability affecting OS X 10.8.5 through the newest 10.10 Yosemite.| Read more »
John Martellaro's iTuens 12 review is out, and he doesn't pull any punches. John and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about what's wrong with Apple's music and other content management app for the Mac, question if the company is making some bad design decisions, and wonder what's in store for future app releases.| Read more »
Apple has established an engineering office in Seattle, Washington, according to the Seattle Times. The core of the office is said to be a group of former F5 engineers, working on network infrastructure. The people also have connections to Union Bay Networks, a cloud computing startup based near Google's Seattle campus. Union Bay's information email address is no longer operating, and at least five people have changed their LinkedIn profiles to say they switched to Apple in September. In all, seven of nine people at Union Bay have made the jump.......| Read more »
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Intel’s next generation of processors won’t ship until early 2015, but there’s some interesting news on the processor that could wind up in the 12-inch MacBook Pro notebook.
Per MacRumors, the company began shipping some ultra low-power Broadwell chips known as Core M a couple of months ago. These chips are designed to run at just 4.5 watts and are intended for next-generation fanless PCs and tablets, fitting perfectly with circulating rumors of a thinner, fanless 12-inch MacBook Air, potentially with a Retina display.
The first batch of Core M chips launched in early September consisted of the 5Y10/5Y10a running at a base frequency of 800 MHz with a maximum of 2 GHz turbo, along with the more powerful 5Y70 running at 1.1 GHz with a max turbo of 2.6 GHz. Intel now appears to have...
This year Apple's CEO Tim Cook has cranked up the volume on Apple TV with interviews with NBC's Brian Williams and more recently with Charlie Rose. Apple's latest patent application about Apple TV was published only weeks ago about a modern Apple TV remote user interface. Apple has filed many patent applications over the years about advancing their Apple TV remote. Today, Apple has won their second patent on the topic of a TV Remote referred to as a wand.| Read more »
The Unicode Consortium has released a technical report (via Emojipedia) detailing a new method for handling the representation of multi-ethnic groups in emoji. Previous guidelines have stated that emoji people be "as neutral as possible regarding race, ethnicity, and gender". Unless the emoji calls out specific gender or racial cues, then a "generic (inhuman) appearance, such as a yellow/orange color or a silhouette" should be used in its place. A forthcoming update, Unicode 8.0, plans to change all of that. It proposes to introduce a skin-tone modifier which could be added to certain emoji, allowing users to send any emotion using any skin tone. Plans even reach as far as to allow emoji couples to feature individually different skin tones. Planned for release in the middle of next year...| Read more »
Amazon is making its Prime subscription service even more desirable today with the launch of Prime Photos, a cloud storage service that will allow users to upload an unlimited number of photos to the Amazon Cloud Drive. It's not clear how unlimited...| Read more »
A new analysis of third-quarter handset industry operating profits estimates that Apple accounted for a massive 86 percent share, blowing away the competition as rivals such as Samsung saw their profit levels dip.| Read more »
Troi Automatisering (www.troi.com) has released Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.8 for FileMaker Pro 13. It's an update of the tool for displaying all sorts of dialogs in FileMaker Pro 13.
The text of the dialog and of the buttons can be created dynamically by using a calculation. Version 5.5.8 is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite and works with FileMaker Pro 10, 11, 12 and 13. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 10, 11, 12 or 13. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X and Windows.
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has unveiled BatchOutput DOC 2.3.2, a compatibility update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Word on OS X.
BatchOutput automates printing of multiple documents and allows to carry out powerful professional PDF production directly from Word, eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.
BatchOutput DOC can be purchased for US$39.95. A demo is available for download.
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has introduced updates for its ConceptDraw productivity programs for Mac OS X Yosemite.
ConceptDraw Pro 10, CS Odessa's equivalent of Microsoft Visio, also includes the ability to import and export Visio 2013 native file format (.VSDX). The new version allows users to export graphic content to Microsoft PowerPoint 2013.
ConceptDraw Project 6, which is a competitor to Microsoft's Project software, and ConceptDraw MindMap 7, a productivity tool, have been revved to support Yosemite.
Microsoft and Dropbox announced a new partnership between the two companies today and a commitment to bring integration between Dropbox and Office apps on iOS and Android. Currently Office users rely on local storage for saving files or Microsoft’s own OneDrive service for saving and syncing files, but the newly announced partnership will allow Office users to use the popular Dropbox service as an additional storage and syncing option and introduce new features between the productivity apps and syncing service.
Dropbox integration with the Office apps means users...
Just two weeks ago, Apple Pay launched with support from six of the nation's top banks. Earlier this week, the number of banks supporting Apple Pay expanded to include PNC, US Bank, USAA, the Navy Federal Credit Union, and Barclaycard.
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Microsoft has announced a partnership with Dropbox that will bring the latter's cloud service into Office apps for iOS and Android. Integration is promised with updates in "the coming weeks" that will let people browse, edit, and share Dropbox files from within Office apps. Inside of Dropbox's proprietary app, people browsing Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files will see an option to edit them in the appropriate software....| Read more »
In October we reported that "Google and Facebook Handily Outspent Apple on Lobbying." Google spent $3.94 million between July and September while Facebook spent $2.45 million, according to disclosure data published Tuesday. Considering Apple's sheer size and importance in the tech sector, it was strange to find that Apple had only spent a little over a million in the quarter for lobbying. Today we learn that could be changing as they hire a new DC lobbyist.| Read more »
Only CrashPlan offers local and online backup that's automatic, secure, and cross-platform. Even if you need to back up as many as 10 computers at home, CrashPlan delivers multi-destination protection that maximizes convenience, flexibility, and rapid restores. It's free to back up locally and to friends and family, and it's just a few dollars a month for unlimited online personal backup with a CrashPlan Central subscription. CrashPlan runs on Mac, Windows, Linux and Solaris. Note: CrashPlan is available in both free and paid versions: CrashPlan, CrashPlan+, CrashPlan PRO, and CrashPlan PROe. CrashPlan and CrashPlan+ use the same client. The mobile app (available on the App Store) allows users to download files backed up from CrashPlan Central. The mobile requires a CrashPlan+ account.Version 3.6.4: Fixes And Enhancements
The Internet Archive has launched the Internet Arcade, a web-based library of arcade (coin-operated) video games from the 1970s through to the 1990s, emulated through modern browsers. The library contains hundreds of games ranging through many different genres and styles, and is intended for "research, comparison, and entertainment in the realm of the Video Game Arcade" according to the site....| Read more »
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Following a promise by Apple way back in March to introduce more racial diversity to the icons used in Emoji characters, Google and Apple contributors have now posted a proposal of how to make it a reality. The draft standard will extend the current icon set to include five color variants for Emojis including people and faces. The variants are distinguished by Fitzpatrick skin categories, although exact colors are up to the platform vendor (Apple, Google, etc) to interpret.
The proposal suggests that a long-press on a particular key of the Emoji keyboard will popup options for alternate skin tones. The...
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued an invention for a new kind of Apple TV remote control, giving viewers the ability to gesture with a "remote wand" in order to navigate around the user interface, in what could be the latest evidence Apple is looking to substantially alter the user experience of its set-top streamer.| Read more »
AT&T is giving its customers a third option to acquire a smartphone via the AT&T Next installment and early-upgrade scheme. The current Next 12 and Next 18 plans will be joined by Next 24, an option which will let subscribers pay nothing initially, followed by regular monthly payments for 30 months, up from the 20 and 24-month plans of the existing installment choices....| Read more »
Microsoft and Dropbox today announced a partnership that will bring Dropbox support to Microsoft's suite of Office mobile apps. Microsoft will add this new Dropbox feature in upcoming versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint for the iPhone and iPad. The new Dropbox integration would allow Office users to open, edit and share files that are stored in Dropbox. After adding a Dropbox account to an Office app, users will be able browse their Dropbox contents, which appear alongside OneDrive and locally stored files. All mobile edits will be synced to Dropbox automatically with a sharing option available within the Office app.Over the coming weeks, we’re updating Office apps so that they work with Dropbox, too. With the next updates to Word, Excel and PowerPoint on iPhone, iPad and Android Phone you’ll be able to connect to your Dropbox account, so you can access, edit and share your...| Read more »
Apple and California go together like wine and... well, California too, I guess, but the company is apparently looking to spread its wings a little bit, though it won't shake itself free of the west coast entirely. According to The Seattle Times, the...| Read more »
In today’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering the durable MIGHTY speaker for only $35—that’s over 50% off the normal price. MIGHTY is a waterproof and sand proof Bluetooth speaker that even floats, so you can use it just about anywhere without worrying about whether it can survive your outdoor activity of choice. The minimal speaker provides booming, clear sound and includes a built-in speakerphone so you can even make and answer…
A number of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners have been reporting an issue with the device that causes it to crash and remain stuck in a boot loop following a restart. The issue appears to primarily affect 128 GB models, particularly those with larger app libraries, and some suggest it may be a hardware problem associated with the increased storage available on that device. While the exact cause of the issues has not been determined, speculation by industry contacts speaking to BusinessKorea (via G for Games) suggests the problem may lie in the controller for the TLC (triple-level cell) NAND flash included in the device. This issue reportedly is new to the...| Read more »
As October was closing out we posted a report titled "Merchants Going to War with Apple Pay will lose." We presented the views of an Apple Pay competitor called the Merchant Customer that were expressed by Bloomberg's Editor-at-Large Cory Johnson. Our report pointed to why the likes of CVS and Walmart want to support Apple's competitor along with Apple's view point as presented in slides from Apple's keynote that covered the introduction of Apple Pay. At the end of the day ...| Read more »
Well, it would have been an interesting casting choice.
Per The Unofficial Apple Weblog and The Hollywood Reporter, actor Christian Bale has pulled out of the Aaron Sorkin penned Steve Jobs biopic. The report claims that Bale decided to withdraw from the film because he felt he wasn’t right for the role.
Sources say Bale, after much deliberation and conflicting feelings, came to the conclusion he was not right for the part and decided to withdraw. The script is said to be divided into three acts that detail Jobs preparing for three presentations that came to define his life and the life of the company he co-founded, lost and came back to.
Not even a week ago, Sorkin explained that Bale secured the Jobs role without...
Today we announced a partnership with Dropbox to provide more choice in how you work together and collaborate. You can do more with your Office documents when they are stored online. You can easily share your documents with others, and you can access those files from anywhere, on all your devices. If you use OneDrive and Office together, you already know how easy it is to work online with Office.
Over the coming weeks, we’re updating Office apps so that they work with Dropbox, too. With the next updates to Word, Excel and PowerPoint on iPhone, iPad and Android Phone you’ll be able to connect to your Dropbox account, so you can access, edit and share your Dropbox files right from your Office apps. Once you’ve added your Dropbox account to Word, Excel or PowerPoint, you can navigate folders and files on Dropbox for viewing and...
Apple's latest cash influx will come from a new bond issuing in euros instead of dollars. The iPhone and iPad maker plans to bring in â2.8 billion (about US$3.5 billion) in two blocks set to mature in eight and twelve years, and will likely show record low yields.The Mac Observer Spin: Adding debt through bonds makes sense for Apple because it's overall expense will be lower. Selling in euros instead of dollars adds some diversity to the company's cash flow, too.| Read more »
It’s just a rumor, but it’s got some decent sources behind it.
Per AppleInsider and Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, a rumor out of East Asia on Monday claims Apple is looking to wind down iPad mini production in favor of a 12-inch tablet, a response to flagging sales and growing consumer interest in larger-screened devices.
Citing sources in Apple’s supply chain, the Economic Daily News reports the company is looking to discontinue iPad mini sales when the tablet lineup is refreshed next year and will instead concentrate on production of a new 12-inch format being called “iPad Pro.”
The shift in tablet strategy is said to be in reply to a shifting smartphone market, which has seen consumers gravitate toward devices with screens larger than 5 inches when...
As of now, you can officially open your hotel room in a Starwood Hotel with your iPhone.
And, come the spring, you’ll be able to do it with your Apple Watch.
Per 9to5Mac, Starwood Hotels has officially launched its SPG Keyless service, allowing guests to use their iOS device to open their doors. The boutique hotel group first announced the project back in January.
The process goes as follows:
1. After booking a reservation at a keyless hotel, SPG members are invited to opt-in to SPG Keyless and register their phone through the SPG App.
2. Approximately 24 hours before arrival, the guest receives his/her room number and Bluetooth key via the app.
3. Upon arrival at the hotel, the guest can completely bypass the front desk (where available) and go directly to his/her room.
4. Then, after...
Apple’s annual MFi summit, an event for accessory manufacturers in its Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod licensing program, will focus on getting accessory makers ready for new technologies including HomeKit hardware, iBeacon, Apple’s new Lightning headphones spec, and game controllers, according to Apple’s official event schedule.
The summit, which is used by Apple to brief accessory makers on new technologies rolling out soon, is often a precursor to wide adoption of Apple’s latest iPhone and iPad-connected accessory specifications. If previous events are any indication, Apple is hoping to flood the market with a lot of HomeKit, iBeacon, Lightning headphones, and game controllers later this year and early next. In addition, Apple has sessions that include “Best Practices for Case...
TeamViewer gives you remote control of any computer or Mac over the Internet within seconds, or can be used for online meetings. Find out why more than 200 million users trust TeamViewer! Free for non-commercial users. Licensing terms for business users can be found here.Version 10.0.35005 Beta: Note: Now requires OS X 10.7 or later.
After an undeniably bad two weeks of press, MCX CEO Dekkers Davidson seems to have changed the company’s tune on CurrentC’s exclusivity policy that prompted retailers like CVS and Rite Aid to disable NFC terminals and block Apple’s iPhone 6-backed mobile payment system Apple Pay. Davidson told Re/code in an interview that MCX, the merchant consortium behind the Apple Pay competitor known as CurrentC, will lift the exclusivity policy in a matter of “months, not years.“
Previously, the MCX CEO only vaguely hinted that the retail consortium would consider allowing participants to accept both CurrentC, which is...
The world's top volume smartphone maker Samsung who had their profits plunge by 60% last quarter has to quickly regroup and find a new strategy to take on China's Xiaomi Corp. that has wickedly rocked the Chinese market and more importantly rocked Samsung out of the spotlight. Samsung is now stepping up its mid- to low-end lineups in an attempt to stop their eroding profits.| Read more »
The popular Nest Thermostat will see a significant software upgrade within the week. The system, popular with iOS users who can control it from their iPhones or iPads, will see improvements to its auto-schedule software, a new Quick View option, and...| Read more »
xACT stands for X Audio Compression Toolkit, an application that encodes and decodes FLAC, SHN, Monkey's Audio, TTA, Wavpack, and Apple Lossless files. It also can encode these formats to MP3, AAC, or Opus, and do various other utility functions, in addition to a full set of shntool functions. Under the hood, xACT is a GUI based front end for the unix applications Shorten (3.6.1), shntool (3.0.10), Monkey's Audio Compressor (3.99), flac (1.3.0), wavpack (4.70.0), TTA (3.4.1), Opus 0.1.6, and cdda2wav 3.0 (with paranoia support). It also uses SoX ( 14.3.1), LAME (3.99.5), AtomicParsley (0.9.0), TagLib (1.9.1) and MP4v2 (2.0.0). It executes the basic commands of these applications and adds other features to speed up productivity in creation/use of etree.org standard filesets.Version 2.34:
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Japan may be one of the world’s perennial early adopters of new technologies, but its continuing attachment to the CD puts it sharply at odds with the rest of the global music industry. While CD sales are falling worldwide, including in Japan, they still account for about 85 percent of sales here, compared with as little as 20 percent in some countries, like Sweden, where online streaming is dominant.Read more »
Confirming earlier rumors, Apple has set forth plans to issue its first-ever bonds in euros rather than US dollars. The bonds will be available in two sets, maturing in eight and 12 years. Ultimately the company is hoping to raise 2.8 billion euros, or about $3.5 billion, to help finance share buybacks and dividends in the US without repatriating some of its foreign cash reserves....| Read more »
AT&T on Tuesday announced that it will be introducing a longer Next 24 monthly installment program on November 9th alongside its Next 12 and Next 18 plans for financing an iPhone or other smartphone. AT&T customers on Next 24 will pay $0 down and make 30 equal monthly payments between $10 to $50 depending on the device purchased.
The new Next 24 plan offers the flexibility of lower monthly payments required over a longer period of time. After making 24 of the required 30 monthly payments, a customer gains the option to upgrade his or her iPhone upon trading in the financed device in good condition and activating a new smartphone on a new service agreement.
“When customers choose AT&T Next with AT&T’s Mobile Share Value plans, they can also receive a monthly discount on the access charge for that smartphone...
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Rumors of a larger-screen iPad 'Pro' have been floating around since early this year. Most of them have suggested variations on a supposed 12.9-inch screen size. As soon as they rise, though, they're buried by another news wave. The latest to surface is a report in a Japanese tech blog. The upcoming iPad Pro reportedly will have a 12.2-inch screen and not the more widely rumored 12.9-inch screen. In addition, the iPad Pro will be thicker than an iPhone 6 but thinner than an iPhone 6 Plus.
Back in February, Disney launched its Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) service on iOS. In effect, Disney movies you buy via iTunes are available in your DMA locker for you to stream on your iOS devices. Now, Android has joined the fray, meaning you can watch all those iOS-purchased Disney movies on your Android device and, if you buy movies on an Android device, you can watch them on your iOS device.
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Have an iPhone 4S running iOS 8? You're due for a speed increase.
Late yesterday, Apple released the first beta build of iOS 8.1.1 to developers. The first update to iOS 8.1 will include customary bug fixes, but the preliminary release notes suggest a far more interesting development: the update promises to improve performance on the iPhone 4S and iPad 2, two of the oldest devices that support iOS 8.
This would address one of our bigger criticisms of iOS 8, which in our testing was significantly slower on these older devices than iOS 7 was. Apps took longer to launch, and the user interface was often jerky and...
Amazon just upped the Cloud Photo storage ante with free unlimited Cloud storage for Photos for its Prime customers. The Amazon Photo service, which has apps for iOS or Android and is native to Amazon’s Fire products including its recently announced Fire stick, will no longer be capped for Prime customers.
Introducing Prime Photos. Your cherished memories are safe in Amazon Cloud Drive and accessible anywhere you...
Kodak Alaris (www.kodakalaris.com) has released Mac drivers for 13 of its document and photo scanners. The company is also including Newsoft's Presto! PageManager 9 software for scanning, organizing and share information in a business scanning environment.
Individuals or businesses interested in scanners that are Mac compatible can access the free MAC drivers and applications for Kodak ScanMate i940, i1150 and i1180 Scanners and the KODAK i2400, i2600, i2800, i2900, i3200, i3250, i3400, and i3450.
Verizon Wireless and AT&T have announced that they are working on enabling Voice over LTE (VoLTE) connections between the Verizon Wireless and AT&T networks. VoLTE provides enhanced calling features and call quality for users of compatible handsets such as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but traditionally such enhanced features have been limited to users on each carrier’s own network, effectively dropping down to the more basic standard…
MetaCase has released a new version of its Domain-Specific Modeling and code generation tool, MetaEdit+. MetaEdit+ 5.1 is aimed at expert developers who want to empower their team to generate efficient, complete code directly from domain-specific models, says Dr. Juha-Pekka Tolvanen, CEO of MetaCase.
AT&T and Verizon have already said they're bringing Voice over LTE (VoLTE) support to their customers, and now they've committed to making the service cross-network compatible, too. Previously, each said their VoLTE service would work only with customers making calls to phone numbers on the same carrier network.The Mac Observer Spin: I was an iPhone 5S owner, and now I have an iPhone 6. I still haven't had a single VoLTE call on AT&T. Fingers crossed that changes once AT&T and Verizon get their cross carrier deal in place.| Read more »
A claimed prototype of the cellular model of the iPad mini 2 is being auctioned on eBay, with a starting bid of $4,999. No bids had been placed at the time of writing. The reason bids go for so much on these prototypes is that security experts, hackers and jailbreakers like to understand the software that’s loaded on them to get a better idea of what’s going on behind the scenes on iOS devices.
The seller, whose 95.8% feedback rating shows only low-cost sales previously, cites the lack of serial number and FCC markings, together with SwitchBoard software, as evidence that the device is genuine.
For sale is a Apple iPad Mini 2 Cellular Prototype without FCC logos, and is a 64 bit A7/M7 chip/processor. Apple normally does not let these devices out of their possession and you can see from the photos, it is running a...| Read more »
Apple is set to borrow cash in euros for the first time in the company's history, taking advantage of record-low interest rates in Europe with what will be some of the lowest-ever interest rates for a corporation.| Read more »
A few people have hit me up about issues getting Windows machines to play nice with the SMB built into Yosemite Server and Windows. Basically, the authentication dialog keeps coming up even when a Mac can connect. So there are two potential issues that you might run into here. The first is that the authentication method is not supported. Here, you want to enable only the one(s) required. NTLMv2 should be enabled by default, so try ntlm:
sudo serveradmin settings smb:ntlm auth = "yes"
If that doesn’t work (older and by older I mean old as hell versions of Windows), try Lanman:
sudo serveradmin settings smb:lanman auth = “yes"
The second is that the authentication string (can be seen in wireshark) doesn’t include the workgroup/domain. To resolve this, simply include the Server name or workgroup in the beginning of the username followed by a backslash(\). So you might do this as a username if your NetBios name were kryptedserver:
Mireth Technology Corp. has released version 4.8 of NetShred X, its Internet eraser that erases internet cache, history and mail on Mac OS X. The new version adds support for Mac OS X Yosemite, Safari 8, Apple Mail 8, Firefox 32, and Chrome 38.
NetShred X is designed to run automatically, without user intervention. Since erasing temporary internet files can take some time, it runs in the background.
NetShred X is available for immediate download, or on CD-ROM, starting at US$24.95. Educational pricing and volume discounts are available. For more info go to www.mireth.com/pub/nxme.html .
Some early Retina-equipped MacBook Pro users are seeing graphical issues in Safari and other browsers following an upgrade to OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Severity varies, but a growing series of support threads on the Apple user forums show users experiencing problems ranging from minor text entry issues, all the way through persistent crashing. A pair of workarounds are available, but not all users are reporting success with them....| Read more »
On October 7 we reported that TSMC was confident in landing Apple A9 Orders in 2015 and likely the majority of orders as is the case today with TSMC leading A8 and A8X production roughly at 70% with Samsung having 30%. With Samsung's profits plunging 60%, it's no wonder that a rumor has surfaced this morning trying to prop Samsung up with the possibility of gaining Apple's A9 processor business.| Read more »
Here at the Macworld office, a big part of our workflow revolves around keeping up with what’s hot in tech news. (Shocker, I know.) We each have our own methods to combat the madness—I’m dependent on Feedly, where I’ve got various news sites broken down into categories for me to monitor. But that’s not the only piece to the puzzle. Besides Feedly, I’m constantly keeping an eye on my Twitter and Facebook accounts to see what stories are trending.
Instead of your entire social feed, Nuzzel shows you only the articles your friends are sharing. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here| Read more »
Your Nest smart thermostat should get a little smarter at some point over the next week as the company rolls out version 4.3 of the software, providing improved auto-scheduling and faster access to info at-a-glance.
A single push of the ring displays the information shown above, which includes weather, outdoor temperature and humidity. This has, says Nest, been the biggest customer request, allowing them to check what they should wear before heading out in the morning. Getting access to additional information, like yesterday’s energy usage or tomorrow’s schedule, is now available simply by turning the ring left or right …
An enhanced version of the auo-schedule function, where the thermostat learns how & when you make temperature changes, should enable greater savings, says...
Music that touches you at a deep level is a rare delight. Same with a book, a movie, a piece of art or anything that is the result of the creative process. Today I had the good fortune to stumble upon something that did this on several levels.
Sonic Highways is a documentary series on HBO, put together by Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters. The series is an incredible journey, taking you on a deep musical exploration of eight cities, building a song in each city based on the musical foundation found in that city.
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Following yesterday's report that Apple was preparing to hold a new bond sale that includes a component denominated in euros, the company today filed a prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission outlining its general plans, which include two chunks of debt with staggered maturities. The Wall Street Journal has more details on the prospectus and how its yields will the lowest ever for 8-year and 12-year debt: The iPhone maker is seeking to raise at least €1 billion ($1.2 billion) from two chunks of euro debt maturing in eight and 12 years. Those would beat the lowest yields ever paid for euro-denominated, corporate bonds of these maturities, according to Dealogic data, reflecting solid confidence that the bonds represent a safe bet. Bankers managing the bond sale suggested the...| Read more »
While there's no doubt that Apple's built-in music player certainly does its job well, those who love music might find it a little basic for their needs. But what does one do when they want to find a music player packed with features the default music player lacks? Developer by Christopher Lim has built the ffwd player, a music player for iOS that aims to create a better overall experience while listening to music....| Read more »
One part of the certification process for device makers is that they have to buy their Bluetooth and Wifi chips from Apple-approved chipmakers–Texas Instruments, Marvell and Broadcom.
These chipmakers have begun shipping their chips loaded with HomeKit firmware to device manufacturers, Broadcom and Texas Instruments have confirmed.
Apple first announced HomeKit at its developer conference back in June. The idea behind it is to integrate control...| Read more »
Twelve South's BookArc Pro is an eye-catching chrome-plated desktop stand designed exclusively for Apple's Mac Pro.
The arc-shaped stand holds a Mac Pro horizontally, cutting the vertical height requirement in half. A lower height increases the number of places you can park the most powerful Mac available, including inside professional gear racks and studio shelves. BookArc Pro is available at twelvesouth.com for US$59.99.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 38 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover three key patents. The first covers Apple's iCloud service known as Find my iPhone ...| Read more »
Apple continues to dominate the tablet market with good reason -- its pace of innovation since launching the original iPad just four years ago must have its competitors reeling. The iPad Air 2 is the six-generation iPad, although the product line is only four years old. It is a testament to Apple's desire to remain at the forefront of tablet innovation and market leadership that it has advanced the definition of state-of-the-art each time a new iPad is released. Is this Apple's most amazing mobile device yet? Read on in our full review of the Apple iPad Air 2.......| Read more »
Apple continues to dominate the tablet market with good reason -- its pace of innovation since launching the original iPad just four years ago must have its competitors reeling. The iPad Air 2 is the six-generation iPad, although the product line is only four years old. It is a testament to Apple's desire to remain at the forefront of tablet innovation and market leadership that it has advanced t ......| Read more »
Oh, geez. Everything we thought we knew about the next Steve Jobs biopic is turning out to be wrong, more wrong than an iPod with an HP logo on the back. Recently, we passed on reports that Christian Bale had been cast as Steve Jobs himself, and Seth Rogen had been tapped to play Steve Wozniak, in the upcoming Sony film directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin, based on Walter Issacson’s authorized biography.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here| Read more »
A new report says that at least two of the three Apple-approved vendors for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips that feature Apple's HomeKit embedded in the processors are now shipping the components to home appliance manufacturers. The news, confirmed by Forbes, suggests that products taking advantage of HomeKit technology should be appearing more commonly in the market over the course of the next few months. Though several HomeKit-centric products are already out, a forthcoming conference should vastly increase that number....| Read more »
Disney on Tuesday rolled out an Android app for its "Disney Movies Anywhere" cloud service -- already available for iOS -- in a rare deal that finds Apple and Google sharing digital content rights for movie purchases.| Read more »
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Back in February, Apple and Disney teamed up on a new app called Movies Anywhere that allowed iOS users to access their library of purchased movies—whether bought on the iTunes Store, DVD, or other media (with the appropriate redemption code in the box).
Today, Disney has launched the same service for Android users. Movies Anywhere owners will now be able to access their movie library featuring titles from Disney, Pixar, and Marvel from any of their devices. Because this is a cross-platform solution, movies previously purchased on the iTunes Store will now be available to users on Android devices, and iOS users will be...
Following the release of OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite beta, Apple on Monday issued the first developer beta for iOS 8.1.1 , the upcoming point release for the company's mobile operating system.| Read more »
Following this afternoon's release of the first OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 beta, Apple has seeded the first iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers. The iOS 8.1.1 beta comes two weeks after the release of iOS 8.1, which included support for Apple Pay, SMS Forwarding, and more. The beta, build 12B432, is available though Apple's over-the-air update system on iOS devices and through the iOS Developer Center. Apple has also released a new Apple TV beta. As a minor update, iOS 8.1.1 includes fixes for several bugs, but major new features rumored for iOS 8, like improvements to Maps and split-screen multitasking for the iPad, will be reserved for major iOS 8 updates that are also in development. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • AT&T and Verizon Announce...| Read more »
Headphones have hit a point where there isn't much to differentiate one set from one another. Making a choice between Bluetooth and wired models ends up being the first decision, followed by the type of tuning or sound quality a user wants. Alpine aims to add another feature into the mix, the feel of the music. With the Alpine Headphones the audio company wanted to bring the feel of a concert home, packing technology into a set of over-the-ear headphones with an app for user control to accomplish it. But do the Alpine Headphones offer a new audio experience that is worth feeling, or would cons......| Read more »
Following an anemic 0.1 percent rise in August, Australia's Bureau of Statistics reported that retail turnover lept to 1.2 percent growth in September, crediting Apple's iPhone 6 launch for driving the unexpected growth.| Read more »
Apple tonight has released the first beta of iOS 8.1.1 to developers. This update is packed with bug fixes, according to the release notes. Most notably, “this release includes bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4s.”
Have we spooked Apple into providing every single minor point release as a developer prerelease – is that what’s happened?| Read more »
New today: updated Android apps for Google Calendar and Gmail. Both look interesting — as Benedict Evans succinctly put it, “Google is reworking Mail and Calendar from database displays to task-led interfaces. I wonder how far they’ll take that.”
And intriguingly, as Google’s new “material” design language evolves, it’s very clearly heading in a different direction than iOS. Talking about flatness is simply too superficial to be a useful discussion. Superficially, iOS and Android seemingly converged toward flatness...| Read more »
In the days following Tim Cook's statement that he was "proud to be gay," Apple's chief executive has been commended for his openness in a variety of online opinions, but also needled by a pestilent swarm of haters, ranging from Twitter trolls to Russian politicians and businessmen. Apple investors don't seem to care.| Read more »
There's no doubt that retro-gaming is decidedly "in" these days, and the amount of games that have decided to emulate the sights and sounds of the 1980s and 1990s are many. Among those games, few have come across as overwhelmingly successful, but among those titles stands newcomer Woah Dave by Choice Provisions. The game has enjoyed success at PAX, E3, IndeCade, and California Extreme....| Read more »
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Apple confirmed today that it has acquired cloud networking startup Union Bay Networks and will open a software engineering office in the company’s home town of Seattle. This will be Apple’s first time venturing into the city, though many other tech companies have already established offices in the area.
The first hints that an acquisition may have taken place came when GeekWire noticed that Union Bay’s co-founder Benn Bollay now lists himself as a manager at Apple on LinkedIn and seems to be...
Following the discovery that Apple is hiring in the Seattle area, the company on Monday confirmed that it will be opening an engineering office in the state, with reports pointing to the acquisition of local cloud computing startup Union Bay Networks.| Read more »
Headphones have hit a point where there isn't much to differentiate one set from one another. Making a choice between Bluetooth and wired models ends up being the first decision, followed by the type of tuning or sound quality a user wants. Alpine aims to add another feature into the mix, the feel of the music. With the ......| Read more »
Apple acquired Seattle-based cloud networking startup Union Bay Networks sometime in the last couple of months and has opened an office in the city that houses more than 30 engineers, reports GeekWire. The site uncovered Apple's acquisition and Seattle office after former Union Bay Networks co-founder Benn Bollay posted a job opening for a Systems Software Engineer that read "Ever wanted to work at Apple, but didn't want to live...| Read more »
I sold Woot to Amazon and they made it shitty. So I quit. Then I got bored.Read more »
At its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple announced HomeKit, a platform designed to allow smart home devices to seamlessly integrate with iOS devices via Bluetooth and Wi-FI. As part of the certification process for Apple HomeKit, manufacturers must purchase their Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips from Apple-approved chipmakers like Marvell, Texas Instruments and Broadcom. Those Apple-approved chips have begun shipping to smart home accessory makers, according to Forbes.These chipmakers have begun shipping their chips loaded with HomeKit firmware to device manufacturers, Broadcom and Texas Instruments have confirmed to me. That means we could begin seeing HomeKit-certified devices show up on store shelves sometime soon. Although Apple hasn’t officially launched HomeKit yet, device makers can at least start putting together their...| Read more »
Verizon and AT&T are working together to allow Voice over LTE (VoLTE) calls to function normally between mobile phone users on different carriers. Current systems allow for the high definition calls to take place between users on the same carrier, switching to current technologies when calling another phone network, but the two major carriers aim to put an end to the loss of call quality in the future....| Read more »
On Monday, Apple released the first beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1, the forthcoming first update to Yosemite. This first beta is the first to arrive after the release of OS X Yosemite on October 16. The new build, 14B17, can be obtained by registered developers through Apple's Software Update. Apple is asking developers to focus on Wi-Fi, Exchange accounts in Mail, and Notification Center. No release notes have yet been published detailing any changes or fixes present in 10.10.1....| Read more »
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Halloween has come and gone here in the Northern reaches of the Linux blogosphere, but for those of us paying attention, few things could be more frightful than the bloodshed now taking place in Debian's civil war. The streets of the blogosphere are filled with smoke; conversations are getting drowned out by the din of gunfire; and glasses are perpetually rattling down at the Punchy Penguin Saloon. It was something of a relief to come across a question that's related, but far less emotional than what has dominated the discussions so far.
Chipmakers Broadcom and Texas Instruments have started shipping out Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips with installed Apple HomeKit firmware, meaning the first wave of HomeKit-enabled devices should hit store shelves soon.| Read more »
Here is a new sports app for your iOS devices. But unlike most sports app you won't find scores, or statistics, or game reports, or sports news, or really anything else you might expect to get in a sports app. Football Sound Effects offers just what...| Read more »
The release date for the first expansion pack for Gearbox Software's Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is set for this month, introducing the fifth playable character to the game. The character is none other than Handsome Jack, or at least someone who looks a lot like him and shares some of his personality traits....| Read more »
We mentioned the Black Hawk Drone with SD camera deal a couple of weeks ago. It sold out almost immediately, and it got a name change to Code Black Drone, but there's a pre-order available for the HD version for just $89, $10 less when it ships (and it will retail for $199 outside of our deal channel). In any event, Code Black Drone is a cool looking quadcopter with an onboard camera, an HD camera in this case. The pre-order deal has only two days left, so if you want one for yourself or as a gift, grab it now.| Read more »
One of the big features touted for the future of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is support for Voice over LTE (VoLTE). Phone calls made over VoLTE are expected to not only have superior call quality, but some future capabilities like video phone...| Read more »