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Right now at Apple's online store, there is a wide range of refurbished Macs at low prices. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of solid state storage is available for only $769, after a $130 price break. A $150 discount drops the price on the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage down to $849....| Read more »
Newegg.com this week has the LG 21.9-inch UltraWide screen backlight LCD monitor on sale for $250. That's already $100 off the list price of $350, and when coupon code 'AUTMNTIME88' is used at checkout the price drops even further to $210. All together that is around $40 less than the next lowest price. This monitor features a resolution of 2560 x 1080, 5ms response time, a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and provides a variety of input options including DVI, HDMI and Display Port. A one year warranty on parts and labor is included from LG.......| Read more »
Early tomorrow morning, the moon will pass behind the center of Earth’s shadow and turn a rusty red color. Most people probably won’t be able to see this total lunar eclipse, because it will occur mainly over the Pacific Ocean. But don’t worry. You can watch a live broadcast by the Slooh Community Observatory from multiple locations in Australia and North America or NASA’s broadcast of the event.
Always fun to watch these celestial events.
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Less than two months ago, Daisuke Wakabayashi of the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was "betting $700 million" on a plan to use sapphire screens on its upcoming iPhones. After being proven wrong, the writer now claims that Apple radically reversed its plans just weeks before the new devices went on sale.| Read more »
One of the features of iOS 8 that we weren't expecting to use on a day-to-day basis was predictive texting. Normally it's faster to just type out the words, but using predictive text -- especially with longer words -- is a simple joy we didn't know...| Read more »
As new information about GT Advanced Technologies' dire financial straits slowly comes to light, a report on Tuesday claims Apple held back a $139 million loan installment from its partner sapphire supplier for unknown reasons, possibly leading to the firm's filing for Chapter 11 protection.| Read more »
It's Just a Big Mess: A Forbes report posted by Chuck Jones this afternoon titled "What Does GTAT's Bankruptcy Mean to Apple?" Provides us with a look at what might have gone wrong with GTAT. Jones writes: "When you read some of GTAT’s 10-Q and 8-K SEC filings along with its bankruptcy documents it is easy to ascertain ...| Read more »
Simon & Schuster released Walter Isaacson's new book The Innovators on Tuesday. This book builds on the research begun for his killer biography Steve Jobs, but takes a much broader look at the many innovator who took part in the creation of "tech" as we know it today. He begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byronâs daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. Which, come on, is cool. The book also looks at folks such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page. From the publisher: "This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. Itâs also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative." You can buy it on iBooks for US$8.99. Amazon has the hard back for $21.81 and the Kindle version for $8.49....| Read more »
Apple's iPhone continues grow in popularity with U.S. teenagers, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster's latest semiannual teen survey, which asked approximately 7,200 teens with an average age of 16 years about their device usage habits and future buying plans. 67 percent of surveyed teens owned an iPhone, compared to 61 percent in the Spring survey, and 73 percent of teens expect their next phone to be an iPhone. Much of Apple's gains in ownership came from Android, which lost five percentage points over the last several months. iPhone usage among teens may jump significantly in the next few months, as the survey was conducted just before the introduction of the larger-screened iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. While iPad ownership remained high at 66 percent, there was no growth compared to the Spring survey. Android tablets also saw ownership numbers drop, and of customers planning to buy a tablet in the next six months, 60 percent plan to choose an iPad Air or iPad mini....| Read more »
Apple’s sapphire processing plant in Mesa, AZ
The Wall Street Journal has cast some more light on recent reports that Apple’s sapphire supplier had declared bankruptcy earlier this week. According to the Journal’s report, Apple withheld a payment of $139 million from GT Advanced, though currently there’s no indication of why this decision was made.
In another interesting revelation, the...
Check out the iRest, a lapstand for your iPad. You can recline and have your iPad supported without holding it, and it fits all iPad versions with or without Apple's Smart Cover. Check out the picture if doesn't yet make sense. iRest retails for $40, but through our deal you can get it for $35.99.| Read more »
Every once in a while we get pitched an accessory that initially sounds ridiculous and then ends up being quite useful. That's the case with nobiggi (US$7.99 or three for $18.99), a small microfiber patch that adheres to the back of your big iPhone...| Read more »
Whitey was pictured in the photograph escaping the clutches of his mother Bernice and racing to his father Jack, a rifleman who was leaving for war with the B.C. Regiment (Duke of Connaughts Own Rifles).
The image was captured by Province photographer Claude Dettloff, sent around the world and on Saturday, brought to life again.
A $2 Canadian coin has been minted, postage stamp produced and bronze statue unveiled at Hyack Square, near the original scene.
Not just an iconic Canadian picture but a world famous image made all the more sad when you hear the story of what happened afterwards. Make sure you have a tissue ready if you watch the video.
According to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, hands- and eyes-free infotainment and smartphone control systems can be dangerously distracting to drivers. And Apple's iOS 7 version of Siri ranks among the worst.| Read more »
Some of accessory manufacturer Belkin's router customers are experiencing connectivity issues, predominantly with older models. For reasons unknown, possibly an automatic firmware update, some Belkin networking products are refusing connection to the Internet, but maintaining local area network connectivity. Some models can be restored, by pointing Domain Name Services to Google's or other providers' services....| Read more »
Even though Apple's Siri is meant to simplify smartphone commands and in some cases enable hands-free control, it's in fact a severe distraction for drivers, according to a study from the AAA's Foundation for Traffic Safety. The group studied 45 drivers, asking them to accomplish various tasks using native in-car voice systems as well as Siri. Real and simulated cars were used; for Siri, people were given an iPhone 5 with iOS 7, as well as a microphone. Siri users were asked to make phone calls, send and receive texts, update Facebook and Twitter, and check their calendar. Other voice systems......| Read more »
Today, a new report published by the AAA states that three out of four drivers believe that hands-free technology is safe to use, yet Americans may be surprised to learn that these popular new vehicle features may actually increase mental distraction, according to new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The study appears to throw Apple's Siri technology into the report as an afterthought and does so in a negative light. Is it fair? You be the judge.| Read more »
Finnish game developer Frozenbyte has announced the upcoming release of its new platformed game, Splot. Players follow the story of a blue alien, Splot, who crashes onto an unfamiliar planet along with his adversaries, the Hungry Blobs. Splot sets out to rescue a native population of birds that are being eaten by the Blobs. Playable on three different difficulties though fifty-six levels, gameplay consists of fast-paced platforming with the goal of reaching captured birds before they are eaten....| Read more »
The iPhone 6 Plus is a bit larger than Apple customers have been accustomed to. Belt holsters grow enormous. Protective cases have micohectares of plastic. As a result, iPhone 6 Plus owners are looking novel ways to carry this beautiful phablet. John Martellaro looks at a sampling of candidate products.| Read more »
Even without Touch ID, it's important to secure the data on your mobile devices. Kelly explains how to set up a "Complex Passcode" that is easy to use but slightly more complex than regular old 4-digit codes.| Read more »
We first covered Cycloramic in 2012 thanks to the inventive photography app's clever way of taking hands-free panoramic shots. Users simply placed the iPhone standing up on its flat edges and the app would activate the device's vibration function to...| Read more »
After issuing the second iOS 8.1 beta on Tuesday, Apple released updated golden master candidates for OS X 10.10 Yosemite and Xcode 6.1 to developers for testing ahead of an expected launch later this month.| Read more »
The CEO of sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies, Tom Guitierrez, is facing scrutiny for a $160,000 sale of company stock he made on September 8th. The Wall Street Journal reports that the sale came just a day before Apple announced the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which some rumors had suggested would use sapphire screen covers. Instead the phones were revealed to be using a variant of Corning Gorilla Glass, and GT's share price fell from $17.38 to around the $11 mark. Yesterday the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, causing shares to plummet below $1. They have since reboun......| Read more »
Apple drew a lot of attention earlier this year when it debuted its own blog dedicated to updating developers on Swift, its programming language for building Mac and iOS apps first introduced at WWDC in June. The blog has since been used to share updates on the state of Swift as well as technical details about the programming language, but today Apple posted an official video tutorial (embedded below) targeted for new Swift developers on using the language and Xcode to build an app for iOS from scratch....| Read more »
Apple today released a second golden master candidate of OS X Yosemite to developers, a week after releasing the first candidate golden master and the fourth public beta. The latest Yosemite update can be downloaded from the Mac App Store and through Apple's Mac Dev Center. OS X Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned dock, windows, and more. It also includes a multitude of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new "Today" view in Notification Center that offers integration with third-party apps, a retooled Spotlight search with new data sources, and several new features for apps like Mail, Safari, and Messages. Over the course of the beta testing period, each Developer Preview has added new features and refined the look and performance of OS X Yosemite, although changes have become less...| Read more »
A new study from AAA on the potential safety risks of hands-free systems for vehicles warns Apple’s Siri presents a “relatively high” level of distraction. In its tests, AAA ranked use of Siri as a “category 4 level of mental distraction,” which puts it in last place compared to other hands-free voice controlled systems from the big car makers including Ford, Mercedes, Hyundai, Chevrolet, Chrysler, and Toyota. It was also the only voice controlled system that resulted in two crashes in the simulator study:
To understand the workload rating associated with interacting with Siri, it is first useful to consider what is not causing the effect. The high level of workload is not due to visual/manual...
NYT Now, the free app from the New York Times, will offer free unlimited access to NYT articles for a week in celebration of National News Engagement Day. Regular price for this access is US $8/monthly.The Mac Observer Spin: I hope this helps get folks interested in "the news" again, but I also hope it goes both ways.| Read more »
STM has updated its Harbour ($25) case for iPhone 6 Plus. Unlike some past versions of the case, the newest edition of Harbour features full volume control and sleep/wake button coverage. Made up of a matte hard plastic outer shell molded with a rubber inner layer, Harbour features a hinged bottom, allowing for easier port access. The hinge can also act as a stand for the large iPhone. Not only that, but Harbour is also being sold for a mere $25 —…
Reflect+ (US$1.99) is a simply amazing little app that will take a photo and realistically add other elements, giving you something new and shareable. The app can add water or a beach to a barren landscape, add realistic haze and fog, or 50 other...| Read more »
GT Advanced CEO Thomas Gutierrez sold over 9,000 shares of GT Advanced stock just a day before Apple announced the iPhone 6, reports The Wall Street Journal. The September 8 sale netted him approximately $160,000 at an average price of $17.38, before the company's stock dropped 13 percent to $14.94 on September 9 after it became clear the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus did not include sapphire screens. Along with the $160,000 he earned on September 8, Gutierrez sold shares on several other occasions throughout 2014, earning him more than 10 million dollars as GT stock rose on rumors that Apple would use its sapphire for the new iPhones.In a filing, GT said Gutierrez's share sale was part of a pre-arranged plan put in place on March 14, 2014. But there was no obvious pattern to his sales. In May, June and July, Gutierrez sold shares within the first three...| Read more »
Google has released Google News & Weather, a free new universal iOS app that aims to bring users a complete dashboard of headline and local news stories and information. Boasting coverage from over 65,000 publications, the app allows users to get local news and weather based on their device’s location, and customize their layout with 60 country-specific editions and personalized news sections. Users can easily dig deeper based on individual…
As someone with a serious case of wanderlust, an iPhone and no budget for world travel, Wayfare (free) is a lot of fun. It hooks you up with a user across the globe, and the two of you spend a week sharing photos, comments and culture via fun, simple...| Read more »
GT's stock rode high on the iPhone rumors for months, but it dropped when the new iPhones launched without sapphire and fell down a hole when it announced the bankruptcy filing.
GT Advanced Technologies, the company Apple currently relies on for sapphire in its iOS devices, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy yesterday. The filing came just a few weeks after Apple announced its new iPhones on September 10—both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were widely expected to use sapphire instead of glass to protect their screens from scratches. This didn't happen, though, and it sent GT's stock price sliding downward even before yesterday's bankruptcy filing pushed it off a cliff.
Now The Wall Street Journal reports that GT CEO Thomas Gutierrez has...
Google has a new app for iPhone and iPad users called ‘Google News & Weather‘ that presents local news and weather as well as headlines from a variety of categories and sources in one app. Categories for headlines can be added or removed from within the app for customizing the news you want to follow. Previously, Google News &...| Read more »
Want to fight breast cancer using your iPhone or iPad? Bandai Namco is making it as easy as downloading a new in-game map for one of the company's many Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man titles from the App Store in the month of October. The new maze is priced...| Read more »
Most obviously, iRig MIDI 2 adds Lightning compatibility and abandons the dongle-style design of its predecessor. Now built as a separate self-contained module that connects to a companion iOS device, it uses an adapter cable with the same seven-pin DIN connector found on many other IK Multimedia accessories. This new design allows iRig MIDI 2 to be used with Lightning devices or Mac/PC computers using included Lightning and USB cables; a Dock Connector…
The Parrot AR Drone is a high-tech, ultra lightweight, remote-controlled quadricopter (helicopter with four rotors). Now an RC quadricopter is pretty cool, but one that streams HD video from its camera to your iPad, iPhone, or Android device in real time, could be very, very cool. Iâve dreamed about owning for one for years, but only found the courage last month to plunk down $299 for the latest and greatest model, the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition.| Read more »
Apple is seeding a second beta of iOS 8.1 to developers, users note. The contents of the code are unknown, but it likely builds out upcoming Apple Pay support, references to which were found in the first beta. If recent rumors are true the new beta may enable Apple Pay testing, and prefigure a public launch of v8.1 on or around October 20th....| Read more »
Used as an in-car hands-free system, Siri causes a high level of mental distraction while driving, according to research conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. In a thorough study [PDF] that measured the cognitive workload of 45 drivers completing in-car tasks using various voice-based technologies, Siri's high complexity and low intuitiveness resulted in some of the highest levels of mental distraction. Using a five-category rating system, researchers measured Siri-based interactions like sending and receiving text messages and emails, updating Facebook or Twitter, and modifying calendar appointments. Various measurements to record distraction were taken during three separate experiments, in-car on residential streets,...| Read more »
Living largeImage by AppleFeel like stretching out those fingers a little? The new iPhone 6 Plus stands 6.22 inches tall and uses a 5.5-inch display that can give your digits a nice workout. Fortunately, several new apps do more than just stretch out to the new screen size—they sport refined interfaces and gestures that really take advantage of the wide open real estate.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here| Read more »
With GT Advanced Technologies filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, questions about what that means for Apple and its plans for synthetic sapphire glass displays for the Apple Watch and future iPhones. Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Chris Caso thinks Apple could take possession of the furnaces, take back the factory it leased to GTAT, and buy more sapphire-related IP from the company, too, turning the iPhone and iPad maker into its own glass manufacturer.| Read more »
Users of popular money-sending service Square Cash can now use their iPhone's location services to quickly locate nearby recipients, while fans of Amazon Instant Video will find a number of new user interface enhancements designed to make viewing better.| Read more »
Odoyo's Quad360 ($TBD) and QuadMax ($TBD) cases have arrived for iPhone 6 in a variety of colors. Quad360 is a one-piece translucent TPU case with proper button coverage and an "X" pattern on the back. QuadMax is a more substantial case — the phone is placed inside a rubber inner layer, then in a partial plastic shell which has a foam rubber backing. Both cases feature more exact camera cutouts than many cases we've seen so far for the iPhone 6.…
Are you carrying the extra size of an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus? Then it might be a good idea to read this review, since the two products I'm reviewing here are designed to let you do away with carrying a wallet since they provide that functionality in...| Read more »
By contrast with Logitech’s great keyboard and okay case bundle, Touchfire’s Case and Keyboard for iPad Air combines a good case with something that we hesitate to even describe as a “keyboard.” The signature piece in the set is a piece of floppy clear rubber with magnets on the left, right, and bottom edges, meant to be attached to your iPad’s screen as an overlay for the landscape orientation virtual keyboard. …
Many users of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models are finding it impossible to re-link with Google Voice for voicemail. When entering in the classic **004*1[GV-Number]# sequence users are seeing a "Setting Registration Failed" message instead of the happy success note. Fear no longer. Marcel Brown sorted this out and you have two ways you can enable Google Voice on your new phone. First is to call AT&T and have them set up "conditional call forwarding" for you, or you can set up the 3 big use cases all by yourself with some slightly different commands. "234567890" in Marcel's examples would be replaced with your Google Voice number, including area code:
Call Forward if Unanswered: *61*1234567890#
Call Forward if Unreachable: *62*1234567890#
Call Forward if Busy: *67*1234567890#
Set all three of these and you're good to go. To check the status of these enter *#61#, *#62# and *#67# respectively. To deactivate, enter ##61#, ##62# and/or ##67#. Enjoy!...| Read more »
Floodwatch is a Chrome extension that tracks the ads you see as you browse the internet. It offers tools to help you understand both the volume and the types of ads you’re being served during the course of normal browsing, with the goal of increasing awareness of how advertisers track your browsing behavior, build their version of your online identity, and target their ads to you as an individual.
I’m going to install and use this for a month. I bet the data it collects will appall me.
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Gadget company Plastc announced its first product -- the Plastc Card. The Plastc Card consolidates many physical magnetic strip cards into one device -- including credit, debit, loyalty, gift, and access cards. Working in tandem with a Plastc Wallet app for iPhone and Android, the company claims that its device provides more security than traditional cards as well as other digital wallets....| Read more »
Goodsol Development (http://www.goodsol.com/) has announced Pretty Good Solitaire 3 for the Mac. It's an updated solitaire game collection with 550 different solitaire games.
It includes the games Klondike, FreeCell, Spider, Yukon, Scorpion, Pyramid, Crazy Quilt, Golf, Cruel and more. It has unlimited undo and redo functions, allowing you to go back to the beginning.
Pretty Good Solitaire 3.03 is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Games/Card category for $24.99.
Samsung has indicated that their upcoming earnings report will not be greeted enthusiastically by investors. The Korean tech giant yesterday said that its operating profit during the most recent quarter likely dropped by about 57-60% compared to the...| Read more »
What happens now that GT Advanced Technologies has filed for bankruptcy protection? One analyst thinks Apple could take the factory and furnaces. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to offer their take on whether or not Apple wants to get into the sapphire glass manufacturing business, and they also look at Adobe's new push into mobile apps for designers.| Read more »
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) says it's new Data-driven Infographics Solution for ConceptDraw Pro is available immediately in ConceptDraw Solution Park.
It allows anyone to build infographics from data that conveys a complete story to one’s audience. The new solution provides graphical user elements needed to transform data into a visual message.
Apple is opening three new retail stores this weekend including one new store near Venice, Italy and two stores in the US.
We originally reported in June that the new stores were coming alongside others in China, Italy and the US as new retail chief Angela Ahrendts implements organizational restructuring for Apple retail.
Apple has now announced the upcoming grand openings on its website for three of the stores opening this Saturday. The new Italy store is located in the Centro commerciale Nave de Vero shopping centre in Marghera near Venice (via setteBIT).
Also opening this Saturday are two new stores in the US including one in Trumbull, Connecticut and another at...
Nearly three weeks after Apple rolled out its latest mobile operating system, the company says less than half of visits to its App Store come from devices with iOS 8 installed. Just 47 percent have upgraded, while 47 percent are still running iOS 7 (and 6 percent are clinging to even earlier versions). These figures are unusual: Apple’s OS adoption rate is famously fast. So why are people holding on to iOS 7?At first, the rate of iOS installs skyrocketed —up to 46 percent in just six days. In the next two weeks, that number ticked up just 1 percent. iOS 8 still has time to challenge iOS 7’s adoption rate, which hit 75 percent after three months and became Apple’s fastest-growing mobile OS, but it seems like slow going so far....| Read more »
A world of time, space, and locationIn this week’s roundup of Mac apps, you’ll find an app that shows you the world, one that helps you track your location inside it, and one that makes sure you don’t accidentally wake up your coworkers in the wee hours of the morning.Adze 1.4.4Developer Sam Birch’s $20 Adze (Mac App Store Link) helps you manage and edit geolocation files with a handy graphical interface.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here| Read more »
Scorpion Research (http://www.ScorpionResearch.com) has updated Scorpion BarCode, its barcode creation software for Mac OS X (10.6 or higher), to version 2.5. The upgrade is optimized for the upcoming OS X 10 Yosemite.
Scorpion BarCode lets you create barcode images for use in other applications. A single user license is US$165; multiple user and educational discounts are available. A 30-day demo can be downloaded at the Scorpion Research web site.
The second beta of iOS 8.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch was supplied to developers on Tuesday, as Apple prepares for an anticipated public launch, presumably with Apple Pay, later this month.| Read more »
Apple today released the second beta of iOS 8.1, build 12B407, to registered developers for testing purposes, just over a week after the release of the first iOS 8.1 beta. iOS 8.1 includes several bug fixes for issues in iOS 8, including a fix for a Bluetooth connectivity problem, and it also includes support for Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payments service that is launching in October. Along with iOS 8.1, Apple is also simultaneously working on iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3, all of which are expected to add new functionality to the operating system. iOS 8 has had a rough start, with Apple temporarily removing HealthKit ahead of the launch of iOS 8 and then releasing an unstable iOS 8.0.1 update that disabled the cellular and Touch ID service of many...| Read more »
The day before Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with glass screen covers, the CEO of GT Advanced Technologies sold $160,000 worth of his now-struggling company's stock, shares of which subsequently tanked due to the lack of a sapphire cover on the latest iPhones.| Read more »
With Apple Pay slated to launch this month, all eyes are on Apple to see if it can shake the curse of NFC payment systems and break through to mass adoption. We won't know if it succeeds for a while, but Morgan Stanley's Craig Hettenbach certainly...| Read more »
OfficeTime is time and expense tracking that is easy, elegant and focused. Other time keepers are clumsy or oversimplified. OfficeTime balances features and ease of use, allowing you to easily track exactly what you do each day. Features:
AT&T has admitted that it has suffered a data breach, and is warning customers about the intrusion. The communications provider has written to the Vermont attorney general about the breach, which took place in August, though unlike similar breaches at Home Depot, Target, and itself, this was instigated by an employee rather than an outside force....| Read more »
“OneNote is so much more than a piece of software, it is a framework for teaching and learning.”
—Rob Baker, director of technology, Cincinnati Country Day School
We’ve been tremendously proud over the years to see OneNote helping teachers revolutionize learning in their classrooms.
Across the country and around the world, we’ve seen many classrooms innovating with OneNote to power 21st century digital learning experiences by:
Apple is set to unveil a new, one-of-a-kind retail store in Venice, Italy that will be filled wall-to-wall with all manner of unknown goodies. The store, which cannot float and therefore will not be accessible via gondola, is located at the Nave de...| Read more »
Cash, the app launched by payments company Square last year for personal money transfers, today updated with a new way to send money on iOS 8 over Bluetooth LE. The feature is called Nearby Payments and allows users to send and receive payments by using Bluetooth to find and connect with nearby users. That’s opposed to the previous methods the app already offered including sending payments via text message and email. In case you’re wondering why it’s iOS 8 only:
Square notes that users will be able to select preferences for nearby visibility to allow either everyone or only contacts to see their availability. Today’s update to version 2.1 also includes the ability to “Quickly approve or decline money...
OsiriX is an image processing software dedicated to DICOM images (".dcm" / ".DCM" extension) produced by medical equipment (MRI, CT, PET, PET-CT, ...) and confocal microscopy (LSM and BioRAD-PIC format). It can also read many other file formats: TIFF (8,16, 32 bits), JPEG, PDF, AVI, MPEG and Quicktime. It is fully compliant with the DICOM standard for image comunication and image file formats. OsiriX is able to receive images transferred by DICOM communication protocol from any PACS or medical imaging modality (STORE SCP - Service Class Provider, STORE SCU - Service Class User, and Query/Retrieve). OsiriX has been specifically designed for navigation and visualization of multimodality and multidimensional images: 2D Viewer, 3D Viewer, 4D Viewer (3D series with temporal dimension, for example: Cardiac-CT) and 5D Viewer (3D series with temporal and functional dimensions, for example: Cardiac-PET-CT). The 3D Viewer offers all modern rendering modes: Multiplanar...| Read more »
One day, you will send data by bending certain materials in the right direction.
Per AppleInsider and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Apple on Tuesday was assigned a patent detailing an interactive flexible device display that uses built-in sensors to detect bends or panel movement, which triggers a server request for multimedia content.
As published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple’s U.S Patent No. 8,855,727 for a “Mobile electronic device with an adaptively responsive flexible display” describes a...
iOS 8 adoption has slowed dramatically, having only gained a single percentage point between September 21st and October 5th, according to new App Store tracking data from Apple. iOS 8 and iOS 7 are now in equal use. In fact, use of pre-iOS 7 firmware has somehow increased from 5 to 6 percent, even though Apple no longer supports it on any substantial level....| Read more »
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 »
Similar to Apple's arrangement in Ireland, Amazon has a special, and legal, tax arrangement with Luxembourg. Amazon's, like Apple's, is now under fire by the European Commission for corporate tax avoidance. The European Commission is claiming that despite its legality, a favorable tax rate deal with Amazon's own patent holding company in Luxembourg violates European Union rules on state aid for corporations....| Read more »
Silicon Valley startup Plastc on Tuesday unveiled a new, iOS-connected smart payment card with a number of innovative features -- including built-in, programmable NFC and RFID --?less than a month before Apple is expected to unleash Apple Pay, its own bid to eliminate the plastic in consumers' wallets.| Read more »
Apple could be coming out with a nigh-on-jumbo-sized iPad.
And it could run its own unique operating system.
Per MacRumors and DigiTimes, sources have indicated that Apple has two 12.9-inch iPad prototypes in development, with one model being a “2-in-1 device” that utilizes elements from both operating systems while the other resembles previous iPads. The report also notes that the 12.9-inch iPad isn’t expected to go into mass production until 2015.
The idea of Apple combining both OS X and iOS into one platform has been a popular subject for quite some time, as both have begun to share design principles and features. Notably, J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz predicted earlier this year that...
I listened to an NPR interview with Walter Isaacson yesterday where he excerpted some fascinating tales from his latest book called The Innovators which goes on sale today
Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that...
The City of Cupertino California recently updated Apple's public Campus 2 project page with current project status information and a new aerial photograph showcasing the work being done on the site. Construction is occurring at a rapid pace with the...| Read more »
Orbit arrives in three pieces: a solid steel base that feels like it weighs nearly 20 pounds, a thick metal arm with a Philips head screw at one end and a concave magnet at the other, and a spring-loaded cradle with a ball on the back and rubber pads on its four fingers. Assembly is as simple as unscrewing the screw with a self-supplied screwdriver, sticking the bottom of the arm into the base, reattaching the screw and a washer plate under the base,…
Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the iRest stand for your iPad for $35.99. Specifically designed to make using your iPad even more flawless, this elegantly designed stand can be placed on a desk, table, or even on your lap while kicking back on the sofa. iRest is designed with a clean aluminum finish and a simple yet solid build and has a 60-degree adjustable reading angle to provide for comfortable viewing of your iPad’s screen.…
The steep decline in income, likely the widest fall in Samsung’s earnings history, shows how the company’s quick rise to the world’s top smartphone maker with the Galaxy phones faces what might be its biggest challenge. Its struggle is apparent in both the high-end phone segment where it competes with Apple Inc. and the low-end segment where it faces rising competition from the likes of China’s Xiaomi and Lenovo.
This has been coming for a while now, but there’s no proof like watching earnings projections fall by half in a very short time.
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Samsung's having a really bad year: In a new report today, Samsung actually admitted to its smartphone profits plunging due to weaker sales and increased marketing costs amid fiercer competition with Apple and ...| Read more »
On September 23rd, Apple reported an adoption rate of 46% for iOS 8.
As of October 5th (this past Sunday), Apple’s official numbers show that, in the ensuing weeks, the adoption rate crept up to only 47%. Interestingly, the iOS 7 rate went down from 49% to 47% (as you might expect), but the pre-iOS 7 adoption number actually increased from 5% to 6%.
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Plenty of people struggle with balance, even it when it comes to something as simple as reading the news. Sometimes with a busy schedule, news just falls out of our top priorities because the articles are too long to sit down and read. Allow Gist to...| Read more »
On Saturday at 10AM local time, Apple is opening a new Italian store in Marghera, near Venice, according to the company's website. The outlet will be based in the Nave de Vero shopping center, which has over 100 stores spanning several floors. Apple's usual black construction facade went up in the mall earlier this year....| Read more »
Flickr member Nomad soldier went beyond a basic shot of the iPhone 6 Plus by adding some infinite photo-inspired creativity to this tabletop photograph.
Did you know that TUAW has a Flickr pool? And that we encourage readers to submit their own...| Read more »
Coin may have kickstarted the digital card to store all your creditcards, but Plastc thinks it has what it takes to leapfrog past its competitor and win a place in out wallets. With Coin months behind schedule, and its lack of chip and PIN support, Plastc could have a leg up in the all-in-one card game - assuming Apple doesn't run over both companies when it launches Apple Pay later this month.| Read more »
Ray Ozzie, who used to be Microsoft’s Chief Technical Officer and Chief Software Architect, has come out with a new app for the iPhone. In an extensive profile, Steven Levy explains the premise behind the app, dubbed Talko. You can read the full overview on Medium. The app has been in development for more than two years.
A new take on phone calls, the app shows if your recipient is currently walking or driving — giving a hint at attentiveness of the speaker before the conversation even begins. It’s a nice use of the Apple M7 and M8 coprocessors. Any voice communication is archived into the growing thread … to...
Audition CC 2014 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Audition customer). Audition CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer. Adobe Audition CC 2014 empowers you to create and deliver beautiful audio using more connected tools and dozens of new features, including Sound Remover, which can eliminate unwanted sounds from an entire file just by analyzing a small selection. Adobe Audition CC gives you access to new features as soon as they're released and is integrated with other Adobe video tools for smooth start-to-finish audio and video production. Your entire creative world, together in one place. Only in Creative Cloud.Version 7.1.0 (2014.1): Note: Please note...| Read more »
A Persistent Rumor: Today, sources in Taiwan's supply chain are claiming that Apple has two 12.9-inch tablet prototypes in development. The first one is a classic 2-in-1 device and the other is a regular tablet.| Read more »
Muse CC is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $14.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Muse customer). Muse CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer.Adobe Muse enables designers to create websites as easily as creating a layout for print. Design and publish original HTML pages using the latest Web standards, and without writing code. Now in beta, Muse makes it a snap to produce unique, professional-looking websites. Key Features of Muse:
Samsung's third quarter 2014 earnings are likely to disappoint as the company faces intense competition from both high-end and low-end competitors, even as Apple's newly launched iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are just starting to roll out. According to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung is expected to announce a quarterly operating profit drop of up to 62 percent in what may be its fourth consecutive quarterly decline. Though it may see a marginal increase in smartphone shipments, Samsung's operating profit decline may be the result of lower handset selling prices and increased marketing costs as smartphone competition escalates. Samsung’s smartphone business is facing intense competitive pressure at the low-end from Chinese handset makers, and at the high-end from the iPhone. With the iPhone 6, Apple essentially wiped out Samsung’s distinguishing feature: a big screen size. And with the jumbo...| Read more »
Though Apple Pay isn't even available to consumers yet, investment firm Morgan Stanley expects that Apple's mobile wallet service will become the industry standard and help drive wider adoption of NFC-based payment systems.| Read more »
On the surface, StoryPress looks like any other photo journal app, but its unique mix of audio, visual and written storytelling is far more captivating.
The oral traditions of storytelling are a lost art. These days, we tell all of our stories on...| Read more »
Dreamweaver CC 2014 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Dreamweaver customer). Dreamweaver CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer. Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2014 lests you to design, develop, and publish for web and mobile platforms without getting buried in code. Dreamweaver provides an intuitive visual interface for website creation and editing, and offers up-to-date compatibility with web standards as well as first-class support for HTML5/CSS3 and jQuery.Version 22.214.171.12447 (2014.1): Note: Please note that you must sign-in to your Adobe Creative Cloud account in order to download a demo of Dreamweaver CC 2014. If you already subscribe to...| Read more »
After Effects CC 2014 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous After Effects customer). After Effects CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer. The new, more connected After Effects CC 2014 can make the impossible possible. Get powerful new features like a Live 3D Pipeline that brings CINEMA 4D scenes in as layers - without intermediate rendering. Share work directly from within the application and get access to new features the moment they're released. Your entire creative world, together in one place. After Effects CC is part of Creative Cloud. That means you have access to all the latest updates and future releases...| Read more »
We’ve already seen a few companies working to turn our current household appliances– everything from thermostats to crockpots– into smart devices controllable with our smartphones. The latest is a new crowd funding project looking to raise funds for a device that will make any window air conditioner an iPhone-connected device with temperature and other predictive climate control features.
Dubbed “Ambi Climate”, the small device pairs with existing air conditioners that use infrared remote-controls. That includes window, split, freestanding or central AC units.
The app (which will be available for both iOS and Android) intelligently learns ideal temperatures for the user, includes a wake up timer...| Read more »
According to App Store distribution metrics provided by Apple, the adoption rate of iOS 8 by iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users has stalled, climbing only 1 percent in the weeks since launch. iOS 8 adoption currently sits at 47 percent, up from 46...| Read more »
Flash CC 2014 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Flash Professional customer). Flash Professional CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer. Flash CC 2014 lets you share work directly from within the application and get access to new features the moment they're released. Your entire creative world, together in one place. Work faster than ever before with a 64-bit architecture, a new streamlined user interface, and more connected tools. Create HTML content and export high-definition video and audio. Flash CC 2014 is part of Creative Cloud. That means you have access to all the latest updates and future releases the moment they're available. You can use Save to Cloud to...| Read more »
In this Quick Tip on QuickType, we'll discuss how Apple's new system of predictive text behaves, how to dismiss it from your screen, and how to turn it completely off if you so desire. So if those suggested words marching across your on-screen keyboards upset you, we've got the fix.| Read more »
While Samsung Electronics has attempted to offer low quotes to obtain 14nm FinFET foundry orders for A9 processors from Apple in 2015, it may be difficult for the Korea-based company to win the orders due to the yield rate issue of its 14nm FinFET process, according to sources at Taiwan's semiconductor industry.| Read more »
Premiere Pro CC 2014 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Premiere Pro customer). Premiere Pro CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer. Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014 lets you edit video faster than ever before. Dozens of brand-new features include a redesigned timeline, improved media management, and streamlined color grading. And it's just the beginning: You'll get access to new features the moment they're released. Your entire creative world, together in one place. Only in Creative Cloud.Version 8.1.0 (2014.1): Note: Please note that you must sign-in to your Adobe Creative Cloud account in order to download a demo of Premiere Pro CC 2014. If you already...| Read more »
InDesign CC 2014 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous InDesign customer). InDesign CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer. Adobe InDesign CC 2014 is part of Creative Cloud. That means you have access to all the latest updates and future releases the moment they're available. Sharpen your skills and master new tools with a rich and growing library of training videos. And Creative Cloud is integrated with Behance, so you can share your projects and get immediate feedback from creatives around the world.Version 10.1.0.71: Note: Please note that you must sign-in to your Adobe Creative Cloud account in order to download a demo of InDesign CC 2014. If you...| Read more »
128bit Technologies (www.macappware.com) has introduced Logo Pop Free, its new vector based logo design app for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. It's available at the Mac App Store for free.
The utility allows you to create a professional looking vector based logo, then use it online or in print with support for all popular image formats including transparent PNGs. You can use your logo on websites, business cards, letterhead, merchandise, social media, product packaging, gravatars, profile pictures, or any other branding or marketing piece.
Most golfers have a favorite club in their bag, one they feel confident to hit when they really need to pull off a good shot. Now with MyGolf Caddie golfers can find out more about just how they hit each of the clubs in their bag and gain confidence...| Read more »
Illustrator CC 2014 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Illustrator customer). Illustrator CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer. Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 is the industry standard vector-drawing environment for designing across media. Express your creative vision with shapes, color, effects, and typography. Work with speed and stability on large, complex files, and move designs efficiently among Adobe's creative applications.Version 18.1.0: Note: Please note that you must sign-in to your Adobe Creative Cloud account in order to download a demo of Illustrator CC 2014. If you already subscribe to Creative Cloud 2014, you can download any updates through the...| Read more »
According to a new supply chain rumor, Apple has already adjusted its supply ratio for their two new iPhones after seeing that the demand for the iPhone 6 Plus is much stronger than expected.| Read more »
Photoshop CC 2014 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Photoshop customer). Photoshop CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer. Adobe Photoshop CC 2014, the industry standard for digital image processing and editing, delivers a comprehensive package of professional retouching tools, and is packed with powerful editing features designed to inspire.Version 15.2.0 (2014.2): Note: Please note that you must sign-in to your Adobe Creative Cloud account in order to download a demo of Photoshop CC 2014. If you already subscribe to Creative Cloud 2014, you can download any updates through the Adobe Application Manager.
Adobe Creative Cloud costs $49.99/month (or less if you're a previous Creative Suite customer). Creative Suite 6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer. Introducing Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications, including Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. They're the next generation of CS tools. Get hundreds of all-new features. Keep your entire creative world in sync: files, feedback from team members, fonts, settings, and updates. And, as always, your applications live on your desktop, not in a browser and not in the cloud. With Creative Cloud, your entire creative world is synced and organized for you across multiple devices. Track comments posted to shared files, keep tabs on your work and your followers on Behance, respond to invitations to join a project...| Read more »
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"Follow the money" isn't just the war cry of journalistic bloodhounds hot on the trail of political corruption. It's the mantra of Web predators, too. That's why PayPal consistently has been the top brand targeted by phishers -- although that appears to have changed. Apple now has the dubious distinction of most-phished brand, according to the latest report from the Anti-Phishing Work Group. For the first half of this year, 17.7 percent of all phishing attacks were aimed at Apple -- a first for the brand.
Following some statistical analysis from yesterday that indicated the iPhone 6 usage ratio was beginning to favor iPhone 6 Plus, Digitimes now reports that Apple is following through on market shifts with production schedule adjustments.
Digitimes says that with iPhone 6 Plus exceeding expectations, Apple has asked the supply chain to move some production away from its 4.7 inch phone. This will mean that shipments for iPhone 6 will fall by 3-4 million units to accommodate the change in production lines.
The iPhone 6 Plus has been consistently out of stock since its debut. This...
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 31newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we point to a couple of minor granted patents covering their EarPod controller, their now defunct polycarbonate MacBook and more. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.| Read more »
Worldwide PC monitor shipments totaled 32.5 million units in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14), a year-over-year decline of -2.9%, according to IDC (www.idc.com). The research group expects worldwide shipments to continue on their current trajectory, slipping to 107 million units for the full year 2018.
Many developers rely on images to draw the user interfaces of their apps. Since Retina displays were introduced by Apple, developers have had to provide two sets of raster images for two different pixel densities.
With the new Retina HD displays in iPhone 6 Plus, a third set of raster images for the new pixel density will be necessary to ensure the best possible image quality. All these images will increase the size of applications; moreover, managing and creating them is a burden both for developers and for graphic designers.
WebMinds (www.webminds.com) has revved Easy Duplicate Finder, its duplicate finder for Mac OS X, to version 4.7. Its new scanning mode lets users scan their iTunes libraries for duplicate songs and delete the duplicates in a single click without having to worry about any synchronization issues.
Easy Duplicate Finder's iTunes Scan mode scans your Mac's hard drive for duplicate music tracks while scanning for duplicate iTunes library entries. This technique allows you to delete the duplicates without having to inspect countless folders that contain music.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 31 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we focus on what could be a revolutionary new Apple device that they refer to as a digital periodical. The unit can also act as an advertising display for a retail store application and beyond. Apple reveals that the new device would use an advanced form of MMS to deliver the content to this new kind of device.| Read more »
Save 10% with our exclusive coupon code: MACUPDATE10 DEVONthink Pro is your essential assistant for today's world, where almost everything is digital. From shopping receipts to important research papers, your life often fills your hard drive in the form of emails, PDFs, Word documents, multimedia files and more. Questions eventually pop up, like where do you store all of this stuff? How do you organize these very different file types, and even better, how do you find the exact file you're looking for the second you need it? It's almost as if you need a second brain just to keep your digital life straight. DEVONthink is the solution to the digital age conundrum. It is your second brain, the one and only database for all your digital files, be they PDFs, emails, Word docs or even multimedia files. Boasting a refined artificial intelligence, DEVONthink...| Read more »
Geekbench provides a comprehensive set of benchmarks engineered to quickly and accurately measure processor and memory performance. Designed to make benchmarks easy to run and easy to understand, Geekbench takes the guesswork out of producing robust and reliable benchmark results.Version 3.2.2:
Apple on Tuesday was assigned a patent detailing an interactive flexible device display that uses built-in sensors to detect bends or panel movement, which triggers a server request for multimedia content.| Read more »
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 31newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention for a future iPhone that will be able to use its camera as an input interface to control iPhone call functionality.| Read more »
A new rumor from Digitimes makes the bold claim that Apple is working on an ‘iPad’ (tablet device) that runs both Mac OS X and iOS. This is sourced as ‘according to rumors in the upstream supply chain’, so read with skepticism. Supply chain analysis can often be incorrect about Apple’s future software plans.
The report says that two versions of a 12.9 inch iPad are in development. One of which is the more typical larger iPad that has been rumored for a while now, but the other is a multifunction device that can run both OS X and iOS. Digitimes notes that it does not know whether both devices will actually enter mass production for public release. It indicates the larger iPad is currently headed for an early 2015 debut. Frankly, a 2-in-1 device seems unlikely.
Gmail's iOS app has received an update, offering support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The app allows users to switch between up to 5 accounts, and get notified of new mail by way of the Notification Center, or via badge and lock screen options. Free to download, Gmail for iOS requires iOS 7 or later....| Read more »
New estimates on Apple's consumption of DRAM for mobile phones and chips to be used in the iPhone 6 line alongside the Apple Watch will continue to keep demand at high levels, two different sources report in various trade publications. One analyst believes that by this time next year, Apple will require some 25 percent of the world's output of DRAM chips, continuing to constrain supplies for competitors. The company is also said to have ordered up to 250 million chips for its iPhone 6 line and Apple Watch across the next year.......| Read more »
Since it was introduced nearly five years ago, the iPad has made a huge cultural impact on families, schools and seniors, but the full extent of the influence on the former two groups has been made more obvious in a new survey of children ages 6-12 conducted by youth and family research firm Smarty Pants. The 2014 edition of the firm's "Young Love" survey found that the iPad was the highest-rated brand name with children and families, beating out 255 other iconic contenders including Nickelodeon, Disney and McDonald's....| Read more »
Geekbench 3.2.2 is a free update for all Geekbench 3 users.Read more »
Apple rival Samsung on Tuesday warned investors of an upcoming slide in quarterly profits that could amount to a 60 percent decline from the same time last year, blaming the slump on a squeeze in both high and low ends of the mobile phone sector.| Read more »
A new version of password manager 1Password has been released for the iPhone and iPad, offering support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the form of 3x higher resolution images and improved icons. The update also improves Touch ID support to be more reliable, and simplifies the app's security settings. A new option has been added to disable third-party keyboards inside the 1Password app (since theoretically such keyboard could transmit keystrokes), and users can now create tags to help sort data. The app itself is free, but a "pro" in-app purchase to unlock additional features costs $10.......| Read more »
Apple’s iOS share numbers as tabulated by App Store visits are out for the first week of October and they are a “head scratcher”. iOS 8 gained only 1 point from 46% to 47% since September 21st which should have well exceeded 1% gain by the millions of new iPhone 6/Plus shipments alone – even if not one person had updated their iPhone 5/s/c. Even more confusing is that the “Earlier” category of iOS 6 and before devices actually grew in percentage from 5% to 6% over the previous two week period.
It is possible some people downgraded to iOS 7 (which was an option until just after 8.0.2 was released) while others have stayed put on their current iOS version because of a succession of errors in rolling out iOS 8. Combined with the large amount of space required to do an over the air update, it appears that iOS users have all but stopped...
In an update to its developer portal on Monday, Apple revealed 47 percent of iOS devices tracked through the App Store are running the latest iOS 8, a change of only one percent over the past two weeks.| Read more »
Blue, a company that has specialized in microphones, has turned its techniques the other way around to create a set of serious headphones -- called Mo-Fi -- with an almost Apple-like attention to detail, from the packaging to the execution of the design. This is the sort of thing we were hoping Apple would create for Beats after the first year or two, but here it is now. At $350, they are not meant for casual listening, and it might be dangerous to wear them while walking the streets. They are primarily intended for serious listening to high-quality music. Are they for you? Find out in our rev......| Read more »
After almost three weeks of availability, Apple's iOS 8 operating system is now installed on 47 percent of devices, according to new numbers posted on Apple's App Store support page for developers. That marks a very slight increase in adoption over the past two weeks, as back on September 21, iOS 8 was installed on 46 percent of devices. 47 percent of iOS users continue to stick to iOS 7, possibly due to a number of bugs that have plagued the launch of iOS 8. Just ahead of the launch of iOS 8, all HealthKit-enabled apps were pulled from the App Store due to a major HealthKit bug. A fix was quickly released, but the update, iOS 8.0.1, disabled the cellular service and Touch ID functionality...| Read more »
csstyle is a modern approach for crafting beautifully maintainable stylesheets. The csstyle method is implemented using a set of SASS mixins that make your CSS readable and semantic, generate your selectors for you, and automatically handle things like specificity and nesting. csstyle makes your project’s styling refreshingly consistent.Read more »
Vidgets is a handy free iOS app that enables a number of Today screen widgets on your iOS 8 device. When you launch the app, you can choose to add any of 20 different widgets. The app features analog and digital clocks, status of your device...| Read more »
Let us introduce you to your future set of "serious listening" headphones. Blue, a company that has specialized in microphones, has turned its techniques the other way around to create a set of serious headphones -- called Mo-Fi -- with an almost Apple-like attention to detail, from the packaging to the execution of ......| Read more »
Adobe rolled out a collection of new and updated apps for the iPhone and iPad on Monday that make mobile devices a bigger part of your design process. Adobe's iPad app parade let you create graphics on your iPad and easily transfer them to Photoshop and Illustrator on your Mac through your Creative Cloud account.The Mac Observer Spin: Adobe already owns graphic design on the desktop, and now the company wants to make sure it owns the market on our iPads and iPhones, too. Adobe gets that these are more than content consumption devices.| Read more »
During the Adobe Max conference in Los Angeles, the company kicked off with a number of announcements for items coming in the next release of Creative Suite. On top of adding a number of mobile solutions that connect to existing tools, Adobe added universal profiles and other enhancements to desktop applications. Additional tools that utilize cloud resources for creation and productivity are coming as well, including a talent search through Behance....| Read more »
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Microsoft Research on Sunday demonstrated RoomAlive, a new technology that can transform any room into an immersive and interactive gaming display. Based on a scalable multiprojector system that adapts gaming content to the physical space, RoomAlive allows users to touch, shoot, stomp, dodge and steer projected content that becomes seamlessly integrated with their environment. A depth camera, wide-field-of-view projector and computer work together to cover the entire room, including the furniture and people present.
Construction is still underway on Apple's new campus, expected to be open in about two years. We've been following the spaceship shaped campus' construction for a while now, but it's been a bit since new images have become available. How much...| Read more »
NetSpot is a simple and accessible wireless survey tool for Mac users, which allows collecting, visualizing and analyzing Wi-Fi data using any MacBook. NetSpot can visualize your wireless network by building a visual Wi-Fi map. It will let you see dead zones without coverage and place hotspots (Access Points) correctly. Using the visualized map of collected wireless data you will also see channels' load and will be able to decide how to optimize your Wi-Fi site better. NetSpot is a powerful analyzer of Wi-Fi coverage. Just in a couple of clicks you can load your area map, point your location on the map and NetSpot starts collecting Wi-Fi data around you. It will gather all the needed information for radio signal leakages analyzing, noise sources discovering, access points effective location, etc. You can also use NetSpot as a powerful wireless network planning tool. Load a map, collect wireless site survey data, build a heatmap of your network and you are ready...| Read more »
According to Apple, both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus have "faster LTE download speeds" than the iPhone 5s, reaching up to 150Mbps thanks to the inclusion of the Qualcomm MDM9625M LTE chip, which supports LTE Advanced. A demonstration of the speed difference between the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 6 when connected to a high-quality LTE network has been conducted by iClarified, suggesting the iPhone 6 is able to reach much higher speeds than the iPhone 5s. The test, which was conducted in London, Ontario, Canada on the Fido network, shows the iPhone 6 topping out at download speeds of 101Mbps while the iPhone 5s reaches 35Mbps. Upload speeds are similarly improved, reaching 27Mbps on the iPhone 6. According to iClarified, the tests, which...| Read more »
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were rumored to have sapphire-coated screens right up until the announcement, but it didn't come to pass.
Back in late 2013, Apple signed a deal with a company named GT Advanced Technologies to build a sapphire manufacturing plant in Arizona. Apple would build the facility, and GT would manufacture sapphire for use in Apple's devices. Sapphire is even harder and more scratch-resistant than the Corning Gorilla Glass used in many smartphones and tablets today, and the deal gave rise to rumors that Apple would be using sapphire to protect the screens of its new iPhones.
Those rumors were repeated many times in subsequent months, though others indicated that it wasn't a sure thing. The...
Hanna & Henri – The Robot is an interactive storybook for children five years and under. The story focuses on Hanna, a young girl who has trouble telling time properly, and her journey to meet Henri so they can build a robot with Hanna's aunt....| Read more »
I have a deal for you today on a pair of headphones designed for DJs called the TMA-1 DJ Headphones by AIAIAI. These are $250 headphones, but through our deal you can get them for $159, a 36 percent discount. I haven't tested them yet, but they're designed to offer clear bass, rhythmic guitar and percussion, and no washed out vocals. They have 40mm closed titanium drivers, a cable lock, interchangeable earpads, adjustable earcups, and a three button in-line remote on the coiled cable that comes with the headphones. There also designed to be flexible/bendable. There's a video showing all the features if you want more info.| Read more »
I live in Colorado, where it can get cold on occasion. That means that when I go for a walk in the snow or am otherwise out in chilly weather, listening to tunes can be an exercise in futility. I'll wear my Apple Earbuds under a knit hat on occasion,...| Read more »
Huawei's pursuit to create a smartphone that is able to compete competently against flagship Android devices led to the creation of another device in the Ascend P-series range. The Ascend P7, following after the Ascend P6 and the Ascend P6S, is a thin and fashionable smartphone with a specifications list that strongly suggesting it is up to the task, but has Huawei managed to make a flagship-kill ......| Read more »
Among other items, the XProtect list now includes several iWorm variants.
In case you missed it over the weekend, MacRumors reports that Apple has updated OS X's built-in XProtect malware definitions list to include the Mac.BackDoor.iWorm malware we reported on late last week. The iWorm malware allegedly managed to infect more than 17,000 Macs worldwide, and it was apparently using a (now closed) Minecraftserverlists board on reddit to distribute the IP addresses of control servers to infected Macs.
XProtect was first introduced to OS X in Snow Leopard in response to the MacDefender malware that managed to...
The class I hated most in high school (well, besides math) was gym. I had zero hand-eye coordination, I never liked sports, and I got very out-of-breath every time we were tested on the mile run. Maybe it was the testing aspect, or maybe it was...| Read more »
A new report -- citing researchers with access to pictures and illustrations from Apple sources -- claims to have details of what the final or near-final second-generation iPad Air will feature. One major improvement is said to be a fully laminated display, in which the LCD and cover glass are merged into a single unit, as with the iPhone. This should improve the size and weight of the device. TPK, GIS, Sharp, Samsung, and LG are mentioned as manufacturers, and the screen should improve in quality as well....| Read more »
GT Advanced Technologies (GT) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, a move that would give the sapphire producer and Apple supplier a chance to reorganize its finances and debt. GT's move may be surprising to some, considering the US$578 million deal the company inked with Apple, and it's proof that being an Apple supplier isn't an easy job.| Read more »
Yahoo is quickly putting the money it earned from the Alibaba IPO to work as it was announced last week that the search company acquired MessageMe. Details of the acquisition weren't announced, but according to the confirmation from MessageMe the deal appears to be negotiated strictly for the talent behind the platform....| Read more »
Twigle Birds is a free app for birders. It claims to contain a complete field guide to birds in North America and Europe, and has photos and information built into the app so you don't need a data connection to use it. One particular function does...| Read more »
The OtterBox Symmetry case for the iPhone 6/6 Plus is in the middle of the spectrum of protection. It affords more cushioning than clear, thin polycarbonate cases, but not the ultimate protection of the OtterBox Defender. The style and materials are first-class. It's availble now in gorgeous two-tone colors with spiffy patterns coming later.| Read more »
Logitech's Bluetooth keyboard cases for iPads have generally followed a single rule -- the keyboard has been the same width as the iPad, for better or worse. The new Type+ ($100) breaks that rule, allotting enough width to the keyboard to give iPad Air users access to full-sized keys, including four rows of number and letter keys, plus a fifth row of half-height function keys. While the case itself isn't terribly impressive -- essentially a wraparound,…
Pulsate is a brand new dating app that intends to match people in real time at bars and nightclubs. Other popular dating apps like Tinder and OKcupid rely on the users to decide if, when and where they meet in person. Pulsate makes meeting potential...| Read more »
A seller on eBay is auctioning what is claimed to be a functioning, 64GB iPhone 6 prototype. The person says that they were accidentally sent the device when renewing their contract with Verizon. The unit is running test software, rather than iOS 8, and lacks FCC markings or even a model number. Another point of interest is the Lightning port, which is surrounded by a red lip not present on finished iPhones....| Read more »
Portland, Oregon-based Lensbaby has been making specialty lenses for professional photographers for years. When the iPhone came out, they recognized a good thing and started designing lenses that would work with the most popular camera in the world....| Read more »
There really shouldn’t be anything momentous about switching cellular carriers, but this year was different for me. After seven years of using AT&T, I finally switched to one of its competitors. I’ve been expecting to switch for six years, yet the experience of actually doing it turned out to be a bigger deal than I’d imagined. If you’re thinking of switching carriers, I hope my experience — a generally very positive…
Cycloramic, the app that takes hands-free 360-degree video by using the iPhone’s built-in vibration motors to spin the device, is today arriving for iPhone 6. But with the iPhone 6’s new rounded design (opposed to the flat edges of the iPhone 5 and 5S) the company also had to figure out a way to get it to stand upright on its own. For that it recommends using the iPhone’s power adaptor that Apple includes in the box, as demoed in the video above released earlier today by the developers.
With the iPhone 6’s rounded edges, it seemed that there was little hope for Cycloramic. However after some trial and error, we realized that Apple had included the solution for us right...
Virgin Mobile has built its user base by offering no-contract smartphone plans for people who don't want to buy a subsidized device. Now they're slashing prices with the assumption that some people don't need data unless they're on a Wi-Fi network....| Read more »
More than a decade ago, Walter Isaacson began working on a book to highlight the history of computers and the Internet, but the project was sidelined in early 2009 when he took on the task of writing Steve Jobs' authorized biography. That book, which debuted just weeks after Jobs' death in October 2011, topped best seller charts and revealed a number of interesting details about Jobs and Apple. Following the publication of Steve Jobs, Isaacson returned to his earlier project of documenting the history of computing, and that work debuts tomorrow as The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. While Apple and Jobs play relatively minor roles in the book, overall it offers an interesting look at how computers and the Internet developed into what they are today. Isaacson breaks his book into nearly a dozen different sections, highlighting a number of advancements along the way. It...| Read more »
A trio of interesting updates hit the App Store recently as the New York Times announced on Monday that it will makes content in its popular NYT Now app available for free this week, 1Password gained native support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and Angry Birds Star Wars II was on the receiving end of a major content update.| Read more »
Apple’s iMessage is the fourth most popular messaging app, according to new data from the Parks Associates research group. Facebook Messenger, Skype, and SnapChat are ahead of it.
Among messaging app users, 53% use Facebook Messenger, and 45% use Skype,” says Tejas Mehta, research analyst, Parks Associates. “These two apps are dominant in this high-growth area. At the beginning of 2014, 34% of U.S. smartphone owners used a messaging app on a monthly basis. The difficulty, especially for new entrants, is turning user growth into revenues.”
I've been working from home for a few years now, and even though I'm a telecommuter, I occasionally take a side gig. There are many apps that will let me track by billable hours, including the aptly-named Hours by Tapity (US$4.99). I found Hours to...| Read more »
John and Dave start by helping answer your questions about iOS 8 Cookies, Bubbbles, Newsttand and Stocks. Then it's on to answering your questions about using your Mac to translate audio into text, migrating your Mac to a new drive and handling Apple's Customer Relations department. All this and more in this weeks episode. Download today and enjoy!| Read more »
Apple and the City of Cupertino have issued an updated aerial photo, illustrating the progress of the former's upcoming Campus 2 complex. The image shows advancements in laying foundations and earthwork, part of a phase that that began in the second quarter of the year. Significantly more construction is in store; work on demolition and street utilities won't be finished until the end of 2014....| Read more »
Apple is expected to hold an event on Thursday, October 16, where it will unveil the second-generation iPad Air, Retina iMacs, and OS X Yosemite. Ahead of that event, The Michael Report claims to have acquired "pictures and illustrations" of the iPad Air 2 from "sources within Apple," although it has opted not to share such evidence publicly. While the site goes into significant detail about the iPad Air 2, it appears to be largely aggregating existing rumors about the device, adding little new information. Overall, the site claims the iPad Air 2 will have a slightly thinner body, something that has been claimed in previous reports and perhaps enabled by a new integrated display, as shown in...| Read more »
Geohopper Beacons unite Apple’s iBeacon technology and proximity-based notifications in a single easy-to-use bundle. Using Geohopper 2.0 for iOS, a single tap configures the beacon which then sends notifications to your selected contacts when you enter or exit the beacon location. No additional setup or maintenance is required.
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uShuttl is a service that wants to replace the business card by enabling business users to send files to customers via a professionally formatted email. It's complete with a company logo, contact information and landing page to download the files....| Read more »
While we’ve already seen quite a few cases for iPhone 6 similar to Dilex Pro, this case stands out in a few ways — some good, some bad. The fit isn’t as tight as we’ve seen on similar TPU or rubber/plastic cases, as it seems a bit too easy to pull the sides away from the phone. It’s nice that Seidio has included a kickstand for landscape viewing, and does so without adding bulk. But it’s a bit annoying to have to dig…
Apple's synthetic sapphire glass partner, GT Advanced Technologies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but that doesn't mean the company is about to go belly up. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to looks at how Apple, the iPhone and the Apple Watch play into GTAT's filing, and they also have something to say about HP's decision to split into two companies.| Read more »
The iPad is more popular than Oreo Cookies: The introduction of Apple's iPad five years ago forever changed the way kids and families consume entertainment. It's now the #1 brand among children 6-12, according to ...| Read more »
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 »
1Password, the powerful and popular password manager for iPhone and iPad, has been updated to version 5.1 today, introducing a host of new features and improvements. First on the list is support for the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with full 3x image support on the Plus model.
Touch ID support has also been significantly improved, with the app’s security settings now simplified to avoid the confusing and unnecessary differentiation between the Master Password and PIN code, and Touch ID is now more reliable. You can also create new tags to add to your stored data, allowing for easier sorting on-the-go.
Google has updated the Gmail app for iOS with support for the larger displays on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. There don’t seem to be any other unmentioned changes (still no unified inbox), but you won’t have to use the awkward zoomed view when using the app anymore.
You can grab Gmail version 3.1415926 (yes, that’s Pi) for free from the iOS App Store.
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1Password is a password manager that uniquely brings you both security and convenience. It is the only program that provides anti-phishing protection and goes beyond password management by adding Web form filling and automatic strong password generation. Your confidential information, including passwords, identities, and credit cards, is kept secure using strong encryption. 1Password fully supports major Web browsers, including Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. All browser extensions share the same encrypted data which means you never need to manually copy your passwords between browsers or from the password manager to a browser ever again! 1Password has received numerous awards, including 5 mice from Macworld magazine, MacLife Editors pick, and was the Pick of Week on MacBreak Weekly by both Leo Laporte and Merlin Mann. 1Password is also available for and syncs with Windows, iOS, and Android.Version 4.4.2:
Sapphire supplier GT Advanced has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to a Monday press release. Trading of the company's stock was halted in advance of the announcement, and once resumed caused shares to drop over 90 percent of their value. GT says it will continue to operate while under Chapter 11, but that as of September 29th, it had $85 million in cash....| Read more »
Notable software releases this week include Photoshop Elements 13, StuffIt Deluxe 16, and Default Folder X 4.6.9. 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 »
As Apple pushes into the fashion world with the Apple Watch, Vogue profiles Jony Ive, and smartwatch pioneer Pebble rethinks its strategy. We learn the secret origin of the Fifth Avenue Apple Store, Consumer Reports sees if the iPhone 6 will bend, and an iCloud Drive bug could delete your data. 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 »
Hope against all hope: Today CrucialTec, one of the world’s leading fingerprint sensor developers, held a promotional event for the Fast IDentification Online Alliance, an international consortium for the standardization of authentication technology, on Monday in Seoul. They believe that they simply have an advantage over Apple's Touch ID. Apparently Apple Pay using Touch ID has freaked out an entire industry who's now falling over themselves to slow down the rush of companies stampeding to get on board's| Read more »
Colorful T-Mobile chief John Legere called demand for Apple's new iPhone 6 "unbelievable" during a recent interview, later hinting that the scrappy fourth-place wireless carrier may have profited from the launch more than any other.| Read more »
How do you normally find new app to download? According to data from analytics firm TUNE, you're more likely to find new apps to download in the App Store search results than anywhere else, and the competition isn't even close. The percentage of...| Read more »
GT Advanced Technologies (www.gtat.com), Apple's partner in a sapphire production facility in Arizona, has together with certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries (collectively, GT), commenced voluntary cases under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire.
The City of Cupertino, where Apple is building its spaceship-shaped second campus, has today shared an update on the progress of the campus along with a new aerial photo. Construction continues at a rapid pace, with workers on site throughout the weekday and weekend. Apple appears to have completed much of the foundation of the main circular building and concrete mixers have been on site for the last several weeks. Much of the construction continues to be hidden from view at street level, but heavy construction equipment is visible. Traffic around the area of the campus remains congested, as several roads continue to be shut down. Pruneridge Avenue is permanently closed, and there have been several lane reductions on Wolfe Road and Homestead Road, which surround the campus. Along with a new aerial photo shared by the city, a drone...| Read more »