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Apple has begun testing a new notification feature in its Maps app, according to a recent report from MacRumors. The report relays that some users who have reported erroneous mapping data to Apple are being presented with a notification option...| Read more »
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Rajiv Shah, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, defended a Twitter-esque social media site created by the agency, saying it was an attempt to nurture communication on the island -- not, as has been claimed, a way to collect data and incite a revolt. Appearing before the Senate and House appropriations subcommittees, Shah said the "programs are part of our mission to promote open communications." He added that the agency has financed similar programs in Latin America, Asia and Africa.
Here's your AM roundup of Apple news. This time around it's Apple vs. Samsung (again), iBeacon goes to Coachella and improving Apple Maps.
Apple has laid out its claim against Samsung, and it's a whopper. The Cupertino company is after US$2.2...| Read more »
T-Mobile is about to kick off three days of announcements for new initiatives starting with a new $40 Simple Starter plan that it says is a first for a U.S. carrier. Starting on April 12, T-Mobile claims the new $40 plan will make it the first to offer “unlimited talk and text, and up to 500MB of 4G LTE data and tethering with no data overages” at that price point. In this case, since the LTE data isn’t unlimited, no overages isn’t entirely accurate. It really means you’ll have to purchase additional data once you hit that 500MB cap for the month. In its press release, T-Mobile compared the new plan to AT&T’s entry-level plan:
T-Mobile contrasted its new flat-rate value plan against AT&T’s entry-level plan, whose costs immediately jump by $20 increments – in what...| Read more »
Apple recently hired two high-level baseband hardware engineers who left their longtime positions at Broadcom to join the team at Apple, reports AppleInsider. The discovery of these recent hires follows a report earlier this week that suggests Apple is assembling a team of engineers to develop its own baseband chips for future iPhone models. This baseband hardware controls the radio functions of a device, handling cellular connectivity details such as signal generation, modulation and more. The first hire in January 2014 was RF engineer Xiping Wang, who spent over ten years at Broadcom as a Design Engineer and manager of Hardware Development Engineering. Wang was followed by principal...| Read more »
OpenSSL's Heartbleed security flaw is a pretty big deal, and you need to know what to do to protect yourself and the websites you maintain. We covered heartbleed in depth, but if you don't have time to read all the details that doesn't mean you can't take steps to keep you and your sites safe. Just jump right to our how-to in our full report. We've got your back.| Read more »
Three flexible PCB suppliers have reportedly been delivering validation samples to Apple in preparation for iWatch production, sources tell Digitimes. The people are scarce on other details, but do say they expect Apple to announce the iWatch in September. A company called Zhen Ding is said to be Apple's largest FPCB supplier, and planning to spend $100 million to upgrade its capacity not just for the iWatch, but for greater demand of iPhone and iPad parts....| Read more »
My Blue(tooth) heavenJust when you think we've shown you every possible Bluetooth-enabled iOS accessory in existence, we've found even more. And chargers and lenses and filters, oh, my.AdoramaThe $70 Prong PocketPlug Charger + Case for iPhone 5/5s (pictured) is an iPhone case with an integrated plug that lets you recharge your handset by plugging it directly into a wall outlet. When the charger is not being used, the plug prongs fold flat into the case. Adorama is also selling the $199 Impossible Instant Lab for iPhone, which attaches to the phone and prints Polaroid-style photos from it.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here| Read more »
Apple is in the process of testing a new Maps error reporting feature. Reports are surfacing that when users note errors in Apple's Maps iOS app, reporters given the option to receive a push notification when the error is rectified. Implementation is spotty, but has been reproduced in part by MacNN....| Read more »
This feature has been around for a while, but not too many iPhone owners realize the iOS Camera app includes an exposure and focus lock feature that allows you to lock these parameters and then frame your shot. This AE/AF lock is useful when you are...| Read more »
The user reported an error to Apple in the Maps app on April 6 and was given an option to receive a notification when the issue was resolved, with Apple sending a push notification on April 8 indicating the problem had been fixed.
That’s certainly better than having your feedback go into a black hole and never really knowing what’s going on.
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Heartbleed is a security flaw in OpenSSL, which is the system used to ensure the security of nearly half the websites on the Internet. The flaw gives hackers the ability to gain the security keys that keep the information passing between your Web browser and online servers encrypted, which could let them decrypt information you're expecting to remain secure -- including user names, passwords, and credit card numbers -- and even pose as legit servers. That sounds pretty ominous, so we sorted out what that means for you.| Read more »
At least two high-level baseband hardware engineers have left wireless semiconductor company Broadcom for new positions at Apple this year, adding weight to speculation that the iPhone maker is planning to design and build its own baseband processors.| Read more »
It’s definitely getting there.
As you can see from the pictures below, the demolition part of the work seems to be complete. There are no buildings left standing. There is a lot of work being done by heavy construction machines throughout the field.
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A 4.7-inch iPhone will start production in July, but a 5.5-inch model will only enter manufacturing in September, claims Taiwanese publication the Industrial & Commercial Times. July production would be in keeping with Apple's normal September/October iPhone launch window; starting in September, though, would imply a launch in late October at best, and most likely November. Apple typically needs two months to churn out enough units to meet launch demand....| Read more »
Tunnelblick is a free, open source graphic user interface for OpenVPN on OS X. It provides easy control of OpenVPN client and/or server connections. It comes as a ready-to-use application with all necessary binaries and drivers (including OpenVPN, easy-rsa, and tun/tap drivers). No additional installation is necessary -- just add your configuration and encryption information. To use Tunnelblick you need access to a VPN server -- your computer is one end of the tunnel and the VPN server is the other end. For more information, see Getting VPN Service. Support is provided by the Tunnelblick Discussion Group.Version 3.4beta22:
Intel has announced that it is shedding 1,500 jobs from its Costa Rica operations. The move is cited as part of the chipmaker's efforts to reduce costs and improve efficiency, and will maintain "geographic closeness between plants and main markets" by moving the now vacant positions to Asia....| Read more »
Google Drive is a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you're working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé, or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs, and beyond. With Google Drive, you can:
With a goal to overhaul the online payments industry and a new revolving credit facility worth $200 million, analysts and technology pundits are wondering where Square is headed next. At least one theory proposed by Re/Code explores the possibility of an Apple acquisition. Both Apple and Google have been rumored to be in talks with Square in the past year about a possible acquisition, but no firm offers have been made. Square is not actively trying to sell the company, but it would entertain a premium offer insider sources claim, unless it was from Google. Either way, a sale to Google would disappoint Dorsey, according to multiple people familiar with his thinking. For one, he was reportedly put off by Google after being involved in acquisition talks between his former company, Twitter, and the search giant. He also believes, sources said, that his company’s...| Read more »
Trusts in Active Directory allow objects from one Domain or Forest to access objects in another Domain or Forest and allows administrators. To setup a trust:
Steve Jobs has been called many things: genius, visionary, and of course, temperamental. However, every now and then Steve gave the public an example of his sense of humor. As you might expect, it was biting, sharp and smart. Here's a collection of...| Read more »
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Stanford researchers have created a new game controller that can measure a player's emotions. Eventually, developers may be able to use this information to adjust video gameplay, depending on a player's level of engagement. The prototype consists of an Xbox 360 controller with the back panel removed. Researchers replaced it with a 3-D printed plastic module that is packed with sensors. Metal plates affixed to the rear of the controller can measure a player's heart rate, blood flow, respiration rate, and how deeply the player is breathing.
We have plenty of considerations to design for when crafting web sites. Web accessibility is not a new design consideration, but is still very important, no matter the size or speed of device we’re testing on. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) tells us our content should be distinguishable and requires we “[m]ake it easier for users to see and hear content including separating foreground from background.”Read more »
Ableton Live lets you create and record music on your Mac. Use digital instruments, pre-recorded sounds, and sampled loops to arrange, produce, and perform your music like never before. Ableton Live is an all-in-one production suite. Find your sound
Version 9.1.2: Improvements and feature changes:
Both Apple and Google have reportedly had internal discussions about making respective offers to buy mobile payment company Square, though Google is seen as the more likely of the two to actually go through with a purchase.| Read more »
Apple considered making an acquisition offer for Square in the past year, Re/Code reports. Google also thought about making an offer for the payment company, but Square CEO Jack Dorsey reportedly favors Apple. Dorsey believes Apple’s aesthetics and values align more closely with Square, and he was also reportedly…| Read more »
Garmin Express is your essential tool for managing your Garmin devices. Update maps, golf courses and device software. You can even register your device.
Version 3.0.7: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
2014 marked the 30th year of Macworld Expo, but the first visit by TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers. How does it compare to previous managing editor Jeff Carlson’s first visit in 1997? 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 »
Blackmagic Design (http://www.blackmagicdesign.com) has announced 10 new products at this year's National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show, including new camera models, six new Ultra HD product lines (including the world’s first 12G-SDI product with the Teranex Express), the latest version of Resolve and the introduction of our Cintel Film Scanner.
Following is a list of the products and their summary by Blackmagic:
What better place for a weather app than your menu bar, allowing you to see the current outside temperature with additional details available at a click. One simple, but effective weather app for your menu bar is WeathrClip by Gavin...| Read more »
In the last year, both Apple and Google have considered making acquisition offers for Square, according to industry sources familiar with the situation [...]
[Dorsey] believes, sources said, that his company’s design aesthetic and values match up much more closely with Apple than Google …
In court on Tuesday Apple said that it should receive $2.2 billion in damages from Samsung for infringing on five of their patents, and to compensate for Samsung's sale of 37 million devices, which led to a loss of profits for Apple.| Read more »
In this Quick Tip, weâre going to cover how to send images from your Mac to your second- or third-generation Apple TV using Home Sharing. This is a really entertaining way to view and share your photos, and itâs simple to configure. Melissa Holtâs got the skinny on how to set it up (and all the caveats youâll need to know!).| Read more »
I’ve been reading about the Heartbleed bug, trying to understand how it does what it does, how a hacker could use the vulnerability to gain access to your data.
If you have not heard of Heartbleed, read this, which was posted last night.
Read the main post for my ham-handed attempt at explaining how this vulnerability works.
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Scotty Loveless, a former Apple Genius, has posted the best guide we’ve seen to solving iOS battery drain. Unlike many guides that tell you to turn off every feature, Loveless offers a more targeted approach, including instructions on how to test battery drain and specific suggestions that are likely to improve battery life. Two surprises: the Facebook app is a huge battery hog and quitting apps may make hurt battery life. 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 »
Josh Centers swapped between his “Take Control of Apple TV” author and TidBITS managing editor hats while joining hosts Shawn “Doc” Boyd, Kelly Guimont, and the TUAW crew on the Ask TUAW podcast to discuss what’s next for Apple TV, what Apple will announce at WWDC, the TidBITS workflow, and security tips. 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 »
TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers and Kirk McElhearn, author of “Take Control of iTunes 11: The FAQ,” joined host Gene Steinberg on The Tech Night Owl podcast. Josh discussed paranormal attorneys, what Microsoft has been up to, his first Macworld/iWorld experience, and Amazon’s new Fire TV. Kirk talked about his problems with satellite Internet, why expensive cables are a rip-off, and vinyl versus digital music. 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 »
24U Software has rolled out 24U SimpleSound Plug-In 3.0.2 for FileMaker Pro 13.
The plug-in can be used to give users and developers the possibility to have custom sound effects, background music and more audio for the resonant databases. It allows users to obtain useful information about the sound file. 24U SimpleSound Plug-In 3.0.2 is a maintenance update recommended for all users.
Comcast is considering expanding its existing cable services into becoming a carrier, according to a report. The operator is said to be working on a service that will use Wi-Fi from subscriber routers and public hotspots to provide the bulk of connections, supplemented by cellular coverage provided by an existing carrier, in a hybrid service similar to one Google is reportedly looking into creating....| Read more »
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Data Extractor, its OS X tool for extracting data from files and collecting them in exportable tables, to version 1.3.1 The new version sports improved auto-detection of file encoding to extract (UTF8, ASCII, UTF16, UTF32, OLD MAC OS 9) and others.
Data Extractor 1.3.1 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$40 and is available from both the Mac App Store and the Tension Software website.
It seems to be the season for sketchy rumors, with Taiwan’s Industrial & Commercial Times (cited by EMSOne) claiming that the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 will enter mass-production in July, suggesting the usual September/October launch date, while the 5.5-inch model will only do so in September, suggesting that it would go on sale close to the holidays.
It’s not the first rumor to this effect, with Reuters having suggested earlier this month that the 5.5-inch model would be released later in the year, saying that production difficulties with the larger screen were the...
Hyperbolic Software has introduced a maintenance update (version 1.0.6) of Quick Print, an utility that allows you to print without opening the native application. The utility also provides a range of printing options.
With Quick Print, you can apply filters and effects to images, or print a text file with a different font size, without modifying the original file. The tool also allows you to print any image or formatted text copied to the clipboard and, if an item is selected, the information of the file.
Despite spending an average of US$1,848 annually on in-home telecom services, consumers aren't convinced it's money well spent. The latest subscriber survey on telecom providers from the Consumer Reports National Research Center found almost universally low ratings for value across services — especially for TV and Internet.
With Samsung having argued in its opening statement that the $2B sum being claimed by Apple for five alleged patent violations was “a gross, gross exaggeration,” Apple called two expert witnesses to explain why it believes the sum is reasonable.
Re/code reports that first MIT professor John Hauser carried out a form of trade-off analysis to determine the value of individual features to customers.
Apple used a similar analysis from Hauser in the first Apple-Samsung trial in which he found customers might pay as much as $100 more for a Samsung phone that included patented features …
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According to Japanese website EMSOne [Google Translate, via G for Games], Apple is planning to begin mass production of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in July with the larger 5.5-inch version to enter mass production in September. The report notes that both versions of the next-generation iPhone will go on sale at some point during the fourth quarter of this year, with the 4.7-inch iPhone being announced and released earlier than the 5.5-inch iPhone. Renderings of iPhone 6 (4.7") and iPhone 6 (5.7") based on ...| Read more »
According to an app update for the upcoming Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the gathering will have on-site iBeacons that push notifications and other information to users as they walk the grounds at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. this weekend next.| Read more »
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From 9to5Toys: Stack Social is offering up to 83% off on a collection of top rated apps for your iPhone and iPad starting today. The “StackUp iOS Bundle” consists of 12 award winning apps, 5 of which are ranked among the Top 10 in their respective categories: Printer Pro, Scanner Pro, iDownloader Pro, Day One, and FX Photo Studio.
While these apps have all been bundled in one place for you, you’re not stuck with the whole collection if you don’t want it. They are priced individually at the discounted...
Microsoft Office 2011 helps you create professional documents and presentations. And since Office for Mac 2011 is compatible with Office for Windows, you can work on documents with virtually anyone, anywhere. Work well with others. Be on the same page with Office for Mac and Office for Windows, including new features in Office 2010. Whether you're looking to share files or work together online, now you can do it with complete confidence, knowing that Office for Mac is most compatible with Office for Windows. With Office being used on more than 1 billion Macs and PCs worldwide, you can work with practically anyone you want, how you want, wherever you want-with no worries. Save time with software you already know. Learning new software can be time-consuming. Office for Mac 2011 contains the familiar commands, formats, and interfaces you already know, so you can start working right away. It's never been easier to switch from Mac to PC...| Read more »
Apple seems to be testing a new notification feature in its Maps application, based on a report and screenshots captured by a MacRumors reader. The user reported an error to Apple in the Maps app on April 6 and was given an option to receive a notification when the issue was resolved, with Apple sending a push notification on April 8 indicating the problem had been fixed. It appears that the feature is still in testing at this point and it is unclear when it might be made available to all users. The initial user who first spotted the feature says that the option has only appeared intermittently, but a MacRumors forum user was able to confirm that he had seen it as well. MacRumors has been unable to reproduce it. While Apple has allowed users to report errors since Maps first debuted...| Read more »
BBEdit is the leading professional HTML and text editor for the Mac. Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web authors and software developers, this award-winning product provides a plethora of features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text. BBEdit transforms text with high performance. An intelligent interface provides easy access to BBEdit's best of class features including grep pattern matching, search and replace across multiple files, function navigation and syntax coloring for numerous source code languages, FTP and SFTP open and save, AppleScript, Perl, and OS X Unix scripting support, glossary support, and a complete set of HTML tools.Version 10.5.10: Fixes:
Coming on the heels of a separate iWatch report, sources from the Far East on Wednesday claim Apple has taken receipt of flexible PCB sample boards bound for the much rumored device that could be revealed as soon as September.| Read more »
The fourth day of testimony in the second Apple vs. Samsung trial has ended, with various Apple-hired experts and employees going over the nature of the patents at stake in Apple's part of the case. The jury also got a dose of history borrowed from the first patent trial, details about Apple's manufacturing process, and finally heard the full, exact amount that Apple is seeking from Samsung in terms of both damages due to lost sales as well as what it owes in royalties for its infringement: $2.191 billion....| Read more »
On Tuesday we reported that Apple was planning to reveal its entry into the wearable market in August or September. Now a new Digitimes report corroborates that timeframe. According to the new report, three different firms have supplied Apple with samples of flexible circuit boards that will be integrated into the iWatch for a fall release.
The companies involved are Flexium Interconnect, Career Technology, and Zhen Ding Technology Holding, according to Digitimes. Zhen Ding Technology Holding is currently Apple’s largest supplier of such parts and is reportedly planning...
Three Apple suppliers have delivered samples of flexible circuit boards for the iWatch as the device is now expected to be unveiled in September, reports DigiTimes. Screen-centric iWatch concept by DesignerEI Flexible PCB suppliers Flexium Interconnect, Zhen Ding Technology Holding and Career Technology reportedly have delivered FPCB samples for use in iWatch devices to Apple for validation, according to industry sources. The news follows a report yesterday from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News which indicated that the iWatch will launch in the third quarter of this year, with Apple targeting production of 65 million units by the end of 2014. A reveal in September would mean that the device would be released...| Read more »
TextWrangler is the powerful general purpose text editor, and Unix and server administrator's tool. Oh, and also, like the best things in life, it's free. TextWrangler is the "little brother" to BBEdit, a leading professional HTML and text editor. Features:
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With a court battle against Samsung raging on the West Coast, Apple on Tuesday asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. to renew a lawsuit against Motorola's alleged unreasonable licensing fees for declared-essential cellphone technology.| Read more »
Image software maker MacPhun has partnered with PQ Blackwell-owned Milk Tailor Made Books, integrating print services into MacPhun's Focus 2 software for the first time. Users can now order prints of their manipulated images directly from within the program, in the form of postcards, folded notecards, framed gallery prints or wrapped canvas prints....| Read more »
The finding of the so-called “Heartbleed” vulnerability, by researchers with Google Inc and a small security firm Codenomicon, prompted the U.S. government’s Department of Homeland Security to advise businesses on Tuesday to review their servers to see if they were using vulnerable versions a type of software known as OpenSSL.
It said updates are already available to address the vulnerability in OpenSSL, which could enable remote attackers to access sensitive data including passwords and secret keys that can decode traffic as it travels across the Internet.
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A Dutch startup called LabWerks is introducing a new platform aimed at museums, called mApp, that incorporates Apple's iBeacon technology to allow staffers to quickly and easily roll out interactive exhibits, potentially revolutionizing the mini-industry of museum tour self-guidance. The customizable mApp platform lets institutions use iBeacons that only trigger when visitors come within range of an exhibit, room or area of the museum where more information is available....| Read more »
PayPal announced today that its point-of-sale app, PayPal Here, has been updated. The app allows users to facilitate payment transactions on their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch with its accompanying card reader, accepting debit and credit cards. The latest version of PayPal Here now includes a dynamic search tool, a streamlined custom inventory entry system, as well as the ability to swipe cards at any moment during the order process. Enhanced cart views and simplified order entry fields for quicker sales processing are also included. PayPal Here for iPhone and iPod touch and iPad are free to do......| Read more »
The war for your cloud hosting business just heated up, as major player MediaFire has cut prices to generate more business.
MediaFire is a Mac and iOS friendly cloud service that allows you to store and share files. Users can get 10 GB storage for...| Read more »
Apple’s iPhone continues to grow in popularity with U.S. teenagers, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster’s latest semiannual teen survey, which asked 7,500 teens about their device preferences. 61 percent of teens now own an iPhone, compared to 55 percent from a survey conducted in October 2013 and 40 percent in the fall of 2012.
Get them while they’re young and they will be with you for a long time.
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We've all heard someone say "I'd die without my phone." 99 percent of the time what the person means is "Candy Crush and texting is the only thing that gets me through the day", but what about the other 1 percent. No, not the foes of the Occupy...| Read more »
Apple expert John Hauser testifying on why Samsung owes Apple $2.2 billion:
Hauser surveyed hundreds of Samsung device users — 507 for phones and 459 for tablets — to measure the percent of consumers who would buy devices with certain features. He then used those results to determine how much people would pay for Apple’s patented features.
“The features that were enabled by the patents at issue in this case have a measurable impact on consumer demand for Samsung devices,” Hauser said during his testimony Tuesday.
Samsung are thieves.
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Photos taken by a Mac and iOS developer's tip site last month and recently show a great deal of progress being made on the preparation for construction of Apple's "spaceship" Campus 2 main building and grounds. A month ago, demolition of existing HP buildings was still taking place; in the most recent photos, the site is all but completely cleared of any trace of its former occupant. Currently, a small army of equipment is preparing the ground for construction....| Read more »
During testimony in the second California Apple v. Samsung patent trial on Tuesday, an Apple damages expert revealed the full damages claim stands at $2.19 billion for lost profits and reasonable royalty fees on five alleged infringed patents.| Read more »
In the ongoing Samsung vs. Apple lawsuit, two experts hired by Apple took the stand on Tuesday to explain to the jury why Samsung deserves to pay $2 billion in damages for infringing on Apple's patents. First up was John Hauser, a professor of marketing at the MIT Sloan School of Management, who argued (via CNET) that the specific features patented by Apple, such as slide to unlock, made Samsung's devices far more appealing to consumers. To reach that conclusion, Hauser surveyed 966 Samsung device users (507 phone owners and 459 tablet owners) to measure the percentage of consumers who would buy devices with specific features, including universal search, background syncing, quick links, automatic word correction, and slide-to-unlock, among others. Those metrics were then used to determine how much people would pay for the Apple-patented...| Read more »
The book features 53 pages of detailed information on how to use Lightroom mobile, including lots of tips on how to get the most out of Adobe’s new remote tool. And it costs just $8!
The book is written by Jeff Carlson, someone I’ve known for a long time, and someone that has written many books in the past.
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We've heard plenty of internal tidbits about Apple's interworkings thanks to the company's current litigation, but tasty details about Samsung's laundry have been a bit slower to surface. Today brings a humorous look inside Samsung's walls thanks to...| Read more »
Gird your loins, because it's time for more iWatch rumors: Economic Daily News of Taiwan is claiming to have a finalized list of suppliers for Apple's iWatch with terms that include August delivery for components for a Q3 introduction. The report also claims Apple is targeting production of 65 million units for 2014 alone, but take that one with a huge grain of salt.| Read more »
It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world.
You can listen to today's...| Read more »
FileMaker Pro is powerful, easy-to-use database software that helps you and your team get any task done faster. Millions of people in business, government, and education use FileMaker Pro to effortlessly manage all their information on Windows, Mac, and the web. In addition to the more than 30 built-in Starter Solutions that help you manage your important tasks, FileMaker Pro also has more easy-to-use tools to enable you to: Create custom databases Create custom databases for your own unique needs. To get started just drag and drop Microsoft Excel data into FileMaker Pro. Produce reports Get step-by-step reporting tools to help you manage and automate your tasks. Easily create and email reports in Excel or PDF. Publish data to the web Securely publish your databases to the Web in a few clicks. Create surveys, registration sites, customer feedback forms, and more. Share in a couple of clicks Safely...| Read more »
It's always great to see Kickstarter projects that have made it past funding and into manufacturing, and today's example is no exception. Fluxmob's BOLT is a USB iPhone charger and a battery pack in one small package, and today I'm going to take a...| Read more »
I generally dislike the whole practice of putting stickers on your car to represent your immediate family, but I suppose if I were to join in, I'd consider this as a way to go. Of course, there's also the possibility that this person just really...| Read more »
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A flaw in OpenSSL that has been around since 2011, the Heartbleed Bug, lets hackers steal information protected by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. Codenomics, which co-discovered the flaw at about the same time as Google's Neel Mehta, tested some of its own services and found it could steal "the secret keys used for our X.509 certificates, user names and passwords, instant messages, emails and business-critical documents and information, without using any privileged information or credentials."
Apple's iPhone continues to lead all competing devices in the important U.S. teen demographic, but the future spenders of America are exhibiting fast-growing interest in new product categories like the iWatch.| Read more »
Apple's iPhone continues to grow in popularity with U.S. teenagers, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster's latest semiannual teen survey [PDF], which asked 7,500 teens about their device preferences. 61 percent of teens now own an iPhone, compared to 55 percent from a survey conducted in October 2013 and 40 percent in the fall of 2012. 67 percent of teens expect their next phone to be an iPhone, up slightly from October's survey. When it comes to tablets, 60 percent of teens own one, up from 56 percent in the fall. 66 percent of those own an iPad (55% full-sized, 11% mini), which is down slightly from 68 percent, with ownership shifting further towards...| Read more »
Edit and organize images anywhere, anytime on your iPad. Enhance everything from smartphone photos to raw images from DLSRs using powerful and familiar tools. Automatically sync all your mobile edits with Lightroom 5 on your desktop. Easily share all your photos to social media sites. With Adobe Lightroom mobile, your photography is going places.
It’s free to download, but you need one of the following accounts:
I don’t have any of those, but it’s great to see Adobe bring its high-end photo app to the iPad. Where the hell is Aperture?
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Google has released Chrome 34 for Windows, Mac, and Linux users. The main addition is support for "responsive" images. This allows web developers to set multiple versions of a graphic, improving speed and bandwidth consumption on less powerful devices. Whereas a Windows desktop user might see the full-quality version of an image, for example, someone on an iPhone might see a lower-resolution file. The iOS and Android apps haven't been updated yet, however....| Read more »
This week MacNN forum members have been assisting Mac Enthusiast "jszrules" with determining why File Sharing is automatically enabled on multiple occasions after having to restart their computer due to it freezing. Yesterday Grizzled Veteran "jmiddel" shared their joy with the forums after finding a Logitech backlit keyboard to use with their Mac desktop after years of blindly plucking away at the standard Apple keyboard for years....| Read more »
Apple's online store is currently offering a wide range of discounts on refurbished iMacs. The refurbished 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive is available for $1,049 after a $250 price cut. A $200 discount drops the price on the 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive down to $1,099....| Read more »
At MacMall.com's Spring Savings sale, save $699 on the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display which was $3,050, but has been cut to $2,350. That discount makes this about $50 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. It features a 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 768GB of Flash Storage. Included is a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....| Read more »
"Ask TUAW Live" happens today, Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 5:00:00 PM EDT. You can check here for showtimes in your area. We're taking your questions now via the Ask Tuaw feedback form, Twitter, Facebook or Google+.
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Have you seen Scapple? it's an app from Literature and Latte, the awesome company behind Scrivener, which I just love. At first blush, Scapple could be mistaken for mind mapping software, but the developers call it a freeform text editor. I instantly thought of a white board, an analog tool I've personally found easier to use than mind mapping software, which is why I'm excited about Scapple. "Scappleâs nonlinear approach to the process of creative thinking is similar to what Gabriele Rico calls 'clustering' in her popular book, Writing the Natural Way," Literature and Latte said on Scapple's webpage. The app doesn't force you make connections, and there are no rules about where to start. I'm hoping it lets me leave my white board behind, but we'll have to see after I've used it a bit. Scapple is US$14.99 for a "household license," but if that isn't good enough, MacHeist is giving it away as part of their current bundle promotion....| Read more »
Extended warranties get a bad reputation for a good reason, since lots of them are ripoffs. They cost too much money for coverage that's either limited or just not useful for the amount of time the warranty covers. Still they have their uses. You...| Read more »
If your business or educational institution is part of the Apple Volume Purchase Program, you can make iLife for iOS (iPhoto and iMovie) and iWork for iOS (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers) available to your users for free. This is available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices that are iOS 7 compatible.| Read more »
The recently-launched Office for iPad will get printing support "in due course," according to a Reddit AMA conducted by members of the software's engineering team. The team says it is also considering mathematical notation in OneNote, and working on implementation of comments and add/change conditional formatting in Excel. Something the suite won't support, though, is third-party Office apps, despite the fact that Microsoft allows desktop developers to hook into Office 365. Microsoft blames the situation on Apple's App Store policies, which block apps from installing code other than their o......| Read more »
A major security flaw has been discovered in the OpenSSL cryptographic software library, jeopardizing security for a large number of SSL/TLS-based transmissions. The fault, named the "Heartbleed Bug," has apparently existed since March last year but only recently uncovered, and puts at risk not only the contents of encrypted online communications, but also the SSL keys used in the transmission....| Read more »
Peripheral vendor Other World Computing today expanded its family of Thunderbolt interface storage products with the addition of the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual external high-performance drive with hardware RAID capabilities. The new design is available in capacities up to 8TB....| Read more »
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Microsoft added to its list of original programming for its Xbox gaming system Monday with the announcement of a new science fiction series called Humans. Based on a hit TV series in Sweden, Humans is a cooperative effort of Xbox Entertainment Studios and UK broadcaster Channel 4. It is scheduled to air next year exclusively on the Xbox platform and Channel 4. Eight one-hour episodes will be produced by Kudos and scripted by the team of Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley, writers of the popular UK TV series Spooks.
Do you remember the old record player and stereo that belonged to your grandparents? It was a piece of furniture. Four feet across, three feet tall, and 18-inches deep, and made of wood, it's taken decades to realize how cool it was. Jeffrey Stephenson has made a glorious stand for a Bluetooth speaker that will take you back to 1961.| Read more »
As mentioned in my post earlier today, Adobe Lightroom has come to the iPad in the form of Lightroom Mobile. If you are an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber, the app is free. You download it from the App Store, sign in with your Adobe ID and you are...| Read more »
Blank pageThis week’s Mac app roundup brings you a great selection of writing tools designed to fit every need, from the professional screenwriter to the casual author, with a little email and photography sprinkled in for good measure.Airmail 1.3.3Bloop’s $2 Airmail (Mac App Store Link) has been updated to provide new writing options and better attachment support.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here| Read more »
Don’t look now, but the Office for iPad team ventured onto Reddit for one of the service's Ask Me Anything (AMA) sessions. Here are the five most intriguing things they said.The Office for iPad team and Office for Mac team are one and the same
Not a big surprise, but the folks who built the Office for iPad apps are the same ones who are working on Office for Mac. And it’s a pretty Mac-centric group, too; According to the team, “everyone has an iPad, and the Mac:PC ratio is 16:1.” Don’t expect them to reveal when the next version of Office might make its way to the Mac, however; when asked, the group would only say “we are working on the next version.”...| Read more »
Apple is excluding itself from a $63 billion market opportunity, investment firm J.P. Morgan believes, by only partially competing in the sub-$1,000 portable computing market, which is why one analyst argues Apple should introduce a new notebook powered by a more full-featured version of iOS.| Read more »
Microsoft Corp. is going Hollywood with a cast including comedians Sarah Silverman and Seth Green, aspiring World Cup players and eerily human robots.
All are involved in shows that Microsoft’s new Xbox television studio plans to roll out globally starting in June. Helmed by former CBS Corp. honcho Nancy Tellem, who Microsoft hired 19 months ago to build a TV powerhouse from the ground up, the studio now has six series lined up — including a science-fiction thriller called “Humans” about humanoid robot workers — and more than a dozen projects in development.
This is Microsoft’s not-so-Trojan horse into the living room, building dependence on the Xbox One for accessing web-based programming on your TV, competing with Apple TV, Fire TV, and Google’s evolving TV solution.
Black boxes for delivering Video content are flooding the market, and, as fast as they appear, they're updated with new designs. Is it just a phase the industry is going through? Where is this all leading? More importantly, how can Apple differentiate itself?| Read more »
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Pheh. If you put yourself in for the lottery, hopefully your luck was better than mine. The good news is, Apple has been great about putting everything on line quickly.| 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. Don't forget to check out our "Today in the App Store" post that singles...| Read more »
Museum visits may become far more immersive in the future thanks to Dutch microlocation startup LabWerk's new mApp platform, a deployment and management system that allows museums to quickly and easily roll out iBeacon-based interactive exhibits.| Read more »
An FCC filing made by Comcast and Time Warner -- attempting to defend their proposed merger -- also hints that Apple is developing a new Apple TV set-top, reports note. "Today, Google competes as a network, video, and technology provider, and 8 out 9 of the next Google Fiber markets the company announced are in Comcast or TWC areas," part of the filing reads. "Apple tablets are viewing platforms for cable services even while Apple offers an online video service, Apple TV, and explores development of an Apple set-top box."......| Read more »
smaxp writes: "If the cable and satellite live television providers were to comment on the latest Amazon Fire TV or reports of the new Google Android and Apple TVs, it would likely be in the voice and character of Charlton Heston: 'We will give up our remotes when they are pried from our cold dead hands.' Amazon's Fire TV and the rumored Google Android and Apple TVs excite and then disappoint. At first glance, it looks like cable and satellite television are about to be outflanked and the eternal struggle with the TV remote and set-top box will be solved with an intuitive interface to search both live television and archival content from streamed online video companies such as Netflix. Sadly, it isn't so. The cable and satellite companies that provide live television have made sure this won’t happen, because putting Amazon in the forefront would make live television providers’ brands less relevant. Amazon would then also have a wedge to pry its way into the live television...| Read more »
Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.
Apps Now Free
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People are spending more time on mobile vs desktop. And more of
their mobile time using apps, not the web.
This is a worrisome trend for the web. Mobile is the future. What
wins mobile, wins the Internet. Right now, apps are winning and
the web is losing.
I think Dixon has it all wrong. We shouldn’t think of the “web” as only what renders inside a web browser. The web is HTTP, and the open Internet. What exactly are people doing with these mobile apps? Largely, using the same services, which, on the desktop, they use in a web browser. Plus, on mobile, the difference between “apps” and “the web” is easily conflated. When I’m using Tweetbot, for example, much of...| Read more »
Since Microsoft Office for iPad was released shortly after Satya Nadella took the reins at Microsoft, many assumed that he had given the final go ahead for the release of the software. As it turns out, it was actually outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer who gave the green light for the launch of the project. The details come from a new "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit with Microsoft's Office for iPad team. On the post, a user asked how many of the company's recent moves could be attributed to Ballmer and the team states that the decision to ship Office for iPad was made before Satya became CEO. Microsoft's Office for iPad...| Read more »
SITU is a simple food scale with a Bluetooth chip that talks to your iPad. You can place virtually any food item on SITU and view the exact nutrition information for that amount of food on the companion SITU app.
This looks great. I bet they could sell a lot of these.
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Television network NBC has released an update for its iOS app. Offering free streaming of NBC show content on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, NBC for iOS allows users to designate preferred shows as a Favorite, share what one is viewing via Facebook, Twitter or e-mail, and follow one's favorite series on Twitter through the app. Version 2.5.1 of NBC for iOS now includes AirPlay streaming, meaning the content can now be mirrored to a TV via Apple TV. Additionally, the app now features trending clips, where users can watch previews and highlight from NBC's late-night shows, including The Tonight Sh......| Read more »
The gap between Apple and Samsung's US advertising budgets narrowed during 2013, according to new data from Kantar Media. Apple's budget is said to have increased 5 percent year-over-year to $351 million. Samsung, conversely, actually cut its spending by 10 percent, but still ended spending more with a budget of $363 million. Most of Apple's cash is said to have gone toward TV commercials....| Read more »
Games based upon movies have a reputation for mediocrity, but Gameloft’s past track record with superhero movie games was solid enough that we didn’t expect Captain America: The Winter Soldier - The Official Game ($3) to stink. The movie-inspired title suffers from a variety of bad decisions, ranging from…| Read more »
As Microsoft continues its Office for iPad marketing campaign, the team that developed the productivity software has taken to Reddit for an AMA, or Ask Me Anything, to answer questions and discuss the development process behind Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad. By measure of upvotes, the most popular question as of the time of this writing asked when Office for iPad would gain the ability to print, something Apple’s iWork suite and many of apps already offer, to which the team replied “in due course” while noting the high demand of the feature.
But the team didn’t stop there; Microsoft’s Office for iPad team also shared photos of their lab (as seen in the above photo), talked about the development process for bringing Office to the iPad, and even...
More so than many large companies, Apple is a creature of habit. That's why it's easy to recommend against buying a new MacBook or iPad if history says that a new model is just around the corner. But when the company has a particularly slow stretch,...| Read more »
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PCalc 4 is a brand new version of PCalc for OS X. Based on the iOS version, it has been completely rewritten as a modern 64-bit Cocoa app. It has every feature from iOS, and some brand new ones too.
Interesting that the Mac app is based on the iOS version. Times are changing.
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WWDC 2014 will kick off on June 2nd with a keynote address from Apple CEO Tim Cook. iOS 8 is the mostly likely focus of the event, but there are a number of other possible topics, including OS X 10.10, Apple TV, MacBook Airs, and the long rumored iWatch. Read full article for more details. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections •...| Read more »
Amazon has officially passed Hulu and Apple in streaming video usage in the US, according to a press release it sent out today citing recent research from Qwilt. Amazon also announced that video streams from its Prime Instant Video service have tripled since this time last year.
Qwlit’s report shows Amazon experience a 94% traffic volume increase of users consuming video since last year and that includes streams from the service to just US broadband subscribers. The report doesn’t specify, however, what video content exactly is being tracked from Apple. Amazon also experienced growth of almost 300% in certain markets. In March of this year, only Netflix and YouTube were able to capture more online video traffic in the US:
Today, only Netflix and YouTube...| Read more »
I have an amazing amount of love and respect for IFTTT.com, an online service that provides an easy way to connect apps, devices, and services in ways that make them much more useful. Want to get a phone call from your house telling you that your...| Read more »
TLA Systems has announced PCalc 4.0, an update to their scientific calculator for Mac OS X. The company took the latest code from the iOS version and ported it back to the Mac. It has every feature from the iOS version, and new ones, including:
° The ability to show multiple lines on the display, including the RPN stack;
° An optional "Ticker Tape" that shows a history of recent calculations underneath the main display;
° Editable user functions and conversions, which sync via iCloud with all your other Macs and iOS devices;
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Six Hollywood studios have banded together in a copyright infringement lawsuit against Megaupload, the wildly popular though now shuttered site that, in its heyday, was ground zero for file-sharing. The suit doesn't specify an amount of damages, but does say that the studios should be entitled to $150,000 per copyright infringement, as well as profits earned by Megaupload. U.S. authorities claim Megaupload facilitated $500 million worth of copyright infringement, and that the website and its kingpin, Kim Dotcom, generated about $175 million.
Having Internet access in hotels and other similar locations used to be a miasma of connectivity issues. If Wi-Fi was available, it was overloaded, at a cost per device, and slow. The addition of 4G to most major markets has helped that somewhat, but in many cases, Wi-Fi is still the fastest option, if not the cheapest sometimes as the per-device charges still seem to be prevalent. The D-Link DIR-510L portable router tries to even this out somewhat, allowing users with an available tethered or cellular modem-provided 3G/4G, Wi-Fi, or Ethernet connection make a local area network in a small pac......| Read more »
Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe are among the high-tech companies working to settle a class action lawsuit over their hiring practices within the next several weeks, according to the New York Times. The suit covers some 100,000 people, and alleges that anti-poaching policies agreed to between the companies deprived workers of higher wages they would've got had the businesses had been hiring competitively. If a settlement isn't reached, the firms could owe as much as $9 billion in damages, or $90,000 per person....| Read more »
Attackers continue to target Android more than any other mobile operating system, according to a new report released Tuesday, as Google's platform played host to all but one of the new mobile malware families discovered last year.| Read more »
A new Korean report published today states that Samsung Electronics is expected to record an operating profit of 8.4 trillion won ($7.9 billion) in the first quarter, down 4.33 percent from a year ago, as the result of slow smartphone sales growth. The estimate did not provide figures for each of its business divisions. These will be made public in the last week of April. Yet looking forward, analysts are seeing the coming smartphone pricing wars being a negative on Samsung's bottom line going forward.| Read more »
With the debut of iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, Apple's Maps app is now on both platforms, allowing you to share location-based information across devices via your iCloud account. One handy feature is the bookmark list, which can save important locations...| Read more »
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There has been no shortage of indicators that a new version of the Apple TV set-top box is incoming. We reported last year and earlier this year that Apple is progressing on new Apple TV hardware that will include new content, such as an App Store or “Game Store,” references to a new model have appeared in iOS 7 code, and numerous other reports have said that a new box is incoming from Apple.
Today, a filing from Comcast...
A class-action lawsuit is seeking $9-Billion in lost wages from Apple and other companies for their alleged roles in preventing employees from being hired by rivals, the New York Times reports. Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe are negotiating to settle the case. Though the companies “privately scoff” at the…| Read more »
Apple has Apple TV, Amazon has Fire TV, and soon Google will have Android TV. The Internet search giant is reportedly ready to jump into the set top box game -- despite the fact that it already sells Google Chromecast.The Mac Observer Spin: Oh, great. More fragmentation in the streaming set top box market. With Apple TV and Fire TV it's easier to decide which device to get based on your current media buying habits, but what happens when Android TV hits store shelves?| Read more »
Late last month, a set of alleged design drawings was published by Japanese magazine MacFan, showing dimensions for upcoming 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhone models. It's not uncommon for us to see design and case leaks in the months leading up to the new iPhone release. In some cases, as with the iPhone 5C, early design leaks turn out to be quite close to the final product, though in other instances they turn out to be inaccurate. Based on those drawings, MacRumors commissioned designer Ferry Passchier to create some full product renderings of the rumored iPhone 6. While these aren't the...| Read more »
Samsung today posted a series of ads for its new Galaxy Pro tablets and with them continues the theme of directly mocking Apple. This time the target is the iPad Air. In one ad called “Multi User” (above), Samsung highlights the ability to have multiple user accounts on the Galaxy Pro tablet, a highly requested feature among iOS users that Samsung notes is still not available on the iPad.
Another ad, titled “Pixel Density” (below) takes on the iPad’s Retina display, claiming that the Galaxy Pro tablet has a better looking display due to a higher pixel density. Samsung’s Tab Pro 10.1 2014 tablet includes a resolution of 2560 x 1600 with a pixel density of 299 compared to the iPad’s 2048 x 1536, 264 ppi display.
Samsung has also posted two other ads today (below), one takes on the iPad’s inability to multitask with two apps...| Read more »
Apple sent out notifications letting developers know on Monday if they can buy tickets for the 2014 Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday after wrapping up the lottery entry. Did you win, and are you going? Head on over to the TMO forums and let us know in today's poll.| Read more »
The Apple iWatch will ship in the third quarter of the year and be manufactured by Quanta Computer, claims Taiwan's Economic Daily News, as quoted by Digitimes. Two other companies, Richtek and TPK, will reportedly be supplying chips and sapphire touch panels. The watch's processor is expected to be developed by Apple, but manufactured by Samsung, which currently handles all iOS processor production. Apple is said to be aiming at having 65 million iWatches assembled by the end of 2014....| Read more »
Having Internet access in hotels and other similar locations used to be a miasma of connectivity issues. If Wi-Fi was available, it was overloaded, at a cost per device, and slow. The addition of 4G to most major markets has helped that somewhat, but in many cases, Wi-Fi is still the fastest option, if not the cheapest sometimes as the per-device charges still seem to be prevalent. The ......| Read more »
I'll be the first to admit that extended battery packs aren't exactly the most exciting accessory to write or read about. But every once in a while some manufacturer comes out with a product that's so different that you just have to say "wow!"...| Read more »
Samsung is the leader in mobile advertising, significantly outspending all its rivals on commercials that target the U.S. market. Though still number one, the Korean company's advertising dollar lead is shrinking, reports the Wall Street Journal, with Samsung's rivals increasing their advertising spending by 33 percent year over year in 2013. According to ad research company Kantar Media, the top seven U.S. smartphone makers spent over $1.3 billion in 2013 on advertisements for print, TV online, radio and outdoor venues. Apple spent $351 million last year, with the bulk of that money ($339 million) going toward TV ads. While Apple increased its spending 5 percent year over year on mobile phone ads, Samsung scaled back its advertising efforts, reducing its U.S. advertising by 10 percent in 2013 to $363 million. The gap between Samsung and Apple now has narrowed to $12...| Read more »
If you want to listen to music on your iPhone while you fall asleep, you don't need to remember to shut it off or download third-party apps to handle that for you. Turns out the iPhone can handle that task all on its own, and it's easy to set up.| Read more »
PCalc is a full-featured, scriptable scientific calculator with support for hexadecimal, octal, and binary calculations, as well as an RPN mode, programmable functions, and an extensive set of unit conversions. A Dashboard Widget is included with the main application.Version 4.0:
Benoit Dupin, Vice President of Amazon A9′s Search Technology group, has left the high-profile search technology firm to take up a job with Apple. Dupin’s profile from Amazon A9′s executive management website disappeared this week, and his LinkedIn profile has been updated to reflect that he began his position as a director at Apple this month.
Sounds like a great person for Apple.
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Macworld’s Reading List for Tuesday, April 8, 2014: The Apple-Samsung trial reveals some irate emails from Apple SVP Phil Schiller, the iWatch has another rumored release date, and Apple has released official iOS 7 adoption numbers on its website.
Phil Schiller Exploded On Apple’s Ad Agency In An Email
Thanks to the Apple-Samsung trial, we the users have been learning all sorts of interesting closed door facts about Apple’s higher-ups and advertising partners. A smattering of these fine facts: Steve Jobs and his associates discussed market share and larger iPhone sizes behind closed doors. The folks at Media Arts Lab, Apple’s design agency, don’t seem to like capital letters very much. And if you write to Apple’s SVP of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, you probably shouldn...
Six US film studios have filed suit against MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The suit alleges that Dotcom, while running now-closed Megaupload "facilitated, encouraged and profited" from a business model promoting piracy and paying bounties to users that had popular content....| Read more »
Adobe Flash Player is a cross-platform, browser-based application runtime that provides uncompromised viewing of expressive applications, content, and videos across browsers and operating systems.Version 188.8.131.52:
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The Amazon Fire TV, available for $99 from Amazon, hasn't yet made any jaw-dropping leaps forward, but it is an excellent set-top box that, in some ways, breaks ahead of the Apple TV, Google Chromecast and Roku competition. Though the Amazon Fire TV is just another box that lets you stream movies and video to your living room HDTV, it's solid, svelte, sexy and fast. It boasts 1080p HD delivered through a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8064 Krait 300 quad-core 1.7 GHz processor, Adreno 320 graphics, 2 GB of memory, and 8 GB of storage.
Benoit Duplin, formerly Amazon's vice president of A9 Search Technology, now works for Apple and may be part of the company's team working on search technology for the iTunes Store, the App Store, and Maps. If so, that's a big win for Apple and a loss for Amazon because A9 is the core of Amazon's extensive site search system.The Mac Observer Spin: Amazon's site searches may not always bring back the results we expect, but that doesn't mean Mr. Duplin can't be a strong asset to Apple's own Maps search features. Here's hoping for even more improvements to Maps.| Read more »
Benoit Dupin -- formerly the VP of Amazon's A9 Search Technology Group -- has left the company to take a job with Apple. The executive's profile disappeared from the Amazon A9 site earlier this week, and his LinkedIn profile now positions him as a "director" at Apple. More uncertain is what Dupin's new responsibilities are, but a source says that he's working with the search technology team behind Maps, the iTunes Store, and the App Store....| Read more »
Benoit Dupin, the Vice President of Amazon A9′s Search Technology group, has left his position at the online retailer to join Apple, reports 9to5Mac. Dupin's profile recently was removed from Amazon's A9 website, and Dupin's LinkedIn profile now reflects his new position as Director at Apple. At Amazon, Dupin worked in the A9 group, which powers product search and advertising throughout Amazon's international web stores. Dupin has experience working with search infrastructure, search experience and search relevance at Amazon. He also held positions at HP, Easyplanet and Canon Research France. Dupin is joining Apple as a possible replacement for the exiting Cathy Edwards of Chomp, who joined...| Read more »
Changing the Forest Mode in Active Directory can be scripted. I find this useful when regression testing such tasks in a sandbox (e.g. restore image, automate login, change mode, run tests, etc). The script is very simple. First, you’ll import he ActiveDirectory modules:
Import-Module -Name ActiveDirectory
Then you’ll check for the mode prior to running:
Get-ADForest | Format-Table ForestMode
Then you’ll change the forest and domain modes (one per line):
Set-ADForestMode –Identity “krypted.com” –ForestMode Windows2008Forest
Set-ADDomainMode –Identity “krypted.com” –DomainMode Windows2008Domain
Then you’ll report the result:
Get-ADForest | Format-Table Name , ForestMode
The end result could be as simple as three lines if just testing:
Import-Module -Name ActiveDirectory
Set-ADForestMode –Identity “krypted.com” –ForestMode Windows2008Forest
Set-ADDomainMode –Identity “krypted.com” –DomainMode Windows2008Domain...
There are a lot of ways to destroy an iPhone by accident: Dropping it on a hard surface from a good distance, letting it slip out of your breast pocket and into the toilet, or forgetting it on the roof of your car are all fine choices. But nobody has...| Read more »
There is already an old hint about this topic, but it doesn't really explain it very clearly, only in the comments.
Here's how you can change the margins in TextEdit to your favourite size, so that you can use, for example, the whole space on a sheet of paper when printing.
First, save your document first as a Rich Text file (.rtf), if you have not already done this. To see the effect directly in your document, open it and enable under the Format menu the setting Wrap to Page for your document.
Next open up the TextEdit preferences, switch to the tab Open and Save and check on the option Display RTF files as RTF code instead of formatted text.
Open the document again and you will see the raw code that defines how the document look like. You want to look in the 4th row, where it says:
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Just days after officially announcing Cortana, a Siri-like personal digital assistant for Windows Phone, Microsoft has revealed a substantial and wide-ranging artificial intelligence program it hopes will leapfrog similar offerings from Apple and Google.| Read more »
NBC updated its mobile app for iPhone and iPad today with one big update for iOS and Apple TV users: the ability to AirPlay content from the mobile app to your TV via Apple TV.
The update is a big deal for a couple of reasons. The most notable being the fact that NBC offers full TV episodes for free through its mobile app, without the requirement of signing into your existing cable subscription like many other popular network apps. NBC has always been one of the go to apps for cord cutters, and now they’ll be able to beam that content onto the big screen using an Apple TV and AirPlay. Getting a lot of this...
New aerial photos of the site of Apple’s new ‘spaceship’ campus now appear to show that demolition of the existing buildings is complete, with an army of construction vehicles at work preparing the ground for construction …
Apple Toolbox last took aerial shots a month ago, at which time a number of old buildings were still standing:
One month earlier
Apple received the final paperwork for the development last November following...
A class-action lawsuit from tech sector employees against employers including Apple and Google seeks some $9 billion in lost wages --?an astronomical sum that the complainants could ultimately receive, some believe, thanks to a mountain of evidence appearing to implicate Silicon Valley employers in an alleged no-hire cartel.| Read more »
Adobe has announced the availability of Lightroom mobile, a companion app to Lightroom desktop software, only available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud. The new Lightroom mobile app brings Lightroom tools to the iPad.
It delivers photography essentials – such as non-destructive processing of files – and utilization of new Smart Preview technologies to the Apple tablet. Lightroom mobile is built on a synchronization architecture, designed specifically for photos, and provides the most efficient way to manage and edit images across desktops, mobile devices and the Web.
Adobe announced the immediate availability of Lightroom for the iPad on Monday as a companion app for Lightroom 5 on the Mac and Windows. Lightroom is Adobe's professional photography management and editing application.The Mac Observer Spin: iPhoto on the iPad is nice, but it isn't the same as having a mobile version of Aperture. Right now, Adobe is doing more for professional photographers on the go than Apple. It's your move, Cupertino.| Read more »
Since I was in a fingerprint scanning news mood, I thought it would be a good time to share this tip that I learned recently. Courtesy of iOS 7.1, you can now add additional training to your Touch ID settings in order to improve accuracy. In iOS 7.0.x, the only way to try and improve Touch ID was really to start over, and once it told you that the training was finished, you could opt to continue adding more scans of your finger. In 7.1, Apple made it fairly painless.
Here’s how it’s done. Open the Settings app on your iPhone 5S and go to the Touch ID & Passcode section. You will be prompted for your ‘character’ passcode, and then you will find the list of registered fingers under Fingerprints. Here’s the cool part! Simply place the finger you want to add scan training for (in the image, the “Right thumb”) on the phone’s Touch ID sensor/Home...| Read more »
Aspiring musicians have several ways to promote their music. One tool new to the scene is Rormix, which focuses not on music but on music videos. The app recently received a major overhaul making it easier to find new artists that match your taste in...| Read more »
Hazel is your personal housekeeper, organizing and cleaning folders based on rules you define. Hazel can also manage your trash and uninstall your applications. Organize your files using a familiar rule interface. Filter on the file's name, type, date, the site or email address it came from and more. And do more than just file. You can set color labels, Spotlight keywords and comments and even archive files. Hazel also cleans, sporting options to clean out incomplete and duplicate downloads. In addition, Hazel can manage your Trash for you, relieving you of having to empty it yourself. All this is done automatically in the background allowing you to focus on your real work.Version 3.2.6 Note: If auto-updating, System Preferences may not restart after the update. Just quit and restart System Preferences manually in this case. New features:
Original release date: April 08, 2014
A vulnerability in OpenSSL could allow a remote attacker to expose sensitive data, possibly including user authentication credentials and secret keys, through incorrect memory handling in the TLS heartbeat extension.
OpenSSL versions 1.0.1 through 1.0.1f contain a flaw in its implementation of the TLS/DTLS heartbeat functionality. This flaw allows an attacker to retrieve private memory of an application that uses the vulnerable OpenSSL library in chunks of 64k at a time. Note that an attacker can repeatedly leverage the vulnerability to retrieve as many 64k chunks of memory as are necessary to retrieve the intended secrets. The sensitive information that may be retrieved using this vulnerability include:
In three days, anyone who has been longing to get their hands on a new Samsung Galaxy S5 will get their wish, assuming quantities are sufficient. The internet has already been awash with reviews and first looks, but video demos of Samsung’s fingerprint scanner, making its debut on the S5, have been of particular interest. Over on YouTube, user iCrackUriDevice has a pretty thorough comparison between the S5′s scanner and Apple’s Touch ID scanner on the iPhone 5S. (does anyone else see the irony in the 5S vs. the S5?)
As you can see from the video, setting up scanning on both phones seems similar and straight-forward. Where the Galaxy S5′s scanner seems to drop the ball is in the physical scanning of the user’s finger. The oblong design of the S5′s...| Read more »
Two new rumors surfaced today courtesy of Taiwan's DigiTimes. The first rumor claims that Apple reportedly has plans to form a new Research and Development team responsible for developing next generation baseband processors for use in their 2015 iPhones. The second rumor ..| Read more »
AppCoda's first iOS programming book, "Learn iOS 7 Programming from Scratch," is a hands-on guide for first time app developer.
If you're new to Objective-C and programming, creating an iOS app from scratch may be difficult for you. This book was written to teach you everything you need to build your first iOS app. Based on the tutorials of AppCodea's programming course, you'll learn iOS 7 programming from the ground up.
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced PDF Checkpoint 1.6.5, a maintenance update to its PDF preflight and conversion solution for Mac OS X.
The software automatically preflights, converts to images, splits and optimizes Adobe PDF files. The program is equally suitable to process hundreds of files as well as single PDF documents. The new version addresses an issue in which PDF Checkpoint users could not activate their registered software on certain systems.
According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research (www.transparencymarketing.com), a global market intelligence company, the web content filtering market was valued at US#1,230.9 million in 2012 and is expected to reach $2,579.6 million by 2019, growing at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 11.3% from 2013 to 2019.
A suspect new report out of China claims to have a great deal of specifics on Apple's rumored "iWatch," namely that it will debut in the third quarter of this year and will include advanced sensors to detect a user's heart rate and blood pressure, among other things.| Read more »
Adobe Lightroom software helps you bring out the best in your photographs, whether you're perfecting one image, searching for ten, processing hundreds, or organizing thousands. Create incredible images that move your audience. Experiment fearlessly with state-of-the-art nondestructive editing tools. Easily manage all your images. And showcase your work in elegant print layouts, slide shows, and Web galleries, as well as on popular photo-sharing sites. All from within one fast, intuitive application.Version 5.4:
Concept image: Stephen Olmstead
You can’t get much sketchier than a Chinese Economic Daily report cited by DigiTimes, but the former is citing supply chain sources in claiming that Apple plans to release the iWatch in the third quarter of this year, and that the company expects to ship 65M units this year.
The iWatch will be manufactured by Quanta Computer, while Taiwan-based chip design house Richtek has also entered the supply chain. The device’s touch panel will be supplied by TPK, the paper noted. [With Samsung making the processor to Apple's design.]
The original story says that suppliers have been asked to meet an August delivery...| Read more »
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's patent relating to a possible future Push-to-Talk iPhone and/or iDevice feature. We also cover a more advanced version of Apple's famed Slide-to-Unlock and two patents relating to avatar creation and editing for social networking, video conferencing and gaming.| Read more »
EditShare says its Flow Media Asset Management (MAM) and Ark archiving/backup solutions now now integrate with the Avid ISIS 5500/5000 and 7500/7000 shared storage families. The new integration lets Avid ISIS facilities add EditShare asset management, ingest and archiving tools to their workflow.
An alleged bill of materials for Apple’s upcoming iWatch has surfaced, with supply chain sources indicating that the product will launch in the third quarter of this year, reports Taiwan’s Economic Daily News [Google Translation] (via DigiTimes). iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton, based on the Nike FuelBand The report claims that the iWatch itself will be manufactured by Apple supplier Quanta Computer, with Richtek Technology and TPK supplying chips and sapphire touch panels, respectively. Meanwhile, the device’s processor is said to be developed by Apple, with chip production being outsourced to...| Read more »
Over the weekend, Apple filed a notice with the court that it could wrap up its main presentation by tomorrow at the earliest, but expects to be done no later than Friday, barring any changes to Samsung's pattern of cross-examination. On Monday, patent expert Andrew Cockburn from New Zealand was summoned back to the witness stand for a scant 16 minutes of light cross-examination, followed by testimony from Apple engineer Thomas Deniau and a pair of additional patent experts....| Read more »
This year, those wishing to attend Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference don't just need to have $1,600 burning a hole in their pockets; they also need lady luck on their side. Due to last year's instant sellout of the conference, Apple has decided to move to a lottery system to help ensure that people from across different time zones have a chance of attending. Those selected in the lottery are being notified by email, and will have until April 14 to buy their ticket....| Read more »
In a surprise debut on Monday, Adobe took the wraps of its briefly-leaked Lightroom Mobile for iPad, a mobile version of its desktop software intended as a companion app to the full version for desktops and notebooks. As such, it requires both the latest version of Lightroom 5 (which was also updated earlier today to v5.4) for Mac or Windows, and a subscription to Adobe's Creative Cloud subscription service in order to use the free application. The program uses syncing and lower-rez thumbnails to get around the problem of the iPad's limited storage.......| Read more »
A rumor from the Far East on Tuesday claims Apple is mulling the creation of a research and development team that will be responsible for designing future iPhone baseband processors to be used as soon as 2015.| Read more »
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Benoit Dupin, Vice President of Amazon A9′s Search Technology group, has left the high-profile search technology firm to take up a job with Apple. Dupin’s profile from Amazon A9′s executive management website disappeared this week, and his LinkedIn profile has been updated to reflect that he began his position as a director at Apple this month.
Amazon A9 is Amazon’s Palo Alto, California-based subsidiary that focuses on developing Amazon’s marquee search and advertising functionality. While Amazon has become popular in the tablet, eBook reader, and now set-top-box worlds, its core business has, of course, been Amazon.com, and Dupin’s work on search powers the heart of the online sales giant…
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Apple is reportedly putting together a new engineering team that would focus on creating baseband hardware for future iPhone models, according to Digitimes. Apple’s current chips are supplied by Qualcomm, but is said to be considering a move to an in-house design as it did with its mobile processors with the launch of the iPad.
The report indicates that any such design would not appear in hardware this year, but could be considered for the next round of iPhone updates. That would put it on track for what we could tentatively call the iPhone 6s.
Of course, this report should...
Analyst Brian White of Cantor Fitzgerald, who is currently on a tour of Asia and meeting with partners in Apple's supply chain and resellers, has told investors in a memo on Monday that his sources indicate that Apple sales strengthened substantially in March, following a "soft" January and February. While still believing that sales will be down 24 percent from the holiday quarter (compared to an average drop of 19 percent), White said Apple may still "surprise" analysts -- who have been expecting revenue to be generally flat -- in its next earnings report.......| Read more »
Adobe on Monday introduced Lightroom Mobile for iPad, a touch-friendly accompaniment to the company's suite of photography software that brings powerful new tools to Apple's iOS, including on-the-go RAW image editing.| Read more »
Apple’s long-rumored “iWatch” smartwatch may include a UV light exposure sensor provided by Texas-based Silicon Labs, according to a new research note from Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis (via AppleInsider). The digital ultraviolet sensor, which was announced in February, is described by Silicon Labs as “ideal for activity-tracking wrist and arm bands, smart watches and smartphone handsets.” In addition to tracking UV sun exposure, the sensor is also said to track heart/pulse rate and blood oximetry levels and provide proximity and gesture control. Traditional watch-style iWatch concept by...| Read more »
Adobe has officially introduced Lightroom mobile for iPad, a subscription-required tablet version of its photo editing and management software. Lightroom mobile lets users enhance smartphone photos and RAW images from DSLR cameras, as the new app can handle “virtually any image format.” The new app will also be coming…| Read more »
Adobe's professional photo editing software Lightroom has finally made its way to iOS devices with Adobe's new Lightroom mobile app for the iPad, allowing photographers who use the desktop version of Lightroom to edit and organize photos from anywhere. Integrating seamlessly with the full version of Lightroom 5 for PCs and Macs, Lightroom mobile allows users to log in to the app with an Adobe ID to access the library of content stored in a desktop version of Lightroom. The app downloads Smart Previews of files from the desktop app, allowing for very fast content transfers between the desktop and the mobile app.The new Lightroom mobile app brings powerful Lightroom tools to the iPad,...| Read more »
Lots of Adobe pro users and serious photographers will be thrilled with this news: as of today, you can download Lightroom Mobile for iPad from the iOS App Store. It syncs with Lightroom on your desktop or laptop, and while not meant to be a...| Read more »
After briefly leaking earlier this year, Adobe is finally ready to show off its Lightroom Mobile for iPad software for photographers and photo editors. The iPad application borrows many of the essential features from the powerful desktop software and is optimized for the touch input user experience key to the tablet. We’ve taken a sneak peek at Lightroom Mobile for iPad, and we have all the details on Adobe’s latest Lightroom update.
Adobe has really positioned Lightroom Mobile as just that: an updated feature to the existing desktop software. Notice it’s not...
In a direct challenge to the venerable networking standard Ethernet, Intel on Monday introduced Thunderbolt Networking -- an interconnect standard for Thunderbolt 2-equipped devices that can transfer data at up to 10 gigabits (Gb) per second, 10 times faster than the previous limit. Mac users with Thunderbolt 2 devices running OS X Mavericks already have the new feature built-in, with PC drivers for Windows said to be coming "soon."...| Read more »