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In rare situations, your Mac may do one or more of the following: spontaneously restart, become unresponsive, turn off, display a message "Your computer restarted because of a problem." or display a message "You shut down your computer because of a problem.".| Read more »
In rare situations, your Mac may do one or more of the following: spontaneously restart, become unresponsive, turn off, display a message "Your computer restarted because of a problem." or display a message "You shut down your computer because of a problem.".
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Ahead of the Apple Watch's upcoming April 24 launch, apps that include Apple Watch support are beginning to be released in the App Store. As of today, several popular iOS apps have been updated with built-in Apple Watch apps, including Evernote, Dark Sky, Things, and Target. Additional apps with Apple Watch support will be rolling out over the course of the day, giving us a first look at how many of the apps on the device will function. We'll be updating this post with a list of Apple Watch apps that are available as they come out in the App Store. Apple has already shared information on many third-party apps that will be available for the Apple Watch, but the updates coming today will give us a lot more information on how some of our favorite apps will take advantage of the App Store. According to Evernote...| Read more »
The Apple Watch is still almost a month away from shipping and 15 days away from being available to preview in Apple Stores, but a select few apps selected by Apple to be available for the Apple Watch have started hitting the App Store today. These app updates that add Apple Watch support include Twitter, Things, Target, Dark Sky, and Sky Guide, and many more apps are continuing to roll out with support.
While most developers working on Apple Watch apps ahead of the device’s release next month still cannot submit their Watch-specific updates, Apple has clearly flipped the switch on the select apps being promoted alongside the Apple Watch.
The apps are likely being released publicly now to allow the inevitable Apple Watch reviewers to access third-party Apple Watch apps. These apps will likely also be included with the Apple...
X-Doria has a complete line of cases for iPhones and other smartphones, and their latest protective series is the Defense Metal Series for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, consisting of a bumper called the Defense Gear (US$39.99) and a case called the Defense Shield ($49.99). Today we're taking a look at both of these new lightweight aluminum products for your favorite new iPhone. Note that as of publication time, X-Doria had not updated its website to include this series.
Defense Gear is an aluminum bumper for your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. As such, it offers no protection for the front or back of your device other than a raised lip to provide protection against flat drops. If the iPhone and bumper is dropped onto the edges that are protected by Defense Gear, you're in luck -- it exceeds MIL-STD-810G for drops, meaning that it is certified to survive 6.6 foot (2 meter) drops onto concrete. That protection...| Read more »
Let's kill the suspense right away by answering the title question, 'Probably not.' For one thing, according to interviewee Alfred Poor, the Apple Watch is in no way linked to the Apple Research Kit. Dr. Poor is editor of the Health Tech Insider website, so he follows this kind of thing more carefully than most people. And the Apple watch is not the only device mentioned in this video (or transcript, if you prefer reading to listening). If you want to ruminate about the possibility of direct mind control, for instance, you need to know about the Thync, whose vendor calls it 'A groundbreaking wearable device that enables you to shift your state of mind in minutes.' They say it 'induces on-demand shifts in energy, calm, or focus.' It even has a 'pleasure' setting. Crank that to 11 and you might happily spend your days prone, being fed by a drip and emptied by a catheter, moving only when an attendant turns you over to keep bedsores from developing -- not that you'll care if they do...| Read more »
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If an annoyance contest were held between passwords and CAPTCHAs, passwords would probably win, but not by much. CAPTCHA -- Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart -- was created to foil bots attempting to mass-create accounts at websites. Once created, those accounts could be exploited by online lowlifes for malicious ends, such as spewing spam. However there are signs that the technology that uses distressed letters to weed out machines from humans may have outlived its usefulness.
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I’m always in the market for new smart home stuff. Just about every room in my house has some gadget or accessory to make things a bit easier. Recently, I moved this smart home mission outside with the addition of Ring Video Doorbell, but now I’m tackling the front door with the August Smart Lock…
I’ve always been interested in smart locks, but there was something about August that caught my eye from the moment it was announced. This lock pairs up with your iPhone via Bluetooth and can unlock the door with the...
Twitter has released Periscope for the iPhone (free), which lets Twitter customers broadcast live streaming video with almost no friction at all. If that sounds familiar, it's because Meerkat recently rose in popularity for doing the same thing. The darling of SXSW, Meerkat gained traction and an audience that has persisted beyond the festival's conclusion, despite Twitter hindering its usefulness. The apps are similar yet different, and I'll have a full comparison next week.
Periscope looks nice and is dead simple to use. After logging in with your Twitter account, you'll find that you've got three options: browse live streams, begin a stream and find people to follow. There are three "featured" streams at the top of...| Read more »
If you’re a fan of muchos updates, you’ll like this.
Hooks has just announced version 2.1 of its Hooks iOS app. The app offers over 60,000 notifications and can update you from everything from concerts to Bitcoin exchange rates, is available in multiple languages and can be custom-configured as needed.
Users can receive instant notifications if their personal brand is mentioned, changes in website rankings, sports scores or if there are difficulties with their website, thereby eliminating lost time and income.
Hooks will also be one of the first applications available for the Apple Watch upon its release.
Hooks is available for free on the App Store and requires iOS 7.0...
Chestnut Hill Sound, the inventor of the 2007 iPod Product called "George™" sues Apple for Patent Infringement. The products that allegedly infringe upon their patents include every iDevice Apple makes including the iPhone 6 that uses Apple’s Remote app for iTunes.| Read more »
Most cases will protect your iPhone during regular use, and many can handle accidental drops and a little abuse, but very few can withstand deliberate punishment. An amusing new Battle Damage video from Wired uses abusive tests to crown the “toughest iPhone case ever” from four different ultra-protective models: Griffin’s $50 Survivor,* LifeProof’s $80 Fre, ...| Read more »
Critics of so-called "bloatware" will have new fodder thanks to Samsung's forthcoming flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone, which will come preinstalled with a total of 56 applications, including third-party services like Microsoft OneDrive and Whatsapp.| Read more »
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Earlier this week, we noted that Apple has opened up a new web portal for business owners to order Apple Pay decals to promote their support of the service. Now, these stickers have begun arriving to those who have ordered. As can be seen in the image gallery below, the decal pack includes a placement guide, multiple stickers, and a tool to apply the stickers. Thanks, Michael.
Amazon on Thursday announced two new unlimited cloud storage plans for Amazon Cloud Drive, enabling users to store an endless amount of photos, videos, movies, music, and files. Amazon users can choose either the Unlimited Photos Plan for $11.99 per year or the Unlimited Everything Plan for $59.99 per year, with a free three-month trial available for each plan for customers that want to try the service. The lower-tier Unlimited Photos Plan allows for an unlimited number of photos to be stored on Amazon Cloud Drive, alongside up to 5GB of additional storage for videos, documents and other files. The more expensive Unlimited Everything Plan allows for unlimited storage of photos, videos, files, documents, movies and music with no restrictions. Amazon Prime members are already provided with an Unlimited Photos Plan at no...| Read more »
Amazon today announced that it was expanding its Cloud Drive service to include two new unlimited plans. The new Unlimited Photos provides unlimited photo storage and 5GB of video and file storage for $11.99 per year. The Unlimited Everything plans is a step up, allowing users to store an infinite number of photos, videos, music and documents for $59.99 a year.
“Most people have a lifetime of birthdays, vacations, holidays, and everyday moments stored across numerous devices. And, they don’t know how many gigabytes of storage they need to back all of them up,” said Josh Petersen, Director of Amazon Cloud Drive. “With the two new plans we are introducing today, customers don’t need to worry about storage space—they now have an affordable, secure solution to store unlimited amounts of photos, videos, movies, music, and files in one convenient place.”
Both new and...| Read more »
As I noted in Part 1 of How-To: Decode Apple’s Tech Specs pages before buying a new Mac, Apple has designed the Mac purchasing process to be easy: pick a model, pick the good, better, or best configuration, hand over your cash, and enjoy your computer. Since most people get confused by tech specs — bullet points filled with numbers and acronyms — Apple downplays them in its marketing materials, leaving customers to sort through the details and figure out what most of them mean.
But these specs are really important when you’re...
While late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs's office remains in situ at the company's Infinite Loop headquarters, a more impressive memorial may be in the works as current chief executive Tim Cook has indicated his desire to name all or part of the new spaceship campus after Jobs.| Read more »
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Pro se legal representation means advocating on one's own behalf before a court, rather than being represented by a lawyer. With that understanding, Christopher Lee Johnson filed a civil action against Tim Cook ...| Read more »
Security and compliance are among the top questions customers have for every cloud service provider. We look forward to sharing Microsoft’s perspective—including progress on Office 365 security and compliance—at the upcoming RSA Conference, April 20-24, at the Moscone Center, San Francisco.
“The world’s leading information security conference and exposition” will feature Scott Charney, corporate vice president, who will deliver an opening keynote on Microsoft’s approach to security and trust April 21st at 9:15 a.m. PT. Later on Tuesday, Bret Arsenault, Microsoft’s chief information security officer, will lead a panel discussion on Security and Privacy in the...
In this episode Jeremy Thake talks to Xiaoying from the Visual Studio team about the API Sandbox.
Last week, developer Brian Mueller of Grailr released CARROT Weather, the fifth app in the popular CARROT series. The star of these apps is the unforgettable CARROT, a sarcasm-wielding robot with a heart of weapons-grade plutonium. CARROT is known for her cutting comments that shame you into compliance while helping you meet goals like being fit or waking up on time. The Artificial Intelligence behind the app has a colorful history, and we were able to talk with developer Mueller about how his main character has evolved from a bespectacled Corgi to a faceless construct.
Kelly Hodgkins: The early app mockups featured a well-dressed Corgi with monocles and top hat. It's a very butler-ish character that is radically different from the A.I. construct we all know and love. How did that happen? Why did you transition away from the canine and towards the sentient robot? Was it a gradual change or an abrupt decision...| Read more »
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If you want to buy the Apple Watch model of your choice at an Apple Store at launch, you should consider pre-ordering online or through an Apple Store reservation, sources have told 9to5Mac. Due in part to the number of different models, Apple Watch inventory at many Apple Stores in the United States will be heavily constrained at launch, with priority given to reservations, meaning that Apple Watch availability for random walk-in purchases on day one will be noticeably tight.
As one source at a flagship Apple Store said, “we’re told to treat launch day as if there will be no walk-in stock.” That doesn’t necessarily mean there will be absolutely zero Apple Watch units to buy at launch if you don’t have a reservation, just that the specific Apple Watch...
In 2013 Apple updated iMovie with a new Rolling Shutter feature. Apple noted on their support page that "Many camcorders record video in a way that can cause image distortion if the camera moves a lot during recording (especially quick panning movements), or if the camera is recording fast motion. A video clip may appear wobbly or skewed in these...| Read more »
Following the release of Becoming Steve Jobs, an acclaimed biography of the late Apple co-founder, Fortune has named Tim Cook the "world's greatest leader," accompanied by an in-depth profile that reflects on the chief executive in the post-Jobs era. The interesting article provides a closer look at Cook's transition from a soft-spoken operations manager to a high-profile leader at Apple, and reveals how Cook has managed the pressure that comes with his new role. Apple CEO Tim Cook (Image Credit: Joe Pugliese) Cook brings a different leadership style to Apple, placing more trust in others instead of being as impulsive and manipulative as Jobs often was. The results have been favorable, as Apple has...| Read more »
Backblaze is today launching version 4.0 of its Mac backup app, potentially allowing file uploads to happen five times faster. This will primarily be of benefit for the initial backup, which can take several weeks. Faster downloads will also be available when restoring from a backup.
Although you’ve always been able to choose how much of your upload bandwidth the app uses, latency issues meant that the app didn’t always take advantage of higher speeds. You can now assign multiple processes (or threads, in Backblaze’s terminology) to the job. The company says those more than 500 miles from its California data center should see the greatest benefit.
It won’t magically add extra bandwidth out of thin air, and the company suggests limiting usage to two or three threads, but if you’ve told the app to use a decent...
Bloomberg did some digging around after Apple’s acquisition of FoundationDB, believed to be geared to improving the performance of its cloud services (something it could definitely benefit from), and found that the company also acquired a British data analysis company back in 2013, likely for the same reason.
The purchase of [FoundationDB] follows a deal for closely held Acunu Ltd., a U.K.-based data analysis company, Apple said.
Both purchases show Apple is placing more emphasis on the development of solid data infrastructure to help...
Former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts chose to leave the British fashion house for Apple largely because of the opportunity to work with Tim Cook, she hinted in a recent interview, choosing to serve alongside the Apple chief executive as he reshapes the company.| Read more »
Fortune has today named Tim Cook #1 on its list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, publishing an extensive profile of the Apple CEO in which he reflects on the lessons he’s learned in the time he’s been running the company.
Taking over from Steve was not, he said, an easy transition, and he gained a new appreciation for the way that the co-founder had shielded him and the rest of the team from public criticism.
What I learned after Steve passed away, what I had known only at a theoretical level, an academic level maybe, was that he was an incredible heat shield for us, his executive team. None of us probably appreciated that enough […] but he really took any kind of spears that were thrown. He took the praise as well. But to be honest, the intensity was...| Read more »
Just a few months after acquiring the app's original developer, Twitter has released a rebranded Periscope app for the iPhone, which lets users stream live broadcasts to Twitter followers, like chief rival Meerkat.| Read more »
Having been around since the dawn of time, I have many old Mac magazines collecting dust and spiders in my basement. Between those and some of the retro gear that Dave and I have laying around, we thought it would be fun to take the occasional walk down memory lane. Today, we present for your amusement and education an ad from the premiere issue (October 1985) of MacUser Magazine.
The company in the ad? Silicon Beach Software, a pioneering Mac development firm famous for later coming out with SuperPaint, SuperCard, Airborne! and PersonalPress. The company was acquired by Aldus (makers of PageMaker) in 1990, which was in turn swallowed up by Adobe in 1994.
AD ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN OCTOBER 1985 ISSUE OF MACUSER MAGAZINE (CLICK TO EXPAND)
What's not to love about this? Spending $40 (that's $89 in today's dollars) on a floppy disk...| Read more »
Tasa Graphic Arts (http://www.tasagraphicarts.com) has announced Earth's Rocks and the Rock Cycle, a new Earth science app available for Mac OS X.
It provides teachers, students, and parents with Earth science content about rocks and the rock cycle. Photographs of rocks and their environments plus animations are designed to help students visualize the processes that change Earth over time. Scored quizzes and essay questions are included to encourage exploration, independent study, and written communication.
Apple has explored presenting iPhone users with non-dismissable notifications, such as requiring personal health data to be entered before resuming normal use of their device, in a concept that could help break bad habits.| Read more »
On March 26, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals methods of thinning down iDevices with a new display assembly method. The invention also covers a ceramic or sapphire surface glass having an electrically energized component embedded ...| Read more »
Jason Mark (no relation) talks about the process of winnowing a pool of almost 150 applicants to find that perfect new hire. This is not an anecdote about the hiring process. It is a list of things to watch out for, things to NOT do when you are trying to get hired, along with attractive traits that separate you from the field.∞ Read this on The Loop| Read more »
Days after its Down Under debut, the Apple Watch has been featured in Australian exercise magazine Fitness First with a two-page spread that extolls the new wearable's virtues for fitness aficionados.| Read more »
Yes, you can lay claim to an HTC One M9 of your very own at the stroke of midnight on March 27, but what if your fondness for flagships leads you in another direction? No problem - Samsung has just announced that you'll be able to pre-order the Galax...| Read more »
3D Robotics develops the open source software that powers a lot of home brew UAVs. Today it's introducing a new tool to the public: DroneKit, software that allows anyone to create apps for, well, drones! DroneKit works with any craft that uses 3DR's ...| Read more »
LG is releasing the Watch Urbane LTE in South Korea within the next few days, which means we now have an idea how much one will cost. Turns out the fancy mobile internet-connected smartwatch is priced at 650,000 won or $590 in its home turf. That amo...| Read more »
If you're the type who maintains a massive amount of to-do lists and notes, you likely need a system to organize the things that keep you, well, organized. That's probably why Google has introduced labels for its Keep note-taking app on Android. It's...| Read more »
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Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 RC3's implementation of the Enlightenment desktop, makes an awesome desktop computing platform for office or home. Bodhi is one of only a handful of Linux distros embracing the Enlightenment environment. Its developers call Bodhi the Enlightened Linux Distribution. Beware if you try it: Bodhi Linux could easily become your favorite Linux distro. Enlightenment takes a bit of adjusting to, however. It has a learning curve and a customization path that renders it not so out-of-the-box ready.
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Ford Motors on Tuesday unveiled a new technology that can scan traffic signs and automatically adjust a vehicle's speed accordingly. The Intelligent Speed Limiter was demonstrated in Germany, but it will be available worldwide in the newest edition of Ford's S-Max cars. The technology features a camera mounted on the windshield that works with a recognition system that can read roadside signs. When the system determines that the driver is exceeding the posted speed limit, the car can adjust the speed without applying the brakes.
Never mind that M9+ thing in China. Back in the US, it's all about the M9 for local HTC fans, as the device is about to hit the official online store at midnight ET for $649 unlocked (it'll have the same bands as the AT&T model). This may not mean mu...| Read more »
The Canary smart home monitoring system that started with a $100l Indiegogo goal and actually raised almost $2 million, is now available in retail stores for the first time, priced at $259.
Canary is a security camera that learns your living patterns, like when people leave and enter the home, and sends alerts to your iPhone when anything seems out of the ordinary. You can then view and listen remotely to ensure all is well.
Canary is now available in Best Buy, Home Depot and Verizon Wireless, and is also available on Amazon with free shipping. The company plans to make it available in other countries later this year.Filed under:...
TeoreX has announced PhotoScissors 2.0 (http://www.photoscissors.com/download.html). The cross-platform application removes unwanted backgrounds from photos.
Version 2.0 provides improvements to further enhance results and reduce time required to obtain them. In particular, the improved edge feathering algorithm plus the "Offset Boundary" option allow for neater and more precise contours of the cut out object. The "Shadow" option applies a transparent shadow to the picture. A new interactive processing mode optionally allows applying all changes to the image in real time.
Einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has released Splice 2.3.1, an update to their movie management utility for Mac OS X.
Splice is designed for professional and amateur video content creators who need a simple tool for organizing and joining a collection of video clips together into a single movie. Version 2.3.1 introduces enhanced full screen support, tighter integration with the User Notification Center, improved progress reporting and better error handling.
St. Clair Software (http://www.stclairsoft.com/) has introduced an update for App Tamer, its Mac utility that manages applications to deliver more efficient CPU usage, increased battery life and quieter operation.
App Tamer's AutoStop capability automatically slows down or pauses applications when you switch away from them, and then restarts them when you click back to them. Version 2.0.5 fixes a compatibility issue with Safari and improves its user interface and usability.
Canon's (www.usa.canon.com) US$199 imageFORMULA P-208II Scan-tini personal document scanner is ideal for stationary users and "road warriors" in professional services, financial services, healthcare and other areas.
It provides general purpose scanning of various items, including receipts, business cards, photographs, bills, contracts, reports, letters and plastic cards. The scanner can be moved from location to location as easily as it moves paper-based information to Mac OS X and Windows devices.
The age of ubiquitous livestreaming is upon us. I say this not only because of the sudden popularity of Meerkat, the mobile livestreaming app that now boasts over 100,000 users and celebrity aficionados like Jimmy Fallon and Madonna. No, it's because...| Read more »
Increasing urbanization is putting unprecedented pressure on city mayors to constantly balance the challenge of resource constraints against environmental sustainability concerns.
Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com)estimates that 1.1 billion connected things will be used by smart cities in 2015, rising to 9.7 billion by 2020.
Smart homes and smart commercial buildings will represent 45% of total connected things in use in 2015, due to investment and service opportunity. Gartner estimates that this will rise to 81% by 2020, according to the research group.
Apple is one of ten tech giants to once again call on the US Government not to reauthorize the Patriot Act in its current form. The Act expires on 1st June unless it is renewed by Congress. Apple was joined by AOL, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo.
In an open letter to President Obama, NSA Director Admiral Rogers and other prominent government figures, the companies urge Congress to end the bulk collection of communications metadata–the logs that determine how and when ordinary citizens contact each other.
The letter says that mass surveillance must end, and that a revised bill must contain mechanisms to ensure that future government surveillance is...
On March 26, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals smart packaging that can assist in performing personalization of a new electronic device while still in the packaging ...| Read more »
Monolingual is a program for removing unnecesary language resources from OS X, in order to reclaim several hundred megabytes of disk space. If you use your computer in only one (human) language, you may not need to be taking up space on your hard drive with extraneous localization files. Monolingual will locate and eliminate these space-wasting files. Monolingual was written by J. Schrier and I. Stein, and is released under the GNU General Public License. Source code is available.Version 1.6.4:
Subscription streaming music services are everywhere now, so what can Apple's potential offering bring to the table? Combining many previous rumors and adding on a few twists, a New York Times report puts Trent Reznor in a "major role" redesigning th...| Read more »
CleanApp is an application deinstaller and archiver.... Your hard drive gets fuller day by day, but do you know why? CleanApp 5 provides you with insights how to reclaim disk space. There are definitely tons of unused files on your hard drive - CleanApp will help you to find and delete them. CleanApp 5 has been re-developed from scratch and offers a comprehensive and convenient user interface. Delete applications completely. Any app you install and run in OS X creates a large number of associated files in your system - hidden in places you wouldn't expect them to be. Therefore, free hard drive space will shrink continuously - even if you delete the software after testing and especially if you are trying out lots of applications. CleanApp 5 brings light into the darkness and helps you to tidy up your system. CleanApp relies on sophisticated methods for analysing files and applications. There is even a background service monitoring all file activity...| Read more »
Until now, Channel 4's streaming services have been a bit of a muddle. The renowned "4oD" platform handles all of its on-demand content, but the live channel feeds and web-centric shorts are held elsewhere. To make everything a little simpler for vie...| Read more »
Microsoft hasn't given up on the idea of a mini-me version of its successful Surface Pro 3 convertible, according to a rumor from WinBeta. But a Surface 3 model won't follow in the Surface 2's wobbly footsteps by packing the RT version of Windows. In...| Read more »
On March 14 we were the only Apple blog to report that Apple was working with Intel on a new special smartphone for emerging markets. Today the news is flooding in from supply chain insiders that Apple reportedly has plans to release a new 4-inch iPhone model, tentatively referred to as iPhone 6C ...| Read more »
On March 14, Daiwa Securities' Rick Hsu and Olivia Hsu came out and directly contradicted all previous rumors supporting the position that Samsung had already won Apple's A9 business and claimed that it was TSMC that would win the bulk of Apple's business. Today supply chain news is supporting that position.| Read more »
The latest scuttlebutt out of East Asia claims Apple has plans to release a total of three new iPhone models during its annual refresh cycle in the second half of the year, one of which will incorporate a 4-inch display.| Read more »
A sketchy new rumor from the sometimes-unreliable Digitimes claims that Apple will be releasing three new iPhone models this year. While many Apple watchers are expecting to see the release of two new “S” models—the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus—the new report also says the company will release a third model this year.
We’ve previously heard rumors that the “C” iPhone lineup would be disappearing after the launch of the iPhone 6. However, Digitimes claims that Apple will be debuting an “iPhone 6C” later this year that will sport a 4-inch display like that of the iPhone 5...
Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype eliminates the central server as a middle manager. Today, millions of individuals and businesses are taking advantage of Skype's diverse communication features:
Skype-to-Skype calls, video calls, and instant messaging are free, 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world. Users can make phone calls and send SMS messages at great value Pay-As-You-Go rates, or make unlimited calls to certain countries with a subscription.Version 188.8.131.529: Features and Improvements
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. It is a powerful digital toolset that helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world get the most out of their computers every day. The application serves up a perfect mix of maintenance tools and tweaks, all accessible through a clean and easy to use interface. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. It also comes with an automatic Pilot-mode that allows you to simply press a button and relax, knowing that Cocktail will take care of the rest.Version 8.2: Note: Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite to run.
Fantastical is the Mac calendar you'll actually enjoy using. Creating an event with Fantastical is quick, easy, and fun:
...and you're back to what you were doing with a shiny new event in your calendar! Fantastical's natural language engine is expressive and intelligent so you can write in your own style. Fantastical also automatically recognizes the location of your event and can even invite people from your Address Book to the event. Your events have never looked better. Plan your day in style with the most attractive calendar you've ever seen. Color-coding and beautiful design help you quickly make sense of your schedule. You can even change the number of events you want displayed, allowing you to focus on what's important. Need more info about an event? Just click on it and the event's important details will be...| Read more »
Apple is planning on releasing three new iPhone models in the second half of 2015, according to a new report from DigiTimes. The site claims that a 4-inch iPhone model will join the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s and 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus. Apple will release three different iPhones in the second half of 2015, the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and a 4-inch device currently being referred to as iPhone 6C, according to industry sources.A new 4-inch iPhone was also rumored in December 2014, with a report claiming that the device would be aimed toward female users. However, even if a new 4-inch iPhone isn't introduced, Apple will presumably have the iPhone 5s to offer for free on a two-year contract once the current models slide down. DigiTimes notes the 4-inch iPhone 6c is likely to be manufactured by Wistron while both the 6s and 6s Plus...| Read more »
Apple appears to have acquired London-based big data analytics firm Acunu, which previously marketed an eponymous real-time analytics platform that boasted high-velocity ingests and compatibility with Cassandra databases.| Read more »
Facebook’s mission of connecting the world is really about connecting everyone to Facebook, even when you’re not actually using the network. At the company’s annual F8 conference for app developers, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced new tools that will bring the apps you use, the news articles you read, and even your clothing purchases directly into Facebook.Messenger as a platform
A key piece of Facebook’s efforts is Messenger, the stand-alone messaging app that now has more than 600 million monthly active users. The company’s new Messenger Platform lets you install and use third-party apps directly inside Messenger. When a text, photo, video, or sticker just won’t do, you can now bring apps like Giphy, JibJab, Ditty, and Magisto Shot into Messenger to send song clips, GIFs, and other...| Read more »
Both Glenn and Susie use their Apple TVs every single day. So we're excited about the prospect of a hardware refresh—which, let's face it, is long overdue, especially if Apple TV is destined to be a HomeKit hub, and to get advanced features like Siri. We've got some ideas for the rumored Apple streaming TV service too.
Later, we turn to the topic of what Nintendo's move into mobile gaming means for Nintendo fans, as well as people who haven't bought a Nintendo product in years. And it seems like iOS 8.3 will be out very soon, so we recap what we're expecting there, and the iOS 8 bugs that still, well, bug us.
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Apple will begin rolling out an iPhone trade-in program in China in the near future. The option may become available in stores as soon as March 31st, allowing Chinese users to take advantage of the program that has helped boost iPhone sales in several countries already, including the United States, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.
Chinese retail employees will determine the condition of the phone being traded in, and offer...
Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a discount on 2K games, the new The Trace: Murder Mystery Game game and an update to Everyday. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.
iOS Apps Now Free
gTasks Pro - Tasks Manager for Google Tasks, GMail, Todo list & Reminders [Now free, down from $4.99] Sync your tasks with Google and across your iPhone & iPad devices. Never liked your tasks app? You’ll love this one :)
Hunter Island: Monsters & Dragons [Now free, down from $$0.99] Hunter Island is a real monster collection RPG with live multiplayer.
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The New York Times is reporting this evening that Apple is pressing ahead with a sweeping overhaul of its digital music services that would allow the company to compete directly with streaming upstarts like Spotify.| Read more »
At today's F8 Facebook Developer Conference, Facebook debuted its new Messenger Platform, a major update to the Messenger service that allows users to send content like GIFs, photos, videos, and more from third-party apps within the Facebook Messenger app for iOS. Beginning today, iOS app developers can build Facebook Messenger support into their apps, making them directly accessible within the Facebook Messenger app. Facebook has already worked with more than 40 developers, so apps with Messenger support are already available in the iOS App Store. Apps can be accessed in the Facebook Messenger app for iOS when the "More" icon is tapped within a conversation. This opens up a list of available apps that can be installed, and when tapping install, you'll be taken to the app's install page in the iOS App Store. The way third-party apps work with Messenger on iOS is a...| Read more »
A report on Wednesday claims Apple is moving forward with a long rumored overhaul of its streaming music services lineup that will incorporate a reworked Beats Music app developed with the help of Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, as well as a revamped iTunes Radio service.| Read more »
Apple’s Spotify-like subscription music service based on its $3 billion Beats acquisition last year is fully underway, The New York Times reports in a new article heavily corroborating our own reporting on the upcoming music service from the past several months. A few interesting details in the report describe two projects being largely led by music industry veterans rather than engineers…...| Read more »
Marco Arment:No sensible developer should be worried about angering “Apple” by fairly expressing legitimate criticism.Agreed.There is no single “Apple” to anger, as the company comprises thousands of people across many different departments, all of whom can think for themselves. I’m sure some of them can’t take criticism well and may be vindictive — any large group of people will contain almost every personality type — but that’s not the attitude of any of the Apple people I’ve interacted with.This has been my experience as well.∞ Read this on The Loop| Read more »
Rumors about a revamped Apple-branded Beats streaming music service have been circulating since September of last year, but as the launch of the service draws nearer, information on pricing and content has been leaking out. In a detailed report on the upcoming service published today, The New York Times confirms some previously known information and adds new details on the roles Trent Reznor and Jimmy Iovine are playing in the development of the music service. The report also divulges some information on Apple's interest in exclusive album releases and the company's work on an iTunes Radio revamp. Apple's upcoming streaming music service is said to take on many of the characteristics of the existing Beats Music service, with a focus...| Read more »
A number of powerful tech companies sent an open letter to Congress, President Barack Obama and other government agencies on Wednesday, arguing for drastic change in the nation's surveillance laws that currently allow for bulk consumer data collection.| Read more »
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This nifty photo software allows anyone to do a couple of super-cool things: (a) direct attention to the most interesting part of your photo and (b) use tilt-shift and motion blur effects towards...| Read more »
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Open Source Virtual Reality, a platform that aims to unify virtual reality input devices, games and output, and Leap Motion, a company that has established itself in the development of motion-tracking hardware, on Wednesday announced what may be a compelling way to control movements in a virtual reality environment. Despite spending years -- decades, in many cases -- navigating digital worlds with the "A, S, D, W" keys and computer mice, many in the video gaming community are wary of doing so when there are VR displays strapped to their faces.
For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred and any necessary patches or releases are available.| Read more »
Emma-Kate Symons goes full Apple-is-a-religious-cult in a piece for Quartz, “The Canonization of St. Steve of Cupertino”:
Take a new authorized hagiography of the late Apple founder, out
today, with the propagandistic title of Becoming Steve Jobs: The
Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader.
In this unabashedly flattering account, written with the
overenthusiastic participation of Apple’s senior executives and
staff, Cook tries a little too hard to rescue and reframe the
partially tarred image of his former boss. The man was not “a
greedy, selfish and egomaniac,” he says adamantly, and only yelled
at him, you know, about four or five times in his life.
There’s a lot to unpack in just these two paragraphs. For one thing, I don’t think Symons has actually read the book — (a) the book only came out yesterday,...| Read more »
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The Apple news for today is all over the map, literally and figuratively...
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At the end of an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald MasterCard's global chief, Ajay Banga admitted that if banks don't issue cards, MasterCard's revenue will decline. Understanding the bottom line, we can understand why 95% of the article downplays Apple Pay.| Read more »
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the company’s developer conference today by saying the event, called F8, would focus less on product announcements and more on serving the developer community. And then he dove in and detailed a number of the social network’s new features, products, and updates.∞ Read this on The Loop| Read more »
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Apple has chosen some iconic names in the past, like the "iPod" and "iMac." Apple even managed to take "iPad" -- which was widely panned for evoking a feminine hygiene product -- and transformed it into the popular lexicon of children and Wall Street analysts alike. However, Apple does far more than give big and bold names to products -- it even names key features. For instance, when Apple introduced a sharp new pixel-dense screen, it did something incredibly smart -- it gave the feature a special name -- a "Retina" display.
Just a day after adding TED, Tastemade, and Young Hollywood channels to the Apple TV, Apple has added yet another new channel to its set-top box -- CNNGo. CNNGo is CNN's service that lets users watch live news coverage and see segments from the past 24 hours. It also includes recent CNN coverage and films on demand. The service has previously been available on CNN.com and via the CNN iPad app. Much of the content within CNNGo requires authentication through a cable provider. Live television and full shows require authentication, but clips can be watched without a cable subscription. Today's new CNNGo channel comes as Apple is preparing to reveal both a new set-top box and a new television service at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The...| Read more »
The Encoding settings and DVD Type setting in iDVD Preferences > Projects sets the default setting for new projects. It does not alter the current project you are editing, or projects you may have previously created.| Read more »
Just a day after the last Apple TV channel refresh, CNNgo has added more news content to the set-top box lineup. The new channel appears to require an active cable subscription to view live content, but on demand news content is available without authenticating a subscription. This marks the first time content from CNN has been available on the Apple TV.
CNNgo joins ABC News, Bloomberg TV, CBS News, CNBC, PBS, Sky News, and WSJ Live in providing news content on the Apple TV in the United States.
The channel is organized by the Featured front page, Live TV for cable subscribers, Shows for seeing everything CNN offers, and Must See for viewing news by categories like politics and entertainment as well as top news and many other sections.
The Live section of CNNgo also includes a multi-hour schedule of upcoming...
During a typical photo shoot, you may capture multiple images that are very similar to each other. For example, you might have five almost identical headshots or two similar cake-cutting images. You know you'll only use one of them, but you keep the others around just in case you change your mind.
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During a typical photo shoot, you may capture multiple images that are very similar to each other. For example, you might have five almost identical headshots or two similar cake-cutting images. You know you'll only use one of them, but you keep the others around just in case you change your mind.| Read more »
Starting April 10, standard appointments for sampling Apple Watch will run 15 minutes, but shoppers interested in the $10,000-and-up Apple Watch Edition will get a half-hour to see how it looks and fits.| Read more »
Direct Mail is an easy-to-use, fully-featured email marketing app purpose-built for OS X. It lets you create and send great looking email campaigns. Start your newsletter by selecting from a gallery of professionally-designed templates, then customize to your heart's content. Design Tests let you see how your email looks in a wide variety of email clients, including live mobile previews sent to your iPhone or iPad. You'll love not having to hassle with a slow, clunky, web-based editor. When you're ready to send, rely on Direct Mail's built-in email service to deliver your message in a flash. Campaign reports show you a clear summary of opens, clicks, and more. Grow your mailing list by creating customizable subscribe forms and publish them to your website or Facebook. Direct Mail is free for up to 50 emails per month. If you would like to send more, there are a number of pricing options available...| Read more »
Social media and smartphones have made relationships somewhat complex these days. No longer can you just go out on a date with someone; now you'll most likely take a selfie or two of yourself and your squeeze-du-jour, and if things get a little frisky, you might take some photos for "private sharing." Of course, when you break up you just hope that that other person doesn't use those intimate photos and videos for nefarious purposes. Having a little "legal insurance" to protect yourself is the idea behind Social Prenup, a new app that's the brainstorm of a guy named Jason Partovi who enlisted the help of a group of lawyers to make sure the app was legally binding.
The idea is that you make a legally binding agreement with that other party with Social Prenup before you start snapping photos or shooting video. Once the agreement is signed digitally, you or the other...| Read more »
Facebook on Wednesday made a series of announcements at its F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco, revealing plans to make Messenger a platform, and improve other aspects of its social network with functions like Share Sheets, spherical videos, and an embeddable video player.| Read more »
As of April 10, Apple will begin scheduling appointments in its retail stores for customers who are interested in trying on the Apple Watch before deciding to pre-order or make a purchase. We've known that most try-on appointments will be scheduled in 15-minute intervals to allow Apple employees to get to as many customers as possible, but it seems that customers who are interested in purchasing the Gold Apple Watch Edition will get some extra time with the device. According to the International Business Times, two Apple Stores in Manhattan have confirmed that customers looking to spend upwards of $10,000 on an Apple Watch Edition will get 30 minute appointments with Apple employees instead of 15 minute appointments. Given the high price of the Apple Watch Edition, it's...| Read more »
Pixar has released its Renderman command-line 3D-rendering tool for free, given that you use it for non-commercial purposes. Note that it’s not a standalone tool, but requires Autodesk’s Maya or The Foundry’s Katana to create the actual 3D models. But this should excite any student of the 3D arts, as Renderman was used to create visual effects for The Lord of the Rings series, the Star Wars prequels, Titanic, and of course, Pixar’s own animated films. 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 »
After an initial teaser post from John Gruber earlier this month and several leaks and excerpts, the new Steve Jobs biography Becoming Steve Jobs debuted yesterday, and we've had a chance to read through the book that offers a new look into the life of the Apple co-founder. While Walter Isaacson's best-selling 2011 biography of Jobs was undertaken with Jobs' authorization and participation, many close to him felt it didn't offer an accurate reflection of his personality. In the wake of that book's debut, former Fortune and Wall Street Journal reporter Brent Schlender, who interviewed Jobs numerous times over the final 25 years of Jobs' life, teamed up with former Fortune colleague and current Fast Company executive editor Rick...| Read more »
There’s new Apple TV hardware right around the corner and Apple might have plans to launch a new Web TV subscription service later this year, but will it allow you to finally cut the cord with cable companies? We’ll get into that and also discuss new details on the retail plans for Apple Watch and what what you should expect in stores on April 10. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed…
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Mike Rundle, an independent designer and developer, is today releasing Filters for iPhone ($0.99), a visual effects photo editor. Rundle’s integrated development workflow, both writing the code and designing the interface, shows through in his work. This is how Filters describes itself.
You don’t take photos with Filters. You transform them. Filters has over 800 ways to transform your photographs including fully adjustable authentic vintage film recreations, hand-painted textures, vibrant colored gel overlays, special multi-effect adjustments (Shine, Luna, Color Boost, Intimidate and Smart Fade) as well as standard image adjustment tools like brightness, contrast, color temperature, exposure and more. All features are included with nothing extra to purchase.
The app features over 800 different image effects presented with some of the best UI design I’ve seen. However there’s no getting away from the fact Filters...| Read more »
Buying a Mac is designed to be easy. Apple has a handful of different models, each generally available in good, better, and best configurations. You’re supposed to start with the specific Mac model that fits your needs, pick a configuration that has the price and features you want, and walk away happy with your purchase. (Better yet, do your research online and save money after ordering from Amazon, or use the product guides off to the bottom right of this page.)
One thing Apple tends to downplay are tech specs — important numbers and acronyms that nonetheless confuse many people. Look carefully on Apple’s web site and you’ll find that there’s a Tech Specs page for every Mac Apple sells; they’re the keys to making an informed Mac purchase that will be right for your current and future needs. My latest How-To is here to walk you through each of Apple’s specs with...
Bayhoff Software (http://www.bayhoff.com) has introduced CircleIcons 1.0 for OS X, a new app designed to make it easy for developers to create "circle icons" for their iPhone, iPad, Mac, and WatchKit apps without the need to hire a graphic designer.
Developers can choose between three icon types, including App, Document and Folder, as well as numerous color collections or even resize pre-existing icons. They can export an icon as a Xcode asset catalog, favicon, App Store icon and more.
Apowersoft (http://www.apowersoft.com/) has announced Apowersoft Mac Screenshot, a screenshot utility for Mac OS X.
It's designed for those who want to take snapshots of anything displayed on their Mac. The screen capture tool can be used to make quick edits, upload screenshot to free cloud space and share image online. It provides image annotation, allowing you to add arrows, line, circle, text, highlight and more based on their needs.
During its F8 Developer Conference today, Facebook announced a new Facebook Messenger Platform that will allow third-party apps to integrate with its popular Messenger app.
The platform will allow users to launch and install other apps from the Facebook Messenger app itself that add additional features to the experience and allow users to easily share directly from Messenger, as pictured in the screenshots below.
4DX Games has unleashed Weasel Woodpecker, their newest game title on Mac OS X, iOS, Android, PC, and Facebook platforms.
You can play the game for free on each platform. You've seen the already iconic photo of a weasel riding on a woodpeckers back. Now you can re-enact the photo by becoming a weasel, trying to hitch a ride from the unsuspecting woodpecker. You soar through the skies, dodging trees and collecting acorns.
Beezwax Datatools (http://www.beezwax.net) has rolled out InspectorPro 5, an update of its developer tool for FileMaker solution analysis.
InspectorPro works to identify hard-to-find issues, compare database versions for changes, and identify all dependencies, unreferenced items and more. Version 5 offers 64-bit DDR parsing, detailed version comparison highlighting, three new interactive visualization tools, WebDirect compatibility reports and a streamlined user interface.
Yelp this week introduced five new business categories users can transact with via its website and mobile apps, including outdoor activities, florists, nightclubs, spas and salons, and even legal advisors.| Read more »
AKVIS has released AKVIS Points 1.0 for Mac OS X and Windows. It turns images into pointillism paintings. This painting technique is characterized by applying of separate brush strokes in the form of dots or spots.
A complex hue is decomposed into individual colors, which are displayed on the canvas as dotted strokes, small dabs of paint of pure color. The optical mixing of these dots provides a visual perception of an entire painting.
The recently refreshed 2015 MacBook Air can drive 4K external displays at a refresh rate of 60Hz, as confirmed by Ars Technica. The report claims that Intel's new Broadwell processors with integrated Intel HD Graphics 6000 support 4K output at 60Hz using a DisplayPort 1.2 cable, whereas previous-generation notebooks with Haswell processors were limited to lower resolutions at 30Hz. Apple's tech specs page for the new MacBook Air lists the notebook as capable of supporting one external display at up to 2,560×1,600 pixels, which clearly is not the case. Apple may be electing not to advertise 4K support for the new MacBook Air on purpose, however, as performance can still be somewhat laggy or jerky and the company has a shortlist of supported displays and...| Read more »
Peter Lacalamita has launched Sky Battles (http://store.steampowered.com/app/346670), his new indie air combat game on Steam, the online store for Mac and PC games.
Sky Battles features bi-planes and giant titan bosses like krakens, sea monsters and fire breathing dragons to name a few. It also includes a multiplayer mode allowing players to engage in online dogfights.
Sky Battles includes a multiplayer mode allowing players to engage in online dogfights. Steam achievements and leader boards have been implemented to complement the gaming experience.
The UK government has decided to equip all of its 650 members of parliament with an iPad Air 2, according to a report from The Telegraph citing an official announcement from the House of Commons Commission this week.
While some have been critical of the decision to lock into Apple’s ecosystem, it’s now official with all members set to receive a 16GB WiFi + Cellular iPad Air 2 at a cost of around £200,000 or almost $300,000 US a year:
“Our requirements are for a secure, SIM-enabled tablet with a good life expectancy and capable of supporting future upgrades. “The Apple iPad Air 2 meets these requirements and is competitively priced when compared with similar models.”
Apple recently made a splash by announcing a new 12-inch MacBook that features a single port for both power and data transfers: USB-C, a new connector spec that may sweep away not just USB 2.0, but also Thunderbolt -- and possibly even Apple's Lightning.| Read more »
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While some had assumed that it would be possible to book an Apple Watch try-on appointment ahead of the April 10th Apple Store preview kickoff, several Apple employees have told 9to5Mac that the booking process will actually begin on the 10th — the same day appointments will commence. Customers will be able to book 15 minute appointments, which are not necessarily required, via the Apple website on a computer or via the Apple Store iOS app. Apple Store employees have been instructed to promote the Apple Store app during in-store purchases leading up to the 10th, which Apple hopes will...
A $17.5 million project led and partly funded by Apple to increase the use of recycled water in Sunnyvale and Cupertino has been approved by city officials.
Mercury News reports that the Santa Clara Valley Water District has given the project the go ahead this week which will see the city of Sunnyvale, Apple and the California Water Service Company work together to lay 13,300 feet of pipeline to bring recycled water into Sunnyvale and Apple’s new campus in Cupertino:
Apple catalyzed talks among the various water stakeholders in the area, making plain its desire to use recycled water on its new campus, said Katherine Oven, deputy operating officer of the water district… ”Apple drove this project...
On today’s Office Mechanics show, we’ll take a look at the new Office 2016 for Mac Preview, which brings together all the most recent updates for Office on the Mac. Kaberi Chowdhury joins Jeremy Chapman to demonstrate highlights of what’s new with PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Outlook and even the newest member of the Office for Mac family, OneNote.
Office 2016 for Mac was announced earlier this month and includes updates to Word, Excel, PowerPoint along with Outlook and OneNote. Office 2016 for Mac Preview is integrated with the cloud so you can access your documents on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint at anytime, anywhere and on any device. You can also share your files easily with others right from the Word, Excel or PowerPoint.
Beyond the cloud-connected capabilities, Kaberi demos the new Presenter View in PowerPoint, power user features in Excel, threaded comments and formatting...
Today’s post about Microsoft Office 365 was written by Jim McKinnon, vice president and chief information officer at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.
Jim McKinnon joined Goodyear as an IT intern for the company’s England subsidiary and spent the next four decades working his way up to vice president and CIO. McKinnon, who retires this month, isn’t ending his 40-year career on cruise control—instead he’s been in a pedal-to-the-metal drive to change IT at Goodyear.
I grew up a working-class boy.
My father was a tire builder at Goodyear. There was no work after the war in Dundee, Scotland, so he went south to England. He married a local girl, raised a family, and instilled strong values and principles in his children. I started as an intern at Goodyear in the IT department, as an analyst/programmer. It was a great job. It’s still a great job. I’m really proud that I’ve gone from IT intern to chief information officer of the company...
It’s Wearables Wednesday here at Apple World Today, the day when I talk about the latest in the wearable technology -- regardless of whether or not it’s from Apple. Wearables are an emerging market, so we’ll look at both what comes out from Apple, what works with our Apple devices, and even keep an eye on the competition.
Today I’m focusing on a rather interesting crowdfunding campaign called Neptune Suite. There’s no compatibility with Apple at all — it’s an Android-based system. So what makes the Neptune Suite worth bringing up on an Apple-centric website?
It’s the design. The Apple Watch is clearly designed as an accessory to an iPhone, with the smartphone providing the bulk of the brains in the duo. Not so with the Neptune Suite; it all...| Read more »
Your brand new 2015 MacBook Air WILL be able to officially support external monitors with resolutions up to 2,560-pixels-by-1,600-pixels, tests have shown that the slim portable can actually drive an external 4K display at a full 60Hz.
The cool cats over at Ars Technica tested the early 2015 MacBook Air with a Dell P2415Q 24-inch 4K display and found that the Air correctly identified the attached monitor at 4K resolution, switching the user interface into HiDPI mode.
Subsequent refresh rate tests confirmed that it was running at 60Hz, and the publication said that interface components were “more than smooth enough for desktop use.” Problems cropped up when...
This might be ridiculous.
Or it could be amazing.
A Belgian IT company called Underside is allowing you to try on the Apple Watch via augmented reality. Simply print a special wristband, attach it to your wrist like a watch, then point your phone at the paper watch, and through the magic of augmented reality, becomes an Apple Watch.
Tapping on the screen lets you cycle through different watch and band combinations.
You can get the app on the Underside web site.
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Apple's cloud-based woes continue to reappear, with a major outage hitting the App Store, iTunes Store and other digital storefronts on Wednesday, seemingly affecting users around the world and preventing them from searching for and downloading apps or other content [updated].| Read more »
Alternative energy!We’ve got two iPhone accessories this week that power up the phone through alternative means—one through hand-cranking, the other through solar. Also: A bunch of new Apple Watch gadgets to enjoy.Calypso CrystalThe $69 CalypsoPad is a kind of slightly plush viewing stand for your iPhone 6; it’s made of soft Italian leather and embedded with magnets to hold your phone in place at a gentle viewing angle—and it also holds your charging cord in place for easy access to power.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here| Read more »
While Apple says that its latest MacBook Air will officially support external monitors with resolutions up to 2,560-pixels-by-1,600-pixels, tests have shown that the slim portable can actually drive an external 4K display at a full 60Hz.| Read more »
RESCUECOM’s 2015 Computer Reliability Report brings some interesting shifts among the big names in computer and tablet manufacturers.
Most noteworthy in the 2015 report is the lead Amazon has claimed over the competition. With a higher reliability score than the rest of the manufacturers combined, Amazon holds the top rank. The manufacturer even surpassed well-known names in reliability like Apple and Samsung this year. Amazon’s “A+” grade is due in large part to focusing on one product: the Kindle tablets.
Fantastical 2 for Mac (currently 10 dollars off at $39.99) is now available, and it embraces OS X Yosemite with a nice, warm hug. The software, which I first reviewed way back in 2011, has grown quite a bit in the last four years. Fantastical 2 includes a full calendar window, a detachable menu bar calendar, a Today widget for Notification Center and so much more. Fantastical has received steady attention and development, and it shows. Here's my look at this great calendar app for Mac.
Old (Left) and new (right). Larger month view, bolder colors, flat as a pancake
Right away, you'll notice the bold new color scheme. Its predecessor's dark background is gone, and the software's trademark red is nice and bright. Fantastical 2 has adopted Yosemite's "flat" aesthetic, giving it a modern, up...| Read more »
An Apple research and development facility promised by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been formally announced by the mayor of Yokohama, and is due to be completed sometime in 2016.| Read more »
Flexibits today launched the much-anticipated Fantastical 2 for Mac, a completely new app that overhauls the existing Fantastical for Mac app and introduces a long list of new features. Flexibits CEO Michael Simmons spoke with MacRumors about the new Fantastical 2 update for Mac, and he told us that while the original Fantastical app reinvented calendar apps, the new update reinvents Fantastical. The Flexibits team took everything they learned from Fantastical 2 for iOS and brought it over to the Mac. To begin with, Fantastical 2 has been designed from the ground up to fit in with the Yosemite aesthetic, adopting a flat design, simple outlines, cleaner fonts, and brighter, bolder colors with two available color themes. It's also adopted many Yosemite-only features like a Notification Center widget, Handoff, and Action and Share Extensions. The biggest change to ...| Read more »
After launching a successful follow-up to popular calendar app Fantastical for iPhone and iPad, developer Flexibits returns its attention to Mac with Fantastical 2 for OS X, bringing a slew of new features like Today widgets and extensibility support.| Read more »
A supply chain report is claiming that sales of Apple's iPhone 6 have been strong particularly in China. While more than 50 million iPhone 6 devices were shipped in the fourth quarter of 2014, shipments are set to remain ...| Read more »
jAlbum Pro has all the features you love in jAlbum, but comes with a commercial license. With jAlbum, you can create gorgeous custom photo galleries for the Web without writing a line of code! Beginner-friendly, with Pro Results Simply drag and drop photos into groups, choose a design from hundreds of beautiful album skins, and you're done! Share the memories Effortlessly upload your album to your website. If you don't have one, select one of jAlbum's affordable storage plans. Photo galleries for everyone jAlbum is the perfect photo-sharing tool for bloggers, small business, social groups, and families. Features:
For a more detailed comparison, see this page.Version 12.6: Note: The standard...| Read more »
With jAlbum, you can create gorgeous custom photo galleries for the Web without writing a line of code! Beginner-friendly, with pro results Simply drag and drop photos into groups, choose a design from hundreds of beautiful album skins, and you're done! Share the memories Effortlessly upload your album to your website. If you don't have one, select one of jAlbum's affordable storage plans. Photo galleries for everyone jAlbum is the perfect photo-sharing tool for bloggers, small business, social groups, and families.Version 12.6: Note: The standard jAlbum installation requires OS X 10.8 or later. To use jAlbum on OS X 10.6 and 10.7, select "jAlbum for Mac OS X (not bundled with Java)" from our "More download options" page (http://jalbum.net/software/download/all-systems) News and...| Read more »
An anonymous reader writes: UI designer Eli Schiff has posted an article about the "climate of fear" surrounding Apple in the software development community. He points out how developers who express criticism in an informal setting often recant when their words are being recorded, and how even moderate public criticism is often prefaced by flattery and endorsements. Beyond that, the industry has learned that they can't rely on Apple's walled garden to make a profit. The opaque app review process, the race to the bottom on pricing, and Apple's resistance to curation of the App Store are driving "independent app developers into larger organizations and venture-backed startups." Apple is also known to cut contact with developers if they release for Android first. The "climate of fear" even affects journalists, who face not only stonewalling from Apple after negative reporting, but also a brigade of Apple fans and even other journalists trying to paint them as anti-Apple.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk last week said that the company's line of high-end electric cars will get some autonomous driving capabilities via an over-the-air software update this summer. The new features will let drivers give their vehicles control of certain tasks on major roads, possibly even highways. Other software updates for the Tesla S, including Range Assurance, Trip Planner and new safety functionality, already are rolling out. "Tesla is one of the only automotive OEMs that can offer this sort of update," said IHS Technology's Egil Juliussen.
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced PDF Checkpoint 1.7.7, a maintenance update to their PDF preflight and conversion solution.
The app automatically preflights, exports as images, splits and optimizes Adobe PDF files. The software can also convert the color of PDF colors, downsample resolution and compress images. The new version lets users preflight PDF documents created with LibreOffice as well as files that underwent GhostScript conversion.
According to the Sandler Research group (www.sandlerresearch.com), the global headphones market will see a 12.70% CAGR [compound annual growth rate] between now and 2019.
According to the report, one key trend being witnessed in the market is the rapid adoption of over-ear headphones. The rise in disposable income, especially among individuals in developed countries, the proliferation of smartphones, and the availability of headphones with advanced features, has increased the purchase of over-ear headphones.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has put online video clips from real car crashes caused by 16-19 year old drivers using smartphones while driving. The videos, which show both the view through the windscreen and a view of the driver, are designed to make real the dangers of distracted driving.
None of the crashes featured in the above clip feature injuries, but almost 3,000 people a year are killed in crashes involving drivers in this age-range, the majority of them caused by the driver being “inattentive or engaged in some other non-driving-related activity.” A further 383,000 people a year are injured.
Researchers at the University of Iowa examined carcam footage from 1,691 crashes involving drivers aged 16-19 to determine the cause. Distracted driving was found to be the cause in 58% of crashes, with 12% of them due to using a phone while driving. For crashes involving the car leaving the...
Forums: TroubleshootingHello everybody.
I have a question, maybe it's simple.
I actually have an Xsan 4 with a first Volume 1 created and regularly mounted on all my 8x clients connected.
Now i have to add a second volume with a new array, but some clients will have to mount only the first, some clients only the second, and some clients both volumes.
Now that the Xsan Admin is gone, how can i manage the mount of multiple volumes using the new profiler system?
Thank you very much for your time
If Carbon3D's capability to print out objects 25 to 100 times faster than usual is the reason why you can't wait for it to come out, then you'll love this machine, as well. An Australian company has announced that it's also working on a super speedy ...| Read more »
Airbags on the inside, that's what cars typically have, protecting the driver from any incident that might knock them around inside a vehicle. But how about airbags on the outside, for the rest of us? Google's patented the idea for its driverless car...| Read more »
A Better Finder Rename is the most complete renaming solution available on the market today. That's why, since 1996, tens of thousands of hobbyists, professionals and businesses depend on A Better Finder Rename to organize and maintain files. A Better Finder Rename's user interface supports complex renaming tasks without sacrificing ease and speed of use. Simply drag the files you want to rename straight from the Finder into the large preview table or the application icon.. or use our Finder context menu and hot key. The Instant Preview feature eliminates guesswork and costly errors and helps you find the right settings quickly and accurately by providing as-you-type feedback. A Better Finder Rename offers a complete set of renaming options that are organized into 15 categories covering all the text, character, position, conversion and truncation features that you would expect from a file renamer, but it does not stop there. Photographers use the advanced sequence...| Read more »
WALTR is designed to make it easy to upload and convert any music or video file to an iPad or iPhone format for native playback. It supports a huge variety of media file types, including MP3, MP4, AVI, CUE, WMA, M4R, AAC, M4V, M4A, FLAC, ALAC, MKV, and more. It even supports file types that are not normally compatible with iOS, including MKV, AVI, FLAC, and CUE, allowing them to be played in the native Music and Movie apps on iOS. Using WALTR is simple. After closing iTunes, a user just needs to plug an iPhone or iPad into a Mac and open the WALTR app. The iOS device and its available storage space is listed at the top of the app, and files can be dragged to the blank space in the app for immediate transfer to the iOS device. Uploads begin as soon as a file is dragged into the WALTR app, and most uploads are very quick, taking a few seconds. Once a file has been transferred to the iPhone or iPad, it is accessible in either the native Movies or Music app on the iOS...| Read more »
Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, markup, and prose. You'll love the slick user interface, extraordinary features, and amazing performance. Goto Anything. Use Goto Anything to open files with only a few keystrokes, and instantly jump to symbols, lines, or words. Triggered with ⌘P, it is possible to:
These shortcuts can be combined, so tp@rf may take you to a function read_file within a file text_parser.py. Similarly, tp:100 would take you to line 100 of the same file. Multiple Selections. Make ten changes at the same time, not one change ten times. Multiple selections allow you to interactively change many lines at once, rename variables with ease, and manipulate files faster than ever. Try pressing ⇧⌘L to split the selection into lines and ⌘D to select...| Read more »
Lyn is a lightweight and fast image browser and viewer designed for photographers, graphic artists and Web designers. Featuring an extremely versatile and aesthetically pleasing interface, it delivers an easy-to-use geotagging technology and a complete solution for sharing your photographs. Lyn natively supports all popular image formats like JPEG, TIFF, JPEG 2000, PNG, PPM, TGA, RAW, HDR, OpenEXR, animated GIF, and any other image format supported by OS X. It also integrates a movie player to watch camera recordings. The new editing inspector gives you everything to turn your shots into great photos. Adjust exposure, color temperature, brightness, and contrast or reveal image details with highlight and shadow adjustments. You can experiment and convert your color photos to black and white, try a classic sepia tone, or add a vignette. Features:
As a rule, bionic hands are clunky contraptions made of motors, pneumatics and other machinery that just can't be as elegant as the real thing. Germany's Saarland University might just change that, however. Its researchers have developed an artificia...| Read more »
It's been a good year for the internet in America. Not only did it receive much needed federal Net Neutrality protections, the average download speed increased by a solid 10 Mbps nationwide over the previous year. As of March 2015, the average downlo...| Read more »
Apple, the Santa Clara Valley Water District, the city of Sunnyvale and the California Water Service Company may soon break ground on a joint $17.5 million project that will pipe recycled water into Cupertino and Apple's sprawling Campus 2 headquarters.| Read more »
Even the FAA itself knows it needs to speed up its notoriously slow drone approval process. That's why it has debuted a new rule that will quickly grant permits to companies that promise to adhere to certain restrictions. All applicants whose drones ...| Read more »