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For most of us in the USA today is Thanksgiving, often spent with family gathered around a table full of food to remind us of what's important. I wanted to take a moment to thank all of our TUAW readers for taking the time to enjoy what our hardworking writers and editors put on the site every day. Thanks to you all for the comments and emails -- and for sharing our stories with your friends.
As we look forward to 2014 I can tell you we have a few (good) surprises in store. Happy holidays (and Happy Hanukkah!) to you all.
PS - If you happen to fix a family computer during Thanksgiving be sure to check out our contest with FilmThis.Happy Thanksgiving from TUAW! originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 28 Nov 2013 13:00:00 EST....| Read more »
The government of Brazil has asked Apple to explain why the company charges for items in the iTunes store in US dollars instead of Brazilian reals. The Consumer Protection Secretariat of the Brazilian ministry has given the company just ten days to respond to the query, which aims to find out whether Apple's practices are lawful or not.... ...| Read more »
Originally released for Xbox 360, Windows Phone, Windows 8, and Steam, Skulls of Shogun is now available for iOS users. The Bone-A-Fide edition, Skulls features five episodes of single-player content, and 36 multi-player maps, playable over the Internet via turn-based Skulls Anywhere mode, or pass-and-play with up to four people.... ...| Read more »
Apple has scored a huge win in Japan in October with the release of the iPhone 5s and 5c, according to a note from research firm Kantar Worldpanel. In that month, Apple's two latest handsets took a whopping 76% of smartphone sales in the country. As Japan and the rest of Asia are increasingly becoming the most important market for America's technology giants, this is sure to be news Apple will be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
But perhaps the biggest winner is Japan's DoCoMo, the country's largest carrier who until this fall had never offered the iPhone. DoCoMo had been shedding customers for years because it wasn't carrying Apple's device, but now the company has seen a massive boost in sales, with 61% of their handsets sold in the month of October being the iPhone.iPhone scores big in Japan for October originally...| Read more »
Teased at earlier this week, Apple’s Black Friday deals for 2013 have been revealed, with the promotions now appearing in Australian Apple Store due to the time zone difference. In a departure from prior years where modest discounts were offered on a selection of products, this year’s…| Read more »
Originally released in August for Xbox 360, PS3, and Windows, 2K and TransGaming just released The Bureau — XCOM Declassified on the Mac App Store. The release follows the launch of the popular XCOM: Enemy Unknown game on Mac earlier this year, but unlike that game, XCOM Declassified is a third-person shooter with strategy elements taken from the classic XCOM titles. The game received some mixed reviews, but was generally well received by most.
The year is 1962. JFK is President and the Cold War has the nation gripped by fear – but a far more powerful and insidious enemy than communism is threatening America. Known only to a select few, a top-secret government unit called The Bureau begins investigating and concealing a series of mysterious...
British cable service Virgin Media has updated its Virgin TV Anywhere service, by introducing an Android app to compliment its existing iOS offering. At the same time, the company is adding nine more live channels to the service for both platforms, as it continues to compete against dominant broadcaster Sky and its similar Sky Go service.... ...| Read more »
According to Futuremark, “when a device is suspected of breaking our rules it is delisted”. Among those that have been delisted – in other words, sent right to the bottom of Futuremark’s official performance chart and stripped of their scores – are HTC’s One and One Mini smartphones, and Samsung’s Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note III tablets.
I’m shocked Samsung would stoop to such levels.
∞ Read this on The Loop
Customers awaiting word of what Apple would do for Black Friday need wait no longer, as the company's Australian online store has been updated with news that shoppers can collect gift cards, rather than discounts, with their new Mac, iPad, or iPod purchases this year.| Read more »
It's Thanksgiving, and nothing sounds better than stuffing ourselves with unhealthy amounts of turkey and passing out during the football game in front of the TV while gearing up for Black Friday tomorrow. First we need to get on with our Holiday Giveaway Blitz. So next up are "The Pop" earbuds by Coloud Headphones. These headphones provide direct sound and powerful bass while eliminating noise pollution. We have two sets to give away to our readers.... ...| Read more »
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As we predicted, Apple’s Black Friday deals take the form of gift cards rather than discounts. The Australian store is first to come online with the promotion.
Buy a Mac, and you get a gift card for AUS$150 ($137), an iPad gets you AUS$75 ($68) and an iPod AUS$50 ($45) – with a range of gift card values on selected accessories. It’s likely these amounts will be rounded in the USA.
There appears to be no gift card with the Retina iPad Mini (only with the non-Retina model), likely a reflection of the limited supplies...
Work on a national stolen phone database covering AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless handsets has been completed, according to an announcement from CTIA. The wireless association revealed that the multi-carrier database has been implemented before its November 30th deadline, one which it hopes to connect to overseas carriers to protect against thefts worldwide.... ...| Read more »
It's the fourth Thursday in November, and in the States, that means it's the Thanksgiving holiday. On Friday we'll post details of Apple's Black Friday sale, and we'll back on Monday with our regular coverage. Until then, we hope that you and yours have a great weekend.| Read more »
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DisplayMate, a company specializing in scientific display testing and calibration, gave the Retina iPad Mini third place in detailed lab tests of three leading 7-inch tablets, criticising Apple for “really bad planning” for what it considers to be out-dated display technology.
And finally… the iPad mini with Retina Display unfortunately comes in with a distant 3rd place finish behind the innovative displays on the Kindle Fire HDX 7 and new Nexus 7 [...]
All of this reliance on IGZO is really bad planning… Right now there is a readily available display technology that has much higher performance than IGZO. It’s Low Temperature Poly Silicon LTPS, and it is used in all of the iPhones and in all of Samsung OLEDs (so it’s available in large quantities). Two innovative tablet manufacturers, Amazon and Google, have significantly...
It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S., and we at iLounge would like to wish you a happy holiday and express how grateful we are for your readership and support. We will be on a limited posting schedule today and Friday;…| Read more »
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Reuters is reporting that Lucy Koh has today dismissed a data privacy lawsuit against Apple that dates back to 2011. The plaintiffs were suing on the basis that (in iOS 4.1) Apple collected WiFi hotspot and cell tower location data even though Location Services were disabled.
In addition, the lawyers claimed that the App Store was designed to easily transmit personal data to third parties without user consent. As a result, they alleged that they overpaid for their iPhones. They said that they would have paid significantly less for their devices if they had known Apple would continue to ‘track’ their location with...
A 28-year-old man was found dead in Rayong province in Thailand, clutching a burnt iPhone 4S in his hand in another case of electrocution -- though police say that once again the use of a third-party charger is believed to be the source of the electric malfunction. Photos taken at the scene strongly suggest that the charger, which was plugged in while the man was using or lying on the device, was not an Apple-made charger. Two other people, both from China, have died or fallen into a coma from faulty chargers connected to iPhones.... ...| Read more »
US District Court Judge Lucy Koh -- who just concluded a damages retrial between Apple and Samsung and will preside over the next round in the two companies' ongoing patent battles -- dismissed a consumer protection lawsuit on Wednesday that charged that iOS' "geotracking" data -- discovered in iOS 4 in 2011 to be an unprotected file that could theoretically have been accessed by third parties was deliberately designed to collect personal data without consent.... ...| Read more »
The world's most versatile camera and the world's most popular smartphone lineup join forces thanks to the official GoPro app for iOS. Built-in wireless connectivity, stunning picture quality and a stellar lineup of accessories make the GoPro Hero3+ camera an easy recommendation --?one made only better by connecting it to an iPhone.| Read more »
A U.S. district court judge on Monday dismissed a consumer protection lawsuit leveled against Apple that claimed the company inadvertently allowed ad networks to track iOS devices, thus breaching their privacy.| Read more »
Black Friday is just around the corner, and it's entirely likely that there's a particular loved one you've been unable to think of something special: your resident musicophile. Fortunately, they're secretly among the easiest of all the people on your list to shop for. Normally we'd be a bit quieter in saying something like that, but your house audiophile is probably off somewhere wearing a pair of high-quality headphones, vibing to Bishop Nehru or Tame Impala -- don't worry, they'll tell you about those bands sooner or later. In the meantime, click through and check out the Music Lover editio... ...| Read more »
Another iPhone electrocution has been reported in East Asia, this time from Thailand, where a 28-year-old man was reportedly killed while lying on an iPhone 4S connected to what is believed to be a knockoff third-party charger.| Read more »
Various studies from a variety of analytics firms which measure real-world interaction with devices (rather than the nebulous "shipments" number) have once again determined that Apple's iOS platform far outweighs Android in two key areas: rewarding developers and user interaction. A study by Adfonic found that ad impressions on iOS outpaced Android (which supposedly has about a 6x larger base) by two to one. A Business Insider report found that developers for iOS make five times what they do on Android.... ...| Read more »
Jeff and Bryan put together their shopping guide for 2013, and it turns out they've been looking at some fairly expensive gifts. They have awesome desktop speakers, cool stands, leather iPad Air cases, quality iPad styluses (or stylii, as Bryan insisted on calling them), fitness stuff, stuff for the house, and an expensive game for your iPad. Giddy-up, pretend that you're thinking about shopping for someone else, and enjoy.| Read more »
One of the very few remaining reasons why I don't go all "Ticci" and do all of my writing on the iPad is that when I'm writing books for traditional publishers, they have a tendency to get queasy with anything that isn't written in Microsoft Word. Since they also like to keep an eye on what changes authors are making to documents, change tracking has to be turned on in Word all the time. So in the past, the vast majority of my offline writing has been done in Word on a Mac just to keep those publishers happy.
Not any more. Through a happy experiment this morning, I found that Pages (for both Mac and iOS) now does a much better job of round-tripping with Word. That's the term for shifting a document back and forth between different applications on different platforms, hopefully without too many formatting changes happening in the process.
So here's my...| Read more »
Unless Apple makes some unexpected changes to Newsstand, it will not be helping publishers win that fight for attention. For The Magazine’s Fleishman, at least, that means it’s time to seek solutions outside the product that Apple once marketed as a great hope for publishers.
Says Fleishman: “I hooked my wagon to a star that has dimmed in Apple’s eyes.”Read more »
During a talk at the LISA ’13 conference in Washington D.C earlier this month, a couple members from Google’s Macintosh Operations team explained how the company has been forced to develop its own set of tools to manage its fleet of roughly 43,000 Macs. The reason, according to Google engineers Clay Caviness and Edward Eigerman, is that Apple isn’t doing a great job at supporting its enterprise management tools. As the first slide of the presentation (pictured above) puts it, “While Apple won’t do much for you, there are tools out there you can use to keep your machines secure, up to date and useful.”
“We don’t use...
Join the Giveaway Blitz this week as MacNN and Electronista will shower our readers with prizes from Thanksgiving eve through Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We will be giving away cellphone cases, Blutooth speakers, headphones, portable chargers and more. Get ready to gorge on these great prizes, and be sure to check back often for new items to arrive.... ...| Read more »
For the third quarter of 2013, worldwide ad impressions recorded from devices running Apple's iOS doubled those from rival Android, one report says, once again suggesting higher Web engagement from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users.| Read more »
Apple online retailer MacMall has launched its Black Friday sale early, with the company now offering discounts on selected Macs, the iPad Air, non-Retina iPad minis and Apple TV among other items and accessories. The specific discounts could mirror Apple's as-yet-unspecified Friday discounts, and hint that Apple doesn't intend to discount the limited-supply Retina iPad mini or its iPhone line at all this year.... ...| Read more »
Authorized Apple resellers begun unveiling their Black Friday deals on Wednesday, with discounts of roughly $101 off Macs and as much as $70 off new iPad Air models-- but none on Retina iPad minis -- potentially hinting at the kinds of discounts Apple will or will not provide at its own stores. Meanwhile, more AppleInsider exclusives and a $699.99 MacBook Air doorbuster are also up for grabs.| Read more »
As retailers gird their corporate loins for Black Friday, Apple's iPad product line is shaping up to be the headliner product to attract shoppers at many chains. Target, Best Buy, and Walmart are all pricing the devices aggressively, including some deals that include a free gift card. Bryan Chaffin rounds up deals and prices.| Read more »
There are plenty of collage apps for iOS. One of the best is Diptic from Peak Systems. It allows you to grab photos from your camera roll and combine them into attractive, framed presentations for sharing.
Now there's something new called Diptic Video, which is US$1.99 from the App Store. You can still use it to create photo collages, but it adds video to the mix. The process is similar. Select some videos that are thematically related, load them into Diptic Video, arrange them how you like, and pick a presentation (there are 35 templates to choose from). You can have four windows all with video, or three or two or one.
Once the videos are loaded you can play them sequentially, loop the clips so they repeat, and stop after the shortest or longest clip. You can also add music that you have on your device....| Read more »
Apple continued to climb in trading today, closing at $545.96 and reaching a market cap of $491.22 billion as its chief rival Samsung plans for "Crisis Awareness" meeting involving 600 management staff members.| Read more »
Black Friday 2013 is almost upon us and we’ve got the definitive game plan for Apple folks out there on tap. We cover Gear and Deals at 9to5Toys 365 days a year so we’re experts on where notable deals are to be had. (Unfortunately, this year they won’t be at Apple).
Over the next 36 hours, every retailer will officially begin their pre-announced Black Friday deals. More importantly, competition makes each retailer bring their lowest prices down further throughout the day. It’s what makes Black Friday Black Friday.
Walmart pushed their sales up a full week, Amazon made its earliest start ever,...
For the second time this month, Tapbots has released an update to its full-featured Twitter client for iOS, Tweetbot 3. Entirely redesigned in October for iOS 7, Tweetbot 3 offers users native push notifications, customizable navigation, and a synced timeline position.... ...| Read more »
It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world.
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One particularly cruel Internet prank tricked some (hopefully few) iPhone owners into thinking that iOS 7 somehow made their devices waterproof. That's ridiculous of course, but today LifeProof is launching a case for the iPhone 5s that actually does make the device impervious to water. The case is part of the "nuud" line from LifeProof, and it provides protection from water up to a depth of 6.6ft.
There is no shortage of waterproof cases for the iPhone 5 (or 5s, given that its dimensions are the same), but LifeProof's new protector is the first that is fully compatible with Touch ID, allowing fingerprint sensing through the waterproof layer. But for premium protection you'll be paying a premium price: The iPhone 5s nuud case will set you back a cool $89.99US....| Read more »
Apple's planned Black Friday event will likely focus on gift cards, rather than actual discounts, sources say. A person buying an eligible product at an Apple Store is expected to get a gift card valid only at retail, and only after the date it was issued. Buying a Mac at a US store, for instance, might get shoppers a $100 card, while an iPad might come with a $50 card. Accessories and peripherals may come with $25 or $50 cards, depending on how much the product costs.... ...| Read more »
There's good new for Apple Store employees and terrible news for people who like shopping on Thanksgiving. Only one Apple Store will be open for business during this year's great annual family gathering of Thanks/turkey massacre.
According to IFOAppleStore, only the Royal Hawaiian store in Honolulu will open on Thanksgiving day this year. Presumably this is some sort of karmic debt being paid for getting to live in Hawaii year round. The store's hours will be 10 AM to 10 PM.
But don't you worry Apple-minded shoppers, the Apple Stores will be ready for you on Black Friday, with most US stores opening at 6 AM to accommodate your iPad acquiring needs. When your shop will close on Black Friday depends on a number of factors, including the store's leasing agreement, local permits, and other regional oddities.
Las Vegas' Forum Shops Apple Store will be the last to close on...| Read more »
There is no single unified Android codebase which is dominating the world. There is no single Android app store, there is no single Android ecosystem. What does exist is a vast array of different platforms and different ecosystem running this underlying kernel called Android.Read more »
This week MacNN and Electronista are getting into the holiday spirit, and as such we are going to be giving away a lot of cool prizes from today through Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the weekend in between. Be sure to check often to get in on the action. First up we are giving away three PureGear Utilitarian cases for iPhone 4/4S and 5, or Galaxy S III.... ...| Read more »
In what perhaps will be my final post before Thanksgiving, I would like to offer my thanks to Smile, this week's sponsor here at TMO. Our focus for this spot is on PDFPen, the all-purpose PDF editing tool for the Mac. Our world lives half in paper and half online, and PDFs are the bridge between those halves. And while we can all create PDFs as easily as we can print them (hint: check the menu in the lower left of your Mac's print dialog), to modify them you need PDFPen.| Read more »
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As part of the American Black Friday sales tradition, Apple typically offers minimal discounts on its own products and third-party accessories via its online and physical retail stores. However, this year will likely be different. According to multiple sources, Apple’s sales event this Friday will be based around gift cards, not discounts on products. If a customer buys a product from Apple on Black Friday, instead of receiving a discount, they will be given an Apple Store gift card. This gift card will likely not be able to be used at the time of purchase, solely at a later date. The setup is similar to that of Apple’s recent...
iOS has long dominated principal rival Android in terms of developer revenue, and according to new figures from Business Insider that's still the case. The new chart shows that for every US$1 iOS developers make per download, their Android counterparts bring in just 19 cents. The rest of the revenue metrics are slightly less disparate, with mobile ad revenue on Android bringing in 77 cents for every $1 on iOS, and in-app purchases giving Android devs 24 cents vs. $1 on iOS.
Despite the huge gap, Android is actually catching up to iOS overall, though it remains to be seen when (or if) Android will ever offer the same payoff for app developers as they find on Apple's marketplace.Android still playing catch-up to...| Read more »
Facebook is reportedly testing a new "Save For Later Reading" feature that enables users to compile content that appears in their News Feed. Mobile screenshot images posted by MyTechSkool and referenced by AllThingsD show an iBooks-style bookmark button next to news items, which can be later accessed via a new "Saved" category within the existing Apps menu.... ...| Read more »
After spending much of its life on the Xbox 360, Windows Phone, and Windows PCs, indie hit Skulls of the Shogun is finally making its way to Apple devices. The game made a surprise debut today in the form of Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition and is available as a universal app for both iPhone and iPad.
The turn-based strategy title features a full single player campaign as well as a whopping 36 multiplayer maps where up to four players can battle it out. The game is priced at US$4.99 and the developer is promising no in-app-purchases (hooray!), so you can be sure you're not going to be nickel-and-dimed as you play.Skulls of the Shogun assaults iOS starting today originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed...| Read more »
Referring to Windows RT, Microsoft's executive for devices Julie Larson-Green recently said: "We should not have called it Windows." And so it goes with Microsoft's recent confusion about OSes and branding with its mobile devices. The good news is that some clarity appears to be emerging -- as soon as Windows RT dies.| Read more »
I enjoy taking photos of things are they change over time --the leaves on a small tree, a building as its being built or my children's faces. The most challenging part of this process is making sure you get the same shot each time. Inevitably, I take multiple shots at different distances with different angles and lose the continuity of the shot. I recently stumbled upon TimeShutter, which helps you keep that consistency between each photo.
TimeShutter is a simple app, but it is effective. The app has a basic camera UI with one important difference -- it has a guideline that is lifted from your last photo or a photo that you choose. It is this guide that is the key to the app's ability to reproduce the same photo over and over again.
All you have to to do to take the next photo in your series is line up the guides from the previous...| Read more »
Garmin has announced that its premium navigation apps for iOS, NAVIGON and StreetPilot, will be available at a 50 per cent discount on Black Friday. Garmin's premium apps offer a range of features not included in its free app versions, such as being able to store map information locally on the iPhone.... ...| Read more »
Wood makes everything betterThis week's roundup of accessories includes several speakers made more beautiful by using natural materials, as well as docks, keyboards, stands, and more.BlueloungeThe $100 Sanctuary4 is a tablet stand that also has four USB ports so that multiple iOS devices (or other smartphones or accessories) can be charged at once. The device is pitched for hotels and retail businesses, but if you have a device-heavy family, you might find some room on your kitchen counter for it.ChinonThe $249 Legato is a hardwood ash speaker dock for the iPhone. Rather than using a powered speaker, it passively channels the audio from your iPhone’s own speaker through an ambient radiator to create richer, warmer sound. Also, it looks pretty cool.Felt AudioThe $100...| Read more »
Microsoft has released two new anti-iPad Surface 2 ads just in time for the holidays. In a continuation of the theme of this ad series, the new adverts point out features the Surface 2 have, but the iPad lacks.
The first ad, "Keeping clean in the kitchen," shows had a cooking app support hands-free integration so you can get your hands messy preparing a big meal, but still keep your Surface screen clean. The second ad, "Keeping your kids safe online," shows off the Surface 2's multiple user support, as each user of the Surface 2 can have their own account with their own apps.
Both ads are correct that the iPad lacks these features, but one has to question how well the hands free mode on the Surface works. As...| Read more »
iPhone fans often seem to have a penchant for two things: Moleskine notebooks and taking copious amounts of pictures or shooting handheld movies. Barcelona's Honest&Smile has managed to combine three elements -- iPhone, Moleskine, and movies -- into one compact "analog image mixer and notebook" called AbracadabrApp (US$38.42).
It's an incredibly simple "analog app" -- just take one hardcover Moleskine reporter notebook, drill a hole through it at one point, cut off part of the pages and add a channel that an iPhone can sit in, and then add a mirror with a tiny "arm" that sticks into the hole in the page. That mirror can be adjusted a bit in terms of angle by swiveling it around the arm, but ends up in the field of view of the iPhone's camera.
The result? You can take photos or movies showing both what's behind and in front of the camera...| Read more »
The waiting time for iPhone 5Ss has shortened significantly as major assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. has been running its factories round the clock, adding more workers to its production lines.
Apple is now shipping all variations of the iPhone 5S smartphones within three to five business days, compared to a two- to three-week wait last month, according to the company’s online stores in China and the U.S.
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Over the next 72-hours, electronics stores around the nation will be launching their Black Friday sales and we'll be providing full coverage of the best-of-the-best, including some unbeatable exclusives only for AppleInsider readers from top merchants, starting with a brand new mid-2012 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display for $1,649.00 from B&H Photo.| Read more »
T-Mobile is planning to cut down payments for the iPhone 5s and 5c to zero on Black Friday, according to a leaked memo. Normally T-Mobile charges $149 for the 5s, and $49 for the 5c. The deal should officially run Friday through Sunday, although a "select number" of stores will reportedly begin discounts on Thursday evening. On Cyber Monday, T-Mobile will adjust down payments to $50 and $10, respectively, before scaling back up to full price.... ...| Read more »
Redbox fans will be happy to know that the company has released a new version of its universal Redbox Instant by Verizon app that supports AirPlay streaming. Redbox is among a long line of iOS apps and services that have embraced AirPlay streaming due to its popularity with users.
There are a few caveats to be aware of. First, as Redbox notes:
"To use AirPlay with our Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch apps, your device needs to have version 6 or higher of the iOS operating system. Also, AirPlay will work with streaming content, but not with downloads."
Engadget has pointed out additional issues. The stream will be broken if you get a text message, certain notifications, quit the app or lock your device. All these issues make it a pretty slim chance that you'll get through an...| Read more »
After a year of volatility and investments from players Einhorn and Icahn, AAPL stock is approaching its high for the year of $549/share.
AAPL saw a meteoric rise across 2011 and early 2012, but the stock faltered across 2013 over investor concerns of slowing growth and continuing doubts about Apple’s ability to innovate and compete against its competitors. The stock price opened 2013 at 549.02 on January 2nd but immediately headed south from there, hitting 440 by the 25th of the month.
Share price growth across 2013 has been effectively flat. In June at D11, Tim Cook characterized the depressed stock price as “frustrating”. The stock has dipped to as low as $385 in April and has slowly gained across the latter half of...
We've all taken those regrettable photos -- you snap a quick shot of your friends of family in front of a wonderful scene and when you get home you realize you weren't holding your camera as straight as you thought. You can fire up your favorite photo editor and try to apply a fix, but it is often an exercise in frustration as you try to rotate and skew the photo to get the correct angle and perspective. If you are ready to leave these frustrating fixes behind, then you should check out DxO Perspective from DxO Labs.
DxO Perspective does one thing and it does it well -- it allows you to easily and quickly fix perspective problems in photos. The two most common tools in the app allow you to fix a crooked horizon by using a horizontal level or a vertical level. It's as easy as selecting your tool (horizontal or vertical), affixing a line to your photo and hitting apply. The app rotates the photo to the correct...| Read more »
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The Universal Lens Kit [On sale for $23.99, down from $69]
Enhance your stock camera with this three piece lens set and take pictures so good you'll amaze even yourself. Broaden your artistic range with professional-level extreme close-ups and wide-angle shots that capture way more of your environment.
With an adapter designed for iPhone 4/4S/5/5S and another for all other smartphone cameras, you can capture images close-up, far away, and with the classic 180-degree "fisheye" look. Easily switch between lenses with magnetic "snap-on, snap-off" functionality, and store the others...| Read more »
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For the past few months, I’ve been testing the Automatic Link which aims to make you a safer, more efficient driver. But is it enough to really change your driving habits?
With the holiday season quickly approaching and the hardware now widely available and in stock on Amazon (and Prime eligible at that), what...
There’s been a lot of talk about Apple and innovation in the tech press lately, and probably not in a way that Apple would prefer. Elsewhere on Macworld, my colleague Christopher Breen wrote a thoughtufl piece on innovation and iteration—so thoughtful, in fact, that I thought we’d discuss it further on the latest Macworld Podcast.
Chris and senior editor Dan Moren join me to talk about what it means to innovate, when Apple’s met that standard, and areas that are ripe for a little of Cupertino’s innovative magic going forwared.
While discussing Chris’s article, we mention another piece by one of our Macworld contributors; Lex Friedman recently wrote about his wavering trust in Apple. (That article didn’t please our in-house media critic...| Read more »
The Ashton Kutcher movie Jobs is now available to rent or buy on iTunes. Originally released this summer, the movie is a semi-fictional retelling of Steve Jobs and the rise of Apple Computer. Kutcher, of course, plays Jobs, while Josh Gad takes up the role of Steve Wozniak.
The movie was neither a critical nor a box office success, making only US$16 million at the US box office and scoring just 26 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. However, at a budget of $12 million, the film can be seen as a modest financial success for its production company, Open Road Films. Globally, the film took in just north of $35 million.
The HD version of Jobs will set you back $19.99, while the SD version is $14.99. The download includes iTunes Extras, including deleted scenes, a featurette on Kutcher's role as Jobs, a "Legacy of Steve Jobs" mini-documentary and a...| Read more »
G3 Studios is looking to fund development of a role playing game (RPG) called Deathfire: Ruins of Nethermore for Mac, Windows, and Linux through Kickstarter. The company is $121,000 towards its funding goal of $390,000, and that means Mac gaming fans have a great opportunity to put their money to work. The project is being headed by gaming veteran Guido Henkel, and the company's goal is to make a single player, party-based RPG with turn-by-turn combat. In the promo video below, Mr. Henkel shows off the great graphics, very interesting game play features, and his approach in designing the game. There are a ton of funding options ranging from $25 for a digital download to $1,000 that lets you design an NPC that will be used in the game, and higher.Read more »
According to a leaked internal memo posted by TmoNews, T-Mobile is going to be dropping the upfront price of both the iPhone 5s and 5c to $0 down on its usual instalment plans for Black Friday. That cuts the usual down payment for the iPhone 5s down from $149 and the iPhone 5c from $49. The deal will officially kick off on Friday and last through Sunday, but the report notes that “a select number of stores will be accepting orders from Thursday evening.” After getting your iPhone for $0 down, you’ll pay around $20 a month for 24 months on T-Mobile instalment plans.
Some regionals carriers are also gearing up for big discounts this Friday. Appalachian Wireless announced it will offer the 16GB iPhone 5, 5C or 5S for a penny on contract today only and nTelos will also have the...
The iPhone accounted for 76 percent of Japanese smartphone sales during the month of October, according to Kantar World Panel data. Specific reasons for Apple's dominance are unmentioned, but are likely attributable to two factors. The first is the launch of the iPhone 5s and 5c on September 20th, since model refreshes always cause a surge in Apple sales. The other, though, is the addition of NTT DoCoMo as a carrier.... ...| Read more »
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Today, Tapbots has released Tweetbot 3.2 to the App Store, the latest version of their highly-popular Twitter client. Tapbots have been pretty relentless in updating their flagship app with version 3.1 arriving only two weeks ago.
Tweetbot 3.2 brings a long-awaited night theme to the app, offering another theme choice to users who may not like the stark-white default look.
The theme can be set to adjust automatically based on time or manually set as the default look. The application theme can also be changed via a hidden gesture; simply swipe up and down with two fingers to toggle between the light and dark theme.
Apple’s recent acquisition of Israeli company PrimeSense led many to believe Apple would utilize PrimeSense’s motion tracking technology in a future Apple TV product. However, Jessica Lessin is now suggesting based on her sources that PrimeSense’s tech makes more sense for mapping, which Apple is clearly intent on…| Read more »
During the course of writing our reviews for TUAW, we traditionally give away the review products. Sometimes we get items that we just never get around to reviewing, and sometimes we'll end up not getting a reply from a winner... so the products start to pile up. In the spirit of holiday giving, we're giving our readers a chance to pick up some great free swag with our Black Friday Mega-Giveaway.
Like our other giveaways, all you have to do to have a chance to win is enter. You do that by filling out the form that is at the bottom of this post. Of course there's some small print you might want to read first:
Despite Android's significantly larger installed base, iOS continues to dominate in monetization with a five-times-greater return rate for developers -- a sign that Cupertino's market segmentation strategy is paying dividends for application creators.| Read more »
As regular readers may have noted, I’m a great fan of wood as a material. The ifrogz case I reviewed earlier in the year was wonderful in terms of aesthetics and build quality, but was essentially designed as a semi-permanent enclosure, which isn’t always convenient.
Others, like the iWood cases reviewed in the same piece, are more convenient but don’t feel as special. The Kerf Case is designed to bridge the gap: a genuine, all-wood case with the convenience of slipping it on and off in a second or two. Cases are available for the iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5/5s …
Not all wooden cases look and feel real. With the finish applied to some, they can end up feeling plasticky; not these ones. It’s...
Kantar World Panel is reporting that Apple took 76% of total smartphone sales in Japan during October. This means Apple outsold other manufacturers by about 3:1 in the country.
KWP ComTech Japan: #Apple takes 76% share of Japan Smartphone sales during October, including 61% on #NTT DoCoMo— KWP ComTech (@KWP_ComTech) November 26, 2013
The strong sales performance is likely due to the addition of DoCoMo to the iPhone carrier lineup in Japan. Until this year, DoCoMo has resisted accepting the iPhone. However, with the iPhone 5s and 5c, customers could buy...
Production bottlenecks for the Retina iPad mini have been largely removed, leading to Apple increasing its orders up to almost 4 million units for the month of November, Taiwanese supply chain sources claim. Retina Mini orders are said to have already surpassed those for 2012's first-generation tablet. Prior to its launch, rumors and even Apple itself suggested that the Retina Mini would be in short supply until 2014. The primary obstacle was thought to have been burn-in problems with Sharp LCDs, something that may have affected some shipping units. DigiTimes' sources simply state that a 7... ...| Read more »
Honda has announced that a select number of its Honda and Acura vehicles are now available with Siri Eyes Free integration, with more to follow on December 3rd. The company announced the news in a press release today stating that owners of select Honda and Acura models including the 2013-2014 Honda Accord and 2013 Acura RDX and ILX can now go to their dealerships and have Siri Eyes Free kits installed. Once done, owners of those vehicles can then use Siri on their iOS device to send text and emails, set reminders and alarms, get turn-by-turn voice navigation, and have sports and weather information read to them by iOS 7's digital personal assistant. From the press release:
"Honda recognizes the power of Siri Eyes Free to meet connectivity and convenience needs of its customers in a responsible manner," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics, American...| Read more »
Rovio rolled out a new update for Angry Birds that adds an extra 30 levels, bringing the total up to 495, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Along with the new levels, the game gained three new potions to change the appearance of the pigs, and the Bomb bird now has a shockwave power that lets users add an electrical shock whenever a bomb detonates. Angry Birds for the iPhone is priced at US$1.99 and $2.99 for the iPad. The games are available at Apple's iTunes-based App Store.| Read more »
If you are going to create an attack ad, it better be either irrefutably in-the-right or incredibly clever. This ad makes the case that the Chromebook is not a real laptop, that when it is not connected to the internet, it is “pretty much a brick.” I don’t own a Chromebook, and I’m not necessarily a Chromebook fan, but fair is fair. A “brick”? It took me all of 2 minutes reading reviews to dispel this myth.
I get the fact that the Chromebook might not be as useful when you are not connected to the net, given that it was designed with Google’s online suite of apps in mind. But not one review I read implied that the Chromebook is useless when off-line.| Read more »
Kicker has introduced its Amphitheater K3 Speaker System with Bluetooth ($200) and Vapor Headphones ($220). The Amphitheater K3 uses aptX audio coding and delivers sound using 3-inch drivers, mid-bass woofers, a tuned-port enclosure, and a 2x10-watt amp. Devices can connect to the Amphitheater K3 using NFC or Bluetooth.| Read more »
If that special someone on your holiday gift list is into their Mac, iPhone or iPad, there's a good chance they also have a taste for other cool tech gear, too. That's how we are at The Mac Observer, so we went on the hunt for some great tech gift ideas just for you.| Read more »
The recent uptick in iPhone 5s supplies is connected to "around the clock" production at Foxconn, and more people being brought onto assembly lines, says the Wall Street Journal. At the supplier's Zhengzhou facilities, 100 lines are said to be operating at all hours for the 5s, with about 600 people per line. "We have been churning out about 500,000 iPhone 5ss everyday, the highest daily output ever," an anonymous Foxconn executive is quoted as saying.... ...| Read more »
The holiday shopping season kicks off this week with select stores rolling back prices before the big shopping extravaganza of Black Friday. To help you get the most for your money, we have scoured the websites of the retailers big and small and have listed the sales they have planned on Apple accessories.
We already have a list of Apple hardware that'll be on sale this week and will follow up later this week with software discounts for the iPad, iPhone and Mac. We also will update this list as the week goes on with deals from other manufacturers and retailers like OWC, ZAGG and more.
Best Buy opens it doors at 6 PM on Thanksgiving day (Thursday, November 28). Stores with lines will start handing out tickets up to two...| Read more »
In a bid to increase supply of Apple's flagship iPhone 5s, Foxconn --?the company's largest manufacturing partner --?has dedicated 100 assembly lines to the handset and is now operating 24-hours-per-day, according to Foxconn executives.| Read more »