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According to a leaked internal T-Mobile memo, accessories being sold to eligible customers will qualify for an EIP (equipment installment plan) starting on July 20th (via TmoNews). Much more expensive smartphone accessories such as smartwatches and high-end Beats headphones are surely becoming more and more attractive to customers, and the un-carrier seemingly wants to give customers an easier way to get their hands on them.
The current EIP programs, which allow you to pay for your device typically over a period of 24 months will be coming to accessories in some form and should be presented to customers as “part of the complete solution” according to the memo. And customers may very well be enticed by the deal because that would mean that they’re able to walk out of a brick-and-mortar store with a lot of new product without having to pay much up-front.
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Fans of the sitcom Community have cause to celebrate after Yahoo renewed the show for a sixth season. Creator and showrunner Dan Harmon has signed on, along with seven core cast members. The season will have at least 13 episodes and will air weekly starting this fall. NBC ran the show, which centers on the fictional Greendale Community College, for five seasons before canceling it earlier this year. Since then, rumors abounded that other networks or online services might keep Community alive.
We have a great deal on macTuneUp and DiskTools Pro from Macware today. Regularly priced at $110, you can get them through our deal for $24.99. macTuneUp keeps your Mac running fast and it can fix problems with your system, too. It will clear your caches and log file, find duplicates, remove unused language files and more. With DiskTooks Pro, you can defrag your Mac's hard drive (Dave Hamilton will yell at you if you defrag an SSD), repair volumes, create bootable backups, benchmark your drives, find and repair broken aliases, and much more. This deal ends in 4 days.| Read more »
One of the hottest Kickstarter campaigns right now is that for LaMetric -- it's a smart ticker from a company called Smart Atoms that displays just about anything you can imagine. With 30 days to go in the campaign, LaMetric has gathered almost 1,500...| Read more »
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Earlier this week, Apple released OS X 10.9.4 with various enhancements and bug fixes for wake-from-sleep and WiFi connectivity. In addition to those fixes, many professional video editors who use Mac Pros are reporting that graphics rendering and performance issues found in the preceding OS X 10.9.3 have been resolved. Graphics card incompatibility issues with 2013 Mac Pros bundled with AMD D700 and D500 graphics engines resulted in videos stalling during the exporting process,...
Slimmer iPad? Check. Thinner iPhone? On its way (probably). Your laptop? Light as air.
But what about your wallet?
Dividing all of your cards with leather adds significant bulk to a wallet. Instead, stacking your cards together saves loads of space. Bellroy craft wallets that don’t have those little voids. This uses less material and helps create a slimmer silhouette, even with the same contents. Visit Bellroy’s online shop to find out why John Gruber thinks his Bellroy is the “best wallet I’ve ever used”.| Read more »
Back in March, we reviewed Mophie’s Space Pack storage case for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. The case is both a battery pack that boosts the battery life of the iPhone as well as an external storage drive. Mophie has shipped variants that add 16GB and 32GB of storage to your iPhone, and today the company has announced a new 64GB version. That means with this case, you can technically have an iPhone that can store approximately 128GB of data. Data on the Space Pack is managed via a free Space app on the App Store....| Read more »
Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.
Apps Now Free
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Facebook's experiment into what happens when to subscriber's moods when their timelines were manipulated to gauge their emotional state has caught the eye of UK regulators. The country's Information Commissioner's Office has started an investigation into Facebook's 2012 experiment to determine whether or not any laws were broken and if fines that could reach Â500,000 should be imposed.The Mac Observer Spin: Considering the level of anger surrounding the Facebook experiment, it's likely we'll see other governments getting involved with looking into the company's practices. For Facebook, the issue will be to find the fine line it can walk between offering users a social network service and manipulating those same subscribers for its own financial gain.| Read more »
Some people using .mac or .me addresses as AIM logins in Messages are finding them non-functional, even after meeting Apple's requirements for a June 30th support cutoff, complaints indicate. In April, Apple stated that those logins would no longer work for versions of OS X below v10.7.2. Even people who do meet that threshold, however, are saying they can't use the logins anywhere, including the AIM web interface or third-party Mac and iOS clients such as Adium....| Read more »
It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.
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The Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course...| Read more »
With the Independence Day holiday around the corner, iOS gamers now have a few new options for off-day entertainment as 2K Games officially released Civilization Revolution 2 and Namco Bandai updated Pac-Man with new mazes and content.| Read more »
Forums: TroubleshootingTags: Open DirectoryLocal Network UserI can't figure this out. Using Local Network Users for Xsan Clients. 2 Mac mini MDCs. Both Setup for Open Directory & DNS. 10.9.4 all around (but one soon to be replaced client running 10.8.5)
Open Directory "available at server1.xsan.domain.net" - Public network. Master OD.
Everything works for about half a day, more or less, then suddenly the local network users can't log in or authenticate themselves if they are already logged in. (i.e. installing software)
Console shoots back the following:
7/2/14 1:44:52.038 PM Console: Marker - Jul 2, 2014, 1:44:52 PM
Apple has released iMovie 10.0.04 just in time for editing all the video from your summer adventures. The update doesn't bring any major new features to iMovie, but it does provide improved stability and fixes issues that have previously caused the...| Read more »
Apple is retiring Aperture, its professional photo software, in favor of the new Photos application for OS X. Jeff Carlson examines why the transition isn’t like most software and what Photos will need to do (and may fail at) in the future. 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 »
Forums: TroubleshootingI'm baffled and could use some opinions here.
I've got a root folder on an XSAN volume that has mysteriously (none of my users will lay claim to it) moved itself to within another root folder. The end result looks like this:
Original Location -- > /Volumes/Xsan_Storage/Analysts_Folders
New Location --> /Volumes/Xsan_Storage/Acquisition/Analysts_Folders
Now, Like I said earlier, nobody will lay claim to be the source of how my root folder got moved, and when I say moved I mean that most of the data within the original path vanished, entirety of the folder is gone from the original location, save for two nested folders and a paltry 400k-ish of tertiary data within those folders. The new location seems to have the entire remainder of the original folder, best I can tell.
I've got the bulk of my clients on win 7 machines...
As Apple previously announced in April, today marks the end of support for AIM in iChat using a me.com or mac.com ID for Macs running OS X Lion 10.7.1 or earlier. While some reports are claiming the change also appears to be affecting users on newer versions of OS X, we’ve confirmed with sources with knowledge of the situation that users running 10.7.2 or higher, including Yosemite, will continue to have support for AIM.
iChat functionality including text messaging via AIM, video chat, and screen sharing will no longer be available when used with a mac.com or me.com ID on systems running 10.7.1 or earlier after June 30, 2014. Follow the instructions below to continue using AIM services with your me.com or mac.com ID.
iPads in Los Angeles schools didn't work out quite as well as hoped, and it looks like there's plenty of blame to pass around. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to take a look at what went wrong and why, plus they talk about the UK's investigation into Facebook's user feed experiment.| Read more »
Apple is no stranger to putting catchy tunes in its TV ads, but the song that accompanied the iPhone's "Strength" ad that debuted last month was a bit strange. For starters, it's called Chicken Fat (or at least that's one of its names), and it sounds...| Read more »
Sales of the iPhone 5c may have been a disappointment to many, but the European launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5 proved that Apple's colorful plastic handset still has an edge on the competition. According to sales data from Kantar Worldpanel, the...| Read more »
If Apple is able to drive adoption of its rumored iTunes-backed mobile payment system among wealthy consumers at the same pace as similar systems in the developing world, it could be one of the company's most important -- and profitable -- strategic moves.| Read more »
I’ll admit that most of Apple’s pop-heavy First Plays aren’t really my thing, but this week’s certainly caught my eye. Judas Priest: Redeemer of Souls is available on iTunes Radio before it goes on sale in stores. Just open iTunes and go to iTunes Radio to listen.| Read more »
You invested in a pretty expensive new Mac Pro.
Now it’s time to lock that thing to the nearest desk.
Per AppleInsider, Apple on Tuesday introduced the first official hardware security adapter specifically designed for the late-2013 Mac Pro, offering owners basic protection against theft and tampering.
According to Apple’s description of the US$50 Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter, the accessory clamps on to the machine without need for special tools and is compatible with most third-party Kensington locks or similar products. A lock is not included in the package.
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Sometimes you need to capture video of your Mac's screen, either to show someone a troublesome error or a quick how-to for a friend or family member. You can purchase a dedicated screencasting app like Camtasia, but for most casual users, QuickTime's...| Read more »
Stack 'emThis week's roundup of new add-ons for your iOS devices includes a gadget that you can use to stack and recharge dozens of iPads in a single sitting, as well as new devices for recharging, carrying, and listening.Griffin TechnologyThe $700 MultiDock (pictured) is built for schools and other institutions that have many iPads in use. Each MultiDock can charge and sync 10 iPads, and the MultiDock is built to stack up to three high—so you can charge 30 iPads in one go. The system is also compatible with 15-inch MacBook Pros “and almost any other mobile device used in the classroom.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here| Read more »
Apple has released an official security lock adapter for the 2013 Mac Pro. The accessory connects without tools and supports a variety of Kensington locks, plus locks in a "similar style." While in use the adapter prevents easy access to a Pro's internals....| Read more »
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With any luck, this will help.
Late Tuesday, Apple released version 10.0.4 of its iMovie editing suite. The new version, which can be downloaded via OS X’s Software Update feature, adds the following fixes and changes:
- Improves stability and resolves issues that could cause iMovie to quit unexpectedly
iMovie 10.0.4 requires an Intel-based Mac running OS X 10.9.2 or late to install and run.
If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.
Apple will host its third fiscal quarter earnings conference call on Tuesday, July 22. The iPhone and iPad maker will announce its quarterly earnings numbers after the market closes, and The Mac Observer will be at the ready with our usual event coverage.The Mac Observer Spin: Considering the media hype surrounding rumors of the iWatch release it's a safe bet we'll get to hear questions from analysts about Apple's wearable tech plans. The odds are pretty good someone will ask about an Apple television. Again.| Read more »
Apple has reduced the maximum credit people can get for an iPhone trade-in from $250 in the US and $270 in Canada to just $225 in both countries, accounts note. The change can be spotted by going to an Apple Store's landing page. Apple's online estimation tool is calculating still lower values, topping out at $205 US for a 64GB iPhone 5 tied to a major carrier....| Read more »
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Roughly three months after the launch of its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone, Samsung on Tuesday debuted the device's smaller sibling: the widely anticipated Galaxy S5 mini. Featuring a 4.5-inch HD 720 x 1280 Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy S5 mini comes equipped with a Quad Core 1.4-GHz processor and 1.5 GB RAM, along with 8-MP rear-facing and 2.1-MP front-facing cameras. Although compact in size, the mini preserves many of the flagship S5's key features, including IP67 dust- and water-resistance.
This clever DIY from NYU Science Of Music shows you how to turn an old Starbucks cup into a speaker for your iPhone or iPad. It's not super loud, but it's a fun way to learn more about how speakers work....| Read more »
Apple rolled out iMovie 10.0.4 for the Mac on Tuesday with stability improvements and a fix for issues that could cause the app to crash. iMovie is Apple's consumer-level video editing app and is part of the company's iLife suite.| Read more »
She’s got a tough and important job:
Harvey was the 25th employee at Twitter, where her official title is vice president of trust and safety, but she’s more like Silicon Valley’s chief sanitation officer, dealing with the dirtiest stuff on Twitter: spam, harassment, child exploitation, threats of rape and murder.
∞ Read this on The Loop
Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office said it would look into the Facebook experiment. That’s one problem for Facebook. Another is a potential class-action suit:
Critics of Facebook’s study have raised the specter that the company could face a class-action lawsuit over the study. According to a report in Forbes, the company added mention of research to its terms of service months after the study was conducted.Read more »
An independent retailer that sells Apple products on Amazon is suing both companies, CNET reports. The company, Hard 2 Find Accessories, has accused Amazon of pulling product listings due to Apple’s demands and suspending the Hard 2 Find account. According to the lawsuit, Apple requested that Amazon pull the…| Read more »
cPro, formerly CraigsPro+, is one of the top Craigslist apps, offering a variety of features that allow you to both find items on Craigslist and manage your own Cragislist listings.
cPro has several features that set it apart from the competition...| Read more »
What's involved in making an app, and more importantly, what are the people like who make the apps you use every day? Thanks to a Kickstarter project from Jake Schumacher and Story & Pixel, you can have the opportunity to meet the fascinating people behind the the apps that make your Mac, iPhone and iPad so important in your life through a new documentary called App: The Human Story. The movie will include interviews with Cabel Sasser, Craig Hockenberry, Jean MacDonald, Lisa Bettany, John Gruber, Marco Arment, Jason Snell, and more. The project needs to raise US$100,000 by the end of July to get off the ground. You know what to do.| Read more »
Amazon said Szabadi, who left the company in May after nearly six years, can’t solicit business from any of his former customers for 18 months after his departure. He joined Google as a lead for the reseller ecosystem team in May.
In response, Szabadi’s lawyer told Amazon that Szabadi has also signed an agreement with Google, vowing not to do business with any AWS clients that he remembers having “material direct contact” with, or that he knows “confidential information” about, according to the court document. The agreement is in effect for six months.
Google is not backing down and is planning a strong defense for the suit. said a person familiar with the company’s strategy.
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Expecting big things from the anticipated debuts of new iPhones and a so-called "iWatch" this fall, Evercore Partners on Wednesday increased its price target on shares of Apple to $115 -- one of the highest current forecasts on Wall Street.| Read more »
In this simple but useful article, Melissa Holtâs going to cover how to add the date to your Macâs menu bar-and heck, you can even turn your clock into an analog one if you want. Or switch to a 24-hour version! Oh, the possibilities.| Read more »
An accessories retailer has filed a lawsuit against Amazon and Apple, over removed product listing requests and lost sales. Filed last week, Hard 2 Find Accessories claims Amazon took down product listings from its site and suspended its seller's account after a request by Apple, a move which is allegedly costing Hard 2 Find more than $180,000 a month in lost revenues....| Read more »
Barron’s reports that institutional investors have returned Apple to its number one slot in its annual ranking of the world’s most respected companies, after it was beaten last year by Berkshire Hathaway.
Apple topped this year’s ranking by scoring 3.94, giving it a wide margin of victory. Berkshire scored 3.58, and the mean was 2.37. Apple received the highest number of Highly Respect votes …
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Berkshire Hathaway moved to the number two slot, ahead of Boeing and Google in third and fourth places.
Apple has taken top billing in the annual money managers’ survey in four of the past five years. Barron’s said that “Apple’s iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers have enhanced the lives of billions” and that investors were...
A Nielsen study (via TechCrunch) reveals that while we all spend much longer using mobile apps than we did two years ago, and we may have many more apps installed on our phones, the average number of apps we actually interact with in any given month hasn’t changed nearly as much.
While time spent using mobile apps climbed from 18h 18m in 2011 to 30h 15m by the end of last year, the total number of apps actually used only increased from 23.3 to 26.8. So we’re spending more time using pretty much the same number of apps … ...
QNap Systems has announced the release of its Silent Network-Attached Storage (NAS) series addition, the HS-251, designed for living-room use. Featuring a wide range of multimedia applications, the HS-251 offers real-time and offline Full HD video transcoding, and HDMI connectivity for local playback. Simultaneous viewing of different videos is possible with the device, and video content can be converted in formats that can be easily played on PCs, mobile devices and smart TVs....| Read more »
Apple has returned to the top ranking position on Barron's annual ranking of the world's most-respected companies, not only surpassing last year's top-rated company Berkshire Hathaway, but greatly surpassing any other entrants' score. The company had spent the previous five years in the number one position in the survey until last year, when it sank to third place following a precipitous drop in its stock, which saw the company lose half of its value until the spring of 2013....| Read more »
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Users looking to trade in their iPhone 5 for credit toward a newer model will now get less value out of their old devices. Today Apple cut the trade-in value of the iPhone by $45, from the previous $270 down to only $225. The change is visible on websites for both United States and Canada Apple Stores, but it is likely that stores in other countries will see changes in local currency equivalents. This change comes just days after the program launched in Italy, with Australian stores planning to follow suit soon…
Since the introduction of the GoPro, numerous action cams have come out of the woodwork to tackle the consumer need for camcorders that can take a beating. Even though they existed prior to what's now the staple camera on the market, the small-form HD cams have now become the target to shoot for. DXG has entered the market with the IronX 5G9V HD action cam, bringing a number of accessories and a ......| Read more »
Did you miss the premiere of HBO’s “The Leftovers”? You can watch the full episode on Yahoo. It’s from one of the creators of Lost, Damon Lindelof. To be fair, it sounds depressing and the reviews of the first four shows have been all over the place but I’ll watch it nonetheless. Did you watch it?| Read more »
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During the 2014 WWDC keynote, Apple demoed a very early build of its upcoming Photos application for Mac. The app will be available next year for OS X Yosemite, but for now all we really know is that its arrival will bring about the end of both iPhoto and Aperture. That news drew the attention of everyone who uses either of those applications, with many saying Apple no longer cared about pro-level users.
In an attempt to quell the...
A new study done by Kantar Worldpanel, covering the big five European markets on the occasion of the Samsung Galaxy S5's first full month of sales, and found that it was unable to surpass Apple's 10-month-old iPhone 5s or even the iPhone 5c in sales. It did, however, come in third place -- with further survey results suggesting that the larger screen size of the S5 has had some modest success in attracting Apple users. In the US, the Galaxy S5 displaced the iPhone 5c to become the second best-selling smartphone in May....| Read more »
Apple has quietly introduced an official solution for users seeking to lock their 2013 Mac Pro to a stationary desk or other item. The $49 adapter attaches to the rear of the Mac Pro without any additional tools or instruction and can connect to a series of different Kensington locking mechanisms (via MacRumors). Here are the accessory’s highlights from Apple:
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Here in the Linux community, there's never any shortage of opportunities to wax philosophical about the success of our favorite operating system. After all, the traditional model had nothing to do with it, strictly speaking, so FOSS fans can't be blamed for wanting to extol the virtues of the free and open source model instead. Recently, however, none other than our friends at Linux Voice brought the point into the limelight. "It might seem like a pernickety argument, but 'Free Software' and 'open source' emphasize different things."
LIghtroom Killer Tips:
If you’re an Aperture user, it’s time to find something else to manage/edit your photos. So if you’ve been waiting to make the jump to Lightroom, now’s your chance. Especially with the $9.99/month Creative Cloud Photography plan becoming permanent.
You’ll notice there’s many similarities between Lightroom and Aperture. So rather than start from scratch and teach you every feature in Lightroom, I wanted to just list the top 10 things I think are most important if you decide to switch. Things that you may be familiar with in Aperture, and what the counterparts are in Lightroom. Here goes!
I’ve used both apps but have favoured Lightroom for many years. Aperture users are going to need to find alternatives and Lightroom is the logical choice for many....| Read more »
Yahoo has released an update for its Mail app for iOS, featuring enhancements for iPad users. The service includes 1TB of free storage space, and one's inbox can be personalized with Flickr themes that sync across devices. Yahoo Mail v3.1.0 aims to offer more access to information in a consolidated space, with news, search, and snapshots of weather, sports scores and more now available. Filters can be created, edited and deleted for one's mail, and various performance and bug fixes. Free to download, Yahoo Mail requires iOS 7.0 or later, and a mail account through Yahoo....| Read more »
Less than a week after Apple announced plans to ditch both its pro-level Aperture and consumer-minded iPhoto photography tools for OS X, a report on Tuesday offers additional details on the upcoming replacement app, Photos for OS X.| Read more »
Google has acquired Songza, a music app for Android and iOS which provides curated mood-based playlists. Though purchased for an unknown amount, speculated to be upwards of $15 million, the app will apparently remain active with no immediate changes instead of being shut down, though its features are highly likely to make their way into other Google music products, including Google Play Music and the rumored YouTube music service....| Read more »
On Tuesday, Apple issued a minor update to the OS X version of iMovie, bringing it to v10.0.4. The new version sports only a single bug fix, along with the usual "stability improvements" tweaking. The update addresses an issue that would occasionally cause iMovie to crash or quit unexpectedly. It's not clear if the fix is related to a previous minor update that also addressed a crashing bug. Current iMovie owners can update through Software Update; new users can buy the OS X version of the app for $15 (a version for iOS is also available)....| Read more »
Group GPS (free) is one of those "Gee, I wish I had thought of this" apps. To get started, you sign up for a free account by supplying a user name and an email address. Create an activity, like 'bike race' or 'desert hike,' and send an invitation to...| Read more »
Apple ruffled more than a few feathers last week when it indirectly announced that its upcoming Photos will mark the end of further development of Aperture, the company's professional photo editing software.
While Apple's other pro-oriented software...| Read more »
Adam Kramer, coauthor of the paper involving Facebook news feed manipulation, took to the social media service to explain the importance of the study earlier this week. Since news of the psychological study hit the Internet, many have wondered about the ethical implications of emotional manipulation by the company. Kramer indicated that the researchers didn't clearly state their motivations in the paper, leading to a misinterpretation of how the study was perceived....| Read more »
During opening statements in a California court trial on Monday, jury members were told Apple pushed third-party app developers to use a proprietary video streaming format that allegedly infringes on patents owned by audio firm Emblaze.| Read more »
The Tech Giant Streaming Music Wars heated on Tuesday with the announcement that Google bought Songza. Like Beats Music, the service Apple picked up when it bought Beats Electronics, Songza focuses on providing playlists curated by human beings.| Read more »
Apple updated iMovie for Mac today with fixes for bugs that could cause the app to crash. This is only the fourth update to the app since it was redesigned last year, but so far this seems to be the smallest. Most of the other updates have included new features or at least listed which bugs were being fixed.
You can grab the update for free if you already own iMovie 10.0, or buy the app for $14.99 from the Mac App Store.
What’s New in Version 10.0.4
Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.
Apps Now Free
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Oregon-based 3D software maker e-on has announced that its Ozone 2014 atmosphere generator plug-in for popular 3D programs is now available. The company says the produce produces "ultra-realistic" environments with volumetric clouds, accurate light dispersion and "natural phenomena such as 'Godrays'." The accurately-simulated environment can affect other scene elements and flows organically in accordance with natural behaviors. The new version offers a number of improvements....| Read more »
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Tweetbot for Mac, the popular desktop Twitter client from Tapbots, has been updated to version 1.6 today. The update introduces support for viewing and uploading multiple images on Twitter’s native photo sharing service. The new version also includes a “play” icon on Instagram videos to better differentiate them from photos on the same network. You’ll also find “various bug fixes” in this version.
Tweetbot for iPhone got support for...
It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world.
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Dropbox for Business customers can start using a new option if they wish to share their work with colleagues, but don't trust them enough to not mess up the files within. Beginning today, customers can mark their folders as "view-only" to users, allowing those they share with to view anything within, without having the power to change anything....| Read more »
Newegg announced on Tuesday that the company is accepting Bitcoins payments on the company's website. So-called altcoins got a boost this week, too, as transaction service snapCard announced it will accept payment in Litecoin, Dogecoin, and Ripple (XRP), in addition to Bitcoin.| Read more »
"Hold on, I'm updating the firmware on my Crock-Pot®"
Those were words I never expected to pass my lips, but they did during the setup of the new Belkin WeMo-enabled Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker (US$129.99). This kitchen appliance is one of a duo...| Read more »
Despite seeing release some eight months after the iPhone 5s and 5s, Samsung's latest Galaxy S5 flagship is still behind the Apple handsets in Europe, though the Korean company's flagship is taking away customers in key Euro markets.| Read more »
In the wake of Aperture's demise, the upcoming Photos app for OS X Yosemite will incorporate professional-level features, an Apple representative claims. These include functions related to editing, effects, and image search, and support for third-party extensions. The spokesperson didn't go into any further details however....| Read more »
A new emoji-only social network called Emojili has launched and is now accepting reservations for usernames. TMO's Jegg Gamet and Kelly Guimont are already there.The Mac Observer Spin: Wait what? A silly internet trend? You don't say!| Read more »
Apple pushed organizations like Major League Baseball and ESPN to adopt its HTTP live streaming (HLS) technology, and in so doing caused them to infringe on an Emblaze patent, a lawyer for the latter party claimed today at the start of a federal trial. The patent in question was issued in 2002; Emblaze says that it covers delivering live-streaming video over wireless networks. Apple began work on HLS "no earlier than 2007," according to the Emblaze attorney, and asked services like MLB At Bat and WatchESPN to switch to the format to improve sales of iOS devices, since they can't handle other......| Read more »
Today VMware announced the results of a company commissioned survey of 376 IT professionals to access the current state of enterprise desktops. The survey was conducted by Dimensional Research with the goal of capturing hard data on Apple device...| Read more »
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The energy industry in the United States and Europe is being targeted by a cybercriminal gang that's suspected of being state-sponsored and has links to Russia. Known variously as "Dragonfly" and "Energetic Bear," the group has been operating at least since 2011. Its focus appears to be espionage and persistent access, with a side dish of sabotage as required, Symantec said. It has changed tactics of late, and it appears the group is "less interested in general espionage" and is possibly moving more toward sabotage.
Canada serves two predominant roles in modern American discourse. It is the place where Americans threaten to move when things aren’t going well at home. It is also the butt of endless jokes, generally involving Canada being America’s hat or Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor or Robin Sparkles.
Today is Canada Day, when our northern neighbors celebrate their country’s birth in 1867. And its a good as time as any to thoroughly explore the question: How great, exactly, is Canada? Should we be pining to move there, or mock it viciously?
Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians!
It happens every time: You reach into your bag to pull out your headphones. But no matter how neatly you wrapped them up beforehand, the cords have become a giant Gordian knot of frustration. But until we invent a good way of wirelessly beaming power through the air to our beloved electronic devices, it seems like we’re stuck with this problem.
Or maybe we can fight back with science. In recent years, physicists and mathematicians have pondered why our cords are such jerks all the time.
The science behind one of life’s little frustrations is fascinating. I saw a Youtube video years ago explaining how to wrap up earphone cords with a twisting motion that prevented tangles. But I can’t find it any more. Anyone know the video I’m referring to?
SMS Audio, the headphone company that features rapper 50 Cent as a majority owner, released four new pairs of headphones today. The new headphones are part of the SMS Audio Sport Collection, featuring on-ear and in-ear versions of two existing models. The Sync and Street by 50 headphones are endorsed by company investor and partner Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks....| Read more »
In a complaint filed today, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is charging wireless service provider T-Mobile with making hundreds of millions of dollars by placing charges on mobile phone bills for purported "premium" SMS subscriptions that may have been bogus charges never authorized by its customers. According to the FTC's complaint, T-Mobile continued to bill its customers for these services offered by scammers years after becoming aware of signs that the charges were fraudulent. Update: T-Mobile statement added.......| Read more »
The revised 16GB iPod touch is now available through Apple's online stores in Europe, Asia, and South America, checks show. While the device is only $199 in the US however, prices are differing drastically in some regions. In the UK for instance it costs 159 pounds, or about $273....| Read more »
There are a few file storage apps for iOS devices, they've been around since the beginning of the platform. Each one does things a little differently. Earlier today, Pocket Drive (and Pocket Drive+) was released to the world, an app that instead of using iTunes file sharing to move files, mounts the iOS device that the app is installed on as a file share on a user's computer, allowing for file movement across a local network, separate from iTunes. How well does this Pocket Drive + work in practice?...| Read more »
Uninformed analysts and tech pundits continue to posit that smartphones are becoming commmodities. In doing so, they completely ignore, or perhaps underestimate, Apple's ongoing efforts to differentiate the iPhone from competing devices.
Of course,...| Read more »
Yesterday many MacNN Forum goers were up in arms over Apple's sudden decision to axe Aperture, while some claim the writing has been on the wall for some time, others state that they are not happy about this. Today Junior Member "jdonahoe" took to the forums looking for assistance figuring out why their iOS 7.1.2 update is stuck at 80 percent....| Read more »
Right now at Apple's online store take advantage of a wide selection of refurbished iPad models starting as low as $289. The refurbished second generation iPad 2 with Wi-Fi+3G and 16GB of storage has been cut by $190 to $289. A $220 price drop lowers the cost of the refurbished third generation iPad with Wi-Fi and 32GB of storage down to $329....| Read more »
This week at Adorama.com get the 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro for the sale price of $2,749. That's $250 off the list price of $2,999, and the lowest price we have seen on this MBP by the same price margin. This MacBook Pro features a Retina display, 2.0GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive. Included is a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....| Read more »
Once upon a time, there was a Kickstarter project called Brydge to build an awesome clamshell, aluminum keyboard for the iPads. It was funded well beyond expectations and got off to a good start. But the company went astray and there were many unhappy customers. John Martellaro interviews Nicholas Smith who tells the story about how Brydge was brought under new management that has tried to make everything right again.| Read more »
Another day, another patent dispute. This time Apple is defending the use of its HTTP live-streaming service against Emblaze, Ltd., Bloomberg reports.
Specifically, the lawyer for Emblaze has accused Apple of pushing its video streaming technology on sports-related services like WatchESPN and MLB At Bat which support live streaming over apps for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and more.
Apple began working on its HTTP live-streaming service, or HLS, “no earlier than 2007,” demanding that services such as “At Bat” use the format to drive sales of iPhones and...
With all the security risks populating the world, two-step verification is the strong standard to have for information safety. Apple brought the process to your Apple ID last year, now iCloud and its associated apps are getting it as well. With a...| Read more »
The Federal Trade Commission has accused T-Mobile of making “hundreds of millions of dollars” through unauthorized “premium” SMS subscriptions offered by third-parties. T-Mobile kept 35 to 40 percent of charges for “content such as flirting tips, horoscope information or celebrity gossip,” which cost users $9.99 per month, the FTC…| Read more »