Drink from the Firehose...
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Drink from the Firehose...

Friday January 13

11:38
Nothing immerses you in 'Resident Evil 7'...

4D experiences are typically only found in theme parks and fancy theaters, but soon you'll be able to trick your senses at home with the launch of the "official Resident Evil 4D candle." Yes, a candle. Created by Capcom and merchandise merchant Numsk...

| Read more »
11:20
Creator of Android Andy Rubin Nears His Comeback,...

From a report on Bloomberg: Rubin, creator of the Android operating system, is planning to marry his background in software with artificial intelligence in a risky business: consumer hardware. Armed with about a 40-person team, filled with recruits from Apple. and Google, Rubin is preparing to announce a new company called Essential and serve as its Chief Executive Officer, according to people familiar with the matter. A platform company designed to tie multiple devices together, Essential is working on a suite of consumer hardware products, including ones for the mobile and smart home markets, one of the people said. The centerpiece of the system is a high-end smartphone with a large edge-to-edge screen that lacks a surrounding bezel. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January, Rubin discussed the smartphone with mobile carrier executives, including some from Sprint Corp., people familiar with the talks said. The smartphone, according to the report, would go on...

| Read more »
11:17
Apple TV app changes pave the way for better gaming

Apple has drastically increased the size of apps that developers can submit to its Apple TV App Store, paving the way for more media-heavy apps, especially games. Up until now the limit was 200 MB, but apps can now be as large 4GB, the same as for iO...

| Read more »
10:54
Run the Jewels include AR extras with 'RTJ3...

Killer Mike and El-P may have dropped the digital version of their highly-anticipated Run the Jewels 3 on Christmas Eve, but the duo is releasing the physical versions of the album today in the US (globally next week). As part of this second wave rel...

| Read more »
10:41
The Headrush guitar pedalboard powered by Eleven HD

I really liked Avid’s Eleven guitar software, but it seems they didn’t do much with it for the past couple of years. Now they have—A new version of Eleven powers the Headrush pedalboard. I can’t wait to see this at NAMM.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
10:34
Muscle Shoals studio to reopen thanks to Beats

In the list of iconic recording studios, Music Shoals Sound Studio is right up there with the most famous. During its heyday of the 70s, the studio hosted a wide array of artists that produced dozens of hit records, including Aretha Franklin, Cher, Boz Scaggs, The Rolling Stones, the Staple Singers, Bob Seger, Traffic, Willie Nelson, Rod Stewart, Paul Simon, Leon Russell and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The studio closed in 1978, but thanks to a grant from Beats By Dr. Dre, the studio is set to reopen once again.

I am so incredibly happy to hear this—Muscle Shoals was part of some amazing music.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
10:14
New Swift project head Ted Kremenek said to be...




Apple senior manager Ted Kremenek has been named as the new lead of the Swift development project, and has apparently been operating in that capacity for some time behind the scenes, according to outgoing head Chris Lattner.

| Read more »
10:07
Apple Rumored to be Advancing the Anniversary iPhone...

Water resistance has become one of the top must-have features for high-end smartphone. Apple made a huge leap forward on this front with the iPhone 7 that launched last year. According to industry sources in South Korea, Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S8 and Apple’s iPhone 8 will feature the highest level of ....

| Read more »
10:02
Rumor: the iPhone 8 will have ‘highest level of dust...

Apple’s “iPhone 8” will feature “the highest level of dust and water resistance,” reports the Korea Herald, quoting unnamed “multiple sources.” The upcoming smartphone will purportedly sport an IP68 rating, the highest level of weather protection that can handle submersion for 30 minutes in 1.5 meters of water. 

Regarding other iPhone 8 speculation, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said that Apple will launch an all-new iPhone with a 5.8-inch OLED panel in 2017, but that he smartphone's actual active area will be a smaller 5.1 to 5.2 inches. He also thinks the iPhone 8 will sport a glass casing with wireless charging.

Other rumors about the iPhone 8 — which could be dubbed the “iPhone 10” since 2017 is the Apple smartphone’s 10th anniversary— say it will come with a curved OLED screen, wireless charging, a faster A11 processor, and no Home button. The Home button function, as...

| Read more »
10:01
The never-ending Apple-Samsung legal brouhaha...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reopened the never-ending Apple lawsuit accusing Samsung of copying the iPhone's design, according to Law360. This comes just over a month after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Samsung may not have to pay all its profits from the smartphones found to infringe Apple’s design patents.

In a one-paragraph order, the appeals court reinstated Samsung’s appeal and vacated a 2015 Federal Circuit decision that the Korean company owed Apple $399 million for infringing patents that cover parts of the iPhone design. In December, the Supreme Court tossed out an appeals court ruling that said the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs.

The justices in their 8-0 ruling sent the case back to the lower court for further proceedings. The court held that a patent violator doesn’t always have to hand over its entire...

| Read more »
09:59
Daylite: Win more business & get more done

Thanks to Marketcircle for sponsoring The Loop this week with DayLite. Feel like there’s not enough hours in a day? Get more done with Daylite, the business productivity app for Mac, iPhone & iPad.

Daylite organizes you and your team’s contacts, calendars, emails, notes, projects, and new business opportunities – in one app. You save time, increase organization, and get more done.

Remember every detail about a client. Track projects and sales. Share tasks. Search for anything.

New in Daylite 6.1 is support for Multitasking on the iPad. Now you can work in Daylite and another app at the same time on your iPad.

Try Daylite free for 30 days

...

| Read more »
09:35
US appeals court reopens Apple v. Samsung iPhone...




In the aftermath of a critical Supreme Court ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reopened a long-standing Apple lawsuit accusing Samsung of copying the iPhone's design.

| Read more »
09:18
Spigen’s Ultra Hybrid 2 for iPhone 7/7 Plus shows...

Spigen is launching an updated version of its Ultra Hybrid case for iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, this time around introducing a number of new features to improve what was already one of its most popular cases for the new iPhone models.

Spigen has kept all of the features that made the original popular, including the crystal clear TPU back that lets you show off the new black and jet black finishes particularly well, but it also has redesigned the case to be even more durable and with higher-end finishes for the Ultra Hybrid 2.

more…

Filed under: Apple...

| Read more »
09:14
WhatsApp backdoor defeats end-to-end encryption,...




The security of the Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging service may not be as strong as previously believed, with a reported discovery of a backdoor that potentially allows Facebook see the contents of encrypted messages.

| Read more »
09:10
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Pro $1,300,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Apple’s latest gen 13-inch MacBook Pro in Space Grey and Silver for $200 off: $1,300 shipped (Reg. $1,499)
You can get a brand new Apple laptop today...

| Read more »
09:08
News: Report: ‘iPhone 8’ to include upgraded water...

A new report from The Korea Herald claims that Apple is planning to add the highest possible level of dust and water resistance to next year’s iPhone. Citing “multiple sources,” the report indicates that the “iPhone 8” will feature an IP68 rating similar to Samsung’s current Galaxy S7, allowing it to handle submersion in about 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. The iPhone 7 was certified with an IP67 rating,…

| Read more »
09:07
Next iPhone Said to Have Even Better IP68-Rated...

Apple's next-generation iPhone will feature IP68-rated water resistance, which would be an improvement over the IP67-certified iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, according to The Korea Herald. Samsung's Galaxy S7 is IP68 certified, and the Galaxy S8 is naturally rumored to be as well.

In the IP68 rating, the "6" means the next iPhone would remain effectively dustproof, with "no ingress of dust" and "complete protection against contact," while the "8" means the device will be even more water resistant. The Galaxy S7 is able to withstand 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes.

For comparison, IP67-rated devices like the iPhone 7 offer the same protection against dust but only have water damage protection against immersion between 15 centimeters and 1 meter by definition. However, while keeping your device dry is best, tests have shown the...

| Read more »
08:59
Trump-proposed corporate tax reform predicted to...




Given current speculation on tax reform in the U.S., analysts predict that with all other factors unchanged Apple will see a negative impact on its cash hoard because of a repatriation tax, and an increase on taxes paid to import manufactured goods from China, but an overall slight uptick on earnings per share as a result of all factors.

| Read more »
08:52
beaTunes 4.6.11 - Organize your music collection.

beaTunes is a full-featured music player and organizational tool for music collections.

How well organized is your music Library? Are your artists always spelled the same way? Any R.E.M. vs REM? beaTunes can easily fix this and other problems with its unique inspection feature (license required for applying one-click solutions). Could your last mix CD's song order use some improvement? Let beaTunes re-arrange your playlist for you! Always wondered how you could take advantage of the BPM (beats per minute) field? Let beaTunes fill in the blanks and help you while DJ'ing at your next party.

Here are some more examples of what you can do with beaTunes:

  • Navigate in songs semantically (i.e., segment to segment)
  • Automatically determine BPM (beats per minute)
  • Automatically determine the musical key your songs are in
  • Sort existing playlists so that matching songs succeed each other
  • Create matchlists (i.e.,...
| Read more »
08:40
US Appeals Court Revives Antitrust Lawsuit Against...

iPhone app purchasers may sue Apple over allegations that the company monopolized the market for iPhone apps by not allowing users to purchase them outside the App Store, leading to higher prices, a U.S. appeals court ruled. From a report on Reuters: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling revives a long-simmering legal challenge originally filed in 2012 taking aim at Apple's practice of only allowing iPhones to run apps purchased from its own App Store. A group of iPhone users sued saying the Cupertino, California, company's practice was anticompetitive. Apple had argued that users did not have standing to sue it because they purchased apps from developers, with Apple simply renting out space to those developers. Developers pay a cut of their revenues to Apple in exchange for the right to sell in the App Store.


...

| Read more »
08:31
How to easily find and add missing location to...

Apple’s Photos app on macOS Sierra and iOS 10 lets you view photos on a map and search for images based on location, but your images won’t be included if they don’t have location data assigned. iPhones assign this data when shooting, but most standalone cameras can’t collect location by default. Fortunately, Photos lets you easily discover images in your library with missing location data so you can map out all your shots.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
08:27
Apple's 'iPhone 8' to gain tougher...




When it launches later this year, Apple is reportedly planning to make the water and dust resistance of the "iPhone 8" even better than the iPhone 7, upgrading it to an IP68 rating.

| Read more »
08:23
Apple TV apps are about to get more compelling...

Not “potentially”. Definitely. It’s just a matter of when. I predict at/by WWDC 2017.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
08:19
Apple vs. Samsung Lawsuit Over iPhone Design...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Thursday reopened a longstanding patent lawsuit related to Samsung copying the design of the iPhone nearly six years ago, following an order of certiorari from the U.S. Supreme Court, according to court documents filed electronically this week.

The court will seek to determine the exact amount Samsung owes Apple for infringing upon the iPhone's patented design, including its rectangular front face with rounded edges and grid of colorful icons on a black screen. The previous $399 million damages judgment was overturned by the Supreme Court last month.

Apple's damages were calculated based on Samsung's entire profit from the sale of its infringing Galaxy smartphones, but the Supreme Court ruled it did not have enough info to say whether the amount should be based on the total device, or rather individual components such as the...

| Read more »
08:06
Avatars and Chakras

My daughter and I binge watched this cartoon a long time ago and I feel like this episode of a children’s cartoon explained “all the things” and so I share it with you.

“You must balance yourself before you can balance the world.”

The post Avatars and Chakras appeared first on krypted.com.

| Read more »
07:49
Review: Dreampad, the Bluetooth pillow speaker with...

Just when you thought there wasn’t much left that hasn’t already been gadgetized, along comes the Bluetooth pillow …

Dreampad is a modern take on a very old idea: a speaker designed to be heard through a pillow, so you can listen without disturbing your partner. But it’s not just a Bluetooth speaker embedded in a pillow – it uses a form of direct-transmission sound known as intrasound. This is the technology used by bone-conduction devices sometimes used to allow profoundly deaf people to hear.

The use of intrasound technology is at once Dreampad’s greatest strength and biggest weakness, as we’ll see …

more…

Filed under: Apple...

| Read more »
07:45
Employee trigger points you need to keep in mind as...

It may sound like a cliché, but nothing is truer for business owners: You’re only as good as your employees.

And because nothing’s ever easy, few challenges are more delicate than keeping valuable employees happy and motivated.

To read more, see my post over at @inc at http://www.inc.com/charles-edge/10-things-you-should-do-to-keep-your-employees-happy-every-day.html

The post Employee trigger points you need to keep in mind as a business owner appeared first on krypted.com.

| Read more »
07:45
Nintendo's new Switch console will allow remote...




In announcing its upcoming Switch console this week, Nintendo revealed that parents will have access to extensive controls on how their children play by way of a mobile app available for Apple's iOS.

| Read more »
07:30
Sanho HyperDrive Thunderbolt 3 USB-C hub: A big hit...

Rather than buying a bucketful of dongles to give the 2016 MacBook Pro the same ports as the previous MacBook Pro models, almost 18,000 backers have pledged almost $1.6 million toward a Kickstarter campaign that does it all with one small hub. The HyperDrive from Sanho Corporation plugs into two Thunderbolt 3 ports on the new MacBook Pro and gives the user HDMI, USB 3.1 (two), microSD/SD, Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C ports in return.

There are three days left in this campaign, with just a handful of devices left at a $69 pre-order level. The HyperDrive is expected to ship in March, and will come in either silver or space gray to match your MacBook Pro. Even at the expected retail price of $99, the device is less expensive and certainly better looking than a tangle of dongles. Check out the specs:

Input Connectivity: 2 x...

| Read more »
07:25
Google's adding native Chrome support for FLAC...

Google is adding a little treat for audiophiles in the next version of Chrome. Chrome 56, which is expected to roll out by the end of January, is coming with native support for FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) audio files meaning you can play the high-quality sound files directly in the browser, as first noticed by 9to5Google.

Chrome isn’t the only browser rolling native FLAC support into its feature set. Mozilla is also adding FLAC support to Firefox 51, which is scheduled for mainstream release around January 24.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

| Read more »
07:23
Korg’s powerful iOS Gadget music production app is...

Korg’s Gadget music production app combines an ever expanding collection of synthesizers and drum machines with “all-in-one” recording features. While there are some IAPs that get in the way of unlocking the complete collection, it is one of the more interesting and useful arsenals of sound sources on the App Store. Ahead of NAMM 2017, Korg has announced the once iOS only synth suite will soon be making its way to Mac.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
07:19
Tesla-Bound Chris Lattner May Have 'Felt...

Earlier this week, Swift creator and LLVM co-author Chris Lattner announced he will be leaving Apple later this month—he is headed to Tesla to lead its autopilot engineering team as Vice President of Autopilot Software.

Lattner, who oversaw development of Swift and Xcode as director of Apple's Development Tools department, did not provide an explanation for his decision to leave the company, but "someone in Lattner's circle of developer friends" told Business Insider that Apple's culture of secrecy may have been a contributing factor."He always felt constrained at Apple in terms of what he could discuss publicly — resorting to off-the-record chats, surprise presentations, and the like," the person told us. "...

| Read more »
07:16
Security backdoor found in end-to-end encryption...

A security researcher has found a backdoor in the end-to-end encryption system used by the WhatsApp messaging service. The vulnerability would allow Facebook to read messages sent through the supposedly-secure system, as well as making it possible for the company to comply with court orders to make messages available to government bodies.

While end-to-end encryption would normally mean that not even the company operating the service can decrypt messages, only the intended recipient, the specific implementation used in WhatsApp includes a major security hole …

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
07:11
Snapchat for iPhone adding universal search bar to...




Image and video sharing app Snapchat is making itself easier and quicker to navigate by username, via a soon-to-arrive update for iOS introducing a universal search bar that gives access to core functions.

| Read more »
07:11
News: U.S. appeals court resurrects App Store...

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that iPhone users are free to sue Apple for its alleged App Store monopoly on iPhone apps, Reuters reports. This latest ruling resurrects a legal challenge that was originally filed back in 2012, which accused Apple of engaging in anticompetitive behavior by restricting iPhones to only run apps purchased from Apple’s own App Store, thereby artificially inflating the prices of apps by stifling market…

| Read more »
07:08
WhatsApp vulnerability could expose messages to...

When Facebook’s WhatsApp turned on end-end-end encryption in its messaging service last year, it was a big deal. As all eyes were glued on Apple’s fight with the FBI over unlocking the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, WhatsApp took a huge step toward protecting its users’ privacy by moving to encrypt all messages and calls being sent between its apps.

But a new report suggests it might not be as secure as users think. According to The Guardian, a serious vulnerability in WhatApp’s encryption could allow Facebook to intercept and read messages unbeknownst to the recipient, and only aware of by the sender if they have previously opted in to receive encryption warnings. The security flaw, which was discovered by...

| Read more »
06:43
News: Apple increases maximum tvOS app size to 4GB

Apple has announced to developers that the size limit for tvOS app bundles has been significantly increased, with the new maximum size going up to 4GB from the prior 200MB limit. This change will allow developers to include more media content bundled in their app package so that it installs at the same time the user installs the app on their Apple TV, which should minimize the number of games and other apps that need to download additional content…

| Read more »
06:33
Typinator 7.1 for macOS offers compatibility...

Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has announced Typinator 7.1, a new version of their text expander for macOS.

It’s a tool for automating the process of inserting frequently used text and auto-correcting typing errors. In the new version, the new powerful input forms are no longer modal. While an input form is open, it is now possible to temporarily switch to other windows, for example to copy/paste text into form fields. The new version also offers further enhancements and compatibility improvements with macOS Sierra and third-party applications.

read more

| Read more »
06:26
Apple Music rival Pandora cuts 7% of US staff...




One of Apple's competitors in the music space, Pandora, has announced plans to lay off 7 percent of its U.S. workers -- excluding those at Ticketfly -- despite improvements in its paid subscriber base, and plans to launch on-demand streaming.

| Read more »
06:26
News: Apple releases fourth iOS 10.2.1 beta

Apple quietly released a fourth beta of iOS 10.2.1 to registered developers late in the day on Thursday. The new beta features a build number of 14D27 and eliminates virtually all of the “known issues” in the release notes, suggesting that a public release is imminent. The single listed issue remaining simply notes that the Emergency SOS feature which debuted in iOS 10.2 continues to only be supported in India, which appears to be a test…

| Read more »
06:09
Apple must face claims of monopoly in iPhone app...

An appeals court has ruled that Apple must face antitrust charges in a lawsuit that alleges that the company monopolized the market for iPhone apps.

The U.S. Court for Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed Thursday a decision by a lower court and ruled that the app buyers filing the lawsuit are direct purchasers of iPhone apps from Apple, rather than from app developers, and hence have standing to sue. Apple was a distributor of iPhone apps, selling them directly to buyers through its App Store, according to the court.

The proposed class-action lawsuit started in 2011 with the complaint changing several times.

The purchasers object to the 30 percent “surcharge” that they pay to Apple. The company collects 30 percent of the revenue of third-party apps on its store, with the balance going to the developer, in a closed system in which Apple controls which apps can run on an iPhone, according to court records.

...

| Read more »
06:03
AppleInsider podcast talks 10 years of iPhone, CES,...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about 10 years of iPhone, all the HomeKit things introduced at CES, and what's going on with Apple and transportation.

| Read more »
06:01
tvOS app size restrictions upped from 200MB to 4GB

As noted by AppleInsider, Apple has changed its App Store policy, increasing the size limit of tvOS app bundles from 200MB to 4GB.

The size has been increased so you can include more media in your submission and provide a complete, rich user experience upon installation, Apple says in a post to its developer webpage. Also, tvOS apps can use On-Demand Resources to host up to 20 GB of additional content on the App Store.

| Read more »
06:00
International Verify Your Backups Day

What better day than Friday the 13th to check that your backups are actually working by restoring some critical files?

 

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 »
06:00
Get a great deal on FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic...

So you want the convenience of Bluetooth earbuds but Apple's AirPods are a bit out of your price range? For what it would cost you to buy one pair of AirPods, you can buy FIVE pairs of FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds ($29.95) and still have enough money left over for a Grande Mocha with whipped cream at Starbucks.  

Sure, the FRESHeBUDS don't have all of the bells & whistles of Apple AirPods, but here's what they do offer:

  • Designed to be sweat & water resistant 
  • Features unrivaled sound quality for compact size
  • Includes a battery that lasts for up to 10 hours of playtime
  • Fully charges up in just 90 minutes
  • Connects to your smartphone via...
| Read more »
06:00
News: Daily Deal: VPNSecure, Lifetime Subscription

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering a lifetime subscription to VPNSecure for only $39 — that’s 91% off the regular price. This “Internet Safety Vest” will protect all of your online activity by wrapping it up in a fully encrypted tunnel while allowing you to bypass geographical restrictions with its Smart DNS component. VPNSecure hides your location and IP address, fully supports torrents, and uses its own “Stealth…

| Read more »
05:51
Culture of secrecy key to Swift lead Chris Lattner...




According to colleagues, Swift developer Chris Lattner reportedly left Apple for a reason often cited by others who exit the company -- a stifling culture of secrecy surrounding work and projects.

| Read more »
05:27
Samsung & Foxconn Jointly Invest in Israeli firm...

In October Patently Apple posted a report titled "Copycat Samsung to Introduce Galaxy S8 in Q1 2017 with Dual Cameras and No Home Button." Today we're learning that Samsung and Foxconn have jointly invested in dual lens company ....

| Read more »
05:18
Apple suppliers Foxconn, Sharp, TSMC all weigh...




Three of Apple's key suppliers -- Foxconn and its subsidiary Sharp, as well as chipmaker TSMC --?have all expressed interest in taking advantage of business-friendly incentives proposed by incoming U.S. President Donald Trump, though no commitments have been made.

| Read more »
05:15
Consumer Reports retests 2016 MacBook Pro, now...

Following a retest, Consumer Reports has given the 2016 MacBook Pro its recommendation.

The change comes after retests wherein the publication and Apple worked together. fter becoming aware of a Safari bug that may have impacted results, Consumer Reports recently started retesting on a newer build of macOS Sierra in which the bug was supposedly fixed.

Following the original tests, Consumer Reports cited that the notebook’s battery life was too varied to recommend the machines. Apple argued the point as well as the fact that the specific tests CR had run they uncovered an “obscure and intermittent” bug within Safari.

Today’s recommendation change is a result of a macOS Sierra software update. Consumer Reports found that the update did in fact fix the problems they incurred in earlier testing.

Consumer Reports offered the following comments:

With the updated software, the three MacBook Pros in our labs all performed well, with one model running...

| Read more »
05:15
Nintendo Switch console details revealed: launch...

The Nintendo Switch will launch in March for a reasonable price, but it basically looks like a Nintendo console with Nintendo games.

| Read more »
05:00
Apple Music to sponsor “Carpool Karaoke” episodes,...

Apple’s getting into the Carpool Karaoke business.

The company, via Apple Music will be sponsoring a series of episodes featuring Metallica, Ariana Grande, John Legend, Alicia Keys and Will Smith among other artists.

While the popular Late Late Show sketch sees host James Corden behind the wheel, the Apple Music series will feature a rotating crew of drivers.

In the case of Metallica, Billy Eichner will drive them around Hollywood, including a stop at a supermarket where the band serenaded the workers behind a deli meat counter.

It’s also been announced that John Legend and Alicia Keys will be paired together while Seth McFarlane will accompany Ariana Grande. Chelsea Handler and Blake Shelton will also carpool together.

“I’m still going to see my kid on the weekends,” Corden said of handing off driving duties for the Apple Music series. “This just became a wonderful platform to see these people in a such an intimate environment. I don’t feel it...

| Read more »
04:59
Iridient Developer 3.1.3 - Powerful image editing...

Iridient Developer (was RAW Developer) is a powerful image conversion application designed specifically for OS X. Iridient Developer gives advanced photographers total control over every aspect of their digital camera's output, yet still provides easy drag and drop conversion convenience and access to basic adjustments for the casual user. Iridient developer supports RAW files from over 620 digital camera models.



Version 3.1.3:

New

  • Support added for RAW images from the Canon EOS M5
  • Support added for RAW images from the Nikon D5600
  • Support added for RAW images from the Sony A99 II (ILCA-99M2) and A6500 (ILCE-6500)
  • Support added for RAW images from the Olympus E-M1 Mark II
  • Support added for RAW images from the Panasonic DC-GF9 (DC-GX800, DC-GX850)
  • Support added for RAW images from the...
| Read more »
04:58
Cisdem releases DocumentReader 3 for macOS

Cisdem has released version 3 of DocumentReader for macOS. It's a Mac document reader that allows users to view WPD, WPS, XPS, VISIO, PDF files on your Mac, and to print or save them into PDF for sharing.

Cisdem DocumentReader supports reading many files types such as WPD, WPS, XPS, VISIO, and PDF. It also provides different viewing styles with toolbar consisting view mode, searching pane, page navigation, zoom, rotate, save, copy, etc. What's more, users can design the toolbar in the way they prefer.

read more

| Read more »
04:32
Foxconn & Sharp considering plans to build an $...

iPhone assembler Foxconn and its recently-acquired display subsidiary Sharp are considering plans to build an LCD planet plant in the USA, according to a Sharp executive cited by Nikkei.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
04:31
Semiconductor capital spending to grow 2.9% in 2017

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to increase 2.9% in 2017, to $69.9 billion, according to Gartner (www.gartner.com). This is down from 5.1% growth in 2016.

read more

| Read more »
04:30
How to disable LinkedIn birthdays in macOS Sierra...

I use iCloud Calendar. Some time ago, I added my LinkedIn account to macOS Sierra. Then I noticed that Calendar showed not only the birthdays from my contacts (which I want to happen), but also all the birthdays from my 600+ LinkedIn connections. Sorry, LinkedIn pals, but I don’t want this.

If you find yourself in the same situation, there's a "Birthdays" calendar under the "Other" category in macOS Calendar. Uncheck or delete that one, as it’s one LinkedIn uses. You should also disable LinkedIn in your Contacts’ Preferences > Accounts category.

| Read more »
04:27
It's a Long Shot, but TSMC wouldn't rule...

It's being reported today in Taipei that Chairman Morris Chang of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. stated yesterday that he would not rule out the possibility of building a new facility in the U.S.

| Read more »
04:24
Geekbench 4.0.4 - Measure processor and memory...

Geekbench provides a comprehensive set of benchmarks engineered to quickly and accurately measure processor and memory performance. Designed to make benchmarks easy to run and easy to understand, Geekbench takes the guesswork out of producing robust and reliable benchmark results.

The published price is for a single-user license for OS X only, see the pricing page for other license options.



Version 4.0.4:

  • Add Chinese localization to Geekbench for Android
  • Fix crashes that could occur on 32-bit Windows and Linux systems
  • Fix a crash that could occur after transferring the boot drive from one system to another
  • Fix a crash that occured when reading malformed or corrupted system information tables



  • OS X 10.10.5 or later



...

| Read more »
04:07
Apple’s culture of secrecy wore down Swift creator...

The surprise decision of Swift creator and long-time Xcode lead Chris Lattner to leave Apple was in large part driven by his frustration with the culture of secrecy at the company, say developer friends.

Lattner, who was Apple’s head of developer tools and widely respected as the voice of developers within the company, left the company after more than a decade to lead Tesla’s Autopilot software efforts …

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
04:04
Kool Tools: WAE Outdoor Bluetooth speaker

Hercules’ US$79.99 WAE Outdoor 04Plus FM (http://www.hercules.com) is a new audio powerhouse with a built-in FM tuner tucked away inside the speaker. It’s built tough to keep riders company wherever their sports take them.

read more

| Read more »
04:00
Macgo Blu-Ray Player, OWC drive lets you play Blu-...

Apple is never going to support Blu-ray playback on the Mac (the company wants you to buy/rent movies on iTunes), which is bad for those of us who are Blu-ray fans. 

There are various workarounds, but the simplest may be the combo of the US$48 Mac Blu-ray Player from Macgo and an US$130 Value Line Slim drive from OWC. Well, at least it's the simplest if you have a good Internet connection.

After inserting a Blu-ray disc and launching the Mac Blu-ray Player application, you'll be prompted to select your disc or a backed up .iso image. You have to be connected to the Internet for the application to decrypt the disc for watching -- which can be a bit inconvenient, but not a deal breaker. After the application scans the disc, it begins playback.

I tried the Mac Blu-ray Player and Value Line Slim combo on both a 27-inch iMac with 5K...

| Read more »
03:38
Foxconn Plan Close to Completion for a Massive U.S....

A report out of Osaka Japan today quotes a Sharp executive stating that Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn) and its Japanese subsidiary Sharp have begun studying the possibility of building a liquid crystal display panel plant in the U.S. The plan is "on the table," the executive said. "We will make a decision carefully."

| Read more »
03:12
This Macintosh-inspired $15 Apple Watch stand could...

9to5Toys spotted what could win the award for the cutest Apple Watch stand yet, the Elago W3. Just insert your own charging puck and slip your Watch into the slot to turn it into a miniature replica of the original Macintosh.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
02:29
Typinator 7.1 - Speedy and reliable text expansion...

Typinator turbo-charges your typing productivity.

Type a little. Typinator does the rest.

We've all faced projects that require repetitive typing tasks. With Typinator, you can store commonly used text and images in quick keywords and abbreviations. From email templates to code snippets to website URLs, there's no easier way to recreate repetitive text at a moment's notice.

Workflow-Friendly Features

  • Uncomplicated configuration. Quickly and easily create abbreviations and assign replacement text and pictures.
  • Simplified migration. If you already use TextExpander, TypeIt4Me, or a similar app, you can migrate to the highly praised Typinator using simple drag-and-drop importation methods.
  • Conversion options. Instantly convert currency values, measurement units and more.
  • Extensive app compatibility. Your text...
| Read more »

Thursday January 12

20:59
jAlbum Pro 13.9 - Organize your digital images and...

jAlbum Pro has all the features you love in jAlbum, but comes with a commercial license. 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

  • White labeled albums
  • No ads in your albums
  • Priority e-mail support

For a more detailed comparison, see this page.



Version...

| Read more »
20:59
Things 2.8.8.1 - Elegant personal task management.

Things is a task management solution that helps to organize your tasks in an elegant and intuitive way. Things combines powerful features with simplicity through the use of tags and its intelligent filter bar. A Leopard style source list allows for quick and easy focusing. Together with a beautiful user interface, Things aims at the seemingly impossible: making task management both easy and fun.

Our screencast is a great introduction. Learn from our users why Things is different by visiting either on i use this or Newsvine.

  • The big picture. A Leopard-style source list lets you easily focus without...
| Read more »
20:59
jAlbum 13.9 - Create custom photo galleries for the...

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 13.9:

Note: The standard jAlbum installation requires OS X 10.8.3 or later. To use jAlbum on OS X 10.6 and 10.7, select "jAlbum for Mac OS X (not bundled with Java)" from the developer's "More download options" page (...

| Read more »
19:59
Google Maps for iOS updated with new ride services...

Google today has announced an update to its Maps app on iOS that brings a few notable changes. The update improves ride sharing integration with Uber, while it also refreshes the ride sharing interface as a whole. The update is also coming to Android.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
16:50
U.S. Court of Appeals Rules that iPhone users could...

It's being tonight that a U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday that iPhone app purchasers may sue Apple over allegations that the company monopolized the market for iPhone apps by not allowing users to purchase them outside the App Store, leading to higher prices.

| Read more »
16:20
Snapchat announces new universal search feature for...

Snapchat today has announced that it’s brining an entirely new search functionality to its iOS and Android apps. The feature will partially solve one of the long-standing complaints about Snapchat, with the company hoping that it will help users quickly find content to explore and new users to add as friends.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
16:03
Consumer Reports Now Recommends the New MacBook Pro...

On December 22, Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's MacBook Pro gets Two Thumbs Down from Consumers Reports and Gets No Respect. While critics from all corners were unenthusiastic about the new MacBook Pro, it was the review by Consumer Reports that seemed to set off a firestorm. Today Consumer Reports released a video report on the retest and reasoning.

| Read more »
15:57
Apple boosts tvOS app size limit to 4GB




Apple on Thursday announced a change in App Store policy that increases the size limit of tvOS app bundles from 200 megabytes to 4 gigabytes, a change which should provide a better end user experience upon initial installation.

| Read more »
15:56
Apple increases app size restriction for tvOS apps...

While Apple TV apps were limited to 200MB in size when the device was first announced back in 2015, Apple has announced this evening that it is now accepting larger tvOS binaries. This means that developers can now submit apps as big as 4GB.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
15:30
Now Accepting Larger tvOS Binaries

The size limit of a tvOS app bundle has increased from 200 MB to 4 GB, so you can include more media in your submission and provide a complete, rich user experience upon installation. Also, tvOS apps can use On-Demand Resources to host up to 20 GB of additional content on the App Store.

Learn more about preparing apps for the App Store.

| Read more »
15:30
AWT News Update: January 12, 2017

The world of Apple Inc was a bit more busy today, so we have some fascinating stories on today's podcast:

  • Go to YouTube.com with Safari and you'll no longer see an option to watch video in 4K resolution
  • Studio Neat's Dan Provost figures out that the rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro could pack the same resolution as the 12.9-inch model with the higher pixel density of the iPad mini
  • Sometimes, the hackers get hacked...

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below.

Subscribe to the Podcast

Text Version

Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for January 12, 2017. It’s been quite a slow news day, so this will be a fast one.

Just yesterday, Apple World Today...

| Read more »
15:30
Now Accepting Larger tvOS Binaries

The size limit of a tvOS app bundle has increased from 200 MB to 4 GB, so you can include more media in your submission and provide a complete, rich user experience upon installation. Also, tvOS apps can use On-Demand Resources to host up to 20 GB of additional content on the App Store.

Learn more about preparing apps for the App Store.

| Read more »
15:20
Consumer Reports Now Recommends MacBook Pros

Consumer Reports has updated their report on the 2016 MacBook Pros, and is now recommending Apple's latest notebooks. MacRumors reports: In the new test, conducted running a beta version of macOS that fixes the Safari-related bug that caused erratic battery life in the original test, all three MacBook Pro models "performed well." The 13-inch model without a Touch Bar had an average battery life of 18.75 hours, the 13-inch model with a Touch Bar lasted for 15.25 hours on average, and the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar had an average battery life of 17.25 hours. "Now that we've factored in the new battery-life measurements, the laptops' overall scores have risen, and all three machines now fall well within the recommended range in Consumer Reports ratings," reports Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports originally denied the 2016 MacBook Pro a purchase recommendation in late December due to extreme battery life variance that didn't match up with Apple's 10 hour battery life claim....

| Read more »
15:17
Consumer Reports updates its MacBook Pro review with...

Earlier this week, Consumer Reports and Apple revealed that a bug in Safari caused erratic battery life test results in Consumer Reports’ testing, which resulted in the first Apple laptop to not receive a recommendation from the publication. Consumer Reports has finished its retesting, and on Thursday announced that it has revised its review to reflect a recommendation for the new MacBook Pro.

...

| Read more »
15:15
Consumer Reports retests and now recommends 2016...

Consumer Reports has released an updated report on the 2016 MacBook Pro, and is now recommending the laptop following retesting. In the new test, conducted running a beta version of macOS that fixes the Safari-related bug that caused erratic battery life in the original test, all three MacBook Pro models "performed well." 

As we reported last month, for the first time ever, Consumer Reports failed to recommend new models of Apple’s MacBook Pro line. The laptops did very well in measures of display quality and performance, but as far as battery life goes, models "varied dramatically" from one trial to the next. However, Apple says the battery tests were inaccurate, as the publication had enabled a hidden setting in its...

| Read more »
15:02
US appeals court says public has right to sue Apple...




A U.S. federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that people do indeed have the right to sue Apple over limiting iOS devices to apps from the App Store, potentially paving the way for an open app marketplace in the future.

| Read more »
15:00
Judge rules that iPhone users can sue Apple for...

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that iPhone app purchasers may sue Apple over allegations that the company monopolized the market for iPhone apps by not allowing users to purchase them outside the Apple App Store, leading to higher prices, reports Reuters

A group of iPhone users sued, saying the Cupertino, California-based company’s practice was anticompetitive. Apple argued that users didn’t have standing to sue it because they purchased apps from developers, with Apple simply renting out space to those developers. 

Developers pay a cut of their revenues to Apple in exchange for the right to sell in the App Store. Reuters notes that a lower court sided with Apple, but Judge William A. Fletcher ruled that iPhone users purchase apps directly from Apple, which gives them the right to bring a legal challenge against the company.

...

| Read more »
14:59
Apple Introduces Live Map Advisories for Public...

At present Apple's Transit Maps app for iOS is available in 38 cities around the world. Today USPTO revealed
an invention for displaying incident reports notifying the user of any delays or problems on their favorite transit lines live.

| Read more »
14:52
U.S. Appeals Court says Apple can be sued for...

According to Reuters, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled that users have the right to sue Apple over allegations that the company has created a monopoly in the app industry by only allowing iOS users to install applications from the first-party App Store.

The ruling is a reversal of the decision reached by a lower court in 2013, which sided with Apple.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
14:45
Twelve South releases its first shell case for the...

Twelve South has released the RelaxedLeather, its first shell case for iPhone 7. This leather case boasts hand burnishing along the edges and corners, while delivering protection for your Apple smartphone.

Inside, quilted microfiber lines a five-sided recessed shell. RelaxedLeather is available now in five colors, with our without pockets for US$39.99 (without pockets) and $49.99 (with pockets).

| Read more »
14:43
Consumer Reports now recommends MacBook Pro after...




In a bit of backpedaling, Consumer Reports on Thursday said it can now recommend Apple's new MacBook Pro lineup after a software fix remedied battery life inconsistencies found in previous testing.

| Read more »
14:41
Happy Hour Podcast 102 | Tesla poaches Swift creator...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss Swift creator Chris Lattner’s surprise exit and his new job at Tesla, the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone announcement, the first aftermarket Wireless CarPlay receiver from CES, and more. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
14:38
Consumer Reports Reverses Course, Recommends New...

Consumer Reports is out with an updated report on the 2016 MacBook Pro, and following retesting, the magazine is now recommending Apple's latest notebooks.

In the new test, conducted running a beta version of macOS that fixes the Safari-related bug that caused erratic battery life in the original test, all three MacBook Pro models "performed well."

The 13-inch model without a Touch Bar had an average battery life of 18.75 hours, the 13-inch model with a Touch Bar lasted for 15.25 hours on average, and the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar had an average battery life of 17.25 hours.Now that we've factored in the new battery-life measurements, the laptops' overall scores have risen, and all three machines now fall well within the recommended range in Consumer Reports ratings.Consumer Reports...

| Read more »
14:30
Matrox Maevex 6100 Quad Encoder Card now available

Matrox has announced availability of the next generation of Matrox’s H.264 AV-over-IP portfolio, the Matrox Maevex 6100 quad encoder card. Delivering quad 4K input capture, the Maevex 6100 also offers multiple encodes, variable bitrates, and a broad choice of protocols, allowing simultaneous streaming and recording of four or more channels. Contact Matrox for pricing.

The flexible communication and powerful reach offered by the Maevex 6100 card—and included Matrox PowerStream Plus network management software—make this cutting-edge technology ideal for use in enterprise, government, education, digital signage or anywhere AV-over-IP is required, says Ron Berty, business development manager, Matrox. 

The Matrox Maevex 6100 quad encoder card delivers 4K/UHD and Full HD multi-channel capture, encoding, streaming, and recording. Built on H.264, the world’s...

| Read more »
14:25
Consumer Reports changes course and now recommends...

Consumer Reports has published new results for their MacBook Pro battery testing today after having previously given the system a Do Not Recommend rating. CR has officially changed their recommendations and can now recommend the new 2016 MacBook Pros. The new tests come after Apple and CR worked together to decide what went wrong during the original testing. After becoming aware of a Safari bug that may have impacted results, CR recently started retesting on a newer build of macOS Sierra in which the bug was supposedly fixed.

more…

Filed under: Apple...

| Read more »
14:23
Consumer Reports now recommends MacBook Pros

Consumer Reports is an irresponsible organization that rushed to publish its faulty MacBook Pro results before Christmas only to be caught and have to backtrack. I don’t trust a word these people say about anything.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
14:20
New Facebook Project Aims to Strengthen Journalism


Facebook on Tuesday unveiled the Journalism Project, which is designed to establish stronger ties with the journalism industry. Through the project, Facebook aims to bolster the quality of journalism on the network. Among other things, the project aims to tackle the fake news issue that flared during the U.S. presidential election and its aftermath. The project will foster collaboration with news organizations to develop products, including the creation of new story formats and business models to better suit their needs.

| Read more »
14:15
Sonnet launches Thunderbolt 3-to-PCI Express Card...

Sonnet Technologies has launched its first Thunderbolt 3-to-PCIe card expansion systems, the Echo Express SEL — Thunderbolt 3 Edition and the Echo Express SE I — Thunderbolt 3 Edition. 

Like the other members of the Echo Express family, the SEL and SE I enable the use of a variety of PCI Express (PCIe) cards with computers equipped with Thunderbolt ports. Both the SEL and SE I are compact and lightweight single-slot Thunderbolt 3 expansion systems, differing only in size, that are designed for use in situations in which users only need to connect a single PCIe card. 

With the new interface, both systems enable users of computers equipped with 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, such as the new MacBook Pro, to take advantage of Thunderbolt 3's 2,750 MB/s of PCI Express bandwidth to support the most demanding, highest performance adapter cards. Sonnet is also making available Thunderbolt 3 upgrade cards for...

| Read more »
13:52
Google Maps gets ride services update

Today, we’re starting to roll out an updated ride services experience to make it even easier for you to book a ride directly from Google Maps, on both Android and iOS globally.

Having it take you out of Google Maps and into Uber or Lyft was really clumsy. This will work much better and offer a better solution. I did try the same feature in Apple Maps, but every time I used the feature, it crashed the app, so I just stopped.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
13:41
U.S. appeals court revives app antitrust lawsuit...

iPhone app purchasers may sue Apple Inc over allegations that the company monopolized the market for iPhone apps by not allowing users to purchase them outside the App Store, leading to higher prices, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday.

Wait a minute. People want to sue Apple because they feel they could buy the apps cheaper if Apple didn’t have a monopoly on the App Store? This is absolutely insane. Apps cost under $1 in a lot of cases—how much do people think developers work is worth? The clear answer is nothing—they want it all for free.

What the protections Apple provides in the App Store? Specifically apps free from malware and other malicious code. The safety and sense of security purchasing from the App Store is very important.

This is ridiculous.

...

| Read more »
13:32
Apple seeds iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 to developers and...




Just days after Apple seeded a third beta version of iOS 10.2.1 to developers, the company on Thursday issued a fourth iteration of the forthcoming operating system for testing.

| Read more »
13:28
Court Rules Apple Can be Sued for Monopolizing...

A U.S. Appeals Court today ruled that App Store customers can move forward with a lawsuit claiming Apple created an illegal app monopoly because it did not allow users to purchase iPhone apps outside of the App Store, reports Reuters.

The decision reverses a 2013 ruling that dismissed the lawsuit, originally filed in 2012. The case, Pepper et al v. Apple Inc., alleges that by not letting users purchase apps from third-party sources, there was no price competition, leading to higher app prices.

When the lawsuit was originally filed, Apple requested that it be dismissed because developers, not Apple, set prices for App Store apps. Apple simply provides the platform developers use to sell apps to customers.

According to...

| Read more »
13:28
The epic story of “O.J.: Made in America”’s creation

I didn’t see the dramatized version of the O.J. story but I really enjoyed this documentary about it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
13:22
Fourth beta of iOS 10.2.1 available for developers

Apple has released the fourth beta of iOS 10.2.1 to developers. It can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center (https://idmsa.apple.com).

| Read more »
13:14
9to5Toys: Does this Nike+ look-alike Apple Watch...

When Apple unveiled Apple Watch Nike+ last fall, many of us were instantly attracted to the neon band that shipped with this model. more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
13:14
Suspected San Bernardino iPhone penetrators...




Cellebrite, the Israeli digital forensics firm thought to have provided the FBI with assistance to break the security of the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, has confirmed it has been the victim of a security breach of one of its servers.

| Read more »
13:13
Things 2.8.8.1 - Elegant personal task management.

Things is a task management solution that helps to organize your tasks in an elegant and intuitive way. Things combines powerful features with simplicity through the use of tags and its intelligent filter bar. A Leopard style source list allows for quick and easy focusing. Together with a beautiful user interface, Things aims at the seemingly impossible: making task management both easy and fun.

Our screencast is a great introduction. Learn from our users why Things is different by visiting either on i use this or Newsvine.

  • The big picture. A Leopard-style source list lets you easily focus without...
| Read more »
13:11
Apple releases iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 for developers

Apple has released the fourth iOS 10.2.1 beta for developer testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10.2.1 is likely a bug fix and performance improvement release. The initial beta was released on December 14 with a second beta issued before the holiday break. A third beta version was released at the start of this week. We’ll update to the latest version and highlight any changes discovered below.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
13:09
Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of iOS 10.2.1 to Developers...

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming iOS 10.2.1 update to developers and public beta testers, a few days after seeding the third iOS 10.2.1 beta and a month after releasing iOS 10.2, the second major update to the iOS 10 operating system.

Registered developers can download the fourth iOS 10.2.1 beta from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air with the proper configuration profile installed.

It isn't yet known what features are included in iOS 10.2.1, but as a minor 10.2.x update, it appears to focus on bug fixes and performance improvements rather than major outward-facing changes. No new features were discovered in the first three iOS 10.2.1 betas, but we'...

| Read more »
13:03
A Tremolo primer from Fender

Tremolo systems first started appearing on guitars in the 1930s and have evolved multiple times in the ensuing decades.

Utilizing tremolo can be an integral aspect of your sound—see: Duane Eddy, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck and Eddie Van Halen—or add a splash of color to your style.

But what is a tremolo system, how does it work and what are the benefits of one system over another?

Some of my favorite guitarists used a tremolo a lot, but I never really used it that much in my own playing. Using it properly is definitely an art.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
13:00
iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 (14D27) Now Available

iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 (14D27) Now Available

| Read more »
13:00
iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 (14D27) Now Available

iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 (14D27) Now Available

| Read more »
12:57
Matrox Maevex 6100 Quad Encoder Card now available

Matrox has announced availability of the next generation of Matrox’s H.264 AV-over-IP portfolio, the Matrox Maevex 6100 quad encoder card. Delivering quad 4K input capture, the Maevex 6100 also offers multiple encodes, variable bitrates, and a broad choice of protocols, allowing simultaneous streaming and recording of four or more channels. Contact Matrox for pricing.

read more

| Read more »
12:46
Sonnet announces Thunderbolt 3-to-PCI Express Card...

Sonnet Technologies (www.sonnettech.com) has launched its first Thunderbolt 3-to-PCIe card expansion systems, the Echo Express SEL — Thunderbolt 3 Edition and the Echo Express SE I — Thunderbolt 3 Edition.

Like the other members of the Echo Express family, the SEL and SE I enable the use of a variety of PCI Express (PCIe) cards with computers equipped with Thunderbolt ports. Both the SEL and SE I are compact and lightweight single-slot Thunderbolt 3 expansion systems, differing only in size, that are designed for use in situations in which users only need to connect a single PCIe card.

read more

| Read more »
12:45
Review: Revogi Smart Lightbulb, Smart Lightstrip,...

Although HomeKit continues to gain traction, not all home automation developers have bought into Apple's new home automation platform, preferring to develop their own proprietary solutions and apps. While it's hard to imagine iPhone and iPad users having much interest in non-HomeKit accessories at this point, some of these companies are selling their solutions for lower prices that might make them more appealing to the budget conscious consumer. And of course, users also gain cross-compatibility with platforms such as Android that naturally do not support HomeKit. Revogi's new lineup of lighting and outlet products seem clearly designed to appeal to this category of user, with its new Delite 2 Smart LED Lightbulb ($35), Smart Color Lightstrip ($60), Smart Color Lightstrip (USB Version) ($50), Smart Candle Light ($20), and Smart Meter Plug ($30) all coming in at lower prices than their HomeKit alternatives. The question, of course, is whether the cheaper price of...

| Read more »
12:41
Google updates Maps on iOS with better ridesharing...




Google on Thursday updated its Maps apps for iOS and Android alike with a new, more in-depth ridesharing interface, including deeper integration with Uber that lets people hail a car without switching apps.

| Read more »
12:39
Why we should care about the Consumer Reports...

I agree with Fleishman. When CR found its results to be so out of whack with what would be expected, they should have held off publishing their results until they figured out the issue.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
12:22
Now you can summon an Uber ride without leaving...

We all know Google Maps is a great tool for getting directions to just about anywhere, but with a new update rolling out to Android and iOS users, you’ll also be able to use it to tell someone else where you need to go. Thanks to a tighter integration with Uber, you’re now able to book, pay, and track your Uber rides without having to leave Google Maps.

The process is similar to the one that was launched last March. When you type in a destination, tap the taxi-hailing icon to get a list of times and prices from both Uber and Lyft. The difference is that now when you select one of the Uber options you’ll no longer be whisked away to the Uber app. Instead you’ll see a new Request button, which directs you to log into your account and complete the payment process right in Google Maps. Once booked, a tiny car icon will appear on the map to track the progress of your ride....

| Read more »
12:16
Safari not able to play new 4K videos from YouTube...




What appears to be Google's shift to the VP9 codec for delivering 4K video on the YouTube homepage is preventing Safari users from watching videos uploaded to the service since early December in full 4K resolution, but not from viewing webpage-embedded videos in the same resolution.

| Read more »
12:01
Gadget Ogling: The CES Spectacular Edition


Trust Razer to come up with something completely ridiculous that I need in my life immediately. Project Ariana is a projector that incorporates Razer's full-spectrum lighting system, Chroma. It uses a wide-angle lens to project images, but it seems there's no lengthy setup process required here. Ariana uses 3D depth-sensing cameras to detect objects in a room and adjusts for them accordingly so that it still projects a flat image. You can use Ariana as a regular 4K projector when you're not playing games. It looks incredible.

| Read more »
12:00
Would you pay to get a new song texted to you every...

On the surface, every streaming music service offers the same thing: access to tens of millions of songs. That's more music than any human being can ever consume, so the big battle now centers around helping users find songs and albums they care abou...

| Read more »
11:17
Xiaomi, Another Apple Hater Stumbles and refuses to...

Last month Patently Apple posted a report titled "Flash in the Pan LeEco, who Likened Apple to Hitler, Lost Millions on Smartphones and is Dire Cost Cutting Mode." Today another Chinese Apple hating company has embarrassingly stumbled

| Read more »
10:32
Fitbit attempted to acquire rival Jawbone last month...




Jawbone could have become the latest acquisition of main rival Fitbit, with a report alleging the two fitness wearable competitors discussed a possible sale of assets at the end of last year, talks that ultimately broke down over a low-ball offer.

| Read more »
10:30
YouTube․com no longer supports 4K video playback in...

A recent discussion on Reddit has brought to light the news that YouTube no longer has the 4K video playback option when using Safari. The change may have come after a long ago announcement that YouTube began encoding uploaded videos into VP9. The change seems to affect recently uploaded videos, and thus so far only seen on the main YouTube site and not within embeds.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
10:26
Rumored 10.5-inch iPad may align with dimensions of...




Apple's rumored plans for a 10.5-inch iPad -- not much larger than 9.7-inch models -- may make more sense when considering the size of the iPad mini, and the resolution of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

| Read more »
10:23
Apple issues fourth macOS Sierra beta, second update...




Apple on Thursday updated its beta macOS for the second time in a week, and has made the fourth beta of macOS Sierra available to developers for evaluation and testing.

| Read more »
10:08
Apple releases macOS Sierra 10.12.3 beta 4 for...

Apple has released the fourth macOS 10.12.3 developer beta for testing, the second in a week. New features haven’t been discovered in previous macOS 10.12.3 betas, suggesting the software update is focused on bug fixes and performance improvements. We’ll update with any notable changes below:

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
10:03
The new free-to-play PvP Star Wars Force Arena is...

Late last year, a new Star Wars game known as Force Arena went into pre-registration followed by a soft launch. And now the free-to-play PvP title is available worldwide on the App Store.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
10:00
More LinkedIn Learning Office training courses now...

Today’s post was written by Peter Loforte, general manager for the Office Modern User Assistance team.

We are continuing to bring training courses from LinkedIn Learning to our Office Training Center with more than 20 new courses on working with Word and PowerPoint. There are more than 60 new videos to help you quickly get up to speed on Office—whether you need to learn about tracking changes in Word or...

| Read more »
10:00
macOS Sierra 10.12.3 beta 4 (16D30a) Now Available

macOS Sierra 10.12.3 beta 4 (16D30a) Now Available

| Read more »
10:00
macOS Sierra 10.12.3 beta 4 (16D30a) Now Available

macOS Sierra 10.12.3 beta 4 (16D30a) Now Available

| Read more »
09:54
A 10.5-Inch iPad Pro Could Match the 12.9-Inch Model...

Apple is rumored to be working on a new iPad Pro that adopts an edge-to-edge display, and while it's said to be somewhere around 10 inches, there are a lot of mixed rumors about the specific size of the tablet.

Studio Neat designer Dan Provost yesterday wrote a post on Medium (via Daring Fireball) making the case for a 10.5-inch iPad. His math is solid and his argument makes sense, framing all of the iPad Pro rumors in a new light.

When introducing the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in 2015, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller explained that Apple settled on that size because the width of the tablet matched the height of the existing 9.7-inch iPad. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro, he said...

| Read more »
09:50
Report: Apple to produce scripted TV, moving into...

Enlarge / "Apple TV" may be more than the name for a streaming box if its efforts come to fruition. (credit: Apple)

Apple is thinking about getting into the scripted TV business, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. Ever-mysterious "people familiar with the matter" tell the Journal the shows would be offered to Apple Music subscribers and the company is talking to both "veteran producers" and "experienced marketing executives" to create and promote those shows. These shows could be released by the end of this year.

The report also says Apple is looking into making movies, but it describes those efforts as "...

| Read more »
09:30
Episode 113 on JavaScript development in SharePoint...

In episode 113 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Richard diZerega and MVP Mark Rackley about JavaScript development in SharePoint and the SharePoint Framework.

https://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP113_Rackley.mp3

Download the podcast.

Weekly updates

| Read more »
09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker $...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

The best-selling Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker is now available in multiple colors/sizes for $90 shipped (Reg. $130)

Ditch your cable provider and save with a 50-mile Over-the...

| Read more »
09:30
The complete guide to weather alerts on the iPhone

In the Northern Hemisphere we are in the depths of Winter and Spring will soon follow. At this time of the year, there are often severe thunderstorms and the possibility of tornadoes across the southern states or blizzards in the north. You can use your iPhone to gain advance warning and perhaps even life-saving information.

Years before smartphones and even cellphones, I went through training sessions held by the National Weather Service so I could be a severe weather spotter. In those days, we depended upon amateur radio in those days for communication. With the advent of smartphones, not only did the availability of information increase, but tools and data became available that before were only available to professionals — radar, advance weather charts, live lightning strike data, etc.

There are multiple ways to use your iPhone as an advance weather warning system. Many people choose a simple weather app, but there are other choices which provide an extra layer of...

| Read more »
09:30
What Apple’s rumored original TV shows mean for...

We already knew Apple had plans to make original TV shows, like a reality series about app developers, a concept from Dr. Dre, and full-length episodes of James Corden’s popular “Carpool Karaoke” segment, but it turns out these aren’t one-off experiments. Apple is reportedly developing a full slate of shows and original films as a perk for Apple Music subscribers.

Following in the footsteps of Netflix, Amazon, and even Spotify, Apple is reportedly in talks with producers to buy original scripted shows, which will begin debuting on Apple Music by the end of the year. Unnamed sources told the...

| Read more »
09:23
HTC's new U series phones follow Apple's...




In a surprise announcement, HTC on Thursday revealed two new flagship phones, the U Ultra and U Play -- both of which, like Apple's iPhone 7, abandon a headphone jack in favor of digital-only audio.

| Read more »
09:07
Ecobee3 remote sensors now work as HomeKit motion...

I’ve tested a lot of HomeKit thermostats and Ecobee3 remains my top pick. It’s a Wi-Fi smart thermostat with remote sensors that detect both presence and temperature in individual rooms, and the latest firmware update to Ecobee3 officially adds HomeKit support to these sensors. Here’s how it works:

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
09:00
Find and tell a compelling story in your data

Today, businesses are collecting more data than ever before. But data without insight is meaningless, and insight without action is pointless. The biggest question organizations face is how to make sense of it all—how to sift through everything to find meaningful information that helps to tell a story about customers, product insights or industry trends that can help drive a business forward.

On the latest episode of Modern Workplace, Susan Etlinger, industry analyst at the Altimeter Group, and Gabi Steele, data visualization scientist at The Washington Post, discuss the challenges businesses face in turning data into actionable insights and the best course of action for getting started. They talk about key issues, including:

  • Building the right teams and asking the right questions.
  • Defining a vision and hypothesis but being ready to pivot based on emerging data patterns.
  • Choosing the right vehicle for the right communication (interactive...
| Read more »
09:00
Microsoft StaffHub is here!

There are an estimated 500-million frontline staff workers around the world in retail stores, hotels, restaurants, manufacturing and other service-related industries. These employees typically don’t have their own office, desk or computer—making it hard to access and share information important for the workday. Far too often, these workers rely on manual processes and outdated tools—cumbersome creation and printing of paper schedules, bulletin boards crammed with notes and a flurry of phone calls and text messages to cover shifts. Microsoft StaffHub is here to help.

We’re pleased to announce the worldwide general availability of Microsoft StaffHub—a new application for Office 365 designed to help staff workers manage their workday—with schedule management, information sharing and the ability to connect to other work-related apps and resources.

Manage schedules

Microsoft StaffHub makes it easy for managers to create, update and manage shift schedules for their...

| Read more »
08:26
Apple Deals: Save $169 to $369 on 27-inch iMac 5Ks...




Our exclusive deals keep rolling in: This week, save $169 to $369 on current-generation 27-inch iMac 5Ks (Late 2015) paired with AppleCare extended protection plans, or take $169 to $269 off 21.5-inch iMac 4Ks paired with AppleCare. Alteratively, pick up an iMac 5K by itself for $1,674 or an iMac 4K for $1,324 -- all with free shipping and no sales tax outside NY and NJ.

| Read more »
08:20
Apple's Lisa Jackson Joins Federal Committee...

Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives, has been named as a member of the new Federal Committee on Automation. Announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the committee will act as an advisory panel to discuss and look into "some of the most pressing and relevant matters facing transportation today."

These matters are said to mainly include the development and deployment of automated vehicles. Additionally, the committee will act as a resource for the Department of Transportation as it continues to provide research, policy updates, and regulations on transportation in the U.S., while also helping "advance life-saving innovations."

Its members consist of "leading professionals and experts" in a multitude of fields.

“During my time at the Department, we have fostered some of the most significant technological changes to ever take place in...

| Read more »
08:11
With Verizon, Comcast, Spectrum customers still...




Apple has added cable company Cable One to its Single Sign-On feature for iOS and tvOS, while most cable subscribers in the U.S. still can't utilize the feature at all.

| Read more »
08:05
Why We Should Care about the Consumer Reports...

Reviewers have a responsibility to understand how their testing differs from consumer use when problems arise because introducing confusion into the world reduces trust in technology journalism as a whole.

 

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 »
08:04
Adobe concept demonstrates editing images on iPad...




Photographs may be edited by voice commands alone in the future, creative software producer Adobe hopes, showcasing a new proof-of-concept video that shows a Siri-like digital assistant on an iPad being used to make changes to an image.

| Read more »
07:59
News: Apple looking to produce original TV content...

A new report in The Wall Street Journal has resurrected speculation from last year that Apple is still working on creating original television — and movie content — to offer as part of a subscription service. Citing people familiar with the matter, the WSJ report indicates that Apple is looking to “build a significant new business” in the area to make it a bigger player in Hollywood to offset slowing sales of its iPhone and iPad devices.…

| Read more »
07:48
Apple’s Lisa Jackson named to U.S. DOT advisory...

Lisa Jackson — Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives — has been named to a new advisory committee of the U.S. Department of Transportation to unify and regulate the introduction of automated vehicles to U.S. highways, reports AppleInsider.

According to the Department of Transportation, the main focus of the group is the "development and deployment of automated vehicles, and determining the needs of the Department as it continues with its relevant research, policy, and regulations.” In addition to Jackson, other board members include an avaiation attorney from Amazon, Lyft co-founder John Zimmer, Waymo CEO John Krafcik, and Hyperloop One Senior Vice President Henry Claypool.

Jackson previously left her...

| Read more »
07:47
Apple joins U.S. Department of Transportation...

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced today that it’s forming a new Automation Committee to oversee self-driving transportation policy and one of its 25 members happens to be Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives, Lisa Jackson.

According to the department’s press release, the newly formed committee will have its first meeting later this month on January 16 and the focus of the group will be to address “the development and deployment of automated vehicles, and determining the needs of the Department as it continues with its relevant research, policy, and regulations.”

more…

Filed under: Apple...

| Read more »
07:43
Opinion: Does Apple need to make an Amazon Echo/...

There has been speculation that Apple may be planning to build its own home speaker device to compete with the Amazon Echo and Google Home, with some expressing the view that Apple is already late to the party.

But does Apple need to compete in this space, when it arguably already has its own version of Echo or Home? The one that’s either on your wrist or in your pocket …

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
07:31
Who Signed My OS X App?

The codesign command is used to sign apps and check the signature of apps. Apps need to be signed more and more and more these days. So, you might need to loop through your apps and verify that they’re signed. You might also choose to stop trusting given signing authorities if one is compromised. To check signing authorities, you can use

codesign -dv --verbose=4 /Applications/Firefox.app/ 2>&1 | sed -n '/Authority/p'

The options in the above command:

  • -d is used to display information about the app (as opposed to a -s which would actually sign the app)
  • -v increases the verbosity level (without the v’s we won’t see the signing “Authority”)
  • –verbose=4 indicates the level of verbosity
  • 2>&1 redirects stderr to stdout
  • /Applications/Firefox.app/ – the path to the app we’re checking (or signing if you’re signing)

Then we pipe the...

| Read more »
07:31
Apple’s Single Sign-on feature for iPhone, iPad, and...

Apple has added an additional TV provider to its list of partners supporting its Single Sign-on feature for iOS 10 and tvOS 10. Cable ONE joins ten other providers that let customers authenticate once through the Settings app to access content in paid video apps.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
07:31
Amazon steps up video offerings with Anime Strike,...




Amazon on Thursday launched Anime Strike, its first self-branded option under the Amazon Channels subscription program -- with more coming soon, the company said.

| Read more »
07:19
Amazon's Bezos who met with President-Elect...

Mr. Bezos, who sparred with Mr. Trump during the presidential campaign, said during his meeting with Trump last month that he was "super excited about the possibility that this can be the innovations administration." Today Amazon announced ...

| Read more »
07:09
Apple SVP Lisa Jackson named as member of new US DOT...




In an effort to unify and regulate the introduction of automated vehicles to U.S. highways, the Department of Transportation has established a new advisory committee to steer the future of the department, including Apple Vice President Lisa Jackson.

| Read more »
06:56
StarTech.com to release new Thunderbolt 3 products

StarTech.com has announced a new line of Thunderbolt 3 products that are compatible and designed for the latest generation of computers with Thunderbolt 3 ports, including the 2016 MacBook Pro.

The company will be releasing Thunderbolt 3 docking stations with power delivery, a series of display adapters and other products. The docks will take advantage of the advanced performance capabilities of the Thunderbolt 3-based MacBook Pro, while providing USB 3.0 and Ethernet por.
 

read more

| Read more »
06:56
Synology launches Synology Router RT2600ac and VPN...

Synology has launched the RT2600ac, a high-speed, security-focused router designed for multiple users. In addition, VPN Plus has been released so users of the Synology router can implement an on-premises VPN solution.

The RT2600ac is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, and comes equipped with the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 certified radios featuring MU-MIMO support. Together with Smart Connect, RT2600ac can intelligently optimize connection quality and balance devices on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz radios for maximum wireless speed and range, according to Synology Product Manager Michael R Wang. Dual WAN with 2.0 Gbps combined bandwidth allows users to take advantage of two high speed fiber internet connections for load balancing plus failover, he adds.

The RT2600ac is powered by the Synology Router Manager (SRM) operating system. Application Layer QoS (Quality of Service) makes it possible to monitor...

| Read more »
06:56
jAlbum Pro 13.9 - Organize your digital images and...

jAlbum Pro has all the features you love in jAlbum, but comes with a commercial license. 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

  • White labeled albums
  • No ads in your albums
  • Priority e-mail support

For a more detailed comparison, see this page.



Version...

| Read more »
06:54
jAlbum 13.9 - Create custom photo galleries for the...

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 13.9:

Note: The standard jAlbum installation requires OS X 10.8.3 or later. To use jAlbum on OS X 10.6 and 10.7, select "jAlbum for Mac OS X (not bundled with Java)" from the developer's "More download options" page (...

| Read more »
06:51
Synology announces the Synology Router RT2600ac and...

Synology has launched the RT2600ac (http://tinyurl.com/jd4x7cg), a high-speed, security-focused router designed for multiple users. In addition, VPN Plus has been released so users of the Synology router can implement an on-premises VPN solution.

read more

| Read more »
06:40
Pad and Quill introduce case for the 2016 Macbook Pro

Pad and Quill (http://www.padandquill.com) has released the Cartella Slim Case for the 2016 MacBook Pro (13-inch and 15-inch models). It envelops the laptop in an archival quality buckram linen cover, turning your MacBook into an “actual hardbound book.”

A specially developed 3M residue-free adhesive technology takes only seconds to put on the MacBook Pro, according to the folks at Pad and Quill. Safe and secure, it will purportedly never come off and it will never let go, unless you want it to. The 13-inch case is US$89.95; the 15-inch case costs $99.95.

| Read more »
06:40
Apple Planning To Make Original TV Shows and Movies...

While investors seem to remain optimistic about the future of Apple, it's no secret that sales of its iconic hardware products have flatlined or fallen over the past year. From a report: We'll have to wait until January 31 to find out how the company performed over the critical holiday period. But for the moment, its most promising category of revenue has been "services," which includes things like Apple Music, and has been on a big winning streak over the past several quarters. Now it appears Apple is getting ready to make an even bigger bet in that category. According to a story just published by the Wall Street Journal, the company "has been in talks with veteran producers in recent months about buying rights to scripted television programs. It also has approached experienced marketing executives at studios and networks to discuss hiring them to promote its content." According to the story, the programming would be part of is Apple Music subscription ($6/month for an individual...

| Read more »
06:38
After $34M in preorders, iOS-connected self-flying...




Citing production issues, the makers of Lily -- an autonomous, iOS-connected drone that aimed to simplify aerial photography --?have announced that their project has been completely canceled, and refunds will be issued to customers over the next 60 days.

| Read more »
06:37
Original Movies and TV Series could be coming to...

Back in August 2015 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Reportedly Looking to Create Original Netflix-Like Programming for Apple TV." Today we're learning that Apple is planning to build a significant new business in original television shows and movies ...

| Read more »
06:27
Future AirPods may serve as a sports monitoring...

Future AirPods might track your heart rate and more, then transmit the data to an Apple Watch or iPhone. Apple has been granted a patent (number 20170010858) for a “sports monitoring system for headphones, earbuds, and/or headsets.” 

According to the patent, the monitoring system can be used with headphones, earbuds or headsets. It can, for example, be used to monitor user activity, such as during exercise or sporting activities. The positioning of the monitoring system can also track biometric data such as temperature, perspiration and heart rate. The monitoring system can also be used to control a an electronic device. In one embodiment, the monitoring system facilitates user control of the electronic device using head gestures.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that, conventionally, pedometers have been worn (e.g., attached to a wrist or to a user's hip) to monitor and display a distance traveled by a user. More recently, accelerometers have been...

| Read more »
06:10
Apple rivals Samsung & LG aiming for foldable...




Two of Apple's competitors in the smartphone space -- Samsung and LG -- may launch their first foldable phones towards the end of the year, potentially dampening the "wow" factor of a redesigned "iPhone 8."

| Read more »
06:01
∞ Emulations of most every Mac OS, from System 2...

Click through to the main Loop post for an amazing graphic from Steve Troughton-Smith.

Steve used a variety of emulators to emulate a huge representative range of Mac OSes, from System 2 through System 7.6.1, then Mac OS 8.6, then on to Rhapsody developer release 1 and so forth, ending with Yosemite.

Incredible!

| Read more »
06:00
News: Daily Deal: HyperDrive USB Type-C 5-in-1 Hub

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get the HyperDrive USB Type-C 5-in-1 Hub for only $39.95 — that’s 20% off the regular price. This compact and portable hub lets you easily expand your new MacBook Pro’s USB-C ports, adding two standard USB 3.0 type-A ports, along with SDXC, microSDXC, and an extra USB-C port. Pass-through charging also means you can leave everything at your desk connected to the hub and easily “dock in”…

| Read more »
05:54
Apple negotiating to expand scripted programming in...




In the wake of "Carpool Karaoke" and "Planet of the Apps," a new report suggests that Apple may be looking at expanding unique scripted content, to draw users to the iTunes and iPhone ecosystems, and boost Apple Music subscriptions

| Read more »
05:54
Opera Neon is a funky new approach to a web browser...

Some companies settle for a video render when they come up with product concepts, but Opera has created a fully-fledged working app to illustrate what it describes as an ‘alternate reality’ for the browser, Opera Neon.

To bring our vision to life, we put together a team of talented developers and designers to work on a unique prototype browser. We created thousands of concepts, drawings, iterations, versions and interface designs.

Today, we can finally show you Opera Neon. It is a concept browser – an experimental browser that envisions the future of web browsers similar to the way concept cars predict the future of automobiles.

The approach looks radically different to a conventional browser, starting as a semi-transparent overlay of your speed-dial sites floating above your Mac desktop. Opera Neon also takes a kind of virtual reality approach to tabs …

...

| Read more »
05:53
WSJ: Apple plans ‘significant’ business in original...

Apple plans to build a significant new business in original television shows and movies, the Wall Street Journal reports, in a move that could make it a bigger player in Hollywood and offset slowing sales of iPhones and iPads.

Programming would reportedly be available to subscribers of Apple Music, which already includes a limited number of documentary-style segments on musicians, but nothing like the premium programming the company is now seeking.

Could this be a hint that Apple’s long-rumored streaming service (which I’ve dubbed “Apple Web TV” might be closer to reality? Depends on Apple’s negotiations with network execs.

Last year, the Wall Street Journal said the company’s “hard nosed” bargaining...

| Read more »
05:52
External Link: How to Fix the iOS Share Sheet

In a post on Medium, Greg Raiz, CEO of app development agency Raizlabs, explains how Apple could improve the Share sheet in iOS. He points out that the seldom-used AirDrop takes up far too much space, the app with which you want to share is often buried, and there are too many customization options. Raiz presents a cleaner and simpler Actions sheet (a more accurate name since the Share sheet frequently contains actions unrelated to sharing) that distinguishes between actions within the current app and sharing data with other apps. It also prioritizes app actions and orders share apps by frequency of use. We hope Apple redesigns the Share sheet along these lines for iOS 11.

 

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...

| Read more »
05:47
∞ Gruber: The right way to pop your Apple AirPods...

[VIDEO] This is the very first video on the Daring Fireball YouTube channel. For a first timer, John Gruber sure does have some chops. Nice job.

If you own, or plan on buying a pair of AirPods, check this out. Video on the main Loop post.

| Read more »
05:41
Apple’s sets its sights on Hollywood with plans for...

Wall Street Journal:

Apple Inc. is planning to build a significant new business in original television shows and movies, according to people familiar with the matter, a move that could make it a bigger player in Hollywood and offset slowing sales of iPhones and iPads.

These people said the programming would be available to subscribers of Apple’s $10-a-month streaming-music service, which has struggled to catch up to the larger Spotify AB. Apple Music already includes a limited number of documentary-style segments on musicians, but nothing like the premium programming it is now seeking.

The technology giant has been in talks with veteran producers in recent months about buying rights to scripted television programs. It also has approached experienced marketing executives at studios and networks to discuss hiring them to promote its content, said people with knowledge of the discussions.

And:

In addition to TV, Apple indicated to these people that...

| Read more »
05:40
iOS hardware ecosystem, services will generate $1...

Analyst Horace Dediu says in a blog post that Apple’s iOS hardware ecosystem and related services is on schedule to generate U.S.$1 trillion next year.

“In its first 10 years, the iPhone will have sold at least 1.2 billion units, making it the most successful product of all time," he writes. “The iPhone also enabled the iOS empire which includes the iPod touch, the iPad, the Apple Watch and Apple TV whose combined total unit sales will reach 1.75 billion units over 10 years. This total is likely to top 2 billion units by the end of 2018.”

The revenues from iOS product sales will reach $980 billion by middle of 2017, Dediu writes. In addition to hardware Apple also books iOS services revenues (including content) which have totaled more than $100 billion to date....

| Read more »
05:32
Apple and fake news

Andy Ihnatko, writing about fake news:

I’ll use Apple as an example. They had a problem on their hands in the form of a deeply-negative Consumer Reports headline: “New MacBook Pros Fail to Earn Consumer Reports Recommendation.” CR had tested the new MacBook Pros and concluded that the battery life of all three models were insanely inconsistent.

Response Option 1: Apple calls the report “Fake News” and dismisses Consumer Reports as “failing, sad, and pathetic.” Next question.

Response Option 2: Apple disagrees with CR’s findings and tries to substantiate their results. An examination of CR’s testing methodology — done with the publication’s help — reveals no fudging, but identifies many quirks in the test protocol that probably contributed to a suspicious result.

Apple did exactly the right thing. If the original CR review was totally screwy, it shouldn’t be hard to demonstrate why, and Apple certainly has the resources to put in that kind of effort....

| Read more »
05:30
Impractical concept imagines a next-generation Mac...

A German visual designer has come up with a concept for a next-generation Mac Pro that sees the trashcan design extended into a larger oval shape, sitting somewhere between the original and new Mac Pro in size.

Those arguing that Apple needs to offer both older and newer ports would have no complaints at this machine, which combines four USB 3 ports and the same number of Thunderbolt 2 ones with no fewer than 16 USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports …

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
05:22
Apple Plans to Launch Original TV Shows Comparable...

Apple is building a "significant" business centered around creating original, scripted television shows and possibly even movies, according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal. The content would be made available on Apple Music, falling in line with previous reports and accompanying already-announced projects for the music streaming service, including Carpool Karaoke and Vital Signs.

Apple executives have told Hollywood that the new original content will launch by the end of 2017, according to the new report. In terms of specific genres, HBO's Westworld and Netflix's Stranger Things...

| Read more »
05:15
JetBlue announces Fly-Fi service availability for...

Wi-Fi is now available on every JetBlue flight and aircraft.

The budget airline announced the finished rollout of Fly-Fi, a free in-flight Wi-Fi service that claims to offer faster connections than some paid options like Gogo.

The service is now available on all flights while a number of airports in the U.S. and elsewhere are offering access as well, though in rare cases it may be paid —like Newburgh, N.Y. —or non-existent, as with places like Mexico City and Montego Bay.

Given ideal circumstances, travelers will be able to remain connected from gate to gate, even avoiding the need to reach cruising altitude once onboard a plane. In practice, Fly-Fi can only be active if a flight is over the U.S.

Data speeds should range from 12 to 15 megabits per second. While this is slower than LTE or many landline Internet connections, it should be sufficient for music and video streaming. JetBlue, from its own end, has added streaming partners such as Amazon,...

| Read more »
05:14
∞ Apple Campus 2, January drone footage

[VIDEO] Lots of rain and water accumulation. Should help point out any leaks before all the finish work is done. Still a fair amount of work to do, but things are really taking shape. Video in the main Loop post.

| Read more »
05:09
AirPods have quickly captured one quarter of new...

Mac Rumors:

In the U.S. last month, an estimated 75% of revenue from headphones sold online came from wireless models, up from 50% in December 2015, according to Slice Intelligence. Apple’s new AirPods led the way, capturing an estimated 26% share of online revenue in the wireless headphone market since launching on December 13.

And:

AirPods stole the top spot from Beats, which took an estimated 15.4% of online revenue in the wireless headphone market, down from 24.1% between the start of 2015 and December 13. Given it owns Beats, Apple appears to have actually taken nearly 40% of online revenue in the market since launching AirPods.

I regularly see Apple’s traditional white EarPods as well as Beats over ear headphones out in public. But I have yet to see a single pair of AirPods in the wild. I expect this is wave, still too far from shore to see. Could also be a sign that people tend to use AirPods in more private settings.

But given the huge...

| Read more »
05:00
Apple’s market share grows in Q4 2016 following...

Apple apparently gained some market share in the fourth quarter of 2016 thanks to the refreshed MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar built in.

The latest data from research firms Gartner and IDC show Apple gaining ground in the PC industry, despite the market continuing to slow as a whole. IDC’s new data shows that 70.2 million PCs shipped in the fourth quarter of 2016, marking a 1.5 percent year-on-year decline, but showing a continued stabilization of the market.

For the year, IDC says that PC shipments hit 260 million, down 5.7 percent compared to 2015. Worldwide, Apple saw its marketshare rise from 7.4 percent in Q4 2015 to 7.5 percent, though overall shipments fell by .9 percent for the year as a whole. Overall, Apple ranks as the fourth largest PC vendor worldwide, with Lenovo coming in at the top, followed by HP and Dell.

The rise in Apple’s market share seems to have been boosted by the late 2016 MacBook Pro.

On the whole, 2016 represented a slow...

| Read more »
04:58
Android’s emoji problem

Jeremy Burge, Emojipedia:

The Google design team were months ahead of Apple with new emoji in the past year. Support for the latest emojis came to Android in the major Nougat release in August of 2016.

Yet the vast majority of Android users still can’t see these new emojis.

What they see, instead, are empty rectangles. Why? Lack of timely Android updates.

New emojis are bundled with system updates for iOS and Android, as emoji fonts and relevant Unicode support is provided at an OS level1.

This system should work well, but the weak link is relying on manufacturers to provide updates in a timely manner.

Vlad Savov reported in September2: most phones at IFA (large tech show in Europe) were running a year-old version of Android.

And:

These aren’t old phones not getting updates: they’re brand new phones running an out of date OS. It’s not a good sign.

Great post from someone who really knows the emoji business. One takeaway...

| Read more »
04:54
Apple's Future Headset to work with Gaming...

Apple is back at it again. Apple has filed specific continuation patents relating to a future headset with each providing clues as to the nature or features that Apple is thinking of bringing to a future headset over time. The last two patent filings focused on telephony for their headset (one and two) along with presenting images to the user...

| Read more »
04:49
The first trillion dollars is always the hardest

Horace Dediu, Asymco:

In its first 10 years, the iPhone will have sold at least 1.2 billion units, making it the most successful product of all time. The iPhone also enabled the iOS empire which includes the iPod touch, the iPad, the Apple Watch and Apple TV whose combined total unit sales will reach 1.75 billion units over 10 years. This total is likely to top 2 billion units by the end of 2018.

And:

The revenues from iOS product sales will reach $980 billion by middle of this year. In addition to hardware Apple also books iOS services revenues (including content) which have totaled more than $100 billion to date.

This means that iOS will have generated over $1 trillion in revenues for Apple sometime this year.

Simply remarkable.

...

| Read more »
04:44
Kool Tools: PERI’s Duo Slim iPhone case

PERI (www. PERIaudio.com) has debuted the Duo Slim, the latest edition to the Duo family of iPhone speaker and charging case. It features a hi-fidelity Bluetooth enabled speaker system and 2500mAh battery.

With the Duo Slim, you can play digital audio directly from the iPhone to its speakers via a docked iPhone Lightning connection. You can use it as a detachable speaker, as well.

read more

| Read more »
04:39
Adobe shows concept video of voice-based photo...

Adobe has released a concept video showing how voice-based photo editing might work on an iPad. The video shows a user selecting voice control, cropping a photo to a square, flipping the image horizontally and posting to Facebook.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
04:30
LG UltraFine 5K is a great display for new MacBook...

In a previous review, I mentioned that I wasn’t overly impressed with the LG UltraFine 4K, one of the monitors LG co-developed with Apple for use with the 2016 MacBook Pros. Thankfully, the UltraFine 5K addresses some of its smaller siblings’ shortcomings (which it should since it’s more expensive).

For example, the 5K has a built-in camera/mic for FaceTime calls, which the 4K lacks. The bigger display also feels sturdier; the smaller monitor seemed a bit flimsy to me. That said, the LG display still looks boxy, clunky, and unsexy compared to the late Thunderbolt Display and that of the iMac.

The 27-inch display on the LG UltraFine 5K — which is 18.3 inches high, 24.6 inches wide, 9.4 inches deep, and weighs 18.7 pounds — is gorgeous. It boasts a 5120-by-2880 resolution, 14.7 million pixels,...

| Read more »
04:02
Apple plans to offer original scripted TV shows by...

The ‘will it, won’t it’ speculation about Apple moving into original TV content in a significant way continues today with a WSJ report claiming that the company is planning to offer ‘original scripted TV content’ by the end of the year. Apple is also said to be ‘considering’ the idea of offering original movies, though these plans are said to be less advanced.

Apple is planning to build a significant new business in original television shows and movies, according to people familiar with the matter […] Executives at Apple have told people in Hollywood they hope to start offering original scripted content by the end of 2017.

While past speculation has focused on the idea of Apple offering subscription TV packages, today’s report suggests more of a continuation of the company’s approach to date …

...

| Read more »
04:00
Home entertainment devices market to reach $295...

A new report published by Allied Market Research (www.alliedmarketresearch.com) projects that the global home entertainment devices market is expected to reach US$294,969 million by 2022. Video devices is estimated to be the most dominant product type in the market from 2015 to 2022.

read more

| Read more »
04:00
How to use the Path Bar in macOS Sierra

It’s easy to get lost and not know where you are or what directory you’re growing using the macOS Finder. There’s a little known feature called Path Bar that can make your life easier. 

It’s a narrow strip near the bottom of a Finder window. It’s disabled by default; here’s how to enable it.

  • Open a Finder window.
  • Select Show Path Bar from the Finder View menu. (You’ll find it in the top left side of your screen).
  • The Path Bar will now display in all of your Finder windows.

Double-clicking any of the folders in the Path Bar takes you to that folder. You can move files and folders to any item in the Path Bar via drag and drop.

You can copy items by holding down the Option key as you drag them. Or you can cate an alias to an item by holding down the Command + Option keys while you drag it.

You can even move folders around within the Path Bar. Drag a folder to the location in the path where you want it to be located. ...

| Read more »
03:59
Apple's Israeli Team Fine Tunes their 3D Depth...

Apple's Israeli team that in large part includes PrimeSense, the inventor of the technology behind Kinect, is continuing their work on 3D depth mapping that in part is used in the iPhone 7 Plus camera that provides their cool portrait mode that is known in the world of photography as the 'Bokeh' effect. Advanced 3D mapping will spill over to other applications in the future and is likely to play a role in providing realistic AR experiences.

| Read more »
03:53
Apple Set to Earn $1 Trillion in Revenue From iOS...

Apple's iOS ecosystem is on course to generate over $1 trillion in revenues for the company by the middle of this year, according to Asymco analyst Horace Dediu.

Dediu's prediction is based on several factors, starting with an expectation that Apple will have sold at least 1.2 billion iPhones in its first 10 years, earning it the rank of "most successful product of all time" and laying the foundations for the company's iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, and Apple Watch categories.

In its first 10 years, the iPhone will have sold at least 1.2 billion units, making it the most successful product of all time. The iPhone also enabled the iOS empire which includes the iPod touch, the iPad, the Apple Watch and Apple TV whose combined total unit sales will reach 1.75...

| Read more »
03:09
Apple Invention Shows that they're working on...

The U.S. Patent Office published a patent application from Apple that covers systems, apparatuses, and methods for operating a wearable device dependent on whether or not the wearable device is worn. A wearable device such as a heart rate monitor, blood pressure monitor, fitness monitor, or other wearable device that attaches to a body part of a user such as a bicep ...

| Read more »
03:00
External Link: Is Apple Planning to Replace...

Sal Soghoian, the automation guru recently released by Apple, has penned a compelling editorial for MacStories explaining why app extensions are not a replacement for automation tools like AppleScript and Automator. He does an excellent job of explaining what app extensions are and how they compare to existing automation tools. The real story here is the concern that Apple could even be considering such a move. Soghoian hints that Apple might see it as a way to further merge iOS and macOS app development, but the reality is that dropping user automation tools in favor of app extensions would likely be the last straw for many professional Mac users.

 

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...

| Read more »
02:32
Apple was working on AirPods since at least 2015,...




In debuting AirPods, Apple also introduced a seamless, dead simple Bluetooth pairing method powered by its new W1 chip. A patent application published Thursday appears to detail exactly how the system functions.

| Read more »
00:09
Apple revenues from iOS ecosystem should exceed $1...




According to independent analyst Horace Dediu, Apple's iOS hardware ecosystem and related services is on schedule to generate a cumulative $1 trillion sometime in 2017, a milestone for a consumer product.

| Read more »

Wednesday January 11

20:59
Default Folder X 5.1.3 - Enhances Open and Save...

Default Folder X attaches a toolbar to the right side of the Open and Save dialogs in any OS X-native application. The toolbar gives you fast access to various folders and commands. You just click on the buttons to go to your favorite and recently used folders, manage the folders and files shown in the list, and make changes to your settings. It also fixes a number of problems in Open and Save dialogs, "rebounding" to the last selected file, putting the path listing back in the top menu, and correcting bugs in scrolling column views.

Features

  • Directory assistant: You can access the contents of your recent, favorite, and open folders right from Default Folder X's toolbar.
  • Real time saving: If you're constantly saving things inside the same folder, Default Folder X can remember that folder for you.
  • Finder management: Default Folder X lets you open up or save to any Finder window...
| Read more »
20:59
iShowU Instant 1.1.4 - Full-featured screen...

iShowU Instant gives you real-time screen recording like you've never seen before! It is the fastest, most feature-filled real-time screen capture tool from shinywhitebox yet. All of the features you would expect are here, and probably some you don't!

  • Record from any screen
  • Enhance your microphone audio through the use of a dynamics processor, compressor and/or equaliser*
  • Record from iOS devices
  • Add text and/or an overlay
  • Enhance your recording with mouse and click visualization
  • Trim front/back after recording
  • Create time-lapse recordings
  • Share to a wide range of online services
  • And more!

* requires Advanced Features.



Version 1.1.4:

  • Fixed unintended "super-sizing" of Retina recordings



  • OS X...

| Read more »
20:59
Safari Technology Preview 10.2 - The newest browser...

Safari Technology Preview contains the most recent additions and improvements to WebKit and the latest advances in Safari web technologies. And once installed, you will receive notifications of updates from the Mac App Store.

Features

  • Shared Links Extensibility. Use the new Shared Links API extension to add link suggestions to the shared links feed on Safari for OS X and iOS.
  • Content Blocking API for Safari extensions. Easily block content from a large collection of webpage resources with minimal overhead and incredibly high performance.
  • Force Touch Trackpad Mouse Events. Create interactivity like never before using new events and force information from the Force Touch Trackpad.
  • CSS Scroll Snapping. Use CSS scroll snapping to keep the focal point of your content in view when scrolling momentum stops.
  • FairPlay Streaming....
| Read more »
20:59
Shimo 4.1.5.1 - VPN client – for everyone.

Shimo is the most versatile VPN client for OS X and it enables really everybody to master secure network. It supports more protocols than any other VPN application out there! CiscoVPN, AnyConnect, IPSec, OpenVPN, PPTP/L2TP, Nortel and even SSH connections are no problem for Shimo.

Shimo is able to automate everything around your secure network connections: Establish connections automatically when you change your network location, execute AppleScripts on certain events or get notified about these events. This is just a very small excerpt of Shimo's capabilities. Feel free to download Shimo from our website and get a 30 days free trial before you have to buy a license!



Version 4.1.5.1:

New

  • Allow to include license information in deployment package
  • Updated OpenVPN to version 2.4.0

Fixed

  • Fix file permission for referenced shell script
  • Fix display of license activation window...
| Read more »
20:59
Adobe Illustrator CC 2017 21.0.1 - Professional...

Illustrator CC 2017 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Illustrator customer).

Adobe Illustrator CC 2017 is the industry standard vector-drawing environment for designing across media. Express your creative vision with shapes, color, effects, and typography. Work with speed and stability on large, complex files, and move designs efficiently among Adobe's creative applications.



Version 21.0.1 (2017):

Note: Now requires OS X 10.10 or later

Note: Update is ~541 MB

  • Stability-related fixes for the 2017 release



  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • 2 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • 2 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free...

| Read more »
20:59
Adobe Flash Player 24.0.0.194 - Plug-in plays...

Adobe Flash Player is a cross-platform, browser-based application runtime that provides uncompromised viewing of expressive applications, content, and videos across browsers and operating systems.



Version 24.0.0.194:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.9 or later

  • Socket connection fails with Security error#2048.
  • Event handler Event.CONNECT is not called when using flash.net.Socket to connect the server



  • OS X 10.9 or later
  • Browser compatibility:
    • Safari 5.0 or later
    • Mozilla Firefox 17.0 or later
    • Google Chrome
    • Opera 11 or later



Download Now]]>

| Read more »
20:59
Slack 2.4.1 - Collaborative communication app.

Slack is a collaborative communication app that simplifies real-time messaging, archiving, and search for modern working teams.



Version 2.4.1:

  • Fixed a small bug in Calls



  • OS X 10.9 or later



Download Now]]>

| Read more »
20:59
Fantastical 2.3.3 - Create calendar events and...

Fantastical 2 is the Mac calendar you'll actually enjoy using. Creating an event with Fantastical is quick, easy, and fun:

  • Open Fantastical with a single click or keystroke
  • Type in your event details and press return

...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 Contacts to the event.



Version 2.3.3:

  • Added Copy Day as Text to Edit menu to copy the schedule for a day as text (press the option key to Copy Week as Text)
  • Dragging from the left edge of the window will reveal the sidebar if it has been hidden
  • Links in an event's location are now clickable
  • Fixed not being able to paste some text into the URL field
  • ...
| Read more »
 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

PhotoDesk 4.1.5 - Instagram client for p...
PhotoDesk lets you view, like, comment, and download Instagram pictures/videos. (NO Uploads! / Image Posting! Instagram forbids that! AND you need an existing Instagram account). But you can do so... Read more
Capo 3.5.1 - Slow down and learn to play...
Capo lets you slow down your favorite songs so you can hear the notes and learn how they are played. With Capo, you can quickly tab out your songs atop a highly-detailed OpenCL-powered spectrogram... Read more
HandBrake 1.0.2 - Versatile video encode...
HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs. Features Supported Sources VIDEO_TS folder, DVD image or real DVD (unencrypted... Read more
Sound Studio 4.8.6 - Robust audio record...
Sound Studio lets you easily record and professionally edit audio on your Mac. Easily rip vinyls and digitize cassette tapes, or record lectures and voice memos. Prepare for live shows with live... Read more
HandBrake 1.0.2 - Versatile video encode...
HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs. Features Supported Sources VIDEO_TS folder, DVD image or real DVD (unencrypted... Read more
PhotoDesk 4.1.5 - Instagram client for p...
PhotoDesk lets you view, like, comment, and download Instagram pictures/videos. (NO Uploads! / Image Posting! Instagram forbids that! AND you need an existing Instagram account). But you can do so... Read more
Sound Studio 4.8.6 - Robust audio record...
Sound Studio lets you easily record and professionally edit audio on your Mac. Easily rip vinyls and digitize cassette tapes, or record lectures and voice memos. Prepare for live shows with live... Read more
Capo 3.5.1 - Slow down and learn to play...
Capo lets you slow down your favorite songs so you can hear the notes and learn how they are played. With Capo, you can quickly tab out your songs atop a highly-detailed OpenCL-powered spectrogram... Read more
Google Earth 7.1.8.3036 - View and contr...
Google Earth gives you a wealth of imagery and geographic information. Explore destinations like Maui and Paris, or browse content from Wikipedia, National Geographic, and more. Google Earth combines... Read more
QuickBooks 16.1.11.1556 R12 - Financial...
QuickBooks helps you manage your business easily and efficiently. Organize your finances all in one place, track money going in and out of your business, and spot areas where you can save. Built for... Read more

Super Mario Run dashes onto Android in M...
Super Mario Run was one of the biggest mobile launches in 2016 before it was met with a lukewarm response by many. While the game itself plays a treat, it's pretty hard to swallow the steep price for the full game. With that said, Android users... | Read more »
WarFriends Beginner's Guide: How to...
Chillingo's new game, WarFriends, is finally available world wide, and so far it's a refreshing change from common mobile game trends. The game's a mix of tower defense, third person shooter, and collectible card game. There's a lot to unpack here... | Read more »
Super Gridland (Entertainment)
Super Gridland 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Entertainment Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Match. Build. Survive. "exquisitely tuned" - Rock Paper Shotgun No in-app purches, and no ads! | Read more »
Red's Kingdom (Games)
Red's Kingdom 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Mad King Mac has kidnapped your father and stolen your golden nut! Solve puzzles and battle goons as you explore and battle your... | Read more »
Turbo League Guide: How to tame the cont...
| Read more »
Fire Emblem: Heroes coming to Google Pla...
Nintendo gave us our first look at Fire Emblem: Heroes, the upcoming mobile Fire Emblem game the company hinted at last year. Revealed at the Fire Emblem Direct event held today, the game will condense the series' tactical RPG combat into bite-... | Read more »
ReSlice (Music)
ReSlice 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Music Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Audio Slice Machine Slice your audio samples with ReSlice and create flexible musical atoms which can be triggered by MIDI notes or... | Read more »
Stickman Surfer rides in with the tide t...
Stickson is back and this time he's taken up yet another extreme sport - surfing. Stickman Surfer is out this Thursday on both iOS and Android, so if you've been following the other Stickman adventures, you might be interested in picking this one... | Read more »
Z-Exemplar (Games)
Z-Exemplar 1.4 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.4 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
5 dastardly difficult roguelikes like th...
Edmund McMillen's popular roguelike creation The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth has finally crawled onto mobile devices. It's a grotesque dual-stick shooter that tosses you into an endless, procedurally generated basement as you, the pitiable Isaac,... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

12-inch 1.2GHz Space Gray Retina MacBook on s...
Amazon has the 2016 12″ 1.2GHz/512GB Space Gray Retina MacBook (Apple model #MLH82LL/A) on sale for $1299.99 including free shipping. Their price is $300 off MSRP. Read more
Twelve South Releases RelaxedLeather Cases fo...
Inspired by the laid-back luxury of burnished leather boots and crafted in rich tones of taupe, herb and marsala, RelaxedLeather cases deliver smart, easy protection for the iPhone 7. Each genuine... Read more
Week’s Best Deal: New 2016 13-inch 2.0GHz Mac...
Amazon has the new 2016 13″ 2.0GHz non-Touch Bar MacBook Pros on sale for a limited time for $225 off MSRP including free shipping: - 13″ 2.0GHz MacBook Pro, Space Gray (MLL42LL/A): $1274.99 $225 off... Read more
Back in stock: Apple refurbished Mac minis fr...
Apple has Certified Refurbished Mac minis available starting at $419. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each mini, and shipping is free: - 1.4GHz Mac mini: $419 $80 off MSRP - 2.6GHz Mac... Read more
Apple Ranked ‘Most Intimate Brand’
The top ranked ‘”intimate” brands continued to outperform the S&P and Fortune 500 indices in revenue and profit over the past 10 years, according to MBLM’s Brand Intimacy 2017 Report, the largest... Read more
B-Eng introduces SSD Health Check for Mac OS
Fehraltorf, Switzerland based independant Swiss company- B-Eng has announced the release and immediate availability of SSD Health Check 1.0, the company’s new hard drive utility for Mac OS X. As the... Read more
Apple’s Education discount saves up to $300 o...
Purchase a new Mac or iPad using Apple’s Education Store and take up to $300 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution qualify for the discount. Shipping is free: -... Read more
4-core 3.7GHz Mac Pro on sale for $2290, save...
Guitar Center has the 3.7GHz 4-core Mac Pro (MD253LL/A) on sale for $2289.97 including free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Their price is a $710 savings over standard MSRP for... Read more
128GB Apple iPad Air 2, refurbished, availabl...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 128GB iPad Air 2s WiFis available for $419 including free shipping. That’s an $80 savings over standard MSRP for this model. A standard Apple one-year warranty is... Read more
13-inch 2.7GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale for...
B&H Photo has the 2015 13″ 2.7GHz/128GB Retina Apple MacBook Pro on sale for $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY tax only: - 13″ 2.7GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro (MF839LL/A): $... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* macOS Systems Integration Administra...
…most exceptional support available in the industry. SCI is seeking an Junior Apple macOS systems integration administrator that will be responsible for providing Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions- Deer Pa...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
*Apple* Technician - nfrastructure (United S...
Let’s Work Together Apple Technician This position is based in Portland, ME Life at nfrastructure At nfrastructure, we understand that our success results from our Read more
*Apple* Mobile Master - Best Buy (United Sta...
**467692BR** **Job Title:** Apple Mobile Master **Location Number:** 000602-Columbia MO-Store **Job Description:** **What does a Best Buy Apple Mobile Master Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.