Drink from the Firehose...
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Drink from the Firehose...

Wednesday April 29

13:05
iPad app glitches delays some American Airlines...

Some American Airlines flights were grounded as an app issue with the on-board iPads used by pilots made it impossible to take off, reports the Verge (http://tinyurl.com/pxsdkm2).

"Some flights are experiencing an issue with a software application on pilot iPads," American Airlines spokesperson Andrea Huguely told The Verge. "In some cases, the flight has had to return to the gate to access a Wi-Fi connection to fix the issue. We apologize for the inconvenience to our customers. We are working to have them on the way to their destination as soon as possible."

read more

| Read more »
12:53
Apple's 5W USB Power Adapter Images are now...

On April 29, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademarks that specifically cover a photo and an image of their 5W USB Power Adapter.

| Read more »
12:26
Time Warner CEO 'pretty confident' Apple...

Speaking during a Wednesday financial results call, Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes said he is "pretty confident" Apple will be launching a subscription streaming TV service in the near future, callling the company "very forward-thinking about television."

| Read more »
12:24
Microsoft Unveils New 'Edge' Browser to...

Earlier this year, Microsoft debuted a new browser designed to succeed Internet Explorer. At the time, it was still under development with the code name Project Spartan, but at today's BUILD conference for developers, Microsoft shared additional details on the new browser and unveiled its name: Microsoft Edge.

According to Microsoft, the Edge name refers to being on the edge of consuming and creating. Microsoft is calling Edge "a browser built for doing," with a simple, no-frills design and access to tools for enhancing the browsing experience.

Edge has built-in note taking capabilities, letting users annotate, draw, and take notes right within the browser, and then share those website notes with friends. Microsoft says that Edge uses "blazing fast core technology," with more details available on the speed enhancements in the future.

Edge includes a distraction-free reading mode...

| Read more »
12:11
The New Browser for Windows 10 will be Called...

Earlier today during Microsoft's developer conference we learned that the new browser coming to Windows 10, once known as project Spartan, is now officially called Microsoft Edge. Microsoft Edge is ...

| Read more »
12:09
If you can't redeem your iTunes Gift Card or...

When you try to redeem an iTunes Gift Card or code, you might see a message that the code is invalid or inactive. Or you might not be able to easily read the code. If that’s happening to you, try these steps.

| Read more »
12:07
Apple already plans to expand R&D center in...

Apple is said to be looking to provide employees at its research and development center in Herzliya with more space, only a matter of weeks after the the new facility officially opened.

| Read more »
11:53
App Camp for Girls releases Quiz Compendium app

App Camp for Girls:

The Quiz Compendium includes 15 personality quizzes created by camper project teams. You’ll learn so many things about yourself, such as what your superpower is, where you should go on vacation, and even what your breakfast choices say about your personality.

I utterly despise these kinds of “personality quizzes” but App Camp for Girls is a great cause started by a wonderful person, Jean MacDonald. The app is only 99 cents and goes to a very worthy organization. So I’ll swallow my disdain and buy the app and you should too.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
11:33
Microsoft announces path for iOS Objective-C...

Can’t help being reminded of all those many years of Apple finding ways to run Windows apps on a Mac.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
11:22
Microsoft Announces Cross-Platform Add-Ins for...

Microsoft held its annual BUILD conference for developers this morning, where it made several announcements that may be of interest to Mac and iOS users. First off, the company announced cross-platform add-ins that will deeply integrate third-party apps and services into multiple versions of Office, including Office for iOS.

Microsoft's add-ins (which can be thought of as plug-ins) will enable a range of third-party services to integrate with Office on Windows, iOS, Android, and presumably Mac when the new Office 2016 is released. For example, Uber might be built into Outlook, letting users call for rides directly from their calendar appointments. Another example shown on stage was PicHit, an app offering a photo marketplace within the PowerPoint app.

Uber in Outlook, image via The Verge
The implementation...

| Read more »
10:57
Can LG's Hot G4 Smoke the Competition?


LG on Tuesday unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the G4. The official launch followed weeks of leaks about the device's design and features. The G4 has an f1.8 aperture lens; a new IPS Quantum display, which is generally seen in the latest TVs; a body curved in LG's "Slim Arc" design; and six genuine leather color options. Its rear 16-MP camera has a manual mode and comes with a color spectrum sensor -- a smartphone technology first, said LG. It has an 8-MP front camera. The G4 has a new, human-centric user interface, UX 4.0.

| Read more »
10:52
Microsoft announces new tool for effortlessly...

Microsoft announced today during its Build conference that it will release a tool for developers to port their iOS apps directly to Windows 10 as “universal apps” that run on both phones and desktop computers. Developers will be able to feed their existing Objective-C code into a new software package and have it converted to work on the upcoming PC operating system.

At least, that’s how Microsoft is pitching it, though the whole process is a bit more complex. Essentially Windows 10 will ship with APIs that mirror the expected behavior of many iOS APIs, and this new conversion tool will help developers swap out iOS code for matching Windows code.

Because Windows 10 will be the operating system...

| Read more »
10:50
Brett Terpstra introduces StretchLink for Mac OS X

Developer Brett Terpstra has introduced StretchLink 1.0 (http://stretchlinkapp.com), his new URL utility for Mac OS X.

StretchLink was developed exclusively for expanding shortened URLs, removing redirects, and cleaning out referrer junk so that you can share URL without any baggage. Whether you're sending links to friends or publishing a blog, you want to protect your friends and readers from redirects and privacy issues that can be caused by unintentionally publishing a shortened link, says Terpstra.

read more

| Read more »
10:50
Brett Terpstra introduces StretchLink for Mac OS X

Developer Brett Terpstra has introduced StretchLink 1.0 (http://stretchlinkapp.com), his new URL utility for Mac OS X.

StretchLink was developed exclusively for expanding shortened URLs, removing redirects, and cleaning out referrer junk so that you can share URL without any baggage. Whether you're sending links to friends or publishing a blog, you want to protect your friends and readers from redirects and privacy issues that can be caused by unintentionally publishing a shortened link, says Terpstra.

read more

| Read more »
10:48
Tag Heuer Announces their Smartwatch will be Ready...

Today, TAG Heuer announced that it will start selling a smartwatch for about $1,400 in October or November.

| Read more »
10:35
BBEdit 11.1 Introduces Git and EditorConfig Support

Bare Bones Software (www.barebones.com) has announced BBEdit 11.1, an update to its professional strength HTML and text editor.

The new version introduces built-in support for Git and for EditorConfig. In addition, the BBEdit 11.1 update also introduces a new CSS/SCSS language module, a new Arrange submenu and a new Save All in Window command, plus enhanced command-line tools and INI support, refined navigation, file management and preferences, and more.

read more

| Read more »
10:28
Office for iPhone & iPad will soon support cross...

via Harry McCracken

It was hard to miss the iPhone 6 and iPad Air on stage during the beginning of Microsoft’s BUILD conference for developers. It turns out the Apple devices were used to demo a new feature coming to Office for iPhone and iPad called add-ins…

Satya Nadella described Office as a productivity platform rather than a standalone suite of apps. Add-ins are apps or plug-ins you can run through specific Office apps including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook. Add-in examples include a version of...

| Read more »
10:08
iOS 8 adoption breaks 80 percent

According to Apple, iOS 8 is at 81 percent, iOS 7 has 17 percent, and earlier OSes are at 2 percent.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
10:00
Happy Hour Podcast 012 | Apple Watch first...

Apple Watch is finally here (well for some of us) and this week Zac, Benjamin, and Michael talk about their first impressions and experience with it. Has it been living up to the hype so far? Feel free to drop us a line about your Apple Watch experience at listenermail@9to5mac.com. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed…

New episodes of Happy Hour are available every Wednesday. As mentioned, you can download...

| Read more »
09:43
If you forgot the passcode for your Apple Watch

Learn what to do if you forgot the passcode for your Apple Watch.

| Read more »
09:39
Microsoft unveils Visual Studio Code For Mac, a...

Microsoft’s BUILD conference for developers is currently underway, and the first Apple-related piece of news that came out early in the event is a new code editor for Mac. The Windows-maker announced a version of its coding app called Visual Studio Code that runs natively on the Mac.Visual Studio Code is a cross-platform code editor with availability on Windows and now Linux in addition to OS X. Microsoft describes the program as a “code optimized editor” with support for Intellisense, debugging, and GIT. The developer tool also features integration with GitHub.

Developers can use the code editor to write apps for each platform it supports: Windows, Linux, and OS X. The announcement comes as Microsoft continues its cloud-first, cross platform approach with support for OS...

| Read more »
09:35
Samsung profit plunges 39 percent

Samsung Electronics Co. said its first-quarter net income has plunged 39 percent as the smartphone business saw its profit shrink to less than half from a year earlier.

And

Sales fell 12 percent from a year earlier to 47.12 trillion won while operating income dropped 30 percent to 5.98 trillion won, in line with Samsung’s earnings preview earlier this month.

The wider-than-expected drop in net profit was due to a big profit plunge in Samsung’s mobile business. The maker of Galaxy smartphones said its mobile division generated 2.74 trillion won in quarterly profit, compared with 6.43 trillion won a year earlier.

Ouch, sucks to be Samsung. This may look like the smartphone market is falling, but it’s not. Apple sold 61.1 million iPhones, up 40 percent over last year.

...

| Read more »
09:31
Apple is already set to expand its Israeli R&D...

Just months after its opening, Apple is set to expand its R&D center in Herzliya Israel. Apple leases a portion of its Herzliya R&D center, and it is going to lease more space ...

| Read more »
09:30
App Camp for Girls releases camper-driven app

App Camp for Girls (AGC) a great project that fosters an interest in coding and apps among young women and girls, has released its first app for iOS, the student-driven App Camp Quiz Compendium ($0.99).

The app features 15 personality quizzes created by teams of "camper" girls who have attended an ACG event. Girls also learn about the business side of producing commercial apps, and I'm sure this project will be another lesson along those lines.

Good job, folks. Keep up the good work.

| Read more »
09:24
Mac notebooks: All about batteries

Learn more about the battery in your Mac notebook including how to optimize the battery life, troubleshoot, and get service.

| Read more »
09:20
Pixelmator for Mac adds support for Force Touch...

Pixelmator 3.3.2 is out, featuring lots of new stuff — Photos app support, Force Touch trackpad support, jaw-dropping Repair Tool enhancements, and much more.

This is just great software. I use it everyday.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
09:10
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Spigen iPhone 6/Plus cases...

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:

Spigen iPhone 6/Plus cases in multiple styles & colors from $4 Prime shipped (up to 80% off)

9to5Toys Specials currently has a...

| Read more »
09:06
AT&T service options for iPhone in Puerto Rico...

For iPhone service in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, please visit one of these AT&T Store locations.

| Read more »
09:00
OneNote—the ONE tool I can’t do without (and neither...

Today’s post was written by Kelli Etheredge, teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator at the St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama.

We all have our “go to” tools when we want to work efficiently. For me, when I really need to accomplish a task, I clear my desk, close my door, turn on Vivaldi, and open OneNote. Regardless of the project—lesson redesign with a teacher, research on learning spaces, creating professional development sessions—all of my notes, ideas, questions… everything is in OneNote. OneNote has been my go to tool ever since I discovered its power eight years ago.

Two years ago, my administration asked me to help the 5th and 6th-grade teachers transition to a 1:1 learning environment with teacher created/curated content rather than textbooks. In my design of the program, the...

| Read more »
08:59
IoT: Why Security Pros Need to Prepare Now


Have you ever heard of the Cullinan diamond? If you haven't, it was the largest diamond ever discovered: a 3106 carat diamond found in 1905 in South Africa. What's interesting about the Cullinan diamond isn't so much the discovery of the stone itself but what happened afterward: specifically, the cutting of the diamond. The Cullinan diamond was split into a number of smaller pieces -- nine large pieces and dozens of smaller ones -- by Joseph Asscher, a noted diamond cutter of the time.

| Read more »
08:59
TAG Heuer's Android smartwatch will cost you $1...

So much for hopes that TAG Heuer's first smartwatch will cost less than its conventional counterparts. Jean-Claude Biver, the head of TAG's parent company LVMH, says that the Android Wear timepiece will cost about $1,400 when it ships in October or N...

| Read more »
08:51
Some Tattoos Found to Interfere With Apple Watch...

A growing number of users have turned to social networks claiming that full sleeve tattoos, ones that stretch to cover the wrist, interfere with the Apple Watch's heart rate sensor and skin contact registration. Consequently, some Apple Watch users with tattoos have been unable to receive notifications and are frequently prompted to re-enter their passcode, if one is set, on the wrist-worn device.

A popular Reddit thread discussing the issue has received nearly 700 upvotes and 300 comments since being posted on Tuesday, and some users have unfortunately already coined the phrase "Tattoogate" to describe the problem. iMore soon followed up with a report confirming the issue, with the Apple Watch displaying inaccurate heart rate readings on the wrists of people with...

| Read more »
08:47
Share content with AirDrop from your iPhone, iPad,...

With AirDrop, you can share photos, videos, websites, locations, and more with people nearby with an Apple device.

| Read more »
08:45
Pixelmator 3.3.2 supports Force Touch trackpad,...

Pixelmator 3.3.2 has been released with support for Apple's new Force Touch trackpad on the MacBook, as well as an improved repair tool. Based on the demo video, the repair tool looks extremely impressive. The folks at Pixelmator note they spent two years on getting this feature to where it is now. 

Pixelmator is a fantastic image editor and, I must say, the one I use every day. Version 3.3.2 is a free update for existing users. The software costs $29.99 for new customers.

| Read more »
08:30
Tattooed Apple Watch owners report sensor troubles

The Apple Watch is slowly but surely making its way into the world, but less than a week after the first devices landed on the front steps of lucky pre-orderers, there’s already a problem—sort of.

The watch reportedly has trouble sensing it’s on your skin if you have a heavily pigmented tattoo sleeve, according to Reddit users. This means the watch constantly locks up if you have it set to lock when it’s not on your wrist, and it doesn’t tap you when notifications come in. People who are experiencing the problem have tried turning off wrist detection, which allows alerts to come through, but turning off that setting also prevents Apple Pay from working, so it’s a less-than-ideal solution.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment...

| Read more »
08:27
Global Equities Research Calls for the Removal of...

In a new Barron's report this morning, Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research who has generally had a fervently positive view on Apple stock, today writes that the company has been squandering its cash as it boosts its capital returns to appease short-term investors, and that it needs to replace its CFO, Luca Maestri, to change course.

| Read more »
08:23
Apple will soon let you shop the Apple Store from...

Amazon and Target won’t be the only major retailers on your wrist for long: sources say that Apple is finishing up work on a version of its Apple Store application for the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch app will come “soon” as part of an update to the Apple Store iPhone and iPad application, and will likely enable customers to make certain types of Apple Store purchases from their wrists, as well as receiving Apple Store-related notifications. As the Apple Watch does not have a keyboard, more involved orders will require the user to move over to the iPhone app. Apple will ask employees to push Apple Store app installations for the Apple Watch to customers this summer, when the...

| Read more »
07:48
Twitter CEO highlights Apple Spotlight partnership...

Users may see more Tweets in future updates to iOS and OS X. According to Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Twitter is working with Apple on injecting Tweets into the Spotlight feature on iPhones, iPads, iPod touches, and Macs. Costolo made the comments as part of yesterday’s Twitter quarterly earnings call, according to a transcript:

And finally, we are also working with Apple to surface great Twitter content and accounts directly in Spotlight Search on iOS and OS X, that also makes it easier and quicker to find great things on Twitter. So I would sum up by saying, there is absolutely an opportunity to go and monetize that attention and traffic. We want to make sure we iterate on the experiences to get them right first.

Spotlight on iOS and OS X...

| Read more »
07:34
Xsan volume turning invisible every day

Forums: Troubleshooting

Good Afternoon Xsan Deployers.

I have an Xsan with 3 volumes:
Video_1: 56 TB
Video_2: 24 TB
Repository: 10 TB

2x MDC, 12x clients
Mac OS 10.8.5 on all workstations.

Since 3 days, i have my xsan volume Video_1, and only him, turning invisible on the desktops of the clients.
If i try to reach him via Terminal, he's still there, and the Xsan Admin nor the logs does not show any error.

I already had this issue in the past, and i solved as it's showed here:
http://krypted.com/xsan/holy-cow-batman-my-xsan-volume-is-invisible/

But in the past, once i fixed it once, the issue never appeared again, while now, once per day, this even happen.
I fix it easily with the SetFile command, but it's...

| Read more »
07:30
The best Mac and iPad keyboards

Keyboards are important — so important that many people won’t “work” on their iPads without real keys to type on. No one complained when desktop mice gave way to laptop trackpads, or when trackpads evolved into tablet touchscreens, but the switch from physical to virtual keyboards has been met with plenty of resistance… specifically because virtual keyboards offer no resistance. There’s something about the responsive, up and down movement of actual keys, known as “travel,” that people clearly prefer over tapping on completely flat glass.

I’ve tested a lot of keyboards, and since I rely upon them professionally every day, I have some strong opinions as to the best options for different types of Mac and iPad users. You might be surprised by my advice, as it bucks a couple of Apple’s trends (“smaller!” “thinner!”), but if you’re like me, you’ll be a much happier typist if you “think different” on this topic than the folks in Cupertino…

...

| Read more »
07:25
Samsung reclaims top smartphone maker title from...

Strategy Analytics has a new report out that estimates that Samsung has once again become the number one smartphone manufacturer by units shipped. Although Samsung doesn’t officially report unit numbers, the analytics firm is estimating 83 million smartphones sold worldwide for the company. IDC is also reporting similar numbers.

Apple, which does report the number of iPhones it shipped, sold 61 million iPhones in the last quarter. This is a new record for Apple (which became the #1 manufacturer during the previous quarter with the...

| Read more »
07:20
Best Buy to accept Apple Pay, breaks from MCX lineup

Retailer Best Buy Best Buy said its customers could start using Apple Pay from Monday to make purchases on its app through the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch, thus appearing to break ranks with a group of leading U.S. merchants who are backing an alternative payment system.

Apple CEO Tim Cook also announced during an earnings conference call Monday that Apple Pay would be supported on the Best Buy app and in stores later this year.

The move is significant in that it breaks Best Buy away from the Merchant Customer Exchange, or MCX, a coalition of merchants backing its own mobile payments platform called CurrentC. MCX members Rite Aid and CVS...

| Read more »
07:17
The Korean Press Finally Sees the Light and Wonders...

Apple has trounced Samsung once again in smartphone profits and even the Korean press is finding it difficult to understand why Samsung can't match Apple's performance.

| Read more »
07:15
Apple to reject Watch apps that simply tell time

Developer David Smith was reviewing the Watch App Review guidelines when he came across section 10.7, which reads: 

"Watch Apps whose primary function is telling time will be rejected"

It makes sense as Apple is probably concerned with user confusion, since "time" app would likely include a watch face. Still, I feel for developers who had been working on, say, a world clock app.

| Read more »
07:13
Get help with Spotlight on your iPhone, iPad, or...

Learn what to do if you don't find what you're looking for in Spotlight, or if you don't see online suggestions in your search results in iOS 8.

| Read more »
07:11
Strategy Analytics: Samsung overtakes Apple as world...

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com), global smartphone shipments grew 21% annually to reach 345 million units in the first quarter of 2015. Samsung overtook Apple to recapture first position as the world's largest smartphone vendor by volume, says the research group.

read more

| Read more »
07:00
Review: ‘Does not Commute’ for iPhone & iPad is...

While self-driving cars may be the future of personal transportation, we’re still stuck driving the old-fashioned way for now, and a new iPhone game will show you why the future can’t come fast enough.

Does not Commute is a driving game that tasks you with navigating a car from point A to point B. The car drives forward automatically, and you tap the right side of your screen to turn right, or the left side to turn left.

It sounds simple, and that’s because it is. After you successfully guide your first car across the neighborhood to its exit point, you’ll be asked to do the same with a second car with new starting and ending points.

... | Read more »
06:57
Apple Watch goes through DisplayMate testing,...

The Apple Watch is out the door, its display is impressive and seems to hold a terrific resolution, even given its tiny screen.

The display itself features a Flexible OLED covered by either a sapphire crystal or Ion-X strengthened cover glass on the Sport model. This being Apple’s first OLED display, Dr. Raymond Soneira over at DisplayMate went bananas, testing its performance, power management, color management, color gamut, color accuracy, ambient light sensor, reflectance, viewing angles and other aspects of the wearable.

It’s not exactly light reading, but it’s as thorough as anything you’ll find out there. The report has great things to say about the Apple...

| Read more »
06:49
iOS 8 adoption bumps up to 81% with help of Apple...

More than 7 months after its official release, iOS 8 has now passed 80% adoption as a version of Apple’s latest mobile operating system is running on 81% of active devices, according to Apple’s App Store Distribution data. The new data puts iOS 8 up two points since this time two weeks ago. The remaining devices include 17% running a version of iOS 7, which is where the upgrades came from, while 2% of devices measured have iOS 6 or earlier.

That compares to MixPanel’s data that puts iOS 7 adoption at around 91% during the same period last year; its current data...

| Read more »
06:41
Jive Releases real-time messaging app for Mac OS X,...

Jive Software (www.jivechime.com) has released Jive Chime, an app that connects coworkers in real time. It's available for Mac OS X, iOS, Windows and Android systems.

read more

| Read more »
06:41
Samsung Overtakes Apple to Reclaim Title of World...

The latest numbers from Strategy Analytics reveal that Samsung surpassed Apple to reclaim its position as the world's largest smartphone maker in the first quarter of 2015. The two smartphone vendors were previously tied in the fourth quarter of 2014 after Apple matched Samsung with 74.5 million smartphones shipped on the strength of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and busy holiday shopping season.

Samsung recaptured the number one position with 83.2 million smartphones shipped in the first quarter, while Apple trailed in second with 61.2 million smartphones shipped during the three-month period ending March. Lenovo-Motorola finished a distant third with 18.8 million smartphones shipped, followed by Huawei at 17.3 million...

| Read more »
06:37
Crashing iPad App Grounds Dozens of American Airline...

infolation writes: American Airlines was forced to delay multiple flights on Tuesday night after the iPad app used by pilots crashed. Introduced in 2013, the cockpit iPads are used as an "electronic flight bag," replacing 16kg (35lb) of paper manuals which pilots are typically required to carry on flights. In some cases, the flights had to return to the gate to access Wi-Fi to fix the issue.


...

| Read more »
06:30
The 12-inch MacBook: A Different Mac for a...

To better understand Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook, Julio Ojeda-Zapata looks to his parents. They’re far removed from debates about the laptop’s single USB-C port, and just want a mobile computer that is simple, attractive and easy to carry. The 12-inch MacBook is their dream machine. Might it be yours as well?

 

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 »
06:25
Together 3.4.3 - Store and organize all of your...

Together helps you organize your Mac, giving you the ability to store, edit and preview your files in a single clean, uncluttered interface.

Smart storage. With simple drag-and-drop functionality, Together lets you gather up images, text, bookmarks, and files for safekeeping. With built-in note-taking capabilities and easy inter-app file transfers, take control of cluttered, disorganized groups of files and restore them to a state of order and manageability.

Previewing and editing. Together can edit and preview a wide range of filetypes, and seamlessly incorporates QuickView for everything else. File editing is always a double-click away, and your changes are automatically synchronized.

Organization, optimized. If you are tired of dealing with scatterbrained systems of files and folders, Together's refreshing, iTunes-like interface will help you breathe easy. Organize items into groups and...

| Read more »
06:20
Three days with the Apple Watch

Matthew Miller, writing for ZDNet, takes you from unboxing, through learning, through three days of living with his brand new Apple Watch. If you are still on the fence about buying one, this will give you a sense of the experience.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
06:13
Pixelmator 3.3.2 - Powerful layer-based image editor...

Pixelmator is a beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast, and powerful image editor for OS X. It has everything you need to create, edit, and enhance your images.

Pixelmator is a layer-based image editor. You can quickly create layers from your photos, other pictures, from selections, or even your iSight. Yes, Pixelmator can add a layer to your composition directly from your Mac's little camera. Not only can you link and arrange added layers, but Pixelmator also allows you to blend layers, change their opacity, create clipping masks, or even add layer masks to hide some portions of a layer.



Version 3.3.2: New

  • Now you can quickly access your Photos library right from the Photo Browser in Pixelmator.
  • Paint with pressure sensitivity using the Force Touch trackpad on the new MacBook and MacBook Pro.
  • Wipe away unwanted elements from your photos up to five times faster with the enhanced Repair tool.

...

| Read more »
06:00
Tech firms, other organizations setting up resources...

Between the events of the Nepal earthquake and the Baltimore riots Monday night, it’s turning into a disastrous week. If you were wondering what you can do to help, a number of tech companies, including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Viber, have set up Red Cross donations, people-location services and cheap to free calling to reach out to anyone you might know in Nepal.

Where Baltimore is concerned, the Baltimore Sun has published a terrific list of links for people to sign up and volunteer their services. The page also contains links to web sites looking to help rebuild Baltimore after the...

| Read more »
06:00
Tweets coming to Apple's Spotlight search,...

The already-cosy relationship between Apple and Twitter appears to be growing tighter, as the companies are now engaged in an effort to bring Twitter content to Apple's Spotlight search engine.

| Read more »
05:31
American Airlines Forced to Delay Flights Reportedly...

According to a new report published late yesterday, "American Airlines was forced to delay multiple flights on Tuesday night after a key Apple iPad app used by pilots crashed.

| Read more »
05:25
Pixelmator 3.3.2 adds support for Apple's new...

Popular photo editing tool Pixelmator was updated on Wednesday to add pressure-sensitive support for Apple's new Force Touch trackpad found on the latest MacBooks, as well as an advanced repair tool said to be five times better than its predecessor.

| Read more »
05:22
XMind 3.5.2 - Popular mind mapping and project...

XMind is the most popular mind mapping tool. Millions of people use XMind to clarify thinking, manage complex information, run brainstorming and get work organized. It couldn't be easier to get started.

A detailed list of features can be found here.

XMind is an open source project, which means it's free to download and free to use forever. XMind Plus ($79) and Pro ($129) with more professional features are also available.



Version 3.5.2: Improvements

  • Add a language change option to Preferences.
  • Improve theme usage experience. When applying a theme, users can now choose from overriding all custom styles in the target map or keeping them.
  • Improve export experiences.
  • Add Danish and Japanese "Welcome to XMind" map guide under help menu.
  • Modify the translation errors in...

| Read more »
05:00
5 surprising tips for Apple’s new Photos app

Most of the reporting to date on Apple’s new Photos app logically focuses on getting your pictures into the program, dealing with iCloud Photo Library (the syncing service used to copy all your pictures onto all your devices), the Adjustment panel’s smart sliders, and so on. In this column, you’ll learn a few slick Photos tricks that you may not have read about anywhere else. Read on and prepare to be impressed!

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

| Read more »
04:58
Samsung's Net Profit Plunges 39% in Q1 2015

In a Korean regulatory filing, Samsung stated that its net profit plunged 39 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier due to sluggish device sales. The profits plunge is really much larger than the 31% that was anticipated in early April.

| Read more »
04:38
Redditors and Twitter users report problems with...

Left: no heart-rate reading or skin contact, right: working fine

If you have tattooed wrists and are thinking about ordering an Apple Watch, you may want to try one first. A Reddit thread is reporting that the watch can fail to read heartbeats, or even fail to detect skin contact at all, on some people with heavily-tattooed wrists. This has been backed-up by some Twitter users.

The issue isn’t affecting everyone with tattoos, and reports seem to suggest that solid areas of darker inks – like red and black – and most likely to be affected. The issue is specific to tattoo inks: skin color has no impact.

If the watch fails to detect your skin, you can turn off wrist detection in the companion app, but the watch will then no longer support...

| Read more »
04:34
Kool Tools: Relo moves data from Android to iOS...

JAMF Software's Relo (http://www.jamfsoftware.com/products/Relo/) is a free app that lets you safely move contacts, photos and videos and WiFi settings from an Android to gadget to an iOS device via a wireless connection.

Until now, the switch from Android to iPhone and iPad was done manually. Not only was this extremely time consuming and frustrating, it put users at risk of losing important and personal data, and often forced them to leave such data behind on their old device. Finding and replacing their favorite apps was an equally time consuming and frustrating process. 

read more

| Read more »
04:29
Pixelmator for Mac adds Force Touch pressure-...

The developers behind Pixelmator have just released another free update to the Mac app, available in the Mac App Store ($29.99). Despite the bug-fix identifier, Version 3.3.2 packs some cool enhancements to support Apple’s latest technologies and hardware.

For one, as demoed in the screenshot above, Pixelmator brushes now support Force Touch so you can draw with multiple levels of pressure by pressing harder on the touchpad of your new Retina MacBook (or early 2015 13 inch Retina MacBook Pro). This is useful for quick adjustments although serious painters will still want to use dedicated drawing tablets. The update also adds support for the Photos app and a revamped Repair Tool …

...

| Read more »
04:07
Maintain serves up Cocktail 8.3.1 (Yosemite Edition)

Maintain has served Cocktail 8.3.1 (Yosemite Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Yosemite.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 8.3.1 fixes compatibility issues with 1Password and Evernote browser extensions. It also contains improvements on the network optimization feature and updated Automator actions.

read more

| Read more »
03:08
NetShade 6.1.5 - Browse privately using anonymous...

This promotion is for NetShade and 1 year of Proxy and VPN services

NetShade is an anonymous proxy and VPN app+service for Mac. Unblock your Internet through NetShade's high-speed proxy and VPN servers spanning seven countries.

NetShade masks your IP address as you browse the web, by routing you through a proxy server. Anonymous proxies are becoming more and more popular in this age of heightened security and privacy concerns, and NetShade provides an effective and straightforward interface to easily protect your privacy. NetShade currently runs nine high-quality, super-fast, dedicated proxy servers located in the US and Europe.

In addition to HTTP proxy, all of NetShade's servers offer a robust encrypted SSL for when privacy is of the utmost importance..

Multiple price options; see pricing page for more information.



Version 6.1.5:

  • ...

| Read more »
02:58
Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1 - Easy-to-use backup/cloning...

Carbon Copy Cloner backups are better than ordinary backups. Suppose the unthinkable happens while you're under deadline to finish a project: your Mac is unresponsive and all you hear is an ominous, repetitive clicking noise coming from its hard drive. With ordinary backups, you'd spend your day rushing out to a store to buy a new hard drive and then sit in front of your computer reinstalling the operating system and restoring data.

With Carbon Copy Cloner, your data and the operating system's data are all preserved on a bootable volume, ready for production at a moment's notice. When disaster strikes, simply boot from your backup and get back to using your Mac. At your convenience, replace the failed hard drive and then let CCC restore the OS, your data and your settings directly from the backup in one easy step.

Any backup application can save your stuff. A CCC bootable backup will save your productivity too!



...

| Read more »

Tuesday April 28

21:00
TA15-119A: Top 30 Targeted High Risk Vulnerabilities

Original release date: April 29, 2015
Systems Affected

Systems running unpatched software from Adobe, Microsoft, Oracle, or OpenSSL. 

Overview

Cyber threat actors continue to exploit unpatched software to conduct attacks against critical infrastructure organizations. As many as 85 percent of targeted attacks are preventable [1].

This Alert provides information on the 30 most commonly exploited vulnerabilities used in these attacks, along with prevention and mitigation recommendations.

It is based on analysis completed by the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC) and was developed in collaboration with our partners from Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the Australian Cyber Security Centre.

Description

Unpatched vulnerabilities allow malicious actors entry points into a network. A set of vulnerabilities are...

| Read more »
20:59
NetSpot 2.4.594 - Wireless survey tool. (Free)

NetSpot is a simple and accessible wireless survey tool for Mac users, which allows collecting, visualizing and analyzing Wi-Fi data using any MacBook.

NetSpot can visualize your wireless network by building a visual Wi-Fi map. It will let you see dead zones without coverage and place hotspots (Access Points) correctly. Using the visualized map of collected wireless data you will also see channels' load and will be able to decide how to optimize your Wi-Fi site better.

NetSpot is a powerful analyzer of Wi-Fi coverage. Just in a couple of clicks you can load your area map, point your location on the map and NetSpot starts collecting Wi-Fi data around you. It will gather all the needed information for radio signal leakages analyzing, noise sources discovering, access points effective location, etc.

You can also use NetSpot as a powerful wireless network planning tool. Load a map, collect wireless site survey data, build a heatmap of your...

| Read more »
20:59
PDFpen 7.1.1 - Edit and annotate PDFs with ease. (...

PDFpen allows users to easily edit PDF's. Add text, images and signatures. Fill out PDF forms. Merge or split PDF documents. Reorder and delete pages. Even correct text and edit graphics!

Features

  • Replace text in original PDF with editable text blocks
  • Move, resize, copy, and delete images in original PDF
  • Overlay text and images onto PDF (for example, sign purchase orders by applying signature image)
  • Perform Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on scanned documents
  • Insert and remove pages; re-order pages in a PDF by drag-and-drop
  • Copy and paste rich text; retain fonts and formatting when copying from PDF's
  • Select and copy text across multiple columns
  • Fill out and save PDF forms
  • Add (and print) notes and comments
  • Markup documents with highlighting, underscoring and strike-through
  • Save frequently used images, signatures, objects, and text in the Library
  • ...

| Read more »
20:59
NetSpot Pro 2.4.594 - Wireless survey tool. (Demo)

NetSpot Pro is a simple and accessible wireless survey tool for Mac users, which allows collecting, visualizing and analyzing Wi-Fi data using any MacBook.

NetSpot Pro can visualize your wireless network by building a visual Wi-Fi map. It will let you see dead zones without coverage and place hotspots (Access Points) correctly. Using the visualized map of collected wireless data you will also see channels' load and will be able to decide how to optimize your Wi-Fi site better.

NetSpot Pro is a powerful analyzer of Wi-Fi coverage. Just in a couple of clicks you can load your area map, point your location on the map and NetSpot Pro starts collecting Wi-Fi data around you. It will gather all the needed information for radio signal leakages analyzing, noise sources discovering, access points effective location, etc.

You can also use NetSpot Pro as a powerful wireless network planning tool. Load a map, collect wireless site survey data, build a...

| Read more »
20:53
iPad outage affects a “a few dozen” American...

Two years ago, American Airlines replaced the paper versions of its cockpit documents with iPad flight bags on all planes. At the time, the airline touted that the switch would both save money for the company and make the lives of pilots easier. This evening, however, more than several dozen American Airlines flights have been affected by an iPad-related outage. Many flights have been delayed and passengers forced to exit the planes.

“Some flights are experiencing an issue with a software application on pilot iPads,” American Airlines wrote on Twitter. According to various user reports, iPads went blank for both captains and copilots. In order to resolve the issues, pilots had to return to the gate and...

| Read more »
20:52
iPad App Issue Delays 'a Few Dozen'...

Issues with an app on iPads provided to pilots on American Airline flights have delayed "a few dozen" flights, making it difficult for planes to take off and causing them to return to the gates to fix the issue, according to The Verge.

An American Airlines pilot's iPad"Some flights are experiencing an issue with a software application on pilot iPads," American Airlines spokesperson Andrea Huguely later told The Verge. "In some cases, the flight has had to return to the gate to access a Wi-Fi connection to fix the issue. We apologize for the inconvenience to our customers. We are working to have them on the way to their destination as soon as possible." Another spokesperson said that the issue affected "a few dozen flights" across the airline. "We've identified the issue, we've identified the solution, and we are working on it right now."Passenger Bill...

| Read more »
19:54
Apple iPad software issue grounds 'several...

At least one American Airlines flight was grounded before takeoff on Tuesday due to a software bug that disabled pilots' iPad-powered electronic flight bags, potentially affecting the carrier's entire fleet of 737 aircraft.

| Read more »
19:42
MCX CEO Out After Best Buy Begins Accepting Apple Pay

Just a day after Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that MCX member Best Buy would begin accepting Apple Pay in stores later this year, MCX, the company behind Apple Pay competitor CurrentC, announced that current CEO Dekkers Davidson has left the company. He's been replaced by former Bank of America Merchant Services CEO Brian V. Mooney on an interim basis.
“MCX was created to capitalize on a tremendous opportunity for consumers, and I look forward to taking the company through the next exciting phase of bringing CurrentC™ to the market,” said Mooney. “MCX has a talented team in place backed by the determination and resources of many of the world’s largest and most successful merchants. Building on that foundation, we’re focused on making CurrentC™ the consumer preferred...

| Read more »
19:06
'Test model' iPad among items stolen in...

A report on Tuesday details a recent home invasion in Cupertino, Calif., in which thieves stole thousands of dollars' worth of goods and cash, including what is being described as a "test model iPad from Apple."

| Read more »
18:18
Test iPad stolen from Cupertino home, not yet...


Apple’s latest iPad Air 2 tablet

Mercury News reports that an iPad test model was one of the items stolen in a robbery and kidnapping that took place at a Cupertino house earlier this month. Specific details regarding the device are sparse at this point, although it has not yet been recovered. The victim of the robbery was a 20-year old man who was also kidnapped after responding to an online advertisement from a women.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office would only disclose that the device was “a test model iPad from Apple.” The victim informed detectives that the device was one of...

| Read more »
18:00
Als uw Xsan-volume niet opstart na het inschakelen...

Meer informatie over wat u moet doen in het geval van aan Xsan gerelateerde kernelpanics in uw serverlogbestanden die verwijzen naar een niet-overeenkomende Inode-versie.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204345

| Read more »
17:14
MCX CEO out a day after Best Buy announces Apple Pay...

MCX, the merchant consortium behind the Apple Pay competitor known as CurrentC, has announced today that CEO Dekkers Davidson is being replaced by Brian Mooney. MCX has given Mooney the title of interim CEO, which makes it unclear as to whether the consortium is actively looking for another CEO to replace Dekkers Davidson or if Mooney is the permanent choice.

When Apple Pay launched, CurrentC and MCX received a flood of negative publicity. CurrentC’s exclusivity policy at the time prompted retailers such as CVS and Rite Aid to disable NFC...

| Read more »
16:35
∞ djay for Apple Watch

The guys at Algoriddim do a great job with their software.

| Read more »
16:10
Consortium behind Apple Pay competitor CurrentC...

The Merchant Customer Exchange, better known by its acronym MCX, announced on Tuesday that it has named payments expert Brian V. Mooney as interim CEO, replacing former chief executive Dekkers Davidson.

| Read more »
15:38
Other Shoe Drops in White House Security Breach


Last year's breach of unclassified White House computer systems reportedly was far more intrusive than initially thought and included the theft of some presidential correspondence.
No classified systems were compromised, including the servers that control the message traffic from President Obama's BlackBerry mobile device. However, much of the information the unclassified servers handle -- such as schedules, email exchanges with State Department officials, and discussions of personnel moves, legislation and policy -- is considered sensitive.

| Read more »
15:38
Apple now says human medical research apps ‘must’...

Apple has added a clause in its App Store guidelines for developers noting that apps doing health-related human subject research are required to obtain approvals from an independent ethics review board.

Apple previously recommended that developers utilizing its new open-source ResearchKit framework for medical research in apps consult with an “institutional review board or ethics committee” to ensure safety requirements are met, but the new guidelines make approvals from a review board and proof of the approval a requirement for all apps conducting human subject medical research. 

The new guideline reads:

...

| Read more »
15:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Dance to your own groove with...

Beatboxes, world time, photomosaics, and more

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, we bring you a tool that lets you cut your own groove, a dashboard widget that helps you keep up with the news, and an app that makes sure you don’t wake up your boss at 3:00 a.m. (unless you really want to).

BeatLine 1.0

Ever wanted your very own drum machine? Music Paradise’s $1 BeatLine gives you just that—without any extra hardware.

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

| Read more »
15:29
Google Analytics for iOS updated w/ new comparison...

Google Analytics for iOS has received an update this evening that bumps it to version 1.2.0. The update includes a handful of features, such as new comparison capabilities and some small interface tweaks.

First, Google Analytics on iOS now allows users to compare data from the current date range to that of previous date ranges. For instance, you can compare the data for the current week to the data of the similar week in the previous month. There’s also now the ability to configure your favorite and most-used views within the app. Finally, version 1.2.0 also includes a redesigned view selector with a search feature.

The full release notes can be seen below:

What’s New in Version 1.2.0

  • Compare...
| Read more »
15:25
UberEATS now delivering food to New Yorkers in 10...

After seeing initial success in Los Angeles and Barcelona, Uber on Tuesday launched its UberEATS service in New York and Chicago, promising customers direct delivery of fresh food in ten minutes or less.

| Read more »
15:22
How to verify the authenticity of manually...

If you manually download an update package for Mac, you can verify the signature to confirm that the package is authentic and complete.

| Read more »
15:14
Apple's iOS 8 finally Cracks the 80% Adoption...

Apple's iOS 8 got off to a bad start with multiple problems and hiccups that had many regretting making the leap away from iOS 7. That put iOS 8 on a much slower trajectory than usual. Since then Apple has provide

| Read more »
15:00
AWT News Update: April 28, 2015

IMAGE VIA TATTOOIDEAS247.COM

A shock! It's not all Apple Watch news on the AWT News Update today. Our stories include:

  • Arm and wrist tattoos are making the Apple Watch heart rate sensor go whacky
  • Wall Street analysts love them some Apple after yesterday's record second quarter earnings, raising estimates for the company
  • Dropbox gains a new commenting feature
  • Christy Turlington Burns posted the eighth and final chapter in her Apple-hosted Watch blog

The full text version of the podcast script is available below.

SUBSCRIBE TO THE PODCAST
Text Version

This is Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for April 28, 2015. Our sponsor this week is Juicy Bits Software, developers of the new WhereNotes app for...

| Read more »
14:27
HP Wins a Design Patent for an Enterprise Notebook...

One of HP's newest notebooks is the HP Spectre x360 which allows the display to flip from front to back with a full 360 degree action. Earlier this month the U.S. Patent Office granted HP a design patent for a new notebook design that has a different twist to the Spectre x360 in that it allows the display to swing from front to back with a simple flick of the screen on a common back structure arm. The arm allows ...

| Read more »
14:27
Cosentry Extends Managed Cloud Services to Microsoft...

Cosentry (www.cosentry.com), a provider of IT solutions in the Midwest, has extended its managed cloud services to Microsoft Azure.

read more

| Read more »
14:25
IK Multimedia releases UltraTuner for iPhone and...

UltraTuner is the most precise digital tuner available for iOS, providing precision down to .01 (yes, that’s 1/100th) of a cent. UltraTuner is 10x more precise than mechanical strobe tuners, which are generally considered the “gold standard” of precision tuners, and they typically don’t fit into your shirt pocket.

This looks very cool. The screenshots of it on the Apple Watch are just great.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
14:19
BIAS FX for iPad

BIAS FX turns your iPad into a world-class, guitar amp-and-effects processor. It gives you an endless collection of insanely great-sounding guitar pedalboards, ultra-high definition stereo rack effects, dual amps and dual signal chain. You can share and download users and artists signature guitar pedalboards from the cloud.

Yes. Download!

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
14:15
Using Game Center on your Mac or iOS device

Game Center lets you play and share games with your friends, track your progress using leaderboards, and more. Learn how to set up Game Center and resolve sign-in and connection issues.

| Read more »
14:12
Decoding Eddie Van Halen’s “Little Guitars”

Alex Vollmer is a very talented guitar player and he’s come up with an explanation and video of how to play Eddie Van Halen’s “Little Guitars.” It’s great.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
14:00
The Backerjack Podcast Episode 16: Cyclops cameras,...

In sweet Episode 16 of the Backerjack Podcast, Steven Sande and Ross Rubin check out some of the latest products seeking funds and preorders:

  • Flex Cam PIC, a whimsical and inexpensive still and video camera that wraps around objects and comes in a range of colors and silly characters. It has some similarities to Podo.
  • GeniCan, a clip-on to your garbage can or recycle bin that builds your shopping list by scanning the barcodes of products you’ve consumed. As we note, it has the same goals as ...
| Read more »
13:30
Nike + iPod: Achieving a new workout milestone may...

If you have Spoken Feedback enabled on your iPod nano (4th generation) and you have just heard a congratulatory audible message after reaching a new workout milestone, your iPod nano may unexpectedly reset and lose the data for your last workout.

| Read more »
13:26
Set up your Apple Watch

To get started with your Apple Watch, pair and sync it with your iPhone.

| Read more »
13:01
OS X Yosemite: Supported digital camera RAW formats

Learn which digital camera RAW formats are supported by OS X Yosemite.

| Read more »
12:41
Troubleshooting Sync Services on Windows with...

If you're having difficulty syncing your contacts or calendars to iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iTunes for Windows via USB, this article can help.

| Read more »
12:36
12-Inch Retina MacBook Receives Mixed Reviews From...

Just a few weeks after the 12-inch Retina MacBook became available to order online, a number of early adopters have shared mixed opinions about the notebook within the MacRumors discussion forums. Overall, many users agree that the new MacBook has major design appeal but with too many key compromises, as mentioned by several well-known tech pundits and websites in our review roundup of the notebook.

A handful of users within the discussion forums claimed that they regretfully returned their new MacBooks shortly after receiving one because of those compromises, including the frustration of looking for and purchasing USB-C adapters that are needed to connect various Digital AV, VGA or USB devices, peripherals and cables to the single USB-C port on the ultra-slim notebook. The new keyboard and slow performance were...

| Read more »
11:56
About the security content of iOS 8

This document describes the security content of iOS 8.

| Read more »
11:40
Mac computers: Sleep Indicator Light behavior

This article details various Sleep Indicator Light (SIL) behaviors and what they mean.

| Read more »
11:39
Manage your associated devices in iTunes

You can see if your Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is associated with your Apple ID in the iTunes, iBooks, and App Store, and manage your associated devices. Just open iTunes using your Mac or PC.

| Read more »
11:35
LastPass launches Apple Watch app

LastPass, a password manager, has launched an app for the Apple Watch.
 
The iOS app, which is part of LastPass’ Premium service, provides quick access to passwords and data stored in the Vault to ensure users always have their passwords no matter where they are or which device they are using.

read more

| Read more »
11:27
App Store Review Guidelines Updated to Forbid Time-...

Apple has updated its App Store Review Guidelines to reflect an Apple Watch rule that it's been enforcing over the past several weeks, which prevents developers from creating Apple Watch apps that display the time. According to the newly added 10.7 rule under "User interface," Watch Apps that have a "primary function" of telling the time will be rejected.

Though this rule, noticed first by 9to5Mac, was not previously listed in the App Store Review Guidelines or in the Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines until today, Apple has previously been using this guideline to turn down Apple Watch apps, and its enforcement of this rule appears particularly strict based on some of the apps that...

| Read more »
10:27
Noteboom Tutorials introduces Tutor for Photos for...

Noteboom Tutorials has introduced Tutor for Photos for OS X, their latest video tutorial for the Mac. It consists of 43 video lessons designed to give users a better understanding of how to effectively use Apple's new photo management software, Photos.

read more

| Read more »
10:22
Apple says it will reject Apple Watch apps that just...

Apple has today added a new guideline to the App Store Review Guidelines, the first clause specifically targeted at Apple Watch development. This rule that Watch apps that only tell time will be rejected has actually been enforced since Apple started accepting WatchKit submissions as many developers complained to find their apps had been rejected for this reason. The documentation change now formalizes this rule into an official policy.

The Apple Watch does not currently allow third-parties to create custom watch faces. Users are limited to the choice of ten faces that come pre-installed. Most of these faces can be customized with different features...

| Read more »
10:21
LinkOptimizer 4.9.41 for InDesign lets you remove...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has unveiled LinkOptimizer 4.9.41, a feature update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

LinkOptimizer allows users to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data, performing essential image adjustments and converting file formats. Version 4.9.41 adds an option to automatically remove all alpha channels from images during Photoshop processing.

read more

| Read more »
10:16
TaskInsight 3.7 for Mac OS X enhances actions and...

Imaja (www.imaja.com) has launched TaskInsight 3.7, an update to its productivity and business app for Mac OS X.

TaskInsight features task list and timeline management with iCloud support on Mac OS X. Import and export functions support TSV and XML files for sharing with other applications. Version 3.7 enhances the speech controls and provides new actions for task list and timeline management.

TaskInsight requires Mac OS X 10.7. It costs US$19.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Productivity and Business categories.

| Read more »
10:12
Lark puts food-logging on your wrist with new Apple...

If Siri sent you encouraging messages about your activity and sleep patterns, she would look a lot like Lark, a conversational wellness coaching app for iOS. Now the app is tackling food-tracking with Tuesday’s update for iOS and its launch on Apple Watch.

Lark is taking a decidedly different approach to food than its meal-tracking competitors with a focus on wellness instead of guilt. Record your meals, snacks, and drinks using voice dictation on the Watch or iPhone and Lark will parse trends from your daily food log, not specific calorie counts.

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

| Read more »
10:03
Disk Drill data recovery app for Mac gets an update

CleverFiles (www.cleverfiles.com) has released Disk Drill 2.4.417, an update of its Mac OS X data recovery solution.

read more

| Read more »
10:01
Gadget Ogling: Pretty 3D Printing, an Eye-Catching...


3D printing is fascinating. It still seems wild to me that you can download schematics for anything and have a plastic version of a physical object in your home a short while later. However, not many printers can switch up the color or the types of filaments you use in your creation. The Pallette could change that, with a peripheral to pump in more vibrant hues and brighten up that mono-colored trinket you're ready to print. What's especially interesting is the possibility of adding different elements to the object, like carbon fiber or wood.

| Read more »
09:35
About the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.3...

This document describes the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.3 and Security Update 2015-004.

| Read more »
09:30
Apple fitness lead Jay Blahnik hosts Apple Watch...


As Apple continues its marketing campaign for the Apple Watch along with its release, the company has shared a recent interview with Christy Turlington Burns hosted by fitness lead Jay Blahnik at the Regent Street Apple Store in London.

Turlington Burns ran in the London Marathon on Sunday wearing the Apple Watch. Since her appearance...

| Read more »
09:25
Try safe mode if your Mac doesn't finish...

You can use safe mode to help you resolve issues that might keep your Mac from completely starting up.

| Read more »
09:15
AWT Health Club: the Apple Watch Activity app

This week’s app: Activity

A week ago, just a handful of people were using Apple’s Activity app; now, it’s on the Apple Watch and iPhone, tracking your every step and trying to keep you moving and working out. 

Over the past few days as I’ve become accustomed to having the Watch on my left wrist, I’ve found Activity to be a helpful tool for personal health. It’s unobtrusive, but tells you when you ought to get up from sitting too long and walk around a bit, and also gives you an idea of your activity with a glance.

To get to the app on the Watch, just press the Digital Crown and tap the Activity button, which looks like a trio of concentric circles — red on the outside, green in the middle, and blue on the inside. The first time you do this, Activity takes you through a short tutorial on...

| Read more »
09:10
Sync iBooks between your Mac and your iPhone, iPad,...

Books you buy from the iBooks Store are available automatically on all of your Mac and iOS devices.

| Read more »
09:10
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad mini 3 $250, JBL AirPlay...

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:

iPads: mini 3 16GB Wi-Fi $250 (Reg. $399), Air 2 Wi-Fi 64GB...

| Read more »
09:00
Next on Modern Workplace—the evolving role of...

Enterprise technology is evolving at lightning-fast speed, sparking trends like big data, cloud computing, unified communications, mobility and social. But how do businesses effectively capitalize on these trends to drive collaboration, productivity and better value for their customers?

Register now to find out on the next Modern Workplace on May 5th, where we’ll come to you live from Ignite, Microsoft’s premier technology conference in Chicago. Microsoft luminaries Julia White, general manager of Product Marketing for Office, Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president of Skype, and other guests will give us a preview of some of the latest technology and how it can revolutionize the way you work.

The evolving role of technology

May 5th | 8:00 a.m. PDT / 3:00 p.m. GMT

Special guests

...

| Read more »
08:56
Change the name of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod

Learn how to change the name of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

| Read more »
08:43
How to take a screenshot on your iPhone, iPad, and...

You can capture the screen on your iOS device using the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons.

| Read more »
08:38
About Restrictions (parental controls) on iPhone,...

You can turn on Restrictions, also known as parental controls, on your iOS device to prevent access to specific apps and features. Learn about the types of Restrictions and how to turn them on and off on your device.

| Read more »
08:34
Apple Watch may not be able to detect users’ wrists...

Your snazzy new Apple Watch may not be able to detect your wrist if there’s a tattoo in the way.

A Reddit user posted on Monday that his Apple Watch didn’t receive notifications and would lock when placed on his tattooed wrist. Before trying to contact Apple, though, he tested the Watch against his unmarked hand, which suddenly allowed it to work as intended.

Turning off wrist detection entirely was said to solve the problem, but at the expense of features like Apple Pay.

The Apple Watch’s wrist detection feature relies on sensors located on the back of the device which also serve as a heart rate tracker through a method known as...

| Read more »
08:18
Apple targeting late June for release of Apple Watch...

Apple will get the Apple Watch out to other countries once the initial, massive deluge of pre-orders is taken care of.

To wit: Around about June.

Over the course of the Q2 2015 conference call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple is targeting late June for an sales expansion that would make Apple Watch available in more countries, conditional on supply.

The Watch is currently on sale in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States with customers waiting for their sold-out preorders to arrive. A few boutique stores sold the device on April 24, but Apple’s own stores aren’t expected to carry...

| Read more »
08:16
Use iTunes Radio on your computer, iPhone, iPad,...

iTunes Radio is a free service that lets you stream hundreds of DJ-curated and genre-focused stations directly to your device or computer.

| Read more »
08:07
Xsan: Volume not visible in Xsan Admin after...

When using Xsan Admin to change the name of a volume in OS X Mountain Lion, the renamed volume may no longer appear in Xsan Admin, but will remain available to Xsan clients.

| Read more »
08:02
Hide and unhide purchases in the iTunes Store

On a computer, you can hide and unhide your iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store purchases.

| Read more »
08:00
Spigen unveils affordable new Apple Watch stand and...

As lucky early adopters get their hands on the world’s first Apple Watches, Spigen has unveiled a collection of accessories designed to hold and protect them. The lineup includes the most aggressively-priced metal stand we’ve seen from any company, as well as affordable protectors that can keep an Apple Watch looking new — important if you want to guard against the bumps and scratches of everyday life, maximizing its trade-in value.

Spigen’s lineup starts with the S330 Watch Stand, an aluminum frame that resembles Apple’s classic iMac and Thunderbolt Display stands, and continues with five different cases and two anti-scratch screen protectors. They’re all currently available for pre-order, shipping in May…

The...

| Read more »
08:00
Tim Cook: Apple Watch could reach additional...

During this week's financial call, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that the Apple Watch could be available in additional countries by June. He did not identify any of those countries, though.

The Apple Watch is currently selling in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. Pre-orders on April 24th were brisk to say the least, with ship times extending into June after only a brief time of availability.

Photo Credit: hawaii via Compfight cc

| Read more »
07:55
How to make instant sense of the Apple Watch user...

There are a whole bunch of ways to help you get to grips with the Apple Watch user-interface, from online videos to in-store workshops to personal setup to comprehensive flow charts to the full user guide. But having had mine for a few days, I thought I’d put together the instant overview I wished I’d had on day one.

I’m not attempting to cover everything the watch can do, or anything close to it – merely give you the 1-minute overview of where you find things so you’ll be up-and-running as quickly as...

| Read more »
07:53
Apple Watch's Sapphire Crystal Display...

YouTube channel Unbox Therapy has shared a new video that tests the stainless steel Apple Watch with a basic diamond tester to determine if it actually has a sapphire crystal display like many regular mechanical watches. The video also tests the Apple Watch Sport, LG G Watch R, iPhone 6 and a Tissot watch that is verified to have a sapphire crystal display.

The results of the test confirm that the Apple Watch does have a sapphire crystal display as advertised, with the diamond tester recognizing the thermal conductivity of the scratch-resistant material. The verified Tissot watch also displays a reading on the meter, while the Apple Watch Sport, LG G Watch R and iPhone 6 do not yield any results because all three devices have traditional or ion-strengthened glass displays.

Sapphire crystal is a harder and more scratch resistant material than traditional glass, which is why Apple chose it for the more...

| Read more »
07:47
Apple posts $13.6 billion profit on $58 billion in...

You can’t knock a US$13.6 billion quarterly profit.

Over the course of the second quarter, Apple cleared a US$14.6 billion profit from US$58 billion in revenue, beating analyst expectations as well as its own in the process. The revenues were up from US$45.6 billion in the second quarter of 2014.

Apple managed to sell 61.2 million iPhones in the quarter ending March 28, which also happened to be the second biggest quarter for iPhone sales ever. Analysts expected Apple to sell 58.1 million iPhones, 13.6 million iPads, and 4.7 million Macs, according to predictions. The company slipped on iPad and Mac sales with 12.6 million and 4.6 million...

| Read more »
07:45
Cocktail 8.3.1 - General maintenance and...

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. It is a powerful digital toolset that helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world get the most out of their computers every day.

The application serves up a perfect mix of maintenance tools and tweaks, all accessible through a clean and easy to use interface. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. It also comes with an automatic Pilot-mode that allows you to simply press a button and relax, knowing that Cocktail will take care of the rest.



Version 8.3.1:

Note: Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite to run.

  • Fixed compatibility issues with 1Password and Evernote browser extensions
  • Improvements on the network optimization feature
  • Updated Automator actions



    ...

| Read more »
07:42
The man who broke the music business

Stephen Witt, writing a long form piece for the New Yorker, captures a moment in time, when compact discs were the de facto currency of the music industry and the MP3 was just starting its disruptive reign.

A non-stop, riveting read.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
07:40
About the screens you see when your Mac starts up

When you start your Mac from OS X, different screens are displayed to let you know how your Mac is starting up, or why it might not finish starting up.

| Read more »
07:35
How to watch the live stream of the 2015 NFL Draft...

Courtesy: NFL.com

You’ll need the NFL Mobile app for iOS if you plan on catching the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft from your mobile device, and Verizon today has shared that it will exclusively carry the broadcast for its subscribers on iPhone. Verizon’s exclusivity deal doesn’t extend to the iPad version of the app, though, so non-Verizon customers can still catch the draft’s live broadcast from the tablet app after verifying with a supported cable provider.

... | Read more »
07:26
Samsung's Excuses for Low Shipments of the...

In one of yesterday's reports we noted that "Apple sold 61.2 million iPhones and Cook believes that there's still significant growth ahead for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as there's still evidence of momentum which could be bad news for Samsung and LG who are trying to sell new smartphone models."

| Read more »
07:07
∞ Watch Rachel Flowers, blind since birth, nail this...

Rachel Flowers is a terrific musician. Her keyboard skills rival her guitar chops. I don’t know the whole backstory, but apparently Rachel’s Zappa mastery became known to Dweezil Zappa and he invited her to guest-gig with his band, Zappa Plays Zappa in Las Vegas this past Saturday night.

| Read more »
06:59
QuarkXPress 11.0.0.0 - Desktop publishing solution;...

With QuarkXPress, you can communicate in all the ways you need to -- and always look professional -- in print and digital media, all in a single tool. Features include:

  • Easy to Use -- QuarkXPress is a powerful and full-featured tool that makes it easy to develop your ideas into gorgeous layouts.
  • Powerful Design Tools -- QuarkXPress provides an arsenal of design tools that let you turn even the most elaborate visions into reality.
  • Precision Typography -- Typography is an art form, and QuarkXPress provides the tools you need to create powerful works of typographical art. If you're a perfectionist, QuarkXPress provides all of the tools you need to reach perfection. If you're not, QuarkXPress provides presets and default behaviors that make your work look professional even when you're not paying attention to the details.
  • Digital Publishing: Web, SWF (Flash), e-books, and more...

| Read more »
06:55
Apple Watch and hands free computing

Ben Bajarin writes about the value of hands free computing that Apple Watch brings to the table.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
06:54
Patriot developing Type-C USB flash drive for...

Patriot (http://www.patriotmemory.com/) is developing a Type-C USB Flash Drive for the new MacBook, Google Chromebook Pixel and other Type-C equipped notebooks and systems available on the market.

read more

| Read more »
06:48
QuarkXPress 2015 now available

Quark Software has released QuarkXPress 2015 (www.quark.com/2015), an update of the graphic design and page layout software. It adds 64-bit architecture, industry-verified PDF/X-4 output, fixed layout interactive (app-like) eBook production, as well as an array of user-requested features.

read more

| Read more »
06:23
The Popularity of Apple's iPhone 6 is Still on...

One of the key points that we listed in yesterday's report titled "A Review of the Key Points from Apple's Q2 2015 Financial Conference Call," was that while Apple sold 61.2 million iPhones in Apple's fiscal Q2, Cook believes that there's still significant growth ahead for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as there's still evidence of momentum ...

| Read more »
05:48
The Why Behind Google Fi

Google has launched its own mobile phone network in America called Project Fi, leveraging two different cellular carriers and the abundance of Wi-Fi networks. But why launch Fi?

 

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 »
05:44
The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Others Weigh...

Mainstream media is loudly applauding Apple's Q2 financial results that were announced yesterday afternoon. While we covered the main points that were made by Apple's CEO Tim Cook during their financial conference call yesterday, today's report briefly touches on a few key points that were made by the Wall Street Journal ...

| Read more »
05:14
Apple CEO Tim Cook on why he’s still optimistic...

(Credit Quartz)

Tim Cook has once again defended the iPad in the face of continued falling sales, arguing that the “underlying data” paints a more positive picture than the pure sales numbers, and predicting that there will be future iPad growth.

As Quartz noted, the 23% year-on-year fall in iPad shipments to 12.6M means that iPad revenue actually dropped below Mac revenue for the second time since 2011. Cook again acknowledged that other Apple products cannibalize iPad sales, the iPhone 6 Plus a strong competitor on one side and the MacBook Air and new 12-inch MacBook on the other, but said that there were a number of...

| Read more »
05:00
20 Apple Watch apps worth a flick of your wrist

Calling them “apps” is a bit of a misnomer because third-party apps don’t really run natively on Apple Watch – yet. They’re more like extensions or views of apps that are running on your iPhone, but I digress. Watch apps are a little laggy at launch – get used to looking at the spinning flower – but there are times when viewing little bits of information on your wrist can be useful, especially notifications. Most importantly, it doesn’t come with all the baggage and distractions that turn your iPhone into a blackhole of time that you can never get back. After spending the weekend with Apple Watch, here are a few of the initial standout apps.

...

| Read more »
04:52
Broadband households have privacy, security concerns...

Research firm Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) reports 47% of U.S. broadband households have privacy or security concerns about smart home devices. The connected home industries need to formalize strategies, such as consumer privacy rights, in order to push these markets forward, according to the research group.

read more

| Read more »
04:26
Kool Tools: PDF Studio 10 for Mac OS X

Qoppa Software's (http://www.qoppa.com/) PDF Studio 10 is a solid update of its all-in-one PDF editing software for Mac OS X. The new version adds PDF Optimization, Overlay Comparison and Conversion to HTML5.

The new Optimizer function provides options for users to reduce the file size of PDF documents before sharing or publishing them. Images can be downsized and compressed, unused and duplicate objects removed, and data streams compressed. It is possible to save custom optimizer profiles and even to optimize a batch of PDF documents at once.

read more

| Read more »
04:25
Apple Granted 40 Patents Today Covering 3D Mapping,...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 40 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover three inventions related to 3D mapping ...

| Read more »
04:05
China finally overtakes U.S. in iPhone sales,...

Pundits have been predicting for several successive quarters that iPhone sales in China would outstrip those in the U.S., and Q2 2015 was when it finally happened, reports Reuters.

Apple […] sold more iPhones in China than the United States for the first time […] increasing its revenue in the country 71 percent to $16.8 billion, although that was helped by gift-buying for Chinese New Year.

Tim Cook said that the iPhone was responsible for the bulk of Apple’s revenue in China, though he did also note that Mac sales were “unbelievable,” up 31% year-on-year. As with other markets, the iPhone is usually the first Apple product people buy, but...

| Read more »
03:30
Remembering Front Row, the Apple TV precursor on...

Whooummm! With that sound, wherever you were in your Mac, the Front Row interface swung into view.

Front Row was fab. Introduced first on the iMac G5, this was Apple’s “10-foot UI,” a way of interacting with your music, movies, and photos in a simplified interface so that you didn’t have to be sitting directly in front of it with a keyboard and mouse. Instead, you could lounge on the sofa and use Apple’s dinky new infra-red remote control to play DVDs, podcasts, shared music from other iTunes Libraries on your network, to bore your friends rigid with slideshows of your holidays in iPhoto, and more. 

Unsurprisingly, it was Front Row, as much as anything, that got folks thinking about using a Mac as a media center, and it was a great way of giving a new lease on life to a Mac after you’d upgraded to a newer model. Or indeed, you could do what I did and use it as an excuse...

| Read more »
03:12
A Better Finder Rename 9.50 - File, photo, and MP3...

A Better Finder Rename is the most complete renaming solution available on the market today. That's why, since 1996, tens of thousands of hobbyists, professionals and businesses depend on A Better Finder Rename to organize and maintain files.

A Better Finder Rename's user interface supports complex renaming tasks without sacrificing ease and speed of use. Simply drag the files you want to rename straight from the Finder into the large preview table or the application icon.. or use our Finder context menu and hot key.

The Instant Preview feature eliminates guesswork and costly errors and helps you find the right settings quickly and accurately by providing as-you-type feedback.

A Better Finder Rename offers a complete set of renaming options that are organized into 15 categories covering all the text, character, position, conversion and truncation features that you would expect from a file renamer, but it does not stop there.

...

| Read more »
02:48
PDFpenPro 7.1.1 - Advanced PDF toolkit for HTML...

PDFpenPro allows users to edit PDF's easily. Add text, images and signatures. Fill out PDF forms. Merge or split PDF documents. Reorder and delete pages. Create fillable forms and tables of content with PDFpenPro! Even correct text and edit graphics!

The Pro version adds three additional features that the regular version does not:

  • Coverts websites into multi-page PDF documents
  • Creates PDF forms that can be shared with both Mac and PC users
  • Organizes PDF's with an easy Table of Contents feature

Features of PDFpenPro

  • Replace text in original PDF with editable text blocks
  • Move, resize, copy and delete images in original PDF
  • Overlay text and images onto PDF (for example, sign purchase orders by applying signature image)
  • Perform Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on scanned documents
  • Insert and remove pages; re-order pages in a PDF by drag-and-drop
  • ...

| Read more »

Monday April 27

22:10
Swedish armored vehicles get F1-inspired active...

BAE Systems recently announced that it has adapted the active damping suspension originally made for F1 cars to a Swedish Combat Vehicle, the CV90. This is reportedly the first system of its kind for a tracked vehicle, although BAE has been working o...

| Read more »
21:48
Apple Watch sapphire rivals those of classic...

There’s certainly a benefit to Apple’s use of sapphire crystal on Apple Watch. It’s extremely scratch resistant (even though stainless steel may not be) and will hold up over time, but how does it compare to sapphire crystal used in traditional watches? In a new video published by Unbox Therapy, Apple Watch was put up against a Tissot watch to see if Apple’s standards for sapphire crystal match up with traditional...

| Read more »
21:04
Apple Watch Tips and Hidden Features: Handoff,...

The Apple Watch is a brand new product platform for Apple, offering a significantly different experience compared to Apple's already established platforms, iOS and Mac OS. As the device is getting onto more and more wrists over the coming days, weeks and month, we've collected a bunch of helpful tips to help users acclimating to Apple's brand new platform in a video. We've highlighted some of the tips below.

Fast switching between apps - If you need to bounce between two apps, or one app and your watch face, it can become fairly cumbersome and take some time. Instead, it's easier and quicker to simply fast switch between apps by double tapping the Digital Crown. Double tapping a second time goes back to the last thing you were doing. This way, you can spend some time on the watch face, quickly zoom over to the Music app to select a new song, and then double tap again to go back to the watch face...

| Read more »
20:59
Monodraw 0.9 - Powerful ASCII art editor (beta). (...

Monodraw allows you to easily create text-based art (like diagrams, layouts, flow charts) and visually represent algorithms, data structures, binary formats and more. Because it's all just text, it can be easily embedded almost anywhere.



Version 0.9:

  • Copying and pasting of shape styles (via contextual menu or menu bar).



  • OS X 10.9 or later



Download Now

| Read more »
20:34
Audi makes eco-friendly diesel from carbon dioxide...

In an ideal, pollution-free world, everyone would be driving electric and hydrogen fuel cell cars. Audi knows society isn't quite there yet, however, so it has a stopgap if you still get around using conventional vehicles. The automaker recently prod...

| Read more »
20:09
MacBook Pro: Bottom case foot replacement DIY...

This article details the do it yourself (DIY) repair process for installing feet and plugs for MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008) and MacBook Pro computers that exhibit missing or damaged bottom case feet.

| Read more »
18:42
China, iPhone 6 lead another record Apple quarter

Apple achieved its second straight quarter of record results as demand for the new iPhone 6 surged and China became Apple’s second most important market after the U.S.

The company sold 61.2 million units of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus during the first three months of 2015, blasting past the 44 million it shipped during the same quarter of last year when the iPhone 5S was still new.

Those sales helped Apple to a net profit of $13.6 billion, up by almost 33 percent, on revenue of $58 billion for the quarter, up 27 percent. That’s above the $55 billion Apple had said it was expecting and the $56 billion consensus expectation from financial analysts.

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

| Read more »
18:33
A Review of the Key Points from Apple's Q2 2015...

Today, Apple announced a historic March Quarter with 27% revenue growth and 40% earnings per share growth Year over Year (YoY). Apple saw outstanding results for the iPhone with revenue growth up 55% YoY. Cook noted that they saw the highest rate of Android switchers than in any previous iPhone cycle. Another major point ...

| Read more »
17:55
[Sponsor] Pixate

Visually prototype your mobile apps, including complex interactions and animations — all without code — and run them natively on your iOS or Android devices. No web-views here, 100% native prototypes are generated in real-time, on-device. Now available as a stand-alone app for Mac and Windows. Try it now and get 10% off with code FIREBALL.

| Read more »
17:55
Treyarch: Black Ops III More Ambitious Than World at...


Activision on Monday announced the launch date for Call of Duty: Black Ops III -- Friday, Nov. 6. The company is departing from its tradition of Tuesday releases. Instead of conflicting with school and work schedules, the Friday release will give players the weekend to dive into the sci-fi shooter and get a feel for the new gameplay mechanics.
Some may groan at Black Ops III's futuristic story arriving just a year after Advanced Warfare. However, Treyarch's Black Ops III works a slightly different angle.

| Read more »
17:40
Apple Watch preorders cause spike in Apple phone,...

As can be expected from a major product launch, Apple Watch preorders and first weekend sales caused a spike in wait times for customers trying to reach Apple's service centers.

| Read more »
16:35
Best Buy will accept Apple Pay despite allegiance to...

During Apple’s Q2 financial call today, the company mentioned that big-box retailer Best Buy would be supporting Apple Pay in stores later this year, and Best Buy will allow customers to make purchases within the company app using Apple Pay starting today. The news is notable because of Best Buy’s alliance with MCX, or the Merchant Customer Exchange, a retailer’s association that wants to start its own mobile payments platform called CurrentC.

MCX and CurrentC made headlines in November, just after Apple Pay launched, when many MCX members—including Best Buy, 7-11, and CVS—...

| Read more »
16:26
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 27...

Notable software releases this week include Nicecast 1.11.4, iMovie 10.0.8, OmniFocus 2.1.3, Hazel 3.3.5, iMac Graphics Update 1.0, Fantastical 2.0.3, KeyCue 7.5, BusyCal 2.6.6, and BusyContacts 1.0.3.

 

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 »
16:26
ExtraBITS for 27 April 2015

For your ExtraBITS reading pleasure this week, Apple will exchange Apple Watch bands, iFixit rips apart the Apple Watch, Comcast abandons its bid for Time Warner Cable, the mysterious Error 53 is killing iPhones, and YouTube has dropped support for the second-generation Apple TV.

 

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 »
16:00
Today in the App Store -- Display Desktop, and the...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Display Desktop, the new R.B.I. Baseball 15 and a major update to OOTP Baseball 16. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Guide Pro for Minecraft [Now free, down from $1.99] Now that you have downloaded Minecraft, what do you do? The answer is simple, download the this app so we can help you out!

My Followers for Instagram (Original Edition) [Now free, down from $0.99] Ever wondered who unfollowed you on Instagram? With My Followers On Instagram, you can find that out and much more.

...

| Read more »
15:55
About Apple Configurator 1.4.1

Learn about Apple Configurator 1.4.1.

| Read more »
15:54
Apple Configurator: Managing iOS device software

Learn how to add or remove iOS device software in Apple Configurator 1.3 or later.

| Read more »
15:53
About Apple Configurator 1.3

Learn about Apple Configurator 1.3.

| Read more »
15:50
The ultimate guide to how and where to use Apple Pay

It’s official: Tim Cook named 2015 as “the year of Apple Pay.” Apple’s flagship mobile payment platform is off to a running start in the U.S., with support for an impressive number of banking partners and retail stores that’s practically growing by the day. And iPhone users are rampantly using it—Whole Foods Market has seen mobile payments increase by more than 400 percent since Apple Pay launched in October 2014.

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

| Read more »
15:48
Tim Cook: Component Cost Breakdowns on Apple...

During today's Q2 2015 earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that Apple Watch margins are lower than the company average, and on a followup question about those margins in the context of the Apple Watch Edition's high price, Cook commented on the inaccuracy of estimated cost breakdowns on Apple products.

"I haven't seen [them for Apple Watch], but generally there are cost breakdowns around our products that are much different than the reality. I've never seen one that is anywhere close to being accurate," Cook said. He went on to say that the Apple Watch's functionality is "absolutely incredible" with a lot of new features and innovative technology.

We haven't seen cost breakdowns on the components of the Apple Watch hinting at a possible base unit price that would reveal Apple's profit margin, but such component breakdowns are often shared by analysts following device teardowns...

| Read more »
15:42
∞ A crack in the consortium

Remember the MCX Consortium, the competing transaction processing system from Walmart, et al? One of their high profile members is Best Buy and they just agreed to take Apple Pay.

| Read more »
15:32
About Apple Configurator 1.1.1

Learn about Apple Configurator 1.1.1.

| Read more »
15:31
About Apple Configurator 1.4.3

Learn about Apple Configurator 1.4.3.

| Read more »
15:30
AWT News Update: April 27, 2015

On today's AWT News Update:

  • Apple annouces record financial results for its fiscal 2015 second quarter
  • Apple has made 27 acquisitions over the past six quarters
  • The company is adding another $50 billion to its capital return program
  • A research firm estimates 376,000 Apple Watch pre-orders were delivered over the weekend
  • Three Made for iPhone hearing aids are now controllable from the Apple Watch

The full text version of the podcast script is available below.

SUBSCRIBE TO THE PODCAST
Text Version

This is Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for April 27, 2015. Our sponsor this week is Juicy Bits Software, developers of the new WhereNotes app for iPhone and Apple Watch. Providing fast and simple...

| Read more »
15:18
Transcript of today’s Tim Cook earnings call

Serenity Caldwell did her thing, giving us a transcript of today’s call.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
15:10
TripIt Arrives on the Apple Watch

TripIt (www.tripit.com) from Concur has launched its Apple Watch app. It gives flight, hotel and rental car information, as well as real-time flight alerts for TripIt Pro users, all without having to slow down and pull out their phones.
 
"Our mission is to help travelers get one step closer to experiencing the perfect trip. One of the ways we do that is by taking advantage of new technologies, like the Apple Watch, that have the ability to drastically change the way we travel from now on," says Jen Moyse, head of product for TripIt from Concur.
 

read more

| Read more »
15:05
Automatic Labs Sponsoring TidBITS

Please welcome our latest TidBITS sponsor, Automatic Labs, makers of the Automatic car adapter and iPhone app for helping you drive smarter, safer, and with fewer hassles!

 

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 »
14:50
Apple CEO Tim Cook: We're 'Working Hard...

During today's earnings call covering the second fiscal quarter of 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook did not share information on Apple Watch sales, but there were several analyst questions on the new wearable, leading Cook to shed a bit of light on Apple's efforts to fulfill orders.

According to Cook, demand for the Apple Watch is much greater than supply, but the company is "working hard to remedy that." He said that Apple made a lot of progress on that over the past week, and was able to deliver the Apple Watch to more customers than Apple had originally anticipated.

"We're going to keep doing that," Cook said, noting that some customers would begin receiving updated info on improved shipping estimates today. Apple is "generally happy" with its efforts to boost supply and get the Apple Watch out to customers as soon as possible, and Apple Watch availability may expand to other countries in late June. "It is a new product for us. With any new product, you wind up taking...

| Read more »
14:43
Apple aiming to launch Apple Watch in second-wave of...

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced during the company’s Q2 earnings call this evening that he anticipates Apple Watch will launch in additional countries by late June. As of right now, Apple Watch is only available in 9 countries. A report earlier this month claimed that Apple would launch Watch in a second-wave of countries on May 8th, but we quickly debunked that rumor.

Cook went on to say that Apple is quickly leaning about customer preferences when it comes to Apple Watch. This includes the varying popularity of the Sport, Apple Watch, and Edition variations. Cook also touted throughout the call that there are more than 3500...

| Read more »
14:40
Your heart rate. What it means, and where on Apple...

Learn how Apple Watch measures your heart rate, and get tips for a more accurate reading. 

| Read more »
14:30
Watch App Store -- First impressions of Third-Party...

The Apple Watch arrived last Friday, and the device has not left my wrist since I pulled it out of the box. I’ve used it continuously, so much that I’ve drained the battery dry each day. Besides checking out all the features of the Watch, I also spent a good deal of time browsing the Watch App Store. Read on to find out what I think about the Watch App Store and which apps landed on my device first.

Watch App Store First Impressions

My first impressions of the App Store are mixed. There are a lot of apps at launch and I enjyed browsing through them, but only a handful really interest me. This isn’t a negative reflection on the app developer community, but rather the nature of this new device and my expectations for it.

First and foremost, my experience with the Watch App Store is jaded by my expectations for the Watch. When browsing through the app store, I looked at apps with the perspective of "what can this Watch app do for me" and not "ooh, my favorite...

| Read more »
14:22
Amplified: I Smashed The Watch

Jim and Dan talk all about the Apple Watch.

Sponsored by CleanMyMac 3 (Visit the link to check what’s new in CleanMyMac 3), Hover (Visit hover.com/5by5 to support the show and get the domain of your dreams), and Macminicolo (Visit macminicolo.net/100 to learn more and get a full year of hosting for just $100).

∞ Read this on...

| Read more »
14:16
Best Buy to gain Apple Pay support in-app today, in...

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced today during the company’s earnings call that Best Buy will gain support for Apple Pay in its iOS app today and will begin accepting it in retail stores later this year. Best Buy’s decision is big news because the electronics chain was previously part of the coalition of companies working on the ill-received “Current-C” mobile payment system.

#ApplePay...

| Read more »
14:08
Apple’s Q2 2015: iPhone 6 is still star of the show...

Apple's earnings report for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 has arrived, and while the numbers are different the story is pretty much the same as last quarter. iPhone sales are way up, and they account for over two-thirds of Apple's revenue. Macs continue to grow at a respectable rate, while iPads take another sharp year-over-year tumble.

Apple broke quarterly records with $13.6 billion in profit and $58 billion in revenue, compared to $10.2 billion in profit and $45.6 billion in revenue in Q2 of 2014. It maintained a gross margin of 40.8 percent. These results easily beat Apple's guidance for the quarter, which predicted revenue between $52 billion and $55 billion and profit margins between 38.5 and 39.5 percent...

| Read more »
14:00
Apple's killer Q2: 61.2 million iPhones sold, $...

Apple continues its strong fiscal year with record-breaking second-quarter iPhone sales: The company sold 61.2 million iPhones in the quarter ending March 28, which also happened to be the second biggest quarter for iPhone sales ever. (The first? Last quarter, when the Cupertino company sold 74.5 million iPhones.)

Apple raked in a profit of $13.6 billion off $58 billion in revenue, beating analyst expectations and its own. Apple forecast internally that it would hit $55 billion and analysts expected $56.08 billion from the company during the second quarter, up from $45.6 billion during the second quarter of 2014.

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

| Read more »
13:59
Apple: "Record Second Quarter Results"

Photo by RomarioIen/iStock / Getty Images

Apple announced the results of its fiscal 2015 second quarter ended March 28, 2015 and as expected, the company once again reported record results.

The company had quarter revenue of $58 billion with a quarterly net profit of $13.6 billion ($2.33 per diluted share). Those results compare to last year's second quarter favorably -- one year ago, those numbers were $45.6 billion with a net profit of $10.2 billion, or $1.66 per diluted share.

So what was the fuel in this rocket? Record second quarter sales of iPhone and Mac, aided by record performance of the App Store. Over 61 million iPhones were sold (compared to over 43 million in the year-ago quarter), 12.6 million iPads, and 4.6 million Macs. Those Mac unit numbers are up 10% year over year.

Apple expects its fiscal 2015 third quarter figures to be as follows: revenue between $46 and $48 billion, gross margin between 38.5 and 39.5 percent, operating expenses...

| Read more »
13:58
Apple expands capital returns program to $200 billion

Apple says its Board of Directors has authorized an increase of more than 50% to the company’s program to return capital to shareholders. Under the expanded program, Apple plans to utilize a cumulative total of US$200 billion of cash by the end of March 2017. 

As part of the revised program, the Board has increased its share repurchase authorization to $140 billion from the $90 billion level announced last year. In addition, the company expects to continue to net-share-settle vesting restricted stock units.

read more

| Read more »
13:58
Apple Reports Record Second Quarter Results

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 second quarter ended March 28. The company posted quarterly revenue of $58 billion and quarterly net profit of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $45.6 billion and net profit of $10.2 billion, or $1.66 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 40.8 percent compared to 39.3 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 69 percent of the quarter’s revenue. “We are thrilled by the continued strength of iPhone, Mac, and the App Store, which drove our best March quarter results ever,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re seeing a higher rate of people switching to iPhone than we’ve experienced in previous cycles, and we’re off to an exciting start to the June quarter with the launch of Apple Watch.”

| Read more »
13:57
Apple Expands Capital Return Program to $200 Billion

Apple today announced that its board of directors has authorized an increase of more than 50 percent to the company’s program to return capital to shareholders. Under the expanded program, Apple plans to utilize a cumulative total of $200 billion of cash by the end of March 2017. As part of the revised program, the board has increased its share repurchase authorization to $140 billion from the $90 billion level announced last year. In addition, the company expects to continue to net-share-settle vesting restricted stock units. The board has also approved an increase of 11 percent to the company’s quarterly dividend, and has declared a dividend of $0.52 per share, payable on May 14, 2015, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 11. “We believe Apple has a bright future ahead, and the unprecedented size of our capital return program reflects that strong confidence,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “While most of our program will focus on buying back shares, we know...

| Read more »
13:51
Apple reports record second quarter results

Apple has announced the financial results for its fiscal 2015 second quarter that ended March 28. The company posted quarterly revenue of US$58 billion and quarterly net profit of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share.

read more

| Read more »
13:50
Apple Watch First Impressions

We’re not pretending to review the Apple Watch formally, but we wanted to share our first impressions after a weekend of use by six of our regular contributors.

 

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 »
13:50
Apple Announces a Record Breaking March Quarter

Apple's CEO Tim Cook noted in a press release this afternoon that "We are thrilled by the continued strength of iPhone, Mac and the App Store, which drove our best March quarter results ever.

| Read more »
13:49
Live blog: Apple’s Q1 2015 earnings call

As promised, Apple will hold its quarterly conference call with investors and analysts at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET to discuss its fiscal year 2015 second quarter results. These numbers include sales of 61.1 million iPhones, 12.6 million iPads, and 4.5 million Macs. Apple also reported $58 billion in revenue during FY 2015 Q2. During the latter half of the call, analysts and investors will have the opportunity to ask Tim Cook and company questions regarding today’s results and Apple’s future. While today’s earnings do not include Apple Watch sales and Apple doesn’t plan to disclose sales numbers, expect Tim Cook to at mention the company’s latest device. Stay tuned for our live coverage below:

–...

| Read more »
 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Remotix 3.1.4 - Access all your computer...
Remotix is a fast and powerful application to easily access multiple Macs (and PCs) from your own Mac. Features Complete Apple Screen Sharing support - including Mac OS X login, clipboard... Read more
DesktopLyrics 2.6.6 - Displays current i...
DesktopLyrics is an application that displays the lyrics of the song currently playing in "iTunes" right on your desktop. The lyrics for the song have to be set in iTunes; DesktopLyrics does nothing... Read more
VOX 2.5.1 - Music player that supports m...
VOX is a beautiful music player that supports many filetypes. The beauty is in its simplicity, yet behind the minimal exterior lies a powerful music player with a ton of features and support for all... Read more
NetNewsWire 4.0.0 - RSS and Atom news re...
NetNewsWire is the best way to keep up with the sites and authors you read most regularly. Let NetNewsWire pull down the latest articles, and read them in a distraction-free and Mac-like way. Native... Read more
MacUpdate Desktop 6.0.6 - Search and ins...
MacUpdate Desktop 6 brings seamless 1-click installs and version updates to your Mac. With a free MacUpdate account and MacUpdate Desktop 6, Mac users can now install almost any Mac app on macupdate.... Read more
ForkLift 2.6.5 - Powerful file manager:...
ForkLift is a powerful file manager and ferociously fast FTP client clothed in a clean and versatile UI that offers the combination of absolute simplicity and raw power expected from a well-executed... Read more
Drive Genius 4.1.0 - Powerful system uti...
Drive Genius 4 gives you faster performance from your Mac while also protecting it. The award-winning and improved DrivePulse feature alerts you to hard drive issues before they become major problems... Read more
OnyX 2.9.7 - Maintenance and optimizatio...
OnyX is a multifunctional utility for OS X. It allows you to verify the startup disk and the structure of its System files, to run miscellaneous tasks of system maintenance, to configure the hidden... Read more
DEVONthink Pro 2.8.5 - Knowledge base, i...
DEVONthink Pro is your essential assistant for today's world, where almost everything is digital. From shopping receipts to important research papers, your life often fills your hard drive in the... Read more
Backblaze 4.0.1.878 - Online backup serv...
Backblaze is an online backup service designed from the ground-up for the Mac.With unlimited storage available for $5 per month, as well as a free 15-day trial, peace of mind is within reach with... Read more

Auroch Digital is Bringing Back Games Wo...
| Read more »
Carbo - Handwriting in the Digital Age...
Carbo - Handwriting in the Digital Age 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Productivity Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Draggy Dead (Games)
Draggy Dead 1.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes) Description: Ditch your dead end job and take up a rewarding career in Grave Robbing today!Guide the recently deceased to a fun filled life of... | Read more »
Bad Dinos (Games)
Bad Dinos 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
The Apple Watch isn't Great as a Fi...
| Read more »
Show the World What You See With Stre.am...
Live broadcasting is getting popular on mobile devices, which is why you can now get Stre.am, by Infinite Takes. [Read more] | Read more »
PhotoTime's 2.1 Update Adds Apple W...
The latest PhotoTime update is adding even more functionality to the handy photo organizing app. Yep, including Apple Watch support. [Read more] | Read more »
Oh My Glob! Adventure Time Puzzle Quest...
Finn and Jake are taking over D3 Go!'s popular puzzle game series in the upcoming Adventure Time Puzzle Quest. [Read more] | Read more »
Earthcore: Shattered Elements - Tips, Tr...
At first glance, Earthcore: Shattered Elements seems like a rather simple card-battling game. Once you’re introduced to skills that will change quite a bit. Even more so once you start to acquire hero cards. But it’s not so complicated that we... | Read more »
Dungeon999F (Games)
Dungeon999F 1.33 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.33 (iTunes) Description: "The game you must play at least once in your life!" "The game with potential of million downloads globally!" ...is what the... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

OtterBox Maximizes Portability, Productivity...
From the kitchen recipe book to the boarsroom presentation, the OtterBox Agility Tablet System turns tablets into one of the most versatile pieces of handheld technology available. Available now, the... Read more
Launch of New Car App Gallery and Open Develo...
Automatic, a company on a mission to bring the power of the Internet into every car, has announced the launch of the Automatic App Gallery, an app store for nearly every car or truck on the road... Read more
Memorial Day Weekend Sale: 13-inch 1.6GHz Mac...
Best Buy has the new 13″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air on sale for $849 on their online store this weekend. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale price for online orders... Read more
Memorial Day Weekend Sale: 27-inch 3.5GHz 5K...
Best Buy has the 27″ 3.5GHz 5K iMac on sale for $2099.99 this weekend. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale price for online orders only, in-store prices may vary.... Read more
Sale! 16GB iPad mini 3 for $349, save $50
B&H Photo has the 16GB iPad mini 3 WiFi on sale for $349 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $50 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model. Read more
Price drop on 2014 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro...
B&H Photo has dropped prices on 2014 15″ Retina MacBook Pros by $200. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $1799.99 save $200 - 15″ 2.5GHz... Read more
With a Mission to Make Mobile Free, Scratch W...
Scratch Wireless, claiming to be the world’s first truly free mobile service, has announced the availability of a new Scratch-enabled Android smartphone, the Coolpad Arise. The smartphone is equipped... Read more
First-Ever Titanium Alloy Curved iPhone 6 Scr...
One of the most common problems with mobile phones is damage to the screens. The slightest drop can cause a dreaded spider web of gashes and cracks in the glass panel surface that can cost $hundreds... Read more
Preorder new 12-inch MacBook, $10 off, save o...
Adorama has new 12″ Retina MacBooks available for preorder for $10 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only. For a limited time, Adorama will include a free Apple USB-C to USB... Read more
Will iOS 9 Finally Bring Productivity Friendl...
Ah, the irony. From its original announcement in 2010, Apple has doggedly insisted that the iPad remain “simple,” thus arbitrarily limiting its considerable potential as a content creation and... Read more

Jobs Board

Project Manager / Business Analyst, WW *Appl...
…a senior project manager / business analyst to work within our Worldwide Apple Fulfillment Operations and the Business Process Re-engineering team. This role will work Read more
Visual Merchandise Manager %u2013 Accessories...
…to be part of an incredible team. Imagine what you could do here. At Apple , great ideas have a way of becoming reality very quickly. Our Accessories assortment makes Read more
*Apple* Solutions Consultant - Retail Sales...
**Job Summary** As an Apple Solutions Consultant (ASC) you are the link between our customers and our products. Your role is to drive the Apple business in a retail Read more
*Apple* Solutions Consultant - Retail Sales...
**Job Summary** The ASC is an Apple employee who serves as the Apple business manager and influencer in a hyper-business critical Reseller's store which delivers Read more
Technical Project Manager - *Apple* Pay - A...
**Job Summary** Apple Pay is seeking an experienced technical PM…manage the rollout of features to merchants for the Apple Pay platform in the US Within this role Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.