News Scanner
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

News Scanner

Monday August 4

15:10
Satechi Spectrum Mouse Features Multi-Color LEDs

The lightweight and easy-to-use Spectrum Wired Optical Mouse from Satechi has a chrome finish that looks good next to your Apple computer. It also offers seven different colors of LED illumination as backlighting. The mouse works with both left-handed and right-handed users and offers a sensitivity of 1000 dpi.


| Read more »
15:05
Synology NAS Products Hit with Synolock Ransomware

Synology NAS owners running older versions of the company's DiskStation Manager software are falling victim to a security flaw that lets attackers remotely lock them out of the files on their storage system and demand a ransom before unlocking the data. The attack, called SynoLock, encrypts files on victim's NAS devices, then demands .6 BitCoin (about US$350) in exchange for the decryption code.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is a great reminder that it's more than our desktop and laptop computers that are potential targets for tech-based attacks. If the software running your network attached storage (NAS) system isn't up to date, that's just another weakness waiting to be exploited.


| Read more »
13:39
U.S. DOT mulling new ban on in-flight cell calls

The U.S. Department of Transportation may seek a formal ban on in-flight cellphone calls, reports The Wall Street Journal. Following a Federal Communications Commission proposal to allow in-flight cellular calling, airlines have suggested that they can self-determine whether cellphone service should be allowed, and have accused the DOT of…

| Read more »
12:43
Arise For Mac: Wake Up To The Music You Want - Free

Kallaxa has been thinking differently about alerts, and the result is Arise. This app for the Mac uses your iTunes library to for alarms, alerts, and other reminders, rather than the beats, whoops, dings, and buzzes we normally get. It also has built-in jingles, support for Internet radio stations, and it has onscreen notifications. Arise is normally $19, but thanks to our deal, you can get it for free. Cool, eh?


| Read more »
12:30
The Most Enduring (and Endearing) Features of OS X...

Every new release of OS X brings a full complement of new features. As John Martellaro was looking at the new features of Yosemite last week, he started thinking about what new features in each release have been significant and were brought into daily use - and which ones ended up just being gimmicks.


| Read more »
12:14
Apple Adds Spirometry Data Type to HealthKit in iOS...

Apple released iOS 8 Beta 5 on Monday. The new developer seed includes a host of fixes across the board in iOS 8, including developer APIs and user features.


| Read more »
11:34
Apple Seeds Yosemite Developer Preview 5

Apple released Developer Preview 5 of OS X 10.10 Yosemite on Monday. The new release includes a number of interface tweaks, new features in apps such as Safari, where Apple is testing some rendering abilities, and other minor changes.


| Read more »
11:05
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-04

The White House signed the cellphone unlocking bill into law last week so it'll be easier to unbind our iPhones and other smartphones from specific carriers. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at what that means for consumers, and they offer up some tips on organizing the cables and power cords around our desks.


| Read more »
11:03
New Apple TV beta changes icons, fonts to iOS 7 style

Unexpectedly, the just-released beta software version for Apple TV marks the debut of new icons and font changes within the UI. As one might expect, the changes closely resemble the iOS 7 style. A few of the icon colors for Apple channels have changed, as…

| Read more »
10:17
Apple hires former Nike, Burberry social media chief

Apple has hired Musa Tariq, former social media chief of Nike and Burberry, 9to5Mac reports. Tariq’s new title is “Digital Marketing Director, Apple.” It’s noted that Tariq worked with Apple SVP of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts while at Burberry; it’s speculated that he will again work closely…

| Read more »
10:04
Apple releases iOS beta 5

Apple has released iOS 8 beta 5 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to registered developers. As expected, the release comes two weeks after the previous beta. We’ll update later on if there are any notable changes.

| Read more »
08:47
Touch This: BioShock Coming to iPhone this Summer

The ever popular and always creepy first person shooter BioShock is making the jump to the small-ish screen this summer when it is finally released for the iPhone and iPad. The game was launched in 2007 and is currently available for gaming consoles, the Mac, and PCs, but so far has shied away from iOS's touch-based interface. There isn't any word yet on exactly when this summer it'll launch, or how much gamers will have to pay. Considering this is the original BioShock, and it's seven years old, we're betting it'll come in around the US$14.99 mark. Thanks to Engadget for the heads up.


| Read more »
08:32
iOS global usage drops below Android for first time

iOS global usage now trails Android for the first time, according to Net Applications. Android had 44.62 percent of the market share in July, with iOS grabbing 44.19 percent. Though the percentage difference between platforms is at this point very small, iOS controlled more than 55 percent of market…

| Read more »
08:11
Sprint lets iPhone in on Framily Wall Action

Sprint's Framily Wall opened up to iPhone users on Monday, bringing the private chat network Apple's smartphone for the first time. Framily Wall is a feature open to Sprint's Framily Plan subscribers for sharing messages, photos, video, and audio only between participants.

The Mac Observer Spin: If you want to share photos and videos, plus participate in chats with a small group of people, outside of services like Facebook, Framily Wall may be a good option. Assuming you, or someone you want to share with, is a Sprint subscriber, of course.


| Read more »
08:08
2K bringing BioShock to iOS this summer

2K announced today that it’s bringing the hit game BioShock to iOS this summer. The critically acclaimed first-person shooter, originally released in 2007, will offer touch controls, as well as full MFi game controller support. No exact release date or pricing information is now at…

| Read more »
07:08
US May Ban In-flight Calls, But not Over Safety...

The FCC doesn't see any problem with travelers making cell phone calls on airplanes, but the U.S. Department of Transportation still plans to push for a ban on in-flight calls. Instead of citing safety concerns, the DOT wants to prohibit cell phone calls because they would be too disruptive to other passengers.

The Mac Observer Spin: You can read ebooks, listen to music and watch movies, play Angry Birds, and even text and email on your flights, but make a call? Looks like the DOT doesn't want to have anything to do with that.


| Read more »
06:58
NFL Now channel coming to Apple TV this month

The NFL will launch a dedicated Apple TV channel for its upcoming NFL Now service this month, 9to5Mac reports. A photo of the channel undergoing testing was reportedly taken by an NFL employee. First announced in January, NFL Now will feature original content,…

| Read more »
06:38
Alleged iPad Air 2 rear shell shows slight redesign

Images of an alleged rear shell for Apple’s second-generation iPad Air were posted on Weibo this weekend. The images show redesigned speaker holes containing one row of large openings instead of two rows of small ones, as well as recessed volume controls. Also, the microphone…

| Read more »
06:07
Microsoft Sues Samsung for Failure to Pay Patent...

Microsoft filed a lawsuit against Samsung last Friday over claims the electronics maker stopped paying patent licensing fees it agreed to in a three year old deal. According to the lawsuit, Samsung temporarily stopped making its routine payments last fall after Microsoft purchased Nokia and is now claiming the deal constitutes a breach of contract.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple didn't strike any patent licensing deals with Samsung, but Microsoft did. IT looks like Samsung doesn't have much respect for intellectual property even when it does agree to licensing terms.


| Read more »

Sunday August 3

09:14
MGG 513: Lucky Number (Five-)Thirteen with Cool...

Dave's back from his Phishing Expedition and he and John jump right into Cool Stuff Found. More docking solutions, more mailbox solutions, Control Center for your Mac and lots more. Download, press play and enjoy!


| Read more »

Saturday August 2

21:11
Apple Releases ‘Dreams’ Commercial Highlighting iOS...

Apple has released another commercial in its You're More Powerful Than You Think series called Dreams. The commercial features a variety of professionals using iPhones, iPads, and Macs at their job. Fire fighters, teachers, a jewelry designer, scientists, a pilot, a veterinarian, and more. The commercial features a song called "When I Grow Up" by Jennifer OâConnor.


| Read more »

Friday August 1

17:43
How to Identify Power Bricks in One Clever Stroke

Everything comes with its own custom power brick these days. Here's a quick lifehack that helps Future You figure out how to match everything up with the appropriate power supply.


| Read more »
17:35
How to Identify Power Bricks in One Clever Stroke

Everything comes with its own custom power brick these days. Here's a quick lifehack that helps Future You figure out how to match everything up with the appropriate power supply.


| Read more »
15:48
Legal Mobile Phone Unlocking Bill to Be Signed into...

Huzzah! It will once again be legal to unlock your mobile phone, including smartphones, in the U.S. The White House announced on Friday that President Obama would sign the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, which was passed unanimously in a rare act of bipartisanship in both houses of Congress.


| Read more »
15:18
Brilliant ‘Apple Clickbait Generator’ Makes Apple-...

"Why Everything Is Bad for Apple." So reads the title of the article you'll find at Apple Clickbait Generator (ACG), a brilliant idea created by Kirk Lennon and Owen Evans [via TUAW]. Every time you load up the ACG, you get a randomly generated article that explains why Apple is doomed. They're randomly generated, but many of the lines are culled from actual published clickbait. The result is so good, I expect many so-called journalists and their so-called publishers might start cribbing Apple-Is-Doomed straight from the ACG. Be it Apple's pricing, Apple's lefty obsession with Green, the lack of innovation, or the reality that the next iPhone will disappoint, the ACG has you covered. Brilliant!


| Read more »
15:15
Microsoft’s Sobering Realization: It Can Never Win,...

Microsoft has struggled over the years to develop its own hardware. The Xbox has been the only notable success, and even that product has had its share of struggles. One has to wonder, how long can Microsoft endure without getting its mobile hardware part right?


| Read more »
15:10
Kensington X3 Bluetooth Keyboard/Case for iPad Air...

Kensingtonâs integrated Bluetooth keyboard for iPad Air is a delight to use and offers several useful features. Notable is the ability to access the internal battery for emergency use and a magnetic gutter to hold the iPad securely in place.


| Read more »
13:12
Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order...

The Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order) from Bitfountain has just 10 days left to preorder for $79. This is a learning-by-doing course designed to teach you how to code for iOS 8 using Apple's new Swift developing language. It includes more than 350 videos with 36.5 hours of content. During the course, you'll make 14 iOS 8 apps and learn how to connect with third party APIs, use Appel's graphical interface builder, work with core data, and a lot more. The course will be released once Apple releases iOS 8 to the public, and this preorder price makes it inexpensive.


| Read more »
13:01
Apple appoints Beats Music chief to head up iTunes...

Apple has picked Beats Music subscription service CEO Ian Rogers to additionally head up iTunes Radio, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. Citing people familiar with the matter, the report notes that Rogers will still continue to run the Beats Music subscription service while working…

| Read more »
12:20
Facebook promises monthly iOS app updates

Facebook has released version 13.0 of its iOS app to the App Store, with update notes promising that the social network will now bring regular updates to the App Store “every 4 weeks,” while explaining how to enable iOS 7 automatic updates to stay current. Facebook notes…

| Read more »
10:07
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-01

Break out your tin foil hat because there's a new security threat in town and it has USB written all over it. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to offer their take on BadUSB, plus they dive into Microsoft's failed appeal to avoid turning over data on servers in Ireland to U.S. law enforcement, and what that could mean for other businesses both in and outside of the country.


| Read more »
08:18
Apple to Beats: Welcome to the Family

Apple gave Beats Music an official "welcome to the family" on Friday with a special page on the company's website. The iPhone and iPad maker has been in the process of buying Beats and Apple just bought Vivendi's stake in the company, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: OK Apple, now that Beats is officially part of your team, can we get earbuds that sound better and don't fall out of our ears? Also, give us some Beats streaming music playlists in iTunes Radio.


| Read more »
08:00
iLounge Game Spotlight: 80 Days

80 Days ($5) is an interactive fiction adventure from inkle based on Jules Verne’s classic novel Around the World in Eighty Days. This game brings steampunk into the story as well, as players try find the quickest way around the globe through exploration and…

| Read more »
07:43
Typo iPhone keyboard returns, updated, as Typo 2

Following an injunction by Blackberry earlier this year against its original Typo Keyboard Case (iLounge Rating: B-), Typo Products has released Typo 2, an updated version of its eponymous hardware keyboard for the iPhone 5 and 5s. Famously funded by Ryan Seacrest, the first…

| Read more »
07:42
BadUSB: Undetectable USB flaw Could Expose all Your...

Security research firm SR Labs has discovered a flaw in USB devices that could be exploited by attackers to inject their own code into firmware. There currently isn't any way to detect a USB-based hack, and so far no one has found any way to patch the flaw.

The Mac Observer Spin: There isn't any evidence BadUSB is in the wild, but there also isn't an easy way to tell if it's out there. Get ready for USB infection paranoia to take hold.


| Read more »
06:51
Apple posts official Beats welcome announcement

Apple has officially welcomed Beats to the Apple family, commemorating the finalization of its $3 billion acquisition initiated earlier this year. Noting that “[m]usic has always held a special place in our hearts,” the announcement includes a link back to beatsbydre.com, where a similar announcement…

| Read more »
06:48
Apple Buys Vivendi’s Stake in Beats for $404M

Apple hasn't completed its Beats purchase, but is already a part owner in the company. Vivendi sold its 13 percent stake in Beats to Apple for US$404 million as part of the iPhone and iPad maker's plan to complete its $3 billion purchase of the company some time this quarter.

The Mac Observer Spin: It isn't a big surprise that Vivendi sold its stake in Beats to Apple. The deal lets Apple have total control over Beats, and it lets Vivendi offload more more of its side business ventures to focus on its core goals.


| Read more »
06:35
Report: Vivendi SA sold its Beats stake for $404...

A new report from Bloomberg indicates that as part of Apple’s Beats acquisition, Paris-based Vivendi SA sold its approximately 13 percent stake in Beats Electronics to Apple for $404 million. Held by the company’s Universal Music Group, the stake’s value reportedly almost doubled in value from a September 2013 estimate…

| Read more »
05:45
OS X: Configuring FileVault

For today's article, Melissa Holt is going to cover one of the most powerful security tools on your Mac-FileVault. She'll discuss why you need it, how you'll turn it on, and a really easy way you could lose access to all of the files on your computer. (Don't do that last thing, OK?)


| Read more »

Thursday July 31

18:43
U.S. Appeals Court Rules Microsoft Must Turn Over...

An appeals court ruled on Friday that Microsoft must turn over email sought in a U.S. warrant, even though the customer's email is being hosted on servers in Ireland, not the U.S. Microsoft argued the US warrant has no jurisdiction in Ireland, but the court disagreed.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is a big deal. It must be to put Verizon and AT&T on the same side as Microsoft and Apple.


| Read more »
17:27
T-Mobile Q2 Earnings Suggest Uncarrier Model Works

T-Mobile has announced earnings for the second quarter of 2014, and those earnings are promising, with over seven billion dollars in revenue. This was also the fifth consecutive quarter T-Mobile added over one million new customers.

The Mac Observer Spin: With numbers like these, it's hard to figure out how Sprint thinks they can buy out T-Mobile.


| Read more »
16:41
That Time the iPhone Owner Punched His Mugger in the...

A drawn out attempt at "Apple" picking on Wednesday in Madison, Wisconsin, was thwarted when the would-be victim punched his would-be mugger in the face. Bryan Chaffin finds something satisfying in the way things worked out.


| Read more »
14:52
The Productive Design Mac Bundle: $39.99

Check out the Productive Design Mac Bundle, a collection of 6 apps and a sub-bundle of subscription services for $39.99. The apps include Ember, Pixa, Poser 10, Anime Studio Pro 10, Art Text 2, and TotalFinder. You also get the Design Hacker Bundle, a collection of service subscriptions that include access to design templates, testing, graphics, Web hosting, and design. There are details on the apps and services on the deal listing. Combined they would add up to $943 retail, making the $39.99 deal price a huge bargain.


| Read more »
12:05
Basic Tips for Using the Dock and Trash in OS X

Nancy Carroll Gravley offers up some basic tips for using and understanding the Dock and the Trash in OS X that will particularly helpful to people who are new to Macs.


| Read more »
11:04
Apple content delivery network for faster downloads...

Apple’s new content delivery network has gone live in the U.S. and Europe, according to Frost & Sullivan analyst Dan Rayburn. The network is able to deliver multiple terabits of data per second, which should allow Apple to offer faster iOS downloads. Rayburn claims Apple is still using other…

| Read more »
10:54
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-31

Russia says it thinks Apple and SAP are using their software to spy, so it wants both companies to hand over their code. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the motives behind Russia's demands and look at what could happen if both companies refuse to comply. They also jump into the middle of Amazon's latest posturing in its ongoing book pricing fight with Hachette.


| Read more »
08:18
Russia to Apple: All Your Code Are Belong to Us

Russia doesn't trust the United States government or Apple, so it is asking for source code from the Mac, iPhone and iPad maker to look for clues showing the devices are being used to spy on its citizens and government officials. The country also wants source code from SAP citing privacy concerns.

The Mac Observer Spin: Targeting Apple and SAP with the code request makes sense considering both are high profile companies that are unlikely to cooperate. That may be exactly what Russian officials are hoping for, or they may simply be posturing by naming popular and well known companies.


| Read more »
07:33
Apps of the Week: NPR One, Crazy Taxi: City Rush,...

New Apps Beehive (free) — Beehive - The Social Network Filter from Kendall Innovations is that rare thing: a new social networking app that should be useful to certain people. The app takes your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds, and lets you narrow them…

| Read more »
07:15
Shazam Song Recognition Comes to the Mac

The iPhone music identification app Shazam is getting a little less mobile, but in a good way. A new version for OS X was released on Thursday that offers the same discovery features as its iPhone counterpart, but designed to live in your Mac's menu bar.

The Mac Observer Spin: Not having to scramble for your iPhone in a coffee shop to Shazam a song that's playing sounds pretty cool.


| Read more »
06:06
Get Ready for 1Password Everywhere in iOS 8

AgileBits, the maker of the popular password management app 1Password, is ready to move beyond auto-filling website logins only in their own iPhone and iPad app and plans to bring that functionality to any app that taps into its API in iOS 8. With 1Password support built into other apps, users will be able to enter their user names and passwords with Touch ID, and AgileBits has a video showing just how seamless the process can be.

The Mac Observer Spin: One touch login via Touch ID and 1Password is a perfect example of why Apple needed to open up iOS more. Features like this will make the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch so much easier to use.


| Read more »

Wednesday July 30

20:45
ACM 265: Ford goes iPhone and Facebook’s App Breakup

Ford is giving BlackBerry a big kick in the pants by dumping the company's smartphones in favor of Apple's iPhone. Jeff and Bryan have plenty to say on what that means for both Apple and BlackBerry, plus they rant on Facebook and the decision to force private messages into a separate iPhone app, and they go with a listener request and look at the magic PC market numbers Gartner and IDC spew.


| Read more »
17:25
Brett Domino Explains Pop Music’s Formula

Have you ever heard a song on the radio and thought there had to be a formula behind pop music? Well Brett Domino found one, and has broken it down on YouTube for everyone to see. Not only can you enjoy the results of his formula in the initial video, but once you have mastered his original techniques, you can level up with the advanced techniques. It took until very nearly August, but I think we have the song of the summer in Pinocchio from the advanced class.


| Read more »
16:03
New iPhones: Now With Less Sapphire

Sapphire glass covers on the new iPhone models are less likely all the time. According to a report from LED Inside, supply chain analysts state orders should have been placed in large numbers by now, and thus far those orders do not exist.


| Read more »
14:55
What Amazon Didn’t Say in Its Blog Post about...

Amazon has come forth and told unto us it is waging holy war against Hachette for lo! The children. For only lower book prices can save the children-and indeed publishers and authors, too-and those greedy publishers are too stupid to understand. Bryan Chaffin thinks there's more to the picture.


| Read more »
13:16
Apple Releases Fixed Version of MacBook Air EFI...

Apple released MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.9.1 on Wednesday to replace the problem-ridden 2.9 version it rolled out, and then pulled, earlier in July. The update addresses an issue where the 2011 MacBook Air failed to properly wake from sleep.


| Read more »
12:45
OS X Yosemite: How to Turn Translucency Off or On

OS X Yosemite lets parts of windows take on the general color of the background behind it. It's a translucent effect because details cannot be readily made out. For those who don't like it, John Martellaro shows how to turn it off.


| Read more »
11:59
Report: Apple TV relaunch not coming this year

Apple engineers working on the new version of Apple TV have been on timelines that assume a 2015 launch, The Information reports. Those engineers “have been told by their bosses not to expect a launch this year.” It’s been expected for some time that Apple would release a newer…

| Read more »
11:43
Report: Apple eliminating positions of some Beats...

Apple has started transitioning employees and technology from Beats, but not all Beats employees will be making the move, 9to5Mac reports. While many Beats employees in development and creative roles have been offered jobs at Apple, Beats’ support, finance, and HR departments “have already been largely dismantled,” according to…

| Read more »
10:43
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-30

Apple keeps rolling out minor updates to its Mac product line, but hasn't had a major release announcement since last fall. John Martellaro and Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to look at the lack of big news from Apple, the incremental update cycle the company seems to be locked into right now, and how that could be impacting its image.


| Read more »
08:26
Russian government seeks Apple source code

The Russian government is asking for access to Apple’s source code, in order to ensure the company’s products aren’t used for spying purposes, Reuters reports. Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov said in a statement, “Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013 and U.S. intelligence services’ public statements about the strengthening of…

| Read more »
08:26
Apple May Have Accidentally Leaked New 27-inch iMac

Apple first accidentally mentioned a new Mac mini model in its Boot Camp support documents, and may have leaked a 27-inch iMac refresh, too. A chart showing the current 27-inch iMac, along with a model tagged as "Mid 2014," looks like a hint that an update is coming soon.

The Mac Observer Spin: Considering Apple listed two unreleased Mac models in its Boot Camp compatibility chart, either someone needs some remedial copy and paste training, or a reminder that unannounced products shouldn't appear in support documents.


| Read more »
07:00
Apple Confirms Purchase of Swell Talk Radio App for...

Following reports that it was purchasing Swell, the iPhone app for building custom talk radio-like stations, Apple has confirmed it is the new owner of the app and its developer Concept.io.

The Mac Observer Spin: Fist BookLight and now Swell. It looks like Apple is getting serious about improving content discovery through the iTunes Store.


| Read more »
06:27
Square announces new Reader for chip cards

Square has announced Square Reader for chip cards, a new credit card reader built to handle EMV chip cards—credit cards equipped with microchips, as already found in many countries around the world. The major U.S. credit card companies have planned to implement a fraud…

| Read more »
05:45
iOS 7: Preventing Unauthorized Purchases

For today's tip, Melissa Holt's gonna go over a hidden setting that may let your kid purchase apps or media when he isn't supposed to. Turn this off, and you can rest assured that little Johnny won't be able to buy ten apps just because you allowed him to get one. Unless he knows your Apple ID password, that is, but you would never give him that, would you? Good.


| Read more »

Tuesday July 29

20:02
Apple Possibly Leaked New Mac mini Models

Apple updated a support article that refers to a Mid 2014 model Mac mini, which is the first mention of any sort of attention paid to the Mac mini, last updated in October 2012.

The Mac Observer Spin: I'd like this to be true, but at this point odds are 50/50 that there is an actual new Mac mini, or that someone was pasting in updated Macs and got a little trigger happy with Cmd-V.


| Read more »
18:02
Apple Possibly Leaked New Mac mini Models

Apple updated a support article that refers to a Mid 2014 model Mac mini, which is the first mention of any sort of attention paid to the Mac mini, last updated in October 2012.

The Mac Observer Spin: I'd like this to be true, but at this point odds are 50/50 that there is an actual new Mac mini, or that someone was pasting in updated Macs and got a little trigger happy with cmd-V.


| Read more »
17:57
Ford Ditching BlackBerry for iPhone for Global...

Ford announced on Tuesday that it was moving some 9,300 corporate employees from BlackBerry to iPhone. The move will be a blow to BlackBerry, which is trying to rebuild itself under the leadership of CEO John Chen. At the same time, it's another boost for Apple's enterprise ambition, which recently announced a mobile alliance with IBM.


| Read more »
15:04
‘Window Plug’ Portable Solar Charger Concept Design

Yanko Design is showing off a concept called "Window Plug," and it's very cool. It's a portable solar charger that you can stick on a window. It has a built-in battery that self-charges, but it also has a plug for accessing that power for your devices. So far, this is a concept only. In the comments, the creator said that he still has technical hurdles to overcome, not least of which is having the device generate enough power to meet the needs of a wide variety of devices. But I am lust with the idea of a charger that I could stick on a hotel window, a car window, or...wait for it...a airplane window. Accordingly, I'm pulling for the product to come to market.


| Read more »
13:19
MotionArtist for Mac: $9

MotionArtist is a very cool piece of software that allows you to layout comics in traditional panel form with word bubbles, and also add motion, sound, and even a 3D parallax effect to scenes. The animation tools are designed to be quite easy to use, and it's focused primarily on adding motion. Through our deal, you can get it for $9, a lot less than the $60 retail price.


| Read more »
11:10
OS X Yosemite: How to Trek into Dark Mode

OS X Yosemite public beta enables an intriguing feature referred to as Dark Mode. No one is quite sure why it's there, but it's very cool. John Martellaro explains how to enable it.


| Read more »
10:45
Apple Retail Out Almost $310K in Scam, Suspect...

Apple lost US$309,768 in merchandise out of its retail stores in 16 states thanks to Sharron Laverne Parrish Jr. and a debit card scam. Authorities have arrested Mr. Parrish, and thanks to his clever social engineering, Apple will likely be left holding the bill.

The Mac Observer Spin: Forced code scams happen more often than you'd think, so it isn't surprising Mr. Parrish was able to make off with so much before getting caught. Apple will most likely change its policies to require employees to call banks on declined cards instead of leaving that in customer's hands


| Read more »
10:12
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-29

The future for magazines looked promising thanks to the iPad, but not everyone is pleased with how that worked out. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about how the digital magazine has been something of a disappointment, and why John is planning on going back to print. They also offer up their take on companies like Facebook splitting features across multiple apps.


| Read more »
08:14
Apple TV Adds Fox Now, CNBC Channels

Fox Now and CNBC joined the Apple TV channel lineup on Tuesday, giving viewers access to shows like Cosmos, 24: Live Another Day, live CNBC content, and more. Unfortunately, the content you get is limited unless you also have a cable subscription.

The Mac Observer Spin: More content is great for Apple TV owners, but continuing to leave most of it stuck behind cable pay walls isn't much of a help to viewers who don't want to shell out the money for full subscription packages.


| Read more »
07:27
Apple TV adds FOX Now, CNBC channels

Apple TV has added two new channels, FOX Now and CNBC. Both channels require a cable subscription to access full content, although a number of FOX episodes and CNBC clips are available for viewing without authentication. The FOX Now channel includes a number of popular…

| Read more »
06:55
Apple Drops Samsung Patent Appeal, Ends Injunction...

Apple is throwing in the towel on its efforts to get an injunction blocking the sale of several Samsung smartphones related to their first patent infringement trial. Apple told the court on Monday that it is dropping its cross appeal in the case and now will instead focus on winning an injunction in their second mobile device infringement trial.

The Mac Observer Spin: It seems that -- at least on some level -- both Apple and Samsung are getting tired of their ongoing patent infringement fight, although not tired enough to find some sort of agreement. For Samsung, giving up doesn't make sense considering its drag-it-out-in-court tactics are working just fine.


| Read more »
05:46
Retina MacBook Pro gets Faster Processors, More RAM

Apple confirmed the Retina MacBook Pro update rumors on Tuesday when it rolled out new models with faster processors and more RAM. The new 13-inch and 15-inch models look just like the versions they replace, but with more power under the hood.

The Mac Observer Spin: With today's Retina MacBook Pro refresh, that leaves only the Mac mini waiting for an update.


| Read more »

Monday July 28

19:20
Beats Music Adds More User Controls to iOS App,...

Beats Music, the music streaming service being acquired by Apple, released a new version of its iOS app that adds several user controls. Beats Music 2.2.0 includes a "Tune Your Taste" control that allows you change your "Just For You" recommendations. The service has also begun verifying user profile for the famous and well-to-do.


| Read more »
18:48
Facebook Forces iPhone Users To Separate Messaging...

Facebook is disabling messaging entirely in the iPhone and Android apps, forcing users who wish to use the feature to download a separate app.

The Mac Observer Spin: I regularly consider deleting the Facebook app already, and now I'm supposed to have two!? I'll pass.


| Read more »
16:56
Blockchain.info Brings Bitcoin Wallet App Back to...

Blockchain.info has brought its Bitcoin wallet app back to the App Store after having been kicked out by Apple in February. Blockchain 2.0.1 has the ability to send and receive Bitcoins from your iPhone, an important feature for Bitcoin users.


| Read more »
15:56
‘Another One Bites The Dust’ Played Using Disk Drives

Check out the latest from Arganalth, a musician who uses the noises made by hard drives and floppy drives to make music. Watching videos like "Misirlou" is hypnotic as the drive heads slip back and forth making noise, so they're fun to see as well as hear. His latest one is "Another One Bites The Dust," by Queen. While all of the videos are impressive, this is a standout among them. Enjoy it below [Via Macgasm]:


| Read more »
14:57
Lord & Taylor, Hudson’s Bay Company Deploy...

Department stores Lord & Taylor and Hudson's Bay Company began rolling out iBeacons in a number of locations as of Monday. These iBeacons are implemented by Swirl, a company which develops mobile marketing solutions.

The Mac Observer Spin: This could be neato, this could be horrible. Difficult to say.


| Read more »
14:18
The Mac Mastery Training Bundle: $29

We have a great bundle of training videos for you designed to you master your Mac. It has eight individual course, including:

Mac Clarity - Master Your Mac
Productivity For Mac Users
One On One Apple Personal Training
Mastering Keynote Presentations
Become a Rocker With GarageBand
Clean & Organize Your Mac In Under 2 Hours
iPhoto For Beginners
Basics Of Using A Mac

That's hundreds of lectures and more than 30 hours of video training. Individually, these training courses are $408, but through our deal you can get them for $29.


| Read more »
13:39
Hilton to Turn Your iPhone into Your Hotel Room Key

Your iPhone is already an iPod, a phone, and an Internet connection device, and soon it'll be your room key at Hilton hotels. The company is launching a new service where iPhone owners can choose their room and check in, and next year they'll be able to use their smartphone as a room key, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: Remote room selection and check-in, plus the ability to use my iPhone as a room key? This is going to be awesome at trade shows and conferences -- assuming you can get an Internet connection.


| Read more »
12:55
OS X Yosemite: What Does That Little Green Button do...

Since the beginning of time, well since 2001, the little green button at the top of every OS X window has expanded the current window to take up all available space. OS X Yosemite changes the default behavior of that green button for the first time.


| Read more »
12:03
Popular Bitcoin wallet app Blockchain returns to App...

Apple has reinstated popular Bitcoin wallet app Blockchain to the App Store. It’s not an entirely unexpected move, considering Apple recently started allowing Bitcoin apps back in the App Store, after making a change to its App Store Review Guidelines. Blockchain was originally pulled from the App…

| Read more »
11:02
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-28

Apple just bout BookLight and is in the process of buying Swell. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about what Apple's latest media acquisitions mean for the ebook, news and podcasting world, as well as end users. Plus, bonus oblique Joss Whedon and Space Ghost references.


| Read more »
07:55
Apple Ready to Buy Swell Talk Show App in $30M Deal

The radio news talk show listening app Swell is about to be snapped up by Apple in a US$30 million deal. Swell is known for its ability to build custom news playlists with content from sources such NPR, BBC, and ABC and play back that content through its iPhone app.

The Mac Observer Spin: First Apple buys BookLamp, and now it's about to close a deal with Swell. Purchases like these sure make it look like Apple wants to find a better way for consumers to discover online content and books.


| Read more »
07:09
Report Claims Retina MacBook Pro Speed Bump Coming...

Apple is reportedly planning on giving the Retina MacBook Pro a speed bump on Tuesday with updated Intel Haswell Core i7 processors. The new models will still be available in 13-inch and 15-inch models, and will all come with at least 16 GB RAM.

The Mac Observer Spin: Assuming the report about tomorrow's Retina MacBook Pro refresh is accurate, it's welcome even if it isn't dramatic.


| Read more »
07:04
Report: Apple Stores to support carrier early iPhone...

Apple Stores will soon allow customers to purchase new iPhones using early upgrade programs from carriers, including AT&T Next, T-Mobile JUMP, and Verizon Edge, according to 9to5Mac. It’s unclear whether or when Apple will support Sprint’s One Up program. The report claims that “many” stores will offer the purchase…

| Read more »
06:04
EU Greenlights Apple’s Beats Acquisition

Apple made a big leap forward in its planned US$3 billion purchase of Beats Electronics and Beats Music when the European Commission announced on Monday that is has approved the deal. The Commission doesn't see a combined Apple and Beats as a serious threat to the headphone market, and said there are plenty of competitors who make substantially different products.

The Mac Observer Spin: With the EC's approval out of the way Apple is a step closer to closing its Beats purchase. Next stop: U.S. approval.


| Read more »
05:45
Report: Apple buying talk radio app Swell

Re/code is reporting that Apple is about to acquire Swell, an app described as “Pandora-for-talk-radio,” for $30 million. Although it hasn’t yet been confirmed by either company, the report cites multiple sources, and Re/code has a strong track record when it comes to Apple…

| Read more »

Friday July 25

18:03
3 Free iOS Apps To Help You Find Something To Watch

Looking for something to watch? Vern Seward points out 3 iOS apps that'll help in this week's Free on iTubes. Yidio, Frequency, and Fan TV.


| Read more »
17:57
9 Swift Resources for iOS 8 Developers

If you're interested in Apple's new programming language announced at WWDC, there are a variety of resources available online now. Kelly Guimont gathered up nine resources to help you get going.


| Read more »
16:39
OS X and iOS Application Compatibility Table

If you are waiting to install a new OS (such as the Yosemite Public Beta) because you are worried about compatibility issues, check out the Application Compatibility Table over at RoaringApps. There are compatibility charts from Snow Leopard up to Yosemite, and from iOS 5 up to iOS 8. If you don't see an app listed there and you know its status, you can submit it to the list. It's a great resource that is easily searchable if you need to determine what does and doesn't work.


| Read more »
15:35
Best News in the Verse: Firefly Cast Reuniting for...

Browncoats everywhere are celebrating the news that the full cast of Joss Whedon's Firefly are reuniting for Firefly Online (site down as of this writing). io9 reported the news from San Diego Comicon Friday that Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, and Ron Glass will all be contributing voice acting to the game reprising their characters in the most successful failed show of all time. Alan Tudyk will be doing additional characters, as well, and Michael Fairman will be reprising his role as Niska. As a teaser, the game producers posted a video called "If I Were a Captain" (below) that features the voice of Ron Glass and Captain Mal himself (near the end). Color me giddy!


...

| Read more »
15:26
Bose Sues Apple Acquisition Beats for Patent...

Bose Corporation filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) Friday accusing Beats Electronics of willfully infringing on five patents. Bose also launched a parallel lawsuit. Beats is in the process of being acquired by Apple, and Bose has accused the company of violating its patents in Beats Studio and Beats Studio Wireless headphones.


| Read more »
14:11
iZZi Slim 4-Lenses-In-One Photo Kit: $95

iPhoneographers, we have a deal for you today called iZZi Slim, a case with a built-in lens kit for your iPhone 5 and 5s. The iZZi Slim included 4 lenses on one attachment, allowing you to switch lenses just by turning them for fast changes. The lenses include Fisheye lens, 2x Telephoto Lens, Macro Lens and Wide-Angle Lens (you access the macro lens by unscrewing the wide angle lens). The iZZi Slim is regularly priced at $155, but through our deal you can get it for $95. This price also includes a bonus Bluetooth shutter.


| Read more »
12:44
Take Control of Yosemite Beta Testing Released

There were a few hurdles in the release of the Yosemite public beta, primarily in people successfully downloading the installer. Now that it's more likely you actually have the installer, Joe Kissell has some tips for you on running a Mac OS Beta. He's been beta testing since 10.3, so he knows of what he speaks. He's put together a great set of tips in Take Control of Beta Testing Yosemite, the latest title from Take Control Books. This one has a suggested price of $5 and is available via Leanpub to allow for quicker turnaround on updates (since betas can evolve dramatically). This is more than just a grand tour of new features, it also discusses what beta testing entails, tips for both before and after installing, and advice on how to report bugs.


| Read more »
12:33
Congress passes bill to legalize phone unlocking

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill today that will legalize cell phone unlocking, following the Senate’s approval of the bill last week. All the “Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act” needs now is for President Obama to sign the bill into law — a virtual…

| Read more »
11:09
Bose sues Beats over noise-canceling patents

BREAKING: Bose sues Apple's Beats over noise-canceling headphone patents. (via @CNBCJosh) $AAPL— CNBC (@CNBC) July 25, 2014 Bose is suing Beats over noise-canceling technology patents used in headphones, according to CNBC. Patent search site PriorSmart.com appears to have a list…

| Read more »
 
AAPL
$102.94
Apple Inc.
+0.44
MSFT
$45.02
Microsoft Corpora
-0.41
GOOG
$573.81
Google Inc.
+2.21

MacTech Search:
Community Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Mac DVDRipper Pro 5.0 - Copy, backup, an...
Mac DVDRipper Pro is the DVD backup solution that lets you protect your DVDs from scratches, save your batteries by reading your movies from your hard disk, manage your collection with just a few... Read more
pwSafe 3.1 - Secure password management...
pwSafe provides simple and secure password management across devices and computers. pwSafe uses iCloud to keep your password databases backed-up and synced between Macs and iOS devices. It is... Read more
StatsBar 1.8 - Monitor system processes...
StatsBar gives you a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the following areas of your Mac: CPU usage Memory usage Disk usage Network and bandwidth usage Battery power and health (MacBooks only)... Read more
Path Finder 6.5.5 - Powerful, award-winn...
Path Finder is a file browser that combines the familiar Finder interface with the powerful utilities and innovative features. Just a small selection of the Path Finder 6 feature set: Dual pane... Read more
QuarkXPress 10.2.1 - Desktop publishing...
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... Read more
Skype 6.19.0.450 - Voice-over-internet p...
Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype... Read more
VueScan 9.4.41 - Scanner software with a...
VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has... Read more
Cloud 3.0.0 - File sharing from your men...
Cloud is simple file sharing for the Mac. Drag a file from your Mac to the CloudApp icon in the menubar and we take care of the rest. A link to the file will automatically be copied to your clipboard... Read more
LibreOffice 4.3.1.2 - Free Open Source o...
LibreOffice is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, drawing tool) compatible with other major office suites. The Document Foundation is coordinating development and... Read more
SlingPlayer Plugin 3.3.20.505 - Browser...
SlingPlayer is the screen interface software that works hand-in-hand with the hardware inside the Slingbox to make your TV viewing experience just like that at home. It features an array of... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

The Manhattan Project Review
The Manhattan Project Review By Andrew Fisher on September 2nd, 2014 Our Rating: :: ROCKET SCIENCEUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad The Manhattan Project offers a great Euro-style gameplay experience, but it is totally... | Read more »
Rhonna Designs Magic (Photography)
Rhonna Designs Magic 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Photography Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Want to sprinkle *magic* on your photos? With RD Magic, you can add colors, filters, light leaks, bokeh, edges,... | Read more »
This Week at 148Apps: August 25-29, 2014
Shiny Happy App Reviews   | Read more »
Qube Kingdom – Tips, Tricks, Strategies,...
Qube Kingdom is a tower defense game from DeNA. You rally your troops – magicians, archers, knights, barbarians, and others – and fight against an evil menace looking to dominate your kingdom of tiny squares. Planning a war isn’t easy, so here are a... | Read more »
Qube Kingdom Review
Qube Kingdom Review By Nadia Oxford on August 29th, 2014 Our Rating: :: KIND OF A SQUARE KINGDOMUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Qube Kingdom has cute visuals, but it’s a pretty basic tower defense game at heart.   | Read more »
Fire in the Hole Review
Fire in the Hole Review By Rob Thomas on August 29th, 2014 Our Rating: :: WALK THE PLANKUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Seafoam’s Fire in the Hole looks like a bright, 8-bit throwback, but there’s not enough booty to... | Read more »
Alien Creeps TD is Now Available Worldwi...
Alien Creeps TD is Now Available Worldwide Posted by Ellis Spice on August 29th, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Dodo Master Review
Dodo Master Review By Jordan Minor on August 29th, 2014 Our Rating: :: NEST EGGiPad Only App - Designed for the iPad Dodo Master is tough but fair, and that’s what makes it a joy to play.   | Read more »
Motorsport Manager Review
Motorsport Manager Review By Lee Hamlet on August 29th, 2014 Our Rating: :: MARVELOUS MANAGEMENTUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Despite its depth and sense of tactical freedom, Motorsport Manager is one of the most... | Read more »
Motorsport Manager – Beginner Tips, Tric...
The world of Motorsport management can be an unforgiving and merciless one, so to help with some of the stress that comes with running a successful race team, here are a few hints and tips to leave your opponents in the dust. | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Apple refurbished iPads available for up to $...
Apple is offering Certified Refurbished iPad Airs for up to $140 off MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free. Stock tends to come and go with some of these... Read more
Are We Now In The Post-Post-PC Era?
A longtime and thoroughgoing laptop aficionado, I was more than a little dismayed by Steve Jobs’s declaration back in 2010 when he sprang the iPad on an unsuspecting world. that we’d entered a “post-... Read more
PC Outlook Improves, But 2014 Shipments Still...
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, worldwide PC shipments are expected to fall by -3.7 percent in 2014. To hat’s actually an improvement from the... Read more
IDC Lowers Tablet Sales Projections for 2014...
Following a second consecutive quarter of softer than expected demand, International Data Corporation (IDC) has lowered its worldwide tablet plus 2-in-1 forecast for 2014 to 233.1 million units. The... Read more
Apple now offering refurbished 21-inch 1.4GHz...
The Apple Store is now offering Apple Certified Refurbished 21″ 1.4GHz iMacs for $929 including free shipping plus Apple’s standard one-year warranty. Their price is $170 off the cost of new models,... Read more
Save $50 on the 2.5GHz Mac mini, on sale for...
B&H Photo has the 2.5GHz Mac mini on sale for $549.99 including free shipping. That’s $50 off MSRP, and B&H will also include a free copy of Parallels Desktop software. NY sales tax only. Read more
Save up to $300 on an iMac with Apple refurbi...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished iMacs available for up to $300 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free. These are the best prices on... Read more
The Rise of Phablets
Carlisle & Gallagher Consulting Group, a businesses and technology consulting firm focused solely on the financial services industry, has released an infographic depicting the convergence of... Read more
Bad Driver Database App Allows Good Drivers t...
Bad Driver Database 1.4 by Facile Group is a new iOS and Android app that lets users instantly input and see how many times a careless, reckless or just plain stupid driver has been added to the... Read more
Eddy – Cloud Music Player for iPhone/iPad Fre...
Ukraine based CapableBits announces the release of Eddy, its tiny, but smart and powerful cloud music player for iPhone and iPad that allows users to stream or download music directly from cloud... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
Senior Event Manager, *Apple* Retail Market...
…This senior level position is responsible for leading and imagining the Apple Retail Team's global event strategy. Delivering an overarching brand story; in-store, Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.