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09:54
Cocktail 7.9 (Mavericks Edition) adds support for QuarkXPress 11

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.9 (Mavericks Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Mavericks.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 7.9 adds compatibility with QuarkXPress 11 and the latest versions of supported web browsers. It also contains other improvements and bug fixes.

Cocktail 7.9 (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Yosemite 10.9 to run. Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from Maintain website.

Cocktail 8.5 (Yosemite Edition) costs US$19 for a single user license. It's available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail).

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09:48
IK releases Future Synths, Hugh Padgham Drums

IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) has launched two new sound libraries for SampleTank 3 for Mac and PC systems.

Exclusively made for the sound and groove workstation, these collections are: Future Synths, a collection of synthesizer leads, pads, basses and more; and Hugh Padgham Drums, a library of drum kits and MIDI patterns that give producers adjustable control of Hugh Padgham's unique "stone room" sound. These synth sounds have been designed to give SampleTank 3 users access to the same ultra-futuristic sound palette used by today's most famous electronic dance music producers, according to the folks at IK Multimedia.

The Future Synths and Hugh Padgham Drums sound libraries for SampleTank 3 are available now via the IK online store (www.ikmultimedia.com) and the SampleTank 3 Custom Shop for a special introductory price...

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06:16
Manpower for Mac OS X gets refreshed user interface, more

Code by Kevin has introduced Manpower 6.0 (http://tinyurl.com/4yaxes), an upgrade of the program that provides a three-pane interface for reading Unix documentation pages on Mac OS X.

The new version sports a refreshed user interface and smoother overall performance. To install Manpower, download the latest version. It can be installed anywhere on your Mac.

The download is a 30-day demo; you can purchase a license for US$29.99 to use the program past the 30-day trial period. Manpower 6.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.

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06:10
ArtHandler for Mac OS X revved to version 1.5

Martin Walk has released ArtHandler 1.5 (http://arthandlerapp.com), a new version of the Artists Record Book application for Mac OS X.

It's built for artists who need to remember titles, dimensions and dates of their artworks. ArtHandler archives images of each artwork and makes them accessible for future use. Version 1.5 updates the user interface and improves sharing features.

ArtHandler 1.5 requires OS X 10.9 or later. It costs US$17.99 and is available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.

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Jul 02
Apple’s Swift programming language gaining in popularity

A new programming language survey shows Apple’s Swift programming language breaking into the top 20 for the first time, while the future of Microsoft’s Visual Basic (VB) in the top rankings is now "unclear," reports The Register (http://tinyurl.com/nt76be7).

The Redmonk consultancy published a six-monthly analysis (http://tinyurl.com/o59g56w) based on Github usage and Stack Overflow discussions. JavaScript tops the list margin, followed by Java, PHP, Python, C#, C++ and Ruby (the last three are ranked fifth). Apple’s Swifthas risen from 22 to 18, making the top 20 for the first time.

The next version of Swift (version 2), Apple’s programming language, will be open source. (Open source software is software whose source code is available for modification or enhancement by anyone.)

Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior...

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Jul 02
Logo Pop Free for Mac OS X revved to version 1.2

MacAppware, a division of 128bit Technologies, has released. Logo Pop Free 1.2. It's an update of the free vector-based logo design app for Mac OS X.

The upgrade has various bug fixes and enhancements. There's also a new tutorial about using the app at the MacAppware website (www.macappware.com).

Logo Pop Free requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It's available exclusively on the Mac App Store.

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Jul 02
IK Multimedia announces 96kHz firmware update for iRig PRO and iRig HD

 IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) has announced complementary firmware update that enables high resolution 24-bit/96kHz audio sampling for its iRig PRO and iRig HD mobile audio interfaces.

At double the original 24-bit/48kHz sample rate, it makes these ultra-compact mobile interfaces sound even more clean, nuanced and transparent, the company says. The iRig PRO is a compact audio and MIDI interface for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac or PC. The iRig HD is a compact audio interface with a quarter-in instrument input that features an input gain control knob, a multicolor LED and ultra-low-draw power consumption circuitry.

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Jul 01
Fileloupe is a new media browser for Mac OS X

Corduroy Code has released Fileloupe 1.0 (http://www.fileloupe.com), a new media browser for Mac OS X Yosemite.

It combines the features of a photo viewer, video player and document browser into a single tool. Harnessing the power of Apple's Quick Look technology, Fileloupe offers users one of the fastest ways to browse, view and share photos, videos, PDFs and documents, according to Kenny Carruthers, founder of Corduroy Code and developer of Fileloupe.

The app offers copy & paste and drag & drop support for inserting images into third-party applications. There's support for most common image formats including RAW photos.

Fileloupe has variable playback rates for video including slow-motion playback along with inverted orientation correction, track scrubbing, frame stepping and frame-to-image exporting support. It packs a PDF viewer for viewing multiple PDF documents side by side...

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Jul 01
24U offers Audit Service for existing FileMaker Solutions

24U Software (http://www.24usoftware.com/) has announced its new audit service for FileMaker solutions.

It's a service designed to help managers and business owners to make data-driven decision about further maintenance and development of their FileMaker solutions. Managers and business owners can now order 24U's advice to have their internally developed FileMaker solution audited and prepare a long-term maintenance and development plan.

The audit service consists of analysis customer's existing FileMaker solution, identifying existing and potential issues, and suggesting strategy to keep it working and make it support customer's business evolution and growth. Output of the service is a document with a short term and a long term plan addressing all discovered needs and issues.

The audit service is being offered for a flat price of US$3,777 when auditing a solution with one key user....

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Jul 01
Conversion software for 25 languages launched

Translate Your World, developers of across-language communication software, has announced the availability of its new software that enables users to converse in real-time across 25 different languages.

Just go to a webpage and talk.  The words of each speaker are instantly translated into the other language to appear as subtitles or be heard as attractive synthesized computer voice. You can try it for free at http://www.TranslateYourWorld.com .

Technically, Translate Your World is a mission control center that unites side-software by the competing giants of technology including Microsoft, Google, Nuance, SDL, ReadSpeaker, SIMS, Yandex, Systran, Android, Baidu, WebRTC, VoIP, and more while empowering the world to bridge the language barrier, says Sue Reager, the company’s CEO, who speaks 10 languages and commutes between Silicon Valley and Atlanta.  Translate Your World provides...

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Jul 01
Output Factory Server for Adobe InDesign now supports CC 2015

Zevrix Solutions has released Output Factory Server 1.2.1, a compatibility update to its output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory Server automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from hot folders. The software offloads output tasks to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the output process. Version 1.2.1 makes Output Factory Server compatible with the 2015 release of InDesign CC featured as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.

Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix web site (www.zevrix.com) for a reduced price of US$299.95 until July 31 (it's $699.95 afterwards), as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput Server users can upgrade for $350. Output Factory Server requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.

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Jul 01
PipelineFX’s Qube! now available in one-month installments

PipelineFX has added a subscription licensing option to Qube! render farm management software for visual effects. This new option can be limited to a single one-month installment.

"Sometimes an upfront investment or a long-term commitment is all that holds companies back from bringing efficiency to their farms," says Richard Lewis, CEO of PipelineFX. "Subscription licensing is a simple way to get them there, on their own terms and through a package that doesn’t make them give up the power and support that Qube! is known for."

Subscription is available now online to existing PipelineFX customers at pipelinefx.com. Pricing is US$15/month per worker license for commercial customers and $10.50/month for education customers.

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Jul 01
CS Odessa releases USA Mapping Solution for ConceptDraw Pro 10

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park designed to assist individuals who are looking for county outlines to be represented in maps they draw.

The collection of library objects, templates, and example drawings for ConceptDraw Pro are designed to make short work of drawing maps that contain county information. The United States Mapping Solution is available for users of ConceptDraw Pro 10 and ConceptDraw Office 3, via ConceptDraw Solution Park.

ConceptDraw Pro retails for US$199 per end user license. ConceptDraw Office 3 includes ConceptDraw MindMap 8, ConceptDraw Project 7, ConceptDraw Pro 10, and the ConceptDraw Solution Park. It retails for $499.

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Jun 30
Apple releases iTunes 12.2 for the Mac, Windows

Apple has released iTunes 12.2 for the Mac,adding support for its new Apple Music service. According to the update description in the Mac App Store — where you can obtain the update in the, well, Updates section, the upgrade includes the following Apple Music features:

° For You music recommendations;

° Radio, including Beats 1;

° New, which highlights new music curated by Apple’s music editors;

° My Music, where you find your purchased music, imported songs, and selections you’ve picked in Apple Music;

° Connect, the venue for artists to reach out to fans.

iTunes 12.2 requires Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later.

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Jun 30
GigSky offers cellular data plans for iPad travelers with Apple SIM

GigSky, a global mobile network designed for travelers, will offer cellular data plans for iPad travelers with Apple SIM in more than 90 countries and territories.

With Apple SIM installed, iPad customers can view and select these short-term data plans directly on their Apple tablet, avoiding the hassle of buying a local SIM when they travel. US and UK customers have the added benefit of choosing from these short-term data plans at home.

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular models in the US and UK come with Apple SIM pre-installed. Apple SIM is also available at select Apple Retail Stores for individual purchase. 

iPad users can choose a GigSky data plan upon arrival right from their iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 with Apple SIM installed, and easily connect to family and friends, stay in touch and share their travel, says Ravi Rishy-Maharaj, founder and CEO of GigSky. Apple SIM will also be available for individual purchase at Apple Retail Stores in 10...

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Jun 30
Apple releases GarageBand 10.1 for the Mac, Security Updates

Apple has updated GarageBand, its music creation software for the Mac, to version 10.1. It adds 10 new EDM (electronic dance music) and hip hop drummers, 20 new electronic drum kits, 100 new EDM and Hip Hop synthesizer patches, new Morph Pad Smart Control, and 1,000 new loops to support all those new genres.

GarageBand 10.1 is available at the Mac App Store. It's free for existing users and those who've bought a recent Mac. It's US$4.99 for others.

Apple has also posted Security Update 2015-005 Mavericks and Security Update 2015-005 Mountain Lion. They're part of OS X 10.10.4, but have been released as standalone updates for the older versions of OS X. The download installers are available at the Mac App Store.

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Jun 30
Tropical Software rolls out iAddressX 3.6 for OS X

Tropical Software has rolled out iAddressX 3.6, an update of the Mac OS X (10.7 or higher) utility.

You can use iAddressX to navigate contacts from a small icon in the system menu, and to initiate various tasks including printing of Dymo labels, dialing regular and Skype calls, sending SMS messages to Skype pals or friend's cell phones, and more. Version 3.6.0 adds an option to show Contacts by Group as a sub-menu, or in the main menu (it's recommended that you enable Contacts by Group if you have many Groups).

It boasts a major rewrite of many parts of the code that was originally designed for OS X 10.5 Leopard and older. iAddressX was a Mac OS X Preference Pane. With version 3.6, it's now an app installed as a status item in the menu bar

A demo is available for download. For a short introductory period, iAddressX will be available for US$19.95 from the Tropical Software web site (...

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Jun 30
VidConvert for Mac OS X gets revamped user interface, more

Reggie Ashworth has unveiled VidConvert 1.6 (http://www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert), a Yosemite (and El Capitan) update to his video converter for Mac OS X.

VidConvert will convert just about any type of video into one of the popular formats of today. It allows you to create videos for your iPhone or iPad, for your Mac or TV, or formats such as DivX and MPEG.

VidConverter 1.6 includes a new icon and refreshed user interface, conversion optimizations for faster operation, bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements.

It requires Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or later. VidConvert 1.6 costs US$7.99 for a single user license. A demo that lets you create three-minute samples is available. Older versions with pre-Lion support are available.

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Jun 30
.com Solutions launches FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition 7.47

.com Solutions has launched FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition 7.47 (www.fmpromigrator.com) with 30 improvements for simplifying the transition from FileMaker Pro to a PHP web application.

According to .com Solutions, FileMaker WebDirect to PHP Conversion benefits using FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition include: scaling up beyond 100 concurrent users, owning your application source code, avoiding monthly/annual billing, reusing existing business logic, keeping the existing graphical user interface, and cross platform/device compatibility.

FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition is priced at US$$600 per developer. Users can build an unlimited number of web applications having up to 250 forms/reports/layouts with FmPro Migrator during the term of the license key.

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Jun 30
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.10.4 with Mail, Photos improvements, more

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.10.4, which includes improvements for Photos and Mail. It also fixes several bugs (including the "discoveryd" service).

According to Apple, the update:

° Improves networking reliability;

° Improves Migration Assistant reliability;

° Addresses an issue that prevented certain monitors from functioning properly;

° Improves the reliability of upgrading iPhoto and Aperture libraries to Photos;

° Improves reliability when syncing photos and videos to the iCloud Photo Library;

° Addresses and issue that causes Photos to quit unexpectedly after importing some Leica DNG files;

° Resolves an issue that could delay outgoing email messages in Mail;

° Fixes an issue where a website could prevent the user from navigating away by presenting repeated JavaScript alerts in Safari.

You can obtain OS X 10.10.4 at the Mac App Store.

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Jul 06
Pay TV penetration to exceed 50% in next two years

The worldwide pay-TV market surpassed more than 900 million subscribers in 1Q 2015, representing 48% penetration—the market is likely to grow steadily over the next 5 years, mainly boosted by emerging markets, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). Half of the world’s households will have access to pay-TV service by 2017, representing 1 billion subscribers, notes the research group.

As pay-TV service providers experience increasing competition from alternative platforms such as OTT [over-the-top], ARPU [average revenue per user] continues to decline across the various platforms in many markets. Many of the operators have added OTT, multiscreen services, and on demand services in order to compete with OTT service providers. These services have contributed additional revenue to pay-TV operators as well as maintaining customer loyalty.

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Jul 02
The Northern Spy: more on the new language Modula-2 R10

By Rick Sutcliffe

Over the last two months the Spy introduced the motivation for he and Telecom engineer Benjamin Kowarsch developing a new language, or more precisely, a fully modern dialect of an existing notation--to address serious software engineering issues of safety, security, reliability, and extensibility--then offered something a little more than a "Hello World" as an initial example. In this piece, he briefly describes the baked-in building blocks of Modula-2 R10, that is the reserved symbols, words and reserved identifiers.

Modula-2 has always been smaller than but at least as expressive as any other mainstream general purpose language (including that thousand ton gorilla of notations known as Ada). Throughout the R10 design process, every proposed addition was scrutinized for necessity (use cases required) and potential for bloat. To mitigate the latter, in most cases, every addition required a deletion, so that the...

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Jul 02
IDC: tablets drive business transformation in...
Jul 02
Worldwide wearables market forecast to grow 173.3% in...

The wearables market maintained its upward trajectory in the first quarter of 2015 as new vendors, including Apple, prepared to enter the market.

A new forecast from International Data Corporation (www.idc.com) estimates that 72.1 million wearable devices will be shipped in 2015, up a strong 173.3% from the 26.4 million units shipped in 2014. Shipment volumes are expected to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 42.6% over the five-year forecast period, reaching 155.7 million units shipped in 2019, according to the research group.

"The demand for basic wearables, those that do not run third party apps, has been absolutely astounding," says Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst, Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers, IDC. "Vendors like Fitbit and Xiaomi have helped propel the market with their sub-$100 bands, and IDC expects this momentum will continue throughout 2015."

"We expect smart wearables,...

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Jul 01
Consumer Demand for connected home products slows

Home automation was gaining attention and experiencing robust growth in 2014; however a new report by Argus Insights (www.argusinsights.com) reveals that sector is quickly losing steam.

The research group's data shows that as of May 2015 consumer demand for connected home devices such as thermostats, lightbulbs, locks, sensors and cameras experienced its first drop below the level of a year ago, a sign that consumer interest is stagnating.

"Based on our review of consumer interest, the state of home automation in 2015 is not looking good for anyone who sells or makes these devices," says John Feland, CEO and founder, Argus Insights. "Even though Google and Samsung made big purchases in this space by buying Nest thermostats, Dropcam and the suite of SmartThings products demand is stagnating.  It is obvious that the early adopters have bought what they want and other consumers are expressing...

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Jun 30
Gartner demand for enterprise mobile apps to outstrip...

By the end of 2017, market demand for mobile app development services will grow at least five times faster than internal IT organizations' capacity to deliver them, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

The research group forecasts mobile phone sales will reach 2.1 billion units by 2019, which will fuel demand for apps in the enterprise that meet the high performance and usability of consumer apps. Gartner principal research analyst Adrian Leow says enterprises find it a challenge to rapidly develop, deploy and maintain mobile apps to meet increasing demand, as it is exceedingly difficult and costly to hire developers with good mobile skills.

"Organizations increasingly find it difficult to be proactive against competitive pressures, which is resulting in their mobile apps becoming tactical, rather than strategic," he adds. "We're seeing demand for mobile apps outstrip available development capacity...

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Jun 29
Interest in the connected car rises (interest in...

Consumer ability to access the internet and connected services while in the car remains strong, making driving or parking tasks easier. While interest is especially high for services which provide traffic updates, weather updates, open parking spaces, and navigation instructions, interest in social media functionality remains low.

A new report from Automotive Consumer Insights group (ACI) at Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com), surveyed consumers in the US, Western Europe, and China regarding their interest in and preferred payment models for in-vehicle connectivity and connected services. Consumers remained interested in services which provided drive-relevant information; with access to in-vehicle connectivity playing an increasingly important role in the purchase decision of a vehicle, across all demographics. However, interest in some popular payment models for connectivity has...

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Jun 26
Study shows (no surprise) rapidly increasing digital...

Limelight Networks (www.limelight.com), which specializes in digital content delivery, has released new data that shows consumers are nearly always plugged in and are increasingly updating and adding content to their phones and other connected devices.

In addition, the research shows that consumers, especially Millennials, expect and demand a seamless and consistent experience when downloading digital content. Other findings illustrate the hunger for consuming digital content on smart phones, tablets, computers and gaming consoles. Forty nine percent of Millennials report that they are more likely to download content than just one year ago, versus 43% of all respondents. However, 75% of those surveyed currently find downloading content frustrating, especially when it takes too long to complete, gets interrupted, or simply doesn’t work.

"There’s a clear shift underway to a connected society demanding a...

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Jun 25
Wearables in Automotive: A Solution In Search Of a...

A recent study from the In-vehicle UX group at Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) surveying consumers in the US and Western Europe has confirmed low interest in wearables for automotive use-cases.

While younger males and luxury car owners appeared to be most interested in the US, strong interest was below 20% across all Western European segments. Despite the market for wearables (and in particular smartwatches) poised for strong growth, wearables in automotive remain arguably a solution in search of a problem.

Investigating two key use cases for wearables in the car - i) detecting and monitoring a driver’s medical condition (i.e. a supplementary heart rate monitor); and ii) remote functionality, (such as remote start or automatic parking) – Strategy Analytics noted that interest in the use of wearables for on-board heart rate monitors was below 45% for both regions. Further,...

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Jun 24
451 Research: IoT/M2M connections to increase nearly...

A new report from 451 Research (www.451research.com), an information technology research and advisory company, says cellular Internet of Things (IoT) and machine to machine (M2M) connections will increase nearly fourfold globally from 252 million in 2014 to 908 million in 2019. A monumental increase in active cellular IoT/M2M connections will be driven by a number of key factors, according to 451 Research.

First, hardware and bandwidth costs have dropped to a point where nearly every enterprise can reap the benefits of virtualizing the physical world. Second, cloud-based middleware and data platforms are making it easier to securely generate insights from machine data at greater scale than ever before possible. Last, the buzz around this topic is generating overall awareness of the transformational potential of IoT/M2M in terms of return-on-investment, competitiveness and support of completely new business...

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12:11
Rapper recorded album by posting up at NYC Apple...

A New York-based rapper has taken the phrase "demo unit" quite literally, saying that he parked himself at Apple's SoHo store in Manhattan five days a week, for sixteen weeks, so he could use the store's display computers to record a full-length album.

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10:25
Amazon brings Cloud Drive media, document access to...

Amazon on Monday released an official iOS client for Cloud Drive, allowing people to access content from the file storage service on their iPhone or iPad.

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09:36
What Apple Music Connect needs to succeed

Apple Music’s Connect is designed to foster connections between artists and fans, but there’s not much to love yet on either front. For listeners, Connect is pretty bare-bones and hasn’t offered much in the way of new content. Musician and iOS app designer Dave Wiskus says it’s not great for artists yet, either.

In a Friday blog post, Wiskus detailed his near-disastrous attempt at uploading a new song to share on Connect.

Embedding a song to share on the platform is riddled with difficulties, a far cry from the ease of uploading to SoundCloud. Artists have to make the clip they want to post available in My Music, which requires importing the track to iTunes (which can be its own special kind of hell). Posting the track can be glitchy—the form artists have to fill out wouldn’t allow...

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09:26
How to catch every song Beats 1 plays

Thanks to Twitter, you can find every song that gets played on Beats 1

Here's a scenario you might find familiar. You're listening to Beats 1 when a great song comes on that you haven't heard before. You try to add it to your collection but it's not available. You search the iTunes Store but it's not there either. In the meantime, the song is over. What was it again? Drat, I forgot. Oh well. 

I was complaining about this on Twitter this morning when Kristoffer Tsinontas pointed me to the Twitter account Beats1 Plays. This unofficial account live-tweets every track that's being played on Beats 1. In the scenario above, I could simply hop on Twitter and see the very song I missed. 

Regarding those songs we can't add to our libraries, I'm not sure...

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08:40
Purported 'iPhone 6s' schematics back...

An alleged schematic for Apple's next-generation "iPhone 6s" may support claims that the device will be marginally thicker than its predecessor, presumably owing to design additions such as Force Touch.

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08:09
Let us know what you think of iOS 8.4/Apple Music

iOS 8.4 is out and with it, Apple has launched its new Apple Music subscription streaming service.

While nothing has apparently caught fire yet and cats and dogs have yet to begin interspecies dating as a result of the update and launch, we’d like to know what you think of it, for better or for worse.

So, as always, let us know what’s gone right, what needs improvement, what’s driving you nuts about the new operating system and the new Apple Music service and what’s on your mind.

And it isn’t that I MIND cats and dogs interspecies dating, it’s just awkward when they lower the lights and begin slow dancing across my living room floor…

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08:04
Find your “Pluto Time”

NASA:

If you go outside at (a particular) time on a clear day, the world around you will be as bright as the surface of Pluto at noon.

It’s always Pluto Time somewhere, and NASA wants to see your view. New Horizons will become the first spacecraft to have a close encounter with Pluto. After the historic flyby on July 14, 2015, we’ll combine as many submitted images as we can into a mosaic image of Pluto and its moons.

Here in Chilliwack, BC, my “Pluto Time” is tonight at 9:20 PM PDT. I’ll definitely be outside taking a picture for NASA.

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07:49
Amazon Invents the New Black Friday: Prime Day

Amazon is creating its own Black Friday, but it's called Prime Day and it's on a Wednesday. The online retailer is using its special one-day event on July 15 to celebrate its 20th anniversary, and the special deals will be for Amazon Prime members only.

The Mac Observer Spin: Amazon has selling down to a science so of course the company has found a great way to exploit its 20th anniversary and drive up Prime subscriptions at the same time.


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07:48
Amazon releases Cloud Drive file management app for...

Amazon has just launched a dedicated iOS app for its Cloud Drive service, bringing an iPhone and iPad experience to the service that was previously only available through desktop apps and a recently launched Android mobile app.

Before the launch of the Cloud Drive app for iOS this weekend, Amazon allowed users to access content from the cloud service through various apps such as Amazon Photos (aka Cloud Drive Photos) and...

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07:42
Leaked iPhone 6S schematic shows minimal exterior...

If nothing else, a leaked schematic should do the trick.

The cool cats at Engadget Japan have published what’s apparently a schematic of the upcoming iPhone 6S, which came from a source in the Chinese supply chain. The schematic shows a handset with only minimal changes from the current iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

In truth, the changes to the handset’s thickness appear to be imperceptible, as the thickness marked on the schematic is 7.1mm – just 0.2mm thicker than the iPhone 6, and the exact same thickness as the iPhone Plus.

With these relatively unchanged numbers, it seems possible that your current iPhone 6 and 6 Plus case will fit the new model...

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07:39
The real voice of Siri explains her work

Susan Bennett, the original voice of Siri, talks about voicing Siri and the fact that her real voice sounds so much different than what comes out of your phone:

“A Siri-like voice is still, at this point in time, very robotic,” she says. “The pitch is a little bit lower…it’s not as evenly paced as if you were speaking naturally.” She told me that few people recognize her on the street, since her speaking voice is different.

Watch the video. Absolutely love this.

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07:21
Google's Waze mapping service launches...

As Apple looks to expand its Maps effort with public transit information, Google its taking its Waze service in a different direction, debuting a new ride sharing feature that is being tested in Israel.

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07:19
Claimed iPhone 6S schematic matches our report of...

Engadget Japan has shown a purported schematic of the iPhone 6S which it attributes to a reliable source in the Chinese supply chain. While the diagram does not appear to have originated from Apple, the design and marked dimensions are consistent with casing photos we obtained from a proven source.

We noted that any change in thickness was imperceptible, and the thickness marked on the schematic is 7.1mm – just 0.2mm thicker than the iPhone 6, and the exact same thickness as the iPhone 6 Plus. This also matches (...

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07:01
GoPro launches compact, single-button Hero4 Session...

GoPro on Monday announced a new $400 action camera, the Hero4 Session, a cube-shaped device said to be half as big and 40 percent lighter than other Hero4 models, while still offering many of the same features including wireless connectivity to Apple's iPhone.

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06:52
Rapper claims he recorded entire album on display...

Rapper Prince Harvey claims that when his first computer died and his second was stolen, he recorded his entire album in the SoHo Apple Store in Manhattan. The Daily Beast reports that he visited the store every weekday for four consecutive months.

After a second computer failure left him without a means to record his album and no money to buy a replacement, Prince finished recording the vocals and backing instrumental tracks for his new album entirely in that one Apple Store.

We’re not saying it didn’t happen, and that this is just an attempt by an unknown artist to create a cool-sounding story as a publicity stunt, but we do note that it’s...

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06:32
Worries about sales of Samsung's Galaxy S6...

Korean investors have begun to back off their formerly hopeful predictions that Samsung's updated flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone could mitigate the conglomerate's recent financial freefall, thanks to seemingly lackluster sales of the new handsets.

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06:31
Salon: The origins of Steve Jobs’ and Apple’s success

An interesting analysis of Apple’s move from the brink of failure to the largest company in the world.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:08
How to set a sleep timer for Beats 1 and Apple Music

Rene Ritchie, writing for iMore, tells you how to set a timer that turns off your music (whether it be a playlist or Beats 1) after a specific amount of time.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:01
Infographic: Social networks by followers and age

Fascinating look at the age group demographics of each of the major social networks. Pay attention to the numbers that show where the major growth is for each.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:56
Apple Music, the App Store and human curation

Jean-Louis Gassée, writing for Monday Note, discusses the difference between algorithm and human curation and makes the point that Apple should use the Apple Music approach on the App Store.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:47
External Link: Revisiting “Is Safari the New...

Developer Nolan Lawson has penned a followup to his “Safari is the new IE” blog post, apologizing for some of it, but emphasizing his original points that Safari is not keeping up with Web standards, Apple is too secretive, and Apple acts like a monopoly by not allowing other rendering engines on iOS. But most of all, he’s frustrated with Apple’s lack of interaction with the Web developer community. Lawson links all of the recent meetups and conferences, which Apple has skipped, to the fact that the Web is fast becoming the world’s most advanced cross-platform application runtime.

 

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...

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05:29
Debunk: iPhone 6S keynote date of Friday, September...

Chinese blog report that claims to reveal the date of the keynote announcing the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus is being picked up by some media outlets. According to the blog, sources inside the Foxconn supply chain have stated that the keynote will take place on Friday 11th September, with the phones going on sale a week later on the 18th.

Leaving aside the uncomfortable anniversary of the Sept 11th attacks and the fact that Apple is extremely unlikely to choose a Friday for its keynote (it generally opts for early in the week, to maximise media coverage prior to new iPhones going on...

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Rumor Scanner

Monday July 6

10:56
While Samsung has invented a new TV Remote with Touch Co...

Today our Patently Mobile IP blog posted a new report covering one of Samsung's latest inventions relating to a next generation remote controller.

| Read more »
08:04
Purported Schematic Suggests 'iPhone 6s' Could...

A purported schematic for the so-called "iPhone 6s" obtained by Engadget Japan (via BGR) reveals that the next-generation smartphone could have a thickness of 7.1mm, a slight increase over the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which measure 6.9mm and 7.1mm respectively. The schematic also suggests that the "iPhone 6s" will still have a home button, while all other buttons and ports remain unchanged.

The slight 0.2mm increase in thickness could be the result of Apple adding pressure-sensing Force Touch technology to the next iPhone, enabling the smartphone's display to distinguish between a light tap and firmer press and complete different actions accordingly. The "iPhone 6s" is also rumored to adopt...

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05:01
Pegatron Subsidiary Cranks up Hiring for iPhone that goe...

On Friday we reported that Apple's two main iPhone OEMs Foxconn and Pegatron have started to stock up on iPhone parts as they prepare to start production. Today the supply chain news is reporting that a subsidiary of Pegatron ...

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Saturday July 4

15:30
Apple Sued for Over 'Ion-X' Glass Branding

A Company by the name of Saxon Glass Technologies is suing Apple for trademark infringement.

| Read more »
10:36
A Look at Apple's War on Big Data and Far Beyond

A new report published today notes that Tim Cook has launched an assault on Google and Facebook’s Big Data model, even as most consumers remain in the dark about how companies use their personal information. Two different reports and two different privacy centric surveys were recently conducted on the matter with results that provide us with an insightful overview of the matter.

| Read more »
06:04
Apple Music Scores "Phenomenal" Eminem Music V...

Today, a new exclusive video from Eminem launched on Apple Music called "Phenomenal." The opening scene is noted in our cover graphic.

| Read more »

Friday July 3

09:24
Samsung Sued in China for Unremovable Bloatware

According to news that broke last night, a consumer protection group in China is suing Samsung Electronics and a Chinese vendor for placing too many preinstalled apps on phones, ...

| Read more »
08:40
Ericsson Files Two Letter Rogatory Motions with the Cour...

In February of this year, Ericsson filed nine patent infringement lawsuits against Apple. Today it's being revealed by court sources that Ericsson has filed two motions in respect to their patent infringement lawsuits against Apple Inc. Both motions are in the form of "Letter Rogatory,"...

| Read more »
08:04
'iPhone 6s' Logic Board Suggests 16GB Base Mod...

New images of the logic board from the next-generation "iPhone 6s" have been obtained by 9to5Mac, a few days after the site shared photos from an unnamed source which showed that a new, updated Qualcomm LTE chip could be in store for the iPhone this year. Today's images suggest that, on top of the Qualcomm chip's faster LTE speeds and increased energy efficiency, the iPhone 6s will include fewer chips that are collectively more efficient, updated NFC hardware for Apple Pay, and likely the same 16GB entry-level capacity seen on current iPhones.

The Toshiba flash memory chip shown in the photos has a 16GB capacity based on the "G7" in the part number, and was built using a 19nm production process. This suggests that the new line of iPhones this year will once again offer a starting storage option of 16GB, likely...

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04:55
Copycat Samsung has Filed for the "S6 Edge +"...

Patently Apple was first to report that Samsung was going to change tactics against the iPhone 6 by moving or at least adding a Galaxy S6 Edge phone with a 5.7"display. While the 5.7" display has been reserved for their Galaxy Note, it would now appear...

| Read more »
03:29
Production of Apple's Next-Gen iPhones set to Begin

According to a new supply chain report today, makers in the iPhone supply chain have started delivering parts and components to the two iPhone OEMs ...

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Thursday July 2

15:53
Apple's European "OS X El Capitan" Tradem...

Today the European Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark filing for "OS X El Capitan." There's an interesting twist to this filing that could be significant if Apple ever decided to act on it. It's an element ...

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14:20
New Enterprise Computing Study Shows Tablets and Hybrid...

The latest IDC study published today on tablets being adopted by European enterprises in the U.K, France and Germany show that the tablet as a category is falling into two distinct camps. The market is bifurcated and will continue to be so going forward between standalone tablets and the newer tablet-notebook hybrid.

| Read more »
12:51
Apple Reportedly Considering Samsung's new Thinner...

While it was known that LG was originally the exclusive Apple Watch display supplier and likely to have extended that contract, a new Korean report says that Apple is now talking to Samsung ...

| Read more »
12:05
How Apple Music's Liking System Works to Customize...

Apple Music's main draw is its focus on curation and its ability to learn about your music preferences to provide recommendations that suit your tastes. Apple's new Music app focuses heavily on content discovery, with an entire "For You" section dedicated to recommendations.

According to Apple, its music experts "handpick songs, artists, and albums based on what you listen to and like," and this content is what populates the "For You" section. Apple's explained that "For You" recommendations get better over time based on "whether you love a song or not," but the company hasn't explicitly spelled out how to best use likes and listens to better tailor Apple Music to your tastes.

To clear up confusion on how recommendations work, The Loop's Jim Dalrymple has spoken directly with Apple to get some insight on how the "Like" feature in Apple Music works to affect...

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11:59
Apple Recently Met with Major Card Companies in Korea wi...

A new Asian report published today claims that Apple is preparing Apple Pay for use in the Korean market in the first half of 2016. Apple recently had a private meeting ...

| Read more »
10:27
Apple Rethinks the Home Button for Touch ID in a Creativ...

Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals yet another method of integrating Touch ID into an iDevice like the iPhone. Apple illustrates that they could easily hide the Touch ID's biometric circuitry within ...

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07:46
Apple Working on new Apple Pay Wallet service for Person...

Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a possible new method to allow two iPhone users with Touch ID to make a private sales transaction.

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04:57
'iPhone 6s' Again Rumored to Feature 12MP Came...

A sketchy and unconfirmed internal document posted by an alleged Foxconn employee on Chinese microblogging website Weibo (via PhoneArena) corroborates rumors that the next-generation iPhone could feature a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with 4K video recording and 240 FPS slow-motion capabilities.

Weibo user KJuma has since removed the pair of leaked documents he shared on the Twitter-like service, but not before the images began making their rounds on the web. The documents also corroborate multiple rumors claiming the so-called iPhone 6s ("N66") and iPhone 6s Plus ("N71") will have 2GB of RAM.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a respectable track record at...

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Wednesday July 1

19:05
Jony Ive Officially Takes 'Chief Design Officer...

Apple senior executive Jonathan Ive has officially assumed the role of "Chief Design Officer" at Apple effective today, after being promoted from his previous role of "Senior Vice President of Design" nearly six weeks ago. Apple has updated Ive's executive profile on its leadership website to reflect the design chief's new position as Apple's third active C-level executive alongside CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri.

Apple announced in a company-wide email last month that Ive would be promoted to Chief Design Officer on July 1 and turn over his day-to-day management of the company's design teams to Richard Howarth and Alan Dye, who have both been elevated to vice president positions. Ive will remain responsible for all of Apple's design, with a focus on redesigning Apple Stores and other larger projects.Jony is one of the most...

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Documentation Scanner

Monday July 6

06:54
Identify your iPad model

Find out which iPad model you have.

| Read more »

Sunday July 5

07:00
Unix Signals

When you run a kill command to stop a process from bash or the javax.realtime.POSIXSignalHandler class, you’re sending what’s known as a POSIX signal to the process. These signals can be called via their numeric representations or the signal (e.g. with the -s option of the kill command). Signals include the following:

  • 1: SIGHUP – Close the controlling terminal when the controlling process dies
  • 2: SIGINT – Send a keyboard interrupt
  • 3: SIGQUIT – Quit from a keyboard/terminal
  • 4: SIGILL – Terminate illegal instruction with a core dump and don’t restart
  • 5: SIGTRAP – Send a trace/break trap (with core dump)
  • 6: SIGABRT – Process an abort signal
  • 7: SIGEMT – Send the signal when emulator traps happen
  • 8:SIGFPE – Terminate floating point errors (erroneous arithmetic operations) with a core dump
  • 9: SIGKILL – Kill a signal outright (kill cannot be ignored)
  • 10: SIGBUS – Terminate access (some portion of...
| Read more »

Saturday July 4

16:06
Boot Camp: Multi-Touch trackpad gestures

Learn how to use your MacBook or MacBook Pro trackpad in Windows for secondary clicking, dragging, scrolling, and more.

| Read more »
15:58
Identifying legitimate emails from the iTunes Store

Learn how to identify legitimate emails from the iTunes Store.
 

| Read more »
15:49
Choosing good passwords in Mac OS X

Mac OS X is designed to give you a safe and secure computing environment, often by the use of passwords. One of the best things you can do to keep your information and computer secure is to use good, hard-to-guess passwords.

| Read more »
11:31
Using USB 3 devices on Mac computers FAQ

Learn more about using USB 3 ports and devices on Mac computers.

| Read more »
10:44
Promise VTrak: Configuring for optimal performance

Configure Promise VTrak RAIDs for best performance using the guidelines in this article.

| Read more »
10:15
Wireless carrier support and features for iPhone in...

Choose your region to learn about the wireless carriers in your country.

| Read more »
07:00
Bash: A Silly wc Example

The wc command is used to count words, characters and lines. Here, we’ll run it a few different ways. -l shows the number of lines in a file. For example, in my home directory, I can use it to see how many lines are in my .gitconfig file:

wc -l .gitconfig

This would output something like the following:

11 .gitconfig

Or count the number of characters with -c:

wc -c .gitconfig

Or check the number of words:

wc -w .gitconfig

You can also run it against multiple files. For example, here I’ll check the number of lines in both my .gitconfig file and my .gitignore_global files:

wc -l .gitconfig .gitignore_global

Let’s say I have a list of numbers and I want to take an average of them. I can use this to quickly figure out how many numbers I have (and so will divide by) before tallying them up.

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Friday July 3

19:19
If you can't see images for Apple Music...

To see images for playlists, albums, and artists in Apple Music, your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch must be connected to the Internet.

| Read more »
10:00
Remove All Files Except jamf.log From A Directory

You can redirect a log file into a given directory. That directory, if it has other stuff in it, can get out of control. So, here, we’re going to remove all files except that file using the find command:

find * ! -name jamf.log -type f -delete

Once run, the jamf.log is the last file left in the directory.

| Read more »
07:00
Statistical Models and Same Sex Marriage

As you’ve likely heard, if you live in the United States (and possibly elsewhere), same sex marriage has now been legalized. And it’s legal in Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Denmark, France, Brazil, Uruguay, New Zealand, Britain, Luxembourg, Finland and Ireland already. The trend to legalize same sex marriage started in 2001. And it’s been gaining popularity. At some point, it’s likely that same sex marriage will be universally legal. But when?

 

Let’s ask Excel, using polynomial trendlines. To get started, let’s look at how many countries have legalized same sex marriage. The below spreadsheet lays out how many countries have legalized same sex marriage to date, and when.

To then see a trend line, we’ll add a chart element, selecting Add Chart Element and then select...

| Read more »

Thursday July 2

19:34
One or more keys on the keyboard do not respond

If some or all of the keys on your Apple keyboard don't seem to be working, use these tips to troubleshoot.

| Read more »
19:30
OS X: Manually migrating data from another Mac

 If your computer is too old to work with Migration Assistant, you can manually copy your data from one computer to another using these steps.

| Read more »
19:19
Locating vendor information

Learn how to find information about a third-party product vendor.

| Read more »
18:53
Upgrading from Xsan 1.4.2 to Xsan 2.x

Follow these instructions to upgrade your Xsan 1.4.2 SAN to Xsan 2.

| Read more »
17:11
Using the USB-C port and adapters on your MacBook (...

Learn about the power, data-transfer, and video capabilities of the USB-C port and USB-C adapters for your MacBook.

| Read more »
16:04
About EFI and SMC firmware updates for Intel-based...

This article lists firmware updates available as standalone installers for Intel-based Mac computers.

| Read more »
15:09
Create and modify share destinations in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to create and modify share destinations in Final Cut Pro X.

| Read more »
15:08
Use 3D Text in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to use 3D text in Final Cut Pro X.

| Read more »
15:08
Use clip effects in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to use clip effects in Final Cut Pro X.

| Read more »
15:08
Import media in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to import media in Final Cut Pro X.

| Read more »

Documentation Scanner

Monday July 6

06:54
Identify your iPad model

Find out which iPad model you have.

| Read more »

Sunday July 5

07:00
Unix Signals

When you run a kill command to stop a process from bash or the javax.realtime.POSIXSignalHandler class, you’re sending what’s known as a POSIX signal to the process. These signals can be called via their numeric representations or the signal (e.g. with the -s option of the kill command). Signals include the following:

  • 1: SIGHUP – Close the controlling terminal when the controlling process dies
  • 2: SIGINT – Send a keyboard interrupt
  • 3: SIGQUIT – Quit from a keyboard/terminal
  • 4: SIGILL – Terminate illegal instruction with a core dump and don’t restart
  • 5: SIGTRAP – Send a trace/break trap (with core dump)
  • 6: SIGABRT – Process an abort signal
  • 7: SIGEMT – Send the signal when emulator traps happen
  • 8:SIGFPE – Terminate floating point errors (erroneous arithmetic operations) with a core dump
  • 9: SIGKILL – Kill a signal outright (kill cannot be ignored)
  • 10: SIGBUS – Terminate access (some portion of...
| Read more »

Saturday July 4

16:06
Boot Camp: Multi-Touch trackpad gestures

Learn how to use your MacBook or MacBook Pro trackpad in Windows for secondary clicking, dragging, scrolling, and more.

| Read more »
15:58
Identifying legitimate emails from the iTunes Store

Learn how to identify legitimate emails from the iTunes Store.
 

| Read more »
15:49
Choosing good passwords in Mac OS X

Mac OS X is designed to give you a safe and secure computing environment, often by the use of passwords. One of the best things you can do to keep your information and computer secure is to use good, hard-to-guess passwords.

| Read more »
11:31
Using USB 3 devices on Mac computers FAQ

Learn more about using USB 3 ports and devices on Mac computers.

| Read more »
10:44
Promise VTrak: Configuring for optimal performance

Configure Promise VTrak RAIDs for best performance using the guidelines in this article.

| Read more »
10:15
Wireless carrier support and features for iPhone in...

Choose your region to learn about the wireless carriers in your country.

| Read more »
07:00
Bash: A Silly wc Example

The wc command is used to count words, characters and lines. Here, we’ll run it a few different ways. -l shows the number of lines in a file. For example, in my home directory, I can use it to see how many lines are in my .gitconfig file:

wc -l .gitconfig

This would output something like the following:

11 .gitconfig

Or count the number of characters with -c:

wc -c .gitconfig

Or check the number of words:

wc -w .gitconfig

You can also run it against multiple files. For example, here I’ll check the number of lines in both my .gitconfig file and my .gitignore_global files:

wc -l .gitconfig .gitignore_global

Let’s say I have a list of numbers and I want to take an average of them. I can use this to quickly figure out how many numbers I have (and so will divide by) before tallying them up.

| Read more »

Friday July 3

19:19
If you can't see images for Apple Music...

To see images for playlists, albums, and artists in Apple Music, your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch must be connected to the Internet.

| Read more »
10:00
Remove All Files Except jamf.log From A Directory

You can redirect a log file into a given directory. That directory, if it has other stuff in it, can get out of control. So, here, we’re going to remove all files except that file using the find command:

find * ! -name jamf.log -type f -delete

Once run, the jamf.log is the last file left in the directory.

| Read more »
07:00
Statistical Models and Same Sex Marriage

As you’ve likely heard, if you live in the United States (and possibly elsewhere), same sex marriage has now been legalized. And it’s legal in Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Denmark, France, Brazil, Uruguay, New Zealand, Britain, Luxembourg, Finland and Ireland already. The trend to legalize same sex marriage started in 2001. And it’s been gaining popularity. At some point, it’s likely that same sex marriage will be universally legal. But when?

 

Let’s ask Excel, using polynomial trendlines. To get started, let’s look at how many countries have legalized same sex marriage. The below spreadsheet lays out how many countries have legalized same sex marriage to date, and when.

To then see a trend line, we’ll add a chart element, selecting Add Chart Element and then select...

| Read more »

Thursday July 2

19:34
One or more keys on the keyboard do not respond

If some or all of the keys on your Apple keyboard don't seem to be working, use these tips to troubleshoot.

| Read more »
19:30
OS X: Manually migrating data from another Mac

 If your computer is too old to work with Migration Assistant, you can manually copy your data from one computer to another using these steps.

| Read more »
19:19
Locating vendor information

Learn how to find information about a third-party product vendor.

| Read more »
18:53
Upgrading from Xsan 1.4.2 to Xsan 2.x

Follow these instructions to upgrade your Xsan 1.4.2 SAN to Xsan 2.

| Read more »
17:11
Using the USB-C port and adapters on your MacBook (...

Learn about the power, data-transfer, and video capabilities of the USB-C port and USB-C adapters for your MacBook.

| Read more »
16:04
About EFI and SMC firmware updates for Intel-based...

This article lists firmware updates available as standalone installers for Intel-based Mac computers.

| Read more »
15:09
Create and modify share destinations in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to create and modify share destinations in Final Cut Pro X.

| Read more »
15:08
Use 3D Text in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to use 3D text in Final Cut Pro X.

| Read more »
15:08
Use clip effects in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to use clip effects in Final Cut Pro X.

| Read more »
15:08
Import media in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to import media in Final Cut Pro X.

| Read more »

Technology Showcase

Sep 17
Video showcases iOS app built with Xojo

Xojo Inc., the company formerly known as Real Software, has posted a video of an iOS app that was built with Xojo. Xojo is an object-oriented, cross-platform software development tool that enables developers to create software for OS X, Windows, Linux, the web and mobile.

The video showcases all the native controls and gives an overview of Xojo's support for building iOS apps. Building native iOS apps with Xojo is the same as building a web or desktop app as you do today. You can view the video at http://tinyurl.com/nvexpk7 .

Developers can use the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) of Xojo for free, and will only need to purchase a license once they want to build a distributable version of their application. Licenses are purchased per target platform, including Web, Desktop, Database, Console, and Xojo Pro, which is a bundle license that includes all deployment licenses plus an added...

| Read more »
Feb 14
A look at SkySafari for iOS, Mac OS X and 2012 DA14

This Friday, Feb. 15, a 180,000-ton asteroid with the thrilling name of "2012 DA14" will fly past the Earth. Don't worry, we're not talking a "Deep Impact" scenario. Which is good, right? And you can follow the asteroid using Apple devices.

The 50-meter space rock will come within 17,200 miles of earth -- that's closer than our orbiting geosynchronous communication satellites. Although we don't have to worry about a collision, the passage of 2012 DA14 is a record close approach to the Earth for an object of this size.

Southern Stars has released update to its SkySafari Plus and Pro apps for iOS, Mac OS X, and Android to let you track 2012 DA14. If you want to track the asteroid you'll want the updated apps. Why? Because the Earth's gravity affects the asteroid's orbit so severely, most desktop planetarium programs -- and all other mobile apps -- will completely fail to predict the asteroid's position correctly, says Southern Stars founder Tim DeBenedictis.

...

| Read more »
Jan 05
Fusion Drive now available on entry-level iMacs

Apple's Fusion Drive Apple is available as a build-to-order option for the 21.5-inch, 2.7GHz 21.5-inch iMac model. Previously, it was only offered for the high-end 21.5-inchers and the 27-inch iMac.

Apple says the Fusion Drive gives customers the performance of flash storage and the capacity of a hard drive. It combines 128GB of flash with a standard 1TB or 3TB hard drive to create a single storage volume that intelligently manages files to optimize read and write performance. Apple says the Fusion Drive adapts to the way you use your iMac and automatically moves the files and apps you use most often to flash storage to enable faster performance and quicker access.

| Read more »
May 02
Satechi Divoom iBase Dock Station available for iOS...

Satechi (http://www.Satechi.net) has released the Divoom iBase Dock Station for the iPod, iPhone or iPad. The US$44.99 device combines a speaker system and docking station.

The Satechi Divoom iBase Dock Station features four full range neodymium dynamic drivers and a 20.6 ounce speaker. Additionally, it has a vertical support to ensure the iOS device is secured in place. The Satechi Divoom iBase Dock Station is also compatible with other MP3 players via the 3.5mm line-in jack.

| Read more »
Dec 16
Appcelerator offers '4 Steps to creating a mobile...

Appcelerator has published a white paper on "4 Steps to creating a mobile development strategy."

"Companies now have a window of opportunity to think about how mobile can transform their business as radically as the web did," says AppCelerator. "By making mobile a part of their overall digital strategy, companies can transform their relationships with their customers in even greater ways than they did with the web."

The white paper tells you how this can be accomplished. Appcelerator (http://www.appcelerator.com/) is a company that helps web developers create mobile, tablet and desktop applications.

| Read more »
Sep 19
InterMapper publishes white papers on network...

InterMapper has published four white papers on network monitoring, mapping and alerting and InterMapper. You can find them all at
http://www.intermapper.com/resources/whitepapers.aspx .

The papers look at "Top 8 reasons SMBs need to monitor their networks," "top 8 considerations for selecting SMB network monitoring software," "10 steps to streamline the deployment of network monitoring software for SMBs," and "6 ways to calculate returns from your networking monitoring investment."

InterMapper is Mac OS X compatible network monitoring software. It uses SNMP to monitor the network infrastructure, and has probes for monitoring many kinds of servers, including web, mail, LDAP, FTP, etc. More information and a free 30-day demo are available at the product Web site (...

| Read more »
Aug 11
Video tour of new Data Rescue Center headquarters...

The Data Rescue Center, a a data recovery company founded in 2009 and a division of Prosoft Engineering, recently opened a new state-of-the-art headquarters in Livermore, California. You can get a video tour of it at http://www.thedatarescuecenter.com/company_background.html .

In June of 2010, the Data Rescue Center and Prosoft Engineering finalized the purchase of a building in Livermore near the Lawrence Livermore National Lab. Work immediately began on the design and construction of the new recovery lab facility.

In late January of 2011, both The Data Rescue Center and Prosoft Engineering moved all operations to this new facility. It boasts a Class 2 UL-Listed Vault and extensive security features.

The ISO 5 / Class 100 Cleanroom exceeds all manufacturers specifications for cleanroom recovery environments, according to...

| Read more »
Mar 11
Video looks at 'Fixing Flat Color in Final Cut...

Future Media Concepts has posted a video on "Fixing Flat Color in Final Cut Pro." It teaches you how to make your colors "pop" in footage in Final Cut Pro. You can find it at
http://www.fmctraining.com/fmc.asp?w=blip_AYHdkS4C .

Future Media Concepts is a digital media training center representing the leading software manufacturers, including Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Boris FX, Digidesign, NewTek and Softimage. Headquartered in New York City, FMC now operates 5 additional digital media training facilities located in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Orlando and Chicago.

| Read more »
Oct 04
Video showcases Zco's services

Zco Corp. (http://www.zco.com) has posted an overview video for their technology showcase. You can view it here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzE89z-jexA .

Zco can help you build custom software, as well as market it. The company developsb oth industrial strength backend applications using .NET, PHP and Java as well as apps for all major mobile platforms, including the iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone 7, WebOS and Symbian.

Zco can also help you promote your products and services using search engine optimization and social media optimization techniques, HD video, stunning graphics, 3D animation and video effects, press releases, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Google, Yahoo and Bing.

| Read more »
Aug 26
Video looks at digital storytelling features of...

A new online video (http://www.memoryminer.com) shows some of the best ways for using MemoryMiner, a digital storytelling application for Mac OS X. Designed an an complement the iLife suite, the software is all about capturing and exploring your life memories.

MemoryMiner allows anyone to zero in on the stories depicted in their photos by linking them to each other based on people, places and time. While photos are used as the starting point, the goal is always uncovering the backstory.

With MemoryMiner, you can directly record audio or video to capture the backstory of a photo. You can attach documents, web URL's, or other media to add depth and context. Each photo becomes a frame in a storyboard that can be browsed by periods in a person's life, where people overlap, by place, by time, or any combination.

MemoryMiner requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs...

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