Drink from the Firehose...
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Drink from the Firehose...

Thursday April 17

11:38
Apps: Baby Bundle, Breeze, Helpouts + iOOTP Baseball...

The recently released free Baby Bundle app from Nicab Inc claims to be “the first all-in-one parenting app developed by a pediatric expert.” The app offers a free daily activity monitor for sleeping, feeding, diaper changing, and pumping, a parenting guide, and an interactive forum for parents to offer…

| Read more »
11:36
Facebook unveils new 'Nearby Friends'...

Facebook users will now have an easier time meeting up with friends at social events or planning group activities using the social network's new Nearby Friends feature, an opt-in service that alerts friends when they are close to each other.



| Read more »
11:30
Daily Deals for April 17, 2014, featuring Name Your...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. Don't forget to check out our "Today in the App Store" post that singles...

| Read more »
11:24
Briefly: RunKeeper's new Breeze app, Beamer 2.0

RunKeeper has launched a new, passive step tracking app today, entitled Breeze. By constantly tracking motion with the M7 chip found within the iPhone 5s, Breeze offers its users a personal coaching feature, in the form of push notifications and updates regarding one's activity levels. The following day, Breeze details a summary of the previous day's activities and stats. Users can share their completed goals, high activity level days, and a general activity profile with friends on Facebook, Twitter, RunKeeper and elsewhere. Free to download, Breeze requires iOS 7.0 or later and an iPhone 5s f...



...

| Read more »
11:16
All MacTech Sites Restored after HostGator Outage

Yesterday, HostGator (one of MacTech's providers) experienced yet another long period outage that affected customers across their base. While HostGator stayed initially quiet on the outage, they continued to say throughout the outage that only a "small number" of customers ... given the number of complaints now posted, that was clearly not the case.

Only MacTech's periphery sites were impacted, and those sites are now fully back up (if you continue to see a "Yeah, we know." page talking about the outage, please let us know.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

| Read more »
11:00
Heartbleed Update: OpenVPN isn’t Safe, Either

As if the fact that the heartbleed bug wasn't already causing enough trouble for OPenSSL, it's a problem for OpenVPN, too. Just as hackers can exploit a code flaw in outdated versions of OpenSSL to potentially gain the secret keys to decrypt Internet traffic, they can do the same with OpenVPN, and one VPN operator has figured out exactly how it's done.


| Read more »
11:00
Video Flashback: Steve Jobs and Scott Forstall...

When Apple rolled out the App Store in July of 2008, it gave developers the ability to take an already revolutionary device like the iPhone and take it to unforeseen heights. While mobile apps up to that point were often clunky affairs that featured...

| Read more »
10:54
Chinese Company Creates 3D-Printed Houses


Shanghai WinSun Decoration Design Engineering, a Shanghai-based company, has created 10 3D-printed houses. Each house reportedly cost less than $5,000 and took less than 24 hours to construct. The printer used to create the homes was about 100 feet long, 33 feet wide and more than 20 feet tall. The "ink" was made from high-grade cement and glass fiber. The houses may not be up to snuff for 3D printing purists: They were not printed as a single item, but rather in parts that were later pieced together.

| Read more »
10:30
Facebook rolling out new location-sharing feature...

Facebook announced today it will be rolling out a new social feature to its mobile app called Nearby Friends. The feature allows Facebook users to occasionally receive notifications when common friends are in similar locations similar to features offered by Foursquare and Apple’s Find My Friends service.

If you turn on Nearby Friends, you’ll occasionally be notified when friends are nearby, so you can get in touch with them and meet up. For example, when you’re headed to the movies, Nearby Friends will let you know if friends are nearby so you can see the movie together or meet up afterward.

...

| Read more »
10:24
Apple online store begins carrying refurbished...

For the first time, Apple's online store has begun selling refurbished versions of the Retina iPad mini. The option drops the price of a 16GB Wi-Fi model to $339, $60 less than its usual cost. 32GB has been reduced $80 to $419, and 64GB models have been cut $90 to $509. Cellular-equipped Minis aren't yet available in refurb form....



| Read more »
10:14
AltConf

AltConf is a free, community driven and supported event, held in downtown San Francisco alongside Apple’s WWDC, 2nd – 6th June 2014. Hosted at a fantastic venue right across the street from Moscone West and featuring a host of amazing speakers from across the industry, AltConf 2014 is shaping up to be a fantastic event.

Love this event.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
10:13
iPhone Apps: Pinnacle Studio, Figure, Tangent
10:01
9to5Toys Last Call: Netgear AC routers 30% off, Nest...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS Feed,FacebookGoogle+ and subscribe to the new Safari push notifications feature.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

| Read more »
10:00
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft arrives on iPad with...

When new games make the trip from PC to mobile it's usually a dumbed-down affair, but Blizzard's fantastic Warcraft-inspired collectable card game is anything but dumb in its iPad debut. In short, it's just as addictive, gorgeous, and slick as the...

| Read more »
09:50
Sonos plans software update to make speaker system...

Sonos is testing a software update for its wireless speaker system that removes the need for a physical connection to the home network. The software would allow for the system's SonosNet network to operate with one of the speakers accessing the local Wi-Fi network, and avoiding wiring either a speaker or the Sonos Bridge wireless networking device to a router....



| Read more »
09:50
‘iPad and iPhone Kung Fu’ Book is Loaded with iOS 7...

"iPad and iPhone Kung Fu - Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Hacks for iOS 7" is a book written for beginner to intermediate iOS 7 users. It contains over 300 tips, each one written in a clear, easy to follow style. The book will allow someone picking up an iOS device for the first time to become completely comfortable with the device. Those more experienced will be pleased to find numerous tips that will improve their comfort and efficiency.


| Read more »
09:45
Early upgrade programs at US carriers forecast to...

Apple is likely to see modest gains in iPhone sales in the medium term thanks to early smartphone upgrade programs from major U.S. wireless carriers, one analyst has projected.



| Read more »
09:31
iOS 7 tips and tricks

This is a really good article from Macworld’s Serenity Caldwell and Dan Moren. I especially like the tip about having Siri learn to pronounce someone’s name.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
09:30
Why Apple likely won't make Yahoo the default...

Kara Swisher of Re/code yesterday published a story claiming that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is working hard to hopefully convince Apple that it should replace Google as the default search engine in iOS with, wait for it... Yahoo.

A number of Yahoo...

| Read more »
09:22
Yahoo wants Apple to dump Google

A number of Yahoo insiders I have talked to said her plan to pitch Apple on the idea as its marquee mobile search partner is far along. The company has prepared detailed decks, including images of what such a search product would look like, and hopes to present them to Apple execs.

I’m not sure that Apple will go for this, yet. Apple will strive to give its customers the best products possible and when it comes to search Google is perceived as being the best. I don’t think Apple will let its lawsuits interfere with doing what’s best for its customers.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
09:13
New Apple retail chief Ahrendts may not join until...

Future Apple retail head Angela Ahrendts may actually remain the CEO of Burberry until June, says The Guardian. Although Ahrendts has finished a mandatory six-month wait and is technically free to switch this month, she has allegedly promised to stay with Burberry until at least June 6th to ease the transition to her replacement, chief creative officer Christopher Bailey. She also has a strong financial incentive, since she could earn a bonus of as much as £8M (about $13.5 million) if she makes it to the 6th....



...

| Read more »
09:12
Eyefi unveils Eyefi Cloud

Eyefi (www.eyefi.com), which specializes in digital camera connectivity, has unveiled Eyefi Cloud, a private photo-centric cloud service that makes newly captured photos instantly available on a smartphone, tablet, computer or smart TV. 

read more

| Read more »
09:07
Does Twitter have a stickiness problem?

According to data published by Twitter analytics firm Twopcharts, Twitter may have a stickiness problem. According to the data there is a large discrepancy between the number of accounts created and the number of accounts that actually remain active.

read more

| Read more »
09:06
Angela Ahrendts May Delay Apple Start Until Mid-Year

Burberry chief executive Angela Ahrendts resigned last October from the British luxury fashion house to join Apple as the head of its retail division. According to The Guardian, Ahrendts is free to leave Burberry this month, having fulfilled her six-month notice period, but her actual exit date is not yet known.

Ahrendts may be staying longer at Burberry to help smooth the transition over to her successor Christopher Bailey, who is currently serving as the company's chief creative officer. Money also may be a factor in Ahrendts leaving as she is slated to receive a two million pound bonus in June for her recent performance as Burberry CEO. "It's a big sum of money. In some ways it would be good to see the business moving on after...

| Read more »
09:00
Several BBC iOS apps acting up, more news for April...

There are a couple of nice app updates this morning, plus an automation solution with what will likely be a short-lived name.

Several users have noted that the BBC's iPlayer app, Sky Go and Now TV for iOS have stopped streaming video. The BBC is...

| Read more »
08:56
Apple begins selling refurbished iPad mini with...

Consumers waiting for Apple to start offering refurbished models of its latest Retina display-equipped iPad mini need wait no longer as the tablet's Wi-Fi variants are now available with double-digit discounts from their off-the-shelf price.



| Read more »
08:45
LG’s new Connect SDK helps bridge the gap between...

LG today announced a new system to help bridge the gap between a range of televisions and mobile software. The Connect SDK is an open-source, multi-platform tool that developers can use to make their mobile apps compatible with different TV set-top boxes and smart TVs. In a press release, Samuel Chang, LG Electronics USA vice president and head of the LG Silicon Valley Lab said:

Connect SDK is breaking down barriers to enable apps and devices to work together harmoniously. The screen size, capabilities and social nature of Smart TVs enable experiences that consumers will absolutely love.

Connect SDK is designed to address the problem of connecting apps with a second screen, the TV, which still serves as a main point of content consumption for many households. The company has released versions of the SDK compatible with devices on both iOS and Android.

...

| Read more »
08:40
Apple to mark Earth Day 2014 at retail and on campus

On April 22nd, Apple will be holding its first real Earth Day commemorations since 2006, reports say. At retail, the company is expected to cover its logos in green, and give at least some stores special Earth Day t-shirts for workers. Back at Apple's corporate headquarters in Cupertino, a "large-scale internal event" is due to happen on the afternoon of the 22nd, presumably with Earth Day as a focus....



| Read more »
08:30
Reading List: What's that song?

From our keyboard to your eyes, we’re here to round up the top Apple-related stories on the Web this Thursday.

Apple Said to Prepare Song-ID Feature for IPhone Software

Playing Name that Tune might get a little easier in iOS 8, according to a report from Bloomberg that suggests Apple is partnering with Shazam to add native song-identification features to its mobile operating system. You may even be able to ask Siri “What song is playing?” and have it tell you—and perhaps even have the virtual assistant sing a few bars? For Apple’s part, this could help drive sales to the iTunes Store by capitalizing on impulse purchases; plus, Shazam’s been building out its technology to allow it to recognize TV shows and movies as well.

To...

| Read more »
08:29
The anti-Apple tax people

I agree with what Rob says, until he gets to this part:

Yes, Apple shelters taxes. Yes, it’s very good at it. Yes, it sucks that they aren’t paying their fair share.

The fact is, Apple does pay its fair share. In fact, they paid billions of dollars in taxes in the US last year, more than anyone else. The fact that governments offer companies a tax break to have factories or offices in their jurisdiction is not the companies fault—they create jobs, which has great economic benefits for those regions. If you then tell a company that those tax breaks are gone, they will pick up and move somewhere else—it’s business.

This isn’t about Apple, every company works exactly the same way. This is about the way the world works.

∞ Read this on The Loop...

| Read more »
08:18
How Apple Could Make the Move to 4.7" iPhone...

Amidst the flurry of iPhone 6 rumors coming from KGI Securities' report last week, Ming-Chi Kuo presented the first possible screen resolution for Apple's 4.7" iPhone 6. Kuo lists it as a 1334x750 Retina display with a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch.

Historically, Apple has been very cautious with resolution changes in their iOS devices. The original iPhone was launched with a 320x480 resolution. Eventually, Apple moved to 640x960 Retina display, doubling the linear resolution in each dimension. That allowed existing apps to simply be pixel-doubled to fill the entire screen. Developers could then take their time to update their apps to fully support the higher resolution display. When Apple moved from 3.5" to 4" screens in the iPhone 5, they simply added vertical resolution. This allowed existing apps to run in a letterboxed format with black bars at the top and bottom of the screen.

...

| Read more »
08:15
MLB At Bat mobile apps adding Chromecast support...

Google announced today on its Chrome blog that Major League Baseball is adding support for its $35 Chromecast streaming stick through the MLB At Bat app for Android and iOS. That means that users with the app and an MLB.TV Premium subscription will be able to stream live and on-demand video content from the app (or from a browser tab in Chrome through MLB’s site) to a Chromecast connected TV. You’ll also be able to use the phone or tablet you’re streaming from as a second-screen experience to “check scores, stats and news” while watching the game on the bigger screen:

MLB.TV is the latest live streaming service to come to Chromecast, so now MLB....

| Read more »
08:11
Flickr 3.0 redesigned for iOS, sets its sights on...

Flickr – Yahoo’s photo-sharing service — has been completely redesigned for iOS to focus on the social aspect of the service, making for a direct competitor to Instagram. The new design is similar on both iOS and Android, though the specific look and feel has been tailored to each platform. The iOS update makes use of blurs and other iOS 7-motifs, while the Android app keeps a darker feel. Both apps are fast to load photos and browse the feed.

The update is expected to debut on the App Store sometime today. Flickr isn’t the most popular photo-sharing service around on mobile, but version 3.0 makes it one of the nicest for iOS — plus that free terabyte of storage helps sweeten the deal.

Filed under: Apps...

| Read more »
08:10
Apple's iOS 8 May Introduce New Shazam Music...

In a new report this morning we learn that Apple is working with Shazam Entertainment on a new feature for iOS 8 ....

| Read more »
08:01
Square Enix brings Hitman to iOS w/ new turn-based...


Today Square Enix Montreal released a mobile version of the popular Hitman franchise responsible for a handful of critically acclaimed releases on consoles and PCs over the last decade. The iOS spin-off called Hitman Go sees players taking control of the franchise’s main character, hitman Agent 47, but the gameplay is a completely new twist on what we’ve seen from Hitman games in the past.


...

| Read more »
08:00
RunKeeper launches friendly fitness app “Breeze” for...


FitnessKeeper, the makers of the GPS tracking and fitness monitoring app RunKeeper, is out with a new activity monitoring app called Breeze. Breeze is simple: it takes advantage of the M7 co-processor on the iPhone 5s that measures steps taken and presents the data in a clean, approachable user interface. Using that data, Breeze reminds you each morning how many steps you took the previous day so you start out motivated. Its activity monitor presents total steps taken each day and summarizes the number of steps and hours spent moving in total.
...

| Read more »
08:00
Breeze by RunKeeper steps up your activity level

RunKeeper is a great app, and I've been using it for years to capture my walks during those times that I'm actually getting off my butt and exercising. I've found that I'm much more apt to really get moving if I can just track the number of steps I...

| Read more »
08:00
RunKeeper's new Breeze app goes beyond workouts...

RunKeeper on Thursday launched Breeze, its new step tracking app that harnesses the abilities of the M7 chip found in Apple's iPhone 5s. AppleInsider was given an early hands-on with Breeze, and found it's a great way to track activity from the rest of the day, when you're not out for a run.



| Read more »
07:54
Apple readies iOS 7.1.1, accelerates iOS 8 and OS X...

Apple is preparing an immediate follow-up to iOS 7.1 in the form of v7.1.1, according to web traffic data from 9to5Mac. The site says that it has received "numerous" hits from v7.1.1 devices operating in areas around Apple's Cupertino campus. It's not clear when the update will go live, or what it will contain, but the version number suggests that it should arrive relatively soon and mostly contain bugfixes....



| Read more »
07:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Play ball!

Play ball!

This week’s roundup of new and updates apps includes stuff for baseball fans, foodies, and lovers of “Duck Dynasty.” There's something for everyone.

A&E/History Channel

Folks who love their Duck Dynasty and/or endless documentaries about World War II are in luck. Both the A&E and History Channel apps for iPhone and iPad were updated this week with the capability to let you view programming live as it airs, as long as you sign in with a password from your TV provider.

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

| Read more »
07:26
BBC iPlayer, Sky Go, Now TV iOS apps suddenly...

Several UK-based iOS apps -- including BBC iPlayer, Sky Go, and Now TV -- have suddenly stopped streaming video, the BBC reports. The issue began last night, and is still ongoing; the source of the problem is so far unknown, as is whether other apps are also being affected. The director of Now TV, Gidon Katz, indicates that the issue can be temporarily fixed in Sky and Now by rewinding iOS' clock by a day, but that triggers other problems -- including preventing access to the App Store -- and doesn't solve the flaw in iPlayer....



...

| Read more »
07:24
Absolutely fucking priceless, Samsung

A Tumblr blog dedicated “original designs by Samsung.” As Gruber said, you can’t make this stuff up.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
07:17
Yahoo’s strategy: Rebuild search, take share, win...

Re/code's Kara Swisher has an in-depth scoop describing what is likely Yahoo's overarching goal for the near-to-mid term: displacing Google as Apple's default Safari search engine on iOS devices. There's a lot of money and mindshare to be had by taking the default search position on mobile devices, especially Apple's. Swisher reports that Google allegedly pulls in much more revenue from search on iOS than it does on Android, and Mayer's Yahoo appears to regard a return to prominence in search as a key to the company's long-term success.

There's a lot more going on behind the scenes, though. Yahoo currently relies on Microsoft's Bing for search results as part of a long-term partnership deal with Microsoft; the company has no actual search product of its own. Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Land correctly points out that it's been a long time...

| Read more »
07:16
Design process for making Units Convert 2 app

A very detailed article on the design decisions Aleksandar Vacić made and remade to get his app where he wanted it. There are a lot of great gems in here and the level of detail that you have to go through to get everything just right.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
07:16
Apple selling refurbished iPad mini with Retina...

Apple is now selling refurbished iPad mini with Retina display models for the first time in its online store. The 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacity Wi-Fi models are being sold in both silver and space gray. Prices for the refurbished models are $339, $419, and $509, respectively. No refurbished…

| Read more »
07:16
Angela Ahrendts says Burberry management transition...

After becoming a Dame of the British Empire in a ‘low key’ ceremony earlier this month, rumor had it that Apple’s new retail chief Angela Ahrendts would be leaving her CEO position at Burberry this month. Apple has never confirmed as much apart from saying Ahrendts would start in the spring back in its original announcement, but today reports claim Ahrendts might stick around at Burberry a little longer. The Guardian reports that while Ahrendts is free to leave after serving her 6 months notice and helping transition in a new CEO, she could earn as much as an £8m or $13.5m...

| Read more »
07:05
Samsung’s Web site on meaningful design

I thought for sure they were just going to link to Apple. What the hell does this company know about design?

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
07:02
iPad mini with Retina display hits the Apple...

( function() {
var func = function() {
var iframe = document.getElementById('wpcom-iframe-form-a7b98c1f4d11c375b2dffd721e1e7aa0-534fdf28ab32c');
if ( iframe ) { iframe.submit(); }
}
if (document.readyState === 'complete') { func.apply(); /* compat for infinite scroll */ }
else if ( document.addEventListener ) { document.addEventListener( 'DOMContentLoaded', func, false ); }
else if ( document.attachEvent ) { document.attachEvent( 'onreadystatechange', func ); }
} )();

Nearly 6 months after its initial release, the iPad mini with Retina display is now available for purchase from the official Apple Refurbished Store.

As of right now only the WiFi model is available and includes the 16, 32, and 64GB capacities in silver and space gray. The 16GB model is just $339, which is a savings of 15% off the...

| Read more »
07:00
Scale Printing in Preview for OS X

Basically, if I’m printing something in OS X from Preview I want it to scale to fit the page. Luckily, I’m not the only one. To enable this option, use defaults to write a boolean key called PVImagePrintingScaleMode as TRUE and viola:

defaults write com.apple.Preview PVImagePrintingScaleMode -boolean TRUE

To then disable this option, swap PVImagePrintingScaleMode to false:

defaults write com.apple.Preview PVImagePrintingScaleMode -boolean FALSE

| Read more »
07:00
Using Time Machine on unsupported volumes

I wanted to use Time Machine on my exFAT hard drive, but turns out that these volumes aren't supported from Time Machine! There is a very simple way to use Time Machines on unsupported hard drives, as long as you follow these instructions carefully you shouldn't have any issues at all.



First, connect the unsupported volume (in this case, an exFAT external hard drive.) When it mounts, open the Terminal and type these commands, substituting 'My External HDD Name' for the name of the unsupported volume.


cd /Volumes
cd 'My External HDD Name'




Next, type this code, substituting for your needs:


hdiutil create -size 320g -type SPARSEBUNDLE -fs "HFS+J" MacBook-Backup.sparsebundle
open MacBook-Backup.sparsebundle




Here, a 320GB sparse bundle named 'MacBook-Backup' is being made and mounted. You can change these values as you see fit. From herein, I'll...

| Read more »
07:00
Mac 101: Add a useful message to your OS X login...

Did you know that recent versions of OS X allow you to add a short message to the login window that is displayed when your Mac is locked? The message can be anything -- a note appropriate to users who access the computer, a cheerful line of...

| Read more »
06:56
Sneak Peek at Pixelmator 3.2

Good news! A major Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone update is on its way. Some awesomely delicious goodies are coming with this update, but the sweetest of them all is the all-new Repair Tool.

I use Pixelmator every day and have for years. It’s lightweight, very powerful and the team keeps making it better. The video of the new repair tool is cool.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
06:55
Apple’s iOS 8 to Reportedly Include Shazam Music...

Apple apparently wants to make it easier for iPhone and iPad users to identify the songs they hear, so the company is reportedly planning on including Shazam's song identification technology in iOS 8. Including Shazam as a system-level feature would make it easier to answer those "what song is playing" questions, but could put a crimp in sales of competing apps.

The Mac Observer Spin: Including song identification in iOS 8 would give Apple yet another way to drive customers to the iTunes Store, and if that technology comes from Shazam, it'll be a hard blow for SoundHound.


| Read more »
06:53
Apple reveals new Password Gestures to Strengthen...

Earlier today we posted a report titled "Two new Biometric Patents from Apple Surface Covering Anti-Spoofing Measures and More" that covered a new "doodle" authentication process. In another patent application filing published by the US Patent & Trademark Office today, Apple reveals the next level of passcode authentication process for iDevices and Macs that involve ...

| Read more »
06:39
Yahoo aims to become default iOS Safari search engine

Yahoo is attempting to make its search engine the default option on Apple’s iPhone and iPad Safari browsers, Re/Code reports. Though it is a major goal for Yahoo, it “has not happened as yet officially and no deal is imminent.” Currently, Google is the default search on iOS, though…

| Read more »
06:39
Speculation increases over Angela Ahrendts's...

With the exact date that incoming Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts will leave her position at Burberry still unannounced, some have speculated that the fashion executive may be delaying her departure in order to collect on Burberry share bonuses worth as much as ?8 million.



| Read more »
06:33
Twitterrific adds tweet editing workaround as...

Twitterrific for iOS gets a welcomed update today that notably brings the ability to edit tweets with a simple tap of the “more actions” icon. Of course, in order to get around the fact that Twitter doesn’t actually allow editing of tweets, what the function is really doing is quickly deleting the tweet and opening the compose window with original tweet’s text. From there you can quickly edit and share it as fast as possible.  

The app also gets a number of other bug fixes and improvements in the version 5.7.2 update available on the App Store now.


...

| Read more »
06:28
Sponsor: Merlin from Project Wizards

It is my distinct pleasure to have Project Wizards on board this week to sponsor TMO with their awesome project management app, Merlin. Long-time followers of TMO history will note that Project Wizards has been sponsoring our Cirque du Mac party for the past 5 years straight, contributing directly to the benefit of our collective community here. Please join me in offering our sincere thanks for all of this.


| Read more »
06:20
Apple to Honor Earth Day 2014 at Retail Stores, Main...

Apple will be celebrating Earth Day 2014 next Tuesday, April 22 throughout its various retail locations and at its main campus, reports 9to5Mac.

The company will color its logos in green for the occasion, as employees will wear special shirts with an event planned at Apple's headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, California. Apple last celebrated Earth Day in 2006 by holding a free computer takeback program in honor of the event.

Apple has remained active in its environment efforts throughout the past few years, which include powering its data centers with 100% renewable energy, expanding its recycling program, and reporting on its carbon footprint. Last May, Apple also...

| Read more »
06:17
Apple preparing iOS 7.1.1 bug fix update as iOS 8,...

Unsurprisingly, Apple appears to be readying a bug fix update to iOS 7.1 called iOS 7.1.1. Numerous visits to 9to5Mac from areas surrounding Apple’s campus on devices running iOS 7.1.1 have appeared in our analytics. The increase in views likely indicates that the bug fix update will come over-the-air to iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches in the near future. iOS 7.1 was released in March with user-interface tweaks, a new calendar view, and CarPlay support.

In similar news, it appears, based on our analytics, that iOS 8 testing inside Apple has increased:

...

| Read more »
06:17
Apple working with Shazam on iOS song discovery...

Apple is partnering with Shazam on a song discovery feature that will appear in a future iOS update, Bloomberg reports. The new feature will not require a separate download, and it will also incorporate Siri so that an iPhone user has the option of doing a voice search for…

| Read more »
06:13
E-Book Self-Publishing: Brave New Words


Mark and Lesleyann Coker wrote a novel, Boob Tube, based on her experiences as a soap opera reporter. They found an agent, who shopped it around to traditional publishers to no avail. Rather than give up, however, they decided to start their own e-book publishing company, Smashwords, to give their book -- and others -- a chance. "The entire traditional publishing industry is built around the notion that a book's merit is built on its commercial potential," said Mark Coker. "I thought that's the wrong way to value books."

| Read more »
06:00
Photos+ 1.1 adds EXIF info support for Dropbox...

We first showed you Photos+ by Justin Williams of Second Gear last December when the app that shows you photo EXIF info debuted. Jonathan Hayes of SilverPine Software, who worked on Sunlit with Manton Reece of Riverfold Software, has since purchased Photos+ and today version 1.1 is debuting.

Photos+ 1.1 includes a number of bug fixes as well as support for viewing photos stored in your Camera Uploads folder in Dropbox.

The new version of the software features a toggle on the bottom toolbar to...

| Read more »
06:00
TRENDnet ships Powerline 500 Wireless Kit

TRENDnet (www.trendnet.com) has released the Powerline 500 Wireless Kit, model TPL-410APK, which extends a home wireless network using existing electrical lines.

The included TRENDnet Powerline adapters (TPL-406E + TPL-410AP) auto-connect out of the box over a pre-encrypted Powerline signal. You can network the standard Powerline 500 adapter, model TPL-406E, to a router and plug in the Powerline 500 AV Wireless Access Point, model TPL-410AP, into an outlet on the same electrical system to extend a high performance wireless network.

read more

| Read more »
06:00
iPhone 6 mock-ups show up in Hong Kong

The iPhone rumors and speculation are hitting a fever pitch as demonstrated at the 2014 Hong Kong Electronics Fair. The expo is billed as Asia’s largest spring fair that highlights a variety of products from OEMs and aftermarket vendors. Several case and accessory makers are already advertising items for the yet unseen iPhone 6, and as shown in the image above, and not afraid to advertise the fact on banners and displays.

On Tuesday, the Japanese web site Mac Otakara released a video and photos taken at the fair that shows tooled metal mock-ups which the vendor claims are of the iPhone 6 and are presumably what the exhibitor used to create their iPhone 6 cases.

...

| Read more »
06:00
Daily App: Xtrapop adds pop culture to your photos...

Xtrapop is a whimsical app that allows you to add some flair to your photos in just a few minutes. It's not a serious image editor like VSCO Cam or Aviary, but a light-hearted app to make someone ROFL when you send them an image.

Xtrapop focuses on...

| Read more »
05:56
Don't change your passwords until Heartbleed...

In the wake of the Heartbleed Bug, some inexperienced vendors are suggesting users change their passwords, but this won't protect them from further attacks.

Last week, the Heartbleed bug was discovered. Since then, many companies and a few inexperienced security vendors have rushed to put out ill-advised statements. One of those theories is that users need to immediately change their passwords so they can maintain their online security. According to LogmeOnce CEO and security expert Kevin Shahbazi, this will not only not protect you, it could increase your risk of a cyber attack.

read more

| Read more »
05:50
Apple to celebrate ‘Green Cities’ 2014 Earth Day...

Apple will be celebrating Earth Day on April 22nd in its retail stores and on its Cupertino, California campus, according to multiple Apple employees. Earth Day is an annual day of focus on environmental protection and initiatives that has taken place in several countries since 1970…

Each year, the Earth Day organization focuses the April 22nd celebrations on certain environmental topics. 2014′s topic is known as “Green Cities,” and this is a focus on more environmentally efficient buildings, transportation, and cities. The above video explains the 2014 Earth Day theme in more detail.

Apple will be honoring Earth Day in its retail stores across the world by covering the Apple Store logos with green. This is similar to Apple changing...

| Read more »
05:49
10-second setup lets Siri control Nest, lighting and...

It’s not quite as clever as it looks, but an app created during a hackathon and spotted by Engadget allows Siri to control web-enabled devices like Nest, services like Spotify and even a Tesla car.

It’s not coincidence that the app is named GoogolPlex, as what it actually does is intercept Google searches for Plex and redirect them to a webserver that actually does the work. So when you give the command “GoogolPlex Turn on the lights,” Siri interprets that as an instruction to Google “Plex turn on the lights.”

By changing your wifi connection’s proxy settings, these ‘searches’ are redirected to the web app, which then interact with the relevant API to do what you’ve asked of it.

With the approach dependent on the app name sounding like Google, don’t expect it to last long, however...

| Read more »
05:48
New Cars for Anki Drive Hit the Track

The incredibly cool iPhone-based remote control cars for Anki Drive have some new competition because the company has two new models available. The Corax and Hadion models offer new feature to ramp up the competition: Hadion comes with Turbo Boost, and Corax lets you mount multiple weapons. The new cars make an already great racing game even more awesome, and Anki has new tracks available, too. Corax and Hadion are priced at US$69 each, and the new Crossroads and Bottleneck tracks cost $99 a piece.


| Read more »
05:44
'Now is the time to invest' in Apple ahead...

A strong recommendation for Apple stock was pushed by investment firm Morgan Stanley on Thursday, which said now is the right time to invest due to low institutional ownership, resilient iPhone sales, and anticipated upcoming product launches.



| Read more »
05:38
Yahoo spends $58 million to fire its chief operating...

Washington Post:

$58 million for 15 months of work.

That’s what Yahoo’s chief operating officer Henrique De Castro got in severance pay when he was sent packing on Jan. 16, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing made public on Wednesday.

Ouch.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
05:30
Samsung’s fingerprint scanner not immune to hackers

 

It was only a matter of time before someone found a weakness in the fingerprint scanner found on the new Samsung Galaxy S5. Too bad Samsung didn’t learn anything from Apple’s experiences with fingerprint hacking. The very same hack that was used to bypass the iPhone 5S’s scanner, that we reported on last September, has now been used to get past the one on the Galaxy S5. The security blog SRlabs has posted a video of a fake fingerprint, which was copied from a photo image and reproduced, being used to unlock a Galaxy S5.

 

 

Even...

| Read more »
05:17
Eyefi launches cloud storage service for Mobi Wi-Fi...

Eyefi is expanding the usefulness of its Wi-Fi-equipped SD memory cards, by launching its own cloud storage service. The Mobi SD card, released last year, will now not only wirelessly transfer photographs taken by a digital camera to a mobile device, but it will also provide the option of automatically uploading it to the Eyefi Cloud....



| Read more »
05:14
Strange bug has stopped some streaming video apps...

As noted by the BBC, some video apps on iOS have inexplicably stopped working today. Videos simply fail to stream, resulting in error messages like the one shown above. The cause of the issue is still unclear, but the bug is affecting multiple high-profile apps in the UK such as BBC iPlayer and Sky Go. Whether the issue is more widespread is not yet known.

It is unknown whether the bug is an issue with Apple’s software or with the third-party app developers. However, as both independent services have failed on the same day it seems like the problem lies with iOS itself. Setting the date on your iPhone or iPad to the past will make videos play again, which suggests the error may be related to expired digital certificates.

...

| Read more »
05:06
Wall Street predicts just two percent year-on-year...

Fortune has its usual roundup of what the analysts are expecting Apple to report in iPhone sales next week, and the forecasts make worrying reading. The overall average is for quarterly sales of 38.2 million, which would represent year-on-year growth of just two percent.

Adding to the concern, ten of the 32 analysts included in Fortune‘s poll predict a fall in sales when compared to the same quarter last year.

With the new iPhones having generated record sales in their opening weekend, and Apple having reported all-time quarterly high iPhone sales...

| Read more »
04:44
Tension Software revs Calcine for Mac OS X to...

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Calcine, its algebra solver for Mac OS X, to version 1.4.

Calcine provides a algebra solver in small strip window. You can use it for simple additions or for complex formula using and assigning variables and constants.

read more

| Read more »
04:26
OS X: Using me.com or mac.com IDs with AIM in iChat...

To ensure a secure and reliable experience, customers using a mac.com or me.com ID to login to the AIM service via iChat must upgrade their Mac to OS X version 10.7.2 or later by May 17, 2014 to continue using the AIM service. 

| Read more »
04:10
3D imaging system that might be destined for future...

A 3D imaging system-on-a-chip made by PrimeSense, a company acquired by Apple last year, has been spotted inside the prototype of a Google device.

Project Tango is an Android phone that uses highly-sensitive 3D motion-tracking and measurement to create automatic maps of interior locations. After taking apart one of the 200 prototypes, iFixit later identified one of the chips as a PrimeSense-made Capri PS1200 3D imaging SoC.

PrimeSense is the company who created the technology...

| Read more »
04:04
Two new Biometric Patents from Apple Surface...

On April 17, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published two new biometric related patent applications from Apple. While one invention delves into various methods that Apple's Touch ID may be using today or could be using in the future, the other introduces us to a new and unique anti-spoofing measure that they aptly call the "Doodle" mode that could be used with the iPhone and/or future Macs.

| Read more »
04:01
Kool Tools: HitFilm plug-ins

FXHome's VFX, compositing, motion graphics, and grading effects have finally come to Final Cut Pro X, as well as Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, and Apple Motion. They take the effects present in HitFilm 2 Ultimate to multiple platforms.

read more

| Read more »
04:00
IDC: business tech spending will reach $330.4...

The IDC research group (www.idc.com) the business technology spending market will grow at 6.9% 5 year CAGR [compound annual growth rate] from US$236.6 billion in 2012 to $330.7 billion by 2017, while enterprise IT grows slowly at a 1.9% 5 year CAGR from $213.0 billion to 233.5 billion over the same forecast period.

Business funded technology is expected to reach $275.2 billion in 2014, accounting for 55% of total technology spending. Industry specific operation is the largest business line, capturing approximately 45% of total business funded technology in 2014, says IDC.

read more

| Read more »
03:36
Apple's gesture-based unlocking tech channels...

New documents unearthed on Wednesday show Apple was toying with a gesture-based unlock function for its mobile devices some four years after the idea was introduced in the Android operating system. Cupertino's version, however, is arguably far more advanced than even the latest designs from Google.



| Read more »

Wednesday April 16

23:23
Macworld gems: The Roost MacBook stand, iMacompanion...

Continuing our look at some of the more interesting devices and services we ran across at Macworld in San Francisco last month, MacNN and Electronista staffers will periodically write about items and vendors that caught our eye at the show that we thought our readers would like to know about. Today's focus is on two successfully-funded Kickstarter campaigns: The Roost stand for notebooks, and the iMacompanion USB port from Wiplabs....



| Read more »
22:27
Briefly: Text expander Typinator 5.9, PDFpen 6.2...

Productivity software developer Ergonis has announced the release of Typinator 5.9, a maintenance update for its text expander. Released prior to the launch of the next major version 6, Typinator v5.9 incorporates several minor bug fixes, and improves compatibility with third-party applications, such as Aperture, MacGiro, Mellel and more. Requiring OS X 10.5.8 or later, Typinator 5.9 is a free upgrade for anyone who owns a valid license for Typinator 5, and costs $35.50 for new customers....



...

| Read more »
20:43
Apple website confirms aftermarket CarPlay...

Update: Pioneer has updated with a CarPlay Microsite

Apple has quietly added a line on its CarPlay microsite acknowledging that it will indeed support the feature in existing cars through aftermarket systems. Specifically, Alpine and Pioneer are listed under the line “And you’ll soon be able to add CarPlay to your current car with an aftermarket system.” The companies announced earlier this week plans to update existing in-dash display systems with CarPlay compatibility through firmware updates. While the announcements had the full weight of credibility, Apple recognizing these brands specifically on its microsite is a significant development as the company has only pushed upcoming vehicles as...

| Read more »
20:06
Google revenue misses Wall Street targets

Google Inc’s first-quarter revenue fell short of Wall Street targets and margins narrowed as the price of its ads continued to decline, pushing its shares sharply lower.

As much as I’d love to take the opportunity to make a smartass comment like “expect more ads,” I really can’t. Like I say about Apple, it’s hard to say it’s a bad quarter when the company is making billions.

Having said that, expect more ads soon.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
19:47
Report: Apple to partner with Shazam for song...

Citing unnamed sources "with knowledge of the product," Bloomberg is reporting that Apple may enter into a partnership with song-identifying app Shazam to bring the music-matching feature to iOS 8. Users could, for example, ask Siri "what song is playing?" as they listen to iTunes Radio or other streaming music services, with the voice assistant enlisting Shazam's services to return an answer after a short identifying pause. This in turn would produce a link to the song on iTunes....



...

| Read more »
19:02
ACM 250: Apple’s iPhone Pricing, Samsung’s Fudging,...

Apple is rumored to want $100 more for a larger screen iPhone 6 than iPhones past. Bryan and Jeff say, "Well, duh!" They also take a look at Samsung getting caught fudging its tablet sales and Amazon's hardware ambitions. Come on, let's hear it! Who's been waiting anxiously for an Amazon smartphone? That's right, no one.


| Read more »
18:24
Mayer: Yahoo should be Apple's default search...

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who has worked diligently to turn around the veteran search engine's fortunes with some success, is planning on appealing to Apple to make Yahoo's search engine the default choice on the Mac and iOS. Currently Apple offers Yahoo as a option for search, but uses Google as a default (and Bing to power Siri inquiries). Mayer may seen an opportunity to advance Yahoo's already-friendly relationship with Apple, given its fight with Google over Android and patents....



...

| Read more »
17:56
Apple and Shazam planning to team up for music...

Apple and Shazam are teaming up to build a music identification feature natively into iOS, according to a Bloomberg report. The feature will allow users to find the name and artist of a song that’s playing, likely with the option to download the song from the iTunes Store or create an new iTunes Radio station.

Unlike some of Apple’s other music-releated features (such as Podcasts and iTunes U), the system will be built into the OS directly rather than require a separate download. So far there isn’t any confirmation of whether this feature will appear in iOS 8 or a...

| Read more »
17:52
Apple to partner with Shazam for song recognition in...

A report on Wednesday claims Apple is looking to incorporate a song identification feature into its upcoming iOS 8 operating system, possibly as part of Siri, and is working with Shazam to roll out the capability.



| Read more »
17:44
Apple Working With Shazam on Song Identification...

Apple is working on a song identification feature as a new addition to iOS 8, reports Bloomberg. The company has plans to partner with music discovery service Shazam to offer users a way to discover a song that is playing on the radio or from another source, such as a TV, using a small music clip.The company is planning to unveil a song-discovery feature in an update of its iOS mobile software that will let users identify a song and its artist using an iPhone or iPad, said two people with knowledge of the product, who asked not to be identified because the feature isn’t public. Apple is partnering with Shazam Entertainment Ltd., whose technology can quickly spot what’s playing by collecting sound from a phone’s microphone and matching it against a song database.Along with Shazam, several other apps,...

| Read more »
17:08
G-Technology to ship Thunderbolt 2 'Studio...

The latest entry in a growing selection of Thunderbolt 2 capable storage solutions, G-Technology's G-SPEED Studio and G-RAID Studio RAID arrays incorporate high-capacity 6TB HDDs and ultra-fast I/O into small chassis designs.



| Read more »
17:03
Yahoo! Reportedly Wants to Replace Google for iOS...

Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer has her sights set on Apple's mobile Safari. According to online reports, Ms. Mayer wants to replace Google as the default search option for Apple's mobile devices.


| Read more »
17:00
The transparent Mac trick

Usually these wallpapers don't work well with desktops, but this is a big exception.

[Photo credit: Thomas Huxley]...

| Read more »
16:50
Texas Instruments adopting Apple's iBeacon in...

Veteran embedded chip and automotive systems maker Texas Instruments has announced plans to incorporate Apple's iBeacon technology in many of the company's forthcoming Bluetooth products, saying that "there are many more applications that could benefit from the technology" beyond its presence popular use in retail shops, restaurants and stadiums. TI will be adding iBeacons to its SimpleLink line of automotive micro-controllers, and it WiLink navigation systems....



| Read more »
16:00
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 16, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world.

You can listen to today's...

| Read more »
15:52
Hearthstone: Heroes Of Warcraft Released Free on iPad

Blizzard has released an iOS (specifically iPad) port of the Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft card game. It's a free with IAP game, and looks great on the iPad retina display.


| Read more »
15:37
Yahoo Wants to Be Apple’s Default iOS Search Engine

Yahoo is working on two internal projects to optimize its mobile search and monetization in order to convince Apple to make Yahoo the default search engine on iOS reports Re/code.

The WSJ reported last year that Apple and Yahoo had been in discussions of how to integrate Yahoo's services more prominently in iOS, beyond powering the Weather and Stocks apps.

The report says Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is preparing detailed presentations to present to Apple executives showing what its new mobile search product could look like. There are a pair of internal projects, code-named "Fast Break" and "...

| Read more »
15:30
How to create your own coiled iPhone charging cord

Apple's official iPhone and iPad charging cords are nothing special. Like any straight wires, they have a tendency to tangle in a bag and they don't look particularly neat laying across your desk or nightstand. But there's a way to give your official...

| Read more »
15:24
Report: Yahoo hoping to woo Apple away from Google
15:15
Marissa Mayer wants Apple to ditch Google for Yahoo...

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is reportedly working on a plan to convince Apple to change the default iOS search engine from Google to a new Yahoo solution, which could deal a significant blow to Google's ad income.



| Read more »
15:05
Briefly: Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard, Chrome...

Microsoft has launched its All-in-One Media Keyboard. Designed for use in the living room, the peripheral offers a full-size spill-resistant QWERTY keyboard, and connects to a device using a USB wireless transceiver. On the right-hand side is a multi-touch trackpad that supports gestures, and a row of three buttons above which can be customized for quick access to specific apps. Shipping tomorrow, the All-in-One Media Keyboard is priced at $40....



| Read more »
14:59
Marissa Mayer planning to push Apple to make Yahoo!...


Jony Ive and Marissa Mayer (right) eat pizza with other industry executives

Re/code reports that Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer is planning an attempt at persuading Apple to switch its default iOS search engine from Google to her company’s own offering. According to Re/code’s sources, Mayer has built what she hopes will be a convincing arguement in favor of the change.

Yahoo! current powers the weather and stocks apps and Notification Center widgets found in iOS 7 as well as a few Siri functions, such as sports, but lost out on the chance to power Siri’s web search to Microsoft’s Bing. Both Yahoo! and Bing are...

| Read more »
14:48
Google misses analyst profit estimates, seeing...

Google today announced financial results for the quarter that ended in March. The search engine giant reported reported consolidated revenues of $15.42 billion for the quarter , an increase of 19 percent compared to the first quarter of 2013. Operating income in the first quarter of 2014 was $4.12 billion, or 27 percent of revenues....



| Read more »
14:44
Smartphone Kill Switch Gets Breath of Life


CTIA and major mobile manufacturers, providers and operating system makers have entered a voluntary agreement to include antitheft measures in smartphones. The security and safety of mobile users is the top priority for the industry, said CTIA, and the agreement is intended to protect consumers from smartphone theft while providing companies' with the ability to innovate. Signatories to the agreement include Apple, Google, Microsoft, Motorola Mobility, Samsung, HTC, Huawei, Nokia, Asurion, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon.

| Read more »
14:38
iPad version of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft goes...

The iPad version of Blizzard's card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is now available at App Stores worldwide. The app was actually released for the iPad earlier this month, but only in the form of a soft launch at the Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand App Stores. Mac and PC versions of Hearthstone have been available for some time....



| Read more »
14:14
Review: Linksys EA6900 802.11ac router

As AC networking begins to makes its way into more and more devices you may find yourself considering an upgrade for your home network. One option is Linksys' EA6900, a new top-tier networking devices from a long-standing name in the world of routers. Broadly, the EA6900 is a compelling option that offers a router that is not only fast and reliable, but also extremely simple to set up. How do we feel about the new 802.11ac router? Read our review and find out....



| Read more »
14:00
BlackBerry stifles sale of Typo keyboard case

Originally announced last December, Ryan Seacrest’s Typo keyboard case for iPhone 5/5S hit a snag in January right before its planned launch as CES when BlackBerry decided the Typo’s keyboard infringed on its own keyboard designs. Typo was finally forced to halt sales of the keyboard case when an injunction took effect on Tuesday that bans it from being imported to the U.S.

According to Macworld UK, the injunction is part of a patent lawsuit filed by BlackBerry...

| Read more »
13:55
TUAW TV Live: Form factors and other delights

All the talk these days about forthcoming Apple devices seems to focus on one thing -- form factors, AKA "how big the screen is". With the iPhone, there's a lot of talk about a larger display, and despite the fact that the iPad already comes in two...

| Read more »
13:22
Briefly: Anki Drive's new cars and more, Aspyr...

Anki Drive, a line of toy race cars that feature iOS compatibility, has updated its Anki Drive app, as well as released new cars and tracks. Using AI robotics, Anki Drive aims to integrate the nature of video games into a physical game context, requiring Anki cars, a physical track, and at least on compatible iOS device to play. The new cars, Corax and Hadion ($70 each), are the newest "characters" for Anki Drive, with Hadion featuring Turbo Boost speeds capabilities and Corax, which has the option to mount multiple weapons. The new tracks ($100 each), Crossroads and Bottleneck, let players ra...

| Read more »
13:20
Apple sends out latest 10.9.3 seed to developers

On Tuesday, Apple released the latest build of OS X 10.9.3, designated ‘Build 13D43′. For this build, developers are being asked to focus their efforts on testing Graphics Drivers, Audio, Mail, Contacts and Calendar sync over USB in iTunes, and Safari. 10.9.3 also adds support for 4K displays, which offers improved readability and 60Hz output from a Retina display MacBook Pro.

Build releases are appearing closer together now, this one only a week after the previous seed. This is typically a sign that Apple is close to locking the update down in preparation for its release, so be on the lookout for 10.9.3 showing up in the App Store soon. Per usual, we recommend  that you make sure to backup your Macs before applying the update, and running Repair Permissions from Disk Utility before and after the update is a good idea too.

 

 

| Read more »
13:15
T-Mobile Unveils Three Days Of ‘Uncarrier’ which Is...

T-Mobile's CEO John Legere is making some crazy moves over at the fourth-place carrier under the company's "Un-Carrier" label. So crazy in fact, they're actually good moves for consumers.


| Read more »
13:09
Future High-End Android Smartphones with 3D Cameras...

A new report today reveals that Google's future Android smartphone that will come equipped with a high-end 3D Motion camera that's part of Google's Project Tango will accomplish its wonders using technology from PrimeSense, a company acquired by Apple; A company who possesses many 3D related patents.

| Read more »
13:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Geared for iPad [iPad;...

| Read more »
12:52
Google Mounts $100K Project Ara Dev Challenge


Google announced a $100,000 developers' challenge prize on Wednesday, the second day of its Project Ara modular phone developers' conference. The top two runners-up will get all-expenses paid trips for two or three people to the next Ara devcon -- there will be a few more held this year -- and guaranteed hardware for the project, said Project Ara lead Paul Eremenko. Judging will be based on both objective and subjective criteria.
The challenge will be unveiled officially in mid-May, with a detailed set of rules, Eremenko said.

| Read more »
12:34
∞ AC/DC: Highway to Hell

Seriously, one of the best songs ever.

| Read more »
12:24
External Link: LaCie Credit Card Information Exposed

French hardware maker LaCie, best known for its Mac-centric hard drives and accessories, has acknowledged that a security breech on its online store exposed customer credit card numbers and contact information for much of the past year. Seagate, which now owns LaCie, denied any breech until 14 April 2014, when it confirmed to security journalist Brian Krebs that an attacker had gained access to “name, address, email address, payment card number and card expiration date for transactions made between March 27, 2013 and March 10, 2014.”

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and...

| Read more »
12:15
What it’s REALLY Like to Work For Apple

Working for Apple is the experience of a lifetime. Most everyone who has had that privilege looks back with affection on the experience - if one ignores the reason for leaving. But a recent article, without having spoken to any former Apple employees, looks only at the downsides from a few whiners. It was a one sided, deceptive picture.


| Read more »
12:00
Auto-Save Microsoft Word with Keyboard Maestro

In Mac Power Users Episode 187, David Sparks and Katie Floyd talked about word processing apps, which meant talking a great deal about Microsoft Word, as well as Pages and others. Around the 38m40s mark, Katie mentioned that she uses Word a lot in...

| Read more »
11:59
Google's 'Project Tango' Smartphone...

Earlier this year, Google unveiled "Project Tango," an experimental smartphone that incorporates 3D sensors to allow users to map indoor and outdoor environments.

Reports suggested that the smartphone's 3D capabilities were powered by the Movidius Myriad 1 3D-sensing chip, but as it turns out, Project Tango is also powered by Apple technology. Alongside two Myriad 1 vision co-processors, Project Tango utilizes a PrimeSense Capri PS1200 3D imaging system-on-a-chip [PDF], technology that Apple acquired when it purchased PrimeSense late last year.

The unexpected PrimeSense chip was discovered in a ...

| Read more »
11:53
Create Clickable App Idea Prototypes, No Code...

A new app named Marvel allows creation of app idea prototypes with clickable hotspots, no coding required. This free app and service make it easy to go from napkin sketch to interactive demo in just a few steps.


| Read more »
11:46
English Speaking Canadians Resoundingly Choose Apple...

A new report by the Media Technology Monitor (MTM) that was published by The Canadian Press states that more than 42 per cent of Anglophone or English speaking Canadians now own a tablet and most are increasingly choosing one of Apple's iPads.

| Read more »
11:30
Daily Deals for April 16, 2014, featuring the Mac...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. Don't forget to check out our "Today in the App Store" post that singles...

| Read more »
11:29
iWatch poll ends, first accessory poll begins

Our latest poll, Which potential iWatch feature are you most interested in?, has now closed. With new rumours continuing to circulate about Apple’s coming iWatch, including reports that the device may have a more health or fitness based focus, we were curious to know what our readers would most like…

| Read more »
11:26
Anki Drive adds new cars, tracks, and an old-school...

.

The Verge:

Anki Drive, the real-world racing game that uses your iPhone as the controller, is expanding its lineup today to include new cars, tracks, and Anki Drive is finally getting an old-school racing mode to go along with its existing battle mode.

In an unusual twist, players who buy Corax will not be able to play as him until they defeat the car in battle with the artificial intelligence set to “medium.” “You have to earn that right by first beating him in battle mode,” says Mark Palatucci, Anki’s co-founder and chief product officer.

I bought (and returned) the original Anki Drive precisely because it didn’t have a Race Mode. These will be welcome updates to many.

...

| Read more »
11:21
How to put a Mustang on top of the Empire State...

.

Wired:

Thursday is the Mustang’s 50th anniversary. To mark the occasion, Ford plopped a 2015 Mustang GT convertible onto the observation deck of the Empire State Building.

Ford pulled the same stunt with the original Mustang, but five decades of technological advancements haven’t made it any easier to pull off. The deck is 1,000 feet up, so using a crane is out of the question. And the building’s tall spire rules out lowering the car from a helicopter.

That leaves the freight elevator.

The Observation Deck of the Empire State Building is one of those places you have to go to when you visit New York City. While this is a marketing stunt, it sure as heck isn’t a cheap one.

...

| Read more »
11:14
Tips for better password security

We all know that we should be better with passwords, but we don’t always do it. I use 1Password.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
11:09
LaCie reveals year-long security breach at online...

Storage vendor LaCie , maker of a number of accessories compatible with Apple's Thunderbolt, announced on Wednesday that data from transactions made through the company's first-party online store may have been compromised as a result of a security breach that went undiscovered for nearly a year.



| Read more »
11:03
Hyundai to install CarPlay in 2015-model Sonatas

Hyundai will support Apple's CarPlay beginning with 2015-model Sonatas shipping later this year, according to an announcement. The Korean carmaker is the first since Volvo, Ferrari, and Mercedes-Benz to reveal specific plans for vehicles shipping in 2014. One more, Honda, has yet to say which car models it will fit with CarPlay. Other brands -- such as Ford, BMW, and Toyota -- may not have CarPlay-ready vehicles until 2015 arrives....



| Read more »
11:00
Crowdfunding Project News: All Kickstarter this week

Every week, TUAW provides readers with an update on what new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects are in the news. While our policy is to not go into detail on items that haven't reached at least 80 percent of their funding goal, this...

| Read more »
10:56
PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.2

Adds a number of new features, in addition to bug fixes and refinements. ($59.95/$99.95 new, free update, 55.2/56 MB)

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

| Read more »
10:48
Where the hell are the Android tablets

Every day I see iPads, a lot of iPads, out in public. What I rarely ever see are Android tablets.

Apparently they sell pretty well. Where the hell are they? Doorstops? Cutting boards?

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
10:47
Keyboard Maestro 6.4.1

Fixes a number of bugs but adds no new features. ($36 new, free update, 24.4 MB)

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

| Read more »
10:43
Fandango 6.0 for iPhone & iPad adds colorful new...


Fandango 6.0 for iPhone and iPad is out now with a colorful new orange and blue icon replacing the previous white and red version. It also brings the Spotlight carousel to both iPad, a feature previously limited to the iPhone, which lets you swipe through poster-style cards of movies being promoted.

Signing in is easier now as well with support for both Facebook and Google+ to log in to your Fandango account.

The movie trailer and ticket buying app is available on both iPhone and iPad on the...

| Read more »
10:37
∞ Fat Men From Space

Ever hear of Daniel Manus Pinkwater? If you have kids, or ever were one yourself, you owe it to yourself to check out Pinkwater’s books. Books like Lizard Music, The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death and, my favorite, Fat Men from Space.

The good news is, these books, long out of print, are now finally available as eBooks. Huzzah! Thank you for this wonderful news, BoingBoing.

| Read more »
10:34
Apple-highlighted iOS toy Anki Drive gains new cars...

Anki Drive, a lineup of iOS-compatible intelligent toy race cars which were originally exclusive at retail to Apple Stores, expanded on Wednesday with new cars, tracks, and an entirely new race mode.



| Read more »
10:30
It's way too easy to fake a photo of a "...

There have been a whole lot of supposedly leaked photos of the mythical 4.7-inch iPhone 6 lately -- or at least bits and pieces of it. A production mold pops up here and a front panel shows up there, and the Internet eats it up because, hey, it's...

| Read more »
10:26
ITbits: Mac Remote Desktop Software Roundup

David Koff shares an in-depth look at the state of today’s best remote desktop applications, the technologies on which they are built, and recommendations on the best titles to choose for various scenarios.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

| Read more »
10:06
Another security flaw in Android

FireEye recently spotted an malicious Android application that could modify the icons of other applications so that when they’re launched, they send victims to a phishing website.

Here’s the best way to avoid Android security flaws.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
10:00
In the field with the Canon EOS Remote app for iPhone

Canon's free EOS Remote app has been around for a while, but until recently I didn't have a Canon DSLR that supported it. I recently upgraded to Canon 6D gear, and was anxious to see if the app made my field photography any easier.

The app works on...

| Read more »
09:57
Samsung Strikes Deal With Fellow Apple Patent Foe


Samsung, longtime patent foe of Apple, will partner with Swiss Federal Railways, another -- unlikely -- patent foe of Apple. While the deal itself may not be groundbreaking -- Samsung will supply the state-owned rail company with 30,000 mobile devices -- it is interesting given the litigious background that both parties have with Apple. Samsung's court battles with Apple have been documented ad nauseum -- in part because the battles themselves seem to carry on ad nauseum, in Europe and Australia and the U.S. -- and again in the U.S.

| Read more »
09:56
PDFpenPro 6.2 - Advanced PDF toolkit for HTML...

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

Create fillable forms and tables of content with PDFpenPro!

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

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

Features of PDFpenPro:

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

| Read more »
09:55
PDFpen 6.2 - Edit and annotate PDFs with ease. (Demo)

PDFpen allows users to easily edit PDF's.

Add text, images and signatures. Fill out PDF forms. Merge or split PDF documents. Reorder and delete pages. Even correct text and edit graphics!

Features:

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

| Read more »
09:55
Native Instruments introduces RISE & HIT

Native Instruments has released RISE & HIT, an instrument dedicated to creating tension and suspense with build-ups and climatic hits. It uses a range of over 8GB of recorded and studio-produced sounds.

The RISE & HIT interface offers editing with integrated effects and mastering tools for sound design capabilities. It includes an extensive sample library of produced sounds.


RISE & HIT runs in KONTAKT 5 or the free KONTAKT 5 PLAYER. It cots US$149 and is available at www.native-instruments.com/riseandhit .

| Read more »
09:50
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Two D-Link WiFi cams $50, new...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS Feed,FacebookGoogle+ and subscribe to the new Safari push notifications feature.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

2-pack of D-Link DCS-930L wireless network cams with iOS/Android app: $50 shipped (Reg. $160)

...

| Read more »
09:37
AC/DC will not retire, but Malcolm is sick

Brian Johnson, AC/DC singer:

“We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver,” he told the Telegraph. “We’re going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we’ll record it.”

However, the band did release a statement:

“After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.

“In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music.”

The rumor is that Malcolm had a stroke and is having trouble playing guitar. He is the best rhythm guitarist in rock.

...

| Read more »
09:34
Samsung Boldly Announces Tizen Smartphones for Next...

Business Insider noted last week that "While Samsung's Galaxy phones rose to prominence thanks to the Android ecosystem, the company has been planning for years to ditch the platform for its own operating system as soon as it can." That little informative nugget was discovered in an internal document produced at the Apple-Samsung patent infringement trial last week. In February we posted a report titled "Samsung Embarrassingly Drops the Ball on Tizen," which outlined Samsung's failure to keep NTT Docomo from bailing on Tizen as 2014 kicked in. Today, a Samsung executive boldly announced that Samsung will in fact be introducing two new Tizen smartphone late next quarter.

| Read more »
09:32
Amplified: Unemployable

Jim Dalrymple and Dan Benjamin are joined once again by Zak Holder. They talk about the just-leaked Amazon phone, the purported iPhone 6 screen and case leaks, and Windows Phone 8.1′s appropriation of Passbook. Jim also talks about The Loop’s upcoming 5th year anniversary, and recounts his journey covering Apple for 20 years.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
09:32
Corel intros Pinnacle Studio for iPhone, reboots...

Corel has brought its previously iPad-only mobile video editing app, Pinnacle Studio, to the iPhone. The app allows for complex editing, including the ability to trim individual frames and insert elements like transitions, stills, titles, graphics, fast/slow-motion, and picture-in-picture effects. Quick clip arrangement can be done with the Storyboard, while the Timeline allows for more precise manipulation and trimming....



| Read more »
09:30
The Facebook unbundling

Messenger is an app based on existing behavior that they are forcing people to shift to a separate app — not such a bad thing. In other words, Facebook has failed to invent any new behaviors or even innovate on the behaviors that were commonplace on the service.

Interesting thoughts.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
09:20
Hyundai's CarPlay-equipped 2015 Sonata will...

Customers looking to purchase a new CarPlay-equipped vehicle from Hyundai may experience sticker shock, as the company has said that the feature will only be available alongside a navigation system, an upgrade that could cost thousands of dollars.



| Read more »
09:09
Hyundai brings Apple CarPlay into the 2015 Sonata

Hyundai says it will bring Apple CarPlay functionality to the 2015 Sonata. CarPlay is an automobile-oriented interface that gives iDevice users a way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch.

It also features Siri voice control. You can read more about it at http://www.apple.com/ios/carplay/ .

read more

| Read more »
09:00
8G iPhone 5c debuts in more countries and other news...

That Mac Pro is still taking its sweet time getting to customers, and the 8 GB iPhone 5c reaches new countries in this morning's news roundup.

Apple is now offering the 8 GB iPhone 5c in fourteen countries. Now customers in the Netherlands, Italy,...

| Read more »
08:29
Samsung seized on death of Steve Jobs to launch anti...

Samsung decided to launch its "Next Big Thing" campaign -- parodying Apple -- in the wake of the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, according to an email trail exposed during the ongoing Apple v. Samsung patent trial. Samsung America's VP of US sales, Mike Pennington, described Jobs' death as "the best opportunity" to run a campaign targeting Apple, since people would be worried about whether Apple could continue to come up with great ideas minus Jobs' influence. "Sorry to continue to push this issue, but I have seen this far too long and I know this is our best opportunity to attack iPho...



...

| Read more »
08:20
Apps: Typinator, Sibelius, Dropbox
08:10
Jeff Gamet Recaps Macworld/iWorld 2014 at Estes Park...

Jeff Gamet, The Mac Observer's Managing Editor, will be speaking at the Estes Park Internet Computer User Group on Wednesday, April 16, in Estes Park, Colorado. Jeff will talk about this year's Macworld/iWorld Conference, The cool things he found on the expo floor, what you missed out on if you weren't there, and more.


| Read more »
08:04
Hyundai bringing CarPlay to 2015 Sonata

Hyundai announced it is bringing Apple CarPlay functionality to its 2015 Sonata, making the Sonata one of the first vehicles to feature CarPlay. The functionality “will be available on 2015 Sonatas equipped with navigation later in the 2015 model year.” …

| Read more »
08:00
How to cancel App Store magazine subscriptions

The subscriptions to a few digital magazine apps started innocently enough -- you knew the editors and contributors, some of the articles you read were really good, and that US$1.99 monthly or bi-monthly charge gave you something to do other than...

| Read more »
07:43
Hyundai Bringing CarPlay to 2015 Sonata Models Later...

Hyundai today announced that it will bring Apple's CarPlay technology to its Sonata automobile lineup starting next year. This introduction makes Hyundai the first volume automobile manufacturer to bring CarPlay to the market.

The first Hyundai automobiles to offer the voice-driven system will be the company's popular Sonata line. Models that are equipped with the CarPlay-compatible navigation systems will debut later in the 2015 model year. Hyundai’s latest Audio Video Navigation (AVN) systems are already recognized for their beautiful, yet intuitive interface and advanced feature set. Our engineers took advantage of the vivid eight-inch touchscreen to integrate CarPlay for an experience that iPhone users will instantly recognize. CarPlay allows an iPhone to integrate into the car's infotainment system, providing Siri...

| Read more »
07:36
Typinator 5.9

The text expansion tool from Ergonis fixes a number of bugs. (€24.99 new, free update, 5.6 MB)

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

| Read more »
07:34
Monolingual 1.5.9 - Remove unwanted OS X language...

Monolingual is a program for removing unnecesary language resources from OS X, in order to reclaim several hundred megabytes of disk space. It requires a 64-bit capable Intel-based Mac and at least OS X 10.7 (Lion) and also works on OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion).

I don't know about you, but I use my computer in only one (human) language--English. And I'm willing to bet that you do too, albeit perhaps not English. So why do you have a bunch of localization files for the OS X operating system filling up your hard drive? Enter Monolingual -- a handy utility for reclaiming your space for more useful things...like international mp3 files, email or whatever you like.

Monolingual was written by J. Schrier and I. Stein, and is released under the GNU General Public License. Source code is available.

Version 1.5.9:

  • Added Greek translation.


...

| Read more »
07:33
Hyundai announces CarPlay coming this summer to its...

Hyundai announced today at the New York International Auto Show its 2015 Sonata will be the first of its vehicles to feature Apple’s new CarPlay technology bringing phone, messaging, music, and navigation functionality from the iPhone to the in-dash display through iOS and Siri. Apple rebranded its iOS in the Car feature announced at WWDC in 2013 as CarPlay earlier this year with a number of committed partners including Hyundai, and today’s announcement by the automative manufacturer is the first unveiling of its official plans to bring...

| Read more »
07:24
8GB iPhone 5c reaches 14 more countries

The 8GB iPhone 5c is now on sale in 14 more countries, checks show. When the 8GB option first became available last month, it launched in just a handful of regions. The model is newly available in the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Portugal, Austria, Spain, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Switzerland....



| Read more »
07:19
Apple, Samsung Sign on for CTIA’s Smartphone Kill...

Apple and Samsung are among the smartphone makers that have agreed to comply with CTIA's guidelines calling for a "kill switch" that renders devices useless if lost or stolen. The agreement will take effect in July 2015, and for Apple, it won't involve much more than it already offers through its Find My iPhone feature.

The Mac Observer Spin: Tools to help smartphone owners protect their personal information if the device is lost or stolen are great, but it doesn't seem like Find My iPhone has done much to reduce iPhone thefts. It may be a little myopic for companies and law enforcement agencies to think that will change come July 2015.


| Read more »
07:12
The future of WordPress

I agree with Marko that WordPress has a remarkable community, but I would add one more thing that WordPress should do—a simplified version for blogging. Do something like Medium or Svbtle that doesn’t have the complicated backend and code. That’s what I want.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
07:03
In Truth, the Success of the Galaxy S5 is Greatly...

Our report titled "Samsung's Galaxy S5 is a Dud According to Korean Carriers" struck a nerve with many Android fans understandably. Many Android fans emailed me and pointed to all kinds of Android reports to prove me wrong, even though our report was focused on Korean mobile carrier statistics. But here's the thing, today you have headlines in the press like this one in Canada that is titled "Samsung exec says the Galaxy S5 ‘is selling faster than the S4." The funny thing is however, that's not what Samsung's executive really said. Pro Android sites are simply hearing what they want to hear.

| Read more »
07:01
Apple agrees to anti-theft smartphone measures

Apple and a number of other smartphone makers have agreed to a voluntary commitment to include anti-theft technology on phones starting next year, Re/Code reports. Other smartphone makers, including Google, HTC, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia, and Samsung have all agreed to make such a commitment, and the five largest U.S.…

| Read more »
07:00
Configure Syslog Options on a Meraki

Meraki has a syslog option. To configure a Meraki to push logs to a syslog server, open your Meraki Dashboard and click on a device. From there, click on “Alerts & administration”.

At the “Alerts & administration” page scroll down to the Logging section. Click on the “Add a syslog server” link and type the IP address of your syslog servers name or IP. Put the port number into the Port field. Choose what types of events to export. This could be Event Log, Flows or URLs, where:

  • Event Log: The messages from the dashboard under Monitor > Event log.
  • Flows: Inbound and outbound traffic flows generate syslog messages that include the source and destination and port numbers.
  • URL: HTTP GET requests generate syslog entries.

Note that you can direct...

| Read more »
07:00
YouTube Find: Robin Williams' side-splitting...

Comedian and actor Robin Williams impersonates Siri and transforms her into a French man in this hilarious clip from The Ellen Show....

| Read more »
06:56
Micing an acoustic guitar

Some great techniques from two pros.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
06:54
Maya 2015 - Professional 3D modeling and animation...

Maya is an award-winning software and powerful, integrated 3D modeling, animation, visual effects, and rendering solution. Because Maya is based on an open architecture, all your work can be scripted or programmed using a well-documented and comprehensive API (application programming interface), or one of two embedded scripting languages, the Maya Embedded Language (MEL) or Python. This level of openness, combined with an industry-leading suite of 3D visual effects, computer graphics, and character animation tools, enables you to realize your creative vision for your film, television, game development, and design projects.

Version 2015:

Dynamics and Effects

  • Bifrost procedural effects platform
  • XGen arbitrary primitive generator
  • Bullet physics

3D Animation

  • Geodesic voxel binding

3D Modeling

  • Streamlined retopology...

| Read more »
06:52
External Link: How Apple Can Improve iOS for...

Bradley Chambers, Director of IT for the Brainerd Baptist School in Chattanooga, TN, has a number of suggestions for ways Apple could improve the role of iOS in education, including a way to deploy in-app purchases in MDM or Apple Configurator, the option to redistribute iBookstore textbooks between classes, increasing the default storage space in future devices, and an iCloud email option for schools.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

| Read more »
06:52
FBI May Pick Out Your Face in a Crowd


The FBI is planning to have a fully operational facial recognition system in place by this summer and may be well on its way to reaching that goal. The system will be able to query a database of photos to identify individuals based on their appearance even if they do not have a criminal record, reported Jennifer Lynch, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The EFF received documents related to the system following a Freedom of Information Act request for details on the FBI's Next Generation Identification project.

| Read more »
06:44
Texas Instruments adds iBeacon support to its...

Texas Instruments announced today that it is adding iBeacon support across its Bluetooth LE chips and development kits. The company is starting by adding support to some of its Bluetooth wireless micro controllers, an automotive connectivity device, and other combo Wi-Fi/Bluetooth products and development kits. TI’s Oyvind Birkenes imagines support for iBeacons in its Bluetooth chips opening up new possibilities for Apple’s Bluetooth LE platform including “asset trackers, retail, building automation systems, automotive and industrial applications, and a wide variety of consumer electronics” beyond what we’ve seen so far. 

“Restaurants, retailers and even sports stadiums have started using iBeacon technology, but there are many more applications that could benefit from the technology. Everything from asset...

| Read more »
06:23
TI brings Apple's iBeacon to Bluetooth products...

Silicon firm Texas Instruments on Wednesday announced plans to support Apple's iBeacon microlocation technology across a large swath of TI's Bluetooth product line, including chips for embedded and automotive applications.



| Read more »
06:19
8GB iPhone 5c launches in more European countries

Apple has made the 8GB iPhone 5c available in a number of European countries today. The low-capacity iPhone is now on sale in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and Sweden. In each country, the 8GB 5c is roughly $50 cheaper than the 16GB 5c. The 8GB 5c…

| Read more »
06:16
Judge Cote Denies Apple Request to Stop State Ebook...

Apple's attempt to dismiss the string of ebook antitrust lawsuits filed against it by several states was shot down by Federal Judge Denise Cote on Tuesday. Several state Attorneys General filed lawsuits accusing Apple of conspiring with publishers to artificially raise the price of books, and Judge Cote -- who already found Apple guilty in the antitrust case filed by the Department of Justice -- said the states can move forward with their trial scheduled for July 14.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's no surprise that the states get to move forward with their antitrust lawsuit because Judge Cote doesn't think Apple has been able to back up its claims that there wasn't any injury. July should be an interesting month for Apple's legal team.

...

| Read more »
06:06
External Link: Microsoft Unveils Office 365 Personal

Want to edit Office documents on your iPad, but don’t need to edit on 5 computers, like Office 365 Home Premium allows? Microsoft has announced Office 365 Personal for $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year, which lets you edit Office documents on 1 PC or Mac and 1 tablet, plus offers 20 GB of extra OneDrive storage. However, you can buy a year of Office 365 Home Premium at Amazon for $67.13, and maybe Amazon will offer an even better deal on Office 365 Personal soon.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

| Read more »
06:00
Reviews: Linksys EA6900 AC Router

As AC networking begins to makes its way into more and more devices you may find yourself considering an upgrade for your home network. One option is Linksys' EA6900, a new top-tier networking devices from a long-standing name in the world of routers. Broadly, the EA6900 is a compelling option that offers a router that is not only fast and reliable, but also extremely simple to set up. If we are ......



| Read more »
06:00
Daily App: Help Me Fly challenges you to solve snap...

With its cartoonish graphics, Help Me Fly looks like a children's game, but the title bridges across generations with its challenging circuit based puzzles that even the most dedicated puzzle fan will enjoy.

The premise of Help Me Fly is simple. You...

| Read more »
05:38
9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek comes to the Mac

G5 and Serpent Creek have teamed up to bring 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek to the Mac. It's available on the Mac App Store.

Here's how the game is described: "Your closest friend, journalist Helen Hunter, traveled to the coastal town of Serpent Creek to report on the Serpent Festival. Now she's missing, and the last phone call she made was to you. As a paranormal private investigator, Helen wanted you to weigh in on some frightening things she'd discovered. She asked you to come immediately.
 

read more

| Read more »
05:25
Mavericks: Use Maps to See Traffic and Alerts

You can use Mavericksâ cool Maps program for all sorts of things-getting directions, obviously, or checking out 3D views of cities. But one of the features you may not have known about is the ability to see if thereâs construction, accidents, or other impediments along your route. Weâve got the scoop on how to do so (and what the symbols mean!) in this Quick Tip.


| Read more »
05:19
Apple launches smaller-capacity 8GB iPhone 5c in...

Apple has continued to slowly expand availability of its new entry-level 8-gigabyte iPhone 5c model, with the handset debuting in a number of additional countries this week, including Italy and Sweden.



| Read more »
05:17
Apple Agrees to Provide a Kill Switch on iPhones in...

In February we posted a report titled "New Smartphone Kill Switch Legislation Tabled in California may Force Apple and Others to Comply." The proposed law would require smartphones and other mobile devices to have a "kill switch" to render them inoperable if lost or stolen -- a move that ...

| Read more »
05:04
Case purportedly for Apple's 'iPhone 6...

As they have done in years past, case makers are once again betting on unconfirmed designs rumored for Apple's next iPhone, with one manufacturer betting this year's model will sport a larger display and a sleep/wake button moved to the upper right side.



| Read more »
04:33
CS Odessa announces addition to ConceptDraw Solution...

CS Odessa has announced a new ConceptDraw Solution Park addition for ConceptDraw PRO v9.5 and greater. It's a set of libraries that provide a range of graph and chart types to support documentation and graphics that deal with statics and data. The new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park is a free item for current users of ConceptDraw PRO.

read more

| Read more »
04:28
DB-Text for Mac OS X revved to version 1.4

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has revved DB-Text, its general use tool for opening and editing CSV and TSV files on Mac OS X — to version 1.4.

DB-Text can enlarge or shrink all the columns in a single step from the toolbar. It allows you to move and adjust columns as you need.

In version 1.4, the import function now has the ability to auto-detect the file encode format. Plus, there are new file encode formats for text files to import: nine accepted formats such as (UTF8, ASCII, UTF16, UTF32, OLD MAC OS 9) and others.

read more

| Read more »
04:27
Another Alleged iPhone 6 Case Surfaces with Cutouts...

New photos showing what appears to be another case for Apple's larger-screen iPhone 6 have been posted by Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate]. While details about the case's exact length are unknown, the images are said to have come from a Chinese accessory maker and show a case designed for the next-generation iPhone, similar to cases pictured last week and those on display at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair yesterday.

The case feature slightly rounded edges, similar to the design of the iPhone 5c and consistent with...

| Read more »
04:19
Death of Steve Jobs prompted Samsung’s U-turn on...

We learned yesterday from patent trial evidence that Samsung was worried about running ads that directly attacked Apple, wanting Google to do it for them. We now know that it was the death of Steve Jobs which prompted Samsung’s change of mind, running the Next Big Thing ads which directly mocked Apple customers.

An email trail shows that Samsung America’s VP of U.S. sales Mike Pennington cynically described the death of Jobs as “the best opportunity” to run the campaign, as consumers might be worried about Apple’s future product innovations following the death of its famous co-founder.

Sorry to continue to push this issue, but I have seen this far too long...

| Read more »
04:18
Kool Tools: Korus wireless speakers

If you want premium wireless speakers, you want the Korus V600 and the Korus V400, which are designed to work with iDevices such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, as well as Macs and PCs.

What of Android devices? Currently the only way you can currently connect such a gadget is through a 3.5mm audio cable. A mini-USB baton that will let you connect Droid devices to them is in development, but no official release date has been set.  

read more

| Read more »
04:12
Typinator for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Ergonis Software has released Typinator 5.9, a new maintenance update for its text expander. It incorporates several minor bug fixes and improves compatibility with certain third-party applications like Aperture, MacGiro, Mellel, and others.

Typinator 5.9 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or newer and is compatible with OS X Mavericks. It's available on the Ergonis Software website (https://store.ergonis.com). The upgrade to Typinator 5.9 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for Typinator 5.

read more

| Read more »
04:12
About one-third of phishing attacks aimed at...

According to data collected as part of Kaspersky Lab's "Financial Cyber Threats in 2013" study, cybercriminals are trying harder than ever to acquire confidential user information and steal money from bank accounts by creating fake sites mimicking financial organizations.

In 2013, 31.45% cent of phishing attacks were trading on the names of leading banks, online stores and online payment systems. That's an increase of 8.5 percentage points from the previous year.

read more

| Read more »
03:17
Alleged iPhone 6 cases reflect rumored design...

We’re still months away from Apple’s expected announcement of the iPhone 6, but ambitious manufactures are already designing accessories based on current rumors. Additional silicon cases rumored to fit the iPhone 6 were recently published on NoWhereElse and provide a closer look at some of the device’s possible design changes.

The case pictured above has slightly rounded edges, similar to the 5th generation iPod touch or iPhone 5c, and are consistent with previous rumors. As we’ve seen in...

| Read more »
01:21
8 GB iPhone 5c now available in the Netherlands,...

After a brief period of downtime, the Apple Store website around the world has now gone back up. Aside from a bit of Mother’s Day promotional advertising, there is no change to most regions. For some countries, however, Apple has now made the 8 GB iPhone 5c introduced last month available for sale. The device is now available in the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Poland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, and other regions.

The phone appeared in some Netherlands carrier stores yesterday, as spotted by...

| Read more »
00:47
Apple vs Samsung, Day Seven: You can't infringe...

Not only did Samsung not infringe on Apple's patents, a parade of witnesses for Samsung told the jury today in the Apple-Samsung trial, those patents aren't valid even if Samsung did copy them. With some help from Apple's very light cross-examination, Samsung again flew through a lengthy list of experts who testified on the relative worthlessness of Apple's patents for "data detectors" (also referred to as "quick links"), universal search, autocorrection and the "slide to unlock" concept....



...

| Read more »
00:09
Samsung email targeted Steve Jobs' death as...

Samsung executives discussed Steve Jobs' passing as "unfortunately" having an "unintended benefit for Apple," and at the same time, "our best opportunity to attack iPhone," in internal memos marked "highly confidential," presented in the Apple v. Samsung trial.



| Read more »

Tuesday April 15

23:41
Samsung calls on computer scientists to refute Apple...

In the ongoing Apple v. Samsung patent trial on Tuesday, Samsung continued its defense against by calling on a cavalcade of computer science experts who testified that Apple's patents were not novel, should not have been granted or did not apply to alleged infringing products.



| Read more »
21:53
Apple iAd director spotted in London; UK iTunes...

Fueling speculation that Apple may be planning to expand iTunes Radio to selected countries in the near future, tweets on Twitter have revealed that Apple's director of iAd services, Paul Wright, has been making the rounds of London media marketing and ad agencies where he is based. This follows claims by online radio service Bloom, which would be a competitor to iTunes Radio in the UK, that it was rebuffed from advertising on iAd, and a report of iTunes Radio briefly functioning in Ecuador....



...

| Read more »
 
AAPL
$524.04
Apple Inc.
-0.90
MSFT
$40.02
Microsoft Corpora
+0.01
GOOG
$535.35
Google Inc.
-0.75

MacTech Search:
Community Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Lens Blur 1.3.0 - True out-of-focus boke...
Let Lens Blur transform your existing photo into true SLR-quality out-of-focus bokeh effect! Everyone needs a gorgeous personalized background for a social profile, blog, Web/UI design, presentation... Read more
VMware Fusion 6.0.3 - Run Windows apps a...
VMware Fusion allows you to create a Virtual Machine on your Mac and run Windows (including Windows 8.1) and Windows software on your Mac. Run your favorite Windows applications alongside Mac... Read more
Tweetbot 1.5.1 - Popular iOS twitter cli...
Tweetbot is a full-featured OS X Twitter client with a lot of personality. Whether it's the meticulously-crafted interface, sounds and animation, or features like multiple timelines and column views... Read more
Mac DVDRipper Pro 4.1.7 - Copy, backup,...
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
PDFpenPro 6.2 - Advanced PDF toolkit for...
PDFpenPro allows users to edit PDF's easily. Add text, images and signatures. Fill out PDF forms. Merge or split PDF documents. Reorder and delete pages. Even correct text and edit graphics! Create... Read more
PDFpen 6.2 - Edit and annotate PDFs with...
PDFpen allows users to easily edit PDF's. Add text, images and signatures. Fill out PDF forms. Merge or split PDF documents. Reorder and delete pages. Even correct text and edit graphics! Features... Read more
Monolingual 1.5.9 - Remove unwanted OS X...
Monolingual is a program for removing unnecesary language resources from OS X, in order to reclaim several hundred megabytes of disk space. It requires a 64-bit capable Intel-based Mac and at least... Read more
Maya 2015 - Professional 3D modeling and...
Maya is an award-winning software and powerful, integrated 3D modeling, animation, visual effects, and rendering solution. Because Maya is based on an open architecture, all your work can be scripted... Read more
Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty 1.1.1.180...
Download the patch by launching the Starcraft II game and downloading it through the Battle.net connection within the app. Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty is a strategy game played in real-time. You... Read more
Sibelius 7.5.0 - Music notation solution...
Sibelius is the world's best-selling music notation software for Mac. It is as intuitive to use as a pen, yet so powerful that it does most things in less than the blink of an eye. The demo includes... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

Puzzle Breaker Review
Puzzle Breaker Review By Jordan Minor on April 21st, 2014 Our Rating: :: PUZZLES AND DRAGONSUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Puzzle Breaker combines simple match-3 gameplay with a surprisingly strong RPG feel.   | Read more »
Createrria Gets an Update that Adds Lead...
Createrria Gets an Update that Adds Leaderboards, Parental Controls, and More Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 21st, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »
This Week at 148Apps: April 14-18, 2014
Spring Into Our App Reviews   | Read more »
Have a Special Dead Trigger 2 Easter Bas...
Have a Special Dead Trigger 2 Easter Basket Full of Goodies, Courtesy of Madfinger Games Posted by Rob Rich on April 18th, 2014 [ permalink ] Dead Trigger 2 | Read more »
Almost All of Playdek’s Library is on Sa...
Almost All of Playdek’s Library is on Sale Right Now, and You Should Check it Out Posted by Rob Rich on April 18th, 2014 [ permalink ] Playdek has released quite a few great iOS ports of board and card games over the years, and now most of them... | Read more »
Zynga Launches Brand New Farmville Exper...
Zynga Launches Brand New Farmville Experience with Farmville 2: Country Escape Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 18th, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »
David. Review
David. Review By Cata Modorcea on April 18th, 2014 Our Rating: :: MINIMALISTIC IN A DIFFERENT WAYUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad David is a minimalistic game wrapped inside of a soothing atmosphere in which the hero... | Read more »
Eyefi Unveils New Eyefi Cloud Service Th...
Eyefi Unveils New Eyefi Cloud Service That Allows Users to Share Media Across Personal Devices Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 18th, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »
Tales from the Dragon Mountain: The Lair...
Tales from the Dragon Mountain: The Lair Review By Jennifer Allen on April 18th, 2014 Our Rating: :: STEADY ADVENTURINGiPad Only App - Designed for the iPad Treading a safe path, Tales from the Dragon Mountain: The Lair is a... | Read more »
Yahoo Updates Flickr App with Advanced E...
Yahoo Updates Flickr App with Advanced Editing Features and More Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 18th, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Updated Price Trackers
We’ve updated our Mac Price Trackers with the latest information on prices, bundles, and availability on systems from Apple’s authorized internet/catalog resellers: - 15″ MacBook Pros - 13″ MacBook... Read more
Apple refurbished MacBook Airs available for...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 2013 MacBook Airs available for up to $200 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is free... Read more
Android Leads in Operating System Share Andro...
Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, LLC (CIRP) has released its latest results of its research on mobile phone operating systems for the calendar quarter that ended March 31, 2014. This analysis... Read more
Pelican Products, Inc. Introduces New Lineup...
Pelican Products, Inc., the global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance protective cases, today announced the launch of a new line of rugged phone cases for both the Apple iPhone... Read more
SaveDrives – Car Dashboard Video Camera &...
Drivers who want to help reduce potential damage to their health and finances in the event of an accident can download the innovative new no-cost app SaveDrives – Car Dashboard Video Camera &... Read more
Deal Alert! 13-inch MacBook Pro on sale for $...
Best Buy has the 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pro on sale for $999.99 on their online store. Choose free shipping or free instant local store pickup (if available). Their price is $200 off MSRP. Price is valid... Read more
Free HopTo 2.2 Helps Enhance Your Productivit...
The HopTo app helps you do more on your iPad by providing more and easier adaccess to files and documents. Version 2.2 adds Egnyte and HopTo’s Mac OSX File Connector. If you already have the hopTo... Read more
National Distracted Driving Awareness Month:...
As the country recognizes National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Sprint is reminding wireless consumers to focus on driving while behind the wheel, to not text or email while driving, and to... Read more
13-inch 2.4GHz Retina MacBook Pro available f...
Abt has the 13″ 2.4GHz 128GB Retina MacBook Pro available for $1229 including free shipping. Their price is $70 off MSRP. Read more
iMacs on sale for up to $160 off MSRP this we...
Best Buy has iMacs on sale for up to $160 off MSRP for a limited time. Choose free home shipping or free instant local store pickup (if available). Prices are valid for online orders only, in-store... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Solutions Consultant (ASC) - Apple (...
**Job Summary** The ASC is an Apple employee who serves as an Apple brand ambassador and influencer in a Reseller's store. The ASC's role is to grow Apple Read more
Position Opening at *Apple* - Apple (United...
…customers purchase our products, you're the one who helps them get more out of their new Apple technology. Your day in the Apple Store is filled with a range of Read more
*Apple* Solutions Consultant (ASC) - Apple (...
**Job Summary** The ASC is an Apple employee who serves as an Apple brand ambassador and influencer in a Reseller's store. The ASC's role is to grow Apple Read more
*Apple* Inc. Research Data Specialist - Appl...
…of Worldwide Market Research & Intelligence. The team is responsible for conducting Apple branded consumer market research. It is also responsible for analyzing data Read more
*Apple* Automotive Parts Department position...
Apple Automotive is one of the fastest growing dealer…and it shows. Consider making the switch to the Apple Automotive Group today! At Apple Automotive, we Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.