Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Kif Leswing, GigaOM
A new app called Duet Display will turn your iPad into an external screen for your Mac, and it does it over the cable you already use to charge and sync.
Stephen Robles, AppleInsider
David Jenkins, Metro
In terms of gameplay mechanics though there’s no getting away from it: Papers, Please is boring and repetitive. But it’s meant to be that way. You’re not supposed to be enjoying being an immigration official, checking rulebooks and cross-referencing entries. And yet despite this the game is incredibly tense.
Mike Isaac, New York Times
The new companies that recently agreed to work with the service include SunTrust, Barclaycard and USAA. Ten more banks, including TD Bank North America and Commerce Bank, will back the new form of payment on Tuesday. With the new additions, Apple says it supports the cards that represent about 90 percent of the credit card purchase volume in the United States.
Karen Gullo And Robert Burnson, Bloomberg
Juror Jerry Kaake said no evidence was produced showing that the software upgrades were intended to thwart RealNetworks, while Apple put on ample proof it was trying to enhance security, including a report from an outside security firm the iPod maker hired and the testimony of a company security executive.
Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice
Topher Kessler, Macworld
While OS X is relatively secure by default, there are some additional steps you can take to ensure the data on your Mac is only accessible by you, even if your Mac is stolen. Take the following tips to heart to better protect your Mac and its data.
Despite what the developers of Cleen may say, there’s no good reason for collecting this data. Whether people are using the app or not, or how much, won’t change anything about the app. Money is the only reason to continue or discontinue development.
Juli Clover, MacRumors
According to Instagram, early filters were designed to compensate for lower image quality, while the filters released today take into account higher image quality while providing tools to capture the mood of a moment.
Topher Kessler, MacIssues
This problem likely is happening because of errors in your hard drive’s partitioning and formatting, so to fix this problem, you will need to use Disk Utility in Recovery Mode.
Josh Lowensohn, The Verge
Delivering a unanimous verdict today, the group said Apple's iTunes 7.0, released in the fall of 2006, was a "genuine product improvement," meaning that new features (though importantly increased security) were good for consumers.
Tim Higgins, Bloomberg
Apple Inc. halted online sales of its products in Russia due to “extreme” ruble fluctuations, showing how the currency’s swings are rippling out to international businesses.
See Also: Here's Why the Russian Ruble Is Collapsing (Natalie Kitroeff and Joe Weisenthal): Russia's economy has been hurt by two big things: the falling price of oil and economic sanctions. (Remember Crimea?) The oil and gas industry generates about half of Russia's revenue, so when a combination of the shale boom in the U.S. and weaker demand worldwide pushed the price from $110 per barrel earlier this year to $60, Russia got hammered.
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Michael Simon, Macworld
With a style and simplicity all its own, Workflow brings desktop-level automation to the iPhone and iPad.
Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice
Nate Raymond, Reuters
In arguments before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, some judges appeared sympathetic to Apple’s contention that it engaged in pro-competitive conduct when in 2010 it entered an e-books market largely dominated by Amazon. Amazon at the time had a 90 percent market share.
Zac Hall, 9 To 5 Mac
Kindle for iOS now includes integration with Goodreads, the social cataloging service it bought last year, allowing readers users to share book progress and completion status, quotes, and more Kindle to Goodreads.
Peter Cohen, iMore
The problem is that Apple absolutely does as much as it can to dissuade users from iCloud — especially casual ones who may not understand a lot of technical intricacies that many of us take for granted. When you try, your Mac throws up a bunch of really scary messages.
Jordan Kahn, 9 To 5 Mac
The repurposing for the holidays will only arrive in some stores depending on needs and traffic, with some stores scheduled to use the Genius Bar area to complete express sales and hold products scheduled for pick-up. Other changes, however, will go beyond the holidays as the stores under new retail chief Angela Ahrendts evolve to better deal with increased foot traffic.
Monday, 15 December 2014
Jeremy Foo, Medium
It always starts with a LinkedIn message from an Apple recruiter.
4 years ago, that was the case when I was in my final year of university. It was such a thrill to be approached and tremendously flattered my ego to be thought of as worthy enough to work at the fruit company. I had just shipped my first iOS App.
Kirk McElhearn, Kirkville
David Cay Johnston, Newsweek
The ultimate goal of the big corporate tax dodgers is what tax lawyer Edward D. Kleinbard calls “stateless income”—siphoning profits out of high-tax countries in Europe, Japan and North America and moving them around under various tax treaties until they are not subject to any tax because they are being reported in a nonexistent country called Nowhere.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune
Benjamin Mayo, 9 To 5 Mac