Thursday, 23 October 2014
Juli Clover, MacRumors
After upgrading to Yosemite, Apple is sending popups that read "Try the new Safari. Fast, energy efficient, and with a beautiful new design."
Didn't Apple warn developers not to misuse the notification system with ads?
Jason Snell, Six Colors
BBEdit 11 includes a modernized CSS dialog box system that retires some of the oldest code remaining in the app. The syntax coloring internals have been changed, which leads to a much-improved set of color schemes.
Samuel Burke, CNN
Bank of America transferred me to Apple Pay customer support. The only problem: Apple's representative reminded me that for security's sake -- as promised -- Apple keeps no records of names or amounts for any of the transactions.
That meant there's nothing Apple could do, the representative told me. So Apple told me to call Bank of America. It was every consumer's worst nightmare: customer service for two companies telling you to call the other.
Mat Honan, Wired
But the bigger story is what Fabric represents. Because it isn’t just a tool for developers any more than Greek horses were meant to beautify Troy. Fabric is the foundation for Twitter to transform a business based purely on a single product—tweets!—into a diversified service aimed at every person and company that makes mobile apps. That, in turn, would affect every person who uses mobile apps. In other words, everyone.
If Twitter succeeds with this plan, it won’t matter whether or not you use Twitter the product. You will end up using Twitter the company every time you use your phone—even if you’re not aware of it.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Joanna Stern, Wall Street Journal
Apple ’s newest tablet, which goes on sale this week starting at $499, remains true to Jobs’s tablet ideals. It’s the best tablet you can buy—especially if you want to read headlines on the morning commute, watch “Frozen” in the back seat and create intricate “Minecraft” metropolises after dark. If you’ve been waiting to replace an older iPad, now’s the time.
But as I hold the thin piece of glass that would have been unimaginable five years ago, I look over at the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and feel like I am missing something. How this iPad stacks up depends entirely on where you plan to take it—and what you want to do with it.
Apple’s sharing all kinds of software updates with us these days, and a few of them are especially exciting for power user iPhone photographers. Here are my thoughts on how the new features affect how we create and share images with our iPhones.
Joseph Keller, iMore
Apple CEO Tim Cook has met with Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai to talk security of user information. The meeting comes two days after an attack on the iCloud website in China was reported.
Joseph Keller, iMore
The new olloclip features fisheye, wide-angle, and two macro lenses, one at 10x, and one at 15x.
Graham Spencer, MacStories
Ben Lovejoy, 9 To 5 Mac
While early Apple Pay experiences appear to have been mostly positive, Eddy Cue’s admission that there is still “a lot of work left to do” has been demonstrated in a number of glitches in the system – some of them resulting in multiple payments being taken for the same transaction …
Lesa Snider, Macworld
Elements 13 isn’t the most feature-packed upgrade ever, but it’s now Retina display-happy and it’s got some timely new stuff for beginners: creating a personalized Facebook Cover image, crop suggestions, variations on Quick mode’s effects, a new selection refinement tool, three Guided Edits for converting photos to black and white, plus tutorials that are more easily discoverable.
James Falconer, iMore
FotoSwipe lets you share photos by swiping your finger from one device to the other (both devices must have FotoSwipe installed).
Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica
A test from Primate Labs' Geekbench Results Browser sheds an interesting light on the subject, though: the result in question shows a three-core processor with 2GB of RAM, double the memory of any previous iOS device. Assuming the scores are accurate, the A8X could outdo the A7 in some tasks by as much as 66 percent.
Edward Mendelson, The New York Review Of Books
When I work in Word, for all its luxuriant menus and dazzling prowess, I can’t escape a faint sense of having entered a closed, rule-bound society. When I write in WordPerfect, with all its scruffy, low-tech simplicity, the world seems more open, a place where endings can’t be predicted, where freedom might be real.
John Gruber, Daring Fireball
It’s not so much that Apple has complicated the iPad lineup, as that they’ve expanded it downward into lower price points.
I disagree. People don't allocate money into individual piles for iPhone, iPad, and MacBook. The complicated question that people will ask is this: should I spend less money on an iPad, so that I can have more money to buy a better MacBook / iPhone / restaurant meal, or vice versa? And, that question is complicated to answer.
Juan Carlos Perez, PCWorld
Complaints that Mac OS X Yosemite disrupts or entirely disables Wi-Fi have been flowing into social media sites and discussion forums since the release of the OS last Thursday, but Apple has yet to acknowledge there’s a problem.
Walt Mossberg, Re/code
That leaves future-proofing as the main reason to get an iPad Air 2. Its faster processing and graphics capability are likely to make it better than the original Air, as more apps are built that try to bring advanced gaming, or heavy-duty video editing, to the tablet.
Jeffrey L. Wilson, PC Magazine
Pandora, Songza, and other iPhone music apps boast of their ability to introduce listeners to new tunes by using secret-sauce algorithms or community input, but few of them can match WhoSampled's music-discovery chops.
Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic
If most users have switched to upgrading their phone over the air—and most, this chart hints, have—and if Apple continues to make phones with so little storage by default, then it will see its previously pristine upgrade rates plunge, and the nature of its products change.
Farhad Manjoo, New York Times
Let’s get this out of the way first: Apple’s new iPads are the best tablets on the market today.
So these are fantastic tablets. The question is: Do you need a fantastic tablet?
Molly Wood, New York Times
Uber initially let me request a car without signing in, but the app made me sign in after the car had been requested and then asked for an email and phone number. The multiple steps caused Apple Pay to authorize three separate payments of the Uber base fare.
Wall Street Journal
Apple said in a statement on its website that it is aware of “intermittent organized network attacks” aimed at obtaining user information from iCloud.com. Apple said the attacks don’t compromise the company’s iCloud servers and don’t affect iCloud sign-in on Apple devices running its iOS mobile software or Macs running OS X Yosemite using its Safari browser.
If you do have a card from a participating bank that was issued in the US however, it works just fine for purchases in Australia.Anywhere you see MasterCard’s PayPass, Visa’s payWave or American Express’ ExpressPay (or simply, the contactless logo) – you can use Apple Pay.
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
David Nield, Gizmodo UK
Here are 17 new things you can do with the software, from hiding the traces of your Web browsing to recording screen activity on an iPad.
Michael Muchmore, PC Magazine
Weebly is PCMag's Editors' Choice for easy website building, and also provides Web hosting services. So how good is the Weebly iPad app (free) at letting you build and edit your site? I'll compare it with not only its Web-based sibling, but also with the Jimdo iPad app—the sole competitor as we wait for apps from DudaOne, Squarespace, and Wix. The short version: The app is impressive, but suffers from a few serious limitations.
Parker Leavitt, The Arizona Republic
The people at GT Advanced Technologies were so nice, as was the massive building where the company was to manufacture ultra-hard sapphire glass for Apple products like iPhones. The huge corridors were clean, and the cafeteria looked tasty. Employees seemed genuinely happy.
For the 66-year-old working widow, the dream lasted just 8.5 hours.
Mike Beasley, 9 To 5 Mac
Realmac Software’s popular website development tool RapidWeaver has been updated to version 6 today. The upgrade introduces many new features and enhancements to the app, including a completely redesigned interface for OS X Yosemite. The new update also adds improved publishing that’s much faster than the previous version and a new addon manager for keeping track of your installed plugins.
Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China's foreign ministry, told journalists the government was "resolutely opposed" to hacking.
China Telecom, the country's state-owned internet provider, also said the accusation was "untrue and unfounded".
Pete Pachal, Mashable
We decided to check out how Apple Pay works in the real world by adding cards from various banks and using it at a few retailers and services in New York City. The result: it's definitely more convenient than a credit card, but there's room for improvement.
Ben Popper, The Verge
Apple Pay will work with multiple credit, debit, and reward cards if you load them into Passbook. But as our hands-on video demonstrated, most of the time people will probably be relying on the default card, avoiding the hassle of unlocking the phone and tapping around in Passbook.
Daniel Eran Dilger, AppleInsider
John Moltz, Macworld
The problem is not so much that the low-end devices are underpowered. If Apple wanted to offer very cheap low-end machines, that would be fine. The problem is the huge gap between the low-end and the midrange. This seems like a gimmick to me, a trick designed to allow Apple to tout a low entry-level price and then drive everyone to buy the midrange device.
Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice
Mike Isaac, New York Times
Large tech and telecom companies like Google, Verizon and AT&T have tried for years to replace the traditional wallet with smartphone apps, having a click here or swipe there replace a credit card or dollar bills at the register. But commerce experts say they believe that the involvement of Apple, which helped revolutionize the mobile industry, could be the impetus that moves mainstream consumers to digital payments — the latest in an evolution of the way people buy goods and services.
John Gruber, Daring Fireball
Ends up, no, the iPad isn’t the iPhone, and in a broader sense, the tablet market isn’t like the phone market. It’s more like the PC market.
Chuong H Nguyen, iMore
Starting the first quarter of its 2015 fiscal year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company may not break out sales figures for the Apple Watch. By not disclosing exact sales numbers for Apple's nascent smartwatch, a typically secretive Apple would hope to gain a competitive advantage over competitors. Apple would employ a new way of reporting sales and earnings for its Apple Watch by categorizing it into a category marked "other" along with a few other products.
Agen G. N. Schmitz, TidBITS
Flat is the word for iTunes 12 (officially version 12.0.1 at launch), which is in some ways a radical reinterpretation of Apple’s digital bouillabaisse of media player/organizer, online store, and device synchronization hub. While there aren’t any groundbreaking new features, Apple has shifted around (or pared down) many interface elements. In the end, the essence of what remains retains familiarity with previous versions of iTunes, and there are some welcome tweaks that actually help to streamline the app.
Robert Lemos, Ars Technica
"For Spotlight Suggestions we minimize the amount of information sent to Apple. Apple doesn't retain IP addresses from users’ devices. Spotlight blurs the location on the device so it never sends an exact location to Apple. Spotlight doesn't use a persistent identifier, so a user's search history can't be created by Apple or anyone else. Apple devices only use a temporary anonymous session ID for a 15-minute period before the ID is discarded."
"We also worked closely with Microsoft to protect our users' privacy. Apple forwards only commonly searched terms and only city-level location information to Bing. Microsoft does not store search queries or receive users' IP addresses."
Kirk McElhearn, Kirkville
To see them, select the Music library, then click Playlists, to show the iTunes Playlists sidebar.
Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica
Apple has just released the data for the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2014, and the story is the same as it's been for most of the year: iPhone sales are up, iPad sales are down-to-flat, Mac sales are up a little and continue to beat the growth rate of the wider PC market, and iPods have fallen off a cliff. Apple's fourth quarter runs from the beginning of July to the end of September, so it includes the new iPhone launch but not the new iPads and Macs announced last week.
Dan Thorp-Lancaster, iMore
Writing against iOS' most current SDK is nothing new, as the company made similar demands for the iOS 7 SDK. What is new, however, is the requirement for 64-bit support.
Jason Snell, Six Colors
I pulled the iPhone 6 out of my pocket and before I could even move it closer to the payment terminal—newly festooned with a Now Accepting Apple Pay tag—Apple Pay appeared on my phone and asked me to verify my purchase via Touch ID.
Bryan M. Wolfe, AppAdvice
Zac Hall, 9 To 5 Mac
Alongside iOS 8.1, Apple has released a new version of its Apple Store app just in time for Apple Pay. The new version supports Apple’s new mobile payment service with a dedicated “Buy with Apple Pay” button available at checkout.
Federico Viticci, MacStories