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Tue, Jul 31, 2012

Hulu Plus Now Available On Apple TV

Arnold Kim, MacRumors

Apple Struggles In Emerging Markets

Tim Bradshaw, Kathrin Hille and Kanupriva Kapoor, Financial Times

Why Apple’s New Ads Are Stupid, And Why They May Backfire

Kirk McElhearn, Kirkville
Apple has always touted the ease of use of Macs and of Mac OS X, but in these ads – at least two of them – you see people who can’t do what they want with their Macs, and who need a genius to help them. So instead of talking about simplicity, Apple is talking about complexity.

Apple OS Updates Scare Me

Dave Winer, Scripting News
All I want from an operating system is stability and performance. I want it to stay out of my way. I use today's Mac OS largely the same way I used previous versions and how I use Windows. Not looking for innovation in the OS. Pretty sure I'm like most users in this regard. Yet the tech industry seems to think that users want change in the OS.

Trigger Private Browsing In Safari For Specific Sites

Megan Lavey-Heaton, TUAW

One Of Apple’s Best Ideas Ever — Made Worse

David Pogue, New York Times
The beauty of the MagSafe connector was that Apple had found precisely the right balance between attachment and detachment. Strong enough to hold the connector in place, weak enough to detach if it gets yanked.
The MagSafe 2 connector fails that balance test. Badly. The magnet is too weak. It’s so weak, it keeps falling out. It falls out if you brush it. It falls out if you tip the laptop slightly. It falls out if you look at it funny. It’s a huge, huge pain.
One of Apple’s Best Ideas Ever — Made Worse (Marco Arment): To me, it seems worse in every other way: the connector is longer, wider, weaker, uglier, and not available in the more-convenient “L” shape that every MagSafe plug has had for the last couple of years.

New Mac Ads: Landing With A Serious Thud

Ken Segall's Observatory
How many great campaigns have you seen that appeal to one target group, but turn off everyone else? There’s no excuse for a campaign like that. Apple’s momentum is fueled by the enthusiasm of its core customers. The last thing it wants is to win new customers at the cost of looking ridiculous to its enthusiastic supporters.

How To Bring Web Sharing Back To Mountain Lion

Adam C. Engst, TidBITS
It’s distressing to see Apple simplifying Mac OS X in ways like this, not so much because it’s difficult to bring the functionality back, but because features like Web Sharing have been a mainstay of Mac OS X for so long. Having them deprecated in this fashion is more evidence of how Apple’s vision for the future of the platform is evolving away from where it has been for so long. We can only hope that — if we are indeed slowly being reverted back to the days before so many capabilities were built into the operating system — Apple won’t prevent independent developers from stepping into the breach to maintain and extend such functionality.

Apple Design Chief: 'Our Goal Isn't To Make Money'

Katherine Rushton, Telegraph
“Our goal and what gets us excited is to try and make great products. We trust that if we are successful people will like them, and if we are operationally competent we will make revenue, but we are very clear about our goal.”

Mon, Jul 30, 2012

New Command Line Tools In Mountain Lion Manage Encryption, Sleep And Sharing

TJ Luoma, TUAW

Mountain Lion Passes 3 Million Downloads In First Four Days

Serenity Caldwell, Macworld

Mountain Lion: Pause Notifications, Edit Bookmarks

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld
Press the Option key while clicking on the Notification icon in the right end of the menu bar. This will pause the display of notifications.

Server, Simplified: A Power User's Guide To OS X Server

Andrew CUnningham, Ars Technica
This article should serve as an introduction to the software's capabilities, an evaluation of how those services work compared to the competition, and a basic how-to guide for getting everything up and running. By the time you're done reading, you should have a decent working knowledge of what this software can do, how to configure it, and whether it's right for you.

Sun, Jul 29, 2012

Mountain Lion AirPlay Mirroring V. AirParrot: Fight!

Chris FOresman, Ars Technica
The reason, we discovered, is that the feature relies on Intel's QuickSync hardware-accelerated video compression technology. QuickSync is a feature of the integrated graphics built into Intel's Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge series processors.
But if you have an older machine or haven't updated to Mountain Lion, it doesn't necessarily mean you can't stream your Mac's display to an Apple TV. A third-party shareware app that works with Snow Leopard or later on a variety of Mac hardware is available, and we found it works quite well. It also offers some unique features that Apple's implementation does not.

iPhones Make Chinese Eyes Light Up

The Economist
Some say Apple should copy an idea from Henry Ford. The great American carmaker paid his employees enough to afford a Model T. Will the workers who assemble iPads one day be able to own one? With wages soaring in China, that may not be a pipe dream. Given that wages account for only 2% of the retail price, bumping them up would hardly cripple Apple’s margins. And removing the “sweatshop” stigma might help its global reputation.

Fed Up With Bad Apple

Stephanie Peating, Sydney Morning Herald
A parliamentary inquiry is investigating how it could force computer giant Apple to appear before it after members became frustrated with the company's refusal to co-operate.

OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) Notes App

Stephen Coles, Fonts In Use
Fortunately, unlike the hacks that were required of iOS users who wanted to free themselves of Marker Felt, the Notes app does allow you to engage the Fonts panel and use any font you wish. But it’s another disappointing default choice from Apple.
I was quite confused with this Notes app.

Apple Discussed Investing In Twitter

Shira Ovide and Jessica E. Vascellaro, Wall Street Journal
Apple Inc. held discussions with Twitter Inc. more than a year ago about taking a strategic investment in the short-messaging service, according to a person familiar with the talks.
People familiar with the matter said there are no current formal investment or acquisition discussions between the companies.

Genius Ads

John Moltz's Very Nice Web Site
From an image standpoint, I wonder if the Genius is really the iconic face you want for your company. I don’t have anything against Geniuses, I’ve always had a good experience with them. But the “I’m a Mac” ads used the Mac itself as a face. The Switcher ads before that used “people like you”. Now Apple’s going with a generic Apple employee. The actor does a good job with the material, it’s just I’m not sure the part should have been written.

Top 10 Secret Features Of OS X Mountain Lion

Adam Dachis, Lifehacker
If your want your notifications to shut up for awhile you can do that pretty easily. All you have to do is option-click the Notification Center icon in the top right corner of your menubar.

Sat, Jul 28, 2012

Apple Officials Said To Consider Stake In Twitter

Evelyn M. Rusli and Nick Bilton, New York Times
Apple, which has stumbled in its efforts to get into social media, has talked with Twitter in recent months about making a strategic investment in it, according to people briefed on the matter.
Apple has considered an investment in the hundreds of millions of dollars, one that could value Twitter at more than $10 billion, up from an $8.4 billion valuation last year, these people said. They declined to be named because the discussions were private.
I wonder what would a skeuomorphic version of a Twitter client look like.

Apple Digs In To Protect 'App Store' Name

Jeff John Roberts, GigaOM

Mountain Lion’s New File System

Oliver Reichenstein, Information Architects
Apple has been working on its file system and with iOS it had almost killed the concept of folders — before reintroducing them with a peculiar restriction: only one level! With Mountain Lion it brings its one folder level logic to OSX. What could be the reason for such a restrictive measure?

Can I Get Your Address?

Daniel Jalkut, Red Sweater
It would be far preferable if there were an API mechanism through which an app could request specific content from the Address Book, along with a dynamically stated explanation. But this is better than nothing.

Software Base Station In Mountain Lion Finally Adds Modern Encryption

Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS

Do I Care What Apple Does With RSS?

Dave Winer, Scripting News
I don't think the browser guys ever understood RSS or liked it very much. Their idea was to try to sweep it away, or make it look like a website, but they couldn't make up their minds, and their implementations were all over the map. I'd say they hurt the cause by adding all that confusion. So when Apple pulls back, I'm okay with that.

Fri, Jul 27, 2012

Ask The iTunes Guy: Grab Bag

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

Apple Security Guru Lays Out iPad, iPhone Crypto Architecture At Black Hat

Ellen Messmer, Network World
A top Apple security guru Thursday presented an in-depth view into the security architecture for iOS, the basis of iPhones and iPad tablets, underscoring the complex certificate-based encryption framework Apple has adopted.
“Our attitude is security is an architecture,” said Apple platform security manager Dallas De Atley, adding, “It’s not something you sprinkle over your code when it’s done.”

Apple Acquires Fingerprint Scanner Firm AuthenTec

Dan Moren, Macworld

Calm Down, 10.8'S AirPlay Restrictions Are Technical - Not Planned Obsolescence

Jason D. O'Grady, ZDNet

How To Remove Apps From The Dock In OS X Mountain Lion

Dan Frommer, SplatF
You can still pull the apps off, but you have to hold them for a few seconds in mid-air and drag them further away before they go poof.

Turns Out Apple Conducts Market Research After All

Jessica E. Vascellaro, Wall Street Journal
The study points to Apple’s concern about the growth of Android, which eclipsed the iPhone in overall smartphone shipments that year. The big takeaways: Chinese customers remain some of the most enthusiastic about various iPhone features. And Apple’s brand and the design were far bigger drivers of iPhone purchases than software features and apps.

It’s Not Just The Geeks Like Us

Marco Arment
Geeks aren’t the only people who have the problems that these apps solve, and we’re not the only people who can figure out how to find, buy, and use these tools. Give the rest of the computer-owning world some credit.
This isn’t about a few geeks being inconvenienced. It’s about a very large number of Mac users, far beyond geeks, being discouraged from buying (or being unable to buy) the software they need from the Mac App Store, and why that’s not in Apple’s best long-term interests.

New Mac Malware Eavesdrops On Users, Requires No Password To Install

Dan Goodin, Ars Technica
Researchers have unearthed new malware that turns a Mac into a remote spying platform that is able to intercept e-mail and instant-message communications. The malware uses internal microphones and cameras to spy on people in the vicinity of the OS X machine.

Podcasts For iOS Remains Hard To Use After Recent Fixes

Iljitsch van Beijnum, Ars Technica

The Mac App Store’s Future

Neven Mrgan’s Tumbl
But put the two facts together—the loss of casual users to iOS, and the loss of non-casual apps on the App Store—and it starts to look like a problem.

Up Close With Mountain Lion: Contacts And Calendars

Christopher Breen, Macworld

OS X Dashboard: Can It Be Revived, Or Is It Destined To Be A Ghost Town?

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica
Trust me when I say it is not an easy feat finding sources to speak to on this subject—it's not like trying to find an iOS developer. You bump into twelve of those every time you turn a corner. From the outset, this angle was a challenge, only highlighting how barren the Dashboard widget landscape really is in 2012. Don't these guys feel lonely?

Clearing Up Mountain Lion Confusion

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Up Close With Mountain Lion: Notes

Christopher Breen, Macworld

The Mac App Store’s Future Of Irrelevance

Marco Arment
But now, I’ve lost all confidence that the apps I buy in the App Store today will still be there next month or next year. The advantages of buying from the App Store are mostly gone now. My confidence in the App Store, as a customer, has evaporated.

Safari 6 Available For Mountain Lion And Lion, But Not Windows

Lex Friedman, Macworld
Though Apple’s statement doesn’t explicitly say that Safari 6 will never be available for Windows users, we don’t suggest Ballmer fans hold their breath: While Safari remains the dominant browser for Mac users, its market share on the Windows side has never managed to eke above a blip.

Mountain Lion’s iCloud Puts Life, Documents In Sync

Andy Ihnatko, Chicago Sun-Times
It’s high-time to strip away all of those unnecessary steps and concepts. It’s time for the OS to step in and make sense of it all. iCloud document syncing is a huge step towards the ideal of never having to care about how, or where, or when, I saved a document. I just sit and work, and my device makes sure that the document I want is on the device I’m using at the time I want it.

How To Evaluate A (Paid) iPhone App Idea

Tony Wright's Startup Front End
If what you want is a bootstrapped freedom-from-employment effort or are passionate about an idea that’s a lousy fit for in-app purchases, paid apps are a great path.

Watch What Apple’s OS Update Did To One Network’s Traffic

Om Malik, GigaOM
Apple fans seem to love Mountain Lion OS X which launched earlier today. And evidence of that love is found in the sharp spike in download traffic from iTunes and Mac App Store. Here is a snapshot of what the downloads look like on a network.

Thu, Jul 26, 2012

Up Close With Mountain Lion: AirPlay Mirroring

Dan Frakes, Macworld

Up Close With Mountain Lion: Auto Save

Christopher Breen, Macworld
In addition to those Duplicate, Lock, and Browse All Versions options, you'll now find commands for renaming and moving files as well as for retrieving the last saved version of your file. Which of those commands you see depends on whether you’ve already saved the file and where you’ve saved it to.

Up Close With Mountain Lion: Dictation

Lex Friedman, Macworld
Though it falls short of full Siri integration, Mountain Lion's system-wide Dictation tool does bring iOS's transcription functionality to the Mac.

Apple Will Now Let Any Teacher Publish Content To iTunes U

Liz Gannes, All Things D
Apple is upping its bid for its hot-selling iPad to be a teaching device, with an update today to its iTunes U app that allows any teacher to create a private course.

Microsoft Office For Mac: “We’re Ready For Mountain Lion!”

Kaylie Moise, Macgasm

Automator Workflow Of The Month: Bring RSS Back To Safari 6

Christpoher Breen, Macworld
You can still see RSS articles in Safari with a little help from Apple's automation utility, Automator.

The Average App

Dave Addey
How much does the average app make on the iOS App Store? Can you, in fact, make a living from selling apps? As the founder of a profitable app development company, these are questions I’ve given a lot of consideration.

Subscribe To Feed Safari Extension

Daniel Jalkut, Red Sweater
I’m disappointed by Apple’s decision to remove the button, but when life hands you lemons …

How To Bend Mountain Lion's Notification Center To Your Will

Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Did Apple Just Quietly End Development Of Safari For Windows?

Frederic Lardinois, TechCrunch
Indeed, it looks like Apple has removed all download links for Safari from its site for the time being. This could be because Apple is currently highlighting Safari’s new features in Mountain Lion (which pre-installs Safari 6), or because Apple has indeed ended development of Safari for Windows.
If Apple's goal is to earn some revenue sharing money from Google, well, that's money Apple now doesn't want.

Apple Releases Power Nap-enabling Firmware Updates For Recent MacBooks

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Xcode 4.4 Now Available In The Mac App Store, Enhanced For The MacBook Pro With Retina Display

Cody Fink, MacStories
Updated to take advantage of the MacBook Pro with Retina display, Xcode 4.4 also includes OS X 10.8 SDKs in concert with the release of Mountain Lion earlier this morning.

iPhoto, Aperture Get Mountain Lion Updates And Other Changes

Peter Cohen, The Loop

Mountain Lion Miscellany

Shawn Blanc
The RSS button in Safari is gone completely. If you come across a site and you want to subscribe to its RSS feed you’ll need to either have your own bookmarklet that adds the site to Google Reader or Fever, or the site will need a link to its RSS feed.

What's New In iTunes U

Fraser Speirs

How Mountain Lion Changes The Rules For AppleScript

Shane Stanley, TidBITS
OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion keeps the same script file format as its predecessors, and yet at the same time changes the rules completely: scripts and applications can be saved in an uncompiled state. It is a small change, and simultaneously a huge one.

Apple Pulls Lion From The Mac App Store

Lex Friedman, Macworld
With the Option key trick, customers who own Lion and, for whatever reason, want to install it fresh on a compatible Mac, can do so. Cautious Mac users who try to remain one major Mac OS iteration behind the current release, on the other hand, are out of luck. It looks like Apple will offer new buyers just one version of its desktop operating system in the Mac App Store, and that version is Mountain Lion. If you don’t already own Lion, the Mac App Store currently offers no way to get it.

Safari 6 For Lion Adds Unified Search Bar, More

Dan Moren, Macworld
While Mountain Lion may be getting all the attention, users of OS X Lion have a couple of software updates to grab as well on Wednesday. Among the most significant is Safari 6 for Lion, which brings many of the same features included in the Mountain Lion version of Apple’s Web browser—though not all of them.

Up Close With Mountain Lion: Safari

Leah Yamshon, Macworld
Safari has been around forever, and you might not think there was much that Apple could do to improve it in Mountain Lion. But in fact the company has found some clever—and welcome—ways to update the app many of use more than any other.

Up close with Mountain Lion: Messages

Dan Miller, Macworld
Messages is not just a reskinning of iChat. Sure, the interface looks different. But in addition to its updated interface, Messages introduces a big change to the way instant messaging works on the Mac.

Up Close With Mountain Lion: Reminders

Lex Friedman, Macworld
Reminders, of course, is a tool for recording and storing todo lists, tasks, and any other little bits you want to remember. If you're familiar with the Reminders iOS app, you'll feel right at home in the Mountain Lion version, which is a near-perfect clone.

Up Close With Mountain Lion: Security

Lex Friedman, Macworld
Though Apple has long prided itself on the Mac’s safety record, recent events such as the Flashback Trojan horse have proven that the company can’t take the security of its operating systems for granted. And the security upgrades in Mountain Lion make it clear that Apple isn’t.

Should You Do A "Clean Install" Of Mountain Lion?

Dan Frakes, Macworld

How To Install Mountain Lion Over Leopard

Dan Frakes, Macworld

How To Make A Bootable Mountain Lion Install Drive

Dan Frakes, Macworld
Thankfully, it’s easy to create a bootable install drive from the Mountain Lion installer that you download from the Mac App Store. I show you how, below.

Hands On With Mountain Lion's OS X Recovery And Internet Recovery

Dan Frakes, Macworld
A major feature that debuted in Lion (OS X 10.7) and continues in Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) is one I hope you’ll never need to use: recovery mode, officially called OS X Recovery. (It was called Lion Recovery under Lion.) When you install Mountain Lion or Lion, the installer creates an invisible, bootable, 650MB partition—a portion of a drive the operating system treats as a separate volume—on your startup drive called Recovery HD that includes a few essential utilities for fixing problems, restoring files, browsing the Web, and even reinstalling the operating system.

Installing Mountain Lion: What You Need To Know

Dan Frakes, Macworld
Fair warning: If you install Mountain Lion right when it’s released, keep in mind that you’re installing version 1.0 of a major new OS. It could be bug-free, but if the history of OS X is any indication, we’ll see the first update, containing a number of bug fixes, within a few weeks. If downtime isn’t an option for you, you might consider holding off for OS X 10.8.1.

Up Close With Mountain Lion: Sharing

Dan Moren, Macworld
One of the many features that Mountain Lion has borrowed from iOS is the idea of systemwide sharing. In many apps you'll see a Share button, represented by an arrow popping out of a box, which provides quick, one-button access to easy ways to disseminate the content you're viewing. Whereas in the past you might have had to—heaven forfend—copy and paste a URL you wanted to share into your Twitter client, now you can share that link right from where you found it.

Up Close With Mountain Lion: Notifications

Dan Moren, Macworld
iOS users will immediately recognize Mountain Lion's new notification system—it's more or less the same one that debuted on iOS 5 last year. Long time Mac users, on the other hand, will probably recognize its functionality as the same sort offered by the open-source framework Growl. In either case, the idea is simple: Lots of things happen on your Mac—emails, IMs, alarms, even Twitter updates. Notification Center gathers them in a single location, so you can quickly see at a glance everything you need to know.

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, The Little Details

Jeff Carlson, TidBITS
Apple makes viewing Notification Center sound easy: “just swipe to the left from the right edge of the trackpad.” After I scrolled my Safari window to the right for the fifth time, I figured out that Apple really means from the edge. Position your fingers off the right side of the laptop’s trackpad or Magic Trackpad, and then swipe onto the pad’s surface.

Wed, Jul 25, 2012

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: The Ars Technica Review

John Siracusa, Ars Technica
But hang on a second. For a desktop OS in the year 2012, which direction is "forward," anyway? The obvious answer is "toward iOS," but Lion proved that it's not quite that simple. And really, there has to be more to it than compulsive imitation, otherwise why continue development of the Mac platform at all?
Mountain Lion is Apple's answer to all these questions. It is the digital manifestation of Apple's belief that the Mac is still relevant, that it can be made better than it was before. In some ways, I feel the same as I did over a decade ago when considering a new version of OS X: I want to believe.
About My Mountain Lion Review (John Siracusa, Hypercritical)

Mountain Lion And The Simplification Of OS X

Shawn Blanc
To build iOS, Apple needed its years of experience making OS X. And now, to refine OS X, Apple needs its newfound expertise from iOS to bring power and simplicity back to the Mac.

Mountain Lion

John Gruber, Daring Fireball
But to understand what Mountain Lion really is, you really have to look at it not as a standalone OS release, but as a step in a series of releases.

Mountain Lion: Apple Gets Its Operating Systems In Sync

Jason Snell, Macworld
Mountain Lion is the next step after Lion. It’s Apple’s current state of the art. If you’re running Lion (or even if you’re a holdout running Snow Leopard), I recommend hopping on board.

The Review Of John Siracusa’s Review Of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Marco Arment
I greatly enjoyed John Siracusa’s 10.8 Mountain Lion review for Ars Technica. I was especially satisfied with the iCloud vs. Reality, Scene Kit, and Power Nap sections.
If you’re concerned about stability, or you want to argue with Siracusa about anything he said, you might want to wait for the first few edits. But for the adventurous, you can install it into your reading list of choice right now.

iTunes Tip: Rip CDs In Mono In iTunes

Kirk McElhearn, Kirkville

With Apple’s Numbers, Timing Is Everything

MG Siegler, TechCrunch
Product speculation isn’t hurting Apple’s bottom line any more than Apple’s own methodical release cycles are. And neither are actually hurting sales at all — at worst, they’re simply delaying them. Q1 2013 is going to be massive.

Apple CEO Loves India But Doesn’t See Much Business Here

Javed Anwer, The TImes Of India
"I love India, but I believe Apple has some higher potential in the intermediate term in some other countries. This doesn't mean we're not putting emphasis in India. We have a business there and it's growing but my own perspective is that in the intermediate term there will be larger opportunities outside (the country)," [Tim Cook] said.

Apple’s Reality-Check Quarter In Charts

Dan Frommer, SplatF
But the big-picture story is that this is a slower period ahead of the expected new iPhone and potential new iPad this fall (and maybe someday, a television). Apple’s 23% year-over-year revenue growth was its slowest since 12% growth in the June 2009 quarter, and was almost down at Google’s 21% level!

Email Client Alternatives To Sparrow For The Mac

Kelly Hodgkins, TUAW

The Sparrow Problem

Marco Arment
As any App Store developer knows, its income is like a roller coaster: you never know what you’re going to make next month. It could be 25% or 400% of last month.
And it can also be 0%, thanks to Apple.

Apple CEO Tim Cook: Rumors Are A "Great Thing About This Country"

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica
"We try very hard to keep our product roadmap secret and confidential, and we go to extreme activities to do that. That, however, doesn't stop people from speculating or wondering," [Tim Cook] said. "That's the great thing about this country; people can say what they think. I'm not going to spend any energy trying to change that. I'm glad people want the next thing. I'm super happy about it."

Closed For Business

Matt Gemmell
If you’re not in the mobile apps business to make money, then great - congratulations. This is your bus stop. Off you go. Have a nice life. I, however, am in business to make money.

Apple Reminds Users Of Coming Shutdown

Dan Moren, Macworld

Apple Warms Up To Hackers, Plans Presentation At Black Hat

Jordan Robertson, Bloomberg
While many major technology vendors have overcome their reluctance to making a public showing at the conference, Apple, now the world’s most valuable company, has had no problem snubbing a community whose aim is to unearth its vulnerabilities.
That will change Thursday when Dallas De Atley, manager of Apple’s platform security team, is scheduled to give a presentation on key security technologies within iOS, the operating system for iPhones and iPads.

Developers Dish On iCloud's Challenges

Lex Friedman, Macworld
For some developers, iCloud is a mixed bag: They want to implement it, but it’s an awfully complicated undertaking.

Apple To Ship Mountain Lion On Wednesday

Joel Mathis, Macworld
Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company would ship Mountain Lion, the latest version of its OS X operating system, starting Wednesday.
As usual, please backup first before upgrading.

Record iPad Sales Help Apple Enjoy Revenue, Profit Growth

Philip Michaels, Macworld
Sales of the new iPad helped Apple’s bottom line during its fiscal third quarter, as the company tallied record revenue for its June quarter.

Better Browsing With Bookmarks

Sharon Zardetto, Macworld

Tue, Jul 24, 2012

Apple Taps Martin Scorsese For New Siri Ad

Jason D. O'Grady, ZDNet

The Sparrow Problem

App Cubby Blog
The age of selling software to users at a fixed, one-time price is coming to an end. It’s just not sustainable at the absurdly low prices users have come to expect. Sure, independent developers may scrap it out one app at a time, and some may even do quite well and be the exception to the rule, but I don’t think Sparrow would have sold-out if the team — and their investors — believed they could build a substantially profitable company on their own. The gold rush is well and truly over.

How Apple's Phantom Taxes Hide Billions In Profit

Peter Svensson, Associated Press
Apple Inc., already the world’s most valuable company, understates its profits compared with other multinationals. It’s building up an overlooked asset in the form of billions of dollars, tucked away for tax bills it may never pay.
Tax experts say the company could easily eliminate these phantom tax obligations. That would boost Apple’s profits for the past three years by as much $10.5 billion, according to calculations by The Associated Press.

Windows And OS X Boot Camp: Running Redmond At "Retina" Resolution

Chris Foresman, Ars Technica
The trials and tribulations of running Windows 7 on a Retina MacBook Pro.

The Story Of Steve Jobs: An Inspiration Or A Cautionary Tale?

Ben Austen, Wired
To some, Jobs’ life has revealed the importance of sticking firmly to one’s vision and goals, no matter the psychic toll on employees or business associates. To others, Jobs serves as a cautionary tale, a man who changed the world but at the price of alienating almost everyone around him. The divergence in these reactions is a testament to the two deep and often contradictory hungers that drive so many of us today: We want to succeed in the world of work, but we also want satisfaction in the realm of home and family. For those who, like Jobs, have pledged to “put a dent in the universe,” his thorny life story has forced a reckoning. Is it really worth being like Steve?

DoJ On Apple E-book Pricing: Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica
The US Department of Justice says it plans to move forward with its proposed settlement with some e-book publishers, despite the "self-serving" comments submitted by Apple.

Apple, Booksellers Oppose Proposed Ebook Price-fixing Settlement

Grant Gross, IDG News Service
The proposed settlement—between the DOJ and three of five publishers the agency charged in April with price fixing—is “a threat to ebook competition,” lawyers for Apple wrote in comments to the DOJ. “In a misguided attempt to reshape the market according to its own preferences, the government seeks to impose a business model that will result in dramatic and long-lasting harm.”

Mon, Jul 23, 2012

Samba Growing Pains Continue In OS X Lion

David Morgenstern, ZDNet

Where Microsoft Has ‘More Taste’ Than Apple

Mike Elgan, Cult Of Mac
If Apple wanted interface design with taste, and design that’s consistent with its own hardware design, it would create software designs that come from the same European minimalism.
You know, like Windows 8.

iCloudy With A Chance Of Intermittence

Michael E. Cohen, TidBITS

Sun, Jul 22, 2012

The Real Reason We’re Upset About Sparrow’s Acquisition

Rian van der Merwe, Elezea
The real issue is the sudden vulnerability we feel now that one of our theories about independent app development has failed.
On the other hand, Marco Arment, a one-man shop, seems to be doing quite okay.

On The Business Of E-mail Clients / Sparrow
As a entrepreneur cashflow is king, but one off sales unfortunately dont help and you dont have much choice otherwise.

Users Will Take Control

Dave Winer, Scripting News

More On Sparrow And Talent Acquisitions

Marco Arment
Don’t blame Sparrow. Blame the terrible market for email clients.

Apple : Help The Best App Developers Not Get “Acquihired”!

Selligy Blog
Apple is depending on apps like Sparrow to make the iOS platform shine. Excellent apps like Sparrow cost a lot of money to build and maintain. Apple should be working hard to ensure independent app developers can earn even more than top salaries at Google, or they will all be poached away.

SSD Optical Drive Replacement Speeds A Sluggish MacBook Pro

Jeff Carlson, TidBITS
SSDs are not new, but until now replacing my laptop’s hard drive with an SSD hasn’t been practical. SSDs have been almost exactly the opposite of hard drives in key respects: prices of hard drives have remained low as capacities have risen, while SSDs have been expensive and have offered far less capacity than their spinning counterparts. Fortunately, that curve is flattening out, and so I decided I was ready for a speed boost.

Entitlement And Acquisition

Matt Gemmell
The Sparrow guys have homes, and families. They have every right to cash out and take new jobs. They’re winners.
You should be cheering these people on, not yelling “traitor” in impotent fury like a jealous, confused teenager.
Why Did Sparrow Sell Out? (Matthew Panzarino): The best thing about the guys moving on to work on projects elsewhere? That passion, the anguish over making things great; that goes with them and hopefully informs projects at Google and beyond. Just as with engineers and managers at Apple go on to make things great wherever they are.

Sat, Jul 21, 2012

Google Says Some Apple Inventions Are So Great They Ought To Be Shared

John Paczkowski, All Things D
There’s a big difference between technology that became popular because it was adopted as an industry standard and technology that became popular because consumers fell in love with it. In the case of the smartphone patent wars, the first makes a cellphone a cellphone and the second makes it an iPhone. One is a core technology, the other is experiential, product differentiation.

Apple Gives Developers Access To Its Private API To Prevent In-app Purchase Exploit, Fix Coming In iOS 6

Matthew Panzarino, The Next Web
Apple has provided developers with a new document today that outlines a method for preventing the recent in-app purchase exploit that allowed free transactions. We’ve spoken to developers that have reviewed the document and its contents are singular in that Apple gives permission to use its private API in order to enact a fix.
Mac App Store Also Vulnerable To In-App Purchase Hack (Macgasm)

Preparing Your Mac For The Worst

Low End Mac
It's something most members of our staff have dealt with more than once, and we've each developed strategies that allow us to recover from disasters like these. We're going to share what we've learned so you can be better prepared should it happen to you.

Microsoft Backtracks On Macs And Office 365

Gregg Keizer, Computerworld
Microsoft today backtracked and confirmed that Mac owners who subscribe to the upcoming Office 365 Home Premium will be able to acquire Office for Mac 2011 as part of their subscription plan.

Bugs & Fixes: Two iTunes Match Problems

Ted Landau, Macworld

Google Acquires Sparrow E-mail App For Mac, iPhone

Peter Cohen, The Loop
Sparrow, which develops an eponymous e-mail client app for OS X and iOS, announced on their Web site Friday that they’ve been acquired by Google and are becoming part of the Gmail team.
Google buys Sparrow, current apps will not get any new features (Thomas Houston, The Verge)
Why Google’s Sparrow Acquisition Just Ruined My Morning (Trevor Gilbert, PandoDaily)
Please open-source Sparrow.

Fireworks CS6 Mobile Design Focus Forms Linchpin Of New Strategy

Chris McVeigh, Macworld

Apple’s Aggressive Expansion Strategy Continues With iPhone 3GS For Just $236 On India’s Aircel

Matthew Panzarino, The Next Web
The iPhone 3GS is now being offered for $180 on India’s Aircel carrier, with a postpaid commitment of just $55 for a year of unlimited data. That makes the total cost for the phone $236, which is one of the lowest we’ve seen for an iPhone anywhere.
Will the iPhone 3GS stick around next year, and be really cheap around the world?

Fri, Jul 20, 2012

Is There A Cure For A Smelly Mac Pro?

Jack Schofield, The Guardian

Buyers Of Latest iPad More Likely To Use It For Business

John Paczkowski, All Things D
Whether it’s due to increasing adoption of Bring Your Own Device policies or the rising adoption by business of the device itself, Apple’s iPad continues to make inroads into enterprise.

Apple’s New iPad Makes Unusually Quiet Beijing Debut

Paul Mozur, Wall Street Journal
Apple’s latest iPad model went on sale quietly on Friday at a retail location in Beijing where unruly buyers and sullen crowds had marred past releases. Roughly 40 customers quietly lined up Friday morning outside the Apple Store in Beijing’s high-end Sanlitun shopping and restaurant district. They waited within a cordon surrounded security personnel and reporters. Store doors opened at 8 a.m. without disturbances.

History Here App Is Perfect For Summer Travel

Mel Martin, TUAW
In a nutshell, the app knows where you are and what historical sites are near you.

Apple Rolls Out iTunes Movies In The Cloud To UK, Australia, Canada, More

Michael Grothaus, TUAW

How To Get The Most Out Of iCloud

Dom Esposito, Macgasm

Log Leech Offers A Clean Interface For Viewing System Log Files

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld
Log Leech is a good interface for log files. It would be better if it displayed all the logs that Console can show, and it would be nice if it could also clean out old logs, which can get pretty big. But if you want a more attractive way to access system logs, this program will do what you need.

Acorn 3.3 Adds Retina Canvas, Smart Export, More

Mike Schramm, TUAW

Thu, Jul 19, 2012

Ten Stellar Keyboard Shortcuts

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld
Among computer users, there are two types of people: mousers and keyboarders. I’m the latter. I like to use keyboard shortcuts as often as possible to save time and to keep my hands on my keyboard. Here are ten of my favorite keyboard shortcuts for the applications I use most.

Evernote For Mac Now Includes Activity Stream, Retina Support

Andrew Kunesh, Macgasm

Apple Rolls Out Anti-scalping Reservation System In China For The First Time, As New iPad Orders Go Live

Jon Russell, The Next Web
In a bid to avoid a recurrence of the chaotic scenes that marred and, ultimately, shut down the launch of the iPhone 4S in March, a new pre-register buying system has been introduced. Prospective purchasers were required to place an order this morning, which then gives them a specific ‘appointment’ time tomorrow at which they can come to the store, pay for the iPad and take it home.

Mac App Store Now Requires A 1024X1024 App Icon

Mike Schramm, TUAW
The main reason for an icon this big is the Retina display, currently implemented on the MacBook Pro with Retina display, but presumably coming to even more Mac screens in the future.

Hands-On With Twist, The App That Tells People You’ll Be Horribly Late

Alexandra Chang, Wired
The location-based app, which launched on Wednesday, is akin to Find My Friends, but adds the useful element of notifying family, friends or colleagues when you’re going to arrive at a specific location.
Twisted Beginnings (Andy Ihnatko)

Alfred 1.3

Agen G. N. Schmitz, TidBITS
The update adds the capability to view an OS X Quick Look window for a selected result, a command to quit all running applications, and support for transient data in Clipboard History for improved coexistence with Text Expander. It also improves subtext rendering and enables you to reduce Alfred’s text size to make the app feel more compact.

Recyclers Disagree On Impact Of Glued-in Retina MacBook Pro Batteries

Chris Foresman, Ars Technica
On the one hand, Apple's position seems to be that the Retina MacBook Pro qualifies for its EPEAT rating because the battery can be easily removed with "common" tools. On the other hand, an internal memo sent to AppleCare and certified third-party technicians claims that the battery should not be removed from the aluminum casing "for any reason."

The Ins And Outs Of iPad Photo Management

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Apple Releases MacBook Air And MacBook Pro Update 1.0

Roman Loyola, Macworld
According to Apple’s documentation, the update fixes a problem with “increased CPU power consumption” and it also “improves compatibility with some USB devices.”

Wed, Jul 18, 2012

Move iTunes Media Files To Other Locations With TuneSpan

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld
If you’ve suffered from trying to parcel out your media files to different disks in the past, TuneSpan will simplify this process, allowing you to store everything in your iTunes Library, but not in your iTunes Media folder.

Flash Professional CS6 Gets Retooled For Game, Mobile App Development

Michael Baumgardt, Macworld
This upgrade is also a must-have for game developers. It provides them with an easy way to create sprite sheets, and facilitates export and optimization for a variety of platforms.

Hands-on: Launch Center Pro Is (Almost) The Quicksilver Of iOS

Patrick Austin, Ars Technica
While it functions just as well for calling and texting people, its differentiating feature is integration with almost all of your iOS apps and their features, allowing you to access them without digging down into the app itself.

Get This App: Pillboxie

Serenity Caldwell, TechHive
Of course, while the aesthetics of Pillboxie make it a fun app to use, it was the reminders functions that sold me. You can configure notifications to work much like they do in any other app—appear once, then hide in notification center—or, if you need to be pestered, you can turn on Nagging Reminders, which will bleep at you every minute until you check off your dosage.

Silencer Mutes And Unmutes Your Mac On A Schedule Every Day

Alan Henry, Lifehacker
Silencer is a tiny menubar utility that can mute and unmute your Mac's speakers at a specific time every day, whether you mute it before bed and have it automatically restore the volume in the morning, or mute it before you leave for work and unmute it when you get home.

MAS: There And Back Again

Manton Reece

Checkmark Review

Dan Moren, Macworld
Checkmark, a new app from developer Snowman, has upped the ante with a superior implementation of one of Reminders’s key features, location-based reminders.

Tue, Jul 17, 2012

iPad With LTE Is POTY

Dave Winer, Scripting News
An always-on always-connected, easy-to-use device, that's not all that expensive. We've arrived.

Retina-ready Mac Apps Are On The Way

Joel Mathis, Macworld
Macworld contacted two dozen app developers this week to check the status of the updating efforts. Most said they were on the verge of releasing Retina-enabled updates for their software—but companies with multiple titles said those upgrades would be rolling out slowly over the next few months.

Microsoft Offers Some Details On Future Of Office For Mac And iOS

Christopher Breen, Macworld
Microsoft Unveils Touch-Based Version of Office (Nick Wingfield, New York Times)

Adobe Issues Fix For InDesign Crashes Under Lion 10.7.4

Kelly Hodgkins, TUAW

Stop Panicking About iCloud E-mail

Peter Cohen, The Loop
There’s no evidence or indication from Apple to suggest that the old addresses are going away, just that new iCloud users will get the new addresses.

Hunting The Elusive MPAA Rating Field In iTunes

Agen G. N. Schmitz, TidBITS
I was gobsmacked to discover (after hunting high and low through the Get Info metadata fields) that there’s no way to edit parental control ratings within iTunes.

An Alternative For AirPlay Mirroring

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Schedule Playtimes For iTunes Playlists With Daypart

Joel Mathis, Macworld

“What The F*** Is iCloud?”

John Herman, BuzzFeed
It's coming time for Apple users to pay their cloud storage dues. One problem: a lot of them have no idea what that even means.

Mon, Jul 16, 2012

How iOS Became An Essential Platform For Making Music

Hollin Jones, TechRadar
From synths and sequencers, to samplers and multi-track recorders, mobile music-making has never been easier.
Never believe anyone who tells you an iPhone or an iPad is only for consumption.

Doxie Go A Handy Document Scanner

R. Matthew Ward, Macworld
The Doxie Go's portability and ability to scan without a computer made scanning very convenient. Just as the best camera is the one you have with you, the best scanner is the one that you will actually use—and I got more use out of the Doxie Go during my review period than I have from any other scanner I've owned.

With Apple’s Siri, A Romance Gone Sour

Nick Bilton, New York Times

Sun, Jul 15, 2012

How Did The New MacBook Pros Get Gold-level Green Ratings?

Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune
[Barbara Kyle, ETBC's national coordinator] explains: "It's important to understand that the manufacturers grade themselves against the EPEAT criteria first, and then EPEAT conducts a review of this grading. That EPEAT review has not yet occurred. They can require the manufacturers to remove any product from the registry if it is not found to conform to the IEEE standard." She adds: "Apple is often a design leader in electronics, but they really blew it here."

What The In-app Purchase Hack Means For App Makers

Marco Tabini, Macworld
On the one hand, developers can (and should) do a better job handling IAPs. Despite the software industry claims to the contrary, it’s difficult to properly correlate piracy to lost sales; still, it’s in each developer’s best interest to ensure that their software is well-written, and that includes making sure that they get paid when they deserve to.
On the other, Apple could have largely prevented this problem, which threatens not only to leave it with a large contingent of unhappy developers, but also could have wide-ranging repercussions for users who are compromising the security of their devices for a purpose that is trivial in relation to the amount of damage that they could be doing to their data. Even if Apple shuts down this specific hacker, the proverbial cat is definitely out of the bag, and there is relatively little that prevents someone else from trying something similar, with possibly more nefarious intentions.
I wonder if Apple can start doing Cocoa for server apps, and allow developers to put server apps on Apple-controlled servers. Would that reduce this risk while allowing developers to concentrate on improving their apps rather then worry about security?

Sat, Jul 14, 2012

Can Apple Change The Energy Industry? Greenpeace Thinks So

Chenda Ngak, CBS News
Greenpeace is taking another jab at Apple's environmental record. This time, the California-based company gets a ratings upgrade - but is still not off the hook. The environmental group is going after the electric power companies Apple employs, asserting that the computer giant can help change energy policy.

Betting On America: How Much Do Apple And Google Invest At Home?

Jordan Weissmann, The Atlantic
In short, Apple, Google and their tech industry competitors are bound to pump some of their enormous profits back into the economy. That leads to growth and jobs. They just don't have to pump in as much as some of their corporate peers.

Apple's Annoying Way Of Delivering The Future We Really Wanted

Brian Fung, The Atlantic
The assimilation of thousands into a drive-less future may not be totally voluntary, but it is good. It moves the ball forward, ending demand for technology that will be dead in a few years anyway, while getting Apple's competitors to start thinking ahead, too.

How Low Mac Software Prices Harm Users And Developers

Kirk McElhearn, Kirkville

Watch Your Internet Usage With NetUse Monitor

Shelly Brisbin, Macworld
If your home or business account comes with a bandwidth limit, NetUse Traffic Monitor makes it easy to keep track. The hardest part about using the app is getting it set up: troubleshooting SNMP could be frustrating for some users.

Adobe Prelude CS6 Streamlines Tapeless Video Handling

Jeff Foster, Macworld

Apple Returns Products To EPEAT Registry

Dan Moren, Macworld
In the letter, Mansfield says that company heard from “many loyal Apple customers” who expressed their disappointment over the EPEAT removal. Describing the move as “a mistake,” he said that the company has now replaced “all eligible Apple products” in the registry.
Okay, who blinked? Did Apple blink because thousands and thousands of customers are abandoning it with this one move, and did EPEAT blink, agreeing to some Apple demands in order to have Apple back?
A Letter From Bob Mansfield (Apple)
An Open Letter from Robert Frisbee, EPEAT CEO (EPEAT)

Hacker Exploits iOS Flaw For Free In-app Purchases

Lex Friedman, Macworld
A hack that lets iOS users trick the App Store into giving them in-app purchases for free has gone public, potentially costing app makers revenue and causing Apple a major headache.
The cat-and-mouse game continues.
How a flaw in Apple’s in-app purchase process enabled more than 30,000 illegal virtual transactions (Matt Brian and Matthew Panzarino, The Next Web)

Fri, Jul 13, 2012

EPEAT Customers React To Apple's Withdrawal

Esther Shein, InformationWeek
But in the big picture, Apple's move is not expected to have a significant impact on its business, according to David Daoud, research director, PCs and Green IT, at IDC. "EPEAT tends to be a program catered to the federal government and has essentially had a limited... broad commercial impact," he said. "Apple is very strong in the consumer market and EPEAT plays no role there."

When Art, Apple And The Secret Service Collide: ‘People Staring At Computers’

Kyle McDonald, Wired
Maybe an email, or a phone call from Apple. Instead, my first indication that something was “wrong” was a real-life visit from the organization best known for protecting the President of the United States of America.

The Story Behind How Apple’s iCloud Data Center Got Built

Katie Fehrenbacher, GigaOM

iPhone Game Marketing Costs Keep Rising To "Insane" Levels

Mike Williams, Gamesindustry International
Smaller iOS developers fear being pushed out of a crowded market.

iPhoto Update Fixes Problem With MobileMe Gallery Migration

Jonathan Seff, Macworld

Thu, Jul 12, 2012

Sanctions At The Genius Bar

Jamal Abdi, New York Times
Apple retail employees may be “geniuses,” but they are not lawyers or law enforcement officers. Yet because of American pressure on companies to enforce export controls, some Apple employees have turned into vigilante sanctions enforcers.

Adobe SpeedGrade CS6 Provides Powerful, Advanced Video Color Grading

Jeff Oster, Macworld
While it’s a powerful color grading and filmic effects creation tool with 3D stereographic finishing capabilities, it may not be for everyone, or practical to use on every video production you edit. The workflow takes some getting used to, but if its effects are needed, the learning curve will prove worthwhile.

EU Seeks To Ease Licensing Rules That Block Online Music Stores

Aoife White, Bloomberg
Royalty-collection societies could be forced under the draft rules to transfer their revenue-gathering activities to rivals if they lack the technical capacity to license music to Internet services in multiple countries.

Parallels 7 For Desktop Gets The Retina Display Treatment

Mike Schramm, TUAW

Tweetbot For Mac, Public Alpha

Shawn Blanc
As a public alpha, Tweetbot for Mac is already off to a good start. I’ve been using it for about a week and have had but one bug that was fixed in the version that’s shipping today.

Malware Affecting Macs Running Older Versions Of OS X

Steven Sande, TUAW

Adobe Acknowledges InDesign Crashes With Apple's 2012 MacBooks

Neil Hughes, AppleInsider

Get Your Mac Ready For Mountain Lion

Dan Frakes, Macworld

Wed, Jul 11, 2012

How To Maximize Battery-life When You Travel

Leah Yamshon, Macworld

Confirmed: Mountain Lion Sends Some 64-Bit Macs Gently Into That Good Night

Chris Foresman, Ars Technica
Apple has now confirmed via its Mountain Lion upgrade page that previously published limitations on some 64-bit Macs will extend to the final release. This means that several otherwise 64-bit capable MacBook Pros, iMacs, and Mac Pros will indeed be restricted from upgrading to OS X 10.8 when it goes public later this month. And according to information found in the recently released golden master (GM), the limitation appears to be related to graphics, as we originally suspected.

Apple Responds To EPEAT Concerns

Jim Dalrymple, The Loop
“Apple takes a comprehensive approach to measuring our environmental impact and all of our products meet the strictest energy efficiency standards backed by the US government, Energy Star 5.2,” Apple representative Kristin Huguet, told The Loop. “We also lead the industry by reporting each product’s greenhouse gas emissions on our website, and Apple products are superior in other important environmental areas not measured by EPEAT, such as removal of toxic materials.”

Twitter, Twitter 4.3, And The Mixed Message

Cody Fink, MacStories

The Problem With iCloud

Kyle Baxter, TightWind
While Apple’s public description of iCloud makes it sound trivial to implement iCloud syncing, without getting too technical, there are a very large number of serious pitfalls in the service that developers have to address themselves. If they don’t, the application could crash due to the user turning iCloud off, or syncing could stop working altogether, silently. Not good.

City Of San Francisco Stops Buying Macs Without EPEAT Certification

Steven Sande, TUAW
Apple Removes Green Electronics Certification From Products (Joel Schectman, Wall Street Journal, July 6, 2012)

FTC Set To Hand Google Record $22.5M Fine Over Safari Privacy Breach

Jon Russell, The Next Web
Google is reportedly set to pay a $22.5 million fine in relation to the scandal that broke out when the company was found to have overridden Safari’s privacy settings, with the potential to track Internet browsing sessions.

The iPhone Era Is Already Longer Than The iPod Era Before It

Dan Frommer, SplatF

Tue, Jul 10, 2012

Apple To Sell The iPad In China Starting July 20

Kelly Hodgkins, TUAW

Turn Your Old iPad Into A Dedicated E-reader

Lex Friedman, Macworld

NeatCloud Offers iOS-accessible Cloud Storage

Joel Mathis, Macworld

Hands On: Next Issue All-you-can-read Magazine iPad App

Jonathan Seff, Macworld
In April, Next Issue Media launched with a similar idea for magazines. Pay a monthly fee and get access to a bunch of digital magazines from Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corp., and Time Inc. The problem? It was only available for some Android tablets. As of Tuesday, iPad users get to join in the fun with a catalog of nearly 40 magazines, and the promise of more to come.

Apple Ships Final OS X Mountain Lion To Developers

Gregg Keizer, Computerworld
Its debut means that the on-sale date for Mountain Lion is probably between two and three weeks away.

Let’s Try To Think This iPad Mini Thing All The Way Through

John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Prevent Accidental App Closures With CommandQ

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld
CommandQ steps in to protect those of us with fat fingers. Its actions are simple: it blocks the Command-Q shortcut, displaying a bezel with a progress bar on screen.

Fine-tune Volume And Brightness In OS X

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld
In addition to using this Shift-Option combination to control the volume more finely, you can also use it when you adjust the brightness on your Mac.

Mon, Jul 9, 2012

How The iPad Helps Scientists Do Their Jobs

Joel Mathis, Macworld
It wasn’t so long ago that Chris Grant would regularly take a whole laboratory’s worth of equipment with him into the wilderness. These days, he just takes an iPad.

Aperture 3.3 Embraces Retina Display And iPhoto

Derrick Story, Macworld
Other than the absence of a few sliders in Highlights & Shadows, there is nothing to lose and everything to gain by upgrading to Aperture 3.3.1 You’ll need Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4 to do so, however. So if you’re still holding out with Snow Leopard, you’ll have to upgrade to run the latest Aperture.
Photographers with the new MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina display are in for a special treat with Aperture 3.3.1 It is visually stunning on these machines.

Listen Different: Add Silence To Your iTunes And iPod Playlists

Kirk McElhearn, Kirkville
I’ve created a few tracks of silence that you can download and add to your iTunes music library. You can use them in any playlist, or copy them and add them to specific albums.

Coverage Of Significant Apple Moves

Guy English, Kickingbear
This is a pretty big change of policy for Apple. It’s not huge from a consumer perspective but from the perspective of a dedicated company watcher it seems like something that’d light up the radar.

Sun, Jul 8, 2012

Apple Is The Heavyweight In Many Fund Portfolios

Norm Alster, New York Times
Many mutual fund managers can attribute most of their recent success to large positions in Apple. But is a large current stake a ticket to further outsized gains? Or is it an increasingly risky bet that could quickly sour?

Sat, Jul 7, 2012

Apple Removes Green Electronics Certification From Products

Joel Schectman, Wall Street Journal
In order to meet the standards, recyclers need to be able to easily disassemble products, with common tools, to separate toxic components, like batteries. The standards were created jointly by manufacturers, including Apple, advocacy groups and government agencies. Frisbee says an Apple staff member told him at the end of June that the company no longer wanted Apple computers to be listed as EPEAT certified.

iTunes Wades Into Cantopop Language Controversy

Te-Ping Chen, Wall Street Journal
On accessing the iTunes store for the first time, some Hong Kong users were irritated to find that the store was listing a number of song titles by the city’s popstars in Mandarin pinyin, a system that transcribes Chinese characters into phonetic Latin script, instead of displaying titles transliterated for the Cantonese language, which is spoken by the majority of the population.

Inside Apple's Go-Slow Approach To Mobile Payments

Jessica E. Vascellaro, Wall Street Journal
When the payments plan came to an executive review in early 2012, several Apple senior executives balked, says a person briefed on the meeting. Apple's chief financial officer, Peter Oppenheimer, questioned whether there was newer secure technology that employed the Internet rather than use NFC, this person said. Apple's Mr. Schiller was worried that if Apple facilitated credit-card payments directly consumers might blame Apple for a bad experience with a merchant.
The executives ultimately opted for the more scaled-down version of Passbook, which engineers still referred to as the "wallet app."

Running Windows 8 On Your Mac

John Moltz, Macworld
There are several ways to accomplish this, but I’m going to look at four options—Boot Camp, Parallels, VMware Fusion and VirtualBox.

Fri, Jul 6, 2012

Target The Forward Fringe

Daniel Jalkut, Red Sweater

One On One: Ken Segall, The Man Who Put The ‘I’ In iMac

Brian X. Chen, New York Times
What is true is, Steve was unique; there will never be another Steve. So it can’t be the same, but hopefully his values live on. And I think Apple will meet challenges that Steve never dreamed of, just because the world changes. People will forever debate, “What would Steve have done?” I think after some period of time it will become, “What would Apple do?”
Ken Segall also tells the story of how NeXT got its name. (Hint: Bill Gates.)

Apple’s Fix For Corrupt Binaries

Marco Arment
Rather than remove the 1-star reviews — as far as I can tell, they’re all still there — it appears that Apple has triggered a reupdate on the affected apps, Instapaper included. This means:
All reviews for the “current version” are reset, since there’s a new current version.
The fixed binaries will show up as “Updates” in the App Store app and iTunes.

Apple Server Bug Leads To Corrupted App Store Downloads

Lex Friedman, Macworld
Apple acknowledged the problem to Macworld, describing it as “a temporary issue that began yesterday with a server that generated DRM code for some apps being downloaded.” Apple added: “The issue has been rectified and we don’t expect it to occur again.”

Apple's Popularity Boosts Objective-C Language Past C++

Paul Krill, InfoWorld
Objective-C, the language used for developing applications to run on Apple's mobile devices, was ranked the third most-popular language in the July edition of the Tiobe Programming Community Index, followed by C++ in fourth place.

Trojan Horse Found In The iOS App Store: Report

Armando Rodriguez, PCWorld
The app's name is Find and Call, and it's the first time we've ever seen a malicious app make it into Apple's App Store.
Once installed, the app asks you to register your phone number and email address. Find and Call will also ask if you want to "find friends in a phone book" before discretely uploading your entire contact list to a remote server.
Apple responds to ‘Find and Call’ spam app (Jim Dalrymple, The Loop): “The Find & Call app has been removed from the App Store due to its unauthorized use of users’ Address Book data, a violation of App Store guidelines,” an Apple representative told The Loop.

Sharing A Wireless Keyboard And Mouse

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Thu, Jul 5, 2012

Mac App Notes: QuickCursor; How Did I Live Without This Before?

Kirk McElhearn, Kirkville
I select all the text, then press a keyboard shortcut. BBEdit opens a new document with the selected text. When I’m finished, I press Command-S to save my changes, then Command-W to close the window. At this point, QuickCursor pastes the text back into the WordPress editing pane, and I’m ready to go.

First Impressions: MacBook Pro With Retina Display

Kirk McElhearn, Kirkville

iTunes Tips: Save iTunes Store Bookmarks, And Prevent Safari From Redirecting To The iTunes Store

Kirk McElhearn, Kirkville

The Developer News Window

Quentin Carnicelli, Rogue Amoeba
If you’re a developer, we definitely recommend you consider a similar setup for your own applications. The ability to get in touch with active users and provide them with critical information has the potential to benefit both you and your users, and it’s even more important given the disconnection from our customers the App Store can cause. Be conservative in how you use it, and sooner or later, both you and your customers will be pleased you were able to get in touch.

Corrupt App Store Binaries Crashing On Launch

Marco Arment
I haven’t yet received a response from App Review, so I don’t know whether the fix was because I made noise, or because a cache expired somewhere that forced the problematic CDN nodes to redownload the binary correctly.
Apple: This is a serious problem. It’s not isolated. Please fix this.

Adobe Illustrator CS6 Review

Rob Carney, Mac Life
The new pattern creation features are a joy to use, and the speed of this version alone will impress any daily user of the app.

Keep Track Of Your Digital Media With Stock Keeper

Jeffery Battersby, Macworld

Wed, Jul 4, 2012

Get In Line: One Apple Store Per 216 Million Chinese

Melanie Lee, Reuters
The shortage of retail stores and authorized re-sellers leaves ample room for unlicensed re-sellers to move in. Bad consumer experiences at these unauthorized shops are common and they run the risk of eventually eroding confidence in Apple's products, said David Wolf, chief executive of Beijing-based consultancy Wolf Group Asia.
If Apple doesn't expand its network of stores and authorized re-sellers, it "loses not only near-term sales, it also endangers the sustainability of its success in China," he said.
The pace of retail expansion may not be dictated entirely by Apple. Red tape often hampers foreign firms' expansion plans in China, and that may be holding back growth.

Why Thunderbolt Cables Will Be Expensive Until 2013

Chris Foresman, Ars Technica
"Active cables need clock and data recovery chips on either end, even for optical cables," Mitchell said. "This makes Thunderbolt very robust—signal is cleaned up by the cable, even if a device is 'noisy.'"
Combined with relatively high-quality copper cable, Thunderbolt quickly becomes rather expensive equipment.

Navigon For iOS Update Includes Google Street View

Louis Goddard, The Verge

Glenn Fleishman’s Writer Workflow


Tackling Launch Service Woes In OS X

Topher Kessler, CNET

Apple Says Disagrees With Italy Antitrust Complaint

Lisa Jucca, Reuters
"We have appealed the recent decision of the (Italian) court as it was, in our view, based upon an incorrect interpretation of the law," Apple said in a statement emailed to Reuters.
"We have introduced a number of measures to address the Italian competition authority concerns and we disagree with their latest complaint."

Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (Mid 2012)

Brian Westover, PC Magazine
Apple has given the MacBook Pro 13-inch some real improvements, and the end result is a laptop that's worth buying—if you're due for a new one anyway.

Thinking Backwards

Ben Brooks, The Brooks Review
Mims is missing the point when he says: “credible replacement for print”. That exact line of thinking is why magazines are not thriving on the iPad. So let me lay this out as clearly as I can:
We do not need, and should not want, to replace print with digital.

Podcasts Review

Christopher Breen, Macworld
People new to podcasts will find it useful and reasonably easy to operate. And the fact that Apple broke podcasts out of the confines of a busy store is a boon for fans (and soon-to-be-fans) of the spoken word. But with its occasionally quirky interface and lack of features such as iTunes and subscription syncing, it’s only a modestly capable first step. I’m hopeful that we’ll see some significant tweaks and improvements in the next iteration.

Tue, Jul 3, 2012

iPhoto Auto-downloads Expired MobileMe Galleries

Michael Rose, TUAW

Apple May Get The Italian Boot, Has 30 Days To Push A 2-Year Warranty For Locals

Jon Fingas, Engadget

iTunes Tip: Choose Which Types Of Content Display In The iTunes Source List

Kirk McElhearn, Kirkville

The Power Of Two: Using Your iPad As A Second Monitor

Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica

Why Are We In Denial About The Flaws Of Tablets?

Christopher Mims, Technology Review
We're going to get something vivid and dynamic and flexible and light enough to be a credible replacement for print, and at the same time it might also supplant even more of the tasks we currently perform on both our PCs and our smartphones. But especially when this magical device arrives, are users going to want to put up with the walled gardens of content apps? I think not.
Everybody who talks about Apple's walled-garden also ignores Safari, the first truly great web browser for mobile devices.

The iPhone And Disruption: Five Years In

John Gruber, Daring Fireball
The iPod’s success fooled almost everyone (including me) into thinking that Apple’s entry into the phone market would be similar. The iPod was the world’s best portable media player; the “iPhone”, thus, would likely be the world’s best cell phone.
But that’s not what it was. It was the world’s best portable computer.

Deauthorizing The iTunes Account On An Old Computer

Christpher Breen, Macworld

MobileMe Officially Shut Down; Is Next

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica
Apple has begun reminding users once again that its online portal for iWork will go dark on July 31, 2012, pushing them to sign in and download any documents stored online before the end of the month.

Mon, Jul 2, 2012

Migrating MobileMe Albums And Photos To Aperture Libraries

David Morgenstern, ZDNet

China Court: Apple Pays $60M To Settle Ipad Case

Joe McDonald, Associated Press
Apple has agreed to pay a Chinese company $60 million to settle a dispute over ownership of the iPad name, a court announced Monday, removing a potential obstacle to sales of the popular tablet computer in the key Chinese market.
Proview hoped for more money but felt pressure to settle because it needs to pay debts, said a lawyer for the company, Xie Xianghui. He said the company had hoped for as much as $400 million and might still be declared bankrupt in a separate legal proceeding despite the infusion of settlement money.
$60M is still better than $0.

View A Program's Graphics In Preview

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

Open Unrecognizable Outlook Files With Klammer

Jeffery Battersby, Macworld

Developers Replying To App Store Reviews Is The [Best][Worst] Thing Ever

Matthew Panzarino
But the important thing is that there is a serious discussion now being had about this topic, which I feel is an extremely important one, both for Apple as the App Store continues to grow, and to the developers in its ecosystem. I don’t think anyone has the right answers yet, but I think that there are some very smart folks at Apple working hard on the problem, including the ex-Chompites. So I’m cautiously optimistic that we might see some results later this year.

Sun, Jul 1, 2012

MobileMe Shuts Down, Though Apple Still Offering Migrations, iDisk, Gallery Downloads

Mark Gurman, 9 To 5 Mac

Apple's Patent Absurdity Exposed At Last

John Naughton, The Observer
The people who should be deciding whether Apple's phones are better – more functional, reliable, easier to use – than Motorola's are consumers, not judges.

Replying To App Store Reviews

Matt Gemmell
Responding to App Store Reviews by Craig Hockenberry,
Replying to App Store Reviews (Marco Arment)