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Wed, Oct 31, 2012

Hands On With iBooks Author 2.0

Serenity Caldwell, Macworld

Apple Delays Australian Maps Navigation

The Sydney Morning Herald
In another blow to the credibility of Apple Maps, the company has delayed the turn-by-turn navigation feature in Australia, making us the last country to receive the upgrade.

How To Use Custom Vibration Alerts On Your iPhone And iPad

Allyson Kazmucha, IMore

Address Document-handling Frustrations In OS X

Topher Kessler, CNET
Occasionally in some setups, opening even standard document filetypes can result in odd and frustrating errors.

iPad Mini Review

Joshua Topolsky, The Verge
I can't think of another company that cares as much about how its products are designed and built — or one that knows how to maximize a supply chain as skillfully — so something tells me it's no accident that this tablet isn't selling for $200. It doesn't feel like Apple is racing to some lowest-price bottom — rather it seems to be trying to raise the floor.
And it does raise the floor here. There's no tablet in this size range that's as beautifully constructed, works as flawlessly, or has such an incredible software selection.

Review: iPad Mini

Jim Dalrymple, The Loop
I was really surprised with how much I used the iPad mini in my daily routine — more than the 10-inch iPad.
The iPad mini is a well thought out device and it’s exactly what you would expect from Apple.

The iPad Mini

John Gruber, Daring Fireball
The actual iPad Mini display is not terrible. It’s exactly what you think: it feels like an iPhone 3GS display cut to iPad size, including the fact that the pixels seem deeper from the surface of the glass. (It does seem brighter and more vibrant than a 3GS display, perhaps because it uses an IPS panel.) And after a week of using it as my main iPad, the individually discernible pixels are no longer jarring to my eyes. The non-retina resolution is the one and only significant complaint I have with the iPad Mini, and it’s an issue that is only apparent to those of us who already own a nearly-new iPad.

Apple Blocks Siri's Prostitute-finder Function


Display Menu Brings Back OS X's Displays Menu

Dan Frakes, Macworld

Review: iBooks 3 Is The Best iBooks Yet

Lex Friedman, Macworld
With its latest update, and the iBookstore’s continued growth, iBooks 3 offers an excellent reading experience, if you don’t mind limiting your ebook reading to iOS devices.

Apple iMessage Down On iOS And OS X For The Second Time In A Week

Nathan Ingraham, The Verge

Apple Delays iTunes Refresh

Peter Kafka, All Things D
Here’s spokesman Tom Neumayr’s take: “The new iTunes is taking longer than expected and we wanted to take a little extra time to get it right. We look forward to releasing this new version of iTunes with its dramatically simpler and cleaner interface and seamless integration with iCloud before the end of November.”
Take your time, Apple.

Tue, Oct 30, 2012

Personally, I think Mr Scott Forstall has done a heck of a job, helping to craft a little object-oriented operating system into one of the underlying foundation of almost every piece of hardware from Apple that many customers want. Whatever the reasons are for Mr Forstall to leave Apple, since nobody at Apple is speaking, is between Mr Forstall and Apple. I see no reason for us to guess and pry.

Get The Big Picture With iOS 6 Panoramas

Derrick Story, TechHive
Two things distinguish the Panorama option in the Camera app from most other offerings. First, just how darn well it works. Even when I try to screw up, it still produces an interesting picture. And second, how well integrated panoramas are into the Aperture, iPhoto, and iPhoto for iOS applications. This integration encourages me to use pano images in new ways.

How To Use Transcription With Dragon Dictate 3 For Mac

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

Tim Cook Emails Employees; Thanks Scott Forstall, Says Bob Mansfield To Stay On For Two Years

9 To 5 Mac
Cook thanks Apple’s iOS Senior Vice President Scott Forstall “for all of his many contributions to Apple over his career.”
Perhaps in bigger news from this internal email, Cook says that Bob Mansfield, the new executive in charge of Apple’s new “Technologies” group will remain at Apple for two years.

Forstall Out; Ive Up

John Gruber, Daring Fireball
But the big news today is about Jony Ive. I don’t think it can be overstated just how big a deal it is that he now oversees all product design, hardware and software. For the last year, outside observers have been left to wonder just where the buck stopped for UI design at post-Jobs Apple. That question has now been answered: Jony Ive.

Limiting Your Apple Remote

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Lab Tested: Ultimate 13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro

James Gaibraith, Macworld

Apple Announces Changes To Increase Collaboration Across Hardware, Software & Services

Apple today announced executive management changes that will encourage even more collaboration between the company’s world-class hardware, software and services teams. As part of these changes, Jony Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi will add more responsibilities to their roles. Apple also announced that Scott Forstall will be leaving Apple next year and will serve as an advisor to CEO Tim Cook in the interim.
And John Browett, the new head of retail, is also leaving.

Mon, Oct 29, 2012

Q&A: Turning Off Mac Screen Notifications

J.D. Biersdorfer, New York Times

Sun, Oct 28, 2012

A Dozen USB Chargers In The Lab: Apple Is Very Good, But Not Quite The Best

Ken Shirriff's Blog

For Apple’s Passbook, Integration Is The Weakest Link

Lauren Hockenson, The Next Web
While Starbucks and its implementation are at fault, it points up the fact that the integration between Passbook and third-party developers is a weak link when said implementation isn’t done properly.

Palo Alto: Apple Faithful Christen New Store On University Avenue

Tracy Seipel, San Jose Mercury News

Apple’s Game Center Seems To Be Malfunctioning Today. Blame Letterpress?

Tina Amini, Kotaku
Letterpress may very well not be the only culprit in Game Center's bugginess, but it's certainly the focal point for some of Twitter's most vocal gaming crowd.

Apple's Investment Manager Wrestles With $120Bn Problem

Juliette Garside, The Guardian
It is one of the world's largest hedge funds, with $121bn under management, but its name is virtually unknown in financial circles. Braeburn Capital is not operated from the top floor of a Manhattan skyscraper or a plush Mayfair townhouse. It is located in a quiet suburb of Nevada's capital, Reno, and it belongs to Apple.

Sat, Oct 27, 2012

Mysterious iOS 6 Cellular Data Usage: A Deeper Look

Matt Neuburg, TidBITS

Fri, Oct 26, 2012

Apple’s iPad Mini And MacBook Pro Ads

Jim Dalrymple, The Loop

Apple Complies With UK Judgment, Acknowledges That Samsung Didn't Copy iPad Design

Vlad Savov, The Verge

Review: 13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Offers Optimal Choice For Lightweight Laptop Users

Roman Loyola, Macworld
Who is the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro for? It’s ideal for professional users who want a large, yet compact digital workspace that doesn’t sacrifice a lot of processing performance. The MacBook Air is still the choice for users for whom weight is a top priority—traveling business users or students who need to write papers in-between treks across campus. However, the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro isn’t that much heavier than the 13-inch MacBook Air, so if you are a demanding user who works on location, you won’t feel like you’re sacrificing much portability with the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro.

Create Cool Video Titles In Final Cut Pro X

Mark Spencer, Macworld

Apple's No Internal Client Syndrome

Dominik Wgner
Game Center is supposed to be this fun and engaging infrastructure to enrich games and provide services like online matchmaking and connectivity. The idea is great, the infrastructure is really necessary, but the actual implementation is so bad almost all developers I know and talked about it dread using it. This has many reasons, some of them will be topic on this blog. But for now I just want to put attention to the one structural reason:
There is no internal client for Game Kit and Game Center at Apple.
Mac OS X does ship with the Chess game. Which, as far as I know, is not on Game Center.

Apple Has Made 'A Number Of Improvements' To Maps, Will 'Work Non-stop' To Keep Fixing Issues

Nathan Ingraham, The Verge

Apple Changing App Store Prices For Several Countries

Federico Viticci, MacStories

Why Apple Was Right To Price iPad Mini At $329

Andy Ihnatko, Chicago Sun-Times
I think Apple respects the concept of “affordability.” It’s just not a driving passion for the company.
Apple countered cheap laptops (netbooks) with iPads. What is that next big thing Apple will use to counter cheap tablets?

Tim Cook Addresses Steve Jobs' 7-Inch Tablet Remarks, Says iPad Mini In A Whole Different League

Rene Ritchie, IMore
The iPad mini, according to Cook both during the call and at Apple's iPad and Mac event previously, is 7.9-inches rather than 7-inches, and due to its 4:3 and 1024x768 pixel display, it has 35% more screen real-estate than a 7-inch, typically 16:9, tablet. Including the difference in landscape height, and depending on interface chrome, Cook said that translates into a 50-67% more space.
How long will it be before iPad mini outsells iPad classic, and we start wondering every year whether Apple will finally kill the iPad classic?

Fourth-quarter Revenue, Profit Up For Apple On iPhone, iPad Sales

Philip Michaels, Macworld
For the first time, the average selling price of a Mac laptop is higher than that of a desktop.
The rise of the retina Mac laptops, and the decline of the Mac Pro?

Why Apple Doesn’t Care About Its Competition

Felix Salmon, Reuters
There are three questions, then, which real people will ask about the iPad mini. Do I want it, can I afford it, and which model should I get. The answers to those questions will determine how many iPad minis Apple manages to sell. But the question which most of the press concentrates on — how does the iPad mini compare to its non-Apple competitors — is one which gets asked much less often than the Apple-as-company people tend to think.

Thu, Oct 25, 2012

Apple Releases New MacBook Pro Commercial, Colors

Rene Ritchie, IMore

How Apple “Doubled” iPad Wi-Fi Throughput

Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS

Safari Users Hit By Facebook Certificate Error

Topher Kessler, CNET
While this may raise concern about where the connection is going, the situation does not appear to be malicious in any way and instead has arisen from an apparent hosting configuration change for the image file.

How To Manage The Java 6 And Java 7 Runtimes In OS X

Topher Kessler, CNET
In the meantime, if you have a Java applet that you need to run on your system and you can't get it working in Oracle's Java 7, then you can re-enable Java 6 without needing a Java runtime manager utility like Apple's Java Preferences. The installation of Java 7 does not remove the Java 6 runtime from OS X, but simply replaces Apple's Java Internet plug-in link with its plug-in package. Therefore, to downgrade and use Java 6, you can replace this package with a link to Apple's Java runtime.

Apple Store Now Selling Lightning To HDMI And VGA Adapters For $49 Each

Steven Sande, TUAW

Apple's Schiller Defends iPad Mini's Price Tag

Noel Randewich and Poomima Gupta, Reuters
"The iPad is far and away the most successful product in its category. The most affordable product we've made so far was $399 and people were choosing that over those devices," Schiller said.
"And now you can get a device that's even more affordable at $329 in this great new form, and I think a lot of customers are going to be very excited about that," Schiller said.

Skype 6 With Improved Social Integration Now Available

John P. Mello Jr., PCWorld

How To Create Shared Reminders With iCloud In Mac OS X 10.8.2

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Hands On With iBooks 3

Lex Friedman, Macworld
The new iBooks doesn’t seem to be a dramatic change from its previous iteration. Instead, it appears aimed at making the reading app a bit more social, and a bit more usable—whether you’re using a device with less storage, or one with less screen real estate.

Review: Letterpress Is An Excellent iOS Word Game

Lex Friedman, Macworld
Fans of word games won’t be disappointed. If you’re starting to tire of Words With Friends, or just want additional word-focused fun, Letterpress deserves your attention.
Letterpress by Atebits review (Dave Wiskus, iMore)

Thoughts On iPad Mini

Fraser Speirs
I don't really buy the argument that young children need a smaller device. That's intuitively appealing but I don't think it stands up. For one thing, the smaller the device is, the finer motor skills you need to manipulate it. Young children don't have such fine motor control. This is why you give a young child a fat pencil and an older child a thinner one. Secondly, our experience has been that younger children tend to lose small things. We see younger pupils losing their own iPod touch devices quite often in school but never their iPad. The most compelling reason to give a younger pupil a smaller iPad is cost and, at the price points Apple's offering, I don't see the savings over a three-year lease as compelling. The benefits to having all pupils on the one device are probably greater - especially for a school like mine with all grades K-12 in the one school.

Wed, Oct 24, 2012

iPad Mini Has Advanced Software To Detect Unintended Touches Around The Screens Bezel

Chris Oldroyd, IMore

The New iPads: What You Need To Know


Hands On With The iPad Mini

Dan Moren and Jason Snell, Macworld
We also wonder whether the more limited range of motion on a one-handed iPad mini might lead app developers to redesign their interfaces; an Apple representative we talked to suggested that the new continuous-scrolling mode in Apple’s own iBooks app may have been introduced specifically to make it easier for iPad mini users to read without having to stretch their thumbs to make a page-flip gesture.
The iPad mini will probably sell much better than the iPad classic, and I suspect app developers will tailor their apps more towards the smaller-sized screen, hence making the visual interfaces on the bigger-sized screen bigger than necessary.

Hands-on With The Thumb-able iPad Mini And The Ultrathin iMac

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica
Indeed, it's a smaller version of the iPad, but in use, the iPad mini doesn't "seem" significantly smaller. Apple claims you can hold the device with one hand, which may be technically true for some of our larger-handed readers. For me, it was just barely doable, but still possible.

Peeved? Apple Will Exchange Your 3Rd-gen iPad For The Newer Model

Sharon Vaknin, CNET
The manager at the Stockton Street store in San Francisco explained that "this specific store" would allow purchasers of the third-generation iPad to exchange their device for the fourth-generation iPad if purchased within the last 30 days. She emphasized that, unless the recently purchased iPad showed serious signs of wear-and-tear, the usual 14-day return policy would be waived.

The iPad Mini's Price Is High, Low, And Everything In Between

Bryan Bishop, The Verge
It's a classic Apple strategic move: entering a pre-existing market with a premium device, and banking on design and ease of use to take it to the front of the pack. It's the same strategy Cupertino used with the original iPod 10 years ago, which originally sold at $399 with a mere 5GB of storage, competing against much cheaper MP3 players.

Apple Sneaks Out Significant Update To Final Cut Pro X

Serenity Caldwell, Macworld

5 Ways To Make Your Mac’s Desktop Better With GeekTool

Josh Johnson, Mactuts+
GeekTool is an amazing free app that is a bit like Dashboard for the super nerdy. It allows you to place functional widgets, called “Geeklets,” right on top of your desktop, so you can always see them.

Nitro Is A Simple OS X To-Do List App That Syncs To Dropbox & Ubuntu One

Falima, AddictiveTips

At The Apple Store: Watching Geniuses Watch The iPad Mini

Chris Matyszczyk, CNET
As I paid for my power cord, I asked the nice Apple lady about the announcement.
"You've already been told everything, right?" I said.
"No, no,' she replied. "We've got it on the screen over there."

Apple Fusion Drive—Wait, What? How Does This Work?

Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica
Apple's Fusion Drive does not appear to function like an SSD-backed disk cache, but rather seems more like a file-level implementation of a feature that has existed for some time in big enterprise disk arrays: automatic tiering.

How Apple's "Little" Approach Leads To Big Wins

Michael Davies, Harvard Business Review
Apple's innovations emerge from a systematic and sustained application of what are in fact well established, if not (yet) widely understood, principles, and practices. It aims for little, more—and enjoys a lot more success as a result.

iBooks Author 2.0 Available In Mac App Store

Leanna Lofte, IMore

First Look: iPad Mini

Jim Dalrymple, The Loop

Apple Unveils iPad Mini And Fourth-generation iPad

Lex Friedman, Macworld
The iPad mini is 7.2mm thick—23 percent thinner than the new, fourth-generation iPad—“thin as a pencil,” as Schiller put it. It weighs 0.68 pounds, which is half the weight of the previous iPad. “It’s as light as a pad of paper.”
Schiller also took the wraps off the new fourth-generation iPad, saying, “It’s amazing.” The new iPad uses the Apple A6X chip, a new chip that further improves upon the speed performance of the A6; the company claims that it’s twice as fast as the A5X, with double the graphics performance. It gets the same ten hours of battery life as the third-generation iPad.

Apple Updates Mac Mini With Faster Processors And Storage

Dan Frakes, Macworld
The new Mac mini looks nearly identical to its predecessor on the outside, with the only external change being upgrades to the computer’s four USB ports—the mini now uses the USB 3.0 standard.

Apple Slims Down iMac In Latest Update

Roman Loyola, Macworld
While the familiar almuninum design remains, the new iMac is much thinner than its predecessor. The company reengineered the iMac’s internals and display, and Apple says the display system is 45 percent thinner and 8 pounds lighter.

Apple Unveils Fusion Drive For New iMac And Mac Mini

Lex Friedman, Macworld
The Fusion Drive, which is available as an option for the new iMac and both Mac minimodels, is a hybrid drive that merges a 128GB flash drive with a hard drive—all into a single volume.
Schiller explained that Mountain Lion and the apps that ship with your Mac—like iTunes and iPhoto—reside on the flash drive; other data you add fills up the traditional hard drive. But the Fusion Drive is smart and handles data storage automatically: If you use Numbers more then iMovie, for example, it will automatically move Numbers to the flash side, with iMovie moving to the traditional drive side. Mac OS X figures out what programs you use the most and what would benefit from being on Flash.

Apple Brings Retina Display To The 13-Inch MacBook Pro

Roman Loyola, Macworld
The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro sports a display with a resolution of 2560 by 1600 pixels, a huge 4-times increase over the 1280 by 800 resolution on the 13-inch MacBook Pro released in June.

iBooks 3.0 Debuts At Apple's "Something More To Show" Event

Serenity Caldwell, Macworld
The app now supports more than 40 languages—including Korean, Chinese, and Japanese—and features a new “continuous scrolling” reading option for those who prefer scrolling over page-turning. Another welcome addition: iCloud not only syncs your page turns, but all your purchased iBookstore books over your various devices.

Tue, Oct 23, 2012

Apple To Stream Live Video Of Today’s Apple Event To Apple TV

Kirk McElhearn, Kirkville
If you have a recent Apple TV, check your home screen; there’s an Apple Events icon.
Apple has just a little more for your holiday purchases. Tune in to your Apple TV live at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT / 5 pm UTC.

Messages: Working With Transcripts

Glenn Fleishman, Macworld
One of iChat’s nicest features was the way it allowed you to sift through the transcripts of past chats; you always had a record of the promises you made for work (or in the rest of life). Although the new Messages app in Mountain Lion doesn’t do away with transcripts, it repackages the feature in a way that many iChat veterans find obscure.

Samsung Says It's Still Supplying LCD Panels To Apple

Shara Tibken, CNET
A Samsung spokesman told CNET that the Korea Times post was 100 percent false.

Playing With AirPlay In Mountain Lion

Tonya Engst, TidBITS
Keep an eye on AirPlay — I believe it’s a more important technology than might be evident at first glance.

BusyCal 2.0 Launches With New Interface, Mountain Lion Support

Joel Mathis, Macworld
The calendar view is now customizable, letting users view schedules according to date ranges—ranges that include a “year view” with a heat-mapping feature that allows users to see their busiest times of year at a glance. The improved “list view” can also be adjusted to use custom date ranges, and now includes a new “total duration” feature that lets professionals easily calculate their billable hours.

How Mail May Be Anything But IDLE When Pushing Email

Michael E. Cohen, TidBITS
These two systems, IDLE and push, account for the multiple notifications I simultaneously received on my iPad and on my Mac when the new message arrived in my iCloud account. But there are subtle differences in behavior between the two systems.

Simultaneously Working With Two Accounts On A Single Mac

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Samsung Display To Terminate Apple Deal

Cho Mu-hyun, Kim Yoo-chul, The Korea Times
Samsung Display said Monday that it will terminate its contract with Apple and no longer supply liquid crystal display (LCD) panels to its long time partner.
Is it time to buy LG stock?

Mon, Oct 22, 2012

Me Books App Is 'The Digital Equivalent Of An Independent Picture-book Shop'

Stuart Dredge, The Guardian
British startup Made in Me wants to get parents and children drawing and recording with Peppa Pig, Peter Rabbit and other characters.

Stay On Top Of The Web With Read-later Services

David Chartier, Macworld

Snapheal For OS X Improves Content Aware Heal For The Photoshop Phobic

Mel Martin, TUAW
This little digital trick allows you to remove unwanted objects or people from an image. Using a series of algorithms to determine what should be filled in where the object you removed was, it smartly and quickly repairs the photo with intelligent guesses about what to fill in.

How The iPad Took Over Our Lives

Ian Bullock, The Globe And Mail
I pay obeisance to the iPad not because it recasts me as a superstar, but because it reflects back to me my new adult life.

Single Podcast Episodes, Huffduffer, And Podcast Apps

Federico Viticci, MacStories

Sun, Oct 21, 2012

Xcode 4: How To Add A Delay To Auto Completion

Robert Payne

Waze Is The Only App To Gain Meaningful Marketshare After Apple Maps Fail, Onavo Finds

Kim-Mai Cutler, TechCrunch

Sat, Oct 20, 2012

Apple Opens Largest Store In Asia Near Forbidden City

Wayne Ma, Wall Street Journal
The opening of larger stores marks a shift in strategy for Apple in China, which had earlier announced plans to open 25 stores across the country by the end of last year. Some have questioned why the company would open yet another store in Beijing instead of tapping markets in so-called second-tier cities like Kunming, home to the fake Apple store mentioned by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a debate on Tuesday. But analysts point out that Apple’s sales in China are robust despite the lack of stores in other places, thanks to a large network of resellers, both authorized and unauthorized.
There is a big screen on top of the Apple's retail store that doesn't look like Apple has any control of. This may potentially be a problem.

Ask Ars: What's The Difference Between The Old And New Tracking Systems On iOS?

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica
So, it was no secret that the UDID was going to be replaced with something else, and that alternative was expected to be more privacy-conscious. Now that iOS 6 is out and available to the public, the new IDFA is indeed in place, and advertisers have already been using it to track you on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Surprise!
Advertisers largely use the two IDs in the same way, but there are a few key differences between them that affect both users and advertisers.

Skitch For OS X Regains Menu Bar Icon, Keyboard Shortcuts With Latest Update

Chris Welch, The Verge

Mapping The Entertainment Ecosystems Of Apple, Microsoft, Google & Amazon

Graham Spencer, MacStories

Fri, Oct 19, 2012

Mac Gems: Tweetbot For Mac Is Exactly What You'd Expect

Lex Friedman, Macworld
I’m thrilled that Tweetbot has made the leap to the Mac; despite a couple complaints, I think it’s just a terrific app. All of my Twitter consumption now goes through Tweetbot clients, and that suits me just fine. Tweetbot is the Twitter app I've long wanted on my Mac, and it doesn’t disappoint.

Ask The iTunes Guy: File Formats, File Editing, And Podcasts

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

Create A Music Video With iMovie '11

Heath McKnight, Macworld

Good Old Games Now On Good Old OS X

Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica
Good Old Games is a digital video game reseller that has grown to prominence through repackaging older titles so that they run without issue on modern operating systems. Today, the company put a smile on the faces of OS X gamers by making a chunk of their retro-centric catalog playable on Macs, starting today.

The Single Best Way To Use A Mac To Record Skype Video Calls As A Movie

Ron McElfresh, Noodlemac
The Call Recorder for Skype app records Skype calls, which instantly makes it valuable two ways. For family Skype calls you get a movie– a complete record of the call, including both sides of the video call. For business use, you get a movie which also acts as an audit trail of who said what and when.

Unlocking The Power Of Password Managers

Bonnie Cha, All Things D
This week, I took a look at three password-manager apps for consumers: LastPass, by a company of the same name; 1Password , by AgileBits; and RoboForm, by Siber Systems. Each app stores all of your various information in one central place, where it’s protected by a single master passcode. This way, you only have to remember one password, instead of dozens. And since the apps automatically fill in the data for you, they also allow you to use more complex, stronger passkeys for everything else.

Tweetbot For Mac Review

Leanna Lofte, IMore
Tweetbot for Mac is the best Twitter app currently available for the Mac. If you're a big fan of Tweetbot for iPhone and iPad and also a Mac user, what are you waiting for?
Of course, the other part of the equation -- which is totally outside of what Tapbot is doing -- is whether Twitter the service itself gives you enough of a value for you to spend $20 on a third-party client.

Tackling Disabled Dictation In Mountain Lion

Topher Kessler, CNET
The inability to enable Dictation services in OS X may be from faulty Parental Controls settings.

Xcode And Git: Bridging The Gap

Giant Robots Smashing InTo Other Giant Robots

Apple Tries To Kill Its Own Java On Most Macs

Gregg Keizer, Computerworld
Apple yesterday started scrubbing most Macs of older Java browser plug-ins, a move that will force users to download the software from Oracle. The company also patched Java for OS X, the second time Apple synchronized its Java security update with Oracle's, releasing its patches for OS X the same day as the Java software maker.

What’s Really Going On With Color: A Small Apple Talent Acquisition

Liz Gannes And John Paczkowski, All Things D
What’s really happening is that Color’s engineering team — about 20 people, comprising almost the entire company — is being “acqhired” by Apple at what’s being called a “nominal” price of something like $2 million to $5 million, according to multiple sources familiar with both sides of the situation.

Tweetbot Arrives In Mac App Store, With Higher Price Than Its Developers Prefer

Lex Friedman, Macworld
The company says the app’s $20 fee comes due to Twitter’s increasing limitations on third-party apps.

Fairly Priced

Daniel Jalkut,
Is $20 a reasonable amount to pay for Tweetbot? I think so. But if Tapbots would have preferred to charge even less, has it been fairly priced?

Thu, Oct 18, 2012

New In iOS 6: How To Set Up Your VIP Inbox

Dom Esposito, AppAdvice

Apple V Android: The Winner Is… The Disabled Community

Robin Christopherson, The Guardian
Strange as it may seem, touchscreen devices are heralding an age of more inclusive "Everybody Technology".

iCloud: Sharing Done Wrong

Dan Moren, Macworld
Despite the prominent addition of sharing features in iOS 6 and Mountain Lion, the company's concept of "sharing" is actually a narrow one. And in an increasingly interconnected era—when people are spending more and more time sharing words, images, files, and more with other people and among a variety of devices—that's a problem.

Release And Creation Of Pinbook 1.0

Collin Donnell
Creating Pinbook has taught me a lot, and there’s lot more I could say about pricing, testing and other things. But right now I’m just so excited to work on future versions and to make sure it remains the best at what it does.

The iPhone 5 Review

Anand Lal Shimpi, Brian Klug & Vivek Gowri, AnandTech

Fission Review

Steve Paris, Mac Life
Whether you’re making a movie, building a podcast, or just pasting two MP3s together, at some point you'll want to edit an audio file on your Mac. GarageBand can handle lots of audio-related tasks, but Fission, by revered Mac developer Rogue Amoeba, can handle fast edits and format conversions much more easily. It's simply packed with useful features.

CloudOn Expands App To Build On 'Office As A Platform'

Elsa Wenzel, PCWorld

Checkmark 1.1 Adds Recurring Reminders, Snooze Reminders, More

Dave Caolo, TUAW
Version 1.1, released today, adds recurring reminder, snooze reminders and more, making a handy utility even better.

Using CDs And DVDs With A MacBook Air

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Interview With Paul Mayne, Developer Of Day One For iOS And Mac

Steven Sande, TUAW

Wed, Oct 17, 2012

Hands On With Apple's Lightning To 30-Pin Adapters

Dan Frakes, Macworld

Eight Ways To Connect To A Server

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld
When you have to copy files from one Mac to another, make big files available to others, or get files from your company’s shared volumes, you need to connect to a server. It may be a file server, a NAS (network-attached storage device), or just another Mac on your network. You probably already know a basic way to perform this everyday task, but is that method the quickest and most convenient? Here are eight ways you can connect to a server.

A Free Way To Get More Productive On Your Mac By Using A Focusbar

Ron McElfresh, Noodlemac
What you get onscreen is a pop up window– the focus bar– which reminds you of the important task you should be working on instead of browsing Facebook.

Federico Viticci, MacStories sits in the menubar, and checks for updates to your feeds every few minutes or hours. It then displays new article alerts using Notification Center.

Review: Apple Mail 6 Features Better Search, VIP Email Treatment

Nathan Alderman, Macworld
Mail remains as stable and sturdy an email client as ever, striking a pleasant balance between super-simple webmail front ends and professional-grade behemoths like Outlook. The new features alone in Mail 6 hardly justify an upgrade, but as part of the whole Mountain Lion package, they fit in well.

How To: Create A Mac Keyboard Shortcut To Open Any App


The Creeping Bloat Of iOS Apps

Trent Nouveau, TG Daily
The iPad 3's Retina display along with Apple's more liberal submission policy have prompted the file sizes of popular iOS apps to grow substantially - especially for games.

AirPlay On The Mac: The Definitive Guide

Scot Danielson, Mactuts+
AirPlay is the technology used to stream media content from various Apple devices to other devices in your house, like your television or stereo system. AirPlay in general, and specifically for the Mac, has gotten a lot of extra attention lately, so this tutorial will show you the ins and outs of playing your media precisely where you want to, using AirPlay.

Apple Has 'A Little More To Show' At Oct. 23 Media Event

Dan Moren, Macworld
The calendar may be running out, but Apple’s going to get in some more product announcements before the end of the year. On Tuesday, the company announced that it would be holding a media event in San Jose’s California Theatre next Tuesday, October 23 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific.
According to rumors, Apple will unveil a new little iPad and a new little MacBook Pro.

Review: Adobe Acrobat XI Pro Advances The Paperless Office Concept, But Also Highlights Obstacles

Alan Stafford, Macworld
Taken together, Adobe Acrobat XI Pro, EchoSign, and FormsCentral have impressive capabilities, but the links for EchoSign and FormsCentral are just that—links; that is the extent of their integration into Acrobat XI Pro. They are separate components with minimal integration, and I suspect that having to deal with three different components will make the paperless office concept look good only on...paper.

Circa Makes Digesting The Day's Top News A Little Bit Easier

Christine Chan, AppAdvice
I’m loving everything about how the app looks. A well-designed app really makes all the difference when it comes to a great news reading experience.

Email From Phil Schiller Explains Lack Of Ambient Light Sensor In 5Th Gen iPod Touch

Jeff Benjamin, IDownloadBlog
"It's just too thin!"


Chris Welch, The Verge
Advanced imaging of the chip in question revealed circuitry Chipworks says is "consistent with a serial communication chip including some simple security features."

Tue, Oct 16, 2012

The Price Of Progress: 2012 iPod Touch Reviewed

Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica
The new iPod Touch continues to be the cheapest way to buy into the iOS ecosystem, and it's still a great product if you're looking for the convenience and features of a smartphone without the added overhead of an expensive data plan. The faster hardware, the bigger and better-quality screen, Siri, and other features help the iPod touch stay current, even if it's not quite as fast as the iPhone 5.
All of this is marred by one thing: fifth-generation iPods start at $300. This isn't too bad if you consider its 32GB starting capacity—a Nexus 7, for example, can be had for $200, but the 16GB price is $249 and a 32GB version isn't (yet) available. Still, the absence of a $199 or $249 16GB model is keenly felt. This is especially true given that the slower hardware, inferior screen, and laughable camera in the fourth-generation iPods are still being sold as entry level models. If you don't need or want that 32GB of storage, you either have to go with a slower model, a competing product, or just suck it up and pay.

Hard Drive Replacement Program Now Covers iMacs Sold From 2009-2011

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica
Apple's hard drive replacement program for 2011 iMacs has been expanded after discovering even more machines may be affected. The company has updated its support page about the program to note the 1TB Seagate hard drives could be faulty in iMacs sold as early as October 2009. Apple will offer free replacement hard drives to affected customers for three years after the first sale of the device, or until April 12, 2013, whichever is longer.

How To Invoke Alerts From The OS X Terminal

Topher Kessler, CNET
If needed, you can have the Terminal alert you when a process or script is complete.

Apple’s New iPod Touch Takes A Step Back: No Light Sensor

Kevin C. Tofel, GigaOM

Amazon And Apple Customers To Get Credits For Price-fixed E-books

Julianne Pepitone, CNNMoney
Amazon and Apple have informed some e-book buyers that they'll receive credits for future book purchases, as part of a recent settlement three major publishers signed to settle a price-fixing lawsuit.
Eligible Kindle e-book customers will receive credits ranging from 30 cents to $1.32 per book, Amazon estimated. Apple did not specify a range.

Localscope For iPhone Adds Integrated Reminders And Geotagging

Mel Martin, TUAW
Now version 3, released today, has added bi-directional integration with iOS reminders and a feature that allows you to add geotagged reminders for any location you find in the app. Localscope can remind you with an alert if your are near a location. It integrates with Apple Maps and is a great supplement because it has far more search resources, including Google Local search, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Wikipedia, Citysearch and Yelp.

iTunes And iTunes Match Users Still Having Issues With iOS 6

Allyson Kazmucha, IMore

Well That’s Awkward, New iPod Touch Is Slower Than The iPhone 5, But…

Joshua Schnell, Macgasm

Apple Enables Shareable Reminders In Its Reminders App

Joshua Schnell, Macgasm
In Reminders, you can now create a reminder grouping, and then share that particular reminder group with one, two, or a dozen people. Great for group projects. However, it’s currently impossible to share a particular reminder with a particular individual within a group. It also not possible to share a reminder directly from the iPhone or iPad currently, which is pretty disappointing.

Apple Nabs Amazon A9 Exec Stasior To Run Siri — But Does Hire Signal A Bigger Move Into Search?

Kara Swisher, All Things D
Apple has hired major Amazon exec and prominent search technologist William Stasior to run its Siri unit, according to sources.

Playing iPhone Media Through iTunes

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Mon, Oct 15, 2012

Adobe Ships Acrobat XI Featuring New Cloud Services

Jackie Dove, Macworld
Adobe is shipping Acrobat XI, a new version of its cross-platform PDF authoring and viewing software, featuring augmented tools for cloud services such as online forms and digital signatures.

Microsoft’s Xbox Music Service To Launch On Android And iOS Soon

Janko Roettgers, GigaOM
Microsoft announced the launch of Xbox Music Sunday night, which could become the company’s first serious attempt to take on both Spotify and iTunes. It will debut on Microsoft’s own platforms first, but come to Android and iOS soon after. That’s a remarkable different tune from a company whose most recent attempt in the digital music space focused all around its ill-fated Zune device.
Good for Microsoft. GIve the same freedom to the Office team too.

How To Introduce Yourself To Siri

Dave Caolo, 52 Tiger
After just a few minutes, my friend had introduced himself to Siri, as well as his wife, his extended family and a few co-workers. That makes Siri much more pleasant to use. Now he can say things like, “Call my wife” or “Send a text to my manager” and Siri will know who he’s talking about. Likewise, he can ask about work, and Siri will understand that he means the office.

Hands On: Securing iOS, Pwning Your Kids With Apple Configurator 1.2

Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica
Apple recently released the latest version of Configurator, the company's management software for iOS devices, for download in the Mac App Store. Configurator version 1.2 is intended to give organizations a way to mass-configure iPads, iPhones, and even iPods with applications, settings, and security policies. It's also, as it turns out, the perfect tool to prank a teenage son, teaching him the hazards of leaving his iPad unattended and of interrupting conference calls with extended drum solos.

Sun, Oct 14, 2012

Making Room In Your Piece Of The Cloud

Roy Furchgott, New York Times
You can put your data on a diet, without risk of losing anything important. The trick is to be more selective in what you save.

Sync Mail, Calendars, & Notes From Mac OS X To Android Phones & Tablets

OS X Daily
Macs can sync Mail, Calendars, and even Notes with Android phones and tablets with virtually the same seamless nature as Macs sync through iCloud with other Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The only requirement to sync a Mac with an Android device is that you have a Gmail (Google) account, which if you’re using Android you almost certainly do.

Designing For iOS: Taming UIButton

Giant Robots Smashing InTo Other Giant Robots

How To Beat Information Overload: Add Reeder To Your Mac Or iPhone

Tera Thomas O'Brien, Tera Talks

Cream: OS X RSS Reader With Instapaper, Pocket & Readability Support

Fatima, AddictiveTips

Managing The Dock From The Command Line

Darren Wallace, Amsys

Review: Apple Lightning To 30 Pin Adapter

Warner Crocker, Gotta Be Mobile

Sat, Oct 13, 2012

The New iPod Touch Will Further Obliterate The Point-And-Shoot Market

MG Siegler, TechCrunch

Review: Snapheal 2.0 For Mac

Canadian Reviewer

Apple's Passbook Gives Us A Glimpse Of The Future Of Air Travel

Kraig Becker, Gadling

With Audiobooks App You Can Stream And Download Unlimited Books For One Monthly Price

Bryan M. Wolfe, AppAdvice

Beijing’s Third Apple Store Confirmed Landing In Wangfujing, Will Open Later This Month

Chris Chang, M.I.C. Gadget
Apple will be launching its largest flagship store in Asia at Beijing’s iconic Wangfujing Street. According to our sources, the store will be a massive one, sporting a gigantic glass display and a wide-open space.

iPhone 5 Turn-by-Turn Navigation Vs. Android Vs. Automaker
I had a completely different summation in the first draft of this review, but now I have to temper all the terrific results the app returned for the duration of the test with the one oddball error that had me driving all over the suburbs the other night.
The iPhone's maps certainly are far from perfect, but the turn-by-turn navigation functions are as good as any I've seen.

SBB Und Apple Schliessen Lizenzvereinbarung Ab.

Die Schweizerischen Bundesbahnen SBB und Apple haben sich über die Nutzung der SBB Bahnhofsuhr auf Geräten wie iPad und iPhone verständigt. Dies haben die beiden Parteien in einer Lizenzvereinbarung geregelt.
Apple licenses Swiss railway station clock design.
Apple gets OK to use Swiss railway clock design (Reuter)

Apple Likely To Unveil “iPad Mini” At October 23 Event

John Paczkowski, All Things D

Thin Laptops, Including MacBook Air, Meet Eco-standard

Martyn Williams, Macworld
Disassembly instructions were solicited from the manufacturers, the laptops were bought on the open market, and they were sent to an electronics test laboratory that would do the tests.
"They found they could disassemble all the laptops in at most 20 minutes and remove batteries in at most 3 minutes," said O'Brien. "The recommendation was that all five [laptops] be found in compliance."
Good to hear.

Review: Fifth-generation iPod Touch Is Faster, Finer Than Predecessors

Christopher Breen, Macworld
Price aside, whether you’re in it for the apps, games, or media, this is an iPod you’ll treasure. With its improved cameras, zippy performance, bright and roomy display, support for Siri, and more colorful and statuesque form, the fifth-generation iPod touch is a winner.

Fri, Oct 12, 2012

Being Small Isn't Enough

The seventh-generation iPod Nano is an incredibly compact portable media player with gym-friendly features, but it's overshadowed by the superior value of Apple's iPod Shuffle and fourth-generation iPod Touch.

Hands-on: Four Mac Apps To Transfer Voicemail, Other Files From Your iPhone

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica
There are plenty of software packages that allow users to easily transfer their voicemail files—as well as text messages, photos, music, and other data—from an iOS device to a computer. No jailbreak hanky panky required.

Marco Arment’s The Magazine: At The Intersection Of Technology And Writing

Federico Viticci, MacStories
It’s about people who love technology, delivered as a curated collection of articles from great writers. In a way, it’s the opposite of Instapaper: while Marco’s more popular app is what you make of it, The Magazine is Marco’s own vision. So, yes – you’ll have to trust him on this one.

iPod Touch 5Th Generation Teardown


Automatically Send Articles From Reading List To Instapaper

Federico Viticci, MacStories

First Look At What’s Inside Apple’s New Dock Adapter: It’s Impossible To Tinker With


Thu, Oct 11, 2012

RockMelt For iPad: A Browser Built For Touch That Turns The Web Into A Feed So Content Comes To You

Josh Constine, TechCrunch

Apple iPod Nano Review (2012)

Nilay Patel, The Verge
There might be some people for whom spending $149 on a 16GB iPod nano makes a lot of sense. If you’re a runner with a very specific set of playlists, or if you just need the cheapest way to play your existing iTunes library, the nano will be just fine. But most people will be much better served spending an extra $50 on the $199 16GB iPod touch, downloading Spotify, and leaving iTunes — and files — behind.

30-Pin To Lightning Adapter: Early Users Test Compatibility

Erica Sadun, TUAW

Microsoft Terms Talk Of Office On iPad 'Inaccurate'

Gregg Keizer, Computerworld
Microsoft today disavowed comments made by its Czech subsidiary that the company will roll out iOS and Android apps of its Office suite early next year.
Remember, Microsoft new rules: don't talk about it until you have a non-working demo to show.

Coding Passbook: Lessons Learned

For the sake of those of you that decided to join in on the Passbook party and create your own passes we present here some of the pitfalls we ran into. As with every new and fangled thing, Passbook is still rough around the edges and surely you’d rather work on actual features and reduce the time spent on just getting the damn thing to work, right?

How To Lock Your Screen In OS X

Topher Kessler, CNET
If you need to lock your system when briefly stepping away, there are other options you can use, which involve the use of Apple's screen lock feature that simply requires your password after a period of time once the system has gone into sleep, the screen has slept, or the screensaver has been enabled.
Personally, I use a hot-corner to activate my Mac's screensaver. I have also used FastScript to set a hot key to launch an AppleScript that launches the screensaver, but I stopped doing that when I ran out of hot keys.

Behind The App: MoneyWiz

Graham Spencer, MacStories

Groupon Launches iPad-based Restaurant Point-of-sale System

Steven Sande, TUAW

Mac Classics: Why BBEdit Rules

Andy Ihnatko, Macworld
BBedit stays out of my way by relying on the one truly foolproof file format: plain text.
“BBEdit’s still important because at its essential core, it’s a tool for working with text,” says Rich Siegel, Bare Bones Software’s founder and CEO. “Not text for presentation, as in a word processor or page-layout application, but rather text as data supplied to other software: code for compilers and interpreters, markup and Web applications for Web browsers, log files and data tables for analysis, and for any tool that inhales raw text and turns it into something else.”
I will never get this wish, but I do wish I can also have BBEdit on Windows.

Wed, Oct 10, 2012

Did Apple And Google Really Spend More On Patents Than R&D? Yes – But It’s Not All It Seems

Ian Betteridge, Technovia
So yes, Google and Apple did spend more on patents in 2011 than R&D. But that’s very likely to be a one-off, simply because 2011 was an unusual year which saw several highly-desirable patent portfolios come on the market. What the NYT didn’t say is that Apple also increased its R&D spending in 2011 by 33%, and that Google’s R&D spending continues to trend upwards massively, with the company spending a whopping 12% of all its revenue in R&D last year.

Never Miss A Movie's Bonus Scenes Again With TodoMovies

Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice
"Movies that have bonus scenes will be indicated in your watch list with a seat icon. If you see one, sit tight and don’t immediately leave the theater after the movie is over!"
Actually, what I would like to see is that everyone sits still until the entire movie, including the credits ends.

Do More With Mountain Lion’s Contacts

Christopher Breen, Macworld
Contacts has hidden depths, including the ability to pull in Twitter handles and Facebook friends automatically, sync Google contacts, display a map of a contact’s address, and help you put faces to names.

Singapore May Ease Currency Gain As Growth Slows

Kristine Aquino, BusinessWeek
The Monetary Authority of Singapore will probably slow the pace of appreciation in the local dollar as moderating price pressures provide scope for measures to support economic growth, according to a survey of analysts.

Developers: We Warned Apple About iOS Maps Quality

Josh Lowensohn, CNET
Developers have been complaining about Apple's Maps since shortly after they were given the first pre-release version in early June, CNET has learned. They say they filed bug requests, sent e-mails to specific Apple employees, and vented on message boards only other developers and Apple could see.

Apple Ships Mic-less EarPods With New iPod Touch

David Carnoy, CNET
The same mic-less EarPods also ship with the new iPod Nano. Oh, and these step-down EarPods don't come with a carrying case. In all other respects, including sound quality, the two EarPod versions are the same.

A Quick Review Of ChemBioDraw 13

Macs In Chemistry

Apple Configurator Tool For iOS Devices Gets Better iOS 6 Support, Apple TV Configuration And More

Matthew Panzarino, The Next Web

A Dragon That Takes Dictation And Controls A Mac By Voice

Walter S. Mossberg, All Things D
Dragon Dictate is a step forward for Mac users who need, or prefer, to use voice to write and control a computer.

Alternatives To Camera App Can Give You Better iPhone Photos

Chris Foresman, Ars Technica
Coming from a pro photography background, 645 Pro really speaks to me with its "pro camera" interface and the ability to save full-resolution TIFFs. However, ProCamera has nearly all of the advanced power with a more iPhone-like interface, and it also includes video capture and editing features. Either of these apps would likely suit the most demanding "iPhoneographers."

Power Management Hot Keys In OS X

Topher Kessler, CNET
In old Mac systems, Apple included a power button on the keyboard that could be used to access the Power menu when the Mac was running. Apple has removed this button, but the functions invoked by it are still available in OS X by pressing Control-Eject on your keyboard.

Lodsys Claims Momentum In Patent Fight As Some Indie Devs Leave US

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica
Patent holding company Lodsys claims it's gaining momentum in its battle with independent developers. The company posted two new blog posts on Monday evening—after almost a year and a half of silence—claiming it has both gained the favor of the US Patent and Trademark Office and made a number of new patent licensing deals with smaller companies. But some of the indie developers targeted by Lodsys have begun chest-thumping in response, declaring that Lodsys "needs to be stopped."

Developers Stymied By Mac App Store Approval Delays

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Mac Gems: Write 2 Offers Advanced Word-processing Features, Minimalist Interface

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld
It’s almost a no-brainer for anyone who wants sophisticated features and the capability to make complex documents while maintaining an easy-to-use, minimalist interface.

Tue, Oct 9, 2012

Redefining Medicine With Apps And iPads

Katie Hafner, New York Times

Review: ChronoSync 4.3.5 A Multitalented File Sync And Backup Tool

Joe Kissell, Macworld
With a bit of configuration, it can fill almost any synchronization or backup need, and the added capabilities of ChronoAgent make it that much more compelling. If you’re looking for a single app to handle synchronization and backup tasks, ChronoSync is an impressive choice.

Fifth-gen iPod Touch Benchmarks Surface As Devices Begin Shipping

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica
The fifth-generation iPod touch Apple introduced last month is powered by an A5 chip running at the same speed as last year's iPhone 4S, according to screenshots posted by Japanese Apple blog Macotakara. The site has posted early benchmarks of the device that show iPhone 4S-like performance.

New In iOS 6: How To Set Custom Notifications And Alerts For Each Mailbox

Dom Esposito, AppAdvice

Getting Started With Messages

Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

How To Create A Ringtone On Your iPhone With GarageBand

Lex Friedman, Macworld

iStop Motion For Mac Review

Steve Paris, Macworld UK
There’s a lot to like about the new iStopMotion for Mac and the drastic price drop, coupled with its support for using iOS devices as a camera mean that more people will be able to afford to get into this age-old art of stop motion animation and have a lot of fun doing so.

Got Mac? Need Drawing Tools? Can’t Afford Adobe Illustrator? What You Need Is EazyDraw

Ron McElfresh, Noodlemac

Pogo Connect: The Best Pressure-sensitive Bluetooth 4 Stylus Yet

Steven Sande, TUAW

Average Wait Time For Mac App Store App Reviews Rising Significantly

Eric Slivka, MacRumors
Shiny Development's annual trend graph for Mac apps shows average review times of a few days to a week through approximately April 1 of this year, after which time the trend began a fairly steady rise. That rise has accelerated in recent weeks, with developer reports now indicating that their apps are spending an average of nearly a month in review.

How To Extract Voice And Text Messages From An iPhone

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Brian Eno's New iPad App 'Scape' Lets You Build Intelligent, Reactive Ambient Music

Nathan Ingraham, The Verge
Composer and producer Brian Eno has pretty much done it all in his 40-plus year career, but one of his best-known musical traits are his incredibly minimalistic soundscapes. They're not for everyone, but those who love ambient music should enjoy his new app, Scape.

Apple Podcasts App Review

Rene Ritchie, IMore
Power users may want to stick to a power client, of which the App Store has several, but for those who simply want to enjoy the occasional podcast, as well as iCloud sync and Apple-style integration, Podcasts is a great choice.

Missing Your iDisk? OpenDrive Is An Easy To Use Substitute

Mel Martin, TUAW
This weekend, I took a look at OpenDrive, which does a fine job of doing what iDisk used to do. You get a desktop mounted virtual drive, complete with public and private folders. You can drag anything in, or set it up to sync with any files on your computer. The system encourages collaboration, and it is easy to give someone a URL so they can download a file, files, or a folder.

Mon, Oct 8, 2012

Brøderbund's Living Books Return For iPad Via Wanderful

Michael Rose, TUAW

How To Share Documents With iCloud

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld
Still, only since the release of OS X Mountain Lion that enough applications have started to support iCloud document syncing for this feature to be useful. Working with iCloud is fairly simple, but you need to know the ground rules if you plan to start storing your documents in the cloud.

Retina Revolution

Daan Jobsis
Apple’s Retina revolution is an interesting evolution that is turning the design world upside down.

The iPhone 5 Is A Miracle

Farhad Manjoo, Slate
Now, almost a month later, it’s time for me to get something off my chest: I’ve made a huge mistake. I’ve had the iPhone 5 for about a week and a half, and I’m still annoyed about the dock connector thing. But it’s a small problem, and in retrospect I was wrong to allow myself to become overwhelmed by dock-based frustration.
It seems everyone is saying the same thing: you really have to hold it and use it to really appreciate the iPhone 5.

Apple And Foxconn: Stuck Together

Sarah Mishkin, Financial Times
Because the phone’s new metallic casing is easily scratchable, Apple required stricter quality controls on Foxconn’s plant in Zhengzhou where the handset is assembled. That sparked tensions that led some workers to walk off the job over the weekend, sources in Zhengzhou told the FT.
Surely, the next step for Apple is to start building its own factories, and to automate the heck out of everything.

The Patent, Used As A Sword

Charles Duhigg and Steve Lohr, New York Times
Mr. Phillips and Vlingo are among the thousands of executives and companies caught in a software patent system that federal judges, economists, policy makers and technology executives say is so flawed that it often stymies innovation.
Alongside the impressive technological advances of the last two decades, they argue, a pall has descended: the marketplace for new ideas has been corrupted by software patents used as destructive weapons.
Vlingo was a tiny upstart on this battlefield, but as recent litigation involving Apple and Samsung shows, technology giants have also waged wars among themselves.

Apple’s 2am Blues

Decoding The New Economy
It appears iOS6 no longer likes 2am or 2pm if your location is set to the parts of Australia that switched to summer daylight savings this morning.
It's time to fix this bug once and for all: abolish daylight savings.

Testing Apple's New Maps App On A Road Trip

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press

‘This Stuff Doesn’t Change The World’: Disability And Steve Jobs’ Legacy

Tim Carmody, Wired
It may be a stretch to say Steve Jobs invented the iPod Touch or most of the technologies contained in it. But Steve Jobs certainly put it in my son’s hands, both by making it a sub-$200 device (and in our case, giving it away free with a laptop) and by helping to create an ecosystem of software applications for people with disabilities — perhaps especially communication disabilities.

Sun, Oct 7, 2012

Apple Issues Support Article To Address Purple Light Flare From iPhone 5 Camera

Chris Oldroyd, IMore
Apple has issued a support article to address the mounting concern over the strange purple light being found on numerous photographs taken with the iPhone 5’s camera. The problem shows on the photographs as a purple flare on the edge of a picture or as an actual purple spot in the main frame of the picture. Apple’s support article addresses these issues and claims there is nothing to worry about.

iOS 6 Gripes: App Store Search Is Now Less Usable

Rene Ritchie, IMore
In other words, it looks better but doesn't work better.

Why Does Apple's Calendar Look So Out Of Date?

John Naughton, The Guardian
The interesting problem will come in 10 years' time when designers will be disdaining the new computer interfaces that mimic the apps-centric interfaces of 2012. The French have a phrase for this: plus ça change.

Sat, Oct 6, 2012

Passbook And NFC

Fast Chicken
Is it all a huge game changer? No, I don’t think it is. But like the AppleTV, it is interesting and fun to play with.

Podcasting 101: The Best Of The Rest Of iOS Podcasting Apps

Geoffrey Goetz, GigaOM

Review: Camera+ For iPad

Camera+ now offers a photo editing experience worthy of the iPad, and I highly recommend it – especially if you have already tried iPhoto, but were left wanting something easier to use and sync.

First Look: Taskbox - Mail Could Become A Worthy Sparrow Alternative

Bryan M. Wolfe, AppAdvice
Instead of letting emails sit in the catchall inbox, the app offers ways to organize them. This includes the ability to set priorities, apply due dates, and create assignments for you and your contacts.

Apple Gives Former MobileMe Users An Extra Year Of Free iCloud Storage

Bryan Bishop, The Verge
No action is required on the part of the user, with the extension running through September 30th, 2013.
Looks to me this is a nice apology for the simple extension-to-2050 mistake.

Apple Acknowledges Lens Flares Occur With iPhone 5 Camera

Steven Sande, TUAW

4 Inches

Dustin Curtis
As iPhones get thinner and lighter, the reachability problem will become less and less of an issue. But the facts are clear: until we have wafer-thin, impossibly light phones, it will be harder to use 4-inch screens one-handed than it is to use 3.5-inch ones. Even so, the benefits vastly outweigh the downsides.

In A Smartphone World, Everything Is An Accessory

Jay Alabaster, TechHive

Mac Gems: Skip Tunes And iTunification Enhance iTunes

Dan Frakes, Macworld

The Ghost Of Jobs: Apple's Challenge To Decide "What Would Steve Do?"

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica
Many of Apple's own employees—the engineers who work passionately on the hardware and software that customers use every day—have found themselves involved in repeated conversations over the past year about what Jobs would have done. Or if they were not directly involved, they heard about such conversations from their peers. The question became a common refrain within Apple, though opinions differ on whether its effect has been positive.

How To Turn Your Mac Into A Security Spy Cam To Stream And Record Video (And Spy On Yourself)

Tera Thomas O'Brien, Tera Talks

TuneWiki Review

Michael Simon, Mac Life
You'll still look foolish singing along to your iPhone, but TuneWiki will at least help you get most of the words right.

One Sandbox Does Not Fit All

G.F., The Economist
Though in theory sandboxed like everything else in the App Store, Apple seems to have granted itself blanket entitlements that let Aperture perform all the tasks it used to perform before sandboxing was introduced.

Fri, Oct 5, 2012

Best Ways To Listen To Podcasts In iOS 6

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld
Here’s a look at how you can work with the iOS Podcasts app, but also how you can work without it, if you’d prefer going back to the old method.

Crazy Talk 7 Review

Rob Beattie, Macworld UK
Crazy Talk is an inexpensive way to create animated talking heads – either for fun or to use as narrators in videos and presentations.

Apple Acknowledges Anniversary Of Jobs's Death With Video Tribute

Kelly Hodgkins, TUAW
The tribute ends with a brief letter from Tim Cook, who asks us all to "reflect on his [Jobs's] extraordinary life and the many ways he made the world a better place."

Map Apps To Bypass The Rivalry Of Google And Apple

Kit Eaton, New York Times

Apple Releases Supplemental Update 1.0 For Mountain Lion 10.8.2

Lex Friedman, Macworld
Apple recommends it for all users of Mountain Lion, and says it addresses three bugs: an issue with Japanese characters in Mail, a problem with Safari accessing secure sites when Parental Controls are enabled, and an issue that could prevent Macs with more than 64GB of RAM from booting up properly.

Is Apple Maps Really Less Of A Data Hog Than Google Maps?

Karen Haslam, Macworld UK
However, when we started searching further-a-field things got a bit more data heavy on iOS 6 Maps. When we asked for directions from Paris to London iOS 5 came out trumps, sending 27KB and receiving 788KB, compared to iOS 6 which sent 45KB, received 907KB. It was worse from London to Paris: iOS 5 sent 45KB and received 1.7MB, while iOS 6 sent 121KB, received 1.9MB.

Use Wi-Fi Diagnostics To Find Active Bonjour Services In OS X

Topher Kessler, CNET

The Mac-like Way To Keep App Windows Where They Belong On Your Screen

Tera Thomas O'Brien, Tera Talks
To keep app windows both in their place and at exactly the right size for maximum efficiency and peace of mind, I use Moom. This handy Mac-like app (which means it’s so good that Apple should do in OS X what Moom does) pins app windows into specific locations on the screen.

The Second Least Expensive Way To Manage Mac App Windows Is Also The Best Way

Fullscreen mode in OS X helps to relieve some of the window clutter, but makes it impossible to bounce from one app window to another. For that you need a Window Magnet.

Teaching My 5 Year Old Daughter To Code…

In The Attic

Thu, Oct 4, 2012

Adobe Premiere Elements 11 Review

Cliff Joseph, Macworld UK

Google Adds Street View To iPhone And iPad Web App

Chris Oldroyd, IMore

Review: Record And Replay Live Radio With TuneIn Radio Pro For iOS

Joel Mathis, Macworld

Early iOS 6 Adopters Report Problems Getting Exchange Push Email: Are You Affected?

Jom Fingas, Engadget

The ModBook Returns, Starts At $3,499

Andrew Kunesh, Macgasm
The ModBook, a MacBook that is professionally converted into an OS X powered tablet, will be making its return five years after the project was halted.

Apple Revising MFi Program To Limit Third-party Lightning Accessories

Chris Foresman, Ars Technica
Manufacturers feared that Apple would use licensing rules to restrain the availability of non-Apple Lightning accessories. Now, those fears appear to have been valid. Sources for iLounge have confirmed that Apple has significantly altered its MFi Program rules, limiting the manufacture of Lightning connector accessories to Apple-approved factories. Since no such factories have been approved thus far, accessory makers don't expect to have any accessories available before the busy holiday shopping season.

Fun With The OS X Finder And AppleScript

Russell Beattie
AppleScript was created by pure psychopaths, who obviously had a deep, deep hatred for humanity and a less than solid grasp of logic and organizational skills. Also, just about everyone who's ever used AppleScript and posted their solutions online is a complete moron. Probably myself included, but here goes.

FlyingWindows Keeps Only One Mac App Window In Focus To Help You Concentrate Better

Fatima, AddictiveTips

Mapping A Path Out Of Steve Jobs's Shadow

Brad Stone, Adam Satariano, and Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek
Less visibly, Cook has managed the inevitable internal strife as Apple’s execs tried to fill the leadership vacuum. And he’s got the operations side of Apple working better than ever, lining up the company’s suppliers to support the unprecedented scale of the iPhone 5 launch, which is on sale in nearly 30 countries and on track to be available in 100 by the end of 2012.

App Store Honour System

Mahdi Yusjf
Has Apple built a system that makes it easier to pay for apps then to actually pirate them?

How To Connect To A Windows Machine From OS X

Topher Kessler, CNET
Apple supports several ways to establish file-sharing connections with Windows PCs.

App Search Engine Chomp Shuts Down, But Is Apple Cracking Down On App Discovery Apps?

Victor Agreda, Jr., TUAW

Netbot For iPhone And iPad Review

Leanna Lofte, IMore
Tapbots, the creators of the extremely popular Twitter app Tweetbot, have released Netbot, an iPhone and iPad client for the Twitter-like social network If you're a fan of Tweetbot, you'll immediately feel at home with Netbot with its identical interface, familiar sounds, and simply outstanding design.

Resizing A Boot Camp Partition

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Wed, Oct 3, 2012

How To Free Up iCloud Storage Space

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Apple Suppliers Begin Mass Production On Smaller Tablet

Lorraine Luk, Wall Street Journal
Two of the people said the smaller tablet will have a 7.85-inch liquid-crystal display with a lower resolution compared with the latest iPad model that came out in March.
South Korea's LG Display Co. and Taiwan's AU Optronics Corp. last month began mass production of the LCD screens for the new device, they said.

Notifications Scripting Lets AppleScript Display User Notifications In Mountain Lion


Apple Giveth And Apple Taketh Away: Features Users Miss In iOS 6

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica
It turns out there are a number of smaller things that people really liked but can no longer access. There are also a few features that people would've liked to see Apple take just a little further.
Did you know that the previous YouTube app can continue playing videos in the background?

Dear Chrome, Slow Your Roll

MG Siegler, Massive Greatness
Chrome is gaining too much, well, chrome.

Tue, Oct 2, 2012

Apple Q4 Earnings Call Scheduled For October 25

Steven Sande, TUAW

Apple Maps Up To Five Times More Data Efficient Than Google Maps

Jim Dalrymple, The Loop
“On Google Maps, the average data loaded from the cellular network for each step was 1.3MB, the company wrote on its Web site. “Apple Maps came in at 271KB – that’s approximately 80% less data! On some actions, such as zooming in to see a particular intersection, Apple Maps’ efficiency advantage edged close to 7X.”

Keyboard Maestro And The Automation Mindset

TJ Luoma, TUAW
I think Keyboard Maestro is perhaps one of the more difficult apps to explain, because how I use it might vary greatly from how you use it, but once you get to know how it works and some of the things it can do, maybe you'll see how you might use it.

Apple Warns The Masses To Stop Using Retina MacBook Pro Palm Rests

Joshua Schnell, Macgasm

New Apple Developer Guideline Bans Apps That Promote Other Apps

John Gruber, Daring Fireball
I’m not sure I see any problem that Apple is solving here with this ban.

Update Fixes Verizon iPhone 5 Data Glitch; Customers Won't Be Charged For Overages

Lex Friedman, Macworld
Verizon iPhone 5 customers may have noticed an issue wherein their phones gobbled up extra cellular data when they were theoretically connected to Wi-Fi networks. Those customers now have two bits of good news: There’s a special software update that fixes the problem, and they won’t be responsible for unexpected charges related to unintended network overages related to the issue that spurred the carrier update in the first place.

Deleting Music App Tracks Under iOS 6

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Mon, Oct 1, 2012

Review: Dragon Dictate 3 For Mac Delivers Reliable Dictation

Mel Martin, TUAW

iBank 4.6 Review

Nick Spence, Macworld UK

Apple Warranty Ads Should Be Examined In EU, Reding Says

Aoife White, Bloomberg
EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding wrote to member countries to ask them to check whether Apple retailers failed to advertise buyers’ right to a minimum two-year warranty for products such as the iPhone and the iPad tablet computer.

Mapgate Is Over. Apple Won. Customers Won. Google, Not So Much.

Farhad Manjoo, PandoDaily
But now that iPhone users know they have a choice in where to get mapping, even Google won’t be assured success. Now we can decide between Apple, Bing, Google, Mapquest, and a host of start-ups. All the competition will fuel further investment in maps—in the same way that all browsers got better after Google began building Chrome, all mapping will get better now that Apple has decided to take on cartography.

The Hidden Powers Of Mountain Lion's Preview

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld
Preview is Apple’s top-secret tool for viewing and manipulating PDF files, graphics, and more. The secret, however, isn’t that it exists (look in your Applications folder) but that this seemly simple program harbors tons of advanced features. You can use Preview to annotate PDFs, delete or rearrange PDF pages, crop images, and more. Here’s an overview of the recent additions to Preview that you may not know about.

Apple Quietly Bumping iCloud Storage To 25 GB Until The Year 2050?

Michael Grothaus, TUAW
Multiple people here at TUAW are seeing the same plan bumps, though none of us has upgraded our plans, not to mention paid 38 years in advance.
Looks to me like a bug.

Two Months Later, Developers (Mostly) Positive About OS X's GateKeeper

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica
Every developer we spoke to said they believe end users are better off security-wise with GateKeeper. Whether it's because users need to be protected from themselves or they simply need an extra layer of security so they can sleep easier at night, there appears to be a tremendous level of confidence in the fact that users are safer now.