Fri, Nov 30, 2012
Husain Sumra, MacRumors
Jeff Carlson, TidBITS
If you sync and configure an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using iTunes (versus doing it all via iCloud), the new version may initially be confusing.
Jordan Golson, MacRumors
Cover Flow, a major feature when it was introduced, is gone.
Dave Caolo, 52 Tiger
Rene Ritchie, IMore
As in previous years, it's only the generic GSM version (which supports AT&T, Rogers, Telus, and Bell LTE bands) that's available unlocked. Nothing for CDMA carriers like Verizon or Sprint.
Rene Ritchie, IMore
Virginia Heffernan, Yahoo!
Joanna Stern, ABC News
Romain Dillet, TechCrunch
Shawn Blanc
It’s these little things in the design that make Fantastical feel professional and refined. This is easily the best-looking Calendar app on the iPhone and it’s a welcome addition to iOS.
Federico Viticci, MacStories
There are several new features in iStat Menus 4, but I’d like to mention the ones I personally use. The Network widget has a new per-process section to quickly see which process is consuming bandwidth (think a mini version of Little Snitch); the Time widget still supports different time zones (I use this on a daily basis), but it’s now cleaner and it has support for calendar events to get a quick summary of what you need to do on a specific day.
Rene Ritchie, IMore
John Gruber, Daring Fireball
I think my favorite new design element is what Apple is calling “Expanded View”. In a graphical list of albums or movies or shows, you click one and it opens in a subview right there under the album/movie/show. Instead of going to a new view, you stay where you are. No way to get confused about where you are, more of a sense of direct manipulation. I think this is a brilliant design for everyone, particularly typical users.
Dan Moren and Lex Friedman, Macworld
Make no mistake: When you first launch iTunes 11, it’s going to feel awfully different from the iTunes you’ve grown accustomed to. That’s because it is awfully different, from many of the user interface choices right down to the brand new icon, which now even more strongly resembles that of the Mac App Store.
Nathan Ingraham, The Verge
While Apple's aesthetic choices may be up for debate (the new icon is particularly ugly, and slightly tweaked fonts may take some getting used to), the new features are most welcome, as is the speedy performance.
Daniel Jalkut, Red Sweater
Folks who use FastScripts or another utility to script iTunes will be pleased to know that much of its scriptability is unchanged. But some subtle things have changed, including support for minimizing or maximizing the iTunes window.
Erica Sadun, TUAW
All you have to do is hold up your iTunes barcode and let your camera do the work. No more laborious typing of barcode-supported gift cards is needed any more.
Brent Dirks, AppAdvice
Lex Friedman, Macworld
iTunes 11 sports a massive redesign; Apple calls it an “edge-to-edge design.” Gone is the long-familiar sidebar of old. In its place is a dropdown menu for navigating between sections of the app, along with an omnipresent button at the right to jump into the iTunes Store.
Ellis Hamburger, The Verge
TJ Luoma, TUAW
During normal use, your Mac's camera stays off until Should I Sleep detects that the computer is getting ready to sleep. Then the webcam comes on for a few seconds to check to see if you are in front of the computer. If you are, it won't sleep. If you aren't, it will.
Lex Friedman, Macworld
Its list-based visual depiction of calendar data can sometimes obscure the fact that certain appointments are directly adjacent each other, or worse, overlap. But at the same time, it offers an ease of event entry that Apple’s own Calendar app can’t rival, and with aesthetics that are far more eye-pleasing, to boot.
James Galbraith, Macworld
A Fusion Drive is not able to transfer a full 1TB of data at SSD speeds, because it does not have a 1TB SSD. As seen in our Speedmark tests, however, smaller (but not small) transfers of data are handled well by this SSD-first strategy of the Fusion Drive. Most jobs are completed with speeds much closer to SSD speeds.
Thu, Nov 29, 2012
George Avalos, Oakland Tribune
Cupertino-based Apple has struck a deal with developer Peery Arrillaga for a custom-tailored two-building campus that is under construction on the north side of Stevens Creek Boulevard in Santa Clara a short distance from the Cupertino city limits.
Michael Kan, IDG News Service
Joe Kissell, Macworld
Password-reset messages and verification questions come with their own problems and risks. You can reduce your chances of being hacked—or being unable to respond correctly to one of these questions—by following a few simple tips.
Federico Viticci, MacStories
Fantastical for iPhone is the same app you know and love, but it’s also different. And yet, I’d argue, with its differences and obvious limitations, Fantastical for iPhone is also more pleasant to use than the Mac version.
Leanna Lofte, IMore
500px is a premium photo sharing platform for professional and aspiring photographers for the web and iPad that has now made its debut to the iPhone, and the iPad version got a nice upgrade as well. It's beautiful. 500px for iPhone and iPad lets you scroll through your friends' activity in Flow, discover gorgeous photography in Popular, browse through photographers' profiles, and more.
Dara Kerr, CNET
Mike Wehner, TUAW
Jessica E. Lessin, Wall Street Journal
The ascent solidifies Mr. Cue's role as one of the chief deputies to Mr. Cook, who has surrounded himself with several close advisers without elevating one to a clear number two. Mr. Cue has the loyalty and admiration of many longtime employees, who respect that he was with Apple during the dark days before Mr. Jobs began his turnaround of the company in the late 1990s.
Mr. Cue is also a champion of the Apple way: Entering new areas patiently and slowly and preaching the need to put the customer first. To negotiating partners, he epitomizes the company's penchant for secrecy with a poker face that media companies scramble to decipher.
Andrew Kunesh, Macgasm
Erica Sadun, TUAW
What follows is a dozen setup tasks that I picked out from my normal techniques, which I thought might be useful to others. Here are some of the things I do to my new systems, to make them shinier and happier and ready to use.
Tera Thomas O'Brien, Tera Talks
Erica Sadun, TUAW
This app simplifies the process of managing promo codes. With it, you can generate trackable codes that ping you back when they're redeemed.
Jonah Loeb, Minyanville
Apple should be careful that in the pursuit of that perfection, it does not remove the things about its products that caused many to fall in love with them in the first place.
Informal Protocol
But whatever you decide, you need sync in your app. And you need to think about it at the beginning, not at the end.
Shawn Blanc
What I love about Rdio isn’t just the massive music catalog that I have total access to, it’s also that my entire music collection is always available on my iPhone or iPad or Mac. The latter is something which iTunes Match could take care of, but then I’d lose access to the massive catalog of music Rdio gives me access to.
Leanna Lofte, IMore
Joshua Schnell, Macgasm
Allyson Kazmucha, IMore
If you need to be prodded to pick up milk on the way home, order that present in time for the big party, or set up that lunch meeting before the end of the day, Siri's there to help.
Steven Sande, TUAW
Albert Filice, Macworld
You may want to separate a Fusion Drive, either to gain a greater level of control or to simply swap out one of the drives. Whatever your reasons are, separating a Fusion Drive is a fairly simple process.
Wed, Nov 28, 2012
Christopher Breen, Macworld
Colin Baumgartner, MacReviewZone
Jeffery Battersby, Macworld UK
Koku is a solid, basic, personal-finance app that makes it easy to track your personal finances. While it doesn’t yet rise to the level of what Quicken of old could do, it’s on par with Quicken Essentials and a tool worthy of meeting your personal-financial needs.
Joe Kissell, Macworld
No matter what tools you use, you’ll have to memorize at least a few passwords. Because those are among your most important, you don’t want to trade security for memorability. Here a few tips that can help you make sure your brain doesn’t betray you.
Joe White, AppAdvice
Dave Caolo, 52 Tiger
Today I’ll explain how to do the same with iPhoto. Apple’s consumer-level image library software will help you make a nice holiday card with your own photo(s) and text that grandma and grandpa will love. Plus, working on your Mac is much easier than the iPhone’s or iPad’s smaller screen.
Alex Handy, SD Times
The Apple proposal lays out a structure for modules, which describe libraries and their APIs (interfaces). It will be a fairly major shift if and when this transition is made, as all headers will essentially be thrown out and replaced by modules, except in projects that choose to ignore the whole module thing.
Ben Waldie, TUAW
Sure, Mission Control in Mountain Lion lets you view all of your Finder windows at once in a pretty tiled view. But, it doesn't sort them, and with a ton of little windows, finding the one you want is no piece of cake. How nice would it be if the Finder had a "Cascade Windows" feature?
The Candler Blog
Randy Nelson, TUAW
The ad features an actual-size iPad mini on a white background. On its screen is the cover of the same Time issue, just as it would appear on the real device.
Andy Ihnatko
Mostly, it’s the ritual, and the spiritual cleansing. I have scrubbed away all of the crumbs and failure. I have a fresh space in which Wonderful Things can be built. Then I put my head down and I get back to work.
Federico Viticci, MacStories
For the past two years I’ve been using Spaced to keep up with the most important space news and discoveries; the team behind the app released today a major 3.0 update that adds a completely redesigned UI, iCloud support, and more sections.
Victor Agreda, Jr., TUAW
Rene Ritchie, IMore
Being a virtual personal assistant, of course Siri can take a note! In fact, Siri can not only take a note, but update them as well. If you need something that's more permanent than a reminder, something more like an idea you don't want to forget, or a draft you want to get down while you're driving, Siri and the Notes app are the perfect combination.
Cody Fink, MacStories
Starting with a remarkably easy to use iOS app, Scan is now a complete web service. Scan offers businesses a way to generate and manage codes and get analytics.
Mike Schramm, TUAW
The app now includes hooks into the native support of both Twitter and Facebook in Mountain Lion, as well as support for multiple accounts in Twitter. Evernote sharing has been revamped completely, so that's easier to use.
Glenn Fleishman, Macworld
The latest update to the software adds inbound-connection management, too. Little Snitch has graduated from being a sort of outbound-only firewall with notifications to being a full-fledged firewall product with a friendly interface that informs you about any network-related activities.
Lex Friedman, Macworld
The company announced early Tuesday that the new iMac will become available on November 30. You’ll be able to order both the 21.5-inch and the 27-inch versions of the all-in-one computer as of Friday at Apple’s website, but only the smaller incarnation will be available at Apple’s retail stores and authorized resellers. The 27-inch version of the new iMac won’t start shipping until December.
Federico Viticci, MacStories
Tue, Nov 27, 2012
Steven Sande, TUAW
In this latest installment of IFTTT Recipes, I'll show you how to use Siri to turn on your Christmas lights -- and amaze the little ones at the same time.
Max Taves, Wall Street Journal
Savan Kotecha spent about $80,000 to modernize his 2,400-square-foot West Hollywood, Calif., home. Mr. Kotecha, a 34-year-old songwriter and vocal producer on Simon Cowell's "The X Factor," is an admitted "Apple freak" who uses an iPad app made by home-automation company Crestron.
Chris Woodyard, USA Today
GM says today that it has found a way to link Siri to the new infotainment systems in its two smallest cars, Chevrolet Spark and Sonic. Drivers will be able to continue their chats with voice-activated Siri behind the wheel in order to perform the same tasks that they usually do on their smartphone, from checking sports scores to phoning friends. Only now, they will be able perform those functions while keeping their eyes on the road at all times.
Joe Kissell, Macworld
If you haven’t examined your approach to making and using passwords recently, now is a good time to rethink your assumptions. Here are a few important facts about passwords you may not have realized—and what they mean for you.
Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice
Nook for iOS now fully supports screen magnification and, more important, VoiceOver. This effectively makes the app more accessible to users who have low vision or are altogether blind.
Topher Kessler, CNET
One way to access or activate some display- and window-related features in OS X is to use screen hot corners, which you can set up to activate the desired feature by moving your mouse to the respective corner. For example, if you wish to manually activate the screensaver, then you can bind this to a hot corner and then move your mouse there to always activate the screensaver.
Randy Nelson, TUAW
Signal Vs. Noise
It’s like every magazine is reinventing HTML and programming their own browser for it. Of course that’s going to end badly!
Parse Blog
Nathan Donato-Weinstein, Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal
Earlier plans for a massive amount of underground parking have been scaled back, according to the drawings filed Nov. 14. The new plans show parking space only directly under the building. The old plans showed the parking excavation extending beyond the building's footprint.
Brent Dirks, AppAdvice
Christopher Breen, Macworld
Mon, Nov 26, 2012
Kirk McElhearn, Macworld
There’s a big difference between the two in price: Mountain Lion’s dictation feature is free with the OS, while Dragon Dictate will set you back $200. But that isn’t the only difference.
Chris McVeigh, Macworld
Happily, putting together a holiday newsletter is a snap using the apps included with your Mac. You can use both Pages and iPhoto to create simple, elegant newsletters to include with your mailings.
Robin Harris, ZDNet
Less than elegant. Certainly not "it just works."
Jeff Fagel, GigaOM
I think that nothing will replace ubiquitous credit and debit card payment systems until a service comes along that is a dramatically simpler solution, or offers compelling additional functionality that encourages people to leave their cards (and wallets!) at home.
Sun, Nov 25, 2012
Chad Catacchio, The Next Web
Sat, Nov 24, 2012
Matt Brian, The Next Web
Perhaps the most useful feature is the ‘Twitter Selector” option, which allows you to specify a slightly different version of your update specifically for Twitter.
Jonny Evans, Computerworld
Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice
Roy Furchgott, New York Times
There are many products for cleaning electronic screens — liquid sprays, microfiber cloths and such. But Unplugged Goods has a product to keep you from smudging your screens in the first place.
Seth Weintraub, 9 To 5 Mac
Michael Posner, The Globe And Mail
The two-part retrospective of Denmark’s lively hippie culture in the late 1960s and early 1970s was rejected by Apple’s iBookstore sales platform last month because – with photographs of naked men and women – it violated the company’s policy guidelines, which stipulate no sexually explicit photos.
The Hippie book controversy follows a series of similar attempts by Apple to censor – or deny market access – to artistic material it deems offensive. Among the casualties were Naomi Wolf’s new book, Vagina: A New Biography, which was given the edited title, V*****. Two mainstream German publications, the magazine Stern and the mass circulation tabloid Bild, have also run afoul of Apple’s content police, again because of nudity.
Mike Schramm, TUAW
Fri, Nov 23, 2012
Kelly Hodgkins, TUAW
Apple kicked off its Black Friday sale today with discounts on iPads, iPods, and Macs.
Thu, Nov 22, 2012
Richard Mallion, Amsys
John Paczkowski, All Things D
Apple suggested the delay is the result of the company bringing its product design ethos to bear on the project.
Kelly Hodgkins, TUAW
"Turkey" has a Thanksgiving theme that shows off Photo Stream and how you can use it to share your holiday photos.
Steve McCabe, TidBITS
I have found that WordPress, although approaching the challenge from a different angle, is to a large extent equal to the task, and offers a number of advantages to boot.
Christopher Breen, Macworld
Wed, Nov 21, 2012
Leah Yamshon, Macworld
This year, there are a few ways to avoid waiting in a long line. It just takes a little planning ahead.
Panic Blog
Federico Viticci, MacStories
Joel Mathis, Macworld
Lex Friedman, Macworld
Apple says that Supplemental Update 2.0 “addresses an issue with Keychain that can affect 2012 Mac systems.
Tue, Nov 20, 2012
Kelly Hodgkins, TUAW
Nokia HERE is a free, universal app that's powered by Nokia's NAVTEQ mapping data. It includes a garden variety of views like map view, live traffic view, public transport line view and satellite view. It also supports offline maps, so you can still travel when you lose your data connection.
Chris Oldroyd, IMore
Glenn Fleishman, TechHive
Justin Williams, Carpeaqua
Fraser Speirs
That's when it clicked. When I realised I had - without really thinking - done all the things I need an iPad to do for a whole week without being forced back to a full-size iPad, I saw that the iPad mini is just that: an iPad. No need to over-think the distinction, no real need to develop theories about it: the iPad mini is an iPad in the same way that the 13" and 15" MacBook Pro are both Macs. They'll both do the same 95% of the job: get the one that suits you best.
Federico Viticci, MacStories
I’m a strong believer that familiarity and consistency between OS X and iOS will increase, but they won’t take away the unique traits that make these platforms suitable for different contexts, for different users.
Andrew Kunesh, Macgasm
Kelly Burdick, Melville House
Leah Yamshon, Macworld
Geoffrey Goetz, GigaOM
Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider
David Streitfeld, New York Times
Apple declined to comment on Tawkon or Fandor, but in general has maintained that tight control is essential for ensuring the quality of customers’ experiences. The company screens out potentially buggy or completely ridiculous apps, for example. And Apple says the vast majority of apps — more than 95 percent — are accepted on the first submission.
Well, there's always Android, which, I believe, have a good ecosystem going. That's also a real choice.
Mon, Nov 19, 2012
Jim Dalrymple, The Loop
Christopher Breen, Macworld
Matt Macari, The Verge
While US patent D670,713 isn't exactly a narrow patent, there are some real limitations on what it covers and how it could be used against the competition.
Patrick B. Gibson
My friend and co-worker Tom has a thesis about Apple’s biggest problem: Google is getting better at design faster than Apple is getting better at web services.
The solution, I feel, is not for Apple to buy Twitter. Or Facebook. Or Yahoo. Or any specific company. But to really take web seriously, just like Microsoft took security very seriously. Give Eddy Cue as much money and authority as possible to hire and to beef up Apple's web products.
Om Malik
Marco Arment
They didn’t patent all page-turns — just page-turns that look (and, presumably, work) like iBooks’.
T.C> Sottek, The Verge
Dom Esposito, AppAdvice
Sun, Nov 18, 2012
MG Siegler, TechCrunch
I’m sure we’re going to continue to hear the calls for a retina MacBook Air. I hear you. But you should really check out this new 13-inch MacBook Pro. It’s pretty damn close to what you’re asking for. It’s nearly the perfect MacBook.
Up next: 11-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display?
David Streitfeld, New York Times
Even as unemployment remained stubbornly high and the economy struggled to emerge from the recession’s shadow, the ranks of computer software engineers, including app writers, increased nearly 8 percent in 2010 to more than a million, according to the latest available government data for that category. These software engineers now outnumber farmers and have almost caught up with lawyers.
Yet with the American economy yielding few good opportunities in recent years, there is debate about how real, and lasting, the rise in app employment might be.
Sat, Nov 17, 2012
Nick Bilton, New York Times
This design patent, titled, “Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface,” gives Apple the exclusive rights to the page turn in an e-reader application.
This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things (Page Turning Edition) (Dave Does The Blog): I'm hoping there is a clear reason why this patent is way more specific than it seems. But I'm not hoping very optimistically.
Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider
In an email to users on Friday, Apple reminded Messages beta program participants that the preview period will end on Friday, Dec. 14, noting that the service will then only be available on OS X Mountain Lion.
I’ve never observed anything else that has had the impact on teacher personal learning like the introduction of the iPad.
Jacob Penderworth, Mactuts+
Steve Paris, Macworld UK
For anyone who makes a living making complex screencasts on a Mac, there’s no doubt that this new version’s a must-buy.
Ross Hunter, Mutually Human
Kirk McElhearn, Macworld
In this week’s column, I look at iTunes Store authorization issues, how to get albums to stay together, a question about working with artwork, and how to split your iTunes library.
Fri, Nov 16, 2012
Ken Segall's Observatory
News flash: skeuomorphism is not dead. What’s dead are cheesy, antiquated graphics — like the stitched leather look in Contacts and Calendar. These were aberrations in a world that had been built upon good taste.
Skeuomorphism is a good thing. It’s part of what made Apple what it is today — interface elements presented as real-world references to things we instantly understand. Things like documents, folders, trash cans, calculator, etc.
Michael Burns, Macworld UK
Jonathan Seff, Macworld
Adam Turner, The Sydney Morning Herald
Apple Maps' turn-by-turn features aren't too bad, considering that it's free, but the inaccuracies in the maps means it still needs to rate a fail compared to something like the TomTom or Navigon app. If you've been using a paid app you're very unlikely to abandon it for Apple Maps. Near enough just isn't good enough when it comes to satellite navigation and there's a long road ahead before you can have complete faith in Apple Maps.
The Salt Lake Tribune
Tera Thomas O'Brien, Tera Talks
Bill Stiteler, TechnologyTell
Chris Foresman, Ars Technica
Peter Cohen, The Loop
Randy Nelson, TUAW
Joel Mathis, Macworld
Most notably, the screen now includes a lefthand sidebar, with a Shortcuts section that gives users quick access to a custom assortment of notes, notebooks, tags, and Saved Searches. The sidebar also includes a list of recent notes, and views of your notebooks and tags.
Lex Friedman, Macworld
The Room for iPad is a fascinating game. You’re in a room with a well-locked safe, and your goal is to get that safe open. The game makes the story more detailed than that, but The Room’s storyline is its least interesting aspect. The fun comes from the hours of puzzles and challenges required to break open the safe, coupled with the game’s delightfully creepy ambience.
Thu, Nov 15, 2012
Farhad Manjoo, Slate
But Google Voice Search is getting close to fulfilling Apple’s broken promise.
Christopher Breen, Macworld
Our Macs can store these passwords and, in many cases, automatically fill them in when needed. But there’s more to know about passwords and the Mac's ability to store them than the simple fact that they exist. Here's a quick guide to what you can—and can’t—do with OS X’s passwords.
Albert Filice, Macworld
Daniel Eran Dilger, AppleInsider
Apple will pay shareholders its second dividend in 17 years tomorrow, distributing roughly $2.5 billion in $2.65 per share across the company's 935 million outstanding shares.
Kyle Baxter, TightWind
But what is equally obvious to me after using it is not only do the benefits outweigh the costs for most people’s primary tasks, like browsing the web or reading email, but that it opens up entirely new contexts for where the iPad can be used, and thus opens up new uses.
The iPad classic is now a truck.
Allyson Kazmucha, IMore
Early iTunes Match adopters are starting to receive notices that their iTunes Match subscriptions are being renewed, while others are getting emails from Apple stating their subscription couldn't renew due to problems with billing information. Confused? Confounded? Caught off-guard? Here's what you need to know!
Craig Lloyd, SlashGear
Today, Apple has confirmed that they will be opening their first store in South American in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In an email sent to Brazilian press, Apple said that they’re looking forward to opening the new store in Brazil, where they “already have long standing customers,” and they “hope to win many more each day.”
Rene Ritchie, IMore
1Password 4 brings a simplified design language and experience to iOS, yet also manages to ramp up the power and convenience.
Matthew Humphries,
Ravensburger is a German gaming company that specializes in jigsaw puzzles, but has also expanded into other areas such as children’s books and games. The company owns the trademark to a board game called Memory and has demanded Apple stop offering apps that have the word ‘memory’ in their title or as a keyword associated with an app.
It may seem ludicrous such a common word can be trademarked, but apparently this is a valid claim as Apple is now serving notices to app developers. The choice an infringing app developer has is to either rename their app or remove it from the App Store.
This doesn't seem right.
Heather Somerville, San Jose Mercury News
The third-generation iPad, labeled obsolete by some customers annoyed with the quick release of its successor, is selling for more than $400 in some resale markets. Buyback websites have jumped at the chance to turn a healthy profit on the tablet.
With its smaller size, the iPad mini is a more intimate, more personal device. It feels good in my hands. It fits.
Jeff Hunter, AnyList
The abuse of push notifications is spreading across the App Store. As a result, users are starting to reflexively reject app requests to send push notifications.
Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica
Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS
PRX was asked by This American Life for help in figuring out a spike in bandwidth bills in October, and found a similar problem in its own logs. It isolated the behavior to ensure its own streaming apps weren’t at fault. Its analysis shows that apps that rely on iOS frameworks to handle networked audio streaming in iOS 6.0 make multiple overlapping requests for audio that substantially increase the total number of bytes downloaded. The blog entry noted that a 30 MB podcast consumed 100 MB to downloaded, an exact ratio (30 MB taking 100 MB) that TidBITS and its readers have seen as well.
iOS 6.0 Causes CDN Overages (PRX Labs): There appears to be a system-wide problem with the AV Foundation framework in iOS 6.0.0, resulting in significantly higher data costs to iPhone users and internet distributors. Users who have not done so should immediately upgrade iOS 6.0.0 devices to iOS 6.0.1, which we can confirm appears to fix the issue on Wifi.
Christopher Breen, Macworld
Wed, Nov 14, 2012
Kirk McElhearn, Macworld
Introducing SushiReader: The Simplest River-Of-News RSS Reader For Busy People
Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu
I've made a RSS reader called SushiReader. It's available on the Mac App Store.
I've two goals when I built this RSS reader. Firstly, it has to be fast and simple. I don't want to mess around too much with folders and tags and what nots. I just want to press a key to read the next article.
But, more importantly, I don't want to manage. I don't want to "manage" my subscriptions. I don't want to have to figure out when is a good time to press the "Mark all Articles as Read" button: do I press it now and start afresh, but with nothing new to read for a while until new news start coming in, or do I press it later at the risk of accumulating even more articles that I will not be able to get to? The software must just have to "manage" subscriptions and articles for me, automatically, behind the scenes.
Well, this is really the first version of SushiReader, that I've come up with. (I've labeled it version 2. There exists a version 1. It wasn't very good.) I've been using SushiReader as my main RSS reader for the past couple of months; maybe you'd like it too? (There is a demo version available that you can try out for free.)
If you like this little software that I've written, please do consider purchasing it on the Mac App Store.
I'll be continuing improving SushiReader, and probably will be "borrowing" a few ideas from Mr Dave Winer and his river-of-news/checkbox-news/reading-list/etc concepts. If you bought this software and have a few ideas of your own, please feel free to e-mail me.
Thank you.
Rolfe Winkler, Wall Street Journal
For a tech startup to get to 100 million users is a remarkable feat, one that took Facebook more than four years. Online-storage firm Dropbox on Tuesday announced that it has achieved that milestone in nearly the same time.
J.R. Bookwalter, Mac Life
After two years in development, Boinx is back with FotoMagico 4, an impressive overhaul that opens up a wide range of creative possibilities for amateur and pro shutterbugs alike -- and it’s cheaper than ever, at least for new customers. Boinx doesn’t attempt to reinvent the wheel with this version, retaining the already well laid out (and very Apple-inspired) user interface, while managing to introduce an entirely new way of working.
Bruno Skvorc, Mactuts+
Pierre Igot, Betalogue
Customers on Tuesday began receiving word from Apple's online store that their orders for the new iPad mini with LTE connectivity have begun shipping.
Nathan Donato-Weinstein, Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal
Brian X. Chen, New York Times
Stephen Elop, chief executive of Nokia, said in an interview that in order to ensure that its mapping platform stays competitive, it needs lots of users. The more people who look up directions or search for locations on its maps, the smarter the system gets. And Nokia can still build exclusive location features into its Lumia phones, he said.
Good for Nokia. Microsoft need to do the same thing: release Office from the clutches of Windows.
Chris Welch, The Verge
Nearly three months after delivering a more secure, modernized Flash plugin to Chrome users on Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS, Google has extended those safeguards to Mac OS X. The update was actually packed into the version of Chrome that saw release last week (with Do Not Track functionality), but the company is only today highlighting the added security measures. Flash, frequently targeted as a backdoor for malware, is now fully sandboxed within the browser with isolation Google says is as strong as Chrome's own native sandboxing. In theory, that means should you come across a malicious website or script, the harmful code would be relegated to a single browser window and thus be prevented from accessing to your computer or personal files.
Securing Flash Player for our Mac users (Google Chrome Blog)
Leanna Lofte, IMore
Dan Miller, Macworld
By giving you extensive control over the menu bar, Bartender makes a key element of the OS X interface way more useful.
Tue, Nov 13, 2012
Jessica E. Lessin, Wall Street Journal
Earlier this year, Apple told some employees about a new initiative called "Blue Sky" that allows a small group of staffers to spend a few weeks on a pet engineering project, according to three people told about the program.
It is a more limited version of similar initiatives for hatching new ideas that have long existed in Silicon Valley. The most well-known of those is Google's "20% time," which allows employees to spend up to a fifth of their time on projects outside their normal responsibilities.
Keeping with the Jones.
Leah Yamshon, Macworld
Restoring data from Time Machine is just as easy as backing things up in the first place.
James Galbraith, Macworld
Macworld Lab received a Fusion Drive with a build-to-order Mac mini. We’ve had a chance to experiment with it, and now we can answer many of these burning questions.
Marco Arment
Apple didn’t make an arbitrary decision to withhold Retina on the Mini to save money, upsell more buyers to the iPad 4, or “force” the first generation of iPad Mini owners to upgrade next year. They chose not to ship a Retina iPad Mini because it would be significantly worse than the previous iPads in very important factors.
Design is all about trade offs, and Apple is serious about designs.
Siri stands as a monumental opportunity both for Apple as a transactional money machine and for its users as a new paradigm of discovery and task completion more approachable than any we’ve seen to date. In the end, Siri is Apple’s game to lose.
Allyson Kazmucha, IMore
Apple has pulled AppleCare protection plans off their retail store shelves in Italy as well as advising authorized resellers not to offer them any further. Due to warranty protection set in place by the EU, Apple had recently faced the possibility of a temporary ban on their products in Italy. As of now, the only way for Italian customers to purchase AppleCare protection plans is online.
Kevin van Haaren, TidBITS
Glassboard’s private group messaging system has proved a useful, and surprisingly easy, way to keep important communication channels open for my family when we’ve needed it most. If you’re looking for a way to keep in touch with a smartphone-using group, it’s absolutely worth a try.
Tom Negrino, Macworld
The new Smart Filters and Find window save time and effort. The Quick Entry app is useful for glancing at today’s weather and agenda, as well as for adding new events and tasks. And since events and tasks go hand in hand for most people, BusyCal’s integration of the two is far superior to Apple’s separation into discrete Calendar and Reminders apps.
Mon, Nov 12, 2012
Michael Arrington, TechCrunch
Rene Ritchie, IMore
It's often said that Apple doesn't get gaming and doesn't get social, so maybe social gaming like Game Center was predestined for birthing pain. But it's also likely exacerbated by Apple not having a single shipping product that depends on Game Center being great.
Apple's no internal client syndrome (Dominik Wagner)
Ron McElfresh, Noodlemac
One of my favorite RSS readers is appropriately called Reeder. As with all RSS apps, you subscribe to a website’s RSS subscription feed, and the reader grabs the latest headlines and summaries and brings them right to your Mac’s screen.
James Kendrick, ZDNet
“Reading is a simple pleasure that we often take for granted until vision loss makes it difficult,” said Daniel Roth, M.D., an associate clinical professor at Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine who led the study. “Our findings show that at a relatively low cost, digital tablets can improve the lives of people with vision loss and help them reconnect with the larger world.”
Jenny An, Digital Trends
Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note
‘Now you know the real reason for Browett’s firing’, a friend said, half-seriously. ‘How can you spend North of $15M on such a strategically placed, symbolic store, complete with Italian stone hand-picked by Jobs himself…and give no consideration to the acoustics? It’s bad for customers, it’s bad for the staff, it’s bad for business, and it’s bad for the brand. Apple appears to be more concerned with style than with substance!’
Rands In Repose
The word that worried me the most in the press release was in the first sentence. The word was “collaboration”. Close your eyes and imagine a meeting with Steve Jobs. Imagine how it proceeds and how decisions are made. Does the word collaboration ever enter your mind?
Sun, Nov 11, 2012
Mark Crump, GigaOM
Rene Ritchie, IMore
Apple and HTC have reached a global settlement to their long-running patent dispute. The settlement includes a 10-year cross-licensing agreement.
Apple and HTC reach a sudden patent peace, but at what cost? (Joe Mullin, Ars Technica)
Marco Arment
If I had $70 to spend on this problem, instead of a hand-crank or solar charger with a tiny capacity, I’d rather have the Tekkeon AA box and 40 lithium AAs, which could power my iPhone for about a month of frequent use.
Sat, Nov 10, 2012
Andy Ihnatko, Chicago Sun-Times
The iPad Mini is a smaller iPad . . . but by no means is it a lesser iPad. That’s what makes it such an exciting product.
Ted Landau, Macworld
Jeffery Battersby, Macworld
A polyvalent text-editing powerhouse. Part text editor, part to-do-list maker, part outliner, part Pomodoro-method task manager, FoldingText is like and unlike every text editor you’ve used.
Fri, Nov 9, 2012
Derrick Story, Macworld
The Export function in Aperture 3 is a versatile tool for moving copies of your pictures out of the application. It’s also one of the more misunderstood functions of Apple’s flagship professional photo-management application. If you’ve felt a certain lack of control in this area, I’ll get you on track right now.
Glenn Fleishman, Macworld
Ken Yeung, The Next Web
Using Natural Language Processing (NLP) and semantic search capabilities, Desti is said to be able to understand your intentions in planning a trip. From its demo, if you happen to be looking for a trip to Monterey Bay with the family, the app will conduct a search and pull up results that suit your needs. The company says the app has deep knowledge about specific geographical regions that help to provide it with much deeper information and context than what you might expect from other travel sites.
Chris Dannen, Fast Company
In the new version of Paper released last week, you mix colors with your fingers, like it's paint--only somehow more beautiful. This one magical feature burned a year of development time, resurrected the work of two dead German scientists, and got Apple's attention.
Mike Wehner, TUAW
Finally jumping headfirst into iOS with a redesigned experience, the updated Tumblr app is now live on the App Store. Whereas the previous version relied in part on simplified web views to replicate the Tumblr feel, the new experience is 100 percent native to iOS.
Kevin Worthington
Topher Kessler, CNET
If you have an older Mac system that seems to be on the slowish side, a few upgrades can help you get the most out of it.
Randy Nelson, TUAW
The new release introduces a revamped interface that keeps the clean aesthetic the app is known for, but simplifies it further, introducing the ability to add unlimited content per page and swiping to reveal a new category sidebar.
Matthew Panzarino, The Next Web
Alex Heath, Cult Of Mac
G.F., The Economist
Too much whimsy can be irritating and Apple's products in the past few years were skewed towards skeuomorphism. A touch of rebalancing away from such contrivances is probably in order. But a bit will enliven drab software. You would hope, therefore, that Mr Ive does not throw the simulated baby out with the digitally enhanced bathwater.
Carolyn Duffy Marsan, Network World
Under fire from its customers in the higher education market, Apple has proposed creating a new industry standard that would fix problems with its Bonjour zero configuration networking technology that is causing scalability and security problems on campus networks.
Dan Moren, Macworld
Thu, Nov 8, 2012
Dan Moren, Macworld
This is unquestionably Apple’s most powerful iPad to date, and it handles pretty much anything you can throw at it with aplomb. If the new iPad mini is a MacBook Air, as my colleague Dan Frakes alleges, then the fourth-generation iPad is the big iron of a MacBook Pro.
Mark Hattersley, Macworld UK
Star Wars fans will love the quirky mix of characters, and Rovio deserves a lot of credit for thinking of ways to include Star Wars style effects into the Angry Birds game mechanics. It’s a new way to play Angry Birds, and a great way to while away a few hours.
Bryan M. Wolfe, AppAdvice
Dustin Curtis
It’s better to have a few fantastic things designed for you than to have many untrustworthy things poorly designed to please everyone. The result–being able to blindly trust the things you own–is intensely liberating.
And sometimes, we end up writing our software so that the software is the best. Not the best for everybody, but the best for that one person, me.
Ellis Hamburger, The Verge
"With Clear for Mac, we wanted to spearhead a new design direction for Mac UI that focuses on simplicity," Realmac's Rob Jarman told me. The result is a perfect companion to Clear for iPhone, but one that lacks what made the iPhone version so special: a beautiful interface that was both very intuitive and very convenient to use with your fingers.
Charles Moore,
Lex Friedman, Macworld
My biggest objection is that there’s no ideal way to fold the cover behind the iPad mini when you actually want to use the tablet.
Also disappointing is the fact that the iPad mini Smart Cover just feels floppier and flimsier than its big brother.
Maybe we should all wait for a smart cover with a keyboard?
Gregg Keizer, Computerworld
Many declared that they would not abandon Snow Leopard, the OS that launched in August 2009, because it was the last from Apple that let users run PowerPC applications, even though the operating system itself runs only on Intel-based Macs.
It's definitely okay to stay on older operating systems. Just don't complain about Apple not supporting you with all the new stuff.
Mel Martin, TUAW
Adam C. Engst, TidBITS
Apple has sent email to iCloud users who have existing and email addresses, with the news that those of us with the old-style addresses can now receive email to the same user name at as well — apart from the domain name, there is no difference in how mail will be treated or received.
Wed, Nov 7, 2012
Jessica Leber, Technology Review
Still, there’s growing pressure on Apple to keep delivering radically new and exciting products. And that might be leading the company to reconsider its frugal R&D investments. In a recent SEC filing detailing its increasing R&D expenditures, Apple wrote that “focused investments in R&D are critical to its future growth and competitive position in the marketplace and are directly related to timely development of new and enhanced products.”
Joe Kissell, Macworld
Christopher Breen, Macworld
Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica
Old and missing drivers are an issue, but we'll hook you up with what you need.
Arik Hesseldahl, All Things D
You have to wonder if Apple and Intel are in some kind of negotiation phase right now.
Erica Sadun, TUAW
Randy Nelson, TUAW
Adam C. Engst, TidBITS
Adam C. Engst, TidBITS
So Apple, give us control over our purchases, and let us eradicate those apps from our accounts. Just because we pick up a newspaper on the way to work doesn’t mean we have to keep it for the rest of our lives, and apps shouldn’t be any different. Downloading or purchasing an app is an extremely lightweight action, which isn’t bad, but such simple actions should be easily reversed as well.
On one hand, I agree with Mr Engst. But, on the other hand, I am afraid of having Apple do more programming and more coding and introduce more bugs so that the App Store has more ways to make me sad.
Brunto Skvorc, Mactuts+
Tue, Nov 6, 2012
Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica
Dan Frakes, Macworld
Don’t confuse the “mini” in “iPad mini” with “lite”—with the exception of a Retina display, this slimmed down iPad gives you the full iPad experience, including access to over 275,000 iPad-optimized apps, in a device that’s about half the overall size and weight of the standard iPad. Retina-display purists will (justifiably) balk at the 1024-by-768-pixel screen, but I suspect that most people will be wowed enough by the iPad mini’s other features, performance, design, and build quality to accept the screen for what it is—very good, but not Retina.
Tera Thomas O'Brien, Tera Talks
Patently Apple
Adam Clark Estes, The Atlantic
Apple is one of many major corporations that keeps its taxes low by stashing cash offshore. In reality, it's not as simple as just opening a bank account in the Caribbean and sending checks there every month. In order to get its rates down, Apple has actually set up subsidiaries and subsidiaries of subsidiaries in countries with low corporate taxes, and it shuttles funds between them in order to minimize its liabilities. The specific strategy that Apple uses is known as the "Double Irish with a Dutch Sandwich."
When something like this has a name, you know the issue is not limited to just about Apple.
Trevor Pott, The Register
With so many organisations deploying so many Macs, we can no longer rely on the psychological crutch that these units are seeing service simply because of the ego or desire of a handful of top brass. My personal experience says that business Mac usage is being driven by employees looking for comfortable and familiar environments; the results of BYOD policies at IBM, Intel, Google and other large organisations would seem to agree. It would seem that when everyday people are given the choice of computer platform, we do not all choose the same thing. Let's review what it takes to make the jump.
Christopher Breen, Macworld
Christine Chan, AppAdvice
Rob Griffiths, The Robservatory
So even ignoring Apple’s track record of reporting sales by family, it seems there’s no upside to splitting the sales figures. Given the lack of a good interpretation for any split, as a shareholder I’m happy they’re reporting a lump sum figure.
Mon, Nov 5, 2012
Kelly Hodgkins, TUAW
Gregg Keizer, Computerworld
It's unclear why Mac users are holding on to Snow Leopard, but one factor may be that it is the newest Apple OS able to run applications written for the PowerPC processor, the Apple/IBM/Motorola-designed CPU used by Macs before Apple announced a switch to Intel in 2005.
Sun, Nov 4, 2012
Lukas Mathis, Ignore The Code
In reality, it’s exactly backwards: proficient users can deal with a crappy computer, but casual users need as good a computer as possible.
MG Siegler, TechCrunch
In other words, if you’re debating between a large iPad and the mini version, you’re probably going to buy the mini version. And for most users, I think that will be the right choice.
An informal drop test performed by a third-party warranty firm found that despite having an extremely thin bezel, Apple's new iPad mini outperformed both Google's Nexus 7 and the third-generation iPad.
Huang Yuli, Xinhua
Fan Xingchen, an employee at a sales company and Apple fan, said he was looking forward to the opening. He already has four Apple products and plans to buy a new 15-inch Mac.
"For small accessories I will go to a reseller in the neighborhood, but if I buy a big thing like an iPhone or a computer, I will be more likely to go to an Apple store, I think they're more reliable and that the product life will be longer," he said.
Sat, Nov 3, 2012
Andy Ihnatko, Chicago Sun-Times
Apple’s “scale it down” approach means that the iPad Mini gets to run every standard iPad app. And while one can argue that not every user needs all of the iPad apps available on the App Store, it’s impossible to deny that the best-in-class tablet apps are all owned by iPad. Result: there’s little question that this mini-iPad won’t be a lesser iPad.
Real conclusions (the kind that I can defend with the full might and authority of researched-backed arrogance) will have to wait until next week. I certainly like what I’ve seen so far.
Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica
It's true that the overall UI is shrunken down a bit on the iPad mini when you compare it against a 9.7-inch iPad. As I wrote above, apps that work on the iPad 2 will look and behave pretty much the same way on the iPad mini, but they'll be a bit smaller. And I really mean "a bit." During my initial testing, I didn't find that small UI elements were significantly harder to hit the first time, whether I was clicking on links or tapping on buttons.
Sarah Perez, TechCrunch
Can’t say it’s a huge loss, but it looks like Apple is finally going to starting removing apps whose sole purpose is to offer emoji, the emoticon characters popular with the younger text messaging crowd. Some developers are reporting that their emoticon-enabling apps are now being kicked out of the App Store, with Apple citing native support for emoji as the reason for the app’s removal.
I do wonder if any of these emoji apps are bringing in at least a healthy hobby-like income for any of the developers.
Fri, Nov 2, 2012
James Galbraith, Macworld
The new Mac mini continues to build on the solid foundation laid out by the 2011 model. If you prefer a Mac desktop computer to a laptop, and/or you don’t want to be confined to the glossy 21.5 or 27-inch displays that come with the iMac, the Mac mini is a capable system for most tasks.
Kirk McElhearn, Macworld
Dan Moren, Macworld
Chances are you’ve encountered Game Center’s green felt background on one of your many Apple devices. Maybe it popped up when you were trying to start a game of Letterpress, perhaps you got a notification letting you know it was your turn, or maybe you were just wondering about that multicolored icon Apple dropped on your home screen. If it had your confused, don’t worry: Let us walk you through how to get the most out of Apple’s online gaming service.
Yes, Game Center confuses me.
Steven Sande, TUAW
Mel Beckman, InfoWorld
Mac shops with significant FireWire investment may not need a total Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 makeover, but staying put with current hard drives and devices will come at a price.
Dan Moren, Macworld
Among the bugs squashed in iOS 6.0.1 is one where horizontal lines may show up across the software keyboard, another where the camera flash wouldn’t fire, a problem where the iPhone couldn’t always use cellular networks, an issue where Passcode details could be retrieved from the lock screen, and a flaw with Exchange meetings.
Thu, Nov 1, 2012
Lukas Mathis, Ignore The Code
Scrolling affords a completely empty kind control. The user is doing more, she’s controlling more, but she’s not actually achieving more.
Charles Arthur, The Guardian
The UK court of appeal has reprimanded Apple over the wording of the statement on its website acknowledging that Samsung did not infringe the iPad tablet's registered design, and ordered it to put an altered statement on its homepage – rather than tucked away in a linked page – until 14 December.
Jeff Carlson, Macworld
iMovie ’11 offers many options for styling title text—more than you probably realized. But what if you want even more control over how text appears? Or maybe you want a custom graphic or logo to appear in the corner of your video. With an image editor and a small amount of trickery, you can easily do so.
Erica Ogg, GigaOM
Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider
Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica
It's not Intel SRT, it's not file-based, and it works on OS X right now.
Eric Slivka, MacRumors