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Thu, Nov 12, 2015The Expired-Certificate Edition

Apple User Anger As Mac Apps Break Due To Security Certificate Lapse, by Alex Hern, The Guardian

Mac users faced trouble with their apps overnight after the security certificate Apple uses to prevent piracy expired late on Wednesday.

Applications downloaded from the Mac App Store were temporarily unavailable from 10pm UK time, when a security certificate expired, five years after its creation, with no replacement immediately available.

You may need to log in to iCloud, or you may need to re-download apps.

More iPad Pro Reviews

iPad Pro Review: A New Canvas, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

The week I've spent using the iPad Pro more than 15 hours a day has been enough to show me how I can work better on this device than any other iPad model. Those who have been reading MacStories for the past few years know that I take my iPads veryseriously, and that I've gone through an interesting evolution in terms of preferences,projects, and responsibilities. The iPad Pro sacrifices some of the portability of the Air 2 without being a deal-breaker for me, and in return it offers a canvas of opportunities for my favorite apps.

And the best part is – while many will argue that the iPad Pro further blurs the line between laptop and tablet, this device is still very much an iPad at its core. It's a bit heavier and it's bigger, but I can pick it up, walk with it around the house, take it with me in the car, and read articles in bed. iOS 9 is able to express its full potential on the iPad Pro's large screen, with features such as Picture in Picture, Split View, and the Shortcut Bar having more room to coexist with the rest of the system.

The iPad Pro, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Software-wise, support for the Smart Keyboard needs to get even smarter — but I’d be shocked if it doesn’t. For me, the iPad Pro marks the turning point where iPads are no longer merely lightweight (both physically and conceptually) alternatives to MacBooks for use in simple scenarios, to where MacBooks will now start being seen as heavyweight alternatives to iPads for complex scenarios.


Adobe Capture CC Review: Four Great Design Asset Apps Rolled Into One, by J.R. Bookwalter, Macworld

Adobe Capture CC is a welcome consolidation of four excellent mobile apps that make it easy to grab creative inspiration and design assets no matter where you happen to be at the time and sync them between all of your connected devices.

Here’s Notify, Facebook’s New Twitter-Like App For Following Publishers, by Kurt Wagner, Re/code

The social network rolled out a new app called “Notify” on Wednesday specifically to send you mobile notifications from publishers you care about, like BuzzFeed or CNN or The Weather Channel. Details about Notify have been leaking to the press for months, and as with other news apps (or Twitter!), users are asked to follow publishers or “stations” which will then push content throughout the day to their phone’s lock screens.

Mozilla’s Firefox Browser App For iOS Is Finally Available To All, by Jon Russell, TechCrunch

Well, it is primarily aimed at Mozilla users — one’s choice of browser tends to be a long-term and territorial one — with support for Firefox accounts, which enables existing Mozilla loyalists to bring their saved bookmarks, browsing history, tabs and passwords to mobile. However, Mozilla is hoping that features like search prediction, its ‘visual’ tab management system, and incognito browsing will lure others, too.

Barnes & Noble Announces New Nook Audiobooks App For iPhone, iPad Or Any Android Device, by Mark Lelinwalla, Tech Times

Read The Next Classic Or Write Your Own With Tablo, by Jeff Byrnes, AppAdvice

Disney Launches Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars-Themed Bundle For New Apple TV, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Hey Night Owls, Take Your Selfies In The Dark With Selfshot, by Sandy Stachowiak, AppAdvice

How To Use Up Next On iTunes And On iOS, by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

iTunes and the iOS Music app both offer Up Next, a way to queue up music you want to listen to. They work in very similar ways, allowing you to add music to the Up Next queue, change the order of tracks in the queue, and remove specific songs from Up Next. Let’s take a look at how to use Up Next in iTunes and the iOS Music app.


tvOS: Designing For Groups And The Living Room, by Erica Sadun

For the most part, and I don’t mean to be overly critical, there are better ways to pass your time than with most tvOS App Store offerings. This weekend, I decided to put together a small game. More specifically, I wanted to create a game that highlighted a few key design points.

So Many Apple Devices Now! What's An App Maker To Do?, by Shara Tibken, CNET

Along with three different iPhone screen sizes and features specific to each generation of its iconic smartphone, Apple now offers different size tablets, a smartwatch with its own software, a streaming-media player that supports apps, and nearly a dozen Macintosh computer models. Starting this week, the Cupertino, California-based company adds a third tablet size with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which uses a stylus and a detachable keyboard, to its product offerings. The lineup is a big change from the Jobs days, when Apple offered a much more streamlined group of devices and stuck with a standard iPhone screen size for the first five generations of the smartphone.


Apple, Banks In Talks On Mobile Person-To-Person Payment Service, by Robin Sidel and Daisuke Wakabayashi, Wall Street Journal

Apple Inc. is in discussions with U.S. banks to develop a payment service that would let users zap money to one another from their phones rather than relying on cash or checks, according to people familiar with the matter.

The move would put the tech giant in competition with an increasing number of Silicon Valley firms trying to persuade Americans to ditch their wallets in favor of digital options.

Google’s New ‘About Me’ Tool Lets You Control Personal Information Shown By Gmail, YouTube, Maps, And More, by Emil Protalinski, VentureBeat

Google has launched a new tool called About me that lets you see, edit, and remove the personal information that the company’s services show to other users. Google confirmed to VentureBeat that the feature started rolling out to users this week.

Version 1.0

I guess both the iPad Pro and the Apple TV have potentials, but are both not quite there yet. Does this sound right?

(Yes, this is a poor attempt to try to convince myself not to gave in to the lust and make a purchase this Christmas.)


Thanks for reading.