MACTECH NEWS

  • newSonnet introduces new adapters
    Sonnet (www.sonnettech.com) has launched its new USB 3.0 + eSATA Thunderbolt Adapter for connectivity to USB 3.0 devices and eSATA storage, and USB 3.0 + Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt Adapter for connectivity to USB 3.0 devices and Gigabit Ethernet wi…
    - 6 hours ago 4 Mar 15, 6:40pm -
  • newInpaint 6.2 improves texture generation for better image retouching
    TeoreX has introduced Inpaint 6.2 (http://www.theinpaint.com/), an upgrade of its multi-platform retouching tool for removal of undesired elements from photos.The app removes scratches, watermarks, timestamps and even complex objects like strangers,…
    - 8 hours ago 4 Mar 15, 4:59pm -
  • newBrattoo Propaganda Software introduces Duplicate Annihilator for Photos
    Apple's Photos — the app that will replace iPhoto and Aperture on Macs — is only available in the latest beta version of Mac OS X Yosemite, but Brattoo Propaganda Software has already introduced D…
    - 9 hours ago 4 Mar 15, 4:01pm -
  • newPortAuthority for Mac OS X now up to version 7.0
    Code by Kevin has rolled out PortAuthority 7.0 (http://tinyurl.com/3889qb), a GUI [graphical user interface] for the MacPorts Unix software management system for Mac OS X.read more
    - 9 hours ago 4 Mar 15, 3:39pm -
  • newEditReady 1.2 adds AVCHD and HDV camera support to world class transcoding
    Divergent Media has revved EditReady (http://tinyurl.com/pcd9poa), a transcoding tool for Mac OS X, to version 1.2. The upgrade adds support for hundreds of the most popular cameras which shoot to AVC…
    - 12 hours ago 4 Mar 15, 12:54pm -
  • newPCalc 4.2 released for the Mac with updated widget
    TLA Systems has updated PCalc (www.pcalc.com), for Mac OS X, to version 4.2. It sports several improvements, including a calculator widget. PCalc is a scientific calculator with support for hexadeci…
    - 12 hours ago 4 Mar 15, 12:47pm -
  • newVirtual TimeClock 15 goes green with electronic employee timecards
    Redcort Software (www.redcort.com) has announced Virtual TimeClock 15, an update to the timecard management application for Mac and Windows PC computers. Virtual TimeClock records the exact time as i…
    - 13 hours ago 4 Mar 15, 12:00pm -
  • PCI Geomatics releases GXL 2015 
    PCI Geomatics (www.pcigeomatics.com/GXL) has rolled out GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL) 2015, the latest version of the company’s proven, high-performance, and scalable image processing solution.

GXL technology is designed to provide improvements…
    - 1 day ago 3 Mar 15, 8:42pm -
  • Solar Media Player combines a speaker with a charging case
    Secur Products has released the US$49.99 Solar Media Player (www.securproducts.com), a zippered speaker with a built-in solar panel, to protect and charge phones in any outdoor situation without missi…
    - 1 day ago 3 Mar 15, 8:07pm -
  • AAS releases Raw sound bank for Ultra Analog VA-2 and AAS Player plug-ins
    Applied Acoustics Systems (www.applied-acoustics.com) has released the Raw sound bank for the Ultra Analog VA-2 synthesizer and AAS Player plug-ins in collaboration with artist and sound designer Andr…
    - 1 day ago 3 Mar 15, 7:46pm -
  • Red Giant introduces volume licensing program
    Red Giant has announced a new Volume Licensing Program (VLP) for its lineup of plug-in suites, designed to meet the demands of larger organizations. Targeted to customers who require 10 or more floati…
    - 1 day ago 3 Mar 15, 7:40pm -

MAC NEWS AND RUMORS

MACWORLD

  • newThe Week in Mac Accessories: Better bags for your MacBook
    Better bags for your MacBookThis week's roundup features several different bags for toting your laptop around. Plus: A cool new standing desk, external storage solutions, and more.BrenthavienThe $40 Tred Sleeve Plus is “an ergonomic, protective sle…
    - 51 mins ago 4 Mar 15, 11:45pm -
  • new4 things iPhoto can do that Photos can't (yet)
    While it’s true that Apple is phasing out iPhoto in favor of its new Photos app, iPhoto is still an incredibly powerful program and includes many features you likely know nothing about. If you don’t plan on moving to Yosemite 10.10.3, or if you e…
    - 4 hours ago 4 Mar 15, 8:26pm -
  • newApple's new Maps patent guides your car around cell phone dead spots
    Every day when I drive over the Bay Bridge, I lose my wireless signal, just briefly. This is the firstest of first-world problems, and some days I don’t notice, but often I’m streaming music on a shuffle, and the track tries to change, and it ju…
    - 7 hours ago 4 Mar 15, 6:01pm -
  • newPodcast: Watching and waiting for the Apple Watch
    This week, Susie and Glenn are watching and waiting for the Apple Watch, and discuss what Apple needs to reveal at Monday's special event. It's only been a week since we last talked about mobile payments, but in that time two new players emerged at…
    - 8 hours ago 4 Mar 15, 5:03pm -
  • newHow will Samsung Pay compare to Apple Pay?
    As soon as Tim Cook unveiled Apple Pay back in September, two things were instantly clear: 1) Contactless payments had arrived; and 2) Samsung was going to copy it. So when Samsung unveiled its next flagship phones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge,…
    - 13 hours ago 4 Mar 15, 11:08am -
  • The Week in Mac Apps: Better invoices, fancy folders, document converters, and more
    Better invoices, fancy folders, document converters, and moreIn this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find software that helps you clean up your appointment book, manage your invoices, design your folders, and even track your time more effi…
    - 1 day ago 3 Mar 15, 11:15pm -
  • Have we reached peak smartphone?
    At the end of 2006, the cell phone landscape was awash with devices that filled specific wants and needs. If you wanted the coolest way to make calls, you got the RAZR. If you needed to email colleagues on the go, you bought a BlackBerry. If you wer…
    - 1 day ago 3 Mar 15, 8:13pm -
  • BitTorrent Sync 2.0 adds pro features
    More than two years after its initial public release, BitTorrent Sync has been updated to version 2.0 and dropped its “beta” designation. Based on the peer-to-peer BitTorrent protocol, it enables users to securely sync folders among their own de…
    - 1 day ago 3 Mar 15, 5:00pm -
  • Lumoid's home try-on box lets you test wearables as you'd actually use them
    It’s impossible to truly know how you’ll take to a device until you live with it for a while. That might be true for all gadgets—including smartphones—but especially so with wearables, which might be strapped to your wrist or affixed to clot…
    - 2 days ago 3 Mar 15, 11:58am -
  • Think Retro: I'm bringing back the floppy drive
    However much you love your Mac, I’m willing to bet there’s at least one hardware feature you want to add to it—and quite possibly one or two that you wouldn’t mind losing. On my trusty old 2008 MacBook Pro, for example, I wish I had a second…
    - 2 days ago 3 Mar 15, 11:30am -
  • Tim Cook teases Apple Watch launch apps, and its debut in Germany
    The world waits with baited breath for more details about the Apple Watch, which should be revealed at a special event in San Francisco next Monday. But Tim Cook is just as anxious as we are to get this party started, and he teased some details in a…
    - 2 days ago 2 Mar 15, 9:26pm -

APPLE NEWS FOR THE REST OF US

  • External Link: Proof iBooks with the Web Inspector
    Those who develop EPUBs are aware of how similar to a Web site an EPUB is, containing, as it does, XHTML and CSS files to present the ebook’s contents. Not many know, however, that Apple makes it possible to use OS X’s built-in Web Inspector to d…
    - 1 day ago 3 Mar 15, 5:26pm -
  • “Take Control of PDFpen 7” Documents PDFpen for Mac and iOS
    Our latest book, Michael Cohen’s “Take Control of PDFpen 7,” explains everything you can do with PDFpen 7 and its big brother, PDFpenPro 7, plus the mobile version, PDFpen for iPad & iPhone. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continu…
    - 2 days ago 2 Mar 15, 10:37pm -
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 2 March 2015
    Notable software releases this week include Fetch 5.7.5, Downcast 1.1.7, BusyCal 2.6.5, Logic Pro X 10.1.1, and VLC Media Player 2.2.0. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To ge…
    - 2 days ago 2 Mar 15, 7:10pm -
  • ExtraBITS for 2 March 2015
    In this week’s collection of ExtraBITS, Managing Editor Josh Centers made a couple of podcast appearances and Google teamed up with carriers for mobile payments. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology public…
    - 2 days ago 2 Mar 15, 7:10pm -
  • Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 6: Improve Your Network Security
    No Mac is an island, and it’s important to protect the network traffic flowing to and from your Mac. Luckily, a few simple precautions will prevent automated bots from sniffing your traffic for email addresses to spam, passwords to exploit, and cre…
    - 2 days ago 2 Mar 15, 4:25pm -
  • Chapter 6 of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” Available
    In this week’s chapticle of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users,” Joe Kissell looks at the network connections between your Mac and the outside world and how you can prevent eavesdropping on your network traffic. Read the full article at T…
    - 2 days ago 2 Mar 15, 4:24pm -
  • External Link: Josh Centers Talks Patents, Apple Watch on The Mac Show
    Managing Editor Josh Centers joined The Mac Show panel to discuss patent reform, the Apple Watch, the possibility of a new Apple TV, how much gold Apple is using for the Apple Watch Edition, public iOS betas, what’s coming in iOS 9, and the viabili…
    - 2 days ago 2 Mar 15, 2:28pm -
  • External Link: Josh Centers Goes Gold on The Dan Benjamin Hour
    Managing Editor Josh Centers joined host Dan Benjamin on The Dan Benjamin Hour to discuss how much gold Apple may be using to produce Apple Watch Edition units. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publicati…
    - 2 days ago 2 Mar 15, 2:24pm -
  • Fetch 5.7.5
    Improves support for Retina displays and provides a number of fixes. ($29 new, free update, 11.9 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help suppor…
    - 3 days ago 1 Mar 15, 11:37pm -
  • Downcast 1.1.7
    Fixes a problem with the media library location on Mountain Lion. ($9.99 new, free update, 20.7 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support…
    - 3 days ago 1 Mar 15, 11:36pm -
  • BusyCal 2.6.5
    Maintenance release with a couple of Exchange-related fixes. ($49.99 new, free update, 10.3 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our…
    - 3 days ago 1 Mar 15, 11:36pm -

TUAW: APPLE NEWS AND REVIEWS

  • So long, and thanks for all the fish
    As you may have heard, TUAW is being archived by its parent company AOL. The 10+ years of content that our talented team of writers and editors have crafted are due be folded into our sister site Engadget, where you'll be able to check out the archiv…
    - 29 days ago 3 Feb 15, 9:55pm -
  • There's magic everywhere
    The past couple of articles I've written about Apple may paint the company in a negative light. One might misinterpret those posts as saying "Apple is doomed." I think given profitability, cash on hand and product pipeline, that is a ridiculous state…
    - 29 days ago 3 Feb 15, 9:30pm -
  • Realmac's Typed.com Indiegogo campaign: Building a sustainable blogging service
    Back in the early days of December 2014, TUAW ran a review of Typed (US$19.99), a very minimalist blogging app for OS X from Realmac Software that works with a number of blogging platforms including WordPress and Blogger. Now the company has launched…
    - 29 days ago 3 Feb 15, 9:15pm -
  • The end of an era
    The news that TUAW is being shut down came as quite a shock to me, having missed some of the rumors floating around the Internet about AOL's possible plans.Those of you who pay attention to author's bylines on posts will probably notice that I ha…
    - 29 days ago 3 Feb 15, 7:00pm -
  • Mac 101: Option-select those columns
    It's fitting that this is my last Mac 101 tip for TUAW, because it's one of the first "whoa, how did you do that?" tricks I learned as a desktop publishing newbie way, way back in the day. Like, Word and PageMaker on System 5, 1988-vintage back in th…
    - 29 days ago 3 Feb 15, 5:00pm -
  • Remember the GT Advanced sapphire facility? It's going to be a command center for Apple
    CNBC reported today that the GT Advanced plant in Mesa, Arizona, originally tasked with the job of making sapphire for screens, buttons, and other bits and pieces of Apple gear, is now going to be taken over by the company that allegedly caused GT Ad…
    - 30 days ago 2 Feb 15, 11:15pm -
  • Well I hope Neil Young will remember, an iPhone man don't need him around anyhow
    Remember Neil Young's PonoPlayer? The Kickstarter campaign for the vintage rocker's "revolution in music listening" raised a huge US$6.2 million, with notables like Norah Jones, Elvis Costello and Tom Petty spouting about how the new $400 music playi…
    - 30 days ago 2 Feb 15, 7:00pm -
  • Some final thoughts...
    It's been quite a ride for more than 6 years starting when Lead Editor Mike Rose invited me to come aboard after reading some things I had written.The iPhone had been out for less than a year... the Mac was selling but seemed destined to lose the d…
    - 30 days ago 2 Feb 15, 5:00pm -
  • Apple planning a $5 billion bond offering
    Thanks to the fun and excitement of financial accounting, even companies with $178 billion in cash need to incur some debt every once in a while. That's exactly what Apple has in store for the near future, filing a bond sale prospectus with the Secur…
    - 30 days ago 2 Feb 15, 4:00pm -
  • Apple to open retail store in Tianjin, China on February 7
    China is a big part of Apple's retail future, and its presence is about to expand a bit more. Apple will open a retail store in Tianjin, China on Feb. 7. Apple recently noted its plan to open five new retail stores in five weeks to coincide with the…
    - 30 days ago 2 Feb 15, 3:00pm -
  • Live at 10pm tonight: It's The End Of The World As We Know It, final Sunday "Talkcast"
    It may be Superbowl Sunday, but for those of us who have enjoyed reading, contributing to or editing The Unofficial Apple Weblog it's anything but super. As you all know, our parent company has lowered the curtain on this motley crew, and we are set…
    - 31 days ago 1 Feb 15, 11:10pm -

APPLEINSIDER

APPLETELL

IFOAPPLESTORE

  • Latest Store Opening Generates Apple Enthusiasm
    This video of the Zhongjie Joy City (Shenyang, China) Apple store grand opening on February 28th demonstrates the broad extent of the enthusiasm for Apple’s retail stores, and how it transcends cultures and international boundaries.
    - 2 days ago 3 Mar 15, 6:50am -
  • Neighbors Organize Protest Over Future Apple Store

    - 9 days ago 23 Feb 15, 10:26pm -
  • Last Mini-Store Moves to Full-Size Space
    In typical Apple fashion, customer service trumped the scheduled 10 p.m. closing time of the Oakridge (N. Calif.) retail store last night, the last of nine mini-stores that debuted in 2004 and introduced the now-familiar stainless steel interior des…
    - 18 days ago 15 Feb 15, 3:05am -
  • Historic Genius Bar Logos Are Being Removed
    An original and significant element of Apple’s retail stores is disappearing. Over the past month workers have been removing the “atom” symbol that has pinpointed the Genius Bars since the first store opened in 2001, and they are replacing i…
    - 22 days ago 11 Feb 15, 12:34pm -
  • Apple Expanding Green Energy To More Stores
    Apple announced today that it’s signed an $848 million contract to purchase solar electricity that will convert all 52 of its California stores, its headquarters and a data center to green power by the end of 2016. Speaking at a San Francisco…
    - 22 days ago 11 Feb 15, 3:56am -
  • Store Employees Indicted, Gift Card Fraud Ring
    The Manhattan (NYC) district attorney announced indictments today against four former Apple retail store employees and a dental office receptionist, accusing them of defrauding Barclays Bank of of $700,000 through fraudulently-obtained Apple gift car…
    - 27 days ago 6 Feb 15, 3:59am -
  • Apple Posts One Last Look At Retail Financials
    In the wake of Apple’s unexplained decision to no longer separately report retail store financial results, the company has posted a final, tantalizing summary of how the stores have performed by geography over the past three years, showing Japan w…
    - 29 days ago 4 Feb 15, 10:48am -
  • Retail Veteran Is Leaving, Big Changes Coming
    Prompted by future career possibilities, and encouraged by the value of his Apple stock, Apple’s veteran vice president of retail real estate and development Bob Bridger is leaving the company at the end of March. Insiders say his departure is als…
    - 30 days ago 3 Feb 15, 4:56am -
  • China Retail Store Expansion At Full Steam
    After four years of promises to increase the number of retail stores in China, Apple has turned serious, announcing today that there will be 40 stores open in the country by mid-2016, an unprecedented level of expansion in any of the countries where…
    - 36 days ago 28 Jan 15, 2:40am -
  • Apple Offered Ahrendts Strong Incentives To Join
    A new financial filing shows that Apple made extraordinary financial offers to Sr. VP Angela Ahrendts last year, hoping she would quit her job at Burberry, move back to the United States and take control of the company’s most visible operations,…
    - 40 days ago 24 Jan 15, 3:08am -
  • Ahrendts Confirms China Openings, Staffing
    Apple will be opening four China retail stores in rapid succession over the next five weeks, according to the company’s Sr. vice-president for retail, including the West Lake (Hangzhou) store that is now covered with an expansive poem created by…
    - 48 days ago 16 Jan 15, 6:12am -

ARS TECHNICA

APPLECTURE

  • Things to Do with Your Old Phones
    Do you know that we’re creating over 19.000 tons of electronic waste every year? Over 50% of that electronic waste are actually smartphones; old smartphones that are thrown away by their owners. Throwing away old phones is never a good […]…
    - 11 days ago 21 Feb 15, 2:44pm -
  • 7 iPhone Trends in 2015 to Watch Out For
    The iPhone is one of the most popular smartphones on the planet, and as Apple has released more and more iterations of its flagship device, the specifications have grown, the features have grown more diverse, and Apple aficionados and technology [……
    - 16 days ago 17 Feb 15, 12:30pm -
  • Trust Movavi Screen Capture To Record Voice On Your Mac Device
    Do you need to record online streaming audio on your Mac device? It could be that you have to record system alerts or apps or save streaming audio from internet or need to capture voice from the microphone. Well, whatever […]
    - 41 days ago 22 Jan 15, 2:27pm -
  • 6 Best Investment Apps to Manage and Grow Your Financial Portfolio
    Making good investment can be a great challenge for investors and this is not some kind of a secret which is never revealed before, thus, everyone knows about it. Since it is greatly challenging, one has to be very wise […]
    - 54 days ago 9 Jan 15, 4:56pm -
  • Android vs iOS: Highlighting Some Major User Differences
    With Android and iPhone being two of the majorly used mobile operating platforms, it is interesting to note that the coming years will witness app developers investing their time and efforts on building apps that can run on Apple’s iOS […]…
    - 79 days ago 15 Dec 14, 1:32pm -
  • How to Integrate Outdoor Advertising With Social Media Advertising
    Social media advertising is hot. There’s no doubt about it. With the ability to hyper-target demographics, advertisers are buying up social media ads to the tune of tens of billions of dollars a year. Just look at the revenue growth […]…
    - 85 days ago 9 Dec 14, 6:20pm -
  • 6 Ways to Make Money on Your iPhone
    Smartphones have changed our lives in little over half a decade and everyday a new smartphone arrives on the market. In fact, in the UK we’re soon expecting smartphones to account for 75% of the phones in use. Now, even […]
    - 19 Nov 14, 6:24pm -
  • Smart Marketers Magazine – Reveal The Real Secret To Business Secret
    Smart Marketers Magazine is a monthly publication written by digital marketers for digital marketers. With their new app, they aim to bring you all the industry news to fit to print in one easy location. Enjoy reading the best articles […]…
    - 10 Nov 14, 2:20pm -
  • MeowMix – First Game Made by Cats
    New game for iPad and iPhones – MeowMix has original gameplay, you never seen before – a mixture of classical lovely games: Tetris and Match 3. Player controls falling shapes and chooses which to delete. And this shapes consist from […]…
    - 29 Oct 14, 1:22pm -
  • Make the Most of Your A-Level Chemistry Course With These Apps
    Chemistry is a fantastic subject that offers a whole host of fantastic opportunities after school. Luckily for students there are a whole host of iPad apps that can be a great accomplice to learning and we’re going to take a […]
    - 29 Oct 14, 11:16am -

APPLE TOOLBOX

  • Apple patent improves access to emergency contacts and medical records
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a patent application today from Apple that describes enhanced techniques to show emergency contact information and medical records on a locked device. The patent, entitled “EMERGENCY INFORMAT…
    - 13 days ago 19 Feb 15, 12:45pm -
  • Apple applies for orientation-based audio patent, possibly related to rumoured iPad Pro
    Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a patent application from Apple that describes a method of automatically routing audio to different speakers on an electronic device, based upon its orientation. This may be used in the l…
    - 41 days ago 22 Jan 15, 2:42pm -
  • Apple awarded patent for strengthened glass displays
    Apple has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today for methods of improving the strength of glass covers on electronics devices such as the iPhone. Strengthened glass screen The patent describes systems an…
    - 43 days ago 20 Jan 15, 3:09pm -
  • Apple invents a new Home Button which also functions as a Joystick
    Apple filed a patent today with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) which describes a unique Home Button invention that can be used either as a regular button or as a gaming joystick. The patent demonstrates that Apple is considering ways to…
    - 48 days ago 15 Jan 15, 1:47pm -
  • iPhone 6 gets hot, fix
    Several users have reported an issue in which users feel that their iPhone 6 (and iPhone 6 Plus) sometimes get hot. Do you think that your idevice is overheating? This article explains why your iPhone is getting hot and how you can troubleshoot the p…
    - 50 days ago 14 Jan 15, 9:56am -
  • Apple granted patent for display based speakers
    Apple has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today for flexible display-based speaker structures that can be used to produce audio from the screens of its iDevices. The patent relates in general to elect…
    - 50 days ago 13 Jan 15, 3:56pm -
  • Apple patent application for 3D Camera and UI for CarPlay and Apple Watch
    Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a patent application from Apple that describes important advances to their existing 3D parallax effect taking advantage of 3D cameras. The patent describes a 3D user interface that ca…
    - 55 days ago 8 Jan 15, 2:54pm -
  • Apple awarded patent for flexible electronic devices
    Apple has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today for flexible electronic devices where all the electronics, not just the screen, are made from flexible materials. Flexible electronics The patent appli…
    - 57 days ago 6 Jan 15, 2:48pm -
  • Apple increases prices in Turkey
    As of January 2, 2015, the Turkish people will have to pay more for Apple products. Today, Apple Turkey increased prices (by about 10 percent) on Mac, iPhone, and iPod. Apple product prices in Turkey are among the highest in the world. iPhones, iPad…
    - 62 days ago 2 Jan 15, 9:52am -
  • Apple granted patent for a “communicating stylus”
    Apple has been granted a patent today by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a special type of stylus which can be used to draw on a surface and then transmit that data in real-time (or afterwards) to an electronic device such a…
    - 65 days ago 30 Dec 14, 11:31am -