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March 28 'Thursday's News

 

Apple's ceramic device housing could be used in low-cost iPhone

Apple's ceramic device housing could be used in low-cost iPhone

Apple is again expressing interest in ceramic device enclosures, this time looking at a unibody type design fabricated from layers of the substrate in a technique somewhat akin to those used in laying up fiberglass, a material which one analyst believes will be used in a rumored low-cost iPhone. -- AppleInsider.

Analysis: What Lies Beyond the Macintosh Desktop Metaphor?

Analysis: What Lies Beyond the Macintosh Desktop Metaphor?

The Post-PC era, the era of iPads and other tablets, suggests that it is time to re-evaluate the archaic computer interface, the desktop and mouse, developed by Xerox and Apple 30 years ago. However, before we get too excited, there are lots of questions to ask and answer. -- The Mac Observer.

Tips for using the Dashboard in OS X

Tips for using the Dashboard in OS X

Apple's Dashboard feature in OS X is a convenient way to access widgets for looking up information on your system. The default behavior for Dashboard is to activate when a hot key is pressed (the default being the F4 key), where the system will present the dashboard as an overlay to your current desktop. This is the setup most users are accustomed to. However, if you would like, you can make some modifications to this and have widgets appear in their own space -- or even have them be embedded on your desktop. -- MacFixIt.

How much does T-Mobile's contract-free iPhone plan save over two years?

How much does T-Mobile's contract-free iPhone plan save over two years?

Now that T-Mobile offers the iPhone, how do the four national carriers compare in terms of costs? A couple of websites have done the sums.

The folks over at Zagg did a blog post that suggested three of the four networks come out at exactly the same annual cost when attempting to get as close as possible to like-for-like tariffs, while going with T-Mobile's contract-free option will save you $580 over two years.

March 27 'Wednesday's News

 

T-Mobile will be only US carrier to offer 'HD Voice' on Apple's iPhone 5

T-Mobile will be only US carrier to offer 'HD Voice' on Apple's iPhone 5

At a media event announcing its new payment plans and 4G network on Tuesday, T-Mobile was certain to point out that it will be the only U.S. carrier offering high-fidelity voice transmissions with the iPhone 5. -- AppleInsider.

How the maker of TurboTax fought free, simple tax filing

How the maker of TurboTax fought free, simple tax filing

Imagine filing your income taxes in five minutes--and for free. You'd open up a pre-filled return, see what the government thinks you owe, make any needed changes and be done. The miserable annual IRS shuffle, gone.

So why hasn't it become a reality?

Well, for one thing, it doesn't help that it's been opposed for years by the company behind the most popular consumer tax software--Intuit, maker of TurboTax. Conservative tax activist Grover Norquist and an influential computer industry group also have fought return-free filing. -- Ars Technica.

Apple fans: Microsoft is no longer the enemy

Apple fans: Microsoft is no longer the enemy

While I was visiting the Microsoft campus a few weeks ago--in suburban Redmond, just across Lake Washington from my beloved Seattle--I kept thinking of the old Vulcan proverb: "Only Nixon can go to China."

If Microsoft is China, then that makes me Nixon in this story, I realize. -- Ars Technica.

Tool Lets You Control Lightroom and Final Cut With Trackpad Gestures, Or iPad

The Tool Lets You Control Lightroom and Final Cut With Trackpad Gestures, Or iPad

The Touch is a cool-looking new way to control Adobe Lightroom, either using your Magic trackpad or your iPad. It's a small app that runs alongside Lightroom (or Final Cut Pro X) and lets you control it using all manner of gestures, taps, and swipes, letting you focus less on which slider to grab and more on looking at the image itself. -- Cult of Mac.

Vamp Turns Any Old Speaker Into A Bluetooth Speaker

Vamp Turns Any Old Speaker Into A Bluetooth Speaker

Got some old speakers gathering dust at home? Would you love to hook them up to your AirPlay network but don't want to buy a) an amp and speaker cable and b) an Airport Express? Well, The Vamp is here to save you. It's a tiny box that sits on top of your speaker and acts as both amp and Bluetooth receiver. -- Cult of Mac.

Who Is The Cheapest iPhone 5 Carrier?

Who Is The Cheapest iPhone 5 Carrier?

How competitive is T-Mobile's new iPhone plan compared to the competition really? We compared the cheapest T-Mobile iPhone 5 plan you can get against the 24 month cost of getting one from AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, Cricket, Virgin Mobile and Straight Talk. The result? T-Mobile is one of the cheaper plans around… but it's not the cheapest. -- Cult of Mac.

Mastering iMessages On Your iPhone: Send Batches Of Photos To Your Friends

Mastering iMessages On Your iPhone: Send Batches Of Photos To Your Friends

Here's another one of those tips that should be blindingly obvious, but isn't. At least, it wasn't to me, at first. If you try to send a photo via iMessage (or text message), you're limited to one photo at a time. Go ahead and give it a shot. I'll wait. No, really--give it a shot. -- Cult of Mac.

The T-Mobile iPhone 5 Is Actually A Tweaked Model A1428 That Comes With AWS Support

The T-Mobile iPhone 5 Is Actually A Tweaked Model A1428 That Comes With AWS Support

T-Mobile will begin selling the iPhone 5 on April 12th, but the model that they're selling isn't exactly like those found on other carriers. T-Mobile's iPhone 5 is actually a tweaked model A1428 iPhone that Apple sells for AT&T, except it comes with AWS support. -- Engadget.

Mac OS X: Built-in Multitouch Gesture Training

Mac OS X: Built-in Multitouch Gesture Training

Apple includes multitouch gesture support for the built-in trackpads on its MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lineup, as well as the Magic Trackpad. With the long list of gestures OS X supports, it can be hard to figure them out. That is, until you know that Apple hid away a nice set of gesture tutorials in the System Preferences app.

To check out your Mac's built-in gestures, just go to the Apple menu and choose System Preferences. Now click Trackpad. Each of the options under the Point & Click, Scroll & Zoom, and More Gestures tabs includes a short video demonstrating each gesture. You can also disable any gestures you don't want to use from here, too.

Tidy up launchpad in Mountain Lion

Tidy up launchpad in Mountain Lion

Mountain Lion's Launchpad is pretty good but it's still hard to get something out of it after you put it in if you didn't get it at the Mac App Store. If Launchpad Control is overkill for you, this might help.

Drop one or more application icons onto an AppleScript droplet created from the script below to have those items' Launchpad entries eliminated. You can drag items or be prompted to select them when the AppleScript runs if you don't want to save it as an application. There is some error checking and information in the script. It doesn't do anything to the apps themselves. -- Mac OS X Hints.

How to set up password policies in OS X

How to set up password policies in OS X

Generally each account on an OS X system is protected with a password; however, the security of a system can be compromised by the use of an insecure password. For example, common passwords like "12345," "password," or "letmein," or short passwords may be easily guessed. Sometimes account holders on a multiuser system may even use a blank password, which can easily let anyone into their accounts. By default OS X will warn users of such practices and recommend strong passwords be used, but ultimately does not prevent users from setting whatever password they want.

Additionally, if you have a system set up for multiple people to use (especially those in a more public or shared area), even if each user has his or her own account, you may wish to ensure security by enforcing periodic password changes or automatically disabling an account after a set time frame.

Options to set such restrictions in OS X are possible, but they are hidden by default. -- MacFixIt.

Copyright Ruling Rings With Echo of Betamax

Copyright Ruling Rings With Echo of Betamax

Before Napster and LimeWire, before Megauploads and the Pirate Bay, media companies' epic struggle against copying, piracy and generally losing control over their creations can be traced to a legal fight more than 30 years ago over a device that has long since passed on to the great trash heap in the sky: the Sony Betamax. -- New York Times.

Why Is The Truth Only Found In The Comics?

Why Is The Truth Only Found In The Comics?

iCloud fails to 'just work' for third-party apps, complain developers

iCloud fails to 'just work' for third-party apps, complain developers

When your third-party iOS app fails to properly sync data between devices, the problem may lay with Apple and not the app, say developers in conversation with The Verge.

Developers complain that two years in, iCloud is still "a developer's worst nightmare" as Apple has failed to properly integrate iCloud with Core Data (the primary way iOS apps store data). Core Data is effectively a piece of middleware that sits between an app and the database that stores the data, and many iOS apps rely on it. When Core Data and iCloud don't properly sync, data can go missing.

Apple files patent for luminescence shock avoidance in display devices

Apple files patent for luminescence shock avoidance in display devices

Apple has filed a patent (number 8405688) for luminescence shock avoidance ind display devices to avoid temporary vision distractions. The invention introduces an algorithm that selectively limits the brightness level of a display device when the display device is activated in a dark environment to prevent the temporary vision impairment that can occur when a display device is activated in a dark environment. -- AppleDailyReport.

Quick Tip: Printing in Grayscale

Quick Tip: Printing in Grayscale

If you're a switcher from PC to Mac, you may be pretty surprised to find that there isn't a readily available option to print documents in Black and White on a Color printer. Luckily, if you're concerned about saving on expensive color ink, it isn't too hard to set up as a printing preset as long you're willing to dig deeper into your Printer Preferences. -- Mactuts+.

Largest DDoS In History Reaches 300 Billion Bits Per Second

Largest DDoS In History Reaches 300 Billion Bits Per Second

The New York Times is reporting that the Largest DDoS in history reached 300 Gbps. The dispute started when the spam-fighting group Spamhaus added the Dutch company Cyberbunker to its blacklist, which is used by e-mail providers to weed out spam. Millions of ordinary Internet users have experienced delays in services like Netflix or could not reach a particular Web site for a short time. Dutch authorities and the police have made several attempts to enter the bunker by force but failed to do so. The attacks were first mentioned publicly last week by Cloudflare, an Internet security firm in Silicon Valley that was trying to defend against the attacks and as a result became a target.

March 26 Tuesday's News

 

Changing your UT Password If You Are Running Parallels Desktop Mac

Updating your UT Password Running Parallels Mac

Yesterday I get the standard email from the system here at UT telling me it was "time to change my Active Directory (AD) password." I run OS X (10.8.3) and I run Windows using Parallels 7.

So I went over the Safari on OS X, went to directory.utk.edu and clicked on Password Management and everything went fine.

Until I fired up my Windows 7 on Parallels 7.

When I tried to login with my new password Windows said "The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed."

The problem was that I did not change my password in a way that allowed by Windows box to keep up. (I will forgo the obvious opportunity for levity at this moment.) Here is what I should have done. (And it is unbelievable what I had to do to get my ox out of the ditch it was in. It took more people that me.)

So don't let this happen to you. Learn from my trouble and strife.

Change your UT AD password through Parallels by

  1. Running Parallels, booting Windows and login.
  2. Once logged in press ctrl-alt-del which will bring up this screen:

    ctrl-alt-del
  3. Click on "Change a password"

You CAN change your UT AD password from this interface, and if you do, you will NOT be locked out of your Windows box as I was.

Quicksilver Mac app launcher sees release after 10 years in beta

Quicksilver Mac app launcher sees release after 10 years in beta

After almost ten years in beta, Quicksilver for OS X has hit version 1.0, bringing users a powerful application launcher and task manager that functions with keyboard shortcuts and mouse gestures known as "triggers." -- AppleInsider.

Apple's reissued pen computer patent adds cellular connectivity, could hint at future mobile device

Apple's reissued pen computer patent adds cellular connectivity, could hint at future mobile device

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday reissued Apple a patent for a mobile computer encased in a pen, adding cellular and GPS capabilities to the invention first filed for internationally in 1998. -- AppleInsider.

Apple patents 'no look' multitouch user interface for portable devices

Apple patents 'no look' multitouch user interface for portable devices

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for a device control mode in which a user can interact with a multitouch display even when no content is being shown on screen, thereby saving battery life when a GUI is not needed. -- AppleInsider.

Kaleidoscope 2 brings state-of-the-art file comparison to OS X

Kaleidoscope 2 brings state-of-the-art file comparison to OS X

Regardless of how you use computers, chances are that you have encountered the problem of comparing two files at some point or other. Doing so all by yourself is often like playing the hardest game of 'Spot the Differences', which is why software for this purpose has been available for many decades.

Originally designed to help developers keep tabs on the way their source code evolved, file-comparison algorithms eventually found their way into more mainstream apps such as Microsoft Word and Apple's Pages, where "track changes" have helped writers preserve their sanity for many years.

Black Pixel's Kaleidoscope 2 takes the ability to compare two files kicking and screaming into the twenty-first century, extending it beyond text to encompass images and the filesystem itself. -- .

66 awesome tips & tricks for iPad and iPhone users

66 awesome tips & tricks for iPad and iPhone users

Perhaps you're already an iOS master. Or maybe you consider yourself more of a novice. Either way, we feel confident that at least some of the tips and tricks for iOS 6 we'll be revealing over the next few pages will be new to you. What's more, we hope you get as much benefit and enjoyment out of them as we do. -- Macworld.

iTunes troubleshooting: General Problems & Queries

iTunes troubleshooting: General Problems & Queries

iTunes troubleshooting: General Problems & Queries Answers to your iTunes questions. -- Macworld.

iTunes troubleshooting: How to master the new features of iTunes 11

iTunes troubleshooting: How to master the new features of iTunes 11

iTunes troubleshooting: How to master the new features of iTunes 11 Answers to your iTunes questions. -- Macworld.

iTunes troubleshooting: Playlists

iTunes troubleshooting: Playlists

iTunes troubleshooting: Playlists Answers to your iTunes questions. -- Macworld.

Mastering iMessage On Your iPhone: Manage Multiple Devices

Mastering iMessage On Your iPhone: Manage Multiple Devices

Let's be honest, the fact that you can conduct iMessage conversations across your iPhone, iPad, and Mac is pretty freakin' cool.

Let's also be clear, sometimes this very same feature is a pain in the butt. Getting iMessages on all three of my Apple devices in the same room can be a bit daunting, especially when I'm trying to concentrate on, say, writing an iOS Tip for the next day.

What's a busy, popular, connected person to do? Manage those devices and their iMessage settings a bit better, that's what. Here's how. -- Cult of Mac.

Digital Negative For iPhone Is As RAW As It Can Get

Digital Negative For iPhone Is As RAW As It Can Get

Digital Negative is a new iPhone app which promises to save photos in Adobe's DNG format. That is, it promises RAW images from your iPhone's sensor. Leaving aside the debate of whether or not this is a good idea (more on that in a second), can an App Store app really get access to the raw, unprocessed data from the sensor? The answer is no, but to the developer's credit, it goes just about as far as is possible. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple Drops Science as Core Market, Web Page Deleted

Apple Drops Science as Core Market, Web Page Deleted

Apple, since its inception, has always had computers that appealed to scientists and engineers, thanks to their ease of use, technical elegance, and, since 2001, UNIX. In turn, Apple embraced that market as a sign of Apple's dedication and professionalism in supporting their endeavors. Recently, Apple dropped its Web page that focuses on the use of Apple products in science. John Martellaro attempts to shed some light on this event. -- The Mac Observer.

How to address ColorSync profile errors in OS X

How to address ColorSync profile errors in OS X

Apple's ColorSync technology in OS X uses calibrated profiles of correction curves and other scaling factor information to match the color of various image input and output devices such as monitors, printers, and scanners, so images viewed on them will appear as close as possible.

If ColorSync Utility finds problems with profiles that it cannot fix, you may be able to address them by running the utility in root mode. -- MacFixIt.

Chevrolet unveils TV spot touting Siri 'Eyes-Free' feature

Chevrolet unveils TV spot touting Siri 'Eyes-Free' feature

Chevrolet, the first automaker to bring Apple's Siri Eyes-Free feature to market, has debuted a new TV commercial that showcases the feature as an integral selling point for the forthcoming 2014 Chevy Sonic. The Sonic, the second production model with the feature behind the Spark, has an integrated steering-wheel button that activates Siri to allow voice control of several functions of iOS devices without ever activating the screen or relying on visual feedback. Nine other automakers will also be bringing out models that feature Siri Eyes-Free. -- Electronista.

Apple Granted 35 Patents Covering Playback on Multitouch Displays, Instant Messaging and Much More

Apple Granted 35 Patents Covering Playback on Multitouch Displays, Instant Messaging and Much More

On March 26, 2013, The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 35 newly granted patents for Apple. In this particular report we cover playback controls and variable rate media playback methods using a multitouch display, another covering instant messaging multiple recipients and a full list of the remaining twenty-five patents that were granted to Apple today. -- Patently Apple.

AppleScripting Mail -- Announce New Emails By Voice

AppleScripting Mail -- Announce New Emails By Voice

You're in the kitchen cooking dinner, or sitting down watching TV, or exercising. Ding! You have a new email. Quickly, run to your Mac to see who it's from. Meh, spam. Ding! Meh, a message from your boss. Ding! Meh. Sure would be nice if Mail could announce who's emailing you. That way, you could just listen for ones you care about. Well, with the help of AppleScript and Mail rules, you can set this up on your own. Think of it as an audible caller ID, but for email. -- TUAW.

How to quickly find your recently used items in the Finder

How to quickly find your recently used items in the Finder

This feature has been around for a long time, but every now and then I find myself delivering an Amsys Training course where someone who has been using a Mac for years and has been completely unaware of its existence!

So what exactly am I referring to? Well, have you ever created a document but can't remember what it's called or where you saved it?

If you could just remember what you called it, you could use Spotlight to search for it, but not remembering what it was called in the first place, causes a flaw in that plan!

Coming to the rescue, therefore, is your 'Recent Items'. -- Amsys.

A Free Mac Interior Design App -- Put Furniture On to A 2D House Plan, Preview In 3D

A Free Mac Interior Design App -- Put Furniture On to A 2D House Plan, Preview In 3D

When my grandmother was asked her secret to longevity (she's nearing 100), she replied with a simple, 'Keep moving.'

That makes sense, so most of the Mincey family adheres to that admonition. Our latest keep moving project is to re-arrange the insides of the house now that both kids are moving on to college. What better place to create a new interior design than on the Mac. -- Mac360.

The Critical Path #77: Making Sausages

The Critical Path #77: Making Sausages

The more we deconstruct and take apart iTunes, the more we come to respect how [it] cannot exist independent of the system it's a part of. Its scope and scale and its history and future all indicate that there is more to it than just a store and that it might be a platform in its own right. -- asymco.

Direct-to-Vinyl Recording Makes a Comeback

Direct-to-Vinyl Recording Makes a Comeback

For many decades, gramophone records (the black vinyl discs in Grandma's attic) were made by cutting grooves directly into an acetate disc, then making a mold from that "master" and "pressing records." Nowadays, of course, we use digital recording software on our computers or even on our mobile phones. Vinyl? Strictly for fogies and maybe a few audiophiles who think analog recordings have a depth and warmth that CDs and MP3s lack. Naturally, SXSW is a haven for these folks, and among them Tim Lord found Wesley Wolfe and two German compatriots from vinylrecording.com, busily demonstrating their vinyl recording system, which is sort of the gramophone record equivalent of print on demand. Lots of background music in the video makes the voices a bit hard to hear; some might prefer the transcription -- although those who do will lose out on watching the vinyl recording machine in action. Either way. Or both. Up to you. -- Slashdot.

March 25 'Monday's News

 

Apple working on fix for Apple ID password security hole

Apple working on fix for Apple ID password security hole

Hours after a security exploit was discovered regarding the resetting of Apple ID passwords, the company has acknowledged the issue and said it is actively working on a fix. -- AppleInsider.

How I became a password cracker

How I became a password cracker

At the beginning of a sunny Monday morning earlier this month, I had never cracked a password. By the end of the day, I had cracked 8,000. Even though I knew password cracking was easy, I didn't know it was ridiculously easy--well, ridiculously easy once I overcame the urge to bash my laptop with a sledgehammer and finally figured out what I was doing. -- Ars Technica.

Apple's five most important displays

Apple's five most important displays

For the past three decades, Apple has made it a point, with few exceptions, to ship the highest quality computer displays it can muster.

The company's obsession with the clarity and accuracy of its displays began with the original Macintosh in 1984 and grew as the platform attracted a large audience of visually-oriented professionals from fields such as graphic design, desktop publishing, photo retouching, and film production. Feedback from these pros only strengthened the quality of Apple's displays over the years.

Apple spent nearly two decades selling some of the world's sharpest and most color accurate CRT displays (mostly manufactured by Sony), but the company has truly shined in its pursuit of flat-screen technology, racking up a number of industry firsts since the debut of its first LCD for the Apple IIc in 1984.

To be sure, Apple's largest contribution to computer display innovation has not come from the invention of new display technologies themselves--technologies that usually originate from companies like Sony, Samsung, or LG--but from Apple's push to integrate the most cutting-edge display technologies into consumer products. -- Macworld.

Apple's Jony Ive pushing for 'flatter design' for iOS 7, report says

Apple's Jony Ive pushing for 'flatter design' for iOS 7, report says

Apple's design chief Jony Ive is pushing for a "flatter design" for iOS 7, according to a new report. The Wall Street Journal's Jessica Lessin cites developers who claim to have spoken to people inside Apple in her report, which suggests Apple's design team is getting closer now that "some walls have come down." -- Macworld UK.

12 simple steps to safer social networking

12 simple steps to safer social networking

Confession time: I'm an inveterate social media junkie. From Facebook to Instagram to Diaspora, whenever a new communication platform rolls around - or comes back around - I'm ready to leap aboard.

But social networks are amazing and terrifying in equal measure. You can reach thousands of people worldwide with a single Twitter update, but cyber criminals can use the same tools to pick the perfect victim. -- Macworld UK.

Mastering The iOS Keyboard: Save Your Mom Some Embarrassment, Disable Auto-Correct

Mastering The iOS Keyboard: Save Your Mom Some Embarrassment, Disable Auto-Correct

Auto-correct is one of the most loved and hated features of the modern iPhone era, with tons of websites featuring the hilarious, and usually racy, mistakes that auto-correct seems to gleefully include in any hastily typed conversation with your mom. -- Cult of Mac.

Mastering The iOS Keyboard On Your iPhone And iPad

Mastering The iOS Keyboard On Your iPhone And iPad

The one part of your iPhone or iPad you use the most is the on screen keyboard, a fantastically complex little app in its own right that must meet your needs all the time, across a ton of different situations. Whether you're typing an iMessage, a Note or Reminder, or an email to your family, you're using the iOS Keyboard. Why not take the time to get to know it even better?

Here's a list of five great tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your time with this ubiquitous bit of software at the center of your iOS experience. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple and the Jaw-Dropping Grandmaster Chess Move

Apple and the Jaw-Dropping Grandmaster Chess Move

With regularity, in grandmaster chess, we see moves that take our breath away. We bow before the awesomeness of a move that is so bold that we would have never dared make it -- unable to see the deep implications of a Queen or Rook sacrifice. Yet, there it stands -- the winning move that crushes another grandmaster. Is such a move within the grasp of Apple and its cash? -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Adds 'Offers In-App Purchases' Disclosure for App Store Apps

Apple Adds 'Offers In-App Purchases' Disclosure for App Store Apps

As noted by The Guardian, Apple today rolled out a new "Offers In-App Purchases" disclosure directly underneath the Buy/Free button for App Store apps supporting the feature. The addition helps make clear to potential purchasers that free or even paid apps may require additional purchases in order to unlock the apps' full functionality or for other benefits such as acquiring in-game currency.

Shrinking Blob Computes Travelling Salesman Solutions

Shrinking Blob Computes Travelling Salesman Solutions

The travelling salesman problem is one of the more famous challenges in mathematics. This is the problem of finding the shortest route for visiting a number of cities once and then returning to the place of origin.

A blob of "intelligent" goo can compute solutions to one of the most famous problems in mathematics and produces a route map as well, say computer scientists. [Back in the day and in another life I can remember programming this as a linear equation.] -- MIT Technology Review.

Apple buys indoor smartphone locating company WiFiSLAM

Apple buys indoor smartphone locating company WiFiSLAM

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has acquired WiFiSLAM for "around" $20 million. Apple has confirmed the deal, but did not share its purpose for the company. According to a description of the firm, the company has created technology that uses ambient WiFi signals to precisely track the location of a smartphone or other mobile devices.

How To Unlock That Stashed Foreign Cash

How To Unlock That Stashed Foreign Cash

Robert A. Olstein, a forensic accountant turned money manager based in Purchase, N.Y., has an elegantly simple solution for Apple, as well as for Cisco Systems and Microsoft, which also keep billions of dollars abroad: he says they should repatriate the wealth -- which would require them to pay billions in fresh United States taxes. -- New York Times.

How To Setup Apple Two-Factor ID

How To: Setup Apple Two-Factor ID

Live a bad neighborhood? Trying to cut ties (i.e. it's complicated) with someone? Untrustworthy roommates? Whether you have real reasons to fear or just suffer from simple paranoia, it's easy to setup Apple Two-Factor ID to protect your iTunes, iCloud, Apple Store, etc. accounts.

That said, this is something you need to be motivated to do again and again -- two-factor ID can be a serious pain in the butt. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.

March 22 'Friday's News

 

Apple ID security improved with new two-step verification option

Apple ID security improved with new two-step verification option

Apple on Thursday improved its security system for Apple ID accounts tied to services like iCloud and iTunes, offering users two-step verification for when making changes to an account. -- AppleInsider.

Apple's Ive brings software, hardware teams together in push for 'flat design'

Apple's Ive brings software, hardware teams together in push for 'flat design'

Tasked with overseeing Apple's human interface efforts, Senior Vice President of Industrial Design Jony Ive has reportedly brought the company's hardware and mobile software design teams together in a push toward a simpler and more cohesive "flat design," according to a new report. -- AppleInsider.

Most HTML5 Compatible Browser

Most HTML5 Compatible Browser

There was a time when the test of a browser was Acid Test 3. But now it seems that most browsers pass this test when once only Safari did.

So what is the new test of a browser on the edge? The HTML5 test!

The HTML5 test score is an indication of how well your browser supports the upcoming HTML5 standard and related specifications. Even though the specification isn't finalized yet, all major browser manufacturers are making sure their browser is ready for the future. Find out which parts of HTML5 are already supported by your browser today and compare the results with other browsers.

Safari 6.0.3 378
Firefox 19.0 393
Chrome 25 463
Internet Explorer 10 463
Camino 2.1.2 159
Opera 12.14 404
iCab 5.0 393
WebKit Nightly Build 390

iCloud, Dropbox, And Amazon Rated Top Cloud Services In U.S.

iCloud, Dropbox, And Amazon Rated Top Cloud Services In U.S.

We don't often think of Apple as a cloud services company because so much emphasis is placed on hardware, but for many consumers, Apple's iCloud is their first experience using cloud storage.

Over this past fall, Strategy Analytics conducted a study on which cloud services are the most popular in the U.S. right now, and iCloud grabbed the top spot with 27% usage. -- Cult of Mac.

Mastering The iOS Keyboard: Tap And Slide For Other Characters

Mastering The iOS Keyboard: Tap And Slide For Other Characters

This is actually my favorite tip ever, and it's usually the one I share with any new iOS owners I come across.

When you're tapping away on the keyboard on your iPhone, there are bound to be times when you miss the right key. It happens, right? So, the options are to tap the delete button, and deal with all the auto-correct stuff, or just do this one little thing and make it all better. -- Cult of Mac.

Mastering The iOS Keyboard: Easily Add Special Symbols And Accents

Mastering The iOS Keyboard: Easily Add Special Symbols And Accents

So, there you are, typing a long note on your iPhone or iPad, when you suddenly realize that you need--gasp--a special symbol or accented character. Perhaps you want to use the £ (British pound) symbol, or the é symbol when sending an email to a business associate or family member.

No, you don't have to use the Emoji keyboard (unless you want a copyright (©) symbol), but there is a bit of a trick to it. Here's how. -- Cult of Mac.

Mastering The iOS Keyboard: Dock, Undock, And Split On The iPad

Mastering The iOS Keyboard: Dock, Undock, And Split On The iPad

Holding an iPad, especially the larger-sized iPad one through four, can be an exercise in finger strength, especially when typing with your thumbs in landscape mode and holding the iPad with both hands. Luckily, back in iOS 5, Apple gave us all the ability to split the iPad keyboard and move it closer to the middle of the screen. This also comes in handy with the new iPad mini when in landscape mode.

Here's how to make it happen. -- Cult of Mac.

Hidden Dimensions: Apple's OS X 10.9: a New Hope

Hidden Dimensions: Apple's OS X 10.9: a New Hope

Periodically, Apple updates OS X, and we get our hopes up that things will get better, not worse. That's what always happened in the past, and we loved it.  Nowadays, however, there is some concern that instead of fabulous new OS technologies to serve us, we'll be dragged into something that unnerves us.  That's a big difference.  What can Apple do to reemerge as the hero? -- The Mac Observer.

'Star Trek: Into Darkenss' Trailer Redone with LEGOs

'Star Trek: Into Darkenss' Trailer Redone with LEGOs

This is definitely cool: Antonio Toscano and Andrea Toscano have redone the Star Trek: Into Darkness trailer with Legos. In case you haven't heard, that's the next installment in the Star Trek reboot, and if you haven't seen the real trailer, check that out, too.

Apple Updates Podcasts iOS App With Custom Stations, Playlists, and iCloud Syncing

Apple Updates Podcasts iOS App With Custom Stations, Playlists, and iCloud Syncing

Apple has updated its Podcasts app, adding a much desired iCloud syncing feature along with the ability to create custom stations and On-The-Go playlists. With custom stations, users can compile their favorite podcasts into lists that will be automatically updated when new episodes are released, and a new option allows listeners to decide whether custom stations begin playing the newest or oldest unplayed episodes.

How to remove 'Yontoo' adware Trojan from your OS X system

How to remove 'Yontoo' adware Trojan from your OS X system

Security company Dr. Web is reporting on a new adware Trojan attack that is targeting Mac users, where malicious Web sites will trick users into installing a plugin that will track your browsing and display ads to you. Here's how to remove it. -- MacFixIt.

I.B.M. Research Points to Circuits That Mimic the Brain's Design

I.B.M. Research Points to Circuits That Mimic the Brain's Design

I.B.M. scientists said Thursday that they had developed a fluidic electronic system that mimics the circuits in the human brain and potentially offers a new direction for ultra-low-power microelectronics and artificial intelligence. -- New York Times.

Apple Improves Auto Exposure Camera Feature for FaceTime

Apple Improves Auto Exposure Camera Feature for FaceTime

On March 21, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals new and improved Auto Exposure techniques for variable lighting conditions that could improve FaceTime image quality. -- Patently Apple.

FlippedBITS: Four Password Myths

FlippedBITS: Four Password Myths

Are your passwords strong enough to resist an automated attack? If you believe any of several common password myths, they may not be. In this installment of FlippedBITS, Joe Kissell examines a few of the most dangerous myths about password security and explains smarter and safer practices. -- TidBITS.

Roku 3 review: A set-top box to trump all other set-top boxes

Roku 3 review: A set-top box to trump all other set-top boxes

Roku is no stranger to set-top boxes--we'd even go so far as to say that the company has managed to set the standard for what these little streaming devices should offer. It's the content partnerships that have made the devices so successful--consumers have so much choice when it comes to streaming, something that the Apple TV and even the WDTV Play are still catching up on.

To be fair, Roku, Apple, and Western Digital all offer slightly different things. Roku is especially made for those who want to stream a variety of content from third-parties, while the other two act more as a mediator for users to play content they already own while still having access to some of the more widely used third parties. Regardless, the Roku has been successful in its model, and the Roku 3 continues in the company's tradition of delivering an affordable, feature-filled streaming device. -- Ars Technica.

Inside 'Apple Anonymous': The Secret Society of Apple's Retail Army

Inside 'Apple Anonymous': The Secret Society of Apple's Retail Army

Walk into any one of Apple's more than 400 retail stores across the globe and you will receive customer service that is typically unmatched in the consumer electronics industry. The experience that an Apple Store customer receives is consistently rated to be bar none, but it comes with sacrifice: hours of hard, tireless work by an army of over 40,000 men and women across several countries. -- 9to5Mac.

March 21 'Thursday's News

 

New iPhone lock screen flaw found in iOS 6.1.3, grants access to address book and photos

New iPhone lock screen flaw found in iOS 6.1.3, grants access to address book and photos

Just one day after Apple rolled out the latest iOS 6.1.3, which patched an iPhone lock screen security flaw, a similar bug has been discovered that replicates the bypass albeit in a more involved and limited process. -- AppleInsider.

GarageBand for iOS gets Audiobus support in latest update

GarageBand for iOS gets Audiobus support in latest update

Apple on Wednesday released version 1.4 of GarageBand for iOS, bringing a few enhancements to the mobile music production app, the most notable of which being support for third party app Audiobus. -- AppleInsider.

NetNewsWire update to bring RSS feed syncing to iPhone, iPad and Mac

NetNewsWire update to bring RSS feed syncing to iPhone, iPad and Mac

One week after Google revealed plans to shut down Google Reader, the developers behind popular RSS reader NetNewsWire announced that work on revamped iOS and OS X versions of the software is well underway, with the forthcoming rollouts said to add support for feed syncing. -- AppleInsider.

Apple looks to protect dropped iPhones by shifting their orientation mid-flight

Apple looks to protect dropped iPhones by shifting their orientation mid-flight

An Apple invention discovered on Thursday describes a system that could potentially save the most fragile components of an iPhone, such as the glass screen, by detecting when a device is falling and shifting the handset's center of mass to control its landing. -- AppleInsider.

Activist sues San Francisco PD after warrantless search of his phone

Activist sues San Francisco PD after warrantless search of his phone

A San Francisco activist, a local attorney, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California collectively filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday against the City and County of San Francisco and its police chief, alleging that the activist's rights were violated when a police officer warrantlessly searched his cellphone at the time of his arrest in January 2012. -- Ars Technica.

Repairing the mysteriously muted Mac

Repairing the mysteriously muted Mac

I woke my MacBook Pro from sleep today and when I tried to play an iTunes track the Mac made no sound. I then noticed that the sound icon in the menu bar was gray. I went to the Sound system preference and it showed Digital Out in the output area and no listing for the Mac's internal speakers. What the heck? -- Macworld.

The anatomy of the Mail window

The anatomy of the Mail window

There are many ways to communicate with others using the tools Apple provides--text, voice and video chats, and posts to social networking sites. But the one most frequently used by many of us is email. You create an account, compose a message, slap on an attachment if you like, add a recipient and subject heading, and send.

Some time ago, I showed you how to set up email accounts on your Mac through Mountain Lion's Mail, Contacts & Calendars system preference. With this lesson we begin exploring the application you'll use to create, send, and receive email messages--Apple's Mail. -- Macworld.

Time Machine starts a new, full backup instead of a smaller incremental backup

Time Machine starts a new, full backup instead of a smaller incremental backup

When I got my new iMac it has a larger (1TB) internal hard drive than old iMac which ment I needed a bigger backup hard disk for Time Machine. My old backup hard disk was 1TB and the rule is that your backup should always be at least twice the size of what you are backing up.

So I ordered a new La Cie 2TB external and daisy-chained it to my old 1TB La Cie, giving me 3 TB of backup space. I figured no worries? Wrong!

My new iMac kept making full backups instead of incremental ones and at 400GB per backup I soon ran out of space.

After doing research the only thing that worked for me was:

  1. Stop Time Machine
  2. Remove my hard drives from Time Machine
  3. Erase my hard drives with Disk Utility
  4. Restart Time Machine
  5. Add my hard drives back with the largest first

In my case I was not concerned about what was on my iMac 3 years ago. I am concerned about loosing what is on my Mac NOW. So erasing my backup drives was not a hard choice.

You'll Soon Be Able To Self-Checkout At Walmart Using Your iPhone

You'll Soon Be Able To Self-Checkout At Walmart Using Your iPhone

Depending on how well it works for you, the Apple Store app's EasyPay system is either a dream of a convenience or a total nightmare that ends up getting you arrested. And now a similar experience is rolling out to over 200 Walmarts nationwide. -- Cult of Mac.

Say What You See: iPhone Camera App For The Blind

Say What You See: iPhone Camera App For The Blind

Tap Tap See is a camera app for blind people. Sure, any partially or non-sighted person could just snap bad, out-of-focus pictures of their shoes, or of the backs of their friends heads, with any camera app. But only Tap Tap See will then say to them, out loud, "Shoes," or "Head." -- Cult of Mac.

MacBook Pro with Retina display: Problems in every dimension

MacBook Pro with Retina display: Problems in every dimension

When Apple unveiled its first Retina MacBook Pro with the 15.4-inch model in June, it came with an all-new, slimmed down design, all-flash architecture, and its flagship Retina display with over 5 million pixels. Apple has built its reputation on quality, craftsmanship, and customer/user experience, but that hasn't been the case with its latest lineup of MacBooks. What many consumers don't know is that buying a new Retina MacBook means taking your chances with possibly receiving a unit that is subject to display defects, battery, graphics, and fan-related issues among other major stability problems. These widespread issues have received limited coverage in the press and many consumers claim Apple is failing to sufficiently address the problems by not informing consumers and employees. -- 9to5Mac.

One Man's Opinion: iTunes 11 Revisited

iTunes 11 Revisited

After yesterday's article on reverting from iTunes 11 to iTunes 10 it was correctly pointed out that the "feature" wanted, showing the sidebar window was still there, you just had to select it from iTunes preferences. In addition the idea of reverting is ludicrous since iTunes is so tied to the OS, applications and etc.

My hatred of iTunes 11 (and I do dislike it intensely) is based not on new features and abilities but that they "fixed" an interface that did not NEED fixing and removed or hid interface features from the minimized window of the software which I used and enjoyed. Making iTunes less elegant and useful.

And before you get all upset, I understand why it is being done (iOS). Apple wants there to be only one code base.

iTunes 10 Window

iTunes 11 Window

Anyway, that's one man's opinion.

Apple to Bring Messages Alerts to the iPad with Vibrator Mode

Apple to Bring Messages Alerts to the iPad with Vibrator Mode

On March 21, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an audio codec with vibrator support. A dual channel audio coder decoder (codec) chip that has two output pins, which can be used to drive a pair of speakers in stereo mode, or a vibrator and a single speaker in mono mode. Each channel has its own Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) and audio power amplifier to receive an audio signal for driving a speaker. This invention will allow the iPad to finally deliver "original message alerts" that are available today on the iPhone. -- Patently Apple.

Apple Invents Unique Protective Mechanisms for Future Devices

Apple Invents Unique Protective Mechanisms for Future Devices

On March 21, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a series of newly proposed protective mechanisms designed for future iDevices and MacBooks that will protect these devices that are about to fall to the floor or other surface. The invention for a protective mechanism is configured to selectively alter a center of mass of the electronic device. One design covers the use of an air foil while another covers the ejection of the battery in order to reduce device damage. Apple has come up with quite an elaborate design. -- Patently Apple.

March 20 'Wednesday's News

 

Apple releases iOS 6.1.3 with fix for lock screen security flaw

Apple releases iOS 6.1.3 with fix for lock screen security flaw

Apple has released the latest update for iOS, version 6.1.3, which fixes a bug that allowed for bypassing of the phone's lockscreen security feature. The new version appears to be rolling out in waves, and iOS device owners will at some point receive a notification that their devices are eligible for an update. -- AppleInsider.

Apple TV 5.2.1 update includes redesigned Hulu interface

Apple TV 5.2.1 update includes redesigned Hulu interface

As part of its iOS update released on Tuesday, Apple pushed out a new software build for the Apple TV set-top box, which includes a "brand new style" for the integrated Hulu Plus service. After iOS 6.1.3 and Apple TV 5.2.1 were released on Tuesday, Hulu provided an update on its official blog noting that the new Hulu Plus experience on Apple TV ames to make it "even easier to find your favorite current season TV episodes and discover a new favorite show." -- AppleInsider.

Cisco switches to weaker hashing scheme, passwords cracked wide open

Cisco switches to weaker hashing scheme, passwords cracked wide open

Password cracking experts have reversed a secret cryptographic formula recently added to Cisco devices. Ironically, the encryption type 4 algorithm leaves users considerably more susceptible to password cracking than an older alternative, even though the new routine was intended to enhance protections already in place. -- Ars Technica.

How to downgrade from iTunes 11 to version 10.7 on your Mac

How to downgrade from iTunes 11 to version 10.7 on your Mac

It has been nearly four months since Apple released iTunes 11 with its "dramatically simplified user interface" that was meant to change users' lives and make us all billionaires. OK, so perhaps iTunes 11 wasn't quite that hyped. Although Apple is certainly proud of its new mini player, "Next Up" interface, and album view, some iTunes users simply miss the old version and want to roll back. -- Ars Technica.

Flash memory chip built out of single-atom-thick components

Flash memory chip built out of single-atom-thick components

Graphene, a single-atom thick sheet of carbon, has become the focus of a lot of research (and a Nobel Prize) because it has some interesting electronic properties: electrons move through the material as if they have no mass. But it's only one of a number of single-atom thick materials that have been discovered, and some of the others have very different properties, acting as semiconductors or insulators. -- Ars Technica.

Intel X25 SSD requires firmware update before installing OS X 10.8.3

Intel X25 SSD requires firmware update before installing OS X 10.8.3

One common upgrade to install for older Mac systems is to replace the conventional hard drive with a high-speed SSD to reduce data access bottlenecks and greatly speed up the system. However, those who have used some of Intel's SSDs may find that they cannot successfully install OS X 10.8.3.

After applying the updates from Apple, instead of booting normally the system will simply hang at startup or show a no-entry symbol that indicates the operating system cannot boot on the available hardware configuration. Reverting to the previous 10.8.2 installation via a Time Machine backup should allow the system to boot properly; however, upon updating again, the same problem will occur, regardless of whether the App Store updater or the downloadable Combo updater is used.

If this happens to you, then you can likely fix the problem by updating the SSD's firmware. -- MacFixIt.

Mac troubleshooting: dealing with hard drive woes

Mac troubleshooting: dealing with hard drive woes

Your Mac has begun showing signs of trouble. Perhaps you frequently get errors when trying to open or save files. You suspect a problem with the hard drive. Before panic sets in, you want to launch Apple's Disk Utility and select Repair Disk from the First Aid tab. Hopefully, that will remedy the situation. One problem though: Repair Disk is dimmed and you can't select it. Why? Because OS X cannot attempt repairs on an active startup drive. You can still use Repair Permissions, which may help in certain situations. But let's assume it doesn't.

So what do you do instead? That depends on what Macs you own, how you have set them up, and what other precautions you may have taken prior to the start of the trouble.

First things first, if you don't have a recent backup, make one now. But be careful. At this point, you don't want to overwrite an existing backup--lest you replace valid data with corrupted data. Instead, back up to a separate drive. When you're done backing up, here are the things to try. You can try each method until you find one that works. -- Macworld.

Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch Plans To Defect Over To Apple

Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch Plans To Defect Over To Apple

Adobe's CTO, Kevin Lynch, may be looking to switch from Adobe over to Apple. According to a tweet from CNBC, the high level Adobe Exec is leaving the company to join Apple. -- Cult of Mac.

Fix Dropbox Permissions Denied errors

Fix Dropbox Permissions Denied errors

I use Dropbox to sync a backup of a number of local folders, and run a backup script every evening. When I got up the other morning, Dropbox was still running hard, and my Mac mini's fan was spinning. I clicked on the Dropbox menu item, and then on the gear button (this is with Dropbox 2), and saw that some files couldn't be copied because of "permissions denied" errors.

It turns out that Dropbox has a hidden feature to fix such things. Open the Dropbox preferences, click on Account, then press the Option key. The Unlink This Computer button will change to Fix Permissions. Click that button and let Dropbox go through your files. -- Mac OS X Hints.

How to find system wake causes in OS X

How to find system wake causes in OS X

Whenever your system wakes from sleep, the OS X Kernel will output a small code to the system console that indicates the reason for the wake event. Since you can access the system console using Apple's Console utility, if your system is regularly waking up when you have put it to sleep, then you can help track down the reason using these codes. -- MacFixIt.

Apple wins patents on digital whiteboard, AR technologies

Apple wins patents on digital whiteboard, AR technologies

Apple has won two new patents from the US Patent and Trademark Office, including one for what appears to be a form of digital whiteboard technology. Titled Collaboration system, the patent describes a mix of "large digital surfaces" and styluses, used to collaborate on projects. The styluses capture movements visually or through motion sensing, in some cases allowing people to write on paper, but have the data show up on a digital surface. A device like an iPhone could be used to bridge a pen to a server; in any case, the server would facilitate sharing collaborators' content, whether to a whiteboard or some other form of interactive display. -- MacNN.

A Nanofabrication Technique Doubles Hard Drive Capacity

A Nanofabrication Technique Doubles Hard Drive Capacity

Laboratory advance shows that nano-imprinting could help the hard drive industry meet its long-term goals for data storage capacity.

Researchers at HGST, a major manufacturer of hard disk drives, have shown that an emerging fabrication technology called nano-imprinting could be used to double the data storage capacity of today's hard disks. They say the patent-pending work, done in collaboration with a company called Molecular Imprints, could lead to a cost-effective manufacturing process by the end of the decade. -- MIT T.

Setting up a VIP list in Mail

Setting up a VIP list in Mail

VIP mail is a new feature added with the release of iOS 6, the operating system for your iPhone and iPad. VIP mail allows you to create settings that automatically routes mail from those persons you designate as "VIPs" into a special folder in your device's Mail app. Of course, to take advantage of this feature, you will need to set up your device first, and in this short tip, you will learn how to do just that. -- c|net.

March 19 'Tuesday's News

 

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Benchmarks Nearly Twice as Fast as iPhone 5

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Benchmarks Nearly Twice as Fast as iPhone 5

Following last week's introduction of the Samsung Galaxy S4, Primate Labs has analyzed Geekbench 2 scores for the phone, comparing it to a number of other smartphones including the iPhone 5. The analysis shows the new Samsung flagship is significantly faster than competing phones including the HTC One, and its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S3. However, the S3 also benchmarked faster than the iPhone 5.

Outlook 2011 for Mac, version 14.3.2 Can't Send to AD Email-enabled groups or personal Contact Groups

Outlook 2011 for Mac, version 14.3.2 Can't Send to AD Email-enabled groups or personal Contact Groups

Looks like there is a known bug in the latest update for Outlook 2011 for Mac, version 14.3.2. Users are unable to send to AD Email-enabled groups or personal Contact Groups.

The confirmed work-around for now is to expand the group or send the message from your drafts folder in Outlook Web App (OWA) which at UT means TMAIL.

Apple Granted 48 Patents Today Covering Technologies such as a Synchronized Interactive Augmented Reality Display, Tactile Feedback System for iDevices, Virtual Keyboards & More

Apple Granted 48 Patents Today Covering Technologies such as a Synchronized Interactive Augmented Reality Display, Tactile Feedback System for iDevices, Virtual Keyboards & More

It's a big day for Apple patents as the US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 48 of their newly granted patents. Our report covers four Apple design patents along with 44 utility patents that cover such technologies as a synchronized interactive augmented reality display for iDevices, a tactile feedback system for iDevices, virtual keyboards, touch screens with transparent conductive material resistors and much, much more. -- Patently Apple.

Social Networks Reveal Structure (And Weaknesses) of Businesses

Social Networks Reveal Structure (And Weaknesses) of Businesses

One of the unintended consequences of social networks is that they tend to reveal more about an individual than the information he or she has posted online. That's because the structure of the network--the links set up between friends and acquaintances--is itself an important source of data. -- MIT Technology Review.

How to make iOS autocorrect work for you

How to make iOS autocorrect work for you

Autocorrect is a boon from the computer gods for anyone engaged in tiny-screen typing, but it's also the bane of every iPhone and iPad user's existence. You can accept the gift and avoid the grief by paying attention to a few details. -- Macworld.

March 18 'Monday's News

 

A Thunderbolt to DVI adapter that Works

A Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter that Works

When I got my new iMac it ment that I could no longer use my Apple Cinema Display (20-inch) as the new iMac does not have a mini display port. I needed to find a Thunderbolt to DVI adapter. It took a lot of looking and the only one I found (and it works) is from FireFold. The only downside is that my old display is not a bright as my new iMac. Using "Expert Mode" under monitor calibration helped.

Personal OS X 10.8.3 (12D78) Mountain Lion Benchmarks

Personal OS X 10.8.3 (12D78) Mountain Lion Benchmarks

Xbench 1.3 benchmarking of my Intel iMac (2.9 GHz Intel Core i5, 16GB 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 512 MB, 1TB Fusion Drive) against the previous versions of OS X on my previous 4.5 year old iMac. (* = New hardware.) I am running this version and have not had any problems. Your mileage may vary.

 
2.8 GHz Intel iMac
10.8 10.8.2 10.8.3*
Over All 133.04 128.54 404.20
CPU Test 201.41 200.16 293.19
Thread Test 415.66 502.31 1503.09
Memory Test 208.43 219.54 707.37
Quartz Graphics Test 311.66 326.24 555.75
OpenGL Graphics Test 106.09 111.02 246.96
User Interface Test 270.89 293.88 432.70
Disk Test 52.61 46.18 537.72

Apple releases OS X 10.8.3 with Safari 6.0.3, new iTunes integration and bug fixes

OS X Mountain Lion Update v10.8.3 (Combo)

OS X Mountain Lion Update v10.8.3 (Combo) is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users and includes features and fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including the following:

  • The ability to redeem iTunes gift cards in the Mac App Store using your Mac's built-in camera
  • Boot Camp support for installing Windows 8
  • Boot Camp support for Macs with a 3TB hard drive
  • A fix for an issue that could cause a file URL to quit apps unexpectedly
  • A fix for an issue that may cause Logic Pro to become unresponsive when using certain plug-ins
  • A fix for an issue that may cause audio to stutter on 2011 iMacs
  • Includes Safari 6.0.3

8 ways to hide files and folders in OS X

8 ways to hide files and folders in OS X

There are plenty of good reasons you might want to hide some of your files or folders. Maybe you carry around a laptop and you just want to be extra safe. Maybe you share an account with others and need to keep some things private. Whatever the reason, here are eight ways to do it in OS X. -- Macworld.

Recover photos lost in an import

Recover photos lost in an import

The other day, someone I know very well (I shall not reveal his identity) called me for some emergency tech support. He had been importing photos from his iPhone to iPhoto on his Mac. A lot of photos. Just over a thousand photos, to be precise. After the import had apparently completed, a message popped up stating that the original photos were being deleted from the iPhone. During this process, iPhoto crashed. -- Macworld UK.

Apple not ready to kill OS X Snow Leopard yet

Apple not ready to kill OS X Snow Leopard yet

Apple on Thursday gave its strongest signal yet that it will continue to support OS X Snow Leopard with patches for the foreseeable future rather than retire the still-active operating system. -- Macworld UK.

Hackers connect Siri to human brain and Mac 512K

Hackers connect Siri to human brain and Mac 512K

Hackers access Siri via thought control, and hook it up to an old Mac 512K in demonstration of what can be done with Apple's amazing voice control technology. -- Macworld UK.

Apple launches 'Why iPhone' page to remind customers why iPhone is best

Apple launches 'Why iPhone' page to remind customers why iPhone is best

Apple has launched a new advertising campaign for its iPhone, highlighting the reasons people love the smartphone through a "Why iPhone" web page and a promotional email.

Here's How The iPhone 5 Compares To The Samsung Galaxy S 4

Here's How The iPhone 5 Compares To The Samsung Galaxy S 4

If you didn't hear the news already, Samsung announced their new flagship phone last night, the Galaxy S 4. It looks a lot like the Galaxy S 3. It's made of plastic. Has a huge screen. And it comes with some weird software features you might use, but probably won't.

We were on hand last night to test out the Galaxy S 4, and while it's an impressive phone, it leaves the door open for companies like HTC and LG to capture the Android crown.

Here's a video comparison of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 next to the iPhone 5... -- Cult of Mac.

Scientist Transforms iPhone Into A Microscope Using Lens That Only Costs 7 Bucks

Scientist Transforms iPhone Into A Microscope Using Lens That Only Costs 7 Bucks

Add microscopes to the list of things your iPhone can replace. A group of scientist visiting Tanzania were able to convert their iPhone 4S into a microscope using nothing by a $7 lens, some double sided tape, and a torch.

After MacGyvering the iPhone 4S into a microscope, the scientist then used it to take pictures of stool samples to determine the presences of eggs in some schoolchildren. Amazingly, the iPhone picked up 70 percent of the infections. -- Cult of Mac.

How to Create a Secure, Encrypted File Container in OS X

How to Create a Secure, Encrypted File Container in OS X

We've been showing you how you can get lots done on your Mac using all kinds of free apps that Apple gives you. This week, Sandro Cuccia shows you how to use Disk Utility to create safe and secure, password-protected and encrypted containers for your files. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Releases Retina MacBook Pro SMC Update to Address Gaming Frame Rates and Fan Issues

Apple Releases Retina MacBook Pro SMC Update to Address Gaming Frame Rates and Fan Issues

Apple today released acBook Pro Retina SMC Update 1.1, addressing an issue with frame rates while playing graphics-heavy games and fixing several other bugs.

How to combine two scanned documents into one in OS X

How to combine two scanned documents into one in OS X

When you scan a document into your system, OS X will create a single file of the scan and allow you to save it to the location of your choice. However, if you would like to combine scanned pages into one document, the system supports that option as well. -- MacFixIt.

Apple updates Xcode to support 10.8.3, squashes bugs

Apple updates Xcode to support 10.8.3, squashes bugs

Apple on Saturday released a minor update to its app-building software for OS X and iOS, Xcode -- now at version 4.6.1. The most important addition to the program is support for OS X 10.8.3, with a corresponding update to the OS X SDK. It also fixes two specific issues: one where ARC-enabled apps would not launch on Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.x), and a performance regression issue in the Analyze operation. The update to the free app is available exclusively on the Mac App Store, where it has been located since v4.6.

This is the first update to Xcode since version 4.6 was released in January, and included significant new features including better compiler warnings, deeper cross-function static analysis of Objective-C and C++ code, a reduced number of indexing passes and more accurate code-completion heuristics. It requires OS X 10.7.4 or higher to run, and app submission to the Mac or iOS app stores requires membership in the appropriate developer program, which costs $99 per year.

Disruptions: Stuck With a Carrier for the Long Haul

Disruptions: Stuck With a Carrier for the Long Haul

Owning a cellphone on one of the biggest providers can sometimes feel like an unhappy relationship, with companies frequently taking advantage of customers.

If dating were like the cellphone industry, you would have to sign a contract when you entered a relationship stating that you would remain monogamous for two years, even if you wanted to break up. That's what cellular carriers have pulled off by successfully lobbying for a recent government ruling that you cannot take the phone you paid for and switch to another provider. -- New York Times.

Apple Granted 37 Patents Covering the Borderless MacBook Pro Display, the iOS Notification System, Geofencing and More

Apple Granted 37 Patents Covering the Borderless MacBook Pro Display, the iOS Notification System, Geofencing and More

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 37 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. The first ten granted patents were covered in our first patent report of the day relating to newly granted design patents. In this report we cover Apple's granted patents relating to their iOS notification system and others. We close out our report providing you with a list of the remaining granted patents that covers matters such as beacon-based geofencing and more. -- Patently Apple.

Apple Granted a Social Networking Patent that Filters out Spammers and Stalkers

Apple Granted a Social Networking Patent that Filters out Spammers and Stalkers

On March 12, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office granted Apple a patent relating to a data management system in context with a social networking service. Apple filed for this patent two months prior to launching iTunes Ping their social networking service for music. Two of Apple's engineers who worked on this project, namely Amol Pattekar and Andrew Vyrros, came to Apple via Yahoo! Whether this patent was solely for Ping or a secondary social networking service for the future is unknown at this time. Two unique attributes of the management system is its ability to identify and react to spammers and stalkers. -- Patently Apple.

Apple Invents iPad Smart Cover with Built-In Inductive Charging

Apple Invents iPad Smart Cover with Built-In Inductive Charging

On March 14, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals the next step in the evolution of the iPad Smart Cover with built-in inductive charging. Simply put, this is a great idea to keep the iPad charged while on the go. -- Patently Apple.

The Rare Disease Search Engine That Outperforms Google

The Rare Disease Search Engine That Outperforms Google

In the late 1940s, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine coined an unusual phrase to describe unexpected diagnoses. "When you hear hoofbeats behind you, don't expect to see a zebra," he said. The phrase stuck and today, medics commonly use the term "zebra" to describe a rare disease, usually defined as one that occurs in less than 1 in 2000 of the population.

Rare diseases are inherently hard to diagnose. According to the European Organisation for Rare Disease, 25 per cent of diagnoses are delayed by between 5 and 30 years.

So it's no surprise that medics are looking for more effective ways to do the job. An increasingly common aid in this process is the search engine, typically Google.  This forms part of an iterative process in which a medic enter symptoms into a search engine, examines lists of potential diseases and then looks for further evidence of symptoms in the patient.

The problem, of course, is that  common-or-garden search engines are not optimised for this process. Google, for example, considers pages important if they are linked to by other important pages, the basis of its famous PageRank algorithm. However, rare diseases by definition are unlikely to have a high profile on the web. What's more, searches are likely to be plagued with returns from all sorts of irrelevant sources.

Today, Radu Dragusin at the Technical University of Denmark and a few pals unveil an alternative. These guys have set up a bespoke search engine dedicated to the diagnosis of rare diseases called FindZebra, a name based on the common medical slang for a rare disease. After comparing the results from this engine against the same searches on Google, they show that it is significantly better at returning relevant results. -- MIT Technology Review.

Microsoft Office 2011 14.3.2 and 2008 12.3.6

Microsoft Office 2011 14.3.2 and 2008 12.3.6

Microsoft has released Office 2011 14.3.2 and Office 2008 12.3.6, both of which address a security vulnerability that could "allow information disclosure if a user opens a specially crafted email message."

According to the security bulletin on Microsoft's Web site, the updates ensure that both versions of Microsoft Office for Mac require user consent to download content from external sources.

Additionally, the Office 2011 14.3.2 update includes several fixes, primarily aimed at Outlook. It squashes a bug that didn't save BCC recipients in Gmail IMAP draft messages, fixes an issue where messages were undeliverable if addressed to contacts that were created in x500 format, ensures that contractions aren't marked as spelling errors, and fixes a problem with the Offline Address Book that wouldn't update for some Office 365 users. The update also improves stability when using Track Changes and scrolling through a large Word document and fixes a problem with artifacts appearing during slideshow transitions in PowerPoint.

Siri and Scroll trick turns iBook into audiobooks

Siri and Scroll trick turns iBook into audiobooks

Even though the ability to use Siri to turn eBooks into audiobooks is a fantastic feature, it's not a stock part of iOS and requires a little bit of fiddling with the Settings and this nifty scrolling trick that we'll show you here. -- Macworld.

I will be out the rest of the week. See you back here on Monday.

March 12 'Tuesday's News

 

Apple patents reliable social networking system that tracks 'stalkers' and 'spammers'

Apple patents reliable social networking system that tracks 'stalkers' and 'spammers'

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a social networking system that institutes a number of database-level features to ensure reliable "friend states," or how users interact with each other. -- AppleInsider.

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Do you need a third-party disk utility?

Do you need a third-party disk utility?

OS X's Disk Utility--which enables you to format, partition, repair, and perform other kinds of maintenance on disks (including SSDs, flash drives, and disk images)--is good for what it does. Yet for many years conventional wisdom held that you also needed at least one third-party disk repair utility on hand to solve the problems Disk Utility couldn't. Does that advice still make sense? -- Macworld.

Is Apple's move from Samsung to Sandisk in Retina MacBook causing fan spin issues?

Is Apple's move from Samsung to Sandisk in Retina MacBook causing fan spin issues?

Apple's latest MacBook Pros with Retina display appear to be experiencing fan speed issues that may be related to Apple's decision to move from an solid-state drive provided by Samsung to one provided by Sandisk. -- Macworld UK.

Watch Siri Obey Commands Using Real-Life Mind Control

Watch Siri Obey Commands Using Real-Life Mind Control

Siri does a pretty good job right now of figuring out what you are saying to her, but one senior iOS architect over at Honda R&D has figured out a way for Siri to understand what you think at her. That's right, Siri has gone psychic. -- Cult of Mac.

Siri, a 512K Mac & Technology Magic

Siri, a 512K Mac & Technology Magic

Can an ancient 512K Mac and an iPhone 5 work together? Turns out the answer is yes, if you bring Siri into the mix, and Niles Mitchell made a video to proving just that. He used a stock 512K Mac, the Speak app, a little AppleScript with a modern iMac, and iCloud to get folder listings from the old Mac, and even had the 512K use Siri to tell the iMac to shut down. There may not be any practical real world use for this particular tech mash up, but that doesn't stop it from being wonderfully cool. -- The Mac Observer.

Taming Spotlight's Indexing Problems

Taming Spotlight's Indexing Problems

Spotlight is a great tool for sifting through the files on your Mac's drives to find exactly what you need. It isn't so great, however, when its Index file get corrupted and you don't see all of your files -- or your Mac's fans start spinning incessantly. -- The Mac Observer.

Control Time Machine from the command line with tmutil

Control Time Machine from the command line with tmutil

The ability to control Time Machine from the Time Machine preferences in System Preferences is quite limited. You can choose exclusions, turn Time Machine on or off, and force backups, but that's about it. Fortunately, a command-line tool, tmutil provides much more control over Time Machine. The man page for tmutil says the following:

"tmutil provides methods of controlling and interacting with Time Machine, as well as examining and manipulating Time Machine backups. Common abilities include restoring data from backups, editing exclusions, and comparing back-ups."

For example, you can compare backups to see what has changed from one backup to another, inherit a backup (which you can do from the Time Machine menu, when you set up a new Mac and want to use a backup from an older Mac), or set up fixed-path exclusions (excluding items at a specific file path).

Check man tmutil to see all that you can do with this command.

What to do when a Mac won't boot to Safe Mode

What to do when a Mac won't boot to Safe Mode

If your Mac is experiencing problems running, one step for determining the problem is to boot the system into Safe Mode, which is a limited environment that only loads Apple-provided software for basic functionality. To get into Safe Mode you simply restart your Mac with the Shift key held; however, in some cases this will not work and the computer may simply boot normally or experience a problem and hang without booting at all.

The inability to boot into Safe Mode may happen because the system is configured with encryption or other security settings that prevent booting to such modes, because of nuances with how wireless keyboards pass boot arguments to the system, or because of errors in the file system. -- MacFixIt.

Danger Lurks in Growing New Internet Nationalism

Danger Lurks in Growing New Internet Nationalism

Cyber-espionage is old news. What's new is the rhetoric, which is reaching a fever pitch right now. For technology that was supposed to ignore borders, bring the world closer together, and sidestep the influence of national governments the Internet is fostering an awful lot of nationalism right now. We've started to see increased concern about the country of origin of IT products and services; U.S. companies are worried about hardware from China; European companies are worried about cloud services in the U.S; no one is sure whether to trust hardware and software from Israel; Russia and China might each be building their own operating systems out of concern about using foreign ones. -- MIT Technology Review.

My Dumb Phone Experiment: Phase Two

My Dumb Phone Experiment: Phase Two

You may recall that I have become one of these Thoreau types who has forsaken all society, by which I mean that I have given up my iPhone. Or, not quite given it up -- it was stolen, and then I chose not to replace it, and then I blogged about my experiences with a $20 Alcatel dumb phone for a month, and then my dad gave me a Verizon iPhone without a data plan that I use as a sort of iPod Touch. In a word, I'm not quite living in a cabin in the woods. But I'm very stubbornly trying to shed myself of the constant connectivity that was the hallmark of my prior iPhone-centric life. -- MIT Technology Review.

VATICAN SHOCKER: Cardinals tap Siri as next pope

VATICAN SHOCKER: Cardinals tap Siri as next pope

In a surprising twist to the papal drama, the College of Cardinals today elected Siri to be the next pope.

Pope Siri I assumes her duties immediately. -- Scoopertino.

Stephen Wolfram Jumps On Bandwagon For Cloud, Mobile Devices

Stephen Wolfram Jumps On Bandwagon For Cloud, Mobile Devices

At this year's SXSW conference, Stephen Wolfram--most famous in tech circles as the chief designer of the Mathematica software platform, as well as the Wolfram Alpha 'computation knowledge engine'--demonstrated his upcoming Programming Cloud, and indicated he was developing a mobile platform for engineering and mathematical applications based on the Wolfram programming language built for Mathematica. -- Slashdot.

Tim Berners-Lee: The Web needs to stay open, and Gopher's still not cool

Tim Berners-Lee: The Web needs to stay open, and Gopher's still not cool

The knight who invented the World Wide Web came to SXSW to point out a few ways in which we're still doing it wrong.

The British scientist led off with some candy for the audience at the Austin Convention Center, in the form of trivia-question answers in this stories about developing the Web on the "beautiful magnesium box" that was his NeXT workstation. For example, the Web's original default port was 2784 because low-numbered ports such as 80, today's default, needed root access. -- BoingBoing.

March 11 'Monday's News

 

Users report fan speed issues with Apple's latest Retina MacBook Pros

Users report fan speed issues with Apple's latest Retina MacBook Pros

Apple's newly refreshed MacBook Pro models with Retina displays may be affected by an issue that causes the cooling fan speed to unexpectedly spike, users say. -- AppleInsider.

Apple adds encryption to App Store connections, addresses six month old hole

Apple adds encryption to App Store connections, addresses six month old hole

At least six months after being alerted to a possible exploit in the way users connect to its App Store, Apple has added encryption to users' connections, plugging the security hole. -- AppleInsider.

First Look: Apple's iCloud data center site in Reno, Nevada

First Look: Apple's iCloud data center site in Reno, Nevada

Apple has more in its pipeline than just new Macs and iOS products; the company is aggressively planning out and building new data centers to support iCloud and related iTunes features. Here's a look at the next major construction project planned at the new Reno Technology Park. -- AppleInsider.

How to protect your iPhone from thieves

How to protect your iPhone from thieves

Our iPhones have become indispensable, but they also inspire jealousy; and they're a popular target with thieves. In January, the Metropolitan Police revealed that an average of 157 mobile phones are stolen in the capital each day, and over 50 percent of these are iPhones.

The Met advises not flashing your iPhone in public, particularly at the entrances to train and tube stations (popular haunts for muggers). When not in use, keep it hidden from sight, preferably zipped away in a pocket within your bag rather than peeking out of a side pocket. Leaving it on the table while you chat to friends is a bad move, too. An opportunist could easily distract you by asking the time and swipe your unguarded phone.

The chances are your phone is insured and can be replaced, but what about everything you keep on it? iPad & iPhone User has put together a guide to preventing strangers looking through your phone, plus how to recover its contents from afar. -- Macworld UK.

AT&T: We Will Unlock Your Phone Once Your Contract Is Up

AT&T: We Will Unlock Your Phone Once Your Contract Is Up

There's been a lot of noise lately surrounding smartphone unlocking. On October 28, 2012, the Library of Congress said it was going to be illegal to unlock your smartphone starting on January 26, 2013.

Since then, Obama has stepped in and said that's totally not fair. And then a few legislators have brought up bills to make sure people can unlock their smartphones without facing criminal charges. Now AT&T says it wants to be perfectly clear that they don't really want you to go to jail for unlocking your smartphone.

Earlier today, AT&T told customers that they will unlock their smartphones if a customer's account is in good standing and has no unpaid balance; and who has fulfilled his or her service agreement. -- Cult of Mac.

Will Apple Get Used?

Will Apple Get Used?

Apple was caught last year selling Apple Certified refurbished hardware on eBay using the pseudonym Refurbished-Outlet. Allegedly.

The prices and details of these products were generally the same as refurbished products sold on the apple.com site. The products come with a one-year warranty and mobile devices contain a new battery.

But this week it emerged that Apple is lowering the prices on eBay, sometimes by quite a bit. For example, Apple normally charges $999 for a refurbished MacBook Air with 128 GB. But that same system with the same Apple inspection and one-year warranty went on sale in the eBay store for $899. Prices on other hardware products were slashed similarly. -- Cult of Mac.

Accidental Empires, Chapter 10 -- The Prophet

Accidental Empires, Chapter 10 -- The Prophet

The most dangerous man in Silicon Valley sits alone on many weekday mornings, drinking coffee at II Fornaio, an Italian restaurant on Cowper Street in Palo Alto. He's not the richest guy around or the smartest, but under a haircut that looks as if someone put a bowl on his head and trimmed around the edges, Steve Jobs holds an idea that keeps some grown men and women of the Valley awake at night. Unlike these insomniacs, Jobs isn't in this business for the money, and that's what makes him dangerous. -- I, Cringely.

How to Correct Siri's Recognition & Pronunciation of Proper Names

How to Correct Siri's Recognition & Pronunciation of Proper Names

Siri is often quite helpful in relaying information about your contacts. However, Siri has difficulty recognizing and articulating foreign names. There is a great way to teach Siri proper pronunciation of such names. Sandro Cuccia shows you how. -- The Mac Observer.

Algorithms Get a Human Hand in Steering Web

Algorithms Get a Human Hand in Steering Web

Trading stocks, targeting ads, steering political campaigns, arranging dates, besting people on "Jeopardy" and even choosing bra sizes: computer algorithms are doing all this work and more.

But increasingly, behind the curtain there is a decidedly retro helper -- a human being. -- New York Times.

Harvard E-Mail Search Stuns Faculty Members

Harvard E-Mail Search Stuns Faculty Members

Bewildered, and at times angry, faculty members at Harvard criticized the university on Sunday after revelations that administrators secretly searched the e-mail accounts of 16 resident deans in an effort to learn who leaked information about a student cheating scandal to the news media. Some predicted a confrontation between the faculty and the administration. -- New York Times.

How I ditched the security risks and lived without Java, Reader, and Flash

How I ditched the security risks and lived without Java, Reader, and Flash

Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, and Oracle's Java. All three are virtually ubiquitous on modern-day PCs, and all three provide handy-dandy functionality--functionality that, in the case of Flash and Java, can't be directly reproduced by a third-party solution. If we lived in a vacuum, it would be hard to argue that the trio doesn't deserve its spot on computers around the globe. -- Macworld UK.

How To Enable and Use Dictation in Mac OS X Mountain Lion

How To Enable and Use Dictation in Mac OS X Mountain Lion

With Dictation, you can use your voice instead of typing text. No setup or special training is required. These are instructions on how to enable and use Dictation in Mac OS X Mountain Lion. -- iClarified.

How to Monitor Your Mac's Connections with Little Snitch

How to Monitor Your Mac's Connections with Little Snitch

Your computer, regardless of if you're using it or not, is constantly communicating with the Internet. All of these conversations -- held in the background -- help keep your system and applications running at tip top shape. But some times there are some applications that just don't need to communicate with the Internet, or even worse, some apps that send information about your computer and how you use the app without your permission or even knowledge. Little Snitch is an advance firewall application exclusively for OS X that allows you to control where an application can communicate to on the Internet. -- Mactuts+.

The Apple iMac 27in that arrived at the end of 2012 is arguably the finest all-in-one computer money can buy

The Apple iMac 27in that arrived at the end of 2012 is arguably the finest all-in-one computer money can buy

The screen itself is really very impressive indeed, with its 2560 by 1440-pixel IPS screen delivering a near-perfect image with excellent brightness and contrast, and colors which are spot on straight out of the box. If you want an all-in-one for serious work on images on video, this is most definitely the one to go for. -- PC Advisor.

Turn Your iPhone Into An Animated GIF Creator With GifMill

Turn Your iPhone Into An Animated GIF Creator With GifMill

I know we have covered other animated GIF making apps in the past, such as Gifture, Cinemagram, and even Vine. However, all of these were social networks in itself, so you would have to share your work on their servers before you could get your own copy on your device. Fortunately, GifMill is just a GIF maker without the extra bells and whistles of a social network. -- AppAdvice.

A wish list for education technology

A wish list for education technology

At the SXSWedu ed tech conference this week, I got an earful on plenty of new technologies aiming to remake education. But here are a few themes I still hope to hear more about. -- GigaOM.

March 08 'Friday's News

 

Researchers bypass Android encryption by exposing phones to freezing temperatures

Researchers bypass Android encryption by exposing phones to freezing temperatures

Google's encryption method, which has been a part of Android since the "Ice Cream Sandwich" release, was bypassed by exposing a smartphone to freezing temperatures for an hour, according to the BBC. After that time period, researchers were able to access previously encrypted contacts, browsing histories, and photos. -- AppleInsider.

An Old Hope: Lucas says Hamill, Fisher, and Ford set for Star Wars VII

An Old Hope: Lucas says Hamill, Fisher, and Ford set for Star Wars VII

Break out the Imperial Walkers with the tennis balls on their feet (joke credit: Lee Hutchinson), because old-timers Mark "Luke Skywalker" Hamill, Carrie "Princess Leia" Fisher, and Harrison "Han Solo" Ford appear set to reprise their roles in the upcoming JJ Abrams-directed seventh episode of the Star Wars film franchise. -- Ars Technica.

Advice from an Apple Tech: Three common Mac fixes

Advice from an Apple Tech: Three common Mac fixes

Between October of 2012 and February of 2013, I was part of the University of California Berkeley's tech repair window staff. Over the course of more than 200 repairs for the wearied and panicked tides that crashed the tech shop window, I figured that there were three incredibly common Mac problems that you can easily fix yourself or at least limit the damage. -- Macworld.

Andy Ihnatko: Customize and collaborate: Why I switched from iPhone to Android, Part 2

Andy Ihnatko: Customize and collaborate: Why I switched from iPhone to Android, Part 2

What drove me to switch to Android and the Samsung Galaxy S III after five happy years with iPhones? I covered two of the reasons in Part One and I'll spill the other two major reasons here in Part Two.

To recap: I'm avoiding the nitpicky little details of iOS versus Android. Instead, I'm focusing on the four broad signature elements of Android 4.1 that I found so enticing and useful over weeks of testing that making the move seemed like a no-brainer. -- Macworld.

How to control the volume in iOS

How to control the volume in iOS

Most of the time, you hit a volume button on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and it does what you expect, whether it's turning up your reminder alarms or turning down your music. And then there are the other times. -- Macworld.

Wall Street's Nuts, Here's Proof Apple's Innovating As Fast As It Ever Has

Wall Street's Nuts, Here's Proof Apple's Innovating As Fast As It Ever Has

Wall Street has spent most of the last six months hyperventilating about the future of Apple, chomping at their fingernails and openly wondering if Apple is taking too long to innovate in the post-Jobs era.

Over at the Apple Gazette, Robin Parrish has put together a simple graphic, showing Apple's historic product pillars. Essentially, if you add it all up, the average time between major product pillars for Apple is three years and ten months.

The graphic leaves a lot of stuff out, like operating system updates, new software, new features, new additions to iTunes, etc. But basically, we're still about a year away from a major new Apple product announcement… a totally new hardware pillar for the business, not just an iterative refinement or minor product.

Looking at Apple's historic product pipeline in this kind of streamlined way makes it pretty clear that Apple's innovating just as fast as it ever did, if not faster. Also, a major new Apple pillar is due in the next year and a half.

Apple Patent Suggests You May One Day Be Able To Resell Your 'Used' iTunes Purchases

Apple Patent Suggests You May One Day Be Able To Resell Your 'Used' iTunes Purchases

A new Apple patent application purchased by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office details a new system that may one day allow you to sell or lend on your "used" digital goods, such as iTunes purchases and software you've downloaded from the App Store. -- Cult of Mac.

iPhone: Tips on the Recent Calls List

iPhone: Tips on the Recent Calls List

There are some great options available right from your iPhone's recent calls list, like adding the number that called to your contacts or your favorites. But there are a couple of things you may not have known that you can do with your recent calls. Things that may make life easier. Things that may save the world! OK, not that. But they're fun and handy to know anyhow. -- The Mac Observer.

Mac Hacks: Change your default Notification Center sound

Mac Hacks: Change your default Notification Center sound

It's bad enough that a billion iOS devices all start chiming at me whenever I receive a notification. The OS X notification center plays that awful sound -- Basso, whenever my reminders trigger.

Not sure what that sounds like? Open System Preferences > Sound > Sound Effects and click on it to hear. I hate it.

So I decided to override it. These steps aren't for everyone. You'll need to feel comfortable at the command line for one thing. So caveat hackteur -- TUAW.

Apple Updates Keynote, Numbers and Pages for iOS with Bug Fixes

Apple Updates Keynote, Numbers and Pages for iOS with Bug Fixes

Apple has released minor updates for its suite of iWork apps for the iPhone and the iPad. The iOS versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote have all been updated with minor stability improvements and bug fixes.

Apple Reveals Advances in Facial Recognition Software

Apple Reveals Advances in Facial Recognition Software

On March 7, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published ten original patent applications from Apple. In this report we focus on Apple's invention that generally relates to advancing facial recognition and detection technology in an application such as iPhoto and/or Aperture. We close out our report with links to a number of other Apple inventions that were published today covering "Managing Access to Digital Content Items," a new "Charge Recycling System," and more. -- Patently Apple.

Joining CD tracks, quickly adding items to playlists, and iTunes device limits

Joining CD tracks, quickly adding items to playlists, and iTunes device limits

Looking for the way to join tracks when you rip CDs with iTunes 11? Need to know how to get tracks into playlists quickly? What about iTunes Store device limits and gifting apps? All this and more in this week's column. -- Macworld.

How to Record a Skype Call

How to Record a Skype Call

Recording the audio from Skype should be easy, but there are couple of hoops to jump through if you want to achieve a professional, multi-track recording. In this screencast, we'll walk you through the process step by step so you can get set up with Skype recording on your Mac. -- Mactuts+.

Harvard prof: Companies should embrace hackers' innovation, not treat them as outlaws

Harvard prof: Companies should embrace hackers' innovation, not treat them as outlaws

This "age of information" we're living in is also the age of innovation, a Harvard Business School professor argued during a presentation in Milwaukee on Thursday.

Baldwin traced the evolution of business ecosystems within technology from IBM in the 1960s to today's battle between Apple Inc. and Google Inc. to the next stage: the mass of technologically savvy young people whom some would call "hackers," but whom Baldwin said major tech companies should extend a hand to. -- Memphis Business Journal.

Andy Ihnatko Pros and cons: Why I switched from iPhone to Android, Part 3

Pros and cons: Why I switched from iPhone to Android, Part 3

For me, switching phones didn't involve a dramatic moment of decision. It was a gradual process. I carried both the Samsung Galaxy S III and my iPhone 4S around every day for a couple of months and I kept both of them synced with the same apps and data. Any time I needed a screen in my hand, I could pull out whichever device I wanted.

It wasn't long before I noticed that I was almost always choosing the Samsung. Usually, I went for the iPhone when I needed a piece of data that could only easily sync between Apple devices: things like Reminders, and documents stored in iCloud. I switched those services over to platform-agnostic alternatives, which arguably is something I should have done even if I'd stuck with iOS.

After that, I'd only pull out my iPhone for one reason: to take a photo. The iPhone continues to kick the butts of all challengers as a camera. -- TechHive.

March 07 'Thursday's News

 

Apple's digital content resale and loan system could allow DRM transfers between end users

Apple's digital content resale and loan system could allow DRM transfers between end users

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published details of an exhaustive Apple invention covering the resale and loan of owned digital content like e-books, music and movies, possibly portending an upcoming addition to iTunes. -- AppleInsider.

Understanding iOS passcode security

Understanding iOS passcode security

Ah, the eternal question: Should you protect your iOS device with a passcode? On one hand, the knowledge that your data is presumably safe from prying eyes makes carrying around your phone and tablet less worrying; on the other, having to tap in a code every time you want to check your email or make a phone call can quickly become annoying. -- .

The Kids' Furniture At The Apple Store Has A Disgusting Little Secret

The Kids' Furniture At The Apple Store Has A Disgusting Little Secret

You know those black balls in the kid's section of the Apple Store? Yeah, you probably shouldn't sit on them: underneath the fabric exterior, they are essentially gigantic sponges soaked with the pee of a thousand children with such weak bladder control that they just hose off when they get excited, even in the Apple Store.

Don't believe me? Here's a picture of one black ball Apple was getting rid of after a bunch of kids had whizzed all over it. As the former Apple employee and Redditor who posted it says: "Just one of the nasty little "ewwws" lurking in arguable the coolest retail environments around." -- Cult of Mac.

Use a voice recording as iPhone ringtone

Use a voice recording as iPhone ringtone

Let's face it: ringtones are boring. And annoying. How many times do you want to hear the refrain from your favorite song when someone calls? And do you realize how annoying it is to others to hear a blasting bit of the latest Lady Gaga song.

On the other hand, using a default iPhone ringtone means that, if you're in a crowded area, lots of people will check their phones, thinking that they're getting a call, since they use the same ringtone.

If you want a change, you can use a voice recording as your ringtone. OS X Daily recently published a tip explaining how to do this. You record a voice memo, sync it to your Mac, change the extension, then sync it back.

This said, think twice about whether you really want to do this. Because a voice recording could be more annoying than music, to others.

Latest OS X 10.8.3 Beta Adds NVIDIA Quadro K5000 Graphics Card Drivers

Latest OS X 10.8.3 Beta Adds NVIDIA Quadro K5000 Graphics Card Drivers

As noted in our forums, Apple's latest OS X 10.8.3 beta seeded to developers as build 12D76 yesterday contains new drivers for NVIDIA's high-end Quadro K5000 graphics card. NVIDIA announced the Quadro K5000 for the Mac Pro last September, but has yet to actually release the product. -- Mac Rumors.

Apple Invents a Speaker System with Sound Radiating Surface

Apple Invents a Speaker System with Sound Radiating Surface

On March 07, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published ten original patent applications from Apple. In this report we focus on Apple's invention regarding a new speaker system that integrates a sound radiating surface. We covered Apple's original work on this sound system back in 2012 in our report titled "Apple Reinvents Speakerphone System for iOS Devices." -- Patently Apple.

Chinese Physicists Measure Speed of 'Spooky Action At a Distance'

Chinese Physicists Measure Speed of 'Spooky Action At a Distance'

Einstein railed against the possibility of spooky action at a distance because it violates relativity. Now Chinese physicists have clocked it travelling more than four orders of magnitude faster than light. -- MIT Technology Review.

Think You Know Everything About Photo And Image Management? Do You Know Ingestamatic?

Think You Know Everything About Photo And Image Management? Do You Know Ingestamatic?

It's entirely possible that an old Mac dawg can learn a few tricks. What I've learned about Mac apps is that a little patience is necessary to find the true value of a new app. We know what we know, and often what's new is different, and therefore, doesn't fit what we know so we avoid using what's new.

Let me offer photo and image management apps as a perfect example. I've tried everything from Adobe Bridge to an intricate nested folder method to manage tens of thousands of photos and images. Yes, most do the job, but there's no love lost when something goes wrong.

On the other side of the fence is Ingestamatic, a Mac app published by Marc Rochkind which is designed to manage multitudes of photos in ways iPhoto and Aperture and Lightroom simply cannot. If iPhoto is OK for you, read no further. I thought I'd used all the good ones until I tried Ingestamatic. -- McSolo.

Schools Shift From Textbooks To Tablets

Schools Shift From Textbooks To Tablets

Welcome to the new digital bookcase, where traditional ink-and-paper textbooks have given way to iPads and book bags are getting lighter. Publishers update students' books almost instantly with the latest events or research. Schools are increasingly looking to the hand-held tablets as a way to sustain students' interest, reward their achievements and, in some cases, actually keep per-student costs down. -- Associated Press.

March 06 'Wednesday's News

 

Apple's $1,099 education-only iMac is cheaper, and for good reason

Apple's $1,099 education-only iMac is cheaper, and for good reason

In an update to its traditional special priced Mac offerings targeted at educational institutions, Apple is now offering the newly redesigned 21.5-inch iMac with a 3.3GHz dual-core Intel i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB HDD for $1,099. -- Ars Technica.

New iMac orders now ship within 24 hours from Apple's North American stores

New iMac orders now ship within 24 hours from Apple's North American stores

Both the 21.5- and 27-inch version of the newly redesigned iMac now ship within one day from Apple's online stores in the U.S. and Canada. All default configurations of the iMac are now advertised to ship within 24 hours. The improvement comes only three days after shipping times were shortened to one-to-three days. -- AppleInsider.

North Pole may be open enough for reinforced shipping by mid-century

North Pole may be open enough for reinforced shipping by mid-century

With Arctic sea ice reaching record lows, people have begun to explore routes through Canada's Northwest Passage and the Northern Sea Route above the coast of Russia. These routes have the potential to significantly shorten transit times between Asia and both Europe and North America, reducing shipping costs and fostering international trade. -- Ars Technica.

Lync 2013 is everything that Skype should be. Why do they both exist?

Lync 2013 is everything that Skype should be. Why do they both exist?

With Microsoft working hard to fold the venerable MSN Messenger network and client into Skype, Microsoft is left with two messaging products: Skype and Lync. The future of these apps is integration and interconnection. That's not today's reality, however. -- Ars Technica.

Apple seeds thirteenth OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.3 beta to developers and employees indicating final version

Apple seeds thirteenth OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.3 beta to developers and employees indicating final version

Apple on Tuesday released the thirteenth beta of OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.3 to developers and its employees, indicating that the public release will arrive soon. MacRumors reports that the new build, labelled 12D76, has no listed changes, is thought to have been seeded to Apple employees as well as developers, which suggests that the new beta iteration is the final version of the update.

Use Wi-Fi And Bluetooth On Your iPad Or iPhone While Airplane Mode Is Enabled

Use Wi-Fi And Bluetooth On Your iPad Or iPhone While Airplane Mode Is Enabled

So, there you are, sitting on the airplane, with your iPad on Airplane Mode. But you're also on one of those newfangled jets that actually offers internet via Wi-Fi. What's a jet-setting iOS user to do? Why, turn on Wi-Fi while still remaining in FAA-compliant Airplane Mode, of course. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple Columnist Andy Ihnatko Abandons Ship For Android

Apple Columnist Andy Ihnatko Abandons Ship For Android

If you're an Apple fanboy that reads a lot of tech websites, you may have come across the name Andy Ihnatko before. Andy's been a hardcore Apple fanboy for years. He's got a column at the Chicago Sun Times and Macworld, and he's on a popular Apple podcast almost weekly.

Sadly, Andy's decided that his love for the iPhone 4S has died. He's switched to Android. The two of them are happy. But Andy wants you to know why he's switched to Android, so he's published a monster story to give you all the details.

Over at TechHive, Ihnatko just posted part 1 of a 3 part series on why the iPhone is no longer good enough for him. The first part weighs in at over 2,000 words, but to sum it up for you, Ihnatko likes the keyboard, text-to-speech, and bigger screen of the Samsung Galaxy S3 over the iPhone 4S.

How to clean printers in OS X

How to clean printers in OS X

Without regular use, you'll find that sooner or later you will need to run your printer through a cleaning routine to get rid of smears, stripes, or other artifacts that can sometimes greatly affect the quality of your print jobs. Most printers contain some sort of head-cleaning routine that can help you do this, and while invoking these options can often be done via onboard printer controls, the ability to do so in OS X has been somewhat diminished.

While in the past some printer manufacturers issued drivers and utilities that contained controls for running cleaning routines, many now rely on Apple's CUPS and Gutenprint drivers for support in OS X, which largely do not contain options for invoking cleaning tools.

Even though it is not available in Apple's standard interfaces for printer management, if you would like to clean your printer then you may be able to do so using an alternative interface. -- MacFixIt.

How to refresh the Launchpad in OS X

How to refresh the Launchpad in OS X

One of the newer features in OS X is the Launchpad interface, which offers an iOS-like approach to application management in which programs are organized in a full-screen grid. While this interface should show the applications you have installed, sometimes you may find it missing a few that you need. -- MacFixIt.

Apple wins US patent on pressure-sensitive device housing

Apple wins US patent on pressure-sensitive device housing

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued Apple a patent for system in which a device can be controlled through the measurement and translation of deflection or stress a user applies to a device housing. -- AppleInsider.

When you finally move to Mountain Lion

When you finally move to Mountain Lion

A bit late to the party but I recently moved one of my Macs that remained on Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion so the experience is fresh in my mind. The few things that popped out at me soon after I restarted with my freshly installed version of the Mac OS include... -- Macworld.

How to Prevent Accidental Spending on In-App Purchases on Your iPhone

How to Prevent Accidental Spending on In-App Purchases on Your iPhone

If the recent news about the 5-year-old who managed to spend $2,500 in 15 minutes on in-app purchases on an iPad has you a little concerned: don't worry, in-app purchases are incredibly easy to turn off so no one can accidentally spend money when you don't want them to.

Turning off in-app purchases is simple:

  1. Head into Settings > General > Restrictions, and hit "Enable Restrictions.
  2. Enter your passcode and scroll down to "Allowed Content."
  3. Toggle "In-App Purchases" to "off."

If you want, you can also change the password requirement to "immediately" so that when you hand your phone over no purchases happen accidentally. Disabling in-app purchases at least gets rid of the most annoying (and easy to miss) purchases. Android users don't always have this option, but the few apps that do have in-app purchases should require you to enter your password to pay for them. -- LifeHacker.

How I ended up with Mac

How I ended up with Mac

While reading Dave Winer's Why Windows Lost to Mac post, I noticed many parallels with my own experience with Linux and the Mac. I will borrow the timeline from Dave's post. -- Miguel de Icaza.

March 05 'Tuesday's News

 

Apple and Oracle issue patches for yet another Java zero-day exploit

Apple and Oracle issue patches for yet another Java zero-day exploit

Apple on Monday released an updated version of Java 6 to plug a hole that can lead to malicious software being installed on an affected user's Mac. -- AppleInsider.

Apple's pressure-sensitive 'squeezable' device housing could control future iPhones and accessories

Apple's pressure-sensitive 'squeezable' device housing could control future iPhones and accessories

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued Apple a patent for system in which a device can be controlled through the measurement and translation of deflection or stress a user applies to a device housing. -- AppleInsider.

Trigger word: E-mail monitoring gets easy in Office 365, Exchange

Trigger word: E-mail monitoring gets easy in Office 365, Exchange

Exchange 2013 and Office 365 (O365) include a new feature that can peek into e-mail messages and enclosed documents and then flag them, forward them, or block them entirely based on what it finds. This sort of data loss prevention technology has become increasingly common in corporate mail systems, but its inclusion as a feature in Office 365's cloud service makes it a lot more accessible to organizations that haven't had the budget or expertise to monitor the e-mail lives of their employees. -- Ars Technica.

Seagate to Cease Production of 7200rpm Mobile Hard Drives This Year

Seagate to Cease Production of 7200rpm Mobile Hard Drives This Year.

Seagate Technology, one of the world's largest manufacturers of hard disk drives, plans to cease production of mobile hard drives with 7200rpm spindle speed late this year as the mainstream market demand will shift to different products, such as solid-state hybrid drives (SSHDs). The company will continue to offer 5400rpm HDDs for value notebooks. -- X-bit-labs.

Apple's Lightning-to-HDMI adapter can't mirror the iPad mini's display at 1080p

Apple's Lightning-to-HDMI adapter can't mirror the iPad mini's display at 1080p

Apple's Lightning-to-HDMI adapter and the product page for the iPad mini claims that the device is able to output 1080p images to televisions. But that may not be strictly true, according to some research from developers over at Panic. They've discovered two separate-but-related issues with the claim: first, the Lightning version of the adapter only supports an output resolution of 1600×900 from the iPad mini, not 1920×1080 as advertised. The second is that the output is full of visual artifacts consistent with signals that have been compressed and sent to a TV though Apple's AirPlay feature. -- Ars Technica.

Google offers searchable map of all white space spectrum in the US

Google offers searchable map of all white space spectrum in the US

If and when White Spaces networks become a major success story, it will be a very well-organized one. Internet-capable devices will get online by accessing the empty airwaves in unused TV channels, and they'll avoid interference with actual broadcasts by connecting to databases that keep track of all available spectrum.

Google today began a public test of a White Spaces database to help make this a reality. Google isn't the first to operate one of these databases, but it's done so with a very Google-like approach. In addition to letting white space devices identify available spectrum, Google unveiled a browser-based tool that lets anybody find out what spectrum is available nearby. -- Ars Technica.

When applications consume too much RAM

When applications consume too much RAM

In some cases, the misbehaving application will appear in red, followed by the words "Not Responding." This strongly hints that this application has gone on a RAM binge and has consumed so much of the stuff that it can no longer move. One way to tell if that's the problem application is to force quit a different application. If the once-red application starts responding again, it tells you it's now happy because it has more RAM to chew on. -- Macworld.

Four ways to get things done with Siri

Four ways to get things done with Siri

You can have a lot of fun with Siri, the artificially intelligent, voice recognition-based assistant built into newer iPhones and iPads. But fun though Siri may be, it turns out the little voice inside your iOS device can also help you become increasingly productive. From reminding you to perform a task, to sending meeting invitations, to keeping track of book recommendations--Siri proves to be surprisingly helpful for taking care of everyday things. Here's an assortment of tasks to get done with Siri. -- Macworld.

Use Your iPhone Flash For Visible, LED-Powered Notification Alerts

Use Your iPhone Flash For Visible, LED-Powered Notification Alerts

If you've read these tips for any length of time, you'll know that there are plenty of settings on your iPhone that were designed first and foremost for people with various disabilities, but that can be extremely useful for those of us who don't have a specific disability, as well.

Flash-powered alerts are one of these features; for those with hearing impairments, using the iPhone's flash to let them know when a notification alert has happened is critical, as they may not be able to hear an audible alert, nor the telltale buzz sound the iPhone makes when set on a flat surface.

If you want to use this same notification feature yourself, perhaps when having an audible alert, vibration or otherwise, isn't viable, here's what to do. -- Cult of Mac.

Save Your Custom Print Settings

Save Your Custom Print Settings

If you routinely need to use the same settings when printing documents from your Mac it quickly becomes a pain to make those changes every time. Turns out OS X has had a feature to save your custom print settings for a long time, and it's hiding in plain sight. -- The Mac Observer.

Project Amy Allows Users to Send App.net Private Messages via Messages for OS X

Project Amy Allows Users to Send App.net Private Messages via Messages for OS X

Steve Streza of Pocket (via MacStories) participated in App.net's hackathon over the weekend, producing Project Amy, which offers a way to integrate App.net private messages with Apple's Messages app for the Mac.

Project Amy uses both App.net's private messaging API that was introduced in December and Apple's IMServicePlugin.framework to add App.net as an account in Messages. It shows up as an account type option after being installed, much like other services AIM and Google Talk.

How to extract Preview's signatures for use in other applications

How to extract Preview's signatures for use in other applications

Apple's Preview program in OS X is great for capturing signatures, but by default these can only be used with Preview; however, there is a workaround to extract and them for use elsewhere. -- MacFixIt.

The 12-Digit Number the Tech Industry Needs to Watch

The 12-Digit Number the Tech Industry Needs to Watch

Apple's ridiculously large pile of cash is begging to be put to a use other than getting Wall Street off the company's back. No company is in a better position to reshape electronics and Internet media than Apple--but not necessarily because of its design genius or engineering prowess. It's because of Apple's wallet. -- MIT Technology Review.

Military Malware May Have Killed the iPhone Jailbreak

Military Malware May Have Killed the iPhone Jailbreak

Malware developers will pay large sums for the bugs needed to loosen Apple's software restrictions. Since the debut of the first iPhone, Apple has played a cat-and-mouse game with hackers who want to install "unofficial" software onto their locked-down devices. That game may be about to end thanks to the booming business in state-backed malware. -- MIT Technology Review.

Global Email Patterns Reveal 'Clash of Civilizations'

Global Email Patterns Reveal 'Clash of Civilizations'

The global pattern of email communication reflects the cultural fault lines thought to determine future conflict, say computational social scientists. -- MIT Technology Review.

A Streaming Player for the Digital Media Enthusiast

A Streaming Player for the Digital Media Enthusiast

As Western Digital expands its effort to link your devices and the content stored on them, it has set its sights on the gadget that dominates the living room: the TV. With its WD TV Play streaming media player, Western Digital is focusing on streaming content already stored on a computer or external drive. WD TV Play, which costs $70, has a long list of video formats that it can stream to a TV in 1080p resolution, either by USB port for external storage drives or wirelessly with DLNA-compatible devices. -- New York Times.

Time Machine Backup to Multiple Hard Drives in Mountain Lion

Time Machine Backup to Multiple Hard Drives in Mountain Lion

I'm a bit of a backup fanatic when it comes to my data. I believe in having multiple backups and have them in multiple locations. I backup my work computer (MacBook Pro 15″ Retina Display) to a Time Capsule in my studio. I also back it up off site using CrashPlan.com. That's not enough! I carry a bootable backup on an external drive that I created with SuperDuper! Yet that's still not enough. While the bootable backup solves the problem of allowing me to bootup my Mac or another Mac in case of a failure right before a presentation. I don't update it as often as I should. Time Machine is great because it's automatic and once you set it up your really don't have to think about it. However, when I'm on the road for weeks at a time Time Machine is not doing a full regular backup since it can't connect to my Time Capsule back at the studio. -- MacNews Blog.

How To Save an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad by Entering DFU Mode

How To Save an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad by Entering DFU Mode

So, your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is acting really weird. It's constantly rebooting. It isn't being recognized by iTunes. Or just any sort of weird issue that seems outside the realm of normal troubleshooting. It just feels like this is the end, time to go to the Genius Bar if your phone is still under warranty or just panic otherwise? Not necessarily. There's still one way to rescue it. It's called DFU mode, and it can be used to restore your device. -- 148Apps.

FaceTime: The ultimate guide

FaceTime: The ultimate guide

Everything you need to know about setting up and using FaceTime video calling on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Mac.

FaceTime is Apple's video chat service. It allows anyone with a recent iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac to make free calls to any other Apple user over Wi-Fi or cellular connection. On the iPhone, FaceTime is bundled into the Phone app. On the iPod touch, iPad, and Mac, FaceTime is a separate app. On all devices, FaceTime can connect to any Apple-registered iPhone phone number or email address. That makes it perfect for keeping in touch with family who lives far away, with the kids while traveling, with business partners at distant offices, or even with that special someone while shopping for the perfect gift. -- iMore.

I jailbroke my iPhone once. It was terrible

I jailbroke my iPhone once. It was terrible

A few weeks ago, when the evasi0n (can we stop using stupid l33t$p34k yet?) jailbreak came around, I decided that I'd finally try to find what all the hype was about when it came to jailbreaking iPhones. I went through the quick, painless process and a few minutes later found the Cydia app on my phone. I browsed, I downloaded, I used apps…and I was utterly unimpressed. It was then that I realized that, while the jailbreaking community might be the source of many great ideas, it's far from being the right answer for most users. -- The Next Web.

March 04 'Monday's News

 

Computer Security: Protecting Your Smartphone

Computer Security: Protecting Your Smartphone

We've come to depend on our smartphones so heavily that it is hard to remember what we did before we had them. If you have a smartphone, you now carry a fully functional computer in your pocket or purse. That's a tremendous amount of information at your fingertips! Therefore, it is paramount that you safeguard the smartphone. Like your computer, some of the same preventive actions apply: keep the operating system updated; password-protect your phone; think before you click, download, forward or open; securely dispose of your phone when you move to a new phone.

With the constant changes and upgrades in the smartphone market, many are upgrading their devices on a regular basis. It is important that you wipe the information from your smartphone before disposal. Additionally, make sure any SD cards are removed and erased. If you are not redeploying the SIM card to another device, then make sure your personal information stored on the SIM card is erased or destroyed. The University of Northern Colorado has good recommendations for securing mobile devices. -- OIT Weekly.

Arkansas State's 'iPad Initiative' will require all incoming students to have Apple's tablet

Arkansas State's 'iPad Initiative' will require all incoming students to have Apple's tablet

Just two years ago, Arkansas State University first began to experiment with the iPad in the classroom. Now this fall, in a major shift for the school and a boon for Apple's tablet, all incoming students will be required to have one. -- AppleInsider.

New Technology Monitors Home from Phone

New Technology Monitors Home from Phone

Every day Larry Schweber can see his 8-year-old daughter come home from school, even while he's at work. He gets a text message with a video clip every time someone walks through the front door of his home in Georgia's Ansley Park neighborhood.

The thermostats on the first floor of that home start to rise automatically at 5:30 a.m. every day and then lower the temperature at 8:30 a.m., once everyone has left the house. The thermostats adjust again when Lily Schweber comes home after school and at night they rise to warm the bedrooms upstairs while the family is sleeping.

Welcome to the "connected home," the new way of managing your home's security system, lights, temperature and entertainment systems. By using an app on a smartphone or tablet, consumers now can turn lights on and off, let in a delivery person or see whether their kids are doing their homework -- from anywhere in the world. -- Rismedia.

When Safari bookmarks fail to sync

When Safari bookmarks fail to sync

One of the best benefits of using iCloud is Safari syncing because it syncs all of your Safari bookmarks across all your Mac and iOS devices. As if that wasn't enough, if you're running Mountain Lion and iOS 6, each synced device can view and open Safari tabs from any other device.

For me, the only downside of this feature is that it doesn't always work. I've especially had problems getting my MacBook Pro (13-inch Retina display) to sync with changes I make on my Mac Pro. I am not alone. If you search Apple Support Communities, you find at least a half-dozen threads describing the same general issue.

If this happens to you, my first recommendation is to quit and relaunch Safari. If that has no effect, log into your iCloud account (at www.icloud.com) from Safari. Doing so may jog iCloud into taking the appropriate syncing action. If there is still no success, restart your Mac.

Assuming you've tried and failed with those routine fixes, here's a remedy that's pretty much guaranteed to work... -- Macworld.

What to do when you can't print

What to do when you can't print

You click Print, and then wait a moment. Nothing happens. Your attempt has clearly failed. A brief check confirms that the problem is not limited to one document or one app. You can't print anything. Now what?

The number of causes and fixes for print failures runs wide and deep across the Mac troubleshooting landscape. Here's a checklist of the more common solutions. -- Macworld.

Introducing OS X Lion-O, Apple's Next Mac Operating System

Introducing OS X Lion-O, Apple's Next Mac Operating System

Apple has a long history of naming its new versions of the OS X operating system after successively larger cats, but after eleven years of this, Cupertino's got a problem on their hands: they've pretty much run out of big Earth cats.

Far beyond the Oort cloud, however, there are even bigger and more ferocious cats on the loose. Feel the magic and hear the roar of OS X Lion-O, Third Earth's most popular operating system. -- Cult of Mac.

Tips for increasing the longevity of your Mac

Tips for increasing the longevity of your Mac

Regardless of whether you purchase it new, refurbished, or used, your Mac is likely a sizable investment that you might wish to keep running for as long as possible, not only because of the cost factor but also because of the time and effort it would take to migrate your data and workflow to a new system (even though Apple has made the latter quite easy if you have proper backups).

There are many ways your Mac can get damaged, become outdated, or otherwise experience greater wear and tear from use that can shorten its lifespan. In most cases these will only have a little (if any) effect on the system but may help keep the system running longer and without problems or capacity limitations. -- MacFixIt.

Apple Remote Desktop 3.3: Installing in OS X Lion or Mountain Lion

Apple Remote Desktop 3.3: Installing in OS X Lion or Mountain Lion

The Apple Remote Desktop 3.3 installer may report that it requires Mac OS X v10.6. Follow these steps to install Apple Remote Desktop and update it to a version compatible with Lion or Mountain Lion. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.

Macs dig in as standard business PCs

Macs dig in as standard business PCs

In the last year, I've witnessed a sea change in Macs' acceptance in business. To be sure, Macs have been the standard PCs for designers, layout artists, and the like since the mid-1980s, and Silicon Valley developers adopted the Mac as the preferred dev platform years ago (because it runs Unix, Linux, and Windows, too). MacBook Airs became senior execs' preferred status-symbol PCs a couple years ago as well. -- InfoWorld.

The Top 10 Schools In The World For App Developer's

The Top 10 Schools In The World For App Developer's

Majoring in Computer Science is a good way to jump start a career in the app developing business. Attending one of the top universities in the world will certainly help secure a great job with companies that develop some of the hottest apps around. We combed through U.S. News 2012 Best Computer Science schools in the world and came up with this top 10 list. [Spoiler alter! UT did not make the list.] -- Business Insider.

Stream Music from iPhone & iPod to a Computer or Apple TV with AirPlay

Stream Music from iPhone & iPod to a Computer or Apple TV with AirPlay

Ever had a song or album kept on an iPhone, iPod, or iPad, and wished you could play it on through the speakers of a Mac, Windows PC, or even a surround sound system on an Apple TV or XBMC media center? Whether it's at your own house or at a friends, instead of copying the music over to a computer (which may not be allowed because of DRM anyway), you can just use AirPlay to stream the audio directly from the iOS device to any of the aforementioned computers, you just need to set them up as an AirPlay receiver. -- OS X Daily.

How to Undock & Split Your iPad Keyboard

How to Undock & Split Your iPad Keyboard

For iPad, iOS 5 introduced the Undock and the Split keyboard layouts. The Split Keyboard feature is certainly a welcome one to the multitude of thumb-typists. It's finally possible to type with just the thumbs on an iPad -- particularly in landscape mode -- without unsightly gesticulations and painful injuries due to thumb hyperextension. This is because, along with being able to position the keyboard anywhere on screen (known as Undocking), the iPad keyboard can be split in half. This allows both thumbs to collaborate happily and to access all of the keys comfortably. -- The Mac Observer.

How To Turn Your iPhone Into An AirPlay Audio Receiver

How To Turn Your iPhone Into An AirPlay Audio Receiver

AirPlay, as anybody using it will probably vouch, isn't a perfectly refined product, but it is something most iOS and OS X users are grateful to have as a streaming option. Unfortunately, like so many of Apple's software offerings, it has its fair share of limitations, many of which could be perceived as somewhat unnecessary. As the jailbreak scene does so often, a method to circumvent one of these restrictions has been created, and will turn your jailbroken iOS device into an AirPlay audio receiver. -- Redmond Pie.

Is our children learning? The Apple effect

Is our children learning? The Apple effect

How children are educated, enabled and empowered to understand what's around helps determine the future of any nation. Investment in education is investment in the seeds of future prosperity, and technology is playing an active part in this, with Apple [AAPL] solutions leading the way. -- Computerworld.

March 01 'Friday's News

 

Apple's versatile magnetic stand concept could securely hold an iPad upside down

Apple's versatile magnetic stand concept could securely hold an iPad upside down

Apple has shown interest in building a magnetic iPad stand that would allow the device to be securely mounted in any fashion, including upside down in a moving car. -- AppleInsider.

Apple's iPad integrated with self-driving car, handles navigation and UI duties

Apple's iPad integrated with self-driving car, handles navigation and UI duties

Researchers at Oxford University have developed robotic technology allowing drivers to hand control of the wheel to an unlikely chauffeur, Apple's iPad. -- AppleInsider.

Exchange and SharePoint 2013 ready for cloud--yours or Microsoft's

Exchange and SharePoint 2013 ready for cloud--yours or Microsoft's

Today, Microsoft flips the switch on the latest generation of its Office 365 Enterprise hosted collaboration service. At the same time, Microsoft will release for purchase the software products that make up Office 365--Office 2013 Professional, Exchange 2013, SharePoint 2013, and Lync 2013. -- Ars Technica.

Two Ways To Try And Recover Replaced Images On Your Mac

Two Ways To Try And Recover Replaced Images On Your Mac

I was trying to move my photos from my Mac to an external drive and during the transfer it kept asking me if I wanted to cancel or replace the image because that image was already there. I didn't want to stop the process so I kept saying cancel. Afterwards, I realized that I was probably replacing images with the same number (e.g., img. 18) but that the images were probably different because, for example, I had simply reused sd cards from my camera and created a whole new set of images. Does this make sense? If I did indeed do that, are those images gone forever? -- Cult of Mac.

Contacts: Adding Fields & Changing the Card Template

Contacts: Adding Fields & Changing the Card Template

Sometimes you need to add special information into your Contacts program, such as a person's job title, his spouse's name, or his anniversary date. You can put that kind of stuff into the notes, sure, but you can also add new fields into your cards as you need them (and even customize them!). After all, nothing says "totally NOT creepy" quite like remembering every little detail about the people around you, right? On that note, we're going to be sending your niece a birthday card this coming Tuesday. -- The Mac Observer.

Add info after phone numbers in Contacts

Add info after phone numbers in Contacts

Placing a comma after a phone number in Contacts allows you to add useful information. Without the comma, any information after the number will prevent it from auto-dialing on the iPhone, not recognizing it as a phone number.

Before smart phones I often found it useful to add additional information after a phone number in a contacts database, such as an extension number (x123), person's name or initial (John or J), function (billing), etc. The template in Contacts does not have a field for Extension which would allow for this. In addition, with the iPhone, the number itself will not even assume the proper format (area code in brackets, 3 numbers, dash, 4 numbers) if there is any additional information after the number, and therefore you won't be able to dial the number.

Putting a comma after any phone number (read as a one-second pause, as with modems) allows for any such qualifying information to be added. For me this is much easier than creating hundreds of custom fields for phone numbers. -- Mac OS X Hints.

Apple Seeds Build 12D74 of OS X Beta 10.8.3 to Developers

Apple Seeds Build 12D74 of OS X Beta 10.8.3 to Developers

Apple today seeded build 12D74 of OS X Mountain Lion to developers, marking the twelfth beta iteration of the newest version of Mountain Lion. 10.8.3 was first seeded to developers in November of 2012. Build 12D74 comes two weeks after build 12D68 and features no listed changes. -- Mac Rumors.

Silent email filtering makes iCloud an unreliable option

Silent email filtering makes iCloud an unreliable option

These days, so much important communication is conducted by email that we expect it to be rock solid. So when emails don't arrive--or even worse, we don't know that they didn't arrive--it can be worrisome.

Last November, our friends at Infoworld reported that Apple's iCloud email system silently blocks emails containing certain phrases. And that hasn't changed in the intervening months, as Macworld UK reports. -- Macworld.

Set Relationships to Contacts with Siri to Improve Natural Language Commands

Set Relationships to Contacts with Siri to Improve Natural Language Commands

Defining important relationships to some of your contacts is a great way to improve Siri's comprehension, and also to expand the personal assistants general usefulness. Take the time to set some relationships, because other than making things more practical, it allows you to greatly simplify many commands by letting you skip names entirely and just use natural relationship dialog when interacting with Siri. How many of us would naturally say your mother or fathers full name when discussing them in some context? Most just say "mom" or "dad", and that's exactly the type of natural language that works with Siri once a contact relationship has been set. -- OS X Daily.

Apple's Obsession With Simplicity Can Really Complicate Things

Apple's Obsession With Simplicity Can Really Complicate Things

Much has been said about Apple's elegant, award-winning looks and its extremely user-friendly interfaces. Other features and functions, however, that might be high on the list of growing families with equally growing data storage and streaming needs, may be sacrificed at the altar of simplicity. Other tech companies are starting to satisfy those needs, so Apple may have to adapt. -- MacNewsWorld.