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July 25 Friday's News

 

Apple concept would automatically enable iOS 'Do Not Disturb' mode during exercise

Apple concept would automatically enable iOS 'Do Not Disturb' mode during exercise

Apple is interested in dynamically adjusting iOS notifications based on a user's physical activity, such as silencing an iPhone or perhaps even a mythical "iWatch" when the user is exercising, or bugging them to get moving after an extended period of inactivity. -- AppleInsider.

IBM began mass adoption of iOS prior to its exclusive partnership with Apple, Inc.

When Apple and IBM announced plans to codevelop new iOS apps and jointly sell and support iPhones and iPad to enterprise customers, the news was greeted as if it were a new experiment. However, the deal is actually an extension of IBM's mobile strategy that has included massive deployments of iOS devices and native apps. -- AppleInsider.

EU regulators to Google: "Right to forget" needs to go worldwide

EU regulators to Google:

In May, the European Union's highest court ordered Google to grant EU citizens a "right to be forgotten" that would allow them to remove "inadequate" or "irrelevant" links. Google complied, providing a new form that was used thousands of times--mostly by those seeking to erase links related to accusations of fraud and other serious crimes.

But Google only removed links on its European sites, like google.co.uk. Users in Europe, or anywhere else, can still get "full" search results by visiting the US version of the site at google.com. -- Ars Technica.

A Dollar a Day Keeps the Investors at Play

A Dollar a Day Keeps the Investors at Play

There are 80 million Mac users. The last 12 months saw sales of 18 million Macs.

As of the end of June there were 886,580,000 iOS devices sold. As of today the total is well over 900 million. One billion sold will happen well before this year is out. Estimates of current iOS users vary but they are probably at least 500 million and could be 600 million. -- Asymco.

How to install Yosemite right now without ruining your Mac

How to install Yosemite right now without ruining your Mac

OS X 10.10 Yosemite is gorgeous. It's the biggest visual overhaul to come to OS X since Aqua, which has caused a rush of Apple fanboys -- including our own Leander Kahney - to jump the gun and install the buttery smooth interface on every Mac in sight.

Playing around with Apple's newest software is a true tech delight, but it can also come with some horrific consequences if you install it as your main OS, as most apps still aren't optimized for the update. However, unlike iOS 8 there's a safe way to install it without ruining your Mac until the final version is ready.

Here's how to install the Yosemite beta in the most responsible way possible... -- Cult of Mac.

The Fed suckered IBM into a failing cloud strategy?

The Fed suckered IBM into a failing cloud strategy?

Economist David Stockman, who is probably best known for being President Reagan's budget director back in the era of voodoo economics, has been particularly outspoken about IBM as a poster child for bad policy on the part of the U.S. Federal Reserve. How this would be isn't immediately obvious but I think is worth exploring because IBM is far from the only company so afflicted. There's an important effect here to be understood about corporate motivations and their consequences. -- I, Cringely.

OIT & Freshman Orientation

OIT & Freshman Orientation

This summer, OIT participated in the newly redesigned Freshman Orientation. We created a video to introduce students to our services and updated the Are You New website. This site gives students a step-by-step guide to technology at UT. We also staffed a booth during the Campus Information Assistance Fair. We spoke to both parents and students and answered many, many questions. Our top 5 questions are below:

Q: Do I really get Microsoft Office for free?
A: Yes! Check out http://oit.utk.edu/MSadvantage for details

Q: I've seen a lot of Mac's around here, do you still support PC's?
A: Absolutely!

Q: Can you help me set up my email on my phone?
A: Yes! (And online instructions are available at http://email.utk.edu.)

Q: How do I log into my email online?
A: Go to http://volmail.utk.edu

Q: Where is wireless available?
A: Everywhere! Well, almost everywhere... Wireless is available in all of the academic & administrative buildings, the residence halls, and select outdoor locations.

Apple's Yosemite Beta Site Conks Out Over Heavy Demand

Apple's Yosemite Beta Site Conks Out Over Heavy Demand

If you're planning on downloading Apple's just released public beta of OS X Yosemite, think again. The public beta site crashed thanks to heavy traffic only hours after the beta was released and eventually Apple replaced the error users saw with its familiar "We'll be back" image. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple's Yosemite Beta: Don't Use TRIM with SSD

Apple's Yosemite Beta: Don't Use TRIM with SSD

For those who are succeeding where others have failed at getting their hands on the public beta of Yosemite, make sure you disable TRIM before installing on a 3rd party solid state drives (SSDs). Users are reporting that having TRIM controls enabled will resort in your Mac not booting up.

TRIM is a set of commands commonly used to communicate with the OS on a lower level, allowing the OS to better communicate free space and improve "garbage collection" on an SSD. Basically, over time, SSD performance will degrade without some sort of garbage collection, so TRIM keeps things nice and perky. -- The Mac Observer.

OS X: Repair Home Folder Permissions

OS X: Repair Home Folder Permissions

For today's Quick Tip, we're going to cover a little-known feature of OS X Recovery-repairing your Home folder permissions. If your Documents folder won't let you edit files or an application is telling you that you don't have permission to save something to your Desktop, then this tip should be right up your alley. -- The Mac Observer.

OS X Yosemite Beta: First Impressions, Installation Tips, Known Issues, and Bug Fixes

OS X Yosemite Beta: First Impressions, Installation Tips, Known Issues, and Bug Fixes

Today marked the first day of Apple's public beta testing program for OS X Yosemite, letting thousands of non-developers download the software for the first time. With so many new users, new issues and bugs in the beta are coming to light and being catalogued in our Yosemite forum.

We've pulled out some user reactions from the forums to share, along with some tips on troubleshooting possible issues. For users having problems with the beta, the Yosemite forums can be an invaluable resource, and for users still debating whether or not to install the beta software, make sure to check out this post and our forums before taking the plunge as Yosemite is still somewhat unstable. -- Mac Rumors.

How to factory-reset your Mac

How to factory-reset your Mac

It may be wise when selling or donating an old Mac to wipe all of your data off of it and offer the system to the new owners as close to how it came out of the factory. This not only offers them a fresh start, but also ensures your data is kept safe and secure.

One common practice I see people do regularly when selling their old systems is simply create a new account for the new owner, and then hand the system over while it still contains their old account, installed applications, and other details. While this might seem like a quick way to set up your Mac for a new owner, the best approach is to fully format the system and reinstall OS X; however, there are a few additional steps you might need to take. -- MacIssues.

Address bugs and problems with the Yosemite beta

Address bugs and problems with the Yosemite beta

As suggested previously, Apple today released the public beta of its upcoming OS X Yosemite operating system, and people who previously signed up should now be able to download and install it. However, a few who have jumped on board have found a few problems when setting up Yosemite on their systems. If you plan on grabbing the beta, then as with any test software, do so with caution and be prepared to run into these and other problems. -- MacIssues.

Apple Files Patent for Multi-Driver Earbuds

Apple Files Patent for Multi-Driver Earbuds

There's a reason most cheap in-ear headphones sound the way they do -- they only use one driver in each ear, which limits the audio range. To get more life, more spaciousness, and more oomph out of your favorite tracks, dual-driver earbuds are the answer and Apple has offered In-Ear headphones with dual-drives for some time. A dual-driver design is also especially good for listening to high-quality audio from lossless rips, to HD videos and other high-bitrate sources. In a new patent application published today by USPTO we see Apple describing possible changes to the internal audio design as well as talk about a three-way driver for the first time. According to Apple, their new invention relates to earphones or earbuds that have multiple speaker drivers and a cross-over network. -- Patently Apple.

Apple Invents a Reversible USB Connector

Apple Invents a Reversible USB Connector

Apple's Lightning connector is a proprietary power connector that was designed to replace their previous proprietary 30-pin dock connector, used to connect Apple mobile devices like iPhones, iPads and iPods to host computers and so forth. Lightning is significantly more compact and can be inserted with either side facing up. While Lightning is recognized as a connector advancement for mobile devices, the European Parliament recently ruled that Apple must use the Micro-USB Standard Port for European iDevices by 2017. Today, an Apple patent has surfaced describing a newly invented reversible USB connector with the very same convenience as Lightning. Whether Apple's invention will satisfy the EU Commission is unknown at this time - though I wouldn't count on it. -- Patently Apple.

Apple: How to fix Yosemite Public Beta code if it says already been redeemed

Apple: How to fix Yosemite Public Beta code if it says already been redeemed

Earlier today Apple opened up its public beta program for the upcoming OS X Yosemite release allowing the public to download the beta build from the Mac App Store. Those who signed up for the program received a code through Apple's Beta Program website, but a number of users reported experiencing an error that said their code had already been redeemed. If you're still having trouble, here's the fix from Apple: Refresh the beta program redemption page when signed in to generate a new code (here.) That's it. The new code should work when entered into the Mac App Store.

Apple doesn't plan to update the public beta build of the OS as much as the version available in its Developer Program, but testers will be able to update to the final public release of Yosemite through the Mac App Store when it's released this fall. Info on the release, signing up, and known issues are available here.

About AirPrint

About AirPrint

With AirPrint, it's easy to deliver full quality photo and document printing from your iOS and OS X apps without the need to download or install drivers. AirPrint is built into most popular printer models. AirPrint features include easy discovery, automatic media selection, and enterprise-class finishing options. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.

How to Remotely Wake a Mac With an iOS Device

How to Remotely Wake a Mac With an iOS Device

Even though waking a Mac can be as simple as tapping the spacebar on its keyboard, there are times when you may not have direct access to a Mac and need to wake to access files remotely, screen share, or access a Mac in some other way.

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to configure Wake On LAN, so you can remotely wake a Mac on its local network, and Wake On WAN so you can wake a Mac via the web. -- Tuts+.

How to Restore Old Versions of Files From Anywhere

How to Restore Old Versions of Files From Anywhere

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to restore previous versions of files in OS X, Windows, Dropbox, Google Drive, and even web apps like Evernote and Simplenote. You might not need this tutorial today, but be sure to bookmark it. One day, you'll accidentally delete a file you needed, or save an edit that you meant to save as a new copy, and you'll need to restore a previous version of a file or bring back a file from the grave. That's when this tutorial will come in handy. -- Tuts+.

How To Do On Your Mac What Your Mac Does Not Do Well

How To Do On Your Mac What Your Mac Does Not Do Well

There are times when Apple is an absolutely disjointed company where the left hand isn't always sure what the right hand is doing.

The perfect example is Airdrop, iOS and OS X's nifty sharing feature. But for whatever the reason, Airdrop does not yet work between Mac and iPhone and iPad. Mac to Mac? Yes. But only newer Macs. iPhone to iPad? Yes. What about sending audio from an app on your Mac to Apple TV? Or, to Airport Express? Here's how. -- ac 360.

No, Your App Isn't Compatible with Yosemite

No, Your App Isn't Compatible with Yosemite

I got a press release in my inbox just now, telling me about an app that is compatible with OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

"This latest version of APPNAME adds support for Yosemite, OS X 10.10."

Sorry, you're wrong. Your app may be compatible with the latest beta of Yosemite, but claiming that it's compatible with Yosemite is misleading. Until the GM -- the golden master, the final release version -- is released, no one can be sure that their apps are compatible with an operating system. -- Kirkville.

Which Mac should I buy?

Which Mac should I buy?

If you're reading this article, chances are you're thinking about buying a new Mac and may be in need of a little guidance. Fortunately, we've tested (almost) every standard-configuration Mac model currently in Apple's lineup. We're quite familiar with Apple's Macs, and we're happy to help you choose the right Mac for you.

This buying guide provides an overview of all the Mac models available, and what each model is best suited for. To get more details, you can read the full review for each Mac model by clicking the "Read our complete review" links. -- Macworld.

July 24 Thursday's News

 

Apple R&D spending spiked $425M last quarter, reaching record $1.6B

Apple R&D spending spiked $425M last quarter, reaching record $1.6B

Apple continues to invest heavily in research in development, with a 36 percent year-over-year increase seen last quarter, helping the company reach $4.36 billion in total R&D costs so far this fiscal year as new products in new categories are hotly anticipated. -- AppleInsider.

Apple issues new Safari betas for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion with minor changes

Apple issues new Safari betas for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion with minor changes

Apple late Wednesday seeded to developers new builds of Safari 7.1 for OS X 10.9 Mavericks and Safari 6.2 for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, asking developers focus on credit card and password autofill features. -- AppleInsider.

Apple documents previously undocumented services that can leak user data

Apple documents previously undocumented services that can leak user data

Four days after a forensics expert warned that undocumented functions in iOS could leak personal user data, Apple has documented three services it says serve diagnostic purposes.

"iOS offers the following diagnostic capabilities to help enterprise IT departments, developers, and AppleCare troubleshoot issues," the support article published Tuesday stated. "Each of these diagnostic capabilities requires the user to have unlocked their device and agreed to trust another computer. Any data transmitted between the iOS device and trusted computer is encrypted with keys not shared with Apple. For users who have enabled iTunes Wi-Fi Sync on a trusted computer, these services may also be accessed wirelessly by that computer." As Ars reported Monday, three undocumented services include a packet sniffer dubbed com.apple.mobile.pcapd, a file downloader called com.apple.mobile.file_relay, and com.apple.mobile.house_arrest, a tool that downloads iPhone and iPad files to an iTunes folder stored on a computer.

Jonathan Zdziarski, the forensics expert who brought the undocumented functions to light on Saturday, published a blog post in response that criticized Apple's characterization of the services. He continued to maintain that at least one of the capabilities--stemming from the file relay service--constitutes a "backdoor" as defined by many security and forensics practitioners. He also took issue with Apple's suggestion that the purpose of the services was limited to diagnostics. He reiterated his previous stance that he doesn't believe Apple added the functions at the request of the National Security Agency. -- Ars Technica.

Apple files patent for smartwatch

Apple files patent for smartwatch

As the smartwatch market has grown with entries from Qualcomm, Samsung, and Google, Apple has remained remarkably mum on the concept, in spite of long-standing rumors hinting at a wristwatch in the works in Cupertino. On Sunday, iWatch's hopes grew further with the unveiling and approval of a new smartwatch patent filed by Apple in July, 2011. -- Ars Technica.

Old apps, new faces: More stuff that looks different in OS X Yosemite

Old apps, new faces: More stuff that looks different in OS X Yosemite

In our preview of the OS X Yosemite beta today, we focused mostly on the OS-wide changes to the user interface and the new features of a few built-in apps. As happened in the transition from iOS 6 to iOS 7, though, there are plenty of other applications in Yosemite that still work like they did in Mavericks, just with a fresh coat of paint.

We've collected a few different representative examples in the photo gallery below--some of these designs completely rethink the way the original application looked (Game Center). Some of them look basically the same but compress the UI or move buttons to different places to make existing features more accessible (Maps, Preview). Still others are just the same apps with different colors (Notes).

The one class of app that remains essentially the same as before (at least of this writing) are the things in the Utilities folder, many of which even use the same "old-style" glassy icons as before. Only the Terminal and Activity Monitor get different icons at all, though the look of the apps don't change. The apps in Utilities are all, you know, utilities, so aesthetics aren't especially important there. Just know that Apple hasn't changed everything about the way Yosemite looks. -- Ars Technica.

Take control of your data (and wallet) with these iOS tips

Take control of your data (and wallet) with these iOS tips

When surfing the web or using one of your favorite applications, chances are your iPhone is burning through mobile data. Unless you have unlimited data on your wireless plan, this can quickly become a costly habit. Luckily, it's easy to control your data on iOS no matter who your carrier is.

In today's video, we show you how to manage data on your device so you can avoid a hefty bill. -- Cult of Mac.

How a dev who couldn't code built one of world's hottest photo apps

How a dev who couldn't code built one of world's hottest photo apps

Merek Davis is not a coder. The developer never even made an app before 2013. Yet on his first iOS at-bat, he hit an App Store grand slam with Mextures, his photo-editing app that quickly became one of the top photo apps of the year. -- Cult of Mac.

How to Upgrade Your Mac to Python 3

How to Upgrade Your Mac to Python 3

OS X provides scripting languages like Perl, Python and Ruby. Apple continues to support legacy Python 2.x only, but for those who need Python 3 (now at 3.4.1), John Martellaro explains how to get it, install it, and still keep Apple's default install. -- The Mac Observer.

Comprehensive List of Apps Compatible With iOS 8 Beta 4

Comprehensive List of Apps Compatible With iOS 8 Beta 4

Our forum members are building a comprehensive list of all the apps that function in iOS 8 beta 4, which may be helpful for users who have installed the beta or who plan to install it. The list also includes apps that are known to be broken and apps that work but have specific issues. -- Mac Rumors.

A New Apple Patent Sheds More Light on the Mechanics of Touch ID

A New Apple Patent Sheds More Light on the Mechanics of Touch ID

There have been rumors of an improved fingerprint sensor in the works for the iPhone 6 and perhaps the next versions of the iPad of late. The rumors hinted that Apple's next batch of fingerprint sensors would be more durable than the Touch ID home button on current iPhones. Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple titled "Finger Sensor including Encapsulating Layer over Sensing Area and related Methods" that may very well support the latest rumors. According to the patent filing, the improved biometric sensor could advantageously have the ability to reduce packaging while providing mechanical robustness. -- Patently Apple.

Apple Reveals Ongoing Development of Next-Gen OLED Displays

Apple Reveals Ongoing Development of Next-Gen OLED Displays

In early 2013 we reported that Apple had recruited a former senior researcher at LG Display, Dr. Lee Jeung-jil, who was in charge of researching OLED printing technology. So it's obvious that Apple is staying on top of this technology so that they can bring this to market when the time is right. To date Apple has several OLED inventions on record (One, two and three). Apple's current invention clearly acknowledges that OLED has better contrast ratios compared to LCDs while continuing to invent supporting technologies to correct certain OLED weaknesses and/or to fine tune the technology for specific applications or devices. Today's patent application relates to processes for realizing a variable optical path length for one or more microcavities in an AMOLED display. In the shorter term, we reported earlier this week that Apple placed orders for new power reducing Oxide LCD Displays for next year's iPad Air. -- Patently Apple.

Apple Reveals new Liquid Sensors May be Coming to MacBooks

Apple Reveals new Liquid Sensors May be Coming to MacBooks

On July 24, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple titled "Liquid Activated Failsafe for Portable Computing Devices. Apple's invention generally relates to computing devices such as next generation MacBooks incorporating new failsafe mechanisms that are designed to prevent electrical shorts in the event that it comes in contact with any liquid. -- Patently Apple.

Prototype Display Lets You Say Goodbye to Reading Glasses

Prototype Display Lets You Say Goodbye to Reading Glasses

Researchers are developing technology that can adjust an image on a display so you can see it clearly without corrective lenses.

Those of us who need glasses to see a TV or laptop screen clearly could ditch the eyewear thanks to a display technology that corrects vision problems. -- MIT Technology Review.

Super-Dense Computer Memory

Super-Dense Computer Memory

Researchers have discovered a new way to make chips that could pack terabytes into smartphones.

A novel type of computer memory could, in theory, let you store tens or even hundreds of times as much data on your smartphone. Researchers at Rice University have demonstrated a more practical way to manufacture it. -- MIT Technology Review.

Prior to iWatch, Apple revisits their Heart Rate Monitor Patent

Prior to iWatch, Apple revisits their Heart Rate Monitor Patent

Back in 2009 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple TV to Take Sporting Events to a Whole New Level" which covered a sophisticated heart rate monitor and other highly advanced sporting event based monitoring sensors. The technology that Apple acquired could one day be a part of a "Body Area Network" that was introduced by Dr. Topol back in 2010. While Apple slightly tweaked this patent in 2013, we see today that Apple has submitted a continuation to this crucial patent by changing only the patent claims, in fact, all of the patent claims. Apple's first patent and claims focused on a "Personal Items Network." Apple's latest patent application published today by USPTO carrying the same title, has a new set of patent claims focused on a communication module whereby two devices could be synced together. Considering that Apple has just released their developer HealthKit that is likely to be followed by a possible new health related device this fall, Apple revisiting this patent at this time is important to note. -- Patently Apple.

5000 Years of Civilization and Culture

5000 Years of Civlization and Culture

 

10 things you need to know before installing public OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta

10 things you need to know before installing public OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta

As we told you earlier in the morning, general public can get a taste of Apple's upcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite desktop operating system for Macs by signing up for a public beta over at the OS X Beta Program webpage starting tomorrow.

The company has said that the public beta will only open to the first million applicants so you better sign up now if you haven't already. Here are a few things you should know if you plan on taking Yosemite for a spin.

For starters, the public beta program is voluntary, so don't expect any compensation from Apple for your participation. Installing the beta software does not void your hardware warranty. -- iDownload Blog.

Mac 101: Use Spotlight to quickly solve math problems

Mac 101: Use Spotlight to quickly solve math problems

OS X's search tool, Spotlight, does more than just file and web searches. The handy utility also can be used to do semi-complex math equations with the answers appearing within the results section of the app. -- TUAW.

Cassandra: Apple's Yosemite beta -Don't, Unless you are really Sure

Cassandra: Apple's Yosemite beta -Don't, Unless you are really Sure

There have been several reports that Apple is to release the beta version of OS X 10.10, Yosemite, to those interested in testing, sometime today. There is a link on the Yosemite preview page to the beta program, which has a series of FAQs and a sign in. Although it might look cool to have the next version of OSX before anyone else (some on the tester program already have it, of course), this is not a fashion statement. -- eXtensions.

Apple Time Capsule vs. AirPort Extreme vs. AirPort Express review: pick the right Wi-Fi base station

Apple Time Capsule vs. AirPort Extreme vs. AirPort Express review: pick the right Wi-Fi base station

Apple sells a range of different Wi-Fi routers, known as AirPort base stations. There are three available: AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express and Time Capsule. This review looks at the three devices and helps you decide which one to buy. -- Macworld UK.

The Complete Guide to Setting Up and Using an Apple TV--Part 1

The Complete Guide to Setting Up and Using an Apple TV--Part 1

AppleTV is a small, yet powerful device that gives you access to a world of movies, TV shows, sports, music, and more. You can also mirror anything that's on your Mac or iOS device to your HDTV with AirPlay. All of this is being output at an incredible 1080p resolution!

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to set up and use this powerhouse device. -- Tuts+.

Sorry to be out. Life got in the way. -mam

July 23 Wednesday's News

 

Explaining Continuity: The tech tying iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite together

Explaining Continuity: The tech tying iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite together

Apple wants you to buy Apple devices. It insists, mostly successfully, that computers, tablets, and phones are fully separate product categories with separate use cases and that "you should be able to use the right device for the moment." The company brags on its earnings calls that first-time iPhone buyers are more likely to pick up additional Apple devices in the future. It's selling a vision in which everything works best if you own an iPhone and an iPad and a Mac rather than mixing and matching.

If you subscribe to Apple's philosophy, iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite will reward your faith. While iOS and OS X have shared certain services and features since 2011 or so, this year's releases will take that interoperability to the next level under the "Continuity" banner.

Yes, for those of us who prefer to live in between ecosystems, Continuity takes today's vendor lock-in problems and makes them even worse. For the large number of people who own and use multiple Apple products, though, it promises to make your devices work together in ways beyond simple data synchronization. -- Ars Technica.

From a Classical Pianist, an App Lets You Graft Your Voice Onto Actual Hit Songs

From a Classical Pianist, an App Lets You Graft Your Voice Onto Actual Hit Songs

Hook'd, an app for iPhone and iPod from the pianist-software entrepreneur Robert Taub, features everything from the original recording except the voice track. -- New York Times.

How much of your job can you really do on an iPad?

How much of your job can you really do on an iPad?

Tim Cook recently said that he performs 80% of his work on an iPad--and he thinks everyone should do the same. But is that really realistic?

The answer depends, of course, on the kind of work you do. -- Macworld.

Apple pushes fourth betas of iOS 8, OS X Yosemite to developers

Apple pushes fourth betas of iOS 8, OS X Yosemite to developers

Apple on Monday provided registered developers with a new round of betas for its forthcoming desktop and mobile operating systems, releasing both OS X Yosemite Preview 4 and iOS 8 Beta 4 as over-the-wire updates. -- AppleInsider.

Apple's iOS 'dishing out a lot of data behind our backs,' security researcher charges

Apple's iOS 'dishing out a lot of data behind our backs,' security researcher charges

Noted forensic scientist and iOS hacker Jonathan Zdziarski has uncovered a number of undocumented "backdoor" services in Apple's mobile operating system that he argues could be exploited by law enforcement agencies, the NSA, or other malicious actors to bypass encryption and siphon sensitive personal data from iOS devices. -- AppleInsider.

Apple adds new 'Tips' tutorials app in iOS 8 Beta 4

Apple adds new 'Tips' tutorials app in iOS 8 Beta 4

Consumers new to iOS -- as well as novice users or those who do not closely follow Apple updates -- have a new learning resource in Apple's new "Tips" app, added to iOS 8 in the mobile operating system's fourth beta. -- AppleInsider.

Apple releases iTunes 12 beta with 'elegant new design,' Family Sharing

Apple releases iTunes 12 beta with 'elegant new design,' Family Sharing

Alongside new beta versions of iOS 8, OS X Yosemite, and numerous development tools, Apple on Monday released a preview of iTunes 12 sporting what the company calls an "elegant new design" and support for the Family Sharing feature introduced at WWDC. -- AppleInsider.

OS X Yosemite Preview 4 brings redesigned Calculator, updated Dark Mode

OS X Yosemite Preview 4 brings redesigned Calculator, updated Dark Mode

Alongside a host of bug fixes, the latest developer preview of Apple's next-generation desktop operating system brought a few small but noticeable visual tweaks to some of OS X's oldest components. -- AppleInsider.

Apple to again wipe CloudKit database for iOS 8 and Yosemite betas

Apple to again wipe CloudKit database for iOS 8 and Yosemite betas

As Apple heads into the next stage of software testing for its upcoming mobile and desktop operating systems, the company announced a second wipe of the CloudKit database serving iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite betas will take place on July 22. -- AppleInsider.

Apple issues MacBook Air EFI update to address wake from sleep problems on mid-2011 models

Apple issues MacBook Air EFI update to address wake from sleep problems on mid-2011 models

Apple on Monday posted an EFI update for its thin-and-light MacBook Air, addressing two wake from sleep issues including a rare problem that causes the computer's fans to spin at full speed unnecessarily. -- AppleInsider.

Apple denies installing iOS 'backdoor' services for government agencies

Apple denies installing iOS 'backdoor' services for government agencies

In response to allegations that Apple installs "backdoor" services in iOS that could be used to harvest and deliver personal information to government agencies, the company on Monday issued a statement denying any such activity and explains the steps taken to ensure customer data privacy. -- AppleInsider.

Apple granted comprehensive 'iTime' smartwatch patent with in-strap circuitry, arm gesture support

Apple granted comprehensive 'iTime' smartwatch patent with in-strap circuitry, arm gesture support

In one of the clearest signs that Apple is -- and has been -- working on a smartwatch device, the Cupertino company was on Tuesday granted a patent for a wrist-worn wearable with augmented strap capabilities, support for arm and wrist gestures, advanced proximity-sensing circuitry and much more. -- AppleInsider.

Video: Here's what's new in iTunes 12, iOS 8 beta 4 & OS X Yosemite preview 4

Video: Here's what's new in iTunes 12, iOS 8 beta 4 & OS X Yosemite preview 4

Earlier today, Apple released iOS 8 beta 4 with a redesigned Control Center feature, OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 4 with various interface tweaks, and a new iTunes 12 Mac app with a refreshed look and feel. Above is our video that takes a closer look at these various changes and enhancements. -- 9to5Mac.

Undocumented iOS functions allow monitoring of personal data, expert says

Undocumented iOS functions allow monitoring of personal data, expert says

Apple has endowed iPhones with undocumented functions that allow unauthorized people in privileged positions to wirelessly connect and harvest pictures, text messages, and other sensitive data without entering a password or PIN, a forensic scientist warned over the weekend. -- Ars Technica.

Apple Granted 40 Patents Today Covering a Flexible Display Invention for Future iDevices like a Wristwatch & Beyond

Apple Granted 40 Patents Today Covering a Flexible Display Invention for Future iDevices like a Wristwatch & Beyond

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 40 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a key patent for future flexible displays. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today. -- Patently Apple.

The Best Ways to Share a Web Page (via Email) in Safari

The Best Ways to Share a Web Page (via Email) in Safari

Occasionally, it's desirable to share a web page with someone via email, and there are several ways to do it in OS X Safari. Unfortunately, the fastest and easiest way has a notable problem. John Martellaro explains how to do it the right way. -- The Mac Observer.

There's A Pro Level Image Editor That Works Like Photoshop But Costs Much Less

There's A Pro Level Image Editor That Works Like Photoshop But Costs Much Less

To be fair about it, competing with Photoshop is a fool's errand. Adobe's flagship application is the standard of the professional graphics and design industry and priced accordingly. There's little Photoshop cannot do except save you money. Today's Photoshop is a rent-by-the-month proposition, so casual designers on a budget need not apply.

Can you get similar quality and productivity for less? The answer lies in Acorn, a Mac image editor that's been around a few years, and does not have a monthly rental fee. -- Noodlemac.

10 hidden Mac features you didn't know existed until now

10 hidden Mac features you didn't know existed until now

Let's face it, you probably don't know as much about your Mac as you should.

But there's hope!

We've put together some great tips and tricks that can save you time, and at the same time allow you to do some really cool things with your Mac.

From taking advantage of your Mac's hidden calculator, to discovering the tiny icon that's been right in front of your face the entire time, we've got the most important tips and tricks covered. -- Business Insider.

How I walked 18.5 miles in a single day without losing productivity at my computer

How I walked 18.5 miles in a single day without losing productivity at my computer

It's possible to make a desk job the best way to become fit. Traditionally, computer-chained jobs have been responsible for an epidemic in sitting-related disorders, which afflict the tech industry perhaps worse than any other. Even avid gym goers can't counteract many of the illnesses caused by sitting for extended periods of time. -- VentureBeat.

Apple Reports Third Quarter Results

Apple Reports Third Quarter Results

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 third quarter ended June 28, 2014. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $37.4 billion and quarterly net profit of $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $35.3 billion and net profit of $6.9 billion, or $1.07 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.4 percent compared to 36.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 59 percent of the quarter's revenue.

Notes of interest from Apple's Q3 2014 conference call

Notes of interest from Apple's Q3 2014 conference call

Apple on Tuesday fell just short of Wall Street expectations for its third fiscal quarter of 2014 amid disappointing results for the iPhone and iPad, though the Mac continued to outpace the PC market. Following the announcements, executives from the company participated in a conference call with analysts and the media, and notes of interest follow. -- AppleInsider.

Apple to release first public beta of OS X Yosemite on Thursday

Apple to release first public beta of OS X Yosemite on Thursday

The first public beta of Apple's forthcoming OS X 10.10 software update, known as Yosemite, will become available to download on Thursday, July 24 for testing ahead of its scheduled release this fall. -- AppleInsider.

Preview: A closer look at OS X Yosemite, just in time for the public beta

Preview: A closer look at OS X Yosemite, just in time for the public beta

It's not difficult to get your hands on pre-release Apple software. For a mere $198 a year ($99 each for OS X and iOS) you can download beta versions of operating systems from Apple's developer site even if you've never written a line of code in your life.

This year, Apple is taking things a step further. The new public beta program for OS X Yosemite officially launches Thursday, taking software that has traditionally been protected from the public by a $99 paywall and distributing it to the first million users who sign up on Apple's site. It's a very Microsoft-esque way to roll out an OS: you give enthusiasts a chance to work with an early-but-reasonably-stable build in exchange for valuable bug-squashing feedback. Ideally, it will keep Yosemite from suffering from some of the general bugginess that affected iOS 7.0 when it launched last year. -- Ars Technica.

Apple posts support document on alleged iOS security backdoors

Apple posts support document on alleged iOS security backdoors

Earlier this week, forensic data scientist Jonathan Zdziarski made a bold claim: iOS may be vulnerable to government snooping by design. According to Zdziarski, iOS had multiple backdoors installed that made any device running the OS "almost always at risk of spilling all data," which in turn made for some "tasty attack points for .gov and criminals." -- Cult of Mac.

iPhoto: A Shortcut to Help Fix Red-Eye

iPhoto: A Shortcut to Help Fix Red-Eye

There's a secret to fixing red-eye on images within iPhoto-and it leaves a certain frustrating pupil-size slider in the dust. In this Quick Tip, we'll go over how to use this fast little repair tool. -- The Mac Observer.

Make iWork 09 the default and avoid update nagging

Make iWork 09 the default and avoid update nagging

Many people continue to use iWork 09 apps, because they contain features missing in the newer versions. However, having the older apps on your system mean a constant nagging from Apple to update to the newer versions. If you do download the newer versions, then it is impossible to make the older apps the default for your documents. The old Get Info ยป Change All trick doesn't work.

Here's what to do to remedy that. -- Mac OS X Hints.

How to transfer Preview signatures to a new Mac

How to transfer Preview signatures to a new Mac

Apple's Preview application comes with a signature feature that allows you to capture and embed your signature into any PDF file. While convenient, you will have to separately capture your signature on each Mac you wish to use your signature on. This can be a problem, especially if your second Mac does not have a Webcam attached to it for capturing your signature.

In these cases, you can still use the signature feature, but will have to transfer your signatures from one Mac to another. This procedure takes two steps: copying the encrypted signature file, and copying the keychain password that is used to unlock the signatures in this file. -- MacIssues.