In a sign that the next-generation Mac operating system is near release to the public, Apple on Tuesday released a golden master candidate of OS X Yosemite to developers for testing. -- AppleInsider.
Facebook has officially relaunched the advertising platform Atlas in a new incarnation that will allow marketers to track users in new dimensions, according to a blog post from the company. Atlas will offer the ability to not only synthesize information about where users are seeing ads, but also to see how and whether those ad views play out into a purchase, even if it's offline. -- Ars Technica.
Microsoft talked briefly about the new features in its upcoming Windows 10 operating system, but it glossed over one thing that will surely be of great interest to sysadmins and developers alike: the further refinement of the Windows command line into a truly useful development and administration environment. Fortunately, engineer and blogger Rafael Rivera has spent some hands-on time with a technical preview, and he's got a great post up explaining some of the new features--at least, as they stand right now. -- Ars Technica.
Apple's release of iOS 8.0.2 brought a number of bug fixes to the new operating system, but many iPhone users have reported Bluetooth connection problems with automobiles, including some of us here at Cult of Mac.
Since the iOS 8.0.2 update, iPhone users have taken to Apple's Support forums to report that they're unable to initiate calls over Bluetooth. The bug seems to affect a range of iPhone models and automobile makers, but there's a quick solution that can get you back on the road and slinging cars while you drive. -- Cult of Mac.
Apple is busy putting the finishing touches on its next operating system, but Microsoft gave the world an early look at the next version of Windows today that is set to run on everything from smartphones to PCs.
Microsoft says its next version of Windows will be the most comprehensive platform ever, and while the company is retreating from the disaster that was Windows 8, it's bringing back some classic features and stealing a few things from the Mac too.
Here's everything Mac users need to know about Windows 10. -- Cult of Mac.
iOS 8 and Yosemite work together unlike any other operating systems Apple's ever created, but after removing one of Continuity's most promising new features -- the ability to send and receive SMS texts from Messages on a Mac -- Apple has restored the feature to OS X Yosemite slightly ahead of schedule.
Apple removed the feature from the Yosemite beta earlier this month, stating it would be available again in October, but it looks like today's Yosemite GM has restored SMS Continuity to iMessages. -- Cult of Mac.
Apple released new printer drivers for eight different manufacturers, including HP, Ricoh, Gestetner, Infotec, and others. The drivers are a mixture of OS X Lion, OS X Mountain Lion, and OS X Mavericks--if you have an affected printer, it will show up in Software Update or the Mac App Store. -- The Mac Observer.
Apple's iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program now covers iPhone 5 models that had their displays replaced with third-party components, according to a new posting on Apple's GSX site for service providers.
Previously, iPhone 5 models that had their displays replaced were barred from receiving a brand new battery replacement from Apple. The company generally did not replace batteries in devices that might have seen damage due to liability issues and required phones with damaged displays to correct that issue before progressing.
Additionally, Apple's refusal to replace batteries in phones with new displays likely saw some contention amongst those who purchased refurbished iPhone 5 models and had not personally had any work done on the device.
Not a single purchase has been made with Apple's new payment system, Apple Pay, which will allow people to pay for everyday goods with their smartphone.
But the service, expected in the coming weeks, already has the technology industry scrambling to profit from a future in which apps could regularly replace cash, checks and credit cards. -- New York Times.
With the extreme competition for senior jobs at Apple, it will come as no surprise that you're expected to work hard and put in extra hours. But according to two former managers speaking in a Debug podcast, the demands are far greater than anyone realizes when they join, with immediate responses to emails expected even in the middle of the night. -- 9to5Mac.
Cameras aren't just a smartphone feature now: they're practically the killer app. As phone camera quality keeps accelerating, upgrading to a new phone can often be a question of, "Is the camera worth spending more for?"
There are plenty of flagship phones with cameras worth comparing head-to-head, but for now, we wanted to dive into a simple comparison: How good are the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as cameras versus the iPhone 5S? Some of this has already been answered in our reviews, but this more detailed deep dive was a chance to compare them in the same way we compare point-and-shoot cameras. Is the 6 a worthy step up? And does the 6 Plus, with its optical image stabilization, make a significant difference?
The answer is, yes: but, the step up isn't as massive as in previous years. But if you value better autofocus and low-light shooting, the 6 and 6 Plus are both improvements. -- CNET.
As promised, Apple on Monday issued OS X bash Update 1.0 for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion, targeting the recently discovered "Shellshock" security flaw originating in the bash UNIX shell.
"With OS X, systems are safe by default and not exposed to remote exploits of bash unless users configure advanced UNIX services," an Apple spokesperson said last week, adding that the company is "working to quickly provide a software update for our advanced UNIX users."
This update fixes a security flaw in the bash UNIX shell. -- AppleCare Support.
Following last week's two iOS 8 bug fixes, Apple on Monday seeded the first beta of the iOS 8.1 maintenance update to developers, potentially with assets to enable Apple Pay mobile payments service. -- AppleInsider.
Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for an advanced device display that uses lasers, micro lenses and sensors to not only output a three-dimensional holographic image, but detect how a user interacts with it in real time. -- AppleInsider.
iOS 8 has been in the hands of the public for about a week and a half, and the OS has already received a pair of minor updates. One fixed a handful of small issues in the initial release; another fixed the major bugs introduced in the first update. But we're already seeing evidence that Apple is working on some larger updates to the operating system, namely versions 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3. -- Ars Technica.
Apple insists "bendgate" isn't an issue after receiving just 9 complaints about bent iPhones as of last week, and the vast majority seem to agree. But will the Cupertino company think differently when it discovers that people are walking into its retail stores and bending the iPhone 6 Plus units it has on display? -- Cult of Mac.
The ability to add widgets to your Notifications dock is easily one of iOS 8's most useful additions. The new functionality puts some of your favorite apps' features right at your fingertips.
Only a limited number of apps offer widgets currently, but with developers hard at work you can be sure many more are on the way. In today's Cult of Mac video, we show you how to install widgets in iOS 8 so you can get started enjoying what's available now.
In this instructional video, we also give you a look at some of our personal favorites. See how widgets can make managing your to-do list, journaling and checking out your favorite teams' sports scores easier than ever. -- Cult of Mac.
iOS 8 Extensions open the door for iPhone and iPad apps to share data and features, and that creates new potential for Apple's own Photos app and image editing. Third party image editing apps can now share their filters with the Photos app, but you need to know how to enable them first - which is fairly easy to do. -- The Mac Observer.
It appears that there may be a serious bug with the "Reset All Settings" option in iOS 8, causing users who activate the feature to lose all of their iWork documents stored in iCloud Drive. According to multiple posters on the MacRumors forums, using the "Reset All Settings" option under General --> Reset has caused documents to be permanently deleted from iCloud Drive. -- Mac Rumors.
One question I am often asked is whether or not to purchase AppleCare along with a new Mac. When you purchase a new Mac, you will get a 1 year warranty to cover manufacturer defects, and can at any time within that year purchase an additional AppleCare warranty that extends your coverage to three years from the date of purchase. However, this coverage will be several hundred dollars, and you may find yourself wondering if it is worth it. -- MacIssues.
The new iPhones have gotten almost as much attention for their cameras as for their larger screens and software updates.
Both the devices, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, have a new sensor on the camera with something called Focus Pixels, an addition that enables significantly faster auto-focusing and more accurate colors. Other features include manual exposure controls, slower and crisper slow motion shooting, video stabilization and higher-resolution panoramas. The iPhone 6 Plus, the bigger of the two phones, also has optical image stabilization for reducing blur and allowing longer exposures in lowlight situations.
As many an amateur photographer has discovered, however, simply owning a better camera doesn't always produce better shots. So to determine whether the iPhone 6 cameras are a true improvement over their already good predecessors, I shipped my review units to Todd Heisler, a staff photographer at The New York Times. -- New York Times.
If you have images in your computer's Pictures folder or in albums in the Adobe Photoshop Elements program, you can sync the photos from PC to iPhone through Apple's iTunes program. You can use a USB cable connection for the synchronization process, or, if you have already set it up, the iTunes Wi-Fi Sync feature that copies content between iTunes and your iOS devices over your home wireless network.
Once you make the connection between the iPhone and your PC, click the iPhone icon when it appears in the iTunes window. On the next screen, click the Photos tab and turn on the "Sync Photos from" checkbox; use the drop-down menu to select the program or folder of pictures you want to copy to the iPhone and click the Apply button.
When you click the Sync button, copies of your PC's pictures are transferred to the iPhone, where you can find them in the device's Photos app. Apple has detailed instructions for syncing photos with iTunes, and a guide to setting up iTunes Wi-Fi Sync.
Third-party apps like PhotoSync are another option. Or, if you use an online-storage service like Dropbox or Microsoft's OneDrive, you can move pictures from the PC to the phone by storing them in your online account and then downloading them to the iPhone with the service's corresponding app.
Apple's iCloud service also works with Windows to share photos between phone and computer, either through a browser or with the iCloud for Windows software. The iCloud Photo Stream feature syncs pictures and iCloud Drivein the new iOS 8 system stores many types of files. -- New York Times.
Cisco Systems is making an unusual case for itself: The Internet must be subject to a higher amount of control, and big companies will work with governments to make that possible. -- New York Times.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 34 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a single patent regarding a possible future infrared system for iOS cameras. On one hand the technology could turn your iOS device into a kind of automated tour guide for museums or cityscapes as well as eventually being an automatic retail clerk providing customers with price, availability and product information. It's an angle that might work very well with "Apple Pay" in the future. On the other hand, there's a controversial aspect to this invention and our report will tell you why. 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.
Apple touts the Swift programming language as easy to use, thanks in large part to features such as Interface Builder, a visual designer provided in Xcode that allows a developer to visually design storyboards. In theory, this simplifies the process of designing both screens and the connections between screens, as it needs no code and offers an easy-to-read visual map of an app's navigation. But is Swift really so easy (or at least as easy as anything else in a developer's workflow)?
This new walkthrough of Interface Builder shows that it's indeed simple to build an app with these custom tools... so long as the app itself is simple. Development novices who were hoping that Apple had created a way to build complex apps with a limited amount of actual coding might have to spend a bit more time learning the basics before embarking on the big project of their dreams. -- Dice.
Qualcomm, Facebook, and other tech companies are experimenting with technology that lets smartphones use their LTE radio to connect directly to other devices up to 500 meters away.
A new feature being added to the LTE protocol that smartphones use to communicate with cellular towers will make it possible to bypass those towers altogether. Phones will be able to "talk" directly to other mobile devices and to beacons located in shops and other businesses. -- MIT Technology Review.
iHealth, maker of various iPhone connected healthcare accessories, today announced that its iOS apps are being updated with HealthKit integration. That means that the users of the company's Wireless Blood Pressure Monitors, Blood Glucose Meters, Wireless Scale, and other health tracking accessories will be able to sync data with the new iOS 8 Health app. -- 9to5Mac.
You can use a Mac for a long time without ever adjusting its audio settings. As with so many things in OS X, the default settings often work just fine with little (if any) intervention on your part: Your iTunes music plays through your headphones, and the built-in microphone works when you need it.
However, as with so many other things in OS X, you can tweak its audio settings--in the Output and Input tabs of the Sound pane of System Preferences--in all sorts of interesting ways if you wish. Doing so may be required, useful, or just fun to mess around with, depending on your individual case. Here's a general guide to some of OS X's more advanced audio-configuration options. -- Macworld.
Apple has a reputation for making products that "just work," but many Mac users may still need to occasionally troubleshoot their desktop or laptop. Thankfully, there are a number startup options that are available on recent Macs to aid in both troubleshooting and system management. Here's a look at seven essential Mac startup options that every OS X user should know. -- TekRevue.
Over the years I've purchased items from a variety of online merchants as well as signed up for some recommendation services. Because I have, I receive a lot of email from these places and I'd like to stop getting some of it. Do you have any suggestions for identifying and stopping these messages? -- Macworld.
There's much to like about Apple TV, especially the option to share music, movies, videos, and photos from iPhone to iPad using AirPlay. What many Mac users didn't know is that the Mac can also play on Apple TV. What the Mac does not do well is stream movies to Apple TV (it's a cumbersome setup at best). -- NoodleMac.
It wasn't that long ago when someone stuck an iPhone into a blender after asking the question, 'Will it blend?'
With the right blender, the iPhone-- made mostly of plastic, glass, aluminum, and a bunch of chips-- blended rather nicely into a pulpy mess of debris. It was funny. It was interesting. It wasn't a very useful demonstration of the iPhone's usability. Now we ask, 'Will it bend?' -- Mac 360.
We are not all created equal where our genes and abilities are concerned.
Deliberate practice left more of the variation in skill unexplained than it explained. For example, deliberate practice explained 26 percent of the variation for games such as chess, 21 percent for music, and 18 percent for sports. So, deliberate practice did not explain all, nearly all, or even most of the performance variation in these fields. In concrete terms, what this evidence means is that racking up a lot of deliberate practice is no guarantee that you'll become an expert. Other factors matter. -- Slate.
Apple has flaunted iOS's software keyboard since the original iPhone, but the now-familiar input device saw scarce upgrades until iOS 8 added a new QuickType predictive suggestion bar. AppleInsider takes a look at how users can make the most of the new -- and some old -- features. -- AppleInsider.
A bug in the final release version of iOS 8 prompted Apple to remove HealthKit-enabled apps from the App Store, but the problem has been fixed in a new update and HealthKit is once again free to roam Apple's virtual shelves. -- AppleInsider.
Users curious about what's draining their iPhone or iPad battery can now see exactly where that precious electricity is being consumed, thanks to a new battery usage feature found in iOS 8. -- AppleInsider.
After rolling out two point updates for iOS 8 earlier this week, Apple on Friday stopped signing iOS 7.1.2 firmware, meaning users who migrated to the new mobile operating system no longer have the option of downgrading. -- AppleInsider.
Adding its voice to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus "Bendgate" debate, Consumer Reports on Friday released results of a scientific test showing the handsets may not be as "bendy" as some claim.
For its assessment, Consumer Reports put the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as a few other popular devices, through a "three-point flexural test" using a precision compression testing rig. The process involves a machine that exerts measured force across the back of a device as it is propped up on two ends with static supports. -- AppleInsider.
Welcome to 1999, friends! Everyone, buy Apple stock, trust me.
jonathan: perhaps AndrewC should have to use OS 9 for a day or two ;)
LeeH: that's actually a great idea
The above is a lightly edited conversation between Senior Reviews Editor Lee Hutchinson and Automotive Editor Jonathan Gitlin in the Ars staff IRC channel on July 22. Using Mac OS 9 did not initially seem like such a "great idea" to me, however. -- Ars Technica.
Apple added a new feature to iOS 8 that makes it harder for retailers to track your location by snooping info broadcast over WiFi, but after digging into the MAC randomization feature, a security researcher has found some bad news: it only works if you've got cellular data turned off. -- Cult of Mac.
Apple is still supporting the iPhone 4s when it comes to new software, despite the fact that it is now outdated by several generations. But while iOS 8 is technically usable by iPhone 4s owners, just how fast can it run compared to iOS 7?
Finding the answer to this question is the basis of a new video by YouTube user kabriolett, who staged a speed comparison between an iPhone 4s running iOS 7.1.2 and one running iOS 8.0.2. -- Cult of Mac.
Right now, depending who you speak with, there is either a shortage or a glut of IT professionals in the USA. Those who maintain there is a shortage tend to say it can only be eliminated by immigration reform allowing more H1-B visas and green cards. Those who see a glut point to high IT unemployment figures and what looks like pervasive age discrimination. If both views are possible -- and I am beginning to see how they could be -- we can start by blaming the Human Resources (HR) departments at big and even medium-sized companies. -- I, Cringely.
The search feature has been revamped under iOS 8, and we really like the changes! In this comprehensive Quick Tip, we'll discuss how to invoke Spotlight to find items on your device, what stuff you can now search for, and how to turn off the new "Spotlight Suggestions" if you don't like them. -- The Mac Observer.
Dave Hamilton has had his iPhone 6 Plus for less than a day and quickly found that this is a new device category for Apple, and not just a larger (or smaller?) version of that which came before it. The size is not the issue. Dave's issue issue is with the apps. -- The Mac Observer.
Earlier this year, Apple was rumored to be adding support for high-definition audio playback in iOS 8 and shipping new EarPods with the iPhone 6 in order to support this 24bit/96kHz standard. Apple ultimately made no such announcements for iOS 8 or the iPhone 6, and Mashable has now confirmed with some testing that Apple's latest iPhone 6 does not currently support high definition audio playback. -- Mac Rumors.
With the release of iOS 8, Safari has gained the ability to display Animated PNGs (APNGs). Originally proposed in 2004 as a replacement to animated GIF images, APNGs offers more color and transparency support over GIFs. -- Mac Rumors.
What does it cost to buy a basic new iPhone 6? If you think the answer is $199, and you're happy believing that, you may want to stop reading now.
If, like me, you watched Apple's self-referential love fest for the new iPhone and suddenly wanted one very badly, you may have been encouraged by the way the price was listed: "From $199." -- New York Times.
This holster case from Toronto-based LD West seems completely ridiculous at first glance, but it starts to make a lot more sense when you realize your oversized iPhone 6 or 6 Plus might no longer fit in your pants pocket. Strapping my phone to my side with what looks like an over-the-shoulder gun holster doesn't exactly vibe with my usually minimalistic approach to iPhone cases. But it turns out the product is much more than just the gimmick I thought it was. -- 9to5Mac.
A few days ago Apple published a new privacy page on its website that detailed the various measures it has put in place to protect Mac and iOS users' personal data. One of those features, which is new in iOS 8, is the automatic randomization of MAC addresses when the device is searching for a Wi-Fi network. This makes it much more difficult to track a device by seeing which Wi-Fi networks have spotted its unique identifier. -- 9to5Mac.
Multitasking dramatically got redesigned with iOS 7. With iOS 8, Multitasking added a shortcut to the people who are most important to you. In this how to, I will discuss customizing the people that appear at the top, using multitasking to contact your important people, as well as disabling it. -- 9to5Mac.
My favorite iOS 8 feature is one of the simplest: the uncannily-accurate predictive text functionality, offering not just auto-complete of the current word but trying to predict the next one too.
xkcd cartoonist Randall Munroe decided to have a bit of fun with the feature, typing in the openings of a number of famous movie quotes and seeing how iOS 8 would complete them. "Toto, I've a feeling we're not going to the gym today" is my favorite. -- 9to5Mac.
When popular Chinese handset maker Xiaomi Inc admitted that its devices were sending users' personal information back to a server in China, it prompted howls of protest and an investigation by Taiwan's government.
The affair has also drawn attention to just how little we know about what happens between our smartphone and the outside world. In short: it might be in your pocket, but you don't call the shots.
As long as a device is switched on, it could be communicating with at least three different masters: the company that built it, the telephone company it connects to, and the developers of any third party applications you installed on the device - or were pre-installed before you bought it. -- Reuters.
These days, it's pretty much standard that every phone release will debut significant camera updates. But identifying the ways that the iPhone 6 camera betters the 5S takes a little digging. There have been volumes written about the larger 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch screens, but lots of people are also clamoring over the extra crisp camera. Despite touting the same resolution as the 5S, the iPhone 6 has some notable improvements. Here are nine awesome features included in the iPhone 6 camera. -- Digital Trends.
Sometimes when Apple introduces an enhanced, and streamlined user experience with their products, it comes in the form of removing features rather than adding them. Such is the case with photos on iOS 8. -- Gigaom.
Whether you've got a new iPhone 6 or you're happy holding on to your iPhone 5 or 5S, Apple's mobile operating system update iOS 8 is great. There are a ton of useful new features like family sharing, swipe-to-respond notifications and the data-aggregating health app. But not everything about the update is sunshine and gumdrops -- there are some annoying new features, too.
Thankfully, many of these annoyances are just new default settings. You can switch a lot of these defaults back to the way they were in iOS 7, and without much effort. Here are five of the most common complaints people have with Apple's mobile operating system update, and the five best ways to fix or work around them. -- Time.
As usual, Apple is shipping its new phones -- iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus -- with various user tracking systems within the system settings.* In other words, your activity can be tracked by advertisers on the new phone, and your geographic location can be tracked by companies that make the apps on your phone, unless you choose otherwise.
Luckily, you can switch tracking off. But you have to visit two separate areas in the system settings of Apple's new mobile operating system, iOS 8. One of those areas contains a switch with counterintuitive instructions. -- Business Insider.
If you were hoping that iOS 8's ability to hide your device ID from nearby WiFi networks would render you invisible to nosy hotspot operators, you'll want to dial back your expectations a bit. AirTight Networks' Bhupinder Misra has found that Apple's hardware address randomization only kicks in under a very narrow set of circumstances. You not only have to put your device to sleep and turn off location services, you have to turn off cellular data as well -- in short, your iPhone has to become a paperweight. Even then, the masking only appears to work with iOS devices using at least an A7 processor, like the iPhone 5s. -- Engadget.
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