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April 22 Tuesday's News

 

Apple launches 'Better' environmental campaign with Tim Cook-narrated video

Apple launches 'Better' environmental campaign with Tim Cook-narrated video

Apple on Tuesday unveiled a campaign that more clearly outlines the impact of the company's environmental initiatives, backing it up with a revamped environmental responsibility website and an introductory video narrated by CEO Tim Cook.

Apple now offering free recycling of all old Apple products in environmental push

Apple now offering free recycling of all old Apple products in environmental push

Continuing its environment-minded announcements on Monday, Apple revealed a new plan to accept all used Apple products for free in an effort to cut down on pollution caused by manufacture and use of the company's devices. -- Yahoo.

Intel's next-gen Thunderbolt rumored to hit 40Gbps transfer speeds with new connector

Intel's next-gen Thunderbolt rumored to hit 40Gbps transfer speeds with new connector

In a purported presentation slide leaked to the Web on Monday, Intel outlines its next-generation Thunderbolt specification -- "Alpine Ridge" -- that will boast double the throughput of current Thunderbolt 2 interface, while bringing massive gains in power efficiency. -- AppleInsider.

Apple issues OS X 10.9.3 beta to developers with minor tweaks

Apple issues OS X 10.9.3 beta to developers with minor tweaks

Apple on Monday seeded the latest OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 beta to developers with iterative changes and enhancements, while asking developers concentrate on the usual focus areas including graphics, Mail and iTunes syncing. -- AppleInsider.

Apple tech takes on distracted driving, blocks users from texting while behind the wheel

Apple tech takes on distracted driving, blocks users from texting while behind the wheel

A new piece of technology unearthed on Tuesday shows Apple has developed iPhone technology that automatically shuts off texting capabilities when it is determined that a user is driving, helping to mitigate potential accidents resulting from in-car distractions. -- AppleInsider.

Apple reportedly hopes to replace your credit card with your iPhone

Apple reportedly hopes to replace your credit card with your iPhone

Apple is "very, very serious" about hiring new executives to head up a new mobile payments system, according to a report from Re/code earlier today. The company is looking to fill two new positions to lead the charge--one for a head of product and one for a head of business development. CEO Tim Cook has previously indicated Apple's interest in mobile payments, lending some weight to the rumors. -- Ars Technica.

Active malware campaign steals Apple passwords from jailbroken iPhones

Active malware campaign steals Apple passwords from jailbroken iPhones

Security researchers have uncovered an active malware campaign in the wild that steals the Apple ID credentials from jailbroken iPhones and iPads. -- Ars Technica.

Older Macs Must Upgrade To Keep Using iChat Logins For AIM

Older Macs Must Upgrade To Keep Using iChat Logins For AIM

Come July 1, Mac users running various older versions of OS X won't have the ability to use their mac.com and me.com addresses to log into the AOL Instant Messaging service via iChat.

Apple says that users who want to take advantage of the service must upgrade to at least OS X Lion 10.7.2. -- Cult of Mac.

How To Enable And Customize Video Subtitles

How To Enable And Customize Video Subtitles

Many videos that you purchase these days via iTunes or other sources have subtitles, those little words beneath the screen that were created to help caption videos.

These can be useful for someone with a hearing impairment, or who reads a different language than the one being spoken in the video, to watch these during a movie.

In OS X Mavericks, you can easily get subtitles going in any supported video, and you can customize the way they look, as well. Here's how to find out if your video supports subtitles, how to turn them on and how to change their look and feel. -- Cult of Mac.

1st Gen Apple TV Owners Lose iTunes Store Access

1st Gen Apple TV Owners Lose iTunes Store Access

First generation Apple TV owners can't connect to the iTunes Store any more, and it isn't clear if the issue is temporary, or if Apple is leaving those users behind. The problem started late last week, and so far there hasn't been any resolution. -- The Mac Observer.

Word font corruption may cause OS X to hang

Word font corruption may cause OS X to hang

There may be some instances where opening a rogue Microsoft Word document on your Mac might result in a progressive hang of OS X applications and services, to the point where the system is no longer responsive to any input. -- MacIssues.

Fix iMessages only showing up on one device

Fix iMessages only showing up on one device

Apple's iMessage service is its proprietary messaging technology, which works through iCloud to allow the synchronization of conversations between all supported iOS and Mac OS devices. This is convenient, because you can chat and text on any of your Macs, iPhones, or iPads, and then continue the conversation on another device, with full access to the conversation history. -- MacIssues.

Can a Normal User Justify a Mac Pro?

Can a Normal User Justify a Mac Pro?

Julio Ojeda-Zapata falls madly in love with the new Mac Pro, and gives serious consideration to buying an entry-level version of the professional desktop Mac. But is it really the Mac for him? He has to set emotion aside and ask hard questions. -- TidBITS.

Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.1

Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.1

Microsoft has updated Office 2011 to version 14.4.1 with several improvements, most notably a fix for a security flaw that could allow remote code execution. Office 2011 14.4.1 also improves how Outlook handles synchronization of blocked senders and folder hierarchies, recovering from server errors, managing responses for meetings, creating Microsoft Lync meetings, and sending encrypted email messages. Additionally, the update fixes an issue that caused the mouse pointer to disappear in Word and increases Excel's data validation control capabilities from 1,024 to 2,048 entries. (Free update via the Office for Mac Web site or through Microsoft AutoUpdate, 113 MB, release notes.)

More on Mavericks InDesign corruption and SMB nsmb.conf

More on Mavericks InDesign corruption and SMB nsmb.conf

Anthony Godwin provided some new information about the previously reported Mavericks problem saving InDesign files on file servers, although his files aren't corrupting as others have reported. He has also reports success with the previously reported workaround for Mavericks SMB file sharing problems. -- MacWindows.

Mavericks, Outlook, Mail and Exchange Tips and Reports

Mavericks, Outlook, Mail and Exchange Tips and Reports

Readers are reporting that since updating to OS X 10.9 Mavericks, their iOS devices no longer sync calendars or contacts with Microsoft Outlook via iTunes. Workarounds are few because the problem is the result of Apple removing Sync Services from Mavericks. Sync Services was the core OS X software that enabled syncing of devices and Mac apps through iTunes. -- MacWindows.

Mac 101: A handy list of startup options for Macs running OS X

Mac 101: A handy list of startup options for Macs running OS X

Need to reboot you Mac to access a new startup disc or launch with safe mode enabled so you can troubleshoot problems with OS X? Then read on for this handy list of startup options for Mac OS X machines. -- TUAW.

An Easier Way To Delete Photo Duplicates From iPhoto On Your Mac

An Easier Way To Delete Photo Duplicates From iPhoto On Your Mac

Got photos? If you have a digital camera, a smartphone and a Mac, yes, you've got photos; and probably thousands and thousands stuffed into iPhoto.

The only real negative with digital photography is the number of useless duplicates that we keep shoving into iPhoto with every new sync. If you're at all like most Mac users, then you know the problem. Duplicate photos. Blurry photos that should be deleted but are left alone because, well, you know-- deleting photos is work. -- BohemianBoomer.

Apple has bigger plans than just song ID with Shazam deal

Apple has bigger plans than just song ID with Shazam deal

Apple will integrate music identification technology created by Shazam into the next version of iOS, according to a report by Bloomberg.

But while most observers, including Bloomberg, focused on the obvious plays for Apple, others see much more in the deal and believe that Apple's intent goes far beyond simple song naming. -- Computerworld.

How to enable the 'Kill Switch' on your iPhone or iPad, right now

How to enable the 'Kill Switch' on your iPhone or iPad, right now

The big smartphone manufacturers--Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft--have all committed to introducing a smartphone 'Kill Switch' for their devices by 2015.

But what is a 'Kill Switch,' why would you want one, and--perhaps most relevantly to readers of this blog--how can you turn on your very own iPhone/iPad Kill Switch today? -- Intego.

How to avoid paying Apple for extra iCloud storage

How to avoid paying Apple for extra iCloud storage

Apple offers just 5GB of free storage to iCloud users. Need more space? You've got to pay for it. If you don't want to do this, then you should take a look at these tips to keep your iCloud usage under control. -- Computerworld.

Reinventing the Wheel

Reinventing the Wheel

Chopping wood is hard, but it's something modern society has largely freed us from as a daily activity. That's nice, but consequently, if you ever do have to chop wood, you're more than likely going to suck at it. Splitting a log requires a surprising amount of force, but Finnish inventor Heikki Kärnä has invented a new kind of axe that makes it much easier and safer. -- Geek.

April 21 Monday's News

 

Traffic from Apple's unannounced iOS 8, OS X 10.10 remains steady ahead of WWDC 2014

Traffic from Apple's unannounced iOS 8, OS X 10.10 remains steady ahead of WWDC 2014

Testing of Apple's anticipated next-generation operating systems -- iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 -- continues along at a steady clip, new traffic data shows, ahead of the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, where both products are expected to be unveiled. -- AppleInsider.

How Apple dodged the Heartbleed bullet

How Apple dodged the Heartbleed bullet

In 2011, Apple told its developers that it would be deprecating OS X's Common Data Security Architecture including OpenSSL, describing it as an outdated relic of the late 1990s. Nearly three years later, OpenSSL was hit by a severe flaw that affected a wide swath of vendors and their users, but not Apple. -- AppleInsider.

Replacing Messages Theater: more screen-sharing alternatives

Replacing Messages Theater: more screen-sharing alternatives

Apple's iChat had a wonderful feature called iChat Theater--also present in the Mountain Lion version of Messages, just without the "iChat" in its name--that let you share photos, PDFs, or Keynote presentations during a video chat. I used it countless times to give virtual presentations: An audience watching on a projection screen in a remote location could see video of me alongside my Keynote presentation, and I could see video of the audience plus a miniature view of my presentation (and anything else on my screen, such as my email or a Web browser).

But then Theater disappeared in the Mavericks version of Messages.

In a recent Mac 911 column, Chris Breen suggested a couple of workarounds. I'd like to share a few more, and add my own take on one of Chris's suggestions. -- Macworld.

Better Security On That Macbook: Turn Off File Sharing, Enable AirDrop

Better Security On That Macbook: Turn Off File Sharing, Enable AirDrop

When you travel with a Mac laptop, whether a Macbook Pro or Air, you may be leaving it open to malicious users to get into your machine.

One of the things you can do to keep them out of your precious files is to turn off File Sharing completely. Then, if you still want to share files with other Mac users, you can use AirDrop, which is more of a temporary opening of the security gates than File Sharing is.

Note that you can indeed improve security while using File Sharing on and setting up your Firewall with specific ports, but that's the subject of a different tip. -- Cult of Mac.

Heartbleed Update: OpenVPN isn't Safe, Either

Heartbleed Update: OpenVPN isn't Safe, Either

As if the fact that the heartbleed bug wasn't already causing enough trouble for OPenSSL, it's a problem for OpenVPN, too. Just as hackers can exploit a code flaw in outdated versions of OpenSSL to potentially gain the secret keys to decrypt Internet traffic, they can do the same with OpenVPN, and one VPN operator has figured out exactly how it's done. -- The Mac Observer.

How to Streamline System Preferences on Your Mac

How to Streamline System Preferences on Your Mac

Many of us have to go to System Preferences on our Mac from time to time. Be it cleaning up old wifi networks, sorting out misbehaving Bluetooth devices, or choosing a new desktop image, there are some tasks that you might do more frequently than others. Fortunately, there are ways to streamline System Preferences that can make your periodic trip faster and easier. Here's how... -- The Mac Observer.

Yet Another 25 Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography

Yet Another 25 Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography

Sandro Cuccia continues his series on iPhone Photography mastery with yet another twenty-five awesome tips that are guaranteed to help you improve your own iPhone photography and go beyond simple silly selfies. -- The Mac Observer.

3 Free iOS Apps To Unleash the Music In You

3 Free iOS Apps To Unleash the Music In You

Music is an integral part of my life even though I can't play a lick on any instrument and my singing has been likened to what a drowning moose might sound like.

Ah well, I'm content with limiting my audience to whatever happens to be flying, crawling, slithering, or walking pass my bathroom window while I'm showering. I know I'll never be a star, but I do enjoy belting out a tune every once in a while. Apparently so do many others. -- The Mac Observer.

Using Time Machine on unsupported volumes

Using Time Machine on unsupported volumes

I wanted to use Time Machine on my exFAT hard drive, but turns out that these volumes aren't supported from Time Machine! There is a very simple way to use Time Machines on unsupported hard drives, as long as you follow these instructions carefully you shouldn't have any issues at all. -- Mac OS X Hints.

Troubleshooting iMac Target Display mode

Troubleshooting iMac Target Display mode

When Apple introduced its late-2009 iMac systems, it was clear the large built-in display on these systems could not only be used for the accompanying computer, but similar to the functions of Target Disk mode for hard drives, the display could be used for another Mac.

While Target Disk Mode requires you to restart the system into a special mode, the use of Target Display simply switches the monitor to accept input from an external source, rather than the running system, just as if you had unplugged it for alternative uses. -- MacIssues.

Wake up your Mac with your iPhone

Wake up your Mac with your iPhone

Waking a Mac up from sleep generally requires you tap a key on the keyboard, or click your mouse or trackpad; however, there are times when you might need to wake your Mac up remotely, either because it is locked away such as a server in a closet, or perhaps it is among a number on a large local network that you are trying to access and need it woken up. -- MacIssues.

Use the Terminal to quickly get a Unix path to a file

Use the Terminal to quickly get a Unix path to a file

While you can often access the files you need by browsing the filesystem in the Finder, sometimes you might need to specify the Unix path for a file or folder in question, either to run a Terminal command on it, or to communicate this path to others in an e-mail, online discussion, or otherwise. -- MacIssues.

Use OS X services to reveal or open file paths

Use OS X services to reveal or open file paths

There are several ways to refer someone to a specific file or folder in OS X, especially if this resource is part of OS X and therefore should be in the same location on all systems. One way is to simply describe the location of the file and have the person find their way to it, or optionally instruct them to use Spotlight to find the file, though this does not search for system files by default. -- MacIssues.

Facebook's New Twist on Location Sharing Puts Users in Control

Facebook's New Twist on Location Sharing Puts Users in Control

On Thursday, Facebook is taking the wraps off a new feature, under development for four years outside and inside the company, that allows mobile users to share their location with their friends on the service.

Called Nearby Friends, the service is completely optional. When users turn it on, they pick whom they want to share their location with -- all of their friends, a smaller group, or just a few people. The service then broadcasts their general location -- say, TriBeCa in New York, or the Financial District in San Francisco -- to those people -- New York Times.

Google Uses Algorithms to Create SLR-Like Photos

Google Uses Algorithms to Create SLR-Like Photos

Google is lifting up the hood of its new Lens Blur feature for its camera app, showing how the company can make a photo taken on a smartphone look like it has varying depths of field. -- New York Times.

Heartbleed Highlights a Contradiction in the Web

Heartbleed Highlights a Contradiction in the Web

The Heartbleed bug that made news last week drew attention to one of the least understood elements of the Internet: Much of the invisible backbone of websites from Google to Amazon to the Federal Bureau of Investigation was built by volunteer programmers in what is known as the open-source community. -- New York Times.

How Urban Anonymity Disappears When All Data Is Tracked

How Urban Anonymity Disappears When All Data Is Tracked

At some point very soon, a large amount of public information, like a car license plate, will be part of a mosaic portraying personal lives. At that point, believers in technology say, we'll build a better society by eliminating deceit. Some say, however, that deferral to data comes at the expense of people making real choices about how to behave. -- New York Times.

How An iPad Can Improve Your Photography

How An iPad Can Improve Your Photography

Jeff Carlson is the author of The iPad for Photographers, Second Edition" (Peachpit Press) and "Adobe Lightroom mobile: Your Lightroom on the Go" (Peachpit Press). You can check out his personal website and iPad for Photographers to learn more about Jeff's photography, and the newest tool in your camera bag -- the iPad. Here is his tutorial on how to get the best out of your iPad. -- Jeff Carlson.

Apple to End Support for AIM iChat Logins on Older Versions of OS X Starting June 30

Apple to End Support for AIM iChat Logins on Older Versions of OS X Starting June 30

Apple has announced in a recent support note that it will end AIM iChat login support for users running versions of OS X below 10.7.2 Lion on June 30, 2014.

The change will affect those who use their mac.com and me.com addresses as AIM IDs to log into iChat on older systems, as users running compatible versions of OS X Snow Leopard and OS X Lion can upgrade to OS X Mavericks for free. -- Mac Rumors.

'Enhanced' dictation in Mavericks is true

'Enhanced' dictation in Mavericks is true

Elliott Wicks's discovery of "enhanced" dictation in Mavericks is true. (You must first go to System Prefs and download the software via the Dictation pane.)

'Enhanced' dictation in Mavericks is true

I've tried the OS X dictation feature in the past, but I found that the 30 second maximum was too limiting. I had no idea that this upgrade was in Mavericks. -- MacInTouch.

Is there a way to install Mavericks without using an Apple ID?

Is there a way to install Mavericks without using an Apple ID?

If you have Lion, for example, then Mavericks is a free upgrade. Most people would get that via the Mac App Store, but that requires an Apple ID. You could get a copy of the installer app from a friend and, since you own a Mac and Mavericks is a free upgrade, it would appear that you have a right to install it (mandatory disclaimer: I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice). You still have to agree to the EULA when you install it, but that doesn't require an Apple ID.

You have a valid point. However, in contrast, it's worthwhile to think about the overall cost/benefit. It's not so much an issue of registering your OS as one of registering your Apple ID as a valid user. In the past this was done with a name-and-address panel but now it's simpler with an Apple ID for the Mac App Store. And the App Store is the real point here - not the OS. So, for example, if you purchased a Mac recently, you're entitled to Pages/Numbers/Keynote for free rather than having to pay for them. The way Apple handles that is through your Apple ID and knowing what you purchased and when.

Bear in mind that you can have a separate Apple ID just for the App Store - unrelated to anything else. It can (and, I would suggest, should be) separate from any Apple ID that you might use for email etc. And separate from the ID you use for iTunes (long story - more detail than appropriate here). -- MacIntouch.

How to share a Pages, Keynote, or Numbers file with iCloud

How to share a Pages, Keynote, or Numbers file with iCloud

If you're using Pages, Keynote, or Numbers on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac you can easily share anything you create via Apple's online service, iCloud. The best part about sharing iWork documents via iCloud is that the person you share with doesn't need an iOS device or Mac to open or even collaborate on the documents with you. All they need is a web browser. -- iMore.

How To Download Adobe Photoshop CS2 For Free Legally

How To Download Adobe Photoshop CS2 For Free Legally

Photoshop is seen by the overwhelming majority as the de facto pinnacle of image editing and manipulation. Whilst revered for its vast tool set, seemingly unlimited plugins and general, all-round power, it is out of the price range of many average users looking to learn / dabble in a little Photoshopping. Each year, Adobe beefs up its umbrella of Creative Suite products (encompassing Photoshop), with prices remaining higher than most other paid software out there, but in something of a turn up for the books, Photoshop is now free.

Before you smash open your "saving for Photoshop" piggy bank to splash on expensive champagne in joyous celebration, it's important to note that we're not talking about the latest version, rather the ten year old Photoshop (and Creative Suite) CS2. It would appear Adobe has grown tired of maintaining a bunch of activation servers to keep users on the right side of legal, and has simply caved, instead releasing it free of charge. -- Redmond Pie.

OS X Mavericks: 4 speed secrets

OS X Mavericks: 4 speed secrets

If you've followed my earlier tips to help you squeeze more performance from your OS X Mavericks Mac, but crave a little more zest, these suggestions may help you get slightly more performance from your Mac.

These tips tend to boost single application performance more than overall system performance, but if you run multiple apps at once you should feel a little benefit. -- Computerworld.

How to fix choppy video playback in Safari on OS X

How to fix choppy video playback in Safari on OS X

Recently I ran into a problem that I found to be quite annoying. Flash video playback in Safari began suffering from major stuttering and choppiness. It was so bad that videos essentially became unwatchable while using Safari.

For someone who's constantly watching and editing video like me, this proved to be a big problem. I even pondered switching to Chrome for a bit, but quickly dismissed that thought and set out to find a solution to the problem.

Fortunately, the solution to fixing choppy video playback in Safari is an easy one. Have a look inside and we'll show you how. -- iDownload Blog.

iTunes: Glitchy tracks, numbers game, and too-large libraries

iTunes: Glitchy tracks, numbers game, and too-large libraries

You know the one where you get a track from iTunes Match and it's not perfect? How about the one where you've just got too much stuff in your iTunes library and it slows iTunes down to a crawl? Or that thing where there are numbers at the beginnings of track names and you'd really like to get rid of them? Well, read on to find out how to fix these problems. -- Macworld.

iTunes Radio: Create a Station from a Song or Artist

iTunes Radio: Create a Station from a Song or Artist

If you haven't played around with iTunes Radio, you should really check it out. It's a free way to listen to streaming music right from within iTunes, and you can choose to either play the built-in featured stations or make your own based on a type of music or artist that you like. -- The Mac Observer.

Beamer Is The One-Click Way To Stream Movies From Mac To Apple TV

Beamer Is The One-Click Way To Stream Movies From Mac To Apple TV

Considering that Apple has sold millions of Apple TVs in recent years, it's still a convoluted mess to get a Mac to stream a movie to your television.

Unless you use Beamer. -- BohemianBoomer.

iCloud Is Bloated

iCloud Is Bloated

I've written recently about iCloud; about how it's a black hole that swallows up your data and documents, and how Apple is stingy with storage. But when you think about it, iCloud is many different services, all wrapped into one. Perhaps there are too many. You often hear people complain that certain apps are bloated; perhaps iCloud is bloated too, and this bloat makes it hard to manage and use. -- Kirkville.

How To Install New Fonts On iPhone And iPad Without Jailbreaking

How To Install New Fonts On iPhone And iPad Without Jailbreaking

Apple's iOS is commonly referred to as a "walled garden," a label used to described the subtle limitations attached to a closed source piece of software. But every now and then, we're reminded that Apple's mobile operating system isn't a completely fusty old stick-in-the-mud, and that actually, there are means of customizing the experience without having to resort to a jailbreak. AnyFont, an app that lets you install custom TrueType and OpenType fonts, is a prime example, and for $1.99 over at the App Store, is well worth checking out. -- Redmond Pie.

How to reduce the number of ads in Gmail

How to reduce the number of ads in Gmail

You can't stop Google from scanning your inbox or serving you ads, but you can opt out of receiving personalized ads in Gmail. And you can eliminate one prominent ad banner altogether. -- CNET.