A pair of newly released patent applications detail potential future capabilities for Apple devices, with the first detailing a system by which two devices could be paired using biometric information, like a fingerprint, while the second details a method to display camera information using electronic diffusers. -- AppleInsider.
Apple on Thursday released the latest version of its iTunes Festival app, which some insiders said would be the harbinger of iOS 7.1, though it appears the app only requires iOS 7 to run. -- AppleInsider.
A little over one week after its release of the OS X 10.9.2 maintenance update, Apple on Thursday seeded OS X 10.9.3 beta to developers for testing.
According to people who have seen OS X 10.9.3 beta build 13D12, Apple is asking developers to focus on Graphics Drivers and Audio. Notably absent from the release notes is Mail, which has been a thorn in OS X Mavericks' side since it debuted in October of 2013. -- AppleInsider.
It appears that Apple will be enabling additional support for 4K displays with the latest OS X 10.9.3 maintenance update, with people familiar with the beta reporting support for so-called pixel-doubling, 60Hz refresh rates with late-2013 MacBook Pros and more. -- AppleInsider.
Though Notification Center's Do Not Disturb feature first made an appearance in Mountain Lion, it wasn't until Mavericks that the feature really got its due. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of it. -- Macworld.
In this week's column, I look at some interesting questions about getting apps for iOS devices that aren't using iOS 7, about viewing album art in playlists on iTunes, and about keeping certain tracks from rearing their heads when you're listening in shuffle mode. I also explain how to set up smart playlists to sort your music by the first letter of artists' names. -- Macworld.
An updated Apple whitepaper on iOS security (pdf) delves into an unprecedented amount of detail about the security architecture and features of the company's mobile OS for devices such as the iPhone and iPad. Security professionals and IT consultants are praising both the company's transparency and its approach to protecting iOS devices, Internet security and users' data. -- Macworld UK.
Apple makes an enormous amount of money by selling hardware, and hardware generally doesn't change over its lifetime. However, in the TV industry, services come and go. Perhaps innovation by Apple consists of coping with change rather than eliminating it. -- The Mac Observer.
Shares of video and pixel processing company Pixelworks have climbed over 40 percent after the company revealed a strategic relationship with Apple that contributed significantly to the company's revenue in 2013. -- SeekingAlpha.
Once, all you needed to succeed in the music business were a pair of golden ears and some hustle. Now, it also takes mountains of data.
With the music industry turning digital, music companies can now understand their customers' listening habits in greater depth than ever before. -- New York Times.
On Mar 06, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple titled "Wireless Pairing and Communication between Devices Using Biometric Data." The patent reveals that information exchanged between devices such as an iPhone and Mac may one day use biometrics to perform a connection between the devices. While it adds another layer of security it also simplifies the process by not requiring any passwords. Apple states that other forms of biometric security may be used in the future, such as retinal scanning, facial recognition and more. -- Patently Apple.
On March 6, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple titled "Mobile Emergency Attack and Failsafe Detection." In 2009 Apple invented the iPhone emergency-mode processor and today, Apple is advancing the services that they could build into this system. Apple's invention generally relates to the iPhone and in particular to techniques for the iPhone to detect probable emergency situations automatically and to help in automatically requesting aid for those potentially involved in emergency situations. -- Patently Apple.
On March 6, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple titled "Wi-Fi Credential Sharing using Images." Setting up your iDevices to a new wireless network at coffee shops or other entertainment hubs is time consuming. Wouldn't it be nice to just tell Siri to set it up for you and be done with it? Well, Apple's invention covers just that and more. -- Patently Apple.
FileVault and Legacy FileVault are both compatible with the Recovery System included with OS X Lion and later.
To start from OS X Recovery with FileVault enabled, start up your Mac with the Command and R keys held down on the keyboard. Once you see the Apple logo appear you can release these keys. The Recovery System opens normally and you can perform any of the tasks that are listed.
To mount, verify, or repair a drive or volume that is encrypted with FileVault using Disk Utility, enter the FileVault password when prompted. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
Apple's decision to end support for OS X Snow Leopard (OS X 10..6) is reasonable -- but it's the kiss of death for a large segment of the Mac resale market.
You see, Snow Leopard was the last version of OS X that ran on early edition Intel Macs. It was introduced in August 2009 four years after Apple announced the transition to Intel processors in Macs.
Macs running Snow Leopard still account for around 25 percent of active Macs. The implication is that these users are still using older Macs, and are on Snow Leopard to run OS X on them.
Why? -- Computerworld.
More and more apps on your iPhone and iPad require some level of access to your private data. Whether that's access to the microphone for voice commands or to keep your plane in the air in Dumb Ways to Die app, or access to your contacts so Skype can contact your friends easily.
These apps have all sorts of access and it's about time you take control of them and verify what apps are accessing what data. -- Apple Gazette.
Ever been stuck deep down inside Netflix on the Apple TV and wished there was a way to instantly jump all the way back to the main Home screen? Ever been frustrated by fast forward going too slow or too fast and wished you could simply skip chapter by chapter instead? Ever had Home screen icons disappear or services say they're not available and wished you could reboot with only a couple of clicks? Well, you can! The little aluminum remote that comes with the Apple TV might not seem like much but there are a lot of options hidden behind those buttons. Here are some of the best. -- iMore.
A longtime Mac user picks up a Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and discovers good and not-so-good things about Redmond's new mobile platform and Windows 8. Oh, and then there are the observations of what makes Windows users tick. -- ZDNet.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent filing describing a unique mobile device feature that can automatically request assistance if it is determined that a user is in distress. -- AppleInsider.
A nationwide test of the four major US carriers' cellular networks puts Verizon Wireless and AT&T in a near-tie in most categories, with Sprint and T-Mobile lagging well behind their bigger rivals.
Verizon was the winner in four out of five categories, including reliability, data, calls, and texts. AT&T won the speed test by a hair and finished slightly behind Verizon in the overall score. -- Ars Technica.
2013 was an interesting year for Apple. Jony Ive's move to the head of software design bore its first fruit with the launch of iOS 7, shaking up some established Apple design conventions and breaking a long-held pattern of focused iteration in a company not known for its wild mood swings. So what do Apple design developments from 2013 tell us about what to expect for iOS and the Mac this year? -- Macworld.
If you troubleshoot Macs on a regular basis, sooner or later, you're going to need an old Mac OS X install CD or DVD. Only the truly organized will be able to locate that Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard DVD they last used two moves ago. For those of you looking to find a way to replace your old Mac OS X install discs, we'd like to offer the following suggestions. -- Macworld.
When trying to assess the success of an ecosystem, the primary measure is the size of the user base or the "audience" for the product. Companies like FaceBook and WhatsApp and Twitter are measured first and foremost on this metric. Companies like Google, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft are less so. When revenues are firmly attached to products the focus shifts to "follow-the-money" rather than "follow-the-users" metrics.
That's as it should be, but for the sake of understanding the competition between ecosystems, they should be compared on some similar basis. If the basis of competition in this day and age is ecosystems how does one evaluate Facebook's vs. Microsoft's? Or, more poignantly, how does one compare WhatsApp's valuation with that of iMessage? -- Asymco.
Science and technology company Azoi has unveiled the Wello health monitoring case for the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s, allowing users to track various human metrics such as blood pressure, heart rate, temperature and more, reports GigaOM.
Faced with an iPhone 5 that had become increasingly unreliable after installing iOS 7, particularly as the weather got colder, Adam Engst replaced its battery himself, a task that proved significantly more nerve-wracking than doing so for an iPhone 4. -- TidBITS.
Today at Dx3, Canada's largest digital marketing, advertising and retail event here in Toronto, I got a look at the iPhone and iBeacon-powered future of shopping courtesy of a few companies about to launch a number of innovative mobile solutions for retailers. The show floor consisted of a full-size concept store powered by iBeacon technology and mobile retail app platform ThirdShelf as well as some interesting new products that could soon completely revolutionize the way we shop using our mobile devices. -- 9to5Mac.
On March 6, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals the advancement of their current AirPlay feature to be interactive. Today's patent application clearly illustrates that Apple is working on making it possible to not only make Airplay interactive but also allow unique dual-display functionality that complement one another. For instance, a user will be able to use Airplay to have a game on an iPad play on their TV while allowing the iPad to further become a game controller to interact with the game. Apple provides us with a series of examples illustrating the many applications that they're contemplating for this new feature. Apple's first patent application that discussed the possibility of this future version of interactive Airplay was revealed last May. -- Patently Apple.
Libraries are a new feature in Final Cut Pro X version 10.1. A library contains both projects and events in one place. Think of libraries as a way to collect and organize related projects and events at a higher level. For example, you could use a separate library for each of your professional clients. Or you could use libraries to separate different video productions, each of which contains its own projects and events. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
iTunes' Genius feature is designed to help you find music that "sound(s) great together." For example, if you find a song you like, and want to make a playlist with other songs that should "work" with that song, you can do so. Select the song, right-click, then choose Create Genius Playlist. -- Kirkville.
Four students have hacked Apple's iOS 7s voice assistant to control third-party apps with Siri without jailbreaking their iPhone. -- Computerworld.
Smartphones and tablets these days store an incredible amount of information, and with much of it sensitive and personal, many users like to keep their device somewhat private by limiting who has access.
With the introduction of Touch ID on the iPhone 5s, Apple sought to make iOS devices more secure by making security as simple as a fingerprint. But with Touch ID currently an iPhone 5s-only feature, where does that leave all other iOS users?
Thankfully, there's a solution. -- TUAW.
With Apple's mass iOS deployment intentions revealed, early testers of the service are reporting a smooth rollout of features that sources say will go live once iOS 7.1 is released later in March. -- AppleInsider.
Let's just first say that you all are awesome. We had over 300 entries in last week's Cult of Mac Magazine photo contest, in which we asked for photos taken with an iPhone that exemplified the topic word, "silver."
Y'all filled up our Twitter and Instagram feed in spades. Well done!
We don't have space to print all gajillion photos here in Cult of Mac Magazine, though, so we narrowed things down to our favorite ten submitted photos, with the top three there at the end of our list. -- Cult of Mac.
In OS X 10.9 Mavericks a smart folder (or a saved search) dragged to the Dock behaves like a folder (smart folders by default are saved under ~/Library/Saved Searches). Right click gives sorting, display and viewing options similar to ordinary folders dragged to the Dock. A drawer icon is shown if Display as Folder option is selected. In grid view Quick Look works, too. -- Mac OS X Hints.
Since being introduced alongside the iPhone 5 in 2012, Apple's Lightning cable has been criticized for its poor durability, as it is prone to breakage and fraying near the adapter.
It appears the Lightning cable may be vulnerable to corrosion as well, according to a report from ZDNet's Jason O'Grady, who noticed corrosion on the gold contacts of his Lightning cable after it had been failing to charge his iPhone. -- Mac Rumors.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 36 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we mainly cover patents pertaining to Apple's web widgets and the iTunes Store user interface. We wrap up our report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today. -- Patently Apple.
This also likely implies that future Intel Xeon CPU upgrades are *possible*. -- 9to5Mac.
Spotlight is one of the most under-used features in OS X. It's ability to not only find folders and files but to act as an application launcher makes it an invaluable addition to OS X.
If you've ever changed a large number of files on your Mac you may have noticed Spotlight reindexing itself to locate all the files. This is an automatic feature that you have no control over, so if you've changed what you feel are a lot of files but Spotlight hasn't reindexed, it may be time to force your Mac to rebuild the Spotlight index manually. -- Apple Gazette.
With so many holidays scattered throughout the year, it's easy to lose track of when is what, and on which day the next falls. Fortunately, the Mac Calendar app makes it simple to toggle the display of all holidays directly in the Calendar app, so you'll never lose track over what date Palm Sunday, Earth Day, Thanksgiving, or Cinco De Mayo (ok that one's easy) is, whether it's this year or the next. -- OS X Daily.
Apple's in-car infotainment system has been a long time coming. After it was announced at the company's annual WWDC conference in June last year, "iOS in the Car" flew under the radar, only to undergo a rebrand and launch publicly yesterday under a new moniker: CarPlay. Sharing part of its name with the company's AirPlay media-streaming protocol, CarPlay combines all of the iPhone's most important features and mirrors them inside the car, allowing car owners to call, text, navigate and listen to music (and more) using touch- or Siri-based voice inputs. The new in-car interface is compatible with new Ferrari, Mercedes and Volvo models unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show, and it's there that we got the chance to test Apple's automotive assistant inside a suitably equipped Ferrari FF coupe. -- Engadget.
It used to be that switching off your phone was the only way to ensure you couldn't be found. But even that no longer appears to be enough to keep you from the prying eyes of today's powerful technology.
After a recent four-day trip around Europe, Canadian programmer Arman Amin discovered the Argus fitness app on his iPhone 5S had recorded the footsteps taken on his journey while his phone was switched off. -- Melbourne Age.
You know the "Next Big Thing" is no longer waiting in the wings when you hear it dissected on talk radio. That's now the case with the Industrial Internet -- or the Internet of Things, or the collision of software and hardware, or the convergence of the virtual and real worlds, or whatever you want to call it. It has emerged from academe and the high tech redoubts of Silicon Valley, and invaded the mainstream media. -- O'Reilly Radar.
Apple's new vehicle infotainment system CarPlay will do much more than display iPhone maps and play music from a vehicle's dashboard, as one key feature will be an advanced, contextually aware artificial intelligence system aims to assist users while they drive. -- AppleInsider.
Apple on Monday released a new version of the upcoming OS X 3.1 Server update, with changes limited to general bug fixes and performance improvements.
According to people who have seen the latest OS X Server 3.1 Preview build 13S4122, the beta is much the same as the last release, which brought bug fixes to Server and Profile Manager. -- AppleInsider.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday assigned Apple a patent covering passive audio call screening via an off-site voicemail service, a feature that can theoretically be applied to cellphone platforms like the iPhone. -- AppleInsider.
In the quiet foothills of Kentucky, a massive supercomputer is churning through data. It is hunting for new drugs to fight cancer.
Every week, the DataseamGrid processes 300 man-years worth of calculations. Yeah, that's 300 years of calculations every week. Drug discovery usually takes 10 to 15 years, but the DataseamGrid blazes through that work in a fraction of the usual time. It is one of the largest pipelines of potential new cancer drugs in the country. Researchers here are about to start human trials this year of a new drug discovered by the supercomputer, which, if successful, may lead to an entirely new class of cancer drugs. -- Cult of Mac.
The "Today" view in iOS 7's Notification Center can be pretty useful. It tells you the current date, weather conditions, upcoming appointments, and even how your stocks are doing. But what if you don't want one or more of these things in your "Today" list? Fortunately there's a way to customize it and it's pretty easy. -- The Mac Observer.
Apple's Airport Utility 6 can appear deceptively simple and simple-minded. However, with a few hidden mouse operations, a lot of network information can be revealed quickly and easily. John Martellaro shows you how. -- The Mac Observer.
The OS X Finder allows you to access and organize files and folders on your hard drive, with one common function being to move items to the trash. While you can drag items to the trash, an additional feature is to make a selection and then press the hotkey Command-delete, or choose "Move to Trash" from the File menu, which will place the selected items in your account's trash in preparation for deletion.
You can fix the inability to move files to the OS X trash by adjusting file permissions settings. -- MacFixIt.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 36 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a possible future iPhone with wraparound display that will use virtual buttons, replacing today's physical buttons for volume controls. The new design may use optically transparent glass to form the new iPhone design. -- Patently Apple.
Developer Jeff Atwood, co-founder of Stack Exchange, has penned a brilliant diatribe against the current app economy. Atwood rails against the flood of useless apps, and tackles the problems of having different interfaces for each device, not knowing what you're getting when you buy an app, the lousiness of both free apps and in-app purchases, and having to learn wildly inconsistent interfaces. Atwood compares the state of apps to computing before the dawn of the Web, and hints at an upcoming solution. -- Coding Horror.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 36 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a historically important multitouch related patent. This is one of the key patents relating to the original iPhone that allowed Apple to create a touch based device using a touch related user interface that presented touch based apps to control the device. The design introduced complex gestures including the slide gesture that was used to create the "slide to unlock" feature that everyone in the industry copied thereafter. The new gesture based UI allowed Apple to introduce an easy to use interface that dramatically departed from the heavy button riddled designs of yesteryear. This was a key point that the late Steve Jobs made during his historic 2007 iPhone keynote. -- Patently Apple.
Final Cut Pro X, FCPX, is a new V1.0 application. It is not an update to Final Cut Pro 7. To help make the transition easier for those who actually want to use FCPX, versus those who only want to complain about it, I'm assembling some of the tips that I use while editing with FCPX. Most of these tips are things that I did in FCP7 but had to figure out how to do it in FCPX. I'll update this list as I continue to work with it. Keyboard shortcuts are in parenthesis.
It used to be that one of the most compelling reasons to get a Mac (as opposed to a PC running on Windows) was that the former was supposed to be as secure as you can get. These days, however, security issues, loopholes, and mistakes crop up left and right; not to mention the fact that more and more people are trying to get past security measures already in place. -- Apple Gazette.
All iOS users know the familiar "ding" alert sound of a new email landing in the inbox of your iPhone or iPad. For those of us who live attached to technology, these alert sounds have basically trained our brain to stop what we're doing and check our inbox, often relying only on the mute button or Do Not Disturb function to get a break. -- OS X Daily.
The Internet of Things is real and growing, but the money will come neither from Internet nor the Things. Instead, the big money will derive from business services that pull data from those IoT networks.
Unfortunately, a lack of standards threatens to slow the market's maturation as vendors are forced to build the devices, sensor networks and services that run on top of them. -- ReadWrite.
According to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), over 85% of daily tasks will include game elements by 2020. The organization, whose motto is 'Advancing Technology for Humanity,' looked at the growth of games in fields such as healthcare, education, and enterprise when preparing their report. Member Tom Coughlin summarized the findings, saying that 'by 2020, however many points you have at work will help determine the kind of raise you get or which office you sit in.' -- Technology Advice.
Apple has acquired at least 23 firms over the last five quarters, but the purpose--and even the identity--of some of them remains a mystery. This is no accident.
Speaking to shareholders at a meeting on Friday, Apple's chief executive Tim Cook noted that his company has acquired 23 companies over the last roughly 16 months.
That time frame would appear to exclude all of the known acquisitions reported to have occurred within 2012, including Chomp, Redmaticia, AuthenTec and Particle. -- AppleInsider.
As expected, Apple on Monday announced its latest push into the automotive space with CarPlay, a rebadged "iOS in the Car" that integrates the touch and voice controls of iOS with a car's infotainment system. -- AppleInsider.
Security researchers have designed a stealthy eavesdropping attack that sounds like it's straight out of a James Bond movie. It starts with a booby-trapped document that compromises an unpatched laser printer, which in turn converts a popular Internet phone into a covert bugging device. -- Ars Technica.
Mobile World Congress isn't just about new cell phones. There's also a ton of networking gear on display and other crazy, extremely specialized contraptions that you'll probably never see unless you go to the show. -- Ars Technica.
Apple offers no end-of-life roadmaps for its operating systems, and it doesn't officially comment on whether support has dried up for this or that version of OS X. The best you can do is look at historical data. Since switching to a yearly release cadence with Lion back in 2011, Apple seems to be willing to support whatever the latest version is plus the two preceding versions. When OS X 10.9.2 was released earlier this week, it was accompanied by security updates for OS X 10.8 and 10.7 but not for 2009's OS X 10.6. -- Ars Technica.
Security is an extra-hot topic these days, as all sorts of government agencies short on letters but long on budgets keep getting accused of spying on their own citizens, and debates rage on whether what look like accidental bugs may actually turn out to be quite intentional.
In the midst of all the ruckus, Apple has updated its iOS Security whitepaper, a longstanding document outlining the thought processes and technologies that go into keeping its mobile platform as secure as possible. Here are just a few of the most interesting tidbits from this latest revision. -- Macworld.
During the latest shareholder meeting Tim Cook revealed that Apple TV sales were above $1 billion in the last fiscal year (ending September 2013). The company later clarified that this figure includes device and content sales.
This poses a problem. In previous statements the company cited device (unit) shipments rather than value. The statements made to date suggested that cumulative volume of 3rd (current) generation Apple TV totaled 6 million units as of January 1, 2013. -- Asymco.
If you're anything like Melissa Holt, teeny minimized windows lined up next to the Trash icon in your Dock are messy enough to keep you up at night. Luckily, there's a preference in OS X that'll let you change that behavior. Maybe you'll sleep better after you read about it! Maybe Melissa shouldn't be so troubled over such minor details! Maybe with a few more exclamation points, we'll remember what we were talking about! Wait, what? -- The Mac Observer.
There are some little known treats stored in Mavericks. Try these out and see if they help you. I am also including a problem that some people have had coordinating iMessage between computers and iOS 7. -- The Mac Observer.
Apple is about to begin charging users outside of their warranty for online chat support using a new web payment system it recently developed. Sources familiar with the project say Apple is currently expecting to launch the new paid chat support, which will also let customers schedule repairs and replacements online, as early as next week. Here's how it works: -- 9to5Mac.
AirDrop can be a be a quick, simple way to transfer files between iOS devices. It can be especially handy because it is truly a device-to-device transfer that works even when neither device has internet access, although Wi-Fi and Bluetooth have to be turned on for it to function. In this article I will discuss how to turn on AirDrop and use it to share files between devices. -- 9to5mac.
When you connect a new Apple USB Ethernet Adapter or Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter to your Mac, a prompt appears asking if you'd like to use this device for a new network configuration. Follow the steps below to quickly set up an Internet connection through one of these adapters if you've not used that adapter with your Mac before. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
If you're being stalked, spammed, pranked, or otherwise abused over iMessage or FaceTime, you can block that contact and prevent them from bothering you ever again, even on your Mac. It's simple, it's easy, and it's oh-so-gratifying. If there's an especially annoying someone you've been waiting to ignore, here's how to do it! -- iMore.
Keeping secure in today's always connected age of computing is not a once and done sort of task, it is an ongoing process that requires attention. The following checklist will help keep your devices secure. -- Gigaom.
iMessage is Apple's proprietary service that allows you to send and receive free, SMS- and MMS-like messages on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac from any other iMessage user. Not only can you send regular text, photo, and video messages with iMessage, but contacts, voice memos, and locations as well. iMessage works on any device running iOS 5 or higher, and any Mac running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or higher. Whether you need help setting up or using any or all of the features, you've come to the right place! -- iMore.
As many outgrow their quotas for free online storage, hosting a personal cloud on becomes a more economical solution. This primer will go over some of the aspects of personal storage one should consider before diving in data first. -- Gigaom.
With the recent security flaw in iOS that affected users connecting to public Wi-Fi, it brought to light the issues with connecting to any Wi-Fi network you can find. If you connected to a network on purpose or even by mistake and now you don't want to be on it anymore, the simple fix is to turn your Wi-Fi off, but that's not the best solution, since you have to turn it off every time you're near the network.
There is a quick and easy way to stop your iOS device from connecting to unwanted Wi-Fi networks, all you need to do is forget them. -- Apple Gazette.
I harp about backing up. I know too many computer users and photographers who've had that "oh, crap" moment when the disk fails and they've neglected their backups. It's happened to me -- I once lost a major design document with ten days of work on a project when a laptop disk crashed three days before deadline. I'd been backing up the project, of course, by copying it to the same disk. Yay me. (for the record, I rewrote the doc and was only two days late. and exhausted and stressed to hell, and convinced that would never happen again). -- Chuq Von Rospatch.
It sat in the closet in the spare bedroom, a 2013 impulse buy at a good price on Craigslist. It was something I really wanted, a Mid 2004 Dual 1.8 GHz PowerMac G5. I was so excited to bring it home, so excited to turn it on. The satisfying "bong" sound and hearing the hard drive start up -- I was thrilled. -- Low End Mac.
The OpenNI website, home to the widely used framework for 3D sensing, will be shut down in April. When, in November 2013, Apple bought PrimeSense for $350 million, people speculated how this would affect the Capri mobile technology but no mention was made of what would happen to OpenNI, the open source SDK most often used as an alternative to Microsoft's closed SDK for the Kinect. After Apple acquired PrimeSense, its website quickly shut, but the Developers link still points to Open NI. The status of OpenNI is a not-for-profit whose framework allows developers to create middleware and applications for a range of devices, including the Asus Xtion Pro. It claims to be a widely used community with over 100,000 active 3D developers. -- I Programmer.
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