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April 01 Wednesday's News

 

How to enable or disable iPhone cellular calls on Mac & iPad

How to enable or disable iPhone cellular calls on Mac & iPad

Made available with iOS 8, Continuity and Handoff on iOS and the Mac enable users to receive SMS messages, phone calls, and more across devices. First in our series of tips, here's how to turn on (or off) phone call forwarding to your Mac and iPad. -- AppleInsider.

Two-thirds of Apple Pay users running into problems at checkout, survey claims

Two-thirds of Apple Pay users running into problems at checkout, survey claims

Although Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed that Apple Pay had "gotten off to the most amazing start," about two-thirds of its users are encountering problems at retail, according to a survey published this week by Phoenix Marketing International. -- AppleInsider.

Apple's Lisa Jackson talks environmental regulations, global carbon footprint at WSJ conference

Apple's Lisa Jackson talks environmental regulations, global carbon footprint at WSJ conference

Apple's head of environmental efforts, Lisa Jackson, addressed a variety of issues, including the company's relationship with federal regulators and its global carbon footprint, in a new interview. -- AppleInsider.

Facebook tracks all visitors, even if you're not a user and opted out

Facebook tracks all visitors, even if you're not a user and opted out

Facebook tracks the Web-browsing activities of all visitors to the facebook.com domain even if they are not a Facebook user, according to new research from Europe. The report updates work from earlier this year, which found that Facebook's updated privacy policy breached EU law. -- Ars Technica.

Apple patent puts a twist on facial recognition unlocking

Apple patent puts a twist on facial recognition unlocking

Apple is looking to up its selfie game in a new patent awarded to the company by the United States Patent and Trademark Offices today. The new patent would allow iPhone and iPad users to unlock their devices by simply taking a selfie, rather than using Touch ID or a passcode. -- Cult of Mac.

Verizon Wireless Customers Can Now Opt Out of 'Supercookies'

Verizon Wireless Customers Can Now Opt Out of 'Supercookies'

The move comes in response to criticism on Capitol Hill and elsewhere of the carrier's user tracking program.

Verizon Wireless customers now have the ability to completely opt out of the phone carrier's controversial ad-targeting program that tagged users with undeletable tracking codes, which critics called "supercookies." -- New York Times.

Apple Granted 36 Patent Today Covering Facial Recognition, Beacon-Based Geofencing, Liquid Metal & More

Apple Granted 36 Patent Today Covering Facial Recognition, Beacon-Based Geofencing, Liquid Metal & More

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 36 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover three specific granted patents as noted in our byline. 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 Pay setup by two-thirds of iPhone 6 owners, nearly half only used once says survey

Apple Pay setup by two-thirds of iPhone 6 owners, nearly half only used once says survey

Research shared by Phoenix Marketing International offers new data for Apple Pay's adoption and performance since it launched in the United States in October last year. The survey polled just over 3,000 credit cardholders to conclude that "11% of all credit card-owning households" and two out of three iPhone 6 users have used Apple Pay. Aside from a high adoption rate for the mobile payment service, the survey also highlights that almost half of those Apple Pay users have used the service just one time. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple hires Dolby's technology chief to bolster audio and display technologies

Apple hires Dolby's technology chief to bolster audio and display technologies

Continuing its high-level executive hiring spree, Apple has recruited Dolby Executive Vice President Mike Rockwell to become an executive in its hardware division, 9to5Mac has learned. According to a source, Rockwell has likely been hired to bolster the audio and display performance of future Apple products, which could include anything from next-generation Apple monitors to professional audio/video editing tools to speakers. Rockwell's LinkedIn profile confirms he joined Apple in February but does not specify his role. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple + IBM add 8 new enterprise iOS apps, first for industrial products & healthcare industries

Apple + IBM add 8 new enterprise iOS apps, first for industrial products & healthcare industries

Through its MobileFirst for iOS initiative, Apple and IBM have added 8 new enterprise apps for designed exclusively for iPhone and iPad. The latest apps developed as part of the partnership between the two companies include two new industries: healthcare and industrial products. The 8 new apps brings the total of MobileFirst for iOS apps to 22, while the two new industries now totals 10 including banks, law enforcement, travel, and retail. Here are the latest iPhone and iPad enterprise apps from Apple and IBM. -- 9to5Mac.

About Apple video adapters and cables

About Apple video adapters and cables

Apple produces a number of different display adapters and cables for Apple computers using a variety of connectors. To learn about the Apple display adapters used with Mac computers (since 2001) use the images and information in the table below. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.

Calibrating your Mac notebook's battery for best performance

Calibrating your Mac notebook's battery for best performance

On older Mac notebooks, you can calibrate the battery for best performance.

The batteries on older Mac notebooks have an internal microprocessor that provides an estimate of the amount of energy in the battery as it charges and discharges. The battery needs to be recalibrated from time to time to keep the onscreen battery time and percent display accurate and to keep the battery operating at maximum efficiency. You should perform this procedure when you first use your computer and then every few months after that. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.

Updating Flash Player on Yosemite

Updating Flash Player on Yosimite

This week I was having a number of websites nagging me about the fact that my Flash player was out of date.

So I decided to fix that my going to the Adobe site and getting the latest version of Flash. It downloads just fine.

I am running Yosemite 10.10.3. And every time I clicked on the Flash installer it crashed.

I tired multiple times always with the same result.

The fix was to open System Preferences, Click on the Flash Player icon and allow it to connect to Adobe and install the correct version.

This installer did NOT crash.

Just sharing my experience, hoping it helps someone.

Why Apple Had To Take The NoSQL Plunge: It needs serious database talent--but not just any talent

Why Apple Had To Take The NoSQL Plunge: It needs serious database talent--but not just any talent

Apple has quietly--and not so quietly--been buying up Big Data companies over the past few years, most recently acquiring FoundationDB but in 2013 also purchasing Acunu, maker of a real-time analytics platform. The intent seems to be to purchase data infrastructure talent--and very particular talent at that.

Basically, Apple needed to get into NoSQL database technology in a bad way. These alternatives to traditional relational databases (long known as SQL systems) offer speed and flexibility that older-style databases can only dream of. -- ReadWrite.

Java for OS X 2014-001: How to re-enable the Apple-provided Java SE 6 web plug-in and Web Start features

Java for OS X 2014-001: How to re-enable the Apple-provided Java SE 6 web plug-in and Web Start features

Learn how to re-enable the Apple-provided Java SE 6 Java SE 6 web plug-in and Web Start features in OS X Lion and later.

If, after installing Java for OS X 2014-001 and the latest version of Java 7 from Oracle, you want to disable Java 7 and re-enable the Apple-provided Java SE 6 web plug-in and Web Start functionality, follow these steps. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.

Mail Drop limits

ail Drop limits

Mail Drop lets you send large files like videos, presentations, and images through iCloud. If you shared links through Mail Drop that are no longer available, you might have exceeded one or more of the service limits. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.

Restoring OS X Server from a Time Machine backup

Restoring OS X Server from a Time Machine backup

In Lion Server v10.7.2 (or later), OS X Server (Mountain Lion), or OS X Server (Mavericks), service data can be stored on a non-startup volume. The steps to restore from a Time Machine backup depend on whether your data was stored on the startup (boot) volume or a non-startup volume. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.

If you can't update or restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

If you can't update or restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

You can put your iOS device into recovery mode, then restore it using iTunes. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.

You might need to use recovery mode to restore your device in these cases:

  • iTunes doesn't recognize your device or says it's in recovery mode.
  • You see the Apple logo onscreen for several minutes with no progress bar.
  • You see the Connect to iTunes screen.

iOS 8: Manually Adjusting Your iPhone Camera's Exposure

iOS 8: Manually Adjusting Your iPhone Camera's Exposure

For a while now, we've been able to tap on our iOS screen when we're about to take a picture to say, "Hey, camera, this subject that I'm touching? Make it the star of the show." To see what I mean, check out these two images. In the first one, I opened the Camera app and tapped on a flower on the table runner; in the second, I chose a key on my keyboard. -- The Mac Observer.

Use this trick to see a map of everywhere your iPhone knows you've been

Use this trick to see a map of everywhere your iPhone knows you've been

If you have location services enabled on your iPhone, you can see a map of all the places where you're iPhone has tracked your location. In addition to viewing a map, you can also see a list of all the places you've been.

The feature is easy to turn off, too, if the idea of your iPhone logging each place you visit bothers you. -- Business Insider.

March 31 Tuesday's News

 

Apple begins accepting non-iPhone trade-ins in the US, Europe

Apple begins accepting non-iPhone trade-ins in the US, Europe

Consumers looking to make the switch from an Android, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone device to an iPhone can now bring their old handset directly to Apple, where they could trade it in to receive credit toward the purchase of a new iPhone. -- AppleInsider.

Apple seeds OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite beta with tweaked Photos app

Apple seeds OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite beta with tweaked Photos app

Apple on Monday pushed out to developers and public beta testers a fresh OS X 10.10.3 version, building on recent releases introducing a new Photos app and APIs for MacBook Force Touch capabilities. -- AppleInsider.

Luxurious

Luxurious

Apple's new watches are priced in a pattern unlike any of the previous pricing models for Apple products.

Previous pricing model for iPhone, iPad, Mac and iPod were typically structured around storage differences. The higher the storage, the higher the price. The Mac had a slight variation where processor and graphics offered some additional configuration options. -- Asymco.

Experience tech's greatest-ever demo as an opera

Experience tech's greatest-ever demo as an opera

If you think the 2007 unveiling of the iPhone is tech's most impressive demo, you haven't seen anything yet!

Back in 1968, when Tim Cook was barely 8 years old, an engineer named Doug Engelbart put on a computer demonstration at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco.

Over the course of 90 minutes, Engelbart showed off for the first time a stream of new technologies that would shape computing for the next half-century: windows, hypertext, computer graphics, the mouse, video-conferencing, word processing, real-time collaborative editing and more. -- Cult of Mac.

The Net Neutrality Mystery

The Net Neutrality Mystery

My friend Andy Regitsky, whom I have known for more than 30 years, follows the FCC, blogs about them, and teaches courses on -- among other things -- how to read and understand their confusing orders. Andy knows more about the FCC than most of the people who work there and Andy says the new Net Neutrality order will probably not stand. I wonder if it was even meant to? -- I, Cringely.

How to Use iTunes Match

How to Use iTunes Match

For $24.99 per year, or about two dollars per month, iTunes Match keeps all of your music in iCloud so you can access any song at any time from any device instead of picking and downloading your favorite playlists every time you sync your device. Plus, Apple will provide you with high quality playback using 256 Kbps AAC DRM free versions of your music, even if your original copy was lower quality. -- MacRumors.

How to prevent letters fading on your Mac's keyboard

How to prevent letters fading on your Mac's keyboard

Your Mac's keyboard is built to be fairly durable; however, there are instances where the letters on it may wear. For external Apple keyboards this can result in a blank white key, and for backlit keyboards you may find the sharp-edged letters are now a splotch of translucent white. This can have you considering a replacement, which can be expensive for MacBook systems. If you are noticing fading keys on your Mac, then there is an easy way to prevent the problem from spreading, and even fix a key that is already faded. -- MacIssues.

Learning to See Data

Learning to See Data

Developing instinctual learning can help scientists see patterns in the digital universe.

For the past year or so genetic scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York have been collaborating with a specialist from another universe: Daniel Kohn, a Brooklyn-based painter and conceptual artist.

Mr. Kohn has no training in computers or genetics, and he's not there to conduct art therapy classes. His role is to help the scientists with a signature 21st-century problem: Big Data overload.[I don't know what they are so excited about. Bob Muenchen and I were doing this with Systat back in the 80's. Well, "Everything Old is New Agan."] -- New York Times.

Apple Granted a Powerful Patent that allows Users to View Maps, Documents, Pictures & Medical Images in a Whole New Way

Apple Granted a Powerful Patent that allows Users to View Maps, Documents, Pictures & Medical Images in a Whole New Way

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 36 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a single patent that Apple has acquired from 3 North Carolina engineers represented by the law firm Ober | Kaler. The granted patent covers a user interface that allows control of the image (scrolling and magnification) on the device display by uniquely tilting the device. -- Patently Apple.

Meerkat and Periscope show how simple, fun, and weird live-streaming can be

Meerkat and Periscope show how simple, fun, and weird live-streaming can be

Like the frequent posture of its cute, furry namesake, a live-streaming video app called Meerkat recently got people to stand up and take notice.

Released about a month ago as an iPhone app, Meerkat lets you broadcast live videos that your Twitter followers can view through the app or on the Web. Broadcasts range from mundane clips of people's pets to live updates on breaking news, like last week's explosion in New York City. -- MIT Technology Review.

Apple Watch FAQ: preorders, try-on appointments, availability -- what you need to know

Apple Watch FAQ: preorders, try-on appointments, availability -- what you need to know

With just over a week before Apple Watch previews and reservations kick off in Apple retail and online stores, there are a few things to keep in mind if you're planning on purchasing the device in the early weeks of availability. -- 9to5Mac.

Recommended settings for Wi-Fi routers and access points

Recommended settings for Wi-Fi routers and access points

These Wi-Fi router (or Wi-Fi base station) settings are for all Macs and iOS devices. These settings will give you the best performance, security, and reliability when using Wi-Fi.

Wi-Fi routers are 802.11a/b/g/n/ac access points that include AirPort Extreme base stations, AirPort Express, and AirPort Time Capsule. "Wi-Fi router" is a generic term and includes Wi-Fi base stations and third-party 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi access points. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.

Deregister iMessage: Frequently Asked Questions

Deregister iMessage: Frequently Asked Questions

Learn how and why to deregister iMessage.

You might need to deregister iMessage if you have a non-Apple phone and can't get SMS or text messages someone sends you from an iPhone. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.

Resolve issues between iTunes and third-party security software

Resolve issues between iTunes and third-party security software

If you can't open iTunes, download content, sync your device, or use Home Sharing, your security software might be the cause.

Security software created by companies other than Apple can prevent iTunes from connecting to Apple servers or to devices. Sometimes, you might see a numeric error message when you sync, update, back up, or restore your device. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.

iCloud: Why am I getting junk mail (spam)?

iCloud: Why am I getting junk mail (spam)?

Unsolicited bulk email messages are commonly called junk mail or spam. Here's why you might get junk mail, and what you can do about it. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.

Mac 911: Good backup habits making migrating to a new Mac easier

Mac 911: Good backup habits making migrating to a new Mac easier

To go forward, you must back up. This is an old rubric and bad joke about the importance of keeping regularly updated copies on hand of your personal and work documents and, ideally, your entire drive. Backing up is often an important stage in migrating to a new machine as well. This week, I cover my recommended methods. -- Macworld.

OS X: Easy Screen Sharing with Messages

OS X: Easy Screen Sharing with Messages

You don't need to pop round to help people fix their Macs any more, thanks to Screen Sharing in OS X. This gives you the power to share items on the screen, or even take control of a remote Mac. -- Computerworld.

How to Connect to Invisible Wi-Fi SSID Networks from Mac OS X

How to Connect to Invisible Wi-Fi SSID Networks from Mac OS X

A fair amount of wireless routers choose not to broadcast their identity (called an SSID) as a simple security precaution, thus knowing how to join an invisible network from a Mac is important. -- OS X Daily.

Joe Kissell Takes Control of Automating Your Mac Again

Joe Kissell Takes Control of Automating Your Mac Again

Joe Kissell is back with an update to Take Control of Automating Your Mac, bringing the book to v1.1, and providing more information on getting things done faster, easier, and automatically. From the ease of an application launcher to the power of Keyboard Maestro to the complexity of Microsoft's Visual Basic in Office, Joe shares some examples and advice on how getting started and then pushing it to the next level. Find out why you shouldn't worry about system updates breaking your workflows, what you can do with built-in Yosemite's Dictation Commands and more. -- MacVoices.

How to Print iPhone Photos Without Any Hassle

How to Print iPhone Photos Without Any Hassle

I bet all your recent photos are in digital format.

While it's always nice to have photos at your fingertips anytime, anywhere, there is something to be said about having special pictures printed out.

If you're looking to print iPhone photos without any hassle, here are three options. -- Apple Gazette.

iCloud Photo Library: Explained

iCloud Photo Library: Explained

iCloud Photo Library -- currently in beta -- was designed to keep all your personal photos and videos safe, synced, and available on all of your devices.

That sounds simple, but the idea of a hybrid library, where our content seamlessly spans the internet and our iPhones, iPads, and Macs -- where the line between online and offline blurs -- can be tough to grasp. -- iMore.

I gave up my iPhone for a week, and my life didn't end

I gave up my iPhone for a week, and my life didn't end

When I called my mother to tell her I was putting away my iPhone for a week and she wouldn't be able to call me, she asked why. Sometimes the woman who gave me half my genes says things that sound like they were borne from some bizarre, inaccessible plane of reality, and sometimes she says things that are so spot-on, I start to suspect she's taken up residence in my brain. When I told her I felt I needed to separate myself from this little glowing, vibrating device, her response fell under the latter category. -- Grist.

Apple Watch Edition perks vs. price: There's an absurdity to it

Apple Watch Edition perks vs. price: There's an absurdity to it

The emerging world of luxury devices---enter the Apple Watch Edition---means no lines, VIP phone support and private service. But there's an absurdity to it given the technology won't hold value over time. -- ZDNet.

March 30 Friday's News

 

Apple's new MacBook employs unorthodox keyboard design to achieve maximum thinness

Apple's new MacBook employs unorthodox keyboard design to achieve maximum thinness

To pursue its continuing obsession with thinness, Apple has gone to extraordinary lengths with the keyboard on the new 12-inch MacBook, redesigning it in a way that is thoroughly distinct from its Macbook Air and MacBook Pro stablemates. -- AppleInsider.

How Apple's new MacBook gets nearly as much battery life as the MacBook Pro with a battery half the size

How Apple's new MacBook gets nearly as much battery life as the MacBook Pro with a battery half the size

Apple has packed its all-new MacBook with some impressive technology, but its outstanding battery life -- nine hours from a single charge -- may be the most staggering. AppleInsider took a look under the hood to see how they could have done it. -- AppleInsider.

Inside iCloud: Apple Inc has quietly doubled its Reno, Nevada data center site

Inside iCloud: Apple Inc has quietly doubled its Reno, Nevada data center site

Apple has greatly expanded its data center near Reno, Nev., about four hours east of Silicon Valley. However, it appears that the company's aggressive growth in iCloud server capacity is only just getting started, with massive room for expansion surrounding the facilities. -- AppleInsider.

AT&T's plan to watch your Web browsing--and what you can do about it

AT&T's plan to watch your Web browsing--and what you can do about it

If you have AT&T's gigabit Internet service and wonder why it seems so affordable, here's the reason--AT&T is boosting profits by rerouting all your Web browsing to an in-house traffic scanning platform, analyzing your Internet habits, then using the results to deliver personalized ads to the websites you visit, e-mail to your inbox, and junk mail to your front door. -- Ars Technica.

British users can sue Google in UK over 'secret tracking'

British users can sue Google in UK over 'secret tracking'

The UK's Court of Appeal has confirmed an earlier landmark High Court decision that a group of British consumers using Apple's Safari browser to access Google's services can sue the US company in the UK. Google has always argued that the appropriate forum for such cases is in the US, so this sets an important precedent for future legal actions against foreign companies operating in the UK. -- Ars Technica.

The best cable modem (for most folks)

From The Wirecutter: The best cable modem (for most folks)

If you're paying for cable Internet, you're probably paying a separate monthly fee for the privilege of renting a cable modem from your ISP. Your ISP gets free money and you get a cable modem that might not even be good enough to hit the speed you're paying for. If you buy your own cable modem, you can get something better and recoup the cost in as little as a year--and then start saving anywhere from $6-10 each month. -- The Wirecutter.

The only good way to brick your MacBook

The only good way to brick your MacBook

I pretty much love Apple and Lego in equal measure, so the idea of somehow combining the two is never going to fail to win my approval.

Assuming that I'm not the only person to feel this way, allow me to introduce the Brik Case: a fantastic Kickstarter campaign intended to raise the cash needed to manufacture a MacBook case that can be decorated with Lego bricks, to create any design of your choosing. -- Cult of Mac.

How App Store optimization can harm indie developers

How App Store optimization can harm indie developers

I followed the advice of an App Store optimization expert last year in an attempt to promote my iPhone app. Big mistake. It felt wrong at the time, and it did more harm than good. Now I've learned to trust my gut instincts instead.

Marketing gurus and snake oil salesmen have been selling search engine optimization (SEO) for years. The trouble is that there are millions of websites competing for the top spot and they can't all win.

Now, with more than a million apps on the App Store and only a handful ever visible in the rankings, a new industry of App Store optimization, or ASO, has emerged. And like SEO, it has big problems. -- Cult of Mac.

Make your Mac safer for your kids

Make your Mac safer for your kids

Keeping your kids safe on your computer is one of the more important things you can focus on as a parent. Mac OS X has a great tool built right in to do just that: Parental Controls.

It's fairly easy to set up Parental Controls on Mac, but if you need a quick hand at making them work for you, our video will walk you through the process. -- Cult of Mac.

Numbers: Using the Quick Calculations Bar

Numbers: Using the Quick Calculations Bar

Today's Quick Tip is all about how to work with that fancy calculations bar that'll appear at the bottom of your Numbers window when you select a group of cells. Using that, you can quickly add formulas to your spreadsheet, for example, or learn more about the different functions available to you. Come on in and check it out! -- The Mac Observer.

Intel's New 3D NAND Technology Allows for Greater Than 10TB Solid-State Drives

Intel's New 3D NAND Technology Allows for Greater Than 10TB Solid-State Drives

Intel and Micron on Thursday announced the availability of new 3D NAND technology that enables high-density flash devices with three times more storage capacity than other NAND technologies in production. 3D NAND technology is also more cost efficient than planar NAND, with faster performance, improved latency and new sleep modes that result in low-power use by cutting power to inactive NAND die.

Probing the Whole Internet for Weak Spots

Probing the Whole Internet for Weak Spots

Rapidly scanning the Internet have become vital to efforts to keep it secure.

When a major flaw in the encryption that secures websites was revealed this March, Zakir Durumeric, a research fellow at the University of Michigan, was the first person to know how serious it was. By performing a scan of every device on the Internet he realized its full potential, before even the researchers who had first identified the flaw, known as FREAK.

How To Use Siri to search the App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks Store

How To Use Siri to search the App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks Store

Sometimes searching the App Store can be an overwhelming task. You might already know what you want to download, or other times you might get distracted when you open the store and forget why you were there, and typing in what you want to download is old fashioned now. With iOS 8, you can use Siri to search the App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, and more for you. It's all a matter of asking Siri with the right commands. -- 9to5Mac.

iTunes: Frequently asked questions about viewing and syncing videos

iTunes: Frequently asked questions about viewing and syncing videos

You can play videos and even sync them to iPad, iPhone, and some iPod models. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about video playback in iTunes and on mobile devices. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.

Resetting an AirPort base station FAQ

Resetting an AirPort base station FAQ

This article answers questions about resetting AirPort base stations including AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. It also includes steps for how to reset your AirPort base station. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.

Solutions for connecting to the Internet, setting up a small network, and troubleshooting

Solutions for connecting to the Internet, setting up a small network, and troubleshooting

This article covers solutions for connecting to the Internet, setting up a small network, and troubleshooting. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.

Can a Mac be a gaming Pc? How the planet is altering for Mac gamers

Can a Mac be a gaming Pc? How the planet is altering for Mac gamers

For years, Mac gaming has been virtually an oxymoron - not definitely worth thinking of if your appreciate of games extends beyond Football Manager. But factors are changing. Big games are coming to Mac faster and quicker, instead of arriving 3 years later..." 7:58 AM -- Sentry Review.

Hands On: Dragon Dictate 4.0.6 (OS X, Windows)

Hands On: Dragon Dictate 4.0.6 (OS X, Windows)

Do not ever give voice recognition software to a writer who's a keyboard junkie. Do not ever give Dragon Dictate to any one who saw how rubbish dictation software was in the 1980s, 1990s and probably 2000s but they didn't check. For a few minutes sitting in front of Dragon Dictate will destroy their worldview like a politician discovering that encryption makes monitoring computers hard. Dragon Dictate works and it works extremely, just extremely well. It also does more than dictation: this is powerful software for word processing by voice command. -- MacNN.

How to Exit Out of Full Screen Mode in OS X Yosemite

How to Exit Out of Full Screen Mode in OS X Yosemite

Now that the Mac windows green maximize button defaults to sending apps and windows into Full Screen Mode, a notably sized cohort of OS X users who perhaps didn't know this behavior changed until accidentally finding out, are left confused with the following question; "how do I get out of full screen mode in OS X?" The good news is that exiting out of Full Screen Mode in any Mac app in OS X Yosemite is really easy, and if you do find yourself in this situation don't feel dumb, because some very techy folks have stumbled into the same situation. -- OS X Daily.

Hands On: Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0.6 (OS X)

Hands On: Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0.6 (OS X)

Nothing digital really exists unless it exists twice. For all that we have these great interconnected cloud services, there is still a hard drive holding on to our data somewhere and all hard drives fail eventually. They're like politicians in that respect: they go on until they fail. Carbon Copy Cloner is a way to make failures annoying rather than fatal to your work. It backs up any or all of your files and it also optionally creates a separate and bootable hard drive. -- MacNN.

USB Type-C peripherals are on the way, and storage devices are first up

USB Type-C peripherals are on the way, and storage devices are first up

With Apple's latest MacBook and Google's newest Chromebook just out and featuring the new USB Type-C connector, we're on the lookout for peripherals that use the interface, and storage devices appear to be first out of the gate. -- IDG News Service.

The Process behind Apple's 'Sensor-on-Glass' or 'In-Cell' Touch Displays Comes to Light

The Process behind Apple's 'Sensor-on-Glass' or 'In-Cell' Touch Displays Comes to Light

In September 2012 Apple introduced new In-Cell iPhone glass technology that Phil Schiller referred to as "Integrated touch." Months later, one of Apple's patents covering in-cell displays came to light. Late yesterday a patent application from Apple was filed in Europe revealing their specialized lamination process that they referred to as sensor-on-glass. It's now commonly known as "In-Cell." Apple had some production problems with devices using this process initially and had a temporary fall out with LG over the technology. While it may be commonplace today to use such touch displays, Apple was one of the first to bring it to market. -- Patently Apple.

Hands-On With the Apple Watch: A Developer's Experience at Apple's WatchKit Labs

Hands-On With the Apple Watch: A Developer's Experience at Apple's WatchKit Labs

Earlier this month, Apple began inviting a select number of developers to an Apple Watch development lab in Sunnyvale, California, located near the company's main Cupertino campus. Developers were invited to reserve a testing appointment to test their Apple Watch apps on actual Apple Watch devices to get ready for the device's April 24 launch.

One of the developers who had a chance to visit Apple's WatchKit lab and get hands-on time with the Apple Watch shared his testing experience with MacRumors and gave us some of his thoughts on the device after spending all day using it. -- MacRumors.

How To Delete iPhone Apps For Good

How To Delete iPhone Apps For Good

What Apple's iPhone platform provides in ease of use, it takes away in control. As easy as it is to learn how to use an iPhone, it can be tricky to get it to behave exactly like you want it to -- that's why almost nobody was particularly thrilled when Apple decided to upload U2's newest album onto iPhones across the world without asking first. -- Time.

How to manage email and not let it manage you

How to manage email and not let it manage you

Unless you do your job exclusively via email, there's no excuse for you to have that tab or app open. There I said it...

But you do have it open most of the time, right? It's hard to ignore. Suddenly you see the Inbox (1) in bold appear and you rush to see what it is. And it's never a game changing message. But the micro-second between seeing it and comprehending it gives us a rush, and that rush becomes addictive. Email is an important medium of communication, indisputably. -- The Next Web.

3 Apple TV Surprises

3 Apple TV Surprises

Apple surprised a lot of people when it did not announce a new version of its Apple TV hardware at its Spring Forward media event earlier this month. Instead, the company slashed the price of its current streaming box, which was introduced in 2012, from $99 to $69. -- The Motley Fool.

The part of Apple TV experience that really sucks

The part of Apple TV experience that really sucks

Setting up an Apple TV for basic streaming and iTunes access is ridiculously easy: Plug it in, turn it on, then hold your iPhone or iPad to the top of the Apple TV. The Apple TV copies Wi-Fi and iTunes account information from the iOS device and you're off and running. When it comes time to watch stuff from cable channels, however, the setup process becomes a nightmare. -- iMore.

Too Embarrassed to Ask: What Is Apple TV, Anyway?

Too Embarrassed to Ask: What Is Apple TV, Anyway?

What is Apple TV and do I need an iPhone to use it?

The question isn't silly. Even the tech media is seemingly confused by Apple TV sometimes -- does "Apple TV" refer to the hardware that exists today, the cable-killing video service that Apple is trying to create or a theoretical Apple-branded television set? -- Re/code.

Living with: Nine years of the Apple TV

Living with: Nine years of the Apple TV

Prognostications after long term use of Apple's set top box.

Once upon a time, there was a nascent technologist in the early part of the century. This writer was flummoxed by having to burn DVD for video playback for his occupation at the time, given the cost of the media. Then, a certain Cupertino fruit-branded computer company released the Mac mini's first iteration. Connected with a $20 video dongle, and an audio adapter, the (at the time) cutting-edge concept of a computer connected to a television solved many local problems. Apple, and this technologist, have both come a long way since then. The vast majority of the functionality of a Mac mini connected to a TV was replaced by the Apple TV shortly thereafter. The future is bright, but vague, for Apple's once-hobby. What's come before, and what's yet to come? -- MacNN.