Polar polls shows high user acceptance of iOS 7 UI and icons
iOS 7 is now in its fifth beta incarnation and going through intense scrutiny by developers as the release date for the new mobile OS nears. Several iOS 7 beta testers have apparently decided to break NDA and conduct polls to judge the public's opinion on both the user interface and specific app icons when compared to the iOS 6 versions. Polar user LukeW went through the various iOS interface elements such as switches, the date picker, status bar, navigation bar, etc... and asked the public to vote on whether they preferred the iOS 6 or iOS 7 version. In every case, the iOS 7 versions were the winner. While I won't go through every result, here are some vote results for important iOS 7 UI elements: Date Picker -- iOS 7: 1365 votes, iOS 6: 404 votes Status Bar -- iOS 7: 1199 votes, iOS 6: 543 votes Share Sheet -- iOS 7: 1022 votes, iOS 6: 261 votes Lock Screen -- iOS 7: 1054 votes, iOS 6: 254 votes Notification -- iOS 7: 1087 votes, iOS 6: 200 votes Of course, there were certain commenters who hated all of the iOS 7 elements in this decidedly unscientific poll (we're looking at you, autumn...). Not to be outdone, Polar user Giantsquid looked at side by side comparisons of app icons. The results weren't as grossly tilted towards iOS 7 as they were in the UI elements poll: Contacts icon -- iOS 7: 19702 votes, iOS 6: 8979 votes Siri icon -- iOS 7: 6914 votes, iOS 6: 8243 votes Passbook icon -- iOS 7: 16096 votes, iOS 6: 14233 votes Maps icon -- iOS 7: 10904 votes, iOS 6: 4195 votes Safari icon -- iOS 7: 10597 votes, iOS 6: 17593 votes The results of both of these polls are subject to scrutiny; the votes represent only a tiny sample of the millions of iOS users around the world. But it's interesting to see how people are reacting to the look and feel of iOS 7 -- mostly in a positive light. [via 9to5Mac]Polar polls shows high user acceptance of iOS 7 UI and icons originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 07 Aug 2013 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
2013/08/07 20:30 TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog
Clean your iPhone 5's camera from the inside
The iPhone 5, though surprisingly light, is rather sturdily built. And in typical Apple style, the device is completely closed off. Nonetheless, the iPhone 5, over time, can begin accumulating dirt and other unwelcome particles underneath the glass. While this may not ordinarily be a problem, it becomes a huge nuisance when said particles begin affecting the quality of your photographs. Fortunately there are people who can fix such problems, or show you how to "do it yourself." To that end, the following video demonstrates how one can clean the iPhone 5 camera from the inside. Of course, taking apart your iPhone 5 requires specialized tools that may not be easy to find at your local hardware shop. On top of that, we wouldn't recommend that anyone undertake the procedure below without first understanding the risks -- namely that you may actually make things worse! But if you're an enterprising type of person who doesn't mind walking on the wild side, the following video is instructive. Clean your iPhone 5's camera from the inside originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 07 Aug 2013 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
2013/08/07 20:00 TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog
Clean Dust And Dirt Out Of Your iPhone 5 Camera With These Simple Tools [iOS Tips]
My iPhone 5 camera has gotten some grime inside it, and my pictures are all yucky because of it. I’ve procrastinated taking it to the Apple Store to get cleaned out because, hey, I’m busy lazy. Luckily, there’s a guy on YouTube who’s buddy had the same problem, and he put up a video showing [...]The post Clean Dust And Dirt Out Of Your iPhone 5 Camera With These Simple Tools [iOS Tips] appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 19:00 Cult of Mac
iPhone thief gets his own blog, courtesy of his victim
Having a pricey gadget stolen is never a pleasant experience, and while the victim rarely ever sees the thief's face, modern smartphones make it possible to both track and document the path your stolen device takes once it leaves your possession. As Mashable reports, one unfortunate iPhone owner had her handset yanked while vacationing in Spain, and although she hasn't been reunited with her device, she's learned an awful lot about the person who now possesses it. His name is Hafid, he's from Dubai, and he likes standing next to cars, posing in tanktops, and taking photos of his food. You see, unlike the smarter iPhone thieves out there, Hafid didn't wipe the device after stealing it, and the former owner's automatic Dropbox photo upload feature is still grabbing new snapshots and adding them to her account, painting a detailed picture of the life of the perpetrator. In fact, there's so much content to comb through that the iPhone's rightful owner has set up a Tumblr for Hafid which is now catching the attention of plenty of internet sleuths. Whether or not this story will have a happy ending remains to be seen, but in the meantime let's all enjoy watching a cowardly phone thief dress up in clothes straight out of 1992.iPhone thief gets his own blog, courtesy of his victim originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 07 Aug 2013 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
2013/08/07 19:30 TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog
New iOS App Twine Wants To Match You With An Interesting, Flirtatious Stranger
Mobile app, Twine, is trying to do something new in the dating app space. Unlike other dating or random chatting apps like ChatRoulette, Tinder, or OK Cupid, Twine connects you with new people around you and lets you chat and flirt with them without revealing your identity until you decide to. That’s kind of a [...]The post New iOS App Twine Wants To Match You With An Interesting, Flirtatious Stranger appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 18:39 Cult of Mac
Instagram Now Lets You Import Videos From Your Phone’s Media Library
Instagram just pushed out a big update for its iOS and Android apps that gives users the ability to import video from your smartphone library into Instagram. Now you can film video at anytime and then splice it together later into a 15-second video to import into Instagram. The update also brings video support to [...]The post Instagram Now Lets You Import Videos From Your Phone’s Media Library appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 18:37 Cult of Mac
EarSkinz Provide A Higher Level Of Comfort And Usability Than Plain EarPods [Review]
EarSkinz by EarSkinz Category: Headphone Accessories Works With: Apple EarPods Price: $10.95 When I opened the mailing box to find three pairs of EarSkinz, I wasn’t super impressed. Especially as this model, the ES2, so closely matched the shape of the EarPods it’s designed for use with, I figured it was just another throwaway product. [...]The post EarSkinz Provide A Higher Level Of Comfort And Usability Than Plain EarPods [Review] appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 18:30 Cult of Mac
iPhone 4 resale value has grown since April
AppleInsider highlights a new research report from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster which found that the resale value for Apple's iPhone 4 has risen since April. Specifically, Munster and his team found that the average resale value for the iPhone on eBay increased by 10.31% over the past few month. In contrast, the resale values for both the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5 both dropped a bit on the popular auction site. Clearly, there's still a significant number of people who want the iPhone 4, which is rather remarkable given that the device is more than three years old at this point. Indeed, Tim Cook has stated on more than one occasion that Apple has been surprised by the consistent interest in the iPhone 4. As for the drop in resale value for the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5, that can also be interpreted as a good sign. If the resale value on Apple's most recent smartphones are dropping, it stands to reason that supply is greater than demand. Consequently, it follows that many folks are looking to dump their current iPhones ahead of the impending launch of what will likely be the iPhone 5S sometime this September. While it's also possible that these same folks are interested in Android-based devices, iPhone consumers, once in the iOS ecosystem, tend to stay there.iPhone 4 resale value has grown since April originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 07 Aug 2013 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
2013/08/07 19:00 TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog
Instagram Updated with Video Imports, Automatic Straightening [iOS Blog]
Instagram today announced a significant update that allows users to import video from the camera roll.ﾂ�Previously, Instagram Video restricted uploads to videos captured within the app, but now users will be able to use the standard iPhone Camera app along with other third party apps to record video that can then be uploaded to the site. The feature will also allow users to upload video taken at any time rather than simply within the moment. Starting today you can upload videos from your phone窶冱 media library and share those moments to Instagram regardless of when they were captured. Once you select the video clip you窶囘 like to import, you can trim it down to the exact part you like best. We窶况e also made it so that you can choose how you square-crop your clip so you can keep the action front and center.Instagram's 4.1 update also includes a new automatic straightening tool, which uses an algorithm to automatically straighten photos taken within the app when the Straighten icon is tapped. The tool also includes a slider that allows users to rotate and adjust all photos, including those imported from the photo library. Instagram for the iPhone is a free app that can be downloaded from the App Store. [Direct Link] The update should be live in the App Store shortly.
2013/08/07 18:20 MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories
Photo Depicting iPhone 5S Camera Module Hints at Separate Dual-LED Flash Component
A clear photo comparing the iPhone 5 camera module to what may be the camera module for the iPhone 5S surfaced today, showing a distinct design change that may hint at a separate flash component in Apple's next iPhone. Shared by Nowhereelse.fr [Google translation], the photo of the alleged iPhone 5S camera part does not include a flash component attached via ribbon as the iPhone 5 does, which may be because the iPhone 5S is expected to come equipped with a more powerful dual-LED flash. The camera module in the photo appears to be the same as one that was published last week and tied to the iPhone 5C, but rumors have suggested that the iPhone 5C will share multiple parts with the iPhone 5, making it more likely that the new component design is intended for Apple's iPhone 5S. Photos of iPhone 5S components have depicted a pill-shaped dual-LED flash to replace the current circular flash on the iPhone 5. A dual-LED flash would improve the performance of the iPhone's flash, creating better lit, less harsh flash photos in low light conditions. While the camera module does not reveal information about the camera's specs, the iPhone 5S is expected to come with a 12-megapixel rear camera with a lower aperture for improved low light photography. It is also rumored to feature a new slow motion photography mode to complement its current panoramic capabilities.
2013/08/07 17:59 MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories
Apple reports iTunes services disruption
Some Users Unable to Make Purchases From the iTunes Store [Updated x2] [iOS Blog]
Apple has posted a notice on its System Status page that some iTunes Store users "may be unable to make purchases". The company has not provided any further details, nor an estimate for when it will be repaired. No other Apple services are currently affected, however. Update: Apple is now reporting that the outages have extended to the App Store, Mac App Store, and iBookstore, as well as iTunes Match, iTunes in the Cloud, and iCloud Backup. The company has yet to list a percentage of users affected by the issues, but based on reports it appears to be fairly substantial. Update 2: Apple is now reporting that all services are back online as of 10:54 AM Pacific Time.
2013/08/07 16:30 MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories
Briefly: XBMC for Android gains AirPlay, Vodafone reveals UK 4G plans
XBMC on Android has been updated to include support for Zeroconf, effectively allowing it to be used for AirPlay. The update to the media player software also includes the ability to rip CD audio directly to the music library, ripping support for WMA and AAC encoding, the option to lock settings on a profile, and new descriptions for the settings menus....
2013/08/07 18:21 MacNN | The Macintosh News Network
Spike Jonze’s New Movie Has Joaquin Phoenix Falling In Love With A Siri-Like OS [Video]
Spike Jonze is coming out with a new movie and this time, rather than dissecting the mind of a famous movie star, Jonze’s new film, Her, takes a look at what it would be like to fall in love with an operating system like Siri. The movie stars Joaquin Phoenix as a lonely dude with [...]The post Spike Jonze’s New Movie Has Joaquin Phoenix Falling In Love With A Siri-Like OS [Video] appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 17:39 Cult of Mac
Google under fire for Chrome browser's password storage policy
Google is drawing criticism from security commentators and tech media observers for what is being called a flaw in its Chrome browser that allows anyone with access to a user's computer to see all of that user's passwords.
2013/08/07 17:38 AppleInsider - Frontpage News
Amazon opens Mac-friendly download store in UK
Mac owners in the US have had the ability to purchase and download software from Amazon for quite some time. Now Electronista is reporting that the online retailer has opened at Mac-friendly download store in the United Kingdom. The store offers software downloads for Mac and Windows, and implies that Amazon might be providing similar country-specific digital stores going forward. At the present time there's not exactly an avalanche of Mac-specific software in the store compared to the US store; the UK store currently has less than a hundred titles while the US store features a whopping 1,372 results. What can you purchase from the digital software store in the UK right now? Mostly Microsoft Office and Adobe products, as well as a handful of games. The store is still shown as being in beta right now, so UK Mac owners can expect to see the selection of apps increase as time goes on.Amazon opens Mac-friendly download store in UK originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 07 Aug 2013 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
2013/08/07 18:30 TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog
iTunes Store tops ForeSee survey for video streaming satisfaction
Analytics firm ForeSee's recent Mobile Satisfaction Index: Media and Entertainment Edition has a nice plum for Apple: the firm's survey of customers found that iTunes scored the highest in terms of satisfaction, beating out HBO GO, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and Hulu Plus. As ForeSee points out, iTunes uses a "slightly different model than its streaming counterparts," actually requiring iTunes customers to download the content prior to viewing. The survey notes that this eliminates the performance issues seen with competing services, which are often plagued with error messages or playback problems, particularly when streaming on public Wi-Fi systems. iTunes managed a satisfaction score of 80, with HBO GO and Netflix close behind at 79. The average of all of the services surveyed was 78, meaning that for the most part consumers are fairly happy with streaming media.iTunes Store tops ForeSee survey for video streaming satisfaction originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 07 Aug 2013 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
2013/08/07 18:00 TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog
Android Dominates Nearly 80% of Smartphone Market, iOS Drops to 13% Share
Apple's iOS is losing ground to Android when it comes to smartphone operating system market share, according to a new report from research firm IDC. Apple's share of worldwide smartphone shipments dropped to 13.2% during the second quarter of 2013, while Android climbed to 79.3%. During the same quarter last year, Apple held 16.6% of the market, while Android held 69.1%. Despite its slight loss of share, iOS remains the number two operating system, with Android and iOS combined making up 92.5% of shipments. "The iOS decline in the second quarter aligns with the cyclicality of iPhone," says Ramon Llamas, Research Manager with IDC's Mobile Phone team. "Without a new product launch since the debut of the iPhone 5 nearly a year ago, Apple's market share was vulnerable to product launches from the competition. But with a new iPhone and revamped iOS coming out later this year, Apple is well-positioned to re-capture market share."Worldwide Smartphone Shipments in 2Q13 in Millions of Units (Source: IDC) Windows Phone continues to gain market share as well, coming in at 3.7% during the second quarter of 2013, up 77.6% from its 3.1% share during Q2 2012. Other operating systems are consistently losing ground to the top three operating systems with BlackBerry OS representing 2.9% of shipments, Linux at 0.8%, and Symbian at 0.2%. Last week, IDC released its estimates on worldwide mobile phone sales, showing slowing growth for Apple's iPhone. Apple shipped 31.2 million iPhones during the second quarter of 2013, representing 13.1% of the market. Samsung shipped 72.4 million, for a market share of 30.4%. Those numbers may shift in the coming quarters as Apple gears up to launch its next generation iPhone and a new low-cost iPhone, possibly as early as September.
2013/08/07 17:14 MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories
iTunes Store unavailable for some users
You have money. You want to give that money to Apple, in exchange for digital goods at the iTunes Store. The problem: Right now, you can窶冲. Apple窶冱 System Status webpage states that 窶徭ome users窶� may be unable to make iTunes purchases at the moment. The issues began cropping up around 11:30a.m. ET, according to the website. Indeed, a quick Twitter search shows that a number of people are encountering issues not only making purchases, but connecting to the iTunes Store at all from iOS devices. (It's not clear if the issue also affects iTunes under Mac OS X or Windows. The Store is working normally, on all platforms, for several Macworld editors who tested it.) Generally speaking, these are the kinds of issues that Apple resolves within a few hours窶� time. If the company releases further information on what caused or resolved the outage, we窶冤l share it here. We won窶冲 hold our breath if you won窶冲 hold yours.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
2013/08/07 17:10 Macworld
Apple given another chance to go after Motorola in court
AppleCare to get 24/7 online chat support, redesigned web interface
Apple is planning to make key changes to AppleCare support during the next few weeks, sources say. One change is 24/7 online chat support, expected to take effect as soon as August 12th, although the sources caution that the date is merely a target and could shift. The company once tested 24/7 chat more than eight years ago, but is now thought prepared to make the service standard. The sources add that if extended chat is successful, Apple could consider 24/7 phone support as well....
2013/08/07 17:06 MacNN | The Macintosh News Network
Unable To Download Content From The App Store & iTunes? You’re Not The Only One
Are you unable to download content from the App Store and iTunes this morning? Don’t worry — you’re not the only one. Lots of people are experiencing the same thing, and Apple has acknowledged a problem affecting “some users” on its system status page. We’ve received a torrent of emails from users experiencing this problem [...]The post Unable To Download Content From The App Store & iTunes? You’re Not The Only One appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 16:48 Cult of Mac
Apple wins appeal reinstating ITC case against Google's Motorola
Some Users Unable to Make Purchases From the iTunes Store [iOS Blog]
Apple has posted a notice on its System Status page that some iTunes Store users "may be unable to make purchases". The company has not provided any further details, nor an estimate for when it will be repaired. No other Apple services are currently affected, however.
2013/08/07 16:30 MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories
How To Really Make Use Of The iPad’s Picture Frame Mode [Deals]
Now that the iPad has a full-blown camera built into it, more and more people are taking pictures with it. Even my old original iPad has photos I窶况e synced to it so that I can display photos in a larger format when I feel the need. But I rarely use the iPad窶冱 Picture Frame mode [...]The post How To Really Make Use Of The iPad’s Picture Frame Mode [Deals] appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 16:27 Cult of Mac
The iPhone 5C’s Rear Panel Gets Pictured Again In A New High-Res Gallery
By now we know exactly what the iPhone 5C is going to look like thanks to more component leaks than you probably care to look at. But the latest gallery is the only one you should care about, because these high-resolution pictures show off the iPhone 5C’s plastic rear panel better than ever before. The [...]The post The iPhone 5C’s Rear Panel Gets Pictured Again In A New High-Res Gallery appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 16:24 Cult of Mac
Apple Becoming More Reliant On Samsung For iPad Displays
Apple has been trying to be less dependent on Samsung components for years now, but ditching its rival has been a lot more difficult than imagined, mostly because there’s not a single company that can church out displays and RAM like Samsung. A new report from NPD DisplaySearch claims that Apple’s dependency on Samsung displays [...]The post Apple Becoming More Reliant On Samsung For iPad Displays appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 16:23 Cult of Mac
Innovative iOS Game ‘The Sandbox’ Updates With Cars, Advanced Contraptions, More
One of Apple’s Best Apps of 2012, Pixowl’s The Sandbox is a fantastically inventive mobile game that encourages players to create entire worlds and works of art, right on their iOS or Android devices. The Sandbox has reached five million downloads across app stores, and has over 300,000 unique worlds shared in its Online Gallery. [...]The post Innovative iOS Game ‘The Sandbox’ Updates With Cars, Advanced Contraptions, More appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 16:23 Cult of Mac
Daily Deals for August 7, 2013
It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own hand-picked iOS and OS X selections. TUAW Deals Koala Wall Mount from Dockem [On sale for $15, down from $30] The Koala Wall Mount from Dockem is the perfect combination of aesthetics, functionality, and affordability in a iPad wall mounting system. It attaches to the wall with Large Command adhesive strips - they have been extensively tested and will provide an exceptional hold. Save 50% off the Koala Wall Mount from Dockem at TUAW Deals. US Only (free shipping). Available in 3 colors: black, chrome, or white. Deals from Dealnews VM Innovations: [Headphones] Sennheiser Headphones at VM Innovations from $30 + free shipping Best Buy: [MacBook] Apple MacBook Laptops at Best Buy: Up to $200 off + extra $100 off for students Best Buy: [iPad Accessories] OtterBox Reflex Series Case for iPad for $20 + pickup at Best Buy Trans Intl.: [eSATA Hard Drives] ProStor 3TB eSATA / FireWire 800 / USB External Drive for $148 + $12 s&h Other World Computing: [Serial ATA Drive Enclosures] Open-Box HGST USB 3.0 3.5" SATA Hard Drive Enclosure for $1 + $8 s&h, more BuyDig: [iPhone Accessories] XtremeMac InCharge Duo X2 Charging Station for $13 + free shipping Living Social: [Photo Services] 20-Page Hardcover Photo Book for $7 + free shipping, 4 for $18 eBay: [iPhone Cases] Credit Card Holder Case for iPhone 5 for $1 + free shipping StackSocial: [iPhone Accessories] Spigen Full Armor Pack for iPhone 5 for $27 + free shipping mwave: [Serial ATA Drive Enclosures] iStarUSA 3-Bay Hot-Swappable SATA RAID Enclosure for $63 + free shipping TigerDirect: [USB Accessories] Ultra USB Keylogger for $20 + $4 s&h eBay: [Adapters] Belkin 802.11 Wireless HDTV Adapter for $20 + free shipping iOS Software Stickr [iPhone; Category: Photography & Video; Now free, down from $1.99] Decorate your pictures of your loving family, your cute dog and coy-like cat, scenes from your voyage with awesome, cute, and witty stickers for more fun. Cycloramic [iPhone; Category: Photography & Video; On sale for $0.99, down from $1.99] A revolutionary new way to take panoramic pictures and videos. Print Utility [iOS Universal; Category: Utilities; Now free, down from $3.99] View, print and share documents on your iPhone and iPad. SHAPE Back to School Sale [iOS Universal; Category: Various; On sale] SHAPE is discounting several apps as part of its Back to School Sale. Titles on sale include iDisplay, IM+ Pro, VR+, RDM+, RDM+ and Business Card Reader Pro Dr. Panda's Beauty Salon [iOS Universal; Category: Games; Now free, down from $1.99] It's time to let out your inner stylist in Dr. Panda's Beauty Salon! You can paint faces and nails, make necklaces, dress-up different customers and even pluck nose hairs with a cute cast of animal friends in over 11 different minigames. Shiny The Firefly [iOS Universal; Category: Games; Now free, down from $0.99] This adorable game, set in the middle of a picturesque garden, has you helping Shiny, the cute little firefly, to find his babies. Stunt Star: The Hollywood Years [iOS Universal; Category: Games; Now free, down from $2.99] Relive the life of a Hollywood stuntman as it flashes before his eyes. Crash, explode, catch on fire, crash and crash again before finally you succeed... then it's on to the next stunt until at last you come to his final leap. Bad Piggies HD [iPad; Category: Games; Now free, down from $0.99] The Bad Piggies are after the eggs again -- but as usual, nothing is going according to plan! Can you create the ultimate flying machine and steer them safely to their destination? Those tricky pigs have a few objects they can use, but they need your help to turn these into the perfect transportation. Apple's App of the week. OS X Software SmartDay [OS X; Category: Productivity; On sale for $19.99, down from $39.99] SmartDay integrates Appointments, Tasks, Lists, and Notes - all in one app. And keeps them synced with SmartDay on your iPhone and SmartPad on your iPad. PhotoBulk: Watermark [OS X; Category: Photography & Video; On sale for $5.99, down from $9.99] PhotoBulk is easy-to-use bulk image editor that lets you add text/image watermark and resize images. Yummy FTP apps [OS X; Category: Productivity; On sale for $0.99] All Yummy FTP titles (Yummy FTP, Yummy FTP Lite, Yummy FTP Watcher, Yummy FTP Alias) are currently on sale for $0.99 for a limited time. Two Dollar Tuesday [OS X; Category: Various; On sale for $1.99] Two Dollar Tuesday is lowering the price three OS X apps to $1.99. Titles include Patterno, Mini Design Bundle and Pimp My Picture. Boom [OS X; Category: Utilities; On sale for $3.99, down from $6.99] Boom provides the ability to boost the volume of your music and video files residing in the iTunes library of your Mac and on the disk. Oneline [OS X; Category: Productivity; Now free, down from $9.99] Oneline is your easiest way to create simple and attractive websites that will instantly work on any device. Note: All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly. TUAW is not responsible for third-party deals and cannot guarantee availability of any particular product at a specific price.Daily Deals for August 7, 2013 originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 07 Aug 2013 12:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
2013/08/07 17:15 TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog
Ashton Kutcher explains to Quora how he prepared for Steve Jobs role
Over on Quora, actor Ashton Kutcher recently left a detailed answer for a user who asked the question "How did Ashton Kutcher prepare for his role as Steve Jobs in the new movie 'Jobs'?" His answer on the site (in which Kutcher is an investor) was actually quite revealing, not only about how an actor prepares for a role but also pointing out some personality quirks of Steve Jobs. Kutcher started his preparation by reading the script, watching documentaries and interviews, collecting YouTube content, and listening to Soundcloud files of Jobs: I then started to dissect the nuances of his behavior, the walk, the fact that he has an almost imperceptible lisp, his accent that was a combination of northern California and Wisconsin, the way he paused before answer, and nodded in understanding, the way he bowed in namaste when receiving praise, and stared with contempt when in conflict. Other Jobs details and mannerisms were pointed out by Kutcher, "how he counted with his fingers (pinky finger first), how he used the word 'aaaaand' and 'noooow' to think about what he was going to say next." Kutcher went on to say that he even read many of the books that influenced Jobs throughout his life, ate foods that Jobs fixated on (carrot juice, grapes, popcorn), researched his favorite artists, and studied the entrepreneurs that Jobs admired the most, before meeting with many of the friends and colleagues of Jobs. The jury is still out on how well Kutcher portrays Jobs in the soon-to-be-released movie, but his final words seem to show an amazing amount of respect for the late Apple CEO: But in the end one of the greatest tells of the man were his creations. They were elegant, intelligent, thoughtful, precise, artistic, bold, visionary, complicated, efficient, fun, entertaining, powerful, imperfect, and beautiful on the inside and out.... Just like Steve. "Jobs" opens nationwide on August 16. Ashton Kutcher explains to Quora how he prepared for Steve Jobs role originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 07 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
2013/08/07 17:00 TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog
Infuse Media Player For iOS Updated With AirPlay Support, WiFi Transfers, And More
Infuse is my favorite third-party media player for the iPhone and iPad. And until VLC for iOS returned to the App Store, there was really no competition. FireCore, the maker of Infuse, isn’t letting other apps get the last word. In today’s big update, Infuse has received a number of great features, including support for [...]The post Infuse Media Player For iOS Updated With AirPlay Support, WiFi Transfers, And More appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 16:17 Cult of Mac
Apple Adds 17 New Artists To iTunes Festival Line-Up
Apple’s yearly music festival is set to kick off at the Roundhouse venue in London’s Chalk Farm next month, and while the festival already had 23 acts slated for the month long concert, Apple just added 17 more artists to the line-up. The new additions include Avicii, Bastille, Janelle Monae, The Lumineers, Tinie Tempah, and many [...]The post Apple Adds 17 New Artists To iTunes Festival Line-Up appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 15:50 Cult of Mac
TuneMob Makes You The DJ Of A Really, Really Small Party [Daily Freebie]
Here’s a problem: Let’s say you’re a diabolical dictator bent on world domination. You’ve decided to bypass the corporate mass media (which can’t be trusted) and inform the little people of your plans via podcast. You create one窶俳nly you don’t have a method of broadcasting the podcast, since you insist on personally playing your message [...]The post TuneMob Makes You The DJ Of A Really, Really Small Party [Daily Freebie] appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 01:44 Cult of Mac
Flowboard Can Now Be Used With Leap Motion Control On The Mac
Two dazzling innovations we’re pretty enthused about have melded, as Flowboard becomes one of the first apps to integrate Leap Motion into its Mac platform. As Flowboard CEO Brent Brookler demonstrates in the clip above, anyone with an $80 Leap Motion sensor can now navigate through Flowboard via gestures. While it’s not as cool as, [...]The post Flowboard Can Now Be Used With Leap Motion Control On The Mac appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 01:11 Cult of Mac
Samsung seeks 'Galaxy Gear' smart watch trademark as wearable tech market heats up
Apple Preparing to Upgrade AppleCare with 24/7 Chat Support, Revamped Website
Apple is preparing to launch several enhancements to its AppleCare services including 24/7 access to chat support services, reports 9to5Mac . The company is reportedly planning to launch the expanded chat services on August 12, although that target date may not yet be firm. Alongside the expanded chat services, Apple will also be launching a redesigned AppleCare support website, featuring large, easy-to-click buttons similar to those that have appeared in other areas of the company's site.The interface has been retooled with large, easy-to-understand controls that are more in line with the colorful icons in iOS. The new design makes it simpler for users to drill-down and provide Apple with information about the issue. Apple is in the middle of a significant revamp of its AppleCare services, making plans to shift to per-user subscription offerings rather than specific device coverage. The company is also making a move to perform more repairs rather than replacements on iPhones at its retail store Genius Bars, as seen with the new iPhone 5 display replacement program.
2013/08/07 15:33 MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories
Five fact-filled apps for Shark Week
It's Shark Week -- that time of the year when sharks take center stage on the Discovery Channel and beyond. This year's shows have been marred by the Megalodon controversy, but that doesn't mean you still can't enjoy learning about the shark species. Below you will find five shark-related apps to supplement your knowledge of the finned fish. Discovery Kids Sharks [iPad; Category: Education; $4.99] A fact-filled app from Discovery that teaches children about sharks. The app also includes interactive games and digital trading cards. Expedition White Shark for iPad [iPad; Category: Education; $3.99] Expedition White Shark allows you to receive near real time Great White Shark tracking data thanks to the scientists at the Marine Conservation Science Institute (MCSI). Data is collected from tagged sharks when they surface and are relayed via satellite to MCSI. Discovery Kids Readers: Sharks [iOS Universal; Category: Books; $1.99] Discovery Kids Readers: Sharks brings sharks to the little ones in your household. The book includes vivid photographs, fun facts and a quiz. Targeted for children 4 to 8 years old. Shark Net - Predators of the Blue Serengeti [iPhone; Category: Education; Free] Another shark-tracking app that allows you to follow sharks as they migrate off the coast of California. Data is compiled from the collaborative shark research of Stanford University scientists and the GTOPP -- the Global Tagging of Pacific Predators project. Learn Sharks Now! [iOS Universal; Category: Education; Free] Learn Sharks Now! includes 30 shark cards with pictures and facts about our this fish. A quiz mode will test your knowledge of the shark. And one bonus app for you gamers out there! Hungry Shark Evolution [iOS Universal; Category: Games; Free] Play as a shark and feed on sea creatures, swimmers and fisherman. Eat and grow from a pup into a full-grown Great White Shark.Five fact-filled apps for Shark Week originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 07 Aug 2013 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
2013/08/07 16:00 TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog
WhatsApp to get single-tap voice messaging feature
The iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Nokia versions of WhatsApp Messenger will be getting a single-tap voice messaging feature, their developer says. CEO Jan Koum comments that the company has been working on the technology for about six months. Although voice messaging in itself isn't unique, WhatsApp says it hopes to make its implementation simpler than the alternatives....
2013/08/07 15:57 MacNN | The Macintosh News Network
Samsung Reportedly Becomes Primary iPad Display Supplier as Next-Generation iPad Mini Grows Closer
According to a new report from market research company NPD DisplaySearch as related by CNET, Samsung has supplied more 9.7-inch panels for the fourth-generation iPad in recent months than any other Apple supplier, including longtime partners LG and Sharp. Apple, in fact, has been boosting purchases of displays from Samsung since January, according to the market analyst. Apple got about 2.3 million units from Samsung in the first quarter. That figure jumped about 80 percent quarter-to-quarter to more than 4.1 million units in the second quarter, according to DisplaySearch. The report also claims that Samsung, LG, and Japan Display will also begin supplying 7.9-inch panels for the next-generation iPad mini, although it declines to state whether the displays will be of Retina resolution or not. A Wall Street Journal story last week stated that the next-generation iPad mini is indeed likely to feature a high-resolution display from Samsung, with screens also being supplied from LG and Sharp. The next-generation iPad mini is expected to launch sometime in the fall. Apple has been reported to be seeking to reduce its reliance on Samsung as a component supplier due to continuing tensions between the two companies as they have increasingly become top competitors in the mobile device market. But it has been reported for several months now that Apple is returning to Samsung as a display supplier due to its technological advantages and production capacity.
2013/08/07 14:59 MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories
John Carmack Joins Oculus VR as Chief Technology Officer [iOS Blog]
Oculus VR, the company behind the highly anticipated virtual reality gaming headset Oculus Rift, has announced that legendary game programmer John Carmack is joining the team as Chief Technology Officer. Carmack was the co-founder of id Software and led development of a number of popular gaming franchises, including Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, and Quake.John put together a short note for the Oculus community: 窶廬 have fond memories of the development work that led to a lot of great things in modern gaming 窶� the intensity of the first person experience, LAN and internet play, game mods, and so on. Duct taping a strap and hot gluing sensors onto Palmer窶冱 early prototype Rift and writing the code to drive it ranks right up there. Now is a special time. I believe that VR will have a huge impact in the coming years, but everyone working today is a pioneer. The paradigms that everyone will take for granted in the future are being figured out today; probably by people reading this message. It窶冱 certainly not there yet. There is a lot more work to do, and there are problems we don窶冲 even know about that will need to be solved, but I am eager to work on them. It窶冱 going to be awesome!窶� Oculus Rift raised nearly $2.5 million in a Kickstarter campaign ending last September, with the company delivering thousands of prototype headsets to developers to help them build games for the system. A consumer launch for the headset is rumored for next year, although the company has refrained from committing to a specific timeline. While console gaming appears to be an initial focus for the Oculus Rift, the company indicates that its ultimate goal is to work with mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad, with the rapid pace of innovation in mobile serving as a distinct draw compared to the much longer development cycles on console platforms.
2013/08/07 14:47 MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories
Adobe Adds PDF Conversion Features To Reader 11 For iOS, Charges A Small Fortune
Adobe may know how to make terrific software, but it also knows how to milk its users for every penny it can get. The latest example of that comes with a new Adobe Reader 11 update for iOS that adds some nifty PDF conversion features — which you’ll have to pay yearly to enjoy. With [...]The post Adobe Adds PDF Conversion Features To Reader 11 For iOS, Charges A Small Fortune appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 14:45 Cult of Mac
Vodafone UK Announces 4G Service, Rollout Begins August 29 [iOS Blog]
Vodafone, the world’s second largest mobile carrier, has announced that it will begin a 4G network rollout in the United Kingdom on August 29. The company has said that service will begin in London and will expand to twelve more cities within the UK by the end of the year, and is claiming that it will have 98% indoor coverage across the UK within the next few years. Price plans will begin at £26 a month without a mobile device for unlimited calls, texts, and 2GB of data, or £34 for a plan that includes a 4G ready device, unlimited calls and texts, and 500MB of data, and existing customers with a 4G ready device can upgrade for an additional £5. Vodafone is also offering customers the chance to trade in devices for discounts toward 4G ready devices, with sign ups beginning on the 12th of this month both in store or online. Notably, Apple's iPhone 5 will not be compatible with Vodafone's 4G LTE service due to differences in frequency support, although many expect the issue to be resolved with the launch of the iPhone 5S as soon as next month. The company is also offering unlimited data for the first three months of service when a customer signs up with a new plan, as well as a promotional deal for Spotify Premium or Sky Sports Mobile TV for six months depending on the tariff. Vodafone's announcement news comes after O2 announced last week that it would become the second British carrier to offer 4G service, and also joins carrier EE, which launched its 4G network last October. Currently, EE’s 4G network is the only one of the three British carriers to be compatible with the iPhone 5’s 4G LTE bands.
2013/08/07 14:26 MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories
WhatsApp introduces major new audio features
WhatsApp is the uber-popular messaging app available on all major smart phone platforms, including iOS. With over 300 million users, it's possible that it has one of the largest followings ever. Intent on growing even bigger by adding new features, the company has introduced several audio enhancements to its app. As AllThingsD reports, WhatsApp is launching a push-to-talk voice messaging feature that will allow people to send voice messages with a tap: "[WhatsApp CEO Jan] Koum's contention is that WhatApp's innovation is in how simple it makes sending a voice message. He pulled out the Facebook Messenger app to show that it takes three taps to make a voice recording. With the updated WhatsApp, a user pushes to record a message rather than type one. When she lets go, the message sends. If she decides not to send, she swipes to the left and the recording is deleted. All that is built into a single tap. 'The number of taps matters. People want to send a message and be on their way,' Koum said. Additional features of the latest WhatsApp update include the removal of time limits on voice messages; volume switching -- when the phone is held at arm's length WhatsApp will increase the volume, and when it is held near the ear WhatsApp will decrease the volume; and a blue microphone icon notification that tells you when your recipient has heard their message. WhatsApp is a free download, and the first year of service is also free. After one yea,r WhatsApp services costs US$0.99 annually.WhatsApp introduces major new audio features originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 07 Aug 2013 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
2013/08/07 15:00 TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog
iPhone 5S camera module may use separate LED flash
A newly-leaked camera module -- claimed to be for the iPhone 5S -- uses a separated LED flash, a report says. French site Nowhereelse.fr notes that the module for the iPhone 5, by contrast, keeps its LED flash attached via a ribbon cable. A module similar to the new one was seen in an earlier leak, but at the time it was believed to be associated with the upcoming low-cost iPhone....
2013/08/07 14:56 MacNN | The Macintosh News Network
Amazon U.K. Users Can Now Download Apps & Games To Their Mac
Amazon today expanded its digital software marketplace to the United Kingdom, allowing Brits to download apps and games directly to their Mac or PC — just like U.S. user have been doing for some time. The process for purchasing digital items is no different, but once you’ve paid for your order, you’ll be able to [...]The post Amazon U.K. Users Can Now Download Apps & Games To Their Mac appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 14:27 Cult of Mac
iTunes Store Ranks First in Streaming Video Satisifaction
A customer satisfaction survey of streaming video services by analytics firm ForeSee has placed Apple’s iTunes Store in first place with a score of 80, ahead of other popular video services such as HBO GO and Netflix, which both finished with a score of 79. The survey also revealed tendencies about individual usage, such as how often users make visits to premium video services and the number of minutes users spend on streaming services per visit. iTunes is the de facto experience when consumers are using Apple’s iOS platform. The iTunes app comes pre-installed on iPhones and iPads. It is a significant market advantage that users do not have to elect to download the app. Also, it provides guidance to other content and media apps since the iTunes app’s user experience has become the standard for how other apps look, feel, and behave. Millions of consumers then actively choose to engage with iTunes to download content. Last year, ForeSee ranked Apple second in mobile shopping satisfaction behind Amazon. Apple originally started selling videos on the iTunes Store in October 2005, and expanded movie content to 42 new countries in December of last year, bringing the total number of countries with access to purchased and rental iTunes Store movie content to over 100.
2013/08/07 14:18 MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories
'Boundless' Launches for iOS, Offers Free Alternatives to Assigned Textbooks [iOS Blog]
Boston-based company Boundless Learning has launched an app for iOS devices that enables users to look for alternative electronic versions of curriculum assigned textbooks. The app includes features such as offline browsing and cross-platform integration with desktop computers, as well as other features such as in line search and in app purchases that offer interactive study material to accompany content within the app. Boundless is better than your assigned textbook. Use Boundless as an alternative to those expensive, heavy books you窶决e assigned to get all the info you need for class. Before you go to the bookstore, check Boundless to see if we窶况e got an online version of your textbook that will save you money, help you study better, and let you use your mobile devices to learn more. Currently, Boundless offers books and study materials for over 20 different subjects, with the company stating that more will be added in the future. Boundless originally began as a startup and gained attention for raising $8 million in Series A funding. However, the company was also sued for alleged copyright infringement by other textbook publishers such as Pearson Education and Worth Publishing Group. Boundless can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]
2013/08/07 13:52 MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories
Popular Messaging App WhatsApp Adding One-Tap Voice Messaging [iOS Blog]
Popular messaging app WhatsApp Messenger is being updated with one-tap voice messaging, allowing users who have difficult-to-type languages to communicate with each other across various platforms. WhatsApp has been working on the feature for about six months, wanting to make voice messaging simpler and easier to use than other apps with the functionality, CEO Jan Koum told AllThingsD in an interview.With the updated WhatsApp, a user pushes to record a message rather than type one. When she lets go, the message sends. If she decides not to send, she swipes to the left and the recording is deleted. All that is built into a single tap.Other perks of the new voice messaging feature include no length limit on recorded messages and volume controls that automatically adjust based on ambient influences. For example, when listening to a voice message, the volume will fluctuate based on how close a device is to the user's ear. In addition, a blue microphone illustration notifies the sender when a voice message has been heard. Koum says the new voice messaging feature is beneficial to users who speak complicated languages, like Russian with its 33-letter alphabet, because those languages are more difficult to type on a small touchscreen. Instead, those users can opt for more simple voice messages to communicate with each other. WhatsApp Messenger was just updated in mid-July, turning the $0.99 app into a free app with a $1-a-year subscription. WhatsApp Messenger for iPhone is available in the App Store for free, although the update with voice messaging has yet to go live. [Direct Link]
2013/08/07 13:30 MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories
New High-Resolution Photos of Low-Cost iPhone Rear Shell Surface, Pricing Similar to iPhone 4?
Following a video from earlier this week that appeared to show a partially assembled device, Sonny Dickson shares new alleged high resolution photos of the low-cost iPhone, potentially named the iPhone 5C. A prominent poster on Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo, C Technology, also claims (via phoneArena) the low-cost iPhone in China will be priced at 3000 yuan off contract, which is equivalent to $490 and in line with current pricing on the iPhone 4. The photos show the shell from various angles, including views from the back and side of the device, as well as the shell's interior which includes a set of metal linings and screw holes. The images also appear to be consistent with previous alleged sightings of the device, with notable features such as an 8-megapixel camera, Lightning connector, speakers and flash for the phone. The part appears to be nearly identical to previously seen in high-quality photos and a video last month, with pin holes instead of full cut-outs for a number of physical features like power/volume buttons and the SIM card slot. Like other sightings of the device, the phone in these photos does not appear to have the required legal information and certifications on its lower body, making it unclear as to whether this is a final version or a prototype, although such information is generally printed on the devices at different stages of production. According to the most recent report, Apple is expected to launch the low-cost iPhone in early September, alongside the upcoming the iPhone 5S.
2013/08/07 13:22 MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories
Facebook Messenger for iPhone adds Instagram sharing
Facebook has updated its Facebook Messenger app for iPhone. The biggest new feature is deeper Instagram integration. Now users can attach photos to messages from Instagram right within the Messenger app. Facebook bought Instagram last year for US$1 billion, and it's nice to see the company put the photo sharing service to use. Another improvement in this update is a small paper clip icon that users can tap to share Instagram photos and emoji icons. Here's the full release notes: What's New in Version 2.6 Now it's easier to send photos and emoji: - Just tap the paper clip from any message - Choose photos from Instagram and any other album on your phone Don't forget about stickers: Tap the smiley to see what's new in the sticker store. Bug fixes Facebook Messenger for iPhone is a free download.Facebook Messenger for iPhone adds Instagram sharing originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 07 Aug 2013 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
2013/08/07 14:00 TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog
Apple Stores offer deals on accessories through August
This week Apple will begin offering some good deals on accessories at its retail stores, reports 9to5Mac. Two deals have a ready started, which include 10% off of select Beats by Dre headphones and speakers (end August 10th) and US$50 off of the Jawbone Big JamBox speaker (ends August 31st). The third deal begins this Sunday, offering 10% off the Bose QuietComfort 3 and Bose QuietComfort 15 headphones. That deal runs until September 14th. There's no word why Apple is running these deals, but obvious theories include the back-to-school shopping season. However, these sales could pull people into Apple Stores as the company reportedly works to increase iPhone sales in-store versus at third-party retailers.Apple Stores offer deals on accessories through August originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 07 Aug 2013 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
2013/08/07 14:00 TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog
Encrypt Your Time Machine Backup Disks For Extra Security [OS X Tips]
Backing up your Mac via Time Machine is highly recommended, and super easy to do, as well. It’s really the only backup system I’ve ever found myself using on a regular basis, because it’s so simple to use and easy to set up. All you need to do is connect any USB drive to your [...]The post Encrypt Your Time Machine Backup Disks For Extra Security [OS X Tips] appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 13:00 Cult of Mac
Ashton Kutcher wants you to know he's a tech guy at heart
Twelve South launches HiRise stand for iPhone 5, iPad mini
Apple boutique accessory maker Twelve South has taken the wraps off its new HiRise adjustable desktop stand for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini. The stand is designed to work with a user's Lightning cable and is compatible with most iPhone and iPad mini cases, unlike many other docks that only work with iPhones and iPads without a case. The HiRise is able to adjust the position of the Lightning connector according to each case and a sliding stand at the rear can also be positioned for optimal support, as the video embedded below highlights....
2013/08/07 13:13 MacNN | The Macintosh News Network
Resale value of Apple's iPhone 4 increased 10% since April, Galaxy S III dropped 27%
If You Count Tablets As PCs, Apple Lost 12% Marketshare Last Quarter
We’re living in a post-PC age. You know it. I know it. Steve Jobs knew it when he coined the phrase three years ago at the original iPad launch event, and of course, it was the iPad that was in many ways the final nail in the coffin of decades of PC market growth. Apple’s [...]The post If You Count Tablets As PCs, Apple Lost 12% Marketshare Last Quarter appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 12:31 Cult of Mac
Purported 'iPhone 5S' camera module has separate LED flash component
easyJet expands Passbook support to 75 airports
In May, popular European discount airline easyJet announced that it was testing Passbook ticketing support at six airports in Europe, with support to come from more airports if the trial was found successful. And judging by today's easyJet app update, it looks like that's the case. Now the company is offering Passbook ticketing support at a whopping 75 airports in Europe. This is significant because easyJet is one of the most popular discount airlines. Passbook-supported apps have been slow to catch on outside of the US (and even inside the US). But Passbook support isn't the only thing new in the latest easyJet update. Check out the other goodies and the release notes below: What's New in Version 2.3.0 - More airports enabled for mobile boarding passes. Now live at over 75 airports across Europe - New options to book a hotel or car - via our partners at Europcar and Booking.com - Add travel insurance to your completed booking in one click - Improvements to the look and readability of mobile boarding passes - Enhancements to Passbook integration to address a timezone issue reported by some users - Updated mobile FAQs easyJet is a free download.easyJet expands Passbook support to 75 airports originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 07 Aug 2013 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
2013/08/07 13:00 TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog
Amazon opens Mac, Windows software download store in United Kingdom
Amazon has opened up its software downloads store in the United Kingdom. The new store, providing downloads for both PC and Mac, expands the original software store it launched in the United States a few years ago, and strongly suggests that the online retailer will be providing similar purchase options for software in other countries in the future....
2013/08/07 12:47 MacNN | The Macintosh News Network
iPhone holds value better than do Samsung phones -- analyst
iTunes Blows Other Streaming Video Services Out Of The Water In Consumer Satisfaction
What’s everyone’s favorite U.S. streaming service? Netflix? Hulu? Amazon? Angry buzzer sound! You’re wrong! It’s iTunes, natch, at least according to a recent consumer satisfaction survey by ForeSee. In the research firm’s 2013 Mobile Satisfaction Index: Media Entertainment Addition (what a mouthful), customers were asked to choose their favorite of 22 different video services. They [...]The post iTunes Blows Other Streaming Video Services Out Of The Water In Consumer Satisfaction appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 12:13 Cult of Mac
AT&T Expands 4G LTE Coverage To 6 New Locations
AT&T has yet again expanded its super fast LTE network – by activating 4G in 6 new locations, as well as extending LTE coverage in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. The announcement was made today in a series of sequential press releases on the carrier’s website. The announced locations to receive the LTE service include: Coeur [...]The post AT&T Expands 4G LTE Coverage To 6 New Locations appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 12:12 Cult of Mac
SimCity Mac grand opening: August 29
Will it really happen? Will the latest version of SimCity finally make its debut for the Mac? Possibly窶忍lectronic Arts announced through the SimCity Twitter account that the Mac version of the city simulation game will ship on August 29. You can窶冲 blame Mac gamers for taking the announcement with a grain of salt. When the game started shipping for the PC, Mac gamers eventually heard that the Mac version would be available in June. Then in June, the ship date was pushed to August. At this point, I窶冦 taking a 窶彙elieve it when I see it窶� approach. SimCity for Mac includes the SimCity Launch Park, an area that was made available to early adopters of SimCity for PC in update 4.0. You can pre-order SimCity for Mac though Electronic Arts窶冱 Origin online store. The $80 Digital Deluxe version and the $60 standard version are available as digital downloads only. SimCity requires an Intel Core 2 Duo processor or later, OS X Lion or Mountain Lion, and an Internet connection, even in single player mode. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
2013/08/07 12:08 Macworld
WhatsApp Gets Push-To-Talk Messaging, And It’s Cool
WhatsApp, one of the most popular univeral messaging apps out there, now has a neat new ability for iPhone users: you can exchange voice messages via push-to-talk, and your message can be received and responded to by any WhatsApp user, whether on Android, Blackberry, Nokia or Windows Phone. Here’s how it works. Just by taping [...]The post WhatsApp Gets Push-To-Talk Messaging, And It’s Cool appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 12:05 Cult of Mac
Vodafone U.K. Confirms 4G Rollout Will Begin August 29
Vodafone U.K. has today announced that it will begin rolling out its new 4G network on August 29 — the same day rival O2 will launch its own 4G service. The company will reach 12 major cities across the country initially, with further expansion planned before the end of this year. That means that by [...]The post Vodafone U.K. Confirms 4G Rollout Will Begin August 29 appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 12:05 Cult of Mac
The Boomerang Modular iPad Stand Is Very Versatile
If there’s one thing us iPad owners like as much as iPad cases, it’s iPad stands. And no wonder: without such a prop, the iPad can do little more than lay flat on the floor or table like a dead fish. Only unlike the poor fish, it won’t even entertain us by flapping desperately around [...]The post The Boomerang Modular iPad Stand Is Very Versatile appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 11:18 Cult of Mac
Poll Suggests Improvements To iPhone 5S Camera: Better Low-Light Pictures, Improved Focussing
There’s one safe prediction even prophecy-shy folks can make about the “next” iPhone: It will have a better camera. But what does “better” mean these days? The 8MP photos from my iPhone 5 are more than big enough for editing, cropping and printing, so where does Apple go with the iPhone 5S? If it listens [...]The post Poll Suggests Improvements To iPhone 5S Camera: Better Low-Light Pictures, Improved Focussing appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 10:31 Cult of Mac
FlameStower: Charge Your iPhone Using a Campfire
The FlameStower looks like a clever way to keep your iPhone charged while you’re camping in the wilderness. Just fill its reservoir with water, stick the other end into the flames of your campfire and plug your chosen gadget into the USB port. Relax with the charred meat and beverage of your choice, and — [...]The post FlameStower: Charge Your iPhone Using a Campfire appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 10:10 Cult of Mac
Apple: DOJ's proposed ebook price fixing remedy 'draconian' and 'unprecedented'
Calling it 窶彭raconian窶� and a 窶徘unitive intrusion into窶� its business, Apple on Friday responded forcefully to the Department of Justice窶冱 proposed injunctions against the Cupertino company in the widely-publicized ebook price-fixing case. A judge found Apple guilty last month of conspiring with publishers on ebook pricing. Apple continues to vigorously deny any wrongdoing. The DOJ窶冱 proposed remedies include terminating Apple窶冱 contracts with the five big publishers at the heart of the case, changing App Store rules on third-party ebook vendors linking to their stores, and the hiring of an external monitor. Calling the DOJ窶冱 proposals 窶徭weeping and unprecedented,窶� Apple says that the proposed injunction could negative 窶彗ffect Apple窶冱 business relationships with thousands of partners.窶� The full filing is emebedded below. 8.2.13 Apple窶冱 Brief Opposing Injunctive Relief To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
2013/08/02 18:45 Macworld
Bind: A Combination Keyboard Tidy And iMac Shelf
Bind is one of those ideas that’s so simple that you get the idea that you could just go and make it yourself. It’s a wide band of “methacrylate compound” (aka plastic) that has a few slots cut into it to fit the battery chambers of your Apple wireless keyboard and your Magic Trackpad. The [...]The post Bind: A Combination Keyboard Tidy And iMac Shelf appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 09:48 Cult of Mac
OmniWeb Gets Updated To v6.0. Yes, *That* OmniWeb
OmniWeb has just been updated to v6.0. “What?!” I hear you scream? “OmniWeb is still around?” The answer is yes. And it seems like it’s as great as it ever was – in a retro-style kind of way. OmniWeb was/is the OmniGroup’s Mac web browser, and in its day it brought all kinds of new [...]The post OmniWeb Gets Updated To v6.0. Yes, *That* OmniWeb appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 09:30 Cult of Mac
Apple relying more heavily on Samsung for iPad displays, report says
While Apple is making moves to distance itself from rival Samsung, one report says the Korean company is actually gaining ground on iPad LCD supplier LG Display, a trend that may continue with the expected next-generation iPad mini.
2013/08/07 09:15 AppleInsider - Frontpage News
Spinlister, Like Airbnb For Bikes
Spinlister is like Airbnb for bikes. Instead of renting some piece-of-junk city bike for exorbitant rates while you’re on a city vacation, you can instead rent a hipstermobile from a private individual. For – it seems – equally exorbitant rates. And you can of course make some extra cash in your home town renting out [...]The post Spinlister, Like Airbnb For Bikes appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 09:05 Cult of Mac
Apple, Inc. gets its fingerprints on advanced touch sensor, appears difficult for Android to copy
Canalys: Apple top PC+tablet maker, growing but slipping on phones
New numbers from market analyst Canalys -- using shipment data rather than actual sales to end users -- show that Apple continues to dominate as the world's leading PC maker when one includes tablets (as, some argue, should always be the case -- since they are generally used as "light" PC duty replacements). Shipments for the June quarter show Apple moving 18.6 million non-smartphone computers, with Lenovo moving into second place ahead of HP. Even as Apple's growth rate cools off at the end of its product cycle, it is still outselling rivals -- though many are playing catch-up....
2013/08/07 08:00 MacNN | The Macintosh News Network
Apple Stores begin program of special discounts on audio gear
Apple Stores have begun a significant sale on audio accessories during August, with two offers already underway and a third one coming later. Currently, the stores are offering 10 percent off on select Beats by Dre headphones and speakers, along with a $50 discount on the price of the Jawbone Big Jambox Bluetooth speaker, the latter offering being matched by Jawbone through its own site and resellers. A reader has alerted Electronista that the stores will also be offering two Bose QuietComfort headphones for 10 percent off beginning on Sunday....
2013/08/07 06:30 MacNN | The Macintosh News Network
Reviews: HighPoint RocketStor 5122B dual USB 3.0 dock
We've spoken about the convenience of drive docks in the past. If a user has any significant quantity of data to back up, optical media just won't do -- magnetic high-density media, like hard drives, are the way to go. Docks are a logical and flexible device to procure to eliminate the need for costly c ......
2013/08/07 01:00 MacNN | The Macintosh News Network
Samsung gains as Apple display supplier, says researcher
Apple Retail Stores Offering Discounts on Select Accessories Through August [iOS Blog]
Apple Retail Stores are offering discounts (via 9to5Mac) on select iOS compatible third-party accessories through August. Current discounts through August 31st include $50 off of the Jawbone Big Jambox Bluetooth speaker and 10% off of select Beats by Dre headphones and speakers, but do not include the recently updated Beats by Dre Studio headphones. Starting August 11th, the store will also be offering 10% off of the Bose QuietComfort 3 and QuietComfort 15 headphones. The sale will last through September 14th. Image courtesy of DailyMail Last month, Apple launched a "Back to School" promotion offering qualified educational purchasers iTunes Store/App Store/iBookStore gift cards of up to $100 with the purchase of a new Mac, iPad, or iPhone. The program is currently valid through September 6th.
2013/08/07 05:13 MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories
Review: Newer Tech NuGuard KX iPhone case
Phone cases generally follow the "pick two" maxim, with the three axes being protection, style, and cost. The NuGuard KX case by Newer Tech is no exception to this, but it does attempt to pick two and a half out of three, at least. Boasting mil-spec protection, the case aims to protect the iPhone 4 series and iPhone 5 with at least a modicum of style at an affordable price point. How well does the phone protector hit (or protect!) its target? We've been living with the case for a few months now, read our review to find out how well the NuGuard KX case has handled the test of time....
2013/08/07 04:47 MacNN | The Macintosh News Network
Apple still leads worldwide PC market with combined iPad shipments, but Lenovo gaining ground
Reviews: NuGuard KX iPhone 5 Mil-Spec case
Phone cases generally follow the "pick two" maxim, with the three axes being protection, style, and cost. The NuGuard KX case by Newer Tech is no exception to this, but it does attempt to pick two and a half out of three, at least. Boasting mil-spec protection, the case aims to protect the iPhone 4 series and iPhone 5 with at least a modicum of style ......
2013/08/07 03:00 MacNN | The Macintosh News Network
Zoom ships multi-microphone H6 Handy Recorder
Zoom North America has announced the immediate retail availability of the all-new H6 Handy Recorder. The H6 is the most advanced portable recorder ever introduced by Zoom, offering six tracks of simultaneous recording and a system of interchangeable microphone and input capsules....
2013/08/07 03:18 MacNN | The Macintosh News Network
Ashton Kutcher Personally Answers Quora Question About His Role As Steve Jobs
Quora is motherlode of information often sees top experts answer thoughtful questions posed by its users. Every once in a while, a superstar will step into answer 窶� as Ashton Kutcher himself did, when someone asked “How did Ashton Kutcher prepare for his role as Steve Jobs in the new movie Jobs?” It’s fascinating to [...]The post Ashton Kutcher Personally Answers Quora Question About His Role As Steve Jobs appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 02:46 Cult of Mac
Apple tops PC market, but lead shrinks, says Canalys
Review: HighPoint RocketStor 5122B dual-channel USB 3.0 drive dock
We've spoken about the convenience of drive docks in the past. If a user has any significant quantity of data to back up, optical media just won't do -- magnetic high-density media, like hard drives, are the way to go. Docks are a logical and flexible device to procure to eliminate the need for costly cases for multiple drives. We reviewed the SATA-3 version of the 5122B SATA-3 dual-channel drive dock, but is the ubiquity of the USB 3.0 port a benefit, or a hindrance to the device? Read on to find out!...
2013/08/07 02:02 MacNN | The Macintosh News Network
Study: Apple tops in content streaming, beating Netflix, HBO GO
A study done by customer experience research firm ForeSee has surveyed customers of mobile media and entertainment sites and found that generally, customers are more satisfied with such services than they were a year ago: the average score was 77 out of 100, compared to 67 a year ago. In the streaming TV and movies category, Apple's iTunes squeaked out a surprise win over competitors such as Netflix and HBO Go, Amazon Instant Video, Crackle and Hulu Plus. The study also found that customers were much more satisfied with home Internet service than cellular data....
2013/08/07 02:00 MacNN | The Macintosh News Network
TuneMob Makes You The DJ of a Really, Really Small Party [Daily Freebie]
Here’s a problem: Let’s say you’re a diabolical dictator bent on world domination. You’ve decided to bypass the corporate mass media (which can’t be trusted) and inform the little people of your plans via podcast. You create one — only you don’t have a method of broadcasting the podcast, since you insist on personally playing [...]The post TuneMob Makes You The DJ of a Really, Really Small Party [Daily Freebie] appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 01:44 Cult of Mac
New 'Jobs' trailer reveals a few new scenes from upcoming biopic
Reviews: HighPoint RocketStor 5122B dual USB 3.0 drive
We've spoken about the convenience of drive docks in the past. If a user has any significant quantity of data to back up, optical media just won't do -- magnetic high-density media, like hard drives, are the way to go. Docks are a logical and flexible device to procure to eliminate the need for costly c ......
2013/08/07 01:00 MacNN | The Macintosh News Network
Flowboard Can Now be Used With Leap Motion Control on the Mac
Two dazzling innovations we’re pretty enthused about have melded, as Flowboard becomes one of the first apps to integrate Leap Motion into its Mac platform. As Flowboard CEO Brent Brookler demonstrates in the clip above, anyone with an $80 Leap Motion sensor can now navigate through Flowboards via gestures. While it’s not as cool as, [...]The post Flowboard Can Now be Used With Leap Motion Control on the Mac appeared first on Cult of Mac.
2013/08/07 01:11 Cult of Mac
Daily iPhone App: You'll definitely want to take A Ride Into The Mountains
The iPhone -- even going back to it's original iteration -- has always been capable of visually impressive mobile games, and some of the latest titles for the iPhone 5 can rival console-quality visuals. But as any gamer will tell you, great graphics don't make a great game, and A Ride Into The Mountains is undeniable proof that a lot can be done with a comparatively small number of pixels. The very first thing you'll notice about the game is that it looks like a cross between an early Nintendo title and something from the Atari days. There are no jaw-dropping graphics and not a single polygon to be found, but the washed-out look of the ultra-basic visuals fits the zen-minded nature of the game perfectly. You play as Zu, a man living a solitary existence guarding a mysterious relic tucked away in the mountains. When a strange object falls out of the sky and dulls the relic's glow, you grab your bow, jump on your trusty horse and set off to investigate. The vague story doesn't do a lot to fill in the details along the way, but the game is so charming that you probably won't really mind. Soon after departing towards the mountains, you encounter dark objects and creatures bent on destroying you. Using a finger on the touchscreen to draw Zu's bow, you take out enemies one by one to progress. After clearing each set of enemies, you move on to the next, with environmental hazards like wind occasionally showing up to throw a wrench in your attack plan. A Ride Into The Mountains does a fantastic job of pacing your adventure, and despite the fact that your goal in most instances is to destroy your enemies, the entire experience is actually very relaxing. Many of the larger battles against boss creatures end up feeling very much like a puzzle, where a cool head is more important than a fast trigger finger. With its throwback art style, easy to learn gameplay and chilled-out mood, A Ride Into The Mountains is a great US$0.99 title that will leave you thinking about it for hours, or perhaps days after each play session.Daily iPhone App: You'll definitely want to take A Ride Into The Mountains originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 06 Aug 2013 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
2013/08/07 01:00 TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog
New trailer for 'Jobs' launched; Kutcher, Gad to hold QnA August 8
A new trailer for the independent biopic Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher in the title role, is now available in wide distribution. The ad itself, dubbed the "American Legend" trailer, features a number of previously-unseen clips from the film, which will be the first major movie about the Apple co-founder to reach the big screens apart from a limited run of a "lost interview" documentary featuring Jobs that appeared briefly last year. In addition to debuting the new trailer, stars Kutcher and Josh Gad will also be hosting a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) discussion on August 8....
2013/08/07 00:30 MacNN | The Macintosh News Network
Mobile iTunes Store video service edges out Netflix, Amazon in US customer satisfaction
Joyful Executions gets death penalty from the App Store for "excessively objectionable content"
Apple runs the App Store with an incredibly strict set of guidelines. No pornographic, explicit, crude or otherwise objectionable content is allowed. Apparently that includes satire. In keeping with the company's move this past January rejecting Endgame: Syria Apple has blocked a new game called Joyful Executions from sale in the App Store. Both games were blocked under guideline 16.1: Apps that present excessively objectionable or crude content will be rejected. So where did it all go wrong? Probably from its moment of conception. Developed by 8-Bit Underpants Joyful Executions is a turn-based strategy game where the player controls commissar Kim Bok Kyong and his four man firing squad. Racing against the clock you must manage your ammunition supplies and modify your tactics to ensure each wave of executions go... well smoothly. Joyful Executions admittedly dark premise is a satire of the North Korean government, and Apple has a history of blocking titles that include real world political identifiers. Their ebook store meanwhile is full of all sorts of political satire, criticism, and commentary. Holding games to a different standard of intellectual content rules than other content holds the art form back as a creative medium. In an interview with PocketGamer developer Fredrik Nordstrom explained why he thinks his game is important. The DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) leadership's tactics of bullying their way to concessions by use of aggressive threats must not be tolerated. I believe it is imperative for us to not grant them the respect they demand by acknowledging them as equals. That's why any parody on North Korea's regime reminds us what they really are. And that's why I'm releasing this game. The game has already been released on the Google Play as a free download. Head over to PocketGamer for the rest of their interview with Nordstrom. You can video the game's trailer below. Joyful Executions gets death penalty from the App Store for "excessively objectionable content" originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 06 Aug 2013 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
2013/08/07 00:00 TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog
Review: iTwin Pro USB low configuration VPN dongle
With all the hullabaloo about law enforcement monitoring and collecting data on users, technologies like virtual private networking and encryption have popped up for more than the tin-foil hat crowd. Many of the solutions available for anonymous browsing are paid monthly, and cloud services sometimes don't offer as much protection or storage space as one might like. The iTwin Pro is a hardware solution -- a cross-platform, two-factor authentication providing, dual-headed USB dongle that connects to a server computer, generally in the user's home or office, with the other end connected to a com...
2013/08/06 23:51 MacNN | The Macintosh News Network
Reviews: iTwin Pro USB secure networking dongle
With all the hullabaloo about law enforcement monitoring and collecting data on users, technologies like virtual private networking and encryption have popped up for more than the tin-foil hat crowd. Many of the solutions available for anonymous browsing a ......
2013/08/06 22:00 MacNN | The Macintosh News Network
Apple seeds fifth beta of Xcode 5 for developers with minor tweaks
Alongside the releases of fresh iOS 7 and Apple TV betas, Apple has also issued a fifth Developer Preview of Xcode 5 -- which offers some improvements and changes as well as the usual fixes and performance enhancements. The new build (5A11365y) continues to polish the Simulator and Instruments, makes slight tweaks to the user interface and overall experience, adds iOS 7 support to Interface Builder and brings a new Auto Vectorizer tool to Compiler among other changes. Though bugs remain, there are also some further changes in the new build....
2013/08/06 23:00 MacNN | The Macintosh News Network
Daily Update for August 6, 2013
It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the inline player (requires Flash) or the non-Flash link below. To subscribe to the podcast for daily listening through iTunes, click here. No Flash? Click here to listen. Subscribe via RSSDaily Update for August 6, 2013 originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 06 Aug 2013 18:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
2013/08/06 23:15 TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog
Adventures for iPhone a decent travel log
Adventures for iPhone is a travel log (currently on sale for US$1.99 in the App Store) that syncs photos with Evernote. The idea is that you create an album, or "adventure," snapping photos along the way. The app collects meta information like location and your custom tags, then sends the lot to a notebook in Evernote. I spent last Sunday exploring Boston and took Adventures along for the ride. My experience was mostly positive. Read on for my day of capturing Boston with Adventures for iPhone. Last May, Evernote's Brett Kelly published an article on 52 Tiger about using Evernote as a traveler's companion. His idea was solid: by capturing photos in Evernote, you've got everything tagged, categorized, accessible and ready to share. I like the idea, but in practice found it cumbersome. In short, producing from-the-hip snapshots with a basic photography app is significantly faster. Evernote is a great storage solution, but it's a poor camera.
2013/08/06 23:00 TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog