Friday, 7 March, 2014
Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice
Agen G. N. Schmitz, TidBITS
The big news for Retrospect 11 is that it adds a block level incremental backup option, which should boost performance as it backs up only those portions of files that are modified since the previous backup.
Thursday, 6 March, 2014
Jonny Evans, Computerworld
Natalie Donovan and Kevin Core, BBC
A man whose mother bequeathed her iPad to her family in her will says Apple's security rules are too restrictive.
Min-Jeong Lee, Wall Street Journal
James O'Toole, CNNMoney
"We're very, very concerned about it," said David Teater, senior director at the nonprofit National Safety Council. "The auto industry and the consumer electronics industry are really in an arms race to see how we can enable drivers to do stuff other than driving."
Federico Viticci, MacStories
The problem with iCloud Tabs is that they’re limited to Safari, so if you’re using Chrome or Firefox on OS X, you can’t access the tabs that you have open on your iPhone or iPad. For this reason, Josh Parnham has devised a simple and clever solution: CloudyTabs is a menu bar app that lists iCloud Tabs open on all your devices.
Sean Coughlan, BBC
The Stephen Perse Foundation school is building a pathway that others could soon follow. It's clever and digital, but also practical and easily shared.
Kirk McElhearn, Kirkville
Adam C. Engst, TidBITS
I had to apply significant pressure, and when the clips finally released, I almost pulled the display’s cables out by force. That step, which hadn’t been required with the iPhone 4, was nerve-wracking.
Neil Chenoweth, Financial Review
“Now we have some numbers to say, ‘well, this is the amount they are avoiding paying tax, particularly in Australia’, perhaps we should be asking, ‘Should we do something about it?’ But Apple is only one of them doing this.”
“Perhaps we need to go back to fundamentals and say that profits need to be taxed once – only once, but at least once.”
Nick Summers, The Next Web
Google today updated its Gmail for iOS app with background refresh, which means that it will now fetch incoming mail automatically.
The world’s most valuable company isn’t worried that employees might be stealing Apple gear from their retail stores, and a security bag check that is the subject of a employee lawsuit is used inconsistently “at best.” What’s more, the company hasn’t audited the bag check program to determine if it’s effective at reducing employee theft, and considers loss prevention to be a low priority endeavor. That picture was painted by an employee designated by Apple to provide expert testimony in depositions taken earlier this year.
Wednesday, 5 March, 2014
And Now It's All This
The arguments for and against goto are part of a long tradition of programmers trying to figure out how to write code that’s easier to understand and more likely to be correct.
Christopher Breen, Macworld
For those of us who really care about music, it means a service that’s regrettably half-baked.
Tim Stevens, CNET
Cars have been getting smarter and smartphone connectivity is better than ever, but 2014 should be a quantum leap forward for smartphone connectivity. Join us as we look at the main contenders.
Dave Snelling, Daily Star
It looks fabulous, is incredibly fast and has a never ending battery, but best of all, like the 1984 Macintosh, it's so simple to use.
So are Apple computers as good as they think they are? The simple answer is YES!
Topher Kessler, CNET
Ensure that a menu command is targeted by a custom keyboard shortcut even if two or more commands have the same name within a given application.
Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla, Calgary Herald
Keyboard cases incorporate a Bluetooth keyboard with a protective case that ensures the iPad is well protected. These cases can be used to prop up the iPad’s screen at an angle while typing, similar to the way laptop computers work.
Jeffrey L. Wilson, PC Magazine
The free Wordpress iPad app lets users create new articles, add photos and video, schedule posts, and more while on the go. Numerous missing features keep it from being the complete WordPress experience, however.
Max Eddy and Jill Duffy, PC Magazine
WhatsApp doesn't have all the features under the sun, but it delivers a quality experience on iOS with all the critical tools you need to cut out your texting plan.
Heather Kelly, CNN
People wait in long lines and even camp out to get their hands on new Apple devices as soon as they're available. But they drag their feet, sometimes for years, when it comes to purchasing another piece of technology that could greatly improve their lives: hearing aids.
Hearing-aid manufacturers and audiologists hope a new collaboration between them and Apple will help.
Shy students speak up more in class and participate more readily in online discussions. Because iPad is so portable, the girls can collaborate anywhere on group assignments outside school hours. And academic researchers tasked with evaluating student interactions at Nanyang found that with iPad in the classroom, students ask questions that indicate greater comprehension and engagement.
Mel Martin, TUAW
Speaky is an interesting iOS app with a simple goal: paste in some text or give it a URL, and it will read it to you. Speaky works in the background, so you can be doing something else while a news article, story, or anything you can feed it gets read to you.
Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice
Dan Frakes, Macworld
Whether you’re performing serious scientific calculations, doing high-school physics homework, or just converting everyday measures, PCalc has the features and interface for you.
I don't think customers would mind being asked to leave a review for an app they love and use daily if they were asked at the right time, but unfortunately that's usually not the case.
Dan Moren, Macworld
That’s why CarPlay appeals to me: because it suggests that even as your car gets older, you won’t be stuck with an outdated chunk of electronics taking up a huge swath of your car’s dashboard.
All Things Apple
I knew that there was a steep learning curve to this software, and I was willing to explore it over time, knowing that as my needs grow, this app could easily grow with me. It was a conscious decision made up front with a significant energy and time investment that paid of dividends after 3 months of fidgeting, and continued to grow as I fully explored the software.
Russell Brandom, The Verge
The encrypted chat app Cryptocat is launching today for iOS, after an initial rejection in December. Previously available as a desktop app and browser plugin, the program uses the OTR model to offer strong encryption and forward secrecy for text conversations, with servers held in a Swedish nuclear bunker to protect them from government intrusion.
Caitlin McGarry, TechHive