Friday, 25 April, 2014
Dan Levine, Reuters
Four major tech companies including Apple and Google have agreed to settle a large antitrust lawsuit over no-hire agreements in Silicon Valley, according to a court filing on Thursday.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Juli Clover, MacRumors
According to Apple, a bug resulting from an expired device certificate has rendered FaceTime unusable on older versions of iOS and the only solution to the problem is to update to the latest version of the operating system.
Doug Drinkwater, Macworld UK
Michael Ansaldo, Macworld
While no third-party suite can fully replicate the real deal, these four came closest. We tested them with an eye toward usability, cloud support, and faithfulness to Office file formats (the last of which disqualified Apple’s iWorks right out of the gate). Each has stronger points, such as a more elegant interface, or better file or cloud support, but any will get the job done admirably until you can get back to your desk.
Thursday, 24 April, 2014
Daisuke Wakabayashi, Wall Street Journal
How close is that? Cook lets out a laugh and said he didn’t accidentally tip his hand. The company, he said, is closer to announcing a new product than it was at the end of January, yesterday or ten minutes ago. Not much help.
Steven Sande, TUAW
Jimi is cleverly designed to transition the vertical USB port on the back of the iMac to a horizontal USB port that pokes out from the bottom of your computer.
This looks great. Personally, I don't understand why Apple moved the ports on a laptop from the back to the sides, making it easier to access the ports, but failed to do so for the desktops.
Topher Kessler, MacIssues
Jame Galbraith, Macworld
Macworld Lab came up with the Mac Pro Daisy Chain Challenge: How many devices can we round up, connect, and use on a single Mac Pro.
Kirk McElhearn, Macworld
There’s no shortage of writing apps for OS X, for any type of work, and for any budget. You may want to stick with the free TextEdit, or, if you use Markdown, look for a tool that displays formatted texts better. My ideal text editor would have the simplicity of iA Writer, some of the features of ByWord and WriteRoom, and the preview and export features of Marked 2. Sadly, such a dream app doesn’t exist. In its absence, I’ve found iA Writer to be the most useful tool, because it stays out of my way.
U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in a brief order said the July 14 trial had already been postponed once and should go forward, paving the way for more than two dozen states to pursue hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.
Farhad Manjoo, New York Times
It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that the latest crop of advanced hearing aids are better than the ears most of us were born with. The devices can stream phone calls and music directly to your ears from your phone. They can tailor their acoustic systems to your location; when the phone detects that you have entered your favorite sports bar, it adjusts the hearing aids to that environment.
The hearing aids even let you transform your phone into an extra set of ears. If you’re chatting with your co-worker across a long table, set the phone in front of her, and her words will stream directly to your ears.
Like Mr Manjoo, I'm so tempted to get myself some Made-for-iPhone hearing aids even though I probably don't have really bad hearing problems to require a hearing aid for now.
Neil Irwin, New York Times
With its split decision, then, Apple is effectively choosing its own shareholders — and not the ones who are most likely to stick with the company when it encounters bad times.
Peter Cohen, iMore
"iPad sales came in at the high end of our estimates," Cook emphasized, uncharacteristically taking issue with analysts' projections.
Alex Wilhelm, TechCrunch
As part of its earnings cycle today, Apple announced that it will increase its dividend 8 percent, add $30 billion to its share buyback program current to a total of $90 billion, and split its stock 7 for 1 in June.
The company’s dividend will also now rise yearly.
Romain Dillet, TechCrunch
Apple has just released its fiscal Q2 2014 earnings, reporting $45.6 billion in revenue, $10.2 billion in net profit representing $11.62 per share. Compared to the year-ago quarter, it corresponds to a growth of 4.6 percent in revenue, and 15.2 percent in EPS.
Kristin Paget's Blog
Drop a patch for one product that quite literally lists out, in order, the security vulnerabilities in your platform, and then fail to patch those weaknesses on your other range of products for weeks afterwards? You really don’t see anything wrong with this?
Steven Sande, TUAW
The new Insight View is described as a "visual summary of your data" that "helps you discover patterns and answer questions about your business." By displaying a number of graphs on one screen, it's easy to see patterns appear and then make comparisons. Clicking on a bar chart drills into summaries, and dragging across a timeline allows even further focus on project details.
Wednesday, 23 April, 2014
Wilson Rothman, Wall Street Journal
In my hunt for the best cloud photo option, five services stood out: Dropbox, Flickr, Shutterfly, SmugMug and the powerful yet clumsy combination of Google Drive and Google+. In the end, only Flickr managed to satisfy all my requirements, though SmugMug was a close second.
Brian Fung, Washington Post
So as Steve Jobs and other executives allegedly colluded to prevent the poaching of engineers from each other, they may have simultaneously contributed to Silicon Valley's preoccupation with precociousness. Finding new, less expensive talent among the young, after all, was the most viable alternative.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune
It's a huge store -- Apple's biggest in Europe, according to the company. It occupies two high-ceilinged floors, separated by a Steve Jobs-patented glass spiral staircase and softly lit by a two-story atrium.
Richard Padilla, MacRumors
Apple tonight released an update for FaceTime on OS X, which resolves connections issues and is recommended for all FaceTime users currently running OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. The connection issues are presumably related to the problems reported last week which affected both older versions of OS X and iOS 6 versions of FaceTime.
Mel Martin, TUAW
The app simply serves as an environmental reminder to let you visualize cleaner and clearer skies. The app also lets you add your signature to a petition to state your preference about 'bringing back the blue'.
Rene Ritchie, iMore
Apple has released a new iPhone 5s ad called "Powerful". It's set to the song Gigantic by the Pixies, the ad highlights the iPhone 5s' utility with several kinds of musical instruments and vocals, as a connected controller for lighting, gaming, and rocket launching, for slow motion video, videography, live translation, blood pressure measurement, and finishes with the line — "You're more powerful than you think".
Tyler Hayes, Fast Company
Programmers often get stereotyped as night owls--a habit endemic to young programmers. But what happens when those night owls have kids and develop more demanding personal lives? Here are a few ways to think about your time that should take some of the conflict out of your time management conundrum.
Jason Snell, Macworld
The update, AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.3, is only for the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac, introduced in June 2013, and fixes a vulnerability that existed only when the Back to My Mac feature was turned on.
Juli Clover, MacRumors
As part of iOS 7.1.1, released earlier today, Apple has implemented some minor changes to the iOS App Store to make it more clear which apps offer in-app purchases.
Chris Welch, The Verge
Apple is suddenly taking a much more open approach to testing its desktop operating system. For the first time in years, the company is inviting regular consumers to help test upcoming OS X software updates before they're distributed publicly. Apple says the OS X Beta Seed Program will allow anyone to "test-drive beta software and provide quality and usability feedback that will help make OS X even better."
Juli Clover, MacRumors
Alongside iOS 7.1.1, Apple has introduced a new OS X beta program that will see non-developers given an opportunity to download OS X betas before they are released to the public.
Bryan M. Wolfe, AppAdvice