Thursday, 5 December, 2013
MyAppleMenu will now go dark as I take a break from this little web site. I will be back on 16 Dec, 2013.
Lorraine Luk And Daisuke Wakabayashi, Wall Street Journal
China Mobile Ltd. has signed a long-awaited deal with Apple Inc. to offer iPhones on its network, a person familiar with the situation said, an arrangement that would give the U.S. technology giant a big boost in the world's largest mobile market.
A deal with China Mobile would give Apple access to a subscriber base that is seven times the size of Verizon Wireless, the U.S.'s largest carrier. Greater China, including Hong Kong and Taiwan, is Apple's third biggest market after the U.S. and Europe in terms of revenue.
The iPad mini and the iPad Air are both equally capable and usable devices. Pick the one you think you want and you will acclimate to it just fine.
US President Barack Obama admitted Wednesday he was not allowed to have an iPhone owing to security fears -- explaining why he is sometimes seen with a bulky super secure Blackberry.
And Now It's All This
So am I fooling myself, or is it possible that Touch ID’s recognition gets worse with time? I don’t know enough about how it works to hazard a guess, but if the software is continually updating its internal “picture” of my prints with each scan, decay is at least possible. We tend to think that gathering more data always increases our understanding, but it doesn’t always work that way.
Ben Moss, Webdesigner Depot
Jonathan Seff, Macworld
So if you’re looking to save money on an older iPad and feel confident you’re making a safe purchase for the long term, check out Apple’s refurbished store.
Joseph Keller, iMore
Apple is giving away a holiday playlist from the Apple Store app for iPhone. Called Holiday Cheer, the playlist consists of eight holiday classics including Silent Night, Joy to the World, and Silent Night. Artists include Kelly Clarkson, Nick Lowe, and Mary J Blige.
Federico Viticci, MacStories
Kirk McElhearn, Kirkville
Rana Foroohar, Time
Icahn believes the technology giant should share more of its wealth with stockholders. So to push Apple, he now wants stockholders to vote on whether the company should spend more of its billions to buy back its own shares on the public market. A buyback would almost certainly drive up the price of Apple’s stock—and increase the value of Icahn’s holdings along with those of all Apple investors.
Wednesday, 4 December, 2013
Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch
The use of iBeacons by Exact Editions is part of their ByPlace program, which launched earlier this year to help publishers specify certain locations where their titles could be available without the usual individual subscription fee.
Christopher Breen, Macworld
Liane Cassavoy, Macworld
It’s suffering from a few growing pains, but it remains one of the few email services that lives up to its promise of saving you time by bringing order to your inbox.
Dennis Sellers, Apple Daily Report
John Paczkowski, All Things D
Some of the most popular Mexican telenovelas are produced by Azteca — one of Mexico’s leading broadcasters and its second-largest mass media company. These telenovelas are broadcast through four television networks — not just in Spanish-speaking markets in the U.S. and Central and South America, but in countries as far away as Russia and China. One of the station’s networks, Azteca America, reaches 89 percent of Spanish-speaking households in the U.S.
To help satisfy growing worldwide demand for their shows, Azteca recently rolled out a fast-paced, all-digital workflow based on Final Cut Pro X.
Peter Cohen, iMore
FileMaker on Tuesday announced FileMaker 13, the newest version of their database software for OS X, Windows, iOS and the Web. More than 50 new features have been added, including dramatically improved web deployment.
Key features in the new release include WebDirect, which enables FileMaker administrators to deploy an HTML5-based FileMaker database without needing to know how to write web page code. iPad and iPhone layouts have also been dramatically improved, with support for slide controls, popovers and gesture-based scanning.
Allyson Kazmucha, iMore
PDF Expert lets you annotate, sign, manage, and share your PDF files in one place.
Tuesday, 3 December, 2013
James Galbraith, Macworld
The My Passport Slim isn't the fastest, cheapest or thinnest portable hard drive around. But it offers acceptable speed, respectable storage capacity at a reasonable price.
Topher Kessler, CNET
Among third-party options like Chrome and Firefox, Apple's Safari browser for OS X offers a well-integrated and easy option for viewing Web content on a Mac. However, there are some default settings in Safari that, with a few tweaks, can offer some enhancements to your browsing experience.
Harry Slater, Pocket Gamer
It's not perfect, but its mix of side-scrolling plasmatic brawling and finger-swirling touchscreen manipulation can be pretty addictive.
Daisuke Wakabayashi And Douglas Macmillan, Wall Street Journal
Apple's goals for Topsy are unclear. Analysts said Topsy's insights could be useful in several Apple services, including the iTunes media store, Siri voice assistant or iAd advertising platform.
Susan Etlinger, industry analyst at Altimeter Group, said Topsy's analysis could help Apple recommend songs, movies and TV shows to iTunes users. Topsy engineers could help Apple learn how to extract similar insights from other large data sets.
Dennis Sellers, Apple Daily Report
Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice
But perhaps the most notable feature introduced alongside WhatsApp’s iOS 7 interface is support for broadcast lists. Similar to BBM‘s Broadcast messaging feature, this enables WhatsApp users to send messages to multiple contacts at a time.
Offering non-renewing options and a good auto-renewing system, like Stripe, is a nice balance. But if your choice is between non-renewing subscriptions or a bad auto-renewing system, such as PayPal’s or Apple’s, you’re better off not using auto-renewing subscriptions at all.
Federico Viticci, MacStories
Looking at the SDK documentation on GitHub, it appears that Smile is now using x-callback-url to handle the initial setup of snippets between TextExpander and compatible apps which, as Smile initially suggested, shouldn’t allow for constant sync of snippets — i.e. if you change a snippet in TextExpander, you’ll have to run the snippet setup again in a third-party app.
Gregg Keizer, Computerworld
Apple's Mavericks operating system set the OS X early-adoption record last month, with a third of all Macs running the new edition within just weeks of its introduction.
Richard Devine, iMore
The good news is you've got up until December 22 for those really last minute purchases on some products, but if you're moving for a new iPad in particular then you need to move fast.