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Thursday, March 31, 2011

PairShare Offers Music Streaming Between iOS Devices

Joel Mathis, Macworld

The app lets users stream music via Bluetooth from one iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to another. The app is being pitched at joggers, bikers, and other folks who exercise together.

Boxcar Pushes Its Way Onto The Mac

MG Siegler, TechCrunch

The app resides in your toolbar and when clicked shows a drop-down with all of your notifications as they come in in realtime. You can set it so a sound goes off with every new message and if you have Growl installed you can get a visual notification as well.


Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

SugarSync’s desktop sync software needs a rethink, with too many separate pieces unaligned into a consistent interface. However, its ability to specify which folders on each computer will sync to other machines is quite useful. Its business services offer little advantage over individual accounts.

As Gecko Scurries Away, Camino Looks To WebKit To Save Itself

MG Siegler, TechCrunch

As the team lays out in a post on their blog, a major change is needed to keep Camino going. Why? Because throughout its existence, the browser has been built using Mozilla’s Gecko rendering engine — the one built for Firefox. But now that engine will no longer be embeddable in other browsers — even other Mozilla browsers, like Camino.

Thunderbolt MacBook Pro: The Last Notebook You'll Ever Need

Tom Yager, InfoWorld

After more than two weeks of continuous testing, it's hard for me to imagine what I'd want in a notebook in three to five years that MacBook Pro doesn't deliver right now. Whatever I want, I'll plug into Thunderbolt, the game-changing 10-gigabit peripheral interconnect that deserves (and gets) its own section in this review. I have no lingering doubt that a PC notebook maker might trump MacBook Pro. What Apple has done requires metal, glass, genius, and OS X. It can't be replicated with plastic and Windows.

Skype 5 For Mac

Lukas Mathis, Ignore The Code

Skype is a tool used both by casual users, and by experienced users who use it every day in a professional context. It’s incredibly hard to get this kind of user interface right. The old version did an admirable, elegant job serving both audiences. The new version, unfortunately, is a huge step backwards.

Does Apple Hate Enterprise Developers?

P. J. Connolly, eWeek

After the first-day sellout of this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference, I’m beginning to wonder if Apple holds some kind of grudge against enterprise developers.

Music Artists, Labels Create Enhanced Albums For iPad

Kelly Hodgkins, TUAW

Airfoil For Mac 4.0.2

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Airfoil for Mac remains a solid and unique utility. It's a very clever and affordable way to stream all of your Mac’s audio throughout your home and to your iOS devices.

Firefox 4 Improves, But Not Radically

Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

Should you switch to Firefox 4? If you’re using Firefox 3.6 on an Intel-based Mac, yes, you should, so you can take advantage of its performance and standards improvements (though I recommend re-enabling the Browse By Name feature immediately so Firefox 4 works the way you expect). But if you’re happy with Safari or Chrome, I don’t see the changes in Firefox 4 making such a difference that you’ll feel compelled to switch. That said, there’s nothing wrong with downloading a copy and checking it out; if nothing else, it can be helpful to have a different browser around in case you have trouble with a particular site, and who knows, perhaps you’ll find that Firefox 4 fits your needs perfectly.

How To Capture Menus And Windows

Christopher Breen, Macworld

iPad Wireless HD Mirroring Hack Makes For Better Presentations

Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Teachers and corporate presenters alike begged Apple for video mirroring capabilities for the iPad, and the company delivered the feature in the iPad 2. Apple's solution still leaves users tied to a cord, however, so two employees at networking service provider Straight Up Technologies developed a simple hack to give their client wireless HDMI output and freedom of movement while sharing the iPad's screen.

Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.6.7 Supplemental Update For Late 2010 13 Inch MacBook Air

Daniel Eran Dilger, AppleInsider

Just over a week after releasing Mac OS X 10.6.7, Apple has issued a subsequent patch aimed at users of the new Late 2010, 13 inch MacBook Air to fix a system crash related to iTunes.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

iPad In The Enterprise: Three Worries Remain

Tom Kaneshige, Macworld

MyThoughts 1.2.1

Jeffery Battersby, Macworld

MyThoughts is an interesting mind mapping tool that is fun to use and which makes it possible for you to create really interesting looking maps. But its lack the depth to make it a complete and powerful business tool for creating mind maps. While I like the application for the unique maps it creates, I’m more interested in seeing what the future holds for MyThoughts than I am in using it to create my own maps.

Xcode 4: The Windows Vista Of Apple IDEs?

Mike Keller, PC World

Opening new tabs or one of the seemingly infinite side bars in Xcode 4 (more on that later) chug along with what I could imagine would be nice animations if they weren’t so slow and choppy. Quick info that used to be available at the whim of a key command, such as opening the Debugging Console, now require a button press and a wait through a sliding animation.

Whereas the IB of old had its own menu bar items and key commands, they are now all tucked away within Xcode’s sea of sidebars- take a look at the screenshot for an unholy mess of a UI.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

How To Resize Small Images For Print

Lesa Snider, Macworld

In this article, I’ll show you how to increase resolution and if you must, the pixel dimensions, of small images so they print well at the sizes you need.

How Apple Played Hard To Get And Seduced The Enterprise

Chris Nerney, Network World

Traditionally enterprise managers could rely on software and support directly from the vendors supplying the devices. For example, RIM offers a BlackBerry Enterprise Server for IT managers to securely allow enterprise executives access to corporate email and other documents using their RIM smartphones.

But that’s not the way Apple operates. Apple didn’t want to develop its own management and security tools, and between the SDK and the emergence of mobile device management vendors such as Good Technology, it doesn’t have to.

Nokia Targets iPhone, iPad & More In Second ITC Complaint Against Apple

Sam Oliver, AppleInsider

Nokia on Tuesday announced that it has filed a second complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission, accusing "virtually all" of Apple's products of infringing upon seven patents.

Amazon Cloud Player Doesn’t Work On iOS — But It’s Not A Flash Issue

MG Siegler, TechCrunch

As you may have read by now, earlier tonight, Amazon dropped a bomb on their rivals in the online music space: a fully working cloud storage and playback system. And it’s not just working on desktop web browsers, it works on Android devices too. One important place it doesn’t work though: iPhones, iPads, iPod touches — no iOS devices.

iPad As Digital Whiteboard

Fraser Speirs

Long story short, the whiteboards in my classroom are worn out. They're impossible to wipe without spraying enough whiteboard cleaner to get an elephant high. Not a good situation.

With my new AV system in hand and an iPad 2, I figured out that I could probably put something together that looks like a digital whiteboard.

The Best Children’s Books On The iPad

Warren Buckleitner, New York Times

Hey Apple, WWDC Is Broken

Erica Sadun, TUAW

Listen, Apple, if your event sells out in 10 hours, you're oversubscribed and under-serving your community. Just 10 hours, people -- 10 hours. That's just crazy. The Beatles won't even be there.

My Mom Reviews The iPad, Her First Computer

David Worthington, Technologizer

WWDC 2011 Already Sold Out

Victor Agreda, Jr., TUAW

Apple’s Phil Schiller: No iPad 2 Keyboard Dock

Jovan Washington, AppAdvice

Mac OS X And iOS To Share WWDC Stage Gracefully

Dan Moren, Macworld

It seems clear that, going forward, Apple largely envisions the two operating systems as being different facets of the same fundamental experience. For evidence, look no further than the image on the front page of Apple’s WWDC site, which features what appears to be a mingling of iOS and Mac OS app icons combining to fill in an Apple logo.

A glance at the list of tracks for sessions and labs—Application Frameworks; Graphics, Media, and Games; Developer Tools; Internet and Web; and Core OS—would seem to confirm this. Every single one of the tracks mentions and is applicable to both iOS and Mac OS X; and that’s little surprise, given that Apple uses the same underlying technology in both of its operating systems.

iPad 2 Loses Water Damage Indicator At Headphone Jack

Chris White, TUAW

This certainly doesn't mean you should take your iPad for a swim, the iPad 2 is not waterproof but you shouldn't have to worry about dampness associated with day-to-day activities causing problems so long as you're careful.

Identifying Faces Faster In iPhoto

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Use AirPlay Between iOS Devices With AirFrame

David Chartier, Macworld

AirFrame is essentially a one-trick pony, but it's a good trick. You can start AirFrame up on one device, which advertises it on the local network as AirPlay-capable (just like an Apple TV). On a second device, simply pick that first device as a destination when streaming media, and you have your own portable, wireless iOS theater.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Want To Be Eligible For An Apple Design Award? There Are Two App Stores For That

Dave Caolo, TUAW

Apple Sets Dates For WWDC 2011 - June 6-10

Kelly Hodgkins, TUAW

Apple announced the dates for WWDC 2011 this Monday morning. The Apple developers conference will take place from June 6 to June 10 at Moscone West in San Francisco.

As expected, Apple will "unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS" at the developers conference. Apple will also host hundreds of technical sessions and offer code-level assistance from Apple engineers.

Importing Flip Video Into iMovie For iOS

James Galbraith, Macworld

We haven’t had any luck importing files captured from Canon DSLRs, but we have had some success with Cisco's Flip video cameras. If you have a Flip, here’s how it works.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Federal Agency Revives $1B Kodak Patent Claims Against Apple, RIM

David Murphy, PC Magazine

The chief judge for the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled in January that neither Apple nor RIM infringed Kodak's 2001 patent. The company challenged the finding and the full six-member commission has since stated that it plans to review the January ruling–to Kodak's delight, as the company believes it will prevail, as it has in the past, in front of the full panel.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Concerns About Password And Data Safety In OS X

Topher Kessler, CNET

Fixing Firefox 4’s Mac Multi-touch Woes

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, ZDNet

It turns out that Firefox’s developers, for reasons beyond me, had simply disabled multi-touch functionality.

Apple's Mobile Products Do Not Violate Nokia Patents, Says ITC

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

The International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled in favor of Apple in one of the company's patent disputes with Nokia. ITC Judge E. James Gildea said on Friday that Apple did not violate any of Nokia's five mobile device patents, though the Commission's members must first review the decision before taking any further action.

iPad 2 Video Mirroring To Mac, The Cheap And Dirty Way

Steven Sande, TUAW

That final piece of the puzzle showed up yesterday afternoon, and I'm now able to grab video from the iPad 2 for about $104.

Troubleshooting OS X 10.6.7, iOS 4.3, And More

Ted Landau, Macworld

iOS 4.3.1 Is Now Available

Dave Caolo, TUAW

New York Times 3.0 For iPhone Gets More Content

David Chartier, Macworld

The New York Times has released a major upgrade to its NYTimes iPhone app. The news organization has brought over the expanded content and breaking news alerts that its iPad app gained last December, but notably missing is any mention of the upcoming digital subscription features that will launch next week.

How To Change The Default Application For A File Type

Michael Harvey, Macworld

All your PDF files open in Adobe Reader, but you want them to open in Preview. All your JPEG files open in Preview when you’d rather they open in Photoshop. How do you change what Mac OS X uses as the default application for particular file types? We’ll show you how, in four steps.

Friday, March 25, 2011

QuickCal For Mac: Natural Language Events And Todos For iCal

Brett Terpstra, TUAW

The natural language engine is pretty smart to begin with. You can type things like "Dr. appt 4p" and an event is created for today at 4:00pm titled "Dr. appt." You can also get more verbose, adding locations and start and end times. It does todo items, too. "todo - Get something done by wed" will add a task to iCal with a due date.

Feeding An Offline Reading Habit

RSSC Security Blog

Ever since I got an iPhone 4 with the retina display I have been hooked on keeping up with my favourite tech and security blogs on the move. Yes I’m one of those annoying zombies you see reading on their phone while walking, standing in line, on the train etc. It has enabled me to make better use of this time and keep entertained. However one of the major problems is that I live in London and most of my reading is done on the one hour commute to and from work on the tube (underground subway). The tube has no Internet access so I have had to find some offline ways to feed my habit. These are some of the best ways I have found to read and share what I like.

Protect Your Privacy: Protect Your E-mail

Mike Rothman, Macworld

Despite the rise of social networks and Twitter, e-mail is still the way many of us communicate. But it can put a tremendous amount of your private data at risk. Here are some tips for minimizing that risk.

The iPad Is 99% More Open Than Any Other Computer

J-P Teti

This is the key to the iPad that nobody has figured out. The iPad does everything that a regular computer user does. Facebook. YouTube. Email. Web browsing. It does all this out of the box.

And it has all the apps.

The iPad is actually opening up technology to more people. None of this crap about it being closed is accurate. By giving people freedom to explore the app store without having to worry about anything (except their wallets), Apple has possibly made the best move they could make by locking down the iPad’s installation sources.

MultiCorder : Multioption Video Recorder For iPhone 4, 3GS, iTouch 4G

Beau Colburn, Macworld

Mirage Lab’s MultiCorder is a video recording app that allows you to adjust the size and frame rate of the video captured by your iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, or fourth-generation iPod touch, so that you can have a much finer level of control over how the storage capacity on your mobile device gets used.

Pulse News Mini Is Back On Par With Its iPad Counterpart

Casey Tschid, AppAdvice

10 For X: A Decade Of Mac OS X

Dan Moren, Macworld

Were you to engage in a flight of fancy, you might call Mac OS X the deliverance for the tenacious few that had held onto Apple in the dark times, through the era when the Mac product line had proliferated into a writhing, seething mass of cryptic models in a seeming attempt to out-PC the PC makers. Mac OS X was a sign that the direction of the company had really and truly changed, after years of failed attempts to modernize the Mac OS.

The coup of Mac OS X, more than anything else, is that it shipped. The road to a new version of the Mac OS was littered with the unmarked graves of projects that had gone before: Taligent. Copland. Gershwin.

Music Talent Not Required

Dwight Silverman, Houston Chronicle

There's a lot more to GarageBand for iPad than I've detailed here. It's a rich app with many layers of features. If you spring for it, do so when you have a couple of hours to kill. It's that compelling.

The Next-Generation Classroom AV System

Fraser Speirs

I set out to design a new classroom AV system that took advantage of the fact that we have iPads in everyone's hands.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Why I Don’t Do Sales On The App Store

Justin Williams, Carpeaqua

If anything it cheapens the value of your product. In most cases, people claim codes because they like the idea of getting something for free, even if they have 0 intention of ever using it.

Flare 1.0

Ben Long, Macworld

Novice users will find themselves easily creating cool photo effects, and even experienced users will appreciate the program's ease of use, though they might be a little frustrated by the lack of basic adjustments.

How To Create Custom Toolbars For Microsoft Word 2011

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

If you work with Microsoft Word 2011, you may find the program’s toolbars and ribbon practical ways to access functions you use often, such as formatting, alignment, and highlighting. But the toolbars and ribbon are stacked at the top of the program’s windows, reducing your vertical space. With today’s widescreen monitors, it makes sense to have toolbars at the side of your main window, so you can see more of your text while you work. It can also be useful for toolbars to contain the commands you really use—some of which may be deeply buried in menus. Here’s how to customize your Word 2011 toolbars to fit the way you work.

Mission Creep On Online Reading Services

Joshua Brustein, New York Times

Social experiences certainly play a part in the way that people read on the Web, but there are also plenty of social platforms that are doing a good job of providing those experiences. Like the Kindle, both Readability and Instapaper are meant to facilitate a simpler, quieter form of reading, and both do it well. Readability quieted the Web browsing experience down, while Instapaper moved articles out of the browsing experience altogether. By adding more features, both ventures now seem at risk of muddying up their missions.

Sometimes it is better to keep it simple.

A New App Shares Photos With, Well, Everyone

Sam Grobart, New York Times

Color is a photo-sharing app, but it takes the practice in a new, more open direction, in that it shares your photos with whoever else is using the app in close proximity to you. If popular photo-sharing apps like Instagram are like Facebook, where closed networks of friends share images, Color is more like Twitter, in that it is far more public.

PowerPoint With Few Bells, But Finally On The Go

Bob Tedeschi, New York Times

For those who want to create a rough draft of a presentation, or who worry about their laptop crashing on the eve of a big business meeting, Documents To Go offers the ability to cobble together a passable piece of work on the phone.

Mac Daddy Serlet’s Surprise Departure More Of A Planned Transition

John Paczkowski, All Things D

While the timing of the announcement might seem odd–Apple is ramping up for the release of Lion, the next iteration of OS X–the truth of the matter is that this is a planned transition.

“There’s no acrimony there,” one source close to the company told me. “Bertrand’s just decided it’s his time to move on. Avie (Tevanian, former senior vice president of software engineering) handed off to him and now he’s handing off to Craig. It’s just a changing of the guard.”

Inside Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Server: Apple Replaces Samba For Windows Networking Services


The Samba team has moved active development of the project to the more strict GPLv3 license, which prevents Apple from using the software commercially.

Developers report that Apple has internally officially announced that it will pull Samba from Mac OS X Lion and Lion Server, and replace it with Windows networking software developed by Apple.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Celebrating Betrand Serlet And Craig Federighi

Wil Shipley, Call Me Fishmeal

Today Bertrand Serlet announced he was stepping down as senior vice president of Mac Software Engineering, and that Craig Federighi will step into his spot. I know both these dudes a little bit, since we all used to work at/near/around/for NeXT, so I figured I’d share my impressions with the world (as one does on a blog).

Mac Software VP Bertrand Serlet Leaving Apple

Lance Whitney, CNET

Known for his role in creating and developing the Mac OS X software, Serlet will hand over the reins of his job to Craig Federighi, currently the vice president of Mac software engineering, Apple announced today.

"I've worked with Steve for 22 years and have had an incredible time developing products at both NeXT and Apple, but at this point, I want to focus less on products and more on science," Serlet said in a statement. "Craig has done a great job managing the Mac OS team for the past two years, Lion is a great release and the transition should be seamless."

How To Extract Media Files From Your iPod Or iOS Device

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

But if disaster does strike and you lose everything, you may not be completely out of luck—assuming you’ve synced a good portion of your library to an iPod, iPhone, or iPad. In most cases, unless you’ve purchased something on one of your devices, Apple’s iTunes syncing is a one-way street—computer to device. But with some tricks and software, you can recover your music, videos, and more.

Back To The Front Of The Pack: Ars Reviews Firefox 4

Ryan Paul, Ars Technica

The 4.0 release catapults Firefox back to the front of the pack, bringing parity in performance, features, usability, and support for Web standards.

Open Source Chameleon Project Aims To Ease Porting iOS Apps To Mac

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Ever since the launch of the App Store in 2008, developers have been looking for ways to bring some of the cool features they implemented for the iPhone back to the Mac. Then, with the 2010 launch of the Mac App Store, a whole new group of developers began looking for ways to port their iOS apps to the Mac for the first time. Now, two prolific developers have teamed up to create Chameleon, an open source project that aims to make it simpler to bring iOS work over to the Mac.

Apple Releases Aperture 3.1.2 Update

Heather Kelly, Macworld

Aperture 3.1.2 has the usual "overall stability and performance" improvement touted in every Aperture update, along with specific fixes for iPhoto compatibility, image importing, library, and adjustment issues. There are 14 fixes total on Apple's list, seven of which are for processes that caused Aperture 3 to freeze or quit unexpectedly.

WSJ To Begin Selling Single Issues For iPad Wednesday, Apple To Take 30% Cut

Lauren Indvik, Mashable

Full issues will be available for $1.99 through the WSJ‘s existing app for the iPad. Non-subscribers can continue to get the same limited range of free content through the app, but now users who want to access all of the morning’s content can do so without committing to a subscription.

Apple Showers Love On Mac Malware Protection

Dan Goodin, The Register

For only the second time in 19 months, Apple has updated the signatures used to protect Mac users against malware attacks.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Apple TV 4.2.1 Update Addresses Flickering Problem

Jonathan Seff, Macworld

According to the release notes, Apple TV Software Update 4.2.1 addresses issues that may cause the screen to flicker or display incorrect color on some older TVs, where the Apple TV may not wake up from sleep, and where audio may not be heard on some TV models after switching from another input.

Angry Birds Rio Out Now On iPhone, iPad, Mac

Mike Schramm, TUAW

MsgFiler 3.0.1

Dan Frakes, Macworld

Flow Now Available, Keeps Your Tasks Beautifully In Sync

Josh Helfferich, TUAW

First Look: Firefox 4 Web Browser

Nathan Alderman, Macworld

Mozilla has released Firefox 4, and in our preliminary tests, the browser makes a huge performance leap forward.

Beautiful Mac Mail Client Sparrow Really Sings With Full IMAP, Priority Inbox, And Multi-Touch

MG Siegler, TechCrunch

Sparrow now has general IMAP support. This means that on top of Gmail, you can use the client for all of your email.

Review: Bento 4

Terry White, MacNews

Six Ways To Clean Up Your Mac

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

It’s spring again, and with the new season comes the age-old ritual of cleaning out things you ignored for most of the year. Far be it from me to suggest that you clean out your basement, garage, or attic, but I would be remiss if I didn’t recommend you take a closer look at the crusty corners of your Mac. Last year, Chris Breen shared valuable Tips for a tidier Mac—all of which are worth revisiting. But I also want to draw your attention to a half-dozen digital dust bunnies that you might not have considered.

Apple Patches Unused Pwn2Own Bug, 55 Others In Mac OS

Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Of the 56 bugs patched in the update for Snow Leopard, 45 were accompanied by the phrase "arbitrary code execution," Apple-speak for rating the flaws as "critical." Unlike many other major software makers, like Microsoft and Oracle, Apple doesn't assign severity rankings to vulnerabilities.

According to Apple's advisory, more than a dozen of the bugs can be exploited by "drive-by" attacks that execute as soon as a victim browses to a malicious Web site with an unpatched edition of Mac OS X.

Move Selected Finder Items To New Folder

Dan Miller, Macworld

Apple Sues Amazon Over Term 'App Store'

Yukari Iwatani Kane And Geoffrey A. Fowler, Wall Street Journal

Apple Inc. sued Inc. over its use of the phrase "App Store," accusing the online retailer of trademark infringement. "Consumers of mobile software downloads are likely to be confused as to whether Amazon's mobile software download service is sponsored or approved by Apple," Apple said in its complaint.

Aperture 3 Removed From Mac App Store, Suggesting New Update

Daniel Eran Dilger, AppleInsider

Apple's Aperture app has suddenly disappeared from the Mac App Store after weeks of sitting among the top grossing apps, suggesting a new version may be around the corner.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Take A Photo Of Yourself Every Day With Everyday

David Chartier, Macworld

Everyday is a clever camera app with a couple of key tools and a streamlined interface. It makes it easy to snap a shot of yourself using tools like a visual grid (for devices with a front-facing camera) and an overlay of a previous shot to make sure you line up your face properly. If you’re the forgetful type, Everyday lets you set a reminder so you don't miss your daily duties.

Security Update 2011-001 (Leopard)

Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.6.7

Lex Friedman, Macworld

In addition to providing the standard enhancements for stability, compatibility, and security, 10.6.7 improves the reliability of Back to My Mac, resolves an issue with transferring files to SMB servers, and makes minor updates to the Mac App Store. In addition, the update incorporates a number of security fixes to Snow Leopard, which are also available separately as Security Update 2011-001.

Apple's iPad 2 Launch Abroad Still On Track

Josh Lowensohn, CNET

Banana TV: Unleash AirPlay Now, For $7.99

Joe White, AppAdvice

Erica Sadun‘s AirPlay enhancing Macintosh application, Banana TV, is now available to purchase. The app allows users to AirPlay content from their iOS device to a Mactinosh computer.

Protect Your Privacy: Browse The Web Safely

Rich Mogull, Macworld

T-Mobile Says No iPhone

Kelly Hodgkins, TUAW

How To Build Mac OS X Services With Automator And Shell Scripting

Ryan Paul, Ars Technica

In my quest to tear the power of the command line out of the terminal, I have found that Apple's Automator tool is a powerful ally. Although it's not as mighty as the command line for improvisational automation, it's useful for defining stand-alone operations that you want to be able to repeat. I've used Automator over the past week to build simple applications that replace some of my personal shell scripts.

Capturing iPad Video On A Mac Is Still Problematic

Steven Sande, TUAW

Review: iPad 2 Is Not Revolutionary, But It Is Great

Andy Ihnatko, Chicago Sun-Times

All of the 2011 iPad’s improvements and new features are answers to the question “What would the first iPad have been like if its engineers had been given another year to work on it?” They’d certainly have tried to make it faster and sleeker, and they’d have figured out how to stick a camera or two in there. Done, done, and done.

(Their in-house case also wouldn’t have been a chintzy-looking plastic sleeve, either. Done.)

The iPad 2 is the same iPad. It’s just better in every conceivable way.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

AT&T To Acquire T-Mobile USA For $39 Billion

Marc Ferranti, IDG News Service

How Did A British Polytechnic Graduate Become The Design Genius Behind £200billion Apple?

Rob Waugh, Daily Mail

Ive could be defined by his devotion to detail. When Apple boss Steve Jobs asked him in the late Nineties to create colourful, cheap cathode-ray-tube computers – what would become the first iMac – Ive spent hours in a sweet factory to get inspiration for the colours that would tell the world this wasn’t just a machine for work: it was for fun, too.

And so it has been for nearly 14 years – the time Ive has been Apple’s star designer, a fact little known and less publicised in his native Britain due to the obsessive culture of secrecy at Apple. (His laboratory remains sealed off even from the rest of Apple’s leafy corporate ‘campus’ in San Francisco.) The impact of the 44-year-old, Essex-born, Staffordshire-raised graduate of Newcastle Polytechnic has been incalculable.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

It Begins: Apple Pushes Back iPad 2 Launch In Czech Republic

Joe White, AppAdvice

Apple has just pushed back the launch of the second generation iPad in the Czech Republic.

Apple Confirms Some WebKit Optimizations Unavailable To iOS Apps

Dana Franklin, TUAW

Make Sure Your iOS Device Is Really Encrypted

Rich Mogull, TidBITS

iPad Experience: One Week With The iPad 2 Removes All My Doubts

Matthew Miller, ZDNet

Thanks in large part to the application selection, the iPad is a very useful tool and also an amazingly fun and friendly device for people to use.

iNet Pro Review

Andrew Harrison, Macworld UK

iNet Pro is a relatively simple app to operate and browse, and a very powerful way to gain fast and precise overviews of what’s on your network, and what service and port are available.

Why Apple Succeeds: Users, Not Designers, Have The Best Ideas

Adam Silver, The Atlantic

Apple has recognized what many in the tech industry are still learning: that users are truly at the center of their business. It relies upon millions of hobbyists, developers, and hackers to transform its products from good to great by selling cool and useful apps in the App Store. Think about it: what would the iPad be without Flipboard and that fantastic Twitter app? What would the iPhone be without Pandora and Angry Birds? In essence, Apple is allowing other people to determine the ultimate fate of its products.

How To Procure An iPad 2

Nick Bilton, New York Times

At first glance it might seem that you’re completely out of luck. Apple’s Web site says the wait for a new iPad 2 is four to five weeks, up from just three to four weeks on Monday. Going to an Apple store likely won’t work either as most retail outlets are completely out of inventory.

But, there are solutions.

Friday, March 18, 2011

How To Set Up Find My iOS Device On Your iPhone And iPad

Dan Moren, Macworld

By setting up the free Find My iPhone (or iPad, or iPod touch) service, owners of iOS devices can not only locate their misplaced gadget on a map, but also remotely lock it or wipe all of the onboard data if need be. It’s one of the iOS’s most valuable features, but it’s also one that most people don’t know about until it’s too late.

While this previously required a MobileMe subscription, Apple has recently opened the service up to owners of the most recent versions of the iPhone and iPod touch. So, if you’ve recently bought an iOS device or given one to a family member, it’s a good idea to set this feature up.

iOS 4.3 Users Report Subpar Battery Performance

Mark Gurman, 9 To 5 Mac

Latest Slice Of Toast Worth Savoring


When it comes to capturing, copying and converting digital media and entertainment -- and burning disks -- Roxio Toast Titanum from Rovi Corp. has long been the leader. And with the just-launched Roxio Toast 11 Titanium (US$99) for Mac this hasn't changed. I've just finished test driving the Pro version and recommend it as one of the best buys around in Mac software.

A Closer Look At MacKeeper

Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security

MacKeeper (v1.0.3.) is a comprehensive bundle of various system utilities that will help you keep your Mac secure from malware; find it if it gets stolen; backup, restore, shred or encrypt files; clean you computer from unnecessary clutter; help you keep your applications up-to-date, and more.

iPad Case Makers: Smart Cover Won’t Kill Us

Miguel Helft, New York Times

It is too early to tell whether the smart cover will be a blockbuster hit. But rival case makers say they are not worried.

How To Change Passwords In OS X

Topher Kessler, CNET

Thursday, March 17, 2011

TextWrangler 3.5.3

Tom Negrino, Macworld

TextWrangler is an excellent text editor for anyone who needs to work with large amounts of text, text in large numbers of files, or both. It makes manipulating text a breeze, and its price just can’t be beat.

Why The Nitro JavaScript Engine Isn’t Available To Apps Outside Mobile Safari In iOS 4.3

John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Great Writing, Terrible Reading

Craig Hockenberry,

Apple’s technical documentation has always been top-notch: well written with just the right amount of technical detail. Unfortunately, the documentation viewer that we use to read this valuable information has been declining in ease of use over the past few releases.

Apple's Mac App Store Delivers

Thomas Claburn, InformationWeek

Developers appear to be convinced the Mac App Store has its place. In just ten weeks, the Mac App Store has seen its inventory of apps rise from around 1,000 to over 4,200.

New Apple Ads: iTunes Store, App Store, iBookstore

Joe White, AppAdvice

Owners Of Apple's New MacBook Pros Report Issues With iTunes Home Sharing


Numerous owners of Apple's early 2011 MacBook Pros report being unable to connect devices or maintain connections through iTunes Home Sharing.

iPad 2's Weight Loss Secrets Bared

Brooke Crothers, CNET

The biggest reduction in thickness came in the iPad 2's battery subsystem, wrote Kevin Keller, a teardown analyst at IHS iSuppli, in a research note today. This part of the iPad 2 is 2.5 millimeters thick, a 59 percent reduction from the 6.1 millimeters of the original iPad, according to Keller.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

iMovie Review

Jeff Carlson, Macworld

Apple's iMovie for iOS 1.2 is a friendly, easy-to-use app for the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4 and fourth-generation iPod touch. It makes great use of the iPad 2’s large screen, lets you add portions of clips to the timeline, gives you five audio tracks along with multiple background audio clips, while its Precision Editor aids in editing cut points. This new version reinforces the value of an app that was already fun to use and capable enough to turn casual video clips into movies you want to share far and wide.

Moving Data From An Ancient Laptop

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Confirmed: Some Web Apps Not Seeing iOS 4.3 JavaScript Speedup

Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Apple is aware of the issues, which are currently filed as bugs. But according to Matt Asay, who is vice president of business development for mobile Web framework maker Strobe, Apple supposedly has no plans to fix them. Instead, they are marked "not to be fixed by exec order," suggesting that a higher up at Apple is preventing engineers from fixing the problems.

FileMaker Updates Bento For Mac, iPhone, iPad

Philip Michaels, Macworld

On Wednesday, FileMaker overhauled its Bento lineup, rolling out version 4 of the personal database for the Mac while updating the iPhone and iPad versions as well. New features in Bento 4 tackle everything from new ways to share data stored in the application to performance-boosting enhancements. The mobile editions pick up some new capabilities of their own, including automatic location fields, an integrated voice memo feature, and support for iCal tasks syncing.

iPad Cads Scalping Buyers

Lachlan Cartwright And Kate Sheehy, New York Post

A cutthroat Asian group has set its crosshairs on the flagship Apple store on Fifth Avenue at 59th -- scoring nearly every iPad 2 it can get its hands since the hot gizmo went on sale last week, to re-peddle at exorbitant prices here and in China.

Small And Mighty: A Review Of Apple's New 13" MacBook Pro

Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica

RapidWeaver 5 WebPage Designer Review

Steve Paris, Mac Life

If you need to push your site beyond iWeb but don’t want to be forced to learn HTML and CSS coding, RapidWeaver 5 is a happy medium between ease of use and power.

Review: iRip


The Little App Factory’s iRip saves you from losing all your files when your computer takes an unexpected vacation. If you lost your hard drive, you can move all your files off your iPod, iPhone, or iPad back into your machine.

Which Accessories Work With The iPad 2?

Dan Frakes, Macworld

Apple Stores Accepting Old iPad Donations For Teach For America

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Do you own an original iPad that you no longer need (pfft, original iPads are so 2010), but have no plans to resell? Apple may have a solution for you: the company has begun promoting a new donation program that will put old iPads to good use through the Teach for America program.

Time Out Free 1.5.7

Heather Kelly, Macworld

The utility reminds you to take regular breaks throughout the day so that you can stand up, stretch, walk around, rest your eyes, and give your brain a breather. And since it knows how stubborn you can be, Time Out forces you to take those breaks by washing out your entire screen—in the color of your choice—when it’s time.

Apple Delays Launch Of iPad 2 In Japan In Wake Of Earthquake Disaster


Though Japan was originally scheduled to be one of a number of countries where the iPad 2 will launch next week, Apple announced on Wednesday that it has delayed the launch while the country works to recover from the recent earthquake and tsunami disaster.

Google’s Revamped iPhone App Now Worth Using; Could Be Better Still

MG Siegler, TechCrunch

Google’s native iPhone app finally feels pretty native, rather than just feeling like their mobile website crammed into a native shell. And the swipe-activated filters, voice search, and Google Goggles all bring the native awesomeness. And the Push Notification options for Gmail and Calendar finally seem to be speedy enough to actually use.

Apple Keeps Right On Approving Amazon And Netflix Updates Without In-App Purchases

MG Siegler, TechCrunch

Is Apple Intentionally Crippling Web Applications On iOS?

Rafe Colburn,

Sounds like a bug to me.

Apple Handcuffs 'Open' Web Apps On iPhone Home Screen

Cade Metz, The Register

Apple's iOS mobile operating system runs web applications at significantly slower speeds when they're launched from the iPhone or iPad home screen in "full-screen mode" as opposed to in the Apple Safari browser, and at the same time, the operating system hampers the performance of these apps in other ways, according to tests from multiple developers and The Register.

It's unclear whether these are accidental bugs or issues consciously introduced by Apple. But the end result is that, at least in some ways, the iOS platform makes it harder for web apps to replace native applications distributed through the Apple App Store, where the company takes a 30 per cent cut of all applications sold. Whereas native apps can only run on Apple's operating system, web apps – built with standard web technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript – can potentially run on any device.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

An Easier Way To Change Your Mac’s Desktop Picture

Jack D. Miller, Mac360

Four Essential iPad Productivity Boosters

Robert Strohmeyer, PCWorld

Whether you’ve already got an iPad or you’re thinking of jumping into the tablet pond with an iPad 2, you probably know better than to expect a miraculous overnight productivity boost from any device. Like any other gadget, the iPad is only as effective as its user. And to get real efficiency out of it, you’ll want to adopt a few apps and tools that don’t come preloaded from Apple. Here are three excellent productivity downloads, and one indispensable accessory, that can help you speed through your daily tasks with ease and increased control.

The Weirdest (But Working) iPhone 4 Reception Trick I Have Ever Heard

The Next Web

Apparently I looked disappointed because the waiter came over right away and asked me “Can’t get a signal?”. I nodded and shrugged. Oh well. Then he offered “Do you want a glass?”. I figured he offered me another drink to cope with my disappointment but as I hadn’t even touched the Prosecco yet I thanked him and declined. But then he said “No, I mean for your iPhone!”.

iPad 2 Shipping Times Slip Again -- This Time To 4-5 Weeks

Michael Grothaus, TUAW

Ars Reviews The iPad 2: Big Performance Gains In A Slimmer Package

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

The iPad is now particularly attractive to new buyers—moreso than the original was. Apple has a better idea now of what the market wants and has made a move on what it thinks are the most important elements: size/weight, cameras (even if they aren't the best), and overall performance. The current device feels more refined than the original in almost every way, and it strives to offer a premium tablet experience via iOS.

How To Enable Multi-Touch Multitasking Gestures On Your IPad For Free Using Just Your Mac

Casey Tschida, AppAdvice

Apple's Retail Arm Aids Japanese Employees After Earthquake

Josh Helfferich, TUAW

Just after the earthquake, hundreds of people crowded around Apple Stores to use the internet connections (Rose's correspondent suggests that there's a lack of free WiFi in Japan, making the Apple Stores natural gathering places). Using Skype and FaceTime, victims were able to contact family members and even regroup at the stores.

Trillian IM Client Review

Ray Aguilera, Mac Life

Monday, March 14, 2011

Move Magic Trackpad Between Macs

Christopher Breen, Macworld

iPhone Users Complain Of Spring-ahead Clock Glitch

Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service

Some iPhone users in the U.S. are complaining their phone’s clock did not correctly adjust to the daylight saving time change, where clocks were officially moved one hour ahead early Sunday morning.

Users reported several variations of the problem, with some phones failing to jump an hour forward while other jumped forward and then jumped back.

iPad 2 Smart Cover Teardown


A Simple Way Mac Users Can Track Time And Tasks

Ron McElfresh, Mac360

Apple Says Demand For iPad 2 Is ‘Amazing’

Jim Dalrymple, The Loop

“Demand for the next generation iPad 2 has been amazing,” Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller, told The Loop. “We are working hard to get iPad 2 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible.” Apple would not say exactly how many iPad 2s were sold over the weekend.

Pair Of iPhone Filmmakers Try Their Hand At Editing On An iPad 2

Ina Fried, All Things Digital

Filmmakers Michael Koerbel and Anna Elizabeth James like putting Apple’s latest gear to the test.

When the iPhone 4 came out, the USC film students created a series filmed using the phone. Now, with the debut of the iPad 2, the pair has created an episode edited on the tablet, using the new iMovie application.

Review: iPad 2

Terry White

While there is nothing in the iPad 2 that is revolutionary (besides the Smart Covers), it's a welcomed update to the original iPad. It has improvements in all the right areas. I do wish that Apple would bend a little when it comes to using the dock adapter/Camera Connection Kit usb adapter for connecting other devices. Clearly it can be done because people were connecting everything from keyboards to card readers to the original iPad before Apple took that option away in the latest iOS updates. Nonetheless, iPad 2 improves on a already revolutionary device and while no single iPad 2 feature would have made me upgrade the sum of all the enhancements made it a no brainer for me.

Making The iPad Your Only Mobile Computing Device

Tony Bradley, PCWorld

Out of the box the iPad is primarily geared for Web surfing, watching movies, playing music, and reading eBooks. It takes a little tweaking to get the right tools in place to optimize the iPad for use as a mobile computing platform for business, and not just for entertainment.

How To Make Gmail Work Well With Mail

David Chartier, Macworld

Over time, though, both Google and third parties have attempted to bridge the gap between Gmail and Mail, with tactics that include adding more control over IMAP features and replicating some of Gmail’s productivity perks in Mail. Depending on your needs, Gmail and Mail can actually work quite well together, and we can show you how.

Flare From The Iconfactory: Awesome Photo Editing App For Mac

Steven Sande, TUAW

Available in the Mac App Store, Flare is easy enough for photo newbies to use, yet powerful enough that professional photographers will want to have it in their kit of goodies.

New iPad Version Goes On Sale - But Don't Tell Apple

Elizabeth Law, The Standard

The iPad 2 has arrived in Hong Kong, at least unofficially. Parallel stock of the faster, thinner and more powerful version of the computing tablet, which went on sale in the United States on Friday, started streaming in yesterday morning.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

What Happens When Pros Try iMovie On An iPad 2?

Stephen Shankland, CNET

Guide To Mac OS X File Sharing

Ian Osborne, TechRadar

Share files with other user accounts or across your network.

In New Case, iPad Starts In An Instant

Miguel Helft, New York Times

The cover’s “smarts,” though, come in part from being able to turn the iPad 2 on when you open it and off when you close it. The click and finger swipe — three to four seconds, in an unscientific test — that stood between you and the digital world in the original iPad? Gone.

Review: Bare Bones Software BBEdit


GarageBand For iPad: A Look Under The Hood

Brett Terpstra, TUAW

iPad 2 Shipping Times Slip Again, This Time To 3-4 Weeks

Michael Grothaus, TUAW

Light Leak, Yellowing Affecting Some iPad 2 Users

Josh Lowensohn, CNET

Second-generation products tend to have most of the kinks worked out, though for some, the iPad 2 is exhibiting issues with the screen that have appeared in past Apple products.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

iPad 2 Release Spells A Bleak 2011 For Other Tablet Makers

Andy Ihnatko, Chicago Sun-Times

And it’s not as though the iPad is the only credible way to design a tablet. There’s room for competition and infinite possibilities for success ... but not until these companies accept some fundamental truths about the tablet market.

Instagram Updated: Adds Improved News Feed, Tilt Shift Effect, And More!

Joe White, AppAdvice

Apple iPad 2 Preview

Anand Lal Shimpi, Brian Klug & Vivek Gowri, Anandtech

Overall, the new design really works - the iPad 2 feels good in hand, and instantly makes its predecessor feel a little clunky. But we didn't just pause our testing to talk about design, there's a lot under the hood of the iPad 2 that demands attention.

Teardown Of Apple's iPad 2 Reveals Slightly Bigger Battery


Instapaper 3.0 Gets Social, Deeper Search

David Chartier, Macworld

The biggest addition to Instapaper 3.0 is a new social layer, but don’t worry—you won’t have to start tweeting and posting and liking if you don’t want to. But if you are the type to share your favorite articles, both Instapaper’s site and apps now offer full-featured integration for Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinboard, and Evernote. If you’re offline, you can create your posts for those networks and Instapaper will queue them to send when you regain a connection.

GarageBand For iPad And Mac Not Yet Ready To Play Together

Michael E. Cohen, TidBITS

Apparently, GarageBand on the Mac is not yet compatible with GarageBand on the iPad.

Hands On With iOS 4.3

Dan Moren, Macworld

Xcode 4 Hands-on: Be Sure To RTFM First

John Timmer, Ars Technica

This is one case where RTFM really applies; unless you're willing to spend the time to familiarize yourself with the changes involved and experiment with the interface a bit, the new Xcode will probably get in the way of your productivity. And, even with the best of intentions, it's difficult to avoid having the new interface get very cramped and cluttered.

Apple Estimates Two-to-three Week Waits For Online iPad Orders

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Sync Delays With iTunes 10.2.x

Ted Landau, Macworld

How To Migrate From Your Old iPad To A New Model

Lex Friedman, Macworld

With advanced planning, you’ll be ready to start playing with your new tablet practically from the moment you open up the box.

Hide The Help Window

Dan Miller, Macworld

Friday, March 11, 2011

Bending Over Backwards

John Gruber, Daring Fireball

The iPad 2 is a real thing that you can go buy in a store tomorrow. What is Mossberg comparing the iPad to? An imaginary tablet, available today, that does have Flash Player and 4G networking, on which neither technology has an adverse effect on battery life?

OS X Isn't For Developers

Zach Holman

Though I don’t think Apple should charge for Xcode, $5.00 isn’t a lot of money to Cocoa developers… I suspect most would pay a lot more. It is a lot of money to someone who just wants to try a gem, to someone who has to justify a business expense, to someone who isn’t old enough for a credit card. It’s the act of throwing up such a huge barrier to a casual, interested user that is offensive.

How-To: Installing iMovie On Original iPad Even Though Apple Says You Can’t

Bryan Wolfe, AppAdvice

Mac 101: Six Steps For Tracking Down Hard Drive Space Hogs

TJ Luoma, TUAW

Before you rush out to buy a new hard drive, here are six simple (and free) steps that may help you reclaim "lost" hard drive space.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Apple Changes Purchases Policy To Protect Kids On iPad, iPhone Games

Cecilia Kang, Washington Post

Apple said its new device software, iOS 4.3, made available Wednesday, will come with a feature that requires a password when purchases are made within an application after it is downloaded.

First Look: iMovie For iOS

Serenity Caldwell, Macworld

How To Use Home Sharing On Your iOS 4.3 Device

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

GarageBand Review

Christopher Breen, Macworld

This amazing tool—complete with eight-track recording, easy-does-it interface, customizable and easily played virtual instruments, on-board loops, sampler, guitar amps and effects, drum machine, and tuner—may be the most inspiring musical iOS app I’ve ever used. And at a meager $5, it’s an astonishing bargain. Musician or not, it’s a must-have app.

Twitter For Mac 2.0.2

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Were it useful only for navigating (and posting) messages on the Twitter service, that would be enough. But it’s also a true delight to use. Some will surely never take to Twitter for Mac's obvious and dramatic iOS influences. For me, however, while Twitter's interface felt foreign at first, now it simply feels like the future.

Cyberduck 4 FTP Client Released For Mac And Windows

Danny Gallagher, Macworld

Among the major improvements in version 4.0 is support for Dropbox. In addition, Cyberduck can now connect to the Windows Azure cloud service. That expands Cyberduck’s existing support for cloud services including Amazon S3, Google Storage, and Google Docs, among others. That’s in addition to traditional file-transfer protocols such as FTP, SFTP, and WebDAV.

Users Report Flickering Issues With Latest Apple TV Software Update

Neil Hughes, AppleInsider

This week's update for the Apple TV set top box has created new issues and problems for some, as numerous users have reported screen flickering with various high-definition TV sets.

3 Software Programs That Add To The iPad 2’s Appeal

David Pogue, New York Times

These new apps won’t get the iPad into the doors of corporate America — they’re clearly aimed at ordinary folks with creative urges. But on that score, they deliver. And they make the iPad 2 that much more joyous a gadget.

The iPad Falls Short As A Creation Tool Without Coding Apps

Brian X. Chen, Wired

It’s great that Apple’s iPad will give birth to some more musicians and moviemakers, but we can’t forget the people who make hardware extra special: the programmers.

iPad Sales Times Announced

Sam Grobart, New York Times

Apple will commence online ordering of the iPad 2 at 4 a.m. Eastern time on Friday, March 11, according to the company.

In-store sales will begin at 5 p.m. on March 11, a date and time set by Apple stores and honored by brick-and-mortar partners like Best Buy, Target and Wal-Mart.

Certain USB Hubs Could Cause System Instability On Macs

Chris Ward, TUAW

Apple has just released a support note explaining how, in a certain combination of circumstances, third-party USB hubs may incorrectly disconnect after wake from sleep, causing system instability.

Safari And IE Hacked First At Pwn2Own Contest

Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Apple's Safari and Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) both fell to the first hackers who tried their luck on the browsers at the opening day of the Pwn2Own hacking contest.

Apple Posts New iPad Guided Tour Videos

Michael Grothaus, TUAW

Apple has posted new iPad guided tour videos on its site. The new videos all feature the iPad 2 and encompass FaceTime, Mail, Safari, iBooks, Videos, Photos, Find my iPad, iPod, iTunes, App Store, Maps, AirPlay, GarageBand and iMovie.

iPhone App Helps The Blind ID Currency

Chris Ward, TUAW

Looktel says its Money Reader can use the iPhone's camera to "read" currency and speak its value aloud in real time, and the app doesn't need an internet connection. It currently recognises $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 bills and costs $2 from the App Store.

Apple Set To Open Popup Shop In Core Of SXSW Action

Shonda Novak, American-Statesman

Apple Inc. will open a temporary store Friday in the Scarbrough Building on Congress Avenue downtown, timed to the start of South by Southwest Interactive Conference and the release of the iPad 2 tablet computer.

An Apple official said he was unaware of the store, and referred questions to corporate relations, where a spokesperson could not immediately be reached.

iPad 2 Review

Joshua Topolsky, Engadget

It might frustrate the competition to hear this, but it needs to be said: the iPad 2 isn't just the best tablet on the market, it feels like the only tablet on the market. As much as we'd like to say that something like the Xoom has threatened Apple's presence in this space, it's difficult (if not impossible) to do that. Is the iPad 2 a perfect product? Absolutely not. The cameras are severely lacking, the screen -- while extremely high quality -- is touting last year's spec, and its operating system still has significant annoyances, like the aggravating pop-up notifications. At a price point of $499, and lots of options after that (like more storage and models that work on both Verizon's and AT&T's 3G networks), there's little to argue about in the way of price, and in terms of usability, apps like GarageBand prove that we haven't even scratched the surface of what the iPad can do.

iPad 2 Is Even Better Than The Original

Edward C. Baig, USA Today

The iPad 2 doesn't deliver everything on your tablet wish list. But when it comes to the ever-evolving state of the art, iPad 2 is second to none.

Can An iPhone Personal Hotspot Plan Take Over For A 3G iPad?

Jeff Carlson, TidBITS

When I started writing this article, I thought I’d save money by buying the Wi-Fi iPad 2. However, for my specific data usage, it turns out that the numbers favor sticking with my plan of buying a 3G iPad 2 and keeping the lowest-tier iPhone data plan, even considering the initial $130 outlay. I’m surprised, to be honest, but now I can concentrate on the more important decision: Which color of Smart Case will I pair with the iPad 2?

Appeal Of iPad 2 Is A Matter Of Emotions

David Pogue, New York Times

But the shocker here, though, is that the iPad 2 actually costs less than its comparably equipped Android rivals, like the Xoom and the Samsung Galaxy Tab. That twist must have something to do with Apple’s huge buying clout — when you order five million of some component at a time, you can usually persuade the vendor to cut you a deal.

But that price detail may turn a lot of heads. It means that for the first time, your heart can succumb to the iPad mystique — without having to ignore the practical input from your brain.

iPad 2: Thin, Not Picture Perfect

Walter S. Mossberg, Wall Street Journal

As new contenders move into the field, Apple isn't likely to keep its 90% share of the booming tablet market. But the iPad 2 moves the goal posts, by being slimmer and lighter, boosting speed and power, and holding its price advantages, available apps and battery life. As of now, I can comfortably recommend it as the best tablet for average consumers.

The iPad 2

John Gruber, Daring Fireball

The iPad 2 is a solid second-generation iteration. Easier and more comfortable to hold, noticeably faster, equippable with foldable covers that are both literally and figuratively magnetic. Like last year’s iPhone 4, it seems like technology from the near future.

Xcode 4: The Super Mega Awesome Review

Martin Pilkington

Every developer should heap as much praise on the dev tools team as they can, as they have done a fantastic job. It's hard to take a large, mature and very familiar application and take a step back and ask "how could we do this better?" Sure it isn't to everyone's liking, but nothing is. But the beautiful thing about Xcode 4 is that it is still a lump of clay that can be sculpted. There is still a lot that can be done to improve it. And if you want to see improvements, just remember to file bugs.

Hits By Design

Phill Ryu, Tap Tap Tap

What it really is about is systematically reducing your dependence on luck by building for the audience, and doing absolutely everything you can to improve your app’s chances. And the most influential window for tweaking your luck is right at the beginning, as you go over your available app ideas and pick the one you’re going to gamble with.

iPad 2 Smart Cover

Jason Snell, Macworld

I spent a week with a leather Smart Cover and found it to be a nice companion product, though it took a little getting used to. It adds far less bulk than any iPad case I’ve previously used, and it also gave my fingers something else to hold on to when holding the iPad in one hand. I’m sure there will be a strong market for third-party iPad 2 cases—iPad cases are already being designed that mimic this magnetized design, and many people will want a case that covers the iPad’s back half. But once again, Apple has set a high bar for third-party accessories.

Apple Digital AV Adapter

Jason Snell, Macworld

If you have an iPad, an iPhone 4, or a fourth-generation iPod touch, Apple’s Digital AV Adapter finally makes it possible to output HD video (with audio) from your iOS device to your HDTV. If you travel frequently, give presentations, or just like to share what’s on your iOS device with others, it’s a great addition to your bag of tricks. And the ability to optionally power your device at the same time gives it the flexibility that no other Apple video cable provides.

Hands On With iMovie For iPad

Jason Snell, Macworld

iMovie looks like a great way for someone traveling light to edit together home movies. The only thing that will really limit its use is the limited number of cameras that produce iMovie-compatible video files. (Presumably the existence of this product will spur camera-makers to make sure their devices create compatible files, at least as an option.) If you shoot most of your home movies on your iPhone already, though, you will have few complaints about iMovie on the iPad.

First Look: GarageBand For iPad

Jason Snell, Macworld

Micromat Releases TechTool Pro 6

Danny Gallagher, Macworld

Micromat has unleashed a new version of its venerable TechTool Pro computer diagnostics and maintenance software. TechTool Pro 6 adds a number of diagnostic features for repairing hard drives, including solid-state drives and flash storage.

Review: The iPad 2

Jason Snell, Macworld

For Apple’s competitors in the tablet-device market, the iPad 2 is a bucket of water to the face. After more than a year of struggling to catch up to the original iPad, here’s a new model that addresses many of the iPad’s deficiencies, dramatically improves its speed, and doesn’t cede any ground on price, features, or battery life. The iPad 2 raises the bar Apple set a year ago—and it’s time for the rest of the industry to scramble again to catch up.

For everyone else, the iPad 2 is a triumph, an iPad that’s even more iPad than the original. And the original one was really good. The first iPad was a bolt from the blue, a device that defined an entire category, and a tough act to follow. The iPad 2 follows it with aplomb.

Review: Tagalicious


Tagalicious opens your iTunes library and helps you effortlessly add missing tags and album artwork. It adds tagged and untagged music into smart libraries, so that you know the status of each song. In a separate window, you choose which tags you want to change and send that information back to your iTunes library.

How To Know When Your Mac’s Hard Disk Is Dying

Ron McElfresh, Mac360

Pismo! Pismo! Pismo!

John Hatchett, Low End Mac

Problems Syncing After iOS 4.3? It Might Be Your Photos

David Winograd, TUAW

Apple Releases Xcode 4; Free For Developers, $4.99 For Everyone Else

Michael Grothaus, TUAW

Apple has released Xcode 4 for free for all registered developers. The new Xcode offers a streamlined interface "that integrates UI design, coding, testing, and debugging, all within a single window." In addition the embedded Apple LLVM compiler underlines coding mistakes, much like Microsoft Word underlines spelling mistakes, as you type and can even correct your mistakes automatically.

Safari 5.0.4 Update Addresses Plug-in Compatibility, More

Topher Kessler, CNET

Apple has released an update for Safari for both OS X and Windows operating systems that addresses a number of outstanding bugs with the Web browser. These include stability and page rendering problems with sites that load browser plug-ins, implementations of VoiceOver text-to-speech technologies, image effects, and other visual options.

VMware Brings Virtual Machines To iPad

Dana Franklin, TUAW

Unlike VNC clients that allow iPad users to remotely control a personal computer, VMware's solution displays the desktop of a virtual machine hosted online. VMware View Client for iPad uses a combination of onscreen input devices and multi-touch gestures to offer precise, intuitive controls for interacting with a PC interface on the iPad. The app fully supports WiFi or 3G connections.

Apple TV Update Adds MLB, NBA Streaming

Michael Rose, TUAW

The marquee features of this update are the additions of MLB.TV and NBA Game Time as streaming content options.

iOS 4.3 Is Now Available

Dave Caolo, TUAW

To get the update, connect your device to iTunes and click Check for Update.

Sync Your Address Book To Google And Back It Up

TJ Luoma, TUAW

GoodReader 3.5 Offers Automatic Document Distribution

Michael E. Cohen, TidBITS

Review: Apple's Early 2011 Thunderbolt MacBook Pros

Daniel Eran Dilger, AppleInsider

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Mac App Store Guide

Craig Hockenberry,

It’s no secret that the Mac App Store is a terrific new distribution channel for developers. Apple also provides plenty of documentation on how to prepare your app for submission.

Unfortunately, there’s not much information on how to create a product that can also be distributed through more traditional channels, such as your own product website. This guide will help you update your Xcode projects to make it as simple as possible to create products for both channels simultaneously.

TurboTax For iPad Just In Time For Tax Season

Mike Schramm, TUAW

Booting To And Managing Verbose Mode In OS X

Topher Kessler, CNET

While most people may not need to see what is happening every time the system starts up, if your system takes a while to load or has other problems at boot such as crashing or hanging, then seeing where this is happening can help. At other times it may be useful to check that certain items have loaded, especially if you have a custom or specialized hardware setup.

MacBook Pro Vs. MacBook Air Vs. White MacBook: Which 13-inch Apple Laptop Should You Buy?

Scott Stein, CNET

Overall, you could make a strong case out of these results that the $1,199 MacBook Pro would offer the best balance of performance, affordability, and features out of the current 13-inch MacBooks. However, it's no accident that Apple has cleverly priced all these configurations to be tempting--a savings or expenditure of a few hundred dollars here and there can be appealing to different shoppers for different reasons.

Used iPads Selling Quickly Online

Nick Bilton, New York Times

On a number of shopping Web sites, people are clamoring to buy the first generation iPad, and in the process, breaking resale records for electronics.

SAS Institute Pushes Business Intelligence To Apple's iPad, iPhones

Chris Kanaracus, IDG News Service

SAS Institute is teaming up with mobile BI (business intelligence) vendor Mellmo to bring analytic applications to Apple’s iPhone and iPad, the companies announced Tuesday. The move further cements Apple’s devices as must-hit targets for enterprise software vendors, especially for BI. It also follows deals Mellmo has struck with IBM, SAP,, Microsoft and Oracle. The SAS integration, which also requires SAS Enterprise BI Server, is set to be released early next month.

Apple Updates iTunes To 10.2.1

Erica Sadun, TUAW

iTunes 10.2.1 allows you to sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iOS 4.3 and provides improved Home Sharing, the service that allows you to browse and play media from your home computer's iTunes library.

Apple Releases Java Updates For Leopard And Snow Leopard

Michael Grothaus, TUAW

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

6 Ways This Mac App Is A New Age HyperCard

Natalia Nowak, Mac360

TimeTable 2.0.2

Tom Negrino, Macworld

TimeTable mines your iCal data to tabulate the time spent on particular tasks, making it a good tool for consultants and other people who need to track their time.

Mac IT Guy: The Phantom Printer

John C. Welch, Macworld

Adobe Releases Wallaby, Experimental Flash To HTML 5 Conversion Tool

Kelly Hodgkins, TUAW

What To Do With Your Old iPad

Lex Friedman, Macworld

If your enthusiasm for upgrading to the latest iPad has been tempered by your uncertainty over what to do with the current model, here are a few ways to make sure your first tablet still gets put to good use somewhere.

Where Apple Went Wrong With Free Apps

Manton Reece

And now I wonder if Apple hasn't been backpedaling ever since, trying to make up for that mistake: free apps are a burden. iAd was the first correction, because a share of revenue from free apps was going to Google instead of Apple. In-app purchase is the next correction, because real value can be delivered in a free app with transactions handled elsewhere.

Disk Drill Protects And Restores Your Storage Media

Jeff Porten, Macworld

Cleverfiles has released Disk Drill 1.1, a new drive utility that preemptively protects your disk data and provides tools for data recovery in the event of a crash or accidentally deleted files. Disk Drill is perhaps most notable in its agnosticism about drive formats: it can handle crashed drives in Mac's own HFS+ format as well as Windows FAT and NTFS and lost data on solid state cards used in portable electronics.

First Look: Roxio Toast 11

Jonathan Seff, Macworld

On Tuesday, Roxio released Toast 11, the latest version of its $100 CD/DVD burning and video conversion software. Big changes include a new user interface, built-in tutorials, multiple burner support, subtitle suport, and hardware-assisted video encoding.

Which iPad 2 Should I Get?

Marco Arment

Reading The Contents Of A ZIP File In OS X

Topher Kessler, CNET

Uncompressing the files is as simple as double-clicking them, which will expand the contents right next to the original archive. While this is useful, when handling these ZIP archives you might wish to see the files inside them without uncompressing them.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Ten Tips For Mastering The iPad

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Terminally Geeky: Use Automatic Login More Securely

TJ Luoma, TUAW

What if you could have the security of the login screen with the convenience of automatic login?

iPad 2 And iOS 4.3 Javascript Benchmarks Show Big Performance Gains

Chris Ward, TUAW

Some of the first speed tests coming in show that hardware and software improvements in the iPad 2 are giving it decent performance gains over its predecessor -- and over rival devices.

iPad May Be Magical. Apps Aren’t. Here’s Why.

Om Malik, GigaOM

However, if iPad, the device, is more magical, the applications (apps) for the device are anything but. For nearly a year, I’ve been waiting (and waiting) for experiences befitting the device and its hardware capabilities.

Chrono Is The iPad App That Could Transform Your Doctor’s Office

Aaron Saenz, Singularity Hub

If iPad’s are going to be the doctor’s tool of the future, they’re going to need a killer App that will enable the device to do everything they need it to do: schedule appointments, take notes, get lab results, bill insurance companies, file prescriptions, etc. Dr. Chrono can do all of that and more – it just might be the App your doctor is waiting for.

Instacast Is The Best Way To Keep Up With Your Podcasts On Your iPhone

Christine Chan, AppAdvice

Apple iPads Invade Airline Passengers And Pilots

Tony Cooper, San Diego News

Two of the biggest challenges for any air traveler are staying comfortable and keeping occupied, especially during lengthy flights. One airline has come up with a unique solution to this issue, going well beyond the usual in-flight entertainment fare of bad movies and inane magazines.

Sunday, March 6, 2011


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After being burned twice by software developers, Steve learned his lesson.

How Fast Are Apple's New MacBook Pro Models?

David Morgenstern, ZDNet

Saturday, March 5, 2011

MacBook Pro Review (Early 2011)

Nilay Patel, Engadget

Something tells us the next revision of the MacBook Pro will offer a more radical external redesign to go along with Lion, but that's a long ways off -- until then, this MacBook Pro represents the best blend of power, portability, and battery life we've come across to date. We'll see how the PC world responds with its Sandy Bridge systems soon enough.

New App Provides A 360-Degree View

Jennifer 8. Lee, New York Times

The effect is somewhat akin to being able to manipulate Google Streetview through tilting and moving the mobile device around, instead of using a mouse.

How And Where To Buy An iPad 2

Joel Mathis, Macworld

You may not be able to place an order for the iPad 2 until the new tablet arrives a week from Friday. But you will have a wider ranger of shopping options compared to what was available a year ago for the original iPad’s launch.

First Look At Home-Sharing In iOS 4.3

Alexander Vaughn, AppAdvice

Facing The MobileMe Calendar Upgrade

Ted Landau, Macworld

My best advice at this point is to upgrade as soon as possible. Don’t wait until the last minute. Here are a few personal tips to assist in your transition.

NetNewsWire 4.0 Lite Debuts In Mac App Store

Dan Moren, Macworld

If you’ve considered dipping your toe into the world of RSS readers, but didn’t know where to start, you might want to investigate the latest offering from NewsGator. NetNewsWire Lite 4.0, a slimmed-down version of the venerable news reader, is now available in the Mac App Store as a free download.

Vevo In, Netflix Out On iOS 4.3 AirPlay Update

Don Reisinger, CNET

Music-video site Vevo is one of the few companies to acknowledge that it's ready to take advantage of the new AirPlay functionality. The company added support for the feature on Wednesday to its iPad and iPhone apps.

But unlike Vevo, Netflix doesn't see the benefit of adding support for Apple's new feature, and won't offer it in its iPhone or iPad apps, GigaOm reported yesterday.

iOS 4.3 Brings A Handful Of New Features And New Headaches

Chris Rawson, Macworld

Most of the big features you probably already know about, because Apple's described them. I'll walk you through those features now just to give you an idea of what you're in for when iOS 4.3 sees public release on March 11. Follow along onto the next page for a guided tour.

How To Use Your Mac Without A Mouse

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Becoming a mouse-avoiding keyboard junkie is a learnable skill; it requires practice and memorization—especially muscle memory. Everyone knows a few keyboard shortcuts (like Command-P for print, or Command-Q for quit). Mastering more, along with other efficient ways to control your Mac without reaching for the mouse, will help you get your work done faster, leaving more time for Angry Birds.

Search For Files By Name

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Create Custom Alert Sounds For Your Mac

Chris McVeigh, Macworld

After awhile, Mac OS X’s alert sounds can be downright grating, as can many of the sounds you hear in Mail, iCal, and iChat. Happily, creating a custom alert sound and adding it to your system isn’t complicated—you just need to know what you’re doing.

Friday, March 4, 2011

How To Sync iTunes Across All Your Computers With Dropbox

Adam Dachis, Lifehacker

If you run iTunes on multiple devices, chances are you've had trouble keeping your libraries in sync. Maybe you've even tried Dropbox but ran into syncing conflicts. Here's how to sync iTunes with Dropbox problem-free, on Windows or Mac.

Researchers: Apple To Patch Safari Before Pwn2Own

Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Apple will patch its Safari browser before the Pwn2Own hacking contest kicks off next week, security researchers hinted Thursday. If accurate, Apple will join both Google and Mozilla, which earlier this week issued security updates for Chrome and Firefox as preparation for Pwn2Own.

Hurrah For World Book Night!

Margaret Atwood, Telegraph

But what is it that makes books things people love to give? Perhaps it’s because they’re so personal. “Tell me what you like and I will tell you who you are,” John Ruskin famously once said, and it’s true. We are what we eat, but we are also what we read.

Smart Covers

Marco Arment

The iPad 2 with a Smart Cover will be approximately a 1.5-pound device that will cost $538 in pastel rubber or $568 in nice leather, looks a lot nicer, and can be removed from its case instantly and easily whenever convenient.

That’s about a 25% weight savings, a huge reduction in thickness, and a significantly better-looking and more versatile product in actual use.

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Thunderbolt)

Cisco Cheng, PC Magazine

As it stands, the Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Thunderbolt) is the fastest and fastest shipping laptop to date (you can stroll into Apple store and buy one as we speak), and it's all thanks to an Intel chipset glitch that prevented every other manufacturer from shipping their new laptops on time. Apple has assured me that this glitch will not affect any of the MacBook Pros, since they're all using new and unaffected chipsets from Intel.

Twitter For iOS Is Garnished With The Debatable Quick Bar, Tidier Compose Tweet UI, And More

Casey Tschida, AppAdvice

Review: MacBook Pros (Early 2011)

James Galbraith, Macworld

The new MacBook Pros offer a mix of improvements, familiarity and compromise. The CPU performance and battery life are much improved, and the graphics performance of the discrete Radeon HD 6750M in the 15- and 17-inch 2.2GHz Core i7 models was much faster than any MacBook Pro we’ve tested. There’s also the high data throughput of the new Thunderbolt port. The screen, weight, keyboard, speakers, and number of ports remain the same. As for compromises, there’s the integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor, which turned in results that are either slower or similar to the integrated graphics used in last year’s MacBook Pros. The discrete Radeon HD 6490M graphics processor in the 15-inch 2.0GHz Core i7 model performed similarly to the discrete graphics found in last year’s 15-inch models. And there aren’t any Thunderbolt peripherals available yet.

iOS 4.3, GarageBand, And iMovie: What You Need To Know


Labelbox Tags Your Photos In A Beautiful Way

Josh Helfferich, TUAW

A brand new app called Labelbox is taking the iOS App Store by storm this week, and for good reason. It does something simple - putting labels on photos - in an aesthetically pleasing and, really, quite fun way.

Upgrade To MobileMe Calendar By 5 May 2011

Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

For most people, upgrading to the new MobileMe Calendar shouldn’t be a major fuss, and Apple has a MobileMe Calendar FAQ that provides links to instructions and covers most of the issues. However, there are some situations that require additional thought and effort ahead of time.

What You Need To Know About The iPad 2


Thursday, March 3, 2011

iPads Bought In Last 2 Weeks Eligible For $100 Refund

Dave Caolo, TUAW

Change OS X System Fonts And More With TinkerTool

Topher Kessler, CNET

Apple keeps more extensive configuration settings hidden to keep the OS more standardized, but you can access and modify them using a utility like TinkerTool.

Apple Digital AV Adapter Supports iPhone 4, iPod Touch (4G), And iPad

Joe Wilcox, AppAdvice

Interestingly, the Apple Digital AV Adapter Steve Jobs announced on stage yesterday is compatible with more than just the iPad 2. In fact, once the accessory becomes available, you’ll be able to use it with your iPhone 4, iPod touch (4G), and both the iPad and iPad 2.

Some Thoughts From The Classroom On iPad 2

Fraser Speirs

How To Partition A Drive In OS X

Topher Kessler, CNET

When setting up a hard drive or even after using one for a while, sometimes it is useful to partition it so sections of its space can be used for different purposes. These purposes can be to set up a multiboot environment, separating system files from user files, or for segmenting used data from scratch and backup disks. For instance, if you use a drive to back files up, it may be beneficial to create one large partition for Time Machine, and have a second partition be used for manual backups since Time Machine will eventually use most of the space on its partition.

Securing Data On Any Medium In OS X

Topher Kessler, CNET

While there are numerous ways to lock drives and files, unless a file's contents are encrypted then the measures used to lock the data can be circumvented and the file's contents recovered. Because of this, the only way to truly guard data against recovery by unintended sources is to encrypt it.

Hands On With iPad 2

Jason Snell, Dan Moren, Macworld

It’s much more comfortable to hold the iPad 2 in one hand. The slight decrease in weight helps, no doubt, but it’s also the thinness—and most notably the fact that the back side of the device tapers to a flat surface in a much shorter distance than its predecessor.

iTunes 10.2: More Than Just iPad 2 And iOS 4.3 Support

Kirk McElhearn, TidBITS

While the main reason for this update is to provide compatibility with the iPad 2 and iOS 4.3, both due on 11 March 2011, Apple has done some work under the hood. While changing preferences is relatively minor, some apparent minor speed enhancements are certainly a good thing for anyone with a large library.

Apple Delays iOS 4.3 For CDMA Verizon iPhone

Daniel Eran Dilger, AppleInsider

Apple hasn't announced a date for the Verizon iPhone release version of iOS 4.3, but it is likely to follow shortly after the initial release for GSM iPhones because the new build packs a variety of features and improvements.

The iPad's New Engine: The A5 Chip

Brooke Crothers, CNET

The iPad 2's A5 chip is sending a strong message to the competition: Apple is moving to dual-core processing power in a completely redesigned tablet but keeping the 10-hour battery life.

Hands On Photos With The iPad 2, Reader Questions Answered

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

We were able to get some hands-on time with the new iPad 2 following Wednesday's announcement in San Francisco. Both the white and black versions were available to play with, as were the new magnet-enhanced iPad covers. We also managed to get answers to some of our reader questions about the device, though Apple wasn't willing to give up details on a few core curiosities.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Apple Releases iTunes 10.2 For Compatibility With iOS 4.3 Devices


Apple on Wednesday issued iTunes 10.2, bringing the ability to sync with devices running iOS 4.3 ahead of the operating system update's release, and also adding new Home Sharing features for iOS 4.3.

Hands-on With The iPad 2

Dan Moren, Macworld

Apple Announces GarageBand For iPad

Dave Caolo, TUAW

Available March 11th, this app puts the power of audio recording and editing on the sleek, portable iPad.

Steve Jobs Makes Public Appearance At Apple Event

Lex Friedman, Macworld

“We’ve been working on this product a while, and I didn’t want to miss today,” Jobs told reporters.

Apple Announces Smart Covers For iPad

Megan Lavey, TUAW

The cover is more like a cover flap that leaves the back of the iPad exposed. It's held on by magnets, which are said to help auto-align the cover with the iPad. It has a microfiber lining that will clean the screen.

Random House Books Come To Apple's iBookstore For iPad, iPhone

Katie Marsal, AppleInsider

iMovie For iOS Going Universal With New Features

Jeff Porten, Macworld

iMovie for iOS brings over many advanced features from its Mac sibling, including a precision editor, multitrack audio recording, and full HD video support. In addition, the app has incorporated multitouch gestures, AirPlay support, social media sharing, three new themes, fifty sound effects, three background audio tracks, and direct video import from your device’s camera or from the camera roll.

Apple Previews iOS 4.3

Serenity Caldwell, Macworld

iOS 4.3 promises improved Safari performance, wireless media streaming in the form of iTunes home sharing, AirPlay improvements, a Personal Hotspot option for the iPhone 4, and personal settings options for the iPad’s side-switch.

iOS 4.3 will be available as a free download from iTunes for the iPad, the GSM iPhone 4, and the third- and fourth-generation iPod touch on March 11.

Apple Reveals iPad 2

Roman Loyola, Macworld

The iPad 2 features an all-new design along with new features including built-in cameras and a new gyroscope. At the heart of the iPad 2 is a 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 processor, which should provide a boost over the 1GHz single-core Apple A4 in the first iPad.

Apple T&C Upsets Philanthropic Developers

Bill Ray, The Register

Don't mention the earthquake.

Tips And Tricks For iMovie Transitions

Jeff Carlson, Macworld

Using transitions in an iMovie project adds polish and often smoothes juxtapositions between clips—for example, a long Fade to Black transition can indicate the passage of time. iMovie ’11 offers 24 built-in transitions, and what seems like nearly as many ways to add and edit them to improve your movies.

Inside Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: Dozens Of High Quality New Multilingual Speech Voices


In addition to Leopard's current Alex voice from 2007 and the Vicki voice added to Mac OS X Panther in 2003 (and several previous, but fairly robotic-sounding speaking and novelty voices that have shipped on Macs since the late 80s), Lion will make available three new very high quality American English voices: Tom, Samantha and Jill.

Insider Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: Auto Save, File Versions And Time Machine


First Look: Apple's Early 2011 13- And 15-inch MacBook Pros With Thunderbolt

Daniel Eran Dilger, AppleInsider

Thunderbolt Drives One External Monitor On MacBook Pro

Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS

Mac OS X Lion Features Hidden Tribute To Steve Jobs

Kelly Hodgkins, TUAW

The icon for this new section is an image of filing drawer stuffed with documents and dividers. Zooming in on the documents within this icon, one can see writing that is taken from notable quotes delivered by Steve Jobs and Apple.

Evernote App Improves Interface, Note-taking Capabilities

Joel Mathis, Macworld

Evernote relaunched its popular note-collecting app for iPhone and iPad Tuesday, an overhaul that features a redesigned home screen and revamped note-taking capabilities.

DropCopy 1.6.8

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

DropCopy is a nifty utility that takes advantage of Mac OS X’s Bonjour technology to simplify transferring files between Macs on your local network.

Cyberspace Gives iPhone, iPad Users Browsing Alternative

Bill Snyder, CIO

Cyberspace is worth a look, particularly if sharing via social networks is a priority for you.

Dirty Percent

John Gruber, Daring Fireball

If it works, Apple’s 30-percent take of in-app subscriptions will prove as objectionable in the long run as the App Store itself: not very.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Free Up Your Hard Drive Space With DaisyDisk 2

David Dahlquist, Macworld

If you’ve found yourself wondering where all your once-plentiful hard drive space has seemingly vanished to, a utility like DaisyDisk Team’s DaisyDisk could prove invaluable in helping you free up long-lost disk space. Recently upgraded to version 2.0, DaisyDisk scans your disks and presents their content as interactive maps that make it easy to spot unusually large files and remove them to free up more space.

Inside Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Server: Remote Lock, Disk Wipe And Administration


In Mac OS X Lion Server, Apple brings iOS-like remote management features to the Mac, including "Find My Mac," remote wipe, and remote software and profile settings via push notifications.

Inside Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: File Vault Full Disk Encryption And Cloud Key Storage


In Mac OS X Lion, Apple has completely revamped FileVault, removing it as a simple encryption of users' Home folders and reinstating it as full disk encryption solution, with an apparent option to save disk encryption keys with Apple, likely via MobileMe.

Mac OS X Lion Hands-on Preview

Nilay Patel, Engadget

We installed the dev build on one of our MacBook Pros and used it over the weekend, and while we won't be able to see any huge changes in day-to-day workflow until our favorite apps are updated to take advantage of Lion, we did see plenty of interesting system-level features and additions -- and yes, iOS's influence is all over the place.

In Depth With Apple's FaceTime HD Webcam

PJ Jacobowitz, Cisco Cheng, PC Magazine

Hands On With GoToMyPC For iPad App

Tony Bradley, PC World

The iPad is an awesome mobile computing tool, and it can take the place of a PC for most tasks, but when push comes to shove, it's still not a PC. Citrix is bridging that gap, though, by enabling users to remotely connect to and work with their PC on the go from an iPad using the GoToMyPC for iPad app.

Apple's Strategic Advantage

Tim Bajarin, PC Magazine

Alfred For Mac Enhances Apple's Finder

Dave Caolo, TUAW

Alfred is a utility for Mac OS X that's part app launcher, part navigation tool and part web service. In short, it's a productivity tool that sits quietly in the background until you need something -- fast.

Apple's Tim Cook Hints At Cheaper iPhone, Prepaid Possibilities To Come?

Sean Hollister, Engadget

Apple COO Tim Cook got all buddy-buddy with Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi this week, talking about Apple's business strategy -- nothing out of the ordinary there -- but this morning, that analyst decided to publicly paraphrase an intriguing part of the interview. Guess what? It sounds like a cheaper iPhone may indeed be in the cards.

How Much Money Can You Make On The App Store?

River of News Blog

It's not a bad income for a month and factoring in the lack of benefits and extra taxes it's around the median for a US household. But I can earn twice as much in the corporate world. (Software engineers are paid well.)

By Heng-Cheong Leong