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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Update Brings Enhanced Malware Protection For Snow Leopard

Dan Moren, Macworld

Weighing in at 2.36MB, it requires Mac OS X 10.6.7 and it tackles Mac Defender from three angles.

Apple Rolls Out iWork For iPhone, iPod Touch

Dan Moren, Macworld

More than a year after Apple released the iPad versions of its iWork productivity suite, the company has finally announced an update that brings Pages, Numbers, and Keynote to the iPhone and iPod touch. Now you can finally crunch numbers, prep your presentations, and update your family newsletter no matter where you go.

Seven Mac Gems For A Steal

Dan Frakes, Macworld

Automator Workflow Of The Month: Create To-do Items Anywhere

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Apple To Unveil Next Generation Software At Keynote Address On Monday, June 6


Apple® CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. At the keynote, Apple will unveil its next generation software - Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS® X; iOS 5, the next version of Apple’s advanced mobile operating system which powers the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®; and iCloud®, Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering.

Syncing Your Google Account With An iPhone

Tony Bradley, PCWorld

Gaming On The Mac: Still Playing Second Fiddle

Josh Lowensohn, CNET

So why are Mac users still treated like second-class gamers? The simplest answer is that the Mac is still a smaller market, at less than a tenth of the size of machines running Microsoft's Windows. For a development house, putting resources into a Mac version may not bring back the kind of returns you get on the PC side, which itself now plays second fiddle to game consoles.

Apple Initiates MacBook Bottom Case Replacement Program

Josh Ong, AppleInsider

Apple has initiated a case replacement program for MacBooks shipped between October 2009 and April 2011 to resolve an issue where the rubber separates from the bottom of the case.

Reason 5 Review

Peter Kirn, Macworld UK

Reason 5 is a must-have upgrade for anyone who uses audio inputs or samples, or wants to program beats. And Kong’s superior sound-design power coupled with elegant, efficient editing makes for one of the most accessible, fun-to-use drum machines in software yet.

Review: Bento 4

Alphons Brookson, IT.Enquirer

Monday, May 30, 2011

Do White And Black iPhone 4s Use Different Cameras?

Tim Moynihan, PCWorld

In our tests, the white iPhone 4 turned in better results for image sharpness and color vibrancy in low-light video, while the black iPhone 4 did a better job in terms of flash exposure and color accuracy. However, we can’t rule out the possibility that the discrepancies we saw were simply due to the fact that no two devices are built exactly the same, regardless of what color case they come in.

Preview The Print Queue With Quick Look

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Once you're in the print queue, just double-click on an individual print job to open a Quick Look preview of the document being printed; since it's Quick Look, you could instead tap the spacebar to trigger the same effect.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

iA Writer

Lukas Mathis, Ignore The Code

I don’t like Focus Mode, and some of the design decisions that were probably made as a result of having Focus Mode. But I do really like how the application looks and feels, and I completely love its Markdown implementation.

Day-to-day With The 11-inch MacBook Air And The iPad 2

Brooke Crothers, CNET

The iPad trumps the Air in a surprising number of cases, which goes to show that a little extra convenience, i.e., a little less weight and a little more instant accessibility, can go a long way, because the Air is no slouch in either of those areas.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Bugs & Fixes: Mac Defender Strikes Again; Apple Fights Back

Ted Landau, Macworld

Being appropriately vigilant while recognizing that the risk of an “infection” is small are not inconsistent or mutually exclusive propositions.

Solve Printing Problems With Preview

Lex Friedman, Macworld

If you're facing printer frustration and don't have the time or inclination to resolve them, opening a PDF version of your file in Preview and then printing that can be a quick and functional workaround.

Friday, May 27, 2011

How To Create An OS X Flash Drive Installer

Mauricio Grijalva, Macworld

Instead of using the system installer disc that came with your Mac, create a system installer flash drive, like the one that comes with the MacBook Air. It's smaller than an optical disc, more reliable, and runs faster.

Lawsuit Accuses Broadway Apple Store Employees Of Racial Discrimination

Neil Hughes, AppleInsider

Apple is the target of a new lawsuit that claims employees of the company's Upper West Side store in New York City told two black men they were not welcome there.

iBooks Vs. Kindle Vs. Google Books For iPad Reading

Alexis Madrigal, The Atlantic

It turns out that I don't really care who got the book online or what reader I'm in -- availability is, by far, my number concern. This feels tenable for now, though I can imagine it getting out of control after a few more years of reading online.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Amazon Launches Mac Software, Game Download Store

Dan Moren, Macworld

Amazon on Thursday quietly unveiled its Mac Software Downloads, a selection of around 250 Mac applications and games that you can purchase and install without ever having to open a box. While Amazon has been selling downloadable Mac software for some time, grouping those together into a single section is new. The Internet retailer is also offering a $5-off coupon to celebrate the “launch” of its Mac download store.

Sparrow 1.2 First Look: A Lot To Like And A Few Minor Gripes

Steven Sande, TUAW

Mac Malware Is Back. Your Move, Apple

Jared Newman, PCWorld

Can Apple continue to address every high-profile malware attack on a case-by-case basis, or will malware like Mac Defender and Mac Guard force Apple to act like Microsoft, creating a full-blown security center to address attacks?

Adobe InDesign CS5.5 Review

Neil Bennett, Digital Arts

After Effects CS5.5 Review

Barry Stead, Macworld

ScreenFloat 1.1.1

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Eight Tips For Travelers

Jason Snell, Dan Frakes, Chris Breen, And Lex Friedman, Macworld

These veteran travel tips can make traveling with your Apple gear much more fun.

No More iSync In Lion

Victor Agreda, Jr., TUAW

Apple Standard Procedures Won't Work With Security

Molly Wood, CNET

So, when Apple--more than three weeks after this malicious software appeared in the wild--got around to posting a support forum on how to remove or avoid MacDefender, it was also nearly a week after Google reportedly killed a lot of the poison links that were infecting people in the first place, a week after CNET and others posted instructions on how to remove MacDefender, and at least one support memo too late to demonstrate a serious commitment to customer security.

From the perspective of, say, John Gruber at Daring Fireball, this approach represents a commitment to decisive action that leaves the customer hanging for a brief, uncomfortable period, then ultimately results in a satisfactory outcome. From my perspective, it represents a commitment first and foremost to not admitting fault, canny observation of which way the media winds are blowing, and action only after outcry has reached a sufficiently intolerable din.

Mac Defender: Pay Attention But Don't Panic

Rich Mogull, Macworld

The bottom line: You should pay attention to Mac security. But you don't need to freak out about it.

Apple Store Customers Satisfied Even If They Don’t Buy Anything

John Paczkowski, All Things Digital

Dreamweaver CS5.5 Review

Karl Hodge, Macworld UK

Apple Responds To Increasingly Serious MACDefender Situation

Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

I think many of us in the press rather pooh-poohed MACDefender, since it seemed like there were too many places to short-circuit its nefarious plans. But we may have overestimated the security sophistication of many Mac users; as Apple’s star has risen, so too has the number of Mac users who have minimal security awareness.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Russian Company Cracks iOS 4 Hardware Encryption

John E. Dunn, IDG News Service

Having cracked Apple iPhone backups last year, Russian security company ElcomSoft appears to have found a reliable way to beat the layered encryption system used to secure data held on the smartphone itself.

Copying iPhoto Images Over A Network

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Intego: New Variant Of Mac Trojan Horse Doesn't Require A Password

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Intego on Wednesday warned Mac users that a new variant of the Mac Defender Trojan horse doesn’t require that you provide an administrator password during the installation process. Like its predecessors, the latest version of the Trojan horse—which calls itself MacGuard—masquerades as virus detection software, in hopes that victims will key in their credit card details into the bogus interface.

How To Add Lyrics To Your iTunes Tracks

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

Apple Acknowledges Mac Defender Malware, Promises Software Update

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Apple has decided to publicly acknowledge the Mac Defender malware that seems to be creeping onto Mac users' computers. The company posted an online support document Tuesday evening that outlines how to identify and get rid of the program, which attempts to trick users into handing over their credit card information. The company also promised to issue a software update soon that will specifically hunt out and remove Mac Defender and its variants.

Wired Magazine For iPad Updated: Now Supports In App Subscriptions

Joe White, AppAdvice

Apple Releases Logic 9.1.4 To Support iPad GarageBand Songs

Daniel Eran Dilger, AppleInsider

Apple has released an update to Logic Pro and Express that supports opening projects created with the GarageBand app for iPad, in addition to other minor bug fixes.

Gray Progress Bar Showing At Start-up

Topher Kessler, CNET

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sapiens 1.2.1

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Sapiens is an application launcher from developer Giovanni Donelli that offers plenty of keyboard control, but focuses on the mousing side of things.

MacBook Air SSD Upgrades Provide Big Storage, Mixed Speed Results

James Galbraith, Macworld

If you're a MacBook Air user who needs a serious boost to the laptop’s storage capacity, the Mercury Aura Pro Express SSDs are worth a look. But if what you’re looking for is an overall speed boost, our tests suggest that these drives won't have much impact in everyday use.

LEGO Indiana Jones 2

Franklin Pride, Inside Mac Games

LEGO Indy 2 just seems like a stronger showing overall than the previous games in the series. The puzzles are stronger, the world is more interesting, the fourth movie makes a great addition to the LEGO versions of the trilogy, and the collectibles keep you coming back for more. Whether that's good enough to get you to play a LEGO game for the first time or not, it's definitely a great addition to your collection if you're even a minor fan of the series.

Free: The Mac App That Organizes Your Life Visually

Alexis Kayhill, Mac360

How To Edit Spreadsheets On An iPad

Joe Kissell, Macworld

Regarding Objective-C & Copland 2010

Guy English, Kickingbear

So, in the end, while I appreciate the thinking behind Copland 2010 I don’t believe it’s quite the issue Siracusa believes it is. Objective-C continues to evolve, and in directions I believe will be increasingly important in the future. I don’t believe we’re anywhere near the level of crisis that Apple hit with Classic Mac OS and I don’t believe that a total second-system re-write without a clear goal is the best prescription for the platform.

Four Ways To Make Your Battery Last Longer

David Pogue, New York Times

Open Two Instances Of One PDF In Preview

Lex Friedman, Macworld

The trick takes advantage of the PDF drop-down in any OS X Print dialog box.

Personal Setup Program Caps Apple's Retail Overhaul

Serenity Caldwell, Macworld

Customers at the Apple Store can now take the purchasing process one step further and have an employee help them set up their new Mac, iPod, iPad, iPhone, or Apple TV, thanks to the company’s expanded Personal Setup program.

Developers Pleased With Apple's Lodsys Response

Josh Lowensohn, CNET

While Lodsys has not yet issued its own response, many developers are now breathing a sigh of relief based on Apple's stance, which states that developers are fully protected against any extra fees by the company's patent licensing terms.

How To Re-sort Photos On Your iPhone

Lex Friedman, Macworld

iMac Users, Be Careful Where You Insert That SD Card

William Porter, TidBITS

And then, about a week ago, I blindly reached around to the side of the iMac and accidentally inserted an SD card into the optical drive bay.

How To Disable The Drop-shadow In Mac OS X Window Screenshots

Justin Lowery, Macgasm

How To Install iTunes 10 On An ‘Obsolete’ Mac

Kenny Hemphill, MacUser

If you’re one of those who have just bought a new iPhone, iPod or iPad and can’t run iTunes 10 on your current set-up, here’s a guide to getting up and running.

Review: Painter 12, Faster, Better-looking, More Efficient

Erik Vlietinck, IT.Enquirer

An Ode To Software

Shawn Blanc

Halo Effect For iOS Coders Moving To Mac OS?

Stephen Shankland, CNET

If MacPhun is willing to take the leap, perhaps others are?

Full Text: Apple Legal's Letter To Lodsys


Why Two Engineers Left Apple To Build A Flash Alternative: The Hype (YC W11) Story

Paul Hontz, The Startup Foundry

Hype is an HTML5 Animation Builder for Mac OS X. It allows you to build interactive sites in HTML5 that rivals Flash. Hype launched last Friday and they are already the top grossing app on the mac app store.

Measure Twice, Cut Once

John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Apple’s policy is to respond to a crisis with certainty, or at least as much certainty as can be mustered. Certainty takes time. No drip, drip, drip of vapid PR statements. Just silence, then an answer. Seems to be working out pretty well for them.

Rosetta And Lion: Get Over It?

Michael E. Cohen, TidBITS

Yes, change happens, but no, I won’t just get over it.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Apple To Lodsys: 'App Makers Are Protected By [Our] License'

Lex Friedman, Macworld Staff, Macworld

In a letter sent Monday (read the full text of the letter here) to patent-holder Lodsys and its CEO Mark Small, Apple says its existing license for patents covering in-app purchases applies to all iOS app makers as well.

The crux of Apple’s letter, from senior vice president and general counsel Bruce Sewell, is right in its opening paragraph, which reads in part: “Apple is undisputedly licensed to these patents and the Apple App Makers are protected by that license. There is no basis for Lodsys’ infringement allegations against Apple’s App Makers. In addition to stating that Apple would share the letter with developers—which it has—the company also says that it “is fully prepared to defend Apple’s license rights.”

Six Wi-Fi Problems And How To Fix Them

Jeff Bertolucci, PCWorld

How To Use Printer Profiles For Color Fidelity

Lesa Snider, Macworld

Getting your prints to match what you see on your monitor is one of the biggest challenges you’ll face when dealing with digital art or photography. This article explains how you can use printer- and paper-specific instructions—called profiles—to achieve more accurate results.

Loving My MacBook Air

Thomas Fitzgerald, The Technology Geek

The lightness, battery life and speed have all changed the way I compute. Now, I have no qualms about throwing it into my bag whenever I go out, so I always have a laptop with me should inspiration strike. It’s so light and small that you don’t notice it, but unlike other subnotebooks out there, it’s as solid as a rock when it comes to build quality. It’s small and light, but it’s built like a tank. Kudos to Apple for such a great machine and I can’t wait to see where they go with this in the future.

Home Screen Of Apple's New Interactive Retail iPads

Arnold Kim, MacRumors

We've heard the iPad gets its data via network connection so any price or spec updates get pushed directly to the iPad, no other syncing required.

Apple Store App Updated With New Options

Michael Grothaus, TUAW

Apple Takes The Wraps Off New Retail Efforts

Serenity Caldwell, Macworld

Unlike their shelf counterparts, these display iPads are designed to do one thing and one thing only: Showcase current information about the product on display. The home button has been disabled, turning the device essentially into a multitouch signboard. (Like the iPad itself, the whole thing has an air of 1960s science-fiction to it.) The iPad is elegantly sealed inside its stand, charged using a nifty almost-invisible dock connector ribbon and half-mirrored sides to mask the wires.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Apps Deliver Radio Options To Smart Phones

Reid Kanaley, Philadelphia Inquirer

Apple Store 2.0 Launches In Australia

Mac Prices Australia

DUI Checkpoint Apps And The App Store Don't Mix

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Why would Apple, which has rejected apps for all sorts of reasons, tacitly defend programs that let people avoid drunk driving checkpoints? I was certainly ready to jump up on my soapbox and toss around words like “complicit” and “turpitude.” But as I looked more closely at the apps under discussion, I discovered, to my surprise, that the situation was more complex than I’d originally thought.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Apple Order Status System Down Until May 22

Michael Grothaus, TUAW

EFF: Apple Needs To Defend Its Developers

Josh Lowensohn, CNET

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has called Apple out for not responding fast enough, or at all, to a developing legal situation that's got some iOS developers spooked.

Apple Says Working With Foxconn To Explore Cause Of China Explosion

Ina Fried, All Things Digital

“We are deeply saddened by the tragedy at Foxconn’s plant in Chengdu, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families,” Apple said in a statement provided to All Things D. “We are working closely with Foxconn to understand what caused this terrible event.”

HTML5 Animation Tool Hype Debuts

Serenity Caldwell, Macworld

Tumult’s Hype offers creative professionals an easy-to-use WYSIWIG editor for creating interactive Websites, animations, and more, all encoded in HTML5.

Skinning Twitterrific For Mac

Jason Snell, Macworld

Let me be clear: What follows is crazy stuff. Don’t do it if you’re not comfortable with cracking open a package and editing XML files. And make a backup copy of the app first. But if you’re curious about taking Twitterrific and modifying it, here’s how.

Bugs & Fixes: Using iTunes' Restore From Backup Command

Ted Landau, Macworld

Friday, May 20, 2011

Thunderbolt Trademark Rights Will Be Transferred From Apple To Intel

Sam Oliver, AppleInsider

Though Apple originally filed for ownership of the "Thunderbolt" trademark associated with its new high-speed data port, the rights will be transferred to Intel, the company with which it cooperatively developed the new standard.

Fantastical 1.0

Dan Frakes, Macworld

Fantastical doesn’t include every feature of every other calendaring add-on, but it’s a great package that handles—with an attractive interface and some impressive options—most of the things you use your “big” calendar program to do. And it makes it much easier and more convenient to quickly create new events.

How Bad Is The Mac Malware Scare? (FAQ)

Elinor Mills, CNET

Apple Alumni Don't Fall Far From The Tree

Douglas MacMillan And Adam Satariano, BusinessWeek

A wave of star engineers has left to start mobile app companies.

Cloudy With A Chance Of Music

Shawn Blanc

Thursday, May 19, 2011

As Apple Stores Celebrate 10 Years, Some Employees Look To Unionize

Sam Oliver, AppleInsider

A group calling itself the "Apple Retail Workers Union" is attempting to drum up support for its cause as Apple's retail business celebrates its first 10 years.

ProKit 7.0

Marco Tabini, TidBITS

The new release includes several bug and stability fixes, provides better font rendering and improves support for PopOver-style tooltips.

Malware On The Mac: Is There Cause For Concern? Ars Investigates

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Ars spoke with 14 different Mac support specialists—including several Apple Store Geniuses—in order to get a handle on whether things have changed when it comes to dealing with malware. Their experiences are all over the map, but the general consensus does seem to lean towards a low amount of malware problems—until you get to the Geniuses.

Apple Has Two Licenses Down, Two To Go For Cloud Music Service

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Apple is reportedly poised to finish signing licensing deals with all of the Big Four music labels in the near future, setting the stage for the introduction of a cloud music service at WWDC in June.

Independent Mac Retailers Step Out From The Apple Store Shadow

Joel Mathis, Macworld

Ten years, more than 300 stores, and nearly a billion visitors after Apple opened its first retail outlet in McLean, Virginia, the landscape has shifted radically for the independent stores that once served as Apple’s main bridge to consumers. Some independent stores have adapted and continued on. A few are simply hanging on. And a few others couldn’t compete and went under in a blaze of recrimination and lawsuits.

Why Is Apple Trademarking “Thunderbolt” Instead Of Intel?

Devin Coldewey, CrunchGear

Experimenting With Piracy – An Indie Mac Developer’s Perspective


For the last twelve months I’ve been keeping detailed records regarding the number of users pirating my Mac apps and toying with different ways of converting those users into paying customers. I’m not foolish enough to ever think I could actually eliminate the piracy — especially since I believe there are a few legitimate reasons for pirating software — but I was genuinely curious as to what the actual numbers were, the motivations behind doing so, and if there were any way I could make a small dent in those numbers.

Twitter Announces Permissions Change, Frustrates App Developers

Lex Friedman, Macworld

OmniFocus 1.3 For iPad Updates Forecast Mode

Mike Schramm, TUAW

Most notably, the new version updates the app's Forecast Mode, which streamlines all of your calendar events and tasks into an easy-to-read format.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

An AppleCare Support Rep Talks: Mac Malware Is "Getting Worse"

Ed Bott, ZDNet

TapeDeck 1.4

Dan Frakes, Macworld

Today’s Gem, TapeDeck, streamlines the process of making and organizing audio recordings—and does it with a user interface that will bring a smile to those of us who used an actual cassette deck back in the day.

Mac OS X 10.6.7 Changes Finder Sidebar Behavior

Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

Now, instead of just dragging items out, you must either Command-drag them out or Control-click them and choose Remove from Sidebar.

Organizing Clippings And Cruft

Christopher Breen, Macworld

iOS Apps With In-app Purchasing Being Approved By Apple Again

Katie Marsal, AppleInsider

Though in-app purchases were problematic for some developers for a week now, the issues in the system have reportedly been addressed, suggesting that any holdup was not related to the patent infringement suit.

App Store Approvals Frozen On In-app Purchase Products?

Victor Agreda, Jr., TUAW

Lawsuit Accuses Apple Of Violating Patented Wi-Fi Antenna Designs

Sam Oliver, AppleInsider

The latest patent infringement lawsuit against Apple takes issue with Wi-Fi-enabled products, including the company's entire MacBook lineup.

Mac App Store Exposes Users To Security Risks, Claims Researcher

Graham Cluley, Sophos

Put in simple terms, Apple seems to be falling short of the promise it makes in its promotion of the App Store that it "keeps track of your apps and tells you when an update is available" and that "you'll always have the latest version of every app you own."

Using Google Docs On The iPhone

Tony Bradley, PCWorld

How To Protect The iPad In The Kitchen

Damon Darlin, New York Times

Gauging Craziness: Why I Own An iPod Classic

Michael Sinanian, The Humble Thought Peddler

Apple Adds Raw Support For Nikon D5100

Stephen Shankland, CNET

Apple's Legal Department 'Actively Investigating' Lodsys Threats

Sam Oliver, AppleInsider

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

What App Developers Need To Know About Lodsys And The In-app Upgrade Button Patent Problem

Florian Mueller, FOSS Patents

Six Unexpected Uses For The Application Switcher

Sharon Zardetto, Macworld

You’ve probably got the basics of the Application Switcher down pat by now: press Command-Tab to see a bar full of running-application icons and keep Command down as you tap the Tab key to quickly switch to the application of your choice. But, as with everything on the Mac, the Application Switcher can do more than you might guess.

Using Google Docs On The iPad

Tony Bradley, Macworld

Maintain App Organization When Restoring iOS Devices

Dan Frakes, Macworld

iPhone or iPad folders gone after a restore? Try restoring twice.

The Latest From OmniGroup - OmniOutliner For iPad: A Review

Christine Chan, AppAdvice

Troubleshooting Utility News And Updates

Topher Kessler, CNET

This week there were updates to file recovery software, some drive monitoring utilities, and duplicate file management tools.

Apple Shows Off Some New Apps

Patrick May, San Jose Mercury News

The other day at the Apple Store in San Francisco, team members offered this newspaper a sneak peek at some of the latest and coolest apps to come down the pike, including a few not yet released to the general public. Here are our favorite five.

Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Review

Kirk Hiner, Appletell

StoryMill 4 Novel Writing Software Review

Kirk Hiner, Appletell

It allows you to focus solely on writing when you want to, but also allows to keep everything organized and identified for when you drop into editing mode. It’s unfortunate that some of the features may be disabled by your preferred writing process, but that leaves more to discover as your familiarity with the program increases.

Many Apple Users Share Data With Publishers

Yukari Iwatani Kane, Wall Street Journal

Adobe Rejigs Digital Publishing Suite Pricing

Neil Bennett, Digital Arts Online

FX Photo Studio Now For Mac OS X

Mel Martin, TUAW

Playing Podcasts In Chronological Order

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Lodsys: Apple Already Licensed, Developers Must Too

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Lodsys claims that Apple—along with Google and Microsoft—”is licensed for its nameplate products and services.” But that license does not extend to third-party developers.

New Core Version Of Curio In The Mac App Store

Brett Terpstra, TUAW

Get Rid Of .Zip Files Once They're Expanded

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Did Google Just Turn Apple Into The New AOL?

Mike Cane

So while I shouldn’t argue with success, I can’t help pointing out that the current stranglehold Apple maintains on its creations will ultimately leave it vulnerable to the same spirit that created the company to begin with: The desire of people to tinker and to dream dreams the original creator never had.

Four Ways To Kidproof An iPhone Or iPad

Warren Buckleitner, New York Times

If you’re lucky enough to cohabitate with kids and an iOS device, here are four things to do to make things work smoothly (assuming you’re already adept at removing applesauce from the screen).

Lab Report: New Build-to-order iMacs Impress With Speed

James Galbraith, Macworld

Notificant 1.0.2

Dan Frakes, Macworld

Apple Offering Free Repairs For iPod Touches, iPhones, And Macs Damaged In The Japan Quake And Tsunami

Michael Grothaus, TUAW

Toast 11.0.2 Titanium

Jonathan Seff, Macworld

Despite some rough edges, Toast 11 is a very nice upgrade from Toast 10. The simplified interface makes the software easier to work with, and the Sparkle framework makes it more convenient to update. Upgrade prices are still a little steep—especially considering that you can get a new boxed copy online for not much more than the upgrade price—but if don’t mind spending the cash, you’ll be rewarded with a better app and more included functionality than before.

Hands On: iPhone Size Differences Aren't Exactly Black And White

Dan Frakes, Macworld

Assuming my testing is roughly representative, the typical iPhone 4 case will fit both colors equally well, and if a case is too tight for the white model, it’s because it's an exceptionally tight case to begin with.

Judge Rules For Kodak In Apple Lawsuit

Dave Caolo, TUAW

iPad 101: Finding The Tab Key In Pages

Matt Tinsley, TUAW

I can't fathom why Apple would decide not to put a tab key on the iPad's keyboard, at least in Pages. But thank goodness it's there, even if it does require two taps to make a tab indentation instead of the single keyboard stroke required on a conventional keyboard.

Waiting For Thunderbolt

Jason Snell, Macworld

We’re on the cutting edge with Thunderbolt. When we know more, we’ll let you know. But for now, Thunderbolt is just a promise and those ports on the iMacs and MacBook Pros are just Mini DisplayPorts with a different label.

iOS Developers Receive Legal Threats Over In-app Purchasing

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Both developers say that they have reached out to Apple for legal advice. The two are also waiting to hear back from Apple before publicly naming the company, but Macworld has since confirmed that the company behind the legal threats is Lodsys. In a separate report, MacRumors also names Lodsys as the company behind a similar threat sent to developer Rob Gloess of Computer LogicX.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Adobe Flash Update Puts Users In Charge Of Privacy

Robert McMillan, IDG News Service

Adobe has released an important update to its Flash Player software that fixes critical security flaws and gives users a better way of controlling whether they are being tracked on the Web.

Inserting "Real" Fractions Into Documents

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Skype Alternatives For Mac Users

David Alison

Firefox 4 Review

Karl Hodge, Macworld UK

How To Access Hidden Files To Restore In Time Machine

Topher Kessler, CNET

Apple Marshalling For Internet Content War


Apple Inc appears to be arming itself for a full-on assault on the $150 billion-plus world of multimedia content and distribution.

New iMac Drives Not Meant To Be Replaced, And I Hate It

Weldon Dodd, GigaOM

Okay, so maybe adding easy hard drive access is too much of a design sacrifice, but now even if you manage to get at the hard drive, you can’t replace it.

How To Transfer Files To And From An iPad

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Transferring and synchronizing files between the Mac and the tablet isn’t easy. There are several different ways to do it, but none are perfect, and each has its deficiencies. Frankly, this is one area where Apple could vastly improve the iPad experience. Until that happens, here are your choices when it comes to transferring files between your various devices.

Quickly Delete iPhone Photos From Your Mac

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Solve Mac Startup Problems By Reseating RAM

Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

First, if your Mac’s power light is flashing, reseating the RAM is the likely fix. And second, properly reseating the memory may require a little more effort than simply removing and reinstalling the DIMMs or other memory modules.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

OmniOutliner For iPad Is Now Available

Dave Caolo, TUAW

The app is more of a collection of functions that allow you to gather, categorize and later reference a variety of information. In fact, you can use OmniOutliner for spreadsheets, documents and even photo management. Putting all of that power on the ultra-powerful iPad will appeal to many people.

Alfred 0.9 Adds Global Hotkeys, Preference Sync And More

Dave Caolo, TUAW

This version adds global hotkeys, sync options, custom terminal commands, improved iTunes DJ and more.

OWC: Replacing Main Hard Drive With Third Party Is Not An Option In New iMacs

Megan Lavey-Heaton, TUAW

Apple Should Clarify iOS Subscription Policy

Lex Friedman, Macworld

It seems obvious, given all this evidence, that Apple is treating big publishers differently from other potential providers of App Store subscriptions—perhaps even taking them on a case-by-case basis.

Abandonment Issues

G.f., The Economist

Apple has not created an expectation that its phones, handhelds and tablets have a period of time during which they work. They are sold on the implict assumption of futureproofing, at least for a few years. And by providing iOS 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2, but not 4.3, to iPhone 3G users, the company may have led its customers on.

Apple Needs To Press Play On Game Center

Dan Moren, Macworld

iOS gaming social network shows promise, but needs tender love and care to prosper.

Review: Acorn 3 Image Editor

Ben Long, Macworld

Twitter For Mac 2.1 Adds Multi-window "Clone," UI Changes

Dave Caolo, TUAW

Music Labels To Google: We're Counting On Apple

Greg Sandoval, CNET

The services offered by Amazon and Google are not all that they can be because those companies had to tippy-toe around copyright issues. Since neither company was either able or willing to obtain licenses from the four major labels, neither of them could deliver the same range of options that Apple will be able to offer with its upcoming cloud service, according to multiple music industry sources.

iPhoto Updated To Version 9.1.3

Mike Schramm, TUAW

The update is pretty thin -- it simply fixes an issue where split events could be merged back together.

Options For Removing The System-wide Flash Plug-in


Corel Unveils Painter 12

Jackie Dove, Macworld

Corel has released Painter 12, a new version of the company’s flagship painting software. The upgrade features new brushes and art tools, customizable workspaces, and a performance boost.

Microsoft Leaves Mac Office Users In The Lurch, Says Researcher

Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Microsoft yesterday told Mac Office users it doesn't yet have a fix for a PowerPoint bug that it patched for Windows customers. Tuesday was not the first time that Microsoft has released fixes for Office on Windows without corresponding patches for Mac users.

Monitoring Internet Usage

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Apple Releases Software Update 4.2.2 For Apple TV

Lex Friedman, Macworld

The update address issues where audio and video are occasionally missing when playing back certain content. A new audio output setting allows you to switch to 16-bit audio, for increased compatibility with some TVs and AV receivers. Fast-forwarding and rewinding of live events is improved, too.

Creative Design Tips For E-mail Signatures

Jay J. Nelson, Macworld

If you consider yourself creative, you've likely considered designing a fancy signature line for your e-mail messages. It's a terrific opportunity to express a bit of your personality without requiring any additional work when composing your message—and without adding extra file size to your e-mail. (Your recipients will appreciate that!) Plus, it makes the e-mail more distinctive, acting almost as a business card, if your recipient wants to print it out.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Apple Pulls iAds From iOS Software Geared Toward Children

Sam Oliver, AppleInsider

Citing a lack of interest from advertisers, Apple has decided it will not display advertisements from its iAd network in applications for the iPhone and iPad that are meant for children, according to one developer.

How To Convert Audio To Other Formats

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

Parallels: Run Windows, Linux Servers On Mac Mini

Dan Miller, Macworld

How To Create An External Boot Disk In OS X

Topher Kessler, CNET

Apple Looking Into Senate Request For DUI Checkpoint App Removals

Josh Ong, AppleInsider

During a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing on Tuesday, Apple vice president of software technology Guy L. "Bud" Tribble told senators that the company is in the process of "looking into" the legality of apps that broadcast police DUI checkpoints.

Apple, Google Detail Mobile Privacy Policies Before US Senate Subcommittee

Neil Hughes, AppleInsider

Apple Vice President of Software Technology Guy L. "Bud" Tribble spoke to members of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, and reiterated his company's position that it makes user privacy one of its highest priorities. He also revealed methods the company uses to ensure developers follow the rules, including random audits of App Store software.

21.5- And 27-inch iMacs (Mid 2011)

James Galbraith, Macworld

The $1199 entry-level 21.5-inch 2.5GHz Core i5 iMac offers the most bang for the buck, keeping up with its more expensive siblings in most tasks. Its drawbacks include the lowest capacity hard drive, slower 3D game performance at higher resolutions, and a lack of customization options. The $1499 21.5-inch 2.7GHz Core i5 iMac offers a larger hard drive and modest processing and 3D game performance gains compared to the $1199 model. It’s the model you must choose if you want to customize your machine with a faster processor or different sotrage options.

Apple iMac 27-inch (3.1GHz, Spring 2011)

Rich Brown, CNET

We recommend Apple's new 27-inch iMac to digital media editors and others with serious performance needs on the strength of its impressive speed, its connected device potential, and its market-leading 27-inch display.

Ballmer: We Won't Drop Skype Support For Mac, iOS

Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Ballmer was adamant that the new Microsoft Skype division would not ditch owners of iPhones, Android smartphones, Macs and more.

“A, I said it and I meant it,” said Ballmer when a reporter asked for assurances that Skype would continue to be available for operating systems and devices not sold by Microsoft. “B, we’re one of the few companies with a track record of doing this,” he added, citing Microsoft’s work on Mac OS X, where it develops and sells a Mac-specific version of its Office suite.

Make Your Mac Tell The Time

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Palua 1.0

Dan Frakes, Macworld

This simple utility adds a systemwide menu for toggling between standard F-key functionality (“Function Mode”) and the special Apple functionality (“Apple Mode”).

Karelia Software Launches Sandvox 2

Jackie Dove, Macworld

Karelia Software has released Sandvox 2.0, an upgrade to its visual Website design software. The new version includes more than 60 new features and enhancements designed to make the Website builder more flexible.

Drives In OS X Appearing With '-1' Appended To Their Names

Topher Kessler, CNET

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Apple's Other Growing Platform, The Mac

Jonny Evans, Computerworld

When it comes to the Mac, Apple has enjoyed 20 consecutive quarters of higher than marketshare growth. Mac unit sales grew by 28 percent year-on-year in Q1 2011. The PC market contracted by 3 percent.

Apple is no longer a niche player. Get over it.

Microsoft To Buy Skype For $8.5 Billion

Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

Although it’s understandable to wonder about the future of the Mac and iOS Skype clients (among many others), Microsoft says it will continue to invest in and support Skype clients for non-Microsoft platforms. If Microsoft really loves us, they’ll throw out the Skype 5 interface as an initial gesture of goodwill.

See also: What Microsoft's Skype purchase means for Mac, iOS users, by Lex Friedman, Macworld.

Want To Write In LOGO? There's An App For That

Chris Ward, TUAW

Adobe Releases Photoshop Companion Apps For Apple's iPad


Adobe's three Photoshop CS5 companion applications for iPad -- Adobe Ezel, Nav and Color Lava -- are now available for purchase on the App Store.

Android App Streams Music And Video To Apple TV

Lex Friedman, Macworld

With the right apps installed on your Android phone, you can then use DoubleTwist to send music or video to any Apple TV on the same Wi-Fi network.

Skype Pushes Update To Mac Client For Security Flaw

Michael Rose, TUAW

As of today, there's a new hotfix ( that is being provided for all Skype 5 users; it closes the security holes and also fixes a few bugs, including video issues on high-bandwidth networks. Skype recommends that all users update to the new build.

Condé Nast To Roll Out iPad Subscriptions, Starting With The New Yorker

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

iPad users will soon be able to subscribe to a number of Condé Nast magazines via Apple's in-app subscription system, starting with The New Yorker. Condé Nast—parent company to Ars Technica—announced Monday that it would bring eight magazines to the device by the end of May, with existing print subscribers getting access to the iPad versions for free. The New Yorker's iPad app has already been updated to reflect the new subscription system, with new users being able to subscribe to the iPad version for $5.99 per month or $59.99 per year.

Apple Needs To Get Its Head In The Cloud

Christopher Breen, Macworld

With however-many-umpteen billions in the bank and an astonishing streak of successes, Apple hasn’t really had to worry about its Web strategy. I believe those days are coming to an end. And for two reasons: Syncing and media.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Thunderbolt In Current And Future Laptops

Marco Arment

So the next MacBook Air, presumably with both Thunderbolt and much faster CPUs, is going to be significantly more awesome. And that’s saying a lot, because the current Air is pretty great. And I can’t wait to see what happens to the 15” line next.

Opinion: Magic Mouse Vs. Magic Trackpad

Dan Moren And Lex Friedman, Macworld

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Chinese Entrepreneurs See Apple's App Store As Entryway To Global Market

John Boudreau, San Jose Mercury News

While China has long been viewed as the outsourcer to the world, a growing number of startups here are using the App Store to become global companies almost overnight, without spending a small fortune on marketing and advertising. App developers in other countries are doing that as well, but the possibilities are liberating in China, where budding entrepreneurs have long been hobbled by government regulations and no access to venture capital.

Amazon Cloud Player Quietly Begins Working On iOS Devices!

MG Siegler, TechCrunch

If you visit Amazon’s Cloud Player through the Safari web browser on an iOS device, you’ll see that it does in fact now work. You’ll first hit a warning page telling you that your browser is not supported, but just ignore that. Click into the music in your drive and it will begin playing. It works flawlessly — even to the point where if you get a Push Notification or incoming call, the music will be paused.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Skype Bug Gives Attackers Access To Mac OS X Machines

Dan Goodin, The Register

“The long and the short of it is that an attacker needs only to send a victim a message and they can gain remote control of the victim's Mac,” Gordon Maddern of Australian security consultancy Pure Hacking blogged on Friday. “It is extremely wormable and dangerous.”

Why The 13″ Air Is Better Than The 13″ Pro

Ben Brooks, The Brooks Review

I am not saying that the 13″ MacBook Pro is an inherently bad computer — what I am saying is that it is a pretty bad buying decision given the current slate of Macs. I would be so bold to guess that if I plopped my MacBook Air in front of any current 13″ MacBook Pro owners and asked them to use it for an hour and tell which computer is faster — 98% would say the Air is faster. It’s not about performance specs, it about user experience and how people use their computers — most people just don’t do that many CPU intensive tasks on anything but an occasional basis.

Copying Between 2 Macs Without The Hassle

Glenn Fleishman, Seattle Times

You would think the easiest thing in the world would be copying a file between two Macs. It's remarkably irritating. I can help.

Textie Offers Free SMS Text Message Alternative For iOS

Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

Apple's Smart Cover Is Good, But Flawed In Real-world Use

Lex Friedman, Macworld

My biggest grievance is that there’s just no perfect way to fold back the Smart Cover when you actually want to use your iPad in hand. The video shows iPads waking up, going to sleep, and being used on a tabletop. What about when I want to hold the dang thing?

Faster Than Ever: Macworld Lab Speed Tests The Mid-2011 iMacs

James Galbraith, Macworld

We’ve had the chance to finish testing the remaining three standard-configuration models, with our results showing a significant boost for the new iMacs over the models they replace. However, not much differentiates the performance of the four new iMacs among each other.

Why I Might Buy A New iMac

Kirk McElhearn, Kirkville

Time, SI, Fortune Subscribers Finally Get Free iPad Access

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Use AppleTV Video Caching For Faster AirPlay Viewing

Dan Frakes, Macworld

The upshot is that if you've got some iPhone- or iPad-hosted video you want to show to your family or friends using your Apple TV, you can save precious time—and avoid uncomfortable tech moments—by streaming that video before the entire family gathers around the TV. When the time comes to watch, the video will be ready to go.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Find Your PPC Applications

Matt Neuburg, TidBITS

No bad thing is going to happen to your computer the day Lion goes final. Your current hardware won’t refuse to boot up. Your current system won’t stop working. Your favorite applications will still be your favorite applications. But suppose, just for the sake of argument, that you become interested in upgrading to Lion. And suppose, for the sake of even further argument, that Lion lacks Rosetta. What might the loss of Rosetta mean to you?

An Easy, Simple Way To Sync Files, Folders, Disks

Ron McElfresh, Mac 360

Dear Aunt TUAW: Help My Windows Stay Put

Erica Sadun, TUAW

Stay from Cordless Dog allows you to store window configurations exactly as you like for each monitor configuration you use. Stay can automatically restore your windows as you attach and detach your monitors, and as your applications are launched.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Why An iMac Now Is In The Cards For Me

Stephen Shankland, CNET

I mostly just want a better price-performance ratio and hard drive expansion. The iMac is the closest thing Apple's got short of an expensive Mac Pro. And now, the iMac is a strong contender.

Eye-Fi Connects To iPhone, Gets More Useful

Jason Snell, Macworld

AirServer Turns Your Mac Into An AirPlay Receiver

Dan Moren, Macworld

Looking to show off your iOS device’s AirPlay functionality, but don’t have an Apple TV or AirPort Express? The no-frills AirServer turns your Mac into a AirPlay receiver, letting you stream audio, photos, and even videos to your computer, right over the air.

iOS, OS X And The Death Of The Scrollbar

Weldon Dodd, GigaOM

Among those who have tried OS X Lion for the first time, there is near universal dismay at the “reverse scrolling” behavior in the Apple-provided applications. It feels strange to push your fingers up on the trackpad to see content that is further down in the document, when we have had years of practice moving our fingers down instead.

The difference is best understood as a change in the user’s point of view. Instead of pulling the scrollbar down, you push the content up. The change signals a huge shift not just in scroll direction, but in user interface design where gestures are used to manipulate content instead of on-screen interface controls like scrollbars and sliders.

MacBook Pros, New iMacs Get Slew Of Software Updates

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Apple on Wednesday released a quartet of updates, aimed at owners of new MacBook Pros and its recently released iMacs.

Stamp Out E-mail Annoyances

Christopher Breen, Macworld

For many of us, the first application we open in the morning is our e-mail client. Hour after hour, day after day, we check our e-mail repeatedly. Given that we spend this kind of time with a single program, it’s important that it gives us as little trouble as possible. When it decides to act up, it’s just as important that we set it straight as quickly as possible. Here are some solutions to common problems.

Want The Personal Data Of Your iPad Subscribers? Ask Them

Stuart Dredge, The Guardian

It's not so much the 30% revenue share taken by Apple that's the problem as it is the question of how data on subscribers is shared. Publishers used to having the names and addresses of their print subscribers balked at the idea of that data remaining with Apple.

New announcements from Hearst Magazines and Telegraph Media Group, who are both adopting the new subscription billing, hint that the answer may be less about browbeating Apple into sharing this data, and more about simply asking subscribers for it.

Improve Your Mac's Security By Running A Standard Account

Topher Kessler, CNET

How To Manage Menu Extras In OS X

Topher Kessler, CNET

Hearst And Apple Come To Terms On Subscriptions

Michael Grothaus, TUAW

My Look At OmniOutliner

James Bleifus

White iPhone Versus White iPhone

Nick Bilton, New York Times

As you can see from the image below, there was clearly a discoloration on the first-run white iPhone that is visible between the home button and the phone’s exterior shell.

The new model also has a deeper proximity sensor near the ear piece.

Rise Of The Mac Git GUIs

Fuel Your Coding

One sign of a developer power tool hitting critical mass is when a wellspring of Graphical User Interfaces explode onto the scene. It looks like Git — the distributed version control system authored by Linus Torvalds — has arrived. It brings with it a bevy of Git clients for Mac OS X.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Apple's New Thunderbolt iMacs Include Unreleased Intel Z68 Chipset

Katie Marsal, AppleInsider

The new iMac all-in-one desktops released this week include Intel's yet-to-be-released Z68 chipset, which could allow faster solid-state drive caching performance in the future.

Apple Releases iOS 4.3.3 To Patch Location Bugs

Dan Moren, Macworld

As Apple promised in its location Q&A last week, iOS 4.3.3 addresses three bugs related to the database of location information on iOS devices. Firstly, it reduces the amount of the cached location information to a week’s worth, rather than relying on a size limit, as it previously did. Secondly, it no longer backs up the cache to your Mac or PC via iTunes upon syncing, so the information isn’t available to anyone with access to your computer. And finally, the cache is now deleted from the device when Location Services are disabled in iOS’s Settings app. Apple has also announced plans to encrypt the location information on iOS devices itself in the next major update to the operating system, which presumably refers to iOS 5.

Use Automator To Shoot A Time-lapse Movie

Christopher Breen, Macworld

iMac 21.5″ (EMC 2428) Teardown


Apple's OS X Server Strategy: Data Centers For Everyone

Ryan Faas, Computerworld

Now we know that Lion Server will be built into Lion itself, meaning that Mac OS X Server's code, functionality and services will be bundled with the client OS. Lion Server as a separate entity is gone, but its inclusion in Lion means that a lot more users will get a chance to try it out -- either at home or in the office.

A Disoriented Senior Minister

Singapore Recalcitrant

SM Goh can say that this subject had been debated in Parliament but does he honestly believe that with the PAP dominance any useful outcome will come out of these parliamentary debates? The two opposition MPs and one NCMP were easily overwhelmed by the sheer force of the PAP MPs. Any arguments the three opposition MPs were able to put through were like voices in the wilderness. This incidentally could be one of the issues that acts as a catalyst for the electors to want to see more opposition MPs being voted into Parliament to provide more opposition voices as a check and balance to the PAP government.

On his shabby treatment of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) scholar candidate Tan Jee Say, SM Goh could have shown more civility. There was no justification for him and MM Lee to denigrate Tan on his civil service credentials especially when it was proved that the attacks were all misconceived.

Apple iMac 27-inch (3.1GHz, Spring 2011)

Rich Brown, CNET

A fast new Intel CPU and an AMD graphics chip provide Apple's new 27-inch iMac with competitive performance for its price, and the advent of Thunderbolt offers the iMac the potential for exciting peripheral devices later this year. Apple seems less concerned with engaging family users than some of its Windows-based all-in-one competition, but for digital media professionals, or others in need of a fast, serious-minded all-in-one with a large display, we can make no other recommendation.

iPad 'If You Asked' TV Ad Aims For The Heartstrings, Fails To Miss

Michael Rose, TUAW

Boom Turns Your Mac's Volume Up To 11 (Maybe 12)


If you've ever found yourself dealing with low audio output on a Mac (more common on laptops with their small speakers than desktops such as the iMac), Global Delight's Boom will boost the audio volume. Significantly, as in up to 400%.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Comic Life Leaps Onto The iPad In A Single Bound

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Plasq on Tuesday released Comic Life for iPad, a new incarnation of its software for turning your digital photos into comics.

New iMacs Support Target Display Mode Via Thunderbolt

Dan Moren, Macworld

Apple has confirmed to Macworld that the new iMacs can be used as external displays via their Thunderbolt ports. However, to do so, you’ll need a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac, such as one of the early 2011 models of MacBook Pros. Connecting the MacBook Pro to either the 21.5-inch or 27-inch Thunderbolt-equipped iMac will let you use the desktop as a display for the notebook.

Apple Releases Boot Camp Update For Thunderbolt iMacs

David Chartier, Macworld

Target Display Mode Missing In Action On New iMacs

Richard Gaywood, TUAW

Cast your minds back to the launch of the 27" iMac in mid-2009. One of the new features was Target Display Mode, which introduced the ability to use the iMac as a pure external monitor, bypassing the built-in computer entirely. However, Apple has quietly dropped the feature on the latest iMacs, which were announced today.

RapidWeaver 5.1

Adam Berenstain, Macworld

Despite its occasionally inflexible tools, Realmac's RapidWeaver 5.1 strikes a winning balance between power and ease of use. It’s a compelling option for people looking to quickly create attractive Web sites with modern features.

Apps Downloaded With A Promo Code Can't Be Reviewed Anymore

Kelly Hodgkins, TUAW

Fluid For Mac Gets Updated To 1.0, Offers Paid Version

Chris Ward, TUAW

Fluid, the neat little application that turns websites into standalone native Mac apps, has finally grown up into version 1.0 after three and a half years of development.

Apple Updates iMac With Thunderbolt, Beefier GPUs

Chris Rawson, TUAW

Apple has refreshed its iMac all-in-one desktop line with upgraded CPUs and a few other new features. The key upgrades for the iMac refresh are the new quad-core Sandy Bridge processors and the Thunderbolt I/O port first introduced in the most recent MacBook Pro updates. Offering speeds of up to 10 Gbps, Thunderbolt provides a far faster connection than either USB 3.0 or Firewire. The iMac has also seen an upgrade to its GPUs, which are now three times faster than the previous model.

Notificant For iPhone Reminds You Wherever You Are

Lex Friedman, Macworld

The app, which works hand-in-hand with the Notificant Web service and the $5 companion Mac App Store app, focuses on making sure you don’t forget to do the things you want to do.

Warning: This Mac App Is Stealing Credit Card Numbers

Ellis Hamburger, Business Insider

If you're browsing the web and stumble upon MAC Defender, an antivirus application, think again before downloading it.

Handoff 1.1

Eric Blair, ATPM

It seems like an implementation of a fairly simple idea, but it’s very good at what it does. If you ever want to quickly move a Web page over to your iPad, you can’t really go wrong with spending $2 on such a seamless solution.

New Downloads Window Coming To Safari In Lion

Michael Grothaus, TUAW

When you have an active download in progress, the button will show a blue progress bar, ala the progress bar found on app icons when you are downloading and installing them on an iOS device.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Apple's White Iphone Is Not Thicker Than Black Version

Consumer Reports

When we compared a white iPhone 4 with a black iPhone 4 in our Yonkers, NY, lab using high-quality calipers, we found they were both the same thickness (0.37 inches). This supports Apple's assertion that the devices are the same size.

Q&A: Changing The Functions Of A Mac’s F-Keys

J.d. Biersdorfer, New York Times

How Apps Stay On Top In The App Store

Josh Lowensohn, CNET

Time Inc., Apple Reach Deal On iPad Subscriptions

Steven Musil, CNET

Magazine publisher Time Inc. has reached a deal with Apple to make all of its iPad editions available for free to print subscribers, signaling a possible resolution to an impasse between Apple and publishers.

Preliminary White iPhone 4 Teardowns Reveal Modified Lens, Proximity Sensor

Josh Ong, AppleInsider

Early teardown images of Apple's white iPhone 4 appear to show a more recessed rear-facing camera lens and a slightly modified proximity sensor.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Objective-C's Niche: Why It Survives In A World Of Alternatives

Matt Gallagher, Cocoa With Love

Objective-C remains an impediment for many programmers coming to the Mac or iPhone platforms — few programmers have ever experienced it before learning Cocoa, forcing two learning curves at once for new Cocoa developers. How did Apple end up with such a weird language? And for a company known to replace CPU architectures and their entire operating system, why does Apple persist with Objective-C? The answer lies in the methods.

By Heng-Cheong Leong