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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Point Of iTunes' Skip Feature

Christopher Breen, Macworld

The Man Behind Sparrow Tells Us How He Made $350K, And Why Apple's Walled Garden Is Worth It

Ellis Hamburger, Business Insider

Automator Workflow Of The Month: Automatically Email A Weekly Schedule

Christopher Breen, Macworld

If you have a life crammed with meetings and places to be, it can be difficult for others to keep track of you. Sure, you can post your schedule online or scrawl it on a whiteboard at work, but sometimes it’s helpful to present those who want to know your whereabouts with a single email message that contains the details of your coming week. The same goes if you need to keep others informed of a carpool schedule or department meetings. With Apple's utility Automator you can easily create and distribute just such a message. Here’s how.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Code Editors For iPad: Textastic Vs. Koder

Ben Brooks, The Brooks Review

Apple Kills Financial Times App For In-App Subscription Non-Compliance

Jordan Golson, MacRumors

Apple has removed the Financial Times app from the App Store after the FT refused to acquiesce to Apple's updated guidelines regarding in-app subscriptions.

Jobs Made Apple Great By Ignoring Profit

Clayton Christensen And James Allworth, Reuters

As paradoxical as it is that the pursuit of profit is what causes the long-term failure of companies, I believe that Apple’s lack of focus on profitability has actually made it one of the most successful companies in the history of capitalism.

A Look At Apple's Handling Of Customer Emails To Executives As Tim Cook Takes Charge

Eric Slivka, MacRumors

“Shrine Of Apple” Wants To Photograph Every Apple Product Ever Made

Federico Viticci, MacStories

How To Arrange And Sort Files In Lion Finder

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

The three sorting tools do have three distinct functions: Arrange By lets you organize files into groups. The new Sort By option does much of what Arrange By did in the past. And Clean Up By is a kind of impermanent Sort By. But the three options aren’t always available in all Finder views. Sometimes you can combine them; sometimes you can’t. There are multiple ways of invoking them. In other words, they aren’t Apple’s smoothest bit of interface design. But here’s a rough guide to the way they work.

Adobe Releases CreatePDF For iOS

Federico Viticci, MacStories

According to Adobe, “CreatePDF brings the same high-quality PDF creation as Adobe Acrobat” to iOS devices, with PDF documents that look “exactly” like the original files they were generated from; the app uses Adobe’s online services for performance and quality, creating PDFs that preserve quality and accessibility standards with the inclusion of links, images, footnotes, and more.

New Lion Bug May Trouble Windows File Sharing

David Morgenstern, ZDNet

According to a reported bug, Apple Mac OS X Lion client and server have trouble with Windows Sharing for flies including extended attributes. The issue extends to Windows 7 and Windows XP.

Review: Perfect RSS Reader Brings The Full Google Reader Experience To The iPad

The Next Web

The Big Apple

David Galbraith

It would be a fitting cap to an illustrious career and the achievement of a long term goal that Fosters never quite pulled off (even if you include the Hearst Tower in NY) to re-import his quintessentially American style from Europe, repeating what Jonathan Ive did for product design under Jobs, and to produce something that becomes an American cultural landmark, something which Silicon Valley lacks.

The iPad Takes On Manufacturing

Beth Stackpole, Computerworld

Now the Apple iPad—and, to a lesser extent, emerging competitors in the burgeoning tablet market—are starting to pop up on the plant floor and in distribution centers and warehouses, promising to wring efficiencies and cost savings out of industrial operations by offering mobility and real-time data visibility to workers in manufacturing.

More Ways To Master Mission Control

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Once you enter Mission Control in Lion—either by swiping up with three or four fingers, hitting Control-Up arrow, clicking on the Dock icon, or any other means—there are a lot of secrets hiding away in Apple’s new mash-up of Exposé and Spaces.

Two Important Screen Sharing Changes In Lion

Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion’s marquee features hide some of the fine subtle changes to existing capabilities. A good case in point is Screen Sharing, the software and underlying service used to provide remote control and viewing of other computers on your local network or out on the Internet. One Lion-wide feature and one improvement in the Screen Sharing application make controlling remote Macs far more fluid.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Read Me: Four Social-media Sites For Bookworms

Serenity Caldwell, Macworld

Having recently gotten back into the “Read a Book a Week” habit, I figured I’d give these services a tour and see what exactly they have to offer readers—and if they’re better at enticing me to keep track of my page-count than the promise of an ice cream sundae.

Customized Core I7 Mac Mini Offers iMac-like Performance

Roman Loyola, Macworld

For general use, the BTO Mac mini can keep up with the 21.5-inch 2.5GHz Core i5 iMac. But the iMac fares better with software that can take advantage of multiple cores or graphic-intensive tasks.

How-to: Run New Media Center Software On Your Original Apple TV

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

You can actually watch all manner of other content on an old Apple TV if you're willing to tinker. The two most popular software interfaces are a version of Boxee and a version of XBMC, both designed for the original Apple TV. Here, I offer you a chronicle of my own experiences setting up these both solutions, and show you how to do the same.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Up In The Air

Michael Gartenberg, Macworld

Why Apple's smallest laptop leads the way to the future of the Mac.

Window-Dressing The West Village And MePa For #Irene: A Case Study

Eric's Posterous

Apple's bags are a handsome gray-green, hand-filled and -tied.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Mac Lion Blindly Accepts Any LDAP Password

Dan Goodin, The Register

People logging in to Macs running OS X 10.7, aka Lion, can access restricted resources using any password they want when the machines use a popular technology known as LDAP for authentication. Short for Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, LDAP servers frequently contain repositories of highly sensitive enterprise data, making them a goldmine to attackers trying to burrow their way in to sensitive networks.

Apple Closing NYC Retail Stores Ahead Of Hurricane Irene

Jordan Golson, MacRumors

Apple's New York City retail stores will be closing this weekend ahead of Hurricane Irene's possible landfall over the city.

Apple Pulls The Plug On TV Rentals

Peter Kafka, All Things D

Apple has completely removed customers’ ability to rent shows from iTunes; the remaining options are to buy individual episodes or in some cases a “Season Pass” for a year’s worth of shows.

“iTunes customers have shown they overwhelmingly prefer buying TV shows,” Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said. “iTunes in the Cloud lets customers download and watch their past TV purchases from their iOS devices, Apple TV, Mac or PC allowing them to enjoy their programming whenever and however they choose.”

Bugs & Fixes: Safari Web Content Maladies

Ted Landau, Macworld

If you’re running Safari 5.1, whether under Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Lion, there’s a good chance you’re not altogether pleased with how well it’s running. At least that’s the reaction I hear from many of my colleagues as well as what I see on numerous forum postings. From the myriad of reported Safari 5.1 issues, I’ve chosen to focus here on a pair of related problems.

Friday, August 26, 2011

3 Steps Get You To Distraction Free Tweeting

Alexis Kayhill, Mac360

Wren tweets but doesn’t follow your Twitter timeline, so you’re not distracted by those you follow. It’s outbound only.

Why I'm Not Committing To Lion -- Yet

Christopher Breen, Macworld

So, what it boils down to for me is this: What in Lion compels me to abandon what is currently a stable and functional version of the Mac OS? As a mouse-centric power user who’s tweaked his Mac to near-perfection, not enough.


Free Stuff For Teachers, Homeschoolers, And Students - 2011

Steve Wood, Educators' News

The Steve Jobs Moments I’ll Never Forget

Faruk Ateş

The iPad Is A Personal Computer—true Or False?

Ken Fisher, Ars Technica

I consider the iPad a PC because, in my view, a PC (Personal Computer) is just that: a personal computing device.

Why I Love Dropbox On My Mac


My Experience With Jobs And Apple

Allen Paltrow

The first NY apple store in Soho opening was probably the coolest thing that happened to me between the ages 6 and 12. For a while I would spend almost every weekend there. Every year for halloween I was a mac, and I made a habit of shaving the Apple logo into my head to celebrate every OS launch.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Tim Cook E-mails Apple Employees: "Apple Is Not Going To Change"

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

"I want you to be confident that Apple is not going to change. I cherish and celebrate Apple's unique principles and values. Steve built a company and culture that is unlike any other in the world and we are going to stay true to that—it is in our DNA. We are going to continue to make the best products in the world that delight our customers and make our employees incredibly proud of what they do."

Tim Cook: My First-person Impression Of Apple's New CEO

Michael Grothaus, TUAW

His look, his tone, the long pause was evidence enough that he genuinely gave thought to the concern I brought up. And that's the day I began to feel like more than just a replaceable part. I was one of the tens of thousands of integral parts of Apple and it was Tim Cook's raw leadership ability, confidence, and subtle charisma that made me realize that.

Jobs Has Lighted Our Way

Yalım K. Gerger

No matter how many billions of dollars they made, Gates, Dell, Page and Brin were not able to get a penny from my father. Steve Jobs sold my father an iPad for $499, a cover for $69, and an app for $0.99.

Steve Jobs found a way through my father’s stubbornness, resistance and denial. He showed us the path. And for that I am thankful…

Steve Jobs’ Magnum Opus

Mark Bao

Steve Jobs’ magnum opus—his life’s great work—will be not just Apple, but creating an Apple that will continue to revolutionize without him.

Apple Turns To Tim Cook To Replace Steve Jobs

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Apple's newest CEO has a tough act to follow. But in turning to chief operating officer Tim Cook to replace Steve Jobs in the wake of the latter’s resignation Wednesday, Apple's board of directors has chosen a familiar face with a proven track record with the company.

Strolling Artists, Bearing iPhones

Todd Lappin, New York Times

The growth of iPhotography has been fueled by the thousands of inexpensive photography apps offered on Apple’s App Store.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Steve Jobs's Resignation Letter


I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

Steve Jobs Resigns As Apple CEO


Steve Jobs has resigned as Apple CEO, according to documents posted by Apple to Business Wire. Jobs has recommended that Apple COO Tim Cook be named CEO, according to the Apple press release.

Apple Issues Updates For Boot Camp, iMac Graphics Firmware

Lauren Crabbe, Macworld

Word Breaks For Nerds

Daniel Jalkut, Red Sweater

Starting in Lion, Apple fine-tuned the behavior by changing the definition of what constitutes a word delimiter for option-arrow navigation. While it used to stop on e.g. period-separated words, now it considers such chains.of.words to be a single “word.”

Motion FX Uses Lion To Add Video Effects In Real Time

Joel Mathis, Macwold

Autodesk on Wednesday launched a new video-effects application for Macs, one that uses the face-tracking technology of OS X Lion to create exotic images using your computer’s camera.

Q&A: Making Apple’s New Mail Program Look Old Again

J.d. Biersdorfer, New York Times

Favorite Text-expansion Tricks

Dan Frakes And Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

Cut keystrokes and save time by letting these utilities do the work for you.

In Praise Of The iPod Classic

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

For those who simply want to listen to music, the iPod classic is ideal; in fact, it’s the only device that offers decent capacity at an affordable price.

Apple Releases Epson 2.8 Printer Driver Update

Serenity Caldwell, Macworld

AirPlay Credited With Winning Apple Movie Market Share In iTunes

Daniel Eran Dilger, AppleInsider

Apple has resumed growth among online movie stores after spurt of competition blunted its market share last year, a recovery credited in part to the company's new AirTunes mobile integration feature.

Apple Finally Updates OS X Lion On Mac App Store To 10.7.1

Eric Slivka, MacRumors

Launchpad-Control 1.3

Dan Frakes, Macworld

This simple utility, which operates as a System Preferences pane, displays a list of all Launchpad-eligible applications (essentially, anything located in /Applications or ~/Applications), as well as any folders that either exist inside the Applications folders or that you’ve created within Launchpad. Next to each program or folder is a checkbox—if the box is checked, the application appears in Launchpad. Uncheck the boxes next to the programs you want to exclude from Launchpad, click Apply, and the Dock (which handles part of Launchpad’s functionality) relaunches as your changes are applied.

United Puts iPads In Cockpits For 'Paperless Flight Deck'

Joel Mathis, Macworld

United Airlines is joining the “paperless flight deck” revolution, announcing Tuesday that it is distributing 11,000 iPads to United and Continental pilots to replace bulky paper navigation charts in the cockpit.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Lion, Time Machine, And The Death Of The iPhoto Interface

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Open Finder Folder In Terminal

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Q&A: Updating An Apple TV

J.d. Biersdorfer, New York Times

If the box itself does not prompt you to install an update, you can manually check to see if there is new software available. You just need to make sure the Apple TV is on and connected to the Internet.

Why Hibernate Or 'Safe Sleep' Mode Is No Longer Necessary In OS X Lion

Chris Rawson, TUAW

What I Learned At The Apple Store Today

Ted Landau, Slanted Viewpoint

So…if you want a Lion USB thumb drive…make one yourself from the Mac App Store download of Lion. Not only will you save money, you’ll bypass the limitation on using Recovery HD.

Testing IE6, 7, 8 And 9 On Mac OS X

Derek Kwok

This is a Free and Legal method to test various versions of Internet Explorer on an Intel Based Mac.

A Month Of OS X 10.7, Lion: Not Bad — Good In Parts

Graham K. Rogers, Amitiae

Day to day, I find that working with Lion has not greatly affected my output with one or two exceptions, particularly the use of resource-heavy software. Safari has now entered that category and occasionally we are left twiddlling thumbs while things sort themselves out. Or not. Aperture 3 has always been a drag since its release, unlike version 2, and as it was a slow performer in Snow Leopard, it remains so in Lion: it is neither better nor worse.

I used to pride myself that I never restarted my Macs apart from when a software update needed this and they would be running for months: my iMac ran for over a year without a need for a restart. With Lion I have been resorting to the restart as a matter of course. This brings it back to life with a spring in its step for a day or so, then bit by bit fatigue sets in once more.

Apple Updates iTunes To 10.4.1

Serenity Caldwell, Macworld

Apple And The Accessibility Factor

Austin Leeds, Low End Mac

Monday, August 22, 2011

Glassboard Takes Social Networking Private

Dan Moren, Macworld

Sepia Labs’s new iPhone app, Glassboard, is aimed at giving users the ability to share information with just certain people.

Techspansion Releases Free VisualHub Updater For Lion

Lex Friedman, Macworld

A strange chapter in the history of Techspansion’s long-ago-retired video conversion tool VisualHub is now drawing to a close with the release of a free update straight from the developer.

First Look: Adobe's Muse Code-free Website Designer

Adam Berenstain, Macworld

Many applications let you create websites with little or no coding, but Adobe is betting print professionals are ready for one more. Adobe’s new Web design program, code-named Muse, lets users take advantage of their familiarity with InDesign to build entire sites as easily as they might create brochures. But while Muse transports the page-layout paradigm to the Web intact, it offers features that establish it as an exciting new tool for making sophisticated, interactive sites.

How To Speed Up An Aging MacBook With A Solid State Drive

Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Depending on the age of your machine and in some cases BTO drive options, the amount of the speedup will vary. Still, even our old original Intel MacBook—which, as we'll explain later, actually represents a worst case scenario—went from just barely usable to actually productive in just a few hours. Here, we'll tell you how to perform the same upgrade.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

iPad Stands Take Center Stage

Chandra Steele, PC Magazine

Due to their much-lauded portability, iPads pack a busy schedule and constantly travel. But because of their fragility, they need a safe place to land. Cue the iPad stand.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Birth Of The iRestaurant

Dave Smith, Inc

Running a restaurant has never been easier, thanks to the iPad. De Santos is the first in New York to run its restaurant completely off Apple's tablets.

Get More From The OS X Menu Bar

Josh Sunshine, GigaOM

The menu bar in OS X doesn’t just contain the menus for the application you’re currently using; it can also hold all sorts of helpful extras that can be accessed from any application with just one click. Here are a few of those extras, plus some handy tips for use in the menu bar.

Apple Sneaks A Big Change Into iOS 5: Phasing Out Developer Access To The UDID

Erick Schonfeld, TechCrunch

Apple notes that it will be phasing out access to the unique device identifier, or UDID, on iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads.

App publishers are now supposed to create their own unique identifiers to keep track of users going forward, which means they may have to throw all of their historical user data out the window and start from scratch.

Bugs & Fixes: How Best To Restore An OS X Lion Drive

Ted Landau, Macworld

With the arrival of Lion, figuring out the best way to be prepared for a restore of your drive requires more planning than ever before. Some simplification may come with later updates to Lion. Until then, I highly recommend that you review all of the options covered here and determine which one(s) work best for you. Do it before trouble knocks on your front door.

Scroll Reverser 1.4.2

Dan Frakes, Macworld

For some people, it just may be the thing that finally gets them using Lion's new scrolling—at least on some of their input devices.

Review: DevonThink Pro Office 2.2.1 Helps Manage Your Data

Brendan Wilhide, Macworld

While it may take some time to learn how to unleash DevonThink’s powerful potential, the time can be worth it for users interested in truly taking the paperless plunge in their offices.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Evernote Acquires Skitch, Will Offer It Free

Jordan Golson, MacRumors

Skitch is now free on the Mac App Store.

Apple, It’s Time To Block iOS 5 Beta Users From Reviewing Apps

Greg Kumparak, TechCrunch

The message was simple: if you’re not a developer, but you’ve ignored the warning signs and finagled your way into the pre-release iOS 5 betas, you need to stop. Why? Because people are crushing developers with horribly unfair reviews, sinking their oh-so-important ratings because of bugs they couldn’t possibly have prepared for.

Apple Mac Mini Review: An Updated Box Of Tricks That Is Faster, Cheaper And More Tempting Than Before

Darien Graham-Smith, PC Authority

Apple's Online Store Gets Social Links Amid Server Troubles

Josh Ong, AppleInsider

Apple added new share on Facebook and Twitter links to its online store amid server woes that caused intermittent downtime on Wednesday.

VisualHub Will Receive Official Lion Update

Dan Moren, Macworld

Kagi CEO Kee Nethery said that Techspansion would be producing its own free updater, which will be available to customers by mid-September.

How to Fax in Lion

Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

62 Things You Can Do With Dropbox


Between our forums and email, we received nearly 250 suggestions. We sorted through them and then boiled them down to our 60 favorites.

Subtle Irritations In Lion


Our goal is to call out subtle aspects of Lion that feel as though they’re making us — and many other long-time Mac users — less productive on our Macs. Our hope is that Apple will revisit the discussions that resulted in these changes to Lion and reevaluate how they affect not just usability for new customers, but productivity for loyal Mac users who live and die by their Macs.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

How To Handle 6,000 Vacation Pictures

Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle

Software Update Versus The Mac App Store

Ben Brooks, The Brooks Review

When A Cloud Service Vanishes: How To Protect Your Data

Serdar Yegulalp, Computerworld

The Web services that we entrust with our data can—and do—vanish. And when that happens, you need to have a plan. In the following pages, I'll take a look at some cases where user data was lost or endangered, how the companies (and their users) handled the situation, and what you can do to keep your own information safe.

Jonathan Ive, Designer, Apple

Michael Agger, Slate

Ive's primary concern for physicality, and his perfectionist desire to think through every aspect of the manufacturing process (even the boring parts), were the exact gifts needed to make a singular product like the iPhone a reality and to guide Apple products through a new era of human-computer interaction.

Apple, Starbucks Team Up To Give Away Free iPhone Apps

Chris Smith, AppleInsider

Apple and Starbucks have partnered to include giveaways of paid iPhone applications in the "Pick of the Week" promotional program, which previously offered iTunes music tracks to in-store customers of the coffee chain.

A Year Traveling With The iPad

Everything Everywhere

There is an argument to be made for the iPad being the greatest travel gadget ever made. Its portability and versatility are unrivaled in any other device I can think of.

If you are going on an extended trip and are not worried about writing long articles, then you might just be better off taking an iPad over a laptop. If you are only traveling for short periods of time, such as a weekend, you might be better off with just an iPad.

'Lion' Server Falls Short

P. J. Connolly, eWeek

The Lion Server’s management tools are a hodgepodge; some utilities such as the Podcast Composer or the Xgrid and Xsan management utilities are single-purpose tools, while others—such as the Server and Server Admin—overlap functions to a degree that can be confusing.

Q&A: The iPad Way To Undo

J.d. Biersdorfer, New York Times

Hold the iPad firmly with both hands (please) and carefully give it a quick shake.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Apple Releases 10.7.1 Lion Update

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Apple says that the update includes general updates for improved stability, and calls out a few specific bug fixes.

Kagi Sparks Controversy With $5 VisualHub Lion Update

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Kagi, a popular payment processor for independent software developers, recently began selling a $5 Lion-compatibility patch for the discontinued-in-2008 VisualHub video converter that the original software’s developer says he didn’t authorize—and isn’t getting paid for. Kagi defends the move, arguing that it’s merely helping less tech-savvy customers that the developer abandoned.

See Also: John Gruber, Daring Fireball: To be clear, I don’t think Kagi stole anything, or ripped anything or anyone off. (Arguably, perhaps, they shouldn’t have treated the customer list for VisualHub as theirs, though.) Their mistake, to my eyes, is betraying the trust of the developers who use their payment services.

How AirDrop Makes File-sharing Simple

Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

Computers connecting via AirDrop don’t have to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. They don’t require an ad hoc network or software base station. AirDrop bypasses all that.

Playing Nice With GarageBand For iPad

James Galbraith, Macworld

Musical newbies aren’t the only ones interested in using the $5 app, however. GarageBand for iPad appeals to seasoned musicians, too. And those with significant investments in recording equipment may be wondering which, if any, of their existing gear will work with the portable version of GarageBand. I decided to grab my trusty iPad, my iPad camera connection kit, and powered USB hub and plug in whatever I had around to see what would work.

Apple Starts Selling $69 OS X Lion USB Thumb Drive

Arnold Kim, MacRumors

Apple has started selling the OS X Lion USB Thumb Drive, intended for users without a broadband connection.

QuickPick Pulled From App Store


It’s safe to say everyone loses here: Seth, his customers, Apple and Apple’s developers.

Creating Media-Savvy Journalists With Mac


MacBook Pro helps students at the Missouri School of Journalism effectively learn and practice the skills of modern journalism, including reporting, writing, and editing in different media. And it allows faculty to focus on teaching journalism — rather than managing technology.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Lion Security: Building On The iOS Foundation

Rich Mogull, TidBITS

In the end, Lion is significantly more secure than Snow Leopard even without the Mac App Store ecosystem. Combine the two, and we can see a future where we have security options never before available to consumers, and, more important, where security is an integral part of the overall ecosystem such that even those who know nothing about security are well protected.

Motorola Litigation Against Apple Will Continue, Despite Google Deal

Neil Hughes, AppleInsider

Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility will not affect Motorola's patent-related lawsuits against Apple, as the search company revealed on Monday it has no plans to rescind those legal complaints.

Is Your Printer Compatible With Lion?

Marco Tabini, Macworld

How To Learn To Use Gestures In Lion

Dan Miller, Macworld

But if Lion is any measure, gestures are becoming an important part of OS X; someday, they might replace the mouse entirely. So Lion's launch is a perfect opportunity to make the switch—or, at minimum, to become conversant in this interactive language. And even if swiping and tapping on a trackpad is already familiar to you, you’ll still need to adjust to Lion’s new vocabulary. Here are some tips for doing both.

HootSuite Review

Karl Hodge, Macworld UK

Tools for managing social media don’t come easier to use or more comprehensive.

Apple OKs Cinemax App, Despite Anti-porn Policy

Steven Musil, CNET

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Next To Go...

Andy Ihnatko, Macworld

I look at my MacBook Pro and I wonder what other hardware features Apple could delete from it in the coming years.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Apple's Unibody Advantage

The Small Wave

The cost for Apple to implement this new method may have been enormous (Apple spoke of a product transition coming that quarter leading to lower margins), but look at the dividends it's paying now. It isn't just the reduction in parts, but the corresponding reduction in supplier deals, manufacturing costs, and failures and rejects. Then there's the increased quality that comes with a single, solid part.

Serendipitous Extras Make Mac Lion A Cool Cat

Jeff Carlson, Seattle Times

A major operating-system release is filled with all sorts of changes beyond the handful of features a company advertises to catch your interest. In the case of Mac OS X Lion, I keep running into little surprising details.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Bugs & Fixes: Lion Compatibility Problems Continue

Ted Landau, Macworld

Apple Updates Anti-Malware Definitions To Address Fake Flash Player Trojan

Eric Slivka, MacRumors

As detailed by F-Secure, the trojan known as "OSX.QHost.WB.A" masquerades as a Flash Player installer but actually adds entries to a computer's hosts file to redirect users attempting to visit certain Google sites.

Apple's 13-in. MacBook Air: All This Style And Speed, Too

Ken Mingis, Computerworld

I'm not going to hem and haw: As far as I'm concerned, Apple's new 13-in. MacBook Air is just about perfect.

Apple Deleted A Galaxy

Maggie Koerth-Baker, Boing Boing

MindManager 9 For Mac Review

Alan Stonebridge, Macworld UK

MindManager 9 smooths the task of modelling projects and processes as mind maps with simple but useful new features. Foremost is the Quick Entry palette, which shoves all concern about a map’s structure aside in favour of brainstorming keywords and phrases at the earliest stage.

Review: ScreenFlow 3, The Power To Publish Training Videos, Presentations, And Screencasts

Erik Vlietinck, IT.Enquirer

ScreenFlow, the first really powerful screen recording software for the Mac is being upgraded to version 3 by Telestream. The new version sports a number of improvements that turn ScreenFlow 3 in an absolute winner in this market, but I also found a couple of bugs that need to be ironed out.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Sparrow 1.3.1

Nathan Alderman, Macworld

Light, fleet, and beautiful to behold, the email app dubbed Sparrow lives up to its name. Free from extraneous features, Sparrow does nothing but IMAP-based email in an efficient and elegant fashion.

Forget Fancy Formatting: Why Plain Text Is Best

David Sparks, Macworld

How Much iCloud Storage Will You Need?

Josh Lowensohn, CNET

Make Safari Find Substring Matches By Default


Now by default in Safari 5.1, when you hit Command-F and type in a word, Safari will match words that “Start with” your search item.

Maya 2012 Review

Mike De La Flor, Macworld UK

Still cutting edge with improved character animation and hyper-realistic dynamics.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Apple Releases Migration Assistant Update For Mac OS X Leopard

Eric Slivka, MacRumors

Hands On With Lion Recovery Disk Assistant

Dan Frakes, Macworld

Gizmodo Cleared As Charges Finally Brought In Lost Prototype iPhone 4 Case

Eric Slivka, MacRumors

Hands-on With Kindle Cloud Reader: Can It Replace A Native iPad App?

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Apart from the inclusion of the built-in Kindle Store, users have little reason to use Cloud Reader on a smartphone or a tablet over a native app. The store is the Web app's major highlight, and I can see people using Cloud Reader to buy content more than actually reading the content there. For reading, I still prefer either the native iPad app or the Kindle hardware itself, but the availability of the Web app does make it easy to read from anywhere. I don't believe Amazon will ditch its apps for iOS or Android, either—users like options, after all, and the experience is a bit more smooth—but Amazon has clearly seen the benefits of using the Web to get around app store rules.

Limit Your Kids' Internet Access

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Back Up Your iTunes Media Files

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

Coders Choosing Mac OS Over Linux Environment

Dave Rosenberg, CNET

Apple's Mac operating system has surpassed Linux in popularity as a development environment in North America, according to an Evans Data survey.

Ars Reviews The 2011 Mac Mini As An HTPC

Ryan Paul, Ars Technica

In short, the new Mac mini is a strong update that brings a lot more credibility to Apple's entry-level Mac. The decent performance, compact form factor, and minimal energy consumption add up to make the mini a winner.

Tweet Marker Shows Twitter Client Developers Still Innovating

Dan Moren, Macworld

Todo For Mac Manages And Syncs Your Tasks

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

If you manage complex projects, a program such as OmniFocus is probably a better, though more expensive, choice—Todo’s limitations make it impractical for complex projects. But if your needs are somewhere in between complex project management and simple lists, Todo is a fine program. Its limitations won’t affect most users, though I’d like to see better documentation and font and style options.

The Growing User And The Perennial Beginner

Lukas Mathis, Ignore The Code

How you balance simplicity and depth depends on who you want your audience to be.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Apple Reveals Fifth Avenue Cube Plans: Larger, Seamless Glass Panes

Eric Slivka, MacRumors

"We're simplifying the Fifth Avenue cube. By using larger, seamless pieces of glass, we're using just 15 panes instead of 90."

Tame Lion’s Mail

Joe Kissell, Macworld

Some of these new or revised features behave in ways one might not expect, but with a few key pieces of information you’ll be ready to use them to their full potential.

MacBook Air SSD Benchmarks: 2010 Vs 2011 Vs Lion Encryption

The Practice Of Code

So the jump from the 2010 MacBook Air Toshiba to the 2011 MacBook Air Samsung is pretty sizable (almost 65% faster at random tests). The dip in performance from Lion FileVault is also not insignificant (up to 14% in random tests).

Take More Control Of Mission Control

Lex Friedman, Macworld

If you found Spaces too confusing or too much trouble in Snow Leopard, you should give virtual desktops another try in Lion. Mission Control combines features of Spaces and Exposé and makes them way more usable. A trio of Hints readers have offered up some tips that make Mission Control easier to work with—which could make you more productive.

Quark Sold To Merger And Acquisition Company

Jackie Dove, Macworld

Quark, developer of the desktop publishing software QuarkXPress, has been acquired by Platinum Equity, a Los Angeles merger and acquisition company, for an undisclosed sum.

The Waste Land iPad App Earns Back Its Costs In Six Weeks On The App Store

Stuart Dredge, The Guardian

Faber and Touch Press released their iPad app for T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land in early June, and saw it rise up the App Store charts fuelled by acclaim from the literary and technology press, as well as featured placement from Apple. So how has it done since? Rather well, according to head of Faber Digital Henry Volans.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Apple Releases Lion Recovery Disk Assistant

Jonathan Seff, Macwold

On Monday, Apple released Lion Recovery Disk Assistant, a tool that lets you fix a Mac with a corrupted or dead hard drive by creating a Lion Recovery volume on an external hard drive or USB stick.

Apple Updates Logic 9 Express, Pro

Jonathan Seff, Macworld

The Educational iMac: Too Much, Too Late

Christopher Breen, Macworld

But that this iMac is the last of its line—a computer designed for an inefficient learning environment. In the future Apple will push portable in the form of less-expensive laptops and iPads as the way computing devices can really help contribute to education.

The Workings Of A Stationery Pad

Christopher Breen, Macworld

It’s a way of creating a template document.

Skype 5.3 Brings HD Video Calling, Lion Support

Dan Moren, Macworld

The iShine

Devir Kahan

If you are an app developer or icon designer for an app developer, ditch the shine. The shine just flat out makes icons look terrible. And I find this all rather funny as Apple really did this in the first place to make icons look nicer.

Apple MacBook Air - Excellent Performance And Portability

Ross Catanzariti, ARN

Apple's latest MacBook Air may look virtually identical to the previous model, but it's under the hood that most of its improvements lie. Faster Intel Core i5 and optional Core i7 processors gives Apple's ultra portable notebook a huge performance boost. The Air is still an expensive proposition on the whole, but the extra grunt combined with a thin and light design, fast, flash-based storage, and excellent battery life make it a worthy option for road warriors.

Hype 1.0.3 Lets You Create HTML 5 Animations Without Coding

Adam Berenstain, Macworld

With Tumult’s Hype 1.0.3, you can create interactive HTML 5 animations without typing a single line of code. It’s simple enough to use that even novices will get great-looking results quickly, although there’s room for improvement. Limited design tools and an inflexible interface can interfere with building complex projects.

Apple Unveils $999 Education-only iMac

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Apple on Monday unveiled a new, $999 “education only” 21.5-inch iMac. The new iMac—which is available only to authorized education purchasers, not educational customers buying through Apple's public-facing education store, is cheaper but less powerful than the $1200 base 21.5-inch iMac offered to all consumers.

Review: Mac Mini 2011

Sanjiv Sathiah, Electronista

Our view is based mostly on the addition of the discrete graphics card in the 2.5GHz edition, which turns it into more of a 'grown up' system that can handle more than just the basics. The Mac mini is a well-built and distinctive system, and a good gateway into the Mac universe if you're a typical Windows user. The only real hitch is that it isn't meant for everyone.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Coming To Brevard Classrooms Near You: The iPad

Michelle Spitzer, Florida Today

Pssst. Wanna Know About The New Apple Store?

New York Times

The best thing for everyone, Apple included, is public access to plans before projects are built, not after.

Reeder: Reinventing The Way We Use RSS Readers


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Apple Continues To Marginalize The Mac Pro

Gene Steinberg, Tech Night Owl

Friday, August 5, 2011

Lion Is A Quitter

Matt Neuburg, TidBITS

Moreover, there’s a larger question at stake: Who, precisely, is in charge? I think it should be me, but Lion disagrees — and not in this respect alone. Automatic Termination is merely one aspect of an overall “nanny state” philosophy characteristic of Lion, and which I find objectionable. When I tell an application to run, I mean it to run, until I tell it to quit; Lion thinks it knows better, and terminates the application for me.

Bugs & Fixes: Troubleshooting Installing Mac OS X Lion

Ted Landau, Macworld

How To Encrypt An External Hard Drive In Lion

Roman Loyola, Macworld

FileVault 2 not onlyencrypts your Mac’s internal drive, but it can also encrypt external drives. Interested in securing your data? We’ll take you through the steps here.

Sandvox 2.1.6 Helps Build Sophisticated Websites

Adam Berenstain, Macworld

If you want a simple way to create attractive interactive websites, Karelia Software’s Sandvox 2.1.4 may be the ticket. Its template-based WYSIWYG tools make building sophisticated pages a snap. But this convenience comes with limited design options that might vex users expecting to create truly unique-looking sites.

The Web, Apple, NeXT And The Evolution Of Search

Jonny Evans, Computerworld

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Lion Install Borked? Apple Giving Free Lion USB Sticks To Some

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Lion users who run into disk trouble may be able to get a USB recovery drive with a Lion installer for free from AppleCare—if a tech support person decides that the situation qualifies. Apple sent out an internal memo to AppleCare and Apple Store employees earlier this week that USB flash drives with Lion are now available to give to qualifying customers, though the customer has to have explored other options first.

Less Code, Less Effort

Brent Simmons, Inessential

Here are a few things I’ve been doing lately to write better code, and less code, with less effort.

Apple Releases Xcode 4.1.1 Via Mac App Store To Address Installation Alert Issue

Eric Slivka, MacRumors

Apple today addressed that confusing behavior with the release of Xcode 4.1.1 through the Mac App Store, a small delta update that removes the installation alert that has been causing problems for users. Users who have already successfully installed Xcode 4.1 do not need to install the updated version.

Sandy Bridge And Thunderbolt Make It Worth That Mac Upgrade

Andy Ihnatko, Chicago Sun-Times

When you prepare to lay out a grand or two for a new Mac, you’re hoping for a transformative experience. Sandy Bridge and Thunderbolt do for the Mac in 2011 what a flux capacitor and a Mr. Fusion machine did for a DeLorean in “Back To The Future.”

How To Import Photos Into Aperture 3

Derrick Story, Macworld

ImageXY Makes Resizing Images Quick And Easy

Dan Frakes, Macworld

If you need to edit or process your images, you’ll want a full-featured image editor such as Acorn or Photoshop. But for frequent resizing tasks, ImageXY is quick to launch, easy to use, and fast to finish.

AT&T To Revoke Unlimited Data Plans From Jailbreaking iPhone Tetherers

Casey Johnston, Ars Technica

Apple Continues To Upset The High Price Myth

Gene Steinberg, Tech Night Owl

Syncing PDFs With The iPad

Jason Snell, Macworld

Five Favorite Text-selection Tips

Sharon Zardetto, Macworld

A Dashboard For Your Body

Farhad Manjoo, New York Times

Why I Develop For iOS

Chris Eidhof

On Mac and iOS, there has always been a culture of quality. Applications are very polished, and you can see that developers really put effort into building their products. This is a lot of fun and very inspiring for a developer. It pushes you to raise the bar and have higher standards. The defaults provided by Apple are very high quality too, which means it’s easy to build something that works and looks good.

The Power Of Plist

Daniel Jalkut, Red Sweater

Does The Mac Have An Edge Against State-sponsored Hacking?

Robert McMillan, IDG News Service

Their conclusion: Macs provide good protection against the initial phases of the attack, but once the bad guys are on the network, it’s a whole different story. “They’re pretty good for [protecting from] remote exploitation,” Stamos said. “[But] once you install OS X server you’re toast.”

The problem is that many of Apple’s server protocols—mDNS, Apple Remote Desktop, the Mac Kerberos authentication, for example—use weak authentication models that give the attackers ways of getting access to parts of the network that should be blocked. “Every password-based authentication mechanism in OS X has problems,” Stamos said.

Apple Updates QuickTime Security For Leopard, Windows

Philip Michaels, Macworld

QuickTime 7.7 for Leopard is solely a security update. Apple provides few details about specific issues addressed by the 68.85MB download in its release notes, but it promises information “on the security content of this update” for users who want to dig into this support document.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Manage Your Money In Lion -- Without Quicken

Jeffery Battersby, Macworld

How do you manage your personal finances if Quicken won’t work with Lion? Fortunately there are several alternatives to help you keep tabs on your cash flow.

How To Convert Audio And Video Files For Free

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Guts And Glory: A Review Of The MacBook Air

Shawn Blanc

After using the 13-inch MacBook Air for almost two weeks, it has been difficult to pinpoint exactly what it is about this laptop that makes it so great. I don’t think it’s so much in what the Air is, but rather what it is not — or rather, what it doesn’t have. The Air doesn’t have an optical drive, it doesn’t have many ports, it doesn’t have a removable battery, and it doesn’t have much weight.

It’s the subtraction of all these things that adds up to make the Air such an attractive and incredible computer.

New Mac Minis Deliver Serious Performance

Dan Frakes, Macworld

Without an optical drive, the 2011 mini may not be quite as versatile, but Core i5 processors mean that, for the first time, the mini is a serious performer—nearly twice as fast as its predecessor and comparable to some of Apple’s latest MacBook Pro models. And with FireWire 800, Thunderbolt, and a reasonably accessible hard drive, even good storage performance is an option. Of course, it’s also great to see Apple bring the price back down to $599.

On the other hand, those who need great graphics performance won’t find it here, and the loss of an optical drive is likely to scare off some buyers, especially those looking to use the Mac mini as part of a home-media center (though the lack of a Blu-ray option anywhere in Apple’s product line already made this a moot point for some).

Apple's Money

I, Cringely

In an era where interest rates on idling cash are averaging one percent, Apple is using its cash to get 15-20 percent discounts on parts. That’s exactly like earning a 15-20 percent interest rate.

Thunder In The Air: Ars Reviews The Mid-2011 MacBook Air

Iljitsch Van Beijnum, Ars Technica

The higher quality screen with its higher resolution is often a joy to use. The keyboard was already very good and regains the highly desirable backlighting. The size and weight are a revelation. The SSD is amazing, the CPU capable, the GPU adequate. Battery life can be good, but it can also trend towards mediocre if you let too many applications run in the background.

Red, Delicious, And Rotten

Christina Larson, Foreign Policy

The result is that Apple's image in China now emphasizes not rebellion, but luxury -- or as Wolf puts it, "exclusivity." Its gorgeous glass-walled stores are located next to high-end clothing boutiques like Armani, Versace, and BMW Lifestyle. Apple is seen as the choice of "top white-collar professionals," as stylish 30-something Lily Ou told me, glancing up from a row of brightly colored iPhone cases at Beijing's Sanlitun Apple Store. Ou is a sales manager for an international food distributor. "I like to show off my Apple identity," she said.

Apple Revises "What Makes An iPhone An iPhone" Ads

Jordan Golson, MacRumors

The new ones are much friendlier, telling viewers about iPhone features and noting they are "just one more thing that makes an iPhone an iPhone."

Apple's iCloud Vs. The Data Caps

Sascha Segan, PC Magazine

I'd also like to see Apple and Google starting to include more data-optimization technologies, like Opera and BlackBerry use to shrink Web pages and other Internet content. If we're in for an era of data scarcity, I'd rather sip data than not be able to use it at all.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

CleanHaven Pro Makes It Easy To Clean Up Messy Text

Dan Miller, Macworld

The main appeal of CleanHaven is its straightforward simplicity: You’d likely be able to use all of the program’s features right away, without any tutoring or help.

Will OS X Lion Roar In The Enterprise?

Ryan Faas, Computerworld

Here’s a look at how Lion will affect the existing processes at those organizations and what companies considering a big Mac investment should keep in mind.

Skype Releases iPad Native Client

Dan Moren, Macworld

Adjust Your Locked iPhone's Volume

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Apple Posts New iCloud Login Page As A Revamped MobileMe,

Daniel Eran Dilger, AppleInsider

Apple has posted a not yet fully functional login page for its new iCloud service, representing a revamped version of its existing Mail, Contacts, Calendar and Find My iPhone MobileMe apps as well as newly integrating the document sharing features of

iCloud Storage Upgrade Pricing Announced

Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS

Adding 10 GB, 20 GB, and 50 GB of iCloud space (for totals of 15, 25, and 55 GB) costs $20, $40, and $100 per year, respectively.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Core I5 MacBook Airs Approach Perfection

Jason Snell, Macworld

At just a hair below three pounds, the 13-inch MacBook Air will probably hit the sweet spot for users accustomed to larger computer screens. But for my money, the 11-inch Air is the real winner here. At $999, it's now holding down the low-price end of the Apple laptop market. It will almost certainly be the laptop of choice for students, and they'll love its light weight and small size.

Review: Sparrow

Ben Brooks, The Brook Review

Invisible Scrollbars

Lukas Mathis, Ignore The Code

Apple TV Now Streams Purchased TV Shows, Vimeo Videos

Jonathan Seff, Macworld

Owners of the second-generation Apple TV can now stream previously purchased TV shows directly from the iTunes Store, as well as watch videos from the popular video-hosting site Vimeo, thanks to a software update released on Monday.

iOS Devs Put Out A Call To Unite Against Lodsys, Other Patent Trolls

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

On Monday, renowned iOS developer Mike Lee announced the Appsterdam Legal Defense Team, which will be made up of indie developers fighting patent trolls as a single unit and funded by contributions from participating companies. The goal, aside from the obvious one of being free from frivolous patent lawsuits, is to become "the ants of East Texas, minding their business until someone invades their anthill."

Adobe Unveils Edge Motion And Interaction Design Tool

Jackie Dove, Macworld

Adobe has unveiled Edge, a new motion and interaction design tool that lets creative pros build Flash-style animated Web content using HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. It is available now as a free public preview release from Adobe Labs.

By Heng-Cheong Leong