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Saturday, December 31, 2011

XCode 4 Ships A Buggy Compiler

Hongli Lai, Phusion

It is unfortunate that we have to declare OS X’s default compiler as being broken. We do not recommend its use.

Manage Clipboard History In Mac OS X With ClipMenu

OS X Daily

App Developers Skirt Apple's Limits With Work-Arounds

Jessica E Vascellaro, Wall Street Journal

The cat-and-mouse game between the Bay Area's legion of mobile developers and app kingmaker Apple Inc. is heating up.

Apple's Jonathan Ive Gets Knighthood In Honours List


Mr Ive, who can now style himself Sir Jonathan, has been made a Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE).

iOS Developers Go Into 2012 Still Battling Patent Troll Lodsys

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

We may not have heard much about patent licensing firm Lodsys in recent months, but independent app developers are still working together to fight the patent bully. The Appsterdam Legal Defense team—a growing group of iOS developers pooling their ideas and resources to fight back against Lodsys—has continued to take steps to protect themselves from the kind of litigation brought by Lodsys and its apparent parent company Intellectual Ventures since they formed in August. But although progress has been made over the last five months, there's still a long way to go before indie devs feel protected.

Text-analysis Tools Highlight Phraseology iOS Text Editor

Dan Frakes, Macworld

Favorite Mac Gems Of 2011

Dan Frakes, Macworld

From managing windows to opening apps, from tweaking Lion to perfecting photos, these inexpensive applications and add-ons will help you get the most out of your Mac without blowing your budget.

Friday, December 30, 2011

iPhone Siri Software Tells Boy, 12, To 'Shut Up' In Tesco

The Telegraph

Charlie Le Quesne was trying out the iPhone 4S at a Tesco store in Coventry when it told him: "Shut the f*** up, you ugly t***."

Someone had entered the obscene seven-word phrase as the user's name, so the phone blurted it out when it answered a question.

Mac Mini With Lion Server Ideal For SOHO And SMB

John C. Welch, Macworld

The Mac mini with Lion Server is a real improvement on an already solid performer. In its target market (companies with up to 200 users), it is an outstanding performer and is also a capable utility server in a wide range of usage needs. The Mac mini server is not a good choice if you need hot-swappable components or redundant power supplies in a single box, but the Mac mini server’s cost allows you to achieve redundancy in other ways. While the standard configuration is an attractive setup, consider paying the extra money for SSDs, since they add considerable performance for the price.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hands On: Airfoil To The Rescue For Streaming From Mac To Apple TV

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Apple May Hurt Shareholders With Patent War

Peter Burrows, Bloomberg

Now, as rulings start coming in, it might be time for a détente that helps Apple maximize the value of its patents, said Kevin Rivette, a managing partner at 3LP Advisors LLC, a firm that advises on intellectual property. When courts side with Apple and impose bans on infringing products, competitors can often devise workarounds; in cases where Apple doesn’t win import restrictions, it would be better off striking settlements that ensure access to a competitor’s innovation, he said.

So You Were Given A Tablet. Now What?

Dwight Silverman, Houston Chronicle

If you want to protect your new prize and get the most out of it, there are some other things you'll want to do.

Press The Escape Key To Generate Spelling Suggestions In Mac OS X

Adam Dachis, Lifehacker

Review: Parallels Desktop 7 For Mac

Jordan Kahn, 9 To 5 Mac

Most of the improvements for speed are noticeable when booting up and switching between Windows and OS X apps. We had IE, Paint, and Windows Media Center open in Windows 7 using Coherence mode, Safari, and Text Edit open on Lion when things started to slow down. With those expected issues aside, it is a major update and certainly takes advantage of Lion to the fullest.

How To Monitor Your Mac's Firewall Logs


Most events logged by the firewall are completely harmless. There's no reason to be concerned about 99% of the events in the log, unless you're experiencing connectivity problems on your Mac.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

iA Writer Is A Solid No-distraction Writing Tool

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

If the app’s minimalism agrees with you, you may find that the Mac version’s similar simplicity frees your mind from the many confusing features in traditional word processors, and the many distractions on your Mac, letting you do what a tool like this is designed for: writing.

Post-PC Era, Indeed

Wind On A Leaf

Interestingly, Annette said she didn’t miss having a notebook at all (the kind that needs a battery and a startup jingle, not the kind bound with a useless slinky). She can’t wait to get to college and, while she hasn’t settled on a major, she doesn’t see a notebook in her future. “If I end up needing to do a ton more typing in college than I do now,” Annette said, “I might get a wireless keyboard.”

New Year's Resolution: A Clean Mac


It’s that time again when Mac users make their New Year’s resolutions. How about a simple pledge to keep your computer clean? I’m not talking about deleting cache files or removing old apps you no longer use. I’m talking about your Mac’s screen and keyboard, or its dusty, grungy innards. It’s not difficult to do, but keeping a clean Mac can help it run smoother, and keep you from getting sick as well. Here are a few ways you can keep your Mac looking new and fresh.

Voice Recognition Software: Report-writing Without The Writing

Lindsey J. Bertomen, PoliceOne

I tested two Nuance products that I'm pretty sure will be absolutely profound to those who don't already use them: Dragon NaturallySpeaking Version 11.5 Premium Edition and MacSpeech Scribe, a personal transcription software package designed for Mac OS X.

Drag And Drop Email Into iCal To Schedule Important Tasks, And GTD

Joshua Schnell, Macgasm

By dropping the email into iCal, you’re able to schedule in time to complete the task like you would any other event. The extra-cool thing about doing this is that iCal will create a link to the email in question so that you can reference the original email when the time comes to do something about your email.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Life After iWeb: The State Of Web Design On The Mac

Adam Berenstain, Macworld

Whether you’re looking for an easy-to-use iWeb replacement or a more sophisticated program with more powerful features for you and your site’s visitors, a host of applications is available for every skill level and budget. Here are some of the highlights and how current iWeb users could find them useful.

Sandboxing The PubSub Framework

Basil Salad Software

How To Download YouTube Videos Using Safari Or Firefox

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Press Command-Option-A to produce Safari’s Activity window. In this window you’ll see the name of the video followed by the word YouTube. In the list of links below look for an entry of several megabytes that appears to be loading. Option-double-click on it and it will download to your Mac as an flv file. As mentioned earlier, you can then play this file with a third-party tool. Unfortunately, you can’t download MPEG-4 files using this method. For those files, turn to Firefox or a third-party tool.

How To Use Your Mac As A Wireless Router


Did you know that you can turn your Mac into a wireless router for your home or office?

Report: Phishing Attack Targets Apple Customers

Jason Snell, Macworld

A “vast phishing attack” that attempts to capture the credit card information of Apple customers was launched on Christmas day, according to a report from Mac security-software company Intego.

How To Play The Best Games On A Mac

Will Shanklin,

With the gargantuan popularity of Apple’s iOS devices, many long-time Windows users are making the switch and buying Macs. If you’re new to Mac OS X, you’ll probably be immediately happy with how smooth, intuitive, and attractive the UI is. You may not, however, be so happy with Mac gaming. While it’s been improving lately, gaming has long been OS X’s Achilles’ heel. We’ve compiled a few tips to help you to rise above those limitations.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Boxee Releases 1.5 App As Last Mac, PC Version


Ten Things To Do With Your New Mac

Lex Friedman, Macworld

New Year's Resolution: A Backup Plan

Lex Friedman, Macworld

It's not as hard as you might think to start backing up your Mac today.

Throwing Cold Water On MacRuby For iOS

Time Code

Scrivener 2.1 Review

Nick Spence, Macworld UK

Scrivener is an essential writing tool designed to bring order and simplicity to the creation of often-complex long-form prose – from novels to dissertations. Think of it as a digital shoebox to collect your thoughts and ideas, research and notes, video and audio material and more all in one logical, non-linear place.

Apple iPad 2: Here's How To Get Started

Mark W. Smith, Detroit Free Press

5 Tips To Make A New Mac User’s Experience As Pleasant As Possible

Dave Greenbaum, GigaOM

So you finally convinced your friends and family to retire their PC in favor of a Mac with a Christmas gift. Now, you have to deal with being the training wheels for a new operating system. You can avoid some of the hassles that go along with that, and ease the transition for new Mac users with these simple steps.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Death To .DS_Store

Blue Lotus Blog

The “.DS_Store” file is an abomination and must be stopped. You know what I’m talking about. I regularly rant about how this annoying file gets in your way, dirties things up and just screws with your stuff in general. Today I decided to do something about it.

Post To Twitter With Siri

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Saturday, December 24, 2011

This Is Why Apple's iPad Rules The Tablet Market

Jonny Evans, Computerworld

Photo Stream And Multiple iPhoto Libraries

Michael E. Cohen, TidBITS

If you want to copy your iPhoto library to another Mac, or to another user account on the same Mac, disconnect it from your Photo Stream first. Although Photo Stream can connect to multiple Macs, it gets confused when you move an already-connected iPhoto library among Macs.

Hands On: Five Podcast Apps That Improve On iOS Functionality

Iljitsch Van Beijnum, Ars Technica

As a podcast addict, I'm excited to see so many good ideas in this area. Unfortunately, those ideas are spread over many different applications, which are all still a bit rough around the edges. Still, I have no trouble saying it's worth spending a couple of bucks on any of these four apps for anyone who is more than the most casual of podcast listeners—and those people should probably just use Stitcher. But Pocket Casts and Instacast seem to be the strongest contenders at this time. However, the ability to manage large number of episodes on the computer is also compelling, so I'm not banishing iTunes from my podcasting life just yet either.

Apple Outlines International iTunes In The Cloud Compatibility

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Friday, December 23, 2011

Tired Of The Mac’s Dock? Try A Tab Launcher Instead

Ron McElfresh, Mac360

Unwrapping A New Mac: Simple Tips Everyone Needs To Know

Jonathan Zschau, Cult Of Mac

Find My Friends Review

Dan Moren, Macworld

The idea of sharing one’s locations evokes strong reactions, and Apple’s done an adroit job of addressing the concerns that many have about such technology without rendering its app completely toothless. Find My Friends may still not be for everybody, but for those who use it, it turns out to be not only handy but surprisingly fun.

How U.S. Carriers Fool You Into Thinking Your iPhone 4S Is Unlocked

Marc Weber Tobias, Forbes

What consumers need to understand is that there are actually four different versions of the iPhone 4S: Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and Apple. Only the Apple phone, available from their stores or on-line, is fully unlocked and can be used on any carrier. The other phones are permanently locked and cannot ever be used on another carrier in the U.S. Even if you spend $800 for an unlocked phone as I did and dedicate it to a single U.S. carrier, you are locked into that carrier forever if you want to keep using the iPhone. Neither Apple or the other carriers will fully unlock your carrier phone.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

How To Prevent Stolen iMessages

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Completing those three steps—wiping, deactivating your old SIM, and then activating a new one—ensures that your iMessages will get sent only to you and your iOS devices, and not anywhere else.

Steve Jobs Wins Posthumous Grammy

Chenda Ngak, CBS

The Recording Academy is awarding the co-founder of Apple with the Trustee Award, which honors non-performing contributions to the music industry.

Firefox 9.0 Offers Mac OS X Lion Gesture Support

Mike Schramm, TUAW

The app will now natively support two-finger swiping gestures on your MacBook (or Magic Mouse or trackpad, if you have one of those running). That means that without extra add-ons, you can now swipe two fingers forward or back to browse through your history, in addition to the other usual gestures available to most apps, like using two fingers to scroll and so on.

ChronoSync Takes The Pain Out Of Syncing Between Macs


App Smart Extra: Other People’s Apps, Now Visible To You

Bob Tedeschi, New York Times

It’s a bit of a voyeuristic activity, opening up an image of someone else’s phone and scrolling from page to page, checking out their apps. I got a jolt out of it, and it made me take a second look at a couple of the apps that I’d given up on long ago.

Apple's 'Complete My Album' Feature Drops 180-Day Deadline For Upgrading

Eric Slivka, MacRumors

Many users taking advantage of the Complete My Album program obviously already do so within the previously-imposed 180-day window as they decide that they like certain songs enough to purchase the entire album. The lifting of the restriction will, however, still be of use for those who decide much later that they want to upgrade.

App Store Returns To Full Functioning On iOS 3.1.3 Devices, Problem Was A Bug, Now Fixed

Eugene Huo, Macgasm

The recent App Store update that caused havoc with devices running iOS 3.1.3 has been resolved, and Apple has fixed whatever the problem was.

Giving The Gift Of An iPhone

Joel Mathis, Macworld

The ease of iPhone gift giving depends on a few things: Your relationship to the recipient. The wireless carrier they’ll use. How much you’re willing to spend. We address many of those issues in our iPhone buying guide. But when it comes to giving someone an iPhone as a gift, one question is the most critical of all: Do you already share a wireless phone “family” account with the gift-getter?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Kindle For iOS Updated Gives iPad Users Access To Kindle Fire's Magazine Collection

Dave Caolo, TUAW

You can buy individual issues or subscriptions, which will be delivered to the device when available. Note that the magazines and newspapers are limited to the iPad.

WriteRoom 3 Review

Karl Hodge, Macworld UK

With a significant and streamlined menu redesign complementing WriteRoom’s more modern look, there’s just one feature missing. iA Writer includes markdown features; a way to format your document on the fly without shortcuts or menu access. WriteRoom doesn’t. However, if you can live with that, WriteRoom’s still a contender.

iOS deals begin -- App Store freeze coming Thursday

Mike Schramm, TUAW

New MobileMe Phishing Scam Attempts To Relieve Users Of Login Data

Serenity Caldwell, Macworld

Tired Of The iMovie Blues? Add More Power And Effects To Your Mac Movies

Ron McElfresh, Mac360

NFL To Stream The Super Bowl To iPhone, iPad Apps

Mike Schramm, TUAW

It Feels Like Trust—The Apple Store App And Self Checkout

Randy Murray, First Today, Then Tomorrow

I have a feeling that other retailers will not be able to understand how powerful this is. If you treat your customers with respect, if you don’t treat them as stupid, and if you give the appearance that you trust them, they, we, will relax. And we’ll buy things without hesitation. I need this, I pick it up, I pay for it on the go, I walk out with it, it’s mine.

Even now, I’m not so much impressed with the technology as still pleasantly aglow with the feeling that Apple trusted me and everyone else in the store. And I’m feeling that old evangelical fervor, as I did years ago when I wanted to tell everyone about the Mac. Now I want to drag people into the nearest Apple Store, have them buy something, and walk out.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

iPhones, iPod Touches Still On iOS 3.1.3 Can't Download New Apps Directly From The App Store

Richard Lawler, Engadget

Apple Rolls Out 'Complete My Season Pass' For TV Shows

Eric Slivka, MacRumors

Goodnight iPad Rewrites Classic Bedtime Story For Digital Era

Alison Flood, The Guardian

A parody of the classic children's bedtime story Goodnight Moon, dragging the simple tale into the modern age by replacing moons, kittens, mittens and bears with iPads, e-readers and a "huge LCD Wifi HDTV", is taking off in America this Christmas.

Check App Store Updates With Just A URL

Jared Erondu, Macgasm

So the next time you want to alert users of an update, just send them a URL that’ll open the App Store and go directly to the updates page.

EyeTV Mobile Review

Nick Spence, Macworld UK

Under good reception conditions, Elgato’s EyeTV Mobile is a great way of watching and recording Freeview on your iPad 2. And as analogue signals are switched off across the UK, reception should improve as digital signal strength increases. For now, however, local reception issues could dictate if this dinky TV tuner is the right choice for you.

Put Your Audiobooks In The Cloud With iTunes Match

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

Photo Booth Power User Features

Lex Friedman, Macworld

While Photo Booth’s feature set is still pretty simple, there are a few power user tricks to the software that may help you get more out of it.

Apple Now Replacing Recalled First-Gen iPod Nanos With Current-Gen Models?

Eric Slivka, MacRumors

It now appears, however, that Apple may have run out of refurbished first-generation iPod nano units and may now be shipping out current-generation units as replacements. Several users have reported over the past few days that they have received emails acknowledging shipment of their replacement device's and checking the serial numbers of the replacement devices on Apple's support site has shown them to be sixth-generation models.

When iCal No Longer Accepts Reminders

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Monday, December 19, 2011

iPhone 4S-specific iOS Build Is For "No SIM Card Installed" Errors

Michael Grothaus, TUAW

QuarkXPress 9.1 Boosts Mobile App Publishing Power, But The Process Is Far From Easy

Michael Baumgardt, Macworld

The callout, outline, and conditional styles tools are essential features that will greatly improve productivity, and ShapeMaker is a wonderful, visually creative addition. I rarely say this, but working on my first eBook with QuarkXPress 9.1 was a lot of fun, and that by itself justifies an upgrade for me.

Apple App Makers On Edge For Holidays

Jenna Wortham, New York Times

It is hard to begrudge Apple for wanting to give its employees a break. But the App Store freeze at Christmas, and the crunch time leading up to it, underscore Apple’s power in the world of mobile apps and the lengths developers are willing to go to meet its demands.

In short, Apple is a powerful gatekeeper, and for more than a week it is keeping the gate closed.

15-minute Refund Period Of Google, Apple Apps Irk Consumers

The Dong-A Ilbo

Extraterritoriality is applied to Android Market and App Store as they are operated by their headquarters in the U.S. Both companies have branches in Korea but they have nothing to do with mobile app store services, saying this is why Korean e-commerce law does not apply to Android Market and App Store.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Apple Releases New Santa-Themed Ad For iPhone 4S And Siri

Eric Slivka, MacRumors

Apple today released a new commercial for the iPhone 4S ahead of the Christmas holiday, showing Santa using Siri to find such information as directions and weather, search for an email with his "naughty or nice" list, and hear an email from Mrs. Claus reminding him to "go easy on the cookies".

Apple Logs In To School Labs

M Saraswathy, Business Standard

Saturday, December 17, 2011

iTunes Match Subscriptions Halted In UK

Chris Smith, TechRadar

Apple Temporarily Halts New iTunes Match Subscriptions In New International Markets

Eric Slivka, MacRumors

LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Review

Neil Bennett, Digital Arts Online

Its price will keep it out of the reach of most users – though it’s well worth the cost if you can stretch to it – and while Thunderbolt can certainly deliver power, the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt SSD has to be plugged into the mains. Even so, its blistering performance alone makes it a winner.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Widespread iTunes And iCloud Apple ID "Couldn't Be Found" Outage

Arnold Kim, MacRumors

TweetDeck Releases New Native Client For Windows And OS X, Isn’t Quite As Feature-Filled As The AIR Version

Whitson Gordon, Lifehacker

iTunes Match Goes Live Internationally (For Real This Time)

Eric Slivka, MacRumors

See also: Apple Refunds iTunes Match Purchases For International Users After Premature 'Launch', by Chris Rawson, TUAW.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Uses For A "Blind" MacBook Pro

Christopher Breen, Macworld

If tests indicate that the graphics chip is on the way out but the MacBook can carry on an otherwise productive life—and be seen via a vnc connection (discussed later)—using it as a server is an excellent idea.

Apple Releases Apple TV Software Version 4.4.4, Tweaks iOS 5.0.1 For iPhone 4S

Eric Slivka, MacRumors

Three Quick iMessage Tips

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Perfect Photo Suite 6 Review

Michael Burns, Macworld UK

Lightroom or Aperture users will find this suite a useful addition to their image-editing toolset if they don’t have Photoshop, or at least a recent version of it. Most creatives will also welcome the options offered by FocalPoint and PerfectPortrait, though some of the other components are a bit mixed in their appeal.

Tech Journal: Testing iPhone’s Siri In India

Amit Agarwal, Wall Street Journal

Apple Begins International Launch Of iTunes Match

Cody Fink, MacStories

Macworld's 2011 App Gems Awards


Here are our favorite iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps from the past year.

Stolen iPhone? Your iMessages May Still Be Going To The Wrong Place

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Some unlucky iPhone owners are beginning to discover that, despite their best efforts to remove all information from their stolen phones, thieves and unsuspecting buyers are still able to send and receive iMessages as the original owner—even after the device is registered under a new account. Almost nothing seems to work—remote wiping, changing Apple ID passwords, or even moving the old phone number to a new phone—and users are becoming more than frustrated that thieves are so easily able to pose as them.

Apple Updates Logic Express To 9.1.6

Serenity Caldwell, Macworld

Apple rolled out an update for Logic Express, with version 9.1.6 of the digital audio workstation promising a variety of fixes and app stabilization.

Did You Know This Particular Ribbon Is A Button?

Joshua Schnell, Macgasm

This makes no sense to me. Does it make sense to you? Did you know that ribbon was a button? If it is, it sure doesn’t look or act like one.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Reason 6 Review

Rob Beattie, Macworld UK

Synths, effects, sequencing, recording, editing and mixing in a single package.

What Do I Do When Apple Removes An App I Bought From The App Store?

Adam Dachis, Lifehacker

Disney Muppet Mail Review

Lex Friedman, Macworld

So Muppet Mail isn’t perfect. But it’s a lot of fun to play with. Whether you send lots of Muppet-themed greetings or just enjoy Muppetifying your friends’ faces, the app packs in plenty of fun. At least, it does to moi.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Microsoft Releases SkyDrive For iPhone

Steven Sande, TUAW

Microsoft has just released an iPhone app for access to the free Microsoft SkyDrive cloud storage service. SkyDrive for iPhone (free) should make Windows users who have documents stored in the cloud happy.

Modernizing An Email Client

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Magic At Their Fingertips

June Yang, Today

One disabled student went from being uninterested in drawing, to winning a card design competition. Others have learned better control of their behaviour and have improved their communications skills.

These remarkable changes were observed after just six months of a special pilot project conducted at Towner Gardens School (TGS), run by the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS), which caters to children with learning disabilities and developmental delays.

At the heart of the program is a device that many of us are familiar with and use on a daily basis - Apple's iPad.

Hidden Lion Gesture Switches To Previous Space


A Rare Apple Compromise

Emily Steel And Jessica E. Vascellaro, Wall Street Journal

Facing challenges winning over customers for its iAd mobile advertising service, Apple is softening its approach as it loses ground to Google Inc. in the fast-growing mobile-ad market.

Having originally asked marketers to commit to spend at least $1 million—an amount later dropped to $500,000—Apple is now discussing ad deals with a minimum commitment of just $400,000, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Apple Accessory Developer Conference Pushes AirPlay, Bluetooth

Michael Rose, TUAW

Apple Releases Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update

Alexandra Chang, Macworld

iTunes 10.5.2 Addresses iTunes Match Problems

Jonathan Seff, Macworld

On Monday, Apple updated its iTunes software to 10.5.2, with unspecified fixes for problems with iTunes Match.

Native TweetDeck For Mac A Breath Of Fresh Air

Mark H. Anbinder, TidBITS

iBooks 1.5 Refines The Reading Experience

Tonya Engst, TidBITS

With the release of version 1.5 of the iOS reading app iBooks, Apple has made a few welcome changes aimed at enhancing your reading experience. None are earthshaking (unless you need the white-text-on-black, as people with certain vision problems do), but if you are an iBooks user, the release is a good excuse to take a moment to learn more about iBooks. Let’s look at what’s new in iBooks 1.5, and make sure you know the nuances and special tricks.

Prevent Certain Accounts From Unlocking FileVault 2

TJ Luoma, TUAW

Font Swap In iBooks

Glenn Fleishman, Boing Boing

At least in making these font trades in iBooks 1.5, Apple has somehow empowered some group within the company to make more appropriate decisions regarding type. If we're lucky, that power will spread further, and we can regain a richer typographic history in modern clothes.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Five Unexpected Uses For The Option Key

Sharon Zardetto, Macworld

The Option key is the unsung hero of the keyboard. Since the earliest days of the Mac, it has provided access to special font characters; revealed alternative commands in menus; and let you Option-drag to create a copy of something, such as a Finder icon or a graphic selection (from MacPaint to Photoshop CS5!). Its capabilities have only increased with time, so it’s always worth pressing Option to modify a click or drag, just to see what might happen. Here are five of my favorite Option-key tricks.

Apple’s Mac App Store Downloads Top 100 Million


Motorola Secures Europe-wide Sales Ban On iPhone, iPad

Zack Whittaker, ZDNet

Unless Apple can secure a stay until a higher regional court can hear an appeal, the iPhone smartphone and iPad tablet could be barred from being sold in Europe.

iCal In Snow Leopard Can Participate In iCloud

Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

Hang on a second, isn’t Apple’s own iCal in Snow Leopard a CalDAV client? If iCal could connect to the CalDAV-based MobileMe, why can’t it connect to iCloud? The short answer is, it can; Apple just doesn’t make it easy.

Is Apple Using Patents To Hurt Open Standards?

Peter Bright, Ars Technica

Haavard's conclusion is that there is a pattern of behavior here; that Apple is trying to disrupt the standards process with its patent claims. He references the touch specification in particular—this is plainly an area where Apple has lots of expertise and interest in the technology, but the company opted out of working on the specification. If Apple had worked on the specification, it would have had to disclose sooner and offer licensing, and Haavard believes that avoiding this commitment is why Apple refused to work on the specification.

Clever iPhone 4S Tricks: Look At Your Own Ear

Erica Sadun, TUAW

Have you ever wanted to look in your own ear? Or at the nape of your neck? Or behind furniture? If you own an iPhone 4S and an Apple TV, you can wirelessly beam the picture from your camera to your large screen TV.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Fix Lion's Erroneous Autocorrections, Permanently

Lex Friedman, Macworld

If Lion’s autocorrecting a word that you’d prefer it simply leave alone, let it make the correction, then fix the word so that it’s spelled the way you’d prefer again. Next, Control-click (or right-click) on the word in question, and choose Learn Spelling from the contextual menu that appears. From now on, Lion won’t autocorrect that word any longer.

The Grand Central Apple Store Opens, Converts Me From Android

Ask Different

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Apple Made A Deal With The Devil (No, Worse: A Patent Troll)

Jason Kincaid, TechCrunch

Put another way, Apple appears to have transferred its patents to the patent troll Digitude, though it first routed them through a shell company that shares the same office as Digitude’s lead investor and Chairman. Further evidence of the relationship between Apple and Digitude can be found on the ITC’s own website, where a list of files relevant to the lawsuit can be found. Many of these files are marked confidential, but it appears someone mistakenly left the file names intact. One of which is “Digitude-Apple License Agreement”.

The Covert Birth Of Apple's Next Santa Monica Store

Mark Milian, CNN

The Santa Monica store episode also illustrates Apple's unusually covert way of doing business. Interviews with almost two dozen people familiar with Apple Store negotiations say the Cupertino, California, company sometimes employs uncommon legal tactics, refuses to name itself in public documents and hearings, and has sworn city government officials to secrecy.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

Apple Opens New York Grand Central Store

Shara Tibken, Wall Street Journal

Apple Inc. opened its latest retail store Friday in New York's historic Grand Central Terminal to hundreds of eager shoppers from around the country who had been waiting in line for as long as a day.

Apple said 2,500 people were waiting in line before the opening, and the store had nearly 4,000 visitors before noon.

Copy Preference Files Instead Of Deleting Them When Troubleshooting

Topher Kessler, CNET

Apple Posts A Beatles iTunes TV Ad: Covers

Arnold Kim, MacRumors

Apple has posted a new TV ad on their YouTube page promoting The Beatles on iTunes.

Break Time Reminds You To Take Five

Dan Moren, Macworld

In all, BreakTime is a simple app, and one that works perfectly for me. I can’t make any claims as to its long term benefits on your health, but I do appreciate being reminded not to sit and stare at my computer all day.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Grand Central Terminal Packed For Apple Retail Store Opening

Eric Slivka, MacRumors

Logic Pro And Main Stage Land On The Mac App Store

Matt Tinsley, TUAW

LaCie's Thunderbolt SSD Combines Speed, Portability

James Galbraith, Macworld

It only works with Thunderbolt-equipped Macs, but for those who can use it, the LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Edition 240GB SSD packs a big performance punch in a small package.

The New Twitter (R.I.P. Tweetie)

John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Twitter 4.0 for iPhone lacks the surprise, delight, and attention to detail of a deserving successor to Tweetie, offering instead a least common denominator experience that no one deserves.

Twitter Reveals New Design, Revamped iPhone App

Lex Friedman, Macworld

The microblogging service unveiled a new version of its online interface Thursday, with a focus on simplifying the design and making the service easier to use. The new look will roll out on the website in the next few weeks, but it’s available now at Twitter’s mobile website, along with a just-updated Twitter app for iPhone.

Thunderbolt: How Devices Affect Each Other On A Daisy Chain

James Galbraith, Macworld

After testing dozens of scenarios, we found that—for the most part—the two available bi-directional 10Gbps channels in the MacBook Pro (Late 2011) were more than able to keep up with the demand of multiple storage devices on a Thunderbolt daisy chain. However, if you add multiple displays to that chain, the throughput of some drives can be severely limited.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Big Screen, Powered By iPhone

David Pogue, New York Times

The world is teeming with charging docks that also play their music. It shouldn’t have taken so long for someone to create a dock that also plays the photos and videos.

Tackling Keyboard Shortcut Woes In OS X

Topher Kessler, CNET

Become A Customer Support Hero With Replies For Mac

Ankur Gupta, Smoking Apples

Q&A: Controlling iTunes Remotely

J.d. Biersdorfer, New York Times

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Microsoft Releases My Xbox LIVE App For iOS

Joshua Schnell, MacGasm

Microsoft has just unleashed an Xbox LIVE application for the iOS. If you’re a hardcore gamer, and need to know how your achievements are holding up while on the go, you can now track and compare achievements from your iPhone or iPad (iPod touch too).

Rogue Amoeba Launches Piezo, A Simple Audio Recorder

Dan Moren, Macworld

Piezo is designed for users who want to quickly and simply record some audio, whether it be from a microphone or from one of your Mac’s apps.

Sparrow Gets Cloud Based Attachments, Image Blocking

Joshua Schnell, MacGasm

Sparrow has been updated to version 1.5 today, and amongst other tweaks, the update brings with it the ability to sync your attachments to the cloud with support for Dropbox and CloudApp.

Wraps Come Down At Apple's Grand Central Terminal Store For Media Day

Eric Slivka, MacRumors

Five Unexpected Uses For Copy And Paste

Sharon Zardetto, Macworld

Adobe Carousel 1.0 Advances Cloud-based Collaboration

Jackie Dove, Macworld

In its 1.0 incarnation, Adobe Carousel, though promising, has a way to go to appeal to a broad base of photo-oriented consumers and professionals. While its current, basic set of functions work quite well, Carousel has more of an Adobe Labs look and feel to it than a polished product. And, it's too expensive for what it currently offers. You do get a 30-day free trial, so I encourage you to try it and see whether it suits your needs before committing to a paid subscription.

Dragon Express 1.0: An Inexpensive Way To Discover Speech Recognition

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

Dragon Express does exactly what it claims to do, and does so very well, at an affordable price. Never before has this quality of speech recognition been available to Mac users at such a low cost. While the limitations of Dragon Express will certainly dissuade anyone who wants to perform a lot of dictation—those users are better off with Dragon Dictate—it provides a handy, easy-to-use way to dictate occasional texts and transfer them to your applications.

The Game That Saved Halfbrick

Tracey Lien, Kotaku

It’s easy to think of them as an overnight success: a studio that burst forth fully-formed with the single goal of dominating the iOS market with a series of fruit-slicing, jetpack joyriding, monster dashing games they’d prepared earlier. It’s also easy to be wrong. While many believe Halfbrick only came to exist after the release of the critical and commercial iOS hit Fruit Ninja, the Brisbane studio has been quietly working on games for almost ten years. This is a story about how everyone now knows who they are.

How Autodesk Disrupted Itself With An App

Brian Bergstein, Technology Review

When Chris Cheung and Thomas Heermann, two middle managers at the software company Autodesk, first showed off their new iPhone drawing app, they got some skeptical looks. Why would anyone want to doodle on that tiny screen? And what could a $2.99 app matter to a company with around $2 billion in annual revenue?

Two years later, Autodesk's SketchBook apps for phones and the iPad are best-sellers that have been downloaded seven million times. It doesn't add up to a huge amount of revenue: perhaps $15 million. But there's more than money to this innovation story. With its first consumer hit, Autodesk now has more customers than it did in all its previous 29 years combined.

10.7: Expand An Application's Windows In Mission Control


Flipboard For iPhone Released

Chris Rawson, TUAW

Flipboard, the popular personal magazine app that's been tremendously successful on the iPad, has been updated to a universal version that now also works on the iPhone and iPod touch.

LogLeech Helps You Decipher Your Logs


Once installed the program will take all the log entries and sort them attractively by program (and associated icon) as well as by date. You can then use the icon to hone in on the specific information you want.

Whimsical Texting Icons Get A Shot At Success

Jenna Wortham, New York Times

Apple declined to comment on its decision to add emoji, but it was most likely driven by a global standardization of the format last year that was meant to ensure that a picture of a cute cat will still look like a cute cat on a different phone in a different country. The move has put emoji on the radar of many more iPhone and iPod Touch owners.

Apple Updates iBooks App With New Fonts And A Night Reading Theme

Jonathan Seff, Macworld

Camtasia For Mac 2 Screen Recorder Is Out

Mel Martin, TUAW

Apple Updates Cards App With Minor Improvements

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Version 1.0.1 of the app includes improvements spanning three areas: text entry, postal address verification, and the checkout process.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

On UI Inconsistency In iOS 5

Chris Rawson, TUAW

Are You Using iTerm2?

Horse Says Internet

Apple’s Secret Plan To Steal Your Doctor’s Heart

Robert McMillan, Wired

Apple is a company that builds stuff for consumers. Macs. iPods. iPhones. iPads. Though these devices may show up inside businesses, the company rarely promotes them for corporate use, and it has slowly pulled away from the few products it does sell to businesses. Its XServe servers died a premature death this past January. But for some reason, Apple is pushing the iPad into hospitals, playing against its well-polished image as the world’s most successful consumer gadget company.

Afshad Mistri is Apple’s secret weapon in a stealth campaign to get the iPad into the hands of doctors. And it’s a campaign that seems to be paying off.

The iPad’s Helpful Ears

Jeff Carlson, TidBITS

I often listen to music on my iPad, but I forget that the iPad can listen as well. I discovered this recently when my brother-in-law recommended a TV show called “From the Edge with Peter Lik.”

The Dope On iTunes Match, Genius Playlists, And iOS Devices

Christopher Breen, Macworld

Apple Recently Broke Ctrl-Y

Jamie Zawinski

Ever since MacOS 10.0 was released, text fields have supported Emacs bindings for the single-character Control commands, showing that there were people inside Apple (and, presumably, NeXT) who were right-thinking and sensible.

But some time late in the 10.6 release cycle, and continuing into 10.7.1, the binding for Ctrl-K ("kill to end of line") became broken.

OmniOutliner For iPad Review

Jeff Carlson, Macworld

From its emphasis on speedy outline creation to its ability to work deeply within outlines without having to pass it off to the Mac, OmniOutliner is a well thought out implementation of how to build and work with outlines, not just hierarchical lists.

Product Review: Autodesk Mudbox 2012

Anthony Frausto-Robledo AIA, Architosh

Monday, December 5, 2011

The 27th Annual Editors’ Choice Awards


The best Mac hardware and software of the year.

How The iPad 2 Became My Favorite Computer

Harry McCracken, Technologizer

And it was one specific thing about the iPad that made it so useful on the trip: I could use it for ten hours at a pop without worrying about plugging it in.

Five Unexpected Uses For The Spacebar

Sharon Zardetto, Macworld

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Bad Tracks From iTunes Match: Who Do You Complain To?

Kirk McElhearn, Kirkville

Run Windows Applications On A Mac With WinOnX

Aaron Tan, Techgoondu

iPhone 4S V Pro Camera - In Pictures

Katherine Rose, The Guardian

Photographer Katherine Rose put the phone's camera through its paces to see how it would fare in comparison with the Canon 5D mkii she uses professionally.

Apple Doesn't Want My Filthy Disabled Money

Ramblings On Librarianship, Technology, And Academia

I understand that Apple is trying to position the iPhone as the phone that's great for people with disabilities (which to Apple means "blind people"). I just wish they were willing to make the effort to let us buy the thing. This whole process has been time-consuming, draining, degrading, and ultimately fruitless.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Bugs & Fixes: Decoding Apple’s Safari 5.1.2 Release Notes

Ted Landau, Macworld

MarkdownMail 3 Adds Mail Templates And Signatures

Cody Fink, MacStories

MarkdownMail allows you to draft and compose HTML emails on your iPhone or iPad using the Markdown markup syntax.

Inpaint Makes It Easy To Remove Objects From Your Photos

Dan Frakes, Macworld

Inpaint is a one-trick pony, but it’s very good at that trick, especially considering the $4 price tag. It’s a nifty tool for Average Joes and Janes who want to clean up their snapshots.

Six Tips For Mastering Siri

Lex Friedman, Macworld

Here’s how to master Siri’s nuances, turning it from a parlor trick to impressive productivity tool.

Choose The Right Mac Microphone For Speech Recognition

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

Here's an overview of the different types of microphones you can use with speech recognition software, how they work, and what might be the best mic for the way you work.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Marathon Game Trio Repackaged With New Game Engine

Peter Cohen, The Loop

Apple Releases Keynote 5.1.1 For OS X

Eric Slivka, MacRumors

iPhone Battery Life Issues May Continue To Vex Users—even Post iOS 5.1

Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Tweaking iOS 5 and its power management software is the likely fix, but with so many areas of the operating system to examine, it may take Apple more time to iron out the problem that it had originally intended.

Cookie 2.1 Review

Andrew Harrison, PC Advisor

Cookie from SweetP Productions is a great way to keep the flood of incoming cookies under control.

Apple: Carrier IQ Still On iPhone 4, But We Don't Read Your E-mail And Texts

Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

In response to our question, Apple tells us there is only one device running iOS 5 that still runs Carrier IQ, and it's the iPhone 4. Other devices running iOS 5, such as the iPad, the new iPhone 4S, and older iPhone models updated to iOS 5 have had Carrier IQ stripped out. But Apple says it has never used Carrier IQ to record keystrokes or personal messages.

Create Custom iPhone Alert Sounds With GarageBand

Dan Moren, Macworld

Mophie, Best Buy Recalls Overheating Cases

Megan Lavey-Heaton, TUAW

Mophie is recalling the Juice Pack Air for the fourth-generation iPod touch. Affected models will have the first five digits of the serial number be between TR113 and TR120. Mophie said a small number of those units might overheat, causing the plastic to deform and damage the iPod touch.

Grand Central Apple Store Confirmed For December 9th

Josh Wright, Macgasm

Apple has finally confirmed the grand opening date of its highly hyped retail store in Grand Central Station in NYC. The confirmation comes by way of a message displayed on the now famous flip style ticker display out front of the new location.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Let’s Stop With The Siri Baiting

Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

Siri can be useful, and is a whole lot of fun to demo, but it’s unreasonable to read anything more — certainly not Apple corporate policy — into Siri’s successes, failures, and little asides.

Control Photo Stream With iPhoto And Aperture

Derrick Story, Macworld

By using iPhoto as the dam, and Aperture as the final destination, you can enjoy the benefits of Photo Stream without drowning in a deluge of snapshots.

Apple: Carrier IQ Dropped From Most Products With iOS 5

Nilay Patel, The Verge

Although references to Carrier IQ were found in iOS, Apple says "most" of its products don't support Carrier IQ as of iOS 5 and it'll completely remove it in a future update.

Apple Says Siri’s Abortion Answers Are A Glitch

Jenna Wortham, New York Times

Apple said Wednesday that the apparent inability of Siri, the virtual assistant in the iPhone 4S, to retrieve information about abortion clinics and women’s health services in some areas was not intentional or deliberate.

Carrier IQ Is On iOS

chpwn blog

Carrier IQ, the now infamous “rootkit” or “keylogger”, is not just for Android, Symbian, BlackBerry, and even webOS. In fact, up through and including iOS 5, Apple has included a copy of Carrier IQ on the iPhone. However, it does appears to be disabled along with diagnostics enabled on iOS 5; older versions may send back information in more cases. Because of that, if you want to disable Carrier IQ on your iOS 5 device, turning off “Diagnostics and Usage” in Settings appears to be enough.

Converting Protected iTunes Tracks Through iTunes Match

Christopher Breen, Macworld

So the trick is to alter your library in such a way that iTunes Match no longer sees these tracks.

Five Unexpected Uses For Help Tags

Sharon Zardetto, Macworld

Help tags—those little yellow rectangles of information that pop up when you hover your cursor over something—do more than just provide the name and function of a button on a toolbar. Use them to find the full name of an abbreviated file name, to get a quick summary of a help topic, and more. Here are five of my favorite tricks.

Daily Mac App: Memo

Samuel Gibbs, TUAW

Memo is basically Stickies with iCloud and password support.

By Heng-Cheong Leong