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Wed, Feb 29, 2012

MagicalPad - Outliner, Mind Mapping & Notes Review

Jeff Merron, Macworld:
As an outlining app, MagicalPad is terrific.

Your Life, Broadcast Live

Gregory Schmidt, New York Times:
Looxcie records in a continuous five-hour loop, allowing users to capture events in their lives, both unexpected and mundane, without lugging around a video camera. An Instant Clip button on the phone lets videographers send a clip of the last 30 seconds to a social network with a single click.

Options For Switching Among Windows In OS X
Topher Kessler, CNET

A Mini Takes Over

Possibly the most pleasant change with the Mini is the absence of fan noise from it when compared to my old G5.

Boot Camp Cloning Utility Winclone Returns To OS X
Topher Kessler, CNET

What To Do When The OS X Finder Requires Passwords For Managing files

Topher Kessler, CNET:
If a problem happens with the permissions setup on the system, you may run into errors when you access or edit files, including the need to enter your admin password anytime you wish to move, open, or edit a specific file (even those in your user account).

Apple Loophole Gives Developers Access To Photos

Nick Bilton, New York Times:
After a user allows an application on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to have access to location information, the app can copy the user’s entire photo library, without any further notification or warning, according to app developers.
Full access to the photo library was first permitted in 2010 when Apple released the fourth version of its mobile software, iOS. It was intended to make photo apps more efficient. Developers said it was unclear why Apple would tie the permission for sharing of location data to access to photos.

Byword Is A Solid Text Editor For Markdown-focused Writing

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld:
If you use Markdown and want a minimal tool to write with, Byword is a good choice, despite its limited selection of themes.

Use iTunes To Rip Audio From Videos
Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

Apple Announces iPad Event For March 7 In San Francisco

Jim Dalrymple, The Loop:
While nobody knows for sure what changes the iPad 3 will have, it is widely expected the device will have a faster processor, improved graphics processor and a Retina Display.
Also, will there be a new Apple TV 3?

Tue, Feb 28, 2012

How To: Create Your Own iPhone Ringtones

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica:
Apple doesn't hide the fact you can make your own ringtones for free, but it's certainly not widely advertised. Plenty of iPhone users are still unaware how easy it is to create your own ringtones out of music you already own (or even music you create). Whether you like The Beatles, Rush, Beyoncé, or Vivaldi, you can make ringtones to your heart's content without having to plunk down a dollar every time you want to switch things up.

The Nitty Gritty Dirty Of Mac Preference Files And How To Clean Or Delete Them

Will Apple Pull A Siri Competitor From The App Store?
Mel Martin, TUAW

Fixing Find My Mac

Michael E. Cohen, TidBITS:
What did I learn? Nothing that I didn’t already know, but I repeat it here because it’s an important lesson I relearned: when you see an error message and you aren’t sure what it means, it only takes a few moments to do a Web search for that message. In a large number of cases, you’ll find others bedeviled with the same problem who have found a solution.

Apple Introduces Developer ID, Laying Groundwork For Gatekeeper

Mike Schramm, TUAW:
Apple sent out an email today asking developers in its various programs to go ahead and get their applications ready with the Developer ID program, which is basically a new form of certifying apps that run on your Mac or iOS device.

iMac Wi-Fi Update 1.0

Agen G. N. Schmitz, TidBITS:
The update resolves an issue that can prevent an iMac from automatically connecting to a known Wi-Fi network after waking from sleep.

Puzzling Through Mac Replacement Possibilities

Steve McCabe, TidBITS:
All that said, I can’t ignore the allure of an elegant and inexpensive repurposing of the machines I have, and bringing the Mac mini into service as my desktop Mac currently feels like the best option. But I’ve had so much fun contemplating all the possibilities that I wanted to throw the entire puzzle open to others as well. What would you do if you were in my shoes, with my needs and limited budget?

Arrested For Breaking The Law Of Large Numbers
And Now It's All This

Mon, Feb 27, 2012

Apple Airs New 'iCloud Harmony' Commercial
Eric Slivka, MacRumors

No Company Follows Apple’s Expanded Audits

Adam Satariano and Peter Burrows, Bloomberg:
Apple Inc.'s rivals aren’t rushing to emulate the iPhone maker’s decision to subject supplier factories to audits by a labor group. Instead, they’re sticking to internal checks that may leave room for violations -- and negative public relations fallout.

Adobe Photoshop Touch Review

Graham Spencer, MacStories:
Adobe has done a great job with Photoshop Touch: it’s one of the very best iPad apps to date. As far as I am concerned, Adobe has matched the quality of Apple’s iPad apps like Pages and iMovie in creating Photoshop Touch. Adobe has made appropriate compromises in bringing Photoshop to the iPad, making considered design choices that fit in with the iPad and exploiting the philosophies the iPad embodies: simplicity and an enjoyable experience.

Wirecast Pro For Mac 4.1.3: A Close Look At A Powerful Webcasting Tool
Steven Sande, TUAW

Sun, Feb 26, 2012

JP Morgan: Apple Is A Sector Unto Itself
Mike Schramm, TUAW

Sat, Feb 25, 2012

Cookies And Privacy

John Gruber, Daring Fireball:
What I detect in Google’s behavior (and Battelle’s more-or-less defense of it) is a sense of entitlement. That because in the past ad networks could track almost all users via cookies, they are entitled to continue tracking almost all users across the web via cookies, even when a large (and growing) number of them begin using a web browser which, by default, tries to prevent it.
Arguing that Google didn’t do anything wrong — or all that wrong — is one thing. But trying to spin this into an argument that Apple has done something wrong, and that Google was just reacting naturally, is something else.

The Perfect Mac Utility For The Paranoid Geek Wannabe Newbie

Cocktail is great. It’s highly recommended if you need, truly need to dig into your Mac and make it better. It’s a fine app for the paranoid, the Mac newbie, and the geek wannabe.

Confronting A Law Of Limits

James B. Stewart, New York Times:
Apple is so big, it’s running up against the law of large numbers.

Scrawl Lets You Store Text Notes And Sync Them Between Your Macs

Dan Frakes, Macworld:
Although Apple’s iCloud service debuted last fall, it’s only recently that we’ve started to see applications take advantage of iCloud to keep data synchronized between your Macs. Scrawl is one such program, and this note-taking tool is both simple and useful.

Fri, Feb 24, 2012

Ask The iTunes Guy: Work With iTunes Libraries

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld:
In this installment, the iTunes Guy answers questions about moving your iTunes library, opening multiple iTunes windows simultaneously, finding tracks in playlists, and more.

Apple Says iCloud And MobileMe Push Email Down In Germany, Due To Motorola Lawsuit

Sharif Sakr, Engadget:
Cupertino says it is has suspended push email via iCloud or MobileMe for users in Germany, due to "recent patent litigation by Motorola Mobility."
We've heard back from Apple and for its part, it is treating this as no big deal, focusing on the fact that it only applies to push email specifically and customers can still receive their emails other ways as mentioned above. As it is, it says this will affect only a "limited number of customers."

How To Auto-Embed Album Art In Your iTunes Tracks

Matt Peckham, Time:
Covering some 2,000 albums is still a lengthy, arduous process, but the script’s made things much quicker and less click-crazy. If you’re thinking about an iTunes cover art makeover, give it a look, and while you’re there, check out the site’s other scripts — a bona fide library of tools to manage your track info, playlists and more.
The excellent Doug's AppleScirpts have tons of AppleScripts that you can download to use or modify. I've learnt a lot from this site to use AppleScripts to manage my podcasts.

Cash Question Lingers Over Apple

Jessica E. Vascellaro and Ian Sherr, Wall Street Journal:
Instead, Mr. Cook said Apple has been thinking about cash "very deeply" and is actively discussing strategies for managing it with its board. "It's a lot," he added. "It's more than we need to run the company."

How To Address A Constant Reboot Loop In OS X

Topher Kessler, CNET:
In the OS X boot process, when the Apple logo is showing, the system has found a valid boot device and will then display a spinning wheel below the Apple logo when the system loads the kernel and its extensions. At this point, the system can load kernel extensions from several sources including boot caches and from the extensions' locations on disk. In doing so, odd problems with the files from any of these sources could result in problems that force the system to restart.

Cook, Apple's Success Take Center Stage At Annual Shareholder Meeting
Dan Frakes, Macworld

2011 Macs Get EFI Firmware Update

Steven Sande, TUAW:
Have a 2011 Mac mini, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iMac? If Software Update hasn't yet told you about it, there's an EFI Firmware Update available that you might want to install.

Flashback Mac Trojan Is Back With New And Improved Exploit Strategy

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica:
The "Flashback" Mac trojan is back, and it's smarter than ever. Mac security company Intego says the latest variant, Flashback.G, uses three new methods in order to make its way onto Macs, though it won't install itself at all if it detects a number of antivirus or anti-malware security programs already installed.

Apple Directors Must Now Win A Majority Vote Before Appointment To Board

At its annual shareholders meeting on Thursday, Apple announced that it has adopted a measure approved by shareholders last year that requires a majority vote for new board members to be approved.

Does Gatekeeper Point The Way To An App Store-only OS X?

Richard Gaywood, TUAW:
I think that's an unlikely end state (making my headline fully Betteridge compliant), and so do some prominent indie developers, but I also think the issue is worth examining.

First Look: OnLive Desktop Plus
Loyd Case, Macworld

OS X 10.8 Gatekeeper In Depth
Rich Mogull, Securosis

Thu, Feb 23, 2012

Air Force Special Operations Cancels iPad Buy

Bob Brewin, Nextgov:
The command did not provide any explanation for the move in its notice on the Federal Business Opportunities website. Officials originally planned to acquire 2,861 iPad2 tablet computers to serve as electronic flight bags, storing digital versions of paper charts and technical manuals.

How Apple Went From Environmental Laggard To Leader

Todd Woody, Forbes:
Over the Presidents’ Day holiday on Monday, Apple quietly released a surprisingly detailed update to a report on its “environmental footprint,” including plans to build the world’s largest private solar array and fuel-cell farm to power its massive new North Carolina data center.
It’s quite a turnaround from Apple’s past public indifference to environmental concerns. Given the company’s other initiatives to slash its greenhouse gas emissions, Apple is emerging as a leader rather than a laggard on the environmental front.

Foxconn, Apple, And The Fair Labor Association Respond To ABC News’ Exclusive Report

Since ABC News’ original report, Apple, Foxconn, and the Fair Labor Association have sent statements explaining a few sentences in the original report. We have posted the text of those statements below.

iOS 5.0.1 Bug Bypasses Security Passcode To Provide Access To Contacts And Phone App
Tom Warren, The Verge

Mastered For iTunes: How Audio Engineers Tweak Music For The iPod Age

Chris Foresman, Ars Technica:
In an age when Apple has become the top music retailer without selling a single physical disc, audio engineers are increasingly creating specially mastered versions of songs and albums designed to counteract the audio degradation caused by compression. Though audiophiles typically scoff at paying for compressed audio, preferring vinyl or high-end digital formats such as DVD-A, mastering engineers are doing their best to create digital masters that can pass through Apple's iTunes algorithms with minimal sonic corruption.

Apple And Other Mobile App Distributors Agree To New Privacy Policy Notification Standards

Eric Slivka, MacRumors:
The provisions will require that developers of apps that collect personal information include privacy policies with their app sthat can be viewed directly from the store before downloading the apps themselves.

Versions And Auto Save Explained
Christopher Breen, Macworld

How To Share An External Drive Between A Mac And A PC

Jim Galbraith, PCWorld:
Looking to share an external hard drive between a Mac and PC? The best way to do it is with a drive formatted as FAT32. Though this format has some limitations, it enjoys nearly universal support from active platforms, including Mac and Windows operating systems, and many gaming and Linux OSs.

Apple Encourages MobileMe Customers To Transition To iCloud

Dave Caolo, TUAW:
MobileMe is scheduled to be shut down in June 2012, and Apple has begun encouraging users to transition to iCloud. Email messages are going out this week that promote iCloud's services and provide a big 'ol blue button for customers to click and begin the migration process.

Wed, Feb 22, 2012

Apple Confirms Prineville Data Center Plans

Ted Taylor and Barney Lerten, KTVZ:
Tech giant Apple Inc. confirmed Tuesday to NewsChannel 21 that it plans to build a data center at a 160-acre parcel in Prineville it just bought from Crook County for $5.6 million, a stone’s throw from the huge facility built by Facebook.

Ten Exciting System Changes In Mountain Lion

Serenity Caldwell, Macworld:
There are numerous changes to look forward to when Mountain Lion roars onto the scene this summer, along with some major system additions like Notification Center and Gatekeeper. But for those uninterested in flashy features, there are plenty of minor system changes, too. Here’s a quick look at ten that caught my eye.
I'm looking forward to Time Machine's multi-disk backup.

Apple Extends Deadline For Sandboxing Of Mac App Store Apps To June 1

Eric Slivka, MacRumors:
Apple today announced that it has extended the deadline for Mac App Store apps to implement sandboxing until June 1. The requirement had been set to go into effect on March 1 after already having been delayed from last November, but continued uncertainty about implementation and its effects on app functionality has caused Apple to again slow down the transition.

What's Keeping Mountain Lion Off Of Some 64-Bit Macs? Ars Investigates

Chris Foresman, Ars Technica:
The evidence so far is inconclusive. There is clearly some connection to graphics capabilities--of that much we can be sure. However, when we spoke to Apple, the company cautioned that Mountain Lion is still in the early stages of readying for release this summer, and so far those limits only apply to the developer preview. "It's still early, and the system requirements for the final version have not yet been determined," an Apple spokesperson told Ars.

WriteRoom Offers Distraction-free Writing Without Removing Flexibility

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld:
If you want a minimalist tool for writing, WriteRoom is likely to have all the features you need. And even though you can personalize the app all you want, you can also ignore those options and just write.

Tue, Feb 21, 2012

Search iTunes Radio Stations Using Playlists

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld:
If you use iTunes radio stations, you may have noticed that you can’t search in the Radio list; the search field is dimmed. But OS X Hints reader osxpounder pointed out that you can search if you put the radio stations in a playlist.

The Best Global Hotkey Manager For OS X

Adam Dachis, Lifehacker:
You probably know Quicksilver the excellent application launcher for OS X, but it's capable of far more than that. One of its excellent additional features is called Triggers, which allows you to assign keyboard shortcuts to any action Quicksilver can perform.

Sandboxing And Clipstart

For the next release of my app Clipstart, I will be removing it from the Mac App Store and only selling directly from my web site. With Gatekeeper I hope to have some confidence that my customers will still be able to run the app on future versions of the OS.

Review: Mail Archiver X
Erik Vlietinck, IT.Enquirer

Archiving Uncluttered Web Pages

Christopher Breen, Macworld:
While using Safari to view an article that you’d like to archive, click on the Reader button that appears in the Address field. The article, complete with its links, will appear in a pane all its own—free of elements unrelated to the article.
At this point you could select all the text in this pane, copy it, and then paste it into a Word document. But why bother when there’s Automator? Just launch Automator and from the sheet that appears, choose Service and click Choose.
Here's a way that allows one to archive a web page, without all the clutters.

iTunes Match And Duplicates: Beware Of Missing Tracks

Kirk McElhearn, Kirkville:
This is a bit disturbing. I can understand wanting to save space by not having duplicate tracks, but this means that if you have, say, some albums by a popular performer, along with a “best of” album, then you won’t find many or all of the tracks on the latter in your iTunes library after matching.
For those who want to listen to an entire album from first song to last song, iTunes Match doesn't work well enough.

Top 10 Downloads That Enhance Mac OS X’s Built-In Tools

Adam Dachis, Lifehacker:
Mac OS X has a ton of great features, but there's always room for improvement. Many developers have felt the same and created a bunch of great apps to enhance OS X's capabilities. Here are our top 10 apps that can power up your Mac to the next level.

VLC 2.0 Breaks DVD Decryption In Handbrake

Grant Brünner, Macgasm:
The good news is that there is a solution to this problem, and it’s really not that hard. If you run this installer from the VLC website, it will install a copy of the DVD decryption engine in a place where Handbrake can see it and use it. Once you run it once, you’re set.

Quickly Send Files Between Mac And iPhone With Messages

Thorin Klosowski, Lifehacker:
In Messages on the Mac, you can drag any file to the message window and send it directly to iMessages on your iPhone.

Interview: The Omni Group’s Ken Case
Don Southard, MacStories

That’s A Blank, All Right

John Gruber, Daring Fireball:
It may not “change the fact that Apple is playing favorites”, but it does change the entire premise of Schofield’s column — that Apple “excommunicated” The New York Times because of its reporting on Apple’s use of Chinese manufacturing.

Mon, Feb 20, 2012

TurboTax Premiere 2011 Takes The Scary Out Of Tax Prep

Jeffery Battersby, Macworld:
TurboTax Premier is an excellent application that makes the prospect of preparing your own taxes easy and worry free. Clear instruction, simple data entry, and confidence-inspiring audit checks make TurboTax the perfect choice for filing you annual tax return.

H&R Block's At Home Tax Software Offers Excellent Tools

Jeffery Battersby, Macworld:
H&R Block At Home is an easy to use application that makes tax prep simple, offers tools to help you avoid audit-inducing mistakes, and if necessary, keeps a professional close at hand if you’re not sure how to handle a specific situation. At Home’s simplicity and the prospect of professional help inspire the confidence necessary to dispense with a tax pro and start using H&R Block At Home.

Driving The Classroom With iTunes U
Fraser Speirs

You Are Not Ruthless Enough

Chris Parker, Playwithfire:
Being ruthless to yourself is having the discipline to become a better developer - not letting yourself get away with the easy or convenient. Being ruthless to your objects is having the discipline to write the API which separates their responsibilities effectively. The combination is what enables you to produce consistent results - to keep shipping, to keep creating great software, and to keep improving.

Sun, Feb 19, 2012

Messages Is Really, Really, Really iChat

Note that Messages’ Name & Extension is
And it seems to mess up LaunchBar.
(I am using Alfred, and it seems to be able to handle the naming.)

VLC 2.0 First Look: Video Player App Features New Single-window UI And Robust Media Support

Kelly Hodgkins, TUAW:
This latest version is a major update which features a completely re-designed UI, full-screen support on Lion and experimental support for Blu-ray discs.

Sat, Feb 18, 2012

The iOS Permission Dialog Dilemma

Graham Spencer, MacStories:
Essentially, my suggestion is that rather than let users face a stacked barrage of blue permission dialogs, is to flatten them all out on one clear screen when they first launch an app after installation. Users would see a list of what the app would like permission to access and the user would be able to (with one tap) allow all, or individually deny permission for the various databases.

Growl's Response To Notification Center: Welcome To The Party, We Were Worried That We Were Being Stood Up

Growl is alive and kicking - We are still actively working on shipping two future versions of Growl. Our understanding from press reports at this point is that Notification Center is only available to apps from the Mac App Store, which effectively locks out the entire class of applications that aren't or can't be in the store.

WinZip Releases Free iPad, iPhone Apps

Michael Muchmore, PC Magazine:
The app not only lets you see what files are zipped inside the archive file, but lets you view the contained documents if they're one of 11 very popular formats.

How To Get Out Of Tracking On Safari
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, Wall Street Journal

iOS Permission Dialogs

Ultimately, I think Apple’s current implementation of dialogs on first access, then settings to revoke later, is the better, more understandable, less annoying solution with fewer negative side effects for users and developers. They just need to add another dialog and setting for Contacts access, and that’s probably exactly what they’ll do in iOS 6.

A Gate With Destiny

There are still important things to sort out, and the choices Apple makes will determine the future of the Mac platform and deeply impact those who use it going forward.

Fix The Sandbox

Daniel Jalkut, Red Sweater Blog:
To increase adoption, Apple should expand the current list of entitlements until it covers every reasonable behavior that users expect from Mac apps. A good test for this is any app that is currently available in the Mac App Store. Having been approved by Apple’s own reviewers, and purchased by Apple’s own customers, the merit of these apps should be considered implicit.

Mountain Lion: What You Need To Know

According to the information Apple has provided with the developer preview, you need to be running at least the latest version of Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.8) to install Mountain Lion.

Google Explains How And Why Safari Privacy Settings Were Circumvented

Kelly Hodgkins, TUAW:
Google says it was using a known bit of Safari functionality to provide features that were only enabled when users signed into Google using their browser. Google used this functionality to provide personalized ads and the ability to +1 items for signed-in Google users.
Google then pins the problem on Safari; the statement says the browser "contained functionality that then enabled other Google advertising cookies to be set on the browser." The search giant said it didn't expect this to happen and is now "removing these advertising cookies from Safari browsers." Google insists that the original cookie enablement was done anonymously and no personal data was collected.

Mac Developers: Gatekeeper Is A Concern, But Still Gives Power Users Control

Chris Foresman, Ars Technica:
While developers we spoke to seem mildly excited about the new functionality, their immediate focus was on the implications of Apple's new Gatekeeper security feature.

Apple Counts Down To 25 Billion App Store Downloads With Contest
Lex Friedman, Macworld

Apple Removes X11 In OS X Mountain Lion, Shifts Support To Open Source XQuartz
Eric Slivka, MacRumors

Fri, Feb 17, 2012

After Beta, Messages Will Be Exclusive To OS X Mountain Lion

Arnold Kim, MacRumors:
Based on the text strings found in the App's resources, it has been revealed that Messages will no longer be available for Lion users once the beta expires.

Google's iPhone Tracking

Julia Angwin and Jennifer Valentino-Devries, Wall Street Journal:
Google Inc. and other advertising companies have been bypassing the privacy settings of millions of people using Apple Inc.'s Web browser on their iPhones and computers—tracking the Web-browsing habits of people who intended for that kind of monitoring to be blocked.
The companies used special computer code that tricks Apple's Safari Web-browsing software into letting them monitor many users. Safari, the most widely used browser on mobile devices, is designed to block such tracking by default.

The Slow Rise Of The SoMoClo OS

Om Malik, GigaOM:
From my perspective, the desktop OS of today needs to be built with that reality in mind, let’s call this the SoMoClo operating system, where SoMoClo stands for Social+Mobile+Cloud.

Five Exciting App Changes In Mountain Lion
Serenity Caldwell, Macworld

Apple And The New York Times Not Meshing

Erik Wemple, Washington Post:
An exclusive, of course, cuts two ways. Payoff for the recipient and pain for the shunned. Heading up the latter camp is the New York Times, arguably the most aggressive pursuer of Apple-related news on the planet.

Between A Rock And A Hard Place – Our Decision To Abandon The Mac App Store

Fundamentally, sandboxing is a good idea. Asking applications to be specific about what they need to do, and exposing that to the system and users for validation is a good idea for security.
The trouble is, the sandboxing implementation currently in place on Mac OS X Lion doesn’t allow for all the behaviours that real Mac applications do right now, behaviours which are not at all contentious, are approved in the Mac App Store already, and indeed are very much appreciated by users.
Looks like Gatekeeper is more or less the right kind of solution, balancing the different requirement between security and functionality.

Apple Ignored Warning On Address-Book Access

Tom Simonite, Technology Review:
Apple was warned as long ago as 2010 that the popular Gowalla location-sharing iPhone app was uploading users' address books without alerting them, Technology Review has learned.
This raises questions about why Apple didn't do then what it announced it would do yesterday. In a statement, the company said software upgrades for iPhones would be issued to protect users from the practice, which is forbidden.
I will be surprise if the address-book privacy issue hasn't been discussed within Apple before the Path incident.

About Gatekeeper

o it seemed feasible that we’d wake up one day and Apple would decree that all Mac apps must be sold through the App Store. But instead, Apple went to considerable effort and expense to find a middle ground.
One can employ a "slippery-slope" arguments about the future of apps outside of Mac App Store. But a slipper-slope argument is just that: an alert for us to be prepared, but not something that should prompt us to abandon ship.

Mountain Lion Drops Support For Several Older Mac Models

Chris Rawson, TUAW:
An anonymous developer clued us into the minimum requirements for OS X 10.8, and there's bad news for some older Mac owners.

Gatekeeper Already Present In OS X 10.7.3, Available For Developer Testing

Eric Slivka, MacRumors:
Apple has revealed that the functionality is already baked into OS X 10.7.3 but hidden by default. Apple has instructed developers that they can enable Gatekeeper on OS X 10.7.3 from the command line in order to test the functionality.

Solving iCloud-Related Slowdowns In Lion

Adam C. Engst, TidBITS:
The problem, therefore, was a somewhat corrupted Bookmarks.plist file in Safari that was causing iCloud bookmark syncing to choke in such a way as to use a vast amount of processing power, and, in the process, battery power.

OS X Mountain Lion Will Be Mac Store Only, Apple Tells Us USB Key Will Not Be Available

Stuart Miles, Pocket-lint:
Apple has confirmed that the next version of its desktop operating system, OS X Mountain Lion, will be available to customers only via the Mac App Store when it comes out this summer.

Thu, Feb 16, 2012

Gatekeeper Slams The Door On Mac Malware Epidemics

Rich Mogull, TidBITS:
Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion includes a transformative security technology called Gatekeeper. It’s a major new advance in operating system security designed to reduce dramatically the ability of an attacker to trick users into installing malicious software. It could be the key to preventing a future widespread malware epidemic.

Apple Releases Xcode 4.3, Now Offered As App Instead Of Installer
Eric Slivka, MacRumors

Mountain Lion

John Gruber, Daring Fireball:
Putting both iOS and OS X on an annual release schedule is a sign that Apple is confident it no longer needs to make such tradeoffs in engineering resources. There’s an aspect of Apple’s “now” — changes it needs to make, ways the company needs to adapt — that simply relate to just how damn big, and how successful, the company has become. They are in uncharted territory, success-wise. They are cognizant that they’re no longer the upstart, and are changing accordingly.
It seems important to Apple that the Mac not be perceived as an afterthought compared to the iPad, and, perhaps more importantly, that Apple not be perceived as itself considering or treating the Mac as an afterthought.

Apple Releases Public Beta Of Messages, Replacing iChat
Jim Dalrymple, The Loop

Hands On With Apple's New OS X: Mountain Lion

Jason Snell, Macworld:
Like Lion, Mountain Lion offers numerous feature additions that will be familiar to iOS users. This OS X release continues Apple’s philosophy of bringing iOS features “back to the Mac,” and includes iMessage, Reminders, Notes, Notification Center, Twitter integration, Game Center, and AirPlay Mirroring.
As the first OS X release post-iCloud, there’s also much more thorough integration with Apple’s data-syncing service. Mountain Lion also brings options to limit which kinds of apps users can install. And although there are no actual mountain lions in China, OS X Mountain Lion does add a raft of features to speak to users in the country that’s Apple’s biggest growth opportunity.
Mountain Lion will be a paid upgrade to OS X; like Lion, it will be available only via a Mac App Store download. Apple hasn’t yet set a price or a release date more specific than “summer.” Mac developers will be able to download a developer release of Mountain Lion on Thursday, giving them several months to update their apps to take advantage of the new features in the release.

xType Is A Simple, Free Text Expansion Tool For The Mac

Adam Dachis, Lifehacker:
Although we have a favorite text expansion utility already, xType has the advantage of being free while still maintaining a comparable feature set to the paid competition. It's not yet ready to claim the top spot in the text expansion category, but is a seriously good alternative if you're looking to save some money.

Adjust OS X Sound Volume Level Per Application With Sound Bunny

Topher Kessler, CNET:
ProSoft Engineering (maker of Data Rescue and Drive Genius) has released a new utility called SoundBunny, which is a simple control panel that interfaces with the core audio system in OS X and allows you to adjust volume levels on a per-application basis.

Pismo: In Many Ways, It Was The Best Of PowerBooks

Simon Royal, Low End Mac:
The last PowerBook G3 model, referred to as the Pismo, is fondly regarded as the ultimate PowerBook by many, and I tend to agree.

AirParrot Mirrors Your Mac Display To Apple TV In Real Time

Erica Sadun, TUAW:
Called AirParrot, the new app allows you to select a Mac display and an AirPlay destination (typically an Apple TV). It then uses H.264 encoding to build a live video stream from your selected display.
This allows you to work directly on your laptop or desktop system and mirror it to an HDTV display, just as you would using iOS's built-in AirPlay mirroring features.

Missing Apps, Missing Safari Warnings, And More
Christopher Breen, Macworld

Eight Tips For OS X's Quick Look
Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

Apple: App Access To Contact Data Will Require Explicit User Permission

John Paczkowski, AllThingsD:
“Apps that collect or transmit a user’s contact data without their prior permission are in violation of our guidelines*,” Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told AllThingsD. “We’re working to make this even better for our customers, and as we have done with location services, any app wishing to access contact data will require explicit user approval in a future software release.”

Wed, Feb 15, 2012

Apple Slashes iAd Pricing Again As Mobile Ad Share Declines

Kunur Patel, Advertising Age:
Apple is once again slashing the minimum amount it charges advertisers to run a campaign on its iAd mobile ad system and boosting the amount it pays mobile app developers, Ad Age has learned.
In the meantime, Apple has been losing share in the mobile-ad market, threatening the business and app developers' ability to make money from advertising.

An Answer To Apple: Inkling Creates First Industrial-Grade Publishing Platform For Interactive eBooks

Rip Empson, TechCrunch:
MacInnis tells us that the team set out to build a publishing platform that would redefine digital media, starting with reinventing the textbook. But in doing so, they’ve discovered that to reinvent books, they’ve had to go back to ground zero and re-imagine the entire printing process itself. Desktop publishing has been around for decades, but to do it right, MacInnis said that they quickly became acutely aware that this required them to reset the type, so to speak.

Review: How A Simple List App Called Clear May Change How We Use Our Devices Forever
Matthew Panzarino, The Next Web

Walter Isaacson’s ‘Steve Jobs’

John Gruber, Daring Fireball:
The design process, the resulting products, the centrality of software — Isaacson simply misses the boat.

iOS Apps And The Address Book: Who Has Your Data, And How They're Getting It

Dieter Bohn, The Verge:
Over the course of the past day, we have been using the method explained by Arun Thampi (who discovered Path's privacy violation) to investigate several dozen popular iOS apps. Our findings should bring both comfort and concern to any iPhone user — and to be frank the work of doing a similar investigation on Android and other platforms remains to be done.
Presented below are our findings so far, but we consider this to be an ongoing project. It's nearly impossible to prove a negative, so instead we simply need to test as many apps as possible to determine which apps are uploading your data. Without further ado, here's what we've discovered so far.
Foursquare -- at least until the latest update -- and Hipster are "egregious offenders".
Tons of other apps -- including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, Gowalla, Foodspotting, Angry Birds, and Cut-The-Rope -- requires an action from the user, but they don't clearly tell users that the entire contact list will be uploaded to their servers.

Cook: iCloud Has 100 Million Users, 3 Million Apple TVs Sold Last Year

Mike Schramm, TUAW.
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    Oceanhouse Media Talks Dr. Seuss, Book-apps And Mobile Edutainment

    Stuart Dredge, The Guardian:
    "Some developers are taking advantage of the situation to turn children into click-mules. Do this, now do that, now spend some money. They're turning the child into a click-zombie trying to do whatever it takes to feed their virtual fish, or whatever. We're interested in exploring in-app purchasing, but we won't ever be predatory."
    He comes back to Oceanhouse's educational ambitions, filing misguided use of freemium billing alongside unnecessary multimedia and interactivity on the company's Not-To-Do list.

    Two Contradictory Thoughts About Apple And Path

    Watts Martin, Coyote Tracks:
    If iOS was, in fact, designed to pop up a dialog box saying “SomeApp is trying to access your address book. Allow or Deny?” like it does for the GPS, that might be a minor improvement—but it doesn’t tell you what the application in question is doing with the address book data.
    See also: What Info Can iOS Apps Access? (Dave Winer, Scripting News): Which of the apps on my iPhone is transmitting everything I think is private and to whom are they transmitting it?

    China May Widen Investigation Of Apple iPad Trademark Dispute
    Michael Kan, IDG News Service

    Tue, Feb 14, 2012

    Hide And Unhide Mac App Store Purchases
    Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

    Mac OS X's 'QuarantineEvents' Keeps A Log Of All Your Downloads

    TJ Luoma, TUAW:
    What most Mac OS X users probably don't know is that Mac OS X keeps a log of all files downloaded. Files are added to that log even if you are using "private" browsing in Safari or "incognito" in Google Chrome, and the log does not appear to ever be cleared.
    Even so, Don't Panic: there is no evidence that this information is shared with Apple or anyone else. You do not need to be worried about Apple telling anyone that you torrented all of the episodes of Downton Abbey. The only one who has access to this information is anyone with access to your account.

    Fair Labor Association Begins Inspections Of Foxconn

    Apple® today announced that the Fair Labor Association will conduct special voluntary audits of Apple’s final assembly suppliers, including Foxconn factories in Shenzhen and Chengdu, China, at Apple’s request. A team of labor rights experts led by FLA president Auret van Heerden began the first inspections Monday morning at the facility in Shenzhen known as Foxconn City.
    “We believe that workers everywhere have the right to a safe and fair work environment, which is why we’ve asked the FLA to independently assess the performance of our largest suppliers,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The inspections now underway are unprecedented in the electronics industry, both in scale and scope, and we appreciate the FLA agreeing to take the unusual step of identifying the factories in their reports.”

    Reduce Visual Clutter In Microsoft Word

    TJ Luoma, TUAW:
    I know a lot of people who hate Microsoft Word. The two complaints that I hear most often are that it's slow to launch and extremely cluttered. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make it better. I'll walk you through the steps that I take whenever I'm setting up Word on a new computer.

    Alfred 1.1 Released: Address Book, Filter Actions & More Improvements

    Create A Bootable Lion Install Drive For Newer Macs

    Dan Frakes, Macworld:
    When Lion debuted, I explained how to create a bootable Lion-installer drive from the Mac App Store version of Lion. But if you have a Mac that debuted after Lion (any Mac from July 2011 or later), your Mac shipped with Lion pre-installed. In other words, you don’t have a downloadable version of the installer unless you happened to purchase Lion for another, older Mac. Apple does offer a utility for creating an emergency Lion Recovery drive but, like the standard Lion Recovery feature, this drive requires you to download the full 4GB of Lion each time you want to install—it’s better to have the full installer on a bootable drive.

    Mon, Feb 13, 2012

    Apple Asks Fair Labor Association To Inspect Foxconn

    Don Reisinger, CNET:
    The iPhone maker announced today that it has asked the Fair Labor Association (FLA), an organization "dedicated to ending sweatshop conditions in factories worldwide," to investigate Foxconn facilities in Shenzhen and Chengdu, China. The first inspections have already begun in the Shenzhen factory, known as Foxconn City.
    "We believe that workers everywhere have the right to a safe and fair work environment, which is why we've asked the FLA to independently assess the performance of our largest suppliers," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. "The inspections now underway are unprecedented in the electronics industry, both in scale and scope, and we appreciate the FLA agreeing to take the unusual step of identifying the factories in their reports."

    Mongering Fear

    Amit Runchal, Interactioned:
    No one is seriously suggesting Arrington’s straw man argument about Path cooperating with Egyptian authorities. But the way that companies both transmit and store data — whether it be Path, Instagram, Google or Skype — could have very serious, very real implications. It’s a conversation that we should be having. More importantly, it’s time that tech firms start being completely open about how they deal with data.

    The Bigger Question Path Raises

    Dave Winer, Scripting News:
    Can users store private information on iPhones and iPads and at the same time use apps?
    Pretty simple. It seems to me that the two actions are incompatible. If you install even one app on your iPhone or iPad, all your data is compromised. Since the tech industry is the predator here, we have to think for ourselves.

    Disruptions: So Many Apologies, So Much Data Mining

    Nick Bilton, New York Times:
    A person’s contacts are so sensitive that Alec Ross, a senior adviser on innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, said the State Department was supporting the development of an application that would act as a “panic button” on a smartphone, enabling people to erase all contacts with one click if they are arrested during a protest.
    It seems the management philosophy of “ask for forgiveness, not permission” is becoming the “industry best practice.” And based on the response to Mr. Morin, tech executives are even lauded for it.

    Sun, Feb 12, 2012

    Air Force May Buy 18,000 iPads From Apple

    The Air Mobility Command plans to issue a request for proposals to purchase between 63 and 18,000 "iPad 2, brand name or equal devices" to lighten the load of flight crews. The goal is to replace the bag of manuals and navigation charts weighing as much as 40 pounds that's carried by pilots and navigators.

    Bookle: Hands-on With The New Mac EPUB Reader App

    Steven Sande, TUAW:
    Bookle looks good, and is an excellent 1.0 implementation of a Mac ebook reader.

    Using Apps To Help Treat Autism

    Kerry Davis, IDG News Service:
    “The more we dig, the bigger the rabbit hole is and we’re starting to think tech is a really big key for how we can develop therapies quickly,” said Marc Sirkin, vice president of social marketing and online fundraising for Autism Speaks.

    Sat, Feb 11, 2012

    Apple Offering Stripped-Down $999 13" MacBook Air To Educational Institutions Buying In Bulk

    Jordan Golson, MacRumors:
    The new educational-exclusive MacBook Air is a 13" model with the same specs as the entry-level consumer 11" MacBook Air.

    Thunderbolt: One Year Later

    Mauricio Grijalva, Macworld:
    It’s been almost 12 months since Thunderbolt made its debut on the 2011 MacBook Pro. In that time, just a few dozen Thunderbolt products have shipped, to the disappointment of users eager to take advantage of the fast connection.

    Using PDF Images In iOS Apps

    iPhone developers are familiar with having to provide artwork at both regular and Retina (doubled) pixel dimensions for their apps. With rumours of a Retina Display-equipped iPad being just around the corner, it’s wise to consider moving to fully scaleable vector artwork for as much of your app’s images (such as toolbar icons) as possible.

    Mac And iOS Browsers: Options Galore
    Low End Mac

    Ask The iTunes Guy: iTunes Match Confusion
    Kirk McElheam, Macworld

    Fri, Feb 10, 2012

    MiJournal 1.1 Offers Simple Tools For Daily Logs

    Brendan Wilhide, Macworld:
    MiJournal isn’t the flashiest choice in Mac journaling, but it’s steady and straightforward. The visual emphasis on repeated writing and the search support are standout features in an app that makes journaling just a bit easier.

    “Okay, I’ll Remind You”

    Federico Viticci, MacStories:
    The ads, called “Rock God” and “Road Trip”, share a common theme: people talking to their assistant using natural language and a friendly tone, not simply asking a piece of software to execute commands.

    Apple Tightens Up On Apps

    Jessica E. Vascellaro, Wall Street Journal:
    Apple says the rules are necessary for security reasons, as it aims to standardize consumers' experience across all Apple devices. But developers say they may be forced to remove certain features from their apps, and the move could create extra work for Mac owners, who may have to download additional software to access those features.
    Apple, it seems, have a vision of where the Mac is going to be. We may not know the vision yet, and we may or may not agree with it. But this proves, I think, that Apple is not abandoning the Mac.

    Emptying The Trash Automatically

    Christopher Breen, Macworld:
    While you may not be able to access an Apple-created Empty Trash action, you can build an AppleScript that accomplishes this task that's included as part of your workflow. I’ll demonstrate by creating a workflow that only empties the trash when executed.
    AppleScript is such a useful thing on the Mac that I hope Apple will not abandon it.
    And I do hope that some smart engineers inside Apple is thinking of how to bring scripting capabilities to iOS.

    FileMaker Go Brings FileMaker Databases To iOS

    Steve McCabe, TidBITS:
    Despite the inevitable layout-design compromises that the small size of the iPhone imposes on the FileMaker developer, FileMaker Go for the iPhone is a solid piece of software that integrates well with the existing FileMaker universe.

    Apple To Announce iPad 3 First Week In March

    John Paczkowski, AllThingsD:
    Sources say the company has chosen the first week in March to debut the successor to the iPad 2, and will do so at one of its trademark special events. The event will be held in San Francisco, presumably at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Apple’s preferred location for big announcements like these.
    As for the next-generation iPad itself, sources say it will be pretty much what we’ve been led to expect by the innumerable reports leading up to its release: A device similar in form factor to the iPad 2, but running a much faster chip, sporting an improved graphics processing unit, and featuring a 2048×1536 Retina Display — or something close to it.

    Thu, Feb 9, 2012

    Working With Dropbox

    José R.C. Cruz, Dr Dobb's:
    Dropbox client applets allow only basic functionality for interacting with the file storage service. To get the full breadth of capabilities, you'll need to use their SDK and write your own code.

    I’ve Seen The Future Of iOS And OS X, And It Starts With iLife

    Paul Skidmore, Macgasm:
    The fingerprints of iOS encroaching on OS X may be more tangible than realized. As I’ve watched Apple — in particular its video offerings — over the years, it occured to me sometime last year that if you want to know where Apple is taking OS X with regard to iOS, here’s a sure bet: Watch iLife.

    Architects’ Works Find A Niche In The Digital Age

    Steven Kurutz, New York Times:
    In recent months, several new apps have focused on specific works of architecture, like Richard Neutra’s VDL Studio and Residences, Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House #22 and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, bringing those masterworks into the digital age. The latter two were created by in-D media, a California-based company that has been producing architecture videos and CD-ROMs since the late-’90s and last year began transferring its wealth of content into mobile app form.

    Stealing Your Address Book

    I fully believe this issue is a failure of Apple and a breach of trust by Apple, not by app developers. The expectation of Address Book privacy is obvious; in fact, one person on Hacker News, in response to learning about Path's use of the data, said, "Apple would never do this to their users." Because Apple has your trust and yet gives this private information freely to developers, Apple does do this to their users. All of them.
    Usually, when I am curious about something Apple has done, I try to understand the design thinking that went into the decision. In this case, I can't think of a rational reason for why Apple has not placed any protections on Address Book in iOS. It makes no sense. It is a breach of my privacy, and it has allowed every app I've installed to steal my address book.

    Tapbots Releases Tweetbot For iPad, Updates iPhone App
    Serenity Cladwell, Macworld

    Path Apologizes For Contact Upload Fiasco, But They’re Just The Tip Of This Iceberg

    Joshua Schnell, Macgasm:
    We’re glad Path took the steps necessary to quickly eliminate the problem, but we’re more concerned about all the applications out there that do this that we’re not aware of at this point.
    How many other apps on your iOS devices are secretly uploading the entire address book to their servers?

    Apple Kills Off White MacBook As Educational Institution Distribution Halted
    Eric Slivka, MacRumors

    Apple’s iTunes Match (Aka iMatch): The First Royalties Are In

    Jeff Price, TuneCore Blog:
    A person has a song on her computer hard drive. She clicks on the song and plays it. No one is getting paid. The same person pays iTunes $25 for iMatch. She now clicks on the same song and plays it through her iMatch service. Copyright holders get paid.
    Same action, same song, one makes money for the copyright holder, and one does not. This is found money that the copyright holders would never have gotten otherwise.
    Artists get money just because you did some syncing.

    The iPad At Work, Day 3: Making Adjustments

    Dan Moren, Macworld:
    After a day or two of using the iPad, my brain seemed to have rewired itself. It’s not that the iPad is better or worse than the Mac; it’s just that different things are hard to do on each device.
    Even more adventures of the man who decided to go Mac-less.

    Wed, Feb 8, 2012

    Apple Continues Adding Lion Internet Recovery Support To 2010 Macs

    Josh Ong, AppleInsider:
    Apple on Tuesday released several EFI firmware updates for its 2010 Macs to enable the Lion Internet Recovery feature to the older machines.

    Apple To Stream Live Paul McCartney Concert To iTunes And Apple TV
    Eric Slivka, MacRumors

    The iPad At Work, Day 2: Testing The Limits

    Dan Moren, Macworld:
    While day one had been an adjustment, things had gone pretty well; I hadn’t needed to resort to my Mac at all, and I had finished my work on time. But, to be honest, I had been a bit cautious about the things I’d attempted to do. So on day two, I pushed myself a little bit harder. Not surprisingly, in doing so I ran into more problems.
    Further adventures of a man who went Mac-less for three days.

    Publishers Are Flubbing The iPad

    Alan D. Mutter, Editor & Publisher:
    Two years after the debut of the iPad, most newspaper publishers still are fretting and fumbling over what to do about it.

    Tue, Feb 7, 2012

    Adobe Creative Cloud To Be Priced At $49.99 Monthly, Includes Creative Suite 6 And Lightroom 4

    Jacob Schulman, The Verge:
    Later in the first half of 2012, Adobe will introduce Creative Cloud, an end-to-end service offering that will grant users access to its upcoming Creative Suite 6 apps and provide ancillary services starting at $49.99 a month if you commit to a one year contract. The new software-as-a-service offering seems like a great deal, and when you compare $600 per year to $2,000 up-front, you'll have to think long and hard about whether it's worth it in the long term. Still, it's not hard to connect the changes to the rampant piracy that's plagued Adobe for years: a $49 entry price might lure in a lot of buyers who'd otherwise head straight to a torrent site.

    MacBook Air: The Ultra Ultrabook And Business Windows, Too

    Ted Schadler, ZDNet:
    The coolest thing is that I can remain backwardly compatible with my organization’s requirements while embracing the new architectures of apps and devices. Nice work, Apple, Parallels, and our network & security team!

    Apple Warns Developers Not To Manipulate App Store Rankings
    Arnold Kim, MacRumors

    Time Machine’s Hidden Local Backup!
    Terry White, MacNews

    The Best Keyboard Remapper For Mac OS X

    Adam Dachis, Lifehacker:
    KeyRemap4Macbook would rise to the top thanks to numerous remapping options, customizability, and helpful bonus features.

    iPad, Take A Note: PaperPort Notes Adds Speech Recognition

    Todd Ogasawara, Byte:
    PaperPort Notes has been updated, by Nuance of Dragon Naturally Speaking speech-to-text fame. The 1.1 update introduces only one new feature, but it's a goodie: speech recognition for note taking. The price? Free.

    Sandvox 2.5

    Agen G. N. Schmitz, TidBITS:
    Karelia has released Sandvox 2.5, a major update of its popular Web site creation software. This new version introduces a drag-and-drop Slide Show object that enables you to cycle through images, and it offers a variety of controls including timing, transitions, and captions. It also provides enhanced sharing capabilities via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and email.

    Bookle Brings ePub Reading To The Mac

    Serenity Caldwell, Macworld:
    While reading ebooks on your iOS devices is fairly pleasant, thanks to Apple’s iBooks app, the company has yet to release any such program for the Mac. To fill this void, Tidbits Publishing and Stairways Software have collaborated to create Bookle, a DRM-free ePub reader.

    Apple Compensates Victim Of ‘Stolen iPhone’ iMessage Bug

    Matthew Panzarino, The Next Web:
    Having to have Apple intervene to stop the messages being sent isn’t always an option and, frankly, shouldn’t have to be. Apple shouldn’t be held responsible for compensating users for stolen devices, but it should be held responsible for providing clear documentation about how iMessage issues like this can be resolved, without some mysterious procedure only Apple can perform.

    Digital Exams On The iPad
    Fraser Speirs

    The iPad At Work, Day 1: Getting It All Set Up

    Dan Moren, Macworld:
    For 20 years, I’ve been using a Mac; for the last five, I’ve used one almost daily to write. So that first morning, when I shambled into my home office and sat down at the desk, it struck me just how different working with an iPad would be.
    Dan Moren is trying to go Mac-less for 3 whole days.

    Sun, Feb 5, 2012

    Accidental Espionage: How iMessage Conversations End Up In The Wrong Handsets

    T.C. Sottek, The Verge:
    We've recreated all this in a controlled environment, but that doesn't exactly mean it might come up in a real world setting — the biggest danger here is that someone might swipe your SIM card, slap it in a spare iPhone, put it back in your iPhone after verification, and then monitor all of your conversations without you ever knowing. And since this all takes place on the physical level, your messages can be swiped even if your phone is passcode locked. And what if your phone is stolen? In that case, you can always default to normal panic mode, which is the same on all platforms.
    Of course, if someone ever does get their hands on your iPhone, there's a whole host of other nefarious things that they could do than swipe your SIM card — so the issue might not deserve some of the hysteria we've seen across the web, but it's also clearly a risk that Apple needs to address. Until then, it's just one more reason to think twice the next time you consider leaving your iPhone unattended at the bar.

    Fixing “Previous Track”

    Instead, make it behave just like the “Next Track” button in reverse: always just seek to the previous track. If the previous track is bookmarkable, resume from its last-played position, and if not, play it from the beginning.

    Apple Revises Snow Leopard Security Update And Pulls 10.7.3 Delta Update

    Arnold Kim, MacRumors.
    All these software update problems really spoils Apple's it-just-works reputation.

    iMovie Vs Avid Studio: iPad Video Editing App Shootout

    Lenna Lofte, IMore:
    Avid Studio may be iMovie’s newest competitor for video editing on the iPad, but it’s not a fair competition. Avid Studio is the clear winner. iMovie doesn’t offer any significant features that Avid does not, but Avid can do much more than iMovie.

    Sat, Feb 4, 2012

    Apple Kicks Chart Topping Fakes Out Of App Store

    Josh Constine, TechCrunch.
    Looks like Apple's reviewers have more and more things to do.

    The iPad’s Split Keyboard Has Phantom Buttons

    I, for example, am used to typing the letter B with my left hand. And I can continue to use iPad's split keyboard, even though Apple chose to (visually) place the letter B on the right-hand side.

    Apple TV Now Offers Genius Recommendations For Movies, TV Shows
    Chris Rawson, TUAW

    Apple Releases iBooks 2.0.1 To Address Issue With Textbooks Not Opening

    Eric Slivka, MacRumors:
    Apple today updated iBooks [App Store] to version 2.0.1, bringing a fix for an issue that resulted in some iBooks Textbooks not opening in the application.

    Mac Basics: How To Set Up Time Machine

    Leah Yamshon, Macworld:
    One of the most important things to stay on top of is a regular system backup. If you’re new to Mac usage—or just never bothered to backup before—you’ll want to get familiar with a built-in Mac program called Time Machine.

    Apple Updates iBooks Author To Clarify That You Own Created Content

    Matthew Panzarino, The Next Web:
    Apple has updated its iBooks Author app in order to clarify the language of its End User License Agreement. The changes to the EULA clarify that Apple does indeed intend the packaged product to be sold on the iBookstore only, but also make it clear that it does not lay claim to the content that you use to create the book, nor does it try to limit what you can do with that content elsewhere.

    Security Update 2012-001 Kills Rosetta Apps

    Adam C. Engst, TidBITS:
    Details are still murky surrounding Security Update 2012-001’s effect on an installation of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, but many people are reporting problems with PowerPC-based applications that rely on Snow Leopard’s Rosetta environment.
    Apple released a new version of Security Update 2012-001 labeled v1.1 for 10.6.8 that “removes the ImageIO security fixes” to “address a compatibility issue.” We still recommend waiting before installing this fix unless you installed the 1.0 version.

    Fri, Feb 3, 2012

    Can Bells And Whistles Save The Book?

    Laura Miller, Salon:
    Attempts to invigorate books with video and other digital bells and whistles keep bumping up against this fundamental problem: You can’t really pay much attention to anything else while you’re reading, so in order to play with any of these new features, you have to stop reading. If you’re enjoying what you’re reading, then the attentional tug of all these peripheral doodads is vaguely annoying, and if you’re not engaged by the story, they aren’t enough on their own to win you over.
    The latest crop of enhanced e-books struggle mightily to overcome this dilemma. The vast majority of such books are kids’ titles, for the simple reason that literature for young children has always included images. The pictures give kids something to look at as the books are being read aloud to them, and this helps cement the relationship between printed and spoken language. Every children’s e-book offers a read-aloud feature in which a recorded voice recites the text. Most offer the ability to tap individual words to hear them spoken aloud. Parents understandably believe that these apps will help their kids learn to read — and that they make tempting, but still educational, alternatives to television.

    Apple Is Censoring Music On iTunes Match

    Chris Taylor, Mashable:
    Apple is unintentionally censoring rap music and other explicit tracks downloaded using its iTunes Match service — by replacing them with the clean versions of the same songs.

    Security Concerns On Apple's FileVault Decryption Via FireWire

    Topher Kessler, CNET:
    Because of the stringent requirements for obtaining the encryption keys, it is highly unlikely that a thief would uncover your files. Instead, it is far more likely that a thief would format the drive and get rid of the system to the quickest and highest bidder. Nevertheless, if you are still concerned, then there are a couple of things you can do to prevent such access to your system and protect your data.

    FileVault 2 Easily Decrypted, Warns Passware

    Topher Kessler, CNET:
    In a statement (PDF) issued this morning, password recovery company Passware has claimed that it can fully decrypt a FileVault-encrypted Mac disk within an hour. Using a live-memory analysis approach via the system's FireWire connection, Passware says its utilities can sample system memory and extract the encryption key for FileVault disks. The process apparently takes no more than 40 minutes, regardless of the length or complexity of the password used.

    How To Install Boot Camp And Run Windows On Your Mac

    Michael King, PCWorld:
    Shortly after the first Intel-based Macs arrived on the market, Apple released a tool called Boot Camp, which lets Mac owners install and boot their machines natively into Microsoft Windows alongside an existing OS X installation without running two operating systems concurrently--perfect for running performance-intensive applications that don't work in a virtual machine (such as Parallels or VMWare Fusion). Here’s how to set up Boot Camp.

    Tim Cook Boasts About Apple's Charitable Contributions During Internal All-hands Meeting

    Nilay Patel, The Verge:
    Apple CEO Tim Cook held a town hall meeting last week to celebrate Apple's record quarter, and in addition to giving employees deep discounts on Apple products, we're now hearing that he spent quite a bit of time focusing on Apple's charitable contributions.

    Avid Brings Its “Pro-sumer” Video Editing App To iPad

    Lauren Goode, AllThingsD:
    Avid, maker of high-end digital video and audio production tools, is bringing its “pro-sumer” video editing software to the iPad.
    Full projects and video files can be transferred to and from the Avid Studio app via iCloud and iTunes. Finished movie files can also be shared directly from the Avid app to Facebook and YouTube.

    Some 10.7.3 Users Encounter Nasty Bug; Fix Available

    Lex Friedman, Macworld:
    Some folks who installed 10.7.3 via Software Update—using the traditional update approach—discovered upon rebooting that every app they launched would crash, and the ensuing error dialog box sported bizarre overlays: gradient boxes reading “CUI CUI,” along with bright red question marks.
    The good news is, there's a fix. The bad news is, it isn't simple to perform. The combo updater—the version that could also update older versions of Lion—seems to resolve the issue for afflicted users. The problem, however, is that getting the installer to run can be a bit of an issue, if your Web browser crashes each time you try to download it.

    Reported iMessage Bug Is Not A Bug Says Apple

    Jim Dalrymple, The Loop:
    “This was an extremely rare situation that occurred when a retail employee did not follow the correct service procedure and used their personal SIM to help a customer who did not have a working SIM,” Apple representative Natalie Harrison told The Loop. “This resulted in a temporary situation that has since been resolved by the employee.”
    I wish Apple (or someone) will come up with a list of things to do and not to do regarding your SIM card. Looks like a minefield of iMessage hurt out there.

    Thu, Feb 2, 2012

    Understanding Japanese App Store Withholding

    After a back and forth Twitter discussion yesterday with David Barnard about how Japanese tax withholding works in the the App Store I figured I’d write a quick post to clarify how it works. I am neither an accountant nor a lawyer, so it is a good idea to contact one of those before making any major decisions on this topic. This is also written entirely from a US perspective. I have no idea how things work around the world.

    Steve Jobs Didn’t Believe In Macs For Business. But Here They Are

    Caleb Garling, Wired:
    When Dale Fuller was trying to resuscitate Apple’s PowerBook division in the late 1990s, he didn’t see eye-to-eye with Steve Jobs. Fuller saw all those PC makers selling Windows laptops to big businesses, and as he struggled to inject new life into Apple’s moribund PowerBook division, he wanted to do the same. But Jobs said no.
    Fifteen years after he left Apple, Dale Fuller still thinks Macs are good for business. His new company, MokaFive, carries the tagline: “Finally, Apple for the Enterprise.” But the world has changed, and his efforts to push Apple machines onto businesses are no longer at odds with the Jobsian vision — or least, not entirely.

    Simplify Is An All-In-One Desktop Controller For iTunes, Spotify, And Rdio

    Whitson Gordon, Lifehacker:
    The app is pretty simple; like other mini-players, it shows the current playing track and album art on your desktop. You can play, pause, and skip by clicking on the mini-player, but it also has a number of customizable shortcuts that affect all three players. You also have a few different sizes and looks to choose from, so it blends in nicely with your desktop and the way you listen to music.

    Screen Magnification Options In OS X Lion

    Topher Kessler, CNET:
    When performing tasks like surfing the Web, browsing through images, or even reading text on screen there may be instances where you need to examine or demonstrate a detail that is relatively small or otherwise difficult to see.

    Mac OS X 10.7.3 Fixes Bugs, Improves Lion Server

    Adam C. Engst, TidBITS:
    The 10.7.3 update would seem to be a much bigger deal for those using Lion Server, to judge from the release notes for Mac OS X Lion Server 10.7.3 Update.

    Apple Releases OS X 10.7.3

    Federico Viticci, MacStories:
    This new version of Lion includes “general operating system fixes” and support for more languages; 10.7.3 also addresses compatibility issues with Windows file sharing and directory services.

    AirPort Utility 6.0 Adds iCloud Support But Removes Many Features

    Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS:
    Instead of telling you how every last feature now works in version 6.0, let me walk you through things I know everyone will like, elements many will hate, and some particular callouts for network administrators who are already turning amber in distress.

    Is The iPad The New Cookbook?

    Laura Barnett, The Guardian:
    So how practical is it to use recipes on cookery apps? Can a phone or iPad cope with the splatters of the kitchen? And how do you scroll to the next stage of a recipe when your hands are covered in flour or lemon juice or potato peelings?
    According to one of the comments, there are apps that uses the light sensor to detect you waving your hands to advance a page. No touching of iPhone or iPad is needed.

    Updates For Snow Leopard Security, Remote Desktop Now Available

    Lex Friedman, Macworld:
    In addition to releasing Mac OS X 10.7.3 on Wednesday, Apple also pushed out two other software updates: a security update for Snow Leopard and an update to Apple Remote Desktop.

    Creating Freeze Frames In iMovie '11

    Christopher Breen, Macworld:
    If you want to add a freeze frame from content in your iMovie library, move the cursor to the point in the clip where you’d like the frame and Control (right) click. From the contextual menu choose Add Still Frame to Project.

    Macworld Expo Is Dead, Long Live Macworld | iWorld

    Christopher Breen, Macworld:
    It’s now a show as much about doing as having—and one that’s available to everyone, not just those whose companies can foot the bill for a pricey conference package. As such, it has the potential to attract not only those interested in accessorizing and enhancing their Apple gear, but also people who want to dive into areas where Apple technology excels—the arts, media, communication, and productivity.

    The One Button Mystique

    Jeff Atwood, Coding Horror:
    I've gotten to the point where I dread using the home button on my iPhone because it Makes Me Think. And I get it wrong a significant percentage of the time. This isn't the way it's supposed to be.

    How Apple Does Ebook Widgets Right

    Joseph Pearson,
    That’s the first reason we’re thrilled about the widget-microformat approach iBooks is taking — we can build to the spirit of the functionality, rather than just mimic the functionality. We can parse the intention of a microformat — it’s impossible to parse the intention of a chunk of JavaScript. We’re not forced to build an iBooks clone, which work would hold no attraction for us.
    Yes, sometimes I do wish Javascript (in web pages) was never invented.

    Wed, Feb 1, 2012

    Five Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Set Up Now

    Sharon Zardetto, Macworld:
    Computers excel at repetitive tasks. So why are you opening the same menus and submenus, looking for the same commands again and again?

    Where Are All The Thunderbolt Peripherals?

    David Morgenstern, ZDNet:
    So, what’s the holdup? On the show floor, I happened upon an engineer with long experience in the Mac storage market and he put the blame on fundamental cost issues and growing pains with a new technology.

    Apple Is Totally Serious About That Stuff They Put At The End Of Their Emails

    John Biggs, TechCrunch:
    Welcome, kids, to TIL – Today I Learned. Today’s TIL is “Don’t post your correspondence with AppleCare representatives or Apple will totally tell the government on you.”

    A Groupon For Your Dinner Party

    Roy Furchgott, New York Times:
    Maybe you have a problem getting friends to meet up for cocktails. Or Evite just isn’t driving a turnout for your dinner party. A little incentive might help.
    That’s where a free iPhone app called Pozzle comes in. It lets you create events and offer friends a Groupon-style enticement you think up. You can even win the equivalent of Foursquare badges in the process.

    7toX For Final Cut Pro Converts Legacy FCP Projects

    Serenity Caldwell, Macworld:
    When Final Cut Pro X was first released, there were many gripes and grumbles about the application, but none so prominent as the lack of support for projects created in earlier versions of Final Cut Pro. Third-party developer Intelligent Assistance seeks to change that with its new 7toX for Final Cut Pro converter, available on the Mac App Store alongside the newly released Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 update.

    Is Apple's Thunderbolt Truly Lightning-Fast?

    Glenn Derene, Popular Mechanics:
    Until the cost of the equipment and cables come down, Thunderbolt is absolutely not worth the investment unless you’re routinely transferring hundreds of huge files.

    Connecting The Dots: Mapping Apple’s Development And Manufacturing Process
    Sarah Kavanagh, Holly Epstein Ojalvo And Katherine Schulten, New York Times

    Q&A: Getting The Gray Out Of iPhoto

    J.D. Biersdorfer, New York Times:
    While there may be problems with the photos, an issue with iPhoto’s photo library file could be the culprit. Apple includes a troubleshooting tool to rebuild this library file, which might restore the thumbnail images to their normal state.

    Browett Seen As Bad For Apple Thanks To Dixons' Poor Reputation

    Chris Foresman, Ars Technica:
    Numerous readers have let Ars know that they feel Dixons' stores are messy, staffed with clueless salespeople, and sell low-quality goods. Because of this, some consumers worry that the new hire may be a harbinger of bad things to come for Apple's otherwise highly respected retail stores.
    See Also:
    A Genius Career Move ... The Man Who Went From Dixons (In Hemel) To Boss Of Apple Stores (In California) (James Thompson, The Independent): While the share price fell sharply during his tenure at Dixons Retail, Mr Browett will be remembered as the person who helped to see off rivals by improving customer service in UK stores.
    Something's Clicked With Apple's Choice Of Browett (Damian Reece, The Telegraph): Browett has done the hard yards at Dixons. His Renewal and Transformation plan hasn't saved the chain from the UK high street's desperate decline but it has rescued the shops from commission-led product sales to become more service led. Consumers have responded and Dixons has taken market share. Browett can bring a much-needed dose of reality to Apple stores during a period of rapid expansion.

    Analysis: Apple Forcing IT Shops To Adapt Or Die

    John Cox, Network World:
    Many IT departments are struggling with Apple’s take-it-or-leave-it attitude, based on discussions last week at MacIT, which is Macworld | iWorld’s companion conference for IT professionals.
    Not every company that embraces Apple runs into these issues, or suffers the same degree of pain. And other platforms impose their own mandates and constraints. But judging from the comments at MacIT, there is a lot of complexity in applying this apparent simplicity in the enterprise.