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Adobe acknowledges critical remote vulnerability in Flash, exploits already in the wild

AppleInsider - 6 hours 13 min ago
Adobe on Saturday released an updated version of its Flash player software that patches an undisclosed vulnerability which could allow remote attackers to take control of Macs or PCs, urging users to update as the problem is being actively exploited by malicious actors.

How to safely move your Mac's iPhoto library onto an external drive

AppleInsider - 8 hours 32 min ago
Today's digital cameras and advanced smartphones like the iPhone 6 take stunningly detailed photos, but all that extra resolution comes at the price of larger image files. Moving part or all of your iPhoto Library to an external hard drive is one of the most effective ways to free up precious space.

KGI: iPhone sales forecast at 73M for Q4 ahead of Apple Watch debut in March, 12" MacBook Air in Q1

AppleInsider - Sat, 2015-01-24 15:15
Apple is forecast to have shipped a whopping 73 million iPhones over the 2014 holiday quarter on strong iPhone 6 demand, according to one well-connected analyst who also expects a busy start to 2015 for the company, with Apple Watch sales in March and a rumored 12-inch MacBook Air coming sometime before April.

California DMV changes course, reverses registration policy change for rideshare drivers

MacWorld - Sat, 2015-01-24 14:22

Earlier this month, some UberX drivers in Calfornia found themselves between a rock and a hard place: The state started requiring ridesharing service drivers to register their cars as commercial vehicles, but Uber in turn suspended some drivers who did just that.

However, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, California's Department of Motor Vehicles has since reneged on its earlier policy decision, and has dropped the commercial registration requirement. According to the report, DMV officials "will meet with regulators and the industry to work through the issue," presumably to develop a policy that all sides can agree to.

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I Bet My Life: Microsoft HoloLens perfectly targets its core competency

AppleInsider - Sat, 2015-01-24 10:39
Microsoft's ability to leverage the tech media's credulity is weakening, as is evident from the emerging skepticism of its ability to deliver upon its latest product demonstration: HoloLens.

MacPhun = The Easy Way to Improve Photos

MacObserver - Sat, 2015-01-24 09:00

I have good news for those who want to improve your photos but donât want to spend a lot of time or money... That good news comes from a cool little company out of San Diego, CA called MacPhun, which makes nearly a dozen different inexpensive apps specifically designed to help you fix imperfections and improve mediocre photos quickly and easily, for not a lot of dough.


3 Rules for Better Candid iPhone Portraits

MacObserver - Sat, 2015-01-24 08:30

In Part 2 of the iPhoneography Portrait series Vern Seward gives more tips on how to improve your portraits.


7 Basic Tips for a Speedier Mac

MacObserver - Sat, 2015-01-24 08:00

A sluggish Mac is annoying. What good does it do to have the latest and greatest if it is going to run slow. There are some things that even beginners can do to help address this problem and Nancy Carroll Gravley has some great tips to make it possible.


Caturday: Brown Cat knows how to use a MacBook better than you do

TUAW - Sat, 2015-01-24 08:00
Over the years that Caturday has been a regular staple on the site, we've seen cats standing in front, laying on top, or simply snuggling the warmth of a variety of Apple devices. But until Brown Cat, we haven't had a cat who actually seems to know w...

The Week in iPad Cases: Hard Candy's shock-absorbing case, the latest collection from Rebecca Minkoff, and more

MacWorld - Sat, 2015-01-24 08:00
Slide-off covers, leather sleeves, and fashionable bags

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes crafty designs with quickly-removable covers, elegant leather sleeves for simple but effective protection, and gorgeous bags.

Hard Candy

The Shockdrop (iPad Air 2; $60) is a rugged case with a focus on shock absorption and damage prevention.

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Goal posts of the imagination: Innovation means shipping

MacWorld - Sat, 2015-01-24 05:00

Let’s go back in time seven years. That was when the Macalope first wrote this:

It’s amazing how future Microsoft products beat current Apple products time and time again, isn’t it? You’d think Apple would have just given up by now.

That was in response to contentions that Windows Mobile 7 (which later shipped as Windows Phone) would crush the iPhone. Not that that context has anything to do with what we’re about to talk about. Cough.

Now, back to the present where Microsoft shows us the future. Again. It looks kinda cool. It’s not, technically speaking, holograms as it was described, oh, 10,000 times in Wednesday’s presentation, but what else are you gonna call them?

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Huge crowds gather for Apple Store grnd opening in Hangzhou, China

AppleInsider - Sat, 2015-01-24 02:09
Apple opened the doors to its new West Lake Apple Store in China on Saturday, letting throngs of eager customers into one of the company's largest retail outlets in Asia.

Review: Mobile Home puts Siri in the driver's seat

AppleInsider - Fri, 2015-01-23 22:52
Apple's Siri is a great tool for safely automating iPhone tasks while driving, but under certain circumstances the virtual assistant can only be summoned by taking a hand off the wheel and pressing the home button. With CarPlay being anything but ubiquitous, Beanco Tech created a stopgap in Mobile Home.

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TUAW - Fri, 2015-01-23 19:00
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Go Behind the Scenes with Chinese Apple Store Artist (Video)

MacObserver - Fri, 2015-01-23 17:22

Apple posted a new video to its YouTube channel offering a behind-the-scenes look at artist Wang Dongling. He created the art used for the opening of Apple's newest Apple Store in China, known as West Lake. "To celebrate the opening of our first store in Hangzhou, we partnered with artist Wang Dongling," Apple said in the video's description. "Get a behind-the-scenes look at his process and the artwork he created for Apple Store, West Lake." The video includes comments from Mr. Wang, as well as shots of him creating the art. Check it out.


Leatherman Wins At Watchbands with Leatherman Tread

MacObserver - Fri, 2015-01-23 17:14

There has been a lot of talk lately about watches and watchbands now that we know Apple is headed into that market. Even before Apple launches it's offering, Leatherman has already conquered the watchband with the Leatherman Tread. And if you still aren't convinced you need to wear a watch, that's ok. First and foremost this is a bracelet, and if you want to include a watch, you can. Each link is an individual tool such as a hex drive, screwdriver, box wrench, and of course, the bottle opener (built into the clasp). It starts shipping this summer, with the timepiece coming in the fall. Since the links are user adjustable, it's possible to pop off the cutting hook and hopefully you can now, at long last, get through TSA with a Leatherman.


How Steve Jobs responded when someone called the iTunes logo an abomination

TUAW - Fri, 2015-01-23 17:00
In a recent report from the camera app Ice Cream, the company shared a story about a member of its team emailing Steve Jobs with a graphic design opinion in 2010. More specifically, the developer's opinion was that Apple's new logo for iTunes was an ...

Travel Back to 2004 and Meet the ‘Palette Pad’

MacObserver - Fri, 2015-01-23 16:47

Yesterday I wrote up the Mountie, a device that clips your smaller mobile display to the side of your "main" display, either a MacBook Pro or an iMac. It turns out this idea is a long time coming. Our own Adam Christianson had a conversation in 2004 about the (then) current Apple Studio Display and how so much space was used in programs like Photoshop by palettes and other panels that took up a lot of space. Adam was pondering a smaller screen that could work in conjunction with the main display, maximizing the space available for work on the larger screen. He talked this over with Jeff Rutan who then created a concept of what this "Palette Pad" might look like. At the time things like power and attaching to displays and video sync were tough nuts to crack, so the concept sort of died until 2010 with the release of Air Display which brought it closer. Now that the Mountie exists, teaming it up with Air Display might actually make Adam's vision a reality.


PowerPot Cooking Pot and Charger: $99

MacObserver - Fri, 2015-01-23 16:32

You know I love cool gadgets, and PowerPot is one of the coolest. It allows you to boil water in a pot-think camping-and convert that thermal energy into electric energy that you can use to charge your mobile devices. We reviewed it a while back if you're looking for our detailed thoughts, but we have a deal on PowerPot today that allows you to get it for $99 (it retails for $149). Enjoy!


Apple Continues to Plunder Fashion Industry with Another Burberry Hire

MacObserver - Fri, 2015-01-23 16:28

Apple continues to pluck talent from the ranks of fashion executives-the only Silicon Valley tech giant to do so. Apple has hired one Chester Chipperfield for its "Special Projects" group. Mr. Chipperfield was previously Vice President of Digital and Interactive Design for Burberry, the same high fashion company that supplied Angela Ahrendts, Apple's Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.


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