If you’re in the business of creating screencasts or Mac-based video demos, there’s a very good chance that you’re already using Telestream’s $99 ScreenFlow. With the latest update, the app is sure to gain a new group of supporters—iOS developers. And it will because Apple is encouraging these developers to submit app previews—video captures of their apps in action. It happens that this latest version of ScreenFlow not only lets you capture video directly to a Mac running Yosemite from an iOS 8 device that bears a Lightning-connector, but also lets you add touch callouts—overlays that mimic finger taps and swipes.
Like every version of ScreenFlow I’ve ever used, it exhibits quirky behavior from time to time, but the app’s benefits vastly outweigh its quirks.
These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.
Need a game that will keep you entertained and challenged for hours? Let me help you connect the dots—TwoDots, that is. TwoDots is a dot-connecting game reminiscent of more traditional match-three games (think Candy Crush and Bejeweled), but with a twist: instead of matching tiles, you’re connecting dots.
Buy a gift, get a gift, and Apple will give a gift to the Global Fund—the Black Friday sale is on at the Apple Store. Apple’s one-day-only deals don’t save you any cash, but you do get a PRODUCT(RED) iTunes gift card with purchase, and Apple makes a donation too.
Buying an iPad or iPhone gets you a $50 gift card, while iPods and the Apple TV come with $25 gift cards—and so do Beats by Dr. Dre headphones and speakers. Mac buyers can get a $100 gift card when purchasing an iMac, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro.
It’s worth noting that these are iTunes Store gift cards, not Apple Store gift cards. You can use them for apps (the App Store’s own RED promotion is still going on through December 7), as well as music, movies, audiobooks, iBooks, in-app purchases, and so on—but not a new iPhone.
Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to gather on the couch and watch a good movie. While we're sitting there, moaning in pain, having eaten too much yet again, and thinking about how miserable it was to travel, and how crazy our family members are, these 10 movies are a reminder that we're not alone in the world. And, indeed, despite everything, there are many, many wonderful things about this time of year, and plenty of things to be thankful for. Like Netflix.Addams Family Values
I’ve written a few times about two-factor authentication (2FA), where a password (something you know) is paired with a second item, like a device-generated token or one-time code sent via SMS (something you have). A password can be stolen or sometimes extracted, so a second factor makes it substantially more difficult for someone who lacks physical access to you or your stuff to break into one of your accounts. This restricts attackers from accomplishing wholesale attacks across thousands or millions of accounts, unless 2FA is badly implemented or attackers find an exploit.
While Apple has tried to take the pain out of 2FA through its trusted device approach with iCloud accounts, many people still believe this is too complicated for average users to employ. There needs to be something powerful, simple, and ubiquitously supported, they argue—as do I. Apple’s solution only works for people fully embedded in Apple’s ecosystem and only for some of Apple’s services.
Did you hear the one about the antivirus company CEO who got to opine on TechCrunch about how Apple should open up iOS?
Oh, it’s not a joke.
Well, maybe it is, actually.
The writer, John Prisco, is identified thusly:
John Prisco is president and CEO of Triumfant.
Oh. Huh. You might wonder what Triumfant is other than another charming tech misspelling of an actual word. Pff. They put the link in, dummy. What, does TechCrunch have to spoon feed you someone’s laughable biases or something? Follow the link. Sheesh.
It's Thanksgiving in the U.S., so that means The Mac Observer is taking Thursday and Friday off to celebrate the holiday. We'll have details on Apple's Black Friday sale tomorrow, and then it's back to our regular news, analysis, tips and reviews on Monday, December 1. We hope everyone has a great weekend even if Thanksgiving isn't part of your annual holiday schedule.
Another Thanksgiving is here, which means another Black Friday is nearly upon us. Many retailers have already started their discount madness, with all kinds of pre-Black Friday sales and promotions ready to lure you in with the latest “must-have” deal.
If you plan on venturing out in the wee hours after Thanksgiving (or late on Thanksgiving night), or have your eye on a particular online sale, your iPhone can be a great aid for finding that sought-after gadget or scouring for additional discounts from specific stores. The following apps can help you hone in on what you’re after, so you can get back to what the holidays are supposed to be about instead of spending time in a mosh pit of commercialism gone mad.
In an era of always-near smartphones and tablets, it can be difficult to pay attention to one thing at a time—especially when you’re watching football. How can you resist the urge to zip through your Twitter feed, share your thoughts on that last big play, and constantly check scores for games you’re not watching? And if you’re a fantasy football nut, chances are you’re thinking about a half-dozen players on other teams even when your home team is on the big screen.
If you can’t resist having a second (or third, or fourth) screen in view while watching NFL action on Thanksgiving Day and for the rest of the season, at least make sure you’re using apps that will get you the info you need quickly without taking up too much of your attention span. Here are six apps to consider grabbing, from officially licensed companions to entertaining games that might even make a lackluster showdown seem exciting.
Apple's GT Advanced Technologies troubles are well-known, but a report coming out of Taiwan suggests that Apple isn't ready to give up on sapphire displays for iPhone just yet. A report out of China says that Apple-supplier Foxconn is building a plant in China to produce sapphire for iPhone displays.
Twitter, hungry for new data to fuel its targeted advertising, will start looking at what other apps its users have downloaded.
Starting Wednesday, the company will begin collecting data on which other apps its users have on their iOS and Android smartphones. The data, Twitter says, will help it deliver better “tailored content” to its users. That’s sure to include ads, but maybe also better recommendations about whom to follow when users sign up, or more relevant first tweets in the feed, which could help Twitter hook people early.
It’s strictly a list of the apps users have installed, Twitter says, not data pertaining to what people do inside those apps. So Twitter would know if you have a ride-hailing app, but it wouldn’t see your rides taken with the app.