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Earnings preview: Wall Street expects 57M iPhones shipped in a record March quarter for Apple

AppleInsider - 30 min 36 sec ago
Apple is once again expected to have set a new quarterly record in March when it announces earnings this afternoon, with investors on average expecting blockbuster iPhone sales to drive about $56 billion in revenue.

Rage Software's EverWeb: This week's sponsor of Apple World Today

AppleWorld.Today - 42 min 28 sec ago

One thing that we've enjoyed so far here at Apple World Today is that many of our sponsors are companies that we have had a long-time relationship with. That's the case with Rage Software, the developers of EverWeb (US$79.95). 

We first became aware of EverWeb when Apple suddenly dropped support for iWeb, a website development tool that had become quite popular due to its ease of use and ability to use Apple's hosting service. People using iWeb were suddenly left in the cold, until Rage Software stepped in and saved the day.

The EverWeb Mac OS X application works as a quick and easy way to create beautiful and functional websites. You don't need to have any technical skills or web design background to use EverWeb to create a website that looks good on any device. The app can be used to rebuild iWeb sites, then used to publish the site to existing web hosting providers or to EverWeb's hosting. Rage offers both business and enterprise hosting plans with the software starting at just $99.95 per year.

Don't know if EverWeb is right for you? The best way to get hooked on the app is to download the free 30-day trial version and build a website or two. Once you see just how easy it is to set up a website -- even one with e-commerce, social media integration, and support for drop-down menus -- you'll become a believer quickly. 

Our thanks again to Rage Software for their sponsorship this week. Be sure to show your support for Apple World Today through your purchase of EverWeb and the business or enterprise hosting plans.

Discover Coming to Apple Pay this Fall

MacObserver - 58 min 28 sec ago

Discover card users are about to join Visa, MasterCard, and American Express credit card users in the Apple Pay game. The company will be adding support for Apple's wireless payment system for the iPhone and Apple Watch this fall.

The Mac Observer Spin: Discover's announcement will no doubt make its card holders happy. OF course, they probably would've been happier if Discover had been on board when the iPhone 6 with Apple Pay support first launched.


Second HTTPS snooping flaw breaks security for thousands of iOS apps

MacWorld - 1 hour 17 min ago

Attackers can potentially snoop on the encrypted traffic of over 25,000 iOS applications due to a vulnerability in a popular open-source networking library.

The vulnerability stems from a failure to validate the domain names of digital certificates in AFNetworking, a library used by a large number of iOS and Mac OS X app developers to implement Web communications—including those over HTTPS (HTTP with SSL/TLS encryption).

The flaw allows attackers in a position to intercept HTTPS traffic between a vulnerable application and a Web service to decrypt it by presenting the application with a digital certificate for a different domain name. Such man-in-the-middle attacks can be launched over insecure wireless networks, by hacking into routers or through other methods.

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Cedars-Sinai Medical Center enables HealthKit integration for patient data

AppleInsider - 1 hour 37 min ago
Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center updated its electronic health records system over the weekend to support data from Apple's HealthKit platform, the hospital's chief information officer has revealed.

Apple’s iTunes Store gets Red Cross Donation Page for Nepal Earthquake Support

MacObserver - 1 hour 59 min ago

Following the devestation of the Nepal earthquake, Apple added a special Red Cross donation page to its iTunes Store. The donation page lets you give up to US$200 for relief support for the earthquake victims, and Apple is skipping its usual 30 percent transaction cut so the entire amount of your donation goes to the Red Cross.

The Mac Observer Spin: Nepal's 7.8 magnitude earthquake was devastating, and the aftershocks have made the situation even worse. It's great to see Apple offering ways for us to support survivors of natural disasters.


Any.do 3 review: Don’t like Apple's Reminders? You might like Any.do

MacWorld - 2 hours 23 min ago

Maybe the last thing you want to fuss with when you’re trying to put together a to-do list is the list itself. That’s why Apple’s Reminders app works for so many; you can easily create lists, set notifications, and check off items. That’s about it.

The free version of Any.do 3 has similar features plus a few more, and it offers a different UI treatment that you might find more pleasing, if such things matter to you.

Any.do's day list. There's also a standard list, and a priority list.

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AAPL Q2 2015 Earnings Report Set for Today

MacObserver - 2 hours 28 min ago

Apple will host its second fiscal quarter earnings report for 2015 Monday afternoon after the market closes. The conference call with Apple executives and financial analysts is set to start at 5PM eastern time, and The Mac Observer will be here with our usual as-it-happens coverage and analysis.


Discover cards coming to Apple Pay this fall

AppleInsider - 2 hours 35 min ago
The last of America's four major credit card networks is set to join Apple Pay, as Discover announced Monday that it has struck a deal with Apple to allow its cardmembers access to the iOS-based mobile payments service.

Apple Watch Battery Straps Likely Not to Work

MacObserver - 2 hours 41 min ago

After a few days with the Apple Watch one thing has become clear: many of the pre-announced accessories are going to be complete and utter failures. TL;DR: don't believe anyone that implies you'll be able to happily use your Apple Watch while it's separated from your wrist. Read on for more specifics.


Where’s Siri’s voice? and other odd things about the Apple Watch

AppleWorld.Today - 2 hours 50 min ago

Apple has packed a ton of features into the Apple Watch, successfully producing the best smartwatch on the market. The device isn’t perfect, though, and has it own set of quirks. Here are a few hard-scratchers that I’ve found in my first few days of using the device.

Silent Siri

One of the most useful yet disconcerting features of the Apple Watch is Siri. Siri on the Watch is powerful, almost as powerful as her iPhone counterpart, but she lacks one major feature — a voice. The first few times I used Siri I thought my Watch was broken because Siri was silent. She wasn’t talking to me! As I found out later, Siri not readily available on the Watch. Yes, you get the same snarky and informative responses via text, but it is just not the same without her sweet voice.

If you really want her voice back, you can use VoiceOver to enable Siri. VoiceOver helps you navigate the Watch by speaking each item you select, but it has its drawbacks -- most notable are the changes it makes to the gesture inputs.

Read my messages — I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.

One side effect of Siri not having a voice is that she can’t read back a message or email that comes into your Watch. If you ask her (or him, depending on where you live) to read a message, she will instruct you to use Handoff to send the request to your iPhone. This missing feature means you have to physically look at the Watch if you want to read incoming messages. This visual interaction is convenient in the summer when you are wearing just a t-shirt and a light coat, but may be difficult in the winter when your wrist is buried under multiple layers or clothing.

Where is the Reminders app?

I love getting alerts for my Reminders on my Watch, but where is the Reminders app that allows me to check off each task as I complete them? I checked several times to make sure I wasn’t missing it, but it is true — there is no reminders app on the Watch. It’s an odd omission to include the calendar, but not add support for managing reminders.

Look ma no keyboard

It dawned on me yesterday that the Apple Watch is the first Apple device I’ve owned that does not have some form of a keyboard. Not that I necessarily want a keyboard on the tiny screen, I just think the Watch has a very different interface that relies heavily on voice input and canned responses. The voice input is very accurate; I just got to ignore those odd glances from strangers who look confused and sometimes annoyed that I am walking and talking to my wrist.

If you’ve noticed any quirks with the Apple Watch or any unusual omissions, please share them in the comments.

Apple restarts iTunes Red Cross donations to benefit Nepal earthquake recovery

AppleInsider - 2 hours 59 min ago
In the aftermath of a series of earthquakes which have left more than 3,000 dead in Nepal, Apple has again begun soliciting donations for the American Red Cross through the iTunes Store.

The first batch of USB-C adapters and cables, tested

MacWorld - 4 hours 46 min ago

When Apple announced the MacBook in March, the new USB Type C (USB-C for short) port caused head shaking and chin scratching. Though the standard had been released in September and shown off at the CES trade show in January, no ecosystem existed. It was hard to know how a single-port USB-C laptop would function in the real world.

In the days that follow the announcement, cables and adapters started to be announced and even ship. The MacBook landed in people’s hands—including ours at Macworld—in mid-April, and I’ve been purchasing and receiving review versions of adapters for several days.

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Nicecast 1.11.4

TidBITS - 7 hours 4 min ago
Reduces audio pipeline latency and updates Instant On to version 8.0.7. ($59 new, free update, 8.6 MB)

 

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iMovie 10.0.8

TidBITS - 9 hours 4 min ago
Fixes a bug that caused iMovie to crash on launch. ($14.99 new, free update, 2.0 GB)

 

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OmniFocus 2.1.3

TidBITS - Sun, 2015-04-26 22:22
Provides fixes for multiple crashes. ($39.99 new, free update, 37.7 MB)

 

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Hazel 3.3.5

TidBITS - Sun, 2015-04-26 22:22
Adds support for importing images into Photos for Mac. ($29 new, free update, 9.0 MB)

 

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Rumor: Apple deliberately delayed Tidal app updates to help Beats Music relaunch

AppleInsider - Sun, 2015-04-26 17:44
Apple may be intentionally slowing the release of updates to Tidal's iOS app in an attempt to weaken the music service ahead of an impending relaunch of Beats Music, a report said on Saturday.

Apple Watch Apps can’t Track Heart Rate and it’s all HealthKit’s Fault

MacObserver - Sun, 2015-04-26 15:55

Using Apple Watch to track your health and fitness activities is great, unless the companion app you rely on doesn't log your heart rate-and that means any third party app. As annoying as that is, there's a real reason behind Apple's decision, and it isn't one they'll likely change soon.


Embracing a wireless future: What it's like to use Apple's 12" MacBook as your main computer

AppleInsider - Sun, 2015-04-26 10:19
In writing our review for Apple's impressive new 12-inch MacBook, the reality of using the ultraportable notebook didn't fully set in until I realized I couldn't actually finish the publication of said review without turning to my MacBook Pro.
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