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Opera 'Coast' for iOS brings the enjoyment back to mobile Web browsing

AppleInsider - 53 min 9 sec ago
Opera Software on Thursday launched Coast version 3.0, a Web browser for Apple iOS devices that eschews extraneous onscreen buttons and text boxes for intuitive gesture controls and contextual pop-out menus. The end result is a tidy full-screen surfing experience.






Rumor: Apple to update current MacBook Air models with new CPUs next week

AppleInsider - 1 hour 31 min ago
Apple's existing designs for the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air will allegedly see a refresh next week, likely with newer and faster Intel processors, according to a new report.






Lab tested: The Mac Pro Daisy Chain Challenge

MacWorld - 2 hours 36 min ago

A Thunderbolt daisy chain can support six connected peripherals per port. And the Mac Pro has six Thundebolt ports, four more than any other Mac. The Mac Pro also has four USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI port, and two gigabit ethernet ports, so you can connect a lot of devices to one Mac Pro.

Macworld Lab came up with the Mac Pro Daisy Chain Challenge: How many devices can we round up, connect, and use on a single Mac Pro.

Here’s a list (in alphabetical order) of the storage devices connected to one Mac Pro.

We connected 36 drives (19 Thunderbolt, 15 USB, 2 FireWire 800) with a combined capacity of 100.63TB. In addition to the drives, we also connected two Thunderbolt docks (the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock and the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station), an Apple Thunderbolt Display, two Apple Cinema Displays, and one HP Z Display Z27i. All this to a single Mac Pro.

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Future Apple devices may boast environmental sensor suite with built-in thermometer

AppleInsider - 3 hours 14 min ago
A pair of documents unearthed on Thursday detail Apple's ambitions to make the iPhone -- or rumored iWatch -- a one-stop-shop for gathering all kinds of data, including information about a user's surrounding environment.






The best focused-writing apps for OS X

MacWorld - 3 hours 38 min ago

If you use a Mac, you work with text. Your documents may be short (tweets and iMessages) or long (reports, stories, or even novels), but you need an app to handle that text. Depending on the type of writing you do, you may want something as simple as a basic text editor or as complex as a full-featured word processor; if you write code, you want an editor designed for that type of content.

I tend to use what have come to be known as focused-writing apps. These apps, increasingly popular of late, allow you to write in a focused environment, export your writings to various formats, possibly apply basic styling, and let you print your work.

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Apple's display tech lets users interact with 3D objects in mid-air

AppleInsider - 4 hours 54 min ago
A document discovered on Thursday describes an interactive three-dimensional display system that allows users to "touch" objects in mid-air, presenting the illusion of an advanced hologram.






Judge denies Apple motion to stay upcoming e-books damages trial

AppleInsider - Wed, 2014-04-23 22:06
In yet another denial of Apple's attempts to halt an impending e-books damages trial, U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote on Wednesday shot down two motions for a stay, making it clear she intends to kick off proceedings as soon as possible.






Purportedly 'leaked' iPhone 6 case compared with iPhone 5s, Nexus 5 and Note 3 in video

AppleInsider - Wed, 2014-04-23 20:07
A video published on Wednesday compares a case supposedly built to wrap Apple's next-generation iPhone with Google's LG-made Nexus 5 and Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 phablet, offering new perspective on the device's possible size.






This is Tim: Apple's CEO on the iPad, Apple TV, future products, and China

MacWorld - Wed, 2014-04-23 19:21

As usual, Apple CEO Tim Cook was the focus of attention during the company's quarterly earnings call with analysts on Wednesday. And, as usual, we've got a transcript of his remarks while on the call.

The iPhone was key in driving our stronger-than-expected results. We sold almost 44 million iPhones, setting a new March-quarter record. These strong results were broad-based, both from a product point of view, with demand for each of our three iPhones stronger than its predecessor, and from a geographic standpoint. We gained smartphone share in many developed and emerging markets including the U.S., the U.K., Japan, Canada, Germany, France, Vietnam, and greater China, just to mention a few.

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iPad luring in new users: over 2/3 of Apple's iPad buyers were new to iPad

AppleInsider - Wed, 2014-04-23 19:17
Over two thirds of people registering an iPad in the last six months were new to iPad, while over half of those registering iPhone were new to iPhone, Tim Cook revealed, highlighting the attraction and loyalty effects Apple is observing in its products.






Kindle for iOS finally gets X-Ray Smart Look-Up

TUAW - Wed, 2014-04-23 19:00
Amazon's Kindle app is a wonderful alternative to Apple's iBookstore, and its latest update has introduced two incredibly useful new features. The most basic improvement is quick access to a book's table of contents in the app's left-hand navigation...

ACM 251: What’s in an Upgrade, Apple’s Google Gambit, the Future of iPhone

MacObserver - Wed, 2014-04-23 18:43

Dave Hamilton sits in for Jeff Gamet this week, and he and Bryan Chaffin gab about Mac upgrades, Apple's courtroom Google gambit, and what they think Apple's iPhone lineup will look like by the end of 2014. They also chew on Apple's decision to open up Mavericks betas to the public.


Apple Reports Record March iPhone Sales in Q2 2014

MacObserver - Wed, 2014-04-23 18:00

Apple announced its quarterly results on Wednesday, and the company surprised just about everyone by not only blowing away iPhone unit sales estimates, but in setting a March quarterly record while it was at it. The company sold some 43.7 million iPhones, well ahead of consensus estimates of 38 million, as well as 4.1 million Macs and 16.3 million iPads. Kelly Guimont walks us through the numbers.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple is a successful computer company that just happens to be a stupendously successful mobile company.


The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 23, 2014

TUAW - Wed, 2014-04-23 18:00
It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's...

Apple’s Stock Jumps $40 (7.7%) in After-Hours Session

MacObserver - Wed, 2014-04-23 17:31

Shares of Apple Inc. jumped 7.68 percent during the after hours session after Apple blew away its own guidance and Wall Street's consensus estimates. Trading in the after hours market is always exaggerated when it comes to $AAPL, but a sharp increase indicates that investors were pleased with Apple's results.


Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6' may sport curved edges, display glass

AppleInsider - Wed, 2014-04-23 17:29
A report on Wednesday claims Apple's next-generation iPhone may employ a curved chassis design and accompanying display glass, a vast departure from the substantially squared-off design used on existing Apple handsets.






Tim Cook: Angela Ahrendts to join Apple next week, thanks outgoing CFO Peter Oppenheimer

AppleInsider - Wed, 2014-04-23 17:19
During Apple's quarterly earnings conference call, chief executive Tim Cook said he looked forward to welcoming Angela Ahrendts as the company's new retail and online leader next week, while offering public thanks to outgoing chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer.






China Earns Apple $10B, Ready for More

MacObserver - Wed, 2014-04-23 17:11

Apple CEO Tim Cook said China accounted for almost US$10 billion of its $45.6 billion 2014 second fiscal quarter revenue, and he sees plenty more opportunity in the country. China has been seen as a growth place for the company, and it seems that's exactly what's happening.


Samsung is stealing away iPhone owners, but that's only half the story

TUAW - Wed, 2014-04-23 17:00
With the release of Samsung's Galaxy S5, there is bound to be a whole lot of people upgrading their current devices to the new Android flagship. CNET recently ran a story on the number of iPhone owners switching teams for the Galaxy S5, citing stats...

Apple’s Tim Cook Explains His Enthusiasm for iPad

MacObserver - Wed, 2014-04-23 16:57

During Apple's 2014 Q2 Earnings Report, some technical issues related to channel inventory for iPad sales were explained, so the Q2 results aren't as bad as they look. Nevertheless, sales have flattened and UBS analyst Steve Milanovich wanted to hear more. He got an earful.


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