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Incomparable

Sat, 2014-04-19 05:00

All of these things are not like the others. Not one of these things really does belong.

To kick things off this week, we’ll look at two comparisons that are lost in time! Then another pundit doesn’t compare things at all—she just takes Apple in isolation. It’s easier to throw a fit that way. Finally, comparing XP to an easy-to-use tablet operating system? For real?

Fails in comparison

Writing for GottaBeMobile, Adam Mills knows just what to compare the just-released Galaxy S5 to. The iPhone 5s? No, no, no. Don’t be silly. He’s going to compare it to 2012’s iPhone 5.

“Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. iPhone 5: What Buyers Need to Know” (tip o’ the antlers to Brad Skimore).

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The Week in iPad Cases: Big grip, small hands

Sat, 2014-04-19 05:00
Big grip, small hands

There’s a big case in this week’s roundup that’s designed specifically for small hands, while others bring together materials, from plastics to natural woods, to keep your tablet safe from everyday accidents big and small.

BigGrips

The Frame (all iPad models; $35) includes a case made from a soft, non-toxic rubber foam that keeps your tablet safe and makes it easy for the little ones to get ahold of it, as well as a compatible stand that safely holds up your iPad at multiple angles, in both landscape and portrait orientations.

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Was Steve Jobs a jerk? Hiring case questions his character

Fri, 2014-04-18 17:17

Tech workers suing over an alleged no-poaching agreement among Silicon Valley firms are fighting an attempt by defendants to ban evidence that might portray Steve Jobs as a bad guy.

The case centers on alleged secret agreements struck among companies including Apple, Google and Adobe that they would not try to hire each others’ workers. The tech workers say that drove down their wages and restricted their mobility.

In the pretrial period, plaintiffs referred to materials such as outside blog posts referencing Jobs and Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the former Apple chief. Isaacson’s biography reveals both a “good Steve” and a “bad Steve.” People, in Jobs’ eye, were either “enlightened” or “an asshole,” Isaacson writes in the book.

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Comic: IMAP incantations

Fri, 2014-04-18 09:45

Macworld and Rich Stevens of Diesel Sweeties present Multitouch Theater, a weekly cartoon about Macs, iOS, and everything in-between. This week: IMAP incantations.

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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls review: Expansion to popular adventure game checks all of the boxes on your wishlist

Fri, 2014-04-18 09:07

Diablo III () was a good-but-not-great dungeon crawler that managed to infuriate old fans and failed to satisfy critics clamoring for Blizzard to once again raise the bar. The game demonstrated the well-worn formula of dungeon crawling: you kill dozens of increasingly exotic enemies, find loot, sell it in town, and then repeat. Diablo III disappointed many because it didn’t push the genre in any new directions; it simply kept to its formula but did it very well.

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Mac Pro shipping delays won't sink Apple profits

Fri, 2014-04-18 08:30

Even four months after the Mac Pro’s initial release, Apple appears to be having problems making enough of the high-end cylindrical desktop computer. The company’s store currently shows shipping times of 4-5 weeks for all Mac Pro models, even the stock versions without additional customizations.

Computerworld (which, like Macworld, is owned by IDG) points out that the supply constraints for the new Mac Pro are now worse than that of the iMac back in late 2012 and early 2013, which Apple CEO Tim Cook described as one major cause of the 22-percent decline in Mac revenue the company experienced in that quarter.

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The Week in iPhone Cases: Space and nature

Fri, 2014-04-18 08:00
Space and nature

One of the cases in this week’s roundup celebrates the upcoming Earth Day in collaboration with a famous Mouse, while another has enough space-age materials to launch into space.

Brando

The Superman 3D Protective Case (iPhone 5 and 5s; $39) features a sculpted body—just like the Man of Steel, but (presumably) sans the X-ray vision.

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Build a custom lock screen to save your iPhone, your iPad, or even your life

Fri, 2014-04-18 07:00

If someone finds your lost iPhone or iPad, the first thing they’ll do is turn it on. If you’re in an accident, or you have a medical emergency, first responders often look for your phone or tablet to identify you and learn important information such as allergies and blood type. In this video tip, we show you how to easily create a custom lock-screen image that can save your device—or you.

Transcript

I’m Macworld senior editor Dan Frakes.

iCloud’s Find My iPhone or iPad feature is handy for tracking down your device if it’s lost; for sending a message to someone who might have it; or even for wiping its contents if you decide it’s unrecoverable. But what if a Good Samaritan finds your device before you even realize it’s missing? Or what if you’re in an accident, or have a medical emergency, and you want to make it easy for emergency personnel to discover vital information about you?

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You Should Play: Monument Valley

Fri, 2014-04-18 05:00

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.

In a world where Flappy Bird is a frustrating success, the ethereal and surprisingly poignant Monument Valley is a breath of fresh, creative air. Designed by indie developer UsTwo, Monument Valley is described as an “illusory adventure of impossible architecture and forgiveness,” and it’s easy to see why. The game relies on puzzles of perception, stunning visuals, and a trance-like atmosphere to extract wonder and emotion from its players.

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You Should Play: Monument Valley

Fri, 2014-04-18 05:00
This Escher-inspired perception puzzle game feels measured, polished, and perfectly thought-out.

Ask the iTunes Guy: Glitchy tracks, numbers game, and too-large libraries

Fri, 2014-04-18 05:00

You know the one where you get a track from iTunes Match and it’s not perfect? How about the one where you’ve just got too much stuff in your iTunes library and it slows iTunes down to a crawl? Or that thing where there are numbers at the beginnings of track names and you’d really like to get rid of them? Well, read on to find out how to fix these problems.

Glitched tracks from iTunes Match

Q: I’ve found that some old purchased iTunes songs are glitching when played directly from iTunes Match. Have you come across this? How can I fix it?

I’ve come across a number of similar problems with iTunes Match tracks since the service went live. One of the most common is truncated tracks, where the tracks just cut off after a few seconds or a couple of minutes. But this also happens with iTunes purchased downloads, so it’s most likely just a server problem. I’ve found that redownloading those tracks resolves the issue.

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OmniOutliner 4 Pro review: Top-notch Mac outliner gets a new interface

Fri, 2014-04-18 04:22

I admit it. I’m a proud member of the Cult of Outliners. Outlines are the best tool I’ve ever found to create my book and other writing projects, presentations, business plans, and more. My love for outlining programs goes back to MORE and Acta, running on classic Macs, and I roll my eyes at inferior attempts like Microsoft Word’s Outline view.

For many years, my outliner of choice has been OmniOutliner Pro (Mac App Store link), from The Omni Group. The current release, version 4, is long-awaited (version 3 was released in 2005) and provides a welcome user interface refresh, as well as many tweaks to make working with outlines easier. But work remains to be done to use outlines in other programs, and you should try before you buy the Pro version.

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Hands-on with Flickr 3.0, with new features that make Flickr cool again

Fri, 2014-04-18 04:00

Legacy photo sharing tool Flickr got a dramatic app overhaul on Thursday, bringing the biggest changes we’ve seen to the app since its initial launch on Android and iOS. With added video, a faster search capability, and a more socially equipped photostream, Flickr 3.0 is attempting to distinguish itself from other wildly popular photo sharing services like Instagram, and trying to once again propel itself back into the photo spotlight.

The launch of Flickr 2.0 for mobile devices garnered some excitement when it rolled out in late 2012, but that was the last time Flickr saw any real design change. That was strictly a catch-up move; it kind of dropped off the radar since then. But now is precisely the time for a Flickr update if Yahoo wants to be serious about photos: Google, Apple, Facebook, and Dropbox are all fighting to be your go-to photo manager.

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Hands-on with Flickr 3.0, with new features that make Flickr cool again

Fri, 2014-04-18 04:00
With better search and a beautifully designed new layout, Flickr is clearly putting the emphasis on its community of incredible photographers.

Lesson learned: Facebook's new friend-finding feature is optional

Thu, 2014-04-17 13:08
Facebook has tried friend-finding using your phone’s location before, but it's making the feature opt-in this time around.

Dropbox weaves cloud photo service Loom into Carousel

Thu, 2014-04-17 12:10

Another cloud photo service vanishes into acquisition-land: Loom announced on Thursday that it’s joining forces with Dropbox, presumably to beef up the storage company’s newly launched Carousel app and other photographic features.

In an email to current Loom subscribers, the Loom team wrote: “We have worked hard on our product and feel that our vision aligns perfectly with Dropbox’s vision for Carousel.” For those who have used Loom, the comparisons are easy to make—Loom at one point offered Dropbox-like sync functionality with your desktop computer, and its primary interface is, like Carousel, a timeline.

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Hot Deals Thursday: take home a Toshiba tablet for $250, 59% off a Bluetooth headset, and more

Thu, 2014-04-17 10:00
LogicBuy brings you more exciting savings on hot electronics, including a $350 discount on the Lenovo Y510p gaming laptop, a Linksys WiFi range extender at half price, and lots more.

MacBook in the cloud: Work with the same files on multiple Macs

Thu, 2014-04-17 10:00

For most people, one computer is probably sufficient. It might be a desktop, or a laptop, or you might just make do with iPads or iPhones. But somewhere down the line, you might adopt more. You get a work computer. You decide you want a traveling laptop. You might replace your old Mac, but it still runs fine for basic Web browsing and writing emails.

When you buy multiple iOS devices—an iPad to go along with your iPhone, for example—you don’t have to worry about transferring your software or syncing your passwords. By default, they’re tied to your Apple ID, and that data downloads over to your new device when you set it up. Macs, however, are not quite so lucky. Apple’s iCloud service offers limited sync capabilities for your passwords and user account data, but doesn’t widely support app data; and worse, new computers require you to either clone your old drive to your new computer or copy over any non-Mac App Store applications. And, of course, the big whopper: Your average Mac laptop has a whole lot less storage than its desktop cousins, especially if you value the speed of a solid-state drive (SSD).

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Reading List: What's that song?

Thu, 2014-04-17 09:30

From our keyboard to your eyes, we’re here to round up the top Apple-related stories on the Web this Thursday.

Apple Said to Prepare Song-ID Feature for IPhone Software

Playing Name that Tune might get a little easier in iOS 8, according to a report from Bloomberg that suggests Apple is partnering with Shazam to add native song-identification features to its mobile operating system. You may even be able to ask Siri “What song is playing?” and have it tell you—and perhaps even have the virtual assistant sing a few bars? For Apple’s part, this could help drive sales to the iTunes Store by capitalizing on impulse purchases; plus, Shazam’s been building out its technology to allow it to recognize TV shows and movies as well.

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Apache OpenOffice hits major 100 million downloads milestone in under 2 years

Thu, 2014-04-17 09:06
Yep, a lot of folks are using Apache OpenOffice -- despite the fact that many Linux distros now default to LibreOffice.