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The Week in iPad Cases: Looks and feel

Sat, 2014-08-30 08:00
Looks and feel

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes a splash of High-Street looks (with prices to match) that will turn heads wherever you go.


The Supply Icon (iPad Air; $60) is an all-in-one solution that protects your tablet while providing an on-the-go working environment.

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Look what I can do!

Sat, 2014-08-30 05:00

Get ready for some silly pundit tricks, because these guys are more fun than a troop of dancing circus poodles. First, we’ll get a nice slathering of how awesome Android is (totally awesome). Next, a pundit shows us how to be right and wrong at the same time. Finally, the iWatch? Total disappointment.

Yes, we see you, guys! We see you.

Comedy jokes

Writing for “I can’t believe it’s still in” BetaNews, Mark Wilson says:

“There is simply no reason for anyone to care about the iPhone 6” (no link because there is only one reason this was written: to attract links).

The iPhone used to be exciting and interesting.

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Dive into OS X Yosemite in Macworld's October Digital Edition

Fri, 2014-08-29 17:30

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition.

Available as single copies or with a yearlong subscription, the Digital Edition comes in two forms: Enhanced and Replica. The Enhanced Edition has all the news, analysis, product reviews, and how-to’s from the print magazine, along with interactive features, videos, slideshows, and podcasts—all customized for consumption on your iPad. The Replica Edition is just like a digital copy of the print magazine, but designed for your mobile device’s touchscreen, complete with links and search capabilities.

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Apple will keep pushing for a sales ban on Samsung products

Fri, 2014-08-29 13:00

Apple will appeal a judge’s order this week that denied its request for a sales ban on Samsung products that were found to infringe its patents.

A jury in California decided in May that Samsung infringed three of Apple’s patents and awarded the iPhone maker $119.6 million in damages.

Apple had been looking for $2 billion in damages, so the award was far smaller than it had hoped, but it also asked the court to prevent Samsung from selling the infringing products, including its Galaxy S III smartphone, in the U.S.

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Look but don't touch: Apple wearable won't ship until 2015, report says

Fri, 2014-08-29 10:57

Apple will reportedly announce its first wearable device in September, but the product may not ship until early next year.

That's according to Re/code's John Paczkowski, who reported earlier this week that Apple will announce the wearable on September 9. Apple later confirmed the date of the press event, but obviously hasn't said what it plans to reveal.

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Are environmental sensors coming to the iPhone 6?

Fri, 2014-08-29 10:00

In just about a week and a half, the mystery behind a surprisingly spartan invitation, historical locations, and unusual buildings will be revealed, and we’ll finally know what Apple’s new smartphone looks like.

Among the many rumors that surround the event, one of the more interesting is that the upcoming new iPhone models may contain a range of environmental sensors that could make Apple’s mobile handset much more aware of the world around it, and open up a realm of new possible applications in the process.

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Pixlr's free photo editor goes native on Windows and OS X

Fri, 2014-08-29 09:59

Windows and Mac users in need of a free photo editor can now download a desktop version of Pixlr.

The popular web app is now available as standalone software, no longer requiring an Internet connection to use. But be aware that the free version isn't quite the same as as what you get online.

In many ways, the desktop software is similar to the web-based Pixlr Express. Users can crop, resize and rotate images, adjust color and contrast, apply red-eye reduction, or just use the “auto-fix” button. The app includes dozens of filters, overlays, borders, effects and stickers as well.

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What to expect from Apple's September 9 event

Fri, 2014-08-29 09:00

Roll them bones, strain the tea leaves, and consult your crystal balls. With Apple’s September 9 event now a matter of public record, the only sensible way to while away the hours over the next week and a half is to speculate about what precisely the company might have hidden up its sleeves strange temporary building.

There are any number of rumors afoot about what Apple has in the works, but that doesn’t mean that every single theoretical device from Cupertino will pop up at September’s event. But there are certainly plenty of options to choose from, especially given Apple’s coy “wish we could say more” invitation.

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The Week in iPhone Cases: Barely there

Fri, 2014-08-29 08:30
Barely there

In this week’s roundup of new iPhone cases, you’ll find an accessory that sticks to your bike, one that's safe under water, and one that's so thin you’ll hardly notice it.


The ArmorGuard (iPhone 5 and 5s; $80) is a bicycle kit that includes a case, a mount, and a universal mounting bracket.

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Virtual TimeClock review: Keep track of your employee's work hours

Fri, 2014-08-29 08:00

Time clocks—with punch cards and a line of employees waiting to check in or check out of work—are an almost universal signifier of the modern industrial age. Punchcards, the physical paper type, are still in wide use, but as you might expect, a digital time clock may offer more flexibility when it comes to keeping track of employee time. Redcort Software’s Virtual TimeClock family of apps provides several solutions for you to track time digitally for a variety of environments from a single office with a few users to large businesses with multiple offices in many locations throughout the country or the world.

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When search fails in Outlook

Fri, 2014-08-29 07:30

Reader Abby Conrad has a problem with a forgetful email client. She writes:

In the last week or so I’ve been trying to search for messages in Microsoft Outlook and it shows no results, even when I can scroll through my inbox and find a message from the sender I’ve searched for. What’s wrong?

Outlook, like the Mac OS and some other apps, uses OS X’s Spotlight feature to catalog its messages. When you search for a sender, recipient, or word within a message, Outlook turns to Spotlight’s index to find it. Given that, my first thought is that the index of your Microsoft User Data folder is corrupt in some way.

But before dispensing the usual advice, let’s look at a couple of things that are sure to cause the problem.

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Comic: A history of Apple mice, part two

Fri, 2014-08-29 07:00

Macworld and Rich Stevens of Diesel Sweeties present Multitouch Theater, a weekly cartoon about Macs, iOS, and everything in-between. This week: An oral history of Apple mice, part two.

Previously on Multitouch Theater: A history of Apple mice, part one.

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Appreciating the Apple TV

Fri, 2014-08-29 05:00

With one or more autumnal Apple events on the horizon we turn our thoughts not only to what Cupertino has in mind for the iPhone and iPad, but the direction the next generation Apple TV might take. We’ve already issued some ideas on what a future Apple TV might be in regard to a content delivery system as well as a HomeKit hub, but as much fun as it is to play guessing games with Apple’s engineers, it’s also worthwhile to stop and appreciate what advantages the Apple TV offers now over another set top box such as the Roku 3. While I have each device, I see areas where the Apple TV outpaces the other.

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FruitJuice review: Practice good battery health with your MacBook

Fri, 2014-08-29 05:00

Leaving your MacBook plugged in all the time—for example, in order to use it with an external monitor while its lid’s shut—can be bad for the battery’s longevity. The Battery Project’s FruitJuice (Mac App Store link) aims to help you keep your battery healthy by telling you when and for how long you’ll need to unplug each day.


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You Should Play: Godus

Fri, 2014-08-29 04:00
Play as a deity, expand your following, and build new civilizations in this intriguing game.

L.A. cancels iPads-in-the-schools program: a failure of vision, not technology

Thu, 2014-08-28 12:52

When Apple landed a $30 million iPad contract with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in 2013, it was heralded as a big win for the company—after all, LAUSD is the second-largest school district in the country. But the deal apparently didn’t earn straight As: Earlier this week, the district announced it was canceling its contract with the iPad maker.

According to the L.A. Times, the reason behind the cancelation was at least partially political, as “the superintendent and his top deputy had especially close ties to executives of Apple, maker of the iPad, and Pearson, the company that is providing the curriculum on the devices.” But an LAUSD report also found “major problems with the process and the implementation.”

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BioShock, one of the best shooters of all time, hits iOS -- and it's still great

Thu, 2014-08-28 12:15

The lines are blurring between AAA console and mobile game development. It's not happening in great volume just yet, nor are all major publishers converting their elaborate controller-based games into touch experiences. Activision's upcoming Skylanders: Trap Team for iOS and consoles alike is one huge example, but 2K Games has been already leading that charge with great success.

Last year's XCOM: Enemy Unknown made an almost seamless transition from an amazing $60 tactical strategy game into a lightly scaled-back $20 touch iteration, and now 2K is dipping into its back catalog for today's newly-launched iOS port of BioShock. First released in 2007 on consoles and PC, it set the bar for narrative-led, single-player shooting action, and remains one of the most amazing games ever played from the first-person perspective.

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Apple to hold press event on September 9

Thu, 2014-08-28 10:09

We’ve heard rumor after rumor, but now it’s official: Apple will be holding a press event on September 9, kicking off at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern. Invitations dispatched to press on Thursday morning were even more cryptic than usual, with a white-on-white Apple logo, the date, and a message reading “Wish we could say more.”

The event takes places at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, an unusual venue for the company, which either tends to use its own campus’s Town Hall or the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.

The company’s expected to announced a new iPhone—or possibly multiple models with larger screens—at the event, while other recent rumors have focused around an unveiling of the company’s entry into the wearable space.

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The Week in iOS Apps: Old games, new life

Thu, 2014-08-28 09:30
Old games, new life

This week’s roundup includes new and updated apps from three much-loved franchises: BioShock, Pac-Man, and Star Wars. We've also got finance and video apps, if you have any time left over after gaming.


It’s billed as “one of the greatest first-person shooters of all time” and who wants to argue? BioShock is now available on the iPhone and iPad for $15—and it’s so advanced it’ll run only on the most recent iOS devices: the iPad Air, Retina iPad mini, fourth-generation iPad, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5. If you’re an iOS gamer, you’ve officially run out of reasons not to upgrade your equipment.

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Maximum hyperbole

Thu, 2014-08-28 08:30

We already know how boring the iPhone 6 is (so very, very boring). But were you aware that it’s also ugly? As in yoo, gee, ell, why, it ain’t got no ali-bi?

Zach “Windows 8 rules” Epstein of the Boy Genius Report brings us the hideous truth.

“Will the iPhone 6 really be as hideously ugly as we’ve seen in leaks?”

Yes, that’s much better than the boring URL which timidly says “iPhone 6 Rumors Photo Comparison.” No, that won’t do at all.

For anyone even remotely interested in technology news, it has been impossible to avoid seeing at least a few of the dozens of iPhone 6 leaks that pour out each week.

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