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The Retina iMac: It’s All about the Screen

6 hours 11 min ago
Apple’s new iMac with Retina 5K display is gorgeous and priced reasonably, but not necessary for ordinary Mac mortals. After spending a few weeks with a loaner, Julio Ojeda-Zapata explains why he won’t be buying one, while simultaneously recommending that anyone else who is interested go look at it in person.

 

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FunBITS: Fruit Ninja Meets… Ghostbusters?

11 hours 19 min ago
An iOS classic gets a breath of new life with an infusion of another classic franchise: Ghostbusters. Sure, it’s a gimmick, but the game is still fun, and it’s an excuse to watch the movies again as well.

 

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How to Capture iOS Device Video in Yosemite

13 hours 31 min ago
QuickTime Player 10.4 in Yosemite enables you to make movies of onscreen actions on iOS devices. Michael Cohen explains how it works.

 

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External Link: Apple CEO Tim Cook: “I’m proud to be gay.”

Thu, 2014-10-30 07:54
In a first-person piece posted on Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook writes, “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay.” He goes on to explain why he decided to make this fact public. “I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.” Apple was a supporter of gay rights long before Cook joined the company in 1998, offering benefits to domestic partners of gay employees as far back as 1993. Back then, county commissioners in Williamson County, Texas (just outside Austin) rejected Apple’s request for a $750,000 tax rebate when building an $80 million business park purely because of Apple’s HR policies surrounding gay employees.

 

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Apple Demands Removal of PCalc’s Today View Widget

Wed, 2014-10-29 09:57
Apple has arbitrarily demanded the removal of one of iOS 8’s coolest Today view widgets. If Apple wants developer trust, it needs to lay out the rules clearly.

 

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External Link: How to Revert to iTunes 11

Wed, 2014-10-29 07:08
If you hate iTunes 12 and long for the relatively halcyon days of iTunes 11, then Macworld’s Chris Breen has your back. Borrowing a tip from Jacqui Cheng, formerly of Ars Technica, Breen has outlined seven steps for going back to the previous version of iTunes.

 

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External Link: Backblaze on OS X 10.10 Yosemite Versus Windows 8 Adoption

Wed, 2014-10-29 06:54
Cloud backup service Backblaze is back with more analysis, this time favoring operating system upgrades over hard drive statistics. Backblaze’s Adam Nelson found that it took four days for 21 percent of Backblaze users to adopt Yosemite, while it took a whole two years for the same amount of users to upgrade to Windows 8. Nelson posits a few theories for the disparity, including locked-down corporate computers, a lukewarm reception for Windows 8, and the fact that Yosemite is free.

 

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External Link: The Highlights of Tim Cook’s WSJD Live Interview

Wed, 2014-10-29 06:28
Apple CEO Tim Cook made an appearance at the WSJD Live conference, and Apple Spotlight has listed some of the most interesting tidbits from that interview. Cook said that Apple Pay activated over one million credit cards in the first 72 hours, that Apple stopped making the iPod Classic because it could no longer obtain the parts for it, and he again hinted at future TV plans by comparing the current TV experience to living in the 1970s. Not mentioned in the summary was Cook’s hint at an Apple Pay partnership with the e-commerce giant Alibaba.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 27 October 2014

Mon, 2014-10-27 13:04
Notable software releases this week include Fetch 5.7.4, Sandvox 2.9.1, Security Update 2014-005 (Mountain Lion and Mavericks), SpamSieve 2.9.17, Hazel 3.3, and TextExpander 4.3.4.

 

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ExtraBITS for 27 October 2014

Mon, 2014-10-27 13:04
In its tear-down of the iPad Air 2, iFixit found some surprising hardware; Steve Wozniak is heading to the Land Down Under; and Managing Editor Josh Centers joins the MacJury to debate Apple’s recent moves.

 

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The Real Reason Some Merchants Are Blocking Apple Pay… for Now

Sun, 2014-10-26 14:32
Some retailers not only refuse to directly support Apple Pay, they deliberately block use even when their cash registers accidentally support it. It’s not a reaction to Apple, but a direct response to mistreatment by the credit card brands.

 

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BBEdit 11 Overhauls Features for Existing Customers

Sun, 2014-10-26 07:43
With a release focused on improving the foundations of the app while improving the productivity of existing customers, Bare Bones Software has unveiled BBEdit 11. Current users will be able to take advantage of improved features with little or no fuss.

 

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Fetch 5.7.4

Sat, 2014-10-25 22:48
A bug-squishing update for the venerable file transfer client. ($29 new, free update, 11.9 MB)

 

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Sandvox 2.9.1

Sat, 2014-10-25 22:25
Maintenance release squashes a bug that produced infinite login failures when browsing folders on a server. ($79.99 new, free update, 42.1 MB)

 

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Physical Keyboards for the iPhone 6 Plus

Sat, 2014-10-25 06:00
The jumbo iPhone 6 Plus has potential as a mini-tablet for productivity, and it could replace the iPad for some users. Julio Ojeda-Zapata suggests mobile keyboards for iPhone 6 Plus productivity.

 

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External Link: iFixit Reveals Secrets of the iPad Air 2

Fri, 2014-10-24 14:03
The tinkerers at iFixit have torn apart the new iPad Air 2 and discovered that it contains NFC hardware, which would theoretically allow for in-store Apple Pay transactions. Whether that ever happens or not, rest assured that your iPad Air’s Smart Cover is compatible with the new model. However, it appears that the battery is slightly smaller than the previous generation, and early reports indicate that battery life has suffered for it. If you had hopes of repairing your own iPad Air 2, forget it: just about everything inside the iPad Air 2 is glued in place.

 

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External Link: Woz Heads Down Under

Fri, 2014-10-24 14:02
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is heading to Australia. He has accepted a position as adjunct professor at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Wozniak has long professed his love for Australia, and he’ll be working in the UTS Magic Lab, which researches robotics and artificial intelligence.

 

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External Link: Josh Centers Joins the MacJury to Discuss Recent Apple Releases

Fri, 2014-10-24 13:57
Managing Editor Josh Centers joined host Chuck Joiner, TUAW’s Michael T. Rose, and Smile’s Nat Osten to discuss recent Apple releases, including Apple Pay, the iPad Air 2, and the iMac with 5K Retina display. Josh explained why he thinks the new iPads are lame, pondered the plateaus of computing, and confirmed that he is not a communist.

 

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FunBITS: Pedometer++ Tracks Your Steps on the Cheap

Fri, 2014-10-24 08:14
Want to track your activity level, but don’t want to shell out for an expensive fitness tracker? You may already have one in your pocket, embedded in your iPhone, and all you need to access it is a free app.

 

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Security Update 2014-005 (Mountain Lion and Mavericks)

Thu, 2014-10-23 06:58
Patches an SSL-related vulnerability and builds in the OS X Bash Update 1.0 patches. (Free updates, various sizes)

 

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