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3 Free iOS Apps To Unleash the Music In You

Sat, 2014-04-19 19:02

Like making music? Vernon Seward points out 3 iOS app design to help you do just that in this week's Free on iTunes. Novations Launchkey, Gitar!, and Sing!

Yet Another 25 Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography

Sat, 2014-04-19 08:30

Sandro Cuccia continues his series on iPhone Photography mastery with yet another twenty-five awesome tips that are guaranteed to help you improve your own iPhone photography and go beyond simple silly selfies.

Look Out Apple Haters, Android’s Monopoly on Large Screens Will End

Fri, 2014-04-18 17:25

For many Apple haters and even more reasonable Android fans, the rallying cry for the last couple of years has been that Android is the better platform because you can get a larger display. What will those partisans rely on for proof of Apple's lack of innovation when the company addresses this segment of the market later this year?

Why Apple Didn’t Try to Copy Google Glass

Fri, 2014-04-18 15:20

Google Glass had a nifty sci-fi feel to it when the product first came out. Along the way, however, Google failed to both think about why the product exists and fully appreciate the social aspects of the device. Calls for Apple to quickly follow Google's lead now look silly.

Menu Bars Of The Stars

Fri, 2014-04-18 14:30

I admit, I really enjoy seeing what people have in their menu bars. Particularly speakers at conferences, or people I know who are super productive, because they tend to be a little fussier about what gets to take up some of that precious space. Recently both Brett Terpstra and Peter Cohen have posted the contents of their menu bars. Brett doesnât go into as much detail, but he does make sure to link in case you want to learn more. I loved reading both of these, itâs like seeing someoneâs iPhone home screen and learning about a super useful app that might help smooth out a rough spot in your workflow.

How to Streamline System Preferences on Your Mac

Fri, 2014-04-18 14:12

Tired of wading through the loads of options in System Preferences? Kelly has a couple of tricks to make it easier to navigate.

Microsoft Pilot Program Allows Developers to Respond to App Reviews

Fri, 2014-04-18 12:56

Our long nightmare is finally over. It took years, but at long last developers can reply to reviews in iTun...wait, what?

The Mac Observer Spin: How is Apple the last on this train? Both Google AND Microsoft managed to add this first, which sort of seems like adding insult to iOS developer injury.

Tavik’s Zippered Folio Case for iPad Air is Built for Travel

Fri, 2014-04-18 11:15

There are iPad Air case that are minimalist, lightweight and designed for a benign environment. This case is not one of those. However, when it comes time to travel or move often between various offices with a complement of gear, and there's a requirement for serious protection, the Tavik Hemings Zipper Folio Case for iPad Air can do the job nicely.

Apple Maps Misses Your Coffee Shop, but Finds Loch Ness Monster

Fri, 2014-04-18 11:13

Just because Apple's Maps may not be able to get you to your favorite coffee shop doesn't mean it's a failure. You just need to search for the right things, like the Loch Ness Monster. Satellite images that show up only for the iPhone and iPad show what Nessy fans are calling proof positive that the monster is real even though you can't actually see the beast in the water. Instead, there's a big wake from something that seems to be just below the water surface, and it isn't a boat, according to the Mail Online. Unfortunately, we can't get Siri to give us driving directions to the monster. Maybe in iOS 8.

Online Privacy: Track Which Apps Access Your Personal Information

Fri, 2014-04-18 10:55

Thanks to heartbleed, there's a renewed interest in sorting out which apps and services can access our personal information. Considering how many apps we use every day, that can be a pretty daunting task. With a little help from MyPermissions, however, that's far more manageable, and it can help you control exactly what information online services can gather, too.

Judge Denies Rockstar Consortium’s Bid to Move Google Patent Fight to Troll Town

Fri, 2014-04-18 08:56

Rockstar Consortium was denied a motion to move part of its patent infringement fight with Google from California to the Easter District of Texas -- a court known for favoring patent trolls. The patent holding company includes Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Ericsson, and BlackBerry to buy Nortel's patent portfolio, and is suing Google.

Dropbox gets Deeper into Photo Management with Loom Purchase

Fri, 2014-04-18 07:25

The online photo management and sharing service Loom is now another tool in Dropbox's kit. Loom announced it was bought on Thursday, signaling Dropbox's push to become your go-to place for cloud-based photo storage.

The Mac Observer Spin: With Loom under the care of Dropbox, we shouldn't have to worry about this online photo management service suddenly closing its doors. You know, like EverPix. It also means Dropbox really wants to be your online photo management service.

iTunes Radio: Create a Station from a Song or Artist

Fri, 2014-04-18 06:40

Thereâs a neat feature of iTunes Radio thatâll let you create a custom station from what youâre currently listening to-or from any item in your library-with just a click or two. In todayâs Quick Tip, weâre gonna cover it, and if youâve never tried out iTunes Radio, weâre telling you that nowâs the time. Itâs cool!

Apple’s First WSJ Mention: Just Three Words in 1978

Thu, 2014-04-17 17:56

Three words in 1978: "Apple Computer, Inc." Those words are thought to be the first mention of the today's most valuable company in The Wall Street Journal. In an article about using "so called personal computers" in investing published 36 years ago today, Apple warranted a mention merely as one of the more popular brands. That's interesting in and of itself, but what's fascinating is that none of the other companies-Imsai Manufacturing Corp, the MITS division of Pertec Computing Corp., and Processor Technology Corp.-are left. The article also mentions Commodore, Western Digital Corp., IBM, Altair, Radio Shack (the TRS-80), Floppy Disks ("which look like very thin 45-rpm records"), and a few other relics from that era. (There's a PDF version of the article if you want to read the original.)

How To Bend iTunes Radio Stations To Your Will With Tuning Options

Thu, 2014-04-17 16:28

Kelly and iTunes Radio disagree about the definition of some stations. To save you having to dig around for how to do this, Kelly has outlined the steps for you.

RadioShack Planning iPhone 5s Discount this Friday

Thu, 2014-04-17 15:51

RadioShack is planning a promotion on Apple's iPhone 5s for this Friday, according to online reports. The electronics retailer will drop the price of a 16GB iPhone 5s to US$99 with a two year contract in the U.S., a discount of $100 off of the normal $199 price. Bring in an eligible iPhone 4s to trade in, and you can get it for free.

Honda’s ASIMO Personal Robot is Scary Good in its Movements

Thu, 2014-04-17 14:50

On April 16, Honda unveiled an updated version of ASIMO, its personal robot project. What's cool is how well Honda engineers have engineered the movement of the robot - demonstrated by walking, dancing, kicking a soccer ball, and going up and down stairs. These days, with all the fuss about Google Glass, the iWatch, Apple's TV initiatives and demands for even more innovation, it's easy to overlook this quiet, ongoing work by Honda to build a personal robot. What's interesting about ASIMO, standing 1.2 meters tall and weighing just over 50 kilos is how it's been made to appear non-threatening with its astronaut-like look and diminutive stature. Reality and Sci Fi aren't too far apart now, and it could be that the vision in the charming movie "Robot and Frank" could be upon us sooner than expected. And notably not from any U.S. tech giant.

HTML 5 Crash Course for Beginners - $29

Thu, 2014-04-17 14:42

We know that our readers love the training courses and tutorial deals our friends at StackSocial have put together, and today's a good one for the future, HTML 5 Crash Course for Beginners, and it's priced at only $29. That's a 70. percent discount from the regular price of $99, and you're getting 46 lectures and 9.5 hours of content, including: 15 lectures introducing HTML for newcomers 15 lectures on accessing the HTML5 canvas for drawing 6 lectures on using geolocation, local storage & advanced forms 4 lectures on embedding HTML5 audio & video 2 lectures introducing microdata, web workers and offline web apps If you've been saying to yourself, "I should learn HTML 5," this is your chance, so giddy up!

Jeff Carlson’s Handy Tutorial on Using the iPad as a Photography Aid

Thu, 2014-04-17 13:55

Jeff Carlson, all-around nifty fellow, has a featured tutorial over at 500px (a photography community site) about using the iPad as a photographer. Itâs less about being That Guyâ and taking photos with your iPad and more about how itâs a really great tool to put in your camera bag. I came away from Jeffâs article with a few tips and recommendations I can apply to my own photos, and since itâs more of an overview style piece, thereâs not a bunch of technical details thrown in that I didnât understand. Itâs a good read by itself, but if you want to dig deeper you can always pick up his book on the subject.

Heartbleed Update: OpenVPN isn’t Safe, Either

Thu, 2014-04-17 12:00

As if the fact that the heartbleed bug wasn't already causing enough trouble for OPenSSL, it's a problem for OpenVPN, too. Just as hackers can exploit a code flaw in outdated versions of OpenSSL to potentially gain the secret keys to decrypt Internet traffic, they can do the same with OpenVPN, and one VPN operator has figured out exactly how it's done.