Apple’s Black Friday kicks off with iTunes Gift Card deals on qualifying purchases

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 28, 2014

Apple this morning kicked off its Black Friday sale with $25-$100 (PRODUCT)RED iTunes Gift Cards on qualifying Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV and Beats by Dr. Dre purchases. Once your iTunes Gift Card has been redeemed, you can use your iTunes credit toward any purchase on the iTunes Store, including media and apps.

In addition to donating the proceeds from (RED) apps to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS until December 7, Apple will also automatically donate a portion of retail sales to the Global Fund to support the fight against AIDS. Read More

 

Pixelmator for Mac and iPad go half price in Black Friday sale

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 27, 2014

Pixelmator, the powerful Photoshop replacement for the Mac and iPad, has gone half price ahead of Black Friday tomorrow. Sébastien yesterday posted a running list of iOS apps and games on sale this week, but Pixelmator definitely deserve’s a post of its own due to its tremendous popularity and quality.

This capable image editor features full support for the latest Yosemite and iOS 8 Continuity technologies such as Handoff and iCloud Drive. The Mac edition of Pixelmator has been marked down to $14.99.

The app normally costs $29.99 so you can save fifteen bucks if you purchase it discounted. And Pixelmator for iPad, which debuted in the App Store a month ago, is still just $4.99 as the team extended launch promotion for another week. Read More

 

Good deal: name your own price on this awesome Mac software bundle

By Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2014

Good news Mac owners, StackSocial is running another one of its popular “name your own price” software promotions. There are 9 apps in the bundle, and 1 instructional course, which combined normally sell for $543. But, as the headline suggests, you can literally name your own price.

What’s the catch? The deal site keeps a running average of what people are paying for the package, which is currently at $4.51. Pay below the average price, and you’ll only get 3 of the applications mentioned below, but pay equal to or above the average price, and you’ll get the entire package. Read More

 

Good deal: 78% off Parallels 10 and 1Password Mac software bundle

By Cody Lee on Nov 25, 2014

Good news Mac owners, the Parallels team is running another one of its popular software bundle promotions, meaning you can score some great software at a steep discount. This week’s bundle includes 7 Mac applications, offered at 78% off their original prices.

Headlining apps in the bundle are Parallels Desktop 10 and 1Password. Parallels is hands-down our favorite virtual machine software for running Windows on a Mac, and AgileBits’ 1Password made the top of our list of best password manager apps for Mac and iOS. Read More

 

Lenovo breaks Apple’s MacBook in half in “hidden” camera prank vid

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2014

You may recall that Lenovo recently teamed up with Microsoft on a television commercial which dissed the MacBook Air because the ultra-thin Apple notebook is not a convertible machine like Lenovo’s Yoga 3 Pro. Now the computer maker is back at it with a new video Tuesday.

Crafted in co-operation with UCB Comedy’s funniest prank shoppers and presented as a hidden camera prank, the clip depicts a guy pitching Lenovo’s new Yoga 3 convertible to mall shoppers.

How?

By breaking MacBooks in half to demonstrate how the Yoga 3 combines two devices into one, a traditional laptop and a tablet. Read More

 

Report: Yahoo and Microsoft fighting to supplant Google search on iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2014

According to a report Tuesday by The Information, a technology website started by The Wall Street Journal writer Jessica Lessin, both Microsoft and Google are “fighting” to boot Google search from the iPhone and other Apple devices.

If true, the move wouldn’t be unheard of: Apple teams up with alternate search providers in markets like China.

Apple earns a small commission from search ad revenue each time a user performs a Google search from Safari’s address bar on the Mac, iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

With that deal expiring sometime in 2015, Microsoft and Yahoo are now hoping the Cupertino firm won’t renew it and will instead make their respective service the default search choice on iOS. Read More

 

Apple offering free Product (RED) gift cards with select purchases on Black Friday

By Cody Lee on Nov 24, 2014

Apple today announced its plans for Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when all retailers will be hosting flash sales on many of their products. As usual, the deals aren’t as good as other major stores are offering, but they are worth mentioning.

As part of its RED campaign for World AIDS Day, Apple will be giving away free gift cards with the purchase of select products on Friday. The cards can be used on apps, books and other iTunes content, and their values will depend on what you buy. Read More

 

YouTube issues affecting Yosemite’s Safari

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2014

According to user-submitted posts over at both Apple Support Communities and Google Product forums, an unknown portion of Mac owners who run Yosemite are having issues playing certain YouTube videos, with some getting Safari crashes when attempting to watch a clip.

It seems to affect some, not all, HTML5 videos and does not manifest itself when using the resource-hog Flash Player, causing Safari to fall back to Flash for video delivery.

Other browsers are unaffected by the annoying problem. Neither Apple nor Google have commented on the matter yet. Digging deeper, it would seem the hiccup could be traced to the YouTube backend because HTML5 videos in Google Chrome and other browsers play without a problem. Read More

 

This app records FaceTime calls to your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2014

I use FaceTime on a daily basis and have always hated it wouldn’t let me save calls to my Mac in the form of a media file. Surely Apple could have implemented such a feature if they wanted, but they didn’t and I think privacy is a big part of that.

If for whatever reason you need to record FaceTime calls to a Mac, Call Recorder by Ken and Glen Aspeslagh, twin brothers from Massachusetts, has you covered.

The app creates a QuickTime movie file containing an audio track for audio-only calls and a video track for FaceTime video calls. QuickTime is an industry-standard multimedia container, meaning you can play your saved video and audio chats pretty much anywhere, convert the files to other formats in software like iMovie or Adobe After Effects, upload them to YouTube and more. Read More

 

Apple seeds first OS X 10.10.2 beta to developers

By Cody Lee on Nov 20, 2014

Apple has seeded the first beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 this afternoon. The update, labeled build 14C68k, is available through the Update tab in the Mac App Store and the Dev Center for all registered Mac developers.

Today’s release comes just a few days after Apple officially launched 10.10.1 to the public, which featured bug fixes and Wi-Fi improvements—although some users are still complaining of Wi-Fi issues after updating. Read More

 

Evernote for Mac rewritten for speed and energy performance, iOS app gets Work Chat and more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 20, 2014

Evernote, the popular note-taking and productivity platform, on Thursday issued a major refresh to its Mac app while adding a new Work Chat for sharing and collaborating to the iPhone and iPad client, among other items.

After a complete rewrite, Evernote 6.0 for Mac is now significantly faster, more reliable and consumes less energy than ever before.

As if that weren’t enough, the new Mac app comes with half a dozen new features, including sleek new look optimized for OS X Yosemite, search improvements, the ability to resize images and tables, to mention just a few.

iOS and OS X editions of Evernote are available free of charge. Read More

 

You can now privately share tweets in DMs

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 20, 2014

After previewing future platform enhancements and features during its Analyst’s Day event, the popular social service Twitter on Thursday began rolling out one of the mentioned new features: the ability to private share a tweet through Twitter’s direct messaging function.

Think about sharing tweets privately with any of your followers in terms of discussing public content in private conversations, the micro-blogging platform suggested.

To do this from Twitter’s main iPhone client, long-press the tweet in your timeline and choose the new “Share via Direct Message” option. The person you share a tweet with will get a push notification, said the company.

Moreover, the tweet will display directly in the conversation. Read More

 

How to access Google’s Inbox service on Safari

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 19, 2014

A month ago, Google launched a new iPhone app called Inbox, a different take on email which uses Sparrow-like gestures to help you achieve Inbox Zero nirvana and surface the most relevant items that tend to get lost in an avalanche of unwanted emails users get bombarded with.

Available on iOS, Android and Chrome, Inbox leaves fans of Apple’s Safari browser in the dark. It’s fortunate that there’s a quick workaround to that, let me show you how.

Inbox is available free in the App Store. Read More

 

64-bit version of Google Chrome for Mac launches

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 19, 2014

After releasing 64-bit Chrome for Windows and a beta version of Chrome for Mac with 64-bit support back in August, Google today announced that the app is out of beta and available to everyone.

Public release of the 64-bit Chrome for Mac edition marks the end of the road for 32-bit NPAPI (Netscape Plug-in APIs) plugins as the Internet company now requires developers to provide their extensions with 64-bit support.

Most users shouldn’t be affected, however, because the vast majority of plugins and extensions are readily available in both 32-bit and 64-bit form. Chrome 39.0.2171.65 (Google, we need to talk about version numbers!) also includes more than three dozen under the hood changes for stability and performance and comes with a set of new APIs allowing extension developers to take advantage of new features. Read More

 

Wi-Fi issues continue to persist for some after updating to OS X Yosemite 10.10.1

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2014

After upgrading their Macs to yesterday’s OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 software update, some users continue to experience a range of intermittent Wi-Fi issues that have been plaguing Apple’s latest desktop operating system since its release, according to user feedback over at Apple’s Support Communities containing more than a thousand posts.

Issues vary on a case-by-case basis and include dropped or unreliable wireless connections, slow data transfer speeds, connections randomly dropping every few minutes or so, inability to connect to a Wi-Fi network after waking from sleep and more. Read More

 

Chinese authorities shut down WireLurker site, suspects arrested

By Cody Lee on Nov 17, 2014

Chinese authorities arrested three individuals last Friday that are believed to have developed the “WireLurker” malware, according to a police post on Sina Weibo. The authorities were tipped off by Chinese security company Qihoo 360 technology. Additionally, the post says that authorities have also identified and shut down the website that was hosting and distributing the malware. Read More

 

OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 update out with Wi-Fi improvements, bug fixes and more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2014

In addition to launching the iOS 8.1.1 software update with bug fixes and performance improvements for the A5-powered devices running iOS 8, such as the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4s, Apple on Monday pushed the official OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 software update for Mac desktops and notebooks.

The software contains plenty of bug fixes while improving Wi-Fi performance on some Macs following numerous user complaints about intermittent Wi-Fi issues. It also contains enhancements for enterprise users and many other improvements to make your Mac more stable. Read More

 

Continuity Keypad adds a beautiful phone dialer to OS X Yosemite

By Timothy Reavis on Nov 13, 2014

Out of all the features that Apple introduced with OS X Yosemite, Continuity is one of the most convenient and useful. With its ability to handoff apps between devices, make and receive phone calls, and send SMS messages from the desktop, Continuity has become one of the most-used features of OS X Yosemite. But despite its newfound call-handling features, Yosemite lacks a dialer for quickly making phone calls to numbers not in your address book, and that’s where Continuity Keypad comes into play. Read More

 

Apple seeds second OS X 10.10.1 beta to developers

By Cody Lee on Nov 10, 2014

Apple has seeded the second beta of OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite this evening. The update, labeled build 14B23, is available through the Update tab in the Mac App Store and the Mac Dev Center for all registered developers.

Today’s release comes just one week after the first beta, and nearly a month after 10.10 went public. It’s not clear what changes it includes yet, but Apple has asked devs to focus on Wi-Fi, Mail and Notification center. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.1 with Pangu for Mac [video]

By Sébastien Page on Nov 9, 2014

The Pangu Team released their Pangu utility for Mac earlier today, so Mac users who were waiting for compatibility with their operating system have no excuse to not jailbreak any longer.

In this post, we will show you how to use Pangu for Mac to jailbreak iOS 8.1. This post was created for an iPhone, but note that the steps are exactly identical, no matter what device you want to jailbreak (ie. an iPad or iPod touch). Likewise, any iOS 8 firmware version can be jailbroken using this tool, including iOS 8, and iOS 8.0.2. Read More

 
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