Three recent appearances by leading Apple executives have provided further insight into their views on a variety of topics, ranging from Tim Cook's desire to be a role model to Sir Jonathan Ive's remembrances of Steve Jobs to music executive Jimmy Iovine's dislike of "freemium" music services. Ive and Iovine were interviewed as part of a conference hosted by Vanity Fair, while Cook was honored by the Human Rights Campaign last week for his position as a role model for LGBT youth as well as his efforts to promote diversity and equality in general.
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2 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, upgrades/storage
Developer BinaryFruithas announced announce the release of DriveDx 1.4.1, its solution for SSD and hard drive health diagnostics and monitoring. The new version brings external drive enclosure SMART diagnostic testing on OS X El Capitan (10.11) -- all previous solutions are incompatible with new OS X System Integrity Protection (SIP) functionality.
2 hours ago | Posted in: accessories
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the items available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's highlights are themed around travel, including improving entertainment in vehicles, carrying equipment in style, and charging your devices while on the move or on vacation abroad.
2 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, Apple
A discovery deep in the codebase of the latest OS X 10.11.1 beta has revealed that Apple is planning to refresh it's "Magic" line of peripherals, including a new Bluetooth keyboard, mouse, and trackpad that will now include integrated rechargeable batteries instead of using replaceable ones, and take advantage of Bluetooth Low Energy (4.0) to dramatically improve battery life. In addition, Apple may have added its "Force Touch" technology, which allows for simulated "deeper" clicks, to the trackpad and mouse.
Twelve South has announced a redesigned version of its very first product, the BookArc for MacBook. Tailored specifically for the newest generation of MacBooks, the BookArc holds the MacBook vertically, freeing up workspace. BookArc for MacBook is compatible with the entire MacBook line including the new 12-inch MacBook, MacBook pro 13- and 15-inch, and MacBook Air 11- and 13-inch models. Like the original in 2009, BookArc is still $50.
3 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging, iPhone apps, iPad apps
Adobe has made a major change to Lightroom, the creative tool company's photo management app for iOS, making it a free app for anyone to use. Previously, the download itself was free but required the paid desktop app or Creative Cloud subscription, but now the iPhone and iPad app will work without needing the user to buy Lightroom or subscribe to the Creative Cloud Photography Plan.
4 hours ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, iPad apps
There's a new update to this outlining app for OS X, but even the makers say that OmniOutliner 4.3.2 is a minor improvement. It's just that sometimes, you need a minor improvement to remind you how much you rely on something. Even when we've previously enthused about OmniOutliner for iPad and iPhone, we've always gone "oh, yeah, and there's a Mac version too." Yet there are those of us on MacNN who use OmniOutliner for Mac every day.
4 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets
If you want to upgrade your house or apartment into a smart home, this is the competition for you. The latest giveaway on MacNN Deals is giving one lucky winner a trio of devices from Nest, allowing them to intelligently manage the temperature of the house, as well as receiving notifications if smoke is detected, and the ability to visually monitor a room in the home remotely via their smartphone.
5 hours ago | Posted in: security, networking
Prior to Samsung Pay's rollout, the technology at its core may have been stolen. LoopPay, the company at the core of the technology, had its corporate network broken into by the Codoso Group, the same hacker collective who penetrated Forbes' security, and hosted malware to its readers. Both Samsung and LoopPay claim that customer information and transaction data was never at risk -- but the hacking collective was after data on the system itself.
5 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps
Apple today announced that enhanced editions of all seven books in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series are now available exclusively on the iBooks Store. Customers can download individual books featuring full original text, interactive animations and new artwork, bringing these stories to life in a unique way. Harry Potter fans will also find annotations throughout their literary journey, written by the author herself.
6 hours ago | Posted in: audio
Bowers & Wilkins has updated the Zeppelin speaker once again, making its speakers more powerful while simplifying its design. The new Zeppelin Wireless retains the shape of its predecessors, except the company has removed the dock element completely, instead requiring users to stream audio wirelessly to the speaker using AirPlay, Bluetooth aptX, and Spotify Connect from their mobile devices.
Nobody has ever thought this before when they typed a filename ending in 007. Nobody. Please join the roguishly handsome William Gallagher –– oh, you're never going to check –– and suave Malcolm Owen as they get down into OS X El Capitan in earnest. Then there is the sheer sea of news from Adobe that Malcolm's going to explain and Tim Cook's visibility award that he, William and you are going to applaud.
6 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps
Overnight, Apple at least in part is restoring users' iOS download histories. MacNN has checked 10 Apple accounts for missing files, and has found four completely restored, and six in the process of restoration. We spoke with our Apple contacts to find out what happened, and try to determine the source of the confusion and try to glean what any future path may be.
7 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, audio
There are people at MacNN who can pop headphones into the lab, and scan them over with a sonic screwdriver to get every last pixel of specification tested, shaken up and tested again. Then there's me. If you want to tell me that the rose gold Kitsound Manhattan Headphones don't sound as good as some $1,000 professional gear, then we'll believe you because it's you. We'll still be a bit surprised, though, as we like this pair a lot.
8 hours ago | Posted in: industry
Amazon is looking to compete with Sling TV, Sony's PlayStation Vue, and others by creating its own Internet TV service, a rumor claims. The retailer has allegedly approached a number of major broadcasters about providing channels and other content for the supposed service, which could ultimately provide subscribers with access to traditional broadcasters as well as pay TV channels over an Internet connection for a set monthly fee.
Once you've used a computer for a while, you inevitably amass what we'll politely call "archives:" a sizable collection of documents, emails, media, images, or all manner of other stuff that you have either created or acquired and filed away. Hopefully, you have as you've gone along organized things a bit. Despite this, it can sometimes take more effort than it should to find the one thing you need right now. In this Pointers, we're going to share a few techniques that we've found really help to bring the information you want right to your fingertips.
21 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting
A bit earlier today, Microsoft issued the first of what is likely to be a series of updates to fix its products under OS X 10.11 El Capitan. First on the block is a patch for Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, repairing the Outlook bug which caused crashes and the spinning beachball on connection attempts.
23 hours ago | Posted in: software
App development has taken off in the last few years, making it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the latest versions. To help all of you out, we here at MacNN are dedicated to sorting through new update releases, and highlighting some of the important ones, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we are featuring a 50 percent discount on the text-expansion tool Typinator, as well as detailing updates to drive maintenance utility DriveDX, system optimization tool Cocktail, iOS manager iMazing, image stitcher DoubleTake, iTunes utility TrackSift, and backup software ForeverSave.
23 hours ago | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio
Welcome to today's installment of Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN scours online retailers for discounts, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. The new sales joining the still-alive deals include a D-Link network surveillance camera for $30, a Roku Streaming Stick for $28, and hefty discounts on boxed sets of Battlestar Galactica on Blu-ray and DVD.
23 hours ago | Posted in: industry
One of the last major financial institutions in the United Kingdom that currently does not support for Apple Pay in the country will be offering it to customers, though later than expected. Barclays will be joining the roster of UK banks, including Lloyds, HSBC, Natwest, and Santander, in allowing owners of iPhones and the Apple Watch to make payments using their devices, but apparently this will not take place until early next year.
The third beta of OS X El Capitan version 10.11.1 has been released to both developers and the public. The release, with build number 15B30a comes six days after the last public build of the update. Not known is what is specifically changed from the last version of the beta software patch. As with previous versions, Apple advises that "it is not advisable to use this software on a production systemn with information on it that you depend on for your business." Also recommended is a complete data backup, and regular updates of same.
Wed October 7, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps
If you're still paying for cable TV but haven't sprung for a DVR so far, we're willing to bet you get pretty mad when you miss a TV show. That's why we're going to make sure you know about Trak TV Show, an app that makes sure you don't have to worry about missing any of your beloved shows ever again.
Wed October 7, 2015 | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps
Its no secret that there is a large amount of software on the iOS App Store that has been abandoned. Even some well-regarded titles, like GoodReader, have lain fallow for a while in a half-functional state after some Apple update or other made it unstable. Games are generally the first to break on newer OSes, but will churn along fine on older hardware and software combinations. Recently, however, users are discovering that when a company retracts a piece of software from sale for whatever the reason, it is utterly removed from both the store and users' purchase histories -- making it impossible to re-download and re-acquire if not backed up on a computer. This is a very, very bad thing.
Wed October 7, 2015 | Posted in: accessories
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the items available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's offers are all portable power packs, allowing you to spend longer periods away from a charging point for your smartphone or other devices. The collection on offer includes high-capacity battery packs, a package of smaller, stackable packs, and one that also protects your iPhone 6s.
Wed October 7, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, industry, mobile phones, Apple
As with recent quarters, Apple is continuing to erode the marketshare of Android in the US, according to new figures from ComScore. The iPhone moved up to 44.1 percent marketshare for the period ending in August -- a 0.6 percent gain prior to the latest iPhones being introduced, which came at the end of the quarter. The gain came entirely from drops in combined Android sales (down 0.4 percent) combined with smaller drops in share from Microsoft and BlackBerry (0.1 percent each).
Wed October 7, 2015 | Posted in: accessories, iPad
Up-front disclaimer: I'm very fond of products by Moshi. As someone who gets to use a lot of brands of accessories, I have used and enjoyed the company's keyboard protectors, iPhone cases, iPad cases, adapters, and car chargers. The company's products are unfailingly lovely, practical, sturdy, and beautifully packaged. They are among a handful (but growing number, happily) of top-quality Mac accessory makers. With the Versacover, they have created another high-quality iPad cover, but with the Versakeyboard, I feel like they missed their mark somewhat. Let's take a closer look.
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