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Apps: ExpanDrive, MacFamilyTree, Tinderbox

20 minutes ago | Posted in apps

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    ExpanDrive 4.1.2 ($50)

    ExpanDrive builds cloud storage into any application by allowing the online storage account to act like a USB drive plugged into the Mac. Version 4.1.2 increases the background write size to files of 600MB, and will now set S3 mime-types based on extension. The alignment of non-Retina icons have also been fixed, and connection error messages have been improved.

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    MacFamilyTree 7.2.2 ($50)

    MacFamilyTree is a genealogy program that can help users discover and visualize their family history. The software also features a number of built in reports and charts, and allows users share genealogical data using the GEDCOM standard. Uploading issues related to FamilySearch have been resolved in this update, along with problems exporting PDF files. In addition, the person context option in the edit section should now work as expected.

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    Tinderbox 6.0.2 ($250)

    Tinderbox is a tool for storing and organizing notes, plans, and ideas. The software allows users to make a visual map of all their notes, with support for linking similar ideas together. The latest release features a new icon, a variety of fixes, and several minor improvements.

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    Feeder 2.5.3 ($40)

    Feeder is a utility for creating, editing, and publishing RSS and iTunes podcast feeds. A problem where SFTP authentication errors would not be reported has been resolved with this update. An issue that resulted in Feeder attempting to save an enclosure upload that no longer exists has also been fixed.

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    OmniOutliner 4.1.1 ($50)

    OmniOutliner is a tool for collecting, creating, and organizing information. The v4.1 update introduces new colored toolbar icons, as well as the ability to create links to rows for quickly navigating between sections. OmniOutliner 4.1.1 corrects a couple technical issues for the Mac App Store.

 
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Apple wins European trademark rights on Apple Store layouts

1 hour ago | Posted in: Apple

The European Court of Justice has issued a decision granting Apple an EU trademark on the layout of its retail stores. The ruling (PDF) states that "the representation of the layout of a retail store, by a design alone, without indicating the size or the proportions, may be registered as a trade mark for services," giving the trademark scope enough to cover all of Apple's locations.

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NYC fires back at Lyft launch; promises vehicle seizures, fines

1 hour ago | Posted in: industry, security, iPhone apps

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) has escalated the conflict between it and ride sharing service Lyft. A warning by the TLC issued yesterday reminds residents that while the service is indeed opening on Friday, and will be offering free rides for two weeks to new subscribers, that the service is unlicensed to operate, and un-investigated drivers may pose a danger to riders.

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Silent Circle expands encrypted calling to 79 countries

1 hour ago | Posted in: security

Security-focused communications firm Silent Circle today announced the expansion of Out-Circle Calling (OCC). The expansion allows for encrypted hybrid calling that enables Silent Circle members to make and receive encrypted, private voice calls through the company's Silent Phone service to non-Silent Circle subscribers in 79 total countries.

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Aereo asks court to allow it use of statutory content licenses

2 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Aereo may have found a way to it to continue offering a service to subscribers with the key lying in the recent Supreme Court decision against the start-up. In a joint letter filed with the US District Court, the company claims that, since the Supreme Court ruled it operated as if it is a cable company, it should be eligible to the same statutory licenses cable companies use.

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Briefly: Spotify heads to Canada, Google Maps adds distance measuring

3 hours ago | Posted in: software

Music streaming service Spotify is spreading into Canada in the near future, long after launching in a number of other major markets. While the exact date of the service's launch in the country is unknown, Engadget reports the company is accepting sign-ups for a queue to receive pre-launch invitations, suggesting that it is likely to go live for all potential users sooner rather than later.

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Roku, Chromecast outselling Apple TV in US, says report

7 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, Apple

Ahead of what is expected to be a significant revamp or re-invention of the Apple TV, rivals such as Roku and Google's Chromecast dongle are allegedly outselling Apple's entry in the streaming-settop-box wars, claims a new study. Though still more popular worldwide, the report from Parks Associates believes that Apple sold just over two million Apple TV units in the US last year, which if true would place it third behind Roku and the Chromecast, both of which sold about 3.8 million units in the US in the same period.

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Apple takes bolder stand on renewable energy, aims for 'net zero' goal

9 hours ago | Posted in: education, industry, Apple

On Wednesday, Apple released its fiscal 2014 Environmental Responsibility Report and announced through it that the company will focus on achieving "net zero energy use," a goal it has already accomplished with all 21 of its Australian retail stores and 140 of its US outlets, alongside its latest data centers and its forthcoming Apple Campus 2 headquarters. The solar array that supplies most of the power used at the Maiden, North Carolina data center is the largest privately-owned array in the country.

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Briefly: D-Link's 802.11ac wireless access point, Edjing adds new UI

11 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, networking, audio, iPhone apps, iPad apps

D-Link has announced the release of the DAP-2660, a new high-power 802.11ac wireless access point. Enclosed in a low-profile white housing, the DAP-2660 can be installed on the ceiling or wall-mounted in locations that require access to a wireless signal. Its maximum wireless signal rates are up to 300Mbps using a 2.4GHz band, and 867Mbps using the 5GHz band. The access point supports advanced radio management features such as band steering, airtime fairness and load balancing.

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Report: Yosemite adopted by developers at 4X rate of previous version

12 hours ago | Posted in: software, developer, Apple

Just a month after the first Developer Preview was released at the Worldwide Developer's Conference, Apple's OS X 10.10 Yosemite is already starting to show up in significant numbers in general Mac web traffic statistics. While 0.2 percent may not seem like a lot, it is four times higher than the percentage seen by the last major OS X upgrade, Mavericks, at the same point in its pre-release state. New features and better integration between iOS and OS X appears to be driving adoption.

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Gartner, IDC: Mac sales slip in Q2, Apple still in fourth place

14 hours ago | Posted in: computers, industry, Apple

Although Apple still retains about 10 percent of the US PC market and remains the fourth-place manufacturer, new preliminary numbers from market analyst firms IDC and Gartner note that Apple was the only top-five PC manufacturer to post negative growth from the year-ago quarter, dropping between 1.3 and 1.7 percent (the two firms disagree on the specifics). IDC says Apple now holds an even 10 percent, while Gartner says Apple has a 10.6 percent share.

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Briefly: Grid 2 Reloaded Edition for OS X, Checkout 4.0 POS

15 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, software, enterprise, Apple

Feral Interactive has announced that its multi-discipline racing game Grid 2 Reloaded Edition will be released for Mac gamers this summer. Featuring "World Series Racing," players aim to become the star driver of the league by facing off against international drivers from local clubs. Races are set in a variety of locations, such as mountain roads and city streets of Paris, Miami or Hong Kong. Each vehicle option varies in respects to its gearing, torque and weight distribution.

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Hyundai offers extended demo of CarPlay tech in 2015 Sonata

15 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, Apple

A new, 11-minute video of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata offers viewers an in-depth look at CarPlay, Apple's car technology for iOS device integration. In addition to showing off the system itself, the video also makes clearer how CarPlay (and other technologies like Android Auto) can co-exist with built-in infotainment systems that are part of the vehicle itself. The video also distinguishes Apple's "Siri Eyes Free" feature from the rest of the CarPlay technology.

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NFB asks for Apple to set disability standards for App Store titles

18 hours ago | Posted in: industry, developer, Apple

The National Federation of the Blind will soon start a campaign to get Apple to factor in accessibility when it approves App Store titles, according to Reuters. The organization approved a resolution for the campaign at a convention held last week in Orlando, Florida. While there are no plans to repeat a 2008 lawsuit which targeted iTunes' accessibility, some NFB members -- including California board member Michael Hingson -- have suggested that one might be necessary to get Apple to change its practices.

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Cook promises Apple workforce diversity report 'at some point'

19 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, Apple

Apple will eventually release data about the racial and gender diversity of its workforce, according to Tim Cook. The CEO made the comment at this week's Sun Valley conference in Idaho. "We'll release the information at some point," he remarked. "We are more focused on actions."

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Apple's Cook, Cue make appearances at 2014 Sun Valley conference

20 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

As anticipated, Apple CEO Tim Cook and senior VP of Internet software and services Eddy Cue are currently in Idaho for this week's Sun Valley media conference. Cook was spotted by the Wall Street Journal's Doug MacMillan. Cue, meanwhile, was briefly stopped by The Information's Jessica Lessin, who asked if he was talking to companies about TV programming deals. "Nah, just going back to my hotel room," the executive is quoted as saying.

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Vimeo redesigns Apple TV app to streamline viewing, browsing

21 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals

Vimeo has launched an update of its app for the Apple TV, according to an official blog post. The new app has a more streamlined interface, reducing the number of button presses needed to get to sections like the Watch Later queue, uploaded videos, or collections. The home page now features a number of curated channels, such as monthly staff favorites and popular videos. One of these is a Vimeo On Demand section, which lets people watch trailers for paid titles and later buy them.

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Apple tried nudging FTC into investigating Google Play, email reveals

22 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

Apple's general counsel, Bruce Sewell, tried to get the US Federal Trade Commission to investigate in-app purchase policies at Google Play, an email obtained via the Freedom of Information Act shows. Days after Apple agreed to pay a $32.5 million settlement over its own approach to in-app purchases, Sewell forwarded a Consumer Reports story to FTC commissioners Edith Ramirez and Julie Brill. The article accused Google of being equally lax, and letting children spend their parents' money "like a drunken sailor."

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Disney content returns to Japanese iTunes Store

23 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

Disney content is once again available on the Japanese version of the iTunes Store, according to an official statement. That content suddenly disappeared recently, and without explanation. In talking with Variety, though, Disney confirms that "the interruption was due to difficulties negotiating the renewal of the old contract between Apple and Disney Japan. The new contract was signed on Wednesday and both rentals (VoD) and electronic sell-through returned to normal."

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UK follows US in banning uncharged electronics from air travel

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Following on from a recent decision by the US Transportation Security Administration effectively banning uncharged electronics on flights to the United States, the United Kingdom is preparing to do something similar. The Department for Transport is now requiring air passengers arriving or departing the UK to have their devices charged before going through security checkpoints.

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New Foxconn robots to serve in supporting role, report says

Wed July 9, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, industry

Foxconn's upcoming robot deployment on Apple-based production lines will only be in a supportive role, leaving human jobs mostly intact, claims Taiwan's United Daily News. Sources say that the robots will help in tasks like locking down screws and polishing parts, leaving the most essential tasks -- namely assembly and quality control -- to people. The sources add that the robots will first be used at Foxconn's Zhengzhou factory, where flagship iPhones are built.

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iOS apps: PDF Expert, Halftone 2, Todoist

Wed July 9, 2014 | Posted in iOS apps

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    PDF Expert 5.1.3 ($10)

    PDF Expert allows users to store and read PDF files on an iPad. The app includes support for password protected, full text document search, navigation through embedded PDF bookmarks, and more. The v5.1.3 update improves app stability for a number of situations that were reported by users.

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    Halftone 2 1.3.1 ($2)

    Halftone allows users to turn their photos into vintage-style comics that can easily be shared with friends and family. Version 1.3.1 offers an improved video export feature, along with the added ability to archive and unarchive projects for simpler iTunes file sharing. A bug where some documents would no longer open has also been fixed, and the color palette now includes true black.

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    Todoist 8.4.1 (free)

    Todoist is a task management tool that can help users keep track of everything they need to accomplish. Tasks are automatically synced across all of a user’s devices, and can also be saved to the cloud for access from any web browser. A number of small bug fixes and improvements are included in this release.

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    Instagram 6.0.4 (free)

    Instagram is a popular social network for sharing images and videos. Within the app users can edit their media and share it with all of their followers in a photo feed, or privately share content directly with friends. The latest release is strictly a maintenance update that fixes some bugs and improves overall performance.

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    Fruit Ninja HD 1.9.5 ($2)

    In Fruit Ninja players attempt to slice as many fruits as possible by swiping their finger across the screen. The game includes three different play modes, Classic, Zen, and Arcade, as well as online multiplayer for Game Center-enabled devices. The v1.9.5 update fixes some small bugs and makes a few minor improvements.

 

Beijing court upholds Zhizhen patent in dispute over Siri

Wed July 9, 2014 | Posted in: Apple

Beijing's No. 1 Intermediate People's Court has upheld a 2006 Zhizhen patent challenged by Apple, says China's official Xinhua news agency. Zhizhen filed suit against Apple in 2012, accusing it of violating a patent used for its "Little I Robot" voice-controlled assistant with Siri, the voice command system used in iOS. Apple though sued Zihizhen and China's Patent Review Committee late last year, with the hope that the court would render Zhizhen's patent invalid.

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Adobe issues 'critical' patch for Flash for AIR, OS X, Windows, Linux

Wed July 9, 2014 | Posted in: security, software

Adobe has issued an emergency patch of its Flash Player technology to correct a security flaw that could allow hackers false access to thousands of popular websites -- notably Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and eBay among many others. The patch, which will update Flash to version 14.0.0.145, is considered "critical" for users of OS X, Windows and Linux operating systems. Even if users have Flash Player disabled in their browser, they may still need to update if they are using any products that require Adobe AIR.

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Briefly: Google Search app's fix function, Odyssey.js map tool beta

Wed July 9, 2014 | Posted in: developer, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Google Search's voice recognition has a new feature that aims to relieve the problem of misheard words. Prior to the update, users would need to restart their verbal search query if it was originally misheard by the app - now, the command "no I said" is in effect, meaning that the new search replaces just the one word that was incorrect. The update is available for both iOS and Android versions of Google Search.

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Report: 60 million Bluetooth beacons in US by 2019

Tue July 8, 2014 | Posted in: industry, gadgets, enterprise, Apple

A new report from ABI Research claims that the technology behind Apple's iBeacons is set to expand on a massive scale over the next five years, thanks to new applications that will make use of the "indoor GPS" abilities and personal notification services of Bluetooth LE-powered beacons. While Apple is the best-known "brand" of Bluetooth-enabled sensors with its iBeacon hardware and technology catching on, the study says Apple is unlikely to get into making the actual hardware that will generate $500 million a year by 2019.

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Apple hires two engineers from former Nike Fuelband team

Tue July 8, 2014 | Posted in: gadgets, software, developer, Apple

Two former Nike Fuelband engineers have jumped ship to join Apple, presumably to lend further support to the company's expected "iWatch" health and fitness device, according to discoveries made on the pair's LinkedIn profiles. Both hardware engineer Ryan Bailey and sensor software expert Jon Gale started with Apple last month, just two months after Nike gutted its own Fuelband team and essentially exited the wearables market.

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Briefly: MapQuest 4.4 improves ETAs, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

Tue July 8, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

AOL's MapQuest: Maps, GPS, Voice Navigation and Traffic app for iOS has received an update, improving its ETA feature, and adding new components. MapQuest for iOS allows users to access travelling resources such as live maps, GPS, voice navigation and live traffic updates. The release of v4.4 now includes additional traffic data for improving the accuracy of the estimated arrival time. Its new volume slider helps control volume relative to other applications, so that dictated directions can be adequately heard.

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