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TracFone settles with FTC over 'unlimited' plan throttling complaints

1 hour ago | Posted in: industry, mobile phones

A carrier has settled with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over complaints it offered mobile phone contracts that claim to have "unlimited" data, but turn out do not. TracFone was accused by the FTC of capping and throttling customers on the unlimited plans, with the carrier agreeing to pay out $40 million in refunds to consumers as part of its settlement.



Remote Desktop server v3.8 updated with Yosemite support, more

3 hours ago | Posted in: enterprise, networking, Apple

On Wednesday, Apple updated its Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) server/administrator software to version 3.8, the first major upgrade in well over a year. The new version primarily spruces up the app for OS X Yosemite compatibility, including an updated interface. The program was last upgraded in October of 2013, largely for the same reason, but for Mavericks (though two minor updates were issued later). In addition to an interface overhaul to match Yosemite's design language, a number of enhancements and fixes are included.



Documents show Apple paid just A$80.3M in Australian taxes for 2014

7 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, Apple

Apple paid about A$80.3 million in taxes to the Australian government last year, despite pulling in A$6 billion in revenues in that country, according to documents filed with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. While the company's actual tax bill must legally be kept confidential, an expense figure has to be produced for the sake of annual accounts. The A$80.3 million sum is over twice the A$36.4 million Apple paid in 2013, when it actually took in more revenue, A$6.1 billion.



Universal publishes full cast for upcoming Jobs biopic

9 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Universal Studios has published the complete cast list for its upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, tentatively titled just Steve Jobs. Michael Fassbender has been confirmed as Jobs, while Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak. Jeff Daniels will assume the role of former Apple CEO John Sculley; Kate Winslet will be former Mac marketing head Joanna Hoffman, while Katherine Waterston will be Jobs' one-time girlfriend Chrisann Brennan. Michael Stuhlbarg will be Mac programmer Andy Hertzfeld.


Apps: Alfred, Duet, RapidWeaver

10 hours ago | Posted in apps


    Alfred 2.6 (free)

    Alfred is a quick launch utility that can help users search their computer and the internet. Version 2.6 adds support for the company’s new Alfred Remote iOS app. The update also includes some new Script Filter runtime behaviour options, support for sending attachments in Airmail 2, and has enhanced the workflow preferences search to include external trigger and remote trigger ids.


    Duet 1.2.2 (free)

    Duet, when pair with the $15 iOS companion app, allows an iOS device to be used as an external display when connected with either a Lightning or 30-pin cable. The latest release includes a number of stability and sleep/wake fixes, as well as better overall performance. New dark-mode icons have also been added, and the software should now make use of the integrated GPU.


    RapidWeaver 6.0.5 ($90)

    RapidWeaver is a web design tool that allows users to create web pages with little to no coding knowledge. The software automatically fills in XHTML and CSS coding based on a user's design. A number of problems that would prevent publishing from completing have been resolved with this update. Inconsistencies when referencing Resources in site-wide code have also been addressed, and Smart Quotes are now turned of by defaults.


    Drive Genius 4.0.1 ($99)

    Drive Genius is a storage management utility that features a number of tools for optimizing and repairing hard drives. The latest release addresses a potential issue where a drive name would be doubled in the drive list. BootWell errors should also now be properly shown, and a few stability problems have been patched.


    Deliveries 1.0.2 (free)

    Deliveries is a tool that allows users to keep track of all their deliveries in one location. Version 1.0.2 offers improved map location accuracy, support for copying a delivery to the clipboard, and improved Junecloud syncing. In addition to a range of bug fixes, the Add Delivery screen is also now better at finding common tracking number formats in a pasted bloc of text.


TaiG jailbreak closed off in iOS 8.1.3 update

10 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, security, developer, hacks, Apple, iPad

Yesterday's iOS 8.1.3 update sabotages the TaiG jailbreak tool, users say. The hack was functional through iOS 8.1.2, outdoing Pangu, which stopped working as of v8.1.1. Although the TaiG team itself hasn't confirmed the problem, Apple's notes for v8.1.3 actually credit the group with finding four security vulnerabilities.



European iPod shuffle delays improve; 2012 Mac mini reappears

11 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, computers, Apple

Apple's official online shipping times for the iPod shuffle have improved in the UK, France, Germany, and several other European countries, reports say. Earlier this month, shipping times deteriorated to between seven to 10 days worldwide, prompting fears that Apple might be discontinuing the product. Sources claimed that Apple was just going through component supplier changes, however, and this may be borne out by Europe, which is now seeing the media player ship in five to seven days. Delays have yet to improve in the US or Canada, but may follow suit in the near future.



FCC nixes petition by hotels, disallows Wi-Fi hotspot blocking

13 hours ago | Posted in: industry, security, troubleshooting, networking

A petition by Marriott, Hilton, and an association of hotel owners asking for permission to block guests from creating their own Wi-Fi hotspots has been resolved today in a public notice by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Specifically, the blocking of personal Wi-Fi hotspots is prohibited, and will be "aggressively" investigated and acted against, according to the agency.



Cook proclaims 'Year of Apple Pay'; Apple cash stockpile now $178B

17 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry, Apple

If you are making a contactless mobile payment in the US based on a Visa, MasterCard or American Express account, odds are that you're doing it from an iPhone 6 model. During the conference call with analysts, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that the company's Apple Pay mobile payments system -- only in its fourth month -- now accounts for more than $2 of every $3 of money paid in that manner. In addition, CFO Luca Maestri updated analysts on the still-growing (but more slowly) cash stockpile Apple has, now at $178 billion.



Apple sees one billionth iOS device shipped, China sales explode

19 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Investor, industry, Apple

In the midst of so much good news that came out of Apple in its fiscal Q1 report today, a significant milestore was also noted: the company said it had sold its one billionth iOS device, which it will keep for historical purposes. The device was said to be a 64GB Space Grey iPhone 6 Plus, and was part of the extraordinary 74.6 million iPhone sold worldwide in the holiday quarter. China sales played a major role as well, growing sales 157 percent from the previous quarter.



Hands On: PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7 (OS X, iOS)

21 hours ago | Posted in: software, Graphics/Web Design, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Right, here's the thing: by the time we're done here, you really must own PDFpen for Mac. It's just a question of which version -- and it's a more complicated question than it might be. For while there's now a new version 7 and it introduces some excellent features, it introduces them in two editions -- PDFpen and PDFpen Pro -- yet its very best abilities are already right there in version 6. Plus, there is the iPad version which we've already said we rate very highly.



AT&T takes $4B loss on $34.4B in revenues last quarter

23 hours ago | Posted in: Investor

AT&T earned consolidated revenues of $34.4 billion in the last quarter, an improvement from last quarter's $32.9 billion, and a year-on year increase of 3.8 percent -- 4.5 percent if a loss-laden sale of its Connecticut wireline properties is taken into account. Even so, it made for a total loss of $4 billion, or $0.77 per share, something the carrier warned about last week.



HTML5 video tag is now default for YouTube

23 hours ago | Posted in: industry, developer

YouTube began testing simultaneous support for both Flash and HTML5 video delivery back in 2010, but Flash has continued to be the default in most cases unless users opted into an HTML5 only beta -- until now. YouTube announced today on their developer blog it will now default to utilizing the HTML5 video tag on certain web browsers.



Hands On: Power DOS (iOS)

Tue January 27, 2015 | Posted in: developer, iPhone apps, iPad apps

DOS was the operating system that people born prior to 1983 ended up cutting their teeth on, and for many people the obsolete OS still holds some nostalgic value, particularly for games. Thanks to programs like DOSBox, millions of gamers are returning to the days of Duke Nukem and Commander Keen on their Macs or PCs. However, Power DOS by Power App GmbH, allows you to take all the fun of the 1980s and 1990s with you on your favorite iDevice.



Cook still bullish on iPad despite softening demand

Tue January 27, 2015 | Posted in: Apple, iPad

Apple's iPad tablet is continuing to see growing declines in sales, as noted in the most recent quarterly results. As expected, the iPad dropped 18 percent year-over-year in sales, though new models and the holiday season provided a substantial boost from the previous quarter. Although Apple only sold 21.4 million iPads this holiday season compared to 26 million last year, sales were up strongly from the previous quarter, leaping from September's 12.3 million iPads.



Apple Watch in April, Apple Pay coming to 200K self-service stations

Tue January 27, 2015 | Posted in: industry, gadgets, Apple

The Apple Watch will ultimately ship in April, the company has confirmed through a quarterly results call hosted by CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri. The company didn't go into any other details, such as a specific release date. April, however, is even later than the March timeframe mentioned in recent rumors, which themselves suggested a delay from February. Until now Apple has only ever promised an "early 2015" date.



Apple Q1 breakdown reveals 18 percent decline in iPad shipments

Tue January 27, 2015 | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, Investor, computers, Apple, iPad

Beyond its official press release, Apple has posted a detailed breakdown (PDF) of its fiscal first quarter. The document is the only one to mention iPad sales, and reveals that shipments dropped 18 percent year-over-year to 21.42 million. Revenues for the tablet fell 22 percent to $9 billion.


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Apple posts $74.6B in Q1 revenues based on iPhone, Mac sales

Tue January 27, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, Investor, Apple, iPad

Apple has posted the results of its first fiscal quarter for 2015, which actually ended on December 27. The company says it achieved record quarterly revenue of $74.6 billion, and similarly record-setting net profits of $18 billion, or $3.06 per share. The figures compare against $57.6 billion, $13.1 billion, and $2.07 in Q1 2014; gross margins increased from 37.9 percent to 39.9 percent. Apple notes that international sales made up 65 percent of the recent quarter's revenues.


Apple Maps gets 12 new Flyover cities

Tue January 27, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, Apple, iPad

Apple has added 12 new towns and cities to the list of Apple Maps locations with Flyover coverage. Of these only one is in the US -- that being Amarillo, Texas. The others include three places in France -- Beziers, Clermont, and Saint-Tropez -- along with Aguadilla and Arecibo in Puerto Rico, Brno in the Czech Republic, Cittadella in Italy, Hamburg in Germany, Helsingborg in Sweden, Liverpool in England, and Odense in Denmark.


Briefly: Snapchat adds Discover feature, new 4C compact Das Keyboard

Tue January 27, 2015 | Posted in:

Temporal media-sharing platform, Snapchat, has debuted a new "Discover" feature, allowing users to see branded content from accounts such as ESPN, CNN, Vice and Warner Music. Stories collected in this section of the app will include content gathered by artists, publishers, and Snapchat's editorial staff, and will refresh daily while accompanied by advertisements. Continuing to be free to download, Snapchat is available for both iOS and Android users.


Google Fiber heading to Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham

Tue January 27, 2015 | Posted in: industry, networking

Just as expected, Google has revealed the next locations it will be launching Google Fiber, following its existing installations in Kansas City, Provo, and Austin. Confirming earlier reports, the high-speed Internet service will be rolling out in Atlanta, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; and Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte in North Carolina.


Forums: what's wrong with my MBP?

Tue January 27, 2015 | Posted in: computers, troubleshooting, software, upgrades/storage, Apple

Yesterday, one Dedicated MacNNer turned to the MacNN forums, looking for help figuring out some graphical problems with their 15-inch MacBook Pro from 2011. Also yesterday, Mac Elite "jeff k" was asking fellow forum-members how to get images off of an iPhone after having some trouble transferring photos.


Apple deals: Macs from $849

Tue January 27, 2015 | Posted in: computers, Apple

This week at Apple's online store, find savings on Macs starting as low as $849 for a 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of PCIe-based flash storage. For $869 is the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 256GB of flash storage.


DealNN: $150 off Dell 27-inch LED monitor

Tue January 27, 2015 | Posted in: computers, peripherals, software, upgrades/storage

Save $150 on the Dell 27-inch LED 1080p monitor right now at It was $350, but has been discounted to $200 after a variety of instant savings are applied. That's around $70 less than the next-lowest price. This monitor features a 27-inch display, 1080p resolution, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, a 6ms response time, and it is backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Dell.


OS X 10.10.2 leaves beta, brings predicted changes

Tue January 27, 2015 | Posted in: security, troubleshooting, software, Apple

Simultaneous with the launch of iOS 8.1.3, Apple has also released the finished version of OS X 10.10.2. As anticipated, the one feature addition is the ability to browse iCloud Drive items from within Time Machine. Elsewhere, the update is dedicated solely to squashing bugs, such as Wi-Fi disconnects, webpages loading too slowly, and various security and stability problems in Safari.


Apple's iOS 8.1.3 goes live, reduces space needed for OTA updates

Tue January 27, 2015 | Posted in: iPod, education, iPhone, security, troubleshooting, Apple, iPad

Apple has released iOS 8.1.3 via iTunes and as an over-the-air download. Though primarily a maintenance update, it does make one important change: reducing the amount of storage that will be needed for future over-the-air upgrades. The amount of space iOS 8 required for an OTA update was a common complaint by users; on 16GB iPhones and iPads, there is frequently too little room left, forcing people to use iTunes instead. Apple hasn't said how much storage will be needed in the future.


Pushbullet brings notification/sharing service to native Mac app

Tue January 27, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, software, iPad

Pushbullet has introduced a native Mac client for its namesake notification and file/link sharing service. When used in tandem with the company's updated iOS app, the software can not only display iPhone and iPad notifications on a Mac, but be used to dismiss them without picking up the mobile device. More significantly, users can copy and paste between platforms, push links, or download and open exchanged files.


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