Google Wallet for iOS adds single sign-on, card recognition features
Google's digital wallet app, Google Wallet, has received an update today for iOS. Google Wallet allows users to shop online and in-store without the need for individual plastic cards for payment or loyalty point accumulation. Additionally, users can use Google Wallet to transfer money to anyone within the US, via e-mail, and withdraw cash from ATMs.
Best online deals remain available from Amazon, MacMall, B&H
Online retailers still have MacBooks, iMacs, and iPads on sale, in spite of Black Friday being over and Cyber Monday having not yet started. We have collected some of the best deals still in stock.
Tumblr app gives visual overhaul, new UI for user interaction
Visual blogging service Tumblr has updated its iOS app for iPhone and iPad to version 3.5, bringing with it a complete overhaul of the look - now using the iOS 7 design language - as well as a handful of new features. Users will discover a completely new user interface for composing, reblogging and post style selection, alongside the redesigned Dashboard. The reblogging feature is now faster as well, and the update also offers tagging auto-completion.
Also improves reliability when updating projects, events from previous versions
In a rare move, Apple has updated its Mac iMovie application to expand its compatibility with some older video cards, and now lists its only system requirement as being "OS X 10.9 Mavericks," suggesting it has dropped the previous requirements for "an OpenCL-compatible graphics card" and "a display with 1280x800 resolution or higher" as strict requirements (though they are likely still recommended). The move could allow some Mac models that can run Mavericks but don't have OpenCL-supported cards, or have added third-party cards, to run the latest iMovie.
Solves crashing issue in Polish edition of Word, more
Microsoft on Wednesday updated its flagship Mac program, Office for Mac - bringing the current version to 14.3.9. The update fixes numerous bugs in Outlook and Word, including a crashing issue that would happen when starting up the Polish version of Word for Mac 2011 under OS X 10.9 Mavericks. The fixes not only apply the desktop version of Office 2011, but also on-premises versions of Microsoft Exchange Server (2007, 2010 and 2013 Cumulative Update 3) and MS Exchange Online in Office 365.
Safari betas, new Aperture update both focus on bug fixes
Apple has issued an update to its pro-level photo management app Aperture, bringing it up to version 3.5.1 in a free update that corrects several flaws, most notably fixing Temperature & Tint White Balance so that it works correctly. For developers, Apple is now seeding two new Safari betas - one for Lion and Mountain Lion (10.7 and 10.8 respectively) and one for OS X Mavericks (10.9). The Safari betas, which are not yet officially released, focus on viewing and annotating PDF files, along with password autofill troubleshooting.
Addresses flaw that caused debugging crash with iOS 6 devices
After sending a "Golden Master" version to developers last week, Apple has updated Xcode to version 5.0.2, which adds support for iOS 7.0.3 (the current version of iOS). It is also largely a bug-fix release from the 5.0.1 version, which was released alongside OS X Mavericks on October 22. The new update fixes problems that caused occasional hangs in the iOS simulator during app install or when debugging, as well as during debugging iOS 6 devices.
Dramatically faster troubleshooting, resolution achieved with visuals
In a quiet update today, Apple is now giving users who have a problem the option of initiating a screen-sharing session directly with AppleCare representatives. While screen-sharing has been a tool available for the reps for some time to help customers, it usually comes only after many other areas of discussion and testing of a problem have already been tried. The practice can be a great help in quickly troubleshooting or identifying the cause of a problem.
Adobe announces release candidates that bring support for new digital cameras
Adobe's Camera Raw 8.3 and Lightroom 5.3 have been announced as new release candidates on Adobe Labs. Each bring support for new digital cameras, such as the Nikon D610, Fujifilm X-E2 and Sony Alpha a7, in addition to numerous bug fixes. Though tested internally, Adobe is inviting community testing to be executed prior to full distribution. Lightroom 5.3 is available as a free download for current users of Lightroom 5, while new customers can purchase for $150, or upgrade an older version for $80. The Camera Raw 8.3 plug-in update is free, and available for Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6.
Mail, iBooks patches also on the way, 10.10 also continues testing
Apple is said to be working on two concurrent Mavericks updates, 10.9.1 and 10.9.2, according to reports. The first of the updates will likely see release later this month to address bugs found in the first Mavericks release. In addition, the company plans updates for some individual apps, including iBooks and Mail, both of which have seen reports of performance problems for some but not all users. Apple is meanwhile continuing to test the next major OS X release, 10.10.
Redesigned calendar app offers reminders, new week view
Flexibits' latest app, Fantastical 2, has been released for iOS today. An overall revamping of Fantastical, an iOS and Mac calendar app, Fantastical 2 offers a more intuitive user experience and several additional features also added to its predecessor. New parser features, such as alert and reminder creations, can be executed with succinct key terms at the start of a sentence such as 'reminder', 'todo', or 'alert'. Maps are now included with event details, showing locations. Other updates to Fantastical 2 include a new week view, a dictation function for creating new events or reminders, background app updating, and more. Available for $3 on iTunes, Fantastical 2 requires iOS 7 or later.
E-mail productivity app Dispatch adds social network sharing, unified inbox
Clean Shaven Apps has released an update for its email client, Dispatch: Action-Based Email. Intended to speed up the process of sorting and responding to email, Dispatch can interact with 26 apps (such as Evernote, web browsers, OmniFocus and more), simplifying workflow. Version 1.3 provides a unified inbox, and new actions such as the integration of Twitter and Facebook sharing, and copying a message and a gmail link to e-mails. Bug fixes are also included in the update, with scrolling issues, inbox glitches and other issues having been corrected. Dispatch: Action-Based Email requires iOS 7, and is available for purchase (priced at $5) on iTunes.
Only for 'late 2013' iMacs, fixes Power Nap and USB issues
On Thursday, Apple launched a firmware and software update for the most recent models of iMac, known as the "late 2013" or "Haswell" versions. The first is an SMC update that resolves an issue with Power Nap (a feature that is new to iMacs, but has been included with select MacBook Pro models for a while), and an OS X 10.8.5 "Supplemental Update" that further resolves miscellaneous USB issues only for late 2013 iMacs that came with an Nvidia GeForce GT 750M.
Brings many of the same features as the Mavericks version
In addition to a plethora of new products and updates, Apple included a software update for users who will be sticking with Mountain Lion for a while longer -- an updated Safari for Mountain Lion to match the one that comes with Mavericks. Safari version 6.1 offers many of the same features, including Shared Links support, a revamped Sidebar, Safari Power Saver to increase battery efficiency and more -- though some features will be reserved for Mavericks only.
Snow Leopard and later see updated, new models supported
On Wednesday, Apple updated its set of drivers for various HP models for users of OS X from 10.6.x to the current 10.8.5. The updates, available through the Software Update mechanism or through a direct update from Apple's support pages, provides the latest drivers and bring in support for new and existing models for printers, scanners and all-in-one units. The combo updater, available from Apple's Support Downloads page, is nearly half a gigabyte in size, but most should get the smaller, customized update from Software Update.
Skype upgrades accessibility features, interface style
International communication platform Skype has updated its app for iPhone and iPad, following the recent launch of iOS 7. Version 4.13 showcases a revamped interface, reflecting a similar aesthetic to iOS 7; general bug fixes are also included. Accessibility features have been improved, such as touch-type support for the dialpad, and VoiceOver can now announce the sender's name when messaging, as well as provide improved accuracy during group chatting. Though optimized for iPhone 5, Skype 4.13 is compatible with all devices using iOS 5 or later, and can be downloaded from iTunes for free.
Problem with previous update didn't affect all users, but could 'brick' devices
On Monday, Apple restored an update to its Apple TV device after pulling the previous version on Sunday over widespread reports that the update "bricked" the device, rendering it inoperable for some users. Others complained of lesser technical issues (like lost content or inability to download), while others reported no issues. The new version carries the same name as the old, and those who still have functioning units can re-download the 6.0 update through the built-in Software Update mechanism.
iPad as concussion diagnostic tool in Pennsylvania
A new iPad tool that can help evaluate and manage concussions has started to make its way into doctor's office in 20 western Pennsylvania counties. As reported by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the C3 Logix system uses a number of the iPad's features, such as gyroscopic and motion data, to help gauge a person's balance, reaction time, motor function and vision, and memory and processing time. Currently, the system is used by more than 50 schools in northeastern Ohio -- and a new plan from Allegheny Health will see the system roll out to five pilot districts before making its way to 16 high schools.
New iOS 7 outpacing even iOS 6 in rapid adoption by users
As anticipated, new buyers of the iPhone 5s and 5c are finding themselves prompted to download an iOS firmware update, v7.0.1, Apple officially states that the patch deals with "bug fixes and improvements," but it's believed to be focused on a problem involving the 5s' Touch ID sensor and iTunes purchases. It's unknown what if any changes the code makes for the 5c.
Set-top gets Chromecast-like content streaming
Apple has released an anticipated firmware update for the Apple TV, v6.0. The main addition is support for iTunes Radio, Apple's new streaming music service, also available on Mac, Windows, and iOS devices. Some other changes include podcast sync, access to shared Photo Streams, and the ability to listen to music purchased from the iTunes Store directly. Version numbers for Apple TV are typically behind that of the iOS release they are drawn from.
New release brings new game, new look to iCloud web portal
In the early hours of what promises to be a big day, Apple on Wednesday updated the look of its iCloud.com portal and the web app versions of Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, Reminders and Find My iPhone to utilize the new iOS 7 style, hours ahead of the update's formal launch. Users who sign in will also be greeted by beta releases of Pages, Numbers and Keynote for iCloud, being finalized for full release later this year. Finally, the highly-anticipated Infinity Blade III has turned up on the App Store ahead of the new iOS upgrade.
Change will allow newcomers to jump into discussions of airing shows, events
While some viewers still prefer to focus their attention on a TV show and cogitate on it before commenting publicly, many modern viewers enjoy the social interaction of reading and providing their own "commentary track" to episodes of TV shows, awards shows or sporting events as they happen; splitting their focus between what's happening on the TV and what's happening in a social feed. Twitter will be addressing this with a new feed dedicated to various popular TV shows in the next version of its iOS app, which will also be updated for iOS 7.
OS X Mavericks will include Safari 7, but improvements being passed down
While the forthcoming release of OS X Mavericks (10.9) will include a new version of Safari, many of the improvements of that unreleased update are making their way into an incremental update primarily aimed at Mountain Lion users. Safari 6.1 Seed 7, which we first reported on Tuesday, is compatible with both Lion and Mountain Lion, but several features of the update are reserved for Mountain Lion only. These included Shared Links, continuous reading in the Reading List and Shared Links, easy retweet of Shared Links, iCloud Tabs autocomplete and more.
Remote Desktop apps, Safari 6.1 beta also released
On Tuesday, Apple released the seventh Developer Preview beta of its forthcoming OS X Mavericks (10.9) update. Registered developers can obtain the new version by signing into the Mac App Store with their developer account Apple IDs. The update has a number of changes contained in it, including new wallpapers, a new format for screen recordings, and the optional ability of users with non-Admin accounts to install software from (only) the Mac App Store. In addition, Apple released new Remote Desktop 3.7, Xcode 5 and Safari 6.1 betas.
GIF export, video import, Retina support and more in major update
Synium Software has released a major update to its title-art video generator, Animationist ($30). The new version, 1.1, offers a much-improved video export process (including GIF export), the ability to animate single letters in texts, Retina display support, improved text quality and a full user manual among other changes. The program can be used for creating titles for YouTube videos, iMovie or Final Cut projects or even broadcast TV.
Deals with Time Capsule, IPv6 and Wi-Fi connection issues
On Tuesday, Apple issued a firmware update for its line of Airport Wi-Fi routers, including the AirPort Base Station, Time Capsule and AirPort Extreme. The new version, 7.6.4, is available through the Airport Utility program itself as well as Apple's support website. The update addresses three issues, including a problem that could cause Airport Time Capsules to falsely report that the backup disk is in use; another that sometimes caused the devices to report that the backup disk is in use, along with two other issues.
Updates include Snow Leopard and Lion alongside latest OS version
Apple today released printer driver updates for two different manufacturers' products, with all of the updates available for Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) and Lion (10.7), while a few also include updates for Mountain Lion (10.8). Brands include Epson, and a number of labels owned by Ricoh, including NRG, InfoPrint, Lanier, Infotec, Savin and Gestetner. The updates will appear in Software Update as relevant for users' existing printers, and when users connect new printers to their network or computer. New models have been added alongside updates for older models with unspecified changes.
Organic Imaging 2.0 supports RAW
Elpical Software released version 2.0 of Organic Imaging today. The professional-quality, automatic image correction software now delivers RAW format support and an improved UI. Organic Imaging offers users "natural corrections" of skies, seas, landscape, skin-tones and other features based on advanced analysis of each photograph. Users can now download the application and process 250 images for free, with pricing based on a per-image basis afterwards. Organic Imaging is available on both Mac and Windows platforms.
Airbender Mini includes Bluetooth keyboard
New Trent, a California-based designer of mobile accessories, released its Airbender Mini, a rugged case for the iPad Mini yesterday. Complete with an integrated screen protector, aluminum arm, and built-in Bluetooth keyboard, users can effectively use their iPad mini for watching movies, FaceTime chatting, gaming or checking e-mails while still protecting it. The Airbender Mini's body is hardshell, composed of polycarbonate thermoplastic. At 0.4 inches, the inset Bluetooth keyboard attaches via the durable aluminum arm, allowing the case to rotate 360 degrees for landscape or portrait viewing angles. The Airbender Mini is available for $40.
Latest update continues focus on bug fixes, performance
Late on Monday -- and like the iOS 7 beta released earlier in the day, arriving two weeks after the last one -- Apple has posted OS X 10.9 Mavericks Developer Preview 3. While it is too soon to notice any significant changes or improvements, the beta is focused on compatibility and performance issues, as well as integrating the forthcoming "iCloud Keychain" feature. The update is still dealing with a raft of known issues, including some that render it incompatible with even the last Mavericks and iOS 7 betas. Installation on production machines remains strongly discouraged.
Adds freehand tools, copy and paste, many improvements
Procreate ($5), a painting app for the iPad, has updated to version 1.8 which brings a significant overhaul to the program. The app, which won an Apple Design Award at the WWDC this year for its overall excellence, has added a freehand selection tool, a copy and paste system, painting and brush improvements, transform improvements, a new 1080p preset and other improvements to its Create Canvas interface and over a dozen other changes and fixes in the free update. This is on top of the major changes in version 1.7 from six months ago.
Users can find appropriate versions through Software Update
Apple has updated its Digital Camera Raw Compatibility add-on for iPhoto '11 and Aperture 3.x with an update to version 4.07, which adds support for two new Panasonic cameras and a Sony Alpha model. In addition the company added support for some new Canon printer and scanner models. The Raw file update is for Lion and Mountain Lion only, while the Canon drivers update stretches back to Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.1 or higher).
Twitter Music app updated for genres, Rdio, more
Twitter has updated its music discovery and purchasing app for iOS, Twitter #music, to version 1.1 (free). The update bring genre playlists to the program as well as its existing chart types chart types, including Superstars, Popular, Emerging, Unearthed and Hunted. Rdio users can now handle authentication within the app rather than forcing users to jump into Safari to handle logins, and the update fixes a bug that could cause tracks to be unavailable in some situations.
Weekly updates of Mountain Lion continue, focus on improvements
The weekly updates of the next minor update to OS X Mountain Lion continue, with the second beta of OS X 10.8.5 being distributed to developers and Apple retail staff through the Mac Developer Center and the Mac App Store for those with developer or employee accounts. The release again focuses on bug fixes rather than new features, though there is some speculation that the forthcoming release could be the last for Mountain Lion as the company focuses on OS X Mavericks (10.9), the second Developer Preview of which was sent out on Tuesday.
Additional improvements will be iterated rather than monolithic
Mirye Software has announced a forthcoming major new version of its Shade 3D software, version 14, and a change in the way it handles updates. The company will abandon the "monolithic" periodic release model and instead distribute feature updates to Shade 14 throughout its life cycle, the company says. Initial new features in Shade v14 that cover all versions (Basic, Standard and Professional) include a line offset tool, a redesigned 3D text tool, support for the STL format for industrial and commercial 3D printing and more.
Now features 64-bit Intel support for latest Mac models
Utility and recovery software maker Micromat has unveiled the latest version of its flagship product TechTool Pro, now at version 7.0. The company says that the program has been "completely rewritten" for 64-bit and next-generation Macintosh computers, and now offers improved volume optimization routines, SPD check and report, advanced memory-testing features and compatibility with recently-released Macs. The new version also features compatibility with the pre-release version of OS X Mavericks, the forthcoming next major update to OS X.
Root cause unclear, problem possibly multifaceted
Reports have begun to surface of widespread, but not universal, issues with the Nexus 7 tablet made by Asus for Google. According to reports from early adopters, a possible combination of power-sapping software updates, the Android lack of support for the SSD TRIM command, and potentially poor-quality storage or RAM are taking a toll on some users devices prematurely.
Offers 'significantly improved' reliability, scalability and performance, more
Apple has updated its iOS mass-deployment configuration and management tool, Configurator, to version 1.3. The free app works with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, and now offers "significantly improved" reliability, scalability and performance, the ability to cancel scheduled or even in-progress operations, and more. There is a new status view that includes time estimates and error information with recovery suggestions, and administrators can now install apps on devices configured to not allow users to install apps.
Conference Room shows off increasing use of Apple TV for business
Though not explicitly mentioned during the Worldwide Developer's Conference keynote, the Apple TV will also be receiving an update to its differently-numbered iOS software in the near future -- one that supports iTunes Radio and offers a few minor new features. The first beta, which is referred to as iOS 5.4 (notably skipping 5.3 entirely), doesn't yet make any severe design changes but does add support for the forthcoming iTunes Radio, allowing developers a chance to test the service.
Subscribers can opt to receive AMBER and emergency push notices
An FCC mandate for a Wireless Emergency Alert system implemented on mobile devices is now being delivered to iPhones by AT&T, the country's second-largest carrier. The government-issued messages will appear in a manner similar to text messages, reports AppleInsider, but are actually delivered by a different and faster system (at no charge to the user). They will include mandatory Presidential alerts (issued by the White House), and the option to receive Imminent Threat alerts and AMBER alerts.
iFixit's tear down reveals one of Apple's most repairable products
Tech site iFixit has uploaded a new teardown for the latest AirPort Extreme, Apple's first 802.11ac wireless base station. Opening the device revealed an interior space to allow for a hard drive to be installed, however hopes of at-home storage upgrades were dashed by no available plug-in options on the logic board. The AirPort Extreme offers a Delta Electronics 12V, 5A power supply, much akin to Mac Mini technology. Thanks to a simply disassembly iFixit staff have categorized the wireless base station, along with Apple TV and Mac Mini, as the most repairable Apple product in recent history.
Supports website font preview, Fonts.com subscription plans
Monotype on Tuesday updated its font management product for Mac, FontExplorer X Pro, to version 4.0. The new version now supports Web fonts (WOFF and EOT types), OpenType features and the company's own SkyFonts technology. Additionally, the program is now available either as a standalone product or as part of the company's Fonts.com Web Fonts subscription plans. A "mini view" and slide show feature have also been added, along with an improved main font list and enhanced "smart sets" functionality.
UK's Yo! Sushi uses iPad quadracopters as drone servers
Daily Mail reports that London's sushi chain, Yo! Sushi, has employed a new, unorthodox method of food service. Yo! Sushi now delivers its patrons' meals to their tables by way of iPad-controlled quadracopters, aptly named iTrays. The devices are made of light-weight carbon fibre, and fly trays of food to tables up to 50 yards away from the kitchen at up to 25 mile an hour. The chain's Soho branch in central London is trialling the high-tech service style, and if proved successful, it could be carried out to all 64 of Yo! Sushi's UK restaurants next year. The drones join the chain's other novelty tech services offered, such as conveyor belt service, and speaking robot drink carts.
Rolls in security changes present in just-released 10.8.4 update
As expected, Apple has issued Security Update 2013-002 for older versions of OS X that are limited to the security-oriented changes present in the latest Mountain Lion update, v10.8.4, which was issued earlier today. Updates for Snow Leopard (10.6), the OS X Server version of Snow Leopard, the OS X Server version of Lion (10.7) and the client version of Lion are all now available through Software Update or Apple's own Support Downloads page. Issues were found and patched for OpenSSL, QuickTime, Ruby and SMB among other areas.
Unusual notice required due to infrastructure maintenance
In a rare move, Apple has notified developers working on the forthcoming OS X 10.8.4 update that it is closing down the seeding of new betas, essentially signalling that release of the update is likely to come next week. In the message, the company explains that scheduled maintenance on its Software Update project requires it to close existing projects and that the system for developer updates will be down from today, Friday the 31st. Apple also took a moment in the message to thank developers for their efforts in helping finalize the software.
Works with Macs running OS X 10.6 and higher only
On Tuesday, Apple updated its printer drivers for a number of Fuji Xerox models of printers, scanners and AIO units. The new update package, dubbed v2.4, is 40.25MB for the "combo version," but users updating through Software Update will only see the update if they have an affected model, and will only get the drivers for the relevant units that are registered with the Mac or on the local area network.
May still be time for additional fixes, features in future betas
The currently-in-testing update to OS X, 10.8.4 -- thought to be on a fast track for release ahead of the upcoming Worldwide Developer's Conference in mid-June -- is expected to offer a wide range of issues fixes and general performance improvements, according to an unnamed developer. While some of the improvements were previously known, some are new -- including a Safari browser update.
Patch fixes numerous bugs, requires OS X 10.5.8 or higher
A new update is available for Microsoft Office 2011, the most recent version of the widely-used office suite. Version 14.3.4 addresses numerous issues and bugs, adds a needed font for sharing documents, and most importantly further refines the interoperability of the Office 365 initiative, allowing the option for users to jump to the subscription version of Office if they want. In addition, the new version adds the built-in option of saving files to SkyDrive and SharePoint in Microsoft Word.
Adobe Flash update and more
This week in the MacNN forums, members discuss the most recent Flash update in the thread titled "Adobe Flash 11.7.7 update requires download?" which was started by "Hawkeye_a" who found it strange, especially after the recent malware scares. Yesterday "ibook_steve" reported that his Finder is showing that he has more free space on their hard drive than he does in reality.
Friends who also have Pocket can 'loan out' articles, movies, more
Reading, syncing and content storage app Pocket -- formerly known as "Read It Later" -- has added in-app sharing of videos, web pages, photo galleries and articles between users in its newest update, version 4.5, released on Wednesday. A new "Send to Friend" button has been added that allows users to forward on favorite saved items to other Pocket users, keep track of what they've sent to whom (and using which service), and read or post comments from or to recipients in a new inbox inside the free application. Items can also now be forwarded by push notification.