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Default Folder X Gives a Power Boost to Everyday Ops
October 22, 2013
How many times a day do we open and save files on our Macs? The operations are so common, we don't think twice about doing them. Fortunately, the folks at St. Clair Software have cooked up an app to improve them. Default Folder X is available from the company's website for $34.95, although you can try it free for 30 days. What DFX does is add features to Save and Open dialog boxes.
Will Apple Throw the Enterprise a Bone?
October 21, 2013
Apple will likely debut a new iPad and possibly a new iPad mini at its Tuesday event in San Francisco. There is speculation about a new CPU, a keyboard case, better cameras, a splash of color, and the likelihood the new iPad will come preloaded with the buggy iOS 7. If the enterprise is looking for a little more business-friendliness from Apple, it may not find much gratification this time around.
Security Pros: iMessage Security Is a Myth
October 19, 2013
Apple's iMessage instant messenger service, which has made headlines for being uncrackable by law enforcement, may not be so secure after all. An internal DEA document published in April stated that it was impossible to intercept iMessages between two Apple devices. Not so, said Quarkslab researcher Cyril Cattiaux, who identified weaknesses in its end-to-end encryption.
Patent Win Could Give Apple a Courtroom Midas Touch
October 18, 2013
Apple appears to have been handed a potent weapon it can use as it battles in courtrooms around the world to assert its patent rights. Specifically, in a recent re-examination of a key multitouch patent held by Apple, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last month upheld all 20 claims included in the patent, according to a filing spotted on Thursday.
Softbank Plugs $1.5B Into Supercell
October 17, 2013
Supercell has closed on a round of funding totaling $1.53 billion. SoftBank and GungHo Online Entertainment, which made the joint investment, will hold 51 percent of Supercell's outstanding voting stock. Supercell creates games for mobile and tablet platforms on the free-to-play business model. Games are free, but in-game purchases enhance the gameplay and help players advance through levels.
Cloud Mate Makes iCloud a Breeze
October 15, 2013
For a company that prides itself on creating intuitive applications, Apple stumbled when it created iCloud. As a Dropbox user, I found little in iCloud that I needed. In fact, finding iCloud on a Mac can be adventurous, although it has a nasty habit of showing up as a default save location when I want to save a file from an app to my hard drive. Cloud Mate aims to take some of the mystery out of iCloud. It gathers up everything in your iCloud and displays it in a single Finder-like window.
Dragon's Lair App Lets You Relive Dirk's Glory
October 14, 2013
One of the amazing things about our new connected world of software development and easy access to consumers is how old-school games can find new life with entirely new audiences through iOS and OS X. Case in point? The Dragon's Lair 30th Anniversary app for iOS. Dragon's Lair is a really old arcade game. Seriously old, as in it was a laserdisc video game. I barely remember laserdiscs.
Shadow Puppet Makes You the Narrator of Your Life
October 07, 2013
Despite the nonperfect and confusing name, Shadow Puppet is the best new app I've seen in weeks. Basically, Shadow Puppet lets you select photos from your iPhone or iPad and then record audio as you talk over them in a slideshow that Shadow Puppet turns into a shareable video. Along the way, you can tap to highlight certain areas of a photo and, better still, you can zoom in and move the photo around.
Apple's Sneak Attack on Gaming Is Now in Play
October 03, 2013
Apple let a silly game demonstration take center stage at WWDC in June, and it released a new framework with instructions on how developers could build physical game controllers. The two together led me to believe that an Apple sneak attack on living room gaming was imminent. Since then, two more elements have risen to the surface, and now I think the sneak attack is well under way.
iOS 7: Here a Bug, There a Bug, Everywhere a Bug, Bug
October 02, 2013
Apple reportedly has pledged to fix a bug in iOS 7 that has been plaguing some users. This will be the second fix since the iOS 7 was released Sept. 18. The first was issued Sept. 20 to resolve a problem with the iPhone 5s fingerprint scanner. At least 16 iOS 7 problems have surfaced so far, including a bug that lets anyone bypass the iPhone's lockscreen.
Text Extractor Yanks Aching PDF Problem
October 01, 2013
Nobody likes shuffling through paper documents to do research on anything. Even if you have a big desk, its surface can get cluttered quickly. That's why PDFs are so alluring. Adobe's cross-platform file format provides a convenient way to turn paper documents into more manageable digital ones. There's a hangup, however. Some PDFs are more like picture files than word processing documents.
iOS 7 Is a Stomach-Churning Ride for Some Users
September 27, 2013
Apple's new iOS 7 is making people sick -- literally -- based on complaints that have begun appearing on Apple forums. "The zoom animations everywhere on the new iOS 7 are literally making me nauseous and giving me a headache," wrote Ensorceled on one forum. "It's exactly how I used to get car sick if I tried to read in the car." Once a user makes the decision to update iOS, there's no going back to the previous version.
iOS 7: I Love It, I Hate It
September 23, 2013
I am simultaneously excited and saddened by iOS 7 on my iPhone 5. My first impression? All over the freaking map. iOS 7 is at once a fantastic and fresh update, while it's also full of maddeningly stupid icons, buttons and colors. It has better customization, a more intimate and lively feel -- and yet, you're stuck with a palette of soft-but-too-bright pastel-ish colors.
iOS 7 Shows Up Buffed for Business
September 20, 2013
Apple's servers were working overtime Wednesday as the new version of its mobile operating system, iOS 7, became available for download by the public. iOS 7 has a number of new features that should appeal to consumers who are fans of Apple's iPhone, iPod and iPad, but it also contains features to bolster the company's already strong position in the enterprise.
The Top 8 Features of iOS 7 That Actually Matter
August 29, 2013
One of the best things about Apple's iOS machine is how it churns out a new release every year that packs new features that most every old iPhone or iPad can use. Upgrades. You can count on something new from Apple even when you're not standing in line to buy a shiny new iPhone 5S or 5C. Other manufacturers push out updates too, but none are as good at it as Apple.
A Twist of Timelime Makes Time Tracking More Fun
August 20, 2013
Let's face it. No one likes keeping track of time spent working. If you're a professional like an attorney, you may be able to pass the task off to someone else. Most of us, though, have to go through the grind of keeping tabs on our work hours ourselves. Some of that grind can be reduced -- maybe even become more enjoyable -- with Timelime.
Arq Saves Your Data for a Rainy Day
August 13, 2013
There are lots of free places and free programs to back up data from your Mac so why would you want to pay $40 for software plus $0.095 a gigabyte monthly for storage? The answer to that question may be a no-brainer for you if you only have a few gigs of data that need backing up. For people with larger demands, though, the answer may not be so obvious.
Dialogue's Great if You Love the Sound of Your Own Voice
August 12, 2013
Dialogue is a new app in the Mac OS X App Store that lets you place and answer smartphone calls on your Mac. So why do you need to take calls on your Mac when an iPhone is already super portable? Sometimes your iPhone is stuck in a pocket or inside a backpack, bag or purse. I mean, not my purse -- I never put my iPhone in my purse. Still, the phone isn't always handy.
TotalFinder Adds Oomph to Apple's Adequate Native Navigator
August 06, 2013
Without a doubt, one of the most frequently used programs on a Mac is the Finder. That's because files remain the milk of personal computing interfaces, no matter how hard designers have tried to hide it. Finder performs basic navigation functions well. It will display files in several ways, let you move and copy files, compress files and archive them, and empty the trash.
Cool FPS Nav Doesn't Rescue The Drowning's Sinking Vision
August 05, 2013
The Drowning is an evolutionary new first-person shooter iOS game. It boasts a graphically rich post-apocalyptic world where an ecological disaster has turned millions of people into naked-but-genderless zombie-like monsters with bald skullish heads and claw hands. They try to kill you. You try to survive by shooting them or bludgeoning them when they get too close, and you have to reload.
iOS 7 May Bring Fingerprint Scanning to the Mainstream
July 31, 2013
The next iPhone will likely have a fingerprint scanning feature through iOS 7, iOS developer Hamza Sood has tweeted. Fingerprint scanning "adds another factor to the authentication process ... [which is] a net good thing" because this makes accounts more secure, said Tom Kemp, CEO of Centrify. "This is, of course, assuming the scanning technology works."
iWork for iCloud Beta Gives a Tantalizing Hint of What's to Come
July 30, 2013
Google has Google Docs. Microsoft has Office 365. Now Apple has iOffice in iCloud -- almost. Apple has begun sending invitations to iCloud users to try out the new versions of the programs in its iWork productivity suite -- Pages, Numbers and Keynote. The editions of the iCloud programs are in beta, but you only have to work with them for a little while to get excited about their potential.
Come to the Ear Monsters Ball
July 29, 2013
When I stumble upon a fresh and creative app, particularly an app that pushes humanity forward in cold dark universe, I take a closer look. One such app is Ear Monsters: A 3D Audio Game. Monsters from a parallel dimension have created wormholes to invade our universe. They quickly become invisible in our world, but luckily for us, they don't realize we can still hear them.
Nvidia Shows Dazzling Detail in Next-Gen Project Logan Demo
July 26, 2013
Nvidia demoed the first processor from Project Logan, its next-generation CUDA-capable mobile processor, at the Siggraph conference and exhibition this week. The processor uses the efficient processing cores from Nvidia's Kepler high-performance computing architecture. Nvidia's CUDA, combined with Kepler, effectively lets mobile devices perform tasks that would previously have required PCs.

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