Mac|Life - News en Deals: Save Big on the Best Deals of the Week <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</strong></p><p><strong>There's only one thing we love more than adding new pieces of tech to our arsenal of awesome, and that is saving money while doing it. We love a good deal, which is why we bring you the best offers around every chance we get. If you feel like you've been missing out, check out our best deals of the week from our Deals tab and see what you can save.</strong></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/lifetimeadobecourses.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></a></p><p>You can learn your way around Adobe programs and web services through Train Simple. With over 5,000 online video courses and tutorials to teach you everything from the basics to the advanced information. 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Bose today filed a lawsuit against Beats, claiming that the company infringed on five of the company's patents.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/07/beats.jpg" width="620" height="387" /></p><p>As reported by <em><a href="" target="_blank">TechCrunch</a></em>, Bose alleges that Beats' headphones, many of which claim to support "Adaptive Noise Cancellation," draw heavily from Bose's more than 50 years of research into the design of its QuietComfort noise-cancellation headphones.</p><p><iframe src="//;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></p><p>The patents in question include United States Patent No. 6,717,537, or "Method and Apparatus for Minimizing Latency in Digital Signal Processing Systems;" Patent No. 6,717,537, or "Method and Apparatus for Minimizing Latency in Digital Signal Processing Systems,” Patent No. 8,073,151: “Dynamically Configurable ANR Filter Block Technology;" Patent No. 8,054,992: "High frequency Compensating;" and No. 8,345,888 - "Digital High Frequency Phase Compensation."</p><p>And Bose isn't kidding around. The well-known audio company wants Beats to stop producing headphones that infringe on Bose's patents, and the company's even gone so far as to request a ban on offending Beats products from the International Trade Commission.</p><p>Bose also responded to <em>TechCrunch</em> with a statement that read as follows: "The filing is comprehensive and explains our position, and as a matter of practice, we don’t comment on on-going litigation. We can share that for over 30 years, Bose has made significant investments in the research, development, engineering and design of the proprietary technologies found in our headphones. Bose’s patented technologies enable the exclusive performance found in our QuietComfort® Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones. We are committed to protecting our investment, protecting our customers, and defending the patents we own."</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News apple Beats Bose Headphones Law Lawsuit Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:14:14 +0000 Leif Johnson 20375 at Unlocking iPhones (to Switch Carriers) May Soon Be Legal in U.S. <!--paging_filter--><p>The controversies associated with unlocking one's iPhone have dogged the smartphone since its origins, but now at last (with some qualifications), it looks like the practice will at last gain some legitimacy. The bill in question only covers the right to switch from one carrier to another, but it's a step forward, and the bill has only one more step to take before it becomes law.</p><p>The bill, Vermont Senator <a href="" target="_blank">Patrick Leahy</a> reports, is called the "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act" and the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the bill today. (See? At least Congress can agree on <em>some</em> things.) Last week the Senate approved it, and this week it's expected to go on to President Obama, who's expected to sign it into law.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/07/iphones.jpg" width="620" height="318" /></p><p>There's a catch, though: The bill doesn't allow you to drop your current carrier in mid-contract, so you can't ditch your two-year contract with AT&amp;T 12 months in and take up a plan with Verizon. This actually somewhat returns the law to the state of affairs in 2010 before an action by the U.S. Copyright Office in 2012, so that we'll (probably) soon enjoy "the Library of Congress’s former exemption so that consumers may unlock their phones after their contracts have expired."</p><p>The bill only covers smartphones as it's currently worded, but it could pave the way for broadening the measure to secondary devices such as tablets in the near future.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News Bill iphone Law legality Obama Patrick Leahy President Obama senate unlocking Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:06:29 +0000 Leif Johnson 20374 at Deals: It's Giveaway Madness! Enter to Win a Macbook Air, PS4, and more! <!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-weight: bold;">[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</span></p><p>What's better than adding a new piece of awesome tech to your collection? 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The promotion kicked off Thursday and U.S. residents can take advantage of the offer through September 30 — which is right around the time OS X Yosemite could arrive on Macs, judging from today's morning report.</p><h3>Yosemite Rumored for October Alongside 4K, 12-Inch MacBook</h3><p>With the OS X Yosemite public beta now in the hands of up to a million Mac owners, Apple appears to be laying the groundwork for the final release this fall. <a href="" target="_blank">According to 9to5Mac</a>, insider sources claim the Cupertino company is eyeing a gold master around October 10, with the free update landing on the Mac App Store later the same month.<br /><br />The more interesting part of this rumor is that Apple will also debut a smaller, 12-inch model of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display to coincide with the OS X Yosemite release, along with "a new desktop computer, either an iMac or a standalone monitor, with a 4K resolution screen." The mere mention of a "standalone monitor" will likely make owners of the latest Mac Pro models perk up in anticipation, along with those impatiently waiting for a followup to Apple's current Thunderbolt Display.</p><h3>Paragon Debuts OS X Yosemite Preview for NTFS for Mac</h3><p>Speaking of OS X Yosemite, the folks at <a href="" target="_blank">Paragon Software have announced</a> a preview version of their popular NTFS for Mac, which allows Apple's latest and greatest operating system to format and read Windows partitions of any kind. The OS X Yosemite preview is absolutely free for 60 days, which will then be offered as NTFS for Mac OS X 11, with full compatibility for OS X Yosemite 10.10. (How's that for confusing number schemes?)</p><h3>Apple "Frustrated" with Cheapskate Casual Gamers?</h3><p>Think five bucks is too much to pay for a mobile game? That sentiment is driving many developers crazy, including Stoic Studios, makers of the Steam-powered tactical adventure The Banner Saga. <a href="" target="_blank">In an interview with Polygon</a> (via <a href="" target="_blank">TouchArcade</a>), co-founder John Watson lamented about iOS owners being unwilling to pay even a few bucks for the latest and greatest mobile games — and claims Apple is even more distressed by this phenomenon.<br /><br />"Apple is frustrated, along with everybody else, about the mentality that's gone rampant in mobile app markets, where people don't want to pay anything," explained Watson. "They think that four dollars is an exorbitant amount to pay for a game, which is very illogical considering most people's lifestyles. They'll spend $600 on an iPad, and $4 on a coffee, drop $20 on lunch, but when it comes to spending four or five dollars on a game, it's this life-altering decision. I'm frustrated with that too."<br /><br />Coincidentally, Stoic is now putting the final touches on an iPad port of The Banner Saga, which is expected to arrive on the App Store later this summer; no word on whether it will be free to play, however.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> News 4K Chromecast Developers Google Google Play Music iPad iPhone iPod Mac macbook pro mobile gaming Morning Report NTFS for Mac OS X OS X Yosemite Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:32:47 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20372 at iPad Sales May Be Slipping, But Apple Still Rules the Tablet Market <!--paging_filter--><p>Apple's earnings call this quarter revealed news that was very much in line with the trends we've been seeing from the Cupertino company in years past: For the most part, device sales were up, but sales of the iPad continued the downward slide we've been seeing for a while. On the plus side, research firm <a href="" target="_blank">IDC</a> (via <em><a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors</a></em>) shows that Apple still maintains a healthy lead over its competitors in the tablet market.</p><p>For specifics, Apple currently holds a 26.9 percent controlling share. Samsung continues to hold second place with a 17.2 share of the market based on 8.5 million shipments, but both of the tech giants have been feeling the pain as numerous other tablet manufacturers have been filling the market with inexpensive, easily obtainable models.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/07/idctablets_0.jpg" width="620" height="200" /></p><p>Consider Lenovo, for instance, which jumped from a 3.3 percent share to 4.9 percent, or ASUS's impressive 13.5 percent growth from last year. "Other" tablet manufacturers who aren't big enough to make the list take up much of the rest of the slack for a full 37 percent share of the tablet market.</p><p>"As we indicated last quarter, the market is still being impacted by the rise of large-screen smartphones and longer than anticipated ownership cycles," said Jean Philippe Bouchard, IDC research director for tablets, in the report. "We can also attribute the market deceleration to slow commercial adoption of tablets. Despite this trend, we believe that stronger commercial demand for tablets in the second half of 2014 will help the market grow and that we will see more enterprise-specific offerings, as illustrated by the Apple and IBM partnership, come to market."</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News apple Business iPad quarterly earnings sales Samsung tablets Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:39:53 +0000 Leif Johnson 20370 at Jimmy Kimmel Shows Possible Success of iWatch with $20 Casio Gag <!--paging_filter--><p>If you've ever had any doubts that the so-called iWatch is going to be a success, consider the "evidence" amassed by perennial prankster Jimmy Kimmel last night. In the video below, Kimmel's team pesters passersby on Hollywood Boulevard and tells them to check out Apple's upcoming smartwatch, and for the most part, they all respond enthusiastically. The catch? It's just a $20 Casio watch with an Apple logo slapped on the back.</p><p>"I like that it has an Apple insignia on the back," one person said. "If it's Apple, it's good, right?" Plenty of people thought so, even though the watch Kimmel's team was passing around lacked the ability to do anything besides report the time and date. It was especially appealing, one person said, because the numbers were so easy to see.</p><p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p>Funny stuff, but it's likely just as much a testament to the quality people expect from Apple products as it is a reflections of their willingness to buy into the Apple mythos. Indeed, at least one of the people had a response that Apple might do well to heed in designing the final product: "It's very lightweight and it's kind of old school, but still in style." Sounds like something I'd like to wear.</p><p>Kimmel also took the opportunity to poke some fun at the upcoming iPhone 6 units, which are widely rumored to feature much larger screens than we've seen on the device in the past. " "They make the bigger phones, and then in two years they'll release the iPhone mini, which is the size of the phones we have now," Kimmel said. "And we'll wait in line for like three days for it because that's how we are."</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News Humor iphone iPhone mini iWatch Jimmy Kimmel Rumors Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:56:14 +0000 Leif Johnson 20368 at Deals: Get Started on the Web with the Beginner Web Dev Hacker Bundle <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u323895/beginnerwebdev.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></p><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. 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All that's left now is to revamp the original Foursquare app, which will receive a major overhaul within the next two weeks; in the meantime, the company is offering a peek at its new logo and branding, promising that both apps will "work seamlessly together" — which is apparently more than can be said for Swatch and Apple, as you'll find out in today's Morning Report.</p><h3>Swatch Disputes Rumors of iWatch Work with Apple</h3><p>Maybe the iWatch is entirely Apple after all? <a href="" target="_blank">Bloomberg today reported</a> that Swatch Group AG has denied a Wednesday rumor claiming they're working closely with Apple to develop a smartwatch often referred to as "iWatch." The world's largest maker of wristwatches snuffed out the rumor mill with the simple email statement “Swatch is not working with Apple on smartwatches" after <a href="" target="_blank">VentureBeat reported exclusively yesterday</a> that Swatch (and potentially, competitor Timex as well) were working with Apple to create "a family of smartwatches to suit all tastes," according to an unnamed source.<br /><br />While the idea that Apple could be creating an entire iWatch platform with the potential to trump Google's Android Wear is an interesting concept, it certainly doesn't make a lot of sense considering the Cupertino company's penchant for designing its own hardware products. Back to the drawing board, rumor mongers... nothing to see here!</p><h3>Apple May "Avoid Competition" by Delaying 5.5-Inch iPhone 6</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">DigiTimes reported Wednesday</a> that Apple could be intentionally looking to launch the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 by as much as "several months" after the 4.7-inch model "in order to avoid competition between the two models," rather than due to any rumored manufacturing issues with the larger device. Sources close to Apple's supply chain claim Apple "does not want to repeat the mistake it made in 2013 when it launched the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c simultaneously," where the former wound up cannibalizing sales of the latter. Such thinking makes sense, but is unlikely to come as welcome news from iPhone fans anxiously awaiting a "phablet" version of their favorite smartphone.</p><h3>OS X Developers Receive New Safari 7.1, Safari 6.2 Builds</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors reported late Wednesday</a> that Apple has begun seeding new builds of Safari 7.1 for OS X Mavericks, along with Safari 6.2 for OS X Mountain Lion, even as the company's software engineers continue their big push toward OS X Yosemite. Developers have been asked to focus on AutoFill passwords and credit cards in addition to "general website" and extension compatibility.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a><br /><br />(Image courtesy of</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> News Apple Inc. developer beta iPhone iphone 6 iphone 6 rumors iWatch Mac Morning Report Rumors Safari smartwatches Swatch Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:23:38 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20363 at