Mac|Life - News en Apple Opens OS X Betas to General Users for Free with New Seed Program <!--paging_filter--><p>For all of Apple's strengths, it's usually not a company that's associated with letting us do things for free. Judging from last year's news about OS X Mavericks and the followup news about the iWork suite, that may be changing. Indeed, as <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Loop</em> </a>reports, Apple is apparently even introducing an beta program for OS X that'll let non-developers see the builds for&nbsp;Apple's signature desktop operating system before they're released to the public.</p><p>Up until recently, discovering what waited in store in the next iteration of OS X required a developer account costing $99 per year. Now, however, average users can apply to join the OS X Beta&nbsp;Seed Program, which will let you download pre-release versions of OS X via the Updates panel in the Mac App Store.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/04/applebeta.jpg" width="620" height="338" /></p><p>The only catch is that you'll have to sign a confidentiality agreement, which prevents you from sharing, publishing, or disseminating information about the beta to anyone who's not enrolled in the program. You'll then be asked to download a backup for your Mac and then download a Beta Access Utility App that ensures that the Mac App Store will list the newest beta updates.</p><p>All you need to sign up is your Apple ID, which you enter on the new <a href="" target="_blank">"Appleseed" web site</a>. Keep in mind, though, that betas are usually unstable by definition, and running them brings a real risk of causing problems you wouldn't have otherwise experienced on your Mac.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank">&nbsp;Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News apple beta Mac Mavericks OS X Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:44:31 +0000 Leif Johnson 19804 at Apple Takes Thinly Veiled Jab at Samsung in New Environmentally Focused Ads <!--paging_filter--><p>It's been a while since we've seen Apple employ the same competitive snark that we see in advertising from its rivals, but the Cupertino company today played a rare hand in the form of a full-page ad lightly poking fun at its ongoing legal battle with Samsung. The ads chiefly appear overseas (for now), and read "There are some things we want every company to copy."</p><p><em><a href="" target="_blank"> Cnet </a></em>lists the ads as appearing in British papers such as the <em>Guardian </em>and the <em>Metro</em>, but since then others have been spotted in Australia, Germany and numerous other countries. The ads are meant to highlight Apple's commitment to its green energy programs and <a href="" target="_blank">new sustainable architecture</a>, but with a not-so-subtle nod toward its biggest smartphone competitor. The full text reads as follows:</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/04/better.jpg" width="620" height="460" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="" target="_blank">Cnet</a></strong></p><p>"There’s one area where we actually encourage others to imitate us. Because when everyone makes the environment a priority, we all benefits. We’d be more than happy to see every data centre fuelled by 100% renewable energy sources. And we eagerly await the day when every product is made without the harmful toxins we have removed from ours.</p><p>Of course we know we can continue to do better. We’ve set some pretty ambitious goals for reducing our impact on climate change, making our products with greener materials and conserving our planet’s limited resources. So the next time we come across a great idea that can help leave the world better than we found it, we look forward to sharing."</p><p>The ads were designed to complement Apple's new "Better" campaign that was launched yesterday in preparation for today's celebration of Earth Day.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank">&nbsp;Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News ads Advertising apple Earth Day green energy Samsung Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:17:12 +0000 Leif Johnson 19803 at Deals: Keep a Digital Copy of Your Favorite Films with Blu-Ray Ripper <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/bluray_ripper.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></a></p><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</strong></p><p>It's great to have a physical copy of your favorite films that you can keep on the shelf and pop in the blu-ray player any time when you're at home. 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Multiple vaults allow users to separate home and work passwords or set up different users entirely and share passwords among them.</p><p><img src="/files/u220903/1password_4.5_for_iphone_side_by_side.png" alt="1Password 4.5 for iPhone" width="620" height="550" /><br /><br />Version 4.5 also allows mobile users to search wherever you need it as well as tag saved items to make them easier to find later. The app is also AirDrop enabled for easy sharing of saved data, adds support for multiple Dropbox accounts, and improves Wi-Fi sync; additionally, both the app and its data are now smaller than ever.<br /><br />Along with 1Password 4.5 for iOS, AgileBits has also released <a href="" target="_blank">1Password 4.3 for Mac</a>, which allows 1Password mini to search all of your saved data, adds a bevy of new keyboard shortcuts, and Secure Notes viewing. The Mac app also now supports fullscreen mode and is capable of syncing data from a USB drive.<br /><br />Perhaps the best news of all is that both apps are currently on sale through this Friday, April 25 with a 50 percent discount that brings <a href="" target="_blank">1Password 4.5 for iOS</a> down to $8.99 or <a href="" target="_blank">1Password 4.3 for Mac</a> for only $24.99, available from either the AgileBits website or Mac App Store.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author,<a href="" target="_blank"> J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> News 1Password 1Password mini AgileBits airdrop App Store Dropbox iPad iPhone iPod Mac mac app store new features Online Security passwords Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:27:11 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 19800 at Overnight Recap: Logitech Protective Cases, A&E on Apple TV, Netflix Price Hike <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/logitech_big_bang_case_falls_620px.png" alt="Logitech Big Bang" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>Happy Earth Day! Apple is celebrating this year's event by now accepting any of the company's older products for recycling at its retail stores, as well as attacking rivals like Samsung with green-focused advertising touting "There are some ideas we want every company to copy." The campaign also extends to Apple's website, which now features a home page squarely focused on the environment, complete with green leaf accents added to the online store.</p><h3>Logitech Debuts Trio of New Cases for iPad Air, iPad mini</h3><p>In the market for a new case to protect your iPad? <a href="" target="_blank">Logitech has you covered with three new solutions</a> that look to be as functional as they are attractive. First up is the Logitech Hinge ($59.99 <a href="" target="_blank">iPad Air</a>, $49.99 <a href="" target="_blank">iPad mini</a>), a flexible grey case that features a unique smooth-gliding hinge which allows the iPad to be placed at a variety of "just right" angles and even rotated within a 50-degree angle. Speaking of which, the Logitech Turnaround (also $59.99 <a href="" target="_blank">iPad Air</a>, $49.99 <a href="" target="_blank">iPad mini</a>) is a black case offering both protection and the ability to rotate the iPad from portrait to landscape with a multi-angle stand offering four positions. Last but not least, Logitech Big Bang (shown above, $99.99 <a href="" target="_blank">iPad Air</a>, $79.99 <a href="" target="_blank">iPad mini</a>) is a thin, light case available in Super Fluo or Graphite colors made from shock-absorbent materials for maximum protection from drops or tumbles. All three cases are now available for preorder from the Logitech website and are expected to touch down in the U.S. next month.</p><h3>A&amp;E, History, Lifetime Finally Come to Apple TV</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">As noted by 9to5Mac on Monday</a>, a trio of basic cable channels have popped up on the Apple TV with the arrival of A&amp;E, History, and Lifetime. That's pretty much the extent of the good news, because a cable subscription is required to unlock all of the available content from the channels, and at the moment those choices are limited to DirecTV, Verizon FiOS, and Cablevision Optimum only. But there's hope for more choices yet to come, since the A&amp;E-owned channels updated their iOS apps last week and included a much larger roster of providers.</p><h3>Here Comes That Netflix Price Hike You've Been Bracing For</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">Netflix announced quarterly results on Monday</a> (PDF link), and tucked away inside good news like the addition of four million new members was the decidedly bummer news that the streaming giant will soon be raising prices. The service expects to introduce "a one or two dollar increase" later this quarter, but will limit it to new members for now. "Existing members would stay at current pricing (e.g. $7.99 in the U.S.) for a generous time period," the shareholder letter revealed, which the company claims "will enable us to acquire more content and deliver an even better streaming experience." If you've been on the fence about subscribing, might want to sign up today, folks...</p><h3>Pre-Lion Macs to Lose AIM iChat Logins on June 30</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">ZDNet reported Monday</a> that it will soon be curtains for owners of older Macs who use an AIM account to log into iChat. <a href=";locale=en_US" target="_blank">According to an Apple support note</a>, users of older Mac operating systems will need to upgrade to OS X Lion 10.7.2 or later before June 30, 2014 if they want to continue using AIM for logging into iChat. The change appears to have been made "to ensure a secure and reliable experience," but it's likely to create headaches for PowerPC-based Mac users stuck on OS X Leopard 10.5 who are otherwise unable to move to Lion — let alone Mountain Lion 10.8 or even Mavericks 10.9.</p><h3>Screens 3.3 for iOS Shores Up Keyboard Support</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">Edovia delivered Screens 3.3 for iOS on Monday</a>, an update that's all about how the app interacts with hardware keyboards. "With version 3.3, you no longer need to tap on the Keyboard button to use your Bluetooth keyboard," the company explained in a blog post. "Just start typing and Screens will detect that you are using a physical keyboard!" The update also addresses a bug that could cause an external keyboard to be used in full-screen mode as well as "the usual stability improvements." Screens 3.3 for iOS is now available from the App Store as a free download for existing users.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p> News A&E aim App Store Apple TV iChat iPad iPad Air ipad cases iPad Mini iPhone iPod Logitech Mac netflix overnight recap Screens for iOS Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:42:22 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 19799 at Video Highlights the Environmental Friendliness of Apple's 'Spaceship' Campus <!--paging_filter--><p>Remember those days when environmentalists used to jump on Apple all the time for its practices? Those days seem long behind us, indeed, this morning Apple unveiled its "Better" campaign to demonstrate its contributions to making the world a better place — aside, you know, from dependable and intuitive tech. To celebrate the initiative, YouTube's "Unofficially Apple" released a video on YouTube showcasing the environmentally friendly nature of Apple's new campus.</p><p>The video is narrated by Norman Foster, the chief architect behind the project, and he notes that Steve Jobs' love of Stanford University and the Bay Area led to the design. More poignantly, in the words of David Muffly, it's intended to "bring California back to Cupertino." Duffly is actually the project's chief arborist, and as such he's charged with filling the campus with the appropriate flora.</p><p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe>&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>In accordance with previous news we've heard, the video plays up the energy efficiency of the project and its 100 percent reliance on renewable energy resources. Space also plays a major role in the building's design. "Just under 80 percent of the site will be open space, populated by more than 7,000 trees — including more than 6,000 newly planted shade and fruit trees," the video says. "Drought-tolerant plants will be used throughout the landscape to minimize water use."</p><p>The video was originally shown to the Cupertino City Council last October, but this marks the first time that it's been shown to the public. (It's probably a good idea to watch it now in case it's pulled.) Apple expects that the massive "spaceship" campus will be complete sometime in 2016.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank">&nbsp;Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News apple building campus Cupertino environment spaceship Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:18:05 +0000 Leif Johnson 19798 at Fueling 'iWatch' Rumors, Apple Extends Trademark Coverage to 'Jewelry and Watches' <!--paging_filter--><p>In one of the surest signs that the so-called "iWatch" is on its way and not just a rumor, Apple recently attempted to extend its corporate trademark to provide coverage for "Class 14" objects, which include jewelry, clocks, and, yes, watches.</p><p><em><a href="" target="_blank"> MacRumors </a></em>discovered the trademark change earlier today, and the Cupertino company's decision to extend the Apple brand name to jewelry almost certainly points to the fabled smartwatch. Trademarks are split into 45 different classes, with the specific definition for Class 14 being listed as dealing in "precious metals, goods in precious metals, and, in general, jewelry, clocks and watches."</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/04/jewelry.jpg" width="620" height="430" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors</a></strong></p><p>Fascinatingly, though, Apple has already secured similar coverage in the U.K., Mexico, Norway, and Ecuador, but only now has it attempted to obtain it in its home territory. It's also worth noting that the iWatch would be covered under Class 14 as well as Class 9, which covers computers and associated devices.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>AppleInsider</em></a> notes that the filing shows that Apple's taking little care to hide the registration compared to similar filings in the past, possibly because the rumors are so widespread anyway. Last June, after all, Apple simply filed for ownership of the "iWatch" name. When it sought to register the iPad name in 2006, however,&nbsp;Apple went so far as to call it a British corporation called "IP Application Development Limited," or "IPAD Ltd."</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank">&nbsp;Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News apple iOS 7 iWatch Legal trademarks wearable tech Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:44:16 +0000 Leif Johnson 19797 at Deals: Name Your Own Price for the Learn to Design 2.0 Bundle <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/screen_shot_2014-04-21_at_3.07.51_pm.png" width="650" height="154" /></a></p><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</strong></p><p>Knowing how to design for the web is a skill that is invaluable in almost every aspect these days. Whether you want to launch your own website, building something for fun, or start a career as a web designer, you need to know your way around web design. 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Two sources claim Square apparently shelled out "roughly $110 million more in cash last year than it took in," which shouldn't come entirely as a surprise considering one of its products, Square Cash, allows debit card users to send money to each other without paying a single penny in fees.<br /><br />The five-year-old company has reportedly burned through half of the $340 million in equity financing raised since launch over the last three years alone — but that appears to be business as usual.<br /><br />"We are not, nor have we ever been in acquisition talks with Google," a Square spokesman told <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>. "While we appreciate that Square may be an attractive target for some companies, we have never seriously considered selling to anyone or been in any talks to do so."<br /><br />PayPal also denied any potential acquisition talks, suggesting that Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey may be planning to go it alone in what he previously referred to as "a commerce company" rather than "a payments company."<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> News acquisitions Apple Inc. commerce ebay Google iPad iPhone iPod losses Mac mobile payments PayPal Rumors Square Square Cash Wall Street Journal Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:51:22 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 19793 at