Mac|Life - All Articles en The Week's Hottest Apple News Stories, October 31 <!--paging_filter--><p>iOS 8 in its latest iteration continues to make news and shake things up. Why was there the glitch that released the broken update? What are some more hidden tricks, tips, and tweaks in the latest operating system. But probably the biggest newsmaker this week was Apple Pay and how some retailers are reacting (hint: not good).</p> Gallery News apple apple news Apple Pay Apple Watch CurrentC CVS fingerprint games games of the week Grey Cubes iOS 8 iOS 8.0.1 iPod news Office for Mac office for mac 2015 PCalc portable music Rite-Aid Samsung seth rogen star wars: galactic defense Steve Jobs Steve Wozniak the woz Tim Cook Touch ID Twisty Hollow walkman weekly news Widgets Woah Dave Woz Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:25:23 +0000 J Keirn-Swanson 20875 at Jony Ive: Apple Watch More Difficult to Design Than iPhone <!--paging_filter--><p>Apple design chief Jony Ive might be best known for designing the iPhone, but according to the man himself, it was the Apple Watch which posed the greatest design challenge of his creative career so far. Speaking to a crowd at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art last night as he accepted the accepted the 2014 Bay Area Treasure Award for lifetime achievement, Ive called the <a href="" target="_self">Apple Watch</a> a "difficult and humbling program."</p><p>As <a href="" target="_blank">The Wall Street Journal </a>notes in its coverage of the events, Ive says that difficulty springs from the "cultural, historical implications and expectations" associated with making a product that has its origins in the wristwatch. Watches are usually highly personalized devices, and thus the design for the Apple Watch led him to design what will ultimately be Apple's most customizable device. Not only does the Apple Watch allow its users to select their own straps, but it extends choices to watchfaces and sizes as well.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/10/ivewhite.jpg" width="620" height="406" /></p><p>That desire for customization, Ive says, partly grows out of the fact that the device is designed to be worn. "As soon as something is worn, we have expectations of choice," said Ive. Ive said the device underwent three years of development before he and the company decided it was ready for its official announcement in September.</p><p>That's just one of the subjects Ive tackled. Notably, Ive also stated that his job keeps him so focused on design that he's more occupied with creating great products than making great profits, and as such he claims he wasn't aware of the specifics numbers surrounding Apple's profits (which amount to $40 billion so far this year).</p><p>"I honestly don’t know the numbers," said Ive. "But I know they are high."</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News Apple Watch Design industrial design iphone Jony Ive watches wristwatch Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:53:58 +0000 Leif Johnson 20874 at Police Can Unlock iPhones with Fingerprints, Ruling Says, But Not Passcodes <!--paging_filter--><p>It looks as though FBI Director James Comey, long a critic of the <a href="" target="_blank">iPhone's security measures</a>, may at last have something to cheer about. As reported by <em><a href=";wpmm=1#" target="_blank">The Virginian-Pilot </a></em>(via<a href="" target="_blank"> MacRumors</a>), today a circuit court judge in Virginia ruled that the fingerprints used to access an iPhone through Touch ID aren't protected by the Fifth Amendment, thus allowing law enforcement officials to access the devices of suspects.</p><p>The ruling allows a workaround for police officers and other law enforcement officials, who've previously been thwarted in their attempts to access iPhones for evidence by rulings stating that handing over passcodes violates the amendment. The <a href="" target="_blank">amendment itself </a>states that "no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself."</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/10/baust.jpg" width="620" height="431" /></p><p><strong>David Baust in court, via&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">WAVY</a></strong></p><p>According to the report, "Judge Steven C. Frucci ruled this week that giving police a fingerprint is akin to providing a DNA or handwriting sample or an actual key, which the law permits. A pass code, though, requires the defendant to divulge knowledge, which the law protects against, according to Frucci's written opinion."</p><p>The case itself centers on one David Baust, who's accused of strangling his girlfriend way back in February, and there's a chance he might have filmed the attack with his iPhone. Prosecutors want access to the phone to see if this is true, and Baust's fingerprint would allow them access that a regular passcode would not. The catch is that Baust's phone is almost certainly protected by the phone's passcode safeguard at this point, which activates when a user hasn't used his or her iPhone after 48 hours. It also activates in the case of a restart or when Touch ID has failed to unlock the phone after three attempts.</p><p>This isn't necessarily the end of the story, however, as a higher court could still overturn Frucci's ruling.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News crime David Baust FBI fingerprints iOS 8 iphone James Comey Security Touch ID Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:30:55 +0000 Leif Johnson 20872 at Price Drop: The Weekend's Best App Deals, October 31 <!--paging_filter--><p>It's a special horrirific edition of Price Drop featuring games with a monstrous cut in their costs. And to add to the frights, all the games are spookytacular examples of the genre. So if you're not too chicken to save some serious cash, we've got a creepy thirteen games to get out from under your blankets and over to the App Store.</p> Gallery 999: the novel app deals App Life App Sales App Store Apps Dead Rising Mobile Dead Space Deals Devil May Cry 4 refrain frugal life Hail to the King: Deathbat halloween apps HellGore horror apps le vamp prisoner 84 Resident Evil 4: PLATINUM Run! sales scary apps spite & malice the 7th guest the nightjar weekly deals Zombies Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:21:32 +0000 J Keirn-Swanson 20873 at Ask: How to Archive Mail <!--paging_filter--><p>If you've got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question, we've got the answer. In this week's Ask, we'll show you how to archive old email so you can keep your inblox clean and organized.</p><h3>Question</h3><p>In Apple Mail, I've created iCloud mailboxes to organize emails by topic. Once a topic is completed, and no longer actively needed, is there a way to archive all of these communications and emails for future reference and then have the freedom to delete the originals forever?</p><h3>Answer</h3><p>Once you have all of your important messages corralled into a mailbox (smart or otherwise), then it’s very easy in the OS X Mail application to export the enclosed messages.</p><p>1. Select the mailbox in the sidebar of OS X Mail.</p><p>2. Right-click on the selected mailbox.</p><p>3. Choose “Export Mailbox.”&nbsp;</p><p>4. Choose a location to export the mailbox in the destination chooser.</p><p>5. Click Choose.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/ask_mail1.png" width="339" height="342" /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;"><strong>Exporting your mailboxes is as easy as right-clicking on the mailbox.</strong></span></p><p>Once you’ve done this, all of the messages, attachments, and directory structure will be exported to your chosen location. The export will happen to an industry-standard .mbox format that almost all modern email clients can read. The entire exported directory can be copied over to an external drive, disk, or Dropbox folder, and the originals in Mail can be removed.</p><p>When you decide that you want to import your messages back into Mail in order to read them again, perform these steps:&nbsp;</p><p>1. Launch Mail.</p><p>2. Select File &gt; Import Mailboxes.</p><p>3. Choose “Files in mbox format” from the import window.</p><p>4. Choose the .mbox files that you exported previously.</p><p>That’s it! After doing this, the imported mailboxes will be displayed in the sidebar under the “On My Mac” section, as the email messages physically reside on your computer instead of in your email account.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/ask_mail2.png" width="620" height="467" /><br /><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;">When importing your mailboxes into Mail (or any email client), you’ll need to specify the “mbox” format.</span></strong></p><p>Ask is written by Cory Bohon, a freelance technology writer, indie Mac and iOS developer, and amateur photographer.</p><p>Got a tech question? Email <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> archiving Ask Email Export inbox Mail OS X tip Mac How-Tos Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:40:20 +0000 Cory Bohon 20871 at Deals: Get A Full Year of Snowden-Approved Security from SpiderOak <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/spideroakstorage.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></a></p><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. 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It's the only cloud storage service that bears the stamp of approval of Edward Snowden, so you know you can count on it's safety.</p><p>A year of SpiderOak Pro usually retails for $99. If you head to our Deals tab, you can save <a href="" target="_blank">58% off</a> the retail price. That makes your total <a href="" target="_blank">just $99</a>. It's a great price for a year's worth of protection from the safest cloud storage option on the web, so <a href="" target="_blank">grab this deal</a> today!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/buynow-maclife.png" width="123" height="38" /></a></p> Deals Deals sponsored Stack Social Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0000 MacLife Staff 20865 at Morning Report: Ripple Effect for Irish Taxes, Apple Hits Samsung Where It Hurts <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/samsung_galaxy_note_attack_ad_620px.png" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note attack ad" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>Happy Halloween! There's nothing too spooky about our final Morning Report for the month of October, unless you're an Apple shareholder or Samsung — in which case our Friday edition is likely to be full of ghosts and goblins guaranteed to keep you up late tonight.</p><h3>Irish Tax Structure Could Bring Change, Apple Warns Shareholders</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em> today reported</a> that Apple appears to be bracing for increased tax rates in the future as part of a recent European Commission decision to buckle down on generous shelters in countries like Ireland. The potentially bad news was delivered to Apple shareholders in the company's <a href="" target="_blank">annual 10-K filing</a> (PDF link) to the Securities and Exchange Commission this week.<br /><br />"Due to economic and political conditions, tax rates in various jurisdictions may be subject to significant change," the filing noted. "If the European Commission were to take a final decision against Ireland, it could require changes to existing tax rulings that, in turn, could increase the Company’s taxes in the future. The European Commission could also require Ireland to recover from the Company past taxes reflective of the disallowed state aid."<br /><br />According to tax experts in London, Apple could be on the hook for as much as $200 million in back taxes in addition to paying more for two Irish subsidiaries, which are responsible for more than 4,000 employees at the company's Cork facilities alone. The EC claims Apple paid less than €20 million ($25.4 million) in Irish taxes between 2010 and 2012.</p><h3>Apple Could Be to Blame for Samsung's Sagging Fortunes</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">AppleInsider published an in-depth look Thursday</a> at how Apple could be to blame for Korean smartphone giant Samsung's recent reversal of fortune, which saw a dramatic 73.9 percent drop in mobile profits in the third quarter alone. While it's true that Samsung is facing increased competition from other Android OEMs including China's fast-rising Xiaomi, the staggering $4.7 billion year-over-year collapse in quarterly profits has roots in Cupertino.<br /><br />According to IDC estimates, nearly a third of Samsung's total unit sales have been made up of so-called "premium" smartphones like the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines — the exact products Apple have recently began to target with larger "phablet" style devices like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which come with "clearly differentiated features" such as a 64-bit CPU, Touch ID, and Apple Pay.<br /><br />Also working against Samsung is the fact the manufacturer has never had any real success with its own tablet devices, as well as increased marketing costs to reduce the costs of mobile products as Apple continues to profit handsomely from iPhone and iPad. That leaves Samsung with only high volume, low margin handsets — the exact market Android rivals have been chipping away at with their own devices.</p><h3>New Retail Store Coming to Lille, France Next Month</h3><p>Oui, oui! <a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors today reported</a> that a new Apple retail store is coming soon to Lille, France, the iPhone maker's eighteenth such location in that country. <a href=";sl=auto&amp;tl=en&amp;u=" target="_blank">According to MacGeneration</a> (via Google Translate), the roughly 15,000 square-foot store is now shrouded by black barriers, suggesting a grand opening could be right around the corner — possibly as early as the end of November. Apple plans to open 25 new stores in 2015, with most of them located outside the United States.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p> News Apple Inc. Apple Retail Stores European Commission France Ireland Morning Report quarterly profits Samsung Shareholders taxes iPad iPhone Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:30:51 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20870 at Apple Reverses Position on iOS 8 Calculator Widgets, Lets PCalc Stay on iTunes <!--paging_filter--><p>As we <a href="" target="_self">mentioned this morning</a>, Apple attracted some unwanted attention yesterday when it informed <a href="" target="_blank">James Thompson</a>, the developer behind calculator <a href="" target="_blank">PCalc</a>, that he'd have to remove the app's iOS 8 widget if he expected the popular app to remain on the app store. Supporters of the app rallied in favor of Thompson not long after, and in the face of such an overwhelming response, the Cupertino company called Thompson personally to announce that it had reversed its decision.</p><p>A report from <a href="" target="_blank">TechCrunch</a> claims that Apple hadn't anticipated that the Notification Center widgets could be used in the way Thompson was using them. The initial notice apparently claimed that calculations could be entered into the widget but the widget couldn't perform the calculations itself, which essentially nulls the point of a widget for an app like PCalc.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/10/pcalc.jpg" width="620" height="354" /></p><p>Originally, Thompson was given two to three weeks to redesign the $9.99 app before Apple pulled it. The notice was particularly disheartening since Thompson noted that PCalc was featured at the time in the App Store's "Great Apps for iOS 8" section, where it was singled out for being a great "Notification Center Widget."</p><p>But Thompson immediately reported the <a href="" target="_blank">"extremely disappointing news"</a> to his followers on Twitter, who expressed their support in droves and no doubt directed a few choice words at Apple itself. And so Thompson's app is back just a day later, and most importantly, it sets a precedent that paves the way for more calculator Notification Center widgets to come.</p><p>Will such an approach always work for developers trying to get their other widgets approved? Likely not. But it at least shows that Apple is prepared to quickly reverse its stance about key aspects of its operating systems under the right conditions.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News Apps calculator Developers iOS 8 iPad iphone James Thompson PCalc Widgets Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:35:33 +0000 Leif Johnson 20869 at New iOS Games This Week: October 30, 2014 <!--paging_filter--> Gallery App Store AppLife Apps Audio Defence Columns Galactic Defense games Grey Cubes iOS LittleBigPlanet Monster Flash new releases Sackboy star wars Twisty Hollow Warhammer Woah Dave Zombies iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:22:52 +0000 Andrew Hayward 20868 at Seth Rogen Likely to Play Steve 'Woz' Wozniak in New Steve Jobs Biopic <!--paging_filter--><p>According to a report by <a href="" target="_blank">Variety</a>, actor Seth Rogen will likely be playing Apple co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak in the upcoming <a href=";utm_medium=Twitter&amp;utm_campaign=Owned" target="_blank">Steve Jobs biopic </a>starring Christian Bale. There's a touch of iffiness about the claim as <a href="" target="_blank">TheWrap</a> notes that Rogen doesn't have a deal in place, but most sources agree that Rogen is at least in talks for the role.</p><p>Rogen will reportedly get to work with Woz himself for advice on the role, which is based on Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography of Jobs. The screenplay itself, written by <a href="" target="_blank">Aaron Sorkin</a> of <em>The Social Network</em> fame, consists of three lengthy scenes corresponding to three major product launches from Jobs' life. Danny Boyle, best known for films like <em>Slumdog Millionaire</em> and<em> 28 Days Later</em>, will direct the film.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/10/rogen.jpg" width="620" height="413" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="" target="_blank">IndieWire</a></strong></p><p>Rogen himself is usually best known for his comedic work in films like <em>Superbad</em> and <em>The 40-Year-Old Virgin</em>, but lately he's tackled more serious work in films like <em>Take This Waltz</em> to much acclaim. Sorkin's script might allow for both ends of his range. As for Woz, he left Apple way back in 1987, but media outlets still often seek his opinion on the latest developments from the Cupertino company he founded.</p><p>The followup report from TheWrap also claims that Jessica Chastain of <em>Zero Dark Thirty</em>&nbsp;fame is&nbsp;also in talks for the film, although the role in consideration currently isn't known. Production will reportedly begin sometime next spring.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News Aaron Sorkin Apple history biopic christian bale Danny Boyle history of Apple Movie movies Steve Jobs Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:14:21 +0000 Leif Johnson 20866 at