Mac|Life - All Articles http://www.maclife.com/articles/all/feed en The Week's 10 Hottest Apple News Stories, April 18 http://www.maclife.com/article/news/weeks_10_hottest_apple_news_stories_april_18 <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/weeks_10_hottest_apple_news_stories_april_18#comments Gallery News acquisitions Apple Watch charity Columns recovery disk star wars Tim Cook WWDC Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:30:00 +0000 MacLife Staff 21531 at http://www.maclife.com Deals: Last Chance To Get The Satechi 4 Port USB Hub For $20 & More in Deals Ending Soon http://www.maclife.com/article/deals/deals_last_chance_get_satechi_4_port_usb_hub_20_more_deals_ending_soon <!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-weight: bold;">[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</span></p><p>You're always on the lookout for a great deal. Any opportunity to snatch up an awesome item for an affordable price gets you excited. Well, then you'll love our Deals tab. 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In other news, Apple Pay might finally be coming to Canada in November, and Apple will start offering free "Apple Watch Basics" workshops at select Apple Stores on April 24.</p><h3>Roommates Stab Each Other While Arguing About iOS vs. Android</h3><p>Many people have a strong opinion as to whether iPhone or Android smartphones are better, but few push it quite to the limit like two roommates in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who reportedly stabbed each other several times with broken beer bottles while arguing over whether the iPhone or "the new Samsung smartphone" reigns supreme. At the time, they were also stumbling around drunkenly in an apartment complex parking lot at 1 a.m. in the morning.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/04/tulsa.png" width="620" height="318" /></p><p>In addition to the stabbings, apparently one of the two men also "smashed a bottle over the back of the other man's head." As local station <a href="http://www.ktul.com/story/28827848/tulsa-roommates-stab-each-other-over-debate-between-iphone-samsung" target="_blank">KTUL</a> reports (via BGR), it's currently not clear who should be charged or, indeed, whether they should charge the two at all.</p><p>Adding to the absurdity, KTUL's report claims that the police "did not respond when our photographer asked which phone is better."</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Apple Pay May Come to Canada in November</h3><p>After a long wait, Canada might be the first country outside of the United States to support Apple Pay. According to "people familiar with the matter" who spoke with <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/apple-pay-plans-to-launch-in-canada-this-fall-1429280816" target="_blank">The Wall Street Journal</a>, our friends north of the border might finally get to use the service beginning in November.</p><p>There are, of course, some hurdles to overcome. The sources claim that Apple is currently in talks with Royal Bank of Canada, TD Canada Trust, Scotiabank, Bank of Montreal, CIBC and National Bank of Canada, which together account for more than 90 percent of Canadian bank accounts. All of the banks seem interested in the service, the sources claim, but they're a little wary of "Apple’s fee proposals" and they're "concerned about security vulnerabilities like the ones that U.S. banks experienced as they rolled out the service."</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/04/applepay.png" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>The six banks involved have reportedly enlisted the services of consultancy firm McKinsey &amp; Co. in order to help create a security protocol. There's also talk of requiring users to enter a PIN number with each purchase or, more in line with the spirit of the service, registering and confirming cards with Apple Pay via a one-time text message.</p><p>Canada seems well-prepared to accept the service, though; in fact, because of the widespread availability of "Chip and PIN" payment there (in which users simply tap their credit cards against a receiver in order to pay), it's arguably better prepared than the United States.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>'Apple Watch Basics' Workshops Coming to Apple Stores</h3><p>Just in time for the official launch of the <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/hardware/apple-watch-review" target="_blank">Apple Watch</a> on April 24, you'll be able to attend workshops at your local Apple Store on how to get the optimal experience out of the device. If you're one of the lucky ones who can walk in and get an Apple Watch on release day, there's a good chance you can also walk over to the presentation area and attend "Apple Watch Basics." Just to be on the safe side, though, it's best to make a reservation.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/04/applewatch.png" width="620" height="317" /></p><p>You can check to see if your store offers the workshop by <a href="https://www.apple.com/retail/locator/" target="_blank">searching</a> for your local store on Apple's website. It's also an extended opportunity to see if the device is something you'd like to wear, as it likely goes into much greater depth than what you'd find during the typical 15-minute presentation with an Apple Store employee.</p><p>According to the mouseover text on Apple's reservation form, the workshop will place a special emphasis on "Ggances, gestures, watch faces, and more." Some of the larger Apple Stores are also offering a "Stay in Touch with Apple Watch" workshop as well, which shows you "how to respond to messages and mail, share your location, take a call, and even send your heartbeat to someone you care about."</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_ios_vs_android_stabbing_apple_pay_canada_apple_watch_workshops#comments News android Apple Pay Apple Store Apple Watch Canada crime iOS 8 Oklahoma Samsung stabbing Tulsa Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00:32:59 +0000 Leif Johnson 21530 at http://www.maclife.com Price Drop: The Weekend's Best App Deals, April 17 http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/price-drop-weekends-best-app-deals-april-17 <!--paging_filter--><p>Now that you've knuckled down and got your taxes in order, let productivity take a backseat to some freshly discounted apps and games. 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We have the answer. The ability to answer iPhone calls from your other Apple devices can be pretty convenient, but it can also be intrusive at times. In this edition of Ask, we'll show you how to disable the call-forwarding Continuity feature that was introduced in iOS 8.</p><h3>Question</h3><p>Like a lot of Apple users, I own multiple Apple devices — an iPhone, an iPad, an iMac — and I tend to have them all on the same wi-fi network. But I don’t like having phone calls sent to my iPad or iMac, especially when I’m trying to work! How do I disable that aspect of Continuity, so my iPhone doesn’t push the calls to my other devices?&nbsp;</p><h3>Answer</h3><p>The recently introduced Continuity features, which allow you to smoothly transition between all your Apple devices running iOS 8 or OS X Yosemite, can be very useful, but sometimes it can give you more than you've bargained for. Fortunately, this one is easy to fix if you know where to look. To deactivate the forwarding of calls to your other devices, navigate to Settings &gt; Facetime on your iPhone. From there, turn off iPhone Cellular Calls and your phone will no longer push calls to other Apple devices.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/04/ask_iphonecontforwarding.png" width="620" height="546" /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;"><strong>To prevent the forwarding of calls, you just need to turn off the iPhone Cellular Calls option.</strong></span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Got an Apple tech question? Email <a href="mailto:ask@maclife.com" target="_blank">ask@maclife.com</a>.</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/ask-how-disable-continuity-call-forwarding-iphone#comments Ask call forwarding Columns Continuity Tips tricks iPhone How-Tos Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:48:51 +0000 Chris Hoffman 21528 at http://www.maclife.com Deals: Last Chance To Get The Wireless Feather Bluetooth Earbuds 58% Off http://www.maclife.com/article/deals/deals_last_chance_get_wireless_feather_bluetooth_earbuds_58 <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/toccs-feather-buds-the-lightweight-crystal-clear-bluetooth-headphones-us" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/toccsfeatherbud.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></a></p><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</strong></p><p>How many times have you had to untangle your headphones, adding too much work between you and your music? 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Abrams as much as the Force when he took the stage at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California. In other news, Apple CEO Tim Cook was named as one of TIME's "most influential people."</p><h3>J.J. Abrams Spotted Wearing Apple Watch at Star Wars Event</h3><p>J.J. Abrams is already a hot topic today on account of his <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngElkyQ6Rhs" target="_blank">newly released trailer</a> for his upcoming <em>Star Wars</em> film, but he's also drawing attention thanks to the Apple Watch spotted on his wrist at <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=688&amp;v=4UY64GfyovE" target="_blank">The Force Awakens Panel </a>at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what he's wearing, but it looks like he's wearing a 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch with a dark blue band that isn't available to the public.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/04/abrams.png" /></p><p>Apple products made other appearances in the hour-long set, such as when Abrams took a panoramic shot of the crowd in attendance, and when <em>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</em> producer Kathy Kennedy mentioned that she took a shot of the desert around Abu Dhabi with her iPhone (see 53:21).</p><p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4UY64GfyovE" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p><strong>Panel begins at 37:47.</strong></p><p>Abrams joins the growing list of a number of <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_charity_lunch_tim_cook_auctioned_celebrities_apple_watches" target="_blank">other celebrities</a> who've been spotted with Apple's highly anticipated wearable device lately, such as designer Karl Lagerfeld, singer Sam Smith, Katy Perry, Drake, and <em>The Voice</em>'s Pharrell Williams.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Tim Cook Named One of TIME's '100 Most Influential People'</h3><p>Apple CEO Tim Cook may not have won TIME's <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/time_nominates_tim_cook_person_year" target="_blank">Person of the Year</a> Award, but he did earn the fourth listing in the magazine's list of "The 100 Most Influential People," which identifies worthies from the realms of technology, politics, music, and more. Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis wrote Cook's <a href="http://time.com/3822599/tim-cook-2015-time-100/" target="_blank">short entry</a>, which calls attention to Cook's achievements in business and his increasing drive to use Apple as (in his own words) "a force for good."</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/04/timcook.jpg" width="620" height="348" /></p><p>"It could not have been easy for Tim Cook to step into the immense shadow cast by the late Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs,” writes Lewis. "But with grace and courage and an unabashed willingness to be his own man, Tim has pushed Apple to unimaginable profitability — and greater social responsibility."</p><p>Cook, says Lewis, "has shown that profitability and integrity can go hand in hand. Tim has done this while introducing, time and again, some of the most innovative products the world has ever seen. Tim Cook is proof that even the most successful companies can and should be judged by more than just their bottom line."</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_apple_watch_meets_star_wars_time_honors_tim_cook#comments News 100 Most Influential People Apple Watch J.J. Abrams Star Wars: The Force Awakens Tim Cook Time Thu, 16 Apr 2015 23:54:14 +0000 Leif Johnson 21526 at http://www.maclife.com The Best New iOS Games: Hearthstone, Halo, WWE, and More! http://www.maclife.com/article/games/best-new-ios-games-hearthstone-halo-wwe-and-more <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/best-new-ios-games-hearthstone-halo-wwe-and-more#comments Gallery App App Store AppLife Apps Caves n’ Chasms Columns Extreme Typer Five Hopes Gallery Halo: Spartan Strike Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft iOS iPad iPod Layer Lost Within Mega Drift new releases Tiny Guardians WWE 2K iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 16 Apr 2015 23:43:49 +0000 Giancarlo Saldana 21527 at http://www.maclife.com The Week's Best Deals for Your Mac and iOS Device, April 16 http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/weeks-best-deals-your-mac-and-ios-device-april-16 <!--paging_filter--><p>There's just one model Mac Mini out there this week in Refurblandia, and since you have to go all the way up to $1,700 for a current-ish model MacBook Pro, this week is all about the MacBook Air. 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Far from being muddied or muddled, however, Scrolls’ hybrid lineage produces a refreshing game that is elegant and demanding.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/04/scrolls_620.png" width="620" height="349" /></p><p>Your goal is to destroy three of your opponent’s five “idols” while protecting your own, using a deck of 50 cards (called “scrolls”) to organize and distribute hulking fighters and mystical enchantments. Each turn of a Scrolls match has three phases, the first of which is the most novel and most complex: players sacrifice cards to gain resources or to draw more scrolls. Sacrifice too rarely, and you’ll run out of scrolls and the resources to play them; too often, and you’ll be overwhelmed, your idols cast down. Scrolls’ sacrifice system is knotty and difficult to learn, but the tension, variety, and flexibility it affords make each turn satisfying.</p><p>From there, your brigade of shining knights, shambling undead, and copper-plated droids pop into existence on a hex-tiled board.</p><p>As a detached god-commander, you manage cooldowns and positioning based on each unit’s stats and special abilities: a Vitality Well periodically heals nearby allies, while a Pest Dissimulator poisons enemy soldiers. Finally, your pint-sized army attacks, whacking and wheezing with outsized expressions that belie their diminutive stature.</p><p>Scrolls is tactically rigorous, but a lack of information will be the new player’s biggest barrier. There’s no way, for example, to see your scroll collection compared to the complete 360-card set. Peer-to-peer trading and the black market are vital features, but they’re useless until players know which scrolls to look for. Deck-building suffers similarly, and some mechanics, such as the special resource “Wild,” are never explained at all. Thankfully, there’s plenty of casual, low-pressure play and a notably generous in-game purchasing scheme that mitigate some of Scrolls’ opacity. “Trials” — a set of puzzles played under special conditions — are a good way to ease into the more competitive multiplayer modes, which include a ranked ladder and “Judgment,” which gives each player a randomized deck.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> Despite its steep learning curve, Scrolls is refreshing in its design and generosity, offering the best of both tactical play and collectible card games.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-the-bottom-line"><legend>Review Synopsis</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-product"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Product:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Scrolls</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-company"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Company:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mojang </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Contact:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://mojang.com" target="_blank">mojang.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> $5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-requirements"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mac running OS X 10.6, Intel Mac, 2GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics/Nvidia GeForce 8400/AMD Radeon HD 2400, 700MB HDD space</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-positives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Positives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Dense, varied strategy. Clever sacrifice mechanic. Generous business model.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-negatives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Negatives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Steep learning curve.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/scrolls-review#comments Reviews card game fantasy Mojang Scrolls Strategy Mac Games Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:39:15 +0000 Joseph Leray 21524 at http://www.maclife.com