Mac|Life - All Articles en The Week's Hottest Apple News Stories, November 21 <!--paging_filter--><p>We're getting pre-pre-Black Thursday action going on here, so we know the deals long in advance. Meanwhile, Yosemite and iOS 8 have been updated, and there's new Apple Watch news. But what's the latest happening in Arizona? And that Steve Jobs picture no one wants the title part for? Looks like it's gone the way of the original click wheel iPod.&nbsp;</p> Gallery News Apple Watch iOS 8 iPad iphone 6 iTunes Store iWork Neato OS X sapphire glass Steve Jobs Week's Hottest News yosemite Sat, 22 Nov 2014 02:16:20 +0000 J Keirn-Swanson 20976 at Judge Approves Apple's $450 Million E-book Settlement <!--paging_filter--><p>After months of waiting, the class action lawsuit alleging that Apple played foul with its iBooks customers by fixing the price of e-books may at least be coming to an end. Today U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote accepted Apple's $450 million proposal to settle the suit, although she expressed concern regarding the timing of the proposal.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">Reuters</a>, Judge Cote thought the document Apple submitted was an "unusually structured settlement, especially for one arrived at on the eve of trial." Apple originally submitted the settlement back in July, after all the parties involved agreed to the $450 million sum. At the onset of the suit, the opposing lawyers had asked for $840 million.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/11/ebooks.jpg" width="620" height="426" /></p><p>The settlement may have been approved, but Apple still hopes to win its Dec. 15 appeal of an <a href="" target="_blank">earlier ruling</a> from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (which Cote presides over as well), which stated that the Cupertino company was culpable of working with major book publishers to inflate prices for its store.</p><p>Should Apple win the appeal (and thus be found not guilty of breaking antitrust laws), the submitted settlement could keep the Cupertino company from paying a dime to either consumers of the lawyers involved. If Apple is found guilty, however, it'll "only" have to pay $400 million to as many as 23 million consumers. (The remaining $50 million would go to legal fees.) Alternatively, the case could end up being retried.</p><p>Apple first got into trouble when the U.S. Department of Justice argued that the iPhone maker had used "agency model" pricing to keep suppliers from selling the same books they sold to Apple to other retailers at lower prices. The model was meant to compete with the wholesale model employed by businesses such as Amazon, which allows them to set their own prices below cost.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News agency model Amazon apple Books class action Denise Cote e-books ibooks Law Lawsuit publishing settlement Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:47:33 +0000 Leif Johnson 20975 at iWork for iCloud Updated to Support Eight New Languages, 50 New Fonts, and More <!--paging_filter--><p>iWork for <a href="" target="_blank">iCloud</a> just got a little more useful today after Apple updated the software with several new features, uncluding support for eight new languages and the addition of more than 50 new fonts to the existing collection. Generally the changes affect Apple's cloud-based productivity suite across the board, and you can find them in iWork's cloud versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.</p><p>There is a small exception; Arabic and Hebrew language support is only available on Pages, although French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Brazilian Portuguese can now be found across all three major apps.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/11/iwork.jpg" width="620" height="301" /></p><p>Most apps are now a tad more user-friendly as well, thanks to additions such as the ability to undo the deletion of section breaks in Pages and the ability to show or hide the slide navigator in Keynote and Numbers. Other features include renaming documents within the editor itself, to drag wedges from pie charts, and to move and resize the legends for said charts.</p><p>iWork for iCloud can be accessed on all of the major browsers (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer), although it's best to use the most recent versions of those browsers for optimal performance. All three related apps remain in beta, although you can <a href="" target="_blank">access them all</a> as long as you have your Apple ID and password handy.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News Apps iCloud iWork Mac Numbers Pages presentation productivity Safari slideshow spreadsheet word processor Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:45:37 +0000 Leif Johnson 20973 at Ask: How to Fix Mac Desktop Icons <!--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 let you know what to do when the icons on your Mac aren't showing up properly.</p><h3>Question</h3><p>After updating to iWork 13, I've noticed that document icons for Pages and Numbers don't show the new icon previews, even when that option is selected and older Pages and Numbers docs show previews. Is there any way to alter these apps to show previews in the icons?</p><h3>Answer</h3><p>As you use your Mac and install multiple versions of applications onto the system, there can come a day where the icon association that the operating system stores for use with applications gets corrupted or is incorrect and out of date. Fortunately, this is a fairly easy fix, and it only requires moderate mucking about in Terminal (or if you prefer, a dedicated application like Cocktail or TinkerTool).&nbsp;</p><p>We’ll use the Terminal to make the fix, since it’s fairly easy and requires no additional downloads or software that you’ll probably only use infrequently. To fix the problem, open the Terminal application (located inside the /Applications/Utilities folder), then type in one of these commands, followed by the Return key.</p><p>If you are on OS X 10.5 or later, then execute this command (all in one string):</p><p><strong>/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/<br />LaunchServices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local <br />-domain system -domain user</strong>&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/11/ask_fixicons.png" width="620" height="220" /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small; font-weight: bold;">Executing this command will rebuild the system’s icon association database, and will restore order in OS X with regards to how apps’ icons appear in the Finder.</span></p><p>If you are on OS X 10.4 or below, execute this command (all in one string) instead:</p><p><strong>/System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/Frameworks/<br />LaunchServices.framework/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system <br />-domain user</strong></p><p>When you press Return, the command may take a few minutes to execute. Don’t close the Terminal window until you’re returned to the Terminal (with a flashing insertion point). Once returned and you see the flashing insertion point, then you can exit the Terminal application.&nbsp;</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> Ask desktop icon previews icons OS X tip trick Mac How-Tos Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:19:15 +0000 Cory Bohon 20972 at Price Drop: The Weekend's Best App Deals, November 21 <!--paging_filter--><p>A long-standing classic app goes free as Apple's App of the Week potentially saving you $30, and if that savings isn't enough to get you over to the App Store, we've got a good round up of games and more to save you cash and bring joy to your life. What more could you want?</p> Gallery anger of stick2 app deals App Life App Sales App Store Apps Badland Blek Deals Dragon Portals epoch. epoch.2 frugal life hidden puzzle games InFocus Pro ithoughts Jack Lumber leonardo mindmap Photo apps photo eraser for iphone sales spirits sworkit pro the great gatsby Things Toca toca boca Toca Mini Toca Tailor touch your toes in 10 days weekly deals wonder polls Yoga yoga apps Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:02:53 +0000 J Keirn-Swanson 20971 at Deals: Take Winter Head On with This Tech-Friendly Fashion <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</strong></p><p>Winter is on its way, and things are about to get a lot colder. But just because the winds of winter are blowing and snow is falling doesn't mean that you can't put your tech to good use. Keep warm while still making the most out of your favorite mobile tech by getting the Knitted Touchscreen Gloves and Bluetooth Audio Beanie, both on sale now in our Deals tab.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/knittedgloves.png" width="630" height="473" /></a></p><p>You need to keep your hands warm, but how can you keep them in your pocket when there are webpages to browse and swipes to be made? The Knitted Touchscreen Gloves allow you to make the most out of your iPhone while keeping your fingers and hands nice and toasty. Get them on sale for <a href="" target="_blank">just $19</a>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/buynow-maclife.png" width="123" height="38" /></a></p><p style="text-align: left;">When the snow's falling, the last thing you want to do is allow your head to be exposed to those cold temperatures. Toss on the Bluetooth Audio Beanie and get the full function of headphones built right into a cozy hat. You can listen to music, take calls, and keep comfy, all for <a href="" target="_blank">just $24.99</a>.</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, 21 Nov 2014 17:00:00 +0000 MacLife Staff 20948 at Morning Report: Improved iPhone 6 Plus Ship Times, Plex Home, BitTorrent Sync <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/plex_home_user_switching_620px.png" alt="Plex Home switch to user" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>We're now officially one week out from that notorious shopping holiday known as Black Friday, but judging from the number of deals retailers have been throwing out over the last couple weeks, it's hard to imagine there will be much left to offer next week. Our Friday Morning Report casts a spotlight on iPhone 6 Plus availability, along with improvements to Plex and BitTorrent Sync, so click on to read more!</p><h3>iPhone 6 Plus Availability Improves from Apple Online Store</h3><p>With the holiday season fast approaching, many shoppers may be eyeing the purchase of an <a href="" target="_self">iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus</a>, either as a gift to themselves or for a loved one. The good news is that shipment times have finally started to improve just a bit — but we wouldn't wait too long to buy one if we were you.<br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors reported Thursday</a> that shipments of the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus from the Apple Online Store now show an estimate of seven to 10 days, regardless of color or carrier. The more popular 64GB model nearly doubles that wait&nbsp; (two to three weeks), but that's an improvement over the three-to-four week estimate just a few days ago.<br /><br />It's also easier to grab an iPhone 6 from, with the 16GB model shipping in five to seven days (down from seven to 10 days), although the higher capacity 64GB and 128GB models continue to take a few days longer. Interested shoppers can use the Personal Pickup tool on the Apple website to determine stock availability at their nearest retail store, although the report notes that some locations continue to see long lines for the devices, even two months after launch.</p><h3>Plex Home Delivers User Accounts for Families</h3><p>For anyone who prefers to skip popular streaming services like Netflix and build their own, Plex is considered one of the best ways to do just that — but sharing an account with the whole family doesn't do much for privacy or parental controls, which is why <a href="" target="_blank">the company announced Thursday</a> the addition of a new feature called Plex Home.<br /><br />Available with the latest Plex Media Server release for Mac or Windows, Plex Home enables easy setup of user accounts for everyone in the family (as shown above), with fine-grain controls over which libraries they have access to, along with per-user restrictions for movie or TV show ratings and other criteria. Switching between accounts is a snap, and PIN protection can also be set up to keep the kiddies out of their parents' media.<br /><br />At launch, Plex Home is only available from the web app, Plex Home Theater for Mac, Windows, or Linux, and Roku (using the PlexTest channel until the official one is updated); the company promises Plex Home Support for other apps (including iOS) in the near future.</p><h3>BitTorrent Offers Peek at Next-Generation Sync 2.0</h3><p>As the dream of the cloud continues to sour in the minds of many, <a href="" target="_blank">BitTorrent announced this week</a> details on what to expect from Sync 2.0, the company's cross-platform solution for syncing or sending files between computers, servers, and mobile devices. Out of beta after a year and a half, Sync 2.0 will introduce a new Pro edition priced at $39.99 per year which offers improved performance, access to folder contents on-demand, and the ability to control folder permissions.<br /><br />BitTorrent promises an alpha build of Sync 2.0 will arrive soon, and is positioning the Pro tier against existing (and more expensive) cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive. BitTorrent will continue to offer a free tier for Sync as well, with the same functionality that exists today.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p> News Apple Online Store available to ship BitTorrent Sync Family Sharing iphone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Morning Report Plex Plex Home Roku iPhone Mac Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:22:20 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20970 at Starwood Hotels CEO Credits iPad for Improved Productivity <!--paging_filter--><p>If you're one of the few people who still thinks the iPad is primarily an entertainment device, Starwood Hotels CEO Frits van Paasschen wants you to put that mindset away right now. In an interview with <a href="" target="_blank">The Wall Street Journal</a> today, van Paasschen states that he no longer uses a proper desktop computer at his job thanks to Apple's tablet.</p><p>"I thought, you know what, I actually don’t use [my desktop computer]," van Paasschen says in the interview. "I do all of my work via mobile so essentially my office is wherever I go, and I can be much more productive."</p><p>That doesn't mean he spends all his time tapping away on the touchscreen. Instead, the CEO makes extensive use of Bluetooth keyboards when he's on either his iPad or even his iPhone. The shift has actually made him more productive, he says. The e-mails he sends are shorter, he's banished paper from Starwood meetings, and he sometimes conducts performance reviews via FaceTime. He also refuses to open hefty spreadsheet files.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/11/paaschen.jpg" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="" target="_blank">Wall Street Journal</a></strong></p><p>"When I get the massive file, the first thing I'll do is send it back and say tell me the key points that I actually need to understand," he says.</p><p>Still, van Paasschen reportedly admits that you still need a standard desktop unit for certain jobs. Nonetheless, the efficiency of his work lately has already inspired other executives at the company. Chris Holdren, one of Starwood's senior vice presidents, uses his iPad for everything as well.</p><p>Starwood is something of an Apple champion. Back in January of this year, Starwood was the first hotel chain to experiment with using iPhones as <a href="" target="_blank">replacements for room keys </a>in its Aloft hotels in Manhattan and (yes) Cupertino. Following the success of Starwood's venture, other chains such as <a href="" target="_blank">Hilton </a>started implementing iPhone room keys as well.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News bluetooth Business CEO Frits van Paasschen iPad iphone Keyboard Starwood Hotels Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:29:14 +0000 Leif Johnson 20969 at Sloppy Management Partly Caused GT Advanced to Miss Apple's Sapphire Deadlines <!--paging_filter--><p>Much has been made lately of Apple's harsh terms for third-party suppliers in the wake of the <a href="" target="_blank">bankruptcy of GT Advanced</a>, the company that was working with Apple to create sapphire displays for the iPhone 6 and other devices. According to a new report from <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Wall Street Journal</a></em>&nbsp;(via <a href="" target="_blank">Cult of Mac</a>), however, much of GT's failure to meet Apple's demands ultimately sprang from sloppy management.</p><p>Photos in the report show that GT always struggled with production of the material, and quotes from employees reveal a company that was far from the model of efficiency necessary for bearing the Apple logo. In those shots, reportedly taken just days before GT signed its deal with Apple, we see evidence that most of the 578-pound sapphire cylinders (called boules) the company produced were unusable owing to multiple flaws.</p><p>Once the deal was in action, allegedly, only half of the boules GT produced were usable — a dire situation, considering that it takes 30 days to make a single boule. Worse yet, each boule cost GT around $20,000.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/11/sapphire-errors.jpg" width="620" height="413" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="" target="_blank">Wall Street Journal</a></strong></p><p>GT's failure in this regard isn't that hard to understand in the context of how poorly the staff was trained. The report claims that around 100 employees didn't even know who they were supposed to report to, and an open-ended attendance policy meant that workers were taking an excessive amount of "sick days."</p><p>"We just kept sweeping the floors over and over," said one employee. "I just saw money flying out the door."</p><p>At times the story of GT Advanced seems more akin to farce than tragedy, as in the case of 500 missing sapphire bricks newly cut from usable boules. Had they already gone to shipping? Hardly: employees later learned they'd been sent to recycling by mistake.</p><p>The story of GT Advanced is surely a devastating lesson for Apple, which has made <a href="" target="_blank">long strides</a> toward once again producing products in the United States rather than sending them off to China. Apple claims it's going to try to repurpose the GT Advanced's Mesa, Arizona facility so the employees there can keep their jobs, but even that remains in doubt after <a href="" target="_blank">Bloomberg </a>reported today that Taiwanese supplier Foxconn plans to contribute $2.3 billion toward building a display-producing plant specifically for Apple.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News Apple Watch Arizona display GT Advanced iPad iphone Mesa sapphire sapphire glass Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:45:48 +0000 Leif Johnson 20968 at New iOS Games 11/20/14: Kingdom Rush, Call of Duty, and more! <!--paging_filter--> Gallery App Store AppLife Apps Call of Duty Columns Crossy Road Five Nights at Freddy’s games Gems of War iOS Ironkill Kingdom Rush MOBA new releases Sunburn Vainglory iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:47:44 +0000 Andrew Hayward 20967 at