Mac|Life - All Articles en The Week's 10 Hottest Apple News Stories, January 30 <!--paging_filter--> Gallery News Apple Watch cloud Columns financial earnings Free iMac iTunes Movie Party Photos Steve Jobs Super Bowl iPad iPhone iPod Mac Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:57:30 +0000 MacLife Staff 21246 at Apple Daily: Apple Watch Event Clues, AAPL Stock Reaches New High, TUAW Closure <!--paging_filter--><p>In today's news, Apple might be preparing for another big media event showcasing the Apple Watch, judging by a request it recently sent a major developer. Elsewhere, Apple's stock hit yet another all-time high today, and on a more tragic note, long-running Apple blog TUAW will close as a result of recent cuts at AOL.</p><h3>Apple Asks Some Devs to Have Apple Watch Apps Ready By Next Month</h3><p>The Apple Watch won't show up on store shelves until <a href="" target="_blank">April</a>, according to CEO Tim Cook, but as <a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors</a> reports, the Cupertino company is asking at least one big (unidentified) app developer to have its Apple Watch apps ready to launch on the App Store by February 12.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/01/applewatch_0.jpg" width="620" height="388" /></p><p><strong>Photo:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors</a></strong></p><p>It's currently not clear why Apple wants such an early launch date for this particular developer (and it's possible it contacted others), but there's little chance it means we'll see the long-awaited piece of wearable tech around Valentine's Day. More likely, it means that Apple either wants to have a few key apps ready for a big media event in February or March, or that it wants to check the battery life with third-party apps before it releases the unit into the wild.</p><p>In related news (also via <a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors</a>), "thousands" of Apple employees have reportedly been seen wearing Apple Watches in and around the San Francisco Bay area, indicating that Apple's all but ready for the device's launch.</p><h3>Apple Stock Reaches $120, a New All-Time High</h3><p>By now the news is probably a little old hat, but there's a new little tidbit regarding the impact of Apple's spectacular quarterly report for Q1 2015. As <a href=";utm_medium=twitter" target="_blank">AppleInsider</a> notes, the news caused AAPL stock to shoot up to $120, representing a new record for the company and another boost to its seemingly inevitable market valuation of $700 billion.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/01/aapl.jpg" width="620" height="548" /></p><p>Apple's stock last record-breaking high was in November of 2014, when it reached $119 per share. Since then, it's danced around $110. Most investors, especially Carl Icahn, seem convinced that Apple stock could go up further still, and indeed, it'll be interesting to see what happens if the Apple Watch is as popular as Tim Cook and friends hope it is.</p><h3>AOL Said to Shutter TUAW</h3><p>As a part of a larger "restructuring" push that's also behind the tragic shuttering of well-known gaming site <a href="" target="_blank">Joystiq</a>, AOL will reportedly be shutting down <a href="" target="_blank">The Unofficial Apple Weblog</a>, better known as TUAW (via <a href="" target="_blank">The Verge</a>). The site is expected to close for good on Monday, February 2.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/01/tuaw_logo.jpg" width="620" height="432" /></p><p>TUAW is one of the old hands in the Apple news and reviews business, having been around since December of 2004. Its closure marks yet another step in a sad trend we've seen elsewhere. Earlier this month, the U.K.'s MacUser magazine closed its doors, and last September Macworld magazine ceased the publication of its print edition in order to focus on online content. In addition, Macworld <a href="" target="_blank">canceled</a> its long-running Macworld/iWorld Expo indefinitely.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News AAPL Apple Watch Rumors speculation stock The Unofficial Apple Weblog Tim Cook TUAW Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:16:41 +0000 Leif Johnson 21245 at Ask: How to Fix Blurry Text on a Mac <!--paging_filter--><p>Got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We've got the answer. This time in Ask, we offer solutions on how to fix blurry text when you're using an external monitor on your Mac.&nbsp;</p><h3>Question</h3><p>I’ve just switched from an iMac to a Mac mini, but on the cheaper monitor I'm using — a 27-inch Samsung LCD — the text is blurry and no changes in System Preferences seem to help. I have tried the monitor on a PC and it looks fine. What can I do?</p><h3>Answer</h3><p>There are lots of reasons why you might get a blurry image. The two most common are that the monitor is over- or under-scanning (there’ll be an option for this in the monitor’s own menu) and font smoothing (try typing <strong>defaults -currentHost write -globalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -int 2</strong> in Terminal, then log out and back in; click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> for more details).</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/01/ask_monitor.png" width="620" height="424" /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;"><strong>If your display is blurry, try smoothing fonts or run a script to convince OS X the monitor only supports RGB.</strong></span></p><p>There’s another possibility. Apple’s DisplayPort uses the YCbCr color-encoding scheme by default, and this can look weird on some monitors. You can fix it by running a script to convince OS X the monitor only supports RGB. Right-click and download the script at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> and then type <strong>ruby patch-edid.rb</strong> in Terminal. This creates a folder in your home folder. Move the patch-edid.rb into /System/Library/Displays/Overrides and restart your Mac.</p><p>Got an Apple tech question? Email <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> Ask blurred DisplayPort monitor Terminal Text Tips tricks Mac How-Tos Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:57:13 +0000 MacLife Staff 21244 at Price Drop: The Weekend's Best App Deals, January 30 <!--paging_filter--><p>We've got a couple of dueling top-shelf calendar apps on sale this week, so pick your team and run with it if you want something that puts Apple's stock calendar app to shame. But wait, there's more! We've also got dueling price chops on to-do apps, note taking apps that let you write on the screen, and even competing maps of the constellations. It's an ultimate app price drop showdown this week, so to arms, to arms! And to the App Store!</p> Gallery app deals App Life App Sales App Store Apps astronomy calendars Calendars 5 carrot clear daily notes daily routine Deals dragonlair Fantastical Fantastical 2 fantastical 2 for ipad fantastical 2 for iPhone frugal life getting things done goodnotes 4 goodtask GTD icarus-x ilearnpiano My Om Nom note taking note taking apps notebooks 7 notes Notes Plus procaster productivity sales star maps 3D Star walk stars taasky task lists to-do tomb raider II weekly deals Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:56:29 +0000 J Keirn-Swanson 21243 at Deals: Save on the NFC Compatible Sleek and Slim IconQ Speaker <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/iconqbluetooth.png" width="630" height="473" /></a></p><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</strong></p><p>Your music can come with you anywhere thanks to your iPhone and great streaming services. But sometimes, when you really want to rock out, you need some speakers capable of broadcasting your tunes at top-quality. That's where the Boundless S3 Bluetooth Speaker comes in. It's on sale now in our <a href="" target="_blank">Deals tab</a>.</p><p>When you hear your music come through the Boundless S3 Bluetooth Speaker, you'll think it's your very own home theater system. It's hard to believe it's a wireless, portable speaker that you can take anywhere. With 6 hours of battery life and 33 feet of range, you'll get a great day of music even when you aren't right near by. The speaker is also compatible with NFC, so you can connect to it in a matter of seconds.</p><p>The Boundless S3 Bluetooth Speaker from IconQ usually retails for $79. If you head to our Deals tab, you can save <a href="" target="_blank">25% off</a> the retail price. That makes your total <a href="" target="_blank">just $59</a>. It's a great price for a great speaker, so <a href="" target="_blank">grab this offer</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><p style="text-align: left;">Looking for more deals? Check out these great offers:</p><p>Quirky lives up to their name with the design of their products, but in this case different is a very good thing. While your Apple accessories are usually getting wrapped around things they aren't supposed to, Quirky keeps them safe, secure, and infinitely more manageable. Stop struggling with your cords and start keeping them in line with the full kit of Quirky cord management tools. Wrape up your power cords, headphones, USBs, and much more.</p><p>The Quirky Apple Accessory Kit usually retails for $49. You can&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">save 26% off</a>&nbsp;that in our Deals tab right now. That makes your toal&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">just $36</a>. It's a great price for a kit that will keep your cords in line, so&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">grab this offer</a>&nbsp;today!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/buynow-maclife.png" width="123" height="38" /></a></strong></p><p>Keeping your device charged wihile still having range is important. With the standard Lightning USB cords, you're pretty limited in how much you can move. Give yourself some range with this data cable, which gives you 10 feet of flexibility. This sturdy, long cord will stay plugged and keep your iOS device at full power, even if you're across the room from the outlet.</p><p>The 10 foot Apple-certified MFi Lightning Cable usually retails for $50. If you grab it from our Deals tab, you can save yourself&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">52% off</a>&nbsp;of that price. That means you'll pay&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">just $18.99</a>&nbsp;for this great data cable.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Get it today</a>&nbsp;and stay fully charged!</p><p>&nbsp;</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, 30 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0000 MacLife Staff 21229 at Apple Daily: Apple Tied With Samsung Shipments, Ampere Wireless Charging Case <!--paging_filter--><p>Analysts and pundits are still realizing the larger implications of Apple's <a href="" target="_blank">insanely profitable quarter</a>, and new reports reveal how the Cupertino company has caught up with Samsung in a key race. In other news, there's a cool new wireless iPhone charging case in the works on Kickstarter.</p><h3>Report: Apple Shipped As Many Phones As Samsung Last Quarter</h3><p>More news about the wider significance of Apple's record-breaking quarter continues to roll in, this time from <a href="" target="_blank">Strategy Analytics</a>, who claims that Apple tied with rival Samsung to dominate smartphone shipments for the quarter.</p><p>According to the report, both Apple and Samsung shipped 74.5 million handsets during the quarter (although Samsung's still well in the lead as regards the annual total). As a result, at least for the quarter, both companies could claim a market share of 19.6 percent.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u334114/2015/01/apple-samsung.png" width="520" height="337" /></p><p>It's worth noting that Strategy Analytics's conclusions are partly based on informed guesses, as Samsung stopped reporting the numbers of its shipments a few years ago. (IDC, for instance, <a href="" target="_blank">reported a couple of hours ago</a> that Samsung shipped a slightly more impressive 75.1 million units.</p><p>The last time Samsung and Apple had a more or less equal share of the market was in Q4 2011. Samsung and Apple might be tied as regards shipments, but the news is much different on the profit scale. The Korean company's sales for the period ranging from October to December 2014 were down 27 percent from last year according to its <a href="" target="_blank">own earnings report</a> released today, and the company's mobile sales were down a whopping 64 percent year over year. (Its semiconductor business is positively booming, though, in part due to widespread demand for them from companies like, yes, Apple.)</p><h3>'Ampere' Wireless Charging Case Turns Heads on Kickstarter</h3><p>If you're the type of person who likes to charge your iPhone on the go but doesn't like to bother with cumbersome extra accessories, you should check out Novelsys' new<a href="" target="_blank"> Ampere sleeve on Kickstarter</a>. It looks like most other leather sleeves for the iPhone, but the quirk here is that it comes with a 2,700-mAh battery tucked inside that charges your phone wirelessly.</p><p><iframe src="" width="620" height="465" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"> </iframe></p><p>There's a (literally) small catch for us iPhone users in that we'll have to stick a tiny Lightning receiver on the bottom of our phones to get it to work as intended. But that seems like a small price to pay considering the convenience involved.</p><p>Right now, the real price you'll have to pay is a $75 pledge to Novelsys's Kickstarter for the project, and that's just for the early bird pricing. (And you'll want to hurry, as there's only 30 of those left as of this writing.) After that, the price jumps up slightly to $79.</p><p>Plenty of people are taking notice. The team asked for $60,000, but the project's already earned $75,259 on the strength of just 373 backers and there are still 15 days to go.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News ampere Cases iphone kickstarter leather Samsung shipments wireless charging Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:58:16 +0000 Leif Johnson 21241 at New iOS Games 1/29/15: Indigo Prophecy, Yet It Moves, and more! <!--paging_filter--> Gallery App App Store AppLife Apps Columns Destructamundo Exiles Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered Gallery iOS iPad iPod Mean Girls: The Game new releases Office Rumble Pro Pinball Radiation Island Sons of Anarchy: The Prophet Traffic Buster Yet it Moves iPad iPhone iPod Games Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:32:39 +0000 Giancarlo Saldana 21242 at The Week's Best Deals for Your Mac and iOS Device, January 29 <!--paging_filter--><p>We're gonna leave behind the MacBook Air line and the lower powered 1.4GHz processors and focus on just the more powerful models in the world of refurbed Macs. This week, we're all about speed and power and just crushing it. So let's get right into these big beautiful Macs — and we'll see what kind of a hook up we can give you in the accessory category too.</p> Gallery bluetooth keyboard Deals earbuds External Battery external hard drive Headphones iMac iphone iphone 6 iPhone 6 case iPhone 6 Plus iPhone 6 plus case iPhone case lightning cable Mac Pro MacBook macbook pro refurb Refurbished refurbs sales Storage Stylus weekly deals wireless speakers Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:30:12 +0000 J Keirn-Swanson 21239 at Review: Tonality <!--paging_filter--><p>Tonality looks a lot like Intensify Pro but, in keeping with the monochrome tone, the entire interface is black and white, save for yellow highlights for selected tools and active banks of sliders. Like Intensify, it’ll happily edit JPEG and raw files with a 16-bit processing engine. Unlike its stablemate, however, the presets and sliders are geared towards one purpose. Open an image and it’s immediately rendered in black and white, the presets along the bottom of the interface showing thumbnails of the effects.&nbsp;</p><p>Black and white photography is amenable to variations in contrast/texture, which can help viewers focus on composition and subject. Thankfully, Tonality has Adaptive Exposure and Smart Contrast settings to take the guesswork out of mono conversion, with the Micro Structure slider adding sharpness. Note: changes aren’t saved until you export the final image, so don’t worry about damaging your color originals.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/01/tonality_620.png" width="620" height="340" /></p><p>A nice touch is the selection of virtual colored filters that match those used by black and white film photographers over their lenses. Aperture featured a similar system, and it’s nice to see a traditional technique replicated in new software.</p><p>Obviously, not every image is suitable for converting to black and white, and part of the skill of a successful conversion is in picking a photograph that will be enhanced. When you’ve played with Tonality for long enough you’ll realize the color info is there, it’s just that the saturation sliders are set to zero. This opens up one of the most powerful features of the software: the ability to set split toning and selective color effects. The app effectively becomes a custom Instagram generator, creating grainy, vintage-looking masterpieces with vignettes and frame — ideal for social media. Any collection of slider settings can be saved as a preset for quick application, but it will be a long time before you use up the 150+ presets, including film emulation, vintage looks, and HDR.</p><p>Tonality opens up into a flexible photo editing system that creates striking effects quickly and at no risk to your originals. It’s not a one-stop editing shop — you’ll want to pair this with Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, or Intensify Pro. But if mono’s your thing, this is a great addition.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> A great app to complement your image editor, with many ways to achieve striking shots.</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>Tonality</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"> MacPhun Software </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="" target="_blank"></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"> $24.99 </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&nbsp;OS X 10.8 or later, 4GB RAM, 512MB video RAM</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>Runs fast. Many powerful tools. Non-destructive editing.</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>Limited in scope.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Reviews image editing MacPhun monochrome Photography Photos pictures Tonality Mac Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:00:16 +0000 Ian Evenden 21240 at Deals: Win the Wireless Headsets with Style in the Beats by Dre Giveaway <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/beatsbydregiveaway.png" /></a></p><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</strong></p><p>There's no headphones that carry the same level of style and quality as Beats by Dre. Now that the brilliant brand of headphones are owned by Apple, you can get that amazing style and sound with the assurance of Apple's stamp of approval. And now, thanks to our <a href="" target="_blank">Deals tab</a>, you can enter to win a pair of your own in the Beats by Dre Giveaway.</p><p>There's no denying that Beats by Dre have a cultural impact—people recognize them. But they earned spot by providing high-quality sound that nearly no other brand can provide. If you want want to hear your music the way that it's supposed to be heard, then you need to hear it through Beats by Dre. Even better, you can get that sound streamed straight to your ears without the limitation of wires that keep you bound to your desk and get you tangled. Great sound, great style, and great functionality all in one.</p><p>A pair of Beats by Dre usually retails for $380. If you head to our Deals tab, you can <a href="" target="_blank">enter to win</a> a pair for free. All you have to do is sign up and <a href="" target="_blank">click "Enter Now."</a> You can share the link on Twitter for extra entries. There's no better opportunity to get a pair of Beats by Dre, so <a href="" target="_blank">enter to win</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><p style="text-align: left;">Looking for more great savings? Check out these bonus offers:</p><p style="text-align: left;">There are tons of bluetooth speakers out there, but there's only one that levitates. The&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Om/One speaker</a>&nbsp;delivers incredible sound with a design like you've never seen, with the speaker floating effortlessly in the air as it plays your favorite jams. This incredible and unique speaker is on sale for&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">just $195</a>. Grab it today!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/buynow-maclife.png" width="123" height="38" /></a></p><p>Your music can go anywhere, so it should be able to play without plugging in, too. The Panorama Bluetooth Speaker allows you to broadcast your favorite tunes through a quality speaker without any need for wires. You can get this great speaker on sale for&nbsp;<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 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0000 MacLife Staff 21228 at