Mac|Life - All Articles en President Obama Signs Bill Making iPhone Unlocking Legal in U.S. <!--paging_filter--><p>Locking cell phones is so unpopular a concept that it accomplished the seemingly impossible—it managed to get the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to reach a unanimous agreement when they decided to overturn it. We told you about that<a href="" target="_blank"> last week</a>, but today President Obama signed the<a href="" target="_blank"> Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act</a> into law. So go on. Provided your initial contract has expired, unlock that iPhone.</p><p>The act first saw life in 2013 as a "We the People" petition that generated more than 100,000 signatures from citizens in favor of making cellphone unlocking legal again. Wireless customers previously had been able to unlock their phones to change providers or install foreign SIM cards for overseas travel under an exception in the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, but the exception's expiration in 2013 rendered unlocking illegal.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/08/iphone5s.jpg" width="620" height="348" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="" target="_blank">Cnet</a></strong></p><p>Again, you need to make sure you're no longer under any contractual obligations with your provider when you unlock it. If you are, however, you can switch services without begging your provider for permission, and even more notably, you're free to ask for assistance in doing so from your local tech shop.</p><p>"The most important part of this joint effort is that it will have a real impact," said Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy in a <a href="" target="_blank">White House blog post</a>. "As long as their phone is compatible and they have complied with their contracts, consumers will now be able to enjoy the freedom of taking their mobile service — and a phone they already own — to the carrier that best fits their needs. At a time when partisan gridlock all too often threatens progress on everyday issues that matter to consumers, working together we listened to your voices, and the American people benefited as a result."</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News cellular Congress iphone President Obama smartphones Unlock unlocking Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:32:34 +0000 Leif Johnson 20409 at Apple Officially Acquires Beats Electronics; Beats Online Store Closes <!--paging_filter--><p>Like it or not, Apple's acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Electronics is at last official. Apple today updated its website to <a href="" target="_blank">host&nbsp;a page </a>welcoming Beats and co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre to the family. It's the final step in the process of a long process that started with a rumor back in May and culminated in a whopping $3 billion acquisition—Apple's largest takeover of another company to date.</p><p>"Today we are excited to officially welcome Beats Music and Beats Electronics to the Apple family," the page reads. "Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and we’re thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do. Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre have created beautiful products that have helped millions of people deepen their connection to music. We’re delighted to be working with the team to elevate that experience even further. And we can’t wait to hear what’s next."</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/08/beats.jpg" width="620" height="345" /></p><p>Clicking on the message shuttles you to, which <a href="" target="_blank">contains its own message </a>with the company's thoughts joining the Cupertino tech giant.</p><p>"Musicians rely on their instruments to give structure and form to their imagination. At the dawn of digital recording, the Macintosh computer was the instrument of choice," the page says. "At the beginning of portable digital music, the iPod placed the library of the world’s music in your pocket. The iPhone became not only an instrument for music, but also the centre of your connected life. The iPad extended this capability with a user interface and apps that allowed you to compose a symphony on the tube. Starting today, we at Beats are fortunate to add our instrument to this legacy by joining Apple."</p><p>At with that, thus passes as we've known it. Attempting to purchase anything through the store merely presents you with a link to the same item in Apple's online store.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>TechCrunch</em></a> reports that U.S. regulators at last approved the acquisition this morning, thus clearing the last hurdle holding up Beats' official entry into the Apple family.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News acquisitions apple Beats Beats by Dr. Dre takeover Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:24:58 +0000 Leif Johnson 20408 at Ask: Recover Missing OS X Applications <!--paging_filter--><p>Got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We have the answer. In this week's installment of Ask, we'll teach you how to recover missing applications that are built into OS X, including utilities.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Question: I believe that I have accidentally deleted some of the default applications that came with OS X, and I’m not sure how to reinstall them. I’m missing my entire Utilities folder under Applications. How can I get these applications back onto my computer system?</strong></p><p>Answer: The default applications bundled onto your system usually requires messing around with the Terminal to remove them, and even then, they can be difficult to remove. If they've been removed, however, you can get them back by simply reinstalling your version of Mac OS X.&nbsp;</p><p>If you are running OS X Lion or later, then you can start up your computer while holding down the Option key, and select “Recovery HD.” Selecting this option will boot your computer into the Recovery partition. From here, select “Reinstall OS X,” then follow the instructions to reinstall.&nbsp;</p><p>When reinstalling OS X, none of your content should be be overwritten, but it's best to always create a backup beforehand just to be safe. Once reinstalled, the default applications, including the Utilities folder, should reappear on your Mac.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/07/utilities.png" /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;"><strong>Reinstalling OS X is the only way to get back the default applications once they have been removed from your system.</strong></span></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> applications help Mac missing applications OS X Tips tricks Utilities How-Tos Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:05:00 +0000 Cory Bohon 20405 at Deals: Friday Freebies! Check Out These Awesome Offers that Won't Cost You a Thing <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</strong></p><p>There's only one thing better than getting some new apps to play with: Getting them for free. 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It's a win-win scenario for you, dear reader.</p> Gallery 301+ short stories aerofly FS App Life App Sales App Store Apps Beer Beer Apps Books bowling ninja brew pal cadenza Calendars 5 camera camera apps Captain America captain america: winter soldier cowboy tappi Deals donut fever ebooks flight simulator frugal life Guardians of the Galaxy home brewing marvel Marvel Pinball metronome music apps NASCAR nascar: redline PDF Expert Photography Pinball price drops Printer Pro racing readdle Reading Reflex rocket rush Scanner Pro tappi bear tappi bubble tuner twister weekly deals Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:20:32 +0000 J Keirn-Swanson 20407 at Morning Report: iWatch Predictions Cut Short, Modbook Pro X, Printworks <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/modbook_pro_x_620px.png" alt="Modbook Pro X" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>Have your heart set on an iWatch later this year? Analysts have been keeping a close eye on Apple's supply chain lately, and it seems production issues may keep the wearable from shipping in significant numbers before the end of the year. Elsewhere on the web, you can now convert a MacBook Pro into a tablet, and a new desktop publishing application hits the Mac App Store in today's Morning Report.</p><h3>Analyst: Apple May Only Ship 3M iWatches This Year</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">AppleInsider reported Thursday</a> the "well-connected" analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is backing off earlier claims of a massive iWatch launch later this year. In a note to investors, the KGI Securities analyst threw cold water on leading speculation that Apple plans to ship "between five million and 10 million" wearables by the end of 2014, citing production issues that will push availability into "the second half of November," thereby dramatically reducing the number of available units to something more like three million.<br /><br />Like the rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6, sapphire crystal shortages are also being blamed for the reduced iWatch shipments, with traditional glass covers now expected to replace sapphire on "at least half" of the iWatch units that do manage to hit stores.</p><h3>Modbook Pro X Turns Retina MacBook Into Full-Fledged Tablet</h3><p>The folks at Modbook have been turning Mac products into tablets for years now, but <a href="" target="_blank">this week they've launched</a> their most ambitious modification to date: Modbook Pro X, which converts a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display into a gorgeous, powerful slate complete with pen input device. <a href="" target="_blank">Available exclusively on Kickstarter</a> for now, backers will have to provide their own MacBook Pro, which will be converted into a Modbook Pro X for as little as $1999. The bad news is, Modbook won't be ready to ship these babies until early 2015, which will be powered by OS X Yosemite and promise full compatibility, just like the original notebook.</p><h3>PrintWorks for Mac Aims to Bring Desktop Publishing to Masses</h3><p>Desktop publishing may no longer be the Mac's "killer app" in the internet and social networking era, but Belight Software this week unleashed a powerful new application that aims to make page layout fun all over again. <a href="" target="_blank">Printworks for Mac</a> includes more than 400 templates for creating brochures, flyers, business cards, discs and covers, labels and envelopes or greeting cards, along with more than 1,000 pieces of clipart for customizing the look and feel.<br /><br />Available from the Mac App Store, Printworks includes robust features including a built-in photo editor with more than 80 image filters, and the ability to import from iPhoto or Aperture as well as custom folders. Finished projects can be printed or exported to popular formats including PDF, TIFF, JPEG, and EPS. A free trial of Printworks is available from the Belight website, and the software is on sale <a href="" target="_blank">from the Mac App Store</a> for only $29.99, a 40 percent discount off the usual $49.95 price.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> News analysts iWatch Mac mac app store MacBook Pro with Retina Display Modbook Pro X Morning Report Printworks shipments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:30:03 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20406 at Apple's Content Delivery System Reportedly Live for OS X; Faster Downloads Expected <!--paging_filter--><p>The next time you download an Apple software update for OS X, expect it to run a little more smoothly. As <em><a href="" target="_blank">Ars Technica</a> </em>reports, segments of Apple's long-awaited content delivery system are apparently live at last in the U.S. and Europe, and the new service will allow the Cupertino company to delivery content updates and related downloads more easily.</p><p>Apple hasn't released any official statements yet, but analyst <a href="" target="_blank">Dan Rayburn</a> of the firm Frost and Sullivan found evidence of it by studying trace routes for OS X. Some of the routes now allow 10x Apple's former capacity with Comcast, thus allowing the iPhone maker to shoot off many terabits of data per second. Other networks, such as AT&amp;T and Verizon, may allow the same privileges. Apple reportedly still relies heavily on third-party services to deliver data such as iTunes content, iCloud data, and other software — at least for now.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/07/yosemite.jpg" width="620" height="371" /></p><p>The appeal of the network lies in its ability to sidestep the congestion that occurs when Apple releases major new content updates (such as what we saw <a href="" target="_blank">when iOS 7 landed</a>). Much like Netflix, which is responsible for similar data flooding, Apple is rumored to be paying Comcast, AT&amp;T, and Verizon for the privilege of direct delivery.</p><p>"It's too early to know how much traffic will come over and when, but Apple's already started using their own CDN much faster than I expected," Rayburn said."The pace of their build out and amount of money they are spending on infrastructure is incredible. Based on my calculations, Apple has already put in place multiple terabits per second of capacity and by the end of this year, will have invested well more than $100M in their CDN build out."</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News apple CDS. updates Content Delivery System Mac OS X Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:17:08 +0000 Leif Johnson 20403 at Apple Stores to Start Replacing Broken iPhone 5s Displays on Site <!--paging_filter--><p>Apple users have long waited for the day when the Cupertino company would start providing iPhone 5s screen replacements inside its retail stores, and according to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>9to5Mac</em></a>, that day is Monday. Unfortunately, as with so many things from the folks in Cupertino, it won't come cheap.</p><p>But at least it's <em>cheaper</em>. The whole initiative reportedly marks another step in Apple's ongoing quest to reduce repair costs, and the shift to repairing the screen in-house will drop the fee down to $150 (if you don't have AppleCare). In the past, you'd have to pay $229, send the device to an off-site repair center, and have only a vague notion of when you'd get your handset back. Alternatively, you could just fork out $265 for a replacement phone.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/07/iphone_0.jpg" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="" target="_blank">Cnet</a></strong></p><p>Large shipments of replacement screens for the iPhone 5s are already on the way to stores, according to the report, and they'll be available by Monday, August 4. Apple started offering services for other forms of in-store iPhone 5s repairs <a href="" target="_blank">late last year</a>.</p><p>As it turns out, it's as appealing a move for Tim Cook and friends as it is for us. In <a href="" target="_blank">May of 2013</a>, Apple reported that in-shop repairs could save the company has much as $1 billion per year. At the time, Apple was referring to cameras, sleep/wake buttons, and even logic boards; with screen replacements, the potential for savings might be even greater.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News apple Apple Store broken cracked display iphone iPhone 5S retail Retail Store Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:40:50 +0000 Leif Johnson 20402 at New iOS Games This Week: July 31, 2014 <!--paging_filter--> Gallery 80 Days App Store AppLife Apps Blood Bowl Crazy Taxi Deep Loot DUET games Guardians of the Galaxy iOS iPad iPhone iPod Marvel Pinball Micromon new releases Rotate Zen Pinball Games Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:28:58 +0000 Andrew Hayward 20401 at Deals: Make Your Mobile Presence Felt with the Lifetime Moably Pro Plan <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/moably.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></a></p><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. 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