Mac|Life - All Articles en Deals: Get A Lifetime Of Privacy Protection From Blur For 74% off <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/blurpremium_0.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></a></p><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</strong></p><p>The internet can be a scary place. It's impossible to browse the web without a sneaking suspicion that someone might be watching or stealing your information. If those concerns loom in your head, you need the protection provided by Blur Premium Privacy Protection. You can get a lifetime subscription on sale from our <a href="" target="_blank">Deals tab</a>.</p><p>When you're online, your best line of protection is Blur Premium Privacy Protection. It's the extra precautions you need to keep yourself safe while navigating the web. You can trust it to protect your passwords and login information so it's always available to you and never falls into the wrong hands. 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Time to save some money, people.</p> Gallery app deals App Life App Sales App Store Apps better fonts pro Blek Deals Death Rally Duet Game Edgar Allan Poe enlight Framed frugal life human anatomy atlas iPoe Kami louvre hd Map My Fitness+ map my run+ neuroshima hex neuroshima hex puzzle pac-man sales simple notes+ tightwire Toca toca boca toca kitchen 2 weather live weekly deals Fri, 22 May 2015 16:31:10 +0000 J Keirn-Swanson 21651 at Ask: How to Fix a Mac's Broken Find Function <!--paging_filter--><p>Got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We've got the answer. This time the focus is on the Find and Spotlight functions in Mac OS X, which can be essential for locating files on your computer. But what do you do when that function just stops working? We'll show you how to get it running again.</p><h3>Question</h3><p>I recently moved all my content to a new Mac running OS X Yosemite, and everything is working great except that the Finder won't actually find anything! When I hit Command + F and run a search, most files aren't showing up, even ones that I can actually see and know should be there. How do I fix this?</p><h3>Answer</h3><p>When the Find command stops working properly, usually it means that the contents of your Mac need to be re-indexed. Fortunately, it's a pretty easy process.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/05/ask_fixfind.png" width="620" height="564" /><br /><strong>If your files aren't showing up in searches, add your hard drive to this list, then remove it.</strong></p><p>Start by opening your System Preferences, then select Spotlight. Click on the privacy tab. Here you'll see any private locations that aren't going to be searched when you use the Find command or run a Spotlight search. Though it might seem counterintuitive, drag the icon for your hard drive(s) onto the list — or, if you'd prefer, just drag over any specific folders that you think aren't being searched. Once you've done that, click the folders or hard drives you just added, then hit the minus button to remove them from the list, which will cause their contents to be re-added to the search index.&nbsp;</p><p>The reindexing process can potentially take a long time (several hours) depending on how many files you have, but once it's done, your searching capabilities should be restored.</p> Ask Columns find finder search spotlight Tips tricks Mac How-Tos Fri, 22 May 2015 16:00:00 +0000 Chris Hoffman 21648 at Apple Daily: iOS 9 Split-Screen iPad View, Transit Directions; Watch Bands at Retail <!--paging_filter--><p>With Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference looming on the horizon in just over two weeks, speculation about what Cupertino will introduce with iOS 9 is at an all-time high. Our Thursday edition of Apple Daily takes a look at the latest new features rumored for the iPad and Apple Maps, as well as a peek at Apple Watch bands out in the wild for the very first time.</p><h3>iOS 9 Could Bring Split-Screen View, Multi-User Logins for iPad</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a> today reported Apple has a number of new initiatives in the works to help stimulate sagging iPad sales, including the arrival of one or more <a href="" target="_blank">long-rumored 12-inch models</a>, and at least one major software change sources say could arrive with the first developer beta of iOS 9 expected next month during WWDC.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/05/ipad_splitscreen_620.png" alt="iPad split-screen mockup" width="620" height="416" /><br /><br />That feature involves a new multitasking split-screen, side-by-side mode allowing two different apps to be displayed at the same time, a feature Microsoft's competing Surface tablets have offered for some time now. Apple's implementation of this feature apparently involves 1/2, 1/3, and 2/3 views, which includes "multiple views of the same app" — for instance, showing two different Safari browser tabs or Pages documents at once.<br /><br />Split-screen was supposedly something Apple hoped to debut with iOS 8 last year, but has continually been pushed back to focus on the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch. Further down the line, Apple is also rumored to introduce support for multiple users, allowing two or more family members or co-workers to share the same device.</p><h3>Apple Retail Stores Begin Stocking Apple Watch Bands</h3><p>Apple Watch early adopters can now pick up alternate bands for their smartwatches at Apple Retail Stores in the United States, U.K., and presumably other countries on the initial launch list, according to a report on&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors</a>.</p><p><img src="" alt="Apple Watch bands at retail store" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>Twitter user <a href="" target="_blank">@AppleRadar</a> posted a photo of Sport ($49) bands in multiple colors and Classic Buckle ($149) bands on the shelves of a retail store in Miami. This marks the first such confirmed sighting of the accessories, which have been exclusively sold online up to this point. Anyone else seeing Apple Watch bands turning up in their local stores?</p><h3>Transit Services Once Again Rumored to Arrive with iOS 9 Maps</h3><p>In a separate report, <a href="" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a> reiterated that transit directions are apparently still on the radar for iOS 9, which would finally deliver bus, subway, and train route navigation to the built-in Maps app.</p><p><img src="/files/u220903/apple_maps_transit_deirections_leak_620px.png" alt="Apple Maps public transit directions" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>Sources claim these features — which were originally on track for iOS 8 last year, but pulled prior to WWDC 2014 — will not only help public transit riders plan their routes, but also provide a dedicated Transit view alongside the current standard, hybrid, and satellite or flyover modes. Apple has been spotted ramping up hiring of engineers specializing in transit routing, so presumably it's just a matter of time until the fruits of their labor arrive on iOS and OS X.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p><p><em>(Images courtesy of 9to5Mac and Twitter)</em></p> News apple daily Apple Maps Apple Retail Stores apple rumors Apple Watch developer betas iOS 9 transit directions watch bands WWDC 2015 iPad iPhone iPod Mac Fri, 22 May 2015 00:15:00 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 21649 at The Best New iOS Games: Til Morning's Light, Brickies, Capitals, and More! <!--paging_filter--> Gallery App App Store AppLife Apps Brickies Bubbla Capitals Columns Edge of Oblivion: Alpha Squadron 2 Gallery iOS iPad iPod Jets new releases Skiing Yeti Mountain Sword of Xolan The Top Spot Til Morning Light Triangulae iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 21 May 2015 23:00:14 +0000 Giancarlo Saldana 21650 at The Week's Best Deals for Your Mac and iOS Device, May 21 <!--paging_filter--><p>This week we have a variety of options on everyone's favorite little desktop, the Mac Mini, with a tough choice at the higher end of the lineup. Plus, we've got a few variations of the MacBook Air, as well as an array of gadget boosters, cases, headphones, and all sorts of whatnots this week. &nbsp;</p> Gallery bluetooth bluetooth headphones bluetooth iPad keyboard bluetooth keyboard bluetooth keyboard case Deals fitness band iMac iPad iPad case ipad keyboard case iphone iphone 6 iPhone 6 case iPhone case Keyboard keyboard case lightning cable Mac mini MacBook macbook air macbook pro refurb Refurbished refurbs sales stabilizer star 21 weekly deals Thu, 21 May 2015 19:03:44 +0000 J Keirn-Swanson 21647 at DiRT 3 Complete Edition Review <!--paging_filter--><p>At turns lush and austere, Codemasters’ DiRT 3 is an exercise in balance: while stocky BMW M3 rally cars careen through the lovingly re-created Maasai Mara, the game confidently dispenses with finickier genre conceits such as contract negotiations or vehicle upgrades.&nbsp;</p><p>DiRT 3’s career mode is split into four sections of increasingly difficult and exotic off-road racing events. Drivers gain “rep” as they win races, which theoretically offers access to more teams and more cars. However, players are free to switch teams before each race, and the differences between the Peugeot 207 and the Fiat Grande Punto will be purely visual to all but the most devoted gearheads. DiRT 3’s career mode is stripped down, with a laser-focus on racing instead of race management.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/05/dirt3_620.png" width="620" height="349" /></p><p>Sophisticated options exist for skilled players, but DiRT 3 operates in a comfortable space between simulation and simple representation, where the steering and handbraking are tight and responsive, but players won’t have to fine-tune their suspension and gear ratio to be successful.</p><p>Instead, players are tested in how well they navigate different vehicle types and terrain: the four-by-fours are top heavy, but the snow buggies are prone to drifting around tight corners. DiRT 3 is at its best when players are barreling through the Michigan muck or knifing along the Col de Turini in the middle of the night, learning and improvising as they go.</p><p>Career mode is awkwardly punctuated by “gymkhana” events: a freestyle spectacle in which drivers are awarded points based on the grace and control of their drifts, spins, and donuts. There’s little in the way of tutorial or direction, and these events come off as clumsy and haphazard as a result — an annoying barrier that stands in the way of DiRT 3’s stronger suite.</p><p>Frustratingly, the version of DiRT 3 on the Mac App Store doesn’t include any online multiplayer options. While basic races are available in split-screen multiplayer, you’ll need to be connected through LAN for access to the “Invasion,” “Outbreak,” and “Transporter” modes. For online racing, you’ll need to get the Steam version.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> Gymkhana notwithstanding, DiRT 3 is deft and accomplished.</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><a href="" target="_blank">DiRT 3 Complete Edition</a></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"> Codemasters/Feral Interactive </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"> $29.99 </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 10.9.5 or later, 2GHz processor, 4GB RAM, 256MB VRAM, 15GB hard drive 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>Approachable racing. Distinct vehicles and terrain.</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>Gymkhana modes feel out of place. Mac App Store version lacks online multiplayer.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Reviews DiRT 3 racing rally Mac Games Thu, 21 May 2015 17:20:58 +0000 Joseph Leray 21646 at Deals: Choose Your Own Apple Toy Giveaway <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/pickappletoy.png" /></a></p><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</strong></p><p>Imagine you step into the Apple store with a wallet full of cash. Anything in the store can be yours. That's the experience you could have if you win the Pick Your Own Apple Toy Giveaway. Head over to our <a href="" target="_blank">Deals tab</a> and get in on the action.</p><p>What Apple device is missing from your collection? What's the missing link keeping you from being fully engulfed in the Apple ecosystem? You can pick up the missing pieces if you win the Pick Your Own Apple Toy Giveaway. If you win, you'll have the chance to take your pick at whatever Apple toy you want. Strap your wrist with the new apple Watch, put an iPad in your pocket, equip your entertainment system with an Apple TV—you can take your pick and pick out the toy of your choice.</p><p>The Pick Your Own Apple Toy Giveaway puts $700 in your pocket to use on your favorite Apple device. All you have to do is head to our Deals tab, sign up, and hit the <a href="" target="_blank">Enter Now</a> button. It's an offer you won't want to miss out on, so <a href="" target="_blank">get in on the giveaway</a> while you can!</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, 21 May 2015 17:00:00 +0000 MacLife Staff 21644 at Apple Daily: iOS 9 and OS X Rumor; Apple Watch Demand; Apple Expanding <!--paging_filter--><p>In today's Apple Daily, a respected analyst claims that the demand for Apple Watch is already dwindling, Apple reportedly plans to expand its "San Francisco" font to iOS and OS X, and the company is attempting to grab more office space in Silicon Valley even as construction on its "spaceship" campus chugs along.</p><h3><span style="font-size: 1.17em;">Apple May Bring 'San Francisco' Font to iOS and OS X</span></h3><p>Like the Apple Watch's "San Francisco" font? If not, you'd probably better learn to like it, as insider sources who reportedly spoke with <a href="" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a> claim that the new typeface is probably coming to iOS 9 and OS X 10.11. Apple currently uses the similar, slim Helvetica Neue, which has been around since the launch of iOS 7 and OS X Yosemite.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/05/macbookkeyboard.jpg" width="620" height="282" /></p><p>Apple developed the San Francisco font specifically for legibility, as Helvetica Neue poses problems once it's shrunk down to a display as small as the Apple Watch's. San Francisco is supposed to retain its legibility regardless of the how big or small it is, but 9to5 Mac claims that some Apple developers aren't too fond of the font, as it allegedly doesn't look as appealing on non-Retina screens.</p><p>There's an aura of truth about the report, as Apple has already revealed hints of this shift when it designed the new 12-inch MacBook with a San Francisco keyboard. Even so, the sources also reportedly claim that we might not even see the shift this year, and, indeed, that Apple might abandon its plans for such a massive shift all together.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Apple Attempting to Expand Office Space into San Jose</h3><p>You'd think that all that room in the new "spaceship" campus enough, but a new report from the Silicon Valley Business Journal (via <a href="" target="_blank">Cult of Mac</a>) claims that Apple is attempting to grab more office space in nearby San Jose. The Cupertino company reportedly isn't having an easy time of it, however, as it's facing competition from Tesla Motors, which is attempting to secure more office space from the same area.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/05/spaceship.jpg" /></p><p>The leasing battle is reportedly centered on a 300,000-square-foot building on Orchard Parkway owned by Ellis Partners and the Coleman Highline development near Mineta San Jose International Airport. The latter development alone could bring more than 1.5 million square feet of office space for Apple's needs.</p><p>Apple, having taken over the vast majority of office space in Cupertino, has already had to expand into offices in nearby Santa Clara and Sunnyvale over the last few years.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Apple Watch Demand Slowing Down, Analyst Says</h3><p>KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back with another letter to his investors, and this time the respected analyst claims that the demand for the Apple Watch is already slowing down. Many current estimates peg the Apple Watch as selling around 20 to 30 million units in the 2015 fiscal year, but Kuo claims (via&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors</a>) that actual number might end up being as low as 15 million. For the third quarter alone, Kuo chopped his shipping estimates for the third quarter by 20 to 30 percent.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/05/applewatchface.jpg" /></p><p>Kuo is known for basing a lot of his reports on insider sources, but this latest letter was based on a survey from KGI Securities. Even so, the survey produced some fascinating results. The larger 42mm models seem to represent over 80 percent of the devices ordered, for instance.</p><p>"We have learned that 42mm Apple Watch accounts for 60-70 percent of production. However, the shipping times of 38mm models are generally earlier than those of 42mm," Kuo says in the letter. "We believe this is because demand for 38mm watches is significantly below that of 42mm ones. We estimate that 42mm models account for over 80 percent of sales. Assuming that 42mm and 38mm watches are mainly purchased by men and women respectively, the Apple Watch has attracted mostly men."</p><p>Kuo sees potential for the new device, but believes that sales are currently hampered by the absence of must-have apps, worse-than-desired battery life, and the device's reliance on connection to the iPhone for many features.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News Apple Watch iOS 8 Mac OS X San Francisco font Thu, 21 May 2015 00:55:20 +0000 Leif Johnson 21643 at How to Do More in Safari for iOS with Extensions <!--paging_filter--><p>A long-standing complaint about iOS is the tight degree of control Apple exercises over what apps are able to do. Those restrictions have been relaxed in iOS 8 to allow apps to extend the system’s capabilities in defined ways. This means you aren’t reliant on Apple adding support for a particular social network to be able to share something directly to it, and kludgy workarounds such as special bookmarklets that send a web page to an online service are no longer necessary.</p><p>Extensions enable photo-editing apps to make filters and tools available within the Camera and Photos apps. Information from apps can be displayed in widgets in Notification Center’s Today panel, and acted upon from there. New keyboards enable entirely new input methods to be used, which can make life easier when typing into forms, for example. But it’s the aforementioned ability to share a page to new places and perform new actions upon it, such as translating it between languages, that is particularly relevant in Safari.</p><p>Let’s take a look now at where to find apps that add extensions, and find out how to activate, manage, and remove them.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>How to Find Extensions</h3><p><strong>1. Finding Extensions</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/05/howtoextensions-find1.png" width="620" height="430" /></p><p>There’s no Extensions category in the App Store because apps of all kinds include them, but Apple showcases good examples <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. If you have a recent version of something there, you also have its extension, but you may not like an extension forcing its way onto the sheet that appears when you tap a Share button, so turning it on is up to you.</p><p><strong>2. Extensions for Sharing</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/05/howtoextensions-find2.png" width="620" height="439" /></p><p>Apple’s curated selection is organized by the types of extension. Scroll each row horizontally to see highlights, and tap See All, towards the right of any row, for more. The bottom two groups contain Share and Action extensions — look here to add support for social networks and online services not accommodated by iOS itself.</p><p><strong>3. Install an Extension</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/05/howtoextensions-find3.png" width="620" height="414" /></p><p>Pocket is a bookmarking service similar to Safari’s built-in Reading List but with some organizational features that Apple’s offering lacks. Download it now. That’s all that’s required to get an app’s extension on your iPhone. Using this one requires an additional step, besides turning it on: open its app and follow the prompts to sign up for the free online service.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><hr /><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>How to Manage and Use Extensions</h3><p><strong>1. See What’s Available</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/05/howtoextensions-manage1.png" width="620" height="450" /></p><p>After signing in through the Pocket app, visit a page in Safari and tap the Share button in the bottom toolbar. In the Action sheet, Share extensions appear in the middle row. They might send the page to an app or an online service, or post a link to it on a social network. Tap the More button at the far right of the row for a list of all available Share extensions on your phone.</p><p><strong>2. Turn on and Arrange</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/05/howtoextensions-manage2.png" width="620" height="440" /></p><p>Switch Pocket on to make its extension appear in the Action sheet. Tap and hold on the right-most icon in each line (the one with three lines), then drag up or down to change the order of enabled extensions in the Action sheet, saving you having to swipe to reach favorites. (As of iOS 8.0.2, this setting seems to be forgotten when your device is restarted.) Tap Done.</p><p><strong>3. Try it Out</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/05/howtoextensions-manage3.png" width="620" height="440" /></p><p>Now tap Pocket’s icon in the middle row of the Action sheet to save the current page to your account. On the right-hand side of the confirmation that appears in the middle of the screen, tap the tag to assign keywords — helpful if you save lots, and on different subjects. Open the Pocket app and it’ll download the page you bookmarked so it can be viewed while offline.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>How to Disable and Remove Extensions</h3><p><strong>1. Disable Extensions</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/05/howtoextensions-disable1.png" width="620" height="441" /></p><p>If you decide to try out, say, a rival to an online service, because it promises additional features, you can temporarily disable the extension for your existing service without removing it altogether. With the alternative app installed, go back to the Action sheet and tap More. Switch off the old extension, and enable the alternative you want to evaluate.</p><p><strong>2. Disable Keyboards</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/05/howtoextensions-disable2.png" width="620" height="412" /></p><p>Keyboards can be hidden from the list that appears when the smiley face/globe key is held down. Go to Settings &gt; General &gt; Keyboards, tap Keyboards at the top of that page, swipe right to left on the one to disable, then tap Delete. (Don’t worry, this won’t delete that keyboard from your iPad or iPhone.) Tap Add New Keyboard... on the same page to re-enable it.</p><p><strong>3. Remove Extensions</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/05/howtoextensions-disable3.png" width="620" height="430" /></p><p>Extensions are properly removed from your iPad only when you remove the app they came with. Tap and hold on the app’s Home screen icon, then tap the cross that appears at its top left corner. If you later reinstall the app, iOS remembers whether its extensions — including keyboards — were turned on.</p> extensions Safari Tips tricks iPad iPhone iPod How-Tos Wed, 20 May 2015 23:07:45 +0000 Alan Stonebridge 21642 at