Mac|Life - All Articles en Morning Report: Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Upgrade, Dubai's Big Apple Store <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/xp_win7_win8_on_mavericks_620px.png" alt="Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>If you have a need to run Windows on your Mac, today's Morning Report has all the details on a major new upgrade to one of the best solutions for doing just that, along with rumors of the world's largest Apple retail store, and new updates to Cupertino's pro video applications thrown in for good measure. Read on to find out more!</p><h3>Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Upgrade Ready for OS X Yosemite</h3><p>OS X Yosemite may not be out until late October, but the folks at Parallels are getting a jump on Apple's next desktop operating system with an upgrade of their own today. Now up to 50 percent faster with a Yosemite-style makeover, <a href="" target="_blank">Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac</a> promises to deliver OS X 10.10 features including iCloud Drive, iMessage, and SMS text sharing to Mac users running Windows on the same system. The update also delivers big improvements to Spotlight and Quick Look when viewing files in virtual machines.<br /><br />The virtualization software is also laser focused on performance with version 10, thanks to real-time virtual disk optimization. Snapshots are now up to 60 percent faster, Windows documents can be opened 48 percent faster, and Office 2013 launches up to 50 percent faster, all while extending battery life on MacBooks by up to 30 percent. It's also easier than ever to get started, with one-click configuration for a variety of usage scenarios, and the ability to drag and drop an installer to create a new VM.<br /><br />Last but not least, Windows VMs gain Mac-like Save to and Share services, support for three-button mice, the option to display Windows 8's Start screen as Launchpad, unread email indicator for Windows Outlook, and the ability to insert special characters from the Edit menu.<br /><br />The full version of Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac will be available next Tuesday for $79.99, while the $49.99 upgrade edition is <a href="" target="_blank">now available for download</a>; a Student edition will also be available for $39.99.</p><h3>Dubai May Soon Have World's Largest Apple Retail Store</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">EDGAR Daily reported Tuesday</a> that Apple is planning a new retail store located at Dubai's Mall of the Emirates, and it may just be Cupertino's "biggest store in the world." The location will mark the first flagship store in the Middle East, and Dubai is certainly well-known for its Texas-sized ambitions. According to an unnamed source, Apple is eyeing space currently occupied by a large cinema complex, with an opening planned in the first quarter of next year. Local media has already picked up on the fact that Apple is apparently hiring 13 positions for the retail outlet, including "business managers, store leaders, inventory specialists, technical leads and even iTunes interns."</p><h3>Apple Fixes Blu-ray Issues with Mac Pro Video Updates</h3><p>Apple released fresh updates to <a href="" target="_blank">Final Cut Pro X</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Compressor 4</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Motion 5</a> on Tuesday, with all three Mac pro video solutions addressing a reliability issue when burning a Blu-ray disc or creating a disk image of the same format. Available from the Mac App Store's Updates tab, Final Cut Pro X 10.1.3 also makes sure that color corrections pasted between clips are retained during Share, retains effects applied to clips in the Browser for prior versions, correctly imports XML files that include gap clips during a round trip, and improves reliability of automatic library backups and skimming growing files in the Browser.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> News Apple Retail Stores Dubai Final Cut Pro X mac app store Morning Report OS X Yosemite Parallels Desktop 10 windows Mac Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:53:07 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20503 at Alleged Leaked Photos Show Front and Back Panels of 'iPhone 6' Together <!--paging_filter--><p>We've seen countless mockups of the upcoming 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" over the last few months, but only now are we starting to see what appear to be completed casings of the actual device. The latest "leak" comes from <a href="" target="_blank">Feld &amp; Volk</a>, a luxury iPhone accessory maker, and it apparently grants us an idea of what the front and back casings of the device will look like together for the first time.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/08/iphone6assembled.jpg" width="620" height="290" /></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Feld &amp; Volk</a> shared a couple more images with <a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors </a>after the original posting on <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a>. Judging by the company's calculations after placing the display under a microscope, the screen of the upcoming smartphone will boast a resolution of 960x1704. That's a big jump from the iPhone 5s's resolution of 640x1135, but the dimensions themselves suggest that Apple may simply expect developers to scale up their apps for the display.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/08/iphone6assembled4.jpg" width="620" height="104" /></p><p>Apple is believed to be announcing the new iPhones at a media event on September 9, and the increasingly numerous leaked parts stories suggest that the company's on track to meet the date. Most of the alleged leaks so far have been for the smaller rumored 4.7-inch iPhone, which implies that the 5.5-inch model may still be a few months off. (If, that is, we see it at all.)</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/08/phone6assembled3.jpg" width="620" height="86" /></p><p>While there's no confirmation from Apple itself, of course, the usual anonymous "sources associated with the production line" tend to report the launch date should fall on September 19 (although some have claimed <a href="" target="_blank">September 25</a>).</p><p><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', lucida, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;">For more iPhone 6 info, take a look at our expanded list of news and rumors&nbsp;</span><a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #0099cc; text-decoration: none; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', lucida, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;" href="" target="_self">here</a><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', lucida, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;">.</span></p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News 4.7-inch back panel Feld & Volk front panel iphone iphone 6 leaks Rumors Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:59:44 +0000 Leif Johnson 20502 at AAPL Stock Closes at $100.53, Just Short of All-Time High <!--paging_filter--><p>It's a good time to have Apple stock. After a couple of years of occasionally precipitous declines, the Cupertino giant's stock is at last back to the dizzying levels we last saw back in 2012. Even better, the stock closed today at $100.53, which almost marks an all-time high for the iPhone maker (adjusted after the<a href="" target="_blank"> recent stock split</a>).</p><p>The rumors surrounding Apple's fall lineup have much to do with the long climb to the top, and RBC and Morgan Stanley spread the flames further after releasing reports today that touted its rumored upcoming products.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u334114/2014/08/aapl.jpg" width="567" height="507" /></p><p>Looks like billionaire investor Carl Icahn was right, after all. Last year <a href="" target="_blank">he claimed</a> Apple's stock was vastly undervalued, and he snatched up around $4.4 billion in shares while the stock was at some of its lowest levels. Today he<a href="" target="_blank"> took to Twitter </a>calling AAPL stock a "no brainer," and claiming that "anyone who invested at that time would be up 53 percent (including dividends)."</p><p>The last time the stock was this high, Apple was on the eve on releasing the iPhone 5 on September 19, 2012 and shares had reached a split-adjusted record of $100.72. The stock plummeted not long after in the wake of fears that the Cupertino company had run out of good ideas after Steve Jobs' passing.</p><p>Now, however, Apple once again seems unstoppable. Its continued success depends on the strength of its upcoming product lineup, however, which is rumored to include two new iPhones with larger displays and the long-rumored "iWatch" (which may not appear until 2015).</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News AAPL apple Business Carl Icahn shares Stocks Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:53:09 +0000 Leif Johnson 20501 at How to Master iOS Pages <!--paging_filter--><p>It wasn't that long ago that the only viable option for word processing was on desktop or laptop computer. But writing apps have made great strides on tablets in recent years — with the release of iOS 7, Pages even got a thorough makeover and is available to new-device owners for free (along with the other iWord apps). Pages for iOS is a powerful portable publishing tool, but it does have a bit of a learning curve. Fortunately, this guide is here to get you up to speed on everything you need to know.</p><p>Using Pages on an iPad is a much more pleasant experience than on an iPhone because of the screen size, and creating documents on your iPad is straightforward, largely thanks to the templates provided and the effective use of touch controls.</p><p>Start by choosing one of the 63 available templates, and then customize it until it fits the bill precisely. Don’t like the headline typeface? Change it. Size and color? You can change those, too. Images can be replaced with photos from your Photos app, and there are dozens of shapes available for you to add to documents. We particularly like the image masking feature, which lets you choose which parts of an image to display or hide.</p><p>The range of style options for objects is huge, and text formatting options are also diverse. When you’re done creating, your work can be sent wirelessly to an AirPrint-compatible printer, saved to iCloud, or shared using email.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Learn the Basics</h3><p><strong>1. Undo/Redo</strong></p><p><strong><img src="/files/u332541/2014/08/pages_further1.png" width="620" height="327" /></strong></p><p>If you delete something by mistake, or if you’ve mistyped something, you’ll want to be able to roll back your changes. There’s an Undo button at the top-left corner. Tap and hold it to reveal the Redo option. On an iPhone, you can simply shake the device to bring up the Undo option.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>2. Adjust Margins</strong></p><p><strong><img src="/files/u332541/2014/08/pages_further2.png" width="620" height="333" /></strong></p><p>Tap the wrench icon and choose Document Setup. The view changes to a vertical page preview that shows the page’s margins. Adjust these by tapping and dragging the arrows. Alter the paper size by tapping Change Paper Size at the bottom of the screen.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>3. Image Watermarks</strong></p><p><strong><img src="/files/u332541/2014/08/pages_further3.png" width="620" height="300" /></strong></p><p>To turn an image into a watermark, add the image, then resize it to fit where you want the watermark to appear. Tap the Paintbrush icon, choose the Style tab, and then choose Style Options &gt; Effects. Drag the opacity slider to the left. Options to add a shadow or reflection are also found here.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>4. Create Tab Stops</strong></p><p><strong><img src="/files/u332541/2014/08/pages_further4_0.png" width="620" height="326" /></strong></p><p>Bring up the ruler by tapping on some text. Select the text you want to adjust, and then tap on the ruler to insert tab stops. Double-tap a tab stop to change its type: a diamond indicates center-aligned, a triangle pointing left is right-aligned, while a circle is decimal-aligned.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>5. Headers and Footers</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/08/pages_further5_0.png" /></p><p>With your document open, tap the wrench icon and then choose Document Setup. At the top and bottom of the page you can type a header and a footer in the boxes. The text you type is added to the Section Master, so the header and footer appears on every page.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>6. Page Numbers</strong></p><p><strong><img src="/files/u332541/2014/08/pages_further6.png" width="620" height="276" /></strong></p><p>To add page numbers, follow the same route as for headers and footers, but when you tap on either the header or footer box, select Page Numbers from the pop-up menu that appears until you start typing. Select a presentation style from the menu, and then tap Done at the top left.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>7. Tidy Up</strong></p><p><strong><img src="/files/u332541/2014/08/pages_further7.png" width="620" height="317" /></strong></p><p>Tap Documents at the top left to see your files. Tap Edit and then tap all but one of the documents you want to put in a folder. Tap and drag one of the selection and the other items will follow it. Drop the selection onto the remaining, unselected document to put them all in a new folder.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>8. Find Text</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/08/pages_further8.png" width="620" height="298" /></p><p>While viewing a document, tap the wrench and choose Find to reveal a search bar. In it, enter the text you want to find. Instances of that text are highlighted, and the arrows at the right step through them. Tap the cog on the left to find and replace text, and for stricter matching options.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>9. Import Attachments</strong></p><p><strong><img src="/files/u332541/2014/08/pages_further9.png" width="620" height="367" /></strong></p><p>You don’t have to use iTunes on your Mac to get existing documents into Pages on your iPad. You can send Pages or Word documents as an attachment to an email. On receipt, tap and hold the attachment’s icon in the email and select Open in Pages from the options that appear.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Make Pages Within Pages</h3><p><strong>1. Getting a New Page</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/08/pages_pages1.png" width="620" height="373" /></p><p>Sometimes, Pages’ minimalist interface can be irritating. Here’s a case in point: you could spend a long time trying to work out how to get the app to start a fresh new page in a multi-page document, when the command to do this is hidden in plain sight behind an icon. With the keyboard showing, simply tap the + button at its top-right corner to reveal the options you need for inserting line breaks, column breaks and the all-important page breaks, as well as footnotes and comments.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>2. Adjust Page Margins</strong></p><p><strong><img src="/files/u332541/2014/08/pages_pages2.png" width="620" height="283" /></strong></p><p>To adjust the size of your document, you can manipulate the page margins by using the ruler. To show the ruler, tap the wrench icon at the top of the screen and enable Settings &gt; Ruler. To align your text, set the tab stops along the ruler to align text on the left, right, center or decimal point. Tap on the ruler to place an insertion point, or hold and drag a tab stop icon until it’s in the correct position. You can insert as many tab stops as you want. To hide the ruler and the keyboard, tap the bottom-right key.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Edit Text Like a Pro</h3><p><strong>1. Selecting Text</strong></p><p><strong><img src="/files/u332541/2014/08/pages_edit1.png" /></strong></p><p>It’s not obvious how to select text in Pages. You can double-tap to select a word, or triple-tap to select an entire paragraph at once. To select all the text, either tap and hold, then choose Select All from the menu that pops up, or use Command + A on a paired Bluetooth keyboard. To adjust the selection, tap one of the blue handles to grab it, and then drag your finger forwards or backwards through the document.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>2. Using Spellcheck</strong></p><p><strong><img src="/files/u332541/2014/08/pages_edit2.png" /></strong></p><p>Suspected misspellings are shown with a dotted red underline. To correct them, double-tap on the mistake, then tap Replace and pick the correct word from the suggestions. If there’s only one available suggestion, you’re shown this as soon as you tap on a word, and you can tap to accept it. This menu also tells you if the spellchecker is totally stumped and has no replacement word available.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>3. Undoing Text Errors</strong></p><p><strong><img src="/files/u332541/2014/08/pages_edit3.png" width="620" height="247" /></strong></p><p>Sometimes you move an image accidentally or make a mistake while you’re typing. This is easily fixed in the iPhone version of Pages by simply shaking your phone and then selecting either Undo or Redo, as appropriate. If this doesn’t work, make sure you’ve tapped Done or finished your current task and then try shaking your phone again. On the iPad, tap the bottom-left key to reveal an Undo key.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Make Documents More Interesting</h3><p><strong>1. Anchoring Images</strong></p><p><strong><img src="/files/u332541/2014/08/pages_interesting1.png" width="620" height="451" /></strong></p><p>Images and shapes can be anchored so they move with the text – this is usually referred to as an inline image – or made to float above the text, with the option of wrapping text around the graphic. Tap the + at the top of the screen to insert an image, and then tap the Paintbrush icon at the top of the screen. Tap Arrange &gt; Wrap, and choose your anchor and wrap options. Icons help to describe their effects.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>2. Cropping Pictures</strong></p><p><strong><img src="/files/u332541/2014/08/pages_interesting2_0.png" /></strong></p><p>If the picture you want to use is the wrong shape for your page’s layout, you can use the Edit Mask command under the Image tab in the Paintbrush menu. This lets you crop images, as well as zooming and panning the picture inside the mask. It’s a bit like moving a huge poster around outside a window, except you can alter the size of the window, and the size of the poster as well.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>3. Skim Long Documents</strong></p><p><strong><img src="/files/u332541/2014/08/pages_interesting3.png" width="620" height="372" /></strong></p><p>Even with flick gestures, it could take you a long time to scroll through a big document. Thankfully, Apple has thought about this: tap and hold for a split second at the right of the screen, and up pops the navigator. Slide your finger slowly up and down the screen, and you will see thumbnails of your document’s pages to the left of your fingertip. Lift your finger to jump to the displayed page.</p> Editing iOS 7 Pages Tips tricks Tutorial word processing iPad iPhone iPod How-Tos Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:55:41 +0000 Christian Hall 20500 at Review: Dead Island <!--paging_filter--><p>Techland started development on Dead Island in 2005, but the zombie-themed first-person action-RPG hybrid didn’t shamble onto shelves until 2011. Three years later, publisher Deep Silver has finally deigned to grace the App Store with a Mac port, but it’s no surprise that the game’s design, writing, and structure feel a bit dated almost a decade into things.</p><p>As the name suggests, Dead Island is a zombie action game set on a sprawling tropical isle called Banoi. Players split their time between a beach resort, a small city, and a research lab, but each area has an open world sensibility that allows players to explore freely and seamlessly. Banoi shows hints of being a responsive, dynamic world — if you don’t help other survivors right away, they may die before you can reach them, for example — but it’s mostly a collection of similar-looking beaches and pool bars, peppered with characters that range from stereotypical to predictable.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/08/deadisland1.png" width="620" height="349" /></p><p>Enemy survival increases with difficulty level, but Banoi’s zombie denizens also respawn constantly, making it impossible to clear out oft-traveled zones permanently. This design flub is exacerbated by a constant need to backtrack. While these mechanics are a staple of the role-playing genre, here they combine tediously, and few of the quests are interesting enough to support them.&nbsp;</p><p>Dead Island’s enemy scaling affects its role-playing game mechanics, too. Because every enemy gets stronger alongside you, it never feels like you’re actually getting stronger, just keeping up. This takes some of the fun out of gaining new skills and weapons. Dead Island shines brightest during combat, however. Players have access to a variety of attacks and weapon types, and the game places a particular emphasis on keen aiming. It’s a fun and engaging system, even if hit points aren’t all that balanced.</p><p>From there, zombies can be poisoned, run over in a truck, set on fire, or kicked into deep water. A nice mix of enemy types, a diverse arsenal, and useful terrain give rise to interesting situations, and Dead Island’s combat stays fresh for most of its remarkably long running time. A co-op mode only makes Dead Island’s hacking and slashing better.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> The mix of role-playing game mechanics and first-person combat doesn’t always work, but its B-movie setting and flexible combat keep things lively, even if the zombies aren’t.</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>Dead Island</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"> Deep Silver </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"> $21.99 </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>OS 10.8 and newer, Intel Core i5 2.7GHz, 8GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M 512MB</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>Combat is tense and varied, with a broad set of interesting, unpredictable interactions. Exploration and online multiplayer are seamless.</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>Respawning enemies, fetch quests, backtracking, and mission structure make Dead Island feel tedious at times. Role-playing elements are tacked on and don’t play to the game’s strengths.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Reviews Adventure Dead Island FPS Horror Zombies Mac Games Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:35:00 +0000 Joseph Leray 20499 at Deals: Save on Batteries and Online Training Before these Offers End <!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-weight: bold;">[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</span></p><p>There's never a shortage of awesome offers available in our Deals tab. But, they're only around for so long. 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Both events made today's Morning Report, along with video evidence of that reversible USB connector that's been making the rounds lately...</p><h3>iPhone 6 Modem Rumored for Faster LTE-Advanced Support</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">G for Games today reported</a> that the forthcoming iPhone 6 could wind up featuring a faster Qualcomm MDM9625 modem, a curious rumor considering that particular technology dates back to 2012.<br /><br />On the plus side, the modem offers improved LTE networking with support for speeds up to 150Mbps, assuming the network in question can handle it. But competitors such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3 already use modems capable of double that bandwidth, thanks to support for LTE Category 6.<br /><br />Either way, the MDM9625 modem will produce speeds exceeding what the current iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 are capable of — both devices utilize the Qualcomm MDM9615, so it would seem either way, iPhone 6 buyers may be getting a speed boost.</p><h3>21 More Artists Added to London iTunes Festival Lineup</h3><p>September is fast approaching, and that means Apple's next <a href="" target="_blank">iTunes Festival</a> at the historic Roundhouse in London will light up the stage with a full roster of musical acts beamed around the globe to iOS devices, iTunes, and Apple TVs everywhere. With less than two weeks to go, Apple has started fleshing out this year's lineup, today adding 21 new artists.<br /><br />Joining performers Beck, Pharrell Williams, Robert Plant, Blondie, Chrissie Hynde, and Sam Smith who were announced last month are rocker Lenny Kravitz, Paolo Nutini, Ryan Adams, The Script, Foxes, and David Gray — and there are still 10 more "to be announced" spots in the lineup, so we can look forward to a few more surprises before things kick off on September 1.</p><h3>Lightning Cable with Reversible USB Connector Caught on Video</h3><p>Count us among those who were skeptical when rumors first surfaced of Apple's intentions to release a Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector, allowing the cable to be plugged into a computer with little regard for which way is up or down. <a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors reported Monday</a> that the cable appears to be not only real, but it's already been documented in action on video.<br /><br />In a brief 10-second video posted by famed leaker Sonny Dickson, the improved Lightning cable is shown being plugged into a laptop, then flipped over and plugged in again. An Apple patent published last month outlined just such a technological achievement, and given the product appears to already be in the hands of at least one person, the natural assumption is that we'll see an official release in the weeks ahead, presumably alongside the launch of iPhone 6, which is rumored to be only three weeks away.<br /><br /><iframe src="//" width="620" height="465" frameborder="0"></iframe><br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> News Apple Inc. iphone 6 iTunes Festival lightning caable lightning to usb LTE-Advanced Morning Report Qualcomm september iPhone Mac Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:35:44 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20496 at Beats Headphones Now Available for 10% Off at Apple's Online and Retail Stores <!--paging_filter--><p>Now that Apple has finally acquired Beats Electronics and<a href="" target="_blank"> all the hurdles</a> have been cleared, Apple users are finally starting to experience the benefits. If you've been wanting to get your hands on Dr. Dre's pricey headphones but have been scared off by the price, for instance, take heart — you can now save 10 percent when you purchase a pair.</p><p>That's not much, of course. With that kind of discount, a $299.95 pair of <a href=";fs=f%3Dbeats-onear-overear%26fh%3D40a1%252B3230%252B30d5%252B30d6" target="_blank">Beats Studio headphones</a> will cost you "only" $269.95. And according to an unnamed source who spoke with <a href="" target="_blank"><em>9to5Mac</em></a>, the promotion is only expected to last until Saturday, August 23. On the bright side, you can take advantage of the offer both at Apple retail stores and via its online store.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/08/beatsheadphones.jpg" width="620" height="368" /></p><p>The sale reportedly covers over-ear headphones, over-ear headphones, and speakers, but you'll still have to pay full price for an items like the <a href=";fs=f%3Dcables-sleeves%26fh%3D4329%252B29fc%252B2ab7" target="_blank">"Beats Pill Dude"</a> speaker covers.</p><p>The move marks one of Apple's first steps toward making the brand more affordable; before this, Apple added a slightly more affordable $99/year subscription plan for Beats Music. Apple has been giving the brand special attention as of late, although most of its efforts have centered on comparatively small actions such as granting Beats <a href="" target="_blank">its own section</a> in the Apple Online Store and including Beats Music in the <a href="" target="_blank">"Made By Apple"</a> list of apps.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News apple Beats Beats Electronics Deals Dr. Dre Headphones Studio Headphones Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:35:44 +0000 Leif Johnson 20495 at Flappy Bird Creator to Release New Game 'Swing Copters' on Thursday <!--paging_filter--><p>Flappy Bird was one of the great iOS game sensations of last winter; until, that is, creator Dong Nyguen pulled the plug out of fears that the simple game was too addictive. (It was also pulling in more than<a href="" target="_blank"> $50,000 a day</a>.) But now Nguyen has a new game called Swing Copters on the way, and it'll hit the App Store on Thursday.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>TouchArcade</em> </a>managed to snag an exclusive preview of the game, which resembles a roughly vertical Flappy Bird. Players again tap the screen repeatedly, this time navigating a sprite upward while avoiding platforms with swinging hammers. As before, you earn points based on how many platforms you pass.</p><p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p>Nugyen here seems to be attempting to recreate his first hit's frustrating gameplay. Eli Hodapp, <em>TouchArcade</em>'s editor-in-chief, never scores more than five points during his playthrough in the video, partially thanks to the tendency of the main sprite to wobble wildly back and forth as it makes its way up the tower.</p><p>As with Flappy Bird, Swing Copters will be a free download when it hits the App Store's virtual shelves this Thursday, August 21, but this time players will have the chance to remove the ads that earned Nguyen so much money earlier this year via a $0.99 in-app purchase.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News Apps Dong Nguyen flappy bird games iOS 7 iphone Swing Copters Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:37:03 +0000 Leif Johnson 20494 at New App Recap: August 18, 2014 <!--paging_filter--> Gallery News Album of the Day AppLife Apps Columns educational Flight Tonight flights Flowboard Education Hanx Writer iOS Mopholio Board Music Peel Smart Remote productivity Remote Control SnapDare social Vlur iPad iPhone iPod Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:40:55 +0000 J.R. 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