Mac|Life - All Articles en The Week's Hottest Apple News Stories, October 24 <!--paging_filter--><p>Well, iOS 8.1 seemed to have gotten off with a less glitchy start than a few other software launches lately, and Apple Pay seems to be making the news. Will you be using your iPhone 6 at the checkout counter? Not if you go to one drug store. Meanwhile, it's beginning to look a lot like October out there, and at least ten apps want to get you ready for the season. &nbsp;</p> Gallery Apple I Apple Pay Apps Bank of America biopic christian bale games halloween apps iOS 8 iOS 8.1 iphone sales Mac Mac sales new games Rite-Aid Steve Jobs steve jobs biopic TestFlight Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:30:00 +0000 J Keirn-Swanson 20840 at iTunes Sales Drop By 13%, Beats Music Rebranding Rumors Persist <!--paging_filter--><p>It's well known that Apple was a little late to the streaming music party, and thus its fantastically expensive acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Electronics makes sense for a company looking to get ahead in the business. It'll need it, too. <a href="" target="_blank">The Wall Street Journal</a> reported today that traditional digital music sales on iTunes have dropped by 13 percent so far this year.</p><p>Thus continues the trend from last year, when Apple's digital sales started declining for the first time as the market moved away from purchased songs and albums and more toward on-demand subscription services like Spotify, Google Play Music, and, of course, Beats Music. The Journal repeated rumors that Apple plans to <a href="" target="_blank">rebrand the service</a> sometime in the near future.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/10/cookbono.jpg" width="620" height="414" /></p><p>"The plummeting download numbers help illustrate why Apple bought the $10-a-month subscription streaming service Beats Music earlier this year, as part of its $3 billion acquisition that included headphone maker Beats Electronics. Apple is rebuilding Beats Music and plans to relaunch it next year as part of iTunes, according to a person familiar with the matter."</p><p>Additional <a href=";attr=all">rumors</a>&nbsp;state that Apple may bring the required subscription down to just $5 per month in order to remain competitive in an increasingly crowded market.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News Beats Beats Music iTunes Music sales streaming Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:24:29 +0000 Leif Johnson 20842 at AT&T Confirms It's Locking Apple's New iPad SIM Card After Activation <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/10/sim.jpg" width="250" height="184" class="graphic-right" />For consumers, at least, the news that the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 would support a SIM card that could freely be switched out among AT&amp;T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and EE in the United Kingdom seemed like a dream come true. Unfortunately, AT&amp;T refuses to play along. Word surfaced at numerous sources today that anyone who connects their new iPad to an AT&amp;T data plan will find their Apple SIM cards locked to the carrier.</p><p>As Apple says <a href=";locale=en_US" target="_blank">on its site</a>, “When you choose AT&amp;T on iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, AT&amp;T dedicates Apple SIM to their network only." That means that if you ever want to switch to another carrier, you'll need to buy another Apple SIM card from an Apple retail store or approved partner. On the bright side, they typically cost only $10 or so.</p><p>It's a low blow, no doubt, but hardly surprising considering how tenaciously the carrier held on to the iPhone during its early years. But at least AT&amp;T customers have the option to switch, even if it's saddled with petty inconveniences — Verizon customers can't use Apple's self-branded SIM card at all.</p><p>If you're worried, no, AT&amp;T's locked SIM card doesn't mean that the iPad itself is locked. (AT&amp;T confirmed this earlier today in a statement to <a href="" target="_blank">Re/code</a>.) When it's time to switch, just pull out AT&amp;T's antisocial card and pop in a new Apple SIM card, and it should work as well as before.</p><p><strong>Photo via<a href="" target="_blank"> MacRumors</a></strong></p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News Apple SIM AT&T iPad ipad air 2 iPad mini 3 SIM Sprint T-Mobile verizon Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:46:07 +0000 Leif Johnson 20841 at Ask: Fixing Bad Screen Resolution <!--paging_filter--><p>If you've got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question, we've got the answer. In this week's Ask, we'll let you know how to restore your Mac monitor when the resolution gets thrown out of whack.</p><h3>Question</h3><p><strong>Suddenly (possibly due to a small child) everything on my Mac is too big for the screen. I have to drag the mouse to the right-hand side of the screen to see the clock, etc. I’ve tried zooming out, and that doesn’t help. All of the text seems distorted. Can you help?</strong></p><h3>Answer</h3><p>The wrong resolution could be set on your Mac for a few different reasons. The main reason is that the actual resolution of your Mac has changed. To check this, navigate to Apple menu &gt; System Preferences &gt; Displays, and check to make sure that the “Resolution” option is set to “Best for display.”&nbsp;</p><p>Usually when the screen contents doesn’t fit to the display, and moving your mouse from side to side only scrolls the screen, then an accessibility setting has been changed. To check this, navigate to Apple menu &gt; System Preferences &gt; Accessibility &gt; Zoom. Once here, ensure that the options for “Use keyboard shortcuts to zoom” is left unchecked, and also make sure that “Use scroll gesture with modifier keys to zoom” is left unchecked. Disabling these options will disable the Mac’s built-in accessibility scrolling.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/ask_zoom.png" width="620" height="416" /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;"><strong>When certain accessibility settings are enabled, the screen will be zoomed in so that you can more easily see certain items up close. Disable these to prevent accidental zooming.</strong></span></p><p>After disabling these features, your display should fix itself and you should no longer have this issue persist on your Mac, since we’ve disabled the options that could accidentally enable this feature in the future.</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> accessibility Ask Columns monitor screen resolution Tips tricks Zoom Mac How-Tos Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:58:32 +0000 Cory Bohon 20839 at Deals: Get ilumi, the Smart Bulb that Lasts 20 Years <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u323895/ilumi.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></p><p>Having the right lighting in a room can change the entire feel of the environment. 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That means you'll pay just $79. It's a great price for an awesome bulb that will last you for 20 years, 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;">After more savings? Grab a lifetime membership to TeslaThemes, an incredible collection of WordPress themes and designs that are guaranteed to bring your website to life in new ways. With new themes added every month, it's an unlimited resource for your web design needs. 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We've only scratched the surface here, so get those gaming fingers ready.</p> Gallery 100 Rogues app deals App Life App Sales App Store Apps Box Cat Boxer for Email Deals Dr. Panda Fantastical 2 frugal life Grand Theft Auto Grand Theft Auto III Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas grand theft auto: vice city Great Big War Great Little War Game GTA Hoopa City notepad+ Pet War Rubicon sales Shades: A Simple Puzzle Game solar walk Tangoe Remote with Up Next Queue Toca toca pet doctor weekly deals World of Goo Zombies Dead in 20 Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:49:21 +0000 J Keirn-Swanson 20838 at Morning Report: Rite Aid vs. Apple Pay, Handoff on Older Macs, Bitcasa Changes <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/rite_aid_store_on_strike_620px.png" alt="Rite Aid on strike" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>Apple Pay has only been available to the public since Monday, and already one retailer has decided to wall off their NFC payment terminals from iPhone 6 users. Our Friday Morning Report has the details, along with Bitcasa's decision to strong-arm unlimited storage customers into more expensive plans, and a glimmer of hope for older Mac owners to get Handoff working. Let's close out the work week with some news!</p><h3>Rite Aid Intentionally Blocks Apple Pay Users</h3><p>Although Rite Aid isn't on Apple's official list of retailers supporting Apple Pay, the drugstore chain uses point-of-sale hardware fully compatible with NFC-equipped smartphones. <a href="" target="_blank">According to MacRumors</a>, customers with iPhone 6 models were able to make contactless purchases at Rite Aid starting with the arrival of iOS 8.1 on Monday, but the retailer quickly closed the door on such purchases by Wednesday.<br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank">As noted by user Josh Hudnall</a> and confirmed by with mid-week purchases at two different Rite Aid stores, Apple Pay transactions appear to go through normally, but the last transaction details show a blank amount. More troubling, the screen on the POS terminal specifically notes "Apple Pay is not supported," despite having successfully worked earlier in the week.<br /><br />According to Hudnall, Rite Aid corporate recently sent stores an email explaining that Apple Pay will not be accepted by the chain, presumably because the retailer supports the competing (and as-yet unreleased) CurrectC system. Coincidentally, whatever Rite Aid did appears to also be affecting Google Wallet users, who are also now blocked from making NFC payments at the register.</p><h3>Bitcasa Forces Infinite Subscribers to Expensive Capped Plans</h3><p>Cloud storage underdog Bitcasa is up to its old tricks again: Only 11 months after switching to tiered pricing and raising the cost of its unlimited "Infinite Drive" storage from $99 to $999 per year, <a href="" target="_blank">the service this week announced</a> that grandfathered users who have continued to pay the lower amount are being kneecapped completely.<br /><br />Bitcasa says the change is being made because the company has spent the last year working on "a new and greatly improved backend storage system, which will make uploading, downloading, and loading your files faster!" As a result, users will have to install new desktop and mobile software that supports the updated system, but which is incompatible with the old one. (Also worth noting: Bitcasa has pulled the trigger on this change without having a new iOS app ready, which they claim is being held up by App Store approval.)<br /><br />Existing grandfathered users are being given until November 15 to upgrade their accounts to one of two plans: 1TB for the same $99 per year, or 10TB for $999 per year (or $99 per month), which effectively replaces the previous unlimited plan. Bitcasa users have lashed out on social networks and the company's support forums, noting that the short cutoff date doesn't allow them time to download terabytes of content, which will be purged should they fail to upgrade to the new plans.</p><h3>Github Tool Said to Enable Handoff on Unsupported Macs</h3><p>The new Continuity features introduced with OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 are pretty fantastic, unless you have a Mac model released earlier than 2012. <a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors reported Thursday</a> there may be hope for such models, thanks to a new Github project called <a href="" target="_blank">Continuity Activation Tool</a>. Created by Dokterdok, the tool performs a compatibility check prior to creating backups of the original system drivers, and then disabling Bluetooth code that effectively blacklists unsupported models.<br /><br />Continuity Activation Tool reportedly works straight away with MacBook Air and Mac mini models from mid-2011 without additional hardware, but older Macs without the necessary Bluetooth 4.0 hardware require installation of new wireless cards, which may scare off average users from attempting such a modification. Full details are available from the Github portal.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p><p><em>(Image courtesy of The Chronicle-Telegram)</em></p> Gallery News angry customers App Store Apple Pay Bitcasa Continuity GitHub Handoff infinite storage iOS 8 Morning Report older Macs Rite Aid iPhone Mac Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:21:15 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20837 at New iOS Games This Week: October 23, 2014 <!--paging_filter--> Gallery App Store AppLife Apps Final Fantasy games iOS Micro Battles new releases NHL 2K Puzzle to the Center of the Earth Republique Retry Rival Stars Basketball Tilt to Live iPad iPhone iPod Games Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:06:06 +0000 Andrew Hayward 20836 at Designer Creates Office Furniture Out of Old Power Mac G5 Units <!--paging_filter--><p>The Apple Power Mac G5 was a head-turner when it first appeared back in 2003. Slick, crafted from sturdy aluminum, and tough, it seemed to embody the term "industrial design." Macs have changed a lot since then, but German designer <a href="" target="_blank">Klaus Geiger </a>(via <a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors</a>) sees no reason why such an iconic design should fade away or be confined to specialty collections. As such, he's "upcycled" several old units for a project and transformed them into contemporary furniture.</p><p>One of his most memorable designs is a bench playfully called "Benchmarc," in which two gutted Power Mac G5s support a handsome block of wood that matched the curves on the handles for the G5 chassis on each end. It looks like it'd be right at home in the waiting room of a Mac app developer's offices.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/10/benches.jpg" width="620" height="465" /></p><p>Geiger showcases several more designs on his site, such as a set of drawers constructed from two G5 frames turned on their sides. As with all of Geiger's designs, the insides have been pulled out, in this case allowing users to pull back the front of the units to reveal storage space inside. If you need to move it, wheels on the bottom allow you to roll it around.</p><p>Additional photos show an entire office suite designed around the old units, including everything from conference tables to bookcases. In lesser hands, even with the undeniable beauty of the G5, such a project might still have ended up looking like some outdated junk stashed in a corner. In Geiger's hands, it looks like the kind of thing any admirer of contemporary furniture would enjoy having in their home or office.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News Art Design Klaus Geiger Mac office furniture Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:31:04 +0000 Leif Johnson 20835 at Apple Releases TestFlight App Beta Testing to the Public <!--paging_filter--><p>An iOS public beta may still be the stuff of legend, but Apple today ensured that developers could get easy widespread feedback for their prerelease iOS apps&nbsp;by extending the amount of people who can test them through&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">TestFlight</a>. Initially showcased at WWDC back in June, TestFlight now allows third-party developers to invite up to 1,000 members of the public to best test their apps ahead of launch.</p><p>That's a big step up from Apple's original description of the service, which limited developers to 100 beta invitations. Indeed, TestFlight is now all about inclusiveness. At the very least, it removes the barrier of required technical expertise from the process and ensures that a wider pool of beta testers have a chance to identify bugs and related problems.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/10/testflightdevices.jpg" width="620" height="367" /></p><p>Even the process of gaining access to beta tests is easier. Obtaining a TestFlight invitation from a developer simply directs users to the official app through iTunes Connect, where they then download and run TestFlight without having to worry about finding their device's UDID or installing provisioning files. They're not even required to check their e-mail for news about recent builds, as notifications in iOS 8 inform them when new builds are ready.</p><p>Those updates may not go out as frequently as some developers wish. One big catch associated with TestFlight is that apps must pass a Beta App Review from Apple, much like the reviews apps must already pass before they're allowed to appear on iTunes. That puts the service at a disadvantage compared to existing testing platforms like Hockey, which suffer from no such setbacks.</p><p>But for developers, it's likely worth the wait. If you're interested, head over to the <a href="" target="_blank">special page</a> Apple's made regarding getting started with the service.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News Apps beta iOS iPad iphone Mac TestFlight testing iPad iPhone iPod Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:24:09 +0000 Leif Johnson 20834 at