Mac|Life - All Articles http://www.maclife.com/articles/all/feed en Apple Daily: New Apple TV in September; Apple Hunting Offices in San Francisco http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_new_apple_tv_september_apple_hunting_offices_san_francisco <!--paging_filter--><p>If you believe the latest rumor, it appears we might see the next Apple TV as early as September. Also, Apple appears to be making its first big push for office space in San Francisco. But what is it for?</p><h3>New Apple TV Rumored to Appear in September</h3><p>Another day, another rumor that the next generation of Apple TV is just a few months away. The latest comes from <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/johnpaczkowski/apple-will-debut-new-apple-tv-in-september#.xo3P786GX" target="_blank">BuzzFeed</a>'s John Paczkowski, whose sources claim that Apple will reveal the new set-top box in September at the same event where it's expected to reveal the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.</p><p>Most of the information we've heard about the device appear to be correct — namely, that it'll include an A8 processor, a "drastically improved" remote, as well as other goodies such as Siri support, its own App Store, and additional storage. In line with Apple's design tendencies as of late, it'll be slimmer as well.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/07/apple-tv_1.jpg" width="620" height="426" /></p><p>Alas, Apple apparently won't be releasing its long-awaited streaming TV service at the same time. For that, we'll likely have to wait until next year, although the report allows the possibility that we could still see it around the end of 2015. The service is currently thought to cost around $30 to $40 per month, and it'll likely launch with around 25 channels.</p><p>The new Apple TV has been projected to make a possible appearance at almost every major Apple presentation over the last two years, but so far we've had no luck. Apple's last major update for its increasingly popular diminutive entertainment device happened back in 2012.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Apple Reportedly Seeking Office Space in San Francisco</h3><p>Apple is often associated with the San Francisco area, although its main offices in Cupertino are actually around an hour away. But now, according to a new report from <em><a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/blog/real-estate/2015/07/apple-dives-into-soma-for-first-big-s-f-aapl.html?ana=twt" target="_blank">The San Francisco Business Times</a></em>, the Cupertino company is preparing to move into the Golden Gate city for the first time.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/07/cbs_0.jpg" width="620" height="412" /></p><p><strong>Photo:&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/blog/real-estate/2015/07/apple-dives-into-soma-for-first-big-s-f-aapl.html?ana=twt" target="_blank">San Francisco Business Times</a></em></strong></p><p>The space itself contains around 7,600 square feet up for subleasing from CBS Interactive on 235 Second Street. According to estimates, it could hold anywhere from 400 to 500 employees. That's nothing, of course, compared to what you'll find in the 2.8 million-square foot "spaceship" campus Apple is building for itself in Cupertino, but the company has also been caught fishing for additional space in San Jose as well, where a 300,000-square foot office building was up for leasing grabs.</p><p>Apple, naturally, declined to comment on the matter, and there's no clue as to what the company will do with the space if it decides to take the lease. The best guess for the space might be a new home for Beats Music, which will end its lease at its current location in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood in 2017. With so many exciting things happening with Beats One and Apple Music, this could be a good opportunity to bring related operations into a higher profile neighborhood.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="https://twitter.com/leifjohnson" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_new_apple_tv_september_apple_hunting_offices_san_francisco#comments News Apple TV CBS Interactive offices real estate Rumors San Francisco speculation Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:58:10 +0000 Leif Johnson 21895 at http://www.maclife.com The Best New iOS Games: Angry Birds 2, Race the Sun, Operation Dracula, and More! http://www.maclife.com/article/games/best-new-ios-games-angry-birds-2-race-sun-operation-dracula-and-more <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/best-new-ios-games-angry-birds-2-race-sun-operation-dracula-and-more#comments Gallery Angry Birds 2 App App Store AppLife Apps Columns Domino Drop Fruit Attacks Gallery iOS iPad iPod Mind the Arrow new releases Operation Dracula Race the Sun Red Game Without a Great Name Scrappy Cat Shibuya Grandmaster World of Warriors: Quest iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:40:31 +0000 Giancarlo Saldana 21894 at http://www.maclife.com How to Lock Your Mac using OS X Yosemite http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/how-lock-your-mac-using-os-x-yosemite <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/how-lock-your-mac-using-os-x-yosemite#comments OS X password Security yosemite Mac How-Tos Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:06:38 +0000 Chris Hoffman 21893 at http://www.maclife.com SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive Review http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/sandisk-connect-wireless-flash-drive-review <!--paging_filter--><p>This USB drive enables you to access the files on it either by plugging it into a computer like any other USB drive, or by connecting to it over Wi-Fi (using its own Wi-Fi capabilities — no network required) from an iOS device or from a computer using a web browser. It costs a bit more than a standard USB drive, but it’s hugely useful.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/07/sandiskconnect-620.jpg" width="620" height="473" /></p><p>Just press the button on top to activate Wi-Fi and you can browse what’s stored and even stream HD video from it totally smoothly. Its built-in battery lasted us for 55 minutes of streaming, which admittedly limits you (and it takes a couple of hours to charge from a USB port), but you can choose to download files from the stick to your iOS device through the app, which mitigates this.</p><p>Wireless access from a Mac using the web browser wasn’t always reliable for us, and is very basic, but it works. It’s much better to connect properly over USB, where you’ll get impressively fast transfer speeds with USB 3.0 — we got write speeds of over 400MB/s. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> Great for the travelling business person or anyone who wants more out of a USB stick.</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>SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive</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"> SanDisk </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="http://www.sandisk.com" target="_blank">www.sandisk.com</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"> $49.99 (16GB), $59.99 (32GB), $109.99 (64GB) </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 OS 10.6 or later, or iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 5.0 or later</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>Small and easy to use. Wi-Fi support. Works with multiple operating systems.</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>Web-based Wi-Fi configuration is basic.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/sandisk-connect-wireless-flash-drive-review#comments Reviews accessory Flash Drive hardware SanDisk Connect usb iPad iPhone iPod Mac Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:15:23 +0000 Ez Bardeguez 21892 at http://www.maclife.com Deals: Get Drive Genius 4 and Keep Your Mac Running at its Peak http://www.maclife.com/article/deals/deals_get_drive_genius_4_and_keep_your_mac_running_its_peak <!--paging_filter--><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. 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But it doesn't all have to be misery and three-ring binders. You could manage to swing this time of the year into a compelling case to hook up with a refurb laptop and save yourself some cash you'll need for campus. We'll see what's happening in the MacBook world today, and beat the rush that will surely begin soon.</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/weeks_best_deals_your_mac_and_ios_device_july_30#comments Gallery back to school computer bag Deals external hard drive iskysoft laptop sleeve MacBook macbook air macbook pro Messenger bag pdf editor refurb Refurbished refurbs sales Storage weekly deals wireless mouse Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:59:19 +0000 J Keirn-Swanson 21891 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: Apple Visitor's Center; iPad Sales Fall Again; Third El Capitan Public Beta http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_apple_visitors_center_ipad_sales_fall_again_third_el_capitan_public_beta <!--paging_filter--><p>Want a better look at Apple's "spaceship" campus once it's finished without having to work for Apple? It looks like you'll be able to, thanks to a new visitor's center that's said to be going up on the site. In addition, iPad sales continue to fall (but there's hope they'll jump up again later this year), and Apple released the third public beta for Mac OS El Capitan.</p><h3>Concept Art, Blueprints Emerge for Planned Apple Visitor's Center</h3><p>Apple has been much more open to the public in recent years, and in that spirit, the company is reportedly ready to build a new visitor's center at the upcoming "spaceship campus" that will have a cafe and an observation deck for a better view of the campus itself (via the<em> <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2015/07/29/apple-campus-2-to-feature-visitors-center-with.html" target="_blank">San Jose Business Journal</a></em>).</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/07/ac2-visitor-center-hero-shot-750xx1181-664-0-85.jpg" /></p><p>Visually, the building will be "a super-modern glass-walled structure topped by a carbon-fiber roof with extended eaves, punctuated by large skylights," and it will have a 10,114 square-foot Apple Store as well. The project has apparently been in the works for some time, as the <em>Journal</em> found documents pertaining to the visitor's center that were filed with the city of Cupertino in April.</p><p>There will be 684 parking spaces "below grade" to accomodate the visitor's center, and elevators will take the visitors up to the center itself. The report also notes that Apple's neighbors in a single-family home community won't have to worry about being bothered by all this, as there's a "screen" blocking the view.</p><p>Apple is currently planning to finish construction of the campus as a whole by late 2016.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Report: iPad Sales Continues to Fall</h3><p>Apple may remain the king of the tablets, but its market dominance is on the wane. The numbers for IDC's <a href="http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS25811115" target="_blank">Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker </a>came out today, and they show that the company "only" sold 10.9 million iPads during Q2 of 2015 compared to 13.3 million from the year before. Not bad, but it means that Apple's market share went down from 27.7 to 24.5 percent in year-over-year.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/07/tablettracker.jpg" width="620" height="367" /></p><p>But the numbers also show that the tablet market as a whole is declining, and the chief competition is coming from low-cost alternatives from complanies like Lenovo, Huawei, and LG, all of whom&nbsp;saw growth in&nbsp;the last quarter. (There's also a nebulous "other" category, which accounts for a massive 45.6 percent of the market.) Longtime Apple rival Samsung even saw its share slip to 17 percent after it sold only 7.6 million tablets.</p><p>Recent rumors have suggested that Apple could break this trend if its fall lineup manages to impress. This year, Apple is expected to release its long-rumored (and highly anticipated) 12.9-inch "iPad Pro," in addition to a new iPad Air and an updated iPad Mini with the same specs as the iPad Air 2.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Apple Releases Third Public Beta for Mac OS X El Capitan</h3><p>Apple continues to plunk out of the public betas for Mac OS X El Capitan. Just three weeks after the original public beta for the upcoming operating system went live, the third public beta is already here.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/07/elcapitan_0.jpg" width="620" height="316" /></p><p>This public beta comes just days after Apple seeded the fifth developer beta, and it's currently thought that it contains relatively few surprises — for the most part, it just tidies up previous problems and squashes a few bugs.</p><p>Still, that might mean it's a good time to jump in and try El Capitan, which includes better window control, improved Photos and Notes apps, and improved Spotlight searches. If you've never tried out Apple's beta testing program, you can sign up for it <a href="https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>The operating system itself is expected to launch sometime in the fall.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="https://twitter.com/leifjohnson" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_apple_visitors_center_ipad_sales_fall_again_third_el_capitan_public_beta#comments News Cupertino El Capitan iPad Mac OS X public beta spaceship campus visitor's center Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:23:25 +0000 Leif Johnson 21890 at http://www.maclife.com Robot Factory Review http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/robot-factory-review <!--paging_filter--><p>For all the imagination in kids’ creativity apps, they can feel oddly constrained. Once you’ve built the cookie/doll/car, what’s it for? Just taking a photo seems a sad end to the rollercoaster of creation. That’s where Robot Factory aims to fix things.</p><p>You start with various bot bodies, to which you can attach a selection of limbs, heads, and features. There are few rules: anything can go pretty much anywhere, allowing for creations from the cute to the chilling. You can even customize the sounds your droid makes using the microphone.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/07/robotfactory-620.jpg" width="620" height="465" /></p><p>There’s plenty of diversity, but that’s par for the course in apps like this. The added interest should be in the next step, where you test your new robot in a countryside course with realistic physics. Shrubs catch, rocks roll and slopes slope. The challenge is to see how far you get before your creation runs out of health.</p><p>The course is a welcome addition, but it feels somewhat aimless. Watching even the oddest robots stumble along becomes tedious due to repetitive terrain. The movement controls are almost too simple, trying to direct a variety of legs, wings, and thrusters through simple screen taps. They feel clumsy and confusing. Still, it’s an improvement on just keeping your bots in a digital showcase.&nbsp;</p><p>Robot Factory isn’t for everyone. Younger children may find it daunting and others will quickly tire of the course. For budding quality testers, however, it’s hard to imagine a better sandbox.</p><p><strong>The bottom line. </strong>Offers lots of fuel for the imagination, but the test course tests little aside from patience.</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>Robot Factory</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"> Tinybop </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="http://tinybop.com" target="_blank">tinybop.com</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"> $2.99 </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>iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running&nbsp;iOS 7 or later</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>Lots of cool creative options for building your own virtual robot.</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>Test course is interesting but ultimately disappointing.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/robot-factory-review#comments Reviews App AppLife Apps creativity iOS Robot Factory iPad iPhone iPod Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:11:09 +0000 Matt Thrower 21889 at http://www.maclife.com Deals: Learn a Lifetime of Web Development Skills with OSTraining http://www.maclife.com/article/deals/deals_learn_lifetime_web_development_skills_ostraining <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/os-training-learn-with-a-lifetime-of-hacking-development-training?utm_source=maclife.com&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=os-training-learn-with-a-lifetime-of-hacking-development-training" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/ostraining.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></a></p><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. 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In other news, Apple Music no longer counts against your data if you use T-Mobile, and a new breakthrough from Qualcomm may pave the way for wireless charging for iPhones.</p><h3>Steve Jobs Biopic to Headline NY Film Festival</h3><p>Danny Boyle's <em>Steve Jobs</em> biopic is alrteady getting some healthy recognition ahead of its October 9 wide release date, and this morning the Film Society of Lincoln Center <a href="http://www.filmlinc.org/nyff2015/daily/steve-jobs-set-as-nyff53-centerpiece/" target="_blank">announced</a> that the Aaron Sorkin-penned flick will be the New York Film Festival centerpiece this fall. According to festival director Kent Jones, it's "dramatically concentrated, yet thoughtfully expansive; it's extremely sharp; it's wildly entertaining, and the actors just soar — you can feel their joy as they bite into their material."</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/07/fassbender.jpg" width="620" height="348" /></p><p>The film, which had a bit of a rough start on its way to the big screen, stars Michael Fassbender in the title role, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, in addition to Kate Winslet and Jeff Bridges. Aaron Sorkin's script was based on Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography. As director Boyle said after learning of the honor:</p><p>"Steve Jobs was a thoroughly contradictory and complex character who forged our digital age. He’s the kind of brilliant, flawed character that Shakespeare would have relished writing about, and storytellers of all kinds will be fashioning and re-fashioning the mythology of the digital revolution for generations to come. I hope that festivalgoers enjoy our take."</p><p>The New York Film Festival runs from September 25 through October 11.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Apple Music No Longer Counts Against Data Plan with T-Mobile</h3><p>T-Mobile just gets more and more enticing for Apple users. Today T-Mobile CEO John Legere <a href="http://newsroom.t-mobile.com/media-kits/iphone-offer-music-freedom-amped.htm" target="_blank">announced </a>that the carrier is adding Apple Music to its "Music Freedom" program, which means you'll get to listen to music on Apple's own streaming service without worrying about it eating up your monthly data. Spotify, Google Play Music, and over 30 other services were already available with no data restrictions through the program, and now Apple's service counts as well.</p><p>"Apple Music counts for a full 80 percent of the requests coming in [for Music Freedom] via Twitter," Legere said this morning. "I heard every one of them, so it’s happening right now!"</p><p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/J2_7D6VedHw" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p>And that's not all that's happening for iPhone users. When the so-called iPhone 6s comes out later this year, members of T-Mobile's "Jump" program for frequent upgrades will be able to trade up to the new phone without an increase to their $15 monthly payments. In T-Mobile's own words:</p><p>"When customers are ready to upgrade, they walk into a store, hand over their existing iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and walk out with an upgraded iPhone — nothing out of pocket and no increase in monthly cost."</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Qualcomm Innovation Paves Way for Wireless Charging on iPhone</h3><p>Thanks to a new breakthrough from Apple parts supplier <a href="https://www.qualcomm.com/news/releases/2015/07/28/qualcomm-becomes-first-company-enable-wireless-charging-mobile-devices" target="_blank">Qualcomm </a>(via <a href="http://www.cultofmac.com/378492/breakthrough-could-finally-bring-wireless-charging-to-iphone/">Cult of Mac</a>), it's possible we'll see wireless charging for iPhones in the coming years. Up until now Apple phones haven't had access to the feature owing to the aluminum bodies normally used for iPhones, which rarely play nice with the induction chargers normally included in wireless charging platforms. That's why you normally find it with smartphones with bodies made out of plastic or similar materials.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/07/proxi.png" width="620" height="312" /></p><p><strong>Image: Proxi Wireless Charging Pad</strong></p><p>Qualcomm's solution uses the company's own WiPower technology and is reportedly compliant with the Rezence standard. It uses field magnetic resonance technology, which allows multiple devices such an iPhone and Apple Watch to be charged with the same charging pad.</p><p>Qualcomm just now announced the technology, which means it's almost certainly too late for it to appear alongside the so-called iPhone 6s and 6s Plus expected to appear this fall. The year after? Well, that's another story.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="https://twitter.com/leifjohnson" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_steve_jobs_film_headline_ny_film_festival_apple_music_datafree_tmobile#comments News Apple Music Apps biopic Danny Boyle iphone Michael Fassbender New York Film Festival Qualcomm Steve Jobs T-Mobile wireless charging Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:09:23 +0000 Leif Johnson 21888 at http://www.maclife.com