Mac|Life - All Articles http://www.maclife.com/articles/all/feed en Google Steps Out of Shadows in Latest Apple v. Samsung Patent Suit http://www.maclife.com/article/news/google_steps_out_shadows_latest_apple_v_samsung_patent_suit <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/samsung_android_peeking_620px.png" alt="Samsung Android peeking" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>The latest courtroom battle between Apple and Samsung took an interesting turn this week as an attorney for Android maker Google finally took the stand to confirm the search giant is lending its biggest OEM a helping hand.<br /><br /><a href="http://recode.net/2014/04/22/google-agreed-to-pick-up-at-least-some-of-samsungs-legal-defense-in-apple-case/" target="_blank">Re/code reported Tuesday</a> that Samsung may not be entirely on the hook if the Korean manufacturer should lose its latest courtroom tussle with Apple, thanks to Google picking up at least some of the liability.<br /><br />According to testimony from Google lawyer James Maccoun, the Android maker "agreed to provide partial or full indemnity" for Samsung and even take over defending four patents which Apple claims were effectively stolen. Two of those patents were tossed out prior to trial, while the remaining '414 and '959 patents cover background synchronization and universal search.<br /><br />Samsung and Google declined to comment more specifically on exactly what legal tab the latter might pick up, but Apple is seeking as much as $2 billion in damages against the Korean smartphone giant for the latest infringement claims.<br /><br />Curiously, some of the features being targeted by Apple were actually created by Google, but patent laws allow companies to go after the product that uses such infringing code — and as the report noted, Samsung financially benefits from the Android platform, while Google essentially gives it away.<br /><br />Samsung also appears to have been caught in a bald-faced lie: After claiming in September 2012 the company was not "seeking indemnification from any party," Apple presented Google and Samsung emails dated between May and December, which clearly indicated the search giant was willing to help finance Samsung's legal defense.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="http://twitter.com/JRBTempe" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a><br /><br />(Images courtesy of AndroidGuys.com and Gadgets.NDTV.com)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/google_steps_out_shadows_latest_apple_v_samsung_patent_suit#comments News Apple Inc. apple patents Apple v. Samsung courtroom drama Google iPad iPhone lawyers patent infringement Patents Samsung testimony Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:59:55 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 19806 at http://www.maclife.com Overnight Recap: BlueLounge Jimi, Mr. Reader 3.1, AT&T Plans Hulu Rival http://www.maclife.com/article/news/overnight_recap_bluelounge_jimi_mr_reader_31_att_plans_hulu_rival <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/bl_jimi_av_1_620px.png" alt="BlueLounge Jimi" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>Tuesday delivered a bevy of Apple updates as well as OS X Mavericks beta access for non-developers, but the real story might be the Susquehanna Financial Group analyst who is predicting that Cupertino may eventually kiss the iPod as we know it goodbye and roll its functionality into the fabled iWatch — a prognostication that makes a lot of sense when you think about it. But you won't have to twist your mind to find out what else went down yesterday, because we've got it all right here...</p><h3>BlueLounge Debuts Jimi USB Port Extension for iMac</h3><p>An iMac is one of the best personal computers you could ever own, but it does have one nagging downside for frequent accessory users: No front-facing USB port. The folks at BlueLounge have remedied this oversight by creating <a href="http://www.bluelounge.com/products/jimi/" target="_blank">Jimi</a>, a j-shaped extender that plugs into an available USB port on the back of any slim unibody iMac model released from November 2012 or later and makes the port available from the front as shown above. It's one of those ideas so deviously simple, you have to wonder why no one thought of it before. Jimi is now available for $14.95 from the BlueLounge website and various resellers.</p><h3>Mr. Reader 3.1 Adds Feedja, Mark All as Read Support</h3><p><a href="http://mrreaderblog.curioustimes.de/post/83500610785/mrreader-v31-available-on-the-app-store" target="_blank">Developer Oliver Fuerniss released</a> a big update to the popular iPad-only RSS app <a href="http://www.curioustimes.de/mrreader/history/" target="_blank">Mr. Reader</a> on Tuesday, adding an additional sync service with Feedja. Version 3.1 also changes the behavior of the "Mark All as Read" setting, which now automatically opens the next folder or feed with unread items, rather than hopping back to the menu each time to do so. The RSS reader is now capable of writing and executing scripts written in Javascript, creating reminders and sharing articles to both Microsoft OneNote or Sina Weibo. The update is free for existing customers or $3.99 as a new purchase, now available from the App Store.</p><h3>AT&amp;T Announces Plans to Create $500M Hulu Rival</h3><p>After failing to make a bid for Hulu several months ago, <a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-chernin-group-and-att-create-new-venture-to-acquire-invest-in-and-launch-online-video-businesses-2014-04-22" target="_blank">AT&amp;T and The Chernin Group announced Tuesday</a> a $500 million investment to "acquire, invest in and launch over-the-top (OTT) video services" — in other words, one or more services intended to compete directly with Hulu and its rivals. The press release specifically mentions investments in "advertising and subscription VOD channels as well as streaming services," which pretty much covers all the bases. The Chernin Group already has a foothold in that space as majority owners of the subscription-based Crunchyroll service, so it will be interesting to see where this joint venture takes both companies.</p><h3>WinZip Mac 3 Adds Dropbox, Google Drive Support</h3><p>On the Windows platform, PC users swear by WinZip, a veteran solution for compressing or opening files. On the Mac, however, WinZip is a relative newbie, having debuted on the Mac App Store in early 2013. The company is working quickly to become the go-to solution for Apple users with <a href="http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/-1901178.htm" target="_blank">this week's release of WinZip Mac 3</a>, which adds cloud file sharing to its bag of tricks. Available for Dropbox or Google Drive, a new Cloud Picker feature allows WinZip Mac 3 users to access, rename, delete or zip/unzip files and folders stored on the cloud without having to leave the application, as well as quickly share links via email. With support for Zip, Zipx, RAR, LHA, 7Z, JAR and WAR formats, WinZip Mac 3 also features an updated UI with new shortcuts.The new version is available for $29.99 from the Mac App Store, and the company also offers official WinZip apps for iOS as well.</p><h3>Dish Reportedly Launching Internet TV Service This Summer</h3><p>The dream of a true internet television service may finally come to pass this year. <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-22/dish-said-to-target-summer-debut-for-internet-tv-service.html" target="_blank">Bloomberg reported Tuesday</a> that Dish Network is eyeing a late summer launch for an internet-based TV service that skips the cable or satellite subscription and allows customers to pay $20 to $30 per month to watch on their smartphones or tablets. Dish is said to already have the support of Disney-owned properties and is talking with A&amp;E, Turner and CBS to shore up content from at least two of the four broadcast networks and "at least 10 of the highest-rated cable networks," a stipulation apparently made by the larger content providers.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="http://twitter.com/JRBTempe" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/overnight_recap_bluelounge_jimi_mr_reader_31_att_plans_hulu_rival#comments News App Store AT&T Bluelounge dish network Hulu iMac iPad iPhone iPod Jimi Mac mac app store Mr. Reader overnight recap RSS readers WinZip Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:28:37 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 19805 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Opens OS X Betas to General Users for Free with New Seed Program http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_opens_os_x_betas_general_users_free_new_seed_program <!--paging_filter--><p>For all of Apple's strengths, it's usually not a company that's associated with letting us do things for free. Judging from last year's news about OS X Mavericks and the followup news about the iWork suite, that may be changing. Indeed, as <a href="http://www.loopinsight.com/2014/04/22/apple-opens-os-x-betas-to-the-public/" target="_blank"><em>The Loop</em> </a>reports, Apple is apparently even introducing an beta program for OS X that'll let non-developers see the builds for&nbsp;Apple's signature desktop operating system before they're released to the public.</p><p>Up until recently, discovering what waited in store in the next iteration of OS X required a developer account costing $99 per year. Now, however, average users can apply to join the OS X Beta&nbsp;Seed Program, which will let you download pre-release versions of OS X via the Updates panel in the Mac App Store.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/04/applebeta.jpg" width="620" height="338" /></p><p>The only catch is that you'll have to sign a confidentiality agreement, which prevents you from sharing, publishing, or disseminating information about the beta to anyone who's not enrolled in the program. You'll then be asked to download a backup for your Mac and then download a Beta Access Utility App that ensures that the Mac App Store will list the newest beta updates.</p><p>All you need to sign up is your Apple ID, which you enter on the new <a href="https://appleseed.apple.com/sp/betaprogram" target="_blank">"Appleseed" web site</a>. Keep in mind, though, that betas are usually unstable by definition, and running them brings a real risk of causing problems you wouldn't have otherwise experienced on your Mac.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">&nbsp;Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_opens_os_x_betas_general_users_free_new_seed_program#comments News apple beta Mac Mavericks OS X Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:44:31 +0000 Leif Johnson 19804 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Takes Thinly Veiled Jab at Samsung in New Environmentally Focused Ads http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_takes_thinly_veiled_jab_samsung_new_environmentally_focused_ads <!--paging_filter--><p>It's been a while since we've seen Apple employ the same competitive snark that we see in advertising from its rivals, but the Cupertino company today played a rare hand in the form of a full-page ad lightly poking fun at its ongoing legal battle with Samsung. The ads chiefly appear overseas (for now), and read "There are some things we want every company to copy."</p><p><em><a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/apple-has-another-dig-at-samsung-in-green-ad/" target="_blank"> Cnet </a></em>lists the ads as appearing in British papers such as the <em>Guardian </em>and the <em>Metro</em>, but since then others have been spotted in Australia, Germany and numerous other countries. The ads are meant to highlight Apple's commitment to its green energy programs and <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/video_highlights_environmental_friendliness_apples_spaceship_campus" target="_blank">new sustainable architecture</a>, but with a not-so-subtle nod toward its biggest smartphone competitor. The full text reads as follows:</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/04/better.jpg" width="620" height="460" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/apple-has-another-dig-at-samsung-in-green-ad/" target="_blank">Cnet</a></strong></p><p>"There’s one area where we actually encourage others to imitate us. Because when everyone makes the environment a priority, we all benefits. We’d be more than happy to see every data centre fuelled by 100% renewable energy sources. And we eagerly await the day when every product is made without the harmful toxins we have removed from ours.</p><p>Of course we know we can continue to do better. We’ve set some pretty ambitious goals for reducing our impact on climate change, making our products with greener materials and conserving our planet’s limited resources. So the next time we come across a great idea that can help leave the world better than we found it, we look forward to sharing."</p><p>The ads were designed to complement Apple's new "Better" campaign that was launched yesterday in preparation for today's celebration of Earth Day.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">&nbsp;Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_takes_thinly_veiled_jab_samsung_new_environmentally_focused_ads#comments News ads Advertising apple Earth Day green energy Samsung Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:17:12 +0000 Leif Johnson 19803 at http://www.maclife.com Deals: Keep a Digital Copy of Your Favorite Films with Blu-Ray Ripper http://www.maclife.com/article/news/deals_keep_digital_copy_your_favorite_films_bluray_ripper <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/watch-your-favorite-movies-on-the-go-or-at-home-w-blu-ray-ripper" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/bluray_ripper.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></a></p><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. 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Together with <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/microsoft_word_ipad_review">Word</a> and <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/microsoft_excel_ipad_review">Excel</a>, PowerPoint for iPad makes up Microsoft’s newly mobilized Office trilogy. This trio of apps features a touchscreen user interface often slicker than their desktop equivalents, but more importantly, documents can be opened and edited with complete confidence that they’ll look exactly as they do on Mac or PC.</p><p><img src="/files/u338318/2014/04/powerpoint_for_ipad_shapes.png" width="620" height="465" /></p><p>Editing or sharing files from iPad requires a monthly or annual Office 365 subscription—otherwise, PowerPoint is little more than a document viewer. At a minimum of $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year, it’s an expensive proposition, especially for occasional users whose only computer is an iPad. When viewed as a complement to an existing Office 365 subscription, however, PowerPoint for iPad delivers a lot of bang for the buck, with an intuitive, streamlined set of tools for creating or editing presentations on the go. The only real exception is when the app winds up being hamstrung by iOS file management restrictions.</p><p>For example, images from iPad photo albums (including Camera Roll and iCloud) can be imported with ease, but content stored elsewhere is strictly off limits—including OneDrive, which is otherwise the only cloud storage option available for saving files. Microsoft bundles a generous quantity of fonts, shapes, and templates into a 215MB download, but power users will find the lack of clip art, animation, and audio/video playback limiting compared to desktop versions.</p><p>PowerPoint also isn’t nearly as robust as Apple’s Keynote when it comes to playing completed slideshows. While lecturers can scribble notes using a virtual pen or call up a simulated laser pointer, the app lacks any kind of true presenter view, and AirPlay support is frustratingly limited to mirroring only for now.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> PowerPoint for iPad succeeds at making presentations finger friendly, but Keynote blows this app out of the water when it comes to actually showing them.</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="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-powerpoint-for-ipad/id586449534?mt=8" target="_blank">Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad 1.0</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"> Microsoft </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://office.microsoft.com" target="_blank">office.microsoft.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"> Free (subscription required) </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>iPad running iOS 7.0 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>Presentations carry over perfectly from desktop files. Slick, genuine touch UI. Generous selection of fonts and templates. Pen and laser pointer presentation options.</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>Lacks true presenter view. No clip art, animation, or audio/video playback. Poor file management. Requires Office 365 subscription to create or edit documents.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-score"> <div class="field-label"><strong>Score:</strong>&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3.5&nbsp;Good </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/microsoft_powerpoint_ipad_review#comments Gallery Reviews app store reviews AppLife Apps iPad Microsoft PowerPoint presentations Productivity Software Slideshows Software Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:11:03 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 19801 at http://www.maclife.com 1Password 4.5 for iOS Arrives with New Look, Multiple Vaults, AirDrop http://www.maclife.com/article/news/1password_45_ios_arrives_new_look_multiple_vaults_airdrop <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/1password_4.5_for_ios_620px.png" alt="1Password 4.5 for iOS" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>Online security is on the minds of all internet users right now in the wake of Heartbleed, so there's no better time than the present to unleash one of the biggest updates yet for the iOS version of user favorite 1Password.<br /><br /><a href="http://blog.agilebits.com/2014/04/22/1password-4-5-ios-4-3-mac/" target="_blank">AgileBits today announced</a> the release of <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/1password-password-manager/id568903335?mt=8" target="_blank">1Password 4.5 for iOS</a>, a free update for existing customers that delivers a fresh new look to a familiar face along with a bevy of new features.<br /><br />Aside from the newly flattened user interface that now fits in perfectly with iOS 7, 1Password for iOS introduces support for multiple vaults, a feature introduced on the Mac version late last year. Multiple vaults allow users to separate home and work passwords or set up different users entirely and share passwords among them.</p><p><img src="/files/u220903/1password_4.5_for_iphone_side_by_side.png" alt="1Password 4.5 for iPhone" width="620" height="550" /><br /><br />Version 4.5 also allows mobile users to search wherever you need it as well as tag saved items to make them easier to find later. The app is also AirDrop enabled for easy sharing of saved data, adds support for multiple Dropbox accounts, and improves Wi-Fi sync; additionally, both the app and its data are now smaller than ever.<br /><br />Along with 1Password 4.5 for iOS, AgileBits has also released <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/1password-password-manager/id443987910?mt=12" target="_blank">1Password 4.3 for Mac</a>, which allows 1Password mini to search all of your saved data, adds a bevy of new keyboard shortcuts, and Secure Notes viewing. The Mac app also now supports fullscreen mode and is capable of syncing data from a USB drive.<br /><br />Perhaps the best news of all is that both apps are currently on sale through this Friday, April 25 with a 50 percent discount that brings <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/1password-password-manager/id568903335?mt=8" target="_blank">1Password 4.5 for iOS</a> down to $8.99 or <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/1password-password-manager/id443987910?mt=12" target="_blank">1Password 4.3 for Mac</a> for only $24.99, available from either the AgileBits website or Mac App Store.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author,<a href="http://twitter.com/JRBTempe" target="_blank"> J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/1password_45_ios_arrives_new_look_multiple_vaults_airdrop#comments News 1Password 1Password mini AgileBits airdrop App Store Dropbox iPad iPhone iPod Mac mac app store new features Online Security passwords Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:27:11 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 19800 at http://www.maclife.com Overnight Recap: Logitech Protective Cases, A&E on Apple TV, Netflix Price Hike http://www.maclife.com/article/news/overnight_recap_logitech_protective_cases_ae_apple_tv_netflix_price_hike <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/logitech_big_bang_case_falls_620px.png" alt="Logitech Big Bang" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>Happy Earth Day! Apple is celebrating this year's event by now accepting any of the company's older products for recycling at its retail stores, as well as attacking rivals like Samsung with green-focused advertising touting "There are some ideas we want every company to copy." The campaign also extends to Apple's website, which now features a home page squarely focused on the environment, complete with green leaf accents added to the online store.</p><h3>Logitech Debuts Trio of New Cases for iPad Air, iPad mini</h3><p>In the market for a new case to protect your iPad? <a href="http://blog.logitech.com/2014/04/22/with-logitech-protective-cases-the-ipad-adjusts-to-you/" target="_blank">Logitech has you covered with three new solutions</a> that look to be as functional as they are attractive. First up is the Logitech Hinge ($59.99 <a href="http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/hinge-air?crid=1240" target="_blank">iPad Air</a>, $49.99 <a href="http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/hinge-mini?crid=1240" target="_blank">iPad mini</a>), a flexible grey case that features a unique smooth-gliding hinge which allows the iPad to be placed at a variety of "just right" angles and even rotated within a 50-degree angle. Speaking of which, the Logitech Turnaround (also $59.99 <a href="http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/turnaround-air?crid=1240" target="_blank">iPad Air</a>, $49.99 <a href="http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/turnaround-mini?crid=1240" target="_blank">iPad mini</a>) is a black case offering both protection and the ability to rotate the iPad from portrait to landscape with a multi-angle stand offering four positions. Last but not least, Logitech Big Bang (shown above, $99.99 <a href="http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/big-bang-case-ipad-air?crid=1240" target="_blank">iPad Air</a>, $79.99 <a href="http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/big-bang-case-ipad-mini?crid=1240" target="_blank">iPad mini</a>) is a thin, light case available in Super Fluo or Graphite colors made from shock-absorbent materials for maximum protection from drops or tumbles. All three cases are now available for preorder from the Logitech website and are expected to touch down in the U.S. next month.</p><h3>A&amp;E, History, Lifetime Finally Come to Apple TV</h3><p><a href="http://9to5mac.com/2014/04/21/apple-adds-ae-history-channel-and-lifetime-channels-to-apple-tv/" target="_blank">As noted by 9to5Mac on Monday</a>, a trio of basic cable channels have popped up on the Apple TV with the arrival of A&amp;E, History, and Lifetime. That's pretty much the extent of the good news, because a cable subscription is required to unlock all of the available content from the channels, and at the moment those choices are limited to DirecTV, Verizon FiOS, and Cablevision Optimum only. But there's hope for more choices yet to come, since the A&amp;E-owned channels updated their iOS apps last week and included a much larger roster of providers.</p><h3>Here Comes That Netflix Price Hike You've Been Bracing For</h3><p><a href="http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/NFLX/3109176389x0x745654/fb5aaae0-b991-4e76-863c-3b859c8dece8/Q114%20Earnings%20Letter%204.21.14%20final.pdf" target="_blank">Netflix announced quarterly results on Monday</a> (PDF link), and tucked away inside good news like the addition of four million new members was the decidedly bummer news that the streaming giant will soon be raising prices. The service expects to introduce "a one or two dollar increase" later this quarter, but will limit it to new members for now. "Existing members would stay at current pricing (e.g. $7.99 in the U.S.) for a generous time period," the shareholder letter revealed, which the company claims "will enable us to acquire more content and deliver an even better streaming experience." If you've been on the fence about subscribing, might want to sign up today, folks...</p><h3>Pre-Lion Macs to Lose AIM iChat Logins on June 30</h3><p><a href="http://www.zdnet.com/end-of-the-line-coming-for-apple-ichat-log-ins-to-aim-on-older-macs-7000028595/" target="_blank">ZDNet reported Monday</a> that it will soon be curtains for owners of older Macs who use an AIM account to log into iChat. <a href="http://support.apple.com/kb/TS5224?viewlocale=en_US&amp;locale=en_US" target="_blank">According to an Apple support note</a>, users of older Mac operating systems will need to upgrade to OS X Lion 10.7.2 or later before June 30, 2014 if they want to continue using AIM for logging into iChat. The change appears to have been made "to ensure a secure and reliable experience," but it's likely to create headaches for PowerPC-based Mac users stuck on OS X Leopard 10.5 who are otherwise unable to move to Lion — let alone Mountain Lion 10.8 or even Mavericks 10.9.</p><h3>Screens 3.3 for iOS Shores Up Keyboard Support</h3><p><a href="http://blog.edovia.com/2014/04/21/screens-3-3-is-all-about-keyboards/" target="_blank">Edovia delivered Screens 3.3 for iOS on Monday</a>, an update that's all about how the app interacts with hardware keyboards. "With version 3.3, you no longer need to tap on the Keyboard button to use your Bluetooth keyboard," the company explained in a blog post. "Just start typing and Screens will detect that you are using a physical keyboard!" The update also addresses a bug that could cause an external keyboard to be used in full-screen mode as well as "the usual stability improvements." Screens 3.3 for iOS is now available from the App Store as a free download for existing users.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="http://twitter.com/JRBTempe" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/overnight_recap_logitech_protective_cases_ae_apple_tv_netflix_price_hike#comments News A&E aim App Store Apple TV iChat iPad iPad Air ipad cases iPad Mini iPhone iPod Logitech Mac netflix overnight recap Screens for iOS Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:42:22 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 19799 at http://www.maclife.com Video Highlights the Environmental Friendliness of Apple's 'Spaceship' Campus http://www.maclife.com/article/news/video_highlights_environmental_friendliness_apples_spaceship_campus <!--paging_filter--><p>Remember those days when environmentalists used to jump on Apple all the time for its practices? Those days seem long behind us, indeed, this morning Apple unveiled its "Better" campaign to demonstrate its contributions to making the world a better place — aside, you know, from dependable and intuitive tech. To celebrate the initiative, YouTube's "Unofficially Apple" released a video on YouTube showcasing the environmentally friendly nature of Apple's new campus.</p><p>The video is narrated by Norman Foster, the chief architect behind the project, and he notes that Steve Jobs' love of Stanford University and the Bay Area led to the design. More poignantly, in the words of David Muffly, it's intended to "bring California back to Cupertino." Duffly is actually the project's chief arborist, and as such he's charged with filling the campus with the appropriate flora.</p><p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YBGx57T0IWM" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe>&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>In accordance with previous news we've heard, the video plays up the energy efficiency of the project and its 100 percent reliance on renewable energy resources. Space also plays a major role in the building's design. "Just under 80 percent of the site will be open space, populated by more than 7,000 trees — including more than 6,000 newly planted shade and fruit trees," the video says. "Drought-tolerant plants will be used throughout the landscape to minimize water use."</p><p>The video was originally shown to the Cupertino City Council last October, but this marks the first time that it's been shown to the public. (It's probably a good idea to watch it now in case it's pulled.) Apple expects that the massive "spaceship" campus will be complete sometime in 2016.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">&nbsp;Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/video_highlights_environmental_friendliness_apples_spaceship_campus#comments News apple building campus Cupertino environment spaceship Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:18:05 +0000 Leif Johnson 19798 at http://www.maclife.com Fueling 'iWatch' Rumors, Apple Extends Trademark Coverage to 'Jewelry and Watches' http://www.maclife.com/article/news/fueling_iwatch_rumors_apple_extends_trademark_coverage_jewelry_and_watches <!--paging_filter--><p>In one of the surest signs that the so-called "iWatch" is on its way and not just a rumor, Apple recently attempted to extend its corporate trademark to provide coverage for "Class 14" objects, which include jewelry, clocks, and, yes, watches.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/04/21/apple-trademark-jewelry-watches/" target="_blank"> MacRumors </a></em>discovered the trademark change earlier today, and the Cupertino company's decision to extend the Apple brand name to jewelry almost certainly points to the fabled smartwatch. Trademarks are split into 45 different classes, with the specific definition for Class 14 being listed as dealing in "precious metals, goods in precious metals, and, in general, jewelry, clocks and watches."</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/04/jewelry.jpg" width="620" height="430" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/04/21/apple-trademark-jewelry-watches/" target="_blank">MacRumors</a></strong></p><p>Fascinatingly, though, Apple has already secured similar coverage in the U.K., Mexico, Norway, and Ecuador, but only now has it attempted to obtain it in its home territory. It's also worth noting that the iWatch would be covered under Class 14 as well as Class 9, which covers computers and associated devices.</p><p><a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/04/21/apple-trademark-update-suggests-company-may-enter-jewelry-business-hinting-at-rumored-iwatch" target="_blank"><em>AppleInsider</em></a> notes that the filing shows that Apple's taking little care to hide the registration compared to similar filings in the past, possibly because the rumors are so widespread anyway. Last June, after all, Apple simply filed for ownership of the "iWatch" name. When it sought to register the iPad name in 2006, however,&nbsp;Apple went so far as to call it a British corporation called "IP Application Development Limited," or "IPAD Ltd."</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">&nbsp;Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/fueling_iwatch_rumors_apple_extends_trademark_coverage_jewelry_and_watches#comments News apple iOS 7 iWatch Legal trademarks wearable tech Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:44:16 +0000 Leif Johnson 19797 at http://www.maclife.com