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This week's refurbs, specifically in the MacBook Air range, are really a matter of horse trading. Bigger screen or faster flash-storage? Newer model versus nearly the same older, bigger model with only a tiny bump on the price tag? It's all a matter of what you need versus what you want. Also this week: the 2013 Mac Pro!
Wednesday wasn't a shining moment in the history of Apple software updates, as a rogue iOS 8.0.1 patch intended to fix a few smaller issues wound up causing big problems for iPhone 6 owners. A fix is on the way, but in the meantime Apple has detailed instructions on how to get those devices working again, and today's Morning Report also has details on a new AppleSeed test and bulletproof screen protectors for the latest iPhones. It's all just a click away!
If you've ever found the concept of in-app browsers a little sketchy, iOS developer Craig Hockenberry (perhaps best known for working on Twitterific) claims you have a right to be worried. In a blog post today, Hockenberry demonstrated how it's possible for the developer of an in-app browser to record what you're typing on the screen, even if you're behind the supposed safety of secure login.
Have you ever wanted to become an unstoppable cyborg ninja and slice through everything in your path? Well, if that’s the case, you’re in luck, because the flashy, stylish, unstoppable-cyborg-ninja game Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance will be making its way to Mac tomorrow courtesy of publisher TransGaming.
Yesterday we passed along a rumor that iOS 8.0.1 would be released soon to patch up a number of bugs, and, sure enough, Apple released it this morning. But the word from multiple sources is that the patch is a buggy mess than causes more problems than it solves, and Apple actually pulled the patch from its download servers not long ago. On the bright side, the update reportedly fixed the issues with HealthKit, so that's something, right?
[Advertorial] Back in June during the annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced something that sounded like music to the mobile developers' ears: A brand new, simplified programming language called Swift. If you've been itching to learn how to code for mobile, there's never been a better time, because Swift and iOS 8 are finally here. Order a course on the new language in our Deals tab today and get a bonus course for iOS 7. Find out more after the jump.
If you happen to be reading MacLife.com this morning from your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, we hope you are being careful not to bend your new smartphone by placing it in your pocket. But Wednesday's Morning Report has other things on its mind, including rumors of a new Photos web app, the latest versions of Adobe Elements, and a new Apple print ad you won't have to worry about bending.
The iPhone 6 Plus is impressively thin — but is it perhaps too thin? Since the device landed on shelves last week, several users have reported that the device has already started bending in their pockets. Lewis Hilsenteger of YouTube's Unbox Therapy set out to find what kind of stress it takes for Apple's newest device to warp, and he published the results in a video that runs just short of five minutes.
iOS 8 has had an impressive first week, but it hasn't been without bugs. Reports this morning revealed an impressive adoption rate for the new mobile operating system (even though it lags behind IOS 7's), but so many of those first-week users are finding numerous flaws in the platform. Much as with the release of iOS 7, however, Apple is wasting little time setting out to repair them. In fact, an update aimed at most of the issues is allegedly already in the works.
Cross-processing was originally a technique used in traditional dingy darkrooms, and involved developing print film using chemicals designed for use with slide film or vice versa. The results of the technique could sometimes be a bit hit-and-miss, but when it worked, boy, it really worked. Now you can get the same results using Adobe Photoshop Elements, which gives you the ability to tweak individual color channels to replicate almost any cross-processing chemical combination you might desire — without the mess!
Recent revelations about government snooping and security holes in software mean the safety of files and personal information is high on the agenda right now. For most, the chances of keeping government-level secret data on your Mac is slim. However, there’s still a lot of information and data to protect. Step forward Hider 2, which offers a secure and simple way to protect your files and folders.
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Judging from Apple's own App Store data, an awful lot of folks have upgraded to iOS 8 in the first five days! We've got all the details on that number, along with a look at the latest pair of Fallon/Timerlake iPhone 6 commercials, and news of an Adobe-Aviary mashup that looks promising for mobile shutterbugs. Don't delay, click to read more!
Oh, Beats — we hardly knew ya. For a while there it looked as though Apple would use the Beats streaming music service as its own entity, preferring to keep its own brand attached to iTunes Radio. But that's no longer the case (if it ever was), according to a new report. Indeed, only a couple of months after acquiring the service in May, Apple is reportedly getting ready to shut it down.