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  • Mac mini still hanging around

    Fri 9:20am By Mike Flaminio
    Noting it's been three years this week since the Mac mini received an update, MacRumors has some news from a reader. The question of Mac mini upgrades was sent to CEO Tim Cook and he responded that there is a "plan for the Mac mini to be an important part of…
  • Apple opens new generation Chicago store

    Fri 9:12am By Mike Flaminio
    Apple is opening a major new retail store in Chicago next week and Apple provided a preview. The store is described as a new generation of flagship stores.Intended as a gathering place for the local community, the store will host year-round Today at Apple…
  • New closeup of Apple test vehicle

    Wed 10:44pm By Mike Flaminio
    What is claimed to be an updated driverless kit from Apple hit Twitter.…
  • Adobe Lightroom expands to suite of apps

    Wed 10:35pm By Mike Flaminio
    Adobe announced its popular photo application will be turned into a suite of applications for desktop and mobile. Lightroom CC Classic will the upgraded desktop app. Lightroom CC is encompass three platforms of desktop, mobile, and cloud. Lightroom CC is…
  • Shady world of online mattress reviews

    Wed 10:52am By Mike Flaminio
    Fast Company has an deep dive with a recent lawsuit filed by online mattress seller Casper and review sites.…
  • BBEdit 12

    Mon 9:04am By Mike Flaminio
    Bare Bones Software released a major update to its popular text editor BBEdit. Version 12 brings support for macOS High Sierra, tons of new features/improvements, and fixes. One that jumped out at me is new support for column-delimited text and ways to…
  • Visual history of the iPhone's guts

    Mon 8:51am By Mike Flaminio
    Bloomberg and iFlixit collaborated on a cool site documenting the significant components of all the major new iPhones. The site promises to include minor versions such as the iPhone S and future devices such as the soon-to-be-released iPhone X. Each entry…
  • US Department of Justice touts "responsible encryption"

    Oct 11, 2017, 9:21 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Are Technica:"Warrant-proof encryption defeats the constitutional balance by elevating privacy above public safety," Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a speech at the US Naval Academy today. "Encrypted communications that cannot be intercepted and…
  • Report: Apple strikes deal for Spielberg's Amazing Stories reboot

    Oct 10, 2017, 9:52 pm By Mike Flaminio
    The Steven Spielberg's popular 80's sci-fi/fantasy show is coming back and Apple reportedly snagged the rights to the program.…
  • Two-thirds of Americans own an Apple gadget

    Oct 10, 2017, 9:45 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Via MacRumors, 64-percent of Americans in a CNBC survey indicate they own at least one Apple device. That's kind of crazy, but seems indicative not only the popularity of the iPhone, but also the variety of Apple's consumer electrics.…
  • Twitter may add bookmark feature

    Oct 10, 2017, 9:41 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Fastcompany:Twitter product manager Jesar Shah has announced the company is working on a "save for later" bookmarking feature for tweets so users could mark a tweet that interests them and return to it later to view its contents.…
  • Benchmarks show iPhones technically don't get slower over time

    Oct 9, 2017, 5:22 pm By Mike Flaminio
    An interesting report using benchmarks over time of different iPhones. Our benchmarking data shows that, rather than intentionally degrading the performance of older models, Apple actually does a good job of supporting its older devices with regular updates…
  • Netflix Raising Prices

    Oct 5, 2017, 3:04 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Netflix is raising prices of two of its three streaming plans within the United States. The basic plan will remain $7.99 while the single HD plan gets a $1 bump to $10.99 and $2 for the four screen plan to $13.99.…
  • iOS 11, High Sierra support expected in upcoming Final Cut Pro X update

    Oct 5, 2017, 9:33 am By Mike Flaminio
    9 to 5 Mac reports Apple is prepping an update to its Final Cut Pro X video editor supporting new features in both iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra. While those OS features are available now with recent releases, tools to create media for those features are yet to…
  • Report: Apple and Qualcomm's modem war

    Oct 5, 2017, 9:26 am By Mike Flaminio
    Bloomberg has an in-depth report on the ongoing patent litigation between Apple and Qualcomm. Qualcomm reportedly generates $7.7 billion a year in royalties and Apple supplies $2 billion of that. The center of these fees is the CDMA patent that operates the…
  • Report: Unpatched firmware vulnerabilities persist

    Oct 2, 2017, 5:37 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Security researchers released a report showing small numbers of surveyed Mac users continue to use outdated firmware or EFI. The firmware controls boot sequences of computers and vulnerabilities pose an opportunity to bypass software security measures.…
  • Apple Watch Series 3 thoughts in no particular order

    Sep 28, 2017, 2:43 pm By Mike Flaminio
    With this cycle, I upgraded from the original Apple Watch. The Apple Watch is useful, but to me not a big enough game changer for yearly upgrades. I like the fitness tracking and I use it for calendar alerts. Other notifications are helpful, but I try to avoid…
  • Twelve South's CaddySack aims to tame your dongles

    Sep 28, 2017, 2:23 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Twelve South's CaddySack is based on the company's BookBook line of laptop cases. The small case is designed to round up your power adapter and various Apple white I/O adapters.Where do you keep all of your MacBook Pro adapters? Stuffed in a desk drawer? Maybe…
  • Report: Expected iPhone X delays related to sensor components

    Sep 28, 2017, 2:20 pm By Mike Flaminio
    The Wall Street Journal is reporting the iPhone X supply issues may be exasperated by limited component supplies. The Face ID feature reportedly utilizes two sensor modules for projecting infrared dots and then a module to read those dots.…
  • Comcast announces streaming skinny bundle

    Sep 27, 2017, 12:43 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Comcast announced a new video streaming service called Xfinity Instant TV. The service is geared to compete against other similar services and lure cord cutters back into its billing cycles. The service offers local broadcast channels for $18 per month and…
  • Apple TV appears, then again disappears from Amazon

    Sep 27, 2017, 12:30 pm By Mike Flaminio
    After being banned for about two years, the Apple TV briefly reappeared on Amazon. Amazon pulled the Apple TV, along with Google's Chromecast, saying it wouldn't retail streaming boxes that didn't support the company's Prime Video streaming service.…
  • The research involved in new Portrait Lighting

    Sep 25, 2017, 1:01 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Buzzfeed as an in-depth report on the new Portrait Lighting features in the iPhone 8 Plus and upcoming iPhone X. The feature dynamically applies light profiles to photos to mimic different light conditions. Apple says it's not just filters as there's a lot of…
  • Inside look at iPhone preorders

    Sep 25, 2017, 12:51 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Buzzfeed has a video documenting parts of what's all involved in the preorder and shipping of the iPhone 8. Interesting, they give some info on the pre-order start where Apple has a "war room" to switch on preorders and monitor traffic. There's no video, but a…
  • OmniGraffle, OmniFocus, and OmniPlan see iOS 11 upgrades

    Sep 20, 2017, 5:59 pm By Mike Flaminio
    The OmniGroup has updated three of its major apps for iOS to support new functions in iOS 11. Among other things, updates include support for native Siri commands and drag and drop.OmniFocus, OmniGraffle, and OmniPlan have been fine-tuned and each have big…
  • Evernote adds improved Siri integration with iOS 11

    Sep 20, 2017, 5:53 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Evernote for iOS has been updated to take advantage of some of the new Siri hooks for applications. Similar to Apple's stock apps, third-party apps can now do similar tasks.Awaken Siri on your device (either by holding the Home button or, if you've enabled it,…