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  • OS X Yosemite public beta arrives

    24 July 2014, 12:52 pm

    On Thursday, fall came early for hundreds of thousands of Mac users as Apple released its first public beta of OS X Yosemite. The public-beta program, announced during Apple’s annual developer conference in June, is letting regular users download and test…
  • The Week in iOS Apps: Government made easy

    24 July 2014, 11:30 am

    Government made easyA new app promises to help you make up your mind about big issues—and to let Congress know about it. Plus, we have new apps for gaming, making movies, hearing music, and more.ClimendoNate Silver got famous predicting elections by…
  • No way to win

    24 July 2014, 10:30 am

    Rumors have Apple announcing a larger iPhone this fall, which naturally means doom for Apple.Wait, what?“A supersize iPhone is a big risk for Apple” (tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody).Only Apple could be damned if it doesn’t make a larger phone and…
  • Monotony review: Super simple RSS reader for your Mac

    24 July 2014, 8:36 am

    With Google Reader gone, the RSS readers that have popped up in its stead—like Feedly and Digg Reader—have largely strived to be fully featured replacements. Monotony (Mac App Store link) seems to revel in being quite the opposite, as the super simple app…
  • BitPerfect review: Improve your iTunes music sound quality

    24 July 2014, 7:00 am

    In spite of the criticism levied against it, I tend to give iTunes the benefit of the doubt. It’s there, it does a serviceable job of managing and playing my music, it functions as a device hub and it does a good job of it. Tim Murrison’s BitPerfect 2.0.1…
  • Modern Combat 5: Blackout arrives: We go hands-on with this mobile-friendly shooter

    23 July 2014, 5:12 pm

    Gameloft's latest Call of Duty-alike looks and plays about the same, but makes some structural changes -- for better and for worse.
  • Clockwise Podcast: Backdoors, public betas, social networks, and 3D

    23 July 2014, 2:19 pm

    Apple denies it's made a backdoor for spies, one of our panelists brings a 3D TV into his house, the Yosemite public beta arrives, and people seem to dislike their social networks. With guests Philip Michaels and Dan Frakes.
  • The Week in iOS Accessories: Making sweet music

    23 July 2014, 10:30 am

    Making sweet musicThis week's roundup of new iOS accessories includes gear for making music, listening to tunes, and sharing both with your friends.BiteMyAppleThe $60 Desktop Chair v2 isn’t made for your backside, but rather to give your iPad a place to rest…
  • Apple tech note illuminates purported 'backdoor' services

    23 July 2014, 10:15 am

    Just a couple days after a security researcher alleged that iOS contained “backdoor” access to user information, Apple has posted a knowledge base article explaining many of the systems that were under scrutiny.…
  • Blackberry filling

    23 July 2014, 10:00 am

    In this episode we discuss why a partnership between Apple and IBM makes sense, the kind of work an iPad is really suited for (“Lots!” says Tim Cook), the EU Commission and its feelings about in-app purchases, and what 10 bucks buys at a limited unlimited…
  • How to join together audiobook tracks

    23 July 2014, 9:30 am

    Reader Dave T. seeks to lessen some iTunes tedium. He writes:…
  • Want an Apple watch? Just 3D print one

    23 July 2014, 9:15 am

    All right, so it's really just an iPod nano with a 3D printer-produced wristband. But it beats waiting for Apple to set a release date.
  • With Yosemite public beta, Apple's more open than ever

    23 July 2014, 9:03 am

    Just a few years after a big leadership transition, Apple announced not only a brand new operating system but said they would be offering a public beta to interested customers. Sound familiar? The year was 2000 and the OS in question was the very first version…
  • OS X Yosemite public beta: What you need to know

    23 July 2014, 9:01 am

    Back in June, at WWDC, Apple announced the next major version of its OS for Macs, Yosemite (OS X 10.10). Though the official release of Yosemite is slated for “this fall,” the company is breaking from tradition by offering pre-release versions of Yosemite…
  • TrewGrip wants to change how you type on your mobile device

    23 July 2014, 8:35 am

    We first spotted this flipped-around mobile keyboard at CES. Now we've gotten a chance to try out a prototype before the finished version arrives this fall.
  • Dreamweaver CC 2014 review: Web design and development tool gets even more visual

    23 July 2014, 8:00 am

    With the latest version of Dreamweaver, Adobe adds even more visual aids—so many that it might be possible to produce Web content without even looking at the application’s code view. But it’s not FrontPage 98 or PageMill 2.0, by a long shot—Dreamweaver…
  • iDevices Kitchen Thermometer Mini review: Now we're cooking

    23 July 2014, 7:30 am

    It's not exactly Rosie the Robot preparing meals for you, but you'll be able to walk away from the kitchen and get a push notification when the meat is at the perfect temperature. Not too shabby.
  • Snapheal review: Make those background objects in your photos go away

    23 July 2014, 7:00 am

    The art of retouching photos has come a long way since the Soviet used crude cut-and-paste techniques to remove unwanted people from black and white shots in the Fifties. These days, even the most basic photo editing software is capable of performing…
  • Walk this way: 6 pedometer apps for iPhone

    23 July 2014, 6:35 am

    Who needs a Fitbit anyway? Your iPhone can track your steps for you, but not every pedometer app can go the distance.
  • This is Tim: Apple's CEO on iPad sales, China, Beats, IBM, and more

    22 July 2014, 9:30 pm

    A (very lightly) edited transcript of Tim Cook's comments from Apple's Q3 earnings call:Highlights of the June quarter…
  • Five takeaways from the Apple earnings call

    22 July 2014, 8:15 pm

    Apple reported its quarterly numbers on Tuesday, a mixed bag that saw profits rise up but sales fall short of the mark. Here are five takeaways from the earnings call that followed.Apple’s pouring more money into R&D…
  • Profits up, sales soft as Apple reports third-quarter earnings

    22 July 2014, 4:36 pm

    Even as critics complain the company has lost a step, Apple’s profits keep climbing. The company released its fiscal third-quarter earnings report on Tuesday, reporting revenue of $37.4 billion and a net profit of $7.7 billion—a record June quarter for the…
  • Apple gets patent for 3-year-old smartwatch design labeled 'iTime'

    22 July 2014, 2:19 pm

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office served up further evidence on Tuesday that Apple is designing a smartwatch when it awarded the company a patent for a wrist-worn gadget with a touchscreen and ability to communicate with a smartphone.“The invention…
  • Live analysis: Apple Q3 FY14 financial results

    22 July 2014, 2:00 pm

    Macworld's live coverage of Apple's financial results for the third quarter. How many iPads, iPhones, and Macs did the company sell? How healthy were its profits? We'll have all the details right here. To read this article in full or to leave a comment,…
  • Apple responds to troubling allegations of iOS 'backdoor'

    22 July 2014, 1:07 pm

    Information security has never been a more sensitive subject than it is these days, so it’s little surprise that allegations from a security researcher that iOS contains a “backdoor” permitting access to users’ information provoked a strong response…
  • Dating app Wyldfire tries to avoid creeps by letting women take the lead

    22 July 2014, 11:37 am

    Men have to request access or be invited to join
  • The Week in Mac Apps: A canvas for developers

    22 July 2014, 11:30 am

    A canvas for developersThis week’s app roundup brings you an app that can paint with code—and one that can tell you just how sharp you’ll look in that brand new blazer.Dress Assistant 5.1Software de Arte’s $20 Dress Assistant (Mac App Store Link) is…
  • On repeat

    22 July 2014, 10:30 am

    When evidence crops up that runs counter to your assertions, what do you do? Reevaluate your position and think maybe, just maybe, you were coming at it out of emotion rather than based on the evidence?Haha. You are so adorably naïve.No! Of course the thing…
  • Open sesame: How iOS 8 will unlock Touch ID's power

    22 July 2014, 8:00 am

    As iOS 8—and, presumably, new iPhone and iPad hardware—approaches its release day, big changes are on the horizon for Apple’s Touch ID, a technology that has been met with less enthusiasm than it deserves.…
  • Marked 2 review: Preview and improve your online writing on the fly

    22 July 2014, 7:00 am

    Many of us here at Macworld are fans of Markdown, a nifty markup language that lets you write for the Web using plain text and a simple formatting syntax. We also frequently write in HTML. But one of the challenges in writing in these “languages,” if you…

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