iOS 9 And OS X El Capitan Are Now Available To All As Public Betas

ios9 As announced at WWDC last month, Apple is making a beta of its newly updated mobile operating system, iOS 9, available to the general public for testing starting today, alongside the beta version of OS X El Capitan, its updated desktop OS. The iOS 9 beta build will allow early adopters to try out upcoming features, including new apps like News and a refreshed Notes, transit directions in… Read More

Apple beefs up its beats in GarageBand update

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Apple Music isn’t the only new music software coming straight out of Cupertino Tuesday. Apple just released an updated version of its music creation software GarageBand

The update adds a suite of new mixing tools and sound effects to the desktop app. The update is focused on adding more sounds and effects to accommodate wider variety of music styles, particularly electronic dance music and hip hop

The app’s Drummer feature, for example, has 10 new EDM and hip hop-themed beats (you can listen to some of them here). Previously, the Drummer feature, which is meant to simulate a studio drummer, focused on rock sounds with acoustic drum kits. Artists who wanted to create electronic or hip hop beats had to use third-party plugins or spend a lot of time crafting their own beats from scratch Read more…

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Now that password managers are vulnerable, is anything secure?

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It hasn’t been a good week for password managers or operating system keychains

First, LastPass revealed on Monday that it detected suspicious activity on its network. Although there’s no evidence that any encrypted user data or accounts were accessed, LastPass email addresses and password reminders were compromised.

Then on Wednesday, six security researchers released a paper revealing flaws in OS X and iOS, which open the systems up to some particularly nasty malware. The malware could be used to bypass sandbox security protections, and grab passwords from other apps, including Apple’s built-in OS X Keychain. Read more…

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Apple OS X El Capitan preview: Better Spaces, transit maps and more

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The differences between Apple OS X Yosemite and El Capitan are so subtle that it often feels like one of those puzzles where you have to spot 11 differences between two photos. Considering Yosemite was a lauded OS overhaul, this isn’t a bad thing, but the best way to sum up Apple’s OS update is this: If you like Yosemite, you’ll like El Capitan, too.

Yes, there are differences. The mountain in Yosemite’s background is on the right, and in El Capitan the peak is on the left. That may be the most visual difference. Beyond that are a collection of useful feature and system updates, most of which I found to be smart and useful additions to an already excellent OS. Read more…

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Chrome Should Soon Be Easier On Your Mac’s Battery

chrome Whatever the relative merits of the various browser options, there’s one big advantage that Apple’s homegrown Safari has over most of the competition – using it as your browser can have a significant positive impact in terms of battery life on portable Macs. Now, Google is hoping to close that gap with upcoming changes to Chrome. Chrome already got a new feature that can… Read More

Tweetbot 2.0 Secures Its Reputation As The Best Twitter Client For Mac

tweetbot2 Third-party Twitter client Tweetbot, from two-man development studio Tapbots, has long been the unofficial default option for iOS and Mac users who weren’t satisfied with first-party clients, dating back to the days prior to Twitter’s decision to clamp down on clients not of their own making. The Mac version launched in 2012, but its look and feel hasn’t changed to match… Read More

The Moscone Center’s WWDC makeover has begun

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SAN FRANCISCO — We still have a few days to wait before Apple’s World Wide Developer kicks off but the company is already hard at work preparing the city’s Moscone Center for the event.

Workers suspended on scaffolding outside of Moscone West were hard at work Wednesday applying the Apple logo to the exterior or the building. WWDC’s signature multicolored banners will likely follow.

Apple is expected to give us our first look at iOS 9 and the next version of OS X during Monday’s event. Developers are also likely to hear updates on the recently launched Apple Watch, Apple TV, HomeKit and other platforms Read more…

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What’s this Safari favicon fix about?

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In the recent slew of updates brought by OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, which included a new Photos app and more than 300 new emoji, one tiny but very important fix is easily overlooked: Safari no longer saves website favicon URLs while in Private Browsing mode

Until now, even if you were browsing privately in Safari — which should leave absolutely no traces of your browsing history — Safari kept records of all the favicons from the sites you visited

The favicon is the tiny icon that sometimes appears in front of an URL field in your web browser, and it’s mostly a cosmetic feature. However, knowing which site it came from is very often the same as knowing which sites you were browsing, rendering the entire private browsing session very vulnerable to someone who knows where to look Read more…

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The latest Mac mini is low-priced, but doesn’t skimp on power

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Desktop computers aren’t dead. Plenty of people use those anchored computers day in and day out, and for good reason: They’re more powerful and less expensive than their mobile counterparts.  

The Mac mini has been Apple’s on-again off-again de facto low-budget desktop, but recently it hasn’t received the love many have hoped for. Then for the holiday season Apple upgraded the processor, chipset, hard drive, and everything else. That includes the price. The Mac mini now starts at $499. Full stop.

There are only a handful of very low-end PCs less expensive than the Mac mini with current components. It’s $400 less than the newest MacBook Air. If you’re a school looking to buy new computers, a parent interested in growing an already existing Mac family, or just interested in starting up iOS/OS X development, there is nothing lighter on your wallet. Read more…

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Hands on with Apple’s new Photos app for OS X Yosemite

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Apple released a developer preview of its new Photos app for OS X Yosemite on Thursday. The app is part of the new OS X 10.10.3 beta now available to members of Apple’s Developer Program.

First previewed at WWDC 2014, Photos is a replacement for both iPhoto and Aperture.

Photos works in conjunction with iCloud Photo Library to help keep all your photos on all of your Apple devices accessible, manageable and in-sync.

We’ve had a day or so to play with Photos, and although it is definitely still in beta, the app has been promising so far Read more…

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