Apple Seeds First OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite Beta to Developers
Apple today seeded the first beta of OS X 10.10.4 to developers, just over a week after releasing OS X 10.10.3 with the Photos for OS X app to the public.
The new beta, build 14E7f, can be downloaded from the Mac Developer Center.
It is not yet clear what's new in the 10.10.4 beta, but according to the release notes, the update "improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac." Earlier OS X Yosemite updates, including OS X 10.10.1 and OS X 10.10.2 brought only minor changes to the operating system in the form of bug fixes and performance enhancements. OS X 10.10.4 may serve the same purpose.
OS X 10.10.3, released last week, was the first major update to OS X Yosemite that brought new features, including the Photos for OS X app, a redesigned emoji picker, and new diversified emoji. Related roundup: OS X Yosemite , Tag: OS X 10.10.4
Microsoft will bundle its apps on Cyanogen’s Android OS
"People around the world use Cyanogen's operating system and popular Microsoft services to engage with what matters most to them on their mobile devices," said Kirt McMaster, CEO of Cyanogen Inc. "This exciting partnership with Microsoft will enable us to bring new kinds of integrated services to mobile users in markets around the world." Microsoft says it will "continue to deliver world-class experiences across productivity and communications on Windows, and we're delighted that Cyanogen users will soon be able to take advantage of those same powerful services."
Astropad and FiftyThree Announce SDK Partnership
Indeed, the Pencil eraser, in combination with Astropad, works analogously to the eraser on a Wacom tablet — or a real-world eraser for that matter — just flip to its back end to automatically switch to eraser mode. “The ease with which you can switch between drawing and erasing is my favorite feature of Astropad and Pencil,” Ronge said.
TNW Launchpad: Connecting Startups to Corporates via Real-life Meetups
Normally when people talk about startups and corporates, it’s in opposition: one disrupting the way the other does business, or sweeping in with an outlandish acquisition in order to protect the status quo.
A Founder’s Story: How DogVacay Revolutionized Pet Care
Hey everyone! I’m KC Ifeanyi with Fast Company and we’re live chatting today with Aaron Hirschhorn, CEO and founder of DogVacay, on how his company is revolutionizing the pet care industry. Aaron, thanks for joining us today.
The Science Behind How PepsiCo Gives Customers Exactly The Flavors They Want
On this week's edition of Innovation Undercover, step into PepsiCo's savory Culinary Innovation Center in Valhalla, New York to discover the secrets behind potato chip flavors like Flaming Crispy Chicken and Cheeseburger. These flavors were not dreamed up by some slacker dude with the munchies—they are the result of years of research, development, and, in some cases, failure. Watch the video above to find out what super-calibrated tech is required in order to make 30 perfectly ridged potato slices every second —and much more.
ICYMI: Tinder Jumps In Bed With Instagram
Tinder teams up with Instagram, handwriting makes a comeback, and Sony may release its next flagship smartphone sooner than you’d think. BitStream has all the news and rumors you missed in the last 24 hours.
Apple Watch pre-orders surpassed 2.3 million units, claims new estimate
Kuo, by comparison, is a Taiwan-based analyst with proven supply chain sources. His predictions aren't perfect (he claimed that the iPad mini 2 would come with an 8-megapixel camera , for example), but he's had an impressive number of hits over the years. These include correctly predicting the screen size and resolution on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the two sizes for the Apple Watch (though his measurements were out), and the inclusion of Touch ID on the iPad Air 2. It's easy to carp over the details, but Kuo has a better track record than most. As well as 2.3 million pre-orders, he also claims that Apple is aiming to produce 2 to 3 million Watches a month.
Google’s new Handwriting app can read your chicken scratch and turn it into text
For Google’s first attempt at a handwriting suite, the app isn’t bad. Compatible with both smartphones and tablets, it’s usable with or without a stylus, recognizes printed and cursive writing, and supports 82 different languages and 20 distinct scripts. Like the handwriting input on Windows 8 and above, it can input text in any app or browser field — if you want to handwrite your tax returns for some godforsaken reason, there’s nothing stopping you.
91% off 2-year Subscription to Stuk.Io Ruby on Rails Courses
Want to try your hand at programming? Ruby on Rails is a great choice for first-timers: thanks to a simple code structure, it’s beginner-friendly, quick to build with and has a thriving community that actively contributes reusable code and encourages others to learn.
Chhirp for iOS Lets You Post 12-second Voice Clips to Twitter
Released just a few days ago, the app allows you to record up to 12 seconds of audio and share it straight from your phone. People can then listen to the clip on Chhirp, Twitter or via the Web. Thankfully, there’s also support for Twitter Cards, so Chhirps can be played back in your timeline too.
The new spam: interactive robo-calls from the cloud as cheap as e-mail
Outbound IVR is the latest evolution of the robo-call—a telemarketing system that uses the technology of voice response systems we've used to navigate through the call queues of insurance agencies and banks and turns it around to make pitch calls. These calls can be on voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) lines or other connections that mask the source of the call. We're getting used to talking to computers, thanks to voice response systems that act as the guardians of many organizations' phone systems. The technology was originally patented by AT&T in 2006, but is now being offered by a range of companies, such as CallFire , PlumVoice , and Nuance —the cloud voice recognition company behind Siri, Cortana and other interactive systems.
WikiLeaks lets you search Sony's hacked emails (Updated)
When a group calling itself the Guardians of Peace hacked Sony Pictures in late 2014, thousands of private emails and information about top executives, actors and Hollywood hotshots hit the 'net. The messages revealed pay discrepancies between male and female stars, and contained copies of films that hadn't yet seen release. Some of these emails contained racist and derogatory comments from Sony Pictures staff, including co-chair Amy Pascal, who consequently left the company in February. Now, all of these emails are available in searchable form on WikiLeaks . Anyone interested in digging through Sony Pictures' email archives can now search by specific term, sender, recipient, attached filename or email ID.
The TIME 100 for 2015 is filled with TED connections
As we perused the Time 100 today, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people of the year, we couldn’t help but notice many familiar faces. Among those included for 2015: investment expert Mellody Hobson , public interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson , novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie , political scientist Samantha Power , economist Thomas Piketty and mental healthcare advocate Vikram Patel . Below, watch the TED Talks from these fascinating people.
Tinder Cuddles Up To Instagram In Latest Update
The Instagram integration is the most important piece here, as a high percentage of Tinder users already include their Instagram handle within their profile, to give potential mates a more rounded-out view of their life. With Instagram inside Tinder, users can click into a user’s Instagram profile and see the most recent 34 pictures, with the ability to click directly into their profile to see the whole thing, check out comments, who liked it, and more granular details.
How to fix Bluetooth connectivity problems in iOS 8 - iOS 8.3
If none of these tips fix your issues, the last resort is to restore your iPhone or iPad via iTunes, and set it up as a new device. This way, you start afresh, and get rid of possibly problematic customisations and settings on your device. Follow the instructions in the post linked below to do a clean restore to the latest version of iOS via iTunes.
Verizon Breaks Pay-TV Bundle as Competition Mounts
Verizon Communications Inc. said its FiOS service will offer new TV packages aimed at giving customers flexibility to purchase only certain groups of channels they want to watch, the latest sign of how pay-TV providers are adapting to stepped-up competition.
Tired of Tinder? HowAboutWe Will Get You a Date Tonight
The idea of meeting someone face to face without messaging them to find out their favorite colour will seem daunting to some, but HowAboutWe pulls in user info like how you’d spend an ideal Sunday afternoon, what you’d do if you won the lottery, and even whether or not you have or want children, so you will have an insight into someone’s lifestyle and personality prior to meeting them.
New Dark-Web Market Is Selling Zero-Day Exploits to Hackers | WIRED
But TheRealDeal does offer countermeasures against potential fraud. Like the Silk Road and its ilk, it asks that all bitcoin transactions through the site be kept in escrow, so the payment can be returned to the buyer if the seller doesn’t deliver. And unlike most Dark Web markets, it allows only so-called multisignature transactions. That means the bitcoins are held at an address jointly controlled by the buyer, the seller, and the market’s admins. For the money to be moved to the seller’s account, two out of three of those parties must sign off on the deal, giving the administrators the tie-breaking vote to resolve disputes. (Despite that system, it’s still not clear exactly how those disputes would be resolved. In many cases, TheRealDeal admins would likely have to test exploits themselves to know if a buyer had been scammed.)
New Tool Fights Powerful Malware That Holds Your Data Hostage
In layman's terms, this means you basically want to make sure you always back up your files. That's the tech equivalent of flossing, but it beats paying a criminal techie a ransom in cryptocurrency. If you keep backups, it hardly matters if ransomware locks out the original versions of the files.
The Complete Social Media Post Checklist
To do right by your audience , to deliver the utmost value and receive the maximum engagement, there are a handful of qualifications that every social media post should meet. From our experience and our research, 12 items stand out, making for a super slick checklist. We’d love to share with you how this looks.
This Is Ceres' North Pole
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has spent a month in the shadow of Ceres. But now, the highest resolution images of the dwarf planet to date reveal its north pole.
Tech Time Warp of the Week: When Samsung Tried to Woo the West With Boomboxes | WIRED
In the video above, first aired in the U.K. in 1980, the host walks us through a number of ’80s-era electronic products, such as a boom box and a VCR, noting that they were all made by one of the world’s leading manufacturers. In the end he reveals that the products weren’t made by Sony or any other household name, but by Samsung, then a relative unknown in the West.
This 'Smart' Pillow Connects To Your Phone And Uses Speakers To Help You Sleep
The most interesting aspect of the pillow is its speaker system. Yes, this pillow has speakers, and they're actually supposed to help you get better-quality rest. They emit "slow, low-frequency noises that are relaxing," Chrona's co-founder and vice president, Ben Bronsther, told The Huffington Post in a phone interview. These low-frequency sounds are intended to lull you into a deeper sleep.
Open for business: Android for Work shows up on Google Play | ZDNet
The Korean company helped Google deliver some key components of Android for Work, such as 'work profiles', which are native to Android 5.0 Lollipop thanks to its support for multi-user accounts. The Android for Work app is for older devices through to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to Android KitKat 4.4, which covers the vast majority of Android phones in use today.
Apple Pay Plans to Launch in Canada This Fall
However, Canadian banks are concerned, in part, about what they consider “onerous” terms of commercial agreements for Apple Pay, according to people familiar with the matter. It is also possible that Canadian banks could face higher costs than their U.S. counterparts, some of those people said. A base case for Canadian banks could be in the range of 15 to 25 basis points on credit card transactions to Apple, according to one of those people.
Any.Do gets Grid View, Refreshed Design and Improved Sorting
Among the headline changes are quicker ways to jump between your different lists, for example, by providing a new way to filter them by Date view, List view or Priority view. There’s also the ability to zoom in and out of your lists in a grid view, to help you go from looking at an overview of detail to drilling down into a specific item.
Jawbone's UP4 Fitness Tracker Supports Payments via Amex
The $200 wrist-worn device lets users with an eligible American Express Card connect their accounts with Jawbone’s app and tap the UP4 on a store terminal to pay for their purchases.
Star Wars Celebration: Carrie Fisher is Having Way More Fun Than You - IGN
Even beyond her interesting factoids and anecdotes – delivered in classically profane Fisher fashion – the actress also ended up on the floor several times during the panel; once to better communicate with a fan during an audience Q&A, again to sign host James Arnold Taylor's shoes, then again to tackle Taylor to the ground.
Are You The Toxic Coworker?
Every office has a person or two who can be very difficult to deal with. From introducing oneself to a new colleague to voicing concerns in a meeting, find out the better way to interact with others in a non-toxic way.
Ben & Jerry's spoofed Apple's classic 1984 ad for a stoner burrito
Anecdotally speaking, April 20th is an important day for a subset of Ben & Jerry's most rabid fans — or to put it more bluntly (pun intended), stoners love ice cream. Ben & Jerry's is celebrating 420 with a new decadent amalgam of sweets that it's calling the Brrr-ito (that's with three consecutive r's).
Bing on Android and iOS now lets you find more images without typing
As you can see, search terms are now “bubbled” in the search box into intelligent groups. Exploring more is as simple as tapping on any of the bubbles to pivot your search around each entity and expand to new topics.
Apple Pay Is Reportedly Launching in Canada this Fall
Of course, none of this is terribly surprising – Apple was bound to move outside the US eventually – but iOS fans in Canada may finally have a native mobile payments solution soon.
Apple Watch won't be available in Apple's retail stores until June at the earliest
Walk-in purchases of the Apple Watch won't be available at Apple's retail stores until June at the earliest, as supply of the wrist-worn device will remain severely constrained, a new memo to employees from retail chief Angela Ahrendts has revealed.
A motorless flat antenna could solve horrible in-flight WiFi
Unlike other tracking antennas that use a motor to track communications satellites, the mTenna uses "a holographic approach to electronically acquire, steer and lock a beam to any satellite, with no moving parts." Because the device is thinner than similar antennas on the market, it produces less drag when mounted on the fuselage of airplanes. The drag reduction means less gas consumption, which would make airlines happy. The antenna is still in the testing phase, but if it works, in-flight WiFi might actually become useful.
What You Need to Know If You're Going to Record the Cops
There are some very disturbing videos circulating the Internet right now, depicting the deaths of unarmed civilians at the hands of trained, armed men. Many of these videos even show individuals being shot in the back, or as they try to flee.
Astronomers Are Furious About the Roomba Lawnmower
I know, right? What could the makers of Roomba and astronomers possibly be arguing over? This is the story of how an obscure slice of the electromagnetic spectrum become the object of one bitter fight .
'Louie' Season 5, episode 2 recap: Pamela's back
While last season's unrealistic, happily ever after-style finale ended with the pair in a serious relationship, anyone who is familiar with Louis C.K.'s comedy would be misguided to assume that would be that. In episode 2, we learn Pamela and Louie want different things from their togetherness, and have regressed as a couple. She prefers to be "a la carte," as the episode is titled, and tries to warm Louie to the idea of non-monogamy. (In the show's first surreal scene of Season 5, a waitress casually grates cheese onto the heaving cleavage of a woman, whom Pamela encourages Louie to admire from a nearby table.)
The 9 weirdest projects DARPA is working on
DARPA’s attempt at new airships was scrapped in 2006 due to technology shortcomings, but the project was revived in 2013. The goal is to create a craft that can carry up to two million pounds halfway around the world in five days.
Apple's feud with antitrust monitor continues; company accused of not cooperating in iBooks oversight
Apple's feud with antitrust monitor continues; company accused of not cooperating in iBooks oversight
By Neil Hughes
Thursday, April 16, 2015, 10:43 am PT (01:43 pm ET)
Tension between Apple and its court-appointed antitrust monitor continues to mount, as Michael Bromwich has accused the iPad maker of reducing its cooperating with his reviews of the company.
Bronwich has been assigned to keep tabs Apple's operations following an antitrust lawsuit won against the company by the U.S. government. And while Apple and Bromwich have not seen eye to eye from the start, in recent months the relationship has worsened, he said in a report to Judge Denis Cote, as noted by Reuters .
Bromwich told the judge that Apple has taken a more "adversarial tone" in recent discussions. In addition, he said that no interviews have been conducted since January, since Apple has rejected his requests.
Apple has taken issue with the extent of the investigations by Bromwich, alleging that his reviews have gone beyond the original intent by the court.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2
Get your first look at the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser #2! Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as “Star Wars” returns to the big screen with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Episode VII in the Star Wars Saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opens in theaters December 18, 2015. Official Site: http://www.starwars.com/theforceawakens Subscribe to Star Wars on YouTube for more videos: http://www.youtube.com/starwars Like Star Wars on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StarWars Follow @StarWars on Twitter: https://twitter.com/starwars Follow @StarWars on Instagram: http://instagram.com/starwars Follow Star Wars on Tumblr: http://starwars.tumblr.com/ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.
Chrome 43 beta brings Web MIDI support, Permissions API, and upgrading legacy sites to HTTPS
First up, Chrome 43 has gained support for MIDI hardware. This means you can create music without installing any specialized software, as the new Web MIDI API allows websites to communicate with connected MIDI devices (such as a USB-MIDI instrument plugged into your computer, tablet, or phone).
Google Will Still Support Chrome On Windows XP Until The End Of The Year
If you are using Chrome on Windows XP — and for the love of God, I hope you don’t — you’ll still get updated versions of Chrome until the end of the year.
Disney’s New 3D Printer Prototype Makes Huggable Things Out Of Fabric Instead Of Hard Plastic
We’ve seen lots and lots of 3D printers over the last few years, and they almost all have one thing in common: the objects they print are hard* and mostly rigid.
Apple partners with SunPower to build twin 20-megawatt solar plants in China
Apple partners with SunPower to build twin 20-megawatt solar plants in China
By AppleInsider Staff
Thursday, April 16, 2015, 12:58 pm PT (03:58 pm ET)
Apple is set to expand its global investment in alternative energy sources with the construction of two new solar energy sites in mainland China, which when combined will provide up to 80 million kilowatt-hours of power each year. Apple's Maiden, N.C. solar farm. | Source: Apple
The new facilities will be constructed in China's southwestern Sichuan province, within Hongyuan and Ruoergai counties in the Aba Tibetan & Qiang Autonomous Prefecture. They will be co-owned by Apple and Sichuan Shengtian New Energy Development Co., a joint venture between SunPower and a consortium of Chinese firms.
SunPower's "light-on-land" design will be used in the solar plants' construction, meaning that farmers can continue to use the land as a pasture even after equipment has been installed. Apple and SunPower have worked together on similar projects in the past, including the solar installation at Apple's Maiden datacenter in North Carolina.
Slack confirms $160M funding round at $2.8B valuation
Slack , that San Francisco startup with an increasingly popular team communication app, today announced that it has officially raised $160 million in a new funding round, at a $2.8 billion valuation.
Best Buy kicks off tablet trade-in program toward Surface Pro 3 | ZDNet
Whereas you could earn as little as $84 from Microsoft by trading in an original 32GB Surface RT, Best Buy guarantees a minimum of $200 in credit for your tablet exchange. That amount is broken down into a $50 Best Buy gift card and a $150 coupon off a Surface Pro 3. That means you can purchase the base Surface Pro 3 for as little as $599.99, or $100 cheaper than Microsoft's previous price cut.
America's last highway: A photographer travels to the deserted West
Crossing a large swath of the West, Highway 93 traverses 1,457 miles from Montana's border with Canada to Wickenburg, a town of less than 7,000 people just north of Phoenix.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Tons of Info and Images From the Unfinished Episodes - IGN
The panel for Star Wars: The Clone Wars at Star Wars Celebration today gave the audience mixed emotions. On one hand, it was very cool to see a ton of art and early animation for many of the unfinished episodes that were in the works when the show got cancelled. On the other hand, it was a reminder of how much more Clone Wars we could have gotten, and regret over not being able to see these episodes in their completed form.