Google Chrome for OS X goes 64-bit

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Date: Thursday, November 20th, 2014, 16:40
Category: News, Software

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If you were hankering for a 64-bit version of Google Chrome for OS X, it’s finally arrived.

Safari has been 64-bit since OS X 10.6 (August 2009) and Firefox has been 64-bit since version 4 (2011). Incidentally, a 64-bit web browser is required to run Oracle Java on OS X.

Per Google’s Chrome Releases Blog, the Chrome team promoted v.39 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux. Google Chrome 39.0.2171.65 contains a number of fixes and improvements, including 64-bit support for Mac, a number of new apps/extension APIs, lots of under the hood changes for stability and performance.

Chrome 39 will arrive through an automatic update (if you have that feature enabled). If you don’t, you can download it from Google.

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Sony Pictures drops upcoming Sorkin-led Steve Jobs movie, Universal shows interest in taking over

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Date: Thursday, November 20th, 2014, 11:41
Category: News

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This is probably just part of the Hollywood process.

Per MacRumors and Deadline, despite Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs movie being in the casting process and moving towards full fledged production, Sony Pictures has dropped the movie and put it “in turnaround”, which allows another large studio to purchase the movie and take over. The report also notes that Universal Studios is the likely landing destination for the film.

In a shocking development, the Aaron Sorkin-scripted film about Apple genius Steve Jobs has been put in turnaround by Sony Pictures, and Universal Pictures is making a strong play for the movie. The film, an adaptation of the bestselling Walter Isaacson biography, has Slumdog Millionaire‘s Danny Boyle set to direct, with Michael Fassbender recently courted to play Jobs. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Christian Colson, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady.

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Apple adds 10 new providers to help feed Apple Maps data to users

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Date: Thursday, November 20th, 2014, 11:08
Category: iOS, News, Software

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It’s been two years since Apple Maps first launched.

You may have mixed feelings about it, but the general consensus is that it’s gotten better over time.

Per 9to5Mac and Apple Maps Marketing, Apple has continued its recent efforts to improve its mapping service by partnering with several new data providers, according to Apple Maps Marketing. The company has historically partnered with companies like TomTom, as well as its own in-house mapping data and others for its information.

These new companies don’t yet appear on the list of map data attributions, Apple is recommending businesses who wish to submit bulk locations to be listed in its Maps app instead go through one of the company’s partners, including these ten new names:

DAC Group

Location3 Media

Marquette Group

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T-Mobile adjusts Simple Choice plan, allows for additional international calling options

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Date: Wednesday, November 19th, 2014, 13:44
Category: News, wireless

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While the wireless carrier wars wage on, this might be a decent plan if you’re traveling.

According to iMore, T-Mobile has modified its Simple Choice calling plan to provide some cheaper options for international calls. Starting today, they can sign up to get unlimited calling from the US to landlines in over 70 countries for just US$5 a month per account, up to 10 lines, with the updated Stateside International Talk option. It’s also offering the same plan, plus unlimited calling to mobile phones in over 30 countries and 1,000 minutes to mobile phones in Mexico, for just US$10 a month per account.

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Rumor: Apple to incorporate dual-lens system into next-gen iPhone camera

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Date: Wednesday, November 19th, 2014, 09:21
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Where its successor to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cameras are concerned, Apple may have just entered the megapixel arms race.

Per AppleInsider and Daring Fireball, host John Gruber revealed that “a birdie of a birdie” told him Apple is working on a two-lens system for incorporation in the next-generation iPhone.

“The specific thing I heard is that next year’s camera might be the biggest camera jump ever,” Gruber said. “I don’t even know what sense this makes, but I’ve heard that it’s some kind of weird two-lens system where the back camera uses two lenses and it somehow takes it up into DSLR quality imagery.”

The notion of using multi-lens imaging systems to make up for a smartphone’s small form factor is a relatively recent development. In March, HTC unveiled the One M8 with a so-called “Duo camera” setup, which uses a secondary imaging sensor for depth data.

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DisplayMate publishes full color accuracy shoot-out between flagship smartphones and tablets, including iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2

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Date: Tuesday, November 18th, 2014, 18:19
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News

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Dr. Raymond Soneira is psychotic.

But psychotic in a good way.

On Tuesday, Soneira released full comparison-based results as to the display color accuracy of assorted tablets and smartphones, including the iPad Air 2 and the iPhone 6 Plus, wherein he studied the science as to what you see is what you get with its colors.

The findings, which included results from tests such as Entire Color Gamut, Facial Skin Tone Colors, Organic Colors and Blue Region from Cyan to Magenta Colors, tested absolute color accuracy and pitched the iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6 Plus, which have been fairly lauded for their displays, to see how they fared against other devices.

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Apple releases iOS 8.2 SDK, includes WatchKit tools

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Date: Tuesday, November 18th, 2014, 16:57
Category: iOS, News, Software

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The Apple Watch and its associated apps are becoming very real, as a set of just-released development tools have just indicated.

Per 9to5Mac, alongside a release of Xcode 6.2 with WatchKit tools for the upcoming Apple Watch, Apple today posted its iOS 8.2 beta for developers. The release, build 12D436, follows the release of iOS 8.1.1 to all users yesterday with fixes and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S users.

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Apple Pay now supported at BI-LO, Winn-Dixie, Harveys Grocery Stores and SunTrust Bank locations

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Date: Tuesday, November 18th, 2014, 11:17
Category: News, retail

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In spite of the MCX and CurrentC ordeal, Apple Pay seems to be gaining some ground.

Per MacRumors, Apple Pay this week continued its retail expansion with the mobile payment service now being adopted by SunTrust bank and Bi-Lo holdings, which manages BI-LO, Harveys, and Winn-Dixie grocery stores. The latter announcement follows reports of of Winn-Dixie and BI-LO beginning to go live with Apple Pay support late last week ahead of an official debut, despite not being included on Apple’s “Coming later this year” list.

Customers with a SunTrust credit or debit card will be able to add their card to Apple Pay and use it to make purchases at participating retailers. Headquartered in Atlanta, SunTrust bank has 1,497 bank branches across eleven southern states and Washington, D.C.

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Some users continue to report Wi-Fi-related issues after OS X 10.10.1 update

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Date: Tuesday, November 18th, 2014, 11:33
Category: News, Software, Yosemite

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From my own end, the OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite update worked and I haven’t had any issues to kvetch about.

This doesn’t seem to be the same case for everyone.

Per 9to5Mac, Computerworld and complaints registered on the Apple Support Communities, yesterday’s dot-release of OS X 10.10.1 has seemingly failed to address the Wi-Fi problems some users have been experiencing since upgrading to Yosemite, according to continuing posts on the Apple Support Communities.

Despite the first bullet-point in the release notes for 10.10.1 reading ‘Improves WiFi reliability,’ many of those who had reported connection failures, dropped connections and slow speeds said that nothing had changed since upgrading to 10.10.1 …

ComputerWorld quoted a number of illustrative complaints from a support thread containing more than 1,100 posts including the following:

10.10.1 didn’t fix my Wi-Fi issues, still randomly dropping every few minutes or so [...]

We’ve got business-grade routers and [access points] at my school, and we’ve got numerous people unable to connect for longer than a minute before and after [updating] to 10.10.1 [...]

10.10.01 does NOT fix the Wi-Fi issues. I had to go thru the same extreme routines I have had to go thru the past 2 months to be able to connect to the Internet.

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Apple releases OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite update

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Date: Monday, November 17th, 2014, 19:13
Category: News, Software, Yosemite

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‘Tis a day for updates.

Per 9to5Mac, Apple has released OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 with bug fixes and performance improvements for Macs running the latest version of the desktop operating system.

The update offers the following fixes and changes:
- Improves Wi-Fi reliability.

- Improves reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server.

- Resolves an issue that may prevent Mail from sending messages through certain email service providers.

- Addresses an issue prevents connecting to remote computers using Back to My Mac.

- Resolves an issue where sharing services, Notification Center widgets and Actions may not be available.

- Addresses an issue that could cause Notiication Center settings to not be retained after a restart.

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