Apple announces OS X 10.10, iOS 8 at WWDC

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Date: Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014, 10:37
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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Even if Apple didn’t announce any new hardware yesterday, you can’t say Tim Cook’s keynote speech was uneventful.

The company announced OS X 10.10 Yosemite, the next incarnation of its OS X operating system, which will feature subtle window translucency for windows and the Dock, plus OS 7-style flat-looking icons. According to The Mac Observer, Apple added a Dark Mode to the operating system for developers and designers, and carried the theme’s look into applications, too. The company gave a little hat tip to coders and designers with a new Dark Mode view that changes many bright interface elements to darker colors, and improved font readability and consistency across apps and the OS.

OS X will be getting a more iPad-like Notification Center with a today view for easily checking your schedule and tasks. Notification Center also gained support for add-on widgets that let users customize exactly what information they see.

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OnyX updated to 2.8.6b2

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Date: Monday, June 2nd, 2014, 10:55
Category: News, Software

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You can’t knock a new beta of a really useful program.

OnyX, Titanium Software’s popular freeware multifunction utility for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 2.8.6b2. The new version, a 13 megabyte download courtesy of MacUpdate, adds the following fixes and changes:

- New preferences pane.

- Deleting the Cache improved.

- Deleting the obsolete items improved.

- Disk verification routine improved.

- New option: Turn on/turn off App Nap.

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iPhone 6 leaked photo shows slight redesign, changes

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Date: Friday, May 30th, 2014, 10:06
Category: iPhone, News, Pictures

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There’s been a bevy of iPhone 6 dummy photographs out now demonstrating what the next-fen handset will look like. Per Boy Genius Report, Macfixit Australia may have gotten the highest quality image to date.

The site, which said it received the image from a contact in China and has posted an image of an iPhone 6 casing, which appears to be made out of metal and includes rounded corners, rounded edges, slim volume keys and two distinct antenna breaks on the top and bottom.

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Adobe Creative Cloud updated to 1.6.0.393

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Date: Friday, May 30th, 2014, 10:11
Category: News, Software

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In as much as Adobe’s Creative Cloud client has taken some abuse, it’s getting some updates.

On Thursday, Adobe released version 1.6.0.393 of its control hub software for its Creative Cloud suite. The new version, a 2 MB download, offers the following fixes and changes:

- You can now install older versions of Adobe products straight from Creative Cloud Desktop. These are installed side-by-side with existing versions.

- Improved performance when syncing a large number of files.

- Fixed scenarios where font sync would show perpetual spinner.

- Improved overall font sync stability.

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Microsoft releases Office 2011 14.4.2 update

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Date: Thursday, May 29th, 2014, 10:29
Category: News, Software

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On Wednesday, Microsoft released its Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.2 update. The update, a 119 megabyte download via MacUpdate, adds the following fixes and features:

- Improves activation in Office for Mac 2011 – This update fixes an issue in which product activation is always required after you restart a computer that uses an Apple Fusion Drive. After you install this update, product activation may be requested one more time.

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Apple releases iTunes 11.2.2 update

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Date: Thursday, May 29th, 2014, 10:39
Category: iTunes, News, Software

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The iTunes updates have been fast and frequent of late…

On Wednesday, Apple released version 11.2.2 of its iTunes multimedia/jukebox application. The new version, a 235.1 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- This update fixes a problem where certain podcast episodes may download unexpectedly after upgrading and includes several stability improvements.

iTunes 11.2.2 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback, please let us know in the comments.

Microsoft throws efforts behind Skype Translator real-time translation tool, says beta will be available this year

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Date: Wednesday, May 28th, 2014, 10:09
Category: News, Software

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This could be interesting.

Per TechHive, before the end of 2014, Microsoft plans to release a beta Skype app that will enable real-time translation of people verbally speaking in different languages.

“Skype Translator”, as Microsoft has termed it, appears to be an extension of the real-time translation Microsoft has been developing over ten years.

As Microsoft notes, however, the new Skype Translator simply makes more sense than a dedicated app, given the different scenarios in which Skype is used: in business, to talk to friends and relatives internationally, and in education.

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Apple Stores moving towards becoming 100% Green

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Date: Tuesday, May 27th, 2014, 08:21
Category: Apple, Environment, News, Retail Store

apple_chrome_logo_leafIn a recent Fortune interview, as part of the Brainstorm Green conference, Apple’s VP of Environmental Initiatives spoke about Apple’s continued drive towards using 100% renewable energy. During the interview, Jackson touched upon Apple’s use of renewable energy for their data centers (100%), their corporate facilities (94%), and plans for the new “spaceship” Apple campus. Jackson said that Apple’s next big challenge is to convert the hundreds of Apple retail stores around the country to 100% renewable energy, something that is likely to be a little more complicated as she explains;

“In some places they’re in a mall … literally a shopping center. In some cases, they’re standalone stores. But where they are in the grid and where they are in the world, the access to clean energy may or may not be a trivial exercise.”

Jackson’s previous role as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, makes her a good choice as their top environmental advisor, which she began in May 2013. For the entire video of the interview, hit the jump…

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Happy Memorial Day from O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!

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Date: Monday, May 26th, 2014, 12:06
Category: Announcement, News

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Ladies and gentlemen, in honor of Memorial Day, the PowerPage staff will be spending time with friends and family. We’ll resume coverage of everything Mac and mobile tomorrow, but for the time being, get some friends together, put down the computers and the devices for a little while and have an amazing Memorial Day.

We’ll be back tomorrow.

Energous developing wireless Wattup technology, could allow for gadget charging across a room

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Date: Friday, May 23rd, 2014, 14:23
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News, wireless

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We’ve all dreamed of charging our devices from across the room.

This may soon be a reality.

Per the MIT Technology Review, startup Energous is developing a technology called WattUp that will allow you to charge smartphones, tablets, and other small gadgets from across a room without wires.

Energous hopes other companies will license this technology and build it into all kinds of products and places, so you can easily power your iPad while sitting on the couch or top off your phone while buying a coffee in an airport. It will face competition, however, from a startup called Witricity that uses a different method, and already has the backing of some major electronics companies.

For now, WattUp’s technology is still in the demo stage. But it works and devices can be charged wirelessly if they are connected to an external receiver, or slotted into a special protective case.

During a recent demonstration, an iPhone was plugged into a white device shaped like a smartphone atop a little stand. Another iPhone sits on the table, wearing a bulky Energous case. Across the table, a briefcase-sized wireless energy transmitter sits on another tripod and a plug dangling from that was plugged into the wall.

The demonstration showed the iPhone’s charge progress, as measured via an app on a nearby iPad, the wireless energy transmitter being controlled via an app on the iPad. A small beep indicated that the iPhone’s charge cycle had begun and recharging works more than 10 feet from where the power is emitted, and you can move the device around while it’s charging.

The most common wireless-charging technology currently available is magnetic induction, which uses coils to transfer power over small distances via a magnetic field. This is the method used to recharge electric toothbrushes, for example.

Energous’s charging method uses a transmitter with lots of small antennas to send radio waves to a receiver connected to the gadget being charged. The transmitter uses Bluetooth to scan for nearby gadgets that are authorized to receive a charge. Once it finds one, the transmitter directs radio waves toward the receiver, which collects them and converts their energy to DC power so it can charge the phone.

The transmitter and receivers Energous brings to my office can send power to two devices that require less than 10 watts of power at a distance of up to 15 feet; eventually, Energous says, it will be able to charge more gadgets at a time.

The company expects the first products using its technology—such as smartphone cases that can deliver wireless power to the devices—to be shown off by partner companies at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next January and go on sale later in the year. Company representatives had predicted that a phone case would cost about US$75 to US$125, which is within the range of what you’d pay today for a case that provides extended battery life, though the transmitter for charging things probably would cost around US$300.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.