OnyX updated to 2.8.6b3

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Date: Tuesday, June 10th, 2014, 10:33
Category: News, Software

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It may be a beta, but it’s still a useful program.

OnyX, Titanium Software’s popular freeware multifunction utility for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 2.8.6b3. The new version, a 13 megabyte download courtesy of MacUpdate, adds the following fixes and changes:
– New preferences pane.

– New preference: Aqua/Graphite appearance.

– Deleting the Cache improved.

– Deleting the obsolete items improved.

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Apple is pushing music downloading apps out of the App Store

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Date: Tuesday, June 10th, 2014, 08:38
Category: App Store, Apple, Apps, iOS, iTunes Music Store, iTunes Radio, music

music-download-appIn what appears to be an aggressive move to promote iTunes purchases and iTunes Radio, and possibly a Beats-related subscription service, Apple has been systematically removing any music downloading apps from the App Store according to MacRumors. Any search previously for “music download” in the App Store would show a number of apps that could download music and audio files from websites such as Soundcloud and YouTube, obviously taking a bite out of iTunes sales. Now the same search displays a message inviting users to try out iTunes Radio, with the first few results for apps include those for streaming services such as Spotify and other music-based apps that lack downloading capabilities. Apple has also asked developers to remove audio downloading functionalities from their apps. 

 

 

Doctor sets the bar for Apple’s Health app

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Date: Tuesday, June 10th, 2014, 08:24
Category: Apple, Apps, Features, Health, iOS, Software

482887779JS023_APPLE_HOSTS_Do a search for “health tracker” in the App Store and you’ll get a list of 500 apps before the search truncates the list. Health apps are a dime a dozen. The apps track everything from diet (calories, weight) to activities (running, biking) to vital body readings (blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rate), some integrated with hardware such as Withings Blood Pressure Monitor. When Apple finally releases its Health app, what will make it any different or more valuable than the other 500 apps? Well, according to Dr. Thomas J. Morrow who holds the position of Chief Medical Officer at Next IT, developers of virtual assistant technology for healthcare, Apple needs to include 3 vital functions if the Health app is to set itself apart from the crowd.

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Suppliers hint at iWatch components, Apple’s interest in the wearable biometric device field

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Date: Monday, June 9th, 2014, 16:39
Category: Hardware, News, Rumor

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There may be some more concrete proof as to an iWatch this October.

Per Nikkei Asian Review, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, announced the company’s entry into health-monitoring services at the annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference on Thursday.

Over at its Worldwide Developers Conference event, Apple said that this autumn bring to market an upgraded mobile operating system for smartphones and tablet devices. The new watch-like wearable gear will run on this OS, which will be equipped with a centralized function to manage users’ biometric information via smartphones. It is expected to hit the market in October.

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Almost 80% of current Macs should be able to run OS X Yosemite

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Date: Monday, June 9th, 2014, 15:50
Category: Mac mini, Mac Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, News, Software

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The odds are in your favor as to being able to run OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

Per Computerworld, OS X Yosemite will run on about eight out of every ten Macs, a boon for customers who want to upgrade this fall.

OS X 10.10, aka Yosemite — named after the California national park — will support the same Macs as 2012’s Mountain Lion and 2013’s Mavericks, according to accounts of the Yosemite preview’s system requirements.

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Pebble releases Pebble firmware update 2.2

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Date: Monday, June 9th, 2014, 08:00
Category: Accessory, Features, iOS, Software, User Interface, Wearables

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Last Wednesday, Pebble deployed the latest update to the firmware of the Pebble smartwatch. The Pebble iOS app was updated the week before on May 27th bringing it to version 2.2, not to be confused with the firmware for the watch itself which is once again in sync with the app’s version.

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PPUG meets in Philadelphia this Saturday, June 7

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Date: Friday, June 6th, 2014, 14:42
Category: PPUG, User Group

http://thescene.s3.amazonaws.com/pics/bar/2/51481/profile/1205061797294_272.jpgJoin us for a spectacular autumnal meeting on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at noon.

The Philadelphia PowerBook Users Group (PPUG) will hold its Welcome to Springtime Festival meeting from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the Manayunk Brewing Company. We usually have lunch (and a brew) while we talk mobile computing.

PPUG founders Jason O’Grady (PowerPage.org), Rob Parker, Bob Snow, as well as Youngmoo Kim will be on hand to talk about latest developments in mobile computing, new Macs, iPad, iPod, iPhones, and the latest Apple developments. Come hear special presentations from our panel and some fabulous demos as well.

Jason and the gang will discuss the latest announcements and developments from Apple’s WWDC which will have just ended on June 6th. So we will really be the absolute first user group to discuss all of the newest latest developments coming from Apple for the next year.

You don’t want to miss this meeting!

Of course we’ll have a healthy serving of Q&A.

Join us for a great meeting, it’s free and open to you and your guests.

Feel free to bring items to sell or swap as well.

OUR MEETING PLACE:

Manayunk Brewing Company
4120 Main Street
Philadelphia, PA 19127
215.482.8220

If you are part of a Mac User Group, then forward this announcement to your membership.  All are welcome!

OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta hardware requirements released, remain unchanged since OS X 10.9 Mavericks

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Date: Friday, June 6th, 2014, 11:02
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors, Software

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If you’re running OS X 10.9 Mavericks, it looks like you’re going to be able to run OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

Per AppleInsider, the following system requirements have been released for the first OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta:

– MacBook Pro: mid-2007 or newer

– MacBook Air: late 2008 or newer

– iMac: mid-2007 or newer

– Mac mini: early 2009 or newer

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Cocktail updated to 7.5.1 (Mavericks Edition)

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Date: Friday, June 6th, 2014, 09:46
Category: News, Software

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You can’t knock a good update to a useful application.

Late Thursday, shareware developer Maintain released version 7.5.1 of Cocktail, the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests. The new version, a 2.5 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and features:

– Added ability to set proportional and fixed-width font family and font size in Safari (Interface – Safari).

– Fixed compatibility issues with Firefox 29.

– Other minor bug fixes and improvements.

Cocktail 7.5.1 retails for a US$19.00 shareware registration fee and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.9 or later to install and run.

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

PayPal is eager to integrate Touch ID

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Date: Friday, June 6th, 2014, 08:07
Category: Apple, Finance, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, retail, security, Services, Software

touch-id_PaypalLittle was said about Touch ID in the WWDC keynote except that the API would be opened to third-party developers for use in iOS 8. Craig Federighi did show a nice pie chart claiming that since the introduction of Touch ID on the iPhone 5s, 83% of users now use passcodes, up from the 49% that used their iPhone’s security previously. Just days after this announcement, PayPal is reportedly dipping their toes into the Touch ID API with hopes of incorporating fingerprint recognition into their iOS app’s authentication system. This isn’t really surprising as it has already done this on Android with the Samsung Galaxy S5. Hopefully the process will be more hacker-proof on iOS.

PayPal may just be the first of several companies including other mobile payment services, banks, and even large retail chains, to take advantage of access to Apple’s fingerprint scanner. Getting users familiar with using Touch ID for purchases may be just the first step in Apple’s own long rumored plans to get into the mobile payments game, using it in tandem with their Passbook software. Apple is expected to start building Touch ID sensors into all of its mobile hardware soon. Here’s hoping the technology becomes more reliable than many users’ past experiences or people may get frustrated with the process and just not use it.