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Apple retail store signage goes (RED) for World AIDS Day on Dec. 1

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Like it did last year, Apple’s participation in this year’s Worlds AIDS Day will include changing the iconic glowing white Apple logo that hangs outside its retail stores to red in order to raise awareness for the fight against AIDS. The new red Apple signage is already up at Apple’s Australian stores (pictured above) as we roll into Dec. 1 local time.

This year, Apple has increased its contributions to the cause alongside the Product Red charity organization through a tie-in with its Black Friday promotions. The company announced this year that it would be offering (RED) iTunes gift cards on select purchases through its online and retail stores instead of traditional discounts, of which a portion of profits are donated to the Product Red charity.

In addition, Apple announced partnerships with app developers to donate sales of in-app purchases to the cause and it will also donate a portion of proceeds from every product sold through both its online and retails stores on World AIDS Day tomorrow, Dec. 1. The new initiatives are in addition to the contributions the company makes throughout the year from the sale of Product Red-branded Apple products.

Earlier this year, Product Red co-founder Bono praised Apple during an interview for its contributions of $75 million to the charity. Last year, the company made an official announcement that Apple had reached $65 million in donations, making it the biggest contributor of all companies. Apple makes contributions all year long through a number of red iOS devices and accessories it sells.

(Image via Mashable)


Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, product, red, retail, signage, Stores, World Aids Day

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Jordan Kahn

November 30th

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Mac

Google Chrome crashes hard with Mac OS 10.10.2 beta, here’s the fix

…Use Safari! (lol,)

Google Chrome 39 had started to crash for me as soon as I updated to 10.10.2 Beta. I tried all of the normal things (trashing Google prefs, using Canary, etc etc). Nothing worked except downgrading back to Mac OS 10.10.1 stable.

It turns out that the new 10.10.2 has depreciated some Trackpad APIs that cause an immediate crash.

The answer comes via Reddit today:

Obviously use at your own risk: an Automator app has also been built to speed up the below process.

Workaround that was found on the Apple dev forums – this is not my code – use at your own risk – I’ve used it and it works fine.

1) Open up text edit and paste this code – save it as “patch.m”

#import <AppKit/AppKit.h>

__attribute((constructor)) void Patch_10_10_2_entry()
{
NSLog(@"10.10.2 patch loaded");
}

@interface NSTouch ()
- (id)_initWithPreviousTouch:(NSTouch *)touch newPhase:(NSTouchPhase)phase position:(CGPoint)position     isResting:(BOOL)isResting force:(double)force;
@end

@implementation NSTouch (Patch_10_10_2)
- (id)_initWithPreviousTouch:(NSTouch *)touch newPhase:(NSTouchPhase)phase position:(CGPoint)position     isResting:(BOOL)isResting
{
return [self _initWithPreviousTouch:touch newPhase:phase position:position isResting:isResting force:0];
}
@end

2) Run this command in Terminal

clang -dynamiclib -framework AppKit ~/Desktop/patch.m -o ~/Desktop/patch.dylib

3) Run this command in Terminal to open Chrome.

env DYLD_INSERT_LIBRARIES=~/Desktop/patch.dylib "/Applications/Google Chrome.app/Contents/MacOS/Google Chrome"

Notes: This will leave Terminal open in the background, do not close it or Chrome will quit out. This doesn’t modify anything permanently just fixes it temporarily. To reopen chrome a second time all you have to do is repeat step 3.


Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple Inc, ARMA 2, Bohemia Interactive, Browser game, Firefox, Google, Google Chrome, Reddit, Safari (web browser), YouTube

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Seth Weintraub

November 30th

Apple

Mac

Review: Deliveries for Mac and iOS is the perfect way to track your online orders for the holidays

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With Cyber Monday coming up, a lot of us shop online, as opposed to going out to the store. It would be nice if there was an easy way to track all of your packages. Of course you could set up mail rules to filter any emails that contain the words, “the tracking number,” but all that does is put all of your emails into a folder without notifying you of any changes in the status of your package. After initially receiving the email most forget about it and never track their packages, which happens all the time to me causing me to not pick up my packages for weeks. Or you can be the type of person that can obsessively track your package by constantly pressing the refresh button hoping that there’s an update to no avail. Well there’s an app that can track your tracking numbers and keep you updated about the status of your order. Deliveries is powerful, handy and easily notifies you of your packages.

Deliveries can track packages that are shipped from UPS, FedEx, US Postal Service, DHL and many others. For big companies like Amazon and Apple, it can even track orders before they ship. Updates include orders been received, preparing for shipment, to shipped and finally delivered.

Deliveries is available for both Mac and iOS devices. It syncs the data between the Mac and iOS version using iCloud without any setup, which makes it very easy to use. The Mac and iOS version function nearly the same way. When first opening it up, it displays a brief summary of your shipments and displays a count down of when you should be receiving your package. Selecting one of the packages shows you where the package is on the map, view the company’s website and allows you to share your shipment information via AirDrop, iMessage or email.

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Deliveries takes advantage of Today Widgets in Notification Center in both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. On the Mac, you can even add another delivery to be tracked right from there.

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Other methods on the Mac to add packages to track include pressing the plus sign and type or copy/paste the tracking information into the field or use the share button in Safari and select Add to Deliveries. The same methods apply for adding deliveries to be tracked on the iOS version.

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Deliveries also supports 1Password‘s extension, making it easier to retrieve stored passwords. Also, it can add estimated delivery dates to your calendar.

As an avid online shopper, I have been benefiting from using this app to track my packages and gifts for the holidays. Deliveries is available for the Mac and iOS for $4.99 each. If you are just starting your holiday shopping make sure to follow 9to5Toys for the latest discounts and savings.

 

 

 


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Sarah Guarino

November 30th

Apple

Mac

OnStar’s in-car LTE and Wi-Fi service looks like a treat for anyone buying a new GM car

OnStar With 4G LTE Hands On

General Motors is giving people who buy many of its 2015 models a treat in the form of OnStar with 4G LTE. The new OnStar with 4G LTE receives LTE data from AT&T and then converts it to Wi-Fi signals that can support up to seven devices in your car at once. This means that anyone you're driving with can have access to the web on their laptops, smartphones and tablets while you're driving. Even better, the Wi-Fi hotspot range extends to a 50-foot radius, which means you can have Wi-Fi connectivity from your car even if you're not inside it.

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Brad Reed

November 30th

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Clime Stickers Are Up For Pre-Order, Will Tell You (And Baby) If It’s Cold Outside

Screen Shot 2014-11-29 at 6.09.02 PM I first covered Clime a few months ago when they were little more than 3D-printed nubbins. Now these nubbins have brains. Essentially they are tiny indoor/outdoor thermometers. You can put them anywhere and then check your mobile device for the temperature. You may have something similar in your home – they used to called them weather thermometers – but older systems are far… Read More

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John Biggs

November 29th

Gadgets

Walmart puts a clever spin on Cyber Monday sales with hot Evening Edition deals

Walmart Cyber Monday Evening Edition Deals

Walmart has announced a special sales event for Cyber Monday, “the industry-first Cyber Monday ‘Evening Edition’ deals,” as well as a special Cyber Monday deal that will bring consumers savings of up to 90%. These Evening Edition sales have been created for “working Americans and Millennial shoppers,” Walmart said in the announcement.

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Chris Smith

November 29th

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FingerKey app lets you unlock your Mac using iPhone’s TouchID fingerprint sensor

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A new app called FingerKey allows Mac users to unlock their computer using Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s, 6, or 6 Plus.

That means you’ll be able to login to your Mac using your iPhone’s fingerprint sensor rather than typing in a password each time. The app takes advantage of Apple opening up the Touch ID sensor to third-party apps for logins after previously being reserved for unlocking the device itself and authenticating App Store and iTunes purchases.

The FingerKey app includes the ability to unlock multiple computers from a distance, 256-bit AES encryption, and a Notification Center Today widget for quick access.

The developer says that support for logging into Windows and Linux computers is coming soon as is a Pattern Unlock feature for logging in via touchscreen gestures.

We recently wrote about a similar app, which also used a Bluetooth connection, that allowed users to unlock their Mac using by knocking on their iPhone’s screen.

FingerKey is available on the App Store for $1.99 and the developer shared the video below of the app in action:


Filed under: Apps, iOS Tagged: 256-bit AES encryption, FingerKey, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iphone 6 plus, Linux, Mac, Notification Center Today widget, Security, Touch ID, widgets, Windows

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Jordan Kahn

November 28th

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Mac

Windows

Mophie Powerstation Plus Review: Integrated Cable Is Both Blessing And Curse

mophie3 Mophie has a new Powerstation Plus backup battery, and it aims for compact, all-in-one design that should reduce bulk and complication when you’re searching for supplementary power. The new design builds a cable right into the power pack, which holds a battery powerful enough to charge your iPhone up to eight extra times, depending on the capacity you choose. Our review unit has enough… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

November 28th

Gadgets

Mobile

Report: Schematics of 12.2-inch ‘iPad Air Plus’ rumored for April-June launch, iPad Mini 4 upgrade details

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Japanese magazine Mac Fan has published what it claims are drawings for the much rumored upcoming 12-inch iPad (via Macotakara).

The report in Mac Fan, which refers to the 12-inch iPad as the iPad Air Plus, claims that the new iPad will include a 12.2-inch display, new A9 processor, four speakers to offer stereo sound in any orientation, and arrive sometime between April and June of next year.

Latest rumors for the device claimed iPad Pro would sport a smaller 12.2-inch display and a profile of 7mm, which lines up with the drawings published in the latest Mac Fan issue today. Several reports have pointed to a yet to be announced iPad that will reportedly include a display measuring somewhere in the neighborhood of 12-inches, however reports have claimed various sizes ranging from 12 inches to 12.9 inches.

Bloomberg and others reported that Apple was planning on releasing the device sometime in early 2015, while a recent report from The Wall Street Journal claimed Apple had postponed mass production of the larger iPad from December 2014 into next year as suppliers struggled to meet demand for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch. The latest rumors from the supply chain point to delays that will see mass production of the larger iPad start sometime in Q1 or Q2 of next year.

We can’t verify if the drawings published by Mac Fan are legit, but it’s worth noting the publication published drawings with accurate dimensions for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus before their launch. The translated report also seems to claim that Apple will introduce an iPad mini 4 with a design that takes after iPad Air 2 to replace previous generations.


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Jordan Kahn

November 28th

Apple

Mac

The E-Label Act Will Remove Those Silly FCC Symbols From The Back Of Future Gadgets

You know all that crap that’s listed on the back of your smartphone and tablet? It looks something like this: A jumble of letters and words, an FCC symbol, and instructions to not throw your electronic equipment into the trash. It’s ugly, and generally a waste of space. But luckily for us, it’s time to say goodbye to that mess. In what feels a bit like a holiday gift,… Read More

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Jordan Crook

November 28th

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