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Steve Jobs gets posthumous design patent on iconic NYC Apple store
Patent highlights new glass technology used in the cube's 2011 rebuild.

Report: Next iPhone will use NFC for mobile wallet functionality
Matches information about conversations with payment processors, recent patents.

?Wish we could say more?: Apple makes the September 9 event official
Hint-free invite arrives ahead of probable iOS 8, iPhone, and wearable intros.


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Python script attacking Find My iPhone may be behind celebrity leaks
A script which allowed access to iCloud servers may have been behind the recent celebrity photo leaks, a report suggests. A Python script which discovered the password of an iCloud account has surfaced, with an apparent vulnerability in Find My iPhone potentially allowing attackers to "brute force" attack an account without any lockout or warning to the account owner....

Chinese SAIC purports Microsoft anti-piracy measures are monopolistic
China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) has questioned Microsoft Vice President Chen Shi regarding allegations of abuse of Microsoft's monopoly on operating systems, productivity software, and browsers in the country. As part of the questioning, Microsoft has been given 20 days to respond to complaints alleging that Microsoft's use of serialization of software may have violated China's anti-monopoly laws....


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10.8: Open a specific browser based on the URL
Usually I want to open Gmail in Chrome and URLs pointing to my development server in Firefox. For everything else I use Safari.

There is this nifty free app called LinCastor that enables you to register your own handler for an URL. Although it had beed designed to register your own non-standard URL schemes, it can intercept standard http and https as well.

In LinCastor (which you need to double-click twice to fully open for editing):
  • Add a new URL scheme
  • Choose AppleScript handler
Paste the following code in, (replacing the stub code at the bottom):
on handle_url(args)
  if (|URL| of args starts with "") then
    tell application "Google Chrome"
      open location |URL| of args

Setting Up an iOS 7 On-Demand VPN
I'm writing a detailed set of instructions for getting VPN 'on-demand' working with iOS 7.

See Setting Up an iOS 7 On-Demand VPN for the details (it's way too much stuff to post via MacOSXHints, as much as I've been a fan of this site for many years).

The complete set of instructions include: A few comments about this work:
  • One of the primary objectives was to document a setup where the VPN-connected iOS devi ...

Mousecape – Customize Cursors on OS X
Mousecape is a new open source Mac App which is available on GitHub to finally allow you to create and use your own mouse cursors, or 'capes' as the app calls them.

Once you download the app, there is a remastered version of the Svanslös cursor set created by Max Rudberg which is retina-screen ready.

Mousecape is as non-instrusive as possible, never asking you for your password for anything. It works by using private APIs created by Apple to register system cursors so it has no performance hit at all.

Capes, or cursor sets, are applied for as long as display state doesn't change, meaning until you change resolution, monitors, sleep your computer, reboot or logout. However, inside of the application is a helper application that will detect when the cape is reset and will apply it again.

Mousecape is available for free, open source and with no obligations. ...







The Creature Feature: 10 Fun Facts About the Thorny Devil
The thorny devil (Moloch horridus) is also known as the thorny dragon or the mountain devil. It’s a small (up to 8 inches in length), spiky lizard native to Australia. They live in the arid scrubland and desert of the interior of the continent. Thorny devils are the only species in the genus Moloch, and […]

Three Pathways to the 1980s
In the 1966-1967 period, NASA began serious planning for its post-Apollo future. Alas, Apollo was widely seen as a means of demonstrating U.S. technological might on the world stage, not as a first small step beyond Earth. Our society’s rapid abandonment of the moon causes me to question whether we have every truly qualified as […]

Two Common Misconceptions About Learning
It’s another semester with a new group of students. This semester, I have a class of elementary education majors (using Physics and Everyday Thinking). In the course, students build basic physics ideas after collecting data from particular experiments. Overall, this is an awesome course. It seems that most of the students gain a greater understanding […]


From: Gizmodo

Mystery (Partially) Solved: Stonehenge Was a Complete Circle

Mystery (Partially) Solved: Stonehenge Was a Complete Circle

One of the mysteries of Stonehenge has been solved because someone was too lazy to get a longer hose.


Chemist uses liquid nitrogen instead of ice in ALS bucket challenge

Chemist uses liquid nitrogen instead of ice in ALS bucket challenge

Moe Qureshi?a chemist at the University of Toronto?gave his ALS bucket challenge a shocking twist when he decided to use liquid nitrogen instead of ice. I would be terrified just by the thought of poring liquid over my head at -321°F (-196ºC), but Moe survived the challenge unscathed?thanks to science.


How Decaf Coffee Is Made

If you've ever wondered how it's possible to make decaf coffee?which you can buy in whole-bean form?when the caffeine is inside the damn bean, then you're not alone. Fortunately, there is an answer, and it's in this video.



From: National Geographic News

Century After Extinction, Passenger Pigeons Remain Iconic?And Scientists Hope to Bring Them Back
The 100th anniversary of the last of the species finds biologists dreaming of preventing or even reversing extinctions.

Pictures: On Labor Day, Honoring Workers Around the World
On U.S. Labor Day, we honor the people who labor daily to make their lives?and ours?better.

Pictures: Volcanoes Erupting Around the World This Week
Photographers captured volcanoes rumbling to life around the world, from Papua New Guinea to Ecuador.


From: BBC News - Science & Environment

Xenon and argon banned for athletes
Doping experts have yet to find an effective test to uncover athletes using the gases xenon and argon to boost performance, as a ban is introduced.

African food security on the menu
African ministers and business leaders gather in Ethiopia to consider ways to trigger a green revolution and improve the continent's food security.

Antarctic waters 'rising faster'
Melting ice is fuelling sea-level rise around the coast of Antarctica, a new report finds.




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