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Report: No new Apple TV coming this year after all
The Information claims that content deals are holding things up.

Modbook?s next project is the convertible MacBook Apple won?t make
Follow-up to the Modbook and Modbook Pro is just a Kickstarter project, for now.

?Mac Mini (Mid 2014)? briefly appears in Apple support document
Apple's cheapest Mac was last updated in October of 2012.

 


From: MacNN | The Macintosh News Network

Apple environmental chief expanding green power efforts
In a new report for the UK newspaper The Guardian, Apple Senior VP of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson has acknowledged that the company needs to do more to facilitate more use of renewable energy by its suppliers and partners as well as itself. The iPhone maker has had tremendous success in converting its data centers to renewable energy, and has implemented similar measures in 120 of its stores. The next target, the paper says, is its Arizona sapphire glass plant....








Briefly: Echoes voice announcements for Mac, Amberlight 1.2
Parliant has announced the release of its new voice messaging product for Mac users, Echoes. Functioning on a local network, users can contact other Macs running Echoes and send a voice message instantly, without the need for "dialing" like Skype or FaceTime. To send a voice announcement, one selects "Announce" from the Echoes icon found in the menu bar. Users can announce to both individuals or groups and quickly reply to the sender of the last received announcement. Keyboard shortcuts for sending and replying can be set, and the last announcement made can be re-sent without re-recording. Pr...








Report: Apple offers fastest delivery among online sites
Customer service analytics company StellaService has released a new report that ranks Apple as number one for online delivery speed, up from an eighth-place ranking in April. The iPhone maker captured the top spot for the first time in June with an average processing-and-delivery time of just 2.3 days, beating mostly online clothing outlets such as Abercrombie, Zappos, Nike and others. In a separate study that ranked all aspects of customer service, Apple was topped by J. Crew and Mr Porter....








 


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Report: Security
tips on removing some nasty adware, which has apparently infected multiple MacInTouch readers in recent days, plus tips on detecting Apple/iTunes phishing scams, along with HIPAA security information and issues, LinkedIn abuses and more

 


From: MacOSXHints.com

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. ...

Make iWork 09 the default and avoid update nagging
Many people continue to use iWork 09 apps, because they contain features missing in the newer versions. However, having the older apps on your system mean a constant nagging from Apple to update to the newer versions. If you do download the newer versions, then it is impossible to make the older apps the default for your documents. The old Get Info » Change All trick doesn't work.

Here's what to do to remedy that.

First, make a backup. Then install the latest iWork apps. Your older versions get moved to a subfolder called iWork 09. That's why you have the backup.

Next, move the NEW apps to an external disk or other partition. You can then restore the 09 apps to the /Applications folder. Or leave them in the subfolder if you prefer.

Having the apps on different volume from the system disk lowers their priority, so the 09 apps in your /Applications folder remain the defaults for your documents. What is more, any fu ...

10.9: Update OS without creating a user on a new Mac
This is my take/an update on las_vegas' hint I found here awhile back for running OS updates without creating a user on a Mac. It is applicable to any system 10.5 and up.

This can be helpful if you have a Time Machine backup that's on a newer OS than your install media, or if you're selling/donating your Mac as it saves the new user having to update things.

First things first, wipe your drive (and zero it if you don't trust the end user of this computer) and reinstall your desired OS.

Once your OS is installed, boot to your install media or the Recovery Partition if available. Open Terminal from the Utilities option in the menubar. In the new Terminal window, type the following:
resetpassword

This will bring up the Password Reset utility. Click Macintosh HD or whatever your HDD is called. You'll notice the only user account that's avail ...

 


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From: WIRED

Why the Security of USB Is Fundamentally Broken
Computer users pass around USB sticks like silicon business cards. Although we know they often carry malware infections, we depend on antivirus scans and the occasional reformatting to keep our thumbdrives from becoming the carrier for the next digital epidemic. But the security problems with USB devices run deeper than you think: Their risk isn’t […]








Facebook-Backed Nonprofit Brings Free Internet to Zambia
In an effort to help those left behind join the digital age, Internet.org---the Facebook-backed nonprofit organization---is releasing an app providing free access to a handful of core services to people in Zambia.








What Snowpiercer?s Video-on-Demand Success Means for Indie Films
In an unprecedented turn of events, the indie sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer's video-on-demand releasing bringing in almost as much money as its theatrical run. Should other films follow suit?








 


From: Gizmodo

The Moon Is Actually Shaped Like a Lemon

The Moon Is Actually Shaped Like a Lemon

We might think that we know our closest celestial neighbour well, but it's kept one secret hidden until now: it's not round. In fact, it's shaped like a lemon.

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USB Has a Fundamental Security Flaw That You Can't Detect

USB Has a Fundamental Security Flaw That You Can't Detect

We all rely on USB to interconnect our digital lives?-but new research reveals that there's a fundamental security flaw in the very way that the humble Universal Serial Bus functions, and it could be exploited to wreak havoc on any computer.

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Science
From: National Geographic News

16-foot Waves Measured in Arctic Ocean Where There Was Once Only Ice
Researchers get the first measurements of wave heights in the Beaufort Sea north of Alaska, and they're big.

Astronomers Unravel Secrets of Weirdly Tilted Solar Systems
Astronomers have spotted two solar systems forming on a slant, thanks to the influence of each other's stars.

Amazing Maze: What Science Says About Solving Labyrinths
We encounter mazes every day when we navigate roads. But they are also a powerful tool for neuroscientists trying to figure out the brain.

 


From: BBC News - Science & Environment

Broody octopus keeps four-year vigil
A deep-sea octopus has been observed nursing her eggs for more than four years - the longest brooding time seen in any animal.

Mystery of lemon-shaped Moon solved
Tides and spin gave the Moon its strange lemon shape more than four billion years ago, research reveals.

Tablet screens to correct sight loss
US engineers have developed a prototype tablet display that compensates for an individuals' vision problems.

 


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