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From: Ars Technica Infinite Loop

Pioneer to upgrade 5 existing consoles for CarPlay, no new hardware required
iPhone owners can buy these aftermarket displays now, get CarPlay this summer.

Apple, Samsung, mobile carriers to debut anti-theft kill switch in 2015
Voluntary industry move appears to get ahead of pending anti-theft bill.

iPad-friendly Office 365 subscription now available for $70
Office 365 Personal supports the Office apps on one PC and one tablet.

 


From: MacNN | The Macintosh News Network

Eyefi launches cloud storage service for Mobi Wi-Fi memory cards
Eyefi is expanding the usefulness of its Wi-Fi-equipped SD memory cards, by launching its own cloud storage service. The Mobi SD card, released last year, will now not only wirelessly transfer photographs taken by a digital camera to a mobile device, but it will also provide the option of automatically uploading it to the Eyefi Cloud....








Macworld gems: The Roost MacBook stand, iMacompanion USB port
Continuing our look at some of the more interesting devices and services we ran across at Macworld in San Francisco last month, MacNN and Electronista staffers will periodically write about items and vendors that caught our eye at the show that we thought our readers would like to know about. Today's focus is on two successfully-funded Kickstarter campaigns: The Roost stand for notebooks, and the iMacompanion USB port from Wiplabs....








Briefly: Text expander Typinator 5.9, PDFpen 6.2 released
Productivity software developer Ergonis has announced the release of Typinator 5.9, a maintenance update for its text expander. Released prior to the launch of the next major version 6, Typinator v5.9 incorporates several minor bug fixes, and improves compatibility with third-party applications, such as Aperture, MacGiro, Mellel and more. Requiring OS X 10.5.8 or later, Typinator 5.9 is a free upgrade for anyone who owns a valid license for Typinator 5, and costs $35.50 for new customers....








 


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From: MacOSXHints.com

10.8: AppleScript to close iCal Alerts
I'd just installed OS X 10.8, and booted to find the right side of my screen covered in Birthday and Calendar notifications! Since installing I've clicked 'Close' on way too many iCal notification alerts.

Here's a script to close them all for you in one fell swoop. Since I still want iCal to popup a Notification alert for event alarms I've set, I don't want to simply disable all the iCal notifications (or set them to temporary banner alerts).

However, it still occurs that sometimes a small pile of alerts have accrued while I was away from the computer, and I really hate hitting 'Close' a bunch of times.

So, followng is a script to simply close all the piled-up Notification Alerts. The script was put together using these two webpages for inspiration: http://macosxautomation.com/mavericks/notifications/01A.html (most of the nice code comes from here) and ...

Create very unique signatures in Preview
You can make signatures in Preview that are pen and ink style drawings.

I don't know if this has been posted yet, or if it is generally known, but I stumbled upon a neat feature of signatures in Preview.app. When you create a signature, if you you don't hold up a piece of paper with a signature on it, and simply smile for a mug shot, Preview will create a signature that is a neat pen and ink style image of yourself, or whatever is in front of the camera. I've created several, that for the right client, can be used as a humorous alternative to an actual signature. I also used a screen capture of the signature on a document and made the image into a Facebook Profile picture.

[crarko adds: Well I didn't know about it. Most folks use Photo Booth to do things like this, I'd guess, but I always appreciate a creative use of a program.]

Custom margins in TextEdit
There is already an old hint about this topic, but it doesn't really explain it very clearly, only in the comments.

Here's how you can change the margins in TextEdit to your favourite size, so that you can use, for example, the whole space on a sheet of paper when printing.

First, save your document first as a Rich Text file (.rtf), if you have not already done this. To see the effect directly in your document, open it and enable under the Format menu the setting Wrap to Page for your document.

Next open up the TextEdit preferences, switch to the tab Open and Save and check on the option Display RTF files as RTF code instead of formatted text.

Open the document again and you will see the raw code that defines how the document look like. You want to look in the 4th row, where it says:

margl1440margr1440

This define ...

 


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From: WIRED

It?s Time to Encrypt the Entire Internet
The Heartbleed bug crushed our faith in the secure web, but a world without the encryption software that Heartbleed exploited would be even worse. In fact, it's time for the web to take a good hard look at a new idea: encryption everywhere.








Catch Up on Orphan Black With This Handy Cheat Sheet
The fantastic sci-fi thrillers is back for a new season. Missed the first one? Never fear: our handy-dandy cheat sheet can help you get through without having seen a minute of it.








Epic Photos Expose Mankind?s Uneasy Relationship With Water
Ed Burtynsky?s Water project is a jaw-dropping survey in photos and film about the most essential substance to life on Earth.








 


From: Gizmodo

This Is What Tablets Looked Like in 2001

This Is What Tablets Looked Like in 2001

It's probably for the best that tablets didn't really enter the mainstream until Apple launched the iPad, at least if the Nokia M510 Web Tablet was anything to go by.

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This Co-Working Table Has Hidden Depths

This Co-Working Table Has Hidden Depths

Co-working can be tough: regular users of a space have their natural sprawl, while those spending just a few hours at a desk would prefer a minimum of clutter. This desk has hidden depths to cater for all.

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What Will Happen When the Earth?s Magnetic Field Switches

What Will Happen When the Earth?s Magnetic Field Switches

The Earth's magnetic field protects life on Earth, shielding it from damaging radiation and moderating our climate. So the idea that it could completely flip around, or collapse altogether, should cause us to worry, right? Well, yes and no.

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Science
From: National Geographic News

Chimpanzees Make Beds That Offer Them Best Night's Sleep
Chimpanzees choose tree branches that give them the most firm, stable, and comfortable place to sleep, a new study says.

Chief Warden Shot in Africa's Oldest National Park
Belgian Emmanuel de Merode was ambushed in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Honeybees in East Africa Resist Deadly Pathogens
A new study reveals that East African honeybees are resistant to the pathogens blamed for colony collapses elsewhere.

 


From: BBC News - Science & Environment

Artists have unique brain structure
Artists' brains are structurally different to non-artists in areas relating to fine motor movements and visual imagery, a study finds.

Birth of 'new Saturn moon' witnessed
Scientists say they have discovered what could be the birth of a new moon in the rings of Saturn.

EU Sentinel returns first images
The first images come back from the radar satellite launched as part of the European Union's new flagship Earth-observation project.

 


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