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Reports say Apple may bring changes to Beats Music streaming service
Beats Music may live on in iTunes, but Apple may not let it stand alone.

iPhone 6 first weekend beats last year?s iPhone 5 sales, sets record
Apple has moved "more than 10 million" devices in three days.

A look at third-party keyboards on iOS 8: type any way you want
You can now swipe your characters in, or draw them, or paste them...


From: MacNN | The Macintosh News Network

Adobe acquires photo-editing app, mobile SDK developer Aviary
Adobe announced that it acquired a developer of software development kits (SDK) for photo-editing and third-party mobile software. Aviary's SDKs are to be folded into the Adobe Creative SDK, which the company is building as a development platform for mobile apps. Terms of the acquisition were not given, but Aviary was privately held....

Beats Music headed towards shutdown, sources claim [u]
[Updated with Apple denial] Despite recent efforts to promote the streaming service, Apple is planning to discontinue Beats Music, sources within Apple and Beats say. "Many" Beats Music engineers have reportedly been diverted to other projects, such as iTunes. The sources have no insight on what Apple plans to do with the service's technology....

USB Type-C to support DisplayPort Alternate Mode, '4K and beyond'
The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced today that it has been working with the USB 3.0 Promoter Group to create a new DisplayPort mode that works in conjunction with USB Type-C. The new mode, dubbed DisplayPort Alternate Mode, could be used to drive monitor resolutions to "4K and beyond," as well as delivering up to 100 watts of power and SuperSpeed USB 3.1 data over a single Type-C cable....


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Getting Java client apps to run the way you want
I sometimes find the Java setup on my various Apple devices to be a mystery.

Recently, I was trying to get a Java applet to run in the same way on 2 iMacs and my MacBook Air. The applet is a simple vpn client from Juniper that lets me access a Citrix Desktop from any Mac that I can install the Citrix receiver client on so I can work on 'Company stuff' from a large screen iMac when I'm sat at home or from my MacBook when I'm on the road (it works fine over 3/4G).

The first thing is that you have to do some configuring of both Java and Safari to get the applet to run at all.

Once that was all done, I could log in from all my Macs, fire up the applet and establish a secure connection.

On two of the Macs, as soon as I fired up the Citrix app, the Java vpn window would show 'error'. The console showed a Java crash. But on the third Mac, everything worked fi ...

Siri: workaround Content Not Available error
A few weeks ago, a number of people started reporting having trouble with Siri. Phrases like 'Call my wife' or 'Tell my dad' stopped working. Siri knew who those people were but proclaimed 'Uh oh, I don't have a phone number for Jane Isa Doe." and beneath, there's a message: "Content Not Available."

I debugged this for over an hour and on a hunch, found a workaround that seems to work for nearly everyone who has tried it. All you have to do is delete the middle name of the person in *your* contact card where it is stored as a relationship.

I'm not sure why that works; it shouldn't, but it does. That's why I call it a workaround instead of a fix. I figure Apple is mucking around with Siri and perhaps caused a bug or some sort of corruption.

I'd be curious to know from MacOSXHints users whether they are experiencing this problem in the first place and if the workaround works for you, too. I'd also like to understand why this works and why the problem even e ...

Older browser behavior changes in Google search
As of August 29, 2014, Google has decided to intentionally break old browsers. They say it's not a bug, it's by design here, even though Google's support page says it accepts Safari 4 as a fully supported browser.

If you want Google searches to go back to the modern style, you need to change your User-Agent string. For Safari, enable the Develop Window and use an option in there that works. Internet Explorer 9 (Windows) works, for example.

[crarko adds: I don't have an older system active at the moment to try this. It's inevitable that older software becomes obsolete, the same way older hardware does. I think the actual hint here is a reminder that if a site misbehaves, changing the user agent can be an effective troubleshooting tool.]







X Prize Pledges $15M for Software That Lets Children Teach Themselves
X Prize Pledges $15M for Software That Lets Children Teach Themselves

The X PRIZE Foundation, the brainchild of entrepreneur and futurist Peter Diamandis, is already working on some of the world's biggest problems, and on Monday, it added another to the list: global education.

The post X Prize Pledges $15M for Software That Lets Children Teach Themselves appeared first on WIRED.

Learning How to Share: Why Delivering a Product or Service Isn?t Enough
Learning How to Share: Why Delivering a Product or Service Isn?t Enough

The widespread growth of the sharing economy has been hard to miss, with more and more new businesses entering the space on what feels like a daily basis. Forbes estimates the equivalent revenue flowing through the sharing economy directly into people’s wallets will surpass $3.5 billion this year, with growth exceeding 25%. The sharing economy today […]

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Innovation: Hedge First, Optimize Later
Innovation: Hedge First, Optimize Later

There is a sequence to growth, an implicit order. Consecutive development activities are initiated and concluded by the forward and aft positions. We look out to discover opportunities and threats to our growth before we may streamline our actions to maximize their value to us. First, the unknown must be found and revealed. This is […]

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From: Gizmodo

Hear Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury Sing A Duet, 33 Years Later

Hear Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury Sing A Duet, 33 Years Later

In 1981 Freddie Mercury recorded "There Must Be More to Life Than This," which originally featured additional vocals from Michael Jackson. The song was eventually released without Jackson's voice, but thanks to the new compilation Queen Forever, you can finally hear Freddie and Michael together.


Cats really have nine lives and this video proves it

Cats really have nine lives and this video proves it

Legend says that cats have nine lives. Science says that's superstition based on uncanny reflexes and amazing flexibility. Whatever. Looking at this video of the fire of the Towers Hotel?a historic hotel in Dauphin, Manitoba?I'm saying nine damn lives and scientists can go poop in a litter box for all I care.


These Tiny Diamond Nanothreads Could Someday Support a Space Elevator

These Tiny Diamond Nanothreads Could Someday Support a Space Elevator

A team of scientists just strung a tone of the world's smallest diamonds into superstrong nanothreads. That makes for one impressive (and basically invisible) necklace, but the applications of these nanothreads don't end there. They could someday help string up an elevator to space?just like in science fiction.



From: National Geographic News

World Rhino Day Pictures: African, Asian Species in Crisis
All five species of rhinoceros are threatened by poaching?but efforts like World Rhino Day are trying to bring attention to their plight.

Q&A: The Conservative Case for a Carbon Tax
Ahead of UN climate summit, Republican Bob Inglis says the idea would lower other taxes.

Plan Will Protect 770,000 Square Miles of Ocean, Working With World's
Pristine Seas effort ramps up partners, funding, and projects with an announcement at the Clinton Global Initiative.


From: BBC News - Science & Environment

Cosmic study 'underestimated' dust
Scientists who claimed to have found evidence for a cosmic super-expansion just after the Big Bang underestimated a key confounding factor in their research, according to a new analysis.

Scientists debate sea-ice trends
Researchers meet in London to discuss sea-ice trends, as the Arctic reaches its summer low extent and the Antarctic pushes on to another record high.

Molten metal batteries for the grid
Engineers have invented a battery made of three liquefied metals, which they say is efficient and cheap enough to store power on the electric grid.




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