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PSA: Download the OS X Yosemite public beta now
The first million people to sign up can get their first taste of 10.10 today.

Old apps, new faces: More stuff that looks different in OS X Yosemite
Gallery: Apps and features that have been Yosemite-ized, but not changed.

Apple files patent for smartwatch
Comes with usual range of smartwatch features, fuels Apple wearables speculation.

 


From: MacNN | The Macintosh News Network

Yosemite public beta launch doubles presence in web traffic
Though the increase is insignificant in the larger picture of overall global Mac web traffic, new numbers from GoSquared suggest that the release yesterday of the Yosemite (OS X 10.10) public beta, limited to a pool of one million Apple ID holders already running Mavericks, doubled the number of people using the forthcoming new update on the web literally overnight. According to GoSquared's live analytics page, use of Yosemite jumped from 0.26 percent on Thursday to 0.57 percent on Friday....








Apple buys book analytics site BookLamp to aid iBookstore discovery
On Friday, Apple revealed that it had purchased book analytics and discovery company BookLamp for an undisclosed sum, though TechCrunch estimated the sale between $10-15 million. While it acknowledged the deal, the iPhone maker's only comment on the deal was its standard "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans" line. The company is likely to use BookLamp technology in its iBookstore to help readers discover new content....








Report: Apple bought back another $5 billion in stock in June quarter
Regulatory have revealed that Apple spent another $5 billion during the June quarter as part of its share-repurchase program to retire an additional 58 million shares of stock at an average (split-adjusted) price of $85.23 per share, still well below the current trading average, and about the same price per share as well CEO Tim Cook first announced the buyback plan just over two years ago. The recent expenditure is less aggressive than seen in quarters where the share price was lower, signalling reduced buyback activity....








 


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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

Resistant ?Nightmare Bacteria? Increase Five-Fold in Southeastern U.S.
There’s worrisome news here in the southeastern US, buried in a journal that is favorite reading only for superbug geeks like me. The rate at which hospitals are recognizing cases of CRE — the form of antibiotic resistance that is so serious the CDC dubbed it a “nightmare” — rose five times over between 2008 […]








The Hard-Core Fanatics Who Make Comic-Con So Great
The average Comic-Con attendee isn't camping overnight for a Hall H seat or hauling around a 50-lb photon pack--they're taking in the sights and sounds of their favorite event.








Game|Life Podcast: Guardians of the Galaxy Blasts Into Disney Infinity
Marvel's upcoming film Guardians of the Galaxy will be well-represented in the upcoming Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes game, Disney said this week.








 


From: Gizmodo

Job Applicants Admit More to a Computer Avatar, Says U.S. Gov't Study

Job Applicants Admit More to a Computer Avatar, Says U.S. Gov't Study

Applying for a U.S. government job? You'll have to answer questions on drug use, criminal activity, and your loyalty to the U.S.A. And thanks to a government study, you might answer to an on-screen avatar, rather than a paper questionnaire.

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UV-Powered Blood Test Could Make Universal Cancer Detection Possible

UV-Powered Blood Test Could Make Universal Cancer Detection Possible

Early detection is the best tool to fight cancer, but biopsies can be painful and inconclusive. New research shows a simple blood test can detect cancers by blasting white blood cells with UV and seeing how they respond. Painless, universal cancer detection could be a drop of blood away.

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Video of the Pizza Thrower in action: It actually fires 14-inch pizzas!

Video of the Pizza Thrower in action: It actually fires 14-inch pizzas!

Holy crap, it's real! As this new video shows, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Pizza Thrower?a full scale 12-foot-long version of the classic toy?actually works, throwing pizzas fast and far enough to actually hurt people with dough, cheese, and pepperoni projectiles. They should really call it the Pizza Tank.

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Science
From: National Geographic News

Q&A: Was Teen Pilot's Tragic Round-the-World Flight Attempt Too Risky?
A teen and his father took on too much risk in trying to set a world flight record in 30 days, says Barrington Irving, a young pilot who set his own record in 2007.

Pictures: Nice Day for a Picnic?a Century of Outdoor Eating Around the World
Campers dine in the desert, workers take a midday break, and sweethearts kiss near the Eiffel Tower.

Week's Best Space Pictures: A Cosmic Cluster, a Heavenly Halo, and a Supernova's Ashes
A halo of stars highlights a galaxy and a supernova image is spiffed up in this week's best space pictures.

 


From: BBC News - Science & Environment

Wildlife loss link to child slavery
New research suggests that the global reduction in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery.

Gecko sex satellite 'not responding'
A Russian satellite containing geckos could plummet to earth if control is not regained, according to reports.

'Fluffy' dinosaurs were widespread
A discovery of 150 million year old fossils in Siberia indicates that feathers were much more widespread among dinosaurs than previously thought.

 


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