From: Ars Technica » Infinite Loop
New Outlook for Mac shines, but licensing confusion gets in the way
New version brings new interface and features?including full push e-mail.
Why is the new iMac 5K instead of 4K? It?s all about the video, baby
From: MacNN | The Macintosh News Network
It?s not enough to just see 4K content?you have to be able to edit it, too.
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Report: iPhones/iOS 8
Apple Pay (and related technology); Verizon overcharging; iPad SIMs; and Safari Find
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.
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.]
This levitating pumpkin is the best Jack O' Lantern
Okay, this pumpkin isn't carved but still, it's freaking floating in the air! Therefore under the rule known as things that can float in the air can be called whatever they want, I name this levitating pumpkin the best and spookiest and awesomest and nerdiest Jack O' Lantern of Halloween.
These cookies are so beautifully decorated that it's wrong to eat them
Even though all cookies should be eaten so more cookies will be made to be eaten, I would feel so guilty if I ate any of these cookies made by SweetAmbsCookie. They are a work of art. The painstaking detail and beautiful decorations are unreal. You wouldn't want to eat a painting made by Picasso, right?
Top photographers explain what modern photography is really about
Award-winning filmmaker and photographer Tyrone Lebon created this neat documentary showing the state of the art of modern photography. The film features some of the world's best contemporary photographers talking about their creative process, inspiration, and ultimately, what modern photography is about.
From: National Geographic News
Will Virgin Galactic's Crash End Space Tourism?
The fatal explosion of SpaceShipTwo in the Mojave Desert may lead to more scrutiny of the fledgling space passenger industry.
Week's Best Space Pictures: Antares Falls, Mars Mystifies, and the Sun Rises
A sunrise consoles space station crew after the loss of an unmanned Antares supply rocket, with Mars and the stars offering more consolation.
Meet 5 "Zombie" Parasites That Mind-Control Their Hosts
From: BBC News - Science & Environment
It's no Halloween movie?some parasites hijack their hosts' brains to make them act in horrific ways.
Virgin spacecraft crash kills pilot
A pilot is killed and another is injured as Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashes in California.
Rockets 'destroy chemical weapons'
A team has developed micro-sized rockets, powered by seawater, that can neutralise chemical and biological weapons.
Wannabe is 'catchiest hit single'
Results from a citizen science online experiment suggests that the Spice Girls' Wannabe is the UK's catchiest hit single.