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February 27 2014

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Clear för iPhone och iPad är nu gratis i 24 timmar
Idag mailade Realmac Software ut till sina användare av de tidigare versionerna av appen Clear att den senaste versionen för iPhone och iPad som vanligtvis kostar 38 kronor just nu är gratis i 24 timmar. De har gjort den gratis för att få alla användare som betalat för de tidigare versionerna att kostnadsfritt kunna få […]
15:20

With upset consumers, EU chatting about in-app purchases with Apple, Google and others

After four individual member countries raised concerns, the European Commission has decided to tackle consumer issues around freemium apps with in-app purchases. The EU has invited Apple, Google and others in the tech industry for a discussion on the subject as the free apps can appear to have hidden costs, Reuters reported on Thursday.

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The Commission, which is the European Union’s executive body, is concerned because games labeled “free to download” often charge users to actually play. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding noted a lack of honesty in this freemium approach, saying, “Misleading consumers is clearly the wrong business model and also goes against the spirit of EU rules on consumer protection.”

While the EU is collectively tacking this problem now for the interests of all its member countries, this isn’t a new phenomenon. Here in the U.S., for example, we went through a similar exercise about three years ago, just as the in-app purchase model began to gain acceptance.

In 2010, my stepdaughter racked up nearly $400 in such in-app purchases without my knowledge, and at the time, she didn’t think anything of exchanging real currency from our bank account for virtual gold coins. Since that time, the FTC and Apple have come to a $32.5 million settlement on such situations and Apple added more controls around in-app purchases. The company also reimbursed one U.K. parent $6,700 for in-app fees racked up by his daughter on games, says Reuters.

The EU Commission talks will be held with consumer protection groups from Denmark, Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, Lithuania and Luxembourg, along with Apple, Google and others in the tech industry. Some proposals that will reportedly be discussed include the removal of messages that encourage users to “Buy now!” or “Upgrade now!” although I’m not putting my money on that being a deterrent in the freemium model.

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10:57

Improve audio with markers in iMovie [Tutorial]

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The new Mavericks-compatible version of iMovie represents quite a departure from the previous incarnation, with a number of its more advanced features either removed or hidden away. This isn’t as much of a cause for concern as it appers at first glance though, as there’s still plenty of functionality to be found within the confines of the software, if you know where to look.

So in this tutorial, join us as we demonstrate how to polish up a project containing audio from various sources. We’ll look at how to add a soundtrack, use markers to help control the level of your original audio using volume curves and fades, and how to line up your video clips with audio cues and soundtrack regions.

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Screen Shot 2014-02-27 at 10.34.15Step 1: Add soundtrack

Here we have an iMovie project containing a title and various holiday clips. We want to add a music soundtrack, so we drag in a prepared audio file from Finder.

 

Screen Shot 2014-02-27 at 10.34.27Step 2: Balance clip volume

Each video clip has its own audio, as captured when it was filmed. The overall volume of each clip can be balanced against the music by adjusting the clip’s volume control line.

 

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Step 3: Get specific

To change the volume level of just one individual section of a clip, first position the playhead at the start point of the section you want to adjust the level of.

 

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Step 4: Add markers

Then press the M key on your keyboard to place a marker. Markers appear as blue blobs on top of the clips. Do the same again for the end of the desired section.

 

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Step 5: Define region

Click and hold on the clip at one of the markers. When the cursor changes, drag to the other marker to define the desired region. The selection region should snap to the markers.

 

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Step 6: Adjust region volume

Now, when you drag upwards or downwards on the volume control line within the highlighted region, only the volume for the highlighted region is affected.

 

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Step 7: Adjust fades

You can now also adjust the fades in and out using the handles provided. Drag the small dots horizontally to adjust the duration of the fade, for smoother transitions.

 

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Step 8: On the fly

You can also add markers by pressing the ‘M’ key on the fly as your movie plays. Here we’ve marked out the downbeats for every bar of our soundtrack music.

 

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Step 9: Line up

If we do the same with the clips of the girl dancing, the markers make it easy to line up the video in time with the music track. Once this is done, we can mute the original audio.

 

 

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Buffalo Wings vill ta över efter Flappy Bird
Vem gillar inte Buffalo Wings, det vill säga starkt kryddade kycklingvingar? Lite så tänkte nog utvecklaren bakom spelet han hoppas ska ta över efter Flappy Bird. Buffalo Wings för iPhone är på många sätt, kanske för många, väldigt likt Flappy Bird. Det bygger på samma princip men tyvärr, enligt mig, är det lättare även om […]
08:20
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Majoriteten har redan senaste iOS 7.0.6
Att ni användare av iOS är snabba att uppdatera vet vi sedan tidigare och det gick extrems snabbt när iOS 7 kom. Det brukar dock gå lite långsammare när de mindre uppdateringarna kommer men denna gång när lösningen på den kritiska SSL-buggen kom i lördags var ni snabba och redan nu har över hälften av […]
01:38

iOS 7.0.6 adoption hits 13.3% in the U.S. within two days

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On Wednesday, mobile analytics firm Chitika confirmed that Apple’s iOS 7.0.6—which was released last week—hit a 13.3% adoption rate within 48 hours. Apple released iOS 7.0.6  to address an SSL vulnerability that made log-in information available to hackers on any open or public network. The…

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01:30

Apple releases fix for Power Nap issues in 2013 Mac Pro

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Apple has been quite busy addressing the SSL vulnerability in iOS devices, Macs, and Apple TVs and has been working on several software updates for its devices. Late Wednesday, the company released a firmware update to address an issue with the Power Nap feature in the 2013 Mac Pro….

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February 26 2014

21:02

Savant, the Apple of home automation providers, launches a cheaper option

Savant, a home automation company for the high end customer, has decided to come down-market a bit with a starter-package home hub and software combo that allows people to automate their living environment for $1,599. The new product revolves around a Linux-based home server that acts as a control for lights, sound system and whatever else you have as part of your Savant system. The hub and controller costs $799.00 and the attendant accessories adds to the overall price.

That’s pricey, although I’ve easily put that amount of money into my own hodgepodge of a setup. The buyer of the entry-level Savant systems gets a host, the Linux brain running the software; a controller with radios and ports for operating connected devices and a self-configuring Wi-Fi universal remote. The challenge is that you need one controller for each room you want to automate, so it can add up.

I’ve covered plenty of sensor and hub products that are hoping to let people automate their homes, but so far I’ve steered clear of the high-end of the market. Yet readers are clearly interested in Savant, judging by their feedback on some of my podcasts and stories. Plus on a podcast in December with Via, a company that installs technology into the homes of the “rich and famous,” my guest compared it to the Apple of home automation. Check out the home energy monitoring UI above or the Blu-Ray controls below.

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He isn’t wrong. The high-end version of Savant’s products uses a Mac Mini that runs the Savant’s software. It’s integrated so that any Apple product also runs as the control for the system; the system boasts wall-mounted iPods and iPads as controllers. So in a way, Savant is Apple’s home automation play, just done without Apple’s involvement. But the new product is not an Apple-related product.

The Apple guts run the Savant Pro lineup while a Linux machine will lie at the heart of the new, lower-cost Smart Series. Both systems are available through a series of dealers as opposed to something you might buy at a mass market retailer or on Kickstarter. The dealers do all the hard programming I’m currently struggling with on my own DIY systems. Yet, even as Savant moves slightly down market, I expect the creators of other home hubs to get more aggressive about establishing relationships with integrators and head up.

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20:19
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Filmen om Steve Jobs kan få samma regissör som The Social Network
Enligt The Hollywood Reporter så förs inledande samtal med David Fincher [IMDb] om att regissera filmen om Steve Jobs som baseras på biografin av Walter Isaacson. Manuset som är skrivet av Aaron Sorkin [IMDb] är klart och ska innehålla tre scener på vardera trettio minuter, där varje scen spelas upp i realtid. Like Zuckerberg, Jobs […]
19:21
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Apple har släppt en uppdatering till iTunes
Apple släppte nu i kväll en liten uppdatering till iTunes med versionsnummer 11.1.5. Som vanligt hittar du uppdateringen i Mac App Store. iTunes 11.1.5 Den här uppdateringen löser ett problem som kan göra att iTunes avslutas oväntat när en enhet ansluts och förbättrar kompabilitet med iBooks för Mac på OS X Mavericks. Har du ännu […]
17:21

Apple urges Arizona governor to veto anti-gay bill

Apple has asked Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto the state’s controversial religious freedom bill. Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder confirmed on Monday that the governor spoke with an unnamed person at the company.

Arizona’s SB1062 bill was passed last week by the state’s Legislature. It allows businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers based on religious beliefs.

Apple has long been a supporter of LGBT rights and has been ranked among the top gay-friendly companies. It also has a vested interest in Arizona, as it is opening a sapphire glass plant in Mesa that is expected to bring upwards of 2,000 new jobs to the state.

After Apple announced the plant last year, Governor Brewer said, “Apple is indisputably one of the world’s most innovative companies and I’m thrilled to welcome them to Arizona. Apple will have an incredibly positive economic impact for Arizona and its decision to locate here speaks volumes about the friendly, pro-business climate we have been creating these past four years.”

So far, though, it seems as if the bill is only driving business away. Apple is just one of many big companies and organizations against it — AT&T, Verizon and Intel have all confirmed public appeals against the bill to Governor Brewer as well. Brewer is expected to veto the bill, but must reach a decision by the end of the Saturday or it will become a law.

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13:56
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iOS-koncept slår samman Kontrollcenter och multitasking
Ett nytt konceptklipp demonstrerar hur Apple kan tänkas tänka vidare kring nya Kontrollcenter och multitask-vyn som introducerades i iOS 7. Enligt konceptmakaren själv härstammar idén från att han själv avskyr att dubbelklicka på hemknappen – många gånger blir det ett trippel-klick som tar användaren tillbaka till där denne var innan. I detta korta klipp har […]
08:11

Presentation du 1er iPhone Revisitée en Motion Design (video)

iPhone-1-Nouvelle-Presentation-Motion-Design-1Les plus fans boys & girls d’entre nous se souviennent certainement de la présentation du premier iPhone faite à l’époque par Steve Jobs c’était durant la “special keynote” de 2007 qui depuis est entrée dans l’histoire grâce au succès planétaire que connaît le smartphone d’Apple… Beau travail créatif Pour rendre hommage à l’une des plus révolutionnaires inventions de Steve Jobs, […]
07:00
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Apple vann pris för iPad Air utan att delta
Under Mobile World Congress (MWC) som pågår nu i Barcelona har en rad priser delats ut. Trots att Apple inte deltar vann de ändå pris för Best Mobile Tablet med iPad Air. Vill du veta vad vi på Array.se tyckte om den när den kom finns vår recension gånger tre att läsa. Precision-engineered to weigh […]
02:22

Apple releases OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 with fix for SSL vulnerability

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Apple has finally released OS X Mavericks v10.9.2 with a fix for the SSL vulnerability currently plaguing the company's devices. Apple released iOS 7.0.6 as well as a software update for the Apple TV in order to address the vulnerability that allowed hackers to bypass SSL/TLS verifications on shared and public networks and steal user information from affected devices, including log-in usernames and passwords, as well as other sensitive information.

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00:04

Apple reportedly rolls out iBeacon certification program

Apple now has an official certification process for manufacturers that wish to use its iBeacon specification, according to Beekn.net. Under the company’s Made for iPhone (MFi) program, manufacturers can request the ability to use the iBeacon branding provided their device meets certain qualifications.

Manufacturers can reportedly register to use the iBeacon name for free, and specifications are provided after signing a non-disclosure agreement. Those specifications haven’t been revealed, but Beekn.net notes the following of beacons that carry the iBeacon branding:

  • They broadcast Bluetooth LE “signals” in a way that conforms to the Apple standard for what those signals should containApple MFi
  • They have use of the iBeacon trademark

Until now, the term iBeacon has generally been used to describe any Bluetooth beacon. Apple’s program is designed to give it more control over the branding. The good news is that this shouldn’t restrict iBeacon use to Apple devices only. While the iBeacon branding certifies the beacon will work well with Apple devices, it should also be able to work with Android devices that support Bluetooth 4.0 LE.

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February 25 2014

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King ger upp Candy, men bara i USA
Att King, som ligger bakom Candy Crush Saga, inte ville att andra spelutvecklare skulle använda ordet Candy i namnet på sina spel skrev vi om i januari. Det har sedan dess varit en hetsig debatt om en utvecklare ska ha rätt att äga varumärket för ett så vanligt ord. Men nu verkar King ha kommit […]
19:32

Apple fixes SSL security bug, adds FaceTime audio calls in OS X Mavericks 10.9.2

Apple released OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 on Tuesday with a number of additions and fixes, most notably the closure of an SSL security hole found last week. Mac users can find the software update in the OS X App Store.

The release notes for the software don’t specifically mention this fix, but tests show the vulnerability no longer exists. Before the update, a malicious website could represent itself as a trusted site and intercept encrypted data on what looks like a secure connection. The SSL issue was also present in iOS 7 but Apple addressed that vulnerability in a software update last week.

The full Apple change log is here but some of the notable highlights include the addition of FaceTime audio call support, call waiting in FaceTime and the ability to block individuals in iMessage.

After some readers of 9to5Mac reported that the SSL hole was patched by this software update, I applied it to my own MacBook Pro. Prior to doing so, I navigated to a test site — the details are here if you want to do the same — that checks for the issue in Safari and confirmed the issue was present. I then downloaded and installed OS X 10.9.2 and replicated the test steps in Safari to see that the problem no longer exists.

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19:27
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Apple har släppt OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 – fixar kritisk SSL-bugg
Så till slut, efter en en lång betaperiod med en hel del betaversioner, har Apple släppt nästa stora uppdatering till OS X – version 10.9.2. Innan vi går till nyheterna är det viktigt att först och främst påpeka att Apple nu fixat den kritiska SSL/TLS-bugg som upptäcktes tidigare i veckan i iOS 7, och som […]
16:49

New keylogging security flaw found in iOS 7

Apple just patched a serious SSL vulnerability flaw in iOS 7 last week, but that doesn’t appear to the end of its mobile security problems. Ars Technica pointed Tuesday to a blog post from security company FireEye that shows a new security flaw in iOS 7 that could allow certain apps to log your keystrokes as they run in the background.

Here are the details according to FireEye:

“We have created a proof-of-concept “monitoring” app on non-jailbroken iOS 7.0.x devices. This “monitoring” app can record all the user touch/press events in the background, including touches on the screen, home button press, volume button press and TouchID press, and then this app can send all user events to any remote server, as shown in Fig.1. Potential attackers can use such information to reconstruct every character the victim inputs.

Note that the demo exploits the latest 7.0.4 version of iOS system on a non-jailbroken iPhone 5s device successfully. We have verified that the same vulnerability also exists in iOS versions 7.0.5, 7.0.6 and 6.1.x. Based on the findings, potential attackers can either use phishing to mislead the victim to install a malicious/vulnerable app or exploit another remote vulnerability of some app, and then conduct background monitoring.”

What this means is that if you download an infected app, it can run in the background on your device, storing information on what you type and then transmitting that information to a remote server.

Of course, this means you need to have an app with the monitoring code installed, which isn’t something you can readily tell. I’d venture a guess that the vast majority of high-profile apps are free of malicious code, but there are hundreds of thousands of others out there. Apple has a fairly extensive app review policy that’s designed to catch malware, but as this shows, it isn’t always perfect.

According to FireEye, you can reduce your potential for background monitoring by closing out any background apps through the multitasking menu. You can also disable background apps from refreshing through Settings.

Last week Apple issued an update to iOS 7.0.6, which fixed a serious flaw that could allows hackers to bypass SSL/TLS security verification and intercept their data.

According to FireEye, it has been collaborating with Apple on this latest security issue, so hopefully we’ll see a fix soon.

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