Five Tip Friday ~ iOS 8 has Quick Website Search; other Safari tricks

Safari got a new lease of life in iOS 8 for iDevices (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch)
Safari got a new lease of life in iOS 8 for iDevices (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch)

1/ Quick Website Search — Go to Settings>Safari and tap on ‘Quick Website Search.’ From now on, quick website search shortcuts are added every time you search within a website. It doesn’t work on every site, but it works on lots. Why turn it on? It gives you the ability to quickly search the App Store or Wikipedia via keywords, letting you bypass a search engine’s website entirely.
It uses the smart search box in Safari to search within websites automatically – just type the name of the website as part of the search. For example, type ‘Wiki iPad’ to present a top result of the official Wikipedia entry for Apple’s iPad. Tapping on this search result instantly takes the user to the Wikipedia page rather than a list of results from their search engine of choice. The same can also be accomplished to view App Store content: simply add the word ‘app’ to the search query.

2/ Add to Favorites — Launch the Favorites (sic) page in Safari by tapping in the Address (URL) bar on a page you want to save. A white page appears – swipe downwards on that, and two buttons appear: Add to Favorites and Request Desktop Site (if you prefer to see what you’d see if you went to the site on your Mac, rather than the Mobi version).
Tap Add to Favorites if you want to add the page you’re currently viewing to your Favorites in Safari. Once you tap the button, you’ll land on a confirmation screen where you can edit the name and URL of the site before adding it to your Favorites list.

3/ Edit your Favorites — To edit the Favorites screen in Safari, tap the address bar to get to your Favorites, then tap and hold an icon. You can then rearrange the icon by dragging it around, or release it to reveal a pop-up with ‘Delete’ and ‘Edit’ buttons.

4/ History — Yes it’s there, but it’s hidden. If you have closed a tab or window in Safari, it’s not immediately obvious how to get it back in iOS for iPhone or iPad, or iPhone touch. Tap the Tabs button (two rectangles superimposed at bottom right of your screen) and hold your finger on the central Plus sign that appears. You history appears, called Recently Closed Tabs (they don’t last forever – if you want to save them, add to favourites as above).

5/ Browse in private — If you don’t trust Google, Yahoo, or Bing with your search history, Apple has added the privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo to the official list of approved Safari search providers. Changing it requires little effort: launch the iOS Settings app, then select Safari followed by the first option on the list: Search Engine. There you’ll find DuckDuckGo at the bottom of the list. Select it, back out of the Settings app and start searching the web in complete privacy.

Extra tip — When you get to a site and want to buy something, tap to enter your Credit Card details and notice the Scan Credit Card line above the keyboard. Tap that, and you just photograph your Credit Card – iOS 8 does the rest!

iPad Air 2 components, Microsoft fitness, Spotify, Skype, ProShot, OmniFocus, Samsung drops

To accompany the new iOS compatible Band, Microsoft is enabling Microsoft Health, an online repository for your fitness data.
To accompany the new iOS compatible Band, Microsoft is enabling Microsoft Health, an online repository for your fitness data.

Apple nets US$224 on each 16GB WiFi iPad Air 2 it sells — Despite its upgrade, the iPad Air 2 shares a nearly similar bill of materials with its predecessor, claims IHS following its teardown analysis of Apple’s latest tablet device. According to the analysis, the entry-level US$499 16GB WiFi-Only iPad Air 2 costs Apple US$275 to manufacture as compared to US$269 for original iPad Air.

Microsoft unveils new iOS-compatible fitness tracker, Microsoft Band — Microsoft today entered the fitness tracker market with its new Microsoft Band wearable device(pictured above) to compete with new offerings from Fitbit and Apple’s upcoming Watch device. The Band’s biggest feature is its cross-compatibility, supporting iOS, Android and Windows Phone. It also moves beyond a fitness tracker and inches into the smartwatch category with support for notifications and other smartphone-connected features.

Spotify brings its new look to iPad, Skype update lets users save and delete chat photos — Popular music subscription service Spotify updated its official iPad app on Thursday with a new look in line with its iPhone client, while also giving users access to the “Your Music” feature, and Microsoft’s Skype for iPhone was also updated with the ability to save and delete photo, as well as a faster chat-load time.

ProShot is a worthy addition to your app collection — ProShot (free) has been a big hit on Windows Phones, but was missing from the App Store. It’s no longer absent from the iOS world, launching with a barrel of useful features that give your iPhone capabilities similar to a serious DSLR.

OmniFocus 2 for iPad makes life easier with extensions and background syncing — If you need more power for sub-tasks, contexts, and weekly reviews than your typical to-do list provides, you can’t go wrong with OmniFocus(but it’s US$30).

Samsung suffered a 73.9% drop in Q3 mobile profits while Apple’s rose 11.3 percent — Samsung Electronics reported overall Q3 operating profits of 4.06 trillion won ($3.8 billion) — a 60% year-over-year drop — while its Mobile division suffered a 73.9 percent drop in profits.

Cook declares, BookArc Mac Pro Stand, Photoshop mistakes, M-Tron synth

The Mac Pro on a BookArc Stand. It takes up only 19.05cm vertically space rather than 35.56cm upright.
The Mac Pro on a BookArc Stand. It takes up only 19.05cm vertically space rather than 35.56cm upright.

Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘I’m proud to be gay’ — Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday published a moving essay in Bloomberg Businessweek in which he publicly announced for the first time that he is gay. Cook is the first CEO of a Fortune 500 company to publicly come out.
“If hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy,” Cook wrote.
Former President Bill Clinton, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella & others have since praised Tim Cook for publicly announcing he is gay. [He also said he’s a sports and fitness fanatic. At WWDC this year he just wandered around in the crowd after his keynote. What an awesome bloke!]

Twelve South announces the BookArc Stand for Mac Pro — Mac Pro owners now have another choice of how to position their beautiful cylindrical powerhouse on a desktop (pictured above). Twelve South today announced the BookArc Stand for Mac Pro (US$59.99), a shiny little chrome-plated rack onto which you gently place your computer on its side.

9 mistakes in Photoshop — Each version of Photoshop comes with new features that let you work smarter instead of harder, but old editing habits are hard to break — especially if you’ve been using the program for a long time. Here you’ll find a roundup of some common editing mistakes and how to avoid them.

Making music on the Mac with GForce M-Tron Pro synth — The M-Tron Pro (approx. US$225) is a software-based Mellotron emulator synth, available for Mac as stand-alone or as a plug-in with Logic, GarageBand, Pro Tools, and a host of other music apps. It’s made by UK-based developer GForce Software.

MagBytes 58 is now available: Yosemite, iOS 8, new iPads, new iMac

Cover image of Issue 58, available for download from the link to the right
Cover image of Issue 58, available for download from the link to the right

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Apple Watch 490 ~ Secrets and Ties

Apple used to be the most secretive company in tech (apart from those working for the CIA, anyway). Apple still is secretive, of course, although there have been leaks. I don’t really count the iPhone 6 as a significant leak – I mean, iPhone 3, 4, 5 … what was the next one going to be? Swift, which was under development for four years without the media finding out, was certainly kept very quiet. That’s a long time to go without leaks.

Of course the supply chain can’t be as tightly monitored – no matter what agreements are signed, Apple can’t control it directly, whereas what goes on at Cupertino is kept at Cupertino. Visits to the Apple HQ are not encouraged, at least if you’re media. It’s invite or nothing. But as Apple settles down under the quite different guidance of Tim Cook, that’s changing too – media invitations have changed. Apple Inc invited Daniel Eran Dilger of Apple Insider through the doors of Infinite Loop to show off the the latest iPads and Macs, along with other members of the media – they used to be directed around the back of the Cupertino campus to the Town Hall door. This time they were greeted at the front door and led through the private campus courtyard – anathema under Jobs.

Dilger wrote “The uncharacteristic media micro-tour of Apple’s headquarters is part of a new experiment in dialing [sic] down the company’s reputation for excessive, nearly paranoid-level secrecy that it has maintained since its recovery in the late 1990s.”

Dilger’s take is that Apple is no longer the beleaguered underdog Steve Jobs took over to revitalise almost 18 years ago. More importantly, Apple doesn’t feel like the beleaguered underdog any more. Meanwhile, other managers at Apple are increasingly coming out of the shadows and talking about things they didn’t used to talk about. Walt Mossberg and Ina Fried talked to Apple VP of iPhone, iPod, and iOS Product marketing Greg Joswiak. He covered Apple Pay, the new Apple any-carrier SIM and the company’s rather regrettable rollout of buggy iOS 8.0.1. This little problem possibly impacted on the adoption of iOS 8 — it took nearly six weeks for iOS 8 adoption to break 50% of installs. iOS 7 was at that point after a week (iOS 8.1 seems very stable and introduced several new features, especially if you have Yosemite on your Mac as well).

Other Apple metrics are stronger than ever. Mac sales are up: the ‘middle-aged’ Mac (in the Wall Street Journal’s words) showed a surprising 21% jump in unit sales and had Apple’s computer line leapfrog the sagging iPad to become the company’s second biggest-selling product line in revenue terms, just behind the iPhone, in the last quarter. I don’t think anyone predicted this. The Mac line generated revenue of US$6.625 billion in the quarter; iPad revenue  was at US$5.316 billion.

The new iPhone is popular, too, even in surprising places: in South Korea, iPhone 6 had 100,000 pre-orders. The new Samsung (Samsung being one of Korea’s flagship companies and successes) only had 30,000 pre-orders of its new Galaxy Note 4s in a similar same period when it launched in September. Apple isn’t exactly top phone there, though, not yet: in the second quarter, Apple’s handset market share in Korea was only at 6%, fourth with Samsung first at 63%, LG Electronics Inc at 22% and ‘Pantech’ (what, who?) at 7%.

Interestingly, it may be because Samsung’s only real point of difference with the iPhone previously was larger screens, according to Lee Seung-woo, an IBK Securities analyst in Seoul. He reckons the 6 could well rise dramatically against Samsung as a result. As for the bigger 6 Plus not selling as well as the slimmer 6, demand is so strong that supply is constrained, iPhone 6 Plus resale prices are currently higher than new, at 124% of its retail price on sites like eBay. Apparently the constraint is due to overwhelming demand. The new iPhone also holds its value better than competing smartphones from Samsung: Piper Jaffray research shows the Galaxy S5 worth just 81% of its retail price after 42 days; the Galaxy Note III was at 67%.

All good for the future, then.

iOS 8 over 50%, Plus resale value high, Logitech keyboards, wardrobes and cars, FitBrains, SSL client

Logitech’s standalone Ultrathin keyboard for iPad

iOS 8 now installed on 52% of all devices — Apple iOS adoption rateDoes it seem like a lot of your iPhone or iPad toting friends have updated to iOS 8? You’re right – new information from the Apple Developer Support pages shows that iOS 8 is now installed on 52% of all iOS devices. [The last month of Mac NZ iOS tips is compiled in MagBytes 58, due out tonight.)

Constrained supply keeps iPhone 6 Plus resale prices at 124% of retail price — Used and resold iPhone 6 Plus units are still selling at above-cost on sites like eBay, as Apple continues to struggle to keep up with overwhelming demand for its new jumbo-sized 5.5-inch iPhone.

Logitech launches Type+ & Ultrathin keyboards for iPad Air 2, ultraportable Keys-To-Go for all models — Logitech this week updated its Type+ and Ultrathin keyboard cases to be compatible with Apple’s new iPad Air 2, and also introduced a new standalone ultraportable wireless iPad keyboard (pictured above) dubbed Keys-To-Go.

Cloth’s revamped iOS app lets you peer into strangers’ closets — Cloth debuted two years ago as a way for people to photograph their clothes and put together outfits. Instead of cluttering up your Camera Roll with wardrobe shots, Cloth centralised your photos in one spot and let you tag outfits by occasion. All of those features are still around, but in its latest incarnation, Cloth is focusing on social.

Do you really love your wheels? Instacar (free) may be the app for you. Take a picture of your beloved car, load the photo into InstaCar and add car logo and model graphics to your photo.

Fit Brains workout for your grey matter — Fit Brains from Rosetta Stone (universal, free with in-app purchases) is an app that presents challenging games to test and improve mental acuity across several categories. It’s very good-looking, well executed and fun (says TUAW). You can track your progress across devices and monitor your progress over time. Here’s my look at Fit Brains.

Prompt 2 from Panic: a gorgeous SSH Client for iOS — Prompt 2 is version 2 of a good looking, easy-so-use SSH client for iOS byPanic Inc (of Transmit FTP). As the website says, “Restart your server from a coffee shop. Fix a web page from the back of car…” Version 2 has several new features, notably Panic’s sync across devices, iOS 8 compatibility, stored text in “clips”, private keys, and easier switching between multiple connections. Sysadmins who must be able to access their servers remotely, securely and with first-class software will want to have this on every iOS device. It costs US$10.

Yosemite Mail feature explained, Safari, and more Apple tips (new MagBytes tonight)

With Yosemite you can mark up attached images and PDFs directly in Mail message windows. You need to know where the activator is (top) and when you choose Markup, you get these tools (bottom)
With Yosemite you can mark up attached images and PDFs directly in Mail message windows. You need to know where the activator is (top) on attached files. When you choose Markup, you get these tools (bottom)

OS X Yosemite: Mail’s Awesome new Markup feature — Maybe you’ve heard that you can now mark up certain types of files right from Mail, without having to open them into Preview and annotate them as a separate step. When you’re composing a message in Mail and you attach an image or a PDF, hovering over the file with your cursor will reveal a small drop-down arrow at the upper-right corner. Click that and choose “Markup,” and you’re on your way.

What happened to the Favorites bar in Safari? The Favorites (sic) bar isn’t gone if you’ve installed Yosemite, it’s just hidden until you reactivate it. Drop the View menu, select Show Favorites Bar.
More tips? Today a new MagBytes comes out. If you’re not on the email notification list (you just ask me by email to be on it), just check back on this site tomorrow and click MagBytes Newsletter on the right and download it.

Sure sapphire? 1M Pays, iPad calls off, iPhone 6 Plus, Microsoft apps, Superimpose

Complex image masking and more on iPad with Superimpose
Complex image masking and more on iPad with Superimpose

iPad Air 2 glass cover has 2.5% screen reflectance vs 8% reflectance for sapphire — Apple fans still hoping the company will adopt a scratch-resistant sapphire cover for the iPhone in the near future might temper their expectations: one display expert believes the impressive anti-reflective glass coating on the iPad Air 2 display is instead the way of the future. It’s less reflective.

Apple Pay activated 1 million times in first three days — Apple’s new contactless payment system on the iPhone 6 saw 1 million activations in its first three days of use, pointing to an initially enthusiastic response from Apple users.

How to disable taking iPhone calls on your iPad — Its easy: open your iPad and go into Settings, choose FaceTime, and switch iPhone Cellular Calls to off (the switch will be green if on). This same toggle is in the Mac version of FaceTime as well, in Preferences for the app there.

Big iPhone 6 Plus selling well — Outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere on Monday said Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus ‘phablet’ is generating unprecedented demand for America’s fourth-largest wireless carrier, and at one point accounted for about 55% of the company’s smartphone sales.

Microsoft unveils Office 365 SDK and APIs for iOS app extensibility — Microsoft on Tuesday revealed a multi-pronged initiative to supply developers with new Office 365 APIs and open-source SDKs, which can be used to tap into the company’s cloud-based productivity platform for deep iOS app integration.

Superimpose for iOS lets you blend and superimpose your photos — Superimpose (pictured above and NZ$1.29) does a first class job of taking part of one photo and adding it to another. It’s great for removing your best friend from a picture taken in your living room and putting them at Niagara Falls, or taking the head of one person (or your dog) and placing it on another body.

Retina iMac, Apple R&D, display suit, MS Office, iTunes 12, Cook’s Alabama, OS 7

The Albums dropdown menu lets you switch to the song list view
The Albums dropdown menu lets you switch to the song list view

The Retina iMac 5k maxed out with 32GB of RAM is incredible — Apple’s new Retina iMac 5K is a stunning computer for graphic design and video editors looking for the best possible screen to get their work done. Still, considering it’s price tag, you’d think Apple could throw in more than 8 GB RAM. Maxing it out to 32 GB in Apple store will cost you an extra NZ$960, but if you do it yourself you’ll be paying half that much. After you see this video you’ll understand why you’ll want to.

Apple last year spent a record $6 billion on Research and Development costs — Apple this week filed its 2014 10-K annual report with the SEC, offering investors a comprehensive look into the company’s operations over the last 12 months. The $6 billion figure is the highest amount Apple has ever spent on R&D (Apple spent $4.5 billion and $3.38 billion on R&D costs in 2013 and 2013). In just two years, Apple’s R&D budget increased by an astounding 78%.

Apple hit with class-action lawsuit over 2011 MacBook Pro graphics failures — A long-running issue with owners of Apple’s 2011 series of MacBook Pros has resulted in a class-action lawsuit, seeking compensation for apparent graphics card failures experienced by customers.

Rumour: Microsoft Office for Mac to get Retina redesign, feature parity with Windows in Q1 2015 — Microsoft is set to release an all-new version of Office for Mac in the first quarter of 2015, documents revealed on Tuesday suggest, modernising the Mac version of the popular software suite and bringing it to feature parity with its Windows counterpart.

iTunes 12: bringing back the Library and Playlist sidebar — Apple seems hell-bent on making iTunes as painful to use as it can, and iTunes 12 really drives that point home by killing the Library and playlists sidebar. There is a way to bring the sidebar back to life and take away some of the sting that’s the iTunes 12 interface.

Cook criticises Alabama’s rights — Cook pointed out Alabama’s slow acceptance of civil rights for African-American citizens, and begged them not to follow the same path with regards to civil rights for the LGBT community.

Make Yosemite look like OS 7 — OS X Yosemite is modern, and a far cry from what Apple desktops ran 20+ years ago. When Macs ran on CPUs with speeds of 33MHz (or even less), OS 7 aka System 7  was the best looking operating system most users had ever seen. Today, not so much, but if you long for the look of yesteryear anyway, here’s how to tweak Yosemite and make it look it was released over two decades ago.

iPad Air 2, mini 3 reviewed, iPhone 6, Qwik Coin, Apple Pay, Magic Hour, FitBit, CarPlay

A Kiwi app is designed to help you offer casual work
A Kiwi app is designed to help you offer casual work

In-depth review: Apple’s iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 — Daniel Eran Dilger finds Apple’s latest iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 incorporate Touch ID and support for Apple Pay within apps, with the same 10 hour battery life of previous models. The full size iPad Air 2 is also now 18 percent slimmer with an improved, antireflective display and gains a faster A8X chip, faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi and LTE wireless, a barometer, and a significantly improved iSight camera.

Apple’s new iPhones outsell the Galaxy Note 4 in Samsung’s home country, Korea — Apple’s new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus iPhones are outpacing the sales of the Galaxy Note 4 on Samsung’s home turf in South Korea. According to the Wall Street Journal, pre-orders for the new iPhone models reached 100,000 units on the first day, compared to 30,000 for the Note 4.

New Kiwi App set to boost work for Job Seekers — An ex-special forces soldier looking for ways to help his grandmother find work in New Zealand has created a new app, designed to connect freelance workers with local people looking to outsource work (pictured above). Qwik Coin is now available to download for free on the iTunes Store and it’s coming soon to Android.

Apple Pay: the Mobile Payment Revolution — After a single use at my local grocery store, however,Jeff Gamet now has no problem saying he was wrong. “In fact, Apple made using your iPhone for credit card payments so easy I’m seeing a big problem for competitors hoping to get in on the mobile payment game, including Wal-Mart and its CurrentC system.”

Magic Hour for iOS offers almost unlimited filters — Magic Hour (NZ$2.59) offers 38 preset filters with the ability to modify and save them, allowing an immense number of options for modifying photos.

Fitbit unveils new Charge, Charge HR & Surge digital fitness trackers — Fitbit on Monday offered fitness buffs three new options for wrist-worn activity trackers, introducing the Charge and Charge HR — spiritual successors to the Fitbit Force — alongside the Fitbit Surge, which the company is calling a “fitness super watch.”

Alpine launches $800 CarPlay-compatible iLX-007 in-dash receiver — Aftermarket options with support for Apple’s CarPlay continue to expand, with Alpine launching a new US$800 unit featuring a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen and support for Siri voice commands. [So over NZ1k here, I’ll bet.]

Yosemite file transfers, iCloud Drive and Back to My Mac


OS X has the tech built in to let you access your own Mac remotely from another
OS X has the tech built in to let you access your own Mac remotely from another

How to transfer data from your old computer to a new Yosemite Mac — Christopher Breen recommends  to do things as Apple intended and use Migration Assistant. This will require your friend to put the old drive back where he found it (inside the old Mac), or connect the enclosure to the old Mac and boot from it. [But it may not work in Australia if Tony Abbott has anything to do with it.]

How to use iCloud Drive — Prior to OS X 10.10 Yosemite, iCloud’s file storage was sandboxed, meaning that you could only access files created with a specific application by that application. You could launch Pages and access the Pages files you stored in the cloud, but you couldn’t use that same app to open TextEdit files stored in iCloud. Luckily, Apple has changed the way iCloud manages files.

How to access your Mac remotely — There will undoubtedly be times when you are away from your Mac but need to access a file or two on it. Configuring Back to My Mac isn’t difficult. Just follow these steps

iPads and NFR, République 3, ColorFit, PhotoMath, Microsoft Smart Watch

Developed over five years by industry veterans Metal Gear Solid, Halo and F.E.A.R., Republique's third episode is now available
Developed over five years by industry veterans Metal Gear Solid, Halo and F.E.A.R., Republique’s third episode is now available

New iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 incorporate NFC chip for Apple Pay in apps, but not in-store tap-to-pay transactions — Apple’s newest iPads feature one of the same chips used by iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to handle tap-to-pay NFC transactions, but the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 only support Apple Pay within apps, sparing users the embarrassment of carrying around a gigantic alternative to their credit card.

République Episode 3 now available — République, the stealth action game that made a name for itself thanks to console-quality production values (above) and a deep storyline, just got its biggest update yet. Episode 3 ‘Ones & Zeroes’ is the largest episode thus far, and continues the story of a dystopian society where constant monitoring is a way of life. It will set you back just NZ$6.49.

ColorFit  uses a photo you take to suggest colour palettes — Using the photograph, ColorFit will suggest a set of colours using a variety of different colour schemes including triad, analogous, complementary, quad, and shades. You tap anywhere on the screen to take the picture and the spot you tap becomes the background colour.

PhotoMath: every math student’s dream come true — A very cool app scans printed mathematical expressions and then solves them. PhotoMath (free) is every school kid’s dream.

mswatchIf Microsoft made a Smart Watch… Owen Williams took a crack at designing a Microsoft Smart Watch. Perhaps it would be called the Microsoft Windows Mobile Wearable Edition For Wrists (since Microsoft is just at good at naming as numbering).

Mac Pro furniture, Yosemite problems, Spotlight, iPhoto manual, TestFlight to 1k, Backup app, Civ Beyond Earth

Klaus Geiger could not bear to throw his Mac Pro towers out
Klaus Geiger could not bear to throw his Mac Pro towers out

Mac Pro furniture — The aluminum case design of the Apple G5 Power Mac was revolutionary with its smooth aluminium chassis. It announced itself as the first 64-bit PC at steve jobs’ 2003 keynote presentation. Nearly ten years of production ended, but it was impossible for Klaus Geiger to put them in the garbage. Eventually, he decided to give them a second life through a project called ‘benchmarc’.

Apple mum as Mac owners tussle with Yosemite over Wi-Fi problems — The cries for help from frazzled Mac owners whose Wi-Fi connections went haywire after upgrading to OS X Yosemite are being met by Apple with stone-faced silence.

Solving a Yosemite post-install disaster — Updating to a major new version of OS X can seem akin to walking through a mine field, albeit one with relatively few mines. In most instances, you’ll be fine. But you never know when disaster may strike.

iPhoto: The Missing Manual’ is informative and entertaining— If you write about technology, it’s hard to strike a balance between being technical and being entertaining, but this one does it.

Getting the most out of the revamped OS X Spotlight search in Yosemite — Ted Landau guides you.

Apple expands TestFlight to include up to 1,000 public beta testers — Apple announced this week that it is expanding its TestFlight Beta testing service, now allowing developers to include public beta testers. According to the new program details, developers can invite up to 1,000 public beta testers via iTunes Connect.

Get Backup Pro is a solid backup utility for Macs — Yes, there is Time Machine, Carbon Copy Cloner and SuperDuper – And all have their place and are terrific backup utilities, but it’s also nice to see something new on the scene that adds a few tricks to your backup bag.

Civilization: Beyond Earth for Mac pre-orders — They have launched for the Mac version of the game via developer Aspyr’s online game store As a bonus, all GameAgent pre-orders will get the Exoplanets Map Pack for free.