Futurology 20 ~ Space DNA, cooling paint, solar, spoon, pain switch, Antikythera, huge block


German scientists discovered a huge cut stone block in Baalbek. It's 19.6 meters long by 6 wide, and is at least 5.5 high with a weight estimated at 1650 tons!
German scientists discovered a huge cut stone block (to the right) in Baalbek. It’s 19.6 meters long by 6 wide, and at least 5.5 high with a weight estimated at 1650 tons!

DNA survives critical entry into Earth’s atmosphere — The genetic material DNA can survive a flight through space and re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere – and still pass on genetic information. A team of scientists from UZH obtained these astonishing results during an experiment on the TEXUS-49 research rocket mission.
~ DNAlien, anyone?

Scientists develop ‘paint’ to help cool the planet — Engineers at Stanford University have developed an ultrathin, multilayered, nanophotonic material that not only reflects heat away from buildings but also directs internal heat away using a system called “photonic radiative cooling.” The coating can reflect away 97% of incoming sunlight. When combined with the photonic radiative cooling system it becomes cooler than the surrounding air by around 9F (5C). The material is designed to radiate heat away into space at a precise frequency that allows it to pass through the atmosphere without warming it.
~ And so it shall pass from Global Warming to Space Warming. Expect an angry missive from the Intergalactic Hegemony soon after. 

Large scale solar farm under construction — Large-scale solar plants are monstrous construction projects that cover hundreds or thousands of acres of land in photovoltaic goodness. This amazing video shows how they go from concept to reality.
~ And what of the land beneath? What happens to the eco-system?

Scotland renewable energy milestone — Thanks to a combination of wind, solar and hydroelectric, along with less-publicized sources such as landfill gas and biomass, Scotland produced 10.3TWh in the first half of 2014, which is more than it generated the dirty way.
~ Crikey, if you can do it there …

Magnifying spoon —  Object Solutions’ Magnifying Spoon lets you inspect your meal up close before you eat. Designed by Ernesto D Morales, Carlos Maldonado and Juan Pablo Viedma, there’s a good chance you’ll offend the proprietor of wherever you’re dining when you pull out the Magnifying Spoon, but that’s a small price to pay if it means you don’t end up with a disgusting spoonful of bugs, cigarette ash or coriander.
~ Shame it doesn’t actually make some meals bigger.

Brain switch turns off pain — Scientists working together from several international universities have discovered it is possible to block a pathway in the brain of animals suffering from neuropathic pain, which could have a huge impact on improving pain relief in humans.
A chemical stimulator called adenosine binds to brain receptors to trigger a biological response, and has shown potential for killing pain in humans.
~ I’ll wait for the app.

Antikythera Mechanism older than previously thought — As if the freakishly advanced Antikythera Mechanism wasn’t astounding enough, a new analysis suggests the astronomical device is older than archaeologists assumed.
~ Genius that hasn’t aged.

Largest stone block discovered — German archaeologists working at Baalbek in Lebanon have uncovered the largest known ancient block. The fully exposed block (main picture, to the right) , which dates back to around 27 BC, is located in a stone quarry at the site of the ancient Heliopolis in Lebanon.
~ The stone was unmoved at its discovery. 

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Five Tip Friday ~ iOS 8 security and privacy tips.


iOS 8 is now on 60% of all iDevices, and the 8.1.1 update ironed out all sort of problems and made it work properly on iPhone 4s, so here are some excellent tips for the Operating System.

Turn this on to have your iPhone or iPad send its last location as its battery dies.
Turn this on to have your iPhone or iPad send its last location as its battery dies.

1/ Using ‘Send Last Location’ — A  new security feature embedded in iOS 8 is called Send Last Location. This feature, when turned on, tell Apple where your device is right before its battery dies (assuming it has a Wi-Fi or cellular connection), so if someone’s taken it or it’s been lost, you can see where it last reported in. But this isn’t on by default. To turn it on, visit Settings iCloud on your iOS device, scroll down and touch Find My [Device].
Once you’ve done that, you should see the “Send Last Location” toggle. Your device will transmit its location as its battery is dying, possibly helping you recover what’s been stolen — or what’s hiding under your living room couch.

2/ Turn off Geo-Stamping of your photos — when you take pictures with your iPhone, you can see (in iPhoto and the Preview app, for example) exactly where that photo was taken on a map. Great for you, but what if you send that picture to someone else? It could be passed on hundreds of times – which means hundreds of people can do the same thing and see exactly where your lounge is when you took that picture of your big, shiny new TV or whatever. Or your kids … If you don’t want your photos populated with GPS coordinates in the EXIF data, go to Settings, choose Privacy, tap Location services, and turn them off for Camera. You can turn it back on any time.

3/ Control which apps access your Private Data — Some iOS apps need to access your personal data: a special camera app may want to access your camera roll; Skype may want to access all your contacts etc.
The iOS Setting for this is Settings>Privacy. At the top of this screen, ‘Location Services’ goes off to another page where you can define which apps get to know your location. 
If you tap on Contacts, you’ll be shown a list of apps that have asked for access to your Contacts list.
If you, at one time, granted access, say, when the app first launched, this is the place to revoke it. From time to time, the app may ask permission again. Apple places a limit on how many times a developer may pester you about that:  grant permission on an as-needed basis.
It’s probably a good idea to step through every app in that list and note which apps have been granted (or denied) access to your data.

Hide4/ Keep personal photos out of collections with iOS 8’s ‘hide photo’ feature — Apple’s ‘Collections’ feature for photos in iOS helps you keep track of memories and easily presents them when it’s time to show off: photos are automatically sorted into smart groups based on the time and location they were taken, making it a breeze to quickly find every picture you’ve taken in Florida or during December. But there may be pictures you want to keep, yet don’t want people to see. Let’s call them ‘personal’ photos.
iOS 8 makes keeping your personal photos out of your Collections quick and easy, in two quick steps: locate the photo you want hidden, select it, and hold down your finger on the image.
A hide option pops up. Tap it to confirm you’d like to hide the image.
The hidden image is left out of your Collections folder but it’s still viewable from the Albums portion of the Photos menu.
Now you can rest easy when displaying your Collection over AirPlay during the Holidays. If you take care to hide the right (or wrong, depending on your perspective) images, your family never has to know what you really did at the office Christmas party…

5/ Hide App Store purchases — Users who have enabled Family Sharing can also hide App Store purchases more easily in iOS 8. Previously, users had to launch iTunes on their Mac or PC to do this. But with iOS 8, users can hide purchases directly within the App Store application: choose the Updates menu and tap Purchased. If you have Family Sharing enabled, choose ‘My Purchases’ and downloaded applications — both free and paid — are listed. These can be sorted by ‘All’ or those ‘Not on This iPhone’.
Simply swipe an app to the right to display the red ‘HIDE’ option. Tapping this removes the application from the Purchased view. Easy.

iOS 8 at 60%, Apple Watch site, China sapphire, Messages with voice


Refreshed Apple Watch site offers a glimpse at the device's user interface
Refreshed Apple Watch site offers a glimpse at the device’s user interface

Apple’s iOS 8 distribution back on track, now on 60% of devices
By AppleInsider Staff — Earlier this week, Apple revealed fresh statistics on iOS 8 distribution as seen through the iOS App Store, saying its latest mobile operating system is now running on 60% of iPhones and iPads.

Apple Watch website revamped with new UI and UX details — Apple on Wednesday updated its dedicated Apple Watch website to include additional information on operating system features unique to the wearable device, including break-out categories covering health and fitness, timekeeping and messaging. This is the link for the Apple Watch site.

Apple and a Chinese sapphire plant with Foxconn — Apple’s GT Advanced Technologies troubles are well-known, but a report coming out of Taiwan suggests Apple isn’t ready to give up on sapphire displays for iPhone just yet. Chinese-language The China Economic Weekly reported (via English-language Focus Taiwan) that Apple-supplier Foxconn is building a plant in China to produce sapphire for iPhone displays.

Apple touts iOS 8 voice messaging in new iPhone 6 ad — One day after delivering two iPhone 6 ads highlighting Continuity and gaming performance, Apple released a new ad for the new-for-iOS 8 feature that lets users send audio via Messages.

Get 6 MacPhun iOS apps for only US99¢ (NZ$1.29) during Black Friday — The regular price for these apps is $30 on the App Store. That’s Sumptuous, FX Studio Pro, Floorboard Education, TextExpander, the almost magical iTranslate Voice ($2.59 instead of $6) and Star Walk.

Ron Wayne selling early Apple docs, MagBytes, cheap app bundle, Steampunk USB, Valve games sale


The cover of MagBytes has a picture of Rands 1954 vision of the Home Computer for 2004.
The cover of MagBytes 59 has a picture of ‘Rand Corps’ 1954 vision of the Home Computer for 2004′. Actually, the picture is an entry submitted to a Fark.com image modification competition, taken from an original photo of a submarine manoeuvring room console found on the US Navy web site, converted to grayscale and modified to replace a modern display panel and TV screen with pictures of a decades-old teletype/printer and television (as well as to add the grey-suited man to the left-hand side of the photo. (With thanks to reader Kathryn Adams)

Original Apple co-founder Ronald Wayne auctioning off early Apple documents — The story of Ronald Wayne almost sounds like the plot of a screwball comedy. One of the three original co-founders of Apple, Wayne sold his 10 percent stake in the company for $800 early in the company’s life, and then forfeited any future claims towards profits for $1500 later on. Despite these missteps, Wayne is incredibly important in Apple’s early history, writing the manual for the Apple I and drawing the company’s first logo.

MagBytes came out last light — It has tips and tricks for Mac and iOS, three pages of new products for Apple users and all the latest news and updates in the latest MagBytes PDF newsletter. Sign up to be notified of availability (free, private list, no obligation, opt out any time) by clicking ‘MagByes Newsletter’ in the toolbar above.
Coming … 5 new tips.

Name your own price Mac app bundles — That’s happening right now (for Black Friday) at Mac Observer Deals.

Games sale — Valve’s lovely game distribution service is serving up some fantastic seasonal deals starting today, with new sale prices coming each day and lasting either 24 or 48 hours.

For the person who has everything! Waterproof Steampunk USB drive with motorised gears.
For the person who has everything! Waterproof Steampunk USB drive with motorised gears.

Steampunk USB Flash Drives with motorised gears — Derrick Culligan has a shop on Etsy called steamworkshop where he sells amazing steampunk-style USB flash drives (for about NZ$380 but they’re really awesome), modified Zippos and more. Each piece is unique, so items get added to his shop as he makes them and pulled off once they sell.

MagBytes #59, November 2014, available for download


MagBytes59ScrShotMagBytes 59: Mac news, iOS news, where to get Help, Updates, tips and Tricks, bumper pre-Christmas Shiny&New section.

This is the download link>>MagBytes_59

If you click that link, the PDF will probably open in your browser.
To download it, Right-Click (or hold down the Control key on your keyboard while you normal-click) on the green link text to download the PDF to read at your leisure.

iPad decline, Apple Watch, Dropbox Microsoft, 2048 in notifications, Equivolor


How's your colour precision?
How’s your colour precision?

iPad sees first full year decline — According to a new report from analytics firm IDC, 2014 will mark the first time since its launch that the iPad will see a year-over-year decline in sales. Apple’s tablet offerings are expected to show a -12.7% growth figure for 2014. So perhaps this is why Apple is launching a watch.

Apple Watch and Android Wear: Same destination, different paths — The more we learn about the Apple Watch, the less it seems like a revolutionary departure from the existing wearable market.
In particular, it has a lot of overlap with Android Wear, Google’s own wearable platform.

Dropbox for iOS integrates Microsoft Office document editing — As promised earlier in November, Dropbox on Tuesday activated a new iOS app feature that lets users open and edit Microsoft Office documents through their respective apps, with automatic syncing and saving.

Play 2048 in your iPhone Today view with a new iOS app — Some things exist solely because they can. The new 2048 game (NZ$1.29) for your iOS Today view isn’t a particularly impressive implementation of the game or a great step forward in technology, but darned if we weren’t excited to see someone do something novel and fun with widgets.

Equivolor proves basic colors, shapes can be entertaining — Equivolor is a game that involves colours, shapes and fast reflexes. As quickly as possible, match the colour of the shape as it falls to the current colour of the background. When the two are matched, drag the shape to its appropriate portal to collect it and earn points toward your final score. It’s as simple as that, but it’s far more difficult in practice since everything speeds up as you play. Equivolor is available in the App Store for iPhone and iPad for free (pictured above).

Apple 20th by GDP, protect your files, WiFi root cause, Admin password


Apple is higher than most countries if measured by GDP
Apple is higher than most countries if measured by GDP

Apple is worth more than our country — Today’s big news on the Apple front is that the company topped a market capitalization of US$700 billion.
When numbers get that big it’s hard to understand what it means. To help put it into perspective, here’s a list of things less valuable than the entirety of Apple’s stock.
The GSP (gross state product) of every US state apart from California, Texas, New York, and Florida.
The GDP of Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Austria, and Belgium. In fact, if Apple were a country it would rank 20th (New Zealand is #32) out of 196 countries … and so on.

How to protect your Mac’s most secret stuff with an encrypted disk image — Given the countless reports of our data being exploited, many of us are increasingly concerned about protecting that data. In this movie Chris Breen shows you how to protect a collection of data on your Mac. [This is how I have protected my own passwords file.]

Here’s the root cause and a workaround for iOS 8 and Yosemite Wi-Fi issues — Co-founder and CEO of Colorado Springs-based Quantum Metric and all-around good guy Mario Ciabarra appears to have found the root cause and a workaround to keep your Wi-Fi running happily until Apple finally fixes the problem. He wrote up a trending post on Medium titled “WiFried: iOS 8 WiFi Issue” about his find and let us know so we could pass the info along to our readers.

How to Reset Your Administrator Password in OS X Yosemite — There are several technical ways to reset the administrator password on a Mac. Some of them are rather Unix-geeky and can make a novice user nervous. This article starts with the easy ones.

MagBytes tonight! — That’s right, stay tuned.

New Apple ads for iPhone 6, Mythbusters and Gorilla Glass


One add covers  Continuity which lets users perform seamless feature swapping across iOS and OS X
One add covers Continuity which lets users perform seamless feature swapping across iOS and OS X

Apple’s latest iPhone 6 ads focus on Continuity, gaming prowess — Apple has just released a pair of commercials starring iPhone 6 spokesmen Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, one covering iOS and OS X Continuity features and another highlighting the handsets’ gaming capabilities.

MythBusters explain the science behind Corning’s new shatter-resistant Gorilla Glass 4 — Discovery Channel’s Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage walked through some of the advances made by manufacturer Corning in the latest version of its popular Gorilla Glass line used in Apple’s iPhone.

Apple target raised, Lego iMac, Microsoft, MacBook Air, Facebook changes


Build a Lego iMac
Build a Lego iMac

Susquehanna raises AAPL target to $135 on strong iPhone 6 demand — Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Chris Caso raised his 12 month target price for Apple’s stock from US$120 up to $135 on Tuesday in response to continued high demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. According to his research, demand for the iPhone 6 Plus is so high that Apple simply can’t make phones as fast as consumers buy them.

How to build a Lego Apple Mac Computer — Lego is for children of all ages: YouTube user Isaac Ray specialises in making Lego animation videos and his latest shows you how to build an Apple Mac Computer (looks like an iMac) out of spare Lego parts. It’s adorable and well shot.

Microsoft ramping up its anti-Apple ad blitz — With the holiday shopping season just around the corner, Microsoft’s anti-Apple ad blitz is slowly but surely picking up steam. Over the past two-and-a-half weeks, the folks up in Redmond have released three commercials which poke fun at the iPhone and, somewhat curiously, the MacBook Air.

Facebook details upcoming privacy changes with notifications to users on mobile & desktop — Facebook pushed a rare service notification to users on Tuesday, reminding millions of the social network’s members of updates to its terms, data and cookies policies, advertising systems, and new privacy controls.

RED Garageband loops, iPhone 6 app surge, all the RED iOS deals


For just $1.29 you can add substantially to your iOS Garageband loops and support Project RED
For just $1.29 you can add substantially to your iOS Garageband loops and support Project RED

Apple has updated GarageBand for iOS with exclusive RED Loop Pack for limited time — Apple on Monday (NZ time) released an update to its GarageBand music authoring app that activates an option to purchase the (GarageBand)RED Loop Pack, an exclusive collections of hundreds of new instrument loop — and all proceeds go to the RED anti-AIDS charity. An in-app purchase branded in typical RED fashion, the (GarageBand)RED Loop Pack features 300 guitar, bass, synth and drum loops spread over a number of musical genres. To mark the occasion, Apple changed GarageBand’s app icon background from a sunset gradient to red. It’s only NZ$1.29, so do yourself a favour but you only have a few days to do so.

iPhone 6 launch broke app download records — The launch of a new iPhone always creates a bump in App Store downloads, but this year’s iPhone 6/6 Plus debut was a special kind of crazy. According to a new report by analytics firm Fiksu, October saw a massive surge in iOS app downloads that shattered previous records and led to a daily download volume of over 7.8 million downloads for the top 200 apps on the marketplace. The App Store’s performance in October represented a 42% increase from September and 39% year-over-year growth.

Take your foosball skills global with Foosball Cup World — Battle numerous other countries in Foosball Cup World, a game that puts your virtual foosball skills to the test. Play quick matches or choose challenges and put in some more effort to achieve special goals within the game. The game by default pairs you up with a computer, but soon after improving your skill Foosball Cup World unlocks additional modes for two players, tournaments and the world league. The game is free with in-app purchases for iPhone and iPad.

All the RED deals Monday 24th November to Sunday 7th December — The App Store’s Apps for (RED) campaign will feature 24 fan-favourite apps with exclusive new content. Every time a customer purchases a participating (PRODUCT)RED app or an exclusive In-App Purchase, all proceeds will go to the Global Fund.

• On Monday, 1 December – World AIDS Day – Apple will donate a portion of every sale at Apple’s online stores to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.
Apps for (RED) marks the first-ever global App Store initiative in support of (RED). Participating developers have created (RED)-inspired content and experiences for their fans to enjoy, including:

Angry Birds players can perfect their bird-flinging with (RED)’s Mighty Feathers and challenge themselves to a bonus golden egg level.

Bubble Witch 2 Saga offers new (PRODUCT)RED levels across all 17 episodes of the game. Gold bar currency purchases will be donated to (RED).

CSR Racing delivers new in-game thrills with the highly anticipated Mercedes Benz-AMG GT.

Clash of Clans warriors can prepare for battle with special edition (PRODUCT)RED gems and display a (RED) badge of honour on the village’s town hall.

Clear’s users can perfect their organisational skills with a new (PRODUCT)RED theme which appears automatically with all new downloads.

Cut the Rope 2 unveils a wide selection of (PRODUCT)RED items including a new red hat, red touch print, red balloons and a red ginger cookie.

Despicable Me: Minion Rush reveals a new Lifeguard minion that helps players boost their banana collection skills by 200%.

DJay 2’s spin tables turn (RED) and offer DJs a special sound pack.

FarmVille 2: Country Escape players can “Roll out the RED Carpet” and purchase limited-time items such as the Cozy Cow, St. Bernard and more.

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team players can compete in a (RED) Tournament and Team of the Week event. All winners will be awarded football superstar and (RED) Ambassador Rafa Marquez.

Frozen Free Fall unveils a magical new (RED) Challenge in the Kingdom of Arendelle, and offers an exclusive combined offer of 1 power-up, 1 snowball and 3 lives.

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood’s aspiring celebrity players can treat themselves to (PRODUCT)RED items including (BEATS)RED Solo2 headphones. Kris Jenner, the first family member to join Kim’s in-app world, will make her in-game debut on 1 December.

Heads Up! competition heats up with an exclusive new deck featuring (RED) words.

The Human Body debuts the Immune System feature, educating users on how the body fights pathogens. The accompanying handbook features a new section on HIV/AIDS.

Kitchen Stories Cookbook will offer a special-edition holiday recipe pack, featuring dishes from renowned chefs Mario Batali, Martha Stewart, Luke Holden and Michael Lomonaco.

Monument Valley offers a whole new chapter of Ida’s Journey, marking the final new feature of the game.

Over customers have access to a wide selection of (PRODUCT)RED fonts and inspiring artwork, specially created by six artists. Users can share photos with the (RED) brackets overlay to help spread awareness.

Paper by FiftyThree enthusiasts can enjoy a new (PRODUCT)RED Essentials Pack including Sketch, Outline, Write, Colour and Mixer tools.

Rayman Fiesta Run introduces a new (RED) edition to their wacky Fiesta world, and players can purchase a pack of three new costumes for Rayman, Globox and Teensy characters.

Star Walk 2 users can learn more about Mars with the comprehensive new RED Planet feature.

Sims FreePlay features a special community challenge that unlocks various rewards, and players can purchase limited-edition (PRODUCT)RED items such as a swimming pool, party plane and piñata.

Threes! turns (RED) with a limited-edition (PRODUCT)RED theme.

Toca Boca paints Toca Town (RED)! Kids can discover new (RED) diamonds, sample (RED) ice cream in the app and look for other surprises throughout the game.

Black Friday – RED deals, Yosemite disaster relief, CarPlay vs Android, hols freeze


CarPlay in a Hyundai Sonata
CarPlay in a Hyundai Sonata

Apple reveals Black Friday partnership with Product (RED) for gift card sale — Shoppers purchasing some of Apple’s most popular products on Friday will also receive Product (RED) gift cards that can be used on the  iTunes Store, Mac App Store, App Store, or iBooks Store. There is more information online about Apple’s World AIDS Day 2014 campaign, including Apps for (RED). Mac and iPhone purchases will net substantial App Store gift cards.

MacPhun specials — This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the Macphun Team is offering you a US$80 discount over all four of its photography apps (Focus Pro, Snapheal Pro, Tonality Pro and Intensify Pro) plus a FREE $25 App Store or Amazon Gift Card.

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 – this Macworld article tells you how to cope.

Hands on with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata — Sarah Jacobsson Purewal went to the LA Auto Show in search of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Google and Apple’s bids to bring your smartphone’s screen to your car. CarPlay has so far appeared only in a Ferrari and a Pioneer aftermarket line, while Android Auto is still in beta. Still, at a small Hyundai booth in the South Hall, two separate 2015 Hyundai Sonatas demonstrated the technologies.

Apple confirms annual holiday freeze on iTunes and App Store submissions — Apple is alerting iBooks publishers on iTunes that the iTunes Connect service will be unavailable during the holiday season. The hiatus will begin December 22 and last until December 29. This notice is addressed only to iBooks authors, but this shutdown also applies to iOS developers, OS X developers and other publishers.

4k video, iPhone 6, iCloud photos, new games, horror, HDR time lapse


Actual sizes of Apple Watch in a PDF
Actual sizes of Apple Watch in a PDF

Exclusive: The iPhone 6’s A8 chip can play 4K video — The iPhone 6 is an incredible device capable of wonderful feats, like shooting 4K video as long as you have the right app. Sadly, you can’t watch 4K video on the iPhone 6, right? Actually, you potentially can. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus can play 4K video right out of the box thanks to its A8 chip. The discovery was made by the developers of WALTR, a great Mac app that allows users to quickly upload video files to their iPhone which aren’t supported by iTunes, such as FLAC and MKV files. While testing the app developers found it is possible to playback 4K videos on the iPhone 6. Even if Apple hasn’t announced it, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are ready to play 4K videos.

Manual iCloud.com photo uploads now available to all Apple users — After spending a few weeks in developer-only beta testing, the new iCloud.com photo uploading feature is now available on the Web to all Apple users with iCloud accounts.

iPhone 6, 6 Plus shipment times drop to 7 to 10 days, 6 Plus at 1 to 2 weeks — Apple is slowly catching up with demand for its popular iPhone 6 two months after the handset launched, with the company’s online storefront now showing shipping times pegged at 7 to 10 days for most models, including the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus.

New games — There’s Monster Strike, Ironkill, Kingdom Rush Origins’ Tower Defender, and three new Final Fantasy games are coming.

iDevice horror — Last year Hooked Digital Media released Haunting Melissa, a serialized horror movie that was exclusive to iOS. Earlier this week the group released the sequel, Dark Hearts, which picks up where its predecessor left off. There’s more creepy goodness here, released one chapter at a time.

Apple has made ‘Things for iPad’ free for a week — Apple made Things for iPad from Culture Code free for a week starting now. Things is a task manager/todo organizer, and it’s become quite popular. Things for iPad 2.5 was recently released and brought a ton of new features. Apple liked it enough to make it the free app of the week, so grab it while you can. It’s normally priced at $19.99.

Use a PDF to see how big Apple Watches really are — Developer Craig Hockenberry, of Iconfactory, has written up his thoughts on his first day with WatchKit, which was released with much fanfare earlier this week. There’s a lot of discussion of the programming elements, but I thought one of the more interesting bits was a PDF created by Thibaut Sailly of the actual physical sizes of the watch itself (pictured above).

A new app takes Time Lapse photos in HDR — Time Lapse with HDR app (NZ$2.59) from Lucky Clan adds an additional feature for the company’s Time Lapse app. The app adds a simple HDR button on screen, but it can only be enabled under iOS 8 and it’s going to work best on the new faster iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones, although the app is universal. The Time Lapse feature without HDR needs only iOS 7 or above.

Apple Pirate flag, power brick, iWork languages, Yosemite wifi


Each flag is a hand-painted (acrylic paint on a black nylon flag with brass grommets) re-creation of the flag that flew over Bandley 3, the Macintosh building at Apple, Inc. in 1983.
Each flag is a hand-painted (acrylic paint on a black nylon flag with brass grommets) re-creation of the flag that flew over Bandley 3, the Macintosh building at Apple, Inc. in 1983.

Macintosh pirate flag reincarnated as art, for sale by original designer Susan Kare — Former Apple designer Susan Kare, who created famously distinct icons for the original Macintosh operating system, is selling through her online shop reproductions of the pirate flag that flew over the Mac team’s building in 1983. You can have one for just … US$1900.

Learn to Properly Coil Your MacBook’s Power Cord — Apple’s white power brick is pretty handy, what with the attached hooks for coiling it up and packing it away. If you do it wrong, though, you’ll likely stress the cord and break it (or worse, create a fire hazard). This video shows the right way (with thanks to reader Simon Browne).

Apple adds new languages to iWork for iCloud, including Spanish, German, French & Chinese — Apple’s Web-based iWork suite has been updated with eight new languages for Pages, Numbers and Keynote, expanding international support for the beta iCloud productivity apps.

Dropbox says OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite update resolves crashing issue, urges download — Following Apple’s release of OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite on Monday, Dropbox is sending emails to users confirming that the latest Mac maintenance update solves a rare crashing problem seen with apps integrated with Finder. In a note, Dropbox urges users to download Apple’s OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite maintenance update as it resolves a problem with Finder-based program crashes.

Apple delivers another Yosemite beta as Wi-Fi issues persist — Apple has come out with a second beta of Mac OS X Yosemite for developers, but it’s not clear whether this latest build will address the Wi-Fi problems that continue to affect an undetermined but apparently substantial number of users.