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5C shotgun, Maps in China, Microsoft OneNote, IBM, Home Automation, two iOS games


Apple’s iPhone 5c helps man survive shotgun blast to the chest — A 25-year-old British man who was shot in the chest with a shotgun during a confrontation outside of his home survived the event, thanks in part to his green iPhone 5c, which absorbed much of the impact. [Other coloured 5Cs probably work too – but I don’t think this is one of Apple’s selling points for iPhone.]

Apple Maps in China offer a sneak peek at what’s in store for Maps in iOS 9 — Apple has gobbled up mapping market share on iOS (and the Mac) since introducing its own alternative to Google Maps back in 2012, despite lacking a variety of key features. Hints at how Apple Maps may soon improve are coming from China, where Apple Maps has accurate transit lines and station depictions.

Five ways OneNote is better than Apple’s Notes app — The iPad is a convenient note-taking tool for the classroom and boardroom alike. And while Apple’s own Notes app is more than equipped to handle any text you can throw at it, it lacks any breakthrough features to keep you coming back. The last company Jason Cipriani ever expected to boast about having a better iOS app than Apple is Microsoft, but that’s exactly what I’m about to do. Microsoft’s OneNote app is vastly better than the Notes app that comes installed on your iPhone and iPad.

Three easy ways to begin with Home Automation — Kelly Guimont can get you started.

Apple, IBM roll Apple Watch support into three MobileFirst apps — As part of an ongoing enterprise solutions partnership, Apple and IBM on Thursday announced Apple Watch support for three MobileFirst apps serving the healthcare, public safety and energy industries.

Two iOS games of note — Dead Man’s Draw (universal, free with in-app purchases) is a push-your-luck card game with an enjoyable pirate theme and Does Not Commute turns a time-shifted traffic jam into fun.

App Store refresh, IBM AppleCare, widgets, iCloud Drive, Lego Movie Game

The Mac App store goes flat (visually) – it's still by far the best place to hunt for Mac software
The Mac App store goes flat (visually) – it’s still by far the best place to hunt for Mac software

Apple launches refreshed Mac App Store designed for OS X Yosemite — Apple is rolling out a redesign of its Mac App Store with new flat graphics, thinner font styles and a more open feel, in line with the latest OS X Yosemite release. The Mac App Store moves further toward a flat design aesthetic with the removal of shading and skeuomorphic assets like lighting effects left over from past Apple software.

New AppleCare for Enterprise website features IBM IT support, suggests imminent rollout — More than three months after Apple and IBM announced a partnership for business solutions, Apple has posted to its website a new AppleCare for Enterprise page touting onsite hardware repairs from IBM Global Technology Services, now a worldwide Apple Authorized Service Provider.

5 cool widgets for Yosemite’s Notification Centre — With Mac OS X Yosemite, Apple has largely left Dashboard behind. Instead, it’s replaced the tired apps that once lurked to the left of the home screen with polished and useful widgets in the updated Notification Center. To access these widgets, just click on Notification Center in the top-right of the Mac’s menu bar or, if you’re using a trackpad, swipe left with two fingers from the right edge and, in no time, you’ll be checking the weather, performing some quick math or zipping through your email.

iCloud Drive is backing up files you haven’t saved yet — The line between local and remote storage started blurring long ago…

Pixelmator 3.3 with support for 5K iMac, Handoff, Repair extension, more — Popular image editing software developer Pixelmator on Thursday released version 3.3 of its eponymous Mac app, bringing a host of new functions that take full advantage of Apple’s latest OS X Yosemite features.

LEGO Movie Game comes to the Mac — The LEGO Movie videogame is available through the Mac App Store. The game lets you travel through the LEGO worlds to help Emmet bring together Master Builders on his quest to stop Lord Business from gluing together all the LEGO bricks. Over 90 LEGO characters are available for game play such as Wyldstyle, Vitruvius, Princess Unikitty, Batman, Metalbeard, Benny, and Bad Cop. It’s NZ$38.99.

Macs at 25% US market, IBM, Prss, tops in satisfaction, Perfectly Clear

One-click photo improvement
One-click photo improvement now for Mac

Apple’s Macs rack up more than 1/4 of US back-to-school PC sales in 2014 — The Mac’s share of the lucrative back-to-school shopping season continued its upward trajectory this year, as data released on Wednesday indicates that some 26.8 percent of the personal computers sold in the US between Independence Day and Labor Day bore Apple’s logo.

Apple-IBM enterprise partnership the result of 8 months of wide-ranging talks — The landmark enterprise tie-up between Apple and 103-year-old technology behemoth IBM, announced earlier this year, was not the first collaboration Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM chief Ginni Rometty discussed, according to a new report.

Apple reportedly acquiring digital magazine startup Prss — Apple may be acquiring Dutch startup Prss. Prss was founded by Jochem Wijnands and Michel Elings of Trvl magazine, was one of the first iPad newsstand magazines and it received accolades in 2010 for its photo-centric design.

Apple tops ACSI personal computer list for 11th straight year — Apple has just ended up at the top of the American Customer Satisfaction Index list for personal computers, laptops and tablets.

Perfectly Clear for Mac — Perfectly Clear now works on the Mac as a plug-in for Photoshop or Lightroom and maintains the same philosophy as for iOS: one click and your photo is improved (above). Perfectly Clear gives you the kind of micro-control advanced Photoshop users may want, so users can adjust photo quality automatically or to taste. But at $149 US!

Futurology 03 ~ North Korea’s futures buildings, advances, new data

North Korea's view of the future
North Korea’s view of the future

North Korea’s view of the architectural future — North Korea’s architecture is truly fascinating, influenced by the need to rebuild Pyongyang in the wake of the Korean War and the nation’s relative isolation. What happens when an architect who has never been outside North Korea designs futuristic buildings to accommodate tourists visiting their country? This (and above).
~ Kinda cutesy though. 

The experimental ebola serum is being grown inside tobacco plants — For years, scientists have been looking for cheaper and faster ways to make vaccines, including tinkering with what sounds like an unlikely source: tobacco plants. In fact, the highly experimental serum given to the two American Ebola patients was created using this novel technique. Here’s how it works.
~ ‘Smoking drugs’! Finally a good use for tobacco.

Simply layering solar cells could make them as cheap as natural gas — Usually the focus is exotic solutions to making solar power more efficient: new materials, complex tracking systems or unusual physical phenomena. But what about just stacking them on top of each other? A startup called Semprius is doing just that, figuring it could make solar as cost-effective as natural gas.
~ Experimental units are already nearly twice as efficient. 

IBM’s new brain-like chip squeezes one million neurons onto a stamp —Big Blue has married neuroscience and supercomputing to create a new computer chip that’s the size of a postage stamp but boasts one million neurons and uses as little electricity as a hearing aid (about 70 milliwatts). It’s called TrueNorth.
~ SuperClever.

A second Caribbean to Pacific canal — A Chinese telecom billionaire has joined forces with Nicaragua’s famously anti-American president to construct a waterway between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean to rival the Panama Canal. The massive engineering undertaking would literally slice through Nicaragua and be large enough to accommodate the supertankers that are the hallmark of fleets around the world today.
~ But what will the hat look like?

Software adds 3D to 2D photos — A group of students from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California, Berkeley have developed free software which uses regular 2D images and combines them with free 3D models of objects to create unbelievable video results. The group of four students created the software (currently for Mac OS X only, and freely downloadable) that allows users to perform 3D manipulations, such as rotations, translations, scaling, deformation, and 3D copy-paste, to objects in photographs.
~ Pretty cool. 

3D printed falcons protect airports — A Dutch company has created 3D-printed robot birds of prey that can soar and swoop like the real thing, scaring away pesky real birds away from airports and fields.
~ And who wouldn’t want one?

Our ancestors may have left Africa even earlier than previously believed — The prevailing view maintains modern humans left the continent 60,000 years ago, but fossils recovered in Asia have given rise to the theory that a human exodus may have reached China as early as 100,000 years ago.
~ Genetics suggests earlier migrations.