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Wallpaper Weekends: Paint Splatters – Bonus: Mac Wallpaper

Posted on 09/08/2014 by Chris Hauk

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This weekend, our friends over at SUAPP offered to share a set of their beautiful wallpapers with MacTrast readers. Hassan Hareth, the proprietor of the site, reports on tech-related news, and also shares his self-created wallpapers on the site.

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Judge Rejects $324M Settlement in Anti-Poaching Class-Action Lawsuit

Posted on 08/08/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Judge Lucy Koh has rejected a settlement reached earlier this year by workers and Apple, Google, Adobe and other tech companies they had worked at over an anti-poaching agreement between the companies. CNN reports that Jude Koh has ruled the settlement amount was not high enough, and should actually be at least $380 million.

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Some Users Experiencing iCloud Mail Outage

Posted on 08/08/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Several reports from users earlier today indicated Apple’s iCloud Mail service was experiencing difficulties. Apple has now updated their System Status Page to indicate that some users are indeed experiencing an outage.

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MacTrast Deal: The Ultimate iPad Bundle – Stay Protected & Type Faster Than Ever

Posted on 08/08/2014 by Chris Hauk

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I don’t know about you, but while I love my iPad, I have never gotten used to typing on its virtual keyboard for any extended length of time. Today’s MacTrast Deal offers a remedy for that, a Bluetooth Keyboard Case that allows you to quickly enter text on your favorite tablet, while also protecting the screen when you’re not using your iPad. The deal even includes a stylus and screen protector. Nice.

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Apple donates $1.6 Million to Chinese Earthquake Relief Efforts

Posted on 08/08/2014 by Chris Hauk

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A major earthquake hit the Yunnan Province of China earlier this week, killing more than 600 people and causing widespread damage. Apple has now made a donation of $1.6 million to support relief efforts in the affected region.

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Apple Runs Limited-Time “Amazing Productivity Apps” Promo on 20 Great Apps

Posted on 08/08/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Just in time for “Back to School”, Apple is running a limited-time sales on 20 “Amazing Productivity Apps” in the iOS App Store. Included in the promotion are some of our favorite apps such as to-do list app Clear, calendaring app Fantastical 2, the handy Launch Center Pro app, and PDF Expert 5 and Scanner Pro, both by Readdle.

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Chinese Officials Say “Ban” on Apple Products Was Just a Paperwork Snafu

Posted on 08/08/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Earlier this week it was reported that the Chinese government had placed a ban on local and national government’s purchases of Apple products. Now, Chinese officials are saying the “ban” was just an issue with some uncompleted paperwork, and routine price adjustments on a website.

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Cutting The Cord By The Numbers [Infographic]

Posted on 08/08/2014 by Chris Rauschnot

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Saving thousands of dollars per year is a big reason to cut the cord. Cutting the cord is a general term for those that want to watch TV on their own schedule, without having to deal with a cable company or satellite provider. There are those of us who only need a few channels that are still provided free via over the air digital signal.

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Sworkit Circuit Training and Yoga App Gets an Update

Posted on 08/08/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Sworkit, the daily circuit training workouts and yoga app for the iPhone and iPad, has received an update. Both the free and “Pro” versions of the app received an update, receiving new videos, audio cues, reminders, new Pilates workouts, and more.

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New Apple Patent Application Describes ‘Siri for Mac’

Posted on 07/08/2014 by Chris Hauk

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It has long been expected that Siri, Apple’s iOS-based virtual personal assistant, would eventually make it over to the Mac. However, we have yet to see her make a debut on the OS X platform. Now, a new patent application from Apple describes an intelligent assistant that would make Siri on the Mac a reality.

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NFL Now App Goes Live on Apple TV, iOS Devices

Posted on 07/08/2014 by Chris Hauk

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The NFL Now app has gone live on the Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad. The new app offers American Football fans personalized video streams and coverage of their favorite teams, players and coaches.

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