The cute little kitteh you saw in your backyard this morning might not have just been chasing field mice, it was possibly scoping out your home Wi-Fi signal to see if it was unprotected.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has rejected a specific part of Apple’s autocorrect patent that Samsung was found to have infringed. This makes it likely that the $119,625,000 in damages awarded by the court to Apple could be reduced.
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.
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.
Apple has added a new section to its online store featuring Beats by Dr. Dre products. The new section can be found in the “Accessories” section of the Apple online store.
Apple has seeded OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F12 to developers today. Apple is asking developers to concentrate on testing USB, USB Smart Cards, Safari, Graphics, and Thunderbolt.
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.
If you need to learn a new language, everyone knows Rosetta Stone is the way to go. However, Rosetta Stone may have been out of reach for some due to the somewhat high price of their course. Until now that is…
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.