Stacks 2.6.8 - New way to create pages in RapidWeaver. (Shareware)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 05:59

Stacks is a new way to create pages in RapidWeaver: A plugin designed to combine drag-and-drop simplicity with the power of fluid layout.


  • Fluid Layout: Stacks lets you build pages that flow text to the dimensions of a theme even if the theme has a variable width. You can build flowing columns, flexible rows, and tiles of images.
  • Nesting Objects: Build columns within columns within rows within columns. Or group a stack of objects inside a box. Almost anything is possible with Stacks.
  • Download More Stacks:There are hundreds of professionally designed free and low cost stacks ready for download. Easily add amazing content to your site.
  • Live Image Editing: Resize, rotate, and style your images with an easy to use HUD and see the changes happen right in the layout.
  • Pros Welcome: Because Stacks builds layout with relative positioning from a simple two-div structure, the HTML is clean and valid. Pros can use Stacks to prototype difficult layout and add their own HTML to the mix.
  • Stacks API: You can build your own components for Stacks or even publish them for others to use. The Stacks API reference covers how to build and configure a stack and even build a custom UI for the Stacks HUD.

Version 2.6.8:
  • Now requires OS X 10.9 or later running on a 64-bit Intel processor (see Related Links for a 32-bit version for RapidWeaver 5 and OS X 10.7 or later)
  • Corrects a graphics stuttering and tearing issue with the Stacks library window.

  • OS X 10.9 or later
  • RapidWeaver 6 or later
  • OS X 10.7 or later and RapidWeaver 5, see Related Links

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Together 3.3.1 - Store and organize all of your files. (Demo)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 05:59

Together helps you organize your Mac, giving you the ability to store, edit and preview your files in a single clean, uncluttered interface.

Smart storage. With simple drag-and-drop functionality, Together lets you gather up images, text, bookmarks, and files for safekeeping. With built-in note-taking capabilities and easy inter-app file transfers, take control of cluttered, disorganized groups of files and restore them to a state of order and manageability.

Previewing and editing. Together can edit and preview a wide range of filetypes, and seamlessly incorporates QuickView for everything else. File editing is always a double-click away, and your changes are automatically synchronized.

Organization, optimized. If you are tired of dealing with scatterbrained systems of files and folders, Together's refreshing, iTunes-like interface will help you breathe easy. Organize items into groups and folders, add color-coded tags and labels, and even generate Smart Groups to bring new levels of order and control to your files.

Dynamic searching. With Together, searching your files is never limited to a single term: an integrated Find Bar offers fine-tuned searching, and intra-file search capabilities let you dig even deeper for the information you need.

Version 3.3.1:
  • Fixed a problem where creating a new folder or group could cause the app to crash.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur after copying or moving a linked items' original file to the library.
  • Fixed a problem setting any of the built-in stationery to be the default.
  • Improved appearance of some parts of the Shelf.

  • OS X 10.10 or later

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Apple wins lawsuit over expired pager patents, dubs opponent ‘patent troll’ in email

9 to 5 Mac - Apple Intelligence - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 05:05

Apple was accused of using patented technology originally created for this high-tech device

GPNE Corp, a Honolulu company that licenses technology patents, took Apple to court recently over a few patents the company claimed were violated in several of Apple’s iOS products. The technology in question was originally patented for pagers (remember those? yeah, me neither) and the patents have since expired.

Apple regularly takes on so-called “patent trolls” looking to profit from technology patents for widely used tech, but it’s not every day the company comes out and calls a spade a spade. In an email following the court victory today, an Apple spokeswoman dubbed GPNE a “patent troll.”

Kristin Huguet, a spokeswoman for Cupertino, California-based Apple, said in an e-mail after the verdict that GPNE is nothing more than a “patent troll” attempting to “extort money from Apple for 20-year-old pager patents that have expired, wasting time for everyone involved.”

Apple had previously been banned from using the term in the courtroom by judge Lucy Koh.

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Apple iPad Air 2 first look: Unboxing, benchmarks, and camera performance (Video)

9 to 5 Mac - Apple Intelligence - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 04:13

Today we’re taking a look at Apple’s fastest and thinnest tablet to date. The iPad Air 2 is more than just a pretty shell. This tablet packs some decent performance over its predecessor. While we haven’t had enough time with it to put together a full review, there are some main points we wanted to go over.

First up, this thing is crazy thin. Apple wasn’t exaggerating when claiming that it was thinner than a pencil. It’s 18 percent thinner than the iPad Air measuring a mere 6.1mm in thickness. This may not be a good thing for everyone, but for the most part it was comfortable to hold while playing games, watching movies, or any other tablet-based task. I’d hate to sound redundant, but damn this iPad is thin. Anyway, let’s jump in and take a look…

First off, the iPad Air 2 features a triple-core Apple A8X chip clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 7340 mAh battery, and comes in either 16, 64, 0r 128GB storage configurations. I’d avoid the 16GB model if you can as it’s a better deal than ever (from Apple) to jump up to the 64GB configuration for only $100 more.

The layout of this iPad is slightly difference from last year’s model as well. We no longer have a mute switch on the side. Instead, we’re left with volume buttons and a small microphone. On the top end you’ll find the sleep/wake button and 3.5mm headphone jack, while the bottom is home to the speaker grills and Lightning port. Apple has also blessed the iPad Air 2 with Touch ID, but not everyone may find that feature useful. There’s also an anti-reflective coating on the display which will help keep glare to a minimum, but overall it wasn’t that impressive.

Take a look at our iPad Air 2 first impressions video below:

The display is the same size at 9.7-inch, when compared to the iPad Air, but it’s fully laminated now which removes the air gap between the panel and the front glass. This little change makes a huge difference in the display quality. Everything appears to be painted on top of the glass. It may feature the same 1,536 x 2,048 resolution (264 ppi), but this display has now caught up with the quality we’re used to seeing with the iPhone.

We don’t have the verdict on real-world performance just yet, but Geekbench seems to provide very favorable results for the tech inside of the iPad Air 2. During out test, the iPad Air 2 scored a 1,763 for its single-core score and 4,311 for the multi-core score. Pretty impressive, but it’ll only matter if apps begin to take advantage of the power that’s under the hood.

Since Apple gave so much praise to the iPad Air 2’s improved camera performance during its launch event, we thought it would be nice to take it outside and snap a few photos. This camera doesn’t seem to compete with Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but overall it gets the job done. Check out the photo gallery below. All photos are untouched and straight from the iPad Air 2.


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You’ll also be able to take advantage of Apple Pay on the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to walk around tapping your iPad on NFC terminals in retail stores, but you can use Apple Pay within apps to make purchases a bit easier. The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 do not feature NFC, but either way the in-app purchase experience with Apple Pay is pretty phenomenal.

It looks like the iPad Air 2 is shaping up to be a solid tablet. It’s efficient, thin, and definitely a performer. If you currently own an iPad Air, you might want to hold off on the second generation, but I think the overall advantages are worth it. It may not be worth it to upgrade your iPad every year, but if you’re going to take the bait, the iPad Air 2 should hold you over for a while.

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Tim Cook pays a visit to Zhengzhou iPhone factory during trip to China

9 to 5 Mac - Apple Intelligence - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 03:47

Tim Cook paid a visit to a Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou, China during a trip across the country. The Apple executive tweeted the photo above with one of the workers assembling an iPhone. Cook will meet with Chinese Apple employees later for a special Q&A session where he will answer questions from workers across the world.

The CEO is also scheduled to meet with the Vice Premier of China following recent reports that the nation’s government was engaging in iCloud phishing attacks.

Great to meet talented people like Zhang Fan, who helps make iPhone 6 in Zhengzhou. An early highlight of this trip. http://t.co/ALo5d3SiSZ

Tim Cook (@tim_cook) October 23, 2014

There is one group that Cook probably won’t see while he’s in the country, though: the Pangu jailbreak team that recently released a jailbreak for iOS 8.0 and 8.1. We’re guessing he’s not too pleased about that.

Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Foxconn, iPhone 6, iphone 6 plus, Tim Cook

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Apple dropping support for SSL 3.0 on push notification servers, requiring TLS by October 29th

9 to 5 Mac - Apple Intelligence - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 02:02

Apple has announced to developers that it will be dropping support for SSL 3.0 on its push notification service on October 29th in order to mitigate a vulnerability discovered in the software recently.

Developers who currently support both TLS and SSL 3.0 on their push servers will not be impacted by the change, but those using SSL 3.0 exclusively will need to switch to TLS before next Wednesday to ensure there is no disruption in their service. Apple has provided a way for developers to test compatibility with the updated system:

October 22, 2014

The Apple Push Notification service will be updated and changes to your servers may be required to remain compatible.

In order to protect our users against a recently discovered security issue with SSL version 3.0 the Apple Push Notification server will remove support for SSL 3.0 on Wednesday, October 29. Providers using only SSL 3.0 will need to support TLS as soon as possible to ensure the Apple Push Notification service continues to perform as expected. Providers that support both TLS and SSL 3.0 will not be affected and require no changes.

To check for compatibility, we have already disabled SSL 3.0 on the Provider Communication interface in the development environment only. Developers can immediately test in this development environment to make sure push notifications can be sent to applications.

Push servers that have not been updated to use TLS by next week will no longer be able to send push notifications.


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Apple begins selling iTunes gift cards in United Arab Emirates ahead of first Apple Store opening

9 to 5 Mac - Apple Intelligence - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 01:09

Apple has started selling iTunes gift cards in electronics retailers throughout the United Arab Emirates, according to photos sent by 9to5Mac readers. This is the first time these cards have been available in this market.

The change is part of a larger move into the region by Apple’s retail arm, which began hiring for an upcoming Apple Store in Dubai several months ago. Some are saying that the upcoming Dubai store could become the largest in the world as Apple continues its push into new territories.

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Apple launches Maps Connect to let businesses add details to their Maps listing

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 01:00
Apple Maps has experienced some growing pains over the years, but with time the app has become a useful GPS solution. Of course there's always room for improvement, which is why Apple has launched Maps Connect. Maps Connect is a new service for small...
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Siri can guess sports odds and thinks the Royals will win the World Series

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 00:30
Siri has another neat trick you may not have known about -- gambling speculation. If you ask Siri "who is going to win the World Series?" it will tell you exactly who is currently predicted to win. In this case Siri thinks the Royals are going to...
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Bank of America confirms some Apple Pay customers seeing double charges, expects fix today

9 to 5 Mac - Apple Intelligence - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 00:09

Following up on a bevy of miscellaneous issues with Apple Pay, some Bank of America account holders are now reporting that the new service is charging them twice for some transactions. Re/code has now confirmed that Bank of America is in fact experiencing a technical error that is causing the double charges and is currently attempting to roll out a solution that will resolve the problem.

The glitch was apparently the result of a miscommunication between the bank’s systems and an unnamed payment network and wasn’t Apple’s fault at all, according to the report. The bank said that only about 1,000 transactions were affected by the problem, which is a relatively minute number compared to the number of transactions likely being carried out nationwide today.

Re/code says the problem is expected to be fixed later today. Reports of multiple charges when using Apple Pay in third-party apps have also appeared today, though Apple was to blame for a formatting error that caused those. Those issues have already been resolved.

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9to5Toys Last Call: Seagate 2TB $80/ WD 1.5TB $60, Foscam wireless IP cam $73, Olloclip for iPhone 6/Plus pre-order, more

9 to 5 Mac - Apple Intelligence - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 00:04

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Daily Deals: Seagate 2TB $80 or WD 1.5TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive $60, more

Foscam FI9821W V2 HD Wireless Pan/Tilt IP Camera $73 shipped (orig. $160)

Olloclip for iPhone 6/Plus adds four advanced photo lenses to front and rear cameras

Target announces free shipping for all items through the holiday shopping season

SanDisk Connect Wireless iOS Flash Drive: 64GB for $68 (Reg. $100) and 32GB for $45 (Reg. $60)

Best Buy trade offer is the best way to jump from iPad 2 to iPad Air 2

Small States: Tinsel and Timber makes beautiful wooden homes for Apple TV and other accessories, multiple giveaways & 10% promo code

Other new deals:

More deals still:

New products/ongoing promos:

Filed under: Tips and Tricks Tagged: 9to5Toys, Amazon Gold Box, app deals, Black Friday, Black Friday 2014, Daily Deals, Foscam, iOS apps, iOS freebies, Olloclip, Seagate, target, USB 3.0, video games

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Google's new app Inbox brings Google Now styled filters to your email

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 00:00
Google has debuted a new email filtering app called Inbox which compiles pieces of information from your Gmail account and groups them together for faster access. It allows you to quickly find travel plans, photos, documents, or event information...
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Increase Interface Contrast in OS X Yosemite to Improve Usability

OS X Daily - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 23:29
The revised interface in OS X Yosemite makes heavy use of transparencies, flatness, white space, smaller and narrow fonts, and a dramatic lack of contrast with neutral shades of grey used for most text and many onscreen elements. Combined with the new system font choice of Helvetica Neue (the same font from iOS), the overall ... Read More
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Addressing Mac OS X Yosemite's most annoying "features"

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 23:00
Mac OS X Yosemite has been in the wild for about a week now, just long enough for tech bloggers and many users to find things that frankly drive them nuts about the new OS. Longtime Macworld writer and fellow ailurophile Kirk McElhearn toted up his...
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iPad Air 2 teardown shows minor internal tweaks, 15% smaller 7340 mAh battery

9 to 5 Mac - Apple Intelligence - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 22:38

With iPad Air 2 units now officially arriving in the hands of customers, our friends over at iFixit have officially kicked off their ritual teardown of the device. For the most part the teardown only revealed minor changes on the inside, such as repositioned display cables that iFixit calls a welcomed changed for repairs.

Also revealed are minor tweaks to Wi-Fi antennas and other components. In addition, the teardown confirms an approximately 15% smaller battery compared to the previous generation iPad Air…

The newly-bonded front panel is more rigid than in previous iPad models, and therefore feels a bit sturdier to pry against—however, flexing the glass still disturbs the LCD, even when you aren’t inserting the pick very deeply. That being the case, the glued-down display remains the iPad’s only access point, so there’s still a risk of damaging it even when performing ordinary repairs.

iFixit used a Wi-Fi only model of the new iPad Air 2, so it couldn’t comment on positioning of cellular components in relation to the repositioned Wi-Fi antennas.

The teardown shows a 7340 mAh battery (27.3-watt-hour), which as expected is smaller than the 8827 mAh (32.9 WH) battery it found in the previous generation Air. Several reviews of the Air 2 noticed a reduced battery life over the first generation iPad Air in real world use, but Apple quoted the same 10-hour battery life for the new iPad. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, however: The first iPad Air also had a smaller battery than the iPad model before it, which often goes hand in hand with a much slimmer design.

Components found in the teardown that aren’t disclosed by Apple include:

-NXP Semiconductors 8416A1 Touch ID Sensor
-Parade Technologies DP675 LCD Driver
-Texas Instruments TPS65143A LCD Bias Solution For LCD Panels
-Apple APL1012 A8X 64-bit Processor
-Elpida (Micron Technology) F8164A3MD (two identical chips)
-SK Hynix H2JTDG8UD1BMR 128 Gb (16 GB) NAND Flash
-NXP 65V10 NFC Module (as found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus)
-Apple (Cirrus Logic) 338S1213 Audio Codec
-NXP Semiconductors LPC18B1UK ARM Cortex-M3 Microcontroller (Apple M8 Motion Co-Processor)
-Maxim Integrated MAX98721BEWV Boosted Class Amplifier
-Broadcom BCM5976 Digitizer Controller
-Texas Instruments TI48WHXDP 343S0583
-Fairchild Semiconductor FDMC 6683 and FDMC 6676BZ (two chips that date all the way back to the iPad 2)

The teardown is still in progress at iFixit.

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Inbox for Gmail: hands-on and first impressions

9 to 5 Mac - Apple Intelligence - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 22:08

Google this afternoon announced Inbox for Gmail, its all-new emailing solution that is intended to coexist with the regular Gmail platform (Think Paper for Facebook?). Inbox for Gmail is available on an invite only basis for Android, iOS and Chrome. I am fortunate enough to have received an invite to Inbox for Gmail, and I have been giving the iPhone app a rundown to see how it works. For the most part, Inbox is everything that you know and love about Gmail in a sleeker package.

For those that have a love-hate relationship with email, which is probably just about everyone, Inbox has a more organized and intuitive user interface for achieving the elusive “Inbox Zero.” Inbox enables users to add their own reminders to the top of the inbox, can snooze away messages to be shown again at a later time and highlights important parts of emails like YouTube videos, PDFs and Microsoft Office documents, flight statuses and package deliveries.

The main Inbox view provides an overall look at your emails categorized into bundles including travel, purchases, finance, social, updates, forums and promos. If you use tabs on the desktop version of Gmail, then this will be a familiar experience. There are also unbundled sections for low priority or for any custom inboxes that you may have created. Overall, the organizational functionality of Inbox is fantastic.

There are two additional views for “Snoozed” and “Done.” The former houses all of your emails until a specific date and time that you choose for the message to return to your main inbox, so that you can have a cleaner look at the emails that matter to you most straight after opening the app. All emails placed in Done are also removed from the main inbox, although they do not return at a later date unless you tap the pin icon.

Overall, Inbox is essentially a marriage between Gmail and Google Now. This is email built for the modern day person, the individual that wants to be able to organize and manage his or her inbox on the fly as efficiently as possible. Inbox for iPhone has a sleek design that mirrors Material Design on Android, and we’ll be sure to share a more in-depth look at the app in the near future.

Filed under: Apps, iOS Tagged: Android, app, First Impressions, gallery, Gmail, Google, hands-on, Inbox for Gmail, Inbox Zero, iOS, iPhone, Microsoft Office, review, screenshots, YouTube

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Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 22:00
Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free Cycloramic for iPhone...
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Yahoo Mail iOS app updated w/ travel & event notifications in Today view

9 to 5 Mac - Apple Intelligence - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 21:47

Yahoo updated its Yahoo Mail mobile apps today bringing new travel and event notifications to the app for iPhone and iPad.

For travel, the app’s “Today” view will now display information on flights including when flights are cancelled or delayed, and users will be able to “get directions to the airport, call the airline to rebook your flight or go directly to the airline website” in a single tap.

And once you land at your destination, you’ll receive suggestions for the top restaurants and attractions in the area, with reviews and pictures from Yelp.”

The updated Yahoo Mail app also provides notifications for events in the Today view from Evite, Eventbrite, and Ticketmaster, event information, and the ability to view and share directions.

Yahoo also said the update includesthe latest headlines with News notifications” that can be switched off in Settings. All of the new features are available in the U.S. only.

The updated Yahoo Mail app for iPhone and iPad is available on the App Store now.

What’s New in Version 3.2.8

- The Multi-talented Yahoo Mail app is now even smarter. Now in Yahoo Today, view your upcoming flight details plus get real time updates of flight delays or changes. Also, see your upcoming events which you can map directions to and easily share with friends. Available in the US only.
– Stay on top of the latest headlines with News notifications. Turn it on or off anytime under Settings. Available in the US only.
– Performance improvements
– Bug fixes

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Splash Brush Colorbook app beats the mess of a real one

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 21:30
Splash Brush Colorbook is an educational coloring book app for pre-schoolers and Kindergarten kids that incorporates letters and numbers into the coloring. Each letter and number is linked with a visual representation, like A for ant, and it's up to...
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iPad Air 2 review roundup

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 21:00
iPad Air 2 reviews started making the rounds yesterday and, as one might expect, the reviews are overwhelmingly positive. Below is a quick roundup from some of the more notable hands-on reviews. Brad Molen of Engadget: Strap on your seat belts,...
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