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Aug 1 2014 10:57PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
iPhone or iPad not charging? The lightning port may be clogged. Here's how to clean it out with basic household items.






Aug 1 2014 10:41PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
iPhone or iPad not charging? The lightning port may be clogged. Here's how to clean it out with basic household items.






Aug 1 2014 9:33PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Locking cell phones is so unpopular a concept that it accomplished the seemingly impossible—it managed to get the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to reach a unanimous agreement when they decided to overturn it. We told you about that last week, but today President Obama signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act into law. So go on. Provided your initial contract has expired, unlock that iPhone.

The act first saw life in 2013 as a "We the People" petition that generated more than 100,000 signatures from citizens in favor of making cellphone unlocking legal again. Wireless customers previously had been able to unlock their phones to change providers or install foreign SIM cards for overseas travel under an exception in the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, but the exception's expiration in 2013 rendered unlocking illegal.

Source: Cnet

Again, you need to make sure you're no longer under any contractual obligations with your provider when you unlock it. If you are, however, you can switch services without begging your provider for permission, and even more notably, you're free to ask for assistance in doing so from your local tech shop.

"The most important part of this joint effort is that it will have a real impact," said Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy in a White House blog post. "As long as their phone is compatible and they have complied with their contracts, consumers will now be able to enjoy the freedom of taking their mobile service — and a phone they already own — to the carrier that best fits their needs. At a time when partisan gridlock all too often threatens progress on everyday issues that matter to consumers, working together we listened to your voices, and the American people benefited as a result."

Follow this article's writer, Leif Johnson, on Twitter.

Aug 1 2014 9:25PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Like it or not, Apple's acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Electronics is at last official. Apple today updated its website to host a page welcoming Beats and co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre to the family. It's the final step in the process of a long process that started with a rumor back in May and culminated in a whopping $3 billion acquisition—Apple's largest takeover of another company to date.

"Today we are excited to officially welcome Beats Music and Beats Electronics to the Apple family," the page reads. "Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and we’re thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do. Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre have created beautiful products that have helped millions of people deepen their connection to music. We’re delighted to be working with the team to elevate that experience even further. And we can’t wait to hear what’s next."

Clicking on the message shuttles you to BeatsByDre.com, which contains its own message with the company's thoughts joining the Cupertino tech giant.

"Musicians rely on their instruments to give structure and form to their imagination. At the dawn of digital recording, the Macintosh computer was the instrument of choice," the page says. "At the beginning of portable digital music, the iPod placed the library of the world’s music in your pocket. The iPhone became not only an instrument for music, but also the centre of your connected life. The iPad extended this capability with a user interface and apps that allowed you to compose a symphony on the tube. Starting today, we at Beats are fortunate to add our instrument to this legacy by joining Apple."

At with that, thus passes BeatsByDre.com as we've known it. Attempting to purchase anything through the store merely presents you with a link to the same item in Apple's online store.

TechCrunch reports that U.S. regulators at last approved the acquisition this morning, thus clearing the last hurdle holding up Beats' official entry into the Apple family.

Follow this article's writer, Leif Johnson, on Twitter.

Aug 1 2014 8:26PM EST | Source: Geek.com
Straight Talk
Texting while driving is an easy problem to solve: just put your phone down and pay attention to the road. But for those of us that seem to struggle with this solution there […]

Aug 1 2014 7:30PM EST | Source: Geek.com
Qi
There are a few wireless charging standards vying for your attention, but Qi from the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) seems to have made the most headway. It’s built into many Android devices and […]

Aug 1 2014 7:16PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp sued Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Friday, claiming the South Korean smartphone maker refused to make a royalty payment last fall on patent licenses after Microsoft announced its intention to acquire Nokia's handset business.

Aug 1 2014 6:29PM EST | Source: Geek.com
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Anyone interested in taking ordinary household gadgets and swapping them out with connected devices has discovered an unfortunate flaw in an otherwise fantastic plan. Ninja Sphere is one of several projects aimed at […]

Aug 1 2014 5:43PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp sued Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Friday, claiming the South Korean smartphone maker refused to make a royalty payment last fall on patent licenses after Microsoft announced its intention to acquire Nokia's handset business.

Aug 1 2014 5:05PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We have the answer. In this week's installment of Ask, we'll teach you how to recover missing applications that are built into OS X, including utilities. 

Question: I believe that I have accidentally deleted some of the default applications that came with OS X, and I’m not sure how to reinstall them. I’m missing my entire Utilities folder under Applications. How can I get these applications back onto my computer system?

Answer: The default applications bundled onto your system usually requires messing around with the Terminal to remove them, and even then, they can be difficult to remove. If they've been removed, however, you can get them back by simply reinstalling your version of Mac OS X. 

If you are running OS X Lion or later, then you can start up your computer while holding down the Option key, and select “Recovery HD.” Selecting this option will boot your computer into the Recovery partition. From here, select “Reinstall OS X,” then follow the instructions to reinstall. 

When reinstalling OS X, none of your content should be be overwritten, but it's best to always create a backup beforehand just to be safe. Once reinstalled, the default applications, including the Utilities folder, should reappear on your Mac.


Reinstalling OS X is the only way to get back the default applications once they have been removed from your system.

Ask is written by Cory Bohon, a freelance technology writer, indie Mac and iOS developer, and amateur photographer.

Got a tech question? Email ask@maclife.com.

Aug 1 2014 5:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Aug 1 2014 4:21PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

At least two very different kinds of development studios are having great sales on their apps. One will make you more productive, making tasks simpler, keeping you on schedule, turning paper into PDFs, while the other will give you some fun for all the time you've freed up. It's a win-win scenario for you, dear reader.

Aug 1 2014 4:07PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Those ubiquitous Angry Birds flew from the mobile screen to the toy store, hooked up with Hollywood, and are headed back to the digital world thanks to the telepod.

Aug 1 2014 3:42PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Friday won preliminary court approval for its $450 million settlement of claims it harmed consumers by conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices.

Aug 1 2014 3:09PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
iPhone or iPad not charging? The lightning port may be clogged. Here's how to clean it out with basic household items.






Aug 1 2014 2:39PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said service to the world's largest online social network was fully restored on Friday, following a widespread outage that affected users in multiple countries.

Aug 1 2014 12:42PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc, the world's No.1 social network, suffered a service disruption on Friday that made the website unavailable to some users.

Aug 1 2014 12:30PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Modbook Pro X

Have your heart set on an iWatch later this year? Analysts have been keeping a close eye on Apple's supply chain lately, and it seems production issues may keep the wearable from shipping in significant numbers before the end of the year. Elsewhere on the web, you can now convert a MacBook Pro into a tablet, and a new desktop publishing application hits the Mac App Store in today's Morning Report.

Analyst: Apple May Only Ship 3M iWatches This Year

AppleInsider reported Thursday the "well-connected" analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is backing off earlier claims of a massive iWatch launch later this year. In a note to investors, the KGI Securities analyst threw cold water on leading speculation that Apple plans to ship "between five million and 10 million" wearables by the end of 2014, citing production issues that will push availability into "the second half of November," thereby dramatically reducing the number of available units to something more like three million.

Like the rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6, sapphire crystal shortages are also being blamed for the reduced iWatch shipments, with traditional glass covers now expected to replace sapphire on "at least half" of the iWatch units that do manage to hit stores.

Modbook Pro X Turns Retina MacBook Into Full-Fledged Tablet

The folks at Modbook have been turning Mac products into tablets for years now, but this week they've launched their most ambitious modification to date: Modbook Pro X, which converts a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display into a gorgeous, powerful slate complete with pen input device. Available exclusively on Kickstarter for now, backers will have to provide their own MacBook Pro, which will be converted into a Modbook Pro X for as little as $1999. The bad news is, Modbook won't be ready to ship these babies until early 2015, which will be powered by OS X Yosemite and promise full compatibility, just like the original notebook.

PrintWorks for Mac Aims to Bring Desktop Publishing to Masses

Desktop publishing may no longer be the Mac's "killer app" in the internet and social networking era, but Belight Software this week unleashed a powerful new application that aims to make page layout fun all over again. Printworks for Mac includes more than 400 templates for creating brochures, flyers, business cards, discs and covers, labels and envelopes or greeting cards, along with more than 1,000 pieces of clipart for customizing the look and feel.

Available from the Mac App Store, Printworks includes robust features including a built-in photo editor with more than 80 image filters, and the ability to import from iPhoto or Aperture as well as custom folders. Finished projects can be printed or exported to popular formats including PDF, TIFF, JPEG, and EPS. A free trial of Printworks is available from the Belight website, and the software is on sale from the Mac App Store for only $29.99, a 40 percent discount off the usual $49.95 price.

Follow this article’s author, J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter

 

Aug 1 2014 11:31AM EST | Source: Geek.com
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Buy an iPhone 5S and Apple claims you’ll get 10 hours of battery life between charges. Of course, that depends on what you use the smartphone for and ultimately the performance will degrade […]

Aug 1 2014 11:02AM EST | Source: CNET Android Atlas
Christian Göllner, an XDA member and Android developer, has released an app that helps you find out what's taking up all of your space in Dropbox and Google Drive.






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