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Aug 27 2014 3:50AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's privately-held Dalian Wanda Group is set to launch a 5 billion yuan ($813 million) e-commerce joint venture with domestic internet giants Tencent Holdings Ltd and Baidu Inc, according to two sources familiar with the investment.

Aug 26 2014 11:52PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

The big update to Apple TV may still be in the works, but in the meantime, everyone's favorite Cupertino company has expanded the device's current offerings with the addition of a Showtime Anytime channel. Notably, the channel acts as both an on-demand channel and way to view subscription content if you already have the channel through a cable provider.

There's a good chance you can run the channel if you live in the States and have both a cable connection and a subscription to Showtime. Supported providers include AT&T U-Verse, Bright House Networks, Comcast Xfinity, Cox, DIRECTV, Optimum, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS — along with a massive number of regional providers. The channel also reportedly allows the viewing of full episodes from select shows for free, although it's unclear what these programs are.

The addition of the Showtime Anytime channel allows Apple TV owners to watch popular shows such as Dexter, Homeland, Californication, House of Lies, Ray Donovan, and The Tudors on Apple's diminutive entertainment device, as well as Showtime's normally impressive list of premium movies.

The news follows on the heels of today's earlier announcement that Apple had revived the iTunes Festival Channel for the device, which we covered in today's Morning Report. Earlier in the month, Apple also added NFL Now, Fox Now, and CNBC. As for the highly anticipated Apple TV refresh? It's likely that we won't see it until sometime next year.

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Aug 26 2014 11:22PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

The Dock pane within System Preferences provides options to change many aspects of the Dock’s appearance and behavior. For example, you can adjust its size, edge position (left, bottom, right) and magnification level when you hover the cursor over icons. Additionally, there are two minimization effects to choose from, and settings for toggling the app-launch bounce, Dock auto-hide, and active application indicators.

But System Preferences doesn’t tell the whole story, because Apple hides a number of extra options from the user interface. Even so, you can access them by using Terminal, found in /Applications/Utilities. This command-line tool enables you to write to the Dock’s preferences file, turning on (or off) hidden preferences, and further changing the nature of your Dock. Terminal is one of those apps that tends to scare newcomers, but playing around with the Dock is a good introduction to using the tool. 

You should find any apprehension disappear as you successfully enter a command or two and see the changes to your Dock. If you don’t like what you end up with, the process is also entirely reversible. You can merely turn off everything you’ve turned on, but a quicker way to revert the Dock is to replace its preferences file with a back-up, which we’ll also show you how to do in this tutorial.


Backup Your Dock First

1. Copy the Preferences

Before editing your Dock, make a copy of its preferences file. In Finder, hold Option and click Go in the top bar. From the drop-down menu, select Library to open the hidden user Library folder. Within, open the Preferences folder and find com.apple.dock.plist. Now hold Option and drag the file to the Desktop, thereby making a copy of it. Store this in a folder elsewhere that also includes the date the copy was made.


2. Restore Preferences

To restore your backed-up preferences, copy the file you saved out in Step 1 to your Library’s Preferences folder. For Mountain Lion, entering killall Dock in Terminal restarts old settings. Mavericks has more aggressive caching, so type defaults read in Terminal and drag the file com.apple.dock.plist from the Library to it. Hit Enter, then killall Dock to restart the Dock with your settings.


3. Go Nuclear

Reverting the Dock to default depends on the OS that you are running on your Mac. In Mountain Lion, simply trash com.apple.dock.plist from the Preferences folder and use killall Dock in Terminal. For Mavericks, delete the file using Terminal: type defaults delete com.apple.dock; killall Dock. Or, reset the Dock to run apps with defaults write com.apple.dock static-only -bool true; killall Dock.


How to Redesign Your Dock

1. Pin the Dock

The Dock can be pinned to a corner. Type defaults write com.apple.dock pinning start; killall Dock and it moves to the left or top. Use end instead of start to move the Dock to the right/bottom; middle is the default.


2. Adjust Dock Transparency

Bring back Mountain Lion’s transparency by typing defaults write com.apple.dock hide-mirror -bool true; killall Dock into Terminal. To make hidden apps’ icons semi-transparent, use defaults write com.apple.dock showhidden -bool true; killall Dock. In both cases, switching true for false reverts to default settings.


3. Activate Single-app Mode

OS X has a single-app mode, which means if you click a Dock icon, every other app is hidden. Activate using defaults write com.apple.dock single-app -bool true; killall Dock. Again, replacing true with false reverts this setting to OS X’s default.


4. Change the Hiding Delay

Remove the show/hide animation by typing defaults write com.apple.dock autohide-time-modifier -int 0; killall Dock. Revert by using defaults write com.apple.dock autohide-time-modifier -float 1; killall Dock, or adjust “1” to experiment with different animation speeds — for example, 0.5 is faster (half the time) and 2 is slower (twice the time).


5. Add App Spacers

Invisible spacers can be added to group apps. Each time you use this command, a new spacer is added: defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add '{tile-data={}; tile-type="spacer-tile";}'; killall Dock. Replace persistent-apps with persistent-others to place a spacer on the right-hand side of the Dock. To get rid of one, right-click it and select Remove from Dock, or simply drag it out of the Dock onto your desktop.


6. Define Custom Dock Stacks

Stacks are folders added to the right side of the Dock. OS X has hidden custom stacks for recent items. Each time you input defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-others -array-add '{"tile-data" = {"list-type" = 1;}; "tile-type" = "recents-tile";}'; killall Dock, a stack is added. Right-click to show documents, servers, or favorite volumes/items.


7. Take a Shortcut

The idea of this tutorial is to update the Dock while learning a bit about the Terminal. However, if you want Dock changes but don’t fancy doing any of that pesky typing, you can install TinkerTool (http://bresink.com/osx/TinkerTool.html) and use the various options found within its Dock section. Should you later decide you want to revert all changes, TinkerTool has a Reset option (to pre-TinkerTool state or defaults), but you should also follow the back-up advice before using the app, just in case.

Aug 26 2014 10:44PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Qualcomm, the world's No. 1 mobile chipmaker, may face a European investigation related to a four-year-old complaint from a subsidiary of rival Nvidia Corp, three people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

Aug 26 2014 10:19PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Big is in at Apple. We already know that's true for the iPhone based on all the rumors surrounding the 4.7- and 5.5-inch models that are expected to hit shelves later this year, but now Bloomberg is reporting that we'll see a 12.9-inch iPad sometime in early 2015. Naturally, the sources "asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public."

Rumors about this device have been floating around since last year. We published a three-part series outlining predictions for the device (then commonly called the "iPad Pro") last winter, and a July 2013 report from the Wall Street Journal claimed that the Cupertino company was testing tablets that measured "slightly less than 13 inches diagonally."

Source: Ramotion

The report from Bloomberg claims that the big iPad represents an attempt to "shake up" the iPad line after two consecutive years of declining sales. The screen is said to support a high enough pixel density to reach ultra high definition (UHD), and its overall design will roughly match that of today's iPad mini and iPad Air.

Apple may be planning to market the massive tablet to business buyers, particularly in the wake of its notable partnership with IBM aimed at assisting enterprise customers. It's worth noting that reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities shot down rumors of a big iPad last year (via MacRumors), suggesting instead that Apple will release a new 9.7-inch iPad sporting significantly higher pixel densities than we see in current models.

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

Aug 26 2014 10:15PM EST | Source: Geek.com
If you’re the type to grab the next Apple product the day it is available, there’s a good chance you are already familiar with selling your current hardware to pay for the next […]

Aug 26 2014 10:02PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc is preparing to roll out a larger, 12.9-inch version of its iPad for 2015, with production set to begin in the first quarter of next year, Bloomberg cited people with knowledge of the matter as saying on Tuesday.

Aug 26 2014 9:29PM EST | Source: Geek.com
The OnePlus One turned heads in the tech world with its high-end features and mid-range price tag. Now it’s turning heads for a different reason: because one just burst into flames inside a […]

Aug 26 2014 9:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Aug 26 2014 6:41PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

It’s been almost a year since Google brought down the shutters on its RSS aggregator Reader, simultaneously opening the doors for a new web feeder to emerge victorious. But that never happened, partly because of users’ loyalties to a variety of existing sync services offering free and paid-for features. Fortunately, Readkit works to corral all of these services into one neat desktop interface, and with the arrival of v2.4 it does “read it later” better than ever.

Support has been added for syncing Fever, NewsBlur, Delicious and Pinboard, the latter two allowing you to keep offline copies of bookmarked sites. But even if you use none of the supported services, ReadKit now has its own native RSS sync engine, and it works flawlessly.

The interface retains its pared-down, clean-cut look, with features like Focus mode making reading a pleasure — but navigation is now even easier thanks to keyboard shortcuts that let you jump from article to sidebar, and collapse and expand folders in a snap. 

ReadKit also keeps separate preference profiles for each account — even multiple accounts within the same service — so if you like to group or sort feeds differently to those piped in from Pocket, for instance, now you can. ReadKit’s performance held up admirably when we drag-and-dropped articles between different feeds, set up smart folders and drilled down to news stories using tags. And the proverbial cherry on this digital cake? The inline match highlighting upon a search query.

The bottom line. ReadKit brings RSS content into a single interface, making even the dullest feed a pleasure to read.

Review Synopsis


ReadKit 2.4







Mac OS 10.8 or later, 64-bit processor


Honed interface. Broad service support. Speedy performance. Multiple accounts.


None to speak of.

Aug 26 2014 6:39PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc is merging its wireless and business divisions into a single unit led by Ralph de la Vega, former chief executive of the company's wireless segment, a spokesman for AT&T said on Tuesday.

Aug 26 2014 6:19PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer has agreed to invest in fast-growing messaging startup Snapchat at a valuation close to $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

Aug 26 2014 5:49PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Digital video recorder maker TiVo Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue due to strong growth in subscribers through cable TV partners such as Virgin Media in the UK, ONO in Spain and Com Hem AB in Sweden.

Aug 26 2014 5:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Aug 26 2014 3:33PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc is preparing to roll out a larger, 12.9-inch version of its iPad for 2015, with production set to begin in the first quarter of next year, Bloomberg cited people with knowledge of the matter as saying on Tuesday.

Aug 26 2014 3:03PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - RadioShack Corp's second-largest shareholder, Standard General LP, is negotiating a rescue package with investors to help the consumer electronics retailer ward off bankruptcy, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

Aug 26 2014 2:51PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
MILAN (Reuters) - Telecom Italia will make a bid valued at roughly 7 billion euros ($9.2 billion) for Vivendi's Brazilian broadband unit GVT , which would leave Vivendi with a 15 to 20 percent stake in the Italian group, said four people familiar with the matter.

Aug 26 2014 2:43PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors are looking over portfolios to make room for Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holdings Inc's market debut next month - and that means some less attractive stocks that funds are holding might be shown the door.

Aug 26 2014 2:33PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Google Inc said it bought Zync Render, the visual effects cloud-rendering technology company behind "Star Trek Into Darkness".

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