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May 30 2015 5:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Father's Day is just around the corner. If you've been racking your brain to figure out what exactly to get him, then we have some suggestions that are sure to make your dad pleased and make your life easier. You can get these great Father's Day gift ideas on sale now in our Deals tab.

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It doesn't matter what music your dad prefers, even if he's stuck in the past. He still deserves to hear it all in a the highest quality with maximum convenience. He'll get that with the Airbuds Comfort Earbuds, on sale for just $32.99.

The light bulb is about to get a whole lot smarter. With the SMFX Smart Bulb, you'll be able to control your lighting without ever getting out of your favorite chair. Just pull up the app and you can control the brightness, hue, and color of your lights right on your phone. You can get it for just $49.

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If your dad fancies himself a mixologist, then you need to equip him with the right gear to make his favorite drinks. That's exactly what he'll have with the MakersKit Classic Cocktails Bar Set. You can get it for just $29.99.

May 30 2015 3:19PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At 3:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, the National Security Agency and telecommunications companies will begin mothballing a once-secret system that collected Americans' bulk telephone records, shutting down computers and sealing off warehouses of digital data.

May 30 2015 7:04AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At 3:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, the National Security Agency and telecommunications companies will begin mothballing a once-secret system that collected Americans' bulk telephone records, shutting down computers and sealing off warehouses of digital data.

May 30 2015 7:01AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States will extend its cyber defense umbrella over Japan, helping its Asian ally cope with the growing threat of online attacks against military bases and infrastructure such as power grids, the two nations said in a joint statement on Saturday.

May 30 2015 1:29AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At 3:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, the National Security Agency and telecommunications companies will begin mothballing a once-secret system that collected Americans' bulk telephone records, shutting down computers and sealing off warehouses of digital data.

May 30 2015 12:01AM EST | Source: MacLife.com

In today's Apple Daily, Apple once again nabs the top spot for customer satisfaction with tech support over at Consumer Reports. Additionally, some insider sources finally (and allegedly) reveal what's up with those Dodge Caravans driving around cities like San Francisco and Dallas, and Apple releases a support document that helps iOS users cope with a troublesome iMessage bug.

Consumer Reports: Apple Tops Rankings for Tech Support

Nine years on, Apple continues to deliver the best tech support among PC manufacturers, according to Consumer Reports' latest survey. For this year's report, Consumer Reports surveyed 3,200 personal computer users and found that "Mac users give Apple's phone and online support glowing reviews, and four out of five said tech support was able to resolve their problem."

Source: Wikipedia

These are impressive figures, especially considering that there was usually only "a 50-50 chance" that tech support would "do the trick" for a problem with a machine from a Windows-based PC manufacturer. Specifically, tech support only satisfied customers half the time for four out of the six non-Apple PC manufacturers surveyed, and the best two — Lenovo and Dell — only lived up to expectations 61 percent of the time.

Much of Apple's success in the rankings here rests on the strength of the Genius Bar, which Consumer Reports praised for providing free lifetime support. In addition, the publication praised Apple for its year's worth of warranty coverage and the option to extend that coverage through AppleCare. For most other manufacturers, the report noted, you'll often have to pay just to have your problem diagnosed. The one mark against Apple was that it "provides just 90 days of free phone and online tech support, compared to one year for most other companies," but the strengths of Apple's offerings were apparently enough to counter this one downside.

And it's been this way for a while, too. Apple first topped the list of Consumer Reports' customer satisfaction rankings way back in 2007 — when the surveys began — and it hasn't slipped since.

 

'Mystery' Apple-Leased Dodge Caravans Reportedly Focusing on Maps Improvements

When people first started seeing Apple-leased Dodge Caravans in American cities with fancy, tech-y contraptions on their roofs last winter, speculation as to their purpose ran the gamut from a "Google Street View" for Apple Maps to prototypes for an Apple-branded automated car. It turns out (a bit unsurprisingly) that the truth is much closer to the former, according to insider sources who spoke with 9to5Mac.

Source: Claycord

While a Street View-style option might indeed be in the works, the vans are supposedly meant first and foremost to reduce Apple's reliance on TomTom, which has supplied much of the location data for Apple's navigation service since it launched. The idea here is that Apple will be able to gather its own data and thereby correct any inaccuracies immediately rather than waiting on TomTom to fix it first. This transition might be a ways off, however, as Apple renewed its contract with TomTom just 10 days ago.

Apple is also reportedly using the Caravans to take photos of storefronts of the businesses that appear in Apple Maps, which would allow the company to replace the images it normally pulls from sites like Yelp with its own images.

It's possible (but not entirely probable) that we'll get a glimpse of some of these new features at WWDC in a few days, as Apple is said to be bringing some Maps-related changes to iOS 9, such as a new Points of Interest system and transit routing data for a select number of cities.

 

Apple Releases Support Document for iMessage Bug

Apple has yet to release a proper patch for the nasty iMessage bug we reported on the day before yesterday involving a random string of mostly Arabic characters, but in the meantime, it's released a support document informing affected users of a workaround.

Source: AlphaCoders

Keep in mind that the listed steps don't prevent you from being affected by the bug; instead, they merely allow you to open the Messages app again so you can delete it. The steps listed also won't fix problems with other apps such as Twitter, Snapchat, and WhatsApp — all of which were recently discovered to be vulnerable to the same bug on iOS.

Apple's instructions are as follows:

Ask Siri to "read unread messages."

Use Siri to reply to the malicious message. After you reply, you’ll be able to open Messages again.

In Messages, swipe left to delete the entire thread. Or tap and hold the malicious message, tap More, and delete the message from the thread.

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

May 29 2015 10:33PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Cypress Semiconductor Corp raised its offer to buy Integrated Silicon Solution Inc to $20.25 per share, beating Uphill Investment Co's increased offer made earlier on Friday.

May 29 2015 9:31PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The accused mastermind behind the Silk Road underground website was sentenced on Friday to life in prison for orchestrating a scheme that enabled more than $200 million of anonymous online drug sales using the digital currency bitcoin.

May 29 2015 8:32PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The accused mastermind behind the Silk Road underground website was sentenced on Friday to life in prison for orchestrating a scheme that enabled more than $200 million of anonymous online drug sales using the digital currency bitcoin.

May 29 2015 8:21PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
But the message must contain a specific series of Arabic characters, so you're likely to receive it only as a prank. And there are ways to resolve the problem.







May 29 2015 7:03PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The accused mastermind behind the Silk Road underground website was sentenced on Friday to life in prison for orchestrating a scheme that enabled more than $200 million of anonymous online drug sales using the digital currency bitcoin.

May 29 2015 5:59PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We have the answer. While we're always glad to see the upgrades and new features that are included with each new version of Mac OS X, it's definitely a drag when the new software prevents you from opening older apps or documents. In this edition of Ask, we'll take a look at how to deal with one of those incompatibilities — specifically how to open old Appleworks documents in Yosemite.

Question

I downloaded and installed OS X 10.10 Yosemite. After the installation a dialog appeared saying it can't run Appleworks 6. What am I to do with the several thousand Appleworks 6 documents that are important to me? Is there any way to make them work?

Answer

Appleworks 6 is a rather old piece of software, with the last updates coming out nearly 11 years ago (in January 2004). Apple discontinued support for the software in 2007, around the time that Leopard was released to the public. While you have been able to use the software for a few years afterwards thanks to Rosetta PowerPC (PPC) software support on modern Intel Macs, Apple finally stopped supporting PPC in OS X Lion. 

If you still have documents lying around in this format, however, and wish to upgrade them to work with modern apps (say, Pages, Word, or TextEdit), you can do this with the available iWork apps (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote). 


For the most part, opening old Appleworks documents is as simple as dragging them to Apple's current applications.

For example, if you have an AppleWork 6 word processing document, then you can drag and drop it on the Pages icon in the Dock to have it open; if you have an AppleWork 6 spreadsheet or presentation file, then you can also drag and drop them on top of Numbers and Keynote, respectively.

Got an Apple tech question? Email ask@maclife.com.

May 29 2015 5:32PM EST | Source: Geek.com
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Research and development is ongoing to improve the capacity of the batteries we use inside our smartphones. But just as important as new battery tech is energy savings for existing ones. A team […]

May 29 2015 5:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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May 29 2015 4:54PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

A little bit of this and a little bit of that is what this week is all about as we've got games and cameras and a diary and a keyboard. So let's not waste our time introducing things, let's get right into the meet of this week's cut price app action.

May 29 2015 4:35PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The accused mastermind behind the underground website Silk Road was sentenced on Friday to life in prison for orchestrating a scheme that enabled more than $200 million of anonymous online drug sales using the digital currency bitcoin.

May 29 2015 3:37PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) is exploring a sale of its minority stake in Merkle Inc, in a deal that could value the fast-growing marketing technology company at more than $1 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

May 29 2015 3:22PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus Group announced the creation of a $150 million venture capital fund and said it had hired a Google executive to run a new center in Silicon Valley as it seeks to wave a digital wand over its heavy-manufacturing culture.

May 29 2015 2:37PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Intel Corp has resumed negotiations to buy smaller chip maker Altera Corp and is close to a $16 billion acquisition agreement, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

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