9 Swift Resources for iOS 8 Developers

10 hours, 17 minutes ago · Kelly Guimont · News

If you're interested in Apple's new programming language announced at WWDC, there are a variety of resources available online now. Kelly Guimont gathered up nine resources to help you get going.

OS X and iOS Application Compatibility Table

11 hours, 35 minutes ago · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

If you are waiting to install a new OS (such as the Yosemite Public Beta) because you are worried about compatibility issues, check out the Application Compatibility Table over at RoaringApps. There are compatibility charts from Snow Leopard up to Yosemite, and from iOS 5 up to iOS 8. If you don't see an app listed there and you know its status, you can submit it to the list. It's a great resource that is easily searchable if you need to determine what does and doesn't work.

Best News in the Verse: Firefly Cast Reuniting for Firefly Online

6:35 PM EDT, Jul. 25th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Browncoats everywhere are celebrating the news that the full cast of Joss Whedon's Firefly are reuniting for Firefly Online (site down as of this writing). io9 reported the news from San Diego Comicon Friday that Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, and Ron Glass will all be contributing voice acting to the game reprising their characters in the most successful failed show of all time. Alan Tudyk will be doing additional characters, as well, and Michael Fairman will be reprising his role as Niska. As a teaser, the game producers posted a video called "If I Were a Captain" (below) that features the voice of Ron Glass and Captain Mal himself (near the end). Color me giddy!

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Bose Sues Apple Acquisition Beats for Patent Infringement

6:26 PM EDT, Jul. 25th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple in Court

Bose Corporation filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) Friday accusing Beats Electronics of willfully infringing on five patents. Bose also launched a parallel lawsuit. Beats is in the process of being acquired by Apple, and Bose has accused the company of violating its patents in Beats Studio and Beats Studio Wireless headphones.

iZZi Slim 4-Lenses-In-One Photo Kit: $95

5:11 PM EDT, Jul. 25th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

iZZi Slim 4-Lenses-In-One Photo Kit: $95

iPhoneographers, we have a deal for you today called iZZi Slim, a case with a built-in lens kit for your iPhone 5 and 5s. The iZZi Slim included 4 lenses on one attachment, allowing you to switch lenses just by turning them for fast changes. The lenses include Fisheye lens, 2x Telephoto Lens, Macro Lens and Wide-Angle Lens (you access the macro lens by unscrewing the wide angle lens). The iZZi Slim is regularly priced at $155, but through our deal you can get it for $95. This price also includes a bonus Bluetooth shutter.

Take Control of Yosemite Beta Testing Released

3:44 PM EDT, Jul. 25th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

There were a few hurdles in the release of the Yosemite public beta, primarily in people successfully downloading the installer. Now that it's more likely you actually have the installer, Joe Kissell has some tips for you on running a Mac OS Beta. He's been beta testing since 10.3, so he knows of what he speaks. He's put together a great set of tips in Take Control of Beta Testing Yosemite, the latest title from Take Control Books. This one has a suggested price of $5 and is available via Leanpub to allow for quicker turnaround on updates (since betas can evolve dramatically). This is more than just a grand tour of new features, it also discusses what beta testing entails, tips for both before and after installing, and advice on how to report bugs.

Judge Cote Calls Apple Ebook Settlement Unfair to Consumers

1:42 PM EDT, Jul. 25th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Judge Denise Cote, the Federal Judge who ruled Apple orchestrated a conspiracy with publishers to drive up the price of books, is concerned that the settlement the iPhone and iPad maker agreed to in a related class action lawsuit will be unfair to consumers. Apple agreed to pay US$400 million in the settlement, but that number drops to $50 million plus attorney fees if the Appeals Court sends the case back for further proceedings.

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Both Apple and the states found the settlement terms reasonable, so maybe Judge Cote is being a little over critical there. The stipulation that Apple doesn't have to pay interest during the Appeals process seems like something she's justified in complaining about.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-25

1:15 PM EDT, Jul. 25th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Just because an analyst says Apple could be doomed doesn't mean we'll all be using Android smartphones in three years. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet dissect what Noster Capital's Pedro de Noronha really meant when he said Apple could be obsolete in three years, plus they look at Judge Denise Cote's comments on Apple's ebook price fixing class action lawsuit settlement.

comiXology Intros DRM-free Digital Comic Backups

10:24 AM EDT, Jul. 25th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Amazon's digital comicbook distribution company comiXology announced on Thursday that is is now offering customers DRM-free copies of the comics they buy for backup. Users can download PDF and CBZ versions of the comics they have already purchased, although not every comic sold is available.

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Offering downloadable files for backup is great. What's even greater is that they're DRM-free so you can read your comics on any device that has a PDF or CBZ-compatible reader app.

OS X: Repair Home Folder Permissions

8:45 AM EDT, Jul. 25th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

For today’s Quick Tip, we’re going to cover a little-known feature of OS X Recovery—repairing your Home folder permissions. If your Documents folder won’t let you edit files or an application is telling you that you don’t have permission to save something to your Desktop, then this tip should be right up your alley. 

Hedge Fund: ‘Apple Might Become Obsolete in 2-3 Years’

8:48 PM EDT, Jul. 24th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Pedro de Noronha on CNBC

Pedro de Noronha, managing partner at hedge fund Noster Capital, ain't got no truck with these newfangled tech companies, including Apple. The problem, he said, is that you don't know where they'll be in 5 to 10 years. Even Apple, according to him, could be "obsolete in two to three years."