Apple released Aperture 3.4.5 on Wednesday, a maintenance release that fixes two bugs and brings unspecified "stability improvements." Aperture is Apple's professional photo management solution.
Apple released iTunes 11.0.4 for both OS X and 64-bit versions of Windows (Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8) on Wednesday. The update includes two bug fixes.
Ready to sport some superhero action on your desktop? ~blo0p has you covered with a collection of 99 superhero wallpapers with a cool minimalist look that lets you show off the characters you like without making your desktop look too busy. Each JPG image measures 1920 x 1080 pixels, and the simple backgrounds make them easy to use as iPad Home and Lock screen images, too. The collection includes Batman, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and more. The wallpaper pack is free, but remember: With great power comes great responsibility.
There's been some recent speculation that bought a company called Grokr. Bryan Chaffin hopes so, because Grokr's technology could allow Apple to go toe-to-toe with Google Now. Considering how cool Google Now is, it would be a great move for iPhone customers.
Buried in the bowels of your Mac’s operating system are a handful of utilities that you may (or may not) take for granted. One such utility, the Archive Utility, has a slew of customizable features. Jared Apperson is brave enough to dive in and see what's there, and he's happy to take us along.
Penguin may have settled out of court in the Department of Justice ebook price fixing trial Apple is dealing with, but that hasn't stopped the publisher from backing the iPhone and iPad maker on the stand. Penguin CEO David Shanks took the stand on Tuesday to say that Apple was fine if negotiations didn't pan out and was willing to stay out of the ebook selling space, contradicting the DOJ's claim that Apple was aggressively pushing to control pricing in the market.
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The DOJ is saying Apple orchestrated a scheme to raise book prices, but Apple and Penguin are saying otherwise. This trial will likely play out like a soap opera with plenty of dama, and if Apple should lose, the drama will continue because it's a safe bet an appeal will happen.
Organizations that make money by collecting patents and then filing lawsuits against other companies for infringement as their sole source of income -- lovingly known as patent trolls -- may have a harder time making a buck now that President Obama is on their case. The President is working on changes for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and pushing for Congressional action to make it more difficult for patent trolls to target companies, and to cut down on the number of overly broad patents that are issued. This is a great first step towards patent reform in the United States, and since most of what the President is proposing comes through an executive order, the changes can start now instead of waiting for Congress to pass new laws.
If you're getting tired of changing which account Mail tries to send from every time you compose a new message, you'll want to read this tip. We'll cover how to set your default account on your Mac, and heck, we've thrown in how to do it on your iOS devices for no extra charge. We're good like that.
Hong Kong-based onandoff announced a cool stand for iPad called The Dock Minimal. This device offers a small footprint and can hold your iPad (or other tablet) in 20 different positions. The image below shows the device from the front and back, but if you click through to the company's website, you'll find images of the device being used horizontally, too. The device includes a pass-through for your dock cable, too. It works with all iPads, iPad Mini, Kindle, Samsung and Nexus tablets/e-book readers, and it's priced at $39.95.
Google's Android lost subscriber share in the U.S. in the three months ending in April, according to new data released by comScore. Apple's iPhone took that share, and it took share from BlackBerry and Microsoft's Windows Phone, too.
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