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Apple Possibly Leaked New Mac mini Models

8 hours, 4 minutes ago · Kelly Guimont · News

Apple updated a support article that refers to a Mid 2014 model Mac mini, which is the first mention of any sort of attention paid to the Mac mini, last updated in October 2012.

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I'd like this to be true, but at this point odds are 50/50 that there is an actual new Mac mini, or that someone was pasting in updated Macs and got a little trigger happy with Cmd-V.

Facebook Forces iPhone Users To Separate Messaging App

9:48 PM, Jul. 28th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Product News

Facebook

Facebook is disabling messaging entirely in the iPhone and Android apps, forcing users who wish to use the feature to download  a separate app.

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I regularly consider deleting the Facebook app already, and now I'm supposed to have two!? I'll pass.

‘Another One Bites The Dust’ Played Using Disk Drives

6:56 PM, Jul. 28th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

Check out the latest from Arganalth, a musician who uses the noises made by hard drives and floppy drives to make music. Watching videos like "Misirlou" is hypnotic as the drive heads slip back and forth making noise, so they're fun to see as well as hear. His latest one is "Another One Bites The Dust," by Queen. While all of the videos are impressive, this is a standout among them. Enjoy it below [Via Macgasm]:

Lord & Taylor, Hudson’s Bay Company Deploy iBeacons in Stores

5:57 PM, Jul. 28th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

Department stores Lord & Taylor and Hudson's Bay Company began rolling out iBeacons in a number of locations as of Monday. These iBeacons are implemented by Swirl, a company which develops mobile marketing solutions.

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This could be neato, this could be horrible. Difficult to say.

9 Swift Resources for iOS 8 Developers

8:57 PM, Jul. 25th, 2014 · 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

7:39 PM, Jul. 25th, 2014 · 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.

Take Control of Yosemite Beta Testing Released

3:44 PM, 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.

Apple’s Yosemite Beta: Don’t Use TRIM with SSD

3:47 PM, Jul. 24th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

SSD

For those who are succeeding where others have failed at getting their hands on the public beta of Yosemite, make sure you disable TRIM before installing on a 3rd party solid state drives (SSDs). Users are reporting that having TRIM controls enabled will resort in your Mac not booting up.

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If this post doesn't make sense, maybe hold off on installing the beta for now.

Apple Granted ‘iTime’ Patent for Wearable Mobile Electronic Device (Plus Wristband)

6:10 PM, Jul. 23rd, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Analysis

High Time for iTime

Apple was granted a patent on a smart watch dubbed "iTime" on Tuesday. The patent describes a wristband with embedded electronics that can be accessed by "a mobile electronic device." It describes several implementations, including versions where the mobile electronic device can be removed from the wristband.

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Well, we've seen the requisite number of iPhone 6 mockups so it's time to get back to the Thing Apple Is Totally Gonna Make To Put On Your Wrist rumors.