Apple Buys 43 Acres in San Jose, Enough to Turn Spaceship HQ into a Fleet

3 hours, 16 minutes ago · · News

Land Development in San Jose, with Properties Owned or Leased by Apple

Apple has purchased 43 acres in San Jose, California, a plot of land big enough to hold a building as large as its massive Apple Campus 2, the so-called Spaceship HQ. The spot is the first known land purchase by Apple in San Jose, but it's right next door to 300,000 square feet of office space recently leased by the company.

Siri Wants to Transcribe Your Voicemails

9:40 AM, Aug. 3rd, 2015 · · News

iOS 10 may turn your voicemails into text

People like leaving voicemail but don't like listening to them, so Apple is working on a new feature that lets Siri become your own personal transcription service. Apple hopes to roll out what's been dubbed at iCloud Voicemail in 2016, which means come next year you won't have to listen to your friend's messages ever again.

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I like to say three random words when leaving Google Voice messages, like "shoe, carrot, penguin." Google Voice is horrible at transcribing that. I can't wait to try it on iCloud Voicemail.

Apple Has Starring Role in New Crypto War

10:00 PM, Jul. 31st, 2015 · · News

Watching Eye Behind an iPhone Screen

It seems safe to say a new round of the Crypto Wars is in full gear. In fact, let's officially call it Crypto Wars 2.0, because proxy parties are keeping the fight simmering in the background between full on salvos from the main parties involved. Meanwhike, Apple maintains its starring role in the fight due to end-to-end encryption built into iOS and OS X.

How to Create Signatures in Mail.app in iOS and OS X

5:40 PM, Jul. 31st, 2015 · · News

Mail.app Signatures Screenshot

Apple users can add personal signatures to their emails on both their Macs and their iOS devices. They can promote a cause or a product. Let everyone know how they feel about a particular topic, or just make the recipient smile. It's easy to set up, and Nancy Carroll Gravley shows you how.

Google Stands Up to France, Refuses Global “Right to be Forgotten” Order

10:42 AM, Jul. 31st, 2015 · · News

Google to France: No worldwide

France is trying to force Google to remove search results for certain people around the world through the EU's "right to be forgotten" law, and the Internet search giant is saying no. Instead, Google is willing to block those search results in countries governed by EU laws, but is refusing to do so throughout the rest of the world. Google is arguing the EU law, if enforced around the world, would reduce Internet access to only what the most restrictive countries allow.

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France learns it's not the boss of Google. Well done, Google.

Safari Offers Longer Battery Life than Chrome or Firefox

4:51 PM, Jul. 30th, 2015 · · News

Chart Showing Average Battery Life in Chrome, Firefox, and Safari Tests

Using Safari on a MacBook will give you longer battery life, according to tests run by the BatteryBox Blog. The company tested Apple's Safari, Google's Chrome, and Firefox on video sites, music streaming sites, webmail sites, news sites, and more, and found that Safari used less power than the other browsers, giving users 52 more minutes of battery life.

New Patents Hint at Apple Texture-simulating Uber Stylus

10:50 AM, Jul. 30th, 2015 · · News

Apple patent describes texture simulating ├╝ber stylus

For a company that said the only stylus we need is our finger, Apple sure has a lot of patents. It's patents describe what sounds like the ultimate stylus, complete with sensors and haptic feedback to simulate the feel of different textures.

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Apple has always been gernerally against styluses for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, but there are places where they make sense. Specialized uses like art and drafting, for example, are far easier with styluses than our finger tips. Maybe Apple is working on bringing us an über stylus.

Photoshop CS6 Stragglers Out of Luck for Camera Raw Updates

10:15 AM, Jul. 29th, 2015 · · News

Adobe leaves Photoshop CS6 behind with last Camera Raw update

It's no secret that Adobe left its Creative Suite 6 apps behind when it moved to Creative Cloud and annual software licenses, and if you've been holding out hope for extended support for the old versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, get ready for the bad news. Adobe says Camera Raw 9.1.1 will be the last version released that still offers Photoshop CS6 support. For people using Adobe's apps professionally, this is another reminder that Creative Suite 6 is now a relic and it's time to let it go.

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Dropping Camera Raw updates for Photoshop CS6 is yet another sign from Adobe they really want everyone to move to Creative Cloud. The fact that they offered CS6 ACR updates for this long is pretty amazing.