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The Mega Macbook Giveaway

5:55 PM, Jun. 16th, 2016 ·

Assorted MacBooks

Our friends at Stack Commerce have put together another gievaway for us, the Mega MacBook Giveaway. By signing up for our deal newsletter—something you should do anyway, you'll register to win a 12-inch 256 GB Macbook with a 1.1 GHz dual-core Intel Core m3 Skylake processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.2 GHz, 8 GB of RAM, and an Intel HD Graphics 515 graphic card. Pretty cool, right? Good luck!

Lynktec Takes its Apex Fusion Electronic Stylus to the Next Level

5:25 PM, Jun. 16th, 2016 ·

Lynktec Apex Fusion review

Lynktec has continued to evolve the Apex line of electronic styluses. In late May, the company released a sleek, new version called the Apex Fusion. It's slimmer, better looking, and is available in black, silver, gold and rose gold. It's drop-dead gorgeous and features a fine point for accurate drawing and a rechargeable battery. John takes a close look and reports.

Uniloc Hits Apple’s Messages with Patent Lawsuit

10:05 AM, Jun. 16th, 2016 ·

Uniloc says Apple's iMessage technology infringes on its patents

Apple's iMessage got attention beyond just the company's annual Worldwide Developer Conference this week because Uniloc file a patent lawsuit alleging the platform infringes on four of its VoIP-related patents. The case was filed in Eastern Texas District Court, which seems appropriate since the court is a favorite for patent trolls.

macOS Sierra Closes Flash’s Coffin Lid, Keeps Safari Plug-in Disabled

6:03 PM, Jun. 15th, 2016 ·

Adobe's Flash is dead and blocked in macOS Sierra

As if we don't already have a long enough list of reasons why Flash shouldn't be installed on our Macs, Apple is giving us yet another with the introduction of macOS Sierra: Flash in Safari will be disabled by default. That means the decreasing number of Websites relying on Flash, like the BBC, will finally realize we aren't living in 2002 any more.

Prizmo OCR Scanning for the Mac: $29.99

4:20 PM, Jun. 15th, 2016 ·

If you're looking for scanning and OCR software on the cheap for your Mac, The Mac Observer has you covered. Our deal today gets you 59 percent off Prizmo 3 from Creaceed. It's regularly $75, but you can pick it up for only $29.99. Head on over to our daily deals and check it out!

Apple is Pouring on The Coals With macOS Security

3:40 PM, Jun. 15th, 2016 ·

macOS and its security future

Apple's recent dispute with the FBI combined with the older architecture of OS X/macOS compared to iOS means that Apple is likely to place new emphasis on Macintosh security.  It's been an evolving process, but it's likely to accelerate from now on.

Smart Products Made Smarter Together

2:15 PM, Jun. 15th, 2016 ·

This week in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves, the good doctor shares his first impressions of HomeKit, Apple’s framework for securely controlling smart home products with your iPhone or other devices. While only moderately impressed with HomeKit so far, he does have a couple of HomeKit-compatible products he likes enough to recommends in spite of HomeKit's shortcomings.  

Apple Loosens Developer Controls, Ushering in a New Age for Users

1:48 PM, Jun. 15th, 2016 ·

Siri + Developers

The thing that most excited me about Monday's World Wide Developer Conference had to be Apple opening up significant features in its platform(s) to developer, including Siri, Maps, iMessage, and to a lesser extent, the Phone app. There was a lot to be excited about from the keynote, but this particular move could be the single biggest catalyst for improved functionality in Apple devices, and it represents a significant milestone in Apple loosening some control.