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Complete Open Apple Gazette Now Online

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Mike Maginnis, the curator of the Apple II Scans website (http://www.apple2scans.net) has made available all of the issues of the Apple /// related Open Apple Gazette online.  The Open Apple Gazette was the newsletter produced by the San Francisco based Apple ///’rs, an Apple /// centric users group.

You can download all nine of the issues of the Open Apple Gazette as well as the Promo edition from the Apple II Scans website at:

http://www.apple2scans.net/magazines/open-apple-gazette/

An interesting Look back at Apple Standards

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Apple Computer Inc went through many versions of standards with their brand, products and product presentation over the years.  A recent Acquisition by Apple II Enthusiast Javier Rivera shows the standards which were followed when presenting the Apple brand from the early 1980’s in a much clearer light.

This 42 page book is a gold mine of information and shows the purest essence of the Apple II and the beginnings of the company we know today.

To download the PDF, check out the link below:
https://www.facebook.com/download/1555645538005008/Apple%20Brand.pdf

Gold Master Candidate Releases of Yosemite and XCode Bring Apple Asking for App Submissions

 

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Apple this week released the Gold Master Candidates for Mac OS X Yosemite and XCode 6.1 also put Apple in the position of asking developers to submit their Yosemite based Apps to the app store.  The latest version of Mac OS X and also the development environment XCode are in the final stages of work correctly bugs and are expected to be released within the next couple of weeks.  For more information, check out the Apple Developer news website at:

https://developer.apple.com/news/?id=09302014c

Making Apple II Software Now Easier with Xcode

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Jeremy Rand has released Apple2BuildPipeline to simplify and facilitate making Apple II software on OS X with Xcode. Based on a project by Quinn Dunki, Rand says, “The big change is that I have created an installer which adds a template in Xcode for Apple II projects…So, the next time you are thinking of starting some new project in Xcode, you can think ‘should I build something for iOS, Mac OS X or maybe the Apple II.’  When you select an Apple II project, Xcode prompts you for the name of your program and then creates a new project with the entire build pipeline ready to go.  This makes it very easy to create new 8-bit Apple II projects.  And the build pipeline grows with your project.  You can add as many C and assembly files as make sense.  They are automatically built and linked in to the final executable.  It detects and handles header file dependencies.  If you change a header file, the incremental build should do the right things automatically. It should work with all cc65 linker configurations, including DOS 3.3.  The disk image it creates is ProDOS or DOS 3.3 depending on the linker config you select in the Makefile.”

Apple Partially Patches Bash Vulnerability

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Apple released a patch for the bash UNIX shell to address two serious security vulnerabilities known as ‘shell shock.’  The updates don’t appear to be in Software Update and can be manually installed for OS 10.7, 10.8, and 10.9.

Two additional vulnerabilities have been discovered.  Those not wanting to wait for Apple, or needing to patch OS 10.6, can refer to articles on MacIssues or WonderHowTo.

Apple Creates U2 Album Removal Tool

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In the aftermath of the outrage over forcing users to download the U2 Album, Songs of Innocence, Apple has relented and created a website tool which allows users to remove the album.  Many users found the album automatically added to their purchases who had absolutely no interest in the album and no way to remove the album from their purchases.

The SOI removal tool webpage is at:

https://buy.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZFinance.woa/wa/offerOptOut

Apple Watch Marks Beginning of New Road

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On September 9, Apple unveiled the long-anticipated Apple Watch, to be released in early 2015.  It will be available in three designs – Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition, starting at $349 presumably for the Sport version.

As demonstrated, it is clearly the most advanced and innovative smart watch, featuring a reimagined iOS Multi-Touch interface and a Digital Crown for scrolling and navigation.  Beyond technical features, Apple has endeavored to make the watch very fashionable through customizable watch faces, numerous practical and elegant interchangeable bands, and a choice between 38mm and 42mm case sizes.

The watch has health and fitness apps, a walkie-talkie, and Siri along with standard iOS apps like Calendar, Messages, Mail, and Phone.  Users can send sketches to other Apple Watch users, as well as taps and heartbeats that will be subtly felt by the recipient.  Apple’s new, secure payment system Apple Pay is included.

There is potential for improvement and new innovations, especially in the area of health-related sensors that appear to be absent in this initial release.  It is unclear if the watch will sync with a Mac in addition to a required iPhone 5 or newer.  Developers will likely create many compelling apps for this new platform.

For more on the release of the Apple Watch, check out the website at:

http://www.apple.com/watch

IDG Ends Print Publication MacWorld

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IDG is shuttering the print section of their MacWorld publication.  While there website will continue to exist and publish information, their print publication will cease to exist.

Dan Miller, the editor of the magazine posted a note on Twitter about staying on for another month with the company, while others like Jason Snell also announced their own departures.  Snell had been a writer with the magazine for the past 17 years.

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Another MacWorld writer, Ted Landau posted a number of messages on Twitter confirming the closure and the feelings of many at the magazine.

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Many publications have been ending their print runs of late with the success of the online magazines.  However, with competition stiff in that realm, MacWorld will be hard pressed to continue achieving the same level of success, especially in light of the fact that most of the staff who worked on the print publication have been let go.

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Substantive Hints About iWatch and 9 September Event

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The first hints of anything really happening in the world of the now highly anticipated iWatch come from Apple’s master of design, Sir Jonathan Ive.  Sir Ive has been long known for his brashness and his means of shaping the Apple product line and said recently in a New York Times Interview , “According to a designer who works at Apple, Jonathan Ive, Apple’s design chief, in bragging about how cool he thought the iWatch was shaping up to be, gleefully said Switzerland is in trouble — though he chose a much bolder term for “trouble” to express how he thought the watchmaking nation might be in a tough predicament when Apple’s watch comes out.”

Obviously, this is a bombshell with Apple’s long held ideas of total secrecy prior to any product release.  In Steve Jobs’ day, this type of statement would have likely been enough for Sir Ive’s immediate termination, yet in the era of Tim Cook, it seems to be a bit more of the norm.  Dropping hints along the way has given Apple even a larger following and seemingly, the forthcoming September 9th event in Cupertino will be no real mystery but instead quite loaded with more goodies besides the iPhone 6.

While we here at A.P.P.L.E. have been in love with the idea of the wearables for years, if this statement attributed to Sir Ive is any indicator of what is to come, then this will be the first time since the introduction of the Timex DataLink where the wearables were anything more than a bulky computer on the wrist.  With his appearance in a fashion column, Sir Ives may actually be trying to create the image that the iWatch will be the 2014 Rolex.

Source: NYT Photo: Todd Hamilton