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iOS 7.1 released with visual tweaks and CarPlay

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Apple has released the first update to iOS 7 since last September to the general public after a long beta test period. This update includes fixes for the TouchID fingerprint system, a fix for the home screen crashing issue, as well as the new feature for automobiles: CarPlay. Apple calls CarPlay “a better way to use iPhone while driving.” The system is only available on select new cars for 2014.

iPhone 4 users will enjoy improved responsiveness and performance with this iOS update.

Access the Software update area of your iDevice to update to this new version.

Visit the Apple iOS 7 site for more

Karelia Buys Purchases Potion Factory

Potion Factory, Publishers of software Mac based hits such as The Hit List and Tangerine has been acquired by the company which make Sandvox, the web production software for the Mac.

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Apple Releases iOS 7.0.5

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Apple has released a minor update to the iOS operating system.  iOS 7.0.5 is intended to primarily provide support for the networks run by China Telecom.  This was necessitated by Apple’s recent agreement with China Telecom to provide the iPhone through them.  The update addresses issues with the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5S connecting to the network.

For more information, see the iOS 7.0.5 update page at:

http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1718

ST.MAC Saved from oblivion by Paul Hagstrom

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Paul Hagstrom has posted a number of the ST.MAC magazines on his blog.  Known as Softtalk Mac officially or Saint Mac unofficially, the magazine was the natural progression for the SoftTalk enterprise which ran from 1980 to 1984.  The first issue of ST.MAC was released in February 1984 but was to run only until August of that year due in part to the shut down of the Softtalk enterprise.

Now enjoy a bit of that era as we face the 30 years of Macintosh anniversary with some of ST.Mac:

http://yesterbits.com/2014/01/23/saint-softalk-dot-mac/

1984 will not be like 1984 — The Macintosh 30 Years on

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Apple, Inc. celebrated the 30th anniversary of the introduction of the Macintosh this week.  January 24th, 1984, Steve jobs showed the world his new machine complete with graphical user interface. The machine initially envisioned by The like of Jef Raskin and Steve Jobs had come to a fruition and Apple introduced it in a manner which has never been forgotten.

Few can forget the image of Steve Jobs up on stage two days after the commercial aired during the Superbowl, showing off a machine which was not only revolutionary in thinking but a whole new direction for how people would work.

While many folks jumped up and bought the machine immediately, it would take nearly another two years before the machine would really take off.   The initial machine came with a single 400KB floppy drive and was introduced at a cost of nearly $3000 USD.  A nine inch screen was what was put in the machine and while ample  area for the few programs available at the time, it was not really a very good display for much other than showing off the Mac Write fonts.

Now thirty years on, the Macintosh is one of the worlds most recognizable items with its distinct apple logo and a large 27 inch display on the highest end models.  The 32GB max of the machines now make the paltry 128K of that initial machine seem like a mistake.  But then it has been thirty years and while Moore’s law has not quite kept up with memory amounts, the amount of memory required by today’s machines is stupendous and continues to grow on a nearly yearly basis.  The graphical qualities of the machines have also advanced to the point where real video is easily rendered on the machines.  Yet the best the 128K mac could do was a digital line art drawing.

Yet, that day was revolutionary and was definitely not like 1984.

iOS 7.1 beta 3 seeded to developers with many fixes

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MacNN reports that Apple has released a third beta of iOS 7.1 to developers, accounts say. The code was seeded to select testing partners on December 23rd, but at the time, not the general developer community. The beta is said to make a number of adjustments and bugfixes, bringing v7.1 much closer to its finished state. Some fixes deal with listening to audiobooks, creating a new iCloud account during device setup, and errors seen when enabling iCloud Keychain.

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Apple Herds Developers To iOS 7

Apple is making the push for iOS developers to adopt the iOS interface and standards. Chuong Nguyen writes on gottabemobile.com

The company has advised iOS developers that all apps submitted after February 1, 2014 must be optimized for iOS 7 and built using Xcode 5. The move would at the very least remove visual fragmentation in the way apps look and feel for the iOS operating system.

This is Apple’s plan to fight fragmentation of users who have not upgraded to the latest versions of iOS. There is still a significant installed base of iPods and iPhones with iOS 6 and 5.

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DRWAPS Updated to Version 1.3.2

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Dont Run With A Plasma Sword, the runner game by XperimentalZ Games has been updated. DRWAPS includes 5 levels of difficulty in both a challenge mode as well as an endless arcade style mode.  Each level of the challenge mode concludes with a Boss fight which allows the user to continue to the next level upon completion. The Endless mode includes a variety of objectives, some of which upon completion, unlock the next level of the Endless Mode.  The lastest version of DRWAPS , 1.3.2, includes a host of updates and fixes including:

- Increased XP gains
- Lowered Price on some items
- Increased Daily XP Bonuses
- Fixed a bug which could result in being stuck in endless objectives
- Updated 3rd Party libraries
- Other Minor fixes

The game has been also updated to a free download and is now iOS 7.0 compatible.  For more information or to download DRWAPS, check out the DRWAPS webpage at:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dont-run-with-a-plasma-sword/id479907900

iPhone 5S and iOS 7 — A few glitches along the way

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Well, another year has passed and of course Apple has updated their iPhones in September with the advent of the 5C and the 5S.  While most of the S series phones over the years have been fairly stable, this latest version has left a bad taste in a few consumers mouths.  Even our own in-house models of the phone have been less then stellar.

The first of these glitches comes in the form of the Camera.  The new 8 megapixel camera was supposed to be the best iPhone camera yet.   However, software issues with iOS 7.x have left the camera looking like the Hubble space telescope before they fixed the lenses.  Photots taken with the camera are blurry and the focus on the unit seems to be constantly unable to focus on any one item within a picture.   Several users have also reported that their iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 have had the same issue once they upgraded to iOS 7.

Another issue with the new iPhone 5S is the newly installed fingerprint reading technology.  Supposedly, this technology was supposed to add one more layer of security for the users, however, it has left many users locked out of their phones.

Battery life with the iPhone 5S units here in-house have been less than desirable with the battery draining with average use at just over 26 hours.   This issue seems to be much like that of early iPhone 4 series models where software issues were causing the iPhone to run down within a very short time.

With each generation of the iPhone, new items are added and some highly touted features are routinely adjusted, yet with the 5S the main selling points of the iPhone have left many questioning why they purchased the new phone and some even threatening to return them to Apple.

 

iPad Mini 2 Goes On Sale

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Apple, Inc. quietly shutdown their Apple Store and then added the Mac Mini 2.  Long delayed by a number of issues, the Mac Mini 2 comes in 2 models and 2 colors.  Silver and Space Grey are the colors currently available in the Apple Store.

While the US store has made both the Wi-Fi model and the Cellular model available, the Japan store is only listing the Cellular model.  4 memory configurations are available: 16, 32, 64, and 128 gb.

At the time of press, the websites on both sides of the water were say 5-10 business days for delivery of the Mac Mini.