HP, Gilt, and Michael Bastian partner for stylish new smartwatch

HP is jumping into the smartwatch game, but they’re partnering with designer Michael Bastian and online luxury retailer Gilt to make one that looks good. Details of this smartwatch will do are slim, but we do know that they’re aiming to have it work with iOS and Android — nope, it’s not an iWatch or Android Wear — and that there will be companion apps for both platforms that allow users to customize the watch’s interface.

The partnership with Bastian is meant to make a smartwatch that looks as good as it’s likely to cost, though HP’s going to have a lot of competition in that space, including but not limited to the Pebble Steel, Withings Activité, Moto 360, and the long-rumored iWatch. What we know about this watch focuses more on that design, with a 44mm stainless steel case, multi-layered finish, “distinctive bezel bolts”, a physical lighted chronograph, and three interchangeable bands. The design is said to be inspired by luxury automobiles.

Is a collaboration between old-school Silicon Valley giant HP, lauded fashion designer Michael Bastian, and luxury goods flash sale site Gilt just what the smartwatch world needed? Or is it yet another attempt at building a smartwatch that will bring you bits of information like notifications, music control, and updates on stocks, sports, and weather but no real smart features?

Source: Gilt; Via: Engadget, Fashionista



Posted Friday August 1 2014 16:20 in News | Comments (0)

Black login screen on your Mac? Here’s the fix!

You restarted your Mac, and now you can’t log in. The Apple boot screen appears and pinwheels for a few moments, then the screen goes black. You can still see a cursor, but you can’t log in and get any further. Don’t panic! We have the fix! Print these instructions out or save them to an iOS device and read them from there — I’ll walk you through how to recover.

What’s likely happened is that a system preference called a plist file has gotten corrupted or damaged somehow. The file is called com.apple.loginwindow.plist. In order to recover, you’ll need to delete the file. There’s a catch, though. This method requires you to have access to another Mac equipped with FireWire or Thunderbolt.

Using target disk mode to delete a file

  1. Turn your Mac off it’s powered.
  2. Connect the Mac to another Mac using a FireWire or Thunderbolt cable.
  3. Turn your Mac on and immediately hold down the T key.
  4. The screen will show you Thunderbolt and FireWire icons instead of the customary interface.
  5. Your Mac’s hard drive will mount on the desktop of the computer it’s connected to. Double-click on the hard drive icon to open it.
  6. Double-click on the Library folder.
  7. Double-click on the Preferences folder.
  8. Click on the com.apple.loginwindow.plist file and drag it to the Trash.
  9. Empty the Trash.
  10. Unmount your Mac’s hard drive by dragging it into the Trash.
  11. Power it down by pressing the power button.

When you turn your Mac on again, it will create a new loginwindow.plist file to create the old one, and you should be able to log in as normal.

Update!

This problem sometimes happens with OS X Mavericks 10.9.2. If you’re running an out of date version of OS X, the best thing you can do to avoid having this happen again is to update your Mac to the most recent version of the operating system. So please, update.

Hopefully this fixes what’s ailing your Mac. Let me know if you have any questions or run into an unexpected problem.



Posted Friday August 1 2014 16:20 in News | Comments (0)

Delta Airlines Launches In-Flight Entertainment for iOS Devices Through Updated Apps

Delta Airlines today updated its Fly Delta apps for the iPhone and iPad, allowing customers to access free in-flight entertainment through its new Delta Studio initiative. Avaliable on all domestic and two-cabin aircrafts, the app will allow access to a number of TV shows and movies including Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Frozen through on-board Wi-Fi.

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The updated Fly Delta app also allows access to past and current issues of Delta’s Sky Magazine, as well as the Glass Bottom Jet feature which provides tracking information for a current flight. The airline is also allowing users of the Gogo Video Player app [Direct Link] to stream and access content through in flight entertainment services.

Delta’s move to offer in-flight entertainment through its apps for iOS devices follows a similar move by United Airlines, which started its movie services for the iPhone and iPad in April. This September, Hawaiian Airlines will also begin offering iPad minis on flights, as those units will come with equipped with a variety of movies and TV shows in addition to games.

Fly Delta for the iPhone [Direct Link] and iPad [Direct Link] are free apps and can be downloaded through the App Store.

Posted Friday August 1 2014 13:00 in News | Comments (0)

iMore show 413: New MacBook Pros, best apps of July

The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple! On this episode Rene, Peter, and Ally talk best apps and games of July, 2014, streaming music, Facebook and Instagram making separate apps, the new MacBook Pro bumps and price cuts, and more!

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Posted Friday August 1 2014 07:20 in News | Comments (0)

How to manage web notifications with Mac Safari

Beginning with OS X Mavericks Apple added the ability for web sites to push updates directly to your desktop. Such updates appear in Notification Center, and when you click on them, Safari will open and load the page. But what happens when you receive notifications you don’t want anymore? Here’s how to manage which sites can ping you and which can’t.

First of all, if you’re new to OS X Mavericks or you’ve never used web notifications, read up on how to get started:

Maybe you’ve seen a message from Safari that looks like this:

And maybe you’ve clicked the Allow button. Or maybe you’ve clicked the Don’t Allow button. Now you’ve changed your mind. You want those notifications. Or you’re sick of them. Either way, here’s how to take care of them.

To manage web notifications with Safari

  1. Double-click the Safari icon
  2. Click the Safari menu and select Preferences. (Alternately, you can hold down the command button and type ,.
  3. Click the Notifications button in Safari’s preferences
  4. Select the site you’d like to change the status of.
  5. Click the Allow or Deny button as you’d like.

You can also remove sites from the list, though if you do, Safari will ask you the next time you visit the site if to receive notifications from it.

If you don’t want Safari to ever ask you about web site notifications, uncheck Allow websites to ask permission to send push notifications.

You can also change the way Notification Center will inform you of new push notifications from web sites.

To change Safari web notifications

  1. Click the menu.
  2. Select System Preferences…
  3. Click on Notifications.
  4. Click on Safari.

Safari can alert you with banners which appear in the upper-right corner of the screen and automatically go away after a few seconds, or alerts that stay on the screen until you manually dismiss them.

Get notified!

Hopefully these tips helped you get control of Safari’s web notifications. If you have anything else to add or if you have any questions, let me know in the comments.



Posted Friday August 1 2014 07:20 in News | Comments (0)

Just deleted Foursquare. Come at me Facebook!

App sprawl is becoming a thing. This evening I opened Foursquare to check into a great new local restaurant I went to, hit the big, honking check it button, and was told to download Swarm. It wasn’t an ad. It wasn’t something I could dismiss or get around and go on about my check-in business. It was an eviction notice telling me my check-ins within the Foursquare app proper were no longer welcome. I’m sure it’s been like that for a while. I almost exclusively use Foursquare when I travel and I haven’t traveled since June. Rather than download Swarm, however, I deleted Foursquare. So, now that Facebook is evicting instant message, will that be next?

It used to be that you went to a social app and everything you could possibly want to do on the network was made available to you. Facebook the app let you use Facebook the service. It was just that simple. Then Facebook began making dedicated apps. Facebook Messenger. Facebook Camera. It was almost like they were seeding all the apps they needed to make for their secret phone project before they announced it… But the phone hasn’t materialized. Instead, Facebook Poke and Facebook Slingshot followed, two of the most ill-considered apps to ever see release from a major modern tech company.

Foursquare copied the strategy with Swarm, and Instagram did like its new parent with Bolt. (Twitter gets a pass on Vine since they bought it as an app-in-progress.)

It’s attention hoarding. Like a commercial cleaning product desperate for shelf space at the grocery store, these are services desperate for space on the Home screen. One product, one shelf or slot. A dozen products, a dozen shelves or slots.

Yet product sprawl makes shelves in groceries more difficult to navigate. Do I want mint, spearmint, peppermint, complete, total, whitening, mint complete whitening, white total spearminting? Gah. Just give me a tube!

Likewise, Instead of knowing I go to the Facebook or Foursquare or Instagram app to use Facebook or Foursquare or Instagram, my cognitive load is now increased by having to remember and find which app to go to for which context I want to use.

Foursquare was a check in app for me. It helped invent check-ins, after all. So, if it’s no longer useful for check-ins, I no longer have a use for it. Sure, it’s got discovery and recommendation aspects as well, and good ones, but those don’t interest me much. Hence, deleted.

Will Facebook now suffer the same fate? Bereft of messaging will my Home screen soon be bereft of Facebook.app? Probably not. I don’t really use Facebook as a messaging service. I use iMessage and Twitter. Sure, I get Facebook messages sometimes, and it’s convenient to have them in the main Facebook app (though Chatheads continue to annoy), but with notifications I can just tap and go right into Messenger without thinking about it anyway.

I do think it’s hostile to evict functionality from an app, however. I think people who use Facebook Messenger a lot have a legitimate cause for grievance.

Focus is fine. Dedication is fine. But scattering functionality across a bevy of apps isn’t necessarily either of those things. It smacks of sprawl, which is neither focused nor dedicated. It’s attention hoarding. It’s avarice. And as a strategy it may backfire.

Maintaining the same functionality across two apps, so those who want dedicated can have it but those who want integrated don’t lose it might cost more in terms of resources, but we’re talking about some of the biggest and richest companies in tech here. If anyone can afford to take a hit to avoid hostility, it’s the Facebooks and Foursquares of the social world.

If you use Facebook or Foursquare or Instagram, let me know — do you like the new splinter apps or do you prefer all your social services glommed together in the same place?



Posted Friday August 1 2014 07:20 in News | Comments (0)

Official Wikipedia app updated with beautiful new design

Wikipedia has released a redesigned and updated app for iOS that brings with it a number of improvements, including a speedier experience while researching topics on the go. The re-designed official app also brings with it a cleaner UI to make content the highlight of the experience.

In addition to a cleaner interface and a faster experience, users can now contribute to the online encyclopedia by being able to edit on the go.

Here are some of the features that are enabled with the app:

  • Speed – Our new native app allows users to browse and edit Wikipedia faster than ever before on mobile devices.
  • Editing – You can edit Wikipedia on the app! Logged in or logged out, we thank everyone for their contributions to the sum of human knowledge.
  • Recent pages – We provide readers with a reading history, tap as many links as you like without ever getting lost.
  • Saved pages – Save select pages for offline reading and browse them on a plane trip, on the road, or anywhere without an Internet connection.
  • Language support – The app allows seamless transition to reading Wikipedia written in another language.
  • Wikipedia Zero – We’ve partnered with mobile network operators around the world to provide Wikipedia free of data charges to users in many developing and emerging economies.

Have you used the new app yet? Let us know what you think.

Source: Wikipedia



Posted Friday August 1 2014 07:20 in News | Comments (0)

‘Marvel Pinball’ Goes Free to Celebrate the Arrival of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" Table

During Comic-Con this past weekend, Marvel announced that both Marvel Pinball [Free] and Zen Pinball [Free] would be getting a new Guardians of the Galaxy table to coincide with the movie releasing tomorrow. Earlier today, an update went live which added that new Guardians of the Galaxy table to both games, and to celebrate the Marvel Pinball app is now free for the first time ever. Here’s a video of the new Guardians of the Galaxy table in action.

Like all of the licensed IP tables in Marvel Pinball and Zen Pinball, the Guardians of the Galaxy table will run you $1.99 to download. If you like Zen Studio’s brand of over-the-top, fantasy pinball tables, and you like Guardians of the Galaxy, I’m fairly certain you’ll enjoy this new table as well. Also, if you don’t already own Zen Pinball and you’re only interested in the Marvel tables, then definitely snag Marvel Pinball while it’s free, as the free download comes with The Avengers table installed.

Posted Friday August 1 2014 03:21 in Applications | Comments (0)

Noodlecake Announces Their Latest Published Title, a Puzzler Called ‘Joinz’

Noodlecake Games has just announced their latest published title, a casual puzzle game from Gamebra.in, a studio that comes from the Will.i.am school of naming, called Joinz. They’re describing this as Tetris meets Threes [$1.99]. The idea is that this is an endless puzzle game, where blocks must be moved around to form the required shapes that are shown on the top of the game board. Each move that doesn’t make a match spawns a new block on the board.

But sure, making shapes from random blocks on a board sounds simple enough. But Gamebra.in threw in a wrinkle: there are multiple colors of blocks, and only blocks of the same color can match up with each other. Powerups start to become available on the board, which can be collected for later use, or used to save the situation right now.

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The game will be released without any in-app purchases or timers. No release date or price information is available otherwise, but the game is close to submission, so hopefully it will be available soon. Noodlecake usually is connected to cool games, so we’re more excited for this than the usual minimalist puzzle game, which is a dime a dozen nowadays.

Posted Friday August 1 2014 03:21 in Applications | Comments (0)

‘Hearthstone’ Curse of Naxxramas Guide: Free to Play Decks to Beat the Heroic Plague Quarter

As promised earlier today, we’re back again with the totally free to play deck lists to beat the heroic Plague Quarter. Keep in mind, this quarter is hard with good decks that cheese enemy health using Alexstraza… And is downright brutal with decks that only use cards that you get for free without buying any packs. But, it can be done. At this point though, you would’ve had to pay for this Hearthstone [Free (HD)] expansion, either with real-world money or a substantial amount of in-game gold, so I’d think you would have better cards to play with. But, hey, if you like a challenge, try these on for size.

Here’s the rest of our guides if you’ve missed any:

Again, these are by r/hearthstone member u/TommyJTheGamer who also put up associated YouTube videos so you can see all these decks in action. The dude is a real Hearthstone wizard.

Heroic Noth the Plaguebringer Free to Play Priest:
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  • 2x Mind Vision
  • 2x Power Word: Shield
  • 2x Northshire Cleric
  • 2x Divine Spirit
  • 2x Shadow Word: Pain
  • 2x Shadow Word: Death
  • 2x Shattered Sun Cleric
  • 2x Chillwind Yeti
  • 2x Sen’jin Shieldmasta
  • 2x Holy Nova
  • 2x Gurubashi Berserker
  • 2x Boulderfist Ogre
  • 2x Lord of the Arena
  • 2x Stormwind Champion
  • 2x Mind Control

Heroic Heigan the Unclean Free to Play Warlock:
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  • 2x Sacrificial Pact
  • 2x Soulfire
  • 2x Mortal Coil
  • 2x Kobold Geomancer
  • 2x Murloc Tidehunter
  • 2x Shadow Bolt
  • 2x Razorfen Hunter
  • 2x Shattered Sun Cleric
  • 2x Hellfire
  • 2x Dragonling Mechanic
  • 2x Sen’jin Shieldmasta
  • 2x Darkscale Healer
  • 2x Gurubashi Berserker
  • 2x Boulderfist Ogre
  • 2x Stormwind Champion

Heroic Loatheb Free to Play Priest
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  • 2x Mind Vision
  • 2x Power World: Shield
  • 2x Goldshire Footman
  • 2x Northshire Cleric
  • 2x Stonetusk Boar
  • 2x Shadow Word: Pain
  • 2x Acidic Swamp Ooze
  • 2x Bloodfen Raptor
  • 2x Bluegill Warrior
  • 2x River Crocolisk
  • 2x Ironforge Rifleman
  • 2x Razorfen Hunter
  • 2x Wolfrider
  • 2x Dragonling Mechanic
  • 2x Holy Nova

If you want to read through the discussion and other suggestions for free to play decks to clear this wing, check out the original reddit thread.

Posted Friday August 1 2014 03:21 in Applications | Comments (0)

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