- soSIMPLE Calendar Builder 25% off
August 12, 2013soSIMPLE Calendar Builder at 25% off Buy soSIMPLE Calendar Builder at a discount AND get a free upgrade to the n...
- soSIMPLE Calendar Builder at 25% off one week only
July 15, 2012Get the soSIMPLE Calendar Builder at a huge discount this week only. soSIMPLE Calendar Builder, the zippy-drag-and-drop-auto-resize-completely-customizable-so-you-can-use-in-FileMaker®-and-everywhere-else Calendar is a FileMaker Server-based super po...
- soSIMPLE Calendar Builder version 1.4
June 25, 2012Paradise Partners, Inc. and soSIMPLE Software announce the release today of soSIMPLE Calendar Builder version 1.4. Calendar Builder 1.4 adds the following features: FileMaker 12 compatibility Client-side scripting from FileMaker Go 12 (no plug-in...
- soSIMPLE in Philly tomorrow!
June 25, 2012We'll be showing off soSIMPLE's Calendar Builder at tomorrow's Philadelphia FileMaker User Group at their main office. We've got a few new cool features we'll be sharing from our upcoming release - a full mobile UI for the smartphones and such, and cus...
- soSIMPLE demoing in CT, Wed, April 18
April 17, 2012We're at it again. We'll be demonstrating soSIMPLE Calendar twice tomorrow, at two locations in Connecticut: - At 10:00am, we'll be at the Connecticut FileMaker Developers' Group (CFDG). It's happening at the Student Center at the Central CT State C...
- Sprint owner’s promise: Give me T-Mobile and I will deliver a price war - 03-11-2014 07:10 am
Japanese tech titan SoftBank bought Sprint last year and now it really wants to buy T-Mobile. So much so, in fact, that SoftBank’s President is making an unusual vow: ”It’s a three-heavyweight fight. If I can have a real fight, I go in more massive price war, a technology war.” Masayoshi Son is making the atypical move of promising to postpone a focus on profit in order to gain market share and deliver price cuts for a very specific reason: U.S. regulators are hesitant to allow the Sprint-T-Mobile merger. T-Mobile has recently delivered clear and substantial price cuts to consumers and AT&T has been forced to follow suit. There is some concern that if Sprint and T-Mobile are combined, the recent trend
- Apple's iTunes Radio Becomes Third Most Popular U.S. Music Streaming Service - 03-11-2014 06:44 am
Less than six months after its launch alongside iOS 7 last September, Apple's iTunes Radio has become the third most popular music streaming service in the United States, according to a new report from Edison Research and Statista (via Fortune).
While Pandora and iHeartRadio took first and second place with a 31% and 9% share of the market respectively, iTunes Radio accounted for an 8% share with over 20 million users, passing Spotify's 6%. Apple's streaming service also passed the likes of competitors such as Google Play All Access, Rhapsody, Slacker, and TuneIn Radio.
While users can hop between services freely (and at least one report has suggested that 92 percent of iTunes Radio listeners also find time for Pandora), that figure would suggest that iTunes Radio is growing at the fastest rate of the top three services, and is likely to overtake iHeartRadio in the next quarter or two.Apple launched iTunes Radio in Australia last month, as the company looks to ultimately have the service "in more than 100 countries," according to senior vice president of Internet software and services Eddy Cue. The company will be able to roll out its service to additional countries more quickly than competitors due to its existing international rights deals with Universal Music Group and other record companies.
- Surface Power Cover finally arrives to fix your battery issues - 03-11-2014 06:25 am
Microsoft is finally ready to ship the promised Surface Power Covers, as the company is currently taking pre-orders on its website, ZDNet reports, having revealed a March 19 launch date for the accessory. Priced at $199.99 in the U.S., the cover can extend battery life of up to 70% while still acting as a full keyboard and a screen cover for the Surface tablet. The device also recharges the battery of the Surface tablet while in use. The company announced plans to launch a battery/keyboard/cover accessory back in October 2013, providing a tentative early 2014 launch date for the device. While the accessory can be pre-ordered in the U.S., it’s not clear whether it’ll also be available soon in other
- This smartwatch moonlights as a Bluetooth headset - 03-11-2014 05:30 am
The HeadWatch is a brand new smartwatch concept that’s currently raising money on Indiegogo in hope of becoming a commercial product. In addition to offering the expected smartwatch features, the device also doubles as a Bluetooth headset that could be used together with a smartphone that’s paired with the device. The concept resembles Huawei’s recently launched TalkBand wearable, which is a fitness band with a detachable screen that doubles as a Bluetooth headset. The HeadWatch’s watch face can be detached from its strap, and used like a regular Bluetooth headset for wireless calls. The HeadWatch packs a color LCD display and includes variety of sensors including luminosity, temperature and 3D accelerometer. It also has a couple of customizable RGB strip
- Former Apple Engineer Recalls Steve Jobs' Great Displeasure with Multi-Button Mouse Concepts [Mac Blog] - 03-11-2014 05:09 am
Steve Jobs' great displeasure about the the idea of a multi-button mouse was apparently the driving force behind Apple's push to greatly innovate in the area of input devices, according to a new interview with Apple's former Senior Mechanical Engineer of Product Design Abraham Farag (via Cult of Mac).
Farag, who is the current owner of product development firm Sparkfactor Design, says that he was brought onboard to Apple in 1999 to design a successor to the original Apple USB "hockey puck" mouse, which shipped with the iMac G3 in 1998 and garnered heavy criticism for its small size, short cord, and tendency to rotate in a user's hand.
From left to right: Apple's USB "Hockey Puck" Mouse, Pro Mouse, Mighty Mouse, and Magic Mouse
The designer said that Apple's design team had worked on five complete prototypes to show Jobs, complete with lines cut for buttons and different plastic parts. Farag noted that the team made a last-minute choice to work on one more prototype model, which resembled the Apple Desktop Bus Mouse II.
However, that last prototype was not finished as Jobs entered the room to look at the group of potential mice, which led to an encounter between the CEO and the design team:
“It looked like a grey blob,” Farag says. “We were going to put that model into a box so people wouldn’t see it.” However, when Jobs turned up things went awry.The unfinished model that Jobs designated as his choice eventually became the Apple Pro Mouse, and began shipping in 2000. Farag believed Apple was the first to create a mouse that used an LED for optical tracking in place of a rubber ball, as the team looked toward building a successor worthy of the Apple Pro Mouse. Once again, Apple's design team wanted to create a mouse with multiple buttons, as Farag recalled a meeting with Apple design chief Jony Ive in which multiple prototypes were being discussed.
“Steve looked at the lineup of potential forms and made straight for the unfinished one,” Farag says.
“That’s genius,” he said. “We don’t want to have any buttons.”
“That’s right, Steve,” someone else piped up. “No buttons at all.”
The meeting, it seemed, was over.
“[Afterwards], Bart Andre, Brian Huppi and I left the room and huddled outside with each other, [saying] ‘how are we going to do that?’” Farag recalls. “Because of that unfinished model we had to invent a way to make a mouse with no buttons.”
“Steve wasn’t invited to the meeting,” Farag recalls. “Not because he wasn’t allowed — he could go anywhere in the company — but just because it wasn’t something we were pitching to him yet.Farag notes that it was Jobs' persistence to create a mouse unlike anything on the market that helped Apple in the long run, and that the concept of built-in capacitive sensors to emulate the presence of multiple buttons eventually changed the former CEO's mind about multi-function mice.
...Suddenly Jobs happened to walk by, on his way back from another meeting. Seeing prototypes on the table, he stopped and came over.
“What morons have you working on this project?” he asked as he realized what he was looking at.
“There was just a total hush,” Farag recalls. “No one was going to fess up to being the moron in the room. Eventually I said, ‘Well, this was asked for by the marketing division. It’s a multi-button mouse. It’s been approved through Apple’s process channels, and so we’ve been working on it.”
Jobs stared at him.
“I’m Marketing,” he said. “It’s a marketing team of one. And we’re not doing that product.” With that, he turned and stalked off.
Apple then went on to produce the Mighty Mouse, which was the company's first mouse to ditch the one-button philosophy, and followed it up with the Magic Mouse, which features multi-touch gesture controls and is currently included with every new iMac.
- Killzone Shadow Fall developer responds to outrage over 1080p controversy on PS4 - 03-10-2014 11:30 pm
First things first: Killzone Shadow Fall looks absolutely amazing on the PlayStation 4. There isn’t much room for debate — you can check out some gorgeous Killzone Shadow Fall panoramic screenshots here, or read our in-depth Killzone Shadow Fall review here. But there is plenty of debate, senseless though it may or may not be, surrounding whether or not the new game is actually displayed at true native 1080p resolution. Sony was recently shamed for “lying” to gamers in its marketing for the popular title, and now the title’s developer has issued a public response to the controversy. Despite many claims to the contrary, Killzone Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla Games confirmed in a blog post late last week that the title does,
- This could be the gaming laptop of your dreams - 03-10-2014 10:15 pm
If you’ve got more than $2,000 to spend and you love PC gaming then it looks like you can’t go wrong with the MSI GS60 Ghost Pro, which from Engadget’s description sounds like the best gaming laptop we’ve seen this year. According to Engadget, the GS60 Ghost Pro features a 15.6-inch display and a NVIDIA GPU that MSI says “should be able to handle many of the latest games at high settings on their unit’s optional “3K” (2,880 x 1,620) display.” But that’s not the best part — no, the best part is that the GS60 Ghost Pro is ridiculously light for such a high-powered laptop and checks in at just 4.4 pounds while measuring in at 19.5 millimeters thick.
- Google Glass’s No. 1 fan says he’ll happily ‘give away’ his privacy - 03-10-2014 09:00 pm
In 1775, all-American patriot Patrick Henry helped spur on a revolution with his famous speech that included the quote “Give me liberty or give me death!” 239 years later, another American patriot has come up with his own version of this creed: “I will give away my privacy for utility.” Barron’s reports that Rackspace startup liaison officer and notorious Google Glass fan Robert Scoble told a panel at SXSW this week that he no longer thinks maintaining his privacy is nearly as important as it used to be if it means having access to all of the great services now available through mobile devices and wearable computers. “If you had told me 15 years ago or so, when SXSW started, that
- iOS 7.1 Makes the iPhone 4 Snappier - 03-10-2014 08:39 pm
Last September, when Apple released iOS 7 to the public, the iPhone 4 was the oldest model supported by the operating system. However, many iPhone 4 users found their devices to be slow and unresponsive, something Apple was likely aware of because there were a number of iOS 7 features that didn't work at all on the iPhone 4, including Siri, AirDrop, AirPlay Mirroring, and a number of special effects across the user interface including parallax, some translucency effects, and live wallpapers.
Today, with the release of iOS 7.1, Apple has much improved the experience of iPhone 4 users on iOS 7, though not entirely back to what users saw in iOS 6.1.3. According to Ars Technica, there is a measurable improvement in iOS 7.1 across a number of native iOS apps, including the speed at which the apps open from the home screen:
There's a measurable improvement over iOS 7.0 across all of these apps, some more noticeable than others. In a few instances, iOS 7.1 very nearly catches up with iOS 6.1.3, which is impressive given the gap between the two operating systems in some of these apps. It's not a complete recovery from the original iOS 7.0 release, but it's about as good as Apple can do with hardware this old. The small speed improvements are present throughout the operating system, and this makes the iPhone 4 feel more responsive than it did, if not always as responsive as it once was.As Ars notes, iOS 7.1 may well be the final major iOS release for the iPhone 4, as Apple generally removes support for the last generation of iPhones when it releases a new operating system each year. Ars says iOS 7.1 makes the experience good enough that using the iPhone 4 is no longer "unbearable", but that there are "unmistakable" benefits to moving to a faster phone.
iOS 7.1 also helps with the UI jerkiness that was all over the place in 7.0. It's easiest to capture the difference in video—actions like launching apps or pulling up the Control Center shade are always visibly jerky in iOS 7.0, but they're smooth (or at least smoother) in the new update.
- Apple Improves Loyalty Discounts for Business and Education Customers [Mac Blog] - 03-10-2014 08:20 pm
Apple recently implemented changes to its loyalty program designed for organizations like schools and businesses, improving the discounts given to those customers, reports TechCrunch.
Customers are eligible to receive discounts through Apple Retail's Business Team after spending more than $5,000. Apple's particular program is three-tiered, offering increasingly greater discounts at $5,000, $35,000, and $200,000. Given the amounts spent, the program is typically limited to businesses and educational facilities that purchase Apple devices in bulk.
With the changes made to the program, Apple has upped the discounts buyers receive on Macs, iOS devices, and accessories.
With last week's changes, Apple has improved the discounts of several items across all of these tiers. Almost all of the discounts have been improved a couple percent. We're hearing, for instance, that Mac has gone from 5% to 6% in the lower tier and as much as 8% at the higher tier.Third-party accessory discounts, for example, have risen from 5 percent to 10 percent for the lowest loyalty program tier, and even higher for other tiers, while iPads are discounted by two to four percent based on model and quantity.
Along with increased discounts on the above listed items, the program has been expanded for the first time to include both unlocked iPhones and Apple TVs. As noted by TechCrunch, Apple TVs have become increasingly important for schools and businesses that rely heavily on iOS and Mac devices as they work well with AirPlay as a way to avoid traditional projectors.
Apple's efforts to deploy iPads in both educational institutions and businesses have ramped up over the course of the last several years. The company often highlights its enterprise performance during quarterly earnings calls and a February survey suggested Apple accounted for 73 percent of all enterprise mobile device activations in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Two weeks ago, Apple launched new enterprise tools for large device deployments, offering several new features for mobile device management, including over-the-air tools to allow IT administrators to set up devices without the need for the Apple Configurator software.
- Wikileaks founder Assange vows more damaging leaks on the way - 03-10-2014 07:45 pm
Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, criticized the NSA and hinted at future leaks in a Skype interview at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. Assange, who is holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, did not give any details about what would be included in future leaks. He also blasted the Obama administration for its weak response to the NSA leaks by Edward Snowden. “We know what happens when the government is serious,” he said. “Someone is fired, someone is forced to resign, someone is prosecuted, an investigation (is launched), a budget is cut. None of that has happened in the last eight months since the Edward Snowden revelations.” The event was plagued with various technical glitches. The connection
- Apple Credits 'Evad3rs' Jailbreak Team for Discovering Security Issues Fixed in iOS 7.1 [iOS Blog] - 03-10-2014 07:28 pm
Apple has credited the evad3rs jailbreak team with discovering several security issues, according to a new Knowledge Base article that details security issues fixed in iOS 7.1 today. The company also credits a number of individual researchers -- including one named Roboboi99 -- as well as corporate security specialists from Google and FireEye, among other companies.
As is common at many tech companies, Apple credits security researchers who discover vulnerabilities in its products after it fixes them, though the company does not offer a bounty program to financially reward researchers like many other companies do.
In iOS 7.1, Apple fixed security issues with Backup, the Certificate Trust Policy, Configuration Profiles, CoreCapture, Crash Reporting, dyld, FaceTime, ImageIO, IOKit HID Event, iTunes Store, Kernel, Office Viewer, Photos Backend, Profiles, Safari, Settings, SpringBoard, SpringBoard Lock Screen, the TelephonyUI Framework, USB Host, Video Driver, and WebKit.
Of course, with Apple fixing the security issues that the jailbreak team discovered, it has also closed the loopholes that allowed a jailbreak in the first place. For now, the last version of iOS that can be jailbroken is iOS 7.0.6.
- Why the next Nexus tablet may run on Intel’s new 64-bit quad-core processor - 03-10-2014 06:30 pm
Various reports have indicated that Google may be discontinuing the Nexus 7 tablet line this year, in favor of a new 8-inch Nexus 8 tablet that could be launched alongside Android 4.5 at some point this summer. While this device and its launch are far from being confirmed by Google, AndroidPit speculates that the summer launch may have something to do with Intel’s release plans for a new mobile processor, suggesting that Google and Intel may partner up for this particular Nexus device. Intel at MWC 2014 unveiled a 64-bit quad-core Atom “Moorefield” processor that could be used in the very near future, in smartphones and tablets “expected to be available in the second half of the year.” The Moorefield
- Sony and Panasonic unveil the next generation of Blu-ray - 03-10-2014 05:15 pm
The DVD market is still alive and kicking, but Sony and Panasonic have already revealed the next-gen follow-up to Blu-ray Disc. The new format, dubbed Archival Disc, will allow for optical discs with storage capacities of up to 300GB, a six-fold increase over current dual layer Blu-ray Discs. As time goes on, Sony and Panasonic plan to expand the recording capacity to 500GB and eventually 1 terabyte. With a terabyte of data on a single disc, 4K suddenly becomes a viable option for home video releases. According to the press release, Sony and Panasonic plan to launch the first Archival Disc systems in summer of 2015. What this means for DVD, Blu-ray and the new game consoles remains to be
- Video Walkthrough of iOS 7.1 Visual Tweaks and Improvements - 03-10-2014 05:04 pm
iOS 7.1, released this morning, includes several notable features, like support for CarPlay, a fix that improves the reliability of Touch ID, and a fix for a bug that caused crashes to the home screen.
Along with those major enhancements, the update also offers a slew of minor visual tweaks and improvements to the operating system, such as refined icons for the Phone, FaceTime, and Messages apps, along with revamped shift and caps locks keys and a new look for elements of the Phone app.
YouTube channel iTwe4kz has posted a handy overview of the new update, which shows off all of the new features that iOS 7.1 has to offer. The video has a detailed walkthrough of all the visual changes and enhancements, which is well worth watching for users who want a quick guide on what's new.
The full set of changes to the operating system were detailed in our initial post on iOS 7.1, which has a list of release notes directly from Apple and information on other app updates that were released today, including Xcode 5.1 and Remote.
As noted in the video, iOS 7.1 officially disables the iOS 7 evasi0n jailbreak by patching a key kernel exploit. iOS 7.1 is now available for all users via an over-the-air-update.
- Behavior Of Open (file) Script Step - 03-10-2014 04:38 pm
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- Comcast customers can now watch ‘House of Cards’ without a Netflix subscription - 03-10-2014 04:00 pm
Netflix may own the streaming rights for House of Cards in the U.S., but fans don’t necessarily need a subscription to watch the show as long as they’re Comcast customers, Variety reveals. The cable operator has inked a deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which manages international and home video distribution for House of Cards, to offer customers access to season one of the critically acclaimed Netflix drama via the recently launched Xfinity Store. Only season one of House of Cards will be available to Comcast customers for now, although the cable provider plans to bring Xfinity Store customers another popular Netflix show on May 13, the first series of Orange Is the New Black, through a deal with Lionsgate.
- iOS 7.1 Includes Support for Two Unannounced iPads, Likely Minor Tweaks [iOS Blog] - 03-10-2014 02:11 pm
iOS 7.1, released earlier today, includes support for existing iPad models along with support for two unannounced models, labeled iPad4,3 and iPad4,6. It is possible that these new model numbers represent minor hardware revisions for existing iPads that will be introduced to the market silently, as a more substantial upgrade would push the model numbers higher.
On occasion, Apple has implemented new hardware components for its iOS devices without a public announcement and these minor changes often go unseen by consumers as they tend to introduce very minor improvements in efficiency. For example, an Apple TV update in January of 2013 revealed a new Apple TV, which turned out to be a minor update with a smaller A5 chip. That change was not obvious to Apple TV purchasers, but it did warrant a model number jump to 3,2 from 3,1.
Image courtesy of 9to5Mac
Existing iPad Air models are numbered 4,1 and 4,2, while Retina iPad mini models are numbered 4,4 and 4,5, suggesting one new iPad Air for the 4,3 designation and one new Retina mini for the 4,6 designation.
As noted by 9to5Mac, it is also possible that iPad4,3 and iPad4,6 represent iOS devices that are optimized for networks in other countries.
- 4.7-Inch 'iPhone Air' Shown Off In New Concept Video [iOS Blog] - 03-10-2014 01:25 pm
The upcoming iPhone 6 has been incorporated into a new concept video by designer Sam Beckett, which was initially posted to The Verge forums. According to the dimensions Beckett provides, his "iPhone Air" concept includes a 4.7-inch display, a 1920 by 1080 resolution and 468 pixels per inch.
Beckett's concept is 8 percent larger than the iPhone 5s and 9 percent thinner. The slimmer profile is in line with previous iPhone 6 rumors, which have suggested Apple has improved its backlighting technology to allow for thinner devices.
The phone is only 8% larger than the existing iPhone 5S, this increase is to accommodate the larger screen. Some extra space could be potentially utilised by reducing the width of the side bezels and by also slimming down the top and bottom of the phone frame too. The depth of the iPhone Air is 7mm, coming in 0.6mm smaller than it's predecessor. This modest reduction in the device depth and larger increase in the width and height could help create a bigger space for the battery and other components.Like several other iPhone 6 concepts, Beckett's design keeps the same general size and shape of the existing iPhone 5s while doing away with thick side bezels. The design incorporates thinner side bezels with a sapphire crystal display, both features the phone is rumored to include.
Beckett also draws on a number of other rumors for the video, suggesting the iPhone 6 will include a 10-megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/1.8 and a faster A8 chip, which is reportedly already in production with TSMC.
As with any concept, it is unclear if these ideas and rumors will make it into the next-generation iPhone, but the video does imagine how a larger iPhone could possibly look. Apple is said to be developing two larger iPhones for release in 2014, one near 4.7 inches and one quite a bit larger at approximately 5.5 inches.
- Apple TV 6.1 Software Update Makes Hiding Channels Easier [iOS Blog] - 03-10-2014 12:54 pm
Alongside the launch of iOS 7.1, Apple today updated its Apple TV software to version 6.1, adding a much-requested feature that allows users to hide unwanted channel icons from the main screen without needing to access the Parental Controls menu. The hiding feature joins an already existing rearranging feature, letting users further customize their Apple TV home screens as the number of channels has grown significantly in recent months.
Arranging or hiding icons can be initiated by selecting an item in the main menu and then pressing and holding on the Select button of the remote control until the icon jiggles, much as how icon rearranging functions within iOS. Icons can be moved using directional buttons, with Play/Pause available for more options.
The Apple TV software was last updated to version 6.0.1 in October, following the release of the 6.0 software in September, which brought several new features including iTunes Radio and AirPlay from iCloud. Earlier this week, the Apple TV gained a new iTunes Festival channel ahead of SXSW.
Users can download the Apple TV 6.1 software through the Apple TV’s over-the-air update mechanism found in Settings --> General –-> Software Update.
Apple has also updated the Remote app for iOS devices to version 4.2, adding a feature that allows users to browse purchased movies and TV shows within the app and then play them on the Apple TV. The update also includes the ability to control iTunes Radio on the Apple TV and offers bug fixes and stability improvements. [Direct Link]