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Pixelmator setback

The guys at Pixelmator posted an explanation to users of Macs with NVIDIA GeForce graphics card drivers. Apparently there is a problem with the drivers that causing the application to crash.
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Apple Patents Integrated Heart Rate Monitor For Smartphones, Hover Touch Sensors | TechCrunch

Apple Patents Integrated Heart Rate Monitor For Smartphones, Hover Touch Sensors | TechCrunch | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it

Apple has been issued a couple new patents by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider), including one for hover touch sensing, the likes of which we’re starting to see rolled out in Android-powered devices lately like the Samsung Galaxy S4. Another patent issued today covers an embedded heart rate monitor that could add one more sensor to the iPhone, with potential for biometrics and fitness apps.

The touch and hover patent describes a means for detecting when a person’s finger is near to, but not actually in contact with, a touchscreen device. It outlines ways in which hover input can be used to issue commands to a device, with those screens outputting an electrical field to help determine the position of a user’s finger. But the system is about more than just the kind of hover controls that other OEMs have implemented to relatively little effect: Apple describes how the system can be used to offer more effective and accurate errant touch detection.

The hover field could help a mobile device better identify which touches were meant to actually spark an action, and which were accidental or incidental to something else. Apple already does some touch rejection with the latest iPads and their thinner side bezels, and with palm rejection in some apps, but this could theoretically help improve the performance of any accidental touch detection.

The patent also describes a method for better dealing with changing weather and environment conditions when it comes to accurate touch detection. It would work by allowing touch devices to take a baseline reading when conditions are optimal, and then detecting via sensors when conditions change and tweaking touch detection settings slightly to modify and improve accuracy when, say, the weather gets cold. In general, Apple seems to be looking at hover touch tech as more of a supplementary tech than something that will find expression in actual interface design.

As for the heart rate monitor, Apple’s patent describes a sensor found in the screen bezel or other conductive portion of the device that could read EKG data. You could imagine it going into the conductive metal ring around the Touch ID sensor in the current iPhone 5s design, for instance, which would be fitting also because of similar function between the two sensors.

Apple’s patent for heart rate monitoring sensors describes ways they might be used to identify a user according to their unique biometric information. The fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5s serves a similar purpose, but paired with a heart rate sensor, it becomes less of a convenience factor and more about secure identification.

As always, don’t expect to see these Apple patents go into devices immediately, but they do provide an interesting look behind the curtains at Apple’s R&D efforts. Two-factor biometric security would definitely put Apple even more in the lead when it comes to device-based security, and improving touch screens and their performance will always deliver benefits. And Apple already leads the pack in that regard, too, according to recent comparative tests.


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A power user’s guide to OS X Server, Mavericks edition

A power user’s guide to OS X Server, Mavericks edition | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
Mavericks runs version 3.0 of Server.app, the user-friendly face of OS X Server. Andrew Cunningham The Mountain Lion version of OS X Server marked the end of a transition for Apple's server software.
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Macworld/iWorld 2013: Belkin’s Thunderstorm Brings Immersive Sound To The iPad

Macworld/iWorld 2013: Belkin’s Thunderstorm Brings Immersive Sound To The iPad | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
Belkin’s Thunderstorm was easily one of the more interesting products being shown off at Macworld/iWorld 2013 that wrapped up in San Francisco on Saturday.
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Macworld/iWorld 2013: Kanex’s mySpot Puts A Wi-Fi Access Point In Your Pocket

Macworld/iWorld 2013: Kanex’s mySpot Puts A Wi-Fi Access Point In Your Pocket | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
Road warriors take note. The mySpot from Kanex looks to be a lifesaver by turning a wired Ethernet connection into a Wi-Fi access point.
We’ve all been there during a trip.
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Foxconn to allow union elections

Foxconn to allow union elections | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
For the first time ever, Foxconn is reportedly allowing its workers to elect union representatives. A Telegraph UK report says Foxconn will hold elections for a union chairman and 20 members of the Federation of Labour Unions Committee.
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Macworld/iWorld 2013: The WeMo Line Of Home Automation Equipment Is Growing

Macworld/iWorld 2013: The WeMo Line Of Home Automation Equipment Is Growing | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
Belkin’s line of iOS-compatible home automation equipment is growing with the addition of the WeMo Light Switch.
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Beamr Makes Sharing High Definition iPhone Images Easier Than Ever

Beamr Makes Sharing High Definition iPhone Images Easier Than Ever | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
Share your high resolution iPhone images quickly and easily with this slick little app for your iPhone.
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Following 500px And Vine Porn Controversy, Tumblr For iOS Gets New Mature Rating

Following 500px And Vine Porn Controversy, Tumblr For iOS Gets New Mature Rating | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
The official iOS app of popular social blogging platform Tumblr has just received another update.
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For second time in a month, Apple blacklists Java Web plugin

For second time in a month, Apple blacklists Java Web plugin | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
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For the second time in a month, Apple has effectively blacklisted the current version of the Java Web plugin on OS X.
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Report Says HBO Content Coming To Apple TV This Year

Report Says HBO Content Coming To Apple TV This Year | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
The Apple TV is apparently going to become a lot more useful.
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Apple overtakes Samsung as top US mobile phone vendor

Apple overtakes Samsung as top US mobile phone vendor | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
Strategy Analytics' latest mobile phone report is out, and Apple's iPhone is the winner here in the US, taking the top spot for the first time in its history.
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Double Robotics shows off its iPad-equipped robot

Double Robotics shows off its iPad-equipped robot | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
We heard about Double Robotics and their plan to make an iPad-topped robot last year, but the real thing is running around the floor of Macworld/iWorld 2013 this week, and I think it's the coolest thing I've seen at the show.
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Official Star Trek Into Darkness app wants you to scan the sights and sounds of Trek

Official Star Trek Into Darkness app wants you to scan the sights and sounds of Trek | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
Official movie tie-in apps are a dime-a-dozen these days, with every film studio looking to every avenue possible to promote their multi-million-dollar blockbusters.
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Apple, Microsoft may merge one day, says analyst. Wait. What?

Apple, Microsoft may merge one day, says analyst. Wait. What? | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
How could these rivals ever become one? Analyst Keith Fitz-Gerald envisions the two companies coming together in the next 5 to 10 years.
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Apple releases '12 Days of Gifts' app, now includes U.S. users

Apple releases '12 Days of Gifts' app, now includes U.S. users | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
Apple has released its annual 12 Days of Gifts app, and for the first time ever the app is available to US customers. 12 Days of Gifts allows users to download one digital gift from the iTunes store each day between December 26 and January 6th.
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Macworld/iWorld 2013: Use CamRanger To Wirelessly Control Your DSLR

Macworld/iWorld 2013: Use CamRanger To Wirelessly Control Your DSLR | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
The CamRanger, being shown off at Macworld/iWorld 2013, brings wireless control of a Nikon or Canon DSLR to any iOS device.
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Tweetbot For iOS Update Adds Chrome, Flickr, And Vine Support

Tweetbot For iOS Update Adds Chrome, Flickr, And Vine Support | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
Tweetbot is a popular Twitter client and Tapbots, the team behind the app, has released a new update for it, adding link support for Chrome and 1Password, as well as image previews support for Flickr and Vine.
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iPad Mini Retina display may surpass iPad 4

iPad Mini Retina display may surpass iPad 4 | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
The next-gen iPad Mini's screen will have lots and lots of pixels, according to a Chinese-language report.
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Clean My Mac 2 coming in February

Clean My Mac 2 coming in February | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
Clean My Mac is an app that arrived a few years ago from developer Macpaw, and allowed you to go in and clear up any unneeded system files that you happened to have sitting around on your drive.
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2013 Honda Accord, Acura RDX and ILX getting Siri Eyes Free option

2013 Honda Accord, Acura RDX and ILX getting Siri Eyes Free option | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
More automobile manufacturers are hopping on the Siri Eyes Free bandwagon -- or should that be car carrier?
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Hmm ... time for a new car?

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Introducing The CrystalCore TiltDock For Every Mobile Device In Your Life

Introducing The CrystalCore TiltDock For Every Mobile Device In Your Life | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
One of the key differences between Apple’s current generation iOS devices and previous ones is the introduction of the Lightning connector. Unfortunately, this has forced many of us to buy adapters, chargers, and the like.
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Apple to stop shipping Mac Pro in Europe on March 1

Apple to stop shipping Mac Pro in Europe on March 1 | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
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Apple informed its European distributors that it will stop shipping its Mac Pro workstations throughout the EU beginning March 1.
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It would seem Apple either wants professionals to use the very powerful iMac or ... Apple thinks the computer market is shrinking and wants to focus efforts elsewhere.

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Pocket App Gets Updated, Adds New Features For Sharing, Reading, And Deleting

Pocket App Gets Updated, Adds New Features For Sharing, Reading, And Deleting | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
Pocket, previously known as Read it Later, has been updated to version 4.3, bringing new features for Facebook sharing in iOS 6.
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How (& Why) to Reset the Advertising Identifier in iOS

How (& Why) to Reset the Advertising Identifier in iOS | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
From iOS 6.1 onward, users can now reset the Advertising Identifier on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
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Macworld/iWorld 2013 Best of Show winners announced

Macworld/iWorld 2013 Best of Show winners announced | From the Apple Orchard | Scoop.it
More than 250 exhibitors and a plethora of media and fans are on hand at the Moscone Center this week in San Francisco, and there's a number of products that stand out.
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