Apple (iOS/Mac OSX)

WSJ: Apple Shying Away From R-Rated Original Content

Daring Fireball - 10 min 19 sec ago

Tripp Mickle and Joe Flint, reporting for the WSJ:

Tim Cook sat down more than a year ago to watch Apple Inc.’s first scripted drama, “Vital Signs,” and was troubled by what he saw. The show, a dark, semi-biographical tale of hip hop artist Dr. Dre, featured characters doing lines of cocaine, an extended orgy in a mansion and drawn guns.

It’s too violent, Mr. Cook told Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine, said people familiar with Apple’s entertainment plans. Apple can’t show this. […]

Apple’s entertainment team must walk a line few in Hollywood would consider. Since Mr. Cook spiked “Vital Signs,” Apple has made clear, say producers and agents, that it wants high-quality shows with stars and broad appeal, but it doesn’t want gratuitous sex, profanity or violence.

I’ve been curious about exactly this point ever since Apple began this. What’s the difference, though, between R-rated original content produced by Apple and R-rated content produced by others that Apple sells in the iTunes Store? Mickle and Flint point out that even Disney is producing raunchy movies like the Deadpool series.

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Categories: Apple (iOS/Mac OSX)

Reference iOS 12 and iPhone X models in app's "What's New"

iOS Programming - 34 min 54 sec ago

When updating an app for device tweaks (e.g. iPhone XR, XS Max) and iOS 12 support, does Apple allow the "What's New" description to mention it by name? I recall there being restrictions on referencing device and OS by name.

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Cosmicast just got featured on the App Store and I'm giving away free copies of the app to celebrate!

iOS Programming - 41 min 18 sec ago

Hey everyone!

I've recently released a new and beautiful podcast player called 'Cosmicast' and it's currently featured on the App Store! To celebrate, I'm giving away a few copies of my app for free (head over to the bottom of this post to see how to get a free copy). I've been told it's "smooth as butter", "has a great UI", and "probably the best looking podcast app I've seen".

You can get it over at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/cosmicast/id1435195637?mt=8

You can find out more about it and see screenshots of the app over at https://twitter.com/CosmicastApp

Here is a quick short list of its features:

  • Beautiful and clean interface
  • Light mode, dark mode, and true black dark mode
  • Column grid sizing
  • Discover new podcasts by genre or region
  • Search for or paste podcast URLs to add them
  • Download episodes for offline playback
  • No account required
  • Supercharged podcast player, accessible from any screen with a swipe up gesture using two fingers
  • Long-hold the skip duration buttons to change the durations (customisable amount)
  • Long-hold the play/pause button to change the playback speed (customisable amount)
  • Tap the podcast artwork in the player for more options
  • Sleep Timer (customisable amount)
  • Volume Boost
  • View related content by the same author
  • Pick your audio source
  • Drag and Drop podcast rearranging
  • 3D Touch Peek and Pop
  • 3D Touch Quick Actions
  • iMessage Stickers
  • Siri Shortcuts (new for iOS 12)
  • Notifications for downloads
  • Import and export podcasts as an OPML file
  • Localised for Chinese, English (UK), English (US), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish (yes, that’s ten langauges!)
  • There are no ads or subscriptions to bother with, just a clean and minimal podcast player.

Some personal background; I started making apps (self-taught) about three or so years ago and on a MacBook Air 11” (not fun running Xcode on that!). About a year ago I switched over to an iMac 21” and my productivity skyrocketed. I’ve made a few apps, some doing better than others, but all following my own styles and design ethos. This is just something I do alongside my day job as a Software Developer so it can often get tiring, but I find persisting in it is worth the effort.

You can give @CosmocastApp or @JPEGuin a follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/CosmicastApp or https://twitter.com/JPEGuin to see my progress and get in touch!

To get a free copy of Cosmicast:

  • Have an appreciation for podcasts
  • Leave a comment about what you like or see could be improved about the app
  • Optionally give me a follow on Twitter @JPEGuin or @CosmicastApp
  • Also optionally, tell us what your favourite podcasts are! I’m a huge fan of Reply All, No Such Thing as a Fish, and 99% Invisible.

Thanks, Shihab

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How much to pay a developer?

iOS Programming - 51 min 39 sec ago

This high school kid built an iOS mobile app for me over the summer. It’s similar to a quiz app. How much should I pay him for his work? He’s 16. He did it to build his portfolio and hasn’t asked for anything.

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Better Blocker 2018.1 - Web privacy tool (was Better).

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 2 hours 48 min ago

Better Blocker (was Better) is a web privacy tool for Safari on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. It protects you from tracking and behavioural advertising on the web by enforcing the principles of the Ethical Design Manifesto (ind.ie/ethical-design).

Better Blocker is developed and curated by Ind.ie - that’s Laura, Aral, and Osky - we’re a tiny two-person-and-one-husky social enterprise striving for social justice in the digital age. (Osky doesn’t code much.)

Features
  • Blocks trackers and behavioural advertising.
  • We maintain our own block list based on our own web crawls to identify and block the most prevalent trackers. This makes Better’s block list lightweight and effective.
  • Improves the readability of popular web sites.
  • Easily contact us about sites that don’t play well with Better so we can fix it for everyone. (You can also add exceptions to turn Better off for certain sites until we’ve had a chance to fix things.)
  • Teaches you about trackers with encyclopedia-like entries.
  • Spotlights the worst offenders… Did you know that the worst site we found on the web had 172 trackers? Better blocks them all and makes that site 4× lighter and 15.8× faster!
  • Blocks blocker blockers (try saying that quickly a few times). Read our open letter to Wired in the app or on our web site to find out why blocking blockers puts people at risk on the web.
  • It’s open… anyone can help make Better even better.


Version 2018.1:

Note: Ready for macOS 10.14 Mojave

  • Simpler yet just as effective


  • OS X 10.11 or later


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Developing on iOS

iOS Programming - 3 hours 4 min ago

Does Apple want developers to start programming on iOS? I’ve been hearing rumors of an activity monitor, terminal, and Xcode coming to iOS but I’m not sure if this is good or bad. I always thought iOS was the user software and macOS was the development software wether it be for creatives or programmers. With Adobe CC shifting creatives over to iOS and Apple rumoring Xcode on iOS I’m wondering how other developers feel about this.

In my opinion I think Apple could focus macOS on developers because iOS is becoming the standard OS for everyday users who can do everything from their apps.

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Where is the UDID in the new iPhones? Need to register the device to my dev account. This 100 char requirement is terrible.

iOS Programming - 4 hours 44 min ago

I have an XS Max and don't see the UDID in iTunes anymore when you click Serial Number (or anywhere else).

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How Good Is www.hackerleads.com ?

iOS Programming - 6 hours 24 min ago

Anyone here used https://www.hackerleads.com/ios/ before? Recently bump into this and wondering is there anyone here used the service before and how good / bad is it?

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USB Flash Recovery 5.16.4 - Recover deleted/lost files from USB and memory card.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 6 hours 47 min ago


USB Flash Recovery is an easy and professional recovery software specially designed to recover photos, video, RAW images, documents, and other files from USB drives, digital camera, SD/XD/CF memory cards, and virtually any type of flash storage devices that works as removable storage. If your files were lost, unintentionally deleted, corrupted by viruses, or even if your digital media has been formatted. USB Flash Recovery can help you restore them safely and quickly. No prior data recovery experience needed. The simple and intuitive software features a wizard-driven user interface, allowing even novices to easily recover lost photos and video. Moreover, this software supports recovery of high-end RAW photos and HD video that are generated by professional cameras such as Canon, GoPro, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Fuji, Panasonic, Sony, DJI drone cameras, and etc.

Using USB Flash Recovery is100% safe and risk-free. It recovers any files safely from different data loss cases on various removable devices without overwriting original files. It recovers the photos and other files from the source devices and saves them to the destination location you specify.



Version 5.16.4:
  • Fully compatible with the new macOS 10.13.6 High Sierra.
  • Optimized scanning for the latest USB flash drives.
  • Optimized Scanning for GoPro cameras.
  • Supports the latest RAW image formats.
  • Resolved some minor bugs and many other improvements.


  • OS X 10.6 or later


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The curious sudden rise of free US election 'net security guardians

The Register - 6 hours 51 min ago
There is no such thing as a gratis lunch, after all

Analysis Nothing super-fuels a security sales pitch like the sort of threat it’s hard to ignore.…

AudioBook to MP3 Converter 5.1.2 - Convert iTunes and Audible audiobooks.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 6 hours 51 min ago

AudioBook to MP3 Converter is specially designed for Mac users to batch convert Audible .AA, .AAX audiobooks and iTunes M4B audiobooks to more universal audio formats so they can be played on any device that don't interface with Audible. The software will load all the audiobook files on iTunes library automatically after you run it. No matter what format the audiobook is, Any purchased audiobooks from iTunes or Amazon audible store, if it could be played on your iTunes, can be unlocked and converted to MP3, AAC, M4A, M4R, AC3, AIFF, AU, FLAC, and MKA with high quality at speeds of up to 50X. so that you can enjoy you purchased audiobooks on any music players or phones freely and share your Audible audiobooks with others. If you can't play an Audiobook due to DRM protection Problems, AudioBook to MP3 Converter can help. It converts M4B, AA, AAX audiobooks to mp3 or other files for playing on any digital music devices you like without any restriction. You can enjoy your purchased audiobooks everywhere you like with AudioBook to MP3 Converter.



Version 5.1.2:
  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.


  • OS X 10.8 or later


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Hiding in plain sight: Apple’s iPhone strategy

MacCentral - 8 hours 45 min ago

The Macalope brings you this breaking news about Apple: Apple products cost too much. More updates on this late-breaking news as they come in.

Writing for the very nice people and editors and middle managers and a surprising number of luchadores over at Business Insider, Troy Wolverton says “Apple's $1,000 iPhones are turning it into a luxury brand — and it could lose a whole generation of customers.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Nick, Alex and Mickey.)

To read this article in full, please click here

DRM Converter 6.1.2 - DRM removal and conversion for music and audiobooks.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 8 hours 52 min ago

DRM Converter for Mac is a professional DRM removal app that easily converts iTunes M4P, DRM-protected audio and Apple Music to MP3 or AAC. Batch-convert iTunes DRM-protected or unprotected music to MP3, AAC, AC3, M4A, MKA, AIFF, or AU files, ready for use on any computer or mobile music devices such as iPad, iPhone, PSP, Surface, MP3 player, car player, Android Phone, HTC phone - without any restriction or DRM protection. In addition to converting DRM-protected audio, it also can convert any DRM protected audibooks (M4B, AAX, AA) to MP3 which can be played in iTunes. Furthermore, you can also extract audio from iTunes videos, TV shows, and Podcasts with no quality loss. Its ability to convert DRM protected music and audiobooks files into regular MP3 files makes it a perfect solution for people who purchase their music online but have compatibility issues with their music player. In addition, you are allowed to customize the output quality by adjusting audio codec, channel, sample rate, bit rate to make the converted music more personalized. DRM Converter for Mac are available now in 7 languages - English, French, Deutsch, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Japanese.



Version 6.1.2:
  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.


  • OS X 10.8 or later
  • iTunes 10 or later


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DRM Converter 6.2.0 - DRM removal and conversion for music and audiobooks.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 8 hours 52 min ago

DRM Converter for Mac is a professional DRM removal app that easily converts iTunes M4P, DRM-protected audio and Apple Music to MP3 or AAC. Batch-convert iTunes DRM-protected or unprotected music to MP3, AAC, AC3, M4A, MKA, AIFF, or AU files, ready for use on any computer or mobile music devices such as iPad, iPhone, PSP, Surface, MP3 player, car player, Android Phone, HTC phone - without any restriction or DRM protection. In addition to converting DRM-protected audio, it also can convert any DRM protected audibooks (M4B, AAX, AA) to MP3 which can be played in iTunes. Furthermore, you can also extract audio from iTunes videos, TV shows, and Podcasts with no quality loss. Its ability to convert DRM protected music and audiobooks files into regular MP3 files makes it a perfect solution for people who purchase their music online but have compatibility issues with their music player. In addition, you are allowed to customize the output quality by adjusting audio codec, channel, sample rate, bit rate to make the converted music more personalized. DRM Converter for Mac are available now in 7 languages - English, French, Deutsch, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Japanese.



Version 6.2.0:
  • Fully support macOS 10.14 Mojave.
  • Perfectly support iTunes 12.9.0.167.
  • Fixed the failure to convert Apple Music to MP3 with iTunes 12.9.0.167.
  • Optimized Apple Music to M4A conversion.
  • Lots of stability improvements and small bugs fixed.


  • OS X 10.8 or later
  • iTunes 10 or later


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Memory Pictures 1.4.2 - Embed location and text in a photo's header (was Memory Pics).

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 8 hours 55 min ago


Memory Pictures (was Memory Pics) helps you keep your memories alive by assisting you in embedding the location and journal entries within the photo header. We all take photos with our digital cameras and smartphones and it certainly is a great way to look back at where we came from and where we have been to. However, a picture alone may not paint the whole story.

A photo may paint a thousand words but a few words added to the photo would certainly bring back memories of the special occasion. Memory Pictures was developed to let you do just that.



Version 1.4.2:
  • Fixed Bug which causes JPEG files with file extension .JPE not to be loaded to the list during a drag and drop operation
  • Now Memory Pictures remembers the last used folder within the session
  • Updated supporting scripts


  • OS X 10.10 or later


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RectLabel 2.11 - Label images for bounding-box object detection.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 8 hours 56 min ago

RectLabel is an image-annotation tool to label images for bounding-box object detection.

Features
  • Create a label dialog from JSON settings
  • Layer order for overlapped boxes
  • Zoom in on a point
  • Quick zoom to existing boxes
  • Draw a box including outside the image
  • Smart guides for creating and transforming boxes
  • Support the PASCAL VOC format


Version 2.11:
  • Added "Rotate image" feature. When you are in the "Rotate" mode and drag upper or lower on the image, you can rotate the image by 90 degrees step and save it
  • Adjusted UI for the macOS Mojave


  • OS X 10.10 or later


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CM PDF and TIFF Page Extractor 3.6.5 - Extract and save PDF pages in various image formats.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 8 hours 58 min ago


CM PDF and TIFF Page Extractor is designed to extract pages from within your PDF files into a new PDF file, multi-page TIFF, JPG, or PNG file. It works with the powerful PDF framework from within OS X, but enhances it further by allowing you to work with a huge batch of PDF or multi-page TIFF files at one go.

Features
  • Extract a page or pages from a PDF or multi-page TIFF File
  • Save extracted pages as PDF, multi-page TIFF, PNG, or JPG
  • Set dots per inch of extracted pages
  • Convert PDF to multi-page TIFF, and multi-page TIFF to PDF
  • Perform the entire process in one quick batch
  • Extract pages from a range (from page .. to page)
  • Launch created file in Preview app
  • PDF and multi-page TIFF files are a great format for keeping documents in a single neat package and are commonplace in our modern life. Not only that, they are eco-friendly as they reduce the number of trees which needs to be cut down.


Version 3.6.5:
  • Internal Code Optimization
  • Realign Controls


  • OS X 10.9 or later


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Photo Meta Edit 2.2.2 - Edit photo metadata.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 9 hours 5 min ago


Photo Meta Edit is a simple photo metadata editor for JPEG and TIFF image files.

Addable, editable, and deletable metadata types:

  • TIFF, Exif, GPS, XMP, IPTC
  • JFIF Segment of JPEG
  • COM Segment of JPEG
Features
  • Batch editing
  • Searching GPS Location degree by keywords
  • Easy to edit IPTC standard photo metadata


Version 2.2.2:
  • Fixed an issue where extended-XMP metadata will be removed after saving or exporting
  • Added support for Google Depth Map metadata in XMP: Displaying, exporting and removing original 2D image and depth map image. Not support adding them
  • Fixed other small bugs


  • OS X 10.11 or later


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CM TIFF 2 PDF 3.6.2 - Batch TIFF-to-PDF converter.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 9 hours 7 min ago


CM TIFF 2 PDF is the application for you if you've ever needed to convert multipage TIFF files to PDF or JPG, or PNG Files to PDF. As the same suggests, CM TIFF 2 PDF eases the job of creating PDF files by automating the entire process in a few quick steps. If you do not need to combine the files, it allows you to convert JPG, PNG, and TIFF files to PDF.

Features
  • Convert multipage TIFF and single-page TIFF to PDF files
  • Convert groups of JPG, PNG, or TIFF to PDF files
  • Combine all the above to a single PDF file.
  • Allows you to set author name, subject and title to the PDF files.
  • Allows you to set it to launch the converted PDF files in Preview after they are created.


Version 3.6.2:
  • Internal Code Optimization
  • Updated PDF Engine


  • OS X 10.9 or later


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ProForecast for The Weather Channel 2.1 - Fast access to vital weather info.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 9 hours 9 min ago

ProForecast for The Weather Channel is a simple weather application for Mac that gives you faster access to vital weather info inside a minimalistic interface. Search for any location using the search bar at the top of the app and set locations in an instant. ProForecast for The Weather Channel is your go to app for Mac, whenever you need weather info.

ProForecast for The Weather Channel shows important weather statistics and presents them in a well curated layout which is easy to understand as well as beautiful to look at. The app changes its background based on the current weather condition, which will look stunning on your desktop.

Features
  • Easy to search location. Quickly select from the previously searched locations.
  • Open app from Statusmenu bar and check weather instantly.
  • Avail different ways to get weather forecasts. (hourly, 5 days. 10 days, weekend, and monthly)
  • Define a hotkey to open app faster from keyboard.
  • Make the app window transparent.
  • Open App at login.
  • Hide app icon from the Dock.
  • Instantly get alerts in Notification Center if any changes in the temperature take place.


Version 2.1:
  • Improved Version


  • OS X 10.12 or later


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