Apple has posted the latest version of Safari, their web browser for Mac. Safari 7.0.3 fixes several issues and brings new levels of security to the browser. Most of the features in the update focus on usability such as improving how the address and search bar behaves and improving the credit card autofill support for site that can access them. Other improvements include support for generic top-level domains and improved sandboxing of the app on your Mac for improved security.
A big improvement in Safari 7.0.3 is the ability to disable push notifications from website in preferences of Safari.
Prior to this release, users had to go to System Preferences>Notifications to adjust this. Now you can do it directly from within Safari itself, saving time and searching.
The update is available now on your Mac directly from the App Store via the Updates page. It is free as always.
Today is a special day for Apple fans and the end of what has been a great and dare I say iconic way to connect your Apple devices to your Mac or PC. With Apple announcing the end of sale of the iPad 2 today the last device that used the 30 Pin Dock Connector has been retired. It has been a process that started two years ago and now every Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch uses the new and improved Lightning Connector for your syncing and accessory access needs.
The 30 Pin Dock Connector was introduced with the original iPod back in 2003 and it was replaced by the Lightning Connector introduced by Apple in 2012. Rarely does device connector stay in the market for 9 years but Apple managed to do it which speaks volumes to the thought and design that went into this connector in the first place. It also became the standard for accessory makers with literally millions of accessories sold with the connector.
So tonight raise a glass – virtually on your iPhone of course – to the 30 Pin Dock Connector. May it be remembered for years to come as the one connector that was very much a part of the success story that is Apple.
Apple’s continued growth in the personal computer market continued in Q4 of last year according to research group Canalys. Apple sales lead the market over Lenovo, Samsung, HP and Dell by accounting for 19.5% of all PC sales during Q4 2013. If you really dive into this report there a lot of interesting facts about Apple and their competition to be found.
On the whole, PC sales grew by 17.9% year over year which is great but a little misleading. Table sales, which are lumped into PC sales, were up 65.2% year over year and represented 48.3% of the total PC market. Why is that important? If you take out the tablet sales, the PC market actually shrank by 6.9% year over year.
From an Apple sales perspective, things look pretty rosy. Overall the company shipped just over 30 million units in Q4 of which 84.3% were iPads. The company increased their tablet marketshare from 27.3% to 34.1% in Q4.
In case you missed it, Apple has provided a bit of an Easter Egg of sorts in celebration of the Mac’s 30th Anniversary. You can download a font of 30 years of Macs as a TTF file. Pretty cool eh?
I’ve put the TTF into my Dropbox and shared it so you can download it and install it yourself. Since it is TTF, you can install it on a PC or a Mac.
Apple has just posted a great video celebrating the 30th birthday of the Mac. It highlights the creative power that the machine has generated for 3 decades and points to a promising future.
The nearly 3 minute video features several faces you might recognise including Moby, Nick Knight and Theodore Grey to name a few.
Apple has released another new video-meets-advertisement for the iPad Air. The Your Verse Anthem video is available now on the Apple site as well as YouTube. Apple states in the trailer for the video:
We’re humbled and inspired by what people do with iPad. So we set out to capture some of their stories. What will your verse be?
The Your Verse Anthem video highlights just some of the ways that people use their iPad Air today – from coaching hockey to DJs to engineers creating next generation wind power solutions. In typical Apple fashion, the video is well shot with an outstanding music track and pretty inspiring if I’m honest.
Today marks the last day of the 12 Days of Gifts from Apple and they have topped it all off with some songs from the iconic band, The Rolling Stones. The songs are come from the Sweet Summer Sun, Live in Hyde Park 2013 and include three songs recorded at Hyde Park in London last summer.
The three songs are Beast of Burden, Tumbling Dice, and Doom & Gloom.
This recording from Hyde Park is quite literally brand new. It was released into the iTunes Music store just 5 days ago on New Years Day and in fact it has no ratings in the store because it is so new.
You can download The Rolling Stones songs from the 12 Days of Gifts app on your iPhone or iPad or use the link below to get the content in iTunes directly.
Today is the penultimate day for the 12 Days of Gifts from Apple and today we get a great little game that is fun and addictive. Today’s gift is the Mr. Crab game for iOS.
Mr. Crab is a super fast arcade game with a twist. Take control of Mr. Crab and jump your way to the top, rescuing as many baby crabs as possible.
Just tap on your screen to jump and climb to reach the top of the ever-spinning tower. But be aware, there are some
foul enemies that will do anything to stop you.
Timing is everything
In Mr. Crab. you´ll need to use all your timing and quick thinking to get three stars on every level.
27 challenging levels to unlock
You will find different levels, like Beach Party, Hermit Heights and Acorn. Will you master them all?
Meet, defeat or avoid enemies
Encounter new enemies in every level. Say hello to Blowfish Bob, Fernando Feathers or Herman the Hermit… if you dare.
It´s up to you how will take care of the enemies, avoid them or defeat them…. otherwise they will defeat you.
The degree of difficulty in the Mr. Crab game is certainly not on the top of the list but it is a fun little game nevertheless.
Today the game is free and you can get this universal app by either going to the 12 Days of Gifts app on your iPhone or iPad or you can use the link below to download it directly from the App Store. The Mr. Crab game requires that you have iOS 7.0 or later running on your device and there are several in-app purchases for additional levels and characters, ranging from .99 Cents to $1.99.
Today marks Day 10 of the Apple 12 Days of Gifts app and the gift today is certainly aimed at the youngsters in your life. Today’s gift is a free episode of Sesame Street from, believe it or not, season 43 from 2012. I, like many of you, grew up watching Sesame Street both as a youngster myself then when my children were growing up. The show has certainly changed a lot (yes, I watched this free episode!) but it remains a big part of many children’s lives today.
the free episode of Sesame Street today is entitled Great Vibrations and here is the synopsis
Abby sees that Bob is teaching a music class and decides she’d like to join, but first she’ll need an instrument. Grover appears with a suitcase filled with all sorts of instruments for her to select from, when he decides he’s like to join too! Which instrument will he choose for himself?
All of the episodes in Season 43, 12 in all, are $2.99 each and you can buy the season outright along with many of the previous seasons in iTunes – but this final episode of the season is free.
To download this free episode of Sesame Street you can do so directly from the 12 Days of Gifts app on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. You can also follow the link below to get to the episode in iTunes from your Mac or PC. I’ve also placed a link to the entire Season 43 available in iTunes.
Today is Day 9 of Apple’s 12 Days of Gifts and today’s gift is another from the iTunes Festival: London 2013 event from this summer. Today’s gift is 2 songs and 2 videos from Kings of Leon from the event.
If by chance you are not familiar with Kings of Leon, here is an excerpt from their iTunes Bio
Initially embraced as “the Southern Strokes” for their resurrection and reinvention of Dixie-styled rock & roll, Kings of Leon steadily morphed themselves into an experimental rock outfit during the 2000s. The Tennessee-bred quartet debuted in 2003 with the Holy Roller Novocaine EP, whose blend of raw, unpolished boogie rock was further explored on their debut full-length, Youth & Young Manhood.
The King of Leon gift today consists of two songs - Black Thumbnail and Sex on Fire – and two videos from the festival. Those videos are for the songs Family Tree and Wait on Me. As you would expect, all four items are were captured live in London over this summer.
To get the King of Leon gift from Apple you need to download it directly from the 12 Days of Gifts app on your iPhone or iPad or you can use the link below to download it directly from iTunes.