TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Blog

  • 'Amnesia: The Dark Descent' and its sequel go open source
    A little after its tenth anniversary, Amnesia: The Dark Descent is now open-source, allowing modders and aspiring game developers to delve into the title's codebase to see how the horror masterpiece was created. You can download the source code for b…
    - 3 hours ago, 23 Sep 20, 10:08pm -
  • Sling's 'Watch Party' group streaming feature works with live TV
    Sling TV just launched a “Sling Watch Party” feature in beta, meaning you can now connect with friends and family via video or text chat while you watch live TV together. The streaming service is the latest to offer a “watch party” feature --…
    - 4 hours ago, 23 Sep 20, 9:34pm -
  • Twitter follows up voice tweets by testing voice DMs
    It turns out audio tweets were only the beginning of Twitter's newfound interest in letting users communicate with more than just the written word. On Wednesday, the company told The Verge it’s testing a new feature, starting in Brazil, that will…
    - 5 hours ago, 23 Sep 20, 8:49pm -
  • Facebook will block ads claiming victory ahead of official results
    Contrary to previous reports, a Facebook rep has confirmed that the social media site will not, in fact, allow ads claiming victory for either the Trump or Biden campaigns to run on election night.In a September 3rd blog post, Facebook’s Mark Zucke…
    - 6 hours ago, 23 Sep 20, 7:34pm -
  • TikTok bans ads for fasting apps and weight loss supplements
    TikTok is introducing a new policy that cracks down on ads that “promote a harmful or negative body image.” The app’s new rules ban companies from advertising fasting apps and weight loss supplements. Advertisers also have to adhere to new, tou…
    - 6 hours ago, 23 Sep 20, 7:32pm -
  • Report highlights blindspots in Facebook's fight against voting misinformation
    A tool that Facebook says can help state officials monitor voting misinformation doesn’t give users a complete picture of Facebook activity, according to a report from the Tech Transparency Project (TTP). CrowdTangle, the tool in question, can’t…
    - 6 hours ago, 23 Sep 20, 7:05pm -
  • California to ban sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035
    As California continues to battle ever more deadly and destructive wildfires up and down the state, California governor Gavin Newsom has issued a sweeping executive order that will effectively ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel-driven vehicles b…
    - 7 hours ago, 23 Sep 20, 6:03pm -
  • Google Maps now shows you COVID-19 stats
    Google has already released a number of COVID-related features on its Maps app, including noting potential transit delays due to the outbreak, the relative busyness of local businesses and tagging the locations of nearby COVID testing sites. On Wedne…
    - 8 hours ago, 23 Sep 20, 5:33pm -


Tidbits - Apple News

  • Five Tips for Easier Rearranging of iOS Apps
    iOS 14’s App Library might make it easier to find apps, but if you want to clean up your existing Home screens and folders, these tips will make it easier regardless of what version of iOS or iPadOS you may be running.
    - 2 days ago, 22 Sep 20, 10:00am -
  • Why Posting Boarding Pass Photos Is a Bad Idea
    In a long, amusingly written blog post, the hacker known as “Alex” outlines how he discovered former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott’s passport number and phone number from an ill-advised Instagram post, got Qantas to fix the security hol…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Sep 20, 8:22pm -
  • Agenda 11
    Major upgrade for the date-focused note-taking app with a lengthy list of new features and improvements. (Free with $24.99 premium purchase option, free update, 52.3 MB)
    - 2 days ago, 21 Sep 20, 2:15pm -
  • Pixelmator Pro 1.8
    Brings support for AppleScript with an extensive and full-featured scripting dictionary. ($39.99 new, free update, 200 MB)
    - 2 days ago, 21 Sep 20, 2:10pm -
  • ChronoSync 4.9.11 and ChronoAgent 1.9.8
    Maintenance updates with enhancements and bug fixes for the synchronization and backup tool and its helper app. (49.99 new for ChronoSync, $14.99 new for ChronoAgent; free updates; 67.2 MB, 26.7 MB)
    - 2 days ago, 21 Sep 20, 2:03pm -
  • Typinator 8.5
    Brings support for macOS 11.0 Big Sur and adds support for direct editing of tables in formatted text expansions. (€24.99 new, free update, 7.1 MB)
    - 6 days ago, 17 Sep 20, 3:10pm -
  • Safari 14
    Updates Apple's Web browser with a new tab bar design, customizable start page, and privacy reports. (Free, various sizes)
    - 6 days ago, 17 Sep 20, 3:07pm -
  • iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 Now Available
    Apple has released updated operating systems for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. We recommend waiting a few weeks before installing, in part so developers who were taken by surprise can update their apps.
    - 7 days ago, 16 Sep 20, 10:59pm -

Apple Developer News

  • Get your education apps ready for Schoolwork 2.1 beta
    The latest version of Schoolwork, the powerful iPad app for teachers and students that helps them keep track of assignments and student progress, is now available. Make sure your app takes advantage of the latest ClassKit features to provide a great…
    - 5 hours ago, 23 Sep 20, 8:41pm -
  • Submit your tvOS apps to the App Store
    With the tvOS 14 SDK, games now have multiuser support and you can offer gamers a wider range of controller and input device options than ever before. You can augment custom video players with Picture in Picture and system-provided controls. And tak…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Sep 20, 10:13pm -
  • Submit your watchOS apps to the App Store
    Deliver even more powerful and personal apps for Apple Watch with the new capabilities of watchOS 7. Brand new APIs and tools, like multiple complications APIs, SwiftUI Complications, and Xcode Previews, make it easier than ever to create unique co…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Sep 20, 10:12pm -
  • Submit your iOS and iPadOS apps to the App Store
    Make sure your apps are ready when iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 become available to customers worldwide. Give users a quick way to engage with a part of your app at the right moment with App Clips. Let users experience your app right on their iPhone home…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Sep 20, 10:10pm -
  • Support game controllers in your app
    Level up your apps and games with the Game Controller framework and easily build in support for popular console game controllers and MFi accessories on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. The precise control and tactile feedback provided by a game contr…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Sep 20, 4:55pm -
  • App Store Review Guideline updates now available
    The App Store is a safe and trusted place for customers to discover and download apps, and a great opportunity for developers. These guideline changes and clarifications support new features in upcoming OS releases, better protect customers, and hel…
    - 12 days ago, 11 Sep 20, 6:56pm -
  • Enhancements to sandbox testing now available
    The Apple sandbox environment lets you test in-app purchases on devices using product information set up in App Store Connect. You can now test upgrades, downgrades, and cancellations for subscriptions, as well as reset the introductory offer eligib…
    - 14 days ago, 9 Sep 20, 11:22pm -
  • Design and implement macOS document icons
    A good document icon aids in the identification of your file on the Desktop, in a Finder window, or in an open dialog, especially when previews aren’t available. These icons may be displayed on screen as small as 16pt or large enough to showcase ev…
    - 14 days ago, 9 Sep 20, 4:30pm -

Apple: Press Releases

The Real Mac Genius

  • How To: Change Your IP Address on the iPhone
    Ever run into Wi-Fi issues on your iPhone? Changing the IP Address on an iPhone is often a way to fix your Wi-Fi. Note: this will only work depending on the configuration of DHCP setup of the wireless router On your iPhone, open the Settings app and…
    - 19 Feb 20, 2:00pm -
  • How To: Take a Screen Recording
    Taking a screen recording on Mac can be used for many purposes. Whether you are a gamer and want to film yourself destroying trees with your hands in Minecraft or you just need to show your grandmother how to send an email, screen recordings are a cr…
    - 28 Dec 19, 8:11pm -
  • Virtual Reality: The Future of Stimulation
    We hear the words “virtual reality” thrown around alot these days. From commercials about ostridges to your elderly neighbors saying that kids these days are socially introverted, untalented disgraces to the human race, virtual reality is a vibra…
    - 4 Nov 19, 8:01pm -
  • Keyboard shortcuts for the Mac Genius!
    Most of us know about shortcuts. If you have ever copied something by clicking the Command button and the C button, you know that shortcuts can be a very quick and efficient way of working. You should take advantage of the different shortcuts incorpo…
    - 26 Aug 19, 1:00pm -
  • How To: Take Audio Tracks Out of Videos with GarageBand
    Taking the audio out of a video is very easy when using GarageBand. You can even add the audio clip to iTunes and listen to it on your iPhone. The first step is selecting your .m4v file and dragging it into GarageBand. Then GarageBand will create a M…
    - 24 Jul 19, 1:00pm -
  • How to: Mount an ISO on Mac

    - 23 Mar 19, 4:56am -
  • The Basics and More: Terminal
      Basics             Terminal to most people seems very complex, but there are ways that the average Joe can have fun on it too.  Simple commands like “man” which is used as a manual are easy to do. The basic way to type something in…
    - 14 Sep 18, 1:00pm -
  • How To: Securely Delete Your Trash
    When you have private content that you do not want people to ever be able to access, Secure Empty Trash is the best way to do it. There are two ways to do it. The first way is to be in Finder, then click on the Finder menu option in the top left, a…
    - 6 Feb 18, 2:00pm -