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Google’s Portable Native client lets one app run on any hardware in Chrome

Since 2011, Google’s Native Client has been enabling developers to write applications like photo editors, CAD modelers and 3D games in C or C++ and run them inside the Chrome browser. Initially, Native Client only functioned on x86 machines, and early…

Amazon finally launches Australian Kindle store

Amazon has been expanding its Australian operations significantly over the past few years. After finally making the original Kindle available to Australians back in 2009 via the US store – a process that continued with the Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle …

Benchmarks Reveal New iPad Mini is Slower than iPad Air but 5X Faster than Previous Model

The new iPad Mini is out and benchmark reports are beginning to surface. While its chip is essentially the same A7 as the iPad Air, it is being clocked approximately 100MHz slower. What does that mean for the performance you can expect from it and should this be a factor in whether or not you […]

First Look: Apple’s iPad mini with Retina display

Apple surprised on Tuesday when it launched online and in-store sales of the iPad mini with Retina display, and now AppleInsider has a first look at the hotly anticipated device.

Judge Lucy Koh again asks Apple and convicted patent infringer Samsung to hold settlement talks

A federal district court judge on Tuesday asked Apple and Samsung…

Consumer Google Fiber installs begin in Provo, Utah

According to a tweet from the official Google Fiber account, installations of the Gigabit Internet service have commenced in Provo, Utah. Google’s deal with the city allowed the search engine to purchase an existing city-wide fiber-optic network for on…

IDC data shows 66% of Android’s 81% smartphone share are junk phones selling for $215

IDC reported 251.1 million smartphone shipments for Q3, reflecting 40 percent year over year market growth but an implosion in Average Selling Prices, at least outside of Apple’s iPhone sales.

First all-in-one coffee machine that roasts, grinds and brews heads to Kickstarter

Machines that grind then brew your coffee for you all in one are a dime a dozen. But one that fresh roasts you beans first, before grinding them? Well, according to Bonaverde Coffee Changers it’s never been done, until now. The company’s Kickstarter c…

End your attachment to attachments with Gmail’s new Google Drive tricks

End your attachment to attachments with Gmail's new Google Drive tricks

Google has announced yet another Gmail update, this time easing the means of storing attachments for users of its ever-popular webmail client.

The company revealed deeper integration of they Google Drive platform allowing users to save attachments to the cloud storage locker, directly from their inbox.

Over the next few days and weeks, Gmail users will begin to see photo, video and document attachments represented as interactive thumbnails within emails.

Hovering over those attachments will present download options enabling those files to be secured in the cloud without ever bothering the hard drive. Users will be able to save to existing or new Drive folders.

Improved visibility and availability

The company hopes the update will make like easier for Gmail users who may lose the attachments within random mail downloads folders on their PCs, while also making it easier to access those files on all devices.

“You’re probably used to downloading email attachments, but each of those files takes time to download, eats up space on your device, and can get buried deep inside your “Downloads” folder,” wrote Scott Johnston, director of product management on the official Gmail blog.

“With today’s update to Gmail, you can skip that whole process. Instead, you can view attachments and save files directly to Google Drive without ever leaving Gmail, making it easy to access them later from whatever device you’re on – computer, phone or tablet.”

Gmail patrons will be able to save batches of attachments to drive at one time, while still enjoying the opportunity to download to their physical storage drives by hitting the familiar download arrow.

As well as the ability to save to Drive, Google also announced the ability for users to open attachments directly from Drive-enabled third-party apps like Pixlr Express, Docu Sign, Mimi and Cafepress Design. Again, all this takes place within Gmail.

    



The iPhone 5s, iPad Air And Retina iPad Mini Are All Basically Just As Powerful

The Retina iPad mini suddenly went on sale this morning, and the device’s benchmarks have been posted online. Apple chose to put the same 64-bit A7 processor in the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and new iPad mini. The result is

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Apple dominates China tablet market with 51.7% unit share

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Jury selection commences for Apple-Samsung damages retrial

The jury selection process has begun for the retrial covering portions of the damages from last year’s $1.05 billion verdict in the Apple-Samsung patent infringement case. Judge Lucy Koh, who initially vacated $450 million of the damages from Apple’s l…

Magma launches three Thunderbolt to PCI-e expansion chassis

Magma has announced pricing and availability for three new Thunderbolt to PCIe expansion products. The product family is called Roben-3 and is designed to be the expansion solution for creative professionals who have adopted the Thunderbolt interface a…

Surface 2 sees better battery life, other patches in latest update

Happy Patch Tuesday, Microsoft device owners. And a very happy one to owners of the Surface 2. Microsoft is out with a half-dozen updates to improve the second-gen Surface running Windows 8.1 RT. The updates include performance enhancements to all Touc…

Stack Rabbit Is Cute, Silly, And Excellent At Balancing Fun and Microtransactions [Review]

Disney’s mobile gaming efforts are surprisingly good! Stack Rabbit joins Where’s My Mickey and Where’s My Water as another easy-to-use app designed for children, but with enough appeal that adults can find plenty to enjoy. In Stack Rabbit, you play

The post Stack Rabbit Is Cute, Silly, And Excellent At Balancing Fun and Microtransactions [Review] appeared first on Cult of Mac.

    



Mavericks How-To: Using Apple TV as a Second Display

OS X Mavericks is finally here, so MacLife proudly presents a series of informative how-tos to keep you updated on what has changed and how to use it. Check back often to learn more about the newest Mac operating system from Apple.

One of the more surprising (and nicer) changes Apple made to OS X with Mavericks was the ability to use any TV or display connected to an Apple TV as a second display for your Mac. All Macs that supported AirPlay mirroring in OS X Mountain Lion now have the ability to use AirPlay-connected TVs as a second display in Mavericks. In this article, we’ll show you how to turn this feature on and configure additional options, like changing where the audio comes from and the size of the secondary display.

1. Enabling AirPlay Second Display

To enable a second display over AirPlay, you first need to be connected to the same network as your Apple TV. Next, open System Preferences > Displays, and select your Apple TV from the “AirPlay Display” drop-down menu.

Once you do this, your display may flash as the second display connection is acquired, and the Apple TV takes over as the second display. If the displays are mirrored, then you can correct this by opening the “Arrangement” tab in System Preferences > Displays, and ensuring that the “Mirror Displays” checkbox is unchecked.

In this same “Arrangement” tab, you can move the displays around in the pane to ensure that they’re positioned correctly, relative to your physical space (usually side-by-side, or top-down). The primary display here is denoted here by the Menu bar on the display. The arrangement helps with being able to drag windows from one display to the next: if your secondary display is arranged to be to the right of your primary one, for example, you can drag things to it through the right side of your primarcy screen.

2. Changing the Audio Output

By default, when you are connected to an AirPlay display, your system (and other) audio is automatically played through the AirPlay connection instead of locally. If you wish to change this, then open System Preferences > Sound > Output.


Here, ensure that the selected output source is the one that you wish to play the audio through. While here, select the “Sound Effects” tab and ensure that “Selected Sound Output Device” is selected for the “Play sound effects through” option. This will ensure that all sound effects are always played through the device that is selected in the Output tab.

3. Changing the Display Size

Just like any other external display, you can change the resolution of the external AirPlay display by visiting System Preferences > Displays.


When you do this, each display will get a configuration window that appears. On the “Display” tab, you will be able to select the resolution that works best for you: “Best for display” will ensure that the highest possible resolution for the selected Apple TV will be used; or “Scaled” will let you choose the display size that works for you.

The Scaled option will let you choose a resolution that works best for your device if the “Best for display” option isn’t working to your liking.

Cory Bohon is a freelance technology writer, indie Mac and iOS developer, and amateur photographer. Follow this article’s author on Twitter.

Viber brings push-to-talk features to iPhone and Android in version 4.0

The past few weeks have been very busy for the Viber team, after first announcing new features for BlackBerry and following it up with a Windows Phone 8 update. Now the VoIP app is announcing version 4.0 for iPhone and Android, bringing with it the ad…

Apple heads to trial against man claiming to have invented iPhone

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Once-pilloried Apple Maps gets the last laugh

Even after its extraordinary rough start last year, Apple Maps was used by nearly six out of every 10 U.S. iPhone owners during September, according to data recently published by metrics firm comScore.

DIWire hits Kickstarter, is already doing just fine, thank you very much

It’s been a good week over at Pensa Labs. On Sunday, the Brooklyn-based team walked off with the $10,000 judges’ prize from our Insert Coin competition and now its Kickstarter project’s already crossed the $64k mark (out of a $100k goal). In fact, we’…

Briefly: Master Fader updated, Just Mobile’s new stylus, mouse mat

Mackie’s Master Fader app for its DL Series Digital Live Sound Mixers with iPad Control has received an update with the release of Master Fader 2.0. The Master Fader iPad app works in conjunction with a Mackie DL1608 or DL806 digital live sound mixer. …

Apple Maps blasts off: Cue the antitrust lawsuits?

Apple Maps is on a tear, taking market share from Google Maps…

Average iPad and iPhone Owners Spend $48 on iTunes each Year

It is possible to calculate the average amount spent per iOS account if you simply track the revenue and device stats over the past year. Horace Dediu at ASYMCO.com did just that and found that we spend $48 on average. I don’t know about you, but I am way above average in the spending department […]

Days after IPO, Twitter launches custom timelines

Twitter users will be able to create custom timelines in TweetDeck around conversation on any event or topic on Twitter, the microblogging company said.

LEGO The Lord of the Rings (iOS) Review

LEGO The Lord of the Rings’ transition to iOS is impeccably smooth, even if you’ll miss out on some of the more exciting moments from the Mac version. Guiding Frodo Baggins and his crew of heroes on the path to Mordor works amazingly well on the smaller screen of an iPad or iPhone — and when the ring is finally cast into the fire, you’ll still want to return to the fold to grab all of the elusive collectibles in Free Play mode.

Spanning all of the major events in the film trilogy, LEGO The Lord of the Rings takes a pleasantly somber tone in comparison to other LEGO games. The subject matter is given a great deal of respect, albeit with occasional sight gags like Gimli scratching his backside, or swords replaced with bright yellow bananas. The new touch controls are terribly awkward — such as using two fingers to jump — but the option for on-screen virtual controls works surprisingly well.

Every scene from last spring’s Mac version is included, but some of the gameplay is slightly more condensed. A battle against the Witch King, for example, removes the challenge of an enemy dragon and turns the fight into a simple melee affair. That’s kind of a bummer, but standing on its own merits, LEGO Lord of the Rings is still a blast to play. Some collectibles can only be accessed in a second playthough, and finding enough little LEGO caps to unlock playable characters is reason enough to revisit each level.

The main draw, of course, is slashing orcs and solving situational puzzles by assembling LEGO bricks. While your party members do an adequate job of assisting with tasks like simultaneously opening door switches, it’s hard not to long for some type of multiplayer component. The Mac version at least offered local co-op play, but you’re totally on your own this time around. 

The bottom line. LEGO The Lord of the Rings may not match its much pricier Mac counterpart on features or gameplay depth, but it’s still the best LEGO game on iOS by a wide margin.

Review Synopsis

Company: 

Warner Bros.

Contact: 

Price: 

$4.99

Requirements: 

iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 6.0 or later

Positives: 

Actual dialogue from the film trilogy. Tons of replayable content. Great hack-and-slash gameplay.

Negatives: 

No co-op play. Missing some of the Mac version’s finer moments.

Score: 
4 Great

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