The best Black Friday deals to set your calendar for

There are so many Black Friday deals out there it’s incredibly difficult to keep up with them all, even for someone who’s paid to do just that. We’ve taken pity on you and have pulled the absolute best deals that we could find and added a special value-added service at the end: A single line […]

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Apple returns to its roots at historic San Francisco venue

When Apple takes the stage at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco for the fall media reveal, company execs will walk knowing they are in a sacred space. Sure the building is 100 years old this year and part of the city’s renaissance following the devastating 1906 earthquake. But the ground at the […]

iPhone 6 can handle a charging elephant and other worldly wonders

Cult of Mac’s Photo Famous series introduces you to the groundbreaking photographers featured in Apple’s “Shot on iPhone 6″ ad campaign. Mobile photography’s most mobile photographer was on the Skeleton Coast in Namibia and didn’t want to be weighted down. Jen Pollack Bianco traveled with her usual DSLR equipment — all 26 pounds of it […]

You can now preorder your Apple Watch

It’s officially April 10th on the West Coast, which means the Apple Store is now open for Apple Watch preorders. The Online Apple Store is still down for some visitors, but we were just able to place an order for…Read more ›



Why we should expect a gradual rollout for Apple Watch

As the company’s first major new product category since the iPad, Apple fans are understandably excited about getting their hands on an Apple Watch sometime in 2015. But while Apple has so far given just “early 2015″ as a vague launch…Read more ›



Editing Google’s search results would damage free speech, judge decrees

A frustrated website owner filed a lawsuit against Google claiming that Google was purposely not showing results for the website in search results. The judge has ruled the case in favor of Google. Read more…



Time Warner Cable suffers major outage across the U.S.

Subscribers to Time Warner Cable woke up this morning to find they could no longer check Facebook, email or anything else as a major outage affecting cable services swept across much of the U.S. Read more…



UK rail network to get free, faster Wi-Fi on trains

Around £90m is to be invested into improving Wi-Fi on board trains, with plans for more reliable connections at speeds up to ten times faster than at present, with free access for all passengers. Read more…



Apple’s Future OS X Names May Include Yosemite, Mammoth, Big Sur, Redwood, Pacific

Following recent trademark investigations related to the iWatch, French site Consomac has discovered [Google Translate] that Apple may also be using a pair of shell companies to protect various California-related names in anticipation of future OS X releases. Apple’s Craig Federighi announced at last year’s Worldwide Developers Conference that the company would be shifting gears on OS X naming, moving from big cats to „places that inspire us in California“. The current OS X Mavericks was the first to adopt the new naming pattern, taking its name from a popular surfing spot known for its massive waves.

Consomac notes that a pair of companies going by the names of Yosemite Research LLC and Coast Research LLC applied for trademarks on several California-related terms in the category of computer software on the same day back in early December. The terms for which the companies are seeking trademark protection include Yosemite, Redwood, and Mammoth (via Yosemite Research), and California, Big Sur, and Pacific (via Coast Research).

As with several other Apple shell companies created for quietly protecting trademarks, such as CarPlay Enterprises and perhaps Brightflash USA, both Yosemite Research and Coast Research are registered in the state of Delaware and use the Corporation Trust Center as their addresses. Both companies were registered with the state on November 22, 2013. Those details by themselves do not clinch the companies’ association with Apple, as the Corporation Trust Center is used by many companies large and small to facilitate corporate registrations, but it is consistent with Apple’s past behavior.

Another intriguing connection noticed by Consomac is that the attorney listed on the Coast Research applications is Stephen Brown, and an attorney by the same name is listed on an „iGuide“ application dating back to late 2007 from iGuide Media LLC, a company MacRumors linked to Apple a number of years ago. Another attorney on that iGuide application is James Johnston, who was involved with Apple’s efforts to protect the „iPhone“ name using another shell company by the name of Ocean Telecom Services LLC.

The U.S. trademark applications by Yosemite Research and Coast Research from early December also all cite filings in Trinidad and Tobago for priority purposes, similar to Apple’s CarPlay strategy. Those California-themed filings in Trinidad and Tobago were made on June 7, 2013, the Friday before Apple’s WWDC 2013 keynote where it announced the change in naming scheme for OS X.

Taken together, all of these pieces of information make a strong case for Apple being the company behind the recent California-themed trademark applications. If this is indeed in the case, past history shows that Apple may or may not elect to use all of these names for future versions of OS X. For example, the company long ago filed for protection on various big cat names to reserve them for OS X releases, but never used some of them such as Lynx and Cougar.

The next version of OS X, 10.10, has been showing up in server logs for some time and according to 9to5Mac is expected to feature a „flatter“ look compared to OS X Mavericks. Apple made similar changes with iOS 7, but the OS X changes are said to not be as drastic as those seen on iOS. OS X 10.10 is likely to be previewed at this year’s WWDC, which will kick off with a keynote on June 2.




‘Opera Coast’ WebKit-Based Browser Now Available for iPhone [iOS Blog]

Back in September, Opera Software released its Coast WebKit-based browser for the iPad and now the company is debuting a new version of the browser designed for Apple’s iPhones.

Like the iPad version of the app, Opera Coast for iPhone has been optimized for the touchscreen. Initiating a search is as simple as pulling down on the home screen, which brings up an input interface with an icon-based autofill that allows users to tap the site they want to visit.

Made for thumbs: The iPhone was made for having all screen real estate within a thumb’s reach, and Opera Coast takes this idea one step further. Gestures take care of practically all of the navigation needs, with the rest handled by a bare minimum of conveniently placed buttons. Two, to be exact.

Websites are displayed full screen, and swipe gestures let users navigate between pages. There’s a small toolbar on the bottom that brings up a visual grid of saved websites, which can be altered with a simple tap and drag gesture. Users can have multiple screens of saved websites, providing easy access to all favorite sites, and search is enhanced with related words and suggestions.

The app also recommends popular websites to visit in a „Stuff we like“ section, and provides a sharing tool to send links via iMessage, email, or social networks like Facebook and Twitter. An info tool also provides safety information, letting a user know whether a website is secure. While there is a lot of competition in the browser space, with Safari and Google Chrome readily available, Opera Coast is well worth checking out for its unique touch-focused interface.

Opera Coast for the iPhone will be available today as a free download.

The iPad version of the app is also available as a free download. [Direct Link]