Archive for January 18, 2015

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MacUser UK Closes

Dennis Publishing (via Charles Arthur):

Since its launch in 1985 MacUser has provided its readers with authoritative buying advice, world exclusive reviews, breaking news and practical features. Inspired by the late Felix Dennis’ purchase of an Apple Lisa in 1983, the magazine started life as a bi-monthly magazine but soon upped its frequency to fortnightly as readers and advertisers poured in. The magazine was launched in the USA in 1985 where similar success followed.

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The decision to cease publication of MacUser was very tough and one that was not taken lightly. Unfortunately, due to challenging market conditions, the closure was unavoidable.

It’s a tough business.

Update (2015-01-20): There’s also a blog post (via John Gruber).

Matt Gemmell:

It was from MacUser that, variously and over the years, I developed an interest in typography, colour theory, video editing, and a host of other subjects. I’ve been a subscriber, a reader, and even a contributor, and the closing of the magazine is a great loss to the Mac community.

Update (2015-02-01): Also closing are AOL’s TUAW and Mac+, Brazil’s only Apple print magazine.

MMWormhole: Message Passing Between iOS Apps and Extensions

MMWormhole (via Marco Arment):

MMWormhole creates a bridge between an iOS extension and its containing application. The wormhole is meant to be used to pass data or commands back and forth between the two locations. Messages are archived to files which are written to the application’s shared App Group. The effect closely resembles interprocess communication between the app and the extension, though true interprocess communication does not exist between extensions and containing apps.

The wormhole also supports CFNotificationCenter Darwin Notifications in an effort to support realtime change notifications. When a message is passed to the wormhole, interested parties can listen and be notified of these changes on either side of the wormhole. The effect is nearly instant updates on either side when a message is sent through the wormhole.

See also: iOS IPC via NSFileCoordinator and NSFilePresenter.

How Amazon Tricks You Into Thinking It Always Has the Lowest Prices

Jason Del Rey (via Hacker News):

In one example, Boomerang observed Amazon testing price reductions on a $350 Samsung TV — one of the most popular TVs on Amazon — over the six months leading up to Black Friday. Then, on Black Friday, it dropped the price to $250, coming in well below competitors’ prices.

But when it comes to the HD cables that customers often buy with a new TV, Amazon actually pushed up the price by 33 percent ahead of the holidays.

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“Amazon may not actually be the lowest-priced seller of a particular product in any given season,” the report reads, “but its consistently low prices on the highest-viewed and best-selling items drive a perception among consumers that Amazon has the best prices overall — even better than Walmart.”

Yosemite’s FileVault 2 Pre-boot Recovery Options

Rich Trouton (tweet):

One of the changes that Apple has introduced with Yosemite is a more straightforward way to recover from login problems at the FileVault 2 pre-boot login screen.

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In the Reset Password wizard, there are currently three options available.

  1. I forgot my password
  2. My password doesn’t work when logging in
  3. My keyboard isn’t working when typing my password to login