iPad at Work: Helping the NFL Diagnose Head Injuries.

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Over the last couple of years the iPad has made a big impact in the NFL – being adopted by numerous teams to use as their playbook, and for scouting and a variety of other purposes.

Now the iPad will have a new, and perhaps most important, use in helping teams quickly diagnose head injuries – as Apple Insider reports:

The NFL will be providing each team with an iPad application designed to help teams diagnose whether one of their players has suffered concussion almost immediately following impact, ESPN reported on Saturday. … Prior to the start of the season, and at different intervals throughout the season, the system will be used on players to perform a number of tests in order to establish a baseline score. In the event of a possible concussion, team doctors will use the app to evaluate players, and the app will compare their post-hit results against their established baselines. A large discrepancy could indicate that the player has suffered a concussion, and the protocols for such an injury would go into effect.

Concussions and head injuries in the NFL have become a very hot topic in recent years, and rightfully so. It’s great to see iPads being used for this purpose and to see the NFL using technology in their efforts to better protect players.

Once again, not a bad bit of work for the ‘only for consumption’ tablet. 🙂

Source: iPad Insight.

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Apple’s Deleting iCloud Emails That Contain The Phrase ‘Barely Legal Teens’.

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Apple has a well documented history of banning everything that has anything to do with pornography, even if it’s only remotely related. It’s nice that Apple wants to keep the App Store clean, but their obsession with eliminating porn from computing has a lot of collateral damage.

In its latest push to get porn off your computer, Apple now deletes all iCloud emails that contain the phrase ‘barely legal teens.’ It doesn’t send the messages to spam, or flag them, it just straight up deletes them, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

It sounds like Apple’s just trying to help you avoid child pornography, but the iCloud censorship was actually discovered by an Academy Award -winning screenwriter named Steven G., who has nothing to do with child porn.

Steven G. wrote to InfoWorld that his software was trying to send a script to a director by emailing it from an iCloud account. The director never got the script, so Steven sent it multiple times as he tried to figure out why the email was getting blocked.

Eventually, Steven started cutting the script down into pieces to see which sections of the attached script were getting flagged and blocked.

“AND THEN I SAW IT — a line in the script, describing a character viewing an advertisement for a pornographic site on his computer screen. Upon modifying this line, the entire document was delivered with no problem.”

Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but Steven took his testing even farther. He created a PDF containing the line: “All my children are barely legal teens — why would I want to let them drive by themselves?” And yep, Apple’s servers sent the attachment straight to hell. Then he just typed that phrase in a regular email and it was blocked too.

After more research, Steven found that under the iCloud terms of service, Apple reserves the right to remove any content at any time that it feels is objectionable, without telling you that they’re going to delete it. Apparently, ‘barely legal teens’ falls into that ‘objectionable content’ category, along with other phrases we’re probably not aware of.

We ran our own quick tests that seemed to back up Stevens claims. Apple was asked to confirm whether it’s actively scanning files in iCloud and deleting them if they have keyword phrases like “barely legal,” but they haven’t responded.

Is Apple overstepping its bounds here, or did Steven miss something else that might have caused the emails to get deleted? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments.

Source:Cult of Mac.

Late 2012 Macs Unable to Re-Install OS X Mountain Lion or Restore from Time Machine Backups.

If you’re a proud owner of one of Apple’s late-2012 Macs, including the latest Mac Mini, the new ultra-thin iMacs, and the 13-inch and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, you may have a more difficult time than usual re-installing Mountain Lion on your Mac, or restoring from a Time Machine backup.

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A strange issue affecting these Macs renders it impossible to re-download the OS X Mountain Lion installer from the Mac App Store, resulting in an error stating that your Mac is not compatible with Mountain Lion (despite the fact that it shipped with Mountain Lion in the first place). Further, if you happen to have the latest version of the OS X Mountain Lion installer on hand, you won’t be able to use it, as the same error is displayed upon launching the installer.

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The issue doesn’t stop at preventing you from downloading or using the downloaded OS X Mountain Lion installer, however – it also prevents you from re-installing Mountain Lion using the Recovery partition. I was able to work around that specific issue by repairing the install volume permissions immediately before attempting to reinstall, however.

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Worse still, the issue also prevents users from restoring from a Time Machine backup using the Recovery partition. Any attempt to do so results in a message stating “An error occurred while adding a recovery system to the destination disk.” The message directs users to restart their Macs and try again – but unfortunately, restarting does not make a difference in the slightest. Instead of using the Recovery partition to restore from a Time Machine backup, users must use the Migration Assistant app from within a complete OS X Mountain Lion install.

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Previously, a seemingly related issue prevented users of late 2012 Macs from updating to OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2. Apple released Supplemental Update 2 to address the issue – but even with that update installed, the issue persists. This issue is also much broader than the 10.8.2 update issue, as it also affects using the Recovery partition and restoring from a backup.

I’ve verified the issue with my own 27-inch iMac, and made calls to several Apple Authorized Resellers (thanks to the staff at Simply Mac and Weber State University!), all of whom confirmed that the issue is present on all of their display units of the new 2012 iMacs and Mac Minis. I was unable to verify the issue on the 13-inch and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro – but I have heard reports that the issue ranges to those devices as well.

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It’s unclear just how long this issue has been present – it may well have existed ever since the affected Macs were first launched. Even reinstalling the OS X 10.8.2 Combo Update fails to address the issue, presenting the same “incompatibility” error. We’ve reached out to Apple for comment, but so far have not received a response. Apple has been testing the OS X 10.8.3 update since November of 2012, which will hopefully address this issue.

It’s concerning that Apple hasn’t manage to patch the apparent long-term issue in meantime however, leaving their customers in a sticky situation after spending their hard-earned cash on new Macs. Disappointing indeed. I guess spending thousands of dollars simply isn’t enough to ensure that you’ll end up with a product that “just works”…

Source:MacTrast.

Clear for Mac to Support Leap Motion Controller.

leapmotionhandRealmac Software, the company behind popular gesture-based task list Clear, today announced thatClear for Mac will work with the Leap Motion controller.

Leap Motion’s controller is a touch-free device that allows users to control their computers via hand gestures in three dimensions. It works in conjunction with the Leap Motion software, and development units have been sent to 10,000 developers around the world.

The Clear for Mac team was one set of developers that received a Leap Motion test unit, and over the last few months, the group has been working to add support for the Leap Motion controller. In a demo video, a user is shown clearing to-do items from Clear with finger swipes in the air, while a full hand swipe switches lists.

Over the past couple of months, we’ve been stealthily working on adding support for this futuristic piece of hardware to Clear for Mac – and today we’re thrilled to announce that Clear for Mac will soon support the rather incredible Leap Motion controller.

The Leap Motion controller is currently available for pre-order from the website for $69.99. It is expected to ship in early 2013. Clear for Mac is available for $6.99 from the Mac App Store. [Direct Link]

Source: Mac Rumors.

Will Apple Split Stock At Tomorrow’s Shareholder’s Meeting?

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Rumors are swirling that Apple, a company which has been having a rocky time on Wall Street lately despite reporting their most profitable quarter ever, might announce a decision to issue a stock split tomorrow at their next shareholder meeting, to be held tomorrow.

The source of the rumor appears to be a tweet from investor and analyst Douglass Kass, who says that :

High above the Alps my Gnome is hearing a rumor that Apple will announce a stock split at tomorrow’s shareholder meeting.

A stock split is when Apple decides to increase the number of shares in circulation by issuingexisting shares of outstanding stock to current shareholders. In a 2:1 stock split, for example, every share of AAPL an investor had would become two, each worth exactly half what a single share was worth previously.

Why would Apple split its stock? Traditionally, stock is split when it is becomes significantly more expensive than the stock of competing companies, but it’s unclear if that’s what is happening here. Apple stock, in fact, seems completely undervalued compared to Google, which is currently trading at $793.20 a share.

As Investopedia explains, “The bottom line is a stock split is used primarily by companies that have seen their share prices increase substantially.” But that’s not what has happened here. AAPL stock is, in fact, down almost 40% in the last six months. So what’s really going on?

Over at Seeking Alpha, one commenter speculates:

Everyone knows that stock splits add zero to the basic financials of a company. However, a reasonable stock split can have a very positive psychological impact on the value of a companies stock – especially a significantly under-valued stock like where Apple stock is at present, IMO.

In other words, if this rumor is true, it’s a measure only meant to raise market confidence in Apple… and it would appear to indicate that Apple’s higher ups are, despite assurances to the contrary, very worried about how Apple is performing on the Street.

Source:Cult of Mac.

Instagram hits 100 million users.

News today, via Instagram’s latest blog post shows that the photo sharing app now has 100 million monthly active users. The achievement marks the culmination of 2 and a half years of development, and a takeover by Facebook. Despite several controversial decisions in the last year, such as the content licensing scandal and its ongoing scuffles with Twitter, Instagram is now stronger than ever.

What makes this achievement even more astonishing is that just one month ago Instagram announced that it had 90 million active monthly users, which means that 10 million new users have joined in the last month, absolutely  tremendous growth.

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According to data, users upload 40 million new photos every day, and Instagram clocks 8,500 likes and 1000 comments per second.

Taken from the blog, Co-Founder Kevin Systrom writes:

For the first time, we understood why Instagram was going to be different. We understood the power of images to connect people to what was happening in the world around them. And, although Instagram had a fraction of the user base it does today, that night we saw a preview of what Instagram would enable at a much larger scale down the road.

To read the full post, click here. A heartfelt congratulations to Instagram upon reaching such a monumental milestone from all of us here.

The MYO: Control Your Mac With Your Muscles Not Your Mouse.

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It’s not every day that a Mac accessory comes along and promises to give you superpowers, but that’s just what Thalmic Labs is promising with their innovative new armband today. Called the MYO, it’s a Bluetooth-enabled device that allows you to control your Mac, just by flexing your muscles.

Like the Kinect or Leap Motion, the MYO translates your body’s movements into computer input. Unlike those solutions, though, it doesn’t work using a camera. Instead, you simply loop an armband on and allow it to translate the electrical activity produced by your muscles into input a computer can work with.

There are a lot of possible uses. For example, you could stop iTunes just by clenching your fist, or multitask between apps simply by swiping with your fingers left or right. You could even, say, use the MYO to aim a weapon in a first person shooter, firing your gun when you actually “pull” the trigger.

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“As a company, we’re interested in how we can use technology to enhance our abilities as humans – in short, giving us superpowers,” Stephen Lake, co-founder and CEO of Thalmic Labs said. “We’re excited to see how the MYO blurs the lines between us and digital technology.”

If you’re interested in the MYO, you can pre-order one today for just $149. The MYO API has also been launched, which should allow developers for Mac and iOS alike to do some very interesting things.

I’m eager to try this one out. Let’s hope the execution matches up to the promise.

Source: Cult of Mac.