• Monday Morning News

    The rumour is that supplies of MacBook Airs are dwindling as we inch ever closer to WWDC, one of the usual signs that a refresh will be just around the corner. Such a refresh may even include the possibility of new Haswell chips from Intel, a new generation that brings improved performance over the previous generation. From what I've read, MacBook Airs are the favoured machine of many an iOS or Mac developer, as they're thin and light and don't usually need to do anything too processor intensive — a perfect use case for the MacBook Air if there ever was one.

    The Pentagon has officially approved Apple devices running iOS 6 or later for access to secured US Government networks. The approval is part of a larger plan to allow military personnel to use commercially-available products on secure networks, and interestingly enough, the approval of Apple devices comes two weeks after various Samsung and BlackBerry 10 devices were also approved. I wouldn't read anything into that though, we all know how much red tape there is when dealing with the bureaucracy.

    A song skipping feature is one of the main roadblocks preventing Apple's upcoming iRadio service reaching fruition, with Sony being the company that has reservations against the song skipping feature that will be implemented. Along with Warner, Sony are one of the two companies still holding out for better terms or finalising their own agreements with Apple in order to make iRadio happen — but happen it will, if these rumours and hear-say are anything to go by.

    Apple has pulled the controversial Bang With Friends app from the App Store. The app allowed users to anonymously pick which of their Facebook friends they would like to "bang", a new idea for social interaction that could have taken flight in so many different ways other than just the carnal desires of man, as an editorial post from The Verge points out. The Bang With Friends website says they'll be back soon, and they're working with Apple to get BWF back in the App Store.

    Hopefully you were paying attention in charms class with Professor Flitwick if you want to go diving into the bowels of the SMC, because the system management controller displays undocumented code when invoked by entering "SpecialisRevelio". Evidently, some engineer at Apple likes Harry Potter — there's a number of various security implications for this discovery, all explained over at Ars Technica.

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released Run That Town, a fun iOS app that lets you take control of a real town in Australia and make decisions that affect the townspeople, all backed up by census data. The app is voiced by Shaun Micallef, and it's a great way of putting the spotlight on how data from the Census can be used*— exclamations of "what a pointless waste of taxpayer money" aside, that is.

    A series of ten videos on Leaning to Love Evernote has been released by Bradley Chambers. MacStories says the videos provide a good overview of how to use Evernote as well as providing a few hints and tips on the iOS and Mac versions, so if Evernote is something that you think might be useful but haven't really gotten into the habit of using, these videos might be for you.

    As much as Apple's maps are improving, there's still a lot of work to be done, especially with regards to map corrections. We all know Apple Maps isn't as good as Google's when it comes to place names and/or locations, and even if you do submit a correction, you get absolutely no feedback about when that will be reviewed and/or accepted. Daniel Jalkut hopes Apple are working on something big to change this, which they'll unveil at WWDC.

    Ben Brooks wants to find a great calendar app for the Mac, and so far, he hasn't found one that meets all his requirements; evidently, Calendar (née iCal) just isn't cutting it for him. But he does go to lengths to design his own calendar app, if you're interested in that sort of thing.

    The problem with Google is that they seem to be this company who, in John Gruber's own words, want to be viewed "as a sort of peaceful, whimsical, happy-go-lucky techno-futurist corporate utopian", when in reality they're far from it. Microsoft used to be the same, only with one crucial difference: Microsoft were proud of who they were, and they wore it on their sleeve. Google, however, is different — and maybe in a way which we won't realise until it's too late. By the way, Mat Honan's piece at Wired on Google Island is amazing.

    There's a lot Apple need to release at WWDC in order to appease the internet, and Justin Williams has made a list. Perhaps this would make a nice template for a game of bingo.

    Forget those cheaper Lightning cables you can buy, what with their flimsy plastics and cheap connectors that never make you feel confident you have a good connection. Instead, consider the just-released Moshi aluminium USB cable with Lightning connector, a much more solid version of Apple's own cable —*not to mention, it comes in your choice of black or white.

    The Instagram account you should be following this week is manonwethly, who has captured some pretty cool pictures of stuff flung into the air. This morning's header image is one of hers.
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