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Apple confirmed it is opening up its OS X Beta Program to the public starting tomorrow -- Thursday, July, 23. Mac owners can sign up for the beta program on Apple's website using their Apple ID and will receive a Mac App Store promo code to download a beta version of OS X. Consumers must be have Mac running OS X Mavericks to be...

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FiftyThree introduced the Pencil a while back. It's an advanced stylus for iOS devices with a pressure-sensitive rubber tip, an eraser on the end, a USB charging port and a direct bluetooth connection that adds amazing features to connected apps. Up until now, the only app that the Pencil really worked with was FiftyThree's Paper. The...

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After denying the accusation that it deliberately included backdoor services in iOS for potential data collection by third-parties, Apple has followed up this denial with a new support document that details several backdoor services and their legitimate uses. The services described by Apple include: com.apple.mobile.pcapd: pcapd...

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During the Apple's earnings conference call this past April, Tim Cook said that Apple was on the prowl for new acquisitions. And on the prowl they've certainly been. During yesterday's earnings conference call, Cook explained that Apple, in the last nine months alone, acquired a grand total of 29 companies. Intriguingly, only 9 of...

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Evernote has worked hard to build itself into a perfect document and note-taking service whether you're a casual user or a business pro. It can already keep track of your recipes, contacts, or notes, scan your business cards, take pictures, record voice memos, and create to-do lists. Still, what have they done for us lately? The answer...

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Hillshire Brands, distributors of cured meat products, recently partnered with BPN and inMarket to try an experiment with iBeacons. Using beacons and geofencing technology, the company pushed information about Hillshire products and promotions to consumers as they entered a store. They found iBeacons were a wild success. Hillshire...

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Chitika Insights is back with numbers showing just how much web browsing iPad users do compared to the those who use competing tablets to do their browsing. The company sampled "tens of millions of U.S. and Canadian tablet-based online ad impressions" between July 1 and 7, 2014. What they found, is that iPads account for 78 percent of...

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Netflix has finally updated its Apple TV app to bring the "Up Next" feature to your home. "Up Next" allows users to automatically select the next episode of a TV series without having to go back through navigation menus. The feature has been available on every other Netflix platform -- which seemingly even includes toasters at this...

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Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free Downloader for Soundcloud [iPhone; Now free, down from $1.99] Simple and easy app to listen your favorite...

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Jarle Bernhoft, a Norwegian singer and composer with a following in the U.S. and Europe, has released a rather groundbreaking "album" as an iOS app titled Bernhoft Islander. It's US$20.00, similar in price to a high resolution audio-only download. Billed as the "world's first HD audio visual album app", there is a boatload of content as...

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It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the player at the top of the page. Be sure that your podcast...

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First, there was the Nest Learning Thermostat, which brought home environment control to iOS users around the world. More recently, legacy thermostat and controls manufacturer Honeywell jumped into the fray with the Lyric smart thermostat. Now Austin-based Allure Energy is introducing a smart thermostat that also acts as a home hub....

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Apple today announced its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2014. Speaking to CNBC, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he "couldn't be happier" with the results, adding that "this is the best execution of any quarter since I've been at Apple." Apple posted quarterly revenue of $37.4 billion and quarterly net profit of $7.7...

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If you look around the OS X app store, you won't have much trouble finding any number of productivity management apps based on popular techniques like Pomodoro. We're big fans of these utilities here at TUAW. They transform your work into short manageable chunks, enabling you to return to work with renewed vigor and focus. What caught...

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We don't typically publish Apple patent stories since, well, Apple tends to patent everything under the sun. But with the evidence mounting that Apple is working on a wearable device slated for release later this year, a newly discovered patent detailing an "iTime" smartwatch is worth highlighting. Originally discovered by...

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