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Michael Jones

Michael is a software developer, web designer & jack-of-all-trades geek living in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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Bug in CoreText allows a string of characters to crash apps

A serious bug has been uncovered in Apple's CoreText layout engine, which is responsible for laying out text in applications that make use of the Cocoa framework on OS X and iOS systems. The bug causes any app relying on CoreText to crash when a specific string of Arabic characters is displayed, m...

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Active Storage reportedly closing its doors

For those who deal with Macs in the enterprise, you may be saddened by the surfacing news that Active Storage is shutting down. Over the last four years, the company has unveiled an array (pardon the pun) of Mac-centric storage solutions, including controllers intended to bridge the gap left by Ap...

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Valve extends Steam store beyond games

Adding to the growing list of companies providing storefronts for selling apps, Valve Software has announced its plans to expand the Steam distribution platform beyond selling games. Starting September 5, users will be able to purchase apps from a growing selection of software titles, including ...

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Invalid Keynote document? Calm down and try this fix

Let's set the scene: It's Monday morning, and you've been working tirelessly all weekend, tweaking and putting finishing touches on a big Keynote presentation that you'll be using at today's board meeting. Now that it's finished, you decide to run through it one last time, just to be safe. So y...

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Apple releases iOS 6 beta 4 to developers

We are receiving word that Apple has released beta 4 of the upcoming iOS 6 software, which is expected to be released this fall. As with previous updates, this update is expected to deliver bug fixes for developers who are testing their applications with the new operating system. As this is the ...

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Find My Mac not working for you? You're not alone

If you're having trouble getting Lion to let you enable Find My Mac, you're not the only one. It seems at least a few people are running into a problem where they see the above message in the iCloud preference pane, but clicking the update button (or running System Update manually) yields no up...

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iPhone 4 prototype sellers charged in California, plead not guilty

The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that two people involved in last year's "iPhone 4 prototype found in a bar" fiasco are being charged in San Mateo County Superior Court for their respective roles in the incident, which led to numerous photos of the upcoming iPhone model being posted onlin...

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TestFlight helps developers to prepare their apps for takeoff

I remember the good old days of software distribution for mobile phones, when having an "app" on your phone meant you had to scour the depths of the internet to find and download the app that you wanted -- most of which were written in Java and built for specific groups of devices. For a developer, ...

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Mac 101: Adjusting your mouse and trackpad speed

More Mac 101, our series of tips and tricks for novice Mac users. If you've ever used the trackpad on a PC laptop connected to an external monitor and noticed how many times you have to swipe your finger across the pad to get the mouse cursor from one screen to the other, the end result can be qu...

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Rumor: AirPrint support for Mac and PCs canceled

Some things, as the saying goes, are not meant to last. Apparently, that is the case with the new AirPrint feature in the upcoming iOS 4.2 for the iPad that was set to allow users to print wirelessly to any printer connected to their Mac or PC. I say "was" because it is becoming increasingly appa...

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