REMINDER: No YML Show Tonight (September 16, 2015)

Just a reminder that Shawn and Kim are away this week so there will be no show. If you want to follow along on their adventures, head on over to Shawn's Diary of a Mad Man website for all the scoop.

Shawn and Kim will be back next week.


Starting Point Photography's Tips & Tricks Class


The Starting Point Photography Tips & Tricks online class is now available!

I want to teach you how to take better photographs with the camera you already have.

Whether it’s an iPhone or a point and shoot or a DSLR, I’ve got ten easy to grasp tips, tricks and techniques that I promise will make the next photograph you take better than the last one.

To be clear, I’m not a professional photographer and this is not a class for professionals. It’s a class taught by a “Professional Explainer” for beginners who want to take better photographs. I will take often confusing photographic terms and concepts and turn them into plain english so you can start making the most of your photographic opportunities to capture those special moments.

You can buy tickets directly using the form below. Choose any time but don't worry - I'll contact you to get details of when it is MOST CONVENIENT FOR YOU to take the class.

ABC News Nightline’s look inside Foxconn

Preview of Productive Macs - a New Productivity Bundle for Mac

Unlike most Mac bundles that lack focus, Productive Macs is focused on productivity. We have hand-picked 8 premium productivity applications and bundled them together, available just for $39.99 - at an 85% discount from their original price!

The applications in Productive Macs bundle will help Mac users to greatly enhance their productivity. The included applications are best in their class and are widely known throughout the Mac user community:

Fantastical - The calendar you'll actually enjoy using
NoteBook - Powerful note taking and organizing
Default Folder X - Save your files effortlessly and open your folders instantly
Cashculator - The most productive way to track your finances
Home Inventory - Your stuff at your fingertips
BusyCal - The easy way to share your calendars and more.
LaunchBar - Everything on your Mac, few keystrokes away!
Tags - Manage your files in a way far superior to folders

The Productive Macs bundle will be launched on December 5th and run until December 19th.

R.I.P Steve Jobs

iPhone 4S

Apple debuts ‘Now’ iPad 2 Commercial

Merriam-Webster Dictionary now Free on iPad

You could argue that there's not much need for a separate dictionary app any more. With dictionary services built into nearly every interface and Google and Wikipedia searches just a tap away, it's not hard to find out what a word means or how it's spelled any more.

But sometimes you may just want to browse around or look a word up for yourself, and for those times, there's the Merriam-Webster Dictionary app, which is now available on the iPad for free.

Amazon launches Mac Download Store

Amazon already has a mobile App Store, but the company on Thursday launched the Mac Download Store.

Competing directing with Apple’s Mac Store, Amazon says its store has 250 of the biggest software and game titles available for Mac. In fact, they have some titles that Apple’s store doesn’t.

For instance, one of the bigger titles on the Mac, Microsoft Office is available from Amazon, but not from Apple.

Piper Jaffray: Now's a Good Time to own Apple Stock

A new report from analyst firm Piper Jaffray says that despite Apple's "lagged" stock gains this year, now is a good time to own shares, based on the company's future.

"There are several reasons why some are concerned [Apple] will not move higher, including ownership reaching maximum levels among key investors, tough growth comps over the next several quarters, and lack of share appreciation following a significant beat in March," Piper Senior Research Analyst Gene Munster wrote in a note to investors this morning.

The firm expects Apple's overall revenue to grow by 28 percent over each of the next four years, with products like the iPhone and iPad exceeding that at 30 and 40 percent respectively.

Apple throws Weight behind Devs on Patent Issue

Apple has sent notice to Lodsys, as well as developers targeted by the patent holdings firm, saying it has the licensed the rights to in-app purchase, and that that license extends to developers on the iOS platform.

Developers MobileAge, the makers of the Shanghai app, received a letter from Apple's senior vice president and general counsel, Bruce Sewell, this morning telling them that the company has already licensed the four patents in Lodsys' portfolio, and that said license allows Apple's customers and business partners similar coverage to use it.

"Apple is undisputedly licensed to these (patents) and the Apple App Makers are protected by that license," Sewell wrote. "There is no basis for Lodsys' infringement allegations against Apple's App Makers."

Explosion kills 2 at Foxconn Plant

A large explosion ripped through a Foxconn high-tech plant in southwestern China Friday night, killing at least two people and suspending production at the facility.

Foxconn said the situation has been brought under control by the fire department and the "cause of the explosion is being investigated by local police." The company said it is cooperating with the investigation and production at the site has been suspended until the investigation is completed.

The facility, near Chengdu, has in the past been identified in local media as a manufacturing location for Apple Inc.'s iPad tablet computer. An Apple spokesman wasn't immediately available.

Apple studies Patent Infringement Claims by Lodsys

Apple's legal department is understood to be "actively investigating" claims by Lodsys, a patent holding company based in Texas, to have a claim against iPhone and iPad developers who use in-app purchase systems.

So far Lodsys has served papers on about a dozen iOS developers who it says are infringing its patent 10/732,102, which it bought in 2004 from the inventor, who filed it in the 1990s, covering user interaction over a network.

Apple is not expected to respond to the claims, which have been passed to it by affected developers, until later this week.

Freehand Users sue Adobe for 'Killing' the Application

Free FreeHand, a group of users of the eldery-but-still-available vector drawing application FreeHand have followed through on their threat to sue Adobe, accusing the design giant of anticompetitive behaviour by effectively 'killing' the product by not updating it and favouring its own vector tool, Illustrator.

The current version, FreeHand MX, can be bought from Adobe's site, but the last upgrade was released in early 2003 when the product was owned by Macromedia, which was later bought by Adobe. Though Adobe hasn't developed FreeHand since at least 2007, the company has said that it incorporated popular tools from FreeHand into newer versions of Illustrator.

In a newsletter sent to members of Free Freehand, the group says that it has filed a civil antitrust complaint in the US District Court for the Northern District of California against Adobe.

Apple, Google, Facebook to talk Privacy with Senate

A second U.S. Senate hearing over location privacy has been scheduled, a move intended to highlight how well companies notify their customers about when and how their whereabouts are stored and transmitted.

Following the U.S. Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing about mobile privacy last week, representatives from Apple and Google are expected to again appear in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to answer questions from U.S. lawmakers in a new hearing that will also include Facebook.

The topic of a hearing, put on by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance, is "consumer privacy and protection in the mobile marketplace." It's being led by chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-West Virginia).

Four more Conde Nast Titles begin Digital Subscriptions

Four more Conde Nast titles began digital subscriptions Monday — Vanity Fair, Glamour, Golf Digest and Allure — bringing to five the number now available via Apple’s iTunes store.

“Today’s rollout follows last Monday’s successful debut of iPad subscriptions for The New Yorker, which was the top-grossing app for most of the week,” Conde Nast president Bob Sauerberg wrote in an internal memo.

Self, GQ and Wired are to follow with their June editions.

Apple offering free Repairs to those in the Japan Quake and Tsunami Area

Apple is offering free service and repair to those Mac users who were affected by the Japan tsunami and earthquake in March.

As stated in a Support & Information Services note on Apple's Japanese website, the company is offering free repairs of any Macs, Cinema Displays, iPhones, iPads or iPod touches damaged in the disaster. Apple's offer applies to those directly affected by the earthquake who primarily live in municipalities covered by the Disaster Relief Act of 2011.

Corel unveils Painter 12

Corel has released Painter 12, a new version of the company’s flagship painting software. The upgrade features new brushes and art tools, customizable workspaces, and a performance boost.

Painter 12's new brushes include Real Watercolor and Real Wet Oil, which are designed to recreate the liquidity and viscosity of flowing and blending paint, water or solvent, and textures.

The new version offers new "progressive" tools for artwork that go beyond replicating real-world media. For example, the Kaleidoscope tool lets you use your choice of brushes to paint patterns and colors, using 3 to 12 mirrored planes. The Mirror painting tool copies every stroke onto the opposite side of the canvas. You can choose whether strokes are mirrored horizontally, vertically, or both.

Karelia releases Web Site Building App, Sandvox 2.0

Karelia Software on Tuesday released a major update to its consumer-level Web site building tool, Sandvox.

According to Dan Wood, president of Karelia Software, the new version comes with more than five-dozen new features and improvements. Wood said the new features are focused on giving users more flexibility to build a modern Web site.
Among the changes, Sandvox 2.0 features a completely new architecture and new editing engine. This allows users to mix and match elements on a single page, helping to build a more interactive Web experience for the user.

In addition to a new chooser, Sandvox also supports HTML5 and jQuery, as well as comment support for Disqus, IntenseDebate and Facebook Comments. Sandvox costs $77 for new users. Upgrades from 1.x cost $47.

The iPad in Your Hand: As Fast as a Supercomputer of Yore

Dr. Dongarra, who is on the computer science faculty at the University of Tennessee and a researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is one of the keepers of the Linpack computing benchmark, a linear algebra test that measures the mathematical capabilities of computers.

His research group has run the test on Apple’s new iPad 2, and it turns out that the legal-pad-size tablet would be a rival for a four-processor version of the Cray 2 supercomputer, which, with eight processors, was the world’s fastest computer in 1985.

To date, the researchers have run the test on only one of the iPad microprocessor’s two processing cores. When they finish their project, though, Dr. Dongarra estimates that the iPad 2 will have a Linpack benchmark of between 1.5 and 1.65 gigaflops (billions of floating-point, or mathematical, operations per second). That would have insured that the iPad 2 could have stayed on the list of the world’s fastest supercomputers through 1994.

Apple VP testifies before Congress about Location Data

The discussion over location data on mobile devices reached Capitol Hill on Tuesday, as executives from Apple and Google and experts on policy, privacy, and technology testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommitee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law. Apple vice president of software technology Bud Tribble testified in front of the subcommitte to defend the company’s stance on privacy and its practices.

Free iPhone App identifies Tree Leaves

A new iPhone app called LeafSnap is a field guide for tech-friendly naturalists. It can identify a tree’s species by analyzing a photograph of its leaf.

Point your smartphone’s camera at one of nature’s solar cells (laid out flat on a white piece of paper) and the app will go to work. It separates the leaf from the background, and then analyzes the leaf’s shape.

The algorithm, designed by facial recognition experts at Columbia University and the University of Maryland, gets measurements from numerous points along the leaf’s outline. These are then compared to an encyclopedic database of leaves — kindly donated by the Smithsonian Institution and non-profit nature-photography group Finding Species — to give you a result.

Apple, Conde Nast reach 'New Yorker' iPad Deal

Apple Inc and magazine publisher Conde Nast reached a deal to offer the New Yorker on the iPad device in the latest sign that relationships are improving between the technology company and content owners.

Conde Nast said iPad editions of other magazines will also be available by subscription through Apple's In-App Purchase system on the popular App Store. Titles including Vanity Fair, Glamour, Golf Digest, Allure, Wired, Self and GQ will be available in coming weeks.

"Over time, we'll see subscriptions leading to greater and greater scale, helping to drive overall industry growth," said Robert Sauerberg, Conde Nast president, in a statement.

Comic Life leaps onto the iPad

Plasq on Tuesday released Comic Life for iPad, a new incarnation of its software for turning your digital photos into comics.

Despite seeming like an obvious fit for the touchscreen, Comic Life for iPad marks the software’s first foray into iOS (the existing Mac and Windows have been around for a while). The new iPad app includes ten “fun and quirky” templates and 67 fonts. The app offers various image filters to make your photographs look more comic-ish, but the real fun comes from assembling together speech balloons, thought bubbles, captions, panels, and text to make your comic masterpiece.

Comic Life costs $8 and requires iOS 4.3 or later.

iOS 4.3.3 is Out with Location Tracking Fixes for iPhone, iPad

Apple has released an expected iOS update that addresses a number of issues related to the iPhone location tracking controversy. iOS 4.3.3 is available via iTunes for the GSM iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, all iPads, and the fourth-generation iPod touch. (Another update, iOS 4.2.8, is available for CDMA iPhone users.)

According to the release notes, iOS 4.3.3 reduces the size of the location database cache, stops backing the cache up to iTunes when you connect your device to a computer, and deletes the cache entirely when you turn Location Services off. There are no other notes attached to the update, though it's possible (as always) that Apple may have slipped some other bug fixes into it as well.

Samplers from Spin and iTunes

Spin has a new sampler out this month with 18 free songs and Apple is also giving away a "Made in Brooklyn Sampler" featuring Sleigh Bells, Toro y Moi, MNDR, the Antlers and more on their Facebook page. You'll need a Facebook account to download this one.

Apple Announces New iMac

Apple updated its iMac with next generation quad-core processors, new graphics, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and a new FaceTime HD camera. Starting at $1,199, the new iMac is up to 70 percent faster and new graphics deliver up to three times the performance of the previous generation.

“Our customers love the iMac’s aluminum enclosure, gorgeous display and all-in-one design,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With next generation quad-core processors, powerful new graphics, Thunderbolt technology and a FaceTime HD camera, we've made the world’s best desktop even better.”

The 21.5-inch iMac is available in two configurations: one with a 2.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 500GB hard drive for $1,199 and one with a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6770M and 1TB hard drive for $1,499. The new 27-inch iMac is available in two models: one with a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6770M and 1TB hard drive for $1,699 and one with a 3.1 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6970M and 1TB hard drive for $1,999.