Applelinks Tech Web Reader - Monday 2 December, 2013

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Which MacBook Pro With Retina Display To Buy - 13-Inch Or 15-Inch?
Apple Stresses 'Value' Not Cash For Black Friday Discounts
On The Dumbing Down Of OS X Mavericks
Apple Includes Local Dictation in OS X Mavericks
Free Fonts - Christmas Collection Now Available on Mac App Store



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Which MacBook Pro With Retina Display To Buy - 13-Inch Or 15-Inch?

iMore's Peter Cohen says that once you've narrowed your new MAc purchase choice down to one of Apple's new MacBook Pros with Retina display, you still need to decide which screen size is right for you: 13-inch or 15-inch, before you pull the trigger. However, screen size isn't the only different between the two machines. He presents a comprehensive guide help you make an informed decision.

You can check it out at:
http://goo.gl/PS74hn






Apple Stresses 'Value' Not Cash For Black Friday Discounts

Forbes Contributor Gary Allen notes that in an interesting departure from previous years, Apple offered a combination of cash and gift card discounts worldwide to attract shoppers to its on-line and retail stores on Black Friday 2013 - the gift card option focusing on creating more value for the same price, rather than giving shoppers a cash discount they could spend for other expenses.

Allen observes that cash-off discounts are standard in the retail industry, based on the attraction of obtaining a product at a cheaper price that doesnt exist for a gift card discount, since shoppers will eventually spend the same amount of money. Instead, a gift card discount offers buyers marginally more products for the same price. The discount technique stresses value rather than savings, and ensures that the effective saving will be spent at an Apple Store rather than at some other retailer.

It's also an innovative Apple spin on auto manufacturers "employee pricing" promotions, since Allen notes that the Black Friday gift cards are the same as Apple is giving employees as their 2013 holiday bonuses.

For the full commentary visit here:
http://goo.gl/4Tu5Gx






On The Dumbing Down Of OS X Mavericks

PixoBebo's Kate MacKenzie says she has a growing list of issues with OS X 10.9 Mavericks on her Macs - a multi-display problem and what she calls the dumbing down of OS X, making it perform, or, at least look, like iOS on iPhone and iPad.

She notes that Apple has also limited access to the User library, but so far hasnt killed AppleScript or Terminal app in the recent trend to dumb down OS X. Nevertheless, she reserves the right to say "I told you so" when they do.

For the full commentary visit here:
http://goo.gl/9Sdtaw






Apple Includes Local Dictation in OS X Mavericks

Amsys's Daryl McCartney notes that one of the lesser-known features of Mavericks is an upgrade to the Dictation Software. In OS X 10.8 Dictation was available, but required an Internet connection so that it could contact Apple Servers to translate speech to text.

In Mavericks, Apple have added Enhanced Dictation which gives you the ability to have offline Dictation. Even better, the translation is almost instant and because it is done locally you can live edit the dictated speech. Unlike dictation in 10.8, when using enhanced dictation, you aren't limited to a 30 second recording.

To enable this feature navigate to System Preferences > Dictation and Speech.

For the full report visit here:
http://goo.gl/1JXKOY






Free Fonts - Christmas Collection Now Available on Mac App Store

California based 128bit Technologies is offering introduces Free Fonts - Christmas Collection 1.0, a new holiday collection of 25 free fonts is available on the Mac App Store. Each royalty free font is in OpenType font format, and can be used for any personal and business project.

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This commercial use font collection currently includes 25 original fonts from some of the best font designers in the business. Each royalty free font is in OpenType font format, and can be used for any personal AND business project. International character support is NOT standard for every font but is available for many of them.

These fonts are different from other font collections you may have purchased or downloaded recently (Premium Fonts, Free Fonts, 1000 OpenType Fonts, Halloween Fonts) and are an excellent addition to any font collector's library for use in graphic design, web design, party signs and invitations, banners, promotional material, advertisements, application development and more:

((*)) 25 free fonts, with more to come
((*)) All royalty free fonts in OpenType font format
((*)) Commercial use license
((*)) Cross-platform compatible
((*)) Install and use in all applications that support fonts
((*)) Script, cursive, Old English, handwritten, picture, and other holiday styles
((*)) Perfect for invitations, party signs, banners, websites, advertisements, brochures, holiday cards, classrooms, and more
((*)) Bonus: Includes a custom font preview app to see how the fonts look when applied to text, before you save and install them

System Requirements:
((*)) OS X 10.6 or later
((*)) 1.6 MB

Free Fonts - Christmas Collection 1.0 is Free and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. Download now and you will continue to receive new Christmas fonts each season!

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http://www.macappware.com

Free Fonts - Christmas Collection 1.0:
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