Apple Hires Toronto Blue Jays Assistant Manager for App Store Sports Section [iOS Blog]

September 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

Apple has hired Jay Sartori, the current assistant general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, to manage the sports and entertainment section of the App Store, reports SportsNet (via MG Siegler).


Sartori is taking over as the tech titan’s manager of the App Store’s sports and entertainment category, a departure from the arbitration, contract and collective bargaining agreement interpretation work he handled for the Blue Jays.

He’s been in the position since September, 2010, when he was lured over from the Washington Nationals after a season as director of baseball operations there. Before that he worked for Major League Baseball’s labour department, helping negotiate the 2006 CBA.

While it is unclear exactly what job duties Sartori will be expected to take on, Apple has always preferred for its App Store and iTunes Store selections to have a human touch, suggesting that part of his role will perhaps involve overseeing and improving the content selections featured in the Sports section of the App Store.

Apple’s App Store staff are responsible for hand selecting apps that are featured in a multitude of App Store categories, including Staff Favorites and Editor’s Choice. Currently, the Sports section of the App Store features “Essentials” and “Fantasy Football Apps”, also highlighting a number of individual apps such as Yahoo! Sports, ESPN College Football, and At Bat.

Sartori is expected to leave his current position with the Toronto Blue Jays in October.


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Resetting Network Settings May Fix iMessages Not Working in iOS 7

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imessage_not_delivered_cropSince the release of iOS 7 earlier this month, a number of users have been complaining about issues with iMessages failing to be sent or received from their iOS devices.

While Apple’s iMessage service has suffered from occasional outages, including a minor one documented on the company’s System Status page earlier today, some users have been complaining of multi-day outages on their devices, suggesting that something more than a simple service problem may be occurring. Anecdotal reports have indicated that the issue may have worsened with last week’s release of iOS 7.0.2, but reports of problems do date further back than that.

Some users have reported that turning their iOS devices off and back on fixes the problem, while others indicate that the solution has not worked for them. In our own testing with a device experiencing difficulties, the following steps appear to have fixed the issue:

1. Turn off iMessage in Settings > Messages
2. Reset networking settings in Settings > General > Reset
3. Reenable iMessage in Settings > Messages

Many users are reporting that these failed iMessages are also not falling back to traditional text messages as should occur when iMessage is unavailable. Instead, the iMessages simply hang during the sending process and eventually show as undelivered.


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Dropbox for Mac Updated with iPhoto Integration, Automatic Screenshot Uploads [Mac Blog]

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Dropbox for Mac has been updated to version 2.4.0, adding an iPhoto importer that allows iPhoto users to automatically import photos from iPhoto directly to Dropbox. The feature works with iPhoto 7.0 and later, and can be accessed via the Import tab in the Preferences menu.

With the import option turned on, photos uploaded to iPhoto will also be saved in a “Photos from iPhoto” folder within Dropbox, which also contains subfolders that correspond to events from the iPhoto library.

In addition to an iPhoto importer, the update also includes a new feature that allows screenshots to be saved directly in Dropbox. The feature can be enabled after taking a screenshot via the standard keyboard shortcuts for the Mac (Command + Shift + 3 or Command + Shift + 4) after the updated has been installed.

Starting today, all the screenshots you take can automatically be saved straight to your Dropbox. And on top of that, Dropbox will also create a link to your screenshot and copy it to your clipboard — so your picture’s instantly good to share. Whether you’re capturing screenshots of websites, favorite dog videos, or video calls with your buddy in São Paulo, now Dropbox can help keep your computer a little more organized.

Dropbox for Mac can be downloaded from the Dropbox website for free.


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Amazon: $15 Discount on Mac Software, Including Photoshop Elements 12 [Mac Blog]

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81OgBUEtP6L._SY445_Amazon’s digital software store is offering MacRumors readers an exclusive $15 one-time discount on software purchased through their downloadable Mac software section on

The discount is available using the coupon code MACR0913 which expires on October 6th. It is limited to one use per customer.

The discount can be used for any downloadable software (Mac or PC), including the just released Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 and Adobe Premiere Elements 12. Photoshop and Premiere Elements are Adobe’s lower-cost photo and video editing software aimed at consumers.

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Refurbished 128 GB iPad Models Begin Appearing in Apple Online Store [iOS Blog]

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Late last week, Apple’s online store for refurbished products began offering 128 GB fourth-generation iPad models for the first time. Wi-Fi models in black and white are currently being quoted shipping times of 5-7 business days with pricing set at $679, a discount of $120 from brand-new units.

The only cellular model currently available through the refurbished store is the white AT&T model, which carries an identical 5-7 business day shipping estimate and is priced at $789, a $140 discount compared to brand-new pricing.

Apple launched the 128 GB fourth-generation iPad in early February, several months after the release of lower-capacity models that saw updated internals and a move to Apple’s new Lightning connector.

The fifth-generation iPad is expected to debut as soon as next month with a redesigned body taking design cues from the iPad mini, giving the full-size iPad a significantly narrower and thinner profile.


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‘Yahoo! Sportacular Pro’ Goes Universal with New Content, Fantasy Football Integration [iOS Blog]

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Yahoo has updated its ad-free premium Yahoo! Sportacular Pro app with new iPad support, a redesign for iOS 7, and a number of new features, including custom alerts for specific events during a sporting match such as game start and scoring situations, new content and stats for all major American sports as well as various international soccer leagues, and full integration with Yahoo Fantasy Football player stats in game details.


What’s New in Version 4.2

Big update:
– Redesigned with more content, stats and iPad support.
– Sign in to Yahoo to save your favorite teams across web and mobile devices.
– View your Yahoo Fantasy Football player stats on game details.
– New breaking news alerts for the most important stories in sports.
– iOS7 fixes for favorites, alerts and picks. You may need to reset your favorites if you have already upgraded to iOS7.

Yahoo also updated its ad-supported Yahoo! Sports app last month with full Mixed Martial Arts coverage along with a refined interface, and also updated its Fantasy Football iOS app with mobile drafting capabilities in July. Yahoo! Sportacular Pro is a $4.99 universal app for the iPhone and iPad and can be downloaded through the App Store. [Direct Link]


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Apple Once Again Taking Extended Thanksgiving Break as Tim Cook Applauds Employees’ Work

September 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

apple_logoAs it is has done in past years, Apple is once again giving its corporate employees the entire week of Thanksgiving week off with pay, offering additional vacation days of Monday, November 25 through Wednesday, November 27 beyond the typical Thursday-Friday holiday period.

Retail and customer support employees will not have the week off as those divisions will need to continue operating, but they will be able to take their extra days off at staggered times. International teams will also be able to take their extra time off at times more convenient for their schedules.

The extra vacation days were announced in an email to employees from Apple CEO Tim Cook, as shared by 9to5Mac. The email praises employees for their work over the past year, from the launches of the new iPhones and iOS 7 to the unveiling of upcoming Mac hardware and software and more. Cook also highlights the company’s “contribution to the society”, including charitable, human rights, and environmental efforts.


It’s been an exciting summer. For the first time, we’ve launched two new iPhone product lines. iOS 7 was created from a deep collaboration between our design and engineering teams, bringing to our customers a stunning new user interface and amazing new features. We unveiled OS X Mavericks and the most powerful Mac ever. The App Store celebrated a new milestone — 50 billion downloads. And we continued to express our love for music with iTunes Radio and the iTunes Festival.

I had the opportunity to visit a few of our stores during the iPhone launch. There is no better place to see and feel why Apple is special. The best products on Earth. Energy. Enthusiasm. The best customers in the world. Passionate team members focused on enriching people’s lives. Innovative products that serve humanity’s deepest values and highest aspirations.

And I am proud to tell you that Apple is also a force for good in our world beyond our products. Whether it’s improving working conditions or the environment, standing up for human rights, helping eliminate AIDS, or reinventing education, Apple is making a substantial contribution to society.

None of this would have been possible without you. Our most important resource is not our money, our intellectual property, or any capital asset. Our most important resource — our soul — is our people.

I realize many of you worked tirelessly to bring us this far. I know it required great personal sacrifice.

In recognition of your incredible efforts and achievements, I’m happy to announce that we’re extending the Thanksgiving holiday this year. We will shut down with pay on November 25, 26, and 27 so our teams can have the whole week off. Retail, AppleCare and a few other teams will need to work that week so we can continue to serve our customers, but will receive the same number of days off at an alternate time. Please check with your manager for details. Our international teams will schedule the vacation days at a time that is best suited for their specific country.

I hope you find the extra time restful and relaxing. You deserve it. Details will be available on AppleWeb soon.

I am exceedingly proud of all of you. I am in awe of what you’ve accomplished and couldn’t be more excited about the future. Enjoy the time away!

The Thanksgiving week will be a busy time for Apple’s retail team, with the traditional Black Friday kickoff for the holiday shopping season coming the day after Thanskgiving. While Apple does not traditionally offer the massive discounts seen at some other retailers, the company does offer modest sales on a number of its products.


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