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iPhoto and Aperture for Mac briefly revived to receive OS X Yosemite compatibility update

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We all know that iPhoto and Aperture for Mac are on borrowed time: Apple has already announced that the Mac app is going away in favor of a new iCloud-infused Photos app next year and iOS 8 doesn’t even allow users to launch the old iPhoto app. However, that’s not stopping Apple from giving iPhoto for Mac and Aperture for Mac final farewells. The Mac App Store was updated this evening with updates for iPhoto and Aperture that “addresses compatibility with OS X Yosemite and stability improvements.” It’s likely that this will be the last iPhoto update, if not one of the very last ones.


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Redesigned iWork for Mac with iCloud Drive and iOS updates with Continuity now available

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As promised during today’s event, Apple has begun rolling out significant updates to iWork across both OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. The Yosemite updates start with a new design to fit the operating system’s refreshed aesthetic, while the iOS updates center around adding Continuity and Handoff functionality. This means you can now start working on an iWork document on your iPad, and continue where you left off automatically on either an iPhone, iPod touch, Mac or another iPad. The Mac and iOS apps have also seen some notable feature enhancements. You can see the full feature addition lists for each Mac and iOS iWork app below:

Pages – iOS:

• Support for iCloud Drive
• Support for third-party storage providers
• Updated file format makes it easier to send documents via services like Gmail and Dropbox
• Instantly switch between iPad, Mac, and iPhone with Handoff
• More color options including new custom color mixer on iPad
• Use the color picker to sample and apply any color available in your document
• Take photos and videos right from the app
• Insert inline images in tables, headers, and footers
• Inter-table alignment guides
• Column and row labels in tables
• Usability improvements for resizing and positioning charts
• Improved accessibility
• Improved bi-directional language support
• Export ePub files with video

Pages – Mac:

• All-new design inspired by OS X Yosemite
• Instantly switch between iPad, Mac, and iPhone with Handoff
• Support for iCloud Drive
• Updated file format makes it easier to send documents via services like Gmail and Dropbox
• New sidebar for comments and tracked changes
• Filter comments and tracked changes by author
• AppleScript support for Mail Merge
• Insert inline images in tables, headers, and footers
• Move tables easily with improved table selection
• Inter-table alignment guides
• Improved cell border styling
• Usability improvements for resizing and positioning charts
• Improved bi-directional language support

Keynote – iOS:

• Support for iCloud Drive
• Support for third-party storage providers
• Updated file format makes it easier to send presentations via services like Gmail and Dropbox
• Instantly switch between iPad, Mac, and iPhone with Handoff
• More color options including new custom color mixer on iPad
• Use the color picker to sample and apply any color available in your presentation
• New Trace animation
• New presenter display layouts
• Pair Keynote with nearby iOS devices using Multipeer Connectivity
• Take photos and videos right from the app
• Inter-table alignment guides
• Print floating comments
• Column and row labels in tables
• Usability improvements for resizing and positioning charts
• Improved accessibility
• Improved bi-directional language support

Keynote – Mac:

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Numbers – iOS:

• Support for iCloud Drive
• Support for third-party storage providers
• Updated file format makes it easier to send spreadsheets via services like Gmail and Dropbox
• Instantly switch between iPad, Mac and iPhone with Handoff
• Column and row labels in tables
• Instantly rearrange data in tables with new transpose feature
• More colour options including new custom colour mixer on iPad
• Use the colour picker to sample and apply any colour available in your spreadsheet
• Take photos and videos straight from the app
• Inter-table alignment guides
• Print floating comments
• Usability improvements for resizing and positioning charts
• Improved accessibility
• Improved bi-directional language support

Numbers – Mac:

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Apple Online Store down ahead of new iPads and Macs

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It’s Thursday, October 16th, and that means Apple is taking the stage today to announce new versions of the iPad and the Mac. The Apple Online Store has already gone down this morning, which means that whatever Apple formally announces should be available to purchase or pre-order later today. An iTunes leak from yesterday confirms that Apple will be debuting a new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 today with Touch ID sensors and improved cameras, while sources first told us that Apple would also uncrate a brand-new iMac with Retina display at today’s event. We’ll be following and reporting on today’s proceedings as they happen, so stay tuned!


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Apple Online Store down ahead of new iPads and Macs

Screenshot 2014-10-16 08.06.49

It’s Thursday, October 16th, and that means Apple is taking the stage today to announce new versions of the iPad and the Mac. The Apple Online Store has already gone down this morning, which means that whatever Apple formally announces should be available to purchase or pre-order later today. An iTunes leak from yesterday confirms that Apple will be debuting a new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 today with Touch ID sensors and improved cameras, while sources first told us that Apple would also uncrate a brand-new iMac with Retina display at today’s event. We’ll be following and reporting on today’s proceedings as they happen, so stay tuned!


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‘iPad Air 2′ and ‘iPad mini 3′ with Touch ID & Burst Mode confirmed, show up early in iTunes

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Apple’s iTunes Store has just made a little bit of a slip-up (and with perfect uncanny timing): screenshots for the iOS 8.1 iPad user guide have just appeared within iBooks and include Apple’s upcoming iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Of course, Apple will be formally debuting these devices tomorrow.

The screenshots confirm that both new tablets will include nearly identical designs to their predecessors and the addition of Touch ID sensors in the Home button. Another new feature confirmed by this leak is a new Burst Mode (first introduced with the iPhone 5s) for the iPad Air 2 (image below).

These images also indicate that the new tablets will be named “iPad Air 2″ and “iPad mini 3,” which means that Apple will bringing the numbering scheme for names back to the iPad lineup. Of course, the presence of this user guide means iOS 8.1 (with Apple Pay) is likely to drop tomorrow, too.

Besides the tweaked designs and Touch ID sensors, a gold color option, and a stronger A8X processor, improved camera optics, and new software can be expected at least on the new Air. Apple will also discuss the Mac line tomorrow, including the new iMac with Retina display and OS X Yosemite.

Boom?

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Update: Nearly an hour later, Apple has removed the page.


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Macworld/iWorld conference going on hiatus, no event in 2015

Jobs introducing MacBook Air at Macworld 2008

Jobs introducing MacBook Air at Macworld 2008

Macworld has announced that its Macworld/iWorld conference is going on hiatus and no show will take place in 2015. The show was previously planned to take place in March, which was a bit later than the typical January/February timeframe.

Early Tuesday, IDG World Expo released a statement noting that the venerable Apple-oriented trade show, Macworld/iWorld would go on hiatus and not be held in 2015 as planned. The contents of that statement are: “We are announcing today that Macworld/iWorld is going on hiatus, and will not be taking place as planned in 2015. Our MacIT event, the world’s premiere event for deploying Apple in the enterprise, will continue next year with details to be announced in the coming weeks.

Year-after-year in the 2000s, the January Macworld conference was a staple for the Macworld community. Each year, Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs would hit the stage and introduce breakthrough products like the first iPhone, MacBook Air, and key software releases.

Since Apple cut off its affiliation with the conference in 2009, ahead of the 2010 non-Macworld iPad introduction, the conference has seen less attendees and excitement. Five years out from Apple no longer attending the conference, and just weeks after Macworld cut down its editorial staff to a bare minimum, today’s announcement is, unfortunately, not very surprising. Macworld’s magazine also recently came to an end.

The organization behind the conference, IDG, says that this is just a “hiatus,” so perhaps (hopefully) there will again be a time where the Macworld conference exists. The company’s MacIT enterprise focused event will still exist in 2015, according to the announcement.


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Microsoft latest to mimic Snapchat with new Skype Qik ephemeral video messaging app

Microsoft has just joined the ranks of companies looking to capitalize on the success of ephemeral messaging apps like Snapchat. Through its Skype division, the company has launched a new cross-platform app for iOS, Android, and (of course) Windows Phone called Skype Qik. The premise of the application, as can be seen in the video above and screenshots below, is simple: you can record a quick video, and then share it to either one person in your address book or multiple groups of people.

Differentiating itself from some of the other players, the Skype-based solution is video-focused, and Skype is positioning it as a communication tool for in between full-scale Skype video chats. Notably, the whole service is connected to your phone number and existing contacts list, so it doesn’t require signing up with a standard Skype account. If you send a message via Qik to a user without the Qik app, the other person will be sent an SMS text message with instructions for downloading the Qik app to view the video message. This app is based on the technology from startup Qik, which Skype acquired a few years ago.

By default, videos will expire after two weeks, and you can also un-send messages at any time. A cool feature of Skype Qik is the ability to pre-record various 5 second GIFs that you can send as instant replies. So, if you don’t have the ability to send a live video reply, you can just choose one of your pre-record defaults. The app is free today on the aforementioned platforms, and Microsoft says that updates, such as one for blocking iPhone contacts (that feature is available today on Android and Windows Phone), will come often to enhance the feature-set.

You can view some screenshots of the iPhone app in action below:

Qik_iPhone_Conversation_View Qik_iPhone_Recording Qik_iPhone_QikFlik_Preview Qik_iPhone_Homescreen

Download it here.


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