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Apple adds new LG 31-inch 4K monitor to list of supported Mac displays


Apple has updated its support document detailing 4K displays with Mac support to add LG’s recently announced 31-inch 4K monitor (31MU97).

LG previously announced that the monitor would be Mac compatible through its Mini DisplayPort or 2 HDMI ports, but Apple notes that it will only be supported on OS X Yosemite. The other monitors on the list are supported with OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 or later.

Apple supports the new LG 4K monitor at either 30Hz or 50Hz refresh rates (30Hz over HDMI and 50Hz over Mini DisplayPort), according to the support document. 

So far Apple only officially supports a small number of 4K displays and Ultra HD TVs including the Sharp PN-K321, ASUS PQ321Q, Dell UP2414Q, Dell UP3214Q, and the Panasonic TC-L65WT600.

Apple has yet to update its own Thunderbolt display with a higher resolution comparable to the latest crop of 4K monitors, but it recently released its new 27-inch Retina 5K iMac that will hopefully pave the way for improved support in OS X and an updated standalone display in the near future. 

The new LG 31UM97 is available in the US now for $1399 and rolling out to other markets.

Filed under: Mac Tagged: 4k, Apple, HDMI, lg, LG 31MU97, mavericks, Mini DisplayPort, OS X, Thunderbolt, yosemite

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Top Apple Maps app manager for Watch, iOS & OS X exits for Uber

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Apple is having trouble retaining top talent in its Maps division.

We’re told that a notable number of exits have occurred on the Maps team over the last several months with a large portion of those engineers heading to ride-sharing startup Uber. The most notable Apple employee to recently depart is Brad Moore, who exited in October to become a manager at Uber. As “Senior Engineering Manager, Maps Apps & Community” at Apple, Moore “built and managed the application and community teams responsible for Maps on iPhone, iPad, CarPlay, OS X, and Apple Watch,” according to LinkedIn.

Since Moore was in charge of such a critical application across all of Apple’s major hardware and software platforms, his departure marks a significant loss for Apple and a huge gain for Uber. Apple is said to also be overhauling its public transportation team following the group’s inability to launch the planned directions service for iOS 8 last year. Sources say that Apple’s Maps team is also progressing on its testing in major districts like New York City of a new indoor mapping service. Chris Blumenberg, another former top Apple Maps manager at Apple, left for Uber in July.

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: App Store (iOS), Apple community, Apple Inc, Baptismal font, Facebook, iOS, IOS SDK, iPhone, OS X, Xcode

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Parallels Desktop 10 Black Friday bundle: 1Password, Camtasia, CleanMyMac 2, Gemini, and more for $50 upgrade/$80 new ($285 off)


Starting this evening and running through Black Friday weekend, Parallels is running a special bundle of Mac apps for free when you upgrade to Parallels 10 for $49.99 or buy it new for $79.99. The bundled apps 1Password password manager, Camtasia screen recorder, CleanMyMac 2 file organizer/remover, Gemini file de-duplicator, Acronis True Image backup and restore software and a 2 year subscription to Parallels Access which allows you to run parallels VMs remotely on iOS and Android devices. Not a bad deal at all of you need any of these other apps.

Parallels 10 was announced in August and we reviewed it shortly thereafter noting it was the best way to run Windows and Linux VMs on a Mac.

Not sure you are into Parallels? Grab a 14 day free trial here. Just want Parallels in a shiny box? Amazon has it for $62. More info on the bundled apps below:

Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac MSRP $79.99

Parallels Desktop® 10 for Mac is the easiest, fastest, and most powerful solution for running Windows applications on a Mac without rebooting. No wonder Parallels Desktop is the #1 choice of Mac users.

1Password MSRP $49.95

1Password creates strong, unique passwords for every site, remembers them all for you, and logs you in with a single tap. You can organize your data into multiple vaults and share them securely

Camtasia MSRP $99.99

A powerful and easy-to-use screen recorder, Camtasia helps you create professional videos even if you’re not a video pro. Record your screen movements and actions easily, or import HD video from a camera or other source. Customize and edit content on Mac and Windows platforms, and share your videos with viewers from nearly any device.

CleanMyMac 2 MSRP $39.95

CleanMyMac 2 is an ingeniously simple yet surprisingly powerful application for keeping your Mac clean, organized, and free of files that slow it down.

Parallels Access MSRP $34.99

Parallels® Access™ is the fastest, simplest, and most reliable way to access all your applications, files, and computers remotely. Access a file from your home computer or cloud storage, download a favorite photo, or edit a complex document—you can be effective anytime, anywhere with just your mobile device. 2-year Subscription.

Acronis True Image for Mac MSRP $49.99

Reliable image backup and recovery of your entire system: email, music, photos, videos, documents, personal settings, bookmarks, and all your applications.

Gemini MSRP $9.99

Find and remove identical files on your Mac with Gemini, a handy duplicate-file finder that makes the process of cleaning out duplicates fun.

Filed under: Tips and Tricks Tagged: Android (operating system), App Store (iOS), Apple Inc, Camtasia Studio, iOS, iPhone, Linux, Microsoft Windows, OS X

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Apple pushes Flash Player update to address security issues

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Apple has issued a new update for Adobe’s Flash Player browser plugin. The update fixes “a recently-identified Adobe Flash Player web plug-in vulnerability,” according to Apple’s website. Users will be automatically prompted to install the update when visiting a page that uses Flash Player.

The prompt in Safari will take users to the Flash Player download page on Adobe’s website. Users who haven’t yet seen the prompt can also go there to download the update now.

Filed under: Mac Tagged: Flash Player, OS X, Security, update, yosemite

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Evernote for OS X updated w/ Yosemite design, performance improvements, more

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Evernote this afternoon has released a major update to its OS X desktop app, making both major design enhancements for Yosemite and under-the-hood performance improvements. The update, which the company says is a total rewrite of the app, adds an entirely redesigned interface with a new, lighter color scheme, as well as new icons.

At Evernote, we believe that speed and stability are essential for productivity. That’s why we’ve completely rewritten Evernote for Mac. Everenote is significantly faster, more reliable and consumes less energy than ever before. We’ve also added a number of new features!

In addition to the design improvements, Evernote also touts a variety of new features.

First, users can now resize tables they create and customize the background colors and border styles. Images can also now be redesigned from directly within the editor. The update also displays search results by relevance, in addition to adding the ability to search for notes via Spotlight. Presentation mode has also been refreshed, with new screen-edge to screen-edge images and redesigned tables. Finally, users can now send messages to share their created notes without ever leaving the Evernote app.

For premium users, the app now supports Context, a feature Evernote says displays notes, articles, and people related to what you’re working.

Evernote says that the speed and stability of the OS X app has also been greatly improved with today’s update. Sync is three times faster, according to the company, while users can also now share notes without waiting for the sync to finish. Energy consumption by the app has been dramatically reduced, as have launch and quit times.

Evernote 6.0 is available for free on the Mac App Store now. The full changelog is below:

New features:
• Sleek new design inspired by OS X Yosemite.
• Tables can now be resized, and have configurable background colors and border styles.
• Images can be resized right in the note editor. Just click an image and drag the handle in the bottom right corner.
• Search results are now ordered by relevance.
• Faster notebook selector at the top of the note list remembers your recently used notebooks.
• Redesigned checkboxes in the note editor are easier to click.
• Evernote will now stay logged in by default.
• Search your notes with Spotlight.
• Send messages to share notes and discuss things you’re working on without leaving Evernote.

• Sync is more than 3x faster. Users with lots of shared notebooks and Evernote Business users will see the biggest improvements.
• New notes sync instantly so they’re immediately accessible on your other devices.
• Share notes without waiting for a sync to complete.
• Launch and quit times have been reduced dramatically.
• New keyboard shortcuts have been added to jump to the note list for easy navigation (CMD + |) and you can now tab between the search field, the note list, current note title and note body.
• Energy consumption when the app is idle has been significantly reduced.

• We’ve closed over 500 bugs including more than 200 types of crashes.
• Our crash reporting system has been completely rebuilt.

New Premium feature: Context
• Context displays notes, articles, and people related to what you’re working on.
• View related articles from The Wall Street Journal and other sources and related people from LinkedIn and your business.

Presentation Mode has been improved with a fresh look and new features
• Use the layout panel to navigate your presentation and add dividers.
• Images are now presented from screen-edge to screen-edge.
• Beautifully styled tables make your information stand out.

Filed under: Apps, Mac Tagged: App Update, Evernote, Evernote for Mac, Evernote for Yosemite, Mac App Store, OS X, yosemite, Yosemite design

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