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Microsoft copying more trackpad gestures from OS X in Windows 10

Microsoft has had a great idea for making the next version of Windows better for power users: copy more trackpad gestures from OS X … 

The Verge pointed us to a Windows 10 keynote demo at TechEd Europe, where Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore introduced the innovative new idea.

With Windows 10 we’re adding support for power users in a touch pad, where multiple finger gestures — which all of you power users learn — can make you really efficient.

Among the gestures demonstrated were exposing the desktop, which Microsoft does with three fingers down, in place of OS X’s thumb and finger spread; swiping between full-screen apps (three fingers instead of the default four in OS X); and Mission Control– sorry, Task Viewer (again, three fingers instead of the default four).

Microsoft first added trackpad gestures in Windows 8, among them two-finger scrolling.

If you want to test out these innovations for yourself, Parallels recently provided an installation guide for Windows 10.


Filed under: Mac, Tech Industry Tagged: Joe Belfiore, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, Mission Control, OS X, OS X vs Windows, Power user, TechEd Europe, Windows, Windows 10, Windows vs OS X

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How to use OS X Yosemite to send texts from your Mac

In the past, using the Messages app on a Mac could be an irritating experience. And what if a friend dared to send a green-bubble text from an Android phone? When texting from your Mac, messaging those friends wasn’t possible






AAPL out-performs most bullish analyst predictions with its record numbers

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Apple not only announced record profits for Q4 results and smashed through its own revenue guidance, but out-performed even the most bullish of analyst estimates with earnings of $42.123B. The highest analyst estimate in yesterday’s Fortune roundup was for $41.8B.

The consensus analyst expectation for earnings per share was $1.32, against the actual 20% climb to $1.42, aided by Apple’s stock buyback program, which now totals $68B of the $90B target announced by Apple … 

iPhone sales were 39.272M against analyst consensus of 37.89m, Mac 5.52M against estimates of 4.83M and iPod 2.62M versus expectations of 2.32M.

iPad was the only disappointment, falling further than analysts had expected, at 12.316M against estimates of 13.17M.

Analysts responded in upbeat fashion, in an early Fortune roundup.

Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty said that there was still “considerable pent-up demand” for upgrades from the iPhone 4S and older models, and that Apple Pay may drive further iPhone 6 demand.

BTIG’s Walter Piecyk noted the boost in average selling price (likely driven by buyers opting for the improved 64GB middle tiers, as well as by the iPhone 6 Plus), and said that “the strength in iPhone and Macs more than offset the stagnation in iPads.”

RBC’s Amit Daryanani noted the consistently good news on profit margins: “AAPL has seen gross-margins at or above the high-end of their guide for 6-quarters in a row.”


Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: AAPL, Apple, Apple Q4 2014, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Mac, Macintosh, OS X, Revenue

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Early Yosemite adoption 67% faster than Mavericks, according to analytics

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The numbers are small as yet, but early indications are that Mac users are keen to get their hands on the new Yosemite features. Social sharing tool AddThis, which collects analytics data from 13 million websites, is reporting that Yosemite adoption is already running at 2%, versus 1.2% for Mavericks in the same timeframe … 

9to5Mac visitors are of course way ahead of the game, with OS X 10.10 Yosemite adoption already at 51%.

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Early this morning numbers show 9to5mac readers now over 50% on Yosemite

Yosemite is available as a free download for OS X 10.9 Mountain Lion and 10.9 Mavericks users. Apple switched to free operating system upgrades with Mavericks last October. The previous update, Mountain Lion, cost $19.99.

Yosemite introduces a significantly different look & feel, in keeping with the flat design of iOS 8, and offers a very worthwhile range of new features such as Handoff, Continuity and iCloud Drive, as well as enhancements to Spotlight.

Via Business Insider


Filed under: AAPL Company, Mac Tagged: AddThis, Apple, icloud, iOS, mavericks, OS X, yosemite, Yosemite adoption, Yosemite National Park

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Apple posts reminder & streaming link for Oct 20 Q4 earnings call

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If you’d like to listen in to Apple’s Q4 earnings call at 2pm PT on Monday, Apple has now posted the link for the live audio stream: www.apple.com/quicktime/qtv/earningsq414. It will also remain available for replay for around two weeks afterwards.

The webcast is available on any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 4.2 or above, as well as any Mac running OS X 10.6.8 or later. Windows users can also listen in so long as they are running QuickTime 7 or later.

Apple’s revenue guidance is quite broad at $37-40B, with a gross margin of 37-38%. We’re unlikely to learn anything specific about iPhone 6/Plus sales, as Apple generally doesn’t break down the numbers by model, but the overall sales figures will give us a good steer.


Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: AAPL, AAPL financials, AAPL Q4 earnings, Apple, iPhone, iPhone 6, iphone 6 plus, iPhone 6 sales, OS X, QuickTime

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Roundup: Here are some of the best OS X Yosemite-ready apps hitting the Mac App Store

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With the release of OS X Yosemite today, app developers have started releasing redesigned or upgraded versions of their apps to incorporate the new features and design language found in the latest version of the Mac operating system. Among those are popular apps like 1Password, Airmail, and Things.

We’ll keep this list updated as more apps get updated, so check back often to see what new apps have been updated.

Things 2.5
Free upgrade / $49.99 for new users

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What’s New in Version 2.5

• Full compatibility with OS X Yosemite.
• Today widget in notification center (Yosemite only).
• Share and action extensions (Yosemite only).
• Handoff support (Yosemite only). Works with iPhone today; coming to iPad soon.
• Visual polish and refinements.
• Improved stability and bug fixes.


1Password
Free upgrade / $35.99 for new users

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What’s new in Version 5.0

We’ve joined the Yosemite Alliance!
– Fresh new design that fits in perfectly with Yosemite.
– Added support for the Dark Side (er, Dark Mode).
– Inspiring new icon, hand-delivered by a gold robot and his mischievous trash can.

iCloud sync upgrades have arrived!
– Powered by Apple’s next-gen sync for faster and more robust syncing.
– ***Important Note*** As such, iCloud sync now requires 1Password for iOS 8 and 1Password 5 for OS X Yosemite from the Mac App Store.

Wi-Fi got a Hyperdrive!
– Attachments can now be synced over Wi-Fi with 1Password 5 for iOS.
– Syncing starts automatically as soon as your device is on the same network.

Many other improvements based on your galactic feedback.

1Password never prompts you for a review. We value your workflow too much to interrupt it. If you feel generous and have a couple of minutes, please leave a review. It makes a huge difference to us. Thanks in advance!

We love hearing from you! Get in touch with us at support@agilebits.com, @1Password on Twitter, and Facebook.com/1Password.


 

Airmail
$9.99 upgrade or new purchase

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What’s New in Version 2.0

  • New Design
  • Airmail Share Extension
  • Airmail Plugins support
  • iCloud Accounts Sharing
  • iCloud Drop Attachments
  • New Draft Engine
  • Import-Export Account Settings
  • Google OAUTH
  • Quick Reply by Default
  • Redesigned Preferences
  • Sync Flags,Starred
  • Initialization indicator
  • Selective Unified Inbox
  • Mouse Gestures
  • Exchange NTLM Login
  • Improved Performance
  • Improved Offline Operations
  • Improved Loading Time
  • Improved Search
  • Improved Rules
  • Inline GAL
  • Many minor issues fixed

 

Cloud
Free

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What’s New in Version 3.1.0

- Motion HD: record your screen in silky smooth 60 fps. Playback in our new inline video player on the drop page.
– Yosemite Compatibility: CloudApp is fully compatible and optimized for OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
– Dark Mode: CloudApp integrates seamlessly with the new dark mode.
– Share extension: CloudApp’s share extension makes it easy to share from any app that supports the share menu.


Deliveries
$4.99

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Description
Deliveries helps you keep track of all your packages, so you always know when they’re going to arrive. Whether it’s the latest gadget you’ve preordered online, or a new graphic novel you can’t wait to dive into, Deliveries will keep tabs on it so you don’t miss the doorbell.

The main list shows a summary of all your shipments and counts down the days. Select a delivery for more information, and see where it is on a map. If you like you can view the shipping company’s web page, or easily share your shipment over email, iMessage, or AirDrop. Deliveries can even add estimated delivery dates to your calendar, and a Notification Center widget lets you quickly check your packages without opening the app. All your old deliveries are archived so you can look them up again if you need to.

Deliveries supports dozens of services, including UPS, FedEx, US Postal Service, DHL, TNT, Canada Post, City Link, Royal Mail, DPD, and many more. You can also track orders from services like Amazon and Apple, even before they ship. (Some services are limited to specific countries—visit junecloud.com/services for details.) If you have packages from other services, just select “Other” and enter a delivery date and web site. Deliveries will watch the site and let you know when it changes.

Deliveries is also available for iOS, in a Universal app that supports iPhone and iPad. You can sync your deliveries between devices with iCloud or our own Junecloud sync. If you create a Junecloud account, you can add new shipments from any web browser.

Have any questions? Just visit junecloud.com/sync and click Help.


 

Flare 2
$9.99 (introductory sale, reg. $14.99)

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Description
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The original Flare was named Best of the Mac App Store in 2011. Now Flare 2 is here and features an improved workflow, a new user interface for Yosemite, curated collections of Effects that are updated monthly, and iCloud support so you can take your favorite effects with you wherever you go!

When you download Flare Effects, available for FREE on iOS 8, your custom built desktop effects from Flare 2 will sync automatically onto your mobile devices instantly.

Choose from a variety of Flare’s built-in Effects or create your own using dozens of individual photo filters in near infinite combinations. Easy to learn for casual hobbyists, Flare 2 also has the flexibility professional photographers need.

New photographic filters in Flare 2:

Tilt-Shift, Bokeh Rings, Paper, Highlight & Shadows, Saturation & Vibrance, Color Cast, Van Zesen, Vintage Chrome, Vintage Fade, Vintage Instant, Vintage Process, Vintage Transfer, Vintage Mono, and Vintage Noir

And the filters you know and love from the award-winning Flare app:

Exposure, Midtone Brightness, Saturation, Brightness, Contrast, Tint, Duotone, Color Filter, Color Gradient, Black & White, Cross Processing,
Gaussian Blur, Motion Blur, Zoom Blur, Sharpen, Glow, Vignette,
Grain, Texture, Lightleak, Frame, Border, Rounded Edges, Barrel Distortion, Rotation, Halftone, Pixellate, Scanlines

Flare 2 features:

• Simple Edit – Adjust effects quickly and easily
• Advance Edit – Fine tune effects via a live preview
• Snapshot – Temporarily saves your edits for later use
• High Quality Textures, Borders and Frames
• Batch Processing – Apply effects to a group of images effortlessly
• Light & Dark interface themes
• Unlimited Undos
• Easy to use with iPhoto, Aperture, Photoshop and Lightroom
• RAW format supported for importing photos
• Crop and Rotate makes adjusting your source image a snap
• Export photos in JPEG, PNG and TIFF formats
• Share your creations on social networks or by e-mail
• Online user guide


Filed under: Apps Tagged: 1Password, Airmail, Apps, CloudApp, deliveries, flare, Mac, OS X, things, yosemite

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