Apple updates iMovie for Mac with various visual and speed improvements

By Cody Lee on Apr 28, 2016

Apple on Thursday pushed out a solid update for iMovie for Mac, bringing the popular video-editing software to version 10.1.2. The release brings about several improvements, including faster project creation, easier clip selection and more.

The focus of the update seems to be visual cues and speed. Apple added a New Project button in the Projects Browser and Larger project thumbnails on the visual side, and the ability to begin editing a project with a single click on the speed side. Read More

 

A look at the brand new Philips Hue app

By Timothy Reavis on Apr 28, 2016

For decades it was a thing of science fiction. Books and movies have long depicted their protagonists speaking commands to inanimate objects and having orders carried out instantly. I think it’s safe to say that most everyone, including myself, used to daydream of being able to control lights simply by giving a voice command from anywhere in the room, no longer having to get up and walk over to flip a light switch on or off.

Then Philips introduced their Hue lightbulbs and companion API, moving traditional light switches a step closer to obsoleteness by introducing the ability to turn lights on and off with a smartphone app, bringing us one step closer to making voice controlled lights a reality. When the second generation Hue bridge was introduced with HomeKit support, Siri gained the ability to control Hue peripherals, creating the ultimate ease-of-use scenario.

There’s almost a magical property surrounding Philips Hue lights. A room can be lit or darkened by a spoken word, its walls repainted in an instant, or the atmosphere changed to anything from a tropical sunset to an Arctic aurora. There’s really no limit to what one can do with a few Hue lights and some creative inspiration.

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Ulysses brings its elegant writing environment to iPhone

By Timothy Reavis on Apr 23, 2016

As a writer, I’m always on the lookout for new apps that will help with the creative process and enable me to get work done more quickly and efficiently. I’ve gone through a variety of different apps on both Mac and iOS that provide their unique and not-so-unique feature sets in search of the ultimate writing tool.

With the power of iOS 9 on iPad, my goal has been to find a solid app that would give me the freedom of mobility while still syncing my thoughts and work to my Mac for those articles that only a physical keyboard could conquer. Today, I have found a solution that meets these goals in the form of Ulysses.

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Apple Store app gains 3D Touch support, now available in more countries

By Cody Lee on Apr 21, 2016

Apple on Thursday pushed out an update for its Apple Store iOS client, bringing the app to version 3.7. The update brings about new 3D Touch features on compatible devices, and makes the app available in new countries.

As for 3D Touch support, iPhone 6s users have long been able to utilize Quick Actions on the app icon, but now the Apple Store app supports Peek and Pop. So force-pressing on a link within the app now opens up previews. Read More

 

Instagram updates Explore feature with video channels

By Cody Lee on Apr 14, 2016

Instagram announced on Thursday that it’s going to be rolling out a new look for Explore featuring video channels. The Facebook-owned social network says that it hopes the move will make it easier for users to discover video content they’ll enjoy.

Starting today, iOS and Android users will begin seeing a personalized channel in the Explore tab of the Instagram app called “Videos you Might Like.” The channel will feature videos collected from across the world in a seamless viewing experience. Read More

 

GarageBand for Mac updated with Music Memos support, new Apple Loops and more

By Cody Lee on Apr 7, 2016

Apple on Thursday pushed out an update for GarageBand for Mac, bringing the software to version 10.1.1. The release brings about several improvements, including improved compatibility with GarageBand for iOS and Live Loops projects.

The update also brings about support for Logic Remote on the iPhone and iPad Pro, 2,600 new Apple Loops and sounds, and support for Music Memos—the app Apple released earlier this year to help musicians and songwriters capture ideas. Read More

 

Apple seeds tvOS 9.2.1 beta 1 to developers

By Cody Lee on Apr 6, 2016

In addition to iOS 9.3.2 and watchOS 2.2.1, Apple on Wednesday released the first beta for tvOS 9.2.1 to developers. To update, you’ll have to connect your Apple TV 4 to a computer and install the software via iTunes or Apple Configurator.

Todays release comes two weeks after Apple pushed out tvOS 9.2 to the public. That was a significant update, bringing about several user-facing changes such as support for app folders and Bluetooth keyboards, as well as new Siri features. Read More

 

Apple releases iOS 9.3.1 to fix web links crashing bug

By Sébastien Page on Mar 31, 2016

Ten days after releasing iOS 9.3 to the public, Apple has released iOS 9.3.1 today to fix an issue where some devices would crash or become unresponsive after tapping on some web links. Holding build number 13E238, iOS 9.3.1 is available now via an over-the-air update or via iTunes to all devices capable of running iOS 9. It is also available for download now from our Downloads sectionRead More

 

Skype for iPhone updated with new Bots feature

By Cody Lee on Mar 30, 2016

Skype received an update on Wednesday, bringing the iPhone app to version 6.13. The change log in the App Store says the release just features “General Improvements,” but a quick look at the official Skype blog shows that’s not the case.

During today’s Build 2016 conference, Microsoft introduced a new feature called Skype Bots. The company describes these Bots as “a new way to bring expertise, products, services and entertainment into your daily messaging on Skype.” Read More

 

Instagram increasing video time limit to 60 seconds

By Cody Lee on Mar 29, 2016

Instagram on Tuesday announced that it’s increasing the time limit on videos from 15 seconds to 60 seconds. The move is part of a broader effort to give users “more fun, flexible and creative ways to create and watch video content” on IG.

The social network says that within the last 6 months, time users spent watching video increased by more than 40%. And it’s hoping that the increased clip length, along with reenabling multi-clip uploads, will help it continue that growth.

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tvOS 9.2 is here: Dictation, folders, Live Photos, wireless keyboards, iCloud Photo Library & more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 21, 2016

tvOS 9.2, a new update for the operating system which powers the fourth-generation Apple TV, is now available for public consumption. The new firmware, released alongside iOS 9.3, OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 and watchOS 2.2, is a very interesting update for the cool new features it brings to the table.

tvOS 9.2 enables several features missing from the initial tvOS release, including long-awaited support for wireless keyboards, dictation, Siri support for App Store searches, app folders on the Home screen, a revamped app switcher, Siri Remote improvements, support for Live Photos and iCloud Photo Library and more. Read More

 

OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 is out with full Live Photos sharing, password-protected Notes and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 21, 2016

After spending more than two months in beta, OS X 10.11.4, a fourth major update to OS X El Capitan, today released for public consumption. The software update is now available and recommended for all OS X El Capitan users.

Even though it comes with a few noticeable outward-facing changes, OS X 10.11.4 does pack in some newsworthy improvements—namely in stock Messages, Notes and Photos apps. Full sharing of Live Photos via iMessages has been implemented throughout the system, too. Like other major OS X releases, 10.11.4 includes a handful of under-the-hood changes and tons of bug fixes and performance optimizations. Read More

 

Apple releases iOS 9.3 with Night Shift Mode, protected Notes, new 3D Touch goodies and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 21, 2016

After testing it with registered developers and public beta testers, Apple today released the iOS 9.3 software update for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A major new software update, iOS 9.3  is now available on all iOS 9-comptaible devices in Settings right General → Software Update and brings several headline new features along with a bunch of under-the-hood tweaks and enhancements.

Some of the big new features of iOS 9.3 include Night Shift Mode, passcode or Touch ID protection of your notes, enhancements in News and Health apps, as well as important enhancements for iOS in the classroom such as managed Apple IDs, multi-user support on iPads and more. Read More

 

Pangu makes iOS 9.1 jailbreak more stable

By Sébastien Page on Mar 16, 2016

The Pangu Team released earlier today an update to their jailbreak tool for iOS 9.1, bringing much-needed stability to the process. Available to new users as part of an updated version of their jailbreak tool, the team notes that users that are already jailbroken on iOS 9.1 should also update via Cydia. Read More

 

Instagram is changing its feed order to show you posts you’ll care about first

By Cody Lee on Mar 15, 2016

Instagram announced on Tuesday that it plans to change the way that it orders posts in user feeds. Instead of showing photos and videos in the order that they were uploaded, the social network is going to implement an algorithm to surface the most relevant content.

Obviously, Facebook has been doing this for years with News Feeds, and Twitter recently launched a similar feature for Timelines. The concept is that users are being pushed so much information on a daily basis, that they need someone to sift through the noise for them. Read More

 

Apple seeds OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 beta 7 to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 15, 2016

Just 24 hours after seeding iOS 9.3 beta 7 to developers and public testers, Apple on Tuesday released a seventh beta of the forthcoming OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 software update.

The new version with a build number of 15E64a is available as an over-the-air update through the Mac App Store’s Purchased tab on Macs authorized for software development through the Apple Developer Program and on computers enrolled into the Apple Beta Software Program. Read More

 

Apple seeds iOS 9.3 beta 7 to developers and public testers

By Cody Lee on Mar 14, 2016

Apple on Monday released iOS 9.3 beta 7 to developers and public testers. The update is available in both Apple’s dev center and public testing portal, as well as via an over-the-air update for folks running the previous beta.

Today’s seed comes less than a week week after the previous beta 6, which brought about various changes and improvements to Night Shift mode, and some two months after the original 9.3 beta was pushed to developers.
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What you need to know about the KeRanger ransomware found in the Transmission app

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 6, 2016

Users of the popular open-source Transmission BitTorrent client for OS X were in for quite a surprise this weekend when it was discovered that certain installers for version 2.90 of the application were found to bundle unwanted ransomware with the installation, which is a type of malware that restricts file access across the system to cause trouble for the user.

Dubbed KeRanger by security research firm Palo Alto Networks, the malicious software will try to encrypt the user’s system files in such a way as to tamper with the user’s access to their Mac and then force the user to pay money to get their access back.

The makers of the Transmission app are now pushing immediate mandatory app updates to remove the ransomware and fix the problem for those that may have been affected, and it’s recommended for all users, but how do you know if you’re affected? Read More

 

Automatically installing iOS software updates in the middle of the night

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 2, 2016

Since iOS 9, the Software Update mechanism allows users to elect to have iOS automatically install a new operating system update in the middle of the night.

The Auto-Install option appears in the Settings → General → Software Update section after your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad has downloaded a new firmware update.

In prior iOS versions, the new firmware would download automatically and there would be two options given: Install and Later. In iOS 9 and later, however, tapping the Later option gives you additional options allowing you to update the device tonight or be reminded about it later.. Read More

 

How to update Siri Remote firmware

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 1, 2016

Apple has built a hidden feature into the tvOS operating system which allows them, or the user, to update the firmware software of the Siri Remote separately of the Apple TV’s firmware.

Though a tvOS update may include a new firmware for the Siri Remote to fix bugs, improve reliability and add new features, occasionally performing a manual check for new remote firmwares still makes sense.

For instance, if you’re an Apple TV developer or a regular user who wants to troubleshoot their device. Or, maybe you’re just curious to try out the latest beta of tvOS and play with new features for the Siri Remote before they’re available to everyone.

In this post, you will learn how to see if there is an updated firmware available for your Siri Remote and, if one is available, how to install it. Read More

 
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