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Apple Launches ‘Get Productive’ Promotion for iOS and Mac With Discounted Productivity Apps [iOS Blog]

Posted by | January 29, 2015.
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Apple’s iOS and Mac App Stores were today updated with new “Get Productive” sections, offering discounted prices on many popular productivity apps for iOS devices and Macs.

In the , iTranslate, mSecure, iStudiez Pro, Notability, and more.

Apple has also named ProCam 2 as its App of the Week, and as a result, the camera and photo editing app is available at no cost, instead of at its regular $1.99 price. [Direct Link]

The iPad version of the app, ProCam XL 2 is also free. [Direct Link]

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Apple Releases iTunes 12.1 With New Yosemite Notification Center Widget

Posted by | January 29, 2015.
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Apple today released iTunes 12.1 for OS X Yosemite, introducing a new iTunes widget for the Notification Center. With the widget, it’s possible to see what song is playing, skip ahead, and purchase music while listening to iTunes Radio. The update also includes performance improvements when syncing with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

iTunes 12.1 can be downloaded via the Software Update Mechanism in the Mac App Store.

iTunes 12.1 is the first major update to iTunes 12, which was introduced alongside OS X Yosemite. iTunes 12 brought a new design with Yosemite-style translucency elements to improve depth, a streamlined toolbar, and the melding of the iTunes Store and the personal Library to make it easier to navigate between owned content and what’s available in the store.

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MacBook Buyer’s Guide: Choosing the Best Apple Notebook for Your Needs [Mac Blog]

Posted by | January 29, 2015.
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From Apple’s Mac lineup, the company sells many more laptops than desktop computers, part of a trend that has been in place for years. Apple’s laptops are well made, they offer more than enough performance for a majority of users, and you can take the laptop with you wherever you go.

Apple’s laptop lineup consists of two models: the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air. There are some obvious and nuanced differences between the two models that you need to consider while shopping for a Mac laptop. In this guide, we’ll take a look at the specifics, the differences, and the performance of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air to help you decide which laptop is best for you.

Why you should pick a MacBook Pro

Of the two laptop lineups, the MacBook Pro is the one outfitted with a Retina display. These displays have many more pixels than the MacBook Air displays, which means images and text will look very sharp and clean — it’s a pleasing aesthetic if you’re spending all day at the computer. The high resolution is also great for anyone who’s working in HD video, allowing you to work in actual Continue Reading

Possible Third-Party ‘iPad Pro’ Case Shown in New Photo

Posted by | January 29, 2015.
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Ahead of any major product release, we often see part leaks and case molds, which give us hints on the sizing, features, and design of the forthcoming product, and the “iPad Pro” is no exception. We’ve previously seen what’s said to be an iPad Pro dummy model for Apple’s upcoming large-screened tablet, and today, French site Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] has shared an image of a case that may be designed for the device.

According to the site, the image of the case originated from a reliable source that the site has been in contact with “for many years.” Though the case in the photo is not depicted next to an object to provide a size reference, it is clearly quite large and could fit a tablet in the range of 12.2 to 12.9 inches.

The case appears to have two speaker cutouts at both the top and bottom, which would accommodate the stereo speakers that have been rumored for the device. There are also cutouts for a headphone jack at the top left of the case, volume buttons at the right, a camera cutout at the back, a Lightning port cutout at the bottom, and Continue Reading

Elgato Recalls Some Smart Power Battery Packs Due to Overheating [iOS Blog]

Posted by | January 29, 2015.
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Elgato recently announced that it is recalling some of its Smart Power 6000 mAh battery packs, as they can overheat while recharging. The company sent out notices to app users today, letting them know about the recall.

For those unfamiliar, the $99 Elgato Smart Power battery pack is a compact 6000 mAh external battery that integrated with an iOS app, a neat feature that allowed users to wireless monitor the charge level of the device and receive notifications when the battery was low or needed recharging. MacRumors went hands-on with the Smart Power back in December and found it’s app integration to be highly useful.

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According to the company, affected Smart Power battery packs were sold between September 2014 and January 2015 and “fall within a limited serial number range.” Affected customers can check if their product is affected by entering their serial number on Elgato’s website.

Elgato has ceased selling the Smart Power until it can release an updated version, and all current owners of affected products will receive a full refund. The company recommends that users cease using their battery packs until they’re able to check whether they Continue Reading

Facebook for iOS Gains Foursquare-Style ‘Place Tips’ Recommendations [iOS Blog]

Posted by | January 29, 2015.
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Facebook for iOS is gaining a major new feature today, which is designed to provide Foursquare-style recommendations on the places that users visit. Called Place Tips, the tool will offer up posts and photos that a user’s friends have shared at the same location that’s being visited.

For example, when visiting a restaurant, if a Facebook friend has previously been to the same spot, Place Tips will display any photos and posts that were made at that location, letting users know what might be good to order or what to avoid.

From friends’ recommendations to information about the places and things that interest you, Facebook helps you connect with the world around you. To better show you this content at just the right place and time, today we’re launching a new feature called place tips. Place tips will show you fun, useful and relevant info about the place you’re at. Tapping on place tips won’t post on Facebook or show anyone where you are.

As of today, iPhone users may begin seeing Place Tips at the top of their news feeds within the iOS app. Tapping on a tip will display cards with information about the location as well Continue Reading

iTunes Connect Issue Causing Developers to be Logged Into Wrong Accounts

Posted by | January 29, 2015.
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A number of iTunes Connect developers have turned to Twitter and tipped us off about an ongoing issue where users are being shown someone else’s session after attempting to login into their own account. MacRumors has been able to duplicate this issue, which appears to be widespread and has been going on since at least 8 AM Pacific.

While other developer’s apps are displayed in the iTunes Connect dashboard, attempting to take further action results in an “unable to process request” error and a redirect to the proper account. Sales and payment information are also not accessible for the mismatched account. For some other users, iTunes Connect also appears to be experiencing issues with logging in. Apple has yet to comment on the matter. This post will be updated as further details become known.

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Apple Launches Annual ‘Back to School’ Promotion in Australia and New Zealand [Mac Blog]

Posted by | January 29, 2015.
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Apple’s annual “Back to School” promotion has returned to Australia and New Zealand, as spotted by 9to5Mac. The sale offers an Apple gift card worth between $25 to $100 to university students, students accepted to a university, parents buying for a university student and faculty that purchase a qualifying Mac, iPad or iPhone.

The list of qualifying products includes the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. Eligible customers can combine the Back to School promotion with Apple Education Pricing for additional savings. The sale runs January 30 through March 19.

Apple holds a similar Back to School promotion in the United States during the summer months, offering Apple Store gift cards of equivalent amounts for new Mac, iPad and iPhone purchases. That sale typically runs from July through September and is also offered in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

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Increased Switcher Rate From Android to iPhone Appears Focused Outside the U.S. [iOS Blog]

Posted by | January 29, 2015.
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Following Apple’s earnings call on Tuesday in which Tim Cook stated the company “saw more new customers to iPhone than we’ve ever seen before,” research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) today released (via Fortune) a report delving into the specifics of the Android-to-Apple switching statistics revealed by Apple.

Expectedly, the report – which surveyed 500 Apple device customers inside the U.S. only – notes most Apple iPhone users returned to the company with the newest iteration of the iPhone last year. But the rate of Android switchers migrating platforms to the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus wasn’t much changed.

CIRP notes that the rate of Android switchers has “varied seasonally, yet remained relatively consistent,” and this quarter’s U.S. numbers have the firm speculating the biggest rate of Android-to-Apple switching occurred outside of the U.S.

“Apple CEO Tim Cook indicated the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus ‘experienced the highest Android switcher rate in any of the last three launches.’ The US switch rate for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch did increase relative to the iPhone 5S/5C launch a year ago, and was about the same as the iPhone 5 launch in 2012. This week, Continue Reading

Microsoft Launches Outlook for iOS with iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo Mail Support [iOS Blog]

Posted by | January 29, 2015.
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Microsoft today launched its official Outlook app for iOS, which allows users to easily view and organize their email inbox, calendars, attachments, and more under one unified view. The app works with Microsoft’s own Outlook.com and Office 365 services, while iCloud, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail are also compatible. Outlook for iOS also features quick gestures, as users can simply swipe to delete, archive or schedule messages.

Now, with Outlook, you really can manage your work and personal email on your phone and tablet – as efficiently as you do on your computer. And, because we know that everyone has their own, unique way to manage email, Outlook offers customizable swipes and actions, so you can tailor the experience just the way you like it. Beyond email, the new Outlook app offers integrated calendaring that makes scheduling a meeting or sharing your schedule a single tap away.

Outlook for iOS is the first app developed by Microsoft after its acquisition of email startup Accompli, which also previously developed an email client app for iOS and Android. Microsoft has stepped up its efforts in the realm of mobile productivity in the past year, bringing Office to Continue Reading

Apple and Samsung Tied as World’s Largest Smartphone Makers in Q4 2014

Posted by | January 28, 2015.
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The latest numbers from Strategy Analytics reveal that Apple tied Samsung during Q4 2014 to become the world’s largest smartphone maker based on global shipments. According to the report, both Apple and Samsung shipped 74.5 million smartphones during the three-month period of October through December. Apple’s number is an official figure from its financial results, while Samsung’s number is an estimate since the company stopped reporting smartphone shipments a few years ago. The research firm adds that Apple and Samsung were last tied in smartphone market share in Q4 2011.

Apple experienced a record-breaking first quarter of the fiscal year because of strong demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The larger screen sizes of the two new smartphones were a major selling point for many consumers, attracting more new customers and Android converts than ever before. Meanwhile, Samsung reported a 27% quarterly decline in earnings earlier today amid tough competition from both Apple and up-and-coming Chinese rivals such as Xiaomi and Huawei.

Strategy Analytics claims that global smartphone shipments grew 31% annually to eclipse a record 380 million units in the fourth quarter. An estimated 1.3 billion smartphones were shipped worldwide Continue Reading

Following Apple’s Record Quarter Announcement, Samsung Reports Profit Drop

Posted by | January 28, 2015.
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On the heels of an earnings call that saw Apple announcing record earnings, rival phone maker Samsung today announced its own results for the October to December period, reporting a 27 percent year-over-year decline in profit.

Samsung saw net profit of 5.3 trillion won ($4.9 billion), compared to 7.3 trillion won last year, marking its first annual earnings decline in three years and its fifth consecutive quarter of decline. Apple, meanwhile, announced record earnings of $18 billion, largely due to the success of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Overall, Samsung’s 2014 profit was at 25 trillion won, down from 36.8 trillion won in 2013. Samsung did not announce mobile sales numbers, but Apple sold a record 74.5 million iPhones during the quarter.

Market research has suggested that Apple’s share of the smartphone market in Asia rose dramatically after the launch of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. According to a recent report, Apple gained significant share in Japan, China, and South Korea, countries where Samsung has previously dominated due to demand for big screen smartphones.

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New ‘SlatePro TechDesk SE’ Comes Equipped with Built-In iPhone Dock, Mac Air Vents and Whiteboard [iOS Blog]

Posted by | January 28, 2015.
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Back in March of 2014, iSkelter launched the SlatePro TechDesk on Kickstarter, which was designed with built-in docks and cutouts to accommodate Apple devices like iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks.

The desk was highly successful, leading the company to create a range of furniture products aimed at MacBook and iPhone users, including the new SlatePro TechDesk Special Edition. The SlatePro TechDesk Special Edition is a new version of the original SlatePro desk, introducing an entirely revamped design and several additional features like felt pockets and a dry erase board.

Like the original SlatePro TechDesk, the new edition’s main attraction is its built-in air vents for keeping laptops or desktop computers cool and its cutouts that are able to house an iPhone and an iPad. Design wise, the Special Edition SlatePro takes on a more popular U-shape with steel legs and a hazelnut bamboo surface.

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The filing rack has been replaced with a set of recessed felt trays able to hold accessories, pens, and more, and there’s now a stainless steel cupholder instead of the original wood. With the hazelnut bamboo and a new beveled edge, the updated version has a much Continue Reading

Hands-On First Impressions of Pushbullet for iOS, Mac, and Safari [iOS Blog]

Posted by | January 28, 2015.
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Following the release of Pushbullet for iOS, Mac, and Safari, we have been testing out the new software to see how well it keeps notifications, links, photos and other files in sync between devices. Pushbullet is the marriage of AirDrop, Notifyr and other OS X Yosemite features in one package, but is it a worthwhile alternative? Find out our first impressions in our hands-on video ahead.

The process of setting up Pushbullet takes just a few minutes. Depending on which platforms or web browsers you want to send and receive links and files between, download the Pushbullet apps or extensions that you need and make sure that iOS to Mac notifications and universal copy and paste are enabled in each app’s preferences. iOS and Mac apps are available alongside Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Opera extensions.

You can optimize your experience further by going into the Mac app’s preferences and checking off specific apps that you would like to receive iOS notifications from. For instance, if you already receive mail notifications on your desktop, then you probably don’t need Pushbullet pushing the same mail notifications from your iPhone. Notification settings can be configured for both Continue Reading

Facebook’s ‘Paper’ App for iOS Updated With Photo Sharing Improvements [iOS Blog]

Posted by | January 28, 2015.
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Facebook today updated its Paper app to version 1.2.5, adding several improvements to the app’s photo management capabilities. It’s now possible for users to access their “Favorited” photos album on iOS for faster sharing of preferred photos, and the Camera Roll in the app organizes photos by date.

The “Favorites” album was introduced with the iOS 8 Photos app revamp and houses all of the images that a user favorites via tapping the heart icon on individual pictures within the app.

Today’s Paper update also includes performance enhancements that are designed to make various features within the app run faster, including photo uploads.

We’ve been working to perfect your experience with Paper. In this release, we’ve focused on making it even faster and easier for you to share photos, in addition to fixing a few issues you’ve let us know about. Thanks for your feedback!

Here’s what’s new and improved:

– Camera Roll organized by date. When selecting media to share in the composer, photos and videos are now organized by the date they were taken.
– Share your Favorited photos. Quickly share photos from the new Favorites album introduced with iOS 8.
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