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Apple offers look at the development of Portrait Lighting camera feature in new video

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 01:19

Apple this evening has shared a new video offering a look into the development process that led to the creation of the Portrait Lighting feature on iPhone X. The video shows how Apple used the “art of portraiture” to come up with the technology…

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Study finds early HomePod adoption at 3% as smart speaker market hits 89% satisfaction

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 00:13

Apple’s HomePod has been available for less than two weeks, but an early survey from Loup Ventures aims to show its penetration into the smart speaker market. According to the survey, HomePod has captured 3 percent of the market in its early days of availability…

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Apple updates Human Interface Guidelines w/ new details & tips for ARKit

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:04

Apple today has updated its Human Interface Guidelines for augmented reality to reflect the new features introduced in ARKit 1.5, which comes as part of iOS 11.3. The new guidelines cover things such as support for vertical surfaces, objects that are placed offscreen, and more.

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Apple files for updated Apple TV trademark potentially hinting at more advanced gaming capabilities

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:24

Apple has apparently updated its Apple TV trademark with new conditions related to gaming. Patently Apple reports today that the company filed an updated trademark last Friday to cover gaming use cases, a move that the site calls “a significant update that has to be taken seriously.”

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Snapchat officially responds to anti-redesign petition with over 1M signatures

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:17

Snapchat today officially responded to a Change.org petition that has accumulated nearly 1.5 million signatures and asks the company revert to the old design of the application. Snapchat’s response to the petition acknowledges upcoming changes that it hopes will make the design more user-friendly, while also defending some of the controversial changes…

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Apple sponsors UK BRIT music awards featuring new Animoji karaoke ad

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:55

There is a major Apple Music presence at the BRIT music awards today, with large banners dominating the Apple Music Browse pages for UK users, with an Apple Music playlist listing the performers and winners.

Apple is also playing a few commercials during the televised ceremony’s ad breaks, including the debut of a new Animoji karaoke advert: ‘Panda’. Watch the new ad after the jump …

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032: New iPad rumors, first HomeKit baby monitor, Alto’s Odyssey | 9to5Mac Daily

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:38

Today we’ve got details about the latest new iPad rumors, the first HomeKit baby monitor, and new apps including Alto’s Odyssey and Things 3.4.

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Be My Eyes for iOS adding Microsoft tech support for blind or impaired customers

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:39

The iOS app Be My Eyes announced that it will be offering support for blind or impaired customers through Microsoft’s Disability Answer Desk in the latest release of the app.

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Apple releases third iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3, macOS 10.13.4 public betas

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:05

Apple has released the third iOS 11.3 public beta loaded with new features for iPhone and iPad. The third macOS 10.13.4 public beta for Mac and tvOS 11.3 public betas are also available. Apple originally previewed several new features prior to the first developer beta:

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watchOS 4.3 beta 3 for Apple Watch developers now available

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:59

Apple has released watchOS 4.3 beta 3 for registered developers to test on Apple Watch. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.

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Woman credits FaceTime with saving her life after her sister detected signs of a stroke

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:41

Just a week after the Apple Watch aided a mother and son who were involved in a car accident, FaceTime is being credited with helping save a woman’s life. As reported by the BBC, a woman was on FaceTime with her sister when she suffered from a stroke…

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9to5Toys Last Call: 12-inch MacBook from $800, Blue iCE Podcasting Mic $40, AOC 1080p 21-inch Monitor $80, more

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:28

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Netgear ships first HomeKit baby monitor with app-updated Arlo Baby Camera

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:10

Lots of companies promise HomeKit support for existing products then fail to follow through for one reason or another, but Netgear’s Arlo has proven to be an exception to that trend. After promising HomeKit support for its Arlo Baby Camera line, Netgear has released an app update that makes the baby monitor cameras work with Apple HomeKit.

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Facebook Messenger now lets you easily turn one-on-one video calls into group calls

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:44

Facebook has released an update today to its Messenger platform that makes it easy and seamless to go from a one-on-one audio or video call to a group session.

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Smart Home Diary: Adding HomePod, smart(ish) heating and Nanoleaf Rhythm

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:00

I explained in my first HomePod Diary piece that there was one smart home issue we needed to address: while I’m happy to use Siri to control everything from my Apple Watch or iPhone, my partner would often find that she wanted to switch lights on or off while her phone was in another room. We’d partially addressed this with Hue dimmer switches, but wanted more flexibility.

Some kind of smart speaker was the obvious solution to this, and the HomePod would have the advantage of being able to act as a HomeKit hub too.

In my HomePod Diary, I’ve been focusing mostly on music, but I’m also happy to report that the smart speaker has also passed the Steph Test …

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Final Cut Pro X: Revisiting the Synology NAS, this time with 10GbE

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:47

I’ve used a Synology NAS to store Final Cut Pro X libraries in the past, but the process wasn’t very straightforward at the time, and performance was never good enough to convince me to use it over the long-term. This was especially true as I started to dabble more in 4K workflows.

As we all know, the iMac Pro features built in 10GbE connectivity, which opens up the possibilities when it comes to using a NAS as a Final Cut Pro X storage solution. Final Cut Pro X also received updates in the last year in order to better facilitate working from network attached storage.

Is a 10GbE NAS a viable storage solution for Final Cut Pro X users?

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New ‘Angry Birds Champions’ spin-off for iOS lets players battle for real cash

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:23

A new Angry Birds title is out for iOS and it’s bringing a new take on the franchise. This time around, players will slingshot the well-known birds and compete for real money.

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Tim Cook FastCo interview: Apple not a follower; working on products well into 2020s; not in it for the money

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:12

FastCo yesterday named Apple the most innovative company of the year, and it has today followed up with an interview with the company’s CEO, Tim Cook.

When you talk about your company as often as Cook does, it must be incredibly hard to come up with new things to say, and many of his comments are well-rehearsed. But there are a few interesting snippets …

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Things 3.4 adds expansive new URL schemes for linking, automation, and handover from other apps

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:01

Cultured Code’s Things task manager is a popular option on the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, but it hasn’t talked to other apps very well in the past like other solutions. That changes today with Things 3.4 which adds expansive new features enabled by special URL schemes.

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Dish separates out Sling TV subscribers for first time, reports 47% growth

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:06

Dish Network has for the first time separated out its Dish TV and Sling TV subscriber numbers. The company revealed the figures in its year-end financials for 2017 …

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