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VSCO Cam's Collections let you share your favorite ph...

28 Jul 2015

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News

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VSCO Cam for iPhone and iPad has been updated to add Collections, a new way of showing off your favorite photos and interacting with other photographers using VSCO Cam. Collections allow you to find and publish your favorite images for your followers to see.

This VSCO Cam update also allows you to take photos with the Volume Up button on your iPhone. Check out what's new in the list below:

  • New Collections feature allows for unprecedented interaction within the VSCO ecosystem
  • Connect with other creatives and their work
  • Double tap to save inspiring images, then publish those images to your Collection
  • Added ability to take photos using the volume button
  • Fixed various issues and bugs

You can grab the latest version of VSCO Cam from the App Store right now.



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Apple Music joins Snapchat, goes behind the scenes of Bea...

Today, 12:36 AM

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Apple Music has already been quite the social butterfly since its launch. Now, in addition to Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, you can count Snapchat among the services through which you can follow all things Apple Music.

Apple Music first launched its official Snapchat account earlier today, and so far it's been pretty fun seeing what's added to its story. During its inaugural day on the ephemeral messaging service, Apple Music has been consistently providing some behind-the-scenes looks at each DJ in the studio, periodically interspersed with shots of the cities from which the always-on radio station broadcasts.

Things started out with Zane Lowe bringing Snapchatters into the studio, and have cycled through fellow DJs Julie Adenoma and Ebro Darden as they do their work. If you'd like to catch a glimpse at what it's like behind the scenes at the Beats 1 studios, you can follow along by adding "applemusic" on Snapchat.

Via: MacRumors



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Apple Music Wish List: Let me know when this song gets ad...

Yesterday, 05:59 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News

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Beats 1 plays lots of great unreleased content. I want to know when it gets added to the Apple Music catalog.

I've found a lot of exciting new music during my lengthy Beats 1 listening sprees, but I can't tell you what half of those tracks were. That's because Apple's radio station often plays unreleased or pre-release tracks on its DJ shows, and those tracks (by virtue of, y'know, not being released) aren't available in the on-demand Apple Music catalog.

As such, the only thing I can do with those tracks if I want to remember them is create an Apple Music radio station based on them. There's no button to save for later, or let me know when the song is getting released. And that's a shame.

There are so many good tracks I've never heard on Beats 1, Apple. New bands I want to keep track of. And yet, there's no way to make note of these songs right now unless I take a screenshot of my Now Playing screen.

Instead, here's a modest proposal: Utilize the wishlist feature from iTunes and add a "Add to My Music when available" button. This Apple Music wishlist would save a list of tracks you want to download in the future, but may not be available now. And when tracks do get added to the service, you could get notified with a banner. "Swords by MIA is now available on Apple Music!"

What do you folks think? Is this a feature you'd make use of?

And for any Apple engineers who might happen to be reading this post, I've filed this on Apple Bug Report as rdar://22052359.



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Using the Apple system font in your web content

Today, 12:24 AM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News

Coming with iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan is the new Apple system font, San Francisco (technically the SF branch). If you make web apps or use web views and want to make sure they match, there's some good news coming your way. Myles Maxfield on Surfin' Safari:

Web content is sometimes designed to fit in with the overall aesthetic of the underlying platform which it is being rendered on. One of the ways to achieve this is by using the platform's system font, which is possible on iOS and OS X by using the "-apple-system" CSS value for the "font-family" CSS property. On iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, doing this allows you to use Apple's new system font, San Francisco. Using "-apple-system" also correctly interacts with the font-weight CSS property to choose the correct font on Apple's latest operating systems.

Browsers that don't support -apple-system will simply grab the next font specified in the property list.

San Francisco is gorgeous, and a more consistent way to display it throughout apps and the web is just terrific.



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Volkswagen's first car with CarPlay starts landing in...

Yesterday, 11:51 PM

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Volkswagen has announced that the first car sporting CarPlay has started landing in showrooms. The Golf R is the first model to pick up Volkswagen's latest infotainment system — which includes CarPlay on board — but the company says the rest of its 2016 lineup will carry support for Apple's connected car system as well. From Volkswagen:

The all-new infotainment system not only creates the foundation for the next generation of Volkswagen's Car-Net connected vehicle services platform, but also offers one of the most comprehensive suites of connected vehicle services and features available in the automotive industry today. The new technology will provide consumers access to information, right at their fingertips, available across nearly the entire Volkswagen range. The first 2016 models featuring the new infotainment system will start landing in dealer showrooms late July 2015.

CarPlay support comes as part of a larger push from Volkswagen with its Car-Net platform, which also includes support for new connected security features, MirrorLink, and Google's Android Auto. Following its appearance on the Golf R, we should see CarPlay roll out with the rest of Volkswagen's 2016 lineup as well. The only two models that Volkswagen says will not pick up support for its Car-Net platform are the Eos and Touareg.

Source: Volkswagen



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Security writer says 'Goodbye Android', switches...

Yesterday, 11:27 PM

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I've written about the security and privacy advantages of iPhone and the benefits of timely and wide-ranging iOS software updates before but many of my Android friends dismiss it because I write about it here on an Apple-centric website. Fair enough. Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai is a longtime Android aficionado, however, as well as a security journalist, and historically not a fan of Apple. Yet he's switching and he's writing about it on Vice:

So when the original iPhone came out a few years ago, I swore in multiple heated discussions with friends and strangers that I'd never buy an iPhone. Since then, I've only owned Android phones. First a few HTC ones, now a Sony phone.

Well, I'm sick of it. And I'm ready to go to the dark side.

Lorenzo still thinks Android is great, but because of how hard it is to get security updates, he's going iPhone. Obviously, other people have other priorities and not everyone will make the choice Lorenzo is making.

Still, this isn't a problem that looks to be going away any time soon and Lorenzo offers a lot of insight for anyone even considering making the switch. Give it a read and let me know what you think!



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Apple seeds OS X El Capitan Beta 3 to testers

Yesterday, 07:42 PM

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Apple has seeded the third public beta version of OS X El Capitan, making the download available for members of Apple's Beta Software Program. If you count yourself among those ranks, you should be able to grab the latest beta release from the Mac App Store now.

While this is a public beta, it isn't completely open. If you're interested in participating, you'll have to sign up at the Apple Beta Software Program website to get started. The full public release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan is expected to land this fall with improvements to Safari, Spotlight search, and the debut of Apple's Metal graphics framework on the Mac platform.

Interested in everything there is to know about the OS X El Capitan Public Beta? Then be sure to check out our ultimate guid at the link below.

OS X Public Beta: The Ultimate Guide

Thanks to Keith for the tip!



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Apple's Campus 2 visitor's center to feature obse...

Yesterday, 10:52 PM

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According to documents uncovered by Silicon Valley Business Journal, Apple's Campus 2, which is currently undergoing construction, will have quite the treat for visitors. The plans detail a large, glass-walled visitor's center complete with a store, cafe, and an observation deck. From Silicon Valley Business Journal:

The plans show a super-modern glass-walled structure topped by a carbon-fiber roof with extended eaves, punctuated by large skylights. On the ground floor: A 2,386-square-foot cafe and 10,114-square-foot store "which allows visitors to view and purchase the newest Apple products." Stairs and elevators take visitors to the roof level, about 23 feet up. There, they'll be able to behold the multi-billion-dollar campus, a kind of monument to the late co-founder Steve Jobs and Apple's tremendous money machine.

As the report notes, it was already known that Apple planned to include a visitor's center when it originally filed for approval of the massive complex. However, the recently uncovered documents, which were filed in April, offer the first hint at what apple has in store for visitors. Apple is planning to erect the visitor's center at 10700 N. Tantau with hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekend.

Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal; Via: MacRumors



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How to avoid Windows 10 upgrade problems with VMware Fusion

Yesterday, 09:05 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News

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If you're using VMware Fusion 7 to run a Windows virtual machine, don't upgrade until you read this.

For the most part it's a straightforward experience: VMware Fusion 7 offers a solid, predictable way to run Windows from your Mac safely, in a virtualized environment that's easy to quit out of and suspend when you don't need. Some Fusion 7 users have run into a problem upgrading to Windows 10. The good news is that it's really easy to fix.

Switch to Mac

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Every week our Peter Cohen brings you Switch to Mac — a column to help you move from Windows PC to the Mac and OS X!

Over at his own blog, VMware senior product marketing manager Michael Roy mentions the workaround.

Rather than use the upgrade method within the VM, download the .ISO and mount it to Fusion to perform the upgrade.

That's right, download the .ISO image of the Windows upgrade: the disk image file Microsoft makes available for download.

Make sure to have your existing Windows product key handy for activation.

Roy offers a bunch of other great advice, like take a Snapshot before installation, so you'll have a rollback point if you run into problems. And if you need to set up more than one virtual machine, Fusion Pro's clone feature can save you time.

VMware had some other news to share this week. They're offering 10 percent off the price of Fusion 7 ($62.99 for the regular version, $134.99 for the Pro version), and a free upgrade to Fusion 8 when it is released later this summer.

VMware isn't spilling the beans on Fusion 8, but they say it'll be enhanced for use with Windows 10.

If you're interested in running Fusion 8 ahead of time and can take a chance with preview software, check out VMware Fusion Technology Preview. You'll get a look at what's to come in Fusion 8.

For more on Windows 10 itself, check out the in-depth Windows Central review



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Yahoo LiveText hopes blending video and texting will make...

Yesterday, 05:31 PM

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Yahoo has officially announced LiveText, its new messaging app that blends text messaging and live-streaming video to create more memorable experiences. The app was originally soft-launched in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Ireland, and will soon be available in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, and France.

LiveText centers on real-time conversation, letting you actually see the reactions of your friends over live video to the messages you type. Video is silent, so you'll need to rely on typed messages in order to communicate.

From Yahoo:

Yahoo Livetext puts your words and your friend's real-time reactions at the center of your conversation. Whether you're watching Avicii DJ at the Creamfields Festival, at Venice Beach or taking in the view from the Eiffel Tower, you can spontaneously connect with the people you care about and invite them to experience moments with you. Your friend's goofy look or giant smile, even her eye roll or silent sigh, suddenly become a part of your conversation. Simple conversations are transformed into vivid, authentic and memorable experiences that you can share anytime.

Yahoo LiveText will officially launch tomorrow in the App Store. You can check out a short video of the app in action below.

Source: Yahoo



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