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iMovie for Mac picks up 4K video editing support

Today, 02:52 PM

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Apple has updated iMovie for Mac, adding support for 4K editing and sharing, along with support for editing videos shot in 1080p at 60 frames per second. You can also import movies and trailers from iMovie for iPhone and iPad, and the Media View has been redesigned.

It should be noted that 4K video editing requires a Mac from 2011 or later with at least 4GB of RAM. To play back 4K video in full resolution, you'll need an iMac with Retina display or Mac Pro connected to a 4K display. Here's everything that's new in iMovie 10.1:

  • Create and share movies at stunning 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) on compatible Mac computers (1)
  • Create and share movies with 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second for smoother, more true-to-life action
  • Import movies and trailers from iMovie for iOS (version 2.2 and later), so you can start editing on an iOS device and finish on your Mac
  • Redesigned Media view lets you see more of your library while browsing videos and photos
  • Projects view makes it easy to find and open your movies and trailers
  • Tabs in the Browser give you faster access to titles, backgrounds, transitions, and music while editing a movie
  • Option to hide Browser while editing a movie
  • 10 additional video filters from iMovie for iOS
  • View pixel-for-pixel 4K video while editing a movie on iMac with Retina 5K display

You can download iMovie for Mac from the Mac App Store now.





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Apple Pay gains support from 29 more U.S. banks and credi...

Today, 02:17 PM

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Another 29 banks and credit unions in the U.S. have added support for Apple Pay. With these additions, the total number of financial institutions supporting Apple Pay in the United States now stands at over 530.

Here are the most recent additions. Did your bank make the cut?

  • Advia Credit Union
  • AIM Bank
  • Alma Bank
  • American Bank & Trust Company
  • Armstrong Bank
  • Arvest Bank
  • BankIowa
  • Central National Bank
  • Clear Mountain Bank
  • EECU
  • First Advantage Bank
  • First Kentucky Bank
  • John Marshall Bank
  • Justice Federal Credit Union
  • Kern Federal Credit Union
  • Kinecta Federal Credit Union
  • Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union
  • Martin Federal Credit Union
  • Northern Bank & Trust Company
  • Partners 1st Federal Credit Union
  • Radius Bank
  • Republic Bank & Trust
  • Scottrade
  • Sharefax Credit Union
  • Signature Federal Credit Union
  • Sussex County Federal Credit Union
  • The First National Bank in Sioux Falls
  • Velocity Credit Union
  • Washington Trust Bank

For those just tuning in, Apple Pay allows owners of the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, 6, 6 Plus and Apple Watch to pay for purchases using their devices, rather than pulling out their credit or debit card. While initially only available in the United States, Apple Pay expanded into the U.K. in July.

Source: Apple





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Microsoft OneNote picks up support for keyboard shortcut,...

Today, 02:01 PM

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Microsoft has updated its OneNote app for iPhone and iPad. The notetaking app now offers support for FiftyThree's Pencil stylus, along with some new features in iOS 9, including support for keyboard shortcuts.

To use Pencil with OneNote, select the Draw tab for your note, then select Stylus, then Pencil by FiftyThree. You'll need to press the Pencil to the black dot to connect it to your iPad. Once you've done that, you can take advantage of features like palm rejection.

The other major addition to this version of OneNote is keyboard shortcut support for iOS 9. Holding down the Command key on an external Bluetooth keyboard will display OneNote's list of commands, which include Find, bullet points, numbering, indentation, and select tags.

There are other important enhancements as well. You can insert files from OneDrive for Business, Work, and School onto your OneNote pages from Microsoft's OneDrive app. There have also been issues fixed with the camera zoom, page list scrolling, and the share extension in Split View mode.

You can download OneNote for iPhone and iPad 2.17 from the App Store now.





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iPad Air screen protectors are only $10.95 today

Today, 01:57 PM

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This clear screen shield provides scratch protection along with its anti-glare feature, so you can enjoy your device with no reflections. The kit includes 2 screen protectors, a microfiber cleaning cloth, and an applicator card.





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Sprint expands its Direct 2 You service to include severa...

Today, 01:45 PM

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Sprint's recently launched phone delivery and set up service, Direct 2 You, has now expanded to several new cities in the US, including Charlotte, N.C., Cincinnati, Las Vegas, Nashville, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City. These new additions for the service means that 27 major metropolitan areas in the US now have access to Direct 2 You.

Direct 2 You offers Sprint customers a way to not only order a new smartphone, but also have a company representative drive to them in the service's area to deliver the phone and set it up for free. Sprint says:

In addition to setting up the phone, the Direct 2 You expert will transfer all content, including contacts, pictures, games and apps, to ensure the device is ready to go. The expert also provides personalized training and tips to help you become familiar with using your new mobile device.

Sprint said it will expand Direct 2 You to include more US cities sometime in 2016.

Source: Sprint





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Twitter to lay off up to 336 team members, or 8 percent o...

Today, 01:17 PM

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Twitter will be laying off a number of its workers as part of an overall restructuring of the social networking company. In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, it said that it plans to lay off up to 336 team members, or about 8 percent of its total work force.

Twitter stated:

The restructuring is part of an overall plan to organize around the Company's top product priorities and drive efficiencies throughout the Company. The Company intends to reinvest savings in its most important priorities to drive growth.

Twitter says it expects the total amount of its restructuring expenses will be between $5 million to $15 million. The decision comes just eight days after the company named its co-founder Jack Dorsey to be its new CEO.

Source: SEC





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Comic: The Wrath of Steve

Today, 01:00 PM

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Ed: Welcome to this week's edition of The Pixel Project: a weekly comic from Diesel Sweeties' Rich Stevens on Apple, technology, and everything in-between. Today: The Wrath of Steve


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Secret Force Click shortcuts: Thirteen Taptic tricks for...

Today, 12:53 PM

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Apple's new Force Touch Trackpad comes with Force Click.

Force Click is a convenient way to invoke secondary actions with what is, in essence, a secondary, "deeper" press into the trackpad. Apple currently ties Force Click into the Quick Look, Look Up, data detector, and detail view functions, as well as a few extras. That means you can generally go deeper just by — wait for it — going deeper. Here are all the basics!

Note: Force Click is currently available on the 2015 MacBook and 2015 MacBooks Pro, and the new Magic Trackpad 2.

See all app windows


Force Click on an icon in the Dock and you'll get an Exposé preview of that app's open windows.

Preview a file


Force Click on a document and you'll get a Quick Look of the file's contents.

Rename a file


Force Click on a file name and you'll be able to rename it.

Look up a word


Force Click on a word or common grouping of words and a you'll get the Look Up popover with results from Dictionary or Wikipedia.

Preview a website


Force Click on a link and you'll get a popover showing you the contents of a link's webpage.

See Message details


Force Click on a thread in Messages and you'll call up the details view with location, attachments, and Do Not Disturb.

See Reminders details


Force Click on a reminder to see location, time, and other details about it.

See event details


Force Click on a Calendar event to see location, time, and other details. Force Click on an attendee to see contact details.

Add an event


Force Click on a date and you'll get a popover offering to add them to your calendar.

Preview an address


Force Click on an a address and you'll get a popover showing you a map of the location.

Drop a location pin


Force Click on a place in Maps to drop a pin on it.

Track a package


Force Click on a tracking number and you'll get a popup showing you all the shipping and delivery details, including progress and current status.

Annotate an image or PDF


Force Click on an image or or PDF in Mail and you'll open it in the Markup extension, ready for annotation.

More shortcuts

Apple is also using the pressure sensitive aspects of Force Click to let you accelerate fast forward and rewind in QuickTime and iMovie, and zoom in maps. The company is using the Taptic engine to hint when you're getting to the end of a clip in iMovie and to rotating back to zero degrees in Photos. It's safe to say we're at the very beginning of Force Click, and that there's a lot more to come!





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How to set up and adjust Force Click on the Mac

Today, 12:42 PM

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Apple's new Force Touch Trackpad for the Mac comes with a new way to interact with OS X — Force Click.

Force Click lets you not only click like you would on a traditional, mechanical trackpad, but press harder to engage a second click, or a range of additional click levels, that enable additional actions. For example, click on an icon and then Force Click to get a QuickLook, or click on a word and then Force Click to get a dictionary definition. How you set it up and adjust how Force Click works, however, is completely up to you!

Note: Force Click is currently available on the 2015 MacBook and 2015 MacBooks Pro, and the new Magic Trackpad 2.

How to turn Force Click on or off for the Mac

With a Force Click, you can do everything from bringing up Quick Look to Look Up, preview maps and websites, and more. If you like the way it works and feels, it's on by default and you can leave it that way. If you'd rather turn it off, however, and use your Force Touch trackpad more like a traditional trackpad, you can easily do that too. And if you later change your mind, you can turn it right back on.

  1. Launch System Preferences.
  2. Click on Trackpad.
  3. Uncheck Force Click and haptic feedback to disable.


To re-enable Force Click, repeat the same steps and re-check Force Click and haptic feedback.

How to silence Force Click on or off for the Mac

Force Click may simulate a mechanical click in feeling and sound but it's just that—a simulation. And that means, if you'd rather not hear that simulated sound, you can turn it off. Sure, your keyboard will still clack away, but if all you're doing is swiping and clicking around, and you don't want to hear it, you can mute it.

  1. Launch System Preferences.
  2. Click on Trackpad.
  3. Check Silent Clicking to disable the sound.


To re-enable the clicking sound, repeat the same steps and un-check Silent Clicking.

How to assign Force Click on the Mac
  1. Launch System Preferences.
  2. Click on Trackpad.
  3. Click on Look up & data selectors
  4. Set it to Force Click with one finger to use Force Click, or Tap with three fingers to disable Force Click.


If you later change your mind, simply perform the same steps again and switch to the other option.

How change the firmness of Force Click on the Mac

By default, Force Click requires a "medium" level of intensity to activate. Apple gives you the option, however, of switching to "light", which makes it easier to engage, or "firm", which requires you to put even more muscle behind it. Whether you're having a hard time triggering Force Click, or you're triggering by mistake, there's likely a setting that's perfect for you.

  1. Launch System Preferences.
  2. Click on Trackpad.
  3. Select between Light, Medium, and Firm.


Keep trying the different settings until you find the one that works best for you.





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Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2 FAQ:...

Today, 12:30 PM

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The new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2 are both redesigned and rechargeable

Apple's new 21.5 inch Retina 4K iMac and 27-inch Retina 5K iMac come with new accessories. Magic accessories. The Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and optional Magic Trackpad 2 to be specific. And yes, the Magic Trackpad 2 has Force Touch! Here's everything you need to know about Apple's new accessories.


What makes these magic accessories so new?

The Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2 have been redesigned: They're now slimmer, sleeker, and more comfortable to use than ever.

They're also now fully rechargeable, with built-in lithium-ion batteries, so say goodbye to having to swap disposable AA cells.

How do they recharge?

A Lightning cable! Just like the iPhone, iPad, and new Apple TV controller, the company's new Magic accessories all come with a Lightning-to-USB cable. Plug the Lightning end into the Magic accessory and the USB end into your Mac or an optional USB adapter, and charge away.

How often do I have to charge them? What's the battery life like?

Apple says the new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2 should last you about a month or more on a single charge.

They're still wireless and use Bluetooth, though, right?

Yes, the Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2 work over Bluetooth on any Bluetooth-capable Mac running OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later. The Magic Trackpad 2 works over Bluetooth on any Bluetooth 4.0-capable Mac running OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later.

They'll come pre-paired with any new Mac that includes them; if bought separately, the accessories pair instantly when you plug the Lightning cable in to your Mac for the first time.


Okay, tell me about the Magic Keyboard?

The new Magic Keyboard isn't just a new version of the old Apple Wireless Keyboard: It's a complete redesign that takes up 13 percent less space.

The Magic Keyboard is still full sized, along with full-sized function keys, and uses a new scissor mechanism that provides 33% more key stability.

The keyboard now sports a new, lower profile, and is built like a solid wedge. Apple says it's been engineered for comfort and precision, and the Lightning port is located on the rear edge—so even when you have to recharge, you never have to stop typing.

What about the Magic Mouse 2?

The new Magic Mouse 2 is lighter and sturdier than the original. It also has newly redesigned feet for a smoother, more precise glide. It doesn't offer Force Touch, but remains multitouch, so you can swipe with one or multiple fingers, click, or double-click.

The Lightning plug is on the bottom, but 2 minutes of charging will give you a typical 9 hour day of use, so you can quickly top up if you have to and then finish charging when you're done for the day.

Okay, I'm ready. Hit me with the Magic Trackpad 2!

Right?! Physically, the Magic Trackpad 2 still has a glass surface, but it's now 29 percent larger, and sports the same lower profile as the new Magic Keyboard. They pair exceptionally well together.

Internally, the new Magic Trackpad 2 is like the Force Touch trackpads that ship in the MacBook and MacBooks Pro. There are four force sensors in the trackpad that detect how hard you push and where, along with a Taptic Engine that provides tactile, haptic feedback—including the simulation of a click and deeper force click.

You've got all the multitouch gestures you expect, including tap, swipe, pinch, for single and multiple fingers. But you've now got the multidimensional Force Touch interactions as well.

What can I do with Force Touch on the Magic Trackpad 2?

Same kinds of things you can do with it on the MacBook or MacBooks Pro:

  • Force Click on a Dock icon to Expose the app's windows, a file icon to Quick Look it, or a file name to edit it.
  • Force Click on a word to look it up in Dictionary or Wikipedia, an address to get a Maps preview, or a location to drop a pin.
  • Force Click on a date to add it to Calendar, an event to see details, and an invitee to preview their contact card.
  • Force Click on a link to preview a website, an image or PDF to invoke Markup, or an iMessage conversation to see details.
  • Force Press in QuickTime to fast forward and rewind quicker.
  • Force Press in Maps to Zoom.

And a variety of apps will provide haptic feedback when you slide or rotate to certain points as well.

What does this Magic cost and when and where can I get some?

The new iMacs ship with the new Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2, and the Magic Trackpad 2 can be substituted instead (you simply pay the $50 difference). You can also buy them separately through Apple.com, Apple Retail, or authorized resellers.

  • $99 - Magic Keyboard
  • $79 - Magic Mouse 2
  • $129 - Magic Trackpad 2





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