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The iOS 8 animation curve

Following the introduction of iOS 7 back in June of 2013, a common complaint from developers and designers was that the system animations took to long to complete, making the interface feel slow.

Apple sped up the animations before release, but for some they still felt too slow. Since iOS 8 didn't fundamentally change the animations curves, that perception has lingered.

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How the iPhone is helping Federico Viticci live a healthier life after cancer

The iPhone as personal digital lifestyle assistant.

In 2011 Federico Viticci was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma (Stage IV). He beat the cancer, all the while continuing to edit and write for his phenomenal website, MacStories.net, but it took a profound toll on his life and his health. Now Ticci wants to live not only well but better, and he's using his iPhone to help him do it.

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Apple Watch reportedly has time-only 'Power Reserve' mode

An ultra-low-energy 'Power Reserve' mode could help Apple Watch time keep ticking.

Apple has repeatedly said the Apple Watch will last about a day, which means you're going to want to charge it every night so you don't have to take it off when it actually runs out — be it the middle of the night when you're sleeping or early the next day when you'd rather be using it. If something happens and you can't get to a charger in time, however, there might be a time-only "Power Reserve" mode to give you an extra buffer.

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How to design apps for everyone

Who are you designing your app for? Is it meant for people of all ages and interests, or is it meant for a very narrow niche? That's the topic Dave Wiskus addresses in the latest installment of his Better Elevation video series — what it means to design apps for human beings.

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The 250 still-missing emoji

Apple has added 300 new emoji to the iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3 betas, but they're focused almost exclusively on inclusivity — diversity in skin tones and country flags. The watch, phone, and computer emoji have been redrawn to match Apple's current products, but it doesn't appear that any of the new Unicode standard emoji have been added.

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Happy Year of the Goat!

Year past I would've been on a stage in China Town this week with Georgia Dow and Anthony Casella demonstrating Foshan boxing to the beat of lion drums, and then meeting up with friends for "ice cream" that consisted of red bean, ice, and tofu. That's how we spent most of Chinese New Year when we were in college, and it forever bound us to the people and the culture.

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iMore show 444 LIVE!

It's Serenity, Peter, and Rene with all the week's Apple, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, Apple Car — you get the idea! — news! Join us! Show kicks off at 10am PT, 1pm ET. Join us!

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Could an Apple user-experience win the car fight?

Whether we're talking about existing products like Apple's infortainment intermediating CarPlay, or rumored products like a full on Apple Car, they'll be competing for attention and usage with other software companies like Google and Android Auto, and with manufacturers and their own in-car offerings. Apple's usual strategy is to fight on the experience level — to make a product that solves real problems and engenders real delight. Could that same strategy win inside the car, or inside the car industry?

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Chris Breen leaves Macworld (and the tech community) for Apple

My friend, former colleague, and Mac guru extraordinaire Chris Breen is leaving Macworld after several decades to go work for Apple. It's a huge loss for IDG, and an even bigger loss for the tech community at large — Chris appeared on podcasts and Lynda videos across the Web, and it's a sad day indeed to think that we won't hear his voice on any tech-related casts from here on out.

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How would you change Apple's Photos app?

Photos was one of the apps that not only drove people to buy the original iPhone, but helped them show off why they bought it. Yes, Mike Matas and team had us at pinch-to-zoom. Over the years, Apple introduced video, integrated with additional services like Flickr, and added basic editing tools and filters. The biggest improvements, however, came with iOS 7 — and a whole new Photos app. It offered all an all-new organizational model, based on Years, Collections, and Moments, much better, non-destructive editing tools, and integration with iCloud Photo Library, which promised better storage and sync for all photos and videos. In other words, along with Photos for Mac, Apple has made it a core part of their operating systems.

But that was then and this is now. So, what would you like to see Apple do with Photos next?

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