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2 weeks ago

Photos for OS X isn't going to be a pro app — and that's okay

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Photos for OS X isn't going to be a pro app — and that's okay

After the first developer beta of Photos was released last week along with OS X 10.10.3, I got a lot of questions about the app. Little questions, like "Can you still make books and cards?" (Yes.) But also big-picture questions. Is this the next generation of photo management? Will it be enough for prosumers? Do you think it can replace my aging professional workflow?

These are harder questions to answer, because, largely, your workflow is a very personal process. I can guess at what tools you might need, or file formats you want supported, but at the end of the day, only you can decide which features are must-haves and which omissions are deal-breakers.

But I can say one thing, definitively: Photos isn't designed to be a program for professional photography users. At least, not yet. Maybe not ever, but certainly not now.

What it is, however, is a wonderful entry point for new and experienced users alike who want to do more with their photographs. It may not have the power of the pro app — but that's rather the point.

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2 weeks ago

How to resize multiple Finder columns at once in OS X Yosemite

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How to resize multiple Finder columns at once in OS X Yosemite

Column view is a handy way to look at large collections of files in the Finder. It's my go-to default when I want to arrange contents of Finder windows in easy-to-track lists. I like to reset the column width, however, and I've discovered a handy trick to reset it across an entire window.

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2 weeks ago

The EyePatch case protects and polishes your iPhone cameras

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The EyePatch case protects and polishes your iPhone cameras

Ever take a selfie on your iPhone only to realize it's blurry or streaky because there's something on the lens? If so, you may be interested in the EyePatch, a case that comes with a simple microfiber-embedded switch that covers both the FaceTime (front-facing) and iSight (rear-facing) cameras. It's available for both iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 (sorry, iPhone 6 Plus users, but it's not ready for your camera quite yet).

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2 weeks ago

Swift 1.2 features an improved compiler and Objective-C interactions

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Swift 1.2 features an improved compiler and Objective-C interactions

Apple's youngest programming language, Swift, received a fairly substantial update with today's first beta of Xcode 6.3, at least in beta form. The Swift 1.2 beta features an improved compiler that's both more stable and more speedy, as well as new Objective-C (the programming language that pre-Swift iOS apps were built on) interactions for building more capable hybrid apps.

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2 weeks ago

First iOS 8.3 beta seeded to developers before iOS 8.2 is even released

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First iOS 8.3 beta seeded to developers before iOS 8.2 is even released

Apple today seeded to developers the very first iOS 8.3 beta, as well as a beta for Xcode 6.3 with the version 1.2 of the Swift programming language. Amusingly, this first release of the iOS 8.3 beta comes just a week after the fifth 8.2 beta — a version of the OS that has yet to see public release.

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2 weeks ago

iOS 9 likely to feature substantial stability improvements

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iOS 9 likely to feature substantial stability improvements

The launch of iOS 8 hasn't been without its hiccups, and it seems that Apple is putting a lot of work into ensuring that its successor — we'll call it iOS 9 (seems like a safe bet) — irons out those kinks. iOS 8 adoption has lagged behind previous major version numbers of iOS, though it's worth noting that it is still doing quite well in comparison to the competition.

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2 weeks ago

How about a $3.5 million iPhone 6 bedazzled with 24kt gold and diamonds?

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How about a $3.5 million iPhone 6 bedazzled with 24kt gold and diamonds?

If, for some reason, you have a few million dollars just sitting around and don't feel like spending it on a new house in the Hamptons, a new 100-foot yacht, or a new bespoke Rolls-Royce Phantom, might we suggest that you spend that on a new iPhone instead? Yep, the folks at Goldgenie are at it again, this time taking their 24kt yellow gold, platinum, or rose gold iPhone 6 and wrapping it in precious cut stones. We're not talking about Swarovski crystal encrustment here, no, this is legit bling.

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2 weeks ago

American Express's new Apple Pay TV ad plays on your nostagia

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American Express's new Apple Pay TV ad plays on your nostagia

Several months after the US launch of Apple Pay for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, one of its biggest launch supporters, American Express, is hyping up the use of Apple's payment system in a new TV commercial. At the same time, the ad also takes a nostalgic look back at classic American Express commercials.

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2 weeks ago

Save 43% on these ultra-thin hard cases for iPhone 6 today

Save 43% on these ultra-thin hard cases for iPhone 6 today

The SURFACE Case is the ultimate low-profile iPhone 6 hard cover; combining a super-slim design with a protective outer shell. The exterior features a soft coating that provides additional grip, too. Get yours in your favorite color for only $16.95!

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2 weeks ago

Skype for iPhone update makes saving numbers and placing calls even faster

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Skype for iPhone update makes saving numbers and placing calls even faster

Microsoft is rolling out an update for its iPhone version of Skype today that will offer users some improvements to its dialer. The 5.10 version will also enable users to launch Skype calls and chats from other mobile apps or mobile websites.

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2 weeks ago

Sling TV adds AMC, opens its doors for everyone to try out the Internet TV service

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Sling TV adds AMC, opens its doors for everyone to try out the Internet TV service

Sling TV, the Internet-based TV service that was first announced by Dish at CES 2015, is now available for anyone to access following an invite-only beta testing period. Dish has also announced that AMC has been added to its list of networks that can be accessed with its basic fee of $20 a month.

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2 weeks ago

Where does the iPad fit?

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Where does the iPad fit?

Earlier this week I wondered what might be possible if Apple made an iPadOS. Based on the feedback I got, many people seemed to assume I was petitioning for "yet another operating system", different in kind from iOS. In other words, one more thing for Apple to have to manage or maintain. To be clear — I wasn't. What I was petitioning for was something akin to WatchOS — a variant of iOS optimized not for the smaller wearable but the larger tablet.

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2 weeks ago

How to manually update DNS settings on your Apple TV

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How to manually update DNS settings on your Apple TV

Your Apple TV can be connected to a Wi-Fi network right out of the box and, for the most part, it just works. If you have custom network settings, however, or your experiencing slow streaming performance — particularly with iTunes purchases — changing the DNS settings can sometimes help alleviate the problem. Here's how!

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2 weeks ago

Switch to iPhone: For Apple Store and AppleCare

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Switch to iPhone: For Apple Store and AppleCare

There's never been a better time to switch to iPhone. Whether you're tempted for yourself or looking to help the Android user in your life, the all-new, all-better iPhone 6 and iPhone-6-plus make the move more compelling than ever — especially when you add the value of Apple Stores and AppleCare.

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2 weeks ago

Vector 76: Niche Apple blogs are doomed!

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Vector 76: Niche Apple blogs are doomed!

Vector is a news and analysis show focusing on the biggest stories, hottest trends, and most important issues in technology and popular culture. On this week's show, Guy destroys Georgia's dreams of a Holodeck, are you still using our iPads, would a stylus pen make a difference, Rene talks the realities of running an Apple blog (which are all doomed, apparently), and Dave goes to Hogwarts, leaving the Candians.

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