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Sunday, October 19, 2014

TipsUsing widgets in OS X Yosemite's new Notification Center

Using widgets in OS X Yosemite's new Notification Center
With the introduction of OS X Yosemite, Notification Center moves beyond notifications aggregation to include a completely new interactive Today view borrowed from iOS, widgets and a refreshed user interface.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

EditorialEditorial: A friendlier Apple Inc now invites media through its Infinite Loop front door

Editorial: A friendlier Apple Inc now invites media through its Infinite Loop front door
At this week's Apple Event showing off the company's newest iPads and Macs, invited members of the media weren't directed around the back of Apple's Infinite Loop campus to the Town Hall door, as usual. They were greeted at the front door and led through the private campus courtyard.

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Apple launches iCloud Photos beta Web client ahead of iOS 8.1 rollout

Apple launches iCloud Photos beta Web client ahead of iOS 8.1 rollout
Apple on Saturday launched a beta version of iCloud Photos for iCloud.com users, activating the photo and video storage and syncing service planned to officially roll out on Monday with the debut of iOS 8.1.

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TipsHow to activate 'Dark mode' in OS X Yosemite

How to activate 'Dark mode' in OS X Yosemite
While a seemingly minor addition, Apple's inclusion of a so-called "Dark Mode" in OS X Yosemite, which basically flips the translucent menu bar and dock from light gray to black, answers the call of many longtime Mac users.

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Full video of Jony Ive's Vanity Fair interview posted online

Full video of Jony Ive's Vanity Fair interview posted online
Vanity Fair on Friday posted to YouTube the full 25-minute video of an interview with Apple SVP of Design Jony Ive, who discussed a range of topics at the publication's New Establishment Summit, including his beginnings at Apple and "copycat" devices.

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TipsiCloud Drive allows OS X Yosemite users to store any type of file in the cloud

iCloud Drive allows OS X Yosemite users to store any type of file in the cloud
The launch of OS X Yosemite has brought online Apple's new iCloud Drive, which not only automatically syncs data from Mac and iOS applications, but also for the first time allows Mac users to upload and organize any file types on their own.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Teardown of 27" Retina iMac reveals identical parts, construction as last-gen model

Teardown of 27
The team at iFixit recently completed a teardown of Apple's new iMac with 5K Retina display and found the all-in-one to be nearly identical to previous models, save for the ultra high-resolution screen.

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ExclusiveExclusive video: Apple's new "spaceship" Campus 2 is figuratively taking off

Exclusive video: Apple's new
In yesterday's keynote, Apple's software chief Craig Federighi joked about rumors of the new Apple Campus 2 being an actual spaceship capable of literally taking off. The project is, however, figuratively taking off, with incredible progress visible over just the last month, evident particularly in the parking structures now under construction.

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Apple's new Mac mini lacks user-replaceable memory

Apple's new Mac mini lacks user-replaceable memory
An early assessment of Apple's late-2014 Mac mini found that the headless desktop does not come with user-replaceable RAM, but does include user-serviceable hard drives.

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TipsHow to use Mail Drop and Markup to send large emails in OS X Yosemite

How to use Mail Drop and Markup to send large emails in OS X Yosemite
With OS X Yosemite, Apple introduced a host of useful features for creating and sending emails, including Mail Drop and Markup, which allows users to send messages up to 5GB in size and annotate attached files before sending.

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American Express prepares customers for Apple Pay launch, details setup procedure

American Express prepares customers for Apple Pay launch, details setup procedure
In an email sent out to credit card holders on Friday, American Express announced integration with Apple Pay and outlined steps users need to take in order to get the payment system up and running on their mobile device.

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Apple removes all Bose products from its online store

Apple removes all Bose products from its online store
Following the news that a lawsuit between Apple's Beats and Bose had been settled, all Bose products — including both headphones and speakers —have been removed from Apple's online store.

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TipsHandoff in OS X Yosemite makes it easy to transition between your Mac, iPhone & iPad

Handoff in OS X Yosemite makes it easy to transition between your Mac, iPhone & iPad
This week's launch of OS X Yosemite enables Mac users to tap into the Handoff function introduced last month with iOS 8, making it simple to jump back and forth between a Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Here's how to set up Handoff and use it.

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TipsHow to place and answer iPhone calls on your Mac with OS X Yosemite

How to place and answer iPhone calls on your Mac with OS X Yosemite
With Apple's newly released OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, users can be alerted to incoming calls to their iPhone on their Mac, and even answer a call and carry a conversation through their Mac in a simple, seamless process.

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TipsOptions for backing up your Mac before installing OS X Yosemite

Options for backing up your Mac before installing OS X Yosemite
New software is exciting, but it's not nearly as fun if something goes wrong during the installation, necessitating a downgrade or —worse —starting from scratch and being forced to recover your data. AppleInsider took a look at some of the options for backing up your Mac before installing OS X Yosemite.

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Apple's online store begins taking preorders for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

Ahead of next week's launch, Apple's online store on Friday began taking presales of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, its new Touch ID-equipped tablets being introduced for the holiday shopping season.

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Yosemite updaters will need to wait for Monday's iOS 8.1 launch for SMS relay & Instant Hotspot

Yosemite updaters will need to wait for Monday's iOS 8.1 launch for SMS relay & Instant Hotspot
Users who have updated to Apple's newly launched OS X Yosemite Mac operating system won't be able to use the highly anticipated SMS relay or Instant Hotspot features for a few more days, as support can be found in the forthcoming iOS 8.1 update for iPhone.

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Apple's iPhone 6 & 6 Plus met with orderly launch day lines in China

Apple's iPhone 6 & 6 Plus met with orderly launch day lines in China
Nearly one month after Apple first debuted the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in nine countries, the next-generation handsets finally went on sale to an eager Chinese customer base on Friday.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Adobe Lightroom plug-in eases transition from Aperture, streamlines photo library imports

Adobe Lightroom plug-in eases transition from Aperture, streamlines photo library imports
Seemingly timed to coincide with the launch of OS X Yosemite, Adobe on Thursday announced availability of a Lightroom plug-in that streamlines the process of importing Aperture photo libraries.

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Apple updates iLife suite for Mac with app redesigns, OS X Yosemite support

Apple updates iLife suite for Mac with app redesigns, OS X Yosemite support
Apple on Thursday released updated versions of iMovie, iPhoto and GarageBand for Mac, bringing refreshed designs, new features and support for the newly released OS X Yosemite operating system.

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Apple's iPad Air 2 eschews physical orientation lock switch in favor of software control

Apple's iPad Air 2 eschews physical orientation lock switch in favor of software control
A lot of attention has been paid to the iPad Air 2's slimmed-down design, but one of the most striking changes — the removal of the orientation lock/mute switch — is a significant evolution in Apple's design philosophy.

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GT Advanced to axe more than 700 jobs at Arizona sapphire plant

GT Advanced to axe more than 700 jobs at Arizona sapphire plant
Embattled sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies on Thursday announced it will be eliminating more than 700 jobs at its plant in Mesa, Arizona, with the mass layoffs scheduled for completion by Dec. 15.

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Apple discontinues Mac mini server, limits storage options with latest hardware refresh

Apple discontinues Mac mini server, limits storage options with latest hardware refresh
With Thursday's Mac mini refresh, the addition of new processors and a lower cost of entry seemingly comes at a price, as Apple no longer offers storage expansion options beyond 1TB and has axed the server model altogether.

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Revamped iWork apps for Mac, iOS roll out with Handoff and iCloud Drive support

Revamped iWork apps for Mac, iOS roll out with Handoff and iCloud Drive support
Continuing the stream of software updates launched on Thursday tied to the launch of OS X Yosemite, Apple released redesigned iWork for Mac and iOS suites with built-in support for iOS Continuity features and iCloud Drive.

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Apple releases iTunes 12.0.1 designed for OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Apple releases iTunes 12.0.1 designed for OS X 10.10 Yosemite
Shortly after releasing the final public version of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Apple on Thursday pushed out iTunes 12.0.1 with various design and performance enhancements in line with the company's new Mac operating system.

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Apple posts iPad Air 2, Retina iMac and 'Evolution of Retina' promo videos online

Apple posts iPad Air 2, Retina iMac and 'Evolution of Retina' promo videos online
Following Thursday's big reveal, Apple posted a trio of promotional videos taken from the product launch event to its YouTube page, touting the new iPad Air 2 and iMac with 5K Retina display.

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Apple's OS X Yosemite now available for free download with Continuity features, iTunes 12, more

Apple's OS X Yosemite now available for free download with Continuity features, iTunes 12, more
As promised, Apple's next-generation OS X Yosemite Mac operating system is now available for download through the Mac App Store, bringing with it a host of enhancements like iOS Continuity, a redesigned UI, iTunes 12 and more.

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ExclusiveFirst look: Hands-on with Apple's new iPad Air 2 & iPad mini 3

The iPad Air and iPad mini have both been outfitted by Apple with Touch ID fingerprint sensors, but it's clear that Apple is positioning its flagship iPad Air 2 as the tablet to beat, boasting a beefed-up A8X CPU, improved camera, thinner design, and anti-reflective laminated display.

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FeatureiPhone trade-in roundup: Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, BuyBack World, Gazelle, NextWorth, uSell, Target & Walmart

iPhone trade-in roundup: Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, BuyBack World, Gazelle, NextWorth, uSell, Target & Walmart
Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now officially available for pre-order, but buyers still need to decide what to do with their old device. As in years past, AppleInsider takes a look at nearly a dozen big-name buyback services and retailers looking to attract your iPhone trade-ins over the next several weeks. [Updated Pricing, Offers]

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Thursday, October 16, 2014