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Fantastical 2 now available, offers redesigned interface, new features

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Date: Friday, March 27th, 2015, 12:31
Category: iOS, News, Software

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A useful calendar application just got better.

This week, Flexibits released Fantastical 2 for the Mac.

The new version, which sports a redesigned user interface, also includes a full calendar window with day, week, month, and year views, an intuitive parsing engine, iCloud reminders support, light theme, time zone support, birthday reminders, Action and Share Extensions as well as Handoff support to connect your Mac with your iOS devices.

iCloud Reminders are even better and users can now see their events and dated reminders together in the main list. Reminders can be quickly created by starting sentences with “reminder”, “todo”, “task”, or “remind me to.” Users can also add dates, times, and location-based geofences (when I arrive/when I leave) to their reminders.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook to give away estimated $785 million fortune to charity

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Date: Friday, March 27th, 2015, 08:28
Category: News

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It might be about time to change your name to “Charity”.

Or start doing something really good that requires a bit of financing.

Apple’s Tim Cook, in an interview with Fortune magazine, stated that he planned to donate his estimated US$785 million fortune to charity – after paying for his 10-year-old nephew’s college education.

“You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripples for change,” Cook told the magazine.

Fortune estimated Cook’s net worth, based on his holdings of Apple stock, at about $120 million. He also holds restricted stock worth US$665 million if it were to be fully vested.
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Intel, Micron 3D NAND partnership could allow for larger, faster memory modules in Macs, iOS devices

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Date: Friday, March 27th, 2015, 08:11
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News

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Via the combined forces of Intel and Micron, NAND flash memory could get even faster.

This, in turn, could make the memory in your iOS devices even faster and allow for more storage space.

The two companies are apparently working on a 3D NAND flash technologies wherein 3D NAND is stacked in 32 vertical layers. According to Intel this can potentially triple capacity, for example allowing “gum-stick sized” solid state drives with over 3.5 terabytes of storage space, or conventional 2.5-inch solid state drives (SSDs) that surpass 10 terabytes. Even the SSD in a custom-configured iMac or Mac Pro currently tops out at 1 terabyte.
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First Apple Watch-compatible apps arrive, now available for download in App Store

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Date: Thursday, March 26th, 2015, 14:00
Category: iOS, News, Software, Wearables

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You may not be able to buy the Apple Watch for almost a month, but the apps are coming out for it.

A slew of new apps have been released with full Apple Watch functionality. That being said, here we go:

Target – The Target app lets you add items to your list and find aisle locations for items. The app’s glance lets you swipe up from the watch face to see when your store is open and how many items are on your list.

Dark Sky – The popular hyper-local weather app brings its accurate forecasting to your wrist.

Evernote – Evernote on the Apple Watch lets you dictate notes, view your recently-created notes, search, and create reminders.
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Hooks 2.1 notifcation app for iOS out the door

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Date: Thursday, March 26th, 2015, 10:35
Category: iOS, News, Software

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If you’re a fan of muchos updates, you’ll like this.

Hooks has just announced version 2.1 of its Hooks iOS app. The app offers over 60,000 notifications and can update you from everything from concerts to Bitcoin exchange rates, is available in multiple languages and can be custom-configured as needed.

Users can receive instant notifications if their personal brand is mentioned, changes in website rankings, sports scores or if there are difficulties with their website, thereby eliminating lost time and income.

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Tests confirm 2015 MacBook Air can support 60Hz 4K external displays

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Date: Wednesday, March 25th, 2015, 08:23
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, News

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Your brand new 2015 MacBook Air WILL be able to officially support external monitors with resolutions up to 2,560-pixels-by-1,600-pixels, tests have shown that the slim portable can actually drive an external 4K display at a full 60Hz.

The cool cats over at Ars Technica tested the early 2015 MacBook Air with a Dell P2415Q 24-inch 4K display and found that the Air correctly identified the attached monitor at 4K resolution, switching the user interface into HiDPI mode.

Subsequent refresh rate tests confirmed that it was running at 60Hz, and the publication said that interface components were “more than smooth enough for desktop use.” Problems cropped up when performing animation-intensive actions, like entering full-screen mode, with “clearly visible” frame lag, showing that the display pushes the Intel HD 6000 graphics chip near its limit.

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Belgian IT firm lets you preview Apple Watch through paper printouts, augmented reality

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Date: Wednesday, March 25th, 2015, 08:54
Category: Fun, News, Wearables

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This might be ridiculous.

Or it could be amazing.

A Belgian IT company called Underside is allowing you to try on the Apple Watch via augmented reality. Simply print a special wristband, attach it to your wrist like a watch, then point your phone at the paper watch, and through the magic of augmented reality, becomes an Apple Watch.

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Apple Pay stickers, decals now available to merchants

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Date: Tuesday, March 24th, 2015, 08:16
Category: News, retail

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Apple on Monday updated a section of its Apple Pay website, adding a new feature that allows businesses to order Apple Pay decals for merchants.

Clicking the link to order decals takes merchants to a new Apple Pay Supplies website where they can sign up to receive an Apple Pay kit that contains window and register decals. In the kit, there are glass decals in two sizes, register decals in two sizes, and an application tool. Businesses can order up to five kits using the online tool, but larger decal orders require placing a phone call to Apple.

Kits are available at no cost after a company, name, email address, and shipping address are entered.
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2015 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro models drop Windows 7 support in Boot Camp

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Date: Monday, March 23rd, 2015, 10:27
Category: BootCamp, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, Software

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The good news is that Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks are pretty nifty. The bad news is that they won’t boot Windows 7 in Boot Camp. Apple’s official support documentation has it that Boot Camp only supports Windows 8 and 8.1 on the new devices; however, official Windows 10 support will likely roll out later in 2015.

This is the second time Apple has decided to give Windows 7 the cold shoulder. The late 2013 Mac Pro also ceased to support Windows 7 in Boot Camp boot, but other Macs released 2014 did support Microsoft’s operating system.

Apple hasn’t officially said if the lack of Windows 7 support for Boot Camp is the new normal going forward, but it seems likely. In January, Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7, meaning the OS will only receive security updates for the next five years, and retail disc sales for Windows 7 ended in late 2013. With Microsoft winding down its own support of Windows 7, now is the ideal time for Apple to say goodbye to it as well.

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Nomad introduces Puck, Stand charging accessories for Apple Watch

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Date: Monday, March 23rd, 2015, 07:12
Category: Hardware, News, Wearables

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This could come in handy.

Last week, accessory maker Named unveiled two new product categories for Apple Watch; Stand and Pod. The Stand for Apple Watch is built from a solid piece of military grade extruded aluminium with a concealed, precision CnC milled, channel on the backside to effortlessly guide Appleā€™s cable and magnetic puck into place. The Stand, which retails for US$59, is an Apple Watch charging stand for your desk or bedside with stabilization provided by a copper ballast and high friction rubber base that will begin shipping by May 1st.
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