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Apple releases iPhoto 9.6.1 update, works to pave transition to iPhotos for OS X app

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Date: Friday, March 20th, 2015, 09:46
Category: News, Software, Yosemite

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It’s not a huge update, but it preps the way for the upcoming transition to the long-awaited OS X Photos app.

On Thursday, Apple released iPhoto 9.6.1. The update, a 1.14 gigabyte download available via OS X’s Software Update/App Store feature, offers the following fixes and changes:

-Improves compatibility when migrating iPhoto libraries to the new Photos app in the OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (available this spring).

-Fixes an issue that caused iPhoto to display only the first 25 images in a Facebook album.

-Fixes an issue that could cause iPhoto to become unresponsive when printing an image.

As we have known for months, the upcoming Photos for OS X app for the Mac is designed to be a replacement for iPhoto and Aperture, both of which Apple ceased developing last year.

Photos for OS X is an all new photo management app that’s been designed to integrate deeply with Photos for iOS. It introduces a Yosemite-style design that emphasizes flatness and translucency, and it works alongside iCloud Photo Library, streamlining photo availability across all of a user’s devices.

Reviews of the Photos for OS X app have suggested that it’s a vast improvement over iPhoto, with better photo editing tools and faster speeds, but it has been criticized for lacking many of the professional editing tools that were found within Aperture.

It is not clear when OS X 10.10.3 with the Photos app might see a public release, but thus far, the software is available to both developers and public beta testers. Developers have received four OS X 10.10.3 betas, and public beta testers have had access to two updates.

iPhoto 9.6.1 requires OS X 10.10 or later to install and run.

Nintendo bows to investor pressure, announces plans to bring games to iOS, other platforms

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Date: Tuesday, March 17th, 2015, 11:50
Category: iOS, iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, News

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Sometimes you’ve got to do what the investors tell you to do, even if it means bringing the crown jewels to other platforms.

Still, the upside is that it brings Mario to your iOS device.

Nintendo announced on Tuesday that it has partnered with Japanese mobile game maker DeNA to jointly develop games for smartphones, tablets and PCs, meaning that new titles based on iconic franchises such as Mario, Pokemon and Zelda could soon be available on devices such as iPhone, iPad and Mac. Nintendo will purchase a 10% stake in DeNA for US$182 million as part of a cross-shareholding deal.

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Rumor: Apple to begin offering rewards for non-iPhone trade-ins

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Date: Tuesday, March 17th, 2015, 08:47
Category: iPhone, retail, Rumor

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There’s now a reward system in place for turning non-iPhone smartphones in to Apple.

Sources have stated that Apple is planning to add Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone handsets to the list of acceptable trade-ins for its Reuse and Recycling Program, which exchanges used hardware for Apple Store gift cards.

Apple is apparently preparing to expand its Reuse and Recycling Program to include non-iOS handsets, including hardware running iOS nemesis Android.

Under Apple’s current program, first launched in 2011, iPhone users can nab an Apple Store gift card worth up to US$175 for a fully functional 64GB iPhone 5s. The company will reportedly offer similar deals for smartphones running Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone operating systems, but specific hardware grading criteria is unknown.

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Rumor: Apple talking with content partners, looking to launch streaming television service this fall

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Date: Tuesday, March 17th, 2015, 08:47
Category: Apple TV, Rumor, Software

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Apple appears to be building its own television service.

The technology giant is in talks with programmers to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks this fall, according to sources. The service would have about 25 channels, anchored by broadcasters such as ABC, CBS and Fox and would be available on Apple devices such as the Apple TV, they said.

For now, the talks don’t involve NBCUniversal, owner of the NBC broadcast network and cable channels like USA and Bravo, because of a falling-out between Apple and NBCUniversal parent company Comcast Corp., the people familiar with the matter said.

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Apple releases third OS X 10.10.3 beta to developers, focuses on Force Touch, other features

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Date: Friday, March 13th, 2015, 08:17
Category: Developer, MacBook Pro, News, Software, Yosemite

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It’s the operating system betas that predict the way the wind if blowing.

Apple on Thursday issued a number of new beta releases for developers, including an OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite beta with Force Touch trackpad support for third-party apps, as well as new betas of iOS 8.3, Xcode and OS X Server.

The pre-release version of OS X 10.10.3 is identified as build “14D98g.” In the release notes, Apple informs developers that it contains application programming interfaces intended to support the Force Touch capabilities of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro.

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Apple ID errors end, lost sales for App Store, iTunes Store estimated around $25 million

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Date: Thursday, March 12th, 2015, 09:58
Category: App Store, iTunes Music Store, iTunes Store, News, retail, Software

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The Great Apple ID Snafu of 2015 is over.

And it apparently cost Apple about US$25 million in lost sales revenue.

Over the course of a 12-hour outage between Tuesday and Wednesday, Apple’s iTunes Store and App Store were down due to a DNS error. During this time, users couldn’t purchase apps, songs, movies or books. It took Apple 12 hours to get their systems up and running again, costing the company about US$25 million in lost sales.

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Rumor: Apple to incorporate Intel chips in next-gen iPhone in 2016

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Date: Thursday, March 12th, 2015, 09:36
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It might be Intel’s turn to be part of the iPhone architecture.

Sources have stated that Apple will reportedly turn to Intel’s new XMM 7360 LTE modem when it launches a special next-generation iPhone model in 2016, suggesting the company is looking to diversify baseband chip suppliers.

Intel’s fast wireless modem, which debuted earlier this month at Mobile World Congress, will be used in an upcoming iPhone variant targeted for release in emerging markets like Asia and Latin America.

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Users around the world report errors with Apple ID-related services

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Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 2015, 10:24
Category: Apple ID, iCloud, News, Software

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It’s probably not a good day to be on Apple’s network team.

Or at least there’s a lot of yelling involved.

On Tuesday, it was reported that Apple services are experiencing major issues.

It started with iCloud. Users were unable to sign in to their iCloud mail accounts, then all of iCloud went down in an outage that lasted from just before 5 a.m. Eastern to around 9 a.m. Now iCloud is back up, but customers can’t make purchases in iTunes, the iOS and Mac App Stores, and the iBooks Store. iTunes Connect is also offline and reporting errors.

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Apple Pay adds 13 new retailers including Fuddruckers, Jamba Juice, JetBlue, others

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Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 2015, 08:23
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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The list of Apple Pay retailers is growing.

As of Tuesday, the total now includes 61 merchants including the following 13 new additions:
- Coca-Cola

- Dan’s Fresh Market

- Dick’s Fresh Market

- Lin’s Fresh Market

- Bashas’

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Ulysses 2.0 writing app in works for Mac, iPad

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Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 2015, 08:03
Category: iOS, iPad, News, Software

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If you were a fan of the Ulysses writing app for Mac and iOS, version 2.0 is just around the corner.

Major changes to Ulysses 2.0 for the Mac include the following:
- New name: Ulysses for Mac is now called just that. No more Roman numerals.

- Seamless sync with Ulysses for iPad: That’s right. Ulysses is now also available on iPad. It’s the full monty. And it syncs via iCloud.

- Updated interface: Redesigned almost every aspect based on Yosemite’s fresh new look. Cleaned house in the process.

- Attachment bar: Attachments now have their proper place. Again.
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