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Google Drive for iOS updated to 4.0, adds new Material Design user interface, other features

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Date: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, 15:43
Category: iOS, News, Software

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Google Drive for iOS has just been updated and it’s added some nifty new features.

The app now features a Material Design user interface to bring it in like with Google’s other apps. A new swipe feature can be used to go back a level in the app and other new features include faster syncing, faster image viewing and improved scrolling performance.

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Recently published support guide shows how Apple TV can control HomeKit devices

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Date: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, 07:24
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, HomeKit, iOS, News, Software

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Apple has found a new use for the Apple TV: Controlling every HomeKit-based device in your home.

A recently published support page explains how to set up and use HomeKit and how the Apple TV is used as a hub for remotely controlling HomeKit accessories while on the go.

The guide explains how HomeKit will work with any iOS device running iOS 8.1 or later, how to pair an accessory and how to find and enter a seven-digit setup code and enter it into the gear maker’s custom iOS app. Some apps should allow accessories to be grouped together into homes, rooms, or scenes.

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Microsoft announces June 29th launch date for Windows 10, says it’ll play nicer with the iPhone

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Date: Monday, June 1st, 2015, 10:56
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software, Uncategorized

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You may not love it, but Windows 10 will be en route to a computer near you come June 29th.

And Microsoft says it’ll play nicer with the iPhone.

Microsoft Operating Systems Vice President Joe Belfiore stated that the new operating system would be released on June 29th. Windows 10 will include Cortana, Microsoft’s voice control system that is often considered superior to Apple’s Siri. It also includes new Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, Mail, People, and Calendar apps, all of which will tie into Microsoft’s own iPhone apps.

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TextExpander 5.0 released for OS X, includes new features, iOS companion apps

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Date: Friday, May 29th, 2015, 08:13
Category: News, Software

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A cool thing just became that much more useful.

Smile has released TextExpander 5 for Mac OS X. The new version, a major upgrade to the popular typing shortcut tool, lets you type abbreviations that expand to whole paragraphs, images and more. TextExpander 5 suggests which frequently typed phrases to abbreviate, saving time. Search on your abbreviations as you type to speed text entry.

In addition to an updated user interface for Yosemite, TextExpander 5 adds the ability to store your snippets in a location of your choice, and sync via iCloud Drive or any sync folder. It reminds you when you could have used abbreviations; adds JavaScript snippets that expand programmatically; all with a stats display so that you know how much time TextExpander has saved you.

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Initial Transit Maps to launch in roughly half a dozen cities following iOS 9 launch

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Date: Wednesday, May 27th, 2015, 07:01
Category: iOS, Rumor, Software

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Apple’s sexy new mass transit directions for Maps will hit in iOS 9.

And they’ll be available to you as long as you live in the right cities.

Sources have stated that, in its first iteration, Apple’s Transit service will only support approximately a half-dozen cities across the United States, Canada, and Europe, in addition to China.

In the United States, the planned launch cities are San Francisco and New York, while Toronto will be likely Canada’s sole representative for the iOS 9 Maps Transit feature at launch. In Europe, Apple is said to be gearing up to first launch the feature in London, Paris, and Berlin.

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Apple swaps out discoveryd network protocol in latest OS X 10.10.4 beta, looks to overcome DNS-related errors

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Date: Wednesday, May 27th, 2015, 07:29
Category: Developer, News, Software, Yosemite

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When in doubt, go back to the networking protocol that works best.

And, hey, it should hopefully fix some of the Wi-Fi bugs in Yosemite.

Apple, in an apparent effort to fix DNS errors seen in its Yosemite operating system, will be replacing its buggy discoveryd service with mDNSResponder, a process last implemented in OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

The change was found in the newest OS X 10.10.4 beta, released on Tuesday, wherein Apple reinstated mDNSResponder to handle DNS processes previously assigned to discoveryd since the debut of OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to feature 12-megapixel Sony sensor with RGBW support

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Date: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015, 08:37
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Uncategorized

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It’s a rumor, but it’s a rumor that could point towards an really nifty camera for the next-gen iPhone.

A recent report states that the next-gen iPhone will arrive with a 12-megapixel Sony sensor that makes use of the firm’s RGBW technology to help with low-light photography.

Sources downplayed the possibility of a dual-camera setup with wide-angle and telephoto lenses, but noted that RGBW means an alleged switch to smaller pixels won’t come at the expense of low-light imaging.

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Microsoft announces Cortana for iOS, Android devices, cites release date for later this year

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Date: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015, 07:39
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software, Uncategorized

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If you were thinking of dropping Siri for another personal assistant, Microsoft has something on the way.

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that its Cortana personal digital assistant will be available for iOS and Android devices later this year. Windows 10 will also feature a new “Phone Companion” app as a central place for PC users to install Cortana and other Windows-related apps for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone.

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Fontstand lets Mac OS X users rent fonts for hours, days, months or buy them outright

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Date: Monday, May 25th, 2015, 06:43
Category: News, Software, Uncategorized

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This could be useful, especially if you only need as specific font for a short period of time.

A new application called Fontstand allows Mac OS X users to rent or try fonts for free. Once a font is previewed, it can be activated for one hour or rented at 10 percent of its retail price per month. Users can own the font after renting it for 12 months and a font can be shared with a team for a fraction of its rental price.

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Apple adds on new data providers for Apple Maps, including NavAds and Gas Buddy

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Date: Friday, May 22nd, 2015, 14:47
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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Apple’s apparently adding to its list of information providers for its Maps application.

Although the company continues to have TomTom at the top of its list of data providers, additional contributors cited on the acknowledgement page include, E-WEGO SARL, NavAds BV, and Yellow Pages Turkey. The new data sources are likely noticeable in regions around the world including France and Turkey where the information is sourced.

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