Microsoft offers Touch Bar features in Office for Mac via Office Insider beta program

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Date: Thursday, February 9th, 2017, 05:30
Category: MacBook Pro, Microsoft, News, Software, Touch Bar

This could be pretty nifty.

Following the original October event for the 2016 MacBook Pro, wherein it was announced that Microsoft Office would offer Touch Bar integration in the coming months, this appears to be about to come true.

Microsoft has announced that Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook would feature Touch Bar support, including quick access to text formatting, object ordering and other tools.

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“Find My AirPods” feature emerges in iOS 10.3 Public Beta 1

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Date: Friday, January 27th, 2017, 05:35
Category: AirPods, Developer, iOS, News, Software

If you’re an iOS public beta tester, this could be pretty neat.

Apple has released the first iOS 10.3 public beta for developer testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10.3 public beta 1 follows two days after the first developer version of the upcoming software update.

The iOS 10.3 public beta 1 includes the following new features and changes, including the first chance to play with the :Find My AirPods” app:

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Apple to incorporate SiriKit functionality into upcoming versions of watchOS

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Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2017, 05:00
Category: Developer, News, Software, watchOS

Per new developer documentation released on Tuesday, it looks like you’ll be able to control Siri via your Apple Watch in order to interact with third-party applications.

The feature is one of a handful of enhancements expected to arrive in the upcoming operating system, watchOS 3.2, which will also introduce a “Theater Mode” option.

With the update, you’ll be able to mute the sound on your Apple Watch or disable the device’s feature to wake the screen when you raise your wrist. This should allow you to be less intrusive to others when watching a movie or being in a darkened room where you’re expected to keep quiet.

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Uncovered iOS 10.3 beta code hints at floating one-handed keyboard feature in the works for iPad owners

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Date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2017, 05:38
Category: Developer, Hardware, iOS, iPad, News

This could lead to something interesting.

Developer Steven Troughton-Smith has uncovered chunks of code inside the new iOS 10.3 beta that seems to support a floating one-handed keyboard.

According to Smith, the feature is supported in iPads that are 9.7-inches in size or smaller, meaning the largest 12.9-inch model is left out. Smith explains that the floating keyboard works a lot like picture-in-picture does for video. The keyboard can be moved around on-screen and is essentially the size of the keyboard you’d get on the iPhone.

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Apple to include “Find My AirPods” app in iOS 10.3

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Date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2017, 05:52
Category: AirPods, Bluetooth, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

With iOS 10.3, it’ll be easy to find your lost AirPod wireless headphones.

Apple is apparently working on an app in iOS 10.3 that can hone in on your AirPods’ wireless Bluetooth signal, provided it’s within range of an iOS device connected to an iCloud account. Like the Find My iPhone app, users will be able to tap “Play Sound” and both of your AirPods will begin to chirp.

If one is in your ear, the app gives you controls to mute the right or left earbud. If someone has borrowed your AirPods and that’s why they’re missing, the sound won’t pierce their ear drums, but the volume will gradually increase, so they’ll have to surrender the AirPods.

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Apple, Consumer Reports find smoking gun that caused variable life in initial review

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Date: Wednesday, January 11th, 2017, 05:41
Category: battery, Developer, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

Apple and Consumer Reports may have figured out what caused the poor battery test results that Consumer Reports highlighted during its review.

On Tuesday, both companies released reports stating that a developer setting had been activated that typical users don’t use during testing, and also that the same setting has a bug that affects performance.

In its review of the MacBook Pro, Consumer Reports said its battery life test results varied wildly, from 4 hours to 19 hours. Consumer Reports explained on its website that its notebook battery tests do not necessarily reflect real-world usage; instead, tests are designed to be consistent across different notebook for comparison’s sake. In the case of the MacBook Pro, Consumer Reports’ battery tests uses Safari in Developer mode, which is not the default setting.

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HandBrake hits 1.0, (mostly) leaves the beta stages after 13 years

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Date: Wednesday, December 28th, 2016, 05:18
Category: Developer, News, Software

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It took 13 years, but one of the coolest free video conversion apps for the Mac has left the beta stage.

HandBrake, the free jack-of-all-trades video conversion tool, reached version 1.0 on December 24th.

The program allows for video transcoding, or translating video clips from one format for another.

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Rumor: Apple to released next-gen MacBook Pro in October, units will ship with macOS 10.12.1 onboard

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Date: Thursday, September 29th, 2016, 05:47
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, macOS, Rumor, Touch ID

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Apple tends to release things when it feels they’re complete and the current rumor has the next-gen MacBook Pro slated for October.

The new 15-inch MacBook Pro will reportedly switch to “Polaris” graphics chips from AMD, which claims Apple could have new units ready to ship sometime in the second half of October.

As mentioned before, the updated notebook is rumored to feature a Touch ID bar along the top of the keyboard. This will act as an OLED touch bar that will adapt as needed and replace the function keys.

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Apple updates iWork, begins adding real-time collaboration features to beta

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Date: Wednesday, September 21st, 2016, 05:00
Category: iOS, News, Software

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Some nifty stuff might in be coming down the pipe for iWork.

On Tuesday, Apple released Pages 6.0, Keynote 7.0 and Numbers 4.0 via the Mac App Store. The updates deliver the real-time, cross-platform iWork collaboration that the company promised earlier this month.

In addition to the updates, Apple is apparently working on real-time collaboration features for the suite. This would allow users to edit presentations, documents or spreadsheets with others at the same time across iOS, macOS and web.

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Facebook Messenger begins incorporating payment tools into chatbot windows, releases beta of new feature to developers

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Date: Tuesday, September 13th, 2016, 05:49
Category: Developer, News, Software

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Facebook chat moved into the financial sphere today.

The company’s messenger bots can now accept payments natively without sending users to an external website, Facebook’s head of Messenger David Marcus announced today onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016.

The web site uses stored credit card into to instantly make purchases that are part of the new closed beta the developers can apply for. Marcus also revealed that 34,000 devs have joined the platform and built 30,000 bots in the April launch, up from over 10,000 devs in May and 11,000 bots in July.

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