Google releases Motion Stills for iOS, uses stabilized GIFs to create looping video content

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Date: Tuesday, June 7th, 2016, 12:55
Category: Google, iOS, Software

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The animated gif is by no means dead.

It’s just become high res looping video clips.

On Tuesday, Google announced the release of Motion Stills, an iOS app from its Google Research division that takes stabilized GIFs and creates looping videos out of them that can be shared via messaging or social media.

The app cites that it’s able to achieve a 40x speedup by using techniques such as temporal subsampling, decoupling of motion parameters, and using Google Research’s custom linear solver, GLOP. This, in turn, adds additional speed and conserves storageby computing low-resolution warp textures to perform real-time GPU rendering, just like in a video game.

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Rumor: Apple to incorporate dark mode into iOS 10

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Date: Tuesday, June 7th, 2016, 08:52
Category: Developer, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Rumor

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WWDC is just around the corner and with it, some fairly intense speculation as to iOS 10’s user interface has come about.

One rumored concept that’s gotten some attention is the idea of a potential dark mode to be released with the new operating system. As such, a set of concept images has been leaked, the concept showing a system-wide dark mode is depicted in the images, offering up an example of what darker backgrounds would look like in Messages, Mail, Contacts, News, and more.

It’s been speculated that the feature could be set to automatically activate when the sun sets, darkening the entire operating system as is currently done in the Maps app.

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Instagram 8.2 now supports direct photo sharing from iOS apps

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Date: Tuesday, June 7th, 2016, 08:42
Category: iOS, iPad, News, Software

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Following an update on Monday, Instagram now allows users to share photos and videos directly to Instagram on iOS without having to first launch the app. Instagram version 8.2 includes an iOS extension that lets you share both photos and videos from Photos and other iOS apps directly to Instagram. The feature also lets you write a caption to accompany the photo or video, but filters and other editing features will still require launching the full app.

To enable the new extension, update to the latest version of Instagram, tap the share button and swipe to the far right of the colored app icons then tap ‘More’. Toggle Instagram on, arrange it on the list where you’d like it placed, then tap done. Now Instagram will appear in the share sheet where sharing photos is supported. This works in Apple’s Photos app as well as other apps including Google Photos and the official Reddit app.

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1Password updated to 6.3.1 for OS X, 6.4.2 for iOS

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Date: Monday, June 6th, 2016, 16:24
Category: iOS, News, OS X, security, Software

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1Password, AgileBits’ ubiquitous password manager, has been updated the version 6.3.1 for OS X and 6.4.2 for iOS.

1Password 6.3.1 for OS X offers the following fixes and changes:

Improved:
– Item sharing has returned with proper advice for sharing only over secure services.

– When first setting up 1Password the back buttons shown there now properly support VoiceOver.

– The password generator shown when first setting up 1Password now announces the number of words.

– VoiceOver no longer reads the image descriptions in sidebar categories or item list.

– We made it more clear how to sign out of an account in the “Accounts” preferences.

– Improved VoiceOver support in the 1Password Account login form so that the text fields are associated with their labels.

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Unicode Consortium approves 72 new emoji under Unicode 9

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Date: Friday, June 3rd, 2016, 10:25
Category: Fun, News

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The goal of having an emoji symbol for literally everything is well underway.

The Unicode Consortium recently approved 72 new emoji for inclusion in Unicode 9, set to be released on June 21. New emoji range from expanded smileys and people to new animals, food, and sports.

Noted emoji include rolling on the floor laughing, drooling face, and nauseated face, while the people/body category gains shrug, selfie, and face palm. New animal emoji include gorilla, fox face, deer, shark, and owl, and some of the new foods include avocado, potato, croissant, pancakes, salad, and bacon.

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Apple releases revamped iOS 9.3.2 update for 9.7-inch iPad Pro

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Date: Thursday, June 2nd, 2016, 07:28
Category: iOS, iPad, iPad Pro, Software

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Apple on Thursday released a revamped version of iOS 9.3.2 for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

The update, termed build 13F72, can be downloaded over-the-air on any 9.7-inch iPad Pro that has not previously been updated to the latest version of iOS 9.

iOS 9.3.2 was originally released to the public on Monday, May 16, but shortly after it came out, some users issued complaints that the update was bricking some 9.7-inch iPad Pro devices with an “error 56” message.

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Apple releases Swift 3.0 preview 1 ahead of WWDC

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Date: Wednesday, June 1st, 2016, 13:34
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

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If you’re a Mac or iOS developer, this is huge.

Prior to the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple has release Swift 3.0 preview 1, the tech preview for the latest version of its Swift programming language.

According to the Swift-Evolution GitHub page, the primary goal of Swift 3.0 is to “solidify and mature the Swift language and development experience.” As it turns out, this also means that there will be source breaking changes this time around, but Swift 3.x and 4+ are said to hopefully remain as source compatible as possible.

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Apple working to expand Apple Pay into Prime Asian, European markets

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Date: Friday, May 27th, 2016, 08:15
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, News

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Following up on the launch of Apple Pay in Singapore this week, Apple executive Jennifer Bailey has gone on the record stating that the company is planning a rapid expansion into every significant market it can with a focus on Europe and Asia. Apple Pay is currently available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, China, Singapore and Australia. Apple has already said the mobile payments service will reach Hong Kong soon …

Bailey stated that Apple decides the next item on its Apple Pay expansion given a number of factors, although market size for Apple products tends to be a primary factor. She also stated that existing market penetration of contactless payment terminals and existing financial infrastructures also plays a factor.

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Apple releases AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.7 for AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule units

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Date: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, 08:11
Category: News, security, Software

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It’s been a while since Apple released one of these.

On Wednesday, Apple released its AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.7 for its 802.11ac AirPort Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule units.

The update resolves the following security issues with the devices:

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Rumor: Apple working on Echo competitor, may release Siri SDK to developer community

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Date: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, 07:50
Category: Amazon, Developer, Google, Rumor, Siri, Software

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When in doubt, you can compete with Amazon by building your own device.

And you can make Siri that much better by throwing the developer community at it.

An anonymous source has stated that Apple is looking to build a device to compete with Amazon’s Echo as well as open up Siri to outside developers. Apple is said to be preparing to release a Siri software development kit that would allow developers to make their apps and their app content accessible through Siri voice commands. Apple plans to require developers to use the tool responsibly.

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