As we mentioned last week, we're celebrating Device Theft Awareness Month in conjunction with Absolute LoJack. We gave you a rundown of just how big a problem device theft is nowadays, with over 3 million people becoming victims of smartphone theft just last year alone. It's a growing problem that you can protect yourself from, and this week we wanted to share three tips that you can do to avoid permanently losing your device or data in the event of loss.
1. Create a passcode for your device. This is a simple method of protecting the data that lives on your device in the event of loss or theft. Some Android devices will allow you to set a pattern instead of an alphanumeric code, and the iPhone 5s and later lets you use Touch ID fingerprint recognition. Any of these are a better option than not protecting the home screen of your device, which will let prying eyes get to anything on your product.
We've waited a few years to get here, but Apple just announced iCloud Drive during its WWDC 2014 keynote. What is it? Well, iCloud Drive allows you to browse, view, store, and manage your iCloud documents and data in a way that sounds similar to Dropbox. Now, you can see what exactly is using your iCloud data, and you can store anything you'd like within your iCloud account--not just documents and whatever the apps you use want to store there. It's built right into the OS X Yosemite Finder, and is also available on iOS, and even Windows.
Up next for today's Apple software updates coming out of the Apple iPad event is iMovie. iMovie sees a redesign, and also bring in a bunch of iCloud functionality, allowing you iMovie content to be found and played back on your iOS devices, and Apple TV. Here's the full list of what's new:
- All-new, streamlined design
- Share clips, movies, and trailers to iMovie Theater and watch them anywhere
- Video browsing mode with quick clip sharing
- Adjustments Bar for easy access to video and audio controls
- 16 new title styles
- 14 new trailer templates from iMovie for iOS
- Eight new movie themes from iMovie for iOS
- Use photos in trailers
- Plus button for quickly adding clips to your movie
- Trim video and audio clips directly in the timeline
- Simplified drag and drop for picture-in-picture, side-by-side, green screen, and audio-only effects
- One-click Enhance for video and audio
- Adjust shadows, highlights, and color temperature
- Match the color of two clips
- Ken Burns Effect for panorama photos
- Improved video stabilization
- Enhanced green screen and blue screen effect
- Volume-aware audio ducking
- Speed change controls in the timeline
- Add just a portion of a song from iTunes to your movie
- Email video clips and projects
- Sharing support for Youku and Tudou
- Import, analyze, and share clips in the background
- Native support for AVCHD video
- 64-bit support
During yesterday's WWDC 2013 keynote, Apple's Roger Rosner took the stage to show off iWork for iCloud, a new feature coming to iCloud later this fall. The new cloud productivity suite, now available to Apple developers in beta, allows users to create and edit Numbers, Keynote, and Pages documents right in the web browser, regardless of browser or operating system. This gives Windows users the ability to create and edit iWork documents for the first time.
During the demo, it was revealed that the iWork for iCloud suite will be feature-rich, allowing users to drag-and-drop images right into the app, and use multitouch gestures to manipulate media. Additionally, iWork for iCloud allows users to add and edit Microsoft Office documents for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. This makes it easy for users of multiple platforms to work with documents without missing out on essential features.
I can't deny how excited we at Gear Live are about AgileBits's update to its successful password management app. 1Password Pro is now at version 4, and with it comes an overhauled UI and a host of cool, new features like iCloud support, integrated full browser, and demo mode.
Undoubtedly, iCloud sync has to be the stand out feature. Now all of your iDevices that have 1Password 4 (1P4) installed will automagically have the same data whether it be iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, all transferred and stored in 256-bit AES encryption. You can also simultaneously use DropBox as sync protocol along with iCloud; great news for those who use multivendor hardware.
1Password 4 now has a new full integrated browser built right inside the app that has a URL bar, tabs and full access to your password vault.
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Apple has released an update to iTunes 11 that fixes a few bugs and reintroduces some essential functionality. In iTunes 11.0.1, you'll discover that duplicate item finding has been brought back, making it easy to purge duplicate items from your iTunes library. Additionally, iCloud items are now appearing like they're supposed to, and the AirPlay button now behaves and shouldn't disappear anymore. You can get the latest update now.
Apple's newly redesigned iTunes has finally been released after a one-month delay, for both Mac and PC. iTunes 11 sports a bevy of new music features, including a streamlined look and feel that focuses on album art when listening to music, a new bite-sized MiniPlayer, a new feature called "Up Next" that lets you manage a play queue. Outside of music, iTunes 11 brings tighter integration with iCloud, allowing you to stream your content library on your Mac or PC from iTunes in the Cloud. The iTunes Store has also been completely revamped, bringing the same look and feel that you'll find in iOS 6.
You can grab iTunes 11 now by running Software Update on your Mac or PC, or by checking the Mac App Store.
For those who wanted a faster, redesigned and polished iTunes, you're going to have to wait a bit longer. iTunes 11, which was slated for an October release, has been delayed, and will instead appear by the end of November. AllThingsD has received confirmation from an Apple representative.
“The new iTunes is taking longer than expected and we wanted to take a little extra time to get it right. We look forward to releasing this new version of iTunes with its dramatically simpler and cleaner interface, and seamless integration with iCloud before the end of November." - Tom Neumayer, Apple Spokesperson
iTunes 11 is said to have a cleaner revamped UI, deeper iCloud integration, a refined mini player, and faster search functionality. The inspiration is similar to the iPad music app, which reduces the amount of chrome visuals, for a better jukebox experience.
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Tweetbot is arguably the best Twitter experience you can get on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and now the folks at Tapbots have released Tweetbot for Mac. It's a clean, polished Twitter experience that outshines both official offerings from Twitter itself--Twitter for Mac and Tweetbot. iCloud and Notification Center support are on board, allowing you to sync preferences and read items across devices. You can pick up Tweetbot for Mac now for $19.99 in the Mac App Store. Why so much? Well, due to Twitter's new, strict API rules, developers like Tapbots only have a limited number of user tokens that its apps can use. So if you wanna use Tweetbot, you're gonna have to grab it soon, because once the API tokens are gone, they're gone.
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We can't stress enough the countless stories that highlight the benefits of having the Find My iPhone app installed on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and enabling Find My Mac on Apple computers, allowing you to track their whereabouts through iCloud. ABC News investigates and finds at least 400 TSA screeners who left, or were fired, after allegations of theft in the workplace. In the video below, ABC tracks down a stolen iPad, sting-operation-style, to a TSA agent's home with the use of Apple's free tracking service. The agent is caught on video and has the audacity to throw his wife under the bus, saying it must have been her that took it. The TSA Agency has come under fire in recent years and continues to find new ways to be in the news, obviously for the wrong reasons.