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iOS 8 to debut third-party keyboards, here comes Swype

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds, Software

iOS 8 swype keyboard

During its WWDC 2014 keynote, Apple announced iOS 8 will support third-party keyboards as part of a new extensions capability. You'll be able to set the new keyboard to be used system-wise, and Apple shows an image of the popular Swype keyboard system as an example. The keyboard will be sandboxed so that they can only access text input, although the user will have the ability to also grant the keyboard network access if there are more features that may require Internet access that someone may want to use.

Third-party keyboards will be available in the App Store when iOS 8 is released.


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Apple shows off iOS 8 Health app & HealthKit platform

iOS 8 HealthKit

As rumored, Apple has announced its iOS 8 health initiative during the WWDC 2014 keynote. The new Health app will work with a developer API bundle called HealthKit. In iOS 8, apps will be able to report your health data to a centralized location, allowing you to see all the information and stats from different apps all in the same area. Further, you'll be able to choose if you'd like to share health data from one app to another.

Apple announced that Nike and the Mayo Clinic are two of the first to be working on HealthKit integration, while also picturing a Withings blood pressure monitor. Not much more has been announced about the new Health app for iOS 8 yet, but we're sure we will hear more about it closer to the release of iOS 8 release.


OS X Yosemite will be released this fall for free, public preview coming this summer

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

OS X Yosemite free

Apple's OS X Yosemite is looking mighty fine with it's radical iOS-like redesign. Many are chomping at the bit to get their hands on it, and Apple has let us know that the public release for OS X 10.10 will be coming this fall, and as with Mavericks, it will be completely free. Developers can get their hands on the preview today, but if you aren't a dev and want early access, Apple will have a Yosemite preview this summer. Just head over to the OS X Preview page to sign up.

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First official look at OS X Yosemite at WWDC

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

OS X Yosemite WWDC

That OS X 10.10 leak from earlier today? It's looking more and more real, and Lance Ulanoff just tweeted a picture of the iMacs on stage at WWDC. Notice the desktop background and redesigned Dock? The WWDC 2014 keynote kicks off in about 20 minutes, and we'll have all the news as it happens!

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Apple reveals iOS 8: Interactive notifications, Messages improvements, and more

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds, Software

iOS 8 wwdc

During it's WWDC 2014 keynote, Apple has announced iOS 8, the next major update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. New features abound in iOS 8 that refine some things, and make others even better. One major feature is the interactive notifications. You know how you might get a text message or calendar invite when using your iPhone? You might be right in the middle of something and don't want to tap on the notification to go over to the Messages app--and in iOS 8, you don't have to. Instead, you can reply right from the notification. You can respond to calendar invites in the same way.

Apple also announced OS X during the keynote as well, which features a new visual overhaul, which was leaked prior to the event.

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OS X Yosemite: Translucent window UI, dark mode, new icons, and more

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

OS X Yosemite WWDC

Apple has just announced OS X . As featured in a leak earlier today, the new operating system takes a bunch of design cues from iOS to bring visual parity between the two Apple operating systems. Apple's Craig Federighi showed off all of the new features, followed by a demo.

Tentpole features in the redesign include new, flat icons that are reminiscent of the iOS 7 redesign.  An optional dark mode changes the menu bar from white to black, which allows you to get rid of the striking white for those who don't want it. Apple has also brought in a bunch of transparency and translucency, with the frosted glass look throughout the UI.

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Purported leaked images of OS X 10.10 leak new UI and design changes

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

OS X 10.10 leak

On the eve of the WWDC 2014 keynote, it seems that a few screenshots of OS X 10.10 (which we're guessing will be called Yosemite or El Capitan) have leaked, giving us a purported look at the future of Apple's desktop operating system. Originally reported by MacRumors (and since removed by request,) we can see changes that, as expected, bring the OS X design more in line with what the iOS 7 redesign introduced. In the image above, you see a much flatter Safari start page, with a lot of white space. Additionally, there's a new Dock style, doing away with the current frosted glass shelf in favor of a more simple translucent strip behind the app icons. You may also notice that the Finder icon has been changed. Let's check out a few more of the leaked photos.

Click to continue reading Purported leaked images of OS X 10.10 leak new UI and design changes


Apple releases first OS X 10.9.4 beta to developers

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

OS X Mavericks 10.9.4

Apple just released the first OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 beta to developers just two weeks after the public release of OS X 10.9.3. No word yet on what changes are found in the new beta, but we're hoping that some of the Mac Pro (2013) niggles are fixed, as many who own the new, sleek Mac are complaining of issues with multi-monitor support since installing the last update.

Of course, Apple is also set to release the OS X 10.10 beta on Monday at WWDC 2014, so there'll be two OS X betas rocking at once.


Pixelmator 3.2 ‘Sandstone’ now available, here’s what’s new

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Design, PC / Laptop, Software

Pixelmator 3.2 features

Pixelmator's newest update, known as Sandstone, is now live in the Mac App Store and brings with it some cool new features, one if which is a new Repair tool that'll automatically fix and remove blemishes from areas of of image that you paint over using the tool. You can even remove whole objects from a photo. Nice, right?

One thing we've always loved about Pixelmator is how inexpensive it is when compared to a tool like Adobe Photoshop, while maintaining a professional feature set. Also included in Pixelmator 3.2:

  • 16-bits per channel support: 16-bits per channel support offers the flexibility to make color adjustments that go to extreme lengths while keeping the image color rich and vibrant.
  • Lock Layers: When creating large and complex compositions, layer locking makes it easy to protect layer content from any further changes so that you can freely edit the rest of your composition.
  • Convert Selection into Shape: A handy new feature that lets you quickly and easily create all kinds of shapes from any selection.

If you already own Pixelmator, you can grab the update for free in the Mac App Store. If not, you can purchase it for $29.99.


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