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Apple Watch Marks Beginning of New Road

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On September 9, Apple unveiled the long-anticipated Apple Watch, to be released in early 2015.  It will be available in three designs – Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition, starting at $349 presumably for the Sport version.

As demonstrated, it is clearly the most advanced and innovative smart watch, featuring a reimagined iOS Multi-Touch interface and a Digital Crown for scrolling and navigation.  Beyond technical features, Apple has endeavored to make the watch very fashionable through customizable watch faces, numerous practical and elegant interchangeable bands, and a choice between 38mm and 42mm case sizes.

The watch has health and fitness apps, a walkie-talkie, and Siri along with standard iOS apps like Calendar, Messages, Mail, and Phone.  Users can send sketches to other Apple Watch users, as well as taps and heartbeats that will be subtly felt by the recipient.  Apple’s new, secure payment system Apple Pay is included.

There is potential for improvement and new innovations, especially in the area of health-related sensors that appear to be absent in this initial release.  It is unclear if the watch will sync with a Mac in addition to a required iPhone 5 or newer.  Developers will likely create many compelling apps for this new platform.

For more on the release of the Apple Watch, check out the website at:

http://www.apple.com/watch

IDG Ends Print Publication MacWorld

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IDG is shuttering the print section of their MacWorld publication.  While there website will continue to exist and publish information, their print publication will cease to exist.

Dan Miller, the editor of the magazine posted a note on Twitter about staying on for another month with the company, while others like Jason Snell also announced their own departures.  Snell had been a writer with the magazine for the past 17 years.

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Another MacWorld writer, Ted Landau posted a number of messages on Twitter confirming the closure and the feelings of many at the magazine.

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Many publications have been ending their print runs of late with the success of the online magazines.  However, with competition stiff in that realm, MacWorld will be hard pressed to continue achieving the same level of success, especially in light of the fact that most of the staff who worked on the print publication have been let go.

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Apple Announces iOS8 Release Date

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As part of the iPhone6 announcement, Apple Inc. also announced that iOS8, the next version of their mobile operating system, will be released on September 17th.

Apple also announced that they will be continuing support of the older iPad 2 with this release as well as the iPhone 4’s, 5’s and 6’s.

Substantive Hints About iWatch and 9 September Event

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The first hints of anything really happening in the world of the now highly anticipated iWatch come from Apple’s master of design, Sir Jonathan Ive.  Sir Ive has been long known for his brashness and his means of shaping the Apple product line and said recently in a New York Times Interview , “According to a designer who works at Apple, Jonathan Ive, Apple’s design chief, in bragging about how cool he thought the iWatch was shaping up to be, gleefully said Switzerland is in trouble — though he chose a much bolder term for “trouble” to express how he thought the watchmaking nation might be in a tough predicament when Apple’s watch comes out.”

Obviously, this is a bombshell with Apple’s long held ideas of total secrecy prior to any product release.  In Steve Jobs’ day, this type of statement would have likely been enough for Sir Ive’s immediate termination, yet in the era of Tim Cook, it seems to be a bit more of the norm.  Dropping hints along the way has given Apple even a larger following and seemingly, the forthcoming September 9th event in Cupertino will be no real mystery but instead quite loaded with more goodies besides the iPhone 6.

While we here at A.P.P.L.E. have been in love with the idea of the wearables for years, if this statement attributed to Sir Ive is any indicator of what is to come, then this will be the first time since the introduction of the Timex DataLink where the wearables were anything more than a bulky computer on the wrist.  With his appearance in a fashion column, Sir Ives may actually be trying to create the image that the iWatch will be the 2014 Rolex.

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Apple Releases Mac OS X Yosemite DP7

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Apple has released  another Developer Preview version of their latest version of Mac OS X 10.10.  As they ramp up for release, there are several items in this preview which reflect the direction Apple is taking with the desktop including  a number of updated icons in both the System Preferences and the Applications / utilities directories.

In addition to these changes, Apple has also removed the Software Update option from the Apple Menu.  Updates are now completely handled through the App Store application.  No date for release of the new version has been set as of this time, however, many thing that this Developer preview will be the last one and that the public release will occur at the event on the 9th of September.

For more information, check the Apple Developer website at:

https://developer.apple.com/programs/

 

Who is on my WiFi — An App to Check the Network

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This is a nifty little Mac OS X app that both average folks as well as Network Administrators will appreciate.  If you have ever been in a position where the network suddenly got slow and you wondered if possibly someone else was using your WiFi, then this is the app for you.

Created by IO3O LLC, the Who Is On My WiFi app shows you all of the devices that are currently using the network.  The app runs by doing in initial scan of your network.  Upon completion, it will give you a list of all of the iP’s and devices using those IP’s on your network.  Further scans would show any addition devices.

While it is nice to know if there is any unauthorized traffic on a network, this tool would be even more useful if it had the ability to block those unauthorized users.  However, at this time, the tool is just an informational tool.

You can download the app for free from the Apple iTunes store at:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/who-is-on-my-wifi/id909760813?mt=12

Apple Updates Digital Camera RAW Compatibility

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Apple has released version 5.05 of the Digital Camera RAW compatibility driver.  The update comes close on the heels of the Mac OS X 10.9.3 update and addresses support for a number of camera in Aperature 3 and iPhoto ’11 including the following:

  • Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D / Kiss X70
  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
  • Nikon D4S
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

The update is included in the Software Update function.   For more information or to directly download the update, go to the Apple downloads page at:

http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1747

Apple Releases Mac OS 10.9.3

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Apple has released a new version of the operating system for Intel based Macs.  Mac OS X 10.9.3 increases apple’s support of 4K devices.  Restoration of the USB syncing of Calendars and Contacts is also included in this update.  Also Apple has attempted to imporve the reliability of connections via VPN that use IPsec. They has also released Safari 7.0.3 in coordination with this update.

The update is a 947mb download and is available now. For more information about the update or to download, check the Apple support page at:

http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1746

iOS 7.1 released with visual tweaks and CarPlay

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Apple has released the first update to iOS 7 since last September to the general public after a long beta test period. This update includes fixes for the TouchID fingerprint system, a fix for the home screen crashing issue, as well as the new feature for automobiles: CarPlay. Apple calls CarPlay “a better way to use iPhone while driving.” The system is only available on select new cars for 2014.

iPhone 4 users will enjoy improved responsiveness and performance with this iOS update.

Access the Software update area of your iDevice to update to this new version.

Visit the Apple iOS 7 site for more

Karelia Buys Purchases Potion Factory

Potion Factory, Publishers of software Mac based hits such as The Hit List and Tangerine has been acquired by the company which make Sandvox, the web production software for the Mac.

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