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Hands-On With the ClamCase Pro Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2

Keyboards have become an increasingly important way for iPad users to boost the productivity of their tablets, and there are dozens of keyboards and keyboard cases on the market designed for the iPad. Apple itself has begun highlighting keyboard cases in recent weeks, showcasing a range of products …

5 super-quick iPhoto tips to make your photos even better

iPhoto is a free download for everyone these days, making it a basic bit of kit for anyone dealing with the deluge of photographic data we seem to collect. Still, it’s often overlooked by the best of us because of its limitations.<p>That’s unfortunate, because the simple program offers some pretty …

Flipboard Version 3.0: Deeper Topics to Follow & More

The <b>Flipboard</b> iPad app got a major update yesterday – adding a much deeper range of topics to follow and a new curated daily news section called The Daily Edition.<p>The update takes the app to Version 3.0 and also includes a design refresh for one of the long-standing flagship iPad apps. The new …

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Facing margin pressure, Samsung makes cheaper versions of its nicest phones

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>On Thursday, Samsung reported quarterly earnings that indicated its mobile division is headed in the wrong direction, thanks …

Android Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5 is progressing nicely

Back at the beginning of October we had our first look at Samsung’s implementation of Android Lollipop, complete with its familiar Touchwiz user interface. <i>SamMobile</i> has managed to get its hands on a newer version of Lollipop running on the Galaxy S5, pretty much confirming that an updating is …

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Apple Releases iTunes 12.0.1 Alongside OS X Yosemite

Alongside OS X Yosemite, Apple today released iTunes 12.0.1, a revamped version of iTunes that’s been designed with OS X Yosemite in mind. iTunes 12.0.1 can be downloaded from the Mac App Store and is available for both Mavericks and OS X Yosemite.<p>iTunes 12 offers an elegant new design that …

Retina 5K iMac Will Not Act as External Display, Standalone Apple 5K Display Unlikely Soon

At Apple's introduction of the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display, Phil Schiller noted that the machine's $2499 starting price compares favorably with some of the higher-end 4K displays on the market today for closer to $3000, leading some to wonder whether it would be feasible to use the iMac …

OWC Announces RAM Upgrade Kits for New Retina iMac, Up to 32GB for $399

Following yesterday's launch of the new iMac with Retina 5K display, Other World Computing has announced RAM upgrade kits for the machines. These kits were previously available for the 2013 iMac, but they are also compatible with the 2014 machines.<p>OWC is offering three separate 1600MHz DDR3L kits …

Dropbox for iOS Updated with Touch ID Integration, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support

File-sharing service Dropbox has updated its official iOS app with a number of new features, including full optimization for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as well as integration with Touch ID for more convenient unlocking. The app also includes a fix for previewing rich text format files and general …

Apple to Continue Offering Public Beta Versions of OS X Software

With the release of Yosemite, Apple introduced a public beta test for the first time, allowing more than a million consumers to sign up for and participate in the Yosemite beta. In past years, beta testing new Mac software has been left up to developers and a select number of Apple Seed members.<p>It …

2014 Mac Mini Teardown Highlights Increased Difficulty For User Upgradability

iFixIt has conducted its teardown of the brand new Mac mini, finding that the new device is more difficult to open than previous models. They've also discovered that the RAM is soldered onto the machine, which was first discovered late last week.<p>The team found that gaining entry into the new …

High-End Retina 5K iMac Benchmarked Faster Than Low-End Mac Pro

Yesterday, Primate Labs highlighted some Geekbench 3 benchmarking results for the new 3.5 GHz 27-inch Retina 5K iMac, unsurprisingly showing the machine performing better than slower-clocked Core i5 chips in non-Retina models but below that of high-end Core i7 chips also available in the machines …

Apple Encouraging Chrome and Firefox Users to Try Safari After Installing Yosemite

Chrome and Firefox users that install OS X Yosemite are receiving notifications suggesting they give Safari a try, according to multiple reports on Twitter (via Tom Davenport). After upgrading to Yosemite, Apple is sending popups that read "Try the new Safari. Fast, energy efficient, and with a …

Working Apple 1 Computer Sells for Record $905,000 at Auction

A rare working Apple 1 computer has sold for a record $905,000 at a Bonhams auction in New York, reports <i>Reuters</i>. Estimates suggested the motherboard might fetch between $300,000 and $500,000, but it ended up selling for far more.<p>The motherboard is believed to be one of approximately 50 Apple 1 …

Olloclip Debuts New 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Popular photography accessory maker Olloclip today unveiled an all new 4-in-1 photo lens designed for the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus. The 4-in-1 Photo Lens has been completely revamped for Apple's iPhone 6 devices and has gained several new features.<p>For the first time, the Olloclip lens is designed to …

iFixit Tears Down iPad Air 2, Confirms Smaller Battery, A8X Chip, and 2GB RAM

Now that the iPad Air 2 is being delivered to customers and showing up in retail Apple Stores, iFixit has acquired one of the new tablets and has begun one of its traditional teardowns to see just what's inside Apple's thinner, more powerful iPad Air 2.<p>According to iFixit, the "gapless" front panel …

How to Use 'Instant Hotspot' On a Mac with OS X Yosemite

With OS X Yosemite, Apple has included a number of Continuity features that improve the integration between iOS and Mac devices. OS X Yosemite includes a feature called Instant Hotspot which allows users to more easily use their iPhone's wireless cellular data connection from their Mac or iPad.<p>With …

'Continuity Activation Tool' Enables Handoff on Older Macs

With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Apple introduced "Continuity," a set of features designed to allow for deeper integration between Macs and iOS devices. Unfortunately, some Continuity features are limited to Macs with Bluetooth 4.0, which leaves many older Macs unable to access the new …

Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Now Available for Developers

Apple today began notifying developers that its TestFlight Beta Testing platform is now live and available for immediate use. TestFlight Beta Testing is designed to make it easier for developers to invite users to test pre-release versions of apps.<p>You can now invite up to 1,000 testers to beta test …

Powerful Image Editing App 'Pixelmator' Comes to the iPad

<i>Pixelmator</i>, a popular Photoshop replacement on the Mac, was released for the iPad today. The image editing iOS app is similar to the Mac app, incorporating many of the same tools to allow users to retouch and enhance photos and images.<p>The app includes a complete set of painting tools and a painting …

iHeartRadio for iOS Updated with Support for CarPlay

Radio streaming service iHeartRadio has updated its official iOS app to include support for Apple's CarPlay iOS vehicle integration feature. Users can now search and play any live or favorited radio station through their CarPlay-compatible in-dash car system, and can also listen to archived …

New Version of Outlook for Mac Leaked in Screenshots, Release Date Still Unclear

Earlier this year, rumors suggested that Microsoft was preparing to launch a new version of Office for Mac in 2014, and now images of what is said to be a new version of Outlook have surfaced on Chinese site <i>cnBeta</i> [Google Translate], suggesting Microsoft is drawing closer to releasing updated Mac …

Concept Video Demonstrates Apple Watch-Style Interface on iPhone

Apple's upcoming wearable, the Apple Watch, takes advantage of a unique interface that arranges apps with circular icons in a cluster-based design for quick and easy access with the device's included Digital Crown, or scroll wheel.<p>YouTuber Lucas Menge has created a mockup of what the Apple Watch …

Tim Cook on Apple Watch: 'You're Going to Wind Up Charging It Daily'

Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage today at the WSJ.D conference in Laguna Beach, California, where he commented on an array of topics including the Apple Watch, Apple Pay, Apple TV, and more.<p>Unsurprisingly, Cook said that Apple is "excited" about the upcoming launch of the Apple Watch, and he's …

Apple Disallows Previously Approved Calculator Widgets for iOS 8 Notification Center

Apple is forcing popular iOS calculator app <i>PCalc</i> to remove its Notification Center widget, which allows users to access calculator functions directly from the "Today" view of the Notification Center. According to Apple, widgets on iOS are not allowed to perform any calculations.<p>Apple's sudden …

Apple in Talks With Distributors to Sell iPhone in Iran

Apple is in talks with Iranian distributors that could see the iPhone being sold in the country should Western sanctions lift sufficiently, reports <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. Senior Apple executives have reportedly met with Iranian distributors at its London headquarters to speak about potentially …

Microsoft Unveils $199 'Microsoft Band' Fitness Wearable

Shortly after apps on the Mac App Store and iOS App Store revealed Microsoft's fitness wearable, the company has revealed its $199 Microsoft Band fitness wearable to <i>Re/code</i>. The device will go on sale tomorrow at Microsoft's online and retail stores.<p>The Microsoft Band is designed to last 48 hours …

Flipboard for iOS Updated with New 'Topics' Feature and Redesigned Look

Flipboard today updated its iOS app to version 3.0, bringing a refreshed design along with a number of new features for gathering and consuming content. The app now allows users to choose from over 30,000 topics to follow, with each topic containing stories from publishers, websites, and magazines …