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Automatic Photo Enhancement by Photolemur for Mac

MacObserver - 2 hours 10 min ago

If you don’t enjoy tweaking your photos as much as Dr. Mac does, you might enjoy a little program he’s been testing called Photolemur ($49), which improves your photos automagically and may be just the ticket for the tweak-averse.

Nintendo says Fire Emblem mobile game 'coming soon' to iOS

AppleInsider - 2 hours 13 min ago

After the initial blockbuster success of Nintendo's "Super Mario Run," the Japanese gaming giant on Wednesday announced its second mobile title will be a take on the long-running "Fire Emblem" series.

Civilization VI Gets Viking and Poland Expansions, Other Improvements

MacObserver - 2 hours 19 min ago

Civilization Vi got its first expansions Wednesday with the release of the Poland Civilization & Scenario Pack and Vikings Scenario Pack. The Polish pack includes the full Poland civilization, which includes the ability to take over tiles by fortifying their borders. The Poland scenario is a 60-Turn game where you defend Poland, Prague, and Vienna from Teutonic Knights and Ottoman Turks! Sounds awesome. The Viking Scenario includes new City-States with new benefits, and a 100-Turn game where you invade England, take Paris, find Vinland, or raid the Mediterranean. I’m slacking off from work just thinking about it. Each pack is $4.99, and is available through both Steam and the Mac App Store version of the game. Civilization VI itself was released in October for $59.99, and Wednesday’s update includes a variety of bug fixes, balance changes, AI tuning, and a new Earth map (standard size).

Apple updates GarageBand and Logic Pro X with iCloud File Sharing and Touch Bar support

MacWorld - 2 hours 34 min ago

Apple has made its music editing software more robust.

On Wednesday, Apple updated GarageBand for iOS and Pro Logic X for macOS, giving users the ability to share projects between the two music editing apps via iCloud File Sharing. This means that users can record music and share the recordings over the cloud to be edited in either app. Previously, you could import GarageBand recordings into Logic Pro X, but not vice versa. GarageBand has been designed to be more consumer-friendly, whereas Logic Pro X caters to the pro level.

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FCC Net Neutrality, Backdoor Hacks, and New Apple Products – ACM 394

MacObserver - 3 hours 5 min ago

Outgoing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler made a plea for the incoming administration to protect Net Neutrality. Bryan and Jeff discuss whether that plea is likely to fall on deaf ears [spoiler: yes, it will]. They also discuss the implications of the Cellebrite hack, and the fact that Apple released two product updates this week.

Post-holiday iPhone sales fears 'overblown,' analyst says

AppleInsider - 3 hours 36 min ago

Contrary to some recent reports, one analyst firm believes that adverse market conditions for iPhone sales are being given too much weight and predicts better performance than previously expected buttressed by high demand for the iPhone 7 Plus.

AWT News Update: January 18, 2017

AppleWorld.Today - 3 hours 44 min ago

Concept of a future iPhone with an edge to edge OLED display

Grumbling ex-Apple employees and Wall Street analysts with good imaginations are what we have for you on today's Apple World Today News Update podcast:

  • An ex-Apple engineer thinks that Apple's not the innovative, problem-solving company it was in 2007
  • A Wall Street analyst sends out his wild guesses on this year's crop of iPhones
  • Another Wall Street analyst says iPhone revenues will be down slightly due to anticipation for the "iPhone 8"

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for January 18, 2017.

An ex-Apple engineer took to Twitter recently and then talked with CNBC about how Apple is no longer a “dynamic change-maker” under CEO Tim Cook. Bob Burrough noted that when he first worked for Apple in 2007, “…organizationally it was the wild west. I was hired under a particular manager, but for the first two years worked on projects that had virtually nothing to do with that manager's core responsibility. That's because the organization wasn't the priority, the projects were the priority. It was the exact opposite of 'not my job.' It was 'I'm here to solve whatever problems I can, irrespective of my role, my title, or to whom I report.' It was wild. But it was also very rewarding, because everything you did had maximal impact on the product." Now he says that the “dynamic has clearly and distinctly changed,” and is like his former job at Palm where he says that “When you went to someone for help solving a problem ‘not my job’ was a common response.” Burrough’s tweet storm included a comparison of ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to Cook. While Ballmer tripled sales after taking over from Bill Gates, the company lost its dominance in mobile, search, social and cloud to companies like Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon.

Rumors are always fun, if not always accurate. Today analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company cited supply chain sources as saying that the 10th anniversary iPhone will be a jumbo model with a 5.8-inch OLED “fixed flex” screen. That display would provide an edge-to-edge display that could even wrap slightly around the sides of the iPhone 8. Arcuri’s report seems to suggest that Apple will also release 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 7s models in addition to the groundbreaking iPhone 8. Key components of the phone, including the FaceTime camera, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and earpiece, could be embedded into the OLED display. The iPhone 7s models would continue to use standard LCD panels as suppliers ramp up production of the OLED displays for future iPhones. Arcuri also thinks that Apple might add facial and gesture recognition to the iPhone 8, as well as wireless charging. The facial and recognition features would be powered by a laser or infrared sensor near the front-facing camera. Of course, with a little over 8 months to go before the next iPhones appear, I could be just as accurate as this Wall Street analyst if I were to say that the next iPhone will be able to fly on its own.

And speaking of Wall Street analysts, Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty says that the firm is lowering fiscal 2017 iPhone revenue estimates by 3 percent. Citing “weak demand ahead of the ‘supercycle’”, Huberty believes that many buyers may wait to upgrade their iPhones until a truly major upgrade — like that iPhone 8 we were just referring to — happens. In fact, Morgan Stanley expects iPhone sales growth in 2018 to leap to 20 percent, a huge increase over the past few quarters.

That’s all for today; I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.

Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 18, 2017

AppleWorld.Today - 3 hours 58 min ago

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

macOS Apps/Updates

AKVIS has updated the four programs comprising the Photo Correction Bundle: Enhancer 15.5, Noise Buster 10.1, Refocus 6.5, and HDRFactory 5.5. The new versions offer improved compatibility with Photoshop CC 2017, provide a vector-based user interface with support for Ultra HD resolution, fix some bugs, and bring other changes.

Demo versions are available for download. The apps are compatible with macOS 10.7 and higher. All are available as Photoshop compatible plug-ins and as standalone applications.

CS Odessa has announced ConceptDraw OFFICE 4, the next generation of the company's business productivity suite for macOS (10.10 and higher) and Windows. It consists of ConceptDraw PRO 11, ConceptDraw MINDMAP 9, and ConceptDraw PROJECT 8. 

The newest iteration provides various enhancements and improvements. ConceptDraw PRO 11 ($199), ConceptDraw MINDMAP 9 ($199), and ConceptDraw PROJECT 8 ($299) are available individually or as a bundle in ConceptDraw OFFICE 4 ($499).

South Korean court denies arrest of Samsung chief

AppleInsider - 3 hours 59 min ago

Samsung heir and acting chief Lee Jae-yong will not be arrested as part of a sweeping inquest into the alleged indiscretions of impeached South Korean president Park Geun-hye, some of which include accepting corporate bribes in exchange for political favor.

iPhone 8 rumors: New depth sensors to power facial recognition and AR

MacWorld - 4 hours 15 min ago

The iPhone 7 you got for the holidays still has that new-iPhone smell, but that won’t stop anyone from speculating about next year’s iPhone. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th birthday, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make its anniversary edition extra special.

We’ll keep track of the latest rumors and how plausible they are, and we’ll put them in one spot (this one!) so you can bookmark this link and just pop on over when you want to read the latest.

If you passed on the iPhone 7 to wait for the iPhone 8—or the iPhone 7s or whatever name Apple decides to use—it sounds like next year’s phone could be the design refresh you were waiting for. Just don’t expect the headphone jack to return.

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iRig Pro I/O, iRig Acoustic Stage gives musicians more guitar recording options

AppleInsider - 4 hours 37 min ago

IK Multimedia on Wednesday launched two new interfaces for musicians in the iRig Pro I/O, a compact audio and MIDI interface with Lightning connectivity straight from the box, and the iRig Acoustic Stage digital microphone system for acoustic guitars.

Hulu CEO promises offline viewing in coming months as iOS app gets user profiles

AppleInsider - 4 hours 47 min ago

Not to be outdone by Netflix, Hulu will be adding support for downloads in the near future, according to the the head of the video streaming service. On Wednesday, meanwhile, the company's iOS app gained support for user profiles, better accommodating the tastes of couples and families.

Football fans can stream Super Bowl 51 live with Fox Sports Go on iOS, Apple TV

AppleInsider - 5 hours 11 min ago

Fans looking to watch the spectacle of Super Bowl 51 -- to be played Feb. 5 in Houston, Tex. -- can turn to Fox Sports Go, an app available on numerous platforms, including Apple's iOS and the Apple TV.

Apple World Today Deals Shop now supports Pay

AppleWorld.Today - 5 hours 14 min ago

The Apple World Today Deals Shop is full of bargains on everything from developer classes to monster battery packs, clip-on iPhone camera lenses to VPN subscriptions. Now you can purchase those deals from your iOS device or Mac (running macOS Sierra) with Pay! 

Once you associate a credit card and address with Pay, buying anything in the store becomes as easy as clicking or tapping a button or two. Your transactions are completely safe, with no need to enter a credit or debit card number in our store. 

Note that we also accept Pay for Team AWT subscriptions -- you can support Apple World Today with an annual membership and get all sorts of benefits (including an upcoming discount on Deals Shop merchandise!). 

Podcast 542: They’re always listening

MacWorld - 5 hours 29 min ago

You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in the world with an electronic device right now who isn’t concerned about a combination of criminal, troll, and overreaching government trying to crack their security and vacuum up their data. For some practical advice, host Glenn Fleishman is joined by Jonathan Zdzriarski, an iPhone forensics expert with extensive experience working with law enforcement, who is also the developer of the file-access-monitoring app, Little Flocker.

Glenn and Jonathan start with a brief follow-up on the Consumer Reports’ battery testing revision, and then discuss many ways of securing different aspects of your computing and networking setup.

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Just Discovered Fruitfly Malware Uses Pre-OS X Code

MacObserver - 5 hours 51 min ago

Malwarebytes discovered a Mac malware threat dubbed Fruitfly that’s being used to target biomedical research facilities. Calling Fruitfly new, however, may not be correct because it looks like it’s been around since at least 2014, and it also relies on some system calls that predate OS X and macOS.

Apple TV, iPhone, iPad gain ability to play Netflix movies directly in TV app

AppleInsider - 5 hours 53 min ago

Apple is slowly rolling out the ability to stream a movie from Netflix directly from its TV app on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, but some limitations exist.

Apple's latest products add support for Japan's GPS successor QZSS

AppleInsider - 6 hours 21 min ago

Apple has made a minor change to the specification its latest mobile products --?the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 -- adding support for Japan's regional satellite positioning system QZSS, alongside existing support for GPS and GLONASS.

Verizon Nabs Note 7 Calls, Goodbye AT&T 2G – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-18

MacObserver - 6 hours 46 min ago

Still using a Galaxy Note 7? Verizon is getting agressive about trying to stop you. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Verizon intercepting Galaxy Note 7 calls, plus they look at AT&T shutting down their 2G wireless network.

Rumor: the Apple Pencil 2 is coming this spring

AppleWorld.Today - 6 hours 48 min ago

The Chinese language Letem svetem Applem — as reported by AppleInsider — says an "Apple Pencil 2" will arrive this spring, featuring a new magnetic system that will allow it to temporarily attach to an iPad. 

This would allow users to place the Apple Pencil on the iPad securely when not in use, allowing it to attach magnetically just like the iPad Smart Cover. I think the rumor is true and that the second gen Apple Pencil will arrive in March with an updated line-up of iPad Pros.

What’s more, I think the input will likely get expanded capabilities in the near future. Apple has filed for a patent (number 20160364091) for “devices and methods for manipulating user interfaces with a stylus” that show it being used with iMovie, Messages, Calendar, and other apps. In fact, in the patent filing, Apple notes that, “in some embodiments, the functions optionally include image editing, drawing, presenting, word processing, website creating, disk authoring, spreadsheet making, game playing, telephoning, video conferencing, e-mailing, instant messaging, workout support, digital photographing, digital videoing, web browsing, digital music playing, and/or digital video playing.” Which leads me to believe that Apple Pencil support will come to the iPhone and perhaps even to the Mac.

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