Instagram held a small event today in New York City where it unveiled its latest and greatest feature -- Instagram Direct. Instagram Direct is a way of sending photos and video messages directly to other users. You can send the message to a single individual or to a group of users that can include up to 15 other users.
These messages will be stored in an Instagram Inbox that'll be easily accessible to users. You don't even have to follow the person to be able to send them a message. After sending the message, you'll be able to see which recipients have seen your message, which ones have liked it as well as view comments as they are added. This new feature will be added to version 5 of the iOS app. It'll be available in the iOS App Store today.
Instagram announces Instagram Direct, a new way to photo and video message your friends originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The Macalope always warns that he’s not qualified to give investment advice, but having read the rationales used by those who have no such compunctions he’s beginning to wonder if he isn’t being too hard on himself.
Writing for Investor Place, Seeking Alpha contributor Lawrence Meyers warns against investing in Apple.
“Ignore the AAPL Hype – 3 Reasons Apple Stock Is Still a Sell” (tip o’ the antlers to @nolaDB9).
Just three? Sounds like you’re not applying yourself, Larry.
After a 15-year-old worker died of pneumonia at Pegatron, a Chinese supplier, Apple had an independent team of medical experts sent to the facility to verify working conditions, Bloomberg reports. The worker had previously been cleared as healthy just a month prior to his death.
An official Apple statement on the matter reads "While they have found no evidence of any link to working conditions there, we realize that is of little comfort to the families who have lost their loved ones. We have a team working with Pegatron at their facility to ensure that conditions meet our high standards."
This isn't exactly the first time that Apple -- or any large electronics manufacturer, for that matter -- has faced concerns over manufacturing practices. Foxconn, one of Apple's largest suppliers, has had an ongoing battle with employee suicides and allegations of unsatisfactory working conditions.
Independent medical team finds no link between employee death and Apple supplier Pegatron's working conditions originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
PDFpen Scan+ does a great job of recognizing the text in your documents, including documents written in 18 different languages.
PDFpen Scan+ is a document scanning and optical character recognition (OCR) tool for your iOS devices that lets you scan documents, import images, and PDF files and perform OCR on those documents.
PDFpen Scan+ offers three ways of capturing images: You can use your iOS device’s built-in camera to take a picture of a document, you can import a PDF or image file from your photo library, or you can import an image from a WebDAV enabled file server or services such as Dropbox, Evernote, or Box.
When you import a document PDFpen Scan+ attempts to detect the document’s edges so that it can be cropped appropriately. I found the app’s edge detecting capabilities to be extremely inaccurate, almost always capturing an area inside the actual text of the document.
San Francisco-based software developer Syntellia announced on Thursday that its Fleksy on-screen predictive text input technology is being added to several popular iOS apps, including utilities like Launch Center Pro 2 and text editors like Wordbox.
More than probably any other technology in Apple’s mobile operating system, the software keyboard is the one feature that helped Apple redefine the concept of smartphones, freeing handsets from hardware buttons that used to take up half (or more) of a device’s real estate.
Still, the default keyboard isn’t for everyone, which is why iOS has provided a little-known iOS programming interface that allows developers to create their own input methods—and that’s where Fleksy comes in.
Distributed as a special kit that third-party developers can integrate into their own apps, Fleksy replaces the default iOS keyboard with Syntellia’s own, which uses a subtly different input method and a unique predictive algorithm that, according to the company, recognizes most words, even if all their letters are typed incorrectly.
Walmart is tapping Apple to bring in holiday shoppers again with special pricing on iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s on Friday. According to online reports, the retailer will offer aggressive discounts on iPhone 5c ($27) and 5s ($127), a $45 gift card with the purchase of an iPad mini, and $30 gift cards for only $25.
Google has released Chrome Apps Launcher for Mac to the general public. Previously, the software was only available to beta testers. Chrome apps are dedicated apps that, thanks to the new Chrome App Launcher, live in your OS X Dock in an icon that has a bunch of colored squares in it. Click the icon to launch the Chrome Apps Launcher and then select any Chrome app you want to run.
Chrome Apps work offline, update automatically and sync to any computer where you're signed into Chrome, so you can pick up where you left off. Your Chrome Apps on Mac behave and feel just like native software. For example, you can find your Chrome Apps in the Applications folder on the Dock. Search for apps by name in the Spotlight search-just like any other Mac program that you already use.
There are dozens of Chrome apps available at launch with many more to follow. What's really nice about these apps is that they work offline and have access to your Mac's local storage, so you don't need to have an Internet connection to save or access data. You can download the Chrome Apps Launcher for Mac and check out all the Chrome apps available here.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
The Seoul Central District Court ruled on Wednesday that Apple wasn't infringing on three Samsung patents. Businessweek reported that the court dismissed Samsung's claims, saying that technologies covered by two of the patents could be easily developed, while Apple didn't violate the third patent at all.
Whether you're a news junkie or trying to limit the amount of media you consume, Hourly News is worth consideration. It parses different sources and delivers hourly updates that keeps you up-to-date with what's happening, domestically and internationally.
Hourly News lives in your menu bar. With the click of a button, you get the most recent news updates from a variety of sources including NPR, BBC News, Fox News, ESPN SportsCenter and a number of other news outlets throughout the world. A US$0.99 in-app purchase nets the ability to add a custom source beyond the 16 provided with the app.
The news updates last from 2-5 minutes each and are usually updated every hour, though a few are updated less often. You can toggle settings to automatically advance to the next item in your feed and to store settings on iCloud.
I use Hourly News to keep on top of national and world news at work, especially when I'm busy doing other tasks. If you're feeling overwhelmed by the deluge of media in your day-to-day activities, Hourly News is great for making sure you're still on top of things without constant media exposure.
Mac App of the Week: Hourly News delivers the latest news updates to your Mac originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
It’s important to back up your iOS device, just as you should your Mac. You can back your iPad or iPhone up to your computer using iTunes, or you can back it up to Apple’s iCloud. If you do the latter, the device backs up whenever you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network, keeping your data well protected.
But iCould has its limits, namely the measly 5GB of free storage you get to cover all devices associated with your Apple ID. You might find yourself running out of space, especially if you have more than one iOS device and use iCloud for email and document storage. Here are some tips for optimizing your iPhone and iPad backups.Turn on iCloud backups
Turn on iCloud backups from your iOS device.
To back up an iOS device to iCloud, you need to first turn on this feature.
[Editor's note: This is an updated version of a previous article.]
These days, everyone is a photographer. We’re taking more photos than ever, but most of those photos aren’t being captured with digital SLRs or even compact cameras. Instead, we’re living in the Age of Smartphone Photography. Just consider Instragram: On Thanksgiving day, more than 200 photos were posted every second.
And now, the holidays are looming. If you plan on capturing a few photographic moments with your iPhone, Android phone, or any other mobile device, consider these tips for taking better photos. Some of these basic lighting and flash tips will come in handy if you’re using a full-fledged camera, too.Beware of backlighting
This is good advice for any camera, but a smartphone camera is especially vulnerable to bad lighting. When you compose your family holiday portraits, don’t position yourself so that there are bright lights–the sun, indoor lamps, a wall of Christmas lights, and so on–behind your subject. Make sure the light source in your scene is behind you or off to the side, and if there are windows behind your subject, it might be a good idea to close the blinds or shades. Otherwise you’ll be capturing a bunch of silhouettes.
In the past two lessons, I showed you how to piece together a basic iMovie project as well as how to create an iMovie trailer. Helpful as those lessons were, much of iMovie 10’s editing power is hidden. Now it’s time to unearth those features. We’ll start with making more-exacting edits.The clip trimmer
As you’ve learned, within the timeline you can drag the bottom corners of a clip’s edge to shorten or lengthen the clip (assuming, in the latter case, that you’re not already working with the entire original clip). This is a perfectly reasonable way to trim clips, but in a way you’re working in the dark: You can’t see what precedes or follows the edges of the clip. This is where the clip trimmer comes in.
Double-click the clip, and the clip trimmer opens above the timeline. The portion of the clip that’s currently active is bright and shiny. Any material that occurs before or after the active clip bears a gray sheen. To move either the beginning or ending edit point, click and drag the white line that denotes the clip’s edge. Drag the line toward the center of the clip, and the clip shortens. Drag it away from the center, and the clip lengthens. In the viewer pane above, you’ll see the beginning of the active portion of the clip.
Adjust the beginning and end of a clip with the clip trimmer.