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Monday, October 20, 2014

Apple Releases iOS 8.1

Today, Apple released iOS 8.1, the update to bring Apple Pay to iPhones and iPads that support it, brings back the Camera Roll, and much more. The update enables the interactions between iOS and OS X known as Continuity. With iOS 8.1 and OS X Yosemite, users can send text messages from their Mac.

The update also fixes a number of bugs, including the most annoying one I noticed with screen rotation issues. Many users have found that after rotating their iPhones they couldn't interact with the screen until they rotated it back.

Unlike Apple's first update to iOS 8, this one has been largely well received. As of this writing, I haven't heard any bad news about it. So get to your iOS device and start downloading. Just make sure you have your device charged or plugged in, and that you have plenty of storage space.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Apple's Got a Mini iPad Issue

Apple revealed new iPads last Thursday. This included a new iPad Air 2, thinner and faster than ever with TouchID, and the iPad Mini 3, the same as the iPad Mini 2, but with a gold color option and Touch ID sensor. They also have continued to sell the iPad Air, iPad Mini 2, and even the first generation iPad Mini for a reduced rate. This is Apple's problem. The first iPad Mini is just $249 right now, which will make it very popular. Unfortunately, it also uses a processor that is now 3 years old, and slower than the any other iOS device Apple currently sells. Apple and third party developers will now need to support the slowest iOS device for a few years, and developers aren't happy about that.

What Gamergate is and why it Needs to End

If you're a fan of technology or video games, you've likely heard of #GamerGate. There are hundereds of articles across the web, many arguing for or against the principles of the movement. The history of it is far more complex than I care to dive into, however I'll give a brief breakdown. One guy, after having been aledgedly cheated on by his game developer girlfriend, wrote a long post on his blog detailing the events. The part that got the denizens of the Internet riled up was when it was pointed out that many of the guys on the list were journalists who had reviewed the girlfriend's game. Suddenly, journalistic integrity came into question as gamers were upset that personal relationships could get in the way of accurate reviews.

What became of it has been anything but civil. Regardless of how either side claims the movement escalated, it needs to stop.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Apple Reveals New iPads

The Retina 5K iMac wasn't the only product Apple revealed yesterday. Apple also updated the iPad Air and the iPad Mini. The new iPad Air has gotten the (increasingly lengthy) title of "iPad Air 2". The New iPad Mini is now the third generation of the device, called, aptly, the "iPad Mini 3". The updates contained more than the addition of a TouchID fingerprint sensor. Apple also made the iPad Air 2 thinner than the previous model, and much faster too. The iPad Air 2 also got a feature that will make anyone who has used their iPad outdoors happy: an anti-reflective coating. Both the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3 also received a new gold color finish.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Apple Reveals Retina 5K iMac

The Retina display has worked its way from the iPhone, to the iPad and iPod, to the MacBook Pro, and now, to the iMac. The new iMac from Apple is the fastest and most powerful they've ever released. But beyond that, it also has the most incredible display Apple has put on one of their products. The new 27 inch screen packs in a 5K display. To put that into perspective, 4K TVs are starting to catch on, as it's a higher resolution than the 1080p video used in HDTVs. These screens are often larger, as creating a screen with a 4K pixel density on a screen under 30-some inches is incredibly difficult. Apple did that, and more. They had to create new technology to accomplish this feat, but now they can offer not 4K, but 5K video on the 27 inch iMac screen. That means video editors can edit 4K video at full resolution and still have room for all their editing tools.

Apple's new 5K iMac will start at $2,499. Considering that some 4K TVs and monitors can go for over $3,000, this is a great deal. For professionals looking for more screen real estate and the highest reslution possible, the new Retina 5K iMac is the way to go. It's available now.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Apple Confirms October 16th Event

Apple has confirmed their October 16th event, which is rumored to feature their iPads, Mac OS, new Mac hardware, and perhaps a few other surprises. Apple's tagline of, "It's been way too long", is a clue to the event itself. Apple gives cryptic clues such as this one with their invites, which always make more sense after Apple reveals their new hardware or software. The company could be doing anything from updating their Mac hardware, the Apple TV, or perhaps it's just a joke, referring to the fact that the last time they held an event was just one month ago.

Apple will live stream the event on October 16th, at 10AM Pacific time.

Source: 9to5 Mac