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The recently refreshed 2015 MacBook Air can drive 4K external displays at a refresh rate of 60Hz, as confirmed by Ars Technica. The report claims that Intel's new Broadwell processors with integrated Intel HD Graphics 6000 support 4K output at 60Hz using a DisplayPort 1.2 cable, whereas previous-generation notebooks with Haswell processors were limited to lower resolutions at 30Hz. Apple's tech specs page for the new MacBook Air lists the notebook as capable of supporting one external display at up to 2,560×1,600 pixels, which clearly is not the case. Apple may be electing not to advertise 4K support for the new MacBook Air on purpose, however, as performance can still be somewhat laggy or jerky and the company has a shortlist of supported displays and configurations."Given that the Air is using one of Intel’s integrated GPUs, general OS X user interface performance isn’t too bad while driving the Air’s internal display alongside the 4K display. Dropped frames are clearly visible when entering into Full Screen mode or using Mission Control, and of course you’ll never want to try playing games or doing heavy 3D work at native resolution. But things are more than smooth enough for desktop use."The new Thunderbolt 2 port included on the refreshed MacBook Air and MacBook Pro is compatible with the DisplayPort 1.2 spec, meaning that Single-Stream Transport is possible using one cable. Meanwhile, 4K over HDMI remains restricted to a 24Hz refresh rate due to the limitations of the current 1.4 spec. Multi-Stream Transport should also be possible using DisplayPort 1.2, although the number of displays will be limited and performance will likely be impacted. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Continues to Tweak Emojis in Latest iOS 8.3 Beta • Video Review: Element Case's Solace Case for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Route Tracking and Screen Mirroring Shown in New Apple Patent • Australian Apple TV Owners Gain Access to Netflix Channel, Service • Apple Now Providing Apple Pay Window and Register Decals to Businesses • Pioneer's Latest Aftermarket In-Dash Systems With CarPlay Support Now Available • New Report Says Display Challenges Have Cut Apple Watch Shipments in Half • TrackR Bravo Review: Hands-On With a Coin-Sized Bluetooth Tracker for Lost Items

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Flexibits today launched the much-anticipated Fantastical 2 for Mac, a completely new app that overhauls the existing Fantastical for Mac app and introduces a long list of new features. Flexibits CEO Michael Simmons spoke with MacRumors about the new Fantastical 2 update for Mac, and he told us that while the original Fantastical app reinvented calendar apps, the new update reinvents Fantastical. The Flexibits team took everything they learned from Fantastical 2 for iOS and brought it over to the Mac. To begin with, Fantastical 2 has been designed from the ground up to fit in with the Yosemite aesthetic, adopting a flat design, simple outlines, cleaner fonts, and brighter, bolder colors with two available color themes. It's also adopted many Yosemite-only features like a Notification Center widget, Handoff, and Action and Share Extensions. The biggest change to Fantastical 2 is the introduction of a full calendar window. The original Fantastical Mac app was housed in the Mac's menu bar in a mini window, forcing users to open the built-in Calendar app if they needed access to a desktop calendar, but Fantastical 2 is a full-featured calendar app that combines that original menu bar calendar with a complete calendar window. The new calendar window includes Day, Week, Month and Year views on the right, along with a left-hand menu bar that shows the current month and a list of upcoming tasks. Reminders and events are separated in the new version of Fantastical, and a toggle button at the bottom of the calendar window will switch the view from events to a list of reminders. Reminders can be added to Fantastical by prefacing entries with "todo," "task," or "reminder," and can be location-based with dates and time information attached. Fantastical 2 continues to offer the same menu bar mini calendar window (now re-positionable), featuring the new design and the same toggle to switch between a list of upcoming events and a list of reminders. There's also a new Notification Center widget that displays a list of events for the day. In addition to offering existing features like natural language parsing, deeply customizable alerts, automatic alarms, Reminder integration, and quick search tools, Fantastical 2 for Mac adds a powerful feature called Calendar Sets. Most people use several calendars with Fantastical, and with the new Mac app, it's possible to group different calendars into separate sets and switch between them using an easily accessible toggle at the bottom of the calendar window. With Calendar Sets, work calendars and home calendars can be grouped together, and it's even possible to add geofencing to have calendar sets swap automatically depending on your physical location. Fantastical 2 for Mac also includes Japanese support for the first time, with full Japanese-language parsing, a feature that's also coming to iPhone and iPad in the next few months. It's also fully localized in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The app's language parsing engine is more robust, better understanding repeating events and offering more options for adding alerts. Fantastical 2 for Mac's natural language parsing engine has been updated to be even more friendly and flexible. The parsing engine now understands expressive repeating events such as third Thursday of every month, every weekend, last weekday of the month, and more. Plus, users can now add alerts by ending their natural language input with phrases such as "remind me tomorrow at 3PM", "alert 1 hour before", or "alarm 3PM."Fantastical 2 for Mac is Yosemite-only because it incorporates several Yosemite features. When a user has an iPhone or an iPad with Fantastical for iOS installed, it's possible to switch off between the iOS and Mac versions of the app with Handoff. With the new extensions, it's possible to highlight text in Safari, for example, and send it automatically to Fantastical with a link, or to add events directly from within apps like Evernote. Fantastical 2, which is an all-new app, can be downloaded from the Mac App Store beginning today for $39.99. The app will be priced at $49.99 in the future, but it's currently being offered at a discount to celebrate its launch. [Direct Link] Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Continues to Tweak Emojis in Latest iOS 8.3 Beta • Video Review: Element Case's Solace Case for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Route Tracking and Screen Mirroring Shown in New Apple Patent • Australian Apple TV Owners Gain Access to Netflix Channel, Service • Apple Now Providing Apple Pay Window and Register Decals to Businesses • Pioneer's Latest Aftermarket In-Dash Systems With CarPlay Support Now Available • New Report Says Display Challenges Have Cut Apple Watch Shipments in Half • TrackR Bravo Review: Hands-On With a Coin-Sized Bluetooth Tracker for Lost Items

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Apple has acquired database company FoundationDB, reports TechCrunch. FoundationDB is a company that "develops scalable and fault tolerant databases that support multiple data models." A notice on the company's site says that it has ceased to offer downloads after deciding to "evolve [the] company mission." According to TechCrunch, FoundationDB may have been an attractive purchase for Apple due to its ability to handle ACID-compliant transactions (aka data transfers) quickly and its strong scalability. A company blog post suggested it could achieve 54 billion writes per hour at a cost-per-write of 3 nano dollars. FoundationDB's attractiveness came in the speed at which it handled ACID-compliant transactions and coupled that with strong scalability. FoundationDB hosted a booth at TechCrunch Disrupt 2012, where we first wrote about its approach to a modern NoSQL database and its 'NoSQL, YesACID' motto. FoundationDB's latest engine, which was covered by TC Columnist Jon Evans late last year, scaled up 14.4 million random writes per second.TechCrunch describes FoundationDB as a "fast, affordable and durable database company" that may have been acquired to boost Apple's server-side technologies for the App Store, iTunes Connect, iTunes in the Cloud, or another service. Apple confirmed the acquisition with the standard statement that it gives on purchases: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Video Review: Element Case's Solace Case for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Route Tracking and Screen Mirroring Shown in New Apple Patent • Australian Apple TV Owners Gain Access to Netflix Channel, Service • Apple Now Providing Apple Pay Window and Register Decals to Businesses • Pioneer's Latest Aftermarket In-Dash Systems With CarPlay Support Now Available • New Report Says Display Challenges Have Cut Apple Watch Shipments in Half • TrackR Bravo Review: Hands-On With a Coin-Sized Bluetooth Tracker for Lost Items • Fitbit Adds Multi-Device Support and Extensive Bike-Tracking Analytics

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When Apple acquired Beats Electronics, several companies that had deals and partnerships with the headphone company were forced to sever their agreements, including Hewlett-Packard (HP). At the time of the acquisition, HP was selling laptops with "Beats Audio" branded speakers, through a partnership with Beats that was originally established in 2011. HP was only allowed to continue development on products using Beats Audio technologies through the end of 2014, leaving the company without an audio partner and without the "cool" factor Beats brought to the partnership. Ahead of the end of its partnership with Beats, HP began using its own in-house audio solution and ceased using Beats branding and logos, but it was unclear if that solution was based on Beats audio technology, as suggested by PCWorld.At the launch of the recent HP Spectre X360 last month, an HP executive declined to tell the IDG News Service whether the homegrown technology was influenced by Beats, or if it had Beats amplifiers in them. HP has excellent in-house technology to boost audio in PCs, said Mike Nash, vice president of product management for consumer personal systems, at the time.Though there may have been some remaining ties to Beats in HP products, HP today signaled its readiness to move on from the Beats brand by inking a deal with a new audio partner -- Bang & Olufsen. HP will use Bang & Olufsen audio technology in its PCs, tablets, and other accessories, with "custom tuned" audio for different PC models. Beginning this spring, HP PCs with Bang & Olufsen branding will start shipping to consumers. Like it did with its Beats partnership, HP will add Bang & Olufsen stickers and logos to the PCs, highlighting the new audio technology. CNET shared HP's thoughts on the new partnership."We've certainly spent a lot of time working on audio with Beats over the years. I think certainly a lot of learnings both ways in that relationship," Mike Nash, an HP personal-computer and printing vice president, said on a call with reporters Tuesday, soon after the deal was announced. "The opportunity now is to take everything we already know and combine that with some new expertise ... as part of our partnership with Bang & Olufsen."Even as HP moves on to Bang & Olufsen, the company is permitted to continue to sell its remaining stock of Beats-branded laptops through the end of 2015, so Bang & Olufsen-branded HP products may sit on store shelves beside those with Beats Audio technology. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Video Review: Element Case's Solace Case for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Route Tracking and Screen Mirroring Shown in New Apple Patent • Australian Apple TV Owners Gain Access to Netflix Channel, Service • Apple Now Providing Apple Pay Window and Register Decals to Businesses • Pioneer's Latest Aftermarket In-Dash Systems With CarPlay Support Now Available • New Report Says Display Challenges Have Cut Apple Watch Shipments in Half • TrackR Bravo Review: Hands-On With a Coin-Sized Bluetooth Tracker for Lost Items • Fitbit Adds Multi-Device Support and Extensive Bike-Tracking Analytics

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Apple today seeded the fourth beta of iOS 8.3 to developers, nearly two weeks after seeding the third iOS 8.3 beta and more than a month and a half after releasing the first iOS 8.3 beta. Today's beta is also available for public beta testers. The beta, build 12F5061, is available as an over-the-air download and through the iOS Developer Center. Apple has also released Xcode 6.3 beta 4. Previous iOS 8.3 betas have included features like a new emoji picker and all new diversified emoji and skin tone modifiers, new country flag emoji and updated emoji icons to represent the iPhone, iMac, and Apple Watch. Along with those emoji changes, iOS 8.3 brings wireless CarPlay connectivity, support for Google 2-step verification, Apple Pay for the China UnionPay network, several new Siri languages, filters for Messages, a UI change for the space bar in Safari, and more. We've been tracking all the iOS 8.3 changes in our iOS 8 Features Roundup. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Route Tracking and Screen Mirroring Shown in New Apple Patent • Australian Apple TV Owners Gain Access to Netflix Channel, Service • Apple Now Providing Apple Pay Window and Register Decals to Businesses • Pioneer's Latest Aftermarket In-Dash Systems With CarPlay Support Now Available • New Report Says Display Challenges Have Cut Apple Watch Shipments in Half • TrackR Bravo Review: Hands-On With a Coin-Sized Bluetooth Tracker for Lost Items • Fitbit Adds Multi-Device Support and Extensive Bike-Tracking Analytics • MacRumors Giveaway: Win an 'Automatic Link' Connected Car Adapter

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Following its March 9 media event where it introduced "Force Touch" trackpad technology for the new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro and upcoming 12-inch MacBook, Apple opened up the feature to third-party developers by delivering developer APIs starting with the third beta of OS X 10.10.3. The APIs will allow developers to support the ability of Force Touch trackpads to sense multiple levels of pressure and perform different actions depending on how hard the trackpad is being pressed. Apple has already taken steps to build Force Touch support into its own apps, as outlined in a support document. At the simplest level, the new Force Touch trackpads support a new "Force click" functionality, which allows a user to click on an item and then press a bit harder to activate a secondary function such as pulling up Dictionary or Wikipedia entires on selected text in Mail or Safari, a map preview when selecting an address, or Quick Look previews of files when selecting icons. Beyond the single-level Force click, the new Force Touch trackpad also supports more advanced features through sensing multiple levels of pressure, allowing users to accelerate zooming in and out of maps or vary the speed of fast forward and rewind in QuickTime and iMovie. iMovie also supports "bumpy pixels" in which the trackpad gives subtle vibrational feedback during the editing process to let the user know when the end of a dragged clip has been reached or when cropped clips are in proper alignment. While Force Touch is currently limited to the new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, the feature looks set to expand throughout Apple's product lineups, with the company's other notebooks gaining the technology as update cycles allow and the Apple Watch supporting it as a key interface mechanism at launch. Apple is also rumored to be bringing Force Touch to the iPhone later this year. On the Mac side, Ten One Design today announced an update to Inklet, its popular third-party drawing software, that will bring "enhanced pressure control" to MacBooks with the new Force Touch trackpad. The company believes it is the first Mac developer to launch support for Force Touch. Through Inklet's software, users have been able to draw and edit images within applications like Pixelmator and Photoshop for a while, by determining "stylus pressure" to differentiate between when to use thin and thick lines. Ten One Design notes that the introduction of the Force Touch trackpad makes its app not only more precise in designating pressure sensitivities, but more reliable as well. We think Inklet is the first 3rd party application to support the Apple’s new Force Touch trackpads. This means you’ll have amazing pressure control on newer machines, and in a pinch you can even use your finger. Having a trackpad capable of measuring force is a big deal. Even though Inklet has always been capable of determining stylus pressure, this update makes measuring pressure simpler and more reliable. Kudos to the team at Apple who designed this precise and useful instrument.Beyond Force Touch support, Inklet's update also bring "improved pressure response" to MacBooks with the traditional multi-touch trackpad, along with the usual minor bug fixes. The company says Inklet will prompt users to update the app "sometime within the next three days", although users wanting to check out the new features sooner can hasten the process with the "Check for Updates" prompt in the Inklet menu. Those yet to download the software can do so for $24.95 for the base app, or $34.90 for the app bundled with the company's Pogo stylus, from Inklet's official website. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Route Tracking and Screen Mirroring Shown in New Apple Patent • Australian Apple TV Owners Gain Access to Netflix Channel, Service • Apple Now Providing Apple Pay Window and Register Decals to Businesses • Pioneer's Latest Aftermarket In-Dash Systems With CarPlay Support Now Available • New Report Says Display Challenges Have Cut Apple Watch Shipments in Half • TrackR Bravo Review: Hands-On With a Coin-Sized Bluetooth Tracker for Lost Items • Fitbit Adds Multi-Device Support and Extensive Bike-Tracking Analytics • MacRumors Giveaway: Win an 'Automatic Link' Connected Car Adapter

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Apple on Tuesday added three new TV channels to the Apple TV set-top box in the United States: TED, Tastemade and Young Hollywood. The three new channels bring non-profit TED Talks and a wide selection of premium food, travel and celebrity programming to the Apple TV and should be available beginning today. The new channels arrive just over three months after the additions of UFC, The Scene, Fusion and Daily Motion. TED Talks given by the non-profit organization are hosted by guest speakers that cover a wide range of influential topics, including science, religion, technology, education and more. Meanwhile, Tastemade provides hundreds of episodes of premium food and travel programming, and Young Hollywood delivers the latest celebrity-related programming including entertainment news and exclusive interviews. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Route Tracking and Screen Mirroring Shown in New Apple Patent • Australian Apple TV Owners Gain Access to Netflix Channel, Service • Apple Now Providing Apple Pay Window and Register Decals to Businesses • Pioneer's Latest Aftermarket In-Dash Systems With CarPlay Support Now Available • New Report Says Display Challenges Have Cut Apple Watch Shipments in Half • TrackR Bravo Review: Hands-On With a Coin-Sized Bluetooth Tracker for Lost Items • Fitbit Adds Multi-Device Support and Extensive Bike-Tracking Analytics • MacRumors Giveaway: Win an 'Automatic Link' Connected Car Adapter

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Italian regulators have completed an investigation into allegations that Apple failed to pay €879 million ($964 million) in corporate taxes, according to Reuters. The report claims that, under Italian law, prosecutors can now ask a judge to bring the case to trial. Apple claims that it has paid all necessary taxes in countries that it operates and remains confident that the case will be resolved. Apple's flagship Via Roma retail store in Torino, Italy The investigations accuse Apple of booking profits generated in Italy through an Irish subsidiary in an effort to lower its taxable income base and save nearly €900 million from 2008 through 2013. Apple argues that it's "one of the largest tax payers in the world and paid every euro of tax it owed wherever it did business," and remains confident that the allegations are without merit and will be resolved.It said the Italian tax authorities had audited Apple’s Italian operations in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and confirmed it was in full compliance with the OECD documentation and transparency requirements. "These new allegations against our employees are completely without merit and we’re confident this process will reach the same conclusion," it said.Apple is one of several multinational tech companies, including Amazon and Google, that have faced corporate tax investigations in the United States and Europe. The U.S. Senate accused Apple of avoiding billions in income taxes in May 2013, while the European Union accused the company of receiving illegal state aid from Ireland after completing a formal investigation into its questionable tax practices in the country. Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Australian Apple TV Owners Gain Access to Netflix Channel, Service • Apple Now Providing Apple Pay Window and Register Decals to Businesses • Pioneer's Latest Aftermarket In-Dash Systems With CarPlay Support Now Available • New Report Says Display Challenges Have Cut Apple Watch Shipments in Half • TrackR Bravo Review: Hands-On With a Coin-Sized Bluetooth Tracker for Lost Items • Fitbit Adds Multi-Device Support and Extensive Bike-Tracking Analytics • MacRumors Giveaway: Win an 'Automatic Link' Connected Car Adapter • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iMac, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, Apple Accessories and More

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The most recent iOS 8.3 beta was seeded to developers on March 12, but even though its been in the hands of testers for over a week, people are still discovering hidden features. Over the weekend, two new iOS 8.3 features were found, including an update to Siri and an update to app purchase settings. With the iOS 8.3 beta 3 installed, users can now ask Siri to make phone calls using the iPhone's speaker. If you ask Siri to "Call [name] on speaker," the call will be made via speakerphone, enhancing Siri's hands-free capabilities. If you make the same request in iOS 8.2, Siri ignores the "on speaker" part and places the call as normal. The new feature makes it possible to activate Siri while plugged in by saying "Hey Siri" and make a phone call, all without needing to touch the phone or put on a headset for hands-free operation. In the Settings menu of an iOS device running iOS 8.3 beta 3, there's a new option under iTunes & App Store labeled "Password Settings." In this section, there is an option to change the password settings for purchases and in-app purchases, choosing options to either "Always Require" a password when making a purchase, or to "Require After 15 Minutes." "Always Require" and "Require After 15 Minutes" are not new settings -- the options have previously been located within the Restrictions section of the Settings app -- but a user is required to select one in order to access a new password toggle setting, which lets users toggle the password requirement for free apps on and off. When toggled on, downloads labeled as "GET" in the App Store will not require a password. Apple's new Password Settings are not functional right now, returning a "Cannot connect to iTunes Store" message when tapped, but it's likely they will be made available in a later beta ahead of the update's public release. The Password Settings menu can also be found under General --> Restrictions. In addition to the newly discovered features listed above, iOS 8.3 adds quite a bit of new functionality to Apple's mobile operating system. Earlier betas have introduced a wireless CarPlay feature and several emoji changes, like a new emoji picker, diversified emoji with skin tone modifiers, new flags, and new icons for the watch, phone, and computer emoji, which now resemble an Apple Watch, an iPhone, and an iMac. Most notably, keyboard spacing has been changed to prevent users from hitting the period key when they meant to hit the space key when searching in Safari. There's also support for Google two-factor authentication when adding Google accounts on iOS, Apple Pay support for China UnionPay, new Siri languages, filtering options for Messages, and more. We've been keeping a complete list of iOS 8.3 changes in our iOS 8 Features Roundup. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Now Providing Apple Pay Window and Register Decals to Businesses • Pioneer's Latest Aftermarket In-Dash Systems With CarPlay Support Now Available • New Report Says Display Challenges Have Cut Apple Watch Shipments in Half • TrackR Bravo Review: Hands-On With a Coin-Sized Bluetooth Tracker for Lost Items • Fitbit Adds Multi-Device Support and Extensive Bike-Tracking Analytics • MacRumors Giveaway: Win an 'Automatic Link' Connected Car Adapter • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iMac, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, Apple Accessories and More • New iMovie for Mac Update Provides Look at Potential of Force Touch Trackpad

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Many of us keep backups of our data on hard drives, using Apple's Time Machine, but how many of us keep multiple copies? And copies that are protected from not only disk failures, but also natural disaster? Estimates suggest 30 percent of people have never backed up their data, and the number of people who keep multiple backups is even lower. With World Backup Day coming up, we teamed up with ioSafe and Synology to explore the consumer-oriented backup options they offer and to demonstrate the importance of keeping several copies of your data by simulating the effects of a house fire on the hardware. If you're not familiar with ioSafe and Synology, ioSafe is best known for its disaster proof solutions, producing a range of hard drives that can withstand fire and water damage. Synology is known for its line of DiskStation NAS devices and for its DiskStation Manager software, which can be used for hassle-free backups, personal cloud storage, and more. We traveled to Seattle to meet up with ioSafe and Synology to test out a Synology BeyondCloud NAS paired with an ioSafe Solo G3, a multi-backup solution that protects data from all kinds of damage, from hard drive failures to a house fire. We checked out some of the things you can do with the setup and then we set it all on fire. If you want to jump right to the good stuff, aka the fire, watch the video below. We filmed everything so you could see how the ioSafe G3 held up and watch the data recovery process. After watching the video, you can read on for more details on how the Synology BeyondCloud and ioSafe G3 work together and what you can do with them. Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post -- we're going to be giving away a complete backup solution consisting of a 3TB Synology DiskStation BeyondCloud NAS and a 3TB ioSafe Solo G3. Setting up the Fire The video we shared is only a small portion of the more than an hour of footage we shot ahead of the fire. We wanted to show that the ioSafe Solo G3 could keep data safe from a fire, so to begin with, we shot a series of photos on a DSLR camera, which were stored on an SD card. From the SD card, we transferred the files to the Synology BeyondCloud NAS. The ioSafe G3 was plugged into the back of the NAS, and using Synology's browser-based DiskStation software, we scheduled a backup that automatically transferred the photos we took from the NAS to the ioSafe Solo G3. At that point, copies of the photo were stored on the NAS (making them accessible remotely as a NAS serves as a private cloud) and on the ioSafe Solo G3, where they were protected from disaster. The Fire With our photos safely stored on both devices, we were ready to simulate a disaster – a house fire. Both the Synology BeyondCloud and the ioSafe G3 were placed in a fire pit, where we doused them with lighter fluid and set them on fire. Both of the hard drives burned, but the Synology began melting after just a few minutes, fueling the fire and causing it to burn even brighter. As the BeyondCloud melted and filled the air with noxious fumes, the ioSafe G3 largely maintained its shape amid the flames, though it did become significantly charred. The ioSafe G3 is able to withstand temperatures up to 1500 degrees for 30 minutes. Our fire did not reach 1500 degrees, but neither does the average house fire. We burned the hard drives for approximately 10 minutes, the average length of time that it takes firefighters to respond to a house fire. Then we doused them in water to put out the flames, simulating a firefighter's hose. When pulled from the fire, the Synology BeyondCloud was all but destroyed, a melted hunk of plastic and metal. According to ioSafe CEO Robb Moore, it was very unlikely data could be pulled from the device, even by data recovery experts. The ioSafe Solo G3 was charred and its ports melted, but the metal exterior was intact. We had to wait awhile for the drives to cool off enough for us to open them up, but when we dug into the G3, we came out with a Toshiba hard drive that didn't have a mark on it. Though Moore warned us that the drive might need to be sent to ioSafe's data recovery partner DriveSavers, we connected the hard drive to an adapter, plugged it into a MacBook Air, and all of the photos we had taken that day were available and safe despite the fact that the hard drive had been in a fire just 30 minutes before. More on ioSafe The ioSafe Solo G3 is a rugged, heavy 3TB hard drive that also manages to look nice on a desk. It's actually one of the hard drive options Apple offers in its online store, where it's got a five star rating. Weighing in at 15 pounds because of the equipment inside it (which we go over in detail in the video), the Solo G3 is large but not so much so that it doesn't fit on a table – it's 7.1 inches tall, 5 inches wide, and 11 inches long. It doesn't have a fan so it operates silently, and it has USB 2.0 and 3.0 connections. It ships with a USB 3.0 cable, a power supply, and it's Time Machine compatible. The Solo G3 is able to protect data from loss for up to a half hour in a fire that’s up to 1550 degrees Fahrenheit. It's also waterproof at up to 10 feet for 72 hours, so it's going to stay safe in the average fire or flash flood. ioSafe also offers a year of data recovery service and will spend up to $2,500 per terabyte recovering data if your hard drive is in a fire. ioSafe also sells several other fireproof storage solutions for home and office use and at the higher end, its NAS Raid options come equipped with Synology's DiskStation software. More on Synology The Synology BeyondCloud solution may not be able to hold up in a fire, but it's the driving force behind a hassle-free backup system, and a BeyondCloud NAS can do a lot more, too. Synology has a lot of different NAS options for both home and office use, but its BeyondCloud lineup is aimed a those who are new to NAS devices. For those unfamiliar with what a NAS is, it's essentially a hard drive with a built in computer, designed to operate as a file server. It can connect to a home WiFi network, allowing it to serve as a private cloud where all users in a household can upload and share files. Because it can be configured to connected to the Internet, files are also accessible remotely. A simplified way to describe it to a home user is as a personal, private version of Dropbox that also has several other useful features – you can use it for automatic backups, media storage, file sharing, website hosting, and a lot more. The BC115j 1300 NAS, which is what Synology is giving away, comes with two pre-installed Seagate NAS HDDs, and it has the DiskStation software preloaded on it. The NAS itself features the aforementioned hard drives, plus an 800MHz Marvell Armada 370 CPU, 256MB DDR3 RAM, and 2 USB 2.0 ports. It weighs just over a pound and a half, fits well on any desk, and matches most decor with its white finish. DiskStation DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.1 is the software that comes pre-installed on the BeyondCloud, and with it, you can configure the NAS to perform a variety of different functions. Once a Synology NAS is connected to the Internet (via ethernet or a WiFi dongle) the DiskStation software installed on the NAS is accessed through a browser. DSM looks a lot like a mini operating system within a browser, with access to features like a control panel, user settings, apps, and a Package Center where new content can be added. The layout will be somewhat foreign to Mac users as it more closely resembles a Windows operating system, but DiskStation is relatively easy to navigate. Synology also has multiple iOS apps, which work with the DSM software to enable your iOS device to access files, play media, and more. Synology DiskStation Manager, accessed in Safari We should say up front that using the BeyondCloud NAS is not entirely intuitive, especially for someone who has never used a NAS before. Setting up features like Time Machine backups on the device is going to require some Googling and following directions, but Synology has a solid knowledge base and its software is popular enough that you can get the answers you need from various forums with a quick search. You're not going to want to buy a NAS for grandma, but the average MacRumors reader is likely savvy enough to figure things out. We'd also like to point out that the Synology iOS apps aren't the best we've seen, so expect to spend some time figuring those out as well. We'll cover a few of the most useful things you can do with a NAS as a home user, but keep in mind that we're only scratching the surface. First and foremost, it can be used for automatic over-the-air Time Machine backups. Once configured, Time Machine backups will happen automatically, much like with an AirPort Time Capsule or an AirPort Extreme with an attached hard drive. One benefit to the NAS over another solution like a Time Capsule is that it can automatically backup to another attached hard drive (like the ioSafe G3) or it can backup to an online service like CrashPlan, providing multiple backups with no effort. Another benefit is that your backups are accessible remotely (because your NAS is connected to the internet), and a third benefit is the expanded feature set of the NAS. With different DSM apps like Cloud Station, Download Station, Photo Station, and Video Station, the NAS can act as a personal cloud, download files from websites automatically and store them, backup photos, and play media stored media files directly on iOS devices or the Apple TV. Apps or packages on the Synology DiskStation Manager Cloud Station, for example, installs an app on the Mac where you can drag files to be uploaded to the cloud, just like Dropbox. Your files are accessible both at home and remotely, synced to your Mac via the Cloud Station folder, available on iOS devices via the DS Cloud app, and shareable with other people. It's also possible to set up multiple users that can upload files via Cloud Station. A personal cloud like this has the benefit of keeping your files on your own machine and it offers more storage space than online solutions, but it does leave your files vulnerable to hard drive failures so secondary backups and/or a RAID setup should be used. Synology Cloud Station on DiskStation Manager on left and DS Cloud on iOS on right With Photo Station installed on the NAS and on your iPhone, you can set it up so all of the photos on your device will be automatically uploaded and backed up whenever the app is opened. You can also share photos and videos with others, create slideshows, and edit photo information. Audio Station is for managing audio, and you can upload songs, stream them directly from the NAS, and share playlists. There's also an iTunes Server DSM package for letting everyone on a local network access music stored on the NAS. Automatically uploading photos from iOS device to Synology using Photo Station and DS Photo app Video Station is for managing video files. A movie or a television show uploaded to a NAS can be played directly to an iOS device or to an Apple TV with AirPlay using the DS Video app. There are also apps that let content be streamed to Samsung Smart TVs, Google Chromecast, and Roku players. As with all of the apps, Video Station content can be accessed remotely too. Synology Video Station on DiskStation Manager on left and DS Video on iOS on right File Station (and the DS File app) gives access to the complete list of files on the NAS, and Download Station is a download center that supports multiple file sharing protocols like BitTorrent, FTP, HTTP, and more. It has a built-in torrent search engine and will automatically download torrent files and other types of content directly to the NAS. The accompanying DS Download app lets you monitor downloads and set the NAS to download files even when you're away from home. Download Station on DiskStation Manager Note Station is a writing app that lets you create documents and notes that are accessible anywhere, including Macs via the DSM and iOS devices through DS Note. It supports file attachments, photos, lists, text formatting, and can encrypt files. Synology Note Station on DiskStation Manager on left and DS Note on iOS on right Some of the other things the NAS can do via installed packages: operate as a voice communication server, host websites, host Wordpress blogs, serve as a mail server, host bulletin boards, and manage security cameras. There are a lot of apps in the built-in Package Center, but it's also possible to install other packages through third-party sources. For example, Plex Media Server is available for Synology devices, but keep in mind lower-powered NAS options, like the BeyondCloud, have ARM processors that don't support transcoding. Like computers, there are many different options when picking a NAS, with more processing power available at a higher cost. Along with the BeyondCloud, Synology has a whole range of NAS options available for business and home users. Prices range from a few hundred dollars for the BeyondCloud to in the thousands, depending on whether you supply your own hard drives. Using ioSafe and Synology Together We touched on this above, but Synology's DiskStation Manager has a built-in package called “Time Backup,” which is a lot like a Time Machine backup. You can use Time Backup to back up all data on the NAS to either another external hard drive like the ioSafe Solo G3, or a cloud service. Whether backing up to another hard drive or to a cloud service (these will require a subscription), it's a good step to take to make sure files stored on the NAS are kept safe. Since we've been talking about a paired ioSafe Solo G3 and a Synology NAS, we'll use that as an example. Backing up is as simple as plugging the Solo G3 into a power strip, connecting it to the BeyondCloud via USB, and creating a backup task in Time Backup. Smart Recycle, a built in feature, will maintain hourly backups to the ioSafe, with several backup versions available like in Time Machine. Synology BeyondCloud NAS connected to ioSafe Solo G3 With data from a Mac backed up to a Synology NAS and backed up again to an ioSafe Solo G3, photos, important documents, and files are protected from hard drive failures and other disasters. ioSafe CEO Rob Moore describes the ioSafe philosophy as a three backup system:At a minimum, at ioSafe, we always talk about three-two-one backups. So you keep three complete backup copies of your data on at least two different devices, and one of them should be protected against disaster. So either offsite, in the cloud, or on an ioSafe device. Whatever it takes to protect yourself against fires and floods and tornados and what not.Other Backup Solutions An ioSafe hard drive paired with a Synology NAS is just one of many ways you can keep your data safe in any situation. Another solution might involve multiple Time Machine backups that are stored on different hard drives and backed up the cloud, to ensure your data isn't lost in a fire or other disaster. A lot of online services are available that will let you upload all of your data for a fee. CrashPlan, for example, lets you back up a computer for $59.99 per year, and BackBlaze works in the same way, charging $50/year. No matter which method you use, you should try to back up your computer on a regular basis. Over the years, we at MacRumors have had emails and have seen forum posts from hundreds of users who have lost data in hard drive failures and other disasters. How to Buy The ioSafe Solo G3 can be purchased from Apple.com, directly from ioSafe.com, or from Amazon.com. It's available in 2TB to 4TB capacities, with prices that start at $349. Synology's BeyondCloud products and its other NAS devices can be purchased from a wide range of retailers like Amazon.com, MacMall, and Newegg. The BeyondCloud, which is pre-configured with hard drives and the DiskStation software, comes in 2TB, 3TB, and 3TB Mirrored options. Prices start at $180, but the 3TB version in the post is $240. Giveaway As we mentioned up top, Synology and ioSafe are each planning to give away the products that we set on fire, so one lucky MacRumors reader will be able to get a complete backup system for free. Here's what's included in the giveaway: – 3TB ioSafe Solo G3 fireproof waterproof external hard drive – 3TB Synology DiskStation BeyondCloud NAS, model number BC115j 1300 To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube Channel, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the intricacies of international law regarding giveaways, this giveaway is open only to U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older. a Rafflecopter giveawayThe giveaway will run from today March 23 at 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time through March 30 at 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time. The winner will be chosen randomly on March 30 day and will be contacted through email. A response to our email is required within 48 hours or the winner will forfeit the prize and we will pick a new winner. Note: MacRumors received no monetary compensation from ioSafe or Synology for this post and the accompanying giveaway. MacRumors' travel expenses to Seattle were covered. 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Apple today seeded the fifth beta of OS X Yosemite to developers, almost a month after seeding the first OS X 10.10.3 beta and just a week after releasing the fourth beta to developers. The new beta, build 14D113c, is available for registered developers through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Mac Dev Center. Yosemite Recovery Update 3.0 is also available. With today's update, Apple has continued polishing the Photos for OS X app, and there are just two remaining known issues with the software, including an issue with favorites and a problem with missing thumbnails when restoring an Aperture-upgraded Photos library with Time Machine. Earlier betas of OS X 10.10.3 have brought several new features to Yosemite, including the new Photos for OS X app. Designed to integrate with iCloud Photo Library, Photos for OS X is a replacement for both iPhoto and Aperture and is on track to see an early 2015 public launch. Reviews have suggested that while Photos is a suitable replacement for iPhoto, with more advanced tools and performance optimizations, it may leave professional users disappointed. Along with the new Photos for OS X app, the first two OS X 10.10.3 betas introduced a redesigned emoji picker that consolidates emoji into a single page with clear labels, new diversified emoji and emoji skin tone modifiers, new flag emoji and updated emoji for the iPhone, iMac, and Apple Watch, and support for Google 2-step verification when setting up accounts in System Preferences. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New Report Says Display Challenges Have Cut Apple Watch Shipments in Half • TrackR Bravo Review: Hands-On With a Coin-Sized Bluetooth Tracker for Lost Items • Fitbit Adds Multi-Device Support and Extensive Bike-Tracking Analytics • MacRumors Giveaway: Win an 'Automatic Link' Connected Car Adapter • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iMac, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, Apple Accessories and More • New iMovie for Mac Update Provides Look at Potential of Force Touch Trackpad • Apple Releases New Security Update for OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Users • Apple Updates iPhoto for Mac to Prepare for Upcoming Transition to New Photos App

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A new Apple wireless keyboard featuring backlight keys and a power button has been spotted on the Apple Online Store in Czech Republic and Hungary, with an identical Arabic version appearing on the U.S. storefront. The graphic render shows controls for adjusting the brightness of the backlight added to the F5 and F6 keys, as found on current MacBook models, while the eject key for CDs has been replaced with a power button. Apple has not updated the product description for its wireless keyboard to match the new visualization, so it remains to be seen if this was simply a mistake or if the company will quietly refresh the keyboard in the near future. The old Apple Wireless Keyboard with no backlight keys and an eject key is still shown on the Apple Online Store in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and other English-speaking countries. The addition of a power button on the keyboard is interesting, given that Macs currently do not detect wireless keyboards until after booting. It could be speculated that the power button is for turning on or off the wireless keyboard itself, but additional photos reveal that the keyboard still has a power button on the side in its traditional spot. As such, the exact functionality of the key remains unknown. (Thanks, Roman!) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Fitbit Adds Multi-Device Support and Extensive Bike-Tracking Analytics • MacRumors Giveaway: Win an 'Automatic Link' Connected Car Adapter • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iMac, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, Apple Accessories and More • New iMovie for Mac Update Provides Look at Potential of Force Touch Trackpad • Apple Releases New Security Update for OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Users • Apple Updates iPhoto for Mac to Prepare for Upcoming Transition to New Photos App • How to Choose the Right Apple Watch Band Size • Angry Birds Developer Rovio Reports First Major Profit Decline in 2014

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Apple continues to offer praise for Becoming Steve Jobs, the unauthorized biography of the late Apple co-founder set to be released on Tuesday. A spokesperson for Apple told The New York Times that the upcoming book is "better than anything else we've seen," and several executives at the company agreed to be interviewed for the title because they "felt a responsibility to say more" about the Steve that they knew and worked with.“After a long period of reflection following Steve’s death, we felt a sense of responsibility to say more about the Steve we knew,” Steve Dowling, an Apple spokesman, said. “We decided to participate in Brent and Rick’s book because of Brent’s long relationship with Steve, which gave him a unique perspective on Steve’s life. The book captures Steve better than anything else we’ve seen, and we are happy we decided to participate.”Apple senior executive Eddy Cue tweeted last week that Becoming Steve Jobs is "well done and first to get it right" in regards to reflecting on Jobs, after he called the film Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine "an inaccurate and mean-spirited view of my friend." Apple CEO Tim Cook also dismissed Walter Isaacson's official biography of Jobs as a “tremendous disservice” to the Steve that he knew, adding that “the person I read about there is somebody I would never have wanted to work with over all this time.”Best portrayal is about to be released - Becoming Steve Jobs (book). Well done and first to get it right.— Eddy Cue (@cue) March 16, 2015 While it appears that Apple is now set on changing the narrative surrounding Jobs posthumously, the company initially showed no interest in participating in Becoming Steve Jobs, co-written by authors Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, executive editor of Fast Company. Apple refused to provide the tech journalists with interviews in 2012, but changed its mind 18 months later, according to The New York Times.“I think our patience and quiet perseverance was what eventually won them over,” said Mr. Schlender, who covered Mr. Jobs for almost 25 years. He said he wanted to write the book because he felt there was a side of Mr. Jobs’s personality that had never been captured by journalists. While the authors fact-checked portions of the book with Apple and other sources and showed the finished volume to the company, Apple wasn’t allowed to have “any editorial input whatsoever,” Mr. Tetzeli said.Jobs passed away in October 2011 following a lengthy battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart Into a Revolutionary Leader will be available through Amazon on March 24 in hardcover and digital formats. Both official excerpts and leaked content from the biography has surfaced in recent weeks, and a sample of the book's prologue and first chapter is available through iBooks in select countries. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • MacRumors Giveaway: Win an 'Automatic Link' Connected Car Adapter • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iMac, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, Apple Accessories and More • New iMovie for Mac Update Provides Look at Potential of Force Touch Trackpad • Apple Releases New Security Update for OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Users • Apple Updates iPhoto for Mac to Prepare for Upcoming Transition to New Photos App • How to Choose the Right Apple Watch Band Size • Angry Birds Developer Rovio Reports First Major Profit Decline in 2014 • Apple Seeds New 7.1.5 and 6.2.5 Safari Betas to Developers for Mavericks, Mountain Lion

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Elle is the first magazine to feature the Apple Watch in Australia with a fashion shoot starring the publication's in-house fashion editor Sara Smith. The multi-page style guide in the latest April issue offers women tips on how to make the Apple Watch work with different wardrobes depending on the time and place, such as during the weekend, at a cocktail party or in the workplace. Apple continues to carefully curate the Apple Watch's image and exercise control over the way it's portrayed in magazines, positioning the wrist-worn device as a fashion item first and a technology device second. Apple wants the Apple Watch to be seen as trendy and sporty, perhaps in an attempt to avoid the device being viewed as overly technical and unfashionable as some people have opined about other wearables."For a cocktail party: Wear with a tuxedo suit and sexy heels (think Le Smoking Saint Laurent style with Alexander Wang black heels), or if you have the legs for it, a killer cocktail dress. Mix statement jewels with your watch. Try a fabulous cocktail ring and Cartier’s Love Bracelet would look great sitting side by side with your Apple Watch. It will be the perfect conversation starter at a party."Apple Watch has been featured in several fashion and fitness magazines worldwide in recent months, including Self, Vogue, Style, East Touch, YOHO and Fitness Magazine. The wrist-worn device will be available April 24, with pre-orders starting April 10 in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and United Kingdom. Apple Watch starts at $349 for the Sport model, while the 18-karat gold edition will retail for upwards of $10,000. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • MacRumors Giveaway: Win an 'Automatic Link' Connected Car Adapter • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iMac, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, Apple Accessories and More • New iMovie for Mac Update Provides Look at Potential of Force Touch Trackpad • Apple Releases New Security Update for OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Users • Apple Updates iPhoto for Mac to Prepare for Upcoming Transition to New Photos App • How to Choose the Right Apple Watch Band Size • Angry Birds Developer Rovio Reports First Major Profit Decline in 2014 • Apple Seeds New 7.1.5 and 6.2.5 Safari Betas to Developers for Mavericks, Mountain Lion

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ABC was recently invited to Apple's top-secret health and fitness lab for the Apple Watch for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the testing facility, accompanied by Apple executives Jeff Williams and Jay Blahnik. The network shared a preview of its visit on Good Morning America earlier today, and has now provided a closer look at the facility on the latest episode of late night show Nightline. The five-minute interview behind closed doors revealed that Apple collected over 18,000 hours of health and fitness data based on over 10,000 workout sessions that Apple employees participated in over the past two years at the company's secretive fitness lab. Blahnik, director of fitness and health technologies at Apple, also confirmed that the company tested the Apple Watch outdoors based on a variety of activities. Apple Watch will be available April 24, with pre-orders starting April 10 in the first wave of launch countries: United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and United Kingdom. The wrist-worn device starts at $349 for the Apple Watch Sport, while the stainless steel models will retail for between $549 to $1,099 and the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will cost up to $17,000. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • MacRumors Giveaway: Win an 'Automatic Link' Connected Car Adapter • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iMac, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, Apple Accessories and More • New iMovie for Mac Update Provides Look at Potential of Force Touch Trackpad • Apple Releases New Security Update for OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Users • Apple Updates iPhoto for Mac to Prepare for Upcoming Transition to New Photos App • How to Choose the Right Apple Watch Band Size • Angry Birds Developer Rovio Reports First Major Profit Decline in 2014 • Apple Seeds New 7.1.5 and 6.2.5 Safari Betas to Developers for Mavericks, Mountain Lion

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Apple's newly refreshed MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro models no longer support running Windows 7 with Boot Camp, according to Apple's Boot Camp support document. Boot Camp on the new notebooks only works with Windows 8 or later, so it is impossible to use Boot Camp to install Windows 7 on the machines. For those unfamiliar with Boot Camp, it is Apple's software designed to allow Mac users to install Microsoft Windows on their machines. Apple also dropped Windows 7 Boot Camp support in the 2013 Mac Pro, suggesting the software would cease to be supported by future Macs, but Macs released in 2014 continued to offer Windows 7 installations. The 2014 MacBook Air and the 2014 MacBook Pro will be the last Apple notebooks that support Windows 7. It is not surprising that Apple has opted to phase out support for Windows 7, given its advanced age. Windows 7 first became available to the public in 2009 and was followed by Windows 8 in 2012. Despite being six years old, Windows 7 continues to be the most heavily used Windows-based operating system. Mac users were not happy with Apple's decision to cease Windows 7 support in the Mac Pro, and it's likely the dropped support in the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro will also be met with resistance. Windows users have not yet embraced Windows 8 due to both its cost and its interface, which deviated significantly from the design of Windows 7. Windows 10, coming later this year, may encourage stalwart Windows 7 users to upgrade, as it melds Windows 7 design elements with Windows 8 design elements for a happy medium that might satisfy a wide range of tastes. Windows 10 pricing has not been unveiled, but it will be a free upgrade for Windows 8.1 users. (Thanks, Daniel!) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • MacRumors Giveaway: Win an 'Automatic Link' Connected Car Adapter • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iMac, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, Apple Accessories and More • New iMovie for Mac Update Provides Look at Potential of Force Touch Trackpad • Apple Releases New Security Update for OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Users • Apple Updates iPhoto for Mac to Prepare for Upcoming Transition to New Photos App • How to Choose the Right Apple Watch Band Size • Angry Birds Developer Rovio Reports First Major Profit Decline in 2014 • Apple Seeds New 7.1.5 and 6.2.5 Safari Betas to Developers for Mavericks, Mountain Lion

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Apple plans to announce its next-generation Apple TV set-top box at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June, according to BuzzFeed News. The report, citing sources familiar with the plans, claims that the new Apple TV will be a "significant overhaul" of the streaming TV box, featuring both Siri and an App Store with an SDK available for developers to create apps. The new Apple TV will feature Apple's latest A8 system-on-a-chip and a "dramatic increase" in internal storage, well beyond the 8GB included in the current third-generation set-top box. The addition of Siri will enable Apple TV owners to control a wide selection of HomeKit-enabled home automation devices through the set-top box, according to the report. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New iMovie for Mac Update Provides Look at Potential of Force Touch Trackpad • Apple Releases New Security Update for OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Users • Apple Updates iPhoto for Mac to Prepare for Upcoming Transition to New Photos App • How to Choose the Right Apple Watch Band Size • Angry Birds Developer Rovio Reports First Major Profit Decline in 2014 • Apple Seeds New 7.1.5 and 6.2.5 Safari Betas to Developers for Mavericks, Mountain Lion • Flexibits Teases 'Fantastical 2 for Mac,' App Coming on March 25 • iRig 2 Guitar Interface Now Available for iPhone, iPad and Mac

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ABC News this morning revealed an exclusive behind-the-scenes video of Apple's testing facility for the upcoming Apple Watch, showing off dozens of Apple employees covered in various sensor-tracking technology used to gather data for the health and fitness areas of the wearable device. Apple executives Jeff Williams and Jay Blahnik accompanied ABC on a tour of the facility. Employees of the company, from engineers to managers and developers, have volunteered to participate in the tests for nearly two years, not knowing of the reason behind the facility until recently. Wearing masks that measure changes in breathing and other various statistics, the volunteers were put through various workout regimens including rowing, yoga, and running, in order to collect data for the Watch. “[The employees] knew they were testing something, but they didn't know it was for the Apple Watch,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of operations. “We hooked them up with all the masks and so forth, but we would put on an Apple Watch covered up.” The lab even included "climate chambers", which allowed Apple to simulate varying environments, from hot to cold, without having to physically leave Apple headquarters for testing. The company did so anyway, visiting drastically different locations around the globe to put the Watch through the most strenuous environment testing they could. “We have traveled to Alaska and gone to Dubai to really test Apple Watch in all those environments, but we also wanted to be able to have a controlled environment here where we could see those extremes,” said Jay Blahnik, Director of Fitness and Health technologies at Apple. “I think we've amassed already what may be one of the world's largest pieces of data on fitness,” he said. “Our view is, we're just beginning. We think there's a lot to this fitness thing...the impact on health could be profound.” Dr. Michael McConnell, a professor in cardiovascular medicine at Stanford Medicine, told ABC News the Apple Watch has great potential to drastically change the cardiovascular technology field. He points to the ease-of-use in Apple's product to take measurements and surveys, thanks to the help of Apple's new medical-focused ResearchKit as well as HealthKit, which would offer them "a new way to do medical research." The pre-launch buzz surrounding the Apple Watch only continues to grow as the April 10 pre-order date, and official launch on April 24, draw closer. Most recently the wearable has been spotted in numerous fitness and fashion magazines, with third-party manufacturers announcing everything from charging stands to carrying cases to secondary battery options for the wrist-worn device. The segment, which premiered earlier this morning on Good Morning America, is a small preview for a larger piece airing tonight on Nightline at 12:35 AM ET. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New iMovie for Mac Update Provides Look at Potential of Force Touch Trackpad • Apple Releases New Security Update for OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Users • Apple Updates iPhoto for Mac to Prepare for Upcoming Transition to New Photos App • How to Choose the Right Apple Watch Band Size • Angry Birds Developer Rovio Reports First Major Profit Decline in 2014 • Apple Seeds New 7.1.5 and 6.2.5 Safari Betas to Developers for Mavericks, Mountain Lion • Flexibits Teases 'Fantastical 2 for Mac,' App Coming on March 25 • iRig 2 Guitar Interface Now Available for iPhone, iPad and Mac

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ResearchKit, Apple's new open-source medical framework, was one of the unexpected announcements during the company's Spring Forward media event. Dr. Stephen Friend, one of the key members of the ResearchKit team, talked about the potential genesis of the project in a new interview with Fusion (via iMore). In September 2013, nearly one and a half years before ResearchKit was unveiled, Friend was at Stanford's MedX conference giving a talk about the future of medical research. He explained how he envisioned an open source system where users could upload their medical data to the cloud for researchers to use in trials. Sitting in the audience that day was Michael O'Reilly, M.D., the former Chief Medical Officer and EVP of Medical Affairs at Masimo Corporation, a pulse oximetry company. O'Reilly had just left Masimo to join Apple, and wanted to build something that could "implement Friend's vision of a patient-centered, medical research utopia and radically change the way clinical studies are done." After Friend’s talk, O’Reilly approached the doctor, and, in typical tight-lipped Apple fashion, said: “I can’t tell you where I work, and I can’t tell you what I do, but I need to talk to you,” Friend recalls. Friend was intrigued, and agreed to meet for coffee.Shortly after his meeting with O'Reilly, Friend started making frequent trips to Apple's HQ in Cupertino, meeting with scientists and engineers. He also organized a DARPA-funded workshop exploring how biosensors could potentially help doctors and scientists understand Parkinson's Disease. Euan Ashley, a Stanford University investigator behind the myHeart app, told Fusion that Apple largely acted as a "facilitator", building the ResearchKit framework in the background as the researchers designed and built the first ResearchKit apps by themselves. However, Apple did go meet with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration three months before the Spring Forward event to talk about medical research and smooth over any potential regulatory concerns. Friend noted that even though his open-source ideals didn't totally mesh with Apple's view on open source at the time, he wanted to work with them rather than competitors like Google and Microsoft because Apple is a hardware company that doesn't need to sell data, and that he believed Apple when the company said it wouldn't look at the data being used in ResearchKit. However, both Apple and Friend decided not to make the true origin of ResearchKit clear to Fusion. It's unknown whether the idea was Friend's or if Apple was developing it before Friend joined the team. Thus far, ResearchKit has been a success for Apple, receiving thousands of sign-ups less than 24 hours after it was unveiled. In that time frame, 11,000 people signed up for one of the ResearchKit apps, myHeart Counts. The rest of the interview also provides a good look at ResearchKit and can be read at Fusion's website. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New iMovie for Mac Update Provides Look at Potential of Force Touch Trackpad • Apple Releases New Security Update for OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Users • Apple Updates iPhoto for Mac to Prepare for Upcoming Transition to New Photos App • How to Choose the Right Apple Watch Band Size • Angry Birds Developer Rovio Reports First Major Profit Decline in 2014 • Apple Seeds New 7.1.5 and 6.2.5 Safari Betas to Developers for Mavericks, Mountain Lion • Flexibits Teases 'Fantastical 2 for Mac,' App Coming on March 25 • iRig 2 Guitar Interface Now Available for iPhone, iPad and Mac

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Apple appears to be cracking down on "anti-virus" apps in the iOS App Store, in an effort to prevent customers from believing iOS devices are capable of contracting viruses and malware. Intego, a company that produces anti-virus software for Mac and iOS, recently had its VirusBarrier iOS app pulled from the App Store. VirusBarrier was an app designed to scan external files stored in the cloud or attached to emails, to detect viruses that might be sent on to vulnerable devices. Intego CEO Jeff Erwin announced the removal of the app from the iOS App Store yesterday, and pointed towards a larger culling of all anti-virus apps available on Apple's platform. MacRumors spoke to Erwin this afternoon to shed some light on why Apple opted to remove VirusBarrier after four and a half years in the App Store. According to Erwin, when Apple notified Intego of VirusBarrier's removal from the App Store, the company told him the app's App Store description was "misleading" and could potentially cause customers to believe that there are viruses on iOS. Intego filed an appeal and rewrote the App Store description with "obnoxiously" clear wording, and that's when the company learned about a wider crackdown on anti-virus apps. "We were as clear as we could be that this wasn't a scanner, that it was scanning email attachments and cloud files," said Erwin. The company "went up to the executive level" at Apple and described exactly what VirusBarrier does, but Apple was firm on the app not returning to the App Store. Apple, Erwin says, does not want people to be misled into believing that there are viruses on iOS, a position that he understands. Even with an App Store description that stated VirusBarrier scanned email attachments and cloud files, Intego would still receive negative comments from people who didn't read the description and didn't understand the app's purpose.I sort of get Apple's point. Even as clear as we were about what our product did, there were still customers who were confused as to why the app was scanning their iPad or iPhone. There are a lot of people who don't have a tech background and don't understand.Erwin does not believe that Apple was singling VirusBarrier out, as several other anti-virus apps have also been eliminated from the App Store. Instead, he sees it as a wider removal of the category and he doesn't fault Apple for the decision. "It's unfortunate, but I understand Apple's position," he said. Erwin says that Intego's iOS app was not a big source of revenue for the company, and the loss won't hurt financially, but it was a way to get the Intego name out in the world and connect with customers. People who have previously downloaded the VirusBarrier app will continue to get virus updates, but won't be able to download new versions of the iOS app. It is not clear when Apple began removing anti-virus apps or how many have been pulled from the App Store, but a search for "anti-virus" today primarily brings up games, privacy apps, and apps for finding lost phones. There are still a couple of apps that advertise virus-detecting capabilities like VirusDetector, but those few remaining apps may be removed from the App Store in the near future. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases New Security Update for OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Users • Apple Updates iPhoto for Mac to Prepare for Upcoming Transition to New Photos App • How to Choose the Right Apple Watch Band Size • Angry Birds Developer Rovio Reports First Major Profit Decline in 2014 • Apple Seeds New 7.1.5 and 6.2.5 Safari Betas to Developers for Mavericks, Mountain Lion • Flexibits Teases 'Fantastical 2 for Mac,' App Coming on March 25 • iRig 2 Guitar Interface Now Available for iPhone, iPad and Mac • Twelve South Launches Portable 'BaseLift' Support Stand for Mac Notebooks

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The Apple Watch has already been spotted within the pages of several fitness and fashion-oriented magazines during the month of March as Apple makes an advertising push ahead of the device's launch, and as of this week, it's also scored a spot on the cover of Fitness Magazine. On the cover, model Kate Bock wears an Apple Watch sport with an aluminum band. The Apple Watch feature focuses heavily on images and doesn't offer much in the way of details compared to other Apple Watch magazine spots, but Fitness shared some information about the shoot with MacRumors, giving us an interesting inside look at Apple's Apple Watch marketing efforts. Apple first reached out to the magazine about HealthKit following the launch of the iPhone 6, which developed into a relationship that allowed Fitness to be the first women's magazine to photograph the Apple Watch back in early December. The prototype Apple Watch that was provided to Fitness and photographed on the wrist of Kate Bock was accompanied by an Apple security detail to prevent it from disappearing. Apple representatives were also on hand to approve the photos that were taken. Ahead of the shoot, Apple asked Fitness to share details on the concept of the cover, who would wear the watch, and what the model would be wearing. After the photo shoot, Apple's own creative team was involved in editing the photos to make sure the Apple Watch looked good. Fitness Editor-in-Chief Betty Wong described the process to MacRumors, and shared her plans for future Apple Watch features in the magazine.Apple was pretty engaged from the beginning and wanted to know details like who would be model be who would be wearing it, what sort of attire would she be wearing and what the concept of the cover would be. They liked FITNESS for our tech-savvy, goal-oriented female audience, and thought we'd be great partners in helping showcase the Apple Watch. Apple reps were on-set at our cover shoot for the whole day to make sure the watch was photographed well. Then once we made our selects, their creative team helped with the retouching to make sure the face of the watch was lit up and live. I hope to be able to get my hands on an Apple Watch Sport sample in the coming month and really put it to a sweat test for Fitnessmagazine.com to see how useful it is in helping our readers stay motivated to exercise, keep track of their physical activity, or connect with people and their to-do lists while out for a run.With the Apple Watch positioned as Apple's first wearable accessory, it's no surprise to learn the company has been carefully curating its image and exercising control over the way it's portrayed in magazines. Apple wants people to see the Apple Watch as fashionable, sporty, and genuinely useful to the average person rather than as something geeky and technical that doesn't belong in the fashion world. Thus far, Apple's Apple Watch marketing efforts have been split between posing the Apple Watch as a fashion statement and as a fitness accessory. On the fitness side, the Apple Watch has been featured in this month's issue of Fitness and it was on the cover of the March issue of Self magazine, on the wrist of Candice Swanepoel. Self did a full feature on the Apple Watch, highlighting its accelerometer, heart rate sensor, and more. Model Christy Turlington has also been promoting the fitness-oriented features of the Apple Watch, both on stage at Apple's March 9 event and on a personal blog on Apple.com. Turlington is using the Apple Watch as she prepares for the London Marathon in April. On the fashion side, the Apple Watch has been featured in Vogue, Style, East Touch, and YOHO. Late last year, it was on the cover of Vogue China and it was shown off at an exclusive event at Parisian fashion boutique Colette. It will also be featured in a number of high-end exclusive popup shops around the world after it's released. As the launch of the Apple Watch creeps closer, it's likely the device will continue to appear within an increasing number of magazines and newspapers as Apple attempts to market the device to a wide range of potential customers. The Apple Watch will be available beginning on April 24, but it will be available for pre-order and in-store try ons starting on April 10. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases New Security Update for OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Users • Apple Updates iPhoto for Mac to Prepare for Upcoming Transition to New Photos App • How to Choose the Right Apple Watch Band Size • Angry Birds Developer Rovio Reports First Major Profit Decline in 2014 • Apple Seeds New 7.1.5 and 6.2.5 Safari Betas to Developers for Mavericks, Mountain Lion • Flexibits Teases 'Fantastical 2 for Mac,' App Coming on March 25 • iRig 2 Guitar Interface Now Available for iPhone, iPad and Mac • Twelve South Launches Portable 'BaseLift' Support Stand for Mac Notebooks

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At its Apple Watch event on March 9, Apple highlighted several apps that will be available on the Apple Watch, including an app from American Airlines, which will let users receive flight information, check in for their flights, and more. Since then, several other airlines have also announced upcoming apps for the Apple Watch, giving us a hint at some of the ways the Apple Watch will be used to make our lives easier. British Airways, for example, has just announced a British Airways app for the Apple Watch, which will be available beginning on April 24. Through a glance option, which is accessed by swiping right on the watch face, the British Airways app will display a summary of a customer's next flight, offering details like flight number, flight status, a countdown to departure time, and the weather at the destination. All of that information will be available at a single glance, preventing users from needing to rifle through emails and open up apps to access flight details. The app will also support on-wrist check-ins for flights, and it will deliver notifications to direct users to their appropriate gates. At certain airport terminals, such as Heathrow's Terminal 5, users will receive welcome messages powered by iBeacon. British Airways' Apple Watch app Earlier this week, VentureBeat asked several airlines about their plans for Apple Watch apps, which yielded information about two upcoming apps from Delta and United. The Delta app that's in development will deliver notifications about flights to users ahead of their flights, and it will give them access to the boarding pass stored on their iPhones. Like the apps from other airlines, it will offer flight numbers, gate numbers, flight times, and other info. If a flight gets changed, for example, users will get a notification on their Apple Watch. There will also be a notification when a flight is approaching a destination city, with information about luggage pickup. Delta Apple Watch app, image courtesy of VentureBeat United Airlines wasn't prepared to share app screenshots of its upcoming Apple Watch app, but it did divulge some details about it. The app will offer at-a-glance information on upcoming flights, including gate numbers and status, plus it lets users view their flight reservations within the United Airlines Apple Watch app. It will also pull a traveler's boarding pass from the Passbook app, and it's able to alert users if flight times or gate numbers change. Southwest and Virgin America told VentureBeat they were not working on Apple Watch apps at the present time, but the two airlines, along with other airlines, will likely create apps as they see their competition developing apps for the device. The Apple Watch will become available on April 24, with pre-orders beginning on April 10. Developers have been hard at work putting the finishing touches on apps ahead of the launch, with many even flying out to Cupertino for guidance from Apple, so there should be a wealth of third-party apps available to consumers right on launch day. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases New Security Update for OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Users • Apple Updates iPhoto for Mac to Prepare for Upcoming Transition to New Photos App • How to Choose the Right Apple Watch Band Size • Angry Birds Developer Rovio Reports First Major Profit Decline in 2014 • Apple Seeds New 7.1.5 and 6.2.5 Safari Betas to Developers for Mavericks, Mountain Lion • Flexibits Teases 'Fantastical 2 for Mac,' App Coming on March 25 • iRig 2 Guitar Interface Now Available for iPhone, iPad and Mac • Twelve South Launches Portable 'BaseLift' Support Stand for Mac Notebooks

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The Apple Watch is still several weeks away from making its official debut, but that hasn't stopped dozens of inventors from coming up with accessories for the device, and many of those ideas are showing up on crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Along with charging stands, band adapters are a popular category for crowdfunding campaigns, and several different projects have been started with the hope of creating solutions that will allow the Apple Watch to be used with third-party watch bands. Earlier this month, we covered the Click Apple Watch band adapter, showing off a 3D printed prototype, and now that project has been further developed and launched on Kickstarter. Click is a band adapter aiming to make most 22mm watch bands compatible with the Apple Watch. Rendering of the Click adapter design Click is a simple adapter that slides into the grooves of the Apple Watch, much like one of Apple's own watch bands. It supports several different pin styles, including spring bars, T-bars, and quick release bars, promising to give Apple Watch users more band options at an affordable price. It will come in two sizes and four finishes, to match all of the Apple Watch casings. Click adapter prototype in 3D printed Apple WatchUntil now, there has been no affordable way to customize the bands on your Apple Watch. The current selection is small and very expensive. We want you to be able to express yourself in every situation, because you shouldn't have to change for your watch; your watch should complement you. With Click, you can truly personalize your Apple Watch without breaking the bank.Another Apple Watch band adapter also promises to let users wear their Apple Watches with existing watch bands. The Adappt is very similar to the Click, but Adappt is pairing its adapter with watch bands in addition to selling it separately. Like the Click, it slides into the Apple Watch band groove on one side and the second side features a standard pin that's used by most watch bands. Rendering of Adappt Apple Watch adapter Adappt will be available in plastic, anodized aluminum, stainless and gold plated steel, in colors to match each Apple Watch, and it will be available in two sizes. Rendering of Adappt Apple Watch adapter color optionsThanks to high quality materials, Adappt will match perfectly your Apple Watch. Our aluminum is anodized through an electro-chemical process that creates a porous surface, then coated with a dye, to look and feel exactly like the Sport edition versions, Silver and Space Grey Aluminum.Adappt's bands will come in rubber, leather, metal, and are priced very reasonably at $9 to $18, adapter included. The Adappt band was actually launched previously on Kickstarter as the Standap and later removed, leading many to believe that its disappearance was at the behest of Apple, but it appears that Apple has not yet taken a stance on these types of adapters that will allow the Apple Watch to work with any band. In the weeks leading up to the Apple Watch launch, we'll undoubtedly see additional band adapters and other accessories designed for the device. The Apple Watch will become available on April 24, but it will be available for pre-order and in-store try on beginning April 10. The Click Apple Watch band adapter is priced at $10 for early backers, with delivery set for May 2015. Later backers will need to pay up to $30 for a June 2015 delivery. The Adappt Apple Watch band adapter starts at $7 for a plastic version, and goes up to $250 for a gold plated version. Adapters and bands from Adappt will ship in June of 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • How to Choose the Right Apple Watch Band Size • Angry Birds Developer Rovio Reports First Major Profit Decline in 2014 • Apple Seeds New 7.1.5 and 6.2.5 Safari Betas to Developers for Mavericks, Mountain Lion • Flexibits Teases 'Fantastical 2 for Mac,' App Coming on March 25 • iRig 2 Guitar Interface Now Available for iPhone, iPad and Mac • Twelve South Launches Portable 'BaseLift' Support Stand for Mac Notebooks • Apple Releases Safari 8.0.4 With Stability and Security Improvements • Facebook Messenger App for iOS Gains Money Transfer Feature

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Swiss luxury watch maker TAG Heuer on Thursday at the Baselworld watch convention in Switzerland announced that it is partnering with Google and Intel to create a connected smartwatch. TAG Heuer will be responsible for designing and manufacturing the watch, which will have an Intel microprocessor and use Google's Android Wear platform. The smartwatch will be released later this year, at which point specific pricing and features will be revealed. TAG Heuer's Carrera contemporary luxury sport watch TAG Heuer has high expectations for its upcoming smartwatch, with CEO Jean-Claude Biver calling it his "biggest announcement ever" in 40 years of working in the industry. The executive also predicted that the product will be the "greatest connected watch" available, just weeks before the Apple Watch is released. "The difference between the TAG Heuer watch and the Apple Watch is very important," Biver said. "That one is called Apple and this one is called TAG Heuer." TAG Heuer joins Swatch, Breitling, Montblanc and Frederique Constant as one of several Swiss watch makers bringing electronic features to the wrist to compete with the Apple Watch and other connected smartwatches. TAG is the first traditional watchmaker to partner with Google, however, opening the doors for more Swiss luxury watch makers under parent company LVMH, including Hublot and Zenith, to collaborate with Silicon Valley on the next generation of wrist-worn devices. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Angry Birds Developer Rovio Reports First Major Profit Decline in 2014 • Apple Seeds New 7.1.5 and 6.2.5 Safari Betas to Developers for Mavericks, Mountain Lion • Flexibits Teases 'Fantastical 2 for Mac,' App Coming on March 25 • iRig 2 Guitar Interface Now Available for iPhone, iPad and Mac • Twelve South Launches Portable 'BaseLift' Support Stand for Mac Notebooks • Apple Releases Safari 8.0.4 With Stability and Security Improvements • Facebook Messenger App for iOS Gains Money Transfer Feature • Nomad's 'Pod' Battery Provides Four Full Charges for Apple Watch

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Back when iOS 8 first launched, Launcher was one of the first apps to take advantage of the new widgets allowed in the Notification Center, and it introduced shortcut functionality that let users launch an app or complete a task like calling a specific person with a single tap. Apple approved the app and allowed it to exist in the App Store for over a week, but then the company made the decision to remove Launcher from the App Store, calling it a "misuse" of widgets. Since then, Apple has gone on to make a series of questionable decisions about widgets, banning apps for similar widget offenses and then later changing its mind. Up until now, Apple has not reversed course on Launcher, but that didn't stop Launcher developer Greg Gardner from continually resubmitting different variations of the app in the hopes of creating something Apple would find acceptable. Earlier this month, a limited version of Launcher gained App Store approval (a version with only calling, emailing, messaging, and FaceTime access), and when Gardner asked for clarification on why that was acceptable when his original app was not, Apple reviewers opted to revisit the first Launcher app and stated that its functionality was now acceptable. According to Gardner, he did not have to remove any of the original Launcher features to get it re-approved in the App Store. Apple reportedly told him that when a new feature first launches, they are conservative about what they allow, but restrictions sometimes relax over time. "That is what appears to have happened in this case," Gardner told MacRumors. Due to Apple's decision reversal, Launcher will be available for download again beginning today. It's already propagating in some countries, and will be in the U.S. App Store tonight. Launcher has retained all of its original functionality, which means users can download the app and use it to set up shortcuts that will appear in the Today view of the Notification Center. Available shortcuts are organized into four sections: Contact Launcher, Web Launcher, App Launcher, and Custom Launcher. With the Contact Launcher, it's possible to create shortcuts to call someone, email someone, FaceTime someone, get directions to a specific place, Message someone, and more. The Web Launcher sets up shortcuts that will automatically launch a specified URL, and the App Launcher lets users open a specified app and works with both Apple apps and third-party apps. The Custom feature lets users create buttons for any installed apps and any other URL schemes. Launcher also offers a few new features, including a much-requested option to make the icons smaller and hide labels for a more compact look within the Notification Center. Launcher can be downloaded from the App Store for free, and the pro version is available as a $3.99 in-app purchase. [Direct Link] Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds New 7.1.5 and 6.2.5 Safari Betas to Developers for Mavericks, Mountain Lion • Flexibits Teases 'Fantastical 2 for Mac,' App Coming on March 25 • iRig 2 Guitar Interface Now Available for iPhone, iPad and Mac • Twelve South Launches Portable 'BaseLift' Support Stand for Mac Notebooks • Apple Releases Safari 8.0.4 With Stability and Security Improvements • Facebook Messenger App for iOS Gains Money Transfer Feature • Nomad's 'Pod' Battery Provides Four Full Charges for Apple Watch • How to Pair Your Apple Watch With Your iPhone and Install Apps

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