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Apple gives away popular drawing app ‘Procreate Pocket’ through Apple Store app

Apple made popular drawing and sketching app Procreate Pocket available for free  for a limited time from the Apple Store app for iOS.

The sketching app is a “must-have” for artists and for ordinary enthusiasts, as it offers a wide range of painting, sketching, and drawing tools for making art on the iPhone. 

Procreate lets you generate high-caliber artwork at a blistering pace using  robust layers system, stunning filters, and thousands of importable brushes. A must have for serious artists and enthusiasts alike.”

Users of the iPhone 6s can also enjoy the app’s 3D Touch pressure sensitivity. Procreate Pocket can also be used with an Apple Watch for selecting brushes and tools, picking from color swatches and executing general app commands. The app includes 12 brush types and allows users to download and import additional tools. Like the iPad app, Procreate Pocket records a clip of an artist’s creative process in 1080p. The results then can be shared via iCloud Drive, AirDrop and AirPrint in .procreate, PSD, JPG and 24-bit PNG formats.

If you want to doanload Procreate for free, make sure you have the Apple Store app on your device.  Then, scroll to the bottom of the “Featured” tab and tap on the small banner that says “Download Procreate free.” 

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The deal ends on July 28th.

Apple started giving away paid software through the Apple Store app in 2013. Earlier this year, the company offered popular journaling app Day One 2 for free. Prior to that, Apple gave away the puzzle-based game Rules! for free in the Apple Store app.

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Amazon updates Kindle apps with new Page Flip feature

Online retail giant Amazon has announced a new feature named “Page Flip” for its iOS and Android apps, Fire tablets, and Kindle e-readers.

The new feature provides users a digital approximation of skimming through a book, making “it easy to explore books while always saving your place.”

Page Flip allows to flip back and forth between pages to reference various parts of the book while you read, without losing track of your current reading position.

In addition, the feature makes it possible to turn one page at a time or zoom out to a bird’s eye view of your book to quickly choose the page you want.

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“Page Flip is a reimagined Kindle navigation experience that makes it easy to explore books while always saving your place

At a glance, easily recognize specific pages as you jump around. Pictures, charts, your highlights, and the layout of each page are easy to see with Page Flip’s pixel-accurate thumbnails that automatically adjust as you change your font and margin settings.”

The new Page Flip feature comes to the mobile Kindle app for iOS and Android. Amazon’s Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers can receive Page Flip through a free over-the-air update.

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Apple revealed new “Remote” app for the 4th-generation Apple TV

Apple revealed its new “Remote” app for iOS devices, which has been entirely overhauled. 

The Remote app has been designed to make it easier than ever to control a fourth-generation Apple TV with an iPhone. It will not only allow users to easily navigate the Apple TV interface, but also can be used as a controller to control basic games.

The new Remote app connects to an Apple TV via Bluetooth. If movies or music is playing, the Remote app offers a full “Now Playing” view for control purposes, as well a dedicated Menu button and a Siri button. The app is navigated via touch gestures. 

In addition to aforementioned possibilities, the new Apple TV remote app makes the following features possible via an iOS device:

  • Asking Siri to find something great to watch, listen to, or play
  • Dictating text, including usernames and passwords
  • Entering text with the keyboard
  • Playing games using the accelerometer and gyroscope on your iOS device
  • Game Mode with simplified game controls, available while holding your iOS device in a landscape orientation

1Available directly as an IPA installable via iTunes, the new app can be tested by registered Apple developers. The IPA lets them install the app directly to their iPhone via iTunes. The Remote app requires an iPhone running iOS 9.3.2 or later, and a 4th generation Apple TV running tvOS 9.2.1 or later. Once the app is downloaded on the device, it must be paired with Apple TV. Pairing requires that both the Apple TV and the iPhone be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

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Apple gifted rainbow Apple Watch bands to employees to celebrate the LGBT Pride parade

Apple once again celebrated the LGBT Pride parade in San Francisco and thanked employees who registered to take part in the event by giving them a limited edition rainbow Apple Watch band.

The Cupertino company gifted the bands with a card explaining the idea behind the Apple Watch accessory. The card reads:

Apple’s first Diversity Network Association, Pride, turns 30 this year and we’re thrilled to celebrate this tremendous milestone with you! As recognition for everyone who registered to participate in the Pride event this year we created something special.

 

This limited-edition band is a symbol of our commitment to equality and we hope you’ll wear it with pride.”

2Apple employees as well as CEO Tim Cook joined the annual parade on Sunday as a mark of the company’s support for equality and diversity, with many workers taking to social media to demonstrate the colorful bands. 

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Past years workers taking part in parade as individuals were provided official backing from Apple. In 2015, for example, the company supplied custom printed T-shirts, flags and banners to parade participants, and later shared a video showcasing its efforts.

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It is unclear if Apple will release this rainbow band as a public product, but it would likely sell well.

In addition to marching, Apple also activated a dedicated Pride section in the iTunes Store on Sunday. The category includes music, movies, TV shows, e-books, podcasts and other media honoring individuals who fought for equality “before, during and after the 1969 Stonewall riots.” 

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New BitTorrent Now app coming to iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV

BitTorrent announced a new app coming to the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV that lets users stream different videos and music, mostly from generally independent artists and filmmakers.

The app doesn’t provide access to the illegal content available on various torrent sites, but rather on-demand streaming content that’s legal. In addition, the app, called BitTorrent Now, features a catalogue of free, paid, and ad-supported, on-demand content, including VR content.

Once users open the app, they will be able to choose from all variety of content uploaded by its creator. Meantime, use of BitTorrent’s Bundle format will allow content creators to ask users to register or pay for content distributed through the platform before viewing the file, and provide them more control over how their content is offered, presented, and shared: 

This is what happens when artists have agency: our shared culture becomes more diverse, more whole; more sustainable. And that’s why we started BitTorrent Bundle: to give artists options. Not rules. The freedom to share your story, no matter what form it takes. The right to know, understand, and reach your audience. The right to choose your business model.”

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BitTorrent Now doesn’t currently use peer-to-peer technology, but The Verge said that BitTorrent is working to include support. 

BitTorrent Now will be available on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV and is already available on Android.

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NASA launched official app for 4th-gen Apple TV

NASA has launched its popular app on 4th-gen Apple TVs, which was previously available for iOS, Android and Fire OS. The app was also downloaded over 17 million times. 

The Apple TV app allows users to enjoy high-definition live streams from NASA TV, as well as a real-time view of the Earth from the International Space Station. 

Users are also given access to as over 10,000 NASA videos and more than 15,000 photos, either individually or as a slideshow.

The app also lets users know when they can view the ISS and other NASA satellites next time as they pass overhead, based on user location. 

In addition, the app brings a number of other features, including 2D and 3D satellite tracking maps, NASA mission news, and the ability to listen to Third Rock internet streaming radio. 

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“The NASA app has been a fantastic way for the public to experience the excitement of space exploration from their mobile devices,” said David Weaver, NASA associate administrator for Communications. 

“Now, users with the latest Apple TV can explore and enjoy our remarkable images, videos, mission information, NASA Television and more on the big screen with the whole family.” 

The app is available for download from the App Store on Apple TV. The iPhone and iPad app can be downloaded from iTunes.

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Ultimate Ears’ UE Boom 2 and UE Megaboom got Siri and Google integration

Bluetooth speaker company Ultimate Ears updated its firmware bringing Siri and Google Now integration to its UE Boom 2 and UE Megaboom speakers.

This update makes it easier for iPhone and Android users to play and control music on the devices without needing to access their phones. Users can now get access to Siri or Google Now by just pressing the Bluetooth button on their speaker and asking their voice assistant what they want to listen to. Siri integration for speakers works exactly the same as with smartphones.

“Music lovers can now truly stay in the moment, playing their favorite song from the middle of the pool or even while diving off a cliff with their UE speaker in hand,” said Charlotte Johs, general manager of Ultimate Ears. “No matter how wet, muddy or wild the situation, with Siri and Google Now voice integration on UE BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM, fans no longer need to pick up their phone to play DJ. Now, they can just say it to play it.”

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If you want to use Siri or Google Now via your UE BOOM 2 or MEGABOOM, you must install the latest version of your speaker’s app from the App Store. 

Ultimate Ears is well known for designing waterproof, shockproof speakers that can hold up to the elements for listening to music at home and while moving.

The UE Boom 2 and the UE Megaboom are available for purchase via the Ultimate Ears website for $200 and $300, respectively. Both the UE Boom 2 and the UE Megaboom can be ordered from Amazon.com at a bit lower prices.

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Chinese company claims Apple copied its design for iPhone 6

A Chinese intellectual property bureau required Apple to stop the sales of its popular iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices, after finding out that the Cupertino company infringed the patent right of a little-known local device maker.

Beijing Intellectual Property Office ruled that Apple and its Chinese distributor Zhongfu Telecom infringed the patent of Shenzhen-based Baili, which is suing the iPhone maker for copying the exterior design of its 100C device.

Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have minor differences from Baili’s 100C. The differences are so tiny that the average customer could not notice. So, this case falls into the patent rights protection category,” the ruling reads.

Apple didn’t comment on the matter, but  according to some reports, the Cupertino company has already filed a lawsuit calling for the ruling to be annulled. Bird and Bird partner and IP specialist Ted Chwu noted that Apple has some legal options open to it.

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Apple has a problematic relationship with the Chinese government. In April, Chinese authorities abruptly closed Apple’s iBooks Store and iTunes Movie just six months after they started in the country. There were no comments on the ban from authorities. In addition, this year the company lost exclusive rights to the “iPhone” name, and in 2012 it was required to pay out $60 million to settle a dispute over the “iPad” trademark.

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Pokémon GO may come to iOS in July

Pokémon Go — the crazy, augmented reality Pokémon title for iOS/Android built by the team behind Ingress, will be available this July.

Nintendo announced the release window during its second-day E3 live stream, but didn’t provide a specific release date. 

Nintendo has also mentioned a piece of hardware that will allow users to play the game without using their smartphones. This device will connect to your mobile device via Bluetooth and will run $35. 

The Pokémon Company, and Niantic Labs, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto demonstrated the Pokémon GO Plus device, which is a Bluetooth wearable accessory that will let users receive alerts for nearby Pokémon without the need to check their iPhones constantly. 

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During the presentation, Miyamoto said that the GO Plus device will hit the market by the end of July, meaning players will need to launch the game during that same timeframe.

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Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokemon Company also confirmed that players won’t be able to trade Pokemon at launch, but the feature will be added sometime in the future.

Pokémon GO is currently in an ongoing Beta stage for the past few months or so in the US, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

In the game, you can take the role of a trainer and travel to different places to capture pokémon and battle at gyms, which are located at notable landmarks.The gyms will be controlled by one of three groups, the Red, Blue, or Yellow team. Players can control gyms by battling their own pokémon, and joining others in the real world increases your chances to win. The game features hundreds of Pokémon to discover through exploring and evolution. 

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2016 Apple Design Award winners announced

Apple has finally announced the winners of its prestigious Apple Design Awards.

Every year the company celebrates developers and the work they’ve accomplished across the different software platforms at its Apple Design Awards.

This year’s 2016 Apple Design Awards showcased apps for iOS, OS X, watchOS, and tvOS. 

The design awards were created to choose high-quality apps that used savvy design to create inventive, compelling new apps and games. Winners are awarded with significant recognition, a trophy and are provided a selection of Apple products directly from the Cupertino company. 

This year’s winners include a popular title Lara Croft Go, 3D4Medical’s Complete Anatomy, music creation tool Auxy, desktop-class writing app Ulysses Mobile and others.

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iOS and watchOS

– Lara Croft Go [iOS]
– Frame.io [iOS]
– Chameleon Run [iOS]
– Auxy Music Creation [iOS]
– Streaks [iOS]
– Complete Anatomy [iOS]
– INKS [iOS]
– Zova – Personal Trainer [iOS]
– Ulysses Mobile [iOS]
– djay Pro [iOS]

Student Winners

– Linum – Free Puzzle Game [iOS]
– Dividr [iOS]


The list of 2015 winners featured Fantastical 2, Crossy Road, Shadowmatic and Workflow, while 2014 winners includeThrees!, Leo’s Fortune, Blek and Monument Valley.