News/Rumors

Apple remembers Robin Williams with special iTunes Store section

Following the untimely death of comedian Robin Williams on Monday, Apple has dedicated a special “Remembering Robin Williams” section of the iTunes Store, featuring a collection of his best works, including well-known movies, TV shows and audio recordings of Williams’ stand-up acts. 

All the movies are divided into several categories:”Essentials,” “Comedy,” and “Drama.” There are also a photo of the actor and a brief story of his career and other activity in this special section.

One of the most beloved and unforgettable performers in the history of show business, Robin Williams brought laughter and inspiration to millions. Throughout a career that spanned five decades, Williams evolved from stand up comedian to international movie star. Among the great masters of improv, he transfixed audiences with a mile-a-minute comic energy. Williams’ Golden Globe-winning turn in Good Morning, Vietnam demonstrated that his versatile acting talents were equally suited to evoking dramatic complexity. Many of Williams’ most iconic performances—in Dead Poets Society, Mrs. Doubtfire, and his Oscar-winning triumph Good Will Hunting—were dazzling high-wire acts that left audiences in tears of laughter one minute and tears of poignancy the next”

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The company lists more than 40 of Robin Williams’s movies, including such as Dead Poets Society, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, The Birdcage, Patch Adams, Good Morning, Vietnam, and a collection of his comedy performances. 

The Apple.com homepage also features a message from the company’s team:

«We are deeply saddened by the passing of Robin Williams. He inspired us through his passion, his generosity, and the gift of laughter. He will be greatly missed.»

It is not the first time, when Apple has honored someone’s life with a dedicated page on its website, with the others being Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, Jerry York and Steve Jobs.

Robin Williams was an American actor, comedian, film producer, and screenwriter. He died in his Tiburon, Calif. home on Monday at the age of 63.

You can visit the special Remembering Robin Williams section in iTunes here.

iPad, News/Rumors

Mass production of new iPads with anti-reflection coating is under way

Ahead of September special event, where Apple is expected to introduce its next-gen iPhone, the company has put new versions of the iPad into production, reports Bloomberg.

According to the site’s sources, Apple’s partner suppliers in Asia have begun mass production of the next-generation 9.7-inch iPad, while a new iPad mini version production is also said to be beginning soon and will likely be available by the end of the year.

The larger version is believed to hit the market by the end of the third quarter or early fourth quarter, sources said. Apple’s new device may also see some manufacturing problems that restrict available supply and relate to the usage of a new anti-reflection coating that’s being added to the tablet. The coating is said to make the iPad’s screen easier to read.

Output of the larger iPad may be restricted by manufacturing complications related to the use of a new anti-reflection coating, which Apple plans to add to the device to make the display easier to read, said one of the people.”

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The next-gen iPads are rumored to be a revision of current hardware and will feature faster A8 processors, Touch ID fingerprint scanners, and enhanced cameras. Additionally, the iPad Air may see some minor design tweaks, such as a new speaker grille with a single row of larger holes and a slightly recessed set of volume buttons. These inclusions were revealed in recently posted photos of a possible bound for the “iPad Air 2″. 

While the exact launch dates were not announced yet, Apple is reportedly preparing for a special media event for Sept. 9, which is expected to focus on the next iPhone6. 

Accessories, iPhone, News/Rumors

Make your videos look professional with StayblCam!

Everyone knows how it’s difficult to make a video avoiding shaking in the picture. StayblCam is ready to help you to solve this problem!

The StayblCam is a little less than a foot long and a touch under two inches in diameter. Its weight is about a pound, so StabylCam can be easily put it in your bag as well as take it to the trip.

There’s a slot for a smartphone in the packaging of the item. But StaybylCam can be also used along with GoPro.

The user should insert iPhone into the slot and then regulate the length of the sections for it to be balanced.

If you wish, you can use the StayblCam upside-down.

The surface of the mobile adapter will be ameliorated with a new rubber compound providing StayblCam with stronger prehension of the iPhone.

The hole for wriststrap is also included. So you wouldn’t worry that you drop it.

The StayblCam will be presented in a different colours.

In the future the support of tripod, an iPad mount and a clip-on iPhone holder for use as a wifi viewfinder for a GoPro/Garmin Virb camcorder will be also added.

The StaybylCam offers better movement when keeping the phone in your hand.

The price is $75, and people who are fond of shooting are sure to like this accessory. You can buy the item on the StayblCam website.

Entertainment, News/Rumors, Photo & Video

Pinterest – message with photos!

Pinterest released a new version of mobile app. It’s availible for the iOS app to version 3.8. The renovated app has just one new possibility, but it is quite useful, now the user can send messages with photos they like to their friends and relatives.

This step shows how Pinterest, which was at first public scrapbook, has developed.
The first step of improving was the introduction of “secret” boards in 2012. A possibility of sending a pin personally is the second one.

An opportunity to share pictures would make people not just to pin things but to do thing as well as buy them, the developers of the app hope.

When you receive a Pin, you can answer it with the other one or a simple message.

This function is availible for multiple users — it can help you if you plan a journey together or make a collective project.

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Pinterest confirms in its blog: ”You can also send Pins and messages to multiple people. Say you’re organizing a camping trip with friends—try sending Pins to the whole gang so you can figure out where to go and what meals to make. If you need a reminder of who’s bringing what, just pull up the conversation right from your notifications. We hope this will help you plan projects, swap creative ideas and share your best discoveries with each other.”

If you would send your message, you would notice an avatar window like in Facebook’s Chat Heads. The function allows to create groups of up to 10 people.

Pinterest’s Guided Search option will help the users to search everything they need.

Apps Lists, News/Rumors

Apple puts 20 “Amazing Productivity Apps” on sale for limited time

Apple on Thursday put up for sale a number of popular productivity apps in its App Store, including such as Scanner Pro, Fantastical 2 and Writer Pro. It is limited-time deals, offering at least 50 percent off popular titles in a section of the store called “Amazing Productivity Apps”.

In addition to the aforementioned apps, the list includes Clear To Do List, Notablity, 1Password and many more. The apps’ new prices range from $0.99 to $6.99, and include the following:

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It’s unclear how long these discounts will be in effect.

News/Rumors

iPhone6 will feature 6 802.11ac Wi-Fi, NFC, improved Touch ID, but no sapphire display?

Apple is expected to unveil iPhone 6 over the next few weeks. The new device is supposed to be one of the biggest among the company’s smartphones.

A Wednesday report of VentureBeat confirms earlier rumors that Apple’s next-gen iPhone models will have a faster processor and advanced communications package, but will not feature sapphire screen.

According to the site’s information, the company is planning to present both the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhones during its upcoming September 9 event. While the 4.7-inch device will go on sale in mid-September, the larger 5.5-inch iPhone won’t ship until up to a month later.

VentureBeat says, that new devices will include a new 2.0GHz A8 chip, NFC capabilities, and 802.11ac WiFi, all of which have been pointed in possible specifications for the iPhone 6. The site also mentiones about Qualcomm’s MDM9x35 cellular modem, which will be used by the smartphone along with an NFC chip made by NXP and a WiFi chip from Broadcom.

As for the much-rumored sapphire display, the source states Apple refused to integrate the super hard glass, and gave preference to a material, which is “slightly harder than Gorilla Glass but not as hard as sapphire.”

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Finally, the iPhone 6 will bring Touch ID fingerprint sensor with improvements that “speed up read times, cut down on false rejections, and improve security for mobile payments and biometrics.”

VentureBeat also claims, that the company is working on special connectivity between the iPhone and Beats headphones using the Lightning connector.

VentureBeat’s sources have not been particularly reliable in the past, but the good thing is we don’t have long to wait to find out what’s true and what’s not. Apple is believed to introduce the iPhone 6 on Tuesday, September 9th. 

News/Rumors

Stream movies & TV shows during flights with Fly Delta!

The updated Fly Delta App by Delta Air Lines gives an opportunity to watch movies and TV shows on board.

The first case of using wifi to stream movies to iPads was in 2011. The try was carried out by Qantas airlines. Then Hawaiian Airlines followed their example. And finally United airlines provided it as a standard service.

If you’re a First Class or Economy Comfort passenger you can get The Delta Studio’s contents for free, but if you’re a domestic Economy passenger you can get some free content only if you pay for ‘premium content’.

But to stream movies is not the only function of the app. With the help of Fly Delta passengers can upload destination guides, book tickets, take a look at the map of the flight as well as at the ‘Glass Bottom Jet’ (it is an amazing view of what you’re flying over through photos, landmark information and social content from your friends).

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As the FAA changed the rules on personal electronic devices last year, now electronic devices can be be used during the whole flight.

iPads were seen on airline flight decks for some time. Nowadays iPads are used by airlines to replace the plenty of paperwork pilots have to have access to during a flight.

Jet Blue permits their pilots to get updated weather reports and company documents on their iPads in-flight. There is also a Boeing iPad app which is used to assist aircraft mechanics in carrying out maintenance procedure.

News/Rumors

U.S. government may ban in-flight cellphone calls

The U.S. Department of Transportation is reportedly considering new rules that would ban cellphones on planes.

Use of personal electronic smartphones has been a pressing topic for travelers since Apple helped usher in the rise of smartphones in 2007.

Some airlines have already decided to apply their own restrictions on in-flight cellphone calling, but there are also some, who are looking for the feature as a way to stand apart from the competition argue the Transportation Department is overstepping its bounds.

In 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a rule modification, according to which passengers were allowed to operate PEDs gate-to-gate, getting around a long-standing restriction that prohibited use below an altitude of 10,000 feet.

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In December the department is set to publish the proposed rulemaking document that will include a cellular call ban, though airlines are insisting the decision of whether not to allow calls should be theirs rather than the government’s. But, a number of airlines have reportedly stated that even if it was their call, they would not let calls on their flights. Some ways to avoid the disruption have been offered by government officials, such as phone booths on planes where passengers would be free to make calls.

Apps Lists, News/Rumors

Dreams by Apple continues campaign for the iPhone 5s

”Dreams” is the newest advertisement of the iPhone 5s. It narrates about its multifunctionality and different applications and accessories compatible with the smartphone.

As usual Apple’s adverts did, “Dreams” consists of series of short episodes. These scenes are used to snow a plenty of ways in which people can apply iPhone. The song which accompanies the video is Jennifer O’Connor’s When I Grow Up.

The video starts with two students using the Vaavud Wind Meter to measure weather data before recording it on a MacBook Air. The other shows a jeweller insets a stone into a piece of jewelry applying Olloclip’s 4-in-1 Lens System and the Camera app as a magnifying glass.

One of the next scenes depicts an veterinarian who measures heart rate of the horse with the help of Veterinary AliveECG, the other episode show a pilot uses ForeFlight Mobile for navigation and so on.

All the apps and accessories being publicized in the video are availible to upload: Vaavud Wind Meter, Response Deck, iTranslate Voice, Veterinary AliveECG, ForeFlight Mobile, SAM-1.

“Dreams” is the fourth step in the Apple app-focused campaign which started in April, following “Powerful”, “Strength” and “Parenthood”.

Apps Lists, News/Rumors

Office for iPad updated with PDF exporting, third party fonts and more

Earlier this week Microsoft unveiled an updated version of its OneNote app for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and now the company has released new versions of its Office for iPad suite. With the update, both Word and Excel now have the ability to export their respective file types as PDFs, while Word provides users with the ability to utilize third-party fonts available from the Fonts menu.

The updated version of Word also brings Picture Tools, which allow users to crop to focus on a specific part of an image. The option also features a reset button to undo any changes.

Excel 1.1 now gives users the ability to flick a cell’s selection handle in any direction, meaning fast data selection in a row or column.

The most significant addition to PowerPoint is a new Presenter View, which allows users to have a look and edit speaker notes, see their next slide, or view more slides while presenting. It also includes Play Media option, which give users the ability to play clips, sound effects and background music while presenting, while another feature, called Insert Video, lets them to insert videos from an iPad Camera Roll.

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The new updates can be downloaded on the App Store for free. The only thing to remember, any editing requires a subscription to Office 365 Home, which is available as an in-app purchase. The full list of new features can be found below:

Microsoft Excel for iPad 1.1

What’s New in Version 1.1
•Send PDFs: You asked, we listened. Now you can send Excel files as PDFs.
•Flick to Select: Flick a cell’s selection handle in any direction to quickly and easily select all the data in a row or column.
•External Keyboard Support: Using an external keyboard is even easier. Use the same keys to input data and move around a worksheet as you would on your PC or Mac.
•PivotTables: Interact with PivotTables that have source data in the same workbook.
•Print Options: More paper sizes and scaling options give you more control over the layout when printing your workbooks.
•Picture Tools: Crop to focus on just the right part of the photo, or reset to undo your changes.
•Fonts: Third-party fonts are now available in the Fonts menu.

Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad 1.1

What’s New in Version 1.1
•Presenter View: View and edit speaker notes, see your next slide, or jump to other slides while presenting.
•Play Media: Play videos, sound effects, and background music while presenting.
•Insert Video: Insert videos from your Camera Roll.
•Picture Tools: Crop to focus on just the right part of the photo, or reset to undo your changes.
•Presenter Tools: Now you can erase highlights and drawings on your presentation.
•Send PDFs: Send PowerPoint files as PDFs.
•Hyperlinks: Add links to your presentation or edit existing ones.
•Fonts: Third-party fonts are now available in the Fonts menu.

Microsoft Word for iPad 1.1

What’s New in Version 1.1
• Send PDFs: You asked, we listened. Now you can send Word files as PDFs.
• Picture Tools: Crop to focus on just the right part of a photo, or reset to undo your changes.
• Fonts: Third-party fonts are now available in the Fonts menu.