Following the introduction of the new 4K 21.5-inch Retina iMac and the refresh of the 27-inch 5K Retina iMacs, Apple has updated iMovie for Mac to version 10.1, bringing support for both 1080p 60fps slow-motion video as well as 4K video editing at 3840x2160 on "compatible Mac computers." These include Macs from 2011 or later with at least 4GB of RAM, although full-resolution 4K video playback requires one of the Retina iMac models, or a Mac Pro that is connected to a 4K display.
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Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's highlighted offers are all items that can help your house become a smart home, including a way to turn devices on and off remotely, a camera-equipped doorbell, color-changing smart bulbs, and a speaker that works inside your shower.
If you haven't yet updated your Apple Watch to watchOS 2, then go right ahead and do it now. Not only is it worth doing, it's now a much faster and smoother update than it was when we tried it on Day One. Now we're a few weeks into it, we did someone else's Watch for them, and found ourselves handing it back hours sooner than we expected.
3 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, Apple
Apple has launched new "Magic" accessories for the Mac, shortly after they surfaced in code for the OS X 10.11.1 beta. The Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2 improve upon the original versions of each peripheral, while the Magic Keyboard joins the Magic range, with all three incorporating reusable lithium-ion batteries rechargeable over Lightning within two hours, replacing the previous reliance on removable AA batteries.
In addition to today's reveal of the 21.5-inch 4K iMac, Apple has made significant upgrades to the 27-inch iMac 5K. The new model has the same resolution screen, but now with the same larger P3 color gamut on the 4K iMac. Furthermore, the new large-screen model skips the fifth generation of Intel processors and brings the new "Skylake" quad-core CPU to the line.
After nearly a year of speculation, Apple has just officially unveiled the new 4K 21.5-inch iMac. The new iMac released alongside an updated 5K iMac brings Broadwell processors to the line, and uses a custom red-green phosphor LED-backlit panel with a full DCI-P3 color gamut. The new panel gives a 25 percent larger color space over previous solutions, on top of a resolution of 4096 x 2034, encompassing 9.4 million pixels in total.
Apple's contentious time spent with e-book anti-trust monitor Michael Bromwich has may be coming to a close. A letter filed jointly by Apple and the US Government claims that the computer manufacturer has "implemented meaningful antitrust policies, procedures, and training programs that were obviously lacking at the time Apple participated in and facilitated the horizontal price-fixing conspiracy found by this court" and recommends that the anti-trust monitor's tenure need not be extended.
4 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone
Are you someone who wants to own the latest Apple smartphone, but don't want to go through the upgrade process with your carrier, nor want to pay the off-contract cost? A competition on our own MacNN Deals is offering you the chance to win an iPhone 6s in your choice of color, but you have to be quick to enter as there are only nine days left to take part.
4 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, software, iPhone apps, iPad apps
There are probably more note-taking apps for iPhones and iPads than there are iPhones and iPads, and a huge percentage of them are made to be diaries. Yet it's Day One that has become the app to use, and we base that on entirely scientific and statistical testing: everyone we asked said it had turned them into a regular diarist. Clinching proof: we asked ourselves in the mirror, and we agreed with us. There is something about it that just works, and with Day One 1.17.4, it has taken another step forward.
4 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging
Canon has launched a trio of cameras, following after yesterday's quiet surfacing of the imaging devices on company websites. The EOS M10 is an entry-level mirrorless camera with self portrait modes and a lens that can shorten to make it easier to carry around, while the PowerShot G5 X includes a high-resolution electronic viewfinder, and the PowerShot G9 X is billed as a lightweight camera that can be and easily carried anywhere due to its size.
9 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, software, digital imaging, developer, Apple
Well, no less than 36 episodes in and someone finally agreed to come talk to us! But seriously we were delighted to welcome Macphun's Kevin LaRue, who told us about the company's photo-effects products and their exciting new abilities with Apple's Photos, becoming one of the first programs to work as "Extensions" that add abilities to Photos. Really kicks the program up a notch, and that's after the notch it got kicked up in El Capitan. We also do the usual roundup of tech news for the week, and more.
19 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps
As you have probably heard many times now, "There's an app for that." While this started as no more than a simple catch phrase, it has with time come to be a true testament to the state of the app development community. Every day new apps are being released into the App Store with the sole purpose of making your day-to-day life easier. This, however, does come with one inherent issue: how can anyone sort through everything to find what is truly useful?
19 hours ago | Posted in: developer, iPhone apps
Google is adding more features to its Cardboard virtual reality headset and software development kit, to celebrate the search company's expansion of the Cardboard app into over 100 countries for both iOS and Android. As part of an update to the Cardboard SDK, developers will now see improvements to the way it works on iOS, courtesy of changes to how it works with Unity, a popular multi-platform game engine.
Apple has launched a pilot program in India, which will bring the store-in-a-store concept to consumer electronics chain Croma. The design identity of the locations remains the same as in the US locations, and the personnel will be trained by Apple, a departure from the franchise model currently used in the country.
21 hours ago | Posted in: upgrades/storage, networking
Synology has released a pair of network attached storage devices, aimed at different home and small office needs. While the new four-bay DS416 is equipped with a powerful hardware encryption engine for information security, the two-bay DS216play transcodes 4K video on-the-fly.
As the ongoing refugee crisis as a result of the Syrian civil war continues to flood Europe with migrants, Apple has opted to step up relief efforts beyond the pledge page for the American Red Cross, which is helping with refugee camps and other aid, and has worked with information specialist firm SAP and the band Imagine Dragons on a new charity single, called "I Was Me." All proceeds from sales of the song on iTunes will go to the United Nations Relief Agency, with an additional matching donation of 10 cents per copy being donated by SAP for the first five million in sales.
22 hours ago | Posted in: software
App development has taken off in the last few years, making it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the latest versions. To help all of you out, we here at MacNN are dedicated to sorting through new update releases, and highlighting some of the important ones, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we are featuring a sale on password management software 1Password, as well as detailing updates to VJ app CoGe VJ, file manager Forklift, debug tool LaunchControl, Japanese alphabet teacher iKana, system utility OnyX, and disk indexing tool DiskCatalogMaker.
22 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio
Welcome to today's installment of Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN scours online retailers for discounts, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. The new sales joining the still-alive deals include 20 percent off iTunes codes, a 1TB Crucial MX200 SSD for $270, and V-Moda Crossfade M-80 on-ear headphones for $80.
22 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, software, developer, Apple
On Monday, Apple seeded a new fifth beta of the forthcoming iOS 9.1 to both developers and beta testers, but with a small twist: the build number for the version for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is slightly different (13B5139) than the build for other devices (13B5137). The new update comes one week after the last one, and two weeks after the public release of iOS 9.0.2. It's not yet known if the new beta fixes issues many users with POP email accounts have been reporting about attachment downloading.
23 hours ago | Posted in: audio, iPhone apps
KitSound has launched a device that allows any speaker or audio system to play audio from other devices wirelessly. The KitSound Link acts as a bridge between devices, with support for DLNA and AllJoyn for in-home streaming, high resolution audio formats, and is compatible with any speaker system that has a line in or optical input. On mobile devices, TuneIn, Spotify, Napster, and Rhapsody are all supported, with a dedicated AllPlay Jukebox app for iOS and Android able to help users get started with the system. The KitSound Link is on sale in the UK priced at £70 ($107).
23 hours ago | Posted in: developer, upgrades/storage, Apple, iPad
While the addition of the latest Bluetooth specification, v4.2, was no surprise with the latest just-announced iPhones and iPads, Apple has taken the rare step of retroactively adding Bluetooth 4.2 capability to the iPad Air 2, and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models -- which previously boasted only Bluetooth 4.0 specifications. It is unclear whether a change in the Bluetooth stack in iOS 9 "activated" this capability in these models' existing BT chips, or if these models now being sold have had a part change-out internally.
Mon October 12, 2015 | Posted in: upgrades/storage
Asustor has announced the launch of the diamond plate-finished 31 series NAS devices for multimedia prosumers -- the new 31 series consists of the 2-bay AS3102T and the 4-bay AS3104T. Both new models feature 4K multimedia playback and AES-NI encryption, in addition to server support for a large amount of media playback applications.
Mon October 12, 2015 | Posted in:
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are highlighting some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's collection of items are all relatively new arrivals to the store, including a stylish way to organize the cables on your desk, a portable speaker. a retro speaker and radio, and a 128GB portable SSD.
In an attempt to kickstart the discussion about the recent trend of device manufacturers being unable to unlock devices, Magistrate Judge James Orenstein has declared that he will probably not order Apple to unlock a suspect's device, but needs some answers from Apple first. As part of his statement, the judge is asking why it would be "unduly burdensome" for the Cupertino manufacturer to unlock the pre-iOS 8 phone.
Mon October 12, 2015 | Posted in: Apple
The opening weekend of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle's film Steve Jobs is being heralded as a success, based on initial takings reports. Despite launching in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles, the dramatic biopic allowed Boyle to achieve his best opening weekend average of all movies in his career so far, as well as having the highest Per-Theater Average (PTA) of any movie released this year.
Mon October 12, 2015 | Posted in: Investor, industry, enterprise, networking
Dell and EMC Corporation today announced they have signed a definitive agreement under which Dell, together with its owners, Michael S. Dell, MSD Partners and investment company Silver Lake, will acquire EMC Corporation, while maintaining VMware as a publicly-traded company. The deal is record-breaking, and is valued at $67 billion, the biggest technology company acquisition to date.
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