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Apple allegedly planning to switch to San Francisco as default font for iOS and OS X

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Apple has been working on its new font – San Francisco – for a while now and we saw it debut on the Apple Watch announced last year. But soon you might be seeing it as the default font on iOS and OS X, replacing the current Helvetica Neue.

San Francisco is a heavier typeset designed to emphasise visibility, especially on smaller displays of the Apple Watch. The font also scales well to larger displays and works quite well on iOS and OS X. In comparison, many people find the current Helvetica Neue to be quite light and hard to read, especially on iOS. The switch to San Francisco is supposedly the solution to this problem. Read more »

Apple announces 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch Trackpad and cheaper iMac with Retina 5K display

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Apple has launched updated versions of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. The key new feature is the Force Touch Trackpad first introduced with the new MacBook and the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.

Along with the new trackpad you also get faster flash storage and longer battery life. It comes in two models, one with a 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 that Turbo Boosts up to 3.4GHz, Intel Iris Pro Graphics, 16GB RAM, and 256GB flash storage and the other with a 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 that Turbo Boosts up to 3.7GHz, Intel Iris Pro Graphics + AMD Radeon R9 M370X with 2GB GDDR5 memory, 16GB RAM, and 512GB flash storage. Read more »

Giphy for Gmail is a Chrome extension that lets you add animated GIFs into your emails

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Emails can be dull, but Giphy for Gmail is now here to change all that. In what is probably the greatest innovation to hit email since signatures were invented, Giphy for Gmail brings animated GIFs straight into your emails.

Giphy for Gmail is a Chrome extension. Once you install it, you’ll see a new rainbow button inside Gmail’s Compose screen, alongside the text formatting options. If you click it, you’ll be able to quickly search for and discover many animated GIFs just begging to be put inside your email. Read more »

This is Samsung Gear Live booting Apple Macintosh II OS like a boss

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Samsung Gear Live is a smartwatch of many talents. In addition to booting Microsoft Windows 95 with no hiccups, the Korean giant’s first Android Wear device can also run Apple Macintosh II OS straight from 1987.

Just like in the case of Redmond’s mid-90s OS marvel, the Gear Live runs Macintosh II via an emulator. Read more »

Next Apple iOS, OS X update to pack Spock’s Vulcan salute emoji

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Leonard Nimoy, popularly known as Spock from the space fiction movie series Star Trek, passed away on February 27 and made the character Spock immortal. Even Apple is preparing to pay homage to Nimoy and Spock with a new Star Trek themed Spock emoji for OS X and iOS.

Often referred casually as the Spock sign but actually the Vulcan salute, it has been adapted form Jewish heritage. Read more »

Apple is working on an 8K iMac, according to LG

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It looks like there’s no escaping the ongoing resolution escalation race – be it in mobile devices or computers. So, in a way, an 8K iMac makes perfect sense. On the other hand, the existence of this device has been leaked by LG – and such a big company doing something like this isn’t something you see often.

LG Display is one of Apple’s biggest suppliers of screens, and last week it published a piece explaining 8K (7,680×4,320) resolution panels, obviously saying this will be the future of display technology. Buried in that report, however, was an explicit mention of an 8K iMac that Apple is working on. Read more »

LaCie outs Porsche Design Mobile Drive with USB-C

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Hot on the heels of the new MacBook’s debut, the manufacturer of digital storage solutions LaCie launched an external hard drive with USB-C connector. The metal-clad storage solution is designed by Porsche Design, so it is certain to perfectly complement the sleek new notebook.

The LaCie Porsche Design Mobile Drive will be available with 500GB, 1TB, or 2TB of built-in storage. Read more »

Apple updates MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro with faster hardware

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Along with the spanking new MacBook, Apple also updated the hardware on the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro with Retina display, which are now much better for the same price.

The MacBook Air gets a new fifth generation (Broadwell) Intel Core i5 5250U processor with dual core 1.6GHz CPU (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz) and HD 6000 on-board graphics. You can also configure it with an Intel Core i7 5650U with dual core 2.2GHz CPU (Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz) and the same HD 6000 graphics. There is also Thunderbolt 2, with twice the bandwidth of up to 20Gbps up and down simultaneously. These changes are available are common to both the 11-inch and 13-inch, but the 13-inch model also gets 2x faster flash storage. Read more »

A $79 gadget will address the shortage of ports in the new Apple MacBook

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Apple will help you go around the shortage of ports in the new Macbook with a dedicated accessory. Priced at $79, the USB-C multipart adapter will add a trio of ports to the sleek new notebook.

The multiport adapter by Apple will be available in two different configurations – one with VGA display port and one with HDMI solution. Read more »

The new 12″ MacBook gets showcased in these official promo videos

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Earlier today, Apple finally made the oft-rumored new 12-inch MacBook official. The laptop is the thinnest the company has ever produced, having a maximum thickness of just 13.1 mm. It’s also sporting a full-metal construction.

These things, as well as many others, are talked about in the two promo videos for the MacBook that Apple has shown during its launch event. And now you can watch these right here. Read more »

Microsoft releases Office 2016 preview for Mac

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Almost one month ago, Microsoft made the Office 2016 preview available for Windows. And today marks the release of the preview for Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

As you may have gathered, Office 2016 will be the next version of Microsoft’s cash cow, and it’s expected to be out in the second half of this year. In the meantime, though, the Redmond software giant is working on it. Read more »

The rumored 12″ MacBook Air to offer Retina display resolution

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The 12″ MacBook Air has been in the rumorland for quite some time. As the Apple’s latest event is almost upon us, the rumors are once again ignited.

The last time we heard the 12″ MacBook Air is expected to enter mass production in the first quarter of this year and its shipping should happen through April – June. The device supposedly will be a high-end product with limited availability. Read more »

Apple Maps updated with 9 new 3D Flyover locations including Venice and Edinburgh

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Apple has added nine new cities to the list of locations that are covered under the 3D Flyover feature offered by its iOS and OS X Maps applications. The new cities include Baton Rouge, LA; Boise, ID; Edinburgh, Scotland; Cáceres, Spain; Guadalajara, Mexico; Ponce, Puerto Rico; Venice, Italy; Linz, Austria; and Rennes, France.

If you aren’t already aware, the Flyover feature, which first debuted in iOS 6 and OS X Yosemite, lets you take a high-resolution 3-dimensional tour of locations, allowing you to zoom in on important buildings, landmarks, and other areas of interest. Read more »

Apple adds racially diverse emoji in iOS and OS X betas

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You know we have reached peak political correctness when people start demanding ‘racially diverse’ emoji. But Apple seems to care about that sort of thing, so in the latest beta of iOS and OS X, you will notice that there is a new set of emoji, with a more racially diverse color palette.

Now, when you press and hold on any of the human faces in the People section of the emoji picker, you will get a popup with additional skin tones, six of them to be precise, from black to a rather absurd bright yellow, which seems more racist than racially diverse. Read more »

Windows is now less vulnerable than OS X and Linux

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Microsoft’s Windows operating system, which is often criticized for its security issues, is no longer the number one as far as security vulnerabilities are concerned. According to latest data from the National Vulnerability Database (NVD), the OS is less vulnerable than Apple’s OS X, iOS, as well as Linux.

A quick look at the top operating systems by vulnerabilities reported in 2014 (see image above) reveals that Apple Mac OS X is the most vulnerable operating system, followed by Apple iOS (#2), and Linux (#3). Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are at position 7 and 8, respectively. Read more »