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Feb

Apple rumored to be targeting 2020 for rumored Apple Car


Apple is rumored to be targeting 2020 to start production of the rumored Apple Car. That timeline, if at all accurate, could place the company in direct competition with aggressive electric car offerings from industry leaders GM and Tesla. Bloomberg cites unnamed sources:

The timeframe — automakers typically spend five to seven years developing a car — underscores the project’s aggressive goals and could set the stage for a battle for customers with Tesla Motors Inc. and General Motors Co., both of which are targeting a 2017 release of an electric vehicle that can go more than 200 miles on a single charge and cost less than $40,000.

Recent reports indicate the company’s team includes former executives from Ford, Tesla, and Mercedes-Benz.

Whether or not Apple is merely exploring the idea of automotive or is actively prototyping cars, one thing is clear — there’ll be no lack of rumors for the next… 5 years.

22
Feb

Apple announces repair extension program for MacBook Pros with video issues


Apple has just announced a repair extension program for MacBook Pro computers with video issues. Through the program, Apple will repair affected MacBook Pros or reimburse people who have already paid for a repair.

“We’ve found that a small percentage of MacBook Pro models sold between February 2011 and December 2013 may exhibit video issues and we will repair those systems free of charge,” an Apple spokesperson told iMore. “We are contacting customers who paid for a repair through Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider to arrange a reimbursement. Customers can learn more about the repair program, including affected models, service options and repair reimbursement information at http://www.apple.com/support/macbookpro-videoissues/.”

Apple will be contacting customers over the next few days regarding the details of the program.

More: Apple program page

22
Feb

Box updated for iPhone and iPad with previews for DICOM image files and bug fixes


Cloud storage solution Box received an update for iPhone and iPad that includes the addition of previews for Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) image files. The file standard is used for storing and transmitting information related to medical imaging, and should you have any such files stored in your account, you will be able to see previews for them now. The update also resolves an image picker issue, and comes with stability improvements as well as bug fixes.

Here’s the official changelog for version 3.6.2:

  • Added Preview support for DICOM image files.
  • Resolved an issue where some users were redirected to incorrect images when selecting an image from global search results.
  • Additional stability improvements and bug fixes.

Box is a robust service if you’re looking to store documents, with the service offering native viewing support for over 100 file types, including PDF, Word, Excel, AI, PSD and more.

22
Feb

BlackBerry Passport and Classic now available for purchase from AT&T


Right on time. As was announced earlier this month, AT&T set the release date for both the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic for February 20th and if you head on over to the AT&T website right now, you’ll find both devices are now live and ready to be ordered online.

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22
Feb

Happy Year of the Goat!


Year past I would’ve been on a stage in China Town this week with Georgia Dow and Anthony Casella demonstrating Foshan boxing to the beat of lion drums, and then meeting up with friends for “ice cream” that consisted of red bean, ice, and tofu. That’s how we spent most of Chinese New Year when we were in college, and it forever bound us to the people and the culture.

These days we take to the microphone to talk about Apple, a company that’s finding Greater China and Japan increasingly important parts of their business, and cities like Shenzhen integral to their manufacturing efforts. New Apple Stores are soaring to the heavens almost monthly, it feels like, as are the numbers Apple reports during their quarterly calls.

Red envelopes filled with money are the traditional gifts given for New Year — choosing a gift for someone else is often seen as presumptuous — and some of that money will no doubt contribute towards new iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

If you’re just getting started with Apple and you stumbled upon this post, welcome to iMore. If you’ve been here for a while, thank you for sticking with us. Either way, may peace and prosperity, health and happiness be with you this year and every year.

Gong Hei Faat Choi. Gong Xi Fa Cai. 恭禧發財.

Happy year of the goat!

22
Feb

Let My Trips handle your travel plans so you don’t have to


My Trips isn’t a new app, it’s been around for some time but we haven’t talked much about it in recent times. But, if you’re a frequent traveller it’s something you should definitely look at. It hooks into the popular service, TripIt, which manages travel documents and itineraries on your behalf by pulling confirmations out of your inbox and organising them into trips for you.

22
Feb

Photoshop at 25: The changing face of digital imaging


Adobe is celebrating a big milestone for its landmark image editing software Photoshop. The venerable software package’s 25th anniversary this week. Few apps have had Photoshop’s industry-changing impact and popularity, and fewer still are as directly linked to the Macintosh’s enduring success as a tool for creative professionals.

Humble beginnings

While Adobe celebrates Photoshop’s 25th anniversary today, Photoshop can trace its lineage back to 1987, when Photoshop’s creator, Thomas Knoll, first wrote code to display grayscale images on his black and white Macintosh Plus.

Knoll, a PhD student at the University of Michigan, showed the app to his brother John, who worked at Industrial Light & Magic, the movie visual effects company started by Star Wars creator George Lucas. The two brothers collaborated on the development of image editing features that would ultimately become the core of Photoshop, the earliest shipping version of which was bundled with a photographic slide scanner.

Knoll pitched the software to dozens of app publishers. Russell Brown, Adobe’s art director, saw not only what the software could do, but what it could be. Adobe purchased a license to distribute the software, and would release Photoshop 1.0 for the Mac exclusively, in February, 1990.

The desktop publishing world would never be the same.

True industry disruption

The term “disruption” gets abused about by PR and marketing teams these days, but that’s truly the effect that Photoshop had on the desktop publishing market.

Before Photoshop, digital image retouching was an incredibly expensive endeavor: Dedicated high-end computer systems were needed to manage this feat. Businesses paid hundreds of dollars an hour for the privilege. After Photoshop, anyone with a color Macintosh and a scanner could produce incredible images for a fraction of the price.

Six years before Photoshop, the Mac came on the scene at a time when printing and typography were expensive and rarified professional markets, open only those with years of training and machines that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars or more.

Within less than half a decade, the Mac completely remapped that industry. Almost anyone working in graphic design and publishing could afford their own professional rig. The graphic design and publishing market exploded as a result: Designers old and new were able to work with digital imagery and precise layout technology at a fraction of the price they could before.

Adobe’s work on Illustrator and font management had already helped to secure the Macintosh’s place as the centerpiece of desktop publishing. Quark established QuarkXPress as as the premier page layout tool of the age. Adobe would eventually unseat Quark with InDesign, but at the time, Photoshop was the fourth pillar. Combined, the world of graphic design, page layout, typography, image editing and printing would never be the same.

Photoshop’s enduring legacy

Photoshop, and the industry of image editing tools and techniques that have developed in its wake, has had an incredible impact not just on the way we edit images, but the way we perceive images too. Photoshop has also become so seamlessly enmeshed in our lives that we look skeptically at almost every image we’re shown: Is it real, or is it Photoshopped?

Barely a magazine exists whose cover photo hasn’t been airbrushed and retouched extensively with Photoshop. Photoshop isn’t just used to as a creative or artistic tool that improves lighting and adds special effects: The abuse of Photoshop and other image editors by the media propagates harmful messages that affect women and girls’ body image and self esteem.

“95 percent of the human images we see are retouched,” said Jennifer Berger, Executive Director of the nonprofit organization About-Face. Berger is an expert in how media shapes our sense of self.

“The problems with Photoshop happen when it’s used to remove more than small blemishes, and instead waved over an image to remove wrinkles, bulges or enlarge breasts, lengthen necks, or other such body modification.”

We’ve even seen image editing software used for government propaganda too.

But the bottom line is that any tool can be used for good or ill. Photoshop is no exception.

Photoshop, and the work it does, has become such a routine part of life that it’s become a generic verb in English and other languages to describe image retouching. Photoshop is part of our daily lexicon like “Xerox” is for photocopying, “Hoover” for vacuuming, “Kleenex” for facial tissue and, arguably, “iPad” for computing tablet.

Photoshop’s future

Adobe’s relationship with Photoshop users changed in 2013, when the company announced it was discontinuing development of Creative Suite in favor of Creative Cloud, its cloud-based subscription service.

Customers no longer wait years for monolithic updates that cause major workflow disruptions. In exchange for a monthly fee, users get more frequent, incremental updates and feature changes.

Those who prefer paying once for software and forgetting about it have been left by the wayside, or in search of alternatives. And the good news is that there are alternatives. Photoshop isn’t the only image editing software out there, and never has been. Photoshop is an icon, however, and a sounding beacon for an entire industry of software applications.

Since Thomas Knoll’s work on a black and white Mac Plus in the 1980s, Photoshop has had a secure place in the pantheon of digital image editing software. It’s a legacy Adobe is sure to protect far into the future.

Here’s Adobe with the final word:

22
Feb

Best photo extension apps for iPhone


Photo extensions mean you no longer have to jump from image editing app to image editing apps, opening and saving as you go, hoping you never make a mistake because there’s just no going back. Instead, you simply open Apple’s built in Photos app, tap the photo extensions button, and all the filters and effects you’ve installed from the App Store instantly become available to you right where you are.

All you have to do is enabled them first. Oh, and find them. That’s where this list comes in. If you’re looking for the best iPhone apps for photo editing, here they are!

1. Afterlight

For easy edits

Afterlight is simple to use and contains all the filters and effects you need to quickly fix up almost any photo on the go. If you’re just starting out with photo extensions, start out with Afterlight.

2. Flare Effects

For pizzaz plus

Flare Effects offers a carefully curated selection of 20 filters that are both original and eye-catching. If you get the companion app for Mac, Flare 2, you can also create your own custom filters and that makes Flare Effects even more powerful.

3. Camera+

For advanced editors

Camera+ offers everything from basic to advanced editing tools, filters, and a featured called Clarity Pro that can really makes your photos pop. If you want to make fine-tuned adjustments, you’ll want to try Camara+.

(Camera+ also offers full manual camera controls.)

4. Litely

For subtle filters

Litely offers a great selection of tasteful, restrained filters. Some of the filters are included and you can buy additional filters via in-app purchase. You can apply the filters through using photo extensions, but if you launch the Litely app you can get a split screen views so you can compare edits before you make them.

5. Effects Studio

For image overlays

Effects Studio offers options like blending and blurring. You can apply a good selection of overlays right from the photo extension, but you can also launch the Effects Studio app for finer tuning and adjustments.

6. Fragment

For perspective play

Fragment can turn your photos into prismatic works of art with just a tap. Add frames and choose from tons of different patterns to make your photos look literally out of this world. Or out of this dimensions. Either way, Fragment is ideal for landscapes and architecture.

7. Fotograf

For classic photo filters

Fotograf offers a great selection of classic photography filters that you can tweak and tune to your heart’s content. Thanks to non-destructive editing, you can apply a filter, test it, try it, tweak it, and find that perfect vintage look.

8. Pixlr

For boundless borders

Pixlr lets you not only apply overlays but borders as well. You can mix and match them on the fly to make sure you get exactly the effect you want. You can also go to the Pixlr app for editing features.

9. Quick

For meme masters

Quick lets you apply text overlays to any photo you’d like. In other words — it’s a meme generator. There’s a decent amount of fonts to choose from and you can change the color as well. If you want even more fonts, you can pick up a 16 pack via in-app purchase.

10. Halftone 2

For comic crafters

Halftone 2 lets you quickly apply frames and comic strip style overlays to all your pictures In order to put collages together, you’ll have to use the actual Halftone 2 app. But if you just want a quick comic effect, the Halftone 2 photo extension gets the job done.

11. Workflow

For GIF generators

Workflow isn’t a photo extension, but with it you can create a script that will combine photos into an animated GIF right from the action list in the Share sheet. Not only that, you can use Workflow to perform all sorts of other automations. It’s pure win.

Your favorite photo extension apps for iPhone?

If you’ve been taking advantage of the convenience photo extensions offers, what apps do you have loaded up that support them? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

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22
Feb

Want to try Noted for free? – 1000 free copies up for grabs!


We’ve featured Noted a few times here since it’s initial release. It is a memo/text editor application that tracks your to-dos and other important information while on the go. Noted stores them all in one place with plenty of features settings to make sure you complete or remember each and every one.

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22
Feb

Boost Mobile offers unlimited calls to Mexico, Canada for just $5 more a month


Boost Mobile today announced unlimited calling to Mexico and Canada, which can be added to existing plans for $5 a month. Consumers wanting to take advantage of a vast amount texts, calls and data to the regions will have to fork out for bundled Data Boost plans starting from $50.

The $5 Todo Mexico Plus includes unlimited calls to Mexico (both landlines and mobile devices), as well as Canada, and as an added bonus you unlock unlimited worldwide text messaging. It’s an ideal addon for those who require that little bit extra to keep in touch with friends and family outside of the US.

You’ll just need to add the $5 addon to your $45 or $55 Data Boost plan and you’re good to go. It’s worth noting that only 5GB and 10GB worth of 3G/LTE data is available with the plans respectively (after which you’ll be restricted to slower 2G speeds).

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