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Apr

Microsoft launches the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL in the UK


Microsoft today announced the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL in the UK, with prices kicking off at just £99.99. The former is available today while the Lumia 640 XL is set to arrive later this month.

9
Apr

Apple Watch orders will be online only during initial launch


When Apple Watch pre-orders start at 12:01am PT this Friday, get to the Apple Store site or app

Apple is gearing up to launch the Apple Watch and they want to make sure expectations are properly set and as many customers as possible are able to get exactly the size, finish, and bands they want come launch time. Hence the push store.apple.com or the Apple Store app. Angela Ahrendts, senior vice president of Apple Retail and Online Stores:

“We are excited to welcome customers tomorrow and introduce them to Apple Watch, our most personal device yet. Based on the tremendous interest from people visiting our stores, as well as the number of customers who have gone to the Apple Online Store to mark their favorite Apple Watch ahead of availability, we expect that strong customer demand will exceed our supply at launch,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail and Online Stores. “To provide the best experience and selection to as many customers as we can, we will be taking orders for Apple Watch exclusively online during the initial launch period.”

Full details below.

Apple Watch In-Store Preview & Online Pre-Order Begin Friday

Available for Purchase Online April 24

CUPERTINO, California—April 9, 2015—Apple Watch™, Apple’s most personal device yet, will be available for preview and pre-order on Friday, April 10. Customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US can try on and experience Apple Watch at their local Apple Store® or at Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Isetan in Tokyo, Selfridges in London, and select Apple Authorized Resellers in Japan and China. Customers can pre-order their Apple Watch through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com) beginning April 10 at 12:01 a.m. PDT for delivery beginning April 24.

“We are excited to welcome customers tomorrow and introduce them to Apple Watch, our most personal device yet. Based on the tremendous interest from people visiting our stores, as well as the number of customers who have gone to the Apple Online Store to mark their favorite Apple Watch ahead of availability, we expect that strong customer demand will exceed our supply at launch,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail and Online Stores. “To provide the best experience and selection to as many customers as we can, we will be taking orders for Apple Watch exclusively online during the initial launch period.”

Customers interested in learning more about Apple Watch can visit their local Apple Store for a personalized session with a Specialist to try on, fit and size their band, and explore the amazing features of Apple Watch. Customers who want to try on an Apple Watch are encouraged to make an appointment by going to http://www.apple.com.

Starting Friday, customers can try on Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport or Apple Watch Edition* to find the model with the size, finish and band to best fit their personal preference and style. Everyone visiting an Apple Store will be able to view all three collections and get hands on with Apple Watch Demo to browse and edit different watch faces, and learn about Apple Watch’s health and fitness features, Digital Touch, Siri®, Apple Pay™** and more.

Pre-orders begin April 10 at 12:01 a.m. PDT through the Apple Online Store, the Apple Store app for iPhone® and iPad®, and select Apple Authorized Resellers in China and Japan. Customers who pre-order their Apple Watch can have it shipped for delivery beginning April 24. All Apple Watch customers will be offered Personal Setup, online or in-store, to pair their Apple Watch with their iPhone. New owners will also learn how to personalize Apple Watch by selecting a watch face, deciding which notifications to receive, setting up the Activity app, and receive an introduction to Apple Pay** and the Apple Watch App Store™.

Beginning April 24, Apple Watch will also be available at boutiques in major cities including colette in Paris, Dover Street Market in London and Tokyo, Maxfield in Los Angeles and The Corner in Berlin, and select Apple Authorized Resellers in China and Japan.

Apple Watch is an incredibly accurate timepiece, an intimate and immediate communication device and a groundbreaking health and fitness companion. Highly customizable for personal expression, Apple Watch also brings an entirely new way to receive information at a glance and interact with the world through third-party app experiences designed specifically for the wrist.

Apple Watch introduces revolutionary technologies including the Digital Crown™, an innovative way to scroll, zoom and navigate fluidly without obstructing the display. The Retina® display with Force Touch on Apple Watch senses the difference between a tap and a press, providing a new way to quickly and easily access relevant controls. The all-new Taptic Engine™ discreetly delivers a gentle tap on your wrist whenever you receive a notification or message.

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9
Apr

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 confirmed for select existing smartphones


Microsoft has confirmed Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 “GDR2″ for select handsets, including the Lumia 735 and Lumia 830. Availability is currently unknown, but it’s in the works.

9
Apr

How to adjust light, color, and more in Photos for OS X


From magic wand, to basic color, light, and black & white tweaks, or full, granular control over exposure, saturation, intensity, and more.

Photos for OS X has everything you need to make your pictures look exactly how you want. What’s more, all the edits are non-destructive, so if you don’t get something perfect the first time, you can change it again whenever you like, or even go right back to the original. Combine that with the large screen, and editing photos on the Mac isn’t just easy, it’s accessible to everyone.

How to adjust brightness and color with Photos for OS X

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac running OS X Yosemite or newer.
  2. Find the photo in your photo library that you’d like to edit and click on it.
  3. Click on the Edit button in the top navigation.
  4. Click on Adjust in the right hand navigation.
  5. Using either the light or color option off to the right, drag the slider either left or right to adjust.
  6. Clock the dropdown arrow next to light or color to make finer adjustments.
  7. All adjustments under that group show up and you can adjust them manually.
  8. Click the Auto button next to either light or color if you’d rather let Photos decide what it thinks is best.
  9. Click Done at the top right to save your changes.

How to convert an image to black and white with Photos for OS X

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac running OS X Yosemite or newer.
  2. Find the photo in your photo library that you’d like to edit and click on it.
  3. Click on the Edit button in the top navigation.
  4. Click on Adjust in the right hand navigation.
  5. Drag the Black & White slider either left or right in order to adjust the intensity.
  6. Just like light and color adjustments, you can click on the drowndown arrow to the right in order to make finer individual adjustments.
  7. Once you’re happy with the results, click on Done at the top right to save your changes.

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9
Apr

How to use Photos for OS X with multiple Macs


Photos for OS X is great for pictures and videos on the Mac, but how does it work with multiple Macs?

I’ve had a multi-Mac household pretty much since college, rocking a laptop and desktop in addition to miscellaneous iOS devices throughout the years. Dropbox and iCloud sync made most of the pains of using several Macs disappear, but iPhoto was always a problem. My laptop is tiny! My iPhoto library, not so much.

Thankfully, Photos for OS X — paired with iCloud Photo Library‘s Optimize Storage feature — makes working with and syncing multiple Macs a breeze. Here’s how you can do it.

How to use Photos for OS X and iCloud Photo Library with multiple Macs

Here’s a quick, simple breakdown on setting up your Macs to support Photos and iCloud Photo Library.

I recommend starting with your biggest iPhoto library; it’ll usually be on your desktop Mac. When you open Photos for the first time, your library should import automatically; if it prompts you to create a new library, your Photos library may be stored in another location on your Mac, and you may need to manually open it.

Once you’ve imported your biggest library on your Mac, make sure iCloud Photo Library is turned on and syncing by going to Photos > Preferences > iCloud and checking the iCloud Photo Library checkbox. I highly recommend choosing the Download Originals to this Mac option if your primary computer has the space, so that you have one master copy of your images stored locally, rather than relying on everything in the cloud. (See Rene’s How to back up your iCloud Photo Library article for more information.)

Now, open your other Mac, and launch Photos. If you have an iPhoto library on that secondary Mac, follow the same steps as above — import your library, then turn on iCloud Photo Library. If you have duplicates of the same photo on each computer, iCloud should automatically resolve those conflicts when it syncs, providing you with just one version of your photos when the sync process finishes.

If you don’t have an iPhoto library on your secondary Mac, create a new library in Photos and turn on iCloud Photo Library. If you want to save storage space on this secondary Mac, make sure Optimize Mac Storage is selected: This will save a certain percentage of images and video locally to your device, while providing thumbnails of all the others for you to download at your leisure.

After you’ve set up all your Macs with Photos for OS X and the sync process has finished, you’re now good to go. From here on out, any time you add photos, they’ll sync to every computer you’ve set up with Photos for OS X.

What syncs, what doesn’t sync

Photos for OS X syncs a lot more than just your original photos and videos. According to a support document on Apple.com, here’s what else you should expect to see sync:

  • All folders and albums (Mac and iOS)
  • Smart Albums (Mac only)
  • Keywords (Mac only)
  • Searchable keywords based on Faces tiles (Mac only)
  • Key photo selections (Mac only)

There are a few things iCloud Photo Library won’t sync, however. Here’s Apple’s list:

  • Books, cards, calendars, and slideshows
  • Keyword shortcuts
  • Unused keywords
  • Last imported album on the Mac in question
  • Your Faces smart album and any tagging you’ve done

For those not using iCloud Photo Library

If you’ve chosen not to enable iCloud Photo Library, Apple still offers you free syncing of your last 1000 photos via My Photo Stream, which doesn’t count toward your iCloud disk space. This will sync and download images you’ve imported or taken on other devices, but you won’t have the option to optimize your storage or sync your albums.

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9
Apr

Rovio adds local multiplayer to Angry Birds Go! so you can race against friends


Rovio today announced a new mode for Angry Birds Go! The new party mode enables players to race against their friends on multiple devices, all connected through Wi-Fi. Local multiplayer gameplay allows for a more competitive and social experience compared to playing against the AI.

The feature is only enabled for one vs. one play for the time being, but Rovio plans to allow party play at a later date. This would enable groups of friends to all play in the same race simultaneously. See the above video for a run through of the new party mode and download Angry Birds Go! from the App Store to check it out.

9
Apr

Mophie launches new storage-expanding cases for iPhone 6, iPad mini


Accessory-maker Mophie has announced a number of new additions to its Space lineup, to go along with the latest release of their Space application.

The new Space application has been redesigned to work without any of Mophie’s Space hardware, though it still works best with accessories like the new Space Packs for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. You can also create a favorites collection for your music, videos, and other files for easy access in the app. You can find the full list of changes below:

Stands Alone : mophie Space 2.0 can now be used without the need for a space pack or spacestation.

Wi-Fi Space Portal: Wirelessly access files from a Mac or PC – like a cloud storage service without the internet.

Favorites Collection: Now, all your favorite photos, videos, music, documents, and files can be found in one place – the Favorites Collection. It’s your own custom collection.

Touch ID: For Apple Touch ID equipped iPhones and iPads, you can now secure and access files stored on your mophie space pack with just your fingerprint.

Built for iPhone & iPad: mophie Space now runs beautifully on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and all iPad models.

New Design: From the new main menu, to Spaces and the new Activities Center, mophie Space has a new look and feel that will help you find, access, or share your files faster.

While the Space app no longer needs to use any of Mophie’s hardware, it works best when it does. To that end, Mophie has introduced a number of new accessories to their Space line of products, including new Space Pack cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, along with a Space Pack for the iPad mini and the Spacestation external battery and storage device.

The Space Packs for the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and iPad mini, as well as the Spacestation, all come with 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB of extra storage, accessible through the Space app. Mophie says that the cases for the iPhone 6 and the iPad mini will add 100% extra battery life to those devices, while the Space Pack for the iPhone 6 Plus is supposed to add 50%. The amount of battery life added by the Spacestation will of course vary based on your device.

Mophie lists the Spacestation as shipping in one to two business days for $149.95. The Space Pack cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are expected to ship in late May for $149.95, while the iPad mini Space Pack is set to start shipping in two weeks for $199.95.

Source: Mophie

9
Apr

Save 33% today on this leather holster for BlackBerry Passport


Featuring an easy-release magnetic closure, this vertical leather case is designed specifically for your BlackBerry Passport and clips to your belt or pocket. The interior has a soft padding that keeps your device safe from scratches, too! Yours today for $23.95

9
Apr

Staying up to pre-order an Apple Watch? Join the iMore pajama party!


Apple Watch pre-orders begin tonight at 12:01am PT, 3:01am ET, 8:01am BST. If you’re waiting up, wait up with us!

As you know, the iMore forums are simply the coolest place to hangout always, but when we’re waiting to pre-order the latest, greatest devices — like the Apple Watch they’re especially awesome! Our editors and writers jump in, our moderators and members keep the party going, and everyone just has such a blast! We even drop in amazing prizes like a $400 Apple gift-certificate to put towards the watch of your dreams!

So, before you start to get too sleepy, make a nice hot beverage, a snack, cue up store.apple.com or the Apple Store app, and then jump into the Apple Watch pre-order pajama party in the iMore forums! You’ll be so happy you did!

9
Apr

Save 47% today on this rugged case and holster for iPhone 6


Designed to repel damage unlike your traditional skin or hard case, the Seidio CONVERT Combo comes packed with multiple layers of protection and a durable swivel holster to keep at your side. The back of the case even features a fold-out kickstand for extra convenience. Available today for $28.95!

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