Apple2Mac Only reading about amazing Apple! Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:56:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Apple eased requirements for certain iOS-applications Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:40:40 +0000 Continue reading ]]> In the first half of the month I was Told on this blog that Apple has begun to be removed from the App Store mobile applications that force users to watch commercials or share information about the game in social networks to obtain certain bonuses in the form of game currency, extra lives and etc.

This change is quite upset developers because this model helped them bad monetize and promote their Freemium-game. As a result, Apple has decided once again to reconsider its opinion in respect of such applications, as Tuesday Told TechCrunch:

According to the developers, the situation has changed. Sources in the industry promotional video report that the company no longer denies the review of mobile software on this basis. We were also told that some applications that were previously removed from the App Store for this reason, now allowed to return.

Despite this, Apple still removes from its iOS-store programs that use various methods to manipulate the ratings in the App Store or force users to download games and other applications to get promotion. They must do something like state registration certificate for their apps from AppStore.

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Completion of the purchase Beats Electronics Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:09:44 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Despite the fact that Apple Has announced the acquisition of Beats Electronics at the end of last month, the company will have to go through a series of bureaucratic procedures, which include approving purchases governmental regulator of different countries. And the first of them will be the Anti-Monopoly Commission of the European Union, which until July 30, will need to decide on the deal between the two companies.

As Reported agency Reuters, the EU can control how unconditionally approve the purchase, and require conduct full investigation if officials is suspected that would suffer any harm competition like in аpart hotel in оdessa. Thereafter, the same procedure will start the U.S. government. That’s why the apple company did not expect to complete the transaction before the next fiscal quarter.

Let me remind you, Apple bought music accessories manufacturer Beats Electronics and Beats Music streaming service for $3 billion, and the eminent producer Jimmy Ayovin and hip-hop star Dr. Dre will join the company from Cupertino as new employees.

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Small update to iWork iCloud Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:56:00 +0000 Continue reading ]]> A few days ago the company from Cupertino developers submitted a minor update of its office suite IWork for iCloud, which includes web version Pages, Keynote and Numbers. In such cases, such as release notes do not exist, but popular "okoloyablochny" The Loop blog Somewhere got hold of a rough list of changes.

Now, each Web application remembers the last setting documents, spreadsheets and presentations, users are working on. In particular, the zoom level to show or hide the formatting toolbar and guides, and so on. In addition, Apple has added the ability to add a mask to the images and enable the display prompts when performing certain actions in the context menu (for example, recalls the shortcuts for copy and paste).

IWork for iCloud is available for free for all users on the site .

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iPod touch has become more accessible Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:36:54 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Just a few minutes ago on the official Apple website has another Press release by which the Cupertino company reported about upgrading the most affordable 16-gigabyte iPod touch and cost reduction 32/64-gigabaytnyh models popular music player. Now the gadget is available in six different colors for as low as $ 199.

Compared with Last year's budget model new iPod touch not only fell by $ 30, but got a 5-megapixel camera iSight c writable 1080p-video. The rest of the player does not differ from their older counterparts, offering customers:

  • Wonderful 4-inch IPS-display with support for multitouch technology, resolution 1136h640 points and oleophobic coating;
  • Processor A5;
  • 1.2-megapixel front camera FaceTime HD;
  • Support wireless technology Wi-Fi 802.11 a/??b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0;
  • Built-in speaker;
  • Microphone;
  • Gyroscope;
  • Accelerometer
  • Connector Lightning.

From a single battery charge Touch can work up to 40 hours of listening to audio and up to 8 hours of video playback.

But why not find buyers in the box with 16-gigabyte iPod touch, so it's brand Strap Loop, lets you wear it on your wrist. It is available only to customers 32 – and 64-gigabyte models, the cost of which is now $ 249 and $ 299 respectively.

The fifth generation iPod touch was introduced in October 2012, and now almost 2 years the company from Cupertino is satisfied that the construction of the portable media player.

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Fund (Product) RED apologized for saying Bono Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:58:11 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Yesterday evening, a global nonprofit foundation Product (RED) Thanked his blog Apple for great help in combating the spread of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Africa, and apologized for saying Bono spoke about the apple company in a negative way.

According to official data, the current moment Apple sacrificed to the needs of Product (RED) more than $ 75 million, making it the largest trading partner of the charity. Foundation representatives also commented on statements by U2 frontman Bono, who is concurrently its founder.

Earlier this week at the festival "Cannes Lions 2014" Bono and Jonathan Ive Gave an interview in which famous musician criticized reluctance to actively promote the Apple brand (RED) and place it on apple products:

As proof of his words Bono stood up, picked up the cover (RED), pulled out his iPad, illustrating the audience that the only way the user can see the logo of the nonprofit organization, because it is on the inside of the cover and the tablet is always closed.

"Where Branding (RED)? – He turned to Quince. – No one can see it. It's just a triumph of modesty. This style of Apple. It is a true religious cult! "

Bono's words did not touch Quince Jonathan, and he said that between Apple and Product (RED) formed a strong alliance:

We started in 2006 with the iPod nano, and now the logo (RED) is worth half a dozen products. For us, this partnership is something very, very special.

In his blog, the Foundation reported that Bono did not want to offend anyone, and said this remark in a humorous manner, trying to make fun of excessive modesty Quince and Apple in matters of charity. In fact, U2 vocalist very grateful To Steve Jobs, Tim Cook, Jonathan quince apple and other employees of the company.

This proves once again that the jokes are not always funny, if taken out of context. Some replica Bono and artificial outrage modesty Apple media were perceived as real criticism. However, this is untrue. Bono is one of the biggest fans of Apple and has repeatedly stood up for her when someone criticized the charitable activities of the company only for the fact that it does not shout about it at every corner. Apple has every right to such humility, and it is in many ways remarkable.

According to Shawn King (Shawn King), one of the authors of the popular blog The Loop, Apple Plans to increase support for Product (RED) in the coming months. However, it is not clear exactly what the company is going to do, because it already in the lineup, and so quite a lot of "red" products including the iPod, the bumpers for the iPhone, iPad and other cases.

A total of 8 years, all Partners Product (RED), among which, besides Apple can distinguish Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Beats, Bank of America, Square, Claro, Telcel, SAP and many other companies, the needs of the fund collected 250 million more. dollars.

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Frameworks iOS: HealthKit Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:48:49 +0000 Continue reading ]]> At the opening of WWDC 2014, Apple introduced an impressive update to its mobile operating system, among which are not only visual improvements and the emergence of long-awaited features, but also powerful changes "under the hood". In a small series of articles I will try to tell you about new frameworks iOS, and we will begin, perhaps, with the most interesting and one of the most useful – HealthKit.

In recent years, the market appeared tens of thousands of mobile devices and applications to help users keep track of activity during the day, keep in shape, fight obesity and health care. But Apple has paid close attention to this promising direction only now adding iOS framework HealthKit 8 preset program and the new Health.

Here's how the digging of Cupertino Describes the new platform:

HealthKit application framework and Health collects information from various applications for health and fitness devices, providing you with a complete and current overview of all indicators that will help take better care of your health. With your permission, each program can use certain data from other applications – it allows much more accurate to monitor your health and training.

For example, applications Nike +, which interacts with the bracelet Nike Fuel, will be able to get through HealthKit information on sleep mode and power to create a custom user profile and increase the effectiveness of training, and the program to measure blood pressure can provide data on medical applications, such as the Mayo Clinic, allowing your doctor to provide high-quality supervision and treatment:

"We believe that HealthKit completely change human interaction with medicine – said Dr. John Nouzuorti (John Noseworthy), president and CEO of Hospital Mayo. – We are proud to be the first to introduce this advanced technology in our application. "

Appendix Health

The company from Cupertino is not an easy task: data about health and physical human form incredibly much, besides, they are poorly structured. At the same time they need to collect, analyze, summarize and present a simple and digestible form, so as not to scare the average user. Apple solved this problem using the application tries Health. In it, users can browse through the most current information on the screen Dashboard and details for each type of data in several categories. These fall into these categories, as already mentioned, with medical devices and accessories that support HeathKit:

Another very important function of the application is the electronic medical record. Apart from his name and age, prompting you for the blood group data on chronic diseases and allergens to which they are sensitive, family contact information, physician, etc. Get access to this reference can be directly from the lock screen. Such medical records handy in emergency situations when a person needs help, but it is not created.

Support Bluetooth-accessories

As Reported by the blog 9to5Mac, already "out of the box» HealthKit will natively support some medical accessories, working on Bluetooth:

In HealthKit will natively support accessories to measure heart rate and blood pressure, glucose sensors, thermometers and other medical products. Apple uses the official Standards and specifications for devices that support Bluetooth LE.

HealthKit can automatically detect the medical devices and receive information from them, synchronizing it with the application Health, and users do not need to do this. In turn, manufacturers of accessories will be able to focus on the development of his "iron" instead of wasting time and resources to develop the accompanying mobile application.

This approach is good for developers whose products work with third-party accessories: they will not have to write additional code to retrieve data from each device. For them it has already made Apple's HealthKit.

Developers and manufacturers of medical devices can find additional information about this in the framework, A special section on the site of the apple.

What do they think about HealthKit manufacturers of medical accessories?

Hutchins Cedric (Cedric Hutchings), CEO Withings:

We are thrilled to announce HealthKit. Withings was one of the first companies to adopt the approach of using the common API for medical devices. Our clients want to take full control of their health. And our API is already used by more than 100 development partners. Now HealthKit give them more opportunities to create useful services and applications. The framework does not threaten activities Withings, so we integrate this into their products in the future.

Jason Jacobs (Jason Jacobs), founder and CEO of RunKeeper:

Great to see how Apple is increasingly interested in this sphere. That's the way it should be, and we, having the support of such a major partner, we will continue to focus on the development of useful products for customers. We are very pleased that our users will soon be able to link their applications through data HealthKit.

David Lorsch (David Lorsh), vice president of strategy and business development at Strava:

Our company has added support for the first coprocessor M7 movement in their applications, so we are always interested in new developments Apple . Apparently, HealthKit is a great platform, and Strava can use it to provide an impressive community of athletes from more complete information on the results. We certainly support built HealthKit iOS and 8 in our mobile app.

Lin Adam (Adam Lin), President iHealth:

Apple has become the center of the digital music world, and now it forces HealthKit turn into a hub of personal data on the health of users, so it has the potential to change the rules of the game. If you take into account iCloud, then before you a very profitable opportunity. The company is able to create not only a useful system for consumers, but also make a huge step towards the consolidation of highly fragmented electronic medical records. Hopefully, then many will consider this a turning point in the transformation of health care.

What do they think about HealthKit doctor?

Just a few hours after the Apple presentation on the popular site Quora appeared Topic with the same issue in which he expressed several doctors and people associated with the development of medical applications. The most detailed answer collected besides the most positive votes, gave Jae Won Joh:

Technology has Great potential.

I watched the presentation Apple, and at first seemed HealthKit another opportunity for consumer applications like Nike + and sleep tracker to display their data in the form of pretty charts. Skim the information on the website, I almost appreciated the opinion that it is.

Calories burned? Dream? Pulse? A similar set of data is typical and is no longer of interest. We all have repeatedly held, starting with pen on paper records. Why did I should care?

However, from a medical point of view in the annex Health there are 4 important categories: "Diagnostics", "test results", "Medicine" and "vital functions." Also of interest is the electronic medical record.

Imagine that you are always with you the results of previous studies (eg, x-rays, computed tomography), current immunization records, biopsy results, a list of your allergens, laboratory tests for the last 10-15-20 years. Lists all drugs that you have ever taken, doses how long and why. All measurements of heart rate and blood pressure, which were made at each clinic visit.

What if they will be stored in the "cloud" and can be viewed from anywhere in the world? What if using Touch ID you will be able to provide access to all this wealth of information to any doctor or system, simply by touching a finger to the sensor?

Take a break for a minute and see how such data Are transferred from one medical facility to another now . And then go back and think about HealthKit. Technology could be revolutionary.

For example, a patient with lung cancer in New York will be much easier to move to Michigan for his large family knowing that their data will go along with it. He did not have to lug a pile of printouts on the strap of the system in use in the previous clinic, and once again go to the radiology department to burn to CD/DVD all the pictures you have taken. He does not need to burden the new oncologist daunting task of manual processing hundred sheets of medical records and worry that electronic records on disk would be incompatible with the new medical system.

The second example in the accident the patient suffered a serious fracture of the ankle. And it needs to translate into a more advanced hospital. All X-rays are in the "cloud." Already upon arrival at the new clinic, he enters a password on your iPhone and sends them and orthopedic surgeons. Doctors charged images on your iPad, to quickly assess the nature of the fracture and determine the patient requires surgery or not. Again: no messing around with instruments, recording discs. Less hassle.

HealthKit may well be the first step towards the creation of something like a universal system of electronic medical records. If Apple enlist the support of the right partners, they are in theory able to solve one of the most pressing health issues of today: the inability to easily transfer patient data from one location to another.

Suleiman Bhana (Suleman Bhana), rheumatologist, believes that while this idea looks good on paper, and after the launch of the company from Cupertino HealthKit face many problems are not always solvable:

In theory, the integration of medical information in mobile devices patients looks fine. But from a practical point of view I am determined not so optimistic. Even if the company will adhere to the standard HL7, quite difficult to talk about cross-compatibility of health data. Everyone knows how closed is Epic Systems (the largest manufacturer of medical software in the U.S.) in providing or API compatibility. But even if we assume that all the information will be stored on the phone, as it will help a person in conjunction with the health care system? He that continually show your phone to doctors? Or HealthKit able to send data by e-mail? If so, that from this information the recipient will make?

I share the enthusiasm of Dr. Joh, but in reality, Apple will have to move mountains to achieve this portability of medical data. Where greater optimism I have is a government program for the exchange of health information. Think that it is likely to have a truly significant impact on medicine.

Tony Lenzi (Tony Lenzi) believes that much depends not only on the apple company, but also on the legal framework:

From time to time I have to work with medical applications, and I am confident that the establishment of such an electronic system will require significant regulation of health care. Alone the consequences of violating the law on accounting and Health Insurance (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) for the transfer and storage of such data on mobile gadgets can scare most providers.

Nevertheless, at the presentation of the Mayo Clinic was named one of the main partners. I would be interested to learn more about how they plan to integrate HealthKit.

In general, technology is really interesting, but the company will not solve one problem before the system work efficiently. Let's see how she will succeed.

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Apple stops development Aperture and iPhoto Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:34:34 +0000 Continue reading ]]> As Reported today by Jim Dalrymple (Jim Dalrymple), Apple will stop the further development of their professional photo editor Aperture. Instead, the company will focus on the application Photos for Mac, the first drafts of which were shown at The opening of the WWDC 2014 .

Here's what the press service said Apple one of the founders of the popular "okoloyablochnogo" blog The Loop:

With the announcement of the Photos application and iCloud Photo Library, which will safely store all your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere on the globe, we will no longer release updates Aperture. After the release of a new application next year, users can migrate their current library in Aperture Photos for OS X.

Jim added that the announced product will replace not only Aperture, but iPhoto. Rather, in addition to the storage, retrieval, and other basic features Apple adds advanced tools for editing photographs oriented professionals.

In recent years, the company from Cupertino has paid very little attention to Aperture, which is why it is much inferior to competitors like Lightroom from Adobe. In October last year, Apple updated professional editor to version 3.5, and has since been released just one small update.

According to The words of technological resource TechCrunch, Apple will continue to release updates compatibility for Aperture in OS X Yosemite. In addition, the apple company collaborates with Adobe to develop a transition workflow for easier migration of users to Lightroom.

By the way, representatives of Adobe, clearly not expecting such a turn of events, have already managed to make a statement, promising to continue the further development of its products for photographers:

In other words, we will double the investment in Lightroom and will offer a new plan for Creative Cloud Photography. In the coming weeks, months and years, you can expect rapid innovation in workflows for desktop computers, mobile devices and the web. We will also continue to invest heavily in our products for iOS and OS X, and are committed to helping interested users of iPhoto and Aperture.

After this announcement users interested in the fate of other professional software Apple. In order to remove all questions Cupertino-based company has released updates Final Cut Pro 10.1.2, Motion 5.1.1, Compressor 4.1.2 and MainStage 3.0.4 . It is likely a new version of Logic Pro X is also not far away.

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From next year, Audi cars will be supported CarPlay Sun, 13 Jul 2014 05:04:27 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Audi has recently Announced plans to integrate CarPlay infotainment system of its cars. The first models of the prestigious German brand with the support of multimedia technology Apple will be on sale next year.

In its press release carmaker reported that their lab in Silicon Valley are in "an intensive dialogue" with Apple, to allow customers to use apple smartphones in cars with four rings on the grille:

Our customers want to be constantly in touch, as well as use in cars services and functions with which they are very familiar on smartphones – says Professor Ulrich Hackenberg (Ulrich Hackenberg), board member of Audi AG, responsible for the direction of technical development. – In connection with this, we work closely with leading companies such as Google and Apple. And will soon give them this opportunity.

Convenience and low distraction are important parameters in the integration of such technologies. Data security also plays a very important role. So we're going to separate the functions of the car from its infotainment features that will protect user data from unauthorized access.

The announcement looks pretty surprising, since Audi with Google is one of the founders of Open Automotive Alliance, which seeks to develop multimedia solutions for vehicles based on Android . But apparently Audi buyers too much apple smartphone owners to ignore them.

Thus, the German company Joins a Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, BMW, Ford, Hyundai, GM and Honda, as well as major electronics manufacturers like Alpine, Pioneer, Kenwood and Clarion, who Are going to build in support CarPlay in your multimedia system this year.

Let me remind you in a nutshell, is that they themselves malic this technology: it Allows you to display information from the iPhone to display the dashboard compliant vehicles. This enables users to perform a variety of actions – listen to music, make and receive calls, exchange text messages, use the navigation capabilities, driving all this business with the help of touch screens and voice commands Siri.

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Apple announces iTunes U update for iPad Sun, 13 Jul 2014 02:40:18 +0000 Continue reading ]]> This afternoon, Apple Has published on its official website the next press release announcing the preparation of a major upgrade to iTunes U for iPad, the release of which will take place on July 8. New version of the popular educational applications offer a range of useful features for teachers and their students.

In the announcement quoted Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Apple's software for the Internet and web services (Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services):

Support for education lies in the DNA of Apple. iTunes U is an incredibly valuable resource for teachers and students with a huge selection of educational materials from around the world, accessible to all. And now, thanks to advanced features for managing courses and discussion of educational materials, training with the iPad becomes more personalized.

As the press service of the company from Cupertino, updated iTunes U app gives teachers the ability to create and edit full training on apple tablet, as well as directly add interactive content and training materials of IWork, iBooks Author, and more than 75,000 educational apps available for iPad in the App Store. Using the built-in camera on the iPad, teachers can shoot video and photos and add them to the training course, instantly providing students access to relevant materials about the world.

Students using the iPad and signed on closed courses in iTunes U, now have everything you need to work with teachers and classmates. The "debate" in the iTunes U allows students to automatically track updates to the discussions and join the discussion topics, as well as customize the active notifications on new topics and comments. Teachers can also participate in discussions and to moderate them, deleting messages and responses that do not belong to the given topics.

New features have resonated with Larry Reyffa teachers from Roslyn High School in New York, whose words are cited in the press release:

New function «Discussions» in iTunes U gives each of our students the opportunity to study the material and thoughtful collaboration. iPad and iTunes U continue to provide students with the tools they need to master the material and demonstrate their knowledge.

He was echoed by Fraser Speirs, head of information technology in the Scottish School Cedars School of Excellence

iTunes U – is the most powerful resource to completely transform the whole process of education with the iPad. With the advent of free opportunities to create and organize their courses directly on the iPad, teachers can pay more attention to the involvement of students in the training material and with each other.

Download iTunes U can be from the App Store on The following link . Universal application and works on both iPad, and the iPhone.

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Urgent Room: iOS 7.1.2 and OS X 10.9.4 available for download Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:20:47 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Just a few minutes ago, Apple has released several software updates: iOS 7.1.2, OS X 10.9.4 and Safari 7.0.5. Let's take a closer look, what's new cooked apple company to its customers in these updates.

iOS 7.1.2

According to the official release notes, iOS 7.1.2 (build number 11D257) includes several bug fixes and improvements in the security system. The list of major changes Apple highlighted the following points:

  • Improved connectivity and stability iBeacon;
  • Corrected errors in the data to some third-party accessories, including barcode scanners;
  • Solved the problem associated with the class data protection attachments Mail.

Download iOS 7.1.2 users can chat on their mobile gadgets using the built-in mechanism for firmware "updates over the air» (Over the Air, OTA) or as direct links to servers Apple, which are presented below. Note that in the latter case you have to download IPSW file in gigabytes in size under and above:

  • Wi-Fi model of iPad mini with Retina display ( iPad4, 4 )
  • Cellular model of iPad mini with Retina display ( iPad4, 5 )
  • iPad mini with Retina display ( iPad4, 6 )

Apple TV owners to second and third generation became available firmware version 6.2 (build number 11D257c):

OS X 10.9.4 and Safari 7.0.5

But the Cupertino-based company has not stopped and almost immediately released OS X 10.9.4, which is recommended for all users Macvericks. In addition to improving interoperability, stability and security of the computers Apple Mac developers have presented in this update as follows:

  • Fixed an issue that prevented some automatic connecting Macs brand Wi-Fi;
  • Improved reliability exit apple computers from sleep;
  • Also, this update includes Safari 7.0.5.

Find OS X 10.9.4 can be a Mac App Store application on the appropriate tab or in The downloads section on the Apple Support site at the following links:

  • OS X 10.9.4 ( DMG, 283 MB)
  • OS X 10.9.4 Combo ( DMG, 958.2 MB)

In addition, users of previous versions of OS X became available security update Security Update 2014-003 for:

  • Mountain Lion ( DMG, 139.3 MB)
  • Lion ( DMG, 134 MB)
  • Lion Server ( DMG, 184.3 MB)

Successful renovation!

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