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Apple Releases OS X 10.9.4 and iOS 7.1.2 Updates


OS X Mavericks
Apple has today released significant updates for both the Mavericks operating system for the Mac, and iOS for Apple mobile devices in the form of OS X 10.9.4 and iOS 7.1.2. The update for OS X, which comes around six weeks of the release of 10.9.3 contains a number of bug fixes and stability improvements. Apple has incorporated fixes for Macs that were having trouble connecting to known Wi-Fi networks, and also improves the reliability of Wake from Sleep. In addition, the update also contains a new version of Safari in the form of Safari 7.0.5.

The update, which is recommended for all Mavericks users is available through the Mac App Store software update mechanism or can be downloaded directly from the Apple website. It weighs in at around 280MB and is available now.
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iPhone 6 To Have Flush Curved Screen


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A new report is suggesting that while some preliminary mockups and pictures of the iPhone 6 have been close to the final design, there are still some details that have not made it to the mock-ups and that is a curved screen. According to Nikkei (via GforGames), the display for the iPhone 6 will actually be slightly curved that will transition perfectly into the aluminum rear panel i.e. with a seamless connection. This is in contrast to the 45 degree cut edge of the iPhone 5 and 5S.
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How To Migrate Photos From Aperture To Lightroom


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Following on from the revelation that Apple would be discontinuing development on their professional photo management software, Aperture, many users will be looking to turn to the major alternative Lightroom. Adobe’s Lightroom, which is a pricier offering than Aperture, offers much of the same library management and editing functionality of Aperture and can be used to manage photo workflow for both professionals and enthusiasts alike.
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New iPod Touch Getting Released Next Week (Updated)


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A new report is suggesting that Apple will be releasing a new version of the iPod touch next week that would have a lower storage capacity than the current models, but would also have a lower price. The report comes from MacRumors, who have heard from sources that the new iPod touch (fifth generation) would have 16GB storage, a rear camera and would be priced at $199. This is lower than the $299 32GB iPod touch, or the $229 16GB iPod touch with no rear camera.
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Rumor: iPhone 6 Will Be Released On Friday, September 19 (With A Price Bump)


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The next generation iPhone 6 will apparently be launching on Friday, September 19, according to a new report from Chinese site Tencent (via MacRumors). According to the report, the new device will be released in both 32 Gb and 64GB models and follows up on previous rumors that also suggest a similar date for the iPhone 6 launch date. Interestingly, there is no news on a 16GB model although it is not clear if Apple is planning to discontinue this and make the 32GB model the lowest storage capacity available.
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4.7 Inch And 5.5 Inch iPhones Apparently Both Launching In September


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A new report is suggesting that Apple will be launching both a 4.7 inch and a 5.5 inch version of the iPhone 6 in September of this year. The report comes from Bloomberg who say that both devices will enter production in July, and that the larger version, which has initially been rumored to be launching later than the 4.7 inch version, could actually be made available in September.
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Microsoft OneDrive Throws Down On Storage


Microsoft OneDrive
Microsoft has today made some significant improvements to the pricing of services offered by its OneDrive cloud service, by giving users who subscribe to Office 365 1TB of storage, dependent upon subscription plan. For users who have a personal subscription, the 1TB of storage comes alongside the subscription to Office applications, and for those with household subscriptions, there is 1TB of storage available for each user.

The increase represents a significant boost to the 20GB of storage that was initially offered. While also offering the paid subscription, Microsoft also offers 15GB free of charge for those who simply want to use the OneDrive service. A storage upgrade can be obtained for $1.99 for 100GB, and $3.99 for 200GB.
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Major iWatch Details Appear


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Two new reports have appeared in the past 24 hours which give some more information on the long-rumored iWatch that Apple is expected to release this year. The reports, sourced from people familiar with the device, come from Reuters and the WSJ, both suggest that the iWatch will be be launching in the Fall, with Reuters suggesting that October will be the launch time. Apparently, the device will have a rectangular 2.5 inch screen when measured diagonally, and will have an arched shape. One of the more interesting points is that it will have wireless enabled charging.

The Reuters report also suggests that the iWatch will require a paired iPhone for full functionality and tasks like making a phone call and messaging. However, the WSJ goes on to offer further detail by saying that the iWatch will have in excess of 10 individual sensors to monitor health indicators, presumably also related to fitness. In addition, the iWatch is also expected to come in multiple sizes, in similarity to devices made by companies such as Fitbit.
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Apple Launches New Lower Cost iMac


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Apple has today released a new lower cost iMac with 21.5 inch screen with a price starting at $1099. Hours after the Apple online store went down for updates, the store is now back open with the new iMac available. In addition to the new lower price, the new base iMac model comes with a 1.4GHz dual core Intel i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz) with 8GB RAM, a 500GB hard drive and Intel HD 5000 graphics. The new model is also available in other countries such as the UK, where it is priced at £899.
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Apple Releases iOS 8 And OS X Yosemite Beta 2


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Apple has today released the second beta versions of both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite for testing. The beta software, available only to registered members of the Apple Developer program, represents the next step towards the public release of the software, and is available now through the software update mechanisms of both iOS 8 beta 1 and on the Mac App Store.

The new Developer Previews come just over two weeks after the new operating systems were unveiled at the Worldwide Developer Conference and were made available to Developers. Both betas contain a number of changes to the user interface of several apps as well as stability improvements.
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