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Retina Display Adobe Photoshop Now Available

A rather significant update for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for OS X has been released today in the form of a Retina Display update for the flagship photo editing and image software. The update to Photoshop and Illustrator CS6 enables a HiDPI mode, which means that all icons are now in Retina Display resolution for both the 13 inch and 15 inch Retina Display MacBook Pro. The update itself weighs in at around only 128MB and can be downloaded free from Adobe.

One word of caution however, is that obviously, if you are using a non-Retina Display external monitor (like a Thunderbolt display), as many users do when working with Photoshop, the update won’t make any difference to the resolution that you’ll see on that display. It is only noticeable on the display of the MacBook Pro itself, so you’ll have to wait until Apple releases a Retina-compatible Thunderbolt display.
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Apple Releases Twelve Days Of Christmas App For 2012

Apple has today released their popular ’12 Days of Christmas’ app for the 2012 holiday season, bringing with it a whole host of holiday free-app goodness. The app, looking exactly as it did last year, gives users the opportunity to claim a selection of songs, music videos, apps, books and TV episodes for free. As noted in the terms of the app, any free downloads will only be available for 24 hours.

Sadly for US users, the app is only available to those with an iTunes account in either Canada or Europe. If you have purchased (free!) the app before then it’s just a case of re-downloading it and the app will activate on December 26 and will offer free gifts right the way through to January 6, 2013.
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Apple Releases Third iOS 6.1 Beta To Developers

Apple has today seeded the latest version of the next substantial update to iOS 6 to registered members of the iOS developer program. The company today released the third beta of iOS 6.1 for Developer testing (via MacRumors), and it is available for download now (as long as you are a paid up Apple Developer). This latest update brings iOS 6.1 closer to release (for comparison’s sake, the original iOS 6 software went through four Developer betas).
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Apple Releases iTunes ’11 With Some Big New Features

Apple has today released the latest iteration of its media and mobile device management software, iTunes ’11. The new software is available free of charge either through Software Update or by direct download and brings with it a substantial number of new features and changes. One major change is a complete redesign of the iTunes Store, which is supposed to make searching for apps and media much easier.

The user interface has also received a significant makeover, with edge to edge design and a more minimal, clean look. This also incorporates a new miniplayer which includes a new search function and album art. It’s pretty funky. iTunes ’11 as a whole incorporates all of these changes with a view to making searching for media and apps a lot easier, and at first look, it certainly seems to offer an improvement.
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The Apple Store Goes All Festive

Apple has today updated the online Apple Store with a rather festive theme, launching their holiday gift guide. The company is labeling the iPad mini as ‘The Year’s Biggest Gift. Only Smaller’. They have also highlighted the iPod touch and the MacBook Air as excellent gifts, as well as providing a gift guide, noting that everything that is contained within the gift guide will be shipped free of charge.
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Clear App For Mac Is Released (For Busy, Wealthy People)

A new version of the popular, gesture-driven list app for iOS devices, Clear, was released for OS X devices today by developers RealMac Software. The app is priced at an introductory price of $6.99 for today only, but then rising to an eventual price of $14.99. Clear for Mac looks, unsurprisingly, a lot like Clear for iPhone, except that it opened in a small window rather than in a full screen mode.

The crux of the app is that as long as you have a trackpad, you’ll be fine. The user interface works like the iOS version with two finger swiping controlling most of the action. You can use a mouse if you want but it kind of defeats the entire reasoning behind the user interface design. The app will sync over iCloud with your iOS devices so your lists will always be up to date.
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Angry Birds Star Wars; Definitely Not The Last Angry Birds You’ll Ever Buy

The developers of the incredibly popular Angry Birds franchise, Rovio, have released the latest iteration of Angry Birds on the iOS and Mac App Stores in the form of Angry Birds Star Wars. The new app incorporates a whole bunch of new features, as well as the Star Wars tie in to provide an pretty cool new experience for Angry Birds fans. At the outset, there’s 80 levels to play through, with more to come in the future.

So, how does it play? Well, exactly like you’d expect it to – like a Star Wars themed version of Angry Birds. It’s actually pretty cool and familiar in a weird way. There’s nothing amazingly new about it, but as someone who has purchased Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds Space, Angry Birds Rio and now Angry Birds Star Wars, it provides more than enough entertainment for the price ($0.99 for iPhone/iPod, $2.99 for iPad, $4.99 for Mac).
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Rumor: Microsoft Office Arriving On iOS Devices Early 2013

A new report, accompanied by screenshots, is suggesting that Microsoft will finally be releasing an Office suite of apps on iOS devices early next year. The report from The Verge says that Microsoft has been working on Office for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and that the new app will be launched completely free of charge, allowing users to read Microsoft Office documents on their iOS devices. That means that any file that was created on a Mac or PC using either Powerpoint, Word or Excel will now be viewable using the Office apps on an iOS device. Editing those documents is actually a different story.

Microsoft will enable editing of Office files as long as users purchase a subscription for Office 365, which can be done via an in-app purchase mechanism (we’re assuming that Apple will take a 30% cut for those in-app purchases). This will apparently allow basic editing but there will be no advance document creation tools, even for iPad users. The screenshot above gives an idea of what the apps will look like.
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Apple Unleashes iOS 6.0.1

Apple has today released an update to iOS 6 in the form of iOS 6.0.1, bringing with it a significant number of bug fixes and improvements to the latest version of their mobile operating system. The update is available now through software update, but in a little break from tradition, on the iPhone 5, the process is done through an iOS updater app.

The reason is that one of the bugs that the update fixes is that the iPhone 5 has trouble installing software updates over the air. Running the software update process in Settings>General >Software Update will download the app which will then install the update on your iOS device. It is a very straightforward process, and you can see the full list of bug fixes below.
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VMware Fusion 5 For OS X With Windows 8 Optimization Available Now

The company behind the popular Windows virtualization software for Mac, VMware, today announced that the latest version of their software VMware Fusion 5 is being made available to the public. Specifically designed to support the latest operating systems of Windows 8 and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Fusion 5 brings with it over 70 new features. The new software contains full support for Windows 8 Standard, Pro and Enterprise editions, so that ‘Metro’, the new Windows environment, can be configured on the Mac.

In addition, the new Fusion 5 package is also compatible with AirPlay mirroring to allow streaming of both Mac and Windows applications to an HDTV. Notification Center in Mountain Lion is also fully supported. The new software is apparently 40% faster than previous editions and includes new graphics driver support.
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