Apple Releases iTunes 12.1 With New Widget for Notification Center

Apple has released iTunes 12.1 with a new widget for Notification Center in OS X Yosemite.

What’s New In This Version:
This update introduces a new iTunes widget for Notification Center in OS X Yosemite. See what’s playing, skip ahead, and even buy songs while listening to iTunes Radio – right from Notification Center. This update also improves performance when syncing with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

To install the update, navigate to the Updates tab of the Mac App Store. To install the widget, press the Notification Center button at the top right of your screen. Click the Edit button at the bottom of the Notification Center panel, then select the new iTunes widget from the list of available items on the right. Click Done to finalize your selections.

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ProCam 2 is Apple’s Free App of the Week

Apple has selected ProCam 2, a camera and photo/video editor, as its free app of the week.

Here’s a look at the app’s features…

– Single Shot with Intelligent HDR feature
– Night Mode with timer option
– Anti-Shake with adjustable sensitivity (High / Medium / Low)
– Burst Mode with adjustable image quality (Full / VGA) and shot counter
– Self-Timer
– Interval
– Sound Snap
– Face Detection with auto shooting option
– Big Button (Screen Shutter)
– Level Mode – iPhone 4S and later only
– Video with zoom, pause, ability to take stills, and audio meter
– 4K Ultra HD video – 3264×1836 upscaled to 3840×2160 – in-app purchase – iPhone 5S and later only
– Level Video – iPhone 4S and later only
– Slow motion video with 4 playback speed options – iPhone 5 and later only
– Time Lapse with the ability to add an audio track from iTunes music library

– Manual focus, exposure compensation, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance controls – iOS 8 and later only
– Full focus and exposure control (touch focus / touch exposure)
– Focus, exposure and white balance (WB) lock
– 17 live lenses: Vignette / White Vignette / Fisheye / Tilt Shift / Macro / Tiny Planet / Wormhole / Split / Kaleidoscope I, II, III, IV, V / Ripple / Striped / Hatched / Halftone – iPhone 4S and later only
– 50 expertly crafted live filters – iPhone 4S and later only
– Adjustable image resolution (Full / High / Medium / Low)
– Adjustable aspect ratio (4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1)
– Adjustable JPEG compression quality (100% / 90% / 80%)
– Lossless TIFF format – iPhone 4S and later only
– Manual shutter speed/exposure time control (1/8 sec / 1/4 sec / 1/2 sec / 1 sec)
– Video pause/resume functionality
– Adjustable video resolution (Full HD: 1080p / HD:720p / VGA: 640×480 / Low:480×360)
– Adjustable video frame rate (30 fps / 24 fps / 15 fps / 5 fps)
– User defined video frame rate (1-30 fps)
– Still photo capture during video recording
– Realtime video stabilization (can be turned ON/OFF)
– Video disk space counter
– Time lapse video resolution (Full HD: 1080p / HD:720p / VGA: 640×480 / Low:480×360)
– True slow motion video mode with 4 playback speeds (Max fps / 30 fps / 24 fps / 15 fps)
– 6x digital zoom
– Realtime 6x digital video zoom
– Video audio meter (Avg. / Peak signal levels)
– Geo location tagging
– Alignment grids (Thirds / Trisec / Golden / Horizon)
– Front / Back camera support
– Photo date stamp
– Photo time stamp
– Photo location stamp
– Photo Copyright stamp
– Video / time lapse date stamp
– Video / time lapse location stamp
– Video / time lapse Copyright stamp
– Time lapse audio track from iTunes music library
– Flash settings (Auto / On / Off / Torch)
– Front camera flash
– Quick launch notification
– snappgrip support

– Nondestructive editing – all edits, including cropping, are completely amendable / reversible
– 50 expertly crafted
– 17 lenses: Vignette / White Vignette / Fisheye / Tilt Shift / Macro / Tiny Planet / Wormhole / Split / Kaleidoscope I, II, III, IV, V / Ripple / Striped / Hatched / Halftone
– 19 comprehensive adjustment tools
– Trimming, cropping, rotating, mirroring, straightening, and perspective correction
– Extremely accurate timeline with the ability to review videos frame by frame
– Ability to add background music
– Volume control for both original recording and background music
– Ability to extract still frames out of videos
– High resolution video support up to 4K (3840×2160)
– iPhone 4S and later only

You can download ProCam 2 from the App Store for free.

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Apple Takes iTunes Connect Offline After Issue That Logged Developers Into Random Accounts

Apple has taken iTunes Connect offline following an issue that resulted in developers being logged into random accounts.

Numerous developers have posted screenshots showing access to other users accounts on Twitter. One user appears to have been logged into BlackBerry’s official account.

To find out when the issue is resolved, developers can watch Apple’s System Status page.

[via TechCrunch]

Facebook Announces New ‘Place Tips’ Feature for iPhone [Video]

Facebook is launching a new feature called ‘Place Tips’ that will show users fun, useful and relevant info about the place you’re at.

Starting today on Facebook for iPhone, place tips may show up at the top of your News Feed when you’re out and about.

When you tap on place tips, you’ll see a series of cards with info about the place you’re at. If you choose to view place tips, you’ll find things like posts and photos your friends have shared with you about that place.

You can also see information about the place, including posts from its Page, popular menu items and upcoming events.

If you disable place tips from your settings or hide tips about specific places.

You can download Facebook from the App Store for free. Take a look at the video below for more details…

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Apple Tied Samsung to Become World’s Largest Smartphone Vendor in Q4 2014 [Report]

Strategy Analytics is reporting that Apple has tied Samsung to become the world’s largest smartphone vendor.

Linda Sui, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global smartphone shipments grew 31 percent annually from 290.2 million units in Q4 2013 to a record 380.1 million in Q4 2014. An impressive 1.3 billion smartphones were shipped worldwide in 2014, with very strong growth seen last year in emerging markets such as China, India and Africa.”

Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “Apple shipped 74.5 million smartphones worldwide and captured a record 20 percent marketshare in Q4 2014, increasing from 18 percent a year earlier. Apple’s new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models are proving wildly popular in China, United States and Europe. Apple tied with Samsung to become the world’s largest smartphone vendor for the first time since Q4 2011. Samsung shipped 74.5 million smartphones worldwide and captured 20 percent marketshare in Q4 2013, dipping from 30 percent in Q4 2013. Samsung continues to face intense competition from Apple at the higher-end of the smartphone market, from Huawei in the middle-tiers, and from Xiaomi and others at the entry-level. Samsung may soon have to consider taking over rivals, such as Blackberry, in order to revitalize growth this year. Samsung remained the number one smartphone player globally on a full-year basis in 2014.”

Check out the chart below for more details. You also be interested in Apple’s reported earnings for the quarter which can be found here.

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SoundCloud Releases Redesigned iPad App

SoundCloud has released a redesigned iPad app with a simplified, more intuitive, and more visual experience.

SoundCloud lets you hear more music & audio. Find new and trending music. Collect tracks and playlists. Follow friends and artists. Discover podcasts, comedy and news. Wherever you are. Whatever you’re doing. The SoundCloud app lets you hear more.

– Explore Trending Music and Trending Audio feeds
– Search directly for tracks, artists and other users
– Create & listen to playlists
– Follow friends and artists to hear what they share
– Browse tracks by genre
– Listen to your stream wherever you are using WiFi or data
– Play, pause and skip tracks from the lockscreen
– Login or register with Facebook and Google+
– Anonymous listening: download the app and play popular songs or audio without creating an account

What’s New In This Version:
The beautifully redesigned SoundCloud iPad app gives you a simplified, more intuitive and more visual experience. Discover and hear fresh/new music & audio, and log in to build your Collection, create playlists, and be the first to share your favorite tracks & artists with friends and followers.

Please upload any locally stored sounds before upgrading your iPad app, as audio recording has been removed from this version. For future recording, we recommend downloading one of the many apps that allow you to record and post directly to SoundCloud. For your activity feed, track info and user comments, please go to

And for both iPhone & iPad users we made some performance improvements which give you a smoother scrolling experience!

You can download SoundCloud from the App Store for free.

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Pandora Radio App Gets a Redesign Featuring New Mini-Player, Revamped Feeds, More

The Pandora Radio app has been redesigned bringing a new Mini-Player, revamped Notification & Activity Feeds, a new Personalization icon, and more.

Great music discovery is effortless and free with Pandora. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, genres or composers and we will do the rest. It’s easy to create personalized stations that play only music you’ll love.

● Tap into an entire world of music, including almost a century of popular recordings – new and old, well known and obscure. Create up to 100 personalized radio stations with your free account.

● Not sure where to start? Create a free account to explore hundreds of music and comedy genre stations.

● Already a Pandora listener? Even easier. Just log in and enjoy the same free radio service. Your Pandora is the same across the web, on your TV and in your car—access your free personalized radio wherever you want to hear great music. Enjoy all your existing music and comedy stations – and create new ones right from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

If you want the music and nothing but the music, you can also subscribe to Pandora One:
• No Ads everywhere you listen to Pandora

Plus the following features on the web:
• Higher Quality Audio
• Desktop Application
• Custom Skins
• Fewer Interruptions

What’s New In This Version:
Check out our new design – now it’s easier than ever to shape your station.
• With the new Personalization Icon, the Thumb History for your favorite stations is at your fingertips.
• Accidentally thumbed a song up or down – now you can un-thumb simply by re-tapping the Thumb Icon.
• We’ve included a new Mini-Player so you can control your music while you browse your track history.
• Stay in the loop when new music is added to your favorite stations and much more with our redesigned Notification & Activity Feed.

You can download Pandora Radio from the App Store for free.

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