Disney and Pixar characters come to Apple's Clips app Permanent Article Link- Disney and Pixar characters come to Apple's Clips app

Apple's Clips app aims make sharable video clips easy to make. It can be styled in many ways, and Apple announced it's brining new Disney graphics. The new overlays and posters feature Disney and Pixar characters.

Users can now add classic Disney and Pixar characters to their videos. Clips 1.1 features animated overlays of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck. The app also includes characters from Pixar's Toy Story and Inside Out, so users can choose to star with Woody or Jessie, or show their emotions with Joy, Fear and others. To complement the collection of characters, new Disney-designed posters can be added to videos as playful title cards to help tell a story.

The update also offers a number of other improvements and feature enhancements.

Steve Jobs opera opens this weekend Permanent Article Link- Steve Jobs opera opens this weekend

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs is an opera about Steve Jobs. The show opens this weekend in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Ringer:

On Saturday in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the 40-year-old composer will premiere The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, an opera that tells the story of the man who revolutionized computing. The much-hyped production has been two years in the making, and it features an energetic libretto by Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Campbell. After its stint in New Mexico, it'll head to San Francisco and Seattle.

This seems a little out there. Nose-bleed seats start at $43 and go up to over $300 for stage level. Seats are still available for opening night.

Panic releases Transmit 5 Permanent Article Link- Panic releases Transmit 5

Transmit is a great FTP client and one of the apps I've been using for many years. Panic has release a major new version with 5.0.

Seven years after the first release of Transmit 4, our well-loved and widely-used macOS file transfer app, we sat down with an incredibly exhaustive list of ideas, and -- this'll sound like I'm exaggerating but I'm mostly sure I'm not -- we did it all.

With one massive update we've brought everyone's favorite file-transferring truck into the future with more speed, more servers, more features, more fixes, a better UI, and even Panic Sync. Everything from the core file transfer engine to the "Get Info" experience was rethought, overhauled, and improved.

Transmit 5 is available this week for $35. After this week, it will sell for $45. There is no upgrades available, so, this is a price new and existing users.

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1Password for iOS eases one-time usage Permanent Article Link- 1Password for iOS eases one-time usage

1Password for iOS was updated to version 6.8 and includes a few interesting features:

We can't think of anything better to beat the heat than a nice cold ice-cream in the sunshine ... with extra sprinkles, of course. We'd like to think of your one-time passwords as the sprinkles that complete your Login items. Now 1Password automatically copies those one-time passwords when you fill an item with the 1Password Extension, saving you a step and a giving you more time to enjoy that ice cream.

Also new is support for 1Password.com vaults and date stamps for login modifications. For the modifications, this is a nice feature on macOS that lists when a password was created as last modified. This is pretty helpful when trying to figure out a current password if you happen to have multiple saved passwords. It's also helpful for troubleshooting password issues.

Report: How Apple vs. Samsung Became a Smartphone Beauty Contest Permanent Article Link- Report: How Apple vs. Samsung Became a Smartphone Beauty Contest

The Wall Street Journal has a piece comparing Apple and Samsung's design trends.

Some design experts wonder if the Galaxy S8's visual leap says more about Apple and its chief executive, Tim Cook, whose operational skills contrast with the visionary talents of his predecessor, Steve Jobs. "It's not so much that Samsung has gotten better, but Apple has fundamentally changed," said Hugh Dubberly, a former Apple creative director and former member of Samsung's global design advisory board. "The pipeline that Steve [Jobs] started is over."

This is an easy and popular narrative, especially given the iPhone physical appearance is near the end its third year. What might be missed though is that Jobs may have not been as engaged leading up to his resignation. Cook like has been in his role for multiple major cycles. On the flip side, major product cycles span years, so it could be argued Cook is now fully owning the current cycle for its products.

Either way, beyond physical appearances, there are platform considerations. Each company represents different platforms, Apple with its iOS and Samsung Android.

Apple previews new upcoming emojis Permanent Article Link- Apple previews new upcoming emojis

For World Emoji Day, which is a thing, Apple is highlighting a batch of new emojis that it is planning to include with future operating systems. The new emojis appear to be coming either all or in part to iOS, macOS, and watchOS.

With thousands of emoji available on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac, there are many ways to add personality to every message. New emoji include Woman with Headscarf, Bearded Person and Breastfeeding, and food items such as Sandwich and Coconut. More animals and mythical creatures like T-Rex, Zebra, Zombie and Elf are a fun way to describe situations and new Star-Struck and Exploding Head smiley faces make any message more fun.

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Apple's back-to-school promo now available Permanent Article Link- Apple's back-to-school promo now available

Those looking to purchase a new Macs or an iPad Pro for school can get free Beats headphones. For years, Apple has offered some kind of promotion of either product or store credits to for back-to-school seasons. Like recent years, Apple is offering Beats headphones. The promotion is on top of existing pricing discounts for education purchases.

With a qualifying purchase, Apple is offering its current line of Beats including Solo3 Wireless, PowerBeats3, or BeatsX

The promotion is available for all qualified education customers, which includes college students and their parents, in addition to educators for all grade levels. The promotion runs July 12 through September 25, 2017.

Report: Software issues affecting rumored next iPhone's features Permanent Article Link- Report: Software issues affecting rumored next iPhone's features

Fast Company is reporting that Apple has been struggling with software problems on its upcoming new iPhone. Specifically, the issues are around rumored wireless or inductive power charging and a rumored 3D sensor. The report describes the situation in June as a "panic" as the company races to prep the next iPhone upgrade cycle.

If the company can't get the technology to work smoothly in time, my source said, it might ship the first phones with inoperable wireless charging hardware, then enable the feature later on.

Another software feature relates to a 3D sensor that may be used to identify owners.

Worst case, however, seems to be that if features are not ready for primetime, they could simply be enabled at a later date. That wouldn't be unprecedented as Apple has activated features for shipping hardware in the past. Most recently the ability to take depth prostrate features with the iPhone 7 Plus and also wireless features that require mobile carriers to support.

Apple offers extended coverage for 1G Apple Watch back covers Permanent Article Link- Apple offers extended coverage for 1G Apple Watch back covers


Apple has determined that under certain conditions on some Apple Watch (1st generation) devices the back cover may separate from the watch case. Apple will service eligible devices free of charge. Apple will authorize coverage for three (3) years from the date of purchase.

The extended coverage affects original Apple Watch purchases until at least April 2018. MacRumors said this policy has been in effect since last year, however, support for covered repairs may be spotty. If anyone paid for a past repair to a first generation Apple Watch back or are asked to pay, they should inquire about this coverage policy.

Jawbone customers struggle to find support Permanent Article Link- Jawbone customers struggle to find support

Jawbone is shutting down operations and liquidating assets. The company claims to have a plan in place to deliver on its service obligations, but apparently is struggling to do so for the past six months or so.

USA Today:

Visitors to its website see a company that looks like all is well, and is promoting products--except that there are no links to buy them. Jawbone's Amazon, Facebook and Twitter pages appear as though the company still has its doors open.

Yet a company headquarters phone number contact directs tech support callers to another number that has apparently been disconnected. Customers complain in online review forums of leaving many messages in e-mail and phone form that haven't been answered.

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