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Instagram announced Monday a new app called Layout for iOS (Android users can expect it in "the coming months"). Layout is a standalone app for making collages that can be posted to your Instagram feed, Facebook, or sent to other apps in iOS. It allows users to choose apps n the camera roll and then pick a layout pattern. The app auto-populates the photos into that layout, and the user can then swap photos out, rotate them, flip them, pinch to zoom, or drag them around. It includes a Faces tab that automatically detects photos with faces in them, and there's also a Photo Booth mode that allows you to take several photos in quick succession. Layout is a free app, and it's available now.
Hamza Sood posted a great video to Twitter (via 9to5Mac) showing how rearranging the apps on the Apple Watch Companion App works on the iPhone. While shot on the iPhone companion app, the process will work in a similar way on the Apple Watch itself. The Apple Watch will be available for preorder on April 10th and it ships on April 24th.
The Apple Watch companion app will also be used to manage how apps are positioned on the watch home screen pic.twitter.com/cy89HKUNld— Hamza Sood (@hamzasood) March 18, 2015
A previously undisclosed report from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission detailed some of the many ways that Google Inc. manipulated its search results to promote its own services at the expense of its rivals. The report was part of a "lengthy" investigation, yet no complaint or lawsuits will be filed against the company.
We have a deal today on the MacDojo 'Yosemite OS X Productivity' Course. It gives you access to more than 50 HD-quality video lessons, and they're designed to teach you how to be productive with OS X Yosemite. How to utilize multiple desktops, hidden settings, Mission Control, Notification Center, Hot Corners...if you want to learn more about these things, this course is for you. Through our deal it's just $19, 80 percent off retail. Check it out!
Apple released security patch notes for Security Update 2015-003 for Yosemite Thursday evening. The software update went live with little information on its contents, but Apple's security page now indicates the update patches two issues that could allow the bad guys to take over your Mac.
Check out this deal on the slim Rhino Shield Crash Guard for iPhone 6. According to the company, it weighs just 12 grams, is very thin, and survives a 12-foot drop test. It retails for $55, but you can get it for $44.99 through our deal.
Apple released iPhoto 9.6.1 Thursday, an update that preps the way for migrating to Apple's upcoming Photos app. The update also includes a couple of bug fixes.
Apple released two security updates Thursday for Yosemite—one for "early 2015 Mac," whatever that is—and one for the rest of Yosemite users. The patch notes for both updates say that are "recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X," but as of this writing we have no info on what it actually contains or fixes.
You only have a few more hours (as of this writing) to enter our MacBook Pro Giveaway. Registering means signing up for our deal emails, which are quite cool in and of themselves. But registration closes later tonight. There are more details on our deal page for the giveaway. Giddy up and good luck!
Apple released Safari 8.0.4, Safari 7.1.4, and Safari 6.2.4 Tuesday, releases that patch many memory issues, included memory corruption. The updates also address an issue that could allow malicious hackers to disguise a URL.