Apple Releases Earth Day Video Narrated By Tim Cook

1:49 PM, Apr. 21st, 2014 · · Product News

Apple and the Environment

Apple unveiled a new section of Apple.com on Monday about the environment just one day before Earth Day. On the front page of the new section is a video narrated by CEO Tim Cook about what Apple is doing to help make things better. In fact, "better" seems to be the theme of the video.

Microsoft Pilot Program Allows Developers to Respond to App Reviews

2:56 PM, Apr. 18th, 2014 · · Product News

Windows Phone

Our long nightmare is finally over. It took years, but at long last developers can reply to reviews in iTun...wait, what?

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How is Apple the last on this train? Both Google AND Microsoft managed to add this first, which sort of seems like adding insult to iOS developer injury.

Aftermarket CarPlay Systems Available Later This Year from Alpine

12:38 PM, Apr. 14th, 2014 · · Product News

CarPlay

Alpine is scheduled to ship an aftermarket car system that includes Apple's CarPlay integration. Plans are to release the system this fall for US$500-700, making CarPlay an option for those who aren't in the market for a new car.

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This is fantastic news. When Apple showed CarPlay off at the Geneva Motor Show in March, one of the first questions many people had was whether or not this would be an aftermarket feature or something only available to new cars. Now we know.

Reeder for Mac Back as Public Beta

1:30 PM, Apr. 11th, 2014 · · Product News

The popular Mac RSS reader app Reeder is back as a public beta after disappearing from Apple's Mac App Store when Google Reader met its untimely demise. Reeder 2 gives a taste of what's in store for the news reader app, including a redesigned interface, and integration with other services such as Twitter and Facebook.

Apple Adds Features, Fixes Bugs in iMovie with 10.0.3 Update

6:15 PM, Apr. 10th, 2014 · · Product News

iMovie 10

Apple released iMovie 10.0.3 Thursday, an update that includes several feature improvements, as well as a few bug fixes. The company improved event sorting, added fonts options for titles, made it easier to edit a transition, added cropping and rotating tools, and more.

Adobe Lightroom Comes to the iPad

9:02 AM, Apr. 8th, 2014 · · Product News

Adobe announced the immediate availability of Lightroom for the iPad on Monday as a companion app for Lightroom 5 on the Mac and Windows. Lightroom is Adobe's professional photography management and editing application.

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iPhoto on the iPad is nice, but it isn't the same as having a mobile version of Aperture. Right now, Adobe is doing more for professional photographers on the go than Apple. It's your move, Cupertino.

Hider 2 Hits the Mac App Store

11:56 AM, Apr. 2nd, 2014 · · Product News

MacPaw showed off Hider 2 for the Mac at Macworld/iWorld 2014 last week, and impressed The Mac Observer enough to win an Editors' Choice Award. Now it's available for download at Apple's Mac App Store.

Fantastical 2 for iPad: It’s Finally Here

8:55 AM, Apr. 2nd, 2014 · · Product News

Fantastical is one of our favorite calendar apps for the Mac and iPhone because of its great interface and natural language entry system, and now -- finally -- it's available for the iPad, too. Flexibits introduced Fantastical 2 for the iPad on Wednesday with a special third-off price for a limited time.