Adobe Lightroom is now on the Mac App Store


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The first major Adobe app to be available on the Mac App Store has finally arrived. Adobe Lightroom, one of the apps in its Creative Cloud suite, is now available for download. It was one of the applications Apple promised would be available through its platform when it introduced the newly redesigned Mac App Store, along with Office 365 and Live Studio from Snap Inc. Microsoft’s office application suite made its way to the store earlier this year, marking the first time Apple has offered a bundle of software on Mac’s application marketplace.

Source: Mac App Store

Germans can soon use their iPhones as virtual ID cards


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iOS 13’s newly expanded NFC support will be useful for more than just hopping on the subway. Germany is taking advantage of the upcoming software’s support for Apple-approved NFC identification documents to let residents scan their ID cards and use them both online and for check-ins at international airports. You’ll need to wait for both the release of iOS 13 (likely in September) and the German government’s AusweisApp2 to make everything work, but this might just save you the trouble of pulling out your wallet to prove who you are.

Via: Macerkopf (translated), 9to5Mac

Source: BMI (translated)

Germans can soon use their iPhones as virtual ID cards


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iOS 13’s newly expanded NFC support will be useful for more than just hopping on the subway. Germany is taking advantage of the upcoming software’s support for Apple-approved NFC identification documents to let residents scan their ID cards and use them both online and for check-ins at international airports. You’ll need to wait for both the release of iOS 13 (likely in September) and the German government’s AusweisApp2 to make everything work, but this might just save you the trouble of pulling out your wallet to prove who you are.

Via: Macerkopf (translated), 9to5Mac

Source: BMI (translated)

Apple’s new Logic Pro X is built for the Mac Pro


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Apple boasted that the redesigned Mac Pro could easily handle the most demanding audio editing tasks, and now the software is ready for it. The tech firm has updated its Logic Pro X music editing app to support the new workstation’s many cores, handling up to a whopping 56 processing threads. That lets the Mac Pro juggle up to 1,000 audio and software instrument tracks, or four times as many as the old computer. You won’t be hurting for power if you’re composing an elaborate orchestral piece for the latest Hollywood blockbuster.

Source: Apple Newsroom

Apple reportedly buys asthma-monitoring startup


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Apple has snapped up a company called Tueo Health, which was working on an app to help parents monitor asthma symptoms of their sleeping kids, according to CNBC. The startup’s CEO and chief operating officer switched their employer to Apple on LinkedIn late last year, which is when the deal seems to have closed. Apple declined to comment to Engadget on the report.

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Thanks to AR, the Statue of Liberty is more accessible than ever


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Rather than build the Statue of Liberty in such a way that its 200,000-lb copper shell stood upright on its own, Gustave Eiffel — the man behind the eponymous tower — designed it around a massive inner framework. You might have already known this, but it’s the kind of detail that doesn’t often spring to mind unless you’re 1) a French/American history buff or 2) someone who has already been inside the thing. Thankfully, to coincide with the opening of the official Statue of Liberty museum this week, there’s a new AR-focused iOS app to give visitors and the far-flung curious an up-close look at France’s majestic gift to the US.

Apple Aperture won’t run in macOS after Mojave


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You’ll need a backup plan if you’ve been hanging on to Aperture years after its retirement. Apple has warned that its pro photo editing tool won’t run in versions of macOS released after Mojave (that is, the upcoming 2019 release and beyond). If you want to access your Aperture libraries beyond that, you’ll have to migrate them to either Photos or Adobe’s Lightroom Classic. This isn’t a total shock when Apple hasn’t updated the software for five years (and hasn’t even offered downloads in four years), but it could prove a headache if you’ve been deeply attached to Aperture’s methods.

Via: MacRumors

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Google blocks TikTok downloads in India over pornography concerns


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Today, Google blocked TikTok downloads from its Google Play store in India, and Apple has been asked to do the same. The move comes after India’s federal government sent a letter to the companies requesting that they abide by a state court’s decision to ban the popular video app. India’s concern is that TikTok encourages pornography and makes child users vulnerable to sexual predators, Reuters reports.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: Reuters

Apple is testing a new web interface for Podcasts


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It seems that the Apple Podcasts web interface is getting a makeover. The previous design, which mirrored the iTunes web interface binned in 2017, was a simple list of episodes, titles and descriptions — no show notes or episode details. The new refresh is cleaner, with full descriptions and dedicated pages for each podcast episode.

Via: 9to5Mac

The next macOS may include separate Music and Podcasts apps


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Never mind attempts to slim down iTunes — on the Mac, Apple might shove it to the side. In the wake of some sleuthing by coder Steve Troughton-Smith, 9to5Mac claims that the next version of macOS will include separate Music and Podcasts apps on top of the redesigned TV app. They would run using Marzipan (the technology that enables porting iOS apps to the Mac), and are likely to be functionally similar to whatever you see in this year’s version of iOS.

Source: 9to5Mac

Apple Clips adds support for custom soundtracks


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It’s been a while since there was a big upgrade to Apple Clips, but it might be worth the wait if you’re a budding mobile auteur. An update to the iOS app has introduced support for custom soundtracks — if you’re tired of the royalty-free tunes, you can bring in your own track to set the mood. You might also like this release if you’re big on nostalgia, since there’s plenty of retro features o go around.

Source: App Store

Apple Music code hints at Chromecast support


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Whether or not Apple Music is coming to Google Home, there are signs you might get to use it with some Google-powered devices. The 9to5Google team has found multiple lines of code in Apple Music’s Android app that reference Chromecast support, including some added through recent updates. While there’s no guarantee this would be implemented any time soon, it suggests you could soon pipe Apple’s latest Drake exclusive to a compatible Chromecast dongle, speaker, smart display or TV.

Source: 9to5Google

Apple video service may charge $10 each for HBO, Showtime and Starz


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Apple’s video service event is just hours away, but there are still a few rumors making the rounds — including, apparently, pricing. Wall Street Journal contacts claim Apple has been negotiating to offer subscriptions to channels “such as” HBO, Showtime and Starz for $10 each through its new TV app, which would also include Apple’s original programming. In that light, it would be closer to Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, where the focus is on convenient access to third party services.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Apple is cracking down on apps that secretly record your screen


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A recent report by TechCrunch and The App Analyst revealed that some major companies use an analytics tool that secretly record every swipe and tap you make within their applications. Now, Apple has started telling developers to remove that screen-recording code if they don’t want their apps yanked from the App Store. See, most of the applications that use the tool don’t ask for permission to record your activities and your screen. That goes against the tech giant’s App Store Review Guidelines, which (as a spokesperson explained to TechCrunch) “require that apps request explicit user consent and provide a clear visual indication when recording, logging, or otherwise making a record of user activity.”

Source: TechCrunch

Apple bans Facebook from running internal iOS apps following data misuse


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Apple isn’t taking chances just because Facebook is shutting down the iOS version of its controversial research app. The company told Recode in a statement that it was revoking the enterprise certificates Facebook had been using to distribute the software outside of the App Store. The social network’s use of business certificates to distribute apps to non-employees was a “clear breach” of its agreement with Apple, a spokesperson said. However, while the pay-for-user-data app was the main offender, the decision appears to have had broader consequences for Facebook — numerous internal tools might not work.

Source: Recode

Tumblr is back on the App Store ahead of ‘adult content’ ban


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Tumblr is back in the App Store. Apple pulled the app from iTunes in November, and it was reportedly due to the presence child exploitation photos on the platform. Tumblr said it found those photos during a routine check and that they slipped through its filters, because they haven’t been added to the database of known child sexual abuse material yet. Since then, the website has been flagging adult content on the platform more aggressively, until it finally announced that it will no longer allow any adult content starting on December 17th.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: iTunes, Tumblr

L’Oreal’s wearable sensor tracks UV, pollen and pollution


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L’Oreal isn’t a brand you’d usually associate with medical technology, but over the past few years it’s been making major inroads in skin protection innovation. There was My UV Patch, designed to inform wearers how their skin was being affected by the sun, and then UV Sense, a thumbnail-sized smart device that helped monitor sun exposure. Now, it’s launching a battery-free wearable electronic that tracks your exposure to UV, pollution, pollen and humidity.

The iOS 12 Shortcuts App Part 3: Creating and Using Simple Shortcuts


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Welcome back to our series on the iOS 12 Shortcuts app! In our first article, we introduced you to the Shortcuts app with a description of the purpose of the app, a guide to the user interface, and the general settings that are available for each shortcut created. The second installment was primarily focused on actions, the building blocks of more complex shortcuts. Today we’ll put this introductory information to good use by creating a simple shortcut to show you how the process works.

The Rocket Yard Archive Shortcut

The Rocket Yard blog can provide you with a lot of knowledge, and sometimes you may remember that we wrote about a topic but you can’t find the article. In our first example, we’ll create a shortcut that will save a Rocket Yard article (or any other web page for that matter) to a PDF, then ask you where you wish to store it

(The "Create Shortcut" button in the Shortcuts library)
(A blank shortcut)
(Shortcuts actions that deal with PDF files)
(Our Archive Rocket Yard shortcut)
(Settings on the shortcut prior to tapping Done to save it)
(Tap Shortcuts on the share sheet to select the shortcut to run)
(To run the Rocket Yard Archive shortcut, tap the button for it)
(Selecting the folder on iCloud Drive to save the web page PDF into)

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The iOS 12 Shortcuts App Part 2: Apple and Third-Party Actions


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This is the second in a short series of articles about the Shortcuts app, a powerful automation tool built into iOS 12 (See how to automate tasks on Mac here).

In our first article, we described how to download and install Shortcuts from the App Store, then introduced readers to the user interface of Shortcuts. In today’s post, we’ll show you how to find actions, the building blocks that are used in Shortcuts to automate user processes.

More About Actions
When we describe actions as building blocks, that’s a pretty apt analogy. Each action is created by a developer to perform a certain activity. For example, Apple’s developers built a “Flip Image” action into iOS 12 so that a photo passed to the action can be reversed either horizontally or vertically (see screenshot below). That action takes a photo as input, reverses the image, and delivers the reversed image as output.

The iOS 12 Shortcuts App Part 1: An Introduction …


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Recently we showed you how the new Siri Shortcuts can add Siri voice commands to a variety of apps that were previously “left out” of Apple’s intelligent assistant. Today we’re taking iOS automation a step further with an introductory look at the new Shortcuts app. Be sure to keep your browser pointed to the Rocket Yard for additional installments in this series that will dive deeper into the workings of this surprisingly powerful automation tool.

A few years ago, a third-party developer made an app called Workflow that allowed iOS users to create their own automated mashups of various apps. For example, you could tap a Workflow app and have the iPhone grab text from a web page and then paste it into a Notes document. Workflow brought a number of programming tools into the mix as well, allowing for entry of data by the user, analyzing conditionals, and so

(The Shortcuts Library, showing individual shortcuts that have been created)
(The individual actions that make up a shortcut)
(The Settings page for a shortcut)

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