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Twitter removes its official Mac app from the App Store

Twitter just killed off its official Mac app, ends support in a month.

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Like the Twitter app on your macOS? Well, today’s news isn’t a good one for you, if your answer is yes. Twitter has pulled off the official Twitter for Mac app from the Mac App Store today.

In a tweet pushed from Twitter Support, the micro-blogging site announced that “starting today the Twitter for Mac app will no longer be available for download.” What appears to be the reason for the sudden demise of the Twitter for Mac app is the company’s efforts to provide a great Twitter experience that’s consistent across platforms. Simply put, use Twitter in your browser!

While this is for sure to make many Twitter users feel sad as the macOS client offered way better features over the browser version of Twitter, the move also means that we will be seeing improvements in the web version of the platform. Twitter for Mac will continue to have support for 30 more days, and after that, you won’t be able to use it at all.

“For the full Twitter experience on Mac, visit Twitter on web,” says Twitter.

Alternatives like Tweetbot and Tweeterific from third-party developers are a better option rather than using Twitter on the web. It comes at a cost though, unlike the official Twitter for Mac app.

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Apple releases watchOS 5 with Podcasts, Walkie-Talkie, and much more

Sorry, the original Apple Watch!

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Apple has released watchOS 5 for Apple Watch today. The software update brings a lot of new features and improvements to the Apple-designed wearable, including Activity Competitions, Advanced Running Features, and Walkie-Talkie.

watchOS 5 brings Apple Podcasts to the Watch for the first time. Siri on Apple Watch is now state-of-the-art smart, thanks to Machine Learning leveraged by the Sir watch face. Plus, strike off the “Hey Siri” command — you can now just raise your wrist to talk to Siri. And she will listen.

watchOS 5 Supported Devices

  • Apple Watch Series 1
  • Apple Watch Series 2
  • Apple Watch Series 3
  • Apple Watch Series 4

watchOS 5 Changelog

Activity

  • Challenge any of your Activity sharing friends to a one-on-one, seven-day competition
  • Earn points by filling your Activity rings, one point for every percent added to the rings each day
  • View active competitions in the sharing tab of the Activity app
  • Receive intelligent and personalized notifications throughout the competitions
  • Earn awards at the end of the competition, and view in the redesigned Awards tab in the Activity app on iPhone

Workout

  • Automatic workout detection sends alerts to start the Workout app for many workouts, giving you retroactive credit for exercise already started, and end alerts reminding you to end your workout
  • Yoga and Hiking workout types for accurate tracking of relevant metrics
  • Set target pace during outdoor run workouts and receive alerts if you fall behind or move ahead of that target pace
  • Track cadence, or steps per minute, as you run and see average cadence in running Workout summaries
  • Rolling mile (or km) metric for running workouts measures pace for the immediately preceding mile (or km)

Apple Podcasts

  • Sync subscribed shows on Apple Podcasts to Apple Watch for local playback with Bluetooth headphones
  • New episodes are automatically refreshed as they are added to subscribed shows
  • Stream any available episode or show on Apple Podcasts with Siri when connected to Wi-Fi or cellular
  • New Podcasts complication for watch faces

Walkie-Talkie

  • Invite friends with Apple Watch to communicate with Walkie-Talkie
  • Press to talk and release to listen
  • Supports one-to-one interactions between Apple Watch users
  • Special sounds and haptics distinguish Walkie-Talkie from other notifications on Apple Watch
  • Set your availability for Walkie-Talkie
  • Walkie-Talkie works through Wi-Fi or cellular on Apple Watch or with paired iPhone

Watch Faces

  • Breathe face with three animation styles to choose from: Classic, Calm, and Focus
  • Three new motion faces—Fire & Water, Vapor, and Liquid Metal—that animate when you raise your wrist or tap the display
  • Display curated moments from your photo library using the Memories option on the Photos watch face
  • New complications for Podcasts and Walkie-Talkie

Siri

  • Updated Siri watch face intelligently surfaces predictive and proactive Shortcuts based on routines and inputs like location and time of day
  • Integration with Maps on the Siri watch face shows turn-by-turn directions and estimated arrival times to your next calendar event location
  • Heart Rate measurements surfaced on the Siri watch face including resting rate, walking average, and recovery rate
  • Live sports scores and upcoming games for your favorite teams in the TV app appear on the Siri watch face
  • Support for third-party app shortcuts on the Siri watch face
  • Access to Siri with Raise to Speak, by raising your wrist to your mouth and speaking your request into the watch (Series 3 and later)
  • Support for customized voice commands for Siri Shortcuts that are created and managed on iPhone

Notifications

  • Notifications from the same app are automatically grouped together to help you manage your notifications
  • Ability to modify notifications preferences for an app by swiping left on an app notification in Notification Center
  • New Deliver Quietly option silently sends notifications directly to Notification Center without interrupting you
  • Turn off Do Not Disturb after a set time, location or calendar event

Heart Rate

  • Option to be notified if your heart rate falls below a specified threshold while you appeared to be inactive for a 10-minute period
  • Heart Rate measurements including resting rate, walking average, and recovery rate shown on the Siri watch face

Other features and improvements

  • View website content optimized for Apple Watch when receiving links in Mail or Messages
  • Add cities to Weather app on Apple Watch
  • See new metrics like UV Index, wind speed, and air quality index in supported regions in Weather app
  • Add new stocks to track in the Stocks app on Apple Watch
  • Customize arrangement of Control Center icons
  • Choose Wi-Fi networks in Settings app and enter password if prompted
  • Answer FaceTime video calls as audio on Apple Watch
  • Option to install software updates overnight
  • Add cities to World Clock app on Apple Watch
  • Use redesigned categories to scroll through and choose emoji in Mail and Messages
  • Adds support for system language in Hindi

Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas. For more information visit:

https://www.apple.com/watchos/feature-availability/

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:

https://support.apple.com/HT201222

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iOS 12 now available to download, here’s everything new!

The official performance booster for your iOS device!

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Apple iOS 12

Apple has released iOS 12 to the public today, as promised last week. The software update is available to download on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and is compatible with any iOS device that runs iOS 11.

As we know, iOS 12 is more focused on the performance enhancements and improvements to the mobile operating system. The update is meant for a boost in the performance of apps and services like 40 percent faster app launches, 50 percent faster keyboard appearance, and up to 70 percent faster camera. Of course, Apple has bundled new features likes its own Measure AR app that lets you measure objects in the real world with your iOS Device (there are many such apps in the App Store, but this one is designed by Apple). Not to forget Siri Shortcuts, Memoji.

iOS 12 Supported Devices

  • iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6S and 6S Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
  • iPhone 5S
  • iPad Pro (9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and both generations of 12.9-inch)
  • iPad (2018)
  • iPad (fifth-gen)
  • iPad Air and iPad Air 2
  • iPad mini 2, 3, and 4
  • iPod Touch (sixth-gen)

You can download and install iOS 12 from Settings > General > Software Update on your iOS device.

iOS 12 Changelog

Performance

  • iOS has been enhanced for a faster and more responsive experience across the system
  • All supported devices see improved performance, going back to iPhone 5s and iPad Air
  • Camera launches up to 70 percent faster, the keyboard appears up to 50 percent faster and typing is more responsive*
  • Apps launch up to twice as fast when your device is under heavy workload*

Photos

  • New For You tab helps you discover great photos in your library with Featured Photos, Effect Suggestions, and more
  • Sharing Suggestions proactively recommend sharing photos taken at events with the people who are in them
  • Search enhancements make it easier to find your photos with intelligent suggestions and multiple keyword support
  • Search for photos based on the place, business name, or event where you were when you took them
  • Improved camera import with faster performance and a new large preview mode
  • RAW support for editing images

Camera

  • Portrait mode improvements preserve fine detail between subject and background when using Stage Light and Stage Light Mono effects
  • QR codes are highlighted in the camera frame, making them easier to scan

Messages

  • Memoji, a new, more customizable Animoji, make Messages more expressive with personalized characters that are diverse and fun
  • Animoji now also include T. rex, ghost, koala, and tiger
  • Make Memoji and Animoji wink and stick out their tongue
  • New camera effects bring Animoji, filters, text effects, iMessage sticker packs, and shapes to the photos and videos you capture in Messages
  • Animoji recordings can now capture up to 30 seconds

Screen Time

  • Screen Time provides detailed information and tools to help you and your family find the right balance of time spent with apps and websites
  • See the time spent in apps, usage across categories of apps, how many notifications are received, and how often devices are picked up
  • App limits help you set the amount of time you or your child can spend in apps and on websites
  • Screen Time for kids lets parents manage how their child uses iPhone and iPad right from their own iOS devices

Do Not Disturb

  • Turn off Do Not Disturb after a set time, location or calendar event
  • Do Not Disturb during Bedtime hides all notifications from your lock screen while you sleep

Notifications

  • Notifications from the same app are automatically grouped together to help you manage your notifications
  • Instant Tuning gives you control over your notification settings right from the lock screen
  • New Deliver Quietly option silently sends notifications directly to Notification Center without interrupting you

Siri

  • Siri Shortcuts deliver a faster way to get things done with the ability for any app to work with Siri
  • Add shortcuts using the “Add to Siri” button in supported apps, or in Settings > Siri and Search
  • Siri suggests shortcuts on the Lock screen and in Search
  • Get motorsports results, schedules, stats and standings for Formula 1, Nascar, Indy 500 and MotoGP
  • Search for photos by time, location, people, topic or recent trips to find relevant photos and Memories in Photos
  • Translate phrases in more languages, with support for over 40 language pairs
  • Check facts about celebrities, such as when they were born, and ask questions about food, including calories and nutrient content
  • Turn flashlight on or off
  • More natural and expressive voice now available in Irish English, South African English, Danish, Norwegian, Cantonese and Mandarin (Taiwan)

Augmented Reality

  • Shared experiences in ARKit 2 let developers create innovative AR apps you can experience together with friends
  • Persistence enables developers to save and reload experiences right from where you left off
  • Object detection and image tracking gives developers new tools to recognize real world objects and track images while they move through space
  • AR Quick Look extends AR throughout iOS, letting you view AR objects with built-in apps like News, Safari, and Files and share them with friends with iMessage and Mail

Measure

  • New augmented reality app to measure objects and spaces
  • Draw lines across surfaces or in free space to measure, and tap on a line’s label to see more information
  • Automatically measure rectangular objects
  • Capture, share and markup screenshots of your measurements

Privacy and Security

  • Enhanced Intelligent Tracking Prevention in Safari prevents embedded content and social media buttons from tracking cross-site browsing without your permission
  • Suppresses ad retargeting by reducing advertisers’ ability to identify iOS devices uniquely
  • Strong and unique passwords are suggested automatically when creating an account or changing a password in most apps and in Safari
  • Reused passwords are flagged in Settings > Passwords & Accounts
  • Security code AutoFill presents one-time security codes sent over SMS as suggestions in the QuickType bar
  • Sharing passwords with contacts is easier than ever using AirDrop from Passwords & Accounts in Settings
  • Siri supports quickly navigating to a password on an authenticated device

Apple Books

  • All-new design that makes discovering and enjoying books and audiobooks easy and fun
  • Reading Now makes it simple to get back to the book you’re currently reading or find great recommendations for what to read next
  • Add books to the new Want to Read collection to keep track of what you’d like to read next
  • The Book Store makes it easy to find your next favorite read with new and popular selections from our Apple Books editors and recommendations chosen just for you
  • The new Audiobooks store helps you find immersive stories and informative nonfiction books narrated by your favorite authors, actors, and celebrities

Apple Music

  • Search now supports lyrics so you can use a few of the words to find a song
  • Artist pages have an easier to browse design with a personalized station of any artist’s music
  • The new Friends Mix is a playlist of songs you’ll love from everything your friends are listening to
  • New charts to show you the daily top 100 songs in countries around the world

Apple News

  • Apple News is redesigned to make it easier to discover new channels and topics
  • The new sidebar on iPad and Channels tab on iPhone make it easy to jump straight to your favorite publications and discover new ones

Stocks

  • All-new design lets you easily view stock quotes, interactive charts, and top news on iPhone and iPad
  • Top Stories section includes articles selected by Apple News editors to highlight the latest news driving the market
  • Read Apple News stories right in the app, formatted to look great on iPhone and iPad
  • Watchlist includes color-coded sparklines that let you see daily performance at a glance
  • See an interactive chart for every ticker symbol, plus key details including after-hours price, trading volume, and more

Voice Memos

  • All-new design with improved ease of use
  • iCloud keeps your recordings and edits in sync across all of your devices
  • Available on iPad with support for both portrait and landscape orientation

TV

  • Get notified when movies and TV shows are available to watch in Up Next
  • Share your favorite movies, TV shows, and sporting events with universal links

Apple Podcasts

  • Now supports chapters for shows that include them
  • Skip 30 seconds or to the next chapter with forward and back buttons in your car or on your headphones
  • Easily manage new episode notifications from the Listen Now screen

Accessibility

  • Live Listen now works with AirPods to help you hear more clearly
  • RTT phone calling now works with AT&T
  • Speak Selection now supports using the Siri voice to speak text that you have selected

Other features and improvements

  • Camera effects in FaceTime transform your look in real-time
  • CarPlay adds support for third-party navigation apps
  • On supported campuses, use contactless student ID cards in Wallet to access buildings and pay with Apple Pay
  • Website icons can appear in tabs on iPad by enabling them in Settings > Safari
  • Weather includes air quality index in supported regions
  • Quickly swipe up from the bottom of the screen to go home on iPad
  • Swipe down from the top right to access Control Center on iPad
  • Mark Up includes a palette of additional colors and options to change line width and opacity for each tool
  • Battery usage chart in Settings now shows your usage for the last 24 hours or 10 days, and you can tap a bar to see app use for that period of time
  • On devices without 3D Touch, touch and hold the keyboard Space bar to turn your keyboard into a trackpad
  • Maps adds support for indoor maps for airports and malls with indoor positioning in China
  • New definition dictionary in Hebrew, and bilingual dictionaries in Arabic and English, and Hindi and English
  • New English thesaurus
  • Automatic software updates allow iOS updates to be installed automatically overnight
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Apple will release macOS Mojave on September 24

Get ready for the Dark Mode!

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Apple has announced macOS Mojave will be available for everyone to download on September 24. The company previewed macOS Mojave back in June and has done an extensive beta testing in summer.

macOS Mojave, being an annual update, comes along numerous features and improvements, including the new Dark Mode and dynamic desktop that adjusts according to the time of the day. The operating system also ports a few iOS apps like News, Stocks, Home, and Voice Memo. What makes its debut alongside macOS Mojave is the new, re-designed Mac App Store.

macOS Mojave has axed support for many older Mac machines, so the devices that Mojave support are:

  • MacBook (Early-2015 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Mid-2012 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid-2012 or newer)
  • Mac Mini (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac Pro (2017)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013, plus mid-2010 and mid-2012 models with recommend Metal-capable GPU)

Earler Mac machines have to be on macOS High Sierra or earlier verson of macOS (or OS X).

You can download macOS Mojave from the Mac App Store for free starting September 24.

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