How my Mac performed in a week of everyday use on OS X Yosemite

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Take the following with a grain of salt. It’s just a beta of Yosemite, far from perfect of course, and doesn’t reflect at all the final version of Yosemite. However, I’d recommend you to resist a bit and keep running Mavericks.

Straight to the point, it wasn’t a great experience. I was too impatient to wait until this fall. There’s a reason if it’s called beta, and as a consumer I should wait for the “1.0.”. Read More…

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Apple relaunches Back to School; $100 and 50$ Gift Cards on Mac, iPad & iPhone

Apple back to school promo 2014

Like every year, Apple has made available for students the Back to school promotion, as advertised on their website. From now until the early days of September, students who purchase a Mac for school/college purposes, will receive a free App Store gift card of 100$ to spend on kitting it out with all you need for comeback. Plus on the Apple Online Store there’s a new section dedicated to accessories for your newly purchased products, including online exclusives.

Instead, if you’re looking to buy an iPhone or an iPad for the same purposes, you’ll get a 50$ Gift Card.

Additionally to these bonuses, students can enjoy a dedicated discount with education pricing; up to 200$ on Mac, and up to 30$ on an iPad (nothing is applied regarding iPhones though).

Those who qualify for educational pricing and free gift card are college students, students accepted to college, parents buying on behalf of college students, faculty, homeschool teachers and staff at all grade levels.

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In Italiano

Come ogni anno, Apple ha proposto nuovamente la campagna Back to school. Da ora fino ai primi giorni di Settembre, gli studenti che acquisteranno un Mac per la scuola riceveranno gratuitamente una carta regalo App Store del valore di €70, perfetta per attrezzarsi per il nuovo anno scolastico. In più, sull’Apple Online Store è presente una nuova guida all’acquisto comprendente tutti gli accessori per il vostro nuovo prodotto, incluse alcune esclusive.

In alternativa, gli interessati all’acquisto di un iPhone o iPad per gli stessi motivi, riceveranno una carta da €35.

In aggiunta a questi, gli studenti possono usufruire di uno sconto speciale education; fino a 209€ sui Mac e fino a 38€ su iPad (tuttavia, nulla è applicato sull’acquisto di iPhone).

Coloro che si qualificano per sia lo sconto education, sia la carta regalo sono studenti regolarmente iscritti o frequentanti un’università, un genitore che acquista per uno studente universitario, docente o membro del personale di scuole e università.

 

Apple’s discontinuing its professional photos editing software, Aperture

Aperture 3 logo

After nine years of activity, Apple’s ceasing development of Aperture with a press release to The Loop, its professional photo editing software that, since some time, has been falling back to the competition, first and foremost Adobe Lightroom.

“With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture,” – “When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X.”

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Apple WWDC 2014: the complete recap of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.

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OS X Yosemite is probably the biggest visual update the Mac had in the past years. A close imitation of what iOS 7 has been. With yesterday’s keynote, it’s flatter than ever, based on translucent and opaque color schemes.

OS X Yosemite

The dock is in two dimensions, apps and folder icons have been redesigned from the ground up to be in style with the minimal design. Windows adapt to the background wallpaper, and the same translucent material used across the system adds a sense of infinite scrolling that brings you closer to the files within. This general color scheme applies system-wide to all included apps, ranging from Safari (now sporting a streamlined toolbar), Reminders, Mail, Messages. Spotlight isn’t restrained anymore in the top right corner of the screen, but has a fully-fledged search bar that includes results within the computer, the web and iCloud. Read More…

Follow 2nd June WWDC 2014 livestream on your Apple TV.

Apple Events TV

 

Five thousand lucky developers have been extracted randomly to participate live to today WorldWide Developer Conference 2014 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. If you’ll be watching it at home, it has been added on your Apple TV the WWDC channel under the Apple Events tile. On top of already past events (even the launch of the very first iPhone) there’s highlighted 2nd June keynote, scheduled to kick off at 10am PDT, which should be at this time for your particular timezone.


For those who are unable to watch the event on Apple TV, it’s going to be streamed on Apple website as well.

Today are expected to be announced iOS 8 (whose banners have been already put in place at Moscone Center), a likely update to MacBook Air lineup including a possible 12-inch model, possibly new iMacs with new hardware although unlikely, considering the current generations has been released on fall 2013, just half a year. Additionally, we might see the long-rumored iWatch officially.

More’s to come today when WWDC 2014 starts!

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In italiano

Cinquemila fortunati sviluppatori sono stati estratti a sorte per partecipare al WorldWide Developer Conference 2014 al Moscone Center di San Francisco. Se avrete intenzione di assistervi da casa, sappiate che è stato aggiunto sulla vostra Apple TV il canale del WWDC, sotto il tassello Apple Events. Oltre ad avere un elenco completo di tutti i keynote svolti negli anni (incluso quello del primissimo iPhone) è evidenziato quello di oggi programmato per le 10am PDT, cioè a questo orario per vostra zona oraria.

Per coloro invece che non sono in grado di assistervi dall’Apple TV, ricordo che sarà inoltre disponibile sul sito ufficiale di Apple.

Oggi sono attesi: il nuovo iOS 8 (i cui banner sono già stati messi in posizione al Moscone Center); un probabile aggiornamento alla linea di MacBook Air che potrebbe includere un nuovo modello da 12″; difficilmente vedremo una nuova serie di iMac, già lanciati a fine 2013. In aggiunta, non è da escludere la possibilità di vedere il tanto rumoreggiato iWatch.

Ne sapremo di più tra poco quando inizierà il WWDC 2014!

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