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All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) - Mon, 24/11/2014 - 01:00
Last week was a busy one for apps in the iOS App Store, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you may...
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GarageBand, Star Walk, Threes and more apps go (RED) until December 7th, all proceeds going to charity

9 to 5 Mac - Apple Intelligence - Mon, 24/11/2014 - 00:22

A range of apps have been updated today with limited-time promotions, in aid of the (RED) charity. Apple has participated in the event with an update to GarageBand, offering a limited-edition In-App Purchase that makes over 300 new drum, guitar, synth and bass loops available as an In-App Purchase. All proceeds from the sale of this expansion pack go directly to the (RED) charity, which sends the money to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The In-App Purchase, which is priced at $0.99, will be available until December 7th.

Other notable developers are also participating, many of which including exclusive additional content. For example, Threes has been updated, with a fresh red theme and updated icon. Monument Valley has added one special (RED) level, Star Walk has added exploration of Mars, The Red Planet. The popular drawing app, Paper, has also participated with a red application theme and icon. The ‘Over’ app has made special edition font and artwork packs available for purchase. djay and Heads Up! are also taking part in the event. Like GarageBand, 100% of proceeds of app and IAP sales go to the (RED) fund.

Also included in the promotion: Angry Birds, Clash of Clans, FIFA 15, Clear, Cut The Rope 2. More are no doubt rolling out to the Store and we expect Apple to add a featured (RED) category soon collating them all.

Apple has gone all-out with this GarageBand update, even changing the app icon as seen above to a shade of red. Upon opening the app, users asked to buy the loops bundle to help AIDS with a (RED) themed introduction sequence. The loops are designated with a red icon inside the app itself, in contrast to the usual blue color. As of June, Apple’s (RED) promotions (which have included special-edition iPods and such in the past) totalled $75 million. Apple is the biggest contributor to the scheme.


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Black Friday 2014: Best deals on the iPad Air and iPad mini

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) - Mon, 24/11/2014 - 00:00
Apple's iPad models are the focus of most Black Friday sales with promotions on select versions of recent models of the tablet device. There's will be discounted devices for everyone on your list, even the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be...
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Aperture Resource Finds

Inside Aperture - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 22:59
It's always a good idea to refresh your knowledge of Aperture, and with every new resource there may be little nuggets of information that you weren't aware of to help with your workflow. I recently came across a series of.... Steve Simon 2009-02-05T05:48:53-08:16
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New and improved iLife Media Browser good for Aperture users

Inside Aperture - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 22:59
It was somewhat unexpected but Apple released on Monday (January 26, 2009) a 2.66MB update to its iLife Media Browser. The media browser is the "link" that allows different iLife apps to easily and conveniently access media such as photos,.... Dominique James 2009-01-27T10:49:11-08:19
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To HUD or not to HUD?

Inside Aperture - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 22:59
For a long time, I didn't use Aperture's HUDs (otherwise known as 'floating palettes' in all previous applications...) all that often. As time goes past I find myself using them more and more often - especially after Aperture 2 came.... Ian Wood 2009-01-26T09:49:19-08:20
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Highlight Recovery

Inside Aperture - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 22:59
When it comes to highlight recovery, Aperture is a very powerful tool. When I first started shooting digital, I was under the impression that digital exposure was like exposing slide film of old, better be accurate and err on the.... Steve Simon 2009-01-22T09:48:59-08:22
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Pogue's Top Ten Tips, Continued

Inside Aperture - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 22:59
You may have seen the first five of David Pogue's "Top Ten Tips of All Time" in last week's post--here are the remaining five tips from him. And remember, if you can think of any other tips to add, leave a comment and I'll send you a copy of his new book, David Pogue's Digital Photography: The Missing Manual.. Mary Rotman 2009-01-21T15:07:35-08:23
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Using Aperture to create a model's portfolio

Inside Aperture - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 22:59
January marks, among other things, the beginning of a new seasonal cycle in international modeling with Ford’s annual Supermodel of the World finals. Giselle from the Philippines is one of the candidates to this year’s competition to be held.... Dominique James 2009-01-20T12:48:56-08:24
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New Raw Support For The Lucky

Inside Aperture - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 22:59
By lucky, I mean those fortunate souls who are using Nikon's new flagship SLR the D3X. The mega-megapixel camera is now supported by Aperture. But you may need to upgrade to some of the new Mac's out today which promise.... Steve Simon 2009-03-03T09:49:05-08:10
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Lightroom Catalog Settings

Inside Aperture - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 22:59
As we've seen, there are many preferences that can be adjusted in Lightroom to make it work the way you like. But that's not all! Each catalog has its own settings to allow you to further customize your Lightroom experience! Let's take a look at Catalog Settings. . Gene McCullagh 2009-02-07T11:19:31-08:11
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Lightroom Preferences - Part 2

Inside Aperture - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 22:59
In Part 1 we took a look at the options available on the first three tabs of the Preferences dialog. In Part 2 we'll tackle the remaining three tabs. So let's get started!. Gene McCullagh 2009-02-07T11:19:31-08:12
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Lightroom Preferences - Part 1

Inside Aperture - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 22:59
Setting preferences in Lightroom. . Gene McCullagh 2009-02-07T11:19:31-08:13
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Synchronizing two cameras in Lightroom

Inside Aperture - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 22:59
Recently, I had some trouble synchronizing images shot from with three different digital cameras when I imported them into Lightroom. As it turned out one of my cameras was not set to the correct time or time zone and this.... Michael Clark 2009-02-05T11:19:31-08:14
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Cherry Blossoms

Inside Aperture - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 22:59
Every year the cherry trees flower in the cultivated areas of the hills of California's coastal range, and of course I am impelled to photograph the blossoms. This season the cherry trees are flowering a tad early, like everything else in California in 2009. My thought was to create a simple image of cherry blossoms against a white background. The.... Harold Davis 2009-02-05T11:19:31-08:15
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Got Tablet?

Inside Aperture - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 22:59
As a Photoshop instructor and author, I need to be skilled at using both Mac and Windows machines. And like most of my Photoshop instructor friends, I use a stylus and a tablet for maximum brush control. For my Mac, I use a Mac Book Pro, and I tote my WACOM table everywhere I go. For my Windows machine, I use the Lenovo W700 Think Pad. What's especially cool about this machine is that is has a built-in tablet and stylus. How cool is that.. Rick Sammon 2009-02-01T11:19:31-08:17
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Changes

Inside Aperture - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 22:59
Since the world is always changing, photography is largely about capturing states of things---scenes, objects, or people---in the process of change. A single image can intimate the before, and the after, and resonate with events to come. This sense of time is what gives many photographic images their power. My process of working on photos after they've been taken is.... Harold Davis 2009-01-31T11:19:31-08:18
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From Architecture to Fantasy

Inside Aperture - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 22:59
Between committments at Macworld at the Moscone Center I wandered over and indulged my dome photography habit by photographing the dome in the Westfield shopping mall in downtown San Francisco. I believe the dome itself is antique, but it's placed in an entirely modern shopping mall. Cameo, photo by Harold Davis. View this image larger. It's easy with most domes.... Harold Davis 2009-01-22T11:19:31-08:21
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Don’t Want to Update your Mac to OS X Yosemite? Hide the Update from the App Store

OS X Daily - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 21:43
While many Mac users have updated to OS X Yosemite, a notable amount have chosen to stay on OS X Mavericks or Mountain Lion for a variety of reasons, and some have even had to downgrade due to frustrations or incompatibilities that were experienced with the new version of OS X. Whatever the reason, if ... Read More
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How I use iOS apps to manage my calendar and daily tasks

theAppleBlog - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 20:30
Last week, I looked at how I use my iPad to manage my notes. This week. I’m going to look at how I use iOS to manage my schedule and task items…
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