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  1. Apple has just announced the latest version of its desktop operating system, Mac OS X Yosemite. Continuing the naming scheme of famous California landmarks introduced with OS X Mavericks, Yosemite introduces translucent windows menus, redesigned dock icons, an updated Spotlight search feature, iCloud Drive cloud storage integration, and a new widget bar. Mac OS X Yosemite features a fair amount of new visual flair. Besides the aforementioned translucent window menus and iOS-style icons, there’s a new “dark mode” for fans of a less obtrusive black color scheme. But it’s not just cosmetic – Apple has been hard at work at integrating iOS and Mac OS features as well. You can now access open web pages, documents, and even use your Mac to accept incoming calls made to your iPhone – even if that device is charging in another room in the house. There’s even a new feature called Handoff – allowing you to start an email on your iPhone and then finish it on your Mac with as little effort as a single click (as long as both are on the same network, of course). Also, the notification center now features widgets for weather, stocks, calculator and others. You get notifications for calendar, reminders and news all in one place as well, including your schedule and other personalized information – think mobile notifications, a one stop shop for all of them. Spotlight, the Mac OS search feature, now comes front and center in all Yosemite operations. A search bar gives you and index of not only your local documents and apps, but does internet searches as well. Just typing in a current movie title will bring up local showtimes combined with news and streaming services, while typing in a contact name will display scheduled appointments and conversations. Mac OS X Yosemite will be made available for as a free public beta this summer (not typical for new Mac OS releases in quite some time), with a full release coming later in the fall. A developer preview is available immediately. Source
  2. Apple has released the iOS 7.1.2 update. The update brings with it some bug fixes and security updates. The update includes:Improved iBeacon connectivity and stabilityFixes a bug with data transfer for some 3rd party accessories, including barcode scannersCorrects an issue with data protection class of Mail attachmentsThe update is around 28-30MB depending upon the device, if you download on the device itself. Along with iOS, Apple also pushed an update for OS X, bumping it to 10.9.4. This one has more useful changes and something you'd actually notice, including:Fixes an issue that prevented some Macs from automatically connecting to known Wi-Fi networksFixes issue causing the background or Apple logo to appear incorrectly on startupImproves the reliability of waking from sleepIncludes Safari 7.0.5The 10.9.4 update is around 90MB and can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. Source
  3. When it was announced that Intel was giving its Haswell line of CPUs a speed bump very recently, the smart money immediately went on those chips finding their way into Apple’s MacBook Pro and, if this leaked photograph is to be believed, that’s exactly what is going to happen. Supposedly taken at the company’s Chongqing, China store, the photo shows three new configurations for the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina – all featuring the speed-bumped Haswell processor. The three machines all pack a full 16GB of RAM, which is an increase from the 8GB that was standard in the lower-end model, and pack improved processing speed thanks to those aforementioned chips. The first model weighs in at 14,288 Yuan and the second at 18,688 Yuan. Both come with that 16GB of RAM with the lower-spec of the two featuring a 2.2GHz CPU. That’s up from the original 2.0GHz part, for those trying to keep score. The second of the machines also features a 200MHz jump in processor speed, with a new 2.5GHz chip beating at its heart. All these chips are Intel’s latest i7 Haswell variety, and all come with the company’s Iris Pro graphics, too. The two more expensive configurations also come with NVidia’s GeForce GT 750M for some added oomph, as well. The second oft hose high-end configurations features a 2.8GHz i7 Haswell chip and a 1TB SSD for 23,688 yuan. All these speed jumps fit perfectly with what Intel outlined as its Haswell improvements, and represents a small but worthwhile jump in speed for MacBook Pro with Retina buyers. Furthermore, the price of all three has stayed the same even though they’ve received more beefy CPUs and that low-end model gained an extra 8GB of memory. There really has never been a better time to buy a new portable Mac. Source
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