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Instagram rolling out support for high-res images on iOS and Android

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Instagram has announced today that it is rolling out support for higher resolution 1080 x 1080 pixel images. This doubles the previous upload resolution of 640 x 640 pixels, and you’ll probably notice very soon that the photos in your stream are looking a bit crisper.

According to a post today from Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, the update is rolling out to both Android and iOS. Other statements from the company suggest that the feature has been rolling out for about week and you should already be seeing these newer photos in-app.

There doesn’t appear to be an actual app update, as this is a change that is being flipped server side for both major platforms. If you’re an avid user of the desktop version of Instagram, you’re going to have to wait as the company says it has no plans for web quite yet.


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Stephen Hall

July 6th

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Apple debuts massive Beats 1 advertisement in Times Square ahead of June 30 launch

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Ahead of its launch next week, Apple today has launched a new ad for Beats 1 in Times Square in New York City. Zane Lowe, who will be one of three hosts on Apple’s 24/7 streaming station Beats 1, tweeted the above image of the advertisement.

The promotional image touts that Beats 1 is worldwide and always on, two of the qualities Apple discussed heavily when it unveiled Apple Music at WWDC. What’s weird about the Times Square advertisement, however, is that there is no Apple logo anywhere on the monumental display. There’s only a Beats logo, albeit slightly modified, the “Worldwide. Always on.” tagline, and the June 30th launch date. It’s a risky move by Apple not to put its logo on the advertisement, but doing so definitely causes curiosity from uninformed people who pass by.

Earlier this month, Apple started playing a pre-roll audio clip from Zane Lowe for iOS 8.4 and iOS 9 users who clicked the Beats 1 station in the music app. Apple Music, along with Beats 1, will launch on June 30th for $9.99 individual/$14.99 family per month.


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Chance Miller

June 24th

Apple

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Gold iPhone 6 dummy shown alongside Space Gray and Silver in new photos

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Another day, another dummy. We’ve recently obtained new images showing what appears to be a gold iPhone 6 mockup pictured next to the other two color variations that Apple currently offers. As mentioned, this is definitely a dummy model, but it’s also the first time we’ve seen a gold one.

The camera cutout on the lighter colored models look a little but strange, but again these are dummy units and we don’t expect them to perfectly reflect the actual design. Along with that, the Space Gray and Silver models seem to have a gold Touch ID ring which is also a bit out of place. Either way, they are definitely fun to look at. Rumors suggest that Apple’s iPhone 6 will feature a 4.7-inch display and possibly a 5.5-inch variation, borrow design characteristics from the fifth generation iPod touch, and feature resigned buttons. At this point, we’ve seen just about every rumored render, mockup, and schematic relating to Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6.

These images are consistent with previous rumors, but we won’t know what Apple’s official design will look like until later this year. It’s likely that these models were created based on rumored schematics and specifications, but the design does match up with previous photos.

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Dom Esposito

May 9th

Apple

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Tweetbot for Mac updated with larger in-line image previews, bug fixes

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Tweetbot for Mac, the desktop counter to the incredibly popular iOS Twitter client, was updated to version 1.5 today. The new update brings a few bug fixes and a big visual change that was first introduced in the most recent update to the iPhone version. This change brings large image previews to the feed, much like those found in the official Twitter for iPhone app.

For those who don’t like the new look, there’s a setting in the app’s preferences to get the smaller previews back or disable image previews completely. The smaller previews have also been tweaked to be a bit bigger and no longer have a border. Other issues addressed by the update include bugs with context menus, tweet detail layouts, and swipe gestures.

Tweetbot for Mac 1.5 is available on the Mac App Store. It’s a free update for existing users and a $19.99 purchase for new users. The full change log is below:

What’s New in Version 1.5

- Large image thumbnail option (as well as an option for no thumbnail) in the display settings.
- Refreshed design of image thumbnails
- Three finger left/right swipes in your timeline function if trackpad settings are configured that way.
- Fixed the issue where some context menus had the first option highlighted by default
- Fixed layout issues when viewing tweet details


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Mike Beasley

March 21st

Apple

Mac

Image Will Sell All Digital Comics with No DRM

Image Will Sell All Digital Comics with No DRM

Well, this is a weird little thing that could be a very big deal. Image Comics—home of series like Invincible and The Walking Dead—just said it's going to sell its own comics as DRM-free PDFs. You buy a digital comic straight from Image, and you download a PDF than you're free to give to whomever you want. It's the diametric opposite of how digital media is typically viewed.

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Kyle Wagner

July 2nd

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Image Will Sell All Digital Comics with No DRM

Image Will Sell All Digital Comics with No DRM

Well, this is a weird little thing that could be a very big deal. Image Comics—home of series like Invincible and The Walking Dead—just said it's going to sell its own comics as DRM-free PDFs. You buy a digital comic straight from Image, and you download a PDF than you're free to give to whomever you want. It's the diametric opposite of how digital media is typically viewed.

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Kyle Wagner

July 2nd

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Graphics editing app Pixelmator receives large ‘Blueberry’ update with new shape tools, effects, and more

If you’re someone that regularly edits photos, or enjoys graphic design work, then you’ve likely used Pixelmator, which is arguably the best alternative to Photoshop on the Mac. Today, the popular $15 app is getting a huge update, known as 2.2 “Blueberry,” which includes over 100 new features. I’ve been testing out the new options, and they’re pretty great…

Shapes

Pixelmator 2.2 focuses heavily on shapes and vector drawing options, bringing to the table a slew of new options. First and foremost is the new Shape Style palette, which lets you set and tweak a variety of different settings on your shape, bringing Pixelmator more in line with the more premium alternatives such as Photoshop. From the Shape Styles palette, you can edit properties such as fill and stroke colors, stroke size, drop shadow, inner shadow, and more.

Along with the new shape style pane is a slew of new shapes to use. More than 40 are included in the app, but you can also create and import your own custom shapes, which can save a lot of time in the long run. Shapes are now more customizable than ever before, offering quick controls to adjust the number of points on the shape.

Perhaps most exciting is the ability to turn text into shapes, a welcome feature. Any text, from full sentences to individual letters, can be turned into a shape, making it much easier than before to work with fonts and type. Once you’ve turned text into a shape, all of the same shape style properties that are applicable to normal shapes are available to your text shape as well, meaning it’s now really simple to create great looking, stylized type, right in Pixelmator. Last but not least, the Move Tool has been updated to be content aware, and can now tell the difference between an image layer and a shape layer, only revealing the move options that correspond to the layer you’ve selected.

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Paint Selection

Pixelmator 2.2 also includes an entirely new tool, called the Paint Selection Tool. This tool is somewhat of a hybrid between the paintbrush tool and the Magic Wand Tool, letting you easily select regions of similar color by simply painting over the selection you want. The Paint Selection tool recognizes the color area around where you’ve painted, and automatically highlights to the borders. While not dramatically different from the Magic Wand Tool in terms of overall functionality, it’s a simpler approach to fine grain selection, and gives you more control over the content selected.

Light Leaks

Adding to its ever growing collection of Effects, Pixelmator 2.2 gains a new retro Light Leak Effect, which contains 8 customizable Light Leaks, each offering a unique look and sliders for adjusting the intensity. While certainly not perfect for all photos, these new effects are great for pictures that you want to a retro feel. If you play around with the effects for a little while, you can get some pretty realistic and neat looks, similar to what you’d get with the photography technique of lens whacking.

Vectormator

Pixelmator’s last big new feature is an alternate mode for the app called Vectormator. Activating Vectormator by pressing Command-Shift-V on your keyboard strips away all tools and options not essential for working with vectors, leaving you with a simple layout oriented towards shapes and typography.

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Aside from the aforementioned features above, Pixelmator 2.2 Blueberry includes many other small tweaks, including an improved Type Tool, new gradient presets, improved Drawing Toools, the ability to copy a shape’s style to another shape, as well as some much welcomed performance improvements. For existing users, you can grab this great update for free in the Mac App Store. For new customers, the app will set you back $14.99. You can download it here.  As the only credible alternative to Photoshop on the Mac, I can’t recommend Pixelmator any more highly.


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Michael Steeber

May 9th

Apple

Mac

Acorn version 4 brings revamped UI, speed enhancements, non-destructive filters & much more

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Acorn-version-4-update-02Flying Meat, the developer behind the popular Photoshop-like image editing app called ‘Acorn’, today has released version 4.0 of the app bringing a number of new highly requested features and performance enhancements. Acorn 4 brings new non-destructive filters, multiple layer selection, new shape tools such as “Stars, Arrows, and a Bezier anchor,” and a revamped UI with the tools palette in a separate window.

Layer styles and filters are now merged together into a happy new UI. Chain filters together to create endless combinations of unique effects knowing you can always change your mind later on.

Other improvements include enhancements to speed, a new UI for filters dubbed the ‘Merlin HUD’, and Boolean shape operations, and Curves to “Adjust the tonal response and even the individual color channels to perfect the midtones, shadows, highlights, and contrast.”

Acorn version 4.0 is available to purchase now for a special price of $29.99 until the end of the month. Photoshop 11 Elements sells on the Mac App Store for $79.99, while competitor Pixelmator sells for $14.99.


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Jordan Kahn

May 2nd

Apple

Mac

Acorn version 4 brings revamped UI, speed enhancements, non-destructive filters & much more

Acorn-version-4-update-01

Acorn-version-4-update-02Flying Meat, the developer behind the popular Photoshop-like image editing app called ‘Acorn’, today has released version 4.0 of the app bringing a number of new highly requested features and performance enhancements. Acorn 4 brings new non-destructive filters, multiple layer selection, new shape tools such as “Stars, Arrows, and a Bezier anchor,” and a revamped UI with the tools palette in a separate window.

Layer styles and filters are now merged together into a happy new UI. Chain filters together to create endless combinations of unique effects knowing you can always change your mind later on.

Other improvements include enhancements to speed, a new UI for filters dubbed the ‘Merlin HUD’, and Boolean shape operations, and Curves to “Adjust the tonal response and even the individual color channels to perfect the midtones, shadows, highlights, and contrast.”

Acorn version 4.0 is available to purchase now for a special price of $29.99 until the end of the month. Photoshop 11 Elements sells on the Mac App Store for $79.99, while competitor Pixelmator sells for $14.99.


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Jordan Kahn

May 2nd

Apple

Mac

Acorn version 4 brings revamped UI, speed enhancements, non-destructive filters & much more

Acorn-version-4-update-01

Acorn-version-4-update-02Flying Meat, the developer behind the popular Photoshop-like image editing app called ‘Acorn’, today has released version 4.0 of the app bringing a number of new highly requested features and performance enhancements. Acorn 4 brings new non-destructive filters, multiple layer selection, new shape tools such as “Stars, Arrows, and a Bezier anchor,” and a revamped UI with the tools palette in a separate window.

Layer styles and filters are now merged together into a happy new UI. Chain filters together to create endless combinations of unique effects knowing you can always change your mind later on.

Other improvements include enhancements to speed, a new UI for filters dubbed the ‘Merlin HUD’, and Boolean shape operations, and Curves to “Adjust the tonal response and even the individual color channels to perfect the midtones, shadows, highlights, and contrast.”

Acorn version 4.0 is available to purchase now for a special price of $29.99 until the end of the month. Photoshop 11 Elements sells on the Mac App Store for $79.99, while competitor Pixelmator sells for $14.99.


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Jordan Kahn

May 2nd

Apple

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