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# 1 How To Get The Most Out Of Your Battery Life In IOS 8 Video By Clip Syndicate With iOS 8 , Apple is finally incorporating features Android users have already used for years like custom keyboards , third-party widgets and app-specific battery usage statistics. Though iOS users may have long suspected that certain apps are responsible for battery drain, until iOS 8 there was no surefire way to know for sure as Apple didn't make that information readily available (though some third-party apps attempted to fill in the gaps). ...Read More »
# 2 Bug Delays Apple's HealthKit Video By Clip Syndicate Apple said it discovered a bug in HealthKit, one of the new features of its latest iPhone operating system, delaying the introduction of new fitness and health apps. The company had prepared to launch HealthKit on Wednesday as part of its release of iOS 8, the latest version of its mobile software. HealthKit is a data repository created by Apple to work with iOS apps, storing information collected by various devices. ...Read More »
# 3 The IOS 8 Update Is Ruining Everyone's Lives Today Video By Clip Syndicate Today in first world problems: The iOS 8 update requires a whopping near 5 GB on the iPhone — and who in the world has that much storage available? Apple released the update Wednesday, sending customers in a blind fit of rage upon realizing they'd have to delete apps, photos and music — basically everything they have ever been and ever will be — to make room for the software upgrade.

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# 4 Apple To Unveil New IPads, Operating System On October 21: Report Video By Clip Syndicate A Daily Dot report said, citing sources familiar with the matterApple Inc is set to launch two new iPads and release the next version of its Mac operating system at its next event on Oct. 21. The Internet news website said, the company plans to unveil the sixth generation of its iPad and the third edition of the iPad mini, as well as its operating system OS X Yosemite, which has undergone a complete visual overhaul. ...Read More »
# 5 IOS 8 Now Available, But Plan To Be Patient Video By Clip Syndicate Apple’s iOS 8 mobile operating system is now rolling out to devices eligible for the update. It’s available both over-the-air, and by plugging your device into iTunes for a wired update, but don’t panic if you can’t see it right away, or if you’re having trouble actually downloading the software: Apple typically stages the rollout of big updates like this one to ease the strain, and there’s going to be tremendous demand on their servers for tat least the next several hours.

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# 6 Xpire’s App Makes All Your Social Media “Ephemeral” Video By Clip Syndicate Dallas-based computer science college student Jesse Stauffer wants to make social media more private. With help from his brother, and financial backing from Mark Cuban, he recently released an iOS application called Xpire that lets users share “self-destructing” posts on Facebook, Twitter and now Tumblr--as well as use a variety of tools to better manage and shrink their digital footprint.

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# 7 Report: Apple Planning IPad Launch Event In Late October Video By Clip Syndicate Apple is reportedly planning another major product launch next month, when they are expected to reveal two new iPads. According to an Apple Insider report, the company is working on an internal project with marketing deadlines for mid-October that would lead up to a special event held later in the month. The rumor is in line with speculation that Apple will unveil its next-generation tablets in just a few weeks. ...Read More »
# 8 Memoir Debuts A “Predictive” Photo-Sharing App For IOS 8 Video By Clip Syndicate Photo-sharing application Memoir launched last fall to make it easier to rediscover your photo memories through a combination of advanced search features and a time capsule-like function, is similar to competitor TimeHop. But one of the app’s more interesting features was a way to request photos from other users. Today, thanks to iOS 8, that option has now been improved. The company calls this new feature “Predictive Photo Sharing,” and, simply put, it’s a way to better automate sharing photos with friends who were with you at the time the photos were first snapped.

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# 9 Storehouse Arrives On The IPhone Video By Clip Syndicate Storehouse, the 2014 Apple Design Award winning long-form photo-sharing service from former Apple designer Mark Kawano, has launched its app for the iPhone. This comes almost four months after the startup raised $7 million in A-series funding from SherpaVentures and seed investors True Ventures, Lerer Ventures and Designer Fund in order to expand their reach beyond the iPad.

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# 10 Apps To Trick Out Your Keyboard On IOS 8 Video By Clip Syndicate iOS 8 is finally here, and for the first time in its history, developers can create custom keyboard apps. While many more will likely debut in the coming weeks and months, the first wave of keyboard apps is already hitting Apple's App Store. SwiftKey, one of the most popular apps on Android, delighted Apple fans earlier this year when the company brought its keyboard to iOS, debuting productivity app SwiftKey Note .

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# 11 VYV Delivers Immersive Video Projections that Entertain Live Audiences Worldwide Project Profile By none What do Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, the Eagles, Shakira, and Cirque du Soleil have in common? All have amazed audiences with live shows incorporating dazzling, out-of-this-world video projections made possible by an elite 3D interactive video projection company based in Canada. Spectators stunned by the creativity, artistry, and impact of the projections can thank VYV and its Photon interactive media server, the most powerful real-time video control system available. Powered by high-end NVIDIA(r) Quadro(r) GPUs, Photon systems deliver the accuracy, reliability, and flexibility required for VYV's elaborate multi-projector productions. ...Read More »
# 12 The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Goes for a Thrill Ride Project Profile By none Katarsis Films is in the business of selling smiles. Based in Mexico City, the young, independent production company has been working for the past two years with one of the most well known Mexican theme parks, La Feria Chapultepec Mágico, to produce heart pounding advertisements that thrill its viewers. Katarsis founder, the charismatic Juan Carlos Elias, is as dynamic as the rides themselves, producing, directing, shooting and finishing the ads that Katarsis churns out on a regular basis. To assist him with achieving the right look for these ads, Juan Carlos uses the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Pocket Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
# 13 Assimilate at IBC 2014 Events By Ko Maruyama Finally a pro player that works on both Mac and PC equally well. If you want to go ad-free (and you should), it's only a $5US purchase ...Read More »
# 14 Mikros Image Standardizes Digital Post Workflows on ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH Software Featured News By none ASSIMILATE announced that Mikros Image has purchased a company-wide site license for ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH finishing software and SCRATCH Lab, an advanced production and VFX dailies tool. Headquartered in Paris, France, and with subsidiaries in Belgium and Montreal, Mikros Image is a major player in the post-production market, offering high-end post services for films, commercials, TV episodes, corporate communications, and video games. Mikros Image also has a partnership with the LA post-production and visual effects company Eight VFX to develop a series of common projects for commercials and feature films. ...Read More »
# 15 MAXON at IBC Events By Ko Maruyama IBC is kicking off in Amsterdam on September 11. And with it, starts the annual convention for European broadcasters and digital entertainment content creators. This September date comes on the heels of MAXON's release of R16, their newest version of CINEMA4D. If you're at IBC 2014, you can see R16 presented in person. ...Read More »
# 16 Modbook: A 15.4" Macbook Pro Featured News By Ko Maruyama Way back in 2009, we had a 4 day hands on session with Modbook's (Axiotron) offering. Then, it was a 15" modbook. Granted, the Macbooks that were available then weren't nearly as powerful as the low end machines we have today. And, in 2009, the touch alternatives weren't great. Five years later, Modbook Inc. comes back with a brand new proposition: A Modbook from a Macbook Pro 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 monster with 32GB RAM and 2TB of storage. ...Read More »
# 17 Jumping Genres on "Trent & Isabella" Project Profile By none Close your eyes and picture the first time you watched "The Maltese Falcon." Now do the same with "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly." Can you picture the soft shadows and tenseness of film noire? How about the heightened details of spaghetti westerns where you can see every hair on a face and every bead of sweat? Both genres of film have very distinct feelings, color schemes and emotional responses. Now shake your head, mix them together and imagine what it would look like if you combined the two. You would get "Trent & Isabella." ...Read More »
# 18 ArtRage 4.5 Released for Mac Feature By Ko Maruyama ArtRage from Ambient Design gets a significant speed and feature boost in the latest version upgrade. The Mac software is free for all registered users of ArtRage 4. In addition to a hefty speed increase in its 64-bit engine build, the new version also has support for stylus tilt and more. ...Read More »
# 19 MAXON CINEMA4D R16 Business Issues By Ko Maruyama My interest in MAXON is no mystery. As a motion graphics animator in Hollywood, working in several major promo design and VFX houses, I?ve seen CINEMA4D become a staple in designers' pipelines. Each time a new version of CINEMA4D is released, 3D motion graphics designers and VFX artists get excited to see what MAXON has in store for us. This year, R16 offers us a lot to be excited for. ...Read More »
# 20 After Effects World in Seattle Events By Ko Maruyama Future Media Concepts is hosting their second After Effects World conference for the application's users in Seattle, Washington. On September 25-28, animators and compositors from around the world will participate in discussions focused on the potential of the software. ...Read More »
# 21 Vectoraster by LostMinds Product Review By Ko Maruyama Vectorizer for the Mac (and iOS) allows you to create fantastic shape based translations of raster artwork or photography with just a few clicks. The great part about this new software is that it is really easy to use. Like any good design software, it?s full of options that will allow you to create unique pieces, even when you?re starting from presets. ...Read More »
# 22 Quick Sketching with Ron Husband Book Review By Ko Maruyama The first thing you should know about this book is that Ron Husband is not only a great teacher but an amazing animator who has worked on several movies, including Beauty and the Beast, The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, The great Mouse Detective, The little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King and others you might share on your favorites list too. ...Read More »
# 23 Motion Composer Product Review By Ko Maruyama MotionComposer is a new way to create and deliver HTML5 or Flash animation. Designed by French company Aquafadas, the software is available in both Mac and PC versions to allow anyone the ability to start animating right away. Although Adobe Flash animations have recently been the subject of scrutiny, there are many advantages to using HTML5. With MotionComposer, you can easily make your content much more engaging. Adobe's Flash content is a very rich experience. There is a wide range of interactive animations that you can create using animation tools that develop for Flash player. However, Flash does require Adobe's Flash player in order to let your audience experience that content. ENTER: HTML5. ...Read More »
# 24 Design A Cloud Quick Peek By Ko Maruyama SoftSkies is a music visualizer created by SoundSpectrum. If you're an iTunes user, you may be familiar with the visualizer that comes packed in with your Mac software. These are those same guys, and they've just come up with a new way to watch your music. These cloudscapes can fit your chill music library. Clouds are always relaxing. Pair the visual with some of your favorite chill out music, and your afternoon downtime just got a lot more relaxing. ...Read More »
# 25 iStopMotion for iPad Product Review By Ko Maruyama Last year, I wrote about the fun application called iStopMotion by Boinx.com. In returning to iStopMotion on iPad, I'm glad to see that the app has gone through many changes and upgrades. Most recently, Boinx has announced the ability to export up to 200 frames in an animated GIF! It's not only a fun application to have as an animator, but it's a teaching opportunity too. When I teach older animation students, they usually understand the importance of timing and number of frames per second. At home with my kids, iStopMotion for iPad is a fun way to craft stories and express creativity. For both older students and young kids, iStopMotion is an accessible way to start making stop motion animations right away. ...Read More »
# 26 Monsters run Rampant Product Review By Ko Maruyama Rampant Design Tools have created a series of images for post production FX in the past. Their newest offering is just in time for the Halloween holiday. MonsterFX Undead provides a series of images that you can use in post for video or still photography. ...Read More »
# 27 Sorenson Squeeze 9 Quick Peek By David Hague For as long as I have been shooting and editing video, there has been a version of Sorenson Squeeze available. Quite simply, Squeeze has always been the premiere transcoding utility used by professionals. It is simple to use, effective, fast and covers almost every known codec and format type available. Squeeze 9 is the latest version of this venerable product, and while certainly not an inexpensive package, with pricing ranging from USD$799 to an eye watering $1999 for the server version, if you are a professional in the video game, it is an almost indispensable item to have in your toolbox. ...Read More »
# 28 Sony Spectral Layers Pro 2 Product Review By Dr. David Smith Digital audio editing software has made amazing signal processing and manipulation possible with the click of a mouse, but until now it has been virtually impossible to take a fully mixed track and un-mix it. Sony's new Spectral Layers Pro allows you to do just that. ...Read More »
# 29 Astute Graphics Mirrors Your Moves Product Review By Ko Maruyama Astute Graphics makes plugins for Adobe's Illustrator. Great plugins that make your design process not only faster and easier, but plugins that allow you to discover designs that you might not have considered before launching into Illustrator. With the holiday season coming around, it's time to start thinking about winter. Astute Graphics' MIRRORME plugin can help. ...Read More »
# 30 Using Prodrenalin To Save Your Video! Product Review By David Hague If you are the proud owner of a GoPro (or similar such as the Sony Action Cam or the Kaiser Baas Sports Cam) you'll be all too familiar with a few problems. Not the least of these is the sheer amount of camera shake followed by distorted footage due to the 'rolling shutter' effect of these cameras. Also in the equation is fish eye distortion, and who hasn't missed that the camera wasn't exactly level when shooting? Or you need to flip video 180 degrees as the camera could only be mounted upside down. This is where ProDad Prodrenalin comes in. ...Read More »
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