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Thursday, May 1 marked the day former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts officially joined the Apple ranks in her new position as Senior Vice President for Retail and Online Stores, and Cupertino celebrated by adding her to the company's executive profiles, sandwiched right between CEO Tim Cook and SVP Eddy Cue. But that's not all that went down yesterday, as we're about to reveal...
The folks at Aviary unleashed a substantial update to their iOS-based Photo Editor app on Thursday, which appears to make the free image editor even more powerful. For the social-networking crowd, Aviary now includes a new toolbox for enhancing selfies, along with new filter, frame, and sticker content packs available from the Supply Shop. The developer has also added the most-requested user feature with undo/redo, which is done with a simple swipe left or right across the photo. Last but not least, Aviary has beefed up its Enhance tool with new one-tap settings for food, nightlife, nature, and portrait, while making it easier than ever to share images to all of the most popular social networks.
It's pretty much a given this year's Worldwide Developer Conference will focus on iOS 8 and a new generation of the Mac operating system, but Apple insiders whispering to 9to5Mac claim the so-called OS X 10.10 could be the star of the show. Codenamed "Syrah," this year's OS X refresh is rumored to be a complete visual overhaul that brings many iOS 7-style visual flourishes to the Mac, without robbing the desktop software of what makes it great. A sketchier part of the rumor also claims some features originally intended for iOS 8 may get delayed until iOS 8.1, and that an Apple TV refresh with Siri voice control will also be part of the mix. WWDC 2014 kicks off on June 2 in San Francisco.
Ever have a video turn out so good, you wish you had a photo pulled from it? That's the premise of a free iPhone app called Vhoto, which allows users to shoot or import video files, select one or more frames and save them as image files for sharing to social networks, including the new Vhoto community. No more worrying about framing or posing a shot — Vhoto users can just record video instead, and the app will intelligently seek out the best shots using more than 20 dimensions including blur, contrast, faces, smiles, novelty, and user intent. Vhoto is now available from the App Store as a free download.
BGR has been diligently leaking details on the rumored Amazon smartphone, and on Thursday, that reporting led to the disclosure of the first clear image of the front and back of the handset. No longer housed in a protective case to shield what the hardware actually looks like, "multiple trusted sources" claim this image is the real deal, created for "internal use by graphic designers at Amazon." And this may be only the beginning, with a veritable fleet of smartphones to come in late spring or early summer. As previously reported, the devices could be exclusive to AT&T at first, with something called "Prime Data" to allow Amazon Prime subscribers access to free high-speed mobile data.
FireCore LLC announced the release of Infuse 2.3 on Thursday, a big update to the popular iOS media player which adds UPnP and DLNA streaming from a wide range of servers including Plex, XBMC, PlayStation 3, and more. Version 2.3 also adds new gesture-based controls such as play/pause with a two-finger tap or adjusting volume with a tap and drag up or down the right side of the screen. Last but not least, the app features improved streaming from certain NAS devices, better subtitle performance and new visual indicators for downloaded files.
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(Image courtesy of BGR)