Apple highlights Final Cut Pro and its role in Warner Brothers movie ‘Focus’ — Ahead of the February 27th release of romantic comedy Focus, Apple has provided a detailed look at the role Final Cut Pro X played in the production and development of the motion picture.
Tim Cook to deliver May commencement address at George Washington University — Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver the keynote address to graduates at George Washington University, reports GW Today. Cook, along with Anthony S Fauci and Carole Watson, will receive an honorary doctorate of public service. Cook was nominated by GWU students and accepted the invitation for the May 17th event.
Spotify adds song lyrics, gets more social on PCs — The popular music streaming service is tweaking its desktop app to display song lyrics as you listen. Spotify’s new music lyrics feature is powered by Musixmatch, one of the most popular apps in Spotify’s catalog.
Apple dropped as supplier by Chinese government — Apple is among the companies China has officially dropped from its state-approved technology buying list—a move that was unofficially revealed several months ago. The change means Chinese government agencies can’t purchase iPhones, iPads, or Macs.
Skype 7.5 for Mac now available — Skype 7.5 for Mac is now available from Microsoft, and the app is adding localisation for a number of new languages as well as tackling some performance issues. Skype is a free download in the first place. To get it, open Skype, choose ‘Check for updates’ from the Skype menu.
Love with databases over for Mac users — A few years ago, you could select from a fairly wide range of database programs (many on the PC including the still formidable MS Access, a few on the Mac) that allowed us to keep track of our CDs, records, books, wine bottles and whatever we were collecting. Not any more.
Apple nets US$224 on each 16GB WiFi iPad Air 2 it sells — Despite its upgrade, the iPad Air 2 shares a nearly similar bill of materials with its predecessor, claims IHS following its teardown analysis of Apple’s latest tablet device. According to the analysis, the entry-level US$499 16GB WiFi-Only iPad Air 2 costs Apple US$275 to manufacture as compared to US$269 for original iPad Air.
Microsoft unveils new iOS-compatible fitness tracker, Microsoft Band — Microsoft today entered the fitness tracker market with its new Microsoft Band wearable device(pictured above) to compete with new offerings from Fitbit and Apple’s upcoming Watch device. The Band’s biggest feature is its cross-compatibility, supporting iOS, Android and Windows Phone. It also moves beyond a fitness tracker and inches into the smartwatch category with support for notifications and other smartphone-connected features.
Spotify brings its new look to iPad, Skype update lets users save and delete chat photos — Popular music subscription service Spotify updated its official iPad app on Thursday with a new look in line with its iPhone client, while also giving users access to the “Your Music” feature, and Microsoft’s Skype for iPhone was also updated with the ability to save and delete photo, as well as a faster chat-load time.
ProShot is a worthy addition to your app collection — ProShot (free) has been a big hit on Windows Phones, but was missing from the App Store. It’s no longer absent from the iOS world, launching with a barrel of useful features that give your iPhone capabilities similar to a serious DSLR.
OmniFocus 2 for iPad makes life easier with extensions and background syncing — If you need more power for sub-tasks, contexts, and weekly reviews than your typical to-do list provides, you can’t go wrong with OmniFocus(but it’s US$30).
Samsung suffered a 73.9% drop in Q3 mobile profits while Apple’s rose 11.3 percent — Samsung Electronics reported overall Q3 operating profits of 4.06 trillion won ($3.8 billion) — a 60% year-over-year drop — while its Mobile division suffered a 73.9 percent drop in profits.