You’ll soon be able to use Siri to search Music on Apple TV

Apple TV’s Siri-enabled universal search feature is set to come to Apple Music early next year, Apple has confirmed. The feature means that Apple TV users will be able to request to find songs, artists or albums in the way that they can currently find movies or TV shows. Adding Siri voice search to Apple […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Adobe Backpedals on Commitment to Bring Metal to After Effects

At WWDC 2015, Adobe director of engineering David McGavran demonstrated After Effects and Illustrator on Mac integrated with Metal, Apple’s new high-performance graphical acceleration API on OS X El Capitan. At the end of the demo, he said that Adobe is committed to bringing Metal to multiple Creative Cloud apps on Mac.

„Adobe is committed to bringing Metal to all of its Mac OS Creative Cloud applications, such as Illustrator and After Effects I showed you today, as well as Photoshop and Premiere Pro. We are very excited to see what Metal can do for our Creative Cloud users.“

Adobe has since changed its tune about its commitment to Metal on Mac, however, as Adobe product manager Todd Kopriva this week said in the Adobe Communities that the company has not made a commitment to Metal or any other GPU acceleration technology at this time.

„We are currently exploring various technologies for GPU acceleration, and Metal is one possibility, but we have made no commitment to any specific GPU acceleration technology at this time.“

Kopriva admitted that Adobe „sent a confusing message“ about its commitment to Metal.

„I am the person who makes the commitments for After Effects. The person who did the demonstration was a member of of our engineering team demonstrating the results of an experiment,“ said Kopriva. „I certainly agree that the engineer who spoke on the Apple stage sent a confusing message. At this point, the best that I can do–as the leader of the After Effects team–is to clarify the reality, which I have done above on this thread.“

Adobe’s demo included Illustrator’s rending engine built on Metal, which allowed for continuous zoom, while After Effects had up to an 8x performance improvement in rendering and reduced CPU usage with Metal.

Metal is available for both iOS and OS X developers, with documentation, sample code and video tutorials available on Apple’s website.

MacRumors has reached out to Adobe for comment.

(Thanks, Chris!)



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Apple Begins Hiring for Flagship Chinese Retail Store in Macau

Apple has posted several job listings today for an upcoming retail store in Macau, a Special Administrative Region of China. The store is looking to fill Specialist, Creative, Genius, Store Leader and Manager positions, in addition to hiring for the Apple Store Leader Program and multiple business-related positions.

Chinese-language newspaper Macao Daily reported in June that Apple is planning to open a flagship store in Macau, which is located across from Hong Kong, but the news went largely uncovered by mainstream media. At the time, the report claimed that Apple had not finalized a location for the upcoming store.

Apple celebrated the grand opening of its Apple Store in Brussels today, while two new Apple Stores also open in Nanjing, China and Florence, Italy today and September 26 respectively. Apple now operates over 460 retail stores worldwide.



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Former NBA player uses all 5 fingers to palm Apple products

Former NBA player Rex Chapman pleaded guilty to four counts of felony theft this week. He was arrested for not only stealing over $15,000 worth of Apple gear from the store in Scottsdale, Arizona, but also for selling it at local pawn shops. Chapman allegedly pretended to use the Apple Store’s self-checkout system, leaving without […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Without an official Apple Store, Dubai is the land that tech forgot

Apple still hasn’t opened an official store in the Middle East — and in Dubai that has allowed some otherwise past-it brands to not only eke out a modest existence but to thrive, complete with upmarket retail stores in shiny shopping malls. Posted…Read more ›



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