HBO Go just got even more distracting

An update to HBO Go is a direct assault on your productivity. The streaming service just added two new features that are sure to send you spiraling into a “just one more” death spin. The new features are Picture-in-Picture (for compatible devices running iOS 9) and autoplay, which is how you sit down to watch […]

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


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New ‘Sidefari’ App Allows iPad Users to View Side-by-Side Safari Windows

While Apple introduced a Split View mode in iOS 9 for iPad users to be able to use two apps side-by-side, it did not allow users to open two Safari windows side-by-side. A new app called Sidefari from developer Francisco Cantu (via MacStories) allows users to have two webpages open side-by-side to meet various browsing needs.

The app works by using Safari View Controller to open a second webpage via Split View. To activate Sidefari, all a user has to do is open the Slide Over app picker and choose Sidefari. The app also works in multiple sizes, allowing users to use Sidefari to take up either half the screen or smaller. Sidefari is only available for the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro as they are the only devices that support multitasking.

Sidefari for iPad is available in the App Store for $0.99. [Direct Link]
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Google Translate update brings Split View, new instant visual language

Learning a new language is hard work, especially if you’ve been raised in the U.S., which tends to eschew any real multi-lingual literacy. These days, however, Google Translate lets us all communicate a little more easily across language barriers. A new update for the app today brings both Split View support for newer iPads along […]

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


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Fantastical 2.5 brings goodies for iOS 9 and iPhone 6s users

Flexibits updated its popular Fantastical apps for iPhone and iPad this morning to take advantage of a number of new features in iOS 9 and on the iPhone 6s. Arguably the biggest improvement to productivity comes in the form of multitasking support for the iPad. Fantastical also threw in a dash of the new iPhone’s 3D Touch as […]

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Pixelmator for iOS Gains iOS 9 Support With Split-Screen Multitasking on iPad

Pixelmator for iOS was today updated with full support for iOS 9, enabling split-screen multitasking when used on an iPad. Pixelmator supports full Split View, which will allow the Pixelmator app to be used side-by-side with other apps on the iPad mini 4 and the iPad Air 2. On older iPads, split-screen multitasking will be limited to Slide Over.

„Pixelmator always takes advantage of the latest iOS features and technologies, and today we’re thrilled to bring Pixelmator for iOS 2.1, which includes full support for iOS 9, 8K image support, and the ability for iPad users to work in Pixelmator and any other app at the same time with Split View and Slide Over.“ said Aidas Dailide, one of the founders of the Pixelmator Team. „With the new features in Pixelmator for iOS, it is even easier and more fun to edit images on the go.“

Today’s update also includes support for 8K resolution images, letting users edit photos that are up to 64 megapixels on their iPhone or iPad, and Spotlight Search on the iPhone and iPad will now index Pixelmator documents so they’ll show up in search results.

There’s a new „Open in Place“ feature to open images from anywhere and save edits in the same place, and the „Save to Photos“ feature will now open images from Photos and save edits onto the same image without creating a duplicate image.

Pixelmator can be downloaded from the App Store for $4.99. [Direct Link]



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Apple Announces iPad Mini 4 for $399, Lowers iPad Mini 2 Price to $269

Apple today announced the iPad mini 4 at its „Hey Siri“ media event in San Francisco. The tablet is virtually a 7.9-inch version of the iPad Air 2 and is 6.1mm in thickness, which is 18% thinner than the previous generation. The tablet also weighs just 0.65 pounds with a 30% faster GPU and 60% faster graphics than the iPad Mini 3.

The new tablet also has all of the expected improvements in its camera, with advanced optics, an improved sensor, and an Apple‑designed image signal processor. The iPad Mini 4 includes Touch ID and uses new iOS 9 features like Slide Over, Split View, and Picture in Picture to provide users with a more robust and economical mobile experience.

iPad Mini 4 is available in Space Gray, Gold, and Silver for $399 (16GB), $499 (64GB), and $599 (128GB), including cellular options. Apple has dropped the iPad mini 3 from its lineup, while the iPad mini 2 is available for $269.

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Make the most of iOS 9’s Split View multitasking on iPad

One of the cooler features Apple has brought to El Capitan is the ability to have two apps up at once on the same screen. iOS 9 brings this multitasking joy to your iPad, provided you have the latest and greatest iPad Air 2, since it’s the only device that can currently manage the power […]

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