Apple’s acquires company behind ‘Star Wars’ SFX

When you go to theaters to see the latest Star Wars movie, the special effects – particularly the faces of aliens – will now be driven by Apple technology. That’s because Apple has purchased Faceshift, a Zurich-based company that has created cool tech to capture a person’s facial expressions in real time. Techcrunch reports that […]

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


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Twitter Announces Upcoming Revamped Twitter for Mac App

At its Twitter Flight developer conference, Twitter today announced plans for a redesigned and updated Twitter for Mac client, reports TechCrunch. The new Twitter for Mac app will include support for several newer Twitter features such as in-line Vine, video, and GIF playback, group Direct Messages, photo Direct Messages, and in-line replies.

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The app, which will be optimized for El Capitan, will show interaction highlights within the OS X Notification Center, and it has a built-in dark mode for users who prefer a darker interface.

Twitter for Mac has never been a focal point for Twitter, and the app has often gone for months without updates and new feature additions. From June of 2011 to April of 2013 it received zero updates, and in 2014 and 2015, it’s only been updated twice. With the revamped version, it’s possible Twitter plans to invest more of its resources into the Mac app to allow it to better compete with third-party products like Tweetbot.

Twitter plans to release its updated Mac app in a few months, with no concrete launch date set at the current time.



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The New York Times says the new Apple TV will be for gamers

We’ve previously heard rumors that Apple’s new Apple TV, which is scheduled to be announced Wednesday, will feature an all-new, motion-sensing remote that will poise the set-top box as a possible console killer. Now, the New York Times is backing the rumor up, saying the next Apple TV is being designed by Apple specifically to […]

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


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Apple Acquires ‘Rock-Solid High-Performance’ Database Company FoundationDB

Apple has acquired database company FoundationDB, reports TechCrunch. FoundationDB is a company that „develops scalable and fault tolerant databases that support multiple data models.“ A notice on the company’s site says that it has ceased to offer downloads after deciding to „evolve [the] company mission.“

According to TechCrunch, FoundationDB may have been an attractive purchase for Apple due to its ability to handle ACID-compliant transactions (aka data transfers) quickly and its strong scalability. A company blog post suggested it could achieve 54 billion writes per hour at a cost-per-write of 3 nano dollars.

FoundationDB’s attractiveness came in the speed at which it handled ACID-compliant transactions and coupled that with strong scalability. FoundationDB hosted a booth at TechCrunch Disrupt 2012, where we first wrote about its approach to a modern NoSQL database and its ‘NoSQL, YesACID’ motto. FoundationDB’s latest engine, which was covered by TC Columnist Jon Evans late last year, scaled up 14.4 million random writes per second.

TechCrunch describes FoundationDB as a „fast, affordable and durable database company“ that may have been acquired to boost Apple’s server-side technologies for the App Store, iTunes Connect, iTunes in the Cloud, or another service.

Apple confirmed the acquisition with the standard statement that it gives on purchases: „Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.“




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