Surprise! iPad mini 4 destroys iPad Pro in display shootout

Apple slapped the Pro tag on the gigantic new iPad Pro, which should mean it packs the best display ever, but it turns out that the company’s smallest tablet display is actually the most impressive. DisplayMate Technologies put the iPad Pro, iPad mini 4, and iPad Air 2 through their extensive lab testing measurements. All […]

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


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Pro Tip: The secret meaning of Apple Watch notifications shapes

If you’ve not paying really close attention to your Apple Watch notifications, you might have missed out on a really subtle and clever design decision the company built into them. It turns out that Apple uses two different shapes for its watch Apple Watch notification badges. And here’s why. I usually just buzz through my […]

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Instagram Announces In-App Support for Portrait and Landscape Modes

Instagram today announced that the popular app would begin letting users post photos and videos in both portrait and landscape modes, expanding upon the all-inclusive square format for which the service is well-known. The company notes it discovered that nearly one in five posts aren’t in the square format, so today’s decision comes from its mission statement of putting each user’s „visual story“ first and the format second.

Square format has been and always will be part of who we are. That said, the visual story you’re trying to tell should always come first, and we want to make it simple and fun for you to share moments just the way you want to.

It turns out that nearly one in five photos or videos people post aren’t in the square format, and we know that it hasn’t been easy to share this type of content on Instagram: friends get cut out of group shots, the subject of your video feels cramped and you can’t capture the Golden Gate Bridge from end to end.

Now, when choosing a photo or video, you can tap the format icon to adjust the orientation to portrait or landscape instead of square. Once you share the photo, the full-sized version of it will appear to all of your followers in feed in a beautiful, natural way.

The company believes that the update makes videos „more cinematic than ever“ thanks to widescreen, and that instead of a segregated selection of filters for photos and videos, now all filters can be used on any type of moment. The update is live now and should be rolling out to all Instagram users today. Those who have yet to download Instagram [Direct Link] from the App Store can do so for free.



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‘Square Dashboard’ Gives Businesses Ability to Track Sales in Real-Time

Square today launched a new app called „Square Dashboard,“ which aims to provide business owners with complete overviews of their businesses thanks to real-time data read-outs of various sales and analytic figures (via TechCrunch). The app sees Square’s continued expansion away from its simple start as a third-party payment processor, and into a more widely used enterprise-focused software company.

The app will allow business owners to track the sales figures of their business, and is even able to distinguish between individual locations for a franchised business. Users will be able to set dates and goals to meet, and compare items for sale, categories, and gross sales. Thanks to the app’s ability to go back and see sales from previous weeks, months, and years, business owners can more easily track their busiest seasons or discover the cause behind a bump or decline in profit.

Speaking with TechCrunch, Sidecar Coffee owner Andy Fuchtman noted the new app succeeds in keeping him up-to-date on the daily goings-on of his business, and even provides useful glimpses into the most popular items on sale at the shop.

I use the data to help me build the schedule, to see if my ideas for the shop are working, and to help me understand the identity of my business. For example, it turns out that vanilla lattes were among our top five selling items almost every day this spring so I had my staff make and taste a vanilla latte every time they started their shift. I tried a cappuccino happy hour to promote our favorite drink to make, then I watched to see if it worked.

Business owners interested can download Square Dashboard for free today from Square’s official website, after first creating a free Square account with the company.



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Microsoft has acquired the technology used in its Surface Pen from N-trig

Microsoft has purchased the technology behind the Surface Pen, used in its latest Surface tablets, from N-trig – but contrary to an earlier rumor, it has not acquired the company in its entirety. Read more…



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Microsoft hails success in US elections, as Bing correctly predicts 95% of winners

Microsoft’s prediction engine took up the challenge of trying to predict the winners of the recent US elections and now that the votes are in, it turns out that Bing was correct 95% of the time. Read more…



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