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Mac: Adobe Lightroom CC Update

After moving its photo management tools to the cloud with the debut of Lightroom CC in 2015, Adobe has updated the program’s interface and streamlined its tools for easier use. Incorporating elements of the “Project Nimbus” app that leaked out this summer, the Lightroom CC update expands cloud storage to 1 TB (way up from the measly 20 GB previously offered to Creative Cloud subscribers) for the same $10 monthly price, allowing users enough space to truly make use of cloud-based photo editing that stores both photos and edits for use from multiple devices. The app’s search function — powered by Adobe Sensei — uses machine learning to organize photos by recognizing and automatically tagging the content of images. Sharing also got an upgrade, including the ability to generate links to send directly or post to social media.

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Review: August Doorbell Cam Pro

August's popular Smart Lock was one of the first iOS-enabled and HomeKit-enabled door locks on the market, and upon entering its second generation, the Smart Lock was joined last year by August's first Doorbell Cam, expanding the company's lineup of home access products. This year August continues to improve its smart home solutions with new "Pro" versions of both its doorbell cam and smart lock. We'll be looking at both of these products this week, beginning with the company's new August Doorbell Cam Pro, which builds upon last year's original with floodlight illumination for the camera and other enhancements to video recording.

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Apple partners with GE on industrial apps

Apple has partnered with GE to provide the framework for industrial apps based on GE’s Predix Internet of Things platform, according to a joint release from the companies. The new Predix software development kit for iOS will give developers the building blocks to create their own IoT apps that make use of predictive data and analytics to anticipate and spot problems with even extremely complex machines. The Predix SDK will be available for download next week, allowing industrial operators to design apps that monitor and diagnose problems instantly, allowing repairs to be conducted and coordinated remotely.

iTunes U app update moves collections to Podcasts app, in line with iTunes changes

Apple has updated its iTunes U app to bring it in line with the recent changes to iTunes, migrating the collections features to the Podcasts app just like they were moved to the podcasts area within iTunes. Other than that, the app functions mostly the same as before, allowing users to view iTunes U courses and offering “performance improvements for accounts with a large number of courses.” Links to collections from within the iTunes U app will now open directly in the Podcasts app.

Daily Deal: NetSpot Home, Lifetime License

For Monday’s iLounge Deal, you can pick up a lifetime license to NetSpot Home for only $19 — that’s 72% off the regular price. This powerful Wi-Fi analysis tool helps you get the most out of your Internet connection by using your MacBook to visualize, optimize, and troubleshoot your wireless networks. NetSpot’s features allow you to figure out the optimal placement for your hotspots and selection of radio channels, with visual maps that help you see where to best increase your connection strength and see dead zones with spotty or no coverage. You can view any number of access points simultaneously, group AP’s by SSID, channel, vendor, security settings, and more, export your data and run customizable advanced reports along with Internet download & upload speed tests.

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Apple TV expands search options in US, other countries gain networks and Apple Music support

Apple TV has added some new networks to its universal search, provided users have the network’s app installed. U.S. users can now search for movies and shows from BBC America, Classix, and Oxygen, while Canadian users have gained CBC, Classix, Treehouse, FXNOW Canada, and ICI Tou.tv. Sweden and Norway gain support for Viaplay, and Australian users will see searches include 9Now, SBS, and Tenplay. The company also extended support for Apple Music searches beyond the U.S. and Canada, adding Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the U.K.

Apple explored option of buying health clinic startup

Apple recently engaged in talks to buy Crossover Health, a startup that runs on-site health clinics for large companies, CNBC reports. Crossover Health is one of a handful of companies that provide medical and wellness services to self-insured employers on or near their offices. Sources said the talks went on for months, but never materialized into any kind of concrete deal. But other sources said Apple also approached One Medical — a nationwide primary care group — which could signal Apple is serious about making inroads into a more robust primary health care role. A source said Apple’s health team has expressed interest in the primary care field for more than a year, but it’s still unclear whether the company would operate its own clinics or just be the technology partner for existing providers.

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Apple replies to senator’s questions about Face ID safety

Apple’s efforts to explain how its Face ID technology works and why it can be trusted to safeguard user data have drawn praise from Senator Al Franken, who sent the company an inquiry shortly after the feature was announced, CNET reports. Franken, the leading Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and Law, asked for specifics about the new technology, as he did in 2013 when he had similar questions about Touch ID. Apple reiterated many of its explanations from an extensive security white paper on Face ID, including how the device uses 30,000 unique dots to verify a user’s face scan, all without storing or sending out any biometric information. “I appreciate Apple’s willingness to engage with my office on these issues,” Franken said in a statement. “And I’m glad to see the steps that the company has taken to address consumer privacy and security concerns.”

Apple releases third developer betas for iOS 11.1, tvOS 11.1 + watchOS 4.1

Apple has released a third set of betas for iOS 11.1, tvOS 11.1, and watchOS 4.1 to registered developers. The release notes for all three platforms mostly indicate bug fixes, although watchOS 4.1 adds Apple Music streaming capabilities to the Apple Watch Series 3, including support for iCloud Music Library and Apple Music radio stations. Recent reports also suggest that iOS 11.1 may add support for Apple Pay Cash, with Apple’s corporate and retail employees already testing the feature, although it doesn’t appear to have yet been unlocked in the developer betas. Apple also released public betas for iOS and tvOS for those in the Apple Beta Software Program.

Sylvania adds LED Flex Strip, Soft White Bulb to Smart+ lineup

Sylvania has added a new LED Flex Strip and Soft White Bulb to the HomeKit-compatible Smart+ line of hubless lighting products it began last year with the Smart Multicolor Bulb. The Soft White Bulb ($26) is quite a bit cheaper than the multicolor model, but obviously lacks the color changing abilities. The Flex Strip ($60) is a bit pricier, but still comes in well below the $90 Philips’ Hue LightStrip Plus. The Full Color Bulb will be available on Amazon starting October 21, and both the Flex Strip and Soft White Bulb will be available on October 23. The company also has a smart plug, but that device is only listed as “coming soon.”





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