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Apple Updates WWDC App with Apple Watch Version, WWDC 2015 Schedule

With an update released today on the App Store, Apple has refreshed its WWDC app for iOS with the schedule for the upcoming WWDC 2015, improved audio playback, and an Apple Watch version.

The app (now at version 3.0 and sporting a purple icon), includes a preliminary list of scheduled events and sessions such as the opening keynote on Monday, June 8, at 10 AM and the Apple Design Awards, which this year will celebrate the excellence in Apple Watch apps in addition to iOS and Mac software. On Apple Watch, the WWDC app will let you browse sessions, labs, and favorites, with the ability to view events and access information right from your wrist.

The updated WWDC app is available on the App Store. WWDC 2015 is kicking off on June 8 and runs through June 12; as usual, Apple is expected to unveil the next major versions of iOS and OS X at its annual developers conference.


Napkin: Say It With a Picture, Skip the 1,000 Words [Sponsor]

Sometimes explaining something with an email or instant message is frustrating and slow. Miscommunication costs time and money. Use Napkin for OS X to effortlessly create an image that makes your point crystal clear and avoid all that confusion.

Start by importing images or screenshots to your Napkin canvas. Sketch and type to create tasteful annotations such as arrows, shapes and text. Highlight a specific detail in an image by magnifying it with Napkin's unique call-outs. When you are done creating, share your result quickly with the sharing menu or a simple drag and drop export from the toolbar.

Napkin is designed to be easy to learn and efficient to use. The innovative user interface dispenses with the need for complicated tools and lets you just scribble directly on the canvas to create annotations and markup. Napkin gets out of your way and lets you express your thoughts with ease.

Designers, product managers, software developers, photographers, journalists, and educators have all found that Napkin makes their work easier. Creating an accurate bug report was never easier. Clear and concise design feedback is now a breeze. If you've ever needed to show someone the steps to do something on their computer you will appreciate how quick Napkin makes that task. Annotated images created in Napkin add a touch of class and clarity to lecture notes and presentations.

The new 1.5 release includes many features that make Napkin even more valuable. Napkin can now crop images directly in the app – no need to work with another tool to get rid of the excess. When you need to cover up a sensitive portion of an image, the new pixelate and blur redaction styles look great and keep your privacy intact. Napkin is also right at home on Yosemite, with an updated user interface and style.

Napkin is available on the Mac App Store for Macs running Yosemite or Mavericks. You can learn all about Napkin and see several videos of how Napkin can help you at aged-and-distilled.com.

Our thanks to Napkin for sponsoring MacStories this week.



Igloo: an Intranet You’ll Actually Like [Sponsor]

Why invest in the latest, sleekest devices if you are going to use them to stare at an intranet website that looks like it was built in the 90’s? With Igloo, you don’t have to be stuck at your desk to do your work. Your favourite Intranet is also mobile.

Not only can Igloo be customized to look exactly like your brand, but with its responsive design, it’s automatically optimized for almost any device you’re using, including the latest iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. And just like your favourite Apple devices, Igloo helps you do your best work.

Share files, coordinate calendars, provide status updates and manage projects. Igloo’s not just for your traditional intranet stuff like HR policies and expense forms. It also lets you work better together with your teams. And it keeps getting better.

Their latest upgrade, Viking, gives you more control over how you interact with documents, gather feedback and make changes. They've even added the ability to track who has read critical information (like read receipts in your email, but less annoying) to keep everyone on the same page. You can manage your task list from your laptop during a meeting, share status update from your phone as you are leaving the client’s site, and access the latest version of a file from home (and who doesn’t like to work in their pyjamas?).

Everything is now mobile – work should be too. Not convinced yet? Igloo understands love doesn’t happen overnight. Try Igloo for free for as long as you want with 10 of your favourite coworkers.

Our thanks to Igloo for sponsoring MacStories this week.


Apple Releases Watch OS 1.0.1

Apple has released the first update for Watch OS today, bringing a variety of improvements for Siri, third-party apps, and fitness features on Apple Watch.

In the first update since the device's launch, Apple highlights improved performance for measuring stand activity and calculating calories for indoor cycling and rowing workouts, three of the Apple Watch's fitness-oriented functionalities. The update also notes that Siri and third-party apps should have better performance now – notably, a number of initial reviews of the Apple Watch noted how apps (based on the WatchKit framework) were slow to load and prone to errors.

Watch OS 1.0.1 is available now in the Software Update section of the Apple Watch app for iPhone. You can find the full changelog in the screenshot above.



Apple Refreshes 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch Trackpad & Introduces Lower Priced Retina iMac

Apple today refreshed the 15-inch MacBook Pro, bringing the Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, longer battery life and more powerful graphics performance to the product line. The changes come after the 13-inch MacBook Pro was upgraded earlier this year alongside the debut of the new MacBook, both of which included the new Force Touch trackpad.

The new 15-inch MacBook Pros start at $1,999 and come with a 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB memory, 256GB flash storage and Intel Iris Pro graphics.

Apple also released a new configuration of the iMac with Retina 5K display. The new configuration comes in at a lower starting price of $1,999 and includes a 3.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, 1TB storage and AMD Radeon R9 M290 graphics.

“The response to the new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been amazing, and today we are thrilled to bring the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage and longer battery life to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Customers love the groundbreaking iMac with Retina 5K display, and now with a new lower starting price, even more people can experience the best desktop we’ve ever made.”


NYT Now: Your Guide to the News [Sponsor]

Never know what news is the most important to read about? Do you spend too much time searching your social media accounts looking for reliable news? Head to the App Store and download NYT Now for free.

NYT Now is the fastest way to get caught up with the news, with headlines and story summaries that get readers caught up quickly. Designed for iPhone and on-the-go consumption, NYT Now offers a selection of the best articles from The New York Times, as well as stories from around the web curated and hand-picked by a team of NYT editors. NYT Now even includes a daily Morning Briefing, designed to prepare you for the day ahead.

The New York Times released version 2.0 of NYT Now today, which I've personally been testing for the past week and find excellent. The biggest news is that the app is now completely free with no need to pay a subscription and no cap on the number of articles you can read – it's free and unlimited.

The app itself has received a refreshed user interface, with cards that indicate what an article is about and a sharing menu that supports iOS 8 extensions and even the ability to share articles with image previews on Twitter (see example). I find the app to offer a great mix of NYT content and editorial picks from the web: I've been discovering and saving articles through NYT Now, and I appreciate the variety and balance of topics and authors presented in the app on a daily basis.

Head to the App Store and download NYT Now or visit nytnow.com to learn more. Remember, it’s now completely free to download and use.

Our thanks to The New York Times for sponsoring MacStories this week.



Igloo: An Intranet You’ll Actually Like [Sponsor]

Why invest in the latest, sleekest devices if you are going to use them to stare at an intranet website that looks like it was built in the 90’s?

Not only can Igloo be customized to look exactly like your brand, but with its responsive design, it’s automatically optimized for almost any device you’re using, including the latest iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. And just like your favourite Apple devices, Igloo helps you do your best work.

Share files, coordinate calendars, provide status updates and manage projects. Igloo’s not just for your traditional intranet stuff like HR policies and expense forms. It also lets you work better together with your teams. And it keeps getting better.

Our latest upgrade, Viking, gives you more control over how you interact with documents, gather feedback and make changes. We’ve even added the ability to track who has read critical information (like read receipts in your email, but less annoying) to keep everyone on the same page.

Not convinced yet? We understand love doesn’t happen overnight. If you sign up now, we will let you try our platform for free for as long as you want.

Our thanks to Igloo for sponsoring MacStories this week.