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Adobe Stock images joins Creative Cloud 2015

Adobe Stock images joins Creative Cloud 2015

While all of the existing applications in Adobe's Creative Cloud suite received new features and overall enhancements this week, the 2015 update does introduce one brand new app. Stock is Adobe's new attempt at a marketplace for stock photos, built right into apps that already make up Creative Cloud. Since a majority of professional photographers who sell photos through stock imagery services use Photoshop and other Adobe apps, the company though to become its own image dealer, with a goal of simplifying the buying process.

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Adobe announces 2015 update to Creative Cloud suite

Adobe announces 2015 update to Creative Cloud suite

Adobe has announced this year's updates to Creative Cloud suite of applications, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, InDesign, After Effects, Premiere Pro, and more. While the 2014 versions were all about making the cloud the central component to all the software, the 2015 Creative Cloud update brings about refinements and performance enhancements. One example includes Linked Assets, which allows content within Creative Cloud Libraries to be automatically updated when one member of a team makes changes, even from within multiple applications.

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Facebook Moments app auto-curates event albums

Facebook Moments app auto-curates event albums

Facebook has launched a new photo management app, Moments, intended to privately gather up shared shots from events. Figuring that plenty of people take lots of photos at parties, family gatherings, and other social occasions, but never share them with other participants or, indeed, see the pictures their friends took on their phones, the iPhone and Android app uses a combination of facial recognition and timestamps to figure out what combined gallery needs to be created.

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Google has big plans to tame Chrome on Macs

Google has big plans to tame Chrome on Macs

Google is hard at work giving Chrome a Mac makeover, finally waking up to complaints that the browser is a resource hog in OS X. While Chrome may be capable, especially when outfitted with one or more plugins from the well-stocked Extensions store, it's also become notorious for hammering battery life on Mac notebooks, and generally consuming more than its fair share of system resources.

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New security technology allows emoji for passwords

New security technology allows emoji for passwords

Imagine instead of having to type four digits as a security PIN, you could just type the sunglasses smiley, blue heart, top hat, and thumbs up emoji? Well, new security software from the UK's Intelligent Environments could soon allow just that. The company says they have developed a system that would allow symbols, namely emoji, to be used instead of numbers in a PIN code. This makes PINs easier to remember, but, even better, data shows they can actually be more secure than just digits.

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This is Apple’s history of music

This is Apple’s history of music

Today Apple presented Apple Music, a streaming music ecosystem made to turn the tides on other top-name players in the space. Apple's power comes not from a good product in and of itself, but from its ecosystem of success. If you have one Apple device, you know. You're made to feel that you're part of a family, and that every product Apple makes that you use, you're more a part of that family. You're made to FEEL good. Apple knows this. Because of this, Apple made their case with a history lesson.

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Apple Music introduced as “the next chapter in music”

Apple Music introduced as “the next chapter in music”

This week at WWDC 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced Apple Music. This is a service which Apple suggests is the next step in music evolution, moving through the record player, boom boxes, CDs, speakers in the back of cars, and the iPod. Apple is suggesting that this release is as important to the history of music as their magnum opus, the iPod itself. "Today we're announcing Apple Music," said Cook, "the next chapter in music." He then introduced Jimmy Iovine of Beats.

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iOS 9 will require less space, support same devices as iOS 8

iOS 9 will require less space, support same devices as iOS 8

Apple has detailed when you will be able to get your hands on iOS 9: the public beta will be launching in July, marking another “first” for the company. The final version will be arriving later on this fall, and there’s more good news with that: it’s likely your current Apple device will be able to run it, at least if you're running iOS 8. The upgrade will be free in the fall, as expected, while the iOS developer beta will be available today.

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Apple Watch OS updates include Reply to Email, FaceTime Audio

Apple Watch OS updates include Reply to Email, FaceTime Audio

This week Apple Watch is getting a rather large update just a few weeks after its first hardware was released. Included is a way to glance at the future, a feature called Time Travel. Also in the mix is a new way to replace your watch face with one of your choice. There's a new Photos app, and new ways to communicate with your friends. This newest update will allow you to reply to an email directly from the Apple Watch with the watch's ability to take dictation.

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Swift for iOS is now open source

Swift for iOS is now open source

Apple announces that Swift of iOS will be open source from this point on. WWDC 2015 is home to this announcement, the honor of announcing goes to Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi. This open source bit will be married to the release of iOS 9. This software will be released for developers in a public beta starting in July. This will be a free upgrade as all IOS upgrades are, and "all currently supported devices" will be included. Developers rejoice, change is afoot.

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