Thursday Morning News

MF858Back when Apple showed off the tap-to-talk voice messaging features in iOS 8, I said it was a pretty standard thing in Asian countries. And today, one analyst has revealed Tim Cook saw this very phenomenon for himself, walking down the streets of China. There, people speak into their phones to send voice messages instead of pecking at an on-screen keyboard. It’s like leaving someone voice mail, only instantaneously — and there’s even the possibility you’ll be able to do it with the thing you wear on your wrist in the coming months.

Ars Technica managed to get a statement from Apple about the demise of Aperture, and Apple has mentioned plans for pro features in its Photos replacement along the lines of “image search, editing, effects, and most notably, third-party accessibility”. ApertureExpert (which penned a great article earlier last week about the death of Aperture) has analysed the official Photos photo from Apple in an attempt to deduce the possible editing features the app will have.

And if you read Matt Kloskowski, he writes there are already many similarities between Lightroom and Aperture, at least in terms of how your photography workflow might translate between the two apps. True, not everything is the same, but there’s plenty that’s similar for you to not have to feel like you’re learning an entirely new app.

But if it all seems too hard, you can simply do nothing about it, as suggested by iMore. Aperture isn’t going away, after all — at least not for the next year — by which time Photos will be out, so you can see how that compares. Unfortunately, if you are going down the route of moving to something else, nothing I’ve read suggests an easy way to migrate your Aperture library to another app.

Apple has released the Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter, a Kensington adapter that secures the Mac Pro to whatever surface its resting on. What’s more, it also prevents access to internal components by securing the housing to the enclosure. It’s $59 for us Aussies and is now available in Apple’s Online Store.

Over at MacStories, Federico Viticci has written about his Launch Center Pro setup. It’s a good read if you need a little inspiration on how to use the app to be a little more productive on iOS.

NextThere is a new iOS app from the developers behind Triptastic that gives you real-time public transport information. It only supports a handful of cities — Sydney and Brisbane in Australia, with Portland and Honolulu also on the list — but it has great personalisation features so you can see only the public transport data that matters to you. It’s free with an in-app purchase to unlock more features.

Rene Ritchie from iMore explains how sharing has changed in iOS 8. Share extensions already look to be a big part of how developers are going to add extensibility to core iOS features, and the best thing is that it’s all done in a way that’s inherently secure.

MG Siegler writes there is no app, with notifications able to replace pretty much any app. “Yo” might have been stupid and completely insecure, but with better notification interactions coming as part of iOS 8, apps that you don’t even have to open are the best apps.

Every Mac user gets a nifty screen-recording utility in the form of QuickTime, which features its own scree recording tool. TUAW walks you through it.

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