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The Sony PS4 is the most important console Sony has yet produced, especially as some observers argue that it could be one of the last dedicated gaming consoles with rise of mobile devices and high-quality casual gaming. It is Sony's proposition for why multipurpose gaming consoles still deserve a place in the home of not only gamers, but other users who might primarily be after an entertainment h ...... ...| Read more »
Late on Friday, Apple changed its website home page with a picture honoring former South Africa President Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday at the age of 95. The move comes after CEO Tim Cook posted a tweet quoting Mandela, who was revered worldwide for his political suffrage and leadership of the anti-apartheid movement that eventually overthrew the government and replaced it with a truly representational democracy, of which Mandela himself was the first leader.... ...| Read more »
The splash page of Apple's US website changed this evening from the usual product displays and content links to a spare, elegant black and white portrait of Nelson Mandela. The South African activist, decades-long political prisoner and statesman who served as the first black president of a post-apartheid nation died Thursday at age 95.
The tribute page appears only on the US site at this time as far as I can tell, although it may end up on Apple's international web pages soon. While this "takeover" style of front-page tribute is unusual, it is not unprecedented on Apple's site. Founder Steve Jobs took over the home page in the days following his passing in 2011 and...| Read more »
Microsoft has released a major update for its Bing app for iPad. The new app features a revamped interface to match the aesthetic of Apple’s latest OS along with a host of other features and improvements. Users are now able to save the daily image found on the search engine’s home page to their camera rolls for use as a wallpaper or whatever other purpose they decide.
Images and bookmarks can now be saved in the app and synced via Mirosoft’s SkyDrive service to other devices. Search results can now be shared to Facebook, Twitter, and other social platforms....
Apple late Friday updated its website landing page with a tribute to late South African President and anti-apartheid advocate Nelson Mandela, who passed away on Thursday at the age of 95.| Read more »
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Apple has completely removed all product promotion from its www.apple.com homepage this evening and replaced it with a touching tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela, who passed away earlier this week. The New York Times has an interactive timeline of Mandela’s life.
Apple has previously replaced its homepage to mark the passing of only a few other individuals: Gregory Hines, George Harrison, Rosa Parks, board member Jerry York, and Steve Jobs. Apple executives Tim Cook and Phil Schiller shared their thoughts about Mandela’s life via Twitter:
"Let freedom reign. The sun...
Online trade-in site Gazelle has reported that iPad trade-ins for cash jumped 175 percent over normal on the weekend of Black Friday, a certain indicator that Apple CEO Tim Cook's prediction that it would be an "iPad Christmas" is likely to come true. The Apple tablet, which continues to dominate the category three and a half years after its introduction, has also topped holiday wish list compilations and has seen some constrained supplies of the two latest models, particularly the Retina iPad mini.... ...| Read more »
According to a report from mobile analytics firm Flurry, mobile device users logged 1.3 billion app sessions over Thanksgiving weekend, a 68 percent increase from last year, with photo, video and music apps accounting for half of all usage.| Read more »
There is no shortage of clever and interesting iPhone cases out there, but VanD's line of polycarbonate light-up cases may just take the cake.
The cases take advantage of a toggle in iOS that allows users to set the LED light on their device to flash upon receipt of an incoming call or text message.
In iOS 7, this can be enabled by going to Settings > General > Accessibility and then toggling on "LED Flash for Alerts."
Using the same principles as fiber-optic tables, these clear plastic cases from VanD harness the light from your iPhone's flash to internally illuminate, revealing etched patterns and designs.
But as is typically the case, you really have to see these babies in action to fully appreciate their unique appeal.
The cases, compatible with both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5, cost US$19....| Read more »
Again this holiday season, Apple has indicated it will be offering its retail and other workers steep discounts on selected accessories, in addition to a modest break on the price of iTunes Gift Cards. The company annually changes up its holiday-season offers to employees, but usually reveals price breaks on certain store items on top of the normal discount employees routinely receive on hardware and software purchases. Discounts can be as high as 65 percent off the retail price on third-party items sold at Apple Stores.... ...| Read more »
Tim Cook with retail employees at Palo Alto Apple Store (Getty Images)
Today it was revealed that for the holiday season Google will be giving its employees a Nexus 5 or a Nexus 7. In past years, Apple has not given its retail employees a significant gift for the holiday, though employees have been given hoodies.
The first gift to Apple Retail Employees was $10 off of a $50 iTunes gift card. This isn’t something to brag...
First time accepted submitter cs80 writes "I've been looking high and low for a decent, open-source, cross-platform audio player that can import an existing iTunes library and sort my files based on their ID3 tags. Nightingale, with its iTunes-like interface, would have been the obvious answer, but its file organization feature was pulled for being too buggy. What open-source audio player did you migrate to after dumping iTunes?" ...| Read more »
The FBI has an elite hacker team that creates customized malware to identify or monitor high-value suspects who are adept at covering their tracks online, according to a published report. The growing sophistication of the spyware—which has the capability to remotely activate video cameras and report users' geographic locations—is pushing the boundaries of constitutional limits on searches and seizures, The Washington Post reported in an article published Friday. Critics compare it to a physical search that indiscriminately seizes the entire contents of a home, rather than just those items linked to a suspected crime. Former US officials said the FBI uses the technique sparingly, in part to prevent it from being widely known. The 2,000-word article recounts an FBI hunt...| Read more »
Apple has launched iBeacon—Bluetooth-powered stations that can communicate with iPhones and iPads. The feature allows Apple to guide customers and send information to their devices, but the bigger story is that Apple is proactively demonstrating why it never bothered to support near-field communications, or NFC.| Read more »
TUAW's staff is made up of a lot of fans of the accessory lens products from Olloclip. They're designed to work perfectly with various models of the iPhone, and are nicely designed and well built. Now the company has announced the Macro 3-in-1 Lens kit (US$69.99 SRP) for the iPhone 5/5s, made specifically for taking those really close-up shots of everything in the world around us.
Things start off with a 7x macro lens, bump up to a 14x lens and then go into the realm of the microscope with a 21x lens. Since it's often difficult, if not downright impossible, to get properly focused on your subject when using macro lenses, Olloclip includes a pair of opaque focusing cups that make it much easier to hold the lenses the correct distance away.
As usual, Olloclip machines the lens casings out of aluminum and uses ground-glass, multi-element lenses. A small bag for the lenses is...| Read more »
In a new editorial that could have been written by Apple's legal team in a candid moment, the Wall Street Journal rakes Apple e-book trial judge over the coals for both recent and previous missteps, from "essentially [ruling] before hearing the evidence" to appointing a personal friend with no experience in antitrust issues (and requiring an $1,000-per-hour assistant) as an inquisitor who believes his job is to "investigate Apple all over again" in an unconstitutional manner.... ...| Read more »
Black Friday is a sales bonanza for stores across America -- heck, even our Canadian neighbors are getting in on the action. But there's more to the day than just blowing all your money on cheap consumer goods. It's also a day for selling your old consumer goods to pay for upgrades. Gazelle, the web's leading trade-in service for old tech, contacted us to let us know how its Black Friday went and what products drove trade-ins.
Here's a hint -- Apple products helped business a lot:
Considering the...| Read more »
All Things D reports that T-Mobile is finally taking advantage of this year’s MetroPCS merger. The fourth-largest mobile carrier in the U.S. plans to use the new spectrum to offer even faster speeds on its LTE network nationwide. Some markets are already seeing an increase in speed, and more will see faster service next year. The company says it hopes to cover up to 90% of its current subscriber base with improved service.
In direct contrast to this data network improvement, T-Mobile is also planning to launch new pre-paid...
If you live in the US and own an iPhone or iPad, there's a really good chance you booted up an app or two on Thanksgiving weekend this year. In fact, there's a better chance you used an app this year on Thanksgiving than any year prior, with over 1.2 billion app start-ups initiated according to new data from Flurry Analytics. For comparison, Thanksgiving weekend last year didn't even break 800 million app starts.
So why the spike? Well, Flurry's data shows that Thanksgiving is a huge time for smartphone usage, which can be attributed to travel, cooking, football, and a host of other common Thanksgiving traditions. This year, however, both media apps (music, video, and camera apps) and games were used more than the previous two years, while travel apps were used less than in 2011 or 2012, possibly due to an untimely winter storm.
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Apple provides a pretty efficient mail app for iOS, but 3rd parties are always trying to be better and some users are always looking for more. Inbox Cube is a free iPhone app (it's not universal but will work on the iPad) that makes some improvements on the basic Apple Mail app.
Inbox Cube supports iCloud mail, AOL, Yahoo and Gmail. One feature I think is very strong: The ability to just see photo, video, or document attachments in a single click. That includes attachments you have sent as well as received.
The on-screen display is attractive, and it is easy to navigate. You get notifications of new email just as fast as you would with the Apple mail client. I had them both activated and heard the mail alerts at the same time from both.
Search for content in mail is very fast. You can search globally, or by subject, text in the body of the email, or from or to. When emails are listed,...| Read more »
The New Zealand Police are crediting a rollout of iPhones and iPads to police officers as having helped to reduce crime in the island country. The devices are part of a program called "Policing Excellence," and the NZ Police issued a report crediting it for reducing crime by 13 percent, reducing the number of necessary prosecutions by 27 percent, and for allowing police to be more focused on victims.| Read more »
Citing a need for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to "get the enabling technology right," new chairman Tom Wheeler has delayed a spectrum auction. The auction pays television broadcasters for unused spectrum left unused after the shift to digital television. The FCC will then auction off the reclaimed spectrum to wireless carriers to expand wireless networks.... ...| Read more »
The site for Apple's "spaceship" headquarters and Campus 2 is in the process of being cleared, with demolition of existing buildings at the location now well underway.
MacRumors posted a number of photos today showing the construction fences erected around the location, as well as equipment being used for the demolition. The demolition work is proceeding on land purchased by Apple in 2006, where a massive underground parking structure will be built.
According to the MacRumors article, the headquarters building is to be located on land north of where the work is taking place. The 2.8 million-square-foot facility is included in Phase 1 of the construction, expected to be completed by 2016, along with a fitness center and auditorium. Phase 2 plans include 600,000 square feet of office and R&D buildings.
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Social media giant Facebook isn't generally known for its Apple technology use, but a new report suggests that it may have thousands of Mac minis in its data centers. According to ex-Apple engineer and current Facebook employee Christian Legnitto, the Facebook data centers in Prineville, OR and Forest City, NC both have "racks and racks" loaded with the diminutive computer performing "hundreds of thousands of tests every couple of hours" on iOS software in development.... ...| Read more »
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Xcode Fundamentals for iOS 7 - Learn to build Apps and Design User Interfaces [On sale for $79, down from $499]
So you want to make apps but you don't know where to start. You start a few tutorials on the internet but you end up without an app or any knowledge whatsoever.
If you want to make apps you pretty much have to use Xcode, Apple's app-making program. But when you download it and take a look it seems really complicated to use. There are tons of books on how to program and use Xcode but none of them are that user-friendly.
That's where this course...| Read more »
A number of Apple's online stores have begun selling 4K monitors made by Sharp, it was revealed on Friday. A 32-inch version of Sharp's PN-K321 monitor showed up at Apple's UK online store recently, retailing for £3,499. The move likely signals the impending availability of Apple's new, redesigned Mac Pro.... ...| Read more »
I recently found SealsWithClubs, an online poker site that uses Bitcoin and allows U.S. players to play. If you've been jonesing to play online poker and you have, or can get, some Bitcoins, SealsWithClubs is it. They have a Mac client, as well as a browser-based client, Windows, Linux, and Android. Bets on the site are in denominations of 1 "Chip," with a Chip being equal to 0.001BTC, or 1/1000th of a Bitcoin. There are plenty of game withs blinds smaller than a Chip, going down to 0.05/0.10 Chips, which is roughly similar to nickle/dime blinds. I'll offer a more detailed review of the site next week.| Read more »
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In addition to the nearly US$1 billion judgment Apple secured against Samsung for patent infringement, Apple now wants the Korean-based tech giant to foot a percentage of its legal costs.
In a motion filed on Thursday, Apple articulates why Samsung should fork over $15.7 million in attorneys' fees. According to the filing, that figure amounts to about less than one-third of what Apple spent on legal fees from the outset of the case through March 1, 2013, the date marking "the last order on motions arising from the first trial."
To bolster its position, Apple cites Section 1117(a) of the Lanham Act, which details appropriate remedies in cases where willful trade dress dilution is present. The Lanham Act allows for an award of reasonable attorneys' fees in "exceptional cases."
Apple's motion explains that previous court rulings have fashioned the term "exceptional" to...| Read more »
Google has redesigned the Android and iOS versions of its News web app with a variety of improvements. The look of the app has been cleaned up to make it easier to read and track different stories, and it can now be customized with light or dark themes, adjustable font sizes, and/or bigger story cards that include more content. Navigation has been streamlined by funneling access to every section, including customized ones, through a News icon in the top left; Google Feedback can be reached through a menu in the upper right.... ...| Read more »
According to a chart posted on Apple's developer website, iOS 7 is now installed on 74 percent of all active mobile devices manufactured by the tech giant. iOS 6 still powers 22 percent of iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch models out there, while the remaining 4 percent—likely older hardware that can no longer be upgraded—are on “other” versions of the operating system.
As several publications have noted, this means that the adoption of Apple's latest operating system has jumped by nearly ten percentage points in the last month, making it the fastest-growing version of iOS ever. That’s been helped, at least in part, by the company's tradition of supporting several generations of hardware with every update.
Quick growth and fast adoption
Although Apple does not make historical information about operating system adoption available, mobile tracking firm Fiksu...| Read more »
This week in the MacNN forums, one Grizzled Veteran was looking for answers after they discovered that they were having problems with Reminders. A solution to this problem has yet to be found. "How does one overcome an Apple ID issue?" asks Junior Member "porrid" after they discovered that they are unable to sign into their account.... ...| Read more »
China Mobile denies inking a deal with Apple, throwing cold water on reports claiming the two companies finally reached a partnership agreement that would see the iPhone offered to carrier's 740 million subscribers.| Read more »
At Apple's online store today save on refurbished desktop models like the iMac, and Mac Pro. The 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive has been cut by $250 down to $1049. A $270 discount lowers the cost of the 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive down to $1,229.... ...| Read more »
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Ahead of the next-generation Mac Pro launch later this month, Apple has begun selling Sharp’s 32-inch 4K HD LED Monitor via its online store. The pricy display, which we lusted after during a hands-on earlier this year, has a 32-inch diagonal panel at a resolution of 3840 x 2160. (you can currently pick this up at retailers like B&H in the US or...
This week retailers across the net slashed prices for Cyber Monday week. Currently HP.com is offering the 17-inch HP Envy with Leap Motion for $1,439.99, which is already $100 off the list price of $1,539.99, and until December 8th, 2013, take advantage of a $500 discount with coupon code 'NB17TLM' that drops the price further to $1,039.99, beating the next lowest price by $540. This computer features a built-in Leap Motion hands free control, Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 2TB of storage and has Windows 8 pre-installed.... ...| Read more »
Apple has rolled out iBeacon technology at its 254 Apple Stores in the U.S., enabling shoppers to receive iPhone notifications about products and services via the Apple Store app. As the Associated Press reports, iBeacon transmitters use Bluetooth wireless technology to sense a shopper’s exact location inside an Apple Store and send messages based on the aisle or product a user is near. For example, customers walking by an iPhone table could receive messages offering to help them check their upgrade availability or see if they can get money for trading in an old phone. iBeacon technology is moving into other venues as well. The AP reports that Major League Baseball plans to use it next year to offer features like coupons and videos based on a user’s location in a ballpark.| Read more »
When we think about a 13-inch iPad, we can't just think about a larger display for things like reading, art and designing. Instead, there comes a point where a larger iPad creates whole new markets and applications. John Martellaro speculates.| Read more »
Ahead of this month's debut of the revamped Mac Pro desktop, which can drive up to three 4K displays, Apple is selling a new 4K "Ultra HD" 32-inch LED IGZO monitor from manufacturer Sharp in its online store.| Read more »
Deer Hunting season may be drawing to a close, but Dear Hunter 2014 aims (pun intended) to keep you hunting game even in the off-season. You'll get a chance to own firearms you could only dream about and can travel to locations around the world.
This hunting simulator has impressive graphics that look great on the iPad Air. The scenery and animals are very well rendered and their movement is fluid and fast, especially at the more difficult levels. I even played it on the iPad 2 and performance was still very good.
You play the game as a stationary hunter who is aiming for animals as they run or fly by you. You can move left or right to get a better angle, but you can't track an animal like you can in some simulations. You have controls to zoom in on an animal, reload your weapon or swap between weapons. Deer Hunter 2014 not only has you hunting deer as its name implies, there are a wide assortment of animals from...| Read more »
The world's biggest cellphone carrier, China Mobile, says it is still discussing an iPhone deal with Apple, according to a Reuters report. "We are still negotiating with Apple, but for now we have nothing new to announce," comments Mobile spokeswoman Rainie Lei. Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal claimed that a deal had been signed, supporting rumors that Mobile might start selling iPhones as soon as December 18th.... ...| Read more »
Several recent applications have been released to remedy issues users have discovered with iOS 7’s moving wallpapers — namely, unintuitive changes in the ways iOS 7 resizes and positions photographs when used as wallpapers. Michael Belanger’s Fix My Wallpaper ($1) lets users zoom in and out on wallpaper photos,…| Read more »
Revelations from classified documents acquired by Edward Snowden are showing us how mobile technology and the open Internet have been co-opted into history’s largest government surveillance network. Is there any way to “take back the net,” or will national powers start breaking up the Internet into separate fiefdoms? Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.| Read more »
The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies.…| Read more »
Often forgotten amid the endless array of leaderboards and global connectivity is the fact that games can, in fact, act as something more than simply a means of competition. While some critics remain adamant against video games being considered an art form, titles such as Blek make a strong case against their disbeliefs. Blek at its core is a simple puzzle game, providing players with a series of increasingly challenging levels to complete, yet thanks to the strong use of clean visuals and unadorned audio, stands out in the App Store as a must have.... ...| Read more »
Apple on Friday enabled iBeacon location-aware transmitters at all of its U.S. retail stores, giving the company the ability to easily provide product information and allow shoppers to quickly check out via their iPhone. But initial tests by AppleInsider show the use of iBeacons remains limited at launch, suggesting bigger things are yet to come.| Read more »
Spotify is looking to give users an added incentive to choose its streaming music service over the droves of competitors by offering free on-demand music via its mobile app. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the new option will be offered as an ad-supported alternative to services like Pandora and iTunes Radio.
Currently, Spotify's mobile app offers a free radio service which is streamed based on a user's preferred music genre, with the on-demand service reserved for Spotify paid subscribers. If this plan does indeed come to fruition, the only different between standard Spotify and Spotify Premium, which costs US$9.99 per month, will be that the paid service comes without ads....| Read more »
We’ve all known that lawyers in the Apple-Samsung case have been racking up huge bills. Now we have a better idea of just how much.
In court filings this week, Apple asked a federal judge to order Samsung to pay more than $15 million in legal fees, an amount it says is a fraction of the more than $60 million in outside legal bills it has racked up in the current San Jose, Calif., case. It also wants $6 million in other miscellaneous costs, such as copying and electronic filings.
The request follows a trial and retrial in which Samsung was found liable for violating various Apple patents and ordered to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Now, Apple is seeking reimbursement for some of its massive legal expenses in pursuing the case.
Apple says it has paid or expects to...
Even as Google has yet to release a standalone app for its news platform, the company just announced a revamped mobile experience. This revamp comes on the heels of Google revealing the end of its alternative news application, Currents which is being rolled in with Newsstand.
Over the next few days Google News readers on Android and iOS devices will start to see a beautiful new version of the mobile web app that will provide an improved overall experience resulting in a kind of real-time news desk for you on your phone.
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Apple has taken a step toward a more interactive shopping experience, activating iOS 7's iBeacon technology at its 254 U.S. retail outlets. It was to start providing information about in-store products and services directly to customers' iPhones, based on their location within the store, on Friday. With iBeacon running, your phone might tell you your computer is ready for collection when you near the pickup area; or you might receive information on your iPhone upgrade eligibility when you're standing next to an iPhone display.
Apple on Friday filed a motion in U.S. District Court seeking to recover nearly $16 million of its $60 million in attorneys' fees related to the company's long-running patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung.| Read more »
Apple has released iOS 7 adoption statistic on its developer website, unusually nestling the information within an App Store Distribution section of the site. The company claims that “74% of devices are using iOS 7,” though it’s interesting how Apple reached that number. It says that the 74% was…| Read more »
Apple's ongoing patent infringement actions against Samsung have cost the iPhone maker more than $60 million in legal fees, it was revealed on Thursday. Reuters reported on a new legal filing from Apple that pointed to the total cost Apple has paid to its U.S.-based legal team in order to pursue litigation against the South Korean tech giant. The figure, while sizable, is dwarfed by the potential damages payout Apple may receive for its initial victories, which amount to roughly $900 million.... ...| Read more »
No matter how much you love Siri, we all know it’s just not as reliable as Apple’s polished videos would lead you to believe. Of course, it would be in poor choice for Apple to publish sloppy demos, right?
But what if Apple let Siri take over your driving experience too? The Smart Department’s satirical video probably isn’t too far from reality if that’s the premise.
Personally, I’ll just stick with Automatic and hope iOS in the Car isn’t as wonky as real life Siri.Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: humor, iOS in the Car,...
Apple has incurred legal costs of over $60 million in its court battle against Samsung in California, and the bill is still rising.
The figure was revealed in filings made late Thursday by Apple’s lawyers with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California as part of Apple’s demand that Samsung should pay a portion of its legal expenses.
”Apple has paid or expects to pay Morrison & Foerster approximately $60 million for its work on this case through the damages retrial,” the filing said, referring to Apple’s main law firm. “Apple also has paid or expects to pay approximately $2 million to Wilmer Hale for its fees in the damages retrial,” it added, referring to a second company it has been using.
The figures only include those who had billed more than $100,000 in charges thus far in the case, so the actual bill is likely to be higher.
Judge Denise Cote has responded to Apple's complaints over what the company sees as overreaching actions on the part of court appointed monitor Michael Bromwich, and she's telling the company to take up its issues with the Department of Justice. Judge Cote assigned Mr. Bromwich to monitor the iPhone and iPad maker as part of the company's sentence for ebook price fixing, and so far he's pushed for interviews with executives that aren't involved in ebook pricing and handed over a bill for services at US$1,100 an hour.| Read more »
Ember, an app from Realmac Software built to help designers and artists compile, collect, and otherwise make sense of their ideas and influences, employs an extremely clever in-app feedback feature that we wouldn't mind seeing become a new norm.
Rather than a simple, static feedback page with an email address or perhaps a phone number, the app first asks you how you feel about Ember, be it happy, confused, or unhappy. Happy users are encouraged to write a review, share their feelings on Twitter and Facebook, and contact the Ember team directly. Meanwhile, confused users are directed to a help guide with the additional option of contacting Ember via email, and the unhappy souls are given just the option of emailing the team.
This system clearly benefits Ember by increasing the likelihood that happy folks will leave positive reviews or social mentions, but it also...| Read more »
How well does the classic Star Wars role-playing game work on the iPad? Read on to find out. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.| Read more »
iPad trade-ins through Gazelle grew a whopping 175 percent over Black Friday weekend as presumed upgraders sought cash for their older models, supporting Apple's belief that the iPad will be the hottest holiday gift this year.| Read more »
“You’re having a dispute with your neighbour,” he hypothesised. “How would you feel if your neighbour went over and bought a commercial observation drone that they can launch from their back yard. It just flies over your house all day. How would you feel about it?”
Mr Schmidt, do you actually know what Google Maps and Google Earth do?
And as Peter Cohen said on Twitter, “I think it’s hilarious that the guy whose company is making self-driving cars has a bug up his ass about drones.”
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Jeff Butts is one of those odd folks who simply cannot wear ear buds of any sort, even Apple's famed Ear Pods. Because of this limitation, Jeff's always on the lookout for over-the-ear headphones that not only provide excellent sound, but also provide a microphone. He might have finally found the perfect match for his needs, all at a perfect price.| Read more »
The Wall Street Journal today came to the very public defense of Apple in an editorial opinion piece titled "Apple's Star Chamber: An abusive judge and her prosecutor friend besiege the tech maker." The abuser in question is Clinton appointee Judge Denise Cote, who thrashed Apple back in July for allegedly conspiring with publishers to raise digital book prices. As part of her ruling, Cote appointed a friend -- Michael Bromwich (AP photo above) -- to monitor antitrust compliance and training procedures. Bromwich has since decided "to act as the inquisitor of all things Cupertino," to quote the WSJ.
Cote's original injunction provided a period of time ending on January 14, 2014 for Apple to thoroughly examine and update its antitrust policies. But as the Journal notes, by late October, Bromwich had "demanded immediate interviews...| Read more »
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After months of speculation, Apple today rolled out its iBeacon technology in all of its 254 U.S. stores, allowing the company to send notifications to shoppers’ phones based on their location within the store.
The technology, which sends data to phones via Bluetooth Low Energy from iPhones, iPads and other third-party hardware Apple has positioned around its stores, will initially be used to prompt shoppers who have installed the Apple Store app and agree to be tracked to take certain actions.
For example, shoppers who have come to the store to pick up a device they ordered online may receive a push notification-like message indicating that the product is ready and to swipe to view the confirmation.
Another implementation triggers a message to shoppers when they are near the store’s accessories department and will prompt them to read product reviews and pay with the app’s...
Apple's November sales may have grown by 19 to 20 percent month-over-month in November, according to an estimate by Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White. The figure is based on White's "Apple Barometer," which tracks the performance of Taiwanese suppliers known to depend on Apple as a major client. "With approximately 97% of the sales now accounted for in our Apple Barometer, we estimate sales in November rose by approximately 19-20% M/M and well above the November average of up 6% over the past eight years," the analyst writes in a new investor memo. "As such, we believe this November wi... ...| Read more »
A pair of forthcoming iPhone accessories have been revealed, as purported images of a new Made for iPhone game controller --?this time from major gaming peripheral manufacturer Razer --?have hit the internet, while Typo, a new iPhone keyboard case, has emerged with a unique backer: entertainer Ryan Seacrest.| Read more »
Walk into an Apple Store from now on, and your phone might start trying to sell you those sweet earphones you’ve been looking at for awhile. Apple on Friday morning activated its new iBeacons system at all 254 stores in the United States, part of an apparent attempt to expand in-store sales.
The system—new in iOS 7—is designed to work with Apple’s official Apple Store app. It detects that you’re in the store, and your location therein. Walk near the accessories, for example, and your phone will send you a push notification inviting you to take a closer look at the merchandise.
But iBeacons isn’t quite as frictionless for the consumer as that scenario sounds.
I attempted to test iBeacons when the Apple Store in Center City Philadelphia opened on Friday...
A new patent by Apple suggests that Siri may be headed for the home. The filing, titled "Smart dock for activating a voice recognition mode of a portable electronic device," details an advanced base station that would host a device like the iPhone or iPad, and could automatically activate the voice-recognition features of said device without any physical interaction.
The patent describes existing electronic voice-recognition capabilities as requiring "an initial activation step requiring the user to interact with the finger controls and/or GUI of their device before voice commands can be processed." The invention in the patent would accomplish this in a different manner, such as constantly listening for a specific word or phrase. The dock itself could feature physical controls or a touchscreen, but it would remain rather "dumb" until being coupled with a phone or other gadget.
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Twelve South has announced that its portable sound system, BassJump, has received a MacBook software update for OS X Mavericks compatibility. BassJump offers users additional audio speakers for one's MacBook, powered by a USB cable.... ...| Read more »
After receiving final approval from the Cupertino City Council build its massive new headquarters in the Northern California city, Apple wasted no time in moving ahead with the project. Earlier this week, the company began demolition of the existing site, which formerly belonged to Hewlett-Packard. Once that phase of the project is completed, construction can begin on the 176-acre campus and the vast, spaceship-shaped building that will be its centerpiece.| Read more »
It's the last few hours to enter the #tuawturkeyday video contest hosted by our friends at FilmThis. We want to hear about your holiday tech nightmares that could have been avoided if only it was an Apple product. We are rewarding the most harrowing stories with awesome prizes; consider it an early holiday gift to yourself!Last chance to enter the turkey day video contest with FilmThis originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 06 Dec 2013 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | ...| Read more »
The Final-est Fantasy!This week's roundup of apps includes the latest generation of a beloved game series and the beginning of a new Disney franchise. Also: ways to organize your email and your gifts this holiday season.The Elements in ActionYou may already be familiar with Touch Press’s The Elements: A Visual Exploration, a beautifully crafted (and somewhat expensive at $14) look at the science of matter. Now comes The Elements in Action, a $4 offering for iPhone and iPad, with a separate and narrower focus from its predecessor: It features “the most beautifully filmed collection videos ever assembled to explore and explain what makes each element unique and fascinating.” (You can watch a heavy cannonball float weightlessly on top of a bath of ultra-dense mercury bath, for example.) You can use this app alone, or in conjunction with its predecessor—when installed on the same device,...| Read more »
Gaming hardware maker Razer is working on a Made for iPhone-certified controller, a leak hints. Images depict a case-style product similar to the Logitech PowerShell, allegedly codenamed the Kazuyo. An unusual aspect though is the Kazuyo's ability to tilt an iPhone or iPod up roughly 45 degrees, potentially giving players a better viewing angle.... ...| Read more »
olloclip continues to develop its product line of lens kits for the iPhone. Now, olloclip has launched another in the series: the Macro 3-IN-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 5/5s consisting of 7x, 14x and 21x power lenses. At the higher magnifications, the iPhone becomes a digital microscope with interesting applications in medicine, dentistry, forensics, botany and zoology, just to name a few.| Read more »
Apple's share of the US smartphone market climbed from July to October of this year, but only by a small margin, according to new data from comScore. The newest report showed a .2% increase in for Apple, moving from 40.4% to 40.6%, and the company remains the top smartphone manufacturer in the states by a very wide margin.
Samsung was the biggest mover on the chart, climbing 1.3% to 25.4% of overall share, with Motorola grabbing a 0.1% bump to 7%. Meanwhile, HTC and LG both lost share, dropping 1.3% and 0.2%, respectively. In terms of platform market share, Android is still king with 52.2%, while Apple remains in second place at 40.6%.Apple's US smartphone share climbs to 40.6% originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial...| Read more »
AgileBits is today releasing v4.1 of 1Password for Mac, its flagship software for storing logins, credit card numbers, and other sensitive data. One major addition is an improved browser plugin, which will now let people use the auto-save function to update existing passwords, instead of just store new ones. Items can now also be tagged from the auto-save panel.... ...| Read more »
Just in time for the holiday shopping season, the supply of the iPhone 5s is catching up with demand. Both in the US and other stores in Europe, the ship times for the iPhone 5s has dropped to 1 to 3 days. This is the lowest ship time since the handset launched earlier this year. Even the coveted gold model, which was scarce at launch, is now readily available.
If you plan to buy a new iPhone for a loved one this holiday season, you should be aware of Apple's shipping deadlines. All configurations of the iPhone 5s and the 5c must be ordered before December 18th, if you want the phone to arrive on or before December 24th. Apple also is offering free...| Read more »
PhoneBuff has put together an interesting video showcasing fifty things Siri can do now, and we think there’s a pretty high chance you won’t be aware of all of them. It’s getting on for eight minutes long, but well worth a look if you want to make sure you’re getting the most out of Apple’s virtual assistant.
The video includes examples of linked queries, where Siri knows who or what you are referring to based on your previous question.
PhoneBuff did a similar thing with Google Now’s Voice Commands, and although they don’t use the same questions – each video is designed to illustrate their respective capabilities rather than a head-to-head challenge – it does make for an interesting comparison. Google video below.
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A new opinion piece lambasts Judge Denise Cote, the federal judge in charge of the Justice Department's antitrust suit against Apple, for being "abusive" and "shredding the separation of constitutional powers" by appointing and granting broad authority to antitrust monitor Michael Bromwich.| Read more »
Apple filed a request with the court late on Thursday requesting Samsung reimburse US$15.7 million of its legal fees in their patent infringement fight. The request isn't common in cases like this, although Apple thinks it's justified based on Samsung's willful mobile device patent infringement.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple is asking for a third of its legal expenses from a limited window of time in its patent infringement fight with Samsung. The request may be out of the ordinary, but it isn't without precedent. Based on Apple's wording in the request, it's clear the company really wants to drive home the point that Samsung has been willfully copying its mobile device designs.| Read more »
Apple is today deploying iBeacons at all 254 of its US retail stores, according to the Associated Press. At the Fifth Avenue store in New York City alone, the company has 20 iBeacons; some of these are reportedly just iPhones and iPads, but, like regular iBeacons, can communicate with a visitor's iPhone as they walk around the store. To receive notifications a person needs to have Bluetooth enabled, and the latest version of the Apple Store iPhone app, which must be allowed access to location data and push notifications.... ...| Read more »
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1Password for Mac, the popular password management app that we love here at 9to5Mac, has been updated to version 4.1 with a huge list of improvements, fixes, and additions. The first of these new additions is a new multi-column display mode with customizable column sizes.
One of the key changes to the app’s browser plugin is an updated auto-save system for new logins. Whenever you enter a password on a site you haven’t previously saved, 1Password will offer to store the password for you. With today’s update, you’ll now be able to use this feature to update existing passwords that have been previously...
All 254 U.S. Apple Stores have now implemented Apple’s iBeacon technology, the Associated Press reports. Starting today, customers using the Apple Store app can benefit from in-store notifications as they move around the store, providing information such as orders ready for pick-up, iPhone upgrade eligibility, store events, and more.…| Read more »
Apple is rolling out iBeacon technology to all its 254 US Stores starting today, December 6th, says a report in the Associated Press. The technology will allow customers to receive messages about products, events and discount offers as they walk through a store. It will also alert customers when an order is ready to be picked up.
Apple demoed the technology at its Fifth Avenue store in New York City earlier this week. The store has 20 iBeacon transmitters, some of which are iPhones and iPads that utilize this iOS7-based technology. The iBeacons will connect to your iOS device using Bluetooth, and the connection is optional for the user. You don't have to...| Read more »
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Gaming specialist Razer is joining MOGA and Logitech in launching a game controller for the iPhone after Apple created an MFI program to licence support for hardware controllers.
Leaked photos from @evleaks show it to be similar in appearance to the Logitech controller, though a hinge allows the iPhone to...