Adding to the bevy of updates released today, Apple has released an update to Xcode bringing it up to 6.0.1. Additionally, a new version of OS X Server Developer Preview for OS X 10.10 has been released, incrementing the pre-release to version 4.0 build 14S291i.
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46 minutes ago | Posted in: peripherals, Apple
Accompanying iOS 8 today is updated firmware for the Apple TV. Immediately visible are new cosmetic touches, namely thinner fonts and "flatter" app icons. It also includes some feature additions, such as a Beats Music channel, making it possible to listen to the subscription service Apple acquired earlier this year.
In tandem with the release of iOS 8, Apple has also begun updating its optional first-party apps with fresh support. These include Podcasts, iTunes U, Remote, and Find My iPhone. Other apps should be updated shortly.
Apple has sent two high-ranking executives to Capital Hill earlier this week to brief lawmakers on what it is doing to keep users' data secure and private in the wake of new devices tapping into users' health information and financial data. Apple Chief Technology Officer Bud Tribble and Health Project Manager Afshad Mistri briefed the House Energy and Commerce Committee behind closed doors on Tuesday, according to sources within Congress.
1 hour ago | Posted in: gadgets, iPhone apps, iPad apps
Swaive Corporation today announced that it has developed the Swaive Thermometer, an "intelligent" Bluetooth-connected ear thermometer. The Swaive Thermometer communicates with an iPhone and iPad app that analyzes temperatures and provides vital information to monitor the health of the family, and syncs with Apple's HealthKit. All readings can be instantly shared with physicians, nurses, parents, caretakers, and spouses allowing remote monitoring of critical trends.
Workers at a Foxconn factory in Brazil are on strike, potentially affecting shipments of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The strike, by 3,7000 workers at the largest factory under Foxconn control in South America, originally started on September 11th and is still underway, and it appears the worker-led disruption will continue for some time.
As planned, Apple has released iOS 8 via iTunes and as an over-the-air update. The latter may be difficult or impossible for some users, as it requires roughly 5.7GB of free space on an iPhone, and 6.9GB on an iPad. In any event users must have at least an iPhone 4S, iPad 2, or fifth-generation iPod touch.
2 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, developer, Apple
An unspecified, last-minute problem with HealthKit is prompting Apple to pull some compatible apps from the App Store, developers say. The developer of CARROT Fit, Brian Mueller, says that he received a phone call from Apple explainingadds on Twitter.
3 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone
A number of media outlets have published early reviews of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which are only officially shipping on Friday. Re/code's Walt Mossberg, one of Apple's preferred reviewers, calls the iPhone 6 "the best smartphone on the market, when you combine its hardware, all-new operating system, and the Apple ecosystem whose doors it opens." He notes that the battery lasted about 14 to 15 hours in testing, doing far better than the 8 to 10 of the iPhone 5s. On the 6 Plus, Re/code's Lauren Goode comments that while she doesn't like large phones, its battery lasted over a day when screen brightness was set to 50 percent.
Apple's next press event should take place in mid- to late October, a source tells AppleInsider. The company has reportedly set internal project and marketing deadlines for mid-October, ahead of a planned announcement. Previous rumors have called for an October event, but without specifying more precise timing.
PCalc is an advanced calculator that includes additional features not found in the iPhone's default calculator. Full support for iOS 8 is included in this release, along with support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. A new Notification Center Widget for iOS 8 is also included for performing quick calculations.
Pinterest is a bare-bones blogging tool that allows users to create a virtual bulletin boards of their favorite things. Users can browse through pinboards created by others, as well as repin, comment, and like others pins. Version 3.9 has been optimized for the larger screens of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and includes a new iOS 8 option for pinning times from Safari via the Share button.
Duolingo is a free tool that can help users learn new languages. Lessons are currently included for 6 different languages, including Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, and English. In v4.1 the Coach is now easily found thanks to a new iOS 8 widget. All Duolingo notifications can now be snoozed, which will hide them for one hour, after which users will again be reminded to get back to practicing.
Photoshop Touch is an illustration and photo-editing tool designed specifically for tablets. Support is included for a number of popular Photoshop features such as layers, selection tools, filters, and adjustments. The v1.7 update includes bug fixes for iOS 8 users.
Facetune is a photo touch-up tool that can be used to make various adjustments to faces. The app includes tools for smoothing skin, adjusting hair color, removing imperfections such as pimples, and enhancing eyes. The latest release fixes several iOS 8 compatibility issues.
Foxconn -- Apple's main manufacturer for the iPhone - has 100 dedicated assembly lines in Zhengzhou operating around the clock in an attempt to meet preorder and launch demand for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, say sources for the Wall Street Journal. "We have been churning out 140,000 iPhone 6 Plus and 400,000 iPhone 6 every day, the highest daily output ever, but the volume is still not enough to meet the preorders," one source says. "For iPhone 6 Plus, we are still ramping up the production line. Another reason for the limited supply is the shortage of 5.5-inch displays." While Foxconn is simply handling the majority of iPhone 6 units, it's the only manufacturer of the 6 Plus.
6 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, iPhone apps, mobile phones, iPad apps
Today, Logitech announced it is entering the home control market with new home automation product compatibility and four new products. The new Harmony Living Home lineup gives users access to and control of a wide library of entertainment and home automation devices, all from one centralized control system.
8 hours ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, iPad apps
Users of Dropbox on iOS are unable to back up data to the cloud storage service, due to a compatibility issue with iOS 8. The company claims the issue prevents users of the latest Apple mobile operating system from automatically backing up all of their photographs and videos to the service, with only a few of the latest files able to be uploaded successfully.
9 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps
British cable company Virgin Media has overhauled the iOS version of its TV Anywhere app. Engadget notes the app now uses a purple color scheme and some updates to bring it in line with iOS 7 and iOS 8, making the app appear more modern. The app update also precedes an upcoming makeover of Virgin Media's TiVo set-top box interface, with the addition of the Opera app store and an additional "What to Watch Now" function set to be added in October.
9 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, peripherals
Logitech has launched a gaming keyboard which offers extra functionality with a smartphone. The G910 Orion Spark can be used with an Arx Control app for iOS and Android, turning the smartphone into a second screen displaying data about the player's performance, with the keyboard also including a small docking area to hold the mobile device upright.
13 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps
Drawing and design app Paper by FiftyThree has released a major update, featuring a new sharing platform. The iPad app allows users to create sketches, diagrams, illustrations, note or drawings, and share them easily. Paper v2.0 includes Mix, a new open platform for collaborative art-making. Any idea that has been publicly shared can be used as a starting point to "remix," create and evolve. In addition to Mix, Paper 2.0 offers fluid surface pressure control when using the Pencil stylus with iOS 8. Its new and improved zoom loupe function expands when you need more space, and improved palm rejection will also be available under iOS 8. Free to download, Paper by FiftyThree requires iOS 7.0 or later.
13 hours ago | Posted in: software, digital imaging
Image correction software specialists Athentech have updated their flagship product to a new major version. Perfectly Clear, a pair of plug-ins for Photoshop and Lightroom, has been updated to version 2.0. The new version offers major speed improvements and is now twice as fast as previously, and now includes an extensive "Beautify" module. The upgrade also features better noise removal, full resolution zoom, a new split view, and a lower price.
Starting next month, Apple will add another layer of security to its iCloud service for third-party apps that utilize iCloud storage or other access. The company will allow users to assign up to 25 app-specific passwords for those users who don't want a third-party app to have the user's Apple ID credentials to utilize services such as syncing. The app-specific password approach not only protects the iCloud and Apple ID account, but enhances security for apps that don't support two-step authentication.
17 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging
A new all-in-one printer was recently released by Epson, positioned to be useful for families and photographers that want a device that doesn't take up much space. The Epson Expression Photo XP-860 Small-in-One offers a number of features to consumers, including borderless photo printing, scanning and sharing to Facebook, a wireless connection, copying, scanning, two-sided printing and faxing.
A nearly two-hour conversation with Apple CEO Tim Cook covering a wide variety of topics is now available in full from the Charlie Rose show website as well as PBS' own Hulu channel. Excerpts from the interview are also available on PBS' iOS app. The sit down discussion with Rose was filmed almost immediately after Cook unveiled the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the Apple Watch and the Apple Pay mobile payments system.
18 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, accessories
Misift, the company behind the Shine fitness tracker, announced another tracker today that aims at bringing wearables to a wider audience. The Flash functions as a fitness tracker and sleep monitor, taking on the same features found in the Shine for a lower price. Where the $100 Shine was a tracker in an aluminum shell, the Flash takes a cheaper route with polyurethane and polycarbonate construction for $50.
19 hours ago | Posted in: industry
Podcasters may not be in the clear of potential patent violations after a ruling this week in a Texas court. Six jurors found that CBS Corporation, home of the television network with shows like The Big Bang Theory and Person of Interest, infringed upon the patent by streaming episodic content of its television shows on the Internet. The trial only lasted four days, with CBS failing to prove the patent owned by Personal Audio LLC should be invalidated.
With its combination of more and better apps, better security and now large-screen mobile devices, Apple is expecting the new iPhone and iOS 8 to help persuade more Android users to move up to iOS, and to that end has published a document on its website guiding switchers on how to move content from their Android device to the iPhone. The expectation isn't based on hubris: surveys have shown that at least a third of Android users would consider switching to the iPhone 6 family.
22 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, accessories, Apple
Early orders of Apple's official cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are beginning to reach customers, user reports indicate. While the company usually gives strict instructions to courier services that prevent them from delivering iPhones and iPads before a launch date, it doesn't do the same for accessories. The strict timing with hardware is believed to be for the sake of marketing impact, as well as deterring scalpers.
MacNN forum-goers anxiously awaiting the delivery of their latest, greatest iPhones have converged in the thread titled "Incoming iPhone" to discuss just where in the world the tracking numbers state their precious cargo resides. Forum members who are looking for an iPad sleeve with a spot for a power adapter that doesn't cause a bulge are conversing about the available options in a thread started by Clinically Insane member "subego" earlier this week.
Right now, Apple's Online Store is offering steep price cuts on a selection of refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro models. The 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 500GB of storage and 8x SuperDrive has seen a discount of $690, and is now down to $1,109. A $710 discount drops the price on the refurbished 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.4GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage down to $1,489.
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