Porsche has opted to support only Apple's CarPlay infotainment technology in its latest 911 Carrera and Carrera S models, blocking Android Auto support chiefly because Google demands detailed information from the vehicle's onboard diagnostics unit that is then sent to Google, compared to Apple's need only for the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) to tell CarPlay if the car is in motion. The carmaker was reportedly unhappy with Google's need to collect intricate data on the car's performance for no apparent reason.
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5 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, security, gadgets, troubleshooting, software, developer, hacks, audio, Apple
It's now October, and all the big Apple gifts we're going to get for Xmas this year are (probably) behind us. There's just one more to open: OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Should you jump to the latest and greatest? There are reasons to do so, and there are reasons to wait, depending on your situation. MacNN Editor Charles Martin and Managing Editor Mike Wuerthele discuss the pros and cons, talk about the real differences between the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, argue whether 16GB can work on an iOS device for storage without much pain, and more.
7 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, iPhone apps, iPad apps
Beer sponsor of the National Football League Budweiser has introduced the Bud-E Fridge. The new offering is a smart home beer fridge that gives consumers the ability to view real-time information from their fridge, ranging from the number of beer cans and bottles in it, to when the optimal temperature is reached for them, from anywhere that they have access to a mobile device.
With an "end of October" release date for the new Apple TV rapidly approaching, Apple is giving developers a bit of a helping hand. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently said that while initially, universal search will be limited to HBO, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, and Showtime, it will be opened up to coders soon. Additionally, the company has very recently shipped another wave of early Apple TV units to developers, giving more companies the ability to be ready when the device ships to the public.
8 hours ago | Posted in: software, digital imaging, Graphics/Web Design
Adobe has made other announcements at its MAX 2015 conference relating to its desktop apps, alongside its earlier mobile app updates. New additions to its Creative Cloud desktop tools are detailed by the company, as well as video support and new purchase options to the Adobe Stock content service, the launch of Adobe Portfolio to create portfolio websites, and changes to its Creative Cloud Photography plan. Outside of the conference, conflicting statements from Adobe employees suggest there is uncertainty about Metal being used in Mac versions of Creative Cloud apps.
10 hours ago | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, digital imaging, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio
Welcome to today's installment of Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN scours online retailers for discounts, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. The new deals joining the still-alive deals include the GoPro Hero4 Session for $250, Sony Professional Large Diaphragm headphones for $80, and a half-price offer on refurbished Dell monitors.
11 hours ago | Posted in: software
App development has taken off in the last few years, making it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the latest versions. To help all of you out, we here at MacNN are dedicated to sorting through new update releases, and highlighting some of the important ones, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we are featuring a massive discount on PDF converter Flip PDF for Mac, as well as detailing updates to system language manager Monolingual, note keeper Simplenote, Mail utility MailBar, menu bar cleaner Bartender, word processor Mellel, and video converter VideoDrive.
12 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, software
In the wake of escalating user reports over the weekend, Microsoft has issued a terse acknowledgement of problems with its software and OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Once thought to only affect Microsoft Outlook, the problems span all of Office 2011 and 2016 for OS X and range from minor graphical corruption not affecting a document, to the inability of the Office suite, as well as Outlook, to launch at all.
12 hours ago | Posted in: security, gadgets, accessories, iPad
There's no denying iPads are great, but out of the box they can be a little limiting in some pretty common scenarios. Carrying one around is somewhat cumbersome due to their size, and leaving one out in the open isn't exactly the smartest idea either. Luckily for us, the Grip and Dock by Maclocks is designed to keep your iPad secure, whether you're toting it around town, or have it hanging out on your desk.
12 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's collection is themed around improving your photography, with offers to upgrade shots taken using your iPhone, as well as a Lytro imaging device and a camera-equipped drone to give you even more picture-taking options.
13 hours ago | Posted in: computers, troubleshooting, Apple
As predicted, every release of Apple's mac operating system brings user trials and tribulations. El Capitan has its share. While overall, we're very pleased with the update here at MacNN and have already discussed five reasons to jump to El Capitan, there are nonetheless perfectly good reasons to wait for the imminent ".1" update (which is already in beta testing). As a partial counterpoint to our five reasons to immediately jump to El Capitan, here are five reasons to wait.
13 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging, Graphics/Web Design, iPhone apps
Adobe has expanded its app-based offerings with a pair of new mobile apps for editing images while on the move. The addition of Photoshop Fix and Adobe Capture CC to the company's app range accompanies other changes to existing Creative Cloud mobile apps, with many updates for the apps rolling out to users today.
14 hours ago | Posted in: Apple
After launching the products at the September "Hey Siri" event, the new Apple Watch Hermès collection is now available at select Apple retail stores, and select Hermès stores. The collection is the Apple Watch in stainless steel with finely crafted leather bands in distinctive styles from Hermès, including the Single Tour, Double Tour and Cuff.
14 hours ago | Posted in: Apple
Tim Cook has sent out an email to Apple, commemorating the fourth anniversary of founder Steve Jobs' death. In addition to celebrating the man's accomplishments and family, the email reminds "everyone in the Apple community that we share the privilege and responsibility of continuing the work Steve loved so much."
15 hours ago | Posted in: iPad apps
When MacNN gave iOS 9 the full Hands On treatment and examined it in detail, one of our few complaints was that you could only use Apple apps in Slide Over. We said this feature of swiping in an app from the side was great, and would only get greater when other developers' apps were included, but they weren't there yet. We should've waited 20 minutes: now, so many third-party apps are working with Slide Over that we've hit a problem we just never saw coming: it's hard to find the app you want.
16 hours ago | Posted in: software
If you want to add more apps to your Mac library, and haven't yet taken advantage of MacUpdate's Fall Bundle, you still have time. MacUpdate extended the sale of the bundle, which includes ten apps to help keep your Mac running smoothly and provide other functions, but now you have less than 48 hours to pick up the package for $50 before it officially ends.
18 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets
Updated versions of a smart lighting system by Philips has gone on sale ahead of an official announcement. Starter kits in the Philips Hue range compatible with HomeKit have gone on sale in Amazon, confirming rumors the electronics producer would support Apple's smart home platform, with Hue LED bulbs now able to be remotely controlled using integrated apps on the iPhone as well as through Siri voice commands.
18 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps
If you're a person who plays games regularly, there's a good chance that you're familiar with the point-and-click adventure games known as the Blackwell series. They're not new games by any stretch of the imagination, with the fifth and final game of the series, Blackwell Epiphany, released in 2014. They are, however, new to iOS, so they merit a look-see. Today we're going to check out Blackwell 4: Deception, the fourth game and the most recent addition to the iOS collection.
19 hours ago | Posted in: gaming
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, the Cortana virtual assistant is revealed as coming to the Xbox One in the future, EA prepares to ship a free update for Battlefield 4, Ex-Critierion developers hint at creating a spiritual successor to EA's Burnout franchise, and Ubisoft delays Trackmania Turbo until early next year.
The 5.5-inch Apple iPhone 6s Plus features a lot of the same upgrades as the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s. Like that model, it is powered by either a Samsung- or TSMC-fabricated custom dual-core A9 processor that puts most quad-core and octa-core chipsets from other companies to shame. It also features the same new 7000 series anodized aluminum unibody construction and the same fundamental design language. However, there are some key differences between the two models. Let's take a closer look at the larger of the two iPhone 6s models.
A report from London's Financial Times indicates that Apple has bought a natural-language development startup called VocalIQ that has developed applications for in-car apps, wearables, "smarthome" devices, and other applications where a voice interface works well. The company has been working on a natural-language API for automated self-learning that would allow users to interact even more naturally with voice-powered assistive services and devices. The company had previously criticized voice systems like Siri and Cortana for their inability to learn as they interacted with users.
Everyone likes getting something for nothing, especially when there's no or relatively few catches. Freebie Friday is the post where the MacNN staff find stuff you can make use of, without spending a penny. In this edition, there's courses for developers on how to use the Git version control system, an app that could help you get a better job, two free game offers, and the chance to listen to a little bit of Frank Sinatra over the weekend.
Fri October 2, 2015 | Posted in:
Depending where you are in the world, iOS 9 may have just brought you Apple News: an app that gathers articles from your preferred news sources, and pops them into one handy app. It's good, we like it, and we like it so much that MacNN has been part of it since day one -- but it isn't for people who read hundreds of articles or thousands of words a day. Reeder 3.0 is. Actually, Reeder 2.0 was too and even back in the Stone Age of Reeder 1.0 it was the newsreading app to beat.
Fri October 2, 2015 | Posted in: mobile phones
AT&T is delaying a launch of its Wi-Fi calling service, over a failed request to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The carrier has asked the FCC to waive the rules requiring communications companies to provide alternative options for the deaf and hard-of-hearing users, at the same time as complaining to the regulator over existing Wi-Fi calling services offered by competitors Sprint and T-Mobile, as the other carriers did not request waivers.
Fri October 2, 2015 | Posted in: Apple
While the new movie from Universal Pictures, Steve Jobs, has won nearly universal raves from critics and a key endorsement from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (who worked as a consultant on the film), it is always interesting to see what other key team members from the early days of Apple think of this latest effort to capture the quixotic nature of both the company's late co-founder. Andy Hertzfeld, the chief architect of the original Mac OS, has weighed in with a qualified endorsement of the film, calling it a "fine" movie that "deviates from reality everywhere" but serves to "expose the deeper truths" about Jobs.
Fri October 2, 2015 | Posted in: software
App development has taken off in the last few years, making it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the latest versions. To help all of you out, we here at MacNN are dedicated to sorting through new update releases, and highlighting some of the important ones, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we are featuring MacUpdate's Fall Bundle featuring 10 popular Mac apps for only $50, as well as detailing updates to note manager OneNote, newsreader Newsflow, font manager FontExplorer X Pro, task manager Things, system troubleshooter EtreCheck, and desktop recorder Screen Replay.
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