(Updated with Apple welcoming page) Vivendi's Universal Music Group has completed a sale of its 13 percent stake in Beats to Apple, in a deal worth $404 million, according to an official statement. The company hasn't released any other details. In all, Apple is paying about $3 billion to acquire Beats.
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1 hour ago | Posted in: gadgets
Casio is adding another smartwatch to its wristwear range, this time adding a new item to the G-Shock collection. The G-Shock GBA-400 provides the option to control music on an iPhone or Android smartphone over Bluetooth, with the additional ability to pipe nearby music to the smartphone for recognition by SoundHound, displaying the track information on the watch's digital display.
OmniPlan is a project planning application that is capable of storing Gnatt charts, schedules, summaries, milestones and critical paths. The software also allows users to break down a project into smaller tasks that can be distributed among workers. The latest releases resolves a number of bugs and crashes, including a problem that resulted in task labels rendering poorly on printouts of the Gantt view. A crash that could occur when plugging and unplugging external monitors has also been fixed.
ExpanDrive builds cloud storage into any application by allowing the online storage account to act like a USB drive plugged into the Mac. Version 4.1.4 makes improvements to the app’s ability to detect new/deleted files on a remote server, as well as to support for Textmate 2. Support for very large S3 listings has also been fixed and non-ASCII characters on Google Drive should no longer create any problems.
Together is a tool for storing, previewing, editing and searching a variety of files. Most items can be dragged to Together's main window or Shelf for quick access. The v3.2.1 update addresses a crash that could occur after importing a folder by moving it, as well as a problem where the last selected items would not be restored after a restart if "Close windows when quitting an application" is selected in General System Preferences.
Ember is a digital scrapbooking app that can be used to store and organize websites, photos, apps, and many other things. Any content added to the app can be organized into collections, while tags can be used to further sort items. With the latest update, users can now record their screen at 60fps. A problem with saving GIFs from the Ember browser via the right-click menus has also been fixed.
HoudahGeo enables users to link photos to the location where they were taken. Photos can be pinned to their respective locations, removing the need for a digital camera with built-in GPS capabilities. In v3.7.2, the software can now display speed in knots, and will also check if it has read privileges before trying to load an image. Furthermore, pasting coordinates now understands more number formats and separators.
2 hours ago | Posted in: security, software, networking
Rayner Software has released Netshade 6, an update of its proxy/VPN client for the Mac. The main addition is actually KeyShade, a tool for storing passwords, notes, and bank and credit card info. Data is encrypted using AES-256, and synced across devices. Rayner says that a standalone version of KeyShade will be "coming soon" to Mac and iOS, but that for now it's tied to NetShade.
9 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, software, accessories, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps
To-do app Wunderlist has reached version 3.0, and is celebrating with fresh, iOS 7-inspired look, among other changes. The biggest changes users would immediately notice are the design, the real-time sync and a new option to make a list public. Users can also share lists with selected other Wunderlist users (such as family) across nearly any mobile or desktop platform, with instant updating.
10 hours ago | Posted in: mobile phones, iPad apps
Roam Mobility, a Canadian independent roaming SIM replacement provider, has announced its new unlimited roaming plans for travellers while in the US. Upon purchasing a one-time upgrade to the network ($2), users with one of the company's SIMs and an unlocked device can access Roam Mobility's new Text+Data plan ($2 per day) offering unlimited texting and 2G data; plans that include 4G LTE data, flex scheduling, a Snowbird incremental option, and more are also available at generally lower rates than before. Roam Mobility can be purchased from major retailers across Canada, such as London Drugs, Staples, 7-Eleven, and more.
11 hours ago | Posted in: audio
When hitting the gym or going out for a trail run, headphones can cause a number of problems. From the ear buds getting slimy with sweat or the ear cups not holding onto the user's head tightly enough, there are a bunch of inconveniences that occur. This isn't even considering the cords that can get in the way, resulting in headphones flying off someone's head or a plug being yanked from a device. Is there a set of headphones that can put active people at ease when wearing them? Perhaps, as SMS Audio, the company led by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, has released an active version of its Sync on-ear wireless headphones. Do the SMS Audio Sync Sports give users everything they want, while delivering great audio? Find out in our review.
14 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, software, developer, Apple
On Thursday, Apple updated its supported drivers for Epson printers and scanners for all OS X Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8) and Mavericks (10.9) users, and also added an update intended only for those testing the forthcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta (either developers or members of the Beta Seed Program). The latter is just a small incremental update to the Feedback Assistant used to send Apple data on issues with the beta, and is available to all Yosemite testers.
15 hours ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps
The official Wikipedia app for iOS has received a major update, including a complete native rewrite and new additions. The free encyclopedia contains more than 32 million article in 280 languages; the newest version now features localization and international support. Wikipedia Mobile v4.0 includes a table of contents sidebar, so that users can easily navigate articles. Editing is enabled, meaning that users can now edit articles whether they are logged in or out of their Wikipedia account. The mobile app is free to download, and requires iOS 6.0 or later.
15 hours ago | Posted in: industry, security, enterprise
Square, a company that helped open mobile payments up to the masses, released news today that it would be expanding its device offerings with a reader for chip-based credit cards, now frequently used outside the US. While the company states that typical Europay, Master Card and Visa (EMV) solutions are costly, it will release an affordable model to enable sellers to accept the secure payments.
17 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps
On Thursday, Facebook updated two of its applications for iOS users: the now-required Messenger chatting program, and its SnapChat-like photo-messaging app Slingshot. The latter's biggest change is the removal of what was previously a puzzling core requirement of the app -- users no longer have to "reply" with a message, photo or video before being allowed to see the message, photo or video sent to them. The now-mandatory Messenger app has been updated to allow full-screen viewing of photos and videos.
During last week's San Diego Comic Con, Telltale Games, the developer of narrative-based adventure games like The Wolf Among Us, announced that it would be producing a third season of its popular The Walking Dead game. Details on the next season of the title are scarce, as it was only mentioned during a panel for Skybound Entertainment, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman's imprint. The game likely won't be out anytime soon, as the company still hasn't wrapped up season two of The Walking Dead. It's also looking to release narrative games in the same style with Tales from the Borderlands and Game of Thrones.
Microsoft has updated its trio of Office apps for the iPad -- Word, Excel, and PowerPoint -- adding a number of significant features. Perhaps the biggest addition is support for PDF export, but new third-party fonts have also been added, as have new Picture tools that let people crop an image or reset it to an unaltered state. Other changes are specific to Excel and PowerPoint.
21 hours ago | Posted in: networking, Apple
Apple's proprietary content delivery network is now operational in the US and Europe, says Frost & Sullivan analyst Dan Rayburn. Its status was determined by conducting traceroutes for OS X downloads, which show that files are being shuttled directly from Apple to ISPs. The network is estimated to be capable of delivering multiple terabits per second.
23 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, troubleshooting, Apple
US and Canadian Apple Stores will finally start conducting iPhone 5s screen replacements on or around August 4th, sources say. Some US stores have been piloting the service for the past several months, but now Apple Stores are reportedly receiving "large quantities" of replacement screens. iPhone 5c screen services began in January.
23 hours ago | Posted in: mobile phones
Sky Communications has launched a new wireless provider, Sky Mobile, across the US. The new carrier offers several options for mobile users, with basic users still being able to purchase flip phones, while smartphone users are able to choose from devices from Apple, LG, Samsung, and Kyocera.
Apple has confirmed reports of job losses at Beats as a part of its $3 billion acquisition. "We're excited to have the Beats team join Apple, and we have extended job offers to every Beats employee," says Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr. "Because of some overlap in our operations, some offers are for a limited period and we'll work hard during this time to find as many of these Beats employees as we can another permanent job within Apple." Sources say that last week, about 200 out of Beats' 700 employees were told that their positions are now temporary, and will be cut within the next few months.
23 hours ago | Posted in: software, digital imaging, Graphics/Web Design
Photo software maker Macphun has unveiled a fourth tool in its suite of image-editing apps, this time creating one aimed at the art of black and white photography, whether the image was originally shot in color or not. Called Tonality, the program works with up to 16-bit RAW images or JPEG files and offers a range of tools that go far beyond simply removing color. In addition to serious tools like adaptive exposure, smart contrast and structure detailing, the program brings various styles and filters into the mix.
Thu July 31, 2014 | Posted in: security, upgrades/storage
A pair of researchers are going to discuss a giant security flaw that illustrates how the Universal Serial Bus (USB) firmware can be exploited. Security researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell have developed "BadUSB," a malware package resident in USB firmware that can be used as an attack vector to install any manner of software on a PC, with little or no warning to the user, and - as of now -- no effective way to stop the attack or spread of the malware.
Thu July 31, 2014 | Posted in: Apple
As anticipated, Apple has launched its first-ever "open-air" temporary store, located inside of the Glattzentrum mall in Wallisellen, Switzerland. The mall's primary Apple Store is undergoing an expansion. Workers won't say how long construction is expected to last, but the temporary shop has opened earlier than rumored, which could mean that the expansion will be ready in time for product launches expected in September and October, such as new iPhones and iPads.
Music and TV recognition service Shazam has today launched its first-ever Mac app. While similar in design to the iOS client, the Mac app is able to listen constantly, generating an ongoing list of items it hears. Notifications give users the ability to jump quickly into pages for lyrics and/or buying the media in question.
Thu July 31, 2014 | Posted in iOS apps
Facebook Pages Manager gives users all the tools needed to manage a Facebook Page and connect with an audience. Users can post updates and photos, as well as respond to comments and send private messages. Version 5.0 now allows users to see star ratings and reviews on their Page. Various bug fixes and performances updates are also included in the update.
Amazon's Kindle app allows users to shop for books through the online Kindle Store. Users can also download any of the books they have previously purchased for reading on an iPhone or iPod touch. The v4.4 update features several customer-requested features that make syncing and navigation easier. Users can now choose to sync to the most recent page read, and any books that are being read on iOS will automatically sync the page place across all Kindle devices. Notes can also now be exported to e-mail from any “Print Replica” textbooks.
LinkedIn is a tool that allows users to access their professional contacts through a mobile device. The software provides up-to-date news and messages from a network of contacts, and allows users to post their real time status. Version 7.2 introduces a new profile page for both the iPhone and iPad. In the iPhone side users can now edit their profile directly in the app, as well as see who has viewed the profile and what common traits are shared. Meanwhile, on the iPad users can now check out other people’s interests, as well as the companies, news, and influencers that they follow.
Dropbox provides users with access to all of the files that have been stored in their cloud-storage account. Furthermore, users can select favorite files that can be viewed even when no internet connection is available. A bug that prevented some users from viewing images has been resolved with this update.
The Playstation App allows users to stay connected to their Playstation account through a mobile device. Within the app users can see what their friends are playing, compare trophies, and view recent activity. Support is also included for sending and receiving messages, as well as accessing the Playstation Store. Stability while using some of the app’s features has been improved with this update.
In a new report for the UK newspaper The Guardian, Apple Senior VP of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson has acknowledged that the company needs to do more to facilitate more use of renewable energy by its suppliers and partners as well as itself. The iPhone maker has had tremendous success in converting its data centers to renewable energy, and has implemented similar measures in 120 of its stores. The next target, the paper says, is its Arizona sapphire glass plant.
Wed July 30, 2014 | Posted in: digital imaging, networking, Apple
Parliant has announced the release of its new voice messaging product for Mac users, Echoes. Functioning on a local network, users can contact other Macs running Echoes and send a voice message instantly, without the need for "dialing" like Skype or FaceTime. To send a voice announcement, one selects "Announce" from the Echoes icon found in the menu bar. Users can announce to both individuals or groups, and quickly reply to the sender of the last received announcement. Keyboard shortcuts for sending and replying can be set, and the last announcement made can be re-sent without re-recording. Priced at $10, Echoes is available through the App Store.
Customer service analytics company StellaService has released a new report that ranks Apple as number one for online delivery speed, up from an eighth-place ranking in April. The iPhone maker captured the top spot for the first time in June with an average processing-and-delivery time of just 2.3 days, beating mostly online clothing outlets such as Abercrombie, Zappos, Nike and others. In a separate study that ranked all aspects of customer service, Apple was topped by J. Crew and Mr Porter.
Wed July 30, 2014 | Posted in: security, developer, iPhone apps, iPad apps
AgileBits, makers of the security and password vault 1Password, are among the first to implement and preview an iOS 8 extension and third-party Touch ID support, allowing other app makers to utilize the program's stored passwords outside of the 1Password app itself. Apple announced the concept of iOS extensions at June's Worldwide Developer Conference, which enables one app to use tools or services found in a different app in a secure manner.
Wed July 30, 2014 | Posted in: industry, mobile phones
Last week, one of the largest mobile carriers in the United States announced it would begin throttling some unlimited accounts that access 4G LTE. Verizon stated that it would begin the effort in October, but it would be limited to only the top five percent of data users on unlimited plans. While the slowdown won't have an effect on all LTE customers, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler believes that the new policy is running afoul of several regulations.
Six weeks after it rebutted a New York Times editorial that cast doubt on Apple's CEO, investment firm UBS has again praised Tim Cook's vision and leadership of Apple in a note to clients. In particular, analyst Steven Milunovich was taken with Cook's plans to expand iOS to automotive, gym, medical and home markets through its CarPlay, HealthKit and HomeKit initiatives, as well as the continuing growth of the entire OS X and iOS eco-systems, which the company refers to as "the Applesphere."
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