One day after Apple released its latest update to iOS, the latest version is now running on more than six percent of active iOS devices in North America, an analysis from mobile ad aggregator Chitika finds. While iOS 7.1 also contained security fixes, its major focus was adding a few new or enhanced features and squashing bugs, whereas the rapid adoption of the previous update -- 7.0.6 -- was credited to a major security patch.
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Yesterday's iOS 7.1 update also made changes to the way iBeacons work, reports say. Previously, an iPhone could only pick up notifications from an iBeacon if it had a supporting app open or running in the background; now those messages will appear regardless if the phone has the right app installed and its iBeacon notifications enabled. Notifications are also said to be more responsive, for instance reacting instantly on leaving an iBeacon's broadcast area.
3 hours ago | Posted in: software, Graphics/Web Design
BBC is rolling out a new version of its iPlayer today, available for use online, with consoles and connected TVs. The changes to iPlayer have been made in an attempt to move away from being a static service, and aims to offer a more interactive experience. When an episode of a series finishes playing, iPlayer now automatically lines up the next episode in sequence, while suggesting other content that may be relevant to the viewer. Newly featuring a Collections section, programming is grouped by series, event or theme. iPlayer's 'Find a Programme' search box recalls recent searches, with predictive typing, and an A-Z search function. The new BBC iPlayer will become available throughout the day, and native apps are due to arrive soon.
A new edition of Office for Mac will ship later this year, says Microsoft Business Group Lead Thorsten Hübschen. The executive made the comment at this week's CeBIT expo in Hannover, Germany. No details about planned upgrades are available, but development teams are said to be at work, and more news is due to be announced in the second quarter of the year. iOS and Android tablet versions of Office are described as possibilities; an Office for iPad has been rumored for years.
All of the video streaming at this week's iTunes Festival SXSW in Austin, Texas is being handled by Vevo, the online music service has announced. Live streaming starts tonight and runs through March 15th. To view a concert, people must have a Mac, an Apple TV, or an iOS device with the Vevo or iTunes Festival apps. Mac owners must visit vevo.com/itunesfestival using Safari.
This week saw the introduction of iOS 7.1, and yesterday Moderator "P" took to the MacNN forums to get the conversation started, saying that they hope this fixes the issues some iPad owners have had with iOS 7 Safari. "Will Apple release a 4K Thunderbolt Cinema Display soon?" asks one Fresh-Faced Recruit who is wanting to replace their 10 year old Apple Cinema Display.
At Apple's online store today save up to 22 percent off refurbished iMacs. At the low end of the pricing scale is the refurbished 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, which has been cut by $250 to $1,049. A $300 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 $1,199.
4 hours ago | Posted in: computers, peripherals, upgrades/storage, Apple
At MacMall's St. Patrick's Day blowout sale, save $449 on a 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro which has been cut from $2,199 down to $1,749.99. That beats the next lowest price by $330. This MBP features a 2.4GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage with Nvidia GeForce GT 650M graphics and Intel HD Graphics 4000. It is backed by a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
5 hours ago | Posted in: gaming
Perfect World Entertainment, Cryptic Studios and TransGaming have announced that Star Trek Online is now available on Mac. Players can play through as Federation, Klingon or Romulan factions, and explore the galaxy, captain a starship, and engage in space and ground battles. Iconic locations are included The MMORPG has been available for PC users since 2010, and is free to play. Its Mac client can be downloaded played through Star Trek Online's site.
6 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, networking
Wireless networking solutions provider Amped Wireless today announced the availability of its REC15A High Power Compact 802.11ac Wi-Fi Range Extender. The wall-plug unit extends the signal of any standard 802.11a/b/g/n or ac Wi-Fi router by repeating, amplifying, and redistributing the signal in an extended location, such as a far bedroom, backyard, or upstairs office.
Comcast is scheduled to appear before Congress to defend its proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. Records have recently been collated, showing Comcast's political action committee having given contributions to 15 of 18 Senate Judiciary Committe members, and 32 of 39 members of the House Judiciary Committee. Both committees have scheduled hearings regarding the merger, and can allow, or prevent, the buyout from happening.
Apple is working on a number of major improvements to Maps for iOS 8, sources say. These include using assets picked up through acquisitions of companies like BroadMap, Embark, and HopStop to make data more reliable. Apple is in fact said to be planning to insert more points of interest, and new labels, making it easier to find places like airports, parks, bus stops, and highways. The look of maps has reportedly been cleaned up in general, making streets easier to spot.
9 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, Apple
Apple has won rights to a new US patent, Modifying operating parameters of a device based on aging information. The concept would bake aging detection circuitry into a device, set to react if parameters fall outside of a predefined scale, or using data collected from other users. As a device gets older, the circuitry could help optimize performance and extend battery life.
9 hours ago | Posted in: networking
Citing the Google connectivity effort underway so far having laid 6,000 miles of Fiberoptic cable in the Kansas City metro area, the search engine is opening up the signup process to residents in south Kansas City, Kansas City, north, Grandview, Raytown and Gladstone. Should enough residents in each of those areas sign up for the service and pay a $10 registration fee, Google will extend the fiber connection to that network.
In a television interview with PBS's Charlie Rose, Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son declared that he was interested in buying T-Mobile. Citing "steps and details" that have yet to be negotiated, the executive claimed that he "would like to have the real fight, OK? Not the pseudo fight, the real fight" with competitors AT&T and Verizon.
11 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry, mobile phones
Offering customers smartphone subsidies should not be abandoned by carriers, the Chief Financial Officer of Verizon has advised, with other aggressive promotional strategies apparently being viewed in a similar way. Speaking at a Deutsche Bank technology conference, Fran Shammo suggests carriers should not keep attempting to undercut their opponents in an effort to gain more subscribers, claiming "We're not going to buy customers. You have to earn customers."
18 hours ago | Posted in: education, enterprise, Apple
Organizations and enterprises that spend more than $5,000 a year on Apple products will be seeing an increased discount on volume buying of Apple hardware. Apple as of last week has improved its hardware volume purchasing discount, and added the unlocked iPhone and Apple TV to the program for the first time. The improvement in discount ranges from one to three percent, depending on the level of annual spending on Apple products.
19 hours ago | Posted in: industry, audio, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps
Barely six months after it debuted, Apple's iTunes Radio has already eclipsed Spotify and Google Play All Access (and others) to become the third most popular music streaming service in the US, according to a new report from Statista. While long-time veteran Internet radio station Pandora continues to maintain a clear lead over all rivals, it has taken 14 years for the latter service to reach its current level of 70 million active listeners (as of last April) and it continues to struggle with profits.
21 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, mobile phones, Apple
Specific (and more importantly, accurate) country-by-country statistics when it comes to smartphones and "feature" cellphones are often hard to come by, but not in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The country keeps detailed records on its telecom providers, providing complete records of mobile phone statistics. Apple has emerged as the top smartphone seller, though it runs far behind Nokia when all types of cellphones are counted.
In a backhanded compliment, the security notes accompanying today's release of iOS 7.1 thank the jailbreaking hacker team known as Evad3rs -- known for their jailbreaking software, Evasi0n -- for finding several security flaws, which iOS 7.1 patches. Ironically, these discoveries are also what made the Evasi0n jailbreaking software work, and thus iOS 7.1 "breaks" the software and un-jailbreaks any iOS devices using Evasi0n.
Apple's release earlier on Monday of iOS 7.1 is considered significant enough to prompt the company to create a dedicated page for it, showing off some of the new features and improvements made in the release. The page covers the major "marquee" features of iOS 7.1, including support for CarPlay (in supported automobiles), automatic HDR selection, better control of Siri, changes to the Calendar and phone icons, and a bevy of bugfixes, along with improved performance for iPhone 4 users and other more subtle and optional tweaks.
Mon March 10, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps
Twitter client app for iPhone Tweetbot 3 was updated to version 3.3.0 on Monday. Tweetbot offers native push notifications, customizable navigation, and support for multiple services like Pocket, Instapaper, Readability, and more. Now featuring Avenir as a new font option in the display settings, Tweetbot 3 has also added a large image thumbnail option. Users can remove current tweets from their lists and timelines that match a newly created filter, which pops up after upon filter creation. Lastly, Tweetbot v3.3.0 includes various bug fixes. Priced at $5, the app requires iOS 7.0 or later.
Mon March 10, 2014 | Posted in: accessories, mobile phones
Audi of America and AT&T have announced 4G LTE data plans for the 2015 A3 Sedan, which debuts this month, and will enable the first-ever in-vehicle 4G LTE data connection in North America. Additionally, Audi has revealed that an accompanying mobile app will allow advanced functionality between the in-car system and smartphones, reducing the need for Audi motorists to handle devices when accessing some smartphone-based features.
Mon March 10, 2014 | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, troubleshooting, software, developer, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad, iPad apps
(Updated with Logic Remote news) In the wake of iOS 7.1 and Apple TV 6.1, Apple has released updates to Remote, Podcasts, and GarageBand for iOS, as well as Xcode and iAd Producer for desktops. While the Podcasts and GarageBand updates merely include bugfixes, Remote can now control iTunes Radio on an Apple TV. Apple TV owners have also gained the ability to browse purchased video through the app.
Separate builds of iOS 7.1, available from Apple's website, appear to reveal the existence of two unreleased iPads. The files are for devices identified as "iPad4,3" (link) and "iPad4,6" (link) respectively. iPad4,1 and 4,2 are known to be variants of the iPad Air, while iPad4,4 and 4,5 are Retina iPad minis.
Kinivo has announced the availability of its M2 wireless speaker system, available for purchase online. The Bluetooth-enabled 2.1 speaker system is intended for home or office use, and includes two compact speakers with an active subwoofer. Its design features a black finish with copper accents on its volume controls. Able to connect to one's home entertainment system or workspace equipment, the speaker system can stream audio from any Bluetooth-enabled device, as well as any device that can connected through its auxiliary input. The M2 2.1 speaker system is priced at $70.
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