reQall has released the first memory aid created specifically for the iPhone and iPod touch. reQall is based on research into memory protheses from MIT's Media Lab, and allows users to add reminders simply by speaking things. Voice reminders are then instantly converted into text and delivered back to users at the appropriate time. reQall can remind users in various ways, such as in a text message ,instant message, email or calendar alerts. reQall has been built to recognize certain keywords so that it knows what to do with different messages. If a user says "buy" reQall will take that message and add it to a shopping list, if a date is said, reQall adds the date right into the calendar. reQall also lets users take pictures and store them for remembering things that may be hard to describe.
Tap Tap Revenge, a rhythm-based game released for the iPhone and iPod touch through the App Store is expected to hit the 1 million installs milestone this weekend. This will only be the second application to reach the milestone, the first being Facebook. This milestone shows how quickly some applications have been able to grow in Apple's App Store. Tapulous CEO Bart Decrem estimates that there is a total install base of around 5-6 million iPhones and iPod touches running the 2.0 firmware. If
Sans Digital has introduced a new direct attached storage enclosure, the TowerRAID TS2UT. The TS2UT is a tray-less, 2-bay storage tower with RAID capabilities. The tray-less feature is designed for fast installation and access of hard drives: each hard drive can easily be installed or removed by opening the front plate handle. A turn-lock located at the front of each handle allows the drives to be secured without the need of screws or other tools. In addition to easy hard drive access, the TS2UT offers users four different RAID modes, FAST (RAID 0), SAFE (RAID 1), JBOD (individual drive access), and BID (spanning). The different RAID modes are selectable by a switch located on the front panel.
Deliver2Mac, the dedicated Mac download hub for games and applications has announced that Runesoft's Jack Keane has been added to its digital download catalogue. Jack Keane takes players on a journey across the mysterious Tooth Island, ruled by Doctor T. The island is plagued with man-eating plants that Doctor T has been creating, Jack must survive the dangers of the island and find out what Doctor T's evil plans are. The game features 15 different locations each that has many different sub-locations within. Players will also be presented with over 250 different objects that can be used, combined or exchanged. Jack Keane features rich graphics that include dynamic lighting and other full screen effects.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE