A UK father was surprised to discover that his seven-year-old son, Faisall, had managed to spend nearly £4,000 (almost $5,800 US) on in-app upgrades for the game Jurassic World over a five-day period just prior to Christmas. The Crowley resident, 32-year-old Mohamed Shugaa, blamed Apple for the fiasco, despite the fact that his son would have had to have access to the Shugaa's iTunes password, as well as ignoring dialogs that warned that the purchases would cost real money.
This past year was filled with a fantastic selection of both good and bad stories, making it difficult to pick out just a few highlights. As I filtered through everything that happened over the course of 2015, I came to a sudden conclusion. I was putting way too much work into finding my favorite stories, instead of just reflecting on what I really found interesting this year. So I took a moment, stepped away from the screen, and jotted down what stuck out in my mind on an actual piece of paper.
Yesterday in the MacNN forums, Mac Elite "PeterParker" was asking fellow forum-goers how AirDrop works. Members continue to assist Senior User "kevs" with trying to resolve an issue where Time Machine isn't opening to the proper folder.
Today at Apple's online store, take advantage of price cuts on refurbished Macs, with prices starting as low as $639 for the refurbished Mac mini with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 1TB Fusion Drive. Priced at $759, after a $140 discount, is the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of flash storage.
Picking my own five, the pieces I wrote that I wanted to tell you about again, was easy -- but choosing from the thousands of articles by everyone else was a seven-biscuit decision. Try it for yourself: picking is hard, but reading back through a year of MacNN articles is a lot of fun.
You've been putting this off for long enough. Let's make a website, let's make it right now -- and let's use all that is great about WordPress, while avoiding all its nudges into spending money. We have nothing against spending money, we'd rather you spent it getting the best value for yourself. Perhaps we're wrong and unfair, but feel as if WordPress is always crossing its fingers and hoping you won't notice how it cajoles you into options you don't need.
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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