A new lawsuit filed in North Carolina on Monday accuses Apple of obtaining sensitive technology prototypes under the false pretenses of a possible partnership in order to gain access to patented heart rate sensor technology it then used in the Apple Watch. Valencell said the company used "agents," presumably not identified with the iPhone maker, to register and download freely-available white papers related to the PerformTek brand the company had developed. Seven identified individuals who did so were later found to have designed Apple's heart rate sensor.
Netgear launched some other networking devices at CES, accompanying the two routers, items that can help increase the coverage of your home network. The PowerLine Wi-Fi 1000 Adapter Kit is said to give up to one gigabit of connectivity through a home's electrical system, double the speed of previous powerline products, while two Wi-Fi range extenders include the first wall plug extender shipping under the Nighthawk premium router name.
Honeywell has announced a new, second-generation version of its Lyric Round smart thermostat that appears to be identical to the previous model, but with one key improvement: the addition of Apple's HomeKit technology. The $250 home temperature system control device now has an App available through the iOS App Store or Google Play that allows it to control temperature remotely, set up and manage geofences, and let owners receive notifications for things such as changes in local weather that could affect home temperature. Separately, Hunter Fan Company has announced its first "smart home" products.
Accessory maker Griffin has brought new color options to some of its best-selling products, and is showing them off at CES. The company has produced matching "iPhone color" versions (gold, silver, and "space gray") of it's PowerMate Bluetooth control knob, it's Elevator laptop stand (presumably to match the similar options on the Retina 12-inch MacBook) and it's Guide cable and wire anchors (the more-visible orange option will remain available for the Guide).
Keyboard maker Brydge has debuted its latest keyboard, this time aimed at the latest iPad mini, at CES. While there was a version of the BrydgeMini made for the first three iterations of the iPad mini, the new version is said to be designed specifically for the iPad mini 4, which debuted in October. Like the previous model, the BrydgeMini II is a front-only case that features backlit keys, and a unique hinge design for 180-degree viewing. The company also shared details on its forthcoming BrydgePro keyboard for the iPad Pro, announced last month.
Netgear is showing off a number of routers at CES this year, including one model for use as a cable modem replacement. The Nighthawk X4S AC2600 Smart Wi-Fi Router is being touted as a networking appliance for gamers and those who value connection speeds, while the AC1600 Wi-Fi Cable Modem Router is a high-performance router with a built-in CableLabs-certified DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem, allowing it to support cable Internet speeds of up to 640Mbps.
On Monday, Apple updated its iOS beta program for the first time since before the holidays, with a new build of iOS 9.2.1, coming three weeks after the last one and with the build number only updated three times, suggesting that either development work slowed during the Christmas season or possibly hinting that changes are extremely minor, meaning that a public release is likely to come soon. The new build, 13D14, is just three increments higher than the previous build in mid-December.
Its a new year. Maybe alongside all of those personal resolutions to make a new you, you should consider replacing or upgrading some of your old technology. As always, MacNN is here to help -- we've got a bevy of deals for your to consider in your bid. Today's highlights include an iPad mini 2 16GB Wi-Fi for $200, a 19.5-inch 1080p Acer monitor for $50, and a few cut-price fitness trackers.
At CES in Las Vegas on Monday, two firms have revealed new chargers and bands for the Apple Watch and iPhone 6s. Accessory maker Zens has brought out a charging dock called the Zens Apple Watch Charging Bank that offers up to four full recharges of the device, and includes its own compatible inductive charger, so users can leave the Apple-supplied charging cord at home. Griffin, another accessories manufacturer, is offering its own "travel charger" for the Watch, as well as a selection of bands.
Lenovo has used CES to launch two new monitor that offers USB Type-C connectivity, allowing them to be usable with devices such as the MacBook and some other recent hardware releases. The ThinkVision X24 Pro monitor offers multiple ways to connect to other devices, while the 27-inch ThinkVision X1 offers single-cable USB Type-C docking, allowing it to both charge connected hardware as well as to display a picture from the notebook or smartphone.
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 bring you a great deal on website cataloger Fetching, as well as details regarding recent updates to font manager RightFont, audio file organizer Yate, scanning utility VueScan, password manager 1Password, Magic Mouse enhancer BetterTouchTool, and app scheduler Lingon X.
A little over a year ago, we wrote a rave review of Blue Microphones' first-ever headphones, called the Mo-Fi. A year later, we are still loving them. They are amplified headphones of the sort that has since become very popular with music lovers, and what I liked best about them was that they had a great fit and a very "flat" sound that gave you nothing but the music, as purely as possible. Now Blue have added a second headphone, dubbed Lola, that follows in its footsteps. How does it compare to the Mo-Fi, or competition like Apple's own Beats? Find out in our full review.
Including Hong Kong in the total, Apple's 29th Apple Store in "greater China" is set to open on Saturday, January 9 with a second Shenyang store at the MixC mall there. The new store, which will open at 10AM, will feature normal store hours of 10AM to 9:30PM local time seven days a week. Apple has been building and opening stores in China rapidly for the past year, as part of a retail initiative in Apple's fastest-growing market that hopes to see 40 stores opened by the middle of this year.
[Updated with price, shipping dates] Oculus is finally opening up pre-orders for the consumer edition of the Rift virtual reality headset, starting this week. A countdown timer running until 11am EST on Wednesday, January 6 is currently running on the official Oculus website, counting down the hours until the pre-ordering process can begin, and has now been updated to show the price of the headset -- $599 -- and the shipping date of the first units, March 28.
On Monday, Ford took itself off the list of car manufacturers that had not formalized their plans for Apple's CarPlay technology (and to a lesser extent Google's Android Auto) by announcing that all 2017 Ford models that include the company's Sync 3 platform will have them as standard. Later this year, 2016 model owners with the Sync 3 system, which is powered by BlackBerry's QNX, will be able to add CarPlay compatibility. In related news, rival Toyota will adopt Ford's SmartDeviceLink API so that app developers can write software for the company's vehicles.
As part of the CES today, the controlling body for the Wi-FI standard, the Wi-Fi Alliance, announced the Wi-Fi HaLow designation for products incorporating the new IEEE 802.11ah technology. Wi-Fi HaLow operates in frequency bands below one gigahertz, with the Alliance claiming that the standard offers longer range and lower power connectivity over previous versions of the technology.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc., today announced the Samsung Portable SSD T3, a premium, palm-sized, external SSD that offers multi-terabyte storage capacity. Notably, the new drive equipped with Samsung's Vertical NAND, utilizes a USB-C 3.1 interface, and cross-platform compatible encryption for data safety.
Acer is using CES to launch a collection of new monitors, all with varying sizes, resolutions, and capabilities. Alongside the new R1 Series displays and a relaunch of the extremely wide XR342CK, the biggest launch of the group is the H7 Series, claimed by Acer to be the world's first to support USB Type-C connections, allowing it to be able to connect to smartphones and notebooks for data transfers and for providing power, all through the same single cable.
If you are old enough to remember the start of Apple, it's unlikely that you do. Apple began in a garage like so many other companies and you needed to be deeply into technology or practically living in Cupertino, California to have any chance of having noticed. It would take a little while before Apple would emerge from the crowd of other startup computer firms but not only was Apple a survivor, it is the only survivor. No other computer company from 1976 is still making computers. All this year, starting today, we're going to examine this history, and how (or how not) that choices the company made then, apply today.
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's selections are all items that could help you stick to your New Year's resolution to get fitter, including some deals to keep you entertained while running around the block, and one to aid in burning calories while staying at home.
Phase One has added another shooter to its high-resolution camera range, this time one with a 100-megapixel full frame CMOS sensor. The Phase One XF 100MP's sensor, developed in collaboration with Sony, is able to take the high-resolution images without resorting to technical tricks typically applied to a lower-resolution sensor to create the greater-detail shots, with the resulting photograph said to offer "uncompromised image quality" across the entire frame.
Thinking about this, any of us could let our kids make too many in-app purchases. Yet if you're the sort to ignore all the warnings that Apple gives you when it's happening, let alone to not wonder if there are ways to prevent it, then you're probably not reading this Pointers. So maybe you personally won't get a great deal of benefit from our showing you how to prevent this stuff happening, but you might be able to score a point or two in a conversation.
As the Traveler-in-Chief of the MacNN staff, I spend a ridiculous amount of time on ferries, busses, trains, airplanes, taxis and Uber vehicles, and my own car. From thrice-weekly lunch meetings to month-long Fringe tours, not only do I log tens of thousands of miles every year, but my notebook computer comes with me nearly all the time. It has to be a bag that can withstand the rigors of everyday use, of the occasional overstuffing, long road trips, and the merciless treatment of the TSA. Repeatedly. Does Booq's Boa Saddle measure up? We'll give you the lowdown in our review.
Every so often, MacNN finds a deal that is too good to go into our usual deal lists, and is deserving enough to be highlighted in its own Big Deals post. If you want to make a change in career into something software development-related, start down that path by acquiring MacNN Deals' course on how to Build 20 Apps for iOS 9 in Xcode 7.
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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