Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look back at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, a sequel to Her Story is confirmed, former Criterion founders tease their upcoming release of Dangerous Golf, the mastermind behind the Five Nights at Freddy's franchise pulls the latest game from sale, and Sony consolidates its PlayStation-related businesses into one entity.
The App Store is a constantly-changing place, with new apps joining the catalog, while others adjust their prices to encourage some new sales. App Deals for iOS aims to point you in the direction of apps for your iPhone or iPad that have been reduced in price, making them an essential purchase, or in some cases, even free. Highlights from today's list include a sale on PDF Expert 5 and Air Scanner, with Duet Display dropping to $8.
Every so often, people browse the Internet and the Mac App Store to try and find useful things to add to their app arsenal, but sometimes it's hard to find discounted apps that you really want to get. For App Deals for OS X, the MacNN staff has compiled a list of apps for your Mac that are either a great bargain, or even free for a short while. Today's list of Mac apps includes Lego Star Wars, Super Refocus, and Quick Recorder.
Despite missing the analyst consensus targets for both revenue and iPhone sales in Q1, as reported earlier Apple set all-time records in almost all areas of its business; it just didn't grow as much as Wall Street had anticipated, and the news about next quarter is genuinely tough, with a significant year-over-year drop in iPhone sales, the first for the company since it introduced the product nine years ago. Despite the various troubles Apple is dealing with even amidst record revenues, there were several bright spots that got overlooked, including an important milestone in the history of Apple: one billion active devices.
The "question and answer" section of today's Apple Investor call had CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri fielding a variety of questions, including many outside the company's finances. Questions about the regional economic challenges affecting today's released figures were accompanied by queries ranging from the iPhone upgrade program to Android switchers, and even requests for Tim Cook's opinions on virtual reality.
Apple on Tuesday reported record revenues for its holiday quarter, but the figure was up only slightly from the year-ago quarter, and below analyst estimates. While Apple's earnings and iPhone sales are still growing, Wall Street had hoped for better growth to beat the "tough compare" against last year's record quarter, when pent-up demand for the large-screen iPhone 6 line pushed the company's fortunes to new heights.
Apple revenues rose by $1.3 billion year-over-year to $75.9 billion in its first 2016 fiscal quarter, which ended in December following the usual holiday rush, the company has announced. Profits were $18.4 billion, while earnings per share was reported as $3.28. The results failed to beat consensus analyst estimates of $77.4 billion in revenue, though they fell within Apple's guidance.
Today's the day! Apple is gearing up to detail its fiscal first-quarter financial information, including the critical holiday season and first quarter of iPad Pro sales, in an investor conference call a bit later today. Check out the main news page for the financial information as it becomes available, and our live page with coverage and commentary from the now completed conference call and results.
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 timelapse builder Persecond, as well as cover recent updates to storage utility Together, iOS browser iExplorer, Atari emulator Stella, video player Quickfire, data analyzer Wizard, and music transfer utility Dapper.
On this, the eve of the Apple quarterly earnings announcement, you can rest assured that they will reveal that they spent more money on organic coffee than you or I will ever earn. Stick it to the man, and save some money on things you were going to buy! Join the MacNN team today, like every day, in our Daily Deals post, highlighted today by a 512GB SSD for $120, a 50-inch Vizio smart TV for $330, and a couple of Andrew Jones-designed Pioneer speakers on steep sale.
It's styled as LIT - Keyboard 1.0.1, but we're not sure if the letters stand for anything. Then again, the strap line for the app is "Have a Fire Conversation," and we're clearly just too old to have a clue what that means. We're criticizing ourselves there, though, not the app -- as the entire point of Lit is to be a pop-culture keyboard. You're looking at us now. It means that with a tap you can replace your iPhone's on-screen QWERTY keyboard with one that has buttons to insert quotes and audio clips from film, TV and music.
Wall Street analysts are heading into the quarterly results conference call for Apple's fiscal Q1 2016 results with an expectation that the company will once again set an all-time record for quarterly revenues, handily beating last year's $74.6 billion in earnings by a current consensus estimate of $2 billion. A polling of a broader range of analysts by Fortune magazine offers an even more rosy $77.4 billion, but many analysts are concerned that iPhone sales will not top last year's results of 74.5 million units.
Startup Fresco, a network of citizen photojournalists, has expanded its app offerings to include the Apple TV, bringing the company's user-generated content to the television. The new app allows viewers to watch video highlights of the top stories of the day, from content generated by Fresco's citizen-journalist users of the Android or iOS apps.
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 drones, ranging from cheap and compact flying machines so you can get the hang of controlling them, to larger models with cameras that can give you a different, higher altitude viewpoint of your surroundings.
How good are your motor skills? Where do you fall on the line between sleepy toddler and neurosurgeon? If you think you're pretty good with your hands, we strongly suggest you snag Baum, a game that requires hand-eye coordination and some pretty good reflexes, too.
Wireless carrier Sprint has laid off 2,500 employees of its pool of 33,000, spanning six customer care facilities and the company's headquarters. The employee count reduction, in conjunction with austerity measures undertaken company-wide, is intended to reduce operational costs for the company by $2.5 billion dollars per year.
Barclays, one of the last major banks and financial institutions in the United Kingdom that still does not offer Apple Pay to its customers, now aims to begin supporting the mobile payments service in the next few month. An email sent from an executive at the bank to a customer advises it is still holding to its previous claim of a launch early this year, and anticipates it will do so "within the next 60 to 75 days."
Monday launched the latest trial in the Apple versus VirnetX patent battle over virtual private network technologies used in FaceTime communications. In opening arguments in the retrial start, VirnetX demanded Apple pay $532 million in damages on the strength of more modern devices added to the complaint, saying that "Apple hasn't played fair. They have taken Virnetx's intellectual property without permission."
First, we realized we needed a database. Then, it took about a picosecond to realize that what we need is FileMaker Pro 14. This is a tool for making databases, from simple ones like ours up on to the tools that international corporations use. Whether you're a corporate level user or starting out, though, the steps involved in creating and using a new database are the same -- they're the steps and considerations we're using in this project to build a Job Book database.
It's been on the iPad since 2014, but now an updated Adobe Voice 2.0 has become a universal app, and so brought its storytelling to the iPhone. That feels right, as this is meant to be a tool for creating slide-like videos quickly and, we'd say, on the go.
A software keyboard being brought over to iOS from Windows 10 Mobile by Microsoft is going to have a different appearance to the version on the originating device, according to a report. The iOS version of the Word Flow keyboard is said to have an altered one-handed mode that changes the key layout to that of a "fan," instead of bunching the keys to one side of the screen, making it more useful for typing using only a thumb.
In our pursuit to find items for our MacNN Deals and Daily Deals lists, we also discover items deserving to be featured in their own post. If you've wanted to make a profit from the App Store but don't know where to start, today's Big Deal is the Full Stack iOS 9 School, a course from Makers Cabin that aims to help you learn how to build your own iPhone and iPad apps.
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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