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 a sale on OCRKit, a reduction on the Hearts of Iron III collection, and a recap of the soon-to-end Apple productivity sale.
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 sales on Moleskine Timepage, DailyCost personal finance tool, and Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch - Tyranid Invasion.
Following a meeting by Apple CEO Tim Cook with the head of the antitrust investigation against Ireland on behalf of the European Commission, Apple's CFO has told London's Financial Times that should Ireland be found guilty of giving companies like Apple "special state aid," Apple should owe nothing in back taxes. The crux of remarks by Luca Maestri is that Apple did not receive any special deal from Ireland, but if Ireland illegally lowered its tax rate to benefit corporations, it is the state -- and not the companies that benefitted from the lower rate -- that should pay any penalties.
There is so often now a disconnection, somehow, between form and function in Microsoft apps -- but at least they tend to have both. Microsoft News Pro 1.0 doesn't look great, but the app is able to turn up interesting news for you.
Lynn University, a tier-2 US private college in Boca Raton, Florida -- which has had an iPad mini-centric curriculum for students and teachers since 2013 -- has opted to start providing its undergraduates and faculty members with a big upgrade: the iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil, and the company's Smart Keyboard accessory, saying the new devices "provide even greater flexibility" in its efforts to make university education more affordable. It will supply up to 1,800 devices beginning this semester.
Ex-CEO of Aereo Chet Kanojia today announced the launch of Starry, a technology company focused on delivering an alternative method of Internet delivery to the home. Starry, as proposed, will utilize millimeter wave band active phased array technologies for consumer internet communications, and will use that technology as a platform for rolling out a nationwide fixed wireless broadband network capable of delivering internet speeds of up to one gigabit, wirelessly to the home.
Following the release of the first e-book volume of MacNN Pointers, we are offering another, shorter publication intended to help users -- a free PDF file called iTunes: More Than Just Your Music, a guide to exploring the various free and paid options for streaming music available through iTunes on OS X and through some third-party programs. The guide focuses on the differences between the built-in and free Internet Radio guide, the currently-free iTunes Radio feature (which will soon be folded into the subscription Apple Music section), Apple's flagship Beats 1 station, and of course the paid Apple Music services iTunes Match and Apple Music.
In addition to recent second betas of OS X 10.11.4 and iOS 9.3, Apple has quietly issued an unprecedented update for a no-longer-supported release, OS X 10.6.8 -- which was originally released in 2009. The update, available from Apple's support website "ensures future compatibility of the Mac App Store included with OS X Snow Leopard, and is recommended for all Snow Leopard users." While the percentage of users still on the outdated system is small -- around four percent of active Mac users -- this still could amount to as many as 3.6 million users worldwide. Apple has not otherwise updated Snow Leopard since the 10.6.8 release in June of 2011, with the last security update having been issued September of 2013.
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 an iStat Menus deal for the whole family, as well as detail recent updates to vector software Sketch, coding utility Coda, image analyzer Graphic Inspector, markdown editor Markdown Plus, text editor BBEdit, screen capture software ScreenFlow, and note-keeper Simplenote.
As a reader of MacNN, there is a chance you may have invested in Apple, and may have heard it enjoyed yet another high-revenue quarter. If you are one of the many likely to benefit from Apple's great financial position, why not celebrate by looking through today's Daily Deals list, the collection of offers found on the Internet by this site's staff. Today's highlights include an Abdtech 130-inch Mini LED Projector for $73, the Lytro Illum 40 Megaray Light Field Camera for $330, and Destiny: The Taken King Legendary Edition for $20.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is setting its sights on the set-top boxes used by satellite TV and cable providers that could be beneficial for third-party manufacturers, according to a report. The FCC is introducing proposals that would allow customers of pay TV services to avoid renting or purchasing a specific set-top box as part of their subscription, saving money by using another device such as the Apple TV instead.
On Wednesday, Apple made available its second betas of OS X 10.11.4 and iOS 9 .3 to pre-registered public beta testers, two days after releasing them to developers. While the main aim of both betas is enhanced performance, improved security, and fixing bugs from earlier releases, each one has some new and minor features that users will uncover when the final versions are released.
We're back with another game that expects you to do two things at once, and this time you're going to have to combine fast reflexes with spacial reasoning in order to complete geometric puzzles. Today, we're talking about Geometry Lock, a geometry puzzle-slash-reflex game that has gained some traction in the App Store.
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. While today's Big Deal is a great compact portable battery, today's selections are to show off some of the other power-related items available from the store, including the ChugPlug MacBook Power Pack, and the Exchange three-port USB car charger.
If you've got a Mac and an iPad, think about the last time you did a lot of work on them. The odds are that you were more focused, that you concentrated better, and that you had fewer interruptions when you were on the iPad. That's because for all its new multitasking features, the iPad is meant to be used for one thing at a time. Those new features, and the fact that you tend to work on your iPad on the move, mean that focusing can be hard, though, and that's what Focus Productivity Timer 1.4 aims to fix.
Olympus has added another entry to its Pen Micro Four Thirds camera range, this time by resurrecting the name of one of its film-based rangefinders. The Olympus Pen-F is a retro-inspired camera that uses the styling of the original version, but combines it with modern components, including the company's first 20-megapixel Live MOS image sensor without a low pass filter combined with a five-axis image stabilization system, and the TruePic VII image processor.
Previously on this MacNN project, we realized we had a problem, and that a database would be the solution. To our mind, that means a FileMaker Pro solution. It means FileMaker in part because we've used that application in one-man companies and international media ones; it also means that because we've learned how flexible it is.
Periscope, the Twitter-owned livestreaming service, has updated its iOS app to work with a number of GoPro cameras capable of wireless connectivity. Owners of the GoPro Hero4 Black or Silver can now use their action camera for the live video broadcast, giving users an alternative to the iPhone's camera, as well as the ability to switch between the two different video sources mid-broadcast within the app.
If you're the type of person who wants to play a single-player game that's packed with action, we suggest you take some time to look at a new game we've come to enjoy. We're talking about Tank Hero, A top-down, player-versus-computer shooter that's a challenge for your mental and physical reflexes.
Today -- January 27, 2016 -- Safari on OS X has begun failing so badly that we're not sure you can even navigate to this page. If you have, though, there is a workaround. Well, there are two: this is so big and so widespread that surely Apple engineers spluttered over their coffees, and are working on a fix. In the meantime, start by switching off Safari Suggestions. Update: Apple has now confirmed to us that this has been fixed on their end, but if you are still experiencing the problem, this Pointers will clear out some of your device caches and restore normal functionality.
Alongside our regular MacNN Deals and Daily Deals posts, the staff of MacNN find items deserving enough to get its own Big Deals post. Today's selection, the LithiumCard Wallet Batter, solves the problem of keeping a secondary power supply on hand, but without it taking up a lot of physical space, and without resorting to using a bulky battery case for your smartphone.
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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