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.
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.
In case you were wondering about the show title this week, it's reflective of the old custom (now barely remembered) of giving gifts on significant anniversaries (every five- or 10-year mark, mostly, though some still give a first-year wedding gift in some places). The gemstone for the 40th anniversary is ruby, and since they are a touch expensive we suggest sending Apple your old Ruby iMac. If you don't have one, check the local thrift store. It's nearing the end of MacNN's own 20th anniversary, so if you want to send us emeralds, let us know, and we'll tell you where we're registered.
In the 2015 Open Internet Order (also referred to as the net neutrality order) the Commission enhanced the rule governing broadband providers' disclosure of commercial terms, network performance, and network management practices. During the debate and framing of the regulation, the US Federal Communications Commission found that consumers needed an easy way to understand specifics of broadband offerings, and required that providers convey the required information in a simple format that would enable consumers to easily compare services of different broadband providers. In a press conference earlier today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler rolled out the new labels in conjunction with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray.
Last week, and 40 years ago, Apple Computer was formed -- and that must've been an exciting time to be Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. You don't always get to enjoy things while you're doing them, though, and even as this was happening, Apple was in some trouble. It needed what, by comparison to today, is a pitifully small sum of money, but it was make or break in 1976 -- and without it, Apple would not have survived the week.
On Monday, Apple issued a firmware update for its USB-C Multiport Adapter, version 1.0, that according to the company "improves the compatibility and reliability of your Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, or Apple USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter," a pair of peripheral adapters that currently work only with the USB-C compatible 2015 MacBook. The update requires the MacBook be running OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan, the latest released version, and that the adapter be plugged in at the time.
Welcome to Daily Deals, the regular post where the staff of MacNN scour online retailers for discounts, sales, offers, and promotions on hardware, software, gadgets, and games for our readers. Today's new offers added to the list include a TP-LINK Archer AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Router for $170, a 2TB Samsung SSD for $740, and Kindles from $50.
Apple has confirmed that it will begin making available a new module within ResearchKit that could further help medical researchers by allowing patients or study participants to optionally add genetic information from the personal genomics company to research. Depending on the number of participants that have available 23andMe genetic data and feel comfortable sharing that information, the addition could prove a valuable boon to medical investigations by helping to establish associations between some conditions or illnesses and genetic backgrounds or origins.
Following the discovery back in October that over a dozen developers who participated in MacBundler and BundleCult-led bundle deals, often hosted under various other names, never got paid, we attempted to contact the founder of both sites for comment, with no success. Recently, BundleCult offered a new bundle, and so we ran a story reminding readers that at least some developers involved have never been paid. We have periodically since October tried to reach out to the organizer to get their side of the story, but have never gotten a response until now. MacNN has finally received an email, and had a brief exchange earlier today from Dan Kingsley, the self-proclaimed "curator" of MacBundler. In the response, we were given some information by Kingsley discussing the situation, but in doing so, it raised more questions. (Updated several times on Tuesday April 5 with responses to some of our questions from Kingsley, reports of more problems, and allegations levied by Kingsley against some complainants. Updated Thursday April 8 with news that the email address he has provided for the developers to contact him does not exist.)
Even though Apple has now made us 12.9-inch iPad Pro owners feel like we're using yesterday's technology, it's still a new enough toy and it is certainly still an expensive enough device that we twitch without an iPad Pro case. We'd honestly rather we didn't as the bare device is gorgeous to hold, but we twitch and since we use this iPad Pro everywhere, for everything, we would be convulsing by the end of the day if it weren't for a case like Snugg iPad Pro Case in Black Leather.
A new teardown of the latest iPad -- the 9.7-inch version of the iPad Pro -- has found only minor variances with the iPad Air 2 in most respects, after inheriting most of the components of the larger iPad Pro model, with only the battery (which is slightly smaller, but with no noticeable degradation of performance, to the one in the iPad Air 2) and some minor board changes made to squeeze nearly all of the features of the larger iPad Pro into the 9.7-inch shell. However, large amounts of adhesive means that the latest iPad is even less "repairable" than the previous models.
Nobody can teach you how to write and nobody can tell you the best way to do it, but that doesn't stop everybody trying. Including us. Blame editor Charles Martin, though, as he set out last week to show how you can use Apple hardware and a lot of software to create your own writing best practices but then specifically asked me to disagree.
Every day. alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the items available from our own MacNN Deals store. Since there is a chance some of you will have picked up a new iOS device recently, be it the iPhone SE or the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, today's collection features items that may come in handy with the recently-acquired mobile devices.
Apple has joined other companies in promoting Autism Acceptance Month, raising awareness of the difficulties of living with autism. The company has released a pair of videos showing how its products are being used to help one person live their life as much as possible despite living with autism, while a page on the Apple website is pointing people towards apps and resources to learn more about the condition, and how to leverage Apple devices to help.
Every so often, we come across a game that just makes us smile when we start it up, a game that has the perfect balance of good gameplay and great story. Today, that comes in the package of a plucky action-adventure title named Retro City Rampage DX.
An attempt by Apple to increase its market share in India by selling old iPhones in the country is receiving some opposition, from its main rivals. Apple wants permission to import used iPhones for sale in the country, but other mobile phone manufacturers have complained to the Indian government to put a stop to the plan before it gets started, protesting that it goes against one government program to encourage local production, among other issues.
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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