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, PlayStation 4 games will be playable remotely via Mac and PC from tomorrow, Valve teases a VR interface for spectating Dota 2 matches, a congressman is questioned over apparently using campaign funds to buy games on Steam, and Elgato brings out new hardware for game streamers.
Last year, staff writer and long-time Windows user Malcolm Owen moved back to using a Mac after a five-year absence. Recently, he has made another similar switching decision, this time migrating from his Android tablet to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. In this post, Malcolm explains the experience that Android users will most likely go through when making the switch to iOS.
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.
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.
Premium movie channel network Starz announced the launch today of its "over the top" digital streaming service, providing STARZ streaming subscriptions directly to consumers and offering the first-ever download capabilities from a premium pay TV streaming service. Similar to other offerings, the streaming service retails for $9 per month for non-cable subscribers and is available cross-platform.
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 of still-active deals include a 43-inch Vizio 1080p HDTV for $300, a Silicon Power 128GB microSDXC memory card for $33, and a Spingen Apple Watch Stand for $3.
T-Mobile is making two of its offers that provide video and music to its subscribers without eating into user data allowances more useful, by adding more services to each. Six new streaming services will be added to the Music Freedom proposition, which gives users the ability to listen to music without worrying about their usage, while Binge On, a similar scheme for video, adds on another ten streaming providers to its roster.
Apogee Electronics has introduced a new member of its ONE audio interface family, the ONE for Mac. ONE for Mac is a two input and two output USB Audio Interface/Microphone that features writing, recording and mixing music on your Mac. The third generation in the Apogee ONE family, ONE for Mac features the same sound quality and functionality as the Apogee ONE for iPad & Mac.
France's answer to the US Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, the DGCCRF has filed suit against Apple. The DGCCRF is seeking 48.5 million euro ($55.2 million) over Apple's "significantly unbalanced" contract terms with mobile carriers, that force carriers to buy a minimum number of phones, and allow Apple to use the companies' trademarks and patents.
Do you remember playing with die-cast toy cars as a kid? Remember how much fun it was to smash them against the wall, drive them off the table, or collide them together? What if there was an app that simulated that feeling? Well, it turns out there is, and it's called Turbo Dismount.
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's items are all drones equipped with cameras, with two offering the ability to survey your surroundings from a high-up vantage point by recording a video for later playback, and another two quadcopters that stream back a live view from the front of the craft, to give you a unique point of view while flying.
The best way to get apps for your iPad is slowly: as you need to do something, find what does it, and try some out. The worst way is to read an article listing "100 Amazing Apps." and download the lot in one go. If nothing else, one person's amazing is another person's shrug. MacNN has picked 10 and while, actually yes, we think they're pretty amazing, this set has been picked specifically to be what every iPad should have.
On Tuesday, Apple updated its Apple Pay partner site to add another 33 US banks and credit unions to its list of financial institutions supporting Apple Pay, the iPhone maker's mobile payments technology. Notable among the latest crop is the addition of Barclays US, following in the footsteps of its UK parent bank. Apple's total number of US banks supporting Apple Pay has now topped 1,153 (not including two "loyalty card" issuers, BJ's Wholesale and Kohl's).
The library of Pointers e-books just keeps on growing: now there's a guide to those little extras that transform your Mac, iPhone and iPad. They're the little utilities Apple include, and they're the small applications that have earned a place in the hearts of so many of us. In every case, they are lesser-known, little written about, and yet also genuinely change everything. Now Pointers: Work Better with Utilities shows you what you've missed out on.
The new 9.7-inch iPad Pro is an interesting device, and perhaps one which reflects a new reality for Apple. Sales of the iPad have been slowing for a few quarters in a row now, while companies like Microsoft have also started making inroads with competing devices like the Surface Pro range. Before the larger iPad Pro, Apple resisted introducing a first-party stylus for its own iPad range, and even its own keyboard accessory. Times have changed, and we now have two iPad Pros, both with support for an Apple stylus and attachable Apple keyboards for the pair. Is the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro better for its newly-minted, notebook-like performance and bag of tricks? Find out in our review.
A security issue has been discovered in iOS that provides access to a limited amount of data, based on the way Siri handles searches while an iPhone is locked. The flaw, discovered by Jose Rodriguez, uses a combination of a Siri search, Twitter, and 3D Touch on an iPhone 6s or an iPhone 6s Plus running iOS 9.3.1, with the attacker able to view photo albums and the contact list stored on the iPhone from within Siri, all without passing through the lock screen.
Panasonic has introduced a mirrorless camera that provides a high amount of image stabilization inside a compact body. The Lumix DMC-GX85 boasts a 'Dual IS' system, which combines the five-axis in-body image stabilization that appears in other Lumix cameras, such as the GX8 launched last year, with an in-lens IS to allow for increased stability when taking shots, in turn producing sharper photographs with finer detail.
Every so often, MacNN finds a deal that is too big or important to go into our usual deals lists, and is major enough to be highlighted in its own Big Deals post. This time, it is the return of one of our most popular items from the MacNN Deals store, with the award-winning writing app Scrivener 2 available for purchase at half price for a limited time.
Barclays has finally launched support for Apple Pay in the United Kingdom, almost nine months after the payment platform itself arrived in the country. The last major financial institution to sign up for Apple Pay in the UK, the bank is now allowing anyone with a Barclays debit card or a Barclaycard credit card to make payments at over 400,000 contactless payment terminals across the country using their iPhone or Apple Watch.
Today we take a look at another rugged case for the iPhone 6/6s, a case that attempts to be super strong without all the extra bulk that other cases feature. It's called the X-Doria Defense Shield, and here's how it stands up against other cases we've tested.
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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