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.
As promised, Sony pushed out the latest PS4 firmware earlier today. Packed with a number of new quality-of-life features, such as the ability to appear offline and receive notifications when certain friends come online, the v3.50 update (codenamed MUSASHI) has been greatly anticipated since it was first announced back in February. While there are many benefits for fans of the Sony console, the most anticipated change comes in the form of expanded Remote Play support, bringing the ability to play games remotely, by streaming the video to OS X and Windows computers. As good as all this sounds, what really matters is how well it works in the real world. We have spent a few hours playing around with the new feature and are ready to share some of our initial thoughts with you.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is no longer keeping its method to unlock the iPhone 5c at the center of the San Bernardino encryption debate a complete secret, as it is reportedly telling senators how it was accomplished. Intelligence Committee Vice Chair Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has allegedly been informed of what was done to the iPhone to bypass the encryption, with the FBI also said to be briefing Committee Chairman Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) on the same details in the near future.
Many of those reading this first sentence may be thinking to themselves that they already know how to do this, since they've already done it. That would be both true and false at the same time. You may have a working setup for your needs, but in most cases either you took the easy-but-pricey route (an Apple TV and a few wires) or the poor man's option (a direct wired connection that some cat or child or drunken relation is going to send crashing to the floor by tripping over it someday). Today, let's look at some other alternatives and options that might prompt you to upgrade that imminent tripping hazard.
President Brian Stucki of long-running Apple-centric hosting company Macminicolo has revealed that he is selling the company. While not departing the company, Stucki has cited the industry being on a "cusp of a major change" and has revealed that Macminicolo is merging with long-time competitor MacStadium.
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 the Seagate Lyve Home 2TB Wireless Home External Hard Drive for $90, a Marge Plus Leather Loop band for the Apple Watch for $29, and a Linksys 802.11ac Smart Wi-Fi Dual-Band Router for $130.
While Apple is renowned for putting less "bloatware" on its devices than most, it does -- like other device makers -- have a tendency to make its own included apps unremovable, even if the app in question would be little-used by a majority of users. This has been a source of complaints over the years, as users who do not invest have no use for the "Stocks" app, and the "Tips" app quickly turns useless with time, as two examples. New code in the latest betas, however, suggests that Apple may be planning to allow users to hide, albeit still not delete, those apps from view.
On Wednesday, Apple released the first beta of iOS 9.3.2 to developers, following the update of 9.3.1 to correct some important security and bug issues. The company also released the first betas of OS X 10.11.5, watchOS 2.2.1, and tvOS 9.2.1, all developer-only at present (though a public beta of the iOS and OS X updates are expected in the next day or two). As usual, Apple has not listed any notable changes from the previous beta, though small updates, tweaks and other changes are usually reported by developers over the first few days in the process of testing.
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights has announced that Apple CEO Tim Cook has joined its board of directors. The group says that Cook on the board will bring "deep understanding to help advance the mission and relevance of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, which is needed now more than ever."
Usually, a contacts or address book app aims to make it easy and quick for you to add new people or change some details. Invariably, a new contacts app will have something more, because it has to: given that you already have Apple's Contacts app on your Mac, you need a compelling reason to buy a replacement. ContactsMate 3.0.0 wants to be your new daily address book, and it's aiming to get you by way of its tools for cleaning up problems.
Foxconn may be preparing to develop its first AMOLED displays that could be used in a future version of the iPhone, according to a report. The acquisition of Sharp, which completed at the end of last month for a reduced $3.5 billion, is said to have been driven by Sharp's display manufacturing capabilities, with Foxconn apparently gearing the company up to prepare for large-scale production of AMOLED panels for potential use in iPhones.
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, make a splash in the tvOS app marketplace and potentially make some cash in the process, by learning how to produce apps in the tvOS and Swift 2: Apple TV Developer Course on MacNN Deals.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is keeping quiet about how useful the information it pulled from the iPhone 5c at the center of the San Bernardino terrorist investigation. James Baker, general counsel for the FBI, advised the agency won't decide on whether or not to reveal what it had found on the smartphone until after the examination of the data and the investigation is compete, leaving observers of the debate waiting longer before being able to decide whether the unsuccessful legal wrangling against Apple was worth undertaking.
Another day, another email app -- but then another day, another ton of emails, too. As much as we like email, it gets on top of you, and your job isn't Executive in Charge of Replying to Everything, so any tool that can help manage messages is worth serious attention. Preside 1.0 for iOS is a new app that aims to speed up how you deal with incoming email.
Apple is "not destroying the fabric of America," according to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in an interview about his stance on major corporations. While Apple isn't guilty of being one of the main companies Sanders believes are working against society's best interests, it didn't come out of the interview with a clean bill of health, as Sanders admits he wishes the iPhone producer would perform more of its manufacturing within the United States instead of abroad.
You can't believe the amount of time I spent pondering whether to subscribe to Apple Music or not. Must've been many hours, though spread out over the whole three months trial; I'm not daft. Yet perhaps because I've become more decisive, perhaps because Netflix is more compelling, or perhaps because I just carried over all that pondering. For when it came time to make my choice and pay for Netflix or give it up, I didn't hesitate -- and I've now been using it for a quarter of the year.
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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