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.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, both Blizzard and Nintendo go after fans of their games for creating unauthorized derivative works, Feral brings XCOM 2 to the Mac App Store two months after the port's launch on Steam, and Square Enix ships Kingdom Hearts: Unchained X on iOS in North America.
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the writing crew behind MacNN searches online stores for sales, offers, discounts, and promotions on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for our readers. The list of yesterday's still-active deals has been joined by a new wave of offers, including a refurbished iPad Air 2 16GB for $350, a 49-inch LG Smart TV for $500, and a Lite-On external DVD-writer for $19.
Apple has shipped an update for GarageBand for the Mac, adding in extra support for the companion apps on iOS. Version 10.11 of the app is now compatible with the functions introduced into GarageBand for iOS at the start of the year, including Live Loops, as well as the ability to open up song projects created in Music Memos, and for those just using the Mac for music creation, a large collection of new loops to use in their projects.
Attendees of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will find they will have more opportunities to use iPhones and Apple Watches at the event this year. Visitors of the festivities in Indio, California this month will now be able to make payments for goods and services throughout the event's grounds via Apple Pay, while the official iOS app is being made more useful with the inclusion of iBeacon support, providing lucky guests special rewards at various locations.
Paper notebook producer Moleskine is attempting to merge together its books and pads with smartphones and tablets, by making the Smart Writing Set. The collection consists of a smart pen and a paper-based notebook with specially-printed paper, which when used together can transfer images, words, and drawings from the physical page to a companion app running on an iOS or Android mobile device, providing the user an instant digital version of their notes.
FBI Director James Comey has declared today that the "tool" that the FBI purchased to penetrate the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone 5c will not work on newer phones. The director said earlier today in an interview that the technique will only work on a "narrow slice of phones," preventing its use on the iPhone 5S, and newer.
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 things to help you give your devices more power, including a case for your iPhone 6S with a built-in battery, a portable battery pack that can recharge your devices as well as jump start your car, and two charging accessories with some pretty unusual features.
This isn't going to be the happiest Pointers tutorial we've ever run but it has a chance at being the most useful. This Pointers Extra is about what happens in our online-obsessed world when someone dies. More importantly, its also about what you can proactively to help your family when your time comes.
T-Mobile is aiming to improve the quality of audio in calls made across its network, by introducing "next-generation voice technology" for some of its users. Named Enhanced Voice Services, the technology is claimed to provide a higher fidelity of call than HD Voice, a feature the carrier introduced to its subscribers in 2013, with EVS also having the potential to improve calls for people located in areas with weaker reception of the phone network.
You've done this, haven't you? You're sitting there in your kitchen, having a chat, and somehow you get someone's name wrong. You keep calling them by the wrong name and when you or your friends eventually realise what's happened, you've had hilarious consequences and/or slander legal suits. Fortunately, the kitchen at MacNN has this great kettle that just so happens to beep over precisely the right syllables.
Facebook updated its WhatsApp messaging service earlier this week to enable end-to-end encryption for all communications on the platform, protecting text-based messages, VoIP calls, and other items sent between users. Even though the extra security is likely to be welcomed by the majority of users, it appears that law enforcement agencies will still be able to gain access to some metadata relating to messages and calls, if not the content of the messages themselves.
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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