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.
Streaming services are helping drive music revenues in Australia, echoing similar industry changes in other regions, a recent report has claimed. Services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, is being credited by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for helping push music revenues for the country to $333.8 million, a 5 percent year-on-year increase, and the first upwards trend in the annual wholesale figure for the region's music industry since 2012.
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.
We begin this week's Rumor Roundup with a small rant: too many other sites tend to report on rumors as fact, and even go so far as to post articles about what they "know" about, say, the "iPhone 7." This annoys us, as it is at best misleading and at worst, deceptive. Nobody outside Apple -- particularly not puffed-up stock analysts -- "knows" anything about unannounced products. Obviously, some things are much more likely than others -- Apple will probably bring out a new flagship model this fall, WWDC will be about updates to OS X and iOS primarily, that sort of thing, but if there's one thing we "know" about Apple, it's that they like to mix it up a bit now and then.
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN scour online retailers for offers, sales, discounts, and bargains on hardware, software, gadgets, and games for our readers. Notable items in Monday's deals list include a Sony 55-inch Ultra HD television for under $900, a WD 2TB My Passport Ultra external drive for $83, and a 1080p 24-inch Acer monitor for just $90.
Apple will not be able to stop the European Union's investigation into whether or not it has paid the correct amount of tax on the continent if it moved all of its funds from overseas to the United States, EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has advised. The investigation, which has taken place against a number of companies accused of abusing tax laws across a number of countries to minimize taxes paid, will continue regardless of Apple's actions.
We confess, this week the news was a little on the bad side in the world of Apple and tech in general: the War on Encryption continues with new shenanigans from the formerly-respectable FBI and DOJ; the MacBundler/BundleCult/MightyLoots saga continues with tales of dual (at least) identities, angry unpaid developers, and (we would have to say) a bizarre "apology" that suggests that the wolf resume guarding the hen house one more time. Then there's Smile, which has put a few frowns on a few faces this week. Find out why Mike and Charles are feeling a little Statler & Waldorf this week on episode 58 of The MacNN Podcast, and get a smoking hot good deal thrown into the bargain.
Whether city dwellers or tourist, we know you've heard of it: Uber. For everybody else, what's Uber? Uber is a controversial taxi replacement which connects riders with drivers through an app, and we couldn't be more smitten with the idea. Here's how our experience with Uber has gone so far.
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 accessories you can use to charge your iPhone, including a light-up cable, a poseable gooseneck Lightning cable, and a pair of cases for the iPhone that help provide power while away from home, while also protecting your mobile device.
Quite a bit happened with Apple during the week of April 9 through 15m in the years 1976 to 2016. Yet with some irony, it is the forgotten third partner who, for this one week, looms very large. Ronald G. Wayne co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, then confounded everyone by bailing out 12 days later.
Reports are piling up one the Apple community support forums with reports of a problem that some users are having with the iPhone SE. Users are reporting distorted sound only during phone calls when the iPhone is paired through Bluetooth to a headphone set, or through car audio systems.
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, give your notebook or desktop a speed increase by taking your pick from two large solid state drives from Crucial, which are both being offered with a third of the price knocked off until the end of the day.
The continuing changes in exchange rates between currencies has forced Apple to change the prices of goods sold in the App Store, increasing the cost for both apps and in-app purchases in Norway. Apple has contacted developers via iTunes Connect to warn about the rising prices, which will occur on products sold in the App Store in the country within the next few days, with affected users expected to be informed about the increased prices in the near future.
The company thought to have beaten the encryption of the iPhone 5c, in order to help the FBI's investigation into the San Bernardino attack, is apparently "optimistic" it can do the same for the iPhone 6. Cellebrite, an Israeli forensics firm, is attempting to help an Italian architect see the photographs of his deceased son stored on a locked iPhone 6, and has reportedly advised the father that there's a chance the images can be accessed successfully.
One of our absolute most favorite apps is TextExpander, and previously if you told us you were moving to some rival application then we'd have said, well, do what you like, we won't stop you. There are alternatives such as TypeIt4Me that do the same job of speeding up your work by replacing a couple of keystrokes with any length of text you want. Yet while we don't think there's a bad one, it's always been that the best was TextExpander. Now it's been revamped and become a subscription service, though, you have to assess whether it's worth the money to you and we've been told that for many people the answer is no. This Pointers is about what you can do instead.
We're firm believers in protecting your tech as best you can, and when that comes to your iPhone, we think that includes keeping a screen protector on it at all times. Screen protectors get a bad rap, sometimes, for feeling strange or dampening the responsiveness of your touch screen. That's why we're here to check out a glass screen protector designed to protect your phone without feeling like it doesn't belong there. Today, we check out a screen by the folks over at Cygnett: The AreoCurve.
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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