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.
Danny Coster, a long-serving member of Apple's design team who has been with the company almost as long as design chief Sir Jonathan Ive, has departed the company to join GoPro as Vice President of Design. Coster, who has been with Apple since 1993, is widely credited along with Ive and co-founder Steve Jobs as being one of the primary hands shaping the iconic original iMac, and has his name on dozens of design patents belonging to the company. He is the first team member to leave in recent memory, and the first since Richard Howarth was announced as taking over day-to-day design team operations from Ive.
A bill introduced in the California General Assembly that proposed penalizing companies that refused to decrypt encrypted devices has been defeated after strong opposition from technology companies, privacy groups, and other legislators. The bill, which would have authorized penalties of up to $2,500 per day for companies that did not obey court orders to decrypt smartphones, was killed in committee by members concerned about the impact. On the national level, a bill proposing a requirement of warrants before accessing users' email accounts has moved out of the House Judiciary Committee towards a full vote.
Welcome to Daily Deals, the regular post where the staff of MacNN searches online retailers for offers, bargains, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for our readers. The still-active deals list is joined by items including the Canon MG5720 Printer, Scanner, and Copier for $60, a 64GB SanDisk microSDXC memory card for $25, and Audio-Technica ATH-M50x professional studio monitor headphones for $110.
Some 40,000 Verizon workers walked off the job in the northeastern part of the US on Wednesday in one of the largest strikes in recent memory following the stalling of contract talks between the telecommunications provider and two of its unions, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), which represent mostly network technicians and customer service representatives. The unions have worked without a contract since August on the company's wireline services; cellular and wireless communications are not affected by the action.
Dish has launched a new package as part of its Sling TV online streaming service, one that seemingly offers more than the existing base package. The second package, priced the same $20 rate as the original, is providing access to a number of channels from the Fox broadcast network alongside other channels already offered by the service, though this time Sling TV is introducing the option of viewing multiple streams from the package simultaneously.
A new exploit has been discovered by a pair of security researchers that could have maliciously exploited an old, previously-thought-patched "date bug" in iPhones and iPads by using common network names (like "attwifi" or other "default" router network names) to substitute a malicious network that the phone would then join because the name is a "trusted" connection. Once substituted, the network could conceivably "brick" (render non-operative) iOS devices running up to iOS 9.3 by setting up a malicious network time server that would reset the device's "clock" to January 1, 1970, causing devices to count time backwards until they crashed at a 1965 date. The NTP flaw was presumed fixed in iOS 9.3, and the entire network exploit has been addressed in the current iOS 9.3.1 release.
Is there something you saw in the Apple Store that caught your eye, but can't quite bring yourself to spend money on it? For the last few weeks, we've been telling our readers about a competition over at MacNN Deals that will provide one lucky winner with a $1,000 Apple Store gift card, but if you haven't entered it yet, you'd better do so before it closes for entries later tonight.
Amazon has launched its latest Kindle ebook reader, following after the device's unexpected leak last week. The Kindle Oasis is fundamentally similar to other e-readers in the Kindle range, but Amazon has taken a slightly different approach with this version, using an all new design that makes it not only the smallest and lightest model in the range, but also one that is much easier to grip in the hand compared to previous iterations.
The USB 3.0 Promoter Group today announced the USB Type-C Authentication specification, defining cryptographic-based authentication for USB Type-C chargers and devices. Using this protocol, host systems can confirm the authenticity of a USB device or USB charger, including capabilities and certification status. The negotiation happens right at the moment a wired connection is made and before inappropriate power or data can be transferred.
It's of course a good thing when you can pick up an app and immediately do useful work on it. That's probably the definition of the difference between Macs and PCs, but it comes with a price. Sometimes that's a literal thing, as Apple devices cost more, however we mean in the sense that you never stop to look further, and you should. You should, we should: we've been using OmniOutliner for three years, and there have been huge areas of it we've never gone into. Now we have.
Lytro has introduced what could prove to be a revolution in filmmaking with its new Lytro Cinema, which works on the same principle as the Lytro Illum camera. Lytro's original consumer camera uses light field technology, allowing users to selectively adjust focus and angle adjustment after a shot has been taken. The Lytro Cinema, however, ramps this up considerably with a 755-megapixel sensor that can capture video footage at an astonishing 40K resolution at up to 300 frames per second, with up to 16 stops of Dynamic Range.
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's selections are all cameras with varying potential uses, including both consumer editions of the Lytro camera, an action camera for capturing footage during activities, and a dash cam for watching the road and potentially helping you with your car insurance claims.
Despite evidence to the contrary, reports are circulating that it was not Cellebrite technology at the core of the San Bernardino iPhone 5c unlock. If rumors are to be believed, a cadre of "professional hackers" including ones that sell flaws to governments penetrated the phone using a zero day exploit in conjunction with a custom piece of hardware designed for the device, and other iPhone 5cs running iOS 9.
Adobe is helping those producing content for virtual reality headsets, by adding functions to its Creative Cloud apps aimed at enhancing VR and 360-degree video workflows. Central to the new features, set to arrive in the early summer, Premiere Pro CC will include a VR "field of view" mode that can potentially help video editors work with spherical video, allowing them to see what the viewer would see when pointed in specific directions.
Logitech is continuing its expansion into the headphone market with the planned acquisition of Jaybird. Jaybird, best known for its sports-oriented Bluetooth headphones, follows Logitech's previous acquisition of headphone maker Ultimate Ears. With the acquisition, Logitech has also moved into the wearables market, with Jaybird's Reign fitness tracker also responsible for attracting Logitech's interest in the Salt Lake City, Utah based company.
Apple's plans to build sales momentum in the developing Indian market are continuing to take shape with the launch of 24-month corporate iPhone and iPad lease plans. The new lease plans have been placed alongside iPhone SE print advertisements around the subcontinent, according to the Economic Times of India. Eligible corporate customers can contact Apple directly to take up a lease, which starts at 999 rupees per month ($15) for an iPhone SE.
The iPhone 6 and 6s are attractive phones, and we don't think that anyone here would disagree with that. They are, however, also rather expensive phones -- which means that chances are, you're going to want to cover up your phone with a protective case. Instead of slapping on some bulky, ugly case, why not try the Clic 360, a case designed with both protection and style in mind.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster's latest survey of American teens shows that the age group are still very interested in Apple's iPhone. Of the teens surveyed in the bi-annual study, 69 percent said that they owned an iPhone, while 75 percent indicated that they wanted an iPhone as their next smartphone. Both key indicators were up by a percentage point or two over the previous survey. Although teens favored the Apple Watch over other smartwatches on the market, only 12 percent of the same group of teens said that they actually owned a smartwatch of any type.
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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