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.
Following the confirmation of the dates of the next Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple has posted a mini-site teasing attractions and hinting at features of the next WWDC, which will be held from June 13-17. This year, in a new wrinkle, some key events -- the Keynote, the State of the Union, and Apple Design Awards, all on Monday the 13th, and the Thursday Night Bash on the 16th will be held at the 7,000-seat Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, while Sessions, Labs, and all other events will be held at the usual venue, Moscone West, all in San Francisco.
There is no such thing as the perfect keyboard, or at least there isn't one slice of perfection for everyone. It'd be dull if there were, but it would also be quite handy. As it is, for us the Logitech K810 keyboard is so very nearly the best possible option that we're wondering why it took us years to try it out. With chagrin, we also realize that if we'd checked it out even a few months ago, we'd have ditched it in favor of the Logitech K811 instead.
The US Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal by the Authors Guild and other writers, ending a case in which the guild had challenged Google's wholesale scanning of books for which they did not own the copyright. In letting stand the lower Second US Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, the justices essentially condoned what the Authors Guild called "an unprecedented judicial expansion of the 'fair-use' doctrine." The ruling opens the door for anyone, from students to other large-scale preservation or information projects, to scan books under copyright and make them freely available, as long as it fits the "fair use" conditions.
Video shot for virtual reality headsets is taking a leap forward today, with announcements from two different companies for two slightly different reasons. GoPro revealed the cost of its Omni VR capture rig, as well as launched its own app for 360-degree videos, while YouTube is expanding its existing support for 360-degree videos by allowing video creators who use its service to stream the all-directional video format to other users from today.
This week, The MacNN Podcast deals with an unusually wide variety of topics, ranging from serious (the future of encryption) to farcical (we'd daresay anyone listening could design a better theoretical Apple Car than what Motor Trend came up with). This is a pretty good week for Apple fans, a bad week for BlackBerry fans, and a goldmine for "what th--?" type news stories. We talk about what we'd do if we ran Apple, the latest DOJ-FBI shenanigans, and much more, along with a very unusual App of the Week.
If you'd asked us two weeks ago how to get a lot of video onto your iPad for editing, we'd have said iCloud Drive or Dropbox, and admitted that we'd never had to do it ourselves. Now we've had to do it ourselves, and discovered that the answer is ... iCloud Drive or Dropbox. It took us a few steps to get there, though, and since we could not find any advice about this online, let us make this Pointers be clear about it for you, and for us when we come to do all this again.
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN scour online retailers to find the best bargains, offers, discounts and sales for our readers to enjoy. Today's collection of deals include the WD My Passport Ultra 1TB portable hard drive for $60, the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB tunable gaming mouse for $70, and a 40-inch Samsung 1080p Smart TV for $498.
CalDigit has today announced a host of new products at the National Association of Broadcasters trade show in Las Vegas. Revealed is the CalDigit T8, a Thunderbolt 3 RAID storage solution with eight bays featuring capacities up to 48TB. Also shown is the CalDigit U6, a six-bay USB 3.1 Type-C RAID solution. Additionally, the CalDigit AV Pro 2 single drive solution featuring USB 3.1 Type-C is on the show floor.
Apple has revealed the dates for when the next Worldwide Developers Conference will be held, via a query on Siri. The first sighting of any information about when exactly the developer conference will take place, asking the virtual assistant "When is WWDC?" offers the answer that it "will be held June 13 through June 17 in San Francisco," one week later than the June 8 to June 12 last year's event took place.
Bill Campbell, a former football coach at Columbia University that worked in key positions at Apple, Claris, and other tech firms -- including running Intuit for four years -- and previous Apple Board member, has died at the age of 75. Campbell first joined Apple as a VP of Marketing under CEO John Sculley, and rose up the ranks to become the head of Claris' software division back when it was more formally a part of Apple. He returned to Apple in 1997 along with Steve Jobs, and served as a director on Apple's board until 2014, when he retired from the post. He continued to serve as Chairman of the Board of Intuit, where he had served as CEO from 1994-1998, until this past January. He died on Monday following a "long battle," with cancer, according to reports.
Security researchers have demonstrated they are able to monitor a live phone call between two parties, without resorting to an attack of either party's smartphone. A group of hackers in Germany showed that a phone call between a congressman and a reporter could be listened into and recorded by an outside party, highlighting that while device security is an important part of keeping content private, the calls themselves are still insecure.
Retailer Best Buy, which has been holding sales on the current models of the MacBook family, has now listed all models of 12-inch Retina MacBook as "discontinued," which is a likely sign that the model, which is now just over one year old, is about to get a refresh. Some other retailers have sold out on several configurations with no plans to replenish the line, while some others that still have stock, such as B&H Photo and MacMall, have dropped prices in a clear event to move existing inventory. Current rumors project the MacBook line to move up to more current processors, and that the MacBook Air line will be folded in under the "MacBook" moniker.
If you're like us, you tend to Goldilocks your way from earbud to earbud -- some are too big, too small, too cheap, too expensive. Some have great designs and poor sound quality, while others sound great but don't have any style. Today, we're here to check out the Urbanears' Sumpan to see just where they fit in with the myriad of other earbuds we've come across.
The Khronos Group, an open consortium of hardware and software companies responsible for the OpenCL specification, announces the immediate availability of the OpenCL 2.2, SYCL 2.2 and SPIR-V 1.1 provisional specifications. The new additions improve parallel programming as well as bring the Vulkan graphics shaders to OpenCL.
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 bundles to teach you how to code, including how to make your own mobile apps, content for the Apple TV, creating for the web, and even how to produce 3D games in Unity that could be played with using a virtual reality headset.
Amazon is attempting to appeal to customers not yet taking up its Prime membership, by offering some alternative payment options. Rather than charging the current $99 Prime subscription, the retailer is giving customers in the United States the option of paying for Prime on a monthly basis, as well as the ability to subscribe to its popular Prime Instant Video service without any of the other Prime benefits, at a slightly lower monthly cost.
Asustor has brought two new high capacity 8-bay AS6208T and 10-bay AS6210T models to market. The new models are fitted with Intel Celeron quad-core processors clocked at 1.6GHz and 4GB of dual-channel DDR3L RAM, though this is upgradeable to 8GB. Both are also equipped with an HDMI 1.4b port allowing the transfer of 4K Ultra HD video and are capable of read speeds up to 398MB/s and write speeds of up to 355MB/s under link aggregation and RAID 5 configurations.
We're spending this 40th anniversary year of Apple's going through the company's rollercoaster history in one-week slices. Yet this time, let us blur that a little bit, and start with an event that isn't one you can pin to a certain hour -- but instead is a brooding problem that took place over all of April, 1985. For one thing, it's to do with the ousting of Steve Jobs from the company he co-created, and in history's telescoping of details, the usual story you hear is that CEO John Sculley fired him. It's actually not that unreasonable a summary, as he might as well have done, but strictly speaking no, he didn't -- and it didn't happen in one big board meeting.
It's not true that most people hate iTunes, but it is true that you chiefly hear from those who do. The rest of us might have the odd grumble, but we don't particularly complain, and we don't write a replacement app. You've got to give credit to developer Andrew Kazmierski for making EPod 1.0, an app that plays music the way he likes, and which sets out to bring back the appeal of the iPod.
Drone producer DJI has made a number of announcements aimed at professional users, both for products used in the air and on the ground. The Matrice M600 drone is a professional aerial photography and videography drone capable of carrying a payload of up to 13.2 pounds, the Ronin MX is DJI's first universal aerial gimbal system that works with the new drone, and the handheld Osmo gimbal camera system will include a new camera option and the ability to make shots involving movement even smoother.
New new data shows that the Chinese iOS App Store revenues have outstripped earnings from the Japanese iOS App Store for the first time. Tracking from analytics firm App Annie shows that revenues from the Chinese iOS App Store have been on a rapidly increasing trajectory over the past 12 months. However, this upward trend spiked towards the latter half of 2016, with the Chinese market now the second largest iOS App Store earner for Apple behind only the U.S.
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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