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.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look back at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Microsoft gives up on producing the Xbox 360 after ten years of service, Bethesda shows off its Elder Scrolls card game, Sony confirms two-factor authentication for PlayStation Network accounts is on the way, and CCP advises EVE: Valkyrie will work with multiple VR headsets.
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.
Even though Apple is facing a much tougher year for iPhone sales growth than the year prior, it has not stopped the Cupertino juggernaut from seeing a huge jump in US marketshare year-over-year in the company's fiscal second quarter, even though the company's share dipped slightly from the previous quarter. Compared to a year ago, Apple went from 28 percent of US smartphone activations to 40 percent of them in the present March quarter. Rival Samsung, by contrast, held steady at 37 percent year-over-year.
Microsoft has reported earnings for its third quarter of 2016. The company reported $20.5 billion in revenue, with an operating income of $5.3 billion. Net income came in at $3.8 billion, with earnings per share hitting $0.47. While the results are strong, revenue and profit have both fallen from the year-ago quarter.
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the writing team of MacNN scours online retailers to find discounts, bargains, offers, and promotions for our readers to enjoy. Today's additions to the list, alongside the still-active deals from yesterday, include the SteelSeries Siberia V3 Prism gaming headset, a 32-inch LG HDTV, and the Celestron NexStar 4 SE telescope.
While there have been various unconfirmed claims that the iPhone SE -- Apple's latest iPhone model that sports a return to the four-inch display screen -- has not done as well as expected in North America, the new smartphone appears to be a hit in China, according to a report from DigiTimes, a Taiwanese trade site with a mixed track record of accuracy. The report says that iPhone SE sales have helped Apple cut into the market shares of local rivals, such as China-based Xiaomi and Huawei, and that the other makers are reducing inventories in fear of over-confident projections.
FBI director James Comey may have put a price tag on what it cost the agency to unlock the San Bernardino shooters' iPhone 5c. Directly asked at a security conference in London how much the exploit cost, Comey said that the agency paid "a lot, more than I will make in the remainder of this job, which is seven years and four months, for sure" which puts the total at well over $1.3 million dollars.
Walmart is finally rolling out its competitor to Apple Pay to its mobile app, making it one of the last few major retailers to offer some form of mobile-based payment system in its stores. Walmart Pay will allow customers to register their credit, debit, and gift card details to an account in the app, which can then be used to make payments at the checkout at the retailer's stores across the United States, though when individual stores will gain the ability to accept the payments remains unknown.
Time Magazine has again named Apple CEO Tim Cook to its list of the 100 most influential people, in the business-oriented category of "Titans." The short induction article is written by Apple Board of Directors member and Chairman/CEO of Walt Disney, Robert Iger, who said Cook is "committed to doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time and for the right reasons," and "a leader of great courage and character who demands excellence, upholds the highest ethical standards and routinely challenges the status quo."
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 things to help with audio and video projects using your mobile devices, including a pair of microphones made for smartphones and tablets, an action camera for recording intensive activities, and a way to show off your efforts to your friends and co-workers.
Ignore that headline: there is versions of this task manager for iOS, but we're going to concentrate on the Mac one. That's partly because this is a serious trio of productivity apps, and we'll be stress-testing them all together for some time. However, it's also because Things 2.8.3 for OS X is the classiest To Do app we've seen.
Verizon has managed to post quarterly earnings roughly in line with expectations from analysts, posting revenues of $32.2 billion that missed estimates by $300 million, though its earnings per share of $1.06 is an increase of 3.9 percent compared to the first quarter of last year. Operating income for the telecoms company was $7.9 billion with an operating income margin of 24.7 percent, and an EBITDA totaling $12 billion in the quarter.
Mac and PC technology company OWC Digital launched a trio of products featuring Thunderbolt 3 technology at the acclaimed National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV this week. Coming soon to the vendor are the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock, Envoy Pro EX with Thunderbolt 3, and Mercury Helios 3.
Taiwanese chip maker TSMC has announced that it will moving to mass production of mobile chips using a 7nm manufacturing process in the first half of 2018, beating Intel to the node. As a current supplier of Apple's A9 and A9X chips the news could provide an insight into the type of technology that may appear in a future iPhone. If Apple maintains TSMC as a chip fabricator for its A-series chips, it could point to a potential Apple A12 chip powering a late 2018 iPhone using 7nm lithography.
Alongside our regular MacNN Deals and Daily Deals posts, the writers of MacNN occasionally find offers that are interesting or major enough to warrant their own Big Deals post. Today, you have the opportunity to pick up a collection of productivity and creative apps for your Mac from MacUpdate, with the Spring Bundle including not only a core of ten apps, but one extra bonus if you order it early enough.
Bang and Olufsen has introduced a Bluetooth speaker in its BeoPlay range, one which is the smallest the producer has ever created. The BeoPlay A1 is a circular speaker with an aluminum outer shell, measuring 4.8cm (1.9 inches) thick and 13.3cm (5.2 inches) across while weighing 1.3 pounds, with the company claiming its 2,200mAh battery can provide up to 24 hours of music playback at a moderate listening level.
Can we just mention that we were right last week? We said, we actually said that if you go down to an Apple Store and wait for an hour, you might get a new MacBook. Okay, we didn't phrase it quite so specifically and actually we may possibly have meant iMacs rather than MacBooks but the principle holds: we called it. Which means this week, we have to keep that prediction record up.
Apple's iOS continues to be the leading platform for developers looking to monetize their apps, according to App Annie. Although Google's Android is the most popular smartphone operating system worldwide, its users remain much more frugal than iOS users when it comes to spending money on apps or in-app purchases. In fact, despite the Play Store generating around twice the number of downloads as iOS users, the iOS App Store took in 90 percent more revenue.
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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