Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look back at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's Nintendo-heavy edition, the NX console will be coming out March next year, the Wii-U will stick around until 2018, two more Nintendo mobile apps are teased, Samsung plans to create VR headsets that don't use smartphones, and both Sony and Microsoft reveal what subscribers to their console subscriptions will get next month.
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.
As with most other products, Apple sold fewer of its Apple Watch wearable than it did in the previous quarter, dropping from about 5.1 million in the December quarter to around 2.2 million units between January and March. As a result, the iPhone maker dropped in smartwatch marketshare from 63 percent share to 52.4 percent, still comfortably ahead of all rivals. Samsung, in second place, saw a drop from 16 percent (an estimated 1.3 million units) to 14.3 percent (about 600,000 units).
Apple has rolled out an update to the Android version of the Apple Music app, adding a couple of new features that brings it closer to what the iOS app already provides for its users. Apple outlines two new items in the change log, with the Android app including the ability to search and play music videos for the first time, as well as the option of signing up or upgrading to a Family Membership from within the app itself.
If the main reason you listen to One More Thing is because you really can't bear the endless chattering (and apparently multiple personalities) of MacNN Editor Charles Martin, this is going to be a very bad week for you: he's filling in for regular host and best-selling tech author (again) William Gallagher on this episode, though at least we get the congenial Gilliam Wallagher into the bargain, along with the comparatively much more mentally stable Malcolm Owen, as usual.
On Thursday, Apple updated its iMovie app for OS X to version 10.1.2, which primarily fixes a YouTube sharing issue, includes larger project thumbnails more in the style of iMovie for iOS, adds App Preview resolutions for iPad Pro and Apple TV, and makes some tweaks to navigation that includes a new "fast project creation" option, along with a new keyboard shortcut for selecting within a clip in the timeline and video browser. In addition, the update makes the usual background bug fixes and improves the stability of the video editing application.
Not everyone can afford an expensive, immersive VR headset like the HTC Vive, but most of us have smartphones at this point, and there are more and more smartphone-compatible headsets being added to the market every day. If you've been curious about experimenting with VR, you can get a taste of what it's like by trying out the iPhone and Android compatible Pasonomi VR Headset, designed to work with the influx of VR apps available on the App Store.
Amazon.com today announced financial results for its first quarter that ended on March 31. The company posted net income of $513 million in the first quarter, or $1.07 per diluted share, compared with net loss of $57 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, in first quarter 2015. It also noted that net sales increased 28 percent to $29.1 billion in the first quarter, compared with $22.7 billion in first quarter of 2015.
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. Old and inactive deals have been removed from the list, with the new additions including Mpow Seashell Bluetooth running headphones for $26, Audio-Technica SonicFuel hybrid earbud headphones for $30, and a PlayStation 4 with Call of Duty: Black Ops II for $313.
The US House of Representatives has unanimously voted in favor of approving a bill that could help prevent US citizen's emails from being easily accessed by law enforcement. The Email Privacy Act, which would require security forces to gain a warrant before being able to access email accounts, was approved with a vote of 419 for the bill and no votes against, with the bill now set to move towards the Senate on its way to becoming a law.
Apple has opened up what it is allowing applications to do with Apple Music. A new Apple Music API has been launched, which allows iOS apps to directly control Apple Music playback, and "encourage affiliates to use the Apple Music API to provide a superior user experience by integrating music into their apps" according to Apple.
Apple Pay has expanded its reach in Australia, with the first bank in the country offering support for the platform. ANZ has become the first local financial institution to offer Apple Pay transactions to its customers, with support commencing earlier today, with the deal now allowing iPhone and Apple Watch owners to use ANZ cards as an alternative to American Express, which launched its support for Apple Pay in Australia last November.
[Note: this story has been updated with additional details] Apple has issued an official statement about the death yesterday at the company's headquarters. It has now been confirmed that the death was a suicide, and not involving multiple people, or a woman (as was previously reported), or foul play. Apple is reaching out to employees, and is offering grief counseling and other assistance, as needed by co-workers. The dead man was a 25-year-old software engineer for the company who specialized in Ruby and Ruby on Rails programming.
Once again, US law enforcement is using the All Writs Act to force compliance, and a man's refusal to obey has landed him behind bars for seven months, with no other formal charges. Formal Philadelphia, Pennsylvania police officer Francis Rawls is being held for contempt of court for failure to comply with an All Writs Act order, mandating that he successfully provide the decryption password for two external hard drives secured with Apple's FileVault 2.
There are many reasons to subscribe to online video services. Sometimes, it's almost impossible to find something worthwhile on television. Maybe you have exhausted your DVD and Blu-ray collection, or you're attempting to 'Cut the Cord' with cable TV services entirely. Whatever your reason, it is highly likely you will want to take part in this giveaway, which will provide one lucky winner a ten-year premium subscription for Netflix.
Philips has made an improvement to the app used to control its Hue smart lights, with the second-generation of the app released today. Hue 2.0 is primarily an overhauling of the main interface, making the app far simpler to use, with the manufacturer also introducing a number of tweaks to the existing feature set, giving even more control to users about how their home is illuminated by the HomeKit-enabled lighting system.
NBCUniversal, a division of Comcast Corporation, today announced the acquisition of DreamWorks Animation. The studio, and all of its intellectual property, will become part of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, which includes Universal Pictures, Fandango, and NBCUniversal Brand Development.
We love Apple products, obviously, but there's no denying that they can eat up a lot of our outlet space, which is at a premium these days. Between our iPhone, our iPad, and now our Apple Watch, we're starting to run out of places to charge things. Fortunately, the Oittm 4-port Apple Watch Stand is here to solve that problem, combining a USB charging station with an Apple Watch stand.
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 cloud-based services you can use with your Mac, iPhone, and other devices, including ways to easily share files with other people, and options to back up your important desktop and mobile data to cloud servers.
Samsung has reported a fiscal Q1 profit of $5.58 billion on $43.8 billion in revenue. The result marks a jump in profit of 12 percent on the same period last year, thanks largely to better than expected sales of its Galaxy S7 flagship smartphone made available for sale during the quarter. The Galaxy S7 was launched early this year, due to weaker than expected sales of its Galaxy S6 range, which launched in its fiscal Q2 last year. The early launch of the Galaxy S7 range, however, has artificially inflated its profit jump this quarter as a result. Conversely, it could also have a downward impact on its Q2 results unless Galaxy S7 sales in the next quarter can outstrip the launch numbers it achieved with the Galaxy S6 range during the same period.
Apple has started to make its CareKit platform available for use, with the launch of new healthcare apps for iOS devices. CareKit, launched last month as a complementary platform to ResearchKit aimed at helping people deal with medical issues and to provide information to doctors, is being used in four apps at first, as well as making the open source CareKit API available to developers for use in their own health and recovery apps.
According to highly speculative KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple's iPhone sales decline is set to continue through 2016 with the forthcoming "iPhone 7" unlikely to reverse the trend. According to the analyst, the feature set for the next all-new iPhone expected around September will not be enough to offset the drop in iPhone sales seen in Apple's fiscal Q2 March quarter. Although early consensus estimates pegged 2016 iPhone sales at 230 million at the high end, Apple won't meet the lower end of consensus estimates of 210 million iPhones.
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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