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.
CNBC Mad Money host Jim Cramer welcomed Apple CEO Tim Cook on for an in-person interview in which Cook highlighted the strong points of the company's most recent financial quarter. Despite headlines about the company seeing its first-ever year-over-year drop in iPhone sales, Cook has pointed out previously and again this evening that Apple is seeing increasing numbers of switchers, and that the company has actually performed well in the face of strong economic headwinds and a slowing worldwide PC and smartphone market.
A new study of desktop OS users has found that the Mac user base has nearly tripled over the last nine years, now rising to 9.2 of personal computers used online, even as the overall number of traditional computers in use -- and those using Windows -- has declined. While Apple's most recent sales figures show a 2.1 percent year-over-year decline, the overall PC industry shipments fell by 11.5 percent in the March quarter, giving Apple room to increase its share. Windows is down to 89.2 percent share of PCs, the first time the platform has fallen below 90 percent in the Net Applications survey of online PC use.
A court in Brazil has ordered for WhatsApp to be blocked on the country's carriers for a 72-hour period, as part of an ongoing dispute between the country and the Facebook-owned service over encryption. Judge Marcel Montalvao of Sergipe made the demand to carriers after WhatsApp failed to provide chat logs that could help law enforcement in a drug-related investigation, with the service claiming it does not have the capability of seeing the messages in their unencrypted form.
This week on The MacNN Podcast episode 61, Mike and Charles briefly discuss how we've structured the leadership of this site modeled on the Dalek hierarchy, and in the tradition of the Daleks, the news is mostly bad -- and that's even before we get to the latest FBI/DOJ shenanigans, this week adding the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to the cast of this drama, sadly on the side of authoritarianism over liberty. The parade of really not-thought-through attempts to modernize privacy laws in the era of digital encryption continues.
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 dead deals from last week have been scrubbed from the list, with current deals including a Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR bundle for $429, an Anker SoundCore Bluetooth speaker for $30, and an iRobot Roomba 770 vacuum cleaning robot for $380.
Some moms are tech moms; some moms are intimidated by the TV remote. It doesn't make us love them any less, but it can make them difficult to gift-shop for. Still, despite every mother and every woman being different, when it comes to the Mother's Day Tech Gift Challenge, we say "challenge accepted." These are the gifts we guarantee that every mother will love. That would be guarantee in slightly less than a legal and refund kind of way, but still, confidence is high.
The issue of law enforcement gaining access to data on a smartphone has resurfaced, after it was revealed a court ordered an individual to unlock an iPhone seized as evidence in an investigation, by using Touch ID. A Los Angeles court has issued a warrant to the FBI forcing a girlfriend of an Armenian gang member to use Touch ID on the iPhone in question, as it was believed her fingerprint was registered to the device and would provide access to data that could help an ongoing investigation into the gang member move onward.
Previously on this week by week slicing of Apple history, we noted how Steve Wozniak had been dangerously tardy in 1976 about getting a legal release from his employer Hewlett Packard. Without that permission, the Apple I computer would've legally belonged to HP, and by the time Woz got the paperwork sorted out, he and Jobs were already deep into making their first sale. We were sorry to have teased you with how you'd have to wait until this week to see that Woz learned his lesson a little too well. Now we're very sorry to tease you that he would do something even more daft -- that we'll tell you about in November.
File this under "we spent an hour on it, so you don't have to." This Pointers is for when your Apple Magic Trackpad 2 appears fine, but won't click. It's a bit more urgent than that sounds, too: we don't mean you can't use Force Touch, we mean you can't click on something to drag it anywhere. It's not going to be a long Pointers but we've got the answer you want; then, just to cover all the bases, the answer that you're afraid it will be, and then the big mistake we made that you won't have to.
Alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. If you recently picked up a new Mac or MacBook, today's selections may be for you, as it's a bunch of offers on Mac software, including a pay-what-you-want bundle where you dictate the price, and three other extremely useful apps.
Hulu may become another contender in the Internet TV marketplace, with a report claiming it is planning to launch its own streaming subscription offering live programming to its users. The service, which will offer both live and on-demand content, will apparently include channels such as ABC, ESPN, and other Disney properties, as well as Fox-derived streams for as Fox News, FX, and both national and regional sports channels.
We could probably join Lightning Cable Breakers Anonymous at this point, what with the amount of cables we've accidentally destroyed. Either we've bent them at awkward angles while charging them, or crushed them in our bags under laptops and textbooks. That's probably why Alto designed their heavy duty, yet very stylish Braided Lightning Cable.
Over the weekend, Apple debuted a new TV commercial under the "Shot on iPhone" campaign banner, the new celebrating Mother's Day, which arrives on May 8 this year. The campaign, which is composed of images shot by both amateurs and professionals, uses the holiday to showcase both video and images of mothers and their children. Although the Apple logo is seen briefly at the end of the 30-second spot, the "Mother's Day" ad carries no overt images of Apple products, narration, or other identifiers that the footage was shot on iPhones.
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. Today, we're looking at MacNN Deals and its digital training bundle teaching you practically everything you need to know about using Adobe's suite of apps to improve your photography.
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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