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.
The iPhone is a revolutionary device that has very much changed the way we live, but even the best relationships need a little time apart sometimes. It can, however, be difficult to put down the iPhone, simply because it does so very much. In fact, one of the most annoying things about the iPhone is that while I'm busy trying to get some work done or a new high score achieved, the darn thing has to go and ring with a telephone call every now and again, interrupting our concentration.
Instrument producer Moog has recreated one of its best-known synthesizers as an app for iPhone and iPad. The classic Moog Model 15, which normally sells as a $10,000 instrument has been reproduced with the vast majority of its functionality intact for iOS as the Model 15 app, with the software version of the iconic synthesizer costing music professionals and devotees of the device just $30 to purchase and own.
We admit to getting a certain amount of glee out of those (frequent) moments when a long-established rumor is contradicted and has to be walked back with torturously-contorted rationalizations. Remember how sure everyone was (and mostly still are) about the idea that Apple will ditch the analog headphone jack in the "iPhone 7" (the one expected to appear this fall)? Oh that's so last week now. Not that it matters -- nobody in their right mind would buy the iPhone 7, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
The other day, we gave you a few suggestions for things to get your Mother for her day this weekend. It's now a few days closer to the day, have you made up your mind? Do you really want to be out-classed by your siblings? In this collection, we've picked a few more things that Amazon or similar services will have no problem getting to Mom before Sunday. That said, you'd better get going.
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. Expired deals have been removed from the list, while the new additions for today include a 40-inch 4K TV from Samsung for $400, a DBPOWER Original EX5000 action camera for $57, and a Seagate 6TB internal hard drive for $240.
Hulu is planning to launch its own Internet TV service next year, one that will provide live streams of channels to customers alongside its existing on-demand video streaming service. CEO Mike Hopkins confirmed reports from earlier this week that the company was leaning towards making such a service, that it will stream "live programming from broadcast and cable brands," including "live sports, news, and events."
For a device meant to keep accurate time, it's unexpectedly hard to pin down a definitive one-year anniversary for Apple Watch. Tim Cook revealed it on September 9, 2014, so there's that -- and this was the date that ended years of limbo, as we listened for rumors and actually hoped Apple would make a watch. Only, it wasn't then until April 10, 2015 that you could pre-order it, and officially it began shipping on April 24, but yeah, sure. I ordered mine within the first 40 seconds of pre-order availability, and I still didn't make it into the fabled April 24 slot.
So back in August of last year, I had written a review of an officially licensed Topps and Star Wars app that had lit the internet on fire, then promptly fizzled out. Nine months later, I decided to turn around and check out what Star Wars: Card Trader had been up to since I last cleared it off my iPhone.
Alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today, we're highlighting four online services that can help you stay secure while connected to the Internet, keep your calls secure, protect your data with online backups, as well as helping you manage your digital lifestyle.
Garmin's latest fitness tracker has been unveiled as one suited to those preferring to wear an analog watch, rather than a smartwatch with a screen for a display. The Garmin Vivomove appears to borrow the concept of a simply-designed analog face that pushes most fitness tracking functionality to the background from the Withings Activité range, with the Vivomove capable of monitoring the user's physical activity while still appearing to be a fairly normal timepiece.
In the second part of a two-part interview with CNBC's 'Mad Money' host Jim Cramer, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple continues to stand for what it always has stood for, "building the best products on Earth that enrich people's lives." Much like the first part of the interview, Cook spends a lot of time putting a positive spin on the company following the lackluster sales of its iPhones during the March quarter. In doing so, Cook cited the late Steve Jobs a couple of times, as he puts forward the view that Apple has certain goals that have never changed, despite the change of leadership.
As possibly the result of a culture clash between Beats and Apple staff, Apple appears to be readying large changes to Apple Music's interface. Up for renovation in time for Apple's World Wide Developer's Conference, the company is said to be integrating the music store and the streaming Apple Music offerings better, as well as expanding the Beats One ecosystem.
If you spend any time at all in geeky circles, you're well aware of how popular Star Wars is. You're probably also aware of how popular Lego is, as well. That's one of the biggest reasons we decided to take a look at Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga; because it's a classic title that marries two of geek culture's greatest obsessions in to one absurdly fun package.
If you want to get started in drone videography with one of the newest camera-equipped quadcopters to be released from a major manufacturer, you don't have long left to enter our competition. The MacNN Deals store is offering one lucky winner a DJI Phantom 4 drone with a 4K camera, a prize package worth $1,400, but you only have until this Friday to enter the giveaway.
Set against the backdrop of the Met Gala with its theme of "Fashion in the Age of Technology," Apple design chief Jony Ive has provided some insight into where Apple might be taking its Apple Watch in future iterations. Although not revealing specifics, Ive indicated an interview with Business of Fashion that the Apple Watch as a product is still in its infancy, and that we can look forward to it evolving quickly over the next few generations. Ive also provided some additional insights into what he thinks distinguishes Apple's design process from other tech companies.
One of Apple's latest major hires is one that will be working on the company's health-related projects for iOS devices. Yoky Matsuoka, a robotics expert who helped co-found Google's experimental X Lab and is a former head of technology for the Google-owned Nest, is joining Apple to help further the current wellness initiatives, namely HealthKit, ResearchKit, and CareKit, and potentially help produce other projects in the same field.
With May the Fourth (be with you) happening today, we thought it would be a great time for us to check in on Star Wars: Uprising, the real-time shooter that had come out last year in preparation for The Force Awakens. It's been almost eight months since the game was released, and we're interested in seeing what changes have been made.
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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