Everyone likes getting something for nothing, especially when there's no or relatively few catches. Freebie Friday is the post where the MacNN staff find stuff that you can get, and possibly make use of this weekend, without spending a single penny. The freebies this time include courses to learn how to program, an iOS game accompanying a major PlayStation 4 release, and a camera app that's remotely controllable from another iOS device or an Apple Watch.
Clothing chain True Religion is implementing an Apple Watch-based program that also leverages another of Apple's technologies -- iBeacons -- to help identify customers who have the TR iOS app on their devices, which can optionally be set to accept updates from an iBeacon when the shopper enters the store. The Watch will let a sales associate know that a customer has arrived through , offering a more personalized level of engagement for shoppers who have agreed to the iBeacon notifications.
VR gaming is very "in" right now, with VR viewers like the Rift and the Vive hitting the market, and mobile VR headsets like Cardboard easy enough to get your hands on. Today, we're featuring a short, yet very interesting sci-fi game for anyone who wants to get a taste of VR gaming for themselves: InMind VR.
Investment analysis firm Canalys has reported that iPhone sales in India are up 56 percent year-over-year from the start of 2015, stealing share from Samsung in the segment of smartphones over $300. Apple CEO Tim Cook has lately been talking up the country, where half of the population is 25 years old or younger and increasingly affluent -- a segment Apple has traditionally appealed to. According to the report from Mobility Analyst Wilmer Ang, Apple has surged from 11 percent marketshare in India in calendar Q1 of 2015 to 29 percent in Q1 2016, dropping Samsung from 66 percent of the market to 41 percent.
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. For the last time this week, the old deals have been removed and new ones added, including a Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR for $324, a 58-inch Vizio 4K television for $800, and a Bose SoundLink wireless speaker for $129.
Music streaming services have become the largest source of revenue for Warner Music Group, the record label has confirmed. In its second quarter financial results ending March 31, streaming from services such as Apple Music have overtaken both physical sales and downloads from iTunes and other online stores to provide the most recorded music revenue in the quarter, marking the first time a major record label's revenue sources have changed in this way.
Let's see if we can do this Pointers in a single line: in the word-processing program Ulysses 2.5, create a new sheet, and then choose No Markdown from the Edit/Convert Markup menu. Nope, sorry, we need a second: on the iOS version, you need to tap to hide the keyboard, then tap on the Settings icon that appears, then under Current Sheet at the bottom, choose No Markdown. Whether you do this on iOS or OS X, though, Ulysses nicely remembers it for the other one.
Like Ping before it, the Apple Music Connect social component of the paid subscription service may be demoted from its own section under a rumored redesign said to be coming to the service as part of iOS 10. Various reports have claimed that Apple Music will get a design and functionality overhaul and that it will debut in June at the Worldwide Developers Conference, though it could be simply previewed and not formally roll out until the fall of this year. Connect in its present form will still exist, reports say, but will lose its dedicated "tab" in the Music program on iOS and could be integrated into the "For You" section, one of several big changes allegedly planned for the service.
Apple has been hit with a fresh lawsuit from Immersion , a company that has specialized in haptic feedback technology for over 20 years. The new suit alleges that Apple's 12-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro models with Force Touch trackpads violate one of its patents. Immersion also alleges that the iPhone 6s violates another three of its patents.
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 drones from the collection of quadcopters offered in the store, including the highest-selling drone from the group, an invertible camera drone, and a pair of quadcopters with a first person video mode.
Tim Cook is planning to visit China again, to have discussions with members of the country's government over various matters, according to a report. The Apple CEO will apparently try to work with the "high-level government officials" later this month to try and smooth out some issues affecting the company in the region, with topics up for debate said to include censorship issues affecting Apple services, as well as the Chinese government's continued pressure on Western companies to comply with its demands.
A major property company in the San Francisco Bay Area has used its quarterly earnings call to reveal that major car makers are on the hunt for real estate in the Bay area for their autonomous car projects. Hudson Pacific Properties' CEO Victor Coleman also said that not only are traditional automakers looking to get a foothold near Silicon Valley to develop their respective projects, but Apple is also looking to acquire up to 800,000-square-feet of real estate for its secretive "Project Titan" electric car project as well. Joining Apple in the hunt for real estate for a similar purpose is Google, hoping to pick up around 400,000 square feet.
A recent Apple hire has been revealed to be a former Google employee with expertise in electric cars. Apple employee Kurt Adelberger has been spotted on a pending Google patent application by Quartz. Adelberger is named alongside three others in the patent application for a "Mediator device for smart electric vehicle charging," suggesting that he may have been hired to join Apple's "Project Titan" electric car team. According to Adelberger's LinkedIn profile, he left Google to join Apple in July 2015 as a "product designer."
Do you want to get a bird's eye view of your local area? If you've seen our previous posts about our giveaways, you may know that MacNN Deals is holding a competition where one lucky winner gets their own DJI Phantom 4 drone worth $1,400. This is your final warning that the giveaway is ending tonight, so if you want a chance of winning it, you should enter before it finishes.
Apple Music has been made more attractive to students, by being heavily discounted for those in education. Launched today, Apple's streaming service will now have a third tier of subscription that users can pay for, alongside its standard and family plans, with students receiving a discount of 50 percent off the normal individual subscription cost, putting it at $5 per month instead of $10 per month if they have enrolled in an eligible college.
A bit under a quarter of a century ago now, I was at the UK press launch for FireWire. It's a cable. I remember sitting in the audience as a speaker explained why I should be thrilled and I remember one single two-foot sample of FireWire cable being passed amongst us journalists. I remember it less because it was a Woodstock moment and more because I looked at this cable having no clue what I should be seeing and instead just passing it on to the next man or woman in the row. I probably said something about how I mustn't hog it all to myself.
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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