If you take a lot of pictures, chances are, you also use a lot of photo-editing apps. One you may not have heard of is Moku Hanga, a photo-editing app based off the concept of moku-hanga, or Japanese woodblock printing. We checked it out to see how it stood up to some of our other favorite, more artistic-style photo-editing apps.
As part of a profile on Apple's various health-based initiatives, Time magazine writer Tim Bajarin says -- based on conversations with Apple executives involved in the Apple Watch and other projects -- that Steve Jobs' own journey through the US healthcare system prompted a directive from Jobs to help develop healthcare solutions, which led indirectly to initiatives, such as the Apple Watch and ResearchKit, that were created after his death in 2011.
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.
Spotify will be making its service more attractive to its users, by offering up original programming for its existing video service. Announced one year after the streaming music service bolstered its existing content catalog with videos and podcasts, the Swedish music company will be creating a number of original show "concepts" that it plans to start streaming to users later this summer, in an attempt to differentiate itself from its competition.
Apple has produced another ad in its growing series of TV spots featuring the Siri vocal assistant feature found in iOS products. The latest is titled "Thank You Speech," and features How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris in a 30-second ad that shows off the "Hey Siri" feature -- in this case having Harris ask for a specific note, containing his thank-you award speech, to be read aloud. He then follows along with the recitation, holding a suit brush as a stand-in for the award he presumes he will get.
The US International Trade Commission (ITC) is investigating a complaint filed by Creative, current patent holders of the Zen MP3 player's interface. The complaint alleges that Blackberry, HTC, Motorola, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, Sony, and ZTE are in violation of Creative's patent over hierarchical media playback menus, the same patent that it utilized against Apple's iPod nearly a decade ago.
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN searches online retailers to find sales, offers, discounts, and bargains for our readers to enjoy. Dead deals from last week have been exorcised from the list, with the new batch including the Logitech Harmony 350 Universal Control for $32, a 480GB PNY SSD for $100, and $10 off a $50 iTunes gift card.
Episode 62 of our weekly tech talk roundup, The MacNN Podcast, features a slight change in personnel -- Charles' voice was in no shape to record due to the seasonal attack of allergens as spring erupts, so Mike and Jordan from our soon-to-return Off Topic podcast stepped in to run the show this week. The two go over a wide range of topics, from Intel getting out of Atom to Epic getting out of big-budget games, to the mayor Cupertino getting out of the diplomacy business. All that and much more, plus App of the Week.
Opera is increasing its catalog of apps for iOS with a new release, allowing iPhone and iPad users to connect to the Internet via a free virtual private network (VPN) that Opera itself provides. Initially revealed in developer builds late last month, before launching it on the desktop version of the browser, the iOS-based Opera VPN can funnel web traffic through the same servers, something which could help improve the security and privacy of web users surfing from their mobile devices.
Canadian users visiting the country's version of the iTunes store now have the option of donating to the Canadian Red Cross for disaster relief in Fort McMurray, Alberta, a town best known as the center of the country's oilsands industry. Wildfires in nearby areas have grown to cover 620 square miles -- about the size of the whole of New York City -- and forced the evacuation of over 80,000 people. On the US iTunes Store, the American Red Cross continues to focus on donations for earthquake relief in Japan and Ecuador.
Today Ubiquiti Networks has announced the founding of Ubiquiti Labs, a consumer electronics innovation laboratory. Alongside the reveal of the lab, the company has also released the AmpliFi Wi-Fi system, designed for homes containing multiple connected devices, with priority on eliminating dead zones.
There is something about examining the events of a single week across Apple's four decades that really illuminates how much this company has done. It's as if watching year-by-year, you get inured to Apple's rises and falls, yet comparing specific weeks is like seeing a Before and After picture. Even in this comparatively quiet week of May 7 through 13, the few events are striking for how impossible it seems to be happening to the same company.
Sometimes, it's hard to know exactly what you want to watch, listen to, or simply buy from the App Store or iTunes. There are always situations where you have to trade off one thing for another, simply because of the cost. The winner of this giveaway from MacNN Deals won't have that problem for quite a while, as the prize this time is a $1,000 iTunes gift card.
Apple did a clever thing with how it designed the way that straps or bands connect to the Apple Watch and it did a really smart thing by putting magnets in its Milanese Loop but other companies haven't been so helpful. We're seeing a lot of third-party bands that look nice, are bargain prices, but which need tools, eyesight, a protective cloth – and instructions. You'd think you would get instructions with the band, but no. Here's what to do if you've got a non-Apple metal mesh style band and not a clue what to do.
Apple has appointed a new head of its business for India, following after Maneesh Dhir 's departure from the role earlier this year. The new boss, Sanjay Kaul, is now the manager of Apple India, putting Kaul in charge of a growing market that Apple is continuing to push into with its iPhones sales, with plans including the launch of Apple-owned stores in the country and selling refurbished iPhones in the region still facing some regulatory hurdles.
Scientists at the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA) have announced a new developments involving magnesium batteries. Improvements in the technology may open the door for smaller, longer-lasting batteries for everything from cars to cell phones. However, Toyota believes that it could take 20 years of research and development by the company alone before magnesium batteries reach the consumer market.
Alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's items are all accessories you can use with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, including a pair of high-quality microphones, extra storage, a portable folding keyboard, and a way to wirelessly stream your device's audio to your car's entertainment system.
A group of industry leading podcasters has recently met with Apple at its Cupertino headquarters to discuss the future of the medium, reports the The New York Times. According to a some of those who attended the closed door sessions, over two dozen leading podcasters were invited to meet with Apple employees to discuss the state of podcasting on the iTunes Store, and various issues that are vexing some of the top podcasters. With the podcasting audience growing from an audience of 46 million in 2015 to an estimated 57 million this year, many of the grievances stem from a podcasting backend on iTunes that has remained largely unchanged since 2005.
The Indian government says despite Apple's efforts to lock down its iPhone, it has the means to access sensitive user data, as the encryption debate spreads internationally. India's telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has told the media that his government's security agency has developed what it calls a 'mobile forensics tool' that can be used by law enforcement to by-pass iPhone encryption, reports Times of India. As with the US government, in the case of the FBI's demands that Apple to give it special access to the San Bernadino shooter's iPhone 5c, the Indian government has firmly sided with its law enforcement agencies, prioritizing national security over personal privacy.
Microsoft has sent an email to affected users of its OneDrive cloud storage service that it will be reducing their free storage from 15GB to 5GB. The latest change to OneDrive free storage allocations affects OneDrive subscribers who did not get bonus space through subscribing to Office 365. All new users who sign up to OneDrive have been capped a 5GB of free storage since the initial policy change was announced late last year, which is in line with the free allocation Apple offers iCloud users. Office 365 subscribers are not affected by the change in policy.
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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