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.
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.
Today's Pointers column deals with one of those features that some people claim is on by default but actually isn't -- they just didn't pay attention during the setup procedure (a common issue), but can be a boon or a boondoggle, depending on how you use it. On your Mac and on your iOS devices is a feature called Automatic Downloads, and like Microsoft's Clippy it is intended to make your life easier, but has great potential to make your life awful. Hail modern digital living.
Market research film TrendForce posted its estimates on shipments for PC notebooks in the March quarter, and like the general PC market itself, the news was not good. Following the general trend in the PC industry, notebook sales also dropped precipitously for all the major notebook manufactures, with only eighth-place Samsung showing gains -- but even there, the growth was not enough to change its last-place ranking. Apple had the worst performance of the majors, dropping from fifth to sixth place in a 40 percent year-over-year drop.
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN searches online retailers to get offers, discounts, sales, and bargains for our readers to enjoy. Still-active deals from yesterday are joined by a new collection, including a 65-inch Sony Bravia XBR 4K TV for $1,400, the Logitech M510 wireless laser mouse for $18, and an Inateck iPad Pro 9.7-inch cover for $8.
The Sunrise Calendar app is being pulled from the App Store in the next few days, the development team behind the productivity tool has confirmed. As a consequence of its acquisition by Microsoft last year and a shift in focus towards working on Outlook for iOS and Android, the original app the team worked on will be made unavailable soon, with existing users able to continue using the app until it officially shuts down on August 31.
This new browser aims to save you two different types of hassle when you're online: unwanted ads, and unwanted regional limitations. It's an ad blocker and it's a VPN service, both for free. Opera VPN 1.0 sits on your iPhone, running interference for you about these problems.
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 software offers you can use with your Mac, including keeping your Mac and iPhone in working order, making it easier to share self-created PDFs with other people, and to quickly improve the appearance of your photographs.
When you think of gaming monitors, your first thought is probably not ViewSonic. While they have long been in the display market, gaming-oriented products have never been a big part of the company's lineup. This changed recently, with the launch of the new XG product lineup, featuring three individual displays designed with gamers in mind. We recently got our hands on the entry-level option, the 24-inch XG2401, and have spent the past few weeks putting the display through a series of tests to see just how well it performs. Read on to find out in our review.
Garmin has expanded its range of Forerunner GPS-equipped sports watches with a new flagship wearable that is also one of the producer's lightest. Offering many of the features of others in the watch collection, the Forerunner 735XT includes a built-in heart rate monitoring sensor, as well as a new "Suffer Score" added to the list of metrics it provides users, one that ranks how hard the wearer trained during their most recent activity.
WhatsApp is like Apple's Messages, but for everybody -- pretty much regardless of what type of phone they have. So it looks like text messaging, but it's got Messages's ability to send just about anything from typing to audio, and it doesn't rack up those ancient MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) charges. Now what you've had on your phone, you've now got on your Mac with WhatsApp 0.2.684 for OS X.
I am on record saying that the Apple Watch wasn't a good fit for me, technologically. However, I was issued a challenge by assorted colleagues to "become one of them." So, last week, I started wearing an Apple Watch Sport, with third-party Milanese band, every waking hour of every day for two weeks. I am now on day seven, and have a few observations.
Alongside our regular MacNN Deals and Daily Deals posts, the writers of MacNN occasionally find offers that are interesting or major enough to warrant their own Big Deals post. Today, we're pointing out a fantastic offer that originally appeared in the Daily Deals post yesterday, where you can pick up a refurbished MacBook Pro with Retina display for a relatively cheap price.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has written to an Apple fan after learning about how an iPad purchase for his ill grandfather had helped during his treatment. User "bhanel" on Reddit included screenshots of his email to Cook, as well as Cook's subsequent response. Cook, like his predecessor, the late Steve Jobs, routinely reads correspondence from Apple customers as part of his daily routine. Like Jobs, Cook occasionally takes the time out to respond directly.
A number of users are reporting issues with sites used to recover Apple ID passwords, with some users apparently unable to use the online services. Reports of glitches and problems with the sites, including appleid.apple.com and iforgot.apple.com started to appear online late yesterday, with complaints ranging from the sites being completely down in some cases, to others not being able to update their credentials with verification on a device,
Canon has made a number of announcements today, concerning its compact camera and interchangeable lens ranges. The PowerShot SX620 HS is a compact digital camera that combines a 20.2-megapixel CMOS imaging sensor with a 25-times optical zoom lens, while the EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens is an unusual accessory is the first macro lens for the EOS M camera system, one that also notably includes its own lights.
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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