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.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look back at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Blood Bowl 2 arrives on Mac via Steam, Pokemon Go field testing opens up for registration in the United States, Microsoft frees up unused gamertags on Xbox Live, and Valve releases its Dota 2 Battle Pass to raise funds for The Invitational tournament.
Welcome to the inaugural article for a little series we're calling "Should You Subscribe," where the MacNN staff talks about our experiences with services that charge you some sort of regular fee for using them. Who is Amber taking aim at for the first article? Her newest, yet most-used subscription service: Pandora One.
Despite having already been proclaimed a "flop" and "unattractive" by KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo due to the alleged similarity in form factor to the iPhone 6s, it would appear that Apple expects to sell many millions of them anyway -- with reports of the usual production ramp-up hiring spree from major suppliers happening a month earlier this year than normal. In addition, the company is reported to have lined up a third assembly partner, Wistron, to help increase numbers available at launch.
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN searches online retailers to get sales, offers, discounts, and bargains for our readers to enjoy. The new batch of deals for today include hefty discounts on the Apple Watch Sport, a 480GB ADATA SSD for $94, and 90 percent off Velodyne vQuiet noise-cancelling headphones.
Garmin has launched an updated version of one of its more popular fitness trackers, one that introduces GPS along with other new features to the device. The Vivosmart HR+ is extremely similar to the existing Vivosmart HR in appearance and core functionality, except now it is able to help track the route taken by the wearer when running or walking outdoors, using the GPS to also improve the accuracy of distance and pace data while the user is working out.
It's not fair to expect greatness from a $1 app. However, all this one manages to do is make you wish even more that Apple would bring Siri to the the Mac -- and maybe wonder if there are reasons why it hasn't. For Awa 1.2 aims to be the kind of voice control that Siri is for iOS, and as yet is not for OS X. It aims to be this, and it feels like the start of something that may grow and improve, but right now it just doesn't work.
We've covered a few outdoor lifestyle devices before, including speakers, phone cases, and more. We're back with another one, but this time we think this is a product that offers a bit more utility than those we've checked out before. Join us as we examine Scosche's GoBat 12000, a 12,000mAh portable powerbank designed to charge your phones, tablets, and MP3 players wherever you go.
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 things you can use to change how you take photographs and record video, including lenses for your smartphone, an action camera, one that can refocus after the shot has been taken, and a revival of an iconic instant camera.
Apple has received a patent for a location-discovery system that could potentially work alongside GPS to help users navigate a town or city in a car. Published today, the patent for a "System with wireless messages to enhance location accuracy" (9,344,989) describes a system of transmitters on various structures that could help a receiver triangulate its position, in a similar way to how beacons can help visitors to a building navigate their way to specific locations of interest.
In the last few years, there's a big push for people to take a few minutes out of their day to decompress and re-center themselves. After all, there's hard science that backs up why meditation is good for you. It lowers your blood pressure, keeps your heart healthy, and keeps your brain sharp. If you're looking to start meditating but need a little help, we would suggest checking out AirMood.
The CEO of Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) has announced that the consortium has taken the decision to postpone the rollout of the alternative app-based smartphone payment system. In the interim, the company has decided to shift its emphasis to other aspects of its operations, which includes focusing on working directly with financial institutions on a case-by-case basis as it works to scale its mobile payments solutions -- effectively a long-term benching of the threatened Apple Pay competitor.
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 are pointing you towards the BundleHunt "Buy What You Want" Spring Mac Bundle, with its offer where you can not only pick ten apps from a large selection for just $22, but you also get to save up to $22 on other BundleHunt purchases.
Alphabet subsidiary Google is in line for fines totaling at least €3 billion ($3.4 billion) from the EU for abuse of its monopoly position in search. The European Commission investigation into Google's search practices dates back to 2010, with officials in Brussels said to be close to issuing its findings and the final penalty, reports The Telegraph. The maximum fine that Google could be hit with for anti-competitive practices is as much as €6.6 billion ($7.5 billion), with the European Commission taking the position that the Mountain View-based company had illegally promoted its own services ahead of the competition in the way it produced search results.
Adobe has updated the Capture CC app for iOS and Android, adding a new tool for creating patterns using the iPhone or iPad's camera. The Patterns function "transforms any image or real-world object into a geometric or organic pattern," removing the time-consuming process associated with creating the images via normal editing tools, with the feature able to quickly create the designs and make them available for use in other Creative Cloud apps.
Maybe it's because we've grown up with iTunes that we find it okay. The argument that it is bloated by having to do too many things -- such as manage videos, apps, books, Apple Music, podcasts and iOS backups -- is undeniable, so we don't deny it. We just fire up iTunes, sometimes blink a little as we try to remember where things are today, and then we get on with it. The new iTunes 12.4 is an attempt to reduce the number of times you have to blink.
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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