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.
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, China's Tencent reportedly vies for a majority stake in mobile development studio Supercell, a new piece of Nintendo hardware is hinted at by a Japanese report, and Paradox pulls a mod for recent release Stellaris for being discriminatory.
If you freelance, then arguably your only stock in trade is time -- and it's hugely important to track it, both for your clients and for yourself. Equally, if you're in a big corporation, the odds are that you have to slog through some kind of time-recording report, and having an app that at least does some of the work for you has got to be gold. Work Tracker 1.0 is an app for recording how long you spend on any particular task, or for any particular client.
One of the lesser-appreciated features of email today is how you can swap the application you use to read and write it, without swapping email addresses. You can practically swap in the middle of writing a message, it's that easy, and Airmail 3.0 for OS X wants to persuade you to make the jump. Mind you, so did Airmail 2.1 which we reviewed a year ago, but each new version does push it a little further along from good to compelling.
E Ink today announced Advanced Color ePaper (ACeP), a high-quality, full-color reflective display. For the first time, an electrophoretic display, such as those found in the Kindle e-reader line, can produce full color at every pixel without the use of a color filter array. The initial target application for ACeP will be for digital signage.
Smartwatch producer Pebble has revealed three new devices it is adding to its range, with all three having a greater focus on tracking the user's fitness than the previously-released timepieces. The Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 are updates to the existing models that introduce built-in heart rate monitoring for the first time, while the Pebble Core is a compact device that offers fitness tracking but leaves out the smartwatch element entirely out of the equation.
In one interview given to an Indian television network, Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledged that the iPhone was "overpriced" in India, saying that he wanted consumers there to be be able to buy iPhones "at a price that looks like the US price." He also talked again about the desire to invest further in India, praising the talent the company wants to invest in. In the StartupFest interview that took place earlier today in Amsterdam, Cook shot down the idea of Apple creating its own "piggyback" carrier network for iPhone users.
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. Expired deals from yesterday's list have been removed, while the new batch includes a 50-inch Samsung HDTV for $650, a 480GB SanDisk Cloud Speed 1000 SSD for $133, and discounts on Overwatch: Origins Edition.
Long-time stylus maker Adonit today announced the release of its newest Bluetooth 4.0 stylus, Pixel. Features of the widely compatible tool include an improved 1.9mm Pixelpoint tip with paper-like drag, expanded iPad compatibility versus the Apple Pencil, and a new palm rejection feature. The stylus has 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity, and has programmable shortcut buttons. Compatibility is wider than that of Apple's pencil, and includes the iPhone 5 and up, all models of iPad Mini, and the iPad 4 and newer.
The second annual "Power List" from trade magazine Adweek has listed Google and Alphabet founder Larry Page, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Apple CEO Tim Cook as its top three choices based on "the profiles and results of global corporate titans, taking into account such criteria as company value, revenue and revenue growth, market performance, consumer reach and affinity, their standing among rivals, the number of employees overseen, key acquisitions and partnerships, industry accolades and media buzz."
Oracle and Google laid out their closing arguments to the jury yesterday, in the latest lawsuit between the two companies over Google's use of Java in Android. Google maintained the use of Java APIs was transformative and counts as "fair use" for copyright purposes, while Oracle managed to sum up its entire argument into one short sentence, telling the jury "You don't take people's property and use it without permission."
Who wants to get real mad over a game that is both simple and challenging at the same time? Who wants to tackle game with good graphics and solid controls, as well as some genuinely fun mechanics behind it? If this sounds appealing to you, then allow us to introduce you to Symmetrica.
Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down for an interview at the European StartupFest conference in Amsterdam on Tuesday, answering -- and in some cases, dodging -- questions on a wide range of topics. Overall, Cook pushed Apple's ability to foster entrepreneurs through app development, creating an infrastructure developers can use to push innovative software and services. He also advocated for the idea of making software coding part of the elementary-school curriculum, touted Apple's current and future health plans, and more.
Alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. If you ever find yourself forgetting things on journeys, today's items may be of use, as they are all Bluetooth-equipped accessories capable of warning you if something has been left behind, such as keys or a wallet at a bar.
The latest data from the UK finance sector shows that over one billion transactions were made with contactless technologies, reports The Guardian. As the country edges towards becoming a cashless society, 2015 marks the first time that cash was used for less than half of all payments. If the trend continues, cash usage will be overtaken by debit cards and contactless payment systems like Apple Pay by the year 2021, suggesting that Apple has made the right move by integrating contactless payments into its iPhone and Apple Watch.
With a recent analysis of the tablet market showing that "detachables" are growing in popularity, Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2 and Apple's iPad Pro 9.7-inch represent two of the best alternatives on the market. Head to head, which one comes out on top?
An album recently launched exclusively on Apple Music has reportedly become the first to enter the top ten spaces on a major albums chart from streaming alone. The Coloring Book album from Chance the Rapper debuted on the Billboard 200 at position number eight, and it is the only one to have earned its place as a streaming-only release, without any traditional album sales counting towards the album's ranking.
Companies in Apple's supply chain are already reaping the benefits of Apple's rumored plans to switch to OLED display panels for its 2017 iPhone line up, reports Bloomberg. Upstream supplier Applied Materials last week reported a close to four-fold increase in orders for its equipment, which is used to manufacture OLED displays. In putting place orders for this equipment now, OLED display manufacturers like Samsung are said to be positioned well to ramp up OLED production for the fall of 2017.
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. Extended in duration, today is your reminder to check out the MacUpdate Spring Bundle, a collection of productivity and creative apps for your Mac, before the bundle ends later tonight.
After a year in development, RealMac software has released RapidWeaver 7.0. Along with the normal improvements implemented in a major release, the new version also has a built-in Web server, a search engine optimization "health check," reduced the size of the app, and implemented greatly-improved third-party plug-in installations.
Olympus is expanding its range of action cameras with a hard-wearing imaging device that is able to survive harsh environments, as well as providing extra information to users alongside images or a video. The Stylus Tough TG-Tracker is claimed to be crushproof to a weight of 100kg (220 pounds), can survive depths of 30 meters (98 feet), is shockproof to a height of 2.1 meters (6.9 feet), and temperatures as low as 14 Fahrenheit, all without an additional protective coating.
Miami street artist Romero Britto has had his lawsuit against Apple dismissed, reports the Miami Herald. Britto had filed a suit against Apple and the Craig & Karl design team, who had been featured in Apple's late 2014 ad campaign "Start Something New." The ad campaign highlighted art created by Craig & Karl on an iPad using the popular Waterlogue app. Britto had claimed that Apple had used work that closely resembled his own distinctive images and style.
Hit-or-miss KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has used his latest research note to advise KGI investors that he believes Apple is prepping all-new and thinner 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros for a Q4 launch, while it is also planning a Q3 launch of a 13-inch variant of the 12-inch Retina MacBook it recently refreshed. Ming-Chi also said he expects that the MacBook Air line up will not receive further updates, as Apple looks to position it as an entry-level tier, sitting beneath the 12- and 13-inch Retina MacBooks. According to the analyst, the launches of the new flagship MacBooks will be the "brightest spot" in Apple's 2016 product line up, as he has previously played down the forthcoming "iPhone 7."
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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