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 Octagon from the App Store and a collection of fonts, images, and other assets that could be extremely helpful for designers.
Jawbone may be looking to streamline its operations, with separate rumors claiming two very different parts of the company may be on the chopping block. One rumor claims Jawbone has ceased production of its fitness trackers and sold its remaining inventory to a reseller, while another report insists that it is selling its speaker business, in order to redistribute its resources and focus on its health and wearables business.
Verizon and striking Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union members have reached an "agreement in principle" which may end the month-long strike. If the deal is signed, the 35,000 picketers may return to work as soon as next week.
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. Out-of-date offers have been cleared off the list from yesterday, while today's new additions include a stainless steel Apple Watch for $349, a Hisense 55-inch 1080p HDTV for $430, and a pile of Dell discount codes.
A security researcher has discovered a new way to attack iOS devices, one that could install malicious apps on a device, even if it hasn't been jailbroken by the user. Called SandJacking, Mi3 Security's Chilik Tamir demonstrated the attack at the Hack In The Box conference earlier this week, with an attacker with physical device access, and some time, to be able to replace a legitimate app with a malicious version. The substitution in turn can provide the attacker with access to stored user data associated within the replaced app.
For reasons not yet clear, Apple appears to be recalling all AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule base stations from its US retail stores, and may have suspended its Personal Pickup service, at least temporarily, from a variety of stores around the country. Despite a recent firmware update to some models of AirPort, the pulling of the units could be to ensure compliance with some new sales restrictions on older equipment that takes effect on June 2. It is also possible that the devices could be refreshed at or around the Worldwide Developers Conference in mid-June.
Apple's Irish data center plans are vital for the company's future expansion across Europe, according to a document detailing Apple's response to objections over the center's construction. An "opening statement" from Robert Sharpe, senior director for global data center services, to an oral hearing advises the center is needed to keep up with the huge demand for Apple services, including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay, and iCloud.
If you are the proud owner of a new iPad or iPhone, you're probably feeling the need to fill it up with apps, music, and videos. Maybe you want to fill out your music and TV show collection with some new additions without spending any money. In either case, this is your last warning to enter the MacNN Deals giveaway to win a $1,000 iTunes Gift Card, with entries closing in four days time.
We're a year into the life of the Apple Watch, and still it's rare to find a case or a stand that includes a charging cable. You almost always have to use the one Apple provided, and thread it through some plastic or metal. It's still the case most of the time, and it is the case with Twelve South's TimePorter Travel Stand and Case for Apple Watch.
We're another week along with the latest twist and turns of the rumor mill, but we seem to have come full circle this time: "new" and "leaked" schematics for the "iPhone 7" and the "7 Plus" larger model are back to the original ideas: that apart from the camera and slightly-rearranged antenna bands, the next iPhones will look almost exactly like the ones they replaced. Worse, we're now hearing reports that the alleged home Siri device will actually be ... another new Apple TV model, just as Apple said it would be a year ago.
Death, taxes, the fact that you haven't plugged your iPhone into your Mac since the dawn of time and the other fact that you have so many apps that your phone seems heavier. These are the four certainties of life and Pointers can do something about two of them –– plus get you an extra added bonus for your trouble.
According to a new report published by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a number of US government agencies are currently still using computing technology for aspects of their operations that data back as much as over 50 years, reports AFP. The most alarming of the findings in the report is that the Department of Defense still uses eight-inch floppy disks on an IBM Series 1 computer system system dating back to the 1970s as part of the nuclear command and control system. The report warns that these systems are both costly and no longer effective.
Apple has been awarded a new patent on a close-range, walkie-talkie-like peer-to-peer communications network. Like Apple's AirDrop technology that connects devices over close distances for data-sharing purposes, the system would allow people nearby each other to communicate together over an ad hoc network. Specifically, the two (or more) connected users, would be able to speak to each other using the same type of headset, one that could potentially connect to a device over a Lightning port. Using a device like an iPhone, they would be able to see other appear on their local comms network, tap on the other user, and initiate a conversation.
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 gaming related, including the Civilization: Beyond Earth - The Collection to a controller, a virtual reality headset, and even some glasses so you can play for longer without straining your eyes.
Apple Pay will be in more countries as soon as possible, the head of the mobile payments platform has advised. Speaking earlier this week, VP of Apple Pay Jennifer Bailey claims the team is trying hard to get the service operational in more markets in Europe and Asia, following after its recent expansion in Singapore, with Bailey also providing hints at how Apple decides which markets to launch in, and how successful some of the launches were.
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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