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.
Siri could be getting a major upgrade to the way it handles queries, if a report's suggestion is accurate. It is believed an acquisition made by Apple last year to acquire VocalIQ before the company could release its smartphone app will be making a considerable change to Apple's digital assistant, with a report claiming the VocalIQ team was largely kept intact after the purchase, and was left to work on integrating their software into Siri itself.
The California Institute of Technology has filed suit against Broadcom and Apple over four specific and highly-technical Wi-Fi patents, accusing Broadcom of infringement -- and thus Apple, which uses Broadcom Wi-Fi radios in most of its products. At present, Caltech is seeking a jury trial and both a sales injunction on possible infringing products and "adequate" damages for the alleged infringement.
A Salt Lake City, UT apartment complex is forcing a "Facebook Addendum" on its tenants. The addition to existing leases requires the renters to friend the apartment complex within five days. Failure to do so is considered a breach of the rental agreement by the complex. Additionally, the contract addendum includes a release allowing the property owners to post pictures of the tenants and any visitors to the complex without additional permissions, and at any time, for any reason.
Tech bags are great, but often tend to err on the large side. Sometimes, if you're just looking to make it through your day with an iPad and your iPhone, you want a bag that isn't going to weigh you down or require special seating accommodations when you stop at your favorite cafe for lunch. Sometimes, you just want a small bag. Moshi has a new bag that fits that bill, a pint-sized, portable one called the Urbana Mini.. Check out our full review to see what we thought!
This is another case of it being easy when you know how. It's also another case of being vaguely aware of a feature but only really finding it by accident. All of which means that this is a case of being inspired by Charles Martin's Pointers last week, about Five tips for iOS I learned by accident
Alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's selections are all things you can buy for $20 or less, including a case for the iPhone 6 and 6s, a handy way to organize the cables on top of your desk, a stand for the Apple Watch, and a way to connect normal USB 3.0 devices with a USB-C port.
To appreciate Apple's four-decade history, just occasionally you need to look back a little further than these 40 years. As we slice up the firm's life week by week, we're concentrating on 1976 to 2016, but it's no exaggeration to say that Apple would not exist at all if it weren't for a computer made five years before the company officially began.
Apple is not going to be permitted to sell used iPhones in India, a government minister has advised. Announced today by commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the government is "not in favor of any company selling used phones in the [country], however certified they may be," nixing Apple's proposal to refurbish iPhones it collects from customers upgrading their devices and resell them in India.
There's been an awful lot of debate around here about Apple's mobile focus, and leaving high performance computing behind. What if we told you, that because of Intel's roadmap for the last four or so years, that you could take a 2009 aluminum slab-side Mac Pro, and get it almost all the way to the 12-core "coke can" Mac Pro's multiprocessor speed? How about boosting the first Mac Pro all the way up to modern spec? We're going to do both over the next month, for the MacNN Summer Project.
Iran is demanding messaging apps from other countries store some user data within its borders. Announced on Sunday, Iran has ordered social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter, as well as messaging services, to transfer data held about Iranian users to servers located within the country itself, something which could lead to less privacy for the country's citizens as well as the potential of more control over online access by the government.
Every so often, MacNN finds a deal that is too big or important to go into our usual deals lists, and is major enough to be highlighted in its own Big Deals post. This time, it is the return of one of our most popular items from the MacNN Deals store, with the award-winning writing app Scrivener 2 available for purchase at half price for a very limited time.
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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