Category - IPod
Reports are starting to circulate indicating that there is some sort of incompatibility between some iPad Pro 9.7-inch models and the newly-released iOS 9.3.2 for some users. Early adopters have taken to Twitter and the Apple self-support forums complaining of an Error 56 code following installation, and iconography demanding that the user plug the iPad into iTunes. However, nothing users have attempted at this point has brought the iPads back to life.
The US International Trade Commission (ITC) is investigating a complaint filed by Creative, current patent holders of the Zen MP3 player's interface. The complaint alleges that Blackberry, HTC, Motorola, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, Sony, and ZTE are in violation of Creative's patent over hierarchical media playback menus, the same patent that it utilized against Apple's iPod nearly a decade ago.
We love Apple products, obviously, but there's no denying that they can eat up a lot of our outlet space, which is at a premium these days. Between our iPhone, our iPad, and now our Apple Watch, we're starting to run out of places to charge things. Fortunately, the Oittm 4-port Apple Watch Stand is here to solve that problem, combining a USB charging station with an Apple Watch stand.
It's not true that most people hate iTunes, but it is true that you chiefly hear from those who do. The rest of us might have the odd grumble, but we don't particularly complain, and we don't write a replacement app. You've got to give credit to developer Andrew Kazmierski for making EPod 1.0, an app that plays music the way he likes, and which sets out to bring back the appeal of the iPod.
Usually when you speak of a significant figure with Apple, you mean Steve Jobs or Tim Cook. Yet on this April 1 -- the 40th birthday of the company -- we want to examine 40 other figures. Numbers. Digits. The history of Apple as sliced up into numbers. Though speaking of slicing history, do make sure you're reading the year-long MacNN series that examines each week for what happened then across 1976 to today.
Late Monday afternoon, Apple released a seventh beta of iOS 9.3 to both developers and pre-registered public testers, a day before expected similar beta releases of OS X 10.11.4. Interestingly, the developer release and public-tester release are one build number apart -- 13E5233a for developers, 13E5234a for testers. The new beta was issued by itself, rather than in a group with other betas as has been the usual practice of late, though last week's sixth beta of tvOS 9.2 lagged behind the iOS, OS X, and watchOS betas by almost four days.
We thought last week was the beginning of the comedy portion of this whole depressing encryption debate between, essentially, the entire tech industry along with anyone who has ever understood the Constitution, and on the other side the US government and people terrified of terrorism -- which is a form of irony that doesn't yet have a name. Charles and Mike talk about a number of court cases and recent news, from the final chapter of the e-book case to the Chicago kerfuffle to -- as we must -- the latest turns in the FBI case, plus a lot of other topics
You know it's got to be coincidence when you're slicing through 40 years of Apple, and you find bad things happening in the same weeks of the year. This week of February 20 through 26 in the years 1976 to 2016 has some of Apple's worst moments -- but arguably, also some of its best.
Everyone could use a couple Bluetooth speakers on their desk, a kid's room, or a college dorm, so why not make one fun and unusual? Polaroid's got one with an awkward name -- the Polaroid Bluetooth Dancing Water speaker. We've had one for a little while, so read on to see what we thought.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
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