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- Apple issues fourth betas of OS X, iOS, tvOS to developers
- Apple Pay page adds 26 more US banks, more UK support
- MacNN Editorial revisited: the US judiciary versus technology
- The MacNN Podcast, episode 61: Dalek Management Hierarchy Theory
- You've still got time: Mothers' Day gift suggestions from MacNN staff
- Apple debuts Mother's Day 'Shot on iPhone' ad
One week after the previous releases, Apple on Tuesday released developer versions of the fourth betas for iOS 9.3.2, OS X 10.11.5, and tvOS 9.2.1. A new release of the developer-only watchOS 2.2 is still missing from the lineup, and no third beta for the wearable's OS version appeared last week either. It is possible that Apple has opted to bring the watchOS beta in-house again in order to prevent leaks of any notable changes, or it could signal that the minor 2.2 update is imminent.
The iPhone has topped the list of the 50 "Most Influential Gadgets of All Time," as compiled by Time magazine. The list, which highlights gadgets that made an impact in the technology world, contains both commercial successes and failed-but-influential products, with Apple products taking up a tenth of the entire list, three of which were important enough to be listed in the top ten spots of the chart.
Let's just cut straight to it: this is $100. Considering that you do not actually need it, or indeed anything remotely like it, that feels like a lot at the point of sale -- but then you can say exactly the same of your iPad Pro, and you'd be just as wrong. The Logitech Base for iPad Pro is a really fine piece of work. It's a charging stand for either model of the iPad Pro, which uses Apple's new Smart Connector.
On Tuesday, Apple updated its partner page for Apple Pay, adding another 26 US banks and credit unions to a list that now extends to at least 1,240 financial institutions (not including two "loyalty card" issuers, BJ's Wholesale and Kohl's). Along with the new banks, a new prepaid "digital MasterCard" program has launched in the UK with Apple Pay support from a company called Wirecard, with the service known as "boon." Users will be able to transfer money into a prepaid account, and then use the digital card with merchants who support various virtual wallet technologies.
Alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today, we are encouraging you to turn your Mac or iPhone into a potential moneymaker, with a selection of four pay-what-you-want coding bundles that will teach you what you need to produce your own apps and games, as well as developing for the web. For all listed bundles, ten percent of proceeds will be going to charity.
A future version of the Apple Pencil could offer up new features for users, if a recently-discovered patent filing can be believed. Initially published in 2012 but only recently being granted by the USPTO this week, the patent for the "Intelligent Stylus" (number 9,329,703) indicates a way for a stylus to provide more options for a user's interaction with a display, by adding sensors within the nib of the stylus itself.
Long-term followers of giveaways on MacNN will notice a trend, with some prizes on offer being a $1,000 gift card for some sort of online store. Today, we're continuing the trend, as following after gift cards for the Apple Store, iTunes, and Steam, MacNN Deals is now giving you the opportunity to win a $1,000 gift card to spend however you want at Newegg.
It can be argued that we're always on the cutting edge of technology -- every day there are new advances, and new techniques developed to do legacy tasks some other way. Likewise, hardly a day goes by without a new lawsuit from an entrenched company, claiming that this new way somehow infringes upon, or unfairly penalizes, an old-guard way of doing business. Lately, this has expanded to law enforcement trying to use the courts as an ad hoc tool to do end-runs around thorny Constitutional questions. Through bad rulings and bad legislative proposals, the inability of our judicial and legislative leaders to keep in step is increasingly making the existing problems even worse.
Apple is making good progress on the construction of its Campus 2 project, according to a flyover of the construction site by a camera-equipped drone. The latest look at the work underway at the future home of the company shows the last major section of the main ring-shaped building is being worked on, as well as some of the important infrastructure that Apple will use to its advantage, and an overview of the entire building site.
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.
A new study of desktop OS users has found that the Mac user base has nearly tripled over the last nine years, now rising to 9.2 of personal computers used online, even as the overall number of traditional computers in use -- and those using Windows -- has declined. While Apple's most recent sales figures show a 2.1 percent year-over-year decline, the overall PC industry shipments fell by 11.5 percent in the March quarter, giving Apple room to increase its share. Windows is down to 89.2 percent share of PCs, the first time the platform has fallen below 90 percent in the Net Applications survey of online PC use.
A court in Brazil has ordered for WhatsApp to be blocked on the country's carriers for a 72-hour period, as part of an ongoing dispute between the country and the Facebook-owned service over encryption. Judge Marcel Montalvao of Sergipe made the demand to carriers after WhatsApp failed to provide chat logs that could help law enforcement in a drug-related investigation, with the service claiming it does not have the capability of seeing the messages in their unencrypted form.
This week on The MacNN Podcast episode 61, Mike and Charles briefly discuss how we've structured the leadership of this site modeled on the Dalek hierarchy, and in the tradition of the Daleks, the news is mostly bad -- and that's even before we get to the latest FBI/DOJ shenanigans, this week adding the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to the cast of this drama, sadly on the side of authoritarianism over liberty. The parade of really not-thought-through attempts to modernize privacy laws in the era of digital encryption continues.
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the writing team of MacNN scours online retailers to find discounts, bargains, offers, and promotions for our readers to enjoy. Old and dead deals from last week have been scrubbed from the list, with current deals including a Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR bundle for $429, an Anker SoundCore Bluetooth speaker for $30, and an iRobot Roomba 770 vacuum cleaning robot for $380.
Some moms are tech moms; some moms are intimidated by the TV remote. It doesn't make us love them any less, but it can make them difficult to gift-shop for. Still, despite every mother and every woman being different, when it comes to the Mother's Day Tech Gift Challenge, we say "challenge accepted." These are the gifts we guarantee that every mother will love. That would be guarantee in slightly less than a legal and refund kind of way, but still, confidence is high.
The issue of law enforcement gaining access to data on a smartphone has resurfaced, after it was revealed a court ordered an individual to unlock an iPhone seized as evidence in an investigation, by using Touch ID. A Los Angeles court has issued a warrant to the FBI forcing a girlfriend of an Armenian gang member to use Touch ID on the iPhone in question, as it was believed her fingerprint was registered to the device and would provide access to data that could help an ongoing investigation into the gang member move onward.
Previously on this week by week slicing of Apple history, we noted how Steve Wozniak had been dangerously tardy in 1976 about getting a legal release from his employer Hewlett Packard. Without that permission, the Apple I computer would've legally belonged to HP, and by the time Woz got the paperwork sorted out, he and Jobs were already deep into making their first sale. We were sorry to have teased you with how you'd have to wait until this week to see that Woz learned his lesson a little too well. Now we're very sorry to tease you that he would do something even more daft -- that we'll tell you about in November.
File this under "we spent an hour on it, so you don't have to." This Pointers is for when your Apple Magic Trackpad 2 appears fine, but won't click. It's a bit more urgent than that sounds, too: we don't mean you can't use Force Touch, we mean you can't click on something to drag it anywhere. It's not going to be a long Pointers but we've got the answer you want; then, just to cover all the bases, the answer that you're afraid it will be, and then the big mistake we made that you won't have to.
Now AAPL Stock: 95.3 ( + 1.66 )
WaterField cycling ride pouches
WaterField's new cycling ride pouches are custom-fit to carry both in one compact kit and are ready for the summer cycling season. The Cycling Ride Pouch includes a clear window that allows basic phone access with the phone still safely within the case, and the Cycling Club Pouch incorporates a padded phone pocket to separate up to an iPhone 6 Plus-sized phone from the tool compartment. Both handsome pouches fit neatly in a back jersey pocket, with optimized surface area for comfort. The Cycling Ride Pouch sells for $80, with the Club Pouch retailing for $50. http://bit.ly/1rRqN4e
Dish providing on-site iPhone repair services
Dish has expanded into the iPhone repair industry. Available today, the satellite television company's "Smart Phone Repair" routes a technician directly to a customer's door. DISH's network of technicians in all 50 states will repair cracked screens and replace batteries on Apple's iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6 and 6 Plus. In the coming months, the company intends to expand its service to include additional devices and smartphone accessories. http://bit.ly/1SLaDiW
India rejects Apple's refurb request
Apple's request to the Indian government to be allowed to sell refurbished iPhones has been rejected, a move that will hurt the company's efforts to attract budget-oriented consumers. Opposition to the importation of refurbished iPhones is said to have been led by local smartphone makers (and, it should be noted, Samsung), who feared that lower-cost iPhones would undermine the government's own mandates on manufacturing phones in India, and trigger a flood of used electronics into the marketplace, driving prices generally downward. Currently, Apple has just two percent of the smartphone market there, and is also applying to the government for permission to open directly-controlled Apple Stores. That decision is still pending. http://bloom.bg/1rRgi0I
Amazon Prime Now available via website
Amazon's Prime Now rapid delivery service is now available to use from the web, giving users an alternative to using the normal mobile app. Available as a free option for Prime subscribers in certain areas, the web-based service continues to offer the same selection of goods as the mobile version, and is still free for deliveries within two hours, $8 for within one hour. http://amzn.to/1UvqYgi
SoundCloud Go expands to UK, Ireland
SoundCloud has expanded its subscription service to the United Kingdom and Ireland, its first expansion since launching in the United States in late March. Priced at £10 ($14) per month, SoundCloud Go lets users listen to existing tracks ad-free, as well as complete access to licensed music from major record labels, and the ability to download tracks for offline listening. http://bit.ly/1rhBv35
Maps adds transit for Rio Olympics
On Monday, Apple added public transit directions for Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to its Apple Maps program in advance of the 2016 Summer Olympics, which begin on August 5. The addition marks the first time a Brazilian city has gotten the upgraded public transit maps, which include station maps as well as transit schedules and tracking. The transit directions cover ferries as well as bus, subway, and light rail lines. The company has recently expanded transit directions to Montreal in Canada, and Seattle, Portand (Oregon), and other US cities.
Ive opens Met Gala fundraiser in NYC
On Monday, Apple SVP of Design Sir Jonathan Ive opened the press preview of the annual Met Gala fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City. Ive is serving as co-chair with Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and Apple is helping sponsor the event, which is themed "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology." He said the company is "thrilled" to participate in the Gala, and tied the company to the theme by saying that Apple's goal "has always been to try to create objects as beautiful as they are functional," adding that the company is "only starting" on its path of making products "more personal." http://bit.ly/1Y3EHKg