Chinese police have arrested a 40-year-old Foxconn worker, identified only by the surname Qiao, for stealing iPhone 6 shells from a factory in Jincheng, according to the state-run Taihang Daily. The person was detained on September 4th, and is specifically accused of selling six of the shells for 6,000 yuan (about $960) to a gadget market in Shenzhen, where a number of electronics makers are located.
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FotoMagico is a tool for creating slideshows with personal photos and music in only a few mouse clicks. The software includes a variety of transitions, such as panning, zooming, and scaling. Version 4.5 now requires OS X 10.8 or later as well as a 64-bit Intel processor. The software can now support content in resolutions all the way up to 4K, with new presets in the New and Settings dialogs, and a 4K YouTube export option. Numerous bugs have also been resolved.
CleanApp is an uninstaller and system management tool that allows users to delete cache files, applications, and other items wasting drive space. This second beta adds protection for Apple’s server app and fixes an issue that prevented the software from deleting universal binaries. Temporary files and log files will also now be found more reliably when searching for related files.
HoudahSpot allows users to create detailed queries to pinpoint the exact file they are searching for. Favorite queries can be saved for later access, and templates can be set up for frequently performed searches. A new feature that lets users tag mail messages by dragging and dropping them from Apple Mail to the HoudahSpot Tray is included with this update. Various bugs, including one that prevented the software from searching certain Spotlight-indexed network volumes, have also been fixed.
Fantastical is a calendar utility that sits in a users menu bar and can be accessed through a customizable keyboard shortcut. To add new events users can type a natural phrase and the software will automatically pull out relevant time and date information. A potential crash that could occur when encountering invalid event data has been fixed in this update. A problem that prevented users from interacting with the server password prompt when using VoiceOver has also been addressed.
TunnelBear is a subscription-based virtual private network server that allows users to browse the internet privately. The latest release includes a fix for a reported issue that was resulting in unexplained disconnections.
1 hour ago | Posted in: Apple
Apple has won a US patent on an unusual tablet-based graphical interface. The UI would not only make use of touch and motion, as iOS does currently, but simulated physics, including mass, gravity, friction, and/or drag. A basic example involves selecting multiple files or folders; by drawing a circle around them, users would create a selection "bubble" that could be behave like a floating ball, even bouncing off of screen edges. File and folder size could dictate mass, such that a larger file might move more slowly.
2 hours ago | Posted in: computers, digital imaging
The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced the release of the DisplayPort 1.3 standard. An update to the widely used DisplayPort 1.2a standard, this latest version increases the maximum link bandwidth to 32.4Gbps, with each of four lanes running at a link rate of 8.1Gbps per lane -- a 50 percent increase from the previous version of the DisplayPort standard. Allowing for transport overhead, DisplayPort's 32.4Gbps combined link rate delivers 25.9Gbps of uncompressed video data.
3 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, developer, networking, Apple
Third-party app developers won't be able to access the APIs for Apple's NFC chips this year, a company spokesperson says. That effectively limits the NFC support in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to Apple Pay, as well as a few other authorized uses. That may be a security measure on Apple's part, since opening up the APIs too early could make it easier for hackers to crack the payment technology.
3 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging
Olympus has revealed two changes to the OM-D E-M1 it launched last year. The company is releasing a silver-colored version of the professional-grade camera, with a pre-installed firmware upgrade which adds a number of changes to the device's software, as well as enabling more functionality from within its companion smartphone app.
4 hours ago | Posted in: software
The follow-up to Smoke 2013, Autodesk's Smoke 2015 aims to improve on the original video editing software. While it introduces a new Timeline FX workflow and integrated 3D tracker alongside other new features and performance upgrades, is it enough to make users switch to the latest edition? Read our review of Smoke 2015 to find out.
As an early adopter of all types of technology, I will be among the first to get my hands on an Apple Watch when it launches early next year. There is a lot that Apple looks to have nailed with it, including the typically elegant industrial design, advanced materials and system architecture combined with what looks to be the most evolved smartwatch OS by some margin. The multiple collections and easily swappable bands also make it highly customizable, greatly enhancing its overall appeal. However, the biggest question mark over it at this point is its battery life, which is a potential issue that could be addressed by Apple if it adopts a slightly different tact before launch.
Less than a week after Apple added U2's new album Songs of Innocence to iTunes' users libraries as a free gift, Apple has revealed that the album has been downloaded, streamed or played in its entirety more than 33 million times, an average "sales" figure of 5.1 million copies per day. Apple did also provide a tool for users who didn't want the gift to remove it completely if they desired.
During more of the interview for PBS' "Charlie Rose" show, Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed the thorny issue of user privacy, with Cook coming out strongly differentiating Apple from other companies, noting that Apple "tries not to collect data." Cook said he believes users "have a right to privacy," and used the issue to reiterate that Apple was not cooperating with US government spying programs.
14 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging
Epson announced two new projectors at the CEDIA Expo 2014 last week, adding entries to the Home and Pro Cinema lines. Pro Cinema entries include the LS9600e and LS10000, both utilizing Epson's 3LCD reflective laser technology. Three entries are now available in the PowerLite Home Cinema line, with the 3600e, 3500 and 3000 covering a range of prices above $1,000.
15 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, upgrades/storage, Apple
US carrier T-Mobile is still running its "Test Drive" promotion, which offers to send a no-obligation iPhone 5s and a week's worth of access to non-customers to help them evaluate if they want to switch networks. On Monday, the carrier acknowledged that it will be upgrading the "test drive" iPhones to iOS 8 beginning just days after its debut on September 17. The company also said it will eventually move to the iPhone 6 as its default model for the "test drive" promotion, pending sufficient availability.
15 hours ago | Posted in: industry, mobile phones
Today, a new series of tiered offerings for prepaid cellular plans were announced by Sprint. Inspired by the changing needs of wireless consumers and the need to be competitive against AT&T and Verizon, Sprint is offering plans in a different way than was announce earlier in the year. Plans have been simplified to three different base plans, giving consumers the amount of data they need.
16 hours ago | Posted in: audio
Welcome to another edition of the Crowdfunding Critic, an article series where Electronista and MacNN staff look at some interesting projects being crowdfunded through sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. While we believe these devices to be appealing or useful at some level, please note that the article isn't an endorsement of the project or campaign. With any crowdfunding campaign, there are inherent risks involved. As such, we ask our readers to research the items they may be contributing to since it's an investment. In this week's edition, we take a look at The Core wireless speaker system from Mass Fidelity.
Apple is now a member of a non-profit trade association made up of mostly financial institutions, cellular carriers and software and hardware developers devoted to improving security in applications, transactions, data and cryptography. The group, GlobalPlatform says its objective is to "create a standardized infrastructure that accelerates the deployment" of secure software and data, "protecting them from physical or software attacks." Most of Apple's carrier and financial partners in Apple Pay are also members.
19 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Graphics/Web Design, Apple
An analysis of the claims of Apple and leaked benchmarks with regards to the graphics performance and technologies in the new A8 chip that powers the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus indicates that Apple has likely moved to a new PowerVR GPU. The most likely candidate is the six-core PowerVR Series6XT GX6650 made by Imagination. Apple is also likely using a revised version of the Cyclone architecture, first used in the A7, to manage graphics processing.
Connecticut's Attorney General, George Jepsen, has issued a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, asking the company to explain how the Apple Watch will collect and store data. Jepsen asks, for instance, "whether Apple will allow consumers to store personal and health information on Apple Watch itself and/or on its servers, and if so, how information will be safeguarded," and "if and how Apple will review application privacy policies to ensure that users' health information is safeguarded." Other concerns include consent, the specific types of data the watch and its apps will collect, and guideline enforcement.
20 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone
Photos from websites in China and Vietnam show what are claimed to be completed iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units, even though the products are only officially shipping on Friday. In Vietnam, the devices are said to have been spotted in a Red River restaurant by an Associated Press reporter. To gauge their authenticity, the reporter tested apps like Messages and Siri. Chinese images of the phones stem from people on MacX's forums.
21 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, Apple
Responding to complaints, Apple has created a special web tool for removing U2's Songs of Innocence album from an iTunes account. Users must sign in with an Apple ID, and the company cautions that once the album is removed, people must purchase it if they want it again. The record is still free until October 13th.
21 hours ago | Posted in: software, digital imaging, iPhone apps, iPad apps
Boinx Software has announced the release of an update for its slideshow creation tool, FotoMagico. Now optimized for the production of 4K video, FotoMagico v4.5 can now better accommodate later versions of OS X, from Mountain Lion to the upcoming Yosemite. Users can quickly preview special scaling animations when using 4K clips, and overall software performance and stability is improved. Priced at $100, FotoMagico v4.5 is available as a free update for existing v4 users.
22 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, software, developer, Apple
Apple has released a third public beta of OS X Yosemite, as well as an eighth developer preview. Both are available through the Mac App Store; for the former people must be participants in the AppleSeed program, and for the latter users must be registered developers. So far, any changes beyond bugfixes have yet to be discovered.
In the next few weeks, two major US hospitals -- linked with Stanford University and Duke University, respectively -- are embarking on medical trials using Apple's HealthKit platform, according to Reuters. Doctors at Stanford say they're working with Apple on tracking blood sugar for children with diabetes. Duke, meanwhile, is planning a pilot to track blood pressure, weight, and other statistics for patients with cancer or heart diseases.
Mon September 15, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps
People picking up a 64 or 128GB iPhone 6/6 Plus later this week will find several of Apple's iLife and iWork apps pre-installed, a leaked internal Apple training document reveals. The company specifically lists iMovie, GarageBand, Keynote, Pages, Numbers, and iTunes U. "These apps are also available as a free download from the App Store for the 16GB models," Apple writes.
UK retailer Phones 4U has gone into administration -- the UK equivalent of bankruptcy protection -- following a decision by network operator EE not to renew a contract ending in September 2015. The company now lacks any network partners, as earlier this month Vodafone said it would skip extending its own contract. All of Phones 4U's 550 stores are shut today, and will only reopen if and when administrators decide business can resume. The situation could endanger the jobs of some 5,596 workers.
Carcassonne is a digital version of the land building board game. All of the original artwork is included, along with support for both offline and online multiplayer. In v3.43 chat will now respect all iPhone keyboard sizes correctly. A number of stability and performance improvements are also included.
PDF Expert allows users to store and read PDF files on an iPad. The app includes support for password protected, full text document search, navigation through embedded PDF bookmarks, and more. Version 5.1.4 introduces a new text writing parameters picker on the iPhone, as well as a new search UI in the iPhone PDF viewer. The image viewer has also undergone a few improvements, and searching by name in the file manager will now include folders in results.
Duolingo is a free tool that can help users learn new languages. Lessons are currently included for 6 different languages, including Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, and English. New to v4.0.7 is a Dutch language course designed for English speakers.
Movies provides users with reviews, trailers, and showtimes for all of the movies currently in theaters. Users can also find information on upcoming movies and titles recently released on DVD. The theatre details and showtimes pages have been redesigned in this release, and various minor bugs have been addressed.
OmniFocus is a task management tool that can help users stay organized. The software allows users to build to-do lists directly on their handheld and sync them with the OmniFocus desktop application. The v2.3 update resolves a problem the software faced when running on iOS 8, however was released prematurely. As a result the new release introduces several new problems for users running iOS 7.x, forcing the developers to recommend holding off on this update for the time being.
Mon September 15, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, accessories, Apple
Apple has winnowed its official case selection for the iPhone 5s down to just a single black option, checks of the company's online store show. Previously there were was a collection of several leather cases in different colors. At the moment, Apple appears to be concentrating on production of leather and silicone cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Having only made ambiguous references on Friday, Apple has today officially announced that it achieved a "record" 4 million preorders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the first 24 hours of availability. "Demand for the new iPhones exceeds the initial pre-order supply and while a significant amount will be delivered to customers beginning on Friday and throughout September, many iPhone pre-orders are scheduled to be delivered in October," the company continues.
In August 2012, a team from Uber Entertainment launched a kickStarter campaign, aiming to raise $900,000 to make a new real-time strategy game called Planetary Annihilation. After two years of work and raising over $2.2 million, as well as other funds via "early access," the game is finally released outside of beta, and gamers can finally try out what backers have been playing for some time during the game's development.
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