0 31m ago

User interface revamp of Apple Music may come at WWDC

As possibly the result of a culture clash between Beats and Apple staff, Apple appears to be readying large changes to Apple Music's interface. Up for renovation in time for Apple's World Wide Developer's Conference, the company is said to be integrating the music store and the streaming Apple Music offerings better, as well as expanding the Beats One ecosystem.

Posted in: audio, Apple
0 1h ago

Hands On: Lego Star Wars -- The Complete Saga 1.6 (iOS)

If you spend any time at all in geeky circles, you're well aware of how popular Star Wars is. You're probably also aware of how popular Lego is, as well. That's one of the biggest reasons we decided to take a look at Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga; because it's a classic title that marries two of geek culture's greatest obsessions in to one absurdly fun package.

0 1h ago

Giveaway reminder: Win your own DJI Phantom 4 drone with MacNN Deals

If you want to get started in drone videography with one of the newest camera-equipped quadcopters to be released from a major manufacturer, you don't have long left to enter our competition. The MacNN Deals store is offering one lucky winner a DJI Phantom 4 drone with a 4K camera, a prize package worth $1,400, but you only have until this Friday to enter the giveaway.

Posted in: gadgets
2 2h ago

Jony Ive talks Apple Watch, design in Met Gala interview

Set against the backdrop of the Met Gala with its theme of "Fashion in the Age of Technology," Apple design chief Jony Ive has provided some insight into where Apple might be taking its Apple Watch in future iterations. Although not revealing specifics, Ive indicated an interview with Business of Fashion that the Apple Watch as a product is still in its infancy, and that we can look forward to it evolving quickly over the next few generations. Ive also provided some additional insights into what he thinks distinguishes Apple's design process from other tech companies.

Posted in: Apple
1 2h ago

Former Nest head of technology Yoky Matsuoka joins Apple

One of Apple's latest major hires is one that will be working on the company's health-related projects for iOS devices. Yoky Matsuoka, a robotics expert who helped co-found Google's experimental X Lab and is a former head of technology for the Google-owned Nest, is joining Apple to help further the current wellness initiatives, namely HealthKit, ResearchKit, and CareKit, and potentially help produce other projects in the same field.

Posted in: Apple
0 3h ago

Living With: Star Wars: Uprising 2.1.3 (iOS)

With May the Fourth (be with you) happening today, we thought it would be a great time for us to check in on Star Wars: Uprising, the real-time shooter that had come out last year in preparation for The Force Awakens. It's been almost eight months since the game was released, and we're interested in seeing what changes have been made.

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AirMap iOS app for drone operators

Provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft AirMap announced today the release of the AirMap app for iOS and Apple Watch. Operators can now access low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, file digital flight notices to over 80 airports, and manage unmanned aircraft. Building on the success of AirMap's Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS), the AirMap app brings to iOS devices a fully integrated airspace management solution for recreational and commercial drone operators. The app is free. http://apple.co/21wCadD

IPhone apps  2m

BlackBerry video calling available on iOS

BlackBerry has made its video calling feature available to Android and iOS users. The company reports limited availability of the new cross-platform feature for now, citing "because this is the first time we're launching BBM Video calling, and we want to monitor performance, gather feedback, and iron out any kinks that may arise before we roll it out globally." http://blck.by/1ruu4pC

IPhone apps  2h

Apple loses iPhone brand exclusivity in China

Apple has lost its exclusive rights to the 'iPhone' brand in China, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court has ruled. According to Quartz, Chinese company Xintong Tiandi is now free to continue selling its non-smartphone "IPHONE" branded products, which include smartphone cases, among other leather goods. The Chinese court ruled that Xintong Tiandi, which registered the "IPHONE" trademark in 2007, could continue to use the trademark because Apple did not start selling the iPhone in China until 2009. Apple also could not prove that Xintong Tiandi's ongoing use of the trademark would cause Apple material harm. The latest ruling by the Chinese government follows its recent decision to shut down the iTunes Movies and iBooks Store. http://bit.ly/1SNhRmB

IPhone  3h

Bowers & Wilkins bought by EVA Automation

High-end UK audio equipment maker and fixture in Apple retail stores Bowers & Wilkins has been bought out by a California "smart home" tech firm, EVA Automation. Fomer Bowers & Wilkins owner Joe Atkins will continue as CEO of the joint venture, with EVA Automation founder Gordon Yu acting as executive chairman. The two companies said the merger will combine EVA's AV technologies and Bowers & Wilkins' acoustic engineering talents to grow the now-combined firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and it is expected that the Bowers & Wilkins brand name will continue. http://yhoo.it/1SLt6zj

Industry  8h

Micromat MacCheck released for free

Micromat, the developers of TechTool Pro, today announced a new troubleshooting utility called MacCheck. The new product can perform a series of critical tests on Macintosh systems, helping to isolate what might be wrong with a particular computer. The program quickly tests many of the critical systems in a Macintosh computer, including RAM, I/O, Volume Structures, Partition Maps, Batteries, and RAID systems. MacCheck is being offered free of charge and is available for download immediately from the Micromat website. http://bit.ly/1SKFwaV

Troubleshooting  15h

Hyundai Sonata 2016 gains CarPlay

The 2016 Hyundai Sonata can now be upgraded to incorporate Apple's CarPlay mobile technology, which augments the built-in infotainment system in the car to incorporate many iPhone features, such as Apple Maps and Siri voice control of navigation and other smartphone functions. The upgrade is accomplished through an SD card owners can obtain from their local Hyundai dealer. Although not disclosed, the upgrade was said to cost "a small fee" when it was initially announced in December of last year. http://bit.ly/1TJzK8f

Industry  17h

TimePorter carry tote for Apple Watch

Twelvesouth today began shipping TimePorter, a new travel tote and portable charging stand for Apple Watch that that carries a 6m Apple Watch charging cable, extra Watch bands, USB chargers and more. The case also incorporates the Apple Watch Charging Disc, converting your case into a charging and display stand. It is available for $50 in white or black. http://bit.ly/1SCQM4T