Everyone likes getting something for nothing, especially when there's no or relatively few catches. Freebie Friday is the post where the MacNN staff find stuff that you can get, and possibly make use of this weekend, without spending a single penny. This time, we have ways to help
- Unauthorized Touch ID home button repairs may 'brick' iPhones
- Canalys: Apple likely to have shipped 12 million Apple Watches in 2015
- Apple updates Final Cut Pro, Compressor, Motion pro video apps
- Cook gives thumbs-down to pared-down iPhone in Town Hall meeting
- One More Thing episode 024: Grow up, William
- Apple Pay now available at two million locations worldwide
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. Today's assortment of Mac apps includes sale prices on Twisted Lands, Cloud Outliner 2 Pro, and Duplicate Photos Fixer Pro.
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. Highlights from today's list include a sale on the Red Onion TOR-powered browser, fantasy card game Talisman, and Roguelike 100 Rogues.
Apple has responded to a damages retrial verdict that could someday see the iPhone maker paying out $625 million -- nearly double the original damages -- in a case it lost against VPN company VirnetX over VPN technology used in FaceTime, Messages, and VPN on Demand. In the 2011 case, the jury said the Cupertino company infringed willfully in the original complaint, and did not do enough to avoid further infringement after the initial verdict. On Friday, Apple filed a motion calling for a mistrial.
We may be the only people who like email as a concept, and are fine with Apple Mail as an app. That's nice for us, but even we agree there are things we wish Apple would add, and there are now several alternative apps that provide the features we'd like, and many are struggling without. Spark 1.5.0 for iPhone is one, and like the recently-released and recently-reviewed Airmail, it chiefly focuses on making dealing with new emails very, very fast.
If you ever need to get your Touch ID-enabled home button repaired, be sure to have it done by Apple Authorized Service Providers or Apple directly only: UK newspaper The Guardian reports that "thousands" of users who have had their Touch ID button repaired by third parties and found that their iPhone would then "brick" itself (become inoperative) after the next iOS update. The notorious "Error 53" that causes this, according to Apple, is a security measure to prevent low-level hardware hacking.
It's the end of the week, and the last thing you want to do is anything that involves effort. To save you the trouble of scouring online retailers for great offers, the crew of MacNN have done it for you. The still-active deals from earlier this week are accompanied by a new batch, including a four-unit D-Link Smart Plug pack for $60, a HP Business 23.6-inch monitor for $110, and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection for $28.
Apple has asked the Supreme Court not to listen to Samsung's appeal over the ongoing patent infringement lawsuit, a filing from Tuesday has revealed. Samsung's request to the Court in December asking it to hear a design patent case is being opposed by Apple, with the arguments that Samsung has already failed to prove it's innocence, and despite the attention the case has received over the years, it is "unexceptional" and should not be looked into further.
On Friday, Apple added another 32 US financial institutions on its Apple Pay partner site who are now supporting the company's mobile payments technology, bringing the total in the United States up to an even 1,000 (not including two "loyalty card" issuers, BJ's Wholesale and Kohl's). The news comes following reports that Apple Pay is now accepted at over two million terminals worldwide and further reports that a number of name-brand chains is set to expand significantly across 2016.
Apple is among a clutch of tech companies in negotiations with the National Football League (NFL) for the nonexclusive digital (streaming) rights to Thursday Night Football, a report from Variety has revealed. While the NFL has said only that it is in "active discussions with prospective digital partners" on the matter, Verizon's Go90 service, Amazon, Apple, Google, and others are involved in negotiations. CBS and NBC, who have the television rights, will also be able to stream the games in the US.