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- Pointers: five tips for iOS I learned by accident
- Otterbox uniVerse case brings modularity to iPhone with accessories
- Apple to roll out Siri SDK at WWDC, working on Amazon Echo challenger
- Apple rehires encryption specialist, Blackphone co-founder Jon Callas
- Seeking $5M payout, lawyers challenge Error 53 suit dismissal filing
- Public betas of iOS 9.3.3, OS X 10.11.6; Airport Base Station updates
Apple has defended its plans to construct a data center in Ireland, over concerns about its energy usage. Environmental concerns were brought up early in an oral hearing about the center with An Bord Pleanala, a regulator that deals with planning decisions made by local authorities, but the main issue brought up concerns the center's energy demands, which critics suggest could impact the electricity prices of consumers across the country.
Apple supplier Foxconn has dramatically slashed its workforce by 60,000 employees at its Kunshan factory in China, reports South China Morning Post. In their place, Foxconn has installed dozens of robots in order to automate aspects of the manufacturing process that previously required skilled manual labor. Incredibly, the number of workers slashed in one fell swoop took the total number of workers still employed at the factory down from 110,000 to just 50,000.
Not that you would, but you could shut up co-presenters Malcolm Owen and William Gallagher by just clicking cancel or maybe a close box, perhaps choosing Quit or any other way you've got of stopping your podcast app playing. It has always been thus, it will always remain this so long as the stars are in the heavens and you are in control of your own computer. Except now.
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.
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.
It's been quite some time since we did a checklist of five cool little general tips for iOS devices, and of course such a list also acts as a pop quiz to see how much of an "expert" user you are, but these are all tips I discovered either out of necessity or by accident, so maybe there's some here you haven't already found. Next Wednesday, we'll run another set of five "eureka" moments for OS X, but the following tips should work in iOS 7 and later on both iPhones and iPads (or individual ones as appropriate).
I'm back again with the second Should You Subscribe, this time taking aim at one of the subscription services I'm most excited about: ComiXology Unlimited. Combining models of existing services like Netflix and Audible, ComiXology Unlimited aims to give avid comic book readers an all-you-can-read smorgasbord of rotating content.
The European Commission has published a new proposal that would force streaming media services to invest in content created in Europe, alongside other video-related rule changes that would affect services including YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and others. Initially leaked last week, the directive would require online streaming services to ensure at least 20 percent of its catalog provided to European subscribers is made up of European-origin content.
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN searches online retailers to get sales, offers, discounts, and bargains for our readers to enjoy. Expired deals from yesterday's list have been removed, while the new batch includes a saving of $136 on an Xbox One bundle including games and a gift card, a DJI Phantom 3 drone for $400, and a Crucial MX200 500GB SSD for $139.
Following the recent sale of the Nokia name and feature phone business to manufacturing partner Foxconn, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has announced the layoffs of 1,850 employees -- mostly former Nokia workers in Finland -- and the "streamlining" of the company's smartphone business, which will involve "focusing our efforts where we have differentiation -- with enterprises that value security, manageability, and our Continuum capability," according to a release.
A patent granted to Apple yesterday is supposedly hinting at the possibility the company will include cellular connectivity in a Macbook, among other items. The patent for an "Electronic device with dual clutch barrel cavity antennas" (Patent 9,350,068) largely describes a way for antennas to be mounted within spare space in a large hinge, such as one used to hold the keyboard and display halves of a notebook together.
Otterbox has launched the uniVerse case system for iPhone, that it has designed to work with iPhone accessories from a range of independent vendors, many of which it partnered with to bring the case to fruition. The system allows the case to remain on the iPhone, despite a user choosing to attach any number of iPhone-compatible accessories in a way that lends a level of modularity to the iPhone not previously seen. Dubbed "accessory modules," uniVerse case users can easily attach and remove things like the popular Olloclip lens system, or the SanDisk iXpand flash drive, all without needing to continually remove and refit the case.
Alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's items all relate to online security, including a subscription to a VPN service, a way to have a "burner" phone line, secure storage for your account credentials across multiple devices, and courses that teach ethical hacking techniques.
Apple is planning to roll out a long-requested Siri SDK for developers at WWDC 16, reports The Information. The software package will finally allow developers to take advantage of Siri's natural speech recognition technology within their apps for the first time. Additionally, Apple is said to be looking to take Siri into the house, by building a speaker system that would compete with devices like Amazon's Echo. With Siri for Mac expected to debut at WWDC16, Siri looks to becoming increasingly pivotal in Apple's plans moving forward.
Apple has confirmed that it has rehired Jon Callas, who had previously worked at Apple on an encryption system used to protect stored data on a Mac, reports Reuters. Callas worked for Apple in the 1990s, and then again between 2009 and 2011, before he went on to co-found secure communications specialists PGP Corp and Silent Circle, best known for its encrypted and secure Blackphones.
Despite Apple fulfilling promises to repair Error 53-afflicted devices, and reimburse users for third-party repairs, complainants in a class-action suit are seeking to keep the action alive. Following an Apple motion to dismiss the case, plaintiffs claim that Apple has only made a "vague" announcement, and is not publicizing the issue enough. Presumably, injunctive relief for a fix is no longer needed, but the group is still seeking $5 million in compensation from Cupertino for the issue.
Apple on Tuesday issued the first public betas of iOS 9.3.3 and OS X 10.11.6, immediately following the Monday release of the developer versions of the same betas. The latest updates are considered primarily maintenance patches, with little in the way of any new features. Apple hasn't identified what the updates fix, although these often emerge on user forums not long after their availability, particularly if anything unusual is unearthed. The public betas are open to any Apple user who is enrolled in Apple's Beta Software Program, but as always, caution is urged when attempting to install non-finalized software.
Alongside our regular MacNN Deals and Daily Deals posts, the writers of MacNN occasionally find offers that are interesting or major enough to warrant their own Big Deals post. Today, we are pointing you towards the BundleHunt "Buy What You Want" Spring Mac Bundle, which will not only allow you to choose the apps you want to have from a large selection for just $22, but also gives you the opportunity to get that $22 back in the form of credit for other BundleHunt offers.
Apple Pay is being made available to more users in Singapore, courtesy of new partnerships forged with banks in the region. Following just a month after the mobile payment platform went live for American Express customers, the service has now expanded to work with cards using Visa and MasterCard for transactions, with five new banks joining the roster of financial institutions that will take credit and debit card payments via iPhones and the Apple Watch.
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Parallels Access 3.1 updated for iPad Pro
Virtualization software Parallels Access 3.1 has been updated with support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including Apple Pencil support. The software allows remote access to your PC or Mac from anywhere to control desktop applications from iOS or Android tablets and phones, with native touch gestures, as well as from any computer with an HTML5 web browser. Featuring three resolution choices for your mobile device ("Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer") and 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the update also adds a new Tablet Mode in Windows 10, which makes it easier to interact without a mouse or keyboard. http://bit.ly/1OWZqjg
Hyundai brings CarPlay to more 2016 models
Along with its previously-announced support for adding CarPlay technology to the 2016 Sonata, 2017 Elantra, and 2017 Ioniq, a leaked memo to dealers has revealed that CarPlay-supporting software updates will be available today that bring the infortainment tech to the 2015 and 2016 non-hybrid Sonata models, the 2016 hybrid Sonata, the 2015 and 2016 Genesis Sedan, the 2016 Tucson, the 2017 Santa Fe, and the 2017 Ioniq. Owners can upgrade the system themselves by visiting the Hyundai website, and will need a Mac or PC with either an SD card slot or SD card reader to transfer the update to the vehicle. http://bit.ly/1YZqkqS
Google Paris HQ raided by investigators
Google's Paris headquarters has been raided by dozens of French police. The Tuesday raid was part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax-avoidance practices, stoked by widespread dissatisfaction with the way multinationals like Google are structuring their business operations. Although trading in many countries around the globe, Google reports its international sales only in tax-friendly Ireland, similar to a practice adopted by Apple. According to French law, if it completes any of its sales contracts in France and not Ireland alone, it could be in breach of its laws. Google, for its part, denies any wrongdoing, and said that it is fully compliant with French law. http://reut.rs/1Udk2T9
Apple TV extends universal search to NBC
Apple has extended its universal search function on the Apple TV to now include NBC shows in its results, provided the user has installed the NBC tvOS app. The search results can be generated either through Siri, or through the Search app, and includes support for searches by title, genre, and actor, among other queries. NBC joins CBS, more recently, among other channels including: Disney Channel; Disney Jr; Disney XD; FOXNOW; FXNOW; HBO GO; HBO NOW; Hulu; Nat Geo TV; Netflix; PBS; PBS Kids; SHOWTIME; SHOWTIME Anytime; Starz, and Watch ABC, all of which are supported by universal search. http://apple.co/25lGi5R
Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z