Apple has entered into a partnership with SAP, which aims to "revolutionize the mobile work experience" for enterprise customers, and increase the use of iPhones and iPads in business. As part of the enterprise, which will focus on creating native iO... more
- Apple to appeal Chinese court 'iPhone' trademark ruling
- Cupertino mayor claims Apple shirking civic responsibilities
- LiveCode 8 launched following successful $750K Kickstarter project
- Pointers: using Do Not Disturb mode for iOS (and even OS X)
- Rumor Roundup: Hey, about that 'no headphone jack' thing
- Living With: Apple Watch for One Year
I'm back again with another Crowdfunding Critic, this time with a topic very near and dear to my heart: "smart" products. I've tested more smart devices than I can count at this point, and now there's a company out there that is ready to make all my efforts worth it: the Klug Home, a device of "context."
We don't like being predictable, but usually -- we'll admit this -- if we look at a third-party on-screen keyboard for iOS, we tend to go down the same route every time. They're mildly fiddly to switch over to, and they rarely offer any benefits. Only, we're admitting to our predictability because this time, we're different. For this Word Flow Keyboard from Microsoft Garage could well be the best non-Apple alternative keyboard for iPhone that we've seen. It's got issues, but it's the first time we could imagine you switching permanently to one.
Apple is "disappointed" in a recent Beijing Higher People's Court ruling that allowed Xintong Tiandi Technology to use an all-caps "IPHONE" trademark on a line of leather goods, and will appeal the cas to the country's highest court. While the court's ruling only concerned the trademark with regards to "imitation leather, leather, wallets, purses, leather thread, leather passport wallets, leather key cases, leather straps and leather trimmings for furniture," the ruling has effectively weakened Apple's trademark on the term "iPhone" for any other use.
Alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's items are all implements for drawing on your tablet or smartphone, including two simple pen-like tools, a multi-purpose stylus, and a pair of accessories from Adobe meant for those who have more extensive artistic or design requirements.
Cupertino Mayor Barry Chang claims that he was once forcibly escorted out of Apple's headquarters and "surrounded" by a security team when he apparently dropped by spontaneously to seek a meeting about traffic congestion in the city three years ago, when he was a councilman. Now mayor of the city, Chang is getting a lot of heat -- including a recall effort from citizens -- over his seeming inability to fund the upgrade of the city's aging infrastructure, and in particular deal with the growing traffic problem.
Er, so there's this keyboard, right, and it's an on-screen iPhone one, except it doesn't entirely let you type anything. Plus, what it wants you to type is an emoji that says coffee is quite nice. The kindest thing we could say is that if you are the sort of person who would enjoy Starbucks Keyboard 1.0, then you already know it and are possibly employed by the company.
It has been revealed that some areas of law enforcement in the United States were able to get into a locked iPhone as part of a murder investigation, during the public disagreement between the FBI and Apple over the San Bernardino encrypted iPhone took place. According to a report, investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department managed to get into a locked iPhone 5s, without requiring Apple to unlock it for them.
LiveCode 8 has been launched after a successfully-funded $750,000 Kickstarter project. The new version has taken three years to develop, after being rewritten from the ground up with over 1,000 bugs fixed. It ships with nine pre-made widgets, along with 46 new extensions. A new LiveCode Builder language is available for the first time, allowing users to build and add their own widgets and extensions, without having to work with C++ or Objective C. The revised low-level string and binary implementations makes LiveCode 8 approximately 3.5x faster to code in than previously.
In a recent survey of consumers, consumers appear to be more interested in the yet to be revealed iPhone 7 than before of the launch of the iPhone 6s in both the US and China. However, consumer interest in the so-called iPhone 7 is not at the same levels of interest ahead of the launch of the iPhone 6. Of the 6,336 smartphone users surveyed in total, which also included consumers from the UK, Germany and Japan, around half are holding off on their next iPhone purchase until the next iPhone arrives in September.
According to a recent traffic and sales analysis, Samsung has regained the top spot as the leading smartphone vendor in the US market with a 28.8 percent share on the strength of the new Samsung flagship phone. After eleven months at the top, Apple slipped to second place with a 23 percent share for the month of March. LG picked up third place with a 17.1 percent share, while Chinese makers like Huawei and ZTE were well off the pace.
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 is your reminder that there are four days left to get the MacUpdate Spring Bundle, a collection of ten productivity and creative apps for your Mac, that also ships with an extra bonus app for those buying the package early.
Bausch + Lomb, and IBM today announced a collaboration to develop the first app of its kind for iPhone and iPad for surgeons who perform cataract surgery. The innovative app will help surgeons streamline their workflow by delivering patient information and clinical insights as well as intraocular lens (IOL) options on a single, digital platform at the point of care.
The App Stores currently suffering from an issue with the search functionality, which is making it extremely difficult for users to find specific apps they want to acquire by name in some instances. Searches performed in both the iOS App Store and the Mac App Store are apparently failing to show up listings for some major apps in its search results, instead directing users to other apps in the store that may not be as useful as the intended app.
Confirming previous rumors, Apple has started selling accessibility devices online. The new category is aimed at the disabled and caretakers, and carries a range of products across three categories: vision, physical and motor skills, and learning and literacy.
A company co-founded by former Apple employees credited with the creation of Siri will be demonstrating what could be the next generation of virtual assistant. Viv Labs will be showing off "Viv" on Monday at TechCrunch Disrupt, with the digital assistant said to provide more of a service to its users, such as performing an entire order for pizza and completing the transaction, without requiring users to enter the store's app or entering details on a web page.
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.
The iPhone is a revolutionary device that has very much changed the way we live, but even the best relationships need a little time apart sometimes. It can, however, be difficult to put down the iPhone, simply because it does so very much. In fact, one of the most annoying things about the iPhone is that while I'm busy trying to get some work done or a new high score achieved, the darn thing has to go and ring with a telephone call every now and again, interrupting our concentration.
Instrument producer Moog has recreated one of its best-known synthesizers as an app for iPhone and iPad. The classic Moog Model 15, which normally sells as a $10,000 instrument has been reproduced with the vast majority of its functionality intact for iOS as the Model 15 app, with the software version of the iconic synthesizer costing music professionals and devotees of the device just $30 to purchase and own.
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Lunch with Cook auction nets $515K
The Charitybuzz auction that offered lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple HQ and a pair of passes to a future Apple event (winner's pick) has ended with a high bid of $515,000, the highest amount the annual auction has fetched since 2013. Proceeds of the auction will benefit Cook's preferred charity, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization, where Cook was recently named to the board of directors. The winner, who was unnamed, will be responsible for their own transportation and accommodation, and Cook has up to a year to schedule the meeting -- making it possible that the winner will be among the first to dine with Cook in the new Campus 2 cafeteria, which is set to open along with the rest of the new facility early next year. http://bit.ly/236Wf9N
Free Windows 10 upgrade program ends July 29
Ending speculation, Microsoft has officially announced that it will end free Windows 10 upgrades on July 29, the one-year anniversary of the rollout of the OS. Following the 29th, Microsoft's ubiquitous OS will retail for $119 and up. http://bit.ly/1O0a7kA
US tech giants to candidates: support TPP
Tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Uber are among thirteen major US corporations who have written an open letter to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton urging them to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, reports Reuters. Although not yet made public, the letter also asks the candidates to make it easier for the companies to hire tech workers from overseas. Both are not happy with the TPP deal, although Trump is sterner in his opposition to any kind of trade deals between countries. Trump has not rejected outright the idea of importing high-tech talent from overseas, while Clinton has already voiced her support for the idea. http://reut.rs/1Wb0Zwq
Apple mandates June 1 app IPv6 support
Apple has set the deadline for IPv6 support for App Store-supplied software. On June 1, apps thast use a custom networking stack and that are submitted to the app store must support IPv6-only networks. The rule, announced last year as coming soon, will only affect a small portion of submitted applications that do not use the NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs. http://apple.co/24yBTIY
YouTube Unplugged OTT service coming 2017?
As part of the continuing YouTube evolution, the video streaming service is reportedly considering a paid subscription service that would provide users "over the top" cable TV service. According to sources familiar with the matter, the service has been in the works since 2012, has already made changes to accommodate the live video feeds, and could debut the offering as soon as 2017. http://bloom.bg/1rvx8BW
Kohls Apple Pay integration with loyalty program
Kohl's customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl's Charge and simultaneously earn loyalty program Yes2You Rewards in conjunction with Apple Pay. The service is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl's stores and is expected to be in all Kohl's stores nationwide later this month, making Kohl's the first retailer to deliver a one-tap checkout that integrates both its private credit card as a form of payment and a loyalty program with Apple Pay. http://yhoo.it/21wEUI6
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