0 Fri Feb 5, 2016

Freebie Friday: Improve your cooking skills, start learning to code

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 you cook better and learn how to code, as well as a selection of apps to protect yourself and your data.

Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps
0 Fri Feb 5, 2016

App deals for OS X: X-Mirage, Hider 2, Twisted Lands, more!

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.

0 Fri Feb 5, 2016

App deals for iOS: Grand Theft Auto:Chinatown Wars, DataMan Next, more

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.

0 Fri Feb 5, 2016

Apple files for mistrial in VirnetX case ahead of appeal

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.

Posted in: Investor, software, Apple
0 Fri Feb 5, 2016

Hands On: Spark 1.5.0 (iOS)

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.

Posted in: iPhone apps
3 Fri Feb 5, 2016

Unauthorized Touch ID home button repairs may 'brick' iPhones

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.

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Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface

On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP

Software  3h

Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out

Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t


Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands

The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq


BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs

The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep


Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS

Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh

IPhone apps  1d

Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done

The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN


MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile

At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe