Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look back at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's Nintendo-heavy edition, the NX console will be coming out March next year, the Wii-U will stick around until 2018, two more Nintend... more
- Strategy Analytics: Apple shipped 2.2 million Watches in Q2
- Apple updates iMovie for OS X to v10.1.2
- Apple issues statement on April 27 Apple campus suicide
- All Writs Act refusal imprisons suspect indefinitely
- Pointers: how to record audio on the go with your iOS device
- Third developer betas for OS X, tvOS, Safari TP released
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.
As with most other products, Apple sold fewer of its Apple Watch wearable than it did in the previous quarter, dropping from about 5.1 million in the December quarter to around 2.2 million units between January and March. As a result, the iPhone maker dropped in smartwatch marketshare from 63 percent share to 52.4 percent, still comfortably ahead of all rivals. Samsung, in second place, saw a drop from 16 percent (an estimated 1.3 million units) to 14.3 percent (about 600,000 units).
Apple has rolled out an update to the Android version of the Apple Music app, adding a couple of new features that brings it closer to what the iOS app already provides for its users. Apple outlines two new items in the change log, with the Android app including the ability to search and play music videos for the first time, as well as the option of signing up or upgrading to a Family Membership from within the app itself.
On Thursday, Apple updated its iMovie app for OS X to version 10.1.2, which primarily fixes a YouTube sharing issue, includes larger project thumbnails more in the style of iMovie for iOS, adds App Preview resolutions for iPad Pro and Apple TV, and makes some tweaks to navigation that includes a new "fast project creation" option, along with a new keyboard shortcut for selecting within a clip in the timeline and video browser. In addition, the update makes the usual background bug fixes and improves the stability of the video editing application.
Not everyone can afford an expensive, immersive VR headset like the HTC Vive, but most of us have smartphones at this point, and there are more and more smartphone-compatible headsets being added to the market every day. If you've been curious about experimenting with VR, you can get a taste of what it's like by trying out the iPhone and Android compatible Pasonomi VR Headset, designed to work with the influx of VR apps available on the App Store.
Amazon.com today announced financial results for its first quarter that ended on March 31. The company posted net income of $513 million in the first quarter, or $1.07 per diluted share, compared with net loss of $57 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, in first quarter 2015. It also noted that net sales increased 28 percent to $29.1 billion in the first quarter, compared with $22.7 billion in first quarter of 2015.
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the writing team of MacNN scours online retailers to find discounts, bargains, offers, and promotions for our readers to enjoy. Old and inactive deals have been removed from the list, with the new additions including Mpow Seashell Bluetooth running headphones for $26, Audio-Technica SonicFuel hybrid earbud headphones for $30, and a PlayStation 4 with Call of Duty: Black Ops II for $313.
The US House of Representatives has unanimously voted in favor of approving a bill that could help prevent US citizen's emails from being easily accessed by law enforcement. The Email Privacy Act, which would require security forces to gain a warrant before being able to access email accounts, was approved with a vote of 419 for the bill and no votes against, with the bill now set to move towards the Senate on its way to becoming a law.
Apple has opened up what it is allowing applications to do with Apple Music. A new Apple Music API has been launched, which allows iOS apps to directly control Apple Music playback, and "encourage affiliates to use the Apple Music API to provide a superior user experience by integrating music into their apps" according to Apple.
Apple Pay has expanded its reach in Australia, with the first bank in the country offering support for the platform. ANZ has become the first local financial institution to offer Apple Pay transactions to its customers, with support commencing earlier today, with the deal now allowing iPhone and Apple Watch owners to use ANZ cards as an alternative to American Express, which launched its support for Apple Pay in Australia last November.
[Note: this story has been updated with additional details] Apple has issued an official statement about the death yesterday at the company's headquarters. It has now been confirmed that the death was a suicide, and not involving multiple people, or a woman (as was previously reported), or foul play. Apple is reaching out to employees, and is offering grief counseling and other assistance, as needed by co-workers. The dead man was a 25-year-old software engineer for the company who specialized in Ruby and Ruby on Rails programming.
Once again, US law enforcement is using the All Writs Act to force compliance, and a man's refusal to obey has landed him behind bars for seven months, with no other formal charges. Formal Philadelphia, Pennsylvania police officer Francis Rawls is being held for contempt of court for failure to comply with an All Writs Act order, mandating that he successfully provide the decryption password for two external hard drives secured with Apple's FileVault 2.
There are many reasons to subscribe to online video services. Sometimes, it's almost impossible to find something worthwhile on television. Maybe you have exhausted your DVD and Blu-ray collection, or you're attempting to 'Cut the Cord' with cable TV services entirely. Whatever your reason, it is highly likely you will want to take part in this giveaway, which will provide one lucky winner a ten-year premium subscription for Netflix.
Philips has made an improvement to the app used to control its Hue smart lights, with the second-generation of the app released today. Hue 2.0 is primarily an overhauling of the main interface, making the app far simpler to use, with the manufacturer also introducing a number of tweaks to the existing feature set, giving even more control to users about how their home is illuminated by the HomeKit-enabled lighting system.
NBCUniversal, a division of Comcast Corporation, today announced the acquisition of DreamWorks Animation. The studio, and all of its intellectual property, will become part of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, which includes Universal Pictures, Fandango, and NBCUniversal Brand Development.
We love Apple products, obviously, but there's no denying that they can eat up a lot of our outlet space, which is at a premium these days. Between our iPhone, our iPad, and now our Apple Watch, we're starting to run out of places to charge things. Fortunately, the Oittm 4-port Apple Watch Stand is here to solve that problem, combining a USB charging station with an Apple Watch stand.
Alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's selections are all cloud-based services you can use with your Mac, iPhone, and other devices, including ways to easily share files with other people, and options to back up your important desktop and mobile data to cloud servers.
Samsung has reported a fiscal Q1 profit of $5.58 billion on $43.8 billion in revenue. The result marks a jump in profit of 12 percent on the same period last year, thanks largely to better than expected sales of its Galaxy S7 flagship smartphone made available for sale during the quarter. The Galaxy S7 was launched early this year, due to weaker than expected sales of its Galaxy S6 range, which launched in its fiscal Q2 last year. The early launch of the Galaxy S7 range, however, has artificially inflated its profit jump this quarter as a result. Conversely, it could also have a downward impact on its Q2 results unless Galaxy S7 sales in the next quarter can outstrip the launch numbers it achieved with the Galaxy S6 range during the same period.
Now AAPL Stock: 94.83 ( -2.99 )
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6
Snapchat sued over speed filter photo overlay
Accident victims in Spalding County, GA are suing Snapchat, as well as the driver responsible for the accident. The suit alleges that the app's "speed filter," which can post the speed that which a picture was taken, encouraged driver Christal McGee to attempt to reach 100 miles per hour in her car, leading to the accident that caused both Wentworth and Karen Maynard serious injuries. The suit alleges Wentworth Maynard suffered brain damage in the incident. McGee posted a photo of herself in a cervical collar on the way to the hospital, saying that she was "lucky to be alive." Snapchat has not commented on the lawsuit. http://abcn.ws/24nhR49
Pandora bleeding slows, posts $28.9M Q1 loss
Streaming music service Pandora today announced financial results for the first quarter of 2016, posting a loss of $28.9 million, an improvement from the $48.3 million loss it showed in the year-ago-quarter. Total consolidated revenue was $297.3 million, growing 29 percent year-over-year. Total listener hours grew 4 percent to 5.52 billion for the first quarter of 2016, compared to 5.30 billion for the same period of the prior year. Active listeners were 79.4 million at the end of the first quarter of 2016, up compared to 79.2 million for the same period of the prior year. http://pdora.co/1WtxdkW
Carl Icahn dumps Apple stock on China worries
Carl Icahn has sold all of his stock in Apple, citing concerns over sales in China. While he called Apple a "great company" and praised Tim Cook for "doing a great job," Icahn sold his shares after the Apple investor results, garnering a profit of $2 billion over three years. Icahn said of business in China that the Chinese government could "come in and make it very difficult for Apple to sell there." Should the market steady in China, Icahn said that he will re-invest in the company, regardless of the market price. http://cnb.cx/1SCfEdI
August Home HomeKit compatible Smart Lock ships
Smart lock developer August Home today began shipping its second generation Smart Lock, with HomeKit support. In addition to full Siri support, the Smart Lock is also compatible with third-party HomeKit apps like Insteon+, Lutron, and iDevices, allowing for multi-step actuations, like turning on a light when the door is locked or unlocked. The August Smart Lock HomeKit enabled retails for $229. http://bit.ly/1SvADlG
Triby third-party speaker with Alexa Voice Service
Speaker and telecom device developer Invoxia has announced the Amazon Alexa Voice Service is now integrated and available on Triby, its device that combines music, messaging and communication functionality in one family-friendly, voice-activated product. Starting today, Triby becomes the first non-Amazon product to be Alexa-enabled. The Triby retails for $199, with a limited time $30 launch discount. http://amzn.to/1SC4zJG
EDGE shutdown plan on track for 2016 completion
AT&T Chief Financial Officer John Stevens has reported that the company is continuing to migrate its customer base as it moves forward with plans to shut down its 2G EDGE network by the end of this year. According to Stevens, the carrier has already repurposed some of the 2G network spectrum in areas where 2G device traffic has dropped off. This incremental approach, he said, means some markets will only have small chunks of spectrum left that need to be repurposed. The freed bandwidth will be used to expand the 4G network. http://bit.ly/1Tyj7w9