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- 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
The FBI may not have spent as much to unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone 5c than previously claimed by the director of the bureau, according to a report. A previous suggestion by Director James Comey that put the price of the hack in excess of $1.3 million dollars is being declared as an over-inflated number, with numerous government sources of a report putting the figure somewhere below $1 million.
We've got another game for all you casual puzzle game addicts -- something that doesn't rely on stress as a mechanic to trip you up, or something that doesn't force you to do things for a set amount of points. This time we're taking a look at Radiant Grid, a simple puzzle game that is easy to pick up, and harder to put down.
Apple will resume its share buyback program on Friday, following a mandatory period where the program was suspended. Following Apple's relatively disappointing fiscal Q2 earnings report for the period January to March, the company's stock took a battering, wiping around $40 billion from its market cap. However, with share prices dipping down to its lowest level this year, Apple is poised to take advantage of any turnaround that it is able to engineer in the short to medium term.
Luxury camera producer Leica has launched its latest high-end digital imaging device, but one that is missing a very common component that usually appears on digital cameras. The Leica M-D (Typ 262) is a 24-megapixel camera with a CMOS full-frame sensor and the Maestro image processor, but unusually the company has decided to purposely leave off any way of being able to review any shots taken on the camera itself, as it lacks displays.
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 Nintendo mobile apps are teased, Samsung plans to create VR headsets that don't use smartphones, and both Sony and Microsoft reveal what subscribers to their console subscriptions will get next month.
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.
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Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
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