Apple's powerful A9X processor is much larger in size than its predecessor, the A9, according to analysis performed by Chipworks. Used in the iPad Pro, it is claimed the A9X chip measures approximately 147 square millimeters in size, physically bigger than the TSMC-produced A9 used in the iPhone 6s by around 40 percent, with the sheer size and increase in transistors likely to make the A9X more difficult to produce as well as raising the manufacturing cost.
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44 minutes ago | Posted in: iPhone, computers, peripherals, gadgets, accessories, iPad
By now, your injuries sustained door-busting are probably healing, and you're back at it. So, propped up at your keys, join us for the Cyber Monday rolling deals post! We think the "Cyber Monday" name is stupid too, but the retail industry seems to like it, so, lets all take advantage of it together. This update is at 11:17AM ET, the last update was at 10:43AM ET.
1 hour ago | Posted in: peripherals, gadgets, accessories, audio
As mentioned previously, I'm on the road a lot. This is ironic, since I live (well, mostly) in one of the beautiful places on earth: British Columbia. However, a combination of job things and personal interests means I spend more time in airplanes looking at mountains than I do actually on mountains, and even if a fair amount of it didn't require me to carry tech stuff with me, I'd still carry a bag of tech stuff with me. Here's my road warrior kit.
2 hours ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, iPad apps
Sometimes you long for an app to be updated because it's got something wrong with it. Just occasionally, though, you long for it to be updated because you really like it, you spend hours using it and you want to see what the developer does next. That's the case for us with Reeder 3.0, the latest iOS version of the newsreading app.
3 hours ago | Posted in: software
Every so often, MacNN finds a deal that is too big or important to go into our usual deal lists, and is deserving enough to be highlighted in its own Big Deals post. Following after the Black Friday sales, today's highlight is from MacUpdate, with the site offering a collection of 11 apps for the Mac in a single low-cost package, as part of the Cyber Monday Bundle.
4 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps
Is this a worldwide problem yet? In the UK, we get spam emails just like everyone else outside Nigeria and we also know that if our landline phone rings then it will be about insurance or an industrial accident they hope we had within the last three years. Now we're getting spammed by text too and at last this is something we can deal with on our iPhones.
4 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, mobile phones
Swatch is releasing an analog watch in the United States, Brazil, and Switzerland that will perform mobile payments, following a launch in China. After making a deal with Visa, the Swatch Bellamy will be less of a smartwatch and more a designer timepiece with NFC built into it, allowing it to perform payments with NFC-equipped mobile terminals, but without requiring the device to be connected to a smartphone.
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Amazon may be preparing to ship an Instant Video app for the fourth-generation Apple TV before the end of the year, if a Twitter post is to be believed. Engineer Dan Bostonweeks claims to have been sent a response by the retailer, from a query via the Amazon Instant Video iOS app, stating development of the tvOS app is underway and could soon give Prime Instant Video subscribers another venue to watch Amazon-provided video streams.
Sun November 29, 2015 | Posted in: peripherals, software, accessories, iPhone apps, iPad apps
There are two things to know about writers: they are fabulous human beings, clearly, and they are in no way biased. The other is that there are better-paid jobs in the world, so if you have a writer in your life, you'll love them for their sheer brilliance -- and they'll love you for the human contact. Get them something that will truly help them and while you're at it, get the same for yourself.
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 you can make use of this weekend, without spending a single cent. Following after Thanksgiving and the Black Friday spending spree, save your pennies by getting cookery tips from a Tim Ferriss audiobook, edit PDFs with ease, play a game on an iPad, and grab a free suite of Mac apps.
Fri November 27, 2015 | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking
Gird your loins, strap on your battle armor, and wade into Black Friday at your local mall - or not. We here at MacNN will take a look at the deals for you, and post them here, in a rolling post, updated frequently over the course of the day. This update is at 6:25PM ET, the last update was 4:18PM ET.
Fri November 27, 2015 | Posted in: software
Microsoft has reportedly started to test a version of the Cortana voice-powered virtual assistant on iOS. Following after earlier reports the software producer was accepting signups from "Windows Insiders" in the US and China for the trial, the Windows-centric rival to Siri is apparently undergoing a closed beta test via TestFlight, with a lot of the core functionality of the assistant apparently being included in this initial release.
Fri November 27, 2015 | Posted in: software
App development has taken off in the last few years, making it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the latest versions. To help all of you out, we here at MacNN are dedicated to sorting through new update releases, and highlighting some of the important ones, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we bring you a big discount on remote USB software USB Network Gate, as well as highlight recent updates to e-mail builder Mail Designer, iOS storage cleaner PhoneClean, icon generator IconFly, organization tool DEVONthink Pro, genealogy software MacFamilyTree, and timer Nice Timer.
Fri November 27, 2015 | Posted in: Apple
Future iPhones could be made more resistant to water, if a patent application is put into practice. Recently published by the US Patent and Trademark Office, the applicationconcerning "Electronic Devices with Housing Port Shutters" aims to make devices able to survive against splashes and potential immersion by using electronically-controlled shutters, restricting the amount of water entering the device and ruining important components.
Fri November 27, 2015 | Posted in: Apple
The lack of support for Apple Pay by Australian banks has forced regulatory bodies to examine the reasons behind the slowness. The Reserve Bank of Australia has been called upon to look into alleged anti-competitive behavior in the card-free payments market, over claims banks are not signing up for Apple Pay support in favor of using their own systems, something which is said to damage customer choice for mobile payment services.
Fri November 27, 2015 | Posted in: gaming
Sony is planning to bring PlayStation 4 gaming to the Mac, by producing an app that uses the Remote Playfunction. Expanding the already-operational feature from the PlayStation Vita, the PlayStation TV, and some Xperia smartphones, Sony is working on an app for Mac and PC that will allow owners of the console to play their games remotely, by streaming gameplay footage across a local network from the console to a desktop.
If you have a reason to record audio from your iPad or iPhone, could you let us know? It's not that we think you're wrong, it's more that it's so rarely useful for us that we're curious about use cases. Especially now that we know how to do it. So if you have to record something from an app, say, or a phone call (respecting local laws, of course), or maybe if you have an audio recording and are struggling to get it off the iPad, here's what you need to do.
One of the interesting things about the trajectory of iOS development over the past couple of years is how Apple has continued to extend its capabilities, bringing it continually closer in functionality to OS X. Although not quite there yet, it seems quite plausible that the next iteration of iOS could make a device like the iPad Pro a true notebook killer. Given that for a great many people, the iPad Pro is more than powerful enough to meet their personal computing needs, should Apple take this one step further, and drop an ARM-based, iOS desktop on the market?
Fri November 27, 2015 | Posted in: gadgets
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Since today's the day after Thanksgiving, we're highlighting items and offers you can pick up from the Black Friday Blowout section of the store, with an extra 15 percent discount available if you use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.
Apple may switch away from LCD for its iPhone displays, in favor of organic LED (OLED) panels in the future, according to a report. It is claimed Apple is considering the move in display technology starting in 2018, but while this may give potential display panel suppliers like LG and Samsung time to fine tune their manufacturing processes to cope, there is the suggestion that LCD may still end up being used in a proportion of iPhones made in that year.
Thu November 26, 2015 | Posted in: gaming
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, the PlayStation 4 reaches 30 million units sold since its launch, Rocket League teases its holiday update, Destiny gains a challenge mode for one of its latest raid, and Fez finally gets a physical, if very late, release.
Thu November 26, 2015 | Posted in: software
App development has taken off in the last few years, making it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the latest versions. To help all of you out, we here at MacNN are dedicated to sorting through new update releases, and highlighting some of the important ones, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we offer some Black Friday advice in the way of our Black Friday Mac Bundle, and also highlight recent updates to system utility Cocktail, cloud storage service ExpanDrive, Twitter client Tweetbot, Internet cache cleaner NetShredX, slideshow tool FotoMagico, and display service Duet.
Thu November 26, 2015 | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio
It's Thanksgiving, which means only one thing: Retailers are jumping the gun on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, by offering early savings on a variety of goods. While you're busy trying to eat the last of the deep-fried turkey, check out our selection of great deals on technology in today's Daily Deals post. Along with some of the still-active deals from earlier this week, today's headline offers include a four-pack of 3TB WD Red NAS hard drives for $360, the Amazon Echo for $124, and a 60-inch Samsung Ultra HD TV for $800.
Thu November 26, 2015 | Posted in: developer
Facebook is making it easier for developers to authenticate app users with the Apple TV, with a simplified login process. The Facebook SDK for tvOS beta will allow developers to use a confirmation code linked to a Facebook account for authentication purposes, instead of requiring users to enter a username or password on the Apple TV itself using the supplied remote control, potentially streamlining what could be a frustrating process for some users.
Thu November 26, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, computers, gadgets, software, accessories, audio, iPhone apps, iPad, iPad apps
Every family has one member who's always on the road, either for business or personal travel. Whether it's your college-age kid backpacking around Europe, or your on-the-go brother who jet-sets to meetings around the globe. For the MacNN family, that guy is -- me. There's always a certain amount of tech we just have to bring along -- the trick is getting it all in there, yet keeping it light enough to not be a burden. In this Gift Guide, we'll take a look at some of my road-tested travel gear.
Thu November 26, 2015 | Posted in:
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. In an effort to help you make your web-viewing habits more private, we are highlighting some of the large number of VPNs available in the store, and if you use coupon code VPN15, you can save an additional 15 percent on any VPN.
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