The latest data from the UK finance sector shows that over one billion transactions were made with contactless technologies, reports The Guardian. As the country edges towards becoming a cashless society, 2015 marks the first time that cash was used ... more
- OLED equipment maker sees orders ramp due to future iPhone
- KGI: New MacBook Pros, 13-inch MacBook to debut later this year
- Rumor Roundup: the 'flop' becomes an overnight sensation
- Apple kicks off new cycle of betas for OS X, iOS, tvOS
- Tim Cook meets with Indian Prime Minister
- Samsung could beat Apple to global live TV subscription service
With a recent analysis of the tablet market showing that "detachables" are growing in popularity, Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2 and Apple's iPad Pro 9.7-inch represent two of the best alternatives on the market. Head to head, which one comes out on top?
Companies in Apple's supply chain are already reaping the benefits of Apple's rumored plans to switch to OLED display panels for its 2017 iPhone line up, reports Bloomberg. Upstream supplier Applied Materials last week reported a close to four-fold increase in orders for its equipment, which is used to manufacture OLED displays. In putting place orders for this equipment now, OLED display manufacturers like Samsung are said to be positioned well to ramp up OLED production for the fall of 2017.
An album recently launched exclusively on Apple Music has reportedly become the first to enter the top ten spaces on a major albums chart from streaming alone. The Coloring Book album from Chance the Rapper debuted on the Billboard 200 at position number eight, and it is the only one to have earned its place as a streaming-only release, without any traditional album sales counting towards the album's ranking.
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. Extended in duration, today is your reminder to check out the MacUpdate Spring Bundle, a collection of productivity and creative apps for your Mac, before the bundle ends later tonight.
After a year in development, RealMac software has released RapidWeaver 7.0. Along with the normal improvements implemented in a major release, the new version also has a built-in Web server, a search engine optimization "health check," reduced the size of the app, and implemented greatly improved third-party plug-in installations.
Olympus is expanding its range of action cameras with a hard-wearing imaging device that is able to survive harsh environments, as well as providing extra information to users alongside images or a video. The Stylus Tough TG-Tracker is claimed to be crushproof to a weight of 100kg (220 pounds), can survive depths of 30 meters (98 feet), is shockproof to a height of 2.1 meters (6.9 feet), and temperatures as low as 14 Fahrenheit, all without an additional protective coating.
Miami street artist Romero Britto has had his lawsuit against Apple dismissed, reports the Miami Herald. Britto had filed a suit against Apple and the Craig & Karl design team, who had been featured in Apple's late 2014 ad campaign "Start Something New." The ad campaign highlighted art created by Craig & Karl on an iPad using the popular Waterlogue app. Britto had claimed that Apple had used work that closely resembled his own distinctive images and style.
Hit-or-miss KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has used his latest research note to advise KGI investors that he believes Apple is prepping all-new and thinner 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros for a Q4 launch, while it is also planning a Q3 launch of a 13-inch variant of the 12-inch Retina MacBook it recently refreshed. Ming-Chi also said he expects that the MacBook Air line up will not receive further updates, as Apple looks to position it as an entry-level tier, sitting beneath the 12- and 13-inch Retina MacBooks. According to the analyst, the launches of the new flagship MacBooks will be the "brightest spot" in Apple's 2016 product line up, as he has previously played down the forthcoming "iPhone 7."
We've noted in this space previously that noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously declared that the forthcoming "iPhone 7," expected in September, will be a "flop" because it will be "unattractive" to buyers, since the current vision of the device is that it will look and function pretty much like the iPhone 6s -- a kind of second "s" release of the iPhone 6 design, mirroring Intel's recent announcement that its chip-development cycle was moving to a "tick-tock-tock" model, extending the life of a given processor.
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.
Netflix will become one of the few places online that you will be able to stream recently-released Disney content from in the United States later this year, the video service has confirmed. Stemming from an agreement made in 2012, Netflix will become the exclusive US pay TV source of recent films within the Disney properties, including movies from Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm, with the first batch of films set to arrive in September.
Charles is back on the podcast this week, so regrettably Jordan has been benched for a while. Managing Editor Mike remains the constant element, however, and Charles and Mike waste no time getting into the big topics of the week, including Apple CEO Tim Cook's trip to India, and what it means that he brought along at least two other key Apple executives. With over $200 billion in cash, most of which is held (hostage) overseas, we're likely to hear a lot more about foreign investments over the remainder of the year.
It's one of the most famous moments in Apple history: the time when John Sculley fired co-founder Steve Jobs. Only, when you examine the company's four decades in a week-by-week slice, you learn that it was more complicated than that -- and now you also see that it wasn't a moment, it wasn't a single event. There wasn't one event, but just as there has to be a start to everything, it's this week that sees the start of the end.
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the writing team of MacNN scours online retailers to find promotions, bargains, offers, and discounts for our readers to enjoy. Many of the deals from last week have been removed from the list due to age, while the new bundle includes a Dell 28-inch 4K monitor for $400, the 38mm Apple Watch with an accompanying stand for $400, and get a free $50 Amazon gift card when buying a Sonos Play:5 speaker.
AT&T is streamlining its device payment plans, switching from four different options for customers to pay for their smartphones to a selection of just two. Starting from June 9, the AT&T Next with Down Payment, Next 12, Next 18, and Next 24 plans will be replaced by a pair of plans, one confusingly called AT&T Next, and another which will offer an accelerated upgrade rate compared to Next called Next Every Year.
On Monday, Apple seeded to registered developers the first betas for new updates to OS X, iOS, and tvOS. The latest updates begin their beta cycles just weeks before Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, and could conceivably be released on or around that conference, which is expected to offer a sneak preview of the next major upgrades of OS X and iOS, respectively known as OS X 10.12 (though the "OS X" nomenclature may well be dropped in favor of simply "macOS" or "MacOS") and iOS 10.
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Ultimate Ears debuts UE Roll 2 speaker
On Tuesday, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears unveiled a new version of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker. The new UE Roll 2, which sells for $100, looks identical to the previous version, but gets about 15 percent louder. In addition, the unit now supports a Bluetooth source signal up to 100 feet away, an improvement on the original's 65-foot limit. While both the old and new versions of the UE Roll offer an IPX7 waterproof rating, the company now includes a blow-up "floaty" with the speaker to avoid the risk of prolonged exposure. The new unit will begin general shipping next month. http://bit.ly/1TJWE0Z
Philips launches Hue White Ambiance bulbs
Philips latest HomeKit-compatible Hue light bulbs have hit the market. The new Hue White Ambiance bulbs are designed to allow users to control their color temperature to enhance either focus, or create a more relaxing tone. Combined with the latest update to the Philips Hue app, the new bulbs can be set according to user "routines." The "wake-up" mode gently turns up the brightness of the bulb, while conversely, the "go to sleep" mode gradually reduces the color temperature and brightness. The Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit retails for $130, while single bulbs sell for $30. http://bit.ly/1TJT3Qn
Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ
Spotify deploys new $15 family plan
Spotify has today launched a new family program. Up to six family members can have individual accounts for $15 per month for the group. All current "Premium for Family" members will be migrated to the new program. The new plan is available today globally, minus Canada. http://spoti.fi/1OSJrCK
Speck CandyShell Clear with Glitter case
Speck today announced CandyShell Clear with Glitter. Thousands of tiny pieces of glitter are embedded within the case, with what the company calls "military-grade drop protection in a slim profile." CandyShell Clear with Glitter is available now on Speck's website for $40 and up. http://bit.ly/1OSHIgM
Three UK nudges MMS users toward apps
British carrier Three has suggested its users take advantage of messaging apps, as part of an announcement regarding multimedia messaging (MMS) price rises. While the price of a message will increase on June 13 from 17.4p ($0.25) to 40p ($0.58) per MMS, Three notes that customers can avoid the hefty fees by using Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and other services. http://bit.ly/1Rk0TKM
Belight Soft launches Art Text 3
Belight Soft has launched the latest version of its graphic design software, Art Text 3. The new version sticks with the goals of the previous iterations in developing a creative art text tool that is easy to use for beginners, but produces powerful results that will also appeal to pros. Among its key features are over 70 customizable templates to assist with logo design, word art, web elements and picture captions. Users can customize 3D materials using over 200 textures, over 140 bump map surfaces and over 80 environment map textures. Users of either of the two previous versions can upgrade to the new version for $30, a $20 savings. New users can also enjoy the $30 price as an introductory offer through the Mac App Store until May 31. http://bit.ly/1U6jFqu