Er, so there's this keyboard, right, and it's an on-screen iPhone one, except it doesn't entirely let you type anything. Plus, what it wants you to type is an emoji that says coffee is quite nice. The kindest thing we could say is that if you are the... more
- LiveCode 8 launched following successful $750K Kickstarter project
- Pointers: using Do Not Disturb mode for iOS (and even OS X)
- Rumor Roundup: Hey, about that 'no headphone jack' thing
- Living With: Apple Watch for One Year
- User interface revamp of Apple Music may come at WWDC
- Reports: China phone market down, even as Apple ups SE orders
It has been revealed that some areas of law enforcement in the United States were able to get into a locked iPhone as part of a murder investigation, during the public disagreement between the FBI and Apple over the San Bernardino encrypted iPhone took place. According to a report, investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department managed to get into a locked iPhone 5s, without requiring Apple to unlock it for them.
LiveCode 8 has been launched after a successfully-funded $750,000 Kickstarter project. The new version has taken three years to develop, after being rewritten from the ground up with over 1,000 bugs fixed. It ships with nine pre-made widgets, along with 46 new extensions. A new LiveCode Builder language is available for the first time, allowing users to build and add their own widgets and extensions, without having to work with C++ or Objective C. The revised low-level string and binary implementations makes LiveCode 8 approximately 3.5x faster to code in than previously.
In a recent survey of consumers, consumers appear to be more interested in the yet to be revealed iPhone 7 than before of the launch of the iPhone 6s in both the US and China. However, consumer interest in the so-called iPhone 7 is not at the same levels of interest ahead of the launch of the iPhone 6. Of the 6,336 smartphone users surveyed in total, which also included consumers from the UK, Germany and Japan, around half are holding off on their next iPhone purchase until the next iPhone arrives in September.
According to a recent traffic and sales analysis, Samsung has regained the top spot as the leading smartphone vendor in the US market with a 28.8 percent share on the strength of the new Samsung flagship phone. After eleven months at the top, Apple slipped to second place with a 23 percent share for the month of March. LG picked up third place with a 17.1 percent share, while Chinese makers like Huawei and ZTE were well off the pace.
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. Today is your reminder that there are four days left to get the MacUpdate Spring Bundle, a collection of ten productivity and creative apps for your Mac, that also ships with an extra bonus app for those buying the package early.
Bausch + Lomb, and IBM today announced a collaboration to develop the first app of its kind for iPhone and iPad for surgeons who perform cataract surgery. The innovative app will help surgeons streamline their workflow by delivering patient information and clinical insights as well as intraocular lens (IOL) options on a single, digital platform at the point of care.
The App Stores currently suffering from an issue with the search functionality, which is making it extremely difficult for users to find specific apps they want to acquire by name in some instances. Searches performed in both the iOS App Store and the Mac App Store are apparently failing to show up listings for some major apps in its search results, instead directing users to other apps in the store that may not be as useful as the intended app.
Confirming previous rumors, Apple has started selling accessibility devices online. The new category is aimed at the disabled and caretakers, and carries a range of products across three categories: vision, physical and motor skills, and learning and literacy.
A company co-founded by former Apple employees credited with the creation of Siri will be demonstrating what could be the next generation of virtual assistant. Viv Labs will be showing off "Viv" on Monday at TechCrunch Disrupt, with the digital assistant said to provide more of a service to its users, such as performing an entire order for pizza and completing the transaction, without requiring users to enter the store's app or entering details on a web page.
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.
The iPhone is a revolutionary device that has very much changed the way we live, but even the best relationships need a little time apart sometimes. It can, however, be difficult to put down the iPhone, simply because it does so very much. In fact, one of the most annoying things about the iPhone is that while I'm busy trying to get some work done or a new high score achieved, the darn thing has to go and ring with a telephone call every now and again, interrupting our concentration.
Instrument producer Moog has recreated one of its best-known synthesizers as an app for iPhone and iPad. The classic Moog Model 15, which normally sells as a $10,000 instrument has been reproduced with the vast majority of its functionality intact for iOS as the Model 15 app, with the software version of the iconic synthesizer costing music professionals and devotees of the device just $30 to purchase and own.
We admit to getting a certain amount of glee out of those (frequent) moments when a long-established rumor is contradicted and has to be walked back with torturously-contorted rationalizations. Remember how sure everyone was (and mostly still are) about the idea that Apple will ditch the analog headphone jack in the "iPhone 7" (the one expected to appear this fall)? Oh that's so last week now. Not that it matters -- nobody in their right mind would buy the iPhone 7, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
The other day, we gave you a few suggestions for things to get your Mother for her day this weekend. It's now a few days closer to the day, have you made up your mind? Do you really want to be out-classed by your siblings? In this collection, we've picked a few more things that Amazon or similar services will have no problem getting to Mom before Sunday. That said, you'd better get going.
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. Expired deals have been removed from the list, while the new additions for today include a 40-inch 4K TV from Samsung for $400, a DBPOWER Original EX5000 action camera for $57, and a Seagate 6TB internal hard drive for $240.
Hulu is planning to launch its own Internet TV service next year, one that will provide live streams of channels to customers alongside its existing on-demand video streaming service. CEO Mike Hopkins confirmed reports from earlier this week that the company was leaning towards making such a service, that it will stream "live programming from broadcast and cable brands," including "live sports, news, and events."
For a device meant to keep accurate time, it's unexpectedly hard to pin down a definitive one-year anniversary for Apple Watch. Tim Cook revealed it on September 9, 2014, so there's that -- and this was the date that ended years of limbo, as we listened for rumors and actually hoped Apple would make a watch. Only, it wasn't then until April 10, 2015 that you could pre-order it, and officially it began shipping on April 24, but yeah, sure. I ordered mine within the first 40 seconds of pre-order availability, and I still didn't make it into the fabled April 24 slot.
So back in August of last year, I had written a review of an officially licensed Topps and Star Wars app that had lit the internet on fire, then promptly fizzled out. Nine months later, I decided to turn around and check out what Star Wars: Card Trader had been up to since I last cleared it off my iPhone.
Now AAPL Stock: 93.15 ( -1.04 )
US tech giants to candidates: support TPP
Tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Uber are among thirteen major US corporations who have written an open letter to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton urging them to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, reports Reuters. Although not yet made public, the letter also asks the candidates to make it easier for the companies to hire tech workers from overseas. Both are not happy with the TPP deal, although Trump is sterner in his opposition to any kind of trade deals between countries. Trump has not rejected outright the idea of importing high-tech talent from overseas, while Clinton has already voiced her support for the idea. http://reut.rs/1Wb0Zwq
Apple mandates June 1 app IPv6 support
Apple has set the deadline for IPv6 support for App Store-supplied software. On June 1, apps thast use a custom networking stack and that are submitted to the app store must support IPv6-only networks. The rule, announced last year as coming soon, will only affect a small portion of submitted applications that do not use the NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs. http://apple.co/24yBTIY
YouTube Unplugged OTT service coming 2017?
As part of the continuing YouTube evolution, the video streaming service is reportedly considering a paid subscription service that would provide users "over the top" cable TV service. According to sources familiar with the matter, the service has been in the works since 2012, has already made changes to accommodate the live video feeds, and could debut the offering as soon as 2017. http://bloom.bg/1rvx8BW
Kohls Apple Pay integration with loyalty program
Kohl's customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl's Charge and simultaneously earn loyalty program Yes2You Rewards in conjunction with Apple Pay. The service is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl's stores and is expected to be in all Kohl's stores nationwide later this month, making Kohl's the first retailer to deliver a one-tap checkout that integrates both its private credit card as a form of payment and a loyalty program with Apple Pay. http://yhoo.it/21wEUI6
AirMap iOS app for drone operators
Provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft AirMap announced today the release of the AirMap app for iOS and Apple Watch. Operators can now access low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, file digital flight notices to over 80 airports, and manage unmanned aircraft. Building on the success of AirMap's Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS), the AirMap app brings to iOS devices a fully integrated airspace management solution for recreational and commercial drone operators. The app is free. http://apple.co/21wCadD
BlackBerry video calling available on iOS
BlackBerry has made its video calling feature available to Android and iOS users. The company reports limited availability of the new cross-platform feature for now, citing "because this is the first time we're launching BBM Video calling, and we want to monitor performance, gather feedback, and iron out any kinks that may arise before we roll it out globally." http://blck.by/1ruu4pC
Apple loses iPhone brand exclusivity in China
Apple has lost its exclusive rights to the 'iPhone' brand in China, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court has ruled. According to Quartz, Chinese company Xintong Tiandi is now free to continue selling its non-smartphone "IPHONE" branded products, which include smartphone cases, among other leather goods. The Chinese court ruled that Xintong Tiandi, which registered the "IPHONE" trademark in 2007, could continue to use the trademark because Apple did not start selling the iPhone in China until 2009. Apple also could not prove that Xintong Tiandi's ongoing use of the trademark would cause Apple material harm. The latest ruling by the Chinese government follows its recent decision to shut down the iTunes Movies and iBooks Store. http://bit.ly/1SNhRmB