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- You've still got time: Mothers' Day gift suggestions from MacNN staff
- Apple debuts Mother's Day 'Shot on iPhone' ad
- IDC: Global tablet market shrunk in March; iPad Pro proves popular
- Intel concedes smartphone defeat, cancels future Atom chips
- Apple overhauls Support website
- Report: Apple to try data extraction for 'lost at sea' victim's iPhone
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 dead deals from last week have been scrubbed from the list, with current deals including a Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR bundle for $429, an Anker SoundCore Bluetooth speaker for $30, and an iRobot Roomba 770 vacuum cleaning robot for $380.
Some moms are tech moms; some moms are intimidated by the TV remote. It doesn't make us love them any less, but it can make them difficult to gift-shop for. Still, despite every mother and every woman being different, when it comes to the Mother's Day Tech Gift Challenge, I say "challenge accepted." I'm going to chance my arm, try my hand and burn my fingers with three gifts that I guarantee every mother will relish. That would be guarantee in slightly less than a legal and refund kind of way, but still, confidence is high.
The issue of law enforcement gaining access to data on a smartphone has resurfaced, after it was revealed a court ordered an individual to unlock an iPhone seized as evidence in an investigation, by using Touch ID. A Los Angeles court has issued a warrant to the FBI forcing a girlfriend of an Armenian gang member to use Touch ID on the iPhone in question, as it was believed her fingerprint was registered to the device and would provide access to data that could help an ongoing investigation into the gang member move onward.
Previously on this week by week slicing of Apple history, we noted how Steve Wozniak had been dangerously tardy in 1976 about getting a legal release from his employer Hewlett Packard. Without that permission, the Apple I computer would've legally belonged to HP, and by the time Woz got the paperwork sorted out, he and Jobs were already deep into making their first sale. We were sorry to have teased you with how you'd have to wait until this week to see that Woz learned his lesson a little too well. Now we're very sorry to tease you that he would do something even more daft -- that we'll tell you about in November.
File this under "we spent an hour on it, so you don't have to." This Pointers is for when your Apple Magic Trackpad 2 appears fine, but won't click. It's a bit more urgent than that sounds, too: we don't mean you can't use Force Touch, we mean you can't click on something to drag it anywhere. It's not going to be a long Pointers but we've got the answer you want; then, just to cover all the bases, the answer that you're afraid it will be, and then the big mistake we made that you won't have to.
Alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. If you recently picked up a new Mac or MacBook, today's selections may be for you, as it's a bunch of offers on Mac software, including a pay-what-you-want bundle where you dictate the price, and three other extremely useful apps.
Hulu may become another contender in the Internet TV marketplace, with a report claiming it is planning to launch its own streaming subscription offering live programming to its users. The service, which will offer both live and on-demand content, will apparently include channels such as ABC, ESPN, and other Disney properties, as well as Fox-derived streams for as Fox News, FX, and both national and regional sports channels.
We could probably join Lightning Cable Breakers Anonymous at this point, what with the amount of cables we've accidentally destroyed. Either we've bent them at awkward angles while charging them, or crushed them in our bags under laptops and textbooks. That's probably why Alto designed their heavy duty, yet very stylish Braided Lightning Cable.
Over the weekend, Apple debuted a new TV commercial under the "Shot on iPhone" campaign banner, the new celebrating Mother's Day, which arrives on May 8 this year. The campaign, which is composed of images shot by both amateurs and professionals, uses the holiday to showcase both video and images of mothers and their children. Although the Apple logo is seen briefly at the end of the 30-second spot, the "Mother's Day" ad carries no overt images of Apple products, narration, or other identifiers that the footage was shot on iPhones.
Every so often, MacNN finds a deal that is too big or important to go into our usual deals lists, and is major enough to be highlighted in its own Big Deals post. Today, we're looking at MacNN Deals and its digital training bundle teaching you practically everything you need to know about using Adobe's suite of apps to improve your photography.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, a Kickstarter from id Software alumni is put on hold so a demo can be created, Microsoft shutters Lionhead Studios two months after announcing the closure, and Bungie fixes a long-term bug in Destiny that caused some close-quarter gameplay issues.
New data from IDC shows that the global market for tablets declined in the first quarter of 2016, although Apple remains the dominant vendor, with its iPad line holding onto a 25.9 percent market share. Apple's iPad sale declined from 18.65 percent year-over-year, for a total of 10.25 million sales, although this was slightly worse than the overall contraction in the tablet market of 14.7 percent. One bright spot for Apple, however, is that the "detachable" tablet market is gaining in popularity, with the company's iPad Pro line already more popular than the Microsoft Surface line.
Intel has cancelled its plans for its next-generation Atom chip codenamed "Broxton," reports Forbes. The move effectively concedes the smartphone chip market to the ARM-based competition, powering devices like Apple's iPhone, iPad, and some Android smartphones. Intel Atom chips can also currently be found in a handful of low-end Android tablets as well, as well as low-end Windows notebooks. Having missed the boat on the mobile chip revolution, the company is restructuring its operations, which will cost the jobs of 12,000 employees.
Apple's progressive revamp of Apple.com has continued, with a complete overhaul of its Support website. Apple says that the new Support site has been "redesigned and reimagined," with existing and new information about its products and common issues re-organized, but also given a fresh new look. The upgrade brings the site into alignment with the refresh that Apple has been progressively introducing across its site, using the latest HTML 5 and CSS abilities while giving it a refreshed style.
One of the most exciting prospects for us, when learning about mobile VR, was the idea of being able to watch our favorite YouTube and streaming services through a VR headset, but we were surprised when the streaming giants were sluggish to give us an in-app option. We do have a solution, though, one that comes in the form of a handy little app called Homido 360 VR player.
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 that you can get, and possibly make use of this weekend, without spending a single penny. The freebies this time include an offer arriving on May 4, a trial of a secure password storage service, and a game where you pilot a dragon and cause chaos.
A lawyer representing the family of Austin Stephanos has revealed in a court hearing that Apple has agreed to attempt data extraction on a recovered iPhone 6 used by the Florida teen, who along with companion Perry Cohen was lost at sea nine months ago. The 19-foot fishing boat the pair used was re-recovered last week after having drifted off following the initial recovery last year. The family of Cohen, along with the Stephanos family, are hoping any relevant data can be extracted from the iPhone, although it spent months in a waterlogged state under harsh conditions. Apple has not confirmed its willingness to help.
A sales representative for high-profile handbag and satchel maker Coach has revealed that the fashion designer is planning to partner with Apple for a range of fashion bands for the Apple Watch that will debut in June. The bands, which may reflect that seasonal colors, decorations, charms, and styling of the company's spring line of bags, are said to be retailing for $150 and will likely be sold at the company's boutiques and online. Unlike a collaboration with French fashion company Hermés, the Coach line appears to be offering bands only.
This edition of Pointers is actually a sequel to our column of April 20, which has proven to be a popular one, and was on the topic of changing some habits to reward yourself with big battery-life savings. We got some smart reader suggestions from our smart readers, and we did some further testing on our own (that surprised us a little bit). We'll update you on the further testing of Personal Hotspot, Low Power Mode, and rogue app behavior that can suck up needed power.
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WhatsApp working on Mac desktop app?
Allegedly-leaked information from a WhatsApp beta enthusiast account on Twitter appears to suggest that the messaging service and app maker may be developing native Mac and Windows versions, allowing users who sign up with the service to text each other all over the world using either Wi-Fi or cellular data. The source of the documents is in question, but it would not be unusual for the service to expand onto Mac and Windows desktops. WhatsApp is currently available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia, Symbian, and Windows Phone. http://bit.ly/1Ura0zN
Drake's Views an iTunes, Music exclusive
Drake's new album Views (formerly known as Views from the 6) has debuted on iTunes and Apple Music as an exclusive in the first week of its release. The singles Once Dance and Pop Style, however, are available elsewhere in the interim. Securing exclusives from leading artists has been a key strategy that Apple has adopted in trying to attract users to its services. Most notably, Taylor Swift's hugely popular 1989remains unavailable to users of competing services like Spotify or Tidal. http://apple.co/1NLwsSH
TSMC chip sales to Apple jump $2B in 2015
Apple A9 and A9X chip supplier TSMC saw sales to Apple jump $2 billion in 2015. TSMC's fabrication partnership with Apple on the A-series processor helped drive its revenue to $26.4 billion, up six percent over the previous year, although its dependence on Apple's chip orders meant that without its business, TSMC's revenue would have actually declined by two percent. The Taiwan-based chip maker is currently sharing Apple's A9-series chip supplies with Samsung, although is rumored to be gaining all Apple's orders for the next-generation Apple A10 chips. http://bit.ly/24tCE6e
Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel