The take-up of Apple's latest iOS point upgrade, 7.1, reached 17.9 percent of all iOS web traffic in North America just 72 hours after its initial launch, according to a follow-up study from mobile analyst Chitika. The firm studied tens of millions of ad impressions to draw its figures, which are in line with recent point releases from Apple. The company says that iOS 7.1 is on track to surpass the recent 7.0.6 update within a few days.
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3 hours ago | Posted in: computers, upgrades/storage
Memory maker Transcend has announced a new set of RAM upgrades for the 2013 Mac Pro. These include 16 and 32GB modules, which can be used to boost a Pro up to 64, 96, or even 128GB of RAM. 128GB is twice what Apple's build-to-order options allow.
This week in the MacNN forums, Clinically Insane member "subego" was praising the iPad 2, even though he initially wrote it off for not having a Retina display. He soon realized, however, that he had misjudged Apple on this one. Today, Mac Enthusiast "biscuit" started a thread looking for advice on the best way to migrate their data from their old MacBook to the new one.
This week at Apple's online store, find savings on refurbished iPods and Apple TV. The refurbished seventh-generation 16GB iPod nano has seen a $50 discount down to $99, and is available in purple, green, pink, yellow, blue, or silver. Refurbished fourth-gen iPod touch models start at $129 for the 8GB Touch, or $149 for 16GB models.
The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro is available this week at MacMall.com for the reduced price of $1,280, which is already $220 off the list price of $1,499 -- and until March 31, buyers can save an additional $50 through a mail-in-rebate offer that drops the price further to $1,230. That makes this the lowest price we have seen on this model by $70. It features a 2.9GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive with Mountain Lion pre-installed. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
4 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone
The iPhone will soon go on sale in two previously unreached countries, Serbia and Lebanon, according to several announcements. Serbia's Mobile Telephony -- also known as mt:s -- today revealed plans to carry the iPhone via Twitter, while rival Vip Mobile made an announcement through its website. The latter says it is only waiting on certification by RATEL, the agency that regulates electronics in Serbia.
5 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, security, mobile phones, iPad
All mobile operating systems require what is called an "Early Random pseudorandom number generator (PRNG)" to give the operating system some security from kernel exploits. Researchers have revealed that the new one implemented in iOS 7 is vulnerable to brute force attacks, and can be relatively easy to predict, making security exploits somewhat easier to develop, if left unpatched.
5 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone
Ferrari will not be retrofitting any of its existing cars to support CarPlay, the company states. "The new system CarPlay is available only on new range cars and cannot be installed on older ones," a representative says. The company is instead pointing people to an aftermarket product it offers that provides "last generation infotainment" compatible with modern phones.
At this week's Pwn2Own hacking contest, a group calling itself the Chinese Keen Team successfully used two vulnerabilities to run arbitrary code through Safari, according to ThreatPost. The exploit is reported to have been executed via a flaw in Safari's WebKit engine and a bypass of the sandboxing in recent versions of OS X. One member of Keen, Liang Chen, comments however that OS X is "regarded as very safe and has a very good security architecture," and that what vulnerabilities there are are "very difficult to exploit."
7 hours ago | Posted in: mobile phones
Sprint will offer its customers a revamped third prepaid mobile phone service, alongside existing brands Boost Mobile and Virgin. Sprint Prepaid will apparently offer a similar service to what customers receive under its existing contract plans, with most options offering unlimited talk and text, and while there is a plan to provide unlimited data, it does come with some potential deal-breakers.
On top of new apps, Apple is also considering a number of improvements to existing apps and under-the-hood technologies, sources claim. An example of the latter is Notification Center, where Apple is allegedly interested in simplifying panels from "Today," "All," and "Missed" to just "Today" and "Notifications."
Ticket to Ride is a digital version of Days of Wonder's train building board game. In the game players attempt to connect cities with various train routes, while competing for the same tracks as opponents. The v1.4.3 update includes a number of hot fixes for iOS 7.1.
Plex can be used to stream music, videos, and photos from any home computer running the Plex Media Server. Version 3.4 now offers play queues and shuffle support, as well as the option to automatically upload camera roll photos to a media server. Music and photo support has also been added for Chromecast.
Path is a social network where users can share various aspects of their day-to-day life. Support is included for capturing thoughts, photos, videos, places, music, movies, books, and even sleep. The latest release has streamlined photo uploads from the camera roll and albums, as well as addressed a number of known bugs.
Words With Friends HD is the iPhone version of Zynga's social word puzzle game. In the game players take turns placing lettered tiles onto a game board in order to create words and score points. A number of issues have been fixed in this release based on users feedback.
Angry Birds Star Wars is a physics based puzzle game where players must help the Rebel Birds take down the evil Imperial Pigs. The game builds on the original Angry Birds game with the addition of Star Wars themed powers, such as lightsabers, blasters, and Jedi powers. Several minor bugs have been fixed with this update in order to improve the user experience.
9 hours ago | Posted in: security
As news has spread of the possibility that the US National Security Agency (NSA) was using wide-scale malware in its intelligence gathering efforts, so have the responses. Over the last two days, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has penned a harshly-worded response, including making a call to the president. Additionally, the NSA has refuted the claim, saying that all it is doing is supporting "lawful and appropriate foreign intelligence operations" in accordance with US law.
Apple-owned Burstly has started sending out notices to customers of its SkyRocket monetization service, saying the product's publishing and SDK license agreements will end in 90 days. SkyRocket is meant to simplify advertising for developers by hooking apps into multiple ad partners, reward systems, cross-promotions, and demographic targeting. The company isn't saying why it's terminating licenses, but the reason is believed to be connected to Apple's general policy towards acquisitions, which is to shut off services to outside parties.
17 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, mobile phones, Apple
A study in China by app and mobile advertising analytics firm Umeng shows that Apple's consistent smartphone strategy of leaving the low end of markets to others (what CEO Tim Cook calls "junk devices") and targeting affluent users as influencers has again resulted in high profitability and potentially surprising share in the face of a flood of competitors. Despite having only recently emerged to a full national presence on all the top carriers in China, Apple is said to already account for 80 percent of the $500-or-more segment of the Chinese smartphone market.
20 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, mobile phones
The Federal Communications Commission has approved the buyout of Leap Wireless by AT&T, a $1.3 billion cash deal that will see America's largest carrier acquire Leap's PCS and AWS band spectrum, which it will use for LTE expansion, as well as Leap's 4.6 million customers. Leap was the first independent regional carrier to offer a prepaid iPhone in 2012, and as a concession in the acquisition deal, AT&T will continue the option, as well as offer GSM iPhone support and migration to Cricket users.
21 hours ago | Posted in: software, digital imaging, developer, Apple
Apple has begun seeding the second beta of OS X Mavericks 10.9.3, again asking developers to focus testing on graphics drivers and audio, the same areas mentioned in the first beta release. The new build, 13D17, continues to include the enhanced 4K monitor support found in the first beta, which raised the refresh rate of 4K monitors considerably, offered a pixel-doubling scaling option for external monitors, and expanded the range of supported monitors.
As previously reported, a series of animated iPhone 5c ads that focused on the colorful plastic-covered metal casings that began as a Tumblr page (and got promoted to "sponsored posts" to increase exposure) has now expanded, appearing in The New York Times website and on the homepage of search giant Yahoo. The campaign showcases the uses of the phone tied to color choices, inviting the user to "find your colors."
Thu March 13, 2014 | Posted in: software, accessories
Accessory designer Dodocase has released a new case for iPad Air and iPad mini, the Multi-Angle Dodocases. The back cover is equipped with three pre-set angles (45-60 degrees), and the case has leather grip tabs that accommodate a variety of adjustable angles between 25-90 degrees. Possessing a strength-tested bamboo tray, the Multi-Angle Dodocases are suitable for typing, reading, watching videos, and more. Available in black ($65 for iPad Air, $40 for iPad mini) or red/grey, blue/grey, and grey/grey ($75 for iPad Air, $50 for iPad mini), the cases can be purchased online.
On Thursday, Apple refreshed its printer drivers covering Epson and Xerox printers -- likely to be the first of a fresh batch of printer and scanner driver updates -- for Macs running OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and later. Though the company is slowly winding down support for 10.6, the four-year-old OS continues to get selected security, iTunes/QuickTime and printer driver updates for the time being. Today's release both updates existing drivers and adds support for new models.
Thu March 13, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone
Kenwood isn't planning any aftermarket CarPlay add-ons for 2014, says a marketing manager for the company, Scott Caswell. He in fact suggests that Apple could be reserving CarPlay as a perk for automakers, who may want it to entice new car buyers. The manager adds, though, that Kenwood products already support some subsets of CarPlay, like Siri and media playback. CarPlay proper involves duplicating iOS control functions on an in-dash display.
The popular first-person shooter Titanfall should eventually reach the Mac, says one of the game's creators, Respawn Entertainment co-founder Vince Zampella. In a Wednesday Twitter post Zampella revealed that Respawn is in talks with Aspyr, a publisher well known for porting Windows games to the Mac. Titanfall is currently only available for Windows and the Xbox One; an Xbox 360 version is due soon as well.
Today, Microsoft expanded its online-access Office 365 program with a new subscription option aimed at single users. The new Office 365 Personal tier is coming this spring, and allows one Windows or OS X computer along with one tablet to be connected to the Office 365 online suite of apps.
Illustration creation app, Paper by FiftyThree, has introduced its latest version update. The iPad app allows users to create sketches, diagrams, illustrations, note or drawings, and share them easily. Featuring a redesign for iOS 7, Paper v1.6 offers improved performance, simplified icons, lighter colors, customizable typefaces, and overall improved readability. A new zoom tool has been added that allows tools such as Draw, Color, Erase and Blend to adjust their size when zoomed in, providing finer control over small areas without requiring manual adjustments. Additionally, the Dot size in the Draw and Erase tools is now linked to how long one presses--a quick tap makes small dots, whereas holding down longer creates larger ones. Paper by FiftyThree is free to download through iTunes.
HoudahSpot allows users to create detailed queries to pinpoint the exact file they are searching for. Favorite queries can be saved for later access, and templates can be set up for frequently performed searches. A crash that occurred after saving a search as a template has been fixed with this update.
Default Folder X provides users with quick access to folders and commands by attaching a toolbar to the right side of Open and Save dialogs in OS X. In v4.6.4 the initial folder in a file dialog is now set more intelligently in many applications. A problem that could result in file dialogs in Carbon applications switching away from a folder after Default Folder X switched to it has also been fixed.
FotoMagico is a tool for creating slideshows with personal photos and music in only a few mouse clicks. The software includes a variety of transitions, such as panning, zooming, and scaling. Version 4.4.4 now properly includes chapter information when exporting slideshows, while the Custom Video export feature has gained new options under OS X Mavericks. A bug where thumbnails for Lightroom 5 libraries were occasionally missing has also been resolved.
Path Finder is a file management utility that offers an interface similar to Finder, but adds extra features, including a dual pane file browser, and tab management. A hot-fix that resolves a scrolling issue introduced in v6.5.1 is included in this update, along with fixes for several other minor bugs.
VOX is a music-playback application that offers support for a wide range of audio formats. Version 2.0.2 changes the mini-player mode when artwork is shown and includes manual artwork management for iTunes albums. Memory leaks for tracks with bad artwork have also been patched, along with a bug that cashed a crash when ejecting an external device.
Thu March 13, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone
Earlier today, Toyota accidentally leaked news of its CarPlay plans on its UK blog, reports note. The site was scarce on details, but briefly claimed that CarPlay was "coming soon" in 2015 models. That news was deleted however, and replaced with a new post and a correction. "A previous version of this article said Apple CarPlay would be in Toyota cars from 2015. This is incorrect and we are happy to put the matter straight," it says. "No announcements have been made about if and when Apple CarPlay will arrive in Toyota cars."
Reports are circulating that Target knew of its "Black Friday" data breach much earlier than it said it did. Allegedly, the company was alerted by security firm FireEye that there was a potential problem as early as November 30, but no action was taken. Additionally, auditors discovered that Target had disabled features of its security suite that could have removed the infection, prior to it purloining millions of sets of customer's payment method data.
[Updated with alleged icons] If the ports are finished in time, iOS 8 may include versions of OS X's Preview and TextEdit apps, according to claims by questionable sources say. Unlike their Mac counterparts, the iOS apps reportedly won't be able to actually edit images, PDFs, or text documents. They are, however expected to support viewing OS X documents stored in iCloud; for management and editing, people will be directed toward existing apps like iBooks and Pages, says the rumor.
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