iTunes U, Google Currents, Morning

updated 09:03 am EDT, Wed June 26, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

iTunes U 1.3.1 (free) - iTunes U provides users with access to a variety of free courses from a host of universities and other schools. In v1.3.1 the app will now check for course updates when using the pull to refresh gesture in the notepad. An issue that could prevent courses from updating has also been fixed, along with a problem where the app could crash when opening the Catalog repeatedly. [Download - 31.9MB]

Google Currents 2.1 (free) - Google Currents is an app that delivers magazine-styled publications directly to iOS devices. In order to bring the app more in line with the Android version, Google has added audio playlist support for editions. Version 2.1 also includes vertical pagination for articles and the ability to zoom into photos with a pinch gesture. [Download - 4.6MB]

Morning 1.0.1 ($3) - Morning is an iPad app that has been designed to allow users to organize all of the information they need to start their day off. Within the app users can pick from an array of information modules that includes weather, reminders, commute time, news, calendar, news, and a clock. Due to App Store restrictions developers have been forced to remove the ability to drag and rearrange panels in this release. [Download - 4.9MB]

DM1 4.0.2 ($5) - DM1 is a drum machine that can be used to make electronic beats on the iPad. The app is broken into five main sections, including a step sequencer, drum pads, mixer, FX trackpads, and song composer. The latest release fixes a number of bugs, including a proxy authentication error. [Download - 86.2MB]

WordPress 3.6.2 (free) - WordPress is a tool for managing a WordPress blog or site from an iOS device. The software includes tools for moderating comments, creating or editing posts, viewing stats, and uploading images or videos. Various crashes have been fixed in this update. [Download - 7.1MB]

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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

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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

IPhone  2h

Bowers & Wilkins bought by EVA Automation

High-end UK audio equipment maker and fixture in Apple retail stores Bowers & Wilkins has been bought out by a California "smart home" tech firm, EVA Automation. Fomer Bowers & Wilkins owner Joe Atkins will continue as CEO of the joint venture, with EVA Automation founder Gordon Yu acting as executive chairman. The two companies said the merger will combine EVA's AV technologies and Bowers & Wilkins' acoustic engineering talents to grow the now-combined firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and it is expected that the Bowers & Wilkins brand name will continue. http://yhoo.it/1SLt6zj

Industry  7h

Micromat MacCheck released for free

Micromat, the developers of TechTool Pro, today announced a new troubleshooting utility called MacCheck. The new product can perform a series of critical tests on Macintosh systems, helping to isolate what might be wrong with a particular computer. The program quickly tests many of the critical systems in a Macintosh computer, including RAM, I/O, Volume Structures, Partition Maps, Batteries, and RAID systems. MacCheck is being offered free of charge and is available for download immediately from the Micromat website. http://bit.ly/1SKFwaV

Troubleshooting  15h

Hyundai Sonata 2016 gains CarPlay

The 2016 Hyundai Sonata can now be upgraded to incorporate Apple's CarPlay mobile technology, which augments the built-in infotainment system in the car to incorporate many iPhone features, such as Apple Maps and Siri voice control of navigation and other smartphone functions. The upgrade is accomplished through an SD card owners can obtain from their local Hyundai dealer. Although not disclosed, the upgrade was said to cost "a small fee" when it was initially announced in December of last year. http://bit.ly/1TJzK8f

Industry  16h

TimePorter carry tote for Apple Watch

Twelvesouth today began shipping TimePorter, a new travel tote and portable charging stand for Apple Watch that that carries a 6m Apple Watch charging cable, extra Watch bands, USB chargers and more. The case also incorporates the Apple Watch Charging Disc, converting your case into a charging and display stand. It is available for $50 in white or black. http://bit.ly/1SCQM4T

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WaterField cycling ride pouches

WaterField's new cycling ride pouches are custom-fit to carry both in one compact kit and are ready for the summer cycling season. The Cycling Ride Pouch includes a clear window that allows basic phone access with the phone still safely within the case, and the Cycling Club Pouch incorporates a padded phone pocket to separate up to an iPhone 6 Plus-sized phone from the tool compartment. Both handsome pouches fit neatly in a back jersey pocket, with optimized surface area for comfort. The Cycling Ride Pouch sells for $80, with the Club Pouch retailing for $50. http://bit.ly/1rRqN4e

Accessories  21h