If the main reason you listen to One More Thing is because you really can't bear the endless chattering (and apparently multiple personalities) of MacNN Editor Charles Martin, this is going to be a very bad week for you: he's filling in for regular host and best-selling tech author (again) William Gallagher on this episode, though at least we get the congenial Gilliam Wallagher into the bargain, along with the comparatively much more mentally stable Malcolm Owen, as usual.
On Thursday, Apple updated its iMovie app for OS X to version 10.1.2, which primarily fixes a YouTube sharing issue, includes larger project thumbnails more in the style of iMovie for iOS, adds App Preview resolutions for iPad Pro and Apple TV, and makes some tweaks to navigation that includes a new "fast project creation" option, along with a new keyboard shortcut for selecting within a clip in the timeline and video browser. In addition, the update makes the usual background bug fixes and improves the stability of the video editing application.
Not everyone can afford an expensive, immersive VR headset like the HTC Vive, but most of us have smartphones at this point, and there are more and more smartphone-compatible headsets being added to the market every day. If you've been curious about experimenting with VR, you can get a taste of what it's like by trying out the iPhone and Android compatible Pasonomi VR Headset, designed to work with the influx of VR apps available on the App Store.
Amazon.com today announced financial results for its first quarter that ended on March 31. The company posted net income of $513 million in the first quarter, or $1.07 per diluted share, compared with net loss of $57 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, in first quarter 2015. It also noted that net sales increased 28 percent to $29.1 billion in the first quarter, compared with $22.7 billion in first quarter of 2015.
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 inactive deals have been removed from the list, with the new additions including Mpow Seashell Bluetooth running headphones for $26, Audio-Technica SonicFuel hybrid earbud headphones for $30, and a PlayStation 4 with Call of Duty: Black Ops II for $313.
The US House of Representatives has unanimously voted in favor of approving a bill that could help prevent US citizen's emails from being easily accessed by law enforcement. The Email Privacy Act, which would require security forces to gain a warrant before being able to access email accounts, was approved with a vote of 419 for the bill and no votes against, with the bill now set to move towards the Senate on its way to becoming a law.
Apple has opened up what it is allowing applications to do with Apple Music. A new Apple Music API has been launched, which allows iOS apps to directly control Apple Music playback, and "encourage affiliates to use the Apple Music API to provide a superior user experience by integrating music into their apps" according to Apple.
Apple Pay has expanded its reach in Australia, with the first bank in the country offering support for the platform. ANZ has become the first local financial institution to offer Apple Pay transactions to its customers, with support commencing earlier today, with the deal now allowing iPhone and Apple Watch owners to use ANZ cards as an alternative to American Express, which launched its support for Apple Pay in Australia last November.
[Note: this story has been updated with additional details] Apple has issued an official statement about the death yesterday at the company's headquarters. It has now been confirmed that the death was a suicide, and not involving multiple people, or a woman (as was previously reported), or foul play. Apple is reaching out to employees, and is offering grief counseling and other assistance, as needed by co-workers. The dead man was a 25-year-old software engineer for the company who specialized in Ruby and Ruby on Rails programming.
Once again, US law enforcement is using the All Writs Act to force compliance, and a man's refusal to obey has landed him behind bars for seven months, with no other formal charges. Formal Philadelphia, Pennsylvania police officer Francis Rawls is being held for contempt of court for failure to comply with an All Writs Act order, mandating that he successfully provide the decryption password for two external hard drives secured with Apple's FileVault 2.
There are many reasons to subscribe to online video services. Sometimes, it's almost impossible to find something worthwhile on television. Maybe you have exhausted your DVD and Blu-ray collection, or you're attempting to 'Cut the Cord' with cable TV services entirely. Whatever your reason, it is highly likely you will want to take part in this giveaway, which will provide one lucky winner a ten-year premium subscription for Netflix.
Philips has made an improvement to the app used to control its Hue smart lights, with the second-generation of the app released today. Hue 2.0 is primarily an overhauling of the main interface, making the app far simpler to use, with the manufacturer also introducing a number of tweaks to the existing feature set, giving even more control to users about how their home is illuminated by the HomeKit-enabled lighting system.
NBCUniversal, a division of Comcast Corporation, today announced the acquisition of DreamWorks Animation. The studio, and all of its intellectual property, will become part of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, which includes Universal Pictures, Fandango, and NBCUniversal Brand Development.
We love Apple products, obviously, but there's no denying that they can eat up a lot of our outlet space, which is at a premium these days. Between our iPhone, our iPad, and now our Apple Watch, we're starting to run out of places to charge things. Fortunately, the Oittm 4-port Apple Watch Stand is here to solve that problem, combining a USB charging station with an Apple Watch stand.
Alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's selections are all cloud-based services you can use with your Mac, iPhone, and other devices, including ways to easily share files with other people, and options to back up your important desktop and mobile data to cloud servers.
Samsung has reported a fiscal Q1 profit of $5.58 billion on $43.8 billion in revenue. The result marks a jump in profit of 12 percent on the same period last year, thanks largely to better than expected sales of its Galaxy S7 flagship smartphone made available for sale during the quarter. The Galaxy S7 was launched early this year, due to weaker than expected sales of its Galaxy S6 range, which launched in its fiscal Q2 last year. The early launch of the Galaxy S7 range, however, has artificially inflated its profit jump this quarter as a result. Conversely, it could also have a downward impact on its Q2 results unless Galaxy S7 sales in the next quarter can outstrip the launch numbers it achieved with the Galaxy S6 range during the same period.
Apple has started to make its CareKit platform available for use, with the launch of new healthcare apps for iOS devices. CareKit, launched last month as a complementary platform to ResearchKit aimed at helping people deal with medical issues and to provide information to doctors, is being used in four apps at first, as well as making the open source CareKit API available to developers for use in their own health and recovery apps.
According to highly speculative KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple's iPhone sales decline is set to continue through 2016 with the forthcoming "iPhone 7" unlikely to reverse the trend. According to the analyst, the feature set for the next all-new iPhone expected around September will not be enough to offset the drop in iPhone sales seen in Apple's fiscal Q2 March quarter. Although early consensus estimates pegged 2016 iPhone sales at 230 million at the high end, Apple won't meet the lower end of consensus estimates of 210 million iPhones.
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.
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.
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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
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
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
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
Dish providing on-site iPhone repair services
Dish has expanded into the iPhone repair industry. Available today, the satellite television company's "Smart Phone Repair" routes a technician directly to a customer's door. DISH's network of technicians in all 50 states will repair cracked screens and replace batteries on Apple's iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6 and 6 Plus. In the coming months, the company intends to expand its service to include additional devices and smartphone accessories. http://bit.ly/1SLaDiW
India rejects Apple's refurb request
Apple's request to the Indian government to be allowed to sell refurbished iPhones has been rejected, a move that will hurt the company's efforts to attract budget-oriented consumers. Opposition to the importation of refurbished iPhones is said to have been led by local smartphone makers (and, it should be noted, Samsung), who feared that lower-cost iPhones would undermine the government's own mandates on manufacturing phones in India, and trigger a flood of used electronics into the marketplace, driving prices generally downward. Currently, Apple has just two percent of the smartphone market there, and is also applying to the government for permission to open directly-controlled Apple Stores. That decision is still pending. http://bloom.bg/1rRgi0I
Amazon Prime Now available via website
Amazon's Prime Now rapid delivery service is now available to use from the web, giving users an alternative to using the normal mobile app. Available as a free option for Prime subscribers in certain areas, the web-based service continues to offer the same selection of goods as the mobile version, and is still free for deliveries within two hours, $8 for within one hour. http://amzn.to/1UvqYgi