Accessory manufacturer Zagg and smartphone case developer Mophie announced today the signing of a merger agreement. Zagg has agreed to pay $100 million for the acquisition of Mophie, plus a supplemental payment based on revenue for the pair generated between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017.
If you've got an iPad Pro, you use it to excess. Far more than you did your iPad Air, and actually you thought you hammered that iPad Air quite a bit. There is something about the Pro that lends itself to doing more -- and the more you use it, the more likely you are to want an external keyboard. Plus, you might use your iPad Pro so much that it's effectively paid for itself, but you're still hurting from that large chunk of change you had to spend. You're not yet at the stage where you can casually throw your iPad Pro in a bag. You want to know it's safe, you want to be able to use it to its fullest, so you've looked at getting the Logitech Create keyboard case for iPad Pro. Every iPad Pro owner has looked at this, many have bought it; we've been living with it for a month.
A man in the United Kingdom has successfully sued Apple over a damaged Apple Watch Sport screen. Gareth Cross of Aberystwyth, Wales, was refused a repair under warranty after discovering a crack in the Apple Watch display within ten days of purchasing, but has managed to win in court, forcing Apple to pay for the cost of the wearable device and court fees by February 22, a total cost to the company of £430 ($620).
If the head of General Growth Properties, Sandeep Mathrani, is to believed, Amazon is looking to expand its presence in retail. If a statement made during quarterly results from the mall management firm are accurate, the e-commerce leader is allegedly looking at opening up 200 to 300 retail stores across the United States, where books will be sold at Amazon's online prices, the same at its sole retail location in Seattle.
A billion-dollar Apple data center in Ireland is currently on hold due to delays by the local environmental review board over concerns about the impact of the construction on local wildlife. Although the company received permission to build up to eight "data halls" or server buildings (approximately 263,000 square feet each) on the site, local residents registered concerns that the construction of the center will harm the local population of badgers, bats, and other animals. Local activists have called Apple's original environmental impact assessment (EIS) "inadequate," but the board (An Bord Pleanála) has been delaying a decision on the matter.
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the items available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's selections are all iPhone cases, handy if you have a habit of dropping your smartphone and don't want to pay out for repairs mid-commitment period, but these also offer extra features which could be useful for the careful iPhone owner, such as extra battery capacity or even wallet space.
New developments in the rumor whirlpool have produced some further speculation about the alleged March event that was originally going to bring an all-new Apple Watch 2, then the "iPhone 6c," but now said to be about the "iPhone 5se," the "iPad Air 3," and some new Apple Watch bands (and possibly partnerships). One report has said that the company is looking to do its event on the 15th of March, though of course with the caveat that the date could change, "or turn into an online announcement."
App development has taken off in the last few years, making it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the latest versions. To help all of you out, we here at MacNN are dedicated to sorting through new update releases, and highlighting some of the important ones, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we highlight a great deal on security software Hider, as well as detail updates to productivity tool Vitamin-R, bootable drive builder DiskMaker X, recipe organizer MacGourmet Deluxe, iOS browser iExplorer, file renamer A Better Finder Rename, and preflight software Output Factory.
Following a successful campaign to legalize cellphone unlocking, winning key exemptions from the Copyright Office for repair, and strong support for repair-friendly state legislation, repair information repository iFixit has assisted in launching The Repair Association. The new group has been created to represent the other three million professional device servicers and consumer-level repairers as well.
It's not a particularly busy Apple-oriented news day, which is just as well, since the MacNN UK contingent has been knocked off the air by a wide-spread Internet outage! So, despite being short a few members of the squad, join us for our Daily Dealspost, where the staff of MacNN peruse the Internet for offers, bundles, and discounts on hardware, software, and games for our readers. Today's list of active deals includes an array of SSDs on steep sale, Amazon blowing out Logitech keyboards and peripherals for up to 60 percent off, and the Google Nexus media player for $50, 50 percent off.
The developer behind Cyberduck has brought out a new app following a lengthy private beta, one that allows users to mount remote storage as if it is a local drive. Iterate's Mountain Duck is a minimal app that connects to online services and remote data stores, adding it as a volume that can have its files accessed from the Finder on Mac and File Explorer in Windows, as well as any local application that also needs to read or write files to the location.
A popular alternative to Apple's Mail app has finally made the move from OS X to iOS, with the launch of Airmail for the iPhone. The iOS app from Bloop carries over the features and visual styling of the desktop email client to mobile, with the app including support for Gmail, Exchange, IMAP, and POP3-based services, though it also adds in the ability to perform actions using 3D Touch shortcuts, and iCloud sync to retain the settings used on the desktop version.
Alongside our regular MacNN Deals and Daily Deals posts, the staff of MacNN uncovers items deserving enough to get their own Big Deals post. If yesterday's offer for the Pay What You Want: The 2016 Mac Bundle caught your interest, today's selection of the Mighty Mac App Bundle from our own MacNN Deals store is also worth your while, as it is a collection of ten more apps for your Mac, this time provided to you for free.
Industry analysts IDC have released new data on estimated sales of various tablets and what the company calls "detachables," with Apple's iPad Pro handily beating all comers to cause iPads generally to remain both the dominant dedicated tablet, with the iPad Pro now the leading "detachable," meaning a "hybrid" notebook that uses a tablet for its display that can also be used independently, like the Surface. The report comes on the heels that the iPad Pro accounts for 12 percent of all iPad sales, just six weeks after its debut.
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. Today's assortment of Mac apps includes a sale on venerable Mac solitaire title Solitaire Till Dawn, mind mapping suite xLine, and My Net network scanner.
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. Highlights from today's list include sales on Halftone, and iColorama, with popular game 8bitWar: Origins going free!
A recent drawing that resembled a schematic for an alleged iPad Air 3 has now served as the basis of new cases for the allegedly forthcoming device, though it may well be a case of Chinese manufacturers taking a risk that the drawing represents genuine changes planned for the next iteration of Apple's flagship 9.7-inch tablet. Among the changes posited by the drawing are feature changes drawn mostly from the iPad Pro, including the quad speakers of the larger device, as well as a Smart Connector.
The latest episode of The MacNN Podcast attempts to understand Wall Street thinking, which is surely an exercise in madness. Apple had a record (fiscal) Q1, again setting a record for the most profitable quarter from any company ever, but the fact that the growth wasn't as significant against last year's killer Christmas season made Wall Street unhappy, particularly with the guidance that next quarter will see the first-ever iPhone drop in sales from last year's quarter.
It's a new month and a new week, and it also happens to be time for new deals! Daily Deals is the post where the staff of MacNN scour the Internet for offers, bundles, and discounts on hardware, software, and games for our readers. Today's list of active deals includes an Olympus OM-D E-M10 mirrorless camera for $500, a QNAP two-bay personal cloud NAS for $200, and the Destek Vone 3D VR headset for your smartphone for $20.
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Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN