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 bring you the Digital Animation Bundle, as well as highlight recent updates to Internet traffic monitor Little Snitch, package installer Pacifist, cloud storage utility ExpanDrive, task manager Butler, productivity tool OneFocus, and file renamer Name Mangler.
Samsung has teased the reveal of its next flagship smartphones later this month, timed to coincide with the annual Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. The major competition to Apple in the smartphone market will be using its usual "Unpacked" event to show "The Next Galaxy," with the tease suggesting there may be more to come from the electronics producer in terms of virtual reality hardware, at the same event.
Consumers today filed a national class-action lawsuit against Seagate Technologies, claiming the data storage company sold hard drives that routinely failed at exceptionally high rates, leaving consumers with broken hardware and significant loss of data, according to Hagens Berman, the law firm attached to the suit. The lawsuit, filed today in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, states that Seagate's hard drives failed to live up to the advertised promises, violated federal consumer laws, as well as Seagate's own warranties after delivering faulty replacement hard drives.
Apple is asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to recognize its efforts in creating the Made For iPhone (MFi) hearing aid platform, by declaring it and other solutions "as alternatives for hearing aid compatibility compliance" with mobile devices. The FCC recently proposed for all smartphones and other consumer-grade wireless devices to work with hearing aids, with Apple claiming its MFi standards already complying with the FCC's hearing aid standards.
Apple today is unrecognizable from Apple Computer as it was from its start to 2007, yet the more you look into the details, the more you can see how it is astonishing similar in its methods, its approaches, and its successes or failures. We're looking at these details and examining them down to the level of each week across the four decades: this time, seeing what Apple did January 30 through February 5 in the years 1976 to 2016.
Some problems are manifesting themselves today with the iOS Apple Music implementation. According to the community-driven Apple support forums, as well as complaints on social media, the search function in the iOS app isn't functioning properly, with a search resulting in nothing found, or selections that can't be played back, with no response from the app after a tap to play. At this time, there is no workaround for the problem.
Every day alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's selections are items to help you become more productive when on the move, including accessories from Adobe for design work, a way to extend the battery life of your MacBook, a handy stand for your tablet, and the ability to add more ports via a compact docking station.
Apple is relaunching an advertising campaign it held last year, to showcase what iPhone users are capable of shooting with their smartphone's camera. Following after last year's successful "Shot on iPhone" campaign for the iPhone 6, Apple has started to do the same thing for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, with the company placing a selection of photographs taken by device users onto billboards in cities around the world.
The short version of today's Pointers is that your battery is fine, it just doesn't look like it's charging. So the answer is to not worry about it, but that's fine to say to you now, it's not fine when it's late afternoon and you cannot tell whether your phone is going to make it through the evening. While there is as yet no fix for the bug, if you're seeing the problem, then take these steps and it'll help.
You know the drill by this point: the one where we start out talking about what makes a game a game. We're not going to bore you by discussing magic circles, objectives, or any sort of theory about what a game has to contain to be considered a game. No, today we're just here to tell you about a gorgeous, exploratory game called Adventures of Poco Eco -- Lost Sounds.
Alongside our regular MacNN Deals and Daily Deals posts, the staff of MacNN find items deserving enough to get its own Big Deals post. Today's selection, the Pay What You Want: The 2016 Mac Bundle, offers you a bunch of apps that could help boost your productivity, and potentially make your Mac even more useful for your work.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, an EA executive reveals the PlayStation 4 is selling twice as many units as the Xbox One, Valve brings out new DLC for Dota 2, beta testing begins for Team Fortress 2 matchmaking, and Bungie reveals its Valentine's Day event for Destiny.
The 21.5-inch iMac with 4K P3 Retina display -- like its big brother, the 27-inch iMac with 5K P3 Retina display -- is among Apple's best bang-for-your buck Macs. The way it blends a thin, compact enclosure with a top-notch display panel and decent computing components as a single solution is particularly elegant. It's price point is also attractive, offering potentially more performance than either Apple's Mac mini line, or Apple's MacBook Pro line for each dollar spent. Read on to find out our first impressions of the 21.5-inch 4K iMac, the first 21.5-inch iMac to get the Retina display treatment.
Do you like stories with interesting puzzles and deep stories? We do, though we bet that our regular readers know that by now. If you're like us, we would urge you to check out the iOS port of Thomas Was Alone, a classic indie game that turns a simple concept into a challenging play, and a truly engaging story.
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 cent. This time, we have some health apps, a course from Udemy on understanding iCloud, and for those new to iOS and iTunes, a guide on how to get the most out of the free and paid streaming services.
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 list of Mac apps includes Disk Health, zCloud, and a steep sale on Night of the Rabbit.
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 Café International, audio editor Final Touch, and Fontmania.
Today's Pointers column is about a part of the iPhone we all take so much for granted that we almost don't remember its there: the earbuds (or, if you have a more recent iPhone, EarPods) and the little controller they come with. As with iOS and OS X generally, it should not surprise you that there may be hidden abilities in there: this is true of many aspects of Apple's hardware and software. Both in Apple's own supplied earphones and Apple-compatible third-party ones with the little controller, there are some less-obvious and downright-secret features you may not know.
Apple is surely one of the most scrutinized companies in American business history, and that's only going to increase this year as it celebrates its fourth decade. We'll be marking the major milestones throughout 2016, but MacNN is also going through the whole 40 years to find the bigger picture by examining the smaller slices week by week -- and month by month.
A new report confirmed by the head of Wells Fargo's ATM division suggests that at least two large US banks are working on adding NFC secure payment functionality to automatic teller machines, giving customers the option of simply waving their smartphone or Apple Watch to use Apple Pay-style authentication rather than the traditional debit card insertion and PIN confirmation entry. The system will also support other mobile wallets, and is being tested with Android Pay currently.
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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