A new report claims that Apple -- a member of the Unicode consortium that approves new emoji characters -- lead an effort to remove two previously-approved symbols for Unicode 9: one representing a rifle, and the other a part of a Modern Pentathlon set, a sport that includes rifle marksmanship. Microsoft was among some other members who helped nix the additions. There has been no effort to remove the existing handgun emoji, or other items like knives or the (cartoon-style) bomb.
While you can easily play games on a Mac, it's worth exploring other areas for gaming purposes as well, and that effectively means consoles. If you've been interested in getting hold of one of the current-generation consoles, but was put off by the cost, you may want to take part in the latest MacNN Deals giveaway, with one lucky winner getting hold of a special edition PlayStation 4 with Uncharted 4.
As the UK prepares to vote on whether to remain or leave the European Union -- a question that has already brought out US-political-style racial divides and even gun violence -- American political site Politico is testing an unusual way of delivering breaking news on the hotly-debated referendum through a nearly-unique use of Apple's Wallet technology. The premise of the experiment is to use a "pass" in Wallet (normally used for boarding passes, event tickets, coupons, loyalty cards, or credit/debit cards for a single-issue news feed -- giving users access to the latest polls or breaking news directly on the lock screen, if desired.
The probe by the European Commission into Apple's tax arrangements may come to an end soon, possibly next month, according to one official. Irish finance minister Michael Noonan believes the Commission could offer its ruling in July, one that will decide the legality of Apple's movements of funds through specific countries to avoid paying high amounts of tax, as well as other arrangements beneficial to the company provided by EU member states.
Every day, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our MacNN Deals store. Today's collection consists of headphones of varying shapes and sizes, depending on your particular audio needs, including those using bone conduction technology, one meant for use while relaxing in bed, and two personal audio selections that are constructed from wood.
TestFlight, Apple's platform for developers to try out their apps in a group beta test, has been updated to support the operating system changes announced by the company earlier this week at WWDC. Following after the release of the developer beta of the company's operating systems, Apple has upgraded TestFlight to work with apps created for the iOS 10, tvOS 10, and watchOS 3 betas, including new features announced during the developer conference.
We've had special requests for different Pointers tutorials before. We've also had things come up in the news as Apple changes or improves or removes something. This time what what happened is that someone asked us for an image, we emailed it over and they sent back a plaintive message saying "could you please send it as an attachment?" We say plaintive, the truth is that there was an undercurrent of frustration. Not to mention sarcasm.
Really, rumor mongers? Really? WWDC's corpse is not even cold yet, and you're already walking back your weakest rumor by claiming it was going to be in there, but mean old Apple axed it? This is Standard Rumor Fizzle Excuse number two, right behind "delayed because of production problems." So let us be sure we have this right -- that dual camera lens you've been assuring us for months would be the lead visible difference in the otherwise-samey "iPhone 7," the one you showed us numerous mockups of, has been "cancelled" days before Foxconn cranks up the assembly to make 70 million of them for this fall because Apple just realized the technology is "immature?" Right. Sure.
On Thursday, Korean manufacturer Samsung announced that would buy US cloud services company Joyent, based in San Francisco, for an undisclosed sum. The 11-year-old company will retain its name and top managment, but it will be integrated into Samsung's mobile division, and reportedly help the rival smartphone maker offer its own cloud services. In a statement, Joyent CEO Scott Hammond said that "Samsung brings us the scale we need to grow our cloud and software business."
Apple has become the subject of another bout of litigation, this time one relating to the iPhone 6 in China. A small Chinese smartphone producer called Baili has complained to the Beijing Intellectual Property Office, claiming consumers cannot tell the "minute differences" between the 100C Android smartphone and the design Apple employed for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with the regulator ordering a ban of the offending iPhones from sale in the market.
One feature shown off at the WWDC keynote that is dependent on the 3D Touch technology found on the iPhone 6s will be replicated to work on older iPhone models that don't have the feature in iOS 10, Apple told developers on Thursday. "Future betas will provide access to this functionality for users of iPhone models without support for 3D Touch," according to release notes in the first iOS 10 developer preview. Currently, Rich Notifications -- which include images or video -- are only supported on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
Networking infrastructure and connected device manufacturer D-Link has advised it is working on a new Wi-Fi camera that will include support for HomeKit. Due to ship later this year, the announced camera will also work with the Home app Apple is including in iOS 10 for users to manage their smart home devices and appliances, and will be among the first of its kind to take advantage of Apple's addition of camera support to HomeKit itself.
We're weeks away from the public beta of iOS 10, and months from the proper one that will roll out to iPhones and iPads in the fall. Yet the instant the new version was mentioned, suddenly iOS 9 seemed old; even old-fashioned. Before it passes into history for approximately 90 percent of us within a week of iOS 10's release, let me give a tip of the hat to 2015/16's iPhone and iPad operating system.
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 camera-equipped quadcopters, so you can get a bird's eye view of your surroundings from the safety of the ground, with one even including the option of live-streaming video from the drone back to base.
One of Apple's hardware suppliers has been congratulated by a company executive for improving its environmental credentials. Linking to a press release on Twitter, Apple vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives Lisa Jackson commented on TSMC's progress, calling the chip producer's increased purchase of "green power" for 2016 to 200 million kilowatt hours (kWh) a "big step in green manufacturing."
At the 2012 launch of the iMac, Phil Schiller said on stage that "you'll be able to go home and tell people today you heard about plasma deposition." You didn't. Nobody did. Yet at this year's WWDC when Apple mentioned their next new term, suddenly everyone's talking about it. Differential Privacy sounds just about as much a jargon term but it's concerned with something that affects every single iPhone user. It's a term for what's both technically intricate and politically on fire.
We might not want to believe this, but whether you have to wear smart clothes to work or slob out at your freelance desk in the den, we all do our jobs in remarkably similar ways. The office worker might be assigned impossible tasks, and the self-employed might have to find the impossible commission, but there's getting the task, and there is following it through to some point where you deliver it. Aeon Timeline 2.0.7 is a way to help everyone do exactly that.
Every so often, MacNN finds a deal that is too big or important to go into our usual deals lists, and is major enough to be highlighted in its own Big Deals post. This time, if you have a lot of documents to import into your computing setup for editing and storage purposes, avoid typing in long stretches of text with the Prizmo 3: Pro Scanning for Mac Optical Character Recognition (OCR) tool.
Yeah, I know we were going to talk about video card upgrades this time, but we need to move that to next week. For Apple's WWDC this week has shoved the Mac Pro 3,1 and 4,1 to the side -- but not the 5,1. So, we're going to talk this week a bit about work-arounds that exist, and some that may yet appear for our slab-side faithful machines. Also, some big-time issues have cropped up with PCI-e cards under the new OS revision, and we'll chat a bit about that as well.
A recently-discovered jailbreak technique that is claimed to work in iOS 9.3.2 will not work when iOS 10 is released to the public this fall. The browser-based exploit for the current version of the mobile operating system, discovered by Luca "qwertyoruiop" Todesco last month, has apparently already been closed by Apple, rending the jailbreak that leveraged the security flaw useless to people who upgrade.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE