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Briefly: Drafts 4 regains widget, Continuity Activation Tool update

12/18, 10:12am

Apple allows Drafts app to retain Notification Center widget

Drafts 4, a note-taking app for iOS, has received an update bringing back its Notification Center widget, which was axed by Apple earlier this month. The widget allows users quick access to simple tools for opening up the app and create a new note. Drafts v4.0.6 also includes a "New from selection" option, found within the document-creation options, as well as URL action steps now having "URL encode tag output" option. Improvements to background refresh and sync handling are also present in the update. Drafts 4 is priced at $5, and requires iOS 8.0 or later.

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Nike adds new FuelBand SE to Apple's Online Store a day early

11/05, 7:14pm

Gadget now uses Bluetooth 4.0 for better battery life

A day earlier than previously announced, the new Nike+ FuelBand SE has debuted on Apple's online store, selling for $150. The device, which measures movement and fitness activities, now stays continuously connected to the user's iPhone 4s (or later) or fifth-generation iPod touch (or later) through its Bluetooth 4.0 connection. In addition to a more rubberized design with color accents, the new FuelBand works with the Move app released yesterday.

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New iOS 7 technology lets users tap to set up third-gen Apple TVs

09/25, 10:42pm

May be first public use of Apple's NFC replacement, iBeacons

Though pundits and Android fans have often derided Apple for not including the technology known as "near-field communications" (NFC) into its products, the technology thus far has seen very limited use and slow growth. In part, the pressure put on Apple was designed to goad the company into kicking NFC into the mainstream. In response, Apple created an alternate technology it calls "iBeacons," -- and has quietly used it for possibly the first time in a new setup option for third-gen Apple TVs.

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