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So originally Apple was this textbook example of a firm started in a bedroom and now it's this corporate behemoth that textbooks are being written about. There has to have been a moment when it stopped being one and became the other –– and whatever day that was, it looks like it happened in this week of June 4 through 10.
I'm back again with the second Should You Subscribe, this time taking aim at one of the subscription services I'm most excited about: ComiXology Unlimited. Combining models of existing services like Netflix and Audible, ComiXology Unlimited aims to give avid comic book readers an all-you-can-read smorgasbord of rotating content.
The US Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal by the Authors Guild and other writers, ending a case in which the guild had challenged Google's wholesale scanning of books for which they did not own the copyright. In letting stand the lower Second US Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, the justices essentially condoned what the Authors Guild called "an unprecedented judicial expansion of the 'fair-use' doctrine." The ruling opens the door for anyone, from students to other large-scale preservation or information projects, to scan books under copyright and make them freely available, as long as it fits the "fair use" conditions.
The library of Pointers e-books just keeps on growing: now there's a guide to those little extras that transform your Mac, iPhone and iPad. They're the little utilities Apple include, and they're the small applications that have earned a place in the hearts of so many of us. In every case, they are lesser-known, little written about, and yet also genuinely change everything. Now Pointers: Work Better with Utilities shows you what you've missed out on.
If you're the sort who cannot fathom why adults would spend hours coloring in drawings in books, or now on iOS apps, you're also the sort who is going to wonder what in the world you could add to update such an app. You have a point there, though you're very harsh about the coloring-in bit. Nonetheless, there are apps, they are updated, and they're updated well: Millie Marotta's Coloring Adventures 1.1 is now out.
Unless Apple surprises the world by announcing a car this week, you can be sure that all the buzz from the latest event will be about smaller but still faintly lust-worthy products. You might not admit that to anyone, especially PC users, but you will be eyeing up the latest and if Apple does its job well enough, you'll go from hankering to buying. Once you've bought something though, make it earn its keep, make it work for you. MacNN now has a whole series of books to help you justify your purchase –– and that includes books that are themselves an example of exactly how to exploit your new Apple hardware and software.
Sometimes you can fully understand why people like a certain thing, and yet not appreciate it yourself. That's probably where we were when we last reviewed Ulysses: it is a very well done writing app, it has excellent features, it's got fans, and we entirely recognized why. Yet it took us until the new release, Ulysses 2.5 for iOS -- alongside Ulysses 2.5 for OS X -- for us to think hang on, that's rather good. Really, the sole difference in the new version is that it is now available on iPhone, but that ubiquity and how well it all works, that's finally arrested us.
Last year, it was really the release of Vellum that prompted us to do a two-month series on e-publishing, and naturally we did a Hands On review of it then. Almost everything we said then was praising, but we did have criticisms, and since then we've been continuing to test it, continuing to find new ways to explore it, and the makers have continued to develop it. The very latest release, Vellum 1.3.5 is a minor update, but it's the sixth since we covered the app back in July last year.
Just to thoroughly and entirely ruin all the drama we've been building up to, just to wreck every scintilla of tension, let us tell you right at the start that we do now have a new book out. We were not kidding all week, when we said we didn't know if it were possible to produce a book alongside this series of articles about producing books. We were entirely serious, every time we angrily regretted our stupidity in telling you that we were even going to try. Yet for this last article about physically producing an e-book and then getting it through Apple and Amazon's approvals process, we wrote an e-book and we got it through Apple and Amazon's approvals process.
Get our new guides, and save them to your Mac or iOS device: these three volumes tell you all you need to get started with your new Apple devices. Written by best-selling technology authors Charles Martin and William Gallagher, these MacNN guides are now available for free on Apple's iBooks Store.
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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