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We're late to another party: previously we've spoken of note-taking apps, text editors, and word processors. Now, though, we have to recognise that there is a fourth class of apps that you type into: the writing studio. Once you come up with a name for something, you realize it has been applied to apps for ages: Scrivener and Ulysses, amongst others, are like this. They are software apps intended to be a complete writing environment. Add to that list the newly-updated Textkraft Professional 4.1.
The latest research data from Gartner shows Apple's first year-over-year decline in iPhone sales coincided with a reduced share of the global smartphone market. Although the global smartphone market grew by just 3.9 percent year-over-year, Apple was notable for going backwards. Although holding its position as the number two smartphone maker in the world, its market share slid from 17.9 percent to 14.9 percent. Whatever the exact cause of the decline, Gartner's data shows that Apple is not immune to the increasing rise of Chinese smartphone makers.
For the first time, scientists at IBM Research have demonstrated reliably storing three bits of data per cell, instead of one, in a technology known as "phase-change memory." The breakthrough lowers the cost of the memory, and has a wide array of uses across mobile and high-performance computing.
Scientists at the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA) have announced a new developments involving magnesium batteries. Improvements in the technology may open the door for smaller, longer-lasting batteries for everything from cars to cell phones. However, Toyota believes that it could take 20 years of research and development by the company alone before magnesium batteries reach the consumer market.
Apple has confirmed that it will begin making available a new module within ResearchKit that could further help medical researchers by allowing patients or study participants to optionally add genetic information from the personal genomics company to research. Depending on the number of participants that have available 23andMe genetic data and feel comfortable sharing that information, the addition could prove a valuable boon to medical investigations by helping to establish associations between some conditions or illnesses and genetic backgrounds or origins.
During the March 21 event, Apple COO Jeff Williams updated the audience on progress with ResearchKit, which is now being used widely to conduct medical research studies, which allows patients to actively track their own progress within the study, often for the first time. ResearchKit has been a boon to science, Williams noted, and thus the company learned quickly that there were more areas in which iPhone apps could help patients with recovery and improvement issues.
Forget the shoebox in the closet, or the handwritten diaries; those are for the past, in every sense. There are apps that store that material, such as Evernote, and for what's happening today you've got other apps such as the journaling program Day One. However, for going to your parents or grandparents right now and asking them about the past, there's Grandparent Book 1.0.
Apple is looking to expand its development efforts overseas yet again, with the possibility of moving into Malaysia. The Prime Minister of the country, Najib Razak, recently spoke to Apple executives on a visit to its Cupertino headquarters, with the discussion between the politician and Apple's COO Jeff Williams and government policy head Lisa Jackson centered around bringing research and development work to the region.
We wanted to talk to you all this week about e-books, because we'd finally come through the other side after Apple's approvals process, but there were two other things that made us want to cover the topic at all. One was software: we tried out an app called Vellum which we liked then, like more now, and which you're going to hear about soon. The other was that every time we've ever heard anyone talk about writing ebooks, they've skipped over the best part.
Apple is preparing to expand its research and development efforts yet again, by opening a new facility in Canada in the future, according to a report. It is claimed Apple has leased a large suite at the Kanata Research Park in Ottawa, the same place where Blackberry's automotive-based QNX Software Systems is operating, with several report sources suggesting the new location will be focused purely on research for Apple products.
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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