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People who won a scholarship to attend Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June are now being invited to attend a special orientation session on the Sunday before the conference, June 12.| Read more »
Stahl Labs AB has introduced Awa, a new AI voice assistant for Mac OS X. It’s designed to help you perform tasks like searching the web, opening apps and creating todos as well as more complex tasks using only your voice.
According to the folks at Stahl Labs, it’s like Apple’s Siri but for your Mac. Awa is based on a fully automated speech recognition and artificial intelligence engine that analyzes voice input in milliseconds, the company says.
"Our goal is to create the most intuitive assistant for Mac that understands what and when you need things done," says Joacim Sthl, founder of Awa. "The first version of Awa featuers the basic commands and integration you could expect from an Mac assistant. We are not stopping there, more features and commands is added daily."
Aww requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $0.99 and is available worldwide through the...| Read more »
Kia Motors America (KMA) says the 2017 Sportage and 2016 Optima, when equipped with a compatible navigation system or UVO3, will be offered with Apple CarPlay compatibility when the vehicles arrive at Kia retailers during the second quarter.
Additionally, customers who have previously purchased the 2017 Sportage or 2016 Optima equipped with a compatible navigation system or UVO3 will be provided with a downloadable update via myuvo.com that will be available beginning in the third quarter. Currently on sale, the 2017 Sorento is the first Kia vehicle to be offered with CarPlay support and other models in the Kia lineup eligible for the CarPlay update will be announced at a later date.
CarPlay gives drivers the ability to access the iPhone’s user interface through Kia's UVO infotainment system. By connecting the smartphone into the USB port, users are able to make phone calls, access music, send and receive messages,...| Read more »
After issuing WWDC scholarships to winning applicants earlier this week for its upcoming developers conference in June, Apple has now invited winners to a WWDC 2016 orientation on Sunday, June 12th.Read more »
Here’s a reason why Apple is almost certainly working on its own video streaming service: The video streaming market is estimated to grow from $30.29 billion in 2016 to $70.05 billion by 2021, according to Research and Markets.
The market is expected to grow at an “impressive” compound annual growth rate of 18.3% because of the rising usage of online streaming, notes the research group. Users have started adopting pay TV and OTT (over-the-top) solutions for streaming videos. In broadcasting, refers to delivery of audio, video, and other media over the Internet without the involvement of a multiple-system operator in the control or distribution of the content. Examples are Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.
The online streaming has provided many advantages to users such as ability to skip advertisements, access to episodes anytime, and ability to watch events and shows with flexibility in time. The online...| Read more »
The Oklahoman reports that renovations to Oklahoma City's only Apple Store at Penn Square Mall will top $2.5 million, according to building permits filed Tuesday in Oklahoma City.
The mail is centrally located in the heart of Oklahoma City's popular Business and Tourism District, Penn Square. It’s home to over 140 specialty shops and restaurants.
The Apple store closed April 18 for renovations. A temporary store has opened on the upper level of the mall in the Macy's wing while the renovations are underway.
AppleInsider notes that the build cost suggests Apple intends to include the mammoth 37-foot TV display that sits as a centerpiece at some newer Apple Stores. Custom built, the gigantic installation is estimated to cost about $1.5 million, and was first...| Read more »
Apple has invested $1 billion in Chinese ride-sharing service Didi Chuxing, CNBC reports. In a statement regarding the move, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained that the investment was intended to “help the company better understand the critical Chinese market.” With Apple’s sales flagging in China, and the company coming under pressure from Chinese regulators who seem to be moving to a “China first” economic policy, the move…
Didi Chuxing announced on May 13 that Apple has invested $1 billion in the Chinese car hailing company. Didi claims the investment will see Apple involved in both its technology and product strategies, but further details about this have been scarce.
For Apple, the investment in Didi highlights the strategic importance of China and the services segment for Apple’s future strategy, according to Jack Kent, director, Operators & Mobile Media at IHS Technology. The past quarter’s results show that Apple’s iPhone business is slowing and expansion in China had been one of its main growth drivers in recent years.
As its hardware business has slowed, Apple has been keen to drive growth in its services revenues. This move shows how Apple is increasingly focused on services, such as Apple Pay, App Store, Apple Music, iTunes and iCloud, says Kent.
The Didi Chuxing car-hailing app has more than 87% of the market in...| Read more »
We heard last month that Apple has a team of around 100 people working on revamping the search functionality in the iOS App Store. If true, it’s long overdue because App Store search is a truly terrible experience. You know it, I know it, developers know it, everyone in the world knows it – except, it had always appeared, the Apple execs in charge of it.
If Apple is actually going to fix App Store search so that it works, that’s excellent news. But one part of the report sounded distinctly less encouraging.
One of the methods that Apple is considering is paid search. Essentially, developers and companies could pay to have their app shown more prominently in search results.
That gives the impression that Apple is more focused on generating additional revenue than delivering a great user experience …
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Well, this is sort of a mess.
A large number of MacBook Pro owners running OS X El Capitan are reporting widespread system freezes since installing the 10.11.4 update to Apple’s Mac OS.
Hundreds of users have posted to a dedicated thread discussing complete system freezes on the early 2015 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro notebook running OS X 10.11.4. Users have reported that their system becomes totally unresponsive at seemingly random times, with no way to regain access to their Mac other than to force a hard reboot.
Many users have reported similar freezes after updating to 10.11.4, with some 15-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2015) owners also experiencing issues. One potential cause has been identified from crash logs as a system framework or...| Read more »
[UPDATE: Apple’s system status page says the issues are now resolved after four hours.]
If you’re currently experiencing issues with iCloud Mail or Notes, then you’re not alone. Apple is currently reporting an ongoing iCloud outage affecting a small percentage of users (which is probably still a lot of people at Apple’s scale) when sending and receiving email with iCloud Mail or using iCloud Notes.Read more »
This could turn into something interesting.
A recently published patent filed by Apple indicates as to Apple’s intention for an “automated environment” in which HomeKit would be able to track the routines of users and implement automated behaviors based on those habits.
As an example, Apple points to the idea of a heating system being enabled at a particular time or when a particular temperature is met. Apple refers to a central “controller” being used to detect these factors, such as an Apple TV remote or other mobile devices. The devices being controlled are referred to as “accessories” in the filing.
The patent also suggests the idea of a light being controlled by a given amount of ambient light, the light level itself...| Read more »
Carley Knobloch, HGTV's SmartHome 2016 consultant speaks with AppleInsider about the products in the HGTV SmartHome, what products are in her home, and what goes into making the choice to buy a smarthome accessory. And Mikey Campbell joins the call to talk about the latest in 'iPhone 7' and 'iPhone 2017' rumors.| Read more »
Apple's surprise $1 billion investment in Chinese ridesharing service Didi Chuxing was forged in just 22 days, and the two companies are now in talks in several fields, a report said on Friday.| Read more »
Today in iLounge Deals, we’re finishing off the week with a great deal on the iFixit 64 Bit Driver Kit — only $34.95. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer who is regularly taking apart your gadgets for quick repairs, this is the toolkit for you. You get 64 purpose-driven screwdriver bits that have been curated from thousands of repair guides, giving you the right bit for almost any situation you’ll find yourself in, whether it’s…
Music streaming is officially going high resolution. The industry’s official logo mark for Hi-Res Music – previously applicable primarily to high-quality digital download services – will soon be available for adoption by music streaming services such as Apple Music as well, according to an announcement today from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and its member companies.
The Hi-Res Music logo and accompanying definition, originally announced in June 2015 by the RIAA on behalf of its member labels, primarily focused on the various types of digital files and download services which met the definition’s requirements. This program, which has been adopted by nearly a dozen download services offering high-resolution music, is now being expanded to cover streaming services that utilize new technologies that meet the quality standards set out in the original Hi-Res Music definition. These technologies ensure that the listener hears music that preserves, without...| Read more »
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The latest title in the long-running Battlefield series made its debut last week. Instead of another near-future setting with the latest high-tech body armor and assault weapons, DICE and Electronic Arts are putting players in the trenches of the First World War and outfitting them with bolt-action rifles, horses and gas masks. The series, which launched in 2001 with the World War 2-themed Battlefield 1942, has moved forward in time up to now, with a sequel set during the Vietnam War and subsequent follow-ups set in the modern day
or even in the future.
Following the on-off-on-again acquisition of display-maker Sharp by Foxconn, the company has announced that 12 of the 13 board members – including CEO Kozo Takahashi – will step down once the takeover process is complete. The WSJ reports that the announcement follows deepening losses at the company.Read more »
Today is Friday the 13th, so I’m serving up a list of three iOS apps to “celebrate” the big day (sorry, OS X fans, but I couldn’t find any such apps at the Mac App Store).
Friday the 13th from Pocketkai is a free app that calculates all Fridays the 13th for the next 50 years. (Every year has one to three Friday’s that fall on the 13th.)
Do you really believe that Friday the 13th is unlucky? An estimated 17-21 million folks are afraid of the date. Friday the 13th — How Unlucky is It is a free app that lets you tell if the most recent Friday the 13th was lucky or unlucky for you.
A lot of folks in Canada don’t fear the day. Friday the 13th Port Dover is the largest independent gathering in Canada. Over 200,000 people get together each Friday the 13th to celebrate...| Read more »
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"Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together" - Woodrow Wilson
Because an incredibly long, the entire entire world ended up being obsessed with power and also the subjugation of fellow humans. Frequent enmity with the other person had led to devastating conflicts who have killed hundreds of thousands. Camaraderie may be the strategy that could undoubtedly make your community a greater location to live in. Fellow sensation for each other makes us recognize how essential it can be to coexist in serenity and are living in equilibrium.
"Friendship needs no words." - Dag Hammerskjold
The standard primary behind an authentic camaraderie is finished understanding that exists in between the folks. This strengthens during a period of efforts and small things in regards to the other individual...| Read more »
What better day than Friday the 13th to check that your backups are actually working by restoring some critical files?
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The best-known Unified School District program to provide an iPad to every student may have ended disastrously, but a similar program elsewhere appears to have been rather more successful.
In LA, Apple ended up repaying $4.2M to settle a claim by the LAUSD following a failed program that led to a federal review concluding it had been doomed from the start – and corruption investigations by both the FBI...| Read more »
Over the years, I’ve collected lots of nifty T-shirts from trade shows I’ve covered — mainly the late, lamented Macworld Expos held in Boston, San Francisco, New York, Tokyo, and Paris. Over the next few weeks I’ll be “modeling” some of the items in my collection.
Today’s T-shirt is from the launch of Apple’s eWorld, an online service that Apple operated between June 1994 and March 1996. The services included email, news, and a bulletin board system (old-timers will remember those).
eWorld is from the distant past. So distant that you had to install it from a set of two floppy disks.
Apple previewed eWorld at the 1994 Macworld Conference & Expo, where they invited attendees to become beta testers for the service. On June 20, 1994, the service went into full operation.
eWorld was based around a "town hall" metaphor where each of the service’s branches was an individual "building". Over 400 media and technology companies created information products...| Read more »
After years of making a big deal about the safety of the MagSafe power connector for the various models of MacBooks, Apple totally ignored the connector in the 12-inch MacBook design. That opened the slim laptop to being dragged to the floor if someone happened to trip over the power cord. Fortunately, Griffin Technology created the BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable to bring back the safe breakaway capability, and you can get it for 12% off the usual price through the Apple World Today Deals Shop.
The BreakSafe is usually priced at $40, but AWT readers can pick it up for just $34.99 with free shipping. For anyone who owns the 12-inch MacBook, this is inexpensive insurance! But hurry, because this...| Read more »
I began sewing when I became frustrated with the options in stores for my body type and tastes.
I realized that I could use my artistic abilities to create wonderful designs for myself in colors and...| Read more »
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Apple Inc. invested $1 billion in Chinese ride-sharing service Didi, making one of its biggest bets on software and services and dealing a blow to Uber Technologies Inc.'s ambitions in the country. The iPhone maker will help Uber's largest rival build up a ride-sharing platform that handles more than 11 million rides a day and serves about 300 million users across China, Didi said in a statement on Friday. Executive Officer Tim Cook has highlighted higher-margin services as a growth area and suggested he would use some of its $200 billion-plus cash hoard for investments. The investment in one of China's largest online companies will allow Apple to forge alliances in its single largest market outside of the United States. Didi, incorporated as Xiaoju Kuaizhi Inc., is in the process of raising more than $2 billion at a valuation of about $25 billion, people familiar with the matter have said. It operates in 400 Chinese cities and...| Read more »
Low-Metallic NAO [url=http://www.antaibrake.com/]Brake Pad Manufacturer/url These pads are made from an organic formula mixed with 10 to 30 percent of copper or steel to get good heat transfer and provide better breaking.
Although you get better breaking, because of the metal that is added, you get more break...| Read more »
As part of an international effort to refresh the look and feel of its retail outlets, Apple recently shut down the Penn Square Mall Apple Store in Oklahoma City, Okla., in preparation of a "next generation" renovation.| Read more »
Apple has invested US$1 billion in China's largest ride-hailing company, Didi Chuxing, in a move that could give it an opportunity to participate in the local company's bid to build a data-driven ride-share platform.
Didi, which is already backed by big local players like Tencent and Alibaba, said it has raised the Apple investment as a part of its latest funding round. The investment by Apple is the largest single investment Didi has ever received, it added.
Apple has been indicating that such an investment was coming for some time now, said Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. The company has already said that it plans to increase its services revenue and that the Chinese market is a key component of its overall strategy going forward, Moorhead said.Read more »
Reuters this evening reports that Apple is investing $1 billion in Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing. In a statement, CEO Tim Cook explained that the investment will give Apple a chance to learn more about certain segments of the Chinese market, while it will also deliver a strong return.
Filed under: iOS Devices ...| Read more »
Chinese Uber competitor Didi Chuxing, formerly Didi Kuaiti, on Thursday announced that Apple recently invested $1 billion to become the transportation network's latest big-name strategic partner.| Read more »
Say you’re texting with a friend about tomorrow’s lunch plans.
They ask you for the address. Until now it’s worked like this: You
leave your texting app. Open Search. Find the restaurant. Copy the
address. Switch back to your texts. Paste the address into a
message. And finally, hit send.
Searching and sending stuff on your phone shouldn’t be that
difficult. With Gboard, you can search and send all kinds of
things — restaurant info, flight times, news articles — right
from your keyboard. Anything you’d search on Google, you can
search with Gboard. Results appear as cards with the key
information front and center, such as the phone number, ratings
and hours. With one tap, you can send it to your friend and you
keep the conversation going.
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An anonymous reader writes: Google launched a new keyboard application called "Gboard" for iOS today that features Google Search built-in to the keyboard itself. In addition, it offers swipe-based typing and access to GIFs, as well as some basic features like emojis and word predictions. The "G" icon in the upper lefthand corner opens a window for you to search Google without leaving the keyboard and launching a browser or the Google app. From there you can search for things like flight times, news articles, restaurant and business listings, weather and more, and paste that information into your chat with a single tap. The information is presented in a card-style layout. "We wanted to bring the best of Google to Gboard, so you'll see Maps, Translate, image and video search, News and others," says Rajan Patel, head of the product team that developed Gboard. "Initially, Gboard will not surface any information specific to you," he added, hinting that a personalized keyboard is in the...| Read more »
A recent patent filed by Apple and discovered by PatentlyApple hints at ways in which Apple is planning to make its HomeKit platform smarter. The patent, published today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is for an “automated environment” in which HomeKit would be able to track the routines of users and implement automated behaviors based on those habits.Read more »
A report this week from noted Apple analyst Neil Cybart relates an increase in the company's massive research and development outlays suggest something big is in the works, but an industry insider says it's just business as usual.| Read more »
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Google on Thursday introduced Gboard, an app that combines search with a new soft keyboard for mobile devices running iOS. Gboard, which supports glide typing, allows users to perform searches from the keyboard without leaving the application they're in. Once the information is found, they can paste it into their application without leaving the keyboard. Information from searches appear as cards on the screen. With a single tap, the information on the card can be pasted into an app such as iMessage.
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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 12, 2016.
Recently, some Apple Music users had been complaining that they believed the service had deleted their music. iMore’s Serenity Caldwell has been looking into the issue, and it’s much more likely that it’s iTunes 12.3.3 that is the culprit. Apple Music was accused of...| Read more »
Developers who want to sell applications in any of Apple's App Stores first need to submit their software to Apple for review, a process in which actual humans examine apps to ensure they comply with Apple's guidelines. One of the problems with this method is that it takes time for apps to move through the opaque review process, meaning users can potentially be stuck with bugs for a few days if something goes wrong with an update, even if the developer submits a new build to Apple as soon as the bug is discovered.
Lately, though, that wait time has decreased. According to user-submitted data at appreviewtimes.com, the average review time for iOS apps has decreased from around a week to about two days since this time last year. The reason, according to...| Read more »
Facebook is the world’s most influential source of news.
That’s true according to every available measure of size — the billion-plus people who devour its News Feed every day, the cargo ships of profit it keeps raking in, and the tsunami of online traffic it sends to other news sites.
But Facebook has also acquired a more subtle power to shape the wider news business.
It’s scary how powerful Facebook is these days.Read more »
Having lost a referendum over whether they would be regulated by the local government, the ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft followed through on their threat to effectively fire 10,000 drivers and strand thousands of customers who had come to rely on them for transportation in this hot, spread-out, car-centric city.
I love Uber and Lyft. I use both services quite often.Read more »
The District Attorney of New York County is reportedly lobbying members of U.S. Congress in the hope they'll back legislation requiring companies like Apple to decrypt data on-demand following court orders.| Read more »
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The daily barrage of data breach news appears to be eroding confidence in security solutions. Fifty percent of IT pros aren't confident about the ability of their security measures to protect their data, according to a survey released last week by Barkly. The high percentage of IT pros with doubts about their security systems caught Barkly CTO Jack Danahy off-guard. "Organizations are investing because they know they should be doing something for security, but their expectations are low," he said.
New iPhone cases for your 6/6s, 6 Plus/6s Plus, and SE
This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes fresh styles and colors for Speck’s popular CandyShell Grip. Plus, wallet cases, a running armband, basic, shells, and more. Read on!
The Ease-Fit Armband (iPhone SE; $20 MSRP or $12 on Amazon) is a sung-fitting workout armband for your iPhone, letting you safely carry it hands-free. Made with flexible materials, the Ease-Fit can be adjusted for the most comfortable fit possible, is handwashable, and gives you unfettered access to your iPhone’s touchscreen through its transparent window.Read more »
The Leather Wallet with iPhone 6 Plus Case ($129) is an interesting concept from leather accessory company Danny P. While we’ve seen many wallet cases over the years, this product is mainly a wallet that just happens to have space for your iPhone 6/6s Plus. Danny P. also makes a version for the iPhone 6/6s, and an iPhone 5/5s/SE version of the wallet is also still available. The iPhone 6/6s Plus version of the wallet has seven credit card slots…
Apple is promising developers they won’t have to wait over a week to see their iOS app show up in the App Store.
Apple is quickening the app review process, cutting it down from nine days down to two, in an effort to increase revenue from the App Store, according to Bloomberg. The shortened review process will also allow iOS developers to release upgrades and fix bugs faster, therefore keeping them more committed to Apple’s mobile platform. According to AppReviewTimes.com, the average approval time for the App Store submissions has dropped in the last two weeks, from 8.8 days a year ago to 1.95 days.Read more »
While display panel maker Sharp continues to lose money, the Japanese company faces a sweeping management reorganization under the thumb of its new owner, Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn.| Read more »
UPDATE—May 12, 2016: Apple denied this rumor in a statement to Re/code’s Peter Kafka: “Not true.” The original rumor is below.
Annual iTunes song downloads are projected to hit almost $600 million in sales in 2019. But that figure may not be big enough to keep Apple in the music-selling business.
Apple wants to phase out the sale of music downloads via the iTunes Store in two years, according to a new report by Digital Music News. With the continued decline of music downloads, Apple is foreseeing that iTunes sales will eventually sink to zero. So the company is reportedly abandoning that ship to devote more resources to Apple Music and the growing streaming market. Digital Music News’ unnamed sources also revealed that Apple might also choose to ride the...| Read more »
Apple has cut the approval time for new submissions to its App Store from more than a week to less than two days, part of a broader push to increase revenue from services including mobile applications, according to Bloomberg — citing data from AppReviewTimes.com, which analyzes user-submitted data.
While AppReviewTimes.com offers an insight into how review times fluctuate, data from the past two weeks stem from 322 reviews, which is a small proportion of the total approved in that period. It could have something to do with personnel changes. Marketing head Phil Schiller, who has long been responsible for developer relations, took charge of the App Store from Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, in December.
“At the very beginning of the App Store it...| Read more »
A big question up in the air for iPhone 7 is what Apple will do with its bundled headphones. If this is the first year Apple is to remove the headphone jack from the device as rumored, that means one of a few things for the bundled EarPods that usually come with its iPhones…Read more »
Based on several Apple Support threads, it appears that the most recent version of iTunes 12.3.3 contains a database error that affects a small number of users, and can potentially wipe out their music collection after the update.
Holy. Sweet. Shit.
I don’t care if it’s iTunes or Apple Music—this is my music library! Fix this shit.Read more »
In the latest episode of CSO's Security Sessions, CSO Editor-in-Chief Joan Goodchild sits down with Ellen Derrico from RES to discuss some of the unique security challenges that healthcare IT have to overcome. Topics include ransomware, vulnerabilities, BYOD policies and how to better train clinicians in security practices.| Read more »
The Sentencing Council for England and Wales today proposed an expanded set of guidelines that courts would have to follow when sentencing young offenders aged 10 to 17. Importantly, for the first time the instructions explicitly mention video, image...| Read more »
While there hasn’t been an official policy change or new strategy made public, software developers have been noticing dramatically shorter review times when submitting apps through Apple’s approval process on both the iOS and Mac App Stores. Citing data from AppReviewTimes.com, Bloomberg today highlights the positive trend, while noting that iOS App Store review times currently average just two days turnaround time and just one day for the Mac App Store.Read more »
No one should have been surprised by Disney's announcement that it would cancel the Disney Infinity series and shut down its video game business. However, when the news went live, Twitter immediately lit up with shock. My phone buzzed with questions...| Read more »
IBM Research and the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) in Singapore have created a new chemical "macromolecule" that could aid in the fight against a wide range of viral diseases like Ebola, Zika, dengue fever, herpes or even influ...| Read more »
The idea of an edge-to-edge screen on the iPhone 7 is a concept at this point.
But it’s a pretty cool concept, you have to admit.
The current rumor has it that the iPhone 7 will sport a very similar look to the iPhone 6s line, an assortment of major form factor changes arriving in 2017. As of late, blogger John Gruber dropped some “scuttlebutt” over on his The Talk Show podcast, the rumors including an edge-to-edge display that eliminates the top and bottom bezels on the device, with the front-facing camera, Touch ID, and other sensors hidden under the display.
Gruber offered the following:
“I think next year’s phone, the 2017 model, the one that will come out in September of 2017. What I have heard — now this is not really from the rumor mill but just...| Read more »
Apple has been unable to recover any data from the iPhone belonging to the teen who went missing last summer, the Sun Sentinel reports. Fourteen-year-old boys Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen went missing at sea last summer, with no clues as to their fate until this past March, when their capsized vessel was discovered by a Norwegian supply ship, with some of their belongings, including Austin’s iPhone, still on board. Apple offered to help…
For many, Evernote is a useful productivity tool for notes, lists and more. Today, the company announced integration with Google Drive that allows you to drop in files instead of simply linking to them. As part of the new feature, those Drive files w...| Read more »
Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).
Some stages can be awfully busy: you’ll pull and fling the bird, spin around that pole, and smash through barriers to reclaim all the eggs.Read more »
Hey, Apple - not only has Alphabet (Google's parent company) just passed you in terms of market capitalization, but they've also outdone you with an iPhone keyboard that is awesome sauce. Gboard (free) is an absolutely brilliant iPhone keyboard that takes the app switching out of searches...and more. Here's a video from Google showing off Gboard:
My personal favorites so far? Being able to search GIFs and emoji. Want an emoji of the Brazilian flag? Tap on the emoji button next to the space bar, type Brazil into the search field, and you're done.
There's also really decent autocorrect, and you can "type" by swiping between letters on the alphanumeric keyboard. It does a really good job of predicting what word you're trying to type.
Well played, Google!
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The rumors were true—Google just launched "Gboard," an iOS keyboard that combines Google Search with everyday typing. Right inside the keyboard area, users can search for local business results, images, and GIFs to weave into their conversation.
Gboard looks just like a normal keyboard except for the Google icon on the left side of the suggestion bar. Tap on it, and you'll get the familiar Google search bar with suggestions above it. Type in a query and the usual "return/send" button will turn blue and say "search." Results appear in a horizontally scrolling interface in the keyboard area that allows you to sift through search results without leaving your current app. There are tiny tabs on the bottom for normal...| Read more »
Google is now offering a third-party keyboard for iOS.
Since iOS 8, Apple has supported third-party keyboards for iOS, each with their own unique features. As such, Google has released Gboard for iOS, a third-party keyboard that also incorporates a search functionality.
Third-party keyboards can be accessed from any app and Gboard features a dedicated Google Search function right from the keyboard. This means you can search Google from Messages, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere else you can type on iOS without leaving that specific app. Google’s pitch here is that it minimizes the need to switch between various apps and rely on copy and paste to grab information.
The app allows for a swipe functionality, which means you can essentially trace out the word you’re spelling...| Read more »
Google has reportedly interally delayed its own equivalent of 3D Touch, the pressure-sensitive Apple technology that allows iPhone 6s and 6s Plus owners to take shortcuts through iOS apps.| Read more »
Shares hit a 52-week low on Thursday, inching below $90 and allowing rival Alphabet, the parent company of Google, to surpass its market capitalization once again -- at least temporarily.| Read more »
Google parent company Alphabet has once again surpassed Apple in terms of value based on market capitalization. CNBC points out that Alphabet (GOOG) saw its market cap around $498.56 billion during trading today, while Apple (AAPL) saw its market cap down around $496.69 billion.Read more »
This week, choose from a variety of Apple's current 15" MacBook Pros and 27" iMac 5Ks that each come with a free Apple SuperDrive, additional cash discounts, free shipping, additional cash discounts, and no tax outside NY and NJ. Or pick up a 12" MacBook for 964 with a free LG super drive, Apple USB-C Adapter, and more.| Read more »
You have your Apple Watch, your Withings connected scale, your Qardio blood pressure cuff, and a number of other devices and apps to capture your health data. At some point, you may need to share years of information with a healthcare professional or trainer, and this video (yeah, it's slightly over 60 seconds long) will show you two ways of doing that:Read more »
Although Canada’s major banks have finally gotten on board with Apple Pay, a new report in The Globe and Mail (via iPhone in Canada) suggests the banks paid a “steep price” for Apple Pay when it came to negotiations, despite the fact that many would have expected the “Big Five” banks to have the upper hand. The negotiations for Apple Pay apparently took months, and multiple sources have revealed that the terms of the…
The rumors of Google building an iPhone-specific keyboard were true. On Thursday, Google revealed Gboard, a virtual keyboard designed to cut back on the amount of app-switching needed to send information to your pals.
Gboard bakes in GIF searches and emoji support to achieve that goal, but the highlight feature here is Gboard’s native Google Search integration. Tapping a prominent Google logo on the keyboard brings up a search interface, with results appearing in the form of Google’s “cards” that have key information like store hours and phone numbers highlighted. After finding the search information you need, Gboard lets you easily transfer it into the keyboard for immediate use with a single tap—no clunky app-switching or copy-pasting necessary. Sounds pretty handy-dandy.Read more »
If you're an iPhone owner who has been wishing for a way to involve Google in basically everything you do on your Apple device, the search giant has good news -- an all-new iOS keyboard with Google inside.| Read more »
Following the more widespread launch of Apple Pay in Canada earlier this week, Apple Pay VP Jennifer Bailey revealed more details about the launch in an interview with The Financial Post, explaining some of the reasons for the delay of the more general launch in Canada. A Canadian launch of the mobile payments service appeared to be on the horizon for last fall, with early reports from the Wall Street Journal pegging a November launch date, and leaked…
Apple’s decline in iPhone sales is unsurprisingly having a knock-on effect on its key suppliers, with the WSJ reporting that Foxconn, Pegatron, Sharp, Japan Display and Sony have all reported falling profits or losses as a result.Read more »
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Simplicity Linux delivers a simpler way to run a fully powered Linux desktop on any computer you touch. It is derived from Puppy Linux. Two beta versions released in March offer experimental approaches that stray from the distro's standard releases. If you're familiar with Puppy Linux but have not yet taken Simplicity for a walk, you're missing out some interesting Linux computing experiences. Puppy Linux is a unique distro brand made for both new and old home-user computers. Simplicity Linux is more than a Puppy Linux clone.
Android devices are no match for their iOS counterparts when it comes to device performance, according to the Q1 2016 State of Mobile Device Performance and Health report released by Blancco Technology Group.
Based on diagnostics tests run on millions of iOS and Android devices via the SmartChk platform, the report reveals a glaring disparity in failure rates for Android devices (44%) and iOS devices (25%) during the first quarter of 2016. And out of the 44% of Android devices that failed, the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Lenovo K3 Note models had the highest failure rates.
These findings come off the heels of Kantar Worldpanel ComTech's latest smartphone market share report, which shows that Android commanded the lion's share of the mobile operating system (OS) market share for the three-month period ending Feb. 29. In particular, Android saw considerable sales growth in various parts of the world, including the U.S. Europe, China, Japan and Australia....| Read more »
DeviceAtlas, a supplier of intelligence on mobile devices, has released its quarterly Mobile Web Intelligence Report for the first quarter of 2016, which analyzes mobile device traffic to hundreds of thousands of websites around the world. Not surprisingly, the report finds that Apple and Samsung devices are dominating mobile web browsing and that things look promising for the latest iPhone and for renewed growth of iOS.
DeviceAtlas says that Apple “recently surprised the mobile world by releasing a 4-inch phone, the iPhone SE, which can easily claim the title of the world’s most powerful 4-inch device.” It could be a hit as 4-inch phones are much more popular than 5.7-inch phones in all countries analyzed in the report.
In 2015 Android was more popular than iOS in terms of web traffic, but the fourth quarter report found that iOS grew faster than Android. Android maintained its leading position and grew its...| Read more »
Since iOS 8, Apple has supported third-party keyboards on iPhones and iPads with Microsoft and others offering their own unique options. Google, which has dozens of apps on iOS, is joining in on the action today with its new feature-packed ‘Gboard’ keyboard for iPhone. The final product lines up with what was reported a couple of months back.Read more »
Taylor Swift is continuing her partnership with Apple Music, with yet another ad featuring the singer and the streaming service. The new minute-long commercial features Taylor Swift dancing around to ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ by The Darkness.
Swift demonstrates using the Apple Music discovery features (via the ‘Friday Night Rocks!’ playlist) to find the track. The ad ends with the slogan ‘Dance like no one’s watching’. Watch the ad after the jump …Read more »
According to a survey conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Feedzai, a data science company, 18% of Americans would rather have a broken bone than gettheir identity and payment information stolen. In the aftermath of the Apple controversy with the FBI, apparently more U.S. citizens would side with Apple when it comes to their data and whom it’s shared with, and when.
Fifty-nine percent of Americans say it’s never acceptable for a company to use or access their personal data without their permission, while 29% say it’s OK if national security is involved. The “Consumer Trust Survey: Data in the Hands of Companies and Government” was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Feedzai from April 4-6, 2016 among 2,143 U.S. adults age 18 and older.
Smartphones topped the list of personal devices Americans think are at most risk for fraud (22%), followed by desktop/laptop (17%), tablet (2%), and standard mobile (2%). Less than one in five (17%) Americans would be...| Read more »
Developers are the latest beneficiaries of Apple's ongoing bid to revamp the App Store, with new policies shortening the time it takes to gain app approval from more than a week to fewer than two days.| Read more »
I like to think I’m pretty handy with a camera, but am definitely an amateur when it comes to video. Unlike some of the talented videographers we have here on the team, my idea of video editing is to throw a bunch of clips into iMovie, add cross-dissolves between them, drop in a music track and call it good.
But even that level of video editing can be surprisingly time-consuming, which creates something of a dilemma. I enjoy having a video record of things like fun bike rides, but don’t want to spend hours creating them. So for a group ride at the weekend, I tried a different approach that took hardly any time and seemed to work surprisingly well …Read more »
Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are today’s patent highlights:
Imagine a device like the Logitech Logi Base that not only charges an iPad, but also provides it with more processing power. Apple has been granted a patent (number 20160132288) for “using a processing device as a dock for a media player” that, in theory, could make an iOS device function more like a desktop computer when docked.
In the patent filing, Apple says that, by integrating multiple electronic devices, it’s possible to increase the functionality of the devices individually. For example, you could improve media...| Read more »
Microsoft is revamping the email editor in Outlook for Mac, providing new options for working with images and adding new fonts.
The biggest change is the ability to resize and rotate images. If you insert a very large image, for instance, you’ll soon be able to make it more reasonably-sized for email recipients.
Users are also getting access to a broader set of fonts, font colors, bulleted lists and other formatting options.
The changes will roll out in mid-May, Microsoft says, starting with people who are part of the Office Insider early release program.Read more »
The discontinuation of the iPod Classic back in 2014 gave prices of used models a boost in the following holiday season, some models selling for up to four times the original price. A Guardian report says that collectors are now paying even more for some models, with special editions selling for as much as $90,000.
Terapeak, a company which tracks pricing of collectibles on eBay, […] found that classic iPods in their original packaging were priced at collectibles levels – one U2 special edition, Terapeak noted, sold in November for $90,000.
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Lyft has agreed to pay $27 million to settle a dispute with drivers in California, under pressure from the judge who found the earlier proposed payment of $12.25 million was too small.
The ride-hailing company and its rival Uber Technologies are keen to settle with the drivers in class-action lawsuits, without having to agree to their reclassification as employees, which would push up their costs.
The companies currently classify their drivers as independent contractors, which does not require them to pay the drivers benefits such as reimbursement in work-related expenses.
A filing by the lawyer for the drivers in another lawsuit in a California court suggests that Uber could have to pay over $700 million in mileage expense reimbursement and phone expenses between 2009 and April of this year, if its drivers in California and...| Read more »
Apple has told the families of two teenage boys lost at sea that it has been unable to recover any data from the iPhone belonging to one of them. The families had hoped that content on the phone might have provided clues as to what happened.
14-year-olds Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen failed to return from a boating trip last July, but their 19-foot boat was boat was found drifting 100 miles from Bermuda back in March, and on it was an iPhone belonging to Stephanos. Apple agreed last month to attempt to recover data from the phone, but the SunSentinel reports that the company’s efforts were unsuccessful …
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