Monday, November 30, 2015
You get a free app! And you get a free app! And you get a free app! Everybody gets free apps! Today’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free packs nine nifty premium apps that are all free downloads for a limited time. These sales could be over at any minute though, so don’t delay.
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Apple Music subscribers will soon be able to queue up songs from Apple AAPL +1.00% Inc.’s catalog to wireless speaker systems from Sonos Inc. When the public beta launches on Dec. 15, it will mark the first time Apple pairs with an outside hardware maker on deep integration of its music streaming service.
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5 busy filmmakers/videographers share how the growth of high quality low cost consumer cameras and smartphones are disrupting the industry’s job market in exclusive interviews with Renée Ward. There’s no doubt that the proliferation of low cost high quality cameras and smartphones in the hands of just about anybody can produce HD videos suitable for distribution for all to see worldwide. Yes, you can now record, edit and upload instantly a high quality video with only a smartphone. “Amateurs” are now making big money online armed with just their smartphone.
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An angry pensioner has successfully sued Apple for £2,000 after the store accidentally wiped all his pictures and contacts when he took it in for repairs. Retired Deric White, 68, from Pimlico, London, took his iPhone 5 in for repairs at the Regent Street branch of Apple in Decmeber last year after receiving a text message saying there was fault on the device.
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There are a bunch of ways to learn to play the guitar, other than taking lessons. These methods use everything from pictures to full videos. The limitation of those multimedia presentations, though, is that they’re typically two-dimensional. Final Guitar and the paid Final Guitar Pro take a completely different approach, using a 3-D animated character to demonstrate arm, hand, and finger movements just like you have a real guitarist playing in front of you.
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As we race towards the Christmas period, we’re always looking out for deals, offers and discounts on gifts for our friends and family, and maybe the odd treat for ourselves. The best time to find such deals is Black Friday and Cyber Monday, when retailers offer huge discounts to shoppers.
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When it comes to innovation, Apple is proving that it’s not all about the money. While competitors like Google, Facebook and Qualcomm are dumping huge percentages of their revenue back into R&D on projects like autonomous cars and Internet drones, a recent Bloomberg report highlights how Apple has gotten the biggest bang for its buck in R&D, despite spending less than any other major tech company.
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Sunday, November 29, 2015
The idea of a smart home is a long running meme in technological circles. Apple has made the biggest stride recently with HomeKit and there is now a significant ecosystem of lights, switches, and other accessories to buy for your home. That being said, smart home accessories are still novelties and quite pricey: they aren’t must-have purchases.
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As the years have gone on, Apple have ignored the cries of their user base and kept on piling more and more bloat into iTunes. Firing up iTunes takes longer than booting cold these days with a decent sized library, and there is nothing more annoying than plugging your iPhone into your OS X Mac and having to suffer the 15 minutes it takes until you have a chance to quit iTunes.
Read more www.idigitaltimes.com
In a loose collection of offices on an underwhelming business park outside of Cambridge sits Britain’s most successful technology company, ARM. You’ve probably never heard of it, but ARM’s designs are at the heart of the iPhone and nearly every other modern smartphone.
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Late yesterday the Hong Kong Patent Office published a series of eight newly granted design patents for Apple that relate to all-new Apple Store Display Tables. More specifically, the new designs appear to be for the Apple Watch as each design has a cut out area with a glass cover just as the original Apple Watch table have, as noted below.
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Accessory and case maker Sena made a case and charging stand for the Apple Watch, which fulfills a niche that may not exist at all. Rather than produce a stand that’s suitable for the office, a bedside table, or the living room, Sena targeted the traveler. It’s an odd choice, because many Apple Watch owners on the move will have their Apple Watch strapped to their wrist, rather than hidden away in a case.
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Friday, November 27, 2015
Waze has long been one of our favourite navigation apps, and even though Google purchased Waze way back in 2013, both still exist side-by-side. Google Maps is great, but with the right tweaks, Waze can be awesome — especially in cities with lots of traffic.
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Apple CarPlay has received a lot of attention recently as it begins rolling out in some new cars. However, owners of older vehicles can also get CarPlay via an aftermarket head unit, which is what I did. I spent some time with CarPlay courtesy of the $1,200 Pioneer AVIC-7100NEX, which I had installed in my 2008 Honda CR-V family-mobile last summer.
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Our resident Cognizant digital/mobile expert, Peter Rogers, asked me to recommend a digital strategies topic to share, and I suggested Beacons for this week. I confess to reading about them daily without knowing much about them, so I want to thank Peter for this article! Enjoy! Let’s start with a Basic Beacons 101 class:
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DxO is pushing a new software update that adds several features to the DxO One app. Available in early December as a free download, Version 1.2 includes “new ways to view and interact with advanced photo info, and provides more control over the entire photo and video capture process including via a companion Apple Watch app,” according to DxO.
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Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that covers a system and methods for providing a type of haptic output for an electronic device such as an Apple Watch or iPhone. The type of haptic output is based on a determined orientation, position, and/or operating environment of the electronic device. Specifically, the electronic device may receive input from one or more sensors associated with an electronic device.
Read more www.patentlyapple.com
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Not too long after the first rumors surfaced, Apple has given its usual non-confirmation that it has acquired Faceshift, the company behind the technology Star Wars used to animate the faces of CGI characters. It’s not an obvious fit for Apple, so what could be the thinking behind the purchase?
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but that’s not the only gold the Cupertino giant can lay claim to recently. Anandtech, a site founded in 1997 that reviews technology products, recently announced that the iPhone 6s and 6s plus won an “Editors’ Choice Gold” award. It’s the highest-rated iPhone ever and the second phone overall to secure this designation.
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Apple is expected to begin shifting iPhones from LCD displays to improved OLED screens starting in 2018, according to Nikkei Asian Review. Currently the display technology is only used by Apple to produce Apple Watch displays while iPhones and iPads use older LCD technology. OLED benefits from greater contrast levels and much deeper blacks as the display only illuminates to present color.
Read more 9to5mac.com