Thursday, May 12, 2016
An interesting profile of Apple’s overarching health initiative published Monday says Apple Watch, a device marketed to fashion-forward consumers, has roots in late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs’ personal quest for better healthcare, a goal he wanted for all Apple customers.
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Mobile payments are on the rise among Canadian consumers and they’re about to gain access to a large player. The entry of Apple Pay in Canada has now been announced and consumers in that country will be able to take advantage of that mobile payments service, as long as they have a compatible iPhone and an account with one of the Big 5 banks in the country.
Read more www.qrcodepress.com
Music-streaming services are growing in popularity, but are they so dominant that companies like Apple can ditch music downloads entirely? Not quite. Digital Music News on Wednesday reported that Apple will stop offering music downloads in the next few years, perhaps as early as 2018.
Read more www.pcmag.com
Apple’s fabled product secrecy is a key ingredient in its success, but something big must be on the cards considering the company’s R&D budget has grown from $3bn to $10bn in four years. That big pivot could be Apple’s electric car ambition, codenamed Project Titan.
Read more www.siliconrepublic.com
Even if you love Android, you can’t totally ignore iOS. You probably have plenty of family members or friends who use iPhones. Or you may dabble with the other side on your own with an iPad, which isn’t a bad option considering the Android tablet space could use really use a new Nexus flagship.
Read more www.greenbot.com
YouTube is testing a messaging feature on its apps that will let you chat and share videos with friends without ever having to use another platform. The service is currently being rolled out to a small group of users, with the hopes that word-of-mouth will see it reach more people.
Read more www.digitaltrends.com
San Francisco: Apple Inc. 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. The accelerated pace allows app developers to fix bugs faster, try out new features more regularly and better react to market changes, while building developer loyalty to Apple’s iOS mobile operating system.
Read more www.livemint.com
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 9to5mac.com
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Pebble has just pushed out its latest batch of updates, both for the smartwatch firmware and its mobile apps, and, as we have covered before, it centers around a lot of health-related features. As great as that may be, it is hardly the only thing going for this update. iOS users in particular have something sweet to look forward to in the update.
Read more www.slashgear.com
There comes a time every once in a while where a jailbreak tweak is groundbreaking and has the potential to shake up the entire jailbreak community, and folks, we definitely think a new tweak release in Cydia called PersonalAssistant is one of those tweaks. In this review, we’ll walk you through this monster of a tweak, which the developer notes has seven tweaks built into one unified interface.
Read more www.idownloadblog.com
Opera seems to be trying to make a name for itself as the most privacy-aware mainstream internet browser. The company has just launched an updated version of its iOS app with a built in VPN, or virtual private network. What makes this VPN special, however, is the fact that it’s completely free to use as much as you want.
Read more www.digitaltrends.com
Apple has updated some of its non-OS software today, and it is expected that the company will release either new betas or final releases of several system updates later today as well. The iWork suite of apps (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote) for iOS and OS X have received extremely minor “stability improvements and bug fixes” version updates, while Apple News has made a few small changes for the benefit of news publishers, such as allowing a customized thumbnail icon and improving archival post linking.
Read more www.macnn.com
Maintaining a high level of consumer security on iOS is a huge cornerstone to what makes Apple the company it is. Tim Cook believes that we’re at the ‘golden age of surveillance’, and that Apple’s level of encryption impacts the wellbeing of U.S. citizens. It’s no surprise that users who care about security want to be up to date on the latest practices and methods that guarantee that.
Read more 9to5mac.com
Monday, May 09, 2016
Netflix announced a new feature to the updated Netflix app on iOS or Android that will enable subscribers to be able to adjust the quality of the video they watch and hence control the amount of mobile data that is consumed. Netflix aims to give users more control and greater choice in managing their data usage to help avoid exceeding data caps and incurring overage fees.
Read more www.thefastmode.com
I prefer Android OS to iOS, but I often flirt with the idea of going back to using an iPhone as my primary phone because iPhones get all the cool add-on accessories like the DxO camera and these cool corner bumper protectors from Corners4.
Read more the-gadgeteer.com
Want to try out the voice command features of Amazon’s impressive Alexa voice services platform but don’t have an Amazon Echo, Tap, Echo Dot, or Triby? Maybe you’re interested in one of those devices, but don’t want to shell out the money without having an idea of what sort of performance you can expect?
Read more techaeris.com
Saturday, May 07, 2016
Facebook fiends can now take the social network everywhere they go with Littlebook, an unofficial Facebook client for the Apple Watch that will either keep your eyes glued to the wearable or rolling back into your skull. Silly as it may be, Littlebook is actually pretty robust. You can browse your entire feed, and like posts with a simple tap.
Read more thenextweb.com
Ahead of its much talked about redesign coming this fall alongside the iOS 10 release, Apple Music has today received a new special pricing tier. The service is now offering half off its monthly subscription rate, but only if you are a student. In the US, this works out to $4.99 per month if you qualify, instead of the usual $9.99 charged by Apple. But the new rate isn’t only available in the States, it’s also out in other countries, including the UK, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
Read more www.gsmarena.com
Moog Music today introduced Model 15 for iOS – a software recreation of one of its classic 70’s hardware modular synthesisers. The Moog Model 15 hardware modular synthesizer was originally released in 1973, and was re-released last year as a $10,000 limited edition reissue, right. The system offers a complete analog synth voice.
Read more www.synthtopia.com
It’s not uncommon for Rockstar Games to put their Grand Theft Auto iOS ports on sale, but it’s not as common to see the entire library of them all on sale at the same time. That’s what we’re experiencing right now, in what I’m dubbing “The Great Rockstar Games Grand Theft Auto (and Max Payne) Cinco de Mayo Sale of 2016”. Pretty catchy name, no?
Read more toucharcade.com