Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Apple plans to let you try iOS 9 early this year with a public iOS 9 beta that arrives in July. Apple will allow regular users to test the new iPhone software for several months before the public iOS 9 release date that arrives this fall. Here is what you need to do now if you want to take part in this iOS 9 beta for regular users.

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Apple Music and iOS 8.4 will be available to download in the UK for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch at 4PM UK time. Launching 30 June, the update is the last major software update before iOS 9.

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We understand why you have outfitted (or might be tempted to outfit) your house with every Sonos device you possibly can. It’s kind of neat to be able to stream music from a variety of different online services to speakers all around your house.

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Apple is investing significant resources into a car-related project, so much so that it’s been reassigning employees from other divisions, insiders claim. Sources familiar with the matter told El Reg that Apple has shifted so much staff towards its auto division that senior managers in other divisions are complaining about the loss of talent from their teams.

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HomeKit, Apple’s initiative to controlling home automation that was introduced last year at the Worldwide Developers Conference, has been in the market for nearly twelve months now. Just recently Apple updated an entire list of commands that you can give Siri for taking care of Apple HomeKit enabled devices.

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Watching a movie at your home with your family, suddenly you remember that you have forgotten to switch off A.C in your office. What would you do? Wouldn’t you rush to your office to switch off A.C? Most probably yes!

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Are you pumped for some Apple-Zane Lowe music goodness? Apple Music is scheduled to go live on 30 June, and that means many of you are probably wondering how to get access to the streaming service, when your favourite DJs will take over the Beats 1 radio feature, and so on.

Read more www.pocket-lint.com


Monday, June 29, 2015

Well, here’s a bit of a twist: knock-off Apple accessories that are selling for a higher price than the authentic ones. A handful of listings for fake Apple Watch charging cables have appeared on Amazon, and they are all more expensive than Apple’s.

Read more www.slashgear.com


Apple has come up with a great idea that could allow people to transfer data between their Apple Watches with simple gestures such as handshake, fist bump, or a bow. The Cupertino based company recently filed a patent that will make it possible.

Read more vr-zone.com


We’ve known most of the big details about Apple Music since Apple officially announced it at WWDC earlier this month: it launches on June 30, it costs $10 per month or $15 per month for families of up to six people, and it comes with a three-month free trial that up until recently was causing some grief for Taylor Swift and other independent artists. But questions about how it would interact with other paid Apple services, most notably iTunes Match, remained.

Read more arstechnica.com


Friday, June 26, 2015

Reserve Strap is readying an add-on for the Apple Watch that may solve one of its controversial features, a fairly regular need for charging. The Apple Watch is sold at a starting price of ship £299, and went on sale in April. It was described as a game changer by Apple chief Tim Cook, but has disappointing battery life for the price.

Read more www.v3.co.uk


The new Apple Watch will be available in three more countries from July 17th 2015 allowing residents of the Netherlands, Sweden and Thailand to be able to purchase the wearable. Apple originally launched a new Watch in nine countries and has today launched it in seven more including Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan.

Read more www.geeky-gadgets.com


The iOS 8.3 jailbreak update by TaiG finally includes a version of Cydia that’s fully brought up to speed. iPhones and iPads running the latest Apple software can finally look forward to Saurik’s Cydia and mobile substrate working with iOS 8.3.

Read more www.idigitaltimes.com


After more than a year of Apple teasing its smart home platform, we’re finally getting a look at how some of the first HomeKit-enabled products will work with Siri. In a series of demos held in New York City this week, Mashable got an up-close look at how HomeKit product owners will be able to use their voice (with the help of Apple’s virtual voice assistant Siri) for commands from anywhere.

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Good news for Volvo drivers looking to control their car from their wrist: the Swedish automaker has announced a series of upgrades to its Volvo On Call system. The onboard telematics system will now interface with the Apple Watch and Android Wear, in addition to the usual array of iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices.

Read more www.autoblog.com


Thursday, June 25, 2015

The price range for the Apple Watch Editions in the United States may range from $10,000 to $17,000, but if you’re willing to wait until Friday and make the trek over to Taiwan, you can own the most luxurious version of the Apple Watch for just $16,163, or NT $500,000, saving you nearly a cool thousand on a device you probably don’t need. Market observers in the Taiwanese market announced Wednesday that the highly anticipated release of the gadget is set to cost this amount, but a final price has yet to be made public.

Read more www.digitaltrends.com


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

When Apple finally confirmed it was launching Apple Pay in the UK, questions over how it would operate immediately surfaced. Between supporting banks and retailers, it became clear that transactions will be capped at £20, the same limit that contactless bank cards enjoy, putting a downer on people’s plans to use Apple’s NFC payment service for a weekly shop.

Read more www.engadget.com


Following Apple’s decision to actually pay artist royalties during its three-month trial period beginning at the end of this month, two digital rights giants, Merlin and Beggars Group (comprising 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade, and XL), have reportedly signed deals licensing music under their umbrellas to Apple Music.

Read more www.thefourohfive.com


iDevices, Schlage and Chamberlain fill in their plans. Three companies that announced plans a year ago to market Apple HomeKit-certified home-automation products have now revealed pricing and availability plans.

Read more www.twice.com


Sometimes it’s hard to appreciate that the countless electronic voices we hear, from the prompt at the self-checkout to the disembodied tone coming from our phones, were provided by a real person. Where do those voices come from? To find out, I asked the original voice of the iPhone assistant Siri, Susan Bennett.

Read more www.vox.com