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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mobile marketing firm Vibes wants to turn banner ads into coupons for your digital wallet. Today the company is launching a new product called WalletAds, which will allow advertisers to make their traditional mobile advertisements into clickable deals and discounts that you can store in Apple Passbook or Google Wallet.

Read more venturebeat.com



Apple appears to be gearing up for a big marketing push for the Apple Watch ahead of its April launch, featuring the device on several magazine covers. The Apple Watch made its U.S. magazine cover debut earlier this month in the March issue of Self, and it’s also being featured in a multi-page spread in the March issue of Vogue.

Read more www.macrumors.com



Like many other people, I thoroughly enjoyed my colleague Ian Parker’s Profile of Sir Jonathan Ive, the chief designer at Apple. If you haven’t read the piece yet, I’d advise you to find a comfortable spot and consume all sixteen thousand and five hundred words.

Read more www.newyorker.com



Smashing your precious iPhone screen has got to be one of the biggest first world problems. You reach down and pick up your phone, which has of course landed screen down, to inspect the damage and have your worst fears confirmed; the screen is shattered.

Read more www.macworld.co.uk



Sometimes you just have to tell it like it is. If someone is all up in your iPhone’s recent calls and you just really don’t want to talk, the only way to stop the craziness is to be blunt with a custom text response.

Read more mashable.com



Beside free publicity, and huge amounts of it, the putative Apple Car raises interesting questions about car manufacturing, the future of automobiles, and the part that an interloper such as Apple could play in this century-old industry. The volume of comments and Twitter traffic in reaction to last week’s Monday Note, The Fantastic Apple Car, was just one small rivulet in this week’s gusher of rumors, jokes, and proclamations about Apple becoming a car manufacturer.

Read more www.mondaynote.com



Back in early 2014 I had an opportunity to work on my first hardware project that went into production. The project was incredibly interesting. All of a sudden I had to build an app that interfaced with a piece of hardware that triggered set events. Those events would be customizable through the app.

Read more www.xmcgraw.com



WatchSimKit is an on-device Apple Watch simulator. WatchSimKit will let you take an existing WatchKit app and display it inside an iPhone app. The displayed app will be fully interactive, and you can test things like tap targets and interface sizing.

Read more github.com


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tim Cook tweeted this morning to honor what would be the 60th birthday of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who passed away in October 2011 following a lengthy battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. Cook shared a quote from Jobs’ heartfelt commencement address at Stanford University in 2005, in which he said “the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

Read more www.macrumors.com



Stanford Health Care, one of the few previously announced healthcare provider adopters of Apple HealthKit, has officially launched its patient-facing, HealthKit enabled iOS app this week. The new iOS 8 app, called MyHealth, integrate with Epic and with Apple HealthKit. Although Epic itself is integrating with Apple, and many hospitals rely on Epic’s MyChart app and portal for patient engagement, Stanford president and CEO Amir Dan Rubin suggested that Epic’s out-of-the-box app wouldn’t cut it for the hospital.

Read more mobihealthnews.com



Apple Pay aficionados may soon be able to tap, tap on their smartphones and pay in Europe. Visa Europe announced today that it is unveiling a new payment technology that allows credit card payments to be processed by a retailer without disclosing specific credit card data.

Read more www.entrepreneur.com



LittleBits is getting into the booming smart home business. The company, which makes small electronic modules that DIYers can use to build their own electronic hardware, today announced its new Smart Home Kit. The largest littleBits kit yet, the 14-module set will help people retrofit existing home products to join the Internet of Things.

Read more www.popularmechanics.com



Your next iPhone may be trackable even when it’s turned off, if Apple’s newest patent is anything to go by. The Cupertino tech giant has just patented a technology that would “periodically exit an unpowered state and transmit location data.”

Read more rt.com



With the Apple Watch scheduled to hit the market in April, we’re getting even more glimpses of how third-party developers are planning to take advantage of the new device. Wareable.com recently previewed a number of new watch apps including Clear, Feed Wrangler, and more.

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Despite speculation to the contrary, Apple does in fact plan to sell an array of bands as separate accessories for the Apple Watch at launch, according to sources. So far Apple has only shown the Watch in pre-assembled collections, which reduces their potential for customization, but our sources say that Apple’s retail outlets will be stocked on day one with individual straps so customers can easily mix and match the looks of their Watches.

Read more 9to5mac.com


Monday, February 23, 2015

Had enough Candy Crush and looking for some fun new games to play on your iPhone? Here are five favorites TIME rounded up this week.

Read more time.com



To this date, the iPhone 5c remains one of the more controversial Apple product releases. Why? Because the company basically took an iPhone 5, substituted the signature all-aluminum build with plastic, and kept everything else about the device the same.

Read more www.phonearena.com



The iPhone 6 Plus has an amazing 5.5-inch 1080p display, but while bigger is better for apps and the web, bigger can also be harder to use one-handed. With a smaller display, it’s easier to balance the phone and reach your thumb all the way up and across, from corner to corner.

Read more www.imore.com



When the young people of Tokyo want to go shopping, they head for Harajuku. A fabled wellspring of youth culture, the neighborhood offers international retail chains on its main streets and tiny purveyors of bleeding-edge fashion in its back alleys.

Read more www.fastcompany.com



You know that icy stab of panic when you suddenly realize your Android phone or iPhone isn’t safe in your pocket where it should be? Sure, features like “Find my iPhone” on iOS or the Android Device Manager can help. But if bad guys have snatched your phone or tablet, they can do a lot of damage before you zero in on its location.

Read more www.macworld.co.uk


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