Wednesday, July 22, 2015

iPhone sales may be up, but Apple stock is decidedly down after it reported fiscal third-quarter results that included a tepid financial outlook.

Sales of the phone, especially the 6 and 6 Plus models, propelled another blowout quarter for Apple, allowing it to post a 33% jump in revenue, to $49.6 billion, and profits ($1.85 per share) that surpassed analyst estimates by 4 cents.

Read more www.usatoday.com


Apple and IBM today unveiled 10 new enterprise apps across several industries including tools for government inspectors, business travelers and managers, and field service professionals for the first time. The latest apps bring the number of iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch apps built for the enterprise under Apple’s IBM MobileFirst for iOS partnership to 32 in total.

Read more 9to5mac.com


Today Apple released strong earnings, with the iPhone leading the charge. Many analysts have been speculating on Apple Watch sales numbers. The company already announced that it wouldn’t break out specific numbers for the Apple Watch, but Tim Cook meticulously explained how Apple feels about Apple Watch sales during the earnings call.

Read more techcrunch.com


Friday, July 17, 2015

Most every app I’ve installed on my Apple Watch brings some sort of Glance along with it. While that’s a neato-keen thing to put in your App description to sell more apps, I’m not convinced that every app I have needs to be on my wrist.

Read more www.cultofmac.com


Apple has released four new adverts for its Apple Watch, the company is showing off their new smartwatch being used in different ways through peoples daily lives. The videos below show the Apple Watch being used whilst working out, traveling, and communicating with friends and family.

Read more www.geeky-gadgets.com


Thursday, July 16, 2015

You can now use your Apple Watch as a Hulu remote control. The new version of the Hulu app for iOS [iTunes link] includes Apple Watch support. The app lets you use your watch to control playback not just on your iPhone, but also on the Xbox One, PS4 and Chromecast.

Read more mashable.com


Apple may have accidentally announced a New Zealand launch date for the Apple Watch today on its app store, before quickly taking the information offline. Fairfax reported that this morning, the Apple Store iOS app said Kiwis would be able to purchase the watch on July 31 from 7.01am, however, around 1pm, the information was removed.

Read more www.nzherald.co.nz


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

In the third Apple Watch-related patent filing published in the past month, Apple has filed a new biometrics related patent in Europe that covers a new gesture and vascular biometrics-based multimodal authentication system for the Apple Watch, according to a report by Patently Apple.

Read more www.biometricupdate.com


Apple Pay, the contactless payment system from the Californian technology giant, is finally available on UK shores in our shops and across the London transport network. Apple Pay has launched in the UK, allowing iPhone and Apple Watch users to pay for goods and services as well as travel around London through their devices.

Read more www.telegraph.co.uk


Monday, July 13, 2015

iPhone is Apple’s most important and profitable product, it is also the nerve-centre of various expanding ecosystems (i.e. HealthKit, watchOS, CarPlay, AirPlay, HomeKit). The latest series of ads titled ‘If it’s not an iPhone,” celebrate iPhone ownership while possibly shooting missives at some rival devices that have copied aspects of the iPhone’s look and feel.

Read more www.canadianreviewer.com


For all their promise of transforming homes into something out of Star Trek, connected devices are still trying to find a place in the mainstream. New York-based Astro, a graduate of the R/GA Accelerator, is building hardware and software that CEO Shaun Springer says could cast “smart homes” in a new light.

Read more www.xconomy.com


Wednesday, July 08, 2015

It’s definitely not perfect, but there is a new option for importing Spotify playlists into Apple Music. An Apple Script app called STAMP (Spotify to Apple Music Playlist), by developer Bartosz Hernas, uses automation to try to massage your exported playlists into Apple Music. Does it work?

Read more www.idownloadblog.com


Love it or hate it, Apple Music’s big draw is it’s deep integration with iOS. That means Siri can do all kinds of things for you to get music playing. Let’s take a look at some of these commands. Siri’s integration with Apple Music includes all the old stuff. You can ask to play any song, album, artist, or playlist and Siri will start playing it right away either from your library or Apple Music. Beyond that, there are a bunch of new commands.

Read more lifehacker.com


The latest official update to Apple’s iOS, iOS 8.4, was unleashed onto the world 8 days ago (June 30), and while it was mostly a maintenance, bug-fixing update, it also introduced the Apple Music music-streaming service for all devices eligible to receive the OS update. Normally, when Apple pushes a new software update for its devices, a large portion of them all are already rocking it shortly after.

Read more www.phonearena.com


Instead of making you choose between Apple AirPlay and Google Cast, Sony’s latest whole-home speakers will work with both. The SRS-X77, SRS-X88, and SRS-X99 are the first speakers to include AirPlay and Google Cast, both of which let users send audio from a networked phone, tablet, or computer.

Read more www.pcworld.com


The Opel Insignia is getting a little long in tooth but that hasn’t stopped the company from announcing a series of updates to the model. Starting under the hood, there’s a new 1.6-liter CDTI engine that will replace the previous 2.0-liter unit.

Read more www.worldcarfans.com


The world’s first swimming app just debuted on the Apple Inc. Watch. The new app was designed for heart rate monitoring, timing and lapping for swimmers. The app’s developers tested the app on each model with four full lengths in the London Aquatic Center’s 50-meter pool.

Read more www.valuewalk.com


HomeKit, Apple’s smart home framework, is expanding to include another product: the ecobee3 smart thermostat that will launch on Tuesday in Apple’s online store and physical locations. The ecobee3 is the alternative to Google’s Nest for homeowners who prefer a smart thermostat that runs on Apple’s iOS-based framework.

Read more www.techtimes.com


According to research firm Slice Intelligence, which has been closely following Apple Watch performance since the device launched in April, sales averages are taking a nose dive in the U.S. as availability increases, but the firm offers little data to support the provided numbers.

Read more appleinsider.com


Monday, July 06, 2015

In what amounts to a significant value improvement, all Polo, Golf, Beetle, Scirocco, Jetta and Tiguan models will now get a standard reverse-view camera and a new App-Connect USB interface integrating Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink as standard. This makes Volkswagen among the first brands with these new-generation connectivity systems, which over the coming years will become standard across the overwhelming majority of new cars.

Read more www.msn.com