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MediaTek Announces Two Software Development Kits for Apple HomeKit

MediaTek, a pioneering fabless semiconductor company and a market leader in cutting-edge systems-on-chip (SoC), today announced it has released two software development kits (SDKs) that support Apple HomeKit. Apple HomeKit is a framework built into iOS that enables secure home control from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple Watch and lets home accessories work together in smart ways.

“By adding HomeKit support, MediaTek takes another step in our mission to connect the world’s next billion people,” said SR Tsai, General Manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Connectivity and Networking Business Unit. “Customers have been looking for innovative, simple and secure technologies that power their home and our new SDKs with HomeKit support delivers that to them.”

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HelpAround helps you get assistance with one tap on your Apple Watch

HelpAround, Inc., the creator of the popular Diabetes Helpers peer-to-peer support network and the Alert app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, today announced Alert for Apple Watch with support for watchOS 2. Alert for Apple Watch provides seniors in physical or emotional distress a seamless way to simultaneously text their location and conference-in all of their caregivers at once with a simple tap on their wrist. Alert for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch launched in July as the first health app to act in real-time. The data is also incorporated into the Health app on iPhone, allowing care providers to access health information with user permission.

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Please welcome Homekit newcomer: Scalage Sense Smart Deadbolt

Schlage a brand of Allegion plc that has created the most technologically advanced lock products to help consumers secure their homes for more than 95 years, is now offering its newest innovation, the Schlage Sense ™ Smart Deadbolt, for pre-order at, and The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt will be available for retail starting in November in select Lowe’s and Home Depot stores and on,, and The Scalage Sense ™ Smart Deadbolt will retail for $229.00.

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The top ranking ways to monetize an iPhone app

For a long time developers monetized on their products by simply charging people for using them, however, with the popularity of mobile internet products also comes a lot of different ways to make money with your apps.

While the following list of suggestions to monetise from iPhone apps is no guide to mobile internet for developers, it will certainly showcase some of the most important ways to produce money from apps.

App distribution platforms offer a cost effective and highly efficient way for developers to increase sales and monetisation through worldwide distribution and a state of the art DSP that offers an excellent diversity when it comes to advertisers.

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iOS 9 Power Safe Mode for jailbroken iOS 8 users

Except from iPhone 6 Plus owners, I don’t think that anyone in the world is really happy with the battery capacity of their iPhone. Apple is always making their devices thinner and leaner with the implication that they have to come up with compensating measures to give you at least the same battery life in each new model.

As we know by now after 9 iterations, every new iOS version comes with a new iPhone model. The iPhone 6S is not smaller than the iPhone 6, however they have put in a smaller battery to compensate for the space of the 3D-Touch’s taptic engine(s). This time around Apple pulled the trick to do this via software, via their new Low Power Mode feature.

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Apple Store Brussels grand opening

Finally we have an official Apple Store in the capital of Europe. Why it took so long for Apple to build one is still a big question for me. Yesterday on September 19 the store was officially open for the public. Photos have appeared already in the press, they could visit already a few days earlier. Anyway the best experience is to go when the public is there and when the store employees make the wave for you when you enter.

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iPhone 6S (Plus) prices increase between 5 and 16 percent

The iPhone 6S received a nice overhaul, and like I’ve blogged about before, this model is bringing a lot of new features to the table which were long overdue. Pre-iPhone 6 users, will get a really nice upgrade value bang for the buck with the new camera system and 3D Touch.

That being said the new iPhone flagships also take again a bigger bite out of the (family) budget. We have compared the prices of 4 European countries where it’s available for preorder the 12th of September, and we also compared the US prices.

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WiFi Flash drive your iPhone

Eightythree Technology today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Phone Drive 6.0, a critical update to their innovative, multi-functional file management app developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Phone Drive is a personal and secure wireless drive, allowing users to save, manage, edit and view files on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Connecting via Wi-Fi to either Mac or PC desktops allows files to be easily transferred via Finder or Windows Explorer and then viewed or edited directly on the device using a variety of included in-app utilities. Now users can links directly with Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive accounts for easy-to-use cloud management.

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London hosting the Apple Music Festival - interacting directly with Connect and Beats 1

Apple® today announced that Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Florence + The Machine and Disclosure are among the headliners at the 2015 Apple Music™ Festival at London’s Roundhouse this September. Apple will broadcast performances to music fans around the world for free, which can be viewed live and on-demand on Apple Music. The Apple Music Festival lets fans get even closer to their favorite performers with coverage on Beats 1℠ alongside backstage news and footage straight from the artists on Apple Music Connect.

“We wanted to do something really special for music fans this year,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “The Apple Music Festival is a greatest hits set of ten unbelievable nights featuring some of the best performers on the planet appearing live and interacting directly with their fans on Connect and Beats 1.”

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In stores: iHome iSP5 SmartPlug - Get your hands dirty with Homekit

With first-mover advantage in the growing smart home category, iHome is positioning itself to be a significant player with the release of the iHome iSP5 SmartPlug, the first product in the company’s new iHome Control series. Named by Apple as a launch partner to make the first products compatible with their new HomeKit smart home technology, the iHome iSP5 SmartPlug is among the first HomeKit-enabled products now available to consumers on and for $39.99. Additional retail rollout will be hitting in the coming weeks in both the USA and Canada.

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