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A report back in February that Apple would be allowed to open retail stores in India has been corroborated by India’s Economic Times. India normally doesn’t allow single-brand retail stores unless at least 30% of their products are made within the country, but Apple is reportedly set to be granted an exemption on the grounds that its products are ‘cutting-edge technology.’
A government panel has recommended exempting Apple from mandatory local sourcing norms, a move which would pave the way for Apple to open single-brand retail stores in the country. “The committee has found that the company’s products are cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art. It has recommended to exempt them from the local sourcing norms,” sources said....| Read more »
Things are looking a little uncertain for fans of Nintendo’s console games and hardware. That’s been the case for a few years now with the rocky run of the Wii U, but Wednesday’s announcements hit pretty hard: Nintendo’s next console, codenamed the NX, will be released in March 2017, and The Legend of Zelda for Wii U will be delayed to launch then on both systems. And that leaves potentially little new for Wii U owners to play later this year.
That’s disappointing. But some good news did come out of Nintendo’s info dump yesterday, at least if you like mobile games. We now know what to expect from the company’s next iPhone (and Android) releases, and unlike last month’s Miitomo, they will be actual games. In fact, Nintendo said just that: “Both of these are pure game applications,” they wrote. ...
Apple isn’t the only smartphone manufacturer seeing falling sales. New figures from Strategy Analytics show what the global smartphone market saw its first-ever year-on-year drop on sales, down 3%.
Linda Sui, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global smartphone shipments fell 3 percent annually from 345.0 million units in Q1 2015 to 334.6 million in Q1 2016. It is the first time ever since the modern smartphone market began in 1996 that global shipments have shrunk on an annualized basis. Smartphone growth is slowing due to increasing penetration maturity in major markets like China and consumer caution about the future of the world economy.”
Apple’s fall was of course far more dramatic, iPhone sales down 18% year-on-year, with CEO Tim Cook blaming economic ‘headwinds’ – and Strategy Analytics’ numbers show...| Read more »
Jon, Mark and Gordon discuss whether the end is nigh for Apple, just how much it hurts for the PC to get tossed under the bus by Intel, and strange-but-true: This web page probably took more space than Doom did.| Read more »
An anonymous reader writes: With rumors circulating about how Apple may do away with the 3.5 mm headphone jack on its upcoming iPhone 7, Intel has shared a similar desire, citing "industry singling a strong desire to move from analog to digital." Intel believes USB-C is the future audio jack. They believe USB-C has more potential than the 3.5mm audio jack as it allows users to add additional smart features to headphones in the future. For instance, a future pair of headphones could monitor one's pulse or inner-ear temperature for fitness tracking, something that could only be possible if the headphones were connected to a smartphone via a USB-C cable. What's also worth mentioning [quoted from 9to5Mac]: USB-C already supports analog audio transfer through sideband pins simplifying the engineering steps necessary to swap 3.5mm with USB-C in device designs. In the second quarter, Intel should have a finalized USB-C standard for digital audio transfer. Intel does note that the...| Read more »
Apple on Thursday flipped the switch on its new CareKit framework, a health-minded platform that lets developers build advanced software solutions for tracking, managing and reporting medical conditions.| Read more »
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A Philadelphia man suspected of possessing child pornography has been in jail for seven months and counting after being found in contempt of a court order demanding that he decrypt two password-protected hard drives. The suspect, a former Philadelphia Police Department sergeant, has not been charged with any child porn crimes. Instead, he remains indefinitely imprisoned in Philadelphia's Federal Detention Center for refusing to unlock two drives encrypted with Apple's FileVault software in a case that once again highlights the extent to which the authorities are going to crack encrypted devices. The man is to remain jailed "until such time that he fully complies" with the decryption order. The government successfully cited a 1789 law known as the All Writs Act to compel (PDF) the suspect to decrypt two hard drives it believes contain child pornography. The All Writs Act was the same law the Justice Department asserted in its...| Read more »
Philips on Thursday released a "Gen 2" Hue app for iOS, updating the tool for its HomeKit-enabled smartbulbs with new features like Routines, and extra options for controlling rooms and scenes.| Read more »
Philips has announced a new app for its Philips Hue gen 2 smart LEDs that gives users more fine-grain detail control over their lighting. It includes one of the most user-requested enhancements, according to Philips: the ability to assign multiple lights to a room, so that all the lights in the room can be controlled at once. Users will also be able to program daily routines, and use geofencing to automatically turn lights off when they leave the home, and on again as they return. Philips
The app’s dashboard provides easy access to Hue’s most popular features.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here| Read more »
An Indian government committee this week recommended Apple be exempted from local sourcing regulations that previously kept the company from opening its own brick-and-mortar retail outlets in the country.| Read more »
Some much needed perspective on Apple’s first year-over-year quarterly sales drop since 2003, from Daisuke Wakabayashi for the WSJ:
Apple’s revenue and profit for the fiscal second quarter ended
March 26 both missed analysts’ expectations. The company also
projected that revenue in the current quarter would fall far short
Worth noting that Apple’s actual results were very nearly in line with the company’s own guidance for the quarter, given three months ago. (Revenue was within guidance, but gross margins were slightly low.) A year-over-year decline is never good news, and is a possible harbinger of a sustained decline, but these numbers, along with Apple’s guidance for the June quarter, ...| Read more »
This week Zac and Benjamin get into new iPhone 7 rumors, news about Apple Watch 2, as well as Apple’s somewhat disappointing $50b quarter. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.Read more »
Samsung Electronics reported Q1 operating profits of 6.68 trillion won ($5.81 billion), while its Mobile division reported 3.89 trillion won ($3.38 billion) in profits, both a fraction of the "disappointing" $13.987 billion in operating profits Apple reported for the same quarter.| Read more »
Earlier today, yet another report emerged claiming that Apple would launch an iPhone ‘Pro’ or iPhone 7 ‘Pro’ this fall. This report claimed that the device would be identical to the iPhone 6s Plus in terms of size, but would feature dual cameras on the back and Smart Connector support.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard reports of Apple perhaps adding an additional model to its iPhone lineup, either. A separate report from last month claimed that the company was planning an iPhone 7 Pro with dual camera capabilities.
While all of this is obviously yet to be confirmed and could very well change before Apple announces new iPhones this September, it brings up some interesting possibilities for the iPhone’s 2016 lineup. Will Apple replace the ‘Plus’ model with the ‘Pro’...
As promised, AMC this week launched a tvOS app with a content selection mirroring that of its iOS app and web portal, including free-to-stream episodes of hit shows like "The Walking Dead" and "The Night Manager."| Read more »
Back in November, theatrical performer Mike Daisey was given the opportunity to write about Apple in the Technology section of the The Guardian. He's now claiming "reverse claim chowder," insisting that some of what he wrote about actually turned out to be true, given Apple's recent earnings report showing the first decrease in year-over-year, quarterly iPhone revenues.| Read more »
A pair of videos posted to YouTube are some of the first to show an up-close look at the main "spaceship" building on Apple's Campus 2 headquarters, including views of the structure's inner courtyard and underground access tunnels.| Read more »
Apple's research and development spending spiked at an all time high of more than $2.5 billion during the second quarter of 2016, with the unusually large $600 million year-over-year jump owing primarily to new hires and related expenses, Apple said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.| Read more »
Apple’s Campus 2 is expected to be completed by early next year and now we have some new video from within the spaceship ring itself. Courtesy of YouTuber MrWhitestew, a pair of new videos have emerged that take us for first-person walkthrough of Apple’s Campus 2 construction, offering one of the first looks from within the spaceship ring itself.
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The Obama administration reportedly has authorized a new online campaign in its slow, grinding war against ISIS. The Pentagon's Cyber Command aims to get inside the heads of terrorist commanders to disrupt their military operations. The goal appears to be to sow mistrust and confusion among ISIS leaders by interfering with their ability to pay their soldiers, execute operational orders, recruit new fighters, and communicate with one other. The plan amounts to dropping cyberbombs on the enemy, said Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work.
After expanding to Singapore earlier this year and to a handful of new United States banks and credit unions earlier this month, Apple Pay is now available to ANZ customers in Australia. First reported by EFTM, this rollout makes ANZ the first bank in Australia to add support for Apple Pay following the American Express exclusive launch last year.
more…Filed under: Apple Pay Tagged: ANZ, Apple pay,...
Tom’s Guide‘s Mark Spoonauer has a list of products he thinks Apple should make. Here’s his list (and which ones Yours Truly would love to see):
A gaming Mac: Apple should create gaming-focused Macs. Apple would also be able to cater to buyers of virtual-reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive if it made a gaming-focused Mac Pro desktop. My take: I think he’s right, although I think a gaming-focused iMac is just as feasible.
An “Echo killer.” The Echo in question is the Amazon Echo speaker. Spoonauer says that since Beats Audio is now under the Apple umbrella, the company should make a smart speaker of its own that will respond to your voice via Siri to answer questions, play music and even control smarthome gadgets through Apple's HomeKit protocol. My take: this, too, is a great idea.
Apple Antivirus for OS X. OS X has faced increasing threats from...| Read more »
Apple’s fiscal second quarter report Tuesday showed research and development spending surging by 31% year-over-year, even as revenue slid by 13%. That means Apple spent about 5% of its revenue on R&D during the period, its highest level in years, notes The Wall Street Journal.
In a conference call with analysts, Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said the company has a “much broader portfolio” of internal initiatives and projects that includes more “in-house technology development” than it used to have. Those projects could well involve the long-rumored Apple Car and virtual reality/augmented reality projects.Read more »
Another day, another lawsuit. As noted by Patently Apple, a company called Nova Intellectual Solutions of Texas has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple using a Novatel Wireless patent that they've acquired.
Nova Intellectual Solutions — regarded as a “patent troll” — claims Apple violated patent number 8,208,517 for “systems and methods for a multi-mode wireless modem.” Here’s the summary of the patent: “A multi-mode modem comprises a first device configured to communicate with a first communication system, a second device configured to communicate with a second communication system, a processor communicatively coupled the first and second devices, and a control function configured to place the device in one of the following communication modes: 1) communication with the first communication system;...| Read more »
Apple has expanded Apple Pay in Australia after ANZ (Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited) became the country's first bank to support the mobile payment service, reports Reuters.
The article adds that Apple has partnered with a bank widely seen as trailing its three bigger peers in digital technology, a situation ANZ's new Chief Executive Shayne Elliott has set out to change with Apple Pay, as well as by hiring Google's Australia managing director. The Cupertino, California-based company continues to speak with other Australian banks, hoping ANZ customers' experience will create demand among competitors. Jennifer Bailey, vice president of Apple Pay, told Reuters.
ANZ is the fourth largest bank by market capitalization in Australia, after the Commonwealth Bank, Westpac Banking Corp., and National...| Read more »
The FBI informed Apple Inc of a vulnerability in its iPhone and Mac software on April 14, the first time it had told the company about a flaw in Apple products under a controversial White House process for sharing such information, the company told Reuters on Tuesday.AndThough he declined to provide technical details, the executive said the problem had been fixed by the company nine months ago, with the release of iOS9 for phones and Mac OS C El Capitan.Apple doesn’t plan to release an update for older operating systems.∞ Read this on The Loop| Read more »
On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.
Mac OS X Apps/Updates
EnsenaSoft has introduced Mahjong Deluxe 3, the latest installment in their series of Mahjong games for Mac OS X.
Suitable to players of all ages and experience levels, it offers a modern rendition of the Chinese classic. This game includes eight different worlds containing a total of 640 puzzle layouts in 2D and 3D.
Mahjong Deluxe 3 requires OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs $4.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Games category.
Stairways Software has announced...| Read more »
Apple Pay expanded services in Australia on Thursday local time with the addition of ANZ Bank, the first major financial institution in the region to support Apple's payments product after a limited rollout in November.| Read more »
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Some major players in both the new and old economies on Tuesday announced an alliance to pave the way for self-driving cars in America. Ford, Google, Lyft, Uber and Volvo raised the curtain on their Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, which will work with lawmakers, regulators and the public to raise awareness of the safety and societal benefits of self-driving vehicles. Self-driving vehicles could significantly reduce the severity and frequency of auto accidents, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Google has updated the iOS version of Google Maps with several new features, including a new Notification Center widget for commuters, while Philips is hinting at an imminent update of its official control app for Hue smartbulbs.| Read more »
SanDisk’s new iXpand Lightning to USB drive introduces a new design, faster USB 3.0, and a brand new app, making it one of the most attractive offerings as far as thumb drives for your iPhone or iPad go. I’ve been testing it out to see if it’s worth a recommendation over the many competitors.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices, Reviews Tagged: iXpand Drive, Lightning, review, SanDisk, thumb drive, USB 3.0...
Apple sent out an email blast this week marketing the Apple Watch as a Mother’s Day gift recommendation:
Help her do it all and look great, too. Whether she’s working or playing, Apple Watch is
the perfect Mother’s Day gift to help her stay connected and active throughout the day.
The email was fine as far as marketing messages go. It featured the message above plus a nice photograph of a woman wearing an Apple Watch Sport with a band color-matched to her jacket. “Celebrate her with a gift she’ll love” and “Finally, something that can keep up with her” cleverly nudged you into making Apple Watch the fashionable fitness tracker gift for the May 8th holiday.
But it also reminded me of a recent experience I had in an Apple Store and a realization about Apple Watch right now. Agree or disagree, I believe the window on buying the first-gen Apple Watch has closed, and in almost every situation potential customers should wait for Apple Watch 2.
New apps of the weekThis week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings us a dedicated app for Product Hunt, the popular tech-trend finding network. Plus, apps for iTunes organization, photo transfers, and more. Read on!Actio: The App for Action 1.0.3iThought’s Actio (Mac App Store Link) helps you manage all your tasks with a full set of customizable tools.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here| Read more »
Following Apple’s earnings report yesterday, where it recorded its first quarterly revenue decline since 2003, CNBC spoke with 9to5Mac’s Benjamin Mayo about Apple’s potential future products and revenue streams. Benjamin discusses Apple’s expanding Services sector including Apple Music, the realities of Apple Watch growth possibilities, and more.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices Tagged: 9to5Mac, benjamin mayo, CNBC...
The FBI will not be submitting the exploit used to hack into the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook to a review process that could clear it for sharing with outside parties, a report said on Wednesday.| Read more »
Apple sold 4.03 million Macs in the March quarter, a 9% decline from the same period in 2015. It was the second consecutive quarterly contraction for the personal computer line. The problem, according to Ezra Gottheil, an analyst with Technology Business Research, is that Apple is ignoring its Mac line-up. He’s right.
In an interview with Computerworld, Gottheil says that folks are waiting longer before to replace their personal computers, so “a new Mac has to be a whole lot better to take the step up [to a new system].”
Here’s where Apple has failed by largely ignoring the Mac, he adds. Gottheil cited the line’s lack of innovation on both hardware and the OS X operating system—and confusing customers with overlap between models, particularly the 12-inch MacBook and the MacBook Air. He criticized Apple’s refusal to add a touch-...| Read more »
Apple yesterday said it sold 4 million Macs in the March quarter, a 12 percent decline from the same period the year before, and a larger contraction than for the personal computer business as a whole.
The year-over-year downturn in Mac sales was the second straight down quarter, and excepting a brutal 22 percent drop at the end of 2012, the largest since Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007.
Analysts at IDC and Gartner earlier this month pegged the continued contraction of the PC industry at 11.5 percent and 9.6 percent, respectively. Both also missed the actual Mac number for the quarter in their forecasts for Apple, overestimating by 11 percent to 13 percent: IDC had tapped shipments at 4.5 million, while Gartner said 4.6 million....
Google has released an Android TV remote app for iPhone and iPad, but don’t expect much from it.
Like the existing remote app for Android phones and tablets, the iOS version lets you tap on a virtual D-pad, swipe on a virtual touchpad, play/pause, hit the back button, hit the home screen, and conjure voice search. It also includes a keyboard for faster on-screen typing.
No, it’s not a particularly imaginative app, but in fairness, hardly any of the phone control apps for modern media players are. Apple TV? Virtual remote buttons on a touchscreen. Amazon Fire TV? Virtual remote buttons on a touchscreen. Roku fares better, letting you browse channels and new arrivals in...
During the March quarter Apple's iPhone remained firmly in second place in global smartphone marketshare, but saw a significant drop year-over-year to 15.3 percent, ceding some ground to up-and-coming Chinese vendors.| Read more »
The new MacBook is here, and it's been reviewed against its predecessor, the other portable Macs, and even the iPad Pro. Bottom line is that it's a great machine—and how cool is it that the choice between iPad and laptop has basically come down to personal preference—but it's still taking heat from people who didn't think Apple went far enough.FBI refusing to say who gave them the pin in NY; admitting they used a tool/service again will ruin all chances of winning future AWA cases.— Jonathan Zdziarski (@JZdziarski) April 23, 2016
Elsewhere, now the government has given up on the New York iPhone-unlocking case too, and its stated reasons aren't really passing Glenn and Susie's smell test. Apple's services division is showing the most growth, but making those services indispensible is a vastly different problem to tackle than making great hardware. But with Apple mixing up the ticks and tocks with...| Read more »
A law enforcement source told KTVU that they’reconducting an investigation after a person was found dead in a conference room on Apple's Cupertino, California, campus.
“Details on this Santa Cara County Sheriff's investigation are very limited and the source would not confirm whether or the death is believed to be suspicious,” says KTVU. “They also could not confirm is the deceased is an Apple employee.”
KTVU, channel 2, is a Fox owned-and-operated television station licensed to Oakland, California, USA and serving the San Francisco Bay Area.Read more »
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The rumored design of Apple's next-generation iPhone appears to be taking shape thanks to continued leaks out of the Far East, which are now consistently showing a new design with a larger, still protruding camera lens, a Smart Connector port, and the absence of a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack.| Read more »
KTVU has reported that a law enforcement source stated an investigation has begun after a person was found dead in a conference room on Apple’s Cupertino campus. Information from any sources is extremely limited at this point, so we’ll withhold speculation until further confirmed reporting is released.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Campus, Cupertino ...
Rumors that Apple will ditch the headphone jack with this fall’s iPhone update have been around for a while now, but Japanese magazine Mac Fan today has shared detailed design schematics of the iPhone 7 ‘Pro.’ According to the magazine, the device will feature the same overall size as the iPhone 6s Plus, but will ditch the headphone jack and feature dual iSight cameras on the back (via Macotakara.)
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As if you didn’t have enough to worry about when it comes to being stalked on the Internet, now comes along a new hack to the social driving app Waze.
Researchers at the UC-Santa Barbara were able to demonstrate how to track an individual’s whereabouts by creating hundreds of different “ghost” drivers inside of the application.
As demonstrated to a reporter from Fusion, the team could then track her whereabouts using how Waze shows the location of other drivers and their username. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Apple goofed in bundling an anemic 12-watt power adapter with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which needs a brawnier charger. It has one in the MacBook’s 29-watt USB-C power adapter, which can be paired with a new USB-C to Lightning Cable to charge the big iPad more rapidly. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.| Read more »
Apple's second-generation ultraportable 12-inch MacBook features some noteworthy internal improvements, including an extra hour of battery life and Intel's latest Skylake processors, that make it a worthwhile update. But all of the major concessions of the 2015 model remain, making it unlikely this refresh will change anyone's opinion on the divisive-yet-impressive notebook.| Read more »
Duelyst isn't an eSport -- yet. After six months in a free open beta, Duelyst launches today as a full title that's still free to download across PC and Mac. It comes from Counterplay Games, a studio packed with talent from Diablo 3, League of Legend...| Read more »
Analysts on Wall Street were pushing optimism after Apple's disappointing fiscal 2016 second quarter earnings, saying they expect that the company will continue to innovate and will return to growth over the next year.| Read more »
Researchers have been looking for the key to quieter supersonic transport for years. And if you've ever heard a sonic boom, you'll know why it's an important problem to solve.
While it's impossible to eradicate that noise -- anything breaking the so...| Read more »
The FBI still won’t tell Apple how the third-party hackers it hired to crack the iPhone 5c used by the San Bernardino mass shooter managed to get into the device, but the agency has shared another security vulnerability with Cupertino. That’s real nice of them and all, but Apple had already fixed that particular flaw.According to Reuters, the FBI told Apple about the security hole affecting iPhones and Macs on April 14. This was the first time the agency had shared information with Apple under the Vulnerability Equities Process, which was put in place by the White House in 2014.To read this...| Read more »
Even with Apple reporting lower Q2 revenue during its earnings call yesterday, the call signaling ts first revenue decline since 2003, there’s still some bright spots.
The company has announced that its Apple Music subscriber base has jumped to 13 million, up from 11 million in February.
This compares to about 30 million subscribers to leading competitor Spotify, although the service obviously had a multi-year headstart over Apple’s streaming service, which launched last June.
Apple may be looking to its Internet Services business divisions to support future revenue growth, especially as sales of its iOS devices showed waning growth yesterday. The company has been relying on a mixture of exclusive deals and celebrity advertising to promote its streaming music service...| Read more »
TSMC picked up an extra $1.99 billion in Apple sales during 2015, buoying the chipmaker's entire growth for that year, and further cutting rival chipmaker Samsung out of the iPhone maker's supply chain.| Read more »
India has prescribed that starting next year mobile phones in the country should have buttons that can be quickly used by women to alert the police and close relatives if they are in distress.
The measure is one of several responses by the Indian government to the growing problem of rape attacks on women in the country.
Pressing the panic button will alert “police & designated friends/relatives, for immediate response in case of distress or security related issues,” said Minister of Communications, Ravi Shankar Prasad, in a tweet late Tuesday.
Under the new rules that come into effect in January 2017, all feature phones will need to have a panic button configured to the numeric key 5 or 9 and all smartphones will have the panic button linked to three short presses of the on-off button, according to the country’s Department of Communications....
Plants might have some capacity to retain information or, in other words, to form memories, according to a biologist from the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Massachusetts. Susan Lindquist has discovered that a protein found in thale c...| Read more »
In lieu of making better food, the chain restaurant industry continues to embrace technology as the solution to its problems. The latest example is Pizza Hut, which is drawing comparisons to Uber as it updates its pizza delivery mechanisms.According to Nation’s Restaurant News, Pizza Hut will now tell customers what time to expect their pizza even before they place an order, using algorithms that factor in the volume of orders and the location and availability of drivers. The company says this “Visible Promise Time” is a first for pizza chains (though I’ll note that my local pizza chain in Cincinnati, LaRosa’s, already provides similar estimates). Pizza Hut is also testing GPS location tracking for its delivery drivers so customers can find out exactly how close their pizza is, presumably through the Pizza Hut app or...| Read more »
Macphun is one of our favorite development companies here at Apple World Today, as it has a lightning focus on creating excellent photography apps for Mac. Today the company announced the availability of Filters for Photos, a free Mac app and Photos extension that provides 30 unique filters to make your photos stand out.
All you need to do in order to get the app is click that link above and click the big green "Download for Free" button. When you launch the app, you'll be asked to join Macphun's email list to turn on 15 of the filters, or you can decline and still have 15 pretty impressive filters to play with.
Filters for Photos turned a washed out picture into this painting-like work of art. ©Steven Sande
To add Filters for Photos as an extension to the Mac Photos app, just go to System Preferences > Photos and check the box next to Filters...| Read more »
Oxenfree is an acid trip wrapped in an enigma and smothered in nacho cheese -- and on May 31st, it's coming to PlayStation 4. Oxenfree hit Steam and Xbox One in January, and both of these versions get upgrades on May 31st, too. Developer Night School...| Read more »
Less than three years after Edward Snowden left the National Security Agency (NSA) and leaked thousands of classified documents, we're getting our first theatrical depiction of his actions. Following a brief teaser last year, we've now got a full Sno...| Read more »
Apple isn’t the only company looking to remove the last vestiges of the analog world from our smartphones and tablets. Intel apparently wants in on the action too. The chip maker recently talked about replacing the 3.5mm headphone jack with a USB-C connector, according to AnandTech.
Intel discussed the issue about two weeks ago during its developer conference in Shenzhen, China. The idea makes a lot of sense, at least on paper. USB-C is designed to be a multifunction port that can transfer data and power at higher speeds.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...
Tinder is working on a feature that will enable groups of friends to meet groups of new people while on a night out. The idea behind Tinder Social is that you and your chums will start planning your Friday night a few days in advance. The system will...| Read more »
Apple saw the first decline in its sales and profits in 13 years, triggering a selloff in the financial market that wiped out $43 billion of the company’s market value.
As recent as in quarter one of 2016, 68% of the company revenue came from the iPhone, while the iPad and Mac each commanded 9%. Currently, Apple is first and foremost a mobile phone provider, which in turn highlights the danger of overreliance on a single product for growth, according to Howard Yu is professor of strategic management and innovation at IMD, a Switzerland-based institution “focused on real-world executive development.”
Under Steve Jobs, Apple had a track record of cannibalizing its own products. In 2005, when the demand for the iPod mini remained huge, the iPad nano was launched, effectively destroying the revenue stream of an existing product. And while...| Read more »
The technology world has a seething hatred of the traditional 3.5-millimeter headphone jack -- or so it seems, given that chip giant Intel is the latest company to propose replacing the aging plug with a digital alternative.| Read more »
Google announced last fall that it would finally bring podcasts to Google Play Music, and last week a collection of shows debuted in the web app. This means that if you have a subscription to the service, all of your listening material is in one plac...| Read more »
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SentinelOne last week announced that it has detected a technique being used in Asia to infect systems with remote access Trojans that ensures that the payload remains in memory throughout its execution and doesn't touch the victim's computer disk in an unencrypted state. Attackers remain hidden from antivirus and next-generation technologies that focus only on file-based threats, according to SentinelOne. The samples analyzed also can detect the presence of a virtual machine, preventing them from being analyzed in a network sandbox.
According to the latest preliminary release from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 334.9 million smartphones worldwide in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16), up slightly from the 334.3 million units in 1Q15, marking the smallest year-over-year growth on record. The minimal growth this quarter is primarily attributed to strong smartphone saturation in developed markets, as well as a year-over-year...| Read more »
Following Apple’s earnings results last night, where it posted its first YOY quarterly revenue decline since 2003, AAPL has opened down more than 8% — the stock price is far below the $100 mark as morning trading begins. Apple reported revenue of $50 billion (compared against $58 billion in the year-ago quarter), on sales of 51.1 million iPhones, 10.2 million iPads and 4 million Macs.
The stock price fall means over 40 billion dollars of market cap value has been erased overnight. Market capitalization is the approximate value of the company, a multiple of the stock price and number of shares. The stock closed yesterday at $104.
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Every day I use a handy service created with Automator to resize images exported from 4K footage to a smaller size. It’s easy to resize images in an app like Preview or Pixelmator, but using a service works better for me since it can batch resize multiple images in seconds, and it’s directly accessible from the Finder. Here’s how you can create your own handy image resizing service using Automator. more…Filed under:
How-To, Mac Tagged: Automator, Finder, how to...
Netflix is giving Android users a new way to settle their monthly bill. As its Play Store listing reveals, the Netflix app on Android will "soon" be updated with a Google Play Billing option. That means customers can choose to have their account char...| Read more »
Forty-two percent of respondents in a FutureCasts survey said that Amazon matched millennial mindsets closely, followed by 37% for Apple and 31% for Netflix.
Amazon and Apple were the only brands who scored equally well across millennials (those ages 18-34), Generation X (born between 1961 and 1981), and Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964). Brands considered favorites among the millennial generation, including Uber, didn’t fare as well, especially with Baby Boomers, at just 21%.
FutureCase specializes in millennial marketing. Services include millennial research, millennial consulting and content excellence. FutureCase’s e Millennial Mindset study, co-authored with The Cambridge Group, a growth strategy consulting...| Read more »
Even before Fallout 4 was released, Bethesda was keen to stress that the latest instalment of the post-apocalyptic franchise would officially support mods. In February, it told us that PC support would arrive in April, and sure enough, it's now deliv...| Read more »
Jason Snell digs into the transcript of yesterday’s earnings call:If I had to describe Tim Cook’s attitude during the call, it would be “optimistic.” But only because he referred to his optimism eight different times over the span of an hour. (Maestri added another three on his own.) Then again, when your company just broke a 13-year streak of year-over-year revenue growth, expressing your optimism about the future is probably a smart move.Growth is the currency of a small company and the curse of a large one.∞ Read this on The Loop| Read more »
Sales may have plummeted, but don’t write off the iPad. Tim Cook’s assertion that the iPad Pro is Apple’s vision of the future of personal computing is a bit forward-looking, but it may be accurate — at least to a point.
According to new data from comScore, which “measures the digital world,” computer use is dropping off quickly as mobile devices encourage new types of interaction. In fact, many younger folks don’t use computers at all, instead relying entirely upon their smartphones or tablets.
The conventional wisdom has been that desktop/laptop usage would level off or grow at a slower rate in the face of mobile device adoption. However, the trends aren’t following that model. The data gathered by comScore — as noted...| Read more »
Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program, which lets you pay a monthly fee for an iPhone with AppleCare+, was originally available only if you walked into an Apple Store. However, Apple is now offering it as an option if you buy a phone online, with no store visit required if you’re an eligible AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon customer. Frankly, this should have been available from the start. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.| Read more »
blottsie writes: The latest debate over encryption did not begin with a court order demanding Apple help the FBI unlock a dead terrorist's iPhone. The new "Crypto Wars," chronicled in a comprehensive timeline by Eric Geller of the Daily Dot, dates back to at least 2003, with the introduction of "Patriot Act II." The battle over privacy and personal security versus crime-fighting and national security has, however, become a mainstream debate in recent months. The timeline covers a wide-range of incidents where the U.S. and other allied governments have tried to restrict citizens' access to strong encryption. The timeline ends with the director of national intelligence blaming NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for advancing the spread of user-friendly, widely available strong encryption.
Filters for Photos functions as a standalone app or as an Apple Photos extension.
Do you love Apple Photos? If the answer is yes, then Macphun has a present for you. On Wednesday, the company has launched a new app called Filters for Photos, designed to augment Apple’s signature photo editor-slash-organizer by offering some gorgeous new filters to spice up your portraits, vacation shots, and panoramas.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here| Read more »
Two years ago, Apple introduced Handoff--part of Continuity--as an innovative solution to a problem nobody had anticipated: how to wirelessly, automatically transition work in progress between a phone and tablet or desktop computer. Now Microsoft appears to be copying the feature for Windows 10.| Read more »
Instagram, following the controversial announcement that it would change the order in which images appear in user feeds, now appears to be testing a complete redesign of its app. Instagram has long stuck to the same classic design, but if this redesign rolls out to everyone, the app could finally move forward and fall into line with the design trends being adopted by many other apps.
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Apple on Tuesday said the FBI divulged its first vulnerability tip under a White House process for sharing digital security flaws with private corporations on April 14, but the information was useless as Apple had already patched the issue nine months earlier.| Read more »
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday reiterated a positive outlook on Greater China despite suffering a year-over-year revenue contraction during the second quarter of 2016, saying the region is "a lot more stable" than some perceive.| Read more »
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Bodhi Linux 3.2.0 is an update to the Bodhi Linux 3.x series and features key kernel and desktop improvements. It is a different kind of Linux distro. Its developers refer to it as the "Enlightened Desktop," because it draws its energy from the Enlightenment desktop. Enlightenment started as a project to build a window manager for X11 in 1996. It became much more than a window manager -- it grew into a desktop environment in its own right. The Enlightenment Project is currently version 17, known as E17, and the Bodhi crew recently forked it.