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A recent class action lawsuit -- filed last week in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida -- charges that the point-of-sale devices used by Apple Store workers discriminate against the visually impaired. Because shoppers can't enter a debit card PIN by themselves, plaintiff David New argues, Apple is in violation of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Other retailers use POS devices with "tactiley discernible keypad surfaces," the complaint remarks, meaning that there's no fundamental reason why Apple Stores should be different.... ...| Read more »
In a great thread on Quora about people randomly meeting Steve Jobs, Matt Rosen relays a charming story about how a friend of his hung up on the former Apple CEO twice, believing he was simply the target of a prank call.
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Roku has announced a new HDMI dongle for televisions. The Streaming Stick is a compact Roku player that plugs inconspicuously into an HDMI port, offering a streamlined look that Roku suggests is suited to wall-mounted TVs. It is paired with a remote control that can be used to navigate the Roku interface. The device offers shortcuts to movies, TV series, news, search, the Roku Channel Store, and more functions. Meanwhile, smartphone and tablet owners can use the Roku app on their device to navigate and choose which channel to stream.
According to a report from Turkish website ElmaDergisi, Apple’s first Apple Store in Turkey will officially open on April 4. The news follows reports that the store would open sometime in April after Tim Cook met with Turkish government officials last month. Today’s report also claims Cook along with the Turkish President will be in attendance at the opening.
Cook originally met with Turkish government officials last month to discuss a $4 billion plan to bring iPads to Turkey’s schools, but the meeting also...
Advertisers may soon gain a new way to reach users with Apple's iAd service, as the iPhone maker is reportedly poised to make a new full-screen "interstitial" advertising option available later this year.| Read more »
Beginning sometime this year, companies advertising via iAd will be able to use fullscreen, auto-playing interstitial video ads on the iPhone/iPod touch as well as the iPad, according to Advertising Age sources. At the moment, a person has to tap an iAd banner to get a video to play. As interstitials the videos will likely play after certain in-app actions have finished, such as reading an article or finishing a game level.... ...| Read more »
"If it's too loud, you're too old" doesn't mean much if what you're listening to is distorted and fuzzy. Fortunately, IK Multimedia's new iLoud mobile monitor (you can call it a speaker) delivers a crystal clear, blow-the-door-off-the-hinges output and a built-in feature that has a special appeal to Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous and other iRig-loving musicians.| Read more »
Faced with an iPhone 5 that had become increasingly unreliable after installing iOS 7, particularly as the weather got colder, Adam Engst replaced its battery himself, a task that proved significantly more nerve-wracking than doing so for an iPhone 4. 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 »
A new class action lawsuit against Apple alleges that the company is in violation of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act for not designing and providing store employees with point of sale devices (POS) that can independently be used by...| Read more »
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Apple will bring full-screen video iAds to iPhone and iPad apps this year, Advertising Age reports. The new video iAds will play automatically. According to the report, these ads could occur during moments of transition, “like after completing a game’s level or finishing an article.” Pricing for the ads…| Read more »
Silicon Valley carmaker Tesla is conspicuously absent from the consortium of automotive manufacturers that have pledged support for Apple's CarPlay initiative, an omission made more glaring --?and puzzling --?by recent news of high-level talks between the two companies.| Read more »
According to a new report from Ad Age, Apple is planning to offer a new option for how iAds are presented on its iOS platform. The new iAd option will allow included video content to play automatically at full screen rather than being prompted by tapping a more subtle banner. While interstitial iAds are already possible for iAds presented on the iPad meant for use in Newsstand apps, the report claims the new options will target both iPhone and iPad users suggesting the option could debut for iPhone and iPod touch users. The report believes the automatically playing, full screen interstitial iAds will likely be presented in between activity rather than interrupting content...| Read more »
Every week, TUAW provides readers with an update on what new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects are in the news. This update is designed to give readers a heads-up on projects they might find interesting enough to back. Note that we're...| Read more »
In exploring some of the world’s tallest and most treacherous peaks, one new piece of equipment has become essential to mountaineers Adrian Ballinger and Emily Harrington: their iPad. Instead of relying on paper maps to prepare for their expeditions, they study details of remote regions using iPad and the Gaia GPS topography app. “Five years ago, it was hard to even get a paper map of some of these places,” Ballinger says. “Now with the iPad it’s remarkable how much we can plan ahead.” The climbers also use iPad to blog and post photos during an expedition instead of recounting their story when the trek is over. And iPad is an important tool during extreme weather, as Ballinger and Harrington rely on it to make sure they stay on track. “In a whiteout,” says Harrington, “being able to see where you are on the mountain can be a matter of life or death. iPad is the only way to tell where we’re going.”| Read more »
Taiwanese supplier TSMC has already begun manufacturing chips for the next iPhone, claims supply chain sources for a local publication, the Commercial Times. The company is said to have won "most" of the orders for logic and power management chips in the new device. The exact nature of the chips is left vague by the Times, but a Taiwanese website, TechNews, is claiming that TSMC will become the exclusive manufacturer of Apple's upcoming A8 processor.... ...| Read more »
Rapooâs 7100P mouse offers 5 gigahertz wireless transmission, 18 months of battery life and a switch for either 500 or 1000 dpi. There's a convenient storage area in the battery compartment for the dongle. Nancy Gravley liked this new and fairly inexpensive mouse.| Read more »
Cirque du Mac is happening on Friday, March 28th, 2014 and this time... this year... this party goes to eleven! (or maybe 11:30 if we're all feeling energetic!). That's right, folks, we've partied through a decade of Cirque du Mac together and now it's time to celebrate that win. Cirque will, of course, have something for everyone (well, everyone who likes to have fun, that is).| Read more »
My all time favorite newsreader, Zite, has been sold by CNN to Flipboard for a deal reported by Reuters to be worth about US$60 million dollars. Flipboard has also struck a content deal with CNN.
CNN bought Zite in 2011. In a conference call this...| Read more »
It’s 2010. A crowd of inner city school teachers have gathered inside the principal’s office. On his desk sits what seems like a giant iPhone to some, a silly device without a physical keyboard to others. To me—someone who had watched Steve Jobs’s iPad unveiling a few weeks before—it looks exactly what Steve called it: a magical thing. [...]| Read more »
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Officials partaking in China's National People's Congress, which began Wednesday, have been asked to please not mess around on their mobile devices during the session. A state-owned newspaper published a list of rules for attendees, including this one: "Do not use your phones to send text messages or make phone calls during meeting; do not use your computer or phone to play games." Reps also were warned against using social media and SMS platforms such as Weibo and WeChat to "live broadcast" the proceedings.
Game video streaming service Twitch is hoping to expand the reach of its service into mobile gaming, from its existing PC and console efforts. The announced Twitch Mobile Software Development Kit will allow developers to add Twitch streaming to mobile titles, letting gamers broadcast their gameplay live, as well as capturing and archiving the video for future viewing.... ...| Read more »
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With the future of smartwatch maker Basis Science in the lurch after being purchased by Intel, AppleInsider was able to take a first-hand look at what could be one of the last examples of the company's eponymous Health Tracker Watch.| Read more »
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow, obviously, but with Halftone 2 the power to make a comic that answers that question for yourself is found on your iOS device. By pairing an impressive array of page layout and speech bubble...| Read more »
Apple is working to expand Siri's third-party app integration with the iWatch in mind, a new report says. Siri already interacts with some third-party apps, like OpenTable or Wolfram Alpha, but in every case so far the companies have had to forge deals with Apple. The new scheme would allow third-party integration without an expressly signed agreement.... ...| Read more »
It appears that Apple has pushed Snow Leopard off the back of the support truck, releasing the most recent security fixes only for Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks. Adam Engst explains what’s likely behind the decision and offers suggestions on what Snow Leopard users can do next. 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 »
Finally taking advantage of a rather useful technology in iOS 7, Google has released version 3.0 of its Gmail for iOS app with full support for background refresh allowing messages to download within the app as the push notification arrives.
Previously, users would receive the banner and badge that a new message had arrived, but unless the app had been opened very recently, the content would not download until the message was explicitly opened by the user.
Now content will already be loaded as the push notification arrives. Google notes that users will need to be sure that at least a badge, banner, or alert is enabled, but for most users badges and banners should be turned on by default. Google also notes...
Joe Kissell joins MacVoices host Chuck Joiner to discuss his latest book, “Take Control of Apple Mail.” Joe explains why he sticks with Apple Mail, why he left Gmail, and offers tips for managing your own email. 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 »
At this year’s Macworld/iWorld in San Francisco, our own Jeff Carlson will be giving a presentation and hosting two conference sessions on photography. He chats with Chuck Joiner of the MacVoices podcast about them, and gives a preview of what he’ll cover. 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 »
While rumors of a partnership between Apple and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. have lingered for years, yet another report on Wednesday claims once again that the Taiwanese chipmaker is now producing chips for the company -- namely a next-generation "A8" processor for the 2014 iPhone.| Read more »
iOS- and Android-based news reader service Flipboard has bought its main rival Zite from CNN, the company and reports have confirmed. The deal is worth about $60 million, and beginning today has allowed Flipboard to integrate tailored CNN content into its news feeds, including not just general news but feeds from shows like Anderson Cooper 360, Crossfire, and Inside Politics. Some celebrities from the network, like Jake Tapper and Fareed Zakaria, are launching their own Flipboard magazines.... ...| Read more »
Oscar Mayer has come up with a way to tease iPhone users in the worst possible way: By waking up with the smell of bacon in the air. The strange little device is called Wake Up And Smell The Bacon, and once paired with an iPhone and the companion...| Read more »
What has cloud-based streaming service OnLive been up to for the last year? Apart from a few partnerships announced at CES and elsewhere to bring the service to Google TV products and select TV hardware, we haven’t heard much from OnLive since Gary Lauder took over as owner and chairman back in August 2012. That followed some rough...| Read more »
Google's e-mail service, Gmail, has received an update for its iOS app. The newly redesigned app provides real-time notifications, multiple account support and search across one's entire inbox. In v3.0.0, Gmail now includes background app refreshing, meaning that e-mail is fully downloaded and retrieved as it arrives in one's inbox, as opposed to syncing when the app is opened. Sign-in has been simplified, with consolidated authorization with all Google apps now enabled. Gmail for iOS now requires iOS 7 for all features to function.... ...| Read more »
Roku has released a new Streaming Stick that aims to take on Google's Chromecast and, to a lesser extent, the Apple TV. The new iOS-compatible Roku Streaming Stick features a design that's similar to Google's Chromecast and, like the Chromecast and...| Read more »
Apple's non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro will be discontinued later this year, bringing an end to the non-Retina MacBook Pro line, and built-in optical drives in any Mac model. If the sources sharing the information are correct, that will leave just the MacBook Air without a high resolution Retina Display.The Mac Observer Spin: Of course optical drives and non-retina displays will eventually disappear completely from Apple's product line. There isn't a question of "if," but instead "when." The only non-Retina Display MacBook Pro Apple offers now is a 13-inch model, and it's the only computer the company still sells with a built-in optical drive. It's day's are numbered.| Read more »
Apple is working to expand Siri’s capabilities, including greater third-party integration, according to The Information. The report claims the Siri upgrades are being done with the iWatch in mind. These changes would allow Siri to offer more functionality by connecting to services and apps from third parties. It’s also…| Read more »
In August of 1995, Apple launched a computer that would change the fate of the world: the PowerBook 5300. This 5.9lb fusion of black polycarbonate and capacitors had a modest debut, but little did anyone know that less than a year later, on July 4th...| Read more »
Apple is apparently working to open up Siri, its voice driven personal assistant, to third-party iOS applications, an improvement in services believed to be tied closely to the development of an anticipated "iWatch."| Read more »
Smartphones and tablets these days store an incredible amount of information, and with much of it sensitive and personal, many users like to keep their device somewhat private by limiting who has access.
With the introduction of Touch ID on the...| Read more »
Stands that deliverThis week's roundup of accessories includes two stands (one for the iPhone, one for the iPad) that will make your iOS-using life easier. We've also got the usual assortment of Bluetooth speakers, as well as the world's first made-for-iPhone hearing aid.Harman KardonThe $500 Onyx streams music wirelessly via both Bluetooth and AirPlay. It features four 15-watt speakers, an advanced acoustic platform, and dual passive radiators. In other words, it’s supposed to sound as good as it looks.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here| Read more »
Apple is planning to discontinue the 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro in the second half of the year, Taiwanese supply chain sources claim. Production of the 15-inch non-Retina model was halted last year. With the elimination of its 13-inch counterpart, the MacBook Pro line would become entirely Retina-based. Apple would, moreover, be jettisoning its last MacBooks with built-in optical drives.... ...| Read more »
With CarPlay's official launch ceremonies in the rear view mirror, the floor of the Geneva Motor Show is now abuzz with hands-on demonstrations that reveal more details of the system's design and flexibility.| Read more »
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Twitch, the leading video game streaming site, has just announced a way to bring the same game-casting possible on desktops to iPhone and iPad. On a PC or Mac, a secondary app is used to effectively screencast the gameplay. Due to the multitasking limitations of iOS, live streaming has not been an option for games until now.
The newly-announced SDK will enable game developers to integrate broadcasting features directly into their games, sidestepping multitasking restrictions. The developer tool will enable live capture and archive features, both video and audio. In addition, the SDK will allow superimposing of front-facing video on top of the...
Samsung is accusing Apple of leaking Nokia licensing agreement documents through a publicly accessible docket related to their ongoing mobile device patent infringement battle. If that sounds familiar, it's probably because Apple accused Samsung of leaking the very same documents last year.The Mac Observer Spin: What a bad, sloppy move on Apple's part. Considering how hard Apple pushed for serious sanctions against Samsung and Quinn Emanuel for doing the same thing, you'd expect their own legal team would've paid closer attention to important little details like that. The Court most likely won't look kindly on Apple's actions, and rightly so.| Read more »
The folks over at Apple Toolbox have shared a number of aerial photos capturing the demolition progress of the future site of Apple’s Campus 2 ‘spaceship’. As you can see above, the former site of Hewlett-Packard that Apple purchased in 2010 is leveling out ahead of the expected 2016 completion date. Campus 2 designer Norman Foster discussed the project’s evolution and Steve Jobs’ involvement earlier this week, and late last month...| Read more »
Vudu has revealed it will be adding support for the Google Chromecast to the streaming service in the future. Both the mobile apps for iOS and Android will gain the extra ability, including offering remote control through the app itself, with casting through the Chrome browser for Mac and PC also touted as part of the release. Though Vudu has yet to reveal a date, it is accepting registrations for beta testing.... ...| Read more »
This clever animation from Atama Studio was produced to illustrate the potential of NFC on the iPhone 5. You'll notice that, as each CG iPhone falls, it triggers the image on the phone next to it. The effect is most dramatic at the end, when a huge...| Read more »
Apple previously sought sanctions against Samsung in ongoing litigation between the two companies for using confidential licensing terms between the Cupertino company and Nokia — but a recent report notes Apple actually filed its terms with Nokia on a publicly available court docket. The terms remained on the docket for…| Read more »
CarPlay is undoubtedly a big step in the right direction. Instead of car manufacturers using their own clunky user-interfaces to give you access to things like phone calls and music, there is now a standard, Apple-designed interface.
This makes perfect sense. Apple is the king of user-interface design, and most car manufacturers, well, aren’t. There was a time when I was driving a lot of rental cars and got to experience a whole bunch of different in-car screen systems, and they ranged in usability from halfway ok to downright dreadful. None offered anything close to the simplicity and clarity of CarPlay.
The question I have about CarPlay is: does it go far enough … ?
Sure, hit the CarPlay button on the dash and you’re into the simplicity and familiarity of an iOS interface. But that’s not where you start. You...
At the same time as it was accusing Samsung of leaking the same information, Apple publicly exposed the terms of its patent licensing terms with Nokia and NEC, Samsung remarks in its latest Apple v. Samsung lawsuit filing. In October, Apple filed a motion against Samsung as part of the original Apple v. Samsung case, alleging that Samsung's counsel -- Quinn Emanuel -- had inadvertently leaked licensing terms to Samsung executives, giving them an edge in corporate negotiations. In January the the District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the latter was never sufficient... ...| Read more »
Today we get our best look yet at Apple’s new CarPlay iOS feature running in new vehicles from Volvo and Ferrari. Both debuting this week at the Geneva Motor Show, Ferrari is showing off the feature in its new FF (below), while the video above from Mac4Ever gives us a hands-on demo of the feature in the new Volvo XC90 SUV. Comparing the videos, we can see that the implementation of CarPlay varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Volvo, for instance, has a system to display CarPlay and its own content simultaneously, while Ferrari appears to have a dedicated hardware button to activate CarPlay and switch between it and the traditional in-car...| Read more »
Get ready for iOS 7.1, because if the sources talking with Daring Fireball's John Gruber are right, it's coming before next week. Word on the street is SXSW iTunes Festival show streaming requires the new version of iOS, and since the event starts on March 10, Apple has only days to get the update on user's iPhones and iPads.| Read more »
Footpath is for outdoor enthusiasts who want an easy-to-use route planning tool that measures how far and how high a route will take you. The iPhone and iPad app allows you to zoom in on a map and draw a route on a road, trail or river so you can...| Read more »
A patent troll by the name of Penovia LLC has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The lawsuit claims that Apple’s iPad infringes their acquired patent that’s about a maintenance technique that monitors office machine status without personal attention. This is the typical type of case that the Federal Trade Commission is now studying to find ways to assist tech companies from having to waste their time fighting such suits.
When I see the phrase “acquired patent”, I see red. In my opinion, this type of lawsuit is destructive and serves simply to line someone’s pockets. This needs to be fixed.
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Kickstarter graduate Designed by m on Wednesday debuted a revamped version of its AL13 iPhone 5 and 5s bumper, which is being touted as the first aluminum enclosure design to exhibit zero cell signal loss.| Read more »
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FOSS Patents discovered that while Apple was asking a court to sanction Samsung for using confidential information about a patent deal between the Cupertino company and Nokia, Apple inadvertently made the very same information public.
As part of a patent dispute between Apple and Samsung, Apple was required to share the terms of the patent licensing deal with Samsung’s lawyers, Quinn Emanuel. The agreement was that the documents – marked Highly Confidential – Attorneys’ Eyes Only - would only be viewed by the lawyers. Instead, Quinn Emanuel passed them onto Samsung execs, who allegedly used the information as ammunition in the company’s own patent negotiations with Apple …
Apple's remaining low-end 13-inch MacBook Pro model, which features a thicker legacy design and continues to sport an internal optical drive, may finally be on the way out this year, if the latest supply chain rumors are to be believed.| Read more »
Play your cards right, and you could be swimming in Arscoins.
A few weeks ago, when our own "Arscoin" cryptocurrency was first minted, it looked like Senior Reviews Editor Lee Hutchinson would control the majority of the coins. He started mining early, and he has a crowd of Linux servers sitting in his closet that can outrun the all-in-one desktops and power-sipping Ultrabooks most of us have on hand.
When our little experiment began, I knew enough about Bitcoin and Litecoin mining to know that there are more efficient ways to rack up coins than using the default miner, but I had never actually mined either of those currencies myself. Coingen.io, which we used to produce the Arscoin code, provides no explicit documentation and little post-creation support for newly minted cryptocurrencies...
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There are three elements that bring a great nature documentary to life: first, you need great video footage; second, you need to infuse the content with a sense of time, scope, and wonder; and third, you need a cool narrator. Brian Cox's Wonders of Life app delivers all three. I stumbled upon the app after Apple highlighted it as an Editor's Choice. This isn't Cox's first appearance in an app, however -- he was the physics professor star of Brian Cox's Wonders of the Universe -- both an award-winning BBC television show and an app.
In the tech equivalent of a turkey dissing Thanksgiving dinners, Corning SVP Tony Tripeny has criticized sapphire as a material for protecting phone screens, coming up with a whole list of claimed drawbacks, reports CNET.
We see a lot of disadvantages of Sapphire versus Gorilla Glass. It’s about 10 times more expensive. It’s about 1.6 times heavier. It’s environmentally unfriendly. It takes about 100 times more energy to generate a Sapphire crystal than it does glass. It transmits less light which…means either dimmer devices or shorter battery life. It continues to break. I think while it’s a scratch resistant product it still breaks and our testing says that Gorilla Glass [can take] about 2.5 times more pressure that it can take.
Sapphire is far more resistant to scratches than Gorilla Glass, but...
DigiTimes is claiming that Apple will cease production of the non-Retina version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro this year as it prepares to launch refreshed Retina models toward the end of the year.
Apple is expected to stop production of the 13-inch MacBook Pro in the second half of 2014 and will replace the product line with thinner models equipped with a Retina display. Meanwhile, Intel will offer second-generation ultrabooks in the fourth quarter of 2014, pushing the notebook industry further into the ultra-thin era, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers …
DigiTimes doesn’t have the best of track records, to put it politely, but this particular rumor doesn’t seem too unlikely: Apple...
In a court filing late Tuesday, Samsung revealed that Apple publicly disclosed details of its patent licensing terms with Nokia, as well as NEC, on the PACER electronic court records system, while at the same time seeking damages from the Korean tech giant for leaking that very information.| Read more »
With Apple's mass iOS deployment intentions revealed, early testers of the service are reporting a smooth rollout of features that sources say will go live once iOS 7.1 is released later in March.| Read more »
Learnist debuted in 2012 as crowd-sourced learning platform with a heavy emphasis on images and videos as a way of conveying information. Owned by online test prep company Grokit, Learnist pulled its old iOS app and recently debuted a new iPhone app...| Read more »
Sister site Engadget and other sites are starting to get a hands-on look at Apple's CarPlay system, one of the holdovers from last year's WWDC. As Engadget observes:
The first thing we noticed is how speedy everything is. Apps load quickly, and...| Read more »
A new security solution for the latest Mac Pro has been announced from a company called Identified Media, which is taking pre-orders now for a new locking alteration referred to as the Switchd Mac Pro Lock. The lock is expected to ship next month, using a replacement part for the existing case lock switch on the 2013 Mac Pro that creates an opening for a standard cable lock. The pre-order price is $49, and emails are being accepted for notification about when the product debuts.... ...| Read more »
Announced today, Smith Micro has introduced its latest version of Anime Studio, Anime Studio Pro 10 and Anime Studio Debut 10. Intuitive animation software for both beginners and professionals, Anime Studio 10 features tools that provide increased bone control, more movement options and more, improving the simplicity of creating animated content. The latest bone features include rigging options to help set up more complex characters, and its independent angle constraints allow bones to keep their global angle and remain unaffected by inverse kinematics. Also included are new Bounce, Elastic an... ...| Read more »
During a conference call on Tuesday, Corning Glass executive Tony Tripeny named the apparently numerous drawbacks to using sapphire crystal in a mobile device, something which Apple is widely expected to do with an upcoming iPhone.| Read more »
Adding to the list of substantive changes by the new CEO, Yahoo will stop the practice of letting users access Yahoo services by signing in with Google or Facebook login information. The migration will happen gradually with the ultimate goal of 100 percent of services requiring a Yahoo account over the next year.... ...| Read more »
The first round of FCC wireless bandwidth auctions has concluded, with the Dish Network purchasing all of the 1,900MHz license nearly uncontested. With nearly no competition, Dish shelled out $1.6 billion for the acquisition under the cover of a shell company, as expected.... ...| Read more »
WD today expanded its prosumer personal cloud solutions with the new My Cloud EX2, a high-performance two-bay network attached storage (NAS) system. The My Cloud EX2 and My Cloud EX4 products were designed by WD for creative professionals and prosumers that need to reliably save, share, back up, stream and manage large amounts of digital data.... ...| Read more »
Facebook, which was asked by a prominent iPad developer to change the name of its Paper magazine-style article reader, has instead issued a minor update with the first new feature since its debut in late January. The iPhone-centric app is now at v1.0.2, which adds new ways to share Facebook articles.... ...| Read more »
We have a deal for you today on a laser presentation device that is tiny and powered by your iPhone. Called iPin, It fits in the audio jack, and was designed to be clipped onto headphone cables for storage. The iPin is a wireless presentation controller that works with your presentation computer to allow you to control your presentation right from your iPhone. That's pretty clever, but when you add in the tiny size and the fact that you don't need to worry about batteries it's even more clever. Through our deal partners, you can get an iPin designed for iPhones without cases for $46.99. There's another version for $49.99 designed for use with a case.Read more »
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Twelve South, makers of fine accessories for Apple products, debuted a new version of its popular SurfacePad case for the iPad mini today. The new case is very similiar to the existing iPhone version. It’s made of leather that covers both the front and back of the iPad. A built-in stand allows you to watch videos in landscape at a comfortable angle.
Like Apple’s own Smart Cover, the SurfacePad uses a set of magnets to automatically put the iPad to sleep and wake it up when the cover is opened and closed.
The SurfacePad for iPad mini is available for $69.99 on the Twelve South website. It comes in three colors: black, white, and red. The company says it is currently working on a version of the case for the full-size iPad Air...
If you have one of Apple's fabulous new Mac Pros, you may be concerned about its security. Identified Media has unveiled a lock for the device called Switchd. It's a replacement for the case lock switch in the Mac Pro that is attached to a security cable, while continuing to keep the case from being opened. It's scheduled to ship in April, and the company is taking preorders for US$49. I'm sure this will be a crowded field once Apple has shipped the Mac Pro in quantity, but this is the first one I've seen. The images below are of the prototype the company developed.| Read more »
When you're done with your iPhone -- whether it's getting replaced by a new model or suffered some sort of damage that warrants a replacement -- it's always good to get the most out of it. There are a rising number of companies that want your used...| Read more »
Yet another BitCoin exchange has shut down. Flexcoin has shuttered, after disclosing that hackers appropriated 896 BitCoins from it's "hot wallet" on a computer facing the internet. Customers whose coins were stolen will likely recieve nothing, with a small percentage of users whose coins were in a "cold wallet," not facing the internet, have already had their coins reimbursed.... ...| Read more »
The popular Real Racing 3 title from EA for iPhone and iPad received a big update today that on top of introducing tons of new content brings iOS 7 controller support. That means you’ll now be able to pick up and play the game with any of Apple’s new authorized Made-for-iPhone controllers. We’ve reviewed the majority of controllers to hit the market so far including products from Logitech, Moga, and SteelSeries.
Perhaps the most notable new feature is new customization options that allow users to “Change rims, tweak ride height...
Apple has been on a "hiring binge" in Asia, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Citing unnamed sources, the newspaper said that Apple has hired hundreds of engineers in China and Taiwan in the last several months, many of whom will be involved in better managing and developing Apple's supply chain in Asia and in developing new products.| Read more »
Speaky (free for a limited time) is an interesting iOS app with a simple goal: paste in some text or give it a URL, and it will read it to you. Speaky works in the background, so you can be doing something else while a news article, story, or...| Read more »
RadioShack on Tuesday announced it will be closing up to 1,100 stores after reporting a $400 million operating loss for 2013, highlighting the Apple retail partner's struggle with adapting to the fast-changing consumer electronics market.| Read more »
Tonewood Products has introduced a new line of iPhone cases, built from guitar tonewoods such as maple, mahogany and rosewood, the company's wood-grain holders protect the phone while recreating the aesthetic of an acoustic guitar. Available for iPhone 4, 4s, 5 and 5s, the cases feature wooden volume and power buttons, Tonewood's phone case pricing begins at $80.... ...| Read more »
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LG published an infographic this afternoon that details the history of smart- (and not-so-smart-) phones. The chart covers major jumps in cell phone technology from 1992 when the first SMS message was sent, all the way to 2013 when LG launched the G2 handset.
The chart also contains some interesting survey results about where people use their smartphones (an example of which is seen above), and a look at LG’s next-gen phone, the G Flex. The phone’s hardware is detailed and benefits like improved battery life and “more accurate selfies” are explained.
There does seem to be a pretty glaring omission on the chart, though: Apple’s massive contributions to the industry in the first iPhone are never mentioned at all. While LG may be able to accurately claim credit for the first touchscreen smartphone in 2007, it certainly wasn’t LG that drove the industry forward or inspired the...
It might look like the victim of a mob hit, but according to the photo's Flickr description, this iPod actually flew out of its owner's bag while rushing across a rainy street. That's a remarkable amount of damage from such a tumble, and imagining...| Read more »
Accessories maker Logitech has extended its line of Harmony remote controls to include a new "Harmony Smart Keyboard" that the company is aiming for the growing number of non-computer "smart devices" around the home -- particularly "living room" devices like Apple TVs, video game consoles, audio systems and digital video recorders, among others. Logitech says the keyboard is compatible with 225,000 home-entertainment devices covering 5,000 brands.... ...| Read more »