Pioneer exec talks CarPlay and what it’s like to work with Apple

By Cody Lee on Apr 25, 2014

Since Apple announced CarPlay last month, the most common question has been about aftermarket products. Most folks don’t have the money to just go out and buy a brand new car, so they want to know when they’ll be able to install the system in their current vehicle.

Initially, the prognoses didn’t look very good, but Apple confirmed last week that both Alpine and Pioneer are working on aftermarket CarPlay solutions to be released this year. And recently, MacRumors sat down with Pioneer’s Ted Cardenas to talk about the project… Read More


Addictive slicing game KingHunt goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 24, 2014

A week ago, Apple’s App Store editorial team slashed Horn, a noteworthy third-person action adventure game with great graphics, to zero bucks.

Today is Thursday, which means that another paid iOS app or game has gone temporarily free as part of Apple’s ongoing Free App of the Week promotion. This time around, it’s KingHunt by renowned publisher MountainSheep.

A great time killer that will feel instantly familiar to anyone who has played Fruit Ninja for a few brief seconds, KingHunt is being billed as the next-generation slicing game. The game is now available free of charge until next Thursday, down from its usual asking price of four bucks for the universal iPhone and iPad download, so grab it now while it’s hot… Read More


Some users seeing significant battery life improvement with iOS 7.1.1

By Cody Lee on Apr 24, 2014

In addition to Touch ID enhancements and bug fixes, it looks like iOS 7.1.1 also brings about battery life improvements. Several users are reporting seeing markedly-improved battery life since installing the update, which Apple seeded to the public on Tuesday.

ZDNet’s Adrian Kingsley-Hughes says that battery performance on his iPhone 5 dropped significantly following last month’s iOS 7.1 release. But since updating to 7.1.1, Hughes says that it’s gone back up to just as good, if not better, than it was when he first got it… Read More


Apple offers resolution for FaceTime woes but you may not like it

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 24, 2014

After some folks on iOS 6 and older versions of OS X started complaining about being unable to make or receive FaceTime calls on their devices, Apple has responded by releasing an emergency fix for the FaceTime app on OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Getting to the root of the problem, the company on Thursday published a support document that casts more light on the issue.

People have apparently been experiencing FaceTime connection problems due to a bug resulting from a device certificate that expired on April 16, 2014. Luckily, there’s a simple resolution for the problem, one which you may not necessarily like. Hit the jump for the full reveal… Read More


Apple engineer explains how FaceTime came out of work done for Game Center

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 24, 2014

When Apple was unveiling a new video-calling capability on the then new iPhone 4 at the WWDC 2010 keynote, Steve Jobs presented the feature as one of his famous ‘one more thing’ moments.

FaceTime debuted as a hassle-free video calling service between iPhone 4 devices and was initially Wi-Fi-only, but Apple eventually rolled it out across the lineup so it’s available across Mac, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices on both Wi-Fi and cellular.

The engineer behind the feature, Roberto Garcia, was forced to spill the beans on how FaceTime came out of work done for Game Center in his testimony during the fourth week of the second Apple vs. Samsung trial in California, here are the juiciest bits… Read More


Apple, Google and others settle anti-poaching suit

By Cody Lee on Apr 24, 2014

Reuters is reporting this afternoon that Apple, Google, Adobe, and Intel have reached a settlement in their long-running antitrust lawsuit filed by employees who claim the companies agreed to not hire employees from one another.

The settlement comes just a month before the trial was slated to begin in the US District Court of northern California. The lawsuit covered more than 60,000 workers, and damages from the trial were expected to exceed $9 billion…

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You can have lunch with Tim Cook, for a sizable charity donation

By Jake Smith on Apr 24, 2014

CharityBuzz is running a campaign for one donor to have lunch with Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, at the Cupertino-based headquarters. The donor will have to make the highest, sizable donation, to benefit the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights.

The lunch donated by Cook himself, has an estimated value of $100,000, with the current bid on Tuesday currently sitting at $50,000. If past charity drives from Cook are any indication, the lunch should blow past the estimated valueRead More


Sega’s kart-racing game, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, is now available free

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 24, 2014

Released in January 2014, Sega’s Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed has delighted fans of Mario Kart-style racers with a World Tour mode designed specifically for mobile and its awesome multiplayer implementation supporting up to four players simultaneously, both locally and online.

The official iOS port of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed for consoles, the game debuted with a price tag of five bucks and has since seen several price changes in an effort to boost downloads.

As Sega continues to experiment with various monetization methods, they’ve now taken the freemium route by slashing Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed to zero bucks and throwing in a bunch of paid in-app upgrades… Read More


RunKeeper adds new Goal Coach feature, personalized dashboard and more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 24, 2014

Popular fitness mobile software, RunKeeper, has received a nice little update today implementing a brand new Goal Coach feature to keep you motivated, a personalized goal dashboard to go with it and more.

RunKeeper is great for the active types interested in tracking the pace of their runs, measuring workout distance, charting weight loss and what not.

Unlike some of the other health and fitness-tracking apps for the iPhone found in the App Store, RunKeeper is available free of charge. The new 4.5 version is now live so give RunKeeper a whirl if you haven’t already and say ‘hello’ to the new you… Read More


Facebook buying Moves app in a bid to join fitness-tracking fray

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 24, 2014

After acquiring virtual headset maker Oculus Rift for $2 billion (the deal got a thumbs-up from feds), Facebook now seems to be moving into the fitness tracking space with news of its latest acquisition, Finnish startup ProtoGeo Oy that created the fitness-tracking app Moves, available free in the App Store.

The development comes amid some major reshuffling in the fitness and health tracking market.

For instance, Nike is currently in the process of shuttering its wearable-hardware division that produces FuelBand-branded accessories and there are rumors that the company is collaborating with Apple on a sensor-laden fitness band that would control other devices via gestures… Read More


Cook on why Apple isn’t rushing out new products

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 24, 2014

Following Apple’s earnings release yesterday, Tim Cook expectedly teased new products on a conference call with Wall Street analysts and investors. Hints of new gadgets were also dropped in Apple’s media release announcing the earnings.

“We’re eagerly looking forward to introducing more new products and services that only Apple could bring to market,” Cook was quoted as saying in Apple’s press release.

And now responding to pressure from analysts who demand new-category devices, Cook sat down with The Wall Street Journal on Thursday to reflect on Apple’s development process, touch on such subjects as mobile payments and explain why Apple isn’t rushing out new stuff to market just to please investors… Read More


Refreshed MacBook Airs said to launch as early as next week

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 24, 2014

Apple last refreshed its ultra-thin MacBook Air family at the annual developers conference last June, adding Intel’s power efficient Haswell processors for all-day battery life, the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking, faster graphics and SSD, lower prices and more.

Now, we recently heard rumblings that Apple is going to refresh Airs soon with a small speed bump and now a French blog is citing reliable sources as claiming that updated ultra-portables are just around the corner, allegedly launching as early as next week… Read More


Opera launches Coast browser on iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 24, 2014

After releasing the iPad-only version of Coast back in September, Opera Software on Thursday launched the iPhone edition of its WebKit-based iOS browser. Now available free in the App Store, Coast brings a clean web browsing experience to the smaller iPhone and iPod touch screen, featuring a simplified user interface with seamlessly integrated Google search, elegant animations, automatic iCloud syncing of home screen tiles and more… Read More


New report says iPhone 6 may feature curved display, all-aluminum shell

By Cody Lee on Apr 24, 2014

According to a new report from Japanese blog Macotakara, the next-generation iPhone may see some radical design changes. Citing ‘reliable sources,’ the publication said that the handset will feature rounded edges, a curved glass display, and an all-aluminum rear shell. 

More specifically, the report says that the iPhone 6′s display will be slightly curved in order to accommodate the new rounded edges. It even goes so far as to liken the device’s profile to the Japan-made Squair Curvaceous Bumper [above], an aluminum bumper for iPhone…  Read More


Apple announces 20 million Apple TVs sold to date

By Cody Lee on Apr 23, 2014

During Apple’s earnings call earlier this afternoon, CEO Tim Cook announced that the company crossed the 20 million sold mark for the Apple TV during the last quarter. The mention is noteworthy as Apple doesn’t typically breakout numbers for the set-top box (though it has on occasion).

The move falls in line with Cook’s previous sentiments regarding the Apple TV—at a shareholders meeting in February Cook said ‘it’s a little more difficult to call the Apple TV a hobby these days,’ and comes amid rumors that the company is preparing to launch a new version of the device… Read More


Angela Ahrendts to join Apple as retail chief next week

By Cody Lee on Apr 23, 2014

During this afternoon’s quarterly earnings call, Tim Cook announced that Angela Ahrendts will be officially joining Apple next week. The announcement was made last October, but Ahrendts has been under contract with her previous job—CEO of luxury clothing company Burberry—until now.

Ahrendts will join Apple as the Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores, a position that has seen significant turnover in recent years. In 2011, Ron Johnson left for a CEO position at JC Penney, and his replacement, John Browett, was ousted in less than a year due to a conflict in strategy… Read More


15 interesting points from today’s earnings call

By Cody Lee on Apr 23, 2014

Apple announced its financial results for Q2 2014 this afternoon, and for the most part it beat the Street’s expectations. The company sold 43.7 million iPhones and pulled in $45.6 billion in revenue during the three month period, although it did miss slightly on iPad sales at just 16.3 million.

We’re just finishing up the conference call, where Tim Cook, CFO Peter Oppenheimer and other members of the executive team have discussed Apple’s performance, touted some user stats, and offered insight into the future. And as usual, we’ve rounded up the 15 most interesting points for you… Read More


Apple Q2 2014 earnings: 43.7M iPhones, 16.3M iPads, $45.6B revenue

By Cody Lee on Apr 23, 2014

As expected, Apple is out with its financial report for Q2 2014 this afternoon. In a press release issued just a few moments ago, Apple announced that it sold 43.7 million iPhones, 16.3 million iPads, and pulled in $45.6 billion in revenue during its fiscal Q2.

Other than iPad sales, Apple beat the Street estimates by a wide margin. The Cupertino company also announced an accelerated strategy for its stock buyback plans, adding an additional $30 billion to the pot (for a total of $90 billion), as well as a 7-1 stock split…

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GameStop ramping up expansion of wireless, Simply Mac stores

By Cody Lee on Apr 23, 2014

Popular video game retailer GameStop is making some significant moves to diversify its business. During an investor presentation yesterday titled “Beyond the Game,” the company’s Chief Financial Officer Rob Lloyd said it plans to invest up to $140 million this year building new Spring Mobile and Simply Mac locations.

GameStop acquired both small chains last year in an effort to broaden its business outside of the seemingly-dying used video game racket . Spring Mobile is a third-party retailer for AT&T products and Simply Mac is an authorized Apple product dealer that sets up in areas that are too small for an actual Apple Store… Read More


IMDb app gains US showtimes, Amazon Prime availability info and more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 23, 2014

Hot on the heels of announcing a landmark online-only streaming deal with HBO for old TV shows, Amazon has updated its nicely done IMDb iOS app with several notable enhancements, including U.S. showtimes, media links to its Instant Video streaming service, new page design on the iPhone, bug fixes and more.

The update is now live in the App Store. The app was refreshed with iOS 7 friendly styling last December.

Amazon should be credited for adding new features to the IMDb app on a more or less regular basis. This just exemplifies how the online retailer is able to leverage various services and apps to lure customers into its vast entertainment empire… Read More

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