Apple’s subscription television service reaffirmed to remain on hold ahead of September 9 event

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2015

A next-generation Apple TV hardware with Siri voice control, a revamped remote and a dedicated App Store is expected to launch alongside new iPhones and iPads at the September 9 media event at San Francisco’s gigantic Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

But don’t expect a rumored subscription television service to go live anytime soon.

A report Friday by Jessica Lessin of The Information contends that content makers are not down with a monthly subscription fee Apple reportedly wants to charge consumers for streaming live television and premium channels to their devices. Read More

 

Apple Stores gaining Mobile Try-On program for Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2015

As Apple continues to refine the shopping experience at its brick-and-mortar stores under the watchful eye of retail chief Angela Ahrendts, the company is now introducing a brand new retail initiative called Mobile Try-On.

As per 9to5Mac, Mobile Try-On encourages customers to try out Apple’s wearable device by walking around the store with a demo unit on their wrist paired to an iPhone running the Apple Watch companion application. Read More

 

Latest Vine update brings Snap to Beat feature and new audio discovery tools

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2015

Twitter-owned Vine has rolled out two major new features to its mobile app which are aimed at improving audio discovery and help “bring the magic of perfect-looping music to everyone.”

For starters, a brand new Snap to Beat feature lets you create Vines with With seamless audio looping. And in an effort to make music a core part of Vine, users can now take advantage of enhancements like a new Featured Tracks section and another new feature that allows them to find out what they’re listening to as they watch Vines. Read More

 

Pentagon partners with Apple and others on wearable military technology

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2015

The Pentagon today announced a massive partnership with Apple, Boeing, Harvard and others on designing gadgets and sensors that could be molded onto the outside of a jet or worn by soldiers on the battlefield, Reuters reported Friday.

Defense official praised the “rapid development of new technologies” by the private sector which often out-innovates the Pentagon’s own solutions. Read More

 

Samsung now paying iPhone users $200 to switch

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2015

Samsung is offering some extra goodies to people interested in participating in its Ultimate Test Drive program which seeks to persuade iPhone users to test-drive the Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy Note5 or Galaxy S6 edge+ for 30 days in exchange for just one dollar.

Now the South Korean company is tempting would-be switchers with $100 of Google Play credit for buying apps, media and other content and an additional cheque for $100 if they traded in their iPhone to their carrier or retailer, as per AndroidCentral. Read More

 

Beats 1 director Ian Rogers unexpectedly resigns from Apple

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2015

Ian Rogers, former Beats Music CEO and Apple Music’s Senior Director, has unexpectedly left Apple less than two months following the launch of Apple’s music-streaming service, according to The Financial Times newspaper on Friday.

The executive is credited with crafting Beats 1 Radio, Apple’s free of charge 24/7 Internet radio available in more than a hundred countries, and shaping its playlists. He was also instrumental in hiring away Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe from his post at BBC Radio 1. Read More

 

Mysterious new chip has been discovered on a leaked iPhone 6s display component

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2015

As various iPhone 6s parts continue to leak out like crazy, a source provided MacRumors with new high-quality images and information pertaining to a screen assembly on Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’.

The claimed part is slightly heavier and thicker than on the iPhone 6, but the biggest takeaway is a mysterious new chip which seemingly confirms that Force Touch is coming to the next iPhone. Read More

 

September 9 tidbits: no iPhone 6c, renamed Force Touch and no sapphire screen on iPhone 6s

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2015

Apple today officially confirmed its rumored media event will be indeed taking place on Wednesday, September 9. The press conference is widely expected to bring new iPhones, iPads and possibly a next-generation Apple TV.

New pieces of information continue to surface in the run-up to the event. According to latest tidbits from a reputable publication with reliable sources, Apple won’t unveil an ‘iPhone 6c’ at the event. Read More

 

Apple teams up with PayAnywhere for new Apple Pay card reader

By Cody Lee on Aug 27, 2015

Apple on Thursday announced that it has teamed up with payment service PayAnywhere on a new mobile NFC card reader. It will attach to iOS devices, and support both traditional credit cards and those stored within Apple Pay.

The reader, which will be available exclusively in Apple Stores in September, will open the door for smaller businesses to begin supporting Apple Pay. PayAnywhere is easy to setup and there are no monthly fees to worry about. Read More

 

Apple to live-stream September 9 media event

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2015

Those not in attendance will be happy to learn that Apple just confirmed it will provide a live-stream of its upcoming September 9 media event.

Like the company’s major events held in the past two years, the September 9 event should be presented at the www.apple.com/live micro-site in the blog format, with cherry-picked tweets, juicy photos and quotes updating in real-time right below the video stream.

The iPhone maker sent out invites for the press conference earlier today. Invite graphics sports the colorful Apple logo and a tagline reading “Hey Siri, give us a hint”. Read More

 

iOS automation app Workflow picks up Today widget, Health actions, syncing and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2015

Workflow, the powerful software that makes it relatively simple to automate iOS by chaining multiple actions together, has picked up a Today widget and support for Apple Health actions in its most recent update which hit the App Store this morning.

In addition to the ability to activate your saved workflows directly from the Notification Center’s Today view, Workflow 1.3 for iOS has gained yet another useful feature to back up and synchronize your workflows across multiple devices. Read More

 

Apple sends out invites for September 9th event: ‘Hey Siri, give us a hint’

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 27, 2015

As expected, Apple has sent out invitations to for its iPhone event to be held on Wednesday, September 9th, 2015. The event will go down at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Fransisco, CA starting at 10am PST.

It’s widely expected that the main topic of the event will be the new iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. We also expect to see follow-up details on iOS 9 along with its launch date, along with information on OS X El Capitan. Read More

 

iPhone 6s said to bring 12MP sensor, 4K video recording, and improved FaceTime camera

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2015

A lot has been said thus far about “the biggest camera jump ever” expected to grace Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ smartphones. A report Thursday by 9to5Mac attempts to bring Apple’s next-generation camera technology into full view.

According to sources who spoke with author Mark Gurman, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will introduce “a major revamp” to the camera system that ostensibly includes a twelve-megapixel iSight sensor out the back that can capture video in full 4K resolution, in addition to a simple software trick designed to bring flash support to the FaceTime camera out the front. Read More

 

Rumor: iPhone 6s sports animated backgrounds inspired by Apple Watch’s Motion face

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2015

Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ smartphones are said to include animated backgrounds inspired by the Apple Watch’s Motion face, 9to5Mac learned from sources. Of course, Apple has offered dynamic wallpapers since iOS 7, but it’s a single motif in seven color choices.

These new animated backgrounds created for upcoming iPhones are being described as sharing the same theme as the Motion face on the Apple Watch, which shows painstakingly crafted animations of jellyfish, multi-colored butterflies and brightly colored flowers. Read More

 

Review: Astropad Mini turns your iPhone or Apple Watch into a pro graphics tablet for your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2015

We wrote about Astropad Graphics Tablet, an app that turns your iPad into a graphics tablet for your Mac, shortly following its February 2015 debut.

Designed and built by smart ex-Apple engineers Matt Ronge and Giovanni Donelli, the app has since been updated with support for FiftyThree’s Pencil stylus and gained other new features.

The team just released Astropad Mini, an iPhone edition of Astropad’s iPad app with Apple Watch support for remote drawing into Mac apps and more. Read More

 

Review: Lara Croft GO is the essence of adventure that feels unmistakably Tomb Raider-y

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2015

It only took a few minutes for me to get hooked on Lara Croft GO, a new premium title from Hitman GO creators Square Enix Montréal.

Created in partnership with Crystal Dynamics, this gorgeously done puzzle-solving adventure takes Hitman GO’s turn-based strategy concept and simplicity of action to a whole new level while managing to incorporate several marquee aspects of the traditional Tomb Raider formula and gameplay.

But Lara Croft GO, a $4.99 download in the App Store, is hardly the same game as Hitman GO. More than the collection of its impressive parts—mesmerizing soundtrack, artful animations and gorgeous visuals—Lara Croft GO manages to distill the famed series down to its essence.

I spent a few hours playing and reviewing this game in the days leading up to its release, here are my hands-on impressions and findings. Read More

 

Apple rumored to hold September event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

By Cody Lee on Aug 26, 2015

Apple has rented out the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco for its all-but-confirmed September iPhone event, reports Hoodline. The publication says it has seen documentation from event logistics indicating the company has the building through September 12th.

Today’s news follows speculation from earlier this week that Apple is behind a mysterious “trade show” booking at the Civic Auditorium for the first two weeks in September. On Monday, SFPD officers and private security guards began patrolling the grounds at the building. Read More

 

Jony Ive, Jimmy Iovine to speak at upcoming Vanity Fair event

By Cody Lee on Aug 26, 2015

Apple’s chief of design Jony Ive and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine are set to speak at an upcoming Vanity Fair event. The publication just announced that the pair will join a cornucopia of tech and entertainment luminaries at its New Establishment Summit in October.

Ive spoke at last year’s VF New Establishment Summit, touching on a number of interesting topics such as his design process, relationship with Steve Jobs and thoughts on copycats. So we’re anxious to see what he has to say when this year’s event kicks off on October 5th. Read More

 

Apple now selling third-party Watch accessories in its retail stores

By Cody Lee on Aug 26, 2015

Folks in the market for third-party Apple Watch accessories may want to keep an eye on their local Apple Stores. MacRumors has confirmed that the Cupertino company has begun carrying third-party Watch add-ons in at least some of its retail locations.

The first such accessory spotted in an Apple Store is ElevationLab’s NightStand for Apple Watch. It’s a simple, elegant stand, that costs $29.95 and it appears the company has partnered with Apple on product packaging and Sport band-matching colorways. Read More

 

Scanbot 4.0 rolls out with Quick-Actions, Workflows, FTP & OneNote support and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2015

Scanbot, a powerful document and QR code scanner for iOS which sports optical character recognition and a slew of other cool features, was bumped to version 4.0 today.

Available on a freemium basis with optional paid upgrades, Scanbot 4.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad introduces Workflows and Quick-Actions, a pair of major new features aimed at increasing your productivity by automating repeating tasks such as uploading scans to cloud services. Read More

 
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