Apple also seeds tvOS 10 beta 7 to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2016

In addition to seeding iOS 10 beta 8 to developers and iOS 10 beta 7 to public beta testers, Apple today made available a seventh beta of tvOS to its registered developers. tvOS 10 beta 7 (build number “14T5329a”) is available as an over-the-air update via the Software Update mechanism on the fourth-generation Apple TV. Read More

 

Apple issues iOS 10 beta 8 to developers & beta 7 to public beta testers

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2016

Apple today released an eighth beta of iOS 10 (build number “14A5346a”) to members of the Apple Developer Program and the seventh beta of iOS 10 to public beta testers who are signed on the Apple Beta Software Program. It’s worth repeating that iOS 10 beta 8 for developers and iOS 10 beta 7 for public beta testers contain the same features.

The devices on a prior beta can be updated in Settings → General → Software Update, but some users are reporting issues trying to update to beta 8. Read More

 

Intel could begin fabricating iPhone and iPad chips as early as 2018

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2016

Both in-house designed ‘A10’ and ‘A11’ chips for this year’s iPhone 7 and 2017 iPhones/iPads, respectively, are believed to be manufactured solely by Taiwan’s semiconductor foundry TSMC (sorry, Samsung).

According to Nikkei Asian Review, Intel is now perfectly poised to give TSMC a good run for its money in as little as two years because any Apple chips after the A10/A11 should be fabricated by Intel.

The recently signed licensing deal between Intel and UK-based ARM Holdings lets the former fabricate chips for smartphones based on the latter’s CPU technology. Read More

 

Universal wasn’t joking: Lady GaGa’s upcoming new album won’t be an Apple Music-exclusive

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2016

As you know, the major record label Universal Music Group is apparently done with streaming exclusives on Apple Music, Spotify and other services. Sources who spoke with HITS Daily Double caution that the repercussions stemming from the music industry’s disdain for exclusives have forced Universal’s label Interscope to release Lady GaGa’s fifth studio album on a non-exclusive basis.

Now even the album’s dance floor anthem, titled “Perfect Illusion,” would launch as an Apple Music exclusive in light of the industry kerfuffle over digital exclusives—despite the fact that a deal had been in place between Apple, Lady Gaga and Interscope. Read More

 

FOX Sports Go for Apple TV lets you watch four games simultaneously at 60FPS

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2016

If you’re subscribed to one of Fox’s sports channels through your cable or satellite TV package, the newly launched FOX Sports Go tvOS app lets you watch up to four games simultaneously in split-screen mode, at a remarkably fluid 60 frames per second, via your fourth-generation Apple TV.

As first noted by MacRumors, the app’s split-screen interface and underlying technology make it possible to watch baseball, basketball, football and hockey games at once, or any combination of games from MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, UEFA Champions League, UFC and more, depending on regional restrictions. Read More

 

UK’s carrier EE to offer free six-month Apple Music subscriptions beginning September 1

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2016

Not to be outdone by Australia’s Telstra and Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, British telecommunications operator EE (formerly Everything Everywhere) confirmed that it, too, would soon be treating its customers to six free months of music-streaming via Apple Music and Beats 1 Radio.

To promote this offer, the carrier put together a multi-million pound ad campaign featuring actor Kevin Bacon and pop singer Britney Spears. Read More

 

Daily Deals: 16GB iPhone SE $370, 12.9-inch iPad Pro $640, and more

By Cody Lee on Aug 25, 2016

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: MindNode

By Cody Lee on Aug 25, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the app MindNode. This means from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to pick up the powerful mind-mapping app on both iPhone and iPad for free—a huge savings of $10.

Mind maps are a visual representation of your ideas, starting with a central thought and growing from there. MindNode allows you to brainstorm, organize and share your thoughts in an intuitive way, so you can really focus on the ideas behind them. Read More

 

iOS 9.3.5 update patches three major security vulnerabilities

By Cody Lee on Aug 25, 2016

The just-released iOS 9.3.5 update patches three major security vulnerabilities, reports The New York Times. Apple was alerted to the flaws just 10 days ago by security researchers Bill Marczak and John Scott Railton, and is urging users to update.

Investigators discovered that Israeli-based digital arms dealer NSO Group was using the exploits in software it sells that can track smartphones. The program can read texts and emails, track calls and location, and can record sounds and passwords. Read More

 

DJI’s new iPhone-friendly Osmo+ gimbal camera has 7x zoom and shoots 4K video

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2016

The other day, whilst browsing an array of incredibly cool gadgets from Chinese drone maker DJI, it only took me like five minutes to decide to put their Osmo gimbal camera on my “wants” list. Good thing I didn’t buy the thing right there and then as DJI today announced an upgraded versions, the Osmo+, with up to 7x zoom and 4K video capture.

If you’re not familiar with premium-built Osmo imaging devices, these things sport an advanced gimbal which keeps the camera flat and steady no matter how you move it. Read More

 

Australian carrier Telstra treats customers to data-free Apple Music streaming

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2016

Telstra, Australia’s #1 wireless carrier, is following in the footsteps of T-Mobile’s Binge On by announcing that customers on its Go Mobile plans can now listen to songs, albums and playlists on Apple Music without using their monthly data allowance, said the company. Read More

 

How to opt out of WhatsApp-Facebook account data sharing

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2016

As you may have heard, WhatsApp is starting to share some of users’ account data with Facebook (things like your registered phone number and the last time you used the service) to improve targeted advertising and friend suggestions on Facebook and better fight spam on WhatsApp. Thankfully, you can easily opt out, right when the prompt goes up, or within 30 days of accepting the new terms, here’s how. Read More

 

WhatsApp begins sharing account data with Facebook to boost targeted advertising

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2016

Facebook-owned WhatsApp today updated its Terms and Privacy Policy for the first time in four years to reflect that the messaging service will start sharing select account data with Facebook in order to improve targeted advertising. Wait, does that mean that you’re going to be inundated with ads on WhatsApp? In a word, no—at least for the time being. As per the amended terms of service, “We still do not allow third-party banner ads on WhatsApp.” Read More

 

Sketchy leak reaffirms 32GB/256GB iPhone 7, no 16GB tier

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2016

A sketchy order assembly sheet leaked out by Twitter account @The_Malignant reaffirms many of the previously talked-about features that should come to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come this fall, including a 256-gigabyte capacity model and the lack of the widely criticized 16-gigabyte tier. First spotted by AppleInsider, note that the sheet doesn’t bear any clear designation identifying Apple as the client. Read More

 

YouTube’s new Backstage section will let you share photos, polls, text & more with subscribers

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2016

Just as we’re processing today’s news regarding an upcoming video-sharing app from Apple, a new report claims Google is set to enhance YouTube’s social experience in the fall by unveiling a new Backstage section in the mobile app and on the web.

According to VentureBeat, Backstage will let YouTube users share not just videos, but also photos, polls, links, text posts and more with their subscribers. Read More

 

Check out the star-studded lineup of Apple Music Festival 10

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2016

Apple Music Festival 10, which runs September 18-30 at the London Roundhouse, will be headlined by such acts as Alicia Keys, Bastille, Britney Spears, Calvin Harris, Chance The Rapper, Elton John and others, the company announced Thursday. The ten-day festival will be made available live and on-demand to Apple Music members in 100 countries. Read More

 

Apple researching a system that would capture biometric data of thieves via iPhone sensors

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2016

An Apple patent application published Thursday by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) describes methods of capturing and storing biometric information of thieves via the iPhone’s sensors, including fingerprints, photos, videos and a wealth of other forensic data.

Titled “Biometric capture for unauthorized user identification,” the proposed and somewhat controversial security system would leverage machine learning to proactively capture an unauthorized user’s fingerprint and a picture after unsuccessful Touch ID/passcode attempts or if user-defined criteria have been met. Read More

 

Bloomberg: Apple developing a new iPhone video-sharing app & deeper social ties in iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2016

Bloomberg reported Thursday that Apple has been developing a brand new Snapchat-style video editing and sharing application that could launch in 2017 as a standalone download, as well as testing deeper social ties across iOS as part of a newly directed focus to integrate more social networking features within its mobile products. These moves are said to be a response to the success of social services like Facebook and Snapchat, according to people familiar with Apple’s strategy. Read More

 

Downgrading to iOS 9.3.3 now impossible as Apple stops signing software

By Sébastien Page on Aug 24, 2016

Nearly three weeks after releasing iOS 9.3.4, Apple has closed the signing window for iOS 9.3.3 and iOS 9.3.2, making it impossible to downgrade from the latest firmware version available to these older ones. Read More

 

Code strings in macOS Sierra hint at future Macs with 10 Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2 support

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 24, 2016

Code strings found in the latest beta of macOS Sierra—originally discovered in the macOS API definitions by app developer Felix Schwartz back in June—indicate that future Macs will almost certainly support the latest USB 3.1 Gen 2 standard, which allows for up to 10 Gbps transfer speeds. While plans regarding future Macs could change, we fully expect the upcoming machines—just like existing and previous Macs—to support the latest and greatest in USB and Thunderbolt tech. Read More

 
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