How to use emoji like a pro in Messages for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 28, 2016

Your expressive Messages app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch packs in some interesting and useful features related to emojis. For added impact, emojis can be made three times their normal size.

But that’s not all.

Apple’s stock QuickType keyboard now recommends emojis as you type and Messages has a cool emojification feature where you tap words to turn them into appropriate emoji characters.

We’re going to take you through all emoji-related features in Messages for iOS and teach you how to use them. Are you ready to boost your emoji game? Read More

 

Apple aiming for October launch of new MacBook Pro

By Cody Lee on Sep 28, 2016

Apple is moving rapidly toward the launch of new MacBook Pro models, reports MacRumors. The site says it has learned that macOS 10.12.1 is largely focused on preparing the operating system to support the new laptop’s features, and it hopes to finalize the update by the end of next week so it can be loaded on the new hardware currently being produced by Apple’s supply chain. Read More

 

Yes, Apple keeps a log of who you contact on iMessage for 30 days

By Cody Lee on Sep 28, 2016

A new report is out on Wednesday, claiming that Apple logs your iMessage contacts and may share them with police. The Intercept published the piece, along with an internal law enforcement document that shows Apple tracks information like IP addresses, phone numbers and time, and stores it for up to 30 days.

At first glance, the report can be a bit unsettling, conjuring thoughts like: “isn’t Apple always preaching about user privacy” and “I thought iMessage was one of the most secure messaging services, thanks to its end-to-end encryption.” But it doesn’t take much digging to realize this is likely much ado about nothing. Read More

 

Apple Music ranked highest in J.D. Power Streaming Music Satisfaction Study

By Cody Lee on Sep 28, 2016

Apple Music ranks highest among customers in the just-released 2016 J.D. Power Streaming Music Satisfaction Study. The high profile marketing research firm says the 1-year old streaming service beat out veterans like Pandora and Spotify in 3 of the 6 measures in its study, and first overall. Read More

 

Apple teams up with Deloitte to push further into enterprise

By Cody Lee on Sep 28, 2016

Apple on Wednesday announced a strategic partnership with Deloitte. The company is recognized as the largest professional services network in the world by revenue and headcount, so the relationship should help Apple in its efforts to push further into the enterprise space. The duo plan to “transform the way companies work using iOS devices.” Read More

 

No, you should not drill a hole in your iPhone 7

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 28, 2016

Unbelievably, some of the techies I spoke to believe that maybe, somehow, the 3.5mm headphone jack will make a comeback in the next year’s iPhone. That ship has sailed, of course, but that’s not stopping pranksters and jokers on YouTube from milking the headphone jack meme for all it’s worth, like a video titled “Secret Hack To Get Headphone Jack on the iPhone 7” from YouTuber TechRax.

In it, TechRax suggests that users drill a hole in their brand spanking new iPhone 7 in order to access a supposedly hidden headphone jack inside the device. Read More

 

BlackBerry to cease internal development of smartphones, sharpen focus on software

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 28, 2016

The ailing Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry has finally admitted defeat: after years of struggling to turn around its phone business, the company said today it’ll stop designing its own smartphones and pivot focus on software. Any future hardware efforts will rely on partners as the company ceases internal development of smartphones, Recode reports. Read More

 

Apple said to be meeting up with high profile hackers as part of its new bug bounty program

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 28, 2016

Apple has reportedly reached out to a handful of high profile iPhone and Mac hackers to try and secure their operating systems from exploits that could be used maliciously or for jailbreaking.

The hackers are expected to meet at the Cupertino campus some time this month, where they can earn up to $200,000 for finding major exploits as part of Apple’s bug bounty program. Read More

 

Apple boosting iPhone 7 component orders significantly ahead of the holiday quarter

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 28, 2016

Unfazed by analyst reports predicting lower iPhone 7 sales this year versus the iPhone 6s in 2015, Apple is now reportedly increasing part and component orders for the handset, touch panel makers told Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes. Component orders for the holiday quarter are said to be 20-30 percent higher, according to Taiwan-based touch panel makers TPK Holding and General Interface Solution. Read More

 

London’s iconic Battersea Power Station will be Apple’s new UK headquarters

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 28, 2016

The British newspaper Evening Standard reports that Apple will be opening a “stunning new” campus in London’s iconic Battersea Power Station. The $11.7 billion project will create a new home for 1,400 employees in the brick “cathedral of power,” which had been powering and lighting London up to 1983. Read More

 

Apple employees in Israel seemingly confirm 2017 iPhone will be called iPhone 8

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 28, 2016

Apple is quietly developing the next iPhone hardware in Herzliya, Israel, and a local employee who solders components for Apple has allegedly confirmed to Business Insider that the tenth anniversary Apple handset will be marketed as ‘iPhone 8’, not ‘iPhone 7s’. The source added that the forthcoming phone will be “different” to the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7, have a better camera and sport a radical redesign. Read More

 

Aetna to supply 50K employees with Apple Watch, subsidize for customers

By Cody Lee on Sep 27, 2016

Major healthcare provider Aetna announced plans on Tuesday to “transform members’ consumer health experience using iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.” As part of the initiative, the company will be subsidizing the cost of Apple Watch for select employers and individual customers, and will be supplying nearly 50,000 of its own employees with the wearable. Read More

 

macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 2 now available

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 27, 2016

Apple on Tuesday seeded a second beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.1 to developers and public beta participants for testing, just six days after the first beta was made available. Read More

 

How to use stickers in Messages for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 27, 2016

Starting with iOS 10, Messages allows you to tap to send stickers in a thread, adjust their size, rotate them or peel and place stickers on top of bubbles, other stickers and photos in your conversations. Anyone can create stickers without no coding experience and users can download them through the built-in Messages App Store.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to obtain, use and manage Messages stickers like a pro and spruce up your messaging game. Read More

 

Spotify’s new continuously updated playlist combines your favorites and new music

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 27, 2016

Spotify, the #1 music streaming service, today announced a new playlist updated daily with tracks that users mark as favorites as well as new music.

Now available in the updated mobile Spotify app for iOS and Android, Daily Mix differs from Spotify’s existing Discover Weekly and Release Radar playlists which get refreshed each Monday and Friday, respectively, in that Daily Mix won’t be a complete refresh of songs each time the playlist is updated. Read More

 

Nvidia seeking software engineers to help produce “the next revolutionary Apple products”

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 27, 2016

Apple and the graphics giant Nvidia have had something of a rocky relationship, with the Cupertino company switching between Nvidia’s and AMD’s graphics chips for Mac desktops. Most of the Macs currently shipping use either integrated graphics from Intel or discreet AMD chips, but that could change in the coming years.

As first spotted by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Nvidia is seeking software engineers tasked with helping produce “the next revolutionary Apple products.” According to the job post, the role would require “working in partnership with Apple” and writing code that will “define and shape the future” of graphics-related software on Macs. Read More

 

Apple will hold September quarter earnings call on October 27

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 27, 2016

Apple said on the Investor webpage that it has scheduled an earnings call to discuss fiscal 2016 fourth quarter earnings a month from today on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 2:00pm PT / 5:00pm ET. The company’s fourth fiscal quarter corresponds to the third calendar quarter. A press release will go out 30 minutes in advance of the earnings call. Read More

 

Google announces YouTube Go app for watching and sharing videos without using any data

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 27, 2016

The annual “Google for India” event kicked off in New Delhi this morning, where the search company announced a new mobile app called YouTube Go.

Inspired by India for the next billion users, it’s designed to help people in areas with poor connectivity watch and share YouTube videos without burning up mobile data.

YouTube Go provides controls not found in the regular app to let users see the file size of videos before they download them to the device for offline viewing. And to save data, the app presents clips as slideshows. Read More

 

Apple Music execs talk artist exclusives and more in new interview

By Cody Lee on Sep 26, 2016

Apple Music executives Jimmy Iovine, Bozoma Saint John and DJ Zane Lowe recently sat down with BuzzFeed’s Reggie Ugwu for a rather interesting interview regarding the streaming music service. The conversation covers everything from the controversy surrounding Apple’s push for artist exclusives to their plans for the future, and we’ve listed our favorite experts below. Read More

 

Pegatron CEO and Piper Jaffray slam analysts who predicted poor iPhone 7 sales

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 26, 2016

The CEO of Pegatron, a Taiwanese contract manufacturer that assembles Apple handsets along with Foxconn, told Nikkei Asian Review he remained “cautiously optimistic” about iPhone 7 sales.

His comment targets a recent analyst report from KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo predicting fewer iPhone 7 sales in 2016 than the iPhone 6s garnered in 2015. Analyst firm Piper Jaffray, too, downplayed Kuo’s negative report in an interview with AppleInsider, saying it’s seeing similarities to the monster iPhone 6 upgrade cycle. Read More

 
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