Logitech announces Protection+ iPhone 5/5s case, arriving next month

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 16, 2014

Accessory maker Logitech on Wednesday announced a new rugged case for Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s featuring sleek appearance and offering shock absorption and protection from drops of up to six feet (works out to about 1.8 meters).

In addition, the company introduced the +Trip accessory for mounting an iPhone or just about any other smartphone to your car’s air vents. The Protection+ case works with Logitec’s new +Drive and +Trip attachments that let you affix your iPhone to a car’s windshield or dashboard using built-in suction cup… Read More

 

Could this be iPhone 6′s improved, more durable Touch ID sensor?

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 16, 2014

Purported iPhone 6 parts continue leaking out ahead of the handset’s assumed September unveiling. We were recently treated to a stress, bending and scratch test videos of a piece of a purported sapphire-coated iPhone 6 cover glass.

And earlier this summer, alleged leaks revealed a claimed front LCD frame, an alleged rear shell and a SIM card tray, while questionable mockups piqued everyone’s interest. It’s now time to turn our attention to Apple’s next-generation Touch ID.

As you know, the sophisticated fingerprint scanner debuted as an iPhone 5s exclusive last September. Touch ID is expected to expand to new iPhone and iPad models this year and TSMC is said to be already building a more durable variant of Touch ID.

New images that surfaced Wednesday promise to offer a glimpse of what an improved, slightly revamped Touch ID for the iPhone 6 looks like… Read More

 

Jawbone’s Up fitness band app gains weight management features

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 16, 2014

Jawbone, the maker of the Up fitness band, wireless Bluetooth headsets and a host of other mobile accessories, today pushed a major update to its iPhone and iPad app.

The refreshed software brings new calorie and nutrition tracking tools, food and restaurant logging, as well as comprehensive weight management features to the popular fitness tracker.

Other enhancements include a new food score and a redesigned food experience with brand new tools such as a dedicated water logger, restaurant menus, common pairings and frequent meals… Read More

 

App Recap: packed to the gills with great new apps, updates, freebies and discounts

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2014

Following an extended weekend break, App Recap is back. For those unfamiliar with App Recap, it’s our daily column conceived to surface best new apps and games while keeping you in the loop regarding major app updates, price drops and promotions.

In today’s edition, we bring you beautiful new apps to enjoy Reddit and Pinboard, snap images with stunning fisheye barrel distortion in Instagram’s square format, create satanic videos with an eerie reverse slow-motion effect, check the UV index before hitting the beaches, apply tags to your photos and much more.

And let’s not forget about important updates to your favorite apps and not-to-be-missed deals rounding up this edition of App Recap… Read More

 

Volkswagen to embed CarPlay in 2016 VW models

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2014

German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen is in talks with Apple on bringing CarPlay to its 2016 lineup, according to a new report. This is an important development as Volkswagen, itself notably absent in Apple’s press release announcing CarPlay, files as the biggest German automaker and the second largest automaker in the world.

According to a source with knowledge of the discussions, a formal announcement is expected in the coming months… Read More

 

Google updates Chrome for iOS with Cast support

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2014

Following a relatively quiet period when it comes to Chrome for iOS, Google is again demonstrating willingness to continue advancing its popular iPhone and iPad browser with useful new capabilities.

The new Google Chrome version 36.0.1985.49 is now available to download in the App Store, bringing out Cast support for websites that have implemented integration with Cast-enabled devices.

Furthermore, this edition also includes stability improvements and bug fixes and a slightly tweaked app icon for your Home screen… Read More

 

Snapchat launches Geofilters for photos taken at specific locations

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2014

The popular ephemeral messaging app Snapchat today introduced Geofilters, basically custom filters that only work on photos taken in specific geographic locations.

Geofilters are available by swiping to the right from the Preview screen after taking a photo. This will produce custom-designed text or graphic stickers that can be overlaid on your image to make it more attractive.

As the name suggests, Snapchat Geofilters are location dependent and available for locations in Los Angeles and New York City… Read More

 

Apple allegedly brings new supplier on board to help solve iPhone 6 battery production woes

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2014

Problems with mass production of ultra-thin batteries is among the reasons cited for a rumored delay of a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model.

Last month, Asian sources said both LG Chemical and Samsung, Apple’s battery cell suppliers for the iPhone, were struggling to produce battery components measuring 2mm or less.

Apple’s technical requirements apparently pose technical challenges as standard smartphone batteries have a thickness of roughly 2.8 – 2.9 millimeters. A new report alleges that Apple has now solved the issue by bringing a new supplier on board, Hsin Chu, Taiwan-based Simplo Technologies… Read More

 

Apple launches iPhone and iPad trade-in program in Australia

By Cody Lee on Jul 15, 2014

As expected, Apple has officially launched its iPhone and iPad trade-in program in Australia today. The company made the announcement via a statement provided to an Australian MSN affiliate this morning.

Customers can receive a maximum of A$250 (or roughly $234 USD) for their iPhones, and A$215 ($202 USD) for iPad trade-ins. Newer devices like the iPhone 5s and 5c are not eligible, nor are first-gen models… Read More

 

PayPal updated with loyalty card support, faster logins and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 15, 2014

PayPal pushed out an update to its iOS client last night, bringing the app to version 5.5. The update brings about the usual bug fixes and performance improvements, but it also adds a big new feature: support for loyalty cards.

This means PayPal users will be able to carry virtual versions of their favorite loyalty cards—such as Starbucks, CVS, and several other retailers—within the app, essentially making it a one-stop shop for payments and checkins… Read More

 

Apple launches new ‘iTunes Pass’ service in Japan for refilling iTunes credit

By Cody Lee on Jul 15, 2014

Apple has launched a new service in Japan called iTunes Pass. The program is actually quite interesting, as it appears to allow customers to purchase iTunes Store credit from an Apple retail store, using Passbook instead of physical gift cards.

Users have long been able to store gift cards in Passbook, but we’ve never seen a direct-to-Passbook service like this, without the need to redeem a code. It almost looks like this could be a prequel to Apple’s oft-rumored mobile payment systemRead More

 

Shazam for iOS updated with in-app track playback via Rdio

By Cody Lee on Jul 15, 2014

Shazam has updated its free and Encore iOS apps, bringing them both to version 7.7.0. The update brings about a new feature to both clients that allows users to play back recognized songs in-app, courtesy of Rdio.

While users have long been able to do this—play recognized tracks through Rdio—past functionality required them to switch out of Shazam and into Rdio. They can now playback [full] songs without switching apps… Read More

 

5 calculator apps Apple featured in App Store’s Productivity Monday section

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2014

To me, calculator apps are a lot like weather apps – I can never get enough of them. In an effort to help you increase your mobile productivity, Apple is now featuring several great third-party calculators in an App Store section titled Productivity Monday.

Featured iPhone and iPad software includes both paid and free calculators, including the gorgeously designed minimalist Digits app with the ability to edit complex calculations and get instantly updated results… Read More

 

Poll: what’s more important to you – screen size or battery life?

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2014

Pundits and fans are in agreement that a bigger screen will be the #1 selling point of Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 6 refresh. With two models in tow, one with a 4.7-inch screen and the other using a phablet-class 5.5-inch display, the iconic smartphone will for the first time go comfortably past four inches.

So, who’s willing to trade a bigger screen for a much-improved battery that could keep you going for 24 hours or more, on a single charge? For the sake of completeness, One survey identified a longer-lasting battery as the top feature request by early iPhone 5 adopters ahead of the handset’s September 2012 launch… Read More

 

Dropbox introduces Streaming Sync with up to 2x faster syncing of large files

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2014

Heavy Dropbox users may have noticed that large files sixteen megabytes in size and up won’t start downloading to their other devices until they’ve finished uploading fully to the Dropbox cloud on the device which has initiated sync.

A new Dropbox technology dubbed Streaming Sync promises to speed up sync times of large files by up to two times, by downloading small slices of a large file as it’s still being uploaded to the servers.

Before you can start taking advantage of this technology, you must update your desktop Dropbox client to the latest version… Read More

 

Rumor: Apple’s secret partnership with Intelligent Energy to boost iPhone battery performance

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2014

Rumor has it that Apple has secretly partnered with a British fuel-cell firm called Intelligent Energy on deploying its fuel cells in electronic devices such as MacBooks, iPhones and iPads within a few years.

Intelligent Energy’s technology converts chemical energy from fuel stored in the cells into electricity.

The technology could potentially allow future iPhones and iPads to run on a single charge for days or even weeks. As a bonus, the process is green and highly efficient… Read More

 

Google launches augmented reality game Ingress on iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2014

The Internet giant Google earlier in the year ported its near-real time augmented reality massively multiplayer online pervasive game, Ingress, to Android and now the app is available on iOS as well.

The free iPhone and iPad game uses your location and real-world objects in your near vicinity to provide various clues and transform your world into the landscape for a “global game of mystery, intrigue, and competition”Read More

 

Noted analyst claims 5.5-inch iPhone 6 could delay until 2015 over production woes

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2014

In his new research note issued to clients Monday, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo cautions that Apple’s 5.5-inch iPhone 6 could be delayed until after October and possibly until 2015, over yield issues with its in-cell touch panel and metal casing.

According to the analyst, panels this large exhibit issues where the edge of the panel may become insensitive to touch. Also, under Apple’s new manufacturing process for the iPhone 6 metal casing, “color unevenness is an issue,” wrote Kuo… Read More

 

FCC loosens labeling restrictions for iPhones and other devices

By Cody Lee on Jul 13, 2014

This is kind of interesting. The FCC’s Office of Engineering & Technology issued new labeling guidance on Friday, saying that manufacturers can do away with the awful FCC ID etchings found on the backs of iPhones and other devices with integral screens.

Until now, the FCC has asked that any equipment requiring FCC certification sport a nameplate or etched label listing its FCC ID and other info. But with devices getting smaller and more complex, it wanted to update the requirement for the digital age…  Read More

 

Sharp in talks with Apple to regain control of iPhone panel plant

By Cody Lee on Jul 11, 2014

Sharp is looking to regain control of its Kameyama plant back from Apple. Nikkei is reporting this afternoon that the company has proposed a deal to the Cupertino firm worth nearly $300 million, in an effort to diversify its customer base.

The Kameyama Plant No. 1 began operations in 2004 as a facility for manufacturing large panels for flat-screen TVs. But after consecutive years of profit losses, it called on Apple to help foot the bill to transition the plant to smaller panels… Read More

 
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