macOS Sierra Preview: Picture in Picture video multitasking comes to the Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2016

Picture in Picture, a self-explanatory feature which debuted on compatible iPads with last September’s release of iOS 9, is coming to the desktop near you. That’s right, now desktop users can watch video while they’re multitasking on their Mac, thanks to Picture in Picture support on macOS Sierra.

With a click, you can float a clip from Safari or iTunes in a window over your desktop, and continue watching it as you’re multitasking. The video can be resized, dragged and pinned to any corner of the screen and it even stays put when you switch Spaces. Read More

 

Apple Watch 2 could employ One Glass Solution technology for a thinner, lighter display

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2016

Aside from other rumored hardware improvements, a second-generation Apple Watch should ditch the current Glass on Glass (G/G) Retina touchscreen and replace it with a thinner and lighter display based on so-called One Glass Solution (OGS) screen technology, according to Apple supplier TPK Holding cited Friday by Taiwan’s infamous hit-and-miss trade publication DigiTimes.

Because OGS eliminates a layer, adopting the technology should help the Apple Watch 2 conserve space and potentially even accommodate a larger battery. Read More

 

CarPlay is coming to Hyundai’s 2017 Sonata and Tucson models

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2016

After releasing a firmware update which brought CarPlay support to the 2016 Sonata and a few other 2015 and 2016 models, Hyundai today announced that Apple’s CarPlay infotainment system will be offered as a standard feature on its 2017 Sonata and limited-edition Tucson models. Read More

 

CBS All Access and Showtime streaming services have surpassed 2M subscribers

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2016

Cable providers can complain all they want about Apple’s “hard-nosed” negotiation tactics when it comes to digital entertainment, but some of them seem to be enjoying unexpected success after introducing over-the-top subscription packages specifically aimed at cord cutters.

Take as an example CBS and its All Access and Showtime Anytime video-streaming services, which have now surpassed two million subscribers, with user bases evenly split between the two, as revealed by CBS’s CEO on a quarterly results conference call with analysts and investors. Read More

 

Square Enix releases Cosmos Rings, unique role-playing game for Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2016

Japanese developer Square Enix last evening released a cool new role-playing game for the Apple Watch—titled Cosmos Rings—featuring nostalgia-evoking visuals, simple touch screen controls and intuitive gameplay. Cosmos Rings has automatic battles supplemented by the Active Chain Skill (A.C.S.) system, allowing players to unleash powerful skill combinations. With visuals by Final Fantasy series art director Yusuke Naora, Cosmos Rings immerses you in “a mysterious realm where they must face a whirlwind of pathos in an effort to bring back the Goddess of Time.” Read More

 

New Apple Store app in the works with ‘For You’ recommendations

By Cody Lee on Jul 28, 2016

Apple is currently working on a redesigned version of its Apple Store mobile app with new recommendation features, reports Bloomberg. Citing sources familiar with the project, the outlet says the updated app could be rolled out in the next two weeks.

At the heart of the refresh is expected to be a “For You” tab, that will suggest products based on prior orders—similar to what Amazon.com does with its recommendations. So after buying an iPhone, the app could recommend cases and other accessories. Read More

 

Bloomberg: Apple’s Project Titan prioritizes autonomous driving amid new hirings

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

Apple’s rumored electric vehicle project has shifted its focus towards autonomous driving systems although that shouldn’t be interpreted as Apple abandoning efforts to design its own vehicle, Bloomberg reported today.

After bringing former hardware chief Bob Mansfield back from retirement to run its Project Titan initiative, Apple has now hired BlackBerry and Ford talent to help perfect its secret self-driving software. Read More

 

Last month, revenue from U.S. sales of wireless headphones surpassed that of wired ones

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

If you need the definite proof that Apple’s rumored decision to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from the next iPhone is based on some actual real-world numbers, here’s one. According to the latest stats for the month of June, published Thursday by research firm NPD, revenue from sales of wireless headphones in the United States during the month of June beat that of their wired counterparts. Revenue from wireless headphones accounted for 54 percent of U.S. dollar sales and 17 percent of unit sales in the headphone category. Read More

 

Apple confirms a new retail store opening at World Trade Center later this year

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

Jason Barlia, who is Market Director for Apple’s New York stores, confirmed today to CNET plans to open a brand new brick-and-mortar store at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, a $4 billion train transit station in Lower Manhattan. The forthcoming store will be opening doors to shoppers later in 2016. Read More

 

WSJ: Apple’s “hard-nosed” negotiation tactics have “alienated” cable providers

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

Apple’s stubbornness and “hard-nosed” negotiation tactics have backfired and “alienated” cable providers, who say the firm is a cheapskate in terms of paying for digital content, reports The Wall Street Journal. For years, Apple’s been persuading cable firms to let it sell their cherry-picked programming in a skinny TV bundle of its own for about $30 per month vs. $80+ for traditional cable subscriptions. Read More

 

Pegatron, another iPhone manufacturer, cuts back on hiring due to assembly line automation

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

Taiwan-based Pegatron Corporation, which has long been Apple’s secondary product manufacturer after Foxconn, has begun automating production lines where gadgets for other companies are being assembled. As a result of increased automation at the Shanghai plant, the company cut back on new hires, said its chairman TH Tung according to Chinese media quoted Thursday by DigiTimes. Read More

 

Genuine-looking iPhone 7 Lightning-to-3.5-mm audio adapter caught on video

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

As you know, the next iPhone is expected to ditch the 3.5mm analog audio jack for wireless headphones, powered by Bluetooth, and wired ones, driven by Lightning. Now, certain sources are adamant that the handset may ship with a Lightning-to-3.5-mm audio adapter in the box so that folks could continue using their existing audio accessories.

Today, we get another glimpse of the claimed adapter in a set of leaked images and an accompanying high-resolution video. This latest leak came on Thursday via Vietnamese blog Tinhte.vn, which claims to have received the adapter from a Foxconn factory. Read More

 

LG Display pouring another $1.75 billion into flexible OLED production line

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

LG Display, one of the Asian companies that provide screens for Apple products, yesterday announced plans to spend an additional 1.99 trillion won, or about $1.75 billion, on its sixth-generation “P9” flexible OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) production line in Paju. More OLED facilities are coming soon in Paju and Gumi, LG said. Read More

 

Samsung enjoys its most profitable quarter in two years thanks to strong Galaxy S7 sales

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

Samsung this morning announced results for the second calendar quarter ended June 30, and the numbers are encouraging despite global smartphone sales cooling down. The South Korean conglomerate’s mobile division reported “substantial earnings improvement” buoyed by strong sales of its flagship Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge flagship smartphones.

The data is newsworthy given strong competition Samsung has been facing on the low-end from Chinese rivals like Xiaomi and Huawei and on the high-end from Apple’s iPhone. This is the best earning result Samsung has posted in two years, by the way. Read More

 

iPhone 7 pre-orders to kick off on September 9?

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

Last week, revered leakster Evan Blass of @EVLeaks predicted that Apple’s next iPhone would launch on the week of September 12. He later clarified that he was referring to the iPhone 7’s retail release—which should happen on Friday, September 16—not the launch event. Following up on his claims, Blass wrote today on Twitter that Apple will kick off pre-orders for the device on Friday, September 9. Read More

 

Apple’s marketing honcho Phil Schiller joins biotech company Illumina’s board of directors

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, has been named to biotechnology company Illumina’s board of directors. According to Illumina’s announcement, Phil’s track record and global experience in marketing world-class products “will help guide us as we continue to develop innovative new solutions for our customers.”

Of course, Apple’s interest in health-related technologies for the Apple Watch is well known. Illuminas President and CEO, Francis deSouza, said that Phil’s vision, integrity and passion are “fully aligned” with Illumina’s core values. Read More

 

Pokémon GO Plus companion wearable accessory has been delayed until September

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

Pokémon GO Plus, a Bluetooth-driven wearable device that helps you catch ’em all without looking at Nintendo’s Pokémon GO augmented-reality game on your smartphone, is now set to launch in September, not late-July as previously announced. Nintendo of America tweeted news of the delay earlier this week.

“The Pokemon GO Plus accessory will now be released Sept 2016 instead of the originally expected end of July launch,” reads the announcement. Read More

 

Apple is reportedly revoking some certificates used to jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 from Safari

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 27, 2016

Over the weekend, Pangu and 25PP launched a jailbreak for iOS 9.2-9.3.3, and not long after, iOS developers found a way to make the jailbreak possible via the Safari web browser without the need to use a computer.

Unfortunately, however, Apple appears to be blocking the enterprise certificate that has been used in this process, so attempting jailbreaks from the device itself isn’t currently working. Read More

 

Apple passes 1 billion iPhones sold

By Cody Lee on Jul 27, 2016

Apple on Wednesday announced that it recently passed the 1 billion iPhones sold milestone. In a press release, the company said that during a staff meeting in Cupertino this morning, Tim Cook told employees that they had sold their one billionth handset last week.

The news comes just a day after Apple issued its third quarter earnings report, in which it said it sold just over 40 million iPhones during the 3-month period. That number is down some 7 million units from Q3 2015, but obviously they still have a reason to celebrate. Read More

 

Google app gains Forward button (seriously!), more reliable voice search & other new features

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2016

In addition to adding support for Accelerated Mobile Pages to Chrome for iOS, Google also this morning issued a refresh to its native search app on the App Store, which supports Google Now cards. Google 17.0 for iOS, a free download, packs in improvements to help you get things done more quickly in the app such as the addition of a Forward button (what took them so long, really?), a more reliable voice search, the ability to revisit recent pages for a full seven days and a few local search results improvements. Read More

 
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