The free “picture a day” drawing challenge app is now available portably, thanks to a new version for iPhone. Read more »
Last week’s rumors of Chromecast support for the HBO GO app are this week’s reality: The app for both iOS and Android now supports wireless streaming of HBO Go content from a mobile device to Google’s $35 Chromecast dongle. In a blog post announcing the feature, Google says you can also Chromecast HBO GO from a Chrome browser window. I’d opt for ‘casting from a smartphone or tablet though: Those methods actually cause the stream to come from the cloud. Chromecasting from a browser tab uses a peer-to-peer type stream and is dependent on your computer’s resources, meaning the quality may not be as good.
iPad users, rejoice: You now have a better way to use your tablet to, well, buy more iPads. Read more »
Google is stepping up its media game with the launch of Newsstand, a Flipboard-style reading app for Android that also supports subscription walls for newspapers and magazines and replaces its existing Currents reader Read more »
Mobile retail app developer Shopkick is selling iBeacon devices to businesses that will let them track and interact with customers as they move throughout their stores. Macy’s is its first trial partner. Read more »
It’s game on for iOS 7 hardware controllers: Logitech launched its entry with the PowerShell + Battery controller for $99. The accessory has an internal battery so it can recharge your iOS 7 device, but it lacks joystick controls, opting for a D-Pad instead. Read more »
In a bit of unfinished business from last year, Apple says Samsung should pay $380 million more for patent infringement. Samsung says the number should be $52 million. Read more »
Apple TV users just got another option to watch Antiques Roadshow: PBS launched an app on Apple’s streaming box Tuesday, promising access to “thousands of hours of your favorite PBS programming.” But don’t expect whole seasons of Downton Abbey: Amazon got an exclusive for that show, which means that episodes only show up “for a limited window following the on-air broadcast,” according to a statement given to AllThingsD’s Peter Kafka. Also new on Apple TV: An app for Yahoo Screen, Yahoo’s very own video portal.
Tired of covering the screen of your iPhone or iPod touch when gaming? Moga has a solution to that, thanks to the game controller support built into iOS 7. The folding Moga Ace with lightning port is ready for pre-orders. Read more »
A new report claims that 12.9-inch Retina displays are currently in production for a larger new iPad coming out early next year. Read more »
After buying the Zagg Folio keyboard for my iPad Air, Targus sent me a review unit of its Versavu — pronounced “versa-view”– keyboard case. I’m not a fan of the Shift key and the keyboard isn’t backlit, but one unique feature is appealing. Take a look. Read more »
You don’t even have to be a good student to get Sprint’s latest deals, any student qualifies. The carrier is providing one year of free talk, text and data service with a student purchase of a smartphone through Best Buy. Read more »
The iPad mini with retina display might be slightly sharper than the iPad Air, but it doesn’t reproduced color as well, according to testing by Anandtech. Read more »
Apple’s two solar farms and one fuel cell farm near its data center in North Carolina are now all live and generating power. The projects are unprecedented in the industry and have helped usher in real change. Read more »
Using your Apple devices along with the updated iMovie app for iOS and OS X, this walkthrough will outline the steps to take, edit, and share home movies on your AppleTV. Read more »
Just when you thought there were enough games inspired by the game that is Minecraft, along comes a refreshing take on the genre. A new physics based racer titled Blocky Roads. Read more »
Months after promising a native iOS app for its Google Play Music service, Google finally delivered the goods. The free app is available in the iTunes App Store as of Friday and supports both local music playback as well as cloud streaming of tunes. Google allows up to 20,000 music tracks in the cloud and offers a $9.99 monthly music subscription service called All Access, which is also supported in the new app. So too is the ability to Chromecast music wirelessly to a TV. I doubt many long-time users of iTunes will make the switch, but for someone who is living a Google-centric life on an iPad Air, the new app is music to my ears.
The new iPad mini with retina display arrived sooner than expected, but that hasn’t stopped the reviews from pouring in. Here’s what they say so far. Read more »
Got an event coming up? iPad app Makr wants to customize it for you. Read more »
If you’ve been having issues using FaceTime, your troubles might be over. Apple’s latest iOS update fixes an issue that was causing some FaceTime calls to fail. Read more »
Right on time: Just as I switched my Google-centric life from an Android tablet to the iPad Air, Google improves Gmail for iOS. The new features make it easier to compose and read mails in full screen and switch between multiple accounts. Read more »
Shelby.tv launched an app, then shut it down, then launched another app too late… now it’s back with yet another iteration. Is third time a charm for the social video startup? Read more »
“Google Wallet 2.0″ is live but it’s not from Google. Instead, Isis is the newest digital wallet payment program and it’s now live. You’ll need a phone on Verizon, T-Mobile or AT&T before you can pay with your handset. Read more »
If you own an iPod touch or a Wi-Fi-only iPad, you’ll be able to send and receive messages with an update to the BBM app today. Read more »
A new Apple Store stock checking tool has appeared in the unlikeliest of places: The Global Sea Turtle Network website. Read more »
Rosetta Stone is going mobile, and tapping into the youth market with the second installment of their Spanish/English app program. Read more »
Can you live a happy “Google” life in iOS? Now more than ever, the answer is yes. For that reason, and because I get a superset of content options in iOS not found on other platforms, I sold the Nexus 7 for an iPad Air. Read more »
Arnold Schwarzenegger is not the only fan of YouTube Capture: The app is now used for a third of all YouTube uploads from iOS devices. That’s why YouTube added some updates. Read more »
This year has seen many product refreshes for Apple (a aapl) — including the super high-end Mac Pro — but the Apple TV system has been suspiciously absent from the proceedings. But it’s coming soon, if an analyst report spotlighted by 9to5Mac is on target. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that in 2014, Apple TV will use an A7 chip, but that the long-term goal is a set-top box in 2015 or 2016. Both products are reasonably predictable — the A7 upgrade is an easy one to make, and Apple already has patents for a set-top box in place — so it’s worth keeping in mind.
After testing the connected collar tag on my two dogs, I’m convinced Whistle has created something special. Whistle provides useful and engrossing data on a dog’s daily activity, and it’s only going to get better. Read more »
When it comes to secure online communication you can choose to secure the message, protect the identity of the messenger or both. These techniques for iOS and OS X devices will help ensure that your message gets to its intended recipient, and only that recipient. Read more »
The “tech trial of the century” took place last year between Apple and Samsung — and resulted in a $1.05 billion verdict for Apple. On Tuesday, the two companies are going back at it. Read more »
I’ve been eager to see the Revolv home hub in action since meeting with the company several months ago. The good news is the hardware is awesome. But the software could use some work. Read more »
Apple has opened sales for its much-awaited new tablet, but you better get it quickly, as supplies are rumored to be low. Read more »
How does the thinner, lighter iPad Air lend itself to a keyboard accessory? Pretty good if you have the right keyboard. I bought a Zagg Folio case and really like the typing experience, not to mention the backlit keys with various color choices. Read more »
Apple is set to begin production of some of its A-Series chips in upstate New York, according to a report from the Times Union. The company has struck a deal with GlobalFoundries to manufacture the chips at its Fab 8 complex in Malta. These chips are the backbone of Apple’s mobile device business, with the latest A7 processor powering the new iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad mini with retina display.
Apple has previously relied on Samsung to manufacture these chips. And according to the report, Samsung will aid GlobalFoundries in setting up the manufacturing process used to make the chips. Given the competition in the mobile device space between the two companies, it makes sense that Apple would want to remove itself from its component supply relationship with Samsung. But it isn’t clear if GlobalFoundries will be making the chips in conjunction with Samsung, or if Samsung is simply helping to set up the new production facility.
Kno, launched with much fanfare, raised nearly $100 million in venture capital and debt, only to find out that the world of education didn’t care much for the company’s products or for that matter the company itself. It crash landed at Intel last weekend. Read more »
Apple might be looking to introduce some big changes to future iPhones, according to a report from Bloomberg. Read more »
Guitarists don’t need to lug around huge pedalboards anymore if they want to tap into a variety of sounds. The BlueBoard and the iLoud are up to the task. Read more »
Put on your hard hat and roll up your sleeves, its time to get to work this weekend. Take over a family construction business and in the process learn how to operate some heavy machinery. Read more »