This week’s podcast turns up the heat as we get into over the new Kindle Fire features, whether comments are worth it and the iPhone! Read more »
Virgin Mobile will offer Apple’s latest iPhones contract-free and with unlimited data for full retail price starting October 1. Read more »
Two new images suggest that Apple might release a gold iPad mini 2 with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Read more »
The MLB is planning to use the new iBeacon indoor mapping technology in Apple’s iOS 7 to customize its At the Ballpark app, making it an interactive experience at stadiums nationwide. Read more »
If you just bought a new iPhone, Apple offers AppleCare+, which covers your phone for accidental damage for two years. But is it worth it? Read more »
Wireless device charging doesn’t necessarily mean a charging pad on your desk or nightstand. Mugen’s new N11 battery pack is portable and can wirelessly charge a phone or tablet anywhere thanks to the included Qi support. Read more »
A new update to iOS 7 is out that fixes a flaw that allowed users to bypass the unlock code on the Lock screen. Read more »
Book signings don’t have to go extinct in a digital era: Apple has applied for a patent that would allow users to get digital autographs on digital media like ebooks, movies and albums. As Apple Insider explains, the technology connects the author’s device with the fan’s device. Autographs can be authenticated and encrypted, and the technology also allows for virtual signings over the internet.
Several of the concepts introduced to iPhone users in iOS 7 were modeled after features developed by competitors scrambling to catch up to Apple’s original iPhone breakthrough. Here’s a look the inspiration for those features. Read more »
In 2007, when the iPhone launched, some of us believed that it was going to change the phone business forever. Nokia and RIM Blackberry obviously dismissed it as a joke. They focused too much on the “phone” and not on the “i,” which was a metaphor for easy internet access in our pockets. Nokia’s market cap on the day of the iPhone launch was $114.5 billion and markets valued Blackberry at $40.09 billion. This year Nokia’s devices business was sold to Microsoft for $7.2 billion. Blackberry is going private for mere $4.7 billion. That is $134 billion in market cap that went poof.
The ghosts of products past have come back to haunt Apple, as the Tokyo District Court ordered the Cupertino company to pay ¥330 million (roughly $3.4 million) in damages regarding a patent infringement case over the old iPod click-wheel. That damages amount, which is relatively small compared to the ¥10 billion sought after by plaintiff Norihiko Saito, partially reflects the sales of the classic iPod still on shelves. But, all in all, it’s another one of Apple’s myriad patent cases that is finally put to rest.
Hopster combines TV show episodes with interactive games to create an experience that goes beyond just watching episode after episode after episode. Read more »
Songs you once thought were stored safely in your iTunes Match music library may have been automatically removed by Apple. If a contract between Apple and a record label expires or if songs are somehow modified, they can disappear from your iCloud library. Read more »
Along with a physical redesign, Apple’s next iPad might come in silver and space gray, just like the iPhone 5s. Read more »
Tempo AI’s smart calendar has had a good run in the U.S., which it now hopes to replicate on the other side of the Atlantic. The iOS app launched today in the Apple iTunes stores in the U.K. and Ireland. It makes sense for Tempo to go after two of the largest English-speaking countries. Its smart calendar is essentially parsing the language within its customers’ email, appointments and social media accounts to create context for calendar events. Like its fellow SRI Labs spin-off Siri, Tempo is using natural language understanding and machine learning techniques to power a virtual assistant, except in this case it takes the form of calendar rather than a user interface.
It’s not exactly a recording studio, but you can get pretty good recordings of your garage band jam sessions with the $1,395 Apogee Quartet. Read more »
When Apple mentioned the M7 co-processor inside the new iPhone 5s, it only told us what the potential was. Now, there’s an exercise tracking app that takes advantage of it and helps bring improved battery life in the app. Read more »
Apple has resumed its AppleTV update on Tuesday, says 9to5Mac, after it pulled the software over the weekend amid reports of problems. Whatever the issue was appears to be fixed and version 6.0 of the software is now flowing to devices. The update includes support for iTunes Music, AirPlay from the cloud and more.
I was one of those that unsuccessfully tried to update an AppleTV over the weekend. Why did I jump on the software right away? iTunes Music was the key reason for me: I find the service to be quite good, even compared to Google Play Music All Access, which I won’t be subscribing to any longer.
After just one day, it looks like Apple is no longer offering an in-store pick-up option for the iPhone 5s. Read more »
Apple quietly updated its iMac lineup on Tuesday but the upgrades shout speed: Faster graphics, processing, flash storage and Wi-Fi. Read more »
Apple introduced a lot of changes with the iOS 7 redesign, but not all of them worked for me. Here are a few things that seem off about the new operating system’s design. Read more »
Now that the big four operators have started selling (and selling out of) the new iPhones, Apple is turning to the small guys. Cellcom and C Spire are among the first regional carriers to land the devices. Read more »
DogVacay launches on iOS, creating an instant communications tool that dog owners can use to contact their pet sitters at any time and receive photo updates of their pooch’s activities. Read more »
It was another banner opening weekend for Apple’s new iPhone. The company says 9 million iPhone 5s and 5c handsets were sold. One mobile analytics firm pegs the breakdown around 7 million of the 5s with 2 million of the 5c sold. Read more »
For the last few months, Instapaper creator Marco Arment has laid low. After selling his smash iOS app Instapaper to Betaworks in April and tablet publication The Magazine to the rest of its staff in May, Arment has remained secretive about his next big project. He gave a glimpse of his hard work yesterday at Portland’s XOXO festival, where Engadget reports that he revealed his latest app, Overcast. Aimed squarely at Apple’s current podcasting tech, Overcast is halfway completed and could be out sometime later this year.
Did you order an iPhone 5s online only to see your phone won’t likely arrive before October? There might be another option starting tomorrow: Personal Pickup support as Apple Stores replenish their stock of Apple’s hot new handset. Read more »
One of the most popular things we do with our smartphones is taking pictures. There are a few new tricks when it comes to photos in iOS 7 and the new iPhones. Read more »
Tablet and smartphone owners wanting to watch TV content on their mobile devices are no longer stuck using Wi-Fi to do so. Verizon now allows mobile broadband streaming of 9 channels, plus local content in certain markets. Read more »
The third installment of the Infinity Blade series does not disappoint, and should be a great showcase for the iPhone 5s. Read more »
Five hours, three subway rides, and two Apple stores later, I am without my gold iPhone 5s. But I believe Apple has failed as much as I did. Read more »
Apple is touting its new A7 chip and M7 co-processor in the iPhone 5s but where the heck is the M7? A teardown didn’t find the chip, indicating it may be a different company’s digital signal processor. Read more »
Here are three ways to wirelessly add PDF and EPUB files to nearly any iOS reading app, from Piotr Kowalczyk at Ebook Friendly. Reminder: If you’re using the Kindle app, you can add MOBI and PDF files but it doesn’t support EPUB.
The iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c just hit store shelves, but they have already been pit against one another in a drop test video. See how many drops it takes the iPhone 5c to crack. Read more »
The iPhone 5s has been sale for less than 24 hours, and some Apple stores are reportedly sold out. Here are some other places you might still be able to find one. Read more »
Last week’s podcast was focused on Apple’s new iPhones and this week we turn our focus on iOS 7: the features, reviews and what it means for developers and users. Oh and Facebook settled a privacy suit this week: People not even involved got money! Read more »
Getting a new iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c? Here are the easiest ways to migrate all of the data and settings from your old one. Read more »
Yummly’s first mobile app doesn’t just port its semantic food search engine over to iOS. Rather, the company has designed its iPhone app to be used in the grocery store rather than the kitchen. Read more »
The new 64-bit A7 chip in the iPhone 5s has been shown to be dual-core, but that didn’t stop it from benchmarking better than the quad-core competition. Read more »
Now that Google Wallet no longer requires an NFC-capable handset, expect to see it on non-Android phones. Case in point: The digital wallet app became available for iOS devices on Thursday in the iTunes App Store.
Obviously you can’t use the app on iOS for contactless payments; that part requires an NFC chip in the phone. But you can keep track of retail loyalty cards, get Google Offers while shopping or wirelessly send money to anyone with a Google account. Will it be a big hit on iOS? I suspect not, although Apple doesn’t yet have a similar wallet app just yet; as a result, this could give PayPal for iOS a scare.
Command Center for iOS 7 is great: Simple access to often used settings and apps. It’s enabled on your Lock Screen by default. Super handy, right? Yes but that means anyone could disable your device radio even if you have a passcode lock. Read more »