5C shotgun, Maps in China, Microsoft OneNote, IBM, Home Automation, two iOS games


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Apple’s iPhone 5c helps man survive shotgun blast to the chest — A 25-year-old British man who was shot in the chest with a shotgun during a confrontation outside of his home survived the event, thanks in part to his green iPhone 5c, which absorbed much of the impact. [Other coloured 5Cs probably work too – but I don’t think this is one of Apple’s selling points for iPhone.]

Apple Maps in China offer a sneak peek at what’s in store for Maps in iOS 9 — Apple has gobbled up mapping market share on iOS (and the Mac) since introducing its own alternative to Google Maps back in 2012, despite lacking a variety of key features. Hints at how Apple Maps may soon improve are coming from China, where Apple Maps has accurate transit lines and station depictions.

Five ways OneNote is better than Apple’s Notes app — The iPad is a convenient note-taking tool for the classroom and boardroom alike. And while Apple’s own Notes app is more than equipped to handle any text you can throw at it, it lacks any breakthrough features to keep you coming back. The last company Jason Cipriani ever expected to boast about having a better iOS app than Apple is Microsoft, but that’s exactly what I’m about to do. Microsoft’s OneNote app is vastly better than the Notes app that comes installed on your iPhone and iPad.

Three easy ways to begin with Home Automation — Kelly Guimont can get you started.

Apple, IBM roll Apple Watch support into three MobileFirst apps — As part of an ongoing enterprise solutions partnership, Apple and IBM on Thursday announced Apple Watch support for three MobileFirst apps serving the healthcare, public safety and energy industries.

Two iOS games of note — Dead Man’s Draw (universal, free with in-app purchases) is a push-your-luck card game with an enjoyable pirate theme and Does Not Commute turns a time-shifted traffic jam into fun.