Productivity discounts, Microsoft Office improvements, Google paid, (RED) renewed, iOS connectivity problems, 6-digit passcode, next Watch


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Apple takes 50% off popular productivity apps in new iOS App Store campaign — In its latest iOS App Store promotion , Apple is  knocking 50% off a selection of 14 productivity titles like PCalc, task manager Things, second screen solution Duet Display and more for a limited time. This is true in NZ too – open the App Store, make sure you’re on ‘Featured’, go down to ‘Browse By Category’, and then click on ‘Productivity’ and they’re listed under ‘Limited-Time Prices’. The discounts include popular task managers like Clear, Things, Moleskine Timepage and Due, note taking apps and utilities like PCalc and the app Duet that lets you use an iPad as a secondary Mac display.

Microsoft pushes Office inking, Insider, and Morph tools to iOS and Mac — Many of the improvements are geared toward inking with the Apple Pencil, or just your finger.

Google paid Apple $1B to be default iOS search bar provider in 2014 — Court documents from Oracle’s copyright lawsuit against Google show the Internet search giant paid some US$1 billion to Apple in 2014 in return for making its search bar the default option on iOS.

 

Mini takes lead in US iPad sales as iPad Pro jumps in at 12%, survey data says — The split of US iPad sales is now weighted in favour of the iPad mini, although the iPad Pro captured a “meaningful” 12% share during the December quarter, according to a survey compiled by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.

Apple renews its partnership with (RED) — With UNAIDS data showing that mother-to-child transmission of HIV could be effectively ended as early as 2020, Apple, América Móvil, Bank of America, Belvedere, GAP, SAP, Starbucks and The Coca-Cola Company have renewed their partnerships with (RED) in support of reaching this goal, with NetJets, Salesforce and Tradeshift also announcing new partnerships with (RED) — the AIDS organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver — to fight AIDS.

iOS: Solving Network Connectivity Problems — So your iPhone won’t stay on a Wi-Fi network, or you can’t get it to join in the first place. What to do? Melissa Holt tells you.

Spend hours exploring Terraria, an open world classic game for iOS — For the sandbox gamer who wants something a bit more approachable than Minecraft, Terraria should be on your list.

Switch to six digits for your iOS passcode — A court case in the US makes it clear the government can at least try to brute-force your iPhone’s four-digit passcode. You can upgrade from four digits to six by following these steps

What would make the Apple Watch 2 compelling? The rumoured new features just aren’t that exciting, thinks Macworld. [For me, speed would be the most compelling – it’s too laggy to and fro between it and iPhone.]

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