Shapr makes connections —Shapr is a free app (with iOS and Android versions) that allows you to discover those around you who share similar interests in work and life. You could be looking for a job or a mentor, looking for a co-founder or advice from someone in a particular industry. Or you might just be new in town.
Korean prosecutors charge Samsung head, other execs with bribery & embezzlement — South Korea prosecutors on Tuesday indicted the acting head of the Samsung Group, Jay Y Lee, for bribery and embezzlement, leveling similar charges at four other executives as well in the influence scandal surrounding Korean President Park Geun-hye and her friend, Choi Soon-sil.
Original iPhone, 3G, 3GS still in active use, 2016 web traffic report reveals — Older iPhones are still in use despite their age, according to a report on mobile Internet usage, with the original iPhone 3G, and 3GS all highlighted in traffic monitoring research for 2016 that compares the use of Apple devices against other manufacturers in the smartphone market.
Australian smartphone market bounces back as Apple drives 14% year-over-year growth — Following six straight quarters of year-over-year decline, the Australian mobile phone market returned to growth as it shipped 2.93 million mobile phones in quarter four of 2016, as compared to 2.84 million the same time the previous year representing a 3.2% year-over-year growth.
SanDisk offers 256GB of extra storage for iPhones and iPads — Western Digital Corporation has increased the capacity of its line of iOS mobile flash drives with the introduction of its 256GB SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive and 256GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick. The former is a mobile storage device designed to help people quickly and easily free up space on their iPhone and iPad.
Apple & SAP to deliver Cloud Platform SDK for iOS on March 30 — Enterprise software giant SAP on Monday announced that its upcoming Cloud Platform SDK for iOS, developed in cooperation with Apple, will officially be released on March 30.
Mobile games generated more than twice as much as home console games last year — Mobile app data and insights company, App Annie, and the International Data Corporation (IDC) research group have unveiled a special joint report entitled, Gaming Spotlight, 2016 Review. The report analyses the mobile video games market in 2016 from several vantage points and puts it in a broader, global gaming industry context. Spending on iOS games was significantly higher than the Google Play total.
App automatically notifies people of your trip progress — I’m Coming is a GPS-based app that automatically sends updates to people letting them know how far away you are. If you’re driving across country to visit your family, I’m Coming notifies the people you designate on your progress, meaning no texts to and from you are required while you’re driving.
Your family doesn’t have to bug you or wait for you to let them know where you are. Or, you’re driving across town for an important meeting. Same thing, rather than (illegal) texts in the middle of city driving, I’m Coming will notify your peers. This app was developed by Don Kimenker – long-term Mac fans might remember him as the publisher of MacAddict magazine. The app is a free download, but some features require an in-app purchase of US$2.99.
iTunes Remote app gets two-factor authentication support — Apple released a new update for the iPhone and iPad iTunes Remote app on Thursday that adds two-factor authentication support when signing in to Home Sharing. The 4.3.1 update enhances security when remote controlling iTunes on our Macs because who decides which songs we listen to is seriously important.
Stanford’s ‘Developing iOS 10 Apps with Swift’ is free on iTunes U — iTunes U pushed a version of Developing iOS 10 Apps with Swift. The free iOS tutorial series from the Stanford School of Engineering has been updated for iOS 10 and the current version of Swift. Reader Rick Allen turned me onto this release, calling it, “a great and free resource,” which seems like a great reason to pass it on. Reviews on iTunes are overwhelmingly good, too.
Apple: iOS 10.2.1 fixes bug causing some iPhones to experience — Apple says an iOS point update (10.2.1) that was released last month includes a bug fix for an issue causing iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus and 6s Plus device owners to experience unexpected shutdowns.
In a statement provided to TechCrunch, Apple says that the iOS 10.2.1 update has resulted in an 80% reduction of unexpected shutdowns on the iPhone 6s and a 70% reduction of unexpected shutdowns on the iPhone 6.
Turn Siri into a metronome — Drummer Richy Ramirez posted a video to Instagram where he used Siri as his metronome. Actually, he used her as both metronome and backing track. It’s clever and entertaining.
How to cancel an App Store subscription using your iPad or iPhone — If you’ve subscribed to a service such as Netflix or Spotify through the App Store, and are now looking to terminate your subscription, it takes just a few simple steps to cancel. AppleInsider shows you how.
iOS 10 now installed on 79% of Apple’s mobile devices — A little over 5 months after the update’s release, iOS 10 had made it onto 79% of iOS devices, according to official Apple statistics shared with developers.
Instagram’s iPhone app adds support for uploading multiple photos & videos in one post — Facebook’s Instagram on Wednesday announced support for uploading up to 10 photos and videos in a single post, potentially radically changing how people use the social network.
How to make your Apple Watch battery last longer — For some heavy Apple Watch users constantly checking their wrists, Apple’s wearable device may not quite provide the 18-hour battery life the company advertises. For Apple Watch addicts, AppleInsider offers a handful of simple things you can do to squeeze some extra time out of your battery.
Returning to the US with iPhone? These are your rights — When returning to the US from travel, border agents may select you for various reasons for a more detailed questioning. Your smartphone may be requested. You may be asked to unlock it for agents to inspect. What are your rights in this case? Two interesting articles at The New York Times and ars technica go into considerable legal detail about what might happen if you refuse to cooperate.
One Night iPhone ads —Apple launched five new commercials through its YouTube channel this week. Four of them are part of the Shot on iPhone series and take us on One Night tours of New York City, Johannesburg, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Each commercial is comprised of stills and videos from their respective cities, theoretically taken over one night.
IK Multimedia iRig Recorder 3 video/audio editing app for iOS — IK Multimedia has released a new version of iRig Recorder, its video and audio editing app for iOS. iRig Recorder 3 (free version available and full version for $/€7.99) has expanded from an audio-only app with the addition of video recording.
A unique feature of iRig Recorder 3 is its ability to export recorded content as separate files for editing in a DAW or other other third-party video editing software. The app also supports sharing through Airdrop, Messages, SoundCloud, Facebook, WhatsApp, Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, email, Wi-Fi, FTP or iTunes File Sharing in a huge number of sizes and formats.
Hidden Folks —This is a clever hidden object game with its own charm thanks to the hand-drawn graphics and sound effects, which are important to the game, as are the little animations. Tapping objects triggers actions sounds and actions. Sometimes that’s clearing away a bush or moving a boat, and can reveal the elusive objects and characters you need to find. Hidden Folks is great for a quick diversion or a couple hours exploring new levels.
You can get it for your iPhone and iPad at Apple’s App Store for NZ$5.99/US$3.99.
Game of Thrones A Dance with Dragons iBooks Enhanced Edition on preorder — Apple’s iBooks Store added the Enhanced Edition of George RR Martin’s A Dance with Dragons last weekend for preorder. It will ship on March 30th, and includes new artwork, an expanded glossary, more information about the houses, maps, and more.
Take Better Photos with your iPhone — The latest creation from CreativeTech is a little iBook that helps you take better photos, and it will set you back just 99¢. Based on a very popular lecture presented last year, Take Better Photos on iPhone and iPad is by Mark Webster and Paul Luker and represents the first of the New Zealand publishing company’s Quickguide series which will always feature short, clear, concise and handy guides about … anything we think will be handy in a clear, simple and concise format.
Check out this lovely little iBook now – click Get Sample for some free pages, or drop a mere 99¢ to own the entire thing, which you can install on iPhone, iPad or Mac to refer to any time (one purchase installs on all your Apple devices signed into the same Apple ID). Take Better Photos on iPhone and iPad is available in 51 countries for NZ99¢ (it’s also Australian and US 99¢).
Snapchat begins online sales of iPhone-connected Spectacles — Snap on Monday launched online sales of the Spectacles, its iPhone- and Android-connected smartglasses, finally expanding beyond its rare vending machines and a pop-up store located in New York City. A pair of Spectacles costs US$129.99, and comes bundled with a charging case and cable. Black, coral and teal colours are available, all of which are expected to ship in 2 to 4 weeks. Extra cases are US$49.99 each, while cables are US$9.99.
Apple may debut new iPads at March event — A rumour maintains Apple will host an event in March to introduce a new iPad Pro lineup, including 7.9-inch, 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and 12.9-inch models, as well as other product announcements, according to the Japanese website Mac Otakara.
Workflow 1.7 for iPhone quickly saves notes and images — The latest update to automation app Workflow 1.7 makes it simpler to get started and better to streamline multi-app user processes. AppleInsider walks you through setting up your first workflow, and tailoring it specifically to what you need.
Apple launches new series of iPad Pro ads as anticipated hardware refresh looms —Apple has released four new commercials for the iPad Pro, coming amidst several rumors that the company is planning to update the iPad lineup within a matter of months. [Apple likes to diminish stock of outgoing models. Of course, once a new model arrives, you can get the outgoing ones at discounts …] Each of the spots is in response a Twitter post, and make a different claim about the tablet. Three of these compare the Pro with a computer, noting for instance that it can run Microsoft Word, yet doesn’t get PC viruses.
New Billboard cover features photo shot with Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus — The cover of the latest issue of Billboard Magazine – showing Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello – was shot on an iPhone 7 Plusat the request of the magazine. The photographer normally relies on high-level professional gear, such as a Mamiya 645DF+ medium-format camera or a Canon 5D Mark III, supplemented by other tools such as lighting systems. The 645DF+ alone costs about US$5000 with a single 80-millimeter lens, whereas an iPhone 7 Plus starts at US$769. The iPhone 7 Plus is Apple’s first device with a dual-lens camera, which enables its special Portrait mode.
Apps to load to leave before you leave for that big trip —Apps that are good to either install or familiarise yourself with prior to your departure, including for cruises.
The best Warhammer 40,000 games for the iPhone and iPad — There are dozens of Warhammer 40,000 games available for iOS, but which are the must-plays? AppleInsider examines them, and purges the heretical ones.
Where Cards Fall: new game trailer from Snowman & The Game Band — Last August, Snowman (the game house behind the mega-hit Alto’s Adventure) and The Game Band teased us with a trailer for a new game called Where Cards Fall. The game was first teased in an email in March of 2016, and the only word we got was that Where Cards Fall would be shipping in 2017. A new trailer just arrived, showing some of the actual game play. The game will be available for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac (and even PC).
1/ Siri has a LEGO Batman Easter Egg —Once these hidden little gems proliferated through Apple stuff but steve Jobs banned them. But sometimes you find them, and they’re even more precious now that they’re so rare. Press-and-hold your iPhone’s Home button to activate Siri, and get your Batman on by saying ‘Hey, computer’ and Siri respond with bat-appropriate comments. Cool huh? (This also works on Siri for Mac.)
2/ AirPods volume control is via Siri — Telling Siri to “increase/decrease volume” will land users at the nearest default level —0, 13, 25, 38, 50, 63, 75, 88 and 100 percent.
3/ Add percentages — You can add percentages from 0 to 100 percent onto the back of volume control commands. Granular changes within two percentage points are hardly noticeable, but tweaks above three points are surprisingly distinct.
For those who want greater control, Siri lets users set audio output volumes by percentage.
First, invoke Siri with a double tap on an AirPod, or say Hey Siri or long-press your iPhone/iPad Home button. Now say, “Set volume at 53 percent” or “lower volume to 23 percent.” Apple’s virtual assistant is capable of understanding a number of command variations including “raise/lower volume,” “turn sound up/down,” and “increase/decrease volume,” among others.
4/ What percentage are you at?To discover current listening levels, users can ask Siri, “What percent is the volume?” or “what is the volume?”
5/ Print PDFs from emails — There is another hidden feature in iOS – this one lets you print-to-PDF with any email. This doesn’t require a third-party app or another email client: you can do it inside Apple Mail with 3D Touch. Open Apple Mail on your iDevice (iPhone and iPad). Open the email you want to save. Tap the Reply button and a menu pops up with three options: Reply, Forward – and Print. Tap Print.
You’ll now see a screen where you can select a physical printer over Wi-Fi. But if you 3D Touch the email (press harder on the screen, a feature added from iPhone 6s), this message it will ‘pop’ and add a Share button at bottom right which lets you Share the email to PDF. This works for single page emails and emails with multiple pages. It’s a great way to save email receipts or important emails from VIPs.
McDonalds parodies Apple ad —The McDonald’s ad uses Jeffrey Roy, identified as the company’s “person with British accent,” who parodies Jony Ive by explaining that while the STRAW isn’t “so revolutionary, it changes everything,” it’s “close.” The video goes on to mock Apple’s tendency to over-emphasize minor design elements, including use of the term “magical.” [Can’t beat an “adjective inducing masterpiece”.]
Who’s more Intelligent, Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa? Microsoft has Cortana Artificial Intelligence and Google has Assistant. On your iOS and tvOS devices, we have Siri. If you’re an Amazon fan, Alexa is present in the Echo, Echo Dot, Fire TV and Amazon Tap. All of these are very capable virtual assistants, but Siri and Alexa seem to dominate the artificial intelligence landscape for many of us. So which is more intelligent? [OK, so I asked Siri on my Mac, and it offered me the contact details for someone called Alexa. But on your iDevice at least, make sure you set Siri to the NZ accent or you’ll get nowhere. You can do this on your Mac, too, in System Preferences>Siri under Language.]
How to save Netflix videos for offline viewing on an iPhone or iPad — A feature you’re bound to see more of in streaming video apps is support for offline caching – that is, the ability to temporarily download a show or movie so you can watch it later without internet access. Here’s how to do it for Netflix, one of the most popular video services on iPhone and iPad.
What’s with the Status Icons at the top of Apple Watch — Cupertino has added several new status icons to the list on Apple Watch, so here’s what they are and what they mean.
Note that you can always access the Apple Watch User Guide. From your connected iPhone, go to the Apple Watch app and tap My Watch>General>About>View the Apple Watch User Guide. The description of the status icons are in the Get Started section.
Apple’s iPhone reclaims top position in global smartphone sales — Global sales of smartphones totaled 432 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 7% increase over the fourth quarter of 2015, according to Gartner, Inc. The fourth quarter of 2016 saw Apple leapfrog past Samsung to secure the number one global smartphone vendor position, notes the research group.
In 2016 overall, smartphone sales to end users totaled nearly 1.5 billion units, an increase of 5% from 2015. It’s taken eight quarters for Apple to regain the No. 1 global smartphone vendor ranking, but the positions of it and Samsung have never been so close, with only 256,000 units difference.
Secure messaging app Confide for iOS finds popularity with White House staff, reporters — A messaging app available for both iPhone and Mac called Confide is finding unusual success at the Trump administration White House – both among government staff and journalists. Staff are using the Confide app to avoid being blamed for leaks to the media, currently the subject of an popular with reporters who work on the White House beat.
Confide is available for iOS, Mac, Windows, and Android, with iMessage and Apple Watch versions as well.
President Trump is said to be upset about repeated leaks of normally confidential confirmation, such as the details of calls to foreign leaders. This is ironic since Apple has come under fire from politicians including Trump for its own privacy practices, including end-to-end encryption on iMessage and FaceTime, and full disk encryption for iOS.