Tag Archives: Apple

Stylus for any iPad, mobile AR, Samsung problems, Paris transport, Apple Watch turns two


The Pinpoint X-Spring Precision Stylus & Pen is a joy to use — Not everybody has an iPad Pro, but everyone can benefit from using stylus-enabled apps on any iPad. Today’s Apple World Today Deals Shop special is for a combination stylus and pen that you’ll find to be a joy to use. The Pinpoint X-Spring Precision Stylus & Pen from Joy Factory is available for $14.95, 57% off the usual price of $34.95.

Tractica: mobile AR markets to reach 1.9 billion unique monthly active users — Apple is almost certainly planning to enter the augmented reality (AR) market, and now is a good time. Between 2008 and 2015, augmented reality (AR) was a technology gimmick looking for a market.
Now, according to a new report from Tractica, the expanding use cases for mobile AR will lead to growth from 342.8 million unique monthly active users (MAUs) globally in 2016 to nearly 1.9 billion MAUs by 2022.  During this period, the market intelligence firm forecasts that worldwide mobile AR revenue will rise from $749.0 million to $18.5 billion annually, according to the market research group. [Except Apple use to lead tech, not come lately.]

Samsung’s fix for red-tinted Galaxy S8 screens forces users to self-calibrate — With a growing number of complaints about a red-tinged screen in some owners with the Samsung Galaxy S8, the company is issuing a software patch allowing users expanded options for correcting the problem in software by placing the responsibility for colour accuracy even more in user’s hands – in other words, they’re being told how to colour-calibrate their own handsets.

Apple Maps has added transit directions for Paris, France — The apps, for both iOS and macOS, gained the public transit on the weekend, including both the city’s Metro subway and above-ground train lines like the RER and Transilien networks.
Station entrances are marked clearly, and a tap on any stations shows all connecting lines and information on pending departures. In addition to the train systems, Paris transit directions include buses, Autolib car sharing, and Velib bike sharing.

On its 2nd anniversary, Apple Watch settling into role as fitness & notification wearable with Siri, Apple Pay — Originally pitched as a multitude of things, including an intimate communication tool and new frontier for mobile apps, the Apple Watch has been refined and simplified in the two years since its debut, focusing on what Apple has determined to be the fledgling device’s core strengths.

CloudMounter master password, AR/VR, NASA car engineers


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Update to CloudMounter adds encryption locked by a master password — Many Mac users find that storing part or all of our data on cloud services is a great way to extend the capabilities of our computers, but sometimes it’s a bit difficult to get data in and out of services like Google Drive, Box, Amazon S3, Microsoft OneDrive and even FTP or WebDAV servers.
Eltima Software’s CloudMounter for macOS (US$29.99) takes care of adding all of these services as mountable ‘drives’ in the macOS Finder, and today the app was updated to provide data encryption as well as a way to ensure that only your instance of CloudMounter can access your data.

Apple hire of plug-in developer shows AR/VR and Pro commitment — Amidst persistent stories about Apple developing an augmented reality headset of some sort and recent moves to shore up the company’s standing with creative professionals, the company has recently hired a developer well-known for writing Final Cut Pro plug-ins. Tim Dashwood has joined Apple – he’s best known for his 360VR Toolbox plugin.

Four ex-NASA engineers on Apple’s list of autonomous car software testers — Among Apple employees involved in testing of Apple’s self-driving car software consist of an ex-NASA researcher who was once tasked to develop an autonomous vehicle to explore one of Jupiter’s moons, and three others who worked for JPL.

Earth power, Chinese censorship, private Epic Browser, iCloud cancellation bug, Music Up Next


Apple is powering 96% of its operations with renewable energy — Apple has announced that it’s now powering 96% of its operations with renewable energy in the company’s offices, retail stores, and product distribution centers. The company says it’s now 100% renewable in 24 countries, including all of its data centres. Apple’s upcoming Danish data centre will help warm area homes, and Apple uploaded four videos to its YouTube channel ahead of Earth Day (April 22) featuring Apple employees and executives explaining the company’s environmental initiatives.

Apple runs up against state censorship in China, again — Apple is once again running into issues with state censorship in China, according to Xinhua. Two different agencies will call Apple into their offices to demand tighter controls over streaming apps in the App Store.

For the most private browsing experience, think Epic Browser — In the browser war, most of the emphasis is placed on the Big Three: Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox are the most well known, and each offers ways to protect your privacy and security. None of them are perfect, unfortunately, as we saw last week with the Punycode phishing attack. One lesser-known browser is better at privacy and security, though – Epic Privacy Browser, built on Chromium, the open-source project forming the basis for the Google Chrome browser.
Epic Privacy Browser is available for Mac (and Windows) and costs nothing. On top of browser choice, you should also think carefully about doing a security checkup on your Mac.

Apple apologises to users for mistakenly saying their paid iCloud subscription was cancelled — Days after an error led to false iCloud cancellation emails sent to subscribers, Apple has followed up with another note apologising for the bug, and reassuring them that their plan remains in good standing.

Apple Music launches ‘Up Next’ monthly feature with Zane Lowe to highlight new artists — Apple announced last week Thursday that new feature Up Next has been added to Apple Music, a new video documentary series that promises to feature a new artist every month.

SearchAds to include New Zealand, Augmented Reality glasses interface


New Zealand will get SearchAds on ANZAC Day

Apple to expand Search Ads to three international markets, debuts new management tools — Apple on Wednesday announced Search Ads will arrive in three new countries on April 25 (our ANZAC Day), the service’s first expansion since a launch in September, and introduced a few ad management tools to streamline the process for developers.
Search Ads allow developers to purchase promotional ads that show up in iOS App Store searches. Available on devices running iOS 10, the feature uses special algorithms to ensure promoted apps relate to consumer queries, thus boosting app discoverability. Apple’s upcoming expansion delivers the service to users in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

Apple’s Augmented Reality plans may include iPhone 8 Smart Connector for special glasses — Apple’s iPhone 8 will reportedly include an iPad Pro-like smart connector that may be the link up for augmented reality and virtual reality headsets. The report is tenuous, but the idea that Apple is ready to introduce its augmented reality platform this fall is interesting. [You know what? Apple’s future devices might include anything.]

Xeon iMacs, 100% green, Earth Day, Chinese porn concerns, Setapp search


Why Apple will be using Xeon CPUs in this fall’s ‘pro’ iMac — Recently, we learned that Apple may be seriously considering the use of a Xeon CPU in its so-called ‘server-grade’ iMac planned for later this year. There are good technical reasons why the use of the Xeon has entered the discussion in what has traditionally been considered a consumer iMac, in contrast to the Mac Pro which has had Xeons all along.

Apple promises future products to be made from 100% recycled materials — Apple is on the cusp of launching a new initiative, pledging to use 100% recycled materials in a closed supply loop for fabrication of its devices, but how Apple intends to do so isn’t clear: “We’re actually doing something we rarely do, which is announce a goal before we’ve completely figured out how to do it,” Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson, told VICE News in an interview.

Apple publishes new Earth Day videos explaining company’s environmental efforts — Apple has published a set of new videos commemorating Earth Day that explain clean energy technologies, Apple’s own environmental protection efforts, and feature Apple employees and executives narrating and explaining the concepts behind the programs. Apple has also installed special signage into Stores.

Apple meets with Chinese government over App Store oversight because of porn streamers — More information has emerged about the Chinese government demand that Apple crack down on streaming apps, with a new report circulating claiming that porn streamers are the government’s major concern.

Macpaw’s Setapp adds an inbuilt app search and discovery tool — Setapp, Macpaw’s app subscription service, has launched a user interface enhancement: an inbuilt app search and discovery tool. In response to the top requested feature by current customers, it offers quick access to the collection of all the apps in a single window by introducing an in-built App Discovery tool.

Which iPad? Always Online, Chinese streaming, Wunderlist replacement, Note 8 copies iPhone 7


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Which 9.7″ iPad is right for you? In the market for a new 9.7-inch tablet? Having trouble deciding between the all-new 2017 iPad and the older but more powerful iPad Pro? AppleInsider breaks down the pros and cons of each model in this video comparison.

AlwaysOnline adds 14 countries to iPad Apple SIM plans, cuts prices — On Wednesday, AlwaysOnline Wireless, one of several data carriers serving iPads equipped with an Apple SIM, announced its expansion to 14 more countries, as well as broad price cuts to attract users. The new regions are Armenia, the Bahamas, Bahrain, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Georgia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Jordan, Morocco, and Uruguay. Overall, AlwaysOnline now has a presence in 88 markets. [New Zealand was already supported.]

Chinese regulators want to talk to Apple about live streaming titles on the App Store — Beijing’s Internet regulators plans to summon Apple and urge the tech giant to tighten up checks on software applications available in the Apple Store, according to the Xinhua News Agency. The report noted that officers with the law enforcement team met with company reps about the examination of live stream apps.

Microsoft debuts Wunderlist replacement To-Do on iPhone, Mac & iPad coming soon — Microsoft on Wednesday released the first edition of To-Do, an app that will eventually replace the popular multi-platform title Wunderlist, which it acquired back in 2015.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 to feature dual camera array ala iPhone 7 Plus — Looking to recover from last year’s exploding Note 7 fiasco, Samsung is expected to launch its first ever dual camera handset in the Note 8 later this year, according to a report from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. [I find this ‘flattery’ most insincere.]

 

Best photo monitor, Free Expression, LaCie USB-C, new Prince song, Sonnet with Thunderbolt 3, Alien news, PhotoSweeper


LG UltraFine 5k named ‘Best Photo Monitor’ in 2017 TIPA Awards — The 27-inch LG UltraFineTM 5K display from LG Electronics has had its problems, but it’s been named this year’s Best Photo Monitor by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA).

Tim Cook accepts Newseum 2017 Free Expression Award, says companies should have values [so taxpaying appears not to be a ‘value’] — Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage at the Newseum in Washington, DC on Tuesday to accept the institute’s 2017 Free Expression Award, for which the tech mogul was honored in the Free Speech category. AppleInsider was there live, and offers highlights from the event.

LaCie announces 2big Thunderbolt 3 RAID dock, compatible with Apple’s MacBook Pro with Touch Bar — Available this summer in capacities of 12, 16 or 20 terabytes, LaCie’s forthcoming 2big professional 2-bay RAID storage solution features high-speed Thunderbolt 3 connectivity is set to take advantage of Apple’s latest MacBook Pros. Thanks to Thunderbolt 3, the external storage will boast transfer rates of 440MB/s, allowing users to transfer one hour of 4K footage in just one minute. Apple’s late 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models feature USB-C connectors compatible with Thunderbolt 3 accessories.

New Prince song ‘Deliverance’ arrives on Apple Music & iTunes, full album release in jeopardy — Apple Music may be about to see the release of a posthumous album from Prince, with the first track now available to Apple Music subscribers – but a lawsuit filed by the estate against the sound engineer responsible for the album challenges control of the tracks.

Sonnet’s Echo Express III-D, Echo Express III-R are now available with Thunderbolt 3 — Sonnet Technologies has announced its US$899 Echo Express III-D (desktop) and $999 Echo Express III-R (rackmount) Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express (PCIe) three-slot expansion chassis are now shipping with full support for Thunderbolt 3.

Alien News is a new Reddit news reader for macOS — Mach Software Design has introduced Alien News 1.0 for macOS, a news reader app. Built from the ground up for tab and Touch Bar support, Alien News provides unlimited windows and Reddit accounts.
Users can search with a single click, leave comments, view their private messages, view saved articles, even view recent user activity and more. If you have a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, top news stories will automatically scroll across the Touch Bar, mimicking the scrolling headlines on television news programs. Alien News requires macOS 10.12 or higher and a Reddit account. It’s free and available worldwide at the Mac App Store.

PhotoSweeper is a fine companion to the Mac’s Photos app — PhotoSweeper, an NZ$14.99/US$9.99 photo finder for macOS 10.10 and higher. It works with Photos and Adobe Lightroom and helps you find and eliminate duplicate or similar images. Photos are compared regardless of their sizes or formats and are grouped by similarity. PhotoSweeper works quickly and efficiently, and is a great tool for taming your photo library and retrieving always-valuable disk space.

iWork apps become free, Condé Nast shoot, iPhone thief ‘found’, new fiery Samsung, Logitech HomeKit POP, Pornhub app


Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iMovie, GarageBand now all free for  iOS and macOS users — Apple is removing the price tag from its Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iMovie and GarageBand apps and making ’em all free for macOS and iOS users.
Previously, all of these apps were available at no charge only for folks who bought a new Mac or iOS device. Now you can download ’em for free at the Mac App Store and Apple App Store even if you don’t have the latest hardware. [By coincidence, I needed Keynote on an older iPad at work but didn’t add it because it would have cost me NZ$14.95 just two days ago.]

Conde Nast uses Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus to shoot covers for Bon Appetit, Traveler [sic] — Publisher Conde Nast is continuing to use the powerful camera of the iPhone 7 Plus to its advantage in important areas of its publications, with two magazines using photographs generated by Apple-produced smartphone for their cover shots.

Apple’s Find my iPhone fingers a phone finagler — Over 100 attendees of the Coachella music festival in Southern California this weekend were separated from their mobile devices by a pickpocket working the crowds. Fortunately, Apple’s Find My iPhone feature saved the day by helping locate the pilfered phones, allegedly nabbed by Reinaldo De Jesus Henao of New York. Astute iPhone users ended up saving the day, not just for their fellow iOS users but also the Android victims at the event.

Teardown finds Samsung Galaxy S8+ battery ‘virtually identical’ to fire-prone Note 7 — Samsung is apparently confident that a rash of fires with its Note 7 phablet were caused by manufacturing errors, and not design or parts, as it has adopted many of the same features, down to one of the same battery manufacturers, with the ‘new’ Galaxy S8+.

Logitech announces the HomeKit-compatible POP Smart Button — Logitech has announced a new version of its POP Home Switch that works to turn HomeKit accessories or scenes on or off with the push of a button. The new POP Smart Button (US$59.95) and POP Add-on Smart Button (US$39.95) will be available at Apple stores and Apple.com stores (no date set yet) exclusively at launch, with expansion to other retailers at a later date.

Pornhub launches TrickPics for iOS, an AR photo filter for censoring nude selfies — Though its listing on the App Store is decidedly vague, a new app dubbed TrickPics is actually the creation of pornography streaming site Pornhub, allowing users to censor nude photographs on their iPhone with augmented reality [woa, who’d a thunk?!].

iMac rumours, Mac camera security, Trash IT!


(Images from Apple’s iMac page)

Rumour reckons new iMacs will include a server-grade version, due in the second half of 2017 — Apple is expected [it’s a rumour, so that’s too strong a word, and what’s the point of a great screen on a server?] to begin production of two new iMacs in May for an official launch in the second half of the year, according to DigiTimes, quoting unnamed “sources from Taiwan-based supply chain makers,” who add that a server-grade iMac for the high-end sector is also in the works.

How to turn your Mac’s built-in webcam off — This is a bit complicated and requires Terminal, or you could just stick a plaster over it like Mark Zuckerberg does, or use OverSight which alerts you if someone is trying to take over your camera, or even buy a utility like ProtectStar, but before splashing out US$30, are you convinced anything can take over your built-in camera? And if so, that they want to watch you?

Trash IT! is a handy utility for forcing the macOS Trash to empty — Trash It! is a little app for macOS 10.7 or later that force-empties your Trash. It supports drag and drop. It’s useful if you have files or folders in the Trash with permissions set incorrectly, locked Trash items, want to delete a stuck item, or to trash items from other partitions. If you drop files or folders onto the Trash It! icon, it will delete them. If you double-click on it, it cleans out your Trash.

1080t drivers, PhotoStory, MacOS 7.0.1 emulator, Gore and Jackson on climate


System 7 (codenamed “Big Bang” and sometimes retrospectively called Mac OS 7) is a single-user graphical user interface-based operating system for Macintosh computers and was part of the classic Mac OS line of operating systems.Now you can run it as an emulator in Safari.

Nvidia 1080ti with new drivers in external enclosure quadruples MacBook Pro native performance — Enthusiasts have wasted no time in testing the new Nvidia Pascal video card drivers, and have found external GPU performance nearly four times that of the Radeon Pro 450 in the 15-inch MacBook Pro. The cards are hamstrung slightly by the Thunderbolt 3 interface not being as fast as a 16x PCI-E slot, the results are nonetheless impressive.

PhotoStory is a new image-to-video transformation app for macOS — Einstein’s Legacy has introduced PhotoStory 1.0.1, an image-to-video transformation app for Mac. It turns a collection of images into a digital movie for use in promotion, storytelling or for creating time-lapsed applications.
PhotoStory features modern codecs, variable speed playback and a WYSIWYG [what you see is what you get] user interface. You can share the output movie using Vimeo, Facebook and other Internet services. The app requires macOS 10.11 or higher. It’s available for US$9.99 at the Mac App Store (NZ$14.99).

MacOS 7.0.1 emulator available at the Internet Archive — Feeling nostalgic? A pair of compilation hard drives contains a full copy of MacOS 7.0.1, along with a range of games, applications, utilities and toys to demonstrate the experience of using an early Mac has appeared on the Internet Archive. The entire bundle can be run inside Safari.

Al Gore & Apple’s Lisa Jackson to talk ‘climate optimism’ at San Francisco Store — On Wednesday, former US Vice President Al Gore will sit down with Apple’s VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson for a special event, hosted at the company’s Union Square store in downtown San Francisco.