Tag Archives: Apple

iPad multitasking in iOS 11, coolest ARKit demos, cochlear implants & iPhone, internet TV grows


Take a closer look at Apple’s new iPad multitasking features in iOS 11 video — Apple’s iPad will become more powerful and capable than ever with this fall’s launch of iOS 11, particularly with new multitasking features that make it easier than ever to run multiple apps at once. AppleInsider offers a closer look on how it all works.

Inside iOS 11: The coolest Apple ARKit demos created so far — ARKit will instantaneously become the largest augmented reality platform in the world – but to capitalise on that, developers will need to come up with awesome uses of the technology. With only a few weeks under their belt using Apple’s iOS 11, content creators have already begun to impress in big ways.

New Cochlear hearing implant tech will stream directly from iPhones & other Apple devices — An upcoming Cochlear sound processor, the Nucleus 7, will reportedly let people stream audio directly to hearing implants from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Internet-connected television use including Apple TV growing to over 168 million in 2017 — Apple has grown its body of streaming hardware users, but still lags behind offerings from Amazon, Google, and Roku, according to a new research study.

Best loyalty, patent payment, TSA rules, Chrome update, 3 US plants, serious Siri, Safari Tech Preview, 1Password’s secret log, Verbose Mode, new USB spec


Apple ranks among ‘Best-in-Class’ brands for loyalty in new marketing study — Among major corporate brands, Apple has some of the highest loyalty and satisfaction rates with the US public, according to the results of a recent survey. Apple achieved a 91% loyalty score, and slightly lower satisfaction of 85%, said marketing firm Fluent.

Wisconsin court orders Apple pay $506M for infringing on WARF patent — A US district court judge on Monday ruled Apple must pay $506 million in damages for infringing on a microprocessor technology IP owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s patent licensing body, adding $272 million to an initial $234 decision reached almost two years ago.

New TSA rules will require airline travellers to remove Apple MacBooks and iPads from bags — In the coming weeks and months, travellers will no longer be able to keep small MacBook models or iPads in their bag when passing through security screenings, and will instead have to place them in a separate bin to be X-rayed, the US Transportation Security Administration announced on Wednesday.

Google Chrome browser update delivers support for MacBook Pro Touch Bar — Google on Tuesday released a new version of its Chrome web browser for Mac with support for Apple’s latest MacBook Pro with Touch Bar hardware, bringing a few crucial control options to the laptop’s OLED strip.

Apple will bring 3 manufacturing plants to US, President Trump reveals — Apple is apparently planning to build three manufacturing facilities in the US, President Donald Trump has announced, though such facilities are most likely to be through a partnership with Foxconn or some other assembly company.

Are you taking Siri-on-your-Mac Siri-ously? Robert LeVitus was surprised to discover many Mac users have no idea that Siri, Apple’s intelligent personal assistant, has been available on their Macs since the release of macOS Sierra nearly a year ago. “If you’re among them, may I suggest it’s about time you acquaint yourself with the joys of using Siri-on-your-Mac?”

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 36 with 27 bug fixes and improvements — Apple released Safari Technology Preview 36 (Safari TP36) on Wednesday. Safari’s tech preview releases are aimed at developers, and are similar to the developer betas for macOS and iOS. This release includes some 27 different bug fixes and other improvements. [The previous version did not work on the Hight Sierra Public Beta.]

Find 1Password’s hidden log of past generated passwords — Did you know 1Password keeps a hidden log of every password it has generated?

How to start up in single-user mode or verbose mode in macOS Sierra — If you’re an advanced user who’s comfortable with UNIX, you can use single-user mode or verbose mode to help isolate issues related to startup.

USB 3.0 Promoter Group touts new USB 3.2 spec — USB just keeps getting faster and faster, with the USB 3.0 Promoter Group (of which Apple is a member) announcing the upcoming release of the USB 3.2 specification yesterday. It’s considered an “incremental update” to USB 3.1, but it’s an important one since it defines multi-lane operation for USB 3.2 hosts and devices, meaning that devices can allow for two lanes of 5 Gbps (gigabit per second) data transfer or two lanes of 10 Gbps transfer. Connecting a USB 3.2 host to a USB 3.2 device would now provide transfer speeds of over 2 GB/sec (gigabytes per second) over existing USB Type-C cables certified for SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps using existing USB-C cables if they’re certified for SuperSpeed USB.

Medical ID, Xiaomi overtakes Apple for Chinese 4th place, iOS 11 Public Beta 3


How to use the Medical ID feature in Apple’s iOS Health app — A lesser-known but theoretically life-saving feature of Apple’s iOS Health app is Medical ID, a quick guide for nurses, doctors, ambulance crews and others in an emergency. Here’s how to set it up on an iPhone running iOS 10.

Xiaomi overtakes Apple for fourth place in the Chinese smartphone market — After six consecutive quarters of growth, Chinese smartphone shipments fell 3% to 113 million in the second quarter (Q2) 2017. China-based Huawei shipped over 23 million to lead the market for the second quarter in a row, according to the Canalys research firm.
Xiaomi, a privately owned Chinese electronics company, was the standout vendor as it overtook Apple to take fourth place. It shipped just under 15 million smartphones in China, up more than 60% sequentially.

Apple Releases iOS 11 Public Beta 3 — Apple has released iOS 11 Public Beta 3. The release comes the day after the company seeded iOS 11 Developer Beta 4 to developers. Apple doesn’t include detailed release notes with the public beta releases, but each release includes bug fixes, tweaks, and new approaches for features in iOS 11.

Third macOS Beta, Flash finally dead? More money, OmmWriter, Handy Note, country music, Adobe Nimbus leak, free apps


Apple deploys third public beta releases of macOS 10.13 High Sierra (and iOS 11 and tvOS 11) — Registered members of Apple’s public beta testing program now have a third pre-release build of iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 High Sierra available to download, arriving just a day after the fourth developer beta. macOS High Sierra includes improvements to Mail and Safari, more efficient file transfer performance, improved security, augmented and virtual reality support, new Siri voices, HEVC video support, and more.

Adobe announces end-of-life plans, will stop distribution in 2020 — Citing pressure from HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly, Adobe has announced that it will end development and distribution of Flash Player at the end of 2020, and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to open formats. [Apple has long been leery of Flash as buggy and a vector for malware.]

Credit Suisse: Apple will double its services revenue by 2020 — In a note to clients. Credit Suisse said Apple investors can expect the company to double revenue from its services segment by 2020.

Mac word processor gets you in The Zone — OmmWriter is a tool which makes it easier for you to concentrate. Based on a natural setting, it effectively insulates your mind from distractions and sets up a direct line between your thoughts and your words. Today sees the release of the new OmmWriter Gaia for Mac (a PC version is not yet available).

Virtual Stickies on your Mac — Handy Note is a finely crafted sticky note app that allows you to quickly jot down important information and keep it easily visible on your screen. It costs US$7.99.

Latest Apple Music ad uses motorcycles, patriotism & country star Brantley Gilbert — Apple’s latest promotional video for Apple Music, now online, takes a different tack from some other recent spots by featuring country singer Brantley Gilbert. [It looks and sounds like a cynical appeal to Trump supporters.]

Adobe accidentally leaks cloud-based ‘Nimbus’ photo editing tool for Mac — Adobe has accidentally let an early version of Project Nimbus, a primarily cloud-based photo editor, slip out to some Creative Cloud subscribers.

Another bundle, this time free  … Eight Mac apps comprises the MacLovin’ Freebie Bundle, and all you have to do is be signed up for the Apple World Today deals newsletter. [Photo Lemur is pretty amazing.]

The Rock rocks Siri, ‘iPhone 8’ tech, Penny gets Apple Pay


Dwayne The Rock Johnson promotes Apple team-up on Rock X Siri: Dominate the Day Dwayne The Rock Johnson has declared that he has partnered with Apple to develop The Rock X Siri: Dominate the Day — the short film, which amounts to a long commercial showing off Siri’s capabilities, is now live at the above link. [Seriously, there was an ad announcing a commercial.]

Non-Apple chip suppliers seeing slowdown as Apple chain builds up to ‘iPhone 8’ — Although chipmakers in the Apple supply chain saw their orders accelerate in June, suppliers for non-Apple devices have encountered unexpectedly slow orders this year —possibly because device makers are waiting to see what the ‘iPhone 8’ and/or ‘iPhone 7s’ will bring to the table. [Can’t copy something till you know what it is.]

Apple investing in chemical deposition gear suitable for iPhone OLED screen production — A report from the supply chain suggests that Apple is investing in equipment to assist in supplying OLED screens to the ‘iPhone 8’ and beyond, but who will run the gear and for what purpose is not known.

Apple partner Foxconn may announce ‘Made in America’ plans this week — Foxconn may announce as soon as this week in Washington DC its plans for producing electronics in the US – specifically in Detroit and Wisconsin, although it is unknown whether Apple will play a part. [The plant is said to offer jobs to lost of robots, and about 30 accountants. Sorry, Big Orange Guy.]

JCPenney begins offering full support for Apple Pay across US — JCPenney is now accepting Apple Pay across all US locations, the department store chain announced on Monday, including support for store-branded credit cards and associated rewards points.

Apple Park, High Sierra Beta 4, Graphic Converter, GTD task management


Latest Apple Park flyover highlights landscaping push, campus-wide construction — New drone footage of Apple Park reveals major landscaping work underway within the main courtyard, and that while diminished in places, campus building construction is still very much active. [Do you reckon there’s a bunker under it?]
The courtyard is now home to a grove of trees and tall mounds of dirt, a video by pilot Duncan Sinfield shows. Apple Park is eventually expected to host about 9000 trees —some of them fruit-bearing, in an homage to the region’s old orchards. [The first Apple computer was built in an apple box, apparently, and they used to be widely grown in the area.]

macOS High Sierra Developer Beta 4 Rolls Out — Apple releases macOS High Sierra developer beta 4, including improvements to Mail and Safari, more efficient file transfer performance, improved security, augmented and virtual reality support, new Siri voices, HEVC video support, and more. Downloading and installing the developer beta requires and Apple Developer account and a compatible Mac. Since High Sierra is still very much a beta product, don’t install it on mission-critical machines.

GraphicConverter, guess what? It convert between graphics formats — If you need to convert from one graphics format to another, you need the aptly named GraphicConventer from Lemke Software. It’s recently been revved to version 10.4.2, and supports image conversion from over 200 graphic file formats into almost 80 different file formats.
GraphicConverter 10.4.2 requires macOS 10.9 or higher. It’s available from Lemke Software online and at the Mac App Store for US$39.95 for a single user version and US$59.95 for a family license.

Firetask Pro is new GTD task management tool for macOS (and iOS and watchOS) — Elemental Tools has released Firetask Pro, the next generation of Firetask, the project-oriented GTD(R) task management app for Mac, iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch devices. The app provides features such as project portfolios, actions for subdividing tasks, iCloud syncing, a new iOS Today widget, Apple Watch support, and various workflows. The Today workflow focusses on tasks marked as starred, or that are due today (or already overdue).
Firetask Pro is available at Apple’s various app stores; the Mac version costs NZ$59.99/US$39.99. A demo version of the Mac version of Firetasks Pro is available at the Firetask website.

iOS 11, new games, iPhone document scanning, Firefox update


Hands on with iOS 11, which we will all have soonish — With the newly revamped iPad app dock in iOS 11, Apple introduces a completely new interaction experience more in line with macOS. Check out the new UI, which supports in-the-dock app interactions and drag-and-drop gestures, in this AppleInsider video.
Apple is also completely revamping the App Store in iOS 11, adding a number of new features and under-the-hood enhancements, while at the same time streamlining the platform’s user interface. AppleInsider goes over all the changes in this in-depth video.
Other changes include Augmented Reality Maps.

Augmented Reality added to Maps in iOS 11 will show landmarks in real time in the distance

Full Throttle Remastered and Layton’s Mystery Journey arrive for iPhone, iPad — Two notable puzzle-oriented games have become available to download from the iOS App Store today, with Full Throttle Remastered bringing a classic adventure game up to date, while Layton’s Mystery Journey lands on iPhone and iPad months before the Nintendo 3DS edition goes on sale.
Requiring iOS 9.0 or later and taking up 3.9GB of space, Full Throttle Remastered is available to purchase from the iOS App Store for NZ$7.49/US$4.99. (The Mac version of the game is NZ$21.99/US$14.99.)
Layton’s Mystery Journey requires iOS 9.0 or later, takes up 1.14GB of storage, and is priced at US$15.99.

How to turn your iPhone into a document scanner (and when you shouldn’t) — Nothing can beat having the iPhone’s camera with you but many, many tools can better how that camera shoots documents and what you can do with them later. AppleInsider staffers show you what apps and hardware we use to scan everything from single receipts to the contents of a history archive.

Mozilla upgrades Firefox for iOS to version 8.0, adds QR code reader and night-reading mode — Mozilla has upgraded Firefox for iOS to version 8.0, with the latest edition of the mobile web browser altering the way it handles tabs, as well as introducing new features including a built-in QR code scanner and a Night Mode that makes Firefox more useful for late night browsing.

New HR head, Irish tax take, Fantastical, spotting wishing emails, Shadow Warrior free


Deirdre O’Brien named as Apple’s new ‘Vice President of People’ overseeing HR — Apple has announced that Deirdre O’Brien, vice president of Worldwide Sales and Operations, has been named the head of human resources —a title the company is calling ‘Vice President of People.’ O’Brien has now worked for five Apple CEOs.

Irish government establishing a fund to manage $15.2 billion to be collected from Apple — The Irish government is establishing a fund to manage the estimated 13 billion euros (about NZ$20.38/US$15.2 billion) it will collect from Apple in back taxes, nearly a year after the European Commission ruled the country had provided a “sweetheart deal” on tax to the USfirm, according to Bloomberg.

Fantastical 2.4 for Mac adds attachments, Facebook calendar integration — Fantastical 2.4 for Mac adds key new features, and AppleInsider checks to see if the NZ$74.99/US$50 entry price is worth it. (If you’ve already a user then this update to Fantastical for the Mac is free.) Apple Insider finds that the new Fantastical 2.4 for Mac brings features that may clinch the deal for you.

Some tips for spotting Phishing email — 84% of NordVPN’s National Privacy Test respondents said they would ignore an email request from a bank asking for personal information. Yet statistics show that up to 45% of Internet users keep clicking on dangerous links or providing personal information where they shouldn’t. Here are some tips for spotting this insidious form of malware that Macs are still prone to – because they’re users are humans.

Shadow Warrior: Special Edition for macOS (and Yankai’s Triangle for iOS) temporarily free — Two games are being briefly made available to download for free on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, with the 2013 remake of Shadow Warrior for macOS offered by Humble Bundle at a low charge until July 22, while Yankai’s Triangle is the free ‘App of the Week’ in the App Store.

Aussie lobby, 7nm process & Samsung, Clips gets Disney, Intel nixes wearables, Files app i iOS 11, YouTube for iPhone, Blackberry Apple & NSA


Apple sends top executives to lobby Australian government over proposed encryption laws — Apple has sent top privacy executives to Australia twice over the past month to discuss proposed cybersecurity laws that could compel technology companies to provide law enforcement agencies access to encrypted customer messages. [Pass out a few iPhones and Bob’s yer uncle?]

TSMC’s 7nm process enhancement may keep Apple from using Samsung for ‘A12’ chip production — Samsung may not return to making Apple’s A-series processors in 2018 as once thought, with a new report claiming chip producer TSMC’s 7-nanometer FinFET fabrication process could help the firm retain its status as sole processor supplier for the upcoming ‘A12’ chip.

Clips now features Disney and Pixar characters and new graphic overlays — Apple has updated Clips, its app that allows iPhone and iPad users to create ‘expressive videos.’ It lets you combine video clips, photos and music into videos to share with friends through the Messages app, or on Instagram, Facebook and other social networks.
The update includes dozens of new graphic overlays and posters, plus usability improvements. Users can now add classic Disney and Pixar characters to their videos.

Intel reportedly disbands wearables division as it focuses on AR — Intel has reportedly laid off the few employees working in its health wearables division, which includes fitness trackers and the Basis smartwatch, as the company refocuses on augmented reality.

Watch Apple’s new Files app for iOS 11 — Wondering how Apple’s new Files app for iOS 11 works on iPad? AppleInsider takes an in-depth look at the upcoming file management system in this video.

YouTube TV grows, now services 15 markets and serves 48 channels to iPhone — YouTube has expanded its live television service to 10 more markets, and boosted the number of available nationwide channels to 48 including BBC America, Syfy, plus assorted sports and news channels.

Blackberry joins Apple in gaining NSA approval for secure communications — BlackBerry has received approval from the National Security Agency (NSA) to sell tools for securing phone calls and text messages to the United States government, with the Canadian smartphone producer joining Apple on the list of companies endorsed for federal government use.

Apple tops profits, Jobs opera, XEffects, video organiser, biggest turbines, Shairwaves for audio


Apple ranked as most profitable US company by far on newest Fortune 500 ranking — Apple once again has claimed the top spot in global profits, according to Fortune’s annual ranking of U.S. companies shaping the world. In Fortune magazine’s 63rd composition of the list of Fortune 500 companies, Apple has seized the third spot in revenue, behind only Walmart and Berkshire Hathaway. However, ranked by profitability, the company destroys all challengers, reaping $45.7 billion in profit and handily dispatching second place JP Morgan Chase with $24.7 billion. [That’s where cutting the affiliate payouts got Apple?]

Steve Jobs opera set to premier this week after two years of preparation — Almost two years after the Santa Fe Opera commissioned The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, the narrative, music and rehearsals are complete and the production is set to open this Saturday as part of a limited six-show run. [The only rhyme that springs to mind in all this is ‘crapple’.]

XEffects 3D Video Walls plugin released for Final Cut Pro X — FxFactory has released a new Final Cut Pro X plugin called XEffects 3D Video Walls. Developed by partner Idustrial Revolution, it allows the user to add moving video or still images to video walls in 3D space. A video editor can use a single panel positioned in 3D space with reflections and depth of field or put together a tumbling panel of 15 cells in three rows. 3D Video walls is launched at a discounted price of US$49 for a month.

Videux is a new video organiser/player for macOS — Half8Fish has introduced Videux, an organiser, player, and workflow assistant for macOS. It’s designed for use with video collections. The full version of Videux Pro launches with an introductory offer of NZ$149.99/US$99.99. Its requires macOS or higher and is available at the Mac App Store. A seven-day demo is available from the Half8Fish website. (Play LT at NZ$7.49 is different in that it includes primarily only the player portion of Videux, along with the ability to pick/cull, rate and sort video.)

Apple’s Oregon wind power project to use the biggest turbines ever deployed in the area — Regulators have cleared Apple’s Oregon wind power project to use the biggest turbines ever deployed in the Pacific Northwest, reports the Portland Business Journal.

Shairwaves makes it easy for Macs to share connected audio devices — Coolatoola’s Shairwaves is an HD audio device sharing app that provides the ability for Macs to share their connected audio devices. Just as printers and screens can be shared, so now audio devices can be shared as well. Although it’s similar to Apple’s AirPlay, Shairwaves doesn’t use AirPlay’s protocols. Shairwaves supports macOS and higher. Pricing starts at US$5.

iPhones still in use, Lightroom app, Qualcomm action, tvOS 10.2.2, Nokia health, Speidel Watch bands


The classic Speidel watch band is now available for Apple Watch

Almost two-thirds of all iPhones are still being used — Nearly two-thirds of iPhones sold since the 2007 launch remain in use, according to data from Newzoo (as cited by Digitimes). The market intelligence firm says that 728 million Apple smartphones remained in use as of April, which represents about 63% of all iPhones sold in the past decade.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.8.0 update for iPhone brings 3D Touch to brush selection tool — Adobe has updated its Lightroom app for iPhone and iPad, with changes to the brush selection tool, in-app camera fixes, and support for the latest digital cameras and lenses.

Four Apple manufacturers launch antitrust complaint against Qualcomm, with Apple’s backing — Four of Apple’s manufacturing partners (Hon Hai/Foxconn, Compal, Wistron, and Pegatron) have filed counterclaims against Qualcomm, accusing the chipmaker of violating two sections of the Sherman Antitrust Act. [Is this practical or use vindictive?]

Apple Releases tvOS 10.2.2, a Security Release — Apple has released tvOS 10.2.2. Apple notoriously doesn’t include patch notes for most tvOS releases, but like the other updates released on Wednesday, this is likely a maintenance and security release.

Apple once again selling Nokia health accessories — Back in April of 2016, Nokia bought connected-body accessory manufacturer Withings, a company that makes the Body Cardioand Body+ smart scales, Thermo Thermometer, and BPM+ Blood Pressure Monitor. Due to a patent battle with Nokia over intellectual property licensing, Apple pulled the products from sale at Apple retail and online stores.

The two companies settled their differences in May of 2017, with Apple agreeing to a multi-year license to the patents in question and also agreeing to put the products – now branded as Nokia products – back in stores. Having the devices back in Apple’s retail ecosystem is probably a relief for the former Withings group, as Apple customers are the target market for the now-Nokia products.

Speidel Twist-O-Flex watchbands make it to Apple Watch — A product that has been around about as long as Dennis Sellers and me is making a reappearance in a new way. Speidel, the maker of the Twist-O-Flex watchband that has been around since 1959, is now selling its classic expandable-bracelet watchband for the Apple Watch at a very affordable US$50.

Isabel Ge Mahe for China, macOS iTunes & Logic updates, dual-screen wallpapers, machine learning, dev tools, ChapterWork, Transmit 5, MacStock


Apple appoints Isabel Ge Mahe as managing director of Greater China  — Apple has named vice president of wireless technologies Isabel Ge Mahe as managing director of Greater China, where she will report to CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams. Under the newly created role, Apple said in a prepared statement that Mahe will lead and coordinate Apple’s team in China.
Mahe was born in Shenyang, Liaoning, and is fluent in Mandarin. She earned both Bachelor and Master of Electrical Engineering degrees from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, where she also serves as an industry advisor to the school’s EE/CS department.

Apple Releases Security Updates for OS X Yosemite and El Capitan — Apple has released security updates for OS X Yosemite and OS X El Capitan. Apple’s patch notes for both updates specify only that, “Security Update 2017-003 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X.”

Logic Pro X gets more Drummer options, Alchemy enhancements — Apple has updated Logic Pro X, its digital audio workstation, with a group of new features as well as various bugfixes. The upgraded software includes extra “Pop,” “Songwriter,” and “Latin” Drummers, according to Apple. New Drummer loops can be added to a song and tweaked using performance controls. The free update is available via the Mac App Store.

Apple Releases iTunes 12.6.2 for Mac as a maintenance release — Apple has released iTunes 12.6.2. It’s a maintenance release, with Apple’s patch notes saying only, “This update includes minor app and performance improvements.”

Twelve South providing free Charleston-themed dual-screen Mac wallpapers — Charleston, SC is not only the home of Apple accessory design shop Twelve South, but a city that’s often listed in compilations of the most beautiful cities of the world. Twelve South is giving all of us who aren’t privileged to live in Charleston to share in its beauty through the release of three dual-screen Mac wallpaper sets.

Apple allows publicity, transparency for in-house researchers with new Machine Learning Journal — Apple has launched a new machine learning sub-site written by Apple engineers discussing techniques in use for better results and to assist burgeoning developers in the field.

Apple rolls out new developer tools to aid in subscription retention — Apple has announced the launch of server notifications and enhanced receipts for subscriptions, including auto-renewable subscriptions, tools that provide actionable information for retaining paying users.

ChapterWork for macOS simplifies work on chapter tracks, markers in digital movies — einstein’s legacy’s ChapterWork is a macOS utility for working with chapter tracks and markers in digital movies. It provides a simple, but effective, graphic interface for creating, updating and internationalizing chapter tracks in your visual masterpieces. [I believe einstein’s legacy’s name, at least, is under-capitalised.] ChapterWork requires macOS 10.9 or higher and is available for NZ$29.99/US$19.99 from the Mac App Store.

Panic Releases Transmit 5 File Transfer Utility for Mac, Supports Panic Sync and Cloud Services — Panic announced the release of Transmit 5, seven years after the release of version 4 of its popular file transfer app. New features include support for Panic Sync and 10 cloud services.

New Mac conference — Newcomer Macstock Conference and Expo aims to have something for everyone. The Mac Observer‘s staff ventured this past weekend to Crystal Lake, Illinois for Macstock 2017. Good times were had by all.

Aussie back door, Google Glass & iPhone AR, Bluetooth mesh networking, Kygo, more Apple Pay, Starling Bank, Snapchat’s new features


Australia’s Attorney General thinks he can convince Apple that encryption back doors are good — Australia is proposing laws that would require companies like Apple and Facebook to give the government access to our personal encrypted data, and now the country’s attorney general thinks he can convince Apple that’s a good idea. Australia Attorney General George Brandis is meeting with Apple this week in an effort to coax the iPhone maker into voluntarily building back doors into its encryption. [Gah!]

Google resurrects Glass for enterprise as new AR headset for iPhone 7 is unveiled — Google appears to have ditched the concept of Google Glass as fashion accessory in its latest industry-focused revision to the augmented reality product, and a new headset called the Mira Prism [main picture, above] will allow users to snap in an iPhone 7 to reflect the screen into the user’s field of vision. Newly announced, the Mira Prism is an augmented reality headset that resembles a set of safety eyeglasses designed to incorporate an iPhone 7. The iPhone’s display is reflected onto the headset through the Mira app, so it will not quite be universal.

Mesh networking addition to Bluetooth LE revealed, could help boost Apple HomeKit coverage — The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has updated the specification for the wireless communications technology, with the introduction of mesh networking allowing Bluetooth LE devices to more easily communicate with each other, potentially helping home automation platforms such as Apple’s HomeKit as well as larger scale networks.

Apple Music releases trailer for Kygo: Stole the Show Documentary — Apple Music just pushed out a trailer for Kygo: Stole the Show, a documentary on the life and career of DJ/musician Kygo. This documentary is another original movie from Apple Music, and it culminates with a huge show in 2016 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Apple Pay expands to 27 new US banks, plus new options in China, Ireland, Russia, Italy & Starling Bank — Apple on Tuesday added 27 US banks and credit unions to the Apple Pay roster, while simultaneously bringing the platform to more options in China, Italy, Ireland, and Russia, and for UK’s mobile-only Starling Bank can now add their debit cards to Apple Pay, potentially before they even receive their plastic cards in the mail.

Snapchat Adds 2 new features: Tint Brush and Multi-Snap — New Snapchat features have arrived for iOS (and Android) users. Tint Brush lets you selectively change the colour of objects or areas in your snaps. Multi-Snap lets you continuously record multiple 10 second snaps.