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iPhone 6 demand, Maps, Metal games, harder glass, print shoes, mapper, Beats app, Flic buttons


The potential uses of Flic buttons seem to be endless
The potential uses of Flic buttons seem to be endless

Strong demand for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus persists, prompts Piper Jaffray to raise Apple price target to $135 — Piper Jaffray has been tracking availability of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at Apple Stores and continues to see demand outstripping supply, leading the investment firm to raise its price target on AAPL stock on Thursday.

Apple continues to enhance Maps app with new business listings providers — After Apple’s Maps app launched to negative reviews in 2012, the company has actively taken steps to enhance the fledgling navigation service, the latest effort being the addition of listings data from at least ten new companies. Apple now taps 13 providers for aggregating and supplying business listings data.

The best games showcasing Apple’s Metal API for iOS 8 — Apple’s  iOS 8 introduced new developer tools dubbed Metal, allowing for more advanced graphics on both the iPhone and iPad. Here are the best games out now showcasing the power of Metal.

Adidas now lets you print your iPhone photos on your shoes — Adidas earlier this year announced its plans to offer a new miZX Flux service that allow users to print their photos on their shoes. That service has now gone live and is available to customers in the US. [I’d print on a picture of cleanliness.]

Corning launches 2X harder Gorilla Glass 4 with improved drop damage resistance — Apple supplier Corning has taken the wraps off of its next-generation Gorilla Glass 4, which the company says is up to two times harder than competing glasses used in existing smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. [Take that, sapphire.]

MapItOut is a feature rich app for runners, travelers and map mavens — MapItOut (NZ$2.59) is a very enhanced map program for iOS. You can search almost any city on Earth and then easily find places to go. You save those destinations, and the app creates a customised map for you, complete with directions. MapItOut can be used to create a whole travel plan for a trip, or just a local map if you’re a runner and want to see the sites while getting your exercise.

Apple planning to bundle Beats Music app into iOS early next year — The Financial Times is reporting Apple plans to bundle the Beats Music app into iOS sometime early next year, perhaps as early as March.

Flic is a ‘smart button’ that tells your iPhone to STFU — As far as smart gadgets go, Flic is about as simple as it gets. The tiny magnetic button can be programmed to control various functions of your phone, from silencing an alarm to snapping a photo. Each button can be programmed with three different functions initiated by either a single tap, double tap, or push-and-hold, and at US$27 each they’re relatively cheap.

Do The Right Thing, China Telecom, apps for Paris, Beats app, home invasion, wearable tech, Weather


where would you prefer to wear your tech?
Where would you prefer to wear your tech?

Apple’s Beats makes documentary celebrating 25th anniversary of film ‘Do the Right Thing’ — Beats Music last Thursday published a short 22-minute documentary on Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, a landmark film dealing with race in America celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Apple now using China Telecom servers to store customer data in China — Apple has reportedly begun storing data from iPhone users in China in data centres operated by “state-controlled China Telecom.” Originally reported by the Wall Street Journal, the move comes amidst allegations from elements within the Chinese media which have claimed that the iPhone poses a security risk. [Well, they do now!]

Three apps for a Paris visit — If you’re heading to Paris anytime soon, you might consider one of the three apps featuring in this week’s Free on iTunes on the Mac Observer: guided tours, maps, photos and more, all for free.

Beats Music app added to ‘Made by Apple’ list in iOS App Store — More than two months after its acquisition of Beats was announced, Apple on Friday officially added the Beats Music streaming audio app to the App Store’s featured Made by Apple list, although the developer is still listed as Beats Music, LLC. [It’s not yet available for New Zealand, though.]

Prepare for the home invasion — An interesting Mac Observer article points out the more we automate our homes, the more open they are to being hacked.

Where do you want to wear your ‘wearable tech’? — TUAW wants to know,  so is running  poll, and feel free to leave a comment below if you have another idea of where wearable tech can reside on the human body (keep it clean…). [Pic, above, from the TUAW poll link.]

Facebook fixes longstanding iOS bug, lowers crash rate by 50% — Facebook announced that it had cracked a long standing bug that affected app stability on iOS. As a result, Facebook engineers are touting that the crash rate for the iOS Facebook app has been reduced by a whopping 50%.

Get more from Apple’s Weather app — Apple’s Weather app is fairly easy to navigate and use; opening it presents you with a list of your favorite locations, along with quick glances at their time zone and current weather. Tap a location to view it in more detail. Macworld’s video shows you how to get the most out of it.