Tag Archives: Carpool Karaoke

Unreal for ARKit in iOS 11, Carpool Karaoke, Kanex GoPlay uses Lightning, 4K and TV terminology


Unreal Engine updated with preliminary support for Apple’s ARKit in iOS 11 — The new version of Epic’s Unreal Engine provides basic ARKit support for iOS, developed in collaboration with Peter Jackson’s Wingnut AR.
The updated version of Unreal Engine, version 4.17, was released on Monday. Alongside improvements in virtual reality creation and presentation, the update includes an “early, experimental” implementation of Apple’s ARKit.

Apple’s Carpool Karaoke: The Series now available for streaming on Apple Music — As promised, Apple on Tuesday released the first episode of Carpool Karaoke: The Series to Apple Music subscribers, the firm’s second attempt at original episodic programming.
Karaoke’s 16 episodes are slated to feature a laundry list of celebrities including Metallica, Shaquille O’Neal, John Legend, John Cena, Ariana Grande, Game of Thrones co-stars Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, the Cyrus family, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Joe Jonas, Ice Cube and more.

Kanex GoPlay Sidekick pocketable MFi gaming controller recharges via Apple’s Lightning cable — The new Kanex GoPlay Sidekick is the second Made for iPhone gaming controller on the market to feature a licensed Apple Lightning port. But it stands out from the competition with an ultraportable design and carrying case that doubles as an iPhone stand.

Apple TV, 4K Mania: HDR10, Dolby Vision & HLG Explained — Now that we’re fairly certain Apple is planning a 5th generation 4K Apple TV, it may be time to brush up on some terminology.

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Radeon Vega announced, Mac gaming deals, Carpool Karaoke, Russia bans VPN, Flux coding, vintage games


AMD Radeon Vega 56, 64 officially announced, shedding more light on iMac Pro GPU — AMD has officially rolled out PCI-E versions of the Vega 56 and 64 GPUs that will be in the iMac Pro in December, with cards seeing retail in the middle of August. AMD will ship a trio of cards based on the Vega architecture: the air-cooled Radeon RX Vega 56 and RX Vega 64, plus the water-cooled Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid. All three cards feature 8GB of VRAM, differing in compute units, and clockspeed.

Mac Gamer HQ has launched Mac Gaming Deals — The service is designed to “help you save money and discover gems you didn’t even know existed on the Mac.” Every Thursday, you will receive an email with 15 games, all heavily discounted (50% off minimum), all excellent games worth their full price. Sometimes there will even be offers of free games when you sign up for $4 per month (about NZ$5.33). [Wonderful! Thanks for all your work, Ric.]

Apple outs new trailer for ‘Carpool Karaoke’ in advance of August 8th debut — The minute-long video, set to Willie Nelson’s On the Road Again, features clips of many of the show’s celebrity pairings, seen in shots both in and outside of their cars. Some upcoming guests include Metallica, Miley Cyrus, Will Smith, Game of Thrones stars Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, and James Corden, host of The Late Late Show – from which Apple’s series is a spinoff, available to watch via Apple Music.

Russia approves VPN ban likely to kick apps out of Apple’s App Store — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed off on a new law that will ban virtual private networks (VPNs) and other technologies enabling anonymous access to the Web, likely signalling an impending wave of removals from Apple’s regional App Store.

Flux 7 for macOS makes hand coding easier — Flux, the web design application for macOS, has been revved to version 7. The software can work with everything from a modern site using HTML5 and CSS3 to legacy sites built on older technologies.

Vintage Apples: 3 videos show top games from Mac Performa series, iMac G3 and Apple Pippin — ‘applemctom’ on YouTube is fond of vintage Macs and the games that ran on them. Although these games look crude in comparison to what we’re used to now, they represent some of the best games and educational apps that ran on the Macs of a bygone era. In the three short videos posted to the link above, you can see retro gaming on the Apple Macintosh Performa series (1992 – 1997), the iMac G3 (1998), and the short-lived Apple Pippin gaming console (1996-1997).

Earnings, Carpool Karaoke


First Lady Michelle Obama joins James Cordon for Carpool Karaoke, which will become an iTunes Music exclusive series.
First Lady Michelle Obama joins James Cordon for Carpool Karaoke, which will be spun off into an iTunes Music exclusive series.

Apple Q3 2016 Earnings Summary — Apple just released its Q3 2016 earnings statement and quarterly revenue was down year-over-year for the second quarter in a row. The company posted quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion and a quarterly net income of $7.8 billion. Those compare to $49.6 billion and $10.7 billion in the year-ago quarter.  Services grew 19% year-over-year, and App Store revenue was at its highest level ever. The company returned $13 billion to investors as part of the share repurchase and dividend programs, completing almost $177 billion of the expected $250 billion capital return program. Wall Street was ‘relieved‘; Mac sales were still down year-over-year, but up 5% from the previous quarter. As a percentage of revenue, Apple’s R&D spending is the highest it’s ever been. [It needs to be – now even I am worried that Apple is becoming moribund.]

Apple scores exclusive deal for CBS Carpool Karaoke TV series — Carpool Karaoke, the wonderfully fun segment on The Late Late Show where host James Cordon sings in his car with celebrities, is getting its own spin-off series streaming exclusively on Apple Music. The deal shows Apple’s growing interest in original content, and could draw more subscribers to its streaming music service.