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No watch yet, iOS 9, Apple vs Samsung, iPhone laser dongle, Google Street View, App Camp for Girls,


More countries get Apple Watch from June 26th — Apple Watch will be available in seven more countries on June 26th, making for 16 countries where you can get—with a little wait—Apple’s brand new smartwatch. You’ll be able to start buying Apple Watch in stores on the 26th, too.
But not New Zealand, I’m sorry to report: Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and Taiwan …

iOS 9 doesn’t need revolutionary features to transform our screens — Every 12 months or so, Apple has unleashed a whole new batch of features and enhancements that have given each iOS version an identity of its own, not unlike the jungle cats and California landmarks attached to OS X releases. But much like it did with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard a few years back, iOS 9 is shaping up to be more of a maintenance release than a marketing one.

Apple, Samsung tied for highest smartphone customer satisfaction, iPhone falls behind Galaxy Note — When it comes to smartphones, Apple and Samsung are in a neck-and-neck race for the overall customer satisfaction crown, though the South Korean giant has leapt ahead of Apple and the iPhone with its jumbo-sized Galaxy Note series.

iPhone laser dongle makes measuring a snap — At Computex 2015 in Taipei this week, a local manufacturer showed off a laser pointer for the Apple phone that can precisely measure short distances.

Google announces Street View iOS app, plans to merge Views into Maps — Google has announced plans to launch a new app, Street View, which will let anyone submit a photo sphere to Maps, including ones captured via compatible 360-degree cameras.

App Camp for Girls’ Indiegogo Campaign — Girls deserve just as much a shot at learning to code as boys, and App Camp for Girls aims to make that happen.  Head on over to App Camp’s Indiegogo page and do what you can to help the program hit its US$100,000 goal so more girls can learn to code.

Smartphone thefts plummet, 6 things to fix in iOS 9, iPhone 6+ browses more

iPhone 6+ users browse twice as much as other iPhone users (photo from Apple NZ's iPhone site).
iPhone 6+ users browse twice as much as other iPhone users (image from Apple NZ’s iPhone site).

Smartphone thefts plummet after kill-switch introduction — The number of thefts and robberies of smartphones, particularly iPhones, is on the fall in New York, London and San Francisco, according to data to be released Wednesday.
Apple added a kill switch, called Activation Lock, to its iPhone in September 2013. Here’s Apple’s advice on how to turn it on and use it, btw.

Six things Apple should fix in iOS 9 — Susie Ochs reckons that rather than just cleaning up iOS and making sure all the bells and whistles added in iOS 7 and iOS 8 work like they’re supposed to, she has some suggestions.

iPhone 6 Plus owners consume twice the data of their iPhone 6-owning counterparts — Apple iPhone 6 Plus owners outpace all other iPhone owners in data consumption, doubling the amount used by iPhone 6 owners and exceeding iPhone 3GS owners by a factor of ten. As reported by Citrix, the data consumption pattern of iPhone 6 Plus owners mirrors that of tablet users. Of course, the iPhone 6 Plus makes it a breeze to browse websites, watch movies and navigate maps on the go.

iTunes free single gone, HomeKit, iOS 9, Minecraft, marathon training, Scannable

There is no more free Single of the Week in iTunes.
There is no more free Single of the Week in iTunes.

After 11 years, iTunes Single Of The Week is no more — BusinessInsider is reporting that Apple is ending its longstanding “Single Of The Week” promotion after 11 years. As the name implies, Apple, for 11 years on end, promoted a new song every week that iTunes users could download for free. [That sucks, I’ve made some really good discoveries through this feature. There goes my presentation of ‘Think Apple gives you nothing for free?’]

List of HomeKit products from CES — So far all we have seen of HomeKit is promises from June 2014; there wasn’t a way to take advantage of it until iOS 8 shipped, and even now virtually nothing utilises HomeKit. But that’s slowly starting to change: CES 2015 was the first wave of hope for Siri-friendly home automators.

Traffic from Apple’s unannounced iOS 9 grows into new year — Testing on Apple’s anticipated iOS 9 release continues to ramp up at the start of 2015, with the next major iPhone and iPad operating system expected to make its official debut at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

Minecraft: Pocket Edition — Minecraft: Pocket Edition is bigger than Texas, 23 times hotter than the Sun, and “more than the entire observable universe.” Of course, if you’re looking for actual statistics, Mojang has one of those, too: the number of times the pint-sized version of the game has been purchased is 30,000,000!

Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop app lands on iOS — Google Chrome has a lot of fancy features built-in or available through extensions. One of those awesome additions is Chrome Remote Desktop — but until this week, the feature was limited to computers running the Chrome browser itself or Android devices. Now, however, iOS users can get in on the remote desktop action as well.

Train for a marathon like a pro with these apps — There’s no single app that can absolutely take you from lazy couch potato to marathon finisher, there are several apps that can help you in your quest to run the absurd distance of 26.2 miles. Because marathons are so taxing, even the most seasoned runners still need to train—constantly.

Scannable app supercharges Evernote scanning on the go — Scannable for iOS delivers quick and easy scanning to Evernote with a minimum of configuration. Whether you’re snapping Post-It notes or capturing business cards, Scannable is intended to make it as fast as possible (and get it all into Evernote, of course). It’s free.