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NZ travel app, Samsung security, UK Apple Pay deletes limit, Nike bands to match shoes

New social travel app ‘Gratia’ launches in New Zealand on iOS —  Gratia allows locals and travellers to explore New Zealand and meet others who share their interests by combining user-generated and travel industry content to provide a rich source of ideas for things to do and see throughout New Zealand.
The free Gratia app provides a platform for industry partners to place their own brands and curated, geo-targeted content on the app, and to engage with app users by using content from Yelp and Tourism New Zealand, with additional curated content developed with partners including Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, Bay of Islands Information, Adventure Living, AJ Hackett and Queenstown Life. Several regional tourism organisations, including Northland, Hamilton-Waikato, Destination Coromandel, Rotorua NZ and Visit Ruapehu are supporting the platform with their content. Several other organisations are preparing to join the platform. (It’s also available for Android.)

Samsung Wisenet-SmartCam A1 works with iOS devices — Hanwha Techwin America (formerly Samsung Techwin America has announced that the Samsung Wisenet-SmartCam A1, which works with an iOS app on the iPhone and iPad,  is available to consumers both online and in stores including Sam’s Club, Target and Amazon.com.
This is a Wi-Fi security camera kit that offers both indoor and outdoor solutions and provides users with a more complete view of their home. The system consists of an indoor camera with 1080p Full HD streaming, 130-degree wide angle lens, two-way talk and motion zone select, and an outdoor battery-powered camera that delivers videos at 720p HD resolution with weather resistant capabilities.

Most Apple Pay terminals in the UK can now accept mobile payments above £30 — Jennifer Bailey, vice president of Apple pay, told The Telegraph that over half of contactless payment terminals in the UK are now able to take Apple mobile payment transactions of any value. Most card readers had previously been restricted to £30, the default upper limit for contactless card transactions.

Nike bands to match Nike shoes — When they arrive on Nike.com and at select Nike retail stores on June 1 for US$49, runners will be able to match their watch band and shoes for the first time. According to Nike, The ‘Day to Night collections celebrates runners whenever they choose to run, with each of the colours inspired by a shade of the sky, from dawn to dusk. [Er, gosh.]

Rebirth of iOS, new Shoot videos

A stellar concept video for iOS 11 — The Particle Debris item of the week isn’t a written article, but a concept video, a joint effort by Federico Vittici at MacStories and designer Sam Beckett in the UK. The reason it’s so cool is because it punctuates the hunger we all have for a new iOS on the iPad that leaves the past behind, truly enables and excites.

Apple adds 4 new videos to ‘How to Shoot on iPhone 7’ series — Apple this week added four videos to the recently released How to Shoot on iPhone 7 tutorial series, expanding the campaign to a total of 20 shorts centered around taking better photos with the flagship smartphone.

iPhone loyalty, Google Assistant, Android slipping, MobileFirst, ToDo4team, Jamf iDevice management, Pioneer NEX

(Image from Business Insider)

Apple’s iPhone scores 92% loyalty rate ahead of ‘iPhone 8’ launch, study finds — A new study published by investment bank Morgan Stanley shows 92% of iPhone users who are “somewhat or extremely likely” to upgrade within 12 months intend to buy Apple, a good indicator that this year’s iPhone revamp has the makings of a so-called “super cycle.”

Google Assistant arrives on the iPhone, but isn’t going to replace Siri soon — After a year just on Android devices, Siri competitor Google Assistant has come over to the iPhone. AppleInsider fires it up to see how it fares on its own, and compared to Apple’s offering. [Apple private and secure, Google not: your choice.]

Google IO17: Android deployment rate continues to slip backward — Google has unveiled new versions of Android at its annual I/O developer convention with features often inspired by the previous year’s iOS. The main difference: Apple can launch a new version of iOS and broadly distribute it before Google can deploy its copy of last year’s iOS across even a third of its installed base. This problem is getting worse each year for Google and its Android partners.

IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps to launch on Singapore Airlines flights — IBM has announced that the Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group selected MobileFirst for iOS apps to provide a “seamless experience” across flight operations processes. With apps, Fly Now and Roster for iPad, pilots will be equipped with relevant information and flight-related updates.

ToDo4team is a helpful, cross-platform task management solution — ToDo4team is a helpful task management solution available via a web browser and on macOS, iOS, Windows, and Android devices. It’s designed for small and medium sized companies and organizations. A 30-day demo of ToDo4team is available for download. After this period, you’re requested to fill in your company’s information and credit card number. A monthly fee will be automatically withdrawn. The mount of monthly fee is calculated according to number of active users. Detailed pricing can be found at the ToDo4team website.

Jamf offers ‘Safe Passage’ for organizations considering new mobile device management — Jamf has announced a “safe passage” program for schools and organizations considering migrating to the company’s Apple management solutions. Trusted by over 10,000 organizations, including 4000 K-12 schools, 1000 universities and over 5000 businesses, Jamf provides a path for customers considering a new mobile device management (MDM) solution.

Pioneer’s expanded NEX platform adds CarPlay support — Pioneer Electronics has expanded its NEX platform with five new, Apple CarPlay-compatible NEX in-dash multimedia receivers: the double-DIN 7-inch LCD AVH-2330NEX and AVH-2300NEX and double-DIN 6.2-inch LCD AVH-1330NEX and AVH-1300NEX models.

Indian iPhone SE, secure messaging gets Senate approval

Apple starts domestic production of the iPhone SE in India — The Wall Street Journal says Apple has confirmed that its manufacturing partners in India have started domestic production of the iPhone SE. Previously, Apple produced most of its smartphones iPhones in China with a few older models assembled in Brazil.
Apple has tapped Taiwan’s Wistron Corporation to put together the smartphones in the tech capital of Bangalore in Karnataka, said Priyank Kharge, the state’s IT minister.

iPhone messaging app Signal wins approval for use by U.S. Senate staffers — The US Senate has quietly approved Signal, an encrypted messaging app for iPhone and Android, for use by the government body’s staff.
The change was noted in a letter by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden to Sergeant at Arms Frank Larkin, mostly remarking on the transition of the Senate to HTTPS encryption across all its websites. Wyden has regularly promoted digital privacy causes.
Signal, by Open Whisper Systems, uses end-to-end encryption for messages, as well as voice and video calls. That makes it largely impervious to snooping by hackers, police, or spy agencies, whether foreign or domestic. It’s a free app.


‘Most Trusted’ iPhone, and best-selling

(Image from Apple NZ’s front page)

Apple is the ‘Most Trusted Brand’ when it comes to mobile phones — When it comes to mobile phones, Apple is the most trusted brand, according to the annual Most Trusted Brand in America by Reader’s Digest. (But interestingly, Dell topped the list when it comes to computers.)

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were the best selling smartphones in 2016 — Looking at the fourth quarter of 2017 alone, the iPhone 7 was the 2016 best-selling iPhone, followed by the iPhone 7 Plus, based on research from the IHS Markit Smartphone Shipment Database, which tracks quarterly shipment data for more than 350 smartphone models. Apple is in the second spot among smartphone makers, shipping 50.8 million phones, down 0.8% from a year ago.

iOS 10.3.2, Barbers ad, tvOS 10.2.1, watchOS 3.2.2

Apple releases iOS 10.3.2 — Apple has released iOS 10.3.2, which offers bug fixes, security enhancements, and other improvements. iOS 10.3.2 is a free over-the-air update available to all users with a compatible iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. It can also be downloaded and installed on plugged-in iOS devices via iTunes on a Mac or PC.

Barbers iPhone 7 ad — Apple has shared a new iPhone 7 Plus ad on its YouTube channel, once again promoting the Portrait Mode feature of its flagship device.
The spot takes place in a barbershop, with photos from the iPhone 7 Plus used to advertise the shop’s skills. Images captured with the iPhone are added to the storefront, drawing in more and more customers until there’s a long line out the door. “In Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus, you don’t just look good. You look fantastic,” reads the ad’s description.

Apple launches tvOS 10.2.1 — Apple has upgraded tvOS, the operating system for the Apple TV, to version 10.2.1. It offers bug fixes and performance tweaks.
The operating system was recently revved to version 10.2, which provided an accelerated scrolling feature to the Siri remote so you can scroll through lists of content faster. The update also added the TV app, which is designed to offer a unified experience for discovering and accessing TV shows and movies from multiple apps on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.  It provides one place to access TV shows and movies, as well as a place to discover new content to watch.
To install tvOS 10.2.1, launch the System menu and choose Software Update. tvOS 10.3 will almost certainly be previewed at next month’s Apple Worldwide Developer Conference.

watchOS reaches version 3.2.2 — Apple has revved watchOS to 3.2.2. The upgrade focuses on bug fixes and performance improvements to the Apple Watch’s operating system.
The previous release (watchOS 3.2) added Theater Mode and SiriKit. The former lets Apple Watch owners disable the “rise to wake” function on the watch, but still notify them with haptic feedback of notifications without illuminating the watch display.
watchOS 3.2.2 must be performed through the Apple Watch app on a connected iPhone, and the watch must be on the charger, and have over 50 percent battery remaining.

How to shoot with iPhone, Apple AirPods availability

Apple launches 16 ‘Shoot with iPhone’ Videos on dedicated website — Apple  launched a site dedicated to its Shoot with iPhone 7 instructional videos on YouTube last Thursday evening. They on Friday, Apple published a subsite on the apple.com domain with 16 videos from the series.
It’s a slick, well-produced site with a gorgeous landing video. Below that video is a grid for the 16 videos the company has so far released for the series. Hover over one of those cells and the name of the video is replaced by an example.

Back in stock! Apple AirPods ready to ship for delivery in 2-5 business days, grab them while you can — Back in stock! US shoppers can order Apple AirPods from AT&T Wireless for delivery in two to five business days depending on the shipping method selected, beating Apple’s reported 6-week wait [but may mean that general availability will improve for all sources soon].

Five Tip Friday ~ 3 for iOS, 2 for Apple Watch

1/ Make Home Button Touch ID work like it used to — iOS 10 brought a big change to the way the Home Button worked by requiring users to press it, even after your fingerprint has been recognised. But there’s a feature under Settings>General>Accessibility that allows you to make your Home Button work like it used to – it makes your iPhone or iPad with Touch ID unlock with just a touch from the lock screen.
In Settings > General > Accessibility, scroll down until you see the Home Button menu item. Tap it.
In this area, you can change the click speed of the Home Button, and control whether Siri or Voice Dictation activates when you press and hold. But at the bottom, you’ll see a switch called Rest Finger to Open. Tap that. Once enabled, you can open your iPhone with Touch ID the old way: just press your finger against it, instead of having to press it first. This isn’t a full return to iOS’s Slide-to-Unlock, but many users might find it more natural than the default way of doing things.

2/ Vibrate Only for certain events — On your iOS devices, there are settings that control which sounds play for which events, like when an email comes in or you get a text. with an iPhone, you can also choose for certain events to have no associated sounds but to vibrate your device instead. For me, this is really useful: you might like to know right away when you get a text, say, so you will have a sound associated with that, but for emails, no. You can set those to vibrate only (actually, I have email alerts turned off on iPhone, that way I only get them when I check them, which suits me better).
Open the Settings app on your iPhone, then tap Sounds & Haptics.
Under that section are some very useful choices. At the top you can configure whether your device will vibrate when it’s ringing or when it’s on silent. Scroll down a bit to set up which sounds you’d like to hear for which events.

3/ Backing up Voice Memos — Sometimes you can’t beat a quick Voice Memo to record a thought, tune or to-do. But since there is no Voice Memo folder in iCloud Drive, and while memos are part of your iPhone backup (and they also back up to iTunes on Mac./PC if that’s what you prefer as your backup), we can also make use of the share sheet put them somewhere specific.
You can create a folder in iCloud Drive (or your cloud provider of choice) for audio clips. For apple’s free iCloud Drive online storage, chick iCloud on your Mac in the left side of a Finder window and choose New Folder from the File menu. Another option is to create a note or folder in Apple Notes dedicated to voice memos.
On iPhone, go into the Voice Memos app, tap on a recording and hit the share button (shown below). From here, you can select Add to iCloud Drive or Add to Notes.

You can also straight AirDrop them. Tap on a recording and then the share button as above, make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your iPhone and Mac, and you can look for your Mac’s account photo under AirDrop.
If your audio recordings are large in size, using iTunes is another way to share. Connect your iPhone to your Mac, and click the phone symbol on the upper left. Next, click on Apps in the sidebar, and scroll all the way to the bottom until you see Voice Memos. You can then drag and drop your audio clips to any location in your Mac.

4/ Combine watchOS 3.2 ‘Theater Mode’ with ‘Wake Screen on Crown Up’ to discreetly check time on Apple Watch Series 2 — Here’s how to combine the two features. All current Apple Watch hardware has access to the watchOS 3.2 update, which adds the new Theater Mode option in Control Center. To access it, simply swipe up from the bottom of the display on a watch face, and choose the icon depicting comedy and tragedy masks.
But while all Apple Watch users can access theater mode, the next part of the tip is specifically limited to Series 2 hardware. Since the second-generation hardware debuted last September, it has exclusively offered a new feature known as Wake Screen on Crown Up. To enable this feature, open the Apple Watch app on a connected iPhone, choose General, and then Wake Screen. By default, new Apple Watch Series 2 units ship with Wake Screen on Crown Upenabled.
Theater Mode prevents your Apple Watch display from lighting up when your wrist is turned, which can be annoying in a dark movie theatre, for example. Users must instead tap the display in order to check the time.
However, when Wake Screen on Crown Up is enabled, users can also slowly brighten the display by turning the Digital Crown. As the digital crown is rolled forward, the Apple Watch Series 2 screen becomes gradually more visible, allowing users to keep the light from their watch dim – a particularly handy feature for politely checking the time without bothering others, while in a movie theatre or at a play.
After checking the time, users can either roll the Digital Crown back toward them to dim the display until it goes dark, or simply wait about three seconds for the screen to automatically go black.
If you roll the Digital Crown further upwards, the display will become fully “on,” at the normally set brightness, and will not automatically dim as long as your wrist is facing you. In this situation, simply turn your wrist away from you as you normally would, and the display will automatically shut off. Because Theater Mode is enabled, the screen will not automatically turn back on regardless of the orientation of your wrist.
(If you want to be extra polite while at the movies, you can also create a low-light watch face that will make the display even less noticeable. Simply create a new Modular face, set it to red (which helps preserve night vision), and disable all its watch face complications.)

5/ Reining in watchOS — You don’t have to automatically Install Apple Watch Apps. Some of the apps that go along with it may not be that relevant to you. Depending on when you set up your wearable device, it may automatically install all new apps to the Apple Watch. You don’t have to automatically install Apple Watch apps. Apple Watch has a limited amount of storage space, and any music and photos you have take up some of it, so you may want to limit how many apps you install. Secondly, not all of the Watch apps are incredibly useful and you might find yourself wanting to get rid of them.
Open the Watch app on your iPhone
Scroll down and tap General
Flip the toggle switch next to Automatic App Install so it is no longer green
Remove the Apps You Don’t Use
Once you’ve turned off Automatic App Install, you might want to clear out some of the apps you aren’t using. Return to the My Watch screen, and scroll down until you see your list of third-party apps. If you see Installed next to an app, it’s already there. Tap on the apps one at a time. You’ll see a toggle switch for each labeled Show App on Apple Watch. Flip that switch so it’s no longer green. Apple Watch will uninstall that app. When you come across an app you do want to install, just flip that switch so it’s green. Apple Watch will install the app for you to use.

Snap specs, hearing aid app, Touchpad Paint, Apple Watch heart

Snap’s fledgling Spectacles sold just over 63,000 units in March quarter — In a sign of how tough the market for Apple’s rumoured augmented reality glasses could be [ie, if Apple was to make some] Snap is estimated to have sold just over 63,800 pairs of Spectacles in the March quarter.
Snap didn’t provide exact numbers in its results, but did admit to making just $8.3 million in its “other revenue” category, according to TechCrunch. Dividing by the Spectacles’ $130 pricetag gives a figure of 63,846.
About $4.5 million in Spectacles were sold during the December quarter, or roughly 34,615 units. Until the February launch of online sales, the Spectacles were essentially an experiment for Snap, sold only through hard-to-find vending machines and a special New York City pop-up store. Even these limited sales only began in November.
The Spectacles are designed to shoot 10- to 30-second clips of first-person video, mainly for sharing in Snapchat, though they can be viewed elsewhere. Footage is shot in a unique circular format, and to dispel privacy concerns, lit rings appear whenever the glasses are recording. [So they’re just video cameras you wear on your face.]

Hearing Aid Pro provides hearing assistance with an iPhone — One of the ‘badges of honour’ that comes along with advancing years is hearing loss. Whether it’s medically-caused, the result of too many years of listening to loud music, or just plain old age, almost everyone gets to the point that their hearing isn’t as sharp as it used to be. Hearing Air Pro (NZ$14.99/US$9.99) is designed to act as a hearing aid that runs on your iPhone, and since Steven Sande was recently diagnosed with significant hearing loss in my left ear, he thought I’d give it a try.
Now, why would someone want to use a $15 app to help out hearing? Easy: hearing aids are ridiculously expensive (a good number are well over NZ$3000) and many people feel a certain stigma wearing them, while few have issues with people wearing the iconic Apple earbuds. [Even if you’re just using this for walks in the park while enjoying hearing more, it’s pretty good value for that price.]

Carnegie Mellon research team created Touchpad Paint — What if you could spray-paint a piece of plastic or wood, and use it as a Magic Trackpad? Engineers at Carnegie Mellon University have created touchpad paint, which can turn any object or surface into a touch sensitive one. Project Electrick is based on an algorithm that can read a finger-press by sensing changes in electric flow on a conductive surface, called electric field tomography.

Study uses Apple Watch heart rate sensor to detect serious heart condition with 97% accuracy — New research conducted by the University of California, San Francisco, in collaboration with Apple Watch app Cardiogram, shows Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor can aid in the detection of atrial fibrillation, a common heart arrhythmia that can lead to stroke.

iPhone 8, iPhone 7, quadriplegic changes life with Accessibility, HomeKit and iOS

The ‘iPhone 8’ will have to displace the iPhone 6S to become the world’s most used smartphone — According to ScientiaMobile, the upcoming iPhone 8 will have to displace the iPhone 6s to become the world’s most used smartphone. The research group’s Mobile Overview Report (MOVR) notes that the iPhone 6S was the most used smartphone model in the world despite the iPhone 7 launch in September 2016.
Despite, iPhone 7 (above) was the best selling smartphone in the first quarter according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics. The research group estimates that Apple shipped 21.5 million units and captured 6% marketshare worldwide in the first quarter (Q1) of 2017.

Apple’s iOS 10, Siri & HomeKit bring accessibility to a quadriplegic man’s entire home — Todd Stabelfeldt has been paralyzed from the shoulders down since a gun accident at age 8 severed his spinal cord, leaving him confined to a wheelchair as a quadriplegic. Using iOS Switch Control, Todd has gained new abilities and independence through accessible technology. And now, using HomeKit and Siri, his entire home has become accessible.