Once again, Steve Bolton nails it in a cartoon.
Apple activates iPhone 5 battery replacement program, to swap out affected parts for free — Apple on Friday announced a free replacement program for iPhone 5 batteries after discovering certain units sold during a five-month period after the product’s launch in 2012 contain faulty components.
Apple Adds Humana, UnitedHealth to HealthKit Discussions — Apple is continuing to expand its circle of potential HealthKit partners with dialogs now happening with both Humana and UnitedHealth Group. Both companies are big-name health insurance providers, and the talks could mean Apple is hoping HealthKit will be part of the incentive programs carriers offer for subscribers who actively work to stay healthy.
Two free iOS writing and note apps — Vern Seward found his default writing app on iPad, WriteRoom, is no longer supported on that platform. So he went looking for other writing apps to fill that void.
Vine adds new editing tools and imported camera roll videos to iOS app — Vine for iOS has just received a massive new update the finally gives the video app equal footing with its rival Instagram. For the first time on Vine you can now create posts using video clips from your device’s camera roll, and then edit them to make your clip into the short film of your dreams.
Secret app to restrict photo uploads, block posts with real names in update — Anonymous social networking app Secret on Friday announced a number of changes to be introduced in its next update, including photo upload limitations and more aggressive restrictions on using real names in posts. The app has just been banned in Brazil over concerns of cyber-bullying. [It’s a digital anonymous confessional.]
Fudget uncomplicates money management — Fudget, currently free in the App Store and available for both the iPhone and the iPad running iOS 7.0 or later, is built for simplicity. This isn’t an app that’s loaded with features. It’s streamlined and focused on taking the complications out of managing your money.
While 91% of Apple users run iOS 7, five different versions of Android hold 10%+ share — The latest mobile operating system statistics show that Google’s Android is more fragmented than ever, with three different versions of the platform representing two-thirds of all devices, while Apple’s latest version of iOS runs on 91% of iPhones and iPads.
Max Gentlemen — The game Max Gentlemen has charted an odd, winding path to the App Store. Its creation was prompted by the subject line of a spam email before the game’s makers even had a proper studio formed, then took the form of a dating sim of sorts (that was put on hold), and was later turned into a hat-stacking game for a drinking-themed game jam, which led the game to be hosted in an arcade cabinet in a busy Chicago bar. It’s free and Universal.
Apple’s iPhone business is as big as McDonald’s and Coke combined — The bulk of Apple’s revenue comes from the iPhone. During the company’s most recent quarter, for example, 53% of its $37.4 billion in quarterly revenue came from its iconic smartphone. In fact iPhone, as its own business, now compares to a number of blue chip companies – revenue wise, the iPhone business makes as much money as McDonalds and Coca-Cola combined.
Smartphone sales still growing, but Apple’s and Samsung’s share is slipping — Global smartphone shipments increased by nearly 25 percent year-over-year, new data released Tuesday indicates, with Chinese vendors accounting for the lion’s share of the growth at the expense of established heavyweights Apple and Samsung.
iPhone 101: How to request a refund from the App Store for mistaken purchases — If you have browsed through the App Store and inadvertently purchase an app that you really didn’t intend to buy. It’s one of those costly fat finger moments that you wish you could take back.
Thankfully, Apple provides a way to for you to request a refund in these circumstances. It’s not an immediate return and the restoration of your funds is subject to Apple’s approval, but it is nonetheless helpful when you’ve made a mistaken purchase, as TUAW explains.
Doctors freaking out about med apps — Doctors spend years learning about various ailments, equipment, and medications before ever being allowed near a patient, so it’s no surprise the glut of health tracking apps available today is giving them fits. The complete lack of oversight and unverified claims of many medical apps make them a real danger, and this increasing concern comes at a time when Apple’s own HealthKit framework is getting ready for the spotlight.
5 unexpectedly useful apps — These days, there really is an app for almost anything – even things you may never have thought of. Want to connect two previously unlinked web services? An app can help. Want to link two previously unconnected devices? Rhere’s an app for that, too. Read on for information on five of Liane Cassavoy’s favourite unexpectedly useful apps.
Facebook Forces iPhone Users To Separate Messaging App — Facebook is officially going to move messages to the separate Facebook Messenger app, a separate (free) iPhone app, artificially preventing users from messenging within the Facebook app by simply removing the feature.
How different is Modern Combat 5 on an iPhone 4s compared to a 5c — Modern Combat 5 has finally hit the iTunes store, bringing fiery action to your iOS devices (main picture). The folks at AppSpy have put together a comparison video showing how the title plays on the iPhone 4s and the iPhone 5c, and the answer is remarkable: the 5c version is noticeably sharper than the same title running on a 4s, the graphics on the 4s are still incredibly impressive considering the title is running on a device nearly three years old.