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1970 bricking efforts, VR apps to try now, Taiwanese quake will affect chip production


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Apple working on solution for Jan. 1, 1970 iOS ‘bricking’ problem — Last week, it was discovered that setting your iOS device system date and time back to January 1st 1970 would crash your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch effectively “bricking” it (though why you would do this is beyond me). Setting the date back this far would prevent the iPhone or other iOS device from booting up until the battery died. Apple has acknowledged the problem and says an upcoming software update will prevent this issue from affecting iOS devices. If you have this issue, contact Apple Support.

11 great Virtual Reality apps you can try now — The key to VR’s power and growing popularity is presence—the sense of being immersed in time and space regardless of actual location—accomplished by an artful fusion of still images, video, animation, and interactivity viewed through a head-mounted display. This is a Macworld slideshow.

Apple supplier TSMC says Taiwan quake will affect chip production — On February 6, a magnitude-6.4 earthquake rocked Taiwan, killing five people and injuring over 140 more. In the immediate aftermath of the tremor, Apple chip supplier TSMC stated that damage to its fabrication facilities was minimal and that chip shipments would fall less than one percent — in fact, the company noted that it would be able to make up losses. It’s now being reported that fewer chips will ship to clients during the March quarter due to damage more severe than originally estimated.

Five Tip Friday ~ Making your alarm wake you, and what Background App Refresh means and how to control it


ChncButs1/  Sleeping through your iPhone’s alarm? Sometimes the alarm tone is so quiet you can sleep right through it even if your iPhone’s speaker was cranked pretty high, but maybe you forgot that earlier , you turned the volume down before playing some podcasts. When you pressed the “volume down” button on your iPhone (or iPad), it turns down the volume for everything, including alert tones.
So open Settings, choose Sounds and scroll down to the Ringers and Alerts heading. See the Change with Buttons setting? Toggle it to ‘off’. Now make sure the volume slider above the ‘Change with Buttons’ setting is set high enough to wake you up in the morning.

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2/ Controlling Background App Refresh — Background App Refresh is a feature introduced with iOS 7 that let third-party apps go out and pull new messages, headlines, status updates, and more from the Internet, even while they’re not actively running on your screen. Apps busily refreshing themselves can put a dent in the battery life of your iPhone or iPad, particularly if you’re not keeping an eye on which apps are doing the refreshing. Facebook and Twitter, for example, can silently fetch status updates in the background; Gmail can grab new messages, CNN and New York Times will pull the latest headlines, and Pocket saves articles you’ve bookmarked on the web, all whether they’re active on your handset’s screen or not. You can see which apps are using this feature under Settings>General>Background App Refresh. If you see any apps that you don’t want refreshing themselves in the background, flip the appropriate switch to the “off” position. News apps, for example (NZ Herald, Guardian, Independent etc) may as well only refresh when you open them – why have them chugging away loading headlines you may not necessarily read as you have no time? They will refresh when you load the apps up anyway.
Tap Settings>General>Background App Refresh, then scroll down the list of apps. If you see anything that you don’t want refreshing itself in the background, or even apps you’ve forgotten you even installed, go ahead and flip the appropriate switch to ‘off’.

3/ See which background-refreshing apps are drawing the most battery power — Apps that refresh themselves in the background can put a strain on your iPhone’s or iPad’s battery. Tap Settings>Battery, then scroll down to the Battery Usage section. Tap the Last 24 Hours tab for a snapshot of your recent battery usage, or Last 7 Days for a longer-term look at your device’s battery use.
Tap the little clock icon next to the two tabs for details on how long your various iOS features and apps have been whirring away in the background.
timepowDon’t forget to tap the little clock icon next to the two tabs (shown left) for details on how long your various iOS features and apps have been on the screen — and more interestingly, how long your apps have been whirring away in the background.
If you see any apps spending a surprising amount of time running in the background, consider cutting off their privileges on the Background Refresh settings screen.

4/ Turn off background activity for all your third-party iPhone and iPad apps — If you’d rather not worry about whether your iOS apps are playing fast and loose with the background-refresh feature, you can always shut off the ability altogether. Just flip the switch to shut off iOS’s Background App Refresh feature altogether.
Tap Settings>General>Background App Refresh, then switch the main “Background App Refresh” to the “Off” position. If you’ve already customised which apps can refresh themselves and which can’t, don’t worry: toggling the top Background App Refresh switch does not erase your previous settings. Note that turning off iOS’s background-refresh feature won’t keep iOS’s core apps — namely, Apple Mail — from checking for updates in the background. For that, you’ll need to enable another setting…

5/ Keep Mail from checking for messages in the background — Even though it doesn’t appear in the background-refresh list, the iOS Mail app burns up a fair amount of power and data as it periodically checks for messages. But there are a couple of ways to curb or halt Mail’s background activity — a temporary way and a more permanent one.
The latest version of iOS adds an aptly named feature that puts your iPhone or iPad in a low-power mode when your device’s battery meter dips into the red. Low Power Mode will temporarily stop the Mail app from checking for new messages. With Low Power Mode switched on, your iOS device turns off many of its visual bells and whistles; for example, home-screen icons no longer seem to float above your wallpaper, and your screen will dim more quickly than it usually does.
Low Power Mode will also temporarily stop the Mail app from checking for new messages. You’ll still be able to check for new mail manually, but Mail won’t automatically check your accounts.
To turn on Low Power Mode (which must be done manually), tap General>Battery, then flip on Low Power Mode switch.
To permanently change how often Mail checks for messages, tap Settings>Mail, Contacts, Calendars Fetch New Data, scroll down to the Fetch section, then pick an option. The less often Mail checks for new messages, the more battery power you’ll save. Turning off Push data for Mail makes a difference, too, but your email messages won’t arrive constantly, of course.

Safari and Do Not Track, iTunes Radio gone(ish), iMessage vs What’s App


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Safari’s now the only major browser supporting Do Not Track on iOS — Due to the limitations Apple puts on third-party web browsers for iOS, Chrome and Firefox effectively can’t offer Do Not Track on the mobile platform, leaving only Safari.

iTunes Radio channels have been folded into Apple Music — As previously announced, Apple has discontinued its free, ad-supported iTunes Radio channels; they have been folded into Apple Music. However, Apple’s Beats 1 radio channel remains available to iTunes users as a free listening option.

App face-off: Apple iMessage vs. WhatsApp Messenger — When WhatsApp Messenger went free earlier this year it gave iOS device owners a viable solution to connect with friends and family who don’t use Apple products – but the app comes with a few caveats.

9.3 Night Shift button, Microsoft News Pro, Chrome update, Olloclip lenses for iPhones


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iOS 9.3 beta 2 now available to Apple’s public testers — Members of Apple’s public beta tester program can now download and sample the second beta release of iOS 9.3, with a new Control Center switch for Night Shift.

Microsoft launches business-oriented News Pro aggregator for iPhone, Web — Microsoft has introduced News Pro, a news aggregator for iPhones and the Web that takes a different tack thanks to its dependence on Bing News, and a focus on business-related topics instead of general interests.

Chrome for iOS gets an update with better speed and stability — While most iPhone and iPad users stick with good old Safari for their browsing, Google Chrome is an attractive alternate web browser. Today, Google made Chrome for iOS even more attractive with an update that improves both speed and stability.

Olloclip Studio adds protection and photo/video accessories to newer iPhones — Olloclip started a photographic revolution when it came out with interchangeable lenses that clipped onto an iPhone. The company is still at the forefront of clip-on lens kits for iPhones and its latest product,  Olloclip Studio (US$89.99). It’s designed to take iPhone photography one step further by providing photographers with a way to use tripods and other accessories alongside their Olloclip lenses. Olloclip Studio is available for pre-order for iPhone 6/6s/6 Plus/6s Plus, shipping in February.

Good and sustained products of 2015


I thought it might be interesting to some what software and hardware I’ve been consistently using this year.

Software
Words —
First of all, Nisus Writer Pro is still by far and away my favourite word processor. I have never for a second regretted investing in this (years ago already). It has a proper New Zealand English dictionary for a start, as well as proper dictionaries for most other languages you can think of. It’s a linguists’ delight but as a general word processing tool, it’s also unbeatable: elegant, fast, comprehensive and doesn’t groan under feature-weight like Microsoft Word does – and of course, it opens and save Word files anyway.
Otherwise, I’m a heavy user of Apple’s Text Edit for notes and lists as it’s so quick to use, but if I’m writing a book heading for iBooks Author I use Apple’s Pages, which is fine.

iBooks Author — I often say, Apple doesn’t give away much for free, but when it does it’s usually great – this is the case with Numbers (I stopped using Excel years ago, but my spreadsheet needs are not professional), Keynote (way better than PowerPoint) and Pages. iBooks Author is in this category. If you want to make books for iBooks (see below), while it’s limited in controlling layouts to the umpteenth degree like you can do in Adobe’s InDesign, as far as making rich content easily, it’s really impressive. All our CreativeTech Multitouch books for iBooks have been made purely in iBooks Author.

Adobe — I grudgingly still use Adobe InDesign for laying out MagBytes but have to admit I’ve been looking for an alternative for years. Little frustrations seem to be allowed to persist in Adobe’s world (like Microsoft never managing to make a persistent English English dictionary in Word for decades already). In this case, the fact you have to set the parameters in the Drop Shadow dialogue every single time, after years and years of complaints, seems to me utter arrogance on Adobe’s part. But I have tested several alternatives and they always fall over on one major detail or another (Pages, for example, for page layout does’t let you set up a several-page document easily to design the content into). So I’m still using InDesign, and it does generate a nice PDF at the end. But I use it grumpily.

iBooks — Lordy lordy, I have bought so many great books in this free Apple app, so I’d better not forget the iPad when I go away up north as I have some excellent reading lined up – but they’re also on my Mac anyway, all perfectly synced up. Why more people don’t use iBooks is a mystery to me – it’s super cool, and it’s already on your Mac, your iPad and your iPhone.

Photoshop is still king of the hill for real image editing, and I use it daily, and little incremental improvements via the new Adobe Creative Cloud platform are really appreciated. But I’ve been really impressed with Aurora HDR, which anyone can use to make a good photo fantastic. And Apple’s free Photos app, which replaced iPhoto, is actually a very handy and well-developed app – the fact you can install various MacPhun extra imaging packages into Photos as an extension is wonderful.
FuseBack to Adobe though – wow, Fuse! Slightly buggy, a bit slow to interface with Adobe CC Libraries online (but we are in New Zealand after all) but wow, being able to construct characters for fiction and other projects is sensational. Once a decent guide is produced and the bugs worked out (some of the animation and further customisation has to be continued on in Photoshop and it’s not exactly intuitive to work it out), this will be incredibly useful visualisation software.

As far as other Apple software goes, I really like Apple Mail and I have all sorts of different email accounts set up in it, with individualised signatures and form letters, and I bought SpamSieve a few years ago and never looked back – it’s a better spam filter that, although third-party, works very well with Apple Mail.
Safari I am also most happy with, but I’m as critical as most people are of iTunes. It’s hard to navigate, a resource hog and I wish it was broken up into components like it is for iOS: Podcasts, Music, Movies etcetera.

Preview is another hidden free Apple champion of an app
Preview is another hidden free Apple champion of an app

Apple’s Preview app (it’s on every Mac in the Applications folder and deserves to be in your Dock) is so quick, fast and easy to use for markup on images and PDFs, I use it constantly to make pictures for Mac NZ and MagBytes more instructive. (That’s where all those coloured boxes and arrows come from.)

Logic, Apple’s professional level audio software, never ceases to amaze and intrigue me. I’m a massive fan and I learn new things about it every week. The new synths that arrived this year are awesome. But I also still dive into GarageBand and iMovie to knock together various ideas or make instructional videos.
That said, I’m also a big fan of Final Cut Pro X – is it still controversial to say that? It shouldn’t be.

Out there — CARROT Weather. I love it on Mac and I love it on iPhone/iPad/Watch. It’s sassy, dripping with attitude, but it’s also smart and accurate.

Fallout Shelter is an iOS game made by the famous developers of the Fallout PC game series.
Fallout Shelter is an iOS game made by the famous developers of the Fallout PC game series.

Games — It’s been a bad and good game year for me in 2015 – bad in that I haven’t discovered any new and really good games (Blitzkrieg and Company of Heroes 2 being terrible disappointments). The only one I’ve stuck with has been Fallout Shelter on iPad, which I can happily dip in and out of. It would have been boring except for developer Bethesda has managed to release great little updates at just the right time to keep my interest.
But good that not having any full-on game obsessions has allowed me to be more productive. Dang …

Hardware
I’m still over the moon with my 2012 SSD-based i7 MacBook Pro 15-inch, but I expect this line to change next year taking on some of the innovations that showed up in this year’s new MacBook, which I otherwise consider overpriced and underpowered. The Air consistently gets good reports but people also consistently underestimate how small the internal SSDs are, and what they can actually fit on their Airs, so they fill them up in no time flat. So here’s to SSDs getting cheaper and bigger at the same time. SSD (and Fusion) is the best thing that ever happened to Macs.

The 2015 Retina iMac is sensational. My partner had to buy 27-inch  one to make films on and … all I can say is ‘wow’. Even though she filled up her 3TB Fusion hard drive in a week thanks to all the cool art movies she’s making.

IMG_0035For the rest, the IK Multimedia iRig Keys 25 is a super-handy little player, small enough to throw in a bag but also, more importantly, to keep on my desk as it’s so little. While it won’t please serious keyboardists who simply need the full range of keys, for musical haberdashers like myself it’s excellent being able to get a tune or riff down in relative comfort and so handily. Likewise, IK’s various mics that plug variously into iDevices and Macs are uniformly excellent and useful, and in the field, please give me one of those any day over one of those damn Zoom things that field recorders seem to like – they’re hard to use, unintuitive and fail when you need them most (in my experience, anyway).

As far as audio input into my Mac goes, I know people have had struggles with these keeping up with new versions of Mac OS, but I bought an Alesis 2-input io|2 in 2007 and I’m still using it. It has never been incompatible with any system – even all the Betas before El Capitan was officially released – and it still sounds wonderful. This unit has been superseded by a better model, but I have had no need to upgrade so far.

I don't know if Ryan would make another one, but this custom valve preamp thing (I call it 'Valvo') is awesome.
I don’t know if Ryan would make another one, but this custom valve preamp thing (I call it ‘Valvo’) is awesome.

But this year I got Ryan of the Amp Shop, in Symonds Street Auckland, to build me a low-wattage valve preamp. The idea is, you plug your guitar into this, and the preamp, in turn, into your Mac’s input (my io2) and you still get a valve sound. It’s SWEET! Ryan did a great job. Also, you can use it to get a lovely valve sound from a solid-state amp. Plus it looks really cool (it’s about the size of a Weetbix box.)

Ultimate Ears (aka Logitech) makes an excellent speaker, the UE Boom 2. This can be used in all sorts of applications and is easy to take to a beach, barbecue or party. We use one to get excellent sound from our Sony TV, which has a great picture but tinny, anaemic sound. If you have two, you can use a free app to make them work in real stereo.

IMG_5748iPhone 6s, Apple Watch … iPhone 6s is the best iPhone ever made. No contest. It has an almost identical form factor as the 6, which is still a fine phone, but the 6s is much better.
Watch … I’ve been using one for several months and I won’t be buying one when I send this unit back, sorry Apple. Although I’m really impressed at the build quality and I love wearing a watch (especially once I got the ProductRED strap), and although I’m impressed at what Apple managed to lever into this little thing, it’s a little laggy. I think the next version will be better and I’ll wait for that. That said, if I was wealthy and busy, I would have bought one straight away. Day-to-day functionality where iPhone functions appear on, and can be dealt with from, your wrist is pretty compelling.

iPad Pro, Pencil, Smart Keyboard — Apple is usually really good at getting me to see the latest products, but with the end-of-year rush (I presume) I have yet to lay eyes on any of these.

web.jacket.3Semi-hardware — I joined the Kickstarter for The Affair’s 1984 ‘Stealth Fashion‘ range of high-tech clothing designed from descriptions of the apparel in Orwell’s eponymous (and prescient) book. Manufacture was delayed, but once the ‘Outer Party Workers’  jacket (for my partner) and pants (for me) arrived, we were both really impressed. These clothes are awesome, and whereas clothes have been designed before that fit high-tech gadgets, I’ve never seen anything as well made – and flat-out cool – as these. And they come with ‘unpockets’ – slip your phone in, and no signal gets in or out. The Affair ships worldwide for free.

2016 — I expect a new MacBook Pro that shows off a substantial redesign, at least three products we haven’t even really imagined, and watch 2.
But don’t quote me on that. I hope you have a fantastic holiday season, and please keep safe out there.

Five Tip Friday ~ iOS 8 and your iPhone/iPad; Reminders and Calendar


1/ Make calls straight from Reminders — Apple’s Reminders app can come in handy on your iPhone, particularly since it’s very easy to create them using Siri. To make a call from Reminders, create a reminder like ‘Call Jo Public at 8am’. Make sure it starts with “call” and that you have the person in your Contacts already.
When you have it set up, it’ll pop up at the right time to remind you. When you see it on your lock screen, put your finger over it and swipe left, and the option to call directly appears if the reminder includes a contact with a phone number even in the lock screen. Now you can save steps when you’re using Reminders to set up phone calls.

The List button on iPhone
The List button on iPhone

list2/ Switch between day and list view — If you tap on a date in Calendar on your iPhone, you’ll get an expanded view of your daily appointments. Scroll up and down to see which hours are free and which are booked, with each event color-coded depending on the calendar it’s assigned to.
In the day view, you’ll find the list button (it looks like a tiny bulleted list, shown above) in the top-right corner of the screen, to the left of the Search field. Tap it, and your upcoming events are arranged in one big, scrollable list (left).
(There’s no list button in the iPad version Calendar—you just have the monthly view, which boasts details for each day’s events.)

3/ See your entire week on your iPhone — The iPad version of the Calendar app has four clearly marked views to choose from: Day, Week, Month, and Year. On an iPhone, the Day, Month and Year views are (relatively) easy to find, but what about the Week view?
Just tilt your iPhone into landscape orientation and your week will twirl into view, no matter which calendar view you were checking.

4/ See event details from the month view — The standard month view in Calendars for iPhone offers a blank, rather unhelpful grid of dates — tap one, and you jump to the expanded daily view. To see the whole month again, you’ll have to tap the Back button. But the Details button, which sits unobtrusively next to the Search button in the top corner of the screen, shows a list of events for the selected date, with the rest of the month still visible. Tap another day of the month, and you’ll see the events for that day. You can even switch months by swiping up and down.

5/ Drag and drop calendar events — The most obvious way to change the time of an event in Calendar is to tap it and edit its “start” and “end” times, but there’s actually a much easier way.
Just tap and hold an event until it pulses, then drag it anywhere you like in your calendar. You can also grab one of the little handles above or below an event to pad it out or cut it short.

Five Tip Friday ~ iOS and Spotlight searches


Spotlight1/ iPhones and iPads have search — Just like Spotlight on Macs, in fact, but to some this remains a hidden feature: to launch Spotlight on an iOS device, swipe down on its screen – not from the very top of the screen; that displays Notification Center.
Start in the middle of the screen and swipe downwards – your finger should be moving downwards before it actually contacts the screen.

2/ Results from all over — Start typing in the text input field at the top, , and your iOS device will start showing you results, just as on OS X. As you continue typing, you’ll see the results change, as Spotlight zeroes in on what you’re looking for, showing you a number of different types of results, including your apps, words in emails, Calendar and Contacts, websites, Map locations and more.
But, oddly perhaps, you cannot search for files on iCloud Drive.

3/ iOS Spotlight is a launcher — Tap an app to launch it; tap a song to play it; tap any other item, such as a contact, email message, or web page, to open it in the appropriate app. Spotlight is great for launching an app that’s hidden in a folder somewhere on your iDevice.

4/ Searching the web — Spotlight can search for content on the Internet. It suggests matches from search terms among Wikipedia articles, news, content on the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store, as well as nearby places. These searches fall under the Spotlight Suggestions category. (For nearby places to work, you need to have Location Services turned on in the Privacy settings.) Spotlight Suggestions are available in New Zealand, and only 14 other countries.

5/ Specify the results you want — Choose which categories Spotlight displays when you search. Go to Settings>General> Spotlight Search and check or uncheck any of the categories you see. You can also change the order in which they display. To do this, tap and hold one of the rows and drag it up or down in the list.

Wikipedia app overhauled, Sago Mini Toolbox for tots


Virtual tools for tots means no danger, no bruised thumbs
Virtual tools for tots means no danger, no bruised thumbs

Wikipedia app overhauled with new sharing features, visually improved UI — The Wikipedia app for iOS has been updated with a handful of new features that make it easier to read and share content on the free online encyclopaedia. The biggest change are the new image options that make images more prominent as you browse through the entries. Each entry now includes a lead image that appears at the top of an article, giving the app more of a blog feel instead of text-only encyclopaedia entry. The app also now supports image galleries, allowing you swipe through multiple images that may be attached to an article.

Sago Mini Toolbox lets toddlers discover hammers, scissors and more — Children’s app company Sago Sago is known for their ‘mini’ series of apps, which are designed for preschoolers and include colourful and playful themes. This trend is continued in the company’s latest title: Sago Mini Toolbox which debuted today in the iOS App Store.
As its name implies, Sago Mini Toolbox (NZ$3.79) has a building theme that allows children to explore tools such as hammers, saws, rulers and scissors. The app has a ‘making’ philosophy that encourages kids to pick a tool and build (or saw, or drill) something with it.

iPad falter, light trails with iPhone, April Fools Siri prank


With the right apps, you can get longer shutter times than iPhone's slowest 1 second.
With the right apps, you can get longer shutter times than iPhone’s slowest 1 second.

John Martellero thinks he has the real reason iPad sales are falling — “Apple’s iPad sales started out growing like gangbusters. It looked to become a major product line alongside the iPhone. But then, in the last year, sales have faltered. Various reasons have be put forward: update cycles, the popularity of phablets, and so on. But the real reason goes much deeper.”

How to create light trail photographs with your iPhone — Light trails can be created on bright sunny days as well, and that opens up a world of possibilities, writes Vern Seward. [It’s down to apps that let the shutter stay open longer than a second.]

April Fools Day Siri prank you can play — My kids love to play with Siri on my iPhone. They are always changing my default name to some oddball phrase or asking Siri to “Tell them a story.” For April Fools’ Day, I decided that I am going to prank them by changing Siri’s voice and language. It takes less than a minute to change those attributes, and you’ll get a good laugh when you watch the bewildered responses of your familly members. Follow the steps in today’s 60-second tip, so you can be armed and ready for the prank fest that is April Fools’.

Apple Watch event, Serial podcast jump, Neurio makes home smarter, iPhone, Office and Dropbox, new game CPU


Near, just launched in the US, is an app-connected home intelligence technology that makes your ordinary appliances smart and your home more efficient.
Neurio, just launched in the US, is an app-connected home intelligence technology that makes your ordinary appliances smart and your home more efficient.

‘Spring forward’: Apple will take the wraps off Apple Watch at March 9 event — Monday, March 9th (US time) Apple is inviting us to “spring forward” at a “special event” in San Francisco. Hmm…could Apple be showing off a device that has something to do with setting the clock? Macworld will be in the audience to bring you the details at 10am US Pacific Time. [This is the day after the clocks go forward for Summer Time – ‘spring’ and ‘time’, get it?]

Apple kicking off Watch advertising campaign in the March issue of Vogue — According to AdAge, Apple may use Vogue magazine’s glossy print ads to introduce its Apple Watch wearable to fashion-conscious consumers. The campaign is expected to kick off in March, approximately a month ahead of the device’s planned April launch [as above, and to coincide with spring fashion collections].

Thanks to ‘Serial’ and Apple’s Podcasts app baked into iOS 8, podcast listens grow 18% — Though podcasts are not a new medium, the format has seen significant growth over the last few months, attributed in part to the fact that Apple’s Podcasts app is now built in to iOS 8.

Home power management with Neurio — Neurio is an innovative, easy-to-use and money-saving smart home technology that can, in minutes, make any ordinary home ‘smart.’
Neurio has only one sensor that brings smart-home capabilities to the entire home. As the ‘brain of the home,’ Neurio connects both older appliances and newer ‘smart devices’ to allow users to easily track, monitor and better understand how their home is operating, such as letting the user know when their kids come home, or if they forgot to turn something off before leaving for the day.

Apple’s iPhone commands record high 89% of smartphone profits while Android plummets to record low — Last quarter, Apple’s iPhone took a record 89% share of smartphone operating profits, directly causing another record for the holiday shopping season: an all-time low for devices running Google’s Android.

Getting Office, Dropbox, and your photos to work together on iPad — If you’re using the current versions of Word, Excel, or PowerPoint on your iPad (but not, unfortunately, OneNote), you can easily open a file that’s residing on your PC — assuming it’s stored in your PC’s Dropbox or OneDrive folder. Once you’ve set it up, your online storage service of choice is just one of the locations in your app’s File screen.

Apple partner Imagination unveils PowerVR ‘super-GPU’ with 512 ALU cores for game consoles — Imagination Technologies, the company that designs for graphics processors used in Apple’s A-series chips, unveiled the PowerVR GT7900 on Thursday, a so-called “super-GPU” that will power affordable game consoles … and that could be a candidate for a future Apple TV refresh.

RED Garageband loops, iPhone 6 app surge, all the RED iOS deals


For just $1.29 you can add substantially to your iOS Garageband loops and support Project RED
For just $1.29 you can add substantially to your iOS Garageband loops and support Project RED

Apple has updated GarageBand for iOS with exclusive RED Loop Pack for limited time — Apple on Monday (NZ time) released an update to its GarageBand music authoring app that activates an option to purchase the (GarageBand)RED Loop Pack, an exclusive collections of hundreds of new instrument loop — and all proceeds go to the RED anti-AIDS charity. An in-app purchase branded in typical RED fashion, the (GarageBand)RED Loop Pack features 300 guitar, bass, synth and drum loops spread over a number of musical genres. To mark the occasion, Apple changed GarageBand’s app icon background from a sunset gradient to red. It’s only NZ$1.29, so do yourself a favour but you only have a few days to do so.

iPhone 6 launch broke app download records — The launch of a new iPhone always creates a bump in App Store downloads, but this year’s iPhone 6/6 Plus debut was a special kind of crazy. According to a new report by analytics firm Fiksu, October saw a massive surge in iOS app downloads that shattered previous records and led to a daily download volume of over 7.8 million downloads for the top 200 apps on the marketplace. The App Store’s performance in October represented a 42% increase from September and 39% year-over-year growth.

Take your foosball skills global with Foosball Cup World — Battle numerous other countries in Foosball Cup World, a game that puts your virtual foosball skills to the test. Play quick matches or choose challenges and put in some more effort to achieve special goals within the game. The game by default pairs you up with a computer, but soon after improving your skill Foosball Cup World unlocks additional modes for two players, tournaments and the world league. The game is free with in-app purchases for iPhone and iPad.

All the RED deals Monday 24th November to Sunday 7th December — The App Store’s Apps for (RED) campaign will feature 24 fan-favourite apps with exclusive new content. Every time a customer purchases a participating (PRODUCT)RED app or an exclusive In-App Purchase, all proceeds will go to the Global Fund.

• On Monday, 1 December – World AIDS Day – Apple will donate a portion of every sale at Apple’s online stores to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.
Apps for (RED) marks the first-ever global App Store initiative in support of (RED). Participating developers have created (RED)-inspired content and experiences for their fans to enjoy, including:

Angry Birds players can perfect their bird-flinging with (RED)’s Mighty Feathers and challenge themselves to a bonus golden egg level.

Bubble Witch 2 Saga offers new (PRODUCT)RED levels across all 17 episodes of the game. Gold bar currency purchases will be donated to (RED).

CSR Racing delivers new in-game thrills with the highly anticipated Mercedes Benz-AMG GT.

Clash of Clans warriors can prepare for battle with special edition (PRODUCT)RED gems and display a (RED) badge of honour on the village’s town hall.

Clear’s users can perfect their organisational skills with a new (PRODUCT)RED theme which appears automatically with all new downloads.

Cut the Rope 2 unveils a wide selection of (PRODUCT)RED items including a new red hat, red touch print, red balloons and a red ginger cookie.

Despicable Me: Minion Rush reveals a new Lifeguard minion that helps players boost their banana collection skills by 200%.

DJay 2’s spin tables turn (RED) and offer DJs a special sound pack.

FarmVille 2: Country Escape players can “Roll out the RED Carpet” and purchase limited-time items such as the Cozy Cow, St. Bernard and more.

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team players can compete in a (RED) Tournament and Team of the Week event. All winners will be awarded football superstar and (RED) Ambassador Rafa Marquez.

Frozen Free Fall unveils a magical new (RED) Challenge in the Kingdom of Arendelle, and offers an exclusive combined offer of 1 power-up, 1 snowball and 3 lives.

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood’s aspiring celebrity players can treat themselves to (PRODUCT)RED items including (BEATS)RED Solo2 headphones. Kris Jenner, the first family member to join Kim’s in-app world, will make her in-game debut on 1 December.

Heads Up! competition heats up with an exclusive new deck featuring (RED) words.

The Human Body debuts the Immune System feature, educating users on how the body fights pathogens. The accompanying handbook features a new section on HIV/AIDS.

Kitchen Stories Cookbook will offer a special-edition holiday recipe pack, featuring dishes from renowned chefs Mario Batali, Martha Stewart, Luke Holden and Michael Lomonaco.

Monument Valley offers a whole new chapter of Ida’s Journey, marking the final new feature of the game.

Over customers have access to a wide selection of (PRODUCT)RED fonts and inspiring artwork, specially created by six artists. Users can share photos with the (RED) brackets overlay to help spread awareness.

Paper by FiftyThree enthusiasts can enjoy a new (PRODUCT)RED Essentials Pack including Sketch, Outline, Write, Colour and Mixer tools.

Rayman Fiesta Run introduces a new (RED) edition to their wacky Fiesta world, and players can purchase a pack of three new costumes for Rayman, Globox and Teensy characters.

Star Walk 2 users can learn more about Mars with the comprehensive new RED Planet feature.

Sims FreePlay features a special community challenge that unlocks various rewards, and players can purchase limited-edition (PRODUCT)RED items such as a swimming pool, party plane and piñata.

Threes! turns (RED) with a limited-edition (PRODUCT)RED theme.

Toca Boca paints Toca Town (RED)! Kids can discover new (RED) diamonds, sample (RED) ice cream in the app and look for other surprises throughout the game.

Massive handset profits, HomeKit, iOS 8.1.1, Nuzzel


Apple's online NZ store already has a lot of 'Connected Devices' for sale
Apple’s online NZ store already has a lot of ‘Connected Devices’ for sale

Apple continues to dominate with massive 86% share of handset industry profits — A new analysis of third-quarter handset industry operating profits estimates that Apple accounted for a massive 86% share, blowing away the competition as rivals such as Samsung saw their profit levels dip.

First wireless chips with Apple HomeKit support now shipping to device manufacturers — Chipmakers Broadcom and Texas Instruments have started shipping out Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips with installed Apple HomeKit firmware, meaning the first wave of HomeKit-enabled devices should hit store shelves soon. [There’s already more ‘Connected Home’ devices available on the NZ App Store than I would have thought, it was quite a surprise.]

Apple releases first iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers with bug fixes — Following the release of OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite beta, Apple on Monday issued the first developer beta for iOS 8.1.1 , the upcoming point release for the company’s mobile operating system.

Social news reader Nuzzel wants to make sure you never miss a trending story —  Nuzzel organises articles people are posting on social media, collecting all the articles your friends are sharing on Facebook and Twitter, and keeping them all in one spot.