Tag Archives: keyboards

iPad Air 2’s A8X, new Beats, iOS 8, Movn, keyboards, Overglide, Monument Valley


Wired and wireless new ’phones from Beats, the first since Apple's acquisition of the company
Wired and wireless new ’phones from Beats, the first since Apple’s acquisition of the company

Analysis of Apple’s A8X SoC uncovers customised GPU, confirms 3-core architecture — Apple appears to have moved to a semi-custom design for the graphics processor in its new A8X SoC while employing an unusual triple-core CPU, according to a new analysis of the chip that powers the iPad Air 2.

Beats announces new wireless Solo2 Bluetooth headphones — Beats has announced the release of new Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones, the first major new product the company has released since joining the team at Apple last May. They’ll cost US$300 (pictured above) and US$200 for the wired versions.

Apple’s iOS 8 now on 56% of devices as adoption rate slowly picks up — Adoption numbers for Apple’s iOS 8 are leisurely plodding along, with the latest statistics showing 56% of users are now running the latest operating system nearly two months after launch.

Get motivated to get moving with Movn — A simple pedometer and Movement Goal Coach wants to help you become more active. The free app works on all iPhones and 2nd generation iPads and later and requires iOS 7.1 or later. Move tracks how long you have been active so if you did a stationary warmup before starting your walk it measures that time too.

The best third-party keyboards for iOS 8 — One long standing criticism of iOS has been its lack of support for third party keyboards, but with the introduction of iOS 8, developers are now allowed to build custom keyboards that can be used on both iPhone and iPad.

Apple’s iMessage workaround arrives too late to avoid a lawsuit — Apple finally offered an easy solution this week to people who wanted a way out of iMessage purgatory after switching from iPhone to Android, but that workaround won’t help the company in an ongoing legal dispute: U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh decided Monday that Apple must respond to a class-action suit about the iMessage foul-up in a California court.

iPad Air 2 ‘best’ — Here’s a video review if you like to see what’s being talked through about Apple’s very impressive new full-sized iPad.

Overglide is a game for your iOS notification screen — The Today pane of Apple’s Notification Center is meant to provide useful, at-a-glance information. And now you can stick a game in there for instant access (pictured above).

Monument Valley Update brings 8 new chapters to iPhone and iPad — The highly anticipated update for Monument Valley is finally available, and it brings eight new chapters to the iPhone and iPad game. The new levels, titled Forgotten Shores, include more MC Escher-like puzzles to work through with the same mysterious beauty we saw when the game was first released. The new levels will cost you $2.59 as an in-app purchase; the game costs NZ$4.99 in the App Store.

Not bendy, iOS 7, Recording, Apple Watch, GoPro, keyboards, ProCamera 8


Consumer Reports' bending test subjects (image from Consumer Reports)
Consumer Reports’ bending test subjects (image from Consumer Reports)

iPhone 6 Plus not so bendy, says Consumer Reports — US Consumer Reports says not very, and that smartphones from Apple’s competitors are actually easier to bend. The independent product testing company pitted both new iPhone 6 models against smartphones from Samsung LG, and HTC and found the competition flexed and deformed more easily, in contrast to online videos claiming to show an iPhone 6 Plus bending in someone’s hands. [From ‘Bendgate’ to ‘Bendbulls__t’.]

No going back to iOS 7 — Apple has disabled downgrades from iOS 8 to iOS 7, so if you’ve upgraded to iOS 8 and now you’re having second thoughts? Well, you no longer have the option of downgrading your device back to iOS 7. [So learn about iOS 8 and learn to optimise your iDevice to take advantage of it.]

Recording Revolution app — If you like learning more about home audio recording, the Recording Revolution now has a free app. This gives you access to hundreds of video tutorials. You can pay USc$1.99 a month for the Ask Graham Q&A feature if you wish. [I learn from these videos.]

Apple & Colette plan Fashion Week event in Paris, may be Apple Watch-related — An invitation that appeared Monday morning on the website of famous Parisian concept store Colette suggests Apple may show off its new smart watch during Fashion Week in Paris at an event set to run between 11am and 7pm local time on Tuesday.

Apple Watch’s advanced AMOLED display far more costly than traditional screens — The flexible AMOLED display found in Apple’s new smart watch is believed to be among the most-costly mobile device displays available, according to a new report, with the 1.5-inch units thought to cost more than half as much as the 4.7-inch LCD in the new iPhone 6.

GoPro’s new iPhone-connected Hero4 wearable camera captures 4K video at 30fps — GoPro has announced its new 2014 lineup of wearable action cameras, including the flagship Hero4 Black, which is capable of recording not only 4K-resolution video at 30 frames per second, but also high-definition 1080p footage at 120 frames per second.

Meet the first crop of third-party keyboards for iOS 8 — Third-party keyboards have arrived.

ProCamera 8: A solid app with new features and manual adjustments — One of the nice things iOS 8 brought to camera apps is the ability to manually adjust photos before you shoot, meaning that photographers get the kind of control normally associated with a DSLR. Things like ISO, shutter speed and exposure can be adjusted to create just the right mood in a photo. ProCamera 8 (US$3.99) includes all these manual adjustments and quite a bit more.

Apple University, Satellite taken over with MacBook, Intel M, Mac keyboards


There's more to a Mac keyboard
There’s more to a Mac keyboard

New York Times profiles Apple University, Apple’s secretive internal training program — The New York Times has a moderately informative profile on Apple University, the internal program set up by Steve Jobs with the express aim of teaching executives and employees the dynamics that make the Inc Apple.

Enthusiasts take control of abandoned NASA satellite using MacBook, McDonald’s and spare radio parts — A crew of space enthusiasts, including a former NASA employee, used their knowledge of satellite technology along with some spare parts to control an abandoned NASA satellite, reports Betabeat.
It’s the perfect maker project with Kickstarter money providing the funding, eBay as the source of parts, an old MacBook as the console and a control center located in an abandoned McDonald’s in Mountain View, California.

Intel’s ‘Core M’ chip announcement suggests Broadwell-based MacBook Pros won’t arrive until 2015 — Intel on Monday announced its first low-power Broadwell chips will hit the market in limited quantities before the end of the year, and that those processors will be intended for premium tablet- and hybrid-style devices, strongly implying that next-generation chips bound for Apple’s popular MacBook Pro lineup won’t be available until 2015 at the earliest.

Beyond the basics: advanced Mac keyboard tricks — If you’re like most Mac users, you probably don’t give your keyboard much thought: You press a key, it relays that key-press to your system, and that’s all there is to it. But there can, in fact, be much more to it, if you take advantage of OS X’s support for multiple keyboard layouts.