Siri was instrumental in the rescue of sick teen following Hurricane Harvey devastation —A pair of calls to the US Coast Guard through Apple’s Siri ultimately resulted in the rescue of a critically ill teenager in Texas, after the flooding encroached upon her home and forced the family to the roof. The 14 year-old Tyler Frank suffers from sickle cell anemia. A crisis was induced from exposure to the flood water, and the shock of the event as a whole. After failed calls to 911 and pleas for help on Facebook, the teen turned to Siri to get help.
Apple pulls ProTube from App Store following complaints by Google’s YouTube — Despite it being available for nearly three years, Apple has removed a popular alternative YouTube client – ProTube – from the App Store, allegedly bowing to pressure by Google. Google, which owns YouTube, first asked Apple to pull ProTube over a year ago on the basis that it violates the company’s terms of service, developer Jonas Gessner said in a blog post. Similar takedown requests were reportedly directed against other YouTube clients. [I’m surprised Apple would do anything for the data-mining and selling behemoth.]
Apple restarts iTunes Red Cross donations to benefit Nepal earthquake recovery — In the aftermath of a series of earthquakes which have left more than 3,000 dead in Nepal, Apple has again begun soliciting donations for the American Red Cross through the iTunes Store.
By visiting a special iTunes page (which unfortunately is not available from New Zealand), customers can automatically donate to the Red Cross in denominations of US$5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200. Apple will pass 100 percent of the proceeds through.
Apple updates iMovie for Mac with enhanced YouTube sharing, fix for random crashes — Apple on Thursday rolled out an update for its iMovie video editing app for OS X, fixing an issue that could cause the program to crash and baking in enhanced YouTube sharing compatibility. It’s available in the Mac App Store under Updates.
The first batch of USB-C adapters and cables, tested — When Apple announced the MacBook in March, the new USB Type C (USB-C for short) port caused head shaking and chin scratching. Here’s a rundown of what’s currently available and what it can do for you. But first, let’s define some basics.
Manage your iTunes music library — This week, Kirk McElhearn looks at a few questions about managing iTunes music libraries, dealing with liner notes, album artwork in WAV files, and correcting capitalization in song titles. I also suggest a way to download music from the iTunes Store with an old Mac.
Apple seeds OS X 10.10.4 beta 2 to developers, public beta testers — Apple has released the second beta version of OS X 10.10.4, the upcoming refresh of its flagship desktop operating system, to both registered developers and consumers enrolled in the company’s public beta program. Apple also posted Xcode 6.4 beta 2 on Monday. That update bears build number 6E14, and includes software development kits for iOS 8.4 beta 2 and OS X 10.10.
Retailers report strong customer interest in Apple Pay after first weeks of service —It appears Apple Pay is off to a good start as participating retailers nationwide report the service is generating high levels of interest from customers looking to try it out, something heretofore unheard of in the mobile wallet space.
Apple’s A8X iPad chip causing big problems for Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung and Nvidia — Apple’s A-series Application Processors that power iPads, including the latest and greatest A8X in iPad Air 2, are inciting billion dollar losses for Intel and threatening major problems for rival tablet chips from Qualcomm, Samsung and Nvidia, along with all the companies that depend upon those vendors for their mobile chips.
Apple assures FTC that it will keep Apple Watch health data secure — With the Apple Watch capable of collecting sensitive health data, Reuters reports that the FTC has sought assurances from Apple that said data will not be used without the consent of the owners, will not be sold to third-parties, and above all, will remain safe and secure. Naturally, Apple has obliged, pointing out to the FTC that health data on the Apple Watch is encrypted.
Microsoft’s health tracking, iOS-compatible Band — The competitive price, strong feature set, and universal compatibility of the Microsoft Band will make it a compelling product for anyone in the market for a wearable fitness and health tracking device, though it does suffer from some of the expected shortcomings of a first-generation product.
The Scout navigation app adds chat, meetups and personalized traffic — Scout has always been a worthwhile free alternative for people looking for something beyond Google and Apple Maps. A just-issued update gives users predictive, intuitive traffic push notifications for users’ everyday trips, eliminating the need to manually check for traffic delays.
Distiller proves booze apps are no flash in the bottle — Communities of booze connoisseurs have existed on the Internet for ages, but they weren’t exactly easy to find or join. If you’re a casual whiskey drinker, you’re not going to ask a forum full of diehards if Jim Beam or Wild Turkey will go over better at your next dinner party. But a new breed of apps proves booze — from delivery to discussion — pairs well with technology.
BRUVELO would be your iPhone-powered coffee powerhouse — What is it with Apple fans and coffee? Perhaps it’s the fact that you can totally “geek out” on the process, the beans, the hardware and so on. Add your iPhone to the mix and you’ve got Apple-loving Coffee Nerd Nirvana.
App Store gamers are cheap, angry and whiny — Monument Valley developer Ustwo learned a harsh lesson about App Store customers this week when the group released a large update to its highly regarded iOS title. ‘Forgotten Shores’ added a further eight chapters to the popular puzzle game for $2.29, and if you had read any of the glowing user reviews for the game ahead of the expansion’s launch you’d probably have guessed more paid levels were exactly what everyone wanted. But no …
iMac with Retina 5K Display = Best iMac Ever — Dell and Apple both offer a 27-inch 5K display for US$2499. Choose the Dell and all you get is a 27-inch 5K display. Choose the new iMac, however, and in addition to a 27-inch 5K display you also get a powerful desktop computer at no additional cost! And it’s a hell of a computer, decked out with all the latest technology…
Shares of Apple reach new all-time high, break record market cap at $659B valuation — Apple stock is currently trading at its all-time highest levels, putting the company at its highest-ever market capitalisation level of more than US$659 billion Thursday morning.
Everyone’s doing it … YouTube announces “YouTube Music Key” subscription service — YouTube has announced details of its own paid subscription music service, YouTube Music Key, via Billboard. YouTube Music Key allows users to stream videos ad-free and offline for US$9.99 a month after an initial promotion price of US$7.99. User subscriptions cover both music videos and non-video music streaming and launch via an invite-only beta on November 17.