This definitely smacks of the nifty.
Philips on Monday announced its first HomeKit-enabled product, the Hue Bridge 2.0, an updated version of its original Hue Bridge. With the Hue Bridge 2.0, its line of Philips Hue lights are able to work with Apple’s home automation platform, allowing all existing and future Hue bulbs to be controlled with Siri voice commands.
Spoken commands like “Turn lights red” can be used for specific colors, while commands like “Set the lamp to 30 percent” can be used for dimming. While users have long been able to use the Philips Hue app to set custom light sequences, these commands can now be spoken via Siri as well as control an entire household of lights with a single command.
Well, there’s good news if you’re developing iOS apps.
Apple has just announced that its app slicing issue has been fixed. This will allow for device-specific versions of apps to be delivered when downloaded by users running iOS 9.0.2 or later.
For those of you unfamiliar with app slicing, this is a delivery method that allows for the optimal installation of an iOS or watchOS app to be delivered to a user’s particular device, with minimal footprint. This optimization, called app thinning, lets developers create apps that use the most device features, occupy minimum disk space, and accommodate future updates that can be applied by Apple. Faster downloads and more space for other apps and content provides a better user experience.
OS X 10.11 El Capitan hit yesterday and users are making up their minds about it.
The updated operating system, available as a free upgrade, offers the following fixes and changes:
– Spotlight now lets users search for files and other content in natural language, and access new kinds of information such as weather, stocks, and public transit schedules. Some other system-wide feature additions include a Split View fullscreen mode, a more streamlined Mission Control, and a series of upgrades to Chinese and Japanese language support, such as new fonts and better keyboard and trackpad input.
– Safari now supports pinned tabs, pushing Web video via AirPlay, and muting tabs via the Smart Search field. Maps users can search for the aforementioned public transit info, and also push directions to an iPhone, much like Google Maps.
It’s not the biggest iOS update in the world, but it might make a difference.
On Wednesday, Apple released iOS 9.0.2. The update, a 71.8 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:
– Fixes an issue with the setting to turn on or off app cellular data usage.
– Resolves an issue that prevented iMessage activation for some users.
You can now use Google Maps with your Apple Watch.
Which is both nifty and useful.
Google on Tuesday updated its Google Maps app for iOS to version 4.11.0, adding support for the Apple Watch. The app can now deliver directions on Apple’s wrist-worn device.
“We knew coming in that building a personalized news product could be very sensitive — and the first thing we thought about was we really don’t want to associate news with your personal Apple account,” Apple’s senior director of global privacy, Jane Horvath, said in an interview with the Washington Post.
If you were looking for Google to create a note-taking service and launch it for iOS, this is the day you’ve been waiting for.
More than two years after launching Google Keep for Android and the Web in March of 2013 and Android Wear in June of 2014, Google Keep has now launched on iOS.
The software allows the following bits of niftiness:
– Capture, edit, share, and collaborate on your notes on any device, anywhere.
– Add notes, lists, photos, and audio to Keep.
This could come in handy.
Recently, Apple posted full instructions as to how to activate and deactivate Private Browsing in iOS 9. Private Browsing mode protects your private information and blocks some websites from tracking your behavior. Safari won’t remember the pages you visit, your search history, or your AutoFill information.
Well, this is sort of a kick in the pants.
One of iOS 9’s major new features, App Thinning (or “app slicing”), has been delayed due to an issue with iOS 9. App Thinning was announced at WWDC as a way to help trim down the size of large applications by letting developers mark assets for each specific type of device. When users download the app, the App Store will determine which device they have and only require them to download the assets necessary to run on their device.
Although App Thinning has been examined in TestFlight for the past few weeks, Apple has said that App Thinning will not appear until the company resolves an issue in the way iCloud handles backups.