Apple Maps feature to support Japanese transit data in iOS 10

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Date: Tuesday, July 5th, 2016, 08:31
Category: iOS, News, Software


This could be pretty nifty if you’re traveling to Japan this fall or next year.

Apple in a recent update to its Japanese website confirmed local transit data will arrive in Maps when iOS 10 launches this fall, further expanding the feature’s reach into Asia.

The feature was quietly announced in an update to the Japanese version of Apple’s iOS 10 preview webpage. When Maps debuts this fall on Apple’s next-generation operating systems, which also include macOS Sierra and watchOS 3, customers in Japan will be able to search for public transport options, compare fares, view subway station maps and more, the company says.


Spotify cites difficulties getting updated app approved by Apple, alleges competition-based motives (Updated)

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Date: Thursday, June 30th, 2016, 14:40
Category: App Store, Apple, Apple Music, Developer, iOS, Legal, News


Apple may be playing its gatekeeper card a little too closely where Spotify is concerned.

The audio streaming provider said Apple is making it harder for the streaming music company to compete by blocking a new version of its iPhone app.

In a letter sent this week to Apple’s top lawyer, Spotify says Apple is “causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers” by rejecting an update to Spotify’s iOS app.

The letter stated that Apple had turned down the new version of the Spotify app while citing “business model rules” and demanded that Spotify use Apple’s billing system if “Spotify wants to use the app to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions.”


DataMan offers data monitoring, reveals all data connections on your iOS device

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Date: Monday, June 27th, 2016, 13:14
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPhone, News, Software, Wearables


This is pretty interesting.

Developer Johnny Ixe has released DataMan, an iOS app designed to help you track your data plan usage on your iOS device.

The app, which also runs on the Apple Watch, can monitor your data cap, give real-time stats as to usage, be configured to follow your specific plan and monitor your assorted activities with a Stopwatch widget feature.


Apple leaves iOS 10 beta kernel unencrypted, opens door to white hat hackers, researchers

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Date: Thursday, June 23rd, 2016, 08:41
Category: Hack, iOS, News, security, Software


This is interesting.

According to users who’ve been testing the iOS 10 beta, Apple apparently left the operating system’s kernel unencrypted. Apple confirmed this on Wednesday, citing that the move was performed to streamline system performance.

An Apple spokesperson stated that because iOS 10’s kernel cache does not contain sensitive information, it does not need to be encrypted.


Dropbox adds built-in document scanner, other features

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Date: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016, 15:20
Category: iOS, News, OS X, Software


This is kind of nifty, even if Evernote beat Dropbox to it.

Dropbox now features a built-in document scanner capable of capturing photos, notes, sketches and converting them into documents that can be stored in Dropbox.

Like many iOS-based scanning apps, Dropbox’s scanning tool will automatically detect the outline of the item being scanned and it offers editing tools for straightening, adjusting contrast, adding additional pages, and converting to black and white. Dropbox for Business users have additional scanning features at their disposal, including optical character recognition to convert scans into searchable text.


iOS 10 update could make millions of iPads obsolete upon release

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Date: Wednesday, June 15th, 2016, 11:56
Category: iOS, iPad, iPad mini, News


iOS 10 might just push you to snag an updated iPad to run it.

During Monday’s keynote, Apple announced that it would drop support for the iPad 2, the iPad 3 and the first-gem iPad mini.

Upon iOS 10’s release, up to 40 percent of all iPads could become obsolete according to mobile engagement form Localytics.


WWDC keynote, new features show Apple focusing on meeting needs of female user base

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Date: Tuesday, June 14th, 2016, 14:22
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPhone, News, WWDC


This is honestly a pretty interesting read.

An article over on Buzzfeed points out that yesterday’s keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference highlighted some changes that Apple seems to be making definitively address the female market.

In doing so, Apple seems to be moving some of its focus away from addressing the male market. Like Pinterest and similar services, the female market seems to be the new focus of attention for Apple’s future markets.


WWDC: Apple reveals iOS 10 details at WWDC

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Date: Tuesday, June 14th, 2016, 08:09
Category: Developer, HomeKit, iOS, News, Software, WWDC


Yesterday, Apple officially announced iOS 10 at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. The upcoming mobile operating system 10 primary new features, going as follows:

User Experiencer: This incorporates an all-new lock screen, a refreshed overall look, the Control Center looks new, the lock screen now has widgets, and 3D Touch features are added to the lock screen. Widgets also appear in the Today view as usual plus the 3D Touch quick actions menu for new iPhones.

Siri: Starting with iOS 10, developers will have the ability to add features to Siri using a new SDK. Federighi used WeChat as an example. The UI for Siri looks similar, but now apps that work with Siri have much richer interface.


Siri begins to return queries regarding Finder, speculation brews ahead of WWDC

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Date: Monday, June 13th, 2016, 08:15
Category: iOS, News, OS X, Siri, Software


Siri is changing a bit ahead of WWDC 2016.

And it now knows what the Finder is.

As of now, when asked the specific question “Siri open settings in the window,” Siri for iOS responds with: “It doesn’t look like you have an app named ‘Finder’.”

Interestingly, omitting the word “Siri” from the query changes the response, and the assistant simply opens the iOS Settings application.

Over the years, there never has been a Finder application for iOS and the Finder was limited to OS X. The updated response has been seen as Apple’s possible integration of Siri on the Mac, a feature which is expected in OS X 10.12.


IconFactory celebrates 20th anniversary with old-school BitCam app

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Date: Monday, June 13th, 2016, 08:47
Category: iOS, News, Software


This could be pretty nifty.

The IconFactory has released BitCam, a small graphics app that creates a retro feel for the pictures on your iOS device.

Created to celebrate the IconFactory’s 20th anniversary, the app is done in something of a Mac OS 6 feel, complete with old camera click sounds when you take a picture and an old-school color palette to boot.