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Apple Maps comes back, trumps Google Maps usage on iOS devices

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Date: Friday, December 11th, 2015, 12:04
Category: iOS, News, Software

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When Apple Maps was released in the fall of 2012, it was shaky at best, an industry joke at worst.

iOS users, frustrated with Apple Maps, flocked to Google Maps, which included features such as transit directions.

Now, they may be flocking back to Apple Maps.

Over time, Apple has quietly but steadily improved both the usability and reliability of Apple Maps. And with the recent launch of transit direction support in iOS 9, Apple Maps signaled that it was finally ready to be taken seriously. While the notion of Apple Maps as a serious rival to Google Maps was admittedly laughable just a few years ago, Apple Maps today is now more popular on the iPhone and iPad than Google Maps.

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Walmart introduces “Walmart Pay” feature for iOS app

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Date: Friday, December 11th, 2015, 08:30
Category: iOS, News, retail

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This might come in handy.

Walmart on Thursday introduced its own mobile payments service called “Walmart Pay” built into its Walmart app on iOS and Android. The new Apple Pay competitor will roll out in select Walmart stores in the U.S. this month, followed by a nationwide launch within the first half of 2016.

The Walmart Pay system functions via QR codes during the checkout process that involve opening the Walmart app, selecting Walmart Pay, activating the camera, scanning the code displayed at the register and waiting for the cashier to finish bagging your items. An electronic receipt will automatically be sent to the Walmart app.

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Cortana intelligent assistant app now available in App Store

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Date: Wednesday, December 9th, 2015, 08:08
Category: iOS, Microsoft, News, Software

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This could be something cool to play with.

Microsoft, which has been offering Cortana as a small-scale beta since last month, has announced that Cortana is available on the App Store now.

Even so, Cortana isn’t expected to have quite as deep a functionality as Siri, which is deeply embedded into iOS. Still, you can tinker with it and see how it fares with the questions you might have to ask it.

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Apple releases iOS 9.2, watchOS 2.1 and tvOS 9.1 updates

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Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 15:19
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, News, Software, TvOS, Watch OS

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Today was the day in which pretty much everything Apple got an update.

Everything.

Leading the pack, Apple releases iOS 9.2 for its iOS devices. The update, a 272 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Apple Music improvements.

– A new Top Stories section in the News app.

– Mail Drop in the Mail app for sending large attachments.

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Apple confirms iOS 9.2 update could fix iPad Pro freezing issue

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Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 11:41
Category: iOS, iPad Pro, News, Software

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Hopefully this helps.

Following up on yesterday’s release of its iOS 9.2 operating system, Apple has confirmed that the update should prevent an issue that caused some iPad Pros to become unresponsive after charging from continuing in the future.

A number of iPad Pro early adopters had complained about an issue that caused the 12.9-inch tablet to become unresponsive after charging, requiring a hard restart to restore functionality.

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Adobe renames “Flash Professional CC” to “Animate CC”, begins to veer away from Flash towards HTML5

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Date: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015, 05:24
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

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One of Steve Jobs’ wishes finally came true as Adobe begins to veer away from Flash and adopt HTML5.

Adobe has announced plans to rebrand its Flash Professional CC software as Animate CC to acknowledge a growing shift away from Flash.

The company explained than a third of content created in Flash Pro CC uses HTML5, leading the company to rename the software to “accurately represent its position as the premier animation tool for the web and beyond.”

As such, the name of Flash Professional CC has been changed to Animate CC, which Adobe said will feature updates for the software, including improved drawing, illustration, and authoring support and integration with Adobe Stock and Creative Cloud Libraries.

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Apple Music, Sonos collaboration to begin in mid-December, public beta now open

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Date: Tuesday, December 1st, 2015, 07:41
Category: Apple Music, iOS, News, Software

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After some minor squabbling on the industry end as well as the distinct lack of Apple Music to Sonos’s list of supported streaming services, Apple and Sonos have come to terms with Apple Music joining the roster of supported music services come December 15.

Sonos originally said that its speakers would support Apple Music “when [Apple is] ready to focus on the home listening experience,” then confirmed that would happen by the end of the year. Apple Music launched on iOS and iTunes in June, and arrived on Apple TV in November.

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Microsoft releases Cortana app for iOS to beta tester community

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Date: Monday, November 30th, 2015, 07:55
Category: iOS, News, Software

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It’s Microsoft’s alternative to Siri and its beta is now available on iOS. Microsoft has released a beta of its Cortana personal assistant app for iOS. The app, which went out to a handful of testers who signed up to trial the new app were notified by way of email that the iOS version of Cortana was available for download, offers voice-powered assistance, plus help with managing your schedule, reminders, and alarms, as well as the ability to track things like flights, packages, stocks, scores and more.

An Android version of the app was previously made available for testing this August.

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Rumor: Apple working on Genius Bar to help troubleshooting process, alleviate lines

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Date: Monday, November 23rd, 2015, 14:41
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Rumor, Software, Wearables

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With any luck, this could save some time.

And sanity.

A series of leaked screenshots shows that Apple is apparently working on an app to help iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch users troubleshoot their devices without having to journey out to the Genius Bar.

The pictures, which were leaked to uSwitch.com, indicate that users will be able to report a problem and coordinate support through a live chat feature and by sending a device in to be repaired.

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Apple addresses charging issue requiring hard restart with iPad Pro

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Date: Friday, November 20th, 2015, 07:11
Category: iOS, iPad Pro, News

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This may be the first fix Apple has to address with the iPad Pro.

Only days after buying theirs, some customers began complaining about an issue that caused the iPad Pro to become unresponsive after charging, requiring a hard restart to restore functionality.

Apple has issued a support document letting customers know it’s looking into the problem and recommending the aforementioned hard restart as an interim fix.

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