Mossberg weighs in on Apple’s app shortcomings of recent years

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Date: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016, 14:31
Category: iOS, News, Opinion, Software

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There’s a pretty interesting piece over on The Verge in which the mighty Walt Mossberg cites some apparent shortcomings in Apple’s apps in recent years.

He points out that Apple’s products are often considered the best you can buy and that this is part of the Mac and iOS user experience.

“In the last couple of years, however, I’ve noticed a gradual degradation in the quality and reliability of Apple’s core apps, on both the mobile iOS operating system and its Mac OS X platform. It’s almost as if the tech giant has taken its eye off the ball when it comes to these core software products, while it pursues big new dreams, like smartwatches and cars.”

He might be right.

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Microsoft purchases SwiftKey, states that iOS and Android versions will continue to be developed

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Date: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016, 09:01
Category: Android, iOS, News, Software

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Microsoft confirmed via a blog post that the company will be buying SwiftKey, the developer of a popular software keyboard for Android and iOS phones—even though it already has its own software keyboard, Word Flow.

SwiftKey and Word Flow allow users to slide their finger from one letter of a keyboard to another, drawing the shape of the word while an analytical pattern works to identify the word they’re trying to type.

Microsoft’s executive vice president for technology and research, Harry Shum, confirmed the deal in a blog post Wednesday morning.

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Google posts record profits, highlights Alphabet holding company details

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 2016, 14:26
Category: Finance, Google, News

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Google just turned in some amazing quarterly numbers.

Alphabet, Google’s holding company, reported its fourth quarter earnings on Monday, the first ever in two segments, with separate figures its core business and its motley moonshots.

Google altogether beat expectations, reporting net revenue, minus partner site payout, of $17.3 billion on $8.67 earnings per share. Wall Street was looking for something around $16.9 billion on $8.10 in profit.

More important to Wall Street’s concerns, Google was able to show a meaty profit margin, especially when its costly venture projects are stripped away.

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FCC allows LTE-U network testing through Verizon, Qualcomm

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 2016, 14:32
Category: iPad, iPhone, News, wireless

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A faster cellular network architecture is en route for your iOS device.

The FCC has approved additional testing of a cellular technology called LTE-U, controversial because it can operate over the same bands as Wi-Fi routers.

Qualcomm will now be able to test LTE-U hardware at two Verizon facilities. The firms are among those arguing that LTE-U can be more efficient than regular LTE and won’t interfere with Wi-Fi.

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Voluntary Apple AC Wall Adapter Exchange program begins, seeks to address possible electrical issue

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Date: Thursday, January 28th, 2016, 08:47
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News

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This is why recall programs exist in the first place.

Apple on Thursday announced a voluntary recall and exchange program for a select number of AC wall plug adapters used in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea. America is not included in the recall. Apple says that in “very rare cases” the two-pronged Apple wall adapters could break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched.

The company stated that the affected wall adapters shipped between 2003 and 2015 with Mac and certain iOS devices, the adapters were included in the Apple World Travel Kit and that the company says that it is aware 12 issues worldwide.

The recall does not affect any of Apple’s USB power adapters or customers in Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, and the United States.

The recall is voluntary and customers can visit the new support page for details as well as exchange their wall adapters for new, redesigned units.

Last year, Apple issued a recall for the Beats Pill XL citing instances in which the speaker could overheat and create a fire risk. Also last year the company launched a camera replacement program for the rear camera on select iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via 9to5Mac and Apple

CrashSafari.com site spreads, points out bug in Safari web browser

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Date: Wednesday, January 27th, 2016, 13:19
Category: Android, iOS, News, security, Software

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You’re going to want to avoid this.

A recent link to CrashSafari.com has been circulating around Twitter and other web sites, the site itself doing what you thought it would do and crashing Apple’s Safari mobile web browser on your iOS device.

If you tap on the link on your iOS device, your iPhone will start rebooting right away. On a Mac, you’ll see the spinning wheel of death, but not a complete crash. Some links will point you to CrashChrome.com instead of CrashSafari, which will cause Chrome to crash on any device you use, including Android, but it won’t cause a reboot.

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Apple announces $75.9 in revenue, $18.4 billion profit for Q1 2016

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Date: Tuesday, January 26th, 2016, 14:37
Category: Apple Watch, Finance, iPad, iPhone, News

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It’s hard to argue with an $18.4 billion profit.

This is what Apple had to announce for its Q1 numbers, the company citing an $18.4 billion profit on $75.9 billion in revenue.

During the conference call, Apple cited 74.7 million iPhones sold, 16.1 million iPads sold, and 5.3 million Macs sold. Although the October through December period was probably a stacked quarter for Apple Watches sales, the company doesn’t break out category sales for that product for “competitive” reasons.

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Leaked memo indicates that Barclays will support Apple Pay by April

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Date: Tuesday, January 26th, 2016, 08:21
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, News

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U.K. bank Barclays has confirmed that it will launch Apple Pay within the next 45 to 60 days, based on a two-week-old email dated January 12, suggesting the bank will support the iPhone-based mobile payments service by no later than March 28.

The launch date was released by Barclays CEO of Personal and Corporate Banking Ashok Vaswani in what appears to be a legitimate email sent to customer Oli Foster-Burnell. The executive has emailed customers about Apple Pay in the past.

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Apps shine in new 30-second Apple TV spot

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Date: Friday, January 22nd, 2016, 10:34
Category: Apple TV, News, Software, TvOS

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This is sort of interesting.

After years of stating that the Apple TV set top box was a “hobby”, this is really the first commercial that declares that the device is a serious thing. The new 30-second Apple TV spot takes a focused look at apps and changes to suit an array of different popular apps on the platform. One second, the chicken mascot from Crossy Road is bursting out of the Apple TV, while the next second sees the box turning into the iron throne from Game of Thrones.

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Apple Maps now includes four new Flyover locales, updated local traffic data

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Date: Friday, January 22nd, 2016, 08:35
Category: iOS, News, Software

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If nothing else, Apple Maps is getting fleshed out.

Apple announced that its Maps application now included four new Flyover locales, public transit data for Los Angeles, a European expansion of Nearby POI suggestions and Traffic data for Hong Kong and Mexico.

The additions include new Flyover support in Aomori, Japan; Bruges, Belgium; Lake Powell, Utah; and Limoges, France. Counting the four cities, Flyover is now available in 220 locales around the world.

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