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Microsoft announces Cortana for iOS, Android devices, cites release date for later this year

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Date: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015, 07:39
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software, Uncategorized


If you were thinking of dropping Siri for another personal assistant, Microsoft has something on the way.

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that its Cortana personal digital assistant will be available for iOS and Android devices later this year. Windows 10 will also feature a new “Phone Companion” app as a central place for PC users to install Cortana and other Windows-related apps for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone.


Apple adds on new data providers for Apple Maps, including NavAds and Gas Buddy

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Date: Friday, May 22nd, 2015, 14:47
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software


Apple’s apparently adding to its list of information providers for its Maps application.

Although the company continues to have TomTom at the top of its list of data providers, additional contributors cited on the acknowledgement page include, E-WEGO SARL, NavAds BV, and Yellow Pages Turkey. The new data sources are likely noticeable in regions around the world including France and Turkey where the information is sourced.


Apple may have inadvertently outed upcoming iPhone 5c with Touch ID sensor

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Date: Thursday, May 21st, 2015, 09:58
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

An inadvertent promotional photo may have just outed an iPhone 5c with a Touch ID sensor.

A new promotional photo posted to Apple’s online storefront this week shows what appears to be a new version of the iPhone 5c, complete with a Touch ID embedded in its home button.


The photo was part of a promotion for Apple’s recently-announced Lightning dock. Aside from the Touch ID home button, the pictured device looks much the same. The FaceTime camera remains above the earpiece, while the lock button is on the top right and distinct, pill-shaped buttons control the volume.


Rumor: Apple working on “Find My Watch” feature for Apple Watch, new tools and features for Apple Watch, Apple TV

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Date: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015, 08:11
Category: Apple TV, Apple Watch, Developer, iOS, iPhone, Rumor, Software


Apple is implementing a lot of new features for the Apple Watch and Apple TV.

One of them is said to be the ability to find your Apple Watch if it goes missing.

A new report claims Apple is working on a “Find My Watch” implementation that could be paired with a “Smart Leashing” feature that would remind Apple Watch users if they appear to have accidentally left their iPhones behind.


Apple states HomeKit-based devices to surface in June, refutes reports of delays

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Date: Friday, May 15th, 2015, 08:31
Category: Developer, iPad, iPhone, News, Software, Uncategorized


The HomeKit stuff will begin arriving in June according to Apple.

Refuting a recent report claiming delays with the home automation software platform would push back the launch until August or September, Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller went on record as saying that “HomeKit [hardware certification] has been available for just a few months and we already have dozens of partners who have committed to bringing HomeKit accessories to market and we’re looking forward to the first ones coming next month.”


Apple Watch open to Activation Lock bypass, can be paired with other iPhones

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Date: Thursday, May 14th, 2015, 07:13
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, News, security


This may be something that’ll need to be fixed in a near-term firmware update.

A new video has shown that the Apple Watch’s wrist-detection, which is designed to ask for your passcode if the wearable is removed from your wrist. The iDownloadBlog video demonstrates how the Apple Watch can be reset without having to enter the passcode, then paired with any other iPhone.

iPhones are protected by Activation Lock, which means that even if a thief performs a hard reset of the phone, it cannot be reactivated without the original owner’s Apple ID and password. The Apple Watch, however, has no such protection, and does not require a passcode to wipe it.


Rumor: Rose gold color, 12MP camera, additional RAM, other features planned for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, May 12th, 2015, 07:44
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor


The rumor mill is humming about the next-gen iPhone for 2015. So far, there are rumors of a rose gold casing color similar to the Apple Watch Edition, a 12-megapixel camera and 2-gigabytes of RAM and other changes.

Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities issued a new research note on Tuesday, in which he revealed a number of changes planned for Apple’s so-called “iPhone 6s.” Specifically, he said that Apple will offer a new rose gold option, though he didn’t indicate how much the high-end luxury model might cost.


This is Nifty: Medium offers secure, self-destructing dictated messages with Confide app

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Date: Thursday, May 7th, 2015, 08:56
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPhone, News, security, Wearables


This could be pretty interesting.

Medium’s Confide, which has surfaced for the Apple Watch, allows users to send end-to-end encrypted messages that delete themselves forever as soon as they’re read.

The app also works with iOS’ Handoff, allowing you to edit your messages between iOS devices before sending with customizable notifications alerting you to new messages as they arrive.


Apple’s iOS devices, ResearchKit being incorporated into DNA studies

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Date: Thursday, May 7th, 2015, 08:13
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software


The iOS is being used for some pretty neat DNA studies.

A series of five new apps based on Apple’s ResearchKit, including one called ‘mPower”, has allowed researchers to track symptoms of Parkinson’s disease as well as help recruit thousands of study participants in a few days.

“Apple launched ResearchKit and got a fantastic response. The obvious next thing is to collect DNA,” says Gholson Lyon, a geneticist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, who isn’t involved with the studies.


Cosmopolitan resort in Las Vegas now accepts Apple Pay transactions

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Date: Thursday, May 7th, 2015, 07:40
Category: Apple Watch, iPhone, News, retail, Wearables


You will soon be able to lose a great deal of money in Vegas with Apple Pay.

Or at least pay for the hotel/casino in which you lose a great deal of money.

The Cosmopolitan resort in Las Vegas has announced that Apple Pay will be accepted at the hotels’ front desk, restaurants and bars by early June. Room service can also be streamlined using Apple Pay, as the concierge service will also accept Apple Pay as a payment method. This means that you can pay with your iPhone or your Apple Watch.