Microsoft releases Pix, goes toe to toe with built-in iOS camera app

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Date: Wednesday, July 27th, 2016, 16:26
Category: iOS, Microsoft, News, Software


Microsoft is attempting to hone in on the iPhone camera’s turf.

The tech giant’s research arm has launched Pix, which enhances the photos that users take in a variety of ways, on Wednesday morning. The app is designed to make photos look better and even improves on Apple’s Live Photos ability to capture scenes that have moving elements in them.

The free app is now available on the iOS App Store and is particularly well-suited to take pictures of people, and is built to make adjustments to a photo on the fly as the scene changes. That way, the exposure of an image should always be tuned to the right conditions. It recognizes faces and uses Microsoft’s Hyperlapse technology to stabilize video shot with the app as well.


Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to feature Space Black color option, capacitative Home button

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Date: Wednesday, July 27th, 2016, 08:16
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor


The next-gen iPhone could feature a capacitive Home button as well as a Space Black color option.

A new report from Macotakara which cites supply chain sources states that the iPhone 7 will feature a capacitive Home button with support for 3D Touch. This means that the home button would not actually be a moving part, though users would still feel as if they were pushing a button thanks to haptic feedback similar to that of the Force Touch trackpad on recent MacBooks.

The updated Home button would also be flush with the front of the iPhone. This, paired with the removal of the headphone jack, would go a long way towards seeing that the next-gen iPhone was even more sealed and waterproof.


Apple announces $42.4 billion in revenue, $7.8 billion profit for Q3 2016

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Date: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016, 14:42
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, iOS, iPad, iPad Pro, iPhone, macOS, News, Sierra, Siri


You know, in most businesses, a quarterly profit of $7.8 billion would be considered a good thing.

In Apple’s frame of mind, this isn’t that stellar.

In today’s Q3 2016 conference call, representatives from Apple cited revenues of $42.4 billion, a profit of $7.8 billion with a margin of 38 percent.

Apple CEO Tim Cook cited the successful launch of the iPhone SE, wherein demand outstripped capacity at first. Additional capacity was brought online to handle this.

Cook cited an 8 percent decline in iPhone sales from Q3 2015.


Prisma app becomes unavailable, rumors swirl as to potential buyout

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Date: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016, 11:09
Category: iOS, News, Rumor, Software


The rumors have begun circulating.

Prisma, the insanely popular photo filter which adds powerful and pretty easily used art and rendering tools via neural networks and an artificial intelligence configuration to photographs, appears to have crashed under the weight of its aforementioned popularity.

A series of error messages have stated that the app is over the capacity as to what it can handle for its user base, which has given rise to speculation as to the future of the app.


CarPlay, Android Auto functionality included in all 2017 vehicles with SYNC 3

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Date: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016, 07:37
Category: Android, CarPlay, Google, iOS, iPhone, News


You’ll be able to use CarPlay as well as Android auto in Ford’s entire line of 2017 cars, SUVs, light trucks and electric vehicles.

On Monday, the company announced that it will bring CarPlay to already-released 2017 models such as the Fusion, Mustang, and Explorer, while other models like the 2017 F-150, Focus, Edge, and Super Duty will arrive at U.S. dealerships later this year.

Ford confirmed in January that it would be adding CarPlay and Android Auto to all of its 2017 vehicles in North America equipped with BlackBerry’s QNX-based SYNC 3 platform, starting with the 2017 Escape in May.


Rumor: Apple to release next-gen iPhone on Friday, September 16th, “iPhone 6SE” name in the running

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Date: Monday, July 25th, 2016, 08:19
Category: iPhone, Rumor


The latest iPhone 7 rumors are in, complete with reporter and leak enthusiast Evan Blass claiming the next-gen handset will be released the week of September 12th. Blass specifically cited that the new iPhone will hit the shelves on Friday, September 16th.

This would put it a bit earlier than usual, as the previous generation of iPhone was released on September 25th last year, the iPhone 6 debuted on September 19th in 2014 and the 2013 iPhone 5s was September 20th.

With a sooner-than-usual release date for retail availability, this also pushes the expected date for Apple’s media press announcement.


Edward Snowden announces forthcoming prototype of device to prevent iPhone radio transmission

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Date: Friday, July 22nd, 2016, 12:36
Category: Hack, Hardware, iPhone, News, security


Edward Snowden may be in exile from the U.S., but that doesn’t seem to be slowing him down.

Snowden, who once met with reporters in a Hong Kong hotel room to spill the NSA’s secrets and famously asked them put their phones in the fridge to block any radio signals that might be used to silently activate the devices’ microphones or cameras, has released plans to announce a prototype for a device that could stop this kind of surveillance.

On Thursday at the MIT Media Lab, Snowden and well-known hardware hacker Andrew “Bunnie” Huang plan to present designs for a case-like device that wires into your iPhone’s guts to monitor the electrical signals sent to its internal antennas and they say it could offer a constant check on whether your phone’s radios are transmitting. They say it’s an infinitely more trustworthy method of knowing your phone’s radios are off than “airplane mode,” which people have shown can be hacked and spoofed.

In short, this could stop the transmission and thus better protect the user’s privacy.


New report sees China overtake U.S. in iOS game revenues

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Date: Friday, July 22nd, 2016, 08:58
Category: Developer, Finance, iOS, News, Software


The Chinese app market is the world leader at this point in time, the U.S. coming in second and Japan rounding out third place.

A few months ago, App Annie reported on China passing Japan in iOS game revenues, and the firm had predicted that China would jump over the US next. This has now happened and App Annie’s newest report on iOS revenues in Q2 has revealed even more explosive growth for the country. The site noted that China managed to generate nearly double the iOS App Store Games revenue it had just a year earlier in Q2 2015.


Apple releases Public Beta 2 for iOS 10, macOS 10.12 Sierra

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Date: Wednesday, July 20th, 2016, 16:56
Category: iOS, macOS, News, Sierra, Software


If you’re hankering for the new beta of iOS 10 and macOS 10.12 Sierra, you’re in luck.

Members of Apple’s Beta Software Program can now install the iOS 10 public beta 2 over-the-air from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch by going to Settings > General > Software Update. On desktop, you can download and install the macOS Sierra beta from the Updates section in the Mac App Store.

The public betas closely follow the release of the third developer beta. For iOS 10, this public beta now lets you send files to iCloud Drive from Mail or Safari, subscribe to playlists in Apple Music, and tap on App Support in Siri’s Settings. Come the fall, it’s expected that the iOS 10 final version will bring a new personalized Discovery Mix to Apple Music. This feature is still missing in the second public beta, and there are no additional third-party apps for Messages. Read here to learn about the most exciting features offered by iOS 10.


Rumor: Apple may use technology similar to Huawei’s P9 dual-lens system for iPhone 7 camera

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Date: Wednesday, July 20th, 2016, 08:34
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor


It’s a rumor, but it’s got some interesting elements to it.

Following Apple’s acquisition of LinX Imaging last year, Apple could be in line to use the Huawei P9 dual-lens camera system in its next-gen iPhone. The P9, created in a partnership with Leica, users two 12-megapixel cameras. One camera captures a normal color image, while the second takes a monochrome image that allows for more focus on the lighting of a scene. The advantage, Huawei claims, is a better overall image with higher clarity and professional camera-like quality.