FCC releases report on millions of smartphone thefts, recommends installing tracking software on devices

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Date: Monday, December 8th, 2014, 10:13
Category: iPhone, News, Uncategorized

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In a quick note on Twitter, the FCC reported that 59 percent of robberies in San Francisco involved theft of a smartphone. The report also stated that in 2013, 3.1 million Americans had smartphones stolen, up 93 percent from 1.6M in 2012.

In addition, only 22 percent of smartphone users installed software that can locate their phone, while 46 percent of robberies in New York in 2013 involved smartphones.

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Apple seeds second OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite beta, asks developers to focus on Wi-Fi issues

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Date: Friday, December 5th, 2014, 11:32
Category: News, Software, Yosemite

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If you’re still having Wi-Fi issues with Yosemite, there may be some hope on the way.

Per MacRumors, Apple on Thursday seeded the second beta of OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite to developers, two weeks after seeing the first 10.10.2 beta and two and a half weeks after releasing OS X 10.10.1 to the public.

The new beta, build 14C78c, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and should be available in the Mac Dev Center soon.

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Apple Store locations to host Hour of Code introductory programming events on December 11th

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Date: Friday, December 5th, 2014, 11:24
Category: Developer, News, Software, Uncategorized

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Programming may not be your thing, but this could still be something nifty to take your kids to.

Per TechCrunch, Apple is participating in this year’s Hour of Code, the second annual worldwide event designed to help spark interest in and provide access to coding education among youth and students. Apple’s participation will involve offering free one-hour workshops at its Apple Store retail locations, during which they’ll provide attendees with an introduction to basic computer science concepts.

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NinType debuts on App Store, promises typing speeds over 100 words per minute

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Date: Thursday, December 4th, 2014, 13:18
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, Software

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It’ll be interesting to see if it lives up to its claims.

Per MacRumors, NinType, created by app developer Yose Widjaja, has surfaced on the App Store. The program, which focuses on dual thumb use, incorporates a combination of taps and swipes to write words and insert punctuation quickly.

The NinType typing experience is significantly different from the standard iOS typing experience, so it does take some time to adjust to the two-handed swipe and tap input. Users are advised to use the keyboard as a standard keyboard to begin with, inserting swipe-based words gradually to adjust to the difference.

NinType has a built-in game-like tutorial that’s designed to walk users through all of the app’s features, and it is deeply customizable with a top bar that can be arranged to a user’s liking, different visual effects, extensive shortcut options, and settings for nearly every aspect of the keyboard. There are a number of handy gestures in NinType, including a swipe on the spacebar to move the cursor, a swipe on the backspace key to quickly delete words, edge slides for inserting punctuation, and flick to autocomplete. NinType does not require users to enable full access.



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Bluetooth Special Interest Group announces 4.2 spec, introduces speed and privacy improvements

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Date: Thursday, December 4th, 2014, 09:54
Category: Hardware, News, Software, Uncategorized

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Some nifty changes are coming to Bluetooth.

Per 9to5Mac, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced an updated Bluetooth spec, version 4.2, that introduces a number of new features alongside enhancements to speed and privacy. The update also allows for Bluetooth over IPv6, which along with an upcoming update will allow devices to have a direct connection to the Internet and open up new possibilities for Bluetooth sensors and other accessories.

“In addition to the improvements to the specification itself, a new profile known as IPSP enables IPv6 for Bluetooth, opening entirely new doors for device connectivity,” said Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. “Bluetooth Smart is the only technology that can scale with the market, provide developers the flexibility to innovate, and be the foundation for the IoT.”

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Firefox could be headed to iOS devices in the near future

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Date: Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014, 09:49
Category: iOS, News, Software

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At long last, Firefox may be headed to your iOS device.

Per 9to5Mac and TechCrunch, Mozilla, the developers of the Firefox web browser, may be headed in a new direction under the leadership of new chief executive Chris Beard.

With rapidly declining market share in the web browser race since Google Chrome was released in late 2008, Mozilla appears set on capturing the hundreds of millions of iOS users with a Mobile Safari alternative. “We need to be where our users are,” Firefox release manager Lukas Blakk tweeted this afternoon. “So we’re going to get Firefox on iOS.”

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Apple patent explores Gorilla Glass 4, “fall sensor” for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014, 18:20
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Patents

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Gorilla Glass 4 and a new motion sensor might be the thing that saves your iOS devices from nicks, dents and scratches in the future.

Per Macworld and Forbes, Apple has recently published a patent that covers a “protective mechanism for an electronic device” that would use a motion sensor to tell the processor when your phone is in a freefall. The processor would then “alter the center of mass of the electronic device” so your phone wouldn’t fall on its most sensitive parts like the screen or camera.

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Marvel app allows developers to turn sketches into prototypes

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Date: Monday, December 1st, 2014, 18:35
Category: iOS, News, Software

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This could turn into something nifty.

Per TechCrunch, UK startup Marvel, which created an app that lets you turn sketches into app “prototypes” — had just one and a half month’s runway left after burning through the majority of a £60,000 investment from Haatch, has raised a £525,000 seed round from Connect Ventures, app studio ustwo (makers of iOS game Monument Valley, amongst other endeavours), and various angel investors, including Roberto Bonanzinga, Andy McLoughlin, Richard Fearn, and Jeremy Yap.

To that end, Marvel co-founder Murat Mutlu has stated that the startup’s mission going forward is to “lower the barrier” to prototyping.

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T-Mobile offers iPhone pricing discounts for Cyber Monday

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Date: Monday, December 1st, 2014, 09:49
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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It’s Cyber Monday and there’s a decent chance at savings if you know where to look.

Per 9to5Mac, T-Mobile just announced a few special iPhone deals available for today. As of now, the carrier is offering discounts on the iPhone 6, iPhone 5S, and iPhone 5c, allowing users to upgrade to a higher capacity model at no additional cost.

For the iPhone 6, for example, T-Mobile is offering a 64GB model for the cost of the entry-level 16GB model, allowing users to save US$100 off the US$750 the device usually sells for. The company normally sells the 64GB model for US$749 or US$99 down and monthly installments.

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Rumor: Apple to discontinue iPhone 5c production in early 2015

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Date: Wednesday, November 26th, 2014, 10:41
Category: Hardware, iPhone, retail

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Apple may be shedding the iPhone 5c in 2015.

Per MacRumors and Taiwan’s Industrial and Commercial Times, Apple is slated to discontinue the iPhone 5c in 2015. Production of the handset is said to be stopping in the middle of the year, as Apple suppliers Wistron and Foxconn will look to wind down production of the device. The news follows a report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier this week which noted that production of the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 4S would end later in 2015 after promotional plans.

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