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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

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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.

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Fontstand lets Mac OS X users rent fonts for hours, days, months or buy them outright

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Date: Monday, May 25th, 2015, 06:43
Category: News, Software, Uncategorized

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This could be useful, especially if you only need as specific font for a short period of time.

A new application called Fontstand allows Mac OS X users to rent or try fonts for free. Once a font is previewed, it can be activated for one hour or rented at 10 percent of its retail price per month. Users can own the font after renting it for 12 months and a font can be shared with a team for a fraction of its rental price.

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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

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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.

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Some Apple Watch users complain about heartbeat sensor delayed data after Watch OS 1.0.1 update

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Date: Friday, May 22nd, 2015, 08:57
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, News, Software, Uncategorized, Wearables

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Apple put a lot of fixes and changes into its Watch OS 1.0.1 update.

It might need a few more.

A number of users as well as independent testing have reported that the Watch OS 1.0.1 updated has caused some Apple Watches to track heart rate sporadically, in some cases with an hour or more between readings, according to complaints on Apple’s support forums, and verified by AppleInsider’s array of tests.

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Rumor: Apple looking to integrate public transit information into Maps

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Date: Friday, May 22nd, 2015, 07:12
Category: iOS, Rumor, Software

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Apple Maps could be reborn with mass transit directions built in.

New rumors have stated that Apple could introduce bus, subway, and train route navigation to Apple Maps.

The rumors have focused on larger icons for mass transit facilities along with a Transit view alongside the Standard, Hybrid, and Satellite/Flyover views, and a trip-planning feature. Apple is also reportedly using autonomous robots to map out large buildings, a feature that may or may not be part of iOS 9 Apple Maps.

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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.


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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.

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Apple releases Watch OS 1.0.1 update, offers Siri improvements, additional language support, other new features

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Date: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015, 11:44
Category: Apple Watch, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables

The first Apple Watch update is here.

And it includes a slew of interesting fixes and changes.

On Tuesday, Apple released its Watch OS 1.0.1 update. To install the update, connect your Apple Watch to power, make sure it has at least a 50 percent charge, connect your iPhone to a Wi-Fi network, make sure your iPhone is within range of your Apple Watch, on your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app and tap My Watch > General > Software Update.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.”

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Starbucks app compromised, hackers using auto-reload feature, weak passwords to siphon funds

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Date: Friday, May 15th, 2015, 07:11
Category: Hack, News, Software

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If you’re going to use the Starbucks mobile app, have a strong password behind it.

This seems to be what’s necessary as thieves have begun accessing users’ Starbucks mobile apps and siphoning money from their credit cards, bank and PayPal accounts. The Starbucks app, which ties into a rewards account, also lets you reload the account by automatically drawing off your bank account, credit card or PayPal account. Once a Starbucks account has been accessed, hackers can add a new gift card, transfer funds over and repeat the process every time the original card reloads.

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