iBeacon rollout in Apple Stores

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Date: Thursday, December 12th, 2013, 08:28
Category: Apple, iOS, iPhone, Mobile, News, privacy, retail, Retail Store, Services, Software

apple-store-ibeaconLast week Apple started rolling out iBeacon, Apple’s location based technology that offers a “better user experience”. What they mean is that when you are in a store with an iPhone, they can track your location to the foot, allowing iBeacon to send you notifications with info on the product you are standing in front of, coupons, sales, or general info on the store. It has been pointed out that Apple use coupons and rarely has sales (except Black Friday), but since the iBeacon technology will be sold outside of Apple, it is sure to be used by the likes of Target and Walmart.

 

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Apple updates iPhoto with version 9.5.1

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Date: Thursday, December 12th, 2013, 03:29
Category: App Store, Apple, iLife, Mac, photos, Software

newiphotoiconThis one is a pretty minor update, but important if you print a lot of photos from the app. The update fixes an issue that the company says could cause print previews to render incorrectly. The release notes also offer stability and performance improvements. The download is about 55MB and a free update to all current users. iPhoto for OS X costs $15 from the App Store, but is free for those who own iPhoto ’11 or who’ve purchased a new Mac recently.

Apple includes US in 12 Days app giveaway

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Date: Wednesday, December 11th, 2013, 08:07
Category: Announcement, App Store, Apple, Apps, Fun, Holiday, iPhone, Software

Screen Shot 2013-12-10 at 10.36.56 AMThis is nothing new to European and Canadian iThing customers, but Apple has released the 12 Days app which offers 12 days of free downloads, including music, apps, books, movies, and more. The free items are only valid for 24 hours and some content may not be available in all areas. The promotion starts on Dec. 26th and runs until Jan. 6th and is the first time Apple has offered it to US customers. For the past three years (introduced in Dec 2010) that the holiday promotion has been going, the goodies have only been available in Europe and Canada, although it was only available in the UK the first year, adding eligible locations in Europe and Canada in 2011. According to a MacNN article from 2011, there is a history behind the 12 Days giveaway.

“[...] the countdown has its roots in Eastern Christianity, which traditionally holds the Feast of Epiphany on Jan. 6 to celebrate Jesus’ baptism.”

“Many countries outside the United States mark at least the first of the twelve nights, often called Boxing Day or St. Stephens Day. The twelfth night is also seen as the traditional day to remove the last vestiges of Christmas decorations and celebratory foods.”

There is also that 12 Days of Christmas song. This holiday promotion is the second offering from Apple this year. A few days ago we reported on the Holiday Playlist music giveaway which offered 8 free holiday songs from the iTunes Music Store. There’s no calling Apple the Grinch this year.

1Password for Mac updated to version 4.1 with new features

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Date: Tuesday, December 10th, 2013, 09:18
Category: Announcement, App Store, Apple, Apps, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac, Mavericks, privacy, security, Software

product-1password-4-for-macEveryone’s favorite password keeper (well mine anyway), 1Password, has been updated to version 4.1 and includes some great feature updates. The Agilebits blog introduces the update and gives a quick rundown of some of the key updates;

“1Password 4.1 for Mac is now available for our website customers, and it is waiting for review for Mac App Store customers. “4.1″ may look like a small update, but it packs some great big stuff [...]“

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Ryan Seacrest invests $1 million in his new iPhone case

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Date: Tuesday, December 10th, 2013, 09:19
Category: Accessory, Apple, Cases, Consumer Electronics, Gadget, iPhone

typo-keyboards.pngWho would have thought he was also a tech entrepreneur? The “American Idol” host and guy who seems to do everything Ryan Seacrest just invested $1 million in his new iPhone attachment startup called the Typo Keyboard. It’s basically an iPhone case that adds a physical keyboard to the device. Their promo video is pretty good, and highlights a few of the cases pretty compelling features. By using the Typo Keyboard, there is no need for the iPhone’s touch keyboard to slide up, so you actually end up with more screen to view while you’re typing away. The physical keyboard is also illuminated which means it’ll still be easy to type in the dark. According to Business Insider;

“The idea originated because apparently Seacrest (and all his friends) used two phones: One with a keyboard for typing and correspondence and an iPhone for virtually everything else. After trying out and hating other keyboard models on the market, Seacrest and the team spent two years developing Typo.”

Seacrest co-founded the company with Show Media CEO Laurence Hallier and the duo expects to invest more than $5 million to continue to create variations on the attachment for other phones and tablets. The Typo Keyboard is expected to debut at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The keyboard case will initially be available for the iPhone 5 and 5S and can be preordered for $99.

OS X 10.9.1 on the horizon? Apple seeds build 13B40 to developers

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Date: Wednesday, December 4th, 2013, 12:33
Category: Apple, Developer, Mac, Mavericks, Software

maverickslogoOn Tuesday, Apple dropped the latest build of OS X 10.9.1 to developers for testing. Apple is asking developers to focus on Mail, Safari, Graphics Drivers and VoiceOver. The OS update appears to focus on the Mail app with more Gmail fixes in the works. Here are the posted improvements for the update:

  • Improved support for Gmail in OS X Mail, and fixes for users with custom Gmail settings
  • Improves the reliability of Smart Mailboxes and search in Mail
  • Fixes an issue that prevented contact groups from working properly in Mail
  • Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from speaking sentences that contain emoji
  • Updates Shared Links periodically when open in the Safari Sidebar

 

Doctor Who: Legacy – new mobile game launching on Wednesday

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Date: Tuesday, November 26th, 2013, 17:29
Category: Announcement, App Store, Apple, Apps, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mobile Phone, Software, Software

Screenshot 2013-11-26 13.43.43Are you having Doctor Who withdrawal now that all the 50th Anniversary hubbub is over? Can’t wait until the Christmas episode? Well have no fear, the Doctor is here…in this game I’m going to talk about. According to PadGadget, BBC Worldwide in cooperation with Tiny Rebel Games and Seed Studio, is releasing a new mobile game with is being launched tomorrow, November 27th. What’s even better is that the game is FREE! The official press real ease states;

“Build a team of your favourite companions and allies drawn from the extensive and illustrious history of the show; face the Doctor’s most notorious enemies; and relive the Doctor’s greatest triumphs.”

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Apple adds 2 more channels to Apple TV

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Date: Wednesday, November 20th, 2013, 09:03
Category: Apple, Apple TV, Consumer Electronics, Features, iTunes Radio, News, Software, Television

appletv2Apple hasn’t done much with the Apple TV hardware lately, although an update is rumored to be coming soon, and a beta of the next major software update has been seeded to developers. However, Apple has been updating features pretty regularly. At the beginning of the year, we discovered that Apple could sneakily add channels to the Apple TV in the background, without a major software update. The first channels added allowed users to access Hulu Plus and HBO Go services, and later, other channels including sports, Disney content, and recently iTunes Radio. The most recent additions are channels for PBS and Yahoo Screen, which offers content from “Saturday Night Live,” Comedy Central, as well as Yahoo Originals. It also features live news, events, and music. I love that all this content is being made available, but honestly, I only have interest in maybe half of the channels. My fingers are crossed that Apple adds a way to let users hide channels we don’t use. That Apple TV front page is getting a little crowded.

iOS updates address FaceTime issues

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Date: Friday, November 15th, 2013, 08:13
Category: Consumer Electronics, iOS, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software
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Early yesterday morning Apple released a couple of updates for iOS. Usually you would expect that all we would see is an update to iOS 7. In this case, apparently Apple found something that affected iOS 7 and iOS 6 regarding FaceTime calls. All the release notes say is that it fixes an issue where FaceTime calls would fail. Perhaps it was a carrier related issue considering the problem seems to span two major versions of iOS.

Star Trek Online client for Mac goes into open beta

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Date: Thursday, November 14th, 2013, 08:15
Category: Announcement, Desktop Mac, Fun, Game, Mac, Mavericks, News, Software

STO_shieldHere’s one for the gamers out there, especially the one that bought a Windows box just to play Star Trek Online (STO). Earlier this week, following the Official Star Trek Convention in San Francisco (which was actually held in Burlingame), Cryptic Studios finally released their long awaited client for the Mac. Currently, the client is in open beta status and works with the normal game environment;

“Players who utilize the Mac client will be playing on Holodeck, the same server that our PC players play on, allowing them to team up with their friends and fleetmates to boldly go where no one has gone before.”

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