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Apple Maps comes back, trumps Google Maps usage on iOS devices

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Date: Friday, December 11th, 2015, 12:04
Category: iOS, News, Software

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When Apple Maps was released in the fall of 2012, it was shaky at best, an industry joke at worst.

iOS users, frustrated with Apple Maps, flocked to Google Maps, which included features such as transit directions.

Now, they may be flocking back to Apple Maps.

Over time, Apple has quietly but steadily improved both the usability and reliability of Apple Maps. And with the recent launch of transit direction support in iOS 9, Apple Maps signaled that it was finally ready to be taken seriously. While the notion of Apple Maps as a serious rival to Google Maps was admittedly laughable just a few years ago, Apple Maps today is now more popular on the iPhone and iPad than Google Maps.

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Apple’s TV subscription service put on hold for the time being

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Date: Friday, December 11th, 2015, 11:46
Category: Apple TV, News

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If you’re hankering for Apple’s live TV subscription service, you may have to wait a while longer.

Apple has apparently “pressed the hold button” on the service, in the words of CBS president Les Moonves. Moonves, who spoke today at Business Insider’s Ignition conference in New York, saying Apple was “looking for a service” but ultimately decided to put it on the back burner. Apple hoped to unveil a streaming TV service next year — if not sooner — but pricing disputes for content deals were to said to have continually pushed it back. Now, Moonves seems to suggest it may no longer be an immediate priority.

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Walmart introduces “Walmart Pay” feature for iOS app

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Date: Friday, December 11th, 2015, 08:30
Category: iOS, News, retail

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This might come in handy.

Walmart on Thursday introduced its own mobile payments service called “Walmart Pay” built into its Walmart app on iOS and Android. The new Apple Pay competitor will roll out in select Walmart stores in the U.S. this month, followed by a nationwide launch within the first half of 2016.

The Walmart Pay system functions via QR codes during the checkout process that involve opening the Walmart app, selecting Walmart Pay, activating the camera, scanning the code displayed at the register and waiting for the cashier to finish bagging your items. An electronic receipt will automatically be sent to the Walmart app.

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Tim Cook reacts to “The Hump” nickname for iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case, talks up accessory’s positive points

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Date: Friday, December 11th, 2015, 08:24
Category: Accessory, battery, Hardware, iPhone, News

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This could be an unfortunate nickname that just sticks with a product.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, while attending an Hour of Code event in New York, spoke to Mashable’s Lance Ulanoff about the new iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case.

During the interview, Ulanoff asked Cook if he was excited about the “hump,” a mocking nickname people have given to the battery case due to its distinctive shape. In response, Tim Cook said he was aware of the comments people were making about the case. “You know, I probably wouldn’t call it ‘the hump,'” Cook said.

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Apple files patent for self-healing materials to be used in devices

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Date: Thursday, December 10th, 2015, 08:46
Category: Hardware, News, Patents

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This could potentially turn into something extremely cool and useful.

An Apple patent application on Thursday suggests a method of portable device weatherproofing that buries sensitive electrical device contacts beneath a layer of self-healing elastomer, allowing connectors to penetrate without leaving lasting aesthetic or structural damage.

The patent, entitled “Electronic device with hidden connector” details a method of protecting electrical device connections commonly exposed to the elements with specialized self-healing elastomeric material. Probes attached to power, data or audio feeds are able to puncture the elastomer, which re-seals itself upon their extraction.

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iFixit completes, posts full teardown of iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case

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Date: Thursday, December 10th, 2015, 07:04
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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You’ve gotta love the teardowns.

With the new iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case in mind, the cool cats at iFixit have performed a full teardown of the external battery. What they found after removing massive amounts of adhesive, a lining that had to be heated before it could be stripped away, three proprietary screws and a metal reinforcement plate was a 7.13 Whr (1877 mAH at 3.8 V) capacity battery.

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Cortana intelligent assistant app now available in App Store

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Date: Wednesday, December 9th, 2015, 08:08
Category: iOS, Microsoft, News, Software

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This could be something cool to play with.

Microsoft, which has been offering Cortana as a small-scale beta since last month, has announced that Cortana is available on the App Store now.

Even so, Cortana isn’t expected to have quite as deep a functionality as Siri, which is deeply embedded into iOS. Still, you can tinker with it and see how it fares with the questions you might have to ask it.

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djay Pro for iPad revolutionizes mobile DJing (again)

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Date: Wednesday, December 9th, 2015, 07:19
Category: Gift Guide, iPad, iPad Pro, Review, Software

Algoriddim's djay Pro for iPad - Jason O'Grady

The art of DJing has advanced to the point where it’s now possible to do things on your Mac, iPad, iPhone (and yes, even your Apple Watch) that previously required thousands of dollars in turntables, mixers and speakers. After playing with djay Pro for iPad for a couple of days even my MacBook is starting to feel heavy.

Algoriddim’s djay pioneered (pun intended) the art of mixing and beat matching tracks on the Mac in 2006 and on iOS in 2010. djay is an amazing family of apps that allows you to spin music like a pro and has earned the title of world’s best selling DJ app with over 20 million downloads and an Apple Design Award to its credit.

djay dropped a major update to its disruptive iPad app today, loaded with pro-level audio and video features.

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A few of my favorite things: Waterfield and Peralta bags for the iPad Pro

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Date: Wednesday, December 9th, 2015, 00:12
Category: Accessory, Cases, Gift Guide, iPad, iPad mini, iPad Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Review

Waterfield's Field Muzetto bag

Having a good bag is almost as important as having good equipment in the first place. If you spent good money on an iPad or MacBook it makes no sense to have your sweet hardware bouncing around in a poorly-constructed vessel that costs less than your Uber fare. It’s also a shame to tuck your beautiful Apple hardware into an unsightly “computer bag” which is why I love Waterfield bags.

I’ve been recommending Waterfield’s stitched-in-San Francisco products since 1999. If you’ve recently acquired a new iPad Pro, or your old bag needs to be updated, Waterfield’s got two great new products that I can’t recommend highly enough: the Field Muzetto and the Peralta Scarlett iPad Pro Sleeve.

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Apple releases iOS 9.2, watchOS 2.1 and tvOS 9.1 updates

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Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 15:19
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, News, Software, TvOS, Watch OS

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Today was the day in which pretty much everything Apple got an update.

Everything.

Leading the pack, Apple releases iOS 9.2 for its iOS devices. The update, a 272 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Apple Music improvements.

– A new Top Stories section in the News app.

– Mail Drop in the Mail app for sending large attachments.

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