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Google Drive for iOS updated to 4.0, adds new Material Design user interface, other features

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Date: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, 15:43
Category: iOS, News, Software


Google Drive for iOS has just been updated and it’s added some nifty new features.

The app now features a Material Design user interface to bring it in like with Google’s other apps. A new swipe feature can be used to go back a level in the app and other new features include faster syncing, faster image viewing and improved scrolling performance.


Easily upload all your photos to Google Photos (for free)

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Date: Friday, May 29th, 2015, 05:42
Category: Aperture, Google, iPhoto, photos

Google Photos now supports unlimited photo uploads for free!

Apple dropped the ball on photos. Big time.

For years, Apple products were my default photo locker, gallery, and sharing tool. Now I’ve switched to Google, but only because Apple forced my hand. My workflow was simple: shoot photos on my iPhone and dSLR, sync everything to Aperture and share from there.

Here’s a brief timeline on how Apple went off the rails with photos:

In summary, After leaving customers hanging without photo galleries, Apple dropped support for its professional photo app (Aperture), jacked up its cloud storage prices, then released an inferior Photos app that didn’t support Aperture projects (whoops!). My six year investment in organizing my photos in Aperture is basically gone and I’m now locked into using an End-Of-Life (EOL) software application if I want to see my projects.

No thank you.

At I/O 2015 Google announced that Google Photos now includes unlimited free photo storage (up to 16MP for photos, and 1080p for videos). The best part? You can easily auto-upload your entire photo library to Google Photos in the background. Here’s how: (more…)

Rumor: Apple to launch Apple Pay rewards/incentive program in June

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Date: Thursday, May 28th, 2015, 07:46
Category: retail, Rumor, Uncategorized


Because commerce is nothing without rewards and incentive programs.

Rumor has it that Apple is set to announce a rewards program next month that will give perks to customers using Apple Pay, a feature that could escalate the stakes in what appears to be a coming battle with Google’s competing Android Pay service.

Sources have indicated that Apple will announce its Apple Pay rewards program in June, potentially at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference.


Hacker offers proof of concept of web browser running on Apple Watch

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Date: Tuesday, May 12th, 2015, 07:41
Category: Apple Watch, Hack, iOS, News, Software


It’s hard to say whether you’ll want a web browser on your wrist, but the hack’s been sorter out.

iOS developer Nicholas Allegra, better known by his handle “comex” within the jailbreaking community, presented a short video that shows a web browser running on the Apple Watch. The fifteen-second clip shows Allegra tapping, panning and zooming on the Google homepage on the Apple Watch, but the functionality is limited as to be expected because of the small screen size and lack of an on-screen keyboard.


Apple confirms existence of “Applebot” web crawler, says program indexes the Web for Siri, Spotlight

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Date: Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, 07:30
Category: News, Software


Sometimes it’s the Web traffic logs that really let you know what Apple is up to.

Last fall, a number of webmasters began seeing web crawler visits from IP addresses starting with 17, an IP address block owned entirely by Apple. Apple has now officially confirmed in a support document that it is operating its own web crawler called “Applebot”.

As of now, Applebot is the web crawler utilized by Apple products such as Siri and Spotlight Suggestions. The program respects the customary robots.txt and robots meta tags used by most crawler programs.


Tech firms, other organizations setting up resources to help victims of Nepal earthquake, Baltimore riots

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Date: Wednesday, April 29th, 2015, 06:14
Category: News


Between the events of the Nepal earthquake and the Baltimore riots Monday night, it’s turning into a disastrous week. If you were wondering what you can do to help, a number of tech companies, including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Viber, have set up Red Cross donations, people-location services and cheap to free calling to reach out to anyone you might know in Nepal.

Where Baltimore is concerned, the Baltimore Sun has published a terrific list of links for people to sign up and volunteer their services. The page also contains links to web sites looking to help rebuild Baltimore after the riots and repair damaged businesses after the events of Monday night.


TripAdvisor, Booking.com reviews surface in Apple Maps data

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Date: Monday, April 6th, 2015, 09:10
Category: iOS, News, Software


Apple Maps is starting to get some neat stuff put in.

Since the launch of the app back in 2012, Yelp has served as the sole partner for integrating customer reviews of businesses and other points of interest. Recently, Apple’s Maps app has begun including reviews from TripAdvisor and Booking.com on select hotel listings.

It’s currently unclear as to whether a hotel will include a review from Yelp, TripAdvisor or Booking.com, but these reviews have been showing up either way, especially with Booking.com’s stronger international presence in England, France and Australia.


Rumor: Apple to begin offering rewards for non-iPhone trade-ins

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Date: Tuesday, March 17th, 2015, 08:47
Category: iPhone, retail, Rumor


There’s now a reward system in place for turning non-iPhone smartphones in to Apple.

Sources have stated that Apple is planning to add Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone handsets to the list of acceptable trade-ins for its Reuse and Recycling Program, which exchanges used hardware for Apple Store gift cards.

Apple is apparently preparing to expand its Reuse and Recycling Program to include non-iOS handsets, including hardware running iOS nemesis Android.

Under Apple’s current program, first launched in 2011, iPhone users can nab an Apple Store gift card worth up to US$175 for a fully functional 64GB iPhone 5s. The company will reportedly offer similar deals for smartphones running Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone operating systems, but specific hardware grading criteria is unknown.


2015 Chromebook Pixel released, incorporates USB Type-C, other new features

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Date: Friday, March 13th, 2015, 07:13
Category: Hardware, News


This USB-C thing isn’t limited to the 12-inch MacBook.

On Wednesday, Google released its 2015 Chromebook Pixel notebook. The new unit incorporates USB Type C, which allows charging as well as high-speed data and display over the same connector and cable. The new Chromebook Pixel incorporates a high-resolution touchscreen, a sleek aluminum body, and smooth glass trackpad as well as a new wide-angle camera lens.

Also featured is 8GB RAM and a 32GB SSD. There’s also an LS (“Ludicrous Speed”) version that’s even faster, both variants claiming 12 hours of battery life and a charging technology that allows for to two hours of battery life with just 15 minutes of charging.


iOS hits 73% of enterprise market share in Q4 2014 report

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Date: Friday, February 27th, 2015, 08:52
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News


It never hurts to have decent market share in the enterprise space.

And that’s what Apple appears to be doing.

iOS gained another 4 percentage points, growing to 73 percent of global device activations in Q4 2014. Android device activations, meanwhile, dropped the same amount to 25 percent of total activations last quarter.

The latest findings come from Good Technology‘s Mobility Index Report. Windows Phone activations remain consistent with the seven previous quarters: flat at 1 percent. Since BlackBerry devices use BlackBerry Enterprise Server for corporate email access, Good Technology does not have insight into BlackBerry handset activations.